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->''"Reasons for anti-robot rioting certainly existed. Men who found themselves faced with the prospect of the desperate minimum involved in declassification, after half a lifetime of effort, could not decide cold-bloodedly that individual robots were not to blame. Individual robots could at least be struck at.\\
One could not strike at something called “governmental policy” or at a slogan like “Higher production with robot labor.”''
-->-- '''''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'''''

As technology advances, robots become more complex and more capable of doing a greater variety of things - at a faster, better and more consistent rate than if a human were to perform the same task. When robots have achieved a level of capability that business owners buy them and replace their human employees, you have a Job-Stealing Robot.

The Job-Stealing Robot does not need to necessarily be a robot; a piece of software or other type of machine may do the trick. The point is that artificial constructs are being built and are replacing the old workforce.

Definitely TruthInTelevision: advances in computing, artificial intelligence, robotics have led to a lot of manual, analytical and office jobs being replaced or consolidated. Unless humans begin to [[{{Cyborg}} augment themselves]] to match these machines' capabilities, there's little chance that man will dominate machine in an increasing amount of fields of competence.

While technically this would allow humans to free themselves from monotone tedious labor as productivity increases, making people displaced by robots benefit from robot-made goods would require a major overhaul of the economy, necessitating political and social solutions, not merely technological. Many socio-political theorists and futurists do believe that, at some point before the middle of this century if technological progress is any indication, robots will indeed replace the vast majority of human jobs, effectively leading to a "Post-Capitalist" social order. While [[TheSingularity no one is quite sure of what exactly will that entail]], this is bound to result in a net increase of humanity's prosperity - the question is whether [[{{Utopia}} everyone will be able to benefit from it]] or [[FeudalFuture humanity would be divided into robot owners and everyone else]]. In the worst case scenario, reserved for {{Dystopia}}s, elites refuse to share the newfound prosperity and [[FinalSolution solve]] unemployment by [[KillThePoor killing the poor]] now that they are unnecessary.

A plot that involves this will also involve someone [[EnmityWithAnObject hating the robot for the fact that they steal people's jobs - especially theirs]].

An application of TechnologyMarchesOn and subtrope of ManVersusMachine. Overlaps with LuddWasRight. When someone fights against the Job-Stealing Robot, particularly when using questionable means, you're looking at an EvilLuddite. More often that not, due to the fact that humans tend to triumph or compromise with machines by story's end. Compare UndeadLaborers for the fantasy counterpart.



* There's an ad for Progressive insurance where spokeswoman Flo fears she'll be replaced by Flobot (who has since appeared with Flo and others in another ad).

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This is a pivotal plot point in ''Anime/ArmitageIII'', due to the high employment rate of [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robots]], on Mars. The human populace objects strongly, sometimes violently, to this and regularly hold public protests, to denounce robots and demand their jobs back. In fact, TheWarOfEarthlyAggression stems from a particularly unusual example of this trope. [[spoiler: Earth, having become a LadyLand, objects to the idea of Mars developing {{Ridiculously Human Robot}}s that are capable of ''breeding with humans'', thus stealing the "job" of pregnancy from human women. And incidentally ruining their power-base.]]

* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** A common theme in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' stories is citizens struggling to cope with mass unemployment caused by nearly all jobs being performed by robots.
** ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' (a spinoff of ''Dredd'') has an inversion. Zig is a janitor for a large company because it's cheaper to hire him than use robot janitors.
** ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': [[PsychoForHire Ulysses Sweet]] is hired by a group of human workers who have lost their jobs to robots so that he'll wipe out their opposition. However, the humans turn on each other after they realize that they'll now have to do all the unpleasant and difficult jobs that humans either don't want or don't know how to do anymore. Also, Ulyssess was a mole for the robots, who hired him to get rid of those pesky humans.
* This trope sets up the series ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg''. Actor Reuben Flagg, star of the hit TV show ''Mark Thrust: Sexus Ranger'', gets replaced by his own Tromplographic™ InkSuitActor duplicate. He then gets drafted into the ''real'' Rangers and sent to Chicago, which is where the story begins.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ZeeRust future of ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', while restrictions are placed on robots competing with workers, it's now housewives who find themselves out of a job because they're being replaced by {{Robot Maid}}s and {{Sex Bot}}s. Annika-709 of S.H.E. (Society for Human Enhancement) offers them the [[WeCanRebuildHim chance to become cyborgs]] so they can compete on an equal basis, while the Home Subjugation Front calls for housewives to "reject the soulless machines of modern consumerism, and return to a Golden Age of exploitation and domestic drudgery."

* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', Gigolo Joe boasts to one of his clients that "Once you've had a lover robot, you will never want a ''real'' man again." ([[http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/779841/Sex-robot-brothel-Lumidolls-Barcelona-prostitutes-complain-police That's no idle boast.]] [[DeFictionalization Sex ''dolls'' with far fewer features than Gigolo Joe is shown to have are already stealing prostitutes' jobs.]])
* ''Film/IRobot'': This is yet another of many reasons for Will Smith's character to disdain robots. He invokes this when proposing a new slogan for a robotics company: "Shitting on the Little Guy".
* Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Mr. Bucket gets laid off from his job screwing in caps at a toothpaste factory after the Wonka candy bars contest causes an increase in toothpaste sales, letting the factory buy a machine. [[spoiler:The factory later rehires him to repair and maintain the machine.]]
* According to ''Film/TheMatrix'' [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]], this is the reason humans started fighting the machines. Artificial Intelligence had evolved to a point where machines became better than humans at everything. Eventually, the humans started discriminating against the machines and kicked them out.
* In ''Film/WarGames'', the computer is used to replace human commanders in charge of missile silos. Leo [[Series/TheWestWing McGarry]] glances significantly at the machine when he's being relieved by it. Although this isn't so much about lost jobs as it is about the increased risk of ANuclearError.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', Bill & Ted get killed and replaced by "evil robot us'es" which look exactly like Bill & Ted, but are programmed to be evil in order to destroy Bill & Ted's reputation so they don't become awesome rock stars and turn the world to peace. [[spoiler:They fight back by recruiting an alien genius who builds "good robot us'es" capable of destroying the evil ones, even though they look like they were cobbled together from random appliances (they were). They also make for great backup dancers.]]
* Franchise/RoboCop is initially feared to be this by his fellow cops, but he eventually is accepted as a valuable comrade who just happens to be particularly tough with special abilities that can take on threats head on and draw fire from his fellows. To be fair, Murphy is the only one who manages to go through the transformation without being DrivenToSuicide. In the [[Film/RoboCop2014 2014 reboot]], Robocop is meant for much the same purpose, except the intent is to use him as a publicity tool so they can legalize the use of actual robots on US soil.
* In ''Film/HeroesForSale'', laundromat workers start rioting because a new machine has taken their jobs.
* ''Film/HiddenFigures'' takes place when NASA had their calculations performed by human computers with a pencil and calculator. But when Dorothy Vaughan, the supervisor-in-all-but-name of the "colored" computer team, sees an IBM mainframe being installed she realizes that she and her team will be out of a job soon. So, she learns Fortran and teaches her team how to run it.

