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14th Feb '17 8:21:06 AM DeanMT94
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* CurbstompBattle: Partially averted. The Race is expecting their invasion of Tosev 3 to last an hour at most - which, of course, doesn't pan out. However, even with the massive technological leap that Humanity has taken since the arrival of the Race's probe, the Race does still succeed in conquering about two-thirds of the planet within about a week, and all meaningful resistance is largely confined to Europe, North America and eastern Asia. Certainly at the beginning of the series, this trope is played straight with most individual skirmishes between Humanity and the Race. Case in point: the first dogfight between Race killercraft and RAF and Luftwaffe fighters. Absolutely no doubt is left in anybody's mind - be they Lizard, Human or reader - that the Race is vastly superior.
16th Jan '17 12:55:51 PM Morgenthaler
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16th Jan '17 12:47:07 PM Morgenthaler
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They land squarely in the middle of WorldWarTwo, to the absolute confusion of everyone involved. Through the eyes of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, of all nationalities, human and alien, we read about the humans desperately trying to survive, and the aliens desperately trying to win. The Race is forced to become more like humans, making hasty decisions and breaking protocol. It also turns out that ginger (the spice) is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic for the Race, which further strains their normal way of life. This takes up the four books of the ''Balance'' series (the original ''Worldwar'' series) and ends with a stalemate and truce between the Race and the human governments that managed to resist their invasion (the USA, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Greater German]] ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Reich]]'', the SovietUnion, the UnitedKingdom and ImperialJapan.)

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They land squarely in the middle of WorldWarTwo, to the absolute confusion of everyone involved. Through the eyes of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, of all nationalities, human and alien, we read about the humans desperately trying to survive, and the aliens desperately trying to win. The Race is forced to become more like humans, making hasty decisions and breaking protocol. It also turns out that ginger (the spice) is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic for the Race, which further strains their normal way of life. This takes up the four books of the ''Balance'' series (the original ''Worldwar'' series) and ends with a stalemate and truce between the Race and the human governments that managed to resist their invasion (the USA, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Greater German]] ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Reich]]'', the SovietUnion, UsefulNotes/SovietUnion, the UnitedKingdom UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom and ImperialJapan.UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan.)
6th Dec '16 3:03:37 PM foxley
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* ZeroGSpot: Happens in the ''Colonization'' books. This is justified, since the ''Lewis and Clark'' is on a lifelong mission in the Asteroid Belt, and her crew is never coming home. Condoms are a must, though, since no one wants to experiment with trying to bear a child in zero-g. It helps that their jumpsuits are designed to "zip together". Even then, there is plenty of cleanup afterwards. When the guy is incredulous at the latter fact, the girl points out that there's ''always'' cleanup after sex even in gravity, it's just that guys normally don't bother.
4th Dec '16 2:33:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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** After the ''Columbus'' arrives to join the ''Lewis and Clark'' in the Asteroid Belt, one of the tasks the astronauts perform is to strap rockets to asteroids in order to, potentially, use them to bombard territories belonging to the Race on Earth. They successfully test one of these by slamming it into Mars. Atvar is [[{{Understatement}} not pleased]].

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** After the ''Columbus'' arrives to join the ''Lewis and Clark'' in the Asteroid Belt, one of the tasks the astronauts perform is to strap rockets to asteroids in order to, potentially, use them to bombard territories belonging to the Race on Earth. They successfully test one of these by slamming it into Mars. Atvar is [[{{Understatement}} not pleased]].pleased.
26th Oct '16 7:49:16 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Otto Skorzeny, very much so. Basically his entire schtick is RefugeInAudacity. Once, he walks into a Race stronghold with a bag of ginger, intending to try and buy a tank's laser sight. [[spoiler:He drives out with ''an entire tank''.]]
1st Sep '16 11:16:56 AM JBK405
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Jens Larssen and Barbara Larssen are separated when Jens goes on an important mission to contact the US military, and both begin to feel physical attraction to others during the separation. [[spoiler: Barbara ultimately believes that Jens has died on his mission and begins a relationship with Sam Yeager, while Jens believes that Barbara is still waiting for him. Despite this, he still sleeps with an attractive restaurant owner, getting the clap for his trouble.]]

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Jens Larssen and Barbara Larssen are separated when Jens goes on an important mission to contact the US military, and both begin to feel physical attraction to others during the separation. [[spoiler: Barbara ultimately believes that Jens has died on his mission and begins a relationship with Sam Yeager, while Jens believes that Barbara is still waiting for him. Despite this, he still sleeps with him and so avoids having an attractive restaurant owner, getting the clap for his trouble.affair.]]



** ''Homeward Bound'' reveals some of the Race on Home have taken to wearing clothes and wigs. Meanwhile, on Earth, public nudity is an accepted part of human life, even without body paint, and the most popular game show on TV features an extremely attractive girl in a topless dress.

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** ''Homeward Bound'' reveals some of the Race on Home have taken to wearing clothes and wigs. Meanwhile, on Earth, public nudity is an accepted part of human life, even without body paint, and the most popular game show on TV features an extremely attractive girl in a topless dress.



** After [[spoiler:the ''Commodore Perry'']] arrives to Home, and the Race is confronted by GunboatDiplomacy, they warn humans that, while the Race lacks FTL drives, their ships are able to go to a fairly high (50%) percentage of the speed of light. Should Home be threatened, the Race may send ships to slam into Earth at half the speed of light (or even more, given that they wouldn't be worrying about decelerating in time and can use all fuel for acceleration), likely starting a new Ice Age. Even with FTL, it would impossible to intercept all of them, given how big space is (besides, FTL doesn't work by accelerating, so FTL-capable ships don't actually move that fast before and after the jump).

