Playing With: Unwilling Roboticisation
Basic Trope: A character is made mechanical against their will.
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- Straight: Bob is turned into a robot by Emperor Evulz.
- Exaggerated: Emperor Evulz turns an entire city's population into robots by strapping them to conveyor belts.
- Downplayed: Bob is given an artificial heart (or, for style sake, a cybernetic hand!) after an accident without his consent.
- Emperor Evulz wants Bob as a minion, and Bob is terrified because Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
- Bob is not scared simply to trade meat for metal, but because he knows it means Evulz will be able to override his free will.
- A robot wants to be organic.
- Techtron is punished for his many crimes by being turned into what he hated most, a human.
- Bob wants to become a machine. Maybe more than he's ever wanted anything else in his life. It might be limited to wishful thinking, or he may be actively Working for a Body Upgrade, but either way, his fondest desire is to replace his meat with metal.
- Bob has his extensive cybernetics removed as punishment and to disarm him.
- Bob looks scared as he's about to be robotized, but then smiles because he wants this to happen.
- Bob wakes up as a cyborg and sees how extensively augmented he is. He begins to cackle in mad glee while admiring the play of servomotors, cogs, and girders in his new hands.
- Bob is seen robotized - it however turns out to be a mere mechanical doppleganger and the real Bob is still alive and organic.
- Double Subverted:
- ...But then he starts screaming in terror as he's converted.
- ...But then the Emperor sees Bob smiling and quickly stops the process.
- However said double was made from a clone and got mechanized against his will.
- Parodied: Evulz attempts to turn people into a robot involves putting them into a trashcan with leg holes cut out and dryer vent leggings. Everyone regards this as a horrific fate. Except Sally who points out the ridiculousness of the situation.
- Zig-Zagged: Bob at first doesn't want to be a robot, but then realizes how cool it would be, then thinks about how painful it could be, but changes his mind when he's told it's painless, but then changes his mind again when...
- Averted: It's impossible to convert anything living to fully robotic.
- Enforced: "We want to make losing to Emperor Evulz a serious threat, but we can't have him kill anyone. What if he made people he beat into his robotic slaves?"
- Lampshaded: "Is this the part where I'm strapped to a table and get put through an auto-shop?"
- Invoked: Emperor Evulz builds his Robotinator early on to have a legion of loyal followers and to stomp out The Evils of Free Will.
- Exploited: Bob decides to use Emperor Evulz' technology against him, either by...
A) Employing his new weapons and abilities against the tyrant.
B) Reverse-engineering it with the help of his allies, to develop counter-measures for it and/or to apply it on their own machines.
C) Using a combination of the two previous options.
- Emperor Evulz would never do something so inhuman to his opponents.
- The people that want to confer Bob with cybernetic upgrades ask for his explicit permission, but only after explaining him in full detail the risks and implications that such modifications carry along, so that he might take a well informed decision.
- Discussed: "What kind of sick freak turns people into his tin soldiers?!"
- Conversed: ???
- Implied: We see robotic versions of earlier characters and we never find their origin or if there is an original somewhere.
- Deconstructed: The process to convert an organic into an inorganic is time consuming, wasteful to resources, and the machines barely last due to various complications. The idea gets scrapped.
- Reconstructed: After lots of refining and testing, robotizing becomes a streamlined evil emperor's dream-come-true and hero's worst nightmare.
- Played For Drama: Bob became gravely injured while fighting Emperor Evulz, and the only way known to save his life was to undergo roboticisation. Alice, though, was the one who made the call because Bob was unconscious at the time. It turns out Bob is at best mixed about no longer being human even if he understands that there was no other way, and it weighs heavily on his relationship with Alice.
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