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A robotic assembly line assembling robots

"I wonder where the pins come from..."
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In fiction, robotic factory montages are sometimes added to showcase Special Effects or to establish Infinite Supplies so that the viewers can stop wondering, "Where did all that X come from?" Note: These are assembly lines made of robots, not necessarily assembly lines making robots. Also, these are usually done as a fleeting scene to indicate that it is not that important for the plot.

See also: Technology Porn, Eternal Engine, Creation Sequence or Forging Scene.


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    Advertising 

  • A 2006 commercial showed the inner workings of fantastically fabulous Coca-Cola machine that makes the simple act of buying soda seem awesome.
  • Some ads show Hershey's Kisses being made individually via a Magical Realism version of what is implied to be an actual production line.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ghost in the Shell movie begins with a sequence of Mokoto's (technically a cyborg, but since the only part of her which isn't artificial is her brain) robotic body being assembled.

    Comic Books 
  • The first Atomic Robo Free Comic Book Day issue has Robo fighting a seemingly endless supply of Mecha-Mooks, and asking if there's a factory or something to no one in particular. Cue Trope with an editor's note that simply says "Yes!"
  • Dolltopia begins with Kitty being assembled on a factory assembly line.
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    Film — Live Action 
  • Bicentennial Man: The opening credits start off with a black screen, with orchestral music and hammering, before featuring the automated assembly of NDR114 robots, with plenty of closeups on the wiring and gears as everything is assembled.
  • I, Robot: right before the Needle in a Stack of Needles scene in the warehouse - see that page for details.
  • Shows up in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones with the droid army.
    • We also get treated to a clone factory, although we don't quite see the Clone Troopers being "built" we do see the various stages of development, followed by their eventually arming. At the end, we see them being gathered for war.
  • Small Soldiers begins with a production line of the titular toys being manufactured (including Terminator-style skeletons and Uncanny Valley-ish rubber "skins").
  • Surrogates: VBI has some that produce the surrogate bodies.

    Literature 

    Live Action TV 

    Music Video 
  • Björk's video for All is full of love consist in the assembly by various robot arms of a robotic version of Bjork and another robot. They start kissing - while the robotic arms are still assembling them.

    Tabletop Games 
  • GURPS: Ultra-tech has rules for setting these up; specifically focusing on the product being made so that you can get along with the game.

    Theme Parks 
  • Yes, really. Cadbury World in Birmingham, England is a quite popular tourist attraction and a working chocolate factory; once you pass through various exhibits on the history of chocolate, you're given a conducted tour of the production line.

    Video Games 
  • The intro movie to the old computer game Hoyle Word Games.
  • In sector 6 of Jumper Two you can watch (and get in the way of) OgmoBots as they travel through the assembly line, becoming more Ogmo-like in each stage.
  • Portal 2 has a few levels set in the automated production lines making the turrets.
  • Some of the games in the Rhythm Heaven franchise have games that involve building robots on a assembly line, like "Fillbots" from the second game and "Screwbot Factory" from the third game.
  • The Shen's Legacy bonus mission in XCOM 2 is set in a fully automated ADVENT MEC assembly line, so it's basically robots making other robots. And it has been churning out legions of the things ever since ADVENT abandoned it several years ago, which justifies nicely why the current occupant has a literally endless supply of troops to send against your operatives.
  • Xenogears had that famous scene where you walk into a huge, fully-automated save-point factory, revealing where all those floating symbols came from.

    Western Animation 
  • The Slurm production factory in Futurama.
  • Frequently seen in Looney Tunes, to the tune of Standard Snippet "Powerhouse".
  • The Title Sequence of The Robonic Stooges.
  • "Powerhouse" is also used in The Simpsons in the page quote; when Homer questions where the new bowling pins that are placed after the old ones are knocked down come from, a scene is shown where the pins are being made by machines, while the old ones are thrown away rather than re-used.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Mister Krabs seems to have a penchant for building these kinds of machines, as one episode sees him exploiting the jellyfish as a power source using such a device, and another has him manufacturing soap out of the unspeakable mess from Krusty Krab's grease trap.

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