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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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-->"Hail the Man-Emperor of Mankind!"

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-->"Hail -->"All hail the Man-Emperor of Mankind!"
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.
28th Aug '17 12:40:09 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Inverted in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', where it's revealed that the old Sith Empire, while didn't discriminate against humans (those who weren't slaves), had the True Sith holdings all the power (the Emperor and several members of the Dark Council are shown to be True Sith). The humans are still the majority even in the Empire, though. In fact, the True Sith discriminate against other True Sith who aren't Force-sensitive. And by the time of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' itself (300 years later) the Dark Council was a mix of True Sith and human Sith Lords. [[note]] And most the humans in the Empire had some Sith species ancestry, as revealed in the game's Foundry mission [[/note]]

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* Inverted in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', where it's revealed that the old Sith Empire, while didn't discriminate against humans (those who weren't slaves), had the True Sith holdings all the power (the Emperor and several members of the Dark Council are shown to be True Sith). The humans are still the majority even in the Empire, though. In fact, the True Sith discriminate against other True Sith who aren't Force-sensitive. And by the time of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' itself (300 years later) the Dark Council was a mix of True Sith and human Sith Lords. [[note]] And By that time the bloodlines were so heavily mixed that most the humans in the Empire had Sith empire citizens have at least some Sith species ancestry, as revealed in blood, and the game's Foundry mission [[/note]]"Sith Pureblood" bloodlines are so watered down that they're basically red humans with jowels.
24th Aug '17 12:01:28 PM RedScharlach
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* The ''Anime/OnePiece'' world runs on the rule of thumb that [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Asskicking Equals Authority]]. Despite the existence of races far stronger than humans naturally (such as Fishmen and Giants), the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]] and it's military is ultimately composed of humans, with humans occupying powerful positions in said military. And on the other side of the spectrum, the strongest pirates in the world, The Four Emperors, are all humans as well, with non-humans characters playing supporting roles in their respective organizations.

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* The ''Anime/OnePiece'' world runs on the rule of thumb that [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Asskicking Equals Authority]]. Despite the existence of races far stronger than humans naturally (such as Fishmen and Giants), the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]] and it's its military is ultimately composed of humans, with humans occupying powerful positions in said military. And on the other side of the spectrum, the strongest pirates in the world, The Four Emperors, are all humans as well, with non-humans characters playing supporting roles in their respective organizations.



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an early Magazine/{{MAD}} parody of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' called "Flesh Garden", in which the evil alien emperor pits Flesh Garden against the great enemy of all - a man in boxing gloves.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an early Magazine/{{MAD}} parody of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' called "Flesh Garden", in which the evil alien emperor pits Flesh Garden against the great greatest enemy of all - a man in boxing gloves.



* Creator/EricFlint's novel ''Literature/MotherOfDemons'' both plays this trope straight and subverts it, at the same time. On the planet Ishtar, humans encounter a species of mollusk-like sophonts called gukuy. Humans are far speedier than gukuy (in fact, the gukuy are not even able to properly see the running motion of humans until they become used to it because it's so much different than they expect), and are capable of using spears, which gukuy cannot use and which can exploit a weak point on the gukuy (namely, it can hit an area unprotected by the hard mantle which results in impaling a gukuy's brain). In fact, gukuy widely consider humans to be demons because of those two factors. Yet, gukuy bodily fluids are so poisonous to humans that they will die within minutes from a ''bite wound'', and humans are only capable of digesting regurgitated "childfood" (partially digested vegetation) produced by the maia (a larger, less-evolved sophont than the gukuy).

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* Creator/EricFlint's novel ''Literature/MotherOfDemons'' both plays this trope straight and subverts it, at the same time. On the planet Ishtar, humans encounter a species of mollusk-like sophonts called gukuy. Humans are far speedier than gukuy (in fact, the gukuy are not even able to properly see the running motion of humans until they become used to it because it's so much very different than they expect), and are capable of using spears, which gukuy cannot use and which can exploit a weak point on the gukuy (namely, it can hit an area unprotected by the hard mantle which results in impaling a gukuy's brain). In fact, gukuy widely consider humans to be demons because of those two factors. Yet, gukuy bodily fluids are so poisonous to humans that they will die within minutes from a ''bite wound'', and humans are only capable of digesting regurgitated "childfood" (partially digested vegetation) produced by the maia (a larger, less-evolved sophont than the gukuy).