* Aristotle contended that the institution of slavery would be necessary to civilization's survival until a day when machines and other tools (such as musical instruments) could operate themselves. [[TechnologyMarchesOn That day has come.]]
** Not "until". Technological progress was an alien concept to the ancient world. Aristotle said it's not going to happen ''period''.
* A non-fiction book by Federico Pistono explaining technological unemployment is called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK]]. Recently, it became [[http://robotswillstealyourjob.com/read available online for free,]] as a part of the author's decision to raise awareness of the issue and why it's likely to be a benefit in the long run.
* The novel ''[[http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm Manna]]'' by Marshall Brain argues that robots would make efficient managers far faster than they would make efficient employees, creating a dystopia in which workers are still human but they are saddled with AI governing their every step. Of course, eventually advances in computer vision would allow for the creation of said robotic employees, causing the near full scale robotization of labor and the masses of resulting unemployed to be shunted into government provided housing that end up being little more than prison camps by the wealthy and powerful who are waiting for them to die out of sight.
* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Sgt Colon has a conversation with a wick-dipper who's been made redundant since the candle factory started employing a {{golem}}.
** Averted in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' by Moist's swift intervention. Adora Belle Dearheart ends up bringing ''four thousand'' golems from the lost city of Um (yes, [[WhosOnFirst that's its name]]) to Ankh-Morpork. While they really ''would'' be job-stealing robots to the point of bankrupting the city (because unlike humans, they don't spend money), Moist decides to put them to good use not actually doing work, but burying themselves in a safe place and becoming the basis for his new currency.
* ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' has people becoming unemployed due to robots being introduced by the Spacers. It is revealed to be part of a plan to create large numbers of unemployed people who will become a new wave of settlers.
* In ''Literature/IRobot'', most of the later stories taking place in space because organized labor ban robots from being used on Earth from fear of competition. However, robots eventually develop to the point that telling them apart from humans is impossible.
* Comes up in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Doomsday Ship''. It's a Star Wars book, so droids are everywhere, but it's noted that there are things they can't do which organic beings can. For one, droids are rarely able to exceed or surpass their programming; without extensive modification, most have trouble with things not closely related to what they're designed to handle. A prototype AI is being installed into a ship which ''is'' adaptable and can handle things its human crew does, to the resentment of its captain.
* The novel ''Invitation To The Game'' begins with young adults, freshly graduated from college, being relegated to a slum because robotic labor is more convenient. Two of the protagonists' friends got to go home to family businesses instead... only to arrive in the slum later because ''those'' were converting to robotic labor. [[spoiler: Turns out the slum life is also to shape them into bands of TrueCompanions for the titular Game, and the friends' family businesses were deliberately converted because this particular group was incomplete without those two friends.]]
* Creator/KurtVonnegut's first novel ''Player Piano'' is all about this, including the quintessential example of a character who ''invents'' the machine that can do his job, not realizing the company will fire him instead of rewarding him.
* Many of the Grantville Gazette short stories written to expand on the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' novels feature the impact of the uptimers introducing nineteenth or early twentieth century tools and factory designs to a seventeenth century world, which often force the guilds that do that job at the time to either retool or go out of business.
* "Literature/TheVeldt": Lydia has come to consider her family's fully automated house to be one, fearing that it has replaced her as a mother-figure to her and George's children. A child psychologist eventually confirms that she's right.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brain_Center_at_Whipple%27s The Brain Center at Whipple's]]". A callous business executive replaces all of his workers with machines, putting them out of work. At the end, he suffers karmic justice as he is replaced by [[Film/ForbiddenPlanet Robbie the Robot]].
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Ultimate Computer", Starfleet decides it's a great idea for a computer to replace Kirk as captain of the ''Enterprise''. The computer [[AIIsaCrapshoot goes evil]], of course.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'':
** In YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode, Mr. Carlson is taken to the future, where he has replaced everyone at the station with computers except Herb (the sales manager).
** When another radio station tries to hire Venus away from WKRP, he learns that the entire station is automated; he'd be the [[TokenMinority Token Human]] on the air.
* An episode of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' features a scientist introducing a group of Robot Rangers. This leads to the Lightspeed Rangers out of work...until the robots malfunction.
* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'' had an episode about it, which mentions official regulations such as at least X% of workers being human.
* An episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'' had a small town taken hostage (with a nuke) by a general furious over being replaced with a machine.
* In ''Series/TheWire'' union leader Frank Sobotka is horrified by the upcoming trend of mechanical automatization rendering stevedore manual labour obsolete.
* A sketch from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' has this happening with the [[WeirdTradeUnion entirely nonsensical job]] of standing all day with your arms in a vat of dead fish. At the end, it turns out that the boss who made the call to replace all the workers with machines is himself secretly a robot.
* In the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode "Doppelgangers", the Pawnee Parks Department is merged with the Eagleton Parks Department. Tom's counterpart, "Eric", turns out to be a computer program called '''E'''agleton '''R'''eservation '''I'''nformation '''C'''enter. In order to save his job, Tom takes advantage of Leslie not knowing that E.R.I.C. is nonhuman and pulls an InventedIndividual scheme to convince her that "Eric" is an out-of-control racist drug-dealer.
* A TruthInTelevision example is found in ''Series/CableGirls''. The main characters of the series all work as telephone operators, and a StoryArc in the first season is the Telephone Company developing an automatic rotary dial system that will replace all of their jobs.

