Humans Are the Real Monsters
So the Speculative Fiction
protagonist is fighting one or more nonhuman
entities, and is one of the major forces of his kind. Battling onward, the hero is hit with true horror: the villains aren't fighting their equals or lessers
, but their own monsters
, who see the hero hat
through a history of violent characteristics and nefarious motivations.
Since opposing races tend to be sufficiently advanced
or incredibly large and/or powerful
, any action of wanting or invading can be seen as worse due to their lack of needs. Due to unfortunate parallels to current human greed and actions
, however, it's easy to draw comparisons and show how humans can easily fit villainous tropes. Additionally, expect any form of attack against humans to be either out of fear or revenge
. On a large enough scale, expect an Anti-Human Alliance
or having Humanity on Trial
This trope typically comes in three distinct varieties, but the basic point is the same:
- Monsters extend their reach to humans only for violent retaliation, with a reveal that humans were attacked out of fear.
- Monsters attack the humans, only for human retaliation and action to draw their morality into doubt.
- Humanity has extended its reach (different regions in fantasy, outside earth in sci-fi, etc.), with the revelation that humanity's actions makes them the invading monsters/aliens.
In all cases, humanity will show characteristics of the Absolute Xenophobe
to one degree or another; no matter how sincerely an alien race may state its intentions to do good or seek peace, human perspective will generally be it's us or "them."
When humans are seen as uncivilized savages, see Humans Are Morons
. When monsters are met with unexpected opposition, that's Humans Are Warriors
. When humans are seen as monsters by lesser beings and animals, it's Humans Are Cthulhu
. For a much more minor scale, see Humans Are Flawed
. For humans being inhuman toward their fellow humans in general, see Humans Are Bastards
. Frequently involves What Measure Is a Non-Human?
and Hobbes Was Right
. Compare/contrast Humans Are Special
, Humans Are Good
, and Aliens Are Bastards
Note: If an example is invoked by a villainous equalnote then it is not this trope. Said examples will typically fall under Straw Nihilist or The Social Darwinist (among others).
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- In many Zombie Apocalypse works, fellow humans are a far greater danger than the zombies themselves. The zombies are more like obstacles than being the primary threat. This is especially true of works that use the traditional slow, shuffling zombies; more recent works that tend towards the more cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism (The Walking Dead being a good example), and online massive multiplayer games with large potential for Griefing (prime examples including DayZ, Urban Dead, and, yes, even Minecraft). It's common enough that the trope was word-for-word both lampshaded and mocked in Left 4 Dead.
- Some books and museum exhibits sometimes say this after asking the question "What is the most dangerous animal of all?". Some even feature a mirror along with the answer.
Anime and Manga
- Deadcoders Reviews: XANA in Code Lyoko is treated this way. In the blog, XANA encounters the horrors of French Engineering, French Mental Healthcare, the insanity of Franz Hopper, and Aelita; and reacts with Killitwith Fire, complete with an homage to S Fdebris's skewering of Captain Janeway.
- In general My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic that involves humans features this trope in one way or another. Even if the humans aren't actively malevolent, they'll still be brooding over how embarrassed they are of humanity's evil, or become an unwitting gateway through which evil and corruption enters the pony universe.
- In one series titled The Conversion Bureau it's flat-out stated that the ponies, both those born as ponies and the 'converts', teach this to the humans they're trying to recruit into their superior culture and race. Many Conversion Bureau fics show that the methods of "ponifying" someone removes their "human nature" and reconfigures them into ponies.
- Another fic, The Thessalonica Legacy, subverts this nicely. The humans are violent, warlike, and sometimes outright murderous compared to the ponies, but it's because they had to be in order to survive their harsher universe, putting them more in Humans Are Flawed territory than here.
- Article2 averts this. Although the human character in the story, Shane, is aggressive and rude to the ponies on many occasions, this is treated more as a difference in cultures and neither species is shown as inherently superior. It is also pointed out multiple times that Shane is just one person, a soldier, and in a very stressful situation, so it's not really fair to use him as proof of any faults in humanity as a whole.
