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4th May '18 5:44:00 AM Derkhan
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* Exploited in ''Literature/TerraIgnota'', where celebrity performance artist [[AmbiguousGender Sniper]] prefers the pronoun "it" because it's spent years creating an image of a "living doll" (including purchasable life-like replica sex dolls of any sex) and catering to the fantasies of the entire world by presenting itself as every possible gender. Sniper ''wants'' to be dehumanized so that its fans will better be able to fantasize that ''their'' Sniper-doll is the real Sniper.

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* Exploited in-universe in ''Literature/TerraIgnota'', where celebrity performance artist [[AmbiguousGender Sniper]] prefers the pronoun "it" because it's spent years creating an image of a "living doll" (including purchasable life-like replica sex dolls of any sex) and catering to the fantasies of the entire world by presenting itself as every possible gender. Sniper ''wants'' to be dehumanized so that its fans will better be able to fantasize that ''their'' Sniper-doll is the real Sniper.
4th May '18 5:42:51 AM Derkhan
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* Exploited in ''Literature/TerraIgnota'', where celebrity performance artist [[AmbiguousGender Sniper]] prefers the pronoun "it" because it's spent years creating an image of a "living doll" (including purchasable life-like replica sex dolls of any sex) and catering to the fantasies of the entire world by presenting itself as every possible gender. Sniper ''wants'' to be dehumanized so that its fans will better be able to fantasize that ''their'' Sniper-doll is the real Sniper.
27th Apr '18 2:32:26 AM CaptainTedium
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* In part one of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' four-parter "City of Stone", the Manhattan Clan confront a group of terrorists, who address Goliath as if he didn't deserve to be considered a sapient being.
-->'''Male Terrorist''': It's a monster!
-->'''Female Terrorist''': Shoot it!
23rd Mar '18 8:09:08 AM StFan
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** In a ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' story, Superman gets captured by the government and subjected to torture and experimentation. The scientists and ComicBook/LexLuthor refer to him as "it."

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** In a ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' ''ComicBook/New52'' story, Superman gets captured by the government and subjected to torture and experimentation. The scientists and ComicBook/LexLuthor refer to him as "it."



* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':

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** ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'': Super-villain Xenon will only refer to the Supergirl who defeated him as "She," with every other woman to wear the shield he refers to as "It."

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** ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'': ''ComicBook/ManyHappyReturns'': Super-villain Xenon will only refer to the Supergirl who defeated him as "She," with every other woman to wear the shield he refers to as "It."



* Some particularly virulent [[FantasticRacism anti-mutant racists]] in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics have referred to mutants as "it"s.
** ComicBook/{{X 23}} suffers triply from this. Not only is she a mutant, but the Facility views her as nothing more than a weapon and their property, so frequently refers to her as "it." And then there's the fact that she's Wolverine's OppositeSexClone, so is often derogatorily called "it" for ''that'' reason, as well.

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* Some particularly virulent [[FantasticRacism anti-mutant racists]] in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics have referred to mutants as "it"s.
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"it"s. ComicBook/{{X 23}} suffers triply from this. Not only is she a mutant, but the Facility views her as nothing more than a weapon and their property, so frequently refers to her as "it." And then there's the fact that she's Wolverine's OppositeSexClone, so is often derogatorily called "it" for ''that'' reason, as well.



* ''FanFic/InTheShadowOfGods'', a Franchise/MassEffect[=/=]Franchise/{{Halo}} crossover: In the first chapter, Shepard thinks for a moment about how she used to correct herself when referring to EDI as "she". She deduces that Master Chief considers [[spoiler:Cortana]] to be a person since he refers to her as "she" and not it.

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* ''FanFic/InTheShadowOfGods'', ''Fanfic/InTheShadowOfGods'', a Franchise/MassEffect[=/=]Franchise/{{Halo}} crossover: In the first chapter, Shepard thinks for a moment about how she used to correct herself when referring to EDI as "she". She deduces that Master Chief considers [[spoiler:Cortana]] to be a person since he refers to her as "she" and not it.



* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':

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* In ''FanFic/BrokenLegends'', [[TheHero Kiera]] insistently calls [[HalfHumanHybrid the transformed]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Maxie]] 'it' instead of 'him', despite being repeatedly called out on it. Archie explictedly points out the double standard -- his body got warped as well, yet she doesn't dehumanize ''him''.

