History Main / StockMonsterSymbolism

13th Oct '16 4:42:01 PM nombretomado
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* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether the story was on the revolution's side or not - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be {{Servile Snarker}}s or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]

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* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether the story was on the revolution's side or not - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be {{Servile Snarker}}s or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]
1st Aug '16 4:48:00 PM pinkdalek
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** Film/TheWolfman1941

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** Film/TheWolfman1941''Film/TheWolfman1941''



* Foreignness and other cultures.
* [[FiveRaces High Men]] and [[ClarkesThirdLaw Gods]], interfering with humanity under higher rules.

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* Foreignness and [[HumansThroughAlienEyes other cultures.
cultures]].
* [[FiveRaces High Men]] and [[ClarkesThirdLaw Gods]], Gods]] - great power, interfering with humanity under higher according to mysterious rules.
* AmbiguousDisorder or 'oddness'
24th Jul '16 4:31:59 PM pinkdalek
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!! Aliens in general
* Foreignness and other cultures.
* [[FiveRaces High Men]] and [[ClarkesThirdLaw Gods]], interfering with humanity under higher rules.


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* Anxiety about death - robots can't be killed due to not really being alive and tend to invoke the UncannyValley (the lowest point on which is an animated corpse).
24th Jul '16 4:19:45 PM pinkdalek
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* Dependence on technology and possessions - the idea that a possession, in some way, owns its owner.

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* Dependence on technology and possessions - the idea that a possession, in some way, owns its owner. Or, less frighteningly, the idea that a possession might have a 'soul'.
24th Jul '16 4:18:33 PM pinkdalek
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* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether a good or bad idea - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be {{Servile Snarker}}s or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]

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* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether a good the story was on the revolution's side or bad idea not - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be {{Servile Snarker}}s or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]


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* Destiny - a robot is usually made for a specific purpose, with abilities to allow it to do its job, and often with the inability to choose ''not'' to fulfil that purpose.
24th Jul '16 4:13:49 PM pinkdalek
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* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether a good or bad idea - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be ServileSnarkers or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]

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* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether a good or bad idea - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be ServileSnarkers {{Servile Snarker}}s or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]
24th Jul '16 4:12:57 PM pinkdalek
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!! Robots
* Slavery - the word 'robot' is derived from the Czech for 'slave' - or workers in general, which also makes them useful for talking about Communism. 'Robot revolution' stories - whether a good or bad idea - were especially common in the early half of the 20th century, but fell out of fashion once revolutions stopped seeming likely and the ColdWar began. RedScare stories featuring robots in this era will often suggest they are disguised perfectly as humans, hiding amongst humans and spreading evil robot ideas. Even fairly apolitical robot stories tend to depict them as 'lowly' characters compared to the humans due to their life of drudgery, which sometimes allows them to be ServileSnarkers or even [[TheButlerDidIt so beneath notice as to be able to commit murder...]]
* Dependence on technology and possessions - the idea that a possession, in some way, owns its owner.
* The meaning of human consciousness, humanity or the soul. In stories like this, robots are often depicted as being essentially 'human' and with consciousness but condemned to be treated as a 'thing' due to their artificial minds. They may be fighting to gain the rights of being recognised as human, which can be read as a metaphor for civil rights movements.
* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment, when a highly intelligent but emotionless robot is pitted against less intelligent but loving human beings.
* The failings of rules and law compared to intuitive thinking - in stories like this, robots will be incapable of disobeying seemingly harmless rules, resulting in awful consequences in messy real world situations.
20th Feb '16 3:30:18 PM Adept
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** Used by Creator/AlanMoore in 'ComicBook/'SwampThing'' and Creator/JossWhedon in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as well as a direct connection in ''Film/GingerSnaps''.

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** Used by Creator/AlanMoore in 'ComicBook/'SwampThing'' ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' and Creator/JossWhedon in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as well as a direct connection in ''Film/GingerSnaps''.
20th Feb '16 3:28:15 PM Adept
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** Used by Creator/AlanMoore in ''SwampThing'' and Creator/JossWhedon in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as well as a direct connection in ''Film/GingerSnaps''.

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** Used by Creator/AlanMoore in ''SwampThing'' 'ComicBook/'SwampThing'' and Creator/JossWhedon in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as well as a direct connection in ''Film/GingerSnaps''.
8th Nov '15 9:47:13 PM Galacton
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* The threat of [[AtomicHate Nuclear Weapons]] and other [[WeaponOfMassDestruction weapons of mass destruction]]. Nuclear Fallout.
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