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Haley: How can you be so smart sometimes and still be such an... an AIRHEAD!
Air Elemental: HEY! There's no need for racial slurs!

In Real Life, any time one group of people has animosity for another, they'll come up with mocking or degrading terms for the targets of their disdain.

So it's no surprise that in fantasy conflicts, such as humans treating sentient robots as second-class citizens, Elves vs. Dwarves, Fur Against Fang, etc, many fantastic racists, classists, and the like have a wide vocabulary of fictional slurs to use against robots, vampires, etc. It can be very Does This Remind You of Anything? at times.

Subtropes include the following:

  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": When a robot, Energy Being, or some other manner of non-fleshy entity insults humans (or some other kind of fleshy living beings in general) over their fleshy nature.
  • Son of an Ape: Slurs based on the fact that humans are apes from a taxonomic POV are widely used by all sorts of aliens, demons, and celestial beings.

When this happens during times of war or other armed conflict, see Nicknaming the Enemy.

Compare Pardon My Klingon.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, Eldians from Paradis are referred to as "Island Devils"—sometimes even by other Eldians.
  • Code Geass:
    • Citizens of the defeated Japan are called "Elevens" by everyone affiliated with the Holy Britannian Empire, to go along with the whole stripped-of-their-national-identity treatment the Empire put on them (occupied Japan is simply called "Area 11"). Likewise with every other country that has been numbered.
    • The Japanese rebels have their own slur for Britannians, "Buriki-yarou", literally meaning "tin-plated bastards" (a reference to their use of Knightmare Frames to invade Japan and other nations) as well as punning off the similarity in the two words. This was Lost in Translation in both (fan) subs and the official dub. The closest the dub comes to is "Brits".
  • Cross Ange gives us what is called a "Norma", which is the term of girls who are not only unfit to wield the Light of Mana, but also constantly destroy it on contact. In the Mana Society, Normas are seen as violent, self-concerned subhuman creatures that reject the Light of Mana and live on their own strength. Those who are convicted of being Normas are shipped to the prison island of Arzenal, where they are forced to fight magic-sensitive kaiju called DRAGONs in Humongous Mecha called Paramails.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, the orcs call humans, elves, dwarves, and halflings, long-legs, long-ears, depth-dwellers, and little men respectively.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Frieza is known for his racial slur against all Saiyans, such as "MONKEY!" Or "FILTHY MONKEYS!" when he's truly out of control.
    • He's not the only one, since both his soldiers and his brother Cooler's men refer to Saiyans as monkeys and apes. In the dub of Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Sauzer (The Dragon), reacted to genocide of Saiyans by saying "there goes the monkey farm" in a derogatory tone. Hell, it even extends outside the space guys, as in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Demon God Demigra, during his Villainous Breakdown, will refer to a Saiyan Player Character as "monkey brute". It does kinda make you feel sorry for the Saiyans. They are jerks, but everybody in their universe and beyond treats them like dirt.
    • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged even Dr Briefs gets in on the slurs in regards to his own grandson Trunks.
      Dr Briefs: He sure does cry a lot — do you think he gets that from his monkey side?
      Bulma: DAD! No racism in front of Trunks.
      Dr Briefs: Oh come on, I'm using "monkey" ironically here, da— I mean, mostly. Half and half, kinda like the baby.
    • The poor Namekians get a bit this as well, Vegeta refers to Piccolo as "Green Man" frequently and Dore from Cooler's Revenge even calls a Piccolo a "toad" in the English dub. In TFS Frieza calls Guru a "slug" in insulting reference to their antennae and water based diet, but it's more a In-Joke to the 4th DBZ Movie.
    • Since the Buus are technically a race as of Dragon Ball Online, Vegeta referring to their originator Majin Buu as "chewing gum that's been spat out" is pretty insulting in retrospect.
    • Vegeta also refers to the Androids with a variety of insulting names including “rust buckets”, “tin toys” and even “junkyard robot trash”.
  • In Gundam Earth Federation soldiers call the Zeon "Zeeks" and Zeon soldiers call the Federation "Feddies".
    • While Spacenoid is in fact the in-universe term for people who live in space colonies or on the moon, the Titans use it as a slur. This doesn't carry over to the word Earthnoid for space-dwellers.
    • There are also Oldtypes, typically used in contrast to Newtypes, though occasionally it's used with the connotation of "a selfish, narrow-minded, outdated fool who refuses to evolve".
    • Furthermore, in Gundam SEED the Earth Alliance soldiers call the space-faring ZAFT soldiers "Space monsters". Classy. Even worse, Blue Cosmos, the group that's basically pulling the strings behind the Earth Alliance, refers to Coordinators as "Patchworks".
  • In Svetlana Chmakova's Nightschool series, vampires are affectionately nicknamed "Nozzies" by the local hunter guilds. They usually get called "Buffies" in return, especially when they feel like the hunters are harassing vampires who were just minding their own business out of nothing but Fantastic Racism.
  • Early in One Piece Zoro, Sanji and Usopp called the Fish People Arlong Pirates names such as "half-fish mutants", "fish bastard", and "fishsticks" among other things. Justified at the time as the Fish-Men had captured and terrorized their crewmate Nami and her village for years... however as we learn later Fish Men as a race aren't inherently bad at all and those kind of insults are more fittingly used by human bigots rather than the heroes themselves.

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    Comic Books 
  • ABC Warriors: Volgans refer to humans as "floppies".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise:
    • Firebenders are called "ash makers" by residents of the Earth Kingdom who want them out.
    • Earthbenders are called "dirt people" by the Fire Nation citizens.
    • Both Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation people call the Water Tribe "ice savages".
  • Copperhead: The artificial humans are referred to by the prejudiced (read: everybody) as "arties".
  • Dead Eyes Open: The derogatory name for the Returners is "Deadies".
  • Fables: Non-magical folks are referred to as mundanes or more commonly "mundies". In one issue, during a hypothetical scenario put forward by a character about what would happen if the imperial Fables were dumb enough to openly attack Earth, Terrans come up with their own slur for Fables, "Meevils" (short for "Medieval" due to the serious difference in technology between the Fable Homelands and Earth).
  • Fine Print: Being called demons (even though they're divided into incubi or succubi) is hugely offensive to Cubi, who consider this a major insult.
  • Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X: Androids are called "wind-ups". When the main character finds out that a fellow survivor is one, she apologizes for using the term.
  • Grandville: The Beast Men call the furless underclass "doughfaces". Prejudice against them is so widespread that we're several books in before the lead character even learns that they call themselves "humans".
  • Legends of the Dead Earth:
    • Justice League of America: In Annual #10, the humans who were born on War World refer to those who were captured and assimilated by Lord Havok as "trogs."
    • Supergirl: In the Annual #1 story "The Legend Lives On", the half-Durlan shapeshifter Flexi dismisses S'Age's accusation that she is Supergirl as "typical singleform thinking."
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Blade: Blade usually calls vampires "suckheads".
    • Nextwave: Aaron Stack's favorite term for humans is "fleshy ones".
    • X-Men:
      • Mutants are referred to as "muties". Genoshans coin the term "genejoke".
      • "Flatscan" (presumably a mutant detector with an oscilloscope interface would remain a flat line) and (evolutionary) "dead end" are the derogatory terms for regular humans from the mutant POV.
      • Age of X: In the shared hallucination thingy, mutants refer to humans as "preaks". Because they are what came before.
      • Age of X-Man: "Retrogade" is a slur for people who believe in romance and sex. As Nate was grown in a test tube and had some unfortunate relationships, his perfect world is one where everyone is grown in test tubes and nobody has relationships.
      • House of M: In the comic's Alternate Continuity, where mutants are the ruling class and humans are the persecuted minority, humans are referred to as "sapes"(short for sapiens). In one of the tie-ins, Luke Cage occasionally calls other humans "sapien" in a similar manner to a black person using the N-word.
      • New X-Men: Stuff, a shapeshifting member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, is reprimanded by a colleague for using the slur "solid-oids" against non-shapeshifters; apparently this sort of bigotry is common enough where they come from that there's even a term for it — "morphism."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW): Issue 81 features the story of Wind Sock, an earth pony who dreamed of flying with the Wonderbolts and had been experimenting with heavier-than-air flight technology with no real success. When a Wonderbolt named Dauntless gets injured and stranded in a canyon, Wind Sock offers to rescue him with his latest invention, and one of the Wonderbolt officers derisively calls him a "ground pounder".
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): "Furry" is a slur that overlanders use for Mobians.
  • Spellbinders: The magical and non-magical citizens of Salem hate each other, with the magic-users being calld "wicks" and the muggles being called "blanks".
  • The Spire: Those with superpowers are referred to by the less enlightened as "skews". They prefer the term "sculpted".
  • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra: Nokk, a reptilian alien, refers to humans as "milk-drinkers".
  • Superboy (New 52): Superboy himself is the recipient of this this via the retcon that "Kon" is a slur for ALL clones after a rebellion by Kryptonain Clones in the distance past. He however turns this around by taking it as his proper Kryptoian name and becomes and dies as an All-Loving Hero.
  • Top 10:
    • Robots are sometimes referred to as "clickers", a term that carries the same connotations as the N-word does in the real word. They prefer "Ferro-Americans" or "Post-organics." Although that doesn't stop "scrap" musicians from using it in their songs...
    • A lesser slur than "clicker" is "spambo", which carries connotations of both "sambo" and "oreo". Like a can of SPAM luncheon meat, it's metal on the outside, meat on the inside.
    • "Robot" itself seems to be a lesser, old-fashioned slur similar to "negro" or "colored". An elderly woman talking to android officer Joe Pi starts saying "robot", then stops herself and says "post-organic".
    • Vampires are much the same. One vampire character insists that he's "a Hungarian-American with an inherited medical condition".
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Those Constructed Cold are referred to as Knock-offs, since they're not considered "proper" Cybertronian life-forms.
  • Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars: The Martians are presented in this comic as a race of insectoid humans with four arms. Because of their insectoid appearance, humans usually refer to them as "bugs".

    Fan Works 


  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail:
    • Lexi calls passengers who enter the train and take advantage of denizens and the train's cars as "free-riders" due to a bitter experience with Grace and Simon (who have their own slur in calling denizens "Nulls"). Although given how Grace and Simon are shown to be more monstrous than anything the train can create, he's not entirely wrong.
    • Chloe calls Pokémon "creatures" as a way to distance herself from the same monsters that made her feel isolated from everyone.
  • Legend of the Crimson Avatar: Firebenders with extremely weak, low temperature fire are called "Rose Flames" due to the blood red color. Rose Flames struggle to produce even orange fire in combat and no Rose Flame has ever attained certification as a Master, relegating anyone unfortunate enough to be one to a life of ridicule. The AU Naruto happens to be a Rose Flame, and the first time he tries to look cool lighting his fist on fire, everybody laughs at him.
  • Pokémon Crossing: Canines in this universe are sometimes referred to as "mutts", including Butch the rottweiler and Wolfgang the wolf.
  • Sideboard of Harmony: Ditzy is a planeswalker and is yelling at another planeswalker who happens to be a unicorn at the time since her home plane, Ungula, doesn't allow humanoids. Ditzy calls him a "bonehead" for his stupidity just in time for Twilight to overhear and be shocked at Ditzy saying such a horrible thing. Ditzy quickly apologizes, saying she forgot the local context, she meant something else entirely, and that the pony she's yelling at isn't technically a unicorn to begin with.
  • To Infinity: "Vorox" or "Zesk" serves as this for the Sand Tribe, mainly because they're no longer bestial or primitive. They look like normal Glatorian or Agori, but with some slight differences.
  • The Last Son: Graydon Creed and the Friends of Humanity, in addition to the canon "muties" for mutants, create the term "krypper" to refer to Superman and other Kryptonians by bastardizing the word Krypton.

Harry Potter

The Legend of Spyro

  • Pure Light: Third class citizens are disparagingly referred to as "diggers", as a reference to how most of them work in the Warfang mines.

The Legend of Zelda:

  • And So We Fight has "fecacutis" (roughly "shit skin") as an unfathomably offensive slur for the Shiekah (and to a lesser extent, anyone dark-skinned). It is considered so offensive that academics will refuse to even write it down when translating documents, and a Shiekah is considered honor-bound to kill someone who uses it against them, and will face no legal repercussions for doing so.
  • Blind Courage: Downplayed. "Outsider" is a euphemism that Hylians use for Gerudo. It's an upsetting term but not considered an outright slur.
  • Divorced: "Sand rat" is a slur for the desert-based Gerudo.

My Little Pony

  • Citizen Weevil: As Fantastic Racism is one of the key themes, there're a lot of slang terms/slurs in reference to the many different species that live in the Six Points, the impoverished multi-species district in Lower Manehatthan where the narrator, a middle-aged Changeling immigrant, and his family live. Examples include, but are not limited to, "cockroaches" (changelings), "hornkies" and "horn heads" (unicorns), "dirt/mud ponies" (earth ponies) "feather brains" (pegasi), "pastels/pasties" (ponies collectively), and "mutts" (diamond dogs).
  • Fallout: Equestria: Snowfall: The crystal ponies call noncrystal ponies "fleshies". The ghouls also call nonghouls "smoothskins". Nobody seems to get particularly offended though.
  • Fluffy Pony:
    • "Shitrat" is a slur for fluffies as a whole by humans, due to them defecating when scared and being Explosive Breeders like rats.
    • "Crap chick" is used by humans to refer to baby fluffies due to the aforementioned incontinence and the fact that they cheep like birds.
    • "Monster baby" is used by abusive fluffy parents to refer to a disabled foal or an Alicorn foal.
    • "Monster" by itself can refer to Alicorns, disabled fluffies, or certain animals ("meowy monster" means cat, "birdie monster" means bird of prey, "striped tail monster" means raccoon, and "buzzy monster" refers to a stinging insect).
    • "Special huggies mare" is a gendered slur, similar to "slut" or "whore" (since "special huggies" are what fluffies call sex).
    • Downplayed for "poopy baby", which can mean a brown-furred foal, but can also mean a foal covered in excrement.
  • Harmony Theory: "Insect" for changeling. The two sides of the Equestria civil war call each other "lunatics" and "sun-heads".
  • Summer Days and Evening Flames: Gilda, a griffin, gets called a "half-breed".
  • A Voice Among the Strangers: Jessica's arrival in Equestria coincides with a series of inconsistent rumours of an unfamiliar monster around Fillydelphia. She is promptly captured, caged and put in a monster sideshow as the "Foal-Hunter", and the nickname takes a long to shake off, even after she's escaped and proven that she's sapient and not a threat to them.
  • All-American Girl (Shinzakura): Ponies are often referred to as "kickstands", "tugs", "geldos", "roadshitters", "Cathyfuckers" by speciesists. Likewise, Ponies who adapt Human behaviors are often called "skingrafts".
  • The Conversion Bureau: Celestian is often used as a slur against the Ponies.