- Played with in The Last Human; humans are mostly remembered as aggressive and vicious predators who would make war among themselves for seemingly no reason. At the same time, they are acknowledged as being highly advanced and creative, and capable of great deeds, hence their reputation as "the creature of contradictions".
- This is the Life: A Tale of a Human in Equestria seemingly deconstructs and plays with this trope in the chapter Superiority. The titular human and Bon Bon get into such an argument with the former pointing out several famous historical human figures and admonishing ponykind by bringing up Nightmare Moon's motivation, and the latter countering by bringing up several famous historical ponies and bringing up "the nutcase with the little moustache who tried to take over the world." It only gets sillier from there, neither side wins, and it ends with a back scratch.
- In The Man With No Name, the Doctor goes on one of his famous rants when he finds out what the Alliance did to River's brain.
- In Renegade Reinterpretations, a Mass Effect fanfiction, the human race's first contact with the wider galaxy happened much earlier, and with the Batarians. Humanity spends the next hundred years playing catch-up, and is only able to survive by stooping to the barbarians level. In this timeline, Cerberus are viewed as heroes for experiments that even the canon Cerberus would have thought appaling. Once Humanity decides to go on the warpath against the Batarians (and is capable of doing so), the Citadel offers to make humanity a member race, give them reparations, money, land, medicine, technology, and all former Batarian territory. All they had to do was NOT invade the Batarian Homeworld. Humanity's response? "They went to the trouble of looking up what the largest fleet in the galaxy had been so they could surpass it by a time and a half."
- Deconstructed in No Hoper when Nerferet argues this about how humans oppress vampyres for no reason. In response Light lists dates and details of all known vampyre attacks.
- Weightless (Mass Effect): Shepard preferred other species (turians in particular) to her own. At one point, she flat out said "I hate humanity" to Karin. Her greatest enemy in this story, according to Word of God, is her own disbelief in the value of her species. As Nihlus said "He had never, in all his travels, seen a species so cruel to its own children."
- That's the whole cause of the Tarbes Arc of ''Halkegenia Online.If Fernand hasn't destroyed Sayuri's garden the pixies would not have attacked the village in the first place
- In the The Faceless there's the Shinigami Servitors—a group of fanatical humans that feed the Shinigami "undesirables" so that they themselves won't be killed.
- Played with in ''Goddess Reborn Chronicle in that humans (and angels) can be as evil as demons are reputed to be but demons are capable as being absolutely good and noble. This it inherited from its parent source but the point is made that choices are always possible, it being its foremost theme-even if the choices are hard or cruel, those choices still exist.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
- Talon Ryashen of Act VI believes this, explicitly telling Kyouko that she's lucky to be stranded in the monster world; he even quotes the trope name word for word. It's later revealed that he came to believe this after he was turned into a monster hybrid by Fairy Tale, after which his family promptly rejected him in disgust.
- In Act VI chapter 25, Moka and co. call out the HDA for their Van Helsing Hate Crimes mentality on monsters, pointing out that they treat all monsters as evil beasts the minute a single rogue monster acts out while ignoring the fact that humans can be just as bad. Mizore even explicitly tells them in disgust that the HDA themselves are more of monsters than the gang. This reaches the HDA director, who agrees to negotiate with Moka and Akasha peacefully.
- The music video for Do the Evolution showcases humanity's evil actions throughout history, though it also implies that life on Earth in general has always been naturally savage and brutal.
- Parodied in Robots by Flight of the Conchords. Robots have annihilated all humans for this trope, but one of the lieutenants notes that they did the same thing as them by killing them.
Captain, do you not see the irony, by destroying the humans because of their destructive capabilities, we have become like... do you see... see what we've done?
SILENCE! DESTROY HIM!
- One of the major themes of The Protomen's CDs, especially the first one.
