Needs Cleaning Up: Humans Are Bastards

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351 DragonQuestZ7th Mar 2012 09:34:50 PM from Somewhere in California
The Other Troper
"It sounds like humans are being compared to violent, destructive animals. Who, unlike humans are not evil due to sheer animal stupidity. Humans, though, are malevolent and intelligent."

That actually means the human type of monstrosity is worse, since monsters can't help it.
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But doesn't humanity need to be compared to another intelligent species? Or am I missing the point of the trope?
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353 DragonQuestZ7th Mar 2012 10:03:31 PM from Somewhere in California
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I think the description is making it too narrow. This is a common theme in works even with mindless monsters, like zombies.
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354 Cider7th Mar 2012 10:15:17 PM from Not New York , Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
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The reason why it is misleading is this isn't about people who hate other people, or humans who hate humanity as a whole. That's The Misanthrope, and Hates Everyone Equally. If the title doesn't make it clear this is about another species against humanity, then the rename will not change a thing about how people use it. It should sound like dialog, specifically it should sound like the kind of dialog you'd here when another species puts Humanity on Trial or something.
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356 ccoa6th May 2012 06:26:51 AM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
We have a consensus to rename. Let's see some activity.
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357 SeptimusHeap6th May 2012 06:39:33 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
I think what is wanted is a little bit more than merely "renaming". If I remember correctly, there was some discussion that the misuse could itself be a trope that could be plugged into here. Or if it would be Not a Trope, turn the current page into a disambiguation.

Anyway, do we have some wick check out here to tell what the misuse was? It could help in making the correct decision here.
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So is the idea to change the current trope's name to Humans Are the Real Monsters and create a new YKTTW for Humans Are Bastards, or is it supposed to be the other way around?
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359 SeptimusHeap8th May 2012 01:48:37 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
[up]The current trope is supposed to be renamed to Humans Are the Real Monsters. But we need to know what to do with the wicks for Humans Are Bastards - we need some really detailed wick check to see if a trope transplant, a disambiguation or a plain rename are needed.

Can someone make such a wick check, please?
360 SeptimusHeap12th May 2012 05:16:57 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
OK, so I have done the page move and the indexes, but there are some things still to-do:
  • Humans Are Bastards is a disambiguation now. Given the very generic name that resembles Jerkass, I've noted it on the disambig, but we may need some more entries there.
  • Wicks need fixing
  • Quotes.Humans Are Bastards has 50+ inbounds. While we can't redirect it due to it breaking the navigation via the index bar, it would be nice to do something about them.
361 ccoa13th Jun 2012 07:20:28 AM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
Any progress here?
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
362 SeptimusHeap13th Jun 2012 07:29:40 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Somebody is already doing the rename (slowly), but we need to know what to do with the Humans Are Bastards page here.
I do want that Humans Are Bastards page to be a trope. You say we need a wick-check?
364 SeptimusHeap1st Jul 2012 03:35:11 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
[up]Yes. To see which trope it is.
Two years and nobody came up with "Earthlings Are Bastards"....Weird.

The trope description for Humans Are the Real Monsters does not reflect the examples. If this is supposed to reflect both fantasy species thinking humans are bastards, and humans thinking they themselves are bastards, then it should be changed. The description as stands explicitly refers to humanity in space, or meeting aliens from another world.

Also, most of these examples are about "humans are bastards" in the broad sense of the term; that is distinct from thinking humans are "the real monsters", I would think. For a start, it implies that the speaker (for lack of a better term) thinks that humans are monsters but they aren't- and again, not reflected in all of the examples.

And there are too many examples of that nature to not at least warrant them their own trope page.

I'd personally like to just revive Humans Are Bastards and give it a better description this time around. And take back all the examples from the "Real Monsters" page and let that one die. If the humans v space aliens thing still holds appeal, come up with a better name.

But that is just me.

edited 5th Jul '12 5:45:07 PM by masamune1

Face value "humans are bastards", with no relation to other races. This ranges from "this one guy is this book is evil" to "the whole story is an author tract about how much humanity sucks":

In a work centered around non-humans, all the human characters are bastards:

The human race does horrible things to other races in a story:

An opinion held by non-human races:

An opinion held by a non-human character:

An opinion held by a human character:


edited 5th Jul '12 6:53:56 PM by abk0100

So...... what, then, about settings where humans are, generally speaking, bastards? Where humans are the only sentient species (or at least the species that gets by far the most screentime and plot focus)? What would that be, if not the rather aptly-fitting Humans Are Bastards? While some settings like this may fall under the new Humans Are the Real Monsters, in which case they've got unthinking animalistic zombies and such, I'm sure there are others where humans are the only main species and there aren't any fantastic elements, such as Nineteen Eighty-Four.
368 SeptimusHeap14th Jul 2012 01:39:54 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
[up]I feel that this would usually fall under The Sliding Scale Of Idealism And Cynicism
Earthlings Are Bastards! Can't believe no one thought of that. Maybe we should change all the "Humans Are X" tropes to "Earthlings Are"

[up] That's probably true. But I'd counter that we have Rousseau Was Right ("deep down, people are good). It couldn't hurt to have its opposite too. And, c'mon, no one likes using those sliding scale tropes.
370 SeptimusHeap14th Jul 2012 12:13:17 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
For the record, Rousseau Was Wrong is a redirect to Humans Are the Real Monsters. It was a redirect to Humans Are Bastards previously.
371 Tyoria14th Jul 2012 11:47:09 PM from Portland, Oregon
rationally insane
What the hell does Rousseau have to do with aliens? God damn it. If people don't want a trope about the ills of humanity being used in a context that doesn't include other sapient species, okay, but redirects like that absolutely confuse the issue.

I thought Earthlings Are Bastards did come up as a suggestion for the Humans Are the Real Monsters trope back then. It didn't make it to the crowner because people seemed to prefer using "Terrans" instead (for Terrans Are Bastards), until they didn't. I could be misremembering though.

(Edit: hmm, no, reviewing the thread it looks like it never did. That is weird.)

We still do have that sandbox page for the proposed definition of Humans Are Bastards meaning "people are bastards," but it lacks examples.

edited 14th Jul '12 11:55:05 PM by Tyoria

So, someone started a YKTTW for a trope called Man Is A Wolf To Man, which is pretty close to the "humans are bastards" trope we're talking about.

edited 18th Jul '12 6:23:16 AM by abk0100

373 ccoa14th Sep 2012 01:02:40 PM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
What's left to do here?
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
Looks like deciding whether the old "humans suck without comparison to other races" is tropable, and what to do with names and redirects associated with the old page that had significant inbounds and wicks.
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375 SeptimusHeap23rd Dec 2012 02:30:40 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Only a wick check can tell what we need to do with the wicks. I personally think "humans are bastards" is a trope - given that Most Writers Are Humans, you would not expect humans to be insufferable jerks?

Alternative Titles: Humans Are Bastards
24th Feb '12 7:38:44 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
At issue:
What do we rename Humans Are Bastards, the trope meaning "humans are bastards compared to other sapient species"?

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