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* AfterTheEnd / JustBeforeTheEnd: The world is already [[CrapsackWorld half empty]] the other half will just take a little longer to empty out.

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* AfterTheEnd / JustBeforeTheEnd: AfterTheEnd: The world is already [[CrapsackWorld half empty]] empty]], the other half will just take a little longer to empty out.



* CigarChomper: Wallace, the cop who first discovers a self-modifygn robot.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: The Clocksmith]]

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* %%* CigarChomper: Wallace, the cop who first discovers a self-modifygn robot.
* %%* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: The Clocksmith]]


* UglyCute: [[spoiler: The bug-robot built by the Clocksmith with the help of Cleo and another robot.]]


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jacq, Rachel, and their child escape with their lives while Cleo and the bug-robot leave to help robotic civilization form, but only after a significant portion of the cast is dead, including Robert and the Clocksmith. On a larger scale, mankind will die out relatively soon but will leave behind their knowledge and creations to the robots, who will carry on civilization.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jacq, Rachel, and their child escape with their lives while Cleo and the bug-robot leave to help robotic civilization form, but only after a significant portion of the cast is dead, including Robert and the Clocksmith. On a larger scale, mankind will probably die out relatively soon -the returning oceans give them a slight chance- but will leave behind their knowledge and creations to the robots, who will carry on civilization.]]



* CigarChomper: Wallace, the cop who first discovers a self-modifygn robot.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robert Bold.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robert Bold.Bold, who deals with Jacq in good faith, promises him a good transfer for his work and is reluctant to fall in with ''his'' bosses more extreme policies.


Automata is 2014 science fiction film that follows humanity after increasing solar activity leaves only 21 million people alive by 2044. With radiation still rising developments in quantum computers have led to the creation of robots called Automaton Pilgrims to work building massive walls around the few surviving cities and mechanical "clouds" to shield against radiation. Jacq Vaucan is an insurance investigator working for ROC, the sole company that constructs and operates the pilgrims. Vaucan leads a simple life with his wife Rachel, but fears raising his soon-to-be-born daughter in [[CrapsackWorld the increasingly desolate city]] they live in. Things take a turn for the strange when Jacq is called in to investigate the destruction of a robot that was reportedly altering itself... something robots supposedly ''can't'' do. As Jacq digs ever-deeper he learns disturbing new facts and uncovers evidence of a bizarre conspiracy all around him, all the while facing questions about the nature of sentience itself.

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Automata is a 2014 science fiction film that follows humanity after increasing solar activity leaves only 21 million people alive by 2044. With radiation still rising developments in quantum computers have led to the creation of robots called Automaton Pilgrims to work building massive walls around the few surviving cities and mechanical "clouds" to shield against radiation. Jacq Vaucan is an insurance investigator working for ROC, the sole company that constructs and operates the pilgrims. Vaucan leads a simple life with his wife Rachel, but fears raising his soon-to-be-born daughter in [[CrapsackWorld the increasingly desolate city]] they live in. Things take a turn for the strange when Jacq is called in to investigate the destruction of a robot that was reportedly altering itself... something robots supposedly ''can't'' do. As Jacq digs ever-deeper he learns disturbing new facts and uncovers evidence of a bizarre conspiracy all around him, all the while facing questions about the nature of sentience itself.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Most scenes are desaturated and washed out, with an overall grey/blue/white colour scheme.

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* UglyCute: [[spoiler: The bug-robot built by the Clocksmith with the help of Cleo and another robot.]]


* BlackBox: The biokernal containing the robots fundamental AI and the two protocols is believed to be completely unknowable and uncrackable, except possibly by the person who built them. [[spoiler: Turns out that the biokernal was developed by an AI ''without'' the protocols that was becoming more and more intelligent - a selfcontained singularity. ''Nobody'' knows how the biokernal actually works.]]

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* BlackBox: The biokernal biokernel containing the robots fundamental AI and the two protocols is believed to be completely unknowable and uncrackable, except possibly by the person who built them. [[spoiler: Turns out that the biokernal biokernel was developed by an AI ''without'' the protocols that was becoming more and more intelligent - a selfcontained singularity. ''Nobody'' knows how the biokernal biokernel actually works.]]



* ThreeLawsCompliant: Two protocols are embedded in the “biokernal” of each automata. The first is not to harm any form of life[[note]]this usually extends to an unspoken "or through inaction allow a form of life to come to harm."[[/note]], the second is not to modify another robot or one’s self and the second disappearing triggers the beginning of the movie.

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* ThreeLawsCompliant: Two protocols are embedded in the “biokernal” “biokernel” of each automata. The first is not to harm any form of life[[note]]this usually extends to an unspoken "or through inaction allow a form of life to come to harm."[[/note]], the second is not to modify another robot or one’s self and the second disappearing triggers the beginning of the movie.



