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14th Sep '17 11:11:31 AM Abodos
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* The Guardians in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are ancient {{Magitek}} robots, but it is established that most of them are being controlled by [[EldritchAbomination Calamity Ganon]], and that's because it filled them with Malice, an organic essence of its body that can sprout eyes, mouths, and even produce monsters.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The younger Beaver Brother from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has robotic-looking eyes and spinning mechanical object on his belly and also has robotic-sounding VoiceGrunting.
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The Guardians in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are ancient {{Magitek}} robots, but it is established that most of them are being controlled by [[EldritchAbomination Calamity Ganon]], and that's because it filled them with Malice, an organic essence of its body that can sprout eyes, mouths, and even produce monsters.
28th Aug '17 11:01:15 AM CosmicFerret
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14th Aug '17 5:52:59 PM rjd1922
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* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' has natural biologicals, genetically engineered creatures, cyborgs, fully mechanical people, AI, and every possible combination thereof, but generally you can make a guess as to whether something is primarily a "biont" (biological creature), a "vec" (machine), or an AI. That is, until you get to the [[DeusEstMachina Archailects]], who are colloquially called "AI Gods" but do not consider themselves either biological or mechanical in nature. Most are a fusion of the two, and consider such distinctions to be unimportant.


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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' has natural biologicals, genetically engineered creatures, cyborgs, fully mechanical people, AI, and every possible combination thereof, but generally you can make a guess as to whether something is primarily a "biont" (biological creature), a "vec" (machine), or an AI. That is, until you get to the [[DeusEstMachina Archailects]], who are colloquially called "AI Gods" but do not consider themselves either biological or mechanical in nature. Most are a fusion of the two, and consider such distinctions to be unimportant.
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14th Aug '17 5:52:34 PM rjd1922
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* Lisa Basil, the head of the programming company Blue Screens, Inc. in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' looks and acts like a RobotGirl and is described as [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "most definitely not a robot"]] in the Court Record.
6th Aug '17 7:06:18 AM thatother1dude
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** We know the Reapers reproduce by [[spoiler:liquefying various races and then converting that liquid into a new Reaper]], but they still look and sound entirely mechanical. This ambiguity is to be expected though, as they are basically [[SapientShip Mecha]]-[[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu]].

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** We know the Reapers reproduce by [[spoiler:liquefying various races and then converting that liquid into a new Reaper]], but they still look and sound entirely mechanical. This ambiguity is to be expected though, as they are basically [[SapientShip Mecha]]-[[EldritchAbomination [[MechanicalAbomination Mecha Cthulhu]].
3rd Aug '17 4:47:12 AM Andyroid
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* The gem aliens of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' look [[RubberForeheadAliens pretty human]] but were quickly revealed to be *[[TechnoBabble deep breath]]* pseudo-organic HardLight [[SelfConstructedBeing bodies projected by a magic rock]]. Later, they were revealed to not only use [[HeartDrive cores]] based on the same principles as their technology, but to actually manufacture those bodies for specific purposes and have specific product lines, putting the gems somewhere between StarfishAliens and StarfishRobots, depending on how you define robot.

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* The gem aliens Gems of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' look [[RubberForeheadAliens pretty human]] but were quickly revealed to be *[[TechnoBabble deep breath]]* pseudo-organic HardLight [[SelfConstructedBeing bodies projected by a magic rock]].pseudo-magic rock. Later, they were revealed to not only use [[HeartDrive cores]] based on the same principles as their technology, but to actually manufacture those bodies for specific purposes and have specific product lines, putting the gems somewhere between StarfishAliens and StarfishRobots, depending on how you define robot.
18th Jun '17 2:13:39 PM Owlorange1995
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* The Guardians in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are ancient {{Magitek}} robots, but it is established that most of them are being controlled by [[Calamity Ganon]], and that's because it filled them with Malice, an organic essence of its body that can sprout eyes, mouths, and even produce monsters.

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* The Guardians in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are ancient {{Magitek}} robots, but it is established that most of them are being controlled by [[Calamity [[EldritchAbomination Calamity Ganon]], and that's because it filled them with Malice, an organic essence of its body that can sprout eyes, mouths, and even produce monsters.
18th Jun '17 2:12:29 PM Owlorange1995
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* The Guardians in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are ancient {{Magitek}} robots, but it is established that most of them are being controlled by [[Calamity Ganon]], and that's because it filled them with Malice, an organic essence of its body that can sprout eyes, mouths, and even produce monsters.
4th Jun '17 7:00:37 PM thatother1dude
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Zenyatta, Bastion, and 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.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Zenyatta, Bastion, and Orisa are clearly robots, robots and Genji is frequently mentioned as being a cyborg, 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.
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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* 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.
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