Created By: Servbot on January 27, 2008

Robotic Reveal

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(Originally Revealing Injury, but between Alien Blood and Bizarre Alien Biology, the alien and other creatures side was covered, so refocusing this to robots)

So there's this person you've met. They look like a human, they act like a human, they talk like a human, and in your mind, they're very much a human.

Then they get wounded, and instead of bleeding, they're releasing sparks.

Apparently, the human you've been with was one of them cyborgs, Ridiculously Human Robots, or Mechanical Lifeforms.

At this point, one of two things may happen.

If the character is an enemy, this is the signal for The Hero to go all out in battle. After all, it's not human, who cares if it gets killed?

If the character is an ally, this will lead to much angsting for everyone as they ask themselves What Measure Is a Non-Human?.

Do We Have This One??

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  • January 27, 2008
    • One of the characters in the first Wild Arms game is revealed to be not quite what they seem after he cuts off his arm to get away from the Big Bad. When the others treat the injury, sparks fly out, and they discover that his insides were made of the same properties as the Metal Demons.
    • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, one of the characters walk out of an explosion, covered in blood and one arm missing a large chunk of flesh, revealing the cybernetics underneath. Interestingly, there's no Artificial Human related angsting here, partly because most of the Nanoha cast aren't human, and partly because practically everyone in the crew knew before the viewers did.
  • January 27, 2008
    The Alien series- a number of times.
  • January 27, 2008
    Terminator 2 has the Terminator cut the skin off his arm deliberately to prove he isn't human. Of course, he could have been a human with an artificial arm but in any case he did prove he wasn't your ordinary person.
  • January 27, 2008
  • January 27, 2008
    We also have Glamour Failure.
  • January 27, 2008
    Somewhat inverted in Torchwood episode "Sleeper", where the alien character is detected not by her injuries but her lack of injuries from having a portable force field.
  • January 27, 2008
    Happend in Funny Farm (the webcomic) like, TODAY... the stunning reveleation that Boe is Pete is tempered when a slap removes a layer of paint from his cheek...
  • January 27, 2008
    Glamour Failure was my first thought.
  • January 27, 2008
    Red Dwarf: in "Out of Time", Lister gets his arm cut, revealing mechanical parts.

    This trope is referenced in an episode of My Parents Are Aliens:

    Brian: Prick me! Do I not bleed? Josh: Yeah - but it's green.
  • January 27, 2008
    A subtrope of Glamour Failure.
  • January 27, 2008
    In the ST:TNG episode "Thine Own Self", Data is amnesiac because of (nonvisible) damage, and has gone native. A Revealing Injury shows the circuitry under his skin, much to the shock of all (Data himself included).

  • January 27, 2008
    Wound Reveal?

    Happens in Armitage III with the titular character, made worse by the fact that it's her kid that sees it.
  • January 27, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Rah Xephon. Aliens have blue blood, so that's how you tell them including the protagonist's mother.
  • January 27, 2008
    Yeah, this is a specific form of Glamour Reveal.

    And looks like the alien and other creatures side of this has been covered by Alien Blood and Bizarre Alien Biology, but it doesn't seem like we have one for robots and cyborgs yet. Maybe this should be tweaked to include only those instances (Robotic Reveal)?
  • January 27, 2008
    Another ST:TNG example is from the episode when Data's creator's wife (?) shows up, and while she's down on the planet she falls and turns out to be an android herself.
  • January 27, 2008
    There was a Stargate SG 1 episode where this was combined with Tomato In The Mirror...
  • January 31, 2008
    Okay, doesn't look like there are any problems with the modified Robotic Reveal, so will be launching this soon. Of the examples given, the ones that look like it fits the current trope are the ones from:

    Wild Arms Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Terminator 2 Red Dwarf Star Trek:TNG. Both examples Armitage III Stargate SG 1

    If I missed anything, please say so (Or just add it once the trope is launched. Either works <<)
  • January 31, 2008
    Happened in Toys (I'll post the character in question once this is launched and I'm sure I can get a spoiler to behave)
  • February 1, 2008
    Dr. Roger Korby at the end of the Star Trek TOS episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of". Beta in The Last Starfighter, when he was wounded in front of Alex Rogan's girlfriend.
  • February 1, 2008
    Bartholemew Kuma of One Piece was recently revealed as a cyborg this way.
  • February 1, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Ichijo offhandedly reveals herself to be a robot in one episode of Paniponi Dash. But it's not like you can trust anything to do with Ichijo....