In today's example of life imitating art, a judge has ruled that the X-Men--Marvel Comics' popular mutant superhero team--are indeed non-human. The ruling stems from a toy manufacturer's efforts to avoid higher import duties on "dolls," defined as representations of people, in favor of "toys," which are not. But by siding with the toy company and declaring the X-Men "nonhuman creatures," the judge sparked the ire of X-Men fans, who sympathize with the comic's theme of the heroes' desire to be recognized as humans, albeit ones with extraordinary abilities.
Apparently, the judge had a more difficult time classifying characters from the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man series, such as Kraven the Hunter, although he apparently isn't human either:
The judge found that Kraven exhibited "highly exaggerated muscle tone in arms and legs." He wore a "lion's mane-like vest." Both features helped relegate him, in the judge's mind, to the netherworld of robots, monsters and devils.
(via Destroy All Monsters)