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***Ernie and Bert are clearly intended to be preteen boys. They're frequently shown playing with child-appropriate toys. One recent episode even focuses on Bert's attempt to learn to ride his bike without training wheels. The fact that they don't live with adults doesn't disprove this position. Neither does Big Bird, who is perpetually six years old.
7th Jul '16 9:36:46 AM StFan
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* There is an entire sub-culture of this trope in ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's called [=HiE=], or ''Human In Equestria''. Even though ''FIM'' takes place in a vehemently human-less setting ([[RetCon not counting]] the traditionally human characters of [[Franchise/MyLittlePony past]] or [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls later]] generations), it usually features humans as protagonists, or at least as deuteragonists, as they get confronted with the MLP-verse. Interestingly, this plot structure is much more commonly used than the other way around, proving that this trope is in full effect, with authors bringing their own experiences in direct comparison with the show's continuity.

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* There is an entire sub-culture of this trope in ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's called [=HiE=], or ''Human In Equestria''."Human in Equestria". Even though ''FIM'' takes place in a vehemently human-less setting ([[RetCon not counting]] the traditionally human characters of [[Franchise/MyLittlePony past]] or [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls later]] generations), it usually features humans as protagonists, or at least as deuteragonists, as they get confronted with the MLP-verse. Interestingly, this plot structure is much more commonly used than the other way around, proving that this trope is in full effect, with authors bringing their own experiences in direct comparison with the show's continuity.



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* This trope was actually a fairly major factor in the writing of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', with the human characters taking a somewhat larger role than is traditional for the franchise. (This was also for [[PragmaticAdaptation pragmatic]] reasons; ''every single frame'' of one Transformer or more that appears on screen took ''twenty-four hours'' to render.) According to the PowersThatBe, the main reason was [[CoconutSuperpowers the expense of the detailed robots]]. In [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen the second film]], however, there are many more non-humanoid Transformers, of all shapes and sizes, from insects to tiny spheres that roll through small spaces and assemble into one robot when it's gotten where it's going. One character is even [[spoiler: a trio of motorcycles, whose robot forms are all oddly-shaped beings who have one wheel instead of legs. These three bikes together make the new Arcee. They can combine into one in the comics, but they don't in the movie proper.]] There's also more robot screentime than in the previous film. The entire Franchise/{{Transformers}} franchise is prone to this trope. For a race of inorganic mechanical lifeforms with lifespans hundreds if not thousands of years old, more often than not they'll behave no differently than humans do.

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* This trope was actually a fairly major factor in the writing of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', with the human characters taking a somewhat larger role than is traditional for the franchise. (This was also for [[PragmaticAdaptation pragmatic]] reasons; ''every single frame'' of one Transformer or more that appears on screen took ''twenty-four hours'' to render.) According to the PowersThatBe, the main reason was [[CoconutSuperpowers the expense of the detailed robots]]. In [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen the second film]], however, there are many more non-humanoid Transformers, of all shapes and sizes, from insects to tiny spheres that roll through small spaces and assemble into one robot when it's gotten where it's going. One character is even [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a trio of motorcycles, whose robot forms are all oddly-shaped beings who have one wheel instead of legs. These three bikes together make the new Arcee. They can combine into one in the comics, but they don't in the movie proper.]] There's also more robot screentime than in the previous film. The entire Franchise/{{Transformers}} franchise is prone to this trope. For a race of inorganic mechanical lifeforms with lifespans hundreds if not thousands of years old, more often than not they'll behave no differently than humans do.



* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', the two central roles of Sarah and Jareth are occupied by humans, while muppets are relegated to supporting roles. This was done deliberately to make the roles more relatable, due to the poor commercial reception of TheDarkCrystal.

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* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', the two central roles of Sarah and Jareth are occupied by humans, while muppets are relegated to supporting roles. This was done deliberately to make the roles more relatable, due to the poor commercial reception of TheDarkCrystal.''The Dark Crystal''.



* Creator/JRRTolkien invoked this in one of his letters regarding Middle-Earth. The gist was that such fantastic stories should be centred on humans, since when you get down to it, a ''human'' writer won't be able to portray an elf as anything but a man in a funny suit.\\
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And yet, ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has no human main characters (unless you count the hobbit himself[[note]]Hobbits are really only a midget sub-species of humans that evolved a culture of their own -- from the Elves' point of view, they're no different from the other Mortals[[/note]] -- Gandalf isn't a human at all), instead featuring dwarves; and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' only has two major human characters out of nine, one of which dies (again, unless you count hobbits). Though Aragorn plays some important roles early on, and Boromir has the memorable death scene in book two, the first large-scale plot involving regular humans is Rohan. In Book Three.
** The hobbits definitely count. They're basically small humans, psychologically as well as biologically. Elves, dwarves, ents, orcs, and so on are almost never focus characters in either ''Literature/TheHobbit'' or ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The elves do get quite a run in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', which is much more mythic and less familiar and homey; their relatability is probably highest when they're dealing with adversity ([[WriteWhatYouKnow war]], [[YouCantGoHomeAgain exile]], [[RememberTheAlamo futile attempts at revenge]], and so on)...

