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13th Oct '17 12:59:13 AM PaulA
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* In the Fimbulwinter Game from ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', the adventurers are put on trial for humanity's sins ''by'' humanity's sins, in the form of nasty insect-like holographic vermin.

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* In the Fimbulwinter Game from ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', ''Literature/TheBarsoomProject'', the adventurers are put on trial for humanity's sins ''by'' humanity's sins, in the form of nasty insect-like holographic vermin.
12th Oct '17 5:54:57 PM Lunatic0verlord
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* In ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur IV]]'', Angol Fear is a servant of the macrocosmos who is sent to Earth to investigate the battle of the two swords, using them as a gauge to decide whether or not to destroy the Earth. She eventually comes to the conclusion that yes, HumansAreBastards, but because there's other life on Earth which is peaceful and innocent, she decides to spare the Earth anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[BenevolentPrecursors Masari]] awaken from their slumber under the Atlantic and are a bit peeved that we haven't been keeping our room clean, but because there's currently an AlienInvasion going on and they want us to serve a greater purpose later on, they let it slide this time. Or at least leave it up to [[Manga/SGTFrog her cousin]].

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* In ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur IV]]'', Angol Fear is a servant of the macrocosmos who is sent to Earth to investigate the battle of the two swords, using them as a gauge to decide whether or not to destroy the Earth. She eventually comes to the conclusion that yes, HumansAreBastards, but because there's other life on Earth which is peaceful and innocent, she decides to spare the Earth anyway.
anyway. Or at least leave it up to [[Manga/SGTFrog her cousin]].
* In ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[BenevolentPrecursors Masari]] awaken from their slumber under the Atlantic and are a bit peeved that we haven't been keeping our room clean, but because there's currently an AlienInvasion going on and they want us to serve a greater purpose later on, they let it slide this time. Or at least leave it up to [[Manga/SGTFrog her cousin]].
10th Oct '17 7:16:29 PM Lunatic0verlord
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* In ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[BenevolentPrecursors Masari]] awaken from their slumber under the Atlantic and are a bit peeved that we haven't been keeping our room clean, but because there's currently an AlienInvasion going on and they want us to serve a greater purpose later on, they let it slide this time.

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* In ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the [[BenevolentPrecursors Masari]] awaken from their slumber under the Atlantic and are a bit peeved that we haven't been keeping our room clean, but because there's currently an AlienInvasion going on and they want us to serve a greater purpose later on, they let it slide this time. Or at least leave it up to [[Manga/SGTFrog her cousin]].
27th Sep '17 5:56:33 PM WillyFourEyes
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** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', the Einst are disturbed by how warlike the Earthlings are and seek to kill them all and replace them with a new species [[spoiler: with Kyosuke and Alfimi as its Adam and Eve.

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** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', the Einst are disturbed by how warlike the Earthlings are and seek to kill them all and replace them with a new species [[spoiler: with Kyosuke and Alfimi as its Adam and Eve.Eve]].



* In the Manga and Anime series ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the second to last villain in the series and former Spirit Detective, Shinobu Sensui, seeks to unleash the most powerful Demons from Demon World and thusly rid the Living world of Humanity because of how Evil humans are. However, he flat out states several times that he sees this as Humanity's "Trial", with he as the Prosecutor and his replacement, the current Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi as the "Defense", Their battle being the trial itself. He continues to use the "Trial" terminology throughout the entire arc, so much so that [[spoiler: When he believed he had beaten Yusuke, he even said "The Trial of Humanity, the Defense Rests".]] The whole situation actually becomes rather ironic when [[spoiler: Yusuke is revived and it's revealed he has Demon Blood, and has been revived as a Demon. Thus, the final battle of this "Trial" for the fate of humanity has a Human as the Prosecutor, and a Demon as the Defense.]] It would later be revealed that [[spoiler: Sensui's motives weren't exactly for the Trial, he just wanted to go to Demon World and be killed by a Demon, and the "Trial" Motive was only a side-effect, however it was still very present and he did discuss it to great lengths]]
* This is the premise of Osamu Tezuka's work, the ''Amazing 3'', about aliens who come to earth in the form of a duck, a horse, and a bunny to decide if they should blow it up or not.