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* In ''FanFic/BrokenLegends'', ''Fanfic/BrokenLegends'', [[TheHero Kiera]] insistently calls [[HalfHumanHybrid the transformed]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Maxie]] 'it' instead of 'him', despite being repeatedly called out on it. Archie explictedly points out the double standard -- his body got warped as well, yet she doesn't dehumanize ''him''.



* In ''[[FanFic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries Along Came a Spider]]'' the cultists of Spider Goddess Anasi, particularly her Prophet, use "it" to psych out and demean our heroes. Of course, one of those heroes is the [[GuileHero Doctor]], so it [[NoSell doesn't work so well]].

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* In ''[[FanFic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries ''[[Fanfic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries Along Came a Spider]]'' the cultists of Spider Goddess Anasi, particularly her Prophet, use "it" to psych out and demean our heroes. Of course, one of those heroes is the [[GuileHero Doctor]], so it [[NoSell doesn't work so well]].



-->'''Mike:''' (''referring to the human toddler'') Sully, you're not supposed to name it. Once you name it, you start getting attached to it.

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-->'''Mike:''' (''referring ''[referring to the human toddler'') toddler]'' Sully, you're not supposed to name it. Once you name it, you start getting attached to it.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'': Tulip doesn't like when Junior refers to the [[DeliveryStork baby they are delivering]] as a "package."

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'': Tulip doesn't like when Junior refers to the [[DeliveryStork baby they are delivering]] as a "package."
"package".



* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. This is the common way by the human resistance of referring to the machines.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': This is the common way by the human resistance of referring to the machines.



* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Deckard performs the replicant-detector Voight-Kampf test on Rachel, who it confirms is one of them, which she doesn't know. After she leaves the room, Deckard turns to Tyrell, her boss and creator.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner''. ''Film/BladeRunner'': Deckard performs the replicant-detector Voight-Kampf test on Rachel, who it confirms is one of them, which she doesn't know. After she leaves the room, Deckard turns to Tyrell, her boss and creator.



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-->'''John:''' How did it--
-->'''Professor Broom:''' He. ''(chuckles at John's confusion)'' Not "it." He.

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-->'''John:''' How did it--
-->'''Professor
it--\\
'''Professor
Broom:''' He. ''(chuckles ''[chuckles at John's confusion)'' confusion]'' Not "it." He.



* Inverted in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', where the genetically engineered hermaphroditic Solarians insist on being called "it" -- since, after all, they are not half humans like us, but complete, perfect beings.
** When the characters have rescued a Solarian child, who will live in a human society instead of among the Solarians, they feel more comfortable with a normal gendered pronoun. They call the child "her," partly on the grounds that she is capable of giving birth.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', where the genetically engineered hermaphroditic Solarians insist on being called "it" -- since, after all, they are not half humans like us, but complete, perfect beings.
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beings. When the characters have rescued a Solarian child, who will live in a human society instead of among the Solarians, they feel more comfortable with a normal gendered pronoun. They call the child "her," partly on the grounds that she is capable of giving birth.



* Discussed briefly in the Franchise/{{Star Trek|Expanded Universe}} book ''The Lives of Dax'', when referring to a Trill symbiont as "it" leaves a character uncomfortable.

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* Discussed briefly in the Franchise/{{Star ''Franchise/{{Star Trek|Expanded Universe}} Universe}}'' book ''The Lives of Dax'', when referring to a Trill symbiont as "it" leaves a character uncomfortable.



* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Sarah nearly always refers to Cameron as It, or [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Tin Man]]. Derek's the same.
** In one episode, a Terminator trying to pass for human aroused a woman's suspicion when she referred to the woman's child as "it."
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', when Peter gets thrown back into the timeline, Walter keeps referring to him as "it" and "the subject".

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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Sarah nearly always refers to Cameron as It, or [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Tin Man]]. Derek's the same.
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same. In one episode, a Terminator trying to pass for human aroused a woman's suspicion when she referred to the woman's child as "it."
"it".
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', when ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** When
Peter gets thrown back into the timeline, Walter keeps referring to him as "it" and "the subject".



