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2nd May '16 10:17:19 AM ErikModi
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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', when Pam is kidnapped, the kidnappers call ISIS using a voice modulator, which makes Archer think that they are cyborgs. He remains convinced of this for the rest of the episode and thinks they won't make good on their threat to kill Pam because it would violate the First Law of Robotics.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', when Pam is kidnapped, the kidnappers call ISIS using a voice modulator, which makes Archer think that they are cyborgs. He remains convinced of this for the rest of the episode and thinks they won't make good on their threat to kill Pam [[InsaneTrollLogic because it would violate the First Law of Robotics.]] Which wouldn't apply to cyborgs anyway.
20th Apr '16 6:47:38 AM Synch
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** The same book also has the most bare-faced abuse of the laws seen in Asimov's stories: rather than modify the three laws themselves (which, as mentioned, are designed to be tamper-proof), one group simply modified their robots' [[LoopholeAbuse definition of human]], which apparently do not have the same safeguards. It quite effectively turns them into [[KillerRobot killer robots]].

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** The same book also has the most bare-faced abuse of the laws seen in Asimov's stories: rather than modify the three laws themselves (which, as mentioned, are designed to be tamper-proof), one group simply modified their robots' [[LoopholeAbuse definition of human]], which apparently do does not have the same safeguards. It quite effectively turns them into [[KillerRobot killer robots]].
19th Apr '16 1:39:55 PM Willbyr
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* [[BigBad Dr. Beruga]] of ''{{Terranigma}}'' directly references all three laws, except his interpretation of the Zeroth Law rewrote "Humanity" are "Dr. Beruga", meaning that any threat to his being was to be immediately terminated.

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* [[BigBad Dr. Beruga]] of ''{{Terranigma}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' directly references all three laws, except his interpretation of the Zeroth Law rewrote "Humanity" are "Dr. Beruga", meaning that any threat to his being was to be immediately terminated.
19th Apr '16 7:14:19 AM Synch
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** The same book also has the most bare-faced abuse of the laws seen in Asimov's stories: rather than modify the three laws themselves (which, as mentioned, are designed to be tamper-proof), one group simply modified their robots' [[LoopholeAbuse definition of human]], which apparently do not have the same safeguards. It quite effectively turns them into [[KillerRobot killer robots]].
27th Mar '16 3:40:05 PM santos32
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* The Three Laws are quoted right [[{{Irony}} around the same time]] MegaMan and AstroBoy [[WebAnimation/DeathBattle fought to the death.]]
27th Mar '16 12:02:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Will Smith film ''Film/IRobot'' hinges on a [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law plot]]. It also turns the three laws into a marketing gimmick, with "Three Laws Safe" applying to robots like "No preservatives" applies to food. However, much of the plot hinged on TheReveal that [[spoiler: Sonny was ''not'' Three Laws Compliant, as part of a ThanatosGambit by his creator. Twisted when Three Laws Noncompliant Sonny is more moral than Three Laws Compliant VIKI, choosing to save humans not because it's in his programming, but because it's the right thing to do.]]
** It also deconstructs the idea that Three Laws Compliance will automatically solve most problems with robots: before the movie, Spooner was in a car accident that sent him and another car into a river. The driver of the other car was killed on impact, but the passenger, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah, survived. A robot jumped into the river to help, but it calculated that Spooner had a greater chance of survival than Sarah, and so chose to save him in spite of his protests. Spooner feels that, three laws or not, a human would've known that it was better to go after Sarah than him.

