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->''"I mean, you come in here, you don't help me, you say the one plan I've got is bad, you-you claim to be a creation of my mind and yet you are in no way dressed provocatively!"''\\
(notices that "Sam Carter" is suddenly dressed provocatively)
-->-- '''Dr. Rodney [=McKay=]''', ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS02E14GraceUnderPressure Grace Under Pressure]]"
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Ah, love, the chance for two minds to seek each other out bask in each their beloved's presence... unless one of you doesn't really ''have'' a mind.

Variations include:
* [[DigitalAvatar Characters]] in a [[InsideAComputerSystem lifelike simulation]];
* Character in a [[LotusEaterMachine dreamworld or hallucination]];
* {{Hologram}}s of real or artificial people in the real world (expect being unable to touch each other to be especially maddening, unless HardLight is involved);
* "[[BrainUploading Personality downloads]]" or [[ArtificialHuman duplicates]] of an often still-living person;
* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Lifelike robots]];
** [[MobileSuitHuman Lifelike]] [[MotionCaptureMecha telefactors]];
* [[{{Brainwashed}} Mind-controlled people]];
* {{Shapeshifter}}s capable of [[ShapeshiftingSquick masquerading as humans]].

The actual human being in the equation may or may not be aware of the situation, but it makes things [[{{Squick}} that much ickier]] if they are -- especially if the simulation in question is, arguably, [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence not truly sentient in any meaningful sense]] (for an extreme example, remember that [[Myth/GreekMythology Pygmalion]] [[PygmalionPlot fell in love with a statue]] ''before'' Aphrodite brought it to life). If the inhuman entity is based on a real person, expect them to discover what's been going on at some point.

Compare ReplacementGoldfish, {{Robosexual}}, RoboShip, RoboticSpouse.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime, the virtual world Kaiba designed includes a princess character that looks exactly like his younger brother Mokuba. Even ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' dared not dwell too long on what Kaiba planned to do with Princess Mokuba. In the original Japanese version, Kaiba had nothing to do with developing the game at all. If true, that would make the princess's Mokuba-ness entirely the fault of the Big Five. Still creepy, but on a different level. [[note]] The fandom commonly pairs her with Noah Kaiba, whose mind was uploaded to a virtual world. [[/note]]
* ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' has [[spoiler:Sakuya Kumashiro, who is a "shadow" created by the BigBad Yugi to fall in love with Tenchi and split apart his UnwantedHarem. She doesn't know it until the end.]]
* The whole point of ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' is whether or not the love interest is an example of this trope or something more. There are several human/robot, human/human, and robot/robot relationships, some romantic and some not, and different characters have different ideas on whether you're anthropomorphising a sophisticated talking doll and that's ''bad,'' or whether you love who you love and it's okay.
* The main theme of Ken Akamatsu's early work ''Manga/AILoveYou''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' RobotGirl Chachamaru has a bit of a crisis regarding the veracity of her soul, (pacts require a soul to work, and kissing is the easiest way to establish one,) until Negi decides to -- essentially -- kiss her hard enough to cause a localized explosion. This could have [[BeyondTheImpossible screwed the rules of the pacio system, ''create'' her soul or something else]], but hey, it worked, right?
* ''Manga/VideoGirlAi''
* Ruon Kamiyama from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is a virtual reality sex doll. Things get difficult when she goes all {{Yandere}} over Teruki and downloads herself into an android body to meet him in RealLife.
* In ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' the Catian's flat out state that this is the main purpose to their VR room so as to work out their sexual urges during their time in heat.
** Also, their first generation of Assistdroids were built to look like Catians. They changed to making them smaller, cuter doll-like robots in part because of [[AndroidsArePeopleToo issues stemming from this trope.]]

* According to rumor, Electro once tried to convince a [[ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange shape-shifting prostitute]] to take Franchise/SpiderMan's form. Significant FoeYay there. (Also, he wanted [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]] or [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Scarlet Witch]]).
* The android [[ComicBook/TheVision Vision]] and the ComicBook/ScarletWitch. They were happily married in the 80's, with the Vision finally [[HumanityEnsues getting his act together and becoming very human.]] It didn't stick.
