I am a robot! I run on American jobs! Beep boop!
The Soldier (in disguise), Team Fortress 2
Robots are as skilled as you can make them, do not need food, sleep or (usually) pay. Therefore, it makes plausible sense that in universes where Do-Anything Robot
appliances are widely available that they could replace regular people in their jobs. However, this may prompt a strain of Fantastic Racism
This can also occur with travelling heroic parties - Bob is snubbed in favour of Data, because Data is far more resilient, intelligent and skilled, as well as the fact that Data can be rebuilt and Bob can't. Unfortunately, if the enemy has a go at Hack Your Enemy
then the party is in trouble (and Bob is very smug).
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- In the film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's father was made redundant when the company he worked for got a robot that could do his job instead.
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- In Season 9 of the machinima series Red vs. Blue, a sub-plot revolves around Simmons' distress that the new robot Lopez will replace him as 'the smart one that's not good with emotions' on the team.