- Ayreon does this to great effect in Unnatural Selection from 01011001.
We gave them feelings, what did they sense? Shout at the world in their defense. We gave them science what did they do? They built a bomb and they used it too! We gave them wisdom, what did they learn? Wore out the planet and made it burn! We gave them armor, what did they make? Nuclear weapons for their own sake! We gave them insight, what did they see? Vanquish the noble, enslave the free! We gave them wisdom, what did they seek? Destroying all that's within their reach! We gave them language, what did they say? They put the planet in disarray! We gave them dreams! And what did they dream?!
* Man Is the Bastard
. That is all.
- Devo, Beautiful World. Especially the video. Actually, most of the band's work tends to involve this trope in one form or another.
- Crime of The Century (The song, and maybe the album) is likely this, or some group jumping the Moral Event Horizon.
- Although it's not directly stated, and not that the media cared, but Sympathy for the Devil strongly suggests that the Devil in question is humanity itself.
- The Ego Likeness song "Song for Samael" certainly seems to imply this:
And man is just a child
Defective and diseased
And I grow so fearful for their kin
As I watch the sickness breed
Some will find them worthy of salvation
But to what end?
I've seen a man rape his only child
And murdered one who he called a friend
Meet me at the Red Sea
Meet me at the Red Sea
There are too many thieves in the kingdom
I will give you the key
Will you take care of this for me?
- They use this trope again in "Funny Olde World":
Hey there demon!
I hear you had a revelation
That it's out of your hands
Whether or not we deny our own salvation
But I don't blame you
For being torn at either side
This world is really not all bad
Beneath our vanity and pride
And you don't tempt us
We forge our own paths and our own ways
And you can't possibly hurt us
Worse than the way we hurt ourselves each day
- Arch-Enemy's "Beast Of Man" uses the page quote in its lyrics.
- Pick a Heavy Metal song, any of them, and chances are it's about this.
- Pick a Cattle Decapitation song and chances are that the lyrics will inevitably be some form of this trope. Travis Ryan really, really hates humanity.
- One interpretation of The Megas songs "Fly on a Dog" and "Just Another Machine" are that Megaman has decided that even if he could Become a Real Boy, he wouldn't want to because humans are bastards.
- The Australian band Skyhooks invokes this in Horror Movie, describing the scenes of violence and terror in the horror movie on TV. Near the end of the song we get to The Reveal: the "movie" is actually the evening news and the violence is all real.
- When merpeople are concerned, expect a subversion as well. Granted, humanity has had a conflicted relationship with the oceans, but it's usually only mermen that exhibit any misanthropy as a result of it; it doesn't seem to stop mermaids from seeking out human boyfriends.
- The Inter Species Romance between human and merpeople is a modern thing; in traditional tales, all merpeople hated humans.
- Definitely inverted in the earliest writings of Greek mythology, where the gods are the ones who are bastards: they greedily hoard power, bully the all-but-defenseless humans, and respond with self-righteous homicidal vengeance when some human offends them in any way large or small. In the more satirical stories, the gods will come off as Alpha Bitches or Jerk Jocks who get their comeuppance at the hands of plucky, crafty humans. Only as Greek society became more civilized - and, therefore, more liable to preach respect for traditional authority - did the gods begin to be depicted heroically, and their punishments of mortals begin to seem somewhat justified.
Radio and Audio
- In "Destination Nerva", the first of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, a Victorian Lord steals a spaceship and tries to take the British Empire into Space, which leads to the aliens he attacked trying to wipe humanity out with The Plague. Nick Briggs lampshades this: "I know that's nothing original in science fiction".
- Christianity states this is the whole reason for the Incarnation and Sacrifice of Jesus. Paul even yells at other Christians for having sex with their stepmothers (1 Corinthians 5)
- The Bible delves into this territory at times, especially in the Old Testament.
