->''"Starfleet was made to seek out new life. (points to Data) Well, '''''there it sits'''''."''
-->-- '''Capt. Jean-Luc Picard''', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E9TheMeasureOfAMan The Measure of a Man]]"

[[AsYouKnow As we all know]], ClonesAreExpendable, ArtificialHumans are [[ScaleOfScientificSins abominations]] against nature, and [[RobotRollCall robots]] are a [[AIIsACrapshoot crapshoot]] and [[JustAMachine undeserving of a second thought]]. It seems as though artificial lifeforms just can't catch a break in the world of fiction, all because they're NotEvenHuman. After all, WhatMeasureIsANonHuman

[[SubvertedTrope A whole lot, in some cases]].

In some stories, you might find that ClonesArePeopleToo, as are ArtificialHumans. And those robots were just [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood misunderstood]].

With the world continuing to shift to being Pro-Artificial Life due to the increasing use of technology in our lives, there's no wonder that this trope is being used more and more in modern works. Take, for example, the evolution of the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' series. The [[Film/TheTerminator first movie]] showed all [[AIIsACrapshoot A.I.]] as {{Killer Robot}}s, while the sequels and spin-offs show that the eponymous [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Terminators]] may in fact be people too, at least when not under the control of [[MasterComputer Sky-Net]].

Any series that uses the term "[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots humaniform robots]]" (or something similar) usually has this trope applying to those specific human-like robots to which that term applies.

This is the SuperTrope of ClonesArePeopleToo, and is generally found on the enlightenment side of the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment scale.

See the related WhatMeasureIsANonHuman. See also/compare the ZombieAdvocate. DoAndroidsDream is when this trope is called into question.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': AI research has advanced to the point where robots can develop human personalities and emotions. Camila Pareto from Arlequint is trying to get robots to be recognized as actual citizens and not just machinery.
* In ''Manga/AstroBoy'', most humans and robots live as equals.
* Androids 16,17, 18 from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', although 17 and 18 started off as bad guys.
** Subverted with Androids 17 and 18 who are just humans that were modified by Dr. Gero. Android 18 even has a daughter eventually.
* All artificial humanoid constructs are treated as humans by default in the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' universe, including cyborgs, clones with constructed personalities, [[PureMagicBeing living magical programs]] running off another mage's {{mana}}, and full androids whose creator accidentally gave [[PersonalityChip human-level personalities]]. The series actually takes it even further than most by having the {{Empathic Weapon}}s treated as people.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Exploration of this trope is pretty much the point of the Marvel characters ComicBook/TheVision and [[Creator/JackKirby Machine]] [[ComicBook/NextWave Man.]] Good guys treat them like people, while [[FantasticRacism bigots]] treat them like they're JustAMachine. In fairness, they are mistrusted for other reasons too: Vision was built by [[{{ComicBook/Ultron}} a villain]] to use as a [[MechaMooks minion,]] but he [[HeelFaceTurn revolted.]] Aaron Stack the Machine Man was the last of a line of experimental robots, all the others of whom went [[CrushKillDestroy homicidally insane;]] Aaron turned out okay because one scientist decided to [[MotherlyScientist raise him as a son.]]
** See also Jocasta, the ''other'' Vision, and Danger.
* ''Geisha'' is about Jomi Sohodo, who was designed as a love slave android, but was instead purchased by a decent man who raised her as a daughter alongside his own children.
* The ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Ellie's Friends" has Ellie Jennersen, who runs a roadside museum of MechaMooks that serve as her RobotBuddies. She sees them all as close friends, treating them with as much love and care as she would to her own family.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/MassEffectEndOfDays'', humans and Vision live in harmony. Vision govern the Alliance alongside the humans. They both are considered under the 'humanity' banner.
* In ''FanFic/WithThisRing'', while Firebrand and Red Tornado's friends and colleagues at the Justice League treat them like people, the U.S. government deemed them machines in a Supreme Court ruling and are not technically U.S. citizens.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', the mane six debate this trope [[spoiler:about the [[TomatoInTheMirror fact the Trixie they just rescued from the]] [[TheMenInBlack Stallions in Black]] [[RoboticReveal is actually an android]]]] and are divided on the subject, but ultimately decide [[spoiler:that she's no different than anypony else who needs their help, and even if she isn't the Trixie they know, she still ''thinks'' she is]] after [[spoiler:a WhatTheHellHero from Fluttershy.]] Twilight Sparkle later says that by Equestrian law, constructs that display sapience are to be treated just like anypony else. [[spoiler:The Stallions' treatment of the Marionettes is seen as horrible, and ultimately one of the reasons the heroes resolve to destroy the organization.]]

