Created By: Gamecubist on March 29, 2011 Last Edited By: Gamecubist on September 3, 2012

Humans in Fantasy Worlds

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Is This Tropable?, Up for Grabs

Pretty much ubiquitous in any work taking place in a universe separate from our own - despite the fact that the work takes place on different planet, a species will have evolved to be exactly like us. Mainly because Most Writers Are Human themselves. Distinct from Human Aliens because they don't exist alongside Earth humans. Also applies to dogs, horses, trees, and many other organisms.

Seeing as how this is basically excepted in nearly every fantasy world ever constructed, list aversions and their like only.


Web Comics
  • Mostly averted in Humans and Other Myths webcomic.
  • Averted in Accidentally Centaurs webcomics as any humans sent there automatically turns into other species.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • March 29, 2011
    Is This Tropable? I can think of very, very few examples where this wasn't the case, so I think this qualifies as an Acceptable Break From Reality... in an odd sort of way.
  • March 30, 2011
    • Mostly averted in Humans and Other Myths webcomic.
    • Averted in Accidentally Centaurs webcomics as any humans sent there automatically turns into other species.
  • March 30, 2011
    It make sense to only list aversions and subversions.
  • April 19, 2011
    In which case, the trope ought to be about Non-Human Fantasy Worlds. Or justifying humans in a completely alien fantasy world.
  • April 19, 2011
    This is definitely a sci-fi trope as well (the all-alien sci-fi story)... I'm pretty sure i've seen more than one sci-fi aversion.

    "They're Made of Meat" is an interesting sci-fi subversion.
  • September 2, 2012
  • September 2, 2012
    I think humans in fantasy (or sci fi) would be an acceptable break and People Sitting On Chairs. Most people are people and find it easiest to relate to people, after all.

    What would be notable would be the aversion, the works without humans.
  • September 2, 2012
    Yup, I think you're going about this backwards. Make it about stories that don't feature humans, and forbid aversions. And even then, a significant number of cartoons feature only non-humans, like Tom And Jerry. I basically see three categories here: 1) cartoon animals w/ no humans (very common), 2) traditional fantasy w/ elves, dwarves, etc., but no humans (very rare), and 3) completely alien SF w/ no humans (moderately rare).

    From the description, I think you were going for 2? I think 2+3 is the most interesting category, but I'm not sure how to distinguish it from 1, or if 1 should be distinguished. The only think I can think of is that 2+3 would be a Speculative Fiction trope.
  • September 2, 2012
    I think Xtifr's suggestion makes a lot of sense.

    EDIT: Wait, isn't this Xenofiction?
  • September 3, 2012
    ^No, because Xenofiction is about taking a POV that is totally alien to a human. This trope might have aliens or animals, but they might behave in a very humanly way. For instance, Bambi takes place in the forest with lots of woodland creatures. Aside from the hunter scenes, humans aren't involves. However, Bambi does not think or behave as deer do, but as an inquisitive child would. That would be what we want listed here.

  • September 3, 2012
    Most Writers Are Human has a lot to do with this.

    • Justification: Most of the settings of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere are strange, often to the point of being nigh-uninhabitable or having no mammalian life, making the existence of humans highly unlikely. However, in all of these books there is a god present who is stated or implied to have created the human civilisation.