Robot Sex and My Love for Jocasta

This is a blog I have been thinking about for a little while. There are two main things I want to go over here, but really the topic is larger than that.

To begin, one of my favourite characters Jocasta has recently become even more appealing than she used to be. Now, I am not exactly sure why I have become so 'addicted' to this character, but she is readily my 3rd favourite as of late (pushing Wonder Woman down a notch).

A wise friend of mine has said that it is perhaps that, as she is a Android, and happens to look so.. 'Inhuman' and robotic, and yet she manages to be so compassionate and caring.

This got me thinking some more about the way Robot's, Androids and Synthetic Humans are portrayed in comics. Another Example is another Marvel classic, the Vision. Now, The Vision is much more well known to the comic world. He has been a necessity to the Avengers for a long time. In the beginning, when I first began reading comics, I started off with these older Avenger Comics. Now, The Vision was never too appealing, being this Android that seemed quite cold. However, I sooner found that the Vision is something far from that.

This leads me to another epiphany. It seems as if I have a 'thing' for somewhat 'uncoventional' characters. Saying his, nearly ALL characters have their own quirks, but.... For example, similar fitting to the Vision, Wonder Woman was often portrayed as a 'colder' character. Not understanding humanity to the same degree as another character, and yet, Diana seemingly cares more for the average Human than any other hero...

Back to the point though, a character like Jocasta completely fascinates me. Created as a bride for one evil robot, using the mind of yet another one of my favourite characters, Jocasta shows some amazing charactorial qualities that contrast brilliantly with her stark Steel body and odd form.

A great example of this for me was in Marvel Zombies 3. Jocasta takes her orders to let NO zombies through to a teleportation room. Jocasta, being a stiff for instructions says "Yes sir" and seemingly seals the door with her laser-powered eyes. No sooner does she do this than a couple of good-guy soldiers start rappa-tap-tapping at yon chamber door. Jocasta begins to evaluate herself. Does she open the door? Defy her orders? Or does she leave them out to be snacked on. The Jocasta I know and love opened that Darn door, and my heart melted. Not only did she rescue these soldiers, but she managed to rip the door off it's hinges and mow down those Darn Zombies.

This was a marginal moment for her character; in my opinion. It showed her real personality and made me fall in love with her. I can only commend Van Lente on his writing there.

To continue with the point, Jocasta was shown in a 'human light' even more consistently through out the story. She and her past love managed to reunite within this story too. Suddenly, I did not just see the Strong-Hearted; Metallic Jocasta, but also the love sick teenager. It made me really appreciate her. Not only that, but, getting to the SECOND point of this blog, Machine Man hinted at some Robot Sex. Now, not to take this far from the weep-worthy and appreciative praising points and all, but I was thoroughly amused by the concept of Robot Sex...

And on that degree, it showed me not only how much of a strong female character that she is. Not simply iron-clad and ass-kicking, but humorous, caring and beautiful in more than one way.

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19 Comments
Posted by lykopis

Nothing better than a writer taking the time to create a complex and engaging character. Another strong female character to add to the list. :)

Posted by Hawkeye446

@lykopis said:

Nothing better than a writer taking the time to create a complex and engaging character. Another strong female character to add to the list. :)

:) Thanks for reading it. Yes, I really enjoyed his approach, and I shall tell him tomorrow when I meet him :DDDDDDD

Posted by lykopis

@Hawkeye446 said:

This leads me to another epiphany. It seems as if I have a 'thing' for somewhat 'uncoventional' characters. Saying this, nearly ALL characters have their own quirks, but.... For example, similar fitting to the Vision, Wonder Woman was often portrayed as a 'colder' character. Not understanding humanity to the same degree as another character, and yet, Diana seemingly cares more for the average Human than any other hero...

I can only commend Van Lente on his writing there.

To continue with the point, Jocasta was shown in a 'human light' even more consistently through out the story. She and her past love managed to reunite within this story too. Suddenly, I did not just see the Strong-Hearted; Metallic Jocasta, but also the love sick teenager. It made me really appreciate her. Not only that, but, getting to the SECOND point of this blog, Machine Man hinted at some Robot Sex. Now, not to take this far from the weep-worthy and appreciative praising points and all, but I was thoroughly amused by the concept of Robot Sex...

1) I do too actually. I see X-23 this way as well. Something about emotionally stunted/hollow characters grab at me. Daken too, but not so much now. But in the case of robots, it's pinocchio like. There comes a time when an event happens that calls out their "humanity", which sound like what happened to Jocasta.

2) I second that. And you're meeting him?!?!

3) Robot Sex. hmm...I know of it being a one person tango,but full on Robot to Robot action would be confusing. It's one thing to mimic emotional pleasure (goes with the whole personality and sentient thinking), but physical pleasure? I mean, they can place sensors everywhere (I'm keeping this clean, lol) but why bother? Would it be necessary to give the characters a more stronger bond? I must marinade in this idea....

Posted by RazzaTazz

Good stuff

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Posted by Daveyo520

Dongles fitting into ports.

Posted by B'Town
Now, not to take this far from the weep-worthy and appreciative praising points and all, but I was thoroughly amused by the concept of Robot Sex...

Certainly amusing!

I am always interested to hear why someone is a fan of a certain character, you did an excellent job here. Fine article. :D

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Ultimate Vision FTW 
Posted by InnerVenom123

Best. Thread title. Ever.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

Jocasta passes the uncanny valley.

