History Main / TheRightOfASuperiorSpecies

30th Sep '16 10:36:54 PM GentlemensDame883
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* The TropeCodifier is Chatoyance and her TheConversionBureau stories, where she gives this excuse to justify the genocide of all humans (by [[BalefulPolymorph ponification]]). She [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27678/ten-minutes-aftermath#comment/671772 firmly believes]] that a superior species justifiably can do things that would be considered evil if a "lesser" species (namely, humans) were to do them.

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* The TropeCodifier is Chatoyance and her TheConversionBureau stories, where she gives this excuse to justify the genocide of all humans (by [[BalefulPolymorph ponification]]). She [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27678/ten-minutes-aftermath#comment/671772 firmly believes]] [[http://imgur.com/a/Aq2n7 (screenshotted)]] that a superior species justifiably can do things that would be considered evil if a "lesser" species (namely, humans) were to do them.
21st Sep '16 5:05:19 PM nombretomado
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* In ''BatenKaitos'' this thought is enforced by the government schools of Alfard ("TheEmpire of the flame"). Lyude, the one heroic character from the country, is revealed to have been homeschooled by a nanny.
* The fal'Cie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' are all over this trope like flies over jam. At one point, Lightning realizes that to them, humans are nothing but pets whom they keep for amusement and some housekeeping chores they don't care to do themselves. [[spoiler:It is eventually revealed that humans and fal'Cie are related species in the sense that both were created by the same creator deity. Fal'Cie were made infinitely stronger but without the capacity for free will, so when the creator has left the building, things went south for the humans as the fal'Cie hijacked that free will to turn them into weapons.]]

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* In ''BatenKaitos'' ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' this thought is enforced by the government schools of Alfard ("TheEmpire of the flame"). Lyude, the one heroic character from the country, is revealed to have been homeschooled by a nanny.
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The fal'Cie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' are all over this trope like flies over jam. At one point, Lightning realizes that to them, humans are nothing but pets whom they keep for amusement and some housekeeping chores they don't care to do themselves. [[spoiler:It is eventually revealed that humans and fal'Cie are related species in the sense that both were created by the same creator deity. Fal'Cie were made infinitely stronger but without the capacity for free will, so when the creator has left the building, things went south for the humans as the fal'Cie hijacked that free will to turn them into weapons.]]
18th Sep '16 2:14:45 PM UraRenge
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** The Occuria to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. They aren't ''evil'' persay, but they like to give the equivalent of a nuke to someone every few centuries to let them cause enough destruction to wipe the world's slate clean. Why they do it is never 100% explained, but they seem to think that without empires and controlling forces to rule over humanity, we'll destroy ourselves in no time. Their justification being that the last race they were in control of (The Espers), all but one of them rose up against the Occuria, and the last was so powerful that they sealed it away out of fear.

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** The Occuria to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. They aren't ''evil'' persay, but they like to give the equivalent of a nuke to someone every few centuries to let them cause enough destruction to wipe the world's slate clean. Why they do it is never 100% explained, but they seem to think that without empires and controlling forces to rule over humanity, we'll destroy ourselves ourselves, or worse them, in no time. Their justification being that the last race they were in control of (The Espers), all but one of them rose up against the Occuria, and the last was so powerful that they sealed it away out of fear.
18th Sep '16 2:14:02 PM UraRenge
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** The Occuria to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. They aren't ''evil'' persay, but they like to give the equivalent of a nuke to someone every few centuries to let them cause enough destruction to wipe the world's slate clean. Why they do it is never 100% explained, but they seem to think that without empires and controlling forces to rule over humanity, we'll destroy ourselves in no time. Their justification being that the last race they were in control of (The Espers), all but one of them rose up against the Occuria, and the last was so powerful that they sealed it away out of fear.
10th Aug '16 9:22:36 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] claim the "Mantle of Responsibility" which is essentially this. [[spoiler:They actually stole the right to it from [[AdvancedAncientHumans humanity]] after it was passed on by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens the Precursors]], [[RecursivePrecursors their own precursors]]]],
5th Jul '16 9:04:26 PM Nerrin
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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, this attitude crops up among powerful [[OurElvesAreBetter Dragaerans]] as regards humans, at least when they bother to really think about humans at all. The Dragaerans can make a case for it, as they live for millennia, are taller, stronger, and more magically gifted than humans, and have a variety of other advantages. Whenever the question comes up whether the Dragaeran Empire should invade its human neighbors, the argument against invasion is usually more "Is the army ready for it? No? How inconvenient. Bored now, let's do something else." And yet above the Dragaerans are the Jenoine, alien beings of fantastic power and BlueAndOrangeMorality who created the Dragaerans from human stock as an experiment, and mostly just want to get the lab rats back in their cages.
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.
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