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20th Feb '17 2:12:31 PM Someoneman
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** His daughter Lal, however, figures it out... which causes a system overload and leads to her shutting down, telling her father that she loves him. In one of the greatest TearJerker scenes in all ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Data tells her that he wishes he could feel it too.

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** His daughter Lal, however, figures it out... which causes a system overload and leads to her shutting down, telling her father that she loves him. In one of the greatest TearJerker scenes in all ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Data tells her that he wishes he could feel it too.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when asked about why it specifically chose a piece of Shepard's armor to repair itself with, Legion reacts with what seems to be its version of a blush and says: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming No data available]]".

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when asked about why it specifically chose a piece of Shepard's armor to repair itself with, Legion reacts with what seems to be its version of a blush and says: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming No "No data available]]".available".



* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', the robots can't comprehend why their creator Diego [[spoiler:would help to kill Jeanne, the woman he loved]], and are confused by Kat's explanation [[IfICantHaveYou "Love makes you act in strange ways"]]. They struggle to analyze this statement and conclude that [[TearJerker "as mere machines we can but hope to understand"]].

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* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', the robots can't comprehend why their creator Diego [[spoiler:would help to kill Jeanne, the woman he loved]], and are confused by Kat's explanation [[IfICantHaveYou "Love makes you act in strange ways"]]. They struggle to analyze this statement and conclude that [[TearJerker "as mere machines we can but hope to understand"]].understand".



* Rei Ayanami from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' had the unusual combination of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a DiabolusExMachina in the form of this trope, when while fighting the 16th angel, she asked herself what love is, realized that she loved Shinji enough to sacrifice her life for him, and promptly did, all within the space of about a minute. Girl is ''fast.''

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* Rei Ayanami from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' had the unusual combination of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a DiabolusExMachina in the form of this trope, when trope happen when, while fighting the 16th angel, she asked herself what love is, realized that she loved Shinji enough to sacrifice her life for him, and promptly did, all within the space of about a minute. Girl is ''fast.''



* Subverted in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', seeing as it was an assumption rather than a question, between [[TheStoic Tooya]] and Aya right after their official first kiss. He gives a pretty damn [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] speech about it too.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', seeing as it was an assumption rather than a question, between [[TheStoic Tooya]] and Aya right after their official first kiss. He gives a pretty damn [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] speech about it too.



* ''Everyone'' in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''. Why? [[spoiler: They are all AIs, created solely for combat, with no emotional responses included, leading to a battlefield full of emotionless androids based on certain humans. The Demon Virus kick-started the [[CharacterDevelopment development of their personalities]], up to character strengths and flaws, along certain viewpoints on the original people. It is specially poignant to see TheSpock finally thaw and grasp the concept of honor and love, and [[TearJerker everyone]] having to lose it all through an increasingly brutal chain of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s. Mind, it's also quite an emotional scene to see TheLancer struggle with love and jealousy when he has no idea of [[NearRapeExperience what the hell he's doing]].]]

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* ''Everyone'' in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''. Why? [[spoiler: They are all AIs, created solely for combat, with no emotional responses included, leading to a battlefield full of emotionless androids based on certain humans. The Demon Virus kick-started the [[CharacterDevelopment development of their personalities]], up to character strengths and flaws, along certain viewpoints on the original people. It is specially poignant to see TheSpock finally thaw and grasp the concept of honor and love, and [[TearJerker everyone]] everyone having to lose it all through an increasingly brutal chain of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s. Mind, it's also quite an emotional scene to see TheLancer struggle with love and jealousy when he has no idea of [[NearRapeExperience what the hell he's doing]].]]



* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' is seemingly incapable of experiencing compassion for others, due to his nature as an undead warlock. His only joy comes from slaughtering others. In [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the video for "Slaughter Your World"]], Richard himself states that "I suppose that being undead there's not much to life/A soul is needed for loving, feeling/"

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* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' is seemingly incapable of experiencing compassion for others, due to his nature as an undead warlock. His only joy comes from slaughtering others. In [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the video for "Slaughter Your World"]], World", Richard himself states that "I suppose that being undead there's not much to life/A soul is needed for loving, feeling/"



* [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' makes her first "miscalculation" because she never factored in ThePowerOfLove.

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* [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' makes her first "miscalculation" because she never factored in ThePowerOfLove.



