Data. You are fully functional aren't you? Data:
Of course, but... Tasha:
How fully? Data:
In every way, of course. I am programmed in multiple techniques. A broad variety of pleasuring. Tasha:
Oh, you jewel! That's exactly what I hoped.
Any sentient machine, whether robot, computer, or something else, having romantic or sexual relations with an organic lifeform. The Mechanical Lifeforms
version of Interspecies Romance
Writers will often find a way to state that the robot is anatomically correct, in order to facilitate such interations.
Such a plot often involves a Robot Girl
of course, and even a Robotic Spouse
A Super Trope
to Sex Bot
(a sentient machine specifically built for sex).
Compare Robo Ship
, Kiss Me, I'm Virtual
, Interspecies Romance
, Extreme Omnisexual
, Robo Romance
(when both partners are sentient machines).
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- In a commercial for Citi Bank identity theft protection, a woman is shown speaking in the voice of a guy who stole her identity talking about all the great stuff he's going to do with the money, including "...and fifteen thousand dollars to complete my robot. My girl robot."
Anime and Manga
- The premise of the ero-manga Petit Roid 3.
- In Chobits, humans can have sex with robots. This is an important plot point because getting it on with Chii would erase her memory. In the manga, at least. This plot point does seem to be virtually absent from the anime: Dragonfly did touch Chi there when he activated her after he abducted her, and when Chii (or was it Freya?) awoke, she didn't lose her memory at all (except of this particular specific event itself), she just went homicidally berzerk, stating that only her Special Someone could touch her, but since Dragonfly wasn't that person, he never should have even tried. She then proceeded to tie up and beat him with cables he had attached to her earlier that she was somehow moving telepathically now, and she would most likely have killed him if Hideki hadn't arrived in time.
- Hideki's teacher suffered a gradual marriage erosion due to her husband slowly but surely becoming more and more smitten with his flashy, attractive persocom, and forgetting that his real wife even exists.
- Chachamaru of Mahou Sensei Negima! is certainly capable of love, and it is heavily implied that she can experience sexual pleasure, though in an unorthodox manner. It still involves screwing though.
- Armitage III had multiple people in relationships with the Thirds. Armitage was the only third whose human spouse knew what she was.
- Deunan in Appleseed isn't particularly bothered that her man Briareos has a robot-body. But then, Masamune Shirow's robots and cyborgs usually seem to be human enough anyway.
- Da Capo: Miharu has a robotic double. This is a little squicky considering her father built it. Apparently, it's necessary to not only give robots the ability to have sex, but to also give them a hymen and the ability to feel the loss of virginity. What the hell.
- Da Capo II (which has another robot, Minatsu) justifies this by saying that the original scientists involved didn't want to just create laborers, second class citizens or anything, but rather build robots who could interact with humans as equals and do everything they could as well.
- Makoto and Ifurita in the OAV version of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World. While Ifurita does seem biological "enough", it will probably help that Makoto has the inherent skill to psychically meld with any El Hazard technology.
- In the anime series Kikaider, the lead heroine seems to fall in love with the android Jiro. How physical their relationship went is rather ambiguous thanks to a vaguely erotic looking semi-offscreen repair sequence.
- In Osamu Tezuka's movie Hi No Tori 2772 (also known as Space Firebird), one of the major plot lines is the relationship between Godah and Olga. They do eventually find themselves together, happily embraced - except Olga may not just be Olga. And in the very ending, she is reborn as human, and as his MOTHER.
- Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix: Resurrection - one of the main plot lines.
- Shunted aside by The Big O, as Roger Smith/R. Dorothy is hinted at, but never develops.
- There were a few others as well.
- This was presented as a significant social problem in the world of Eve No Jikan. The issue was most explicitly explored with Koji, whose mistress was unhealthily obsessed with him, and Rina, who was illegally modified to be capable of sex. Amusingly enough, Koji and Rina end up in a relationship, each believing the other is human.
