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28th Nov '16 10:54:49 PM KhymChanur
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Compare HumansAreGood, HumanityIsInfectious and IntriguedByHumanity. Contrast with HumansAreInsects, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, HumansAreMorons, HumansAreFlawed, HumansNeedAliens, HumansAreBastards and HumansAreCthulhu. Compare ''and'' contrast HumanityIsSuperior and HumanityIsAdvanced. See also HumanityOnTrial and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman.

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Compare HumansAreGood, HumanityIsInfectious and IntriguedByHumanity. Contrast with HumansAreInsects, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, HumansAreMorons, HumansAreFlawed, HumansNeedAliens, HumansAreBastards and HumansAreCthulhu. Compare ''and'' contrast HumanityIsSuperior and HumanityIsAdvanced. See also HumanityOnTrial and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman.
WhatMeasureIsANonHuman. For humans being the preferred prey of space aliens and supernatural beasties see ToServeMan.
24th Nov '16 3:37:09 PM jeez
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* In ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', this is subverted; The ponies either hold humanity in high regard - as an ingenious civilised culture (Lyra in particular seems to see them as the pinnacle of creation) - or they treat them with wary irreverence - as carnivorous predators. Chrysalis just sees them as uppity monkeys with DelusionsOfEloquence.
21st Nov '16 6:31:35 PM PaulA
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** ''The Human Edge'' is a collection of Dickson's short stories where humans have [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway some]] [[GuileHero special]] [[TheUnfettered ability]] not completely understood by other aliens. "Danger--Human!" is one of them. Another has one species of alien intend to start a CurbStompBattle, [[spoiler:but the [[TheQuietOne even-stronger aliens]] will intervene]].

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** ''The Human Edge'' is a collection of Dickson's short stories where humans have [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway some]] [[GuileHero special]] [[TheUnfettered ability]] not completely understood by other aliens. "Danger--Human!" is one of them. Another Another, "Three-Part Puzzle", has one species of alien intend to start a CurbStompBattle, [[spoiler:but the [[TheQuietOne even-stronger aliens]] will intervene]].
21st Nov '16 6:15:15 PM PaulA
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* The Creator/GordonRDickson short story ''[[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.htm Danger - Human]]'' featured aliens who have captured a human for study. During previous eons, humans have been found to be responsible for the destruction of galactic civilization, multiple times, and the aliens wanted to find out what trait or stimulus caused this change, in order to prevent it. Multiple security precautions are used including a sealed chamber, constant surveillance, and a single exit guarded by a 20-foot-high force field that only turns off for a short period of time during certain parts of the day. In the end, the human character, who has been repeatedly vivisected, psychoanalyzed, and generally given a rough time, snaps. He manages to escape his chamber, evade all surveillance, and somehow pass through or above the force field, completely unaffected by it. He then hijacks a nearby interstellar cargo vessel and heads back to Earth. The aliens are all suddenly feeling an existential dread as they realize that they have just provided humanity with the reason and the means to destroy galactic civilization once again.
** Suppose "We are really, ''really'' sorry about that" won't cut it, huh?
** The same author released a book, ''The Human Edge'', containing a collection of short stories where humans have [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway some]] [[GuileHero special]] [[TheUnfettered ability]] not completely understood by other aliens. One story in that book has one species of alien intend to start a CurbStompBattle, [[spoiler:but the [[TheQuietOne even-stronger aliens]] will intervene]].

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* Creator/GordonRDickson:
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The Creator/GordonRDickson short story ''[[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.baen.com/Chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.htm Danger - Human]]'' featured aliens who have captured a human for study. During previous eons, humans have been found to be responsible for the destruction of galactic civilization, multiple times, and the aliens wanted to find out what trait or stimulus caused this change, in order to prevent it. Multiple security precautions are used including a sealed chamber, constant surveillance, and a single exit guarded by a 20-foot-high force field that only turns off for a short period of time during certain parts of the day. In the end, the human character, who has been repeatedly vivisected, psychoanalyzed, and generally given a rough time, snaps. He manages to escape his chamber, evade all surveillance, and somehow pass through or above the force field, completely unaffected by it. He then hijacks a nearby interstellar cargo vessel and heads back to Earth. The aliens are all suddenly feeling an existential dread as they realize that they have just provided humanity with the reason and the means to destroy galactic civilization once again.
** Suppose "We are really, ''really'' sorry about that" won't cut it, huh?
** The same author released a book,
''The Human Edge'', containing Edge'' is a collection of Dickson's short stories where humans have [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway some]] [[GuileHero special]] [[TheUnfettered ability]] not completely understood by other aliens. One story in that book "Danger--Human!" is one of them. Another has one species of alien intend to start a CurbStompBattle, [[spoiler:but the [[TheQuietOne even-stronger aliens]] will intervene]].
14th Nov '16 7:36:20 PM WillBGood
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' and its sequel ''Emperors of Illusions'', many aliens wonder how humanity has managed to survive the [{GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]], when much of the galaxy was poised to wipe humans out of existence. In fact, pretty much every race is better than humanity at something (e.g. Psilons are smarter, Bulrathi as stronger, Meklar have better tech, Alkari are master pilots), and yet humanity is the dominant race in the galaxy at the time of the novels. Some people claims it's because HumansAreAverage, allowing us to succeed in areas others don't. In fact, [[spoiler:it's because this universe has been created for a human, so it only makes sense that, in this 'verse, humans are dominant]].

