Film / D.A.R.Y.L.

A young boy is found wandering without any memory of who he is. A family takes him in and begin to look for clues to help him find his way home. In the meantime, they notice that D.A.R.Y.L.note  seems to have certain special abilities, not usually found in kids his age, or even fully-grown adults.

D.A.R.Y.L provides examples of:

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Daryl demonstrates some (but not all) of the characteristics of the trope.
  • Armies Are Evil: The military is the main antagonist of the show, wanting to destroy Daryl and build an adult Super Soldier version without the human emotions that Daryl demonstrates like friendship and fear.
  • Artificial Human: Daryl has an artificially grown organic body almost identical to a human body. He eats, sleeps and even grows. What makes him robotic is his computer brain. One could say that he is a Cyborg in that he mixes organic and robotic, but unlike most cyborgs the robotic part is not an addition to an already existing human.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Daryl was originally raised and created in a lab, but when he is found beside a road with no memory of who he is, he is mistaken for a normal child and put in foster care with Joyce and Andy Richardson.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Turtle, apparently, unless the writers really intended that to be his name.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Daryl, both in appearance and personality.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Not exactly. It is more of a case of having lots of Awesome Training but not the one particular set of Awesome Training needed at the moment. When the scientist that created him is shot and dying, he expresses regret that he was never given medical programming that would have allowed him to save the scientist's life. Tear Jerker time.
  • Science Is Bad: Subverted, if not inverted. The scientists that created him are the ones arguing that Daryl has become more than an experiment, and that shutting him down would be equivalent to murder.
  • Super Intelligence: Daryl presents the appearance of having Super Intelligence, although it turns out to be more of a case of Super Artificial Intelligence.
  • Super Soldier: The Youth Lifeform project was a prototype for a military adult Super Soldier project.
  • Technopath: Daryl has the ability to easily take over any computer system and make it do whatever he wants, even if it is beyond the original design of the system. For example, he uses an ATM machine to increase the balance of his foster father dramatically.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The military has no problems with thinking of Daryl as a simple machine, easily disposed of without any moral qualms, however the scientists that created him come to view him as having real personhood and equal value to a human.