- Robots in Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou — including the leading character — are definitely capable of relationships, but then, their difference from actual people is rather cosmetic.
- Nene in Seitokai Yakuindomo sses her membership in the Robot Research Club as an excuse to create various vibrators that she sticks in for 24/7. She has also expressed the desire to eventually build a sexbot of some sort.
- Manga adaptations of Doraemon's sub-series, The Doraemons, usually feature human Girl of the Week being paired with one of the titular robots, usually in a case of Star-Crossed Lovers.
- Outlaw Star: Jean steadily becomes attracted to Melfina, despite knowing she's an advanced bio-android. Which culminates with them becoming an Official Couple while in the subspace of the Galactic Leyline and is sealed by a Big Damn Kiss.
- Steel Angel Kurumi has a variant where it's the robot who wants to take things to the next level. The human half of the equation may have (accidentally) awakened Kurumi with a kiss, but he isn't especially interested in having a robot girlfriend. She's definitely interested in him "that way", though.
- The Fallout 3 fan fiction Trouble details the incredibly complex and bizarre relationship between Butch Deloria, a leather jacket toting greaser barber, and Harkness, the chief of security in Rivet City who is secretly an android.
- The Steve/Tony Avengers fanfiction Artificial heart averts this trope. Steve (and presumably others) assume that Iron Man is actually a robot he falls in love with him anyway.
- There are numerous fanfics focused on Tony Stark's relationship with his AI, JARVIS—sometimes it's them having high-tech, gadget-y sex, sometimes it's emotional/mental closeness that puts them on the level of soulmates (surpassing, for Tony, all human companionship), sometimes it's both.
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Films — Live-Action
- In Bicentennial Man, Andrew Martin falls in love with Portia. His urging to become legally recognized as a human being is brought on by his desire to have his marriage to her recognized.
- Flubber: Robin Williams was on the other side of such a relationship in with his floating female robot having an unrequited crush on him. This was mostly just Played for Laughs.
- Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, although they are Organic Technology in the movie.
- At the end of Screamers (1995) the protagonist Hendricksson realizes that Jessica is also a Killer Robot when an identical Jessica shows up. Earlier he'd tested Jessica by cutting her hand and the copy appears to know this, taunting Hendricksson by saying: "We can bleed, we can cry, we can fuck."
- Westworld. The protagonists have sex with some android hookers. A scene written for the script by Michael Crichton (but not in the film) had a company representative demonstrating the next generation of android servants for the home — at one stage he shows off a male android's implied larger 'equipment'.
- The protagonist falls in love with the titular Cherry 2000, and when she breaks he goes off on an adventure to replace her body. But in the end he decides to throw her away after repairing her and hook up with the movie's Action Girl.
- A.I.: Artificial Intelligence involves a gigalo-bot who accompanies David on his adventure.
- Kay-Em 14 and her creator Tsunaron are in such relationship in Jason X.
- In Serenity, Mr Universe is married (for all we know, this might be legally binding) to a "Pleasurebot".
- In the Korean film I Am A Cyborg, And That's Okay, the main character lives in an asylum and thinks she is a robot, and has many hallucinations. Over the course of the movie another patient tries to romance her while playing along with her delusions.
- The Mind Screw Twist Ending of Computer Chess.
- Her is a Oscar winning film about a man having a romance with an artificial intelligence in a Twenty Minutes into the Future society that accepts enough to have paid services such as actors who perform the physical acts the intelligence directs.
- The book Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships investigates Real Life examples of this trope.
- The Robots of Dawn: This is a plot point in the classic Isaac Asimov novel, for a number of reasons. 1) The robot in question is one of only two humanoid robots ever created, who look just alike. 2) The other such robot is Detective Elijah Baley's partner in the investigation of a murder. 3) No one on the world of Aurora finds anything odd about the relationship, despite its uniqueness; Aurora is such a sexually open society one character blames her father for ruining her life because he wouldn't sleep with her.