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* Creator/JRRTolkien invoked this in one of his letters regarding Middle-Earth. The gist was that such fantastic stories should be centred on humans, since when you get down to it, a ''human'' writer won't be able to portray an elf as anything but a man in a funny suit.\\
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And yet, ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has no human main characters (unless you count the hobbit himself[[note]]Hobbits are really only a midget sub-species of humans that evolved a culture of their own -- from the Elves' point of view, they're no different from the other Mortals[[/note]] -- Gandalf isn't a human at all), instead featuring dwarves; and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' only has two major human characters out of nine, one of which dies (again, unless you count hobbits). Though Aragorn plays some important roles early on, and Boromir has the memorable death scene in book two, the first large-scale plot involving regular humans is Rohan. In Book Three.
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The hobbits definitely count. They're basically small humans, psychologically as well as biologically. Elves, dwarves, ents, orcs, and so on are almost never focus characters in either ''Literature/TheHobbit'' or ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The elves do get quite a run in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', which is much more mythic and less familiar and homey; their relatability is probably highest when they're dealing with adversity ([[WriteWhatYouKnow war]], [[YouCantGoHomeAgain exile]], [[RememberTheAlamo futile attempts at revenge]], and so on)...



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has this happening a lot. Humans are the main focus in most of the stories. In fact there has only been one series focusing on the Eldar and two books and a video game (''Literature/{{Shadowsun}}'' and the FPS ''VideoGame/FireWarrior'' and its {{novelization}}) for the Tau. Even the novel ''Fire Caste'' isn't actually about the Tau Fire Caste, but rather more Imperial Guard characters (although this turns out to be a plot point).

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has this happening a lot. Humans are the main focus in most of the stories. In fact there has only been one series focusing on the Eldar and two books and a video game (''Literature/{{Shadowsun}}'' and the FPS ''VideoGame/FireWarrior'' and its {{novelization}}) for the Tau. Even the novel ''Fire Caste'' isn't actually about the Tau Fire Caste, but rather more Imperial Guard characters (although this turns out to be a plot point).



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* The Ambis in ''WebComic/{{Jix}}'' are an alien race who act like Ancient Romans in that they move from planet to planet conquering them to build up their Empire. The main character, Jix suffers from the human mental ailment of split-personality, though being an intelligent race, it's possible that this might crop up in other intelligent races.

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* The Ambis in ''WebComic/{{Jix}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Jix}}'' are an alien race who act like Ancient Romans in that they move from planet to planet conquering them to build up their Empire. The main character, Jix suffers from the human mental ailment of split-personality, though being an intelligent race, it's possible that this might crop up in other intelligent races.



* WebVideo/{{folieadonteven}} literally ALWAYS humanizes her characters when writing and prefers to when drawing. The exception to this is her MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanart, which normally even includes more humanly bodies and faces than most art. All her stories have mostly human characters, and she prefers to watch shows with human protagonists as they are more relatable to her. This got to the point where when she is having trouble reviewing MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, she said that she will re-write full episodes of the show, complete with name changes, skin and hair color changes, "species changes", etc just so that she can help understand the episodes better.
** Ironically, when they finally made a human adaptation, she REALLY didn't like it.

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* WebVideo/{{folieadonteven}} literally ALWAYS humanizes her characters when writing and prefers to when drawing. The exception to this is her MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanart, which normally even includes more humanly bodies and faces than most art. All her stories have mostly human characters, and she prefers to watch shows with human protagonists as they are more relatable to her. This got to the point where when she is having trouble reviewing MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', she said that she will re-write full episodes of the show, complete with name changes, skin and hair color changes, "species changes", etc just so that she can help understand the episodes better.
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better. Ironically, when they finally made a human adaptation, she REALLY didn't like it.



* Wait, shows with ''E. coli'' as the main characters? There's always ''Film/OsmosisJones'', where the cast is made up of red blood cells and fat cells and cold medicine and viruses and… oh, no, wait, they turned all of the characters into humanoids. Of course, since the show is a FantasticVoyagePlot, the most of the characters aren't just human, they're A human. When a dog cell got into Hector's body, it had a canine form and habits. Presumably if Ozzy and Drix had visited the dog's body, it would've been set up like a gargantuan kennel.

