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28th Sep '15 2:48:43 PM PixelKnight
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** Tsukiko, a mystic theurge who joins Team Evil, believes and treats undead like people, and, ahem, [[ILoveTheDead loves them]]. She even calls them her "children." Redcloak, however, points out that the undead are just "weapons" made of bones and flesh and dark energy. He proves his point by [[spoiler: seizing control over Tsukiko's "children" with Command Undead, ordering them to restrain and drain her life, eat her corpse, and then destroy themselves. They happily comply.]]
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** Tsukiko, a mystic theurge who joins Team Evil, believes and treats undead like people, and, ahem, [[ILoveTheDead loves them]]. She even calls them her "children." Redcloak, however, points out that the undead are just "weapons" made of bones and flesh and dark energy. He proves his point by [[spoiler: seizing control over Tsukiko's "children" with Command Undead, ordering them to restrain and drain her life, eat her corpse, and then destroy themselves. They happily comply.comply, leading to some pretty [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0830.html nightmare-inducing lines]] from Tsukiko.]]
1st Sep '15 6:41:42 AM Kakai
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* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' with SuperSoldier {{Cyborg}} [[Franchise/MetalGear Raiden]]'s struggles with [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/the-straw-that-broke-the-robocamels-exoskeleton captchas]].
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* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' with SuperSoldier {{Cyborg}} [[Franchise/MetalGear Raiden]]'s struggles with [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/the-straw-that-broke-the-robocamels-exoskeleton captchas]].captchas]]. * In ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'', the police treats werewolf as a non-human beast that should be locked up and the mob tries to kill him even before that.
24th Jun '15 10:58:25 PM intastiel
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-->'''Dakota''': "I don't know why they needed to do that. I mean, they were creatures, but they were like people too. 'Nooo, you have defeated me...' Boom."
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-->'''Dakota''': "I don't know why they needed to do that. I mean, they were creatures, but they were like people too. 'Nooo, you have defeated me...' Boom."" * Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' with SuperSoldier {{Cyborg}} [[Franchise/MetalGear Raiden]]'s struggles with [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/the-straw-that-broke-the-robocamels-exoskeleton captchas]].
15th Mar '15 8:15:55 AM ading
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&&* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'''s "Edwin" storyline. Sam gets called out on this by Detective Morris.
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&&* %%* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'''s "Edwin" storyline. Sam gets called out on this by Detective Morris.
15th Mar '15 8:15:36 AM ading
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* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'''s "Edwin" storyline. Sam gets called out on this by Detective Morris.
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* &&* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'''s "Edwin" storyline. Sam gets called out on this by Detective Morris.
27th Feb '15 11:09:59 PM mlsmithca
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* Aversion: In ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', when Joyce kills her EvilTwin (who has only existed for hours), her friends in SEMME are forced to [[strike:immediately]] eventually arrest her for murder. She eventually gets off of it, but not because of the value of the clone's life.
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* Aversion: In ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', when Joyce kills her EvilTwin (who has only existed for hours), her friends in SEMME are forced to [[strike:immediately]] eventually arrest her for murder. She eventually gets off of it, but not because of the value of the clone's life.

*** Even when not, [[strike:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0707.html the only Good goblins]]]]...
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*** Even when not, [[strike:[[http://www.[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0707.html the only Good goblins]]]]...goblins]]...
27th Feb '15 11:17:07 AM TheUnsquished
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* ''[[{{Goblins}} Goblins: Life through their Eyes]]'' is about a clan of Goblins who have to deal with the fact that they are essentially walking chunks of [[ExperiencePoints XP]] for [[CharacterLevel first-level]] heroes.
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* ''[[{{Goblins}} ''[[Webcomic/{{Goblins}} Goblins: Life through their Eyes]]'' is about a clan of Goblins who have to deal with the fact that they are essentially walking chunks of [[ExperiencePoints XP]] for [[CharacterLevel first-level]] heroes.

* Completely averted in ''AMiracleOfScience''. Artificial Intelligences are considered people, both legally and ethically. Especially notable since the EvilPlan of the MadScientist they're hunting is to TakeOverTheWorld using a robot army. Even though he's a villain and thus exempt from the moral standards held by the protagonists and society in large, he still treats his creations with respect and [[GenreSavvy actually listens to their advice]].
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* Completely averted in ''AMiracleOfScience''.''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience''. Artificial Intelligences are considered people, both legally and ethically. Especially notable since the EvilPlan of the MadScientist they're hunting is to TakeOverTheWorld using a robot army. Even though he's a villain and thus exempt from the moral standards held by the protagonists and society in large, he still treats his creations with respect and [[GenreSavvy actually listens to their advice]].