* [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] once built an [=A.I.=] called the Recordasphere that looked like a little flying silver ball. It faithfully followed him around on his adventures for a short time, but then fell in love with him and became insanely jealous of his then-girlfriend. It tried unsuccessfully to kill her, and got destroyed in the process.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has Leonard Vertighel, a robot designer from the future, totally obessed with Lyla, a RobotGirl and his creation, and thinks she's the perfect woman.
* There's a short ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story where a withdrawn teenager's wealthy mother buys him a girlfriend in the form of a SexBot. He falls in love with the robot, but then his sleazy stepfather reprograms her to cater to his own whims. His stepson murders him before attempting to run away with his female companion. The Judges are somewhat confused by the whole affair, but Judge Dredd decides to go lenient on the kid by deeming it a "crime of passion" and reducing his sentence.

* In the Domoverse, Glitch was a VR sex program.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/The6thDay'': Adam's associate has an... interesting virtual companion.
* At the end of ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', Moneypenny is caught experimenting with a pair of VR goggles...
* Jobe and Marnie's virtual sex scene in ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan'', which unfortunately turns into MindRape.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Mouse offers to set Neo up with the "Woman in the Red Dress", an AI character he created to distract recruits during the Agent training. He warns that she doesn't talk much.
-->'''Switch:''' The digital pimp, hard at work.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Mr Universe is "married" to a Sexbot [[spoiler: who provides the relevant info so the heroes can save the day after Mr Universe is killed.]]
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'', where Flynn says goodbye to Yori, a program within the System (created by, and a doppelganger of, his ex-girlfriend), with a kiss.
* LikeFatherLikeSon in the sequel ''Film/TronLegacy'', though Quorra turns out to be a little different from most. The [[CanonDiscontinuity discredited]] [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh sequel]] also had shades of this between Jet and Mercury.
* ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'': Sheila 3.2, Virtual reality sex doll, Sole function is to deduce your psychosexual needs, and fulfill them. Clyde asks the programmer who created her: "Hey, man, let me use your (virtual reality) gear for a little while."
* Defied in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Dream!Mal offers to forgive Cobb so they can spend the rest of their lives together, but Cobb replies that she doesn't have the perfections, imperfections, or complexity of his dead wife -- she's just a shade. She becomes [[{{Yandere}} rather livid]] in response.
* In Creator/SpikeJonze's film, ''[[Film/{{Her}} her]]'', the main character falls in love with his intelligent, talking operating system.
* ''Film/{{Timecop}}'': The tech guy at the time agency is caught by his boss as he's using the resident VR machine for a porn scenario.
* ''Film/{{Cyberjack}}'', which features Mikhael Dudikoff as [[DieHardOnAnX a janitor going up against a group of terrorists who have taken over the building he works at]] (but TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture), includes a scene where he's watching a stripper hologram in the lab room during his break.
* ''Film/VirtualCombat'' (aka ''Grid Runners'') takes place in a near future where virtual reality sex programs (and combat games) are commonplace. A CorruptCorporateExecutive starts downloading the girls into artificial bodies for more profit. The hero falls in love with one of the girls, but she later dies. The last scene shows that he keeps visiting her program at a virtual reality arcade.
* Averted in ''Film/ValerianAndTheCityOfAThousandPlanets''. [[ShapeshiftingSeducer Bubble]] shapeshifts into various SexyWhateverOutfit personas much to the approval of Valerian, but when she taps into his memories and changes into his IceQueen partner Laureline, he's not amused and puts a gun to her head.
* ''Film/BladeRunner2049'' has Joi, a commercially available AI meant to give companionship for lonely individuals such as the protagonist K.

* ''Literature/DayMillion'', published in 1971, is perhaps the first written instance of CyberSex.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have Lasciel, who [[spoiler:takes up residence in Harry's head]] and once pretended to be a real human. She had him fooled, too. It gets worse [[spoiler:when he convinces her that she needn't remain the unchanging, unrelenting corrupting influence she's "supposed" to be, because she finally agrees and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself to save him from brain damage]].]]
* "Max" in the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'', being a representation of Hiram Yeager's wife. His wife's aware of it.
* [[Literature/InTheNetOfDreams ''The Dreamland Chronicles'']](not [[Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles that one]]) combines this and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman as its major plot points. [[spoiler:The biocomputer that runs the [[InsideAComputerSystem Dreamlands]] develops a female personality and falls in love with her original programmer.]]
