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8th Dec '17 12:17:56 PM Timjames98
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* In The Abrahamic Religions [[note]]Judaism, Christianity, Islam[[/note]], Humans are the only living beings known to have been created in God's Image or to have souls that persist after Death. However this is downplayed as humanity is in no way superior to God and is [[HumansAreBastards by nature sinful and wicked]].
* In [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity Trinitarian]] Christianity takes it a step further. In these faiths, God is fully human in addition to being fully divine. This means that of all the living beings in creation, humanity is the only species that God is a member of.
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocentrism Anthropocentrism]] is this trope as a philosophical belief. It holds that human beings are the most significant entity in the Universe and that the well being of humans should come before everything else. Environmental Ethicists often criticize it for the root cause of environmental disasters, but Anthropocentrists argue that protecting the environment is in humanity's best interest as well.
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4th Dec '17 9:31:26 AM thatmadork
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** [[AliensStealCable If there are any aliens are up there reading this]], this subreddit is PlayedForLaughs mostly. Please don't take it hard.
28th Nov '17 3:29:51 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast someone to take ''very'' seriously]]--even to the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]].

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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast someone to take ''very'' *very* seriously]]--even to the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]].
28th Nov '17 3:28:17 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast someone to take ''very'' seriously]]--even to the Reapers.

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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast someone to take ''very'' seriously]]--even to the Reapers.[[EldritchAbomination Reapers]].


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****It's also worth noting that one of the premier terror organisations in the galaxy is a human ultranationalist organisation--Cerberus. So potent they feature on the second and third games and in the third are almost as serious a threat to the galaxy as the Reapers themselves. Not bad for space pyjaks, eh?
28th Nov '17 3:25:41 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast a name to run away from really fast]]--even to the Reapers.

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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The the Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast a name someone to run away from really fast]]--even take ''very'' seriously]]--even to the Reapers.
28th Nov '17 3:23:59 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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** It is worth noting that despite not suddenly overcoming their shortcomings, the games take place thirty-odd years after Humanity's entrance onto the galactic stage--fifty years prior no one even knew they existed. They introduced themselves by giving the premier superpower in the galaxy([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Turians]]) a bloody nose in the First Contact War. They then proceeded to take their nextdoor neighbours, the Batarians, on, and beat them so thoroughly they're ''still'' recovering, and gobbling up half the galaxy simply by not being afraid to colonise close to the lawless Terminus systems or smack colonies down on planets that other races consider uninhabitable or at least not worth it. By the end of the first game, they've saved the Galaxy from the Reapers and gained a spot on the Citadel Council--something most races are ''still'' waiting for after hundreds of years, making them, at least politically, one of the four top superpowers in the galaxy. And there are still two more games to go--in which they further cement themselves as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast a name to run away from really fast]]--even to the Reapers.
*** For context, that's like if one of those secluded Amazonian Tribes suddenly came out of the jungle and introduced themselves by beating the sh*t out of the US Military and then successfully invading Mexico.
22nd Nov '17 2:37:47 AM thatmadork
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** ** [[DoubleSubvertedTrope That said]], humans have a lot of soft power. It's said that no other race in the galaxy would have attempted to build anything like the Babylon project - when the Centauri or Minbari build space stations, they're used entirely by the race that built them; when ''humans'' build stations, they become communities made up of diverse (and sometimes even hostile) populations. When humanity is threatened by civil war, a lot of alien races (including a few who don't even particularly like humans) offer alliances and support because the prospect of losing their moderating diplomatic voice unacceptable. One example of human diplomatic brilliance from before the start of the series was how Earth entering the war between the Non-Aligned Worlds and the Dilgar on the side of the losing NAW; [[BigDamnHeroes by sweeping in and helping them turn the war around]], they immediately made a bold impression on the galactic heavyweights and gained an influential ally in the process too.
22nd Sep '17 10:22:57 PM TitaniumDragon
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** Humans have dietary needs far beyond other sapients, both in terms of calories and micronutrients, and deficiency diseases like beri-beri and scurvy (or their equivalents) were unknown on the galactic scene before humans showed up.
** The human nervous system, while a finely tuned and highly efficient machine when functioning, is far more prone to instability an malfunction than any other sentients', with levels of mental illness unheard of in other species, and can be incapacitated by simple flavorings like ethanol. Standard fire-suppression foam turns humans first psychotic, then comatose.
** Humans have difficulty spending large amounts of time in the lower galactic standard gravity, needing to spend time in the high-gravity of their homeworld or risking organ failure.
** Humans also find it difficult to breathe galactic standard atmospheres, the lower density and oxygen content compared to earth's leading to altitude sickness. Meanwhile, most sapients have no trouble operating in an earth-standard atmosphere.
9th Sep '17 9:06:12 AM Psyclone
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4th Sep '17 8:15:27 PM Peteman
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* Brutally deconstructed in Creator/DavidBrin's ''{{Literature/Uplift}}'' universe. Humans are the only race in the civilized galaxy that evolved on their own, not being uplifted by another race. Rather than making humanity look like a bunch of awesome badasses, it's made us pariahs in the galactic community; at best the other races think we're lying about not being uplifted (or think that we were abandoned mid-uplift), at worst they think we're a bunch of heretical punks who need to be put in our proper place. Not only that, but while humanity evolved on its own, it's still pathetic in terms of technology compared to everyone else.

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* Brutally deconstructed Deconstructed in Creator/DavidBrin's ''{{Literature/Uplift}}'' universe. Humans are the only [[spoiler: current]] race in the civilized galaxy that evolved on their own, not being uplifted by another race. Rather than making humanity look like a bunch of awesome badasses, it's made us pariahs in the galactic community; at best the other races think we're lying about not being uplifted (or think that we were abandoned mid-uplift), at worst they think we're a bunch of heretical punks who need to be put in our proper place. Not only that, but while humanity evolved on its own, it's still pathetic in terms of technology compared to everyone else.
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