Study Guide

I, Robot Characters

By Isaac Asimov

Susan Calvin

Robopsychologist Susan Calvin is a robot. Well, no, we don't mean that literally—she's a...

Gregory Powell and Michael Donovan

Powell and Donovan fill the same position in these robot stories as Bert and Ernie do in Sesame...

The Interviewer

The unnamed interviewer is clearly not that important in the grand scheme of the...

Peter Bogert

Bogert is kind of a villain who could easily have been kind of a hero. He's a mathematician who...

Dr. Alfred Lanning

Dr. Alfred Lanning is like a mad scientist, except he's only mildly annoyed. He's the Director of...

Lawrence Robertson

If Dr. Alfred Lanning is the brains behind US Robot and Mechanical Men, Inc., then Lawrence...

Robbie

Here's the only thing you need to know about Robbie: he loves Gloria. Oh, and he's a robot. So...

Gloria Weston

Gloria is totally uninteresting for an 8-year-old kid, which is why she's here. We don't mean...

Mrs. Grace Weston and Mr. George Weston

If there were villains in this story, Gloria's parents would be those villains. That is, they're...

SPD 13, aka Speedy

Speedy spends most of this story drunk. Well, not drunk, but in something of a haze that's...

QT-1, aka Cutie

Cutie is the first robot priest. He's also maybe the first robot engineer. And also he's a robot...

DV-5, aka Dave

We like the mining robot Dave because he feels bad about being a screw-up, and we identify with...

RB-34, aka Herbie

Herbie is like that friend you have who doesn't tell you that your fly is down because he doesn't...

NS-2-10, aka Nestor-10

Depending on how you look at him, Nestor-10 is either a practical joker or a serial killer in the...

Major-General Kallner

When you think of Kallner, think of the atomic bomb. See, Kallner isn't a scientist—he's a...

The Brain

Like Shmoop, Brain is a super-computer with the personality of a child. And that is how Brain...

Stephen Byerley

Stephen Byerley is either a robot or a very good human. And we can't know which. He's running for...

John Byerley

John might be the original Stephen, a lawyer who is interested in robotics. This is Francis...

Francis Quinn

The only thing that we know or need to know about Quinn is that he fights dirty. He's not a...

The Machines

The Machines never show up on the page, but they're the center of attention in this story. And...