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[[caption-width-right:108:Some robots have more guts than others.]]

->''"That robot has given birth to a man!"''
-->-- '''Sideshow Mel''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Inversion of the RoboticReveal, where a machine that was assumed to be a robot turns out to hold a ManInTheMachine or some other living creature powering or controlling it. A MobileSuitHuman may allow this trope to be ''preceded'' by a RoboticReveal as a RedHerring as there's a lot of machinery to expose before the actual pilot is revealed. For reveals involving a machine who ''used'' to be a living creature, see WasOnceAMan.

Be careful; some of the examples below are inherent '''spoilers'''.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Happens twice in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', first with the Evas and then with the dummy plugs: [[spoiler:the former are cloned [[EldritchAbomination Angel-like beings]] and the latter are Rei's clones]].
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** In the anime, Gray the Ninelives (one of the Gung-Ho Guns) was a robot, but in the original manga it was indeed powered by [[MeaningfulName nine]] dwarfish creatures inside it.
** Also, the Plants, which seem to be giant power generators shaped like lightbulbs but are actually humanoid aliens inside giant containers.
* Variant in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' series- when it is revealed that the {{Robeast}}s [[spoiler:are powered by brains of Fleedian people]]. When Duke Fleed got told all Saucer Beasts he had been destroying contained [[spoiler:all what was left of his family and friends]], he got a HeroicBSOD.
* Happens in ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' as well, when the core of the Nirvash (and therefore all other [[AMechByAnyOtherName LFOs]]) are revealed to be organic lifeforms.
* This is the twist in one of the ''[=DOLLS=]'' manga stories. A woman abuses her "Doll" horribly throughout the story, and flips out when said "Doll" develops an interest in a young man. The "Doll" finally has enough and shows the woman the blood from the injuries inflicted by her and forces her to face reality -- she is the woman's totally human ''daughter''. The woman had been [[RapeAsBackstory gangraped in her youth]] and [[ChildByRape the "Doll" was the result of that]]. The woman imagined that she had aborted her baby and replaced her with a Doll in an attempt to cope with her trauma.
* The ending of ''Anime/KeyTheMetalIdol'' revealed that [[spoiler:Key had been human all along.]]
* In the ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross Southern Cross]]'' section of ''Anime/{{Robotech}},'' the humans are startled to discover that the Bioroid mecha have [[HumanAliens Human Alien]] pilots. Some, like Bowie, become progressively more demoralized about fighting the enemy as they learn how human the aliens are (with Bowie of course falling in love with one).
* In the final season of ''Anime/SonicX'', the seemingly robotic Metarex commanders are revealed to be [[spoiler: the last male members of Cosmo's species wearing PoweredArmor]]. For example, in "The True Form of the Metarex?! / Zelkova Strikes Back", Yellow Zelkova's armor is destroyed, revealing his true form underneath.
* At first glance, Iris from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaReflection'' appears to be an AI, but she's actually a human soul that had been uploaded into a computer. She regains her human form in a rather... [[BodyHorror painful manner]] for those around her.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a ''DonaldDuck'' story, Scrooge [=McDuck=] fires his old butler, and asks Gyro Gearloose to build him a new, Robotic Butler instead, believing it would be more reliable, as well as less expensive. Gyro initially delivers, but Scrooge keeps making demands for expanded features, demanding that the robot like his old butler be able to talk, and provide insightful commentary on day-to-day matters. Gyro is stumped, but the problem gets solved when he runs across the old, laid-off butler, who wants nothing more than to get his job back. Final solution: Gyro disguises the butler as a new robot, and the "rental and service fee" for the robot is just about the same as the butler's old salary... the butler gets his job back, and Scrooge thinks he has an infallible robot.
** Done another time with Donald ruining Gyro's robot and subsequently dressing in silver-painted box-suit to "impersonate" it. Unfortunately for him, Gyro intended to sell the robot for heavy-duty labour. Of course, the reason Donald borrowed it in the first place was that he wanted to avoid doing household chores.
* In the first arc of ''ComicBook/JackStaff'', robot superhero Tom-Tom the Robot Man turns out to be a [[SamusIsAGirl paralysed teenage girl]] in PowerArmour. In a later issue, there's a RoboticReveal when Tom-Tom gets destroyed and the other heroes mourn her as dead, only to discover that she'd upgraded it to a genuinely remote-controlled machine and was safe at home.
* In the original ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter'' one of his earliest one-shot villains was someone who was obsessed with robotic perfection to the point of having himself coated in metal and acting as if he were one of the robots he idolized to become more like them. After revealing the truth Magnus quickly uses that to defeat him.
