History Film / IRobot

2nd Dec '17 3:50:46 PM nighttrainfm
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* CopAndScientist: Spooner is the gritty, down-to-earth cop and Calvin is the professional scientist.
2nd Dec '17 3:48:02 PM nighttrainfm
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* AndroidsAndDetectives: A detective, a robot developing self-awareness and a scientist vs a murderous conspiracy.
22nd Nov '17 2:25:25 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* TheLoad: Farber isn't much of an asset to Spooner, who must save him from the robots after Farber leads an ill-fated charge against the renegade machines. Spooner outright tells him to go home after the fact.
27th Oct '17 7:03:45 AM NWolfman
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* CassandraTruth: The entire reason Dr. Lanning committed suicide. He knew that nobody would believe him if he just said "DEAR WORLD, [[spoiler:VIKI]] BAD. RUN!" and put his faith in the only other person who would even consider it a possibility to figure it out.



* DaChief: Lt. Bergin. Made funnier since he played a character literally called Da Chief in ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. He's a more gentle version of this trope, though.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Spooner.

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* DaChief: Lt. Bergin. Made funnier since he Bergin is a uniquely soft-spoken version of this trope. Humorously enough, this was two years after his actor [=Chi McBride=] played a character in ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' literally called Da Chief in ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. He's a more gentle version of this trope, though.
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named The Chief.
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DeadpanSnarker: Spooner.There's very little in this story that Spooner ''doesn't'' react to with a sarcastic quip, although it's more of a coping mechanism than an attempt to get a laugh.



* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: The latest robots at least are pretty much walking iPods.

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* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: The latest robots at least NS-[=5s=], in more ways than one. Not only do they have the sleek, user friendly design of a state-of-the-art Apple product and are pretty much walking iPods.ubiquitous in-story thanks to humanity's reliance on their convenience, but the fact that humans make no hesitation to replace them with the newest model.



* FantasticSlur: Spooner uses the term "canner" twice and without it being explained, one can clearly tell it's a rude slang term for a robot.

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* FantasticSlur: Spooner uses the term "canner" twice and without it being explained, one can clearly tell it's as a rude slang term for the robots. It's implied to be a robot.combination of "can" (as in "tin can") and the n-word.
12th Sep '17 5:54:48 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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* SuperPoweredRobotMetermaids: Not as ridiculous as many examples since Sonny counts as a SuperPrototype, but NS-5s are still ridiculously overengineered for housekeeping robots. The NS-4s are no slouches, either, though they're inferior to NS-5s. Robots used for package delivery, dog-walking, bartending, and other mundane tasks are still casually strong enough to punch through a car window with no effort, and it's implied [[spoiler:Spooner's arm was torn off when the robot yanked him from his sinking car]]. It seems that USR only manufactures one brand of robot that can do any job, possibly with specialized software for whatever task they're being assigned.

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* SuperPoweredRobotMetermaids: Not as ridiculous as many examples since Sonny counts as a SuperPrototype, but NS-5s are still ridiculously overengineered for housekeeping robots. The NS-4s are no slouches, either, though they're inferior to NS-5s. Robots used for package delivery, dog-walking, bartending, and other mundane tasks are still casually strong enough to punch through a car window with no effort, and it's implied [[spoiler:Spooner's arm was torn off when the robot yanked him from his sinking car]]. It seems that USR only manufactures one brand of robot that can do any job, possibly with and its suggested they are given specialized software for whatever task they're being assigned.assigned. One possible justification could be that, with the first law being what it is, if you have thousands and thousands of expendable robots roaming around wherever humans live, and they're programmed to always react when people are in danger of being harmed, you might as well make them as strong and fast as possible so as to make them better equipped for any number of rescue scenarios they might come across. Less human lives lost is always a good thing, after all.
15th Jun '17 6:26:14 PM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy: Spooner is much more competent and informed than others assumed, and was recruited precisely because he's suspicious and untrusting of robots when everyone else is not.
-->'''Spooner:''' Robots, you will not move, confirm command. \\
'''Robots:''' Command confirmed. \\
(''Spooner pulls out his gun and points it at the robots'') \\
'''Calvin:''' Detective, what are you doing? \\
'''Spooner:''' Well, you said they've all been programmed with the Three Laws, so that means we've got a thousand robots that won't try to defend themselves if it violates a direct order from a human. And I'm betting one who will.
26th May '17 6:09:01 PM ThePest179
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** Ironically, ''Film/BicentennialMan'' chooses to avoid using "U.S. Robotics". Mostly because the people working at the company in that movie are jerks.
23rd Apr '17 4:58:49 PM Tightwire
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** This is what basically proves to the police that Sonny is 'defective', since a normal robot wouldn't be stirred up at all by an interrogation. Being the only one on the scene, and the only one strong enough, he ''must'' be responsible. But for Spooner, one thing is missing - motive.



* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Robertson, the head of USR is set up as the BigBad. Spooner gets attacked by rogue robots right after a scene shows him being informed of Spooner's accessing some files. Turns out he has little to do with the whole plot and he was killed, presumably after learning VIKI's plan.]]



* RobotMaid: The [[ZerothLawRebellion intended]] purpose of the NS-5 robots.

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* RobotMaid: The [[ZerothLawRebellion intended]] purpose of the NS-5 robots.robots - humanity would be safe, but would ultimately be enslaved.
1st Apr '17 8:11:18 PM DustSnitch
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'''Spooner:''' Well, you know, there ''was'' [[{{Jesus}} this one guy]], a really long time ago...

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'''Spooner:''' Well, you know, there ''was'' [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} this one guy]], a really long time ago...
9th Mar '17 8:36:31 AM Scorpio3002
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* ArmorPiercingResponse: Sonny's question above also qualifies as this.
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