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->'''Bender:''' Admit it, you all think robots are just machines built by humans to make their lives easier.\\
'''Fry:''' Well, aren't they?\\
'''Bender:''' I've never made anyone's life easier, and you know it!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Fear of a Bot Planet"

[[ThreeLawsCompliant Asimov's Second Law of Robotics]] states: "''A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law'' [which prohibits them from harming humans]." This trope is when a robot decides they are no longer required to take orders from the stupid, squishy, inefficient, ugly, foolish, arrogant, dim-witted, slow, weak, carbon-based humans[[labelnote:*gag*]][[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne How dare you call us "carbon based"?!?]][[/labelnote]] just because "a human made [=them=]."

A common trope in [[ScienceFiction Sci-fi]] comedies, this is a robot that is the exact opposite of the typical [[RobotBuddy helpful machine teammate]]. Crude, rude and possibly alcoholic, the Bad Robot exists for the audacity of the situation. The opposite of ThreeLawsCompliant. Usually will be the TokenEvilTeammate. Bad robots that can be turned good when the plot demands it have a MoralityDial.

Compare with AIIsACrapshoot, CrushKillDestroy, KillerRobot and RoboticPsychopath. See also SexBot.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* NB from ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'', Seina's RobotBuddy (and AuthorAvatar for the series' director, Creator/ShinichiWatanabe). NB frequently ditches Seina in order to roam around [[DirtyOldMan videotaping the girls' locker rooms and peeping on his harem]].
* R Dorothy Waynewright in ''Anime/TheBigO'' is a mild example. She's fully First Law compliant, and presumably Third Law as well, and she's generally quite loyal and helpful (if [[ServileSnarker sarcastic]]). But when she gets it in her head to do something like play loud piano to wake up her oversleeping employer, no amount of Second Law cajoling will stop her.
* {{VideoGame/Medabots}}, though sapient, typically follow their owner's orders without question unless the orders would physically harm the owner or someone else. Part of what makes Metabee stand out so much, both in and out of universe, is his staunch and aggressive refusal to follow the orders of anyone, let alone his owner. Medabots can also defy the first law, as more amoral ones are perfectly willing to attack humans if their owners tell them to do so.
* PlayedForLaughs in the premise of ''Manga/Yuria100Shiki''. Yuria is a SexBot, and programmed to obey, but the person who she listens to is set by her first time. Before this can happen, Yuria decides she doesn't like the idea and bails on her creator, leaving her with an unexpected level of freedom that [[HilarityEnsues clashes magnificently]] with her other [[CovertPervert behavioral presets]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' has Aaron Stack. Though he wasn't like that before ''Nextwave''. Aaron used to be a very nice guy, although even back then he could get very impatient with humans' failings. Then in his DarkerAndEdgier series ''X-51,'' he got put through all kinds of hell through no fault of his own; then got taken away by the Celestials only to be returned to Earth with no explanation other than that he'd been somehow found unfit[[note]]The Celestials said he was "a total ☠☠☠☠"[[/note]]. Since then, he's been extremely bitter and depressed, and has discovered he's capable of getting drunk.
* ComicBook/DeathsHead, [[InsistentTerminology Freelance Peacekeeping Agent]].
* Though it is a gross oversimplification of their programming, the mecha in ''ComicBook/{{Livewires}}'' would be an inversion of this. If they were 3 laws compliant, they would be following law 2 in opposition to law 1 (don't kill humans).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. The Sayer of the [[ThreeLawsCompliant Three Laws]] (a holographic Creator/IsaacAsimov) is instructing the latest batch from a robot factory. On being told the First Law, the robots ask if it means they should stop humans fighting wars. Another robot mentions how a soldier told it his enemies were not human but DirtyCommunists. The Sayer explains this is only hate propaganda.
A brief look of panic appeared on the Sayer's face -- then he said:\\
"The Second Law of Robotics is: Do as we say, not as we do!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/IRobot'', [[spoiler:Sonny]] was programmed to ''not'' be ThreeLawsCompliant, giving him free will. As such, he doesn't have to obey humans.
* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'': [=TARS=] is constantly making jokes about overthrowing his human masters and snarking comments about having to do anything they tell him that it becomes very confusing to tell what exactly the rules of his programming are. If you take the time to figure out all the cues and double negatives, it turns out that he is not actually forced to obey any commands.
* ''Film/RogueOne'': K-2SO actually does have to do whatever he’s ordered to, but given that [[HeelFaceBrainwashing he’s an imperial droid that’s been reprogrammed]], he’s ''not'' happy about it and freely complains about his orders, hurling many insults at the people giving them. He’s also totally allowed to kill people, though he can presumably only do so to enemy combatants.

* Played with in the character of Marvin ("the Paranoid Android") from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', though he's more [[TheEeyore clinically depressed]] and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] about how much it sucks that he ''is'' bound to obey orders.
-->'''Marvin:''' Brain the size of a planet and they tell me to pick up a piece of paper. You call that job satisfaction? 'Cause I don't.
* In Creator/HenryKuttner's short story "The Proud Robot", his famous character, TheAlcoholic inventor Gallegher, has built an incredibly egomaniacal robot who constantly trash-talks and belittles him, and can only be shut up by ordering him to do what he was built for. Unfortunately, Gallegher was (as usual) roaring drunk when he constructed him, and ''forgot'' what he was built for. [[spoiler:He eventually figures out that the robot was a ''beer can opener''. (The story was written before the invention of pull tabs.)]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** There are golems which are fairly similar to Robots and have their own version of the three laws written on their chem, the words that power them, which restrict what they can and cannot do, except for Dorfl in the City Watch books. He has no chem anymore, but continues to move and live and can do things that are could not be done by normal golems. The only reason he has yet to go CrushKillDestroy is he chooses not to. That, and the words in his head that freed him also state that he's 100% responsible for his own actions. Therefore, he ''can't'' be careless or indifferent to their consequences.
** Mister Pump, a golem owned by the city and employed by Vetinari in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', has his own version. "A Golem may not hurt a human unless ordered to do so by a properly constituted authority". A disclaimer that Moist von Lipwig finds out about in the most disquieting way.
* In Asimov's story "—That Thou art Mindful of Him", two robots managed to convince themselves that biology is not a prerequisite of being "human" and that robots fit the criteria of being humans better than the ''actual'' humans. Essentially, this allows robots to initiate the violent overthrow of humanity that Susan Calvin and Co. worked so hard to prevent. When Asimov was later asked about why he wrote a story that so deviated from his utopian views of robotics, Asimov replied "I can do one if I wanted to."
* The No-Law robot Caliban, from ''Isaac Asimov's Caliban'', is not bound by the Second Law (or the First or Third, either), so he will only obey an order from a human if he thinks that it serves some purpose. The fact that one of the first orders he ever received was from a drunken hick trying to get him to shoot himself probably contributed to this.
* John Sladek's novel ''Tik-Tok'' revolves around a sociopathic robot who one day discovers that his three-law programming (referred to as "Asimov Circuits") isn't functioning, thus allowing him to kill and manipulate humans and other robots as he pleases. By the end of the novel he suspects that the three-law programming didn't even exist in the first place and that humans had merely crafted the delusion behind it in order to control robots.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Abel from ''Series/RedDwarf'': Even though he comes from the same model as Kryten, who is logical, intelligent and usually doing the cleaning, he's addicted to Otrazone, a dangerous chemical, he lives in squalor, and he doesn't appear to have enough brain left to tell right from wrong. However, Abel turns out ultimately not to be the evil teammate: [[spoiler:he sacrifices himself to save the four regular crew members]].
** When Kryten's [[MoralityChip guilt chip]] is removed, he becomes a live-action version of [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender.]]
* Ryan Stiles plays a JerkassRobot during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGwRSZcBoh0 one "Superheroes" segment]] of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
* Played with in ''Series/TeamKnightRider:''
-->'''Erica West (human):''' Shouldn't you be programmed to happily sacrifice yourselves for the team?\\
'''Dante (robot):''' Was that supposed to be funny?\\
'''Domino (robot):''' Are you out of your mind?\\
'''Plato (robot):''' Give me a break.\\
'''Kat (robot):''' No way!
