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* Light Yagami in ''Manga/DeathNote'' develops from a WellIntentionedExtremist into this trope, and he [[VillainProtagonist happens to be the protagonist]]. He believes that by using the Death Note to pick off criminals and the unpleasant, he can make the world consist of good people only. As he puts it, if Kira (his mass-murdering alter ego) is caught, then he's evil; if he wins and rules the world, he's righteous.

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* Light Yagami in ''Manga/DeathNote'' develops from a WellIntentionedExtremist into this trope, and he [[VillainProtagonist happens to be the protagonist]]. He believes that by using the Death Note to pick off criminals and the unpleasant, he can make the world consist of good people only. As he puts it, if Kira (his mass-murdering alter ego) is caught, then he's evil; if he wins and rules the world, he's righteous. Naturally, at the end, when [[spoiler: Near gets the upper hand and decisively proves Light is Kira in a room full of cops and FBI agents, Light refuses to accept defeat. Light tries desperately to justify his actions as something they should agree with and then making a scene of himself when they don't buy it.]] That is, when pushed to a corner, Light abandons Social Darwinism and shifts to a mentality of "I am always justified no matter what."
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** Suiryu, a very strong competitor in the martial arts tournament Saitama enters, is revealed to have this as his mindset, though it's unclear if he falls under Straw Meritocrat, Jerk Justifier, Struggler, or a combination of the above: [[spoiler:He believes that any death of non-natural causes was because that person was too weak to survive it and thus all non-natural deaths are deserved. As a result, he comes off as a sociopath, showing zero concern for anyone but himself, as until Saitama, he had yet to encounter anyone better at fighting than him. Because of Suiryu's attitude, he has nothing but disdain for heroes and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood doesn't understand why they would rescue weak people to the point of self-sacrifice, when they should be protecting themselves]]. These ideas particularly offend Suiryu's second-round opponent Snek, who is a professional hero and takes his job seriously.]]
12th Mar '17 9:43:38 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the South." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement restrict their economic and political rights]]. Social Darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the Southerners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe they could actually be the losing side.]]

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* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the South." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement restrict their economic and political rights]]. Social Darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the Southerners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe [[OriginalPositionFallacy they could actually be the losing side.]]
2nd Mar '17 10:46:47 AM ironballs16
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20th Feb '17 9:15:01 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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Laconic/TheSocialDarwinist is someone who believes that the Darwinist theory of evolution -- i.e. "survival of the fittest" to oversimplify it -- should be applied to people, and sometimes entire societies or nations. To the Social Darwinist, all life is a struggle for survival in which the strongest naturally prosper at the expense of the weak -- and it is ''[[MightMakesRight right]]'' and ''natural'' that they should do so, because that's just the way things are, and/or natural law is AboveGoodAndEvil. Such characters rarely concede that their chances for survival may have started higher than others due to reasons such as inherited wealth or social prestige. They typically state that WeHaveBecomeComplacent and stupid, and want to remove weakness and stupidity from society. It may seem to some that because humans aren't currently having wars/disaster and humans aren't endangered as a species that evolution in humans has ceased altogether.

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Laconic/TheSocialDarwinist The Social Darwinist is someone who believes that the Darwinist theory of evolution -- i.e. "survival of the fittest" to oversimplify it -- should be applied to people, and sometimes entire societies or nations. To the Social Darwinist, all life is a struggle for survival in which the strongest naturally prosper at the expense of the weak -- and it is ''[[MightMakesRight right]]'' and ''natural'' that they should do so, because that's just the way things are, and/or natural law is AboveGoodAndEvil. Such characters rarely concede that their chances for survival may have started higher than others due to reasons such as inherited wealth or social prestige. They typically state that WeHaveBecomeComplacent and stupid, and want to remove weakness and stupidity from society. It may seem to some that because humans aren't currently having wars/disaster and humans aren't endangered as a species that evolution in humans has ceased altogether.



