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26th Jun '17 2:54:35 PM Amahn
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** Elephants and dolphins share many behaviours with us that may be signs of sapience, but without a way to effectively communicate with them, there's no way to positively confirm this. Elephants have been shown to mourn, and appear to have a concept of revenge and grudges (as unfortunate humans in areas where elephant-hunting is common have experienced firsthand). Dolphins not only recognise themselves, but ''play'' in the mirror like we do, are the only animal that gets as creative as we do at recreational sex (they even invented nasal sex, since the blowhole is technically a nostril), and have a very well-demonstrated capacity for evil.

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** Elephants and dolphins share many behaviours with us that may be signs of sapience, but without a way to effectively communicate with them, there's no way to positively confirm this. Elephants have been shown to mourn, and appear to have a concept of revenge and grudges (as unfortunate humans in areas where elephant-hunting is common have experienced firsthand). Dolphins not only recognise themselves, but ''play'' in the mirror like we do, are the only animal that gets as creative as we do at recreational sex (they even invented nasal sex, since the blowhole is technically a nostril), and do. They also have a very well-demonstrated capacity for evil.
26th Jun '17 1:10:55 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** This is incidentally a blatant case of ArtisticLicenseBiology; in RealLife humans have a notable ''lack'' of genetic variance even compared to closely related species like Chimps.
17th Jun '17 8:17:16 PM Zaptech
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** Throughout the franchise it seems mostly to be a case of Self-Imposed Specialness. At the start of the first game, none of the other races even wanted to make Shepard a Spectre, and humans in general were looked down on. It wasn't until the Council was destroyed that humans took over [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential (if the player went that route)]] in the resulting vacuum. They were the only ones who hadn't been ravaged by the Krogan war or the Geth, and through Shepard were the only ones who even knew about the Reapers. All combined to make them the most populous and the biggest threat, and therefore the obvious first target.
13th Jun '17 1:00:22 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''Fanfic/BigHumanOnCampus'', Ranma's trained giant spiders see humans as gods and monsters as pretenders.
30th May '17 12:27:39 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', though lacking the [[LongLived longer lifespans]] and natural talents in various types of magic inherent in the races of [[OurElvesAreDifferent Mer (Elves)]], it has been the races of Men who have forged four empires (one by the [[ProudWarriorRace Nords]], three by the [[HumansAreDiplomats Imperials]]) which dominated Tamriel for the better part of the past 3000 or so years. It helps that the races of Men, especially the Nords and Imperials, seem to have the favor of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]], as well as [[GodIsDead the spirit of Lorkhan/Shezzar/Shor]] and, more recently, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], who have intervened directly on their behalf ([[DivineIntervention subtly]] or [[GodInHumanForm otherwise]]) in their conflicts with the Elves through the ages. Perhaps the clearest example comes from the 1st Era SlaveRevolt of the Nedes (human [[{{Precursors}} ancestors]] of most of the modern races of Men) under the leadership of St. Alessia. The Nedes were infamously enslaved by the Ayleids (Wild Elves) of Cyrodiil, who were [[KickTheDog needlessly vile]] in their torturing of the Nedes. Alessia, an escaped slave, prayed to the Aedra for aid against the Daedra worshiping Ayleids, and the Aedra who would go on to become the [[SaintlyChurch Eight Divines]] responded, sending aid (directly and indirectly) to the Nedes in their revolt that would, eventually, [[TheDogBitesBack drive the Ayleids to extinction]] as a unique race.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', though lacking the [[LongLived longer lifespans]] and [[WitchSpecies natural talents talents]] in various types of magic inherent in the races of [[OurElvesAreDifferent [[OurElvesAreBetter Mer (Elves)]], it has been the races of Men who have forged four empires (one by the [[ProudWarriorRace Nords]], three by the [[HumansAreDiplomats Imperials]]) which dominated Tamriel for the better part of the past 3000 or so years. It helps that the races of Men, especially the Nords and Imperials, seem to have the favor of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]], as well as [[GodIsDead the spirit of Lorkhan/Shezzar/Shor]] and, more recently, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], who have intervened directly on their