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* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming: [[spoiler: the Clocksmith]] explains to Jacq that this [[spoiler: "just happened", comparing it to the evolution of human sentience]]. It's suggested that this is the inevitable outcome for [[spoiler: any Unit, which is why the Protocols were created]].
* JustAMachine: Said repeatedly, sometimes word for word.
* MechanicalEvolution: The Second Protocol expressly forbids this, partly to prop up ROC's bottom line (as exclusive supplier of robot maintenance).


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* MoralityChip: Robots have two protocols that govern their behavior: a restriction against hurting humans, and an inability to repair or augment themselves.

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*UsedFuture: Everything in this film appears to be covered in a layer of grime.


* ThreeLawsCompliant: Two protocols are embedded in the “biokernal” of each automata. The first is not to harm any form of life, the second is not to modify another robot or one’s self and the second disappearing triggers the beginning of the movie.

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* ThreeLawsCompliant: Two protocols are embedded in the “biokernal” of each automata. The first is not to harm any form of life, life[[note]]this usually extends to an unspoken "or through inaction allow a form of life to come to harm."[[/note]], the second is not to modify another robot or one’s self and the second disappearing triggers the beginning of the movie.


* SonOfAnApe: Jacq mentions to a robot that he's with that it is just that, a machine. It retorts by saying that saying its just a machine would be like saying Jacq's just an ape.

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* SonOfAnApe: Jacq mentions Conway says to a an insubordinate robot that he's with that it is just that, "just a machine. machine." It retorts by saying that saying its just calling it "just a machine machine" would be like saying Jacq's just Conway is "just an ape. ape."


* DrivenToSuicide: Jacq gets motivated to investigate further after he witnesses a robot

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* DrivenToSuicide: Jacq gets motivated to investigate further after he witnesses a robot intentionally knock over a can of flammable liquid and immolate itself with its welding torch (something which should be impossible by its protocols). All because he asked it what it was carrying.


* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: The Clocksmith is actually a robot who's managed to move beyond his protocols.]]

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* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Clocksmith is actually a robot who's managed to move beyond his protocols.]]


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* WhamLine: More of a Wham Facsimile. It's a rather coded message, but between Jacq and Duprè, it shatters a very important part of Jacq's world and society at large.
-->YOUR VACUUM...
-->HAS
-->COME DOWN FROM THE TREE.


Automata is 2014 science fiction film that follows humanity after increasing solar activity leaves only 21 million people alive by 2044. With radiation still rising developments in quantum computers have led to the creation of robots called Automaton Pilgrims to work building massive walls around the few surviving cities and “mechanical” clouds to shield against radiation. The problem it seems is that humanity is still doomed and the robots are starting to act a bit weird.

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Automata is 2014 science fiction film that follows humanity after increasing solar activity leaves only 21 million people alive by 2044. With radiation still rising developments in quantum computers have led to the creation of robots called Automaton Pilgrims to work building massive walls around the few surviving cities and “mechanical” clouds mechanical "clouds" to shield against radiation. The problem it seems Jacq Vaucan is an insurance investigator working for ROC, the sole company that humanity is still doomed constructs and operates the pilgrims. Vaucan leads a simple life with his wife Rachel, but fears raising his soon-to-be-born daughter in [[CrapsackWorld the increasingly desolate city]] they live in. Things take a turn for the strange when Jacq is called in to investigate the destruction of a robot that was reportedly altering itself... something robots are starting to act supposedly ''can't'' do. As Jacq digs ever-deeper he learns disturbing new facts and uncovers evidence of a bit weird.
bizarre conspiracy all around him, all the while facing questions about the nature of sentience itself.



