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7th Feb '16 11:07:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* Notably averted in ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain'' and ''Return From Witch Mountain'', which revolved around the HumanAlien kids being more in danger of exploitation by greedy individuals than dissection by TheMenInBlack. However, it's played straight in the 2008 ''RaceToWitchMountain''.
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* Notably averted in ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain'' and ''Return From Witch Mountain'', which revolved around the HumanAlien kids being more in danger of exploitation by greedy individuals than dissection by TheMenInBlack. However, it's played straight in the 2008 ''RaceToWitchMountain''.''Film/RaceToWitchMountain''.
18th Jan '16 6:53:55 PM Gamermaster
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* Agito, the short-tempered fire fairy from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', can only remember being confined in a lab, which had left her almost completely broken, physically and mentally. According to her, she was only days away from death by exhaustion before being rescued.
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* Agito, the short-tempered fire fairy from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', can only remember being confined in a lab, which had left her almost completely broken, physically and mentally. According to her, she was only days away from death by exhaustion before being rescued.
4th Jan '16 8:45:54 PM Discar
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* ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'': ** The original Rainmaker program was centered on studying superpowers by kidnapping the titular Rainmaker, a boy with no power except to control whether or not it rained. He couldn't even make dangerous lightning storms until his powers got enhanced by a MadScientist. They thought that they could figure out the source of all powers, but couldn't contain any of the actually dangerous supers, so they were forced to use him. Doctor Irons helped/forced him to escape, and the program ground to a halt. ** By the time of the story proper, the government has backed off on this stance, not least because of the failure of that original Rainmaker program. There's also the fact that supers have mostly proven very cooperative if treated with respect. ** When an alien child (later named Prospero) lands at the school, the faculty is worried that the government is going to take him away and perform experiments on him, but the general who showed up points out that the last alien who showed up became the world's most valiant defender when he could have made a pretty good bid to conquer it instead, so they're willing to treat any aliens with respect and courtesy unless given a reason not to.
25th Nov '15 4:09:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''MummyTheCurse'' gives us Last Dynasty Inc., a mega corp that got itself set up after the very fortuitous discovery of an Arisen's tomb. They've found ways to measure [[LifeEnergy Sekhem]] with scientific equipment, and are using it to [[AntiVillain generate cures for cancer, more healthy steroids, and probative attempts at an AIDS vaccine]]. However, the only real sources of Sekhem are the Relics guarded and treasured by the Arisen, and the Arisen themselves, which means they're always on the lookout for new resources...
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* ''MummyTheCurse'' ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'' gives us Last Dynasty Inc., a mega corp that got itself set up after the very fortuitous discovery of an Arisen's tomb. They've found ways to measure [[LifeEnergy Sekhem]] with scientific equipment, and are using it to [[AntiVillain generate cures for cancer, more healthy steroids, and probative attempts at an AIDS vaccine]]. However, the only real sources of Sekhem are the Relics guarded and treasured by the Arisen, and the Arisen themselves, which means they're always on the lookout for new resources...

