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17th Sep '17 7:06:55 AM Binky90
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* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' has a few:
** First of all, Yandere-Chan herself. There's just something ''off'' about her. From her flat affect, lack of empathy, unusual speed, strength, and stamina for such a small girl, to the fact that [[spoiler: she can successfully commune with demons when the regular members of the Occult Club (its leader included) cannot. Plus she can channel a demon's power if she sacrifices students to it.]]
** Also, [[MrExposition the Basu sisters]], [[HornyDevils Sakyu]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Inkyu]] are rumored to be a succubus and vampire, respectively; the head of the Occult Club believes this, and is trying to prove it. Their HellishPupils (which Student Info insists are contacts) seems to support this theory, but as yet, it has not been confirmed or denied by the developer.
6th Sep '17 1:45:02 PM Andariel
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* While ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' features a lot of oddball creatures, every human character is recognisably human. Except Rippen, who has greenish skin and red eyes. Phyllis also once claimed to be [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld over a thousand years old]] (though she was probably joking).

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* While ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' features a lot of oddball creatures, every human character is recognisably human. Except Rippen, who has greenish skin and red eyes. Phyllis also once claimed to be [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld over a thousand years old]] (though she was probably joking).old]]. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Rippen is from a different dimension and Phyllis is some sort of a CosmicEntity.]]
5th Sep '17 1:06:16 PM Fighteer
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* UsefulNotes/{{Tarrare}}, an 18th century French soldier known for his ability to eat anything, from corks to stones to live animals. His physical description included an abnormally wide mouth with almost no visible lips, an abdomen that would distend after eating, and skin that was hot to the touch. While it's thought that a thyroid issue may have caused him to be the way he was, there's some speculation as to whether or not he was even human.
* Hypotheses as to just how "human" various extinct members of genus ''Homo'' -- neanderthals, "hobbits" from Flores, Denisovans -- may have been have gone back and forth repeatedly, as archaeological and genetic studies yield new information about how closely they resembled and/or interbred with better-established human ancestors. Officially, of course, they are not even HumanSubspecies, existing merely in our ''genus'', which means they're just a few (fairly minor) steps closer to us than the great apes.
* There's debate among experts whether the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa HeLa]] cell line still qualifies as human tissue. Some say it has become a new species thanks to decades of cellular evolution. Proponents of this idea point to chromosomal incompatibility with humans and the cells' ability to indefinitely replicate themselves.
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* UsefulNotes/{{Tarrare}}, an 18th century French soldier known for his ability to eat anything, from corks to stones to live animals. His physical description included an abnormally wide mouth with almost no visible lips, an abdomen that would distend after eating, and skin that was hot to the touch. While it's thought that a thyroid issue may have caused him to be the way he was, there's some speculation as to whether or not he was even human.
* Hypotheses as to just how "human" various extinct members of genus ''Homo'' -- neanderthals, "hobbits" from Flores, Denisovans -- may have been have gone back and forth repeatedly, as archaeological and genetic studies yield new information about how closely they resembled and/or interbred with better-established human ancestors. Officially, of course, they are not even HumanSubspecies, existing merely in our ''genus'', which means they're just a few (fairly minor) steps closer to us than the great apes.
* There's debate among experts whether the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa HeLa]] cell line still qualifies as human tissue. Some say it has become a new species thanks to decades of cellular evolution. Proponents of this idea point to chromosomal incompatibility with humans and the cells' ability to indefinitely replicate themselves.
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5th Sep '17 12:29:13 PM OnTheHillside
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* Circus freaks historically had this proposed about them...[[SocietyMarchesOn until, of course, people realized that they were either genetically deformed humans or "normal" formed humans tricked out with makeup and prosthetics]].



* Jesus of Nazareth. All Christians (except for Arians, of course) take it for granted that he was both fully human and fully divine (sounds like TooManyHalves, but in Christian theology it actually makes sense), while Jews, Muslims, and all others believe he was fully human - period.
* Throughout much of European colonialism the idea that Indigenous and other "non-white" people were a "lesser" form of human or not even human at all was widespread, to justify many discriminatory and oppressive laws and customs, even outright genocide, and many fields were also devised to measure how close to human someone supposedly was (closer to human in this case meaning closer to white people). While largely discredited this idea still lingers on in many ways; for example it's common in white supremacist circles to espouse the idea that black people are more closely related to other apes than to humans, which is of course nonsense (taxanomically all humans are 100% apes).



* Mentally handicapped people were treated as this for a long time. German psychiatrist Alfred Hoche went as far as to call them unworthy of life, claiming that they had no real feelings, wishes, or sense of self. His writings were highly influential in many eugenics and euthanasia programs during the early 20th century.
4th Sep '17 7:35:43 PM OnTheHillside
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%% [[/folder]]* Circus freaks historically had this proposed about them...[[SocietyMarchesOn until, of course, people realized that they were either genetically deformed humans or "normal" formed humans tricked out with makeup and prosthetics]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Tarrare}}, an 18th century French soldier known for his ability to eat anything, from corks to stones to live animals. His physical description included an abnormally wide mouth with almost no visible lips, an abdomen that would distend after eating, and skin that was hot to the touch. While it's thought that a thyroid issue may have caused him to be the way he was, there's some speculation as to whether or not he was even human.
