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8th Mar '17 1:10:54 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* The classic John Henry story is what pioneered this trope.

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* The classic John Henry story is what pioneered this trope. While he won in the end, he died from exercian while the machine could do it all over again the next day.
18th Sep '16 2:31:40 PM eroock
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And in this corner, we have the automaton. Perfect in every conceivable way, invulnerable to the wear and tear so common in humans, working tirelessly as long as it can maintain a power source. The machine has no sense of remorse or mercy and will do whatever is commanded of it to the bitter end. Alas, the machine lacks one thing- [[ThePowerOfLove Love]].

Who will win? Well, that's a question for the plot. Given that good guys almost always succeed, bet on that horse first- but more often than not [[MostWritersAreHuman it's the human we're supposed to be rooting for]]. Since God help us if the robot revolution comes and they really are better than us.

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And in this corner, we have the automaton. Perfect in every conceivable way, invulnerable to the wear and tear so common in humans, working tirelessly as long as it can maintain a power source. The machine has no sense of remorse or mercy and will do whatever is commanded of it to the bitter end. Alas, the machine lacks one thing- thing -- [[ThePowerOfLove Love]].

Who will win? Well, that's a question for the plot. Given that good guys almost always succeed, bet on that horse first- first -- but more often than not [[MostWritersAreHuman it's the human we're supposed to be rooting for]]. Since God help us if the robot revolution comes and they really are better than us.
18th Sep '16 2:30:01 PM eroock
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->''Look at you, hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bones, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?''

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->''Look ->''"Look at you, hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bones, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?''machine?"''
25th Aug '16 11:28:26 PM jamespolk
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* "WesternAnimation/JohnHenryAndTheInkyPoo" is a stop-motion version of the John Henry legend in which John Henry takes on a steam hammer. This animated short departs from the most common versions of the legend by making John Henry a giant Myth/PaulBunyan-style, and by having him hammering railroad spikes instead of steel drills.
7th Aug '16 3:01:22 PM Vir
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* In one between-episode skit on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', Johnny is in a chess match with a chess-playing robot. His constant stream of stupidity quickly causes it to overload.
30th Jul '16 5:51:57 PM nombretomado
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* The John Henry legend is spoofed in ''DaveBarry in Cyberspace'', which tells a story of the first computer ever built that Dave Barry was definitely making up:

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* The John Henry legend is spoofed in ''DaveBarry ''Creator/DaveBarry in Cyberspace'', which tells a story of the first computer ever built that Dave Barry was definitely making up:
17th May '16 10:07:20 AM Chabal2
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** In another instance, he claims Deep Blue won chess games against human grandmasters via the unusual strategy of applying several thousand volts through their bodies.
10th May '16 4:37:24 AM erforce
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-->--Shodan, ''VideoGame/SystemShock''

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-->--Shodan, -->-- '''Shodan''', ''VideoGame/SystemShock''



* ''Film/TheMatrix'' shows this as the aftermath of the RobotWar. The humans firmly believe that the use of their own human spirit is the only thing separating them from the machines, and is the only real advantage they have.
* ''Film/{{Terminator}}''
* In ''RockyIV'', Rocky trains by doing [[NatureHero manual labor in the snow and exercising in a barn.]] [[BigBad Ivan Drago]] trains in a lab surrounded by high-tech devices and monitored by scientists. Rocky wins the fight since he has "[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower heart]]".

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* ''Film/TheMatrix'' ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' shows this as the aftermath of the RobotWar. The humans firmly believe that the use of their own human spirit is the only thing separating them from the machines, and is the only real advantage they have.
* ''Film/{{Terminator}}''
%%* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
* In ''RockyIV'', ''Film/RockyIV'', Rocky trains by doing [[NatureHero manual labor in the snow and exercising in a barn.]] [[BigBad Ivan Drago]] trains in a lab surrounded by high-tech devices and monitored by scientists. Rocky wins the fight since he has "[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower heart]]".
6th Mar '16 8:18:04 PM Andyroid
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* Myth/PaulBunyan and Babe the Blue Ox get in on the act, too, when they go up against the mechanized saw in a tree-cutting contest. Interestingly, Paul loses (by a quarter of an inch, in WaltDisney's version).

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* Myth/PaulBunyan and Babe the Blue Ox get in on the act, too, when they go up against the mechanized saw in a tree-cutting contest. Interestingly, Paul loses lost (by a quarter of an inch, in WaltDisney's version).
Creator/WaltDisney's [[WesternAnimation/MiscellaneousDisneyShorts version]]), and [[ButNowIMustGo headed for the Alaskan wilderness]] when he realized [[EndOfAnAge the age of the lumberjack was drawing to a close]].
12th Feb '16 12:26:48 AM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s August 2012 update introduced a cooperative game mode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly titled]] "Mann Vs. Machine" where the RED team squares off against robot knockoffs of the game's classes (except the Engineer, who was added in a later update), created by Redmond and Blutarch Mann's [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]] Gray Mann.

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s August 2012 update introduced a cooperative game mode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly titled]] "Mann Vs. Machine" where the RED team squares off against robot knockoffs of the game's classes (except the Engineer, who was added in a later update), classes, created by Redmond and Blutarch Mann's [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]] Gray Mann.
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