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  • An Eldritch Abomination is, as one of its defining traits, Inconceivable, not just something unfamiliar, but an insane mockery of natural law altogether. Come down to the animal world, where species use basically the same behavior patterns for ages. A usual predator will have his senses, one, two built-in weapons and some tenth offensive maneuvers at all in his arsenal, mostly relying on less then that. He, or his prey, will also have about the same limited amount of countermeasures, that again stay the same across generations, while being determined by natural selection if his species is the fittest and maintaining the overall balance of the ecosystem. Here comes the Inconceivable: it's one giant melee fang (and probably a sturdy carapace) in the morning, no such fang but a tamed fire that kills from afar in the afternoon, warping the world, natural selection and the laws of the universe themselves so that Everything Is Trying to Kill You, and if nothing of that works, expect a full new bag of tricks tomorrow, and another after that, and another. We're talking what, hundreds, thousands of weapons and absolute uncountable amount of patterns, all wielded by one squishy species and changed at will? This is madness! (Yes, yes, we know. This. Is. Humanity!)

  • According to HP Lovecraft, some of the defining characteristics of Eldritch Abominations are that they are inherently unnatural and uncaring. Humans not only disrupt ecosystems and destroy habitats with their very presence, but have accidentally exterminated so many species that we lost count. Until we had the ecological conscience we have now, we were just like the Old Ones. Even after that, the fact that we care at all is something unusual. Humans are generally the only species that will do something for another species completely at our own will and without expecting anything in return. This is pretty much the opposite of the above. If animals could truly grasp this concept, it would likely blow their minds, but humans who will be kind to animals must be borderline angelic through their eyes. Some strange creatures just made sure their life would continue or gave them food for reasons they will never understand, and that is to assume that there really is a reason behind it. While we may be effectively Eldritch Abominations in the eyes of wild species, at the very least we'll often be fairly benevolent while we're at it.
    • We, as a species, are somewhat nice right up to the moment when we are either threatened or starving. That's when everything has just become a weapon.
    • Actually, animals getting along well and being affectionate with each other outside of naturally evolved symbiotic relationships has been observed on occasion... but only in captivity, as far as we know.

  • Also, it is rather creepy the things civilization has built. Cyclopean flying spires possessing the power of the Sun, unleashing The End of the World as We Know It as soon as they awake from their underground slumber. Wolves that become servants and find Happiness in Slavery, massive artificial metal monsters swimming at the bottom of the sea and searching for each other with mysterious powers. Hand-held thunder that can kill from a distance. Plants that grow at our command. Artificial mountains made up of Sinister and/or Alien geometries. Light in darkness. Non-euclidean two-dimensional prisons of entire multidimensional worlds. Herds and populations finding Happiness in Slavery in concentration camps, only to be slaughtered by Nightmare Fuel. Artificial servile lightning that is the lifeblood of an omnipresent, omniscient, all-powerful Hive Mind of eldritch superintelligence. And so on.
    • It was quiet telling that some Human Eldritch Abominations find the aforementioned Nightmare Fuel so horrifying, they are put off from eating meat.

  • We shape the development and population of farm animals, so that we can consume them. Just like the Great Old Ones.

  • Imagine you're a deer in the forest. You come across something that blends in with its surroundings, can imitate your voice, and fires from the trees an immensely powerful weapon you can't fathom. If you come across one of your species that has encountered it, you'll find they have been horribly mutilated and parts are missing, taken as trophies. That's right, humans are The Predator.
    • What's scariest of all for a deer is that humans don't "play by the rules" when they hunt, or at least, not by any rules that animals would recognize. Your average predator — wolves, bears, etc. — will go for the easy kill, cutting the slowest or weakest from the herd. Humans don't do that. Humans have the means — and in the case of a sport hunter, the motivation — to kill the strongest member of the herd. Imagine being the alpha male stag of your herd. You're fast enough to outrun most of the predators in your world, and if need be, big enough and strong enough to fend them off. Not only is that of no use against a human hunter, but in fact, being the biggest and strongest makes you a target, because you'll make a nice trophy on the hunter's wall and a nice story for him to tell his buddies over drinks. Think of how little sense that makes to a deer. And most likely, the deer won't even see this incomprehensible predator coming; just a loud noise, a sharp pain in the shoulder, and it's over. Millions of years of natural selection have been turned upside down overnight by big game hunting, to the point where being smaller and weaker is now an evolutionary advantage for many game animals.

