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For questions about robots and their use in a specific work of science-fiction or fantasy; use this tag in conjunction with the specific work in question, e.g. [star-wars]. Also for use in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag. Use [robot-series] for the series of stories and novels by Isaac Asimov.

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Anime where robots resembling the machines from Nier: Automata attack a city and begin killing everyone

A few days ago, YouTube recommended a video to me. Unfortunately, the video seems to have been deleted or hidden by the creator. It included a scene from an anime where a city was under attack by ...
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Domestic robot sacrifices itself rather than harm family

This is a novella or short story, likely in an anthology, written before 1995. A family had an android servant. It accepted English instructions but sometimes misunderstood them or took them too ...
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Asimov short (I think) - What story is told via letters, where a couple need a look-a-like robot when the couple (or the husband) goes away?

Asimov short (I think) - What story is told via letters from the family to the robot manufacturer, where a couple hired a look-a-like robot when the couple (or the husband) goes away?
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Anime with a cyclops robot summoned with a card

I'm looking for an anime I watched on TV in 2018. All I can remember is that the main character could summon a giant cyclops robot with a card ig. There were 3 variants of the robot: normal, gold, and ...
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Short story in which the main character buys a robot psychotherapist to get rid of the obsessive desire to kill

The main character buys a robot psychotherapist to get rid of the obsessive desire to kill, but the robot is confused with a model for Martians. I remember the content quite accurately, but I can't ...
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pre-1972 novel where scientist puts his own brain in robot body and becomes immortal

It was a pre-1972 paperback novel. Bad guys were after a scientist's robot invention that ran on cosmic energy - they killed his family - he transferred his brain into the robot. He had a lot of ...
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Movie with a scene where animal robots were hunting humans

I was around 6-8 years old when I saw this movie 10 years ago, and I remember seeing alot of humans scattered around a mixture of plains and forests at night. Some locked themselves inside an ...
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90s Animation Teens Car Robot VR

Teens jump into car interior or perhaps engine bays. This serves them as a portal into virtual reality. There they themselves turn into robot versions of the cars and fight for some reason or another. ...
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Science fiction short story where a boy eats cereal with coffee creamer

I've looked everywhere but I cannot find this story. I read it in 2017 on a school education site, or some other school assignment. From what I remember, the story goes: A boy wakes up in his house ...
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Little Lost Robot gamma ray?

In the Asimov story Little Lost Robot, a special edition of the NS-2 series robot (this individual called Nestor-10) with a modified First Law has been sworn at and told to "get $&%@$#%&^ ...
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Book with tall walking robots [closed]

Somewhere around the year 1988 to 1989 one of my teachers gave me a book to read. I cannot remember the name at all. I feel like it was probably science fiction and literally the only detail I ...
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Story about robots and unemployment

This is an Analog story I think - I'm not sure from when (20th century, surely). It has a contrived setup, involving massive unemployment caused by the existence of humanoid robots, solved by someone ...
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Short children's story about an android who thinks they're human who creates an android

The Tomato Surprise TV Tropes entry describes a story about an android who thinks they're human who creates an android. In a short story in a children's book, the protagonist is a young prodigy ...
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Menacing Audio-Animatronic creatures in amusement park - boy nicknamed Pugsley

I read this short story in the 1980s, probably in Amazing or F&SF. An uncle is taking his nephew to an amusement park - the uncle doesn't see his nephew often, and finds him off-putting. Either ...
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Book about a prototype robot that dies every time it's shut down

I saw this once, in paperback in a bookstore in the early 1990s. The book's blurb was that the robot was a prototype and every time it booted, the robot was born again, and every time it was shut down,...
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Old sci-fi episode/movie: man on a spaceship replaced his dead wife and kids with robot replicas

A man is in a spaceship with only his family (wife and kids) on another planet. I believe it was for some sort of mission, or maybe Earth was dying and they were trying to recolonize or something. One ...
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Were other robots in Battlestar Galactica animals in suits?

