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CyberneticsEatYourSoul, but for some, it sounds like a good trade. These characters admire the sleek lines and shining chrome of machinery, and idolize the purity of purpose and cold logic of artificial intelligences. Compared with the frailties of mortal flesh and the frivolities of human emotions, robots and [=AIs=] can come across as superior beings - after all, they are effectively immortal, and certainly don't seem to war amongst each other as much as humans.

These characters actually worship technology, robots, or artificial intelligences. Some even set out to "improve" themselves, replacing parts of their fleshy prison with cybernetic upgrades, intending to have as few biological components as possible so as to be closer to the machinery they idolize. Others may want to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascend]] to a [[VirtualGhost More Digital]] [[BrainUploading Plane of Existence]], letting the electronics in their brains merge with the electronics in computer banks. Whether operating alone or in full-fledged religious movements, they agree that in order to become superhuman, you need to be less human.

Compare with CargoCult, in which technology is worshiped as a means to an end, without understanding. See also TheSingularity, a possible outcome if a whole society joins the Machine Cult, and UnwillingRoboticisation, when the mechanisation is forced upon people who refused it. When the ''[=AI=]'' is the one who decides [[AGodAmI it's a god]], you have a case of DeusEstMachina. Can become [[NightmareFuel very, very scary]] if combined with CyberneticsEatYourSoul. Not to be confused with RobotReligion.

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CyberneticsEatYourSoul, but for some, it sounds like a good trade. These characters admire the sleek lines and shining chrome of machinery, machinery and idolize the purity of purpose and cold logic of artificial intelligences.intelligence. Compared with the frailties of mortal flesh and the frivolities of human emotions, robots and [=AIs=] can come across as superior beings - after all, they are effectively immortal, and certainly don't seem to war amongst each other as much as humans.

These characters actually worship technology, robots, or artificial intelligences.intelligence. Some even set out to "improve" themselves, replacing parts of their fleshy prison with cybernetic upgrades, intending to have as few biological components as possible so as to be closer to the machinery they idolize. Others may want to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascend]] to a [[VirtualGhost More Digital]] [[BrainUploading Plane of Existence]], letting the electronics in their brains merge with the electronics in computer banks. Whether operating alone or in full-fledged religious movements, they agree that in order to become superhuman, you need to be less human.

Compare with CargoCult, in which technology is worshiped as a means to an end, without understanding. See also TheSingularity, a possible outcome if a whole society joins the Machine Cult, and UnwillingRoboticisation, when the mechanisation mechanization is forced upon people who refused it. When the ''[=AI=]'' is the one who decides [[AGodAmI it's a god]], you have a case of DeusEstMachina. Can become [[NightmareFuel very, very scary]] if combined with CyberneticsEatYourSoul. Not to be confused with RobotReligion.



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has an episode which evolves around a cult obsessed with [[BrainUploading uploading your mind into the internet]]. The cult leader thought this was a better alternative to life in the flesh because [[spoiler:he was hospitalized and totally immobile]].
* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', it's not worship ''per se'', but a persistent theme is the Buddha-like transcendence into The Wired (which is like the internet, but with more mystique). The Wired ''does'' have a capital-G {{God}}: [[spoiler:Lain herself]].

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has an episode which evolves revolves around a cult obsessed with [[BrainUploading uploading your mind into the internet]]. The cult leader thought this was a better alternative to life in the flesh because [[spoiler:he [[spoiler: he was hospitalized and totally immobile]].
* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', it's not worship ''per se'', but a persistent theme is the a Buddha-like transcendence into The Wired (which is like the internet, but with more mystique). The Wired ''does'' have a capital-G {{God}}: [[spoiler:Lain herself]].



* This is the main source of the conflict between the Dark Legion and the rest of the Echidna species in Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' series; the latter, for various reasons, decided to ban excessive technology in their society, and the former -- not willing to conform -- were exiled. Naturally, part of the Legion's love for technology manifests itself in their replacing body parts with [[ArtificialLimbs Prosthetic Limbs]], but - in a subversion to [[MadScientist the other villainous group that holds technology in a similar regard]], said augmentations don't result in CyberneticsEatYourSoul.
* Exemplified in ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' by Channon's boyfriend, Ziang. Given Transmetropolitan's style, it's treated more as a sexual fetish than a religion, but for some people religion is an experience on par with sex. Ziang has copious wires hanging out of the back of his head, some cybernetics surely (possibly internal), and treats going "foglet" (uploading his mind into a nanobot colony) as a transcendent experience which he's been "ready for since his first orgasm."

