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A series of YouTube shorts created and rendered in real-time with Unity. Initially presented as a one-off short with little plot meant as a tech demo, the original short garnered a large enough fan base online that it drew the attention of Neill Blomkamp, who has since collaborated with Oats Studios to make a series based on the premise of the original short.

The short starts with a humanoid robot (the titular Adam) waking up in a cold, metal room while hooked up to a series of tubes and wires. Disturbingly enough, he awakens as if he was experiencing a Catapult Nightmare, and proceeds to Freak Out! when he realizes what he is; a human consciousness stuffed inside a robotic body for some perceived crime or another. He is then released alongside hundreds of others like him into the wilderness while being watched over by heavily armed humans before being taken by an enigmatic pair of robots.


The series can be watched here; Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3

Adam provides examples of the following tropes (spoilers for Episode 1 are unmarked)

  • Body Horror: The entire premise of the first short is based on the terror and confusion one would feel upon realizing that their body is gone, replaced with their consciousness being slapped into a robotic body for a crime they may or may not have committed. Gest even worse in Episode 3, since Marian's brother Jacob could recognize her, showing that these people do remember their lives before their conversion.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Adam goes through one when he first wakes up, only to be compounded when he realizes what's been done to him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The Prophet in Episode 3 has a series of thin scars running along his face and neck, as they're the places where his artificial skin peels off to expose his robotic endoskeleton.
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  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Possibly with The Prophet. He's definitely a robot, but he seems to be firmly anti-technology and pro-humanity despite being a highly advanced machine himself. Then again, we don't know his true motivations just yet, so it's hard to call it.

Alternative Title(s): Adam


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