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6th Aug '16 4:39:06 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' also contains this in that, as recently revealed, Humans are almost genetically identical to the Forerunner, the ''Precursor'' civilization that was god-like technologically and is actually worshiped as gods by the genocidal Covenant. While not direct descendants, the fact Humanity is almost an exact genetic match, plus the fact that they are the only species which can operate Forerunner technology, AND the fact that the last act of the Forerunner known as Librarian was to save Humanity from certain death, they definitely qualify for this trope.
** Literature/TheForerunnerSaga novels take it even further: [[spoiler:Humanity was a major space-faring power back when the Forerunners were at their prime, and a combined Human-San'Shyuum (Prophet) alliance was able to ''defeat the Flood'', and drive it back away from the galaxy. Humanity was also on the verge of understanding Precursor tech (the Precursors were... well, {{Precursors}} to the Forerunners), which had stumped the Forerunners for millenia. The only reason humanity isn't a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Species]] is that the Forerunners attacked the Human-San'Shyuum Empire, won (because the Empire was busy driving the Flood away), and de-evolved humanity while quarantining them on their homeworld, essentially "resetting" the species' development.]] Holy... crap.
*** Before the release of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', Bungie's original MindScrew was that [[{{HumansAreSuperior}} Humanity]] and the Forerunner were [[{{AdvancedAncientHumans}} ''one and the same'']]. This was hinted throughout ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and the ExpandedUniverse - especially in ''Contact Harvest'' when [[{{AIisaCrapshoot}} 032 Mendicant Bias]] states "''This is Reclaimer..and those it represents are my Makers''". This was retconned during the development of ''Halo 3'' and the Forerunners and humankind were fixed as two separate species.
** Turns out almost all of the conflict in the universe started when [[spoiler:the Precursors decided Humanity was more worthy of the Mantle than the Forerunners.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' also contains this in that, this; as recently revealed, Humans it turns out, humans are almost genetically identical to the Forerunner, Forerunners, the ''Precursor'' precursor civilization that was god-like technologically and is actually worshiped as gods by the genocidal Covenant. While not direct descendants, humans are the fact Humanity is almost an exact genetic match, plus officially designated "Reclaimers" to the fact that Forerunners' legacy; as such, they are the only species which can operate with full access to Forerunner technology, AND the fact that technology. In fact, the last act of the Forerunner leader known as the Librarian was to save Humanity humanity from certain death, they definitely qualify for precisely because she strongly believed this trope.
trope to be true.
** Literature/TheForerunnerSaga novels take ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' takes it even further: [[spoiler:Humanity was a major space-faring power back when the Forerunners were at their prime, and a combined Human-San'Shyuum (Prophet) alliance was able to ''defeat the Flood'', and drive it back away from ''the Flood'' (though this is later subverted; the galaxy.Flood just wanted to troll everyone). Humanity was also on the verge of understanding Precursor tech (the Precursors were... well, {{Precursors}} to the Forerunners), which had stumped the Forerunners for millenia. The only reason humanity isn't a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Species]] is that because their civilization fought a war against the Forerunners attacked the Human-San'Shyuum Empire, won (because the Empire and lost (in part because humanity was also busy driving fighting the Flood away), and Flood); the victorious Forerunners de-evolved humanity while quarantining the losers and quarantined them all on their homeworld, apparent homeworld of Earth, essentially "resetting" the species' humanity's development.]] Holy... crap.
*** ** Before the release of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', Bungie's Creator/{{Bungie}}'s original MindScrew was that [[{{HumansAreSuperior}} Humanity]] and the Forerunner were [[{{AdvancedAncientHumans}} ''one ''[[{{AdvancedAncientHumans}} one and the same'']]. same]]''. This was hinted throughout ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and the ExpandedUniverse - especially in ''Contact Harvest'' ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' when [[{{AIisaCrapshoot}} 032 Mendicant Bias]] states "''This is Reclaimer..and those it represents are my Makers''". This was retconned during the development of ''Halo 3'' and the Forerunners and humankind were fixed as two separate species.
** Turns out almost all of the conflict
species[[note]]''Contact Harvest'' was actually released after ''Halo 3'', but was likely written in the universe started when middle of development[[/note]].
** ''The Forerunner Saga'' also reveals that
[[spoiler:the Precursors (basically, the forerunners of the Forerunners) had decided Humanity 10 million years ago that humanity was more worthy of the Mantle than the Forerunners.]]Forerunners]], kicking off a chain of events responsible for the very state the galaxy is in today.
26th Jul '16 4:10:05 PM IanHopkins
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* [[http://i.imgur.com/PWDCYsN.png And this]] ''Imgur'' post takes the concept of "Every alien species is internally homogeneous" to its logical conclusion: Humanity is so diverse compared to aliens because every other species long ago [[spoiler: ''perfected the art of genocide.'']]
23rd Jul '16 2:05:05 AM kouta
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** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Humans actually have some of the densest muscles of any land mammal.]] We just tend not to think of ourselves as being big scary predators because we don't have the claws, fangs, and thick fur. Case in point: an average sized man weighs 168-183 lbs which just happens to be very close to the weight of a [[BearsAreBadNews female Asian Black Bear]] (148-198 lbs) or [[PantheraAwesome male Jaguar]] (124-211 lbs).

