Master Race


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Rather than just feeling Fantastic Racism towards a particular group, these people look down on everyone who isn't them. They'll likely be The Empire or The Horde (generally led by an Evil Overlord or a charismatic President Evil), and might possibly be Always Chaotic Evil, though it's also possible most of them are simply fed on propaganda rather than seriously believing this. In any case, they'll hold to an ideology based around the idea that they and they alone deserve to rule the world/universe, and everyone else needs to fall into line or be exterminated. In extreme cases, they may simply want to exterminate everyone else without bothering to dominate them.

See also Scary Dogmatic Aliens, and there will likely be in- or out-of universe comparisons made to Those Wacky Nazis. If said comparisons are explicitly in-universe, they'll likely be Putting on the Reich. May show up as a central teaching of the Religion of Evil or Path of Inspiration. Contrast Superior Species, where the work itself presents a race as inherently better. Will generally show up as villains in works that are preaching An Aesop against racism.

Note- does not apply to races or cultures who think they're superior but have no interest in conquering the outside world. The Master Race wants to master the rest of the world, not be apart from it.

Examples:

  • Real Life- most infamously, this was the whole basis of Nazi (Trope Namer) and white supremicist ideology, and racial supremacist ideology in general.
  • Deconstructed with the Dunedain in the backstory for The Lord of the Rings (adapted from the Atlantis myth)- in many ways they are superior to other races of men, which leads them to ultimately turn themselves into The Empire, as well as arrogant and corrupt. Then their king makes Sauron his chief advisor, and he plays on these factors to lead the Dunedain to ruin. By the time of Lord of the Rings there are very few pureblood Dunedain left, and their cutlure exists in an After the End of their own making.
  • The more conservative pureblood families of wizards from Harry Potter view themselves this way in Harry Potter; Voldemort, whose reasons for hating muggles are much more personal in nature, plays on this to attract followers.
  • The Yuuzhan Vong see all other species as scum to be forcibly converted to the Great Doctrine or exterminated.
    • One of the underlying philosophies of The Empire in the original Star Wars movies was that of High Human Culture- basically, the idea that humans were the superior species. It's unclear how much Palpatine really bought into this, and how much of it was to entice the ambitions of his subordinates.
  • Pretty much everything in Warhammer40000 that's intelligent enough to be political and isn't straight up omnicidal Always Chaotic Evil either belongs to or is subjected by one of these.
  • The Fire Nation from Avatar: The Last Airbender .
  • The elves in Eight Bit Theater.
  • Elves in many settings have a habit of seeing themselves as superior, but most would rather hide from the world rather than conquer it. There are exceptions, however, including most flavors of Dark Elf and The Death Gate Cycle's Tribus Elves.
  • The Daleks from Doctor Who.
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