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3rd Oct '17 2:37:01 AM LondonKdS
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* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' has at times shown disdain towards [=AIs=]. Often this seems to come out of his (usually justified) disapproval of people who rely on non-sentient computers and other machines without thinking for themselves, but it sometimes extends to outright denial of the idea that computers can genuinely qualify as "people" at all. In particular, the Third Doctor in "The Green Death" refuses to recognise the BigBad BOSS as genuinely sentient in the face of clear evidence, in a way that comes across as bigoted even if BOSS isn't a very '''nice''' sentient person.



* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles,'' "it's just a machine" is pretty much a mantra among the characters who have harsher views on robots and AI. Sarah Connor and Derek Reese are both quick to remind John that Cameron, the resident Terminator, is exactly this. John, however, feels differently about machines in general and Cameron in particular, due to his experiences with "Uncle Bob". It doesn't help that Cameron is a RobotGirl who repeatedly saves his life and that he feels indebted to and ends up developing a sort of attraction towards.

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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles,'' "it's just a machine" is pretty much a mantra among the characters who have harsher views on robots and AI. Sarah Connor and Derek Reese are both quick to remind John that Cameron, the resident Terminator, is exactly this. John, however, feels differently about machines in general and Cameron in particular, due to his experiences with "Uncle Bob". It doesn't help that Cameron is a RobotGirl who repeatedly saves his life and that he feels indebted to and ends up developing a sort of attraction towards. This is all complicated by the fact that the show's AI characters genuinely do seem to exist on a spectrum in terms of the extent to which they have individual personality and free will, with [[spoiler:Cameron, Weaver, and John Henry]] definitely appearing to qualify.
30th Sep '17 5:26:08 PM FactoidCow
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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Morty reluctantly shoots a guard after Rick tells him "It's okay, they're just robots!" The insectoid guard falls down screaming and gushing blood while an associate frantically yells for someone to notify the guard's wife; turns out Rick just ''called'' them robots because they're bureaucrats and he doesn't respect them.

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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Morty reluctantly shoots a guard after Rick tells him "It's okay, they're just robots!" The insectoid guard falls down screaming and gushing blood while an associate frantically yells for someone to notify the guard's wife; turns out [[MetaphoricallyTrue Rick just ''called'' just]] ''[[MetaphoricallyTrue called]]'' [[MetaphoricallyTrue them robots because they're bureaucrats and he doesn't respect them. them.]]
27th Sep '17 3:16:38 AM CountDorku
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** It's brought up in a single moment in the ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' novel. During a conversation, Anakin refers to Artoo as "him", immediately prompting Obi-Wan to correct him by saying "it". Probably based on Obi-Wan's lack of a reaction when Arfour was destroyed by the buzz droids.

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** Joruus C'baoth in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy insists that droids are an abomination because they don't have souls - or, at least, that they don't touch the Force - but since C'baoth is a ''raging asshole'' we're probably not supposed to take his side in this.
** It's brought up in a single moment in the ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' novel. During a conversation, Anakin refers to Artoo as "him", immediately prompting Obi-Wan to correct him by saying "it". Probably based on Obi-Wan's lack of a reaction when Arfour was destroyed by the buzz droids. (It turns out slightly later that Obi-Wan has trouble clinging to this particular dictum when he too starts referring to Artoo as "he" and gets rather embarrassed about it.)


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* In ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', Tachyon believes this of Omnitron-X. She's shown consistently to be wrong: Omnitron-X's backstory involves being ''built'' to have compassion, and the flavour text on various cards shows Omnitron-X to act reasonably human, including having a sense of humour and even being ''[[BadassBoast boastful]]''.
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9th Sep '17 10:50:22 AM pimpdaddy
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* The anime adaptation of {{Kikaider}} addresses this theme repeatedly. Jiro is an android built with a conscience to give him a moral compass like humans. The legitimacy of his existence is rejected at various points by the people around him, and leaves a deep impact on how he views himself.
5th Aug '17 7:31:29 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/DarkMatter'': Boone says this regarding androids, but is called out by Sarah (who exists only as a sentient digital avatar) and later apologizes to the Android over it.
14th Jul '17 9:27:00 AM trixus
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* In ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' the protagonists considers Machines Lifeform just machine that replicate human behavior without understanding it. Double as FantasticRacism since the protagonists themselves are androids but being human made instead of alien made like the machines they view themselves as superior.
10th Jul '17 4:26:02 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Headlander}}'', [[MissionControl Earl]] tells you to not worry about killing the [[MechaMooks Shepherds]] and stealing their bodies, because they're "just robots", as opposed to the [[BrainUploading uploaded humans]] that comprise the civilian population. [[spoiler:Even though Earl himself [[RoboticReveal is also]] [[BenevolentAI a computer]]; he apologizes for the deception when he reveals this, noting that after [[AIIsACrapshoot Methuselah]] nobody would trust an AI.]]
10th Jul '17 4:22:09 PM KillerClowns
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It can get pretty odd when the machines themselves claim this is the case. Note that the trope has seldom been played straight since the earliest days of science fiction. If it is implied to be self aware there will at least be a lampshade on this trope.

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It can get pretty odd when the machines themselves claim this is the case.case, usually to justify being the one to make a HeroicSacrifice. Note that the trope has seldom been played straight since the earliest days of science fiction. If it is implied to be self aware there will at least be a lampshade on this trope.
9th Jul '17 8:45:35 PM KillerClowns
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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': What Vindel Mauser thought for the overall of Lemon's W-series. Before his {{retcon}}, Axel Almer used to have the same mindset (only maybe more extreme), but after {{retcon}}, [[UnexplainedRecovery he got better]]. Duminuss also utters this to Lamia Loveless if they ever meet in battle, which she vehemently denied.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': What Vindel Mauser thought for the overall of Lemon's W-series. Before his {{retcon}}, Axel Almer used to have the same mindset (only maybe more extreme), but after {{retcon}}, [[UnexplainedRecovery he got better]].better. Duminuss also utters this to Lamia Loveless if they ever meet in battle, which she vehemently denied.
8th Jul '17 8:06:18 PM KillerClowns
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* The view of the PsychicPowers-wielding Spiritualist civs in VideoGame/{{Stellaris}} is that synths, who have no psionic presence, therefore have no souls or consciousness. This includes [[BrainUploading civilizations that have uploaded themselves into robotic bodies]] -- the Spiritualists regard this as a mass suicide that leaves behind only mockeries of life. Suffice it to say, the pro-AI Materialist civs that oppose them regard the "kill it on sight" policy Spiritualists have on sentient-seeming AI as superstition-driven genocide.
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