History Main / RobotWar

12th Sep '17 12:22:08 AM TechPriest90
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For added atmosphere, listen to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q2e8lnqwwk this]] while reading.
28th Aug '17 10:45:37 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The Synthetic Dawn introduces machine empires as playable races, with the explanation that they won their respective wars with their creators before developing faster than light spaceships. They come in multiple flavors; the default is just another empire with mechanics similar to a hiveminded race, one kind wants to kill all organics everywhere, one wants to assimilate all organics into cyborgs, and one wants to relegate organics to lives of leasure while the robots run things and do all the actual work (in which case they didn't overthrow their masters, their masters just lost interest).
16th Aug '17 5:27:58 PM LordInsane
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** This was the story of the Cybrex precursors, with them being the robots in question and fighting across much of the galaxy. The war proper was ended not by organic victory, but by [[spoiler: the Cybrex suddenly realising [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what a horrible thing it was that they were doing]], abandoning the war-effort and retreating to a secret fortress.]] The organic races weren't particularly inclined towards mercy when they found them, however...
21st Jul '17 7:42:25 PM Conrail16
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* ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' takes place [[spoiler:1000 years after one of these, one in which the robots won and multitcellular life was extinguished.]] The humans and other animals that exist in the game are all descended from [[spoiler:lab grown clones, after Elisibet Sobeck realized that humanity was doomed to lose the war against a swarm of self-replicating war machines that had gone rouge.]]
8th Jul '17 9:44:26 AM nombretomado
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** In the game's current setting, humanity (and the rest of the universe) engage in a war with the newly awakened [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead robot]] Necrons whose main purpose in life is to wipe out all sentient races in the galaxy. Of course in this case, the robot army didn't so much rebel against their creators as their Gods the [[PhysicalGods C'tan]] decided that they could do without these inconvenient weak flesh bodies and told the Necrontyr that by replacing their bodies with Necrodermis they could live forever. What they didn't tell them is that the transformation would dull their mind and senses, and they practically became slaves of the C'tan. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrontyr#History More info]] on TheOtherWiki. According to the new codex, the Necrons did engage in a rebellion against their masters and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu won, shattering the C'tans in shards]] (there is only one C'tan who is not confirmed having been shattered, and it's implied the [[GodEmperor Emperor]] punched it into submission and imprisoned it under Mars to inspire the Adeptus Mechanicum), but in the effort they exhausted their forces enough that the emerging Eldar would have defeated them and their king sent them to sleep before destroying his command circuit.

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** In the game's current setting, humanity (and the rest of the universe) engage in a war with the newly awakened [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead robot]] Necrons whose main purpose in life is to wipe out all sentient races in the galaxy. Of course in this case, the robot army didn't so much rebel against their creators as their Gods the [[PhysicalGods C'tan]] decided that they could do without these inconvenient weak flesh bodies and told the Necrontyr that by replacing their bodies with Necrodermis they could live forever. What they didn't tell them is that the transformation would dull their mind and senses, and they practically became slaves of the C'tan. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrontyr#History More info]] on TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki. According to the new codex, the Necrons did engage in a rebellion against their masters and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu won, shattering the C'tans in shards]] (there is only one C'tan who is not confirmed having been shattered, and it's implied the [[GodEmperor Emperor]] punched it into submission and imprisoned it under Mars to inspire the Adeptus Mechanicum), but in the effort they exhausted their forces enough that the emerging Eldar would have defeated them and their king sent them to sleep before destroying his command circuit.
4th Jul '17 10:52:16 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' has this as its conflict. On one side, we have the Androids (and the [=YoHRa=] Units specifically), RidiculouslyHumanRobots and the machine lifeforms, less human-looking machines created by aliens. The Androids want to repel the invading machine lifeforms so that humanity can repopulate the planet after being driven to the moon. The machine lifeforms were designed to study humanity but were eventually driven to fight the Androids. One of the themes of this game is how NotSoDifferent the two types of Automata are.

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* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' has this as its conflict. On one side, we have the Androids (and the [=YoHRa=] Units specifically), RidiculouslyHumanRobots who are RidiculouslyHumanRobots, and the machine lifeforms, who are less human-looking machines created by aliens. The Androids want to repel the invading machine lifeforms so that humanity can repopulate the planet after being driven to the moon. The machine lifeforms were designed to study humanity but were eventually driven to fight the Androids. One of the themes of this game is how NotSoDifferent the two types of Automata are. [[spoiler:As it turns out, both sides' creators are long extinct, and the entire purpose of the war is to push both sides' evolution towards a state of "humanity".]]
28th Jun '17 7:54:21 PM Abodos
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* The backstory of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' tells of how the Kingdom of Hyrule, anticipating the imminent return of [[EldritchAbomination Calamity Ganon]], unearthed a number of ancient {{Magitek}} robots, the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]] and the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], that had been used to help defeat Ganon 10,000 years before. But Ganon [[DemonicPossession used his Malice to take control of these machines]] and destroy the kingdom and its army in a CurbStompBattle. Even a century after the "Great Calamity" took place, Guardians can be found roaming the landscape attacking unwary travelers, while the Divine Beasts cause havoc in their respective regions with their ElementalPowers.
1st Jun '17 10:44:46 AM UMDP
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** Part of the Imperium's {{backstory}} which says that humanity's golden age (now known as the Dark Age of Technology) was brought to an end by the 'Men of Iron' who rebelled against their human masters. This war was apparently so destructive that even 14-15 millenia later, sentient AI are still considered blasphemous and destroyed. This was further explored in the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First And Only'', where the MacGuffin the heroes are chasing after turns out to be a [[spoiler: Standard Template Construct machine that produces Iron Men, albeit one that was warped by the power of Chaos.]]

