Bill: Wow! Evil robot "us"es!A robotic version of an existing character. May have vastly different abilities and personality, especially if it's developed as an Evil Knockoff. Sometimes, this robot may simply be a stand-in for the original with a justification either sinister or mundane. The key point of this trope is for there to be interaction between the original and the robot, even if it is simply the original having knowledge of the robot's existence. If this is a retcon it's Actually a Doombot.
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- Amanatsu from Alice Academy, Mikan's robotic copy as created by Hotaru.
- Armitage III: Dual Matrix has robot clones of the android lead. Their world has three kinds of robots, dumb mechanical ones, menial work bots, and the outlawed Thirds which are organic/mechanical robots and can bear children. Armitage herself is a Replacement Goldfish of their creator's dead daughter, and a Corrupt Corporate Executive steals her father's notes and makes more of her. Yech. Of course, since they were more like "twins" than Robot Me's, they were Evil.
- Ayame and Amane is a small series of two-page gags about a girl who is hilariously in love with her female schoolmate. Kamijou, the one in love, invests tons of money on her school's robotics club in hopes of creating a robot copy of her Love Interest Chiho, for personal use. While it ends up looking nothing like the actual person (except for a wig), it does have a "sexy mode".
Mecha Chiho: Oh no how embarrassing. My D-Terminal connector fell out. Don't look. Don't look at my D-Connector that just fell out.Kamijou: ...(to the robotics club) Here's another 4,000. Please continue developing.
- The Big O has Dorothy R. Wainwright, who is a perfect android copy of late Dorothy Wainright, created by Dorothy's father as a Replacement Goldfish.
- Perman by Fujiko F. Fujio (creator of Doraemon). Each of the three superheros (an everyday school kid, a girl child star — and a chimp) is given a morphing robot that serves as a stand-in, so that when they come back from their call, they don't have to answer the embarrassing question of "where have you been?".
- In the Pokémon anime, Clemont constructs a robot version of himself (called Clembot) to conduct Gym Battles. Unfortunately, when first activated, it went a bit power-mad. Clemont eventually fixed this problem and left the robot in charge of the Gym while he travels with Ash.
- Sgt. Frog: The Keroro Platoon copy robots.
- Hilariously Lampshaded in Trouble Chocolate when Mint creates a killer robot version of Deborah and no one can tell it's not her (despite it being blindingly obvious). Even Murakata can't tell the difference.
- Iron Man: Tony 2.0 (Sentient Armor)
- The Superman Robot Duplicates. Made by Superman to fill in when he's unavailable and help him maintain his secret identity.
- When Supergirl arrived on Earth, his cousin made several duplicate robots for her. When Kara fought crime while living at Midvale Orphanage, she used a robot decoy of herself to keep the other orphans from noticing her absence.
- Post-Crisis Superman villain Conduit also uses robotic decoys of himself to distract the Man Of Steel.
- Supreme: Supreme has the Suprematon Decoys. Unlike the Superman dupes, one of the Supreme's robots, S-1, is self aware, though.
- Mecha-Dawn, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight
- The Archie's Sonic comics have Sonic temporarily become one of these when Robotnik finally succeeds in roboticising him. Robotnik later uses the schematics to build Metal Sonic, Silver Sonic, etc.
- Recurring character Fiona Fox also had one of these, though in that case the android double was introduced before the original.
- Recently, one of Sonic's Robot Mes has undergone a Heel–Face Turn and is working with the Secret Freedom Fighters. His colour scheme reminiscent of Gemerl from Sonic Advance 3.
- Doctor Doom's Doombots.
- Page 1 and Page 2 of What's New? with Phil and Dixie from Dragon magazine #63 (July 1982).
- Kang's robot Spider-Man was made with the assumption it would not meet the original. The robot was created to trick The Avengers into believing he was the real deal.