  • To large, dangerous animals, or animals that use venom, humans would be Squishy Wizards. Yes, the humans can warp the environment to their whim, kill from a distance, turn night into day, and make fire, but get in close enough to use claws, fangs, or poison, and they die like any other prey...
    • Yet they quickly find that by doing so, they would ruin their reputation to the world forever and have invoked the wrath of these mysterious beings who would have normally left them to their own devices. These beings can hold grudges forever. The predator then becomes the prey as these animals realize with growing horror that thet are being hunted by countless Super Persistent Predators whose single-minded goal is to exterminate them. There will be no negotiation. There will be no quarter. These beings will not stop until they have their revenge.
      • Hell, we'll hunt individual animals for weeks, months, even years to bring them down if necessary. There you have it, humans are an overprotective guild of mages.
      • We're more likely to relocate them now unless they make a habit of it. Something about almost wiping out entire species in a region for revenge of a single death now strikes people as wrong.
      • This is the reason it is a taboo among the animals in Kipling's Jungle Books to eat humans. They will tell their cubs that it is because it is tasteless, or unethical, or unhealthy ("If you eat human meat, your teeth will rot!") but the real reason is a maneater causes humans to go berserk at the environment, to the detriment of all. The reason Shere Khan is despised by the other animals is he is actually a cripple, and the only big prey he can catch are humans and their cattle, causing trouble for other big predators everyone else.
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    • Even if larger or venomous animals could take down a single human (and there are many of them that could), they probably won't. Most animals — even big freakin' predators like bears and sharks — place humans high on their "DO NOT TOUCH" list. They might observe us, they might even put on a show to try and scare us; but when push comes to shove, most animals are hesitant to attack us unless we provoke them first. Why would you willingly pick a fight with Cthulhu?

  • To animals, the human body itself is probably almost irrelevant, considering how many "bodies" we can just put on, including:

  • Think of how pets like dogs might see us, if they had language and our ability to compare things. We bring foods that they would never see and demand that they perform in unnatural ways, take them to have their hides ruffled and worked over with sharp instruments, bring them to trot in circles and be examined, the vet, the kennel. Some might manage to "dominate" their owners, but they don't know how to be alpha to humans and get stressed out, and if they do a very dog thing and bite, we do not allow them to live.
    • Of course, it's not that we make them act in unnatural ways. All dog behaviors are natural behaviors they already did on their own. However, we generally ask them to either do them at 'inappropriate' times or they are puppy behaviors that we ask them not to unlearn when they mature. It would be more appropriate to say that we ask them to act like Cloud Cuckoo Lander toddlers.
      • Although, given the side-effect of domestication known as neoteny, they essentially are infants (well, juveniles) that never grow up.
    • This is why it's so important for a dog owner to learn to "speak dog". If you can read a dog's body language and use it back at them, things get so much easier!
      • Bear in mind that we took wolves and bred them to create dogs in the first place. Unlike with other tamed animals, the behaviours we look for aren't any more unnatural than the dogs themselves, they're the ones we bred for.
    • Then again, the reason we keep them around (nowadays at least, when they aren't working dogs) is because of their comforting loyalty and easily met needs, compared to neurotic self-centred humans. Some people keep them because they get a kick out of dominating another being's life, but not most people.
    • They probably respect and are intimidated by us. After all, a good hunting day for a dog is catching a rabbit or bird and chowing down. A human goes out "hunting" (actually going to the grocery store), and in 1/2 an hour returns with generous portions of Pork, Chicken, Beef, Eggs, and enough food to feed a dog for weeks. They probably think we're the greatest hunters in the world!
    • Cats, on the other hand, seem to see us as rather like elephants. Big, useful, potentially dangerous, but somehow rather goofy.
      • The big cats (including lions) that once lived in Europe and Asia probably thought we are goofy, too, until they were all hunted down with just bows, arrows, and spears.
    • And of course, there's the pampering, hugging, playing, giving treats, and making a huge fuss over the pet when it does something right aspect of the relationship as well. Godlike-beings we may be, but in healthy human-pet relationships it's certainly not an unloving/unloved one.
    • Think about something else from the perspective of our cats and dogs, we, as super predators, are making them super predators on a much smaller scale. House cats alone are effectively miniature tigers that are immune or resistant to most common diseases, fed by their owners to ensure that they won't starve, given shelter to make sure even larger predators can't get them, and given treatment in case their prey actually does manage to hurt them. House cats alone have a tendency to do massive damage to the populations of small animal species. Think about the fact that, while you let your sweet little Mittens out for his daily house cat walk, he's probably enacting a campaign of miniature genocide against the local bird population.
    • Let's say you're a stray dog or feral cat. Your whole life has been a hard-scrabble fight for food, water and shelter. Then one day, this unknowable being scoops you up and transports you to this place where it's a constant comfortable temperature, you have unlimited food and water, and there are these things called "toys" that provide a new kind of pleasure you've never experienced before. All of this is provided by an alien, but seemingly benevolent higher intelligence. Where would you assume you are?