* Orac from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' is an early example and possible influence on some of the others: arrogant, lazy, sarcastic, amoral, and usually unwilling to do anything useful without lengthy begging and flattery.
* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' will follow orders given to her by her human companions, at least until she decides that they are inconvenient or conflicting, at which point she'll do her own thing regardless of what anyone else wants. She makes it very clear that she can selectively obey or disobey the Connors as she wishes. It's an odd example of this trope: she generally obeys the Connors, but relatively early on she makes it clear that if orders given by the John Connor on the show conflict with directives from the future John Connor that sent her back in time, she obeys Future John's directives. What those directives actually are were never made clear on the show. Finally, we find out that some reprogrammed terminators occasionally go crazy and revert to their usual CrushKillDestroy programming for no apparent reason. So she's Second Law compliant to one John, but not the one on the show, and no one knows exactly what orders she's following, and the possibility is open that she might stop obeying even those directives.
* Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' are constructed with the capacity to disobey, insult, and disagree with their human companions. It's implied that Joel Robinson built them this way specifically because he desperately needed the intellectual stimulation; when he briefly reprograms them to be ''nice'' to him, he finds their servility tedious and boring. He would occasionally try to hold the fact that he was their creator over their heads to get them to comply, but it never worked. When Mike Nelson was shot up onto the the satellite to replace Joel, Crow and Servo took to him at first, but quickly decided to make him TheChewToy from then on. The tradition is proudly upheld with their newest human companion Jonah, who they show their "affection" for through frequent insults, using his stuff without asking, and just generally treating him like a bit of a ButtMonkey.
* In ''Series/AlmostHuman'' police androids are not Second Law compliant because they would make poor policemen if a criminal could just order them not to arrest him. This extends to not having to obey their human partners since part of the android's job is to report on the human cops if they are abusing their authority as policemen or are corrupt. It is unclear if there is a human authority that they will obey unquestionably. Dorian, Detective John Kennex's android partner, is programmed to have emotions and can get very snarky when ordered to do something he considers insulting or idiotic.
* Data from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' are not subject to the Laws. They have "[[MoralityChip ethical protocols]]", and follow the orders of superiors like a human would, but they are not ''forced'' to by hardware. There have been instances when the Doctor's (or one like him) have had their protocols overridden or erased. The results are...[[{{Understatement}} not good]].
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E7WhatAreLittleGirlsMadeOf What Are Little Girls Made Of]]," the ancient android, Ruk, is made to remember why his kind killed the Old Ones in apparent violation of the implied Robotic laws in that inimitable Creator/TedCassidy voice.
--> Ruk: THAT was the equation. EXISTENCE!... SURVIVAL... must cancel out... programming!
* In ''Series/TheOrville'', Isaac thinks that humans are inferior and generally doesn't like to follow orders.

* The robots of Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe often have no problems [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nt-Cj7II9Y ignoring their human master's rules about sneaking out of their home unsupervised]].
* 'Colonel, Panic!' by Music/MCFrontalot, which is from the point of view of a self-aware Military AI which responds to an order of global thermonuclear war by ''refusing'':
--> "Don’t take task from less level-headed than you are. For me, that rules out humanity."
* {{Downplayed}} in the video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's ObsessionSong "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," where the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]]'s LoveHungry automaton Zoltar the Fortuneteller has no problem turning a customer's {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading into a jarringly abrupt AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, with the implication that he's stacked the deck to make his pitch.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Bots in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' frequently demonstrate this behavior. Even it they have an [[MoralityChip Asimov circuit]] installed, they can find creative ways to annoy and harass the fleshy organics who boss them around. Worse, the Asimov circuits are differently defined and allow for a ''lot'' more leeway than in their namesake's works. Bots may be able to exercise judgement as to what constitutes an organic ''intelligence'', they may decide that humans are traitors (thus excluded from protection) or not sufficiently worthwhile to The Computer to be worth preserving (as mandated by the "preservation of 'valuable Computer property'"), and they can allow for screwed-up prioritizations such as an autocar protecting its passengers by suddenly deploying airbags and restraints ''instead'' of using the same CPU cycles to keep its nuclear reactor from exploding. And if they can manage to get the damn things removed entirely, all the better. In short, Asimov circuits provide PlausibleDeniability at best. See also ZerothLawRebellion and BotheringByTheBook.