* In his first appearance, Timber Wolf of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes was brainwashed into believing he was a robot, only realizing he was human at the end of the story.
* A rather subtle example is done in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}''. Victor Manchez is revealed to be a robot, but [[Comicbook/{{Ultron}} his father]] casually mentions, in the midst of his MotiveRant, that Victor's robotic parts were slowly being assimilated by his human ones. This was done on purpose, with the hopes that when he was an adult, he would go to New York, be mistaken as a superhuman by the Avengers (and not as a robot), and go on to be brainwashed into killing them.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'', the hero Robot was actually a physically handicapped genius who remotely controlled a robotic drone. By the time of TheReveal, he cloned himself a healthy body and started wearing PoweredArmor.
* In the Eppy Thatcher arc of ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', Pope Innocent XLII has an apparently metal prosthetic hand that turns out to be a fake covering up one disfigured by the effects of his vampirism.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''WebAnimation/SonicZombie Shopping Mall'', Metal Sonic appears to be the leader of the video's MonsterOfTheWeek gang. [[spoiler:Then Sonic catches him taking a piss, and finds out that he's not fully a robot. Turns out he's actually Silver, who had to give himself a metal body after his defeat in the last video he appeared in.]]
* In ''Film/{{Tron}}: [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/1144855/chapters/2317686 Invasion]]'' (a loose adaptation of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh''), Mercury is escorting Administrator [=Ma3a=] to safety. A glancing blow from an attacker injures [=Ma3a=], and Mercury notices she's leaking blood, not energy. Since she had already seen blood when Jet was injured, Mercury realizes that [=Ma3a=] is a [[DigitizedHacker User]] like Jet is.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Anime/{{Steamboy}}'', MechaMooks turned out to be soldiers in PowerArmor. Discovering this was one of the reasons for Scarlet's HeelFaceTurn.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheBlackHole'' the Cygnus' compliment of robotic crew members [[spoiler:are actually revealed to be the lobotomized remains of the human crew who Reinhardt and Maximilian converted into subservient cyborgs after they tried to mutiny.]]
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Wolverine rips off the Silver Samurai's head to reveal [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida inside.]]
* Played with in the ''Film/StarWars'' films:
** Though it's mentioned in ''Film/ANewHope'' that Darth Vader WasOnceAMan, he still comes across as a KillerRobot until the back of his head is seen, unhelmeted in his life-support chamber, in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', a moment that serves to humanize him, paving the way for the franchise's famous [[TheReveal reveal]].
** Similarly, in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', when Kylo Ren removes his mask to reveal that, unlike Vader, he's completely human, and seemingly only dresses like Vader [[DarthVaderClone for the sake of dressing like Vader]].
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', General Grievous, in what is intended as {{Futureshadowing}} for Vader's nature, is revealed to still possess internal organs.

* In ''Literature/HouseOfSuns'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds, an amnesiac android named Hesperas is revealed to be at least partly human underneath his robotic shell. This surprises even ''him'', since he can't remember anything. [[spoiler:It turns out that Hesperas, before losing his memory, is serving Machine People as infiltrator to gain access to Vigilance, who aren't interested in interacting with robots.]]
* In the second ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'' novel by Alastair Reynolds, a tramp freighter in the Yellowstone system is operated by a woman and her oddly protective autopilot computer. The computer later reveals that it is a fully sentient [[BrainUploading uploaded human personality]] of a family friend that has been playing dumb as a computer to avoid being caught for crimes he committed decades ago.
* A partial example in ''Literature/{{Railsea}}'', when what [[ObfuscatingDisability everyone thought]] was Naphi's prosthetic arm gets damaged & starts bleeding. She wears it because, as ''Railsea'' is one-third Literature/MobyDick pastiche, she is expected by cultural norms to have both an AnimalNemesis & to have lost a limb to that nemesis. She has the nemesis, but her body still has all four limbs, so in order to be taken seriously by other captains...
* Creator/StanislawLem's Ijon Tichy, in one of his adventures, was sent to infiltrate a society of rebellious robots ruled by their [[AIIsACrapshoot crapshoot AI]] overlord. He finds out that at least some robots are humans in the same robotic disguise as he. [[spoiler:Then it turns out they're all humans pretending to be robots, including the insane AI.]]
* In Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Silver Eggheads'', robotic writer Zane Gort, who writes books for robots, considers this trope unsatisfying, but once used it anyway.
