Created By: thinkingtroper on April 6, 2012 Last Edited By: ading on February 16, 2013

Non-Human Awkwardness

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In the real world, humans are the only creatures that can speak in human language (Unless you count parrots, crows, ravens, and magpies, but that's beside the point). As a result, many phrases are based around the assumption that the user is human. This can lead to some awkwardness in works where some of the characters are anthropomorphic animals, monsters, aliens, etc.

Examples

Literature

Live Action TV
  • From the BBC show Me And My Monsters:
    Eddie: You... You... You... MONSTERS!!
    Fiend: Be careful Eddie. We're the only monsters around here.
  • Horrible Histories:
    2nd Baron Rothschild: Now now, we're not animals, are we?
    Monkeys: Ooh Ooh Aah Aah!
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country:
    Chekov: We do believe all planets have a sovereign claim to inalienable human rights.
    Azetbur: Inalien. If only you could hear yourself. Human rights. Why the very name is racist. The Federation is no more than a Homo sapiens-only club.

Western Animation
  • Futurama:
    Fry: That's what separates people-and robots-from animals!-and animal-robots.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • April 6, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Mostly averted (through Hold Your Hippogriffs ) In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • April 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Chekov: We do believe that all planets have a sovereign claim to inalienable human rights.
    Azetbur: Inalien. If only you could hear yourselves. Human rights. Why the very name is racist. The Federation is no more than a Homo-sapiens-only club.

    (already the Page Quote for Inhumanable Alien Rights, BTW)
  • April 6, 2012
    McKathlin
  • April 7, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Possibly related to Indo European Alien Language? Similarly, for non-human characters that don't traditionally fall into "male" and "female" types, gendered pronouns can become a problem in English like Spanish or French as well, where many nouns and adjectives are also gendered.
  • April 7, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Got it covered already, under the name Furry Denial.

    --Wait, not exactly. I think we have a Missing Supertrope at play here, "Anthropocentric Idiom" or something.
  • June 12, 2012
    ading
    ^ I think this is more like a Lampshade Hanging of Furry Denial than the same thing. Although Furry Denial seems exclusively to be for animals, while this trope applies to monsters and aliens as well. I do see what you are saying though.
  • February 16, 2013
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • The Krytos Trap: Iella Wessiri puts her foot in her mouth during Tycho Celchu's treason trial, racially charged due to a variety of factors. When Nawara Ven, a Twi'lek and Tycho's attorney, cross-examines her, this exchange occurs:
      Nawara: In your time as his partner, had you ever known Corran Horn to make a mistake.
      Iella: He was only human.
      Nawara: Perhaps you can expand on that answer for those of us who are not human.

    EDIT: Corrected quote.
  • February 16, 2013
    StarSword
    Also, I think Anthropocentric Idiom is an excellent name.
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