Series: Real Humans

Also known as Äkta Människor (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 where humanoid robots ("hubots") have gained a significant place in society. Humans use them as domestic help, workers, or even as sex toys.

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.

In 2015, the series got a British remake called Humans.


Season 1:

  • Cyborg: Leo, who was born human and then partially rebuild as a hubot. He still looks human though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 regular hubots, especially with low-cost models. Averted by rogue hubots.
  • Robot Names: Most hubots have English-sounding names, in contrast to most human characters, who have typical Scandinavian names.

Season 2:

  • 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.
  • 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.