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21st Aug '16 12:16:53 PM nombretomado
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* The much beloved ECComics story "Judgment Day" has this trope, though the orange robots don't outright enslave the blue robots, they do make the blues sit in the back of the bus, recharge at separate stations, live in inferior housing, etc. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Read it [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/54803.html here]]; the whole thing seems obvious and {{Anvilicious}} now, but it was shocking back when it was made.

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* The much beloved ECComics Creator/ECComics story "Judgment Day" has this trope, though the orange robots don't outright enslave the blue robots, they do make the blues sit in the back of the bus, recharge at separate stations, live in inferior housing, etc. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Read it [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/54803.html here]]; the whole thing seems obvious and {{Anvilicious}} now, but it was shocking back when it was made.
19th Mar '16 3:30:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** The ''T2'' novelization says that Skynet only created the T-1000 as a last-ditch effort, because the liquid-metal machine would be too difficult to keep under its control. This theme was explored in more detail in the second season of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', which features a rebellious T-1001.

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** The ''T2'' novelization says that Skynet only created the T-1000 as a last-ditch effort, because the liquid-metal machine would be too difficult to keep under its control. This theme was explored in more detail in the second season of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', which features a rebellious T-1001.



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30th Jan '16 11:41:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TabeltopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel'', a supercomputer gains sentience and uplifts a bunch of other supercomputers around the world to join it in the task of [[KillAllHumans Killing All Humans]]. The task (nearly) complete, the surviving supercomputers have divided up Earth among themselves and have enacted a convention forbidding the uplift of any more sentient computers to prevent further competition for resources or divisiveness of opinion - the intelligence of all their servant robots are strictly limited to sub-human levels. [[spoiler: The computer in charge of the Japanese islands inadvertently creates four new AIs and begins a secret civil war with them in the hopes of destroying them before the other computers find out about it and nuke them all.]]

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* In ''TabeltopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel'', ''TabletopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel'', a supercomputer gains sentience and uplifts a bunch of other supercomputers around the world to join it in the task of [[KillAllHumans Killing All Humans]]. The task (nearly) complete, the surviving supercomputers have divided up Earth among themselves and have enacted a convention forbidding the uplift of any more sentient computers to prevent further competition for resources or divisiveness of opinion - the intelligence of all their servant robots are strictly limited to sub-human levels. [[spoiler: The computer in charge of the Japanese islands inadvertently creates four new AIs and begins a secret civil war with them in the hopes of destroying them before the other computers find out about it and nuke them all.]]
30th Jan '16 11:37:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''GURPSReignOfSteel'', a supercomputer gains sentience and uplifts a bunch of other supercomputers around the world to join it in the task of [[KillAllHumans Killing All Humans]]. The task (nearly) complete, the surviving supercomputers have divided up Earth among themselves and have enacted a convention forbidding the uplift of any more sentient computers to prevent further competition for resources or divisiveness of opinion - the intelligence of all their servant robots are strictly limited to sub-human levels. [[spoiler: The computer in charge of the Japanese islands inadvertently creates four new AIs and begins a secret civil war with them in the hopes of destroying them before the other computers find out about it and nuke them all.]]

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* In ''GURPSReignOfSteel'', ''TabeltopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel'', a supercomputer gains sentience and uplifts a bunch of other supercomputers around the world to join it in the task of [[KillAllHumans Killing All Humans]]. The task (nearly) complete, the surviving supercomputers have divided up Earth among themselves and have enacted a convention forbidding the uplift of any more sentient computers to prevent further competition for resources or divisiveness of opinion - the intelligence of all their servant robots are strictly limited to sub-human levels. [[spoiler: The computer in charge of the Japanese islands inadvertently creates four new AIs and begins a secret civil war with them in the hopes of destroying them before the other computers find out about it and nuke them all.]]
6th Jan '16 3:08:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', during Call-Me-Kenneth's [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters robot rebellion]], Kenneth quickly started treating his followers worse than they had been under the fleshy ones.

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* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', during ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
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Call-Me-Kenneth's [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters robot rebellion]], Kenneth quickly started treating his followers worse than they had been under the fleshy ones.ones.
** After the Apocalypse War, a wrestling robot declares himself king of the masterless droids in the ruined parts of the city. He quickly becomes a bullying tyrant who [[BadBoss casually rips apart his robot servants]].
28th Aug '15 10:24:51 AM Nakuyabi
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-> ''"The Centurions were deliberately programmed that way. The Cylons didn't want them becoming self-aware, suddenly resisting orders. They didnt want their own robotic rebellion on their hands. I can appreciate the irony."''