* In ''BatBoyTheMusical'', this is one of the reasons the sheriff gives for bringing the recently discovered "bat boy" to the local vet, rather than somewhere else.
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* In ''BatBoyTheMusical'', ''Theatre/BatBoyTheMusical'', this is one of the reasons the sheriff gives for bringing the recently discovered "bat boy" to the local vet, rather than somewhere else.
22nd Nov '15 6:19:34 PM nombretomado
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* Averted twice in ''TheSalvationWar'': once, the National Security Advisor attempts to get a succubus so that he can vivisect her, but George W. Bush prevents this -- the succubus had already been offered sanctuary for defecting -- so the advisor has to "make do" with dissecting corpses of daemons killed in war. Later, Abigor offers some of his soldiers so that they can vivisected and humans can understand how demons are on the inside, but the general he is talking to tells him that it would be against their laws and doesn't follow on the offer.
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* Averted twice in ''TheSalvationWar'': ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'': once, the National Security Advisor attempts to get a succubus so that he can vivisect her, but George W. Bush prevents this -- the succubus had already been offered sanctuary for defecting -- so the advisor has to "make do" with dissecting corpses of daemons killed in war. Later, Abigor offers some of his soldiers so that they can vivisected and humans can understand how demons are on the inside, but the general he is talking to tells him that it would be against their laws and doesn't follow on the offer.
10th Oct '15 2:35:33 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Planetary}}/[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] crossover oneshot is set in an alternate reality where the Planetary organization controls the advancement of science and technology the world over. By the time of the story, they've ''already'' cut up [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] and Ray Palmer (the Atom) in order to create super-fast couriers and shrinking technology for ''Fantastic Voyage''-style medical procedures. * NikolaiDante refuses to report back to the the Makarov Dynasty after the Romanov Dynasty Weapon Crest fuses with his body for fear that the Makarovs would cut him up to learn how to design a similar Weapon Crest for themselves.
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* The {{Planetary}}/[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica ComicBook/{{Planetary}}/[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] crossover oneshot is set in an alternate reality where the Planetary organization controls the advancement of science and technology the world over. By the time of the story, they've ''already'' cut up [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] and Ray Palmer (the Atom) in order to create super-fast couriers and shrinking technology for ''Fantastic Voyage''-style medical procedures. * NikolaiDante ComicBook/NikolaiDante refuses to report back to the the Makarov Dynasty after the Romanov Dynasty Weapon Crest fuses with his body for fear that the Makarovs would cut him up to learn how to design a similar Weapon Crest for themselves.
4th Oct '15 7:27:23 PM nombretomado
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* In the UK ''Series/BeingHuman'', the group encounters a zombified girl (who is in total denial of her status and appearance as a rotting corpse). When they go looking into her origins at the hospital they find evidence of several other living dead individuals who met this fate at the hands of doctors and scientists trying to discover what made them tick. The video they find even includes the final disposal of the still aware remains of these individuals (by cremation).
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* In the UK ''Series/BeingHuman'', ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', the group encounters a zombified girl (who is in total denial of her status and appearance as a rotting corpse). When they go looking into her origins at the hospital they find evidence of several other living dead individuals who met this fate at the hands of doctors and scientists trying to discover what made them tick. The video they find even includes the final disposal of the still aware remains of these individuals (by cremation).
24th Sep '15 2:44:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Unwind}}. Literally. And to make this worse this process is legal and organized by the government.
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* {{Unwind}}.Literature/{{Unwind}}. Literally. And to make this worse this process is legal and organized by the government.

** Subverted in ''[[TheEschatonSeries Singularity Sky]]'' when an ignorant citizen of a backwater world asks a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien for a goose that lays golden eggs. No-one thinks about how it works until they start suffering radiation sickness... transmutation in real life is a nuclear process, after all.
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** Subverted in ''[[TheEschatonSeries ''[[Literature/TheEschatonSeries Singularity Sky]]'' when an ignorant citizen of a backwater world asks a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien for a goose that lays golden eggs. No-one thinks about how it works until they start suffering radiation sickness... transmutation in real life is a nuclear process, after all.

* ''{{Larklight}}'' has an interesting version with the backstory of its space pirate captain, who was sent to an institute for studying strange life forms after surviving a deadly and mysterious plague. When he overheard the doctors' plans to dissect him, he gathered the other test subjects and ran for it. In a universe full of colorful and bizarre aliens of every possible shape and peculiarity, his crew is the weirdest thing most people have ever seen.
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* ''{{Larklight}}'' ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'' has an interesting version with the backstory of its space pirate captain, who was sent to an institute for studying strange life forms after surviving a deadly and mysterious plague. When he overheard the doctors' plans to dissect him, he gathered the other test subjects and ran for it. In a universe full of colorful and bizarre aliens of every possible shape and peculiarity, his crew is the weirdest thing most people have ever seen.

* Similarly to the ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' example, the first humans to encounter the aliens in ''Pandora's Star'' by Peter F. Hamilton are dissected. The sequence, told ''from the alien's point of view'', is pure horror even with death being (usually) a minor inconvenience in the Commonwealth.
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* Similarly to the ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' example, the first humans to encounter the aliens in ''Pandora's Star'' ''Literature/PandorasStar'' by Peter F. Hamilton are dissected. The sequence, told ''from the alien's point of view'', is pure horror even with death being (usually) a minor inconvenience in the Commonwealth.

* In China Mieville's ''PerdidoStreetStation'', Isaac visits the garuda [[PettingZooPeople (eagle people)]] ghetto and tries to bribe some of them to come to his lab so he can study them. The garuda leader loudly informs his flock that "they'll take your wings away, kill you dead!" even though Isaac protests that's not his plan. To be fair this is such a crapsack world that this is a reasonable assumption.
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* In China Mieville's ''PerdidoStreetStation'', ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'', Isaac visits the garuda [[PettingZooPeople (eagle people)]] ghetto and tries to bribe some of them to come to his lab so he can study them. The garuda leader loudly informs his flock that "they'll take your wings away, kill you dead!" even though Isaac protests that's not his plan. To be fair this is such a crapsack world that this is a reasonable assumption.