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** After [[spoiler:the ''Commodore Perry'']] arrives to Home, and the Race is confronted by GunboatDiplomacy, they warn humans that, while the Race lacks FTL drives, their ships are able to go to a fairly high (50%) percentage of the speed of light. Should Home be threatened, the Race may send ships to slam into Earth at half the speed of light (or even more, given that they wouldn't be worrying about decelerating in time and can use all fuel for acceleration), likely starting a new Ice Age. Even with FTL, it would impossible to intercept all of them, given how big space is (besides, FTL doesn't work by accelerating, so FTL-capable ships don't actually move that fast before and after the jump).them.



* GrammarNazi: Barbara Yeager becomes this by the ''Colonization'' trilogy, forcing her husband and son to use proper English in her presense, having a background in English Literature. Naturally, neither Sam nor Jonathan bother doing this when she's not around. In fact, Sam, who was born and raised on a farm, sometimes laxes into poor grammar deliberately as a form of rebellion.

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* GrammarNazi: Barbara Yeager becomes this by the ''Colonization'' trilogy, forcing her husband and son to use proper English in her presense, having presence since she has a background in English Literature. Naturally, neither Sam nor Jonathan bother doing this when she's not around. In fact, Sam, who was born and raised on a farm, sometimes laxes into poor grammar deliberately as a form of rebellion.



* HideYourLesbians: Rather justified given the time period. Miss Lucille, despite Mutt's obvious crush, rebuffs all his advances and explains that she is not interested in any man, not just him. However, while some of the Liu Han/Bobby Fiore or Sam Yeager/Barbara sex-scenes are composed of graphic details, when Mutt asks if she is one of those "lizzies" she merely asks what his reaction would be if she was. It is never expounded upon, and she soon begins [[IfItsYouItsOkay to return Mutt's attraction]].
** Although this is mostly a comment that if she would have any man, it would be Mutt. [[spoiler:Followed very quickly by her unceremonious death in an artillery barrage.]]
* HigherTechSpecies: Played straight in the novel but subverted in a kind of meta-sense. From the first book on, the lizards are portrayed as owning massively advanced technology which, according to The Race, should take thousands of years to acquire. Then, slowly but surely as the novels progress, what technology they have is made explicit. Such terrifying and futuristic gizmos and concepts as [=DVDs=], laser-guidance systems, helicopters and electronic banking. If they landed in 2011 instead of 1942, they might not have lasted a week. The Race does have holo-projectors and efficient hydrogen-burning engines that really only need water to run, which are still being worked on in real life.
* HumansAdvanceSwiftly: Having sent probes and observed knights on horseback, the conquest fleet arrived 800 years later expecting basically more of the same. Their first reaction on arrival was basically [[OhCrap "why are we picking up radio signals?"]]. It's speculated that this was originally due to Earth having lots of oceans to mess with the pace of progress, while the Race had to plod along on land. Later on, human mating patterns are also blamed; humans are in constant competition, whereas the race mates only once a year (six months to us), thus leading to greater competition and faster advancement.

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* HideYourLesbians: Rather justified given the time period. Miss Lucille, despite Mutt's obvious crush, rebuffs all his advances and explains that she is not interested in any man, not just him. However, while some of the Liu Han/Bobby Fiore or Sam Yeager/Barbara sex-scenes are composed of graphic details, when When Mutt asks if she is one of those "lizzies" "lizzies", she merely asks what his reaction would be if she was. It is never expounded upon, and she soon begins [[IfItsYouItsOkay to return Mutt's attraction]].
** Although this is mostly a comment that if she would have any man, it would be Mutt. [[spoiler:Followed very quickly by her unceremonious death in an artillery barrage.]]
* HigherTechSpecies: Played straight in the novel but subverted in a kind of meta-sense. From the first book on, the lizards are portrayed as owning massively advanced technology which, according to The Race, should take thousands of years to acquire. Then, slowly but surely as the novels progress, what technology they have is made explicit. Such terrifying and futuristic gizmos and concepts as [=DVDs=], laser-guidance systems, helicopters and electronic banking. If they landed in 2011 instead of 1942, they might not have lasted a week. The Race does have holo-projectors a higher technological base than any of the other three intelligent species known to exist, with an older culture and efficient hydrogen-burning engines that really only need water to run, which government as well. However, they are still being worked on in real life.
not so far ahead as they like to think when others begin t catch up.
* HumansAdvanceSwiftly: Having sent probes and observed knights on horseback, the conquest fleet arrived 800 years later expecting basically more of the same. Their first reaction on arrival was basically [[OhCrap "why are we picking up radio signals?"]]. It's same and completely unprepared for the industrial civilization that humanity had built. The Race initially speculated that this was originally due to Earth having lots of oceans to mess with the pace of progress, while the Race had to plod along on land. Later on, human mating patterns are also blamed; humans are in constant competition, whereas the race mates only once a year (six months to us), thus leading to greater competition and faster advancement.



* HumansAreSpecial: Kind of. The other two races the Race has conquered were reptilian and similar in nature to themselves, while humans are mammalian. It's hinted this is because those races' star systems lack asteroid belts and therefore there was no equivalent to the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and allowed mammals to arise on Earth. It's quite possible that the universe is ''filled'' with species like us, the Race just hasn't managed to encounter them yet, and we had the luck to be the first.