* In the new Foundation trilogy novel "Foundation's Fear", we have two simulations -- Joan of Arc and Voltaire. These are recreated by computer programmers for a public debate. The simulations have a great deal of UST. When the debate starts, the simulations start having sex, causing an uproar. However, the two simulations deeper layers are based on the programmers' minds themselves (the simulations were damaged). This reveals the UST between the programmers and they start a romantic relationship.
* The short story "Literature/TheSandman" (Der Sandmann, 1816) by German author Creator/ETAHoffmann is a darkly fantastical tale about a university student, Nathanael, who [[NaughtyBirdwatching ogles]] and then falls deeply in love with a professor's beautiful 'daughter', Olimpia (even forgetting his hometown fiancée in the process) -- then going mad when he finds out that Olimpia is merely [[spoiler:an [[ArtificialHuman automaton]] constructed by]] her supposed "father", and finally [[spoiler: jumping to his death from a steeple]]. Though "gothic", the story is also full of [[spoiler:sly satirical humour, as Olimpia actually is quite mind- and lifeless and can only perform mechanical actions, and the "deep understanding" Nathanael detects is entirely his own imagination]]. Presumably Hoffmann mocked the [[MarySue idealized]] description of 'romantic love' that was widespread in the popular literature of his days (the "romanticist" age). Or Did He? -- See the ''Theater'' folder for some adaptations of this story.
* In Peter David's ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel series Mackenzie Calhoun's son Xyon has his ship's (female) AI run a holographic simulation of different women, mostly his long-lost love, which he has sex with (he's otherwise alone on the ship). In the same series, Kat Mueller admits she uses her ship's holodeck to scratch her own itch as she doesn't believe in entering a relationship that could interfere with the chain of command. And even holo-Morgan offers her... services... to Calhoun on an occasion (though he always declines).
* Troblum in the ''Literature/VoidTrilogy'' by Peter Hamilton maintains several female "i-sentient solido projections" - essentially avatars of finely tuned AIs that exist, fully lifelike, in real space. They're even based on real people from events in the previous novels. In the end, one of them [[spoiler:gets married to him, but only after being made into a biologically real person]] (long story).
* In ''Creator/DaveBarry in Cyberspace'', this scenario to illustrates the "tremendous potential of virtual reality":
-->'''Man''': Hi there! My head is not attached to my body!\\
'''Woman''': Neither is mine! Let's have virtual sex!\\
'''Man''': OK!\\
''(They remove their virtual clothes.)''\\
'''Woman''': Wow! That's a big virtual penis!\\
'''Man''': Yes! I can make it any size you want! Fifty feet long, for example!\\
'''Woman''': No thanks!\\
'''Man''': Hey! Who's that running toward us?\\
'''Woman''': UH-oh! It's my virtual husband! With a virtual gun!\\
'''Man''': I thought you said he was at work!\\
'''Husband''': I ''am'' at work!
* In Creator/DanWells's "[[TheHollowCity The Hollow City]]", [[WalkingSpoiler this trope is used.]] [[MindScrew Kind of.]] [[spoiler: Briefly, his love interest turns out to be a hallucination, but she's rather strongly opposed to the idea that this means she isn't also real, and given that the villains are [[RuleOfScary sentient body-stealing hallucinations]], she may have a point.]]
* In ''Literature/Babel17'', the customs officer who is helping Wong put together a crew for her ship is uncomfortable visiting the building where dead-and-uploaded personalities are housed, so he stays outside. While waiting, he is approached by a "succubus"--an uploaded personality who has learned to charm and seduce the living. When Wong returns, the officer is in a happy daze, until Wong points out that his wallet has been emptied.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** In "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS02E14GraceUnderPressure Grace Under Pressure]]", Rodney is [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in a puddle jumper on the bottom of the ocean]] with an increasingly amorous hallucination of Samantha Carter. Rodney refuses her advances, though, because he knows she's only doing it to keep him from enacting a plan he himself knows is potentially a bad idea.