behalf ([[DivineIntervention ([[InMysteriousWays subtly]] or [[GodInHumanForm [[DivineIntervention otherwise]]) in their conflicts with the Elves through the ages. Perhaps the clearest example comes from the 1st Era SlaveRevolt of the Nedes (human [[{{Precursors}} ancestors]] of most of the modern races of Men) under the leadership of St. Alessia. The Nedes were infamously enslaved by the Ayleids (Wild Elves) of Cyrodiil, who were [[KickTheDog needlessly vile]] in their torturing of the Nedes. Alessia, an escaped slave, prayed to the Aedra for aid against the Daedra worshiping Ayleids, and the Aedra who would go on to become the [[SaintlyChurch Eight Divines]] responded, sending aid (directly and indirectly) to the Nedes in their revolt that would, eventually, [[TheDogBitesBack drive the Ayleids to extinction]] as a unique race. In the words of one of their own, the Divines are said to "belove" the races of Men in particular, who find "strength-in-weakness" in their mortal forms (as opposed to most of the Elves who feel that the mortal world is a prison) and who live with passion and hope despite always being doomed to death in the end.
15th May '17 1:21:11 PM Ninja857142
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* In Literature/TheBible, humanity is special because they are the only creatures who bear the image of God (one Psalm specifically states that we're just "a little lower than angels"). "For God so loved the World; he gave his only begotten Son; so that whosoever would simply believeth in Him, would not perish. But would have everlasting life." - John, Chapter 3 - Verse 16. Of course, another Bible verse (Exodus 33:20) specifically says that we ''cannot'' bear the image of God, and there was that time that God got so pissed off at the world that he drowned it.

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* In Literature/TheBible, humanity is special because they are the only creatures who bear made in the image of God (one Psalm specifically states that we're just "a little lower than angels"). "For God so loved the World; he gave his only begotten Son; so that whosoever would simply believeth in Him, would not perish. But would have everlasting life." - John, Chapter 3 - Verse 16. Of course, another Bible verse (Exodus 33:20) specifically says that we ''cannot'' bear the image of God, and there was that time that God got so pissed off at the world that he drowned it.angels").
14th May '17 10:00:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' has a somewhat complicated relationship with this trope, simultaneously averting, deconstructing and playing straight this trope.

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has a somewhat complicated relationship with this trope, simultaneously averting, deconstructing and playing straight this trope.
10th May '17 11:00:50 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', though lacking the 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 for the better part of the past 3000 or so years. It helps that the races of men, especially the Nords and Imperials, seem to have the favor of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Divines]], as well as [[GodIsDead the spirit of Lorkhan/Shezzar/Shor]] and, more recently, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], who have intervened directly on their behalf (subtly or [[GodInHumanForm otherwise]]) in their conflicts with the Elves through the ages.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', though lacking the [[LongLived longer lifespans lifespans]] and natural talents in various types of magic inherent in the races of [[OurElvesAreDifferent Mer]], Mer (Elves)]], it has been the races of men Men who have forged five four empires (one by the [[ProudWarriorRace Nords]], four three by the [[HumansAreDiplomats Imperials]]) which dominated Tamriel for the better part of the past 3000 or so years. It helps that the races of men, Men, especially the Nords and Imperials, seem to have the favor of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]], as well as [[GodIsDead the spirit of Lorkhan/Shezzar/Shor]] and, more recently, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], who have intervened directly on their behalf (subtly ([[DivineIntervention subtly]] or [[GodInHumanForm otherwise]]) in their conflicts with the Elves through the ages.ages. Perhaps the clearest example comes from the 1st Era SlaveRevolt of the Nedes (human [[{{Precursors}} ancestors]] of most of the modern races of Men) under the leadership of St. Alessia. The Nedes were infamously enslaved by the Ayleids (Wild Elves) of Cyrodiil, who were [[KickTheDog needlessly vile]] in their torturing of the Nedes. Alessia, an escaped slave, prayed to the Aedra for aid against the Daedra worshiping Ayleids, and the Aedra who would go on to become the [[SaintlyChurch Eight Divines]] responded, sending aid (directly and indirectly) to the Nedes in their revolt that would, eventually, [[TheDogBitesBack drive the Ayleids to extinction]] as a unique race.