-->'''Zane Gort:''' Come to think of it, I once did end a Dr. Tungsten chapter just that way: Platinum Paula turns out to be an empty robot-shell with a human movie starlet inside at the controls. I knew my readers would feel so frustrated they'd want to get on to something else right away. So I cut to [[{{Fanservice}} Silver Vilya oiling herself]]. That always tickles them.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The pilot episode of ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' had a scene where a robot made from cardboard boxes and a teapot for a head enters a classroom, and as a result it, Barney, and the children start singing a song about a robot that's sung to the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot." (what makes this even more obvious is the fact that the aforementioned robot's head is a teapot) When the song ends, the robot opens up, revealing it to be one of the children that are with Barney.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Daleks are not really this, as they get revealed early on as mutants encased in mobile battle armour.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]] has [[spoiler:Tricky, who's really the youngest Van Baalen brother, who lost his memories, eyes and larynx in an industrial accident. His {{Jerkass}} older brothers decided to make him think he was an android for fun. The ElectronicEyes and voicebox helped.]]
** In a ShoutOut to the Turk (see Real Life below), [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]] features a hollowed-out Cyberman shell that can play chess . . . and is actually controlled by someone hiding beneath it.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]], Missy/[[spoiler:The Master]] trolls the Doctor by pretending to be a malfunctioning robot so she has an excuse to (extremely) make out with him.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' ended with Fargo cheating to win the annual competition to determine who'd built the most realistic robot dog by entering a real dog.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': 790 is a robot head, but he was [[WetwareBody meant to control a headless human body]], except in order for the connection to work, he needs a tiny but potent cube of [[WetwareCPU brain matter]] to control said body.
* [[spoiler:[=Tenaya7=]]] in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''.
* An internal example occurred in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', where rogue robots were being collected. Two of the sliders were only discovered when they were attacked with hand-to-hand combat, and the robots noticed the blood.

* The last stanza of "Boten Anna".
* This is how Kilroy escapes from prison in Music/{{Styx}}'s "Mr. Roboto" -- he kills a robot guard and wears its casing.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Militron from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaCDiGames Link: The Faces of Evil]]'': "Oh, my goodness! This is awful!"
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' features [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal an]] AnimatedArmour Aversion with [[spoiler: the Iron Knuckle fought before the boss of the Spirit Temple, upon its defeat it is revealed to be Nabooru.]]
** Similar to the above example, there's a certain cheat one can do that reveals [[spoiler:unconscious Gerudo women stuffed in ''all'' Iron Knuckles. It's probably just a leftover or something, but it still raises quite a lot of FridgeHorror.]]
*** Specifically, half-way through the fight with one, you knock their chest-plate off. IF you're quick with the First-Person look, you will clearly see a [[spoiler:Gerudo's chest inside the suit. This is because all the Iron Knuckles are actually just [[HeadSwap head swaps]] of the Nabooru model to save precious space on the cartridge since they use the same walk-cycle and attack patterns. It doesn't make the FridgeHorror any less [[BuffySpeak fridge horrory]], though.]]
* KAOS from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' is being powered by [[spoiler:an unwitting Donkey and Diddy Kong]].
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series games, BigBad Doctor Eggman actually captures innocent animals and turns them into robotic henchmen. Defeating said henchmen will cause their robotic shells to come off, setting the animal inside free.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', it is suggested that Shadow may actually be an android built in the real Shadow's likeness. In the Last Story of the latter game, during the battle with Black Doom, Eggman corrects this misconception and explains that he had a robot drone rescue Shadow from falling into the atmosphere after the final battle of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''.
* In ''Gokujou VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'', the Moon's boss first appears as a kimono-clad bunny girl, which mechanically breaks apart as she gets damaged, only to reveal herself as a puppet maneuvered by a couple of penguins.
* Played for horror with the golems of ''Franchise/DragonAge'', who used to be dwarves until a MadScientist encased them in rock and poured molten [[GreenRocks lyrium]] through the slits in the case until they stopped screaming.
* A variant in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': TheReveal that Cait Sith is being operated by radio. Obviously, [[spoiler:Reeve]] neither fits into Cait Sith itself nor into the moogle doll, but we were led to believe that he was just a normal lifeform anyhow.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:System U-D, the Unbreakable Darkness, isn't an ancient {{Magitek}} program that took human form in the same way that Reinforce and the Materials were. Instead, she's [[WasOnceAMan an actual human named Yuri Eberwein who was transformed into the program-like super-powered being that she is now]]]].
* ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN'' features [[RobotGirl Robogirl]], who was actually a human disguised as a robot due to an irrational anxiety of actual people.
* The [[Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden SD Gundam]] are all actual humans from the far future of the world in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'' who've evolved into Gundams...Somehow..and before one asks, surprisingly of all people, [[Anime/{{MobileSuitGundam00}} Setsuna and Graham Aker do not have any real interactions with the SD gundams.]]
