This is known as definite article reduction. Etymology[ edit ] The and that are common developments from the same Old English system. The word the as in phrases like "the more the better", has a distinct origin and etymology and by chance has evolved to be identical to the definite article. Geographical names[ edit ] An area in which the use or non-use of the is sometimes problematic is with geographic names. Names of rivers, seas, mountain ranges, deserts, island groups archipelagoes and the like are generally used with the definite article the Rhine, the North Sea, the Alps, the Sahara, the Hebrides.
Names of continents, individual islands, countries, regions, administrative units, cities and towns mostly do not take the article Europe, SkyeGermany, Scandinavia, Yorkshire, Madrid.
However, there are certain exceptions: Countries and territories the names of which derive from common nouns such as "kingdom" or "republic" take the article: The singular Greenland on the other hand doesn't take the definite article, neither does Christmas Island or Norfolk Island. Certain countries and regions the names of which derive from mountain ranges, rivers, deserts, etc. Create New Captain Love: Ignore him, he's a common thief.
As common as they come, but I ain't nothin' compared to you "gentlemen". I steal money, I steal gold, but you? You steal people's lives! And damn the horse that brung ya!
It's not just bad — it's literally treating them as less than a person — and barely better than cattle — for the sake of having a servant you don't have to put on a payroll. And, naturally, this practice opens the door for many other horrible things to be done to the souls unfortunate enough to be enslaved. Even other villains will recoil from the monstrousness of their crimes.
In short, these works or characters treat slavery as a Special Kind of Evil. Some works and characters will draw a distinction between chattel slavery applying principles of property law to people, allowing them to be formally owned, bought, and sold and other systems of forced servitude such as such as debt bondage, Indentured Servitudeserfdom, etc.
For the purposes of this trope, either attitude counts as a valid example. In classical international admiralty law, a category exists called hostis humani generis, that is, enemies of all mankind, whose behavior places them totally outside all forms of legal protectionand leaves them liable to attack, capture, and destruction by anyone at all with the ability and desire to carry it out.
The category was originally defined to include solely pirates, but was later extended to include slavers as well, and the transition from classical to modern international law has thus far preserved the designation. Legally speaking, then, slavery is indeed, quite literally, a special kind of evil. Of course this goes first and foremost for slavedrivers who make a profit out of it and not for people who are raised in a slavery-based society if they aren't cruel to the slaves themselves.
Compare Rape Is a Special Kind of Evilwhich depicts rape rather than slavery as a more heinous form of evil. Note that it's unimportant whether a particular example of this trope depicts slavery as more or less evil than rape in particular, or even deals with rape at all; what's important is that slavery is depicted as qualitatively worse than other, "lesser" forms of evil.
Both tropes can and sometimes do! Contrast Happiness in Slaverywhere at least in-universe the slaver isn't such a bad guy after all. The Labyrinth of Magic.
Each time the topic of slavery comes up, it's treated as a horrible thing to do. In One Piecea manga centered around pirates who make a living robbing and killing although the protagonists never seem to get around to much of thatslavery is treated as an especially terrible crime.
Nami was tricked into indefinite indentured servitude by Arlong.
The World Nobles treat practically everyone as animals. The cruel noble Saint Charloss was willing to buy Keimi with a Whammy Bid of million Berries simply because he wanted to place her in his fish tank full of piranhas and watch her be chased.
The World Government has technically outlawed the slave trade, but they turn a blind eye to their own members and their allies who do it. Boa Hancock and her sisters' experiences as slaves belonging to the - no surprise here - World Nobles deeply traumatized them; their cruel masters forced them to eat Devil Fruit simply For the Evulz. The country of Dressrosa had half its populace enslaved by Doflamingo again, one of the World Nobles via the Devil Fruit powers of one of his crew to turn people into toys.
This came back to bite him - badly - when said crewmember's curse was broken. He also makes the threat that if Asuna won't voluntary submit to him, then he'll simply brainwash her into loving him. It doesn't gloss over how horrific human trafficking is, and the slavers' treatment of their victims hits every one of Frank Castle's buttons concerning the mistreatment of women and children.
The brutality Frank visits upon them puts just about every one of his other killing sprees to shame. The Marvel Universe is full of examples these are just ones that stand out: Mojo is a Fat Bastard who's Obviously Eviland rules a race of incredibly lazy beings called the Spineless Ones who use slaves captured and genetically created to wait on them hand and foot.
The original government of the island nation of Genosha treated mutants as a Slave Race.
The Genoshan mutants were likewise forbidden from having children, with one mutant sacrificing his life to smuggle his child onboard a Qantas Airways flight to Australia. Their government did not recognize emigration, employing a Press Gang to hunt down citizens who attempted to leave, and later started kidnapping non-citizen mutants, including members of the X-Men.
