History WhatMeasureIsANonHuman / WesternAnimation

22nd May '17 2:57:20 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]]". Some of them could talk, and the ones who couldn't talk could understand complex speech, 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]].

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* A case of What Measure is a Non-Equine in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies Too Many Pinkie Pies]]". Some of them could talk, and the ones who couldn't talk could still understand complex speech, they were fully capable of learning (particularly the first one that was around longer than the rest) and even felt emotions (again, the first one was devastated that she was missing "fun" events and the last one to be zapped looked [[https://derpibooru.org/450042 notably scared]]), 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]]. A CallBack in a later episode showed that [[https://derpibooru.org/1159462 one escaped]] and has since gone on to make a life for herself in another town, seemingly cementing that they [[ReallyWasBornYesterday Really Were Born Yesterday]] rather than "mindless copies".
1st May '17 8:10:13 AM TrollMan
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** Still, the extent of carnage and violence in which Tartakovsky indulged under sole excuse of this trope is unsettling. It's not just that robots can be killed on-screen - they can be killed in ''horrifying'' ways on screen. They are burned, dissolved in acid, disemboweled in slow-mo, cannibalised and ''devoured alive by a huge monster''. At this they sometimes clearly express emotions, namely pain and horror, and other times they look exactly like living beings right until the moment of death.

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** Still, the extent of carnage and violence in which Tartakovsky indulged under sole excuse of this trope is unsettling. It's not just that robots can be killed on-screen - they can be killed in ''horrifying'' ways on screen. They are burned, dissolved in acid, disemboweled disembowelled in slow-mo, cannibalised cannibalized and ''devoured alive by a huge monster''. At this they sometimes clearly express emotions, namely pain and horror, and other times they look exactly like living beings right until the moment of death.death.
** However, in the DarkerAndEdgier fifth season revival, the trope is deconstructed, as Jack delivers a lethal blow on what he thinks is another one of Aku's robots, only to be shocked when blood spills out instead of oil. The mask of his assailant drops off and underneath is just a normal human being. He later struggles with the knowledge that he killed a real person, and has to convince himself that it's justifiable to kill people in self-defence. Later, the show's tendency to have a seemingly organic being turn out to be a robot when killed was inverted, with what the audience is led to believe is a robot is actually a man in a metal suit, but he still gets killed.
29th Apr '17 10:30:47 AM nombretomado
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** To be fair, the people in the movies are unaware of the appliances being alive. ThomasTheTankEngine, on the other hand...(see below).

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** To be fair, the people in the movies are unaware of the appliances being alive. ThomasTheTankEngine, WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine, on the other hand...(see below).
8th Apr '17 7:19:05 PM Shadao
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-> "''We've never killed a human before, have we? Sure, mountains of robot corpses."''
-->-- '''Inner Jack''' mocking Jack's traumatic experience of killing a human being for the first time after 50 years of fighting, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''

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-> "''We've never killed a human before, have we? Sure, mountains '''mountains of robot corpses.''' But this... This was the first human being. Real flesh and blood."''
-->-- '''Inner Jack''' mocking Jack's traumatic experience of killing a human being for the first time after 50 years of fighting, Jack''', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
8th Apr '17 7:16:31 PM Shadao
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-->-- '''Inner Jack''' mocking Jack's traumatic experience of killing a human being for the first time, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''

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-->-- '''Inner Jack''' mocking Jack's traumatic experience of killing a human being for the first time, time after 50 years of fighting, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
8th Apr '17 7:15:28 PM Shadao
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-> "''We've never killed a human before, have we? Sure, mountains of robot corpses."''
-->-- '''Inner Jack''' mocking Jack's traumatic experience of killing a human being for the first time, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
9th Mar '17 9:47:49 AM TommyTiger
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' [[MoralEventHorizon feeds]] a talking worm to his adopted baby scallop.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' [[MoralEventHorizon feeds]] feeds a talking worm to his adopted baby scallop.
25th Jan '17 12:57:36 PM ectostar
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** However, all this may be LifeIsCheap played for laughs. Respect for sentient life in general is pretty poor. In fact, aliens come to Earth to steal noses as an aphrodisiac and nobody really cares, Earth is invaded multiple times over fairly trivial things with zero political fallout, and suicide booths are on almost every corner.

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** However, all this may be LifeIsCheap InsignificantLittleBluePlanet played for laughs. Respect for sentient life in general is pretty poor. In fact, aliens come to Earth to steal noses as an aphrodisiac and nobody really cares, Earth is invaded multiple times over fairly trivial things with zero political fallout, and suicide booths are on almost every corner.
16th Dec '16 2:29:28 PM dotheroar
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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]].

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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 Some of emotions (''especially'' them could talk, and the first one), ones who couldn't talk could understand complex speech, 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]].
23rd Sep '16 9:49:52 PM nombretomado
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** Furthermore (and possibly as a tribute to ''TheBraveLittleToaster'') Professor Farnsworth "teaches the toaster how to love". In a dream sequence he goes so far as to bring it to life, turning it into a raccoon. Everyone else still treats it like an old toaster... might have something to do with the two slots and heating coils that are still in its back.

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** Furthermore (and possibly as a tribute to ''TheBraveLittleToaster'') ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'') Professor Farnsworth "teaches the toaster how to love". In a dream sequence he goes so far as to bring it to life, turning it into a raccoon. Everyone else still treats it like an old toaster... might have something to do with the two slots and heating coils that are still in its back.
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