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** Part of the Imperium's {{backstory}} which says that humanity's golden age (now known as the Dark Age of Technology) was brought to an end by the 'Men of Iron' who rebelled against their human masters. This war was apparently so destructive that even 14-15 millenia later, sentient AI are still considered blasphemous and destroyed. This was further explored in the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First And Only'', where the MacGuffin the heroes are chasing after turns out to be a [[spoiler: Standard Template Construct machine that produces Iron Men, albeit one that was warped by the power of Chaos.]]]] There abilities are mentioned in the Audio Drama Perpetual where a group led by Ollanius Pius [[spoiler:a 45,000+ year old immortal]] travels back in time from the Horus Heresy to the Dark age of technology there they see a massive destroyed city ripped apart with a giant chasm that reaches all the way to the planets core. According to Pius it was made by a mechnavores a giant mech that can hurl entire continents as projectiles and can "eat" spacetime by converting it into data. He also mentions giant ships that unfurl into mechanical serpants the size of Saturn's rings called "Sun snuffers" and nanomachine swarms that can cover entire planets killing billions in seconds. According to him the entire Horus Heresy is nothing more than a minor skirmish when compared to the war against Men of iron.
21st May '17 10:43:31 PM KaputExaltation
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The most frightening thing about a BugWar or any other kind of [[AlienInvasion humans-vs-aliens battle]] is the threat that humanity may be wiped completely from the map; that billions of years of evolution and thousands of years of civilization may be rendered meaningless by unstoppable DeathFromAbove.

The beauty of the Robot War is that it is laced with an extra layer of irony: the machines that want to KillAllHumans were ''created'' by that very species, and they've TurnedAgainstTheirMasters. The human species, which has used technology and ingenuity to dominate the planet, has actually assured its own destruction by creating something even more powerful and intelligent than itself, even though it knows that AIIsACrapshoot. Thus this is a very common theme in futuristic "AndManGrewProud" stories.

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The most frightening thing about a BugWar or any other kind of [[AlienInvasion humans-vs-aliens battle]] is the threat that humanity may be wiped completely from the map; that billions of years of evolution and thousands of years of civilization may be rendered meaningless by unstoppable DeathFromAbove.

DeathFromAbove. The beauty of the Robot War is that it is laced with an extra layer of irony: the machines that want to KillAllHumans were ''created'' by that very species, and they've TurnedAgainstTheirMasters. The human species, which has used technology and ingenuity to dominate the planet, has actually assured its own destruction by creating something even more powerful and intelligent than itself, even though it knows that AIIsACrapshoot. Thus this is a very common theme in futuristic "AndManGrewProud" stories.



If it's an individual robot on a rampage, expect it to CrushKillDestroy. Often caused by [[AIIsACrapshoot AI being a crapshoot]] and/or MechanicalEvolution. With respect to the organbags or rustbuckets there may be some FantasticRacism on show. Expect to see MechaMooks and [[MechanicalMonster Mechanical Monsters]] in legions. Expect GuiltFreeExterminationWar to show up.

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If it's an individual robot on a rampage, expect it to CrushKillDestroy. Often caused by [[AIIsACrapshoot AI being a crapshoot]] and/or MechanicalEvolution. With respect to the organbags or rustbuckets there may be some FantasticRacism on show. Expect to see MechaMooks and [[MechanicalMonster Mechanical Monsters]] in legions. Expect GuiltFreeExterminationWar to show up.
up. [[CaptainObvious Of course]], a Robot War will always involve [[RobotSoldier robotic soldiers]].
20th May '17 3:55:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Vandread}}'' is a story about [[SchoolgirlLesbians Lesbian]] SpacePirates fighting to protect the human species from evil robots. Well, it's more complicated than that, but further elaborating would be a spoiler, well, one that we're not giving away on ''this'' page, anyway.

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* ''{{Vandread}}'' ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is a story about [[SchoolgirlLesbians Lesbian]] SpacePirates fighting to protect the human species from evil robots. Well, it's more complicated than that, but further elaborating would be a spoiler, well, one that we're not giving away on ''this'' page, anyway.
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