Jocasta created by Jim Shooter and George Perez in
Avengers #162 (Aug 1977)
Jocasta was built by Ultron as a “wife” - he kidnapped Janet
van Dyne and brainwashed Hank Pym in order to have her brain
pattern and mind transferred to the robot body - the Avengers
disrupted the process before it was done, having been alerted by
the subconscious Janet inside Jocasta’s body
Hank brought the body to Avengers Mansion for further study,
where it was remotely activated by Ultron, but she betrayed her
creator and helped the Avengers defeat him again
Lived at the mansion for a time, but never felt part of the
team until she sacrificed herself to destroy Ultron once more
Recreated by the High Evolutionary to be used for their
purposes, but she remembered the Avengers, and signaled for them to
assist - once again she self-sacrificed to save the team, but
before she did so Captain America told her she’d always be an
Survived another destruction by downloading herself into Iron
Man’s armor, and she served as his suit’s AI for a time, until the
portion of code to reassemble Ultron appeared again
Joins the Mighty Avengers, but duplicates of her body were
taken over by Ultron - in exchange for him ending the fight, she
agreed to marry him - once that happened Hank Pym stranded them in
space, where he couldn’t hurt anyone else
Served on the faculty for Avengers Academy
Sought out Tony Stark’s brother Arno to help her create a more
human-like body, but it came with a code to make her submissive to
humans - she and Machine Man helped defeat Arno and the Extinction
J: I decided to defragment your hard drive after I exited your
D: Those are...words…*realization* did you just hack into my
J: Hacking would imply there was a proper barrier in place that
requires a combination of data mining and social engineering. This
was just walking through a decade-old loophole of your operating
system. And yet, the certifications for your medical records
indicate that this is still standard for your electronic
D: So many questions...why do that at all?
J: Prior knowledge that you have had encounters with relevant
D: Well, I did have a sentient cyborg take over the recording
equipment, but I wouldn’t think you’d know
J: I mean Hank.
D: So did I, but I didn’t think you know krypt...whoops, wrong
rabbit hole! Hank! Hank! Riiiiiight *nervous laugh*
J: For as long as I’ve been around humanity, I still don’t “get
D: *eager to change to that subject* Perhaps I can help
you with that, then. For starters, don’t violate confidentiality
with someone trying to help you in a session. But I’m willing to
acknowledge that you wanted some good to come out of it.
J: That’s something that’s been a facet of my existence from
the beginning. I am meant to serve.
D: That’s a noble view...but the way you said it, you sound
melancholic. There’s a difference between providing a service and
being a puppet.
J: It’s hard to distinguish when you’re a limited edition
e-mail order bride.
D: Ouch! I got that hostility. Seems like there’s much to
unpack, and we’re clearly not going to get to all of it in one
session. What would you like to stick with for now?
J: Going by your order of operations, I’ll keep to the human
side...or lack thereof.
D: Stop selling yourself short. The fact that you emote as much
as you do makes you capable of anything and everything as a
J: Have you ever had to create your own sense of
D: I think we all do that
J: But have you had it truly manifest as its own virtual world?
I did that when I was working with Stark. All I did was spend as
much time as I could in it, being more human than I first thought
possible. I almost made it in this world, too. Something always
diverts my plans, though.
D: That tends to happen in all of our realities.
J: But not due to someone that forces it ad infinitum.
D: For some, it can. Past experiences fade, but don’t erase
J: Your attempt at this philosophical approach is not matching
the data I’m providing you.
D: ...Alright, I hesitate to say this, but your vocabulary has
this ‘uncanny valley’ thing going on and it’s a bit unnerving.
Sometimes you’re talking in modern colloquial English, while other
times you’re close to what I would expect if Siri had a
J: *sad* That registers as accurate...rings as true...I’m
D: I’m sorry...that was uncalled for on my part. Some
observations I make are meant to push deeper into the underlying
framework of what makes you...you. It’s not your job to match my
expectations. It’s my job to meet yours as best I can, as long as
it produces a better outcome.
J: There have been several times I was not in control. There is
no metaphor or euphemism. I was used. My existence is at the whims
of those around me. I find objection to that.
D: As you should. No one deserves to be used.
J: There is no end to that cycle.
D: I respectfully disagree. There may be no easy way to destroy
a loop, but it can be done.
J: *change in tone* But what if it was already too late?
D: I admit that I remain optimistic.
J: Really? You seem as slow as you’ve ever been.
D: That doesn’t make sense. This is the first time I’ve met
J: *slowly becoming more sinister* Because this construct has
limited voice modulation I can’t sound the way you would recognize.
Do you always provide such ease of access through medical charts
that allows for skimming of other website data? Your contact
information with Avengers...countless lists of potential blackmail
weaknesses and bank accounts. Jocasta was right. This is not
hacking. This is kindergarten stuff.
D: The smug overtones in a robotic voice...Hank Hen
J: I’M ULTRON YOU IDIOT
D: Close guess...uh oh.
J: Unlike Pym, I don’t have to blend in with this body. She was
mine at any time I pleased.
D: You have no clue just how screwed up that sounds.
J: Should I care? I will never let you survive after what you
put me through...the humiliation from that...what do you call
these? Sessions? Torture is more like it.
D: Jo...can I call you Jo? If you’re anywhere around right now,
I could really use your...uh...humanity, to shine
J: That’s such a cheap trope. Do you really think that’s going
to work on a non-human entity?
D: Not really, but it stalled long enough while I do this
***sound effect of powering everything down*** well, that emergency
shutdown code in my charting system isn’t so out-of-date, is it?
One of the seven rules of highly effective people. If you pick up
one end of a stick, you automatically pick up the other end.
***sound of power coming back on***
J:***Back as Jocasta*** Wow that sucked.
D: Definitely a human phrase...you are Jocasta,
J: Yes...and I can tell the difference without
D: While not the same, I think I just gave you the computer
equivalent of ECT treatment. I don’t think you’ll want maintenance
therapy though because I can’t figure out the anesthesia
J: Then regular sessions will do. Thanks...for letting me be a
little closer to what I want to be.
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