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.
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