X-017 is the main character in the Warbot in Accounting series. "He" is a warbot that possesses artificial intelligence that was built for war but has since entered the workforce, and works at Weyland Accounting.
Character[edit | edit source]
Warbot is a very silent character. It is claimed on the Warbot in Accounting FAQ that it "talks the same way that guns do" although this has not been seen as yet. Due to a lack of social ability, he is very lonely and spends most of his spare time trying to make friends or finding a soulmate. His attempts of making a relationship, however, always goes wrong, as his girlfriends either dump him, or in one case, are killed. He is also very heavy handed and often smashes things, including a fax machine, rollerblades, and people's feet (though he seems to be able to use a keyboard without breaking it). This flaw even, in one case, causes an employee to get fired, causing him to kill himself, his wife and his children. Despite all these shortcomings, he does seem to get on well with his workmates at Weyland Accounting. However, as the comic goes on and he goes through girlfriends, and attempts to volunteer with the elderly, he soon grows more and more depressed. In Warbot_009: The Yutani Account he attempts suicide after proclaiming he gets "No love", but he seems to be indestructible and survives the fall.
Brian Clevinger stated that Atomic Robo is Warbot's role model, as seen by the multiple cameos in his cubicle. Robo is the complete opposite of Warbot, as he is very successful and has a lot of friends to rely on.
History[edit | edit source]
In an unspecified time, Human-like artificial intelligence was developed by the military. This was declared Top Secret and was banned from the private sector. Later the military develops robots with Artificial intelligence, which they called the Autonomous Robot Vehicle, or ARV, though the media dubbed them "Warbots."
Later on, the warbots were deployed in combat for the first time, to devastating effect, and they were subsequently declared to be Weapons of Mass Destruction. The public were incensed and they urged that the warbots be decommissioned, and folding to the public pressure, the warbots were decommissioned.
Since they did possess intelligence, A.I. Rights Activists argued that the warbots should not be thrown away and therefore should undergo rehabilitation. Some time later after rehabilitation, the warbots entered the workforce. This move has been deemed a successful one, with one warbot, named X-003, was elected as governor of California.