Created By: tvtroper98February 22, 2012 Last Edited By: tvtroper98March 4, 2012

Humans Are Absent

A work with a little amount humans.

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It's true that Humans Are Bastards. That, and centering works around colorful animals is more child-friendly. So for these reasons, a lot of works center around animal characters, with only a very small amount of human characters.

Specific Versions:
  • Humans exist and everyone knows about them, but they are very rare in the setting. Other characters might be Funny Animals, fantasy creatures, aliens, etc. (Example: Adventure Time).
  • Humans are very common, and may be the dominant species, but only a few appear in the story, which is dominated by animal or fantasy characters (Exammple: Finding Nemo, Bambi).
  • Humans are everywhere, but mostly you might just see their feet or vehicles from the point of view of an animal character. There are only a few human characters that have a speaking role (Example: Oliver And Company).

See also Xeno Fiction, Beast Fable, Humanitys Wake, and World Of Funny Animals for when there are no humans at all.

Examples:

Anime:
  • The Pokemon short film Pikachu's Vacation, which was played before Pokemon The First Movie and is on that movie's DVD, only has the trainers at the very beginning and end.

Film:
  • In Bambi humans don't appear often but play an important role.

Newspaper Comics:
  • The only human characters in US Acres are a farmer and his daughter who appeared right after Orson fell out of the truck and took him to the farm. They only appeared for four strips, were only seen waist-down or in silhouette, and never appeared again.
  • Stephen Pastis's Author Avatar is the only human main character in Pearls Before Swine. However, one-shot human characters appear quite often.

Western Animation:
Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • February 22, 2012
    randomsurfer
    That's not what Adults Are Useless means.
  • February 22, 2012
    tvtroper98
    Oh, sorry. Just wanted to list one related trope.
  • February 22, 2012
    Cider
  • February 22, 2012
    Catbert
    That and Beast Fable.
  • February 22, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Xeno Fiction is about the POV, rather than the setting.

    We don't need Names In Bold. They don't do anything to an argument
  • February 22, 2012
    captainsandwich
    IIRC in Bambi humans don't appear often but play an important role
  • February 22, 2012
    pawsplay
    The description is much more narrow than the laconic. The laconic would qualify the rpg Talislanta, which has numerous humanoid races, but no elves... and no humans.
  • February 22, 2012
    miru
  • February 22, 2012
    Cider
    That seems to be standard policy here, why are you getting all defensive on what you didn't even propose? So maybe they are different tropes but they are similar enough the author may want to address the distinction in the description. I would have put any work where people don't show up on Xeno fiction.
  • February 22, 2012
    MetaFour
    Would works with humanoid fantasy races, but no humans, count?

    "That seems to be standard policy here,"

    It's common, but not condoned. We're trying to crack down on the practice.

  • February 22, 2012
    LarryD
    The Lion King completely ignores humanity, humans aren't even alluded to.
  • February 22, 2012
    pawsplay
    Going by the description and examples in Xeno Fiction, this is a subtrope.
  • February 22, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In a lot of cartoons you have the trope of animal characters being "only" animals if any human is present, but anthropomorphized when humans are absent. The Tom And Jerry cartoons are an example; we only ever see the legs of a housemaid, and Tom is "just" a cat while she's present.
  • February 22, 2012
    chicagomel
    Guardians Of Gahoole and its sister series Wolves Of The Beyond appears to take place in a time after humans have disappeared. They're only referred to as the Others, and all that's left are a few artifacts that some owls find intriguing.

    Along the Disney lines, the other work with animals only, albiet anthropomorphized ones, was Robin Hood. I can't count 'Bambi', because though there were no humans onscreen, Man was still a big part of the film.
  • February 23, 2012
    Tambov333
    Web Comics:
  • February 23, 2012
    pawsplay
  • February 23, 2012
    chicagomel
    The book series Clan Ground by Clare Bell. Mostly because it was a pre-human world. Ditto with Raptor Red.
  • February 23, 2012
    Stratadrake
    What exactly is this trope about? The suggested examples are all over the place. I would not place The Lion King in the same category as, say, Disney's Robin Hood or Guardians Of Gahoole. All three lack humans, but in different ways. If this is going to be a Super Trope we can probably do that, but then we should focus a little more on what existing tropes we have than straight examples.

    For example:
  • February 23, 2012
    fulltimeD
    A key element seems to be whether the animals are anthropomorphic or not. I'm confused on this matter.
  • March 2, 2012
    tvtroper98
    The aniamls are always anthropomorphic, because if they are not, how can you focus a story on them?

    I added the two tropes Stratadrake said on the page and deleted the examples that had to do with them.
  • March 2, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Kung Fu Panda has no humans whatsoever. It's all anthromorphic animals.
  • March 2, 2012
    chico
  • March 2, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
  • March 2, 2012
    Stratadrake
    @Psi: We call that a World Of Funny Animals.
  • March 2, 2012
    Met
    I don't get the distinction between this and World Of Funny Animals except for a few possible humans allowed, "Or none at all." If none at all, it is World Of Funny Animals exactly by the description. If any humans besides a Token Human are allowed, it is different, but only just enough to be a subtrope of World Of Funny Animals, not the other way around.
  • March 2, 2012
    captainsandwich
  • March 3, 2012
    Stratadrake
    And in most cases there's no need to explain why the setting doesn't involve humans in the first place. If somebody asks "well, why?", that's Audience Reaction territory, not an objective trope, and it's quickly countered by the MST 3 K Mantra.
  • March 3, 2012
    tvtroper98
    Fine, I will change this trope so it's only about works with a little humans in them.
  • March 3, 2012
    azul120
  • March 3, 2012
    nman
    "Humans Are Sparing" as a name makes me think this is a trope about humans being nice, kind of like Humans Are Special. Didn't you have "Absent Humans" as the name? If you didn't then it would be pretty good for a name.
  • March 3, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Definately Needs A Better Name but I want to work on the definition first. I can see some possible subtropes, which of these would count?
    • Humans exist and everyone knows about them, but they are very rare in the setting. Other characters might be Funny Animals, fantasy creatures, aliens, etc. (Example: Adventure Time).
    • Humans are very common, and may be the dominant species, but only a few appear in the story, which is dominated by animal or fantasy characters (Exammple: Finding Nemo, Bambi).
    • Humans are everywhere, but mostly you might just see their feet or vehicles from the point of view of an animal character. There are only a few human characters that have a speaking role (Example: Oliver And Company).
    • There are no humans in the story.
    • There used to be humans. Now there aren't any.

    Two other issues:
  • March 4, 2012
    tvtroper98
    The distinction from Token Human is that Token Humans is when ONE human is in the series. This is when there are more than one, but they still rarely appear.

    Also, the last two would be sub-tropes, the second-to-last being either Xeno Fiction or World Of Funny Animals, and the last being Humanitys Wake. All the others are straight examples.
  • March 4, 2012
    BackwardThgindiM
  • March 4, 2012
    tvtroper98
    Do you think I should put the examples in separate parts of the page or just have them all be in the same example list?
  • March 4, 2012
    Met
    In the An American Tail movies, animals take advantage of human technology and resources, but the focus is on the animals and animals rarely interact with humans.
  • March 4, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^ And it falls under Mouse World.

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