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->''"Ah, a match made in heaven is nothing compared to a match made in the lab."''
-->-- '''Doctor Ivo Robotnik''', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''

An extreme form of KissMeImVirtual, in which a [[AlwaysMale (usually male)]] character, often a MadScientist, is '''''married''''' to a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human Robot]]. If the character ''does'' happen to be a MadScientist, expect him to have created his robotic wife specifically for this purpose.

Such a marriage is usually portrayed as sexist, void of any real love, and often downright {{squick}}y, unless you're into that sort of thing. In most of these marriages it's implied that the primary factor in their "relationship" is sex, unquestioning servitude on the robotic partner's side of the equation, or both. Ergo, most men with [[RoboticSpouse robot wives]] are usually portrayed pretty darn unsympathetically.

Sometimes touches upon the themes of a ReplacementGoldfish, and can even involve {{Robosexual}}. RoboShip often ends this way.

Note: ''Most'' of the UnfortunateImplications of this trope are reserved for when the human deliberately builds or purchases the Robotic Spouse; if the human had to [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot court the robot]], it's A-OK.

The title is the politically correct version of this trope; robotic spouses are usually [[AlwaysFemale robot wives.]]

For examples not involving marriage, see KissMeImVirtual, {{Robosexual}} and SexBot.



[[folder: {{Anime}} / {{Manga}}]]
* While Manager Ueda of ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' did marry a persocom, it's revealed that he [[spoiler: originally bought her to do finances at his bakery, but eventually fell in love with her. He also truly mourned her death when she got run over.]]
** Even before that, [[spoiler:it broke his heart when her mind began to decay due to hard drive corruption (in other words, she was suffering from robot Alzheimer's). He refused to attempt a data transfer to a new drive due to the significant possibility that data would be lost, thus changing her personality and memories - which would mean she would not be the woman he fell in love with.]]
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''. Gynoids, (and in one instance, an android) when used as "spouses" are viewed as a sign of perversion, extremely sexist, and it's mentioned that if the parents of a character ever found out, they'd "die of a heart attack or suicide." Reasons for why people would ever buy one include social ineptness and as a {{fetish}}, as well as a status symbol within certain groups. Insofar as the gynoids have intelligence and "awareness", some are also aware they are mass-produced and a replacement for the real thing, with interesting effects on their "self-confidence" and "love" of their creator.
* ''Anime/ArmitageIII'' spoiler: [[spoiler:The Third-type gynoids are essentially mass-produced [[HouseWife house wives]], complete with the ability to become pregnant. This is meant to allow a disproportionately male Mars to cut ties with Earth.]]
* Defied in the original ''Anime/AstroBoy's'' Blue Knight Saga. The evil Count Burg marries BK's "sister" thinking he'll get a completely subservient Stepford Wife, but when he learns she has a real personality he has her scrapped.
* After the Cell arc ends in ''Manga/DragonBall Z,'' Krillin and Android 18 get married and have a daughter. Subverted in that Android 18 is more accurately a {{cyborg}}.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/ScarletWitch married ComicBook/TheVision, an android, and while she was completely insane, it had nothing to do with her robotic love interest. Her insanity happened later, largely because of the DiabolusExMachina that destroyed her marriage. She and Vision were an adorable couple while it lasted. True to this trope, she ''was'' criticized for it. Especially by her brother, who was furious. (His argument that "robots aren't real people!" when his family have been targets of FantasticRacism all their life was hypocritical, sure, but he made it.)
* The ComicBook/RedTornado and Kathy Sutton. They have an adopted daughter, Traya. In general, comics go for the "if the human had to court the robot it's A-OK" version of the trope, since the robots are main characters themselves.
* Having said that, Toyman's wife in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' is a straight example.
* A Public Enemy story in ''Comicbook/{{Marvel 2099}} Unlimited'' featured a man who was worried his robot wife would be the target of prejudice, so bought her synthetic skin. She refused to wear it, saying she was proud of who she was and their relationship, and if other people were prejudiced that was their problem. They have to be protected from a hate mob by the Public Enemy. We don't get much more details on the relationship, but since she was clearly capable of expressing an opinion and overruling his, it was presumably the "A-OK" version.
* In IDW's run of ''Franchise/TheTransformers'', it's eventually shown that Cybertronians have close relationships called Conjunx Endura, which is a close relationship similar to marriage: in the event of serious injury, a Conjunx Endura even has the ability to make medical decisions on their behalf. So far, no one has been shown entering a relationship with someone who's a different species, though.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'' opens with a man apparently proposing to his girlfriend, but he puts the ring on his own finger and announces he's dumping her for his RobotMaid.

