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11th Sep '17 7:58:26 PM y2k890
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* One interpretation of Music/TheMegas songs "Fly on a Dog" and "Just Another Machine" are that Megaman has decided that even if he could BecomeARealBoy, he wouldn't want to because humans are bastards.
* The Australian band Skyhooks invokes this in ''Horror Movie'', describing the scenes of violence and terror in the horror movie on TV. Near the end of the song we get to TheReveal: [[spoiler: the "movie" is actually the evening news and the violence is all real]].
* Music/{{Powerman 5000}}'s song ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ug9XflUB0A How to be a Human]]'' basically describes humans as shameless, lying, greedy gluttons with a penchant for violence; the videoclip even begins with title cards indicating that it's basically an alien PSA reel.
* In Music/JoannaNewsom's "Monkey & Bear", as Monkey begins to treat Bear more like a slave, Monkey also comes to resemble humans more. This parallels ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', in which the pigs had a similar character arc.
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* One interpretation of Music/TheMegas songs "Fly on a Dog" and "Just Another Machine" are that Megaman has decided that even if he could BecomeARealBoy, he wouldn't want to because humans are bastards.
* The Australian band Skyhooks invokes this in ''Horror Movie'', describing the scenes of violence and terror in the horror movie on TV. Near the end of the song we get to TheReveal: [[spoiler: the "movie" is actually the evening news and the violence is all real]].
* Music/{{Powerman 5000}}'s song ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ug9XflUB0A How to be a Human]]'' basically describes humans as shameless, lying, greedy gluttons with a penchant for violence; the videoclip even begins with title cards indicating that it's basically an alien PSA reel.
* In Music/JoannaNewsom's "Monkey & Bear", as Monkey begins to treat Bear more like a slave, Monkey also comes to resemble humans more. This parallels ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', in which the pigs had a similar character arc.
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11th Sep '17 9:11:29 AM VisitorAlex
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' had an entire episode called ''The Evil of Men'' near the middle of the Buu saga. It explores how even we non-powerful humans can be just as cruel as the monsters Goku and co fight on a regular basis. Case in point: A pair of thugs arrive to shoot up Buu and Mr. Satan (who is in the process of rehabilitating Buu) and shoot Bee the puppy then later Mr. Satan himself. Buu managed to save them both in time, but witnessing this cruelty unleashed his evil side. Thus, the rest of the Buu saga is the world paying the price for what these men did. Prior to this, they had been running around ''murdering random innocent people for fun''. Their justification for this? [[ApocalypseAnarchy Since Buu had been killing everyone and would most likely destroy the Earth,]] [[InsaneTrollLogic they can just pretend their victims were killed by Buu]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' extends on the above ''Z'' example during the late Future Trunks Saga episodes with Barry Khan, a {{Jerkass}} actor and SpoiledBrat taken UpToEleven. For starters, he forces a stuntman to jump on a speeding tank ''without wires'', not caring if he gets hurt or even killed, and then [[spoiler: when he tries to flirt with Videl only to be shot down, he tries to ruin Gohan's marriage purely because [[NotGoodWithRejection he was pissed at being rejected]]]]. After he's [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by a PuppeteerParasite named Watagash, all of his inner evil is brought forth, and he goes so far as to kidnap baby Pan in an attempt at petty revenge against Gohan]]. In a nutshell, Barry is easily one of the biggest, most evil bastards in the series, which is saying something given the monsters the franchise is known for, and he was already that way ''before'' [[spoiler: Watagash hijacked his body and gave him superpowers]].

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': While the franchise has a lot of malignant aliens and creatures who are MadeOfEvil, this trope applies to the cruelest humans in the show such as Tao Pai Pai (from ''Manga/DragonBall''), Van Zant, Smitty and Barry Khan.
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''Manga/DragonBallZ'' had an entire episode called ''The Evil of Men'' near the middle of the Buu saga. It explores how even we non-powerful humans can be just as cruel as the monsters Goku and co fight on a regular basis. Case in point: A pair of thugs arrive to shoot up Buu and Mr. Satan (who is in the process of rehabilitating Buu) and shoot Bee the puppy then later Mr. Satan himself. Buu managed to save them both in time, but witnessing this cruelty unleashed his evil side. Thus, the rest of the Buu saga is the world paying the price for what these men did. Prior to this, they had been running around ''murdering random innocent people for fun''. Their justification for this? [[ApocalypseAnarchy Since Buu had been killing everyone and would most likely destroy the Earth,]] [[InsaneTrollLogic they can just pretend their victims were killed by Buu]].
* ** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' extends on the above ''Z'' example during the late Future Trunks Saga episodes with Barry Khan, a {{Jerkass}} {{jerkass}} actor and SpoiledBrat taken UpToEleven. For starters, he forces a stuntman to jump on a speeding tank ''without wires'', not caring if he gets hurt or even killed, and then [[spoiler: when he tries to flirt with Videl only to be shot down, he tries to ruin Gohan's marriage purely because [[NotGoodWithRejection he was pissed at being rejected]]]]. After he's [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by a PuppeteerParasite named Watagash, all of his inner evil is brought forth, and he goes so far as to kidnap baby Pan in an attempt at petty revenge against Gohan]]. In a nutshell, Barry is easily one of the biggest, most evil bastards in the series, which is saying something given the monsters the franchise is known for, and he was already that way ''before'' [[spoiler: Watagash hijacked his body and gave him superpowers]].
5th Sep '17 12:41:13 PM GreyWoulfe
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* Music/Crydebris use this trope as fans of StudioGhibli. A major theme in a few of their songs are how humans are destroying the Earth.

