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22nd May '17 8:21:49 PM StrixObscuro
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* In the ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' album ''Machine qui Rève'', [[spoiler:the other Spirou]] is alternatively called a clone or an android, and while [[RoboticReveal his leg wound is abnormal]], it's not precised how exactly.

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* In the ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' album ''Machine qui Rève'', [[spoiler:the other Spirou]] is alternatively called a clone or an android, and while [[RoboticReveal his leg wound is abnormal]], it's not precised specified how exactly.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Victor Mancha was created by Ultron to pass for a human, with a blend of organic and mechanical parts that was supposed to skew towards organic as he reached maturity, so that he would be indistinguishable from a human by the time he became an adult. This has led to some debate in-universe about his status, as demonstrated during ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', when ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} declared that he was a machine and thus they could use lethal ordinance against him.



* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' raises similar questions about [[spoiler:Earth]], since it was [[spoiler:part of a computer designed to find the ultimate question of Life, The Universe and everything.]] Considering that [[spoiler: humanity is revealed in the second book to be descended from aliens tricked into leaving their own planet]], concerns are lessened somewhat.

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' raises similar questions about [[spoiler:Earth]], since it was [[spoiler:part of a computer designed to find the ultimate question of Life, The Universe and everything.]] Considering that [[spoiler: humanity [[spoiler:humanity is revealed in the second book to be descended from aliens tricked into leaving their own planet]], concerns are lessened somewhat.



* The Biots (short for "biological robot') from ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama.''

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* The Biots (short for "biological robot') robot") from ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama.''''Literature/RendezvousWithRama''.
* In ''Literature/VenusPrime'', Howard Falcon lost most of his human body in an accident and now exists as a human brain inside an otherwise mechanical body. The Council of Worlds (the successor to the United Nations) is still hashing out whether or not he still qualifies as a human.



* The Shadows in ''Series/BabylonFive''. It's never clear if the insectoid monsters we see are the representatives of the species or some kind of service and attack drones, since the race's counterpart, Vorlons, are EnergyBeings, and it'd be strange if the (at least) equally advanced Shadows still klinged to physical forms.

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* The Shadows in ''Series/BabylonFive''. It's never clear if the insectoid monsters we see are the representatives of the species or some kind of service and attack drones, since the race's counterpart, Vorlons, are EnergyBeings, and it'd be strange if the (at least) equally advanced Shadows still klinged clung to physical forms.
22nd May '17 7:52:03 PM KEEP_IN
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* With the way Caldarius from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' constantly wears his suit, many characters through various lines think he's actually some sort of robot or possibly a mech piloted by [[Lilliputians something small]]. While it's just a suit he wears as far as anyone can tell, it's interesting to note that he is according to various parts of his lore and even from [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/meet-the-villain-of-ps4-xbox-one-pc-shooter-battle/1100-6430814/ the devs themselves]], Caldarius is not a pure blood Jennerit. He is actually a Kemessian, a species which is not exactly fully specified in detail other than some ambiguous hints.

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* With the way Caldarius from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' constantly wears his suit, many characters through various lines think he's actually some sort of robot or possibly a mech piloted by [[Lilliputians [[{{Lilliputians}} something small]]. While it's just a suit he wears as far as anyone can tell, it's interesting to note that he is according to various parts of his lore and even from [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/meet-the-villain-of-ps4-xbox-one-pc-shooter-battle/1100-6430814/ the devs themselves]], Caldarius is not a pure blood Jennerit. He is actually a Kemessian, a species which is not exactly fully specified in detail other than some ambiguous hints.
22nd May '17 7:50:59 PM KEEP_IN
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* With the way Caldarius from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' constantly wears his suit, many characters through various lines think he's actually some sort of robot. While it's just a suit he wears as far as anyone can tell, it's interesting to note that he is according to various parts of his lore and even from [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/meet-the-villain-of-ps4-xbox-one-pc-shooter-battle/1100-6430814/ the devs themselves]], Caldarius is not a pure blood Jennerit. He is actually a Kemessian, a species which is not exactly fully specified in detail other than some ambiguous hints.

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* With the way Caldarius from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' constantly wears his suit, many characters through various lines think he's actually some sort of robot.robot or possibly a mech piloted by [[Lilliputians something small]]. While it's just a suit he wears as far as anyone can tell, it's interesting to note that he is according to various parts of his lore and even from [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/meet-the-villain-of-ps4-xbox-one-pc-shooter-battle/1100-6430814/ the devs themselves]], Caldarius is not a pure blood Jennerit. He is actually a Kemessian, a species which is not exactly fully specified in detail other than some ambiguous hints.
23rd Mar '17 11:28:17 AM OG-Sama
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Disclaimer: in order for this trope to properly apply, there has to be genuine and unresolved ambiguity. An obviously cyborg character being accused of being more machine than man doesn't really count.

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Disclaimer: in order for this trope to properly apply, there has to be genuine and unresolved ambiguity.ambiguity either visually or philosophically. An obviously cyborg character being accused of being more machine than man doesn't really count.



