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->'''John:''' Don't kill him!\\
'''Sarah:''' "It", John. Not "him", "it".
-->-- ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' (Extended Cut)
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AsYouKnow, in the English language, pronouns are divided into "he" or "she" depending on the gender of the person you're talking about. Referring to someone as "it" is incredibly rude, as the pronoun is almost entirely used for inanimate objects or wild animals[[note]]but not pets, which do tend to be referred to with gender pronouns[[/note]] (often in the latter case even if the animal's sex is known, as it smacks of anthropomorphism). Calling someone "it" is therefore tantamount to denying he or she is a real person. (Well, much of the time. "Who is it?"/"It's George" is standard English, although technically "Who are you?"/"I'm George" would be more correct.)

This trope is when a character is referred to as "it" in fiction. Perhaps the person who is referring to the character is a {{fantastic racis|m}}t. Otherwise it may refer to an EldritchAbomination, which indicates that the being is too inhuman to empathize with, despite its intelligence. Perhaps the person in question [[AmbiguousGender is of undetermined gender]] or even [[NoBiologicalSex just doesn't have one]]. The worst victims of this trope are probably ArtificialHumans and RidiculouslyHumanRobots.

Needless to say, this trope gets to be troublesome when referring to a person who fits neither "he/him" nor "she/her". In real life, multiple genderless person-pronouns have been invented-- such as "hir", "xe", "zie", or "ou"--to avoid it, but none of them have made it into mainstream use. In English, using "they" to refer to a single individual is becoming more popular in common use, though many a GrammarNazi will tell you off for doing so. [[note]]Though such a GrammarNazi would likely do well to learn this has been done in English since at least Chaucer.[[/note]] In an inversion of the trope, "it" has become a popular pronoun choice in nonbinary communities -- but you should never ''ever'' call anyone "it" unless they specifically ask.

"One" is sometimes used (as in [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings "One does not simply]] {{walk into Mordor}}") but [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage isn't universal across the Anglosphere]]; is often considered in British English to be extremely archaic, upper-class and pretentious; and can be awkward when the speaker is referring to a specific person, especially if that person is standing right there.

Sub trope to {{Dehumanization}} and DehumanizingInsult. Compare WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, DoAndroidsDream, and PronounTrouble.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Invoked in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead''. The protagonists intentionally called the zombies "[[NotUsingTheZWord them]]" to help accept they're not living people anymore.
* In ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', there's a girl who was created as a replacement for a woman who was supposed to be sacrificed to an evil spirit (so she's supposed to be sacrificed in her stead). She's generally mistreated and dehumanized, including referring to her as 'it'.
* Zai Vessalius to his son Oz in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', cementing his status as a [[AbusiveParents worst father of the year]]. [[spoiler:And then it was revealed that Oz is neither his son nor human.]]
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', several characters refer to Torches and Mistes (sentient constructs used to replace {{Ret Gone}} people, with all their memories and personality, [[OurGhostsAreDifferent think "ghost"]]) as "it".
* In the English dub of ''Manga/SoulEater'', Medusa refers to [[AmbiguousGender Crona]] as either "it" or "my child", while everyone else either uses "he" for convenience or just refers to Crona by name, and in the original Japanese Crona was just referred to with [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns an ambiguously gendered pronoun]]. Also counts as a {{Woolseyism}} since Medusa's use of "it" ties into how [[AbusiveParents she treats Crona]].
* Cheza from ''Anime/WolfsRain'' is a strange case, as she refers to herself as an "it", due to being an ArtificialHuman. Everyone else uses female pronouns for her.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** When [[AbusiveParents Ren]] argues against Akito (her own child) becoming the head of the family, she persistently refers to Akito as "that". Earlier, she always refers to Akito as "the baby", while her husband calls Akito by name. Possibly justified, since Akito is [[spoiler:a girl masquerading as a boy]], but Ren obviously doesn't mind pointing it out and/or dehumanizing her child, either.
** Kyo's abusive father hated him to the point that he called him an "it."
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', during [[spoiler:her life before Mahora]], the people using [[spoiler:Asuna]] for over a century as a weapon and defense system always referred to her as an 'it', seeing her only as a weapon.
* While it's not brought up often. The ''{{Naruto}}'' villains Orochimaru and Kabuto always referred to Yamato as "the experiment" or "one of Orochimaru's experiments", the reason mainly being that [[spoiler:Yamato had been kidnapped by Orochimaru as an infant and experimented on just before Orochimaru left the village]].
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', the terrifyingly powerful [[spoiler:[[MakeAWish wish-granting]]]] entity that lives inside [[spoiler:Killua's little sister, Alluka,]] is referred to only as "Nanika", "Something". Some scanlators have chosen to [[{{Woolseyism}} idiomatically translate this]] as "It", since it has about the same connotation.
* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': The Viz translation of the original manga has the Z Fighters refer to Cell as an "it," whereas the anime has them use masculine pronouns throughout.
* Averted completely in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', where neutral pronouns are ''always'' used for Pokémon, unless gender is important for the plot. Nobody seems to mind at all.
** This can get confusing with Pokemon whose genders are either confirmed (Ash's Pikachu, for example, who is male) or established in canon as [[OneGenderRace having only one option]].
* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' has an interesting example: Chamber, a [[HumongousMecha Machine Caliber]], has a male voice and is referred to as male by the human characters. However, later we meet another Machine Caliber, Striker, who has a female voice; while Ledo refers to Striker as "her," Chamber opts for "it." [[NoBiologicalSex Technically more accurate]], but Striker ''is'' a villain...
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic,'' Mogamett allows Titus to adopt a {{Muggle}} child named Marga...and then [[KickTheDog kicks]] another Muggle child who was annoying him before commenting how he doesn't understand why Titus wanted one, but he's "glad that he likes it." This is what clues Aladdin in that Mogamett basically sees non-magicians as animals, and Marga as more of a pet than a person.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In a ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' story, Superman gets captured by the government and subjected to torture and experimentation. The scientists and ComicBook/LexLuthor refer to him as "it."
** Later, Helspont tries to break Superman's spirit by giving him a nightmare where the government is hunting him down. The soldiers yell stuff like, "There it is! Shoot it!"
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'': Shay alternates between using "her" and "it" to talk about Blaze because she doesn't know how to refer to other-dimensional demons.
--->'''Soldier:''' "Her"...? I thought we were hunting for an "it".\\
'''Shay:''' She looks female, but who really knows if gender even applies to a demon from another dimension?
** ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'': Super-villain Xenon will only refer to the Supergirl who defeated him as "She," with every other woman to wear the shield he refers to as "It."
* In Creator/MarvelComics, robots and androids often refer to themselves as "this unit". If they are intelligent and become independent of their original programming, they may switch to "I".
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled'', when She-Hulk kills (so to speak), the Vision (one of the aforementioned sentient androids -- or synthoid, if you want to be technical), in her [[spoiler:Scarlet Witch-induced]] anger, she refers to him as "it".
* Some particularly virulent [[FantasticRacism anti-mutant racists]] in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics have referred to mutants as "it"s.
** ComicBook/{{X 23}} suffers triply from this. Not only is she a mutant, but the Facility views her as nothing more than a weapon and their property, so frequently refers to her as "it." And then there's the fact that she's Wolverine's OppositeSexClone, so is often derogatorily called "it" for ''that'' reason, as well.
* Pastor Sunday in ''ComicBook/{{Flesh}}'' refers to his mother as "heit" due to his issues.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/InTheShadowOfGods'', a Franchise/MassEffect[=/=]Franchise/{{Halo}} crossover: In the first chapter, Shepard thinks for a moment about how she used to correct herself when referring to EDI as "she". She deduces that Master Chief considers [[spoiler:Cortana]] to be a person since he refers to her as "she" and not it.
* Inverted then subverted in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover where [[spoiler:Legion]] becomes a single entity--Shepard refers to the character as "he" (to avoid this trope) but is promptly rebutted that "it" is actually what the other character prefers.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' makes a joke about objectification this way. The boys ignore what [[MsFanservice Mai Valentine]] actually has to say even going as far as referring to her as "it".
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Several times when someone mentions Tsukune's inner ghoul in Acts II and III, they refer to him as an "it."
** In Act V, [[GeneralRipper Jenner Rythmore]] is so disdainful and distrustful of monsters that he calls them "things" on more than one occasion.
** In Act VI chapter 49, while punishing Akua and Kahlua for not only failing to kill Talon, but letting him set foot in the Shuzen home, Issa outright refers to him as an "abomination" and an "it."
* ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'' uses it on a ship of all things - prince Ferdinand refers to his ''Northern Wind'' as "she" and admiral Hauser says "it", apparently to infuriate and show his contempt for Ferdinand.
* In ''FanFic/BrokenLegends'', [[TheHero Kiera]] insistently calls [[HalfHumanHybrid the transformed]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Maxie]] 'it' instead of 'him', despite being repeatedly called out on it. Archie explictedly points out the double standard -- his body got warped as well, yet she doesn't dehumanize ''him''.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Emergence}}'', When Weiss Schnee gets glomped by a little girl who thinks she's [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Queen Elsa]], she screams, "Get it off me!" The narration even points this out.
* Inverted in the VideoGame/BreathOfFireII novelization [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6615342/1/Breath-Of-Fire-II-War-Of-The-Demons War of the Demons]]. Spar insists on being addressed as "it," pointing out that gendered pronouns would be as offensive to it as "it" would be to races with genders.
* In ''Fanfic/AdorableMurderbeasts'', Trainer Red refers to [[OlympusMons Zapdos]] with "It". Not to demean it, or out of gender confusion, but because unlike his other Pokemon, Zapdos is more like a living force of nature, and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality tends to think like one]].
* In ''[[FanFic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries Along Came a Spider]]'' the cultists of Spider Goddess Anasi, particularly her Prophet, use "it" to psych out and demean our heroes. Of course, one of those heroes is the [[GuileHero Doctor]], so it [[NoSell doesn't work so well]].
* Although it is somewhat uncommon, it isn't unheard of for Bucky Barnes in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' fanfiction to be referred to (when known as the Asset) as an 'it', as an indication of his lack of autonomy and identity.
* Inverted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11175004/1/Star-Wars-Episode-I-The-Familiar-of-Zero Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero]]'' whenever someone refers to Calista's droid Extwo as "he". She corrects them that they should refer to Extwo as "it" because it hasn't decided on a gender yet; she could program it to have one but feels it better for Extwo to develop on its own.
* Inverted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10083501/1/ Never Use Shadow Clones to do Your Paperwork]]'' where Kurama (and presumably the other Biju) is quite insistent on being an it. When Naruto tries to refer to Kyuubi as "he", it remarks that it's sentient mass of energy and thus lacks a gender.
* In the DeathNote fanfic ''Fanfic/SecondChances'', L calls Rae "it" for a similar [[EmotionSuppression reason that he calls his]] [[TheSpock team members by letters.]]
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the Sensational Sisters often refer to Misty as "it", showing how little they care for her.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': Hogarth chides Dean for calling the Giant "it".
* From ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'':
-->'''Mike:''' (''referring to the human toddler'') Sully, you're not supposed to name it. Once you name it, you start getting attached to it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': The first thing Lord Farquaad says upon seeing the title character is, "Ugh! It's hideous!" Later, when [[spoiler:he sees Fiona's ogress form]], he exclaims, "It's disgusting!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'': Tulip doesn't like when Junior refers to the [[DeliveryStork baby they are delivering]] as a "package."


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/Frankenstein1931'': It's important to note that Victor's famous declaration is "'''It's''' alive! Alive!" not "He's alive!"
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. Buffalo Bill uses this to address his victims. ("It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again!") Discussed beforehand when Senator Martin delivers a televised plea to Buffalo Bill, repeatedly referring to her daughter by her given name "Catherine" in the hopes that he will have a harder time depersonalizing her. Given the above line, it clearly didn't have much effect, or he didn't watch the news.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. This is the common way by the human resistance of referring to the machines.
** In ''Film/TheTerminator'':
--->'''Kyle:''' That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ''ever'', until you are ''dead''.
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' also uses this in the directors cut, as seen in the quote above.
* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Deckard performs the replicant-detector Voight-Kampf test on Rachel, who it confirms is one of them, which she doesn't know. After she leaves the room, Deckard turns to Tyrell, her boss and creator.
-->'''Deckard:''' I don't get it, Tyrell. How can it not know what it is?
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Stryker yells "Shoot it!" in reference to Wolverine [[spoiler:(sort of)]].
** Played with in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', as Trask uses gender pronouns when referring to Mystique and her mutation, but slips into "it" when faced with a mutant in person.
