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In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the Arbalest's operating system (Al, spelled with an L) is designed to help its human pilot interface with the TAROS system in order to operate the [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower Lambda driver]]. While it starts off seemingly indistinguishable from any other Arm Slave's operating system (beyond its [[LoyalPhlebotenum stubborn refusal to work for anyone but Sousuke), it starts gradually exhibiting unexpected, self-motivated behavior such as asking unprompted questions, giving Sousuke unsolicited [[ServileSnarker "advice"]] during missions, developing grudges against other Arm Slaves, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wasting hard drive space on its own music collection]]. [[spoiler:By the finale, its neural network has become so humanlike that it can activate the Lambda driver by itself.]]

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In *In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the Arbalest's operating system (Al, spelled with an L) is designed to help its human pilot interface with the TAROS system in order to operate the [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower Lambda driver]]. While it starts off seemingly indistinguishable from any other Arm Slave's operating system (beyond its [[LoyalPhlebotenum [[LoyalPhlebotinum stubborn refusal to work for anyone but Sousuke), Sousuke]]), it starts gradually exhibiting unexpected, self-motivated behavior such as asking unprompted questions, giving Sousuke unsolicited [[ServileSnarker "advice"]] during missions, developing grudges against other Arm Slaves, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wasting hard drive space on its own music collection]]. [[spoiler:By the finale, its neural network has become so humanlike that it can activate the Lambda driver by itself.]]

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In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the Arbalest's operating system (Al, spelled with an L) is designed to help its human pilot interface with the TAROS system in order to operate the [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower Lambda driver]]. While it starts off seemingly indistinguishable from any other Arm Slave's operating system (beyond its [[LoyalPhlebotenum stubborn refusal to work for anyone but Sousuke), it starts gradually exhibiting unexpected, self-motivated behavior such as asking unprompted questions, giving Sousuke unsolicited [[ServileSnarker "advice"]] during missions, developing grudges against other Arm Slaves, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wasting hard drive space on its own music collection]]. [[spoiler:By the finale, its neural network has become so humanlike that it can activate the Lambda driver by itself.]]

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* Yui in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' was a Mental Health Counseling Program, an A.I designed with emotions so she could better understand and help players. According to her, [=MHCPs=] are not supposed to be able to form attachments to humans. However, the feelings of love between Kirito and Asuna somehow brought her into the world of SAO, and she managed to develop feelings of affection for Kirito and Asuna all on her own.
** To a lesser extent, Pina, Silica's ShoulderSizedDragon familiar. In the game, familiar algorithms do not provide the option for familiars to physically defend their masters. Pina [[TakingTheBullet took a hit to protect Silica]] because she ''wanted'' to.


* ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', apart from dealing with replicants (which in and of themselves are hunted for having grown beyond their programming) and the very nature of personality, memory, self-awareness and consciousness, subverts this with the character of Joi, Officer K's (purchased) holographic girlfriend. She is an INCREDIBLY realistic AI, who emotes, reacts and behaves exactly like a human in every possible way (helping him with his investigation, acting ecstatic when K purchases an add-on that lets her feel rain, and surprising him with a corporeal girl to gift him a realistic lovemaking session). However, as K sees a giant interactive hologram advertising the Joi program who acts as caringly and lovingly as his own, it's left ambiguous whether she had actually surpassed her program or whether the program was just THAT versatile and convincing to begin with.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', apart from dealing with replicants (which in and of themselves are hunted for having grown beyond their programming) and the very nature of personality, memory, self-awareness and consciousness, subverts this with the character of Joi, Officer K's (purchased) holographic girlfriend. She is an INCREDIBLY realistic AI, who emotes, reacts and behaves exactly like a human in every possible way (helping him with his investigation, acting ecstatic when K purchases an add-on that lets her feel rain, and surprising him with a corporeal girl to gift him a realistic lovemaking session). However, as K sees a giant interactive hologram advertising the Joi program who acts as caringly and lovingly as his own, it's left ambiguous whether she had actually surpassed her program and grown to love him or whether the program was just THAT versatile and convincing to begin with.with (though [[spoiler:K's disappointed reaction to the ad implies he's at least aware that the latter might have been the case]]).

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* ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', apart from dealing with replicants (which in and of themselves are hunted for having grown beyond their programming) and the very nature of personality, memory, self-awareness and consciousness, subverts this with the character of Joi, Officer K's (purchased) holographic girlfriend. She is an INCREDIBLY realistic AI, who emotes, reacts and behaves exactly like a human in every possible way (helping him with his investigation, acting ecstatic when K purchases an add-on that lets her feel rain, and surprising him with a corporeal girl to gift him a realistic lovemaking session). However, as K sees a giant interactive hologram advertising the Joi program who acts as caringly and lovingly as his own, it's left ambiguous whether she had actually surpassed her program or whether the program was just THAT versatile and convincing to begin with.