3rd May '17 2:40:17 AM Yukianesa
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** From another, more disturbing perspective, it's worth pointing out that in the Book of Erotic Fantasy[[note]](yes, ''Erotic'', you did read that right)[[/note]] it is heavily implied that humans are the only species besides dragons that can mate with ''anything'' and produce viable offspring. [[PlanetOfHats Every race has a hat]], and ours is that we [[ReallyGetsAround Really Get Around]].
26th Apr '17 7:53:18 PM PaulA
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** In his trilogy ''The Damned'' (''A Call to Arms; The False Mirror; The Spoils of War'') Foster portrays a galaxy full of pacifist civilizations that evolved on tame worlds. Few of these species can tolerate even mild violence without going catatonic from the experience. These alien races are slowly losing a galactic war to a race of cephalopods whose mastery of genetic engineering and mind control allows them to make slightly better soldiers than the free races. An alien expedition looking for allies to fight the cephalopods discover Earth, and is immediately struck by the hostility of the environment. By Damned universe standards, Earth is a DeathWorld with impossibly harsh climates, high tectonic activity, high risk of meteor showers and geography that encourages political conflict. As a result, humans are far stronger, faster and more aggressive than any sentient species the aliens have ever encountered. Humans even seem to enjoy violence. The aliens are both horrified and thrilled. Naturally, they recruit us to fight our wars for them as soon as possible. The cephalopods soon discover that attempting mind control on humans does nothing to humans, and drives the aliens trying it catatonic. Later, they attempt to engineer a race of humans that are good at fighting but vulnerable to control. Unfortunately (for them) it backfires horribly when [[spoiler:these humans develop strong psychic powers and turn on them. Realizing that they are eventually going to lose the war, the squids enact a BatmanGambit by unconditionally surrendering to the galactic alliance that includes the humans, having calculated that without the war to occupy the humans, restless mankind will soon become a problem for its allies. The other races armed humans with advanced weaponry and medical technology. They won't stand a chance if mankind decides to conquer ''them''.]]

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** In his trilogy ''The Damned'' (''A Call to Arms; The False Mirror; The Spoils of War'') ''Literature/TheDamned'', Foster portrays a galaxy full of pacifist civilizations that evolved on tame worlds. Few of these species can tolerate even mild violence without going catatonic from the experience. These alien races are slowly losing a galactic war to a race of cephalopods whose mastery of genetic engineering and mind control allows them to make slightly better soldiers than the free races. An alien expedition looking for allies to fight the cephalopods discover Earth, and is immediately struck by the hostility of the environment. By Damned universe standards, Earth is a DeathWorld with impossibly harsh climates, high tectonic activity, high risk of meteor showers and geography that encourages political conflict. As a result, humans are far stronger, faster and more aggressive than any sentient species the aliens have ever encountered. Humans even seem to enjoy violence. The aliens are both horrified and thrilled. Naturally, they recruit us to fight our wars for them as soon as possible. The cephalopods soon discover that attempting mind control on humans does nothing to humans, and drives the aliens trying it catatonic. Later, they attempt to engineer a race of humans that are good at fighting but vulnerable to control. Unfortunately (for them) it backfires horribly when [[spoiler:these humans develop strong psychic powers and turn on them. Realizing that they are eventually going to lose the war, the squids enact a BatmanGambit by unconditionally surrendering to the galactic alliance that includes the humans, having calculated that without the war to occupy the humans, restless mankind will soon become a problem for its allies. The other races armed humans with advanced weaponry and medical technology. They won't stand a chance if mankind decides to conquer ''them''.]]
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