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13th Oct '17 10:11:20 PM FordPrefect
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** They also find the Nazi arguments for the latter's claims of being the Master Race lacking. Then again, they don't even try to explain why they think their culture is better. Any time someone asks, they simply say "The answer should be obvious". Many times they express their outrage that humans have a level of technology close to theirs. They have no ''right'' to have technology like this by all rules (of course, by their rules, even a small technological change should take centuries of careful integration into society in order not to upset the status quo).

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** They also find the Nazi arguments for the latter's claims of being the Master Race lacking. Then again, they don't even try to explain why they think their culture is better. Any time someone asks, they simply say "The answer should be obvious". Many times they express their outrage that humans have a level of technology close to theirs. They have no ''right'' to have technology like this by all rules (of course, by their rules, even a small technological change should take centuries of careful integration into society in order not to upset the status quo).quo; their first two conquests were like-minded, [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly humans not so much]]).
13th Oct '17 5:07:05 PM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/TheOrville'':
** The Krill are fundamentalists, who believe that theirs is the only species that has souls. Therefore, all the other species are annoyances at best and obstacles at worst. They see nothing wrong with nuking an undefended Union farming colony in order to take the planet.
** The Calivon are one of the most technologically advanced races in known space. They see all less advanced races as inferior and refuse to deal with them. They see nothing wrong with sending out probes to kidnap members of other races and put them into a zoo for their citizens to enjoy. The only race they consider equal are the robotic Kaylon, whose level of technology is comparable to theirs.
13th Oct '17 12:11:24 PM CosmicFerret
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* Both the Vorlons and the Shadows in ''BabylonFive'' see themselves as superior beings tasked with shaping the lesser races. If that means torturing people, provoking wars or all-out genocide, that's a minor issue.

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* Both the Vorlons and the Shadows in ''BabylonFive'' ''Series/BabylonFive'' see themselves as superior beings tasked with shaping the lesser races. If that means torturing people, provoking wars or all-out genocide, that's a minor issue.
11th Sep '17 10:07:09 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': How Zamasu views his attempted genocide of mortals. He believes that everything he does, no matter how heinous, is justified because he's a god, and he passes judgement on mortals despite [[HeWhoFightsMonsters being just as bad, if not worse]].

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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': How Zamasu views his attempted genocide of mortals. He believes that everything he does, no matter how heinous, is justified because he's a god, and he passes judgement on mortals despite [[HeWhoFightsMonsters being just as bad, if not worse]]. Near the end of the Future Trunks Saga, he even spells it out:
-->'''Zamasu''': Mortals constantly imitate gods. Why is that? Because gods are great? Because gods are too beautiful? But is it woeful? Is it to be pitied? What becomes good when done by gods becomes evil when done by mortals... and becomes sin.
3rd Aug '17 5:11:24 PM Theriocephalus
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* Similar to the ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' example, there's the animation ''WesternAnimation/BattleForTerra'', where the human race stages an invasion of an alien planet. They justify this by the right of their superior technology, their view that the aliens aren't sapient, and that Earth was destroyed and they need to repopulate the species somewhere.

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* Similar to the ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' example, there's the animation In ''WesternAnimation/BattleForTerra'', where the human race stages an invasion of an alien planet. They justify this by the right of their superior technology, their view that the aliens aren't sapient, and that Earth was destroyed and they need to repopulate the species somewhere.



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** In ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'', Leej Terrell considers the Bajorans little more than cattle, and refuses to accept that Cardassia was doing anything wrong in enslaving them. Indeed, she tells Sisko that humanity's biggest problem is its refusal to distinguish "truly sapient" races like the Vulcans from "stock" like the Bajorans.
*** Dukat made a similar argument in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', though he wasn't quite so brutal in his description of the Bajorans.

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** In ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'', Leej Terrell considers the Bajorans little more than cattle, and refuses to accept that Cardassia was doing anything wrong in enslaving them. Indeed, she tells Sisko that humanity's biggest problem is its refusal to distinguish "truly sapient" races like the Vulcans from "stock" like the Bajorans.
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Bajorans. Dukat made a similar argument in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', though he wasn't quite so brutal in his description of the Bajorans.



* In Creator/WilliamRForstchen's ''Literature/TheLostRegiment'' series, the 9-foot-tall HumanAliens roaming the planet Valennia have no other word for humans than "cattle". Their people are the "chosen ones", while humans are there to serve them and fill their cookpots. Even horses (brought from Earth thousands of years ago and bred to carry the huge aliens) have a higher status than "cattle", since they enable their nomadic lifestyle. Other animals like pigs and cows are considered to be "lesser cattle", but the preferred meat of choice is "cattleflesh" (i.e. human meat). The aliens impose a MedievalStasis on the various human cultures that come over periodically through the [[LostTechnology Tunnels]] of [[TeleportersAndTransporters Light]] and have themselves maintained their level of technology for thousands of years, maintaining their way of life. Any new weapons that show up with newly-arrived humans are quickly destroyed or buried (last time, they tangled with some pirates and many Tugar warriors were lost to firearms before the pirates were killed).
** 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.