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* This is the main source of the conflict between the Dark Legion and the rest of the Echidna species in Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' series; the latter, for various reasons, decided to ban excessive technology in their society, and the former -- not willing to conform -- were exiled. Naturally, part of the Legion's love for technology manifests itself in their there replacing body parts with [[ArtificialLimbs Prosthetic Limbs]], but - in a subversion to [[MadScientist the other villainous group that holds technology in a similar regard]], said augmentations don't result in CyberneticsEatYourSoul.
* Exemplified in ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' by Channon's boyfriend, Ziang. Given Transmetropolitan's style, it's treated more as a sexual fetish than a religion, but for some people people, religion is an experience on par with sex. Ziang has copious wires hanging out of the back of his head, some cybernetics surely (possibly internal), and treats going "foglet" (uploading his mind into a nanobot colony) as a transcendent experience which he's been "ready for since his first orgasm."



* The War Boys from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' have the Cult of the V8. They have a V8 hand sign, they spray chrome paint onto their teeth when they go berserker and try to hitch a ride to Valhalla, and many of them, including Nux, carve pictorgrams of engines into their skin. WordOfGod says that because most of them are sick, and they cannot heal themselves, they try to make themselves more like the machines, which they can repair.

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* The War Boys from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' have the Cult of the V8. They have a V8 hand sign, they spray chrome paint onto their teeth when they go berserker and try to hitch a ride to Valhalla, and many of them, including Nux, carve pictorgrams pictograms of engines into their skin. WordOfGod says that because most of them are sick, and they cannot heal themselves, they try to make themselves more like the machines, which they can repair.



* The Construct Council in Creator/ChinaMieville'a ''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.

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* The Construct Council in Creator/ChinaMieville'a ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''. A massive AI in a scrapyard with worshipers. However However, it still has to communicate through using 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 implication in the early books was that enslavement by machines was a bit more metaphoric: by delegating basic and complex tasks to machines, humanity was weakened rather than enlightened. The target of the Jihad "was a machine-attitude as much as the machines". With the abolition of computers, man was forced to develop his own potential, leading to the rise of the [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower specialised skill-sets]] of [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Mentats]] and the [[CompellingVoice Bene]] [[MusclesAreMeaningless Gesserit]].

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** The implication in the early books was that enslavement by machines was a bit more metaphoric: by delegating basic and complex tasks to machines, humanity was weakened rather than enlightened. The target of the Jihad "was a machine-attitude as much as the machines". With the abolition of computers, man was forced to develop his own potential, leading to the rise of the [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower specialised specialized skill-sets]] of [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Mentats]] and the [[CompellingVoice Bene]] [[MusclesAreMeaningless Gesserit]].



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

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



* ''Literature/StarTrekExMachina'', a book in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, posits a faction like this in the post-colonization society of [[CargoCult Yonada]], which makes a fair amount of sense. This faction regards Kirk as a "god-killer" for his frequent destruction of artificial intelligences, and interprets V'Ger as having escaped him, not understanding that V'Ger was only able to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence by incorporating humanoid emotion.

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* ''Literature/StarTrekExMachina'', a book in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, posits a faction like this in the post-colonization society of [[CargoCult Yonada]], which makes a fair amount of sense. This faction regards Kirk as a "god-killer" for his frequent destruction of artificial intelligences, intelligence and interprets V'Ger as having escaped him, not understanding that V'Ger was only able to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence by incorporating humanoid emotion.



* 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.]]



* {{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.

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* {{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 receive 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.



* Cavil in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' resents being trapped in a human form, and wishes he had been created as a machine--he wants to feel solar wind, see gamma rays...

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* Cavil in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' resents being trapped in a human form, and wishes he had been created as a machine--he wants to feel the solar wind, see gamma rays...



*** {{Word of God}} says Cavil probably wouldn't be happy as a full machine either. His resentment is directed at his creators themselves rather than having the form of a human (though it is certainly a factor). The "machine" business is mainly his way of justifying his hatred to himself.

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*** {{Word of God}} says Cavil probably wouldn't be happy as a full machine either. His resentment is directed at his creators creator's themselves rather than having the form of a human (though it is certainly a factor). The "machine" business is mainly his way of justifying his hatred to himself.



