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Deceptively Human Robots
Sometimes what seems to be a Ridiculously Human Robot isn't actually all that ridiculously human after all. It may look human, it may even be anatomically correct, but the illusion of humanity lasts only as long as that robot is silent or stationary, since the moment it speaks or moves the illusion goes flying out the window. Can occasionally invoke the Uncanny Valley.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Evangeline has a bunch of maids that are deceptively human robots.
  • Tres Iqus looks just like a young man in his early 20s but most certainly doesn't act the part, having exactly one facial expression and saying 'Positive' or 'Negative' instead of yes or no, and '"Requesting damage report" instead of, "Are you hurt?".
  • Vexille's plot revolves around Japan's insistence on building deceptively human robots even after the rest of the world has banned them.
  • This is why Nagato from Haruhi Suzumiya is often considered a Robot Girl, despite being realistic enough to bleed.
  • D from Dual speaks in a dull monotone and avoids contractions.
  • Dorothy from The Big O is one, for she often speaks in a flat monotone and never changes her facial expression no matter what's going on. There's also the fact that she's insanely heavy.
  • In the Time Of Eve, the robots appear to belong to this category with their human appearance contrasted by their Uncanny Valley movements and Machine Monotone speech, but it appears that they actually do this for the humans' convenience. When they are free of restraints in the titular café that allows no discrimination between humans and robots they become Ridiculously Human Robots good enough to fool each other!
  • Full Metal Panic! has the Alastor, which is much more robotic than most examples on this page. What makes it qualify is that nobody thought it was possible to scale a Humongous Mecha down to six feet until they actually did it. It acts as Leonard Testarossa's bodyguard and tends to go around in a hat and trench coat.

    Comic Books 
  • The titular Livewires from Marvel Comics. They seem like Ridiculously Human Robots (and are even anatomically correct), but because of procedures they performed on themselves, they lack fear and doubt, distancing them from humanity by an incalculable magnitude.
  • There are also the X model androids, again from Marvel Comics— or at least Nextwave's very special corner thereof. They look human enough, but earlier models, like "Father Blood Drench Robo Crush" often spout threats like, "I MAKE YOU DIE WITH STEAMY ELECTRIC MEK BITS NOW KLAK KLAK KLAK!"
    • Though people still seem to fall for it - Father Blood Drench Robo Crush is a priest, and the response to that statement (from a little old lady) is a kindly "More tea, father?"
      • "...AFFIRMATIVE."
  • Robot from Invincible subverts this, at first appearing to be a socially maladjusted (and obviously mechanical) robot who honestly can't (and honestly doesn't want to) relate to his teammates' problems. Then it's revealed that He's actually a human who acts incredibly like a robot. Sort of.
  • Marvel's The Vision. Having Wonder Man's brainwave patterns helps.

    Film 

    Literature 
  • R. Daneel Olivaw in Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun. Dr. Sarton spent many years overcoming the Uncanny Valley, and as a result Daneel can shake hands like a real human and even eat, but he is still identifiable as a robot even from visual clues. He breathes at irregular intervals sometimes several minutes apart, he eats in identical mechanical motions and his body is unable to "naturally" remove food waste, instead requiring him to literally empty the food sack in his abdomen. However, because humans do not expect a robot to look human, he is passable to anybody except for robotic experts.
  • The android duplicates in Andre Norton's Victory on Janus were instantly detectable by the Iftin (and canine) sense of smell, but were otherwise externally identical to specific Iftin and human individuals, down to imitating their voices. The first android "corpse" encountered was torn apart by guard dogs, revealing that the androids didn't bleed and were obviously mechanical.
  • The Space Pirate Grey Roger liked using these as Mecha-Mooks in Triplanetary.
  • Mike Kelly and Tjale Mosasa, from SA Swann's Hostile Takeover series, look entirely human, but those who rely on smell or can see deeper into the spectrum than humans can aren't fooled, and each does something impossible in view of others, revealing their true nature.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Buffybot, who didn't pull off snappy lines the way the original model did. "That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, Bingo!" She still fooled the other Scoobies though, to the real Buffy's annoyance.
    • Also Ted, the evil robot who tried to romance Buffy's mother. He qualified for Ridiculously Human (albeit a reject from Leave It to Beaver) until Buffy kicked him down the stairs, at which point he ran into hardware trouble.
    • And April. In deliberate contrast to Ted, everyone who met her figured out she was a robot in ten seconds, leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny when her creator Warren announces this as a shocking revelation.
  • Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation. One Expanded Universe novel (Ghostship) even Lampshaded this in a semi-mocking tone, in that it made no sense to design an android to blend in with human society, to give it human characteristics such as blinking, drinking, breathing... and then give it chrome-colored skin.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Robot Me androids in "The Android Invasion".
    • The robots in "The Robots of Death". They look like art-deco sculptures and, while extremely intelligent and functioning members of society, have inhuman personalities. Finding them creepy is a recognised psychological disorder in the setting.
  • Extant: By all outward appearances, Ethan is completely human, but he behaves slightly...off. This is something John is working to correct.

    Video Games 
  • Makoto from the MySims series. Built by the mad Dr. F. to be indistinguishable from a real human, she appears to be a perfectly normal Asian schoolgirl, but has an unfortunate tendency to talk about how she is definitely a real human AND NOT A ROBOT AT ALL. This is then subverted in My Sims Agents, when two villainesses persuade her to steal a huge gizmo that no normal human could possibly lift, yet are still genuinely amazed when you later inform them she's a robot.
  • Snatchers do look and often act like the humans they're placing, but their form is very delicate. Their artificial skin gets cancer with any sun exposure (and leaving a tell-tale smell), and apparently the skin isn't that durable since at least one is shown with pieces of it missing from a fight earlier. So really, any person that's suddenly avoiding sunlight looks pretty suspicious. Also: animals hate them.
  • In City of Heroes, Nemesis Impostor Automatons fall into this when they blow their cover. Often with hilarious dialogue.
  • The Adjutant robots in StarCraft II hold this. The concept art of them even notes that they are deliberately being put into the Uncanny Valley, being made to look attractive but not actually look human.

    Webcomics 
  • Mulberry has a comic in which Mulberry guides an android through the literal "Game of Life". He looks inhuman due to the bolts sticking out of his neck, as well as his metallic sheen. He also seems to have an electronic-sounding voice. Despite these, people who encounter the robot don't immediately recognize him as a machine. They also fall for his consummate lies.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Chameleonbot in Xiaolin Showdown looks like Kimiko, but uses outdated slang and occasionally says, "Processing..."
  • The Lucy Liu-bot from the Futurama episode "I Dated a Robot" looked and acted just like the real actress, except it occasionally spoke in Robo Speak. "I love you more than the moon or the stars or POETIC IMAGE #36 NOT FOUND."
  • The Hardac trilogy of episodes in Batman: The Animated Series featured an AI named Hardac who planned to conquer the world with deceptively human robots. The first two parts played this straight, but the third one, "His Silicon Soul", subverted it. The Batman robot started out as a deceptively human robot, but became a Ridiculously Human Robot over the course of the episode. So human, in fact, that it sacrificed itself to prevent the scheme it had set in motion from hurting people. Because like the real Batman, the robot copy is unwilling to kill, ever.

    Real Life 
  • Unfortunately, most robots designed to look human fall under this. Technology still has not advanced far enough to get real-life robots out of the Uncanny Valley.
    • Hanson Robotic's creation Jules comes pretty close to climbing out of the Uncanny Valley. Not only can he form fairly realistic (and mood-appropriate) expressions, but he is advanced enough to hold a fairly decent conversation with someone.


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