  • Fixing RWBY:
    • It's mentioned that faunus have several slurs against them, such as "fur-licker" and "lizard brain", depending on what type of faunus they are. The term "faunus" itself was once a slur because faunus saw themselves as individual species, not one big species. Nowadays, it likely serves as an equivalent to the term "Negroes" in America during the 20th-century.
    • There's the very damaging, Faunophobic slur, "critter", the local rhyming equivalent of the n-word against African-Americans, as suggested by the commenter TheIntratec9. Similarly, "Jockey" is used to refer to Faunus sympathizers.
  • RWBY: Scars: "Animals" is the most common slur used against Faunus.
  • RWBY Alternate: The "Graif" are a tribal race of warrior-centric humanoids (and likely a Human Subspecies) who have combined with dust. The main insult for them is "dust bugs".

Star Trek



  • Descent into Darkness: Funny Animals are called "byodokan" ("dokan" for short). Humans tend to call them "furries" in a neutral manner. "Freaks" and "animals" are considered slurs.
  • Eleutherophobia: Former Yeerk hosts are sometimes called "zombies" due to their unresponsiveness. Tom, being one for Self-Deprecation, takes this in stride. "Yeerk-head" is an even nastier term.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf: Hefty's notable slur for telepaths (particularly Empath and the Psyches) is "star face", referring to the star-shaped birthmarks of both characters.
  • Eugenesis: A follow-up begins with a whole slew of slurs. In order we have: "Offloaders"; "Skivs"; "Leakers"; "Muties"; "Viroids"; "Emps"; "Lifers"; "Neuts"; "Ex-Reds"; "Slaggers" and "Mechdazers".
  • Heritage of the Wolf: A slur that dogs use against wolf-dogs is "lobo", the Spanish word for "wolf".
  • Inkopolis Chaos: “Pit Dweller” is a slur used against octolings, poking fun at how they lived underground.
  • Luminosity: Jacob and other werewolves use the word "leech" for vampire when they aren't being Mind Controlled. This comes complete with a Last-Second Word Swap when Jake realizes he's about to use the term in front of some vampires who are on his side.
  • Never Had a Friend Like Me: Norm gets referred to as a "filthy genie" by Jorgen, as in the cartoon, and in turn regularly refers to fairies as "wand-wavers".
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness uses the term "slushy" for Yuki Onna.
  • Warriors Kingdoms: The Prophecy Begins: Humans that act as servants to the gods (i.e., the setting's equivalent of the cats that live as human pets in canon) are called "god-toys" by the Kingdoms.
  • With Strings Attached:
    • The Idris call noncombatants "fodder" (e.g., streetfodder).
    • Similarly, Jeft calls gaming characters with no chance for survival "fertilizer".
    • Grynun calls elves "dung on legs".
    • Lyndess scornfully calls Terdan a "Foot-Arm", implying that though he is an Arm (the second highest rank in the Idris), he fetches and carries like a lowly Foot.
    • The harveys do not like being called "rabbits" or "bunnies" and are quick to correct John when he innocently calls them that.
    • Varx refers to Jeft as a "highgrav", or big drag.
    • The Hunter calls gay men "shameful female-men".
    • The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World: The cat-elf Svenjaya are derisively called "plushies".
  • Yellowjacket (based on Inside Out) has "freak", which is what Plague Zombies call non-afflicted humans.

    Films — Animated 
  • Epic: Leafmen call humans "stompers" due to us moving a lot more slowly than them.
  • The Land Before Time: It's apparently common for threehorns (ceratopsids) to call longnecks (sauropods) "flatheads". Petrie did use the term first not meaning to be insulting. However, Cera was not back with the group to hear him at that time, though she uses the term on her own after running into them. "My father told me that flatheads have very small brains!"
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): King Triton refers to humans as "fish-eaters" since the fish are sapient.
  • Robots: Older robot models are called "outmodes".
  • Wreck-It Ralph: "Going Turbo" is thrown at anyone who considers breaking character and/or abandoning one's game in order to shame them out of it.
  • Zootopia: Apparently the word "cute" functions as this to some degree for rabbits, and the use of it seems to function similarly to the n-word for humans: bunnies can call other bunnies cute, but it is considered offensive when other animals do so. The term "dumb bunny" is also generally more offensive than the word "cute".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aliens: Burke calls the android Bishop a "synthetic", which causes an embarrassing silence as its obviously regarded as a slur; Bishop says he prefers the term "artificial person". Later Burke starts to use the term "synthetic", then stops and corrects himself to "artificial person".
  • Avatar: The Na'Vi are called "blue monkeys" by corporate and military bigots.
  • Blade: Blade refers to vampires in one of his catchphrases as "suckheads".
  • Blade Runner: The Replicants are often referred to as "skinjobs". In the original version with the Harrison Ford voice-overs, it's explicitly stated that the term is the equivalent of the N-word for replicants. Poor KD6-3.7 aka Joe from Blade Runner 2049 has graffiti spelling "skinjob" on his apartment door and gets further derogatory remarks from humans in public.
  • Casper: The ghosts refer to living humans as "fleshies".
  • The Colony (2021): The people who've been surviving on Earth since the cataclysm are called "Muds" by the people who fled to Kepler-209.
  • Coneheads: The titular cone-headed aliens refer to humans as "bluntskulls".
  • The Creation Of The Humanoids: The androids are called "clickers".
  • District 9: The insectoid aliens referred to as "prawns" by the humans.
  • Gattaca: Derisive terms for non-engineered people abound like "utero", "in-valid", "faithbirth" and "Godchild" (referring to their parents' decision to throw caution to the wind and trust in faith or God to give them a healthy child). A natural-born individual who assumes the identity of an engineered person is often referred to as a "borrowed ladder" or, less flatteringly, a "de-gene-erate". In contrast, engineered folk are given complimentary nicknames such as "vitro", "valid" or "made-man".
  • I, Robot: Detective Spooner (Will Smith) calls robots "canners," presumably short for "can opener."
  • King Arthur (2004): The knights call the Picts "Woads" (with Word of God that this name is meant to be a slur).
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Hobbits, or at least Sam, call humans "Longshanks".
  • Love Is All You Need? (2016): Heterosexuals are called "Heteros" or "Ros". Emily gets the former written on her forehead after bullies assault her, and the act leads to her attempting suicide.
  • The Matrix:
    • At one point, Switch calls Neo, at the time still unplugged, a "coppertop".
    • On a meta-level, fans got to call the humans still connected to Matrix "Bluepills" (after the blue pill vs. red pill offered by Morpheus to Neo), even though no-one actually uses this slur in-universe.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Men in Black: The Bug refers to humans as "undeveloped pond scum", "meatbags", "milksuckers" and "monkey boys".
  • Underworld (2003): Werewolves refer to vampires as "bloods". Whether or not the term "lycan" for werewolves is this or Our Werewolves Are Different is a little unclear.
  • Willow: Nelwyns are derisively referred to as "pecks".
  • Zombie Wars: Humans call zombies "pusheads".