- Judge Dredd: In the Judge Cal arc, the insane Cal uses a robotic copy of Judge Dredd to frame him for the unlawful murder of several citizens. Dredd is sentenced to Titan, but he escapes his transport and dispatches his duplicate to prove his innocence.
- In one story from Wally Wood's Sally Forth, the President of Rottenbad plans to substitute world leaders with robot duplicates.
Films — Live-Action
- In the Ray Bradbury short story Marionettes, Inc., a man acquires a Robot Me to stand in for him at home while he goes away. (A very sophisticated robot that eventually develops sentience, but still one that, if you place your head to the chest, you can hear a clock ticking instead of a heart beating.) However, the robot decides that he likes the original man's life and doesn't want to be stored away in a box in the basement. The solution? He betrays his owner by locking HIM in the box forever while he (the robot) lives the life of the owner, his family completely unaware of the switch.
- Star Wars: Leia Organa II
- Beth Kittridge's simulacrum from Tek War. The robot gets destroyed, but Jake meets the real Beth not long after. True, the robot only cared about protecting Beth's life, but even so... poor, poor l'il robot.
- The Adventures Of Electronic by Russian author E. Veltistov have a robot built after a real boy. The robot escapes and meets said boy, who is very happy to have his Robot Me go to school instead of him and then...
- The novel has spawned several sequels, one of which points out that, since a year has passed, the boy now looks older than Electronic. Then again, everybody is aware of Electronic, so nobody would confuse the two. Then there's the plug that's attached to Electronic to charge him.
- In The Caves of Steel, R. Daneel Olivaw is a robot built to look exactly like his creator. Elijah Baley makes a joke that he was "made in his maker's image", but it's lost on the robot. It turns out this was a key point upon which the plot turned... How could a man psychologically incapable of killing a human kill a human? By thinking he's destroying the robot duplicate instead.
- Isaac Asimov's story Evidence (the second last in the I, Robot collection), is about a man being suspected of being a robot created after the real man was crippled in a traffic collision.
- A Spider Robinson short story about a company that rents sexbots makes one to represent the secretary who takes people's orders (because she ends up being the most popular request). She's rather upset about this and steals it. Then the inevitable happens.
- In Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, the titular antagonist builds evil robot versions of George and Harold: Robo-George and Harold 2000.
- Alfred Slote's My Robot Buddy series involves a kid named Jack who is given a Robot Buddy, Danny, as a present; at his request, Danny is made to look exactly like him. Much use is made of this throughout the series.
- Robert Sheckley has a collection of short stories entitled, The Robot Who Looked Like Me. The titular story is about a man who doesn't have enough time, and creates a robot to do some of his menial tasks for him.
- How to Be a Superhero warns the reader to make sure his robot duplicate look and behave exactly like him, except for one thing...
Girlfriend: "God, you were fabulous last night!"
Superhero: "What? IN BED?"
Girlfriend: "In bed... on the floor in front of the fire... in the bathtub... on the stairs... on top of the breakfast bar... behind the couch... in the attic... on the porch... in the rocking chair... inside the closet... under the bed... what a night! Whooo!"
- There's a doppelganger in Tough Magic, a golem built of magitek, and programed to duplicate the main character's abilities and skills.
- In MARZENA we have Geni (General Intelligence) who is a digital clone of Marian created by Merging Minds with a Blank Slate. It's all still in Beta Stage of course, although digital clones are such a time saver you won't possibly be able to keep yourself from using them.
- In the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Ardala Returns", the villains create an android version of Buck.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffybot(s). Specifically, it differed from the original in terms of being obsessed with Spike when it didn't go out on patrol, or even when it did. When it was reprogrammed it was closer to the way Buffy was, except that to call it a Cloudcuckoolander would be an understatement.
- Unsurprisingly for such a long-lived show, Doctor Who has done this more than once: there's the robot First Doctor created by the Daleks in "The Chase" as well as the android replicas of the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane in "The Android Invasion".
