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-->"I ONCE ASKED A HUMAN SOLDIER WHY HE HARMED OTHER HUMANS. HE SAID THEY WERE NOT HUMAN BEINGS BUT FILTHY NEO-COMMUNIST SCUM. ARE WE ALLOWED TO HARM FILTHY NEO-COMMUNIST SCUM?"\\

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-->"I ONCE ASKED A HUMAN SOLDIER WHY HE HARMED OTHER HUMANS. HE SAID THEY WERE NOT HUMAN BEINGS BUT [[DirtyCommunists FILTHY NEO-COMMUNIST SCUM.SCUM]]. ARE WE ALLOWED TO HARM FILTHY NEO-COMMUNIST SCUM?"\\


* In ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', robots are being taught to be ThreeLawsCompliant, but one robot suggests that this trope can be used to get around the "Don't harm humans" rule.

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* In ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', ''Fanfic/Plan7Of9FromOuterSpace'', robots are being taught to be ThreeLawsCompliant, but one robot suggests that this trope can be used to get around the "Don't harm humans" rule.

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* HumanWeapon: Someone is treated less as a person and more as a means for destruction.


* A famous quote by Creator/AlfredHitchcock:
-->''"I was once quoted as saying that actors are cattle. My actor friends know I would never be capable of such a thoughtless, rude and unfeeling remark, that I would never call them cattle. What I probably said was that actors should be treated like cattle."''[[note]][[http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/08/01/all-actors-are-cattle/ He actually did say "actors are cattle" on several occasions]].[[/note]]


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* A famous quote by Creator/AlfredHitchcock:
-->''"I was once quoted as saying that actors are cattle. My actor friends know I would never be capable of such a thoughtless, rude and unfeeling remark, that I would never call them cattle. What I probably said was that actors should be treated like cattle."''[[note]][[http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/08/01/all-actors-are-cattle/ He actually did say "actors are cattle" on several occasions]].[[/note]]
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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', when Marty and Doc are reading about "Mad Dog" Tannen, an old newspaper report indicates that he has killed twelve men, "not including [[TheSavageIndian Indians]] and [[YellowPeril Chinamen."]] Implying that Tannen's kill count is much higher, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance but "Chinamen" and "Indians" were often not thought of as human in the 1880s.]]



* The movie ''Film/{{Frailty}}'' involves a father psychologically torturing his son until he agrees to help him [[AnAxeToGrind gruesomely murder]] (seemingly) everyday people the father believes are actually demons. The tension in the film centered around whether the son could be conditioned to see his father's victims as inhuman, and whether the father's assessment was accurate or not.
* The reason why the [[PlayingWithSyringes "researchers"]] of [[TheyWouldCutYouUp Unit 731]] are able to perform their [[TestedOnHumans experiments on their unwilling test subjects]] in the ''Film/MenBehindTheSun'' ExploitationFilm is because they are referred to as ''maruta,'' which translates as ''log'' from Japanese.



* ''Film/NoneShallEscape'': With a movie about Nazis and the atrocities they commit, this is a given. For instance, Willie justifies the harsh measures against the Jews this way to Janina.
-->"Anyway, those weren't people, they were Jews."



* The movie ''Film/{{Frailty}}'' involves a father psychologically torturing his son until he agrees to help him [[AnAxeToGrind gruesomely murder]] (seemingly) everyday people the father believes are actually demons. The tension in the film centered around whether the son could be conditioned to see his father's victims as inhuman, and whether the father's assessment was accurate or not.



* The reason why the [[PlayingWithSyringes "researchers"]] of [[TheyWouldCutYouUp Unit 731]] are able to perform their [[TestedOnHumans experiments on their unwilling test subjects]] in the ''Film/MenBehindTheSun'' ExploitationFilm is because they are referred to as ''maruta,'' which translates as ''log'' from Japanese.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', when Marty and Doc are reading about "Mad Dog" Tannen, an old newspaper report indicates that he has killed twelve men, "not including [[TheSavageIndian Indians]] and [[YellowPeril Chinamen."]] Implying that Tannen's kill count is much higher, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance but "Chinamen" and "Indians" were often not thought of as human in the 1880s.]]


-->-- ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''

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-->-- ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''
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** Used by Granny Weatherwax as her yardstick for evil, as seen in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''. It also shows up in the main villains of the piece; the Count Von Magpyr and his "modern" vampires view people as little less than cattle and practice IndustrializedEvil on them in order to be "maximally efficient", while the Old Count was a sportsman who viewed ''the individuals who happened to enter his castle'' as challengers. Despite the Old Count being just as bad as the new Count in terms of bodycount, ultimately this distinction saves the Old Count from FinalDeath because the nearby villagers treat him as "their monster"; someone who keeps them on their toes and respects the rules.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', this topic is discussed repeatedly. The protagonist makes a particularly vivid reflection that the literal straw men they stab in training do not serve the purpose of training them in combat (they are soft, and don't fight back) but in making them forget that, unlike them, a human, when stabbed, will bleed, and cry, and more than straw might fall from their wounds.
** ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' {{Lampshades}} this idea using the goblins, a sentient human race, as exemplar for FantasticRacism. The goblins are viewed as animals and vermin, and it takes a real shift in attitudes to get them recognised as a sentient race deserving the same rights that are accorded to men, dwarfs and trolls. But any indignity can be inflicted on them, including torture and slavery.