* Arguably the entire visual point of [[Tetsuo: The Iron Man]] and its sequels.

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* Arguably the entire visual point of [[Tetsuo: [[Film/TetsuoTheIronMan Tetsuo: The Iron Man]] and its sequels.
23rd Mar '17 11:25:50 AM OG-Sama
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Disclaimer: in order for this trope to properly apply, there has to be genuine and unresolved ambiguity. An obviously cyborg character being accused of being more machine than man doesn't really count.



* General Grievous, the Kaleesh cyborg from ''Franchise/StarWars'' gets this treatment from both the audience and people in-universe. He is the general of an android army and looks like an android. But he moves like a vulture, seems to suffer from a bad cough and has an organic heart. In fact, his BerserkButton is when people call him a droid.


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* Arguably the entire visual point of [[Tetsuo: The Iron Man]] and its sequels.
23rd Mar '17 11:17:41 AM OG-Sama
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Creatures which may or may not be {{robot}}ic, or organic, or some mixture. They usually appear to have artificial mechanisms behind their creation, or perhaps they have what appear to be robotic parts connected to (or growing from) their bodies. Then again, they may have fur, or be salivating or perhaps move in a fashion too animalistic to be considered robotic. In short, the viewer will wonder "{{Cyborg}}, or machine with organic parts?"

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Creatures which may or may not be {{robot}}ic, or organic, or some mixture. They usually appear to have artificial mechanisms behind their creation, or perhaps they have what appear to be robotic parts connected to (or growing from) their bodies. Then again, they may have fur, or be salivating or perhaps move in a fashion too animalistic to be considered robotic. In extreme examples they might be composed of inorganic materials deliberately mimicking the form and function of biological organs, leading to artificial muscles and blood. In short, the viewer will wonder "{{Cyborg}}, or machine with organic parts?"
7th Mar '17 8:16:45 PM ZerroDefex
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* In ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'', it's not clear how much of a Warframe is organic, how much of it is the Tenno operator, and how much of it is mechanical. Vauban has obvious mechanical bits and looks like a dude wearing a heavy coat and a NiceHat, while frames like Saryn or Zephyr look more like they're grown from the Technocyte virus. [[spoiler:The story quest [[WhamEpisode The Second Dream]] reveals that the Tenno is not even present in the Warframe, but instead pilots it remotely from a distance through a process known as 'Transference'. However, the climax of the same quest also sees a Warframe apparently acting on its own accord to save its Tenno, which just raises the question of what ''is'' inside it.]] The various Infested Mutalist enemies are grown from robots infected by the technocyte virus, leading to mechanical monstrosities that spew out bile yet short out when killed.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'', it's not clear how much of a Warframe is organic, how much of it is the Tenno operator, and how much of it is mechanical. Vauban has obvious mechanical bits and looks like a dude wearing a heavy coat and a NiceHat, while frames like Saryn or Zephyr look more like they're grown from the Technocyte virus. [[BodyHorror And then there's Nidus.]] [[spoiler:The story quest [[WhamEpisode The Second Dream]] reveals that the Tenno is not even present in the Warframe, but instead pilots it remotely from a distance through a process known as 'Transference'. However, the climax of the same quest also sees a Warframe apparently acting on its own accord to save its Tenno, which just raises the question of what ''is'' inside it.]] The various Infested Mutalist enemies are grown from robots infected by the technocyte virus, leading to mechanical monstrosities that spew out bile yet short out when killed.
3rd Mar '17 6:12:28 PM thatother1dude
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Zenyatta and Bastion are clearly robots, but for much of the other cast it's unclear which body parts, if any, are artificial and not just covered by armor. Examples include any of Pharah's arms and legs, [=McCree=]'s left arm, Hanzo's right forearm and feet, Torbjörn's left arm, Reinhardt's entire armor-clad body, Symmetra's left arm, and Lúcio's body below the waist.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Zenyatta Zenyatta, Bastion, and Bastion Orisa are clearly robots, but for much of the other cast it's unclear which body parts, if any, are artificial and not just covered by armor. Examples include any of Pharah's arms and legs, [=McCree=]'s left arm, Hanzo's right forearm and feet, Torbjörn's left arm, Reinhardt's entire armor-clad body, Symmetra's left arm, and Lúcio's body below the waist.
17th Feb '17 9:55:46 PM ZootyCutie94
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* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' are the Mixels themselves. With shiny outer skin in various colors that looks metallic, they still have various organs like humans, and also have the need to eat, yet also have abilities that are pure technology embedded into them, like gears and meters.
22nd Jan '17 5:04:55 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', several of the monsters that appear only in background stories and concept art have mechanical parts. [[spoiler: This is result of the monsters creating their physical forms out of anything they understand enough to make. Once they assimilated a human mind in the form of Kala they were fully capable of growing AI cores and energy weapons just as easily as flesh and bone.]]
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