---> [[spoiler: '''Azula:''' *shatters mirror, [[TearJerker breaks down into tears]]*]]

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---> [[spoiler: '''Azula:''' *shatters mirror, [[TearJerker breaks down into tears]]*]]tears*]]
12th Feb '17 2:12:53 PM Wyldchyld
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Aliens, especially [[HumanAliens relatively humanoid ones]] who coexist with humans, also express curiosity of this strange human custom: why would humans put so much emphasis on a single word that appears to serve no useful function? [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Universally attractive aliens]] seem to be vulnerable for instantly falling for human men and [[FetishFuel needing to be taught in matters of kissing]].

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Aliens, especially [[HumanAliens relatively humanoid ones]] who coexist with humans, also express curiosity of this strange human custom: why would humans put so much emphasis on a single word that appears to serve no useful function? [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Universally attractive aliens]] seem to be vulnerable for instantly falling for human men and [[FetishFuel needing to be taught in matters of kissing]].
kissing.
20th Jan '17 11:38:23 PM Tacitus
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* In the Stargate Universe fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/578387/ Force over Distance]]'' the AI of the ship Destiny plays an integral role in the plot. The chapter 'Infinite Loops' is written from the AI's POV, and in this it discusses human feelings with Dr. Rush, who tries to put the concept of love into a mathematical function. The question of dignity and personal agenda of an artificial intelligence is a reoccuring theme throughout the story.
* In the Pacific Rim story ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/927457 Designations Congruent with Things]]'' by the same author, Newton has a heartfelt discussion about romantic relationships with the AI of a self-driving car.

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* In the Stargate Universe ''WesternAnimation/StargateUniverse'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/578387/ Force over Distance]]'' the AI of the ship Destiny plays an integral role in the plot. The chapter 'Infinite Loops' is written from the AI's POV, and in this it discusses human feelings with Dr. Rush, who tries to put the concept of love into a mathematical function. The question of dignity and personal agenda of an artificial intelligence is a reoccuring theme throughout the story.
* In the Pacific Rim ''Film/PacificRim'' story ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/927457 Designations Congruent with Things]]'' by the same author, Newton has a heartfelt discussion about romantic relationships with the AI of a self-driving car.



* The central theme of ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', in which a robot boy searches for a way ToBecomeHuman to gain the love of his mother who he has been programmed to love by a series of code words spoken by her. Jude Law's character, a robot prostitute, seems to grow fond of some of his clients but seems to be actually prohibited from becoming too attached, because his occupation is to basically be the perennially eager lover.\\
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That's the entire point behind the robot boy (David) being created - to see if it was possible to create a robot child that could feel and provide unconditional love. Interestingly, while David is only set to experience this love for one person (in this case, his mother) he still seems quite fond of his "father" and "brother" and enjoys being with them. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, David's creator seems to think that the fact that David acted against logic (which would dictate that it is impossible for a robot to turn human) to obtain his mother's love is proof that he himself is capable of true, unconditional love.]]

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* The central theme of ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', in which a robot boy searches for a way ToBecomeHuman to gain the love of his mother who he has been programmed to love by a series of code words spoken by her. Jude Law's character, a robot prostitute, seems to grow fond of some of his clients but seems to be actually prohibited from becoming too attached, because his occupation is to basically be the perennially eager lover.\\
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lover.
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That's the entire point behind the robot boy (David) being created - to see if it was possible to create a robot child that could feel and provide unconditional love. Interestingly, while David is only set to experience this love for one person (in this case, his mother) he still seems quite fond of his "father" and "brother" and enjoys being with them. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, David's creator seems to think that the fact that David acted against logic (which would dictate that it is impossible for a robot to turn human) to obtain his mother's love is proof that he himself is capable of true, unconditional love.]]



* Data on ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Next Generation}}'' exhibits some of this behavior. Kinda funny, given that he's surrounded by people [[TinMan who he would die for, and who would quite willingly die for him]] on a daily basis. \\
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Subverted somewhat in the episode ''[[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/In_Theory_(episode) In Theory:]]'' he dates a human woman yet, even though Franchise/StarTrek is far from cynical, doesn't learn the answer. The breakup doesn't faze him either.\\
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His daughter Lal, however, figures it out...which causes a system overload and leads to her shutting down, telling her father that she loves him. In one of the greatest TearJerker scenes in all ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Data tells her that he wishes he could feel it too.