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* Music/Crydebris Music/{{Crydebris}} use this trope as fans of StudioGhibli. A major theme in a few of their songs are how humans are destroying the Earth.
5th Sep '17 12:39:44 PM GreyWoulfe
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* Music/Crydebris use this trope as fans of StudioGhibli. A major theme in a few of their songs are how humans are destroying the Earth.
--> ''Burning Forest''\\
''Trees are steepened''\\
''To relation''\\
''Your lines violate that''\\
''It took my breath away''
22nd Aug '17 2:02:58 AM LondonKdS
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[[TropesAreTools A sadly common pitfall of using this trope]] is when humans are depicted menacing monsters who by all accounts should lack the power to menace. When the monsters in question are imbued with multiple incredible powers, the notion of them being oppressed by humans can become increasingly difficult to entertain. Unless you establish that Cthulhu is nowhere near as powerful as the myths say he is, nobody is going to take his sob story of living in terror of the local village mob's pitchforks seriously.

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[[TropesAreTools [[BrokenAesop A sadly common pitfall of using this trope]] is when humans are depicted menacing monsters who by all accounts they should lack the power to menace. When the monsters in question are imbued with multiple incredible powers, the notion of them being oppressed by humans can become increasingly difficult to entertain. Unless you establish that Cthulhu is nowhere near as powerful as the myths say he is, nobody is going to take his sob story of living in terror of the local village mob's pitchforks seriously.
20th Aug '17 8:54:26 AM ACW
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*** Ms. Bitters is a subversion in that, while she definitely qualifies as a CompleteMonster of earthly origin, she is [[HumanoidAbomination likely not even human in the first place]].

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*** Ms. Bitters is a subversion in that, while she definitely qualifies as a CompleteMonster of earthly origin, that she is [[HumanoidAbomination likely not even human in the first place]].
11th Aug '17 3:08:17 PM VanSisean
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*** Ms. Bitters is a subversion in that, while she definitely qualifies as a CompleteMonster of earthly origin, she is [[EldritchAbomination likely not even human in the first place]].

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*** Ms. Bitters is a subversion in that, while she definitely qualifies as a CompleteMonster of earthly origin, she is [[EldritchAbomination [[HumanoidAbomination likely not even human in the first place]].
11th Aug '17 3:05:51 PM VanSisean
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*** Ms. Bitters is a subversion in that, while she definitely qualifies as a CompleteMonster of earthly origin, she is likely not even human in the first place.

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*** Ms. Bitters is a subversion in that, while she definitely qualifies as a CompleteMonster of earthly origin, she is [[EldritchAbomination likely not even human in the first place.place]].
11th Aug '17 3:03:02 PM VanSisean
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*** One such exception is [[ComedicSociopathy Gaz]], Dib's nihilistic younger sister whose only two passions are video games and pizza, and [[SeriousBusiness woe be to anyone]] who prevents her from having those two things! This characterization is taken far enough that, in an unreleased episode, she is only motivated to save the despondent Zim's life (and foil [[WhatTheHellHero her older brother's plan to deprive Zim of his life-support system for long enough that he perishes]]) when Zim falsely claims that Dib stole her gaming device - and cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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*** One such exception is [[ComedicSociopathy Gaz]], Dib's nihilistic younger sister whose only two passions are video games and pizza, and [[SeriousBusiness woe be to anyone]] who prevents her from having those two things! This characterization is taken far enough that, in an unreleased episode, she is only motivated to save the despondent Zim's life (and foil [[WhatTheHellHero her older brother's plan to deprive Zim of his life-support system for long enough that he perishes]]) when Zim falsely claims that Dib stole her gaming device - and cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge.RoaringRampageOfRevenge!
11th Aug '17 3:02:25 PM VanSisean
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*** One such exception is [[ComedicSociopathy Gaz]], Dib's nihilistic younger sister whose only two passions are video games and pizza, and [[SeriousBusiness woe be to anyone]] who prevents her from having those two things! This characterization is taken far enough that, in an unreleased episode, she is only motivated to save the despondent Zim's life (and foil [[WhatTheHellHero her older brother's plan to deprive Zim of his life-support system for long enough that he perishes]]) when Zim falsely claims that Dib stole her gaming device.

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*** One such exception is [[ComedicSociopathy Gaz]], Dib's nihilistic younger sister whose only two passions are video games and pizza, and [[SeriousBusiness woe be to anyone]] who prevents her from having those two things! This characterization is taken far enough that, in an unreleased episode, she is only motivated to save the despondent Zim's life (and foil [[WhatTheHellHero her older brother's plan to deprive Zim of his life-support system for long enough that he perishes]]) when Zim falsely claims that Dib stole her gaming device.device - and cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
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