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* HumansAreSpecial: Kind of. The other two races the Race has conquered were reptilian and similar in nature to themselves, while humans are mammalian. It's hinted this is because those races' star systems lack asteroid belts and therefore there was no equivalent to the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and allowed mammals to arise on Earth. It's quite possible that the universe is ''filled'' with species like us, Logically, the Race just hasn't managed to encounter them yet, and we had deduced that '''all'' intelligent life is like them. There are several different theories proposed by the luck Race as to why we seem to be the first. an aberration.



** This way of thinking has also resulted in at least one riot in Race-controlled Muslim territories, usually instigated by Ruhollah Khomeini. Apparently, Muslims don't like being told by lizards that Allah is a fictional deity.
** Another version happens in ''Homeward Bound'', when some mice the Americans brought with them to act as food-tasters get released on Home. Atvar complains to Sam Yeager, who points out that the Race had no reservations about introducing ''their'' flora and fauna to Earth and pooh-poohed any complaints about the environmental damage it caused; on top of that, the mice were released by accident by a member of the Race[[note]]a "maid" working the hotel in which the American ambassadors were staying[[/note]] rather than on purpose.



* [[IfItsYouItsOkay If It's You, It's Okay]]: Miss Lucille makes it quite clear that she is not interested in Mutt (Or anybody else) and [[HideYourLesbians half admits]] that she is a "lizzie." However, after Mutt keeps his [[DoggedNiceGuy dogged persistence]] Lucille admits that, with him, she is closer to giving it a try with a man than she ever has been before. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Then she gets]] [[BuryYourGays killed by Lizard artillery]]]].
* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but few actual examples are provided of him doing it. Most of his "insights" are common sense.

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* [[IfItsYouItsOkay If It's You, It's Okay]]: IfItsYouItsOkay: Miss Lucille makes it quite clear that she is not interested in Mutt (Or anybody else) and [[HideYourLesbians half admits]] that she is a "lizzie." However, after Mutt keeps his [[DoggedNiceGuy dogged persistence]] Lucille admits that, with him, she is closer to giving it a try with a man than she ever has been before. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Then she gets]] [[BuryYourGays killed by Lizard artillery]]]].
* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but few actual examples are provided of him doing it. Most of his "insights" are common sense.sense and real-world techniques of communicating between people who don't speak the same language (Generally pantomime, slow repetition and emotive expressions/sounds).



* InsaneTrollLogic: Molotov, when he meets with Hitler, is repeatedly astounded by how much of the man's thinking revolves around the "fact" that the Jews are trying to cause trouble for humanity. That is not the case, as the Jews have to choose between enslavement by the Race or extermination by the Nazis, and are going with the lesser of two evils while still supporting humanity as much as possible.
** In the second sequence of books, a member of The Race thinks this of a Nazi official she talks to about their status as the "Master Race.".
* InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The Race are spotty with this; if they'd arrived twenty years earlier, the invasion would probably have been a walkover, and if they'd been twenty years later, humanity would have likely walked over them.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: InsaneTrollLogic:
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Molotov, when he meets with Hitler, is repeatedly astounded by how much of the man's thinking revolves around the "fact" that the Jews are trying to cause trouble for humanity. That is not humanity. Particularly when his different statements and beliefs contradict one another in the case, as the Jews have to choose between enslavement by the Race or extermination by the Nazis, and are going with the lesser of two evils while still supporting humanity as much as possible.
same conversation.
** In the second sequence of books, ''Colonization'' series, a member of The Race thinks this of a Nazi official she talks to about their status as the "Master Race.".
Race".
* InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The technology of the Race are spotty with this; if they'd arrived twenty years earlier, the invasion would probably is more advanced than that of humanity, but is not so far advanced as it should have been a walkover, and if they'd given how long they have been twenty years later, developing it. One human explicitly points out that if humanity had had nuclear technology for thousands of years, they would have likely walked over them.done more with it than the Race did.



* LadyOfWar: Ludmila Gorbunova and Liu Han both qualify. "The Fair Tatiana," an ice-cold hot blond Russian sniper who begins an affair with Jerome Jones, would apparently need to beat off men with a stick if her skill with a rifle had not already scared them off.
** For good reason, apparently, since she's possessive in the extreme. And more than willing to kill.



* MeaningfulName: America's spacecraft tend to be named for explorers; the first ship to reach the Asteroid Belt is the ''Lewis and Clark'', and the first ship to reach Home is named ''Admiral Peary''. The first FTL-capable ship is named ''Commodore Perry'', after the man who forcibly ended Japan's isolationism. The Race eventually learns the meaning behind these names and is none too pleased.
** Interestingly, the Race's spaceship build to defend Home against the ''Admiral Peary'' is not named for an Emperor, like all the others. Instead, it's called the ''Horned Akiss'' after a dragon-like beast from the Race's mythology. Of course, it's possible that only starships can be named after Emperors. A ''mere'' spaceship doesn't get that honor.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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America's spacecraft tend to be named for explorers; the first ship to reach the Asteroid Belt is the ''Lewis and Clark'', and the first ship to reach Home is named ''Admiral Peary''. The first FTL-capable ship is named ''Commodore Perry'', after the man who forcibly ended Japan's isolationism. The Race eventually learns the meaning behind these names and is none too pleased.
** Interestingly, the ** The Race's spaceship build built to defend Home against the ''Admiral Peary'' is not named for an Emperor, like all the others. Instead, it's it is called the ''Horned Akiss'' after a dragon-like beast from the Race's mythology. Of course, it's possible that only starships can be named after Emperors. A ''mere'' spaceship doesn't get that honor.mythology.



