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Playing With: Humanity Is Infectious
Basic Trope: A non-human gains human-like qualities, willingly or no.
  • Straight: Bob is a robot who develops an individual personality by hanging around with Token Human Alice.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is an entirely inhuman Eldritch Abomination who acts extremely human after staying with Alice for a week.
  • Downplayed: Bob is a robot who very gradually develops hints of a personality by observing several humans over many decades or even centuries.
  • Justified: Bob has an advanced adaptive AI, so he learns from his surroundings.
  • Inverted: Bob is a human who hangs around with Eldritch Abomination Alice, and doesn't come out of it well.
  • Subverted:
    • While it looks like Bob has his own personality, it turns out that it was just some code that was installed into him by someone that made him act like a personality...
    • The Warrons appeared to have become more human after making contact with humanity. However they had those "human" traits from the start. They once had a rich culture before their repressive militaristic world government's stamped it out, reducing them to their one dimensional state. Earth culture spread via contact with humans served as a reintroduction that just brought forth long suppressed urges.
  • Double Subverted: But when the rogue code is removed, Bob begins acting strangely, doing things that a robot shouldn't for no logical reason, so he developed a personality after all.
  • Parodied: Bob keeps saying that he wants to be a real boy.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob develops a personality through hanging out with Alice, but it was just a software update, only it was a printer update. Except it is noted to have occurred in other robots after the printer update. It may very well be a Good Bad Bug, except for those of the same model who developed a personality without it....
  • Averted: Bob is a robot through and through. A logical construct, and remains nothing more than that.
  • Enforced: As a modern retelling of Pinocchio, Bob has to become humanlike by the end for it to stay true.
  • Lampshaded: "Have you guys noticed Bob acting more like Alice since she began hanging around him?"
  • Invoked: Alice wants to convince Bob to become a full AI, and the first step is to introduce some illogic into his system. So she drops a Logic Bomb telling him that humans can create humans, and since he was designed to grow, he'll become like a human too.
  • Exploited: Charlie hires Alice, Alex, Alicia and Allie to spend lots of time with AI's Bob, Billy, Ben and Zho'heli-tol in order to turn them human and create superlative ship AI's for his fleet.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to become human, and instead evolves into Blue and Orange Morality.
  • Discussed: "It's a bit depressing to think about actually, humans are a cultural steamroller. Will there be any alien culture or AI that develops and maintains independence from us?"
  • Conversed: "Aww, look! Alice taught the toaster to feel love!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob gains his humanity. Unfortunately, Bob becomes an outcast among his human companions, who still treat him like Just a Machine. Bob also can't fit in with the other robots because they find his new-found humanity disturbing.
  • Reconstructed: Bob finally understands what it means to be human: Humans Are Flawed.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice has a knack for trolling aliens species hats to fall off. She reduces Harmons to frothing rage despite not having even having a word for anger, cause Logias to slip up and start using contractions, and to win a bet seduces a Beeon worker despite them not even having a sex.

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