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See also CityInABottle, SpaceElves and more specifically ProudScholarRaceGuy (Type I), which is a sister trope.

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See also CityInABottle, SpaceElves and more specifically ProudScholarRaceGuy (Type I), which is a sister trope.
trope. Contrast ProudWarriorRaceGuy.


** In ''Film/ANewHope'', Princess Leia pleads that the people of Alderaan are this. It doesn't sway Grand Moff Tarkin.


* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' and the other Amazons are sort of a mixed bag. For a long time the Amazons were portrayed as Perfect Pacifist People before they were re-imagined as a ProudWarriorRace in the 80s somehow without really losing their Perfect Pacifist People hat. Thus in most stories the Amazons remain isolationists with a rich culture and knowledge of mysticism but also fierce warriors in all fields of combat. The dichotomy is sometimes brought up in-universe, especially by enemies like Veronica Cale.
-->'''Batman:''' "Force peace." The Amazon tenet. "Spread love and understand but don't be afraid to bloody your knuckles doing it."

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* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' and the other Amazons are sort of a mixed bag. For
** The Amazons of Paradise Island (Golden & Silver Age) are peaceful as
a long time rule. They enjoy competitions of strength but they only fight for practice and fun and peace is part of the agreement/design that allows the Amazons were portrayed to remain immortal so long as Perfect Pacifist People before they they're on the island.
** The Amazons of Themyscira (Post-Crisis)
were re-imagined as a ProudWarriorRace in the 80s [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1987 80s]] somehow without really losing their Perfect Pacifist People hat.hat, and when Themyscira entered the stage of international politics it insists on remaining entirely neutral. Thus in most stories the Amazons remain isolationists with a rich culture and knowledge of mysticism but also fierce warriors in all fields of combat. The dichotomy is sometimes brought up in-universe, especially by enemies like Veronica Cale.
-->'''Batman:''' --->'''Batman:''' "Force peace." The Amazon tenet. "Spread love and understand but don't be afraid to bloody your knuckles doing it."


This is generally a starting point for stories; either someone's bored of the SugarBowl life and wants to overthrow it, or invaders think it's ripe for conquest, or the protagonist discovers an AwfulTruth about it. Needless to say, such a setting is easy pickings for [[AuthorTract Author Tracts]] and [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]] characters.

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This is generally a starting point for stories; either someone's bored of the SugarBowl life and wants to overthrow it, would rather live InHarmsWay, or invaders think it's ripe for conquest, or the protagonist someone discovers an AwfulTruth about it. Needless to say, such a setting is easy pickings for [[AuthorTract Author Tracts]] and [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]] characters.



Subversions happen when the pacifist utopia isn't perfect. Perhaps they're [[TechnicalPacifist pacifists in name only]] who have no qualms [[ApeShallNeverKillApe fighting outsiders]], or [[CrapsaccharineWorld it's a façade]] for the elites, with lesser citizens relegated to a {{Dystopia}} BeneathTheEarth. Or perhaps they preach and (non-violently) enforce pacifism at the price [[IndividualityIsIllegal of]] [[AssimilationPlot any]] [[HiveMind individuality]] [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill whatsoever]]. Or, if they aren't planning on blaming human nature and ending free will, [[TheStoic they might condemn emotion as a weakness]], [[TheSoulless refusing to acknowledge any meaning in others' lives]].

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Subversions happen when the perfect pacifist utopia isn't actually perfect. Perhaps they're [[TechnicalPacifist pacifists in name only]] who have no qualms [[ApeShallNeverKillApe fighting outsiders]], or [[CrapsaccharineWorld it's a façade]] for the elites, with lesser citizens relegated to a {{Dystopia}} BeneathTheEarth. Or perhaps they preach and (non-violently) enforce pacifism at the price [[IndividualityIsIllegal of]] [[AssimilationPlot any]] [[HiveMind individuality]] [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill whatsoever]]. Or, if they aren't planning on blaming human nature and ending free will, [[TheStoic they might condemn emotion as a weakness]], [[TheSoulless refusing to acknowledge any meaning in others' lives]].