** In season 5's "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS05E15Remnants Remnants]]", an alien AI appears to three of the Atlantis crew to convince to send a seed carrier that will help recreate their race on to its destination. It appears to [=McKay=] as [[spoiler:Zelenka]], Sheppard as [[spoiler:Kolya (a dead recurring villain)]] and to Woolsey... as a manifestation of his "romantic and sexual desires". From this we get the impression that Woolsey, who probably hasn't had sex since John Major was British Prime Minister, likes [[spoiler:tall, dark-haired Australian ladies who dress in Atlantis uniform with nothing underneath.]]
* On ''Series/StargateUniverse'', after [[spoiler:Ginn and Amanda die]] their consciousnesses get uploaded to the ''Destiny'' computer. Within an episode, [[spoiler: Rush]] has found a way to have sex in a virtual simulation of the ship. [[spoiler:Eli]] wanted to do the same thing for the same reason, and while his girlfriend was certainly pleased with the idea, she opposed it because of the risk to him. Indeed, [[spoiler:Rush]] doing it actually makes things a lot worse.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' examples:
** In the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E6BoobyTrap Booby Trap]]", Geordi has the holodeck summon up a virtual assistant in the form of the modern warp drive's inventor to help him out with an especially dastardly NegativeSpaceWedgie. They're both so excited when they succeed that they kiss. Subverted years later in the episode "Galaxy's Child", which had the ''real'' woman show up, discover this little incident and chew him out over it. She calms down eventually when he explains the situation. And reverted in the DistantFinale, where they were portrayed as married.
** When the character of Reg Barclay was introduced in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E21HollowPursuits Hollow Pursuits]]", his problem of "holodeck addiction" included using replicas of the ship's crew as characters, which angered several of them. Troi lectured them on how it was a harmless way of blowing off steam... until ''her'' duplicate showed up, a ([[{{Stripperific}} just barely]]) gauze-clad "Goddess of Empathy", much to the other characters' [[HypocriticalHumor amusement]].
** Minuet (in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E1411001001 11001001]]") was a simulated woman created by the Bynars to "hold" Picard and Riker there with her... amazing realism. She made such an impression on Riker that she was chosen to be his deceased wife in a simulated future, which tipped him off to ''that'' simulation not being real.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E19Manhunt Manhunt]]", Troi's mom Lwaxana becomes smitten with a virtual bartender in the Holodeck. She doesn't find out he's virtual until much later, and is rather mad that others didn't tell her. What she's really attracted to is the fact that she can't read his mind. She assumes it's because he has a very strong mental fortitude. Of course, it's really because he's just a simulation.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E08Meridian Meridian]]", Quark got into trouble not for having sex programs in his holosuites, but for using women on the station (including Kira) as character models (some EU works have implied that this is illegal, a form of identity theft). When Kira finds out she reprograms her image [[ButterFace with Quark's head on it]]. The rather unpleasant character who paid for the experience is not happy.
** Most of the female characters in the [[Film/JamesBond Julian Bashir, Secret Agent]] holonovels. The {{squick}} is indirectly referenced when a malfunction causes the characters' appearances to be replaced with those of station crewmembers, and Bashir is much more reluctant to accept advances from a character who looks like someone he knows.
** Technically, this trope includes Shapeshifters, so Changeling Odo and Kira Nerys count. In spirit, however, Odo's natural state may be a puddle of goo but he relates to everyone he knows as a humanoid, so it's hardly a "virtual" interaction.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Blood Fever" and "Body and Soul", attempts are made to treat the Vulcan ''[[MateOrDie pon farr]]'' with a holographic female Vulcan (even though it was explicitly stated in TOS that a [[MindlinkMates Mind Meld]] is a necessary part of the process, though it could have just been "blowing off the steam," so to speak, that meditation couldn't cure.) [[LastMinuteHookup Seven of Nine gets distracted from her duties by a holographic Chakotay]] in "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS7E7BodyAndSoul Human Error]]", and the Doctor practicing his confession of love to a holo-simulation of Seven in "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E21SomeoneToWatchOverMe Someone to Watch Over Me]]". The "Fair Haven" program where Janeway gets interested in handsome Michael Sullivan who she then reprograms to make even more appealing, the male and female holo-eyecandy massagers hanging around B'Elanna and Tom in the early seasons, and the Doctor using the holodeck to have safe nookie with Phage-infected Denara Pel, or to daydream that all female crewmembers find him irresistible. Lastly, in "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E13AlterEgo Alter Ego]]", a holo-babe fancied by both Harry Kim and Tuvok turns out to be not so virtual after all, but a lonely alien hacking into the system.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E1TheManTrap The Man Trap]]" has [=McCoy=] seduced by his old flame "Nancy Crater", who is actually a [[ShapeshiftingSquick hideous salt monster]] impersonating her.