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* Wait, shows with ''E. coli'' as the main characters? There's always ''Film/OsmosisJones'', ''WesternAnimation/OsmosisJones'', where the cast is made up of red blood cells and fat cells and cold medicine and viruses and… and.... oh, no, wait, they turned all of the characters into humanoids. Of course, since the show is a FantasticVoyagePlot, the most of the characters aren't just human, they're A human. When a dog cell got get into Hector's body, it had has a canine form and habits. Presumably if Ozzy and Drix had visited the dog's body, it would've been set up like a gargantuan kennel.



* ''Once Upon a Time... Life'' features humanoid red blood cells as protagonists. They carry oxygen to cells manned by even smaller humanoids, complete with factories, command centers and vehicles. Given that it's a show about human biology designed for young children, the heavy use of metaphors is [[JustifiedTrope justified]].

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* ''Once ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Life'' Life]]'' features humanoid red blood cells as protagonists. They carry oxygen to cells manned by even smaller humanoids, complete with factories, command centers and vehicles. Given that it's a show about human biology designed for young children, the heavy use of metaphors is [[JustifiedTrope justified]].



* The hypothetical "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troodon#The_.22Dinosauroid.22 Dinosauroid]]," which was a proposed possible evolutionary descendant of the troodon had it not gone extinct. Dale Russell, the guy who thought up the concept, has been criticized by other paleontologists since the 1980s, many of whom point out that Russell's Dinosauroid is overly anthropomorphic. Most paleontologists think that any possible descendant of the troodon would appear more bird-like than human-like.
** Some of the criticisms went too far the other way—one of them asserted, for instance, that a sapient evolved from a dromaeosaur would pick things up in its mouth, like a bird. Only... ''[[CaptainObvious birds have wings]]''. Dromaeosaurs have ''hands'', picking things up is sorta what they're for.
* In a case of All Animals Are Humans, consider how many pet food companies boast of how their dog or cat foods contain only "real meat, not animal byproducts". "Animal byproducts" is a less squicky way of saying "ground bone meal, internal organs, and heads". Guess what parts of a kill predators in the wild tend to chow down on first? But no, our pets are just little furry humans, and ''have'' to share our dietary preferences. We certainly wouldn't want to give our dogs something made from bones, now would we? Oh, wait...
** Also, people in many cultures have no problem eating internal organs and heads (see ForeignQueasine), so it's not just human dietary preferences that our furry friends must share, but the preferences of a particular subset of humans (wealthy Westerners). Bone meal, on the other hand...

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* The hypothetical "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troodon#The_.22Dinosauroid.22 Dinosauroid]]," which was a proposed possible evolutionary descendant of the troodon had it not gone extinct. Dale Russell, the guy who thought up the concept, has been criticized by other paleontologists since the 1980s, many of whom point out that Russell's Dinosauroid is overly anthropomorphic. Most paleontologists think that any possible descendant of the troodon would appear more bird-like than human-like.
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human-like. Some of the criticisms went too far the other way—one way -- one of them asserted, for instance, that a sapient evolved from a dromaeosaur would pick things up in its mouth, like a bird. Only... ''[[CaptainObvious birds have wings]]''. Dromaeosaurs have ''hands'', picking things up is sorta what they're for.
* In a case of All Animals Are Humans, consider how many pet food companies boast of how their dog or cat foods contain only "real meat, not animal byproducts". "Animal byproducts" is a less squicky way of saying "ground bone meal, internal organs, and heads". Guess what parts of a kill predators in the wild tend to chow down on first? But no, our pets are just little furry humans, and ''have'' to share our dietary preferences. We certainly wouldn't want to give our dogs something made from bones, now would we? Oh, wait...
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wait... Also, people in many cultures have no problem eating internal organs and heads (see ForeignQueasine), so it's not just human dietary preferences that our furry friends must share, but the preferences of a particular subset of humans (wealthy Westerners). Bone meal, on the other hand...



29th Jun '16 5:21:22 PM ElectroKraken
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27th May '16 8:07:33 PM BenOfHouston
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* Creator/{{Pixar}} is praised for humanizing things that are not human. So far, they have only had a few movies where humans were the main characters (''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'').

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* Creator/{{Pixar}} is praised for humanizing things that are not human. So far, they have only had a few movies where humans were the main characters (''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''). In the commentary for Toy Story 3, the directors noted that they deliberately averted this trope, stating that they wanted the toys to deal with "toy problems, not people problems".
27th May '16 8:03:45 PM BenOfHouston
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* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', the two central roles of Sarah and Jareth are occupied by humans, while muppets are relegated to supporting roles.

