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Red Dwarf character
Kryten
Affiliated with Red Dwarf crew
First appearance Kryten
Last appearance Only the Good...
Portrayed by David Ross and Robert Llewellyn

This article is about the Red Dwarf character. For the Red Dwarf episode, see Kryten (Red Dwarf episode). Kryten was the seventh Red Dwarf episode to air, the first of the second series. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... David Ross is a British actor who has worked in drama, cinema, and television. ... Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ... Kryten was the seventh Red Dwarf episode to air, the first of the second series. ...


Kryten (full name, Kryten 2X4B-523P) is a fictional character in the British television series Red Dwarf. In the character's first appearance, originally only intended as a one-off, Kryten was played by actor David Ross. However, the popularity of the character meant that Kryten was introduced as a regular in Series III; the intention was to bring Ross back to play the role, but as he was not available at the time, the position was filled by Northampton-born actor Robert Llewellyn, whose performances as Kryten in series III-VIII resulted in even greater popularity of the character. Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... For the type of star, see Red dwarf. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... David Ross is a British actor who has worked in drama, cinema, and television. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ...

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Life

Kryten's first appearance was in the first episode of the second series, Kryten. In this episode he was played by David Ross, seen here.
Kryten is seen here in the third series, after which he became a regular member of the cast and was played by Robert Llewellyn.

Kryten is a Series 4000 mechanoid or 'slave 'noid' — a robotic servant — and is quite neurotic. He is very humanoid, with the exception of the flat cubic planes visible on his face and head. Kryten's design is mostly plastic, but there are some slight organic elements in his construction (see episode DNA). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kryten was the seventh Red Dwarf episode to air, the first of the second series. ... David Ross is a British actor who has worked in drama, cinema, and television. ... Image File history File links Kryten1. ... Image File history File links Kryten1. ... Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ... An android is an artificially created robotic being that resembles a human being usually both in appearance and behavior. ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... Servant has a number of meaning: A servant is another word for domestic worker, a person who is hired to provide regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. ... In modern psychology, the term neurosis, also known as psychoneurosis or neurotic disorder, is a general term that refers to any mental imbalance that causes distress, but (unlike a psychosis or personality disorder) does not prevent rational thought or an individuals ability to function in daily life. ... The term humanoid refers to any being whose body structure resembles that of a human. ... Organic life Organic life is life which is cellular, carbon-and-water-based with complex organization, having a metabolism, a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and—through natural selection—adapt. ... DNA was the second epsiode to air in the fourth series of Red Dwarf. ...


Kryten was built by the corporation DivaDroid International in 2340; one of a number of Series 4000 models based on a design by Professor Mamet, a roboticist (played by Jenny Agutter). This design was actually intended as a joke on Mamet's ex-fiancé, John Warbuton, the mechanoids being a caricature of his fussiness and pomposity. All negative emotions such as jealousy, guilt, envy, frustration, and insecurity build up in a "mind negadrive", which when full would cause the head of the Series 4000 mechanoid to literally explode. This was supposedly a likeness to when Warburton would "blow" (see episode Beyond a Joke). The 24th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2301-2400. ... Jennifer Ann Agutter (born December 20, 1952) is an English actress. ... For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection) A caricature of film comedian Charlie Chaplin. ... Its over and done But the heartache lives on inside And who is the one your clinging to instead of me tonight And where are you now Now that I need you Tears on my pillow Wherever you go Cry me a river that leads to your oceans Youll never... Jealousy typically refers to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that occur when a person believes a valued relationship is being threatened by a rival. ... “Guilty” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Envy (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Insecurity is either danger, i. ... Beyond a Joke was the sixth episode to air in the seventh series of Red Dwarf. ...


Kryten is hard-wired to obey all of Mamet's orders without question, so when a Psiren impersonated Mamet and ordered Kryten to crush himself in a garbage compactor, he had no choice but to comply. His reply upon emerging, having been compacted into a cube: 'I'm almost annoyed!' (see episode Psirens). Psirens was the first epsiode to air in the sixth series of Red Dwarf. ... A compactor is a machine or mechanism used to reduce the size of waste material or soil through compaction. ... Psirens was the first epsiode to air in the sixth series of Red Dwarf. ...


Before Kryten left the Solar System, he was made to attend "toilet university", as he would remind people. This was however revealed by Kristine Kochanski to be merely a piece of software which ensured Kryten was thorough in his cleaning of lavatories (see episode Epideme), he still had to take an exam to ensure that it was properly installed. This article is about the Solar System. ... Clare Grogan as Kristine Kochanski in Series I Kristine Z. Kochanski is the navigation officer of the title ship of the television show Red Dwarf. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... For other uses, see Toilet (disambiguation). ... Epideme was the seventh episode to air in the seventh series of Red Dwarf. ...


