Created By: GammaV on March 17, 2012
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The Gamma

One robot in a series of evil robots becomes good

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The best examples are the Trope Namer from Sonic Adventure and Johnny 5 from Short Circuit. Zeta from The Zeta Project could be one too as his name implies that he's not the first NSA Infiltration Unit.
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  • March 17, 2012
    Telcontar
    As well as writing a description, we need a better name; not everyone knows who Gamma is or what the name means. The examples also need expanding – why are they an example? What influence does the robot and its turning have on the plot? How do others react to them? I can't answer any of these, having never seen the works in question, but if you write a description then maybe I can dig more up.
  • March 17, 2012
    NESBoy
  • March 17, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    • Technically, Johnny 5 was never really evil. He was just a dumb combat robot who accidently became sapient.
    • In I Robot, Sonny is the only NS-5 unnafected by the Zeroth Law Rebellion (NS-4's are also unaffected). Similarly to the Short Circuit example, the other robots aren't really evil, they're being mind - controlled through the network.
  • March 17, 2012
    Psi001
    Killer Robot With A Heart Of Gold?

    I think this would probably work better without the evil comparison. Say a generic soldier robot gains sentience and empathy.
  • March 17, 2012
    GammaV
    I agree here. This happens more often when you factor in any robot from a series of mass-produced robots that has something unique about it. This uniqueness may be a system that is deliberately implemented by the designer, like Sonny in I, Robot's ability to defy the Three Laws, or it could be unintentional, like the proposed Trope Namer, who defies his creator after experiences such as seeing a fellow unit stripped down and undergoing reconstruction and witnessing a prisoner's protectiveness towards a bird.
  • March 17, 2012
    chicagomel
    Robopocalypse had this, first with the robot companion of a Japanese buisnessman. She is able to transmit a song that triggers a Heel Face Turn in several of the other robots in the story, who fight the evil 'bots alongside the humans as Freeborn Squad.
  • March 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Robot Monster the eponymous RoMan becomes...if not "good" at least "not as evil" after falling in love with the only female HuMan left.
  • March 30, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Definitely a Bad Trope Namer. "Gamma" is the third letter in the Greek alphabet, and is used for a variety of things from the brightness setting on your monitor to superpower-inducing radiation from outer space.
  • March 30, 2012
    X2X
    This might be a terrible snowclone for White Sheep, but Chrome Sheep?
  • March 30, 2012
    nman
    What about "HeelFace.exe" as a name?
  • March 30, 2012
    Kenik13
    The toy that saved Christmas. From; veggie tales may fit if I see where this is going. He was made as a mass produced machine to be sold and kinda divert from the holidays real meaning, but proceeds to help children learn as he finds out the whole deal himself.
  • March 30, 2012
    MorganWick
    For Psi and Gamma (and maybe even the OP): My Model Doth Protest Too Much?

    I am so very, very sorry.
  • March 31, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • March 31, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    As a Sonic fan, No Just No on the name. However, Heel Face Robot isn't that bad, and I might think of a good one later on.
  • March 31, 2012
    X2X
    @ nman: I dunno. Maybe it's just me, but that sounds more like you'd be dealing with compute programs and A.I.

    @ Stradrake: Thought as much, but it was worth a shot, right?
  • March 31, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Heel Face Robot doesn't work either.
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