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10th Nov '16 9:01:50 AM DracoKanji
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* The [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are arranged into one called the hemospectrum, based on their [[AlienBlood blood color.]] It goes from red-blooded trolls as the bottom caste, [[RainbowMotif through the rainbow]] to [[BlueBlood blue]]- and [[ColorCodedPatrician purple]]-blooded trolls at the top as the ruling castes. This caste system has biological repercussions as well: lower castes are more likely to have PsychicPowers, are also being more vulnerable to others' psychic powers, are shorter lived and weaker. Higher castes are more likely to be murderous and psychotic, have greater physical strength and longer lifespans, and the royal castes are amphibious and tend to live underwater. Not all of the trolls [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch care so much about the system]] though, most notably [[ModestRoyalty Gamzee and Feferi]], who both have purple blood. In fact, the one troll who does religiously follow the caste system (Equius) is regarded as a conservative weirdo by the others. The pre-[[CosmicRetcon Scratch]] trolls also have a hemospectrum, except that it seems to be based on ''noblesse oblige''. The longer-lived higher-castes are expected to serve the needs of the lower castes. The system as a whole is regarded as [[WhiteMansBurden rather patronizing]] by both high- and low-blooded members.

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* The [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are arranged into one called the hemospectrum, based on their [[AlienBlood blood color.]] It goes from red-blooded brown-blooded trolls as the bottom caste, [[RainbowMotif through the rainbow]] to [[BlueBlood blue]]- and [[ColorCodedPatrician purple]]-blooded trolls at the top as the ruling castes. This caste system has biological repercussions as well: lower castes are more likely to have PsychicPowers, are also being more vulnerable to others' psychic powers, are shorter lived and weaker. Higher castes are more likely to be murderous and psychotic, have greater physical strength and longer lifespans, and the royal castes are amphibious and tend to live underwater. Red bloods are considered mutant deviations and are often culled at a young age. Not all of the trolls [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch care so much about the system]] though, most notably [[ModestRoyalty Gamzee and Feferi]], who both have purple blood. In fact, the one troll who does religiously follow the caste system (Equius) is regarded as a conservative weirdo by the others. The pre-[[CosmicRetcon Scratch]] trolls also have a hemospectrum, except that it seems to be based on ''noblesse oblige''. The longer-lived higher-castes are expected to serve the needs of the lower castes. The system as a whole is regarded as [[WhiteMansBurden rather patronizing]] by both high- and low-blooded members.
27th Oct '16 6:35:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has a complicated De facto one based around what AnimalStereotypes an animal is supposed to fit. Foxes for example are considered sly and untrustworthy, so they end being forced to live as conman. Judy Hopp's attempt to become the first bunny cop is met with equal surprise and derision. While the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat DMV is staffed entirely by sloths]].
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has a complicated De facto one based around what AnimalStereotypes an animal is supposed to fit. Foxes for example are considered sly and untrustworthy, so they end being forced to live as conman. Judy Hopp's attempt to become the first bunny cop is met with equal surprise and derision. While the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat DMV is staffed entirely by sloths]].
19th Oct '16 11:20:29 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' has different classes of people produced through embryonic manipulation (specifically oxygen starvation and alcohol poisoning of Delta and Epsilon caste embryos to physically and mentally retard their growth) and the slaves of the lowest class are created to be practically simian. (And everyone is psychologically conditioned to accept this ranking, as applied to self and others, as obviously and unquestionably justified.)

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* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' has different classes of people produced through embryonic manipulation (specifically oxygen starvation and alcohol poisoning of Delta and Epsilon caste embryos to physically and mentally retard their growth) and the slaves of the lowest class are created to be practically simian. (And simian (and everyone is psychologically conditioned to accept this ranking, as applied to self and others, as obviously and unquestionably justified.)justified).



* Played with in Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy'': The three species of Mars each have different roles, but oddly, this is presented as simply being based on their own natures; each species simply acknowledges that the others do certain tasks better. (The fact that they're "unfallen" and thus not inclined to evil probably helps keep things peaceful.) It may not count as a "caste" system, however, especially since they tend to keep their societies separate, making their cooperation more akin to different nations trading with each other.

