Robotic Assembly Lines

"I wonder where the pins come from..."

In fiction, robotic factory montages are sometimes added to showcase Special Effects or to establish Infinite Supplies so that the viewers can stop wondering, "Where did all that X come from?" Note: These are assembly lines made of robots, not necessarily assembly lines making robots. Also, these are usually done as a fleeting scene to indicate that it is not that important for the plot.

See also: Technology Porn, Eternal Engine, Creation Sequence or Forging Scene.


  • A 2006 commercial showed the inner workings of fantastically fabulous Coca-Cola machine that makes the simple act of buying soda seem awesome.
  • Some ads show Hershey's Kisses being made individually via a Magical Realism version of what is implied to be an actual production line.

Anime and Manga
  • Ghost in the Shell movie begins with a sequence of Mokoto's (technically a cyborg, but since the only part of her which isn't artificial is her brain) robotic body being assembled.

Comic Books
  • The first Atomic Robo Free Comic Book Day issue has Robo fighting a seemingly endless supply of Mecha-Mooks, and asking if there's a factory or something to no one in particular. Cue Trope with an editor's note that simply says "Yes!"

  • I, Robot: right before the Needle in a Stack of Needles scene in the warehouse - see that page for details.
  • Surrogates: while we are visiting the morally ambiguous company
  • Bicentennial Man: The opening credits has this
  • Terminator uses this several times.
  • Shows up in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones with the droid army.
    • We also get treated to a clone factory, although we don't quite see the Clone Troopers being "built" we do see the various stages of development, followed by their eventually arming. At the end, we see them being gathered for war.
  • The opening titles of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory show various forms of candy being created on Real Life automated assembly lines despite the fact that this Willy Wonka doesn't use assembly lines. The 2005 film adaptation's Wonka does use them, however; an Object Tracking Shot of Wonka Bars being created on one serves as its opening credit sequence.
  • Small Soldiers begins with a production line of the titular toys being manufactured (including Terminator-style skeletons and Uncanny Valley-ish rubber "skins").
  • In X-Men: The Last Stand, this is used for the making of the serum.


Live-Action TV

Music Video
  • Björk's video for All is full of love consist in the assembly by various robot arms of a robotic version of Bjork and another robot. They start kissing - while the robotic arms are still assembling them.

Table Top RPG
  • GURPS: Ultra-tech has rules for setting these up; specifically focusing on the product being made so that you can get along with the game.

Theme Parks
  • Yes, really. Cadbury World in Birmingham, England is a quite popular tourist attraction and a working chocolate factory; once you pass through various exhibits on the history of chocolate, you're given a conducted tour of the production line.

Video Games
  • Xenogears had that famous scene where you walk into a huge, fully-automated save-point factory, revealing where all those floating symbols came from.
  • The intro movie to the old computer game Hoyle Word Games.
  • Portal 2 has a few levels set in the automated production lines making the turrets.
  • Some of the games in the Rhythm Heaven franchise have games that involve building robots on a assembly line, like "Fillbots" from the second game and "Screwbot Factory" from the third game.
  • In sector 6 of Jumper Two you can watch (and get in the way of) OgmoBots as they travel through the assembly line, becoming more Ogmo-like in each stage.

Western Animation