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15th Jun '16 1:24:30 PM Nerrin
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* The Cetagandans of the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' constantly flirt with this trope both in their internal and external politics. The ''haut'' ruling caste are engaged in a centuries-long genetic experiment in what they consider the uplifting of the human species into something greater. The main point of internal debate on the matter is whether they've reached "superior species" status ''yet'' - as opposed to merely being a MasterRace - and much of the rest of galactic society is worrying about the day the Cetagandans decide they've transcended humanity and don't need the rest of the species anymore. Especially since the Cetas have tailor-made diseases that can literally melt bones.


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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had several species that like to pull this out:
** The [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} illithids]] ''need'' to eat brains to survive, and so consider every other horror they inflict upon the cattle they enslave to be barely worth considering. For bonus trope points, the illithids have been depicted as originally coming from the D&D universe equivalent of deep space (or even beyond space and time) to enforce their will upon their conquered slaves.
** The githyanki, who were once enslaved by the illithids, have learned that you're either a Superior Species or an Inferior Species just waiting to be stepped on. They were once humans, changed by the illithids to make stronger servants, but then threw off their masters' rule. The githyanki then turned around and began their own empire on the right of their strength as the ones who threw down the illithids, but were stopped by internal dissent from a faction who split off to become the githzerai. The 'yanki do show at least a modicum of respect toward anyone else strong enough to avoid getting stepped on, but they still aren't too fond of outsiders even so.
** The 3rd Edition ''Fiend Folio'' introduced the [[HumanoidAbomination ethergaunts]] who came from the depths of the Ethereal Plane with strange and advanced technologies, ready to reclaim an ancient empire from before their self-imposed exile. Little is known of them except they hate divine magic and the gods, have a rigid caste system, and consider all other races inferior and subject to their whims.
8th May '16 10:54:25 PM Dravencour
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''[==]'s [[CuteIsEvil Kyubey]] plays with this trope. He turned vulnerable teenage girls into magical girls in order to fight witches, but doesn't tell them that [[spoiler:he does so by essentially turning them into [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]]]]. Then the girls find out that if they don't keep their [[TransformationTrinket Soul Gem]] pure, they [[spoiler:become witches too]], and it ''then'' it turns out he's doing all this to [[spoiler:collect energy to fight the Heat Death of the universe]]. He justifies it by wanting to [[spoiler:prevent said heat death, and by the fact that his kind has been assisting humanity since the stone age]]. All this while subtly implying that his race regards humanity the way [[spoiler:humanity regards cattle]]. However, Kyubey doesn't have emotions, so he doesn't do this because he thinks he superior to humanity (or at least that's not the most important reason). He does it because they need to [[spoiler:prevent the universe ending, and this is the most efficient way to do it.]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''[==]'s [[CuteIsEvil Kyubey]] plays with this trope. He turned vulnerable teenage girls into magical girls in order to fight witches, but doesn't tell them that [[spoiler:he does so by essentially turning them into [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]]]]. Then the girls find out that if they don't keep their [[TransformationTrinket Soul Gem]] pure, they [[spoiler:become witches too]], and it ''then'' it turns out he's doing all this to [[spoiler:collect energy to fight the Heat Death of the universe]]. He justifies it by wanting to [[spoiler:prevent said heat death, and by the fact that his kind has been assisting humanity since the stone age]]. All this while subtly implying that his race regards humanity the way [[spoiler:humanity regards cattle]]. However, Kyubey doesn't have emotions, so he doesn't do this because he thinks he is superior to humanity (or at least that's not the most important reason). He does it because they need to [[spoiler:prevent the universe ending, from dying, and this is the most efficient way he's found to do it.]]
5th May '16 8:15:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode 'Pretense', a Goa'uld justifies the taking of human hosts by claiming superiority to humanity and comparing the practice to the hunting and fishing practiced by humans. When Daniel Jackson points out that nearly all Goa'uld technology has been stolen from other races, the Goa'uld merely shrugs and says it doesn't matter how it was acquired. The Goa'uld have the technology; the humans don't. It's as simple as that.
** What's better is that both sides are trying to convince a third party represented by a Nox, a race of [[PerfectPacifistPeople perfect pacifists]] that already considers itself to be superior to both humans and Goa'uld.
*** And where are the proceedings taking place? On the planet of {{Technical Pacifist}}s who feel morally superior to both Earth humans and the Goa'uld.