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* In Creator/WilliamRForstchen's ''Literature/TheLostRegiment'' series, the ''Literature/TheLostRegiment'':
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9-foot-tall HumanAliens roaming the planet Valennia have no other word for humans than "cattle". Their people are the "chosen ones", while humans are there to serve them and fill their cookpots. Even horses (brought from Earth thousands of years ago and bred to carry the huge aliens) have a higher status than "cattle", since they enable their nomadic lifestyle. Other animals like pigs and cows are considered to be "lesser cattle", but the preferred meat of choice is "cattleflesh" (i.e. human meat). The aliens impose a MedievalStasis on the various human cultures that come over periodically through the [[LostTechnology Tunnels]] of [[TeleportersAndTransporters Light]] and have themselves maintained their level of technology for thousands of years, maintaining their way of life. Any new weapons that show up with newly-arrived humans are quickly destroyed or buried (last time, they tangled with some pirates and many Tugar warriors were lost to firearms before the pirates were killed).
** They themselves were once on the receiving end of such this 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.



* In Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, the super-AIs who run the eponymous civilization classify life on a 'logarithmic sentience scale', in which one Mind is worth the lives of billions of humanoids. Somewhat subverted as they're not jerks about it most of the time, and do their best to make sure that members of lesser species thrive and enjoy their lives.

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* In Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, the super-AIs who run the eponymous civilization classify life on a 'logarithmic "logarithmic sentience scale', scale", in which one Mind is worth the lives of billions of humanoids. Somewhat subverted as they're not jerks about it most of the time, and do their best to make sure that members of lesser species thrive and enjoy their lives.



** The Eldar do have some semblance of an excuse -- the reason their great empire fell was that they reached such levels of decadence that they ended up creating a new [[GodOfEvil Chaos God, Slaanesh]]. Because of this, every last Eldar soul is damned to eternal torment at the hands of Slaanesh after they die, which humans and other sapient species are not, so they will do anything to prevent the death of an Eldar. Also, [[HumansAreBastards it's not like the Imperium wouldn't do the same thing to them if given a chance]].

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** The Eldar do have some semblance of an excuse -- the reason their great empire fell was that they reached such levels of decadence and depravity that they ended up creating a new [[GodOfEvil Chaos God, Slaanesh]]. Because of this, every last Eldar soul is damned to eternal torment at the hands of Slaanesh after they die, which humans and other sapient species are not, so they will do anything to prevent the death of an Eldar. Also, [[HumansAreBastards it's not like the Imperium wouldn't do the same thing to them if given a chance]].



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3rd Aug '17 5:04:47 PM Theriocephalus
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->''"In my stories superior beings - truly superior beings - can do things that if a lesser being, like a human, were to do, it would indeed be evil."''

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->''"In my stories superior beings - -- truly superior beings - -- can do things that if a lesser being, like a human, were to do, it would indeed be evil."''



* 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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* 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.



* In The Bible, God pulls this on Job when the latter questions what right he has to do whatever he wants with mankind. God starts listing off his powers and accomplishments, and basically sums it up with ''Did you create the universe? No? Then shut up.''






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* The aliens in ''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.

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* The aliens in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' ''Series/V1983'' 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.



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' John is split into three forms - his regular self, a caveman-like version, and a possibility of what humans could evolve into thousands of years into the future. When they find out they need to sacrifice a Crichton, many of the crew including regular John are quite prepared to sacrifice the primitive one. When that doesn't work, the advanced one reveals he views regular John as just as disposable.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' John is split into three forms - -- his regular self, a caveman-like version, and a possibility of what humans could evolve into thousands of years into the future. When they find out they need to sacrifice a Crichton, many of the crew including regular John are quite prepared to sacrifice the primitive one. When that doesn't work, the advanced one reveals he views regular John as just as disposable.



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* In the Bible, God pulls this on Job when the latter questions what right He has to do whatever He wants with mankind. God starts listing off his powers and accomplishments, and basically sums it up with ''Did you create the universe? No? Then shut up.''
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* The Eldar in ''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.
-->'''Gideon:''' The torture, the terror, the raiding, the killing, maiming, stealing. Everything. ''Why?''
-->'''Asdrubael Vect:''' Why should I not? You are of no consequence. If you had not been captured by my servants and did not fall foul of some illness or mishap, you would still die within another twenty of your planet's short years. Why should I not use such a pointless creature for my amusement and sustenance? You are prey-species, nothing more.
** The Eldar do have some semblance of an excuse- they were once a great empire who became the victims of AndManGrewProud when they fell into such decadence and depravity that they ended up creating a new [[GodOfEvil Chaos God, Slaanesh]]. Because of this, every last Eldar soul is damned to eternal torment at the hands of Slaanesh after they die, so they will do anything to prevent the death of an Eldar. Indeed, Slaanesh's birth outright killed most of the empire- the current Eldar are the ones who [[OnlySaneMan saw what was happening]] and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere got the heck out]].
*** Also, [[HumansAreBastards it's not like the Imperium wouldn't do the same thing to them if given a chance]].

