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8th Aug '16 10:58:25 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** It's also worth noting that the majority of the Covenant's soldiers are Grunts, Jackals, and Drones, who are generally little better than CannonFodder, with the Grunts in particular being completely outclassed by your average human soldier; ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' even shows a newly-trained 72-man colonial militia company (not even proper Marines or Army troopers) able to hold its own against a roughly 170-strong Covenant force (the vast majority of it made up of Grunts and Drones, with only a small pack of ten Brutes).

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*** ** It's also worth noting that the majority of the Covenant's soldiers are Grunts, Jackals, and Drones, who are generally little better than CannonFodder, with the Grunts in particular being completely outclassed by your average human soldier; ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' even shows a newly-trained 72-man colonial militia company (not even proper Marines or Army troopers) able to hold its own against a roughly 170-strong Covenant force (the vast majority of it made up of Grunts and Drones, with only a small pack of ten Brutes).



** Humanity is also completely outclassed in space combat; most of their victories occur only when they manage to outnumber the Covenant by at least three to one, and even then they usually end up taking more casualties than they inflict. Indeed, human victories on the ground usually merely serve as delaying actions to cover for mass evacuations, since the almost-inevitably victorious Covenant fleet will generally just proceed to "glass" the planet from space.
*** However, there are a handful of space battles where a well-led or well-fortified human force manages to either defeat or heavily damage a numerically superior Covenant fleet, examples including a skirmish between the ''UNSC Iroquois'' and four Covenant ships, the Battle of Reach, and the Battle of Onyx.

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** Humanity is also completely outclassed in space combat; most of their victories occur only when they manage to outnumber the Covenant by at least three to one, and even then they usually end up taking more casualties than they inflict. Indeed, human victories on the ground usually merely serve as delaying actions to cover for mass evacuations, since the almost-inevitably victorious Covenant fleet will generally just proceed to "glass" the planet from space.
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space. However, there are a handful of space battles where a well-led or well-fortified human force manages to either defeat or heavily damage a numerically superior Covenant fleet, examples including a skirmish between the ''UNSC Iroquois'' and four Covenant ships, the Battle of Reach, and the Battle of Onyx.
21st Jul '16 9:58:58 PM merotoker
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** Superman also claims without hesitation that ''Batman'' is the most dangerous man on the planet. Not Luthor, not Supes himself, but Batman. And Batman's too good of a friend to turn Supes into a liar.

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** Superman also claims without hesitation that ''Batman'' ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is the most dangerous man on the planet. Not Luthor, not Supes himself, but Batman. And Batman's too good of a friend to turn Supes into a liar.



* Starfire from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' is an alien who is actually superpowered by their own standards; she has the ability to fly, learn foreign languages through skin contact, superhuman strength and endurance, and the ability to shoot energy beams. All but the last of these is standard issue for her species.

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* Starfire ComicBook/{{Starfire}} from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' is an alien who is actually superpowered by their own standards; she has the ability to fly, learn foreign languages through skin contact, superhuman strength and endurance, and the ability to shoot energy beams. All but the last of these is standard issue for her species.



* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has most species out in the universe, and most of the supernatural creatures on Earth, believe this and be consistently baffled at Asgard's habit of sticking up for humanity and warning everyone else to steer clear - which, since Earth is a magic infested DeathWorld inhabited by a dominant species that seems happiest when killing something (or each other), most are happy to do. However, the various supernatural creatures are aware of MugglePower and keep up TheMasquerade out of fear, even if they won't admit it, and Asgard takes a HumanityIsYoung approach and, believing that HumansAreSpecial, seek to nurture humanity's potential. It is notable that those aliens exposed to humanity long term, such as a few Kryptonians (most famously, Jor-El), and Captain Mar-Vell, tend to develop similar attitudes. It is also implied that humanity has an unrivalled capacity to produce people with powerful superhuman abilities, from [[PersonOfMassDestruction nigh]] [[PhysicalGod godlike]] beings to those who are more restricted, but [[OneManArmy plenty deadly up close,]] with Loki considering [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier]] someone who is [[SuperSoldier mostly]] human, to be the deadliest assassin in the Nine Realms. And that's all leaving aside the interest of [[spoiler: the Phoenix...]]

