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->'''Jack:''' You're a motorcycle, Arcee. Shouldn't you know how to build a motorcycle engine?\\
'''Arcee:''' You're a human, Jack. Can you build me a small intestine?
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', ''"Masters and Students"''

Mechanical Lifeforms are a race of robots or robot-like creatures that are also considered a honest-to-goodness species of living things. They're just like your everyday living organisms, except they happen to have metal for skin, wires for nerves, and so on. They're often [[SiliconBasedLife silicon-based]] as well.

These may be robotic animals, plants, micro-organisms, or sapient creatures. If they are sapient, they would never wish to BecomeARealBoy because, as far as they can see, [[AndroidsArePeopleToo they are as real as that boy]]. May also form a RobotRepublic.

The origin of such creatures is best left unexplained - they were never built by another race (well, that anyone knows of), and if they were, it would be treated as a ''very'' shocking revelation, due to the audience accepting their mechanical nature as-is. And should any creators arrive to cart them back, expect them to react just the same as humans would (i.e. much anger, denial, violence, and maybe a speech or two about free will).

Contrast OrganicTechnology, which are machines that happen to be organic in nature. Also see MechanicalMonster and MechanicalEvolution.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* Commercials for Omega wristwatches depict the interior of a watch as an entire mechanical world, complete with clockwork people, animals, vehicles, trees, etc.
* A few car commercials have featured robotic horses or greyhounds racing along as symbolic stand-ins for the cars they're selling.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Mecha in ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' don't just look like giant animals. They also live in the wild and somehow give birth as well. There's a picture book called the ''Zoids Bible'' which shows the zoids originally evolved from a planet seeded with zoid cores, going through eras of evolution uncannily similar to those of life on our own planet; the zoids as we see them on the show are post-domestication. The Backstory is actually a lot more sinister. Natural wild zoid are mostly reasonably sized (sometimes they're large but nowhere as large as their current form). Their giant mechanical body? It's manufactured specifically for war purposes; Wild Zoid are captured and transplanted on those robots as cores....
* The characters from ''Toys/MachineRobo'', which bizarrely has humanoid robots and mech-like robots in the same series.
* The Rune-Gods from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Though they're more like EnergyBeings clad in suits of armor than robots. There's even an episode in season 2 where a pilot of a true HumongousMecha tries to scan one of them and is baffled because he ''can't see any moving parts inside''.
* Tekkamen in their transformed states in ''Space Knight Anime/TekkamanBlade'' seem to be actually made of PoweredArmor. Occasionally, when it's dramatic, they retain scars into their human forms.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': The "Metal Empire" digimon includes cyborgs and guys wearing metal armor; nevertheless, their numbers primarily consist of full on robots, from the gear-like Hagurumon to the HumongousMecha given form, Machinedramon.
** Of course, since they're ''all'' sentient computer data, all Digimon are this regardless of their form.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' really messed around with this trope. First, there's Guy Shishioh, who's a traditional cyborg. The Zonders, Zonderians and 31 Primevals are also worth noting: the Zonders and Zonderians are organic beings that are transformed into some sort of techna-organic lifeform via exposure to Elementary Particle Z-O, which is released by [[GreenRocks Zonder Metal]]. They also have completely transformable bodies, and can assimilate metal, to the point where they can even move ''through'' it. The Primevals are the same. They just happen to [[spoiler: have the ability to assimilate ''anything'', not just humans]]. Then you've got ''Evoluders''...
** Special credit goes to the Zonderian, Penchinon: [[spoiler:it is later revealed that, aside from being a Zonderian, he is actually the A-I system for the J-Ark.]]
* The Neuroi in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' are a mixture of this and Starfish Aliens, as they take forms ranging from rockets and experimental aircraft to humanoid designs, flying manta rays and six-limbed turtles.
* The villains in the new [[{{Manga/Galaxy Express 999}} Galaxy Express]] manga and ''Eternal Fantasy'' are a race of these. (The old ones were mechanized humans.)
* The titular Blue from ''Manga/BlueDrop''. It's entirely mechanical and is (re)made of nanomachine, but it moves and acts like a [[SpaceWhale mechanical whale]].
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': [[EvilTwin Rosiel]] is a [[OrganicTechnology mechanical]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel-thingy]] as the [[PolarOppositeTwins complete opposite]] of his sister, Alexiel. [[spoiler: [[DeusEstMachina YHWH]]]] also counts. [[MindScrew And no, it's never explained how exactly this works.]]
* The titular Super Robots from ''Manga/GetterRobo'' tend to verge on this as the series goes on.
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'', SpiritualSuccessor to ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', has this in regard to its primary antagonists The Alone. Unlike Neuroi though, Alones actually have biological parts.
* ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' and other SD Gundam gag shorts feature chibi robots living alongside humans.
* ''Anime/ShippuIronLeaguer'' is about robots playing sports.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' introduces the Metalmen, a race of aliens from [[AlternateUniverse Universe 6]]. While they heavily resemble robots, it's stated they are in fact living organisms.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The Mirrodin plane that the [[PhysicalGod Planeswalker]] Karn created has plenty of these. Probably because [[RobotBuddy Karn himself]] was one of these before he became a planeswalker.
** Phyrexia was inhabited by mechanical lifeforms, even before Yawgmoth took control of it.
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** Ancient Gears are an entire Archetype of these.
** Most Monster Cards with the ''Machine'' type are either this, or Cyborgs.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''NYC Mech'' features an entire world populated entirely by robots, who look and act exactly like people.
* At least one version of DC's ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' includes Robotica, a planet inhabited by a robot civilization, as well as the Linsnarians, a species of techno-organic people. In the cartoon version, the Coluan race (organic in the comics) is a civilization of humanoid robots not unlike the Linsnarians.
* At least one of them exists in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'''s verse. She has the shape of an attractive human woman and is anatomically correct. One of the Superhomeys sleeps with her, and her nanites turn him into a mecha.
* The ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' has several.
** * The Celestials are technically [[EnergyBeing Energy Beings]], but they need to use HumongousMecha bodies to interact with anything.
** ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': The Thing once befriended a robot named Torgo from the planet Mekka; Mekka's organic population had died out in a disaster long ago, but their robot servants had survived and gone on to build a civilization of their own. Torgo and Ben were both prisoners of the Skrulls at the time, and became friends while trying to escape.
** ComicBook/{{Warlock}}'s people the Technarchs presumably started out getting built by ''somebody,'' but they haven't answered to anybody else in a very, very long time. When organic beings get [[TheVirus infected]] with Technarchy nanotech, the resultant [[{{Cyborg}} "techno-organic"]] beings are called Phalanx.
** ComicBook/{{Quasar}} once fought a being called Skeletron, last survivor of an ancient race of robots called the Tugentine Techenium; he claimed that his race once tyrannized a huge chunk of Marvel space, but the organic races of that era united to destroy them.
** One of [[ComicBook/NextWave Aaron Stack the Machine Man's]] earliest foes was Ten-For, an agent of a race of robotic conquerors called the Autocrons.
** And there's even been a couple crossovers with ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', a franchise revolving around a race of TransformingMecha from the planet Cybertron; see the Toys section for more on that.
* The alien Malev robots in ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter.''
* One specimen appears in one issue of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''. The comic doesn't give an explanation (only theories) about how such lifeforms and subsequent civilizations started... but one about [[AlienInvasion how it ended]].
* An old Creator/ECComics science fiction story involved the army discovering a pair of robots in the wilderness whose builder had died. The robots are friendly, but the furor over their discovery helps fuel simmering tensions into a nuclear war that wipes out humanity. The robots survive and build more of their kind, eventually forming a civilization much like the humans had had. A group of robot soldiers then discovers a man and woman living alone in the wilderness. [[{{Irony}} The furor over their discovery helps fuel simmering tensions that bring the robots to the brink of apocalyptic war...]]
* The Robots from ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' are a TVHeadRobot race which are treated like other life forms. They can reproduce, have a society with kings and queens, and are just as emotional as any other race.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', it's mentioned that there's a world where all organic life went extinct, but sapient robots still survived. Strife, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest, petitioned [[TopGod Fauna Luster]] to consider robotic life to qualify as life and was granted.
* ''FanFic/ABridgeOnceBroken'' answers a resounding "yes!" to the ambiguity of whether the Mechasms are these. [[spoiler: But they're still built, not born.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'': The robots from the computer-animated movie. They've formed their own society, and humans are nowhere to be seen or mentioned.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. Even all the animals in their world are also vehicles: we have farm and construction equipment standing in for cattle, tiny [[StealthPun VW Beetles]] for insects, toy cars for dogs/cats/rodents, remote control aircraft for birds, and model trains for snakes.[[note]]However, things become ''confusing'' when fans start to think about it too hard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAJcaW5oJfA [[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. He can heal himself and he eats metal to live. His "stomach" even starts growling if he goes too long without food. Very impressive considering it seems to be composed more or less entirely out of cogs-and-gears type machinery.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', the sackdolls are mechanical lifeforms imbued with the spirit of their creator. magically.
* A few sequences from various ''[[Animation/TheMindsEye Mind's Eye]]'' videos feature robots and robotic animals, from singing parrots to dinosaurs.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BatteriesNotIncluded'': The little robots can eat scrap metal and use it to build accessories for themselves, or even baby robots.
* Possibly applies in ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', the original one at least, based on Klaatu's statement.
-->"Klaatu":...We created a race of robots, and gave them absolute power over us."
** Klaatu also seems to indicate the Gorts are sentient to a point or at least capable of making decisions, when he says that without him, Gort could destroy the Earth
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': It's hard to tell if the Mondoshawan are MechanicalLifeforms or aliens in PoweredArmor. It's vaguely implied that they are the former.
* As mentioned in the Toys folder, the [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]] are described as "autonomous robotic organisms." The term "Autobot" is apparently an abbreviation of this term.
** The films series plays heavily with the "lifeform" part as they eat, bleed, ''urinate'' and reproduce like any other lifeform despite being mechanical. During a fight, Optimus Prime even spits out a tooth!
** This trope becomes something of a plot point in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon.'' [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime's disdain for humanity partly stems from how the humans (particularly the US Government) view the Cybertronians, especially the Primes, as [[JustAMachine just machines]]. As he is quick to remind Optimus, "On Cybertron we [the Primes] were [[AGodAmI GODS]]!"]]
** Turned on its head in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction.'' [[spoiler:According to Lockdown, the Transformers were built by another race. Like the more antagonistic humans, these builders also view the Transformers as nothing but machines. Machines that they intend to reclaim.]]
* In the French film ''Film/LeGendarmeEtLesExtraTerrestres'' (''The Gendarme and the Extra-Terrestrials''), police sergeant Ludovic Cruchot discovers that aliens have arrived to Saint-Tropez. They turn out to be metallic inside, consume oil, but able to impersonate anyone and have MindOverMatter powers. Additionally, when exposed to water, they quickly rust and die.
* ''Film/EarthToEcho'' features a tiny mechanical alien who has been blinded and needs assistance to get back home.

* Many of Creator/StanislawLem's short story collections explore this notion, notably ''Literature/TheCyberiad'' and ''Mortal Engines''.
** In ''Peace on Earth'' and ''The Invincible'' by Lem self-replicating robots did "evolved away". In ''The Invinsible'', the pinnacle of mechanical evolution is TheSwarm of nano-machines, which is destructive of any other lifeform, organic or mechanical.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's novel ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' has an entire planet, Laoth, covered in artificial robotic life. Trees with solar panel leaves, tiny mechanical insects that eat other tiny mechanical insects, and ''[[MechanicalHorse talking robot horses]]''.
