In a setting where there is a WitchSpecies, aliens, fairies, or superpowers that show up with sufficient regularity, these {{Differently Powered Individual}}s will have the hardship of being hunted by those who want to exploit them for money, power and ...other uses. [[MutantDraftBoard The government]], corporations, {{Mad Scientist}}s and criminal organizations may seek to enslave and co-opt them to evil ends, such as spying, {{Super Soldier}}ing, ForScience! and many other purposes.

In extreme cases they may become a SlaveRace or EndangeredSpecies thanks to this FantasticRacism. The protagonists are likely a part of this oppressed group, and have to spend the story on the run from their oppressors, trying to escape their captors control, and/or thwarting their plans and helping their fellows escape. As a result of this trope, members of this oppressed group are likely to choose TranshumanTreachery and the [[AntiHumanAlliance enslavement (or eradication) of mankind]], which can be poetically [[{{Tragedy}} tragic]] if [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the fear of this is what lead to the enslavement in the first place.]]

See also MutantDraftBoard and SuperRegistrationAct. For examples of what things can be like if Supers volunteer their abilities, check out JustForFun/TheseLookLikeJobsForTheSuperman.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''OnePiece'', Fishmen inherently have 10 times the strength of normal humans, but they are constantly getting captured and placed into slavery, where they are bought for extremely high prices by [[AristocratsAreEvil the fabulously wealthy]]. People confirmed to have Devil Fruit powers also fetch very high prices at the slave auctions.
* ''WitchHunterRobin'' had the inquisition out to mostly kill witches, but the Japanese branch wasn't averse to recruiting witches... in order to use them to hunt down their own kind. The ones they captured were then enslaved (or [[HumanResources processed]], it's not clear) to produce "orbo," an AntiMagic material.
* ''DarkerThanBlack'' Contractors were treated like [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman dangerous, though useful monsters]] and either used as expendable killers or [[TheyWouldCutYouUp experimented upon]] at will -- at least, until U.N. intervened... to demand that countries share this research and form PANDORA. Dolls who got a shorter straw were treated like corpses with still living brains -- if normal humans don't take cyborgization well, try to cut off a Doll's legs and "program" him to test the replacement. Just like that, it's equipment. Or sometimes a pretty one get "programmed" and sold as a SexBot -- illegal, but behind the {{masquerade}} there's very little difference.
* The manga series [[Manga/PlusAnima +Anima]] is about young people who develop the ability to transform into PettingZooPeople, with the ability to grow wings, claws, tails, and more. Discrimination against the +Anima occurs in many places, but in Sailand, enslaving them is legal and there is an active business. It's implied that they're usually sold to people who can make the most use of their abilities, (such as a fisherman who wants to use a swimming +Anima for his work) though attractive +Anima may be sold to rich people and artists for the purpose of standing around and looking pretty.
* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' features a split-off of humanity called [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Twilights]], all of whom have SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, etc. but constantly face FantasticRacism and were legal to enslave until just a few years before the main story starts. The only reason normals got away with this sort of treatment is because Twilights are a very small minority of the population and all of them are hopelessly addicted to the pricey drug ''Célèbre'', which many slave masters used to control them. For example, [[spoiler: one of the main reasons Nicolas never ran away from his highly abusive owners as a child was because they provided him with just enough ''Célèbre'' to keep him barely lucid.]]
* May or may not happen frequently with the more monstrous monster girls of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''. A shown example would be [[SpiderPeople Rachnera Arachnera,]] whose host family was expecting a girl of the [[LittleBitBeastly softer variety.]]
** [[spoiler:In one of the more recent chapters, during a flashback we see several monster children being rescued from a group of kidnappers.]]
* ''WorldTrigger'': The [[AlienInvasion Neighbors]]' motive for coming to earth is essentially this. Drones are sent to earth to harvest humans for their [[{{Mana}} Trion]]. Humans with low Trion merely have their Trion Glands removed ([[PoweredByAForsakenChild which is, naturally, fatal]]). Humans with sufficiently high Trion, however, are taken alive and used as Slaves Soldiers back in The Neighborhood.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The 1970s alien version of Comicbook/{{Starman}} spent years as a drugged slave being bought and sold by various "collectors".