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has most species out in the universe, and most of the supernatural creatures on Earth, believe this and be consistently baffled at Asgard's habit of sticking up for humanity and warning everyone else to steer clear - which, since Earth is a magic infested DeathWorld inhabited by a dominant species that seems happiest when killing something (or each other), most are happy to do. However, the various supernatural creatures are aware of MugglePower and keep up TheMasquerade the {{masquerade}} out of fear, even if they won't admit it, and Asgard takes a HumanityIsYoung approach and, believing that HumansAreSpecial, seek to nurture humanity's potential. It is notable that those aliens exposed to humanity long term, such as a few Kryptonians (most famously, Jor-El), and Captain Mar-Vell, tend to develop similar attitudes. It is also implied that humanity has an unrivalled capacity to produce people with powerful superhuman abilities, from [[PersonOfMassDestruction nigh]] [[PhysicalGod godlike]] beings to those who are more restricted, but [[OneManArmy plenty deadly up close,]] with Loki considering [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier]] someone who is [[SuperSoldier mostly]] human, to be the deadliest assassin in the Nine Realms. And that's all leaving aside the interest of [[spoiler: the Phoenix...]]



* One of the kids in ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'' can [[IntangibleMan phase through solid matter]] as well as harden the molecules in his body to the point where the cause a truck to hit him, then FLIP INTO THE AIR, crumpling the front in the process.
** The earlier films which this one [[InNameOnly happens to share a name with]] had HumanAliens with an entire array of PsychicPowers.

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* One of the kids in ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'' can [[IntangibleMan [[{{Intangibility}} phase through solid matter]] as well as harden the molecules in his body to the point where the cause a truck to hit him, then FLIP INTO THE AIR, crumpling the front in the process.
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process. The earlier films which this one [[InNameOnly happens to share a name with]] had HumanAliens with an entire array of PsychicPowers.



* In the film version of ''Film/AlienNation'', Sam "George" Francisco strongly implied that [[RubberForeheadAliens Tenctonese]] ''penises'' were bigger than the human variety.
** Not to mention their [[SuperStrength great strength]], stamina, [[MadeOfIron durability]], ability to survive in environments humans can't, [[BizarreAlienBiology extra hearts]], and if they overdose on an [[FantasticDrug extraterrestrial]] [[PsychoSerum narcotic]], they [[BodyHorror transform]] into [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity murderous]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide supercharged]] [[AxCrazy berserker]] versions of themselves. But they do have a [[WeaksauceWeakness strange weakness]] or two: [[KillItWithWater Water with high salinity burns them like sulphuric acid burns naked mole rats]] and they get [[AlienLunch stinking drunk from sour milk]].

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* In the film version of ''Film/AlienNation'', Sam "George" Francisco strongly implied that [[RubberForeheadAliens Tenctonese]] ''penises'' were bigger than the human variety.
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variety. Not to mention their [[SuperStrength great strength]], stamina, [[MadeOfIron durability]], ability to survive in environments humans can't, [[BizarreAlienBiology extra hearts]], and if they overdose on an [[FantasticDrug extraterrestrial]] [[PsychoSerum narcotic]], they [[BodyHorror transform]] into [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity murderous]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide supercharged]] [[AxCrazy berserker]] versions of themselves. But they do have a [[WeaksauceWeakness strange weakness]] or two: [[KillItWithWater Water with high salinity burns them like sulphuric acid burns naked mole rats]] and they get [[AlienLunch stinking drunk from sour milk]].



* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' does a good job of showcasing just how hopelessly outmatched humans are against Kryptonians. At this point, nothing on Earth is prepared to deal with threats of this scale and magnitude. It's also suggested that much of Superman's strength and speed is a natural result of Kryptonian physiology being on a lower gravity planet. His SuperSenses, flight and HeatVision is his biology soaking in the yellow sun radiation. This is one of the first times that not all of his powers are either one or the other.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' films make an serious case of this when they point out they avoid using [[TranslatorMicrobes universal translators]] because human thought is considered an infectious disease by some aliens. Further shown in the novelization when two race are about to attack each other with Earth in the middle, because the humans aren't considered sentient life and thus consider the planet uninhabited.