* 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 it's own, it's still pathetic in terms of technology compared to everyone else.
** Reconstructed in the form of the Library, which gives uplifted species access to massive supercomputer simulations and calculators with effectively infinite capacity before most of them even develop arithmetic. As a result, almost the entire galaxy does every last bit of their math by brute force, and views the human use of things like basic calculus in their design as something akin to black sorcery. As a result, once humanity does gain the specs for a technology (either from an allied species directly or by finagling a library reference code) it tends to be fully functional and integrated into the human fleets and settlements in a matter of months or years instead of the usual milennia of trial-and-error.

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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 it's its own, it's still pathetic in terms of technology compared to everyone else.
** Reconstructed in the form of the Library, which gives uplifted species access to massive supercomputer simulations and calculators with effectively infinite capacity before most of them even develop arithmetic. As a result, almost the entire galaxy does every last bit of their math by brute force, and views the human use of things like basic calculus in their design as something akin to black sorcery. As a result, once humanity does gain the specs for a technology (either from an allied species directly or by finagling a library reference code) it tends to be fully functional and integrated into the human fleets and settlements in a matter of months or years instead of the usual milennia millennia of trial-and-error.



* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' has Humanity surviving against near-impossible odds against the ScaryDogmaticAliens who've annihilated many other species who attempted resistance. This is mostly limited to humans from Earth (known as the Tau'ri in the Goa'uld language) since the Goa'uld has enslaved humans and the Wraith cull entire civilizations. Even with humans from Earth this is occasionally subverted with an AlternateUniverse where [[TheBadGuyWins the good guys lose]].

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* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' has Humanity humanity surviving against near-impossible odds against the ScaryDogmaticAliens who've annihilated many other species who attempted resistance. This is mostly limited to humans from Earth (known as the Tau'ri in the Goa'uld language) since the Goa'uld has enslaved humans and the Wraith cull entire civilizations. Even with humans from Earth this is occasionally subverted with an AlternateUniverse where [[TheBadGuyWins the good guys lose]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': The guiding philosophy of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Commonwealth of Man]] preset empire, a LostColony formed from the survivors of an ark ship which ended up in the far-flung Deneb system and landed on an alien moon they named Unity. Stranded there for generations and fighting for survival against hostile alien wildlife has turned them into a xenophobic and highly militant people hellbent on asserting human dominance across the galaxy, and if xenos have to pave the way then so be it.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': The guiding philosophy of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Commonwealth of Man]] preset empire, a LostColony formed from the survivors of an ark ship which ended up in the far-flung Deneb system and landed on an alien moon they named Unity. Stranded Being stranded there for generations and fighting for survival against hostile alien wildlife has turned them into a xenophobic and highly militant people hellbent on asserting human dominance across the galaxy, and if xenos have to pave the way then so be it.
6th Aug '17 9:00:34 PM LordInsane
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* In the novel ''Pandora's Planet'', Humans are, on average, smarter than the aliens who invade Earth, only being beaten because half the time the Humans were fighting each other.