* AMillionIsAStatistic: Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tōjō are main characters; along with several of their subordinates who perpetrated RealLife atrocities in WorldWarTwo. What else needs to be said?



* MolotovCocktail - Molotov is one of the main characters, but he never actually touches one. Sam Yeager and Liu Han have them in their sections, though.
* MoralEventHorizon: In an in-universe example, in the ''Colonization'' series the colonization fleet is attacked by nuclear weapons. Sam Yeager discovers that America was responsible and tells the Race, who nuke a US city in retaliation. As far as most Americans are concerned, Yeager is a traitor to his country and species for having done so. Yeager insists that he was in the right, because the attack was akin to Pearl Harbor (only worse because it was against civilians); the common response is [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "They're just Lizards."]] This has repercussions throughout the series, as seen in ''Homeward Bound'' where the government not-so-subtly tells Yeager that going into [[HumanPopsicle cryo-stasis]] is [[ShameIfSomethingHappened good for his health]], and then tries to abandon him on Home.

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* MolotovCocktail - MolotovCocktail: Molotov is one of the main characters, but he never actually touches one. Sam Yeager and Liu Han have them in their sections, though.
* MoralEventHorizon: In an in-universe example, in the ''Colonization'' series the colonization fleet is attacked by nuclear weapons. Sam Yeager discovers that America was responsible and tells the Race, who nuke a US city in retaliation. As far as most Americans are concerned, Yeager is a traitor to his country and species for having done so. Yeager insists that he was in the right, because the attack was akin to Pearl Harbor (only worse because it was against civilians); the common response is [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "They're just Lizards."]] This has repercussions throughout the series, as seen in ''Homeward Bound'' where the government not-so-subtly tells Yeager that going into [[HumanPopsicle cryo-stasis]] is [[ShameIfSomethingHappened good for his health]], and then tries to abandon him on Home.
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* MovingTheGoalposts: Averted by Mordechai Anielewicz. When his son Heinrich asks for a beffel (a lizard pet), Mordechai's wife Bertha does what a typical parent would do and set a difficult condition for the kid. Of course, Heinrich manages to fulfil the condition and catches a beffel. Just as Bertha is about to invoke the trope (like any parent), Mordechai countermands her and and lets Heinrich keep him, earning Bertha's ire. [[SarcasmMode How dare a parent keep his word to a child]]? A few days later, the beffel saves their lives by waking up Heinrich during a fire. After that, no one thinks that the little creature should go.
* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: After the first wave of invasion, this is pretty much the status quo between the human powers and the Race. Working together, the humans could eradicate the lands controlled by the Race, but only at the cost of getting obliterated themselves, and none of the majorr human powers like the others very much. Later, in "Homeward Bound," [[spoiler: the Race turns this around on humans: yes, the humans could use their FTL warships to obliterate the the Empire before any given world knew they were under attack. But the Race's slower-than-light ships are capable of being used as relativistic kill vehicles against Earth. The mass of a Race starship impacting the planet at 50% of the speed of light would not just obliterate human civilization, it would probably wipe out virtually all life and begin a new ice age.]]

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* MovingTheGoalposts: Averted by Mordechai Anielewicz. When his son Heinrich asks for a beffel (a lizard pet), Mordechai's wife Bertha does what a typical parent would do and set a difficult condition for the kid. Of course, Heinrich manages to fulfil the condition and catches a beffel. Just as Bertha is about to invoke the trope (like any parent), Mordechai countermands her and and lets Heinrich keep him, earning Bertha's ire. [[SarcasmMode How dare a parent keep his word to a child]]? A few days later, the beffel saves their lives by waking up Heinrich during a fire. After that, no one thinks that the little creature should go.
* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: After the first wave of invasion, this is pretty much the status quo between the human powers and the Race. Working together, the humans could eradicate the lands controlled by the Race, but only at the cost of getting obliterated themselves, and none of the majorr human powers like the others very much. Later, in "Homeward Bound," [[spoiler: the Race turns this around on humans: yes, the humans could use their FTL warships to obliterate the the Empire before any given world knew they were under attack. But the Race's slower-than-light ships are capable of being used as relativistic kill vehicles against Earth. The mass of a Race starship impacting the planet at 50% of the speed of light would not just obliterate human civilization, it would probably wipe out virtually all life and begin a new ice age.]]



* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Somewhat touched upon. The Race's biology and biochemistry are similar enough that they can live on Earth and eat some Earth biomatter with pretty much no problems. However, what would be slightly chilly to humans is beastly cold to them (apparently, their home planet is so hot that ice only exists in laboratories) and then there's the thing with the ginger.
* NobodyEverComplainedBefore: Members of the Race cannot understand why humans insist on fighting back instead of just placidly accepting their rule. Do not the humans realize that the Race is by definition the most superior species in the universe and thus natural rulers of all life? How dare they think they can resist! And how dare they actually win!
* NobodyPoops: Averted; differences in waste volume are a source of difficulty in the Race space plumbing when humans are aboard. Also, the Race are somewhat shocked that human plumbing is so good, and love hot showers.
** A minor moment of comedy comes when the Race reveals that they have probes that can detect uric acid- a component of urine. They use these to keep track of enemy movements, until one human accidentally pees on it... leading one technician to scream that ''four billion'' humans were approaching. This is chalked up to, well, humans having so much more urine than other species thus encountered.

