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5th May '16 9:17:42 AM marcoasalazarm
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* The aforementioned book plays with this trope, exposing it in a fashion similar to Max Brooks' ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide''. The exposition on what robots can do zig-zags in and out of RealLife tech limitations: while one passage mentions to run away if you see the robots having glowing red eyes and suddenly growing chainsaw arms, another passage mention that (by modern-day tech limits) humans have the edge in mobility with such things as being able to climb trees and swim.
1st May '16 5:37:40 AM erforce
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* One early example, and maybe the definitive early idea of this particular techno-nightmare, of this trope is Creator/FredSaberhagen's 1947 short story "Without a Thought," which introduced the Literature/{{Berserker}}s: robotic war machines, originally created in the distant past by aliens who wanted a fearless robotic ultimate weapon that could think for itself and improve itself--and got it, in spades. Billions of years later, the Berserkers, who due either to a programming error in the first examples or a software bug introduced shortly thereafter, are programmed to be at eternal war with all life in the universe, have exterminated their creators and all other intelligent species in their portion of the galaxy, improving themselves continuously over time, and have just discovered the human race. TheTerminator, the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Cylons]], the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Doomsday Machine]], the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Necrons]] and many others are, if not Berserkers in new costumes, nonetheless owe much to Fred Saberhagen, and perhaps also to Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann, who first theorized about the possibility of robots sophisticated enough to manufacture more of themselves.

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* One early example, and maybe the definitive early idea of this particular techno-nightmare, of this trope is Creator/FredSaberhagen's 1947 short story "Without a Thought," which introduced the Literature/{{Berserker}}s: robotic war machines, originally created in the distant past by aliens who wanted a fearless robotic ultimate weapon that could think for itself and improve itself--and got it, in spades. Billions of years later, the Berserkers, who due either to a programming error in the first examples or a software bug introduced shortly thereafter, are programmed to be at eternal war with all life in the universe, have exterminated their creators and all other intelligent species in their portion of the galaxy, improving themselves continuously over time, and have just discovered the human race. TheTerminator, The Franchise/{{Terminator}}, the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Cylons]], the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Doomsday Machine]], the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Necrons]] and many others are, if not Berserkers in new costumes, nonetheless owe much to Fred Saberhagen, and perhaps also to Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann, who first theorized about the possibility of robots sophisticated enough to manufacture more of themselves.



* Music/JudasPriest - "Metal Gods" and the Terminator-inspired "Blood Red Skies"

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* Music/JudasPriest - "Metal Gods" and the Terminator-inspired ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}-inspired "Blood Red Skies"



* LemonDemon - "When Robots Attack"

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* LemonDemon Music/LemonDemon - "When Robots Attack"



* Fear Factory - "Obsolete"
* Arrogant Worms - "Killer robots from Venus" (there's nothing wrong with them though)

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* Fear Factory Music/FearFactory - "Obsolete"
* Arrogant Worms Music/ArrogantWorms - "Killer robots from Venus" (there's nothing wrong with them though)



* ''{{Eberron}}'' has the threat of one of these in the background with the Lord of Blades, a renegade Warforged leader that is gathering an army of Warforged to him.

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* ''{{Eberron}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' has the threat of one of these in the background with the Lord of Blades, a renegade Warforged leader that is gathering an army of Warforged to him.



* The FATE setting ''CAMELOT Trigger'' combines this with Myth/KingArthur and HumongousMecha: Morgan le Fay becomes the [[Film/{{Terminator}} Skynet-esque]] [=MerGN=], leading the "Emergent" robot hordes against John Arthur's mech-pilot Knights.

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* The FATE setting ''CAMELOT Trigger'' combines this with Myth/KingArthur and HumongousMecha: Morgan le Fay becomes the [[Film/{{Terminator}} [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Skynet-esque]] [=MerGN=], leading the "Emergent" robot hordes against John Arthur's mech-pilot Knights.
25th Apr '16 9:54:57 PM FordPrefect
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* While it's not quite the UrExample, (''Theatre/{{RUR}}'' still has a pretty strong case) Creator/MaryShelley's Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, one of the first works of fiction to address the responsibilities and uncertainties inherent in creating an artificial intelligence, contains a moment of doubt by the novel's IdiotBall -juggling namesake, in which he wonders what would happen if he gives his creature a wife; would they not reproduce, and ultimately replace Man as the dominant species? Of course, he could just [[IdiotPlot not give her a womb in the first place]], but then that would be rational.

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* While it's not quite the UrExample, UrExample (''Theatre/{{RUR}}'' still has a pretty strong case) case), Creator/MaryShelley's Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, one of the first works of fiction to address the responsibilities and uncertainties inherent in creating an artificial intelligence, contains a moment of doubt by the novel's IdiotBall -juggling IdiotBall-juggling namesake, in which he wonders what would happen if he gives his creature a wife; would they not reproduce, and ultimately replace Man as the dominant species? Of course, he could just [[IdiotPlot not give her a womb in the first place]], but then that would be rational.
25th Apr '16 9:54:25 PM FordPrefect
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies and spin-offs, mankind is shown to be in a war with robotic killers under the control of the [=SkyNet=] artificial intelligence. Which due to [=SkyNet=] discovering TimeTravel technology, ends up with extensions on the present day along with the dystopian future. Interestingly, in the first film it is stated conclusively that the ''humans'' had effectively won the war, and the whole TimeTravel plot was a last-ditch desperation tactic on [=SkyNet=]'s part, making ''Terminator'' the rare RobotWar story where the robots do not have the upper hand in the overall conflict. Later sequels to the original film go back and forth on this (as the mucking about in the past starts changing the events of the future).

