Tell you, the things that fall off me; it's embarrassing!
~ Fender

Fender Pinwheeler is the tritagonist of Robots. He is Rodney Copperbottom's best friend.

He is voiced by the late Robin Williams (who also voiced Batty Koda and Genie and played Peter Banning, Alan Parrish, Phillip Brainard, Jack Powell, and Daniel Hillard).


Fender first appears when he takes some pictures of Rodney Copperbottom's first moments in Robot City, whereupon he tries to scam Rodney by saying that he must buy the photo for $50.

He later meets Rodney again in Robot City and the two become friends. Throughout his role, Fender is whimsical and sometimes melodramatic. Fender has a "sister" named Piper Pinwheeler with whom he has a sometimes one-sided sibling rivalry.

At the Bigweld Ball later in the film, he meets a female robot named Loretta Geargrinder and has a crush on her. During a moment of carelessness, Fender is taken to the chop shop, where he loses his legs.

He puts on a replacement, only to find out his new waist once belonged to a female robot. With no time to find another replacement, he uses the new legs to escape the chop shop.


  • Robin Williams' first animated voice since Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
  • After Fender steals Rodney Copperbottom's foot, Robin Williams delivers the line "Foot, don't fail me now!", which is similar to the phrase "Feet, don't fail me now!", made famous by "Stepin Fetchit".
  • Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Billy Crystal, Bruce Willis, and Danny DeVito were considered the role of Fender.
  • Dave Thomas was considered for the role of Fender




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