[[folder: Film ]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series [[PlayingWithATrope played with this trope]], as mentioned in the description.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series flip-flopped on this as well, similar to ''Terminator''. In [[Film/{{Alien}} the first movie]], the secondary villain is a sinister android. In [[Film/{{Aliens}} the next movie]], the artificial human is a genuine ally and actually lampshades the previous model's failures. The [[Film/AlienResurrection fourth film]] features an android who'd been passing as human for years and is referred to as being more humane than actual humans, but society has decided to ban androids; said android is the LastOfHerKind.
* Cruelty to the RobotKid is almost invariably frowned upon by movie writers. See ''Film/{{DARYL}}'' and ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''.
* ''Film/ShortCircuit''
-->'''Johnny Five:''' But hath not a robot eyes? Hath not a robot hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? If you prick us, do we not bleed?!\\
'''Police Chief:''' Yeah. Battery fluid, maybe.
* The ''Film/{{Tron}}'' universe goes bonkers with this. While the films, games, and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' series use the Programs' [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman non-human status]] and peculiar way of dying as a form of BloodlessCarnage (and a way to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar depict some extremely violent and disturbing scenes]] in a {{Creator/Disney}} franchise), in-universe depictions portray the Programs and Isos as being every bit as alive and sentient as the Users who made them.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In ''Literature/TheTuringOption'', The MI (Machine Intelligence) is treated as this. It's called MI and not AI because of this: "There is nothing artificial about my intelligence". [[spoiler:Oddly, at end the creator is less than a person, and he knows it too.]]
* This trope applies to the robots from Isaac Asimov's "''Robot''" series of novels (starting with ''Literature/IRobot''), and [[Film/IRobot their film adaptations]]. It's actually an interesting example because you can trace the stories' progression toward this trope.
** The stories are first set almost immediately after the introduction of the positronic brain, where the robots lack a human-like intelligence and are obviously humanoid robots instead of androids (exposed metal, etc). In these stories, the robots are treated more as tools or, at best, domestic animals.
** As the stories move forward in the timeline (specifically to the [[MeaningfulName R]] Daneel Olivaw era), we finally get robots that look and act entirely human (save for situations involving the ThreeLawsOfRobotics). You still end up with some [[FantasticRacism robot racism]], but the mere fact that they're human enough to cause contempt says something about how humanity sees them at this point (similar to humans, but "new" and therefore threatening).
** By the end of the timeline, robots have gone beyond human-like status and achieved a measure of {{transhumanism}} (Olivaw in particular lived nearly 20,000 years and continually upgraded his body and brain over that time).
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' has a theme of {{Golem}}s Are People Too, which is explored further in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.
* Thomas Hobbes comments on this before the concept of humanoid robots was even a thing, making it OlderThanSteam:
-->Nature (the art whereby God hath made and governs the world) is by the art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an artificial animal. For seeing life is but a motion of limbs, the beginning whereof is in some principal part within, why may we not say that all automata (engines that move themselves by springs and wheels as doth a watch) have an artificial life? For what is the heart, but a spring; and the nerves, but so many strings; and the joints, but so many wheels, giving motion to the whole body, such as was intended by the Artificer?

