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1st Feb '16 9:20:52 PM Willbyr
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* Every robot in ''{{Blame}}''. Also every {{silicon|BasedLife}} [[{{Cyborg}} creature]]. Actually just ''everything'' in that manga, period. Except Iko, a cute ghost-hologram-like girl [[BuffySpeak thingy]].
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* Every robot in ''{{Blame}}''.''Manga/{{Blame}}''. Also every {{silicon|BasedLife}} [[{{Cyborg}} creature]]. Actually just ''everything'' in that manga, period. Except Iko, a cute ghost-hologram-like girl [[BuffySpeak thingy]].
30th Jan '16 11:41:59 AM StFan
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!!Examples [[AC:AnimeAndManga]] * Every robot in ''{{Blame}}''. Also every {{silicon|BasedLife}} [[{{Cyborg}} creature]]. Actually just ''everything'' in that manga, period. ** Except Iko, Iko is a cute ghost-hologram like girl [[BuffySpeak thingy]]. [[AC:{{Film}}]]
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!!Examples [[AC:AnimeAndManga]] !!Examples: [[foldercontrol]] [[folder:Anime & Manga]] * Every robot in ''{{Blame}}''. Also every {{silicon|BasedLife}} [[{{Cyborg}} creature]]. Actually just ''everything'' in that manga, period. ** period. Except Iko, Iko is a cute ghost-hologram like ghost-hologram-like girl [[BuffySpeak thingy]]. [[AC:{{Film}}]]thingy]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]

* In the film {{Film/Transcendence}}, the helpful singularity known as Will Caster attempts to help disabled people by using nanotechnology to restore their limbs, eyes, and other deficiencies. He also, for some reason, felt the need to add brain implants to all of his patients that could turn them into creepy borg-like drones which he could take control of and speak through. The only thing this accomplishes is freaking people out and causes the authorities to turn against him. * ''TheTerminator'' universe has the T-600's, the models preceding the iconic T-800. The metallic skeleton design has a purpose, since its supposed to be intimidating for humans, but the 600's were the first attempts at creating Terminators capable of blending in with the resistance. Unfortunately, this was before Skynet had created realistic synthetic skin, so the [=600s=] ended up looking like freakish, murderous mannequins that would pass only a very cursory inspection. [[AC:{{Literature}}]]
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* In the film {{Film/Transcendence}}, ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', the helpful singularity known as Will Caster attempts to help disabled people by using nanotechnology to restore their limbs, eyes, and other deficiencies. He also, for some reason, felt the need to add brain implants to all of his patients that could turn them into creepy borg-like drones which he could take control of and speak through. The only thing this accomplishes is freaking people out and causes the authorities to turn against him. * ''TheTerminator'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' universe has the T-600's, the models preceding the iconic T-800. The metallic skeleton design has a purpose, since its supposed to be intimidating for humans, but the 600's were the first attempts at creating Terminators capable of blending in with the resistance. Unfortunately, this was before Skynet had created realistic synthetic skin, so the [=600s=] ended up looking like freakish, murderous mannequins that would pass only a very cursory inspection. [[AC:{{Literature}}]]inspection. [[/folder]] [[folder:Literature]]

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* The classic ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" features androids that are superficially identical to humans... and then there's Ruk, the monstrous giant android portrayed by [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Ted "Lurch" Cassidy]]. It could be justified in that he was an older "model" android, and so perhaps not as elegantly designed as newer ones, but still, he's much more intimidating than he needs to be. ** Potentially further justified by the fact that Ruk is old enough to have been constructed by the [[{{Precursors}} original makers of the android-constructing equipment]], while the other androids were made by humans. It is entirely possible that he is ''exactly'' as intimidating as he needed to be to look superficially like the Old Ones that made him.
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* The classic ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" features androids that are superficially identical to humans... and then there's Ruk, the monstrous giant android portrayed by [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Ted "Lurch" Cassidy]]. It could be justified in that he was an older "model" android, and so perhaps not as elegantly designed as newer ones, but still, he's much more intimidating than he needs to be. ** be. Potentially further justified by the fact that Ruk is old enough to have been constructed by the [[{{Precursors}} original makers of the android-constructing equipment]], while the other androids were made by humans. It is entirely possible that he is ''exactly'' as intimidating as he needed to be to look superficially like the Old Ones that made him.