- This is also brought up in one of the short stories concerning Susan Calvin, where she is trying to figure out what happened with a robot that seduced its owner's wife (apparently it was trying to do something about the wife's self-worth issues, in accordance with the First Law's edict to not permit humans to come to harm through inaction). Of course, the problem in the long run was that while robots can't fall in love - women do.
- Silver Metal Lover: It's a major plot point, because it's the reason used to destroy the eponymous robot - if he were functioning properly, the protagonist wouldn't want to have sex with him. Or so the Bureaucracy's reasoning goes. In actuality, they destroy him because he's acquired a soul and it terrifies them that he's acting more human than the humans themselves.
- Planetary Trilogy: This is one of the two horrifying perversions attributed to inhabitants of the Moon in C. S. Lewis's series. The other horrifying perversion? Birth control.
- George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards feature Modular Man, a Ridiculously Human Robot built by a hyperinventive Ace scientist, and considered an actual Ace by others. Modular Man is shaped like a male supermodel, fully functional in regards of this trope, and pretty popular with the ladies. His creator then uses the memory cache for porn, to Mod' Man's grief.
- Played with in The Alchemy of Stone: The clockwork Robot Girl protagonist, Mattie, is not physically capable of having sex, but certain aspects of her mechanism that have no direct connection to sex eventually take on symbolically sexual meanings for her. Eventually some of this peculiar sexuality is made quite explicit in her interactions with other characters.
- Charles Stross deconstructs this with his protagonist in Saturn's Children. She's a robot built for ultimate human sexual pleasure in an universe where humans no longer exist.
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: A major theme in the novel. This is taken to the logical conclusion when Pris reveals that the Andies have seduced bounty hunters into sex so as to take them out of commission. The Andies have discovered that sex is such a powerful conduit for empathy, that hunters will often choose to retire over having to kill any more Andies. Phil Resch foreshadows the reveal when he suggests Decker should rape an Andie and destroy it, so that he would get over any lingering sympathy he might feel for them. And later, Pris talks about the one hunter that this didn't work on. It's easy to infer who she's taking about.
- There's a picture book called Robomop and at the end of the book, the Robomop is shown romancing a vacuum cleaner.
- In Robert Sheckley's short story "Can You Feel Anything When I Do This?", a woman is seduced by a sentient robotic vacuum cleaner.
- In Fritz Leiber's Silver Eggheads, sentient robots can have sex—not with humans, but with one another (it includes connecting wires), and have their own complex sexual culture, complete with romance novels and fanservice. There're sexbots specifically designed to have sex with humans, but the necessary machinery doesn't leave enough space and resources for the usual robotic innards, and so these sexbots aren't really sentient.
- The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Data and Tasha Yar have sex, although they were Kissing Under the Influence at the time. This has given Data a bit of a reputation as a Memetic Sex God, the results of which include the song The Positronic Pimp by Nerdcore rappers Futuristic Sex Robotz and ''The Sexy Data Tango by Voltaire. Not sure if the Borg queen counts, since she's a cyborg.
- Cylons in the new Battlestar Galactica. Although they are more like organic robots. Organic sexy robots.
- The Angel episode "Lineage":
Fred: [about the cyborg] This thing really blurs the line between human and robot.
Aha. So you're not ruling out that a human being could have boffed a robot. [Everyone stares at him
] Sex with robots is more common than most people think.
- This joke makes more sense if you realize Spike had previously demanded Warren build him a robot version of Buffy for the sole purpose of "boffing".
- After the Robotic Reveal Willow was staring at it with great interest. Okay, it was revealed she had an interest in robotics before. Then she looks after it when Buffy's gone. Okay, being the smart girl that would make sense. Then the comics has Willow take more of an interest in Buffy's sex life than Angel before all but confirming they slept together, when Buffy may or may not have had her mind put in the bot at the time.
