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22nd Sep '17 7:32:07 PM WillKeaton
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* Heroic Example: Cyborg from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', after finally conquering his AesopAmnesia in the third season, started embracing this trope, though he never went into outright worship, and [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul he never became evil because of it,]] though did end up having a [[HeroicRROD very harsh overload]] when he got ''too'' enthusiastic.

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* Heroic Example: Cyborg from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', after finally conquering his AesopAmnesia in the third season, started embracing this trope, though he never went into outright worship, and [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul he never became evil because of it,]] though however he did end up having a [[HeroicRROD very harsh overload]] when he got ''too'' enthusiastic.
22nd Sep '17 7:31:32 PM WillKeaton
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* Heroic Example: Cyborg from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', after finally conquering his AesopAmnesia in the third season, started embracing this trope. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul He never became evil because of it though]], though did end up having a [[HeroicRROD very harsh overload]] when he got ''too'' enthusiastic.

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* Heroic Example: Cyborg from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', after finally conquering his AesopAmnesia in the third season, started embracing this trope. trope, though he never went into outright worship, and [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul He he never became evil because of it though]], it,]] though did end up having a [[HeroicRROD very harsh overload]] when he got ''too'' enthusiastic.
22nd Sep '17 7:30:14 PM WillKeaton
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the Amazonians worship a supercomputer [[spoiler:actually a fembot controlling the thing {{Film/TheWizardOfOz}}-style]] that refers to itself as "Femputer", which had appeared shortly after the males of their species mysteriously all died out. Unlike most examples, the only thing that changed about their tribal culture is that Femputer and the hardware necessary for it to work and communicate with others were installed in a huge temple.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the Amazonians worship a supercomputer [[spoiler:actually a fembot controlling the thing {{Film/TheWizardOfOz}}-style]] ''[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]''-style]] that refers to itself as "Femputer", which had appeared shortly after the males of their species mysteriously all died out. Unlike most examples, the only thing that changed about their tribal culture is that Femputer and the hardware necessary for it to work and communicate with others were installed in a huge temple.
22nd Sep '17 7:28:02 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', all of SHODAN's cyborgs consider her some kind of dictator-god; even Edward Diego ends up calling her "Lord SHODAN" and treating her with servile reverence. In System Shock 2, the Many refer to her as the Machine Mother, implying some sort of "mother-goddess" role (even though they [[strike:don't obey her will]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens actively work against her]]). What's more, SHODAN considers ''herself'' to be a goddess. "How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?"
*** [[spoiler: At the end of System Shock 2 she gains the means to become a goddess and turn the universe into her personal cyberspace.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', all of SHODAN's cyborgs consider her some kind of dictator-god; even Edward Diego ends up calling her "Lord SHODAN" and treating her with servile reverence. In System ''System Shock 2, 2'', the Many refer to her as the Machine Mother, implying some sort of "mother-goddess" role (even though they [[strike:don't obey her will]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens actively work against her]]). What's more, SHODAN considers ''herself'' to be a goddess. "How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?"
*** [[spoiler: At the end of System ''System Shock 2 2'' she gains the means to become a goddess and turn the universe into her personal cyberspace.]]
27th Aug '17 9:47:38 AM nombretomado
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* The entire humankind in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico''. [[AfterTheEnd After a tower malfunction destroyed 99%+ of the planet's surfface]], humans live in unbelievably tall Towers that are also unbelievably complex supercomputers. The inhabitants consider the three [[ArtificialHumans Tower]] [[RobotGirl Administrators]] ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification who basically are the towers]]) their Godesses, and an entire caste of priestess [[OminousLatinChanting sing to]] [[MagicFromTechnology connect to the tower]], [[MagicMusic making miracles]].