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* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', the two central roles of Sarah and Jareth are occupied by humans, while muppets are relegated to supporting roles. This was done deliberately to make the roles more relatable, due to the poor commercial reception of TheDarkCrystal.
22nd May '16 2:26:25 AM MorganBaines
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** Actually, dromaeosaur fingers weren't very flexible and would be of poor use to pick things up. Just because an animal has hands doesn't mean those hands were meant to pick up and hold items. A more likely scenario is using their feet, as their toes were much more dexterous and flexible than their fingers.
15th Feb '16 10:56:58 PM Everdream
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* The characters in ''Manga/WolfsRain'' are wolves who [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent can make themselves look human]]. They appear human when around humans but otherwise look like wolves... In theory at least. There are a lot of scenes where there are ''no humans'' in sight, except for their ArtificialHuman friend, but they still appear as humans. Part of this can be fanservice, or [[FurriesAreEasierToDraw that animals are easier for the artists to draw]], but a large part probably comes from humans being more able to relate to humans than animals.

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* The characters in ''Manga/WolfsRain'' are wolves who [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent can make themselves look human]]. They appear human when around humans but otherwise look like wolves... In theory at least. There are a lot of scenes where there are ''no humans'' in sight, except for their ArtificialHuman friend, but they still appear as humans. Part of this can be fanservice, or [[FurriesAreEasierToDraw that animals humans are easier for the artists to draw]], but a large part probably comes from humans being more able to relate to humans than animals.
15th Jan '16 12:57:52 PM Anddrix
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* Probably the strangest example: Why are there [[MisplacedWildlife lemurs]] in Disney's ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''? Seems the writers thought us [[ViewersAreMorons selfish primates]] wouldn't like the movie unless there was something cute and furry to relate to. Actually, there were lemur-like creatures living during the time of the dinosaurs, however they would have looked more like shrews or rats than what we would recognize as lemurs and evolutionary-wise were closer related to modern marsupials and monotremes.

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* Probably the strangest example: Why are there [[MisplacedWildlife lemurs]] in Disney's ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''? Seems the writers thought us [[ViewersAreMorons selfish primates]] primates wouldn't like the movie unless there was something cute and furry to relate to. Actually, there were lemur-like creatures living during the time of the dinosaurs, however they would have looked more like shrews or rats than what we would recognize as lemurs and evolutionary-wise were closer related to modern marsupials and monotremes.
4th Jan '16 11:46:24 AM VenomLancerHae
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* Creator/{{folieadonteven}} literally ALWAYS humanizes her characters when writing and prefers to when drawing. The exception to this is her MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanart, which normally even includes more humanly bodies and faces than most art. All her stories have mostly human characters, and she prefers to watch shows with human protagonists as they are more relatable to her. This got to the point where when she is having trouble reviewing MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, she said that she will re-write full episodes of the show, complete with name changes, skin and hair color changes, "species changes", etc just so that she can help understand the episodes better.

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* Creator/{{folieadonteven}} WebVideo/{{folieadonteven}} literally ALWAYS humanizes her characters when writing and prefers to when drawing. The exception to this is her MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanart, which normally even includes more humanly bodies and faces than most art. All her stories have mostly human characters, and she prefers to watch shows with human protagonists as they are more relatable to her. This got to the point where when she is having trouble reviewing MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, she said that she will re-write full episodes of the show, complete with name changes, skin and hair color changes, "species changes", etc just so that she can help understand the episodes better.
19th Dec '15 1:45:35 PM KingZeal
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* Where the story falls along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism depends on how good, valuable, or justified the human condition is evaluated to be. In idealistic stories, a {{Transhuman}}, {{Cyborg}}, DeityOfHumanOrigin, HumanAliens or RidiculouslyHumanRobots will invariably PickYourHumanHalf. They will find that having human emotions is good and human systems of morality work equally-well or better to their own. Some of them may even yield to basic human drives/instincts, such as [[BoldlyComing sexual]] [[RoboSexual relations]] [[DivineDate with]] [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu humans]].

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* Where the story falls along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism depends on how good, valuable, or justified the human condition is evaluated to be. In idealistic stories, a {{Transhuman}}, {{Cyborg}}, DeityOfHumanOrigin, HumanAliens GodInHumanForm, {{Human Alien|s}} or RidiculouslyHumanRobots {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}} will invariably PickYourHumanHalf. They will find that having human emotions is good and human systems of morality work equally-well equally well or better to than their own. Some of them may even yield to basic human drives/instincts, such as [[BoldlyComing sexual]] [[RoboSexual relations]] [[DivineDate with]] [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu humans]].
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