- New agers often believe that there are many alien races out there watching over humanity, but are withholding assistance because we're too violent and nasty to each other and aren't Perfect Pacifist People like they are.
- The Imperium of Man of Warhammer 40,000 is a xenocidal, fanatical, corrupt, racist, mass-murdering apparatus. However, in the context of the setting, it's justified and thus avoid the complete monster label because pretty much every other species is just as bad, if not worse, and without the Imperium's harsh rule mankind would be doomed to slavery, extinction, or Fates Worse Than Death.
- The fandom's preferred "good guys" are the idealistic Tau (collectivist imperialist aliens often accused of brainwashing by fans and Imperial humans alike) and the arrogant Eldar (who will gladly kill a million Humans today to save one Eldar a century from now). All the other races are much, much worse: the daemonic legions of Chaos are largely psychotic, the Tyranids want to eat the galaxy, the soulless Necrons want to end the existence of souls, the battle-loving Orks go on jihads for fun, and Dark Eldar literally get off on inflicting and receiving pain. Essentially, no matter how insanely vicious the Imperium gets, you'd still cheer them on. These are people who use other people for machinery, commit genocide and human sacrifice, and just generally run a totalitarian police state in which you can be killed for thought crimes. They have a branch of the government AND whole sections of planets devoted entirely to torture (church worlds-dungeon section). It is best not to read this series if you get easily depressed.
- Psykers have always been a grey area, however. No matter how much they may be detested daemon magnets, the fact remains that the Imperium simply could not function - even with the Emperor at full strength - without them, as they're utterly vital for both communication and navigation. Same goes for the three-eyed Navigator corps. Not to mention that the Emperor is himself a psyker, the most powerful to have ever lived.
- The Imperium of Man basically combines the worst parts of Stalinist Russia, Nazi Germany, the British Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, Dark Ages Europe, and the colonization of the Americas. It's pretty much Humans Are the Real Monsters condensed into a single entity.
- In a somewhat disturbing meta-example, the Imperium of Man is in no way supposed to be sympathetic with its policies of religious zealotry and extreme genocidal tendencies, but fans who actually agree with such policies pop up with alarming frequency.
- The World of Darkness series, both Old and New, seem to hold to a viewpoint best described as follows: "Humans are Bastards, but frankly, compared to the rest of reality, they're small-timers." Both Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Werewolf: The Forsaken come close to playing it straight, while Promethean: The Created comes close to subverting it (Prometheans admit humans have their flaws, but desperately want to be them because they know being a Promethean is far worse), while Changeling: The Lost subverts it outright (Dancers In Dusk states few things rekindle a changeling's much-needed faith in other people more than visiting a stranger's dreams for the first time).
- However, this trope is played extremely straight by editorial edict when dealing with most real-world historical events of the past century, doubly so when that event is the Holocaust. Charnel Houses of Europe, a Wraith: The Oblivion supplement, completely denied that supernatural powers had any part in causing the Holocaust in the WoD, that it really was the product of Nazi racial supremacist theory and genocidal impulse. (Supernaturals did take advantage of the Holocaust, but the responsibility for it rests entirely with the humans who did it.)
- In the expanded Dungeons & Dragons core setting based on Greyhawk, Humanity's creator deity is Zarus who claims to be the first human, a Lawful Evil Deity of bigotry and human supremacy. This in a world where every other core race's primary deity is good aligned. Worse yet, he's a greater deity, meaning he has a flipping ton of worshipers, all of them human.
- In the Innistrad block of Magic: The Gathering, the entire plane is crawling with horrible monsters eager to prey on humans. Some humans adapted by becoming the worst monsters of all.
- The Order of the Stick prequel book Start of Darkness does this, with humans killing off goblins and other races solely for being classified as evil, even if they weren't doing anything. However, the goblin Redcloak, whose village was slaughtered by human paladins and went on to become The Dragon, shows himself to be just as bad in his own way, with his hypocrisy and less-than-balanced view of humans being brought up both in the book and in the on line strips.
