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14th Aug '16 10:43:43 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* It's shown in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s fluff that the Covenant tend not to be very inventive or innovative when it comes to their own superior technology, as the vast majority of it was reverse-engineered from what they found in the remains of Forerunner civilization[[note]]Specifically, this is because the Covenant worship the Forerunners and everything they built, meaning that any attempt to better understand Forerunner tech, or even just improve the Covies' own knock-off versions, runs a big risk of being seen as heresy[[/note]]. Humans, on the other hand, had to pretty much build everything on their own; indeed, after the war ends, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''-era media shows that humanity has been able to somewhat surpass the technological barrier, though most of what they have is still closer to pre-war tech levels. Not only that, but humanity shows itself to be quite impressive at war too, holding out against the technologically, numerically, and often physically superior Covenant for almost three decades during the war.

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* It's shown in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s fluff that the Covenant tend not to be very inventive or innovative when it comes to their own superior technology, as the vast majority of it was reverse-engineered from what they found in the remains of Forerunner civilization[[note]]Specifically, civilization (specifically, this is because the Covenant worship the Forerunners and everything they built, meaning that any attempt to better understand Forerunner tech, or even just improve the Covies' own knock-off versions, runs a big risk of being seen as heresy[[/note]].heresy). Humans, on the other hand, had to pretty much build everything on their own; indeed, after the war ends, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''-era media shows that humanity has been able to somewhat surpass the technological barrier, though most of what they have is still closer to pre-war tech levels. Not only that, but humanity shows itself to be quite impressive at war too, holding out against the technologically, numerically, and often physically superior Covenant for almost three decades during the war.
8th Aug '16 3:35:35 AM Ripburger
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* ''VideoGame/XCom'':

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* ''VideoGame/XCom'': ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'':



* ''VideoGame/XCom'''s SpiritualSuccessor series ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' has humanity recovering from being almost completely wiped out to successfully scaring the beejesus out of a superior alien species (in ''[[VideoGame/UFOAftermath Aftermath]]''), successfully destroying not one, but ''two'' alien invasion forces (in ''[[VideoGame/UFOAftershock Aftershock]]''), and successfully {{terraform}}ing Mars, despite the attempted intervention of ''four'' separate alien species (in ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterlight Afterlight]]''). This trope almost taken to the extreme, if you exclude the fact that more of the principal characters are driven by desperation rather than heroics.

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* ''VideoGame/XCom'''s ''X-COM''[='s=] SpiritualSuccessor series ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' has humanity recovering from being almost completely wiped out to successfully scaring the beejesus out of a superior alien species (in ''[[VideoGame/UFOAftermath Aftermath]]''), successfully destroying not one, but ''two'' alien invasion forces (in ''[[VideoGame/UFOAftershock Aftershock]]''), and successfully {{terraform}}ing Mars, despite the attempted intervention of ''four'' separate alien species (in ''[[VideoGame/UFOAfterlight Afterlight]]''). This trope almost taken to the extreme, if you exclude the fact that more of the principal characters are driven by desperation rather than heroics.
6th Aug '16 3:48:18 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Guts (Berserk) is a human swordsman known for casually taking Gods and demons leagues above human ability on a daily basis.
* Despite her display of beyond omnipotent abilities, Medaka Kurokami (Medaka Box) puts strong emphasis that she is just an ordinary human.

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* Guts (Berserk) (''Manga{{Berserk}}'') is a human swordsman known for casually taking Gods and demons leagues above human ability on a daily basis.
* Despite her display of beyond omnipotent abilities, Medaka Kurokami (Medaka Box) (''Manga/MedakaBox'') puts strong emphasis that she is just an ordinary human.
6th Aug '16 3:47:15 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Even before first contact, the UNSC was already ahead in AI and computer technology, again because of the Covenant religion. The [=AIs=] themselves are a bit part of the reason for humanity's surprising pace of advancement; in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:a group of human [=AIs=] have actually been secretly guiding humanity for centuries, making sure they develop in the right way. None of this is malevolent; they see it as necessary, both to their survival and as service to their "Creators"]].

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** Even before first contact, the UNSC was already ahead in AI and computer technology, again because of the Covenant religion. The [=AIs=] themselves are a bit big part of the reason for humanity's surprising pace of advancement; in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' ''VideoGame/HaloReach''[='s=] data pads, it's revealed that [[spoiler:a group of human [=AIs=] have actually been secretly guiding humanity for centuries, making sure they develop in the right way. None of this is malevolent; they see it as necessary, both to their survival and as service to their "Creators"]].
6th Aug '16 3:46:00 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* It's shown in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s fluff that the Covenant tend not to be very inventive or innovative when it comes to their own superior technology, as the vast majority of it had been scavenged from the remains of the Forerunner civilization. Humans, on the other hand, had to pretty much build everything on their own; indeed, after the war ends, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''-era media shows that humanity has been able to somewhat surpass the technological barrier, though most of what they have is still closer to pre-war tech levels.
** The Covenant never improved on their technology because it was scavenged from Forerunner ruins. To improve upon it, or even suggest the idea is heresy. And the UNSC was already ahead in AI and computer technology, again because of the Covenant religion. In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:the human [=AIs=] have actually been secretly guiding humanity for centuries, making sure they develop in the right way. None of this is malevolent; they see it as necessary, both to their survival and as service to their "Creators".]]