* In the 2007 version of ''Film/IAmLegend'', Anna watches Neville experiment on a captured zombie, and asks whether what he's doing will "cure her." Neville responds "Actually, it will probably kill it," with the second "it" slightly emphasized.
* A scene in ''Film/AugustUnderground's Penance'' has the serial killer couple break into a suburban home around Christmas. The woman slowly chokes the life out of a little girl as her boyfriend screams "Kill it! Kill it!"
* In ''Film/AlienResurrection'', General Perez and the doctors are discussing the development of the Ripley 8 clone, referring to her as "it".
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': Samuel Loomis, as per his not-unjustified belief that Michael Myers is [[MadeOfEvil evil incarnate]], refers to him as an "it" on more than one occasion.
* In ''Film/BicentennialMan'', Andrew's manufacturer insists on referring to Andrew as "it" despite the fact that he shows things such as sentience, emotions, and creativity, and gets annoyed when Mr. Martin uses "he" instead, saying that is a common mistake to make since Andrew is built to resemble a human. One of the major points in the film is when Andrew starts referring to himself as "I" instead of "this one", as he'd been programmed to.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Will Turner hates pirates. When he gets in a sword-fight with Jack Sparrow, he says he trains with swords every day, "So that when I meet a pirate, I can ''kill it!"''
* Discussed in Film/IRobot when Sonny thanks Detective Spooner for calling him "some'one', not some'thing'".
* ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. The CIA chief refers to the MasterComputer as "he" which the President corrects to "it" in classic TemptingFate style. "Don't anthropomorphize it -- the [[DeusEstMachina next step is deification]]."
* ''Film/ShootEmUp''. The HookerWithAHeartOfGold tells off the AntiHero for calling the baby [[BadassAndBaby he's been protecting]] this. He eventually decides to call the baby Oliver instead.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn part 1'', Edward refers to Bella's pregnancy as "it" (among other things).
* The characters in ''{{Film/Splice}}'' go back and forth on this when it comes to Dren, the genetically engineered creature they created. At one point Elsa insists on calling Dren "her" instead of "it" but is later shown switching back to "it" after (correctly) realizing she's become too emotionally attached to a dangerous creature.
* ''{{Film/Ted}}'', a teddy bear brought to life, angrily insists he's a "he" instead of an "it". Interestingly he still says he "belongs" to John Bennett.
* ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015''. Before he finds out Illya Kuryakin's name, Napoleon Solo uses this trope in reference to the former's ImplacableMan characteristics.
-->'''Solo:''' ''What'' was waiting for me was barely human. You should have seen it run. It tore the back off my car.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', 36th Dolan expresses his annoyance with Axe and Cross using this trope. He says that they don't think of Kaulder as a person, but as a weapon.
* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'', it is inverted due to majority of the characters being animals but when Akela tells Shere Khan that Mowgli is part of the wolf pack, Shere Khan sarcastically retorts, " Mowgli?! They've given it a name ..."
* In ''Film/{{Morgan}}'', it's easy to tell who is and isn't sympathetic to [[ArtificialHuman Morgan]] based on whether or not they refer to her as "she" or "it."
* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Krennic calls for his Stormtroopers to find Galen Erso's hidden daughter Jyn by telling them to "find it", and a later scene establishes that he knew damn well the child was a girl.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': Owen Grady may be a FriendToAllLivingThings, but [[EveryoneHasStandards even he's unable to fully like]] the ''Indominus Rex''. So much so that when the ''I. Rex'' slaughters a whole herd of ''Apatosaurus'' just ForTheEvulz, he stops referring to her as a "her" altogether and more as an "it".
* From ''Film/{{Hellboy}},'' when John encounters [[FishPeople Abe]] and his PsychicPowers.
-->'''John:''' How did it--
-->'''Professor Broom:''' He. ''(chuckles at John's confusion)'' Not "it." He.

* ''Literature/AChildCalledIt'' is this trope applied to an autobiographic story of a mother abusing her son.
* IT falls in to the "too inhuman" variety in ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. [[spoiler:It's a giant evil brain.]]
* Creator/StephenKing wrote ''Literature/{{It}}'', a firm example of the too inhuman variant. However, Pennywise does give "his" "human" name as "Bob", and It is also referred to in-universe as "some ''guy'' ''[sic]'' running around in a clown suit."
* In ''Literature/LuckyStarr and the Rings of Saturn'', the eugenically-enhanced Sten Devoure refers to Lucky's rather short and ugly sidekick Bigman as "that thing" and "it." The insult becomes dangerous when he tells a group of ThreeLawsCompliant robots (who are unfamiliar with human variation outside the limited norms of Devoure's world) that Bigman is not human, and orders them to "break it."
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the ''Literature/YoungWizards'': the PowersThatBe, including the [[BigBad Lone Power]] are commonly referred to as "It" (with a capital "I"). This is considered ''respectful'', akin to the capitalized "He" in Literature/TheBible; ironically, this respect is [[InTheNameOfTheMoon most often directed at the Lone Power]] simply becaues It shows up more often than any of the other powers.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in Creator/BruceCoville's ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures:'' Tar Gibbons is an alien who is [[BizarreAlienSexes neither male nor female]], so tells Rod to use "it." Tar Gibbons apparently finds this ''less'' insulting than "he" or "she." (Funnily enough, another alien is horrified that Rod refers to his younger siblings as "Thing One and Thing Two," [[Literature/TheCatInTheHat not getting the literary reference]].)
** Other Coville books sometimes play with this idea, such as his ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series.
* PlayedWith in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', where "it" is considered the polite way to address Betan hermaphrodites. Bel Thorne, the hermaphrodite most central to the series, has a canned rant about how "it" is ''not'' considered to be dehumanizing... but also quite enjoys using its "it" status to make less tolerant acquaintances uncomfortable. The respectful "It" is kind of a quirk of Betan culture. Members of other, less-widely-known genderless minorities may still not take it very kindly. Cetagandan ''ba'' (which is both the name of the caste, and its proper pronoun), for example, aren't very likely to take offense at anything, but their Haut creators/employers/[[spoiler:cousins]] will take offense on their behalf.
* In Barry Longyear's novella ''Film/EnemyMine'', the Drac are both male and female at the same time. The hero continually refers to his Drac antagonist-turned-friend as "it", rather than as he or she.
* When diagnosed sociopath John Cleaver of ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' begins to do this, it's a sign that he's getting excited and losing control. He even has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when he refers to his crush as 'it'.