Kryten originally left the Solar System aboard a ship destined for Deep Space, the SS Augustus, and Kryten served aboard the vessel for decades. Not much is known about these years of Kryten's life, except that the human crew of the SS Augustus all died of old age, leaving Kryten alone for an unspecified amount of time (see episode Beyond a Joke again). Beyond a Joke was the sixth episode to air in the seventh series of Red Dwarf. ...


Sometime after this, Kryten was picked up by the crew of the Nova 5 and he became the personal servant of three female crew members of this vessel. The Nova 5 crashed into an asteroid and for millenia, perhaps even millions of years, Kryten refused to believe the crew were dead and continued to wash and iron their clothes, dress them, and put out un-eaten meals in front of their remains, all the while preserving their skeletons. It was from these long years alone that Kryten developed a phobia of being left alone, or human crews deserting him. Kryten's rigid belief in "Silicon Heaven", the electronic afterlife, kept him going - the idea that he would be rewarded for his servitude in the afterlife, where humans would instead become the servants. Kryten was eventually rescued by the crew of Red Dwarf where is now reduced to serving the slobbish Dave Lister (to some extent at least), the only surviving human crew member on that vessel, indeed probably the sole surviving human in the universe (see episode Kryten). The British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf prominently features many different spaceships. ... 253 Mathilde, a C-type asteroid. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Phobia (disambiguation). ... Silicon heaven is an afterlife concept from the British science fiction comedy series Red Dwarf. ... The British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf prominently features many different spaceships. ... For the origami historian, see David Lister (Origami Historian). ... Kryten was the seventh Red Dwarf episode to air, the first of the second series. ...


It is possible that Kryten was inadvertently responsible for the accident aboard the Nova 5. In the first Red Dwarf novel, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, the Nova 5 crashed because Kryten washed the navigation computer with soapy water. However, it is unclear whether or not this is canon in the Red Dwarf universe; there seems to be debate as to this subject amongst fans. It is mentioned by the Dave Lister, however, in the television series that the accident aboard the Nova 5 was Kryten's fault (see episode Ouroboros). Red Dwarf (1989) (often referred to as Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers to differentiate from the television series), is a book written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and is based on the first two series of the sci-fi comedy television show Red Dwarf. ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... For the origami historian, see David Lister (Origami Historian). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Ouroboros was the third episode to air in the seventh series of Red Dwarf. ...


Kryten (as portrayed by David Ross) was introduced in the first episode of the second series, in which he was only supposed to be a guest star (see episode Kryten). Initially, Arnold Rimmer took advantage of his servility, getting him to paint a grand portrait of Rimmer. Dave Lister however persuaded Kryten to rebel against his programming (which included showing him the movies Rebel Without a Cause and Easy Rider) and to become independent. Kryten changed the portrait of Rimmer to make it appear as though he was sitting on the toilet, and then threw the soup onto Rimmer's bed sheets. Kryten took Lister's space-bike and went out to find a planet with an S3 (or Earth-like) atmosphere he could grow a garden on; something which had always been a secret dream of Kryten's. David Ross is a British actor who has worked in drama, cinema, and television. ... Kryten was the seventh Red Dwarf episode to air, the first of the second series. ... Arnold Judas Rimmer BSc, SSc (Bronze Swimming certificate, Silver Swimming certificate), who sometimes goes by Arnold Jonathan Rimmer, is a fictional character in the television series Red Dwarf, played by Chris Barrie. ... For the origami historian, see David Lister (Origami Historian). ... Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 film directed by Nicholas Ray that tells the story of a rebellious teenager who comes to a new town, meets a girl, defies his parents, and faces the local high school bullies. ... Wyatt, Mary (Toni Basil), Billy and Karen (Karen Black) wandering the streets of a parade filled New Orleans. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... This article is about the astronomical term. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... For other uses, see Atmosphere (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Kryten did not appear in the rest of the second series. However the character proved popular amongst fans of the show, and so the decision was made to bring him back at the beginning of the third series and make Kryten a permanent member of the Dwarfers. David Ross was unavailable, and so Robert Llewellyn was brought in to play the character. David Ross is a British actor who has worked in drama, cinema, and television. ... Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ...


A very fast scrolling text at the beginning of the third series (a parody of the Star Wars opening crawl, see episode Backwards) explains that Kryten smashed the space-bike into an asteroid. Lister found Kryten's remains and had to rebuild him from scratch, and so was unable to recreate him exactly. This was intended to explain the differences between Ross' portrayal of the character and Llewellyn's, as well as Lister needing to help Kryten break his programming all over again. Most noticeably, whereas he previously had an "English butler" voice, similar to C-3PO, he now spoke with what Llewellyn admits to be a bad Canadian accent. In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... An example of the famous Star Wars roll-up. ... Backwards was the first epsiode to air in the third series of Red Dwarf. ... 253 Mathilde, a C-type asteroid. ... For other uses, see Butler (disambiguation). ... C-3PO (pronounced IPA: []., often shortened to Threepio) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in both the original Star Wars films and the prequel trilogy. ... Canadian English (CaE) is a variety of English used in Canada. ...