- An episode of The Fresh Beat Band has the band ordering robots of themselves to assist in picking berries. Because the show is for younger viewers A.I. Is a Crapshoot is averted, but the robots are ironically quite incompetent.
- The Mr. Potato Head Show: Mr. Potato Head was under a lot of stress and needed a vacation, so Dr. Fruitcake made a robotic version of Mr. Potato Head to stand in for him while he was away...who was friendly and didn't have any of Mr. Potato Head's flaws. He was so liked by the rest of the cast, that when the real Mr. Potato Head found out about the robot, he didn't want to come back to the show and became depressed.
- A robot Kermit (with a wind-up key in his back) took over hosting duties in one episode of The Muppet Show.
- Having accidentally killed Will Radcliffe with a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, Night and Day's Kate Ellis "hired a number of electrical engineers, and, with the latest nanotachnology and a lot of hard work", created a robotic replica - which looked uncannily like the human Will, covered in silver spraypaint. Naturally, Will's daughter Frankie is thrilled to have her dad back, particularly when he declares her 'the boss'.
- Robot Rangers in both Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. The former were Ridiculously Human Robots built by the originals to help protect an alien planet; the latter were mindless remote-controlled drones (with no "civilian forms" to make them seem more human) that... well, A.I. Is a Crapshoot.
- Don't forget Cyber Cam from Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- Star Trek:
- Android Kirk in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
- Data, Lore, and presumably all the other previous prototypes in Star Trek: The Next Generation are exact (if Palette Swapped) duplicates of their creator, Dr. Soong (also played by Brent Spiner, the actor who portrays Data, et al).
- Soong later created a much more human-looking Replacement Goldfish modeled after his deceased wife Juliana.
- When Data creates a "daughter" named Lal and allows her to choose her gender and appearance, she briefly considers taking on Counselor Troi's before Data tells her that it would be very confusing.
- Not technically a robot, but still an artificial intelligence: the Emergency Medical Holographic program (EMH) of Star Trek: Voyager is modeled after creator Dr. Lewis Zimmerman.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dr. Zimmerman considers modeling his prototype Long-Term Medical Hologram's appearance and personality after Dr. Julian Bashir, who has a better bedside manner than Zimmerman.
- Stargate SG-1
- Robo SG-1
- And Repli-Carter
- Mario Kart Arcade GP 1 and 2 has Robo Mario, who has a black version and silver version. His emblem on his hat shows E.Gadd's symbol, implying that E.Gadd created this robotic being. He is fought in a challenge on Rainbow Coaster in Rainbow Cup.
- Mech Hisui.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog series has had many examples appear over the years, including:
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Silver Sonic, the original robot Sonic who served as the penultimate boss battle in the Death Egg.
- Metal Sonic, introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, is the only example that actually served as the Big Bad for a game, with his nearly successful attempt at taking over the world in Sonic Heroes.
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles's Mecha Sonic, Silver Sonic's upgraded model who can harness the power of the Master Emerald to go "Super".
- The Eggrobos, introduced in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, who are built in the likeness of Dr. Eggman's classic appearance.
- Sonic R's Tails Doll and Metal Knuckles, built in the image of Tails and Knuckles, respectively.
- Sonic Advance's Mecha Knuckles, who (initially) bore a closer resemblance to Knuckles than the above-mentioned Metal Knuckles.
- Shadow the Hedgehog's Shadow Androids. They bare such a close resemblance to the original, that Shadow initially believes Eggman when he claims that Shadow is one of them.note
- Sonic Rivals 2's Metal Sonic 3.0, Dr. Eggman Nega's version with a color scheme reminiscent to that of Gemerl.
- Sonic Chronicles's Egg Bot, who, unlike the Eggrobos, is based on Dr. Eggman's contemporary appearance.
- Sonic Colors' Virtual Hedgehogs, the playable characters in the Wii version's Sonic Simulator mode. They made a reappearance in Sonic Lost World albeit with different designs.
- The robot Invaders that assist Earth's Final Weapon in Space Invaders Get Even.