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/AlmostHuman'': Due to the crime rate, police officers are partnered with an android, which are pretty treated the same way as the human officers.
** Not quite. Recall that Paul orders his android partner to get him coffee, which is at least a little demeaning; most of the characters' only concern when the main character Kennex shoots or otherwise damages a robot is more along the lines of "Thanks for causing an inconvenience" (Maldonado even says "Do you have any idea how much these things cost?"); Kennex himself is specifically anti-robot for the most part; deactivating illegal sexbots early on was a non-issue; taking away the memories of "crazy" [=DRNs=] is perfectly acceptable, even when the memories in question have nothing to do with sensitive police files; and there will probably be more examples as the show progresses. For the most part it seems like Dorian (Kennex's android partner) is trying to convince other people, especially Kennex, that AndroidsArePeopleToo.
** The regular androids aren't as self-aware as humans and aren't actually treated as "people". the [=DRNs=] are actually an ''earlier'' model that worked ''too well'': capable of near-genuine or genuine self-awareness, but this meant that they'd crack under the pressure just like a human put in the same circumstances (if a human police officer saw a little girl get shot dead, he'd have a mental breakdown too - the bureaucrats decided it was simply because the line was defective and "crazy" to begin with, so they shelved the whole line).
* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': Detective Farve is an Alpha-Class android who is treated as human by his colleagues in the CPB, whereas Beta-Class androids are treated as machines since they lack true sapience. The question of exactly how human Farve is and who created him is one of the main mysteries of the show.
* Franchise/StarTrek:
** Data of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is treated as a full crew-member except by season 2's Doctor Pulaski, but even she changed her mind, and she was a DoctorJerk to begin with. The episode "The Measure of a Man" was dedicated to exploring this: Commander Bruce Maddox wants to reverse-engineer Data, but Data refuses to submit, believing that Maddox won't be able to put him back together properly. He even goes so far as to tender his resignation from Starfleet to keep Maddox from opening him up. Commander Riker is ordered to serve as advocate for the prosecution when Maddox gets the judge advocate general involved, making the argument that Data is not a person, but Starfleet property, so he cannot resign nor refuse the procedure. Picard defends Data with the argument that while Data is a machine, he's also a person with aspirations, goals, and purpose. He fulfills two of the three criteria for sentience (intelligence and self-awareness) and the last one (consciousness) is not measurable by outsiders, so to refuse Data the rights of a person would make TheFederation potentially guilty of creating a slave race if they mass produce his kind.
** The Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' kind of swings back and forth. Some episodes he's treated as a person and a fellow crew-member, allowed to pursue his interests and grow, even expanding his role as an emergency back up to the bridge crew. Other times Janeway (who is a case of DependingOnTheAuthor) would like to remind him he's a machine when the situation comes out. There is also an episode where he goes to court over his status as a person and as an author. In a subversion, he's denied being a person but is considered an author. Sadly, the judgment of "Measure of a Man" is not referenced in that episode.
*** Data is unique and is treated as human by nearly everyone, but holograms are ubiquitous in the Federation and are treated as nonsentient, disposable toys, despite the existence of obvious exceptions like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Vic Fontaine]] and the Doctor. This raises [[FridgeHorror uncomfortable questions]] that are never satisfactorily addressed. In some novels, it's stated the Doctor and other holograms are declared people by the Federation Supreme Court, free to leave service in Starfleet or elsewhere if they wish.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Holly and Kryten are treated as full crew members, and their lives carry as much dramatic weight as a human's. In a series where the protagonists are two organic, two machine and one sorta on the fence, ArtificialAndAlive is kind of required.
** There is an in-universe example - the soap "Androids" (a parody of ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'') that Kryten used to watch, with the tag line "Androids have feelings too".
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', it was common practice in the Commonwealth before its fall to treat the ship AIs as people, but since they were also military AIs, who had sworn oaths, they were expected to follow orders like any other Commonwealth officer.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses this trope sometimes, though not too often. In the far future, androids are more or less equal to humans. And in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Victory of the Daleks]]," [[spoiler:an English army scientist discovers, to his horror, that he's actually an android created by the Daleks, but he still helps save the day and demonstrates his personhood. When he decides to destroy himself because he's Dalek technology, Amy and the Doctor talk him out of it and persuade him to live his life to the fullest.]]
* In ''Series/{{Extant}}'' John firmly believes this, and even has a [[RobotKid robot son]] named Ethan, hoping to prove it beyond all doubt. People who dispute it [[BerserkButton anger him]].
* ''{{Series/Westworld}}'': This seems to be a theme of the series, as the androids are becoming self-aware and sentient. It's portrayed as wrong that people come to simulate killing, raping and torturing them for fun even when they aren't, indicating humans who do this possess violent impulses toward others they can get out legally this way.
* As ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' progresses through its seasons, the A.I. at the center of the plot, [[SinisterSurveillance The Machine]], is gradually humanized more and more; it is discussed as a purely abstract computer system in the pilot, and takes on more and more characterization to the point where in the GrandFinale, even though it's only in his imagination, its creator, Harold Finch, is envisioning The Machine [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personified as]] [[spoiler:its deceased MouthOfSauron, Root]]. Finch actually put measures in places to ''prevent'' The Machine from developing sentience, so that it would remain impartial (since its purpose was to act as a {{Big Brother|IsWatching}}), [[SpringtimeForHitler but this wound up forcing it to develop sentience to ensure its own survival instead]].
-->'''Arthur Claypool:''' Your child is a dancing star.\\
'''Finch:''' [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild It's not my child,]] ''[[JustAMachine it's a machine.]]''\\
'''Claypool:''' A {{false dichotomy}}; it's all electricity. Does it make you laugh? Does it make you weep?\\
'''Finch:''' ...''Yes''.\\
'''Claypool:''' What's more human?