- MythBusters: Frequently joked and hinted about Grant, loading in as much Geeky Turn-On as they can for a G-rated show. In the episode where they're testing lie detectors, it's "revealed" that he's given serious thought to building a female robot (or just got the giggles and threw off the polygraph, as has been known to happen). Then the episode where they introduce the professional bomb squad robot and it's apparently love at first sight. (Trivia: Grant has been in BattleBots, worked for ILM and was the driver of R2-D2 in the prequel movies.)
- Though The Sarah Connor Chronicles doesn't state it outright, this is strongly implied to be the relationship between future John Connor and Cameron, and almost happens between the current John and Cameron (for given definitions of "penetration"....)
- In a talk at a 1970's Star Trek convention, Gene Roddenberry mentioned that network executives objected to a script in his proposed series The Questor Tapes because it contained a scene where the titular character Questor sleeps with a woman. Roddenberry joked that he had inadvertently invented an entirely new form of intolerance. His later creation, Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, was based upon Questor, and the aforementioned episode in which Data has sex with Yar was widely seen as Roddenberry following through with what he was not allowed to do with The Questor Tapes less than a decade earlier.
- Voyager's EMH. In one episode he had fathered a child, and when asked how, he doesn't really answer.
- He said he had a son, not that he's fathered him personally. He could have been adopted.
- And the time his sexual subroutines were deleted so he could fit into a smaller data, ah, package, for transmission to the Alpha Quadrant.
EMH: I'm as close to a sentient life-form as any hologram could hope to be. I socialize with the crew, fraternize with aliens. I've even had sexual relations."
EMH Mark 2: "Sex? How's that possible? We're not equipped with a—"
EMH: "Let's just say I made an addition to my program."
- Lexx's 790 was a robot head (mis-)programmed for love, yet incapable of interfacing with anyone as he lacked even a tongue. Not that that stopped a robot head fetishist who owned a special groin attachment...
- Caprica: Philo and Robot Zoe. Complicated by the robot having the mind of a dead girl and doubly complicated by him not knowing this.
- Sikozu of Farscape is revealed to be a Robot Girl and ends up in a relationship with Scorpius. However, she is made of organic technology, as opposed to mechanical.
- On The Big Bang Theory there was Howard and The Robot Hand (literally no one believes him when he tried to claim it '"fell" onto an *ahem* sensitive area) and Raj and Siri (yes, as in the iPhone software). As Sheldon put it "Good for you! You've taken a huge evoloutionary step by replacing the need for human contact with a machine." He commends the "taboo love" (Bernadette and Howard on the other hand are freaked out by it). Also joked about in the first season.
Leonard: Did Howard bring a date?
Sheldon: Either that or he's had a major advancement in his work with robotics.
- In Season Six it's revealed Howard made a six breasted sex-bot with university funding before meeting his wife.
- Everywhere in the Swedish sci-fi drama Äkta människor (English title: Real Humans) between the humans and hubots. Oh, and one cyborg.
- Between Leo Eischer actually born a human but after he died was recreated as a cyborg and the hubot Mimi.
- Tobbe towards the reprogrammed Mimi (now called Anita). Later he realises he is only attracted to hubots, making him probably the most literal example of this trope on the show.
- Likely between Leo's father and Bea the hubot recreation of his dead wife.
- Roger towards Bea, though he is unaware that she's a hubot.
- Roger's wife Therese, who leaves him for her hubot personal trainer Rick.
- Therese's friend Pilar towards her hubot Beau.
- Hubot Flash is probably hoping to find a robosexual guy, to fufill her fantasy of having a normal life with a human husband.
- And the existence of hubot brothels/strip-clubs such as Hubot Heaven.
- Eve Edison from Mann And Machine was a sexy policewoman android; the show tried very hard to avoid this trope during its short run, resulting in the "Mann" of the equation coming off as a robophobe.
- River Song from Doctor Who claims to have dated androids. Also implied in "Victory of the Daleks" when Edwin Bracewell (a robot) reveals his love for a human woman named Dorabella.
