has some really cool experiment going on. Probably involving biology, computers, or something like that. The result is indeed cool. In fact, it's so cool that it has the unforeseen side-effect of being an actual person. Whoops!
This new person or species is benevolent, and quite obviously worthy of human rights. Obvious to the audience, that is. The creators might fail to understand this, thus causing all kinds of trouble. However, in some cases, rejection from the creators may lead the created character to resentment or worse
If this trope leads to Deity of Human Origin
, expect it to come with a dose of God Is Flawed
. Contrast Playing God
and Creating Life Is Awesome
, where creating sentient life was the goal.
Supertrope of Instant A.I., Just Add Water
and It Came from the Fridge
: If the unforeseen intelligence is technological or culinary in nature, see that trope instead. Examples of ambiguous nature goes on both pages.
- In the Lucifer chapter The Yahweh Dance, Elaine creates a new universe as a part of training to be a good God. While a carefully monitored intelligent species arises, these events distracts this new and inexperienced God to overlook another continent, and the sentient species evolving there. The rest of the plot is spent by God trying to stop the chosen people from slaughtering this other people in God's name.
- In addition to being able to create ice and snow, Elsa from Frozen can create sentient life in the form of snow people. She was completely unaware she had such an ability until she met Olaf a couple days after she built him.
- In TRON: Legacy, Flynn creates life on purpose, and all is well. But then his actions cause a new species to evolve...
- Heck, the whole franchise has a lot of this going on. The closest we get to an explanation as to what the Programs are is the scene where Encom's founder Walter Gibbs rants at Dillinger that "Our spirit remains in every program we design!" The old man didn't mean it literally; the Encom programmers had no bloody idea that they were coding up sentient beings.
- The entire point behind the BIONICLE story was that Mata Nui, AKA a planet-sized space-robot whose body houses the Matoran Universe, was meant to function as a sentient but "lifeless" robot, along with everyone living inside him. Instead, they built up cultures, began worshiping Mata Nui as a deity, developed relationships, formed alliances, fought wars... Sadly, this didn't prevent another creation of the Great Beings, Marendar, from seeing them as more than just robots, and began to carry out his task of shutting them off. Well, "slaughtering" would be a more fitting expression.
- In Scarred Lands, the Titan Thulkas often create entire species, sometimes sentient ones, without even noticing. Goblins and giants are among his creations. It is implied that the humans are as well, since they was created before the Gods (thus by the Titans) but nobody know for sure by whom, and none of the titans clame credit for the deed.