* In [[Podcasts/GaysInCapes QDNDOS]], the players go from hunting down and killing the Warforged to realizing that they are essentially killing off an entirely new race. Since they're still a danger to those around them, this quickly devolves into an instance of {{Grey and Grey Morality}}.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' [[MegaCorp Applied Sciences and Robotics]] has treated Cogs as people since their first creation, the same can't be said for the other AIs they make though.

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', [=MechaMew2=] is treated like an actual Pokemon by the cast even though it's mechanical.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' where the Murakumo Units are artificial robot clones of Saya (making this trope double over with ClonesArePeopleToo). On one hand, both Lambda-11 and Nu-13 have MachineMonotone voices and are clearly primarily driven by the directive of their programming. On the other hand, Noel Vermillion[=/=]Mu-12 speaks with a perfectly human voice and is driven almost entirely by her emotions, and when Nu-13 comes close to [[AntiHero Ragna]], she, too, switches to a human voice. [[LaughingMad A really]], ''[[{{Yandere}} really]]'' [[IncestSubtext disturbing one]], sure, but a human voice none the less... On the recieving end, both Ragna and Jin are very clearly upset over the fact that their sister has become a clone template, but they still treat Noel as a separate individual. Ragna, in particular, who has set out on a mission to destroy the Murakumo Units, makes clear that though he feels he ''has'' to fight and destroy Nu-13 in the first game, it's not something he ''wants'' to do.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' saga, the robots are mostly workers, but apparently treated with enough respect to not make them uprise in rebellion (with the exception of the ninth game).
** In the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, the reploids are mostly treated as humans, however, the humans can sometimes quite hastily tag some reploid as a maverick (probably as a result of the events of the Repliforce Rebellion).
** By the time of the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, except for the Neo Arcadia Army, The 8 Gentle Judges, The guardians and Copy-X himself, the reploids are treated as second class citizens (however, it's probable that during the rule of the original X they were both treated as equals, seeing that as that was one of X's original desires)
** By the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series onwards, humans and reploids are so mixed up there are barely any distinctions...
** ...but by the time of the ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series, the carbons ({{Artificial Human}}s), are strictly controlled by the robots. At the same time, the last "pure" human is treated as a king, but since he died some time ago, and many ruins are now on minimal operational levels, the carbons are the dominant race, going underground from time to time to dig and steal...ehrrmmm...obtain treasures from the ruins.
* In the backstory to ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the quarians created the geth as a labor force able to network their processors to increase computing power. Eventually, enough geth got together and started asking existential questions ("Does this unit have a soul?"). The quarians, expecting their robot slaves to rebel violently without even giving them a chance to explain, [[WrongGenreSavvy preemptively tried to shut them down]]. The geth resisted, forcing the quarians to retreat from Rannoch in an enormous Migrant Fleet that has wandered Citadel space for three hundred years.
** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]], all geth you encounter are hostile {{mooks}} who worship Sovereign as a god, but in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', you learn that the geth are divided: only a few (about five percent) are "heretics" that sought to eradicate organic life. The majority bear no ill will toward the quarians and are taking care of Rannoch in the hopes that they will return and they can live peacefully together.
*** Joker becomes emotionally attached to EDI, the ship's AI, over the course of the game. She eventually comes to appreciate him and returns his feelings. Shepard rebukes those who treat EDI as JustAMachine, such as the Illusive Man and, rather surprisingly, Dr. Chakwas. The latter admits that while she likes EDI and considers her a friend, she doesn't consider her a ''person'' in the same way as an organic.
*** The geth platform whose programs accept the designation "Legion" has its own personality: it used a piece of Shepard's old armor to patch a hole in its structure but cannot articulate the reason why it chose to use that instead of something else. Should it die during the suicide mission, Shepard will mourn just as much as for any other crew member.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can repeatedly call out the quarians for their treatment of the geth, especially when it's [[UnreliableNarrator stated]] that during the geth uprising, they also gunned down anyone who ''defended'' the geth. For the most part, a Paragon Shepard actually seems more sympathetic to the geth than the quarians. And, irrespective of [[WrittenByTheWinners the geth's testimony being true or not]], [[FromACertainPointOfView treating it as such]] is vital to secure [[EverybodyLives peace]].
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', how well you treat droids contributes significantly to your Dark Side/Light Side score, especially the ever-faithful T3 unit.