  • Animorphs: Yeerks are "slugs", Andalites are "grass-eaters", Taxxons are "bugs" or more commonly "worms", Hork-Bajir are "geniuses" and "bark-chewers", and humans are "monkeys." The standard Yeerk-on-Andalite insult seems to be "Andalite filth!," while the inverse is "Yeerk scum!"
  • Annals of the Western Shore
    • In Gifts, the word "calluc" is used by uplands folk for lowlanders. Melle, Orrec's lowlander mother, is called this a few times, but he never uses the word himself until he meets another lowlander named Emmon.
    • "Sheep-hair" for Alds in Voices, since they generally have big blond afros. Half-Alds like Memer get it too.
  • In Kim Newman's Anno Dracula, with a vampire aristocracy ruling Britain, "warm" gets used as a derogorary term for the living. Those who object to the vampire rule call them "leeches". In one of the sequel short stories, as vampires spread across America, a California diner has a sign saying "No Vipers".
    • In a later sequel, John Alucard has his own slant on reclaiming the terms: he prefers "leech" or "viper" to "Undead American" because people should be scared of vampires.
    • The vampire equivalent of "Uncle Tom" is "Grandpa Munster".
  • In Sergey Volnov's Army Of The Sun trilogy, the formerly-dominant humans are now relegated to second-class citizens after the success of the alien rebellion against the tyrannical rule of the EarthStella Empire. Once reverently called "Earthers", humans are now derogatorily called "Zems" (from Russian "Zemlya", meaning "Earth").
  • The Fairies from Artemis Fowl call humans "mud people."
  • In Jonathan Strouds The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the titular charakter finds the word "demon" to be highly insulting, and prefers that people call him a spirit, djinni, or "exalted djinni".
  • Battlefield Earth has the Psychlos universally refer to humans as "Man-Animals". Creativity is not a Psychlo's strong suit.
  • In Bounders, the titular children, who have been genetically engineered to have disabilities like ADHD and autism, are referred to as B-wads, by both typicals and each other.
  • Cats vs. Robots: Cats are called "Four-Leggers" by robots, and humans are called "Two-Leggers" by both cats and robots.
  • Vampires in Christopher Farnsworth's novels refer to humans as "the stock", short for "livestock".
  • Considering that all the main civilizations in the Codex Alera series are extremely xenophobic, it's unsurprising that a few of these crop up.
    • Aleransnote  often call the Canimnote  "dogs" (though "jackal" is the canine metaphor of choice for when Canim want to insult each other), while Canim call Alerans "demons" (and at least one instance of "monkey-boy").
    • The Maratnote  are on marginally better terms with the Alerans (that is to say, the two groups generally avoid each other with the occasional blow-up into war, rather than continuous low-level warfare as between the Alerans and Canim), and the two races at least superficially look similar, so "monster" type slurs are usually out; instead, both groups tend to just call the other "savages", with Alerans insinuating that all Marat are into bestiality and cannibalism, and Marat insinuating that all Alerans are treacherous Dirty Cowards with no morals—the slur "Dead Tribe" is mentioned to be used by Marat for Alerans, but never actually gets used on-page.
    • Oddly, no specific slur for the Icemen is ever brought up, even though a significant subplot in the fifth book involves a warmongering Aleran High Lord who is extremely bigoted against them—though aside from some slight remarks like Alerans dismissing their adversaries as "animals", "Icemen" itself might count, since it's the Aleran term for the race and not the name they use for themselves, which is never revealednote .
  • In the Jasper Fforde novel The Constant Rabbit, in which the UK is suddenly home to 1.2 million Funny Animal rabbits, prejudiced humans call them "Flopsies". The rabbits respond by calling humans "Fudds".
  • Dark Life: The tilte is a refer to the slur people call the sudsea poineers.
  • The Daevabad Trilogy: The Daeva tribe of djinn despise being called "fire worshipers" because the slur is associated with the invasion and subsequent massacre that ended their dynasty. Over a millennium later, the wound is still raw.
  • Allen Steele's story "The Death of Captain Future" had "google" as a slur for the genetically-enhanced space people (they have large eyes). Of course, this was before "google" meant "web search".
  • In Robin Jarvis' Deptford Histories book The Oaken Throne, the bats refer to the squirrels contemptuously as "tree worshippers" or "tree rats".
  • Similarly to the above, in Diamond Sword, Wooden Sword, "hunnus" means just "human" in Elvish, but it is always used to insult humans.
  • In Differently Morphous even Eldritch Abomination(s) want political correctness as gelatinous beings known as fluidics consider the term "Shoggoth" or "Shoggies" to be their N-word.
  • Lee Crabb, in Dinotopia has a tendency to refer to the saurians as "scalies".
  • Discworld:
    • Dwarfs are occasionally called "lawn ornaments" (the Dwarfish language equivalent of which is "a killing insult") and gritsuckers.
    • Trolls take offense at being called "rocks" despite the fact that they do in fact seem to be living, moving rocks.
      • In Ankh-Morpork law, dying as a result of using the terms "lawn ornament" or "rock" is legally considered suicide.
    • The undead and related (vampires, werewolves, bogeymen) sometimes refer to humans as "Normos" (short for "normal"), as seen with Shlimazel the bogeyman in Hogfather.
    • Conservative dwarfs call those dwarfs who dare to openly show signs of femininity "Ha'ak". No translation is given, but it's very clearly not a nice word (the target's troll friend threatened to kill the offender if he heard it used again). It turns out later it's not just an insult for the openly feminine, or conservative vs. liberal: a rather progressive dwarf says it to an arch-conservative adversary in Thud!. Other slurs referring to those showing undwarfly conduct include "Dr'zka" and "D'hrarak". The former means you have a lax approach to dwarfish behaviour and such; the latter means an exile who has been cast out of dwarf society by the Low King.
    • The dwarf word drudak'ak, while it isn't precisely a slur (but is somewhat unkind, judging by the way Carrot hesitates to use it), means something like "They who do not get out in the fresh air enough" and refers to dwarfs who are excessively conservative; generally, the dwarfs that this applies to are rather inclined to believe that the surface is a bad dream of some sort that will go away if they ignore it hard enough.
    • The Librarian gets very upset at being called a "monkey". He's an ape, specifically an orangutan, thank you.
    • There seem to be inter-undead slurs too, Lady Margolotta once referred to werewolves as "doggies". This is generally presented less of a slur and more just impolite to mention; a recurring theme of Angua's plotline is that a being caught halfway between a wolf and a human is going to end up with some doggish traits whether she likes it or not.
    • According to Discworld Noir, taxonomy and cladistics on the Discworld were codified by a long-disappeared zoologist called Carl Linoleum. His system is pretty much parallel to that devised on our world by Carolus Linnaeus - until it gets to species not known on our planet. Linoleum had a suspect sense of humour and no perceptible sense of caution, as his names for those other species are Canis Latinicus for "stupid rocks" (Trolls) "garden gnomes" (Dwarfs) "bloodsuckers" (Vampires) and "good doggie!" (werewolves). After he disappeared, the Watch quietly closed the case as the list of potential suspects was too long, and in any case it was clear-cut suicide.
    • The talking rats in "The Amazing Maurice" use the term "keekee" to refer to a non-talking rat, who they view as less intelligent.
    • Gnomes and the Nac Mac Feegle refer to humans (and, presumably, other human-sized races) as "bigjobs."
  • Kim Newman's Diogenes Club:
    • Particularly in the Drearcliff Grange School subseries, "fluke" is the typical slur for Unusuals, i.e. people with inborn or acquired superpowers. Light Fingers, a politically-aware Unusual, has actively attempted to cultivate a corresponding term for Ordinaries (i.e. those without powers) in the interest of parity, but has yet to come up with a catchy one.
    • In "Tomorrow Town", the inhabitants of the futurist utopia call outsiders "yesterday men". Richard Jeperson chalks it up as yet another way that they're not nearly as advanced from the rest of us as they think.
  • In the Disney Fairies series, fairies refer to humans as "Clumsies."
  • Divine Blood Novels: Lady Tinia refers to humans as "monkeys", Hel refers to Naiki as a "deep one", Naiki herself refers to smelling the presence of a "cuckoo" and is reminded that they prefer "changeling" and several people refer to untrained psychics as "akiras". Also, a killer who Mao eliminates in the first chapter is called a "Van Helsing" since he was killing non-humans after learning they existed.
  • Domina:
    • There are a few, mostly listed offhand in the culture documents. One of the more prominent slurs is "ferrets" for the Nosferatu vampires. Considering that the Nosferatu pride themselves on embracing the physically monstrous parts of the vampire package, calling them ferrets drains a lot of their intimidation factor.
    • Changelings who break changeling law are referred to as bruscar, which is translated as "fey-trash" (it's Irish for "trash"). Once the fey begin recruiting, the changelings start referring to anyone who works with them as bruscar. One of the American homunculi is also referred to as bruscar, even though there's no way he has anything to do with the fey.
  • In the 1954 SF story Down Among The Dead Men by William Tenn, Earth has a great lack of soldiers for a Bug War so dead bodies are permanently reanimated. The protagonist isn't happy about being assigned to lead a squad of these 'zombie' or 'blob' soldiers, but realise the reverse is also true when they start openly discussing which derogatory term he uses. Figuring that the reverse is also true, he breaks the ice by asking what term they use to describe him.
    Lamehd grinned so that his teeth showed a bright, mirthless white against his dark skin. "Realos," he said. "We call you people realos. Sometimes, realo trulos." Then the rest spoke up. There were other names, lots of other names. They wanted me to hear them all. They interrupted each other; they spat the words out as if they were so many missiles; they glared at my face, as they spat them out, to see how much impact they had. Some of the nicknames were funny, some of them were rather nasty. I was particularly charmed by utie and wombat.
  • In Dragons of Requiem, the term "weredragon" is considered offensive to the Vir Requis—even though they technically are half-man, half-dragon. Everyone who uses the phase does so in a derogatory way, as if to depict them as monsters.
  • In the Drake Maijstral books, self-styled "pro-human" groups call the Khosali "rats"—although their marked canine appearance and traits makes this strangely inappropriate.
  • The intelligent flesh-eating undead in Dust by Joan Frances Turner call the living "hoos" for "human". There's also "maldie" as a derogatory term for a heavily-embalmed zombie, who are often stereotyped as ditzy and snobbish about their lack of decay. They do, however, view "zombie" as a gross slur when used by humans.
  • The anatomically modern humans in Earth's Children refer to the neanderthals as "flatheads".
  • Ender's Game:
    • Ender himself is a "Third" in a society with strict Population Control, and the book opens with him being addressed as such in a derogatory manner.
    • "Buggers" was retconned into this. In the later books (starting with Ender's Shadow) we learn that they're officially called "Formics" — likely because the series became more popular among pre-teens than Card expected, and he wanted to avoid gratuitous profanity (he even replaces all uses of "Bugger" with "Formic" in the 2008 graphic novel adaptation). Note that while considered a swear on Earth after the first and second invasions, "buggers" doesn't really mean much to the aliens, who at that point are still figuring out the concept of sapience outside of a hive mind, have little to no real contact with the humans, and never really grok the concept of language even after human-Formic relations are a little more regular. Rather than being used to insult Formics in an immediate social setting, its use as a slur is more like an insulting nickname for an enemy of war, similar to how Americans would call Vietnamese soldiers "Charlie" during the Vietnam war.
    • "Piggies" starts off as an affectionate nickname for the native inhabitants of Lusitania in Speaker for the Dead, but, by Xenocide and Children of the Mind, it has come to be seen as condescending, and "pequeninos" (Portuguese for "little ones") is the preferred term.
  • The Expanse has "skinny" for people from the asteroid Belt (due to the physiological effects of growing up in low gravity), "squat" for people from Earth (for the inverse reason), and "duster" for people from Mars (because the planet is dusty). Belters also tend to use "Inners" for people from Earth and Mars, but this seems to be somewhat more neutral.
  • Mario Acevedo's Vampire Detective Series Felix Gomez has "blunt tooth" as a vampire term for humans.
  • Vampires in Fevre Dream refer to humans as "cattle".
  • In The Fifth Season, people born with the reviled Functional Magic of orogeny are called orogenes if you're being polite, or roggas if not. Ykka, who's trying to destigmatize orogenes in her isolated community, takes Rogga as a use-caste name as if it were a profession. By contrast, The Archmage Alabaster almost always uses "rogga" in conversation because he knows just how superficial the Gilded Cage of enslaved Imperial orogenes is, and just how nightmarish things can get for them.
  • "Flatheads", for Shanka, in The First Law trilogy.
  • Fungus the Bogeyman: Bogeys call humans "drycleaners" ("DCs" for short) because we live in relatively dry environments and we keep ourselves clean, and Bogeys do neither. They also refer to white humans as "pinks", brown-skinned humans (such as black, Hispanic, or Indian people) as "browns" and East Asian humans as "yellows".
  • In Gone, the words "freaks", "mutants", "muties", "mutant freaks", "moofs", and "chuds" are all used as slurs for "kids who have mutated and developed supernatural powers".
  • Grunts! has elves referred to as "squeakies".
  • The worst insult in Guardians of Ga'Hoole is "wet pooper", related to the owls' looking down on birds that don't produce pellets.
  • In the Hainish story "The Word for World Is Forest", the human slur for the Athsheans is "creechies".
  • Harry Potter:
    • "Mudblood" is a slur frequently used for muggle-born wizards (that is, wizards who weren't born to wizards). It's treated as an extremely offensive term early on, but near the end of the series Hermione says she is "Mudblood and proud of it". Interestingly, when she's first called it, Hermione has no idea what it means (though she recognizes that it is an insult); the Gryffindor wizards who do know what it means meanwhile collectively lose their shit. (In the film, however, Hermione does know what it means and is deeply hurt by it.)
    • There's also "blood-traitors" used by "pure-blood" wizarding families to refer to those that marry muggles or muggle-borns. However most people it is directed at don't seem offended by the term, and many are only irritated at the implication that doing either of those things is something anyone should be ashamed of. They also often point out most "pure-blood" families have become woefully inbred as a result of their point of view.
