Pilot is a webcomic made by artist Mx Bones. The idea for Pilot was first had several years ago, but it was shelved. After their Five Nights at Freddy's AU shut down, Bones brought Pilot back with reworked versions of the AU's characters.
The comic takes place in the year 2025, and stars the titular Pilot, a robot who was created by a man named Danish to fly planes. Having been built with whatever scrap parts Danish had lying around, Pilot isn't the smartest robot, and often gets into trouble with his close friends and Danish's adopted kids, Apollo, Bhanuja, and Cherry.
But it isn't all fun and games. The world of Pilot is a dark one indeed. The OB Mafia, an evil group of terrorist robots, seek to cause mayhem and destruction. Their cruel deeds have caused many people to now distrust robots by default.
Tropes are ready for takeoff!
- Androids Are People, Too
- Ambiguous Gender: As of 2025, people are a lot more mindful of non-binary gender identities. To combat this trope, the people of the future came up with a solution: Colored arm bands, which easily convey one's preferred pronouns so nobody gets confused. Going without an armband is perfectly legal, though you'd risk being accidentally misgendered.note
- Art Evolution: Because of Schedule Slip, the artist had a lot of time to improve their art between pages. Compare page 5 to page 6, for example.
- Artificial Limbs/Electronic Eyes: With the rise of robot parts came prosthetic limbs far more precise than what we have today. Robotic arms, legs, and even eyes are a very common sight, with several characters having them.
- BrainComputer Interface: Robots can do this, though it's unknown if there's any way for humans to do the same. The only characters seen doing it thus far are Pilot and Countdown.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: You'd be sorely mistaken if you thought Pilot was anything other than an actual plane pilot.
- The Objectheads have appliances for heads. Who'd have guessed.
- Fantastic Racism: Robots (Objectheads in particular) are often hated or distrusted by a lot of humans.
- Late for School: The comic begins with Bhanuja late for school and making a mad dash for her classroom.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The number of characters only grows larger and larger over time. The characters page lists about forty or so. A fan's count shows that there are over four hundred characters that have been mentioned/designed/otherwise shown.
- As of 2017, the character count has reached close to one thousand publicly known characters, with still more rumored to not yet be revealed. The author's love of making side characters to avoid burnout on the main comic has become a meme in the fanbase.
- Non-Human Head: The Objectheads have technology in place of actual heads. TVs are the most common, though radios and smartphones aren't unheard of.
- Older Is Better: Ahmad was a firm believer that his old cropduster, which he named the Dog-O, was just as good (if not better) than a conventional plane. He was famous for doing all his air stunts in an outdated plane instead of anything more modern.
- Protagonist Title: The comic is named after its main character, the Pilot.
- Replacement Goldfish: Pilot was based very heavily on his creator's dead father, Ahmad.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Most robots are physically very robotic, but a few (such as Norman) are so human that it's basically impossible to tell they're robots without being told.
- Show Within a Show: Loads of them. According to the author, most of them are ideas for other comics or games that they had, but didn't make for various reasons. They're connected to Pilot to help prevent burnout on the main comic.
- Three Laws-Compliant: Asimov's three laws of robotics exist in the world of Pilot. However, robots aren't physically bound to the laws, but will be punished with immediate termination if they try to break them.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The comic is set in 2025, though technology has always been more advanced than it is in our world, with several robots being more than five or ten years old.