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15th Jun '16 4:01:23 AM TheGreatUnknown
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This trope may be invoked as well by {{Physical God}}s, demons and magic or sobrenatural entities. Instead of "Puny Earthlings", they will usually call us "Puny mortals", but the rest [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is basically the same]].

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This trope may be invoked as well by {{Physical God}}s, demons and magic or sobrenatural supernatural entities. Instead of "Puny Earthlings", they will usually call us "Puny mortals", but the rest [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is basically the same]].
7th Jun '16 3:52:03 PM WillKeaton
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* In the controversial humour fic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/123628/xcom-enemy-unthreatening XCOM: Enemy Unthreatening]]'', [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown the Ethereals and their slave races]] attempt to invade [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]], only to fall prey to a comedy of errors. Oh, and the moon-controlling princess of theirs.

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* In the controversial humour fic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/123628/xcom-enemy-unthreatening XCOM: Enemy Unthreatening]]'', Unthreatening,]]'' [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown the Ethereals and their slave races]] attempt to invade [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]], only to fall prey to a comedy of errors. Oh, and the moon-controlling princess of theirs.
3rd Jun '16 4:48:39 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* Pretty much humans in ''VideoGame/StarControl''. Until the arrival of the Chenjesu to their outpost in the minor planet Ceres they lived with no FTL travel and totally oblivious to the conflict that was shaping in this corner of the Milky Way with the Ur-Quan's arrival, and were seen by the Ilwrath as ideal prey animals being weak and helpless. Their strength was to produce hundreds of (slow and vulnerable) warships armed with ''lots'' of nuclear missiles [[spoiler: and defeating using Precursor technology both Ur-Quan species, as well as restoring the Alliance]].
5th May '16 4:44:29 PM TARINunit9
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** It has to be noted that humans, while weak, aren't the weakest sapients in the setting - that honour goes to the Tau (okay maybe the gretchin), who are shorter-lived, less skilled in melee and have even worse eyesight, needing advanced targeting equipment to hit as well as humans. They make up for it by having some of the best-equipped armies in the setting, and only getting better (and also the ability to fly naturally, though their [[MiniMecha affinity for jetpacks]] means this doesn't come up very often anymore).

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** It has to be noted that humans, while weak, aren't the weakest sapients in the setting - that honour goes to the Tau (okay maybe the gretchin), who are shorter-lived, less skilled in melee and have even worse (DependingOnTheWriter) really bad eyesight, needing advanced targeting equipment to hit as well as humans. They make up for it by having some of the best-equipped armies in the setting, and only getting better (and also the ability to fly naturally, though their [[MiniMecha affinity for jetpacks]] means this doesn't come up very often anymore).
1st May '16 11:59:18 AM DanaO
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** The book entries in the series add one significant problem with Earth. The Tenctonese are specifically adapted for desert planets and both produce and shed heat rapidly; what would be uncomfortable cold for a human is nearly life-threatening for a Tenctonese. As they crashed in a desert and resettled in L.A., this doesn't come up much in the TV series, but it's an additional reason they haven't spread across the country.
27th Apr '16 7:03:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': After the Earth is harvested by a HordeOfAlienLocusts, the last human is captured and brought to a slave market. The sellers only included the puny earthling as a novelty because he's the LastOfHisKind. After getting too snarky with a much bigger alien his head is immediately crushed.
21st Mar '16 4:19:09 PM Twiddler
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This trope may be invoked as well by {{Physical God}}s, demons and magic or sobrenatural entities. Instead of "Puny Earthlings", they will usually call us"Puny mortals", but the rest [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is basically the same]].

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This trope may be invoked as well by {{Physical God}}s, demons and magic or sobrenatural entities. Instead of "Puny Earthlings", they will usually call us"Puny us "Puny mortals", but the rest [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is basically the same]].
15th Mar '16 9:57:30 AM Sharlee
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This trope is common because, even among Earthly life forms, most people (and intellectuals/writers) believe humans are {{squishy wizard}}s who hold an obvious advantage only in intelligence. Other animals are always faster, stronger, tougher and more agile than a human. In truth, humanity stacks up decently enough against many individual species rather than the vague "animal kingdom" amalgam that it is most often compared to, but quite badly against other predators in everything except for [[VictoryByEndurance endurance]]. It is in fact likely that a human (even prehistoric) deprived of their intelligence and thus ability to manufacture tools, clothing, and shelter would rapidly die from starvation and exposure. Other predators rely purely on their innate physical abilities. The fact that intelligence and the manual dexterity to apply it are simply ''our'' "innate physical abilities" doesn't change the fact that it seems like "cheating" to weigh such abilities against pure muscle, speed, or agility.

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This trope is common because, even among Earthly life forms, most people (and intellectuals/writers) believe humans are {{squishy wizard}}s who hold an obvious advantage only in intelligence. Other animals are always faster, stronger, tougher and more agile than a human. In truth, humanity stacks up decently enough against many individual species rather than the vague "animal kingdom" amalgam that it is most often compared to, but quite badly against other predators in everything except for [[VictoryByEndurance endurance]]. It is in fact likely that a human (even prehistoric) deprived of their intelligence and thus ability to manufacture tools, clothing, and shelter would rapidly die from starvation and exposure. Other predators rely purely on their innate physical abilities. The fact that intelligence and the manual dexterity to apply it are simply ''our'' "innate physical abilities" doesn't change the fact that it seems like "cheating" to weigh such abilities against pure muscle, speed, or agility.
15th Mar '16 9:57:22 AM Sharlee
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This trope is common because, even among Earthly life forms, most people (and intellectuals/writers) believe humans are {{squishy wizard}}s who hold an obvious advantage only in intelligence. Other animals are always faster, stronger, tougher and more agile than a human. In truth, humanity stacks up decently enough against many individual species rather than the vague "animal kingdom" amalgam that it is most often compared to, but quite badly against other predators in everything except for [[VictoryByEndurance endurance]]. It is in fact likely that a human (even prehistoric) deprived of their intelligence and thus ability to manufacture tools, clothing, and shelter would rapidly die from starvation and exposure. Other predators rely purely on their innate physical abilities.

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This trope is common because, even among Earthly life forms, most people (and intellectuals/writers) believe humans are {{squishy wizard}}s who hold an obvious advantage only in intelligence. Other animals are always faster, stronger, tougher and more agile than a human. In truth, humanity stacks up decently enough against many individual species rather than the vague "animal kingdom" amalgam that it is most often compared to, but quite badly against other predators in everything except for [[VictoryByEndurance endurance]]. It is in fact likely that a human (even prehistoric) deprived of their intelligence and thus ability to manufacture tools, clothing, and shelter would rapidly die from starvation and exposure. Other predators rely purely on their innate physical abilities.
abilities. The fact that intelligence and the manual dexterity to apply it are simply ''our'' "innate physical abilities" doesn't change the fact that it seems like "cheating" to weigh such abilities against pure muscle, speed, or agility.
24th Feb '16 9:53:08 AM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''Film/TheAvengers'', wherein the Hulk [[spoiler:beats the ever-loving crap out of Loki]] and then says, "Puny God."

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* Inverted in ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', wherein the Hulk [[spoiler:beats the ever-loving crap out of Loki]] and then says, "Puny God."
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