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In a story where sentient robots are commonplace, some of those robots are designed to look feminine. This tends to include sleeker, curvier bodies and bumps on the chest, as well as possible makeup-like patterns on the face. Other Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
may also be present.
Differs from a Robot Girl
in that a robot girl is basically a girl who happens to be a robot, while a Fembot is a robot who happens to be female. While robot girls always look human with the possible exceptions of antennae or metal joints, fembots are unmistakeably robotic with female bits welded on.
It may not make too much sense when robots in a given universe lack certain "functions" or if the robot is male while in construction
Fembots tend to be rarer in fiction, simply because it's easier to design a robotic character that doesn't look distinctly feminine than one that does. It's not enough to add Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
or a Breast Plate
. The obvious question is "why", when robots don't reproduce sexually; but one can also say "Why not?" and further "why are genderless machines lumped in with males by default
anyway?" When this trope applies to Humongous Mecha
instead of robot, they are almost always piloted by girls.
comes from 1970's The Bionic Woman
, though the fembots in those were robot girls
. If you're interested, the technical term for these bots is "gynoid"; same root as "android", but "andro" means man (in the sense of a male human) while "gyno" means woman (obviously).
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- A commercial for canned goods that aired during the Superbowl in the 80's featured a sleek, CGI-created female robot, animated by matching the movements of a female model in a reclining chair. Unsurprisingly, the commercial spot was called "Sexy Robot".
- Aphrodite A, Diana A and Minerva X from Mazinger Z and Venus A from Great Mazinger.
- They even join forces in Mazinger Angels.
- Getter Q and other female robot mooks in Shin Mazinger are also this. Go Nagai seems to love this trope
- Not to mention Wingle from Mazinkaiser SKL.
- The PSX game Getter Robo Daikessen! introduces Getter Zan, a Getter Q expy that comes complete with its own different forms.
- AnRyu, KouRyu and TenRyuJin from GaoGaiGar.
- Also Piggy, the robot maid that serves all the GGG robots, and may or may not have flirted with Mic Sounders at some point.
- Piggy clearly had a thing for Volfogg, the final scene of GaoGaiGar Final has them holding hands.
- Bo and Boo formed the arms of the Mighty Orbots.
- Neo Sweden's Nobel Gundam from G Gundam deserves mention here.
- And for Gundam00, we get the delicious GN Archer, endearingly called the GM's imouto.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: Though treated in story as a normal human girl, Chachamaru's first body was very obviously that of a robot, with visible joints, jetpack boots, mostly being emotionless (except involving doing stuff like helping kitties and her crush on Negi) and Unusual Ears for good measure. Also breasts, long hair and
seemingly what amounts to sexual excitement when let's not get sidetracked there right now. Apparently, nobody actually noticed the not-quite-human bits besides the resident Meta Girl. She upgraded into full Robot Girl status, though, even before becoming indistinguishable in appearance from a human.
- Go Okusaer, Neo Okusaer, Volspinner and Core Gunner of Godannar
- Gynoids are central to the plot of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
- Transformers Cybertron gave us Thunderblast. Let's see... Non-Mammal Mammaries, Underboobs, and in one scene in ep. 32, visible nipples◊.
- Also Arcee in Transformers Energon (as well as the in-show knock off of her model, used for medics and filling crowds), though not nearly so fan service-y
- Star Driver's Tauburn - a rare example of a fembot piloted by a boy. It has a tiny waist, wide hips, heeled shoes, and a chest shaped like that of women's plate armour.
- Morrigun is a female member of a warrior robot band called the ABC Warriors. Her combat abilities are derived from secondary bouncer software; her primary function is waitress.
- In Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, he introduced a new villain called Danger, the AI from the Danger Room developing a murderous personality and building a female-looking robot body for itself.
- She underwent a Heel Face Turn after Xavier, Rogue and Gambit saved her from being taken by Shi'ar bounty hunters, and is now the warden at Utopia.