Muffit the daggit was played by a three year old chimpanzee in a suit. It seems potentially very cruel. Were other robots in Battlestar Galactica animals in suits?
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Far future robot historian or archeologist. There are no longer humans in the known universe. It describes meeting one of the last humans

It writes that it met a human who was alone and did not know how to speak. After the robot had taught him its language they got on very well together. The historian says humans have similar skeletons ...
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Short story. Humans and machines have co-operated in peace and prosperity on Earth for hundreds of years. Aliens attack and begin slaughtering humans

I read this short story since 2010 but it seemed very old, maybe seventy years old from the language used. Humans had invented robots and super intelligent computers. Neither the word robot nor ...
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Comedy audiobook heard on Audible. In the far future the known universe is ruled as an empire by 'Greatest Britain.'

The protagonist Isaac Steele works for the government. He does not however agree with many of their policies. For example he lets an alien who is illegally living on Earth go, when the police would ...
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Evil man uses robot teddy bear to raise a boy to be a killer [duplicate]

An evil man wants to hire an assassin. He cannot find anyone who can do the job. For many years every human child has been raised with a talking robot teddy bear. Amongst many other things these teddy ...
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Cartoon episode where the heroes (a dude and a blue skinned/haired alien girl) are inside a robot and have to destroy it from the inside to get out

I have this very old memory of an episode from a cartoon where our two heroes, a human guy and a blue alien girl, are inside of a giant robot which is hunting them and they have to react a part of it ...
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Doctor Who radio programme. Heard 1998. Scientist has transferred consciousness of his entire race into immortal robot bodies

I listened to the end of this show in 1998 or 1999. I don't know if it was a repeat. I am pretty sure it was supposed to be Tom Baker's doctor. I don't know if it was Tom Baker. It was on BBC Radio 2 ...
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Kids'(?) sci-fi book, clowns and robots

I remember only one small part where one of the characters, disguised as a clown, notices a small robot spying on him and throws an object at the robot, destroying it. The robots were the antagonists ...
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A boy and his war machine

A juvenile SF novel from the early 80s, maybe? A non-conformist boy is sent off to an authoritarian school in the middle of nowhere, but forms a partnership with a war robot prototype - there's a ...
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Crew of soldiers learn that robots have been faking the war in an effort to save humanity

I was making a post on the TV Tropes site, trying to figure out if there was a trope for a fake Polluted Wasteland, where society believes that the outside world is uninhabitable, but that turns out ...
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70s movie about a secret series of robots that helped people

I saw this on TV when I was a kid in the 70s. It started with the next iteration of the robot learning everything about the world and history. He's surrounded by screens that rapidly display history ...
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What is the name of this short sci-fi award winning film on YouTube, in which robots are exterminating humans but one robot kept a little girl?

Looking for the name of this short film released around 2013 maybe. So basically the story is that the robots invaded and destroyed the humans but one girl (baby at the time) was found and kept alive ...
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Cartoon series that I watched around 2005 with red robotic humans in white masks

If they took off their masks and pushed a button on their temples, they died/deactivated. Can't remember anything else, but they where expendable, so literally "redshirts".
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Book about a girl who dies in an accident and is brought back to life by her parents in a robotic body

It's about a girl who is in an accident and her parents bring her back to live in a robotic body that they uploaded her brain to. Nobody at school will talk to her anymore because they're creeped out. ...
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What does a Synth component do?

We know the component isn't needed for the android to live because Harkness had his removed, and we know it's not required to program the android because the recall code still worked with Harkness, so ...
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Movie/show with alien hand covered in mouths on man’s chest?