--> '''Natasha''': Kent designed it to be very fast. --> '''Kent''': And eerily quiet, while it's not quite as venomous as I want it to be. [[AC:TabletopGames]] * Somewhat justified in-universe with the Necron from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', an OmnicidalManiac race of robots (a humanoid race whose mind imprints were put in machines after their masters ate their souls). They all look like mechanical skeletons, fight in utter silence and use energy guns that disintegrate their targets bit by bit with rays of green light. They are nearly impossible to kill and if their nanomachines can't cope with the damage, they teleport away, disappearing without a trace. It is all done entirely on purpose. The C'tan want their enemies to know death is coming for them.
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--> '''Natasha''': -->'''Natasha:''' Kent designed it to be very fast. --> '''Kent''': fast.\\ '''Kent:''' And eerily quiet, while it's not quite as venomous as I want it to be. [[AC:TabletopGames]] be. [[/folder]] [[folder:Tabletop Games]] * ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': ** Somewhat justified in-universe with the Necron from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Necron, an OmnicidalManiac race of robots (a humanoid race whose mind imprints were put in machines after their masters ate their souls). They all look like mechanical skeletons, fight in utter silence and use energy guns that disintegrate their targets bit by bit with rays of green light. They are nearly impossible to kill and if their nanomachines can't cope with the damage, they teleport away, disappearing without a trace. It is all done entirely on purpose. The C'tan want their enemies to know death is coming for them.

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[[AC:WesternAnimation]] * Ultron on ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' looks pretty creepy, even before his inevitable FaceHeelTurn. His designer Hank Pym (Ant-Man) even gets called on it, but he doesn't see it. --> '''Hank''': It's not a toy and it's not creepy looking. It's designed to look like an Ant head.
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\n[[AC:WesternAnimation]]\n[[/folder]] [[folder:Western Animation]] * Ultron on ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' looks pretty creepy, even before his inevitable FaceHeelTurn. His designer Hank Pym (Ant-Man) even gets called on it, but he doesn't see it. --> '''Hank''': -->'''Hank:''' It's not a toy and it's not creepy looking.creepy-looking. It's designed to look like an Ant head.

-->'''Wendy''': No offense, Mr. Pines, but it's time to throw that thing out. Its face reminds people of the inevitability of death! [[AC:RealLife]]
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-->'''Wendy''': -->'''Wendy:''' No offense, Mr. Pines, but it's time to throw that thing out. Its face reminds people of the inevitability of death! [[AC:RealLife]]death! [[/folder]] [[folder:Real Life]]

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-->'''Wendy''': No offense, Mr. Pines, but it's time to throw that thing out. Its face reminds people of the inevitability of death! [[AC:RealLife]][[/folder]]
26th Dec '15 2:10:34 PM HerrBlitzDiktator
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** Except Iko, Iko is a cute ghost-hologram like girl [[BuffySpeak thingy]].
26th Nov '15 11:00:17 PM NanoMoose
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* Played straight and then later justified in-universe in the ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. The Sentinels are alien, organic-looking robots with multiple eyes and metallic tentacles, that almost resemble deep-sea creatures. There isn't really a reason they need to look this way, other than to be truly menacing when they swarm on the Nebuchadnezzar. Indeed, most of the Machine tech is characterized by being unnecessarily creepy. The "human farms" in particular look like something out of a Hieronymous Bosch painting. Later works in the franchise imply that this was a conscious choice on the part of the Machines. "The Second Renaissance" shows that the first Machines were simple humanoid androids. As relations between Human and Machine soured, the Machines [[MechanicalEvolution became more and more alien]], developing into creepy insectoid things. And it was most likely deliberate: both as an declaration of the Machines' independence from Human influence, and as a means to intimidate the Humans.
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* Played straight and then later justified in-universe in the ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. The Sentinels are alien, organic-looking robots with multiple eyes and metallic tentacles, that almost resemble deep-sea creatures. There isn't really a reason they need to look this way, other than to be truly menacing when they swarm on the Nebuchadnezzar. Indeed, most of the Machine tech is characterized by being unnecessarily creepy. The "human farms" in particular look like something out of a Hieronymous Bosch painting. Later works in the franchise imply that this was a conscious choice on the part of the Machines. "The Second Renaissance" shows that the first Machines were simple humanoid androids. As relations between Human and Machine soured, the Machines [[MechanicalEvolution became more and more alien]], developing into creepy insectoid things. And it was most likely deliberate: both to distinguish themselves as an declaration of the Machines' independence apart from Human influence, both humanity and humanity's control, and as a means to intimidate the Humans.