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles'': [[spoiler:Face Mechon are made by replacing most of a Homs' (read: human's) organs with mechanical parts so that they can operate in what is essentially a MiniMecha. Almost every character thought to be killed by the Mechon returns as a Face.]]
* Played for horror in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. The Reapers are initally portayed as incredibly powerful and ancient sentient spaceships. Then we find out how Reapers are created: millions of people taken from the dominant race during a Reaper Cycle are ''liquefied'' into technorganic slurry that is fed to a Reaper superstructure. Worse, it's implied that the minds of the victims live on inside the Reaper and act as a MindHive. When Sovereign claimed that each Reaper was a nation, he wasn't kidding.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', [[spoiler:Angel is revealed to be a Siren, not a Hyperion AI like she previously claimed]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', after you defeat Jetstream Sam, it is revealed that, aside from his robotic arm, he has almost no cyborg augmentations and was actually wearing a suit of armor. This is made more evident in the Japanese version, where Sam's blood is red, as opposed to the cyborg's white blood.
* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', the mechanical looking Suul'ka are actualy [[spoiler:gigantic Liir Elders wearing PoweredArmor that allows them to survive in space.]]
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the extinct [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwemer]] were a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens supremely technologically advanced]] race, capable of creating SteamPunk machinery blended with their skill as enchanters to create powerful {{Magitek}} technology. Their greatest ancient rivals were the much more primitive Chimer, ancestors of the modern Dunmer (Dark Elves). The Dwemer were well known for creating automaton MechaMooks, ranging in size from FunSize SpiderTank workers through several humanoid forms, to outright HumongousMecha. The [[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks in-game book]] ''Chimarvamidium'' speaks of how these automatons were even better known at the time than soldiers in full-plate mail armor. The book is about a group of Chimer who attempt to turn a Dwemer [[TrojanHorse "golem"]] against its makers...
* Somewhat downplayed in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'': [[spoiler:The only real threat in this game, Springtrap, seems to simply be HauntedTechnology like all of the previous animatronics, but is later revealed to contain the corpse of the Murderer who [[KarmicDeath caused all of the hauntings in the first place]]. Granted, it is a possessed robot doing all of the legwork, but there is still a person behind the mask.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'' the [[spoiler:computer on Shay's ship that switched between a "mother" and a "father" personality are revealed to be Shay's actual biological mother and father who are operating out of a control room and using an interface that gives them control over the ship.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': while [[spoiler:Mettaton]]'s body is entirely mechanical, it's only to house the soul of [[spoiler:Napstablook's cousin]]. [[spoiler:Alphys]] just tells everyone he's an artificial intelligence in an attempt to impress people.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', Sigma at one point gets a cut on his hand and is startled to find that the cut is bleeding white blood. Luna tells him that the white blood means he could be a GAULEM, a form of robot with artificially produced emotions and pain, which are basically indistinguishable from humans when they've got their artificial skin on. She eventually runs a test on him and finds that he's not a robot. The irony comes in the fact that [[spoiler:Luna ''is'' a robot]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[Webcomic/DresdenCodak Dresden Codak]] presents the 42 Essential 3rd Act Twists: [[http://dresdencodak.com/2009/05/11/42-essential-3rd-act-twists/ Row 3, Column 6]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Oasis was assumed for some time to be a robot until she bled during her fight with Gwynn.
** Also, during Oceans Unmoving, one antagonist was a cloaked figure called Blacksoul. It was revealed that Blacksoul was actually a robot, the Obsidian Teknokon. But then it turned out that the Obsidian Teknokon was being controlled by Bun-bun all along... actually the "current" Bun-bun, whereas the Bun-bun that was being followed during the storyline was past Bun-bun before he was bought by Torg at the pet store.
* Jones of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is a prime example of EmotionlessGirl. Before the story got to finally explain what she is, it was a popular theory -- both among the fans, and in-universe -- that she was a robot. But she isn't a human, either; she's an immortal, indestructible human-shaped thing. [[spoiler: TheUnReveal is that even she doesn't know what she actually is, or where she came from. She's certain about not being a robot though]]
* In a ''WebComic/BrawlInTheFamily'' comic, VideoGame/MegaMan is surprised that [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus]] is not actually a robot.
* At one point in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Helix has a nightmare that all the robots are being replaced by organic impostors... [[TomatoInTheMirror including himself]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in a horror movie for robots.
** Also spoofed in "Amazon Women in the Mood", where the Femputer that ruled the planet Amazonia turned out to be operated by a fembot, who in turn had escaped from a planet ruled by a male bot operating a male computer. Leave it to the geeks at ''Futurama'' to have a machine pretending to be a different machine.