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** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Humans actually have some of the densest muscles of any land mammal.]] We just tend not to think of ourselves as being big scary predators because we don't have the claws, fangs, and thick fur. Case in point: an average sized man weighs 168-183 lbs which just happens to be very close to the weight of a [[BearsAreBadNews female Asian Black Bear]] (148-198 lbs) or [[PantheraAwesome male Jaguar]] (124-211 lbs). The only land mammal carnivores that consistently outweigh adult men are Polar Bears, Brown Bears, male Black Bears, Lions, and Tigers. Adult women, at about 130lbs on average, outweigh an adult grey wolf by about 30-50lbs.
3rd Jul '16 6:56:05 PM StarSword
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* {{Downplayed}} in the ''Literature/EarthCentAmbassador'' novels. Humans are the new kids on the block and only made it to space because of help from the BenevolentAI Stryx, which leads to them being [[FantasticRacism discriminated against]] by a group of species called the Natural League. Roughly the only valuable trade goods Earth produces are workers and [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare kitchen appliances]]. What makes humans special is their proficiency at ''gaming'', of all things (pro gaming competitions regularly turn into an InternationalShowdownByProxy with Natural League species).
1st Jul '16 7:06:21 PM SpectralTime
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** In 5th edition, instead of getting a bonus to 2 stats like most other races (generally a +2 and a +1), humans default to being well rounded and getting a +1 to all of their stats. This is a mediocre bonus really, but the book includes a variant option: pick any two scores to get a +1, and start the game with a feat. It should be noted that in this edition feats are rarer, and any other race has to forgo gaining an ability score increase 3 levels later to even have the option of picking one; feats are also a lot more flavorful, giving more customized builds. This means that while technically any race can be any class (with varying degrees of competency), humans can be suited to whichever path they decide to go down.

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** In 5th edition, instead of getting a bonus to 2 stats like most other races (generally a +2 and a +1), humans default to being well rounded and getting a +1 to all of their stats. This is a mediocre bonus really, but the The book also includes a variant option: pick any two scores to get a +1, and start the game with a feat. It should be noted that in this edition feats are rarer, and any other race has to forgo gaining an ability score increase 3 levels later to even have the option of picking one; feats are also a lot more flavorful, giving more customized builds. This means that while technically any race can be any class (with varying degrees of competency), humans can be suited to whichever path they decide to go down.
30th Jun '16 7:29:02 AM DrDoctorPhD
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** In 5th edition, instead of getting a bonus to 2 stats like most other races (generally a +2 and a +1), humans default to being well rounded and getting a +1 to all of their stats. This is a mediocre bonus really, but the book includes a variant option: pick any two scores to get a +1, and start the game with a feat. It should be noted that in this edition feats are rarer, and any other race has to forgo gaining an ability score increase 3 levels later to even have the option of picking one; feats are also a lot more flavorful, giving more customized builds. This means that while technically any race can be any class (with varying degrees of competency), humans can be suited to whichever path they decide to go down.
29th Jun '16 11:33:58 PM FGHIK
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** Deliciously deconstructed in the final season of ''Enterprise'', with [[FantasticRacism Human Supremacism]] being the driving ideology of both the Terran Empire in the MirrorUniverse and the fascist "Terra Prime" organization.

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** Deliciously deconstructed Deconstructed in the final season of ''Enterprise'', with [[FantasticRacism Human Supremacism]] being the driving ideology of both the Terran Empire in the MirrorUniverse and the fascist "Terra Prime" organization.
22nd Jun '16 1:48:00 AM Doug86
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* In ''{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard rather admires humanity to a point, though he generally makes a distinction between "human dogs", "humans who become monsters" and "real humans."

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* In ''{{Hellsing}}'', ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard rather admires humanity to a point, though he generally makes a distinction between "human dogs", "humans who become monsters" and "real humans."



* In both DCComics and MarvelComics, what makes humans special compared to various alien races is often stated to be their propensity to develop unique superpowers. This is justified in a canon DCU story where it is revealed that life on Earth was originally meant to evolve a godlike, superpowered race, which ultimately ended up as [[PunyEarthlings humans]] because of genetic experiments performed by aliens in its early history. Nevertheless many humans retain the genetic potential to awaken superpowers, which is why Earth has so many superheroes. Other examples from both companies are below.

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* In both DCComics Creator/DCComics and MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, what makes humans special compared to various alien races is often stated to be their propensity to develop unique superpowers. This is justified in a canon DCU story where it is revealed that life on Earth was originally meant to evolve a godlike, superpowered race, which ultimately ended up as [[PunyEarthlings humans]] because of genetic experiments performed by aliens in its early history. Nevertheless many humans retain the genetic potential to awaken superpowers, which is why Earth has so many superheroes. Other examples from both companies are below.



* In the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' comics, the Guardians of the Universe pick out humanity as one of the next few species to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and note that humans make wonderful Green Lanterns. In a bit of subversion, one of the other races picked out as having potential is a species of intelligent space chipmunks, and humanity by and large doesn't seem to change much for 1000 years when the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' comics take place.

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* In the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics, the Guardians of the Universe pick out humanity as one of the next few species to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and note that humans make wonderful Green Lanterns. In a bit of subversion, one of the other races picked out as having potential is a species of intelligent space chipmunks, and humanity by and large doesn't seem to change much for 1000 years when the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' comics take place.



*** ComicBook/BlackestNight #7 reveals [[spoiler: they're lying. The Guardians know damn well Earth and humans are special, they just don't want anyone ''else'' to know.]]

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*** ComicBook/BlackestNight ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' #7 reveals [[spoiler: they're lying. The Guardians know damn well Earth and humans are special, they just don't want anyone ''else'' to know.]]



*** Further enlightened upon by Despero in Justice League: Virtue & Vice that part of the reason why GalacticConqueror's, Eviloverlord's and the occasional [[TheEmpire Dominion]] would chronically attempt to enslave the earth. Was not in fact for it's colorful array of superhumans within it's populace but its multiple cultures, languages and differing perspectives which; when properly tempered, can move mountains or shift planets.

