If the character does happen to be a Mad Scientist , expect him to have created his robotic wife specifically for this purpose. Such a marriage is usually portrayed as sexist, void of any real love, and often downright squicky , unless you're into that sort of thing. In most of these marriages it's implied that the primary factor in their "relationship" is sex, unquestioning servitude on the robotic partner's side of the equation, or both.
Ergo, most men with robot wives are usually portrayed pretty darn unsympathetically. Sometimes touches upon the themes of a Replacement Goldfish , and can even involve Robosexual. Robo Ship often ends this way. Most of the Unfortunate Implications of this trope are reserved for when the human deliberately builds or purchases the Robotic Spouse; if the human had to court the robot , it's A-OK.
The title is the politically correct version of this trope; robotic spouses are usually robot wives. He also truly mourned her death when she got run over. Even before that, it broke his heart when her mind began to decay due to hard drive corruption in other words, she was suffering from robot Alzheimer's.
He refused to attempt a data transfer to a new drive due to the significant possibility that data would be lost, thus changing her personality and memories - which would mean she would not be the woman he fell in love with. Deconstructed in Ghost in the Shell. Gynoids, and in one instance, an android when used as "spouses" are viewed as a sign of perversion, extremely sexist, and it's mentioned that if the parents of a character ever found out, they'd "die of a heart attack or suicide.
Insofar as the gynoids have intelligence and "awareness", some are also aware they are mass-produced and a replacement for the real thing, with interesting effects on their "self-confidence" and "love" of their creator. The Third-type gynoids are essentially mass-produced house wives , complete with the ability to become pregnant. This is meant to allow a disproportionately male Mars to cut ties with Earth. The evil Count Burg marries BK's "sister" thinking he'll get a completely subservient Stepford Wife, but when he learns she has a real personality he has her scrapped.
Subverted in that Android 18 is more accurately a cyborg. Comic Books The Scarlet Witch married The Vision , an android, and while she was completely insane, it had nothing to do with her robotic love interest. Her insanity happened later, largely because of the Diabolus ex Machina that destroyed her marriage. She and Vision were an adorable couple while it lasted. True to this trope, she was criticized for it. Especially by her brother, who was furious. His argument that "robots aren't real people!
The Red Tornado and Kathy Sutton. They have an adopted daughter, Traya. In general, comics go for the "if the human had to court the robot it's A-OK" version of the trope, since the robots are main characters themselves.
Having said that, Toyman's wife in Superman is a straight example. A Public Enemy story in Marvel Unlimited featured a man who was worried his robot wife would be the target of prejudice, so bought her synthetic skin.
She refused to wear it, saying she was proud of who she was and their relationship, and if other people were prejudiced that was their problem. They have to be protected from a hate mob by the Public Enemy.
We don't get much more details on the relationship, but since she was clearly capable of expressing an opinion and overruling his, it was presumably the "A-OK" version. In IDW's run of The Transformers , it's eventually shown that Cybertronians have close relationships called Conjunx Endura, which is a close relationship similar to marriage: So far, no one has been shown entering a relationship with someone who's a different species, though.
Fan Works Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space opens with a man apparently proposing to his girlfriend, but he puts the ring on his own finger and announces he's dumping her for his Robot Maid. Film The Stepford Wives. Or at least, the original. The remake doesn't make it clear what the hell happened.
The various "sequels" bounce back and forth between brainwashing , robot-replacement, and cyborgs. Universe, Information Broker and hacker extraordinaire in Serenity and Well, she's not so much a Sex Bot as she is a bog-standard RealDoll-alike sex toy with a few extra features, the kind of thing the yellow press would have you believe will be bringing about the extinction of Japanese culture in a generation or two. However from what is shown, Mr. Universe cares very deeply indeed for Lenore Mrs.
He apparently cried like a baby at his wedding. In case it wasn't already obvious, Mr. Universe doesn't get out and about much and might have gone a bit peculiar.
According to the RPG, having a robot like Lenore is still heavily stigmatized, among other things, even being suspected of owning one will get you blacklisted by the Companions. The Spy Who Shagged Me , but is twisted around by the fact that it's a secret to the husband Austin until the honeymoon. Bicentennial Man has Andrew Martin marry Portia, who was the great-granddaughter of his first owner.