- Duran Duran song "Electric Barbarella" is clearly about this.
- From the Disco era, the song Automatic Lover by Dee D. Jackson.
- Kathy's Song, by Apoptygma Berzerk, seems to be about a sentient computer that knows its human operator more completely and intimately than another person ever could. The cover art supports this interpretation, and Word of God allegedly confirms it (see the comment from "mshover" on 09-13-2009).
- Voltaire's song "The Sexy Data Tango" is about Data having sex.
- Abney Park's "Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll' is about a steam-or-clockwork-powered robot girl that is offered as a prostitute to paying men.
- The Servotron song "Batteries Included" is about how male robots make better lovers.
- Janelle Monáe's Metropolis albums deal with a Robot Girl who falls in love with a human.
- The Free Parking! song "My Girlfriend is a Robot" is about... well...
- The song "Tonight's the Night (We Interface)" by Consortium of Genius is about this.
- Royksopp's The Girl and the Robot has some of this trope. Moreso in the music video.
- The titular girl in Kristy Vant's Chrissy the Chromosexual has a ... thing for cars.
- Dresden Dolls has Coin Operated Boy.
- The Impossible Girl (formerly half of Vermillion Lies) has a song "Animal", in which the narrator's robot lover is upset with her inability to feel sexual desire.
- The Mechanisms' engineer, Nastya Rasputina, is attracted to machines rather than other (mostly) humans. She and Aurora, the Mechanisms' sentient ship, are in a committed relationship.
- "Robot Girl" by Was (Not Was) - the singer mainly seems enamoured with how subserivent she is.
- "Virtual Lover" by The Monks of Doom
- In the Barbarella comic strip, one of Barbarella's lovers was a robot.
- In Mad Daedalus, this is the relationship between Daedalus, an ancient Greek inventor, and Ariadne, a sentient AI from a crashed spaceship. Daedalus' ultimate goal is to travel to the future to effect repairs for Ariadne so the two of them can travel the universe together.
- Exalted: One of the perks for Alchemicals is having access to a Charm installation to make them better lovers (with the ability to use mind-altering pillow talk). It's called Thousandfold Courtesan Calculations. The second edition Manual of Exalted Power: Alchemicals even mentions that high-Essence Alchemicals (who become first Humongous Mecha, and subsequently cities) tend to install a Charm that lets them control a human-scale robot for "emergencies" - but the officials have learned not to press the issue of how "a night with that hot young Sodalite member" counts as an emergency...
- New Horizon has its Wafans., which come in three shapes: Aesir (short human-looking androids originally built for janitorial/sexbot purposes), Vanir (the first model built, looking like humans with a robotic flare), and Jotun (large, clearly artificial mechbeings). All three are human, all three come in both genders, and all three are fully functions. Yes, even the Jotun...
- In the GURPS Transhuman Space setting, this isn't considered particularly unusual. If anything, those who have a problem with it are generally seen about the way those who have a problem with interracial romance are today. It's stated that most people's first time is with their AI. There is even one story in the books of a guy having a brief Long Distance Relationship (including a roll in the virtual hay) with a young woman who he later finds out to be a military spacecraft. He's quite okay with it.
- In Penny Arcade this shows up in the first part of one of the Automata (a sort of futuristic detective universe they explore from time to time) stories.
Officer: They even got a name for it. They call it 'auto-erotic'.
- Sluggy Freelance: Discussed in this strip.
Riff: I wonder if she's fully biologically functional.
Torg: Either that or she's full of sharp jagged metal parts and ...
Riff: Yeaaaahh! Question withdrawn!
- Ping from MegaTokyo was designed for companionship and strongly insists when queried that she is not a sex toy. But she admits that she was nonetheless built so that she could go all the way in a relationship if she wanted to.
- Questionable Content: Only hinted at. Some of the more humanoid AnthroPCs are obviously meant to cater to this, such as the prototype of one that looked like Jude Law with a prehensile Gag Penis. It's also mutual. Momo has fantasized about Sven before, and Pintsize is a Lovable Pervert.
