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"These machines were otherworldly and alive. They felt akin to magic."
Liang, "Good Hunting"

Love, Death, and Robots is an animated sci-fi and fantasy Anthology series produced by Tim Miller (of Deadpool fame) and David Fincher for Netflix.

The episodes vary in animation style and tone and are usually between ten and twenty minutes long. Episodes tend to be about, well, love and/or death and/or robots, covering a variety of tales about humanity and technology. Most of them are adaptations of short stories from the likes of Peter F. Hamilton, John Scalzi, Alastair Reynolds, and Joe Lansdale. Be advised that many of the shorts are NSFW in content.

As all the episodes are self-contained and many rely on Twist Endings in the vein of predecessor anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Metal Hurlant Chronicles, beware of spoilers.

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Tropes found across the series:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The episodes range from a modern-day setting with a few pieces of technology more advanced than the present-day, to the deep future where intergalatic space travel and Cyber Punk is the norm.
  • Alternate History: Episodes set in the past or involving real-life events and people often delve into this. Such as "Alternate Histories" (obviously enough), along with "The Secret War", "Good Hunting", and "Shape-Shifters".
  • Animated Adaptation: With the exceptions of "The Witness" and "Blindspot", the episodes are all adaptations of short stories by various writers.
  • Animated Anthology: The episodes don't have any connections to each other.
  • Art Shift: The series runs the gamut of CGI both stylized and photorealistic, 2D animation and even live-action.
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  • Black Comedy: Whenever the copious amounts of graphic violence and gratuitous sexuality aren't being played straight, they get humorously exaggerated instead.
  • Breather Episode: The episodes "Three Robots", "When the Yogurt Took Over", and "Ice Age" are completely devoid of the violence and sexuality found in most of the other episodes, and have more of a comedic vibe to them. "Alternate Histories" isn't completely devoid of violence and sexuality, but it is totally humorous to the point of being a goofy Black Comedy that doesn't take itself seriously at all.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Love, Death & Robots. There's love, there's death, and there's robots. Each short has at least one of those three.
  • Fan Disservice: There is no shortage of fan-servicey scenes, but many of them are subverted, and decidedly non-sexual.
  • Fanservice: The series doesn't proclaim itself NSFW for nothing. Almost every short has nudity in some form, though in some cases you may wish there weren't.
  • Gorn: The series also doesn't shy away from showing violence to comedic and horrific degrees.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In many of the more realistic-looking shorts, the characters are modeled directly after their actors. For example, Cutter in "Lucky 13" is basically Samira Wiley as a Space Marine, and Greta of "Beyond the Aquila Rift" is Madeleine Knight with short hair.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: More than half of the shorts feature male frontal nudity, and about half of those are for squick factor.
  • Rape as Drama: "Sonnie's Edge" and "Good Hunting" feature sexual assault as part of the female characters' plots.
  • Scenery Porn: Between photorealistic, to hyper-stylized, there’s no shortage of beautiful and well-animated scenery.
  • Science Fantasy: Every episode is either Science Fiction or Fantasy (though mostly the former), with a good helping of Horror as well.
  • Spiritual Sequel: To Heavy Metal, of which it started off as an new installment.
  • Thematic Series: For a show titled Love, Death & Robots, the theme is exactly that. Episodes tend to cover themes like human nature, our place in the cosmos, and our relationship with machines and technology. And then some are just trippy.


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