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Basically, this is when Humanity is the advanced "alien" compared to both the other aliens in the setting, and us at the time the work was released.
If the aliens are simply wielding clubs and the humans are hurling swords, that's Insufficiently Advanced Alien
Often in this setting, humanity is the one with the interstellar empire, and the aliens are the ones who are planetbound.
In this setting, it is also the Humans who initiate First Contacts or bring superior technology and ideals.
Subtrope of Humans Are Special
Compare Humanity Is Superior
or Insufficiently Advanced Alien
for versions of this trope where Humans Are Bastards
Compare Advanced Ancient Humans
and Humans Advance Swiftly
for other version of this trope.
Contrast Sufficiently Advanced Alien
Anime & Manga
- Avatar: Not only are humans the most advanced known species, they're also the Scary Dogmatic Aliens invading this time.
- Alien: Humanity is the most advanced in this universe. They are simply fighting an evolved monster onboard one of humanities freighter spaceships. This is true for the first two movies, until the universe is merged with the Predator Universe
- The Ender series features both technologically advanced and primitive races of aliens. In Speaker For The Dead, humans take to space, and some of them make a colony on a planet inhabited by small paleolithic pig-like aliens they call pequeninos. The human scientists must tread carefully to communicate with them and learn about their strange culture, without interfering by "corrupting" the pequeninos with human ideas.
- The Mote in God's Eye has the moties planet bound and the human's with the interstellar empire. Later on we see that the moties are technically at the same technology level
- The Foundation Series: Though Aliens are not present in the books, Humanity has an enormous interstellar empire. The Aliens were wiped out by robots the humans made.
- In the Horus Heresy series, the pre-heresy Imperium is often this, building a massive interstellar empire in only two centuries, often by wiping out less advanced alien cultures, or more primitive human offshoots that had been cut off for millenia.
- In Red Dwarf humanity were the Precursors to all life in the known universe. Though in Lister and Rimmer's time they didn't even have FTL, just stasis fields capable of stopping localized time. Artifacts from later include FTL drives, time machines, terraforming equipment capable of making a dead planet lush in just a couple years (and small enough to fit in an Escape Pod).
- Star Trek
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The original pilot episode "The Cage" and "The Menagerie". In the Back Story Captain Christopher Pike and the Enterprise crew fight primitive humanoids on Rigel 7. The Talosians later create a mental illusion of Pike's battle with one of them.
- In "The Galileo 7" the crew of the title shuttlecraft had to deal with the large and aggressive primitive humanoids of a planet after they crash landed there.
- "The Omega Glory". On the planet Omega Four, both the Yangs and the Kohms are considerably more primitive than 20th century Earth.
- "The Paradise Syndrome". The inhabitants of a planet are Native Americans (AKA American Indians) whose ancestors were transferred there hundreds of years earlier by a Benevolent Precursors alien race. The natives live in the fashion of their forefathers.
- Subverted in "Errand of Mercy". The inhabitants of the planet Organia appear to be primitive, but the reality is quite different: they're actually highly advanced Energy Beings.
- "The Apple". The humanoids of the planet Gamma Trianguli Six are kept in their backward situation by a computer/device that also controls the local weather.
- "Friday's Child". The people who live on Capella Four don't have advanced technology, but their kligat throwing weapon will kill you instantly.
- "A Private Little War". On the planet Neural the hill people and villagers are supposed to only have bows and arrows and not fight with each other. So how do the villagers have flintlocks?
- "Spock's Brain". The men of the planet Sigma Draconis Six are very primitive (at caveman levels). The women live underground in high tech luxury.
- In an episode of The Twilight Zone we see a backwoods woman who is tormented throughout the show by tiny aliens who have landed on her farm. We discover at the end that the tiny aliens are actually Earthers; she's a giant who lives on another planet.
- In the X-Universe, humans were the only race in the Milky Way to construct working jumpgates independent of the Ancients. They were also the only young race to create sentient AI, though that didn't turn out well. In the games proper, the Terrans in particular have the most advanced ships.
- Subverted in Galactic Civilizations. Terrans become the only race to invent the fusion drive, which sets them up for this trope. They decided to share.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series. In the episode "Bem" the aboriginal inhabitants of the planet Delta Theta Three are primitive lizard men who capture Kirk, Spock and the title guest alien. The aborigines are actually under the protection of a powerful Energy Being.