Posted by Hawkeye446

@lykopis said:

@Hawkeye446 said:

This leads me to another epiphany. It seems as if I have a 'thing' for somewhat 'uncoventional' characters. Saying this, nearly ALL characters have their own quirks, but.... For example, similar fitting to the Vision, Wonder Woman was often portrayed as a 'colder' character. Not understanding humanity to the same degree as another character, and yet, Diana seemingly cares more for the average Human than any other hero...

I can only commend Van Lente on his writing there.

To continue with the point, Jocasta was shown in a 'human light' even more consistently through out the story. She and her past love managed to reunite within this story too. Suddenly, I did not just see the Strong-Hearted; Metallic Jocasta, but also the love sick teenager. It made me really appreciate her. Not only that, but, getting to the SECOND point of this blog, Machine Man hinted at some Robot Sex. Now, not to take this far from the weep-worthy and appreciative praising points and all, but I was thoroughly amused by the concept of Robot Sex...

1) I do too actually. I see X-23 this way as well. Something about emotionally stunted/hollow characters grab at me. Daken too, but not so much now. But in the case of robots, it's pinocchio like. There comes a time when an event happens that calls out their "humanity", which sound like what happened to Jocasta.

2) I second that. And you're meeting him?!?!

3) Robot Sex. hmm...I know of it being a one person tango,but full on Robot to Robot action would be confusing. It's one thing to mimic emotional pleasure (goes with the whole personality and sentient thinking), but physical pleasure? I mean, they can place sensors everywhere (I'm keeping this clean, lol) but why bother? Would it be necessary to give the characters a more stronger bond? I must marinade in this idea....

1. YES. Fantastic Example. However, you need to get to know the character, otherwise they do seem like that colder character...

2. :) YES! I met him today at the convention. He called me 'Sir' repeatedly and thanked me for the support.. AWWWWHHHH yeah :P

3. HAHAHA, Interesting, Lol. My confusion is how Jocasta wears no clothes... Because there is nothing to see... OH NO! I could have asked Van Lente.. $#!*!

@RazzaTazz said:

Good stuff

I'm honoured :)

@Daveyo520: hahaha! Interesting.... It is THIS stuff that really gets you thinking :D

@B'Town said:

Now, not to take this far from the weep-worthy and appreciative praising points and all, but I was thoroughly amused by the concept of Robot Sex...

Certainly amusing!

I am always interested to hear why someone is a fan of a certain character, you did an excellent job here. Fine article. :D

Haha!

Thank you! :) I appreciate it a lot!

@spiderbat87: It appears 'He' is a female... hmph.... Confusing...

@InnerVenom123 said:

Best. Thread title. Ever.

Haha, I was lying in bed, and The idea for this blog, as well as the title popped into my head. I thought it was pretty funny :) Thanks for the input :)

@DoomDoomDoom said:

Jocasta passes the uncanny valley.

Perhaps it's different in comics? I mean, she has a human form but there isn't that much of a likeness. Also, with out all of the actual moving mechanical motions, it is hard to remember she is a robot.

Thanks everyone for commenting and such :)

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Good post. = )

Posted by Hawkeye446

@kfhrfdu_89_76k said:

Good post. = )

Thank you~! :)

Posted by SC

Awwh amazing blog. Like seeing great and underrated characters get spotlighted. Nice breakdown as well.  
 
Oh and thank you *red*

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Posted by fodigg
Posted by Lexino

I enjoyed reading Marvel Zombies 3 because of Machine Man and Jocasta's relationship, they seems to be like actual people, more than just wires and metal.

Excellent blog, I enjoyed it and knew what you were talking about since I read MZ3.

Edited by Hawkeye446

@SC said:

Awwh amazing blog. Like seeing great and underrated characters get spotlighted. Nice breakdown as well. Oh and thank you *red*

:) Thanks SC! I appreciate that you read it!

As you know, so do I.

For what?

Edit: I know what for :)

Edited by Hawkeye446

@fodigg said:

I'm a sci-fi buff so from classic sci-fi, cyberpunk, to modern transhumanist fiction, "robots in love" agrees with me.

"Being a robot's great, but we don't have emotions and sometimes that makes me very sad."
Bender, Futurama

HAH!

However, if that is your actual stance I don't agree with it. Comics are in a made up world, and if having super-powers is possible, so is Artificial Intelligence. ALSO, Jocasta has part of a Human Consciousness in her mind, therefore having the emotions.

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@Lexino said:

I enjoyed reading Marvel Zombies 3 because of Machine Man and Jocasta's relationship, they seems to be like actual people, more than just wires and metal.

Excellent blog, I enjoyed it and knew what you were talking about since I read MZ3.

Yes :D I completely agree!

Thank you thank you! Yes, that would probably make it easier.

Posted by fodigg

@Hawkeye446 said:

@fodigg said:

I'm a sci-fi buff so from classic sci-fi, cyberpunk, to modern transhumanist fiction, "robots in love" agrees with me.

"Being a robot's great, but we don't have emotions and sometimes that makes me very sad."
Bender, Futurama

HAH!

However, if that is your actual stance I don't agree with it. Comics are in a made up world, and if having super-powers is possible, so is Artificial Intelligence. ALSO, Jocasta has part of a Human Consciousness in her mind, therefore having the emotions.

Wait, if what is my stance? Robots not having emotions? But Bender clearly does have emotions in that quote!

No, I'm pro-insanely human AI.

Posted by Hawkeye446

@fodigg: Yes, that is what I meant. However, Bender's comment is a paradox and I therefore didn't know which way you were going.

Basically, I understand your point now.