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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.
14th Apr '16 2:03:08 PM Possibly_a_robot
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** 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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16th Feb '16 8:50:06 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' hints that while most of the universe considers Earth to be a magic and monster infested DeathWorld, [[HumansAreWarriors whose dominant species]] are a bunch of primitives happiest when killing something, usually each other, and sees Asgard's fondness for/protectiveness of Earth is a mark of Asgardian eccentricity, the Asgardians see something that they like in us, [[HumanityIsYoung that while we are young]], we have the potential to become something great, a leading light in the universe, as did a few Kryptonians, so have seen fit to nurture our potential. Besides, what with our [[HumansAreSurvivors determination]] and [[HumansAreWarriors willingness to take on all comers]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy they kind of like our style.]] On top of this, a certain [[ComicBook/CaptainMarvel Captain Mar-Vell]] met [[{{Series/AgentCarter}} Agent Peggy Carter]] in the '50's and took a shine to her, giving her and SHIELD a massive amount of data that became known as 'the Mar-Vell Files'. Unfortunately, [[YouAreNotReady humanity was not ready]] and this well-meaning gesture went spectacularly wrong, leading to the files being mothballed.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' hints that while most of the universe considers Earth to be a magic and monster infested DeathWorld, [[HumansAreWarriors whose dominant species]] are a bunch of primitives happiest when killing something, usually each other, and sees Asgard's fondness for/protectiveness of Earth is a mark of Asgardian eccentricity, the Asgardians see something that they like in us, [[HumanityIsYoung that while we are young]], [[HumansAreSpecial we have the potential to become something great, great,]] a leading light in the universe, as did a few Kryptonians, so have seen fit to nurture our potential. Besides, what with our [[HumansAreSurvivors determination]] and [[HumansAreWarriors willingness to take on all comers]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy they kind of like our style.]] On top of this, a certain [[ComicBook/CaptainMarvel Captain Mar-Vell]] met [[{{Series/AgentCarter}} Agent Peggy Carter]] in the '50's and took a shine to her, giving her and SHIELD a massive amount of data that became known as 'the Mar-Vell Files'. Unfortunately, [[YouAreNotReady humanity was not ready]] and this well-meaning gesture went spectacularly wrong, leading to the files being mothballed.
16th Feb '16 8:48:50 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' hints that while most of the universe considers Earth to be a magic and monster infested DeathWorld, [[HumansAreWarriors whose dominant species]] are a bunch of primitives happiest when killing something, usually each other, and sees Asgard's fondness for/protectiveness of Earth is a mark of Asgardian eccentricity, the Asgardians see something that they like in us, [[HumanityIsYoung that while we are young]], we have the potential to become something great, a leading light in the universe, as did a few Kryptonians, so have seen fit to nurture our potential. Besides, what with our [[HumansAreSurvivors determination]] and [[HumansAreWarriors willingness to take on all comers]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy they kind of like our style.]] On top of this, a certain [[ComicBook/CaptainMarvel Captain Mar-Vell]] met [[{{Series/AgentCarter}} Agent Peggy Carter]] in the '50's and took a shine to her, giving her and SHIELD a massive amount of data that became known as 'the Mar-Vell Files'. Unfortunately, [[YouAreNotReady humanity was not ready]] and this well-meaning gesture went spectacularly wrong, leading to the files being mothballed.



** Let's review: [[Film/{{Stargate}} in 1996 the Tau'ri used the stargate to go to Abydos]]; on this trip, they confronted the Supreme System Lord Ra and killed him. Three years later Apophis paid a visit to us using the Stargate and pissed off a few people. We just declared war to an interstellar empire while only having limited resources due to keeping the Stargate a secret. Twelve years later the Goa'uld are gone, the Ori are gone, the replicators are gone, the Wraith are in the middle of a civil war and the Tau'ri are a major intergalactic superpower while no one on Earth has any clue about what's going on out there. In a span of ten years, we progressed from petty civil wars on our planet to bearing the legacy of two of the greatest races which have ever lived with ourselves becoming the Fifth Race (actually, the sixth if we count the Ori). All in secrecy and with limited resources. If we would have the whole planet's support, we could crush the Wraith and thus surpass the Ancients themselves.

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** Let's review: [[Film/{{Stargate}} in 1996 the Tau'ri used the stargate to go to Abydos]]; on this trip, they confronted the Supreme System Lord Ra and killed him. Three years later Apophis paid a visit to us using the Stargate and pissed off a few people. We just declared war to an interstellar empire while only having limited resources due to keeping the Stargate a secret. Twelve years later the Goa'uld are gone, the Ori are gone, the replicators are gone, the Wraith are in the middle of a civil war and the Tau'ri are a major intergalactic superpower while no one on Earth has any clue about what's going on out there. In a span of ten years, we progressed from petty civil wars on our planet to bearing the legacy of two of the greatest races which have ever lived with ourselves becoming the Fifth Race (actually, the sixth if we count the Ori).Ori, though they were just a splinter faction of the Ancients). All in secrecy and with limited resources. If we would have the whole planet's support, we could crush the Wraith and thus surpass the Ancients themselves.



** You know, all of this could be due to Tau'ri being far more careful using the Stargates and using them effectively. Other races just use them for travelling and the best they care do to at guarding them is just to place a few guards around them or leaving them without any attention at all. Tau'ri put their Stargates deep inside military bases, guarding it with enough firepower to annihilate a small army and in addition installing a some sort of shield to the gate that can be closed to prevent any kind of enemy forces coming through. And unlike most other races of galaxy, they also use scientists to study gates, aliens and alien technology in an attempt to reverse engineer something new out of them.

