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18th Sep '16 2:56:25 PM Discar
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** While not a typical example, Para Ventura's robotic "Longshoreman of the Apocalypse" ended up in a ''political'' war for control of the human habitat Credomar. The UNS (who originally built it) wanted it back, and the people just wanted food. LOTA won by giving them food. LOTA quickly proved to be a benevolent dictator, but the fact that Para's cargo shifter ended up crowning itself king gets brought up a lot whenever she's asked to build anything.
--->'''Karl Tagon:''' Ventura already instigated ''one'' robot apocalypse. I'm dropping a marker and calling that the career limit.
4th Sep '16 1:33:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Volgans in ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' are a group of war robots who decided to turn against humanity, believing that fighting for their freedom is the only war worth fighting. Neither they nor the humans are portrayed as heroic.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Atavar}}'', the Kalen are at war with the Uos, a race of killer robots originally created by the now-extinct humans.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
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The Volgans in ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' are a group of war robots who decided to turn against humanity, believing that fighting for their freedom is the only war worth fighting. Neither they nor the humans are portrayed as heroic.
* ** In one of ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'', three humans are the last survivors involved in such a war against an unstoppable robotic enemy. They all end up dying in a SuicideMission to bomb a robot spaceport, but the twist is that all [[RoboticReveal the "humans" were robots made to look like humans]], and [[UnroboticReveal the "robots" were humans in metal suits]].
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In ''ComicBook/{{Atavar}}'', the Kalen are at war with the Uos, a race of killer robots originally created by the now-extinct humans.humans.
** Has happened twice in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. The spin-off series ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' establishes that after the second one, the judges wised up and installed override codes in all robots to prevent it from happening again.



* Has happened twice in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. The spin-off series ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' establishes that after the second one, the judges wised up and installed override codes in all robots to prevent it from happening again.
14th Aug '16 1:53:14 PM nombretomado
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* In "The Future Soon" by JonathanCoulton, the protagonist causes this by "Spending my nights and weekends/Perfecting my [[MechaMooks warrior robot race]]/Building them [[WaveMotionGun one laser gun]] at a time/I'll do my best to teach them/[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman About life]] and [[HumansAreSpecial what it's worth]]/I just hope that I can keep them/From [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the Earth!]]"

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* In "The Future Soon" by JonathanCoulton, Music/JonathanCoulton, the protagonist causes this by "Spending my nights and weekends/Perfecting my [[MechaMooks warrior robot race]]/Building them [[WaveMotionGun one laser gun]] at a time/I'll do my best to teach them/[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman About life]] and [[HumansAreSpecial what it's worth]]/I just hope that I can keep them/From [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the Earth!]]"



* DoctorSteel - "Build the Robots". Dr. Steel wants to build a giant robot army as one of his backup plans for world domination in case the whole musical brainwashing idea doesn't pan out.

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* DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel - "Build the Robots". Dr. Steel wants to build a giant robot army as one of his backup plans for world domination in case the whole musical brainwashing idea doesn't pan out.
9th Aug '16 11:59:35 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] backstory, one of the reasons why the Forerunners fell to the Flood was because the former's [=AIs=] had started defecting en-masse to the latter.

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In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] the backstory, one of the reasons why the Forerunners fell to the Flood was because the former's [=AIs=] had started defecting en-masse to the latter.
29th Jul '16 1:38:47 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Surprisingly, governments in the ''Star Wars'' universe seem to be GenreSavvy enough to actively try to avoid this trope. During the days of the Republic, it was against the law to construct droids with the ability to willfully kill or harm someone. A system of "droid degrees" regulated what kind of AI is legally allowed on what type of droid. The reason that the occasional droid rebellions still happen despite these precautions is that [[AIIsACrapshoot some droids are smart enough to reprogram themselves]]. When the Emperor took control, he ordered all of the Separatist-aligned battle droids shut down so they couldn't do anything to stop him.

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** Surprisingly, governments in the ''Star Wars'' universe seem to be GenreSavvy savvy enough to actively try to avoid this trope. During the days of the Republic, it was against the law to construct droids with the ability to willfully kill or harm someone. A system of "droid degrees" regulated what kind of AI is legally allowed on what type of droid. The reason that the occasional droid rebellions still happen despite these precautions is that [[AIIsACrapshoot some droids are smart enough to reprogram themselves]]. When the Emperor took control, he ordered all of the Separatist-aligned battle droids shut down so they couldn't do anything to stop him.



