Created By: dakta on March 6, 2013

Saucy Robot Girl

An Artificial Human who delivers monotone analysis interspersed with saucy and/or sassy remarks

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An Artificial Human who, between monotone monologues effusing computed information and inhuman responses, reveals themselves to be a a pro-level Deadpan Snarker.

Other characters often have difficulty determining if these comments are intentionally flirtatious or sassy, or simply a matter of the Artificial Human's peculiarly logical personality. They often have their own strange logic and make some amount of sense, but under normal circumstances (eg: stated by a normal human) would come off as flirtatious or sassy.

Such comments are delivered in monotone (or otherwise in the Artificial Human's normal tone of voice), deadpan, making the viewer question if the Artificial Human is the world's best straight man or simply a biological robot.

Compare Lissle Miss Snarker, The Gadfly. Contrast The Tease.


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Anime and Manga

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • March 6, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    The robot-head 790 from Lexx was a "male" version, who would give the crew data when needed, but spent most of his time either flirting with and fawning over Zev, or snarking at Stanley Tweedle.
  • March 7, 2013
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • The Big O. Robot Girl R. Dorothy Wayneright liked to occasionally make snarky comments to Roger Smith (e.g. "You're a louse, Roger Smith").
  • March 7, 2013
    MiinU
    The examples in the OP need context.

    Also, Yuki wouldn't count, since she isn't saucy. She's a combination of Emotionless Girl, The Spock, and The Stoic. She doesn't even snark, assuming we're talking about the anime's portrayal of her, since I haven't read the manga yet.
  • March 7, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Just Saucy Robot might be a better title--why limit it to the persona of one sex?
  • March 7, 2013
    MrInitialMan
    How about the computer voice in Z?
  • March 7, 2013
    ThinkSharp
    EDI, the on-board Artificial Intelligence in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, is known for delivering deadpan humor in order to tease or provoke her crew mates, especially Joker. While she is not an Artificial Human (she has no body) in Mass Effect 2, she eventually becomes one in Mass Effect 3, when she downloads into the body of a robotic woman.
  • March 7, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Rosie, the robot maid in Hanna-Barbera's The Jetsons. A robot, check. A maid, so presuming "girl." And she dumps a pineapple cake on Cosmo G Spacely's head, which takes Saucy to a whole new level.
  • March 7, 2013
    dakta
    @Mr Initial Man: Sounds good.

    @Miin U: Good catch on Yuki, I believe I was mistaking her character for another. I too am unsure of the manga, though perhaps there's a troper who's read it, since the Haruhi wiki is no help. Apologies for the lack of examples in the OP, but it's been a while since I watched both of the series I mentioned and (as you pointed out), there's no examples to be found for one of them.

    @Think Sharp: Perhaps the definition should be widened to require simply an "artificial personality"?
  • March 7, 2013
    Ryusui
    Overall, I think we're missing a trope for "snarky AI/robot" in general. We do have "Second Law My Ass," but that's not quite the same thing.
  • March 7, 2013
    ThinkSharp
    I agree with Ryusui that it should be more generalized. And datka, you probably intended it to be? Artificial Human is defined as strictly biological, meaning that any actual "Saucy Robot" fails to qualify.
  • March 8, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Another "male" example:

    Live-Action TV

    Babylon 5: When command staff must change passcodes and reboot the station's computer system after secession from Earth ("Ceremonies of Light and Dark"), a very snarky and crotchety "male" AI (which was an early aborted attempt at an AI when the system was first programmed) replaced the soothing and neutral female computer voice, irritating everyone (particularly Garibaldi, who did a Shoot The Television on one of the intercom speakers at one point) until they got rid of it.
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