** In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the Initiative refers to vampires as "it". Of course, vampires aren't human anyway, but everyone else uses gender-specific pronouns, and since vampires otherwise appear to be human, it would take a bit of mental training to think of one as an "it" by default.
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Cylon characters (even some who were generally recognized as allies by the humans) were often referred to as "it" by human characters.

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** * In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the Initiative refers to vampires as "it". Of course, vampires aren't human anyway, but everyone else uses gender-specific pronouns, and since vampires otherwise appear to be human, it would take a bit of mental training to think of one as an "it" by default.
* ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'':
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In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Cylon characters (even some who were generally recognized as allies by the humans) were often referred to as "it" by human characters.



** Subverted in the ''Series/{{Galactica 1980}}'' episode "The Return of Starbuck'', where Starbuck has no problem referring to Cy (the Centurion he'd repaired) as "he" and never even calls him "it".

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** Subverted in the ''Series/{{Galactica 1980}}'' ''Series/Galactica1980'' episode "The Return of Starbuck'', where Starbuck has no problem referring to Cy (the Centurion he'd repaired) as "he" and never even calls him "it".



--> I called my slave to the cave to ask it\\
To cook a feast and lower in a basket
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an artificial intelligence researcher murdered, and the potential AI (or someone using it) is considered a suspect. The AI is consistently referred to as "she" by the people who developed it, but Holmes insists on "it" and becomes obsessed with proving it can't pass the Turing Test...but even he slips and catches himself.

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--> I -->''I called my slave to the cave to ask it\\
To cook a feast and lower in a basket
basket''
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an artificial intelligence researcher murdered, and the potential AI A.I. (or someone using it) is considered a suspect. The AI A.I. is consistently referred to as "she" by the people who developed it, but Holmes insists on "it" and becomes obsessed with proving it can't pass the Turing Test...Test... but even he slips and catches himself.



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* Possibly averted by Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. Most people refer to the {{Mon}}s as "it", even though they had genders since ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', and gender differences as of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''.

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* Possibly averted by Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Most people refer to the {{Mon}}s as "it", even though they had genders since ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', and gender differences as of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''.



* Happens in a way in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'' where [[RobotGirl Aigis]] corrects Yukari referring to her as a girl because, well, she's a robot. However this is used to show how unlike a human she is. At first, at least. Later on, she starts to refer to herself as a "she".

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* Happens in a way in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} ''VideoGame/Persona3 Portable'' where [[RobotGirl Aigis]] corrects Yukari referring to her as a girl because, well, she's a robot. However this is used to show how unlike a human she is. At first, at least. Later on, she starts to refer to herself as a "she".



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-->'''Al''': Why the hell is that thing a ''girl'', Brendan?
-->'''Brendan''': You can't call them ''things,'' Al, they have rights under state law now.

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-->'''Al''': -->'''Al:''' Why the hell is that thing a ''girl'', Brendan?
-->'''Brendan''':
Brendan?\\
'''Brendan:'''
You can't call them ''things,'' Al, they have rights under state law now.



* In the ''WebVideo/DogVlog'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynT9ltITjMg Kicked Out Of Hotel Because Of My Service Dog]], Drew takes offence to a hotel manager calling his service dog Stella a "that."

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* In the ''WebVideo/DogVlog'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynT9ltITjMg Kicked Out Of of Hotel Because Of of My Service Dog]], Drew takes offence to a hotel manager calling his service dog Stella a "that."






'''[[CloningBlues Superboy]]:''' (''annoyed'') Yes, "''[[ImStandingRightHere he]]''" can!\\

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'''[[CloningBlues Superboy]]:''' (''annoyed'') ''[annoyed]'' Yes, "''[[ImStandingRightHere he]]''" can!\\



'''Kid Flash:''' (''out of the corner of his mouth'') He doesn't like being called an "it".[[note]]Batman wasn't actually talking about Superboy, he was talking about his suit's [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS S-shield]].[[/note]]

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'''Kid Flash:''' (''out ''[out of the corner of his mouth'') mouth]'' He doesn't like being called an "it".[[note]]Batman wasn't actually talking about Superboy, he was talking about his suit's [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS S-shield]].[[/note]]