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** Used by Granny Weatherwax as her yardstick for evil, as seen in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''.''Literature/CarpeJugulum''. It also shows up in the main villains of the piece; the Count Von Magpyr and his "modern" vampires view people as little less than cattle and practice IndustrializedEvil on them in order to be "maximally efficient", while the Old Count was a sportsman who viewed ''the individuals who happened to enter his castle'' as challengers. Despite the Old Count being just as bad as the new Count in terms of bodycount, ultimately this distinction saves the Old Count from FinalDeath because the nearby villagers treat him as "their monster"; someone who keeps them on their toes and respects the rules.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', ''Literature/MonstrousRegiment'', this topic is discussed repeatedly. The protagonist makes a particularly vivid reflection that the literal straw men they stab in training do not serve the purpose of training them in combat (they are soft, and don't fight back) but in making them forget that, unlike them, a human, when stabbed, will bleed, and cry, and more than straw might fall from their wounds.
** ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' ''Literature/{{Snuff}}'' {{Lampshades}} this idea using the goblins, a sentient human race, as exemplar for FantasticRacism. The goblins are viewed as animals and vermin, and it takes a real shift in attitudes to get them recognised as a sentient race deserving the same rights that are accorded to men, dwarfs and trolls. But any indignity can be inflicted on them, including torture and slavery.

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* In ''Literature/TheBrightestShadow'', a fully sentient non-human culture is reduced to being AlwaysChaoticEvil {{Mooks}} by the Hero.



In real life, averting this is a ''very'' important tactic for people in a hostage situation or prisoners of war. Enforcing that you are human with loved ones, likes, and interests will make it more difficult for captors to torture, mistreat, or kill and make it more likely for them to treat you better.







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* Averting this is a ''very'' important tactic for people in a hostage situation or prisoners of war. Enforcing that you are human with loved ones, likes, and interests will make it more difficult for captors to torture, mistreat, or kill and make it more likely for them to treat you better.
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* OneWingedAngel: monstrous and inhuman forms in general are easier to kill from an emotional point of view.
** ScaledUp: rule of the EvilOverlordList: "Never turn into a snake; it never helps." ReptilesAreAbhorrent, so turning into one makes killing easier.



* YoureInsane and YouMonster: if your enemy is beyond reason and/or redemption, you don't need to hold back anymore.

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* YoureInsane and YouMonster: if your enemy is beyond reason and/or redemption, you don't need to hold back anymore.


* AlwaysChaoticEvil: A group of people/race is portrayed as always evil so the heroes can beat them up with moral impunity.
** ScaryDogmaticAliens: An entire race of alien antagonists single-mindedly pursuing an ideology. More controversial because the trope tends to be abused via WriterOnBoard; the aliens in question can be [[DesignatedVillain not actually evil]] and/or [[StrawCharacter Straw Characters]].


* Savage Opress in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is almost exclusively referred to as a beast, monster, or other terms that don't indicate he is an actual person.

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* Savage Opress in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is almost exclusively referred to as a beast, monster, or other terms that don't indicate he is an actual person. His brother, Darth Maul, often is as well; Obi-Wan Kenobi himself says, "He's a broken, unbalanced monster."


* ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'': A young Eren Yeager makes a statement like this after he helps kill some slave traders who were trying to abduct Mikasa: "I didn't kill people. I just killed animals who happened to look like people." The kid was ''ten''.

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* ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'': ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
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A young Eren Yeager makes a statement like this after he helps kill some slave traders who were trying to abduct Mikasa: "I didn't kill people. I just killed animals who happened to look like people." The kid was ''ten''.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' explicitly has this as the root of [[spoiler: Sinister's]] MoreThanMindControl based control of [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor]] in the sequel, having raised her to believe that she was nothing more than a LivingWeapon, [[ArtificialHuman entirely artificial and created solely to do his bidding]]. While he has psychic triggers, until a long process of Gambit's helping her come to realise that she's more than just a weapon, topped off by Harry's faith in her ability to choose for herself - and more importantly, choose right - he doesn't actually need to use them.

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* DehumanizingInsult: Insulting someone by implying they are less than human.


->'''Granny Weatherwax:''' Evil is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what evil is.\\

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->'''Granny Weatherwax:''' Evil Sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what evil sin is.\\



'''Granny Weatherwax:''' No. It ain't. When people say things are more complicated than that, they means they're getting worried that they won't like the truth. People as things, that's where it starts.\\

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'''Granny Weatherwax:''' No. It ain't. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they're getting worried that they won't like the truth. People as things, that's where it starts.\\

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