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.
This series features examples of:
- Action Prologue: In episode 1.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Hubots come at different price levels, and the cheapest ones function poorly.
- Androids Are People, Too: More or less the premise of the whole series.
- Anvilicious: The Real Humans party is rather obviously Ripped from the Headlines as a travesty of the Sweden Democrats, which entered the Swedish parliament in 2010.
- 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.
- 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 wife. (The Church of Sweden recognizes same-sex marriage since 2009.)
- 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.
- Man Versus Machine: Hub Battle Land.
- 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.
- Power Source: Needed for the hubots to avoid Critical Existence Failure.
- Raised By Robots: Leo.
- Religious Robot: One of the rogue robots in church.
- 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.
- Robot Maid: Many of the hubots.
- Superpowered Robot Meter Maids: Advanced hubots, such as Vera.
- The Stinger: 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.
- Title Drop: In the beginning of season 2.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Cited as a parallel world, most technology is contemporary, except hubots.
- We Can Rebuild Him: The origin of Leo.