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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' does a good job of showcasing just how hopelessly outmatched humans are against Kryptonians. At this point, nothing on Earth is prepared to deal with threats of this scale and magnitude. It's also suggested that much of Superman's strength and speed is a natural result of Kryptonian physiology being on a lower gravity planet. His SuperSenses, flight and HeatVision [[EyeBeams Heat Vision]] is his biology soaking in the yellow sun radiation. This is one of the first times that not all of his powers are either one or the other.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' films make an a serious case of this when they point out they avoid using [[TranslatorMicrobes universal translators]] because human thought is considered an infectious disease by some aliens. Further shown in the novelization when two race are about to attack each other with Earth in the middle, because the humans aren't considered sentient life and thus consider the planet uninhabited.



* Referenced in ''[[Literature/OldMansWar The Ghost Brigades]]'' by Creator/JohnScalzi. Humans are slower and weaker than most other alien races, which is why they no longer use unaltered humans as soldiers. (They prefer instead to use genetically engineered SuperSoldiers with transplanted minds.)

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* Referenced in ''[[Literature/OldMansWar The Ghost Brigades]]'' by Creator/JohnScalzi. Humans are slower and weaker than most other alien races, which is why they no longer use unaltered humans as soldiers. (They prefer instead to use genetically engineered SuperSoldiers {{Super Soldier}}s with transplanted minds.)



* Similarly to the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}, on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', every single [[HumanAliens familiar-looking]] alien race shown so far has had ''some'' kind of superpowers, and most are also much stronger and tougher than humans.

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* Similarly to the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}, on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', every single [[HumanAliens familiar-looking]] alien race shown so far has had ''some'' kind of superpowers, and most are also much stronger and tougher than humans.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is a particularly strong example, where an unaugmented human is among the weakest, most pathetic things on the battlefield. Orks are stronger, more resourceful and ridiculously hard to both kill individually and wipe out as a whole. Eldar are faster, longer-lived, more intelligent ([[CantArgueWithElves or act it]]), universally psychic and with ludicrously advanced technology. Humans have three things going for them: the [[SuperSoldier comprehensively superhuman]] Space Marines, above and beyond most other races' footsoldiers, the best [[TankGoodness Tanks]](and Biggest {{Humongous Mecha}}s) in the setting, and sheer numbers; the one resource the Imperium is never, ''ever'' short of is manpower. (Of course, this tends to lead to... [[WeHaveReserves wastefulness]].)

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is a particularly strong example, where an unaugmented human is among the weakest, most pathetic things on the battlefield. Orks are stronger, more resourceful and ridiculously hard to both kill individually and wipe out as a whole. Eldar are faster, longer-lived, more intelligent ([[CantArgueWithElves or act it]]), universally psychic and with ludicrously advanced technology. Humans have three things going for them: the [[SuperSoldier comprehensively superhuman]] Space Marines, above and beyond most other races' footsoldiers, the best [[TankGoodness Tanks]](and Tanks]] (and Biggest {{Humongous Mecha}}s) in the setting, and sheer numbers; the one resource the Imperium is never, ''ever'' short of is manpower. (Of course, this tends to lead to... [[WeHaveReserves wastefulness]].)



* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is [[EldritchAbomination somewhat unsurprisingly]] in love with this trope -- humans are wimps compared to even most "lesser" races of the Mythos and by all appearances the only species in the universe that can [[GoMadFromTheRevelation suffer significant mental harm]] from as much as ''encountering'' members of another one (or pretty much [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow anything else disturbing humananity's fragile peace of mind]]).