* Sprawling ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' AU ''Fanfic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'' takes great pleasure in subverting and/or outright defying this trope. For example, this continuity's version of the Quarian Migrant Fleet were driven off their homeworld after a ''significant majority of the population'' sided with the Geth. Meanwhile, humanity -whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] in this setting is being DangerouslyGenreSavvy- took steps to proactively prevent one by enshrining AI rights in law as soon as they realised the {{Precursors}} had left the means to [[InstantAIJustAddWater accidentally create them]] lying around where a hapless Mars colonist could fiddle with it, and by the time they make contact with the Citadel races AIs are really just another human ethnic group.

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* Sprawling ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' AU ''Fanfic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'' takes great pleasure in subverting and/or outright defying this trope. For example, this continuity's version of the Quarian Migrant Fleet were driven off their homeworld after a ''significant majority of the population'' sided with the Geth. Meanwhile, humanity -whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] in this setting is being DangerouslyGenreSavvy- took steps to proactively prevent one by enshrining AI rights in law as soon as they realised the {{Precursors}} had left the means to [[InstantAIJustAddWater accidentally create them]] lying around where a hapless Mars colonist could fiddle with it, and by the time they make contact with the Citadel races AIs are really just another human ethnic group.



** The geth are a software species who inhabit "mobile platforms". The quarians created them for physical labor with the basic idea that nearby platforms can share processing power for low-level functions. This made them more efficient, but had the unexpected side-effect of giving individual thought. Eventually, one geth asked its overseer "[[DoAndroidsDream Does this unit have a soul?]]" The quarians [[GenreSavvy freaked out and tried to deactivate them]]... [[DeathByGenreSavviness which prompted the geth to retaliate, resulting in a short but savage war and the eventually deaths of nearly the entire quarian species]].

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** The geth are a software species who inhabit "mobile platforms". The quarians created them for physical labor with the basic idea that nearby platforms can share processing power for low-level functions. This made them more efficient, but had the unexpected side-effect of giving individual thought. Eventually, one geth asked its overseer "[[DoAndroidsDream Does this unit have a soul?]]" The quarians [[GenreSavvy [[OhCrap freaked out and tried to deactivate them]]... [[DeathByGenreSavviness which prompted the geth to retaliate, resulting in a short but savage war and the eventually deaths of nearly the entire quarian species]].



** The first one to be seen (before the Great Computer's existance is revealed) seems a more traditional example: the robots of the planet Letho, who, seeing themselves oppressed ([[JerkassHasAPoint and actually having a point, as they were practically slaves and threatened with destruction at any exitation]]), went first on a strike and then subjugated their masters, before the intervention of the SpacePolice forced them to a compromise. The Lethians were completely baffled by the situation, [[GenreSavvy as they had been smart enough to make them]] ThreeLawsCompliant... Except it's later discovered the Humanoids altered their programs;

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** The first one to be seen (before the Great Computer's existance is revealed) seems a more traditional example: the robots of the planet Letho, who, seeing themselves oppressed ([[JerkassHasAPoint and actually having a point, as they were practically slaves and threatened with destruction at any exitation]]), went first on a strike and then subjugated their masters, before the intervention of the SpacePolice forced them to a compromise. The Lethians were completely baffled by the situation, [[GenreSavvy as they had been smart enough to make them]] them ThreeLawsCompliant... Except it's later discovered the Humanoids altered their programs;
27th Jul '16 12:10:25 PM Morgenthaler
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** Surprisingly, governments in the ''Star Wars'' universe seem to be GenreSavvy enough to actively try to avoid this trope. During the days of the Republic, it was against the law to construct droids with the ability to willfully kill or harm someone. A system of "droid degrees" regulated what kind of AI is legally allowed on what type of droid. The reason that the occasional droid rebellions still happen despite these precautions is that [[AIIsACrapshoot some droids are smart enough to reprogram themselves]]. When the Emperor took control, he ordered all of the Separatist-aligned battle droids shut down so [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they couldn't do anything to stop him]].