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*** Further enlightened upon by Despero in Justice ''Justice League: Virtue & Vice Vice'' that part of the reason why GalacticConqueror's, Eviloverlord's {{Galactic Conqueror}}s, {{Evil Overlord}}s and the occasional [[TheEmpire Dominion]] would chronically attempt to enslave the earth. Was Earth was not in fact for it's its colorful array of superhumans within it's its populace but its multiple cultures, languages and differing perspectives which; which, when properly tempered, can move mountains or shift planets. planets.



** Pre-Flashpoint the {{ComicBook/JLA}} WWIII event when the weapon of the Old Gods came upon the world inciting [[ApocalypseHow malefic tendencies]] in the indigenous species populating it. When Oracle after having been hyper-evolved by the League to combat it, stated to the world who underwent similar enhancement stated this potential was and is the very reason superman fights to save everybody for.
** While not as significant; during Post-Reboot. in {{ComicBook/Superman}} publishing where [[NewGods Orion]] can be seen flying high above the floating din of New Genesis contemplating his thoughts, which are oddly enough not about his place within the New Genesisian hierarchy but about how he respects and admires humans in spite of their numerous [[HumansAreFlawed faults]]. Boldly stating (in his thought space anyway) that while gods with all they've got simply aren't as [[IntriguedByHumanity intriguing]].
* This trope is played with in the MarvelUniverse.
** When an alien conqueror sets his sights on conquering Earth. En route, he learns a stunning fact: the humans on that planet repelled the supposedly unstoppable attacks of Galactus, the feared god-like [[PlanetEater devourer of worlds]] not once, but ''multiple consecutive times''. He quickly u-turns his ships and flees, fearing a species capable of that kind of defense.
** This happened a second time, in an ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' parody of the DC series ''Comicbook/{{Invasion}}''. A group of aliens move to invade the world of 'Australia', and only one does the research. He finds out that the planet has hosted several people who can harness the Phoenix Force, have fought off Galactus, beaten back the Skrulls, once hosted the Silver Surfer, etc. He ran to alert his superiors. They shot him for interrupting, claimed that whatever he said couldn't have been that important, and proceeded to have their invasion fleet wiped out by Colossus, Longshot, a drunken Havok, and Wolverine.
** Played for laughs a second time when aliens challenge Earth's greatest heroes (The West Coast Avengers) to battle with their robot to test their strength. After all of the Avengers kill the self repairing robot one after another, we find that the aliens assume that all 6 billion humans are a composite of the 6 members of the WCA, with all their powers combined, and instantly rethink their invasion plan.

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** Pre-Flashpoint the {{ComicBook/JLA}} WWIII event [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] storyline "World War III" when the weapon of the Old Gods came upon the world inciting [[ApocalypseHow malefic tendencies]] in the indigenous species populating it. When Oracle Oracle, after having been hyper-evolved by the League to combat it, stated to the world world, who underwent similar enhancement stated that, this potential was and is the very reason superman Superman fights to save everybody for.
everybody.
** While not as significant; significant, during Post-Reboot. Post-Reboot, in {{ComicBook/Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} publishing where [[NewGods [[ComicBook/NewGods Orion]] can be seen flying high above the floating din of New Genesis contemplating his thoughts, which are oddly enough not about his place within the New Genesisian hierarchy but about how he respects and admires humans in spite of their numerous [[HumansAreFlawed faults]]. Boldly stating (in his thought space anyway) that while gods with all they've got simply aren't as [[IntriguedByHumanity intriguing]].
intriguing]].
* This trope is played with in the MarvelUniverse.
Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** When an alien conqueror sets his sights on conquering Earth. En route, he learns a stunning fact: the humans on that planet repelled the supposedly unstoppable attacks of Galactus, ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, the feared god-like [[PlanetEater devourer of worlds]] not once, but ''multiple consecutive times''. He quickly u-turns his ships and flees, fearing a species capable of that kind of defense.
** This happened a second time, in an ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' parody of the DC series ''Comicbook/{{Invasion}}''. A group of aliens move to invade the world of 'Australia', and only one does the research. He finds out that the planet has hosted several people who can harness the Phoenix Force, have fought off Galactus, beaten back the Skrulls, once hosted the Silver Surfer, etc. He ran to alert his superiors. They shot him for interrupting, claimed that whatever he said couldn't have been that important, and proceeded to have their invasion fleet wiped out by Colossus, Longshot, a drunken Havok, and Wolverine.
** Played for laughs a second time when aliens challenge Earth's greatest heroes (The (the West Coast Avengers) to battle with their robot to test their strength. After all of the Avengers kill the self repairing robot one after another, we find that the aliens assume that all 6 billion humans are a composite of the 6 members of the WCA, with all their powers combined, and instantly rethink their invasion plan.



** Played straight when the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/{{Galactus}} is defeated, and ComicBook/NickFury says it makes him feel like he can challenge God.

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** Played straight when the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/{{Galactus}} ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Galactus is defeated, and ComicBook/NickFury says it makes him feel like he can challenge God.



** ''UltimateMarvel'' has this with [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Mahr Vell]] in the ''Ultimate Secret'' arc. He defects to the humans partly because of their enjoyable (American) culture, including Krispy Kreme donuts.

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** ''UltimateMarvel'' ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' has this with [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Mahr Vell]] in the ''Ultimate Secret'' arc. He defects to the humans partly because of their enjoyable (American) culture, including Krispy Kreme donuts.



* In various retellings of the ''{{Superman}}'' origin story, this is usually one of the reasons Jor-El sends his son to Earth.
-->[[Film/SupermanTheMovie "They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. This reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… my only son."]]

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* In various retellings of the ''{{Superman}}'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' origin story, this is usually one of the reasons Jor-El sends his son to Earth.
-->[[Film/SupermanTheMovie "They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. This reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… you... my only son."]]