- Miharu and robot Miharu in Da Capo. Miharu knew about her robo version but they never really interacted because the second Miharu only came out when she was in a coma. The personalities were almost exactly, but not quite, the same. Robo Miharu is also apparently somewhat less intelligent due to limitations on the design nor does she possess any superior strength or abilities.
- Axel has an evil robot knockoff as a boss fight in Streets of Rage 3. The robot has the exact same appearance as Axel, except for the color of the gloves. The robot clone has all of Axel's techniques, and it can do them a lot faster than Axel can.
- The Mini-Mario toys from Mario vs. Donkey Kong are a Red Shirt Army of these.
- Metroid: Zero Mission introduces the aptly-named Ridley Robot, a robotic version of Ridley, built by him. Given that it's incomplete (its leg and wing units are yet to be installed, meaning it has to drag itself along the ground to move), and still serves as the Final Boss of that game, it's chilling to think of how devastating it could've been if it had been finished before Samus blew it up.
- Team Fortress 2 has Mann vs. Machine, which is focused around fighting an entire army of these.
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Naruto? Meet Mecha Naruto.
- Skullgirls: A Gag Dub from Ms. Fortune's voice actor has lead to the Memetic Mutation of Robo-Fortune, which then became an Ascended Meme. Robo-Fortune is set to join the cast as a playable character within the next few months.
- In Banjo-Tooie, Mingy Jongo is this to Mumbo Jumbo.
- In the midquel, Grunty's Revenge, Klungo builds a Mecha Grunty suit for Grunty's spirit to escape into when Grunty was trapped under the boulder at the end of the original game. When the suit gets destroyed at the end of the game, Grunty's spirit goes back below the boulder to wait until Mingella and Blobbelda can get her out.
- Robot duplicates in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series are mainly one-shot characters with no other purpose other than for gags, most of them are a result of Nepgear's obsession with her sister and machines being amplified in the spin-offs.
- In one of Neptune's scenes in Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection, the player wakes up and sees an android Neptune, which looks exactly like Neptune albeit only has one of Neptune's unique expressions for her face and speaks in a robotic manner, practicing dance steps while counting in French, while making mechanical noises. The player applauds the robot, mistaking it for the real Neptune despite noticing how different she acts. Nepgear later appears to take the robot to play with her. Later, the real Neptune shows up to greet the player and after a little bit of clarification, both of them decided to spy on Nepgear. It turns out, Nepgear was very lonely since Neptune always spend time with the player for her idol career that she built a robot Neptune that follows her orders while disillusioning herself that the robot is the real one. Neptune tries to fight the impostor but was quickly defeated in one blow. Nepgear only realizes the truth after the bruised Neptune crawls to her with the robot asking her for instructions at the same time. Neptune reassures Nepgear that she spend more time with her and then the robot, now called "Robo-Nep", was reprogrammed to be Neptune's rival in video games.
- Neptune's lily rank 6 conversation with Nepgear in Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed has her greeting Nepgear before noticing a robot look-alike of her being tinkered by Nepgear, which she names as the "Stay-home Neptune Robot", which sits on her window sill.
- In Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online, Nepgear keeps begging Bouquet to show her a bit of her code. Neptune arrives and asks Nepgear on why is she begging for Bouquet for her A.I.'s code. Nepgear replies that it's for her Neptune robot, which Neptune immediately rejects.
- In Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Re;Birth3 V Generation, a cutscene with MAGES. that isn't on the original game has Rom and Ram being intrigued with MAGES.' inventions. When they asked if she has a robot, MAGES. proudly presented her Nepgear robot, named "Docking Sister", which she built at Vert's request. However, she states that it was returned to her after the robot was reported to have a serious defect. When the twins ask what the robot's problem is, MAGES. answered by turning on the robot. The robot turns on and immediately malfunctions by making a "Nepgya" face while repeatedly saying "NEPUGIA!!" which bothered the twins. After turning off the robot, she says that she's willing to give away the robot for free, which they denied.