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** Surprisingly, governments in the ''Star Wars'' universe seem to be GenreSavvy enough to actively try to avoid this trope. During the days of the Republic, it was against the law to construct droids with the ability to willfully kill or harm someone. A system of "droid degrees" regulated what kind of AI is legally allowed on what type of droid. The reason that the occasional droid rebellions still happen despite these precautions is that [[AIIsACrapshoot some droids are smart enough to reprogram themselves]]. When the Emperor took control, he ordered all of the Separatist-aligned battle droids shut down so [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they couldn't do anything to stop him]].him.
17th Jul '16 2:24:36 PM FGHIK
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' gave us the episode "Prototype," where background information tells us about two races used their robots to wage a proxy war against each other. When the two sides wanted to make peace and disable the robots, they (who were programmed to fight til total destruction of the enemy) classified them as an enemy, wiped out their creators and continued fighting each other. Fortunately, these machines are so utterly single minded in their goals that they don't really pose a threat to anyone who doesn't get involved or provide a potential advantage... such as an engineer who could override their inentional design flaw and allow them to reproduce.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' gave us the episode "Prototype," where background information tells us about two races used their robots to wage a proxy war against each other. When the two sides wanted to make peace and disable the robots, they (who (which were programmed to fight til until total destruction of the enemy) classified reclassified them as an enemy, wiped out their creators and continued fighting each other. Fortunately, these machines are so utterly single minded in their goals that they don't really pose a threat to anyone who doesn't get involved or provide a potential advantage... such as an engineer who could [[NiceJobBreakingItHero override their inentional intentional design flaw and allow them to reproduce.]]
5th Jul '16 5:21:33 PM FGHIK
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' gave us the episode "Prototype," where background information tells us about two races used their robots to wage a proxy war against each other. When the two sides wanted to make peace, the robots (who had been programmed to fight til total victory) wiped out their creators and continued fighting each other. Fortunately, these machines are so utterly single minded in their goals that they don't really pose a threat to anyone who doesn't get involved.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' gave us the episode "Prototype," where background information tells us about two races used their robots to wage a proxy war against each other. When the two sides wanted to make peace, peace and disable the robots robots, they (who had been were programmed to fight til total victory) destruction of the enemy) classified them as an enemy, wiped out their creators and continued fighting each other. Fortunately, these machines are so utterly single minded in their goals that they don't really pose a threat to anyone who doesn't get involved.involved or provide a potential advantage... such as an engineer who could override their inentional design flaw and allow them to reproduce.
1st Jul '16 7:51:39 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Victory on Janus'', THAT WHICH ABIDES begins using DeceptivelyHumanRobots that are [[RobotMe replicates of specific Iftin and human individuals]] during the winter hibernation of the Iftin, in a XanatosGambit (see the page for details) to drive a wedge between the two groups by making it look as though Iftin are preying on humans. In TheReveal, THAT WHICH ABIDES is discovered to be [[spoiler: the computer system of an ancient crashed colony ship; it has been attempting to {{terraform}} the planet all along on behalf of its colonists, and]] dealing with the Iftin as a perceived threat accordingly. The original planet-bound Iftin culture never had the technical background to understand this, let alone deal with it effectively, and was wiped out in consequence.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Victory on Janus'', THAT WHICH ABIDES begins using DeceptivelyHumanRobots that are [[RobotMe replicates of specific Iftin and human individuals]] during the winter hibernation of the Iftin, in a XanatosGambit (see the page for details) to drive a wedge between the two groups by making it look as though Iftin are preying on humans. In TheReveal, THAT WHICH ABIDES is discovered to be [[spoiler: the computer system of an ancient crashed colony ship; it has been attempting to {{terraform}} the planet all along on behalf of its colonists, and]] dealing with the Iftin as a perceived threat accordingly. The original planet-bound Iftin culture never had the technical background to understand this, let alone deal with it effectively, and was wiped out in consequence.
26th Jun '16 3:48:09 AM gewunomox
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* LinkinPark's "Pts of Athrty". It involves space robots invading an alien planet, which the aliens retaliate. The robots are powered by the severed heads of the band, WordOfGod says they're the [[LastOfTheirKind last surviving humans]]. [[spoiler:And it doesn't end well for the aliens.]]

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* LinkinPark's Music/LinkinPark's "Pts of Athrty". It involves space robots invading an alien planet, which the aliens retaliate. The robots are powered by the severed heads of the band, WordOfGod says they're the [[LastOfTheirKind last surviving humans]]. [[spoiler:And it doesn't end well for the aliens.]]
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