An accident reveals a secret that nopony ever knew....
Inspired by this picture.
Do you know, I actually began writing this before Curiosity Maintenance Crew?
Anyway, this is just me doing a serious exploration of Sweetie Bot as a character. And really... what's there to say? I don't think that people are defined by their species or lack thereof, but by their personalities. Heck, you're reading this on a site devoted to fictional quadrupeds with biologically improbable genetic castes who nevertheless have a mostly equal social system and somehow develop specialized individual abilities upon puberty which causes the abrupt appearance of a mark on their bodies.
But if you met a pony, wouldn't you consider them a person?
Does this unit have a soul?
But seriously, this was good.
Damn, this story is good.
Has this got something to do with FiW?
Wow, that was really good.
A sentient, emotional robot... in a dumpster?
So, Sweetie Belle is a Chobits! That makes sense! :D
Well... now THAT was a strange story... but a sweet one.
I'm not sure what to label this as:
Short and sweet, Short and sad, or Sad and sweet.
CUTIE MARK ACQISITION PROGRAM
DON'T LET HER KNOW SHE'S A ROBOT.
Good job, it was weird, but a good weird. I liked it.
How about a reading of SWEETIE BOT'S MANUAL?
Who throws away a perfectly good robot?
Sweetie Bot is best Robopony
Please don't advertise in the comments. Only the author is allowed to do that.
Wonderful. Very good and touching story.
HOW ABOUT YES
Why? Sweetie-Bot fics is rare and hard to find, more the merrier!
But hey, might aswell figure out how she works.
The first child to come with an instruction manual, and someone threw her out.
I'm glad Sweetie-Bot - er, Belle - has a loving family.
And such wonderful friends.
As for next nightmare night... Carefully remove the skin and she can go as a robot!
Okay, that was a little tactless, but the principal stands. And, best of all, her friends would still be her friends.
The only issue I have with this is that throwing a functioning robot into a dumpster seems like an awfully silly thing to do. I can see a sympathetic creator raising her themselves or putting her up for adoption, but I imagine a cruel one just breaking her down for parts. But this is a very sweet story. Did I detect a hint of Kamina in Scootaloo's speech?
The only thing I know about Kamina is that his glasses ended up in Homestuck.
Enjoyed 100%. This was one of the better stories I've read. Only under Her Weight In Affection. Good job. One stache for you!
This story was really touching.
>But if you met a pony, wouldn't you consider them a person?
But of course! Personhood has nothing to do with biology (or in this case, mechanics).
You know, I rather consider this work mis-tagged. I would call it bittersweet at most, but then there's no tag for that, nor for touching .
An interesting move, not having the parents know. I didn't see that coming, nor Pinkie's interest in robotics. The latter seemed a bit forced, but given that that's literally my only complaint I'll let it slide.
Well done. Liked and faved.
I never thought of it that way. I really felt the emotion between Rarity and her supposed sister, and Pinkie's knowledge of robots was a great combination of humor and usual Pinkie-ness.
5/5, my good brony.
MY EGO IS SATISFIED
In all seriousness, though, there aren't that many Sweetie Bot stories out there. Which is a shame since she's such an interesting concept and character. So keep at yours!
A great shame indeed.
>>964174964174 Yeah, I definitely will. Just gotta make sure I don't do what I usually do when it comes to technology in a story. Since I work with robotics, computers, hydraulics, and other technology, I tend to REALLY over-complicate things in a story. Gotta watch that
I support Oreon's movement.
Sweetie Bot is awesome - just like this fic.
Oh yeah, I like this.
This is really good. If you wanted to, you could continue this, there's plenty of things to go with. But regardless, great story
So awesome!!! Make a sequel please!!!!!!!
>>961408961408 Great story! and yes i would consider them, as well as any sentinent being, as a person. For that is what makes us human in the first place. Sentience, being self aware, and all that. Also, really loved the Sweetie Bot concept. i also noticed that sweetie belle is put in the weirdest situations and/or has the most odd of abilities. like this one story i saw called Like Me, where Sweetie Belle had found her talent to be - oh wait i should mention this first:
Ok. As i was saying, Sweetie Belle finds out her talent to be able to know When and how ponies are going to DIE! Weird huh?
P.S. Please make a sequel of this!! I think that the others Crusaders' reaction to this would be good!