* The Air Nomads from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' were a great example of this, having no army and preaching peace and harmony. That is, until the Fire Nation killed them all [[GenocideBackfire save one boy]]. Not that they went down without a fight. The skeleton of the hero's mentor, Monk Gyatso, was found surrounded by a dozen dead soldiers. Keep in mind, Gyatso killed those soldiers when they had each been empowered by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext passing comet]] with the strength of ''one hundred'' firebenders. And Avatar Aang himself, although he had a strict No Killing policy, never showed an aversion to fighting or harming people.

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* The Air Nomads from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' were a great example of this, having no army and preaching peace and harmony. That is, until the Fire Nation killed them all [[GenocideBackfire save one boy]]. Not that they went down without a fight. The skeleton of the hero's mentor, Monk Gyatso, was found surrounded by a dozen dead soldiers. Keep in mind, Gyatso killed those soldiers when they had each been empowered by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext [[GeoEffects passing comet]] with the strength of ''one hundred'' firebenders. And Avatar Aang himself, although he had a strict No Killing policy, never showed an aversion to fighting or harming people.



* The Moriori people of the Chatham Islands were pretty close to this, an utterly pacifist society of hunter-gatherers. When a Māori invasion came in 1835 they didn't even understand the concept of armed conflict and were almost entirely wiped out as they tried to negotiate. The invading Māori killed, enslaved and cannibalized the Moriori, with only 101 alive by 1862, although Moriori culture has since received a Renaissance in recent years. Most sadly, it was later discovered the Moriori were ''Maori'' originally who came to the Islands in the 1600s. All Moriori living today are of mixed ancestry-the last unmixed Moriori died in 1933.

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* The Moriori people of the Chatham Islands were pretty close to this, an utterly pacifist society of hunter-gatherers. When a Māori invasion came in 1835 they didn't even understand the concept of armed conflict and were almost entirely wiped out as they tried to negotiate. The invading Māori killed, enslaved and cannibalized the Moriori, with only 101 alive by 1862, although Moriori culture has since received a Renaissance in recent years.Renaissance. Most sadly, it was later discovered the Moriori were ''Maori'' originally who came to the Islands in the 1600s. All Moriori living today are of mixed ancestry-the last unmixed Moriori died in 1933.



** The sequel also introduces the Ardat-Yakshi, which subvert the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe idea by utterly destroying their mates, often becoming megalomaniacs in the process and playing up themselves [[AGodAmI as gods]]. The Justicar in question specifically states that asari prefer not to talk about them because they like being thought of as the ultimate diplomats.
*** Well, they still are the ultimate diplomats. That just means that they are also the ultimate manipulators, and when they go bad, the ultimate emotional abusers.

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** The sequel also introduces the Ardat-Yakshi, which subvert the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe idea by utterly destroying their mates, often becoming megalomaniacs in the process and playing up themselves [[AGodAmI as gods]]. The Justicar in question specifically states that asari prefer not to talk about them because they like being thought of as the ultimate diplomats.
*** Well, they still are the ultimate
diplomats. That They are, but that just means that they are also the ultimate manipulators, and when they go bad, the ultimate emotional abusers.


* It's mentioned in ''Fanfic/RainbowToInsanity'' that there hasn't been a murder in Equestria in several hundred years.

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* It's mentioned in ''Fanfic/RainbowToInsanity'' ''Fanfic/RocketToInsanity'' that there hasn't been a murder in Equestria in several hundred years.

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* In ''Literature/Island1962'', Pala, which would be CrystalSpiresAndTogas if it wasn't tropical, has no army. [[spoiler: Consequently, on the last pages of the novel, it gets conquered by the neighbouring Rendang in three minutes flat.]]

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* In ''Literature/Island1962'', ''''Literature/{{Island|1962}}'''', Pala, which would be CrystalSpiresAndTogas if it wasn't tropical, has no army. [[spoiler: Consequently, on the last pages of the novel, it gets conquered by the neighbouring Rendang in three minutes flat.]]


* In ''Literature/Island1962'', Pala, which would be CrystalSpiresAndTogas if it wasn't tropical, has no army. [[Spoiler: Consequently, on the last pages of the novel, it gets conquered by the neighbouring Rendang in three minutes flat.]]

