History RidiculouslyHumanRobots / Webcomics

11th Feb '16 5:16:55 PM GrammarNavi
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* Ping from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' sleeps like an actual human when she's in idle mode, can use the chemical energy from sugar to recharge her batteries, and in one chapter, she angrily tells Piro that she has ''real'' feelings even though these feelings are simulated. However, she does have a couple of robotic quirks: when she sees Piro all mopey because he couldn't wind up the courage to call Kimiko, Ping misrecognizes his posture and attitude as being rejected by Kimiko, and suddenly goes into GenkiGirl mode. Not bad for a PlayStation2 accessory. She is also been explicitly stated to be "fully functional," and WordOfGod has even implied that she has a working uterus.

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* Ping from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' sleeps like an actual human when she's in idle mode, can use the chemical energy from sugar to recharge her batteries, and in one chapter, she angrily tells Piro that she has ''real'' feelings even though these feelings are simulated. However, she does have a couple of robotic quirks: when she sees Piro all mopey because he couldn't wind up the courage to call Kimiko, Ping misrecognizes his posture and attitude as being rejected by Kimiko, and suddenly goes into GenkiGirl mode. Not bad for a PlayStation2 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 accessory. She is also been explicitly stated to be "fully functional," and WordOfGod has even implied that she has a working uterus.
15th Aug '15 7:39:53 PM TheTitanPrince
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* [[ProtagonistTitle The titular character]] in ''Webcomic/{{Pilot}}'' is like this. Aside from his grey skin, one could easily mistake him for a human.
12th Aug '15 7:10:01 PM SionPoster
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* There turns out to be a few of these in ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia''; Ila certainly counts, as does [[spoiler:Mium]], though both have fairly obvious parculiar tendencies. Averted with the only character that looks a robot (Mir) seemingly not being a robot.

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* There turns out to be a few of these in ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia''; Ila certainly counts, as does [[spoiler:Mium]], though both have fairly obvious parculiar tendencies. Averted (or perhaps played really straight...) with the only character that looks a robot (Mir) seemingly not being a robot.
12th Aug '15 7:09:29 PM SionPoster
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* There turns out to be a few of these in ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia''; Ila certainly counts, as does [[Spoiler:Mium]], though both have fairly obvious parculiar tendencies. Averted with the only character that looks a robot (Mir) seemingly not being a robot.

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* There turns out to be a few of these in ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia''; Ila certainly counts, as does [[Spoiler:Mium]], [[spoiler:Mium]], though both have fairly obvious parculiar tendencies. Averted with the only character that looks a robot (Mir) seemingly not being a robot.
12th Aug '15 7:05:42 PM PastUtopia
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* There turns out to be a few of these in ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia''; Ila certainly counts, as does [[Spoiler:Mium]], though both have fairly obvious parculiar tendencies. Averted with the only character that looks a robot (Mir) seemingly not being a robot.
30th Jun '15 8:07:57 AM Veanne
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* Ugofandian from ''Webcomic/{{Marooned}}'' has built a ridiculously Martian robot.
21st Dec '14 5:47:40 PM Yuihime
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-->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01315.htm Florence Ambrose:]]''' Can we at least try to solve this logically before you robots go all emotional?

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-->'''[[http://freefall.--->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01315.htm Florence Ambrose:]]''' Can we at least try to solve this logically before you robots go all emotional?emotional?
** Justified as a ''major'' plot point: Florence discovers fairly quickly that the locally-built robots, due to a manufacturing problem, use the same artificial neural structure [[UpliftedAnimal she herself does]], which is ''meant'' to emulate human-like sapience and behavior. And then they're still [[HumanResources recycled for parts when their service days are done]].
18th Jul '14 2:00:06 PM sqrfrk
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2252 a woman talking to Slick malfunctions, and Satan shows up to repair her. She's once again apparently human at the end.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2252 net/view.php?date=2006-11-05 a woman talking to Slick malfunctions, and Satan shows up to repair her. She's once again apparently human at the end.]]
12th Jul '14 8:01:04 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* The robot characters from ''Webcomic/{{Supertron}}'' are this in spades.
23rd May '14 10:51:07 PM Discar
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* Ping from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' sleeps like an actual human when she's in idle mode, can use the chemical energy from sugar to recharge her batteries, and in one chapter, she angrily tells Piro that she has ''real'' feelings even though these feelings are simulated. However, she does have a couple of robotic quirks: when she sees Piro all mopey because he couldn't wind up the courage to call Kimiko, Ping misrecognizes his posture and attitude as being rejected by Kimiko, and suddenly goes into GenkiGirl mode. Not bad for a PlayStation2 accessory.
** She is also been explicitly stated to be "fully functional," and WordOfGod has even implied that she has a working uterus.