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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is [[EldritchAbomination somewhat unsurprisingly]] in love with this trope -- humans are wimps compared to even most "lesser" races of the Mythos and by all appearances the only species in the universe that can [[GoMadFromTheRevelation suffer significant mental harm]] from as much as ''encountering'' members of another one (or pretty much [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow anything else disturbing humananity's humanity's fragile peace of mind]]).



* At the epilogue of ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', [[spoiler:Demise makes several comments about how the humans from his glory days spent their time cowering in their caves at the mere sight of him and fled to their goddess Hylia for protection. He even mocks Hylia for abandoning her divine form for that of Zelda (this is after ''[[YourSoulIsMine eating her soul]]''), and yet he finds it curious that their kind begot the likes of [[TheHero Link]] and [[BadassNormal Groose]]. He even commends Link when he finally goes down.]]

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* At the epilogue of ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', [[spoiler:Demise makes several comments about how the humans from his glory days spent their time cowering in their caves at the mere sight of him and fled to their goddess Hylia for protection. He even mocks Hylia for abandoning her divine form for that of Zelda (this is after ''[[YourSoulIsMine eating her soul]]''), and yet he finds it curious that their kind begot the likes of [[TheHero Link]] and [[BadassNormal Groose]]. He even commends Link when he finally goes down.]]down]].



** Either averted or downplayed with most non-artificial aliens. The Fobott'r are MultiArmedandDangerous but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers lack the coordination]] to [[MultiWielding: quad-wield properly:]] the Frellenti are FragileSpeedsters with an Multipurpose Tongue but no normal hands. The Oafan are TheAgeless and can back up memory in their skin, but are fragile LivingGasbags, and the Ob'enn are merely fluffy. Even the Unioc have [[SuperSenses superior vision]] as their only real plus over humanity. The only straight example is the Vorwhed, by virtue of being big.

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** Either averted or downplayed with most non-artificial aliens. The Fobott'r are MultiArmedandDangerous MultiArmedAndDangerous but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers lack the coordination]] to [[MultiWielding: [[DualWielding quad-wield properly:]] the Frellenti are FragileSpeedsters {{Fragile Speedster}}s with an Multipurpose Tongue but no normal hands. The Oafan are TheAgeless and can back up memory in their skin, but are fragile LivingGasbags, and the Ob'enn are merely fluffy. Even the Unioc have [[SuperSenses superior vision]] as their only real plus over humanity. The only straight example is the Vorwhed, by virtue of being big.



* Aylee and her species in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' are not only capable of assuming different forms to suit their environment, but their collected arsenal of genetic tricks from unknown eons of consuming planets (which acts to [[JustifiedTrope justify this]]) allows those forms to have just about any useful attribute, though not all at once. Thus, Aylee apparently never needs to sleep or breathe (nor, possibly, go to the potty), and often has vastly superior physical abilities compared to humans as well as a powerful HealingFactor. Things like flight, breathing fire and emitting [=EMPs=] are also possible adaptations. She's also very talented at web design. On the other hand, she's socially awkward on Earth and dreadful in handling money, and sometimes leaves slime all over the place or [[IAmAHumanitarian eats unacceptable things]].

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* Aylee and her species in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' are not only capable of assuming different forms to suit their environment, but their collected arsenal of genetic tricks from unknown eons of consuming planets (which acts to [[JustifiedTrope justify this]]) allows those forms to have just about any useful attribute, though not all at once. Thus, Aylee apparently never needs to sleep or breathe (nor, possibly, go to the potty), and often has vastly superior physical abilities compared to humans as well as a powerful HealingFactor. Things like flight, breathing fire and emitting [=EMPs=] are also possible adaptations. She's also very talented at web design. On the other hand, she's socially awkward on Earth and dreadful in handling money, and sometimes leaves slime all over the place or [[IAmAHumanitarian [[ImAHumanitarian eats unacceptable things]].



** It gets better: In ''Ultimate Alien,'' aliens get 'evolved' forms. A Ben from a possible future has an Ultimate form of his own, which is... using Omnitrix alien powers without transforming, as opposed there being something cool about humans to push UpToEleven. [[YouSuck Humans really do suck]] in the ''Ben 10'' universe.