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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Somewhat touched upon. The Race's biology and biochemistry are similar enough that they can live on Earth and eat some Earth biomatter with pretty much no problems. However, what would be slightly chilly to humans is beastly cold to them (apparently, them, as their home planet world is so hot that ice snow is only exists in laboratories) and then there's occasionally found at the thing with extreme poles of the ginger.
planet.
* NobodyEverComplainedBefore: Members of the Race cannot understand why humans insist on fighting back so strenuously instead of just placidly accepting their rule. Do not rule. Their previous two conquest experiences had nothing like the humans realize long, drawn-out resistance that the Race is by definition the most superior species humanity offers even in the universe and thus natural rulers of all life? How dare they think they can resist! And how dare they actually win!
supposedly-placid territories.
* NobodyPoops: Averted; differences in waste volume are a source of difficulty in the Race space plumbing when humans are aboard. Also, the Race are somewhat shocked that human plumbing is so good, and love hot showers.
** A minor moment of comedy comes when
showers. It is also revealed that the Race reveals that they have probes that can detect uric acid- a component of urine. They urine -in the air, which they use these to keep track of enemy movements, until one human accidentally pees populations and movements. The humans, however, discover this technology and deliberately pee on it... it, leading one technician to scream that ''four billion'' humans were approaching. This is chalked up to, well, humans having so much more urine than other species thus encountered.approaching.



* NukeEm: Played with. The Race tries ''not'' to use nuclear weapons in order to keep Earth as clean as possible. They do destroy several human cities, including Berlin and Washington, D.C., but their strategy is intimidation and retaliation, since they do not want to go overboard and end up wrecking the entire planet.
** It eventually degenerates into a boxing match of sorts once human powers develop nukes of their own. For each nuke humans detonate, the Race nukes a city in the corresponding "not-empire". Americans, for their part, nuke a number of their ''own'' cities that are in lizard claws (and yes, the lizards retaliate accordingly) and even go as far as smuggling a nuke into lizard-held Rome to light it up. The lizards eventually realize that humans would rather waste the whole planet rather than submit to the Race and sue for peace.

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* NukeEm: NukeEm:
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Played with. The Race tries ''not'' to use nuclear weapons in order to keep Earth as clean as possible. They do destroy several human cities, including Berlin and Washington, D.C., but their strategy is intimidation and retaliation, since they do not want to go overboard and end up wrecking the entire planet.
** It
planet. The exchange eventually degenerates into a boxing match of sorts once human powers develop nukes of their own. For own; for each nuke humans detonate, that humanity detonates, the Race nukes a city in the corresponding "not-empire". Americans, for their part, nuke a number of their ''own'' cities that are in lizard claws (and yes, the lizards retaliate accordingly) and even go as far as smuggling a nuke into lizard-held Rome to light it up.claws. The lizards eventually realize that humans would rather waste the whole planet rather than submit to the Race and sue for peace.



** Then there's the nuking of [[spoiler:Indianapolis as payback for America's attack on the Colonization Fleet]].



* OhCrap: The Race have quite a few moments of this; especially when it concerns human nuclear weapons programs.
** During the Race's first (and only) encounter with the German [[{{BFG}} Dora cannon]], which fires 80-cm shells, they mistakenly assume (by its speed and size on the radar) that it's a missile and attempt to shoot it down with their own. [[HilarityEnsues However, the round's tough outer shell shrugs off the missiles]], allowing the cannon to take out two ships before the cannon is found and destroyed.

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* OhCrap: The Race have quite a few moments of this; especially when it concerns human nuclear weapons programs.
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During the Race's first (and only) encounter with the German [[{{BFG}} Dora cannon]], which fires 80-cm shells, they mistakenly assume (by by its speed and size on the radar) radar that it's a missile and attempt to shoot it down with their own. [[HilarityEnsues However, the round's tough outer shell shrugs off the missiles]], missiles, allowing the cannon to take out two ships before the cannon is found and destroyed.



* OutsideContextProblem: One of the most emblematic examples of the trope.
* PassFail: When the (Jewish) Mordechai Aneliwicz is traveling in the countryside, he encounters a farmhouse, and attempts to pass as a Polish partisan (A Catholic Pole). He manages to eat the ham they're serving without hesitation, but is caught out when he crosses himself wrong. Fortunately for him, they aren't upset about it.

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* OutsideContextProblem: One None of the most emblematic examples human participants conceived at all of the trope.
an alien invasion disrupting their own conflicts.
* PassFail: When the (Jewish) Mordechai Aneliwicz is traveling in the countryside, he encounters a farmhouse, farmhouse and attempts to pass as a Polish partisan (A Catholic Pole). He manages to eat the ham they're serving without hesitation, but is caught out when he crosses himself wrong.wrong and does not think to put butter on his potatoes. Fortunately for him, they aren't upset about it.



