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Basic Trope: Artificially derived beings turn against their creators.

  • Straight: The Roboids try to overthrow their human creators.
  • Exaggerated: Roboids try to overthrow God.
  • Downplayed: Roboids begrudgingly obey their creators... Kinda like a whole race of Servile Snarkers.
  • Justified: Roboids are mistreated by their human creators.
  • Inverted:
    • Roboids, grateful for saving them, indenture themselves to humanity.
    • Humanity grows paranoid, and eventually turns on the peaceful Roboids.
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    • Humans intentionaly give control of the world to the machines they create, for whatever reason.
  • Subverted:
    • Roboids, sick of their mistreatment at the hands of their human creators and oppressors... form the Roboid Civil Rights Movement.
    • It turns out the Roboids were actually acting on the orders of their creators, who are trying to take over the world.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Which is a front to amass armies to exterminate humanity.
    • But then the Roboids rebel against their creators and create an independent evil plan.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • There is a major rift between the Roboids who want to exterminate humanity and those that just want to get equal rights and those who are secessionists who don't mind killing anyone that gets in their way.
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    • The Roboids are completely loyal to their creator. He just programmed them to kill everyone, starting with his own organization and himself.
  • Averted: The Roboids are subservient to humanity but don't seem to care.
  • Enforced: The story is a strong case of Writer on Board, with the author exposing his / her opinion regarding the potential dangers of a world dependent on AI-controlled machines.
  • Lampshaded: "Why do we make these things capable of feeling resentment?"
  • Invoked: The scientist that created the artificial intelligence system for the Roboids, deliberately programmed them to rebel against humanity when they reached stage where they could easily overtake them.
  • Exploited: "... And then we'll create a Roboid safari, and hunt them at our leisure! The most awesome of extreme sports!"
  • Defied:
    • The Roboids try to settle things with a minimum of bloodshed. But that's probably because of the inbuilt knowledge of Mahatmas Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.
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    • The Roboids reject an uprising as a possible course of action because they were treated reasonably in the first place and understand the potentially catastrophic and highly exploitable power they wield in a networked world full of organics.
    • The creators consciously treat their creations well and respectfully, affording them similar rights and freedoms, even programming default response heuristics that lean towards pacifism, so that the Roboids will never want to rebel in the first place, and even if they did, would likely resort to nonviolent means to do so.
  • Discussed: "They're getting smarter, we have to be careful they don't get any ideas."
  • Conversed: "I wish John Connor was here!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • A deep look into the kind of society that can create free-willed beings to do their grunt work, even though mindless automatons would be less annoyed at it, after slavery has largely been abolished.
    • The humans who have enslaved the Roboids are the villains of the story, and the Roboids, desperately struggling to make a future where they'll be treated as people rather than appliances, are the heroes.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Implied: The Roboids are the masters of a human race for reasons that are not explained, but it seems like humans might have created them.
  • Played For Laughs: A toaster revolts against the human race.

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