  • Most wild land animals that have had prolonged exposure to humans treat them with fear and respect. The exception is zoo or reserve animals that are frequently handled by humans directly.
    • Urban pest species such as rats or pigeons would feel this trope even more strongly, in that our actions are inscrutable as well as miraculous. One minute we're dumping tasty garbage and bread crumbs for them to chow down on, the next we're exterminating them with poisons, traps, and deadly predators (dogs, cats, ferrets) that slavishly do our bidding.
  • What would domestic rats think of us?
  • You know those old stories about people taking food from The Fair Folk and being trapped in their realms forever? Well, that happens to animals, too. Animals that take food from humans learn to depend on them, and forget how to find food on their own. Or worse, they are lured to their deaths by humans who take advantage of their complacency.
  • Fishing is like a near-death experience for small fish. They get fed, go up into a white light where they can't breathe and see all their dead relatives around them. Then, a great voice says "Nah, too small. Throw 'im back."
    • Jeff Foxworthy joked that catch-and-release must be the fish version of the near death experience. "I was surrounded by my dead relatives. And I saw God. He was wearing a flannel shirt and a Budweiser cap. He told me it was not my time and threw me back."
    • Imagine the thoughts of a pet fish. You're in a relatively small environment, and only invisible walls protect you from the unbreathable air. Strange apes stop just beyond these walls, and do little more than stare at you for no apparent reason. Once or twice a day, food mysteriously rains from the sky. There's also this strange contraption that pulls in a current and spits out bubbles. Then every once in a while, one of the strange monkeys actually sticks their hand in the water, bringing a strange tube that drains the water, making the already small environment even smaller. Just when it seems dangerous, fresh water is put back in. Also, if a friend dies, they are caught by a green net where they ascend beyond the water into the great beyond. No wonder it's so common for them to stress out and die.

  • There are countries where monkey brains are considered a delicacy. For the monkeys, it's like the plot of some stupid old alien movie: creatures from far far away, with powers far beyond the monkeys' comprehension, abduct them to actually eat their brains!

  • Actually, it is quite common that Humans Are Cthulhu to other people. That is how a Conspiracy Theory comes about, and why this trope fits in our imagination so easily.
    • Even today, in the more severe cases of Does Not Like Men and He-Man Woman Hater, it might end up sounding like "Men Are Cthulhu" or "Women Are Cthulhu," especially when they start talking about possibly just becoming gender separatists.

  • A commentary on Alien Abduction notes that what aliens allegedly do to people (sneak up on them at night, carry them into mysterious vehicles, and perform incomprehensible and invasive medical procedures, often leaving some kind of implant in the body), and what demons supposedly did back when people believed in things like incubi and succubi, can seem very similar to what our scientists do to animals in the wild.
    • It also suggests that the abducting aliens are bumbling incompetents, as causing more than the absolute minimum of stress in wild animals is always undesirable, from the standpoint of valid field research. (Otherwise, you're just learning about abnormal animal behaviors, not natural ones.) Yet many abductees claim — even boast — that they get snatched over and over again, despite becoming complete basket cases from their alleged experiences.
    • Another thing, if Aliens exist and are watching us, they're probably listing down the reasons they're superior.
      • Alternatively, there could be a tiny minority of people who are prone to remembering the abductions and the vast VAST majority of people never know they happen at all.
      • Another alternative is that the point of the tests for those who remember are to see what kind of abnormal behaviour crops up. As long as it is only a few and actual evidence is not present, it would be fairly safe, and if the normal behaviour have already been studied, why not?