    • Half-giants, Veela, Goblins or other similar people are sometimes called "half-breeds", even by occasionally more open-minded characters. Other magical creatures like mermaids, centaurs, or werewolves are also occasionally have the term applied to them even though the former two are entirely non-human and the latter are technically just diseased humans. It's probably because they appear to be half-human, half something else. It's not clear to what extent this is a slur and to what extent it is an actual term for Half-Human Hybrids, although it often is obviously intended as an insult in some cases, and non-humans beings (like centaurs) tend to take it as an insult.
    • "Muggle" meaning non-magical humans. None of the wizard characters think it's offensive, although it seems to be based on the slang "mug", meaning "a person easily deceived". Part of the problem seems to stem from the fact that "Muggle" is the official term for UK non-wizards, but bigots don't bother to make up a different slur and use "Muggle" also (similar to how words like "gay" and "Jew" can be used neutrally but also pejoratively, depending on context). It does stands out compared to the more neutral American equivalent, "Maj" for wizards and "no-Maj" for non-wizards.
  • In the Hoka story "Joy in Mudville", a reptilian alien calls the protagonist a "slimeless conformation of boned flesh", provoking him to reflect that nonhumanoid insults are seldom meaningful to humanoids (and presumably vice versa). "It did not offend him at all to be told he was slimeless."
  • In Hoshi and the Red City Circuit, normals refer to Operators, who have K-Syndrome, as "K-dromers." Operators call normals "dims" because they don't have the glowing foreheads caused by an operator's Brain/Computer Interface.
  • Into the Bloodred Woods: Werebeasts are sometimes referred to as "frissers", particularly by Albrecht.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Caliban, Three Laws-Compliant robots refer to robots with non-standard law sets as "pseudo-robots".
  • Journey to Chaos:
    • Demons are called "dumb animals" because they orginated as mindless monsters.
    • Humans are called "temps" by elves or "softskins" by orcs depending on humanity's greatest failing in the view of that race. Elves are immortal and Orcs are Nigh-Invulnerable; humans are neither.
    • Elves are called "dagger ears" because of their Pointed Ears.
    • Orcs are called some permutation of "violent brute" because of their status as Proud Warrior Race Guys
  • In The Maze Runner, the less than 1% of the global population immune to The Flare virus are derisively called "munies".
  • In The Migax Cycle, "dreg" is used to refer to humans that are part of the lower class.
  • In Miles Taylor And The Golden Cape, the Unnd from the first book, "Attack Of The Alien Horde", loathe the alien race who made the golden capes so much that they only refer to them as the "GGARL!", followed by spitting some acidic phlegm.
  • The Moreau Series features "Morey", short for the uplifted animal Moreaus, and "Franks", short for the genetically enhanced human Frankensteins. As the protagonist tends to be a Noble Bigot with a PI Badge in a Crapsack World, it's never clear if there's a polite term, but the few 'good' people we run into avoid them completely. "Nonhuman" is used by several news agencies, but the moreau protagonists react with scorn to the term.
  • Myth Adventures: Natives of the dimension of Perv are "Pervects". Anyone referring to them as "Perverts" may expect a dose of percussive education to correct them. There's a reason for this—in later novels, we meet actual "Perverts" on Perv, who personify all of the negative stereotypes of Pervish natives.
  • In Nemesis, by Isaac Asimov, there is still some latent racism in twenty-third century human society. However, rather than use the present-day racial slurs, Asimov makes up his own, such as Euro, Afro, Hindo, and Mongo. These slurs are treated as being just as offensive as the Real Life ones.
  • Night World: Rashel refers to vampires as "leeches" and werewolves as "puppies" in The Chosen.
  • The very not so fantastic "Nought", "Cross", "Blanker", "Dagger", "Halfer" in ''Noughts & Crosses".
  • In Christopher Anvil's Pandora's Legions, the Centran commander of Earth deliberately encourages his soldiers to call the natives "puff-skulled, hairless, flatnosed lop-tails". Only the last part seems to stick. There is no mention of Earthmen calling the Centrans anything in particular, despite noting their resemblance to lions.
  • In Paradox, "furry" is insulting to the Pelted; conversely, "skinny" and "devvy" ("devolved") are used on their creators.
  • Patternist: The titular organization of Psychics call people without Telepathy "Mutes". Emma, a centuries-old Black lady who witnessed the American slave trade firsthand, immediately recognizes the intent behind it. She's right: the Patternists are Super Supremacists who casually mind-control all the mutes they deal with.
  • In Phule's Company, aliens are sometimes referred to by the Earth animal they most resemble: "Warthogs" for Voltons, "Slugs" for Sinthians, and "Cats" for Gambolts. Phule strongly objects to these, feeling that "Species slurs are the worst kind of convenient label", since he's trying to reject all the assumptions and stereotypes attached to his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
  • In The Quantum Thief, the Zoku call their rivals, the Sobornost, as well as anyone else who devotes their life to an abstract ideal "meme zombies", while the Sobornost, who have a massive bone to pick with the Uncertainty Principle, itself, refer to the Zoku as "quantum filth".
  • Ramona Quimby: Downplayed. The first-graders will often refer to the kindergarteners insultingly as "kindergarten babies" despite only being about a year older than them.
  • The RCN series adopts a racist term from English — "wog" — with the alteration that it no longer has anything to do with skin color. In the eyes of Cinnabar's spacers, you can be whatever race or ethnicity (including as blond, blue-eyed, and whiter than white as a Nazi's wet dream), but you're still a wog if you're not from Cinnabar.
  • Revelation Space Series: Yellowstonian Demarchists call Conjoiners "spiders" and rogue Demarchists, Skyjacks and Ultras "zombies". The "spider" nickname was also used by the Coalition for Neural Purity seen in the chronologically earliest installments of the series. Conjoiners refer to baseline humans as "the retarded".
  • In the Robot Series, the people who live on Earth refer to robots as "boy". There's also the mutual distinction and disdain between Earthers and "Spacers".
  • In Rowan of Rin, the people of Rin call the Travellers "slips", after the slip-daisy weed, because of their carefree nature, which is deemed useless by the serious, hardworking people of Rin.
  • In Save the Pearls, blacks are now the dominant race and have re-named all the races. Whites are called "pearls", Asians are called "Ambers", Latinos are called "Tiger's Eyes" and blacks are called... "coals". While whites are supposedly at the bottom of the hierarchy, many critics have noted that their name is the only one that denotes value, beauty, and rarity.
  • In some of the Shadowrun novelizations, British call orks "baldricks"—probably a reference to the Blackadder character.
  • There's a fair bit of prejudice against the fruits of cross-kinded couplings in Shadows of the Apt (though people have no trouble with the couplings themselves), derogatory terms include "halfway" and "piebald". "Halfbreed" is occasionally used with some venom, too, although it seems to be the generally-accepted term.
  • One of Andre Norton's earliest books (Star Rangers/The Last Planet) had "Bemmy"—apparently derived from the movie slang B.E.M., "bug-eyed monster," as a generic insult for nonhumans. She got Anvilicious with it to the point of including "Bemmy-lover" as an insult for any human who hung out with them.
    • "Bem" is similarly used in the space-opera segments of Piers Anthony's Bearing an Hourglass, as human slang for the alien "Bug-Eyed Monsters" who are mankind's rivals for control of the galaxy. Inverted and parodied, in that these same aliens insist that "Man" is a racial slur they invented for human beings ("Multi-Appendaged Numbskull", or possibly something nastier).
  • Star Trek Expanded Universe:
    • In the Star Trek Novel Verse, "Singleton" is a terrible slur in the Bynar culture, signifying one who is unfit for bonding with another; a rejected person. To the Bynars, who (almost) always operate in pairs, this is the ultimate insult. In the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, the character "Solomon" is on the receiving end of such abuse due to his decision not to take another mate upon the death of his partner.
    • In John M. Ford's Klingon novels, the ultimate, unforgiveable, kill-the-insulter-to-redeem-your-honor insult you can call a Klingon is "tokhe straav'"—"willing slave".
    • Star Trek: Ex Machina has the Vulcan V'tosh Ka'tur (lit; "one without logic"). Of course, while Vulcans would never do such a thing as actually call someone a slur, the ones who use it in this novel sure throw it at Spock like one. A very emotional reaction, all told.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the Yuuzhan Vong are repeatedly referred to simply as "Vong" until they get to explain that using just that part of the name implies that the person is without the favor of the gods. Some people go on using it; others begin calling them "scarheads" for their badge-of-honor bodily mutilations. Also worth noting, the Star Wars fandom tends to use "Vong" for convenience.
    • Among many others: "Wooks", "Fluties" (Wookiees), "Pigs" (Gamorreans), "Tailheads" (Twi'lek), "Slugs" (Hutts), "Bug-eyes" (Rodians), "Hammerheads" (Ithorians; though probably not intended as an insult, they don't like it), "Fish" (any aquatic species), "Bugs" (any insectoid species, but particularly Geonosians), "Tinnies", "Clankers", "Machines" (droids), "Meatbags", "Wets" (organic beings), "Indigs" (natives of any planet), "Aliens" (non-Humans in general; sometimes treated as an insult, others not), "Imp" (anyone who works for the Empire, especially Stormtroopers—not that kind of imp, it's short for Imperial). The Imperials (at least in the Old Republic era), fires back with "Pubs". "Sith" is often spoken like a curse even though it's the name of an organization. Ditto for "Jedi". "Rimkin" is a slur referring to anyone who lives in the Outer Rim. And if one Mandalorian calls another "dar'manda" (literal translation: No longer Mandalorian) in a cantina? Run like hell because the ensuing fight will involve BFGs and enough dakka to level a city.
  • The Stormlight Archive:
    • Soldiers refer to the Parshendi as "shellheads" due to the fact that they naturally grow carapace armor in their warforms, although the slur doesn't really show up in other contexts. "Marbles" is also used a few times, due to all of the parsh having skin marbled either white/red or black/red. Somewhat interesting in that the only people who use either term are lower-class soldiers, while the higher-class individuals stick to the term Parshendi.
    • The term Parshendi is more or less a slur as well. The humans on the planet have parshmen, a related parsh people who act as as highly obedient servants, barely able to speak or think for themselves. The humans essentially view and treat them as (highly valuable) animals rather than people. Upon first meeting with the Parshendi they could see they were obviously related, so the name they gave them literally means "parshmen who can think". None of the human characters seem to think that the term is offensive, and several even seem to expect the Parshendi to be flattered by the fact that their cousins are considered such valuable slaves. It turns out the term is actually quite accurate. Parsh people have the innate ability to swap forms for different purposes (like war, mating or labor), and Parshmen are Parshendi who lost their ability to swap forms and were stuck in what the Parshendi call "slaveform" without the ability to leave it. It might be more accurate to say that parshmen are Parshendi who can't think thank the opposite though, as slaveform is technically the absence of a form rather than a form itself.
    • Rock's people are referred to as "Horneaters," as they literally can eat shells and horns due to their unusual biology. Although no one actually treats this as an insult. He in turn refers to everyone else as "airsick lowlanders", as the Horneaters live on the mountaintops. He mostly applies it to his friends when he think's they're being foolish, so he obviously doesn't think the term is terribly offensive.
    • The term "darkeyes" is also used frequently, due to the worlds Fantastic Caste System. It is the proper term for lower caste people with darker colored eyes (compared to lighteyes), but it is also frequently used as an insult by lighteyes speaking down to darkeyes. The polite version is supposed to be "darkling," but it's rarely used and just comes off as patronizing.
  • B.E.M. is also used as an insult by a human de-frosted from stasis in Strata. The insult is so archaic that only one person there, an alien historian, gets what it means, the one other human present is clueless.
  • Mutants in Super Minion are sometimes called "cockroaches" because they frequently have bony or chitinous armor, and because mutations are basically always focused around making them harder to kill.
  • In The Syrena Legacy, the Syrena view "mermaid" as an offensive slur.
  • Tasakeru has the slurs "stinktails" for skunks, "taints" for wolfoxes, and "snake", used by the squirrels as a vicious insult.
  • In Tolkien's Legendarium, the Dunlendings call the Rohirrim "straw-heads". However, the term later became less derogatory when relations between the two people started to improve after the War of the Ring. Hobbits also call men "big folk", though that's not always meant as an insult.
  • In To Shape a Dragon's Breath, the Anglish have lumped all the Indigenous people of North Markesland together as "nackies" (after Nack Island) with little to no regard for the various names they use for themselves.
  • Tamora Pierce has fairly generic slurs used against non-white people in her Tortall Universe (e.g., "sand lice" for the Arab-analagous Bazhir), and the Circle of Magic books introduce the word "kaq", which is... confusing. We're told first that it's used by the Tsaw'ha or Traders to refer to non-Traders, that it's very insulting, and that its main connotation is ignorance of the superior Trader way of life. Trader-ness seems to be an ethnic and/or cultural designation rather than a racial one; the only Traders whose races we're told are black, but there's an ambiguous reference to the notion of a white Trader as if it wouldn't be remarkable, and we meet plenty of black people who aren't Traders. So it appears it's more an issue of cultural xenophobia than of racism. The main Trader character, Daja, soon stops using it about the other three protagonists as they become Fire-Forged Friends, but continues thinking of other non-Traders whom she doesn't like as kaqs, apparently feeling no obligation to stop thinking along generalized lines — and her non-Trader friends adopt it for similar use against people who piss them off, as if it only means "ignorant person", so it's likely that it means some variation of "gullible idiot" and that it's use for non-Traders stems from historical attitudes of Trader cultural superiority. Probably the most literal translation would then be "Not one of us and we don't want them."
  • Transpecial: Several years after The War of Earthly Aggression, there's still a lot of hatred between Martians and Earthlings, who call each other Marsies and Earthworms.
  • The werewolves in The Twilight Saga have called the vampires "leeches" and "bloodsuckers", among others. The vampires tend to use "dog" like a slur as well.
  • The Uglies 'verse has "crumblies" for older people.
  • Most of the human characters in Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper refer to Ullerans as "geeks"—except the Kragans, their closest native allies. The Ullerans, in turn, call the humans "sudabitt", the closest they can get to "son of a bitch". Even the Kragans take to calling all-natives-but-Kragans "geek".
