Playing With: Ridiculously Human Robots

Basic Trope: A robot character looks and acts exactly like a human.
  • Straight: ALI-C3 is a robot who passes almost perfectly for a human at first (and possibly second) glance.
  • Exaggerated:
    • C3 has the complete outward anatomy of a human, including certain bits that would be completely impractical on a robot.
    • C3 has human organs and can even become pregnant and give birth to a human-ish kid that she is able to breastfeed.
  • Downplayed:
    • C3 may not look human at all, but her personality is almost indistinguishable from a real human.
    • C3 looks and feels to the touch like a human, but her personality is very glitchy.
  • Justified:
    • C3 was built as an experiment into human/robot psychology; she needs to be humanoid in order to get the full human experience. More utilitarian robots in the same universe aren't humanoid at all.
    • C3 has an actual human brain.
    • C3 is really a human but with a lot of robotic upgrades.
    • C3 was intentionally designed to be her creator's human partner/daughter.
    • C3 is an infiltrator unit, it needs to appear human enough in order to increase its effectiveness and avoid detection.
    • C3 is designed to function as either a Robot Buddy, a Robotic Spouse, or a Robot Kid for infertile/gay/etc. couples.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a human with so many cybernetics grafted onto him that he barely counts as human anymore.
    • Bob's species are organic life forms that look like robots.
    • Bob the human is so stoic and efficient that people often confuse him for a robot.
  • Subverted: C3 looks like a human at first, but she still has numerous glitches that keep her from perfectly mirroring human behavior.
  • Double Subverted: These glitches mimic real human disorders.
  • Parodied: Even C3's creator keeps forgetting that she's not human, which becomes a problem whenever it's time for her maintenance.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: C3 neither looks nor acts quite like a human.
  • Enforced: "We want to show just how far humans have come in the A.I. department in our show. Let's make one of the actors play a robot."
  • Lampshaded: "Query: Exactly what was the point of giving me superfluous traits like emotion?"
  • Invoked: C3's creator often feels lonely but has some sort of social disorder that prevents him from going out to make human friends. C3 is created so he could have some real company.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: No robots anywhere in the universe are even remotely humanoid.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "ALI-C3... I was wondering, since you act a lot like a human and all, does that mean you're, uh, available?"
  • Conversed: "I wonder if robotics is gonna get to that stage in real life."
  • Deconstructed: Being ridiculously human also means C3 gets none of the fringe benefits of being robotic; no improved strength, no extended lifespan, no super intelligence, no Brain Uploading, no innate tech savvy, no nothing.
  • Reconstructed:
    • ...At least, that's how she's forced to seem so people still think she's human.
    • But it's not a problem for C3: Having no robotic advantages doesn't prevents her from partying with her friends, play sports, go to a dinner with her lover...
  • Played For Laughs:
    C3: "I'm a robot and you only just told me?"
  • Played For Drama: C3 is just another person trying to fit in, but finds herself encountering fear and resentment wherever she goes. She can, and does, cry.

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