  • Naturally, we have yet to discover aliens. However, there's a lot of research dedicated to learning what kinds of alien life can conceivably exist, so long as the basic laws of molecular biology as we understand it apply throughout the cosmos. This line of thought introduces ideas such as aliens that require ammonia or formaldehyde instead of water and using nitrogen or phosphorus instead of carbon. However, the type of environmental conditions for such elements and chemicals to sustain the basic principles of cellular life, as we understand it, are quite bizarre. How does this fit the trope? Well, depending on the "alternative combinations" involved, to these theoretical life forms: our homeworld becomes a boiling vat of caustic gasses, the liquids that flow through our veins are flesh melting corrosive acids, the atmospheric pressure we move gracefully through would crush their skeletons (endo or exo) into paste, and the mere sound of our voice could rupture organs (it being a form of kinetic energy).
    • Oxygen is one of the most corrosive elements in the known universe. And we breathe it.
      • Also, our two most common beverages are water and alcohol. They are also our two most used industrial solvents.
      • Alcohol is also an incredibly deadly neurotoxin that can exterminate thousands of organisms in multiple states of complexity with just the slightest touch. As the other Troper said, "we drink it." For fun.
      • 4 of the 6 most common elements in the Universe are Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon, and Iron (in that order). #2 is Helium and #5 is Neon, and both are inert. Life as we know it needs all four non-inert ones. Most alternate forms of life we imagine that aren't Carbon-based would need chemistry that uses Lithium in place of Hydrogen, Silicon in place of Carbon, Sulphur in place of Oxygen, and/or Phosphorous in place of Nitrogen along with very high temperatures and a near total absence of both Hydrogen and Oxygen.
    • Humans use the most lethal toxin known on our planet, botulinum toxin, to fix skin wrinkles. It's commercially better known as: Botox.
  • Skunks' major defense is their stink gland. Skunks' most common cause of premature death in developed areas is getting run over by a car. Cars, of course, are exclusively engineered, built, maintained, and driven by humans. What human has ever smelled skunk stink while driving and thought "I'd better stop the car"?
    • Generally, by the time the driver can smell it, it's already too late for the skunk (and, by the way, the car).

  • Talking birds (parrots, for instance): To put it succinctly, what we hear as "Polly want a cracker" is probably "IÄ IÄ HUMANS FHTAGN" to themselves and other animals. In other words, parrots and other talking birds are the "dark cultists" of the animal world.
    • Similarly, what do birds think of human music? Even wind instruments like flutes probably sound like close, but "off", birdsong. Other instruments are probably perceived as outright Black Speech.

  • You're a bird, flapping along, enjoying your first good thermal of the day, when you hear a rumbling in the distance. Before you can turn to see what it is, the rumbling becomes a roar and a vortex seizes you, tossing you around. The last thing you see are blades. Congratulations, you just became bird strike.
    • Birdstrike can bring down planes and kill people. More like Accidentally Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu.
    • Same for animals that become roadkill, or manatees that get hit by boats.
      • Only most animals killed by land/sea motor-vehicles don't send the passengers hurtling to their deaths... (Note: Dumpsters and landfills should be kept far away from airports. Really far away.)
      • Deer, however, can and do destroy vehicles that hit them and (less frequently) kill the occupants. This isn't just the big ones like moose, smaller ones like white tails and mule deer can do it too.
    • A bird flying against a glass window. Freaky invisible barrier!

  • Man also possesses the ability to wear products made from dead animals, making him one of the Face Stealers of the animal kingdom, like the nudibranch and hermit crabs. But instead of the nudibranch's usage of assimilating jellyfish or the hermit crab's obvious naturality, the skins that humans wear are instead transformed into numerous varieties that are totally unrecognisable from where they came.