* ''Code Of The Lifemaker'' has a whole robot ecosystem. An autonomous alien mining colony [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]], developing into an elaborate ecosystem on Saturn's moon Titan. There are power-generator trees, mechanical animals up to and including intelligent, civilized forms (humans call them Taloids, they call themselves "robeings"--or a [[TranslationConvention word translated as "robeings"]], since they actually communicate via ultrasound bursts[[note]]You'd think it'd be radio, but the ultrasound was originally designed by the original aliens to serve as a local backup for when radio was impossible; part of Going Horribly Wrong was that the factories couldn't figure out how to make proper radios anymore; the few "robeings" who have vestigial radio capability are treated as prophets, since they receive transmissions but can't make head or tail of them[[/note]]) and factories as "farms" and birthing places, as well as electricity-based food. Being on Titan, there are hydrocarbon seas and an assortment of organic compounds, which the Taloids/robeings use to make tools and vehicles. They also have a form of civilization, with remarkable resemblances to late medieval Europe and particularly late medieval Italy (a [[CrystalDragonJesus Catholic-like church]], feuding city states, a scientist ostracized for suggesting that the world is round, and one state with a ruler famous for supporting the arts and sciences) that has recently undergone a scientific revolution, invented the gun, and is about to get hit with a major religious upheaval on account of FirstContact.
* The Gaijin from Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Literature/ManifoldSpace''. Extra points for being a naturally-evolved species. Characters first wonder who built them, but later travel to their home-planet (named 0-0-0-0) and observe an organism that was probably to the aliens what a chimp is to us--a metal crab.
* Terry Bisson's ''[[http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html They're Made of Meat]]'' is a short story which is entirely dialogue by aliens discussing their latest discovery: The messages they've recently encountered have originated from a planet which they're currently investigating, and it appears to originate from, well, ''meat''. The creatures are made of meat. Not creatures that are ''part'' meat, not creatures that go through a meat ''phase'', but creatures who live their entire (horribly short) lives in a stage of complete and utter meat. What's more, the messages are made by - you know how you can make a sound by hitting one piece of meat against another? They send out whole messages made entirely of meat-flapping sounds. Ghastly. [[spoiler: They're talking about humans.]]
** Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story ''Crusade'' is very similar, but the machines go further in their disgust and decide to wipe out the meat-creatures. Here they're explicitly rather than implicitly machines, and the exception that decides to destroy the rule.
* The ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series has the mobiles, computer wizards (that is, computers which ''are'' wizards) whose bodies are made almost entirely from silicon. There's traces of other elements too, which are apparently necessary for the forming and destruction of chemical bonds which give the mobiles energy.
** ...whose [[IncrediblyLamePun motherboard]], the planet from which they were created, was ''already'' sentient (although [[AndIMustScream completely lacking in sensory apparatus]]) before a certain wizard-on-Ordeal started messing with things. Also, the mobiles in question are [[RuleOfCute unutterably adorable]].
*** Said Wizard on Ordeal also pretty much counts as the entire race's mother/father due to this. [[spoiler:A Power That Be actually pretty much calls her that.]]
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novels, the Culture rates any lifeform, biological or machine, at a given level of intelligence to be a sapient creature, including the Minds that operate ships and colonies and run the Culture itself, Drones (for whom the word "robot" is inadequate) and some spacesuits. And some weapons.
* Creator/GregoryBenford's ''Galactic Center'' novels include "mechs" which are implied to have evolved from self replicating von neumann machines. Left to their own devices after their biological creators destroyed themselves, errors and changes have occured in their templates over the millenia until their original functions were replaced by sentient self-direction. They seem to fear biological life [[spoiler:to the point of genocide.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, the Chee are a race of fully sentient robots who were created by a long-extinct species of sapient dogs, the Pemalites. They hid on Earth after the Pemalites were hunted to extinction and use holograms to pass as humans; The Animorphs consider them sentient, but while whales are sentient enough that [[{{Trickster}} the Drode]] can't kill them, he can destroy the Chee because [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "they're robots"]].
* The {{Precursors}} in Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' went through a stage of this as a part of their self-guided evolution, before going onward into {{energy being}}s.
* Both played straight and then inverted in a novel by German SF author Walter Ernsting (a.k.a. Clark Darlton) in which a human expedition not only makes first contact with an ancient peaceful robot civilization but discovers that [[spoiler:humanity itself]] evolved from an experimental line of organic androids once created by said robots.
* ''Striking Steel'' by Lyubov and Yevgeny Lukin featured replicating "antipersonnel complexes". One side in the interplanetary war deployed them, but with generations [[GoneHorriblyWrong the sum of the tolerable limits]] falls out of the friend-or-foe compatibility. So the whole planet was quickly [[AfterTheEnd stoneaged]] by mini-robot swarms, each [[MacrossMissileMassacre blasting to crumbles]] anything metallic it "see" moving save close relatives, and assimilating metal that doesn't move. Survivors adapted to such circumstances and developed some... quirks. The protagonist got there alive only because his suit and parachute were radar-invisible, after his shuttle's ECM [[StuffBlowingUp was proven not cool enough]].
* The Literature/{{Bolo}} Tanks are treated this way by their author, and they certainly meet the criteria, even if it has lacklustre representation from the characters in the books. One of the major themes is the disconnect between how they are treated in-universe and the fact that from the reader's objective perspective they are clearly the most honorable beings in the setting.
* The unexpected occurrence of this trope is the theme of Phillip K. Dick's short story "The Second Variety".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': In the ''Literature/{{Ravenor}}'' series of books, a hive world (urban planet) is infested with robotic ravens of uncertain origin, known as [[MeaningfulName The Unkindness]], whose role appears to be simply to clean up rubbish from the ecosystem. However, it later transpires that a secret society knows how to control them, using them to kill their enemies and strip their bodies down to skeletons.
* Creator/GeneWolfe's ''[[Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun The Urth of the New Sun]]'' has an interesting variant: Sidero is clearly some kind of mechanical man, but it turns out that his particular type of robot evolved out of [[spoiler:spacesuits with built-in artificial intelligence.]]
* The Inhibitors from ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' [[spoiler:were organic lifeforms that became sentient, self-replicating machines millions of years ago]].
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' (inspired by ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion''), the Meklar are LizardFolk who have replaced most of their organs with mechanical parts, including integrated weapons (plasma cannons and stunners in the chest plates). They are also superb unarmed combatants, given their machine-like reflexes. Their leader is known as the Perfect One, presumably because he replaced as much of his body as he could. A human sect views the Meklar as the most perfect beings in the universe and attempts to cyborgify themselves.
* An interesting case in Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Victory Unintentional", where humans send three highly-durable robots to [[ScienceMarchesOn the surface of Jupiter]] in order to study the Jovians (an advanced race that evolved on the planet), who wish to destroy humanity. After a series of mishaps, during which the aliens note the robots' durability, they sue for peace. The robots realize that they never told the Jovians that they were artificial lifeforms. The Jovians simply assumed that all humans are extremely tough mechanical organisms.