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* Data on ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Next Generation}}'' exhibits some of this behavior. Kinda funny, given that he's surrounded by people [[TinMan who he would die for, and who would quite willingly die for him]] on a daily basis. \\
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basis.
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Subverted somewhat in the episode ''[[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/In_Theory_(episode) In Theory:]]'' he dates a human woman yet, even though Franchise/StarTrek is far from cynical, doesn't learn the answer. The breakup doesn't faze him either.\\
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either.
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His daughter Lal, however, figures it out...out... which causes a system overload and leads to her shutting down, telling her father that she loves him. In one of the greatest TearJerker scenes in all ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Data tells her that he wishes he could feel it too.



* Both averted and played straight in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Sharon (Athena) and Valerii (Boomer) can love, but (corporeal) Number Six does not seem to get it.\\
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Somewhat justified as it has been established that different model numbers have different psychological patterns - and the Eight model has been described as being one of the most emotional, while the Sixes seem to be far more sexual in nature - in other words, it may simply be a case of love (Eight) versus lust (Six).\\
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On the other hand, it's also established that Caprica Six effectively had to "love" Saul in order to become pregnant, and it is the wavering of her faith that he loves her back that results in their child miscarrying. So even the Six line seems capable of it, though it may be more difficult for them.
** It may be more difficult for them to actually love but the do quiet often, when on long term assignments, develop feelings for humans.

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* Both averted and played straight in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Sharon (Athena) and Valerii (Boomer) can love, but (corporeal) Number Six does not seem to get it.\\
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Somewhat justified as it has been established that different model numbers have different psychological patterns - and the Eight model has been described as being one of the most emotional, while the Sixes seem to be far more sexual in nature - in other words, it may simply be a case of love (Eight) versus lust (Six).\\
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(Six).
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On the other hand, it's also established that Caprica Six effectively had to "love" Saul in order to become pregnant, and it is the wavering of her faith that he loves her back that results in their child miscarrying. So even the Six line seems capable of it, though it may be more difficult for them.
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them. It may be more difficult for them to actually love but the do quiet often, when on long term assignments, develop feelings for humans.



* In ''{{Fallout 4}}'', [[spoiler:Curie can upload herself to a Synth body, at which point the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] can hit on and romance her. Her reactions are both this and Adorkable. This is somewhat justified, because in her old body Curie could not feel emotions; Synths, on the other hand, are designed to [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot emulate humans in every way possible]]. It isn't just love that confuses Curie, ''every'' emotion confuses her. ''Breathing'' distressed her at first.]]

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* In ''{{Fallout ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', [[spoiler:Curie [[spoiler:medical robot Curie can upload herself to into [[ArtificialHuman a Synth body, body]], at which point the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] can hit on and romance her. Her reactions are both this and Adorkable. This is somewhat justified, because in her old body Curie could not feel emotions; Synths, on the other hand, are designed {{Adorkable}} as she struggles to [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot emulate humans in every way possible]]. It isn't just love that confuses Curie, ''every'' emotion confuses her. ''Breathing'' distressed her at first.process these "confusing" or "distracting" feelings while getting used to something as simple as ''breathing''.]]



--> '''Robot''': "Sally, we can no longer date. I will never understand your 'love'."
--> '''Human (Sally)''': "But I can teach you! I can teach you of human love!"
--> '''Robot''': "Oh God. Oh. Wow, this is awkward. I meant you in particular. Your 'love' is mostly watching TV together at night and perfunctory sex twice a week."

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--> '''Robot''': "Sally, Sally, we can no longer date. I will never understand your 'love'."
--> '''Human (Sally)''': "But
"love."\\
'''Sally''': But
I can teach you! I can teach you of human love!"
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love!\\
'''Robot''': "Oh Oh God. Oh. Wow, this is awkward. I meant you in particular. Your 'love' "love" is mostly watching TV together at night and perfunctory sex twice a week."
week.

