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20th Feb '17 9:38:28 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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In general, wherever humans coexist with other races, the humans tend to be the dominant or driving force in whatever effort they're involved in. They're the ones who tend to be the guys behind creating TheAlliance and holding it together, the ones coming up with most of the plans on how to thwart TheEmpire, or--in somewhat darker settings--the ones able to manipulate other races into doing their bidding for them. If a FiveManBand is made of [[FiveRaces five different species]], then the human will be TheLeader; if HumansAreAverage this may overlap with StandardizedLeader.

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In general, wherever humans coexist with other races, the humans tend to be the dominant or driving force in whatever effort they're involved in. They're the ones who tend to be the guys behind creating TheAlliance and holding it together, the ones coming up with most of the plans on how to thwart TheEmpire, or--in somewhat darker settings--the ones able to manipulate other races into doing their bidding for them. If a FiveManBand is made of [[FiveRaces five different species]], then the human will be TheLeader; if HumansAreAverage HumansAreAverage, this may overlap with StandardizedLeader.
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What's really interesting is this is actually quite {{justified|Trope}}. Most evolutionary biologists are certain that a greater ability to cooperate and coordinate than any other species is one of the two traits that enabled humanity to conquer the planet in real life (the other being tool use). Thus, in a world with other sentient species, it would naturally follow that humans would be better at leading compared to others, possibly to the point of leadership being humanity's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].



Compare ''and'' contrast HumansAreWarriors; both may be in play at the same time, but usually it's either one or the other. ''Definitely ''contrast with HumansAreMorons. MightyWhitey is an earthbound sister trope. Goes hand in hand with HumansAreDiplomats, and occasionally with HumanityIsSuperior. Probably influenced by MostWritersAreHuman as well.

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Compare ''and'' contrast HumansAreWarriors; both may be in play at the same time, but usually it's either one or the other. ''Definitely ''contrast ''Definitely'' contrast with HumansAreMorons. MightyWhitey is an earthbound sister trope. Goes hand in hand hand-in-hand with HumansAreDiplomats, and occasionally with HumanityIsSuperior. Probably influenced by MostWritersAreHuman as well.



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15th Sep '16 12:56:48 PM Specialist290
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This trope is a specific permutation of HumansAreSpecial.While it can be found in all forms of media, it's particularly prevalent in video games, where it usually translates into some kind of bonus to diplomacy.

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This trope is a specific permutation of HumansAreSpecial. While it can be found in all forms of media, it's particularly prevalent in video games, where it usually translates into some kind of bonus to diplomacy.
14th Sep '16 7:59:19 AM thatmadork
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** While we're on the subject of the third game, it's revealed that humanity became the leaders of the galaxy in the war against the Reapers entirely against the [[BenevolentPrecursors Protheans']] expectations. They were expecting ''[[SpaceElves the Asari]]'' to become the leaders of this cycle, [[spoiler:and so seeded their world with artefacts and technology to give them a headstart in their development, but the Asari leadership [[RefusedTheCall foolishly squandered it instead]], leaving the galaxy hopelessly unprepared for the Reapers. The last surviving Prothean you unfreeze from stasis is surprised that the [[PunyEarthlings Dumb Earthlings]] that his people dismissed as a minor player at best are the ones who are actually stepping up and rallying the other races.]]
25th Jul '16 12:41:35 PM ChaoticNovelist
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A specific permutation of HumansAreSpecial.



While this trope can be found in all forms of media, it's particularly prevalent in video games, where it usually translates into some kind of bonus to diplomacy.

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This trope is a specific permutation of HumansAreSpecial.While this trope it can be found in all forms of media, it's particularly prevalent in video games, where it usually translates into some kind of bonus to diplomacy.



* Captain America is generally recognised as TheLeader in the MarvelUniverse, as displayed in ''ComicBook/Infinity'', when he leads the combined Shiar/Kree/Skrull fleet, spearheaded by the Imperial Guard and the Avengers.
** It even goes beyond the Marvel Universe to the DC universe, when Superman nominates him to command the combined Avengers and Justice League team against Krona, something Batman concurs with.