Okay, I'll gladly see reaction of CMC to Sweetie beings robot, but if you aren't going to do it that's okay too
For now it's perfect as one-shot, maybe too short for my tastes, but great nonetheless. Keep it up!
As Rarity says IDEA. Instead of a human (biological variety) in Equesteria how about
Data (Star Trek N. G.) in Equesteria. He and Sweetie Bot ought to be friends right off.
First refusal given to MasterWeaver. After that its open to anyone. Rarities answer to who Sweetie Bot is comes out much like Jean- Luc's about Data. Good story, would like to see more about her adapting to this knowledge.
This is a fantastic little fic and I don't really consider it all that sad. The middle bits, sure, but by the end Sweetie and everypony who knows her seem willing to accept who she really is now that they know.
I think there's plenty of opportunity for a sequel, too. I liked how you arranged for Sweetie Belle to slide into pony society without even her parents knowing what she is, but it leaves the question of where exactly she came from open - somepony built her, and somepony dumped her in that dumpster for some reason. Pinkie's freaky knowledge of robotics raises some interesting questions too (though oddly enough it fits well with her character given her predilection towards "crazy contraptions" in the show) but I'm sure the only way to find out the full truth is via the Cutie Mark Crusader Robot Detectives Yay!
I think that the idea of Sweetie Bot could and should be extended into a whole concept.
I came up with this idea a while ago:
Cyponies. Created by a mysterious company known as Factory Gen. The Cyponies have been found all across Equestria; many of them found have had some sort of robotic defect.
(Note that what I just stated above was BEFORE I read this story, but it's cool because in your story you had that Sweetie Belle was found, which links perfectly with my idea on Cyborg Ponies, or Cyponies.) I just wanted to put that out there, because I am fascinated by the concept as well, and I am very delighted that you have a similar fascination
Did you just make the image or is there a story of some sort? Cause it's linking nowhere.
I made the image for the story, but I didn't published the story yet. But, even though, I just found it very entertaining how you provided a sort of background to Sweetie Bot.
Even better, I know where she comes from.... well, in my CMC story anyway. This is good as a standalone or a prequel.
Is Curiousity Maintentance Crew the story that you are referring to?
I am reading it right now, just to let you know.
And also, I will submit my story soon; you've inspired me to continue working on it.
My god..this was amazing
I'm always a sucker for happy endings, and this was no exception. Seeing the family continue on with being sisters and still loving each other made my day today. Thank you.
Wow, you took Sweetie Bot and you... made it into something that can make a man cry. Absolutely beautiful, here.
This was beutiful, man. All we need now is a Scootaling story and I'll have the whole set!
Sparkle-Twilight... Does this... unit... have... *thud*
Sorry what? I don't get the reference.
Wow. Just... wow. I'm actually not a fan of Sweetie-Bot at all (mostly because Sweetie Belle is one of my favorites ) but this story is just so emotional and well written that I can't help but love it. Fantastic job!
Pinkie Pie is best roboticist.
Wonderful look at the nature of life and what makes a person. Well done.
Sweetie Bot is the best sentient lifeform, period
Mass Effect 3. The Geth are advancing towards true self-awareness, and it turns out the war between them and their creators was triggered when a Geth asked "Does this unit have a soul?". If you side against the Geth in ME3, a Geth named Legion will try to get an answer from you as it dies.
The "Sparkle-Twilight" thing is because Legion calls you "Shepard-Commander" instead of Commander Shepard.
So much emotion... I actually kinda want to see -more- of this story... another chapter, more of the 'life' of Sweetie Bot...
>>963630963630 just got past that part in ME3 and i agree with the answer
>>961408961408 yes i would
...I never knew that. I always got the "Peace" ending. Watching Tali tell Legion that, yes, he has a soul, and then watching her cry over his lifeless platform after he sacrifices himself to help give his people true sapience...
Yeah. But as sad as the Peace outcome is, at least you didn't just condemn an entire species to extinction, right?
The way I see it, if you even GET the other two ending, you are trying to be an ass ANYWAY, so win/win!
This was very touching. This is a subject I have thought a lot about over the years. Might have something to do with me being a pretty serious programmer.
There are not enough Sweetie Bot stories.
ROBE OT POLIEEIZ!
Beep boop, Sweetie. Beep, Boop.