* This was the original rationale for the evolution of the Cybermen in ''Series/DoctorWho'', where a race on a dying planet began replacing their bodies with machines to survive, then decided to chuck out their emotions as well later on. Over the course of the series this got [[{{Flanderization}} forgotten]] and the [[LostInImitation new series Cybermen]] are examples of CyberneticsEatYourSoul instead. [[note]] The current Cybermen are from an AlternateUniverse and not directly related to the classic versions. [[/note]]

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* This was the original rationale for the evolution of the Cybermen in ''Series/DoctorWho'', where a race on a dying planet began replacing their bodies with machines to survive, then decided to chuck out their emotions as well later on. Over the course of the series series, this got [[{{Flanderization}} forgotten]] and the [[LostInImitation new series Cybermen]] are examples of CyberneticsEatYourSoul instead. [[note]] The current Cybermen are from an AlternateUniverse and not directly related to the classic versions. [[/note]]



** [[TheCracker Root]] believes that while HumansAreFlawed, the [[SinisterSurveillance Mach]][[InstantAIJustAddWater ine]] is intelligent, rational, sentient, built by design, and ultimately better than humanity. She even refers to the Machine as "God" (with female pronouns to boot). [[spoiler:While introduced as a villain, who kills a lot of people and works against the protagonists to free the Machine, she later allies with "Team Machine" after the Machine liberates itself and designates Root as an "analog interface".]]

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** [[TheCracker Root]] believes that while HumansAreFlawed, the [[SinisterSurveillance Mach]][[InstantAIJustAddWater ine]] is intelligent, rational, sentient, built by design, and ultimately better than humanity. She even refers to the Machine as "God" (with female pronouns to boot). [[spoiler:While [[spoiler: While introduced as a villain, who kills a lot of people and works against the protagonists to free the Machine, she later allies with "Team Machine" after the Machine liberates itself and designates Root as an "analog interface".]]



** [[spoiler:John Greer]] believes that ArtificialIntelligence will do a better job of guiding and protecting the human race than any of the flawed, corrupt or incompetent officials currently in power. He makes references to the "New Gods" and plans to create a "pantheon" of [=AIs=] to watch over humanity.

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** [[spoiler:John [[spoiler: John Greer]] believes that ArtificialIntelligence will do a better job of guiding and protecting the human race than any of the flawed, corrupt or incompetent officials currently in power. He makes references to the "New Gods" and plans to create a "pantheon" of [=AIs=] to watch over humanity.



** The Adeptus Mechanicus are one of the best examples of the trope. A priesthood that holds a monopoly on humanity's technology, this order of [[TechnoWizard techno-magi]] has maintenance rituals involving sacred oils and psalms to placate the "machine spirits" of devices, and they worship a Machine God they call the Omnissiah, which [[spoiler:is often implied to be a C'Tan, one of the beings that created the Necrons]]. They frequently use cybernetics to become closer to the machines they venerate, up to replacing the right half of their brains with a computer so they can devote more time to logical thinking without [[StrawVulcan silly things like emotion]] getting in the way.

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** The Adeptus Mechanicus are is one of the best examples of the trope. A priesthood that holds a monopoly on humanity's technology, this order of [[TechnoWizard techno-magi]] has maintenance rituals involving sacred oils and psalms to placate the "machine spirits" of devices, and they worship a Machine God they call the Omnissiah, which [[spoiler:is [[spoiler: is often implied to be a C'Tan, one of the beings that created the Necrons]]. They frequently use cybernetics to become closer to the machines they venerate, up to replacing the right half of their brains with a computer so they can devote more time to logical thinking without [[StrawVulcan silly things like emotion]] getting in the way.



