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An artificial lifeform raises a normal child, whatever the 'normal' standard is. The reasoning can be different each time; sometimes the parents are [[ParentalNeglect absent, but still around]], leaving the robot as their only friend. Other times the parents are [[DeathByOriginStory dead outright]] leaving the robot to be the [[PromotionToParent only parental figure the child has]].

Given that one of the suggested uses for the humanoid robots currently being developed is childcare, there is a possibility of this trope becoming TruthInTelevision in the not too distant future.

Compare RaisedByWolves, RoboFamily. SubTrope of PromotionToParent.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* There's a Geico ad where a woman tries to save money by enrolling her children in a daycare run by robots. It does not go well.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/KuroganeCommunication'', Haruka is raised by five robots: Spike, Trigger, Angela, Cleric, and Reeves.
* Ruri in ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' was raised by a prerecorded program that was meant to be "the perfect parents". Also her best friend was a robot.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter'': Our hero was raised by the freewilled robot A-1, who trained him in robot fighting.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' Prequel Series ''Nävis'', the title character is raised on a jungle planet by a robot. However, she can also apparently talk to the local animals and has a tiger-like creature for a friend, so it kinda overlaps with WildChild.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Inverted in ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' with David, the little robot boy raised by humans.
* In ''Film/MarsNeedsMoms, the female Martians are raised by disciplinary robots that are fueled by mothers from the planet Earth, hence their kidnapping.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The book ''Literature/IRobot'' opens with the first short story about a young girl named Gloria and her nursemaid Robbie, who happens to be a mute robot. The plot of the story is to get him back after Gloria's mother returns him to the factory for fear of her daughter coming out strange due to the influence of the robot.
* This was discussed in a short story by SpiderRobinson, in which a time traveler, interested in studying the nature of humans, travels through time to ask a wise man whether an experiment was ethical: kidnapping children otherwise doomed to die in order to have them raised by robots using a language stripped of all religious references to see if they develop religion. The catch? The intensely curious wise man doesn't get to know the outcome of the experiment if he says it was unethical to kidnap the doomed children.
* In ''[[Literature/TheAvatarChronicles Edda]]'' by Conor Kostick, the main character, Penelope, was raised by a sentient artificial intelligence being. From his virtual world, he is able to control the life support in the real world that keeps Penelope alive, and he raises her: her body is kept alive by his controlling the machines, and her mind is hooked up to the virtual reality equipment that puts her in Edda.
* In a couple of Creator/PhilipKDick 's stories a totally sociopathic character is this due to robots replacing families.
* In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Han Solo and Princess Leia have a robot nanny for their children.
* Hester Shaw from ''Mortal Engines'' by Phillip Reeve was raised for several years by a Stalker named Shrike (think ''Series/DoctorWho'''s Cybermen mixed with Rampancy-stage AI from ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'') after her parents were murdered. Actually, she gets worried that she is little more that a piece in his collection, and runs away, breaking his heart in the process.
* Deconstructed in Creator/RayBradbury's short story "The Veldt". A family's children spend so much time in a virtual-reality nursery, running simulations of the African wilderness and lions eating carcasses, that their parents become concerned and consult a child psychologist, who suggests they turn off the nursery and take the children to the countryside. [[spoiler: The children beg for one last playtime in the nursery before they go, lock their parents in it, and [[SelfMadeOrphan have the virtual lions tear them apart]], having grown to consider the nursery more important than their own parents.]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Zev bellringer in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' was raised by malfunctioning robots after being sold to the wife bank on the planet [=B3K=].
* The sociopathic villain of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Robots of Death" was raised by robots.
* An episode of ''Welcome To Paradox'' was about a facility where humans are raised by androids, and free humans from outside trying to free them.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'':
** "I Sing the Body electric" is about children who were raised by a robotic "grandmother", and grow up to love her as such. It was later adapted by Ray Bradbury[[note]]who also wrote the original episode[[/note]] into a short story using the same title as the episode. This was later remade into a TV movie named ''The Electric Grandmother''
** In "The Lateness of the Hour", a daughter rebels against her inventer father and his robotic servents who she finds so cold by informing her parents she's getting married. [[spoiler: At which point she realizes why there are no pictures of herself as a child]].
* Deconstructed in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', where Data creates a robot daughter and attempts to raise her. She actually surpasses Data in her ability to simulate humans, such as using contractions and briefly experiencing fear. [[spoiler:She ends up "dying" in the end, from irreparable damage to her "brain".]]
* This is revealed to be the case for DG in ''Series/TinMan'' after [[spoiler:she was sent to Earth by her mother the Queen of OZ]].

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Agatha was raised by constructs, and Gil and Theo considered their construct caretaker to be like a parent.
* Exaggerated in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': post-Scratch [[spoiler:Dirk Strider]] was raised by robots... that he [[GadgeteerGenius built himself]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* One of the stories on ''CerberusDailyNews'' is about parents leaving their children with robot nannies. There's a debate on the effects it has on a child, and whether parents are neglecting their children or just simply don't have the time to be with them.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with the [[UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot Nannybots]] manufactured by Mom's Friendly Robot Company.
-->SLEEP LITTLE DUMPLING, FOR I HAVE REPLACED YOUR MOTHER.
* Zim from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' loved the cold unfeeling robot hand that raised him.
* ZigZagged by Sari from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. She's a human raised by a human, who later loses her father to kidnapping and has to live with the Autobots in a warehouse until he is rescued. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed that she's a techno-organic, which means that she was a robot raised by a human raised ''as'' a human later partly raised by robots.]]
* Rosie, the robotic nanny from TheJetsons.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'': Eric is left alone to run amok with only Maxum Brain, a hyperintelligent computer, to keep him in check.
* On ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', [[CanonForeigner Superman-X]] was cloned from Superman's DNA and raised by the robot(s) who created him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' has a less dramatic example: one episode features a human girl adopted by robot parents, but in this world robots are sapient and emotive, so it's not really any weirder than, say, a white family adopting a black kid.
* In the DonaldDuck cartoon "Modern Inventions", Donald sees a robot nanny in an exhibition and decides to test her out by pretending to be a baby. Turns out the robot is still a little buggy and treats him rather roughly.
* Larry 3000 from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' acts as a maternal figure towards Otto. Buck's around, but isn't Otto's father and rarely gets parental, leaving Larry to be the one who has to take care of him.
* Gyrus Krinkle of ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo''. He didn't grow up quite right.

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