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2nd Feb '16 3:24:12 PM phoenix
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* ''Series/AncientAliens'', a DocumentaryOfLies, postulates that pretty much every human invention is actually stolen from AncientAstronauts, was [[ETGaveUsWifi given to us by said ancient astronauts]], or was inspired by said ancient astronauts technology. Almost every major human event - for good [[FinalSolution or worse]] - wasn't done by humans; it was actually aliens behind it!
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* ''Series/AncientAliens'', a DocumentaryOfLies, ''Series/AncientAliens'' postulates that pretty much every human invention is actually stolen from AncientAstronauts, was [[ETGaveUsWifi given to us by said ancient astronauts]], or was inspired by said ancient astronauts technology. Almost every major human event - for good [[FinalSolution or worse]] - wasn't done by humans; it was actually aliens behind it!
13th Jan '16 8:49:29 PM Angeldeb82
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Compare with TheDitz and TheFool when dealing with stupidity on an individual level, and MedievalMorons when a [[TimeTravel time traveler]] has to deal with human stupidity, rather than aliens. Contrast: HumanityIsSuperior, HumansAreLeaders.
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Compare with TheDitz and TheFool when dealing with stupidity on an individual level, and MedievalMorons when a [[TimeTravel time traveler]] {{time travel}}er has to deal with human stupidity, rather than aliens. Contrast: HumanityIsSuperior, HumansAreLeaders.

* A favorite for Creator/AlanMoore when he writes anything about aliens interacting with humans, occasionally referring to humans derogatorily as [[FantasticSlur "chimps" and "apes."]]
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* A favorite for Creator/AlanMoore when he writes anything about aliens interacting with humans, occasionally referring to humans derogatorily as [[FantasticSlur "chimps" and "apes."]]"apes"]].

* In another ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip, ''Bec & Kawl'', TheGreys who abduct Pierre seem to view humans as play-things to be abused and toyed with for their amusement, when not partaking in the traditional AnalProbing and [[HalfHumanHybrid alien-human hybrid]] experiments, of course. One grey even refers to Pierre as a [[FantasticSlur "monkey-man."]] TheGreys do, however, decide to recruit Pierre (who is a pest control expert) for the job of "taking on the filthiest vermin of all" (a separate malevolent alien race hiding amongst us on Earth, waiting for the opportune moment to strike), which turns out to be [[spoiler: A BatmanGambit for TheGreys' own gain.]]
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* In another ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip, ''Bec & Kawl'', TheGreys who abduct Pierre seem to view humans as play-things to be abused and toyed with for their amusement, when not partaking in the traditional AnalProbing and [[HalfHumanHybrid alien-human hybrid]] experiments, of course. One grey even refers to Pierre as a [[FantasticSlur "monkey-man."]] "monkey-man"]]. TheGreys do, however, decide to recruit Pierre (who is a pest control expert) for the job of "taking on the filthiest vermin of all" (a separate malevolent alien race hiding amongst us on Earth, waiting for the opportune moment to strike), which turns out to be [[spoiler: A BatmanGambit for TheGreys' own gain.]]

** The Bug even dishes out the [[FantasticSlur Fantastic Slurs]], calling Agent K a "monkey-boy" and claiming that compared to us, he's "on the top of the evolutionary ladder!"
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** The Bug even dishes out the [[FantasticSlur Fantastic Slurs]], {{Fantastic Slur}}s, calling Agent K a "monkey-boy" and claiming that compared to us, he's "on the top of the evolutionary ladder!"

* The alien Eros from ''[[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan 9 From Outer Space]]'' can't seem to reason with the humans without chastising them for their stupid minds! "[[{{Narm}} Stupid!]] ''[[{{Narm}} Stupid!]]''"
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* The alien Eros from ''[[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan 9 From Outer Space]]'' ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' can't seem to reason with the humans without chastising them for their stupid minds! "[[{{Narm}} Stupid!]] ''[[{{Narm}} Stupid!]]''"

* In ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', Ash shows himself on many occasions to be no different than the MedievalMorons... except [[PostMortemOneLiner he's the one with the gun]].
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* In ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', Ash shows himself on many occasions to be no different than the MedievalMorons... except [[PostMortemOneLiner [[BondOneLiner he's the one with the gun]].

* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' is less "Humans are Morons" and more "Humans Are Absolutely TooDumbToLive". The overwhelming majority of human characters underestimate the Bugs as mindless animals [[ItCanThink despite obvious evidence to the contrary]]. For example, early on in the film, [[DoomedHometown the city of Buenos Aires is annihilated]] by an asteroid knocked from the Asteroid Belt into Earth, by bug plasma from Klendathu, thousands of light years away. Something like this far beyond anything humanity can do without trillions of dollars worth of supercomputer, and the Bugs are doing these calculations ''in their heads''. The humans insist that the Bugs just managed a lucky hit ("[[BlatantLies Bug plasma is random and light]]"), and retaliate with an invasion of Klendathu that ends in [[CurbStompBattle abysmal failure]] with thousands of humans dead and wounded, all due to [[HollywoodTactics massive tactical blunders]] on the human's part. Even after all this, the majority of humans are adamant that the Bugs are just unthinking beasts that can be easily crushed by human superiority. To quote one expert, "[[FantasticRacism I find the idea of an intelligent bug offensive]]!" With the humans constantly underestimating the Bugs, paying dearly for it, and never once learning their lesson, one has to wonder if the Bugs find the idea of intelligent monkeys offensive as well...
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* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' is less "Humans are Morons" and more "Humans Are Absolutely TooDumbToLive". The overwhelming majority of human characters underestimate the Bugs as mindless animals [[ItCanThink despite obvious evidence to the contrary]]. For example, early on in the film, [[DoomedHometown the city of Buenos Aires is annihilated]] by an asteroid knocked from the Asteroid Belt into Earth, by bug plasma from Klendathu, thousands of light years away. Something like this far beyond anything humanity can do without trillions of dollars worth of supercomputer, and the Bugs are doing these calculations ''in their heads''. The humans insist that the Bugs just managed a lucky hit ("[[BlatantLies Bug plasma is random and light]]"), and retaliate with an invasion of Klendathu that ends in [[CurbStompBattle abysmal failure]] with thousands of humans dead and wounded, all due to [[HollywoodTactics massive tactical blunders]] on the human's part. Even after all this, the majority of humans are adamant that the Bugs are just unthinking beasts that can be easily crushed by human superiority. To quote one expert, "[[FantasticRacism I find the idea of an intelligent bug offensive]]!" offensive!]]" With the humans constantly underestimating the Bugs, paying dearly for it, and never once learning their lesson, one has to wonder if the Bugs find the idea of intelligent monkeys offensive as well...

** The episode "Virtuoso" introduced us to the Qomar, a [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead Alien]] species highly dedicated to mathematics and sciences and far more advanced than the Federation, which the Qomar looks down upon in contempt. When the Doctor provides medical treatment for one of them, the Qomarian sarcastically asks if the process involves bloodletting. Even in an idealized future where humanity has overcome a good number of its flaws to become one of the most dominant space-fairing races, we're still finding aliens who think we're dumb and primitive.
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** The episode "Virtuoso" introduced us to the Qomar, a [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber {{Rubber Forehead Alien]] Alien|s}} species highly dedicated to mathematics and sciences and far more advanced than the Federation, which the Qomar looks down upon in contempt. When the Doctor provides medical treatment for one of them, the Qomarian sarcastically asks if the process involves bloodletting. Even in an idealized future where humanity has overcome a good number of its flaws to become one of the most dominant space-fairing races, we're still finding aliens who think we're dumb and primitive.

--> Doctor: [While walking through the hordes of human families living in the base] "This is fantastic! You humans with your simple, STUPID ways...with all your soap dramas and gossip mags, microwave dinners and ipods... Your pathetic small brains and your simple homes, your greed and your sins, your bad ways and your poor souls, with your ignorant nature and your frankly appalling manners at times...with all that you STILL manage to amaze me. Look at you lot, here at the end of TIME ITSELF and you're living! The human race, the race of passion! Indomitable! That's the word...indomitable!
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--> Doctor: [While walking through the hordes of human families living in the base] "This is fantastic! You humans with your simple, STUPID ways...with all your soap dramas and gossip mags, microwave dinners and ipods...[=iPods=]... Your pathetic small brains and your simple homes, your greed and your sins, your bad ways and your poor souls, with your ignorant nature and your frankly appalling manners at times...with all that you STILL manage to amaze me. Look at you lot, here at the end of TIME ITSELF and you're living! The human race, the race of passion! Indomitable! That's the word...indomitable!indomitable!"