* Jesus of Nazareth. All Christians (except for Arians, of course) take it for granted that he was both fully human and fully divine (sounds like TooManyHalves, but in Christian theology it actually makes sense), while Jews, Muslims, and all others believe he was fully human - period.
* Throughout much of European colonialism the idea that Indigenous and other "non-white" people were a "lesser" form of human or not even human at all was widespread, to justify many discriminatory and oppressive laws and customs, even outright genocide, and many fields were also devised to measure how close to human someone supposedly was (closer to human in this case meaning closer to white people). While largely discredited this idea still lingers on in many ways; for example it's common in white supremacist circles to espouse the idea that black people are more closely related to other apes than to humans, which is of course nonsense (taxanomically all humans are 100% apes).
* Hypotheses as to just how "human" various extinct members of genus ''Homo'' -- neanderthals, "hobbits" from Flores, Denisovans -- may have been have gone back and forth repeatedly, as archaeological and genetic studies yield new information about how closely they resembled and/or interbred with better-established human ancestors. Officially, of course, they are not even HumanSubspecies, existing merely in our ''genus'', which means they're just a few (fairly minor) steps closer to us than the great apes.
* Mentally handicapped people were treated as this for a long time. German psychiatrist Alfred Hoche went as far as to call them unworthy of life, claiming that they had no real feelings, wishes, or sense of self. His writings were highly influential in many eugenics and euthanasia programs during the early 20th century.
* There's debate among experts whether the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa HeLa]] cell line still qualifies as human tissue. Some say it has become a new species thanks to decades of cellular evolution. Proponents of this idea point to chromosomal incompatibility with humans and the cells' ability to indefinitely replicate themselves.
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31st Aug '17 9:45:12 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has Shriek's lackey Ollie. He has pale skin, purple hair, pointed ears, and black sclera, but it isn't stated whether or not his unusual appearance is because he's an alien or if he's partaken in "splicing".
30th Aug '17 10:57:44 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' gives us Penguin's BodyguardBabes the Kabuki Twins. While they, for the most part, look like costumed human females and have human names ("Gale" and "Peri"; though their names aren't used in-series), there is evidence that suggests that they are not human. They are [[TheVoiceless mostly silent]] (what vocal noises they do make are unintelligible whispers), [[TheFaceless they are never seen without their masks and red catsuits]], they have WolverineClaws instead of fingers, move strangely and survive things that humans probably can't. They are never outright stated to be human and some fans believe that they are either robots or mutant human-like birds.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' gives us Penguin's BodyguardBabes the Kabuki Twins. While they, for the most part, look like costumed human females and have human names ("Gale" and "Peri"; though their names aren't used in-series), there is evidence that suggests that they are not human. They are [[TheVoiceless mostly silent]] (what vocal noises they do make are unintelligible whispers), [[TheFaceless they are never seen without their masks and red catsuits]], they have WolverineClaws protruding from their hands instead of fingers, move strangely and survive things that humans probably can't. They are never outright stated to be human and some fans believe that they are either robots or mutant human-like birds.
29th Aug '17 6:11:59 AM XFllo
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* Jesus of Nazareth. All Christians (except for Arians, of course) take it for granted that he was both fully human and fully divine (sounds like TooManyHalves, but in Christian theology it actually makes sense), while Jews, Muslims, and all others believe he was fully human - period.
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* Circus freaks historically had this proposed about them...[[SocietyMarchesOn until, of course, people realized that they were either genetically deformed humans or "normal" formed humans tricked out with makeup and prosthetics]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Tarrare}}, an 18th century French soldier known for his ability to eat anything, from corks to stones to live animals. His physical description included an abnormally wide mouth with almost no visible lips, an abdomen that would distend after eating, and skin that was hot to the touch. While it's thought that a thyroid issue may have caused him to be the way he was, there's some speculation as to whether or not he was even human.
* Jesus of Nazareth. All Christians (except for Arians, of course) take it for granted that he was both fully human and fully divine (sounds like TooManyHalves, but in Christian theology it actually makes sense), while Jews, Muslims, and all others believe he was fully human - period.
* Throughout much of European colonialism the idea that Indigenous and other "non-white" people were a "lesser" form of human or not even human at all was widespread, to justify many discriminatory and oppressive laws and customs, even outright genocide, and many fields were also devised to measure how close to human someone supposedly was (closer to human in this case meaning closer to white people). While largely discredited this idea still lingers on in many ways; for example it's common in white supremacist circles to espouse the idea that black people are more closely related to other apes than to humans, which is of course nonsense (taxanomically all humans are 100% apes).
* Hypotheses as to just how "human" various extinct members of genus ''Homo'' -- neanderthals, "hobbits" from Flores, Denisovans -- may have been have gone back and forth repeatedly, as archaeological and genetic studies yield new information about how closely they resembled and/or interbred with better-established human ancestors. Officially, of course, they are not even HumanSubspecies, existing merely in our ''genus'', which means they're just a few (fairly minor) steps closer to us than the great apes.