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* In the Manga and Anime series ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the second to last villain in the series and former Spirit Detective, Shinobu Sensui, seeks to unleash the most powerful Demons from Demon World and thusly rid the Living world of Humanity because of how Evil humans are. However, he flat out states several times that he sees this as Humanity's "Trial", with he as the Prosecutor and his replacement, the current Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi as the "Defense", Their battle being the trial itself. He continues to use the "Trial" terminology throughout the entire arc, so much so that [[spoiler: When he believed he had beaten Yusuke, he even said "The Trial of Humanity, the Defense Rests".]] The whole situation actually becomes rather ironic when [[spoiler: Yusuke is revived and it's revealed he has Demon Blood, and has been revived as a Demon. Thus, the final battle of this "Trial" for the fate of humanity has a Human as the Prosecutor, and a Demon as the Defense.]] It would later be revealed that [[spoiler: Sensui's motives weren't exactly for the Trial, he just wanted to go to Demon World and be killed by a Demon, and the "Trial" Motive was only a side-effect, however it was still very present and he did discuss it to great lengths]]
lengths.]]
* This is the premise of Osamu Tezuka's Creator/OsamuTezuka's work, the ''Amazing 3'', about aliens who come to earth in the form of a duck, a horse, and a bunny to decide if they should blow it up or not.



* In Literature/TheBible, {{God}} effectively puts all of humanity, present and future (except Jesus), on trial in Genesis after the original sin, finds us guilty, and sentences us to death. However, he also makes plans to pardon us, as long as certain conditions are met, and allows hundreds of years pass by in order for humans to accept or reject that pardon.

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* In Literature/TheBible, {{God}} effectively puts all of humanity, present and future (except Jesus), UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}), on trial in Genesis after the original sin, finds us guilty, and sentences us to death. However, he also makes plans to pardon us, as long as certain conditions are met, and allows hundreds of years pass by in order for humans to accept or reject that pardon.
24th Sep '17 12:40:33 AM Arivne
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* In ''Film/TheAbyss'', aliens with the ability to manipulate water considered washing humanity away for all its warmongery and cruelty. They even raised huge tsunami waves all around the globe ''and held them erect for a while'' just to make their point perfectly clear, but changed their minds when Bud willingly sacrificed himself on a one-way trip to the depths in order to save the aliens from a nuclear warhead sent down by an AxCrazy Marine. (It's debatable whether the nuke would have hurt them, but still...) They even saved Bud's life as a "thank you."

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* In ''Film/TheAbyss'', aliens with the ability to manipulate water considered washing humanity away for all its warmongery and cruelty. They even raised huge tsunami waves all around the globe ''and held them erect for a while'' just to make their point perfectly clear, but changed their minds when Bud willingly sacrificed himself on a one-way trip to the depths in order to save the aliens from a nuclear warhead sent down by an AxCrazy Marine.U.S. Navy SEAL. (It's debatable whether the nuke would have hurt them, but still...) They even saved Bud's life as a "thank you."
24th Sep '17 12:36:57 AM Arivne
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* This happens in an episode of ''Series/WonderWoman'' where the titular character must prove that the human race is capable of more than just hate and destruction, which really seems hypocritical--the alien race is going to destroy the entire human race because it can't seem to get along part of the time?

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* This happens in an episode of the ''Series/WonderWoman'' episode "Judgment from Outer Space", where the titular character must prove that the human race is capable of more than just hate and destruction, which really seems hypocritical--the alien race is going to destroy the entire human race because it can't seem to get along part of the time?
27th Jul '17 4:57:21 AM Cannox
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* The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' turn out to be this. As revealed in [[spoiler: the True Ending, the goddess Izanami created the Midnight Channel and "sparked" the power of three Persona users representing emptiness, despair and hope in order to ascertain what humanity truly desired. Thanks to Adachi, who represented emptiness, having the greatest effect on the town of Inaba, she decides humanity wants oblivion and it's up to you, who represents hope, to beat the crap out of her in order to prevent her from turning everyone into Shadows.]]

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* The ''{{Franchise/Persona}}'' series uses this in a few of it's games:
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The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' turn out to be this. As revealed in [[spoiler: the True Ending, the goddess Izanami created the Midnight Channel and "sparked" the power of three Persona users representing emptiness, despair and hope in order to ascertain what humanity truly desired. Thanks to Adachi, who represented emptiness, having the greatest effect on the town of Inaba, she decides humanity wants oblivion and it's up to you, who represents hope, to beat the crap out of her in order to prevent her from turning everyone into Shadows.]]


