stock wrote:Does Unicron count? Because, I think he gets to be "super" just by the graces of being the size of a planet.
I'd say more than likely. He's basically the Transformers equivalent of Galactus, and there's probably an equivalent amount of brain power in that huge-ass noggin'.
Now, having said that, I feel I must give a bit of an explanation for my previous post so folks don't get the idea I objected to those two just because they're robots instead of pure computers. 'Cause I realized at work it might come off that way. To be a true supercomputer, the thing in question must be a computer that is either absolutely top of the line or so close to it as to make no difference. All of the selections currently in the poll above do in fact fall within this category, as do a number of the other machines mentioned so far.
Skynet was the only computer to achieve intelligence before it started building more AI machines to hunt down and destroy humans. As such, it was undoubtedly ahead of everything else in its field. HAL 9000 was tasked with running all the operations onboard one of the rare interplanetary ships of his time, and so he was surely as highly sophisticated if not more so than his Earthbound counterparts. SHODAN was already one of the worlds preeminent AIs before the Hacker fiddled around with her, and certainly became even more powerful and capable afterwards. Further, all the AIs constructed after her were intentionally dumbed down because of her, meaning that even the smallest section of her that survived to SS2 would have certainly been more than a match for XERXES if The Many hadn't been pulling his strings. The Architect (with help from fellow supercomputer the Oracle) built the Matrix, an extremely sophisticated system which likely continued to be one of the most sophisticated built by the Machines up to the end of the movies, therefore he had to be pretty damn sophisticated himself to start with. Com Pewter . . . well, from my understanding, he's the only
computer residing in Xanth, meaning he's automatically the best. And he's light years ahead of any Mundanian computer as well, considering he's actually able to access and restructure the source code of reality itself.
The Red Queen and GLaDOS I only know a little bit about, but from what I do
know, they seem to fit the bill as well.
Now, HK-47 may have been the best assassin protocol droid ever built at the time of his initial construction and activation, but that doesn't mean he was the best droid overall and even if he was, that doesn't mean his brain was the best computer
. While he was more than excellent at what he did, his scope was limited to pretty much just
that. It's highly likely that there were other computers and droid brains that were unable to match his assassination capabilities but excelled far beyond him at all other things. So superassassin yes yes yes, but supercomputer no.
As for Megatron, once again, I'd say he's iffy. The cartoon/comics version is almost certainly not
a supercomputer. While one
of the most intelligent Decepticons, he definitely isn't the
most intelligent. That honour probably belongs to Soundwave. And even if he were, there are others - members of the Autobots and otherwise - that also surpassed him. The already mentioned Unicron, for one. The movie version of Megatron, however, almost certainly is
a supercomputer, if only on Earth itself. Since he was the only computer on Earth at all for so long and all the computers built afterwards were inferior derivatives based on his own design, it's safe to say that until the Autobots and other Decepticons showed up, he was the most sophisticated computer on Earth period. Of course, this also depends on the exact nature of the Allspark, which could very well be a computer of some type itself. Though even if it were, it'd probably be just as safe a bet to categorize it as a force of nature instead, superseding its computer status.
And on a closing note, I've been thinking about WOPR and pretty much came to the conclusion that he wouldn't actually try to kill anyone, so his inclusion in the list might not really fit. He would
however, accidentally trick you into getting yourself killed, which is bad enough.