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* Ping from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' sleeps like an actual human when she's in idle mode, can use the chemical energy from sugar to recharge her batteries, and in one chapter, she angrily tells Piro that she has ''real'' feelings even though these feelings are simulated. However, she does have a couple of robotic quirks: when she sees Piro all mopey because he couldn't wind up the courage to call Kimiko, Ping misrecognizes his posture and attitude as being rejected by Kimiko, and suddenly goes into GenkiGirl mode. Not bad for a PlayStation2 accessory.
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accessory. She is also been explicitly stated to be "fully functional," and WordOfGod has even implied that she has a working uterus.



* Pintsize in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' seems to have emotions (mostly schadenfreude and lust) and has even gone through a phase of questioning his gender/sexuality.

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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'':
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Pintsize in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' seems to have emotions (mostly schadenfreude and lust) and has even gone through a phase of questioning his gender/sexuality.



** And apparently Roombas are fully functional enough to [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1643 find mates and reproduce]].
** And Pintsize ended up with a laser because a government semi tried to mate with a Best Buy semi.

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** And apparently Apparently Roombas are fully functional enough to [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1643 find mates and reproduce]].
reproduce]]. In fairness, everyone agreed in-universe that that one was weird.
** And Pintsize ended up with a laser because a government semi tried to mate with a Best Buy semi.



*** By contrast, several human characters seem excessively two dimensional on more than a few occasions.



* Various Robots from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' display human-like personalites, and human-like comical incompetence. For example, they hide their presence by labeling their spare part storage room as "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial NO spare robot parts]]". Their gatekeeper, Doorbot, was fooled by Annie's PaperThinDisguise. And the Guardbots attempting to apprehend Annie [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy are completely flummoxed]] when she ''runs away from them''. A possible explanation for this arises later: the robots are {{magitek}}.
** Also, the latest arc features a Robot King (who draws emotions on 'his' face with markers), a Robot Society, in turmoil, nonetheless. And let's not even count the fact that the robots apparently have true emotions, are capable of being moved by a painting and upset by a wreckage. {{Magitek}} at its finest...

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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
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Various Robots from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' robots display human-like personalites, and human-like comical incompetence. For example, they hide their presence by labeling their spare part storage room as "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial NO spare robot parts]]". Their gatekeeper, Doorbot, was fooled by Annie's PaperThinDisguise. And the Guardbots attempting to apprehend Annie [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy are completely flummoxed]] when she ''runs away from them''. A possible explanation for this arises later: the robots are {{magitek}}.
** Also, the latest A later arc features a Robot King (who draws emotions on 'his' face with markers), a Robot Society, in turmoil, nonetheless. And let's not even count the fact that the robots apparently have true emotions, are capable of being moved by a painting and upset by a wreckage. {{Magitek}} at its finest...



** Don't be ridiculous, he's ''clearly'' human. Just look at his human lip, and his [[EyeBeams human laser]]!

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** Don't be ridiculous, he's ''clearly'' human. Just look at his human lip, and his [[EyeBeams human laser]]!-->'''Warmech:''' BEHOLD MY HUMAN LASER!



-->'''Robot News Anchor:''' A massive search party is searching for the missing Secret Angel Princess-Princess as well as GOFOTRON's right arm. Our prayers go out for them both. But more for Secret Angel since she's a person and GOFOTRON's arm is a thing. But then again, I'm a thing, so who cares. Nobody cares about us things.
-->''(beat)''
-->I hate you all.
* The Muses in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
-->'''Master Payne:''' The Muses were renowned as miraculous, beautiful machines -- but few would believe they were truly ''aware''. And maybe they're ''not''. It would certainly be ''easier'' to create machines that merely ''simulate'' emotion. However ... even if her grief is artificial, it is ''destroying'' her.

