This term may include fictional "cyborgs" created via emerging disciplines, such as: bioroids, biomechatronics, bioships, hybrots, plantoids, and replicants. A "cyborg" is loosely and deliberately defined here as a being with both "biological or organic" parts and "artificial or synthetic" parts, regardless of either source being "natural" or a "fabrication". This definition is not perfect and requires some "common sense" to be applied. For instance, the definition would seem to allow humans with a prosthesis to be considered "cyborgs" but this seems inappropriate (see Category:Fictional amputees). Furthermore, distinction between primarily robotic organism or primarily organic organism being is not made, neither is a beings' life-dependency on either organics or synthetics to function properly is made, nor is distinction made between a being whose intelligence and/or sentience is organic-based or synthetic-based. The differences between the two frequently becomes more "philosophical" than "physical", as are often the case with fictional cyborgs when dealing with the boundary between "human" and "machine".
Examples of quintessential cyborgs would be:
- Motoko Kusanagi from the Ghost in the Shell series, a cyborg with a functional synthetic-central nervous system encased in synthetic gynoid-construct.
- The Terminator (T-800) from the Terminator series, cyborg-model with a microprocessor-controlled, fully armored, hyperalloy combat chassis encased in living organic human tissue.
- Reapers from the Mass Effect series, an advanced Type-III "machine race" of synthetic-organic sapient starships that harvest and assimilate sentient life forms in a repeating cycle of purges.
Robots, androids, synthetics, and hardwares are considered distinct from cyborgs and should be classified into Category:Fictional robots or Category:Fictional androids or Category:Fictional artificial intelligences or Category:Fictional computers, respectively.
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