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28th Nov '16 6:34:08 PM nombretomado
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** This is particularly noticable when one compares straight up Lovecraft-authored protagonists to those of more "SwordAndSorcery branches" of the CthulhuMythos, such as ConanTheBarbarian, where the protagonist, whilst still finding the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s to be scary, manages to take a stand at them and comes out ultimately mentally unscathed.

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** This is particularly noticable when one compares straight up Lovecraft-authored protagonists to those of more "SwordAndSorcery branches" of the CthulhuMythos, such as ConanTheBarbarian, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, where the protagonist, whilst still finding the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s to be scary, manages to take a stand at them and comes out ultimately mentally unscathed.
25th Sep '16 6:27:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In the ''[[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Mankind Veil of Madness]]'' stories from 4chan's /tg/, this is revealed to be why humans havent found any alien life. When humanity finally journeyed into space, they found several extinct alien civilizations, some pre-industrial, some which had expanded into space empires, but eventually they had all succumbed to some mysterious interal destruction. When humanity finally finds an alien species thats still alive, an agressive reptilian one still in its prehistory, it quickly turns out that the entire race is psychotically violent to the point that spontane suicide is common. Its not until humanity has its first disastrous encounter with an alien space ship that the truth is revealed: Earth is located in an area, encompassing around 3% of the galaxy, that is known as the "Veil Of Madness" because the species that evolve here are, to a man, violent and insane. Through some quirk of evolution, humans have ''just'' enough sanity that our species havent succumbed to complete self destruction and are capable of rational behavior, but the fact that our species originated from the Veil means that the rest of the universe is terrified of us. Eventually, the humans give up on trying to convince the rest of the galaxy that we arent roaming space murderers and uses our scary reputation as an edge in negotiations and diplomacy, playing up the Terrifying Psycho Alien image by wearing scary power armor and scrambling our voices. The result is that the other space-faring civilizations view humans as "scary and dangerous but not unreasonable".

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* In the ''[[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Mankind Veil of Madness]]'' stories from 4chan's /tg/, this is revealed to be why humans havent haven't found any alien life. When humanity finally journeyed into space, they found several extinct alien civilizations, some pre-industrial, some which had expanded into space empires, but eventually they had all succumbed to some mysterious interal destruction. When humanity finally finds an alien species thats still alive, an agressive reptilian one still in its prehistory, it quickly turns out that the entire race is psychotically violent to the point that spontane spontaneous suicide is common. Its not until humanity has its first disastrous encounter with an alien space ship that the truth is revealed: Earth is located in an area, encompassing around 3% of the galaxy, that is known as the "Veil Of Madness" because the species that evolve here are, to a man, violent and insane. Through some quirk of evolution, humans have ''just'' enough sanity that our species havent haven't succumbed to complete self destruction and are capable of rational behavior, but the fact that our species originated from the Veil means that the rest of the universe is terrified of us. Eventually, the humans give up on trying to convince the rest of the galaxy that we arent roaming space murderers and uses our scary reputation as an edge in negotiations and diplomacy, playing up the Terrifying Psycho Alien image by wearing scary power armor and scrambling our voices. The result is that the other space-faring civilizations view humans as "scary and dangerous but not unreasonable".
25th Sep '16 6:19:19 PM SilentStranger
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* In the ''[[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Mankind Veil of Madness]]'' stories from 4chan's /tg/, this is explicitly the reason why humans have free run of a good chunk of the galaxy - Part of it drives anyone in it insane, but humans are all a little crazy already.