* '''The Straw Meritocrat:''' Basically, a NietzscheWannabe without the overt craziness. This first type believes in Social Darwinism, which misinterprets the idea of evolution and natural selection and holds that people who rise to the top in ''society'', by whatever means, are automatically "superior" - even going so far as to [[AmbitionIsEvil praise the evils of over-ambitiousness]] and [[NiceGuysFinishLast condemn kind behavior]]. Frequently this will be held even in settings where the people in charge are clearly getting there through {{Nepotism}}, or otherwise as a result of luck and privilege. Despite it being nothing more than a ThemeParkVersion, this philosophy is still frequently held by both fictional characters and quite a few RealLife 'successful' people.
* '''The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi By Any Other Name]]:''' The second type is a racist or [[FantasticRacism speciesist]] who believes that their race is a MasterRace or SuperiorSpecies, and by extension, the only one fit to live and [[SuperBreedingProgram reproduce]] in the world/galaxy/universe, and uses this belief as a justification for subjugating, enslaving or just plain [[AbsoluteXenophobe getting rid]] of those that they consider "inferior" (as the RealLife [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazis]] did). ScaryDogmaticAliens are very likely to have this mindset, as is any society [[ANaziByAnyOtherName modeled upon the Nazis]]. Occasionally also held by [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper superheroes]].
* '''The EvilutionaryBiologist:''' The third type is the EvilutionaryBiologist or anyone who has [[WellIntentionedExtremist mistaken ideas]] about how evolution works "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the good of the species]]," and in order to help it out or not "get in its way," anyone with a birth defect or who is in any other way "weak" in this villain's eyes [[KillThePoor deserves to die]] to keep the gene pool strong. Many such characters [[DesignerBabies hope to create]] the {{Transhuman}} UltimateLifeForm. This type is also what ThoseWackyNazis had in mind with Aktion T-4.
* '''The [[JerkJustifications Jerk Justifier]]:''' The fourth type is simply [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and uses Social Darwinism as just a justification for [[{{Jerkass}} sociopathic]] behavior. This character may not actually believe it and may not even care, but finds Social Darwinism to be a convenient justification or excuse for the way they were going to behave anyway. Often overlaps with StrawHypocrite - especially if he's a coward who'll immediately resort to "un-Darwinist" cheating if he's ever exposed as inferior himself.
* '''The Struggler:''' The fifth type believe that competition, suffering and struggle makes the individual, and possibly a society (as a whole), superior. They tend to believe in EvilVirtues like cunning, ruthlessness, opportunism and the ability to endure and survive by any means necessary, and tend to have a cynical view of the world as a hard, harsh place and that HobbesWasRight; they may also / instead suffer from EvilCannotComprehendGood and thus undervalue non-Social Darwinist virtues like kindness or pacifism. ARealManIsAKiller logic often falls into this category as does WarIsGlorious. ThoseWackyNazis held to this view as well. Differ from the first in that they don't necessarily believe that those at the top always deserve it; they tend to take a MightMakesRight view of things, and the most sincere of this kind do not believe the struggle ever ends and accept their fate with dignity if they end up on the losing side.

