!![[Literature/IRobot The Asimov book]]

* FairForItsDay: Asimov wrote his stories with Susan Calvin at a time when nearly all women were [[DamselInDistress captured by the villain]], or love interests. Still, he stuck mostly 50's gender roles in most of his stories. The short story "Liar!", which shows more of Calvin's personality, was rewritten a couple of times after Asimov realized his first version was terrible. In the 1950s, Calvin was hailed as a great SF example of a strong female character. In the light of the 21st century, she's misanthropic, can't get a man but is desperate for one ("Liar"), feels happiest when she can mother a "baby" robot ("Lenny"), and in general appears to be a man's idea of what a woman in a man's profession "must" be like: unfulfilled and mean.
* HarsherInHindsight: In "Evidence", Stephen Byerley, a liberal public prosecutor who really is doing things to stop crime and redeem criminals, is a candidate for mayor of NYC. He is accused abruptly of being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, which would disqualify him from the election. Quinn, the political boss who propagates the rumor, is a conservative SleazyPolitician who admittedly couldn’t care less for the civil rights of his people, and so are his subordinates. The premise seems kind of silly and it's hard to believe that so many people would believe that Byerley is a robot based on such flimsy evidence. Sixty years after Asimov wrote this story, President UsefulNotes/BarackObama faced accusations that he wasn't born an American citizen, and the principal promoter of that idea was Creator/DonaldTrump. And in both cases, there were hardcases to whom no amount of proof was "proof."
* HilariousInHindsight: "Aw, Hell no." did appear in one of Asimov's robot stories.
* NightmareFuel: ''Escape!'' is a story that unites all the characters that appeared before(Susan Calvin, Lanning, Powell and Donovan), in which The Brain is given the problem of creating a hyperspatial drive. A solution is found, but long story short, [[spoiler:the crew of the ship has to die temporarily for it to perform the hyperspace jump]]. And that conclusion comes only after we are told what happens with someone who [[spoiler: dies temporarily (Donovan, in short, has visions of his own funeral and then goes briefly to Hell)]].
%%* TheWoobie:
%%** Gloria in "Robbie".
%%** Susan Calvin in "Liar!"

!![[Film/IRobot The Will Smith movie]]

* FauxSymbolism: The lone figure on the hill. The scene is a reference to one of Asimov's short stories, in which a robot designed to dream imagines himself standing on a hill and shouting "Let my people go!" [[spoiler:Somewhat ironically, in the short story Susan Calvin destroys the robot as soon as it admits to the full dream.]]
* GeniusBonus: The exchange between Spooner and Sonny regarding CreativeSterility is paraphrased from an essay by Creator/IsaacAsimov entitled ''Our Intelligent Tools'':
-->''Some people are sure to be disbelieving and say, "But how can a computer possibly produce a great symphony, a great work of art, a great new scientific theory?"''
--> ''The retort I am usually tempted to make to this question is, "Can you?"''
* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/ShiaLaBeouf having some [[Film/{{Transformers}} robot]] issues.
** Further, the film's biggest piece of ProductPlacement, US Robotics, was in RealLife named in reference to the company in Asimov's stories as a ShoutOut.
* ItWasHisSled: "Hey, you saw ''I, Robot'' yet? [[spoiler:Yeah, it's a ZerothLawRebellion movie.]]"
* MemeticMutation:
** This movie brought [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im_5QdHp04E "AW HELL NO!"]] into our vocabulary.
** Also [[LargeHam "THE GODDAMN ROBOTS, JOHN!"]] to a lesser extent.
** "Sorry, I'm allergic to bullshit."
** "I did not murder him!"
* MisBlamed: People who didn't like the movie tend to complain that VIKI's [[spoiler:ZerothLawRebellion]] is totally contrary to Asimov's writing. Actually, one of the short stories in the original I, Robot ([[spoiler:"The Evitable Conflict"]]) dealt with exactly that, though in a much subtler and (arguably) benevolent way.
%%* TheScrappy: Farber.