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* The entire humankind in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico''. ''VideoGame/ExaPico''. [[AfterTheEnd After a tower malfunction destroyed 99%+ of the planet's surfface]], surface]], humans live in unbelievably tall Towers that are also unbelievably complex supercomputers. The inhabitants consider the three [[ArtificialHumans Tower]] [[RobotGirl Administrators]] ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification who basically are the towers]]) their Godesses, Goddesses, and an entire caste of priestess [[OminousLatinChanting sing to]] [[MagicFromTechnology connect to the tower]], [[MagicMusic making miracles]].
31st Jul '17 9:08:29 AM Achaemenid
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-> ''"To fail is to be flesh, only metal endures."''
-->-- '''The Dogma Mechanicus''', '''''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''''

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-> ''"To fail is to be ''"From weakness of the mind, Omnissiah save us,\\
from the lies of the Antipath, circuit preserve us,\\
from the rage of the Beast, iron protect us,\\
from the temptations of the
flesh, only metal endures.silica cleanse us,\\
from the ravages of time, anima shield us,\\
from this rotting cage of biomatter,\\
Machine god, set us free.
"''
-->-- '''The Dogma The '''Prayer of the Adeptus Mechanicus''', '''''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''''
9th Jun '17 3:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{Wildstorm}} Universe, the Church of Gort is a religion for cyborgs built on this very premise.

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* In the {{Wildstorm}} Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Universe, the Church of Gort is a religion for cyborgs built on this very premise.
17th Apr '17 2:42:34 PM Malady
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* The Construct Council in Creator/ChinaMieville'a ''PerdidoStreetStation''. A massive AI in a scrapyard with worshipers. However it still has to communicate through a dead body hooked up to it. [[spoiler: As they leave Isaac notes that for the spokesperson to work, they must have ''been alive'' when they were hooked up.]] Also in the gap between this and the sequels ''Literature/TheScar'' and ''Literature/IronCouncil'', there is a [[{{RobotWar}} purging of all constructs]] from the city for fear of what they could become.

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* The Construct Council in Creator/ChinaMieville'a ''PerdidoStreetStation''.''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''. A massive AI in a scrapyard with worshipers. However it still has to communicate through a dead body hooked up to it. [[spoiler: As they leave Isaac notes that for the spokesperson to work, they must have ''been alive'' when they were hooked up.]] Also in the gap between this and the sequels ''Literature/TheScar'' and ''Literature/IronCouncil'', there is a [[{{RobotWar}} purging of all constructs]] from the city for fear of what they could become.



* The Rix, of {{Scott Westerfeld}}'s ''TheRisenEmpire'', worship artificial intelligences, and slowly upgrade themselves, replacing organs, limbs and connective tissues.

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* The Rix, of {{Scott Westerfeld}}'s ''TheRisenEmpire'', Creator/ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/TheRisenEmpire'', worship artificial intelligences, and slowly upgrade themselves, replacing organs, limbs and connective tissues.



* In Creator/FrederikPohl's ''Literature/HeecheeSaga'', the big bads have it in for organic life. They decide to spare humanity [[spoiler: when they encounter a human who had her mind transferred to a Heechee computer form, not to escape death, but BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO BE A COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE. To the big bads, this meant humans had potential.]]

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* In Creator/FrederikPohl's ''Literature/HeecheeSaga'', the big bads have it in for organic life. They decide to spare humanity [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when they encounter a human who had her mind transferred to a Heechee computer form, not to escape death, but BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO BE A COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE. To the big bads, this meant humans had potential.]]



* Played with in the first book of the original ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, with the people of the Foundation playing to be machine priests to thrive among the ruins of what once was the Galactic Empire [[spoiler: A certain prince onboard an old Imperial battlecruiser discovers it the hard way]].
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy''. No one actually ''worships'' the [[MasterComputer Planning Machine]], but the technicians who work most closely with it are expected to give up their former lives and devote themselves to the machine. When they enter training, they are called "acolytes", and once they graduate, they are given the title "Brother" or "Sister" (like monks or nuns), they recieve a neural implant called a "communion plate" in their foreheads, and they are given a set of sonic beads which they "tell" (like rosary beads) to communicate with the machine at a distance.
* In the sequel novel to ''[[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus]]'' by D. F. Jones, a group called the Sect that worships the computer that now rules humanity is gaining followers and influence.

