Created By: HelleSpud on October 6, 2009
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Only Point Two Percent Different

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Here's normal human DNA, and here's the DNA of the monsters we're fighting. My God! it's only 0.2% different! Dispite the fact that the monsters have unexplainable powers, and look, act, and think almost nothing like us, there's no real difference between us and them! Really makes you think who the real monsters are doesn't it?

Examples

  • The Doom Movie had an additional chromosome that caused people to become demons.
  • The movie Mission to Mars had something a puzzle in the face on mars involving human DNA.
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  • October 1, 2009
    dotchan
    • The Angels in Neon Genesis Evangelion (though the actual reason involves panspermia)
    • Real Life - Apparently, we're only a couple percentages different in our DNA from the great apes.
  • October 1, 2009
    random surfer
    Apparently, we're only a couple percentages different in our DNA from the great apes.

    And cows, according to somethinig I've read.
  • October 1, 2009
    Adelle Pleven
    These comparisons are based only on sequences that code for proteins, assuming that all "Junk DNA" does nothing of importance. Most forms of multicellular life, be they humans, fruit flies, or bananas, already share something like 50 to 60% of their genes by some methods of counting. Yes, there's some leeway in how you choose to count genetic similarities. This trope is You Fail Biology Forever in that it doesn't consider how big a difference those few percentage points can make.
  • October 1, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    In fact, our DNA is 35% similar to daffodil DNA. Are you a third flower? Are you even part plant?
  • October 1, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    A subtrope / sister trope of What Measure Is A Non Human.

    Another related trope, not sure if we have it: In Sci Fi when either clones or Ridiculously Human Robots are portrayed in in-universe propoganda as being little more than dumb robots, it often turns out not only are they fully sentient, they can even reproduce with "normal" humans....
  • October 1, 2009
    bigboy
    they can even reproduce with "normal" humans....

    I can't think of any examples that take it that far.
  • October 1, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I think the premise for the protagonists of Maximum Ride is that they have 2% avian genes (and, therefore, wings.) But someone should fact check that...
  • October 1, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    UT wrote "I can think of any examples that take it that far." Assuming you meant "I can't..."
    • The androids from Armitage III are ranked according to how human they are. "Firsts" are basically non-human robots, "Seconds" are androids, and the "Thirds" are so close to human they can get pregnant. And yes, they can reproduce with a human.
    • The clones from Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones'' Lampshaded when 3 clones are alone with Yoda, Yoda explains that though their faces may be alike, through the force he can see their minds are as diverse as other human groups. Specifically, they are clones of Jango Fett.
    • The Abh from Crest Of The Stars. Enemy propoganda says they are living robots. Their own propoganda says they are a superior race of living art. In reality, other than blue hair, a different organ in place of their sinuses, and funny - looking ears, they're still basically human.
    • The Zentraedi from Robotech.
  • October 2, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Bump.
  • October 3, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Bump.
  • October 3, 2009
    random surfer
    @Adelle Pleven: Which is why some of the dinos in Jurassic Park, bred to be all female, somehow turn male. They used frog* DNA to fill in the gaps, and (according to the book/movie) some frogs can change sex if there is a lopsided amount in a given population.

    * Bird, lizard, and frog DNA in the novel, just frog DNA in the film. In the book only those dinos with frog DNA developed males.
  • October 3, 2009
    Adelle Pleven
    @random surfer: The Jurassic Park explanation for dino breeding was really a Hand Waved case of accidental Lego Genetics. The claimed degree of genetic similarity represents the inverse of Only Point Two Percent Different, but the type of misunderstanding is the same.
  • October 5, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Bump.
  • October 6, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Bump.
  • October 7, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Bump.
  • October 7, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Come on people, add some more or I'll launch it as is.
  • October 9, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    launched.
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