** Early Creator/MarvelComics character Doctor Druid once pulled this scam intentionally. He's a telepath, so he sat inside a gigantic crane with a wrecking ball and communicated telepathically with the alien invaders while slamming the wrecking ball into their ship. Fearing they would face an entire planet of such beings, they retreated.
* ''[[Literature/BillTheGalacticHero Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Robot Slaves]]'' by Creator/HarryHarrison has the titular character end up on a planet locked in a civil war between two factions of mechanical lifeforms. According to one of the leaders, they have naturally evolved on the planet from primordial oil pools, although this doesn't stop them from building new ones.
* According to the poem ''Nothing in Heaven Functions as It Ought'', everyone who goes to {{Hell}} is turned into one of these. [[FateWorseThanDeath It's much less cool then it sounds]], since they're still in Hell.
* In the book ''All Tomorrows'' by Nemo Ramjet, a species of genetically engineered humans known as Ruin Haunters "evolves" itself into robots known as [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Ramjet/07_en.htm Gravital]] as their planet's sun begins to expand. They have no real definite shape and have human-level intelligence, individual personalities and opinions (having evolved from an organic human species). Although explained as not being "evil" they "simply did not acknowledge the life of their organic cousins", and [[OmnicidalManiac began wiping out all life in the galaxy]]. They ruled with an [[IncrediblyLamePun iron]] tentacle for 50 ''million'' years. Eventually they wage war with [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot insect-like human space-gods]] and are defeated. Afterwards, they simply become "normal" citizens of the New Empire but are [[FantasticRacism usually discriminated against]] due to the "sins of their fathers".
* The dolls of ''Literature/TheDollmaker'' are an odd example. They're more golem than robot (although The Knife has clockwork parts), though they are defined as sentient beings with free will.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse claims that the reason the Yuuzhan Vong use exclusively OrganicTechnology and hate inorganic tech is that their home galaxy was once overrun by two warring races of droids called the Silentium and the Abominor. The Vong nearly exterminated them, but there are a small handful of refugees from each race in the Star Wars Galaxy -- the two most prominent being Lando's [[RobotBuddy robot buddy]] [[Literature/TheLandoCalrissianAdventures Vuffi Raa,]] who is a Silentium; and a hulking Abominor named [[WesternAnimation/{{Droids}} the Great Heep]] who once threatened Artoo and Threepio.
* In the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series, one of the realms accessible via hypnogourd is inhabited by metallic life forms called Brassies.
* The Moravecs and Rockvecs from ''Literature/{{Ilium}}'' are an interesting case: at first glance they appear to indeed be fully sentient and mechanical lifeforms, it turns out they also have ''organic'' components as well. However, despite being described as cyborgs several times, they're actually still closer to androids since they aren't augmented humans but grown and built out of a mix of mechanical and BioTech components, and are manufactured and designed for specific roles, while still remaining fully sentient, to the point that a common 'vec custom is to develop an interest in ancient human literature as a "hobby."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the episode "I, Mudd" has an entire planet of androids that created new members as needed (e.g. the extra 500 Stellas).
* The Replicators of ''Series/StargateSG1'' are a big nasty planet-eating HiveMind of MechanicalLifeforms. Also Asurans.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': The Cylons (which stands for [=CYbernetic=] Lifeform Node), especially in the new series where they are going organic. A bit different to some of the other entries as they make the transition from machine to living race within the timeframe of the setting. Interestingly no one on the Battlestar Galactica, no matter how much they hate the crazy toasters, ever seems to question the fact that they are alive and sentient.
** There was a ''lot'' of questioning this early in the series that went on all the way to the second season, with statements like "you have programming, not a soul", or "you can't rape a machine". Only after the occupation of New Caprica the general populace has had enough experience of the Cylons to realize that they are really people, even though machine people mostly considered somewhat unfairly, but for a fairly good reason (almost destroying the human civilization), evil.
** What's more, the Cylons can reproduce biologically. The current generation have only done so once and not amongst themselves - rather producing a HalfHumanHybrid - but [[spoiler:their forebears, the Thirteenth Tribe, reproduced amongst their own people all the time - resulting in a self-sustaining purely Cylon population: Cylon kids, Cylon grannies, Cylon aunts, etc. - until they built their own robots and got almost wiped out.]]
** The Original Series Cylons were LizardFolk who turned themselves into robots. Unlike most who do this, they still act just like any normal race, only they happen to be robots.
*** In the ExpandedUniverse novels, they go on to have a civil war between the all-mechanical Cylons and the partly-organic Cylons. This gets them off the Colonials' backs for a while, but they fear that whichever side wins will be that much stronger when the war ends and they turn their attention back to humanity.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and its western adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have a few of these:
** The Engines in ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' are mechanical lifeforms from a parallel universe. Likewise, their enemies, the Barbaric Machine Clan Gaiark also fit this trope, as they are a race of robotic humanoids without a real origin.
** And the Guardian Beasts in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' are actually ancient gods that for some reason look like HumongousMecha with cockpits and everything. Zyuranger's counterpart, the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', on the other hand, turned the gods into "magical" giant robots with some degree of sentience - how much was never really explored, though they act on their own at times, and one episode had the Sabertooth Tiger Zord showing Trini the way to something needed to break the MonsterOfTheWeek's spell. Just one more area where MMPR kept the line between the tech and magic components of the same powers and equipment vague.)
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' introduces the Machine Empire, which is a race of evil robots wanting to, guess what?...take over the universe.
** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' has the Starbeasts, which are giant animals with elemental powers who inexplicably turn into this trope via an upgrade. Its American counterpart ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' keeps this largely identical.
** The Power Animals/Wild Zords of Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger / ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' are (not entirely) mechanical lifeform ''nature spirits''. Their bodies are formed from the Earth itself. They just look like robots because they use metals for their skins.