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* Played with in Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy'': The three species of Mars each have different roles, but oddly, this is presented as simply being based on their own natures; each species simply acknowledges that the others do certain tasks better. (The better (the fact that they're "unfallen" and thus not inclined to evil probably helps keep things peaceful.) peaceful). It may not count as a "caste" system, however, especially since they tend to keep their societies separate, making their cooperation more akin to different nations trading with each other.
2nd Oct '16 10:24:00 AM 0nyx
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* ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood'': A fan adventure based on ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', the concept of a caste system based on blood colour is explored by imagining what life would be like for a, well, sea dweller lowblood if the Summoner had succeeded in turning the hemospectrum backwards. In this AlternateUniverse, the world is lead by Red Bloods, with orange, yellow, and green being nobility and the sea dwellers being at the absolute bottom. The comic starts off focusing mainly on Eridan trying to survive in a world where pretty much everyone is against him just for having fins on his face. The whole demographic seems much more harsh and better kept than in canon, though it's unclear if this is because the Summoner just made it more strict or because it takes place several sweeps after when the events of the original story would have happened, on a different planet, with everyone being much older than the teens in ''Homestuck''.



* ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood'': A fan adventure based on ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', the concept of a caste system based on blood colour is explored by imagining what life would be like for a, well, sea dweller lowblood if the Summoner had succeeded in turning the hemospectrum backwards. In this AlternateUniverse, the world is lead by Red Bloods, with orange, yellow, and green being nobility and the sea dwellers being at the absolute bottom. The comic starts off focusing mainly on Eridan trying to survive in a world where pretty much everyone is against him just for having fins on his face. The whole demographic seems much more harsh and better kept than in canon, though it's unclear if this is because the Summoner just made it more strict or because it takes place several sweeps after when the events of the original story would have happened, on a different planet, with everyone being much older than the teens in ''Homestuck''.
23rd Aug '16 5:48:23 PM JustinCognito
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** The term "Caste" is typically used to describe where an Exalted's talents lie, rather than their prescribed role; there's nothing stopping, say, a martially-minded Dawn Caste from picking up Sorcery. The one person who takes it most seriously is the Deathlord Walker in Darkness, who expects his Abyssal Deathknights to fulfill every aspect of their assigned Castes. This is something of a problem, as he'll except a Daybreak Caste who's skilled in necromancy and necromancy alone to also be a loremaster, assign control of his armies to a warrior Dusk Caste despite the fact that he's insane, or expect a Moonshadow Caste who was a gladiator in life to serve as the best ambassador to the dead.
14th Aug '16 3:51:10 PM Demetrios
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** The Craftworld Eldar, [[OurElvesAreBetter unlike most depictions of fantasy elves]], live very strict and disciplined lives, according to a "Path", which is basically a career choice. There are several, but [[CrapsackWorld of course]], the civilian paths tend to fall by the wayside in favour of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Path of the Warrior]], the [[MagnificentBastard Path of the Seer]] and the [[WalkingTheEarth Path of the Outcast]]. They need to do this because the last time they acted like loose and free-spirited elves, their civilisation fell into barbarity and caused the creation of a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos]] [[GodOfEvil God]].

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** The Craftworld Eldar, [[OurElvesAreBetter unlike most depictions of fantasy elves]], live very strict and disciplined lives, according to a "Path", which is basically a career choice. There are several, but [[CrapsackWorld of course]], the civilian paths [[OvershadowedByAwesome tend to fall by the wayside in favour of the the]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Path of the Warrior]], the [[MagnificentBastard Path of the Seer]] and the [[WalkingTheEarth Path of the Outcast]]. They need to do this because the last time they acted like loose and free-spirited elves, their civilisation fell into barbarity and caused the creation of a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos]] [[GodOfEvil God]].
14th Aug '16 5:04:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* NewHorizon has the Medeans, who have established a sort of monarchy.

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* NewHorizon ''TabletopGame/NewHorizon'' has the Medeans, who have established a sort of monarchy.
12th Aug '16 10:49:15 PM hikarin48
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* The [[{{SuperDanganronpa2}} second game]] and [[{{DanganronpaZero}} prequel novel]] reveal that Hope's Peak Academy is divided into two levels. In the East quarter are the SHSL Talents/Ultimates, who were hand-picked by the school so their special skills can be studied and amplified by getting the best schooling possible. In the West quarter is the Reserve department, made of {{Ordinary High School Student}}s who have to pay a costly tuition fee for the privilege of attending. Their campus functions as a completely ordinary high school, without any access to the perks the Ultimates get to enjoy and they are often viewed as nothing more than second-class students. The two groups are largely segregated from each other, with little interaction between levels.