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies and spin-offs, mankind is shown to be in a war with robotic killers under the control of the [=SkyNet=] artificial intelligence. Which due to [=SkyNet=] discovering TimeTravel technology, ends up with extensions on in the present day along with the dystopian future. Interestingly, in the first film it is stated conclusively that the ''humans'' had effectively won the war, and the whole TimeTravel plot was a last-ditch desperation tactic on [=SkyNet=]'s part, making ''Terminator'' the rare RobotWar story where the robots do not have the upper hand in the overall conflict. Later sequels to the original film go back and forth on this (as the mucking about in the past starts changing the events of the future).
23rd Apr '16 1:13:35 AM jormis29
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** On a larger scale, the Reapers. Ironically, the Reapers exist [[spoiler:to ''prevent'' a Robot War. The first true AI ever created, the Catalyst, betrayed its own creators whom it then destroyed. The Catalyst became convinced that conflict between organic and synthetic life is inevitable, and that such a conflict could utterly destroy the galaxy. The Reapers are the Catalyst's means of making sure such a destructive Robot War never takes place by "resetting" organic civilization every 50,000 years. There is even evidence in the games to support the Catalyst's argument; namely, the quarian vs. geth conflict. Which was only allowed to happen because the Protheans delayed the Reaper cycle. There is also evidence against it; namely, the peaceful resolution of the quarian vs. geth conflict.]]

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** On a larger scale, the Reapers. Ironically, the Reapers exist [[spoiler:to ''prevent'' a Robot War. The first true AI ever created, the Catalyst, betrayed its own creators whom it then destroyed. The Catalyst became convinced that conflict between organic and synthetic life is inevitable, and that such a conflict could utterly destroy the galaxy. The Reapers are the Catalyst's means of making sure such a destructive Robot War never takes place by "resetting" organic civilization every 50,000 years. There is even evidence in the games to support the Catalyst's argument; namely, the quarian vs. geth conflict. Which was only allowed to happen because the Protheans delayed the Reaper cycle. There is also evidence against it; namely, the possibility for a peaceful resolution of the quarian vs. geth conflict.conflict if the player makes the right choices.]]
22nd Apr '16 7:57:55 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** On a larger scale, the Reapers. Ironically, the Reapers exist [[spoiler:to ''prevent'' a Robot War. The first true AI ever created, the Catalyst, was betrayed by its own creators whom it destroyed. The Catalyst became convinced that conflict between organic and synthetic life is inevitable, and that such a conflict could utterly destroy the galaxy. The Reapers are the Catalyst's means of making sure such a destructive Robot War never takes place by "resetting" organic civilization every 50,000 years. There is even evidence in the games to support the Catalyst's argument; namely, the quarian vs. geth conflict. Which was only allowed to happen because the Protheans delayed the Reaper cycle.]]

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** On a larger scale, the Reapers. Ironically, the Reapers exist [[spoiler:to ''prevent'' a Robot War. The first true AI ever created, the Catalyst, was betrayed by its own creators whom it then destroyed. The Catalyst became convinced that conflict between organic and synthetic life is inevitable, and that such a conflict could utterly destroy the galaxy. The Reapers are the Catalyst's means of making sure such a destructive Robot War never takes place by "resetting" organic civilization every 50,000 years. There is even evidence in the games to support the Catalyst's argument; namely, the quarian vs. geth conflict. Which was only allowed to happen because the Protheans delayed the Reaper cycle. There is also evidence against it; namely, the peaceful resolution of the quarian vs. geth conflict.]]
27th Mar '16 4:21:34 PM Eddy1215
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* ''Series/ChorikiSentaiOhranger'' is an entire series of this, with the Ohrangers battling the forces of the Baranoia empire.

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* ''Series/ChorikiSentaiOhranger'' ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' is an entire series of this, with the Ohrangers battling the forces of the Baranoia empire.
27th Mar '16 4:20:19 PM Eddy1215
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* ''Series/ChorikiSentaiOhranger'' is an entire series of this, with the Ohrangers battling the forces of the Baranoia empire.



* The ''FlightOfTheConchords'' song "The Humans are Dead". "This song isn't for humans. it's more for robots, after they have killed all the humans." "Yeah, that's the market we're trying to get into..."

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* The ''FlightOfTheConchords'' ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'' song "The Humans are Dead". "This song isn't for humans. it's more for robots, after they have killed all the humans." "Yeah, that's the market we're trying to get into..."
28th Jan '16 1:07:31 AM Kollega
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* ''VideoGame/ScrapMechanic'' features a localized version: an uprising of agricultural robots on a fully-automated farming planet. The player characters, meanwhile, are maintenance specialists sent to the planet for unrelated reasons, having to survive against the robots after their starship crash-landed. Fortunately for them, they are all {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es of a highest caliber.
28th Dec '15 12:57:29 PM intastiel
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* The Yor Collective in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' are merciless robots out for blood, who became sentient due to AbusivePrecursors needing an edge.

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* The Yor Collective in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' are merciless In the backstory of ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'', the {{Abusive Precursor|s}} Dreadlords started a war between the Iconians and their robot servants by giving the robots out sapience -- and a hatred for blood, who all organic life. The Iconians lost the war and their home planet, while the Yor became sentient due dreaded as a species of conscienceless {{Absolute Xenophobe}}s. Of course, thanks to AbusivePrecursors needing an edge.GameplayAndStorySegregation, player-controlled Yor can be the cuddliest little angels in the sugar bowl, fanatical MechaMooks and military nanotech be damned...
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