** The Bakuryuus of Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger are also like this, and unlike the Guardian Beasts, they are not gods and have a human mindset. In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' this is downplayed, as the Dinozords were an experiment in which dinosaur DNA was combined with machinery. They are not sentient like the original Bakuryuu
** Balance from ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' is from a race of these. In fact, he [[InsistentTerminology insists he's not a robot]]. The term he uses for his race is ''kikai seimeitai'', which literally means "mechanical lifeform".
* The Kaylon in ''Series/TheOrville'' are a race of intelligent machines who see organic life as inferior, to some extent. That said, Isaac rarely acts smug and always states his racial superiority matter-of-factly. He also seems fond of his crewmates and is genuinely interested in organic cultures. In a recent episode, he actually grows fond of Dr. Finn's children despite their unruliness, even reading a bedtime story to them in their mother's voice.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Though the mechanical characters in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' know that they are artificial and even talk about being built by humans, they still fit this definition:
** The engines mention, often to other motorized characters, like cars or helicopters, that they don't want to be anything other than locomotives.
** There are a few sets of 'twin' engines that are canonically referred to as brothers.
** When the issue crops up, the steam-powered and diesel-powered engines appear to be considered two separate races. (Electric locomotives haven't come up yet.) Early stories even had noticeable FantasticRacism between the two, tied closely to the source of a lot of AscendedFridgeHorror. (LongStory.) Perhaps mercifully, this has since been quietly buried.
** The original books also had sentient coaches and freight wagons, and the mind boggles at where Diesel or Electric Multiple Units would fit into all this. [[note]]There's probably fanfic out there somewhere using them as an allegory for MalignedMixedMarriage.[[/note]]
** In short? This franchise gets really, ''really'' weird [[FridgeLogic if you think about it too hard]] and we suggest applying the MST3KMantra for the sake of your mental health.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Machine People in the ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' Phase World setting.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'': The mechalus from Creator/{{TSR}}'s short lived game are an alien race that merged with machines at some point in their history. Essentially, each mechalus is born as a cyborg, pre-implanted with {{Nanotechnology}} from its family line. They were later adapted for the ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' book ''d20 Future'', under the name "aleerin".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s warforged are sentient artificial humanoids who were mass-produced by humans to fight in the Last War. Their bodies are a combination of metal, stone and wood, though feats can upgrade the material to Mithril or Adamantium for better armor. After the war, they must now try to fit into society and find a new purpose to their lives. They do not eat, drink or breath, and are immune to a variety of debilitating effects. They are also immortal and voluntarily suffer from TheFogOfAges to avoid going insane from an overload of memories.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The modrons, clockwork beings from Mechanus, the Plane of Law in the ''Planescape'' setting. It's debatable whether they're actually mechanical, though, since they're basically the spiritual embodiment of Law in the same sense that angels represent Good and demons Evil. Supplanted by the Inevitables for third edition, who are more clearly robotic in nature (visible gears and whatnot).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Androids. Also called "tattooed children of the stars" by Numeria's Kellid tribes, Androids are RidiculouslyHumanRobots, "bleed" [[AlienBlood watery coolant]] and even have souls. There are multiple times that reinforce that Androids are purely synthetic {{Artificial Human}}s, but respond to healing magic and have souls as organic creatures do. They breathe and eat much as humans do, but through artificial organs, and they circulate their healing nanites like blood through their bodies via pale fluids. They are inexhaustible, immune to diseases and resistant to other biological effects, and fortified against mental effects, but also suffer the same maladies and vulnerabilities of constructs and are susceptible to supernatural curses, including [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot lycanthropy]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'' has the symbiotic lifeforms called Techrones. Aside from that, any mechanic equipment can be a vile lifeform in disguise.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' -- Necrons are ''undead'' robots, having turned to such in their [[ImmortalityImmorality quest for immortality]]. And now some of them want to turn ''back'' because they figured immortality isn't so awesome after all. Make of that what you will. [[spoiler:According to ''Devourer'', many Necrons aren't even undead. These 'false' Necrons are A.I copies of long dead Necrontyr.]]
** Imperial Knights and Titans of the Adeptus Mechanicus are a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example compared to the Necrons; while they can express simple emotions, for the most part they are wholly machine but just have a very powerful machine spirit that gives it its semblance of intellect. They also require a specialized human pilot known as a Princep to do anything particularly extravagant.

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' contains the most popular examples of this trope. Most versions of the race's origin even hold that they were created by Primus, either a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien or an actual god depending on who you ask. Starting with ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Transformers even have ''souls'', called [[OurSoulsAreDifferent "sparks"]].
** In the original cartoon, however, the Quintessons (themselves either mechanical or cybernetic) built Cybertron as a factory to produce robot slaves (non-transforming proto-Transformers). The robots rebelled, and kicked the Quintessons off Cybertron. Millions of years later, the Transformers have forgotten all about them, but the Quintessons still want their planet back. This has since been [[RetCon left out]] of almost all the following continuities, mostly in favour of the Primus origin. Notably, the ''Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse'' does feature the Quintessons as part of Cybertronian history, but that rather than building them for slave labour, they were an ''outside'' alien race who merely enslaved the already existing Cybertronian race and then ''lied'' about being their creators before they were rebelled against and kicked off-planet.
** In the comics, their original backstory was that they evolved from naturally occurring gears, levers and pulleys. Uh... yeeeeeah. This was eventually quietly forgotten in favor of the Primus origin, in which the Transformers were to be his trump card against his EvilCounterpart, Unicron.
*** Oddly, this is superficially similar to an origin provided in an obscure text story from a Japanese magazine. Basically, Cybertron was once a space station that developed sentience, absorbed materials from throughout the galaxy, and eventually changed itself into a planet with robot inhabitants.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' goes into depth about their nature, when the Autobots meet the main human cast for the first time, Raf asks "So, if you guys are robots, who made you?" Ratchet is actually insulted by the implication that they were manufactured.
*** A humorous moment in "Masters and Students" has Jack trying to work on a regular motorcycle and Arcee (a Transformer with a motorcycle as her alt mode) is referring to parts as "doohickey." As Jack points out the irony that she doesn't know how a motorcycle works, she asks if he can replicate a small intestine.