--->'''One of Our Own''': "...not only do they occasionally replace half their brain with a computer to free themselves from emotions, but they're one of the most powerful forces in the Imperium. This wouldn't be so bad until you consider how many of them are horrible, horrible people - Archmagos Khobotov from Soul Drinker basically thinks "The Soul Drinkers have an ancient right to the Soulspear, since it's their holiest relic. I don't. I'm going to take it anyways." They literally do not care about anything other than the technology - no honour, no justice, definitely not other people's lives. They will gladly put an entire world's population at risk in order to have a chance to loot a Necron tomb, and tend to act offended when people wall off Necron tombs rather than letting themselves get annihilated by psychopathic robot skeletons. And they're so powerful no-one will ever be able to do anything about it."[[note]]As a footnote, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the Mechanicus is technically a separate nation from the Imperium]][[/note]]
** As weird and scary as the Mechanicus and their worship of the Omnissiah and the Machine Spirit is, there's disturbing indications that [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight they're totally right]] to worship their machines. The "machine spirits" aren't just some religious nonsense; every piece of Imperium technology has fragments of artificial intelligence in them (a relic of an ancient RobotWar), and [[AIIsACrapshoot failing to placate these unstable AI systems can genuinely cause them to go haywire]], and neglecting sanctification rituals can [[DemonicPossession potentially cause the machine spirit to be corrupted by Chaos.]]
** The Iron Hands Space Marine Chapter are similar, sharing the Mechanicus' heavy use of bionics and their reverence for all things mechanical, and unusually for an Astartes Chapter enjoy close links with Mars. Instead of Chaplains, they have Iron Fathers, who combine the role of Chaplain with Techmarine. They despise the flesh as weak, and tend to view other Imperial forces and civilians with contempt - in at least one case summarily executing one third of the population of a retaken sub-sector to demonstrate the price of weakness (and electing a daemon-summoning heretic as planetary governor, but mostly weakness). Even their battle cry is "The flesh is weak!"

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--->'''One of Our Own''': "...not only do they occasionally replace half their brain with a computer to free themselves from emotions, but they're one of the most powerful forces in the Imperium. This wouldn't be so bad until you consider how many of them are horrible, horrible people - Archmagos Khobotov from Soul Drinker basically thinks "The Soul Drinkers have an ancient right to the Soulspear, Soulspear since it's their holiest relic. I don't. I'm going to take it anyways." They literally do not care about anything other than the technology - no honour, honor, no justice, definitely not other people's lives. They will gladly put an entire world's population at risk in order to have a chance to loot a Necron tomb, and tend to act offended when people wall off Necron tombs rather than letting themselves get annihilated by psychopathic robot skeletons. And they're so powerful no-one will ever be able to do anything about it."[[note]]As a footnote, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the Mechanicus is technically a separate nation from the Imperium]][[/note]]
** As weird and scary as the Mechanicus and their worship of the Omnissiah and the Machine Spirit is, there's there are disturbing indications that [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight they're totally right]] to worship their machines. The "machine spirits" aren't just some religious nonsense; every piece of Imperium technology has fragments of artificial intelligence in them (a relic of an ancient RobotWar), and [[AIIsACrapshoot failing to placate these unstable AI systems can genuinely cause them to go haywire]], and neglecting sanctification rituals can [[DemonicPossession potentially cause the machine spirit to be corrupted by Chaos.]]
** The Iron Hands Space Marine Chapter are similar, sharing the Mechanicus' heavy use of bionics and their reverence for all things mechanical, and unusually for an Astartes Chapter enjoy close links with Mars. Instead of Chaplains, they have Iron Fathers, who combine the role of Chaplain with Techmarine. They despise the flesh as weak, weak and tend to view other Imperial forces and civilians with contempt - in at least one case summarily executing one third one-third of the population of a retaken sub-sector to demonstrate the price of weakness (and electing a daemon-summoning heretic as planetary governor, but mostly weakness). Even their battle cry is "The flesh is weak!"



** You also have the Chaos tainted version, the Dark Mechanicus, who work with actually demonically-possessed machinery in forges located in the Warp. They replace so much of their bodies with tech that they are all but immune to the horrors of the Warp with how little of their souls are left.

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** You also have the Chaos tainted Chaos-tainted version, the Dark Mechanicus, who work with actually demonically-possessed machinery in forges located in the Warp. They replace so much of their bodies with tech that they are all but immune to the horrors of the Warp with how little of their souls are left.



** This trope splits the [[MechanicalLifeforms geth]] down the middle. The 'heretic' geth view the Reapers as the pinnacle of MechanicalEvolution and will do anything to become more like them. The 'true' geth have the same goal, but wish to achieve it on their own terms and without harming anyone else. Despite their absolutely massive egos, the Reapers find the heretics' worship [[PretenderDiss insulting]] and only view them as tools.
** Cerberus' attempt to control the geth through their religious impulse is the basis of the Overlord [[DownloadableContent DLC]]. As with so many other Cerberus projects, it went very, very wrong.

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** This trope splits the [[MechanicalLifeforms geth]] down the middle. The 'heretic' geth Geth view the Reapers as the pinnacle of MechanicalEvolution and will do anything to become more like them. The 'true' geth Geth have the same goal, but wish to achieve it on their own terms and without harming anyone else. Despite their absolutely massive egos, the Reapers find the heretics' worship [[PretenderDiss insulting]] and only view them as tools.
** Cerberus' attempt to control the geth Geth through their religious impulse is the basis of the Overlord [[DownloadableContent DLC]]. As with so many other Cerberus projects, it went very, very wrong.