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* In the novel ''Pandora's Planet'', Humans are, on average, smarter than the aliens who invade Earth, only being beaten because half the time the Humans were fighting each other. [[spoiler: The book ends on the twist that a new species has been discovered which appears to be to humans as humans were to the aliens who invaded them.]]
17th Jul '17 6:47:59 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': The guiding philosophy of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Commonwealth of Man]] preset empire, a LostColony formed from the survivors of an ark ship which ended up in the far-flung Deneb system and landed on an alien moon they named Unity. Stranded there for generations and fighting for survival against hostile alien wildlife has turned them into a xenophobic and highly militant people hellbent on asserting human dominance across the galaxy, and if xenos have to pave the way then so be it.
28th Jun '17 6:02:18 AM Allronix
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Not only are humans one of the most common races (everywhere from Tatooine to Coruscant), they're also the one with the most widely known descendants (Zabrak, Miraluka etc). One of the fundamental tenets of TheEmpire was that [[FantasticRacism Humans were best]] - everyone from Palpatine down was at least partially human unless they were a) extremely lucky or b) [[BunnyEarsLawyer really really good at their jobs]] (see also, Grand Admiral Thrawn). And while Palpatine himself was willing to overlook a lack of humanity in sufficiently skilled subordinates, this was very much not official policy and few in the leadership of the Imperial military felt the same way...so a non-human had to be exceptional enough to merit the Emperor's personal attention if they wanted to get ahead; merely above-average wouldn't cut it.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Not only are humans one of the most common races (everywhere from Tatooine to Coruscant), they're also the one with the most widely known descendants (Zabrak, Miraluka etc). One of the reasons is that humans are highly adaptable to climate variations, the other is that Force Sensitivity is more common in humans than most species. One of the fundamental tenets of TheEmpire was that [[FantasticRacism Humans were best]] - everyone from Palpatine down was at least partially human unless they were a) extremely lucky or b) [[BunnyEarsLawyer really really good at their jobs]] (see also, Grand Admiral Thrawn). And while Palpatine himself was willing to overlook a lack of humanity in sufficiently skilled subordinates, this was very much not official policy and few in the leadership of the Imperial military felt the same way...so a non-human had to be exceptional enough to merit the Emperor's personal attention if they wanted to get ahead; merely above-average wouldn't cut it.it.
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''Franchise/{{Tron}}'': Humans are the ''[[ThankTheMaker deities]]'' to the Programs and Isos living in [[InsideAComputerSystem the digital world]], and [[RealityWarper humans who get sent there end up]] [[PhysicalGod insanely powerful.]] [[note]] Five hundred and twenty-six times more powerful, according to ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' [[/note]]



* Inverted in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', where it's revealed that the old Sith Empire, while didn't discriminate against humans (those who weren't slaves), had the True Sith holdings all the power (the Emperor and several members of the Dark Council are shown to be True Sith). The humans are still the majority even in the Empire, though. In fact, the True Sith discriminate against other True Sith who aren't Force-sensitive. And by the time of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' itself (300 years later) the Dark Council was a mix of True Sith and human Sith Lords.

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* Inverted in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', where it's revealed that the old Sith Empire, while didn't discriminate against humans (those who weren't slaves), had the True Sith holdings all the power (the Emperor and several members of the Dark Council are shown to be True Sith). The humans are still the majority even in the Empire, though. In fact, the True Sith discriminate against other True Sith who aren't Force-sensitive. And by the time of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' itself (300 years later) the Dark Council was a mix of True Sith and human Sith Lords. [[note]] And most the humans in the Empire had some Sith species ancestry, as revealed in the game's Foundry mission [[/note]]
26th Apr '17 7:52:06 PM PaulA
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* Humans in ''The Damned Trilogy'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster are faster, stronger, tougher, and fiercer than every other sentient species, bar none. They're also the only species with the ability to resist the PsychicPowers of the Amplitur, who have brainwashed entire species into being happy slaves. So, the discovery of humanity by the Weave of free species at the beginning of the first book marks a critical turning point in their war to remain free. Unfortunately, humans are feared by the other sympathetic alien species precisely for those qualities and the uncomfortable question comes up that if they win the war, what will happen to human/alien relations then? Technically there are faster, stronger and tougher races than humans but Humans are a JackOfAllStats species, faster than the strongest species, stronger than the fastest but fiercer than all. Ironically all three books deal with Humans who try to be more than just warriors.

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* Humans in ''The Damned Trilogy'' ''Literature/TheDamned'' trilogy by Creator/AlanDeanFoster are faster, stronger, tougher, and fiercer than every other sentient species, bar none. They're also the only species with the ability to resist the PsychicPowers of the Amplitur, who have brainwashed entire species into being happy slaves. So, the discovery of humanity by the Weave of free species at the beginning of the first book marks a critical turning point in their war to remain free. Unfortunately, humans are feared by the other sympathetic alien species precisely for those qualities and the uncomfortable question comes up that if they win the war, what will happen to human/alien relations then? Technically there are faster, stronger and tougher races than humans but Humans are a JackOfAllStats species, faster than the strongest species, stronger than the fastest but fiercer than all. Ironically all three books deal with Humans who try to be more than just warriors.
24th Apr '17 3:21:45 AM iroanxi
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* In ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere'', the Empire has managed to dominate most of the continent under human leadership and with a mostly human populace. Consider the fact that the setting is completely filled to the brim with monsters, opposing and hostile demihuman tribes, and civilization-ending Hardy beasts, yet the Empire has managed to endure the horrors of the world for ''nine hundred and forty-nine years'' by the start of the roleplay.
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