As he wooed her the squick factor is minimal. Eventually subverted, when Andrew becomes fully human. The premise of Cherry is the protagonist trying to find a new body to repair his broken robot wife. A medical student Phil and a mechanic Dave modify a household robot to have emotions. While Phil is away Dave activates Helen, who learns about love from watching soap operas! When Phil comes back home Dave has already fled from her affections, but changes his mind and marries her.
On his death Helen requests that Phil shut her down and bury her with Dave. Phil does so, even though it's revealed that he'd fallen for Helen too. In the Apprentice Adept series, Stile receives an unsolicited gift consisting of a human-looking, self-willed robot named Sheen, whose core programming includes an instruction to "Love Stile.
By the end of the trilogy, Stile has proposed marriage to Sheen, and this marriage sets a precedent in favor of granting civil rights to self-willed robots. Hari Seldon, the creator of the Foundation , has a robotic wife named Dors Venabili.
However, Dors is ridiculously human , and Asimov never portrays the relationship as in any way disturbing. In another book by Asimov, The Robots of Dawn , the robot whose murder is being investigated was that to Gladia, although this part of the relationship was extremely private - Auroran society views a marriage without the potential for kids as a self-contradiction, and it is a major plot point that one person seemed to know about it without being told.
The Lake House by James Patterson. Ethan Kane, the head of the hospital where Max and the other children were kept, has a robotic wife that is "honored" to perform oral sex on him at any time and any place and even has a perfectly measured vagina. In For Your Safety Anna Quisling is rewarded for her efforts to propagandize the Groupmind's cause with a fully intelligent robotic companion willing to fulfill all her needs. Deconstructed in "The Perfect Woman" by Robert Sheckley , where a man notices his robot wife is slowing down, so he drives her back to the factory to be replaced while trying to ignore her pleas that she still loves him.
Live Action TV Juliana Tainer , wife of Noonien Soong 'mother' to Star Trek 's Data has no clue she was gynoid, no body else knew either thanks to systems designed to mimic human bio readings. An accident that knocked her offline provided a Robotic Reveal but it was decided not to tell her of her android nature. Note however that the Android Juliana had the original human Juliana's memories copied over.
Depending on your definition of "robot", Battlestar Galactica has the human Helo being married to the very humanoid Cylon Athena. Of course, it took a lot of effort on both their parts to make it work. And if you accept that example, both Cally and Starbuck had robotic husbands.. And by the same definition, Saul and Ellen Tigh are a robotic couple.
The series finale showed the Doctor with a human wife, making him a robotic husband. Since he's the hologram we've grown to know and love, it's plain she had to court him. Unfortunately, the relationship was probably erased when Admiral Janeway went back in time.
The episode "Life Line" has the Doctor's creator, Dr. Zimmerman, cohabiting with a foxy holographic assistant. While the physical nature of their relationship is unclear, their dialogue is indistinguishable from an old married couple.
One fantasy bit on Scrubs had Elliot imagining what she would do if she won the lottery: Then she kicks herself for making him Jewish too: This was the Cruel Twist Ending of the episode "Mary 25".
The boss of the Innobotics company takes a Robot Maid home and sexually abuses it while ignoring his wife, who falls into the arms of an engineer from the same company. She convinces him to reprogram Mary so that she'll kill her husband for her, before revealing herself to be another robot. It turns out that her husband had killed his real wife and then replaced her with a duplicate to cover it up.
She had other ideas. Gym Class Heroes 's original video for their song "Cupid's Chokehold" had lead singer Travie McCoy bring one home from his factory job. Things go well until one day, she starts to malfunction.
In fact, she is a Replacement Goldfish for her inventor husband's original wife who was killed. Especially since they can "interbreed" to an extent, translating genes into design parameters and vice-versa. Video Games In The Sims 2 , you can build a humanoid robot with the "Open For Business" expansion pack, and then woo it like you would any other sim.
This has carried over into The Sims 3 with both Simbots, and Plumbots. Mega Man Zero had a minor character Andrew who was the robotic husband. He even changed his appearance to look like an old man so she wouldn't resent him as they got older. And after she died, he kept his old man appearance as a way to remember her.
To a degree, Xenosaga has this through Realians. One of happy endings has her quitting her job and living with the protagonist for the rest of their lives. Tharan discovered Holiday was sentient and freed her from a Hutt who only saw her as an exotic toy. He then made her his trusted assistant and business partner, and the two clearly adore each other.