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], [[BlobMonster the Smooze]] is mostly referred to as "it" or a "thing", including by Discord, who isn't too convincing when he claims that he cares about his guest. The exception is Tree Hugger, who consistently uses male pronouns when talking about it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], Discord]]", [[BlobMonster the Smooze]] is mostly referred to as "it" or a "thing", including by Discord, who isn't too convincing when he claims that he cares about his guest. The exception is Tree Hugger, who consistently uses male pronouns when talking about it.
13th Mar '18 9:42:17 PM zequeins
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* The Tzimisce Sascha Vykos from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' self-invokes this to show how detached ''it'' is from humanity.
9th Mar '18 8:03:04 AM Killerweinerdog
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*** Likewise, the Angara initially do this as well when first meeting members of the Milky Way, though this is more due to suspicion and unfamiliarity with Milky Way species. One male Angara even has to be chided for [[MaleGaze staring]] at a female Ryder immediately after being told that Ryder is a "she," not an "it." Some of the more xenophobic Angara, namely the Roekaar, continue to use "it" when referring to Milky Way species, which only serves to show [[NotSoDifferent similar]] they are to the Kett they're at war with.
21st Feb '18 4:22:14 PM Bisected8
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Needless to say, this trope gets to be troublesome when referring to a person who fits neither "he/him" nor "she/her". In real life, multiple genderless person-pronouns have been invented-- such as "hir", "xe", "zie", or "ou"--to avoid it, but none of them have made it into mainstream use. In English, using "they" to refer to a single individual is becoming more popular in common use, though many a GrammarNazi will tell you off for doing so. [[note]]Though such a GrammarNazi would likely do well to learn this has been done in English since at least Chaucer.[[/note]] In an inversion of the trope, "it" has become a popular pronoun choice in nonbinary communities -- but you should never ''ever'' call anyone "it" unless they specifically ask.

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Needless to say, this trope gets to be troublesome when referring to a person who fits neither "he/him" nor "she/her". In real life, multiple genderless person-pronouns have been invented-- such as "hir", "xe", "zie", or "ou"--to avoid it, but none of them have made it into mainstream use. In English, using "they" to refer to a single individual is becoming more popular in common use, though many a GrammarNazi will tell you off for doing so. [[note]]Though such a GrammarNazi would likely do well to learn this has been done in English since at least Chaucer.Chaucer, and any grammar expert will find that they themselves use "they" for someone of unknown gender without thinking about it.[[/note]] In an inversion of the trope, "it" has become is sometimes a popular preferred pronoun choice in nonbinary communities -- but you should never ''ever'' call anyone "it" unless they specifically ask.
27th Jan '18 10:53:46 AM nombretomado
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* In the English dub of ''Manga/SoulEater'', Medusa refers to [[AmbiguousGender Crona]] as either "it" or "my child", while everyone else either uses "he" for convenience or just refers to Crona by name, and in the original Japanese Crona was just referred to with [[JapanesePronouns an ambiguously gendered pronoun]]. Also counts as a {{Woolseyism}} since Medusa's use of "it" ties into how [[AbusiveParents she treats Crona]].

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* In the English dub of ''Manga/SoulEater'', Medusa refers to [[AmbiguousGender Crona]] as either "it" or "my child", while everyone else either uses "he" for convenience or just refers to Crona by name, and in the original Japanese Crona was just referred to with [[JapanesePronouns [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns an ambiguously gendered pronoun]]. Also counts as a {{Woolseyism}} since Medusa's use of "it" ties into how [[AbusiveParents she treats Crona]].
26th Jan '18 6:12:43 PM ShorinBJ
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* In ''Lietrature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the Jan have three genders: the female Matriarchs, the male Workers, and the sterile Warriors. It is pointed out that, while calling a Warrior "it" might make some grammatical sense in English, doing so is considered "depersonalizing," so Warriors default to male pronouns.

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* In ''Lietrature/AlienInASmallTown,'' ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the Jan have three genders: the female Matriarchs, the male Workers, and the sterile Warriors. It is pointed out that, while calling a Warrior "it" might make some grammatical sense in English, doing so is considered "depersonalizing," so Warriors default to male pronouns.


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* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'', the kids are referred to as "it" by the scientists who created them.
* ''Literature/TheHost'': Wanda gets this trope frequently from those of the human survivors who hate her. To be fair, as far as they can tell, souls have no genders other than that of the bodies they inhabit, though it turns out Wanda ''is'' the nearest equivalent her species has to female.
23rd Jan '18 8:13:39 PM 64SuperNintendo
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