aka: Robot Duplicate
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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.
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Anime & Manga
- Flobot, a robotic version of Flo from this Progressive Insurance ad
- Michael J. Fox built a robot duplicate in a classic diet Pepsi commercial
- 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.
- 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...
- There's a doppelganger in Tough Magic, a golem built of magitek, and programed to duplicate the main character's abilities and skills.
Live Action TV
- Stargate SG-1
- Robo SG-1
- And Repli-Carter
- 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.
- 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.
- Android Kirk in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
- A robot Kermit (with a wind-up key in his back) took over hosting duties in one episode of The Muppet Show.
- Star Trek:
- 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.
- 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".
- In the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Ardala Returns", the villains create an android version of Buck.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 themnote .
- 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' Robo-Sonics, the playable characters in the Wii versions's Sonic Simulator mode.
- 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.
- Inverted in Beast Wars, where Dinobot meets a flesh clone created by Megatron to infiltrate the Maximals' ship.
- The Phinedroids and Ferbots from the Phineas and Ferb 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Herbie and Jane from KaBlam!!, which were robot lookalikes of Henry and June to replace them on the show.
- 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.
- On Catscratch, The cats build robot versions of themselves to help around the house. It backfires.
- 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.
- 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.
- An episode of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has Widget inventing her robotic double Gidget. Her programming eventually gets mixed up and she has to be deactivated.
- 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.
- This Japanese researcher, attempting to build a robotic duplicate of himself, certainly counts. In a very creepy way.