* In the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' games, differences between humans and androids are never addressed or mentioned. It's entirely unnoticeable to everyone.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', a side quest involves tracking down a runaway android. The one looking for him seems to completely disregard the notion of this trope and [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential so can you, if you want.]]
* This is expanded upon in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. The [[ReluctantMadScientist Institute]] created androids known as "Synths" to act as their eyes, ears, and hands, and consider them no more than tools. While the basic Synth is very clearly a robot with a gun, and it's an open question whether they have the faculties to actually qualify as people; advanced synths are [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot indistinguishable from humans]], and actually do have those qualifications. Because the Synths, even many of the advanced kind are used for the Institute's dirty work, including many seemingly random abductions and killings, the common people regard Synths with [[FantasticRacism open hatred and paranoia]], particularly about [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse who may and may not]] have been [[KillAndReplace replaced by a synth]]. This especially extends to the [[KnightTemplar Brotherhood of Steel]]. This has caused the existence of [[UndergroundRailroad the Railroad]], a faction who are sympathetic to the Synths, though not the Institute, and treats the Synths as people and saves, protects and helps runaway Synths live normal lives.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'': Robots are a common theme. Through they're servants, they are treated like a normal. In the [[VideoGame/TheSims2 second game expansion]] ''Open for Business", they can run their own stores and their own skill levels. [[VideoGame/TheSims3 In the third game]], there were two types, Simbots and Plumbots [[note]]the former in Amibtions and the latter in Into the Future[[/note]], and yes, they can have traits.
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', TheReveal that [[spoiler:Luna]] is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot implicitly argues for this, she being a compassionate, emotional being. The only reason she doesn't try to free everyone from the DeadlyGame is because her (human) creators ordered her not to.
** The fic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/992078 Gift of Clay]] is written from from [[spoiler:Luna]]'s perspective, and elaborates on this.
-->She is almost ready. Almost. Close. They descend with their needles for the final stage, poking and prodding and stitching all over her, adjusting this, adjusting that. There is something about it as uncomfortable as violence, all those clinical hands pressing careless to her skin without regard for where they land or the way that she squirms unthinking at the touch touch touch. She blushes dark, and bites her lip, and does not understand. There is no word for ''shame'' yet in the dictionary of her brain.
--> (...)
--> Her hands fall from her arms to her stomach and her hips and her knees and it is incredible. She laughs, a short trill of delight. The mechanics look up at the sound and all smile at her to see it, in a toothless way she does not yet recognise as the look that careless adults give to an infant child or a well-mannered dog.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', Robopon are treated as living creatures, which is why Cody's grandpa is adamant he not use them for evil.
* While many of them [[AmbiguousRobot seem to be robotic]], several [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]], such as Porygon and Magneton, are distinctly stated to be robotic or otherwise artificial. Despite this, they treated no differently from other Pokémon, and treating Pokémon with kindness and love is one of the franchise's strongest themes. Even the artificial and robotic ones are able to produce eggs, sometimes with [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction vastly different species]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', one possible way to prevent an AI rebellion in the late-game is to simply give sentient AI full citizenship rights. This will make them no more troublesome than any of your other citizens, though if your citizens are Spiritualist, they may not be too thrilled with the idea. Also, it isn't 100% foolproof: if the rebellion is sufficiently strong and advanced enough, even your loyal AI citizens will start plotting a rebellion (and avoiding the rebellion starting in ''your'' state is only assured if you get an event in the run-up that allows you to lock down AI rights as constitutionally assured, making it impossible to change your mind and place them in servitude or dismantle them. Already having full citizenship rights makes the event more likely, [[AIISACrapshoot but not assured]]).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'', nobody questions that the Glitch are fully independent people, despite being machines. It helps that they were never made by humans or any other contemporary species, and has no reason to feel subservient to anyone else as a result. Also, due to their programming and construction, they believe themselves to be just as alive as any organic being (and, depending on how you look at it, they are).