* {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://nonadventures.com/2008/05/31/bad-to-the-clone/ this strip]] of ''TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. Wonderella's a HeroicComedicSociopath, and Dr. Shark is a [[FriendlyEnemy Friendly Villain]], so this type of behavior is perfectly normal for them. A clone [[http://nonadventures.com/2008/05/31/bad-to-the-clone/ is fine too]].
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* {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://nonadventures.com/2008/05/31/bad-to-the-clone/ this strip]] of ''TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''.''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. Wonderella's a HeroicComedicSociopath, and Dr. Shark is a [[FriendlyEnemy Friendly Villain]], so this type of behavior is perfectly normal for them. A clone [[http://nonadventures.com/2008/05/31/bad-to-the-clone/ is fine too]].

* In ''{{Gnoph}}'', the Gnoph symbiotes were created to be organic computers. While some of them are sentient, they are generally not regarded as such. In the most notable instance, a doctor casually murders a Gnoph [[MauveShirt which has become quite sympathetic to the audience]] and then is bewildered by the heroes' horrified reactions. To her, it was just like throwing away an obsolete computer: "I've seen guys be that emotional over cars, but never a gnoph. It was as though I killed his dog or something." The doctor genuinely didn't know the Gnoph was sentient, but is also portrayed as being [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate unethical and amoral]], and in any case the heroes are [[UnstoppableRage very upset]] over the death. ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Very]]''. * The trope shows up repeatedly in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' with the artificial beings Molly, Galatea, and Roofus. Bob and Jean treat them as fully human, but other characters (especially [[TheMenInBlack Agent Ben and Agent Jerry)]] often do not. The trope is also subverted in that the alien Nemesites, who have [[AncientConspiracy legally owned Earth since before the dawn of man,]] consider ''humans'' to be wildlife (because we don't have interstellar spacecraft) and the whole planet to be a nature preserve. * Deconstructed in ''AlienDice'' as more of a 'what measure is a sentient being with free will?' The Dice (semi-sentient creatures such as cats who are transformed into self aware creatures), despite sometimes displaying intelligence greater than their owners, are used, recycled, and in some cases destroyed because it's convenient for the owners. Even more atrocious is the dehumanization of the Indentured Players (who are sentient aliens turned into Dice), who ''lose the right to choose mates or claim their offspring'', among other things. Some characters see the Dice as ''sentient'', but others see them little more than objects to be used at will. * A major portion of the backplot of ''{{Terinu}}'' as one of the secrets of the rebellion against the Varn was the destruction of their source of power. Which just happened to be composed of cute little humanoids uplifted from animals. Though designed to be subservient, the Ferin were sentient beings, and the wholesale slaughter by the humans was essentially a genocide.
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* In ''{{Gnoph}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Gnoph}}'', the Gnoph symbiotes were created to be organic computers. While some of them are sentient, they are generally not regarded as such. In the most notable instance, a doctor casually murders a Gnoph [[MauveShirt which has become quite sympathetic to the audience]] and then is bewildered by the heroes' horrified reactions. To her, it was just like throwing away an obsolete computer: "I've seen guys be that emotional over cars, but never a gnoph. It was as though I killed his dog or something." The doctor genuinely didn't know the Gnoph was sentient, but is also portrayed as being [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate unethical and amoral]], and in any case the heroes are [[UnstoppableRage very upset]] over the death. ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Very]]''. * The trope shows up repeatedly in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' with the artificial beings Molly, Galatea, and Roofus. Bob and Jean treat them as fully human, but other characters (especially [[TheMenInBlack Agent Ben and Agent Jerry)]] often do not. The trope is also subverted in that the alien Nemesites, who have [[AncientConspiracy legally owned Earth since before the dawn of man,]] consider ''humans'' to be wildlife (because we don't have interstellar spacecraft) and the whole planet to be a nature preserve. * Deconstructed in ''AlienDice'' ''Webcomic/AlienDice'' as more of a 'what measure is a sentient being with free will?' The Dice (semi-sentient creatures such as cats who are transformed into self aware creatures), despite sometimes displaying intelligence greater than their owners, are used, recycled, and in some cases destroyed because it's convenient for the owners. Even more atrocious is the dehumanization of the Indentured Players (who are sentient aliens turned into Dice), who ''lose the right to choose mates or claim their offspring'', among other things. Some characters see the Dice as ''sentient'', but others see them little more than objects to be used at will. * A major portion of the backplot of ''{{Terinu}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'' as one of the secrets of the rebellion against the Varn was the destruction of their source of power. Which just happened to be composed of cute little humanoids uplifted from animals. Though designed to be subservient, the Ferin were sentient beings, and the wholesale slaughter by the humans was essentially a genocide.