* In the ''PokeWars'' series, some of the Legendaries believe humans will earn their place in the post dampener removal DeathWorld. ExpandedUniverse stories confirm this.

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* In the ''PokeWars'' ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' series, some of the Legendaries believe humans will earn their place in the post dampener removal DeathWorld. ExpandedUniverse stories confirm this.



* Spoofed in ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]''. The guys ask God to introduce them to the greatest genius in the universe so they can enlist his aid in fighting their {{Robot Me}}s. Following God's directions leads them to a pair of squat, ugly Martians. The Grim Reaper smugly asks "Did you really think the greatest genius in the universe would be from Earth?" and Ted, shrugging, replies "Yeah."

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* Spoofed in ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]''.''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney''. The guys ask God to introduce them to the greatest genius in the universe so they can enlist his aid in fighting their {{Robot Me}}s. Following God's directions leads them to a pair of squat, ugly Martians. The Grim Reaper smugly asks "Did you really think the greatest genius in the universe would be from Earth?" and Ted, shrugging, replies "Yeah."



* Kid Lit example: Aliens put HumanityOnTrial in the ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, and many of the aliens want to save them because they are special, having the biggest brains in the universe while only using [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain ten percent of them]]. We are considered the potentially smartest species in the galaxy, making us special in a good way. However, we are also the only known species to allow war, poverty, and all sorts of other misery. This makes us special in a very bad way. In the TwistEnding it is revealed that these two traits are connected: the other 90% of our brains were once used in allowing us to communicate telepathically, something no other species could do. However as the number of humans increased the amount of telepathic noise increased as well, threatening to drive us insane. So we instinctively suppressed this ability, and the trauma of losing our connection has made us the violent sociopaths we are today.

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* Kid Lit example: Aliens put HumanityOnTrial in the ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, and many of the aliens want to save them because they are special, having the biggest brains in the universe while only using [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain ten percent of them]]. We are considered the potentially smartest species in the galaxy, making us special in a good way. However, we are also the only known species to allow war, poverty, and all sorts of other misery. This makes us special in a very bad way. In the TwistEnding it is revealed that these two traits are connected: the other 90% of our brains were once used in allowing us to communicate telepathically, something no other species could do. However as the number of humans increased the amount of telepathic noise increased as well, threatening to drive us insane. So we instinctively suppressed this ability, and the trauma of losing our connection has made us the violent sociopaths we are today.



* This is the entire premise behind the ArthurCClarke short "[[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743498747/0743498747___1.htm Rescue Party]]".

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* This is the entire premise behind the ArthurCClarke Creator/ArthurCClarke short "[[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743498747/0743498747___1.htm Rescue Party]]".



* In the fourth book of Rick Cook's WizBiz series, the protagonist is told by a dragon to save a village of humans from dragons, before realizing that his job was to save dragons from humanity in general, since we may be puny compared to a dragon, but there are a ''lot'' of us, and we learn ''very'' fast.

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* In the fourth book of Rick Cook's WizBiz ''Literature/WizBiz'' series, the protagonist is told by a dragon to save a village of humans from dragons, before realizing that his job was to save dragons from humanity in general, since we may be puny compared to a dragon, but there are a ''lot'' of us, and we learn ''very'' fast.



** In Foster's HumanxCommonwealth universe, mankind is not inherently better or worse than the alien races they meet; but humans are ''very'' enthusiastic for fighting, even those who aren't trained warriors. And they are very adaptive. The insectoid Thranx may be better at logic and thrive in tropical climates, and the reptilian Aan are aggressive and can survive in deserts, but humans can alternate between logic and viciousness and survive ''everywhere'' with remarkable ease.

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** In Foster's HumanxCommonwealth ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' universe, mankind is not inherently better or worse than the alien races they meet; but humans are ''very'' enthusiastic for fighting, even those who aren't trained warriors. And they are very adaptive. The insectoid Thranx may be better at logic and thrive in tropical climates, and the reptilian Aan are aggressive and can survive in deserts, but humans can alternate between logic and viciousness and survive ''everywhere'' with remarkable ease.



*** Foster also used [[HumansAreWarriors a version of this]] in his novelization of ''TheLastStarfighter'' to explain why the Star League is so hard up for fighter pilots as to be recruiting them from pre-contact worlds. Most Starfighters are, by the League's standards, homicidal maniacs.

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*** Foster also used [[HumansAreWarriors a version of this]] in his novelization of ''TheLastStarfighter'' ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' to explain why the Star League is so hard up for fighter pilots as to be recruiting them from pre-contact worlds. Most Starfighters are, by the League's standards, homicidal maniacs.



* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''WorldWar'' and ''Colonization'' series, like in "Rescue Party" above, humans are also extremely fast at cultural and technological development, compared to the three other known species.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''WorldWar'' ''Literature/WorldWar'' and ''Colonization'' series, like in "Rescue Party" above, humans are also extremely fast at cultural and technological development, compared to the three other known species.



* In Creator/BenCounter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights novel ''Hammer of Daemons'', when Alaric has confronted the mandrake and explained [[FeedTheMole how he knew]] it was TheMole -- and accused it of betraying a previous GladiatorRevolt, thereby causing the death of another captive Grey Knight in celebratory games -- it defends itself on the grounds that it had to survive. Alaric says that for humans, to survive is not enough.

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* In Creator/BenCounter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' Literature/GreyKnights novel ''Hammer of Daemons'', when Alaric has confronted the mandrake and explained [[FeedTheMole how he knew]] it was TheMole -- and accused it of betraying a previous GladiatorRevolt, thereby causing the death of another captive Grey Knight in celebratory games -- it defends itself on the grounds that it had to survive. Alaric says that for humans, to survive is not enough.



* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}'', this is basically the main theme of the final novel and a half.

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* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}'', ''Literature/{{Doom}}'', this is basically the main theme of the final novel and a half.



* In TheKaneChronicles, humans are special because the Egyptian gods, despite their power and immortality, tend to lack originality, and often repeat events from myth [[spoiler:(like the death and rebirth of Osiris)]] time and time again over the ages. This is why [[spoiler:they prefer taking humans as hosts, since humans have a superior ability to think outside the box]].
* In YearZero, we are the only race in the universe who can make proper music. We have just the right pitch, rhythm etc, while no other species even comes close. Even the songs we consider bad still make the top hit charts.
* FrancisCarsac's ''Ceux de nulle part'' (''Those from nowhere'') has a human finding a crashed UFO in the woods. There, he meets the Hiss, are race of [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe green-skinned]] SpaceElves who ask him to procure them a large chunk of gold to fix their ship. After he does that, they offer him a ride to their home planet, the center of the League of Human Worlds ("human" in this case being any race that would rather live under a star than in a frozen universe), currently engaged in a losing BugWar against the Misliks, a race of metallic bugs that can only live at absolute zero temperatures and are extinguishing all stars. The Misliks have PsychicPowers that are deadly to anyone else. The Hiss, though, have a prophecy that says that only someone with red blood is immune to the Misliks' powers. The human agrees to test the theory and enter the room with a captive Mislik. Indeed, he survives, causing protests from a race of HumanAliens (with four fingers) who also have red blood and were promised a go at the Mislik. However, the Hiss reply that the HumanAliens chose to deliberate for a long time, while the human agreed to do this almost immediately. The FramingDevice is the human telling all this to a friend of his back on Earth and then asking him to join a group of human soldiers he's recruiting for the war effort. All this time, he's sitting with his LoveInterest, a beautiful woman with four fingers.

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* In TheKaneChronicles, ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', humans are special because the Egyptian gods, despite their power and immortality, tend to lack originality, and often repeat events from myth [[spoiler:(like the death and rebirth of Osiris)]] time and time again over the ages. This is why [[spoiler:they prefer taking humans as hosts, since humans have a superior ability to think outside the box]].
* In YearZero, ''Literature/YearZero'', we are the only race in the universe who can make proper music. We have just the right pitch, rhythm etc, while no other species even comes close. Even the songs we consider bad still make the top hit charts.
* FrancisCarsac's Creator/FrancisCarsac's ''Ceux de nulle part'' (''Those from nowhere'') has a human finding a crashed UFO in the woods. There, he meets the Hiss, are race of [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe green-skinned]] SpaceElves who ask him to procure them a large chunk of gold to fix their ship. After he does that, they offer him a ride to their home planet, the center of the League of Human Worlds ("human" in this case being any race that would rather live under a star than in a frozen universe), currently engaged in a losing BugWar against the Misliks, a race of metallic bugs that can only live at absolute zero temperatures and are extinguishing all stars. The Misliks have PsychicPowers that are deadly to anyone else. The Hiss, though, have a prophecy that says that only someone with red blood is immune to the Misliks' powers. The human agrees to test the theory and enter the room with a captive Mislik. Indeed, he survives, causing protests from a race of HumanAliens (with four fingers) who also have red blood and were promised a go at the Mislik. However, the Hiss reply that the HumanAliens chose to deliberate for a long time, while the human agreed to do this almost immediately. The FramingDevice is the human telling all this to a friend of his back on Earth and then asking him to join a group of human soldiers he's recruiting for the war effort. All this time, he's sitting with his LoveInterest, a beautiful woman with four fingers.



** As a whole, Trek seems to portray humans as the [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] of the Alpha Quadrant. We don't have the mega strength of the Klingons, the mental powers of the Vulcans, or the passion of the Romulans. [[JackOfAllStats But we are able to fight without being overcome by bloodlust, experience emotion without it becoming overwhelming, and devote ourselves to a task without being fanatical.]]

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** As a whole, Trek seems to portray humans as the [[SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] of the Alpha Quadrant. We don't have the mega strength of the Klingons, the mental powers of the Vulcans, or the passion of the Romulans. [[JackOfAllStats But we are able to fight without being overcome by bloodlust, experience emotion without it becoming overwhelming, and devote ourselves to a task without being fanatical.]]



*** Even there, Nog commented on how rapidly humanity progressed from mercantilism to a starfaring civilization. Apparently it took the Ferengi twice as long. FridgeBrilliance: The Ferengi developed economics faster than any other race, and CulturalMyopia leads them to use this as the measuring rod of progress.

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*** Even there, Nog commented on how rapidly humanity progressed from mercantilism to a starfaring civilization. Apparently it took the Ferengi twice as long. FridgeBrilliance: The Ferengi developed economics faster than any other race, and CulturalMyopia cultural myopia leads them to use this as the measuring rod of progress.



* In PowerRangers' first few seasons, Earth-born humans are special mostly because we're one of one only three or four planets in ''the universe'' to not be conquered by the BigBad DimensionLord. Also hinted that something about Earth is really special given that we have more than a dozen Ranger teams, whereas most other planets are lucky if they have a full team rather than a single ranger.

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* In PowerRangers' Franchise/PowerRangers' first few seasons, Earth-born humans are special mostly because we're one of one only three or four planets in ''the universe'' to not be conquered by the BigBad DimensionLord. Also hinted that something about Earth is really special given that we have more than a dozen Ranger teams, whereas most other planets are lucky if they have a full team rather than a single ranger.