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* This is Yui's motivation in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''. She's an AI designed to monitor the psychology of the players of ''Sword Art Online'', yet even she has no idea how a couple of {{Heroic Comedic Sociopath}}s like Kirito and Asuna managed to form a working relationship, so she faked amnesia and put herself in a position to be adopted by the lunatics in order to study them more closely and fix what must have been a flaw in her data. Or as Yui puts it,
-->'''Yui:''' [[WaxingLyrical I wanted to know what love is. I wanted you to show me.]]\\
'''Asuna:''' (''tearing up'') Goddamn ''Music/{{Foreigner}}''.\\
'''Kirito:''' [[InnocentBigot Y-you]] mean the band, right?
22nd Dec '16 11:53:18 AM ading
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* Cathy Ames in ''Literature/EastOfEden'' spends most of her life thinking of herself as superior to everyone else because she's so much smarter and prettier. After meeting Caleb, she realizes that none of that matters because everyone else around her can do ''something'' that she can't do. She never quite figures out what that thing is, but she still senses that nothing else is worth taking pride in without this one undefinable ability. [[AlasPoorVillain She ends up killing herself because even though she can't figure out what it is she can't do, she still understands that it's the only thing that makes life worth living.]]
22nd Dec '16 11:42:43 AM ading
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::In another episode, Dr. Zoidberg gets love lessons from Fry:

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::In ** In another episode, Dr. Zoidberg gets love lessons from Fry:



::Zoidberg's race in general seems ignorant to the concept of love:

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::Zoidberg's ** Zoidberg's race in general seems ignorant to the concept of love:



** In the first episode of ''Futurama'', Fry actually lampshades this trope when Farnsworth offers him a job aboard his ship, and Fry asks if they're going to "teach alien babes how to love".

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** In the first episode of ''Futurama'', episode, Fry actually lampshades this trope when Farnsworth offers him a job aboard his ship, and Fry asks if they're going to "teach alien babes how to love".
14th Nov '16 7:37:58 PM nombretomado
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* Rin Tezuka from KatawaShoujo is heavily implied to be suffering from some kind of personality disorder (likely schizoid), and while she obviously loves Hisao, she has an extremely hard time comprehending the nature of their relationship and their own feelings. [[spoiler: Leads to a minor tearjerker moment when, after having sex for the first time, Rin worries that now Hisao wouldn't be her friend anymore, since "friends don't do that".]]

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* Rin Tezuka from KatawaShoujo ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is heavily implied to be suffering from some kind of personality disorder (likely schizoid), and while she obviously loves Hisao, she has an extremely hard time comprehending the nature of their relationship and their own feelings. [[spoiler: Leads to a minor tearjerker moment when, after having sex for the first time, Rin worries that now Hisao wouldn't be her friend anymore, since "friends don't do that".]]
2nd Nov '16 3:21:41 PM SimiOfDoom
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* It is quite obvious in the ''Literature/KharkanasTrilogy'' that the quasi-god Draconus has some kind of affection towards Mother Dark, what with him officially being her Consort. However, he hasn't got the mechanics of love down quite as well as one would assume considering their realm-spanning romance. He is more seen stumbling around trying to make grand gestures of affection that ultimately backfire into LoveRuinsTheRealm and ends up presenting more of a creator's love towards his creation thing rather than interpersonal affection.
25th Oct '16 4:51:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* From TheOnion: [[http://www.theonion.com/audio/sexy-alien-does-not-understand-this-thing-humans-c,14010/ Sexy Alien Does Not Understand This Thing Humans Call "Love."]]

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* From TheOnion: Website/TheOnion: [[http://www.theonion.com/audio/sexy-alien-does-not-understand-this-thing-humans-c,14010/ Sexy Alien Does Not Understand This Thing Humans Call "Love."]]
19th Oct '16 3:39:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''CatsCradle'', a secretary relates a story of the time Dr. Felix Hoenikker bet her she could not tell him anything that was completely objectively true. When she responded with "God is Love", he simply asked "What is Love?" and considered the bet won.

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* In ''CatsCradle'', ''Literature/CatsCradle'', a secretary relates a story of the time Dr. Felix Hoenikker bet her she could not tell him anything that was completely objectively true. When she responded with "God is Love", he simply asked "What is Love?" and considered the bet won.
9th Oct '16 11:52:29 PM Kotomikun
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[HiveMind Kyubey]] cannot understand why humans care so much about specific individuals. Ironically, in the end, [[spoiler:his scheme is ruined by Madoka sacrificing herself]] to save all other {{Magical Girl}}s. Love doesn't come up explicitly until ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''; Kyubey still doesn't understand it, but needs no further convincing of how powerful it is. [[spoiler:Homura [[RageAgainstTheHeavens dethroning the kind and benevolent God-Madoka]] to become devil-queen of the universe--[[LoveMakesYouEvil ostensibly out of love for Madoka]]--screwed up his [[PoweredByAForsakenChild human power plants]] system even worse than before.]]
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