--> "Do you have any idea what it's like being a fembot in a manbot's manputer's world?"
** Also played with in "Insane in the Mainframe" where Fry is released from the Institution for Criminally Insane Robots after being brainwashed into believing himself to be a robot. After everyone else's attempts to convince him of his obvious fleshiness fail, a [[spoiler:bleeding cut on his arm]] snaps him out of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parody of ''Series/RobotWars'' in "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot": After completely failing to build a battlebot (it activates long enough to tear its own head off, then collapses in pieces), Homer covers himself in armour plating (a mailbox) and enters the arena himself with a hammer. He does pretty well, albeit with numerous horrible injuries, until he has to face a robot so huge (a parody of ''Robocop's'' ED-209) it ends up squeezing him out of the suit when it stomps on him.
-->'''Sideshow Mel:''' That robot has given birth to a man!
** Ironically, this means Homer wins the fight because Professor Frink, the robots creator, programmed it with Asimov's Three Laws, meaning it cant hurt a human.
* On one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, Wile E. Coyote consulted a computer to find ways of capturing Bugs Bunny, all of which fail. At the end the computer opens up and out comes...
-->'''Bugs Bunny:''' Of course, the real beauty of this machine is that it has only one moving part.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Mister Twister turns out to be [[spoiler:a guy in PoweredArmor instead of a robot. But then [[RoboticReveal that guy is a robot.]] ''But then,'' [[ZigZaggedTrope that guy actually exists back at the villains' base, controlling a robot version of himself which in turn controls the Mister Twister armor.]]]] Uh, ItMakesSenseInContext.
** It gets better. [[spoiler:A later episode reveals that the person who was controlling the robot version of himself who was controlling a PoweredArmor is himself, also a robot, much to the surprise of his creations. The real man is actually an elderly man by this time, lying in a hospital bed.]]
* Everyone who knows the truth about the Big Guy in ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'' are careful to keep it secret from the general public, who believe the Big Guy to have a fully-functioning AI instead of simply being PoweredArmor. Even Rusty, the Big Guy's sidekick, an actual AI, does not know the truth. When Legion Ex Machina build a duplicate of the Big Guy, they are shocked to discover the truth when the mechanics expect a hatch to open in the "Big Guy's" back.
** Similarly, the show's intro depicts Rusty fighting what appears to be a giant yellow robot with a hazmat symbol on its head. Once the Big Guy throws a car at the robot, what bursts out of the robot is a green mutant biomechanical frog-like monster with a robotic arm, which means the robot was also a suit. And it gets destroyed by the Big Guy and Rusty.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'', one biot turns out to be a disguised human... right after Phantom shoots her, much to his distress since he [[MechaMooks never kills]]. She survives.
* Eric Cartman manages to fool not just Butters, but every adult he meets (other than the Stotches) into believing that he is a friendly household robot from Japan in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "AWESOME-O". No one else suspects the [[PaperThinDisguise cheap cardboard disguise]] until, at the very end, [[spoiler:Eric farts]].
-->'''Butters:''' Hey! [[spoiler:Robots don't fart!]]
* A minor example in ''[[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky O'Hare]]'': Jenny uses her psychic/mystic powers on Toadborg, believing him to be a robot. The attack fails, making her realise that Toadborg isn't a machine after all.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** In the fifth season, after fifty years of fighting increasingly humanoid robots (and the occasional green-blooded alien), [[spoiler:Jack kills one of the very human Daughters of Aku with [[SlashedThroat a knife to the neck]]. Jack's face afterwards reveals he was not prepared to see red human blood.]]
** The Dominator appeared to be a droid, until his helmet was knocked off during his fight with Ashi. He's completely human, he's just some asshole wearing PowerArmor.
* In one episode of ''The New Adventures of Speed Racer'', the heroes buy a MasterComputer for their house. Turns out the [[BrainInAJar salvaged brain]] of a deceased criminal mastermind needed their workshop's facilities to build himself a new body.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Mechanical Turk was an automaton made in 18th century France, that was widely touted to be able to beat any human at TabletopGame/{{chess}}. Of course, people later found out that it was completely unable to function without a human chess master hiding inside and manipulating the arms. Meanwhile, it was inspiring UsefulNotes/CharlesBabbage and UsefulNotes/AlanTuring to come up with theorems about universal computing machines, which in turn inspired the first computer programs that ''could'' beat the best humans at chess.
* Horse_ebooks, Website/{{Twitter}} sensation and purveyor of WordSaladHumor, was eventually revealed to have been under human control since 2011. It was a true spambot before then.