In the episode DNA, Kryten is transformed into a human being using the organic material used in his construction as a template. However he quickly decided to change himself into a mechanoid because he didn't like his time as a human. This was due to the fact his nipples couldn't pick up radio waves, his eyes didn't have a digital zoom capability, power leads didn't fit in his anus properly when he tried to recharge himself, and he got erections when looking at photos of kitchen appliances. DNA was the second epsiode to air in the fourth series of Red Dwarf. ... Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... An android is an artificially created robotic being that resembles a human being usually both in appearance and behavior. ... This article is about anatomical structure. ... Radio waves are electromagnetic waves occurring on the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. ... For other uses, see Eye (disambiguation). ... Digital zoom is a method of zooming on a digital camera either by increasing the size of the pixels in the image or by interpolating between them. ... Female Human Anatomy Male Human Anatomy This article is about the bodily orifice. ... The erection of the penis, clitoris or a nipple is its enlarged and firm state. ... Home appliances are electrical/mechanical appliances which accomplish some household functions, such as cooking or cleaning. ...


In the seventh series, Kryten discovered that he has a "brother" named Able (also played by Robert Llewellyn, who co-wrote the episode). Kryten originally rejected the wastrel, drug-addicted mechanoid before an act of supreme self-sacrifice convinced him of his brother's worth (see episode Beyond a Joke). Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ... Beyond a Joke was the sixth episode to air in the seventh series of Red Dwarf. ...


In the eighth series, Kryten becomes a prisoner in Red Dwarf's Tank along with his friends. He is classified as a woman due to his lack of genitalia and sent to the woman's wing. He becomes friendlier with Kristine Kochanski during his time there, but is still desperate to change this scenario. He builds himself a makeshift penis from an old electron board, a toilet roll, some sticky back plastic, and an Action Man's poloneck jumper. He names his penis "Archie", and tries to teach it by getting it to jump through hoops. "Archie" however goes bonkers around the prison wings and many prisoners mistake it for a haywire mouse (see episode Pete: Part II). A sex organ, or primary sexual characteristic, narrowly defined, is any of those parts of the body (which are not always bodily organs according to the strict definition) which are involved in sexual reproduction and constitute the reproductive system in an complex organism; namely: Male: penis (notably the glans penis... Clare Grogan as Kristine Kochanski in Series I Kristine Z. Kochanski is the navigation officer of the title ship of the television show Red Dwarf. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... For other uses, see Electron (disambiguation). ... Toilet paper is a tissue paper product designed for the cleansing of the anus after defecation or the genitals after urination. ... This page is about the Palitoy Action Man produced from 1966-1984. ... An example of a classic polo neck. ... The word jumper has many meanings: A jumper is a garment. ... This article is about the animal. ...


Personality

Having lost his obedience programmes, Kryten has been able to better himself. While he continues to be a sanitation droid, and to enjoy cleaning and serving others, he has also become the science expert amongst the Dwarfers, often leading missions such as their search for Rimmer on the psi-moon in "Terrorform". The dichotomy between these two aspects of his personality has led to Rimmer naming him things such as "Captain Bog-bot" and "Commander U-Bend".


Kryten has also extended his emotional range, which has led to him deactivating his shutdown disk (DivaDroid believes in planned obsolescence), although the crew were then forced into a showdown with his would-be replacement. His greatest ambition is to be human, and to this end he has attempted to learn to lie and insult people (mostly Rimmer), although he has trouble with the words "smeg head" (the best he can manage is "smeeeeeeee heeeeeeeee"). He did however become human for a few days after a machine changed his genetic structure, but he didn't enjoy the experience as much as he thought he would. He was briefly returned to factory settings (including the English accent) in Series VIII, but his hard-won independence broke through after the crew jogged his memory. When Red Dwarf was re-built with the crew, Kryten was reclassed as a woman due to his lack of male genitalia (that is, his lack of any genitalia: the only mechanoids given genitals were the ones created to work on Italian starships, as it was felt it would be psychologically comforting if the androids could stand around cupping themselves all day like their crewmates). Due to this deficiency, Kryten decided to make a penis called Archie, who runs around like a mouse. Kochanski commented that Kryten was a real man because "like all men, you have absolutely no control over your penis," thereby making Kryten very proud. Planned obsolescence (also built-in obsolescence (UK)) is the decision on the part of a manufacturer to produce a consumer product that will become obsolete and/or non-functional in a defined time frame. ... This article is about the animal. ...