* PurelyAestheticGender: The Race does not really think about gender all that much unless it is mating season (or artificially in heat from ginger); the only reason their soldiers are all-male instead of mixed is to avoid problems when females enter their season.
** ''Second Contact'' also mentions that females are the ones who rear (i.e. civilize) hatchlings. However, they don't care whose hatchlings they are, as family ties are not important.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Britain, though still an independent and self-governing nation, lost its Empire after the Race invaded and no longer has the martial might or resources of a global superpower. As such, they are becoming more and more reliant on the Greater German ''Reich'' which, bestriding most of Europe and only twenty kilometers away, is the source of most of its supplies and protection. Over time Britain begins to adopt more and more of Germany's social and cultural tendencies, and its anti-semitic tendencies are beginning to creep into the society. In 1964, though defeated, there was an official bill before Parliament to legally restrict the rights of Jews living in England, and public sentiment is beginning to shift enough that it might pass the next time it comes up. Britain's situation is similar to the real-world UsefulNotes/ColdWar phenomenon known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finlandization "Finlandization"]].
* RaisedByOrcs: A human baby is abducted by the Race, named Kassquit and raised by the scientist Ttomalss as one of them to see if the Tosevites can integrate into the Empire. He does not know ''what'' to do when she hits puberty, and the increasing problems of reconciling her human nature with her identity as a member of the Race causes her a lot of anguish. In an inverted example, two Race hatchlings are raised as humans by Sam Yeager, who names them [[MickeyMouse Mickey]] and [[DonaldDuck Donald]]. Though they hide it somewhat better than Kassquit, they also experience significant emotional distress at living in the wrong society.

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* PurelyAestheticGender: The Race does not really think about gender all that much unless it is mating season (or artificially in heat from ginger); the only reason their soldiers are all-male instead of mixed is to avoid problems when females enter their season.
** ''Second Contact'' also mentions that females are the ones who rear (i.e. civilize) hatchlings. However, they don't care whose hatchlings they are, as family ties are not important.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Britain, though still an independent and self-governing nation, lost its Empire after the Race invaded and no longer has the martial might or resources of a global superpower. As such, they are becoming more and more reliant on the Greater German ''Reich'' which, bestriding most of Europe and only twenty kilometers away, is the source of most of its supplies and protection. Over time Britain begins to adopt more and more of Germany's social and cultural tendencies, and its anti-semitic tendencies are beginning to creep into the society. In 1964, though defeated, there was an official bill before Parliament to legally restrict the rights of Jews living in England, and public sentiment is beginning to shift enough that it might pass the next time it comes up. Britain's situation is similar to the real-world UsefulNotes/ColdWar phenomenon known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finlandization "Finlandization"]].
* RaisedByOrcs: A human baby is abducted by the Race, named Kassquit and raised by the scientist Ttomalss as one of them to see if the Tosevites can integrate into the Empire. He does not know ''what'' to do when she hits puberty, and the increasing problems of reconciling her human nature with her identity as a member of the Race causes her a lot of anguish. In an inverted example, two Race hatchlings are raised as humans by Sam Yeager, who names them [[MickeyMouse Mickey]] and [[DonaldDuck Donald]]. Though they hide it somewhat better than Kassquit, they also experience significant emotional distress at living in the wrong society.
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Emperor Risson, whom we finally meet in ''Homeward Bound'', is very level-headed and sensible in his dealings with the humans and with Atvar. This actually stands in stark contrast to many Race authority figures, who tend to start out LawfulStupid before long, painful education. Justified, as Risson and his advisers were undoubtedly getting updates from the conquest fleet during both the war and the fragile peace afterwards, and they have had time to formulate their responses. Atvar and company were right in the thick of things, and had to wing it from day one - something The Race is notably poor at.
* RefugeInAudacity: This is the only reason that Skorzeny gets away with half the shit he pulls. For example, when he is ordered to acquire an infrared range finder for a Race tank Skorzeny actually strolls into a Lizard base with a bunch of ginger and uses it to buy ''an entire tank!'' He then proceeds to drive it off the base in ''[[CrazyAwesome broad daylight and past Lizard patrols]]'' back to his own lines. And this is not even the most outrageous stunt he pulls.
* TheReptilians: The alien variant that the Race are.
** The Rabotevs and the Halessi, the two races previously conquered and assimilated by the Race, are also this, although they are different variants on the same. For example, the Rabotevs are slightly taller and less scaly than members of the Race, featuring two thumbs on each hand and eye-stalks instead of eye-turrets. The Halessi are small and are initially mistaken for LittleGreenMen, as they are more humanoid than members of the Race (i.e. more erect and with smaller snouts).
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Race. Played with, however, since in many ways they are more likely to honor agreements and treat their prisoners quite humanely (at least, the ones they do not experiment on). Ultimately, while they ''are'' reptiles, and they ''are'' trying to take over the world, it's shown as no different than if human soldiers tried to take over another nation.

