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->"''Being a robot's great, but we don't have emotions [[HypocriticalHumor and sometimes that makes me very sad.]]''"
-->-- '''Bender''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[WhatIf Anthology of Interest II]]

Robots in television -- particularly comedic television -- are usually human-like in ways that very few sane programmers would deem useful. It can be something as simple as being philosophical (wanting to understand human emotion, wondering if they [[OurSoulsAreDifferent have a soul]], etc.), but can extend to such things as robot social cliques, robot food, robot entertainment, robot religion, and even robot sex. It doesn't matter if it makes no sense in the context of a mechanical servant, or even if it's truly undesirable, the designers have [[PersonalityChip put it in there]] for [[MadScientist some twisted reason]]. This will often take the form of having a robot that looks ''exactly'' like a human.

The degree to which this is actually "ridiculous" varies depending on the setting. In some cases they get a free pass -- it may be that an intelligence, artificial or not, ''needs'' to be vaguely human-like in its basic outlines, with emotions, interests, motivations, et cetera simply to be functional for certain tasks, such as those requiring a great deal of long-term autonomy. On the other hand, perhaps humans prefer {{Sexbot}}s [[PersonalityChip not to behave like automated teller machines]]. Or it may be, if human intelligence itself is merely an evolved set of functions held together in an evolved psychological architecture, that any society with sufficiently ubiquitous and flexible automation [[MechanicalEvolution will necessarily have the means to produce something human-like]]. Whatever serves the needs of the well-reasoned plot or setting. In these cases, RidiculouslyHumanRobots make sense. Also, a few illogical design choices are a small price to pay for keeping robotic characters out of the UncannyValley. However, it's rare that a series explicitly spells this out, and often, these [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence human-like]] {{A|rtificialIntelligence}}Is are put right up next to similar, yet [[TheStoic emotionless equivalents]] that function perfectly.

A corollary to this is that robots are comfortable in their own oddball version of society, and consider human conventions bizarre and silly. You'd think they would be programmed to be familiar with human behavior, and find it perfectly normal. Robots from places without humans, who are exempt from this complaint, curiously tend to adapt to human customs faster.

{{Tin Can Robot}}s cannot by definition have a Ridiculously Human Appearance like some examples, but may fit on the "Ridiculously Human Personality" part of the equation.

For an alternative, see PickYourHumanHalf. Interestingly, there will usually be at least one character (or society in general) who insists it's "JustAMachine".

See also InstantAIJustAddWater, SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids, and RobotGirl. Compare and contrast with ArtificialHuman, RobotMe, or MechanicalLifeforms. The more human-like ones are sometimes an EatingMachine and may indulge in RoboRomance. May become subject to a RoboticReveal if the robot looks ridiculously human enough to pass as one. Expect the reveal to have some {{squick}} if it's done via means like an UnusualUserInterface. Contrast DeceptivelyHumanRobots, for when the apparent humanity is only skin deep. Also contrast MechanicalMonster, where it is completely inhuman in both psychology and appearance. The inverse on nearly every level of CyberneticsWillEatYourSoul. Contrast ForgotHeWasARobot and StarfishRobots.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Anime and Manga}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Comic Books}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Film}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Literature}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/LiveActionTV
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Video Games}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Web Comics}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Web Original}}
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots/{{Western Animation}}



* From ''Manhwa/MetalHeart'' Sia and the other EA units. They think they are the characters from the game and don't even know that they themselves are robots.
* Chevrolet from ''3 Level Combination''.

