Created By: Recon 5 on October 10, 2008
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Robot Me

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A robotic version of an existing character which is simultaneously present with the character in question. May be vastly different in terms of abilities and personality but if it's a Robo X or Mecha X (or any other adjective indicative of a robotic nature) where X is the name of the original character, then it fits. The exception is if the original character is a robot, where Robo X would be a brother/sister unit (and a redundant name).

Sometimes this robot may simply be a stand-in for the original with a sinister or mundane justification. In this case, expect a Ridiculously Human Robot and maybe a Robotic Reveal.

The other extreme is when the robotic version is made out (or even made specifically) to be superior or equal to the original (and may see itself as such) because it is robotic. A ridiculously massive and versatile Hyperspace Arsenal normally substitutes for whatever Magic and Powers the original may have. The robot may even be The Ace and succeed in everything that the original cannot do to the extent of winning the former's friends and possessions. In this case the original may have to struggle to eliminate or simply overtake the machine.

Videogames may introduce robotic equivalents of existing characters as jokes or pseudo- shotoclones in order to pad out a roster, but unexpected popularity may bring them back as distinct entities in future installments.

Characters who are themselves brought back as robots after death do not count. Robotic equivalents who coexisted with but survived the originals, however, do. The key point of this trope is interaction between the original and the robot, even if it is simply the original having knowledge of the robot's existence and activities.

Examples:
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  • October 9, 2008
    ManyHills
    You totally killed us, you evil metal dickweeds!

    (And there's Good Robot Usses at the end, too. Despite the link, we of course talking about Bogus Journey.)
  • October 9, 2008
    Scooter007
  • October 9, 2008
    Sir Psycho Sexy
    Would Liu-bot count?
  • October 9, 2008
    Karalora
    I originally read the title as a command, like "King me!" in checkers: "Robot me!" Heh.
  • October 9, 2008
    Nate the Great
    • Stargate SG-1.
    • The Batman had the villains make evil robotic counterparts of the Justice League.
  • October 9, 2008
    Midonin
    I can think of two examples immediately.

  • October 9, 2008
    Stinkoman87
    Billybot and Mandroid in The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy.
  • October 9, 2008
    Indigo
    Nevermind. I see Many Hills beat me to it. STATION!!
  • October 9, 2008
    foxley
    Superman used to have a bunch of Superman robots used in protecting his secret identity.
  • October 9, 2008
    Recon 5
    @Midonin: I thought Cyber Cam was a Hard Light construct and not a robot.

    @Sir Psycho Sexy: Elaborate a bit, please. Futurama being what it is, it's hard for me to judge an example out of context.
  • October 9, 2008
    Wulf
    The Afro Droid in Afro Samurai, supposedly better than the real Afro Samurai in every way.

    And elaborating on Sir Psycho Sexy's Futurama example/comment-- Fry download's Lucy Liu's personality (based on the box office receipts of her movies) into a robot, to date it/her.
  • October 9, 2008
    Recon 5
    Ah, I see. The Liu-bot would not count as a Robot Me in such a case as the description specifically excludes robotic recreations of a deceased character. If a clone of Liu was present along with the robot then the robot would fall under this trope.
  • October 9, 2008
    Arivne
    Several The Six Million Dollar Man episodes had villains making robotic duplicates of (and replacing) the show's main characters.

    Star Trek The Original Series episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?". Dr. Roger Korby creates an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.

    The Twilight Zone TOS episode "In His Image". A man makes a robot copy of himself.
  • October 9, 2008
    EponymousKid
    Superman still has a bunch of Superman robots (each with a slightly tweaked costume design to distinguish them), apparently "just in case."

    Similarly, Batman had robot versions of the entire Justice League, save himself... which were victims of The Worf Effect just minutes after activation.

    There's also Robo-Ky from Guilty Gear, who started out as a perfect copy but eventually became obviously mechanical and a complete spazz.

    Also, Recon: Lucy Liu herself was present along with the robots, though.
  • October 9, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    More specifically, Lucy Liu's preserved living head.
  • October 10, 2008
    Recon 5
    Ok... which celebrity didn't survive as a giant head? Were the robots like the original's spies/ servants or something? The big heads often had some wacky hijinks going on.
  • October 10, 2008
    Wristmilk
    The Santa Clause 2 has one of these.
  • October 10, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Because he is himself a robot, Proto Man is a bizarre example. The robot double is called Break Man for reasons nobody has quite explained.
  • October 10, 2008
    Recon 5
    Proto Man and all other robotic originals are exceptions, because a "double" would essentially be a remake, a copy or a different unit from the same batch.

    EDIT: Is this launchable? With all the examples pouring in I think I can surrender this one to Wiki Magic. Any objections?
  • October 11, 2008
    Indigo
    Arguably, B-4, Lor, and Data are Robot forms of Noonian Soongh himself.
  • October 11, 2008
    dkellis
    The mecha butler whose various designations I keep forgetting, in Hayate The Combat Butler. Essentially a robotic version of Hayate, who seems to exist for the sole purpose of one-upping Hayate at every turn.
  • October 11, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Alright. Launchie! Thanks for the help, guys.
  • October 11, 2008
    Pata Hikari
    Break Man was just Proto Man in a mask.

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