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** You know, all of this could be due to Tau'ri being far more careful using the Stargates and using them effectively. Other races just use them for travelling and the best they care do to at guarding them is just to place a few guards around them or leaving them without any attention at all. all (if only because they have no idea what it is). The Tau'ri put their Stargates deep inside military bases, guarding it with enough firepower to annihilate a small army and in addition installing a some sort of shield to the gate that can be closed to prevent any kind of enemy forces coming through. And unlike most other races of galaxy, they also use scientists to study gates, aliens and alien technology in an attempt to reverse engineer something new out of them. However, more than a few of the more advanced races encountered by the Tau'ri swiftly end up following the Tau'ri model.



**** Though ''Atlantis'' reveals that the Ancients had this idea too, with their shield, which does pretty much the same thing.



*** "Reverse-engineering" might actually be a misnomer in this case, as we repeatedly see that in the engine core of Earth starships are crystals and in battle it's often mentioned that they are "switching" to another set of weapons. This implies that Earth ships are really made from a mash-up of technology from various races, with certain systems remaining unchanged from their baseline models and the SGC simply rigged up some kind of universal interface to link them together. Though presumably a way had to be found to reproduce the crystals.

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*** "Reverse-engineering" might actually be a misnomer in this case, as we repeatedly see that in the engine core of Earth starships are crystals and in battle in the early days, it's often mentioned that they are "switching" to another set of weapons. This implies that the first Earth ships ships, such as the ''Prometheus'' and the ''Korolev'', are really made from a mash-up of technology from various races, with certain systems remaining unchanged from their baseline models and the SGC simply rigged up some kind of universal interface to link them together. Though presumably a way had to be found to reproduce the crystals.crystals, probably via the Tok'Ra.
**** By the later series, ships such as the ''Daedalus'', ''Apollo'' and ''Odyssey'' are mentioned as having alien technology incorporated into their design from the start - though the Asgard later bolt their best technology onto one of the Earth ships.
** It should also be noted that despite the restrictions of the Stargate being kept a secret, Earth has a relatively high technology base. Excepting the Tollan, the Goa'uld, the Ancients, the Asgard, the Wraith, the Hebridans and possibly the Travellers (who run around in jury-rigged Ancient ships), the Tau'ri are more than a match for anyone else out there to begin with, and often have the advantages of innovation, meaning that they can close the technological gap very quickly and [[RockBeatsLaser Armour Piercing Bullet Beats Laser.]] Not only that, but since the Goa'uld haven't interfered in a while, humanity has been allowed to expand across the whole planet and exploit the resources of a whole planet, meaning that in terms of population and economy, the Tau'ri massively outweigh almost everyone else, a pattern repeated with the Hebridan - by contrast, Goa'uld controlled worlds have populations in the hundreds of thousands at most and rarely extend far beyond the Stargate - meaning that even the restricted support given to the program is more than enough. Plus, a willingness to help out less war-like/less numerous races and a general intergalactic reputation as the NiceGuy of the universe, willing to throw in to protect people they know nothing about, giving them military, technological and medical aid (which is largely why the Asgard nominated them as their heirs apparent), means that they make a lot of friends.



** However they do have a lot of help from the Doctor.
* In the backstory of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', humans led by the Brunnen-G destroyed the Insect Civilization. The Insects were mighty planet-sized monster with greater resources, but their human opponents had greater resourcefulness. [[spoiler:The last surviving Insect possessed a human and created the Divine Order because it (rightly) believed it would be more successful using humans to defeat themselves.]]

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** However they do have a lot of help from the Doctor.
Doctor and 'Turn Left' aptly demonstrates exactly how screwed we are without him.
* In the backstory of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', humans led by the Brunnen-G destroyed the Insect Civilization. The Insects were mighty planet-sized monster monsters with greater resources, but their human opponents had greater resourcefulness. [[spoiler:The last surviving Insect possessed a human and created the Divine Order because it (rightly) believed it would be more successful using humans to defeat themselves.]]
15th Dec '15 11:08:05 PM Divra
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** One of the largest stories spawnned by HFY, ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' veers into {{Deconstruction}} instead. Humans are much stronger, faster and quicker-witted than nearly all species in existence, due to evolving on a (by the standards of life-bearing planets) insanely dangerous DeathWorld. However, this comes at the cost of our finely tuned biology existing on a much narrower comfort curve.
** 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.
5th Dec '15 5:59:59 PM Psyclone
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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.

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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]].instructions]], meaning that their entire doctrine is a lie. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
19th Nov '15 11:22:43 PM LordInsane
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** In the sequel, the human Federation is engaged in an active war with the ruthless [[AliensAreBastards Voinian Empire]]. According to the backstory, humanity was losing home worlds left and right when the invasion began, but by the time the story begins... the Voinians really aren't doing so hot anymore. Not only have the aliens repeatedly been beaten back by the human alliance, the game's [[TacticalRockPaperScissors unusual ship balancing]] ensures that the Federation's particular composition of shielding and mobile ship engines gives them a significant edge against the Voinians in nearly every engagement. The Crescent Strands, another group of aliens who similarly counter the Federation ships, are too busy ''killing each other'' to influence the war one way or the other.

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** In the sequel, the human Federation United Earth is engaged in an active war with the ruthless [[AliensAreBastards Voinian Empire]]. According to the backstory, humanity was losing home worlds left and right when the invasion began, but by the time the story begins... the Voinians really aren't doing so hot anymore. Not only have the aliens repeatedly been beaten back by the human alliance, the game's [[TacticalRockPaperScissors unusual ship balancing]] ensures that the Federation's United Earth's particular composition of shielding and mobile ship engines gives them a significant edge against the Voinians in nearly every engagement. The Crescent Strands, another group of aliens who similarly counter the Federation United Earth ships, are too busy ''killing each other'' to influence the war one way or the other.
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