* Mentally handicapped people were treated as this for a long time. German psychiatrist Alfred Hoche went as far as to call them unworthy of life, claiming that they had no real feelings, wishes, or sense of self. His writings were highly influential in many eugenics and euthanasia programs during the early 20th century.
* There's debate among experts whether the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa HeLa]] cell line still qualifies as human tissue. Some say it has become a new species thanks to decades of cellular evolution. Proponents of this idea point to chromosomal incompatibility with humans and the cells' ability to indefinitely replicate themselves.
* Creator/TommyWiseau seemingly appeared out of nowhere with a vast amount of money, funded an infamously [[TheRoom awful movie,]] and generally speaks and acts like someone who got all his information on how to be human from a handful of pamphlets on the subject. Among the myriad of plausible explanations for this is a (mostly) joking theory that he's an alien who just really, really liked human movies and came down to make his own.
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* Circus freaks historically had this proposed about them...[[SocietyMarchesOn until, of course, people realized that they were either genetically deformed humans or "normal" formed humans tricked out with makeup and prosthetics]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Tarrare}}, an 18th century French soldier known for his ability to eat anything, from corks to stones to live animals. His physical description included an abnormally wide mouth with almost no visible lips, an abdomen that would distend after eating, and skin that was hot to the touch. While it's thought that a thyroid issue may have caused him to be the way he was, there's some speculation as to whether or not he was even human.
* Jesus of Nazareth. All Christians (except for Arians, of course) take it for granted that he was both fully human and fully divine (sounds like TooManyHalves, but in Christian theology it actually makes sense), while Jews, Muslims, and all others believe he was fully human - period.
* Throughout much of European colonialism the idea that Indigenous and other "non-white" people were a "lesser" form of human or not even human at all was widespread, to justify many discriminatory and oppressive laws and customs, even outright genocide, and many fields were also devised to measure how close to human someone supposedly was (closer to human in this case meaning closer to white people). While largely discredited this idea still lingers on in many ways; for example it's common in white supremacist circles to espouse the idea that black people are more closely related to other apes than to humans, which is of course nonsense (taxanomically all humans are 100% apes).
* Hypotheses as to just how "human" various extinct members of genus ''Homo'' -- neanderthals, "hobbits" from Flores, Denisovans -- may have been have gone back and forth repeatedly, as archaeological and genetic studies yield new information about how closely they resembled and/or interbred with better-established human ancestors. Officially, of course, they are not even HumanSubspecies, existing merely in our ''genus'', which means they're just a few (fairly minor) steps closer to us than the great apes.
* Mentally handicapped people were treated as this for a long time. German psychiatrist Alfred Hoche went as far as to call them unworthy of life, claiming that they had no real feelings, wishes, or sense of self. His writings were highly influential in many eugenics and euthanasia programs during the early 20th century.
* There's debate among experts whether the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa HeLa]] cell line still qualifies as human tissue. Some say it has become a new species thanks to decades of cellular evolution. Proponents of this idea point to chromosomal incompatibility with humans and the cells' ability to indefinitely replicate themselves.
* Creator/TommyWiseau seemingly appeared out of nowhere with a vast amount of money, funded an infamously [[TheRoom awful movie,]] and generally speaks and acts like someone who got all his information on how to be human from a handful of pamphlets on the subject. Among the myriad of plausible explanations for this is a (mostly) joking theory that he's an alien who just really, really liked human movies and came down to make his own.
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28th Aug '17 2:44:10 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' gives us Penguin's BodyguardBabes the Kabuki Twins. While they, for the most part, look like costumed human females and have human names ("Gale" and "Peri"; though their names aren't used in-series), there is evidence that suggests that they are not human. They are [[TheVoiceless mostly silent]] (what vocal noises they do make are unintelligible whispers), [[TheFaceless they are never seen without their masks and red catsuits]], they have WolverineClaws instead of fingers, move strangely and survive things that humans probably can't. They are never outright stated to be human and some fans believe that they are either robots or mutant human-like birds.
27th Aug '17 2:04:13 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' look human, breathe underwater, speak to animals, and are implicitly ''really'' small compared to other humans because they're similar in size to the small sea creatures that live in Bikini Bottom (though Mermaid Man ''does'' have a ShrinkRay). They don't look like Neptune and the other merpeople either.

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Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' look human, breathe underwater, speak to animals, and are implicitly ''really'' small compared to other humans because they're similar in size to the small sea creatures that live in Bikini Bottom (though Mermaid Man ''does'' have a ShrinkRay). They don't look like Neptune and the other merpeople either.either.
** Man Ray, a member of their RoguesGallery, raises even more questions. Much about his anatomy appears human, but the costume he's wearing doesn't allow any glimpse of what's underneath. He's bigger than Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, but not as large as any of the confirmed humans. Perhaps the biggest point of contention is his head. It looks like a mask, but is ''very'' expressive. At the end of his debut episode, he was able to remove it entirely without any ill effects, leaving it unclear as to whether it's his real head.
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