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Fantastic Sapient Species Tropes

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If there's a race of non-human, non-spiritual, non-monster sapient beings in your fiction, you're most likely looking at either Science Fiction or Fantasy. Further, the race probably has characteristics drawn from a common set of tropes. These are some of those tropes.

Races defined by their sheer unintelligent monstrosity generally don't fall under this set of tropes. Mythical creatures and other non-sapients are covered in Our Monsters Are Different. Contrast Humans Are Indexed.


Statler: I wonder why they keep mentioning life on other planets.
Waldorf: Why should they care? They don't have lives on this one!
Both: Dohohohoho!

Alternative Title(s): Fantastic Species Tropes, Fantastic Sapient Species