Son Of An Ape


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Generally in sci-fi/fantasy settings where there are other non-human sentient species, they will oftenly refer pejoratively to humans as apes or monkeys. Sometimes, even a human is seen doing this.

More likely to happen in settings where humans are depicted as the cancer killing the universe.

The Big Bad tends to do this often if he's not human himself, or if he is not human anymore.

Despite its use as an insult, humans are apes.

A subtrope of Fantastic Slur

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Dragon Ball Z Frieza is very adamant about the Saiyans being "mere monkeys" even when he's getting his ass kicked by one.
  • In Love Pistols, zoomans (humans developed from other animals than apes) use the word "monkey" sometimes neutrally, and sometimes as a slur.
  • In FLCL Haruko insults Amarao with something along the lines of "primitive monkey!", to which Amarao responds that it is politically incorrect to refer to "underevolved species" that way.

Comics
  • In Sherman's Lagoon they refer to humans as "hairless beach apes"
  • In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin asks Hobbes if he believes that humans evolved from apes. Hobbes' response: "I sure don't see any difference."

Film
  • The Black Hole aliens from the Godzilla series refer to earthlings as primitive apes, despite the fact that they themselves look like gorillas.
  • In Buckaroo Banzai the Red Lectroids insultingly refer to human beings as "monkey boys".
  • Men In Black. The Bug calls humans "monkey boys", which is almost certainly a Shout-Out to Buckaroo Banzai.
  • The angels in the Prophecy series constantly refer to humans as "talking monkeys".

Literature

Live Action TV
  • The Ninth Doctor from Doctor Who refers to humans as "stupid apes" on several occasions.

Tabletop Games
  • In Warhammer 40K the Eldar derisively refer to humans as "mon-keigh". It only sounds like monkey, though, the meaning is "those which have to be exterminated".

Theater

Video Games

Western Animation
  • On Futurama, Nibbler describes Earth as being ruled by "psychotic apes".
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