* In Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun, Dick decides to extend the aliens' mission on Earth indefinitely because he finds us so fascinating. Apparently, we're the only species they've ever encountered to possess complex inter-personal relationships and emotions.

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* In Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun, ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick decides to extend the aliens' mission on Earth indefinitely because he finds us so fascinating. Apparently, we're the only species they've ever encountered to possess complex inter-personal relationships and emotions.



* Certain branches of {{Buddhism}} hold humans as the ideal form to try and achieve Buddha-nature. They lack the distracting luxuries and powers of godhood, possess the intellect lacking by animals, and are not burdened by the pain found in the realms of the Hungry Ghosts or hell.
* Contrary to many modern religions or fantasy genres where humans are better than virtually every other race or somehow special, this trope is averted in many ancient religions. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Ancient Greek religion]] regarded humans as far below the gods and in some ways worse off than animals since they lack the powers of a god, but also lack the ignorance of an animal, leaving them to live in a CrapsackWorld and know about it. Myth/MesopotamianMythology has humanity created by the gods to be a force of slave labor so the gods can live a life of luxury.

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* Certain branches of {{Buddhism}} UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} hold humans as the ideal form to try and achieve Buddha-nature. They lack the distracting luxuries and powers of godhood, possess the intellect lacking by animals, and are not burdened by the pain found in the realms of the Hungry Ghosts or hell.
* Contrary to many modern religions or fantasy genres where humans are better than virtually every other race or somehow special, this trope is averted in many ancient religions. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Ancient Greek religion]] regarded humans as far below the gods and in some ways worse off than animals since they lack the powers of a god, but also lack the ignorance of an animal, leaving them to live in a CrapsackWorld and know about it. Myth/MesopotamianMythology has humanity created by the gods to be a force of slave labor so the gods can live a life of luxury.



*** Also, _collective_ humanity pretty easily trumps mages both individually and collectively. They're no longer the bedrock that holds the consensus together as in the OldWorldOfDarkness, but they're still the source of Paradox (the force that causes magic to backlash and fail) and they have the most powerful and magically valuable souls in the setting short of possibly the Magi themselves, in a setting where souls are a very real and powerful force.

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*** Also, _collective_ humanity pretty easily trumps mages both individually and collectively. They're no longer the bedrock that holds the consensus together as in the OldWorldOfDarkness, ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', but they're still the source of Paradox (the force that causes magic to backlash and fail) and they have the most powerful and magically valuable souls in the setting short of possibly the Magi themselves, in a setting where souls are a very real and powerful force.



** It seems humanity is the only species to actually invent popular culture/entertainment at all. Hence, we have the best music, movies, clothes, soft drinks, etc. and any alien species will either import what humans invented in this line, or copy it. One of the sample characters is a RubberForeheadAlien HighSchoolHustler who explains that she can get the best tech from her homeworld simply by sending Earth music or fashion to them in trade.

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** It seems humanity is the only species to actually invent popular culture/entertainment at all. Hence, we have the best music, movies, clothes, soft drinks, etc. and any alien species will either import what humans invented in this line, or copy it. One of the sample characters is a RubberForeheadAlien {{Rubber Forehead Alien|s}} HighSchoolHustler who explains that she can get the best tech from her homeworld simply by sending Earth music or fashion to them in trade.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', humanity's special trait? The fact that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters they're more efficient bastards than everyone else.]] Traits other settings associate with humans - dynamic society, adapting technology, and optimism - are actually given to the [[TheAlliance alien Tau]]. Human civilization has been in decline for the past ten thousand years, a MachineCult of {{Techno Wizard}}s quashes innovation and doesn't fully understand what technology still works, and humanity has dubbed the current era "The Time of Ending." The only things mankind has going for it are [[WeHaveReserves numbers]] and a [[IDidWhatIHadToDo willingness to do]] [[CombatPragmatist whatever it takes to win]], no matter how many [[EarthShatteringKaboom worlds get snuffed out in the process. Exterminatus anyone?]]
** Humans do also have some of the most individually powerful [[PsychicPowers Psykers]] in the whole galaxy, [[GodEmperor The God-Emperor]] being the prime example.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', humanity's special trait? The fact that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters they're more efficient bastards than everyone else.]] Traits other settings associate with humans - dynamic society, adapting technology, and optimism - are actually given to the [[TheAlliance alien Tau]]. Human civilization has been in decline for the past ten thousand years, a MachineCult of {{Techno Wizard}}s quashes innovation and doesn't fully understand what technology still works, and humanity has dubbed the current era "The Time of Ending." The only things mankind has going for it are [[WeHaveReserves numbers]] and a [[IDidWhatIHadToDo willingness to do]] [[CombatPragmatist whatever it takes to win]], no matter how many [[EarthShatteringKaboom worlds get snuffed out in the process. Exterminatus anyone?]]
** Humans do also have some of the most individually powerful [[PsychicPowers Psykers]] in the whole galaxy, [[GodEmperor The God-Emperor]] being the prime example.



* TabletopGame/DragonDice has only one race/army representing humanity - the Amazons. They are the only race to have been created solely by the male creation [[HaveYouSeenMyGod deity]], and have access to any of the magic in the game that isn't race-specific by adapting the type of terrain they're located at - a degree of adaptability that no other race in the game shares.

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* TabletopGame/DragonDice ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' has only one race/army representing humanity - the Amazons. They are the only race to have been created solely by the male creation [[HaveYouSeenMyGod deity]], and have access to any of the magic in the game that isn't race-specific by adapting the type of terrain they're located at - a degree of adaptability that no other race in the game shares.



