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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]].
22nd May '17 5:56:55 AM SirPellucidar
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* Galactus also uses this reasoning to justify devouring entire planets and their inhabitants, claiming that appeasing his hunger is more important than the billions of lives he snuffs out. [[JustifiedTrope We eventually learn out that he's right]], as if he is allowed to die, [[OutOfTheFryingPan all reality across the multiverse is in danger of collapsing]].


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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.''
* 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.
21st May '17 11:15:51 PM SirPellucidar
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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.
21st May '17 11:09:48 PM SirPellucidar
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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.
17th Apr '17 3:28:43 PM KizunaTallis
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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.

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* The TropeCodifier is Chatoyance and her TheConversionBureau stories, take on ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'', 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.
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.
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