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* # '''The Straw Meritocrat:''' Basically, Basically a NietzscheWannabe StrawNihilist without the overt craziness. This first type believes in Social Darwinism, which misinterprets the idea of evolution and natural selection and holds that people who rise to the top in ''society'', by whatever means, are automatically "superior" - even going so far as to [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad praise the evils of]] [[AmbitionIsEvil praise the evils of over-ambitiousness]] and [[NiceGuysFinishLast condemn kind behavior]]. Frequently this will be held even in settings where the people in charge are clearly getting there through {{Nepotism}}, or otherwise as a result of luck and privilege. Despite it being nothing more than a ThemeParkVersion, this philosophy is still frequently held by both fictional characters and quite a few RealLife 'successful' "successful" people.
* # '''The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi By Any Other Name]]:''' The second type is a racist or [[FantasticRacism speciesist]] [[HoldYourHippogriffs species]][[FantasticRacism ist]] who believes that their race is a MasterRace or SuperiorSpecies, and by extension, the only one fit to live and [[SuperBreedingProgram reproduce]] in the world/galaxy/universe, and uses this belief as a justification for subjugating, enslaving or just plain [[AbsoluteXenophobe getting rid]] of those that they consider "inferior" (as the RealLife [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazis]] UsefulNotes/{{Nazi|Germany}}s did). ScaryDogmaticAliens are very likely to have this mindset, as is any society [[ANaziByAnyOtherName modeled upon the Nazis]]. Occasionally also held by [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper superheroes]].
* # '''The EvilutionaryBiologist:''' The third type is the EvilutionaryBiologist an evolutionary biologist or anyone else who has [[WellIntentionedExtremist mistaken ideas]] about how evolution works "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the good of the species]]," and in order to help it out or not "get in its way," anyone with a birth defect or who is in any other way "weak" in this villain's eyes [[KillThePoor deserves to die]] to keep the gene pool strong. Many such characters [[DesignerBabies hope to create]] the {{Transhuman}} UltimateLifeForm. This type is also what ThoseWackyNazis had in mind with Aktion T-4.
* # '''The [[JerkJustifications Jerk Justifier]]:''' {{Jerk Justifi|cations}}er:''' The fourth type is simply [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and uses Social Darwinism as just a justification for [[{{Jerkass}} sociopathic]] behavior. This character may not actually believe it and may not even care, but finds Social Darwinism to be a convenient justification or excuse for the way they were going to behave anyway. Often overlaps with StrawHypocrite - StrawHypocrite, especially if he's a coward who'll [[DirtyCoward coward]] who will immediately resort to "un-Darwinist" cheating if he's ever exposed as inferior himself.
* # '''The Struggler:''' [[MiseryBuildsCharacter Struggler]]:''' The fifth type believe believes that competition, suffering and struggle makes the individual, and possibly a society (as a whole), superior. They tend to believe in EvilVirtues like cunning, ruthlessness, opportunism and the ability to endure and survive by any means necessary, and tend to have a cynical view of [[CrapsackWorld the world as a hard, harsh place place]] and that HobbesWasRight; they may also / instead also/instead suffer from EvilCannotComprehendGood and thus undervalue non-Social Darwinist virtues like kindness or pacifism. ARealManIsAKiller logic often falls into this category category, as does WarIsGlorious. ThoseWackyNazis held to this view as well. Differ Differs from the first in that they don't necessarily believe that those at the top always deserve it; they tend to take a MightMakesRight view of things, and the most sincere of this kind do not believe the struggle ever ends and accept their fate with dignity are never {{hypocrite}}s; [[GracefulLoser if they end up on the losing side.
side]], they will [[FaceDeathWithDignity accept their fate with dignity]].



If the Social Darwinist doesn't suffer a KarmicDeath, the heroes "disprove" his might-makes-right philosophy by demonstrating the ThePowerOfFriendship[[note]]In fact, actual evolutionary scientists posit ThePowerOfFriendship and general co-operation as the best survival strategy for most people most of the time, not to mention an evolutionary strategy that the human species specifically evolved to exploit[[/note]]: either by ganging up and beating the crap out of him and his cronies, or by the leader of the group (often the AllLovingHero) doing it himself while repeatedly driving home that he's fighting for his friends. A particularly profound way this to happen is to have the character beaten by a character who is either a visible minority the Social Darwinist considers inferior or has glaring [[DisabilitySuperpower physical or mental handicaps]].

Less often, a sincere Social Darwinist will often begin to [[DefeatMeansRespect respect the heroes]] after their defeat; they may turn into a WorthyOpponent or even become a NobleBigot as they struggle with their beliefs and begrudgingly admit that a group they had considered inferior does in fact have worthy people among them. Their beliefs might be a TragicFlaw if they were drilled into them from a young age or they [[HadToBeSharp actually had to live in some viciously hostile place where their views were justified]].

Compare EvilutionaryBiologist, EvilEvolves, and KillThePoor and SlobsVersusSnobs. Sometimes overlaps with [[Creator/AynRand Objectivism]] and the "{{Ubermensch}}" concept. There's a bit of this trope in the SatisfiedStreetRat. Likewise, characters with a DarwinistDesire are usually only interested in applying social Darwinism on themselves and their offspring rather than imposing it on society, though both tropes can overlap in the same character. Compare and contrast LivingIsMoreThanSurviving - Social Darwinist will variably put either survival or quality of life on top of others.