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-->'''Robot News Anchor:''' A massive search party is searching for the missing Secret Angel Princess-Princess as well as GOFOTRON's right arm. Our prayers go out for them both. But more for Secret Angel since she's a person and GOFOTRON's arm is a thing. But then again, I'm a thing, so who cares. Nobody cares about us things.
-->''(beat)''
-->I
things.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Robot News Anchor:''' I
hate you all.
* The Muses in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
-->'''Master ** The Muses, twelve breathtakingly advanced humanoid clanks created for the Storm King two hundred years ago.
--->'''Master
Payne:''' The Muses were renowned as miraculous, beautiful machines -- but few would believe they were truly ''aware''. And maybe they're ''not''. It would certainly be ''easier'' to create machines that merely ''simulate'' emotion. However ... even if her grief is artificial, it is ''destroying'' her.her.
** Agatha's dingbots (pocketwatch-sized clanks she builds as assistants) are intelligent enough to carry out complex commands, show love and loyalty towards their creator, and even remember old grudges.



-->"Pain will help us cut maintenance costs." You didn't mention how much it would ''hurt''.

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-->"Pain -->'''Drone:''' "Pain will help us cut maintenance costs." You didn't mention how much it would ''hurt''.



* ''Webcomic/NeverMindTheGap'' is an unusually [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hard]] and {{justified|Trope}} example. The comic is about a town inhabited by a mix of humans and RidiculouslyHumanRobots, which are almost ''exactly'' like humans personality-wise (though obviously robotic in appearance). They have to go through a very human-like childhood as they mature, and can become romantically involved with each other and with humans. The explanation is that in this universe, AI researchers found no way to make an AI with human-level intelligence ''except'' for modelling the AI very closely on the human mind, and also giving it a fairly humanoid body. Every attempt to make a less human-like AI either failed or resulted in insanity. Intelligent robots were initially found to be useful for a variety of tasks, which explains why people bothered to build them, but eventually, predictably, they wanted to be treated as people; the comic is set in a time and place where they've largely won this fight, and so now they no longer need to be "useful," as such, other than as equal members of society. It's notable that there ''are'' also non-human-like "smart" devices and non-humanoid robots in this setting, but their intelligence and abilities are limited. The RidiculouslyHumanRobots are realistic in other ways -- for instance, the complexities and limitations of their humanoid bodies, and the associated maintenance costs, are explicitly addressed.
** The possibility of non-human robots is contemplated with the uplifted octopi, who could possibly make robots modeled after their own mind.

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* ''Webcomic/NeverMindTheGap'' is an unusually [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hard]] and {{justified|Trope}} example. The comic is about a town inhabited by a mix of humans and RidiculouslyHumanRobots, which are almost ''exactly'' like humans personality-wise (though obviously robotic in appearance). They have to go through a very human-like childhood as they mature, and can become romantically involved with each other and with humans. The explanation is that in this universe, AI researchers found no way to make an AI with human-level intelligence ''except'' for modelling the AI very closely on the human mind, and also giving it a fairly humanoid body. Every attempt to make a less human-like AI either failed or resulted in insanity. Intelligent robots were initially found to be useful for a variety of tasks, which explains why people bothered to build them, but eventually, predictably, they wanted to be treated as people; the comic is set in a time and place where they've largely won this fight, and so now they no longer need to be "useful," as such, other than as equal members of society. It's notable that there ''are'' also non-human-like "smart" devices and non-humanoid robots in this setting, but their intelligence and abilities are limited. The RidiculouslyHumanRobots are realistic in other ways -- for instance, the complexities and limitations of their humanoid bodies, and the associated maintenance costs, are explicitly addressed.
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addressed. The possibility of non-human robots is contemplated with the uplifted octopi, who could possibly make robots modeled after their own mind.
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