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** It gets better: In ''Ultimate Alien,'' aliens get 'evolved' forms. A Ben from a possible future has an Ultimate form of his own, which is... using Omnitrix alien powers without transforming, as opposed there being something cool about humans to push UpToEleven. [[YouSuck [[ThisLoserIsYou Humans really do suck]] in the ''Ben 10'' universe.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' Mira's race has this attitude toward other races due to the natural power of [[IntangibleMan Intangibility]] and their secondary PsychicPowers as a result of it. The Chlorm have an ''extreme'' version of this acting as if all sentient races are just {{Talking Animal}}s. This results in putting them in [[PeopleZoo their zoos]], using them for [[AnimalTesting product testing]] and having them do dumb tricks.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' Mira's race has this attitude toward other races due to the natural power of [[IntangibleMan Intangibility]] {{Intangibility}} and their secondary PsychicPowers as a result of it. The Chlorm have an ''extreme'' version of this acting as if all sentient races are just {{Talking Animal}}s. This results in putting them in [[PeopleZoo their zoos]], using them for [[AnimalTesting product testing]] and having them do dumb tricks.



* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZIM''. Humans are pretty dumb, and Irkens have all kinds of superior technology...but for the most part, the Irkens are pretty dumb too. According to WordOfGod, the show's whole concept was founded on the [[RuleOfFunny inherent ridiculousness]] of a [[HigherTechSpecies Higher Tech Alien]] too stupid to use his power correctly.
** There ARE individual Irkens who are extremely competent at planetary conquest and using all that advanced weaponry. It's just a crapshoot whether they actually get in a position to do so considering that all honor and authority in their society is bestowed based on height before any other standard. Zim is actually rather good at using it himself, he's just completely incompetent at target selection. (He once carried out one of the most devastating planetary assaults EVER performed by any Irken...he just forgot to travel from his homeworld to the target planet BEFORE unleashing planet-wide devastation.)

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* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZIM''. Humans are pretty dumb, and Irkens have all kinds of superior technology...but for the most part, the Irkens are pretty dumb too. According to WordOfGod, the show's whole concept was founded on the [[RuleOfFunny inherent ridiculousness]] of a [[HigherTechSpecies Higher Tech Alien]] too stupid to use his power correctly.
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correctly. There ARE individual Irkens who are extremely competent at planetary conquest and using all that advanced weaponry. It's just a crapshoot whether they actually get in a position to do so considering that all honor and authority in their society is bestowed based on height before any other standard. Zim is actually rather good at using it himself, he's just completely incompetent at target selection. (He once carried out one of the most devastating planetary assaults EVER performed by any Irken...he just forgot to travel from his homeworld to the target planet BEFORE unleashing planet-wide devastation.)



* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''. While every other planet seems to spawn a race of superpowered people, Earthlings need to [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers do it the old fashioned way]] with [[FreakLabAccident lab accidents]] and the like.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''. While every other planet seems to spawn a race of superpowered people, Earthlings need to [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers [[JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers do it the old fashioned way]] with [[FreakLabAccident lab accidents]] and the like.



** The ultimate result of this is that in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:Sari, who is easily the most likeable (read:least [[TheScrappy hated]]) human, turns out to be at least partially mechanical.]]

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** The ultimate result of this is that in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:Sari, who is easily the most likeable (read:least [[TheScrappy hated]]) human, turns out to be at least partially mechanical.]]mechanical]].



** The live-action movie verse on the other hand, the humans are effective fighting Transformers ''because'' they're puny; their small size allows them to hide in cover and pop up to fire a few Sabot rounds at a Decepticon.