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* In the ''[[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Mankind Veil of Madness]]'' stories from 4chan's /tg/, this is explicitly revealed to be why humans havent found any alien life. When humanity finally journeyed into space, they found several extinct alien civilizations, some pre-industrial, some which had expanded into space empires, but eventually they had all succumbed to some mysterious interal destruction. When humanity finally finds an alien species thats still alive, an agressive reptilian one still in its prehistory, it quickly turns out that the reason why entire race is psychotically violent to the point that spontane suicide is common. Its not until humanity has its first disastrous encounter with an alien space ship that the truth is revealed: Earth is located in an area, encompassing around 3% of the galaxy, that is known as the "Veil Of Madness" because the species that evolve here are, to a man, violent and insane. Through some quirk of evolution, humans have free run ''just'' enough sanity that our species havent succumbed to complete self destruction and are capable of a good chunk rational behavior, but the fact that our species originated from the Veil means that the rest of the universe is terrified of us. Eventually, the humans give up on trying to convince the rest of the galaxy - Part of it drives anyone that we arent roaming space murderers and uses our scary reputation as an edge in it insane, but negotiations and diplomacy, playing up the Terrifying Psycho Alien image by wearing scary power armor and scrambling our voices. The result is that the other space-faring civilizations view humans are all a little crazy already.as "scary and dangerous but not unreasonable".
17th Sep '16 4:17:45 PM kome360
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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' {{FPS}} it's stated at one point that the Darkness, ([[EldritchAbomination cosmic horror, demonic force of chaos and destruction]]) wasn't originally [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil and crazy]] but that Humanity drove it insane. ([[UnreliableNarrator However, this is learned in the Darkness's own realm,]] so odds of MindScrew are high).

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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' {{FPS}} it's stated theorized at one point that the Darkness, ([[EldritchAbomination cosmic horror, demonic force of chaos and destruction]]) wasn't originally [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil and crazy]] but that Humanity drove it insane. ([[UnreliableNarrator However, this is learned in the Darkness's own realm,]] so odds of MindScrew are high).
30th Aug '16 12:59:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Race of ''{{Worldwar}}''`s reaction to half of what humanity does - from Humanity's always-on sex drive to what The Race sees as a suicidally-reckless approach to science and technology - "Madness!"

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* The Race of ''{{Worldwar}}''`s ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}''`s reaction to half of what humanity does - from Humanity's always-on sex drive to what The Race sees as a suicidally-reckless approach to science and technology - "Madness!"



* Bruce Coville's ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series uses this trope, which is rare for a children's story. Humans are potentially the smartest creatures in the galaxy (due to NinetyPercentOfYourBrain), but also the only ones stupid enough to have war and poverty. Turns out that [[spoiler: all that extra brain matter was there to grant us telepathy long in the past. When there were too many humans, there was too much "noise", and we instinctively suppressed this ability to protect ourselves]]. Losing that power left us traumatized as a species, with both an inherent desire to come together and a need to stay apart, and resulted in us being somewhat sociopathic.

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* Bruce Coville's ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series uses this trope, which is rare for a children's story. Humans are potentially the smartest creatures in the galaxy (due to NinetyPercentOfYourBrain), but also the only ones stupid enough to have war and poverty. Turns out that [[spoiler: all that extra brain matter was there to grant us telepathy long in the past. When there were too many humans, there was too much "noise", and we instinctively suppressed this ability to protect ourselves]]. Losing that power left us traumatized as a species, with both an inherent desire to come together and a need to stay apart, and resulted in us being somewhat sociopathic.
20th Aug '16 6:58:40 AM sarais
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* ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope. Expect people to randomly explode and others to just start screaming their heads off. With such conditions as nanotrasen's on every station; no wonder an overwhelming majority of the human species is utterly stark-raving batshit crazy. And then you get cloned, which adds even more genetic defects. It's probably by the time of the cloning revolution that humanity no longer gives a shit about their lives. They just plonk the most-sane version of you into a station, whittle you down, then when you get back to Central Command- there are gun racks and other forms of weapons; Even on the escape shuttle; this is the worst as it crams countless possible crazies into a box. And that's just to start. Meanwhile, TheThing1982 is eating everyone- and everybody's too busy screaming endlessly and blowing eachother up. Suffice to say; anybody that IS sane on SS13; will eventually become insane as a rule of thumb.