  • In Karin Lowachee's Warchild Series, "strit" for the striviirc-na aliens and "symp" for human sympathizers (like the protagonist and his mentor).
  • In Waking Up As A Spaceship, calling a Nekomi a "cat" is a horrendous insult, not because they're ashamed of their engineered feline traits, but because they take it as whoever calls them that is implying that they're deceptive, lazy, and thieving, unworthy of being trusted, as a result of being discriminated against until they're forced to lie, cheat, and steal to survive and then having that behavior used to justify the discrimination in the first place.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • "Kittypet" seems to have originally been a slur for pet cats. The series' feral cats, or "Clan cats" as they're called, look down upon cats who live pampered lives with humans or even interact with humans. "Kittypet" sounds mocking but it is usually used in a neutral manner-of-fact manner. It can be used in a mocking manner, but it depends on the tone.
    • "Squirrel-brained" or "mouse-brained" is used to refer to cats who are being idiotic or scatterbrained. The real insult is "fox-hearted", which is a grave insult. Unusually, there's a cat named "Foxheart". She does not live up to the name, however.
    • A frustrated RiverClan cat once addressed a member of another Clan as "drypaws", apparently meaning something similar to "landlubber".
    • Played with for the term "twoleg" for humans, which can be used either insultingly or neutrally, depending on the context and who is speaking.
  • In War With No Name, after the animals have been uplifted by the Colony (a unique and intelligent ancient species of ant) those animals who had been neutered, such as the cat Mort(E), are derogatively called "chokers" and in one instance, one character goes even further and calls Mort(E) "choke dick".
  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit?: The now ubiquitous term Toon started out as a slur term for cartoon characters in the novel. (Note the similarity between slurs like coon or cohn) The movie adaptation Who Framed Roger Rabbit still uses it in this sense, although not as blatantly.
  • In Who Needs Men?, the Anglians use various demeaning appellations for the Northerners, but the most common one is simply "pig" (or "sow" for women). Anglian soldiers in turn are often called "hellbitches" by the Northerners.
  • The Wicked Years, a Darker and Edgier revisionist retelling of the Land of Oz books, retcons "Winkie" into an insulting term for the inhabitants of the Vinkus (the proper name for "Winkie Country"). In Maguire's take on the Oz mythos, the Vinkus is reimagined as a tribal society roughly analogous to Africa or the Middle East, and it's shown to suffer from imperialist aggression at the hands of the wealthier regions of Oz; not surprisingly, the people of the Vinkus face casual racism on a regular basis, and the term "Winkie" is tossed around so frequently that most people think it's what they're actually called.
  • The Wise Man's Fear gives us "ravel", a slur against the Edema Ruh race to which the protagonist belongs.
  • The Witcher:
    • Elves refer to humans as "d'hoine". While it is the word in Elder Speech that literally means "human", it is almost solely used in derogatory manner.
    • Humans who sell supplies to the Scoia'tael are referred to as hav'caaren, which basically means "rapaciously greedy" in Elder speech.
  • In The Witchlands, the Nomatsi people are called Matsis by those who despise them, and while the exact meaning is unclear, Safi is extremely agitated when her Nomatsi friend is referred to like this.
  • In Worldwar, the Race quickly takes to calling humans Big Uglies. Humanity responds by coining Lizards to refer to the Race.
  • In Xandri Corelel, the Zechak are referred to as "Orcs". It's considered a highly offensive slur, but the Zechak are hated enough that lots of people use it anyway.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In both the film and TV series Alien Nation, Newcomers are frequently called "slags".
    • The Newcomers, in turn, often call humans "terts".
  • In Altered Carbon AI are referred to as "Digibrains".
  • Babylon 5:
    • 'Bonehead' for Minbari among humans, and 'Snakehead' as a generic term for non-humans. Interestingly, this seems to be a human thing, as none of the often equally racist aliens bother to come up with these kinds of slurs for humans, or each other. Bonehead still has its original meaning, which led to a few awkward situations.
    • In the pilot, a Minbari warrior taunts Sinclair by saying "You have a hole in your mind!" — Delenn later tells Sinclair that this is a repulsive Minbari insult. Subverted, however, as it's clear that the Minbari is referencing Sinclair's partial amnesia of the Battle of the Line, and that Delenn (who is partially responsible for wiping Sinclair's memory) is hiding something from him.
    • Psi Corps telepaths, especially those with telepath-supremacist beliefs, call normal humans 'mundanes', a response to the term 'normal' being used to mean 'not a Telepath'.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) has "toaster" for the Cylons in general, and "bullethead" for the Centurions. Humanoid Cylon models are often referred to as "skinjobs" (a shout-out to Blade Runner, as mentioned in the "Film" section).
    • It was mentioned once, in "Bastille Day" by Zarek, that humans from Sagittaron get called "stumps".
    • In Caprica, humans from Tauron are derogatorily called "dirt eaters", which refers to a time when many of them actually ate dirt during a famine. The word "monad" also appears to be used as a somewhat derogatory term for monotheists.
  • In Beforeigners, one should not refer to Norse people as "vikings". The "v-word" is considered offensive, and it's often deliberately used as a slur by timesists.
  • Being Human (US): Werewolves refer to vampires as leeches and fangers and calls attacking them "popping ticks."
  • Cavemen: "Magger" being used as a stand in for..... that word.
  • In Cleverman, humans have a whole lot of derogatory terms for Hairy People, of which the nastiest appears to be "rug".
  • Dark Angel has the term "Trannie" used for transgenic people. Incidentally, this is also a real-life slur used against transgender people.
  • In Defiance, "haint" is a common slur for Castithans.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the 22nd century, the humans who survived the Dalek invasion of Earth call the Daleks "dustbins" as a slur.
    • Among the recurring cultures in the franchise are the Silurians and Sea Devils, respectively land-dwelling and aquatic sub-species of a type of Ultraterrestrial intelligent semi-humanoid dinosaur. Both of these names, however, were originally Fantastic Slurs created by humans who were in conflict with them. Somewhat awkwardly, the franchise has never told us what they actually call themselves — some "Wilderness Years" expanded universe works and subsequent fan discussion uses "Earth Reptiles" as a non-pejorative term, and the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors used the taxonomically-confusing term Homo reptilia. This is further complicated when the Silurians and Sea Devils in "Warriors of the Deep" use those names to refer to themselves, Watsonianly possibly as an Appropriated Appelation, but Doyalistically because the story's scriptwriter didn't know about the earlier stories in detail.
    • The Silurians like to use the term "apes" to describe humans, a term the Ninth Doctor also uses for them in occasions of extreme frustration.
    • During the 26th century, "Dragons" is a racial slur for Draconians, a reptilian race who are the major rivals to Earth's empire in "Frontier in Space".
    • Most potato-related descriptors are used as racially charged epithets towards Sontarans in the new series.
    • The Telos Novella "Time and Relative" has a pre-series First Doctor making racist comments to Susan about "singlehearts", meaning humans.
    • "The End of Time": The Vinvocci, green aliens with spines all over their heads, do not appreciate the term "cactus".
      Wilf: God bless the cactuses!
      The Doctor: That's cacti.
      Rossiter: That's racist!
  • Farscape: Rygel's frequent "blue-arsed bitch" rants at/about Zhaan may or may not qualify, depending on whether the phrase is any more widely used than by him. Many characters refer to him as a "slug" when they're particularly angry with him, and a one-shot villain calls him a "slime toad" and "slime finger".
  • In Greg the Bunny, the slur of choice against "Fabricated-Americans" (essentially Muppets) is to call them "socks".
  • On Haven, the supernatural powers exhibited by some of the townsfolk are known as "Troubles" and they as "Troubled," owing to the fact that these powers are unwelcome and difficult to control. Reverend Driscoll and his congregation, however, refer to them as "Cursed," owing to the fact they believe the Troubled are outcasts of God and should be cleansed from Haven by violent means if necessary.
  • "Dollies" is a derogatory term for synths (androids) in Humans.
  • KITT on the original Knight Rider hated motorcycles, and on one occasion was heard to call a dirt bike a "two-wheeled tarantula".
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:
    • There are a lot of unflattering terms thrown at members of other races such as humans using "knife-ears" and "pointies" to refer to Elves.
    • In Númenor the locals derisively dub Halbrand a "low man" due to being one of the Men of Middle-earth.
  • The Muppet Show: Rowlf is disgruntled about having to play the song "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow" in one episode. He says that for him as a dog, it's humiliating to be called a "bow-wow".
  • Noughts & Crosses: "Blanker" is used as the equivalent of the N-word, or "Kaffir" (deriving from "Blank", i.e. "white" in several languages), for white people instead. "Dagger" is one for Crosses which Noughts use. "Halfer" is used for people of mixed Nought and Cross ancestry.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "The Hunt", the Nichols family refer to androids as "andies" while the android Tara refers to humans as "fleshers".
    • In "Hearts and Minds", the North American Federation soldiers refer to the (apparent) aliens as "Bugs".
    • In "Summit", many humans refer to Dregocians as "Dregs".
    • In "Think Like a Dinosaur", Michael Burr refers to the Hanen, a reptilian species who resemble velociraptors, as "dinos". He even does so in the presence of Sillion and Linna, the two Hanen assigned to the Tuulen Transfer Station, as they do not have emotions. For their part, the Hanen refer to humans as "weeps" and "babies" because of their emotions.
  • In Red Dwarf feline-humanoid Cat sometimes refers Lister and Rimmer as "monkeys" , Rimmer in turn mocking calls Cat "pussycat" and even "moggy" one time when he was really annoyed at him.
    • Kryten and other A.I get the worst of it, especially from Rimmer who calls the all around Nice Guy mechanoid names such as "bog bot", "metal bastard", "metal trash" and "rubber headed eunich". Rimmer even called the ship's computer Holly a "jumped up filefax".
    • The Gelf are called "Yetis" and other unflattering remarks by Lister, to be fair he was forced into a Arranged Marriage with one.
    • The Simulants make Cat's remarks towards humans look tame in comparison calling the Dwarfers everything from "human vermin", "scrabbler slime" to "pus sucking, puke laden walking cesspits of unspeakableness".
  • Saturday Night Live: Played with in a sketch about a third Cars sequel painting Lightning as an Adaptational Jerkass, much to actor Owen Wilson's chagrin. He calls Mater "the 'R' word," startling Wilson, but it's actually "rusty," an insult to cars. However, Lightning also spends the next several pages calling Mater the real-life "R" word.
  • "Dagger" for Dagwood's people in SeaQuest DSV.
  • "Zephies" are considered a slur for Zephyrians in Son of Zorn and appropriately sends Edie, the ex-wife of one over the edge.
  • Space: Above and Beyond has "Chiggers" or "Chigs" for the insectoid enemy species and "Nipplenecks" or "Tanks" for the In Vitros. (Artificial Humans). In one episode, a Silicate informs one of the human characters that the Chig nickname for humans is similarly unflattering (meaning something along the lines of "red, stinking things"), but is hard to pronounce.
  • Stargate: "Snakeheads" or simply "snakes" for the Goa'uld.
  • Star Trek
    • "Pointy-Ear" is a slur against Vulcans and Romulans. Romulans tend to find it more offensive than Vulcans, or rather, Vulcans simply choose to not rise to the insult.
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • Dr. McCoy frequently makes "green-blooded hobgoblin" or "pointed-eared hobgoblin" rants towards Vulcans (and Spock in particular).
      • Kirk goes so far as to call Spock an "elf with a hyperactive thyroid" in the episode "This Side of Paradise" in order to try and enrage him.
      • "Greenskins" for female Orions.
      • One episode featured a race of aliens who were half black and half white, and the people who were black on the left side hated the ones who were white on the left side and vice versa. At one point, they insultingly referred to each other as "half-blacks" and "half-whites".
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: An inorganic lifeform calls humans "ugly bags of mostly water" in the episode "Home Soil".
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • "Spoonheads" or "Cardies" for Cardassians.
      • "Shifter" for Changelings.
      • Xenophobic Changelings refer to non-shapeshifters as "solids," and one came up with the term "monoform" to emphasize how limited non-Changelings are.
      • "Philanthropist" is an insult to Ferengi, as their society is based on self-advancement and personal gain, while philanthropy is advancing the welfare of others.
      • One episode featured a city 20 Minutes into the Future, which had the terms "dim" (for a mentally ill, homeless person) and "ghost" (for a violent 'dim'). They also used "gimmie" for a homeless, but not mentally ill, person, though that was only insulting sometimes.
    • Star Trek: Voyager: The half-Klingon B'Elanna Torres was referred to as "Ms. Turtlehead" by human children as a girl. It hurt enough to remain a Berserk Button for her as an adult. (In the Expanded Universe, Klingons are sometimes referred to as "turtleheads" or "ridgeheads.")
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: The Andorian commander Shran referred to humans as "pinkskins." (Weirdly, as there were Vulcans of the same skin color in the room and it clearly didn't apply to them.) However, Shran's use of "pinkskin" became an Insult of Endearment, especially with regards to Archer.
    • Star Trek: Picard: The Romulan pejorative for humans is "round-ears" and the Romulan slur for xBs is "half-meat".
  • In Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, Big Bad Kilokhan refers to humans as "meat things".
  • Supernatural:
    • Angels refer to humans as "mud-monkeys", while Dean called the Angels "junkless". Lucifer looks down on humans as "hairless apes"
    • One episode has a ghoul offended by being called a ghoul.
    • Hunters (including the main protagonists) will often use terms such as "vamps" (for vampires), "black-eyed bitches" (for demons), and "halos" (for angels) to refer to specific species of the supernatural beings that they hunt.
    • Hunters also often call supernatural beings of any species terms like "things", "creatures", "freaks", and "monsters".
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, future-humans often refer to Terminators as simply "metal" in a tone that certainly sounds like a species-insult. As in "you had metal running a submarine?"
  • In The Tribe, the Technos call other people "Virts" (derived from "virtual") to show they don't think of them as real people.
  • True Blood:
    • "God hates fangs."
    • "Fanger" is also used for vampires, while "fangbanger" is used for either people in some sort of relationship with a vampire or just generally anyone sympathetic to them (by the more fanatical detractors).
  • Ultraviolet (1998) uses "leech" for vampires.