- It's possible that the robot reappeared in Megadimension Neptunia VII as the DLC character "Nepgya" as one of her idle quotes mention of her ability to possess and her backstory in the 4-koma has shown her to be a spirit that is once part of Nepgear before being turned as a real character by a poll. It could possibly mean that she possessed the robot and took control of it, which would explain on how she was able to fight and interact.
- Guilty Gear has Robo Ky, an attempt to recreate Ky Kiske, however... it's an utter failure, as far as personality goes, in combat however, he's very good at it.
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features an inverted example, Gear Rex is an organic dinosaur version of Metal Gear REX.
- Xenosaga features KOS-MOS who has two other characters similar to her but they both inverts it, T-elos who has Mary Magdelene's original body and Elma who is an organic alien version of her.
- Nega-Toby from the Battleborn DLC "Toby's Friendship Raid" is a robot copy of Toby that Thaddeus sent to deal with the penguin and the Rogues.
- Mecha Mario, of the Flash series Super Mario Bros. Z. Made by none other than Robotnik. There's also the Big Bad of the same series: Mecha Sonic.
- Twilight Sparkle builds the RDash-5000 in the PONY.MOV series because if they can't have the real one, building one is the next best thing. It immediately goes rogue and over the course of two more episodes somehow multiplies thousands of times over.
RD5000: CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY. SWAG.
- In the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse three-parter "Send in the Clones", Ken creates a robot clone of Barbie, in hopes that she can help Barbie complete her work more quickly. Unfortunately, her Artificial Intelligence motivates her to try and replace Barbie. Even worse, the tennis-playing robot accidentally breaks a control on the cloning machine, unleashing a slew of mindless Barbie robots on Malibu.
- Homestar Runner:
- In the Strong Bad Email "personal favorites", Strong Bad claims that Bubs once built a robot version of Strong Bad from an old Speak-and-Spell, a cereal box, and other assorted junk.
Grape-Nuts Robot: Now spell "Come back Ali, come back Ali's sister".
Strong Bad: No way! That sounds just like me!
- In "hiding", Strong Bad is inspired to create a Back-Sassing Animatronic Strong Bad to distract Homestar and keep him from annoying Strong Bad. Despite Animatronic Strong Bad having only a vague resemblance to the real thing, Homestar is completely fooled.
- In the Strong Bad Email "personal favorites", Strong Bad claims that Bubs once built a robot version of Strong Bad from an old Speak-and-Spell, a cereal box, and other assorted junk.
- Ansem Retort has a one-off appearance by an android version of Zexion, set up to provide "political talking points" while Zex was otherwise occupied.
Robot Zexion: FUCK TIBET!
- In the Touhou doujin Life of Maid, Nitori makes a Robo-Marisa to screw around with Patchy's emotions. Marisa herself is surprised to discover her robotic clone after its head fell off.
- From Commander Kitty, poor, poor Android Nin Wah. Making it even worse, androids in this universe are made by subjecting exact clones to Unwilling Roboticization. The original doesn't care for her much, and neither does anybody else, even though she's just as nice (or nicer) than her flesh-and-blood counterpart and slowly evolves more free will.
- In Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, Dr. Voltage built robotic copies of Alpha Team agents to serve as Mecha-Mooks. After he was defeated, Kotua took command of the robotic Alpha Team copies and used them to fight alongside the real Alpha Team. More robotic clones of Alpha Team and Dino Attack agents appeared under the command of Cane in Dino Attack RPG.
- The evil video game directors send robotic versions of their games' critics at them to kill them in the third Declin of video gaming. See the Page quote.
- Mechakara from Atop the Fourth Wall was originally introduced as Linkara's robotic clone from an alternate universe. Turns out he's actually an alternate version of Pollo who had snapped and killed his universe's version of Linkara, and now runs around wearing his skin.