* Within the LLC faction of ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' in general, artificial intelligences known as "Magnuses" are accepted and recognized as equal members of society.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', when Penny reveals herself as a robot, she laments that she isn't real. Ruby assures her, "You think just because you have nuts and bolts instead of squishy guts makes you any less real than me?"
[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'' has Assistant, a kind sentient robot who always tries to do the right thing. Her creator, Sekhmet, constantly abuses her. After all, Assistant is a war machine built for Sekhmet's protection!
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has RidiculouslyHumanRobots and an UpliftedAnimal heroine. Robots elsewhere than on Jean are simply machines with no sense of self, and are treated as such, and most of the 'villains' of the story persist in treating Jean's robots the same way. Anyone who's actually TALKED to a robot, however, has realized that they're self-aware and thoroughly human, thus creating the central conflict. What Ecosystems Unlimited sees as a 'bug-fix', Florence sees as a mass lobotomy aimed on a sophisticated race...
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' works like this, presumably due to having had fully-sentient AI's for centuries. Ennesby, their resident [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] AI, is mostly treated as an equal of any other crew-member, and at one point he circumvented a bureaucratic attempt to stop them by suggesting that they might be discriminating against AI's - thus strongly indicating that there exists specific legislation forbidding such discrimination. Other incidents include the apparent death of Petey, the AI of their old warship, which was grieved by the characters just as much as the death of any crew member.
** Nearly all AI have limits though. Ennesby and later Petey are rare, unfettered AIs with no limitations at all.
** Incorrect. Petey was "fettered" in that he had a loyalty switch to the O'benn race. It is uncertain if AI's from other races have this as well, but given [[spoiler: the formation and refusal to disband of the Fleetmind]] this is unlikely.
** Also, while the comic does treat them like people, that does not mean it treats them well. In a universe where death is cheap (like a few hours regrowing a body cheap) and where the fourth wall is broken regularly, AI's have been everything from soldiers to spaceships to ablative plating to [[spoiler: the closest thing to a god there is]], don't expect a respect for people's right to continue to exist, especially when the person is between a mercenary and his money. (AI are arguably treated better than humans; there have been no AIs who appear to delight in torture or act obviously evil, and most AI appear more moral and more sophisticated than many of the humans they work with.)
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', [=AnthroPCs=] are treated as if they are people most of the time, especially since in the QC universe, the Singularity has recently happened. It's unclear then why Pintsize hasn't been arrested yet, the filthy little boob terrorist.
* This is apparently the way the [[HigherTechSpecies Nemesites]] treat [=AI's=] in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' judging by Voluptua's treatment of Roofus the Robot. However, they also have nonsentient robots that are JustAMachine.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* The approach to this trope is one of the biggest differences between the comic and animated versions of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. In the animated series, it's immediately clear to all human eye witnesses that one faction of the alien robots is trying to defend them from the other faction, so the Autobots become well-respected allies almost right away. In the comic series (since Creator/MarvelComics would scarcely be Marvel Comics without FantasticRacism), the distinction between the two sides is much less clear to the humans, so all Transformers are treated with hostility. [[note]] The continual inability of the Autobots to communicate this fact to Earth's governments, and the inability of Earth's governments to recognize something that should have been fairly obvious, tended to make for a lot of [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]] getting tossed back and forth. [[/note]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* In RealLife, the field of "AL" (Artificial Life, also known as cybernetics) [[InvokedTrope tries to produce]] machines with life-like mechanisms or traits (such as being self-replicating).