  • In Stern Pinball's Star Trek, one of the quotes is a Klingon who yells, "Your mother has a smooth forehead!" To a Klingon, this is a very serious, if not deadly, insult.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Aberrant was titled after an in-setting slur — the superhumans of the setting were more politely referred to as "novas", but those distrustful of them (and some novas out to reclaim the term) use "aberrant". By the time of far-flung sequel Trinity (which was released first), though, the novas are commonly referred to as aberrants. On the other side of the coin, the term "baseline" specifies a person who is incapable of achieving Eruption (becoming a Nova), but quickly got co-opted as a slur against unerupted humans in general. "You wouldn't comprehend, you're just a baseline."
  • BattleTech: Trueborn Clan warriors look down on naturally born people, giving rise to the term "freebirth", meant to disparage not only actual Freeborns, but other Trueborns as well. Freenborns in turn call them "trashborn". There are also a variety of insults that the various members of the Great Houses have for each other, like the Taurians addressing members of the Federated Suns as "Fedrats", or people dismissively referring to less-competent members of the Capellan Confederation as "Crappies".
    • Clan Wolf and Clan Jade Falcon are known for their mortal rivalry more than anything else. Appropriately, the Wolves refer to the Falcons as "pigeons" and the Falcons refer to the Wolves as "dogs."
    • Members of the Word of Blake (or at least their believers) are referred to as either "wobbies" or "toaster worshippers."
  • Crimestrikers is set in a World of Funny Animals where ongoing conflict exists between the Hydrerans (a race of Fish People) and the mammals, birds and reptiles who populate the surface world. If you hate Hydrerans, they're "sea scum"; if you hate surface-dwelling species, they're "crawlers".
  • The Dark Eye:
    • Some elves call humans "rose-ears", a derisive and insulting term. The elves and dwarves' names for each other also translate to "short beard-mumbler" and "tree sitter".
    • The orcs are called "blackpelts" and the goblins "redpelts", and have "smoothskins" for humans.
    • The lizardfolk use "f'zzmech", which translates literally to "excrement", as a slur against every sapient warm-blooded species.
  • Deadlands: The Lost Colony setting introduces the anouks who inhabit a planet named Banshee; humans who dislike them tend to call them "grape", on account o' their most common skin color. To elaborate further on how far relations between the humans and the anouks have fallen, you get "wine" from pressing a "grape".
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Planescape has several, the most outstanding being "prime" and "clueless". "Prime" is for natives of the a prime material plane (i.e. an actual Earth-like world, such as most regular settings) rather than from Sigil or the outer or inner planes; to many planars, this implies that the person is rural, uneducated, the "country cousin from out of town". A clueless, on the other hand, is very much so; a person who just don't get how things work out among the planes, and sometimes believe he's still back home. Some people consider all primes to be clueless, but there's a good deal of arrogant cluelessness among some planewalkers, too. Baatezu and tanar'ri also consider "devil" and "demon" slurs, respectively.
    • Ravenloft: Natives of the Demiplane of Dread use "Outlander" as a catch-all term for strangers who wander into their realm via the Mists. While not directly derogatory, Outlanders are usually presumed to be either crazy or Mist-disoriented, particularly if they keep claiming to come from other worlds.
    • Spelljammer has "groundling" for people who live on prime worlds but never explore Wildspace or travel via the Phlogiston.
    • While not official, many games treat "knife-ear" and "mongrel" as a slur for elves and half-elves respectively.
  • GURPS:
  • Mutant Chronicles: Capitol Armed Interdiction Police (riot cops) are sometimes called Apes, implying brutality, single-mindedness and stupidity.
  • Rifts: The most common term for the manyfold races coming to Earth from the rifts is "D-Bees." (Dimensional Beings. It's a simple descriptor, accepted by everyone but like "Jew" mentioned above, there's probably a big difference in the way it's said depending on whether or not it's being said by a Cyber-Knight (who more often than not means well towards them) or a Coalition soldier (who more often than not means ill towards them).
  • Rocket Age: As the game is set in The '30s, humanity isn't always the best at respecting other species and has a variety of rude names for them. Some examples include Sweat-Back for Venusians, Tree-People for Ganymedians and Fish (as in new fish) for Europan Emissaries.
  • Shadowrun:
    • Elves are called "keebs" or "dandelion eaters" as a slur. Dwarves likewise get called "halfers."
    • Humans refer to Orks and Trolls, collectively, as "Trogs". Not to be outdone, the Orks call Humans "Breeders", which according to Urban Dictionary is an actual slur used in the real world by homosexuals in reference to heterosexuals. Orks are also called "tuskers" and elves are also called "fairies." This too is based on real world uncomplimentary terminology.
    • Humans also occasionally get called "round-ears" on the grounds that they are the only one of the five main metavariants without pointed ears.
  • Traveller: Vargr are sometimes called "doggies" by humans. Other races have their own particular slurs.
  • Warhammer:
    • The dwarfs refer to humans as "manlings" or, in their own language, as "umgi", a word that roughly translates as "those who do shoddy work". This is fairly accurate, in truth; most things of human manufacture are decidedly dodgy by dwarf standards.
    • The orcs refer to the dwarfs as "stunties", to the elves as "skinnies" and "pointies", to humans as "humies", to lizardmen as "scalies" and to the undead as "bonies".
    • Lizardmen call Skaven something that roughly translates to "twisted spawn of the rat". Mind you, this is an entirely accurate description.
    • The Skaven refer to just about everything else as "X-Thing" (Man-Thing, Dwarf-Thing, Green-Thing, Dead Thing, etc...) One sourcebook has a Skaven map which uses the Skaven vernacular, in which the Chaos Wastes, populated, if at all, by mutant monstrosities, is labeled "Things".
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Psychics call normal humans "blunts", and are themselves most often called "witches," and sometimes "warpfreaks," or "madboys". Renegade psykers are called "Wyrds", though it's hard to tell if that's supposed to be an insult or a designation.
    • Ogryns are often called "fats", "slobs", "stenches" and "flabs" for their immense physiques and less-than-stellar hygiene.
      • A particularly smart Ogryn may be eligible to receive the cybernetic "BONE" treatment to further enhance their intelligence. These "Bone'eads" will often possess abilities unknown to most Ogryn - like counting their own fingers.
    • Navigators, who are raised as nobles and can see the Warp, have been known to refer to normal humans as "blinders". This is apparently one of their most polite terms.
    • Some human worlds tolerate a small population of mutants, and the word "twist" is a slur for them.
    • Psychic blanks are also called "blunters," "nulls," "untouchables," and "pariahs." This is notable in that these aren't strictly slurs as much as fairly accurate descriptors. And it's odd, because their powers naturally make people antipathetic if not fearful towards them. Just to make it confusing, Depending on the Writer null, untouchable, and pariah are actually distinct variants.
    • Techpriests of the Adeptus Mechanicus also do this to normal humans. At least one has been heard to call them "meatbags". Techpriests in turn are often called "cogboys" or some other name referring to their heavy use of artificial limbs/organs. According to the Ciaphas Cain novels, the term cogboy is actually one of the less degrading names the imperial guard gives to the techpriests, so it should be no surprise they don't have much positive opinions from normal people (Techpriests actually use "cog" as a compliment meaning "someone who reliably performs an essential but unglamorous job" among themselves). Likewise, when one Navigator calls the others in a meeting "blinders", the footnote from Amberly noted that she must have been making a considerable effort to be polite.
    • Non-humans are referred to by the Imperium as "xenos", a nouning of the Greek-derived prefix.
    • Orks are referred to by humans as "greenskins". Orks call humans "'umies", thought this is probably just because they can't pronounce the word correctly. Orks also refer to Tau as "greyskins", and Eldar as "pointy-eared gits" or "panzees". Ork insults usually aren't of the most creative kind. They do call their smaller, weaker, cowardly cousins, the Gretchen, "grotz", and use that as an insult to each other. And back in the Rogue Trader days, Orks called Space Marines "beakies" because at time their helmets were shaped similar to a bird's beak.
    • The Eldar call the humans "mon'keigh". While the connotation is evident, the word means "lesser species needing to be exterminated" and comes from an ancient alien race that the Eldar fought with long before they first encountered humans.
    • Despite being the majority, Dark Eldar refer to those born in a cloning facility as "Half-born" and these are discriminated against, in comparison the "Trueborn" who have normal biological parentage.
    • The posthuman Astartes (or Space Marines, for the unitiated), who are more divorced from their human roots, often call human characters as "mortals" or "Humans", often in a less-than-appreciative manner.
  • The World of Darkness:
    • Vampire: The Masquerade:
      • Humans are "kine", i.e. cattle. Or "bloodbags", if the vampire is younger and less than polite.
      • Every vampiric clan has a nickname. It can be playful or an obvious slur. The Tremere, for instance, are more commonly nicknamed the "Warlocks," but those who hate them (and there's no shortage of Kindred who hate them) call them the "Usurpers" for all the ways they seized power to become a prominent clan. The more common insulting nicknames belong to the Brujah (Rabble), the Toreador (Degenerates), the Tzimisice (Fiends), and the Ravnos (Deceivers) - though the Tzimisce use theirs as a badge of pride.
      • Camarilla-affiliated vampires tend to refer to low-level Sabbat goons as "shovelheads". The Sabbat likes to make shock troops by hitting random people in the head (stereotypically with a shovel), turning them and burying them alive. This process inevitably breaks the psyche of the person in question, leaving them as an utterly dehumanized, completely expendable, super-powered goon, who can be pointed in the right direction and trusted to cause havoc. The slur manages to insinuate that the subject is unworthy, expendable, stupid, clueless and careless all at once.
      • "Fledgling" isn't quite harsh enough to be considered a slur, but it is a derogatory way of referring to a very young vampire, implying inexperience, cluelessness and a need for constant hand-holding and having the simplest things explained. The value-neutral term is "neonate". Calling a vampire "childe" is roughly equivalent of calling a human "kid". It's patronizing, but not enough so that it is automatically insulting, especially not if the user is your sire or significantly older and more experienced. "Lick," however, is the most pointed term for saying someone really doesn't know how to be a good vampire.
      • "Heads" are vampires who are addicted to drugs of some kind, and seek out users of said drugs to get a fix from drinking their blood. The practice is looked down on for needlessly risking infection (vampires can't catch hepatitis or HIV, but they can spread them just fine) and is seen as clinging to trappings of humanity. The term is combined with a term for the drug (i.e. "boozehead", "smackhead", "speedhead", "methhead"...).
    • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Werewolves call vampires "leeches," and the vampires (among others) call the werewolves "dogs". The werewolves also have Fantastic Slurs for each other — "apes" and "monkeys" for those with human parents, "ferals" for those with wolf parents, and "mules" for those whose parents are both werewolves, and who are therefore sterile.