* At one point, ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' foe the Puppet Master attempted to sell a number of MarvelComics superheroines under his MindControl as {{Sex Slave}}s to various nasty sorts.
* 1980s ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' villainess the (human) Queen Bee was introduced running an auction to sell off a brainwashed superhero from another world.
** In the SilverAge and in the 1990s the original alien version of [[NamesTheSame the Queen Bee]] has sometimes tried to [[AssimilationPlot transform the Leaguers into her "drones."]]
* ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' enemy Roulette engages in this so that she can profit from betting on superhuman blood sports.
* The Cyborg-Superman and Mongul have both tried to do this to the members of the GreenLanternCorps.
* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' are basically the {{Trope Codifier}}s. Among the groups out to enslave them are: The Weapon X project, the U-Men (although in this case, they were specifically trafficking mutant body parts, blood and whatever else carried the mutations) and the island nation of Genosha, which built its prosperity on mutant slavery until Magneto stepped in and took over.
** X-Men villain Mojo's entire existence is practically to televise {{Differently Powered Individual}}s doing awesome things for the benefits of higher ratings. Their consent, is of course, ''purely optional''.
** We once did see the Hellfire Club having an ''actual superhuman auction.'' This isn't as [[BullyingADragon suicidally dumb]] as it sounds, as the MarvelUniverse has always had a population of lower-level superhumans - not always visible, but there. The club wasn't selling anyone who could kill you with their brain. Not to mention, the Hellfire Club is run by an Inner Circle of powerful superhumans in their own right. Natch, the X-Men had to break it up.
** Gambit was stolen from a hospital shortly after birth and given to a slave trafficking sorceror as a gift because of his demonic-looking eyes.
* In the DCAU, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were once captured and auctioned off to the highest bidder. All the major villains of the DCAU were invited to the auction. [[spoiler: It turned out to be a trap by the Justice League to lure out of hiding and arrest as many villains as possible.]]

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* In ''FanFic/FirstTrySeries'', Sasuke has to hide that he's Uchiha to not risk getting kidnapped and sold into slavery for his bloodline.
* In ''FanFic/WishCarefully'', magically-strong girls were kidnapped by Death Eaters to be concubines for stave off their slow extinction.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the original ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain'' Tony & Tia are chased by a CorruptCorporateExecutive who wants to use their powers for his personal gain and a mob of people on a literal WitchHunt. Not that they know what they'll ''do'' with them once they catch them.
* The MarvelCinematicUniverse has a solitary example: ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk,'' whom General Thunderbolt Ross says, in no uncertain terms "is property of the US Government". Specifically, since Banner tested an attempt to reverse-engineer [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger a super-soldier serum]] on himself, the power of the resultant HulkOut is seen by Ross as useful to the government as study. He's prepared to capture Banner and use him as a guinea pig/monster on a leash for the rest of his life.
* This is the premise of ''Film/{{Push}}'', all the world's superpowers hunt down... people with actual superpowers, killing, brainwashing, and experimenting on them.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'', the Abh were originally created to be slaves. Now that they have an empire of their own, they're hated.
* In ''TheDresdenFiles'' short story ''Aftermath'', [[BadassNormal Murphy has to disguise herself as a kidnapper selling a couple of werewolves]] in order to track down and destroy a Fomor group operating in Chicago. Formors are a group of aquatic supernaturals snatching up humans possessing varying degrees of magical talent. It's mentioned that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] [[BloodMagic blood has several useful properties]], and [[PoweredByAForsakenChild presumably other kinds of magic-users would have unique traits]].
* The [[StockholmSyndrome Damane]] in ''TheWheelOfTime''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* This is the ambition of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain Henry van Statten. [[BullyingADragon Pity his first attempt involves a Dalek.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' had a mix of both options by the same organization, which both hunted, exterminated, recruited and blackmailed people with abilities.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', a government facility known as "The Academy" exists to experiment on young people who show signs of psychic abilities and turn them into SuperSoldiers. Among other things, the process vastly amplifies their PsychicPowers, but it frequently drives the subjects insane. The Academy recruits their 'students' by [[SchoolForScheming posing as a prestigious school]]; while there's no evidence of them using force to obtain ''new'' subjects, it's very difficult to get out again once you've signed on. Any escapees are hunted by [[TheMenInBlack "Hands of Blue" agents.]]
