Also known as Äkta Människor (his original title), Real Humans
is a Swedish Science Fiction
drama series that first aired on SVT in 2012 and has been sold to more than 40 countries. The shows deals with a parallel present in which humanoid robots (the "hubots") has progressively got a significant place in society. Humans use them as domestic help, workers, for company or even as sextoys.
But their condition also causes debates between humans. Some think they should be treated like humans, have rights and be respected; Other, like the "Äkta Människor" (aka "the Real Humans", where the title come from) is a political party thinking they are a nuisance and should be exterminated. And then there are the "Children of David", a bunch of wild and free yet dangerous rebellious hubots with obscure goals.
- Action Prologue: In episode 1.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Hubots come at different price levels, and the cheapest ones function poorly.
- Androids and Detectives: Bea, without her partners' knowledge.
- Androids Are People, Too: More or less the premise of the whole series.
- Antagonist Title: Real Humans is an organization fighting against hubots.
- Attempted Rape: Kevin and his friends against Mimi.
- Brain/Computer Interface: For the hubots.
- Butt Monkey: Odi. Shut down, stolen, used to chop up a human corpse, ending up as a sex slave.
- Cranial Processing Unit: Hubots have a soft, bluish brain.
- Crusading Lawyer: Inger.
- Cyborg: Leo, who was born human and then partially rebuild as a hubot. He still looks human though.
- The Determinator: Most hubots. Most apparent with Leo and Bea.
- Deceptively Human Robots: Bea manages to pose as a human. In Season 2, Betty manages to pose as a hubot.
- Eating Machine: Averted. When posing as a human, Bea turns down food. She swallows food at one occasion, trapping it in a condom.
- Evil Luddite: The Real Humans party.
- Fantastic Racism: Humans towards hubots.
- Good Old Robot: Odi for Lennart.
- Grey and Gray Morality
- Heteronormative Crusader: Flash against the priest and her wifenote . Her homophobia has a strong undertone of Boomerang Bigot: Flash desires to have a real relationship, and dismiss the human lesbian couple for not being able to have children together - something that she herself will never be able to have in any relationship, heterosexual or otherwise.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: David's lab.
- I Want My Jetpack: Non-hubot technology, such as cars, kitchen devices and mobile phones, seems rather old-fashioned. When characters travel by subway, they use 1950s cars, though most cars in Stockholm are futuristic-looking 2000s models. The series' writers have cited The Singularity in computer and mobile phone technology as inspiration for the rapid development of hubots.
- Job-Stealing Robot: Happens to Roger and many others, and used as a stock argument of the Real Humans party.
- Just a Machine: Regular hubots, as humans see them.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Several human/hubot relationships.
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: Leo and Mimi.
- The Mole: Bea. A police officer who joins an anti-hubot terrorist group... and turns out to be a hubot.
- My Rule Fu Is Stronger than Yours: A nightclub bouncer rejects Therese, Pilar and their hubot boyfriends. They sue the nightclub, which hires a lawyer, who requires a full examination of the hubots; which would reveal that they are illegally wired.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: The rogue hubots, especially Flash.
- Plenty of Blondes: The large majority of the cast is blonde, but well, it's set in Sweden, so this isn't surprising. Averted with the hubots, who are more diverse.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The robot twins Flash and Gordon starts out as being the same except for being of different genders. In the middle of the season, however, they take very different paths: Gordon develops into a morally upstanding Christian, while Flash develops into a despicable habitually lying Manipulative Bitch and homophobic conservative bigot.
However, Flash makes it quite clear that she is the way she is because she's deeply unhappy with her life. Which leaves it open that he may or may not change in the future.
- Power Source: Needed for the hubots to avoid Critical Existence Failure.
- Raised by Robots: Leo.
- Religious Robot: Gordon.
- Restraining Bolt: The Asimov block.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Some rogue hubots, and hotwired hubots, display human flaws.
- Robosexual: Everywhere between the humans and hubots. Oh, and one cyborg.
- Between Leo Eischer actually born a human but after he died was recreated as a cyborg and the hubot Mimi.
- Tobbe towards the reprogrammed Mimi (now called Anita). Later he realises he is only attracted to hubots, making him probably the most literal example of this trope on the show.
- Likely between Leo's father and Bea the hubot recreation of his dead wife.
- Roger towards Bea, though he is unaware that she's a hubot.
- Roger's wife Therese, who leaves him for her hubot personal trainer Rick.
- Therese's friend Pilar towards her hubot Beau.
- Hubot Flash is probably hoping to find a robosexual guy, to fulfill her fantasy of having a normal life with a human husband.
- And the existence of hubot brothels/strip-clubs such as Hubot Heaven.
- Robo Speak: Played straight with simple hubots. Averted by rogue hubots.
- Robot Names: Most hubots have English-sounding names, in contrast to most human characters, who have typical Scandinavian names.
- Robot Maid: Many of the hubots.
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: Simple hubots are at level 2; advanced models at level 3. Some rogue robots are at level 4.
- Superpowered Robot Meter Maids: Advanced hubots, such as Vera.
- Sequel Hook: The memory stick with David's code.
- Thank the Maker: The rogue hubots to David.
- There Should Be a Law: A nightclub bouncer refuses Therese and Pilar for having hubot boyfriends. They try to sue the nightclub for discrimination.
- Three-Laws Compliant: Zig-zagged; hubots have an "Asimov block", which can be hacked.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Cited as a parallel world, most technology is contemporary, except hubots.
- We Can Rebuild Him: The origin of Leo.
- Achilles' Power Cord: Literally for Odi.
- Attempted Rape: On Hub Battle Land. Prevented by Rick.
- Body Backup Drive and Robot Me: Bea, Lennart and Jonas.
- Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Bea does this to Niska.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Silas, at Hub Battle Land.
- Covered with Scars: Jonas.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Flash and Douglas.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Jonas wants Silas to shoot him.
- Instant Death Bullet: Zig-zagged, as Silas misses Jonas, and Rick kills him instead.
- Interspecies Adoption: Averted. Flash and Douglas try to perform one, but look for another solution.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me! / Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Flash in episode 6.
- Last Request: A last meal, eaten by Jonas.
- Man Versus Machine: Hub Battle Land.
- Robotic Spouse: Flash and Douglas.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Betty tries to trick Tobbe, but starts laughing.
- Paintball Episode: Hub Battle Land.
- Robot Kid: Available for adoption in Episode 6 though averted, as Douglas and Flash adopt a human kid instead.
- Scannable Man: Hubots' serial numbers are printed on their gums.
- Slow Clap: Kevin's speech in episode 6.
- Stag Party: Occurs on Hub Battle Land.
- Taser Tag Weakness: Most hubots.
- Title Drop: Several.
- Token Minority: Douglas, the only non-white human main character. Mimi is the hubot equivalent.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Betty does this successfully, to pose as a hubot.