The first line of the commercials for Astro Boy is "He was a robot ... who wanted to become a real boy."
What? A robot who wants to a real boy? I've never heard of such a thing! How are we to cope with such a shockingly original plot?
Or, to quote the noted robot expert Joel Robinson, "Oh, Tom Servo, you've got Pinocchio syndrome!"
(EDIT: It says in that TV Tropes link that "Astro Boy is perhaps the oldest anime expression of this trope." Canonical or not, it's still boring)