History Main / SonOfAnApe

4th May '17 9:53:43 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Despite this trope's use of the word "ape" as an insult, it should be noted that biologically, humans actually ''are'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae a species of ape]] -- in fact, primate-conservation advocates have inverted this trope by likening apes to humans instead of the other way around. The argument goes that apes have intelligence similar to that of young children, so if you WouldntHurtAChild, you shouldn't hurt an ape either.

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Despite this trope's use of the word "ape" as an insult, it should be noted that biologically, biologically speaking, humans actually ''are'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae a species of ape]] -- in ape]]. In fact, primate-conservation advocates have inverted this trope by likening apes to humans instead of the other way around. The argument goes that apes have intelligence similar to that of young children, so if you WouldntHurtAChild, you shouldn't hurt an ape either.
23rd Apr '17 10:23:05 AM nombretomado
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* ''SwordOfTheStars'', the nickname for humans is 'ape' or 'monkey'. This nickname was originally used by the Tarka, but was adopted by most major species -- including humanity itself. That said, [[IntelligentGerbil most of the species]] from ''Sword of the Stars'' have similar nicknames: Tarka are 'crocs' or 'lizards', Hivers are 'bugs' and Morrigi are 'crows'. The Liir probably have one too, but it's not mentioned. As for the Zuul, they have no name for themselves. Zuul is just what the other races call them, which is a Liir term derived from the word "Suul'ka", meaning "abominable" (any further epithets would probably be redundant).

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* ''SwordOfTheStars'', ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', the nickname for humans is 'ape' or 'monkey'. This nickname was originally used by the Tarka, but was adopted by most major species -- including humanity itself. That said, [[IntelligentGerbil most of the species]] from ''Sword of the Stars'' have similar nicknames: Tarka are 'crocs' or 'lizards', Hivers are 'bugs' and Morrigi are 'crows'. The Liir probably have one too, but it's not mentioned. As for the Zuul, they have no name for themselves. Zuul is just what the other races call them, which is a Liir term derived from the word "Suul'ka", meaning "abominable" (any further epithets would probably be redundant).
16th Apr '17 7:42:46 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In the climatic fight between [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando and Jonathan Joestar]], Dio asks "how can a monkey defeat a man" as he believes that he's better than Jonathan because he's now a vampire.

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* In the climatic fight between [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando and Jonathan Joestar]], Dio asks "how can a monkey defeat a man" as he believes that [[TranshumanTreachery he's better than Jonathan because he's now a vampire.vampire]].
3rd Feb '17 12:21:42 PM LordNictus
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-->-- '''Lucifer''' to Dean Winchester, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''

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-->-- '''Lucifer''' '''[[{{Satan}} Lucifer]]''' to Dean Winchester, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
3rd Feb '17 12:11:46 PM LordNictus
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In many science fiction and fantasy settings, nonhumans will often refer [[FantasticRacism pejoratively]] to humans as apes or monkeys. Sometimes, even a human is seen doing this, probably insulting someone of a different race or someone they just don't like. The insult implies that the human in question is uncivilized and therefore cannot be distinguished from less advanced primates; compare "Neanderthal." More likely to happen in settings where humans are depicted as being [[HumansAreMorons less intelligent or civilized than other sentient races]].

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In many science fiction fiction, paranormal and fantasy settings, nonhumans will often refer [[FantasticRacism pejoratively]] to humans as apes or monkeys. Sometimes, even a human is seen doing this, probably insulting someone of a different race or someone they just don't like. The insult implies that the human in question is uncivilized and therefore cannot be distinguished from less advanced primates; compare "Neanderthal." More likely to happen in settings where humans are depicted as being [[HumansAreMorons less intelligent or civilized than other sentient races]].
25th Jan '17 11:12:03 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Ninth Doctor refers to humans as "stupid apes" on a couple of occasions.
** As do the new series' Silurians, some of whom want to wipe humanity out.
** Amusingly subverted in "Deep Breath," when Jenny objects to Vastra calling people "monkeys". Vastra clarifies that she was using "monkey" as a ''male-specific'' insult. (She does consider humans ''apes'', but purely in the taxonomic sense, not as an insult.)

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The
On ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Ninth Doctor refers to humans as "stupid apes" on a couple of occasions.
** As
occasions. So do the new series' Silurians, some of whom want to wipe humanity out.
** Amusingly subverted in "Deep Breath," when Jenny objects to
out. Less hostile Silurians like Vastra calling people "monkeys". Vastra clarifies that she was using "monkey" as a ''male-specific'' insult. (She does also consider humans ''apes'', apes, but purely in the taxonomic sense, sense and not as an insult.)insult (although Vastra does use "monkey" as a male-specific insult).
25th Jan '17 11:09:26 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Generally in sci-fi/fantasy settings where there are other non-human sentient species, they will often refer [[FantasticRacism pejoratively]] to humans as apes or monkeys. Sometimes, even a human is seen doing this, probably insulting someone of a different race or someone they just don't like. More likely to happen in settings where humans are depicted as being [[HumansAreMorons less intelligent or civilized than other sentient races]].