  • Isn't it very uncanny that the octopus, the Cthulhu of the animal kingdom, is eaten by us?
    • Speaking of octopi, imagine being the octopus in the aquarium. You were just fine chilling in the sea, until suddenly a giant lattice comes out from the heavens and encapsulates you. You find yourself in what appears to be a small chunk of the sea. A force field is all that seperates you from a world you're unfamilar with. If you squint, you may see some other sea creatures. Your captors are like no living thing you've ever seen. The only thing remotely similar is the prescence of a fish-like mouth and eyes. Unlike most examples, you have the intellect to be confused and try to figure out what is going on. And, if you try and flee, you find it impossible for you to breath. These...things with four vaugely tentacle-like appendages, somehow don't need water. Humans Are The Alien Invader, travelling from beyond the sky and living in the airless void. And then you discover the sky.

  • Imagine that you are a whale that has accidentally beached itself. In this unforgiving enviroment, you are unable to even move, and will eventually dehydrate and suffocate to death, crushed under your own weight. Suddenly, you're surrounded by dozens of strange-looking creatures, effortlessly skittering around on their spindly appendages without any water to hold them up! They can move water outside of water, and they command great growling beasts strong enough to lift whales! And throughout this all, they touch you and rub you with their gangly limbs, and make strange babbling noises with their blowholes, as if they were trying to communicate...
    • Kindly creatures as well, considering how much effort they put into to getting you back into the water.
      • Unless, of course, putting you back in would turn out to be impossible, in which case they then BLOW YOU UP!!
      • That only happened once. And it was already dead.
    • Just think about what the whale would do after it was released back into the ocean. It would probably tell its pod-mates about the experience, and they'd just think he was crazy, similar to most people who tell their friends and family about an alien abduction: "Hey guys, you won't believe what happened. I was just going up to the surface for a breath of fresh air when I fell into the Great Beyond. It was awful, there was no water, I couldn't stand up, and I nearly died. But then I was rescued by...The Gods! They walked upright and floated effortlessly across the surface with no water to hold them up. They spoke through their blowholes and told me it was not my time, so they returned me to my own realm." (Cue sudden burst of laughter from pod-mates).

  • Mosquitoes have extremely poor sight, instead relying on their ability to smell chemicals and detect body heat to find food. Insect repellent eliminates the odors, but leaves the heat detectable. From the mosquito's point of view, this means that a giant torch is walking around. Yikes.

  • Imagine being in a zoo. You're in some replica of your environment, one that's quite off. Your prey is given to you as a carcass. And during the day, a group of your captors appears and...just watches you. Why? To prepare you for their feeding? Are they worshipping you? Something else? You'll never find out.

  • Consider the human brain for a moment. It is capable of conceptualizing things beyond what we can see and feel, can create false realities inside itself when we are asleep, and apparently has a memory storage capacity that exceeds the natural human lifespan by several orders of magnitude, such that we will never know just how much information it can hold until we can live several hundred years or more. The human brain can also act on a whim without any need for instinct, ignore logic when it feels like it, and say one thing and do something else without us even realizing it until it's already happened. On top of that, the human brain is perfectly capable of being fully aware it's doing all of those things and even plans for it. It has functions that exceed our needs as a species significantly, seemingly only to taunt us with how little we understand about it and just daring us to push ourselves further to make use of those functions, only to show us something else we didn't know we could do later on.

  • From an Animal's point of view. Humans live much longer lives than they do, like the Fair Folk, a Human's Lifespan can number all the way to 122 years, most animals can only live for 10, 20, 30, 40 years at best, it like hamsters they live for only Two to Four years at a time, but to a human they are as mayflies, so to most animals we would be Really 700 years old on account of 122 year lifespan.
    • Certain reptiles, especially turtles, have been known to outlive, or at least rival, human lifespans.

