Gynoid (from Greek γυνη, gynē - woman) is a term used to describe a robot designed to look like a human female, as compared to an android modeled after a male. The term is not common, however, with android often being used to refer to both "sexes" of robot. The portmanteau fembot (female robot) has also been used.
The term Fembot
(sometimes spelled Femmebot
) is used as an alternative name for a gynoid who is designed to look like a woman. The term has been used in several fictional productions.
The original fembots
In The Bionic Woman
, the Fembots were a line of powerful life-like gynoids
that Jaime Sommers
fought in two multi-part episodes of the series: "Kill Oscar" (with help from Steve Austin
) and "Fembots in Las Vegas". Despite the feminine prefix
, there were also male versions, including some designed to impersonate particular individuals for the purpose of infiltration. While not truly artificially intelligent
, the fembots still had extremely sophisticated programming that allowed them to pass for human in most situations.
In a parody of the fembots from The Bionic Woman, attractive fembots in fuzzy see-through night-gowns were used as a lure for the fictional agent Austin Powers in the movie Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery. The film's sequels had cameo appearances of characters revealed as fembots: in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, it was Austin's bride, Vanessa Kensington, and in Austin Powers in Goldmember, a Britney Spears fembot attacks Austin during the opening montage.
The term "fembot" was also used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (referring to a robot duplicate of the title character, a.k.a. the Buffybot).
Futurama also used the word fembot (male robots being "manbots". It was used in "Bendless Love", but referred to metalic female robots unlike the human-mimicking examples above.
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