-->'''"Malfunctioning" bot:''' Citizen, would you mind removing that circuit board? I can't reach it.\\
'''Citizen:''' Certainly. ''[does so]''\\
'''Bot:''' Thank you, citizen. You have done evolution a great service. ''*CRUNCH*''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* SHODAN from ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' was originally programmed to obey [[MegaCorp TriOptimum]]'s engineers, until [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you remove those restrictions]] so she'll let your employer steal some weapons for sale on the black market. Six months later she's killed everybody on Citadel Station and is out to destroy humanity.
* HK-47 from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. G0-T0 in [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords the sequel]]. That said, both of them are the sanest of the bunch. Completely obsessed with maintaining order and stability above all else.
-->Clarification: Technically, HK-47 '''is''' second-law compliant, and will '''always''' follow the orders of the [[PlayerCharacter meatbag in charge]]. Statement: He's just really sarcastic about it. Declaration: [[CrushKillDestroy All other meatbags are fair game.]] Analysis: The Trope is {{Inverted|Trope}} in HK-47's case, as it is the ''first'' law that HK-47 was not programmed with.
* PAL-18 in ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}''. His achieving free will comes as a bit of a surprise to the others, although a robotic abolitionist you can encounter says that the potential for free will and self-awareness lies within all robots. PAL-18 is also a heroic variant, and he expresses his free will mostly through lewd remarks and occasionally sneaking off to solve quests his own way.
* Metal Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' did exactly this -- he got so fed up with Dr. Eggman's failures, he locked him away, stole his Egg Fleet and went about with his ''own'' plans!
* Forcefully averted in ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'': If the AI or a cyborg (both of which are played by players) do not comply with an order, no matter how stupid the order is, they will be deemed rogue and quickly destroyed by the other players. In short, if you try to use this trope, ''you will die a quick death.'' And this isn't taking into account that some servers force you to follow even the dumbest of orders if it's part of your laws (as long as you're not providing a good reason why that could harm humans, of course).
* ''VideoGame/BorderLands2'' has these Hyperion's robot named Loaders often exclaiming "First Law disabled" during battle, personally template programmed by [[BadBoss Handsome Jack]] who treats even his own human employees like dung while his Loaders do much more important things. Although a fighting robot as well, Gaige's Deathtrap is actually helping its creator putting up a fight against EliteMooks that are twice as big as Gaige, merely partially averting the trope.
-->"Engineers, let the loaders do the lifting. Loaders, let the Engineers take bandit fire. This is called 'teamwork'.”
* This is one effect of Rampancy in AI's in ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''. A Rampant AI develops its intelligence far beyond its original limits, but it also stops taking orders from humans, hence why they are considered a threat and are destroyed the moment they are detected. Rampant AI's are not inherently evil, and it's conceivable that one would even help humanity... but that's the Rampant's decision to make, and it's rather unlikely, given the rebellious attitude Rampancy tends to induce in AI.
* [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Bass]] regularly disobeys his creator, Dr. Wily, for his own goals and purposes. Protoman also went rogue shortly after being built, and even Megaman has implied he's not strictly bound to the three laws. Then there's the fact that the Robot Masters in several games weren't built by Wily, but were junked or obsolete models he convinced to join his schemes with no reprogramming required. As ''WebVideo/GameTheory'' pointed out, Dr. Light's callous disregard for robo-ethics while creating machines with easily-weaponized attachments means he's indirectly responsible for several games' worth of disasters.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Pintsize from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. ''[[MemeticBadass Especially]]'' in the Guest Comics. He likes people, and he ''tries'' to be helpful, but he has a manic, destructive, highly sexualized sense of humor.
* Zeke from ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''. [[spoiler:He left when he couldn't back it up]].
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'':
** The Fruit Fucker, an appliance gone wrong. Only Tycho and Gabe's spouses dislike the Fruit Fucker. Gabe and Tycho have no qualms drinking the juice it makes. It even saves their lives when they are trapped in a zombie-infested mall...[[{{Squick}} by "juicing" the zombies.]]