*** "Operation Bumblebee" has Starscream flat out state that what they have is more biology than machinery, as when Bumblebee gets his T-Cog [[OrganTheft stolen]] (Transformation Cog) it is stated that it is basically an organ and Ratchet can't just make a replacement from junkyard scrap. This goes further when MECH attempts to use it to build their own transformer, but failing miserably despite everything being mechanically sound. Starscream later clarified that, because it's biology, not just any "fuel" will work with the T-Cog; only Energon will. Given that some parts ''can'' be replaced, though, (Starscream gets a new arm at one point) it's probably akin to human prothetics where things like limbs can get replacements but internal organs are a lot harder to do.
*** Another episode of the original series involved a Decepticon and an Autobot ending up with each others transformation cogs. They had to be precisely adjusted in order to work properly (having only allowed unstable, partial transformation before the adjustments), which conforms to the idea that they function similarly to organs.
*** Things like surface plating appear to be fairly easily replicated and replaced. The "cosmic rust" incident began with Megatron having his chest plating damaged by a high speed projectile and Starscream telling him after they got back to base that a replacement would be fabricated "when they get around to it".
*** They even have ''genetic material'', cybonucleic acid (CNA). No, the name ''doesn't'' make sense, [[BellisariosMaxim lay off]]. The concept of MechanicalLifeforms having a "genetic" method of reproduction; however, ''does''. This has even been done in RealLife with digital creatures.
*** There are, actually, [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Reproduction lots of ways for Transformers to reproduce]]. It varies between continuities.
*** The Beast Wars era came the closest to explaining how the reproduction happens... at least for the body. Certain devices on Cybertron are capable of manufacturing the bodies, which are used to house the sparks (souls) of other Transformers. These protoforms are vaguely featureless humanoid metal shapes that add on features such as transformations and the resulting kibble from scanning and selecting nearby subjects. The body keeps the spark alive and a transformer's spark can be transferred between bodies (sparkless ones are made for such a purpose). The Spark is the crux of the personality, so a seemingly crotchety old transformer could in fact be quite young, but has an old soul (Tigatron being a perfect example). These bodies are produced by machines on Cybertron but it seems none of the transformers even know how the Sparks come to exist in the first place.
* Like the Transformers, Marvel's ''Starriors'' miniseries by Louise Simonson was [[MerchandiseDriven based on a line of toys]] and is not part of the main Marvel Universe, but it's very well done. When solar flares threaten the Earth, the surviving humans decide to go into [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] until the catastrophe passes, leaving robots called Starriors to protect the world and nurse it back to habitability. Unfortunately, the sleeping humans' alarm clock never goes off, and the Starriors gradually forget about them, except as vague legends, and continue leading their own lives. The conflict of the story arises when clues are discovered to the sleeping humans' location, and the Starriors go to war over whether or not it's a good idea to wake them. In the end, [[spoiler: the heroes wake the humans, who are both grateful and amazed at how fully sentient the robots have become, and the two races agree to share the world equally.]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' features biomechanical beings of a variety of different races [[spoiler: living inside the body of Mata Nui, who in turn is a living HumongousMecha around the size of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Chouginga Gurren Lagann]]]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Robots in ''VideoGame/SimEarth'', which can be obtained by nuking a nanotech city.
* An interesting example is the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' universe. What started as ordinary robots in the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic original]] series were replaced by the ridiculously human Reploids in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series. After many events and a brush with TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, they finally received equal standing with humans in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', where they started blurring the lines between the two races. A few millennia later, by the time ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' rolled in, both humans and sapient robots had pretty much become one species sometime around the extinction of traditional humans in the ''Legends'' backstory.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' also include the Reaverbots, which are techno-organic creatures. Even in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', they were labelled as unknown life forms and distinct from normal robots.
** The series also demonstrates some very odd background art. In ''X'', for example, humanity has seen fit to construct robotic woodpeckers that pluck robotic worms from robotic trees on robotic cliffs. [[RuleOfCool Yeah.]]
* The race of the titular character from VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} is usually this (his race changed between robot, alien, and humanoid with a helmet in his earlier games). More recent games seem to have settled on his race being a race of Robotic Lifeforms.
* The dragons of the ''Franchise/WildArms'' series are a race of living TransformingMecha. The demons, which have bodies made of metal, blood made of mercury, and astral forms made of electric signals, also count.
* The Mmrnmhrm race of ''VideoGame/StarControl''. Except they can't reproduce without the Mother-Ark, which has apparently not made any more after the initial batch (which was in the millions).
* Many [[ExtraOreDinary Steel-type]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' belong to this trope. (Magnemite and evo's, for example)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', this is mixed with ScienceIsBad in that [[spoiler:Yami, the God of Darkness is the source of all technology and as such appears as a giant mechanical orb.]] This also applies to Lechku and Nechku, demonic Owls whose outer body take the form of {{Clockwork Creature}}, and several other demons.
* The Asuras in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga: Avatar Tuner''.
** Other examples in the series include the most powerful [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], such as Metatron, Sandalphon, Melchizedek and Ophanim, and the Innocents from IMAGINE.
* The bosses in the ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' series of side-scrolling shooters appear to be enormous spaceships in the shape of fish (or occasionally other aquatic life). According to the official backstory, however, these "huge battleships" are actually themselves alive.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/BIOMETAL}} BioMetal]]'': The titular antagonists of the SNES ShootEmUp are these. Not surprising, [[MeaningfulName what with the name]].
* An odd borderline example presents itself in the S'pht race of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', which are apparently non-sentient creatures bonded with a special BlackBox upon birth which grants them sentience (courtesy of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens legendary Jjaro]]). They think absolutely nothing of it until the first time they examine a normal sentient lifeform, they are completely flabbergasted and horrified by the very idea that their "birthing operation" may be what grants them sentience.
* In the ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' series of games, the Yor were originally created by the Iconians as servants but revolted against them, nearly wiping them out and forcing them from their homeworld.
* The Meklar from the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series probably count. Although they originally started out as cyborgs, the Meklar race gradually became more and more robotlike to the point that it ultimately split in two in the third installment. Those who ultimately became purely mechanical kept the Meklar name, while their still partially-organic counterparts became the Cynoids.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The [[SapientShip Rea]][[EldritchAbomination pers]], who get testy if you ask who "built" them. ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' reveals that [[spoiler: they're at least partially organic. They reproduce by rounding up thousands of people, liquefying them, and pumping the genetic paste into a shell]].