* Flinx of the ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series was [[DesignerBabies genetically manipulated]] by the [[EvilutionaryBiologist Meliorare Society]] as part of their secret program to produce [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke supermen]]. When their [[BodyHorror more spectacular failures]] came to light, they were outlawed and hunted down along with all their experimental subjects. Those that could be "made normal" were corrected; those that could not were destroyed. Despite being superficially normal, Flinx is possessed of strong PsychicPowers, which alone would be enough to get him put in a fishbowl and studied for the rest of his life, but that plus his affiliation with the Meliorares means he is exceedingly careful to reveal his talents only to people he absolutely trusts. Even then, he runs afoul of this trope on several occasions, most specifically in ''Flinx in Flux'', where not just one but two separate antagonists join the hunt -- one to "fix him" and the other to "study him". On several occasions, he also runs afoul of surviving members of the Meliorares who see him as an opportunity for vindication of their cause.
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* Flinx of the ''HumanxCommonwealth'' ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series was [[DesignerBabies genetically manipulated]] by the [[EvilutionaryBiologist Meliorare Society]] as part of their secret program to produce [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke supermen]]. When their [[BodyHorror more spectacular failures]] came to light, they were outlawed and hunted down along with all their experimental subjects. Those that could be "made normal" were corrected; those that could not were destroyed. Despite being superficially normal, Flinx is possessed of strong PsychicPowers, which alone would be enough to get him put in a fishbowl and studied for the rest of his life, but that plus his affiliation with the Meliorares means he is exceedingly careful to reveal his talents only to people he absolutely trusts. Even then, he runs afoul of this trope on several occasions, most specifically in ''Flinx in Flux'', where not just one but two separate antagonists join the hunt -- one to "fix him" and the other to "study him". On several occasions, he also runs afoul of surviving members of the Meliorares who see him as an opportunity for vindication of their cause.

* This is pretty much the reason the Diffy family in PhilOfTheFuture try to hide the fact that they come from the year 2121.
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* This is pretty much the reason the Diffy family in PhilOfTheFuture ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'' try to hide the fact that they come from the year 2121.

* In ''TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', this is one reason that Alex keeps her powers secret. Since the chemical plant really ''does'' want to cut her up and/or kill her lest the knowledge of the chemical's danger get out, her fears are somewhat justified. In the last episode, they do finally catch her, but rather than cut her up, they leave her to die in an exploding chemical plant. Danielle Atron also rubs this trope in Alex's face in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmu1nuyhJkg the last episode]].
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* In ''TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', this is one reason that Alex keeps her powers secret. Since the chemical plant really ''does'' want to cut her up and/or kill her lest the knowledge of the chemical's danger get out, her fears are somewhat justified. In the last episode, they do finally catch her, but rather than cut her up, they leave her to die in an exploding chemical plant. Danielle Atron also rubs this trope in Alex's face in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmu1nuyhJkg the last episode]].

* The aliens of ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' lived in constant fear of this and it was brought up whenever they thought they might be found out. Subverted in that, despite their fears, the idea of them being aliens never occurred to anyone other than [[SpecialGuest Kathy Bates]] and her character was portrayed as insane. This is despite their occasional SuspiciouslySpecificDenial to being aliens. * In the first season of ''{{Roswell}}'', the FBI is pursuing the aliens, presumably to do sinister experiments on them. In the episode ''The White Room'', [[spoiler:Max is captured, and narrowly escapes vivisection after being tortured. Though Pierce, the head of the Special Unit, was after information, not scientific knowledge.]]
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* The aliens of ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' lived in constant fear of this and it was brought up whenever they thought they might be found out. Subverted in that, despite their fears, the idea of them being aliens never occurred to anyone other than [[SpecialGuest Kathy Bates]] and her character was portrayed as insane. This is despite their occasional SuspiciouslySpecificDenial to being aliens. * In the first season of ''{{Roswell}}'', ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', the FBI is pursuing the aliens, presumably to do sinister experiments on them. In the episode ''The White Room'', [[spoiler:Max is captured, and narrowly escapes vivisection after being tortured. Though Pierce, the head of the Special Unit, was after information, not scientific knowledge.]]
15th Sep '15 5:33:46 PM eroock
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-->--'''Ned''', ''Series/PushingDaisies''
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3rd Sep '15 12:03:03 PM MarsJenkar
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Of course, these considerations only apply to scientists who ''intend'' their results to be publicly documented. It can be expected that [[GovernmentConspiracy various black ops]] organizations that either suspect or already know about TheMasquerade won't care at all about any of this. (And [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught crime is only punishable if one is caught]].) So, you'll probably want to do your best not to get caught by them just the same.
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Of course, these considerations only apply to scientists who ''intend'' their results to be publicly documented. It can be expected that [[GovernmentConspiracy various black ops]] organizations that either suspect or already know about TheMasquerade won't care at all about any of this. (And [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught crime is only punishable if one is caught]].) ) Further, who knows ''what'' organizations like these would ''do'' with the knowledge they gain. So, you'll probably want to do your best not to get caught by them just the same.
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