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* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'': The [[{{SuperDanganronpa2}} second game]] and game]], [[{{DanganronpaZero}} prequel novel]] and [[{{DanganRonpa3}} sequel anime]] reveal that Hope's Peak Academy is divided into two levels. In the East quarter are the SHSL Talents/Ultimates, who were hand-picked by the school so their special skills can be studied and amplified by getting the best schooling possible. In the West quarter is the Reserve department, made of {{Ordinary High School Student}}s who have to pay a costly tuition fee for the privilege of attending. Their campus functions as a completely ordinary high school, without any access to the perks the Ultimates get to enjoy and they are often viewed as nothing more than second-class students. The two groups are largely segregated from each other, with little interaction between levels.
7th Aug '16 10:40:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ship in Creator/SandyMitchell's DarkHeresy novel ''Innocence Proves Nothing'' is full of hereditary jobs with fancy titles.

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* The ship in Creator/SandyMitchell's DarkHeresy TabletopGame/DarkHeresy novel ''Innocence Proves Nothing'' is full of hereditary jobs with fancy titles.
5th Aug '16 5:17:09 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] work this way, with each race being in a certain rank. Before the Great Schism, Prophets were the leaders, followed closely by Elites, followed by Brutes, followed by Hunters, followed by Jackals and Drones, and followed by Grunts. Grunts received the worst treatment, being treated as a slave race by everybody. On the other side of the spectrum, the Prophets dominated the bureaucracy and clergy, while Elites and Brutes were largely responsible for military matters. There's also the Engineers, who only desire to fix and build machinery, and are treated more as valuable tools than as the sapient individuals they truly are (to the point that they're often forced to wear explosive harnesses in order to prevent them from being captured).
** The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] had a caste system of their own, called the rate system: on top were Builders, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin responsible for construction and design]], with the Master Builder becoming the true power behind the Forerunner ecumene towards its end. Next up were Miners, who obtained materials for the Builders. Then came Lifeworkers, the doctors, ecologist, and biologists of the ecumene. Then came the Warrior-Servants, soldiers who were seen as ''technically'' necessary but distasteful to the Forerunners, as they saw themselves as without conflict. Coming in dead last were the Engineers (who were technically not even Forerunners, given that they're the same ones used by the Covenant millennia later), who were [[IncrediblyLamePun engineered]] to be [[HappinessInSlavery satisfied with just maintaining and fixing things]]. There was also a rate called Juridicals who were in charge of law enforcement and criminal investigations; towards the end of the ecumene, much of the rate had become nothing more than an extension of the Master Builder's will.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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[[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] work this way, with each race being in a certain rank. Before the Great Schism, Prophets were the leaders, followed closely by Elites, followed by Brutes, followed by Hunters, followed by Jackals and Drones, and followed by Grunts. Grunts received the worst treatment, being treated as a slave race by everybody. On the other side of the spectrum, the Prophets dominated the bureaucracy and clergy, while Elites and Brutes were largely responsible for military matters. There's also the Engineers, who only desire to fix and build machinery, and are treated more as valuable tools than as the sapient individuals they truly are (to the point that they're often forced to wear explosive harnesses in order to prevent them from being captured).
** The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] had a caste system of their own, called the rate system: on top were Builders, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin responsible for construction and design]], with the Master Builder becoming the true power behind the Forerunner ecumene towards its end. Next up were Miners, who obtained materials for the Builders. Then came Lifeworkers, the doctors, ecologist, and biologists of the ecumene. Then came the Warrior-Servants, soldiers who were seen as ''technically'' necessary but distasteful to the Forerunners, as they saw themselves as without conflict. Coming in dead last were the Engineers (who were technically not even Forerunners, given that they're the same ones used by the Covenant millennia later), who were [[IncrediblyLamePun engineered]] to be [[HappinessInSlavery satisfied with just maintaining and fixing things]]. There was also a rate called Juridicals who were in charge of law enforcement and criminal investigations; towards the end of the ecumene, much of the this rate had become nothing more than an extension of the Master Builder's will.
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