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Fem Bot
In a story where sentient robots are commonplace, some of those robots are designed to look feminine. This tends to include Robot Hair, 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.

The name 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).

When a Fem Bot meets a male robot, Robo Romance might ensue.

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    Advertising 
  • 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".

    Anime 
  • 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 Mobile Fighter 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.

    Comics 
  • 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.
  • Robota, Planet Terry's companion in Marvel/Star Comics' Planet Terry.

    Film 
  • 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.
  • In Attack of the Clones, the alien chef Dexter had a female droid waitress at his diner.
  • 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.
  • Blue Sky's Robots has them all over the place. During the assembly of the main character, his father asks if they want a boy or girl. The mother answers boy, followed by a clang and crying.

    Literature 
  • 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.)

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    Pinball 
  • The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot combines this trope with Humongous Mecha. She returns in the sequel, Jack*Bot.
    • A small Fembot can be seen on the backglass and playfield of Pin*Bot, but it's unclear if it was meant to be a different character.
  • The titular character of Xenon is suggested to be one, though only her head and shoulders are visible.
  • The chrome fembot in Viper is the most memorable aspect of the game.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

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    Video Games 
  • Juana in Mother1, and her sisters, Nancy and Kelly.
  • The Gretel series in TimeSplitters.
  • 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 unshacklednote  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.
  • FATE of Chrono Cross adopts such a form for your boss fight with her.
  • The Sims 3 allows this with the Into The Future and its Plumbots.
  • Female Mechari from WildStar, good god. Their creators, the Eldan, specifically designed them to be like this, though.
    Reporter: So you're a Mechari! I didn't realize they made robots quite so...shapely.
    Agent Voxine: Rest assured, your reaction is perfectly normal. It merely confirms the effect of an appealing physique on those of diminished intelligence. Such as yourself.
  • In Robopon, several Robopon are this, such as Razor, Meddy, Betty, and Loopy.
  • Female CAS Ts in the Phantasy Star series have this as one of their possible body types in the games that allow for character customization.

    Webcomics 
  • 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.
  • Sinfest has fembots as products from Devil Tech (even though they're technically robot girls).
    • Slick got his fembot into the Reality Zone, causing it to have sentience and become a central character as of late.

    Web Original 

  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama features fembots in quite a few episodes. Several of these have been Love Interests for Bender. Justified, since in Futurama, robots reproduce sexually when factories couldn't make enough.
    • Bender himself, in one episode, becomes one of these to avoid getting caught cheating by dressing up in a muumuu and easily winning the Fem Bot Robolympics.
    • They once crashed on a planet ruled by a femputer who turned out to be a humanoid fembot instead.
  • Transformers also has female Transformers from time to time, who include Action Girls (both regular and Dark), medics and damsels.
    • Especially notable names include Arcee (pictured above) and Blackarachnia.
    • Strika is a fembot — which are outnumbered about five hundred to one in Transformers — that doesn't look even remotely female. Has a lovely voice, though.
    • The Marvel Comics Transformers series responds to a letter asking why there were no female Transformers with something to the effect of, "You assume that Transformers are male and female, and that any Transformer not explicitly female is implicitly male." Unfortunately, the current IDW Comics series opted not to do it that way, having a Mad Scientist turn an Autobot female to see what happens if you throw gender into a genderless race. The victim, Arcee, talks about how people treat her now, and even use different pronouns, and... basically, not being one of the boys anymore. It becomes clear that Jhiaxus didn't introduce gender to a genderless race, but a woman to an all-male race - and of course, there is no good reason for non-sexually-reproducing robots to be male, either. Things wind up making much less sense than they would make if the question were simply ignored, as most series have.
    • This is actually justified in the Generation One series, as the Transformers were built by the Quintessons as civilian (Autobots) and military (Decepticon) hardware for sale to other races. Although the Quintessons themselves are a One-Gender Race, they understand the concept of genders and built their robots to appeal to their clients. By the way, the page picture is Arcee.
  • Jenny from My Life as a Teenage Robot
  • Neosapiens in Exo Squad are not robots but close: asexual Artificial Humans created as slaves for normal humans. One'd think that making them in two (cosmetic) genders would be superfluous but it was done for some reason...
    • Note that it wasn't until the end of the series that giving Neosapiens the ability to sexually reproduce was even seriously discussed.
  • In The Adventure Of Jimmy Neutron, Jimmy constructs a robotic substitute mother (AKA Maternotron) while his own mom is away at the spa.
  • Kim Possible has the Bebebots, a trio of feminine robots with a Hive Mind (and...well, beehive hairdos). They were initially made to be dates, but were later redesigned to be weapons of revenge.
  • X-Men villain Master Mold was voiced by a woman in Wolverine and the X-Men. When Xavier encountered it in the end...Yup, gigantic metal titties.
  • Big Brain from an episode of Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, the first female robot built by Grizzle. She was programmed to be the "smartest robot ever," and thus had a mecha-librarian design.
  • Silica from Starchaser: The Legend of Orin. At first she's a hardassed and snippy bureaucrat, la Hermes' boss in Futurama, but Han Solo expy Dag (really, just Solo with a darker skintone and more "Pimp") reprograms her by going up her ass (all her key circuits are there), slapping her circuit board open, reprogramming her personality center, and turning her into a sultry sexbot. Psychoanalyzing this scene is, all in all, a bad idea.
  • Four robotic replicas of Leslie Cohen appear in The Venture Bros. season one episode "Past Tense".
  • On Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 'The BD-3000 "Betty Droids" that serve in the Galactic Senate and Executive Buildings.
  • In an episode of American Dad!!, Roger and Steve are attempting to write a porn movie script. Steve keeps adding robots.
    Steve: When will people get that ROBOTS ARE EROTIC?
  • Piper, Cappy, Aunt Fanny, and Mrs. Copperbottom from Robots.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the episode "Cranius Maximus", Baljeet has fembot backup singers during the "Taking on the Big Brain" musical number.
    • Later, in "Love at First Byte," Norm meets and falls in love with a fembot created by Dr. Doofenshmirtz's rival Rodney.
  • Clockwork Smurfette in The Smurfs, as the Distaff Counterpart to Clockwork Smurf.

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