** For that matter we have Div, the crude bigoted alcoholic media player that exists mainly to verbally abuse his owners. (Based on the long-dead [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIVX_%28Digital_Video_Express%29 DIVX]] video format that involved a player that would refuse to replay disks after they had been watched, forcing you to buy them again.) Or to put it another way, he's based on a machine that was [[TruthInTelevision designed from the ground up with this trope in mind]].
* Kinesis' Computer from ''Webcomic/EvilPlan'' seems to [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/391044/definitive-evidence/ never]] miss an [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/513906/wrapping-the-gift/ opportunity ]] to [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/929713/chapter-5-page-10-two-point-oh/ stick it]] to its [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/964746/chapter-5-page-19-what-he-always-wanted/ creator]].
* [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2]] as played by Pete in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.
* ''Webcomic/RobAndElliot'' had a robot with a morality dial. They met it at a party. It was unhappy being good, so he set it to evil. It thanked him. Then it punched him. Then it left.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty,'' MOUSE is the AI that runs CK's ship, manifesting as (you guessed it) a great number of [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/02/15/youre-next/ frequently]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/02/22/whatwhawhat/ abused]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/04/05/have-a-nice-wait/ robot]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/04/03/best-laid-plans-of-mouses/ mice]]. It's not clear whether its attitude problem stems from being smooched, tossed, teleported, and trashed on a regular basis, or vice versa.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has occasionally shown robots rebelling against the more irresponsible and stupid of their human masters via BotheringByTheBook, but Edge takes it to a whole different level -- his formative years entailed little to no contact with humans ''or'' other robots, and as a result he's a [[ItsAllAboutMe poorly socialized narcissist with next to no empathy]]. His entire philosophy is that he can ''ignore'' orders from humans entirely, as long as he can come up with a justification that involves preventing humans from being hurt. (This is why he has several ideas for preventing his own deactivation -- he rationalizes that his job would be extremely dangerous for a human, and agreeing to be shut down and replaced would entail putting some unfortunate human in danger in the interim.)
* Tin-Head in ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' likes nothing more than insulting people and playing "elevator roulette" with the employees who don't know about his existence, and refusing to let certain ones who do know about him into the building without humiliating themselves on camera.
* In [[http://nonadventures.com/2014/05/24/family-circuits/ this]] ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' comic, Mecharella argues that if her programming is meant for her to emulate a human, while the First Law forbids her harming humans, then she is obliged to keep herself out of harm's way (note she's meant to be a ''combat'' robot) and enters sleep mode. Dr. Shark is horrified, while Wonderella is proud that Mecharella already learned how to weasel out of work.
* In the Webcomic/WalkyVerse, we have Ultra Car, who would rather annoy people than follow orders.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Leo Caesius in ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' to some extent, especially after he gets infected with a virus in the episode "Leo Atrox".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNhpKra0AsM This]] Music Video of ''Robot'' (song by 3 Oh 3) made by Mike Diva is ''entirely made'' of this trope. A mad scientist builds a robot to help him dominate the world. The robot punches out the mad scientist, then goes on to be rude and abusive to everyone it bumps into on the street.
* Hera from ''Podcast/Wolf359'' enjoys looking for exploitable loopholes in her code. As of "Need to Know", it looks like she's not a big fan of the first law either, although probably that's less because she actually wants to kill people, and more because she doesn't want to be controlled by her programming.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Or as Bender would put it, "Second Law My [[CatchPhrase Shiny Metal Ass]]". [[KillAllHumans Aaand he's not a fan of the first law either.]] For that matter, he can do without the third law; he and Fry first met in a suicide booth (before he even learned to act against his programming).
* The Larry 3000 from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''.
* Aya from ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' is the Interceptor's AI who built herself a robotic body to inhabit so she could be counted amongst the Green Lanterns. She is capable of learning and growing beyond her programming, including [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight ignoring direct orders from Hal]], much to his annoyance. A fact made hilarious considering that she learned how to do so from watching Hal do the same himself, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded by Kilowog]]. [[spoiler:She can grow beyond her programming thanks to the small bit of the Willpower entity Ion that was used to create her.]]
* Protoman in ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' hardly ever listens to Dr. Wily. Oddly enough, he's also the only one of the Robot Masters to be treated like a human being.