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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode 'Pretense', a Goa'uld justifies the taking of human hosts by claiming superiority to humanity and comparing the practice to the hunting and fishing practiced by humans. When Daniel Jackson points out that nearly all Goa'uld technology has been stolen from other races, the Goa'uld merely shrugs and says it doesn't matter how it was acquired. The Goa'uld have the technology; the humans don't. It's as simple as that.
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that. What's better is that both sides are trying to convince a third party represented by a Nox, a race of [[PerfectPacifistPeople perfect pacifists]] that already considers itself to be superior to both humans and Goa'uld.
*** And where are the proceedings taking place? On the planet of {{Technical Pacifist}}s who feel morally superior to both Earth humans and the
Goa'uld.
5th May '16 8:09:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Britta tries to tell a Gnome waiter that he's just as good as they are. Abed (as dungeon-master) replies that according to the game rules, no, he's actually not, and the gang are justified in treating him however they want because of this trope.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' episode RPGEpisode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Britta tries to tell a Gnome waiter that he's just as good as they are. Abed (as dungeon-master) replies that according to the game rules, no, he's actually not, and the gang are justified in treating him however they want because of this trope.
5th May '16 8:09:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* The aliens in ''Series/{{V}}'' don't really think of themselves as a superior race, but consider the humans they covertly conquered as a resource to be consumed. At one point, the original miniseries has aliens offhandedly discussing how it was inadvisable to sedate human captives before butchering them because the drug alters the taste of the flesh.

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* The aliens in ''Series/{{V}}'' ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' don't really think of themselves as a superior race, but consider the humans they covertly conquered as a resource to be consumed. At one point, the original miniseries has aliens offhandedly discussing how it was inadvisable to sedate human captives before butchering them because the drug alters the taste of the flesh.
5th May '16 8:03:40 AM Morgenthaler
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17th Apr '16 9:29:05 AM LaTriezieme
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] claim the "Mantle of Responsibility" [[spoiler:that they stole the right for from [[AdvancedAncientHumans humanity]] as given by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens the Precursors]], [[RecursivePrecursors their own precursors]]]], which is essentially this.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] claim the "Mantle of Responsibility" [[spoiler:that they which is essentially this. [[spoiler:They actually stole the right for to it from [[AdvancedAncientHumans humanity]] as given after it was passed on by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens the Precursors]], [[RecursivePrecursors their own precursors]]]], which is essentially this.
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27th Jan '16 4:47:12 AM ChronoLegion
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** [[DefectorFromDecadence Joshua]]'s opposition to his people's planned invasion of Earth primarily stems from the expected losses that will be sustained by the Gua during the invasion and the subsequent guerrilla warfare (assuming the Gua even get past the invasion stage). After all, if 1 out of every 117 humans has Cade's [[TheDeterminator determination]], then that means that there are about ''60 million people'' on Earth who will actively resist.
27th Jan '16 4:39:29 AM ChronoLegion
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** They themselves were once on the receiving end of such treatment by a race of technologically-advanced StarfishAliens, who had ended up on their planet via the same means as humans. They were conquered and treated as slaves, until they turned their masters against one another and slaughtered the survivors despite the heavy losses. They then took their advanced technology and threw it into the sea.
26th Jan '16 7:13:22 PM TheNerevarine
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* The First-Born in ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'' regularly assaults the Thern gardens, taking their women as slaves and only the women to serve as chattel and food, invoking the right of being the very first race in Barsoom to achieve sentience to exploit the lesser races of Barsoom as they see fit. The Therns themselves qualify since they consider themselves closer to the primary deity of the planet and use it to enslave every other race on Mars. [[MoralMyopia The fact that they are guilty of the same crimes they are in the receiving end of someone else is lost on them]].

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* The First-Born in ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'' regularly assaults the Thern gardens, taking their women as slaves and only the women to serve as chattel and food, invoking the right of being the very first race in Barsoom to achieve sentience to exploit the lesser races of Barsoom as they see fit. The Therns themselves qualify since they consider themselves closer to the primary deity of the planet and use it to enslave every other race on Mars. [[MoralMyopia The fact that they are guilty of the same crimes that they are in the receiving end of by someone else is lost on them]].
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