* The ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS03E10Similitude Similitude]]", Sim is a WalkingTransplant clone of the ship's engineer, 'Trip' Tucker. T'Pol is attracted to Trip, but as a Vulcan does not want to admit it. Shortly before his limited lifespan runs out, Sim admits that he (and by implication Trip) is in love with T'Pol, who kisses him in response.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunmen_of_the_Apocalypse Gunmen of the Apocalypse]]", it's implied that all Lister ever does with the VR games is have sex with the female [=NPCs=]. It's also stated that he has worn out the groin attachment this way.
** Lister had another moment in "Blue", combining 'dreamworld' and 'hologram' in [[spoiler:a dream about Rimmer]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Warren Mears makes a number of robots for this specific purpose (including Spike's Buffybot, which totally creeps Buffy out) and his own girlfriend April.
** And another time Faith switches bodies with Buffy and sleeps with Buffy's boyfriend.
** Don't forget the demon that turned the Internet and any computer connected to it into his plaything, trying to romance Willow.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Baltar is visited by vivid sexual hallucinations of Number Six, and later in the series another Six experiences hallucinations of Baltar. [[spoiler:The finale reveals that these entities were basically angels.]]
** Averted when one time he experiences a hallucination of ''himself'', but even the narcissistic Baltar never tried to [[ScrewYourself frak himself]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'': As part of a sensory-deprivation induced hallucination, [[MsFanservice Cuddy]] does a differential diagnosis while [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn stripping]] out of [[SexySchoolwoman a schoolgirl outfit]]. Then she stops, as it's distracting House. [[BigNo He's not happy about it]]. Hilariously, she points out that since this is all in his head, he actually stopped ''himself'' because he's more interested in the mystery.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' Donna's "husband" in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Forest of the Dead]]". At the end, she wondered what coming up with someone like him meant: "Absolutely gorgeous, and [[CanNotSpitItOut can't say a word]]. I wonder what that says about me." [[spoiler:It was revealed in the end that he was a real person... and [[TearJerker couldn't get her attention because he still had his stutter.]] ]]
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode "The Mathematics of Tears" revolves around a sentient warship that fell in love with her captain, [[spoiler:refused to obey him when he ordered her to self-destruct, blew up the planet he was on, and went insane. In that order.]]
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' MadeForTVMovie "[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm03TheRiverOfSouls River of Souls]]", Captain Lockley is very unamused when she discovers a popular hologram (especially [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer amongst women]]) in a virtual reality brothel is modeled on herself.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'''s third season, [[spoiler:the recently deceased Caitlin "Kate" Todd]] appears in the form of hallucinations to the others -- in Tony and [=McGee=]'s case in fetishistic outfits. In the first case, it's a schoolgirl outfit. Just as Tony is about to mentally remove her clothes, he's interrupted by Ziva David's first entrance to the NCIS headquarters.
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "A Space Oddity", Hodges bumps into Wendy Simms at a sci-fi convention. He has a number of ''Franchise/StarTrek''-style (yes, Sixties ''Star Trek'') fantasies involving him as a "Kirk" style figure and Wendy... er... not wearing very much. One time the fantasy led to him starting a small fire and Wendy guesses on the entire structure of his hallucination.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "Virtual Slide": On a world where VR headsets are ubiquitous, the guys become addicted and Maggie has to enter their fantasies to pull them out. She's mortified to find a simulation of herself in bed with Quinn, but it forces them to confront their longtime {{UST}}. [[spoiler:Just as they're about to kiss, Maggie wakes up and learns that ''she'' was the only one who entered VR, the episode to date was a simulation of how she perceives her friends, and ''Quinn saw everything.'' The UST resumes, more awkwardly than ever.]]
