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19th Mar '17 5:01:20 PM Doug86
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* The Eldar in ''Tabletop/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have this attitude. They are ancient, wise and (most importantly) a DyingRace. Humanity is young and stupid and there are already a lot of them around (humanity may also count as a DyingRace, but if they are they're dying a ''lot'' slower). Therefore, the Eldar feel completely justified in scouring a human planet clean of life (or changing the present so that this will happen to humanity in the future) to save a single Eldar life. The Dark Eldar do this to extremes, though the fact that they think nothing of doing it to themselves if they can means they probably go out the other end into AlwaysChaoticEvil.

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* The Eldar in ''Tabletop/{{Warhammer ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have this attitude. They are ancient, wise and (most importantly) a DyingRace. Humanity is young and stupid and there are already a lot of them around (humanity may also count as a DyingRace, but if they are they're dying a ''lot'' slower). Therefore, the Eldar feel completely justified in scouring a human planet clean of life (or changing the present so that this will happen to humanity in the future) to save a single Eldar life. The Dark Eldar do this to extremes, though the fact that they think nothing of doing it to themselves if they can means they probably go out the other end into AlwaysChaoticEvil.
13th Feb '17 5:46:54 PM StClair
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Overlaps heavily with SocialDarwinist, type three. Contrast AlienNonInterferenceClause and BenevolentAlienInvasion. See also CantArgueWithElves. When these attitudes are applied to fellow members of one's species, then you're looking at a self-styled MasterRace. A species that practices this trope is probably '''not''' a SuperiorSpecies. Stories that practice this trope heroically never seem to touch upon [[FridgeLogic the argument]] that if a superior species treats its inferiors this way, said species is probably more of a MasterRace.

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Overlaps heavily with SocialDarwinist, type three. Contrast AlienNonInterferenceClause and BenevolentAlienInvasion. See also CantArgueWithElves. When these attitudes are applied to fellow members of one's species, then you're looking at a self-styled MasterRace. A It can be argued that ''any'' species that practices this trope is probably '''not''' actually a SuperiorSpecies. Stories SuperiorSpecies, but stories that practice this trope heroically use it heroically/unironically [[FridgeLogic never seem to touch upon [[FridgeLogic the argument]] that if a superior species treats its inferiors this way, said species is probably more of a MasterRace.
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16th Jan '17 1:55:57 AM Luppercus
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* The Marcabians in ''WesternAnimation/BlakeAndMortimer'', they see all other species as inferior and treat them like vermin, including humans.
17th Dec '16 11:17:26 AM zarpaulus
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* Part of the game mechanics in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', interstellar empires cannot engage in normal diplomatic relations with pre-FTL species. They can just research them like animals, uplift them as a protectorate, or simply [[AlienInvasion invade]]. And fighting other empires requires a formal declaration of war, you can bombard or invade a pre-FTL planet at any time.
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.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
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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.
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