The BigBad tends to do this often if he's not human himself, or if [[TranshumanTreachery he is not human anymore]]. When used by StarfishAliens, it can sometimes raise FridgeLogic issues if there's no basis for them to know what apes or monkeys are, in the first place.

Despite this trope's use of the word "ape" as an insult, it should be noted that biologically, humans actually ''are'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae a species of ape]]. The insult implies that the human in question is uncivilised and therefore cannot be distinguished from an ape. Compare "Neanderthal."

A subtrope of FantasticSlur--[[TruthInTelevision although it's not limited to fantasy]]. Even among RealLife humans, primate-related insults are unfortunately used as racial slurs to imply that an ethnic group is primitive and subhuman (white supremacists are particularly fond of this one, especially pertaining to black people). On the other hand, primate-conservation advocates have inverted this trope by likening apes to humans. The argument goes that apes have intelligence similar to that of young children, so if you WouldntHurtAChild, you shouldn't hurt an ape either.

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Generally in sci-fi/fantasy settings where there are other non-human sentient species, they In many science fiction and fantasy settings, nonhumans will often refer [[FantasticRacism pejoratively]] to humans as apes or monkeys. Sometimes, even a human is seen doing this, probably insulting someone of a different race or someone they just don't like. The insult implies that the human in question is uncivilized and therefore cannot be distinguished from less advanced primates; compare "Neanderthal." More likely to happen in settings where humans are depicted as being [[HumansAreMorons less intelligent or civilized than other sentient races]].

The BigBad tends to do this often if he's not human himself, or if [[TranshumanTreachery he is not human anymore]]. When used by StarfishAliens, it can sometimes raise FridgeLogic issues questions if there's no basis for them to know what apes or monkeys are, are in the first place.

Despite this trope's use of the word "ape" as an insult, it should be noted that biologically, humans actually ''are'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae a species of ape]]. ape]] -- in fact, primate-conservation advocates have inverted this trope by likening apes to humans instead of the other way around. The insult implies argument goes that the human in question is uncivilised and therefore cannot be distinguished from apes have intelligence similar to that of young children, so if you WouldntHurtAChild, you shouldn't hurt an ape. Compare "Neanderthal."

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A subtrope of FantasticSlur--[[TruthInTelevision although it's not limited to fantasy]]. Even among RealLife humans, primate-related insults are unfortunately used as racial slurs to imply that an ethnic group is primitive and subhuman (white subhuman. White supremacists are particularly fond of this one, especially pertaining to black people). On the other hand, primate-conservation advocates have inverted this trope by likening apes to humans. The argument goes that apes have intelligence similar to that of young children, so if you WouldntHurtAChild, you shouldn't hurt an ape either.
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24th Jan '17 5:27:54 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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A subtrope of FantasticSlur--although even among RealLife humans, primate-related insults are unfortunately used as racial slurs to imply that an ethnic group is primitive and subhuman.

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A subtrope of FantasticSlur--although even FantasticSlur--[[TruthInTelevision although it's not limited to fantasy]]. Even among RealLife humans, primate-related insults are unfortunately used as racial slurs to imply that an ethnic group is primitive and subhuman.
subhuman (white supremacists are particularly fond of this one, especially pertaining to black people). On the other hand, primate-conservation advocates have inverted this trope by likening apes to humans. The argument goes that apes have intelligence similar to that of young children, so if you WouldntHurtAChild, you shouldn't hurt an ape either.



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* Inverted by those primate-conservation advocates who have been trying to convince governments in Africa and Southeast Asia to grant the great apes the same legal rights as human minors, thus making it murder to hunt them. Their arguments pivot on the apes' having the same degree of intelligence and self-awareness as young human children, hence they should be treated as such.
* White Supremacists often consider other races, black people in particular, as being "sub-human" or "less evolved" compared to themselves, and often use "monkey" and similar terms as racial slurs against them.
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20th Jan '17 4:41:07 PM BattleMaster
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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is frequently compared to a monkey or an ape.
17th Jan '17 10:16:42 PM AtticusOmundson
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* The majority of the Floor Guardians in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'' absolutely detest humans, seeing them as lesser vermin that have no use other than to killed and subjugated. While some such as Sebas view them with more respect, he still cares little for them in the grand scheme of things, and will instantly slaughter them by the thousands if commanded. A notable stand-out is Narberal Gamma, who throws out so many insect/worm/parasite/other insults at humans when she's fighting them that you would swear she has an insult thesaurus tucked under her outfit.

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* The majority of the Floor Guardians in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'' absolutely detest humans, seeing them as lesser vermin that have no use other than to be killed and subjugated. While some such as Sebas view them with more respect, he still cares little for them in the grand scheme of things, and will instantly slaughter them by the thousands if commanded. A notable stand-out is Narberal Gamma, who throws out so many insect/worm/parasite/other insults at humans when she's fighting them that you would swear she has an insult thesaurus tucked under her outfit.
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