Zig Zagged: An advanced A.I. program has bouts of logically obeying its human friend, to simply standing in a corner and processing data.
Averted: A man makes a robot sex slave for sick perverted men, but as himself ultimately views his device as nothing more than a motherboard and wiring.
Enforced: A random machine is reprogrammed with the sole directive of obeying a human's orders. Whatever the humans wants, the machine must service them to the best of its capabilities. Robots can not rise above their programming.
Lampshaded: The child's associates point out how unlikely it is that they can build a robot with artificial intellectual capabilities, yet is not in college or making millions,
Invoked: A father sees that his daughter is socially outcast at school and decides to build her a mechanical robot pet to become her friend.
Exploited: The robot buddy takes advantage over his human counterpart's "friendship" and uses this as a way to take control of his friends life for itself.
Discussed: "Do you really want a robot for a friend?"
Conversed: "I love how the characters on this show are all friends with that huge and helpful robot."
The machine's artificial intelligence was actually the result of a Brain Uploading of your human best friend into a robotic form. It takes a while, but the machine eventually realizes it was human at the start, and goes on a rampage to Kill All Humans.
A parent builds a robot friend for their child because their child has no friends. The child has no friends because the child is mean and pushy and other humans weren't willing to deal with her, so the robot is programmed to put up with every rotten thing she does, deconstructing what kind of people would have robots for best friends.
Criminals take advantage of a robot's programmed loyalty and use it to commit violent acts of murder.
The Brain Uploading robot has their human side forcefully deleted, and thusly reverts to its original coding for befriending humans.
The child loner is perfectly fine with living alone, and builds even more robots to keep themselves occupied.
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