Created By: Earnest on July 7, 2010 Last Edited By: Earnest on July 8, 2010
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Zombie Advocacy (Formerly Zombocate)

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This person advocates for the "human" rights of the undead, robots, monsters, and other inhuman creatures. They will argue against killing them and make a case that they're just misunderstood Reluctant Monsters, or no different from human at all (except for dead flesh and/or machine parts, etc).

Where this gets interesting is that the monsters in question may or may not be good, evil, or mixed. If they're good then they will call this to the attention of The Hunter to try and stop them from committing a Van Helsing Hate Crime. In more idealistic stories they're instrumental in getting the angry villagers (or disdainful scientists) and misunderstood monster to reconcile... or causing the monster to rampage when Hulk's Cooldown Hug Corollary is invoked.

However, the monster's may well be mostly or completely evil when not ravening mindless creatures, and their advocacy is horribly out of place. They might be trying to protect a zombie bit loved one by denying it, or the monster (when intelligent) has tricked them or bought them off with promises of wealth or conversion.

In these later cases, they usually die at the hands of their "loved one".
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • July 7, 2010
    Vree
    Why are you limiting it to the undead? This can apply to any type of monster.
  • July 7, 2010
    Earnest
    I like that, like a Literal Devils Advocate!
  • July 7, 2010
    arromdee
    Probably just a subversion of Van Helsing Hate Crimes and Fantastic Racism, not a separate trope.
  • July 7, 2010
    Earnest
    This trope isn't about the crime itself, but the defender / advocate for the monster not being a monster. If it isn't evil, then this guy is arguing that the hunter is committing a van helsing hate crime; if it is evil, then he's either dumb or being manipulated (or both).

    Thinking about it, maybe I should reword the OP to where the morality of the monster is obviously secondary.
  • July 7, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Personally the current title sounds like a zombie-cat or a fictional zamboni. Also, you might mentions whether or not evil defender/advocates count. After all they may be lying, or they may be taking the clients money (or other motivation) without agreeing to the philosophy.
  • July 7, 2010
    Dcoetzee
  • July 7, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    Another possible fun title is something ending in "Rights Movement", e.g.: Monster Rights Movement, Zombie Rights Movement, Vampire Rights Movement, Undead Rights Movement.
  • July 7, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Spoofed in Reaper Man
  • July 7, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    I love the name of this trope, and I'd have to agree with Vree that that this should apply to any type of monster.

    Anyway...

    Film

    • The Dead Next Door has a scene in which protesters advocating zombie rights are attacked by the zombies.
  • July 8, 2010
    Cameoflage
    Does Tsukiko from Order Of The Stick count? I'm not sure whether it matters for the purposes of this trope that she's totally okay with the undead monsters eating people and suchlike.
  • July 8, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Shadowrun. In his will the dragon Dunkelzahn set up an organization called the Astral Space Preservation Society. One of its duties was to "protect the rights of the denizens of astral space". Some of these denizens are insect spirits (which infest and take over human beings), toxic spirits (which are used in the evil plans of toxic shamans) and Horrors, who are Eldritch Abominations that devastate the surface of the Earth every few thousand years.

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