Oh, come on! Not Sweetie Bot! I HATE FRIENDSHIP IS WITCHCRAFT!! I HOPE CULT LEADER FLUTTERSHY DOES UNLEASH THE SMOOZE SO THAT THE CAN ALL DIE ALREADY!!!!
Okay, so this isn't the Friendship is Witchcraft universe. Good. But still, Sweetie Bot? Really?
Actually, only because this isn't in that Witchcraft universe, I actually find this very sweet and cute. Sweetie Belle doesn't have a male voice, and actually acts and talks like a living pony. Sweetie Belle is a good character, so this story earns my approval.
>>963682963682 I loved Chobits.
Don't take this the wrong way, but... you dredged up a 3-month-old comment to say that?
But in all honestly, yes, I liked Chobits too. It's a lot of goofy fun. I've only watched about 5 episodes or so, but what I watched, I liked.
>>13831551383155 I didn't see how old it was. I was just scrolling through the comments.
I hope next chapter will come soon, this sounds like a nice prologue for a good story, unless you plan to end it as one chapter finished story ?
theres a good side of being a robot, you can get almost killed all the time and have a weridless back up at pinkie home, and can do things ponys can't do, hell you can be a cop are an amy pony and save the world
Weird, sad, interesting, mysterious, heartwarming.
I like this one-shot.
Strangely satisfying. I liked this, pinkie being a robotics expert isn't actually that confusing either.
Very well done. I really felt that the reactions of Rarity, Sweetie Bell and Pinkie Pie were true to their characters, and the coping behaviors were very believable. I'd love to see more Sweetie-Bot stories.
Keep up the great work.
>>964174964174 this is sweet and all but it might have been more interesting if Rarity and her parents had rejected her and she'd ended up destitute of something
Fie! This is heartwarming, not sadfic!
Damn man, you got damned close. Damned close to making me shed a tear... There is only one thing left to be said.
You just gave me...
Ooh, rare for an older one-shot like this to make it into the feature box after so long. I take it this got linked from the new FiW site? I suggested it to them but can't check (work machine filters it for some reason). Congrats!
Why did I get a message telling me that this updated but there is nothing was nothing new here when I came to check?
(Joke) Alt. Title: Real Steel, Rubber Soul
I don't think Sweetie needs to feel bad. She can always hang out with Vinyl, who's apparently a robotic vampire. They can both share the featured box.
This was heart warming.
Dawww, I almost cried.
Sweetie Belle isn't a robot, it's androids that dream of electric sheep. And if Deckard's unicorn dream isn't proof that he's a replicant, it's proof he's a brony.
You need to write a sequel to this. How about the CMC learn the truth and they have a somewhat of a difficult time coping with the truth as they search for Sweetiebot's creator.
Alright, My question is ... Can you make a sequel? Pleasepleaseplease?!
Ok, wow, just wow. This story was a very nice surprise. And the ask area even more so. I left a question there, and i hope to see an answer at some point or something. Honestly, you brought across alot of emotion with Sweetie Bell, and I'd love to see more of her further down the line.
Meantime, wish you the best, and well in your current projects!
I build robots as a hobby.
I watch ponies as a hobby.
I'd also love to see a true sequel. Tumblr "ask the character" blogs are cute, but I'd like to see a continuation of the actual story.
why did she have to be a robot she was my fave of the CMC
I just found this story from the FiW website, and now I find that there's a fic, and as of today an Ask Blog?! Sweetie Bot is my favorite character in the entire FiW series! Great work!
Robotic Sweetie Belle is so cute! *hugs her* Thats really sweet that the CMC assured they'd stick with her.
Very nicely done... I finally have a sweetie bot story I can aim to top with my own.
>>20580702058070 What's this about her being a robot? I'm familiar with the vampire bit, but robot?
>>963682963682 Holy crasp you gave me the best idea i've had yet!(not that i've got many)
Oh! and also chii!
Well this balanced my chi...
Bloody good job as always.
I don't know why everyone seems so fascinated with Sweetie-bot, but as the first fiction I've read about it, I give this story a thumbs up.
wow looks like sweetie bot really is real
Huh, this is the second Sweetie Bot story I've read and it isn't that bad. Wonder how many there are out there.
How did I just now discover this? Thumbs up!
I don't Think even sweetie bot could hate this robot Sweetie. Loving it.