* Film/IRobot edges into this territory. Normally the robots are unthreatening, if a bit coldly impersonal-- a shining example of EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture. When dialing home for a software update, however, they stand in a corner, stare at their owners, and glow a baleful red. * In the film {{Film/Transcendence}}, the helpful singularity known as Will Caster attempts to help disabled people by using nanotechnology to restore their limbs, eyes, and other deficiencies. He also for some reason felt the need to add brain implants to all of his patients, that could turn them into creepy borg-like drones that he could take control of and speak through. The only thing this accomplishes is freaking people out and causes the authorities to turn against him. * ''TheTerminator'' universe has the T-600's, the models preceeding the iconic T-800. The metallic skeleton design has a purpose, since its supposed to be intimidating for humans, but the 600's were the first attempts at creating Terminators capable of blending in with the resistance. Unfortunatly, this was before Skynet had created synthetic skin, so the 600's ended up looking like freakish, murderous mannequins.
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* Film/IRobot ''Film/IRobot'' edges into this territory. Normally the robots are unthreatening, non-threatening, if a bit coldly impersonal-- impersonal -- a shining example of EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture. When dialing dialling home for a software update, however, they stand in a corner, stare at their owners, and glow a baleful red. * In the film {{Film/Transcendence}}, the helpful singularity known as Will Caster attempts to help disabled people by using nanotechnology to restore their limbs, eyes, and other deficiencies. He also also, for some reason reason, felt the need to add brain implants to all of his patients, patients that could turn them into creepy borg-like drones that which he could take control of and speak through. The only thing this accomplishes is freaking people out and causes the authorities to turn against him. * ''TheTerminator'' universe has the T-600's, the models preceeding preceding the iconic T-800. The metallic skeleton design has a purpose, since its supposed to be intimidating for humans, but the 600's were the first attempts at creating Terminators capable of blending in with the resistance. Unfortunatly, Unfortunately, this was before Skynet had created realistic synthetic skin, so the 600's [=600s=] ended up looking like freakish, murderous mannequins. mannequins that would pass only a very cursory inspection.

* Somewhat justified in-universe with the Necron from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', an OmnicidalManiac race of robots (a humanoid race whose mind imprints were put in machines after their masters ate their souls). They all look like mechanical skeletons, fight in utter silence and use energy guns that disintegrate their targets bit by bit with rays of green light. They are nearly impossible to kill and if their nanomachines can't cope with the damage, they teleport, disappearing without a trace. It is all done entirely on purpose. The C'tan want their enemies to know death is coming for them. ** Also applies to [[OurRobotsAreNonStandard Imperial Servitors]]. Due to the [[AveMachina Adeptus Mechanicus]] irrational fear of true AIs, all robots are actually either clones or convicts that are lobotomized and strapped with huge amounts of cybernetics, which results in extremely disturbing cyber-zombies doing much of the Techpriests' menial labour.
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* Somewhat justified in-universe with the Necron from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', an OmnicidalManiac race of robots (a humanoid race whose mind imprints were put in machines after their masters ate their souls). They all look like mechanical skeletons, fight in utter silence and use energy guns that disintegrate their targets bit by bit with rays of green light. They are nearly impossible to kill and if their nanomachines can't cope with the damage, they teleport, teleport away, disappearing without a trace. It is all done entirely on purpose. The C'tan want their enemies to know death is coming for them. ** Also applies to [[OurRobotsAreNonStandard Imperial Servitors]]. Due to the [[AveMachina Adeptus Mechanicus]] irrational fear of true AIs, [=AIs=], all robots are actually either clones or convicts that are lobotomized and strapped with huge amounts of cybernetics, which results in extremely disturbing cyber-zombies doing much of the Techpriests' menial labour.

* Many of the robots from the Descent series of games fall into this category. They hit all of the tropes - glowing eyes, sharp, deadly claws, scary humanoid faces, spider-like limbs, ridiculously freaky sounds... many a kid in the 90s had nightmares after playing these games.
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* Many of the robots from the Descent ''Descent'' series of games fall into this category. They hit all of the tropes - glowing eyes, sharp, deadly claws, scary humanoid faces, spider-like limbs, ridiculously freaky sounds... many a kid in the 90s had nightmares after playing these games.

* In ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'', there is an episode where Danny builds a robot version of Chris in order to [[OperationJealousy make him jealous]]. While everyone else is understandably freaked out (Robo-Chris is just a skull with arms, legs, and [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]]) Chris himself is thrilled that Danny built him and doesn't find him creepy at all. [[GoneHorriblyRight At least until Danny turns up Robo-Chris's friendship drive]] [[HoYay and said robot starts getting clingly...]]
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* In ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'', there is an episode where Danny builds a robot version of Chris in order to [[OperationJealousy make him jealous]]. While everyone else is understandably freaked out (Robo-Chris is just a skull with arms, legs, and [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]]) Chris himself is thrilled that Danny built him and doesn't find him creepy at all. [[GoneHorriblyRight At least until Danny turns up Robo-Chris's friendship drive]] [[HoYay and said robot starts getting clingly...clingy...]]