* In TabletopGame/{{Scion}} by Creator/WhiteWolf, the collective desire of humans to tell stories is the primary driving force of Fate, a power that binds even the Gods themselves. It is also through this that the characters' power grows. The more a Scion is talked about, the more powerful they become.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Scion}} ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' by Creator/WhiteWolf, the collective desire of humans to tell stories is the primary driving force of Fate, a power that binds even the Gods themselves. It is also through this that the characters' power grows. The more a Scion is talked about, the more powerful they become.



** Humans can use arcane magic (and even demonic magic in some cases) freely, without becoming truly addicted or falling into a blood rage, as the various elven races, orcs, or draenei do. Humans are also some of the strongest wielders of holy magic, with only the Naaru (who are the physical embodiment of the Light) and the Draenei (who spent millenia being specifically trained by the Naaru to wield holy magic) rivalling them in their power.
** On the other end of the spectrum, corrupted humans are capable of far greater terrors than orcs or even the demonic Eredar are capable of, as shown by Arthas. Not to mention, corrupted humans that use Holy magic have a frightening tendency to retain their abilities as long they they ''perceive'' themselves to be LawfulGood, which explains the Scarlet Crusade. Or [[FaceHeelTurn Archbishop]] [[DespairEventHorizon Benedictus]].
* In ''AdventRising'' the human race is presented as being the closest to perfection; a race of latent demigods. This leads to humanity being the center of attention of many alien races and near-extermination. One of two surviving humans then proceeds to open a can o' whup-ass on the genocidal aliens with the above-mentioned demi-god powers.

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** Humans can use arcane magic (and even demonic magic in some cases) freely, without becoming truly addicted or falling into a blood rage, as the various elven races, orcs, or draenei do. Humans are also some of the strongest wielders of holy magic, with only the Naaru (who are the physical embodiment of the Light) and the Draenei (who spent millenia millennia being specifically trained by the Naaru to wield holy magic) rivalling them in their power.
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** On the other end of the spectrum, corrupted humans are capable of far greater terrors than orcs or even the demonic Eredar are capable of, as shown by Arthas. Not to mention, corrupted humans that use Holy magic have a frightening tendency to retain their abilities as long they as they ''perceive'' themselves to be LawfulGood, which explains the Scarlet Crusade. Or [[FaceHeelTurn Archbishop]] [[DespairEventHorizon Benedictus]].
* In ''AdventRising'' ''VideoGame/AdventRising'' the human race is presented as being the closest to perfection; a race of latent demigods. This leads to humanity being the center of attention of many alien races and near-extermination. One of two surviving humans then proceeds to open a can o' whup-ass on the genocidal aliens with the above-mentioned demi-god powers.



* 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.
* Played straight on the 3 campaigns of ''GuildWars'' since the PlayerCharacter can only be human, [[AllThereInTheManual the lore]] mentions that when humans appeared they had no thick hides, sharp claws or fangs to defend themselves from monsters, but they worshipped the gods who created Tyria and in turn those gods gave them the gift of magic to defend themselves, thanks to this, humans were able to dominate the 3 continents, it is also mentioned that the humans's comings and goings are of great interest to said gods althought [[TheGodsMustBeLazy they no longer directly intervene]]. It is also human heroes the ones who defeat the fallen god Abaddon and it is the human Kormir [[spoiler: the one who consumes his power and ascends to goddess]].

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* In Franchise/TheElderScrolls ''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.
* Played straight on the 3 campaigns of ''GuildWars'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' since the PlayerCharacter can only be human, [[AllThereInTheManual the lore]] mentions that when humans appeared they had no thick hides, sharp claws or fangs to defend themselves from monsters, but they worshipped the gods who created Tyria and in turn those gods gave them the gift of magic to defend themselves, thanks to this, humans were able to dominate the 3 continents, it is also mentioned that the humans's comings and goings are of great interest to said gods althought [[TheGodsMustBeLazy they no longer directly intervene]]. It is also human heroes the ones who defeat the fallen god Abaddon and it is the human Kormir [[spoiler: the one who consumes his power and ascends to goddess]].



* In VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars manual on of the Celareon (energy beings) gives a long speech about humans and their virtues ending with "They may not look it, but they are a formidable enemy from the rest of the galaxy"

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* In VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars manual on the ''VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars'' manual, one of the Celareon (energy beings) gives a long speech about humans and their virtues ending with "They may not look it, but they are a formidable enemy from the rest of the galaxy"galaxy."



*** Before the release of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', Bungie's original MindScrew was that [[{{HumansAreSuperior}} Humanity]] and the Forerunner were [[{{AdvancedAncientHumans}} ''one and the same'']]. This was hinted throughout ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and the ExpandedUniverse - especially in ''Contact Harvest'' when [[{{AIisaCrapshoot}} 032 Mendicant Bias]] states "''This is Reclaimer..and those it represents are my Makers''". This was retconned during the development of ''Halo 3'' and the Forerunners and humankind were fixed as two seperate species.

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*** Before the release of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', Bungie's original MindScrew was that [[{{HumansAreSuperior}} Humanity]] and the Forerunner were [[{{AdvancedAncientHumans}} ''one and the same'']]. This was hinted throughout ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and the ExpandedUniverse - especially in ''Contact Harvest'' when [[{{AIisaCrapshoot}} 032 Mendicant Bias]] states "''This is Reclaimer..and those it represents are my Makers''". This was retconned during the development of ''Halo 3'' and the Forerunners and humankind were fixed as two seperate species. separate species.



* Despite getting its ass kicked pretty hard in ''UniverseAtWar'', the Masari attest to the potential humanity possesses. Now all it has to do is restore that [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt 90% of its lost population.]]

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* Despite getting its ass kicked pretty hard in ''UniverseAtWar'', ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', the Masari attest to the potential humanity possesses. Now all it has to do is restore that [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt 90% of its lost population.]]



