History WhatMeasureIsANonHuman / VideoGames

19th Jun '16 7:56:32 PM vh1660924
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* Inverted in TransformersDevastation, [[spoiler:Megatron considers human life to be expendable in favor of mechanical life, and is thus confused by Optimus' choice in defending them over the chance of resurrecting their home planet.]]
6th Jun '16 5:43:49 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' draws much of its appeal from subverting this trope as hard as it can. The "monsters" you meet, even those who oppose you, are sympathetic characters with their own motives and AlwaysChaoticEvil is nowhere to be found. If you kill them instead of settling things amicably, the game makes it very clear that [[YouBastard you are doing a very bad thing]], and at the end... [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment you're going to have]] [[MemeticMutation a bad time]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' draws much of its appeal from subverting this trope as hard as it can. The "monsters" you meet, even those who oppose you, are sympathetic characters with their own motives and AlwaysChaoticEvil is nowhere to be found. If you kill them instead of settling things amicably, the game makes it very clear that [[YouBastard you are doing a very bad thing]], and at the end... [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment you're going to have]] [[MemeticMutation a bad time]].time]].
* The central conflict in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' is this regarding the nature of the [[ArtificialHuman Synths]]. Synths are used by the Institute to infiltrate the Commonwealth and act as spies and assassins and also as [[spoiler:slave labour in the Institute's ElaborateUndergroundBase]], and they are indistinguishable from real flesh-and-blood human beings; so much so that ''some characters aren't even aware that they're Synths''. The Institute [[JustAMachine see their creations as little more than really advanced robots and thus treat them as tools]], while the Brotherhood of Steel go as far as to [[NewTechnologyIsEvil see the Synths as dangerous abominations against science]] and seek to destroy them all. The Railroad, by contrast, [[AndroidsArePeopleToo sees the Synths as exactly the same as living, breathing human beings]] and so assists the runaways, hiding them from the Institute and giving them new identities and memories so they can live new lives in Commonwealth society ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero which isn't always the right thing]]). It's left up in the air as to just how sapient, not to mention how dangerous, the Synths really are, so your sympathies could justifiably lie with either of these viewpoints.
24th Apr '16 6:20:12 PM aye_amber
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* ''DigimonWorld2'' takes ''Anime/DigimonTamers''' stance on this issue. The good guys are the people who recognize digimon as sentient beings, our equals and our partners. They knock out other digimon, they don't kill them. The Blood Knights are the bad guys by virtue of massacring digimon, treating them like slaves and tools to be used, and killing them when they've outlived their usefulness. Even the Black Swords, who are more self absorbed and closer to AntiHero territory than the other factions, still find their treatment of digimon disgusting.

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* ''DigimonWorld2'' ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld2'' takes ''Anime/DigimonTamers''' stance on this issue. The good guys are the people who recognize digimon as sentient beings, our equals and our partners. They knock out other digimon, they don't kill them. The Blood Knights are the bad guys by virtue of massacring digimon, treating them like slaves and tools to be used, and killing them when they've outlived their usefulness. Even the Black Swords, who are more self absorbed and closer to AntiHero territory than the other factions, still find their treatment of digimon disgusting.
12th Jan '16 6:32:44 PM nombretomado
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* The [[WellIntentionedExtremist H.A.M. Cult]] ([[FunWithAcronyms Humans Against Monsters]]) in ''{{Runescape}}'' practically embodies this trope. They believe that all non-humans are savage beasts and must be destroyed. Among their atrocities are trying to [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon cause the extinction of a benevolent race of cave goblins by flooding their underground city]]]] and creating a race of undead ogres in order to spread disease.[[note]]The previous example on this page was moved to "WhatMeasureIsAMook"[[/note]]

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* The [[WellIntentionedExtremist H.A.M. Cult]] ([[FunWithAcronyms Humans Against Monsters]]) in ''{{Runescape}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' practically embodies this trope. They believe that all non-humans are savage beasts and must be destroyed. Among their atrocities are trying to [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon cause the extinction of a benevolent race of cave goblins by flooding their underground city]]]] and creating a race of undead ogres in order to spread disease.[[note]]The previous example on this page was moved to "WhatMeasureIsAMook"[[/note]]
4th Jan '16 7:56:38 AM TokoWH
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** [[spoiler:Considering there are only three characters (four if you include the cute talking gunturrets) ''all'' of them are among the game's most popular characters.]]
*** Pfft: ''nobody'' gives a damn about [[HeroicMime Chell]].
29th Dec '15 1:51:55 PM Prometheus117
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* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': Pit has absolutely zero qualms against fighting and potentially killing the various members of the Underworld Army, the Forces of Nature, and the Aurum, but as soon as he discovers that [[spoiler: Dark Lord Gaol was actually a human [[SamusIsAGirl woman]]]] upon defeating them, he's absolutely horrified.

