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19th Aug '16 1:57:28 AM Tre
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7th Aug '16 1:47:11 PM hubakon1368
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* ''Fanfic/BlackCrayons'': [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Ironhide, and later Bumblebee]], have initial trouble with how the crayon drawings are supposed to represent reality.
6th Aug '16 5:20:39 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Several ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels show the war from the Covenant perspective, using this trope often.
** The first and last books in Literature/TheForerunnerSaga take place entirely from the perspective of [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. The common view is that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and little different, in form and manner, from animals (mostly because they [[DevolutionDevice made them that way]]). The characters the trilogy focuses on, being more familiar with the species, generally see humans as NotSoDifferent, WorthyOpponent, HumansAreWarriors, and HumansAreSpecial, for the most part.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Several ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels show the war have at least some parts written from the Covenant perspective, using this trope often.
** The first [[Literature/HaloCryptum first]] and last [[Literature/HaloSilentium last]] books in Literature/TheForerunnerSaga ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' take place entirely from the perspective of [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. The common Forerunner view is that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and little different, in form and manner, from animals (mostly because they the Forerunners [[DevolutionDevice made them that way]]). The characters the trilogy focuses on, being more familiar with the species, generally see humans as NotSoDifferent, WorthyOpponent, HumansAreWarriors, {{Worthy Opponent}}s, [[HumansAreWarriors great warriors]], and HumansAreSpecial, [[HumansAreSpecial even truly special]], for the most part.



* The instruction manual for the collector's edition of ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'' is written from the perspective of the Covenant, and as such is incredibly biased. For example, Covenant weapons are categorized as ''Noble Tools of Conquest'', while human weapons are ''Primitive Implements of War''.

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The instruction manual for the collector's edition of ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'' is written from the perspective of the Covenant, and as such is incredibly biased. For example, Covenant weapons are categorized as ''Noble Tools of Conquest'', while human weapons are ''Primitive Implements of War''.War''.
** Some of the ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved: Anniversary'' terminals detail what about Guilty Spark thinks of the humans running around on his installation, particularly [[PlayerCharacter a certain one]] who's going around breaking everything.
** Most of the ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' terminals take place from the Forerunners' point of view, with several exploring the Didact's and Librarian's views on humanity.
** A few of the ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' audio logs detail what the Swords of Sanghelios think of their human allies. In particular, there's one about a Grunt who's under the impression that human females naturally lose their arms as they age, and that they release spores and spin nests of meat-silk.
5th Aug '16 12:48:48 AM PaulA
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** ''The Phoenix Guards'' series is told by a Dragaeran narrator who occasionally describes Easterners' curious physical appearance and gives his biased opinion on their culture, which is loosely based on Medieval Hungary.

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** ''The Phoenix Guards'' The ''Literature/KhaavrenRomances'' series is told by a Dragaeran narrator who occasionally describes Easterners' curious physical appearance and gives his biased opinion on their culture, which is loosely based on Medieval Hungary.
30th Jul '16 12:51:30 PM nombretomado
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** A similar event occurred in the {{backstory}} of DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll'', with a bunch of aliens who were hell-bent on wiping out every other sentient race in the universe finding themselves with a fight on their hands due to under-estimating humanity's adaptability and rate of development, as well as not realizing that we'd reverse engineer every bit of their technology we could get our hands on in order to improve our chances.

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** A similar event occurred in the {{backstory}} of DavidWeber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll'', with a bunch of aliens who were hell-bent on wiping out every other sentient race in the universe finding themselves with a fight on their hands due to under-estimating humanity's adaptability and rate of development, as well as not realizing that we'd reverse engineer every bit of their technology we could get our hands on in order to improve our chances.
30th Jul '16 11:26:03 AM ThatBitterTase
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** This interpretation is also used heavily by Redcloak from Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick, making him an extremely sympathetic AntiVillain.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', you get not [[StarfishAliens one]], not [[PettingZooPeople two]], but ''[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots three]]'' distinct outsider viewpoints of human culture. Not to mention those times when its outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Sam'', or outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Florence''. There's a whole undercurrent of slavery moving toward emancipation because the humans haven't quite figured out that robots are becoming sentient enough to be self-willed, and then again, the humans aren't quite the same as the humans from earth ''either''... all in all, just go read it. Seriously.

