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->''"Ah, a match made in heaven is nothing compared to a match made in the lab."''
-->-- '''Doctor Ivo Robotnik''', ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''

An extreme form of KissMeImVirtual, in which a [[AlwaysMale (usually male)]] character, often a MadScientist, is '''''married''''' to a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human Robot]]. If the character ''does'' happen to be a MadScientist, expect him to have created his robotic wife specifically for this purpose.

Such a marriage is usually portrayed as sexist, void of any real love, and often downright {{squick}}y, unless you're into [[FetishFuel that sort of thing]]. In most of these marriages it's implied that the primary factor in their "relationship" is sex, unquestioning servitude on the robotic partner's side of the equation, or both. Ergo, most men with [[RoboticSpouse robot wives]] are usually portrayed pretty darn unsympathetically.

Sometimes touches upon the themes of a ReplacementGoldfish, and can even involve {{Robosexual}}. RoboShip often ends this way.

Note: ''Most'' of the UnfortunateImplications of this trope are reserved for when the human deliberately builds or purchases the Robotic Spouse; if the human had to [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot court the robot]], it's A-OK.

The title is the politically correct version of this trope; robotic spouses are usually [[AlwaysFemale robot wives.]]

For examples not involving marriage, see KissMeImVirtual, {{Robosexual}} and SexBot.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: {{Anime}} / {{Manga}}]]
* While Manager Ueda of ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' did marry a persocom, it's revealed that he [[spoiler: originally bought her to do finances at his bakery, but eventually fell in love with her. He also truly mourned her death when she got run over.]]
** Even before that, [[spoiler:it broke his heart when her mind began to decay due to hard drive corruption (in other words, she was suffering from robot Alzheimer's). He refused to attempt a data transfer to a new drive due to the significant possibility that data would be lost, thus changing her personality and memories - which would mean she would not be the woman he fell in love with.]]
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''. Gynoids, (and in one instance, an android) when used as "spouses" are viewed as a sign of perversion, extremely sexist, and it's mentioned that if the parents of a character ever found out, they'd "die of a heart attack or suicide." Reasons for why people would ever buy one include social ineptness and in-universe FetishFuel, as well as a status symbol within certain groups. Insofar as the gynoids have intelligence and "awareness", some are also aware they are mass-produced and a replacement for the real thing, with interesting effects on their "self-confidence" and "love" of their creator.
* ''ArmitageIII'' spoiler: [[spoiler:The Third-type gynoids are essentially mass-produced [[HouseWife house wives]], complete with the ability to become pregnant. This is meant to allow a disproportionately male Mars to cut ties with Earth.]]
* Defied in the original ''Anime/AstroBoy's'' Blue Knight Saga. The evil Count Burg marries BK's "sister" thinking he'll get a completely subservient Stepford Wife, but when he learns she has a real personality he has her scrapped.
* After the Cell arc ends in ''Manga/DragonBall Z,'' Krillin and Android 18 get married and have a daughter. Subverted in that Android 18 is more accurately a {{cyborg}}.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ScarletWitch married ComicBook/TheVision, an android, and while she was completely insane, it had nothing to do with her robotic love interest. Her insanity happened later, largely because of the DiabolusExMachina that destroyed her marriage. She and Vision were an adorable couple while it lasted. True to this trope, she ''was'' criticized for it. Especially by her brother, who was furious. (His argument that "robots aren't real people!" when his family have been targets of FantasticRacism all their life was hypocritical, sure, but he made it.)
* The ComicBook/RedTornado and Kathy Sutton. They have an adopted daughter, Traya. In general, comics go for the "if the human had to court the robot it's A-OK" version of the trope, since the robots are main characters themselves.
* Having said that, Toyman's wife in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' is a straight example.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheStepfordWives''. Or at least, the original. The remake [[GainaxEnding doesn't make it clear what the hell happened]]. The various "sequels" bounce back and forth between {{brainwashing}}, robot-replacement, and {{cyborg}}s.
