Blank stare

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Upgrade phone disconnect scene.gif From the film Upgrade: The robot Kim attempts to reconnect to receive programming updates

A blank stare is the look on a fembot's face that can help show how inhuman it is. It can show a complete lack of expression when used by an actress portraying a robot. Wide, unblinking eyes and an absence of movement can make the effect quite strong.

In gynoid related fiction and media, a blank stare often denotes that the fembot is offline, being reprogrammed, or has frozen and is about to malfunction. It is also often used to hint that a character appearing to be human may in fact be a fembot.

This type of plot device does not require special effects and can be very effective if the actress portraying the robot can hold the blank stare properly.

In fiction

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The "Elevator Girl"

One of the first fembots seen in the movie Westworld, the Elevator Girl shows that she is a robot when she stops moving and stares unnaturally forward.

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As one of many fembots named Maria, Sally Yeh had quite a talent for portraying an emotionless robot. One of her strong points was a perfect blank stare.

More examples

Fembot "reveal" tropes
Hardware and software Access panelAssemblyDamageDisassemblyFaceoffRepairRobo-vision
Processes and actions ActivationData transferMalfunctionProgrammingRebootRechargeShut-down
Appearance and sound Blank stareElectronic beepingRobotic motionRobotic voiceWhirring sounds