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I dunno, you'd have to be pretty desperate to do it with a robot.
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

Fiction commonly uses sexuality to show characters' negative qualities. Villains may be shown molesting captive women, or their lack of sexual desire can be a sign that they are evil. Unlike those tropes, this one isn't a sign that the character is evil, just creepy.

Robosexuals Are Creeps is about works portraying people attracted to robots as creeps, usually by having other characters get creeped out by it. This might be because the character is unable to convince actual people to date them, which might be why they screw robots, which disgusts everyone even more. These characters are usually socially inept. If they develop romantic feelings for the robot, the other characters will try to end the relationship now that its gone too far. If the robot gets destroyed, the robosexual will cry over it like they lost the love of their life, even though they have no reason to be sad since the robot can just be rebuilt.

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Whether this is actually justified or not depends on how sentient the robot is. If it is simply a programmed, unaware machine, then it's effectively just a very sophisticated sex doll, and would lead to the human being seen as somebody who is either too socially inept to have a sexual relationship with an actual human, or objectifies other people to an extreme degree. If the robot is fully sapient, then there may be concerns about whether it is consenting, or whether it has been forced in some way to be a Sex Slave.

Despite the name, the mate the organic is attracted to doesn't have to a robot. If the nonhuman mate is artificial like a hologram or something else similar to a robot, it counts.

Compare Kiss Me, I'm Virtual. Compare and contrast Bestiality Is Depraved.


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Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chobits: While Chi is kidnapped and held captive Ueda confesses to Hideki that he was married to Yumi, his persocom. During his marriage he had to put up with friends and neighbors cracking jokes at his expense, and says that since his parents had passed away long ago, they couldn't have objected. When she started to malfunction she couldn't be fixed, since she was a discontinued model, and he was devastated every time a persocom expert nonchalantly told him to just get a new one. After Yumi "died" by pushing him out of the way of a speeding car, Ueda held a funeral for her, which became a media sensation due to the fact that no one would mourn a broken down persocom as much as he did.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Judge Dredd universe, lifelike sex robots are both widespread and legal in Mega-City One. However, they're still just that: robots. One curious case Judge Dredd investigated had a nerdy teenager whose rich parents bought him a sexbot because he couldn't get a real girlfriend subsequently murder his stepfather for using it without his permission and then attempted to run off with his "girlfriend". When it's destroyed in the process, he's heartbroken, much to the confusion of the judges.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 6th Day: Adam's best friend Hank has a holographic "companion" at home which he claims to be better than a real wife. Adam, a devoted family man, just finds it creepy and pathetic. Indeed, outside of his friendship with Adam, Hank is shown to have no social life to speak of.
  • Ex Machina: Software programmer Caleb is invited to study a robot built by his company's CEO Nathan. The robot, Ava, resembles an attractive human woman, and Caleb is unnerved by how he seems to be falling for her and accuses Nathan of making her attractive so as to incline Caleb towards giving a favorable review. He then discovers that Nathan has built many other artificial women before Ava, most of which he abused and discarded and the last which he keeps around as a housemaid and sex slave, much to Caleb's horror. As for Ava, she was indeed built to take advantage of Caleb's affections, and his suspicions aren't enough to prevent him from falling for her and obliviously helping her until she discards him when his aid is no longer needed.
  • Jason X: It's implied that Kay-Em is the sex partner of Tsunaron, her owner/creator. He also happens to be the most socially withdrawn of the students. His classmates are too busy screwing each other, screwing their teacher, or getting butchered by Jason.
  • Solo: Qi'ra is noticeably unnerved by Lando and L3-37's relationship, particularly when L3-37 says their relationship "works."
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    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Westworld:
    • In Season 1, the titular park has human-like robots called hosts and they cater to the human guests who want to indulge with their fantasies without any moral consequences which include violent and sexual desires. Unlike the 1973 film which the show is loosely based on, the main characters are the hosts and they experience repeated cycles of abuse, usually sexual. And there are already instances that the park employees take sexual advantage of hosts during maintenance. However, the guests and employees are unaware that the hosts are slowly gaining consciousness which is exactly what the park's founder intended as he was disgusted with the guests' worst behavior, causing him to have a misanthropic view on humanity. By the end of the season, he eventually gives the hosts the means to take revenge on their abusers.
    • William and his future brother-in-law, Logan, went to Westworld to have some relaxation. He meets and falls in love with Dolores, a beautiful host who lives on a ranch. However, Logan repeatedly warns him that Dolores is not human and reminds him that he's still engaged with his sister. Later on, William becomes obsessed with Dolores to the point of killing all the Confederate hosts and abandoning Logan in the middle of nowhere. When he saw Dolores again in the town, her memories are reset and she doesn't remember him. This culminates William to become the Man in Black, a villainous guest who frequently goes to the park and torments Dolores. His obsession with the park and Dolores cause him to lose his grip on reality and ruin his marriage, resulting in his wife's suicide. As one character notes, William's repeated abuse of Dolores causes her to despise humanity to the point of wanting to destroy it.
  • Years and Years: The first episode establishes its 20 Minutes into the Future setting through a male side character who owns a roughly humanoid domestic service robot. When Rosie goes on a date with him, she discovers right as they're about to get it on at his place that the bot also has carnal applications that its owner apparently forgot to mention when he showed it off. She ends the date right then and there and wastes no time regaling her extensive family with the story the next day. They all share her opinion that the guy is equal parts disgusting, creepy and hilarious.

