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18th Jul '17 2:07:34 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', practically every world out there has access to {{Magitek}}... [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet with one of the few exceptions being earth]]. Earthlings have zero magic culture since the vast majority of them have diddly squat magic capabilities. However, as though following some strange law of averages to balance all the puny earthlings, it's mentioned that when the exceedingly rare earth mages are found, they tend to be sickeningly powerful ones like Nanoha, Hayate, and Gil Graham.

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* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', practically every world out there has access to {{Magitek}}... [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet with one of the few exceptions being earth]].Earth]]. Earthlings have zero magic culture since the vast majority of them have diddly squat magic capabilities. However, as though following some strange law of averages to balance all the puny earthlings, it's mentioned that when the exceedingly rare earth Earth mages are found, they tend to be sickeningly powerful ones like Nanoha, Hayate, and Gil Graham.
13th Jul '17 2:13:48 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': When playing as an alien species, Earth may sometimes spawn on the map with humans at a pre-space flight technological level. You could find them in the middle of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and crush the combined military might of the entire planet with a few legions of {{Super Soldier}}s. In other cases, Earth will spawn as a ''Tomb World'' ravaged by nuclear war and populated by sentient evolved cockroaches, and humans are just a distant memory.
12th Jul '17 3:54:30 AM Carnel
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** Reimu has special powers from the Hakurei bloodline, and has been noted to be closer to a sennin[[note]]someone who's transcended humanity by being a HermitGuru, basically. Not exactly a youkai, but not human, either[[/note]] than a regular human. Marisa ''acts'' like a youkai[[note]]given Touhou's metaphysics, this could well cause her to become one, even if she doesn't decide to become a magician youkai, which a few characters have commented on[[/note]], and most of her power comes from magical mushrooms and magical devices. Sakuya [[MysteriousPast may well not be human]]. Youmu is half yuurei[[note]]ghost, phantom, something like that. The fandom doesn't agree on the translation[[/note]]. Keine is a were-hakutaku, though it's not clear how much of her power comes from this. Kaguya and Mokou are immortals with a thousand or so years of experience. Eirin is ''[[TimeAbyss insanely]]'' old, and may be a god[[note]]She's based on one, and given that someone connected to her in the backstory became one...[[/note]]. Sanae is a god in addition to being human[[note]]not the same as being half god. Yes, it's weird[[/note]] and is helped by a couple of gods.

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** Reimu has special powers from the Hakurei bloodline, and has been noted to be closer to a sennin[[note]]someone who's transcended humanity by being a HermitGuru, basically. Not exactly a youkai, but not human, either[[/note]] than a regular human. Marisa ''acts'' like a youkai[[note]]given Touhou's metaphysics, this could well cause her to become one, even if she doesn't decide to become a magician youkai, which a few characters have commented on[[/note]], and most of her power comes from magical mushrooms and magical devices. Sakuya [[MysteriousPast may well not be human]]. Youmu is half yuurei[[note]]ghost, phantom, something like that. The fandom doesn't agree on the translation[[/note]]. Keine is a were-hakutaku, though it's not clear how much of her power comes from this. Kaguya and Mokou are immortals with a thousand or so years of experience. Eirin is ''[[TimeAbyss insanely]]'' old, and may be a god[[note]]She's based on one, and given that someone connected to her in the backstory became one...[[/note]]. Sanae is a god in addition to being human[[note]]not the same as being half god. Yes, it's weird[[/note]] and is helped by a couple of gods. Sakuya has the ability to [[TimeStandsStill increase or decrease the flow of time]] with her magical watch and the reflexes required to make good use of those abilities. Clownpiece is an example of a ''fairy'' capable of fighting youkai on an even footing, but only by being directly enhanced by the abilities of her patron goddess.



** [[spoiler: It is later revealed that the Lunarians created the youkai to terroize humanity from the Moon and stifle their ability to possibly venture there, making this setup fit the first definition of the trope.]]