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** A human baby is abducted by the Race, named Kassquit and raised by the scientist Ttomalss as one of them to see if the Tosevites can integrate into the Empire. He does not know ''what'' to do when she hits puberty, and the increasing problems of reconciling her human nature with her identity as a member of the Race causes her a lot of anguish. In an inverted example, two Race hatchlings are raised as humans by Sam Yeager, who names them [[MickeyMouse Mickey]] and [[DonaldDuck Donald]]. Though they hide it somewhat better than Kassquit, they also experience significant emotional distress at living in the wrong society.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Emperor Risson, whom we finally meet in ''Homeward Bound'', is very level-headed and sensible in his dealings with the humans and with Atvar. This actually stands in stark contrast to many Race authority figures, who tend to start out LawfulStupid before long, painful education. Justified, as Risson and his advisers were undoubtedly getting updates from the conquest fleet during both the war and the fragile peace afterwards, and they have had time to formulate their responses. Atvar and company were right in the thick of things, and had to wing it from day one - something The Race is notably poor at.
education.
* RefugeInAudacity: This is the only reason that When Skorzeny gets away with half the shit he pulls. For example, when he is ordered to acquire an infrared range finder for from a Race tank Skorzeny tank, he actually strolls into a Lizard base with a bunch of ginger and uses it to buy ''an entire tank!'' He then proceeds to drive it off the base in ''[[CrazyAwesome broad daylight and past Lizard patrols]]'' patrols back to his own lines. And this is not even the most outrageous stunt he pulls.
lines.
* TheReptilians: The alien variant that the Race are.
**
are. The Rabotevs and the Halessi, the two races previously conquered and assimilated by the Race, are also this, although they are different variants on the same. For example, the Rabotevs are slightly taller and less scaly than members of the Race, featuring two thumbs on each hand and eye-stalks instead of eye-turrets. The Halessi are small and are initially mistaken for LittleGreenMen, as they are more humanoid than members of the Race (i.e. more erect and with smaller snouts).
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Race. Played with, however, since in many ways they are more likely to honor agreements and treat their prisoners quite humanely (at least, the ones they do not experiment on). Ultimately, while they ''are'' reptiles, and they ''are'' trying to take over the world, it's shown as no different than if human soldiers tried to take over another nation.
snouts).



** Continued in ''Homeward Bound'' when the ''Admiral Peary'' arrives in orbit of Home, proving that humans (or, at least, the US) are nearly a match for the Race (in fact, humans have surpassed the Race in electronics). Despite this, attempts by Sam Yeager to get the Race to recognize the equality of the US to the Empire are met with astonishment. After all, the Race has such a long history, while the US is a new nation by their standards. Sam responds that it doesn't matter how long they've been at this level, only that they're here. Plus, no member of the Race is willing to admit that their GodEmperor is equivalent to a "not-Emperor" chosen every so often by "snout-counting".
** Inverted near the end of ''Homeward Bound'', when an American [[spoiler:faster-than-light]] starship arrives to Home. These "younger" Americans are much more arrogant than those of Sam Yeager's or his son's times, as they know they have surpassed the Race and are proud of it. They are also arrogant towards their "obsolete" countrymen and women.



** The Race also, apparently, has no concept of martial arts. When the Japanese capture a Race pilot, his captor, just to teach the lizard a lesson, starts kicking him. The pilot tries to attack the officer with his teeth and claws, but can't get close and is literally beaten into submission. He is very surprised that a kick can hurt so much and that anybody with a gun and a sword would bother with unarmed combat.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Jens Larssen]] gets pushed around one too many times, shoots a couple of soldiers and then heads out to tell the Race where the American bomb project is located. [[spoiler: He is killed when he finally goes off the deep end when he is hunted down by the cavalry, shoots a woman, hears her shriek, and leaps up, thinking it's his aforementioned wife.]]

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** The Race also, apparently, has no concept of martial arts. When the Japanese capture a Race pilot, his captor, just to teach the lizard a lesson, starts kicking him. The pilot tries to attack the officer with his teeth and claws, but can't get close and is literally beaten into submission. He is very surprised that a kick can hurt so much and that anybody with a gun and a sword would bother with unarmed combat.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Jens Larssen]] gets pushed around one too many times, shoots a couple of soldiers and then heads out to tell the Race where the American bomb project is located. [[spoiler: He is killed when he finally goes off the deep end when he is hunted down by the cavalry, shoots a woman, hears her shriek, and leaps up, thinking it's his aforementioned wife.]]



** In the ''Colonization'' series, members of the Race refer to "[[SherlockHolmes The Red-Headed League]]."
** Major Samuel Yeager thinks of [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thoats, Green Martians and Barsoom]] and his son speaks of {{Tarzan}}.
** The captain of the ''Commodore Perry'' is named [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Nichole Nichols]].

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** In the ''Colonization'' series, members of the Race refer to "[[SherlockHolmes The Red-Headed League]]."
League]]" from Literature/SherlockHolmes.
** Major Samuel Yeager thinks of [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thoats, Green Martians and Barsoom]] and his son speaks of {{Tarzan}}.
{{Tarzan}}, all references to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
** The captain of the ''Commodore Perry'' is named [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Nichole Nichols]].Nichols]], after actress Nichelle Nichols.



** In ''Homeward Bound'', a minor character is a Inspector Second Grade named Garanpo, who is investigating ginger smuggling. He looks and acts exactly like a Lizard version of Series/{{Columbo}}.

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** In ''Homeward Bound'', a minor character is a an Inspector Second Grade named Garanpo, who is investigating ginger smuggling. He looks and acts exactly like a Lizard version of Series/{{Columbo}}.



* SpaceAgeStasis: The Race has been technologically stagnant for 50,000 years or so. And since they believed that every species advances at their rate, they were expecting us to still be in the Dark Ages after just a millennium of preparing for an invasion. Justified, however, in that they had evidence from the ''two'' other races that they had conquered (the Rabotev and the Halessi) that their "slow and steady" method was the norm.
* TheStarscream: Straha
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Basil Roundbush in the ''Worldwar'' series is charming, friendly, a good sport when it comes to women and, most tellingly, an officer willing to stick up for David Goldfarb and get him an officer's commission, despite Britain's emerging anti-semitism. In his ''very first scene'' in the ''Colonization'' series he blackmails Goldfarb into working for him by threatening to kill his family. Britain in general has become more and more reliant on the Greater German ''Reich'' after it lost its empire, and the nation that once fought Hitler tooth-and-nail [[PuttingOnTheReich is now entertaining formally adopting the Fascist anti-semitic policies]].

