Created By: Robotrekkie on January 10, 2011 Last Edited By: Robotrekkie on January 13, 2011
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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".
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • January 10, 2011
    ghpmartin
    i cant quite remember but didnt some humans call the pandorans, monkeys in Avatar
  • January 10, 2011
    thewub
    In Warhammer 40K the Eldar derisively refer to humans as "mon-keigh" (or at least they used to)
  • January 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Zaphod often calls Arthur a hairless ape.
  • January 10, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    In Dragonball Z Frieza is very adamant about the Saiyans being "mere monkeys" even when he's getting his ass kicked by one.

    In Sherman's Lagoon they refer to humans as "hairless beach apes"

    The Black Hole aliens from the Godzilla series refer to earthlings as primitive apes -despite the fact that they themselves look like gorillas. (Or at least guys in cheep gorilla suits)
  • January 10, 2011
    jpoelma13
    Could we use "Ape man" as a title?
  • January 10, 2011
    TonyG
    • On Futurama, Nibbler describes Earth as being ruled by "psychotic 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."
  • January 10, 2011
    Robotrekkie
    ^^I suppose we could... What the others think about it?
  • January 10, 2011
    troacctid
    Disagree with Ape Man. Sounds like Wolf Man--some sort of ape/man hybrid. Humans Are Apes perhaps.
  • January 10, 2011
    Robotrekkie
    I don't know... I think the title should somehow imply that Ape is an insult.
  • January 10, 2011
    Prfnoff
    In Princess Ida, Lady Psyche teaches that all men, as opposed to women, are apes at heart:
    For the Maiden fair, whom the monkey craved,
    Was a radiant Being,
    With a brain far-seeing--
    While a Darwinian Man, though well-behaved,
    At best is only a monkey shaved!
  • January 10, 2011
    watchfob
    The Ninth Doctor from Doctor Who refers to humans as "stupid apes" on several occasions.
  • January 10, 2011
    Prophet
    Son Of An Ape seems pretty good to me. Would this be a subtrope of Fantastic Racism?
  • January 11, 2011
    Robotrekkie
    ^I guess it's both a subtrope of Fantastic Racism and Fantastic Slur.
  • January 11, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
  • January 11, 2011
    Worldmaker
    Film
    • The angels in the Prophecy series constantly refer to humans as "talking monkeys".

    The problem with using "ape" as an insult for humans is sort of like using "canine" as an insult for dogs. Humans are apes by definition.
  • January 11, 2011
    Robotrekkie
    ^That does not stop characters from doing it though.
  • January 11, 2011
    peccantis
    Manga:
    • In Love Pistols, zoomans (humans developed from other animals than apes) use the word "monkey" sometimes neutrally, and sometimes as a slur.
  • January 11, 2011
    MorganWick
    It'd be like calling a female dog "bitch".
  • January 11, 2011
    Robotrekkie
    ^Even though humans are apes, villains still insult them by calling them apes.
  • January 11, 2011
    Stratadrake
    How about Hairless Ape? That's a common term.
  • January 11, 2011
    Jordan
    Mendoza, an immortal human in The Company Novels refers to normal humans as monkeys.
  • January 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Old joke popularized (if not written) by Flip Wilson; non-scifi so it may not count. Shorter:
    In one routine, he portrayed a woman riding on a train who becomes incensed when another passenger tells her that her baby is "ugly." She complained to the conductor, who tries to set things right by offering the woman a free meal. "And a banana for your monkey."
  • January 12, 2011
    Robotrekkie
    I like Hairless Ape, what do you guys think? Should I keep the current one or change it for Hairless Ape?
  • January 12, 2011
    Worldmaker
    Sure... I just think it should be noted somewhere that, despite its use as an insult, the fact remains that humans are apes.
  • January 12, 2011
    Frank75
    "Mon-keigh" only sounds like monkey, though. The meaning is "those which have to be exterminated".
  • January 12, 2011
    melloncollie
    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.
  • January 13, 2011
    VincentGaribaldi
    In Chrono Trigger, Azala refers to humans as apes.
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