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** [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries The live-action movie verse verse]] on the other hand, the humans are effective fighting Transformers ''because'' they're puny; their small size allows them to hide in cover and pop up to fire a few Sabot rounds at a Decepticon.
19th Jul '16 8:23:26 PM AJSthe2nd
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** The reason Saiyan's are so strong is because for at least thousands of years they were nothing but a warrior race that did nothing but fight, or train to fight all day, killing each other for resources to survive. Likewise Namekian's are either priests or warriors with no need to worry about sustaining themselves because they only need water to live, which the planet has in plenty. Meanwhile humans live mostly like regular world humans, working, farming worrying about making a living instead of anything else. Vegeta implies once that humanity could become a warrior race to rival the Saiyans in time. If they stopped with all that day to day life stuff and spent all their time perfecting combat skills instead that is.
17th Jul '16 11:49:50 PM doorhandle
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** Either averted or downplayed with most non-artificial aliens. The Fobott'r are MultiArmedandDangerous but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers lack the coordination]] to [[MultiWielding: quad-wield properly:]] the Frellenti are FragileSpeedsters with an Multipurpose Tongue but no normal hands. The Oafan are TheAgeless and can back up memory in their skin, but are fragile LivingGasbags, and the Ob'enn are merely fluffy. Even the Unioc have [[SuperSenses superior vision]] as their only real plus over humanity. The only straight example is the Vorwhed, by virtue of being big.
14th Jul '16 8:12:44 PM Godzillawolf
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** That being said, the few humans who fight alongside the Saiyans (Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and even Chiaotzu) are some of the strongest fighters in the universe, magnitudes more powerful than the old Saiyans or Frieza's Elite but unfortunately the series [[OvershadowedByAwesome focuses on the warriors that are many times stronger than even that.]] This is best shown in anime {{Filler}} and the Resurrection F film, where they beat the Ginyu force and defeat countless hordes of Frieza soldiers.

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** That being said, the few humans who fight alongside the Saiyans (Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and even Chiaotzu) are some of the strongest fighters in the universe, magnitudes more powerful than the old Saiyans or Frieza's Elite but unfortunately the series [[OvershadowedByAwesome focuses on the warriors that are many times stronger than even that.]] This is best shown in anime {{Filler}} and the Resurrection F film, where they beat the Ginyu force and defeat countless hordes of Frieza soldiers. For reference: Frieza's original power level is ''still'' used as the top of the ruler by most of the universe and Zarbon's power level of 24,000 is still considered impressive. The strongest human Z-Fighters have surpassed the former and even the weakest dwarf the latter by a large margin.
** It should be noted, however, that various things imply that Earth is fairly ''average'' on a cosmic scale, considering a ''baby'' Saiyan was considered enough to destroy the civilization of an average planet on their own. It's just that Saiyans, Namekians, and...whatever Frieza is are abnormally strong.
14th Jul '16 11:54:03 AM FGHIK
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* This usually applies in ''Franchise/StarTrek''. To illustrate, the most commonly seen alien races would probably be the Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, and Ferengi. Of that list, the only aliens not physically stronger than humans are the Ferengi, and even that wasn't true in their first appearance.[[note]]Although they may only ''appear'' weak thanks to their general cowardice, as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] ''did'' break gold bars ''with his bare hands.''[[/note]] Some of those races also have longer lifespans than humans, but none have shorter. There are exceptions; for example, ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s Kes belongs to a species that only has a nine-year lifespan.
** The species is, however, telepathic, has photographic memory and mature very fast. Whether this makes up for the short lifespan is in the eye of the beholder. (They'd kind of have to mature fast, wouldn't they?)

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* This usually applies in ''Franchise/StarTrek''. To illustrate, the most commonly seen alien races would probably be the Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, and Ferengi. Of that list, the only aliens not physically stronger than humans are the Ferengi, and even that wasn't true in their first appearance.[[note]]Although they may only ''appear'' weak thanks to their general cowardice, as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] ''did'' break (depleted latinum suspending) gold bars ''with his bare hands.''[[/note]] Some of those races also have longer lifespans than humans, but none have shorter. There are exceptions; for example, ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s Kes belongs to a species that only has a nine-year lifespan.
** The species is, however, telepathic, has photographic memory and mature very fast.fast, [[spoiler: and can AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]. Whether this makes up for the short lifespan is in the eye of the beholder. (They'd kind of have to mature fast, wouldn't they?)
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).
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