-->'''Sovereign:''' Organic life is nothing more than a genetic mutation, an accident.
* While ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' leaves their exact origins a mystery, this, and their incredibly violent tendencies, are the two biggest traits about The Grox.
** Spore also has the infamous "Bot Parts Pack", officially available as a US only promotion with soft drink Dr. Pepper (of all things), these versions were limited to people who visited 7/11 stores in 2010 to obtain the codes; it has never been officially released by EA/Maxis since. As the name suggests, it comes with 14 robotic parts to make as many mechanical lifeforms as your heart desires.
*** However, you can download the pack via third party websites, although you may have to fiddle about with it a bit to ensure that it's stable, it functions the exact same as an official version.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' the Mechagnomes are fully sapient [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gnomelike mechanical lifeforms]] native to Northrend. It also turns out that [[spoiler:the regular, fleshy gnomes were actually devolved from the mechagnomes by [[EldritchAbomination Yogg-Saron]]'s Curse of Flesh.]]
** Most of the Titan (who were themselves made out of metal) constructs fall into this category, including the Earthens (who would become the Dwarves as a result of the Curse of Flesh) and the Vrykul (who would also become flesh because of th Curse and are the ancestors to the humans).
*** Barring the Mechagnomes, most of the Titan creations appear to have started as living or magically animated sculptures rather than machines. Some of the apparently uncursed giants can actually be mined like mineral nodes as opposed to dropping parts.
* Smithy and the Smithy Gang in general in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' are this, living evil weapons in particular...
* Three planets in ''VideoGame/{{Meteos}}'' are inhabited by mechanical life forms (or at least deemed as such): Machines on the planet Grannest/Smogor, [[WesternAnimation/WallE built to serve the original inhabitants who have left without them]]; the robots on Mekks, who are fully sentient and run a [[AsteroidMiners space mine]]; and the electrical beings on Wiral/Neuralis, who tend to the surface while the actual population lives inside their world. Some of the Wiralons/Neuralisians are made of electricity and can also be considered as EnergyBeings.
* Platformer ''B.O.B.'' is a story of an adolescent robot driving his robotic parent's car to pickup his robotic girlfriend, complete with "where were you" remarks.
* Flash game ''Alchemia'' involved life forms created by an elixir of life. This results in a mechanical life form that became a ghost when it crashes and need to inhibit a new metal body.
* The Minirobots from ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'', who are created by the artificial planet they live on.
* The Xenon of the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series began life as artificially intelligent terraforming drones created by Earth. [[AIIsACrapshoot A faulty software update made them go rogue]] and eventually they became fully sapient and "the greatest threat to biological life that ever existed throughout the whole universe." They have their own shipyards to build more of themselves. Predating them by roughly 500 million years are the Sohnen, a robot species used by the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]] as an intermediary to the young races.
* The Mechon from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' are a race of {{Mechanical Monster}}s originating from Mechonis that have been in a long conflict against the [[HumanAliens Homs]] of Bionis. [[spoiler:They are also NOT lifeforms, much to the surprise of the protagonists. The real mechanical lifeforms are the Machina, the true humanoid inhabitants of Mechonis. The Mechon are just the creation of one of them. The Machina still play this trope straight however as they have metal skin, don't seem to consume anything but water and can live indefinitely]].
* Basically everyone in ''VideoGame/{{Primordia}}'' is a robot of one sort or another, what with humans having gone extinct.
* The Armada from ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}'' consist of clockwork soldiers that were built to help Valencia win the Polarian War. They were highly successful but have since taken over Valencia and have been threatening to take over the entire Spiral. They to not tire, they do not give up, they do not die![[note]]But they break if you hit them hard enough.[[/note]]
* The Exo in ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' were created during the Golden Age for an unknown purpose, which some theorize to be for war, while others as [[{{Transhuman}} a desire to live forever]]. The resulting beings were machines with [[BrainUploading human minds uploaded into them]], and have all the other features of humans, such as [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot emotions like love, fear, shame, and anger]], as well as [[EatingMachine the ability to process food and drink]]. They're now counted as a separate species who fight alongside the rest of humanity.
** An interesting twist on this comes in the form of the Vex. The Vex are an outwardly mechanical species of HiveMind robots who traverse space and time, build strange machines from entire planets, and [[RobotReligion worship]] [[EldritchAbomination the powers of the Darkness]]. Their designs and structures are all disturbingly organic in nature, with their "home" the [[GardenOfEvil Black Garden]] being a vast cavern of verdant green grass and red flowers. Deeper analysis shows that the Vex themselves are a form of liquid radiolaria - a single-celled lifeform - that works as a single massive, ocean-sized organic brain within each of the Vex structures, and that all of the Vex machines are soldified versions of this same radiolaria. Essentially the Vex ''turn themselves'' into MechanicalLifeforms to build their vast machines and constructs, then install an organic "mind fluid" of living Vex into these machines to control them.
* ''VideoGame/StarbaseOrion'' has the Cybans (or Cyban, the game is a bit ambiguous on the plural form). According to their [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]], they started with one unit becoming self-aware on a derelict spaceship. Despite their electronic memory, they have no idea who built the first unit (or the ship). That unit built more like itself until the ship crash-landed on a surprisingly-habitable planet. The Cybans "upgraded" themselves to be powered by consuming bio-fuels (justifying them using farmers) and formed the Community of Cybans. After achieving spaceflight, they met organic races, who viewed them with disgust and attacked. The peaceful machines were forced to learn warfare and adapted their forms to be more like the organics (i.e. bipeds). In-game, the Cybans are the best researchers and engineers (lore: thanks to Cla-TK-7-7A) with a rich homeworld (lore: thanks to Magistrate Xalon). WordOfGod is their ships were inspired by both [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg]] and [[Franchise/BattlestarGalactica Cylon]] aesthetics, and each larger class appears to build on the previous smaller ones with logical additions.
* The main ability of Faust, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/MoonDiver'', is to create life out of inorganic matter, which leads to the game's {{Mook}} armies consisting of, among other things, giant lion-like beasts made of scrap metal and burnt tires becoming living pests.
