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Robo Love
Romance between mechanical beings. *NAME CROWNER* *To be launched soon*
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Alternative image: Bjork's "All is Full of Love"
Caption: Looks like the Clap wants a piece of that cake.

"So, are you two an item? I mean, I know you're both items, but..."
-- Philip J. Fry, Futurama

Robots and Artificial Intelligences are supposed to be these cold and calculating beings bound by carefully constructed progamming and code. Sure, they could display emotions, or at least something resembling them; but love? That one emotion even organic beings have trouble understanding? Surely that has to be a totally different story, right?

Well, it turns out that isn't always the case, and love can bloom amongst those cables and sensors.

Robo Love covers those moments where non-organic beings, be it robots, AI, or anything along those lines, display romantic emotions towards a fellow mechanical being. Love Tropes can apply just like they would with any regular romance, meaning we can wind up with all sorts of situations, such as both growing to love eachother, one of the involved malfunctioning at the other's precense, or one side's romatic advances being thorougly ignored by lack of interest, emotions, or any trace of sentience whatsoever.

Related to Ridiculously Human Robots and Robo Family. Compare/contrast Robosexual, when an organic being feels attraction to a mechanical one, and Robo Ship, when a Shipping pairing involves one or two bots.


Anime and Manga
  • The 1980s series of Astro Boy had an episode called "Robio and Robiette", which was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet featuring robots.

Film - Animated
  • Wall E: The focus of the entire plot is the romance between the titular WALL-E and EVE. In their case, their concept of love may have come from the Hello, Dolly! clip WALL-E showed to EVE.

Film - Live Action
  • Heartbeeps: The robots Val Com 17485 and Aqua Com 89045 meet at a factory while awaiting repairs and fall in love. They decide to escape and set out on a journey to find a place to live as well as a supply of electricity. They assemble a robot out of spare parts and treat it as their child, this becoming a Robo Family.

  • In one short story by Robert Sheckley, a successful businessman decides to court a successful businesswoman but since he has no time for proper courtship, he has a specialized "lover" android built in his likeness and sends him on all the dates. One day, the android doesn't return from a date, and it soon turns out that the businesswoman had no time, either, and also sent a "lover" android looking like herself. The androids simply decided to run away. Later on, when the two (human) protagonists are married, the woman has a nervous breakdown when she realizes that they are the robots, while the androids they built are real people who live for love.
  • In the third Jack Blank book, The End of Infinity, Virtua, an AI with a holographic avatar, acts unusually possessive of Jazen Knight, a Ridiculously Human Robot, when he ends up in trouble. They had hooked up offscreen between the end of the second book and the beginning of the third, but it never came up to mention it until the end.

Live-Action TV
  • Eureka: Android Deputy Andy developed a romantic relationship with Carter's house, SARAH. They almost got married too, but SARAH had cold feet.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • In one episode, Kryten meets a female android (played by Kryten actor Robert Llewellyn's own girlfriend.) She turns out to be a hideous artificial lifeform, but he keeps the relationship going until she leaves the ship so as not to hurt her.
    • The ship's computer Holly claims to have once had a love affair with a ZX Spectrum, and falls in love with his female counterpart Hilly in a parallel universe.
  • Star Trek: Voyager has the holographic Doctor fall in love with the recovering Borg Seven of Nine.

  • In Björk's music video for "All is Full of Love", two robots (allegedly both of them were modeled on Bjork) kiss and embrace each other.

  • In Karel Capek's play R.U.R., the last living human Alquist sees robots Primus and Helena who fell in love despite being robots as new Adam and Eve and hope for intelligent life.

Video Games

  • In Manly Guys Doing Manly Things the Commander apparently helped GLaDOS break up with AM at some point, which is why she lets his interns live when they use the portal room for training.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Nelvana made a robotic version of Romeo and Juliet called Romie 0 And Julie 8 which had this as its theme. The two androids are from different manufacturers, and androids in general aren't supposed to feel love.
  • Futurama: The robot of the cast, Bender, has many "love" affairs with other robots. It isn't very romantic until the crew's ship is upgraded with Artificial Intelligence. They form a romantic relationship, but she suffocates him into leaving... that is, if his own adulterous nature didn't do it first.
  • One episode of The Flintstones has Fred living an idyllic, lazy life because he owns a robot that goes to work in his place. This ends when Barney buys a robot of his own, which turns out to be female, and brings it to Fred's house. Cue both robots immediately escaping to pursue their romance.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Robot Rabbit" has Bugs disguise himself as a female robot in order to lure Elmer's pest-control robot into a pile driver.
  • Hanna-Barbera's The Jetsons has the episode "Rosie's Boyfriend", where building super Henry Orbit builds a robot assistant named Mac. Mac meets Rosie, the Jetsons' robotic maid, by chance, and starts malfunctioning much more than usual.
  • Transformers Generation 1: Optimus Prime and Elita One, the female Autobot leader, were in a Long Distance Relationship, since she and the other female Autobots had remained stationed on Cybertron.

Indexes: Love Tropes, Robot Roll Call
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