Created By: Jacoby on April 7, 2010
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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.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • March 30, 2010
    MrInitialMan
    Not just white supremacist ideology. You see it in all races. The Chinese thought this way for a long time, too.
  • March 31, 2010
    Medinoc
    • Does Kria Soulstealer from DMFA count?
  • March 31, 2010
    Dcoetzee
  • March 31, 2010
    Warlock
    In The Sharing Knife, the Lakewalkers are (like the Dunedain) the remnants of an old empire that destroyed itself. They still feel they're superior to the Farmers, though not without reason. (Farmers can be taken over by the monsters of the setting, but Lakewalkers can't.)
  • March 31, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • March 31, 2010
    Yej
  • March 31, 2010
    Irrisia
    The Daleks from Dr Who?
  • March 31, 2010
    jason taylor
    Tolkien said somewhere that the Dunedain were partly borrowed from the story of Atlantis.
  • April 1, 2010
    miru
  • April 7, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    In the Star Trek novel Mission to Horatius by Mack Reynolds (the first Star Trek book ever published), a distinction is made on the planet Bavarya between "doppelgangers" and "Herr-elite." Does This Remind You Of Anything?
  • April 7, 2010
    Chabal2
    • It's been a while since I read it, but as I recall, people in Brave New World are divided into castes, with each caste assigned to different duties (industry, defense...) The thing is, they're all brainwashed from birth to be happy in their caste, so each thinks they got the better deal (the workers feel sorry for the upper classes with nothing to do all day, etc.): each caste considers itself to be the Master Race, though without the ideology of conquering the others.
    • According to some, Tolkien's elves have the Unfortunate Implication of being a stand-in for the Aryan race (tall, blue-eyed, advanced civilization...).
  • April 7, 2010
    callsignecho
    Hilariously deconstructed when Jesse Owens (and other black athletes) made their totally unprecedented sweep of events in the 1936 Olympic games, to the sincere delight of the crowds in Berlin. Not so hilarious when Hilter's explanation for their success was just as racist and hateful as the rest of his ideology.
  • April 7, 2010
    MinstrelWarlock
    In Star Wars, it was called the Non-Hu Man Campaign, where non-humans and females were considered lesser.

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