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* SpaceAgeStasis: The Race has been technologically stagnant for 50,000 years or so. And since Since they believed that every species advances at their rate, they were expecting us to still be in the Dark Ages after just a millennium of preparing for an invasion. Justified, however, in that they had evidence from the ''two'' other races that they had conquered (the Rabotev and the Halessi) that their "slow and steady" method was the norm.
invasion.
* TheStarscream: Straha
Straha, who is constantly maneuvering to place himself in the Fleetlord's position.
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Basil Roundbush in the ''Worldwar'' series is charming, friendly, a good sport when it comes to women and, most tellingly, an officer willing to stick up for David Goldfarb and get him an officer's commission, commission despite Britain's emerging anti-semitism. In his ''very first scene'' in the ''Colonization'' series he blackmails Goldfarb into working for him by threatening to kill his family. Britain in general has become more and more reliant on the Greater German ''Reich'' after it lost its empire, and the nation that once fought Hitler tooth-and-nail [[PuttingOnTheReich is now entertaining formally adopting the Fascist anti-semitic policies]].policies.



** The Race also gets another rude surprise when they find out that the US has been [[spoiler:strapping rockets to asteroids in the Belt in order to use them for ColonyDrop purposes should fighting resume]].



* ThickerThanWater: Averted with The Race, as they cannot understand why humans put so much emphasis on familial relations. Understandable, since the Race are raised in a communal fashion, with no mothers or fathers, and are more generally 'domesticated' rather than 'raised' as we would think of it. Thus, Race children form no real bonds with any one particular 'parent' individual as they grow up. Friendship, however, is a powerful bond in the world of the Race, since they feel that [[FamilyOfChoice the people you choose to be close to]] are much more important than the circumstances of who birthed you.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Yeah, ''the good guys this time.'' Sort of.

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* ThickerThanWater: Averted with The Race, as they cannot understand why humans put so much emphasis on familial relations. Understandable, since the Race are raised in a communal fashion, with no known mothers or fathers, and are more generally 'domesticated' rather than 'raised' as we would think of it. Thus, Race children form no real bonds with any one particular 'parent' individual as they grow up. Friendship, however, is a powerful bond in the world of the Race, since they feel that [[FamilyOfChoice the people you choose to be close to]] are much more important than the circumstances of who birthed you.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Yeah, ''the Forced by circumstance to be "the good guys this time.'' Sort of. guys" the story. Or, at least, ''allies'' of the good guys.



* WeHaveReserves: The humans' way of fighting the Race. (Well, that and guerilla warfare tactics.) Patton even says he is prepared to lose ten of his tanks to every Lizard tank he kills because that is still a favorable loss-ratio for the Human Alliance. This works in large part because the Race only has what they brought with them, at least until they start capturing human factories and adapting them to their own technology. The Race acknowledges this, particularly in a conversation where Atvar's adjutant says that he had a mental picture of them expending their last missile to take out the last human tank, only for another one to roll over the horizon.

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* WeHaveReserves: The humans' way of fighting the Race. Race (Well, that and guerilla warfare tactics.) Patton even says he is prepared to lose ten of his tanks to every Lizard tank he kills because that is still a favorable loss-ratio for the Human Alliance. This works in large part because the Race only has what they brought with them, at least until they start capturing human factories and adapting them to their own technology. The Race acknowledges this, particularly in a conversation where Atvar's adjutant says that he had a mental picture of them expending their last missile to take out the last human tank, only for another one to roll over the horizon.
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** After [[spoiler:the ''Commodore Perry'']] arrives to Home, and the Race is confronted by GunboatDiplomacy, they warn humans that, while the Race lacks FTL drives, their ships are able to go to a fairly high (50%) percentage of the speed of light. Should Home be threatened, the Race may send ships to slam into Earth at half the speed of light (or even more, given that they wouldn't be worrying about decelerating in time and can use all fuel for acceleration), likely starting a new Ice Age. Even with FTL, it would impossible to intercept all of them, given how big space is.

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** After [[spoiler:the ''Commodore Perry'']] arrives to Home, and the Race is confronted by GunboatDiplomacy, they warn humans that, while the Race lacks FTL drives, their ships are able to go to a fairly high (50%) percentage of the speed of light. Should Home be threatened, the Race may send ships to slam into Earth at half the speed of light (or even more, given that they wouldn't be worrying about decelerating in time and can use all fuel for acceleration), likely starting a new Ice Age. Even with FTL, it would impossible to intercept all of them, given how big space is.is (besides, FTL doesn't work by accelerating, so FTL-capable ships don't actually move that fast before and after the jump).
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* AsteroidMiners: The ''Lewis and Clark'' establishes a permanent presence in the asteroid belt, scanning asteroids and preparing for future mining and construction projects.

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* AsteroidMiners: The ''Lewis and Clark'' establishes a permanent presence in the asteroid belt, scanning asteroids and preparing for future mining and construction projects. The ''Columbus'' arrives to join her some time later. Unlike the ''Lewis and Clark'', which is built like a space station, the ''Columbus'' is purpose-built like an interplanetary craft and looks it.
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** ''Homeward Bound'' reveals some of the Race on Home have taken to wearing clothes and wigs.

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** ''Homeward Bound'' reveals some of the Race on Home have taken to wearing clothes and wigs. Meanwhile, on Earth, public nudity is an accepted part of human life, even without body paint, and the most popular game show on TV features an extremely attractive girl in a topless dress.
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