* This was the premise of ''Series/TheImmortal'', a standard episodic drama from 1969 to 1971. Ben Richards was a race car driver whose blood contains every immunity and antibody possible, making him effectively immortal. A very rich and old man discovers this by receiving a transfusion from Richards and instantly feeling much younger and healthier. This prompts him to want to capture and imprison and effectively enslave Richards to ensure a constant supply of this (literally) life-giving substance. They even covered the point about paying Richards to frequently donate some blood, and the old man refusing by postulating that serious injury could kill Richards, thereby cutting off the supply of blood.
* In one ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode, Lorne is being forced to use his ability to read people's destinies so that they can be sold on the black market.
* In an AlternateHistory episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', a Holocaust survivor travels back in time to [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct kill Hitler]], but inadvertently causes the Nazis to have a technological advantage and take over Europe. In the alternate present, the Nazis are rounding up superpowered individuals and using Seth, who has a combination of PowerParasite and SuperEmpowering, to give them to high ranking Nazi officials. The superpowered individuals are then killed.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', human telepaths (except the very weakest) are ''required'' to join the [[MutantDraftBoard Psi Corps]], or take psi-dampening drugs that include suicidal depression as side effects.

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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* In the ''{{Aberrant}}'' role-playing, some novas (superpowered individuals) are hunted by criminal syndicates who kidnap them and harvest their organs to make superpowered drugs.
* ''{{Champions}}''. The organization PSI (Parapsychological Studies Institute) hunts down and captures people with psionic abilities and brainwashes them into becoming villains and slaves of PSI. PSI plans to use them to take control of the world.
* In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' gameline ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', the Cheiron corporation does this to any being with powers, dissecting them to make medicine. Interestingly their strategy is stated to be very successful at curing the sick. They also harvest organs to give their agents superpowers.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. Drakes are creatures which appear to be human but can shapeshift into the form of small dragons, with appropriate powers. Once they started to appear, powerful entities such as Great Dragons and {{MegaCorp}}s immediately started to hunt them down and capture them.
* In the ''DungeonsAndDragons'' DarkSun setting, muls ([[HalfHumanHybrid crossbreeds between humans and dwarves]]) have incredible endurance, being able to work three days straight without rest, but are rare due to sterility. Their endurance makes them great slaves, and large numbers are made into gladiators. Slave-hunters will generally put more effort into capturing muls than slaves of other races, and will probably have to because muls sprinting for freedom tend to be BadAss.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Harvester gang in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' likes to kidnap people with [[ArtificialLimbs augmentations]] and cut them out to either sell or install in themselves. Not a very nice group of people, all things considered.
* Biotics (especially untrained children) in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe are very sought after by illegal groups, particularly if they're powerful for their species. In a more benign variant, biotics are also rare enough among humans that there are monetary incentives offered for them join the armed forces; the discrimination they face is so omnipresent that a very large percentage of them do indeed sign up just to escape it.
* The [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' once infected the entire population of a town with an experimental bioweapon. Every subject died after the town had to be shelled except for two, a woman and her newborn baby, who both exhibited odd capabilities. They were seized and designated "military assets" to spend the next forty years imprisoned and subject to all kinds of tests to develop tactics for fighting (and creating) new bioweapons.
* ''Legalized'' example in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': all individuals, human or elf, with magical talent can be taken away by the [[MageKiller Templars]] and placed inside a glorified prison with others of the like (ostensibly for their own and everyone else's protection) to toil away for the Chantry and whomever the Templars deem suitable clients.
