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15th Apr '17 1:56:34 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of ''{{Tron}}: [[{{Tron20}} Ghost in the Machine]]'', [[spoiler: The unified Jet.exe]] gets offered a chance to be uploaded into the User world, [[spoiler: but when he learns it would mean the destruction of the server he lives on, [[DefiedTrope Jet.exe throws away the chance and chooses to live out his runtime as an ordinary Program]] without hesitation or regret.]]

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* At the end of ''{{Tron}}: [[{{Tron20}} [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Ghost in the Machine]]'', [[spoiler: The unified Jet.exe]] gets offered a chance to be uploaded into the User world, [[spoiler: but when he learns it would mean the destruction of the server he lives on, [[DefiedTrope Jet.exe throws away the chance and chooses to live out his runtime as an ordinary Program]] without hesitation or regret.]]
2nd Apr '17 4:11:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''PhantasyStarIV'',

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* ''PhantasyStarIV'',''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'',
8th Feb '17 9:10:26 PM Ambaryerno
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** Used to symbolic effect in ''Comicbook/AllNewWolverine'' issue 17: Pinocchio's transformation from puppet to real boy is directly juxtaposed with Laura finally breaking free of her conditioning to the trigger scent, literally "cutting her strings" and making her a puppet no more.
1st Feb '17 12:37:15 AM Otyugra
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* Played with very dark humor in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. When Pinocchio and Gepetto aare stuck in the whale, Billy is also eaten. Gepetto, thrilled to have a human companion, begins to act as if Billy were his real son. Pinocchio, out of jealousy, decides that the only way to become a real boy, is to eat Billy, and get his soul. HilarityEnsues.

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* This trope is the entire premise of ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''. In his own kid-friendly show (notably, one of the last to ever be fully cel animated), Robot Jones spends each episode analyzing his high school so as to fit in with his human classmates. Like many tv shows, as it went on, it deviated more and more from this [[StrictlyFormula core episodic formula]].
* Played with very dark humor in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. When Pinocchio and Gepetto aare are stuck in the whale, Billy is also eaten. Gepetto, thrilled to have a human companion, begins to act as if Billy were his real son. Pinocchio, out of jealousy, decides that the only way to become a real boy, is to eat Billy, and get his soul. HilarityEnsues.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Dummy Love", the Aqua Teens get two murderous ventriloquist dummies and Shake uses them for a stageshow. Unfortunately for him, Meatwad wishes them human, which leads to Shake getting pissed, trying to kill them and going to prison for attempted murder.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Dummy Love", the Aqua Teens get two murderous ventriloquist dummies and Shake uses them for a stageshow.stage show. Unfortunately for him, Meatwad wishes them human, which leads to Shake getting pissed, trying to kill them and going to prison for attempted murder.
30th Jan '17 6:20:05 AM cybertoy0
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** The AI fragment Sigma of Project Freelancer was fascinated by the concept of "Metastability", which was basically the stage where an AI becomes indistinguishable from a normal mind. To accomplish this, he created the Meta by brainwashing Agent Maine and having him steal the other AI fragments in order to become whole. In season 13, Locust assumes the Meta was trying to become the perfect weapon, only for Aiden Price to explain that what the Meta truly wanted was to become human.
15th Dec '16 4:15:48 AM LentilSandEater
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* Lampshaded in a host segment to the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "Film/IAccuseMyParents," when Tom wants to become a real live boy, so Crow paints him "nude" color.

