Rover is a fictional coercive instrument/entity from the 1967 British television program The Prisoner. That an instrument of coercion appeared capable of autonomous action reinforced the alienation and oppression that were central to the series.

The Rover was innovative enough to become a pop culture symbol.

References in Popular CultureEdit

  • The Simpsons episodes "The Joy of Sect" (where it envelops Hans Moleman) and "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" (in which Homer simply pops it with a plastic spork, thus prompting Number 2 to question its effectiveness).

Real World ParallelEdit

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