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* Captain America is generally recognised as TheLeader in the MarvelUniverse, as displayed in ''ComicBook/Infinity'', when he leads the combined Shiar/Kree/Skrull fleet, spearheaded by the Imperial Guard and the Avengers.
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Avengers. It even goes beyond the Marvel Universe to the DC universe, when Superman nominates him to command the combined Avengers and Justice League team against Krona, something Batman concurs with.
26th Feb '16 2:32:04 AM Koveras
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** In the third game, Paragon Shepard is shown to be capable of [[spoiler: ending the Krogan genophage, allying the [[EnemyMine Krogan with the Turians]], get the help of the Rachni, end the 300-year-long war between the Geth and the Quarians, make most of the Salarian STG defect in order to help them... oh, and berating ''Balak'', who utterly despises Shepard, to lend the Batarian fleet to the cause, whilst he has a gun pointed at Shepard's head.]] Most of the characters react with utter bewilderment that Shepard, in the matter of a few months, manages to solve problems that the Council has failed at fixing for over 1000 years.

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** Played subtly straight during the SuicideMission finale of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': for each [[StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter mission-critical role]], two of three ideal candidates are from a species that has that specialization as its hat: quarians and geth for tech, asari for biotics, etc. However, for the secondary leader role (which becomes relevant ''twice''), two of the ideal choices are humans and only one is a turian (a species generally positioned as humanity's primary, albeit relatively amicable rivals).
** In the [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 third game, game]], Paragon Shepard is shown to be capable of [[spoiler: ending the Krogan genophage, allying the [[EnemyMine Krogan with the Turians]], get the help of the Rachni, end the 300-year-long war between the Geth and the Quarians, make most of the Salarian STG defect in order to help them... oh, and berating ''Balak'', who utterly despises Shepard, to lend the Batarian fleet to the cause, whilst he has a gun pointed at Shepard's head.]] Most of the characters react with utter bewilderment that Shepard, in the matter of a few months, manages to solve problems that the Council has failed at fixing for over 1000 years.
17th Jan '16 4:46:29 PM nombretomado
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* Toyed with in ''StarControl''. The original Alliance of Free Stars, which included humanity, was actually headed by the Chenjesu, who recruited humanity for their fight against the Ur-Quan. However, the Alliance that springs up in ''Star Control II'', after the first one failed, is lead by a human (the player character), with the Earth Starbase as the main headquarters.

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* Toyed with in ''StarControl''.''VideoGame/StarControl''. The original Alliance of Free Stars, which included humanity, was actually headed by the Chenjesu, who recruited humanity for their fight against the Ur-Quan. However, the Alliance that springs up in ''Star Control II'', after the first one failed, is lead by a human (the player character), with the Earth Starbase as the main headquarters.
12th Dec '15 5:32:36 PM nombretomado
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** The EU actually does make a point, in the XWingSeries while handling FantasticRacism, that in the beginning, and around the battle of [[ANewHope Yavin]], humans were the ones who were putting themselves on the line, especially considering that the Death Star was functioning. There were nonhumans at various levels contributing, but at the time it was predominantly a human effort, and only after the success at Yavin did others start to support the movement more openly.

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** The EU actually does make a point, in the XWingSeries Literature/XWingSeries while handling FantasticRacism, that in the beginning, and around the battle of [[ANewHope Yavin]], humans were the ones who were putting themselves on the line, especially considering that the Death Star was functioning. There were nonhumans at various levels contributing, but at the time it was predominantly a human effort, and only after the success at Yavin did others start to support the movement more openly.
5th Oct '15 3:53:15 PM Piromano80
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** And the Chmmr take their role in all but name once you get all the relevant plot coupons to complete the second game.
31st May '15 2:22:11 PM Paranoia
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*** This ''could'' reflect the divergence from the original timeline, ''but'' even there, despite numerous aliens in civilian leadership positions, we rarely saw non-humans in high positions within Starlet itself.
19th May '15 3:29:01 PM nombretomado
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** JustifiedTrope since Robin is a strategic genius taught by ''{{Batman}}''

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** JustifiedTrope since Robin is a strategic genius taught by ''{{Batman}}''
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