- Calvin and the Hipmunks in the ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks episode "We're The Chipmunks", robotic doppelgangers of Alvin and the Chipmunks who were created by a duo of executives who sought to replace the real singing trio in order to gain more money and fame.
- Atomic Android from the Atomic Puppet episode of the same name, which was built as a Red Herring when Joey and AP found out their neighbor had evidence they were Atomic Puppet. Naturally, the robot went haywire and tried to destroy the duo in the end.
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! once saw Ultron creating robot versions of some of the Avengers, with the intention of gradually replacing all the people in the world with emotionless robots.
- Inverted in Beast Wars, where Megatron creates a fully organic copy of Dinobot's beast mode to infiltrate the Maximals' ship. The real Dinobots ends up eating his duplicate.
- An unintentional case in Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, where Legion Ex Machina creates a duplicate of the Big Guy. What they (and almost everybody else) don't realize is that the real Big Guy is just a guy in Powered Armor, as they could never get the AI to work. The Legion is surprised when the Big Guy's maintenance team starts banging on his back, asking for the pilot to get out.
- The Cattanooga Cats: In the It's the Wolf short "Smart Dummy", Mildew Wolf built a robotic duplicate of himself to distract Bristle Hound so he [the real Mildew] could pursue Lambsy at his leisure.
- In Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, Boogey's Dragon Mr. Creeper invents two robots of Billy and Mandy that he sends back in time at the beginning of the movie to make sure the real duo do not get the Artifact of Doom. Their voices are so heavily vocoded that every time they speak is accompanied by subtitles.
- On Catscratch, The cats build robot versions of themselves to help around the house. It backfires.
- The British government once gave Danger Mouse and Penfold robot doppelgangers to help with their workload. The robots were mindlessly stupid, and Hilarity Ensued. In another episode, one of Dangermouse's enemies covertly replaced Penfold with a robot double who was braver and more confident. The downside was that at the villain's command, the robot would transform into a Humongous Mecha form and follow its true programming....destroy Dangermouse.
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Heloise build a Do-Anything Robot double to be her lab assistant. Jimmy falls in love with it, completely missing its similarity to Heloise.
- Herbie and Jane from KaBlam!, which were robot lookalikes of Henry and June to replace them on the show.
- Mr. T had one in Mister T. The only thing that's cooler than one Mr. T is him fighting his robot self.
- In one episode of The Snorks, the villains create two robotic Snorks as part of a scheme. Unusually, the robo-Snorks pull a Heel–Face Turn and become regular characters.
- In the Pac-Man episode "The Bionic Pac-Woman", the Ghost Monsters abducted Ms. Pac-Man so Mezmaron could replace her with a robotic clone, which Pac-Man would innocently take with him to the Power Pellet Forest. Here it overlaps with Talking to Himself, as Barbara Minkus voiced both:
Ms. Pac-Man: You're nothing but a cheap copy of me!Bionic Pac-Woman: Wrong! I am better than you!
- Phineas and Ferb
- The Phinedroids and Ferbots from the episode "I, Brobot".
- Also, the "platyborg" version of Perry in The Movie might also qualify, though he's technically a brainwashed cyborg.
- In addition, Karl created robotic duplicates of the entire Flynn-Fletcher family in case of emergency.
- The Robonic Stooges made droid replicas of themselves to help with chores at the junk yard. They were as inept as the Stooges themselves.
- In one episode of the Teen Titans animated series, Cyborg builds a robot copy of himself before going undercover at the Hive Academy (oddly enough, using an identity based around his real name). Brother Blood later builds an entire army of them.
- An episode of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has Widget inventing her robotic double, Gidget. Her programming eventually gets mixed up and Gidget has to be deactivated.
- In the Dan Vs. episode "The Gym", Dan, Chris and Elise are all replaced by stronger and evil robotic counterparts of themselves.
- This Japanese researcher, attempting to build a robotic duplicate of himself, certainly counts. In a very creepy way.