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* Lampshaded Discussed in a typically BlackComedy way in a host segment to the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "Film/IAccuseMyParents," when Tom wants to become a real live boy, so Crow paints him "nude" color.
15th Dec '16 4:13:51 AM LentilSandEater
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* Totally subverted in ''PhantasyStarIV'', where the androids of the party, Wren and Demi, are both hundreds of years old (Wren is actually closer to ''a thousand'' years old) and perfectly happy being androids with feelings, having presumably awakened to their emotions some time ago. Some fans speculate that Wren actually ''built'' Demi as a companion for himself, which is why she's small, cute, and more emotionally developed despite being some six hundred years younger than him.
** Subverted more directly with Rika, an artificial humanoid; the player can watch her slowly grow up over the course of the game (including a childish phase and a know-it-all adolescent phase, before arriving at maturity). At one point, she even describes the difference between being informed of things and encountering them in the real world, but none of the things she counts among them are romantic love, and in fact her first experience with displays of human emotion is [[spoiler: mourning the death of Alys.]]

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* Totally subverted ''PhantasyStarIV'',
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in ''PhantasyStarIV'', where that the androids of the party, Wren and Demi, are both hundreds of years old (Wren is actually closer to ''a thousand'' years old) and perfectly happy being androids with feelings, having presumably awakened to their emotions some time ago. Some fans speculate that Wren actually ''built'' Demi as a companion for himself, which is why she's small, cute, and more emotionally developed despite being some six hundred years younger than him.
** Subverted more directly Played straight with Rika, an artificial humanoid; the player can watch her slowly grow up over the course of the game (including a childish phase and a know-it-all adolescent phase, before arriving at maturity). At one point, she even describes the difference between being informed of things and encountering them in the real world, but none of the things she counts among them are romantic love, and in fact her first experience with displays of human emotion is [[spoiler: mourning the death of Alys.]]
16th Nov '16 5:57:16 AM Tron80
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* One [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Superman}} story had SufficientlyAdvanced aliens transform one of Superman's robots into a superpowered flesh-and-blood human being with free will, but the robot ended up [[HeroicSacrifice Heroically Sacrificing]] himself to save the day before the story's end.

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* One [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} story had SufficientlyAdvanced aliens transform one of Superman's robots into a superpowered flesh-and-blood human being with free will, but the robot ended up [[HeroicSacrifice Heroically Sacrificing]] himself to save the day before the story's end.
21st Oct '16 12:03:52 PM MagnusForce
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* Played with very dark humor in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. When Pinocchio and the old guy are stuck in the whale, Billy is also eaten. The Old Guy, thrilled to have a human companion, begins to act as if Billy were his real son. Pinocchio, out of jealousy, decides that the only way to become a real boy, is to eat Billy, and get his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]]. HilarityEnsues.

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* Played with very dark humor in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. When Pinocchio and the old guy are Gepetto aare stuck in the whale, Billy is also eaten. The Old Guy, Gepetto, thrilled to have a human companion, begins to act as if Billy were his real son. Pinocchio, out of jealousy, decides that the only way to become a real boy, is to eat Billy, and get his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]]. HilarityEnsues.soul. HilarityEnsues.
** Pinnocchio's first appearance in the show, "[[DerailedFairyTale Nursery Crimes]]", sees him try to eat Billy to become a real boy.
13th Sep '16 10:29:57 PM Vir
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* ''TheVentureBrothers'' has this as a running theme, as Hank and Dean had been a succession of clones, educated by computers programmed decades ago, and virtually cut off from the outside world. As super-science mishaps and plain stupidity killed them, they were replaced, starting over in their teenage forms. Once all their reserve clones had been killed off, their father has been marginally more concerned with keeping them alive, and they've been encountering the larger world, largely unequipped to deal with it.

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* ''TheVentureBrothers'' ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has this as a running theme, as Hank and Dean had been a succession of clones, educated by computers programmed decades ago, and virtually cut off from the outside world. As super-science mishaps and plain stupidity killed them, they were replaced, starting over in their teenage forms. Once all their reserve clones had been killed off, their father has been marginally more concerned with keeping them alive, and they've been encountering the larger world, largely unequipped to deal with it.it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Dummy Love", the Aqua Teens get two murderous ventriloquist dummies and Shake uses them for a stageshow. Unfortunately for him, Meatwad wishes them human, which leads to Shake getting pissed, trying to kill them and going to prison for attempted murder.
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