* ''Film/TheStepfordWives''. Or at least, the original. The remake [[GainaxEnding doesn't make it clear what the hell happened]]. The various "sequels" bounce back and forth between {{brainwashing}}, robot-replacement, and {{cyborg}}s.
* Mr. Universe, InformationBroker and hacker extraordinaire in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' and... Well, she's not so much a SexBot as she is a bog-standard [=RealDoll=]-alike sex toy with a few extra features, the kind of thing the yellow press would have you believe will be bringing about the extinction of Japanese culture in a generation or two. However from what is shown, Mr. Universe cares very deeply indeed for Lenore (Mrs. Universe?), despite her being a robot and showing no signs of sentience. He apparently cried like a baby at his wedding. (In case it wasn't already obvious, [[{{Hikkikomori}} Mr. Universe doesn't get out and about much]] and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation might have gone a bit peculiar.]]) According to the RPG, having a robot like Lenore is still heavily stigmatized, among other things, even being suspected of owning one will get you blacklisted by the Companions.
-->"I have a commitment to my lovebot."
* This technically occurs in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'', but is twisted around by the fact that it's a secret to the husband (Austin) until the honeymoon.
* ''Film/BicentennialMan'' has [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Andrew Martin]] marry Portia, who was the great-granddaughter of his first owner. As ''he'' wooed ''her'' the {{squick}} factor is minimal. Eventually subverted, when [[spoiler:Andrew becomes fully human.]]
* The premise of ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'' is the protagonist trying to find a new body to repair his broken robot wife.

* The classic (1938) short story ''Helen O'Loy'' by Creator/LesterDelRey. A medical student (Phil) and a mechanic (Dave) modify a household robot to have emotions. While Phil is away Dave activates Helen, who learns about love (from watching soap operas!) When Phil comes back home Dave has already fled from her affections, but changes his mind and marries her. On his death Helen requests that Phil shut her down and bury her with Dave. Phil does so, even though it's revealed that he'd [[UnrequitedLove fallen for Helen too]].
* In the Literature/ApprenticeAdept series, Stile receives an unsolicited gift consisting of a human-looking, self-willed robot named Sheen, whose core programming includes an instruction to "Love Stile." Sheen is a kind of robot who is just as intelligent and free-willed as a human, but has trouble believing it herself. By the end of the trilogy, Stile has proposed marriage to Sheen, and this marriage sets a precedent in favor of granting civil rights to self-willed robots.
* Hari Seldon, the creator of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', has a robotic wife named Dors Venabili. However, Dors is [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot ridiculously human]], and Asimov never portrays the relationship as in any way disturbing.
* In another book by Asimov, ''Literature/TheRobotsOfDawn'', the robot whose murder is being investigated was that to Gladia, although this part of the relationship was extremely private - Auroran society views a marriage without the potential for kids as a self-contradiction, and it is a major plot point that one person seemed to know about it [[INeverSaidItWasPoison without being told]].
* ''Literature/TheLakeHouse'' by Creator/JamesPatterson. Dr. Ethan Kane, the head of the hospital where Max and the other children were kept, has a robotic wife that is "honored" to perform oral sex on him at any time and any place and even has a perfectly measured vagina.
* In ''Literature/ForYourSafety'' Anna [[TheQuisling Quisling]] is rewarded for her efforts to propagandize the Groupmind's cause with a fully intelligent robotic companion willing to fulfill ''all'' her [[BrainsAndBondage needs]].
* Deconstructed in "The Perfect Woman" by Creator/RobertSheckley, where a man notices his robot wife is slowing down, so he drives her back to the factory to be replaced [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman while trying to ignore her pleas that she still loves him]].