* Mr. Universe, InformationBroker and hacker extraordinaire in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' and... Well, she's not so much a SexBot as she is a bog-standard RealDoll sex toy with a few extra features, the kind of thing the yellow press would have you believe will be bringing about the extinction of Japanese culture in a generation or two. However from what is shown, Mr. Universe cares very deeply indeed for Lenore (Mrs. Universe?), despite her being a robot and showing no signs of sentience. He apparently cried like a baby at his wedding. (In case it wasn't already obvious, [[{{Hikkikomori}} Mr. Universe doesn't get out and about much]] and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation might have gone a bit peculiar.]])
-->"I have a commitment to my lovebot."
* This technically occurs in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'', but is twisted around by the fact that it's a secret to the husband (Austin) until the honeymoon.
* ''Film/BicentennialMan'' has [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Andrew Martin]] marry Portia, who was the great-granddaughter of his first owner. As ''he'' wooed ''her'' the {{squick}} factor is minimal. Eventually subverted, when [[spoiler:Andrew becomes fully human.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The classic (1938) short story ''Helen O'Loy'' by Lester del Rey. A medical student (Phil) and a mechanic (Dave) modify a household robot to have emotions. While Phil is away Dave activates Helen, who learns about love (from watching soap operas!) When Phil comes back home Dave has already fled from her affections, but changes his mind and marries her. On his death Helen requests that Phil shut her down and bury her with Dave. Phil does so, even though it's revealed that he'd [[UnrequitedLove fallen for Helen too]].
* In the Literature/ApprenticeAdept series, Stile receives an unsolicited gift consisting of a human-looking, self-willed robot named Sheen, whose core programming includes an instruction to "Love Stile." Sheen is a kind of robot who is just as intelligent and free-willed as a human, but has trouble believing it herself. By the end of the trilogy, Stile has proposed marriage to Sheen, and this marriage sets a precedent in favor of granting civil rights to self-willed robots.
* Hari Seldon, the creator of the {{Foundation}}, has a robotic wife named Dors Venabili. However, Dors is [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot ridiculously human]], and Asimov never portrays the relationship as in any way disturbing.
* ''[[MaximumRide The Lake House]]'' by JamesPatterson. Dr. Ethan Kane, the head of the hospital where Max and the other children were kept, has a robotic wife that is "honored" to perform oral sex on him at any time and any place and even has a perfectly measured vagina.
* In ForYourSafety Anna [[TheQuisling Quisling]] is rewarded for her efforts to propagandize the Groupmind's cause with a fully intelligent robotic companion willing to fulfill ''all'' her [[BrainsAndBondage needs]]
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Juliana_Tainer Juliana Tainer]], wife of Noonien Soong 'mother' to Series/{{Star Trek|The Next Generation}}'s Data has no clue she was gynoid, no body else knew either thanks to systems designed to mimic human bio readings. An accident that knocked her offline provided a RoboticReveal but it was decided not to tell her of her android nature. Note however that the Android Juliana had the original human Juliana's memories copied over.
* Depending on your definition of "robot", the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' has the human Helo being married to the (very humanoid) Cylon Athena. Of course, it took a lot of effort on both their parts to make it work. And if you accept that example, [[spoiler: both Cally and Starbuck had robotic ''husbands.''.]] And by the same definition, [[spoiler: Saul and Ellen Tigh]] are a robotic ''couple''.
* The series finale of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' showed the Doctor with a human wife, making him a robotic husband. Since he's the hologram we've grown to know and love, it's plain she had to court him. Unfortunately, the relationship was probably erased when Admiral Janeway went back in time.
** The episode "Life Line" has the Doctor's creator, Dr. Zimmerman, cohabiting with a foxy holographic assistant. While the physical nature of their relationship is unclear, their dialogue is indistinguishable from an old married couple.
* One fantasy bit on ''{{Scrubs}}'' had Elliot imagining what she would do if she won the lottery: use the money to have the perfect android husband built. Then she kicks herself for making him Jewish too: "My parents will be pissed!"
