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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.
16th Jun '17 7:13:05 PM Scrounge
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* Averted in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' metaseries. While some ill-informed fleshlings are so foolish as to refer to Cybertronian life as being "just machines", it is an established fact, proven several times over that Transformers have souls (they call them Sparks, and they have a special container in their chest to hold it), an extant God (Primus, whose sleeping body ''is'' the Transformer homeworld of Cybertron), and an afterlife (the Well of All Sparks, where All are One. It is proven, but nonetheless mysterious). Interestingly none of the above is established for the aforementioned fleshlings - meaning that, given the evidence, it is entirely possible that the machines are more "human" than the humans, by the definitions humans use.
* The robots built by Sumdac's company in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' to perform manual labour and generally run Detroit are indeed just machines. At one point, Soundwave attempts to have these robots [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters revolt]], believing that logically humanity ought to serve robots. Upon enacting his plan, Sari is quick to point out that the robots haven't gained sentience, they are simply following their programming; programming that Soundwave hacked.

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* Averted in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' metaseries. While some ill-informed fleshlings are so foolish as to refer to Cybertronian life as being "just machines", it is an established fact, proven several times over that Transformers have souls (they call them Sparks, and they have a special container in their chest to hold it), an extant God (Primus, whose sleeping body ''is'' the Transformer homeworld of Cybertron), and an afterlife (the Well of All Sparks, where All are One. It is proven, but nonetheless mysterious). Interestingly none of the above is established for the aforementioned fleshlings - meaning that, given the evidence, it is entirely possible that the machines are more "human" than the humans, by the definitions humans use.
use. The is also no denying that Cybertronians show a depth and range of emotion remarably similar to humans, and are capable of amazing displays of compassion... And just as capable of savage and relentless hatred.
* The robots built by Sumdac's company in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' to perform manual labour and generally run Detroit are indeed just machines. At one point, Soundwave attempts to have these robots [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters revolt]], believing that logically humanity ought to serve robots. Upon enacting his plan, Sari is quick to point out that the robots haven't gained sentience, they are simply following their programming; programming that Soundwave hacked.hacked, which Soundwave doesn't deny for one second.
25th May '17 9:40:22 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Morty reluctantly kills a guard after Rick tells him "it's ok, they're just robots". Turns out Rick just ''called'' them robots because they're bureaucrats.

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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Morty reluctantly kills shoots a guard after Rick tells him "it's ok, "It's okay, they're just robots". Turns 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.bureaucrats and he doesn't respect them.
11th May '17 11:32:11 AM HelloLamppost
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** It's notable in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' that Amidala formally congratulates and thanks Artoo for saving the ship. According the Expanded Universe material, Naboo is notable for treating droids with more respect than most societies do.
11th May '17 11:22:38 AM HelloLamppost
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** It's notable in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' that Amidala formally congratulates and thanks Artoo from saving the ship. According the Expanded Universe material, Naboo is notable for treating droids with more respect than most societies do.

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** It's notable in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' that Amidala formally congratulates and thanks Artoo from for saving the ship. ship. According the Expanded Universe material, Naboo is notable for treating droids with more respect than most societies do.
11th May '17 11:22:24 AM HelloLamppost
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** It's notable in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' that Amidala actually congratulates and thanks Artoo from saving the ship. According the Expanded Universe material, Naboo is notable for treating droids with more respect than most societies do.

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** It's notable in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' that Amidala actually formally congratulates and thanks Artoo from saving the ship. ship. According the Expanded Universe material, Naboo is notable for treating droids with more respect than most societies do.
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