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19th Mar '17 4:26:01 PM FeignedMarten
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* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' the humanoid form is best able to access Spiral Energy, justifying the heroes' specialness and use of HumongousMecha at a stroke.
11th Mar '17 4:41:33 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/TheMasterKey'': As the Demon says:
--> Now I happen to know all about Mars, because I can traverse all space and have had ample leisure to investigate the different planets. Mars is not peopled at all, nor is any other of the planets you recognize in the heavens. Some contain low orders of beasts, to be sure, but Earth alone has an intelligent, thinking, reasoning population.
11th Mar '17 10:43:48 AM ThestralDawn
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** On the flip side is the human ability to cut a deal, even with previously enemy species. Want to work towards a common goal? Awesome, welcome aboard, we'll do what we do best and you do what you do best and we'll all prosper. Want to start shit anyway? See above, re: vindictiveness. Compare the dogs, who made a deal, and the wolves, who didn't. Dogs thrive across the world in hundreds of variations and are treated as almost honorary humans. Wolves are struggling to avoid extinction and would probably have lost that struggle if the humans hadn't backed off.

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** On the flip side is the human ability to cut a deal, even with previously enemy species. Want to work towards a common goal? Awesome, welcome aboard, we'll do what we do best and you do what you do best and we'll all prosper. Want to start shit anyway? See above, re: vindictiveness. Compare the dogs, who made a deal, and the wolves, who didn't. Dogs thrive across the world in hundreds of variations and are treated as almost honorary humans. Wolves are struggling to avoid extinction and would probably have lost that struggle if the humans hadn't backed off. Of course, plenty of animals that have been domesticated by humans [[HumansAreBastards suffer a pretty raw deal in favour of humanity's benefit]] (see: practically all livestock animals) and even valued pets like dogs are quite often mistreated, abused, have body parts like ears and tails docked off to "look prettier", or just abandoned on a whim to be eventually euthanized in pounds. So, rather than humans having a particular desire to work with other species, its more that we allow animals that particularly entertain us to live.
4th Mar '17 5:36:00 AM Theokal3
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* Depending on religious beliefs, a human could be anything from the most advanced life form on the planet to a creature made in God's image to ''[[AGodAmI a god himself]]''.
** According to some religions like Ancient Greek, humanity can out do even the gods in their specialties. Our problem is that kind of power comes with quite a bit of pride.
** According to some religions, the cosmos was literally made for us. How's that for special?
** On the other hand, Hinduism puts us below cows on the karma ladder, and in certain cases monkeys and even rats.



* Depending on religious beliefs, a human could be anything from the most advanced life form on the planet to a creature made in God's image to ''[[AGodAmI a god himself]]''.
** According to some religions like Ancient Greek, humanity can out do even the gods in their specialties. Our problem is that kind of power comes with quite a bit of pride.
*** In another light: people may worship gods but in a way gods only exist as long as humans choose to believe in them. If everyone just decided to stop praying? Even God would be powerless.
** According to some religions, the cosmos was literally made for us. How's that for special?
** On the other hand, Hinduism puts us below cows on the karma ladder, and in certain cases monkeys and even rats.
3rd Mar '17 8:30:54 PM Knightofbalance
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** According to some religions like Ancient Greek, humanity can out do even the gods in their specialties. Our problem is that kind of power comes with quite a bit of pride.
*** In another light: people may worship gods but in a way gods only exist as long as humans choose to believe in them. If everyone just decided to stop praying? Even God would be powerless.
21st Feb '17 8:20:13 AM Toadofsteel
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** The final deconstruction comes from the fact that the Terrans are special because they're ''not'' special. Because they're the only race of the 3 major powers that don't have a monolithic control mechanism like the Khala or the Overmind, [[spoiler: likely due to being the only race of the three that Amon ''did not'' interfere with,]] Amon is unable to perform a mass DemonicPossession on them the way he can on the Zerg or Protoss. Narud was able to enslave Moebius Corps through more traditional means, but beyond that, the Terran Dominion remains defiant in the face of Amon. Notably, they put up a good fight against the Golden Armada, keeping them occupied while Artanis gathers his forces.
20th Feb '17 5:54:17 AM vovan1
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** From what it looks like, this pasta is just a first story of the bigger "Veil of Madness" cycle from the 4chan.
12th Feb '17 6:47:05 PM ShazamJr
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** Taken further 20 years later in the sequel, ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence''. [[spoiler:When the aliens return a 2nd time with a queen, a representative from an intergalactic resistance group also shows up. When the heros manage to kill the queen in the climax it turns out we're the first ones to ever kill a queen. Now they want humans, a race which hasn't even developed interstellar travel yet (even after 20 years of studying the alien technology), to be the leaders of this resistance and take the fight to them.]] Yep, humans are pretty special.

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** Taken further 20 years later in the sequel, ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence''. [[spoiler:When the aliens return a 2nd time with a queen, a representative from an intergalactic resistance group also shows up. When the heros heroes manage to kill the queen in the climax it turns out we're the first ones to ever kill a queen. Now they want humans, a race which hasn't even developed interstellar travel yet (even after 20 years of studying the alien technology), to be the leaders of this resistance and take the fight to them.]] Yep, humans are pretty special.
19th Jan '17 1:34:21 AM Codefreak5
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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.

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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 [[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.
19th Jan '17 1:33:33 AM Codefreak5
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** Throughout the franchise it seems mostly to be a case of Self-Imposed Specialness. At the start of 1 none of the other races even wanted to make Shepard at Specter, and humans in general were looked down on. It wasn't till the console was destroyed that humans took over (if the player went that route) in the resulting vacuum. They were the only ones who hadn't been ravaged by the Kroggen 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.

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** Throughout the franchise it seems mostly to be a case of Self-Imposed Specialness. At the start of 1 the first game, none of the other races even wanted to make Shepard at Specter, a Spectre, and humans in general were looked down on. It wasn't till until the console Council was destroyed that humans took over (if [[(VideoGameCrueltyPotential if the player went that route) route)]] in the resulting vacuum. They were the only ones who hadn't been ravaged by the Kroggen 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.
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