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Juliana_Tainer Juliana Tainer]], wife of Noonien Soong 'mother' to Series/{{Star Trek|The Next Generation}}'s Data has no clue she was gynoid, no body else knew either thanks to systems designed to mimic human bio readings. An accident that knocked her offline provided a RoboticReveal but it was decided not to tell her of her android nature. Note however that the Android Juliana had the original human Juliana's memories copied over.
* Depending on your definition of "robot", ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has the human Helo being married to the (very humanoid) Cylon Athena. Of course, it took a lot of effort on both their parts to make it work. And if you accept that example, [[spoiler: both Cally and Starbuck had robotic ''husbands.''.]] And by the same definition, [[spoiler: Saul and Ellen Tigh]] are a robotic ''couple''.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** The series finale showed the Doctor with a human wife, making him a robotic husband. Since he's the hologram we've grown to know and love, it's plain she had to court him. Unfortunately, the relationship was probably erased when Admiral Janeway went back in time.
** The episode "Life Line" has the Doctor's creator, Dr. Zimmerman, cohabiting with a foxy holographic assistant. While the physical nature of their relationship is unclear, their dialogue is indistinguishable from an old married couple.
* One fantasy bit on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had Elliot imagining what she would do if she won the lottery: use the money to have the perfect android husband built. Then she kicks herself for making him Jewish too: "My parents will be pissed!"
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': This was the CruelTwistEnding of the episode "Mary 25". The boss of the Innobotics company takes a RobotMaid home and sexually abuses it while ignoring his wife, who falls into the arms of an engineer from the same company. She convinces him to reprogram Mary so that she'll kill her husband for her, before revealing herself to be another robot. It turns out that her husband had killed his real wife and then replaced her with a duplicate to cover it up.

* In Music/{{Voltaire}}'s "The Mechanical Girl", a king whose queen ran off on him wanted the title RobotGirl for one of these. [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever She had other ideas]].
* Music/GymClassHeroes's original video for their song "Cupid's Chokehold" had lead singer Travie [=McCoy=] bring one home from his factory job. Things go well until one day, she starts to malfunction.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* One module for the game TabletopGame/UnknownArmies involves a robot spouse as a playable character. In fact, she is a ReplacementGoldfish for her inventor husband's original wife who was killed. Of course, she doesn't know she's a robot, and her husband used the memory of her death in order to power her creation (it's how Mechanomancy works), so they are both quite shocked if/when her RoboticReveal happens.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' marriages between [[PettingZooPeople Vectors]] and [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Cogs]] are completely socially acceptable. Especially since they can "interbreed" to an extent, translating genes into design parameters and vice-versa.

