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1st Feb '18 7:00:41 PM nombretomado
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* Briefly discussed in ''MSPaintMasterpieces'', with Mega Man wondering why robot designers always put the [=CPUs=] in the robot brains, concluding that if it were up to him, he'd put the CPU in the robot's butt.

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* Briefly discussed in ''MSPaintMasterpieces'', ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'', with Mega Man wondering why robot designers always put the [=CPUs=] in the robot brains, concluding that if it were up to him, he'd put the CPU in the robot's butt.
7th Jan '18 4:27:14 PM thatother1dude
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** It's deliberately invoked in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', whose [[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile]] [[MotionCaptureMecha Fighters]] are intentionally designed to shut down when their head is destroyed. This design choice is apparently intended to discourage pilots from aiming for the cockpit of their opponent.

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** It's deliberately invoked in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', whose [[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile]] [[MotionCaptureMecha Fighters]] are intentionally designed to shut down when their head is destroyed. This As Mobile Fighters are made for CombatByChampion instead of regular war, this design choice is apparently intended to discourage pilots from [[SnipingTheCockpit aiming for the cockpit cockpit]] of their opponent.
5th Jan '18 1:13:09 AM JackG
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* The ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Headhunter" is about a killer android who keeps coming after our heroes even after a RoboticReveal involving his head getting knocked off. Turns out the head was [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters that of its creator]], and the android's real head was a RestrainingBolt so it wouldn't KillAllHumans.
20th Dec '17 4:53:31 PM FGHIK
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Other reasons why you might want to put important functions in the head (for much the same reason that so many terrestrial creatures evolved that way) include efficiency. Many of the parts related to sensory input, such as visual or auditory receptors, would logically be built into the head for the sake of having a higher vantage point of view; once you've placed those there, you need to place the core processors near them to ensure maximum-speed reaction times to visual stimuli. How important this is and how hard that constraint becomes, of course, depends on how quickly you need your robot to be able to react.

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Other reasons why you might want to put important functions in the head (for much the same reason that so many terrestrial creatures evolved that way) include efficiency. Many of the parts related to sensory input, such as visual or auditory receptors, would logically be built into the head for the sake of having a higher vantage point of view; once you've placed those there, you need to place the core processors near them to ensure maximum-speed reaction times to visual stimuli. How important this is and how hard that constraint becomes, of course, depends on the exact technology used and how quickly you need your robot to be able to react.
30th Nov '17 5:17:16 PM DRCEQ
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* Androids in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' are intentionally designed to look, act, and function like humans as much as possible. The first episode starts off with Section 9 infiltrating a geisha resort to rescue hostages who've been physically restrained by malfunctioning android geishas. Motoko orders the team to aim for the head in order to disable them. One geisha has a guest restrained in a full nelson head lock. When Motoko shoots one bullet in its head, it malfunctions and starts to grip even harder. Motoko has no choice but to fully blow away the upper skull of the robot just to expose its circuitry and manually hack it to release the hostage.
20th Nov '17 8:28:38 PM PaulA
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* Briefly mentioned in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Original Sin''. The Doctor decapitates a hostile robot, and then muses how fortunate it was that the robot's designer had put the brain in the head.

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* Briefly mentioned in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Original Sin''.''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresOriginalSin Original Sin]]''. The Doctor decapitates a hostile robot, and then muses how fortunate it was that the robot's designer had put the brain in the head.
29th Sep '17 12:43:00 PM RedScharlach
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* ''VideoGame/BinaryDomain'' features various kinds of robots, both humanoid and otherwise. With the humanoid mechs you can blow off any part of their body to some effect, incuding the head, but this does not render them unable to function, it simply blinds them and they start shooting their allies instead. The non-humanoid ones avert this trope to a varying degree. Some have no heads to speak of while others do have heads that serve as "weak" spots, but even those weak spots are heavily armored as opposed to the rest of their body which is simply invulnerable.

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* ''VideoGame/BinaryDomain'' features various kinds of robots, both humanoid and otherwise. With the humanoid mechs you can blow off any part of their body to some effect, incuding including the head, but this does not render them unable to function, it simply blinds them and they start shooting their allies instead. The non-humanoid ones avert this trope to a varying degree. Some have no heads to speak of while others do have heads that serve as "weak" spots, but even those weak spots are heavily armored as opposed to the rest of their body which is simply invulnerable.
13th Sep '17 5:26:13 AM JackG
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** In a short story, an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near the eyes for good aiming.

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** In a short story, ''Arm of the Law'', an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} [[{{BFG}} .75 recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near right between the eyes for good aiming.
8th Jun '17 9:47:03 PM nombretomado
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* The WildCards series has the Ly'bahr, a race of [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]] who can plug themselves into all manner of different cyborg bodies. When they wear humanoid bodies they carefully avert this trope, burying the fragile meaty brains inside the torso, behind the heaviest armor possible.

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* The WildCards ''Literature/WildCards'' series has the Ly'bahr, a race of [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]] who can plug themselves into all manner of different cyborg bodies. When they wear humanoid bodies they carefully avert this trope, burying the fragile meaty brains inside the torso, behind the heaviest armor possible.
24th May '17 7:54:55 PM PaulA
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'', where it's mentioned after [=diGriz=] drops a safe on one that police robots have their brains and their voice units in their midsection, surrounded by extra armour. (He knew that; the point of crushing its head was to disable its radio so it couldn't call for backup.)
* In one of Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' novels, [[IdiotHero Bill]] travels to a planet populated by two warring factions of MechanicalLifeforms. One of them gets shot in the head by a [[LizardFolk Chinger]] guard. When the guard leaves, the robot stops playing possum and explains that his CPU is actually in his ''butt''.
** In a Harry Harrison short story, an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near the eyes for good aiming.

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Averted in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'', where it's mentioned after [=diGriz=] drops a safe on one that police robots have their brains and their voice units in their midsection, surrounded by extra armour. (He knew that; the point of crushing its head was to disable its radio so it couldn't call for backup.)
* ** In one of Creator/HarryHarrison's the ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' novels, [[IdiotHero Bill]] travels to a planet populated by two warring factions of MechanicalLifeforms. One of them gets shot in the head by a [[LizardFolk Chinger]] guard. When the guard leaves, the robot stops playing possum and explains that his CPU is actually in his ''butt''.
** In a Harry Harrison short story, an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near the eyes for good aiming.
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