ictional Item

Name: Tenmen

Category: Automaton

Size/weight: 8', 500lb

Rarity: No longer produced, highly rare

Value: Historical collectors item

Uses: Wartime automaton prototype


Brain child of William Tenarly, and designed as a push back against German automata during the Great War. While only considered a prototype, the Tenmen acted as an effective fighting force and a formidable opponent to the German automata, leading to many offshoot designs, some still in use today. The Tenmen is largely considered the model of modern automatonics.


The name ‘Tenmen’ is often considered a derivative of the name of the ‘Tinman’ character from L. Frank. Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz, modified to represent the fighting capacity of a single unit. While this is generally accepted, inventor William Tenarly has argued that “...the name came after, out of necessity… it has no thought surrounding it, outside of a single automata equating to the strength of ‘ten men’.”


The Tenmen is based on Tenarly’s previous work, the two most notable being his Automated Peacekeeper, and his Liquid Pistol, as well heavily utilizing design points of a captured German Dampfsoldat, such as its weight distribution system. Each arm of the Tenmen can be equipped with exchangeable weapons designed specifically for the Tenmen, allowing for greater combat versatility. The Tenmen utilizes two separate ammunition storage units housed on its back, with the required ammunition being funneled, pumped, or siphoned into the corresponding weapon.


The Tenmen were initially deployed in the Battle of Cantigny, where there were largely considered the driving force for the Allied victory. The Tenmen, as well as later variants, found their way into every major conflict of the war.

Soldiers were put into small squads of about 5 - 10, and each squad was assigned a Tenmen. These soldiers were expected to maintain and repair it as needed, and bring it along to combat scenarios. It was common for individual squads to redesign small components of their Tenmen by changing its face, adding cosmetic flairs, or assigning it a more personal name. A phenomenon was often recorded where soldiers would form emotional bonds to the Tenmen assigned to them, talking to them like a friend, and sometimes risking their lives during combat to protect the automaton.

Noteable Tenmen

A small number of Tenmen have become known by ‘name’ for their wartime ‘achievements’.
One of the most notable, Puddin’ Pie, was awarded the Medal of Honor for singlehandedly holding the line and fighting back an attacking German army at the Battle of Beaucharmoy.

Other notable Tenmen include:

  • Debbie - Fell into a fortified trench, and in doing so, made a quick path for tanks.
  • Sticky Fingers - Accidently carried an Allied soldier impaled on its right arm to safety.

After War

After the Great War, America had a large surplus of never-deployed Tenmen. Many were decommissioned and sold at auctions to collectors, with a value ranged between $500-$900, while the remaining working ones were donated to institutions, museums, or sold at a much higher price to more serious collectors.

Deployed and intact Tenmen are by far the most valuable. Collectors consider battle scars and squad modifications to be signs of worth. A working, previously deployed Tenmen is valued at anywhere from $1,500 - $10,000, while a historically remembered Tenmen is considered priceless, and can only be found in prestigious museums.