MEET BORIS (AND THE REST OF THE ROBOT OF LEISURE CAST)
BORIS is not your typical robot. He won’t perform menial tasks for your amusement or convenience. He’s not about to enslave the human race. Boris just wants to kick back with a martini and enjoy his retirement with a life of leisure. But it’s not all fun and canned laughter for our favorite robot. While sipping his WD-40tinis, Boris reflects on his life and the sadness of being no longer needed. Boris is the main character in the Robot of Leisure series. He was first created in 2003.
BERYL is a sock puppet and Boris’s best friend. She is introduced towards the end of Boris Makes a Friend. She joins Boris in adventures and dress-up games and is mildly disapproving of Nigel.
Beryl first appeared with Boris in 2004 in artwork titled “Robots Need Friends, Too.”
NIGEL is an English butler robot who shows up in Boris Gets a Visitor. He wears a bowler hat and moustache and faithfully adheres to his programming. Nigel and Boris engage in a series of misunderstandings initially as Nigel doesn’t know that Boris is on his own in Zükünfthaus. Eventually the two robots settle into a mutual respect. It is unclear how consciously involved Nigel is in Dr. von Wrinkelbrau’s activities. Nigel makes his entrance in the third chapter of BORIS Robot of Leisure, Boris Gets a Visitor.
Dr. Otto Ignatius von Wrinkelbrau is the mastermind behind Boris, Nigel, Zükünfthaus, and Whirrtopia. He works for the Global Omnipresent Corporation (GLOMCO). He first appears in Boris Takes a Nap to assess Boris’s situation and present him with possibilities for the future.