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* It's shown in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s fluff that the Covenant tend not to be very inventive or innovative when it comes to their own superior technology, as the vast majority of it had been scavenged was reverse-engineered from what they found in the remains of the Forerunner civilization. civilization[[note]]Specifically, this is because the Covenant worship the Forerunners and everything they built, meaning that any attempt to better understand Forerunner tech, or even just improve the Covies' own knock-off versions, runs a big risk of being seen as heresy[[/note]]. Humans, on the other hand, had to pretty much build everything on their own; indeed, after the war ends, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''-era media shows that humanity has been able to somewhat surpass the technological barrier, though most of what they have is still closer to pre-war tech levels.
** The
levels. Not only that, but humanity shows itself to be quite impressive at war too, holding out against the technologically, numerically, and often physically superior Covenant never improved on their technology because it was scavenged from Forerunner ruins. To improve upon it, or even suggest for almost three decades during the idea is heresy. And war.
** Even before first contact,
the UNSC was already ahead in AI and computer technology, again because of the Covenant religion. In The [=AIs=] themselves are a bit part of the reason for humanity's surprising pace of advancement; in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:a group of human [=AIs=] have actually been secretly guiding humanity for centuries, making sure they develop in the right way. None of this is malevolent; they see it as necessary, both to their survival and as service to their "Creators".]]"Creators"]].



** This trope as a whole is slightly subverted in that humanity would have lost the war had the Covenant not splintered in two, with the Separatists deciding to ally with the humans; in fact, the Flood might have taken all of Earth had the Separatist fleet not sterilized a good chunk of Africa. Additionally, the Elites in particular had already reached roughly the same technological level as 26th century humanity ''before'' they began messing around with Forerunner technology (which happened well before the Roman Empire ''even existed''). [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion And then we find out that in the distant past, humanity had already established an interstellar empire capable of defeating the Flood and putting up a good fight against the Forerunners, before the latter basically nuked them back to the Stone Age]]]].
*** [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggingTrope However, the Prophet allies of these ancient humans also managed to independently develop an advanced interstellar civilization, not to mention the fact that both species had to research Forerunner technology themselves in order to hold out as long as they did during their war against the Forerunners]]]].
** The Precursors apparently believed this was the case [[spoiler:choosing ancient humanity over the Forerunners when deciding who should be given the Mantle.]]

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** This trope as a whole is slightly subverted in that humanity would have lost the war had the Covenant not splintered in two, with the Separatists deciding to ally with the humans; in fact, the Flood might have taken all of Earth had the Separatist fleet not sterilized a good chunk of Africa. Additionally, the Elites in particular had already reached roughly the same technological level as 26th century humanity ''before'' they the former ever began messing around with Forerunner technology (which itself happened well before the Roman Empire ''even existed''). [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion And then we find out that existed'').
** As originally revealed
in the distant past, ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'', [[spoiler:prehistoric humanity had already established an interstellar empire capable of defeating the Flood and putting up a good fight against the Forerunners, before the latter basically nuked them back to the Stone Age]]]].
*** [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggingTrope However, the
Age. That said, humanity did have some help from Prophet allies of these ancient humans who had also managed to independently develop an advanced interstellar civilization, not to mention the fact that both species humans and Prophets had to research Forerunner technology themselves in order to hold out as long as they did during their war against the Forerunners]]]].
Forerunners]].
** [[RecursivePrecursors The Precursors Precursors]] apparently believed this was the case case, [[spoiler:choosing ancient humanity over the Forerunners when deciding who should be given the Mantle.]]Mantle]].
31st Jul '16 1:51:59 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** However they do have a lot of help from the Doctor and 'Turn Left' aptly demonstrates exactly how screwed we are without him.

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** However they do have a lot of help from the Doctor and 'Turn Left' aptly demonstrates exactly how screwed we are without him. Even in that timeline Humanity punches well above its weight, and it's the combined attrition from several successive attacks and resulting social collapse that really does the job.
4th Jul '16 11:41:49 AM Caspoi
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* Played with in ''Franchise/MassEffect'': humanity's sudden rise to power has been unprecedented, as they're new to the galactic stage (having only discovered the technology everyone uses 30 years ago) yet have become more powerful economically, militarily, and population-wise than several pre-established powers like the batarians and hanar. They've also introduced several technological advances of their own to the galactic community, like space aircraft carriers and medigel. However, humanity is still MUCH weaker than the most powerful races in the galaxy: the turians, asari, and salaries. There are also a number of human organizations who use this as their core belief. Of note are Terra Firma, a political organization that constantly lobbies the Systems Alliance government, and Cerberus, a secret black ops group with many government connections and wealthy financial backers whose goal is to ensure human superiority in the galaxy. These two are closely linked, with Terra Firma serving as Cerberus' political mouthpiece.