** The situation is made complicated by the fact that mages are so because of their connection to the Fade, which includes a significant population of malevolent demons ready to use the mage as a tunnel to wreak havoc in the mortal world. A mage who loses control and gets possessed is generally accompanied by a massive body count. The Chantry sees its practices as a reasonable compromise: Mages are taken away from the public population for the safety of all, but the mages themselves aren't killed outright, but confined amongst their kind in relative comfort where they can study their art, use them for the better, and be warned not to give into the demons. As is with most complicated matters, there is ferocious IC and OOC debate on this, and lots of room for abuse on both sides.
** The Qunari, though, treat their mages as dangerous beasts. All mages are called Saarebas, which literally means "dangerous thing" in Qunari. They are forced to wear special collars that nullify their abilities and can be used to cause them great pain. Many also have their [[AndIMustScream mouths sewn shut]], so that they can't speak the words of a spell. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', if a certain Qunari mage hunter finds out that you or anyone in your party is a free mage, he will go berserk and attack you immediately (of course, he would still attack you anyway for attempting to free a Saarebas). They have only recently started to grudgingly use Saarebas in warfare, once their attempt to fight the Tevinter Imperium (a magocracy) with only conventional means (including gunpowder) was met with devastating magic.
** A less legal example would be the elves. They used to be enslaved (the Imperium still uses them as slaves), and even now are treated as second-class citizens. This is motivated solely by prejudice as they're no more inherently dangerous than humans (some say all elves once had magic, but no-one knows for sure).
* In Franchise/StarCraft, telepaths are deceptively (if possible) or forcibly (if not) recruited into the [[MutantDraftBoard Ghost Program]] by wranglers. They are then trained TheSpartanWay and mind-wiped.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', while "Goblin" races (humans, orcs, etc.) are terrified of Fae races (elves, faeries), one kingdom has offered a reward for captives of elven blood [[spoiler: for use as HumanSacrifice in hopes of obtaining the power of immortality.]]
* In ''BlueYonder'', the Davenports have been targetted. Their parents were taken in the BackStory, and Maiden Flight sacrificed herself to buy Blue Yonder time -- [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1361050/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-39/ and the reasons why are as yet unknown.]]

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* One ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' story saw the heroes shutting down a slaver ring who were selling female Pelkons (a race of [[HumanAliens very human-like alien refugees]] who had been stranded on Earth during the Xorn invasion of 1985) into [[SexSlave sexual slavery]]. A partial [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in that the Pelkons have no "superhuman" abilities to speak of.
* Although the superhumans are the upper class in Arcadia, the primary setting for DestineEnormity, the Minos Corporation was found to be shipping Arcadian citizens out to be enslaved in the outside would. [[EnemyMine Both the Elite and the Messiah Complex were]] [[http://s13.zetaboards.com/DestineEnormity/forum/3020723/ pissed]] when they found out.
* Not uncommon in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}''. People with the Adonis trait (especially if it comes with little or nothing else in the way of superpowers) are targets for sex slavery. Other powers tend to vary depending upon the risk-versus-reward scenario, but the Califate pays top-dollar for Contrivers, and everyone wants a Gadgeteer.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* DCComics villainess Roulette turns up with this M.O. on ''JusticeLeague'' as well (see comic books above).
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the "genomorphs" are this: genetically-engineered/cloned superbeings that are kept under mental control until ordered with a task. In fact, the pilot was a carefully-crafted revolt by the genomorphs to supplant the control of The Light (the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness which created them) and allow the most human-looking of them (ComicBook/{{Superboy}}) to escape and act as their advocate to the outside world.
** Unfortunately, the Light is still in control, just more subtly, and Superboy has trouble even advocating for himself. Also, they left the same guy who was brainwashed into being head of security for the evil version as head of the reformed version, [[ThereAreNoTherapists instead of getting him some damn therapy]].
** As of season 2, both of them have been cured of this. On the other hand, the Light have started making deals with evil alien forces after advertising humanities potential for superpowers, which means lots of homeless people getting kidnapped and shipped off for human experiments to keep invoking this trope anyway.
* In FairlyOddParents, Fairy's are often hunted, almost always Mr. Crocker going after Timmy's fairies. [[spoiler:in TheMovie, Abracatastrophe, he succeeds]]

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