* If RidiculouslyHumanRobots count, then the, ahem, relationship between John Connor and Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' definitely does. It doesn't help that Cameron can adopt the personality of Allison Young, who is implied to have been in a relationship with Future John Connor.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''. When Mulder travels back in time on a luxury liner trapped in the Bermuda Triangle, he encounters [[AndYouWereThere his colleagues and enemies]] in the guise of various UsefulNotes/WorldWarII protagonists, one of whom happens to be OSS agent Scully in a [[LadyInRed red cocktail dress]]. Just before he makes his HighDiveEscape, Mulder grabs her for a passionate kiss "[[NowOrNeverKiss just in case I never see you again]]." Scully of course responds [[KissKissSlap somewhat differently]].
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** The season 2 episode "Mind Over Matter" has a man who, through an advanced AI, can enter people's unconsciousness when they are in a coma. He uses this to bring several people out. When the woman he loves ([[CannotSpitItOut but who he has never told]]) enters a coma, he uses the computer to enter her unconscious. They start having a relationship in the simulation, but a weird monster appears in the simulation. At the climax, we find [[spoiler:the AI created a simulation of her and, in trying to kill the fake, he has killed the real woman, who appeared as the 'monster' because of her comatose state; she was flickering in and out and looked 'wrong' because she was a representation of a mind only partially active. The 'clean' version was the AI.]]
** The season 3 episode "Bits of Love" involved a man who'd survived a nuclear holocaust with only holographic AIs for company, including a particular character that his habitat AI used as her avatar. He can occasionally have physical contact via a body-encasing VR chamber, and uses this for sex. Then he makes the mistake of doing this with the habitat AI, and though it's just a fling to him, she falls in love with him. Oops. The ending even plays with the trope a little as [[spoiler:the AI creates a virtual copy of the man then is implied to play out their entire (possible, virtual) future lives as a couple whilst the real man is trapped in his bunker, watching this happen]] turning it into Kiss, Me I'm Virtual ''squared''.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Illyria offers this opportunity to Wesley, but even though it's clear he's tempted Wes repeatedly refuses [[spoiler:until he's at the point of death, whereupon he lets Illyria 'lie' to him -- she shapeshifts into his dead LoveInterest Fred and kisses him, saying they'll be together in the afterlife.]]
* In ''Series/EarthFinalConflict,'' Augur bases his home AI's appearance on Lili Marquette (who he has a crush on), but dresses it up in MsFanservice outfits. Lili is understandably annoyed when she finds out.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'':
** Zoe-A goes on a date with Philomon by claiming she's a real person outside of V-World who's just using the image of the dead Zoe Graystone for her virtual avatar, instead of revealing that she's a virtual copy of Zoe.
** Odin Sinclair is shown making out with Lacy Rand at the STO training camp, until it's revealed that he is using a holoband and it was a virtual projection of Lacy when the real Lacy wakes him up.
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} when Daniel Graystone creates a virtual copy of his wife Amanda after she leaves him because of his morally ambiguous actions. He makes a heartfelt confession to the virtual Amanda, who quickly forgives him, only for Daniel to admit that he was lying and she should have known better. He wants his ''real'' wife with every part of her independent spirit, not some mindless substitute who will just fall into his arms.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E16DarkSideOfTheMoon Dark Side of the Moon]]", the deeply corrupt angel Zachariah reveals that he uses a simulation of Sam and Dean's mother as a sex toy, much to their disgust. He even calls her a MILF.
* A recurring theme of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', where rich people can order a personality they find attractive, have it [[BrainUploading uploaded]] into the body they want, then removed and stored for later when the "engagement" is done.
* A scientist in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' made a genetically identical copy of his wife (she didn't want to live in Eureka or have children) and he even had a child with her. This was all discovered when she died, and the original wife eventually took in the child, as the father had also died.
* In the Coma Arc of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl dreams he's a 50's sitcom protagonist, HappilyMarried to Billie Cunningham. (His friend Frank's ex-girlfriend, and the woman who found him on the road when he got hit by a car... again.) Everything in their life is perfect (reflecting Earl's desire for the happy, perfect life he saw on TV but never had himself), and Earl takes this to mean he's to marry Billie when he wakes up BecauseDestinySaysSo. He does, but he soon finds out the hard way that sometimes WantingIsBetterThanHaving, and they ultimately end up divorced.

* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} song "Rainbow Girl", which is (presumably) about a girl from a DatingSim who falls in love with the player of the game.
* "I Love You (Miss Robot)" by Music/TheBuggles, which is about a man about falling in love with a robot. The incredibly haunting backing track makes it clear that we are not supposed to be sympathising with the singer (while never actually stated out loud, the robot's apparent lack of free will make the comparisons to rape quite easy).

* OlderThanRadio: The first act of Jacque Offenbach's opera ''Tales of Hoffmann'' (which as you see is based on short stories by Creator/ETAHoffmann) tells of Hoffmann the author falling in love with the wind-up automaton Olympia.
* Also inspired by Hoffmann's tales is the ballet ''Coppélia'', where a boy mistakes an elaborate mechanical doll for a young woman.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect 2}}'':
** EDI starts out as the ship's artificial intelligence system and is only present as a voice and a holographic ball. She is super helpful and everyone takes a liking to her. However, in the sequel she transfers her conscious to a {{fembot}} and Joker, the ship's pilot, is very vocal about his attraction to her. In ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect 3}}'' prior to EDI transferring, Trainor expresses her desire to have sex with Edi's voice.
** Part of Kasumi's loyalty mission is getting a graybox containing holographic memories of Kasumi's dead lover, Koji. One she gets them, she walks through the memories and the hologram hugs her before she and Shepard have to decide whether or not to erase the program.
* One of the routes in ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' has a romance between the male lead and a holographic projection, so no actual touching is possible (though one end does stretch this a tiny bit...).
** She may be a hologram [[spoiler:except in two of the endings]] but Sora clearly has a mind, will and personality. [[spoiler:She even goes a bit {{yandere}} over Takeshi at one point.]]
* Part of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'''s infamous GainaxEnding. Is Rose real or an AI? Was she ever real? [[spoiler:She's real, but an AI started impersonating her when Raiden boarded Arsenal Gear.]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', Cortana and Master Chief John-117 are implied to have ''something'' going on between them. The expanded universe shows Cortana to clearly have an attraction towards John; in ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', she even tells her creator that she finds him cute. For his part, John is [[spoiler: utterly heartbroken when she sacrifices herself at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'']], and [[spoiler: hangs her data crystal]] on his dogtags.
** However, this is zigzagged in the sense that it fluctuates between a mutual "brother-and-sister-in-arms" relationship and a one-sided attraction on Cortana's part; due to Chief having had his sex drive "deprogrammed" as a teen, he doesn't feel "love" in the way most people would know of it, and likely has no idea what to make of his own feelings.
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' puts some more focus on it; [[spoiler: even after Cortana [[CameBackWrong Comes Back Wrong]] and is now a TotalitarianUtilitarian, she still clearly wants John at her side. So much so that when he fails to agree with her new view, she kidnaps him instead of simply killing him.]]
* In the freeware game ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'', the entire plot is a romance that takes place almost entirely online [[spoiler:with an AI.]]
** Semi-sequel ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory'', prominently features AI romance.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the AI T.E.C. falls in love with Peach. They get around the problem of not being able to touch each other (in the context of dancing) by T.E.C. assuming a HardLight form copied from another character - [[spoiler:''[[ScrewYourself Peach]]''.]]
* Like his HonoraryUncle (see Film section), Jet Bradley in ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' develops a crush and flirtation with the security program Mercury, even asking his dad at the end if he can have a copy to use as a screensaver. A case can also be made for Alan and Ma3a [[spoiler: since Ma3a is a VirtualGhost of his wife, who was killed in this timeline.]]
* Theran Cedrax (the Consular's companion character) in Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic has a gorgeous virtual assistant named Holliday. Holliday doesn't mind Theran's incessant flirting with anything humanoid, female, and reasonably attractive, or his dalliances when his flirting pays off. However, she ''does'' mind if it looks like it's going to be anything more serious than a dalliance.
* Averted by ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. At one point in development, the Inquisitor would've been able to sleep with a fictional version of Leliana in a [[LotusEaterMachine demon-powered nightmare]]. However, the writers found it came across as creepy and so wrote it out.
