Restating my question, In most of my history with Sci-fi games (Gears,40k,etc) and even on a lackluster sci fi wiki that Tyran is a human (Sci-Fi wiki entry: Tyran-A being who is of Human descent but is not truly human or a half human being/Half Human Descendent of the Human race) and now learning that Tyran is not really mainstream in science fiction, where did this term come from. Note: A entry from a dictionary style Wikipedia stating that Tyran in English and French is a word shorten from the Old Latin term Tyrant(dictators).

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    It may be so in many works, but I don't think "the majority" is really true.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 17:38
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    I've never heard of Tyran. Is it really that common?
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 17:53
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    Duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/116820/… ?
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 17:54
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    'Tyran' isn't a common sci-fi term in english, so looking for the earliest usage may be difficult and unrelated to subsequent usages. I think its just random chance that multiple franchises used the same aberration of the word 'Terrian' . Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 20:16
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    The word "Tyran" in Gear of War isn't interchangable with "Terran". Tyrans are citizens of the nation-state of Tyrus; gearsofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Tyran
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 19:48

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Perhaps this might be a possible answer.

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The first installment of Asimov's Tyrann was the cover story in the fourth issue of Galaxy Science Fiction in 1951. The novel was issued in book form later that year as The Stars Like Dust.

The human-descended bad hats in this Asimov story came from the planet Tyrann. Perhaps someone adopted it as the basis of the term "Tyran"?


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