|“||Tell you, the things that fall off me; it's embarrassing!||„|
Fender Pinwheeler is the tritagonist of Robots. He is Rodney Copperbottom's best friend.
He is voiced by the late Robin Williams, who also portrayed John Keating in Dead Poets Society, Batty Koda in FernGully, Genie in Aladdin, Peter Banning in Hook, Alan Parrish in Jumanji, Phillip Brainard in Flubber, Jack Powell in Jack, Daniel Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork in Mork & Mindy, Lance Clayton in World's Greatest Dad, Popeye in Popeye, Ramón and Lovelace in Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, Dan Rayburn in Old Dogs, Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, Rainbow Randolph in Death to Smoochy, and Theodore Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum franchise.
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".
- Dave Thomas, Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Billy Crystal, Bruce Willis, and Danny DeVito were considered the role of Fender.
- Dan Castellaneta (who also voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, and Groundskeeper Willie in The Simpsons, and who replaced Williams as the voice of Genie in The Return of Jafar and Ramón in the Happy Feet video game) was considered to voice Fender in the Playstation video game, but when it was released, he becomes mute.