- Many (to most) furry-themed webcomics with humans in them (or even in the history of the world-setting) portray humans as essentially Always Chaotic Evil, with the furry characters suffering persecution such as slavery, hate crimes, being relegated to the status of animals despite clearly being sentient and capable of speech, etc. at the hands of said humans. There may be one or two humans that aren't cruel, bloodthirsty, and rapacious as a sort of token attempt at fixing the Broken Aesop, but not always. It's rather easy to do with furry comics which are a prime method of using the Fantastic Racism theme.
- In Kevin & Kell, whenever humans show up they're generally portrayed as the equivalent of Sealed Evil in a Can (and once, literally). The inhabitants of the furry world often make disparaging remarks about how stupid our world is in comparison to theirs (in which sentient creatures constantly slaughter and devour each other without so much as a hint of remorse or guilt).
- Black Tapestries at first shows this, with pretty much the main antagonist thinking that all Humans Are The Real Monsters, even though at a later point, the Kaetif (anthros) are shown to be just as vengeful as humans are.
- In Jack, the Big Bad isn't Satan, but a human that has become the personification of Envy. However, he's the only remaining human in Hell — it is assumed the rest have redeemed themselves and have moved on.
- TwoKinds: The only humans ever shown are Templar who seem to be Always Chaotic Evil with plans kill all of one race and turn the other race's brains into mush and enslaved them or perverted slave traders (the latter is actually a pretty nice guy though). Most fans have a Take Our Word for It mindset.
- On the other hand, the other races seem to be little better, with several of them intending to conquer/wipe out humanity themselves.
- Newshounds has gotten really bad about this trope.
- When humans appear in The Kenny Chronicles they tend to refer to Tarnekis as animals or rant about how they are a danger. Of course Tarnekis were created by pirates (who they are implied to have killed) and some of their ships were stolen (though the Ballyhoo was bought).
- Lost the Lead is very, very guilty of this.
- Goblins seems to have this a lot, where the perfectly nice goblins and other "evil" humanoids are always being persecuted by the bastardy PC races, though occasionally adventurers will notice the contradiction.
- Terinu's race was wiped out by the humans, after it was discovered that they were the power source of the Big Bad. Made worse because Ferin are inherently adorable critters.
- In Zenith, Zenith suffers a Heroic BSOD after getting shot at by humans and his Mama Bear dying because of them... well, sort of Zenith's fault for not being a man and dealing with a shot at his fin, but the other dolphins of the steel harbor tell him You Did Everything You Could.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal had a particularly good example as to why Humans Are Bastards
- Played for laughs in Beartato and Reginald with Space Reginald's reaction to Earth.
- Moon Crest 24: Conversed by Aleck von Zander, and appears to be the reason for his Fallen Angel status, as he preaches that vampires were forced to protect something they didn't believe in.
- In the world of The Account, a podcast audio drama, one-third of the humans in the Midlands turned into an army of psychopaths and got exiled to Earth. No one quite knows why. Now that they're trickling back in, and apparently sane, they're treated somewhat gingerly by the natives.
- Cradleland takes place on a planet populated by Transplanted Humans. Their ancestors were slaves who were sold to aliens by humans on Earth during the Middle Ages.
- Gaea's Rising features cute, lovable, intelligent robots that humanity wants to wipe out, just because the robots don't want to be slaves.
- Played for Laughs in the The Nostalgia Critic videos whenever he does a movie involving nature. Eventually its gets subverted in one review where the announcer states that animals can be just as vicious and won't hesitate to try and eat you given the chance.
- The Animals of Farthing Wood, played straight in the first season, where humans are either evil hunters, foolishly ignorant, or completely apathetic as to how their actions are hurting wildlife. Balanced out a bit in the second season, with the arrival of the Park Warden as a human ally.