    Music 
  • The Mechanisms: Played for Laughs in that Jonny, who is known to have committed "literally every crime we have a name for, but nothing sexual," is grossed out by Nastya's relationship with the Aurora, their Living Ship. No one else seems to really care, possibly because every member of the band has at least one mechanical body part (hence the band's name), meaning that, technically speaking, they're all cyborgs.
    Jonny: Fuck the ship!
    Nastya: I do.
    Jonny: Ew.
  • In this Dark Parody of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins, it says that the most depraved sexual act in the world is "Sadomasopedorobonecrobestiality", which is doing BDSM on broken-down, underage, robot animals.

    Video Games 
  • Detroit: Become Human: Since Ridiculously Human Robots with burgeoing sapience are now commonplace throughout society, sexbots are also featured, and the game takes a rather dim view on them. During one of Connor's investigations, a dead customer found inside a robot brothel turns out to have basically been a Serial Killer who enjoyed destroying "Tracy" models, which caused one of them to snap and kill him in self-defense. North's Dark and Troubled Past is that she used to be a privately-owned sexbot who was similarly abused before she ran off to join Jericho. Hank further bemoans that people are no longer interested in human-to-human relations.
  • Fallout: New Vegas: James Garret, a casino and brothel owner who hires the Player Character to recruit new staff for him, claims that some "disgusting robot fetishists" have been pushing him to add a sexbot to his roster, and that he wouldn't normally want a sexbot within 100ft of him... but if he's going to make money out of it, he should be professional about it. If you do manage to find and recruit one for him, his dialogue suggests that he himself is a robosexual, and that he was trying to use I Have This Friend... to hide the fact.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: A sidequest involves searching for Elise Montagne's missing droid. Once C8-42 is found, the droid explains that it ran away because it was freaked out by her treating it like her husband. The dialogue options allow the player to be freaked out by it.
    C8-42: She... she tried to treat me as her dead husband. It was not healthy for her.
    The Player: Er... ALL the time?
    C8-42: You don't want to know...
    The Player: Um... probably not...
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
    • The Sheikah scientist Robbie built himself an intelligent robot assistant named Cherry, who was named after his first love. However, his wife Jerrin grew upset about the attention he gave the machine, so he dropped the name and reprogrammed it to be less articulate. He still occasionally slips up and calls it Cherry, though.
    • At the south coast of Hyrule, a woman named Loone can be found snuggling with a Sheikah orb she's named Roscoe, who she speaks to as if it were a lover. However, if Link brings her pictures of Guardians, the mechanical menaces of Hyrule too dangerous for most people to approach, Loone will be so enamored by them that she'll ditch the orb and act like she never cared about it. Subverted, however, if Link lures over a real Guardian, to which she'll scream and run for her life (without Roscoe).

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: Steve builds a robotic girlfriend by decorating a vacuum cleaner. Stan doesn't like this and tells Steve to disassemble it before he gets home from work. In an alternate future where Stan dies retrieving gold, Steve still has the sexbot and is viewed by everyone as a freak for it.
  • Futurama:
    • "Space Pilot 3000": Bender doesn't want others to mistakenly believe that he's dating Fry and be disliked for it.
      Bender: Well, ok. But I don't want people thinking we're robosexuals. So if anyone asks, you're my debugger.
    • "I Dated A Robot": The Planet Express crew is disgusted with Fry dating a Lucy Liu-bot, and they show him a propaganda film to try (and fail) to make him stop.
    • "Proposition Infinity": Subverted. Once robosexual marriage becomes a pretty clear gay marriage allegory, most characters become more accepting of robosexuality, with Farnsworth being the only member of the main cast unaccepting of robosexuals, and that's only because he is one who tried to suppress his robosexual urges after a robot lover of his cheated on him with another robot.
  • Gargoyles: Within the Quirky Miniboss Squad the Pack, Hyena is attracted to Coyote; and even more so after learning that he's an android. Her brother Jackal, who is himself labeled a sociopath by Word of God, disapproves and has deadpanned "That's sicker than usual."
  • Rick and Morty: In the "Raising Gazorpazorp" episode, Morty's family is concerned about him spending all his time in his room with a sexbot. Jerry blames and scolds Rick for this since the latter bought the sexbot.
  • South Park: In the "AWESOM-O" episode, Cartman disguises himself as a robot, and he and Butters eventually get taken to a film studio. One of the producers mistakes Cartman as a "pleasure robot," so Cartman freaks out and flees the studio's boardroom.


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