  • The term "fire-spitter" is sometimes used as a mild insult to a Ta-Matoran in BIONICLE, although it's not seen as particularly offensive or "racist."

    Video Games 
  • The Avernum series does this a lot. Racial slurs include calling Nephilim (cat people) "kitties" and Slithzerikai "lizards." Avernites get their nationality insulted constantly: "worms" by Empire citizens and "voles" by people from the Abyss.
  • Baldurs Gate 3: "Foulblood" is used as a slur against tieflings, who are people with fiendish heritage and typically have horns, skin that's often dark red or purple in color, and a tail. The first character you encounter calling a tiefling "foulblood" to their face winds up on the receiving end of a headbutt that knocks them out cold for their trouble.
  • Brigador: The Spacers often refer people who live in planets as "soil vermin", "groundlings", or "dirt eaters".
  • In Chrono Trigger, citizens of the floating continent of Zeal, when they consider surface dwellers at all, call them "Earthbound."
  • In Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, members of GDI are referred to by the mutants as "blunts." Likewise, everyone else calls the mutants themselves "shiners."
  • You get to hear 'Pointy-Eared Leaf-Lovers' used in negative context in Deep Rock Galactic. It's a game about an elite team of Dwarves mining for the titular company, so presumably it's a slur for Elves. Oh, who are we kidding, of course it's Elves.
  • The Eliksni from Destiny are much more commonly referred to as "The Fallen." It's not until years into the franchise's life that one of them points out how incredibly insulting they view the casual condemnation of the state of their species.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution fears of augmented abilities, curious religious interpretations, and fear of becoming part of a new underclass has caused prejudice against augmented humans, which features some slurs: "aug", "hanzer" (enhanced human), "cog" (cybernetic augmentation), "robot", "chromeboy", etc.
    • The unaugmented are sometime called "Natch" (from Natural), but in an Inversion, any "Natch" calls themselves that as a point of pride.
    • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided continues the trend, the racism and hate is now spread as wide as ever, and augmented people called only by slurs, such as "wrench" (As in "pipe wrench" a tool) and "clanks".
  • In Disco Elysium, the racism is of the more "mundane" variety, but the slurs are made up. The extremely racist mercenaries from the Republic of Oranje refers to any foreigner they consider a savage (which is pretty much every foreigner) as "loincloth". Meanwhile, more commonly used slurs is "kipt" about black people and "mesquito" about people of Mesque (the Elysium universe's Fantasy Counterpart Culture for Mexico) descent.
  • According to Discworld Noir, the Discworld naturalist, Carolos Linoleum, devised the Latatian taxonomy that gives all creatures a scentific name. He turned in completely uncontroversial performance on mundane animals, but allowed his prejudices to get the better of him on sentient races. Possibly figuring trolls and dwarves were too thick to understand Latatian, he classifed the Dwarf race as Hortus decorus (Garden Ornament), and Trolls became Stultus sternum (Stupid Rock). Vampires were filed under Nosferatu sanguinaie (Bloody Undead) and werewolves as Canii bonii (Good Doggies). The Watch classed his death as suicide.
  • The Dragon Age series has a whole mess of them, some of which pop up with every new game or book, as befitting of a Crapsack World with a whole load of Fantastic Racism:
    • Humans frequently call elves by the term "knife-ears." A less harsh but nonethless racist insult used in The Masked Empire is "rabbit."
    • The forest-dwelling Dalish elves call humans "shemlen", which is an old Elvish word for "quick children", while city elves will often use the shortened "shem". Likewise, the Dalish call city-living elves "flat-ears." The city elves also call elves who have attempted to integrate into human society "flat-ears".
    • A common dwarven insult in Orzammar and among surface dwarves is "duster." This refers to the inhabitants of Dust Town, a district of Orzammar inhabited by the casteless dwarves, who are the bottom rung of dwarven society. "Brand" is also a common insult, referring to the brands that every casteless dwarf has on their face. Meanwhile, dwarves of the Warrior Caste get the slur "sword-caste" a few times, which seems to imply that they're nothing but Dumb Muscle.
    • Templars in Dragon Age II often refer to mages as "robes" or "freaks." ("Get the freak first!" is one of their favorite bits of Enemy Chatter.) For their part, some blood mages refer to non-mages derogatorily as "mundanes": "Kill the mundane!"
    • A common slur for Fereldans by other nations is "dog lords", a jab at the fact that Fereldans love their mabari hounds. In fact the Fereldans are often more upset about the implied insult to their dogs than anything. Orlesian nobles will also use "turnip" as a slur against Fereldans.
    • A common slur against qunari is to call them "ox-men." Likewise, the qunari word for all other races who have not been converted to the Qun is "bas," which essentially translates to "thing, " though it is less a case of "It" Is Dehumanizing and more that "bas" is a catch-all term for anyone or anything considered foreign to qunari culture. Qunari will also refer to mages as "saarebas" (lit. "dangerous thing"), demonstrating their natural fear of magic, which they see as uncontrollable and too dangerous to allow mages of any sort to walk free. Foreign mages even get the special term "bas-saarebas" which translates out to "foreign, dangerous thing", and are often responded to with extreme suspicion if not outright hostility.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Iron Bull often refers to people from the Tevinter Imperium as "vints." He is the only one heard using this term, however.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The native Dunmer (Dark Elves) in Morrowind have at least three: s'wit, fetcher, and n'wah. The first two are used similarly to "shit/idiot" and the "f" word while also being an offensive term for a slave, respectively. The last is a highly offensive word for "outlander" with similar negative connotations as the Japanese "gaijin" and/or the real life "N" word.
    • Argonians will sometimes refer to non-Argonians as "soft-skins" in a derogatory fashion. Conversely, Argonians are called lizards and Khajiit "kitties"; and in Oblivion, every race gets a set of battle cries which specifically insult the other races—a human yelling that their Argonian opponent "will make a fine pair of boots," for example. Also, Khajiit are said to get very upset if you call them unclawed or bald, even if they technically are.
    • Aureals (aka Golden Saints) and Mazken (aka Dark Seducers), two forms of lesser Daedra in service to Sheogorath, liberally use the term "Dog" in this fashion. They use it toward the each other, mortals, and even lesser members of their own races.
    • Conversely, as seen in Skyrim, Nords (and presumably other races the Dunmer don't get along with) refer to Dunmer as "greyskins".
  • Fallout 3
    • "Zombies" is a slur for ghouls. One ghoul you can speak with seems surprised that you don't call him a "Brain-eater" or a "Shuffler".
    • Super Mutants are often referred to as "Muties" or "Uglies"
    • Fawkes would prefer you use the term "Meta-Human".
    • The ghouls themselves often use the term "smoothskin" for non-mutated humans, but it's unclear whether this is considered a slur; some ghouls say it like one, but others (who don't show any other signs of prejudice against humans) just use it as a synonym for "non-mutated human".
  • In the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series, "onion" is a slur used against the Lilty tribe.
  • A Darwin Award is reserved for people who get killed for calling Bangaa "Lizards."
  • In Final Fantasy XV, people from Lucis will derogatorily refer to those from the Empire of Nifleheim as "Niffs". Even Gladiolus uses it.
  • Fire Emblem Fates had the otherwise benevolent and peaceful kingdom of Hoshido decry the people of their darker rival kingdom Nohr as "Nohrian scum" for invading their country and causing the death of their queen, as a sign that they're not just some perfectly pacifistic kingdom, when they're slighted, 'bad habits' start to show.
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn deserves mention for coming up with the most blatant Fantastic Slur ever. Some beorc (humans) actually refer to the laguz (shapeshifting animal-people) as "sub-humans." Also present in the Battle Cry "Bleed The Half-Breed".
    • Not to be outdone, the laguz use the word "human" as an ethnic slur (which many beorc don't even recognize as such in the first place.)
    • Hybrids between the two are referred to by the Laguz as "parentless". The Branded actually consider this the more cruel term. Being called a half-breed might be insulting, but its use is at least acknowledging that the beorc are the responsible for the Branded existing in the first place, while the Laguz are essentially engaging in a race-wide Never My Fault attitude toward the subject.
  • In Gears of War, the humans call the Locust "grubs" and Lambent creatures "glowies", while the Locust call the humans "groundwalkers".
  • Guild Wars has various instances of this between the various races, though primarily they're other races referring to humans. "Two-legs" (centaur), "meat" (Charr), and "bookah" (Asura).
    • The Charr insult started with a racist human general spreading propaganda that Charr would eat humans. The Charr enjoyed the extra fear this garnered them and took to using the insult.
    • In the sequel many Asura use terms like "salad" when referring to Sylvari.
  • Halo:
    • The Covenant are sometimes called "covies" for short. Humans also have plenty of insulting names for the Covenant's member species: for example, the Sangheili/Elites have been referred to as "split-lip", "squid-head", "hinge-head", etc.
    • The Forerunners had dirt-beast, their "most obscene slur for anyone not of [their] species". The councilor Splendid Dust of Ancient Suns calling bodyguard Glory of a Far Dawn an idiot might count as well, as The Forerunner Saga is supposedly a narrative translated from a Forerunner language, with the actual word described as a way to put inferiors in their place (Glory being low in the Forerunner caste system).
  • In In Famous Second Son, Conduits are generally known as "Bio-Terrorists" to the public.
  • The Bangaa in the Ivalice Alliance games take great offense to being called a lizard as a human would be if they were called an ape. Final Fantasy XII explains that Bangaas get offended by the slur since it compares them to the barbaric lizard monsters, which barely have any sentience. In Final Fantasy XIV, Bangaas are not lizards, but are mammals. The scaly skin on their bodies is a result of their puberty where they lose patches of fur and whatever fur that doesn't grow back becomes hard and scaly. Regardless, Bangaas still take offensive at being called a lizard.
  • Killzone features the term, hig, to refer to the Helghast.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Calling an asari a "pureblood" is an offensive slur. More specifically, this refers to the child of two Asari, as they can breed with any other species (it allegedely increases genetic diversity) and view reproduction within their own race much as humans would view incest, due in part of a possible genetic defect that causes the child to essentially be a Sex Vampire.
    • The ammonia-breathing Volus have to walk around in pressure suits all the time, and regularly wheeze in their speech. Telling one to "take a deep breath" is akin to telling them to kill themselves in an amazingly racist way. Expect a bad reaction, especially since about half of them have a Hair-Trigger Temper.
    • The batarians, a race of four-eyed aliens, are called "blinks" by some people.
    • Quarians are sometimes being called "suit rats" as Tali would attest. The volus, who often refer to people as "planet-clan" (they call humans "Earth-clan"), will also call the quarians "clanless" (more considerate volus call them "Star-Clan" or "Migrant-Clan"). This is especially insulting because quarian society is also clan-based.
    • Turians have been referred to as "cuttlebones" and "skullfaces" during the First Contact War. Or, more rarely, "birds" (due to the somewhat avian shape of a turian's head).
    • Hanar take offense at being called "jellyfishes". Of course, they're too polite to actually tell you that they're offended.
    • Angara are sometimes called "flopheads" due to their cobra-like hoods.
  • Neeshka from Neverwinter Nights 2 has been called, among other things, "goat girl".
  • Paladins
    • As a robot, Bomb King sometimes calls the other organic champions "meat bags".
    • The stone-skinned Inara has a joke emote where she refers to humans as "soft skins" and is amused that they would use a balm to make themselves even softer.
  • In Phantasy Star Online Chapter III C.A.R.D, "android" is considered a racist slur to the CASTs, who prefer the term "humanoid".
  • In Prismata, Swade refers to sentient robots as 'wafer-brains'.
  • Psychonauts:
    • Psychics are sometimes derisively referred to as "Spoon-benders." Much like with real life slurs, however, it's apparently okay for one psychic to call another one a spoon-bender; three main characters say it, one joking, one angry and one serious. Within the psychic community, the implied meaning seems to be 'someone who uses their powers for mundane things/to show off'.
    • "Mentalist" is another one, but N-Word Privileges don't apply here; it's only used once by one character who is not psychic and is incredibly fantastically racist. Because of this, it's probably worse than "spoon-bender" as a slur.
  • The Ratchet & Clank series gives us Dr. Nefarious, who hates all organic life forms to the point where he calls them "squishies". Of course, Nefarious himself was actually organic before becoming a robot.
  • In Ravenmark: The Scourge of Estellion, "crow" is a frequently used insult within The Empire, seen as the dark side of their revered bird, the raven Corvii. The Kaysani frequently call Tellions (the people of the Empire of Estellion) "crow-eaters". The Tellions reciprocate by calling them "suneaters", due to the Kaysani being sun-worshipers. The Tellions also call the Cardani elves "rat-men" due to their short, hunched-over stature, savage behavior, and large numbers. The slur "crow" is also used in the name of the Imperial assassins, the Crowseers, since their job is to seek out and eliminate any "crows" (i.e. traitors) within the Empire.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, the Manikins are called "Mud Puppets" by Yosuga's followers while being massacred, accompanied by remarks about how they are not human and delusional for hoping to conceive their own Reason.
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV has the citizens and leaders of Mikado referring to a place called "the Underground" that is inhabited by the "Unclean Ones". By which they mean Tokyo and its citizens, respectively. Later, the term "Filth" is used to refer to the same people.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, the Angels also use the same insult against the people of Tokyo...but Merkabah in the Armageddon standoff used it against anyone he doesn't like. And later on he uses it against himself.
      Merkabah: All who deny me are Filth. All who will not cooperate are Filth.
      Merkabah: [If you choose to join him] We, who ourselves are defiled by the Filth of civilization, are no exception.
  • In Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters, a conversation with a species of alien gas-giant dwellers ends with the cheerful exchange: "Goodbye, Slylandro gas bags." "Goodbye, human fluid sack!" May not actually be slurs, though, as the Captain and the Slylandro were obviously teasing each other with that exchange. The Slylandro in general just seem too friendly to have slurs against anyone.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, Republic characters will call Imperials "Imps". The Imperials, in turn, call their opponents "Pubs".
  • Stellaris:
    • "Xeno" is a popular one among xenophobic empires.
    • Empires who hold you in poor esteem will call you specific insults based on whichever in-game category your species belongs to. Humanoids get called "monkeys", mammalians "beasts", reptilians "lizards" or "newts", avians "birds", "chickens", "dodos" or "buzzards", arthropoids "bugs", molluscoids "parasites", fungoids "shrooms", plantoids "weeds", lithoids "rocks", necroids "husks", and machines "tin cans" or "toasters".
    • This is inverted with species-specific compliments from empires that like you: in this case, humanoids get called "angels", mammalians "sphinxes", reptilians "dragons", avians "phoenixes", arthropoids "scarabs", molluscoids "krakens", fungoids "chanterelles", plantoids "roses", lithoids "gems", necroids "specimens", and machines "technological marvels" or "elegant automatons".
  • Sword of the Stars: Human spacers and, more rarely, Sol Force personnel use slang terms to refer to their alien opponents, "Crocs" for the Tarka, "Bugs" for the Hivers, and "Flips" for the Liir. It turns out the aliens all have their own slurs to refer to humans: Liir use "eels", referring to humanity's perceived treachery and unintelligence as well as their tendency to wreck underwater habitats and gardens, while Tarka use "stump", a reference to the fact that humans do not have tails (Tarka with short or no tails are treated as the runt offspring of weakling parents, and calling one a "stump" is basically saying "your egg should have been eaten instead of fertilized"). The Hiver slur is untranslated, but it refers to a kind of burrowing rodent native to the Hiver homeworld.
  • In System Shock, SHODAN takes pride in calling human life forms "insects", you included. Being a crazed AI, she finds technology and data to be far more important than organisms.
  • Tales Series:
    • Tales of the Tempest: Leymon, the werebeasts of the setting, are called "Lycanths" by humans.
    • Tales of Arise: Renans call their Dahnans slaves "embedded" for having spirit stones placed on their bodies. Dahnans return the favor by calling Renans "bright-eyes", which refers to their eyes glowing when casting Astral Artes.
  • Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon: Royal Navy personnel sometimes refer to Procyons as 'Procs' or 'Raccoons'.
  • In Ultima Underworld, it turns out that the diminutive bearded people who love gold consider dwarf a slur, and prefer to be called mountain-folk.
  • Valkyria Chronicles has their Jewish/Gypsy analog Darcsens derisively called "dark hairs" because… they have bluish black hair.
    • This also applies to Valkyrur—Selvaria is frequently referred to as a "witch" even by her own soldiers, and Alicia is treated to a kind of reverse discrimination when Gallian soldiers begin genuflecting her in the canteen.
    • Dark-hair only applies to the English dub. In the Japanese dub, they're simply referred to as "Darcsen".
  • In Wing Commander, 'Hairless ape' is used by Kilrathi on Terrans. Terrans call the Kilrathi "furballs" or "cats" usually.
    • The slur 'Hairless ape' is probably inspired from the Kzinti, who where themselves called 'ratcats' by humans, as their naked tails do resemble those of terran rats.
    • Prophecy gives us "bugs" to refer to the hostile new alien race, with a taunt message for Casey in its sequel Secret Ops referring to them as roaches.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Ethereals call most playable races "fleshlings", even the ones they like.
    • Mantid are bug-like humanoids who really don't like the other races of Azeroth, calling them "filth" most of the time; they use the slur when dealing with the player even when your Reputation with them is Friendly. (When you reach Honored, they show a little more courtesy.)
    • Naturally, the humans and orcs have slurs against each other. Humans often call orcs "green skins", and the orcs will often return the favor with "pink skins" or sometimes "small teeth" because of humans lacking tusks.
    • Pandaren born to Pandaria sometimes look down on Pandaren born on the Wandering Isle or who develop a wanderlust in general. They get called "wild dogs".
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen'': One of the resistance factions you work with, The Skirmishers, consists of alien soldiers who Turned Against Their Masters due to their control chips malfunctioning. They refer to soldiers still under the Ethereals' control as 'Kracsad', the alien language word for 'puppet', and humans who don't trust them will sometimes use it as a slur against them.
  • Xenogears:
    • People from the aerial empire of Solaris refer to surface dwellers as "Lambs".
    • People from Kislev were often called "steam-heads."
  • In the X-Universe, the Boron are sometimes called "squids", though they don't seem to mind since that's actually not a bad description from the neck down. Meanwhile, the Paranids are sometimes called "three-eyes". Again, not a bad description, but the Holier Than Thou Paranids may take offense to it.
  • Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim gives us the Rehda, who look like humans with fox tails and elongated ears. One in particular, who has a hate-on for "Eresians" (humans), calls humans "small-ears". Ruder humans in turn refer to the Rehda as "tailed freaks".
  • The "Ender" in Zone of the Enders is a slur basically towards anyone born further from the Sun than you. (Earthlings to Martians, Earthlings and Martians towards Jovians).

