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29th Apr '16 4:25:19 AM DivineDeath
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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Broxholm and Kreeblim are the antagonists of the first and second book respectively, but both imply that there's something more at play with both characters, and the third one shows that they were trying to save Earth the whole time.
21st Apr '16 9:27:15 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* HumansAdvanceSwiftly: A big part of the plot. Most species have settled down into peaceful coexistence long before they have the technology to make weapons that pose an existential threat to themselves, but humans shot from the stone age to the atomic age in a ludicrously short period of time. From the perspective of other species humans are culturally a barbarian horde with nuclear weapons, and there's a very real fear of humans discovering effective space travel in the near future.
17th Feb '16 12:11:41 PM morenohijazo
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* OurAncestorsAreSuperheroes: In one of the later books, the protagonists learn that ''all'' humans were once telepaths. People eventually suppressed this ability because of the growing population - contact with so many other minds would have driven them insane otherwise. This is used to explain, in part, why HumansAreBastards sometimes, as they evolved to coexist using a means of communication and understanding which they no longer possessed.
14th Dec '15 7:26:13 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* PlanetSpaceship: The ''New Jersey'' is slightly smaller than Earth's moon, and has members of more than 10000 species on board. It's considered impressively ''small'' for a mothership class ship.
14th Jun '15 6:05:34 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* LowCultureHighTech: Humans, from the aliens' perspective. Most races outgrow the need for violence long before they get to humanity's current tech level.
30th Apr '15 1:25:28 PM nombretomado
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* SomeCallMeTim: In the last book, the protagonists meet an alien who fills a whole room. When asking for its name, they find out his name is long and [[TheUnpronounceable almost unpronounceable]], sounding something like "Uhuurbeheegjuli"; Duncan mishears "Big Julie" (sounding like a character from ''GuysAndDolls'') and the name sticks. There is also "CrocDoc" whose real name is Kritzklumpf but Peter calls him this way internally before learning his name.

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* SomeCallMeTim: In the last book, the protagonists meet an alien who fills a whole room. When asking for its name, they find out his name is long and [[TheUnpronounceable almost unpronounceable]], sounding something like "Uhuurbeheegjuli"; Duncan mishears "Big Julie" (sounding like a character from ''GuysAndDolls'') ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'') and the name sticks. There is also "CrocDoc" whose real name is Kritzklumpf but Peter calls him this way internally before learning his name.
27th Apr '15 6:19:11 AM rt2012
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** It turns out that Duncan is this way too, until the brain fryer unlocks his brain's true potential. According to the aliens, the same is true for all humans, as they have the largest (and least used) brains in the universe.
25th Mar '15 11:27:02 AM AnoneMouseJr.
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* DisappearedDad: Peter's own father never knew HIS father.


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* MissingMom: Peter's mom abandoned her family when "someone better came along", and his father lost HIS mom when he was "too old to be adopted", as he put it.
9th Mar '15 10:29:34 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* BizarreAlienSexes: The series mentions one species that requires "seven genders [sic] to produce an egg, and three more to hatch it".

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* BizarreAlienSexes: The series mentions one species that requires "seven "five different genders [sic] just to produce get an egg, and egg-and three more to hatch it".it".



* TechnologyMarchesOn: The URAT that Peter is given truly is a technical marvel. Imagine a device that fits in your hand which can be used as a video communicator, can look up any information, can give you directions, and can even be used to order merchandise to be delivered! In short, it is a smartphone. Maybe the aliens were right and we ''are'' advancing too fast.
4th Mar '15 12:09:11 PM MarsJenkar
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* BigRedButton: The beginning of ''My Teacher Flunked The Planet'' showcases Broxholm indicating a very prominent button on the starship ''New Jersey''. The Button (as Peter calls it later) is inactive at the time, but if the proper series of codes are input to make The Button active, when pushed, it is capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom reducing Earth to stardust]].



** Peter's father initially doesn't believe the stories that Peter went to space with the aliens, and spends a great deal of time in the second book searching for him. It's not until he meets up with Ms. Schwartz in the fourth novel that he finally accepts the truth.



* GenocideDilemma: None of the aliens really ''want'' to kill off all the humans, but many believe it's necessary for the safety of the galaxy.



* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: So naturally the antagonistic aliens would like to destroy us first so they don't get caught in the mess. And even those who advocate leaving humanity alone generally do so because they believe that humanity will destroy themselves before they become a threat.



* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: So naturally the antagonistic aliens would like to destroy us first so they don't get caught in the mess.



* ResetButton: Averted in the second book. Although Duncan's intelligence boost is temporary, when it wears off he doesn't go back to being the same bully as before, but instead realizes that he has the potential to be so much more than just a bully, and learns from the experience.

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* ResetButton: Averted in the second book. and subsequent books. Although Duncan's intelligence boost is temporary, temporary (albeit lengthy), when it wears off he doesn't go back to being the same bully as before, but instead realizes that he has the potential to be so much more than just a bully, and learns from the experience.



* [[TakeAThirdOption Take A Fifth Option]]: The aliens [[spoiler: argue over about four different ways to handle the humans' situation. Either: leave the humans alone and see what happens, invite humans into the galactic community in hopes that this will mature the human race, dominate the humans by force to save them from themselves, or blow the planet to smithereens and kill all the humans so the humans won't make war on the galaxy. The grand finale of the series is when the human children come up with option number 5: "Give us teachers!" According to the children, if students can be taught right by alien teachers, eventually the human race will get over its violent tendencies.]]
* TeachersPet: Mike and Stacy from the first book, who try (pathetically) to lose this reputation so that Broxholm won't kidnap one of them as the "best" student in the class. Subsequently, Duncan, who is a shoe-in for "worst" student, tries desperately to become this for the same reason.

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* [[TakeAThirdOption Take A Fifth Option]]: The aliens [[spoiler: argue over about four different ways to handle the humans' situation. Either: leave the humans alone and see what happens, invite humans into the galactic community in hopes that this will mature the human race, invade and dominate the humans by force to save them from themselves, themselves (while fixing the world's problems in the process), blockade the solar system to keep their threat contained, or blow the planet to smithereens and kill all the humans so the humans won't make war on the galaxy. The grand finale of the series is when the human children come up with option number 5: "Give us teachers!" According to the children, if students can be taught right by alien teachers, eventually the human race will get over its violent tendencies.tendencies, and they can join the galactic community peacefully.]]
* TeachersPet: Mike and Stacy from the first book, who try (pathetically) to lose this reputation so that Broxholm won't kidnap one of them as the "best" student in the class. Subsequently, Duncan, who is a shoe-in for "worst" student, tries desperately to become this for the same reason. And Peter tries desperately to do this as a Plan B; if the kidnapping can't be avoided, he wants to be picked to go.
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