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** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' is similar to the ''Persona 2'' example above: [[spoiler:It's revealed near the end of the game that the final boss and personification of control, Yaldabaoth, constructed a game to see if humanity would give into its sloth and a need for a higher power to control them, or see if they would be able to embrace the thieves' mission of overthrowing the corrupt establishment. Since humanity chooses to turn against the thieves (and thus give into sloth), he decides that at best, they need to be ruled by him, or else be utterly destroyed. That said, he did rig the game ''heavily'' in his favor; like, for example, ''imprisoning and impersonating Igor''.]]
11th Apr '17 8:48:04 AM infernape612
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** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' [[spoiler: it turns out the events of these games and the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' were actually a version of this -- a contest between the {{AnthropomorphicPersonifications}} of human strength and weakness as manifested by humanity's collective unconscious to see which is truly more powerful.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' [[spoiler: it turns out the events of these games and the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' were actually a version of this -- a contest between the {{AnthropomorphicPersonifications}} {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of human strength and weakness as manifested by humanity's collective unconscious to see which is truly more powerful.]]



* The ''Devil Survivor'' series:
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'': [[spoiler: If you screw up, humanity loses its free will. If you really screw up, humanity is left in the ruins of its world with demons running everywhere. An unusual example in that the trial is also largely justified, given that humans not only struck first (and intentionally) but are risking taking down their own universe in the process.]]

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* The ''Devil Survivor'' series:
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''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'': [[spoiler: [[spoiler:The entire crisis is God testing humanity to see whether they are still worthy of free will. If you screw up, humanity loses its free will.comes underthe rule of God. If you really screw up, humanity is left in the ruins of its world with demons running everywhere. An unusual example in that the trial is also largely justified, given that humans not only struck first (and intentionally) but are risking taking down their own universe in the process.]]
31st Mar '17 2:46:59 AM justanid
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The hypocrisy of wiping out a fellow sapient species just because it suits them is rarely addressed, which especially ironic if the aliens [[HumansAreCthulhu list this among humanity's crimes]]. If it is, it's justified with HumansAreTheRealMonsters, the only sentient race in the whole universe that does dirty things like cheating, lying, [[ApeShallNeverKillApe murdering]], etc. The accusing aliens may have long ago overcome such behaviors (though one sympathetic advocate might ask, "[[NotSoDifferent Were we so different, at their age?]]"), but they may even drop the bombshell that they ''never'' suffered from them in the first place, and have always been a [[MarySuetopia utopian, perfect race that never as much as littered]]. The accuser also ignores the oddity of punishing an entire species for crimes against itself.

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The hypocrisy of wiping out a fellow sapient species just because it suits them is rarely addressed, which this is especially ironic hypocritical if the aliens [[HumansAreCthulhu list this among humanity's crimes]]. If it is, it's crimes. It's often justified with HumansAreTheRealMonsters, being the only sentient race in the whole universe that does dirty things like cheating, lying, [[ApeShallNeverKillApe murdering]], [[HumansAreFlawed lying]], [[HumansAreBastards murder]], [[HumansAreWarriors war]], etc. The accusing aliens may have long ago [[ApeShallNeverKillApe overcome such behaviors behaviors]] (though one sympathetic advocate might ask, "[[NotSoDifferent Were [[NotSoDifferent "Were we so different, at their age?]]"), age?"]]), but they may even drop the bombshell that they ''never'' suffered from them in the first place, and have always been a [[MarySuetopia utopian, perfect race that never as much as littered]]. The accuser also ignores the oddity of punishing an entire species for crimes against itself.
28th Mar '17 7:24:58 PM DustSnitch
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** This is also subverted, as the Bible also states that each individual human is on trial for their own sins (not '''just''' the original sin), and (apart from the aforementioned exception) [[HumansAreBastards all humans]], [[HistoryRepeats past, present and future]], [[HumansAreFlawed have sinned in some form or another]]. Since [[HumansAreFlawed humanity]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption is not capable of overcoming sin on our own]], and God didn't want us all to condemn ourselves to [[AndIMustScream Hell]], He [[TakeAThirdOption gave us]] [[{{Jesus}} a way out]].

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** This is also subverted, as the Bible also states that each individual human is on trial for their own sins (not '''just''' the original sin), and (apart from the aforementioned exception) [[HumansAreBastards all humans]], [[HistoryRepeats past, present and future]], [[HumansAreFlawed have sinned in some form or another]]. Since [[HumansAreFlawed humanity]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption is not capable of overcoming sin on our own]], and God didn't want us all to condemn ourselves to [[AndIMustScream Hell]], He [[TakeAThirdOption gave us]] [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} a way out]].
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