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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' and its sequel ''Emperors of Illusions'', many aliens wonder how humanity has managed to survive the [{GreatOffscreenWar [[GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]], when much of the galaxy was poised to wipe humans out of existence. In fact, pretty much every race is better than humanity at something (e.g. Psilons are smarter, Bulrathi as stronger, Meklar have better tech, Alkari are master pilots), and yet humanity is the dominant race in the galaxy at the time of the novels. Some people claims it's because HumansAreAverage, allowing us to succeed in areas others don't. In fact, [[spoiler:it's because this universe has been created for a human, so it only makes sense that, in this 'verse, humans are dominant]].
4th Nov '16 12:14:29 PM MajinAkuma
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* PlayedWith in ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Although almost every alien makes it a point to say humans [[PunyEarthlings are weaklings and worthless]], humans apparently make great food. Beerus is practically addicted to Earth's cuisine to the point that he calls instant ramen noodles one of the best things he ever tasted. In ''Super'' Champa wants to move the entire Earth to his universe so he can eat there (his universe's Earth no longer have humans). Old Kai also notes that people who go to Earth [[HumanityIsInfectious end up being changed by it]] saying how Goku and Vegeta were both ruthless warriors before becoming good people from living on the planet. The demon Majin Buu also became tame after befriending Mr. Satan (his least evil personality anyway).

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* PlayedWith in ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Although almost every alien makes it a point to say humans Earthlings [[PunyEarthlings are weaklings and worthless]], humans Earthlings apparently make great food. Beerus is practically addicted to Earth's cuisine to the point that he calls instant ramen noodles one of the best things he ever tasted. In ''Super'' ''Super'', Champa wants to move the entire Earth to his universe so he can eat there (his universe's Earth no longer have humans). Old Kai Earthlings). The elder Kaioshin also notes that people who go to Earth [[HumanityIsInfectious end up being changed by it]] saying how Goku and Vegeta were both ruthless warriors before becoming good people from living on the planet. The demon Majin Buu also became tame after befriending Mr. Satan (his least evil personality anyway).
4th Nov '16 12:12:05 PM MajinAkuma
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1st Nov '16 12:05:38 PM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' and its sequel ''Emperors of Illusions'', many aliens wonder how humanity has managed to survive the [{GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]], when much of the galaxy was poised to wipe humans out of existence. In fact, pretty much every race is better than humanity at something (e.g. Psilons are smarter, Bulrathi as stronger, Meklar have better tech, Alkari are master pilots), and yet humanity is the dominant race in the galaxy at the time of the novels. Some people claims it's because HumansAreAverage, allowing us to succeed in areas others don't. In fact, [[spoiler:it's because this universe has been created for a human, so it only makes sense that, in this 'verse, humans are dominant]].
28th Oct '16 7:28:56 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' all the other races of Tamriel are united under a human Empire. There are mythic reasons involving a creator god's reincarnation and his nephew taking a shining to a human rebel queen, but it helps that while humans can have lots of kids in a few decades, your average elf only breeds when their population is low, so humans plain have more soldiers.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' all ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', though lacking the other longer lifespans and natural talents in various types of magic inherent in the races of [[OurElvesAreDifferent Mer]], it has been the races of men who have forged five empires (one by the [[ProudWarriorRace Nords]], four by the [[HumansAreDiplomats Imperials]]) which dominated Tamriel are united under a human Empire. There are mythic reasons involving a creator god's reincarnation and his nephew taking a shining to a human rebel queen, but it for the better part of the past 3000 or so years. It helps that while humans can the races of men, especially the Nords and Imperials, seem to have lots the favor of kids in a few decades, your average elf only breeds when the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Divines]], as well as [[GodIsDead the spirit of Lorkhan/Shezzar/Shor]] and, more recently, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], who have intervened directly on their population is low, so humans plain have more soldiers.behalf (subtly or [[GodInHumanForm otherwise]]) in their conflicts with the Elves through the ages.
15th Oct '16 4:18:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Series/{{V}}'' franchise:
** This was the explanation of why the Visitors didn't use their conversion process on all of humanity to make them compliant. According to Diana, humans are unusually strong-willed compared to other species, which makes mass conversion impractical -- at least for the time being.
** In the [[Series/{{V 2009}} 2009 reimagining]], Anna desperately tries to figure out why her Bliss won't work on humans. She barely manages to Bliss a single human, although she is bleeding from the effort. She then tries to do the same to ''all 6 billion of us''. It takes [[spoiler:a HalfHumanHybrid]] to successfully do that.

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* In the ''Series/{{V}}'' ''V'' franchise:
** In ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' This was the explanation of why the Visitors didn't use their conversion process on all of humanity to make them compliant. According to Diana, humans are unusually strong-willed compared to other species, which makes mass conversion impractical -- at least for the time being.
** In the [[Series/{{V 2009}} 2009 reimagining]], ''Series/{{V 2009}}'', Anna desperately tries to figure out why her Bliss won't work on humans. She barely manages to Bliss a single human, although she is bleeding from the effort. She then tries to do the same to ''all 6 billion of us''. It takes [[spoiler:a HalfHumanHybrid]] to successfully do that.
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