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* In ''Literature/Island1962'', Pala, which would be CrystalSpiresAndTogas if it wasn't tropical, has no army. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Consequently, on the last pages of the novel, it gets conquered by the neighbouring Rendang in three minutes flat.]]

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* In ''Literature/Island1962'', Pala, which would be CrystalSpiresAndTogas if it wasn't tropical, has no army. [[Spoiler: Consequently, on the last pages of the novel, it gets conquered by the neighbouring Rendang in three minutes flat.]]


* In ''Literature/TheSongOfIceAndFire'', the people of the island of Naath worship the God of Harmony and reject all forms of violence; they don't even kill animals and live mostly on fruit. They were protected from conquerors by "butterfly fever" a disease they're immune to but every foreigner gets who spends time on Naath. However, they became a target for slavers who found out that they don't get sick if they only stay for a short time.

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* In ''Literature/TheSongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the people of the island of Naath worship the God of Harmony and reject all forms of violence; they don't even kill animals and live mostly on fruit. They were protected from conquerors by "butterfly fever" a disease they're immune to but every foreigner gets who spends time on Naath. However, they became a target for slavers who found out that they don't get sick if they only stay for a short time.

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* In ''Literature/TheSongOfIceAndFire'', the people of the island of Naath worship the God of Harmony and reject all forms of violence; they don't even kill animals and live mostly on fruit. They were protected from conquerors by "butterfly fever" a disease they're immune to but every foreigner gets who spends time on Naath. However, they became a target for slavers who found out that they don't get sick if they only stay for a short time.


* This is what the Capped humans always said the Masters helped humans achieve in the ''Literature/TheTripods'' series. And it's true, it's just done by mind control that makes humans docile, and apparently unable to maintain any technology beyond medieval/renaisance age.

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* This is what the Capped humans always said the Masters helped humans achieve in the ''Literature/TheTripods'' series. And it's true, it's just done by mind control that makes humans docile, and apparently unable to maintain any technology beyond medieval/renaisance medieval/renaissance age.


This trope can be either played straight or subverted. When played straight, the Perfect Pacifist People will be {{Actual Pacifist}}s, shunning all physical violence [[SuicidalPacifism even when their society is threatened]]. In these cases, a common plot point is for a character to [[TeachHimAnger learn the ways of war]] (so he can [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers teach it to his people]]), or find others to [[HiredGuns do the fighting for them.]]

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This trope can be either played straight or subverted. When played straight, the Perfect Pacifist People will be {{Actual Pacifist}}s, shunning all physical violence [[SuicidalPacifism even when their society is threatened]]. In these cases, a common plot point is for a character to [[TeachHimAnger learn the ways of war]] (so he can [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers teach it to his people]]), or find others to [[HiredGuns do the fighting for them.]]
]] On rare occasions, they'll break out the SuperweaponSurprise to justify why they're able to live as pacifists.


* The bird-like Chozo race from ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' are {{Precursors}} who have evolved to a point in which they live in harmony with nature, shunning violence and destructive technology. Of course, they ''were'' warriors once, and were able to create the advanced PoweredArmor that Samus uses. The downside of this is explored as well: after being pacifists for so long they could no longer use their own weapons even when they REALLY needed them.

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* The bird-like Chozo race from ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' are {{Precursors}} who have evolved to a point in which they live in harmony with nature, shunning violence and destructive technology. Of course, they ''were'' warriors once, and were able to create the advanced PoweredArmor that Samus uses. The downside of this is explored as well: after being pacifists for so long they could no longer use their own weapons even when they REALLY needed them. [[spoiler:TheStinger of ''Videogame/MetroidSamusReturns'' reveals that a rogue faction of Chozo who never gave up their warlike ways were the ones who slaughtered their peaceful brethren.]]


* ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'', by ScottWesterfeld, gives us the "Prettytime," in which everyone is sweet-tempered and a little bit lazy. This is because [[spoiler:after the operation, everyone gets brain lesions.]] So it gets [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] somewhat.

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* ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'', by ScottWesterfeld, Creator/ScottWesterfeld, gives us the "Prettytime," in which everyone is sweet-tempered and a little bit lazy. This is because [[spoiler:after the operation, everyone gets brain lesions.]] So it gets [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] somewhat.

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