* Used in the second sense of the trope for [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Exalted]] in the ''Literature/NightLords'' series of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Having been [[DemonicPossession possessed]] for a few thousand years, the former SpaceMarine has lost most of its humanity to the daemon of Tzeentch inside of it.[[note]]Unfortunately, the human portion of the gestalt is fully aware of his diminishing control.[[/note]]
* In ''Literature/TheAngelExperiment'', Angel is very upset when the scientists experimenting on her continue to refer to her as "it."
* Inverted in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', where the genetically engineered hermaphroditic Solarians insist on being called "it" -- since, after all, they are not half humans like us, but complete, perfect beings.
** When the characters have rescued a Solarian child, who will live in a human society instead of among the Solarians, they feel more comfortable with a normal gendered pronoun. They call the child "her," partly on the grounds that she is capable of giving birth.
* "It" is used by Death Eaters in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' to refer to muggle-borns who have had their wands taken away for having "stolen magic". When Harry, Ron and Hermione visit Diagon Alley in disguise, Ron is forced to stun one. The Death Eater Travers asks Hermione (disguised as the Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange) "How did it offend you?" and Hermione, playing her character, replies "It does not matter. It will not do so again."
* E. Nesbit's ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt''. The eponymous "it" is the Psammead, or wish-granting sand-fairy.
* The Laurie J. Marks' ''Children of Triad'' novels are an interesting case; in them, [[FantasticRacism certain members of the Walker community]] refer to the Aeyries as "it", due to their hermaphroditism. Most notable of these is the Walker Teksan, the BigBad of the first book. However, it is mentioned somewhere in the books that the Aeyries wouldn't mind it if the Walkers weren't deliberately using the pronoun because they believe it is insulting. The H'ldat (the Aeyries' language) pronoun, "id/idre", simply refers to something without gender -- in essence, it means the ''exact same thing'' as the word "it"; the usage itself is what makes the word "it" dehumanizing.
* Averted by the Mrdini in the ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talents]]'' series. They are a genderless species, and as such insist on being referred to as "it" in human language.
* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', the angel Islington, being [[NoBiologicalSex naturally sexless]], is referred to consistently as "it", though some characters make an effort at "he". This serves to {{foreshadow}} certain [[BlueAndOrangeMorality inhuman aspects]] of its morality.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Michael emphatically refers to the ancient vampire Mavra as "it". She then refers to herself that way to show how unintimidated she is.
* Averted in the ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' books by James White, set on a multispecies space-station hospital chock-a-block with sentient beings of many, many origins. Only characters of the same species as the current point-of-view character are referred to with gendered pronouns in the narration, and everybody else is referred to as "it". This is also done by all the medical staff and station personnel in dialogue. This usage is intended to avoid causing offense or confusion by using incorrect pronouns to refer to aliens who may have more (or less, or just Different) genders than human-style male/female. It's specifically noted that the only time gendered pronouns of any sort are used in conversation between hospital staffers is when an entity's gender is relevant, such as a patient who is hospitalized for a dysfunction of the reproductive system.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' uses a similar convention. The narration refers to talking animals as "it" when their personal names aren't in use or known. ("Mr. Beaver" is "he" but "the beaver" is "it.") Humans use the same rule. Talking animals refer to humans as "it" when their individual names aren't known.
* The Centaurians in ''Literature/ThePentagonWar'' are both male and female at the same time, and are referred to as "it." While this may be dehumanizing, the Centaurians aren't human to begin with.
* Zig-zagged in ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}''. Heroine Vin initially refers to BigBad Ruin, a SentientCosmicForce, as "it". After encountering Ruin in a human manifestation where it displays several humanlike traits, she switches over to "he". Near the end of the final book, after coming into direct contact with the core of Ruin's consciousness, Vin decides that humanizing Ruin at all does him a favor he doesn't deserve, and switches over to "it" again for the remainder of the story.
* In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', when [[MoralGuardians Miss Maccalariat]] objects to golems cleaning the ladies' restrooms, the protagonist Moist von Lipwig tries to explain that they often use honorifics like "Mister" with the golems employed at the post office because "it" seems wrong. That said, Miss Maccalariat still has issues because a "Mister" should not clean the lady's restrooms. So Moist gets around this by having the golem who would clean the bathroom as "Miss" and wear dresses. The next time we see this golem in the [[Discworld/MakingMoney next Moist book]] [[HumanityEnsues the golem, now called Gladys, is a unique entity.]]
* Discussed briefly in the Franchise/{{Star Trek|Expanded Universe}} book ''The Lives of Dax'', when referring to a Trill symbiont as "it" leaves a character uncomfortable.
** In the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' series, Burgoyne 172, a member of the [[{{Hermaphrodite}} Hermat]] species, explains that they were originally going to use "sheheit" as a pronoun, until discovering that it [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike sounds like a rude English word]].
* In the ''Literature/SpiralArm'' series, when Khembold Darling and Number Two decide that Mearana has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived her usefulness]], they switch to calling her "it".
* In ''Literature/HorusHeresy'', when Lion hunts Curze on his flagship, he refers to Konrad in his narrative as "it", a monster to be put down. Given that Curze has sped past his MoralEventHorizon without looking back way before the story even starts, it may be a justified example.
* Despite what is said in the RealLife section, Jerom K Jerom of the ''ThreeMenInABoat'' fame vehemently advised against applying this to babies in one of his short stories. While using the opposite gender pronoun ([[FinaglesLaw which you will invariably do]]) is bad enough, nothing will earn you more hatred from the parents than addressing their sweet little angel as "it". Actually, just use "sweet little angel" instead, you'll be fine.
* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the Jan have three genders: the female Matriarchs, the male Workers, and the sterile Warriors. It is pointed out that, while calling a Warrior "it" might make some grammatical sense in English, doing so is considered "depersonalizing," so Warriors default to male pronouns.
* The hermaphrodite Cornelius Brunner in ''[[Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles The Final Programme]]'' is referred to in the narration as "it", but given that it apparently has the personalities of both the people who were combined to create it, "they" might've been a better choice. But it was 1965 and neither Creator/MichaelMoorcock nor anyone else really had a good precedent.
* After spending some time on the verge of Heaven and seeing how small Hell is in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', the narrator refers to the shades from Hell as "it" rather than "he" or "she".
* Played for laughs in the denouement of ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', when the planetary governor is marveling at the Iron Snakes' dreadnought, she (understandably, given she's never seen one before) refers to it as "it". After a bit of this, the dreadnought decides he's had enough and declares "IT can HEAR you."
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', when Nikita and her berserk spirit are still at war with each other, she referred to the spirit as "it", but when they begin to cooperate, she switches to "he" and gives him a nickname.
* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'', the kids are referred to as "it" by the scientists who created them.
* ''Literature/TheHost'': Wanda gets this trope frequently from those of the human survivors who hate her. To be fair, as far as they can tell, souls have no genders other than that of the bodies they inhabit, though it turns out Wanda ''is'' the nearest equivalent her species has to female.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Reek is constantly referred to as a "pet" and a "creature."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has done this several times, usually in regards to the android Commander Data.
** In the season 1 episode "Datalore", where Captain Picard at first feels inclined to refer to Data as "he", and to Data's newly-discovered twin brother Lore as "it". Data calls him out on this, and feels uncomfortable at the idea of them being referred to differently when they are both androids. Picard understands and apologizes.
** When Dr. Pulaski first sees Data at the helm, she balks at the captain: "You're letting ''it'' pilot the ship?" upon which Picard lays a verbal smackdown on her. Given the fact that Data was so popular with the fans that having a one-off character treat him like a machine [[KickTheDog quickly became shorthand]] for telling the audience that a character is an asshole, this scene probably was enough to [[TheScrappy doom Pulaski's character]] terminally.
** In "The Measure of a Man", an episode discussing Data's legal status; Commander Maddox constantly refers to Data as a possession of Starfleet and therefore an "it", until he slips into "he" after a court hearing formally rules that Data has free will and the right to choose.
** In "The Most Toys", Kivas Fajo refers to Data as "it" after kidnapping him, reinforcing his view of Data as just another item in his collection of rare objects.
** A variant occurs with Worf after his [[UnPerson Discommendation]]. Duras makes a point of referring to him as "that," as in, "what is ''that'' doing here?" Which is pretty rich considering Worf voluntarily accepted discommendation to cover the treason of ''Duras''' father, having been told that civil war would result otherwise.
** In "The Outcast", Riker rejects the [[PronounTrouble pronoun "it" for referring to a member of the (genderless) J'naii species]] for this very reason.
** Inverted in "I, Borg". Guinan almost gets angry when she learns that the Borg drone Third of Five has been nicknamed "Hugh" by the crew.
* During the first season of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', it was not uncommon for the Doctor to be referred to as "it", even by the regular cast.
* In "Kellerman, P.I.", a RippedFromTheHeadlines ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', Det. Falsone knows that the teenage mother of a murdered baby is guilty because she refers to the child as "it" while the father calls the baby "she".
* In the episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' where Kryten was first introduced, Rimmer refers to Kryten as "it". Looks like painting a portrait of Rimmer on the toilet, pouring soup on his bed, calling him "smeg for brains" and flipping him off taught him a lesson.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Sarah nearly always refers to Cameron as It, or [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Tin Man]]. Derek's the same.
** In one episode, a Terminator trying to pass for human aroused a woman's suspicion when she referred to the woman's child as "it."
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', when Peter gets thrown back into the timeline, Walter keeps referring to him as "it" and "the subject".
** In a strange example, one of David Robert Jones shapeshifters is having a seizure and when Lincoln asks what's wrong with it, Jones angrily insists that she is a her. It turns out that Jones is killing her, just to prove that he's willing to kill someone he loves and therefore imagine what he is willing to do to them.
* Comes up with human-form Replicators in the Franchise/StargateVerse. Specifically, in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [=McKay=] and Zelenka create a Replicator to use as a weapon against the rest of the Replicators. Everyone else is a bit squicked by this since "she" is self aware. [=McKay=], however, steadfastly insists that "it" is just a weapon. FRAN herself seems to agree with him, pointing out that his concern at sending her to her destruction is silly.
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "She", male demons from a NoWomansLand refer to females as "it".
** In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the Initiative refers to vampires as "it". Of course, vampires aren't human anyway, but everyone else uses gender-specific pronouns, and since vampires otherwise appear to be human, it would take a bit of mental training to think of one as an "it" by default.
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Cylon characters (even some who were generally recognized as allies by the humans) were often referred to as "it" by human characters.
** Done again in the prequel series ''Series/{{Caprica}}''; when Daniel Graystone meets the DigitalAvatar of Zoe, he spends a good part of the episode referring to her as "it" before finally acknowledging that she is sentient.
** Subverted in the ''Series/{{Galactica 1980}}'' episode "The Return of Starbuck'', where Starbuck has no problem referring to Cy (the Centurion he'd repaired) as "he" and never even calls him "it".
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example during Marcus Licinius Crassus' song:
--> I called my slave to the cave to ask it\\
To cook a feast and lower in a basket
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an artificial intelligence researcher murdered, and the potential AI (or someone using it) is considered a suspect. The AI is consistently referred to as "she" by the people who developed it, but Holmes insists on "it" and becomes obsessed with proving it can't pass the Turing Test...but even he slips and catches himself.
* Common among the Prolethians on ''Series/OrphanBlack'', when referring to the clones.
** In season 1, Tomas consistently refers to the clones as "it" rather than "she" when convincing Helena to hunt down and kill them. One sign that Helena is having doubts about her mission is that she doesn't.
** Similarly, in season 2, Grace refers to Helena as "it" while her father Henrik -- who believes in redeeming Helena and making her a part of his family -- uses "she".
* Inverted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' with Root who refers to the Machine, the artificial intelligence she worships, using feminine pronouns.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Elektra takes extreme offense in Nobu calling her "it". It's worth noting however that the Hand nonetheless treat her with reverence, indicating that to them, calling the Black Sky "it" is simply the proper form of addressing such a powerful entity.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': This continues to be the case for Elektra, revived by the Hand and brainwashed into an assassin. As the Black Sky, she is still referred to as "it", and after encounters where Stick and Matt address her by name, Elektra regains all her suppressed memories and makes quite clear how much she hates being thought of as a weapon as she kills Alexandra:
-->'''Elektra Natchios:''' And my name...is Elektra Natchios.
* Played with in season 11 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', when Sam refers to [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Castiel's]] human vessel as an "it". Dean takes offense, arguing it's not an it, it's ''[[TrueCompanions Cas]]''. Since the Winchesters have never interacted with Castiel outside of his vessel (because that would kill them), [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith the vessel is how they perceive him]] -- however, the vessel ''is'' technically separate from Castiel (and no longer houses a human soul), so Sam's designation is accurate and probably isn't meant to be disrespectful; tensions are just running high at that particular moment.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor Falls", the Harold Saxon incarnation of The Master insists that [[spoiler:Bill, the Doctor's companion]] is an it, not a she, after her UnwillingRoboticisation into a cyberman.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The introduction of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Malakim]] angels in Steve Jackson Games ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has an angel use this trope when referring to a demon. [[TheCorrupter Shedim]] are routinely referred to as "it" even by other demons, who consider them loathsome.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{OGRE}}'' by Steve Jackson Games, one of the bits of flavor text in the manual mentions that the eponymous giant A.I. tanks are never referred to by the traditional "she". Friendly [=OGREs=] are "he" and enemy [=OGREs=] are "it".
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Nara-O, god of secrets, is often referred to as "it" since [[NoBiologicalSex even by god standards]] it appears to be entirely non-gendered, in keeping with its secretive nature (although it may just be a case of AmbiguousGender, also in keeping with the secretive nature).
* The designers of ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' are aware of the implications of referring to a person as an 'it', but still use 'it' as the article for the non-gendered alien species, since there isn't another article in 1938 that Earthlings would be likely to use. Of course 'It' does end up often being used by humans in a very dehumanizing way in universe.

* This trope can appear in French, even though the French language does not have a neuter gender. In the play ''Becket'' by Jean Anouilh, when King Henry meets a smelly peasant girl he doesn't say "Elle pue" (she stinks), he says "Ça pue" (that stinks).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' has Saix refer to Xion as "it". [[spoiler:This is partially because Xion's appearance [[AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder varies according to who is looking at her]]. While Axel and Roxas see her as a beautiful girl, Saix sees her as a faceless puppet]]. The [[Manga/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 manga]] had [=DiZ=] referring to Roxas in the same manner because Roxas is a Nobody, a being not meant to exist.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', some high-ranking members of Blackwatch are very insistent about referring to ZEUS, otherwise known as Alex Mercer, as "it" instead of "he". [[spoiler:Which turns out to be fitting, since the "Alex" you control is a sentient version of the Blacklight virus that has assumed Alex's form.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Inverted by Shale in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', who is a golem and thus treated as furniture by those who don't know better, but is actually a fully sentient individual. Shale refers to everyone ''else'' as "it" on purpose, mostly for the ironic reversal and to indicate a complete lack of respect. Including the PlayerCharacter. [[spoiler:The player character will get upgraded to "you" if you reach friendship level with Shale.]]
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', it's revealed that the Qunari word for outsider or foreigner is "bas", which means "thing". If you're not a follower of the Qun, you are not even a person. Or if you're a mage, since their word/[[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep name]] for a mage is "Saarebas", meaning "dangerous thing". [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic This is one of the reasons the Qun is not popular with some players]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' has Cole, is a Fade spirit who somehow took human form without possessing anyone. Vivienne (a Circle Mage trained to mistrust spirits) and Sera (generally leery of magic) make a point of calling him "it". Cole is rather pleased when Sera eventually slips up and says 'him'.
*** Averted in the case of Solas; he repeatedly calls a particular spirit 'it' while making it clear he considers the spirit very much a person and a dear friend. He just doesn't believe in assigning it a gender. Interestingly enough, Solas refers to Cole as 'he.'
* Possibly averted by Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. Most people refer to the {{Mon}}s as "it", even though they had genders since ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', and gender differences as of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''.
* [[SmugSnake Isaea Roenall]] in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' calls the main character an "it" if you interject during one of his tirades in Nalia's sidequest, to underline [[AristocratsAreEvil his elitist attitude]].
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', if enough armed henchmen are knocked out, the remaining thugs will call Batman "It".
* Happens in a way in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'' where [[RobotGirl Aigis]] corrects Yukari referring to her as a girl because, well, she's a robot. However this is used to show how unlike a human she is. At first, at least. Later on, she starts to refer to herself as a "she".
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Joker consistently refers to [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]] as "It", seeing as not only is he wary of an illegal AI but he also doesn't like anyone/anything interfering with his piloting. [[spoiler:After the Collector attack where Joker risks his life to give EDI full control of the ship leading her to save the day, he starts referring to her as "she".]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', in video logs, the Illusive Man gets to KickTheDog by always referring to EDI as "it", even correcting technicians who call her "she". Oddly, in ''Mass Effect 2'' he refers to EDI as a 'she' just like everyone else. Apparently, he really was just being a [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]].
** In ''3'', Shala'Raan, while less hateful toward the geth than Han'Gerrel or Daro'Xen, insists on referring to Legion as "it" when Shepard uses "he".
** Inverted with the hanar, who refer to ''themselves'' in public as "it" or "this one". They consider it extremely rude to use first-person pronouns around people who aren't relatives or extremely close friends. Plus, it's not even known if hanar have genders or gender identity the way most species do.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'': [[ScaryDogmaticAliens The kett]] refer to all other species in this manner, always calling them "lower lifeforms" or "specimens". They view any non-kett as little better than animals.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''
** The Heavy refers to the Pyro as an "it" in the long-awaited "Meet the Pyro" video.
--->'''Heavy Weapons Guy:''' I fear no man. But that... ''thing''. [[TheDreaded It scares me.]]
** In the same video, the Scout averts this -- he refers to the Pyro with ''both'' gender pronouns ''in the same sentence''. (Valve's official policy on the Pyro's gender/real identity is that at this point, ''not'' answering the question is far more entertaining and interesting than any answer they could ever create.)
--->'''The Scout:''' H-He's not here, is she?
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon''
** The Masters of the Bazaar are generally called "it", despite going by "Mr.", although they do get called "he" sometimes. This is because nobody even knows what they are other then "not human".
** This doesn't apply to gender-neutral [[PlayerCharacter player characters]], though, for whom the narrative system will twist itself into knots to call you several variants of "person of indistinct gender" instead of "it". Most of the references being in second-person helps.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Trudy (the bartender in Goodsprings) repeatedly refers to Victor (the robot with a cowboy persona) as an "it", even when the player calls him "he". She's not a bad person, she just doesn't trust Victor.
* In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Isran, the leader of the Dawnguard (a group of vampire hunters), is incredibly rude to the vampire Serana when she tries to help, and refers to her as "it" when speaking to you.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist Emeraude]] constantly refers to Sophie as [[spoiler:Protos Heis]] and never uses "she", always "it". [[spoiler:This is because she sees Sophie as only a humanoid weapon and not as an actual person, unlike everyone else; which serves as a subtle cue to her true nature.]]
* Inverted the earlier ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' game ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' teen researcher Rita Mordio who prefers to spend her time with the {{Magitek}} Blastia ascribes them pronouns as she sees them as people.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': The protagonist Jodie's [[AbusiveParents verbally abusive father]] has absolutely no qualms with referring to Jodie as an "it" and a demon. While arguing with Jodie's ''mother'', no less.
* In ''VideoGame/OurDarkerPurpose'', the evil Administrators of the [[OrphanageOfFear Edgewood Home for Lost Children]] refer to Cordy as an "it", as in, "we could just kill it now. No one would notice."
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'', the gods, except for Hephaestus, call Pandora "it", because she is an ArtificialHuman Hephaestus created. Kratos sees her as a surrogate daughter and gets pissed that Zeus won't quit doing this.
* Bestovius, in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', refers to Mario as an "it," with emphasis on the pronoun. It's unclear if he is mocking Mario or if he genuinely thinks this way with a speech quirk.
* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' uses this trope to establish [[spoiler:Wendy]]'s hatred of [[HeroicDog Brown]]. When she refers to him at all, it's only as 'it' or 'that filthy dog/that thing'. She only uses Brown's name [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness once]]: while [[spoiler:apologizing to Jennifer for killing him. And all the other children]]. Except on that occasion, she is exactly as cruel as the trope connotes.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' uses this with many characters when they talk about [[ArtificialHuman Synths]], but one particular instance stands out when Arthur Maxson refers to [[spoiler:Paladin Danse]] as "it" even after knowing them for years, something [[spoiler:Danse]] is visibly hurt by.
** Two companions ([=MacReady=] and Cait) react negatively to [[spoiler:Danse]] being revealed to be a synth. But while [=MacReady=] still calls him a "him", saying if [[spoiler:you kill Danse]], "Keeping him around was too dangerous", Cait will refer to him as an it, even saying if [[spoiler:you kill Danse]], "Good. Thought that thing would never shut up."
* [[BigBad Calamity Ganon]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is mainly referred to as "it" by various characters rather than "him" as in previous ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' games. This has a sinister justification in-universe: by this point in the timeline, Ganon has turned into an EldritchAbomination no longer exhibiting anything recognizably human or individual, so the "it" indicates that the people of Hyrule view Ganon as an incorporeal force of evil rather than a person.
* This is used by one of [[OmnicidalManiac Tachyon's]] propaganda machines to refer to lombaxes in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction''. Tachyon hates lombaxes to genocidal levels, and uses such machines to demonize them and insure that if Ratchet is nearby, everyone will drop what they're doing to kill him.

* Gets referenced in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', after Ennesby (a viral vannilla-helix A.I.) gets the Tough's ship blown up during the Battle for the Core. Tagon is understandably annoyed, and starts referring to Ennesby by "it" for a while, most noticeably in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050725.html one strip:]]
-->'''Ennesby:''' Petey, help! He's demoted me to an "it"!
* A gate-guard in ''The Prime of Ambition'' [[http://jaadrih.comicgenesis.com/d/20080409.html referred to]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Thanatos]] this way (the next page shows that he knows what this meant).
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_892.php Dan is subjected to this.]]
* An interesting variation is in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', where Ed refers to himself as it because he was cast out of the tribe and his ""name was eaten". The main character calls him 'he' because she can't ''not'' think of him as a person.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', the Mayor and Mr. Kornada (as seen in the page image) call Florence 'it'.
* ''Webcomic/OHumanStar''
-->'''Al''': Why the hell is that thing a ''girl'', Brendan?
-->'''Brendan''': You can't call them ''things,'' Al, they have rights under state law now.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', Julie's group kept referring to Joyelle the Erinyes (a devil who looks like an attractive winged human woman) as "it".
* Humans in ''Webcomic/ThePocalypse'' use "it" for everything else, including vampires, despite the latter being obviously sapient and able to communicate in perfect English.
* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Footloose}} Cherry]]'', Codexx, on realizing the new Cherry is a WholesomeCrossdresser, tells another demon she's "welcome to it." When Cherry calls her out on this, she clarifies: "the ''fight,'' you little freak."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The bug Ktk in Christopher Wright's ''Literature/PayMeBug'' insists on [[AvertedTrope being called "it"]], because it's just the logical thing to call a hermaphrodite. Characters who don't know Ktk have a little trouble remembering to call it "it".
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation strongly encourages the convention of referring to anomalous humans as "it", since Foundation members shouldn't become attached to the people it has to lock up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-AqVrpKKyQ In a recording of a police questioning]] of a man whose daughter was a victim of Franchise/{{The Slender Man|Mythos}}, the bereaved father decides to refer to Slendy as "it" rather than "he".
* In ''Roleplay/WelcomeToBeacon'', [[MadScientist Josef Priam]] refers to the [[UnwillingRoboticization Weapon Girls]] he created through horrific torture experiments as "it", saying "What girl? [[{{Moe}} Beta-Two]]? It's a machine, not a person." Dex absolutely ''[[UnstoppableRage flips]].''
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHVvVmUNBFc a video]] by Website/TheOnion covering Beyonce being unhurt after a stray bullet hit a nearby passerby, the passerby is referred to as "it".
* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', Devon refuses to refer to any demon as anything other than 'it' or their name.
* [[WebVideo/ThePhilipDefrancoShow Philip DeFranco]] ultimately decides to use the word "it" for a woman who tortured her two near-infant children on phone video, one of them to death, to get her partner's attention when she suspected him of cheating.
* In the ''WebVideo/DogVlog'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynT9ltITjMg Kicked Out Of Hotel Because Of My Service Dog]], Drew takes offence to a hotel manager calling his service dog Stella a "that."
-->''If you refer to a dog as a THAT, you're a serial killer.''


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has Bruce referring to his android duplicate as "it" even when questioning whether the android had a soul.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
** Referenced once:
--->'''[[PluckyComicRelief Kid Flash]]:''' He can talk?!\\
'''[[CloningBlues Superboy]]:''' (''annoyed'') Yes, "''[[ImStandingRightHere he]]''" can!\\
'''Kid Flash:''' ...[[DefiedTrope It's not like I said "it".]]
** Later, in the same episode:
--->'''[[MadScientist Dr. Desmond]]:''' And get [[PersonOfMassDestruction the weapon]] back in its pod!\\
'''Kid Flash:''' Hey, how come ''he'' gets to call Supey an "it"?
** Later ''[[RunningGag still]]:''
--->'''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' Is that what I think it is?\\
'''Kid Flash:''' (''out of the corner of his mouth'') He doesn't like being called an "it".[[note]]Batman wasn't actually talking about Superboy, he was talking about his suit's [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS S-shield]].[[/note]]
** Supervillain and world-class sociopath Harm narrates his battles, referring to his opponents as "it" all the while. The only person he breaks this habit with (other than [[ThirdPersonPerson himself]]) is [[spoiler:his sister [[MoralityChain Greta]], whom he murdered]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] says this when she first competes against [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mabel]]: "Aw, ''it'' thinks it's gonna win."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In the episode "Quagmire's Dad", Peter says to Lois about Quagmire's sex-changed father "What do we call it again?".
** Earlier in "Running Mates", when Lois tells Chris that women are not objects, Peter responds "That's right, Chris, do what it says."
* Kon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' is usually referred to as "It" by his crush Trina Riffin.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], [[BlobMonster the Smooze]] is mostly referred to as "it" or a "thing", including by Discord, who isn't too convincing when he claims that he cares about his guest. The exception is Tree Hugger, who consistently uses male pronouns when talking about it.
-->'''Discord:''' The Smooze might be an "it", but it's an "it" with an heart of... well... ''blob''.
* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Stunning and Brave". The schools new [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC Principal]] accuses Kyle of bring transphobic when he says that Caitlyn Jenner doesn't deserve to be called a hero for coming out; Kyle says "It doesn't matter" (referring to the issue itself), but PC assumes he was using "It" as a slur against Jenner.
* A very brief moment in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a random bystander scream, "It's going to kill us with its awesome Avatar powers!" when Aang shows up. The episode, "Avatar Day", is about a festival where the Avatar is reviled as a murderer, and he must [[ClearMyName clear his name]] - but during the trial he is again referred to as "it". It does not go well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Predaking is consistently referred to as "it" until [[ItCanThink demonstrating the capacity to speak and transform]], and consistently as "he"/"him" from then on.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "Brinky", Brain consistently refers to his and Pinky's clone Roman Numeral 1 as "it" during his brief infancy.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Homeworld gems' HumansAreInsects mentality often shows by calling humans "it" or similarly impersonal grammar (Jasper's first words about Steven were "''What'' is this?"). Even some of the Crystal Gems have done the same, as in a WholeEpisodeFlashback to when Steven's parents met, [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] refers to [[BumblingDad Greg]] as "it," but switches to "he" when she realizes Greg was listening to her. Ironically, ''they're'' the ones with NoBiologicalSex.
** Although [[WasOnceAMan corrupted gems]] are often called "it" even by the Crystal Gems, in "Kindergarten Kid" Steven refers to the gem monster Peridot is pursuing with female pronouns to emphasize that they are deserving of sympathy and consideration.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Baby Oskar", Oskar Kokoshka constantly refers to his wife's baby nephew also named Oskar as "it" before he starts warming up to the tyke.

[[folder:Real Life]]
%% No "generic" examples. Social/political commentary can go on Analysis.ItIsDehumanizing.
* Inverted with Charles Lindbergh Jr., the "Lindbergh Baby". He was affectionately referred to as "Little It" by his parents.
* Pretty much averted with infants in general. People don't specifically intend to call newborns "it", but new parents can expect to be bombarded with questions like "is it a boy or a girl?", "is it healthy?" or "how much does it weigh?" It's also common to refer to unborn children as "it", especially if the parents choose not to find out the gender until the baby's born.
* A frightening example is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Pelzer Dave Pelzer's]] mother. She inflicted terrible abuse on him, and referred to him as "it". His biography about surviving his childhood is called ''Literature/AChildCalledIt''.
* It became a minor scandal when John [=McCain=], during a 2008 debate, referred to Obama as "that one."
* In the nonfiction book ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'', a quote from an Abu Ghraib guard includes the guard referring to a prisoner as it, in addition to descriptions and some photographs of the abuse that was committed there.
* On ''Series/TheJeremyKyleShow'', [[WifeBasherBasher Jeremy often refers to wife-beaters as "that."]]
* In colloquial spoken Finnish, "it" is used in place of he/she by a majority of Finns and it's not usually considered rude or dehumanizing, though this is never used in formal contexts.
* In Turkish, there is no distinction between he/she/it, so one would always use "it". Since it is the nature of the language, it is considered normal.
* Averted in real life with [[http://www.hansonrobotics.com Hanson Robotic's]] Jules ([[http://www.hansonrobotics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Jules_011.jpg pic]]). The robot is advanced enough to understand that he is sexless and androgynous, yet he calls himself "him" because his creators do the same.
* Cory Hicks, one of the four racists who beat Billy Ray Johnson, making him requiring care for the rest of his life, referred to his victim as "it".
* In High/Standart German, the words ''Kind'' (child) and ''Weib'' (a somewhat archaic word for ''wife'', now being replaced by ''Frau'') are of neutral gender and therefore are referred to as ''es'' (it). In general all diminutives like ''Mädchen'' (girl, originating from ''little woman''), ''Männlein'' (little man), ''Frauchen'' (little woman, used for the owner of a dog), ''Herrchen'' (little man, used for the owner of a dog), i.e. everything that ends with -chen or -lein is referred to as ''es'' (it).
* Particularly among English speaking transgender or non-binary people, being called an "it" is considered a ''very'' harsh insult, and is often considered a slur.
** Some people of nonbinary gender will accept "it" pronouns. Don't assume that, however--ask them.
* In Chinese, the word "tā" is the universal third person pronoun. It only acquires gender when written. 他 is male, 她 is female, while 它 is for objects or animals (in Simplified Chinese).
** In Traditional Chinese, 它 is used for objects and 牠 is for animals. The practice of referring animals as 它 in Simplified Chinese seems to be dehumanizing to those who would actually use 牠 in their writing. The fact that animal cruelty is more of an issue in Mainland China also doesn't help.
** The gendered writing for the "tā" pronoun in Chinese is a modern development. They wanted to mirror how European languages gendered their pronouns as a way to show that they were "civilized", thus they began using different characters to represent this.
* In the Netherlands, they tend to call a castrated cat or dog an 'it' ('het') although this is incorrect because the animal still posesses the genitals; they only can't reproduce anymore.