Created By: ClevomonSeptember 8, 2012
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Declaration Of Helsinki Does Not Apply

Mad Scientists seem to love to abuse their human test subjects.

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Stuff gets tested on humans all the time in real life. However, in Fictionland, there doesn't seem to be any body that protects the rights of test subjects. In real life, the Declaration of Nuremberg first established that first and foremost, human test subject must consent to anything done to them. That would probably help avoid a lot of Phlebotinum Rebels in Fictionland. The Declaration of Helsinki later established general principles established to protect the rights of human test subjects, most of which the Mad Scientist never seems to give a fig about.
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  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    Any difference between this and Tested On Humans?
  • September 8, 2012
    Clevomon
    That talks only about testing something on humans. With consent, without consent, it doesn't matter. It doesn't discuss at all the circumstances that most Mad Scientists will stick their human subjects in.

    EDIT: Allow me to add that it is perfectly possible to use human test subjects in a humane fashion. It's done all the time in real life.
  • September 8, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    "Villainous guy does villainous things" isn't a trope I don't think. At most this is an addendum to Mad Scientist.

    Any examples of human test subjects treated inhumanely and that's presented as normal or "okay"? Or, if you disagree with my first statement, examples of this that wouldn't be duplicates of examples on Mad Scientist?
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    @Clevomon Err, not quite. Let me quote from the link: "The Mad Scientist or Big Bad tests or demonstrates his latest weapon, not on beer cans or inoffensive paper targets like any decent gun-nut would, but on live human beings! Definitely a subtrope of Kick The Dog."

    If Tested On Humans was just about products being tested on people, that's not a trope.

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