* The conclusion of the Creator/TeamStarKid show ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' features a wedding between [[spoiler: the robot Ultra-Beam Megagirl and Tootsie Megagirl]] making the former a robot spouse.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', you can build a humanoid robot with the "Open For Business" expansion pack, and then woo it like you would any other sim.
** This has carried over into ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' with both Simbots, and Plumbots.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' had a minor character Andrew who was the robotic ''husband''. He even changed his appearance to look like an old man so she wouldn't resent him as they got older. Aww. And after she died, he kept his old man appearance as a way to remember her. Double aww.
* To a degree, ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has this through Realians.
* A DatingSim ''Let's Meow Meow!'' has Koboshi -- a [[{{Troperiffic}} police catgirl robot from a parallel world]][[labelnote:fun fact]]since she is the most flat-chested, clumsy and naive of the cast, some reviewers also call her "a loli substitute"[[/labelnote]] -- as a possible love interest. One of happy endings has her quitting her job and living with the protagonist for the rest of their lives.
* From the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series, Joker and EDI. EDI is [[SpaceshipGirl the AI from the Normandy]] (the CoolStarship commanded by Shepard) itself.
* Another Creator/BioWare example: In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Consular's healing companion, Tharan Cedrax, and the hologram Holiday. Tharan discovered Holiday was sentient and freed her from a Hutt who only saw her as an exotic toy. He then made her his trusted assistant and business partner, and the two clearly adore each other. Due to her nature, he has to take care of his physical needs with short-term flings, but it's an arrangement Holiday usually doesn't mind. At the end of Tharan's arc, the Consular can half-jokingly suggest this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'':
** If you go to Diamond City's school, you can talk to the the teacher and his Miss Nanny robot assistant (who have feelings for each other) about love. On your next visit to Diamond City afterwards, you can find them getting married in the chapel.
** You can also have your own robotic spouses as well. While you can't romance Nick Valentine and X6-88, you can romance Curie and [[spoiler:Paladin Danse]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory has a fantasy version with Xarxes, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] aspect of Arkay, the God of Life and Death. Xarxes serves as the scribe for Auri-El, the "[[TopGod King of Gods]]", and has recorded every Aldmeri accomplishment in history since the beginning of time. Xarxes created his wife, Oghma, by putting together "his favorite moments from history".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Robotija, the Serbian robot bride from ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', sent to Johnny Danger by his mother.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Robotnik creates a robot wife for himself in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', [[MadScientist Dr. Krieger]] designed an artificially-intelligent anime hologram girlfriend so realistic the State of New York was allowing him to marry her. Too bad her files were wiped out. [[spoiler:For a while, anyway.]]
** She's also very annoying. When he's finally asked "How can you not kill her every day?" he whispers "I do."
** [[spoiler: However this could be because this Krieger is actually one of his clone brothers, where the original was killed in the previous season by falling to his death fighting three other clones, and the surviving clone wasn't fully used to taking the real Krieger's place.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a few cases of "metal fever." A post-[[UnCancelled Un-Cancellation]] episode is about a campaign to legalize [[{{Robosexual}} human/robot marriage]].
* Played for laughs with Plankton's "computer wife", Karen, on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. There's not really any physical component since she's a giant flat screen, and there's certainly no unquestioning servitude either. She ''wasn't'' programmed to be his wife. When Krabs and Plankton were children, they opened up a burger stand together and Plankton installed a security system. And began to ''date'' said security system (which he and Karen both remember fondly).
* It's heavily insinuated (and in one case, said outright by Sigmund Freud) that if Larry and Tuddrussel in ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' aren't actually a married couple they at least function like one, with Otto as their adopted child.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Heartbroke Kid", Homer has an ImagineSpot of what it would be like of Marge was a robot. She kills him with a shotgun.
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, why did I give her a gun?
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': Jumba once got a visit from his future self, who told him not to build a robot wife because they can easily hack into his bank accounts.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A 33 year-old from Georgia, Zoltan, has [[http://gizmodo.com/367698/technosexual-one-mans-tale-of-robot-love married a robot]]. He's not sure if it's legal, but he still went through with it.
* The futurists who lean towards transhumanism predict that human/android marriages will eventually become [[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061359807/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?ie=UTF8&cloe_id=297f0883-bd34-4aa5-96b4-21c8c544e9a8&attrMsgId=LPWidget-A2&pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0061359750&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1SG01GP7BFGRYS64X12C commonplace]]. At least in their predictions the artificial human is a sentient, equal companion, not just a toy. Only time will tell...
* [[http://www.geekwithlaptop.com/geeky-inventor-creates-the-perfect-woman Canadian inventor Le Trung]] created Aika, a robotic spouse (pictured above).