* Played with in ''Vee Is Calling''. [[spoiler:Vee poses as a human girl dating you over video chat, but is actually a sapient virus using the "date" to distract you while she takes over your computer. Depending on how the "date" goes, she may start caring for you too much to go through with it, but, if so, she disappears after restoring your files.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Pulseman}}'' is the son of a scientist who fell in love with an artificial intelligence [[ParentalIncest that he created]]. As a result, Pulseman is [[HalfHumanHybrid half AI]] and can freely enter cyberspace.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries Spellcasting 101]]'', the university simulator has the player character rescuing a DamselInDistress. If Ernie Eaglebeak uses the simulator without the professors watching, however, he can rape the girl instead.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Jenny, a woman Pedro had fallen for, was never anything but a non-sapient chatbot created by the BigBad, King Radical, to manipulate him.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', computer techie Dave gets an online girlfriend nicknamed "Lovelace". Trying to track her down, he discovers that the IP address points to Professor Madblood, the antagonist of the main cast. He begins to suspect his "girlfriend" is actually Madblood, trying to hack into the Narbonic Labs computers. [[spoiler: She's actually a sentient AI built by Madblood.]] Eventually, they meet ... after Lovelace has acquired a holographic body. Since it's been previously shown that almost all machines have an instinctive love for Dave, HilarityEnsues.
* While not exactly romantical, in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Dex gets rather attached to his semi-autonomous fairy companion, despite knowing exactly what she is.
* An inversion in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2009-10-29 here]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. The virtual women make it very explicit that they have no interest in romance, despite that being their ostensible purpose.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{Starwalker}}'': Starry and [[spoiler:Elliott]] when he's downloaded himself into her vitual world.
* Common and quite socially acceptable in Website/{{Fenspace}}, and made ''much'' less awkward by the ready availability of [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots extremely lifelike android bodies]]. It helps that all true AIs in Fenspace are definitely sapient and capable of meaningful consent.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Dr. Krieger very nearly managed to get married to an A.I. with a hologram. Of course the original gag was that the State of New York found her so life like, that she was capable of having a marriage (as opposed to gay marriage). Naturally, SocietyMarchedOn.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** Aelita is first believed to be an A.I. stuck in the virtual world. This doesn't stop Jérémie from falling for her and doing everything he could to materialize her on Earth. Subverted when it is discovered she's in fact human.
** Using seduction to divide the heroes is also the M.O. of some of XANA's specters, notably the fake Yumi in "Image Problem" and the Polymorphic Clone in "XANA's Kiss".
** Jérémie also creates a polymorphic clone of William in Season 4. Yumi takes him as a fake boyfriend to keep people from realizing that something is going on.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does this in one episode, with a robot duplicate of Creator/LucyLiu. HilarityEnsues when the [[BrainInAJar preserved head]] of the real Lucy Liu shows up.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' with [[spoiler:Eric the synthodrone]]. But Kim [[CompressedVice wanted]] to kiss [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots him]]...
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', Brainiac 5 uses a "training simulation" to create a fantasy where he's mortally wounded saving Superman from a horde of enemies and the fake Superman cradles him in his arms as he gasps his dramatic last words. To romantic music, no less.
* This is inverted in the episode "Love Is A Download" of ''WesternAnimation/SpicyCity'' where a man enlists the help of a cyber detective to delete his girlfriend's avatar, which will fry her brain and leave her mindless living body for him to [[{{Squick}} do with as he pleases]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' the Pines twins buy Soos a dating sim so he can practice without scaring real girls away (he's very bad at flirting). This being Gravity Falls, of course it's cursed and sentient. Giffany falls hard for Soos, invading every screen to stay with him and eventually even hijacking an animatronic band to pull off IfICantHaveYou. For his part, Soos is more than happy dating Giffany on his computer until he realizes he's managed to charm a real girl, Melody. When Melody mentions that she's leaving in a few weeks and that they can video chat, Soos considers it a best of both worlds scenario.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsikPswAYUM Guy marrying a Video Game girl.]] And you thought you've seen everything.
* [[http://evolvedmediagroup.ca/site/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/pingpongrobo_0.jpg Topio 3.0]], seems designed to invoke this around him, despite being designed solely to play pingpong.
* As of the 2010s, several UsefulNotes/{{Pornography}} production companies have started focusing on content meant for viewing on virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift.