-> ''They called themselves the Munrungs. It meant The People, or The True Human Beings. It's what most people call themselves, to begin with. And then one day the tribe meets some other people and calls them The Other People or, if it's not been a good day, The Enemy. If only they'd think up a name like Some More True Human Beings, it'd save a lot of trouble later on.''
-->--'''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople''

The ProudWarriorRace of {{Noble Savage}}s has what the heroes perceive as a simple, [[MightyWhitey possibly even backwards]], culture. During their talks or negotiations (or heated battles), however, they'll run into one [[BlueAndOrangeMorality nearly incomprehensible]] linguistic and cultural custom: Their name for their tribe is translated "The People", but the name they have for the heroes? "Not-People".

That's right. They don't consider outsiders to be proper people. This might just be a curiosity mentioned in passing, but usually it indicates that their culture has a high degree of xenophobia, [[HiddenElfVillage isolationism]] or both. It might just be a benign way of saying "part of this tribe, not a part of this tribe". At worst, it means they have a codified MoralMyopia that makes them view not-people as animals at best. To be put down when dangerous or annoying... or if they're too ugly and they're bored.

A more moderate standpoint might just be that they consider "not-people" to be anyone who doesn't live their way of life, rather than as a biological imperative. In this case, other people or societies that share their values (be it honor, war or harmony with nature) will be considered "of the people". On that note, someone who is GoingNative will become "of the people" after adapting to their culture and winning honor.

For some reason, [[CantArgueWithElves no one argues]] with their exclusionist views. Alternately, heroes who [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman share similar]], [[WhatMeasureIsAMook unspoken sentiments]] and act in exactly the same ways may either [[WhatTheHellHero be called out on it]], or [[MoralDissonance fail to notice]] their own [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy]] when calling them out on their values.

SpeculativeFiction sometimes points out human/alien dichotomy as an example of this trope.

This trope is inspired by--but not the same as--a fairly common occurrence in the names that peoples historically gave to themselves and their neighbors. The most famous example in the West is the autonym (name given to themselves) of the Germans of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, ''diutisc''. ''Diutisc'' means "[[TropeNamer of the people]]" and is reflected in the modern German word ''Deutsch'' ("German", with the meaning "of the people" known only as a curiosity to the linguistically inclined) and the English word "Dutch" (which Netherlandish people haven't used for centuries). Its linguistic opposite was ''Walha(z)'', "stranger" or "foreigner", which gave its name to such diverse places as [[UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} Wallonia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} Wallachia]], and UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}, which have in common that they were places Germanic people met non-Germanic ones. Similarly, the word "Slav" is derived from a common Slavic word for "speech" or "talk"; the Slavic peoples often applied the term "nemetsi" (or similar terms), meaning "mute", to their neighbors, particularly Germans (resulting in many Slavic languages having derived words for Germany and German--and Persian and Arabic calling Austria ''Nimsa''/''Nimse'' to this day). On a related note, "Inuit" means "the people" in Inuktitut.

As you may have noticed, these terms identify the group as "the people" or "the speaking ones"--they don't deny other groups' humanity, they simply identify themselves as a people--as in a nation/tribe/whatever--and foreigners as, well, foreigners--human, but not of the nation/tribe/group. As a result, these are ''not'' examples, nor are most similar linguistic situations; ones that arguably are can cause conflict, so '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''
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* In ComicBook/BlackPanther ,Wakandans are somewhat xenophobic and racist. They tend to view foreigners as barbarians and avoid doing business with them. When one government official suggests giving Westerners the Cure For Cancer, T'Challa overrules him, fearing that they would somehow turn the cure into a weapon.

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* The Na'vi in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' skirt very close to this trope. When Jake finally wins them over and joins the tribe, their ceremony explicitly says he is now "of the people". They also call humans "sky people", so they aren't exactly dehumanizing [--(hee)--] us.
** The Na'vi word for human, "tawtute", is a compound of ''taw'' (sky) and ''tute'' (individual being).
* In ''Film/LittleBigMan'', the character played by Dustin Hoffman used the term "Human Being"[[note]]which is the meaning of the name "Tsitsistas", the Cheyenne tribe he grew up in[[/note]] when referring to "The People".
* In ''TheGodsMustBeCrazy'', the Bushman apparently considers non-black people to be some kind of ugly man-child who can't speak normally (since their languages lack the clicking consonants), are illiterate (since they can't interpret the animal tracks) and rude (because they don't greet the Bushman when they meet him), and wear cobwebs for clothes.

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* In many of the works of Creator/ZennaHenderson there's a group of humanoid aliens living on Earth that refers to themselves as "The People" in so many words. They arrived here around the turn of the 20th century, when their Home planet exploded. They look human enough to pass for human, provided they're not flying at the time, or doing one of the many other wondrous feats they're known and loved for by generations of SF readers. While some isolated Groups on Earth attempt to suppress and deny their heritage, others continue to use their powers discreetly. While continuing to call themselves "The People", they refer to the inhabitants of Earth as "Outsiders", and there's a distinct sense that they continue to call themselves that as a way of reminding themselves that they are not human.
* The name Mri in Creator/CJCherryh's ''Faded Sun'' trilogy means "people". What do these cat like aliens call humans and regul? Tsi-mri, "not-people". This makes the entry of Duncan into their society all the more noteworthy, and the inclusion three humans in their holy records unheard of for any other species. They're still [[CantArgueWithElves unapologetic]] [[OurElvesAreBetter space elves]] though (but we like them anyway).
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''The Carpet People''. See page quote.
** This trope is deeply examined by Pratchett's co-authors in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' books, in which Cohen and Stewart refer to the cultural conditioning and education of children as the "Make-A-Human-Being Kit". Every tribe has one exclusive to itself, and if you grew up in a culture that uses a different version of the Kit, your status as a True Human Being is probationary at best.
** A similar idea is used in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', though with countries instead of people:
--->It is more than just a wall, it is a marker. On one side is the Empire, which in the Agatean language is a word identical with "universe". On the other side is - nothing. After all, the universe is everything there is.\\\
Oh, there may ''appear'' to be things, like sea, islands, other continents, and so on. They may even appear solid, it may be possible to conquer them, walk on them... but they are not ''ultimately'' real. The Agatean word for foreigner is the same as the word for ghost, and only one brush stroke away from the word for victim.
* The Literature/ArtemisFowl fairies refer to themselves as The People. Even the few humans who have contact with them, such as Artemis, use that name. They refer to humans as Mud Men.
* The Atan people of David Eddings' ''{{Tamuli}}'' are a bog-standard ProudWarriorRace, so naturally it's mentioned at one point that they consider everyone else to be non-humans. In a bit of a twist, though, they've long since sold themselves as slaves to the Tamul Empire, because without an external interest directing their warlike tendencies they would quickly devolve into constant civil war.
* Diane Duane's Trek novel ''Spock's World'' gives many details of the history Vulcan, including "The Sundering." "United Federation of Planets" translates into Rihan (aka Romulan) as "Them, from There." And Klingon Empire as "More of Them, from Somewhere Else."
* In Mary Doria Russell's speculative fiction novel, ''The Sparrow'', one of the two species of aliens present in the work refer to themselves as the "Runa," which simply translates into "the people." However, the Runa seem very tolerant of the differences of outsiders. When a group of humans make first contact with some Runa, the villagers dub them "foreigners," using a word that literally means "people from the next river valley."
* The aliens [[ScienceMarchesOn inhabiting Jupiter]] in Isaac Asimov's short story "Not Final!" alternate between this and comparing humans to vermin.
* Treecats in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' call themselves The People and call humans "two-legs". This is not out of disdain; they are in fact rather in awe of humans.
** This does not mean that in the early days of contact between the two races Treecats did not have intense debates over whether or not humans could even count as "people." When the race of exclusively telepathic and empathic 'cats first sees humanity they're absolutely baffled by our "mouth noises" and aren't even sure we're capable of communicating at all. As time goes on, while impressed with humanity's tools, they frequently pity our "mind-blindness," and inability to know what other humans are feeling.
* Steven Brust renders this attitude by having [[{{Dragaera}} Dragaerans]] (elves, more or less) and Easterners (humans, apparently), referring to themselves as "humans", and considering the other group not humans.
** The planet's only native intelligent species, the Serioli, tend to agree with the Easterners and call them the "Old People."
* The Ai-Naidar of ''Literature/{{Kherishdar}}'' consider themselves people, and everything else including aliens "other" - humans are in some way lumped in with rocks and animals (and gods, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality oddly enough]]).
* In [[EndersGame Speaker For The Dead]], it's explained that there are four words for the varying kinds of 'people' that by the end of the book have become commonplace- one for the person of your own tribe/family/city (ones' kin and equals), one for the person of another country/city/world (capable of sharing a community, communicating, and living as equals), one for the person who is of another species (who can at least be communicated with and thus peaceful co-existance achieved), and one for the truly alien or savage beast (with whom no communication can take place, usually meaning one side will destroy or dominate the other in order to be safe).
** The Human-Bugger wars were the result of both sides assuming the other was type 4, leading to first humans and then the buggers being pushed to the brink of extinction. When humanity encounters another (far less technologically advanced) alien species, they resolve to avoid the mistakes of the past (those made with the buggers and with other humans during the age of european colonialism) and treat them as type 3. There is to be no exploitation of their resources, no colonization of their planet, no cultural contamination or attempts at religious conversion. What they don't realize is these aliens are smart enough to realize this is still a lopsided deal that will leave them with one little stone-age planet while humanity fills in all the other worlds around them. What they ''want'' is to be treated as "of the people" by humanity, to share in the exploration and colonization of the galaxy as equals.
* The Temuji of the RangersApprentice series have named themselves The People. Anyone who isn't them isn't a person, and so they have no more qualms about killing others - no matter how old or young - than we have of stepping on an ant.
* In ''Literature/TheImmortals'' by Creator/TamoraPierce, the animals--all of them--call themselves the People, and any with Wild Magic are considered People as well.
-->'''Cloud:''' ''[a horse speaking to a human Wildmage]'' Inside you are People.
* The rabbits of ''Literature/WatershipDown'' have their own language, and they have words for almost everything. Notably though, they don't have a word for "rabbit". Given how they [[FantasticRacism consider all other animals]] to be either [[AlwaysChaoticEvil stupid, evil or both]], it's possible that they don't even have one.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNamed'' series has the eponymous Named cats, who can think, invent, and see themselves as distinct individuals. Cats who live outside the clan (and don't have 'the light [of intelligence] in their eyes') are referred to as the Unnamed, and treated much as humans treat animals. It's a major plot twist in the first book when the protagonist, a Named exile, realizes that some Unnamed ''can'' think and feel, and that the difference between them and her clan is not as great as she once believed.
* In the language of the Radchaai in Literature/{{AncillaryJustice}}, "Radchaai" is synonymous with "civilization". Outsiders (aside from aliens or [[NoTranshumanismAllowed transhumans]])can become citizens and thus proper people, but only through being conquered by the Radch.