This is so far out there it might just be a fever dream. I have a strange memory of a sci fi show/movie with a man and a robot. The man gets captured by some sort of aliens who attempt to use mouths ...
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SciFi Short Story About A Robot Caretaker and Her Ward

I'm looking for a short story I read a couple years ago. It was about a woman (I think she was a marine biologist?) who was turned into a robot to help raise kids on an alien world. One of her kids is ...
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Looking for the title of a film / TV show with a young boy and slightly older girl vs. a circular room full of robots and a booming voice

The scene I remember was from a (maybe?) 70s TV show or a movie that showed a younger boy with a slightly older girl which I guess was a sister or a female friend, both wearing body suits, walking ...
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Movie featuring a robot/cyborg with a flying saucer-like head and a futuristic tank

Only images I have left in my head is that there was a robot/cyborg in the movie that had a flying saucer-like head. Also, another scene is like a futuristic tank that was shooting huge bullets. That ...
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Short story about a robot being tested for sentience that saves its interrogator from a bomb placed by a terrorist

The story starts with an interrogation room where a robot is being tested for sentience. A terrorist places a bomb, and the robot the realizes the ship is going to explode, so it saves the ...
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Anime in which the main character controls a drone that looks like a flying eyeball

Anime about robotics. (Not about giant robots or mechas. Also, it can only hardly be called sci-fi.) In the first scene of the first episode, the main character (MC) is shown to be controlling a drone ...
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Novel (I think French) about time travelling robots kidnapping people

It doesn't take place on Earth. Suddenly one day robots appear and kidnap the inhabitants of the planet. They are like tribal level of technology. Some of them go and try to find the source and ...
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Kids’ picture book involving a friendly robot taking kids around the galaxy

I recall reading a book frequently in the late-80s or early-90s, but cannot remember the name and would love to find the book for my son. In the book, a group of kids are taken around the galaxy by a ...
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Name of school play from the 1980s about "Zartians"

In the 1980s at school in UK, we performed a children's musical play that featured traveling to a planet 'zars', full of robot creatures, and my vague memory is of the following song lyrics: ... ...
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Short story: a robot nods but doesn't speak

In a tutorial, one of the hardest jobs is coaxing students into actually speaking. Recently a random memory has started coming into my mind when I'm supervising them. A robot is being interviewed, and ...
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Short story about a soldier's reaction to finding out his sergeant is a robot

I'm trying to find a classic science fiction story, maybe 70s era. There is a soldier going through boot camp under a very harsh and demanding sergeant. Later in the story the soldier discovers the ...
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In a b/w '50s comic, a man with robot assistants tries to find a kidnapped girl in a totalitarian dystopia run by robots

In this black & white comic from the early '50s, there is a dystopia run by robots, a kidnapped damsel, and the hero is scouting around with loyal robots to help him destroy the totalitarian world....
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Bishop explains a law of robotics after the "knife game" in which he injures himself -- inconsistent?

It seems to me that Bishop explaining to Ripley the Asimovian law which controls his behavior is not really consistent. Firstly, you could argue that the subject of the game, Paxton's character Hudson ...
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Post-apocalyptic movie about a soldier fighting a war against robots who thinks he's the last human on Earth until he meets a girl

A long time ago I watched a movie where a soldier was fighting a war against robots I think, and he was the only one left of his platoon and he thinks the only human left on Earth. He meets a girl who'...
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Movie about an AI in a girl child body, which is illegal

I was reading this question when I recalled a modern movie I'd seen in the past three years about a girl AI that was created illegally. I believe the girl was supposed to act as if she were somewhere ...
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A film where a guy has to convince the robot she’s okay

There’s this guy trapped in an old looking house with high tech computers, and there’s this woman’s consciousness trapped inside this robot. It’s either his dead wife/girl friend and he has to ...
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Movie where AI or robot wears skin of person and asks for spare parts

I have a distinct image in my head of a horror Sci fi movie from when I was little. I don't know specifics but I vaguely remember a scene where this group was hiding in this room where this killer ...
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SF novel about a machine killing inhabitants because of not recognizing them because of data lost after magnetic storm

I'm looking for a Science Fiction novel I read in the early 2000's. In a dystopian city emptied of its inhabitants, a stranger arrives. He speaks with a resident, then is eliminated by a police ...
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Children's book about a robot and a computer system that goes rogue in a school

I have a vague recollection about a children's book I read a while ago, hopefully I'm not mixing things up with something else. Here's what I think I remember, though some of it might be wrong: Set ...
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