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Basic Trope: A robot built and designed to resemble a woman.

  • Straight: Alice 3000 is a humanoid robot designed to resemble a human female.
  • Exaggerated: Alice 3000 is a Robot Girl. You wouldn't be able to tell that she's a robot unless you open her up or find her hidden access panel.
  • Downplayed: Alice 3000 overall form vaguely resembles a woman. This was made so to prevent the Uncanny Valley effect that so many cheap latex robots have in the market.
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  • Justified: Alice 3000 is a domestic robot. Her humanoid appearance was chosen so that consumers would feel at ease with their product at home akin to a housemaid or caretaker.
  • Inverted: Alice is a human woman who dresses and/or paints herself to look like a robot.
  • Gender-Inverted: Bob 3000 is a humanoid robot designed to resemble a human male.
  • Subverted: During the initial sales pitch, investors were expecting the Alice 3000 to be some sort of Fembot but it turns out that the proposed model was just a wheeled, barrel-bodied TV Head Robot.
  • Double Subverted: Turns out that form was just its more practical, power-efficient "function-over-form" state. The model actually has a setting that lets it transform it into a proper Fembot.
  • Parodied: Alice 3000's body is a parody of the female form featuring cartoonishly exaggerated female features and a matching personality to boot.
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  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: All robots in the setting are designed for practicality and function in mind. With the dire state of the world, there's no room for building costly walking sculptures.
  • Enforced: Professor Bob and his research team initially just wanted to release a more no-nonsense general purpose worker robot into the market but the higher ups insisted to make their designs look more feminine for marketing purposes.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, look there. Don't you think that robot looks like a girl to you?"
  • Invoked: Being well aware that sex sells, the marketing department pushed the engineering department to develop more feminine robots, hoping that it will sell well with robot enthusiasts.
  • Exploited: Professor Bob looked at his initial draft for his robot and realized that its internal mechanisms and inner frame, when put together kind of resembles a woman. Seeing this as an opportunity, he redesigned the outer casing of the robot so that it will look more feminine to capitalize on the coincidence.
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  • Defied: Professor Bob rejects that marketing department's proposal, stating that its usefulness in the workforce will be enough of a selling point and that adding unnecessary features into the robot will just hamper its overall work performance.
  • Discussed: "This model looks pretty boring ... I know! Perhaps if I adjust some component in the right places and made it look more feminine then it'll be more pleasant to look at."
  • Conversed: "What's the deal with these scientists making their robots look like girls? I mean what practical purpose does that serve other than sex appeal?"
  • Implied: With the debut of the Bob 3000 in the story, it's now likely that there exists a female version of him somewhere in the setting.
  • Deconstructed: Alice 3000 proved to be a commercial failure in the industrial sector due to the impracticality of its design.
  • Reconstructed: Eventually the model founds its way into the seedy underbellies of urban centers where they were repurposed for less savoury functions.
  • Played for Laughs: Joe owns an older Bob model wearing a pretty wig, painted on makeup, ducktaped eyelashes and a pair of metal bowls welded onto its chest plating.
  • Played for Drama: Bob falls in deeply love with his own creation. Their unconventional romance gradually sparked a political debate whether robots should be given rights.
  • Played for Horror: A grief stricken Professor Bob creates a robot that resembles his dearly departed wife Alice. Eventually the offputting artificial mannerisms, the way it awkwardly copies his wife, made him realize that a robot will never replace her and finally decides to shut her down. Unfortunately for him, the Alice dopplebot manages to turn itself on and now relentlessly stalks him. Killing, what it perceives as, any potential suitors that interacts with him.

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