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* The Will Smith film ''Film/IRobot'' hinges on a [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law plot]]. It also turns the three laws into a marketing gimmick, with "Three Laws Safe" applying to robots like "No preservatives" applies to food. However, much of the plot hinged on TheReveal that [[spoiler: Sonny was ''not'' Three Laws Compliant, as part of a ThanatosGambit by his creator. Twisted when Three Laws Noncompliant Sonny is more moral than Three Laws Compliant VIKI, choosing to save humans not because it's in his programming, but because it's the right thing to do.]]
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]] It also deconstructs the idea that Three Laws Compliance will automatically solve most problems with robots: before the movie, Spooner was in a car accident that sent him and another car into a river. The driver of the other car was killed on impact, but the passenger, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah, survived. A robot jumped into the river to help, but it calculated that Spooner had a greater chance of survival than Sarah, and so chose to save him in spite of his protests. Spooner feels that, three laws or not, a human would've known that it was better to go after Sarah than him.
27th Mar '16 12:01:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Being a medical robot, Baymax is of course Three-Laws Compliant. Hiro inserts a combat card along with his medical card to make him able to fight, but he is still a medical robot at his core. [[spoiler:This goes [[CrushKillDestroy right out the window]] when Hiro removes the medical card and leaves only the combat card]]. Of course, this also means that when Baymax [[spoiler:has his medical card re-inserted, he's so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] that he blocks access to the card slots so it won't happen again.]]
* WordOfGod says that the characters in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' are ThreeLawsCompliant. This does seem to be supported by their interactions with humans. The principle exception is [[spoiler:the AntiVillain of the movie, AUTO]]. His actions may constitute ZerothLawRebellion, [[spoiler:since he regards the comfort and safety of every passenger aboard more significant than injuries to the captain. Tilting the ship may be a violation of the Three Laws, or it may have been a case of unknowingly allowing humans to come to harm.]]
* In the 2009 film ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'', every robot must obey them, [[spoiler: save Zog, who existed 50 years before the rules were mandatory in every robot.]]
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* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Being a medical robot, Baymax is of course Three-Laws Compliant. Hiro inserts a combat card along with his medical card to make him able to fight, but he is still a medical robot at his core. [[spoiler:This goes [[CrushKillDestroy right out the window]] when Hiro removes the medical card and leaves only the combat card]]. Of course, this also means that when Baymax [[spoiler:has his medical card re-inserted, he's so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] that he blocks access to the card slots so it won't happen again.]]



* WordOfGod says that the characters in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' are ThreeLawsCompliant. This does seem to be supported by their interactions with humans. The principle exception is [[spoiler:the AntiVillain of the movie, AUTO]]. His actions may constitute ZerothLawRebellion, [[spoiler:since he regards the comfort and safety of every passenger aboard more significant than injuries to the captain. Tilting the ship may be a violation of the Three Laws, or it may have been a case of unknowingly allowing humans to come to harm.]]
* In the 2009 film ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'', every robot must obey them, [[spoiler: save Zog, who existed 50 years before the rules were mandatory in every robot.]]
27th Mar '16 12:00:19 PM Morgenthaler
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** Astro himself seems to be noncompliant - he evidently doesn't even ''know'' the Laws until told - and apparently would have walked away from the final battle if not for [[spoiler: Widget's distress - the only thing that called him back]]. He's also quite capable of disobeying humans. Likely justified in that he was meant to be human, with presumably no one outside the attending scientists knowing he was a robot.
*** The Red Core robots weren't Asimov-legal either, though that's a problem with the [[BlackMagic Black Science]] that powers them. Nor were the RRF bots, though they may have removed their compliance programming. The Laws didn't apply to any important robots and may have just been mentioned for the Zog gag.
*** Of course, IIRC the original Astro wasn't Asimov-compliant either.
27th Mar '16 11:21:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ForbiddenPlanet'', Robbie the Robot is Three Laws Compliant, locking up when ordered to shoot one of the visiting starship crewmen, because his programming to follow a direct order comes into conflict with his prohibition against injuring a human being. Later in the movie, Robbie is unable to fight the monster because he figures out [[spoiler: it's actually a projection of the Doctor's dark psyche]], and thus to stop it, he'd have to kill [[spoiler: the doctor]].

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* In ''ForbiddenPlanet'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', Robbie the Robot is Three Laws Compliant, locking up when ordered to shoot one of the visiting starship crewmen, because his programming to follow a direct order comes into conflict with his prohibition against injuring a human being. Later in the movie, Robbie is unable to fight the monster because he figures out [[spoiler: it's actually a projection of the Doctor's dark psyche]], and thus to stop it, he'd have to kill [[spoiler: the doctor]].
19th Mar '16 2:39:40 PM nombretomado
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* {{Conversed|Trope}} in ''TheBigBangTheory'', when Sheldon is asked "if you were a robot and didn't know it, would you like to know?":

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* {{Conversed|Trope}} in ''TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when Sheldon is asked "if you were a robot and didn't know it, would you like to know?":
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