Perhaps the most significant element of his personality is guilt. When his ability to feel guilty for his actions is compromised in some way, he can become careless, rude and even aggressive. This guilt is not necessarily balanced out by a sense of pride in the good work he does - in the episode 'The Inquisitor', he believed his selflessness was purely a matter of programming and therefore he had not led a worthwhile life.


Kryten had at least three spare heads, one of which has droid-rot (a condition similar to computer senility) that gives it a Lancastrian accent. The spare heads can engage in conversation with Kryten. Once, the other heads held a poll and voted Kryten as the ugly, big-eared one, upsetting Kryten. The others took turns being head head. All of these were destroyed due to the final step of Mamet's joke; eventually a 2X4B mechanoid will "blow its top" (due to Lister wanting ketchup to put on lobster). The "negadrive" which caused this has been removed, and, luckily, Kryten's personality chips survived and were placed in a new head. It is not made clear whether or not the personality chips of his spare heads were destroyed. Computer senility is a fictional concept developed in the Red Dwarf television series that considers how a sentient computer might develop mental instability if left alone for millions of years. ... Lancaster is a city within Lancashire, in North West England. ... This article is about the condiment. ... Subfamilies and Genera Neophoberinae Acanthacaris Thymopinae Nephropsis Nephropides Thymops Thymopsis Nephropinae Homarus Nephrops Homarinus Metanephrops Eunephrops Thymopides Clawed lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans. ...


Kryten thinks that his middle name "2X4B" is jerky ("The Last Day", Series III), but says he once knew a "poor sucker" of a mechanoid whose middle name was "2Q4B".


Kryten formed an irrational dislike of the new Kristine Kochanski when he first met her, mostly out of a fear that she and Lister would fall in love and abandon him. However he grew to respect her (although not necessarily like her) after she saved Lister's life from the Epideme virus. Clare Grogan as Kristine Kochanski in Series I Kristine Z. Kochanski is the navigation officer of the title ship of the television show Red Dwarf. ...


One of the best instances of how Kryten's personality was developed was how he commented on many of The Cat's fanciful escape plans:

CAT: What? Am I the only sane one here? Why don't we drop the defensive shields?
KRYTEN: A superlative suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One, we don't have any defensive shields, and two, we don't have any defensive shields. Now I realise that, technically speaking, that's only one flaw but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.
CAT: (Patting KRYTEN's shoulder) Good point; well made.
CAT: Okay, I say let's get into the jet-powered rocket pants and Junior Birdman the hell out of here.
KRYTEN: A brilliant and inventive suggestion sir with just two tiny drawbacks, A. we don't have any jet-powered rocket pants and B. there's no such thing as jet-powered rocket pants outside the fictional serial "Robbie Rocketpants".
CAT: Well thats put a crimp on an otherwise damn fine plan.

Trivia

  • The name Kryten is a reference to the head butler in the J.M. Barrie play The Admirable Crichton.[citation needed]
  • This character has a niche in science-fiction history: It is believed that this was the first robot/android ever to give a human the finger.[citation needed]
  • Kryten's registration code on Red Dwarf is "Kryten additional 001".
  • Robert Llewellyn writes in his book The Man in the Rubber Mask that before settling on a Canadian accent, he, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor considered Swedish and American.
  • Llewellyn was brought to Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's attention through his role in a satirical feminist play called Mammon: Robot Born of Woman.
  • The Kryten make-up was a constant source of discomfort for Llewellyn, as the prosthetic rubber mask required him to be in make-up for up to six hours. By Series VII, this had been reduced to two hours.
  • In their original plan for the series, Grant and Naylor had specified that there would be no aliens and no robots. However, following the success of the first appearance by the Kryten character, Naylor convinced Grant to bring him back.
  • Robert Llewellyn was the only British cast member originally invited to participate in the American version of Red Dwarf, though Chris Barrie was, later, also approached to reprise his role of Rimmer as "no American actor could hate themselves" quite so well as the character needed. Barrie declined. In this series, Kryten was owned by the ship's Captain prior to the disaster that wiped out the crew, and passed the three million years by reading an EXIT sign. The Kryten costume and make-up was redesigned so Robert Llewellyn was more comfortable while inside it.
  • Members of the Royal Navy have nicknamed the 114mm Mark 8 naval gun the 'Kryten gun' due to its angular appearance designed to reduce RADAR cross section making it appear rather like a certain "novelty-condom-headed" mechanoid's head.

Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet, Scottish author Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet (May 9, 1860 - June 19, 1937), more commonly known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish novelist and dramatist. ... The Admirable Crichton is a play written in 1902 by J. M. Barrie. ... The finger. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... For the type of star, see Red dwarf. ... Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf, and as Gordon Brittas in popular BBC1 sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... The BAE RO Defence 4. ...

See also

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Kryten is the name of a character in the popular British TV series Red Dwarf, portrayed by Northampton-born actor Robert Llewellyn.
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