- Ah, but then there's Hugh Harman's Peace on Earth, which you must see for yourself as no description we could give you would suffice. While beautifully animated and notable (even admirable) for its pro-peace message delivered in the middle of wartime, several Tropers agree that this merry Christmas (!!!) short is also easily the magnum opus of this trope.
- Plus there's the part where the little squirrel kid says "I sure am glad there's no more men around". Most. Anvilicious. Line. Ever.
- In Gargoyles, Demona believes this trope and attempts to recruit Brooklyn after a bad incident with a biker gang by giving him a tour of unpleasant incidents around New York. However, after Brooklyn realizes Demona is a backstabbing megalomaniac, he realizes he had been manipulated. It turns out that Demona is also a genocidal murderer who betrayed her own clan, there are other gargoyle antagonists in later episodes, and plenty of humans in the show are good people. As for the "lesson," when Brooklyn describes it to Goliath, he dismisses its damning nature with his inimitable authority as a "half-truth that Demona has thoroughly embraced, but it's not the whole truth." Goliath also states in the 5-part pilot that "There is good and evil in all of us, human and gargoyle alike."
- Gargoyles overall has a nuanced view of this trope that makes it about as hard to pin down as in real life. After all, the thing that sets off the whole series is basically one of the humans of the castle trying to help the gargoyles (by forsaking his fellow humans), only for it to backfire in his (and their) face spectacularly; so you could take it either as "humans are good, bad, and everything in between", or "humans are bastards even when they try to be good", depending on how cynical you felt like being that day.
- The Plague Dogs, based on a book by Richard Adams of Watership Down fame (see below), is pretty Anvilicious about mankind's cruelty to man's best friend.
- While both versions of the tale are as depressing as hell, it's interesting to note that the cartoon has an even more of a Downer Ending than the original book. In the film, the dogs are heavily implied to have died at the end, whereas they go live with a nice "Master" at the end of the book.
- Futurama spoofs this trope in the Show Within a Show The Scary Door: a scientist declares that he's "combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals (a Lion, Scorpion, and Shark) to make the most evil creature of them all." A human then emerges from some sort of cloning tube, and just in case that's too subtle, declares, "It turns out it's man" in the most undramatic and dull way possible, just to parody the ham handedness of the way the point is often made by other shows.
- Making this even more hilarious, this actually is the plot of an episode of The Twilight Zone, with Futurama's version just getting straight to the point.
- Also, subverted when Fry and Leela get superpowers. After fighting a villain known as "The Zookeeper", Fry declares that "the most dangerous animal of all...is the Zookeeper!"
- To Quote Professor:
Also Animals never had a war. Who's the real animal?
- Spoofed during the Anthology of Interest segment "Terror at 500 Feet" as a 500 Foot Tall Bender lays dying:
"I came here with a simple dream... A dream of killing all humans... And this is how it must end? Who's the real seven billion ton robot monster here? Not I. Not... I."
- The third episode of Justice League both provides an example and subverts this trope in a matter of seconds. Upon witnessing rioting and looting, Wonder Woman comments that perhaps her mother was right about humanity being savages. A moment later, Green Lantern is shown helping a couple of burly, typically biker-type individuals rescue two children from underneath some debris.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wan Shi Tong, the knowledge spirit in the shape of an owl has come to believe this of humanity, saying that the only reason humans ever come seeking information is so they can use it to destroy others.
- This is interesting because it provides a subtle and uncommented piece of evidence against this: While Sokka does indeed use the planetarium to figure out how to get an edge up on the Fire Nation, and pissing Wan Shi Tong off royally, the archaeologist the gaang is traveling with decides to stay behind in the sinking library, presumably trapped forever, because he just wants to be able to learn for knowledge's own sake.
- The sequel series The Legend of Korra follows up on this. The second series deals with spirits who mostly, in the past & in the present, pretty much look down on humans. The antagonist intends to "correct the balance" by releasing the evil spirit Vaatu and become a Dark Avatar and allowing the spirits to roam the material world. Wan Shi Tong is shown helping him, due to anger at humans for using his library's knowledge. The archaeologist is shown long since dead, having not been allowed to leave the library for food and starved to death.