- In Zap!, the Stickles are an entire race of Mad Scientists... and as a byproduct of that, they tend to get really... EXCITED about autonomous Artificially Intelligent robots. Main character, Kasey the Stickle, is all over Robot (AKA: xr-743-9q) with hearts in her eyes, and acts like a jealous girlfriend whenever Robot has to 'interface' with their ship, Excelsior.
- Diesel Sweeties: A central part of the narrative.
- Chester 5000 XYV: The entire premise. Definitely NSFW.
- xkcd. Almost.
- In L's Empire, one of the main characters is going out with Roll.
- Never Mind the Gap features at least 1 married couple (human woman & robot man). They ask Jim to build the body for their baby.
- In Jix, Dyonus (an android with a male personality) has a crush on Jix. There's a lot of running gags based off of this. Even though Jix doesn't feel the same way, she "lets" him give her massages and such.
- Subverted in Commander Kitty. Zenith creates the "perfect mate" so she can enslave the galaxy with an army of their "perfect children," but she fails to realize that, as an android, it's physically impossible for her to copulate with her biological Frankenstein.
- Ultra Car and Malaya in Shortpacked!. Ultra Car defines herself as a "homoromantic asexual trans-chassis woman" and Malaya defines herself as "I wanna fuck whatever that means".
- O, Robot! starts with Robota's owner only using her for cleaning and fetching cheetos, but his girlfriend (who's also a triple-amputee cyborg) turns out to be a literal technophile and starts tinkering with Robota. And the owner gets some ideas after seeing a few of the modifications, and then installs more mods that make her too lifelike for his girlfriend's taste, so she makes her own male sexbot.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition, Tails mocks the player at one point by going on and on about how Metal Sonic is "one sexy robot" and "more of a man than you'll ever be".
- In one Barats And Bereta video, they aid their friend in his pretending to be a robot so that a girl will fall for him. That way, he can have sex without a condom on. Unfortunately for him, she also liked him because as a "robot", he couldn't contract any of her long list of STD's. whoops.
- Endless Mike, a veteran poster from The Outskirts Battle Dome is known for his love of toasters.
- The Nostalgia Chick had a Sex Slave robot for a while. As it was fairly crudely built, we can assume it was pretty much just a glorified vibrator with human emotions.
- In Red vs. Blue, Caboose falls in love with the artificially intelligent tank.
- In an animated short by Weebl'n'Bob creator there's the song "Sexy Robots" which is this trope in spades.
- Worm has a relationship between Defiant aka Armsmaster and the Artificial Intelligence Dragon.
- The AI in Scrooge's Money Bin is clearly hitting on him in Ducktalez 7. She also stops the Big Bad by self-destructing.
- The Futurama episode "I Dated a Robot" is full of this.
- Also mentioned in the pilot, when Fry asks Bender to be his friend:
All right, but I don't want anyone thinking we're robosexuals, so if anyone asks, you're my debugger.
- The post-resurrection episode "Proposition Infinity" deals with the controversial issue of robosexual marriage.
- South Park played with this in "Awesome-O". Cartman pretended to be a robot, and a guy asked if he is capable of sexual activity. Cartman fortunately runs out of the room before it goes further than that.
- Transformers has a rather odd relationship with this one. Came to a head in the atrocity known as Kiss Players, where it formed the basis of what we shall for lack of a better term call "plot".
- Hyena of Gargoyles has some rather... disturbing intentions toward the Coyote robot. Upon learning that Coyote is a robot instead of the real Xanatos, her reaction is "Even better!"
Jackal: Well that's sicker than usual...
- On My Life as a Teenage Robot, Sheldon is implied to have a crush on his friend Jenny. And by "implied to have a crush," we mean a short step below stalking.
- Brad also dated another robot, Melody, who looks human. He didn't realize it until later. It wasn't a deal-breaker.