** Technically, humans aren't paranoid. "Paranoid" would imply your fears ''aren't'' justified. [[CosmicHorrorStory They]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou certainly]] [[ProperlyParanoid are]].
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** Technically, humans aren't paranoid. "Paranoid" would imply your fears ''aren't'' justified. [[CosmicHorrorStory They]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou certainly]] [[ProperlyParanoid are]].are.]]

* On one hand, ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'''s [[PlanetTerra Terrans]] are the only race (besides the [[PreCursors Ancients]]) with the knowledge to build [[PortalNetwork jump gates]], and are far [[HumanityIsAdvanced more advanced than the Commonwealth races]]. On the other hand, they [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inadvertently created the greatest enemy to life in the galaxy]] when they sent out a bugged software update to their [[RecursiveCreators self-replicating]], [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming self-improving]] artificially intelligent [[TerraForm Terraformer]] fleet, effectively causing them to consider ''everything'' a target to "[[ColonyDrop terraform]]". Earth is saved by Nathan R. Gunne luring the Terraformers through a [[YouCantGoHomeAgain jumpgate and destroying it behind him]], though the HopelessWar caused Terrans to be isolationist and rabidly paranoid of AI research ; 700 years later, when the Earth State is reconnected to the gate network, they soon get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with R. Gunne's LostColony, the Argon Federation, because the Terrans were manipulating the Argon government to discover AI researchers. The war is so horrific - and now uncontained [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Terraformers were allowed to spread exponentially]] - that the Ancients [[EndOfAnAge pull the plug on the jumpgate network]], plunging hundreds of systems into a dark age.
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* On one hand, ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'''s [[PlanetTerra Terrans]] are the only race (besides the [[PreCursors [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]]) with the knowledge to build [[PortalNetwork jump gates]], and are far [[HumanityIsAdvanced more advanced than the Commonwealth races]]. On the other hand, they [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inadvertently created the greatest enemy to life in the galaxy]] when they sent out a bugged software update to their [[RecursiveCreators self-replicating]], [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming self-improving]] artificially intelligent [[TerraForm Terraformer]] {{Terraform}}er fleet, effectively causing them to consider ''everything'' a target to "[[ColonyDrop terraform]]". Earth is saved by Nathan R. Gunne luring the Terraformers through a [[YouCantGoHomeAgain jumpgate and destroying it behind him]], though the HopelessWar caused Terrans to be isolationist and rabidly paranoid of AI research ; 700 years later, when the Earth State is reconnected to the gate network, they soon get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with R. Gunne's LostColony, the Argon Federation, because the Terrans were manipulating the Argon government to discover AI researchers. The war is so horrific - and now uncontained [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Terraformers were allowed to spread exponentially]] - that the Ancients [[EndOfAnAge pull the plug on the jumpgate network]], plunging hundreds of systems into a dark age.
8th Oct '15 10:52:17 PM GentlemensDame883
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* In ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'', the Shongairi are initially convinced of this, based on "idiotic tactics" from Agincourt, and a further convinced of it once they understand the current situation. For example, they believe that the refusal of First World powers to use nuclear or biological weapons against their enemies in the Middle East is idiotic (specifically citing the US' tolerance of Iran's actions) and the presence of a public information network like the Internet, allowing free, ready access to vast stores of information, is considered completely insane.
19th Aug '15 4:13:47 AM troymacgill
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The Twelefth Doctor = Twelfth
** The Twelefth Doctor would declare Earth to "The Planet of the Pudding Brains".
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** The Twelefth Twelfth Doctor would declare Earth to "The Planet of the Pudding Brains".
17th Aug '15 2:00:02 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', there comes a moment when the Fourth Doctor wonders why he likes humans so much, seeing as we have "such limited brains." ** His later incarnations seem to have pretty much the same thought. Indeed, when he's not going on about the marvelousness of humanity (a particular feature of the Tenth Doctor), he's ranting about how stupid/blind/ignorant they are. Sometimes in the same episode. ** The Ninth Doctor was particularly fond of calling humans "stupid apes" whenever he was angry at us.