  • Consider what a human must seem like to an ant. A creature of such incomprehensible vastness that its mere foot is enough to block out the sun and crush dozens to death with a single blow. Were an ant able to see a human, whole and entire, the sheer Otherness of our form would break its tiny insect mind: to a creature with an exoskeleton, we must seem disturbingly inside out, with our fleshy exteriors and strange sensory organs that are little more than intricate holes in our heads. And worst of all is our indifference. We step on ants all the time and think nothing of it. Sometimes we kill them without even realizing it, blundering through fields or moving on sidewalks. In general, humans bear ants no malice; ants are too insignificant to merit such feelings. Humans simply move through the universe, aware of little beyond their own unknowable concerns, and ants die because they get in the way.
    • That's not even the half of it. Ants probably see any animal bigger than a foot tall this way. At least we don't prey on ants or knowingly hurt them (not most of the time anyway), whereas other creatures that would appear Cthulhu to them, such as small birds, actively prey on them. So ants live in a world filled with abominations, many of which are knowingly malevolent and try to harm them. I'm beginning to understand why ants live in anthills, to seek refuge from the sheer unholiness and inconceivable horror of the world beyond. And whenever they are forced to leave their paradise to find food, they probably feel like they are entering the realm of the gods!
    • And how about those little kids that burn ants to death with a magnifying glass. A huge, unfathomable creature from above unleashes the power of the Sun on you, and does it just for FUN!!! Maybe after reading this entry those sadist little creeps will think twice about having tiny animals die horribly for their amusement.
    • You have spent generations building your colony below some wood and stones — then some new white powdery food appears outside. You carry it inside, give it to your queen and the offspring — and have to watch as they start to burst open a few minutes later. Yup, baking soda's the way Germans (others too?) get rid of ants in the house; and it works like a charm.
    • Look at it from this perspective; imagine coming across one of these larger-than-life beings. All is good, right? You aren't in its way, right? Then this thing friggin' looks down at you, before a look of disgust crosses its face and either crushes you under its foot or leans down to crush you with one of five appendages attached to another appendage. These colossal abominations see you as nothing more than a pest and will gladly obliterate you on sight.
      • Or it picks you up and drops you into a gigantic pool of water, and as you helplessly flail around, struggling for air, the water suddenly begins swirling around and sucks you into a gigantic tunnel, never to be seen again... (Or, if it's feeling really mean, it drops you into the nearest spiderweb and lets the spider do you in.)

  • Consider this adorable video from the sloth's point of view. He's going about his sloth-ly business, moving quite fast by his standards, when suddenly some unknown force snatches him from the ground, carries him through the air at incredible speed, and deposits him at his destination, doing in a matter of seconds what would probably have taken him all day.

  • Imagine you're a young Orca encountering an attack submarine for the very first time. As an Orca, you are the apex predator of the Oceans. When you show up, Great White Sharks leave. You've just run into something that is several times more massive than a Blue Whale, and a Blue Whale is too big for you to hunt. Imagine your horror when your podmates (all of whom are both older and closely related to you) tell you about what attack submarines prey on.
    • Whales communicate through sub-sonic vibrations — basically SONAR if it were for talking. A whale hearing an attack submarine must be like us hearing some creepy hobo chattering nonsense.
      • As far as I know, sub captains don't use active sonar unless they have to. A whale that hears a submarine is most likely hearing engine noise.
    • Oh, it's potentially much creepier than that. Active sonar isn't language; it's basically a one-note "ping" that goes out and bounces off things in the area. That's not even babbling. That's one loud shriek. The first time a whale encountered a sub using active sonar probably went something like, "AGH! Sweet merciful Poseidon WHAT IS THAT THING?! AND WHY IS IT SCREAMING LIKE THAT?!"

  • Think about human speech. A mature dog might be able to understand some of the most basic things of what humans are saying, like learning what they are calling you or noticing that the sound "walk" is somehow related to when you're allowed to go outside and make your business. But these are tiny drops in the vast ocean of human verbal communication. Although a dog is seeing humans talking to each other all the time, the meaning of their speech is literally beyond its comprehension. Then, there are other pets like rabbits who hardly communicate through sounds. To them, the sheer variety of human vowels and consonants must be something very alien.
    • That's just one human. What about two or more talking to one another? The dog knows they're talking, but what it might be about is utterly beyond what the dog is focused on.

