History Main / HumansAreTheRealMonsters

28th Jun '16 5:11:39 PM Materioptikon
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** Years before that, "Jubilee" showed an alternate timeline in which the Doctor stopped the Daleks from successfully invading England in the early 1900s - only for the locals to quickly seize the tech to establish the English Empire, a state as bloodthirsty and xenophobic as the Daleks. They threw the Doctor and Evelyn into the Tower of London, where Evelyn eventually died of starvation, and when they got tired of the Doctor's escape attempts, they cut off his legs. When the main timeline Doctor saw the horror of the Empire, best demonstrated when a massive crowd gleefully starts chanting "EX-TER-MI-NATE!" he collapsed in despair, understanding that timeline's humans have been corrupted into the new Daleks.



-->"I can't believe I though I was good at this."

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-->"I can't believe I though thought I was good at this."
28th Jun '16 3:27:48 PM nmn3r3
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' spoofs this trope in the ShowWithinAShow ''The Scary Door'': a scientist declares that he's "combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals ([[CatsAreMean a Lion]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Scorpion]], and [[ThreateningShark Shark]]) to make the most evil creature of them all." A human then emerges from some sort of cloning tube, and just in case that's too subtle, declares, "[[{{Anvilicious}} It turns out it's man]]" in the most undramatic and dull way possible, just to parody the ham handedness of the way the point is often made by [[Series/TheTwilightZone other shows]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' spoofs this trope in the ShowWithinAShow ''The Scary Door'': a scientist declares that he's "combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals ([[CatsAreMean a Lion]], [[SnakesAreSinister Snake]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Scorpion]], and [[ThreateningShark Shark]]) to make the most evil creature of them all." A human then emerges from some sort of cloning tube, and just in case that's too subtle, declares, "[[{{Anvilicious}} It turns out it's man]]" in the most undramatic and dull way possible, just to parody the ham handedness of the way the point is often made by [[Series/TheTwilightZone other shows]].
22nd Jun '16 2:03:21 PM Willbyr
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* Lampshaded at the end of the [[{{Kikaider}} Kikaider 01 OVA]] where the android Kikaider "takes the final step to humanity" by becoming capable of performing evil acts despite his conscience.

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* Lampshaded at the end of the [[{{Kikaider}} [[Series/{{Kikaider}} Kikaider 01 OVA]] where the android Kikaider "takes the final step to humanity" by becoming capable of performing evil acts despite his conscience.
18th Jun '16 3:34:34 PM hamza678
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* [[http://jimbenton.com/page14/files/JimBentonComic-SuperEvilMonsterB.html In this comic]], a monster hiding under the bed sneaks and watches tv news. He responds:
-->"I can't believe I though I was good at this."
12th Jun '16 4:14:58 AM TheBigBopper
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[[TropesAreTools 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.

Frequently it will be claimed that humans are the only species in the universe to wage war on their own kind or kill just for the heck of it, [[ScienceMarchesOn which has long since been disproven by Science]][[note]]Penguins practicing rape and pedophilia or several tribes of monkeys and apes waging war on each other just being a few examples.[[/note]]. Still, the powerful message of this trope result in it being an UndeadHorseTrope.

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[[TropesAreTools 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.

Frequently it will be claimed that humans are the only species in the universe to wage war on their own kind or kill just for the heck of it, [[ScienceMarchesOn which has long since been disproven by Science]][[note]]Penguins practicing rape and pedophilia or several tribes of monkeys and apes waging war on each other just being a few examples.[[/note]]. Still, the powerful message of this trope result results in it being an UndeadHorseTrope.
3rd Jun '16 3:51:32 PM Flame
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* Ah, but then there's Hugh Harman's ''WesternAnimation/PeaceOnEarth'', which you must [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OYvHPpGDY see for yourself]] as no description we could give you would suffice. While beautifully animated and notable (even admirable) for its pro-peace message delivered in the middle of wartime, several Tropers agree that this merry Christmas (!!!) short is also easily the magnum opus of this trope.

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* Ah, but then there's Hugh Harman's ''WesternAnimation/PeaceOnEarth'', which you must [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OYvHPpGDY com/watch?v=nNBadjq-nXk see for yourself]] as no description we could give you would suffice. While beautifully animated and notable (even admirable) for its pro-peace message delivered in the middle of wartime, several Tropers agree that this merry Christmas (!!!) short is also easily the magnum opus of this trope.
24th May '16 6:42:54 PM Voila27
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* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' plays around with this trope. In some parts it's played straight, like when Teresa is almost raped by the bandit she previously cut his hand off (much to her apathy though) and she wonders why Claymores even bother risking their lives fighting Yoma to save creatures like the Humans, or when these same bandits are said by Teresa to be "even lower than Yoma" as they pillage a town Teresa herself had previously freed from a Yoma, [[spoiler:it is even revealed later on that all the Yoma and Awakened beings in existence have been actually created by the very Human [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Organization]] in order to create weapons for [[GreatOffscreenWar the war in the mainland]]]]. In other parts instead are also shown positive Human characters and groups (mostly the city of Rabona) who overcome their initial distrust for the Claymores and end up giving a hand in battle even if Humans are completely outmatched in that universe. Considering that one of the theme of ''Claymore'' is exploring what is to feel Human and what is Humanity from the point of view of half-human, half-monster warriors this probably shouldn't surprise too much.
15th May '16 10:55:40 AM nombretomado
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* Given that the average human in the MarvelUniverse seems to look at (and treat) [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} mutants]] with the same level of [[BullyingADragon rationality and compassion]] that the [[FantasticRacism white Southerners of the 1930's treated blacks]], or, as Magneto often lampshades, like how [[GodwinsLaw the Nazi Party in Germany treated Jews in 1938]], it's no wonder why mutants continue to flock to {{Magneto}}'s camp even after the man has been depowered. ''[[NotSoDifferent On the other hand]]'', Magneto has his own MasterRace propaganda and there are plenty of mutant villains. On a third hand, everyone in the story be they hero, villain, or {{muggle}} is still human.

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* Given that the average human in the MarvelUniverse seems to look at (and treat) [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} mutants]] with the same level of [[BullyingADragon rationality and compassion]] that the [[FantasticRacism white Southerners of the 1930's treated blacks]], or, as Magneto often lampshades, like how [[GodwinsLaw the Nazi Party in Germany treated Jews in 1938]], it's no wonder why mutants continue to flock to {{Magneto}}'s ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s camp even after the man has been depowered. ''[[NotSoDifferent On the other hand]]'', Magneto has his own MasterRace propaganda and there are plenty of mutant villains. On a third hand, everyone in the story be they hero, villain, or {{muggle}} is still human.
17th Apr '16 11:59:07 AM ACW
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*''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'': Ninjette's [[ArchnemesisDad father]] is only a human, but is one of the most vile characters in the series.
12th Apr '16 12:20:27 AM CassandraLeo
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* ArchEnemy's "Beast of Man" uses the page quote in its lyrics.

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* ArchEnemy's Music/ArchEnemy's "Beast of Man" uses the page quote in its lyrics.
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