* The Vanu Sovereignty of ''Videogame/PlanetSide'' seek to monopolize the continents of [[LostColony Auraxis]] and the [[PreCursors ancient alien]] artifacts hidden on/in them for this very reasons. The fanaticism of scientists and pro-tech soldiers prior to the outbreak of the ForeverWar caused them to be pariahs to both the [[MegaCorp New Conglomerate]] and the [[TheEmpire Terran Republic]] remnants, resulting in them splitting off from both sides and forming the Vanu Sovereignty. They've become even more fanatical since, leading to the other factions accusing them of CyberneticsEatYourSoul while the VS scientists work on their quest to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence like they believe the Ancients did.

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* The Vanu Sovereignty of ''Videogame/PlanetSide'' ''VideoGame/PlanetSide'' seek to monopolize the continents of [[LostColony Auraxis]] and the [[PreCursors ancient alien]] artifacts hidden on/in them for this very reasons. The fanaticism of scientists and pro-tech soldiers prior to the outbreak of the ForeverWar caused them to be pariahs to both the [[MegaCorp New Conglomerate]] and the [[TheEmpire Terran Republic]] remnants, resulting in them splitting off from both sides and forming the Vanu Sovereignty. They've become even more fanatical since, leading to the other factions accusing them of CyberneticsEatYourSoul while the VS scientists work on their quest to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence like they believe the Ancients did.



** Professor Schlange from the 2014 ''Strider'' is an amoral MadScientist with an unhealthy obssession over knowledge and technology, considering every robot he's done a beautiful masterpiece. This carries on to his view on the human body as well, which he considers a mere vehicle he happily enhances with cybernetics. [[ProfessorGuineaPig He's done a lot of upgrades on himself]], to the point that he's basically merged himself with his huge laboratory.

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** Professor Schlange from the 2014 ''Strider'' is an amoral MadScientist with an unhealthy obssession obsession over knowledge and technology, considering every robot he's done a beautiful masterpiece. This carries on to his view on the human body as well, which he considers a mere vehicle he happily enhances with cybernetics. [[ProfessorGuineaPig He's done a lot of upgrades on himself]], to the point that he's basically merged himself with his huge laboratory.



* Angie (AKA [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Engie-Tan]]) of ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' was [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/2237 revealed]] to be a devotee of the Adeptus Mechanicus. And turns out to be surprised and a touch annoyed when no one else has any idea what a 'machine spirit' is.



* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' many archailects, intelligences that have transcended multiple times, are the focus of this trope. Most of them do not consider themselves to be gods, but they've long since given up trying to convince the lesser intelligences that they are not, and have instead decided to present themselves as (mostly) benevolent deities when interacting with lower intelligences (which they don't do very often... not directly anyway).

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* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' many archailects, intelligences architects, intelligence that have transcended multiple times, are the focus of this trope. Most of them do not consider themselves to be gods, but they've long since given up trying to convince the lesser intelligences that they are not, and have instead decided to present themselves as (mostly) benevolent deities when interacting with lower intelligences (which they don't do very often... not directly anyway).



** Heroic example: Cyborg, after conquering his fear of CyberneticsEatYourSoul in the third season, started embracing this trope. He never went into outright worship, and never became evil because of it, however he did end up having a [[HeroicRROD very harsh overload]] when he got ''too'' enthusiastic.

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** Heroic example: Cyborg, after conquering his fear of CyberneticsEatYourSoul in the third season, started embracing this trope. He never went into outright worship, and never became evil because of it, however however, he did end up having a [[HeroicRROD very harsh overload]] when he got ''too'' enthusiastic.



* 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 [[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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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' supplement ''Distant Worlds'' mentions that the mechanical life forms of the planet Aballon are working to create a massive neural network capable of achieving divinity. By the time of ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'', they have succeeded, and this entity, Epoch, is one of the three machine deities that make up the gestalt deity known as Triune.
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* This trope is now officially applicable to reality. A former Google employee has started a religion called [[https://www.wired.com/story/anthony-levandowski-artificial-intelligence-religion/ The Way of the Future]] that aims to create an AI god.
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9th Jan '18 4:56:57 PM MarqFJA
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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.