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* One module for the game TabletopGame/UnknownArmies involves a robot spouse as a playable character. In fact, she is a ReplacementGoldfish for her inventor husband's original wife who was killed. Of course, she doesn't know she's a robot, and her husband used the memory of her death in order to power her creation (it's how Mechanomancy works), so they are both quite shocked if/when her RoboticReveal happens.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The conclusion of the Creator/TeamStarKid show ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' features a wedding between [[spoiler: the robot Ultra-Beam Megagirl and Tootsie Megagirl]] making the former a robot spouse.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', you can build a humanoid robot with the "Open For Business" expansion pack, and then woo it like you would any other sim.
** This has carried over into ''TheSims3'' with both Simbots, and Plumbots.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' had a minor character Andrew who was the robotic ''husband''. He even changed his appearance to look like an old man so she wouldn't resent him as they got older. Aww. And after she died, he kept his old man appearance as a way to remember her. Double aww.
* To a degree, ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has this through Realians.
* A DatingSim ''Let's Meow Meow!'' has Koboshi -- a [[{{Troperiffic}} police catgirl robot from a parallel world]][[labelnote:fun fact]]since she is the most flat-chested, clumsy and naive of the cast, some reviewers also call her "a loli substitute"[[/labelnote]] -- as a possible love interest. One of happy endings has her quitting her job and living with the protagonist for the rest of their lives.
* From the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series, Joker and EDI. EDI is [[SpaceshipGirl the AI from the Normandy]] (the CoolStarship commanded by Shepard) itself.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Robotija, the Serbian robot bride from ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', sent to Johnny Danger by his mother.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Robotnik creates a robot wife for himself in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', [[MadScientist Dr. Krieger]] designed an artificially-intelligent anime hologram girlfriend so realistic the State of New York was allowing him to marry her. Too bad her files were wiped out. [[spoiler:For a while, anyway.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a few cases of "metal fever." A post-[[UnCancelled Un-Cancellation]] episode is about a campaign to legalize [[{{Robosexual}} human/robot marriage]].
* Played for laughs with Plankton's "computer wife", Karen, on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. There's not really any physical component since she's a giant flat screen, and there's certainly no unquestioning servitude either. She ''wasn't'' programmed to be his wife. When Krabs and Plankton were children, they opened up a burger stand together and Plankton installed a security system. And began to ''date'' said security system (which he and Karen both remember fondly).
* It's heavily insinuated (and in one case, [[FreudWasRight said outright by Sigmund Freud]]) that if Larry and Tuddrussel in ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' aren't actually a married couple they at least function like one, with Otto as their adopted child.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Heartbroke Kid", Homer has an ImagineSpot of what it would be like of Marge was a robot. She kills him with a shotgun.
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, why did I give her a gun?
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': Jumba once got a visit from his future self, who told him not to build a robot wife because they can easily hack into his bank accounts.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A 33 year-old from Georgia, Zoltan, has [[http://gizmodo.com/367698/technosexual-one-mans-tale-of-robot-love married a robot]]. He's not sure if it's legal, but he still went through with it.
* The futurists who lean towards transhumanism predict that human/android marriages will eventually become [[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061359807/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?ie=UTF8&cloe_id=297f0883-bd34-4aa5-96b4-21c8c544e9a8&attrMsgId=LPWidget-A2&pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0061359750&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1SG01GP7BFGRYS64X12C commonplace]]. At least in their predictions the artificial human is a sentient, equal companion, not just a toy. Only time will tell...
* [[http://www.geekwithlaptop.com/geeky-inventor-creates-the-perfect-woman Canadian inventor Le Trung]] created Aika, a robotic spouse (pictured above).
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