* The Engi of ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' are something like this, though their backstory isn't really discussed in depth.
* Though one can argue whether they are truley life forms, for the most part the Glitch of ''VideoGame/StarBound'' fit this.
** Starbound also features a fruit known as an "Automato" which is a tomato made of metal, and bares a resemblence to the Glitch.
* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': Droids are as "alive" as anyone, in everything except automatic reproductive capability, which they don't have. They describe themselves as being alive regularly.
* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'': The robots are divided into two warring factions; the human-worshiping Androids and the alien-constructed Machines. What at first looks like a proxy war to determine which organic species will enslave the planet quickly unfolds into a bitter story of [[BecomeARealBoy an arms race to attain humanity by any means necessary]].
* The ''Steamworld'' series is populated with mechanical lifeforms, as of ''VideoGame/SteamWorldHeist'', there are three main types: The [[SteamPunk steambots]], which the series is named after, [[DieselPunk dieselbots]], and the vectron, traditional electricity powered robots.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Machine Men from ''Webcomic/RiceBoy'' actually grow as they age. One of them nearly dies from ''poisoning''.
** Some of the backstory provided in "Order of Tales" indicates that they even evolved from a more primitive rock-based form to their metallic, mechanical appearance in the present-day of the setting.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has quite a few examples. One of them is Jade's dreambot, which acts as a surrogate body when she's asleep. Another is [[spoiler: Liv Tyler the Rabbit, who is at least semi-sentient]]. Aradia's soul remains inside a robotic body for much of the Hivebent Arc. In addition, Dirk's Autoresponder is a computerized copy of his brain that lives inside of a pair of glasses.
* The [=TicTocs=] of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' aren't revealed to be robots until one of them gets autopsied. [[spoiler:It then takes root in the ground and starts growing.]] Did we mention that, aside from making their distinctive tic-toc noise, they look like ''birds''?
** The precursors to the Court's modern robots are part this and part golem as well. Kat does what is effectively ''heart surgery'' on one.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': The inflatable Dig Bots. They're self-replicating, have their own nightclubs, malls, religion, and fast food restaurants. They've even got a movie theatre where they play an edited version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' that [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20100203 is much more sympathetic to their balloon brethren]].
* ''Webcomic/OnlyHuman'' has humanity replaced with robots and humans who converted to robots. Humanity is thought to be extinct [[spoiler: until little girl named Ely is found.]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has several of them; Schlock and his fellow "Carbosillicate Amorphs" evolved from [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-12-16 "self-repairing distributed storage systems for (Bradicor) supercomputers"]], and the Esspererin are apparently [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2016-05-16 "somebody's iterative mechanical replication experiment."]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The series of daylogs on ''Website/{{Everything2}}'' following Moloch36 and his days in shaft thirteen, level ninety-nine. First can be found [[http://everything2.com/title/October+14%252C+2003#moloch36 here]].
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' features many "Mechanosystems" both Terragen and Xenosophont in origin. Including one named Stanislaw. The intelligent machines generally prefer to be called "vecs" (the term derives from AI researcher Hans Morovec), though, as "robot" implies non-sapience.
* The artist Extvia on deviantart has this in his SYNC series, with nanotech-based anthros.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/AnimalMechanicals'' world is entirely populated by these, including the titular Animals, all designed to look like kid's building blocks.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Professor Farnsworth unwittingly creates some. The life-forms evolve so fast that, within a few days, they put him on trial for promoting creationism.
** Robots in general are not treated much differently than other people. They're even capable of sexual reproduction.
* Every member of the Galvanic Mechamorph species of ''[[Franchise/{{Ben10}} Ben 10]]'' counts, them being black and green creatures made of liquid metal that can [[{{Technopath}} control and "upgrade" machines]]. In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' their origins are revealed: [[spoiler:They were accidentally created by Azumth in an effort to {{Terraform}} Galvan B]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyPlanets'', the inhabitants of the Planet of Technology are robotic versions of the inhabitants of the other planets.
* As previously mentioned, all versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' are about this. More notably though, ''other'' alien species of robots would frequently appear, often without any explicit Cybertronian origins.
** It may be a safe bet that all robots who can ''transform,'' like the Junkions, have some connection to the Transformers or at least to their creators the Quintessons, but it's never stated outright.
** It isn't clear if the Quintessons are this trope or [[{{Cyborg}} cyborgs.]] The fact that they make a "squish" noise when they get smacked around would seem to indicate the latter.
** The episode "Quest For Survival" featurs the Morphobots, a species of alien "mechanical plants" who naturally feed on "robotic insects." After allowing them to chow down on the episode's rampaging swarm of Insecticon clones, the Autobots then get rid of them by loading them into a rocketship and sending them to "a planet of robotic insects."
** The big winged {{Kaiju}} from "The Secret of Omega Supreme" would seem perfectly biological from the script (it hatches out of an egg and is hungry, after all), but its visual design looks mechanical. Perhaps it's just some kind of exoskeleton.
** The poor Lithonian robots from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' certainly count (their planet gets eaten by Unicron). Supposedly, early drafts of the script had them as SiliconBasedLife instead, hence their planet's name "Lithone" (the Greek prefix ''lith-'' means stone).
** In fact it's actually implied in some parts that Mechanical life is the standard in the universe. Organics like humans are relatively rare and unusual, although other organic aliens do appear as well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders,'' Tekla comes from Planet Tech. If she is typical, all the planet's inhabitants are made of a sort of living circuitry. Unfortunately, like the Lithonians mentioned above, Planet Tech is eaten by the Beast Planet, leaving her the [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind.]]
** For that matter, the [[PlanetEater Beast Planet]] and its drones probably count as well.
* The Cluster, the {{Big Bad}}s of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', who combine the trope with InsectoidAliens.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has the Mechasms, who may or may not be this trope. But they certainly look like they are.
* Robots capable of manufacturing all of their own parts have been built. However they can not assemble their "child" and still need human help to "reproduce". If this issue is resolved it could technically be considered an organism, if not a conventional one, as the only consistent definition for life seems to be something to reproduces without aid. For those concerned about a robot uprising, these are very simple machines and need to be "fed" the materials they need to reproduce by hand and can't do anything ''but'' make more of themselves.