* The [[http://www.clockworkquartet.com/ Clockwork Quartet's]] song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj-HK7AUKE4&feature=fvwp&NR=1 "The Watchmaker's Apprentice"]] has the titular apprentice being replaced by a machine. In retaliation he rigs a watch to kill one of his master's customers, framing him for manslaughter and ruining his reputation.
* Music/{{Styx}}: The song "Mr. Roboto" touches on this.
* Played for laughs in the Lost Dogs' cover version of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)". The StudioChatter in this version is completely different from the original song: here, band member Derri Daugherty doesn't bother to show up to the session, and he sends the Virtual Derri computer program to record for him. As the song progresses, the other band members get fed up and leave, one by one, each activating their virtual counterparts as they go. By the song's end, the computer programs are the only ones in the studio, and they plan to take over the entire music industry.
-->'''Virtual Terry:''' This will be great. Recording without humans. ''[...]''\\
'''Virtual Mike:''' Hey, guys, how many musicians does it take to screw in a light bulb?\\
'''Virtual Gene:''' How many?\\
'''Virtual Mike:''' All of them. Because they are now unemployed. And they need a job. Get it?
* Mentioned in Music/BadReligion's "Punk Rock Song":
-->''Like workers in a factory, we do our share\\
But there's so many other fucking robots out there.''
* Music/DeadKennedys' "Soup Is Good Food", as a vicious rant about unemployment, naturally cites this trope.
-->''We're sorry, but you're no longer needed\\
Or wanted, or even cared about here\\
Machines can do a better job than you\\
And this is what you get for asking questions\\
The unions agree, sacrifices must be made\\
Computers never go on strike\\
To save the working man\\
You got to put him out to pasture\\
Looks like we'll have to let you go\\
Doesn't it feel fulfilling to know\\
That you, the human being, are now obsolete\\
And there's nothing in hell we'll let you do about it?''
* Music/DanielAmos's "Incredible Shrinking Man", from ''Music/VoxHumana'', includes the lyrics:
-->Machines remind you\\
that you can be replaced

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[http://joshreads.com/images/11/07/i110710hinlois.jpg This]] ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois'' strip.
* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie''. In ''Dragon'' magazine #63 (July 1982) the strip had a robot Phil that was designed to replace the real Phil Foglio on the staff. Phil managed to defeat the robot by shorting him out with water, but then a robot Dixie appeared... Read it [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070520 here]].
* [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-08-23 This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' strip. The comic also has a robot character that frequently threatens its co-workers with this possibility.