* Lampooned [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/02/01/spacetrawler-116/ here]] in ''{{Spacetrawler}}''. We're not special, just pathetic.
* According to Dr. Tomorrow in ''TheMercuryMen'', humans are unique and special among all the races in the galaxy. They are the only race that has discovered space flight.
* The ''With More, With Less'' arc in ''{{Harbourmaster}}'' deconstructs this. The entomorphs do like quite a bit about humans and Aquaans, but feel they ought to be wary of them anyway. No matter what any given human's psyche is, they're the dominant side of the relationship, whether they seek/desire it or not, just by having the more powerful technology. That power makes it functionally impossible for humans to do more than "let" the entomorphs determine their own affairs and keep sovereignty over the world of Tethys in general. After all, even pure benevolence is no perfect ward against the malignity that carelessness can bring...
* Parodied and/or {{Deconstructed}} by ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'': [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2012/05/01/on-remote-tasting/ "Wait, friend!]] [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway My powers of]] ''[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway smell]]'' [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway tell me that this food has been poisoned!"]]

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* Lampooned [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/02/01/spacetrawler-116/ here]] in ''{{Spacetrawler}}''.''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}''. We're not special, just pathetic.
* According to Dr. Tomorrow in ''TheMercuryMen'', ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen'', humans are unique and special among all the races in the galaxy. They are the only race that has discovered space flight.
* The ''With More, With Less'' arc in ''{{Harbourmaster}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Harbourmaster}}'' deconstructs this. The entomorphs do like quite a bit about humans and Aquaans, but feel they ought to be wary of them anyway. No matter what any given human's psyche is, they're the dominant side of the relationship, whether they seek/desire it or not, just by having the more powerful technology. That power makes it functionally impossible for humans to do more than "let" the entomorphs determine their own affairs and keep sovereignty over the world of Tethys in general. After all, even pure benevolence is no perfect ward against the malignity that carelessness can bring...
* Parodied and/or {{Deconstructed}} [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] by ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'': [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2012/05/01/on-remote-tasting/ "Wait, friend!]] [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway My powers of]] ''[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway smell]]'' [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway tell me that this food has been poisoned!"]]



* ''OrionsArm'' calls this trope "Plucky Baseline Syndrome" in universe, in a galaxy full of {{Transhuman}}s, Posthumans, and [[DeusEstMachina god-like ais]] the notion is generally considered humorous. Baseline humans' specialness, if anything at all, lies in that they were the originator sophonts of the now splendidly diverse Terragen civilzation.

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* ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' calls this trope "Plucky Baseline Syndrome" in universe, in a galaxy full of {{Transhuman}}s, Posthumans, and [[DeusEstMachina god-like ais]] the notion is generally considered humorous. Baseline humans' specialness, if anything at all, lies in that they were the originator sophonts of the now splendidly diverse Terragen civilzation.



* [[http://imgur.com/sYF70zI This]] ''Imgur'' post states that humans are ImmuneToBullets, have a powerful bite attack that spreads a lethal disease, have MysteriousAnimalSenses, [[ILoveNuclearPower expose themselves to radiation as part of their mating ritual]], are tenacious enough to rebuild a nest that's been crater-ified, [[DecapitationRequired can only be killed by decapitation]], [[HumansAreWarriors worship several]] [[ArnoldSchwarzenegger gods of]] [[{{Rambo}} war]], can project biological weapons from every orifice on their bodies, and have MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. Of course, the alien got those ideas about us by [[AliensStealCable by watching our TV shows]]...

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* [[http://imgur.com/sYF70zI This]] ''Imgur'' post states that humans are ImmuneToBullets, have a powerful bite attack that spreads a lethal disease, have MysteriousAnimalSenses, [[ILoveNuclearPower expose themselves to radiation as part of their mating ritual]], are tenacious enough to rebuild a nest that's been crater-ified, [[DecapitationRequired can only be killed by decapitation]], [[HumansAreWarriors worship several]] [[ArnoldSchwarzenegger [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger gods of]] [[{{Rambo}} [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} war]], can project biological weapons from every orifice on their bodies, and have MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. Of course, the alien got those ideas about us by [[AliensStealCable by watching our TV shows]]...



** And it's not just our ability to survive in a wider variety of temperatures, but that we can build and make things that let us live in more extreme climates. Humans can make all kinds of clothes for temperature regulation, and there are different types of houses for different types of condtions. Our use of electricity to heat and cool homes has certainly helped.

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** And it's not just our ability to survive in a wider variety of temperatures, but that we can build and make things that let us live in more extreme climates. Humans can make all kinds of clothes for temperature regulation, and there are different types of houses for different types of condtions.conditions. Our use of electricity to heat and cool homes has certainly helped.



** Humans (and our ancestors) have a styloid process on our third metacarpal (the bone in our palms that is between our the base of our middle finger and our wrist). That is a bone extension that lets us lock our wrists in place and isn't present in any other extant species of great ape. This allows us to manipulate tools with greater strength and dexterity than would otherwise be possible.

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** Humans (and our ancestors) have a styloid process on our third metacarpal (the bone in our palms that is between our the base of our middle finger and our wrist). That is a bone extension that lets us lock our wrists in place and isn't present in any other extant species of great ape. This allows us to manipulate tools with greater strength and dexterity than would otherwise be possible.
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* ''Film/TheHistoryOfFutureFolk'': Humans are the only species to have invented music, though Kevin notes that humans are just as violent and flawed as any other species.
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': It's hinted in one arc of the manga (the World's Tiniest Invasion: Lost Episode IIRC) that humans have an absurd level of mental potential, and that Keroro's contact with them has put his own potential far beyond that of the average Keroronian, which still leaves him far below a human's level.
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