- Tiffany, one of the main characters in Fall Out Toy Works.
- Platinum (AKA Tina) and, now, Copper, from DC Comics' Metal Men.
- Jocasta, formerly of The Avengers (about 100 iterations ago).
- In the New 52's Earth 2, Red Tornado is a feminine robot rather than the masculine robot Tornado was pre-New 52. Pre-Flashpoint, the male Tornado was given a "sister", Red Torpedo.
- One of the earliest examples in film is Hel, from Fritz Lang's Metropolis. She/it is eventually disguised as the film's heroine, thus becoming a Robot Girl.
- The cover art for the film Liquid Sky has one of these.
- Despite being called Fembots, the ones that appear in the Austin Powers movies are Ridiculously Human Robots and not these. At least they have machine-gun jubblies.
- Vanessa gets replaced by one between the first and second films (a "wedding gift" from Dr. Evil?). Machine-gun jubblies included.
- Older Than Television: The French novel La Femme Endormie (1899).
- The JN ("Jane") series of robots in Isaac Asimov's short story "Feminine Intuition". The story is practically a lighthearted deconstruction of the trope: US Robots experimenting with artifical sexual characteristics, the project engineers becoming bashful once they get a feminine voice working, and Susan Calvin rolling her eyes at the whole project as hard as she can.
- The robot population in Fritz Leiber's "The Silver Eggheads" is divided into males and females because it turns out to be very beneficial to robotic mental health to be able to have sex — robotic sex, which entails sharing power on the same circuit. They don't have to do this by an exacting emulation of human sex, but that's the way it works out culturally, possibly in a collective form of wanting to Become a Real Boy.
- The Stalker Fang of Mortal Engines, while technically a cyborg, not a robot, is designed to look feminine, being sleeker and more elegant than other Stalkers.
- The titular character in the obscure TSR sci-fi novel Warsprite, whom the main human protagonist still falls in love with.
- In the novel Code Of The Lifemaker sentient robots (the result of a damaged alien factory ship crashing on the moon Titan and attempting to fulfill its damaged programming imperatives) living in a medieval society actually come in 'male' and 'female' flavors, right down to the females becoming pregnant as a result of programming code exchange which they then upload into one of the many sprawling factory computers where the 'child' is assembled.
- Parodied with Gladys in the Discworld novels Going Postal and Making Money, who is an ordinary Golem given a new name and a gingham dress in order to satisfy Miss Maccalariat's strong views on who should be allowed to clean the ladies' privy. The weird part is that once she become Gladys, other characters start treating her as female, and she starts thinking of herself as female. At one point, Moist, thinking about how ridiculous the whole thing is, compares her to the "male" golems, and then has to remind himself that they aren't male, any more than Gladys is female.
Live Action TV
- The androids (including of course the Anne-droid) in the Doctor Who ep "Bad Wolf".
- Despite being called Fembots, the named robots from The Six Million Dollar Man are actually Ridiculously Human Robots that can even impersonate specific people well known to the person they are interacting with, and are not all female. (One comes close to passing for Oscar Goldman to Steve Austin. It doesn't quite pull it off, but only because Steve notices the unusually deep footprints of the robot on the carpet in Oscar's office, and tests it by surreptitiously tossing a pencil underfoot and the robot crushes it to splinters.)
- Warforged in Eberron are usually asexual, but those who identify strongly with a female gender identity may modify themselves into Fembots.
- The Nova ESR from Monsterpocalypse.
- Juana in Mother1, and her sisters, Nancy and Kelly.
- The Gretel series in Time Splitters.
- Dolores from Zone Of The Enders: Dolores, i arguably straddles both lines. She has many of the characterizations of a Robot Girl, but happens to be a Humongous Mecha.
- Enough to be the star of her very own hentai doujin, Dolores X. No we aren't linking you to it!
- Plenty of Orbital Frames, including the Nephitis and Ardjet, look pretty feminine as is.