- This is one of the main themes in the animated film Felidae. It's both played straight and subverted in regards to humanity's relationship with animals (particularly cats in this case). On the one hand there's Gustav ("Gus"), Francis's dim-witted yet otherwise good owner. On the other hand there's Pretorius, a scientist who experiments on cats while trying to create a special tissue-bonding glue. Most of the cats die horrible deaths, and Pretorius becomes a rambling alcoholic because of it. The only surviving cat, Claudandus brutally murders Pretorius and later develops a burning hatred against humanity.
- Likewise, one of the cats, Felicity, believes that all humans are good stating that only humans would be kind enough to give a blind cat like her a home. Ironically, it's heavily implied that it was due to humans experimenting on her in the first place that she's blind.
- Bluebeard at first believes that it's a human causing the murders stating that only a human would do something so cruel to a cat. Of course, it turns out to be a cat (IE:Pascal/Claudandus) committing the murders rather than a human. He also refers to humans under the slang term "Can-Openers", believing that humans are only good for opening cans of food for cats.
- Francis gets into an argument with Claudandus, asking about the good men. Claudandus yells back "No! NO! There aren't any good men! They're all bad! ALL OF THEM!" Claudandus is even spitting as he yells this. Obviously, Claudandus's argument is flawed, because Francis's owner is a good man.
- This trope, as it relates to animals, is spoofed in an episode of Family Guy where Death goes on a date with a woman who works at a pet shop. She insists that there'd be no more wars if people were more like animals, and he says "What are you talking about? Animals fight all the time!"
- In Adventures of the Gummi Bears, the Gummis are in hiding because humans were too determined to get their hands on their technology.
- Dantes Inferno: An Animated Epic - A major point Lucifer tries to make to Dante's captured wife's soul, Beatrice. Trying to convince her that mankind is forever destined to fall into hell by their weak minds and free will, he pushes the point further by filling her head with images of mankind's greatest atrocities throughout time, one of them an image of Adolf Hitler and his empire, which suggest that Lucifer can foresee the future.
- The trope name sums up Zim's outlook in Invader Zim, although the humans are more guilty of standing in the way of Zim's plans for world conquest than being truly evil.
- The villains of Terrahawks justified their plans of conquest by saying that the humans opposing them had a bloody history full of things a lot worse than what they were doing.
- One Tom and Jerry short has Tom waiting in line to get into Heaven, as a "conductor" lets recently deceased cats onto the train if they were good. At one point he calls out several names, and we cut to see a dripping wet sack, which opens up as several kittens scamper out. The conductor sadly shakes his head and mutters "Some people..."
- Played for Laughs on South Park, although it is more that the Adults are Too Dumb to Live. Examples include "Prehistoric Ice Man" ("sometimes, what's right isn't as important as what's profitable"), "Here Comes the Neighbourhood ("And I want to assure the nation that is watching that South Park is not a town of prejudice or bigotry"), and "Pinewood Derby" (where the Earth is cut off from the rest of the universe because the people are not worthy of joining the intergalactic community). Anyone looking for a straighter version need look no further than Cartman.
- Implied in the "Bolero" sequence of Allegro Non Troppo: Life on a distant planet evolves out of a discarded soda bottle. Eventually, apes (who are masses of black, sketchy fur compared to the brightly-colored cartoon animals and have red eyes set in black sclera) are revealed as cheating bastards who don't follow the animals' evolutionary path and eventually mess up the planet by creating war, religion, and destructive cities. By the end they have evolved into humans but on the inside they're still vicious, unsatisfied animals.
- Ever notice that most of the antagonists on Tiny Toon Adventures are humans? Mostly Montana Max and Elmyra Duff but the only sole exception to this is Mary Melody, in fact there is a better owner for Furrball than Elmyra was.