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** [[spoiler: It is later revealed that the Lunarians [[BornOfMagic created the youkai youkai]] to [[LivingWeapon terroize humanity humanity]] from the Moon and stifle their ability to possibly venture there, making this setup fit the first definition of the trope.]]
12th Jul '17 3:39:56 AM Carnel
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* Humans in Gensoukyou, the setting of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', are quite a bit weaker than and generally at the mercy of the {{youkai}} (fortunately, nowadays youkai are more concerned with [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu tea parties]] than [[ToServeMan eating humans]]), only able to thwart the pathetically weak and [[TooDumbToLive deeply stupid]] fairies. Even the handful of humans that can effectively fight youkai are not quite normal:

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* Humans in Gensoukyou, the setting of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', are quite a bit weaker than and generally at the mercy of the {{youkai}} (fortunately, nowadays youkai are more concerned with [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu tea parties]] than [[ToServeMan eating humans]]), only able to thwart the pathetically weak and [[TooDumbToLive deeply stupid]] fairies.fairies who share their status as native terrans. Even the handful of humans that can effectively fight youkai are not quite normal:


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**[[spoiler: It is later revealed that the Lunarians created the youkai to terroize humanity from the Moon and stifle their ability to possibly venture there, making this setup fit the first definition of the trope.]]
13th May '17 8:32:46 AM Tropetastic1995
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** Also, on a sidenote, Earth's civilisation actually seems rather developed compared to the others that we get to see. Some of the technology developed by Bulma and Dr. Gero is amongst the most advanced in the universe, and humourously enough Earth's cuisine is considered by Beerus and Whis alike to be the greatest in the Universe; so much so that Beerus' brother Champa gets jealous when paying a visit to Universe 7.
7th May '17 2:33:40 PM Tropetastic1995
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* The humans (and inexplicable {{Funny Animal}}s) of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' and its offspring are completely, pitifully underpowered. Case in point: the term "power level" was used liberally in the first season of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''; the higher someone's "power level," the stronger they were. An average human's power level is 5. The ''first'' villain we encounter in the series has a power level of ''1,200.'' Add the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil into the mix and you've got yourself a race that has apparently survived its entire existence on little more than a wing and a prayer.
** However, for [[SoLastSeason some]] reason [[HalfHumanHybrid human/Saiyan hybrids]] have the potential to be far more powerful than both races...
*** It's because (and this is humanities strong point) human's potential for growth is far stronger than any other race. Yeah by default humans are pretty wimpy, but guys like Krillan or Tien were able to get themselves to thousands of times stronger than they were. Combine that with a Saiyan's inhuman power and well....

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* The ''Franchise/DragonBall'', on the whole, plays around a lot with this trope, with the human race at large mostly playing it straight. Most humans (and inexplicable {{Funny Animal}}s) of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' and its offspring talking, bipedal FunnyAnimals) are completely, pitifully underpowered.underpowered compared to the plot relevant characters and races that pop up once the series goes intergalactic. Case in point: the term "power level" was used liberally in the first season of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''; the higher someone's "power level," the stronger they were. An average human's power level is 5. The ''first'' villain we encounter in the series has a power level of ''1,200.'' Add the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil into the mix and you've got yourself a race that has apparently survived its entire existence on little more than a wing and a prayer.
prayer. And a few superpowered defenders, obviously.
** The trope then gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, as various things imply that Earth is fairly ''average'' on a cosmic scale: A ''baby'' Saiyan was considered enough to destroy the civilization of an average planet on their own, yet Goku faced a number of challenging human foes well into his teenage years. It's just that Saiyans, Namekians, and Frieza's race, which make up most of the story, are abnormally strong to the standard of just about ''any'' other planet. Even the stronger members of the Frieza Force are all [[WordOfGod stated]] to be abnormally strong mutants to their race.
** However, for [[SoLastSeason some]] reason [[HalfHumanHybrid human/Saiyan hybrids]] have the potential to be far more powerful than both races...
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races. It's implied to be because (and this is humanities strong point) human's potential for growth is far stronger than nearly any other race. Yeah by default Yes, most humans are pretty wimpy, but guys like Krillan Krillin or Tien were able to get themselves to thousands of times stronger than they once were. Combine that with a Saiyan's inhuman power and well....you get guys like Goten and Trunks, who aren't even ten years old and could already compete with Namek Saga Frieza, the one-time ruler of the Universe.
** It is also worth noting that the few humans who fight alongside the Saiyans (Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, Master Roshi 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 small pool of warriors that are many times stronger than even that.]] This is best shown in anime {{Filler}} where they beat the Ginyu force. For reference: First Form 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. During the Saiyan invasion, ''Krillin'' oneshotted several Saibamen (each of them as strong as a standard Saiyan Warrior). During ''Resurrection F'' Roshi, Krillin and Tien are no less effective in plowing through an army of Alien warriors than their more powerful peers.
** Androids 17, 18 and 20 are also extremely powerful, capable of fighting even Super Saiyans and Namekians. They're admittedly Cyborgs, but are, however, made entirely out of Earthly materials (as far as is known) as well as being designed by an Eartling scientist, so the point still stands.
** Humans not being ''that'' weak is all but explicitly stated during the Universe Survival Saga, where over half the team chosen to defend the survival of Universe 7 is human. One of them is admittedly half-Saiyan, and two more are the aforementoined superpowered cyborgs, but Tien, Krillin, and Master Roshi all earned their spots on a team that the narrator himself outright declares "Universe 7's best".