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** This interpretation is also used heavily by Redcloak from Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick, making him an extremely sympathetic AntiVillain.
AntiVillain. However, in-universe, Xykon repeatedly suggests that Redcloak is just huddling behind this trope in a desperate attempt to lie to himself, to paint himself as "not the bad guy".
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', you get not [[StarfishAliens one]], not [[PettingZooPeople two]], but ''[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots three]]'' distinct outsider viewpoints of human culture. Not to mention those times when its outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Sam'', or outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Florence''. There's a whole undercurrent of slavery moving toward emancipation because the humans haven't quite figured out that robots are becoming sentient enough to be self-willed, and then again, the humans aren't quite the same as the humans from earth ''either''... all in all, just go read it. Seriously.
27th Jul '16 7:55:15 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}} has this with the monster population in the underground. They hadn't seen humans in ages since the war between monsters and humans. Many monsters resent humans since said humans sealed the monsters underground when the humans won the war. No human had appeared in the monster's world until several human children had fallen down the mountain and the player character being the most recent one on the list. Many of the monsters and monster history books that talk about humans see them as strange beings that can't express their emotions through magic like monsters can while many other monsters have their own polarizing opinions on humans. Depending on how you play, the monsters will either welcome your presence or flee in absolute terror with some staying behind to fight you to the death. In the GoldenEnding, monsters and humans get over their differences and live in harmony.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}} ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has this with the monster population in the underground. They hadn't seen humans in ages since the war between monsters and humans. Many monsters resent humans since said humans sealed the monsters underground when the humans won the war. No human had appeared in the monster's world until several human children had fallen down the mountain and the player character being the most recent one on the list. Many of the monsters and monster history books that talk about humans see them as strange beings that can't express their emotions through magic like monsters can while many other monsters have their own polarizing opinions on humans. Depending on how you play, the monsters will either welcome your presence or flee in absolute terror with some staying behind to fight you to the death. In the GoldenEnding, monsters and humans get over their differences and live in harmony.
27th Jul '16 7:54:37 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}} has this with the monster population in the underground. They hadn't seen humans in ages since the war between monsters and humans. Many monsters resent humans since said humans sealed the monsters underground when the humans won the war. No human had appeared in the monster's world until several human children had fallen down the mountain and the player character being the most recent one on the list. Many of the monsters and monster history books that talk about humans see them as strange beings that can't express their emotions through magic like monsters can while many other monsters have their own polarizing opinions on humans. Depending on how you play, the monsters will either welcome your presence or flee in absolute terror with some staying behind to fight you to the death. In the GoldenEnding, monsters and humans get over their differences and live in harmony.
3rd Jul '16 8:34:46 PM Doug86
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* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3546854/16/Reunions_are_a_Bitch The sixteenth chapter]] of "FanFic/ReunionsAreABitch" is probably one of the better examples out there, and could almost be considered an essay on the subject. If for no other reason than that it takes into account just how much raw data is being pumped out from Earth ''every second'', with many Colonial intelligence operatives commenting that they have no idea what is fiction and what is reality due to all the radio signals coming from Earth getting all jumbled together, not to mention the fact that they're being broadcast in dozens of different languages. They end up thinking at the end of the chapter that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was a documentary, the Earth is infested with {{Kaiju}}, the Third Reich was the good guy in WorldWarII, and that the Earth is secretly ruled by an evil dictatorship that brainwashed everyone into believing they're monotheists.

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* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3546854/16/Reunions_are_a_Bitch The sixteenth chapter]] of "FanFic/ReunionsAreABitch" is probably one of the better examples out there, and could almost be considered an essay on the subject. If for no other reason than that it takes into account just how much raw data is being pumped out from Earth ''every second'', with many Colonial intelligence operatives commenting that they have no idea what is fiction and what is reality due to all the radio signals coming from Earth getting all jumbled together, not to mention the fact that they're being broadcast in dozens of different languages. They end up thinking at the end of the chapter that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was a documentary, the Earth is infested with {{Kaiju}}, the Third Reich was the good guy in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and that the Earth is secretly ruled by an evil dictatorship that brainwashed everyone into believing they're monotheists.



** In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series, aliens who did their initial recon of Earth in the Middle Ages arrive during WorldWarII, expecting humans to still be at medieval tech levels and prepared accordingly.

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** In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, aliens who did their initial recon of Earth in the Middle Ages arrive during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, expecting humans to still be at medieval tech levels and prepared accordingly.
28th Jun '16 1:31:51 PM nmn3r3
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** And in fact ''The Visser Chronicles'' is almost entirely this trope (the viewpoint character is a Yeerk). The now-disgraced former Visser One relates how they found Earth and why they're so intent on conquering it, and her experience living among humans. They categorize species based on their usefulness, and humans fall into the "perfect host" category (the first species the Yeerks encounter that does so).

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** And in fact ''The Visser Chronicles'' is almost entirely this trope (the viewpoint character is a Yeerk). The now-disgraced former Visser One relates how they found Earth and why they're so intent on conquering it, and her experience living among humans. They categorize species based on their usefulness, and humans fall into the "perfect host" category (the first species the Yeerks encounter that does so).[[note]]Though humans were later bumped down a level on the host scale, since we lack natural weapons and defenses that makes other alien hosts effective as shock troops[[/note]]
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