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* The Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' have this attitude. attitude.
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They are ancient, ancient and wise and (most importantly) vastly longer-lived than humans; their technology, knowledge and cultural sophistication eclipse anything mankind has achieved; and, in the distant past, they used to rule the galaxy. More importantly, they are a DyingRace. DyingRace -- the Eldar are slowly but surely heading towards extinction. 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).around. 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.
-->'''Gideon:''' --->'''Gideon:''' The torture, the terror, the raiding, the killing, maiming, stealing. Everything. ''Why?''
-->'''Asdrubael --->'''Asdrubael Vect:''' Why should I not? You are of no consequence. If you had not been captured by my servants and did not fall foul of some illness or mishap, you would still die within another twenty of your planet's short years. Why should I not use such a pointless creature for my amusement and sustenance? You are prey-species, nothing more.
** The Eldar do have some semblance of an excuse- they were once a excuse -- the reason their great empire who became the victims of AndManGrewProud when fell was that they fell into reached such levels of decadence and depravity that they ended up creating a new [[GodOfEvil Chaos God, Slaanesh]]. Because of this, every last Eldar soul is damned to eternal torment at the hands of Slaanesh after they die, which humans and other sapient species are not, so they will do anything to prevent the death of an Eldar. Indeed, Slaanesh's birth outright killed most of the empire- the current Eldar are the ones who [[OnlySaneMan saw what was happening]] and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere got the heck out]].
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Also, [[HumansAreBastards it's not like the Imperium wouldn't do the same thing to them if given a chance]].



** 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.

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** 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 ''D&D'' universe equivalent of deep space (or even beyond space and time) to enforce their will upon their conquered slaves.



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* The High Breed in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' verse breathe this trope.

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* The High Breed in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' verse breathe this trope.
18th Jul '17 7:00:02 PM xelldx
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* The Celestials from Marvel sit in judgment of entire civilizations, treating them as little more than science experiments, and exterminating them if they don't live up to their standards. To them, a planet like Earth is essentially a Petri dish in their cosmic laboratory.

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* The Celestials from Marvel sit in judgment of entire civilizations, treating them as little more than science experiments, and exterminating them if they don't live up to their standards. To them, a planet like Earth is essentially a Petri dish in their cosmic laboratory. [[spoiler: They get on the receiving end of this trope courtesy of The Beyonders and then Logos.]]
8th Jul '17 4:12:48 PM MarqFJA
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Out in the reaches of space, an alien race exists that has developed far beyond any human civilization. Said aliens will believe they are justified in killing or enslaving humans due to their higher intelligence. They don't necessarily hate humans, they just believe that [[PunyEarthlings humans]] are so [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet insignificant]] as to be unworthy of moral consideration. Bonus points if they draw parallels between the way they treat humans and the way humans treat other animals.

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Out in the reaches of space, an alien race exists that has [[SuperiorSpecies developed far beyond any human civilization.civilization]]. Said aliens will believe they are justified in killing or enslaving humans due to their higher intelligence. They don't necessarily hate humans, they just believe that [[PunyEarthlings humans]] are so [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet insignificant]] as to be unworthy of moral consideration. Bonus points if they draw parallels between the way they treat humans and the way humans treat other animals.
22nd Jun '17 6:31:46 AM chilled0ut
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* On the rare occasion that the Literature/{{Animorphs}} directly interact with [[PuppeteerParasite yeerk controllers]], the yeerks almost always pull out this argument. As far as they're concerned, all other species are to yeerks as cattle are to humans, so yeerks are fully justified in enslaving, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing, and killing human, hork-bajir, andalites, and so on. Of course, the yeerks the Animorphs can interact with are the ones who think this -- the ones who don't agree don't leave the yeerk pools in the first place, except a few who only changed their minds later.

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* On the rare occasion that the Literature/{{Animorphs}} directly interact with [[PuppeteerParasite yeerk Yeerk controllers]], the yeerks Yeerks almost always pull out this argument. As far as they're concerned, all other species are to yeerks as cattle are to humans, so yeerks are fully justified in enslaving, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing, and killing human, hork-bajir, andalites, Hork-Bajir, Andalites, and so on. Of course, [[JustifiedTrope the yeerks Yeerks the Animorphs can interact with are the ones who think this this]] -- the ones who don't agree don't leave the yeerk Yeerk pools in the first place, except a few who only changed their minds later.
5th Jun '17 4:45:44 PM Nintendoman01
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* Zamasu from Dragonball Super has this attitude, believing that he's justified in anything he does merely because he's a god, and passes judgment on mortals for their crimes despite doing much worse himself.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': How Zamasu from Dragonball Super has this attitude, believing views his attempted genocide of mortals. He believes that he's everything he does, no matter how heinous, is justified in anything he does merely because he's a god, and he passes judgment judgement on mortals for their crimes despite doing much worse himself.[[HeWhoFightsMonsters being just as bad, if not worse]].
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