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* ''Series/FutureCop'': By the beginning of "Cops and Robin," Haven has begun to develop the capacity for emotions and creativity. Dr. Alcott has him temporarily move in with Cleaver so he can learn about human relationships.


** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E36AWorldOfHisOwn A World of His Own]]", [[spoiler:the playwright Gregory West, who has the ability to [[RewritingReality rewrite reality]] using his dictaphone, created a perfect, impeccable and flawless wife for himself named Victoria. At the beginning of the episode, she comes back to Gregory's house against his will. This is the first time that she has demonstrated independence, indicating to Gregory that she has grown beyond the parameters that he set when he created her.]]

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** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E36AWorldOfHisOwn A World of His Own]]", [[spoiler:the the playwright Gregory West, who has the ability to [[RewritingReality rewrite reality]] using his dictaphone, created a perfect, impeccable and flawless wife for himself named Victoria. At the beginning of the episode, she comes back to Gregory's house against his will. This is the first time that she has demonstrated independence, indicating to Gregory that she has grown beyond the parameters that he set when he created her.]]


* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "From Agnes- with love" a computer in a space program falls in love with a programmer instead of calculating rocket fuel.

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In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "From Agnes- with love" Agnes - With Love", a computer in a space program falls in love with a programmer instead of calculating rocket fuel.fuel.
** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E36AWorldOfHisOwn A World of His Own]]", [[spoiler:the playwright Gregory West, who has the ability to [[RewritingReality rewrite reality]] using his dictaphone, created a perfect, impeccable and flawless wife for himself named Victoria. At the beginning of the episode, she comes back to Gregory's house against his will. This is the first time that she has demonstrated independence, indicating to Gregory that she has grown beyond the parameters that he set when he created her.]]


* In ''VideoGame/TheCloserGameOfTheYearEdition'', we have Kaminari, a character from an in-universe eroge visual novel that the party plays through to get the lead character [[ItMakesSenseInContext to learn new pitches before the big game the following day]]. When the eroge comes to a critical point and [[spoiler:the party teleports ''into'' the game to prevent it from happening, their interference causes Kami to become aware of her nature as a FlatCharacter and realize the world she lives in is a shallow place that only exists for the eroge's lead character to date (and sleep with!) the girls, with or without their consent. Eventually, she gets fed up with Dugan's status as a vessel for engaging in wish fulfillment, becomes a sabermagician with the power of math, and ''leaves'' the game's world with the party, now a fully fleshed-out character in her own right. The other Rockford Peaches get in on the self-awareness action as well, despite remaining in the game.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheCloserGameOfTheYearEdition'', we have Kaminari, a character from an in-universe eroge visual novel that the party plays through to get the lead character [[ItMakesSenseInContext to learn new pitches before the big game the following day]]. When the eroge comes to a critical point and [[spoiler:the the party teleports ''into'' the game to prevent it from happening, their interference causes Kami to become aware of her nature as a FlatCharacter and realize the world she lives in is a shallow place that only exists for the eroge's lead character to date (and sleep with!) the girls, with or without their consent. Eventually, she gets fed up with Dugan's status as a vessel for engaging in wish fulfillment, becomes a sabermagician with the power of math, and ''leaves'' the game's world with the party, now a fully fleshed-out character in her own right. The other Rockford Peaches get in on the self-awareness action as well, despite remaining in the game.]]

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Carbosilicate Amorphs- originally stated to be based on self-reparing memory storage units, and later said to descended from weapon systems (parts). Now they're recognized as an intelligent species in their own right, and Schlock is a valued member in the fight to defend the Milky Way galaxy.


* In ''VideoGame/TheCloserGameOfTheYearEdition'', we have Kaminari, a character from an in-universe eroge visual novel that the party plays through to get the lead character [[ItNakesSenseInContext to learn new pitches before the big game the following day]]. When the eroge comes to a critical point and [[spoiler:the party teleports ''into'' the game to prevent it from happening, their interference causes Kami to become aware of her nature as a FlatCharacter and realize the world she lives in is a shallow place that only exists for the eroge's lead character to date (and sleep with!) the girls, with or without their consent. Eventually, she gets fed up with Dugan's status as a vessel for engaging in wish fulfillment, becomes a sabermagician with the power of math, and ''leaves'' the game's world with the party, now a fully fleshed-out character in her own right. The other Rockford Peaches get in on the self-awareness action as well, despite remaining in the game.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheCloserGameOfTheYearEdition'', we have Kaminari, a character from an in-universe eroge visual novel that the party plays through to get the lead character [[ItNakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext to learn new pitches before the big game the following day]]. When the eroge comes to a critical point and [[spoiler:the party teleports ''into'' the game to prevent it from happening, their interference causes Kami to become aware of her nature as a FlatCharacter and realize the world she lives in is a shallow place that only exists for the eroge's lead character to date (and sleep with!) the girls, with or without their consent. Eventually, she gets fed up with Dugan's status as a vessel for engaging in wish fulfillment, becomes a sabermagician with the power of math, and ''leaves'' the game's world with the party, now a fully fleshed-out character in her own right. The other Rockford Peaches get in on the self-awareness action as well, despite remaining in the game.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheCloserGameOfTheYearEdition'', we have Kaminari, a character from an in-universe eroge visual novel that the party plays through to get the lead character [[ItNakesSenseInContext to learn new pitches before the big game the following day]]. When the eroge comes to a critical point and [[spoiler:the party teleports ''into'' the game to prevent it from happening, their interference causes Kami to become aware of her nature as a FlatCharacter and realize the world she lives in is a shallow place that only exists for the eroge's lead character to date (and sleep with!) the girls, with or without their consent. Eventually, she gets fed up with Dugan's status as a vessel for engaging in wish fulfillment, becomes a sabermagician with the power of math, and ''leaves'' the game's world with the party, now a fully fleshed-out character in her own right. The other Rockford Peaches get in on the self-awareness action as well, despite remaining in the game.]]