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', there comes a moment when the Fourth Doctor wonders why he likes humans so much, seeing as we have "such limited brains." ** His later incarnations seem to have pretty much the same thought. Indeed, ''Series/DoctorWho'': when he's not going on about the marvelousness of humanity (a particular feature of the Tenth Doctor), he's The Doctor is ranting about how stupid/blind/ignorant they are. Sometimes in the same episode. ** There comes a moment when the Fourth Doctor wonders why he likes humans so much, seeing as we have "such limited brains." ** The Ninth Doctor was particularly fond of calling humans "stupid apes" whenever he was angry at us.them.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', there comes a moment when the Fourth **The Twelefth Doctor wonders why he likes humans so much, seeing as we have "such limited brains." ** His later incarnations seem would declare Earth to have pretty much the same thought. Indeed, when he's not going on about the marvelousness of humanity (a particular feature "The Planet of the Tenth Doctor), he's ranting about how stupid/blind/ignorant they are. Sometimes in the same episode. ** The Ninth Doctor was particularly fond of calling humans "stupid apes" whenever he was angry at us.Pudding Brains".
11th Aug '15 7:31:55 AM Saber15
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* ''Series/AncientAliens'', a DocumentaryOfLies, postulates that pretty much every human invention is actually stolen from AncientAstronauts, was [[ETGaveUsWifi given to us by said ancient astronauts]], or was inspired by said ancient astronauts technology. Almost every major human event - for good [[FinalSolution or worse]] - wasn't done by humans; it was actually aliens behind it!
29th Jul '15 6:55:45 PM ecuvulle6267
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]] * Explored in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', with people questioning whether humans need to be ruled to survive and Eren outright comparing society's complacency to livestock. This may even be ''intentional'' on the part of the government, as interest in lost knowledge from the outside world is considered heretical and banned. [[spoiler: In fact, the 1st Brigade is charged with ''murdering'' intellectuals and scientists, to prevent too much free-thinking]]. [[/folder]]
25th Jul '15 11:11:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', humans of the 21st Century live in a post-apocalyptic society with just barely enough infrastructure to continue research on warp drive, while the other races have already begun exploring the galaxy and view humanity as being "too primitive." However, this is ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} by the rest of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' canon as we somehow nonetheless become one of the dominant space faring races. ** Primarily because First Contact finally inspired humans to work together. The more amazing part is how the Phoenix (first ship with warp drive) was built mainly from scrap and based on a decommissioned ICBM. The fact that human ''had'' managed to build a warp drive, however primitive, exceeded the Vulcans' expectations and led them to make contact with Earth.
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ** In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', humans of the 21st Century live in a post-apocalyptic society with just barely enough infrastructure to continue research on warp drive, while the other races have already begun exploring the galaxy and view humanity as being "too primitive." However, this is ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} by the rest of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' canon as we somehow nonetheless become one of the dominant space faring races. ** Primarily because First Contact finally inspired humans to work together. The more amazing part is how the Phoenix (first ship with warp drive) was built mainly from scrap and based on a decommissioned ICBM. The fact that human ''had'' managed to build a warp drive, however primitive, exceeded the Vulcans' expectations and led them to make contact with Earth.races.
21st Jul '15 7:40:49 PM Llygodenfawr
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A subtrope of HumansAreFlawed, Humans Are Morons shows that, when compared to other civilizations in works of SpeculativeFiction (or even lesser animals, on occasion), humans are nowhere near as technologically advanced, incapable of understanding such civilizations as being any different than [[AlienInvasion the most generic Sci-Fi stories]], very gullible, insanely superstitious, constantly having more astounding lapses in judgment than a more sensible being could possibly tolerate, far more primitive than realized (possibly even more savage-like than realized), and completely oblivious to all of this.
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A subtrope of HumansAreFlawed, Humans Are Morons shows that, when compared to with other civilizations in works of SpeculativeFiction (or even lesser animals, on occasion), humans are nowhere near as technologically advanced, incapable of understanding such civilizations as being any different than [[AlienInvasion the most generic Sci-Fi stories]], very gullible, insanely superstitious, constantly having more astounding lapses in judgment than a more sensible being could possibly tolerate, far more primitive than realized (possibly even more savage-like than realized), and completely oblivious to all of this.
7th Jun '15 5:46:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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--> '''Agent K''': A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.

--> '''Agent K''': A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
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