* Janelle Monae's Metropolis is based around an android named Cindi Mayweather who falls in love with a human.
* KILROY of Music/TheProtomen is so human-like you'd swear he was wearing a mask.
** [[Music/{{Styx}} Wait...]]
* Music/DoctorSteel's robot band. Which malfunction on his Propaganda DVD, but finally work in his video for "Childhood Don't A-Go-Go". [[spoiler:At least in miniature...]]
* ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' is a series of computer programs meant to imitate human voices, and the general consensus is that in-universe they qualify as these.
* Jimmy The Robot of Music/TheAquabats He can express emotions, like love and snarkiness, and is a talented keyboardist.
* The bots of SteamPoweredGiraffe have distinct personalities, and are shaped and sound very much like humans. The latter point is justified, since the "bots" are played by humans in heavy makeup.
* Mentioned in the ''Music/{{Monstercat}}'' Song "Toothless Hawkins and his Robot Jazz Band"

[[folder:New Media]]
* All Music/{{Vocaloid}}s are such excellent examples of this, and it doesn't help that their personality varies with their song writers.
* Utauloids can go even farther with this, not just with design and personality, but with voice quality, since the Utau program uses recorded-voice wav files. And thanks to VCV[[note]]Vowel + Consonant + Vowel. Normal voicebanks are CV for Consonant + Vowel, which coincides with the way Japanese syllables work (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko, etc, one wav file for all instances in all songs). VCV records 6 different versions of all syllables, one for each leading vowel sound (a ka, e ka, i ka, u ka, o ka, n ka). People using the Utauloid use Utau to fade the syllables together using default options.[[/note]] voicebanks, a song by an Utauloid can sometimes sound ''completely indistinguishable from a human singer''. Notably on this issue, Teto's voicebank has been known for sounding genuinely robotic, yet she also has a VCV voicebank which some people prefer.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Warforged in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons's TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting apply, though they're half-robot-half-golem... thingies. They were originally created to be warriors, and unexpectedly developed the capacity for emotion and self-awareness.
* [[TabletopGame/NewHorizon Wave Form Androids,]] more commonly known as Wafans. Oddly, the rulebook explicitly states that they're people, not robots... [[HypocriticalHumor before then going on to explain the artificial objects that form the core of their intellectual abilities.]]
** Granted, they're apparently "not made in factories." Whatever that means.
* Unfleshed in ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' are machines given sentience and will by the Divine Fire, Azoth. As Azoth is born from human will and desire, no matter the form of the machine, it is sculpted into a human form when the Azoth takes hold. Among the sample Unfleshed is a mass of nanotechnology (which calls itself "Legion") and a gun-carrier SUV, both of which were reshaped into human simulacrums on being brought to life.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.projectaiko.com/ Project Aiko]]. [[UncannyValley *shudder*]]
* [[http://news.cnet.com/japans-latest-supermodel-a-robot/ Japan's supermodel robot.]] [[UncannyValley It's so realistic it's]] [[UpToEleven even more creepy than Aiko.]]
* While [[http://gizmodo.com/5145287/cloaca-no5-is-a-monster-pooping-machine this contraption]] may not look human at all, it does something you certainly didn't expect any machine to be capable of. [[note]]For those who haven't read the article, it's an elaborate robotic version of the human digestive system which [[{{squick}} is even capable of producing its own feces]].[[/note]]
* [[http://www.gizmag.com/us-navy-octavia-robot/15442/ Octavia]] is a Navy project to make a robot with accurate facial expressions. Its planned use is for rescue robots, which will be able to use this ability to communicate faster and more accurately with frightened humans.
* A certain philosophical [[http://www.asimovlaws.com/articles/archives/2004/07/why_we_need_fri_1.html current]] on The Singularity states that any AI, potentially capable of self-improvement, that wasn't also ridiculously human (or even better, super-humane) in terms of morality and empathy would be a lot more dangerous than the whole stock of nuclear weapons on planet Earth. It makes sense... it's the difference between [[Film/{{Terminator}} SkyNet]] and the [[Literature/TheCulture Minds]].
* Robotics Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro [[http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/humanoids/hiroshi-ishiguro-the-man-who-made-a-copy-of-himself made an eerily realistic robot of himself]] that he can control remotely, using a camera to match the robot's facial expressions to his own.