* Averted in ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Warhammer 40,000]]''... not that it makes human lives any better. WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture is in full effect, with some of the most advanced weapons in the galaxy reloaded by slaves on treadmills. This is for several reasons: The last time humanity meddled with AI, the [[RobotWar Iron Men rebelled and nearly won]], humanity reaches populations in the billions for a single MegaCity, and because general life expectancy is very short. Thankfully, the Imperium has a way to reconcile repetitive or dangerous tasks with automation: lobotomizing people and grafting cybernetics so as to produce [[WetwareCPU servitors]], who are used in everything from heavy lifting to suppressive fire to co-piloting ships to [[AndIMustScream operating elevators]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Warforged have this reputation mixed with a bit of "job-stealing immigrant" in the eyes of many people across Khorvaire. Frequently treated more as things than people, they also have to compete with returning human(oid) veterans for work. They often end up hired for repetitive, dangerous, or abjectly mind-numbing labor that their squishier counterparts can't or don't want to do, but pointing that out isn't likely to blunt the contempt they face. It's little wonder that more and more of them keep disappearing into the [[EldritchLocation Mournland]] to join the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord of Blades]] or the cult of the [[DeusEstMachina Becoming God]].

* In ''Theatre/TheAddingMachine'', white-collar slave Mr. Zero, hoping for a raise or promotion after twenty-five years of employment, is instead told by his boss that he's to be replaced by a machine that will do his job more efficiently. To say that Zero doesn't take this well would be an understatement.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', when exploring Old Aperture underground, you can see posters on the wall from when Aperture Science started using their own employees as test subjects and started using robots to do the humans' work. One of these posters features an employee (called "Karla the Complainer") complaining about her boss being a robot, and it assures readers that robots work harder than you, can do your job better than you, and are all-around better than you.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' has a slight variation in the form of job-stealing ''cyborgs''; one of the main anti-aug camps' arguments boils down to "cyborgs have an unfair advantage in the job market". The counter-argument is that cyborgs can do jobs baseline humans couldn't possibly manage (such as the construction of Panchaea, a gigantic geo-engineering facility in the Arctic that extends all the way to the ocean floor). The original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' also had cyborgs with older augments worried that the nano-tech enhanced protagonist will make them obsolete.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': One of the lines said by the Soldier in the Tin Soldier Halloween outfit:
-->''I am a robot. I am here to take American jobs.''
* In the Flash game ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/PleasingFungus/manufactoria Manufactoria]]'', the player ends up doing this to themselves by successfully testing robot engineers, who then immediately usurp their job (though due to... reasons, the player is allowed to stick around afterwards).
* The ExcusePlot of ''VideoGame/JobSimulator'' is that you're a person living in a distant future world where all human labor has been replaced by robots, and indulging in [[FutureImperfect wildly-inaccurate VR recreations]] of "jobs" is one of the past-times found in this future.

* Inverted in ''Webcomic/WarbotInAccounting'': the titular warbot is a refrigerator-sized hunk of metal with a single crushing claw, meaning he is stunningly bad at typing, handling delicate objects, etc.
* Meta Inversion: The ComicStrip ''Robotman'' became ''Webcomic/RobotmanAndMonty'', and then finally just ''Monty'' when Robotman was written out.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': 479er is clearly feeling very threatened by Delta, but calms down quickly when she discovers that he can't fly. Also, while not replacing her on the team or driving anyone out of the unit, Tex quickly takes Carolina's spot at the top of the Freelancer leaderboard. How much Carolina knew about Tex's artificial nature is not clear.
* Despair.com mentions this in some of its [[FauxtivationalPoster demotivators]]:
** [[http://despair.com/motivation.html Motivation]]: If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.
** [[http://despair.com/adaptation.html Adaptation]]: The bad news is robots can do your job now. The good news is we're now hiring robot repair technicians. The worse news is we're working on robot-fixing robots--and we do not anticipate any further good news.
* This is a recurring theme in early ''Blog/OccupyRichieRich'' posts, as a consequence of the CrapsackWorld the Rich family live in.
* A fantastic variation is discussed in ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar''. One of the problems with [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]]'s ice cream business in "Who's the Best Disney Business Princess?" is that it would create zero jobs, since she can create ice golems to do any labor she needs without paying them a single dime. This would only get worse if she fired or laid off any of the golems, since they would flood the market with free labor that no human could compete with.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E2Armstrong Armstrong]]", the titular robot. He quickly puts Launchpad and most of Scrooge's other employees out of a job... Until he goes crazy and takes over Scrooge's money bin. However, the triplets bring in Launchpad, and Armstrong is stopped.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mr. Burns has twice tried to replace all the workers at SNPP with robots. The first time is during a strike and the robots run amok. The second time Burns fires everyone (except Homer) and replace them with robots, which eventually (thanks to Homer) run amok. This time the unemployed and underemployed former SNPP workers come to his rescue, and he rehires them all.
** In another episode, Stu & Marty ([[DumbassDJ the radio DJs]]) are threatened to be replaced by a wisecracking computer if they don't make good on the promise of an elephant for Bart.
** Implied in the eulogy for Asa Phelps. "He worked at the United Strut and Bracing Works as a molder’s boy, until he was replaced by a molder-matic and died."
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLampies'' has a robot brought in to do everyone inside the lamps' jobs (including counting down the precise time to light up time and then turning on the lamps). He is soon taken out of commission after he activates the sprinklers and fries himself.
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' when robots replaced the girls as rock stars. Thankfully, they get their positions back.
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode ''Obsoletely Fabulous'' features Bender upset about being replaced by a better robot.
* In an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones The New Fred & Barney Show]]'', Fred's new robotic butler does such a good job at the quarry that Fred is no longer needed there. However, the robot doesn't need the money he's earning either, so he gives it all back to Fred, much to Fred's delight. Barney then decides to buy a robot to work for him, too, except it's a female robot, and both robots then [[RoboRomance proceed to elope]]. Fred and Barney, now broke, have no choice but to keep working at the quarry, disguised as robots to fool their boss (who therefore expects them to work more efficiently than a human...)
* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "From Here to Machinery" featured robot pilots putting the regular cargo fliers out of business. The robot was ultimately revealed to have a critical flaw of [[spoiler:only ever flying in a straight line, rendering it easy prey for air pirates]].
* Subverted in WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles: [[FunWithAcronyms C.H.A.S.]] is presented as a hyper-competent Automaton, that can do the job of any trooper better than they can (much to their annoyance). After his HeroicSacrifice to save [[TheWatson Higgens]], the impressed company consider him a fellow trooper. it is mentioned that the government decided that robots like C.H.A.S. were not cost-effective.
-->'''Higgens''': [[WarIsHell Good thing]] [[WeHaveReserves Troopers come cheap.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "K.I.L.L.I.T. Radio", the titular radio station was gradually taken over by an automated system until only one human employee is left - the station's former top DJ, now reduced to providing maintenance on the machines.
* The Academy Award nominated short ''Technological Threat'' is about an office of cartoon dogs where the workers are replaced one by one (including the boss!) by nerdy-looking robots with literal pencil necks. Eventually, only one dog worker is left, who plots to rid the office of the robots.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', some of the citizens of Detroit have this feeling towards the machines created by Isaac Sumdac.
* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': In one episode, Fungus orders Whiz Kid to build a stunt robot that steals the Stunt Dawgs' jobs. The stunt robot is so good that Fungus decides to fire the Stunt Scabs except for Whiz Kid, who'll be needed whenever the stunt robot needs repairs.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'': Fisher Biskit, head of the Largest Ever Pet Shop, casually replaces a sleeping janitor with a Monban robot. His daughters then take his example and replace the entire board of directors with more Monbans.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode "House of Genius" has Ludwig Von Drake replacing Mickey and his friends with robotic versions of themselves to increase efficiency (including a Donald robot that speaks coherently). However, the audience decides that they prefer the old workers.
* ''WesternAnimation/InchHighPrivateEye''. In "Super Flea", the invention and subsequent theft of a LiteralSurveillanceBug puts Inch High in a dilemma; if he doesn't find the mechanical flea, his boss will fire him, but if he does Inch High will become obsolete!