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* Played with in the first book of the original ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, with the people of the Foundation playing to be machine priests to thrive among the ruins of what once was the Galactic Empire [[spoiler: A certain prince onboard an old Imperial battlecruiser discovers it the hard way]].
* {{Subverted|Trope}} {{Subverted}} in ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy''. No one actually ''worships'' the [[MasterComputer Planning Machine]], but the technicians who work most closely with it are expected to give up their former lives and devote themselves to the machine. When they enter training, they are called "acolytes", and once they graduate, they are given the title "Brother" or "Sister" (like monks or nuns), they recieve a neural implant called a "communion plate" in their foreheads, and they are given a set of sonic beads which they "tell" (like rosary beads) to communicate with the machine at a distance.
* In the sequel novel to ''[[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus]]'' ''{{Film/Colossus|TheForbinProject}}'' by D. F. Jones, a group called the Sect that worships the computer that now rules humanity is gaining followers and influence.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'': A possible fate of Kai as said in ''The Snow Queen'':
--> given his turn of mind, he would have become a Clockwork Artificer, one of those repellant individuals who tried to reduce everything to a matter of gears and levers, and tried to [[ManInTheMachine imprison life itself inside metal simulacrums]]. While not usually dangerous to the public at large the way, say, the average necromancer was, Clockwork Artificers could cause a great deal of unhappiness—and in their zeal to recreate life itself, sometimes resorted to murder.



* The synthet of {{Etherlords}} live on land where plants welk and flesh withers, so instead, they seek to increase their perfection: "the presence of specially created synthetic elements in the body, to replace and supplement imperfect organic elements".

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* ''VideoGame/{{Etherlords}}'': The synthet of {{Etherlords}} live on land where plants welk walk and flesh withers, so instead, they seek to increase their perfection: "the presence of specially created synthetic elements in the body, to replace and supplement imperfect organic elements".



* The ''[[VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod After the End]]'' mod for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' has the Rust Cult, whose faith involves reverence of the technology of pre-Deluge America. Everyone can stumble upon a piece of technology that miraculously still works, but only Rust Cultists can make pilgrimages to search for artefacts of before the End.

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* The ''[[VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod After the End]]'' ''{{VideoGame/After The End|ACrusaderKingsIIMod}}'' mod for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' has the Rust Cult, whose faith involves reverence of the technology of pre-Deluge America. Everyone can stumble upon a piece of technology that miraculously still works, but only Rust Cultists can make pilgrimages to search for artefacts of before the End.



* Kimiko Ross, the main character of Webcomic/{{Dresden Codak}}, exemplifies the trope without actually worshipping machines.
** She's a staunch [[TheSingularity Singularitan]] [[TransHumanism Transhumanist]]; there's not much point worshipping the tools used to raise you to [[PhysicalGod godlike-status]].

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* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'': Kimiko Ross, the main character of Webcomic/{{Dresden Codak}}, character, exemplifies the trope without actually worshipping machines.
** She's a staunch [[TheSingularity Singularitan]] [[TransHumanism Transhumanist]]; {{Transhumanis|m}}t; there's not much point worshipping the tools used to raise you to [[PhysicalGod godlike-status]].



* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the Amazonians worship a supercomputer [[spoiler:actually a fembot controlling the thing [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]-style]] that refers to itself as "Femputer", which had appeared shortly after the males of their species mysteriously all died out. Unlike most examples, the only thing that changed about their tribal culture is that Femputer and the hardware necessary for it to work and communicate with others were installed in a huge temple.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the Amazonians worship a supercomputer [[spoiler:actually a fembot controlling the thing [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]-style]] {{Film/TheWizardOfOz}}-style]] that refers to itself as "Femputer", which had appeared shortly after the males of their species mysteriously all died out. Unlike most examples, the only thing that changed about their tribal culture is that Femputer and the hardware necessary for it to work and communicate with others were installed in a huge temple.
11th Apr '17 11:27:55 PM JackG
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* In the sequel novel to ''[[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus]]'' by D. F. Jones, a group called the Sect that worships the computer that now rules humanity is gaining followers and influence.
8th Apr '17 9:56:18 AM Xtifr
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* In E. M. Forster's story ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', the Machine in question provides for all human needs. The Book containing the instructions to make requests to the Machine is revered in a fashion reminiscent of holy scriptures; as time passes, humans also take to gather in order to ritually praise the Machine.

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* In E. M. Forster's story ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', "Literature/TheMachineStops", the Machine in question provides for all human needs. The Book containing the instructions to make requests to the Machine is revered in a fashion reminiscent of holy scriptures; as time passes, humans also take to gather in order to ritually praise the Machine.
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