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Basic Trope: Robot speech sounds nothing like human speech.

  • Straight: Robby the robot always speaks in monotone.
  • Exaggerated: Every robot in the work speaks differently, and none of them sound like humans.
  • Downplayed: Robby occasionally lapses into monotone, or drops a strange pause or Stock Phrase stereotypically common to robots, but otherwise speaks just like a human.
  • Justified: Machines have no emotions, and thus no inflections.
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  • Inverted: The guy cast as Robby is a great actor who Took the Bad Film Seriously. All the actors playing real humans can't do better than Dull Surprise.
  • Subverted: Robby's speech sounds like human speech.
  • Double Subverted: ... In Alice's dream.
  • Parodied:
    • Robots speak so inhumanly it's a Brown Note.
    • Animal sounds are dubbed over to simulate Robby's speech, but the human characters in the show still understand him perfectly.
  • Zig Zagged: The robot creations by several different scientists are featured in the series - Robby's creator is far less experienced than ALI-C3's, so the latter sounds more human than the former. But let's not get started on the creator of Charl-1E...
  • Averted: Robot speech sounds like human speech.
  • Enforced: "We can't have the audience forget that Robby's a robot."
  • Lampshaded: "Do all robots sound so ... monotonous?"
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  • Invoked: Robby is practically a clone of his creator, Robert. Robert decides to make it easier to tell who is who by making Robby's voice very robotic.
  • Exploited: Robby is tasked to perform a crime because he would not sound nervous when questioned about his whereabouts by the police.
  • Defied: "Just because Robby has an A.I. doesn't mean he has to have an artificial voice! I won't consider him finished until he sounds like one of us."
  • Discussed: "I wish I could tell if Robby was sarcastic or not sometimes."
  • Conversed: "Why do robots in movies always speak in monotone?"
  • Implied: In a written work or comic fond of Painting the Medium, humans and robots use slightly different fonts in their dialogue. There is also not a single exclamation mark to be found in Robby's dialogue.
  • Deconstructed: Even if Robby is a Ridiculously Human Robot, his voice leads to him being ostracised by most of the populace.
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  • Reconstructed: ... But he takes up sign language and earns deaf friends. And/or friends who find his voice uncanny, but cool.
  • Played For Laughs: Robby's speech problems is the cause of many a Mondegreens.
  • Played For Drama: Robby's speech leads to Poor Communication Kills.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The trope is used to show that Robby is only a work in progress. The series chronicles his creator's attempts to make the first fully functional android in the world.

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