This results in them being soundly hated by the X-Men, and ultimately comes to bite them back in a big way when the rest of the world, having learned of Genosha's Super Human Traffickingis more than willing to give Magneto control over the island in exchange for him not using his control over Earth's magnetic field to destroy humanity.
Magneto promptly sets the mutant slaves free, which sees the Genoshan humans forced to flee or die, which is treated as Pay Evil unto Evil by just about every non-Genoshan. Norman Osborn has human trafficking connections. In one issue of Dark Avengersthreatens Mystique by telling her he knows of an upper-class brothel in Dubai where the men would pay top dollar for sex with a Shapeshifter.
For those who doubt that Norman qualifies as a Special Evil, check out his own page. The Fantastic Four 's enemy the Puppet Master was into human trafficking too, and it really went beyond the typical type. He also forced random male slaves to fight to the death simply for amusement. In The Sandmanthe immortal Hob Gadling experiences justified White Guilt for centuries for being an influential early slave trader who help establish the system that made the slave trade an economic powerhouse in the 17th through 19th centuries.
He did it at the time because it was just kind of what you didand quit the trade relatively early after Dream — who normally refrains from these sorts of moral judgments — advises him that "it is a poor thing, to enslave another", but he gets to witness first-hand the consequences of his actions throughout history.
In Secret Six the group ends up working for a group of people who plan to reintroduce legal slavery into the world. Even the hardened mercenaries are disturbed by it. Absolutely skewered by Ragdoll, who's apparently not as sentimental. Oh dear, not slavery! Why, that's almost nearly sort of kind of barely a little bit about half as bad as the murderers and despots we normally work for! And here I thought I'd had my scruples removed already. Comic Strips Modesty Blaise despises slavery.
In "The Special Orders", a teenage friend of hers is kidnapped by a sex slavery ring that specialises in kidnapping teenaged girls to order for wealthy clients in the Indochina region. Modesty had hoped she would be able to goad the leader of the ring into a one-on-one fight as that way she would be able to kill her with a clear conscience.
And Modesty is someone who usually goes out her way to avoid using lethal force. She unapologetically kills two slave hunters to keep them from recapturing black slaves escaping via the Underground Railroad, and screw the Temporal Prime Directive. Justified later when she reveals was Made a Sex Slave at the age of fifteen.
The later story A Matter of Honor has her take a sadistic pleasure in the summary execution of the Orion matron who originally sold her into slavery; she subsequently is the first Orion to swear loyalty to the newly enthroned Chancellor Worf, after he orders the abolition of slavery in the Klingon Empire. While slavery hasn't been specifically called out as bad previously, when she finds out that a Mega Corp.
Therefore, she will support the clones should the wish to be free of their master. In The RainsverseStarlight Glimmer's chief political goal is the abolition of indentured servitude. This immediately puts her at odds with Baroness Dazzle, who has indentured servants herself. Downplayed in Gift of A Diamond. While Rhodonite gets along with virtually everyone and has softened the more toxic consequences of Homeworld's Fantastic Caste Systemhe gets slightly uncomfortable when the idea of getting his own pearl is brought up.
The War of the Masters: Almost nobody likes the Orions, for whom ownership and being owned is a central tenet of the culture. Current Orion Syndicate overlord Melani D'ian compromised and banned trading in non-Orions as part of her treaty with the Klingon Empire, but that doesn't stop it from happening. Due to being targeted by Orion slave raiders repeatedly, the Moab Confederacy takes a Pay Evil unto Evil approach under Elizabeth Tran's administration, launching counterattacks and rarely taking prisoners unless they can be traded or tortured for information.
Discussed in Don't Say Goodbye, Farewell: Starfleet Captain Kanril Eleya voices approval partly because she lived through an Orion attack as a young enlisted woman, and partly due to her cultural background: One of the ways that Tatooine is marked as an outlaw planet in The Phantom Menace is the fact that slavery is legal there.
And its de facto rulers are the Hutts, a race of notorious criminal overlords.
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The Lovable Rogue Han Solo deals in a wide variety of shady activity, but one of the lines he won't cross is taking part in a slavery operation. Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack Sparrow might be a fast-talking, double-crossing, morally ambiguous pirate, but as revealed in a deleted scene, he will never stoop to slavery, and it was, in fact, what got him branded as a pirate in the first place.
This puts him ahead of Cutler Beckett, who has no such qualms. This wasn't actually uncommon, in history; pirates were far more likely to free slaves or offer them a place on the crew than be slavers. They also liked capturing slaver ships—lots of cargo room. I contracted you to deliver cargo on my behalf. You chose to liberate it. People aren't cargo, mate. Django Unchained is set in the Antebellum South, where slavery was commonplace, and Tarantino makes no bones about how ugly and evil the practice can be.
Pretty much everyone on the "good" side of this movie abhors it, Dr.