    Web Animation 
  • Helluva Boss: In "Western Energy", an Innocently Insensitive young child says out loud about the hospital letting "fire toads" in, an offensive slur for Imps like Blitzo, who is very, very angry about it. It really doesn't help that Imps are at the bottom of Hell's Fantastic Caste System and are subject to prejudice from other races.
  • RWBY: Roman is prone to using slurs that single out the animal traits of Faunus. To refer to the Faunus he's working with in general, he'll refer to them as "animals" or "mutts". He'll also single out specific traits, like referring to Blake as "kitty" because of her cat ears.

  • The fairies in Crimson Knights are sometimes referred to as "cone-ears".
  • In Daughter of the Lilies, Ko'- or Ka'- dafekka (male and female, respectively) is a really nasty way of saying "orphan" or "abandoned child".
  • In Dominic Deegan, Orcs are insultingly referred to as "piggarts." The author commented that he wasn't sure if he should feel proud or ashamed of making up such a nasty-sounding slur.
  • In The Dreadful, demons are a fairly common humanoid race, but they're second-class citizens and get called "Pinky", probably for their reddish skin.
  • Drowtales: "Drowhiir" (an impolite term for drowussu or grey drow), and "Sick Bestiality Fetish" (said of a male drow who finds human women sexually attractive) are both used in-story. Drow also seem to use the word "motherkiller" in the same context that humans use "motherfucker" and as a specific reference to how the Sharen sisters killed their own mother.
  • Finding Your Roots: Earthens (Rock-, Ground-, and Steel-type Pokémon) are derogatorily called "burrowers."
  • Girl Genius has "madboy" or "madgirl" for sparks, people who have the setting's version of Science-Related Memetic Disorder. The terms are, for obvious reasons, deeply insulting (though quite accurate) and tend to only be used when the target is well out of hearing range.
    • The sparks themselves generally call everyone else "minions." The word isn't offensive in and of itself, but is often made a part of rants against clumsy lab assistants.
  • In Homestuck, trolls right at the very bottom of their blood-colour based social structure are called "rustbloods". The more neutral term is "lowblood". At one point, Meenah also gets very offended when Mituna calls her "chumbucket", as it's apparently an anti-seadweller slur.
    • In one of the Paradox Space spin-off comics, Equius refers to Sollux, who is near the bottom of the hemospectrum, as a "gutterblood".
    • Kankri Vantas, being a parody of Tumblr social justice bloggers, labels nearly every caste-specific descriptive term a slur, such as "limeblood" being replaced with the apparently more politically correct word "yellowgreen".
  • “ape,” “hoofless,” “soft-footed” and “monkey” all get tossed around in Hotblood! by centaurs to humans. Also, considering centaurs have the lower body of a horse, the obvious insults are used as well.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, the insectoid Nemesites will sometimes use "vertebrate" in a derogatory fashion.
  • Kid Radd: Black-and-white video game characters are called Gids by the fandom, which is shortened from Game Kids, which is a parody name of Game Boys.
  • In The Legend of Anne Bunny, an Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation of Anne Bonny IN SPACE! the counterparts to the Spanish are Spaniels. The Brutish crew call them "doggos", which doesn't sound very different from "dagos".
  • Leif & Thorn: Thorn mentions to his niece Hyacinth at one point that the go-to word for people of their ethnicity (Iuilic) used to be "Iud", and Hyacinth's reaction demonstrates quite clearly that it's no longer standard, or the least bit polite.
  • In A Mad Tea-Party, genetically engineered people are derisively labeled "Genie".
  • Marionetta: People in Kalgratt call Ah'kon, three eyes, because they have, well, three eyes. Ah'kon consider the use of three-eyes to be highly offensive.
  • Muh Phoenix: Mutants get sometimes called "muties" (like in canon) and "muggas" (just here).
  • My Impossible Soulmate: Bastet and Skyfolk do not like being referred to as “catgirls” and “winged people” respectively.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Celia (a sylph native to the Elemental Plane of Air) objects to being called an airhead.
    • Hobgoblins are also called "hobbos" by Durkon during the battle for Azure City.
    • And some hobgoblins refer to goblins as "greenskins".
  • In Phantomarine, seabite victims are called Crossers, referring to their eventual fate of 'crossing the Horizon Line' and becoming Fata Morgana.
  • In Planes of Eldlor, "fallen" is one of the most common slurs used to refer to dark elves.
  • In Poharex, the dinosaurs use the word "human" as an insult.
  • Schlock Mercenary: One gets mentioned centuries after it's relevant.
    The term "pinkohippist" has a long history, beginning with its origins as an longer, multi-word ideological slur. The shortened word quickly became taboo, was legislated as "hate speech," and then re-emerged in casual conversation after a sesquicentury or so of obscurity. Its use in the above account refers to one of the several political movements that adopted the term as an official name.
    In the 31st century nobody scowls at the word "pinkohippist," but folks will still sometimes giggle at "peethree."
  • In Ugly Hill, cyclops monsters are referred to as "winks."
  • Unsounded:
    • The nation of Alderode has two for specific People of Hair Color castes:
      • "Pissmop" for the Gold caste, in an unflattering reference to their hair color and their distrusted status in Aldish society.
      • "Insect" for the Platinum caste, who, despite being officially deemed holy by the prevalent Gefendur religion, are effectively considered disposable due to their thirty-year lifespans. Quigley takes this as a sort of Appropriated Appellation by using insect-themed magic and motifs.
    • Humans are called "spiderpaws" by the brutally persecuted two-toe Lizard Folk, who have only three stubby digits on each hand. The slur has caught on among many of the ancient Senet Beasts, who have even more reason to loathe the human race.

    Web Original 
  • Darwin's Soldiers: The term "serpent" is considered to be a very offensive term (roughly equal to the N-word) for snakes.
  • GoAnimate: In the community, there's "bad user", "opinion disrespector" and "baby show lover", commonly used in videos where a certain person is punished in their video.
  • A Hero's War: It's common for humans who look down on the demihuman Fukas to refer to them as "tails". As slurs go, it's not particularly strong, but you don't see it used by anyone who actually respects and likes them.
  • Looming Gaia:
    • "Hob", short for "hobgoblin" began as a slur for goblins, but is now used for all fae. It's casually used in Evangeline Kingdom where fae are enslaved, but in Mogdir Kingdom, saying it will get you a lashing.
    • Minotaurs are derogatorily called "gravelmouths" due to their bovine heads making it difficult for them to speak many languages.
    • "Ironblood" for commoners (non-magical peoples with iron in their blood) used by any magic-using species who don't have iron in their blood, as iron repels magic.
  • Orion's Arm has several of these, including Beastheads to refer to Rianths, genetically engineered humanoid animals.
  • The Pentagon War: Uncouth humans refer to Centaurians as "xorns."
  • Red vs. Blue has Gary the computer who calls humans "shisnos", apparently one of the greatest insults in the galaxy. Several other characters use the word "shisno" as well. Sometimes it used as a slur, and sometimes it is used in the context of "ah, shit".
    Gary: What is the worst smelling animal on your planet?
    Church: Erm... a skunk. Wait, so "shisno" means skunk?
    Gary: Not exactly. Does a skunk defecate?
    Church: Yes.
    Gary: And does the skunk's defecation in turn create its own excrement?
    Church: Eww... no!
    Gary: Then there is no equivalent for "shisno" in your language.
    Church: Gross...
    Gary: Like you would not believe!
  • Serina: Warmongers, a population of daydreamers who selectively bred themselves to lack their species' gray and yellow markings and only leave stark black-and-white patterns, refer to daydreamers with their normal colorations as "bile-bathers", as to them they look like they're covered in vomit.
  • Tales of MU has several, including "pinkskins" for humans and "treefuckers" for elves. Unconventionally, "drow" is a slur for dark elves, along with "cowl head" and "spider jockey". While "halfling" is offensive to gnomes. The inhabitants of the non-human dorm, Harlowe Hall, are collectively referred to as "harlots".
  • Played for Laughs example: On the Tumblr blog Texts Between Gems, Yellow Diamond uses "plastic rhinestones" as a slur against other Gems.

    Web Video 
  • LPS: Popular: The antagonist, Brooke, calls Savannah, a dachshund, a "weiner dog". Everyone treats this as a grave insult and one of Savannah’s friends only allows herself to say it in a whisper.
  • My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series: Casual Fantastic Racism abounds and with it come the Fantastic Slurs. Most commonly heard is "mudpony" for the acceptable target earth ponies. Also heard are the slurs "bonehead" for the unicorns and "horsefly" for pegasi.
  • My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap makes frequent use of the the slur "mud pony" for earth ponies.

    Western Animation 
  • In an Adventure Time episode, some speciesist bees refer to Finn as a "bologna tube" and "wiener", presumably intended as arthropod insults for people with internal skeletons.
  • Angry Birds: Summer Madness: In "Fly Like a Mighty Eagle", the Three (a group of eagle elders) refer to non-flying birds as "crashers".
  • In Ben 10: Omniverse, a Lenopan Sludgepuppy actor who portrays Ben in "The Ben 10 Show" claims that "Sludgepuppy" is actually a slur, despite no other Lenopan showing offense to being called that.
  • In Bravestarr, calling Prairie People "critters" is a slur that they take offense at; Bravestarr himself accidentally lets the word slip, and has to apologize to Fuzz as a result. (Fortunately, the "critters" he was referring to were imposters trying to get the Prairie People in trouble).
  • In Casper's Scare School, "fleshies" refers to muggles.
  • In Castlevania, humans are called "livestock" by vampires since they are treated as no more than tasty cattle to be culled and slaughtered. At one point The Brute God Brand calls a warrior was trying to do a Last Stand "brave livestock".
    • At least one human Saint Germain in Season 3 was ballsy enough to refer to Dracula himself lord of all vampires as a "leech".
  • As Fantastic Racism is a key theme of the show, Exo Squad uses two distinct terms for Neosapiens: "Sape" as a slur, and "Neo" as a neutral descriptor. It's also notable that "Terran" is used by many Neosapiens on either side (both Marsala and Phaeton use it) to refer to non-Neosapiens, as Neosapiens are engineered from human DNA and are thus human as well, yet you'll hear non-Neosapiens (on either side) refer to themselves as "human".
  • The Fairly OddParents! has "conedomes" for Pixies. For the same people, Jorgan von Strangle's has "pointy-headed freaks."
  • The Family Guy Parody Episode "Something, Something Dark Side" had "nerf herder".
  • Futurama
    • Bender often refers to humans as "meatbags" as well as various other insults.
    • As for insults towards robots, see this exchange:
      Bender: Are you familiar with the old robot saying "Does Not Compute!"?
      Old Man Waterfall: Sir, to me a robot is just a trash can with sparks.
      Bender: [upset] The sparks keep me warm.
    • When Bender sold his body (leaving him as just a head), he called people with bodies "Coffin-stuffers".
    • Hermès Conrad frequently calls Zoidberg “Ya Filthy Crab”, which is obviously a racist slur (given how Zoidberg’s species, the Decapodians greatly resemble crustaceans).
  • While the goal of most passengers in Infinity Train is to go home, a small gang of people called the Apex tries to take over the train for themselves. They call the train's native residents "Nulls", as in, "not even zero". In the final episode of Book 3, Simon decides to call his former friend a "Void" which translates to "a leader who is no longer fit to lead".
  • Justice League Unlimited: In the episode "Hunter's Moon," Vigilante calls the Thanagarians "filthy hawks."
  • On My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon call their classmates who haven't gotten their cutie marks yet "Blank Flanks" (since a cutie mark is on a pony's thigh). Ironically, they appropriated the term from their teacher, Cheerilee, who wasn't using it as an insult, suggesting it might be a technical term which was appropriated as derogatory language (which is Truth in Television for many slurs). Though in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", Diamond Tiara's mother Spoiled Rich uses the term, indicating that she picked it up from her and it isn't exclusive to the schoolyard.
  • In Neo Yokio Arcangelo repeatedly calls Kaz a "Ratcatcher" in reference to his Magistocratic heritage. The tourism video at the start of the first episode helpfully informs us that the magicians and occultists who came to Neo Yokio to deal the demon problem in the 1800's were "colloquially called ratcatchers." (The voiceover that announces this factoid accompanies footage of a magician blasting several large rats with a bolt of purple energy, though whether his actions are purely for pest control purposes or to stamp out diseases like the plague is left vague).
  • In Phantom 2040, 'stringers' is sometimes used for people born in space, owing to their spindly, elongated proportions. 'Clanker' is also used for cyborgs.
  • Exaggerated for Rule of Funny in an episode of Rick and Morty, where Rick explains to his granddaughter Summer that to Traflorgians, the term "glip-glop" is as if "the N-word and the C-word had a baby, and it was raised by every bad word for 'Jew'."
  • Rolie Polie Olie had the square character, Billy, feel out of place in a world full of circles. The episode consisted of Rolie and his sister trying to help him fit in. While it ended well for Billy, both of them agreed that triangles didn't deserve to fit in.
  • As a series where Fantastic Racism is one of the main themes, Shadow Raiders has plenty of these. Some of the most common include "rockhounds" for the people of Rock, "toad" and "reptile" for Bone (or at least Femur), "hothead" and "lavahead" for Fire, and "ice fleas" & "insects" for the people of Ice.
  • South Park gives us the time-traveling Goobacks.
  • In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the clonetroopers call droids "clankers".
    • Which is taken from the game Republic Commando. The accompanying books also give us "Tinnies" and "Wets," to refer to any organic enemy.
      • They also call Twi'leks "tailheads." Bad pun on "towelheads," or unintentional? You decide!
  • Steven Universe
    • Most of Peridot's taunts toward the Crystal Gems seem to revolve around comparing them to rocks or dirt. "Clod" is her insult of choice, with some variations like "Crystal clods", along with calling them "dirtbombs" once, and she's referred to Steven as a "pebble" at least once. When Peridot calls Yellow Diamond a clod to her face, Yellow Diamond's face contorts with rage in a hilarious way. Much later, it turns out "Pebbles" are a type of brownie-like gems who are considered very unimportant.
    • Peridot also had a deep distaste for fusions, which made Garnet a prime target for insults. She's been referred to as "the (perma)fusion" and "filthy war machine", the latter of which really pissed her off. Peridot learned fast enough to not insult Garnet when she's nearby, but that doesn't mean she stops when she's not around.
      Peridot: I could call [Garnet] lots of things. I could call her [snrk] two things! Two clods! [laughs] Walking around like she's... ONE clod! [laughs harder]
    • Holly Blue Agate from "Gem Heist" and "That Will Be All" keeps calling the Amethysts made on Earth "off color". In the episode "Off Colors", Steven meets a group of flawed, misfit gems who reveal that "off color" is a term for Gems who don't fit into Homeworld's Hive Caste System.
    • Gems' catch-all term for any form of organic life is "organics", which tends to be used in a pretty negative manner.
  • On Teen Titans (2003), it is revealed that Tamaranians are often refered to as "Troq" by other species. When Cyborg asks what it means, Starfire comments that "It means nothing". Only later, when he calls her that, does he realize it literally means "nothing". While she was merely depressed by being called it, Cyborg and Robin were decidedly furious when they learn the truth.
  • Transformers sometimes refer to humans as 'insects' (despite [humans not being insects), although obviously not when they transform into insects. Also, the term "mudflap" is roughly analogous to "bumpkin" (although in Cybertronian slang, it seems to usually take the place of "ass"). Some Decepticons have been heard referring to humans by the common "robot's anti-human term" of Fleshling. "Squishy" and "puny flesh creature" are also favorites. "Archaic Energon Guzzlers" was a term used by Beast-Era Megatron to describe the Autobots and Decepticons, and the term has since spread to the greater Transformers' mythos as a slur from Micromasters to the larger Macromasters and beyond.
  • Ugly Americans refers to zombies as "Leg Draggers".


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"Sludgepuppy" turns to be a slur for the Lenopan race. Ben didn't know because despite having Lenopan cousins-in-law, no one ever corrected him or his blood relatives when they used the term.

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