Trope of the Week: Human Non-Humans

Your Trope of the Week is here! Enjoy!

break the system

A character is introduced that is out of this world. Maybe he’s a demon or an alien or even a robot. However, as the characters start getting to know him, they realize that this new guy, who comes from a world completely separate of theirs, is actually… just like them. He’s “one of the guys,” so to speak, and no quirk of the personality or strange appearance really changes this.

Why this can be bad: This doesn’t have to be bad. In fact, it can actually work very well. It just depends on the kind of story you’re trying to tell.  Star Trek is a great example. Star Trek has always been about inclusiveness and acceptance. Started at a time when the Civil Rights movement was underway, it made sense that its humans were human and its aliens were human, too. Whether Gene Roddenberry meant for this, it doesn’t matter…

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