* There's a joke about a guy who's laid off, as his boss tells him they've just bought a new robot that does everything he does, but better. The guy goes home and tells his wife... who goes and buys the same model of robot.
* French comedian Coluche had a skit about being laid off and replaced with a machine.
-->It does it as well as we did, if not better. Also, the machine doesn't need pay, doesn't need rest, doesn't need vacation, is never ill, and worst of all, doesn't even need a job!
* There is an apocryphal story of a meeting between a UAW (United Auto Workers) boss and an automotive executive. The executive brags about his new welding robots, telling the union boss "They won't pay union dues." The union boss responds with [[DidNotThinkThisThrough "They won't buy cars, either."]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A common argument against this trope is calling concerns about automation an example of the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite_fallacy#Early_in_the_Industrial_Revolution Luddite fallacy]]" which says that even though a machine can do more work than a person, it doesn't mean that the company will employ fewer people--instead, the company may just produce more product for the same number of employees.
-->"If the Luddite fallacy were true we would all be out of work because productivity has been increasing for two centuries."
--->--'''Alex Tabarrok, Economist'''
* Note, however, that this only remains true as long as there is both demand for more products (and demand is finite) and the consumers can actually afford more products - which is unlikely when wages stagnate or even decrease outright, as workers are displaced or shifted to part-time gigs, and increasing amounts of money are concentrated in the hands of the asset owners rather than circulate throughout the economy.
* The original Luddites are actually more complicated than this sounds; traditional weaving was a cottage industry for highly skilled craftsmen that made decent money, but the jobs at the factories that replaced them were highly dangerous and paid starvation wages because anyone off the street could do them. Plus safety standards were non-existent and many of the people working in the factories were children.
* Creator/KarlMarx saw the increasing automation of labor in his time and realized this might screw over a lot of workers. He came up with the ideas that would collectively be known as Marxism partly in an attempt to figure out how to accomodate these people once they were no longer needed. A large part of why past Marxist revolutions did not work out so well in practice was because the people spearheading them didn't wait for labor to be unnecessary due to automation.
* Ryan Avent of The Economist and others argue that the Luddite Fallacy is no longer relevant in the digital age. According to them, the Digital Revolution is proving far more disruptive to the job market than the two Industrial Revolutions, by replacing not merely physical, but also routine cognitive labor as well, obsoleting the need for the bulk of office and customer service jobs, effectively leaving the need for humans only at those positions where innovative thought is required constantly. See here for links: [[http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621156-first-two-industrial-revolutions-inflicted-plenty-pain-ultimately-benefited Ryan Avent of The Economist]], [[http://www.thelightsinthetunnel.com/ Martin Ford]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU C.G.P. Grey]], [[http://www.computerworld.com/article/2485706/emerging-technology/as-the-digital-revolution-kills-jobs--social-unrest-will-rise.html The Gartner Group]], and [[http://www.salon.com/2013/05/12/jaron_lanier_the_internet_destroyed_the_middle_class/ Jaron Lanier]].
* Walt Disney Studios was in financial straits after ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' didn't make its cost back, so Creator/UbIwerks adapted the xerography process to eliminate hand-inking. This led to the elimination of the Disney inking department.
* When Creator/StevenSpielberg started on ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', he hired Creator/TippettStudio to provide stop-motion effects for the film. However, Spielberg later saw a test with CGI dinosaurs and was so impressed with how realistic they looked that he decided to use CGI instead of stop-motion. However, Tippett Studio's expertise at animating dinosaurs was still valuable and so a system was created where their stop-motion experience could be applied to the CGI models. Tippett Studio has specialized in CGI ever since.
* Hand-painted [[FilmPosters movie posters]] have fallen by the wayside in favor of Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, and similar photomanipulation and computer art tools. Savvy artists have simply applied their expertise to the new medium and modified the programs to fit their needs.
* According to [[http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf a 2013 study]], '''47% of all jobs in the U.S.''' are at "high risk" of being automated by 2033.
''[[TheStinger They took our jobs!]] [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark (DEY TERK ER JERBS!)]]''