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* Played with in ''Franchise/MassEffect'': humanity's sudden rise to power has been unprecedented, as they're new to the galactic stage (having only discovered the technology everyone uses 30 years ago) yet have become more powerful economically, militarily, and population-wise than several pre-established powers like the batarians and hanar. They've also introduced several technological advances of their own to the galactic community, like space aircraft carriers and medigel. However, humanity is still MUCH weaker than the most powerful races in the galaxy: the turians, asari, and salaries.salarians. There are also a number of human organizations who use this as their core belief. Of note are Terra Firma, a political organization that constantly lobbies the Systems Alliance government, and Cerberus, a secret black ops group with many government connections and wealthy financial backers whose goal is to ensure human superiority in the galaxy. These two are closely linked, with Terra Firma serving as Cerberus' political mouthpiece.
2nd Jun '16 10:45:23 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', it is said that humans have the potential to beat the hyper-intelligent Pak Protectors, because, compared to them, we war ''less'', and cooperate to develop technology that a Protector wouldn't consider necessary. This is actually true for most of ''Literature/KnownSpace'', because humans are neither so xenophobic as the [[StarfishAliens Trinocs]] or the [[TheChessmaster Puppeteers,]] nor as warlike as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzinti]]. It ''does''' help that we're the favorite toys/tools of the Puppeteers. In general, though, it's a strikingly humanist fictional universe. It also helps that non-Protector humans are much more intelligent than non-Protector Pak, which aren't even fully sentient, and that Protector forms for both species think in extremely narrow ways thanks to biological imperitives.

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* In ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', it is said that humans have the potential to beat the hyper-intelligent Pak Protectors, because, compared to them, we war ''less'', and cooperate to develop technology that a Protector wouldn't consider necessary. This is actually true for most of ''Literature/KnownSpace'', because humans are neither so xenophobic as the [[StarfishAliens Trinocs]] or the [[TheChessmaster Puppeteers,]] nor as warlike as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzinti]]. It ''does''' help that we're the favorite toys/tools of the Puppeteers. In general, though, it's a strikingly humanist fictional universe. It also helps that non-Protector humans are much more intelligent than non-Protector Pak, which Pak (which aren't even fully sentient, sentient), that human Protectors are much more likely to adopt the entire human race as their protectorate instead of just their own personal bloodline, and that Protector forms for both species think in extremely narrow ways thanks to biological imperitives.imperatives.
9th May '16 8:41:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', it is said that humans have the potential to beat the hyper-intelligent Pak Protectors, because, compared to them, we war ''less'', and cooperate to develop technology that a Protector wouldn't consider necessary. This is actually true for most of ''Literature/KnownSpace'', because humans are neither so xenophobic as the [[StarfishAliens Trinocs]] or the [[TheChessmaster Puppeteers,]] nor as warlike as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzinti]]. It ''does''' help that we're the favorite toys/tools of the Puppeteers. In general, though, it's a strikingly humanist fictional universe.

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* In ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', it is said that humans have the potential to beat the hyper-intelligent Pak Protectors, because, compared to them, we war ''less'', and cooperate to develop technology that a Protector wouldn't consider necessary. This is actually true for most of ''Literature/KnownSpace'', because humans are neither so xenophobic as the [[StarfishAliens Trinocs]] or the [[TheChessmaster Puppeteers,]] nor as warlike as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzinti]]. It ''does''' help that we're the favorite toys/tools of the Puppeteers. In general, though, it's a strikingly humanist fictional universe. It also helps that non-Protector humans are much more intelligent than non-Protector Pak, which aren't even fully sentient, and that Protector forms for both species think in extremely narrow ways thanks to biological imperitives.
5th May '16 11:50:49 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Rowan'' series, Humans are the only ones with PsychicPowers, which not only give them CasualInterstellarTravel, they allow them to handily defeat the hostile [[BugWar insectile aliens swarms]]. The Mrdini, who have been restricted to slow GenerationShips and which have to kill off (and it's implied, ''eat'') excess population to finish the trip, and use [[HeroicSacrifice mass kamikaze tactics]] to fight the Hivers, are both grateful and pissed when they meet this MarySue species.

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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Rowan'' ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' series, Humans are the only ones with PsychicPowers, which not only give them CasualInterstellarTravel, they allow them to handily defeat the hostile [[BugWar insectile aliens swarms]]. The Mrdini, who have been restricted to slow GenerationShips and which have to kill off (and it's implied, ''eat'') excess population to finish the trip, and use [[HeroicSacrifice mass kamikaze tactics]] to fight the Hivers, are both grateful and pissed when they meet this MarySue species.
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