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King Schultz especially; and Django mentions that a black slaver, who he has to pose as in order to infiltrate Candyland to rescue his wife, is the lowest of the low among the slave trade — even lower than the head house slave, who had the most privileges among all of the slaves of a household or a plantation and was frequently just as cruel to the slaves below them as the white masters.
Django later executes Calvin Candie's smarmy house slave without remorse. Averted for Five Weeks in a Balloonwhere Ahmed the now former slaver becomes part of the heroes. That doesn't mean that they approve of it though; their journey is to stop a bunch of other slavers claiming territory and originally Ahmed was only taken with them to stand trial.
Despite all the crimes Mr. White may have committed over the years, the one thing he will object to is slavery, specifically those of women and children.
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When Ernst Stavro Blofeld chose to expand in human sex trafficking, he tells that this, alongside his fallout with Blofeld, were the big reasons why he became disillusioned with the way SPECTRE was going and called it quits sometime after the events of Quantum of Solace.
Free State of Jones: Newt comes to believe this after seeing how the slaves are treated he doesn't own any himself, like many other poor Southern farmers during that period and his Aunt Sally helps slaves escape into the swamps. The former slaves naturally agree, with Moses proclaiming that "You cannot own a child of God", to Newt's approval. When Kull becomes king, he gets into a dispute with the traditional nobles of Valusia over the ancient laws that permit slavery, which supersede any king.
Kull has personal experience with being forced to work on a Slave Galleyso he allows the slaves in his royal court to either go back to their homeland or receive a fair wage if they've lived in Valusia all their lives. At the end of the film he smashes the ancient tablet and outlaws slavery completely over the royal eunuch's protests.
A big part of the plot of The Transporter involves this Trope. Protagonist Frank will transport anything, and never asks questions, even doing so when one job involves transporting a kidnap victim. However, after finding out this is human trafficking and his client double-crosses him because He Knows Too Much he takes a Sudden Principled Stand to bring the ringleaders in. In The Mask of ZorroThree-Fingered Jack, enslaved in a gold mine run by Don Rafael Monteroexpounds to the gathered Dons about how his crimes pale in comparison to theirs of enslavement.
This is not touched on much in the films, but in the Expanded Universeit is treated as on par with, if not worse than, their habit of blowing planets up. And the one redeeming trait that allows Han Solo and Chewbacca to make the transition from drug-dealing pirates to heroes of the Rebel Alliance is that they will never, ever transport slaves, or have anything to do with a slaving plot and if they find themselves involved with one inadvertently, they'll either wash their hands of it immediately or try to find some way to free the slaves.
Chewbacca is also a former slave whom Han freed when he was about to be shot for resisting. That's why he owes Han a life debt. In Dragon Bonesprotagonist Ward believes this. As did some of his ancestors. His father and grandfather would have happily helped in the hunt for an escaped slave, but not Ward. It helps that Ward actually owns a slave, Oreg, who is more or less immortal, bound by magic to whoever owns the castle which is Powered by a Forsaken Childand can tell a story or two about what tends to happen when a human being has absolute power over another.
Guardians of the Flame features a group of gamers who get transported into the bodies of their characters in a fantasy world. Once they deal with the initial problems that brought them there, the protagonists devote themselves to eradicating slavery from the world. Mistreating them is considered a Kick the Dog moment, but owning one is not, as nothing makes them happier than serving a kind master, and they consider freedom a Fate Worse than Death. Contrast the mistreatment of Kreacher by Sirius Black which earns him a Karmic Death with Dumbledore's treatment of the Hogwarts house-elves.
It's unclear whether they belong to him directly or "to the school", but they certainly report to him. He treats them with unfailing kindness and respect, and when an outlier among them asks for pay and time off, he happily obliges, initially offering more than the house-elf is willing to accept. In additional material, it is implied that Helga Hufflepuff brought the house elves to Hogwarts so they wouldn't be mistreated, so she was probably aware of this trope and tried to avert it That said, Hermione's crusade with SPEW does bring up that most wizards don't even bother to offer house elves the choice or educate them on their options, so their happy slavery may simply be a product of systemic ignorance.
Heinlein hated slavery and sometimes pointed out how evil it is in his novels. In Citizen of the Galaxyone of the main characters, Colonel Richard Baslim, hated the slave trade and lost an arm and a leg rescuing a shipload of people from a slaver compound.
In Time Enough for LoveLazarus Long said that in his long life he's sold almost everything except slaves and calls slave owners "subhuman". He also "spaces" shoves out an airlock without a spacesuit a planet's chief slave trader. Upon gaining his ill gotten wealth, Walker considers what enterprises he should invest in, but when Old Scratch who in this story is said to be the patron of slavers proposes that he should become a slave dealer, he decides he wouldn't have any part in that because " he was bad enough in all conscience ".