Robotics is another common theme in everything steampunk. Some stories revolve around the morality of technology and building machines that feel (think steampunk I, Robot). Others use robots and other automata as weapons. Steampunk engineers use robots to help perform difficult labor.
Here are some of my faves:
|Automaton Exo Suit, built for destruction!|
|Many make great pets. And they don't poop|
|Many resemble animals and insects|
|Some are used for transport (and having epic battles on)|
|Gotta find those valuable minerals|
|Automata can replace lost limbs|