** There's also "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-series-of-emails-from-cyberdynes-tech-guy/ A Series of Emails from Cyberdyne's New Tech Guy]]," about the FridgeLogic that should have averted [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} a certain]] RobotWar. "I'm not a design guy or anything, but I can't see any either peformance or aesthetic benefits in designing the robots with [[SkeleBot9000 cold skeleton heads]], [[GlowingEyesOfDoom piercing red eyes]], or giant metal teeth."
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** There's also "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-series-of-emails-from-cyberdynes-tech-guy/ A Series of Emails from Cyberdyne's New Tech Guy]]," about the FridgeLogic that should have averted [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} a certain]] RobotWar. "I'm not a design guy or anything, but I can't see any either peformance or aesthetic benefits in designing the robots with [[SkeleBot9000 cold skeleton heads]], [[GlowingEyesOfDoom piercing red eyes]], or giant metal teeth." (However, the article seems to believe it was Cyberdyne that built the Terminators, which it did not.)
12th Nov '15 6:22:57 PM SirPellucidar
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* Many of the robots from the Descent series of games fall into this category. They hit all of the tropes - glowing eyes, sharp, deadly claws, scary humanoid faces, spider-like limbs, ridiculously freaky sounds... many a kid in the 90s had nightmares after playing these games.
26th Oct '15 4:39:46 AM Sharlee
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* Some high-end hunting decoys resemble real deer or bears closely enough to hit the UncannyValley when their animatronic heads turn to "look around".
18th Sep '15 11:01:05 AM BalloonKennyBoy24
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** In the [[spoiler:prequel]] ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', some of the new animatronics are even more creepy than the originals. The Mangle is a poorly tampered version of Foxy, while the Marionette is a skinny puppet with a creepy clown-like mask. The old mascots are left to rot, and are in a state of disrepair. Bonnie for one doesn't even have a face.
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** In the [[spoiler:prequel]] sequel ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', some of the new animatronics are even more creepy than the originals. The Mangle is a poorly tampered version of Foxy, while the Marionette is a skinny puppet with a creepy clown-like mask. The old mascots are left to rot, and are in a state of disrepair. Bonnie for one doesn't even have a face.
6th Jun '15 6:22:51 AM SilentStranger
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* ''TheTerminator'' universe has the T-600's, the models preceeding the iconic T-800. The metallic skeleton design has a purpose, since its supposed to be intimidating for humans, but the 600's were the first attempts at creating Terminators capable of blending in with the resistance. Unfortunatly, this was before Skynet had created synthetic skin, so the 600's ended up looking like freakish, murderous mannequins.
31st May '15 9:25:48 AM Redmess
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Im not sure if this is an example to begin with, since Adam wasn't designed to be creepy on purpose.
* Depending on how you define "robot" (ie - artificial life form, construct, etc.), FrankensteinsMonster. The Monster is a grotesque abomination with a humanoid form, a crude imitation of human life whose creator abandoned him almost immediately after his "birth". The story unfolds as it does for this very reason: the Monster's initial kindness giving way to violent misanthropy stems from his [[UncannyValley hideousness]] causing everyone he interacts with to reject him.
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* Depending on how you define "robot" (ie - artificial life form, construct, etc.), FrankensteinsMonster. The Monster is a grotesque abomination with a humanoid form, a crude imitation of human life whose creator abandoned him almost immediately after his "birth". The story unfolds as it does for this very reason: the Monster's initial kindness giving way to violent misanthropy stems from his [[UncannyValley hideousness]] causing everyone he interacts with to reject him. The book does note that the creepiness only starts after bringing Adam to life, and Frankenstein was aiming for beauty.
26th May '15 5:17:56 PM KatanaCat
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** [[http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Santa_Claus_Robot Robot Santa Claus]]. Sure, he's evil '''now''', but as originally designed, he shouldn't be that scary. *** He didn't ''start'' that way. He has a "nice" look (eyes curves side down, tilted outward, no teeth, no spikes on the hat, seen when he gives Zoidberg his pogo stick) and a "naughty" look (seen every ''other'' time he's on screen).
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** [[http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Santa_Claus_Robot Robot Santa Claus]]. Sure, he's evil '''now''', but as originally designed, he shouldn't be that scary. *** He scary. Granted, he didn't ''start'' that way.way exactly. He has a "nice" look (eyes curves side down, tilted outward, no teeth, no spikes on the hat, seen when he gives Zoidberg his pogo stick) and a "naughty" look (seen every ''other'' time he's on screen). The "naughty" look is ''very'' over-the-top however[[note]]having him look slightly annoyed by naughty children, sure, but downright evil?[[/note]], and the massive size seems rather unnecessary.

-->'''Wendy''': No offense, Mr. Pines, but it's time to throw that thing out. It's face reminds people of the inevitability of death!
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-->'''Wendy''': No offense, Mr. Pines, but it's time to throw that thing out. It's Its face reminds people of the inevitability of death!
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