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* In ''{{Traveller}}'' the Aslan name themselves ''Fteir'' which means "People of honor". Which doesn't mean non-aslan are not people, just that they are dishonorable.
* ''ForgottenRealms'' elves [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Tel-quessir#Relations_with_other_races use simple terms]] "the people" and "not people". [[strike:Usually]] more often than [[FantasticRacism not]] the latter term have no elitist subtext attached, but depending on context may annoy even some elves. Funny part is that after drow were "divorced" from the main elven community, both began to call each other "not people".
* Dolphins in ''{{Rifts}}'' refer to Humans and only Humans as "Land People". Non-humans who also happen to be landlubbers are only referred to as "Others". Taking it a step further, Humans who live and work on the sea are given an extra step up and called "Boat People".
* In older versions of ''DungeonsAndDragons'', Halflings in their own language refer to themselves as "The People" and use other words (not all complimentary) for other races. This is used to justify why their general name is a bit of a [[FantasticRacism slur against their height]] whereas other races have names derived from their own languages (in general).
* Among the various names for [[WerewolfTheForsaken the Uratha]] is "the People."

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* CyranoDeBergerac: At act II Scene VI, Roxane and Cyrano discuss this trope about the attitude the Gascon Cadets take if you want to be part of the regiment not being a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Gascon]]. The GenreSavvy Roxane ask Cyrano his help to avert this trope with Christian. At Act II Scene IX, we see this trope played straight: Christian is from Touraine, and that means he is not a Gascon, so he is [[EatingLunchAlone ostracized]], is being given an EmbarrassingNickname, and he is subjected to the charming InitiationCeremony (condoned by the otherwise benevolent Captain Carbon!) consisting of a DareToBeBadass to [[BullyingTheDragon Bully The Dragon]] by mentioning the word [[BerserkButton “nose” to Cyrano]].
--> '''Roxane:''' Nay, but I felt a terror, here, in the heart,
--> On learning yesterday you were Gascons
--> All of your company...
--> '''Cyrano:''' And we provoke
--> All beardless sprigs that favor dares admit
--> 'Midst us pure Gascons—(pure! Heaven save the mark!
--> They told you that as well?
--> '''Roxane:''' Ah! Think how I
--> Trembled for him!
--> '''Cyrano:''' ''(between his teeth):'' Not causelessly!

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* In the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}: TOS'' episode ''Return of the Archons'', outsiders were said to be ''not of the body''.
* In the 1982 ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Kinda'', the Kinda refer to themselves as "we" and outsiders as "not-we".
** Some ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans refer to non-fans as "the not We".

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* The People in Creator/UrsulaVernon's ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' (a tribe of semi-anthropomorphic hyenas) operate this way. A little more significant than some of these examples because it determines whether or not you're fair game to be ''lunch''.
* Variant in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. The one-eyed Uniocs are from the planet Oth, and most species are named after their planet of origin.
-->'''Kevyn:''' Why do we call your people Uniocs rather than ''Oth''ers?\\
'''Ebby:''' As cultural underdogs, it was all we could do to convince you to call us "one-eye" rather than "foreigner."

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* Played pretty straight in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Elves refer to themselves as ''Elvhen'' ("The People"), Humans are ''Shemlen'' ("Quick Children") and Dwarves are ''Durgen'len'' ("Children of the Stone").
** The term ''Shemlen'' for Humans is the most frequently used and noteworthy. The name derives from the fact that Elves were originally said to have been immortal, until exposure to humans caused them to suffer a quickening and become mortal themselves. Due to this and a long tumultuous history between the groups, the term ''Shemlen'' has naturally garnered a rather pejorative meaning, although it can be used neutrally.

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