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Terry's Friend

The synthoid "Cynthia".

Synthoids were a type of android that could take human appearance, either through holograms or by wearing a synthetic skin. They existed in at least the 2030s and by 2041, the private use of them was heavily regulated by the US government; ones that were able to disguise themselves as humans were illegal.[1] Meanwhile, that same government semi-covertly used human-disguised synthoids for infiltrating and killing enemies of the state.[2]

A museum in Grandview City had an exhibit of old synthoid models, referred to in a tour as "experimental synthoid designs".[3] These were humanoid but did not have the ability to pass as humans. In 2041, Bruce Wayne was buying commercially-made synthoids for Terry to train with; they were designed to look like his old villains.[4] Human-passing synthoids were later used as a key tool by the NSA: a large number of them were constantly coming in and out of a NSA debriefing centre.[5] The Zeta Project was a US government project to create a new, smarter model of infiltration synthoid. Eli Selig secretly added a conscience model to Infiltration Unit Zeta. The follow-up droid, Infiltration Unit 7, was far more powerful but lacked Zeta's intelligence.[6]

File:Zeta's wanted poster.jpg

When Zeta first went on the run, most people didn't believe that advanced human-emulating robots existed.[7] Even the police were unaware, with Barbara Gordon having to be informed that they exist - and showing distaste at the thought. An unrepentant Agent Bennet told her "you're not supposed to like it".[8] The terrorist group Brother's Day were aware and believed synthoids were going to take over,[9] while rich, seedy men would buy synthoid women on the black market.[10] During the hunt for Zeta, the NSA put out wanted posters that explicitly said that Zeta was a renegade synthoid that could disguise itself as a human.[11]

The NSA and Selig were working on a next generation of synthoids with regenerative 'flesh'. Brother's Day destroyed the Gnosis sea base in an attempt to stop it,[12] but Selig's assistant Andrea Donoso was, in fact, one of these new synthoid models.[13]

Companies that make commercial synthoids including Synthops.

Sightings

Batman Beyond

The Zeta Project

References

  1. Batman Beyond, "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot: Terry has to fill out a form for Bruce Wayne's synthoid order, while Louie admits his "custom" models aren't allowed ("legally, no")
  2. "Zeta", The Zeta Project, "The Next Gen", "The Hologram Man"
  3. "Change of Heart"
  4. "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
  5. "The Hologram Man", showing a large building of synthoids
  6. "The Next Gen"
  7. "Change of Heart"; Tour Guide: "Scientists believe someday robots will look and act just like humans, even live among us without us knowing. But I wouldn't expect that any time soon!"
    "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot": Maxine: "I didn't know they could make androids that could double for people!"
  8. "Zeta"
  9. "The Hologram Man"
  10. "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
  11. The Zeta Project
  12. "The Hologram Man"
  13. Never explored before the series' cancellation but both Robert Goodman and Joseph Kuhr have revealed that Andrea is a synthoid, in two interviews for Worlds Finest Online

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