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6th Mar '17 2:47:08 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Mostly played straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', though on somewhat greater timescales than is usual. The Imperium of Man may well be ten thousand years old, and humanity may well have had interstellar travel for the last 37,000 years, yet the Eldar, Orks and Necrons are many times older still. However, the situation is reversed with the Tau, who were primitive hunter-gatherers just 6,000 years ago, in fact they would have been wiped out by the Imperium if a freak warp storm hadn't destroyed the colonization fleet. Culturally the Tau embody a kind of naive youthful optimism - their society is bright, hopeful, scientifically-minded and technologically advanced, compared to the stagnant, superstitious and highly xenophobic Imperium of Man that dominates the galaxy.

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* Mostly played straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', though on somewhat greater timescales than is usual. The Imperium of Man may well be ten thousand years old, and humanity may well have had interstellar travel for the last 37,000 years, yet the Eldar, Orks and Necrons are many times older still. However, the situation is reversed with the Tau, who were primitive hunter-gatherers just 6,000 years ago, in fact they would have been wiped out by the Imperium if a freak warp storm hadn't destroyed the colonization fleet. Culturally the Tau embody a kind of naive youthful optimism - their society is bright, hopeful, scientifically-minded and technologically advanced, compared to the stagnant, superstitious and highly xenophobic Imperium of Man that dominates the galaxy. It's also played with in that humanity is in ''serious'' decline; the modern tech is obviously below the Eldar and Necrons, but the few times we've seen technology from humanity's height at full power it utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] them.
6th Mar '17 2:40:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** As are the Vulcans, but with FantasticRacism that declines from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' to ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.

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** As are the Vulcans, but with FantasticRacism that declines from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' to ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Even in Deep Space Nine, at least [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E04TakeMeOutToTheHolosuite one Vulcan captain]] apparently built his entire academic career out of this (and taunting Sisko in particular).
7th Feb '16 2:31:15 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Everyone else, meanwhile, sees Earth as InsignificantBluePlanet that is barely civilised at best and too much trouble for its own good, and a manifestation of Asgardian eccentricity. Others who get a closer look at Earth, however, like Mar-Vell and the late Jor-El, saw a certain something in humanity.
4th Jan '16 6:34:44 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's SF universe, not only are there species with recorded histories many times humanity's entire existence, these species have no records of the Forerunner civilizations that flourished before it.
20th Dec '15 4:45:50 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/{{Silmarillion}}'' humans are made last by the Valar. First Iluvatar made the Valar (demigods), one of which made the dwarves before Iluvatar had planed to awaken the elves, so Iluvatar told the Valar to keep the Dwarves in hibernation until he had released the Elves. Only once those two races had existed for a long time did Iluvatar finally create or awaken men. They have the least life-span of any race of middle earth (hobbits and dwarves make it to the hundreds, Elves on forever) and are seen to be coming into their own only in the third age.

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* In ''Literature/{{Silmarillion}}'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' humans are made last by the Valar. First Iluvatar made the Valar (demigods), one of which made the dwarves before Iluvatar had planed to awaken the elves, so Iluvatar told the Valar to keep the Dwarves in hibernation until he had released the Elves. Only once those two races had existed for a long time did Iluvatar finally create or awaken men. They have the least life-span of any race of middle earth (hobbits and dwarves make it to the hundreds, Elves on forever) and are seen to be coming into their own only in the third age.
8th Jul '15 1:45:13 AM DarkHunter
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* Occasionally brought up in the ''StargateVerse'', when humanity meets the Nox and the Asgard, two of the Four Races that were the most advanced civilizations in the local galactic group. The Nox are rather patronizing and condescending about it, while the Asgard see potential in humanity and are willing to help the species along in its development, saying that one day, human civilization could stand among the Four as equals... as a Fifth Race.
19th Oct '14 3:30:44 PM Theenmityofages1994
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19th Oct '14 3:29:48 PM Theenmityofages1994
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has this as something of the general Asgardian attitude towards humanity - we're young and still finding our way, while they're the undisputed heavyweight champions of the universe that was civilised while humanity was still evolving from monkeys, but they [[HumansAreWarriors like]] [[HumansAreSurvivors our]] [[{{Determinator}} style]] and see [[HumansAreSpecial our potential]]. Furthermore, some of the more self aware Asgardians (Thor, for example) note that 'more advanced' does not mean 'better'.
18th Sep '14 7:45:48 AM SayaAensland
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* In ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' humanity and earth-based species are the new kids on the block and belittled, laughed at and hated for—even though humans are young—gaining some clout in the ranks of the galaxy. Since we already helped two species along on the way to conscience, sapience {and intelligence, which is a great and honourable feat in the intergalactic society, the haters can't wipe us immediately out without incurring the wrath of other, more benevolent races. Thus humanity is young and very much a playball of older races, some of whom treat humanity with a chuckling respect while others barely keep in their rage.
* In "Literature/{{Simarilion}}" humans are made last by the Valar. First Iluvatar made the Valar (demigods), one of which made the dwarves before Iluvatar had planed to awaken the elves, so Iluvatar told the Valar to keep the Dwarves in hibernation until he had released the Elves. Only once those two races had existed for a long time did Iluvatar finally create or awaken men. They have the least life-span of any race of middle earth (hobbits and dwarves make it to the hundreds, Elves on forever) and are seen to be coming into their own only in the third age.

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* In ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' humanity and earth-based species are the new kids on the block and belittled, laughed at and hated for—even for — even though humans are young—gaining young — gaining some clout in the ranks of the galaxy. Since we already helped two species along on the way to conscience, sapience {and and intelligence, which is a great and honourable feat in the intergalactic society, the haters can't wipe us immediately out without incurring the wrath of other, more benevolent races. Thus humanity is young and very much a playball of older races, some of whom treat humanity with a chuckling respect while others barely keep in their rage.
* In "Literature/{{Simarilion}}" ''Literature/{{Silmarillion}}'' humans are made last by the Valar. First Iluvatar made the Valar (demigods), one of which made the dwarves before Iluvatar had planed to awaken the elves, so Iluvatar told the Valar to keep the Dwarves in hibernation until he had released the Elves. Only once those two races had existed for a long time did Iluvatar finally create or awaken men. They have the least life-span of any race of middle earth (hobbits and dwarves make it to the hundreds, Elves on forever) and are seen to be coming into their own only in the third age.
10th Jul '14 12:07:08 PM beagel
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** This is especially bad writing because there's no reason for most of the universe to have heard of us at all--we're not ''really'' spaceflight-capable even for short range, and the movie is set in the very early days of the superhero era. Unless it's supposed to be after the Fantastic Four movie and the rumor got out that we kicked Galactus' butt, we should be just one of those races nobody's ever heard of, and instead they had ''negative'' opinions. Which RyanReynolds tends to affirm.
** GreenLantern has always been a franchise that treated the universe as being incredibly small, anyway. A sector lantern has ''oodles of galaxies'' under his care, and yet most seem to spend the vast majority of their time defending one planet. Every Green Lantern who's ever been an active member of any Justice League incarnation (except Alan Scott, obviously) is guilty of gross dereliction of duty. So many mass extinctions while John Stewart was keeping order on his homeworld...
** Partially Justified in that Earth is a massive magnet for every kind of trouble imaginable... and [[spoiler: its loss or destruction would result in the extinction of all life and the destruction of the multiverse.]]
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