Note that UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin himself would not be amused by all these people and the way they interpreted his works; he proposed nothing of the sort, and the idea predated him by centuries. (And while Darwin ''did'' believe that the Caucasian race had evolved further than other races, his racism was based not on arrogance or sociopathy; [[ScienceMarchesOn it was simply where the conclusions of his research led him]]. At the time his insistence that all humans were the same ''species'' was controversial.) You never see a social Darwinist treating societies in the same way a real Darwinist treats species: Darwinists are interested in maintaining biodiversity, and Darwinism is a ''description'' of the way species work, not a ''prescription'' for which species should live or die. See AppealToNature for the fallacy of using "nature" to prescribe any behavior (moral, immoral or not), and also see [[Analysis/TheSocialDarwinist the Analysis page for this trope]] for more information on that. This did not stop Social Darwinism from becoming a fairly mainstream philosophy from the Victorian era to WWII, when it became [[GodwinsLaw associated with the Nazis]]; this association contributed greatly to its loss of popularity. However, the emergence of [[CulturePolice culture war politics]] in the late 20th century appears to have won new adherents to the philosophy.

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If the Social Darwinist doesn't suffer a KarmicDeath, the heroes "disprove" his might-makes-right philosophy by demonstrating the ThePowerOfFriendship[[note]]In fact, actual evolutionary scientists posit that ThePowerOfFriendship and general co-operation as the best survival strategy for most people most of the time, not to mention an evolutionary strategy that the human species specifically evolved to exploit[[/note]]: either by ganging up and beating the crap out of him and his cronies, or by the leader of the group (often the AllLovingHero) doing it himself while repeatedly driving home that he's fighting for his friends. A particularly profound way this to happen is to have the character beaten by a character who is either a visible minority the Social Darwinist considers inferior or has glaring [[DisabilitySuperpower physical or mental handicaps]].

Less often, a sincere Social Darwinist will often begin to [[DefeatMeansRespect respect the heroes]] after their defeat; they may turn into a WorthyOpponent or even become a NobleBigot as they struggle with their beliefs and begrudgingly admit that a group they had considered inferior does in fact have worthy people among them. Their beliefs might be a TragicFlaw if they were drilled into them from a young age or they [[HadToBeSharp actually had to live lived in some viciously hostile place where their views were justified]].

Compare EvilutionaryBiologist, EvilEvolves, and KillThePoor KillThePoor, and SlobsVersusSnobs. Sometimes overlaps with [[Creator/AynRand Objectivism]] and the "{{Ubermensch}}" concept. There's a bit of this trope in the SatisfiedStreetRat. Likewise, characters with a DarwinistDesire are usually only interested in applying social Darwinism on themselves and their offspring rather than imposing it on society, though both tropes can overlap in the same character. Compare and contrast LivingIsMoreThanSurviving - LivingIsMoreThanSurviving; Social Darwinist Darwinists will variably put either survival or quality of life on top of others.

Note that UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin himself would not be amused by all these people and the way they interpreted his works; he proposed nothing of the sort, and the idea predated him by centuries. (And while Darwin ''did'' believe that the Caucasian race had evolved further than other races, his racism was based not on arrogance or sociopathy; [[ScienceMarchesOn it was simply where the conclusions of his research led him]]. At the time time, his insistence that all humans were the same ''species'' was controversial.) You never see a social Darwinist treating societies in the same way a real Darwinist treats species: Darwinists are interested in maintaining biodiversity, and Darwinism is a ''description'' of the way species work, not a ''prescription'' for which species should live or die. See AppealToNature for the fallacy of using "nature" to prescribe any behavior (moral, immoral or not), and also see [[Analysis/TheSocialDarwinist the Analysis page for this trope]] for more information on that. This did not stop Social Darwinism from becoming a fairly mainstream philosophy from the Victorian era to WWII, when it became [[GodwinsLaw associated with the Nazis]]; this association contributed greatly to its loss of popularity. However, the emergence of [[CulturePolice culture war politics]] in the late 20th century appears to have won new adherents to the philosophy.