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* ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope. Expect people to randomly explode and others to just start screaming their heads off. With such conditions as nanotrasen's on every station; no wonder an overwhelming majority of the human species is utterly stark-raving batshit crazy. And then you get cloned, which adds even more genetic defects. It's probably by the time of the cloning revolution that humanity no longer gives a shit about their lives. They just plonk the most-sane version of you into a station, whittle you down, then when you get back to Central Command- there are gun racks and other forms of weapons; Even on the escape shuttle; this is the worst as it crams countless possible crazies into a box. And that's just to start. Meanwhile, TheThing1982 NightmareFuel/TheThing1982 is eating everyone- and everybody's too busy screaming endlessly and blowing eachother up. Suffice to say; anybody that IS sane on SS13; will eventually become insane as a rule of thumb.
20th Aug '16 6:56:45 AM sarais
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* ''Space Station 13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope. Expect people to randomly explode and others to just start screaming their heads off. With such conditions as nanotrasen's on every station; no wonder an overwhelming majority of the human species is utterly stark-raving batshit crazy. And then you get cloned....

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* ''Space Station 13'' ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope. Expect people to randomly explode and others to just start screaming their heads off. With such conditions as nanotrasen's on every station; no wonder an overwhelming majority of the human species is utterly stark-raving batshit crazy. And then you get cloned....cloned, which adds even more genetic defects. It's probably by the time of the cloning revolution that humanity no longer gives a shit about their lives. They just plonk the most-sane version of you into a station, whittle you down, then when you get back to Central Command- there are gun racks and other forms of weapons; Even on the escape shuttle; this is the worst as it crams countless possible crazies into a box. And that's just to start. Meanwhile, TheThing1982 is eating everyone- and everybody's too busy screaming endlessly and blowing eachother up. Suffice to say; anybody that IS sane on SS13; will eventually become insane as a rule of thumb.
20th Aug '16 6:51:36 AM sarais
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* ''videogame/spacestation13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope.

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* ''videogame/spacestation13'' ''Space Station 13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope.trope. Expect people to randomly explode and others to just start screaming their heads off. With such conditions as nanotrasen's on every station; no wonder an overwhelming majority of the human species is utterly stark-raving batshit crazy. And then you get cloned....
20th Aug '16 6:49:35 AM sarais
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* ''videogame/spacestation13'' is essentially based entirely on this trope.
30th Jul '16 12:51:17 PM nombretomado
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* In DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'', the invading alien Shongairi are confused and flabbergasted by humanity's continuing resistance against them even after they've killed half of Earth's population. They eventually realize that, [[HumansThroughAlienEyes by their own standards]], humans are clinically insane. The Shongairi, being a pack-based carnivorous species, have a psychology focused on pack-mentality, with the rest of the pack submitting instinctively to the strongest "alpha" once s/he has demonstrated superiority. All other species they've encountered are herd-based omnivores or herbivores, who will submit to deflect violence away from the herd as a whole. However, humans are family-oriented instead of pack- or herd-oriented, and as a result the act of bombarding entire cities off the map and killing half the population just ''pisses them off''. Since the need to protect family overrides submission, and pure, undiluted ''hate'' due to harming or killing family drives humans to keep fighting regardless, the humans come off as completely insane to the Shongairi. Also, one of those cases where [[spoiler: [[CrazyEnoughToWork it works]].]]

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* In DavidWeber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'', the invading alien Shongairi are confused and flabbergasted by humanity's continuing resistance against them even after they've killed half of Earth's population. They eventually realize that, [[HumansThroughAlienEyes by their own standards]], humans are clinically insane. The Shongairi, being a pack-based carnivorous species, have a psychology focused on pack-mentality, with the rest of the pack submitting instinctively to the strongest "alpha" once s/he has demonstrated superiority. All other species they've encountered are herd-based omnivores or herbivores, who will submit to deflect violence away from the herd as a whole. However, humans are family-oriented instead of pack- or herd-oriented, and as a result the act of bombarding entire cities off the map and killing half the population just ''pisses them off''. Since the need to protect family overrides submission, and pure, undiluted ''hate'' due to harming or killing family drives humans to keep fighting regardless, the humans come off as completely insane to the Shongairi. Also, one of those cases where [[spoiler: [[CrazyEnoughToWork it works]].]]
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