Playing With: Ridiculously Human Robots
Basic Trope: A robot character looks and acts exactly like a human.
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- Straight: ALI-C3 is a robot who passes almost perfectly for a human at first (and possibly second) glance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- C3 looks like a human at first, but she still has numerous glitches that keep her from perfectly mirroring human behavior.
- It turns out C3 is actually a cyborg, who had her former human memories removed.
- Double Subverted:
- These glitches mimic real human disorders.
- It turns out no memories were removed, and she was robotic with organic parts grafted on, rather than the other way round.
- 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.
- C3 is designed to have several of the same fatal flaws as a human (such as needing to breath oxygen), even though such weakness are not necessary for a robot. A villain destroys C3 by exploiting these fatal flaws (such as by suffocating her), rather than by more robot-specific methods of destruction.
- C3 is given emotions so human-like that he is vulnerable to typical emotional manipulation such as seduction, intimidation or blackmail.
- Defied: No robots anywhere in the universe are even remotely humanoid.
Bob: "ALI-C3... I was wondering, since you act a lot like a human and all, does that mean you're, uh, available?"ALI-C3: "Query: Define 'available'."
- Conversed: "I wonder if robotics is gonna get to that stage in real life."
- 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.
- C3 doesn't quite fit in with humans, but other robots rejects her as well, being disgusted by her idolatrous chassis. Ultimately, C3 is neither human enough nor robotic enough to fit in anywhere, driving her to depression.
- ...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...
- C3 doesn't fit in with pure humans or pure robots, but she and other Ridiculously Human Robots fit into their own niche, alongside cyborgs and other misfits.
- 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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