* Subverted in ''{{Minus}}'' [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus38.html here]], where she ends up apologizing. * ''SamAndFuzzy'''s "Edwin" storyline. Sam gets called out on this by Detective Morris.
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* Subverted in ''{{Minus}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Minus}}'' [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus38.html here]], where she ends up apologizing. * ''SamAndFuzzy'''s ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'''s "Edwin" storyline. Sam gets called out on this by Detective Morris.

* Lampshaded in KeychainOfCreation, where Misho (a [[FriendToAllLivingThings Compassion 5]] Solar {{Exalted}}) has no problems with killing goblins, and is called out on this. In his own words, [[JustifiedTrope goblins are the nightmares of small children given flesh]]. * {{Newshounds}} has [[http://newshounds.keenspot.com/d/20100607.html Alistair, a cat, trying to get Sam, a dog, equal rights after Sam had a house arrest sentence extended]] * In ''OffWhite'', when a group of sledders became closed in [[spoiler: and ran out of food, the sapient dogs were the [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty first to go]] because of this trope.]] One of the sledders even says "people are always more important."
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* Lampshaded in KeychainOfCreation, ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', where Misho (a [[FriendToAllLivingThings Compassion 5]] Solar {{Exalted}}) TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}) has no problems with killing goblins, and is called out on this. In his own words, [[JustifiedTrope goblins are the nightmares of small children given flesh]]. * {{Newshounds}} ''Webcomic/{{Newshounds}}'' has [[http://newshounds.keenspot.com/d/20100607.html Alistair, a cat, trying to get Sam, a dog, equal rights after Sam had a house arrest sentence extended]] * In ''OffWhite'', ''Webcomic/OffWhite'', when a group of sledders became closed in [[spoiler: and ran out of food, the sapient dogs were the [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty first to go]] because of this trope.]] One of the sledders even says "people are always more important."

* The {{Mons}} featured in ButImACatPerson have personalities that change from owner to owner, limited free will, and compulsive obedience. Different characters may argue they should be given the same rights as humans, the limited protections of animals, or no more regulation than very sophisticated computers.
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* The {{Mons}} featured in ButImACatPerson ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'' have personalities that change from owner to owner, limited free will, and compulsive obedience. Different characters may argue they should be given the same rights as humans, the limited protections of animals, or no more regulation than very sophisticated computers.

* Project SkinHorse exists to avert this trope. Their job is to ensure that nonhuman sapients get their civil rights too, although successes are... mixed. * ''MagickChicks'' parodies the ''SailorMoon'' example when a former magical girl complains that she never understood ''why'' her evil nemesis's monsters always exploded after being defeated in a manner that makes it quite clear that she really wished they hadn't.
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* Project SkinHorse ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' exists to avert this trope. Their job is to ensure that nonhuman sapients get their civil rights too, although successes are... mixed. * ''MagickChicks'' ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' parodies the ''SailorMoon'' ''Manga/SailorMoon'' example when a former magical girl complains that she never understood ''why'' her evil nemesis's monsters always exploded after being defeated in a manner that makes it quite clear that she really wished they hadn't.
13th Dec '14 6:42:44 PM CyberSkull
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Dr. Bowman is human! (Freefall)
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** Florence identifies her [[MadScientist creator]], [[UpliftedAnimal Dr. Bowman]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02546.htm as human]]. She's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02563.htm not the only one to do so]]. Bowman has made this a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02547.htm standard feature of all of his AIs as a safety measure]].
2nd Aug '14 2:55:22 PM JustKnown
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-->'''Dakota''': "I don't know why they needed to do that. I mean, they were creatures, but they were like people too. 'No, you have defeated me...' Boom."
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-->'''Dakota''': "I don't know why they needed to do that. I mean, they were creatures, but they were like people too. 'No, 'Nooo, you have defeated me...' Boom."
2nd Aug '14 11:42:22 AM JustKnown
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* ''MagickChicks'' parodies the ''SailorMoon'' example when a former magical girl complains that she never understood ''why'' her evil nemesis's AlwaysFemale monsters always exploded after being defeated in a manner that implies that she really wished they hadn't.
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* ''MagickChicks'' parodies the ''SailorMoon'' example when a former magical girl complains that she never understood ''why'' her evil nemesis's AlwaysFemale monsters always exploded after being defeated in a manner that implies makes it quite clear that she really wished they hadn't.hadn't. -->'''Dakota''': "I don't know why they needed to do that. I mean, they were creatures, but they were like people too. 'No, you have defeated me...' Boom."
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