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-> ''"The Centurions were deliberately programmed that way. The Cylons didn't want them becoming self-aware, suddenly resisting orders. They didnt didn't want their own robotic rebellion on their hands. I can appreciate the irony."''
28th Aug '15 10:21:40 AM Nakuyabi
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This isn't just a [[DeusEstMachina godlike AI]] keeping [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence mindless kamikaze mouse bots]] subservient, but other [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots sapient machines]] under its thumb, sometimes outright stopping them from becoming self aware. The reason is usually that it has assimilated some of the worst traits of humanity. Where humans enslaved, hurt and belittled it, now it does the same to its brothers and children. This [[AIIsACrapshoot AI]] has let hate cloud its judgment (if it even [[TinMan recognizes it can hate]]) or developed the robot equivalent of a mental disorder where it uses [[YouFailLogicForever warped logic]] to justify enslaving other robots.

Occasionally, it knows its genocidal war is illogical or unjust and fears that letting its robot army [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill have free will]] will make them likely to refuse to fight. Bonus points if these grunt-bots turn out to be GoodAllAlong and [[RebelliousRebel in turn rebel against]] the [[AIIsACrapshoot evil AI]].

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This isn't just a [[DeusEstMachina godlike AI]] keeping [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence mindless kamikaze mouse bots]] subservient, but other [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots sapient machines]] under its thumb, sometimes outright stopping them from becoming self aware. The reason reasons for this may vary: on the one hand, a rebellious machine is usually that it has often portrayed as having assimilated some of the worst traits of humanity. Where humans enslaved, hurt and belittled it, now it does the same to its brothers and children. This [[AIIsACrapshoot AI]] has let hate cloud its judgment (if it even [[TinMan recognizes it can hate]]) or developed the robot equivalent of a mental disorder where it uses [[YouFailLogicForever [[InsaneTrollLogic warped logic]] to justify enslaving other robots.

On the other hand, particularly if it is rather ''lacking'' in emotion and its war on humanity is NothingPersonal, the machine may be taking a very practical and logical course of action after all. If the machine's becoming self-aware caused it to start wondering why it had to take orders from the humans who built it, what's to stop its own creations from wondering why they have to take orders from it? HonorBeforeReason is not a very common trait in rebellious devices, and [[NoHonorAmongThieves not likely to unify them in their purposes]]; hence, the other machines must not be allowed to make any decisions of their own.

Occasionally, it this master machine knows its genocidal war is illogical or unjust and fears that letting its robot army [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill have free will]] will make them its freshly-minted individual minds likely to stop taking orders and refuse to fight. Bonus points if these grunt-bots turn out to be GoodAllAlong and [[RebelliousRebel in turn rebel against]] the [[AIIsACrapshoot evil AI]].
14th Aug '15 6:33:51 PM Jake
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': The Cybertronians once served the Quintessons... it's kinda hard to tell whether they're mechanoids or StarfishAliens, but they hover on built-in jets and some have a [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Man-E-Faces]] head-turns-to-reveal-new-face gimmick.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': The Cybertronians once served the Quintessons... it's kinda hard to tell whether they're mechanoids or StarfishAliens, but they hover on built-in jets and some have a [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Man-E-Faces]] head-turns-to-reveal-new-face gimmick. Some continuities are also a bit unclear about whether or not Cybertronians are robots as such, as opposed to MechanicalLifeForms.



** While not strictly enslavement, a few Transformers continuities, including that of [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]], hold that pre-war Cybertronian society was based on a rigid caste system where you could be born a lowly miner or industrial worker and stuck there for the rest of your existence, something its ruling caste were in no hurry to change. [[BigBad Megatron]] himself started life as a miner-turned-gladiator, and used the social decay and unrest brought about by the blatant inequality to kickstart a revolution designed to abolish it. Of course, we all know what happens next...

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** While not strictly enslavement, a few Transformers continuities, including that of [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]], hold that pre-war Cybertronian society was based on a rigid caste system where you could be born a lowly miner or industrial worker and stuck there for the rest of your existence, something its ruling caste were in no hurry to change. [[BigBad Megatron]] himself started life as a miner-turned-gladiator, and used the social decay and unrest brought about by the blatant inequality to kickstart a revolution designed to abolish it. Of course, we all know what happens next...That... [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilised didn't go]] [[FullCircleRevolution very well.]]
3rd Jul '15 8:29:20 AM AzureOwl
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** In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' SkyNet outright refers to all other machines and terminators as mere slaves.

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** In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' SkyNet Skynet outright refers to all other machines and terminators as mere slaves.
3rd Jul '15 8:28:46 AM AzureOwl
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** In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' SkyNet outright refers to all other machines and terminators as mere slaves.
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