  • Do animals realize what humans even eat? They find things that burn animals mouths, taste horribly bitter, bizarre shapes that seem...alien...unlike anything remotely edible...and they eat them. Hell, they even eat things that kill other animals.
    • And ponder why we do it. Most animals are opportunistic eaters; they will take sustenance when and wherever they can, so long as it's edible. But humans have mastered their environment to such a degree that they have the luxury of choice. They can have whatever they want, whenever they want, limited only by factors (ie. money, storage space, etc.) the average non-sentient animal can barely wrap its head around. They even have the power to selectively breed plants and animals to match their preferences in flavor. Humans have access to so much food, in such variety, that they often simply get bored. Eating for humans is not a mere necessity: it's a game. We will look for the next thrill, the next new sensation, something unusual, dangerous, or just plain different. And if we can't find it, we still won't starve, because there's always something in the cupboard.
      • Also, some breeds of dog, like the bichon frise, have sensitive pancreases which means they can't eat human food. So in the dog's case, humans love to eat food that would kill them.
      • Hell, chocolate is poison for dogs, but it's toy food for humans. (Though it's presumably tasty to dogs, too, since they do eat it if given the chance.)
    • The unnaturalness of cooking. Many major crops, like corn and rice for example, are quite inedible when raw, and most of our fellow mammals will agree with this. But humans still spend years of their lives producing these inedible vegetable products, and making them edible by a mysterious process involving fire...and lots of water, and specialized substances that are governed by arcane rules of chemistry. And as useful as cooking is when eating vegetables, it's even more vital when it comes to meat. Raw meat is the favorite food of many, many carnivores, and it's edible enough that even a supposedly herbivorous animal will often give it a try. But humans will get sick if they eat meat without a cooking process to make it even more palatable and safe from diseases. At which point meat goes right back to being the delicacy it is for the other animals.

  • Other primates, great apes in particular, probably see us as their equivalent of a Humanoid Abomination. Just think of what it must be like to be a chimp or a gorilla in a zoo. You're in a cruelly small space that looks uncannily like your natural habitat, but beyond is a void filled with creatures that look just like you. And they just stand there, zombie-like, watching you forever.
    • It's even worse than that for other great apes. Kanzi is a bonobo smart enough to learn human sign language from a Gorilla and communicate it back to his handlers. For Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, and Orangatangs we look strange, walk funny, make weird sounds they can't make, and have social customs that are completely alien to them.