* Averted with the TropeNamer: Darwin himself, later in his life, went at length explaining why this trope was wrong. First was that we do not know what traits that humanity needs to survive in the future; what is an "unfit" trait today may not be so tomorrow, so purging any "undesirables" could and would weaken us as a species. Second was that HumansAreSpecial and even if you come from a long line of "undesirables" you can rise above it. Like if a person comes from a long line of uneducated people and then goes on to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

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* As all of the below entries show, [[RealityEnsues this trope doesn't work in]] RealLife. It doesn't matter how much better, stronger, faster, or smarter you are; if you piss off everyone else to the point where they [[EnemyMine gang up on you]], [[ZergRush you're screwed]].[[note]]Not to mention there's AlwaysABiggerFish.[[/note]] Most evolutionary biologists are certain that the two traits that enabled humanity to conquer the planet are tool use and a greater ability to cooperate and coordinate than any other species.[[note]]That probably explains why HumansAreLeaders is so prevalent in fiction.[[/note]] Sometimes, being "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord better, stronger, faster or smarter]]" in a more non-traditional sense is the key to survival (If the key were charisma, for example, then being able to scare people into obedience, being able to quickly detect when the social situation is changing against you, and being able to plan how to use those in order to have people gang up on your opponents at your will would qualify you as "better, stronger, faster, or smarter").
* Averted with the TropeNamer: Darwin himself, later in his life, went at length explaining why this trope was wrong. First was that we do not know what traits that humanity needs to survive in the future; what is an "unfit" trait today may not be so tomorrow, so purging any "undesirables" could and would weaken us as a species. Second was that HumansAreSpecial and even if you come from a long line of "undesirables" "undesirables", [[TookALevelInBadass you can rise above it. Like it]], e.g. if a person comes from a long line of [[BookDumb uneducated people people]] and then goes on to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.



* UsefulNotes/NaziGermany famously used social Darwinism to justify various atrocities and as part of their propaganda. A quote attributed to Hitler was: "Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong." He carried this to its logical conclusion when he lost. Because Germany's enemies won he thought that they were obviously superior racially, so he tried to destroy Germany ''itself'' in the last months of the war. Thankfully, saner heads prevailed and his orders weren't carried out.
* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the south." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to restrict their economic and political rights. Social darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the Southerners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe they could actually be the losing side.]]

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* UsefulNotes/NaziGermany famously used social Darwinism to justify various atrocities and as part of their propaganda. A quote attributed to Hitler was: "Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong." He carried this to its logical conclusion when he lost. Because lost: because Germany's enemies won won, he thought that they were obviously superior racially, so he tried to destroy Germany ''itself'' in the last months of the war. Thankfully, saner heads prevailed and his orders weren't carried out.
* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the south.South." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement restrict their economic and political rights. rights]]. Social darwinism Darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the Southerners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe they could actually be the losing side.]]



*** The other issue that was the undoing of Sparta is that their state would not exist without being held up by slave labor. With the men being soldiers and the women staying at home to bear children, the rest of the tasks all had to be done by slaves. If there were ever a slave revolt (and there was, quite often), the Spartans would have to drop everything to get the slaves back under control, then raid nearby villages to replace the slaves they inevitably killed. Without their slaves, Sparta collapsed rather quickly.

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*** The other issue that was the undoing of Sparta is that [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect their state would not exist without being held up by slave labor.labor]]. With the men being soldiers and the women staying at home to bear children, the rest of the tasks all had to be done by slaves. If there were ever a slave revolt (and there was, quite often), the Spartans would have to drop everything to get the slaves back under control, then raid nearby villages to replace the slaves they inevitably killed. Without their slaves, Sparta collapsed rather quickly.



* The Vitality Curve strategy in corporation HR, or "rank and yank", where 10% of the work force is sacked every year to get rid of the worst performing employees. In reality, after a couple of years you tend to run out of genuinely incompetent staff, and continuing this policy leads to unnecessary corporate politicking and significant problems with workplace morale and performance, instead of improvements in the workforce. Enron was one corporation that implemented this policy, creating a culture where presenting an appearance of success became far more important than actually serving the best interests of the company.

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* The Vitality Curve strategy in corporation HR, or "rank and yank", where 10% of the work force is sacked every year to get rid of the worst performing employees. employees (similar to what [[Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss Mitch & Murray]] tried to do). In reality, after a couple of years years, you tend to run out of genuinely incompetent staff, staff and are left with what essentially becomes SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder, and continuing this policy leads to unnecessary corporate politicking and significant problems with workplace morale and performance, performance instead of improvements in the workforce. Enron was one corporation that implemented this policy, creating a culture where presenting an appearance of success became far more important than actually serving the best interests of the company.