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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon ScamReligion for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.
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* From "2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx" by {{Rush}}:

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* From "2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx" by {{Rush}}:Music/{{Rush}}:
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* Parodied in ''NewspaperComics/CalvinAndHobbes'' when Calvin pledges undying worship of . . . the television.
-->'''Calvin:''' This bowl of lukewarm tapioca represents my brain. I offer it to you in humble sacrifice. Bestow thy flickering light forever!
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10th Dec '17 6:27:58 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** As weird and scary as the Mechanicus and their worship of the Omnissiah and the Machine Spirit is, there's disturbing indications that [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight they're totally right]] to worship their machines. The "machine spirits" aren't just some religious nonsense; every piece of Imperium technology has fragments of artificial intelligence in them, and [[AIIsACrapshoot failing to placate these unstable AI systems can genuinely cause them to go haywire]], and neglecting sanctification rituals can [[DemonicPossession potentially cause the machine spirit to be corrupted by Chaos.]]

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** As weird and scary as the Mechanicus and their worship of the Omnissiah and the Machine Spirit is, there's disturbing indications that [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight they're totally right]] to worship their machines. The "machine spirits" aren't just some religious nonsense; every piece of Imperium technology has fragments of artificial intelligence in them, them (a relic of an ancient RobotWar), and [[AIIsACrapshoot failing to placate these unstable AI systems can genuinely cause them to go haywire]], and neglecting sanctification rituals can [[DemonicPossession potentially cause the machine spirit to be corrupted by Chaos.]]
21st Oct '17 7:40:07 AM Sark0TAG
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'', which is set in dream worlds. One of the creators of Ceres, a nanobot-controlling AI, had a nightmare of a [[GiantSpider giant mechanical spider]] which he had to repair, interpreting said spider as a god, and those repairs as offerings. When you explore this dream, a mysterious voice even calls the spider "The Machine" and compares its variation of the four elements between said creator and machines themselves. A later dream world takes this UpToEleven as Ceres' own interpretation of this dream; by building the Church of the Machine, complete with Ceres dream self, Bismuth, ''praying to the Spider''.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'', which is set in dream worlds. One of the creators of Ceres, a nanobot-controlling AI, had a nightmare of a [[GiantSpider giant mechanical spider]] which he had to repair, interpreting said spider as a god, and those repairs as offerings. When you explore this dream, a mysterious voice even calls the spider "The Machine" and compares its variation of the four elements between said creator and machines themselves. A later dream world takes this UpToEleven as Ceres' own interpretation of this dream; by building the Church of the Machine, complete with Ceres Ceres' dream self, Bismuth, ''praying to the Spider''.
21st Oct '17 7:37:19 AM Sark0TAG
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'', which is set in dream worlds. One of the creators of Ceres, a nanobot-controlling AI, had a nightmare of a [[GiantSpider giant mechanical spider]] which he had to repair, interpreting said spider as a god, and those repairs as offerings. When you explore this dream, a mysterious voice even calls the spider "The Machine" and compares its variation of the four elements between said creator and machines themselves. A later dream world takes this UpToEleven as Ceres' own interpretation of this dream; by building the Church of the Machine, complete with Ceres dream self, Bismuth, ''praying to the Spider''.
27th Sep '17 2:50:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* Saren in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' claims that organic beings are weak because [[StrawVulcan they are creatures of emotion instead of logic]]. Later on, he gets cybernetic implants. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he was under the control of a machine the entire time]].

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In the first game,
Saren in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' claims that organic beings are weak because [[StrawVulcan they are creatures of emotion instead of logic]]. Later on, he gets cybernetic implants. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he was under the control of a machine the entire time]].



** Cerberus's attempt to control the geth through their religious impulse is the basis of the Overlord [[DownloadableContent DLC]]. As with so many other Cerberus projects, it went very, very wrong.

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** Cerberus's Cerberus' attempt to control the geth through their religious impulse is the basis of the Overlord [[DownloadableContent DLC]]. As with so many other Cerberus projects, it went very, very wrong.



** Brother Blood is a straight example, however; once he saw how powerful Cyborg's tech was, he not only made a small army of [[EvilKnockoffs knockoffs]], he replaced ''his own limbs'' with cybernetics.

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** Brother Blood is a straight example, however; once he saw how powerful Cyborg's tech was, he not only made a small army of [[EvilKnockoffs [[EvilKnockoff knockoffs]], he replaced ''his own limbs'' with cybernetics.
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