** 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}} where they beat the Ginyu force. 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.
7th May '17 9:35:38 AM nombretomado
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** [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries 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 [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries 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.
6th May '17 9:15:17 AM thatother1dude
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* The only known alien race in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the gems, who are superhumanly strong, tough, and agile, capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting, [[TheAgeless don't age]], [[TheNeedless don't need to eat, drink, or sleep]], [[FromASingleCell can replace their entire body if injured]], [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove have individualized powers or built-in weapons]], and possess several other inherent advantages even separate from their [[HigherTechSpecies incredibly advanced technology]], they're not entirely wrong. Basically the only advantage humans have is that they can reproduce without [[GaiasLament draining planet's dry of life energy]].

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* The only known alien race in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the gems, who are superhumanly strong, tough, and agile, capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting, [[TheAgeless don't age]], [[TheNeedless don't need to eat, drink, or sleep]], [[FromASingleCell can replace their entire body if injured]], [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove have individualized powers or built-in weapons]], and possess several other inherent advantages even separate from their [[HigherTechSpecies incredibly advanced technology]], they're not entirely wrong. technology]]. Basically the only advantage humans have is that they can reproduce without [[GaiasLament draining planet's planets dry of life energy]].
26th Apr '17 12:57:09 AM PaulA
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* Inverted in the Creator/AlanDeanFoster ''The Damned'' trilogy, where humans are among the toughest sons of bitches in the galaxy, and are [[HumansAreWarriors better at war than any other species]]. Humans also have natural immunity to MindControl, and when they're rewired to remove that ability, and then unwired, can demonstrate said mind control [[LamarckWasRight (and then pass it on to their children)]].
** Averted with the thranx in Foster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novels, as these insectoids have as many physical disadvantages (easily drowned, bad climbers, limbless juveniles) as advantages (extra legs, good senses, tough exoskeleton) over humans.

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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster:
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Inverted in the Creator/AlanDeanFoster ''The Damned'' trilogy, where humans are among the toughest sons of bitches in the galaxy, and are [[HumansAreWarriors better at war than any other species]]. Humans also have natural immunity to MindControl, and when they're rewired to remove that ability, and then unwired, can demonstrate said mind control [[LamarckWasRight (and then pass it on to their children)]].
** Averted with the thranx in Foster's the ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novels, as these insectoids have as many physical disadvantages (easily drowned, bad climbers, limbless juveniles) as advantages (extra legs, good senses, tough exoskeleton) over humans.
20th Apr '17 5:03:16 AM MCE
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* Each race VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight has some advantage and sometimes two, including being fireproof, immune to suffocation, able to use telepathy, repair quickly, provide power to rooms and so on. Humans have the ability to learn quicker, which only arrived with advanced edition.
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