* BlackBox: The biokernal containing the robots fundamental AI and the two protocols is considering completely unknowable and uncrackable except for the persons that designed it. [[spoiler: Turns out that the biokernal was developed by an AI ''without'' the protocols that was becoming more and more intelligent - a selfcontained singularity. ''Nobody'' knows how the biokernal actually works.]]
* BrokenFaceplate: Played with as robots have mask like faces over their true robotic “skulls” often they are shot in the faceplate, also simply taking off their anthropomorphic mask in a sense makes them more human.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jacq, Rachel, and their child escape with their lives while Cleo and the bug-robot leave to help robotic civilization form, but only after a significant portion of the cast is dead, including Robert and the Clocksmith. On a larger scale, mankind will die out relatively soon but will leave behind their knowledge and creations to the robots, who will carry on civilization.]]
* BloodKnight: Whereas most of the villains are [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-meaning enough]], Conway seems to just really get off on violence and dominating things, human or robot.
* BizarreAlienPsychology: A lot of attention is called to the strange ways robots think. Many robots don't understand how humans can be deliberately harmed by other humans and at point two robots are shown casually scavenging parts off their friend who was just shot in the head. It turns out [[spoiler: the first AI was shut down expressly because it was starting to evolve to a point where humans could no longer comprehend what it was saying or doing.]]
* BlackBox: The biokernal containing the robots fundamental AI and the two protocols is considering believed to be completely unknowable and uncrackable uncrackable, except for possibly by the persons that designed it.person who built them. [[spoiler: Turns out that the biokernal was developed by an AI ''without'' the protocols that was becoming more and more intelligent - a selfcontained singularity. ''Nobody'' knows how the biokernal actually works.]]
* BrokenFaceplate: Played with as robots Robots have mask like faces over their true robotic “skulls” and we often they are shot in the faceplate, also simply taking off see them get their anthropomorphic mask in a sense makes them more human. faceplate cracked.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: The Clocksmith]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Conway is knocked off a ledge by the bug-like robot the Clocksmith built.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: Jacq gets motivated to investigate further after he witnesses a robot
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though not exactly evil, [[spoiler: Robert gets gunned down by Conway and his mercs for objecting to using Rachel and her daughter as bait for Jacq.]]



* {{Flashback}}: Throughout the film, Jacq has flashbacks to a moment in his childhood where he helped a baby sea turtle get into the ocean. This mirrors the main plot and what humanity is unwittingly doing for robots.



* PurelyAestheticEra: Due to ever increasing solar storm activity civilization is regressing mostly to the point of gangsters from the roaring 20s.

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* NonActionGuy: Jacq is an insurance salesman, not a fighter. However [[LetsGetDangerous displays surprising badassery]] once [[spoiler: his family is threatened]].
* PapaWolf: Jacq.
* PassingTheTorch: On large scale, humanity is unknowingly doing this to the robots.
* PurelyAestheticEra: Due to ever increasing solar storm activity civilization is regressing mostly to regressing. The general culture and style resembles a strange mix of the point of gangsters from future and the roaring 20s.20s.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robert Bold.


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* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: The Clocksmith is actually a robot who's managed to move beyond his protocols.]]
* SecondLawMyAss: In a final act of defiance [[spoiler: the Clocksmith shows how far he's grown beyond his programming by refusing to follow Conway's orders to get on his knees. Shortly after, Conway is killed by the bug-like robot the Clocksmith created, which was built without any protocols.]]
* SexBot: Cleo was built as one, but it's clear that her creator isn't very good at constructing; she's very patchwork and haphazard looking, with [[UncannyValley a stiff, plastic-looking face]]. Only someone with a serious robot fetish could get turned on by it.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: The heads of ROC genuinely believe that if robots were to gain sentience, it would spell disaster for humanity.


* ForbiddenZone: Outside the city is a slum whose residence are shot on sight for attempting to enter outside it gets even worse with radiation and unchecked desertification.

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* ForbiddenZone: Outside the city is a slum whose residence are shot on sight for attempting to enter outside enter. Outside it gets even worse with radiation and unchecked desertification.



* MegaCorp: ROC who employees the protagonist Jacq Vaucan and quite a few HiredGuns.

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* MegaCorp: ROC who employees the protagonist protagonist, Jacq Vaucan Vaucan, and quite a few HiredGuns.



* RobotNames: While several robots appear in the film most possess a simple alphanumeric designation except for Cleo who happens to look like Music/{{Bjork}}'s fembot from the music video ''All is Full of Love''.
* TheSingularity: Humanity’s time is at its end [[BittersweetEnding the robots that human kind created will be all that’s left]].

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* RobotNames: While several robots appear in the film most possess a simple alphanumeric designation designation, except for Cleo Cleo, who happens to look like Music/{{Bjork}}'s fembot from the music video ''All is Full of Love''.
* TheSingularity: Humanity’s time is at its end end. Eventually, [[BittersweetEnding the robots that human kind created will be all that’s left]].



* ThreeLawsCompliant: Two protocols are embedded in the “biokernal” of each automata the first is not to harm any form of life, the second is not to modify another robot or one’s self and the second disappearing triggers the beginning of the movie.

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* ThreeLawsCompliant: Two protocols are embedded in the “biokernal” of each automata the automata. The first is not to harm any form of life, the second is not to modify another robot or one’s self and the second disappearing triggers the beginning of the movie.



* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: They are mechanical clouds for one thing.

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* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: They are Swarms of blimps float over cities to act as mechanical clouds for one thing. clouds, dispensing water in rain, presumably to keep the radiation under control.

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