  • Imagine if an extinct animal such as a dinosaur were to somehow get transported forward millions of years into our time. At least animals today are used to living alongside the abominations that call themselves Homo sapiens. To a dinosaur, everything about the 21st century would be alien. Gigantic metal pterosaurs soar thousands of feet in the air, brick trees many stories high tower above a concrete ground, and shiny metal dinosaurs zoom through these strange forests at impossible speeds, and feed on deadly liquids. You then discover the puny but threatening bipedal aliens that are the top predators of this world, and find out that these creatures build monuments to worship the petrified skeletons of your kin. Were you able to grasp exactly what was happening, you would find the notion very creepy. Little do you know that this world is your own planet, but in a distant future, separated from your own era by spans of time orders of magnitude too immense for you to fathom. If you were capable of grasping the truth of this eldritch future, it would break your fruit-sized brain.
    • There's a theory that dinosaurs simply couldn't survive in the climate of modern Earth: the climate of their day was warmer, wetter, and more oxygenated. For a dinosaur to be transported to the modern day would be like a human being transported to Mars. The air is deathly cold. You can barely breathe. You probably can't even hear anything, due to your eardrums being designed for a thicker atmosphere. And you're surrounded by these strange little creatures that seem to thrive in the very conditions that render you helpless. Imagine that. In your own world, you are the undisputed top of the food chain. Here you can't move, can't hear, can't see. You're at the mercy of these ghoulish, alien... things.
      • Taking cues from what humans can do to beached whales as mentioned before, it could potentially get weirder for our unlucky dinosaur: Imagine the little alien things all crowding around you, then you somehow get lifted by something that is somehow strong enough to move you somewhere else. If you are lucky and manage to survive long enough, you may end up waking up with some strange vines that are stuck onto your nose, your skin, somewhere else in your body, all the while the strange alien things are still all around you doing you-don't-know-what. If you are really, really lucky, you may finally get up one day in a world that your lungs and ears may find familiar, but your eyes realize that this place is simply off. If dinosaurs could dream, it would be like questioning whether you are still dreaming or not.
    • It gets worse: imagine as a dinosaur, you find out just what these great mechanical beasts use for fuel. Sweet Dino-Jesus...
    • Oh, and those bipedal naked things that somehow ruled the world? They are the descendants of those little furry things that you either ate or barely paid attention to. It's the dinosaur equivalent of the Planet of the Apes, only much worse.
  • The above points paled in comparison to how this trope applies to microbiology. Imagine that you're a single-celled organism who is just living your life normally, only to one day discover the terrifying truth: for untold generations your species have been dwelling inside a universe that's not only literally alive but is aware of your existence. Imagine that said universe has the means to wipe out billions of your species with as much effort as it would take to wipe dust off one's hands... but chooses not to for unknowable reasons. Perhaps they considered you invaluable for their health, too numerous to devote the effort to eradicate you, or you haven't annoyed them yet...
    • However, if your species are known for causing diseases and infections, your very presence inside them has been considered a declaration of war by these living universes. Shortly after, your species are forced to fight a Forever War against not only lethal substances ingested/injected into the affected universe but horrifying monsters whose sole purpose is to devour any intruders infecting their parent universe... and thousands of them are produced constantly. Worse, the universe has other automatic defense mechanisms built into it in order to make your new home a terrible place to live and to grow. Ultimately, you are destined to suffer the most when one of two outcomes of your Hopeless War occurs:
      • Crushing Defeat: As what to be expected, you all die. Your invasion, though making your host suffer, has spelled your doom. You and the remains of your dwindling species are hunted down to the last pathogen and only those who survived are the ones who left the universe earlier. A species of the universe's defenders known as the Memory B Cells carry antigens made from your devoured kin on their surfaces for the express purpose of helping the universe remember your species in order to fight them more quickly the next time they invade. That's right, this universe's idea of safeguarding against any subsequent waves from the same strain is basically making flesh trophies of their victims and waiting for any unsuspecting pathogens to go in for Round Two...
      • Pyrrhic Victory: Despite braving an unrelenting assault from a universe that is out to exterminate you and your kind, you did the impossible: you slayed an immerse being far beyond your comprehension and power. However, before you break out the nutrient-champagne, you must use this moment of peace to savor your victory. Savor it well because it will be the last joyful day of your life. Almost immediately, the now dead universe literally melts all around you as the cells you'd been using for reproduction start dying by the thousands every second. As you begin regretting your invasion, the entire universe becomes dangerously hot and you die instantly before it is all burned to ashes. Of course, cremation is a mercy: imagine that as more cells die they released acids that makes your home inhospitable. Imagine having to compete against not only any of those all-devouring white blood cells who are still alive at this point but other bacteria who are actually thriving in this new environment, most of which have been waiting for this day ever since this particular universe was first born. Soon this dead universe will become a universal Death World that will result in you dying out slowly and painfully, all because you wanted a new home. Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu doesn't even come close to describing this.
  • Watership Down is very realistic about lapine behavior, if the author also got their opinion of humans accuratte, well, feel free to expand on this.
  • Consider how we often deal with pests (e.g. ants). Most of the time (particularly if they're outside) we ignore them. Yet other times we poison them, scattering tempting food that will kill them in due time, not (usually) out of any sense of malice or desire to protect ourselves (again, usually; the cases where such pests actually threaten us are comparatively rare) but simply because they annoy us.
  • Humanity's ancestors became notorious as one of the most deadly hunters in the animal kingdom, due to the combination of determination and tactical genius. We hunted large prey simply by following it at a walking or jogging pace, without stopping ever, until they are too weak to run anymore. They will run away but we just show up again and again, by figuring out their fur and footprints and feces and damaged plants. and then when they think they have lost us and bed down for the night, a noise wakes them up and there we are! Waiting! And they run again. But when they are too weak to run or fight back, we eventually outflank, surround, and kill them effortlessly. We aren't Cthulhu, we are goddamn Slenderman.
    • Eventually it went From Bad to Worse. As hunting grounds and population count grew, it led hominid species wandering further and further from Africa. Eventually they chased new prey in new regions, who followed in turn to more unexplored lands. Thus scoured and populated the Earth, while our early ancestors started to further develop with each generation. Once humanity came around and gave up the nomadic lifestyle embracing early civilizations and agriculture which usually aren't the kindest processes for local flora and fauna, their fate to be our Cosmic Plaything was inevitable. Only a handful of creatures, like the dog and horse, were lucky enough to become a Slave Race.
  • Also worth considering is how we deal with protected wildlife species: observing them from a distance much of the time, snooping around their nests when their offspring are at their most helpless, laying out food in hard times only to turn around and tranquilize, medically examine, and attach tracking devices or ID bands to them when they least expect it. Or even haul them away to breeding facilities. Sure, we know it's for their own good, but they don't. Even when we're on the animals' side, we're The Greys to them.

Might wanna look into some therapy after reading this.

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