* As all of the above in this folder shows, this trope doesn't work in RealLife. It doesn't matter how much better, stronger, faster, or smarter you are; if you piss off everyone else to the point where they gang up on you, you're screwed.[[note]]Not to mention there's AlwaysABiggerFish.[[/note]] Most evolutionary biologists are certain that the two traits that enabled humanity to conquer the planet are tool use and a greater ability to cooperate and coordinate than every other species.
** Maybe being "better, stronger, faster or smarter" also means having the better charisma, being able to scare people into obedience, being able to quickly detect when the social situation is changing against you, and being able to plan how to use the first three in order to have people gang up on your opponents at your will.
* Both sides of the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment argument [[NotSoDifferent often accuse the other side of being this]].
* There are people out there who claim that the victims of things from bullying to rape deserve what they get. If they were strong enough to defend themselves, they wouldn't have been attacked [[FridgeLogic (by this logic, all the children throughout the world should be dead)]].
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Eric Harris]], One of the two Columbine shooters, believed wholeheartedly in this trope, going so far as to write the words "Natural Selection" on a t-shirt he wore the day of the massacre.

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* As all of the above in this folder shows, this trope doesn't work in RealLife. It doesn't matter how much better, stronger, faster, or smarter you are; if you piss off everyone else to the point where they gang up on you, you're screwed.[[note]]Not to mention there's AlwaysABiggerFish.[[/note]] Most evolutionary biologists are certain that the two traits that enabled humanity to conquer the planet are tool use and a greater ability to cooperate and coordinate than every other species.
** Maybe being "better, stronger, faster or smarter" also means having the better charisma, being able to scare people into obedience, being able to quickly detect when the social situation is changing against you, and being able to plan how to use the first three in order to have people gang up on your opponents at your will.
* Both sides of the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment argument [[NotSoDifferent [[TheHorseshoeEffect often accuse the other side of being this]].
* There are people out there who claim that [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming the victims of things from bullying to rape deserve what they get. If get]], because if they were strong enough to defend themselves, they wouldn't have been attacked attacked. [[FridgeLogic (by By this logic, all the children throughout the world should be dead)]].
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* [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Eric Harris]], Harris, One of the two Columbine UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} shooters, believed wholeheartedly in this trope, going so far as to write the words "Natural Selection" on a t-shirt he wore the day of the massacre.
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** Maybe being "better, stronger, faster or smarter" also means having the better charisma, being able to scare people into obedience, being able to quickly detect when the social situation is changing against you, and being able to plan how to use the first three in order to have people gang up on your opponents at your will.
24th Jan '17 2:16:05 PM Willbyr
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* Tomonori Komori from ''{{Narutaru}}'' is a sociopathic teenager who finds the modern world overly complicated, and so he intends to use his {{Mon}} to kill the educated and the sickly, effectively turning things back to the Stone Age, to create what he claims would be a healthy, pure society. [[spoiler:Ironically, it's revealed some time after his death that he had a sickly mother he was taking care of, and that he wasn't the healthiest of boys himself. He must've been bitter]].

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* Tomonori Komori from ''{{Narutaru}}'' ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' is a sociopathic teenager who finds the modern world overly complicated, and so he intends to use his {{Mon}} to kill the educated and the sickly, effectively turning things back to the Stone Age, to create what he claims would be a healthy, pure society. [[spoiler:Ironically, it's revealed some time after his death that he had a sickly mother he was taking care of, and that he wasn't the healthiest of boys himself. He must've been bitter]].
22nd Jan '17 4:07:40 AM Owlorange1995
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* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the south." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to restrict their economic and political rights. Social darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the SOutherners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe they could actually be the losing side.]]

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* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the south." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to restrict their economic and political rights. Social darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the SOutherners Southerners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe they could actually be the losing side.]]
21st Jan '17 4:20:00 PM Owlorange1995
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* Deconstructed with the Southern states of America that formed the Confederacy. Slaveholders tried to justify their actions by declaring Africans to be an inferior race, with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens even saying that his "country" was built on this "great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." As soon as the Union defeated the Confederacy, however, the Southerners despaired at the damage done to the land and mourned the "lost cause of the south." Fearful of the newly freed slaves, many wasted no time in trying to restrict their economic and political rights. Social darwinism was quickly tossed aside when the SOutherners realized [[ItsAllABoutMe they could actually be the losing side.]]
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