- All Orbital Frames that exhibit this are pretty special cases, considering that the majority of Orbital Frames also have literal cockpits.
- Virtual On gives us the Fei-Yen and Angelan series of mecha, modeled after Magical Girl archetypes. (Fei-Yen is a Magical Girl Warrior whose iterations frequently resemble a waitress of some sort, while Angelan looks like a White Magician Girl, but is probably more an homage to Belldandy.)
- The third game, Virtual-On Force, introduced the Guarayakha, which resembles something of a Cute Witch, but in a bizarre subversion, was actually the Lightning Bruiser boss mecha Jaguarandi in disguise. Squick.
- The fourth, Virtual-On Marz, brought us fem'd versions of a robot with a previously Ambiguous Gender, the three MYZR Delta units belonging to the Three Rose Sisters.
- The Custom Robo games have the aptly named Aerial Beauty and Sexy Stunner robo types.
- Genders not revealed, but at least these robots in Super Robot Wars look female enough that the resident Ascended Fanboy Ryusei fall heels over it: Valsione (this one also looks ridiculously human), Angelg, and the Fairlions. Possibly also Fiona's Excellence Eternal, just to differentiate it with Raul's Excellence Lightning, so it's given a MUCH more Fembot-ish appearance.
- Also, any of the above in an SRW game? Ryuusei's been there, drooling. Especially the French Dragon twins.
- The unnamed sex fembot from Heavy Metal FAKK 2. Julie is less than pleased (more like disgusted) at her addition to the team and takes the first opportunity possible to off her.
- The service droids from Mr Robot have a distinctly feminine shape.
- The Praetorian Clockwork androids in City of Heroes come in both male and female varieties. So far IVy is the only one that can be considered qualify as sentient.
- X-Men: Next Dimension added a sleek, flying "Sentinel-Beta" to allow for more variety when compared to the male, large, grounded and slow Sentinel-Alpha. Apart from moves shared for plot reasons, they were quite different, averting Distaff Counterpart.
- Several from Xenogears. Two are playable (Vierge and Crescens).
- In Mass Effect 3, EDI, the AI system installed aboard the Normandy that was carried over from the previous game in the series, gains remote control over a Fembot platform built by Cerberus after encountering it as an enemy combatant and later neutralizing its on-board AI. Combined with her being unshackled* in the previous game, she begins to evolve from being merely intelligent to feeling truly "alive".
- One gets the feeling there was someone with a fetish working in Bioware, because around the same time as ME3, the equally feminine looking robot with less of an excuse (being, apparently, the combat platform of another self evolving AI) called SCORPIO popped up in The Old Republic. She's basically GLaDOS with a body.
- Miss Bloody Rachel from Viewtiful Joe 2, who can also shapeshift to become a one-woman Boss Rush.
- Lincoln, Persephone, and Hades from Coga Suro.
- In Freefall robots divide themselves into gender categories based on how much talking they do. None of them particularly look gendered, and the identified females are commonly bigger and stronger than their male peers.
- Last Res0rt has several female robot combinations:
- Gangrel (and Breya) are Cybee dolls with female owners; it's implied that Cybees are designed to mimic their owners, so the dolls may be technically genderless until paired up with an owner.
- Siege is either a Replacement Goldfish or a Brain in a Jar, but either way she still considers herself female.
- Peloton, who is very much an out-and-out fembot, complete with breastplate, eyelashes, and corset / gorget combo with Tron Lines.
- In Thalia's Musings, Thalia recalls Hephaestus constructing "solid gold, fully automated, mechanical assistants" that were built "in the form of very attractive women." He got rid of them once he had a girlfriend.
- The mechanical K-Girls from Twisted Kaiju Theater fall into this category more than Robot Girl due to being sexy parodies of various super-robots and mecha.
- In Ilivais X, Ashe Gogus's mech, Ilivais B, is undeniably feminine, with energy cells housed in giant domes on the chest. Considering Ashe believes boobs are the most important thing in the universe, this is hardly surprising.