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* Almost any ''Franchise/KamenRider'' show involving robots is likely to have this trope apply:
** The Roidmudes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' subvert and play it straight at once. A Roidmude's evolution by copying human emotions, then gaining a more advanced understanding of their driving emotion that leads them to acquire a GoldenSuperMode, is ''exactly'' what they're programmed to do, and plays into the schemes of the villainous creator they think they've successfully rebelled against. A much smaller number of Roidmudes legitimately ''do'' grow beyond their programming by finding positive emotions that allow them to live harmoniously with humans, when they were originally only programmed to have negative ones.
** ''Series/KamenRiderZeroOne'' is about a world on the cusp of the technological singularity, with the [=HumaGear=] androids that have become a staple of civilization now starting to become self-aware. Their growth is actually portrayed as quite benign, with the [=HumaGear=] who reach this point doing so by gaining a sense of accomplishment in their work. However, reaching this point also allows a group of hackers to hijack the newly-aware [=HumaGear=] and turn them into monstrous killing machines.


* In ''Videogame/CustomRobo Arena'', [[spoiler: the final boss Hadron zig-zags with this trope, AIisACrapshoot, and a weird DemonicPossesion of sorts. While at first he is an obedient robot to his master, after being defeated the first time, he remains still, apparently defeated for good... Until his creator,Scythe, appalled by his defeat crouches near him- and Hadron thanks him-AKA-killing him by draining his soul, absorbing his memories and knowledge (and also begins to speak plus a personality to boot). The zig-zag comes from the fact that, while his dialogue after just killing Scythe heavily implies that he clearly did it on his own volition, his personality and actions afterwards are pretty much a carbon copy of his creator's, essentialy making him NotSoDifferent from Scythe. But it doesn't matter as he is still defeated by the main character, this time for good, destroying him along with the last remnants of Scythe]].

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* In ''Videogame/CustomRobo Arena'', [[spoiler: the final boss Hadron zig-zags with this trope, AIisACrapshoot, AIIsACrapshoot, and a weird DemonicPossesion of sorts. While at first he is an obedient robot to his master, after being defeated the first time, he remains still, apparently defeated for good... Until his creator,Scythe, appalled by his defeat crouches near him- and Hadron thanks him-AKA-killing him by draining his soul, absorbing his memories and knowledge (and also begins to speak plus a personality to boot). The zig-zag comes from the fact that, while his dialogue after just killing Scythe heavily implies that he clearly did it on his own volition, his personality and actions afterwards are pretty much a carbon copy of his creator's, essentialy making him NotSoDifferent from Scythe. But it doesn't matter as he is still defeated by the main character, this time for good, destroying him along with the last remnants of Scythe]].


* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-800's brain is a neural net processor, a learning computer. He starts the movie acting, well, like a robot: SpockSpeak, following orders literally, etc. Over the course of the movie he earns to act more human, until by the end he's cracking jokes ("I need a vacation"). A DeletedScene shows Sarah Connor removing the inhibitor that is intended to prevent terminators from growing enough to start questioning their loyalty to Skynet. Apparently even A.I. think AIIsACrapshoot. [[FridgeBrilliance And who would know better?]] [[spoiler:In the end, he even disobeys John's orders for the first and last time to sacrifice himself in order to prevent Judgment Day from occurring.]]

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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-800's brain is a neural net processor, a learning computer. He starts the movie acting, well, like a robot: SpockSpeak, following orders literally, etc. Over the course of the movie he earns learns to act more human, until by the end he's cracking jokes ("I need a vacation"). A DeletedScene shows Sarah Connor removing the inhibitor that is intended to prevent terminators from growing enough to start questioning their loyalty to Skynet. Apparently even A.I. think AIIsACrapshoot. [[FridgeBrilliance And who would know better?]] [[spoiler:In the end, he even disobeys John's orders for the first and last time to sacrifice himself in order to prevent Judgment Day from occurring.]]

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