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9th Jan '18 2:34:22 PM nighttrainfm
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** Xavin used to refer to cyborg Victor as 'automation' and offered to Karolina that he could 'buy another one' if he broke her toys. No-one was impressed, and [[GenderBender he/she]] gradually grew out of it.
** At one point, Molly objects to leaving Leapfrog (the team's flying frog-tank) in danger. Nico retorts that Leapfrog is just a machine; when Victor gives her a look, she adds "You know what I mean." It's occasionally hinted that Leapfrog could be sapient, but never delved into too deeply.

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** Xavin used has this attitude to refer to the cyborg Victor as 'automation' at first, dismissively calling him "automaton" and offered offering to buy Karolina that he could 'buy another one' toy if he broke her toys. No-one was they break him. No one is impressed, and [[GenderBender he/she]] they gradually grew grow out of it.
** At one point, Molly objects to leaving Leapfrog (the team's flying frog-tank) in danger. Nico retorts that Leapfrog is just a machine; when Victor gives her a look, she adds "You know what I mean." It's occasionally hinted that Leapfrog could be is sapient, but never delved into too deeply.
29th Dec '17 9:01:20 AM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', in "Downfall of a Droid" and the next episode "Duel of the Droids", R2-D2 is captured. While Anakin Skywalker is extremely upset about the loss of his friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn't understand what the big deal is.
14th Dec '17 8:24:08 PM Malady
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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.

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* The anime adaptation of {{Kikaider}} ''Anime/{{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.
21st Nov '17 2:16:27 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''ComicBook/TopTen'', there is a lot of prejudice among humans against (fully sentient) robots. This becomes quite unsubtle when we discover that robots make and enjoy "scrap" music, that the preferred insult against them is "clicker", and a criminal robot calls a police one "Spambo".
20th Nov '17 9:20:08 PM CharlesPhipps
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* In Creator/CTPhipps' ''Literature/AgentG'', this was the reasoning behind [[spoiler: the Letter project. Regular soldiers have rights, needs, and free will while the Letters were designed to be dispoable SuperSoldier assassins who could be used like drones. It was stated this was LoopholeAbuse even then since they qualified as RidiculouslyHumanRobots. Also, subverted in the Letters are treated quite well in order to avoid a RobotUprising.]]
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.
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