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* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': Pit has absolutely zero qualms against fighting and potentially killing the various members of the Underworld Army, the Forces of Nature, and the Aurum, but as soon as he discovers that [[spoiler: Dark Lord Gaol was actually a human [[SamusIsAGirl woman]]]] upon defeating them, he's absolutely horrified. To be fair though, he's fighting to ''save'' humanity and all of the above are trying to destroy it without any trace of mercy. [[spoiler:Heck, when Palutena ends up [[DemonicPossession possessed by the Chaos Kin]] and orders Skyworld's troops to start attacking humans and Pit, he takes them down without remorse either]].
27th Nov '15 6:38:30 PM Adept
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** ''{{Final Fantasy XIII}}'': L'Cie, humans '[[BlessedWithSuck blessed]]' by fal'Cie, are frequently regarded as 'not even human', despite the fact that they are still very much human in body and mind, they're just able to use magic and have a PowerTattoo to show for it. This attitude is most likely born of the government's rampant paranoia concerning Pulse and all things related.

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** ''{{Final Fantasy XIII}}'': ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': L'Cie, humans '[[BlessedWithSuck blessed]]' by fal'Cie, are frequently regarded as 'not even human', despite the fact that they are still very much human in body and mind, they're just able to use magic and have a PowerTattoo to show for it. This attitude is most likely born of the government's rampant paranoia concerning Pulse and all things related.
15th Nov '15 3:08:39 PM StFan
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* Inverted in ''CadillacsAndDinosaurs'' the arcade game. Humans can be blown up violently and gorily and the death of the one innocent human shown in the game doesn't get the same dramatic reaction from the hero(es) as does the death and imprisonment of several dinosaurs, who, for unknown reasons, will always simply return to their previous calm colors and walk away from any and all punishment you throw their way, up to and including firing an RPG directly at them. It's almost as if PETA had a hand in the game....

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* Inverted in ''CadillacsAndDinosaurs'' ''VideoGame/CadillacsAndDinosaurs'' the arcade game. Humans can be blown up violently and gorily and the death of the one innocent human shown in the game doesn't get the same dramatic reaction from the hero(es) as does the death and imprisonment of several dinosaurs, who, for unknown reasons, will always simply return to their previous calm colors and walk away from any and all punishment you throw their way, up to and including firing an RPG directly at them. It's almost as if PETA had a hand in the game....
8th Nov '15 3:55:10 PM AtticusOmundson
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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' explores this with the inhabitants of Rapture, most notably the Little Sisters. While Atlas argues that they are nothing more than monsters that look like [[CreepyChild sweet, innocent girls]], Tenenbaum thinks of them as her children, and refuses to see harm come to them, even going as far as developing an antidote so as to turn them back to humans.
1st Nov '15 4:30:24 PM nombretomado
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* In the Good ending of ''PhantasyStar'' Portable, [[spoiler: the only reason Vivienne isn't scrapped is because nobody knows what to label her as.]]
* This is the central theme of the ''MegaManZero series''. However, even it is guilty of using human aesthetics to garner sympathy for the key players. Like the X series before it, every reploid that isn't a mook looks almost indistinguishable from a human, with animal/more machine-like reploids attaining MauveShirt status at most.

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* In the Good ending of ''PhantasyStar'' Portable, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarPortable'', [[spoiler: the only reason Vivienne isn't scrapped is because nobody knows what to label her as.]]
* This is the central theme of the ''MegaManZero ''VideoGame/MegaManZero series''. However, even it is guilty of using human aesthetics to garner sympathy for the key players. Like the X series before it, every reploid that isn't a mook looks almost indistinguishable from a human, with animal/more machine-like reploids attaining MauveShirt status at most.
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