History WhatMeasureIsANonHuman / WesternAnimation

27th Aug '16 8:12:44 AM erforce
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* Really glaring in the "GuardiansOfTheGalaxy" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''. Spidey, a firm believer of ThouShaltNotKill, has absolutely ''zero'' problem with the Guardians slaughtering the Chitauri and leaving Korvac to die in his exploding ship.

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* Really glaring in the "GuardiansOfTheGalaxy" "Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''. Spidey, a firm believer of ThouShaltNotKill, has absolutely ''zero'' problem with the Guardians slaughtering the Chitauri and leaving Korvac to die in his exploding ship.
17th Aug '16 12:00:59 AM wmyork
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'': Every human character, good or bad, is shown jumping, swimming or parachuting from his or her vehicle just before it explodes. Robot soldiers, on the other hand, are destroyed regularly.
27th Jun '16 1:24:13 PM VampireBuddha
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* Comes up at times with regard to robots in ''Westernanimation/{{Phantom 2040}}''. Heisenberg, the first robot to clearly gain sentience, goes on a long personal journey to figure out his place in the world. Later on, he defends Pavlova from being reprogrammed, stating outright that if she can express the desire to maintain her own mind, she is at least philosophically human. Pavlova herself subsequently argues against deleting [[spoiler:Mister Cairo's]] personality, since even if his intelligence is artificial, it would still be murder.

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* Comes up at times with regard to robots in ''Westernanimation/{{Phantom 2040}}''. Heisenberg, the first robot to clearly gain sentience, goes on a long personal journey to figure out his place in the world. Later on, he defends Pavlova from being reprogrammed, stating outright that if she can express the desire to maintain her own mind, she is at least philosophically human. Pavlova herself subsequently argues against deleting [[spoiler:Mister Cairo's]] personality, since even if his intelligence is artificial, it would still be murder. Heisenberg later starts spreading self-awareness to other robots.
26th Jun '16 9:04:20 PM Monsund
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** In the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Optimus Prime uses a device called "Dominator Disks" to force the Constructicons to help him against their will. As TFwiki stats:
-->'''TFwiki:'''Prime sure goes along with the notion of enslaving one of his enemies pretty readily, huh? What happened to his ol' "Freedom is the Right of All Sentient Beings" schtick?
23rd Jun '16 2:10:59 PM VampireBuddha
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* Comes up at times with regard to robots in ''Westernanimation/{{Phantom 2040}}''. Heisenberg, the first robot to clearly gain sentience, goes on a long personal journey to figure out his place in the world. Later on, he defends Pavlova from being reprogrammed, stating outright that if she can express the desire to maintain her own mind, she is at least philosophically human. Pavlova herself subsequently argues against deleting [[spoiler:Mister Cairo's]] personality, since even if his intelligence is artificial, it would still be murder.
13th Jun '16 3:36:43 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' plays around with this trope in the form of why the Crystal Gems are on Earth. Initially it seems like they are there to just protect humanity and they fight a series of nightmarish monsters to ensure that they don't harm people. However, as the series progresses, it becomes far more apparent that the Crystal Gems are more indebted and in-service to the ''planet'' and not just humanity (as they consider all the life on Earth sacred), and the reveal [[spoiler: that the monsters they've been fighting are corrupted forms of their own species that they have no method to heal blurs the line on just how "human" their adversaries are.]] Later gets [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig Zagged]] when [[spoiler: Homeworld Gems start showing up as adversaries, who are treated with just as much hostility as the monstrous enemies despite being humanoid.]]

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** ''Steven Universe''
plays around with this trope in the form of why the Crystal Gems are on Earth. Initially it seems like they are there to just protect humanity and they fight a series of nightmarish monsters to ensure that they don't harm people. However, as the series progresses, it becomes far more apparent that the Crystal Gems are more indebted and in-service to the ''planet'' and not just humanity (as they consider all the life on Earth sacred), and the reveal [[spoiler: that the monsters they've been fighting are corrupted forms of their own species that they have no method to heal blurs the line on just how "human" their adversaries are.]] Later gets [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig Zagged]] when [[spoiler: Homeworld Gems start showing up as adversaries, who are treated with just as much hostility as the monstrous enemies despite being humanoid.]]


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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''. Cyborg is perfectly fine with being a cyborg. This trope gets parodied in "Let's Get Serious". When complaining that the others are too goofy and one-dimensional, Robin points out that Cyborg "should" feel conflicted on whether he is human or not. After everyone becomes serious, Cyborg spends the rest of the episode feeling angsty about his existence.
18th Apr '16 9:47:48 PM Blazer
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'', Superman is forced to vaporize an entire army of Doomsdays to save the rest of Amazons. He drops to his knees in exhaustion and is remorseful that he killed living creatures, even if they ''were'' Doomsday clones. Wonder Woman ends up telling him that they weren't really living as they didn't really bleed.
15th Mar '16 12:22:39 AM gophergiggles
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* A case of What Measure is a Non-Equine in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies Too Many Pinkie Pies]]". They seemed to be sentient with a full range of emotions (''especially'' the first one), but the ponies didn't even think twice about zapping them into oblivion. Needless to say, some of the FanArt and FanFiction about the episode is downright [[NightmareFuel terrifying]], with some fans going far enough to consider it the [[MoralEventHorizon most evil act in the entire series]].
12th Mar '16 4:13:11 PM ading
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* A case of What Measure is a Non-Equine in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies Too Many Pinkie Pies]]". They seemed to be sentient with a full range of emotions (''especially'' the first one), but the ponies didn't even think twice about zapping them into oblivion. Needless to say, some of the FanArt and FanFiction about the episode is downright [[NightmareFuel terrifying]], with some fans going far enough to consider it the [[MoralEventHorizon most evil act in the entire series]].
29th Jan '16 10:11:40 AM gophergiggles
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DougsFirstMovie'', the way the Robo Crusher is gunned down is surprisingly cruel and graphic, and entirely PlayedForLaughs. During his review of it, ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' points out that it's actually hard to watch ''and'' that he feels incredibly sorry for it.
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