Created By: dubeyJanuary 17, 2013 Last Edited By: dubeyJanuary 21, 2013
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Humanity is Advanced

Where Humanity is the advanced

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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

Examples

Anime And Manga

Comic Books

Film
  • 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

Literature
  • 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 Gods 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.

Live Action TV
  • 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.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • January 17, 2013
    dubey
    As for examples, the only one I could think of was The Mote in God's Eye... Star Trek has a few episodes where this trope could count...
  • January 17, 2013
    McKathlin
    Literature
    • 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.
  • January 17, 2013
    StarSword
  • January 17, 2013
    StarSword
    Video Games:
    • 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.
  • January 17, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • 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).
  • January 17, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    Compare Advanced Ancient Humans.

  • January 17, 2013
    DRCEQ
    The Star Trek example listed is pretty much a Zero Context Example. No specifics given.
  • January 17, 2013
    dubey
    ^^ Sadly, I do not have any examples as I do not watch much... someone pmed me and said startrek fitted with this, I was hoping someone would be able to provide some in-context examples.
  • January 18, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    Having multiple examples from different TV series of Star Trek would be a rare case of appropriate triple bullets.
  • January 18, 2013
    dubey
    Well, if someone is willing to trek through all of the episodes to highlight which ones fit the trope, be my guest... or if you happen to know a trekky. XD

    In other news, what about post-fall, pre-heresey W 40 K universe?
  • January 18, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • 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.

    Western Animation
    • 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.
  • January 18, 2013
    dubey
    ^ You sir are amazing
  • January 18, 2013
    MokonaZero
    For Video Games; In Star Ocean The Last Hope the humans are actually at least just as, if not, more advanced than almost all the aliens, excluding the Big Bad's race.
  • January 18, 2013
    dubey
    ^ The fact that there is a more advanced race excludes that example from the trope I believe. The Big Bad in that case would be the Advanced race in the setting.
  • January 18, 2013
    StarSword
    Re: the Galactic Civilizations example: How is humanity deciding to share fusion drive an example of Humans Are Morons? Last I looked, that referred to more advanced species treating us like idiots.
  • January 18, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ Presumably because their sharing Hyperdrive with the rest of the galaxy sparked a series of interstellar wars. With fission FTL drive technology was too large to put on a ship so everyone else relied on a Portal Network which made warfare ridiculously difficult as the planet about to be invaded could simply shut off their gate and leave the invaders in transit stranded somewhere in deep space.

    Granted the rulebook for the second game uses the word "gullible", not "moronic" and implies that by now humanity has learned that not everyone comes in peace.
  • January 18, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Still not an example of Humans Are Morons, and thus a bad sinkhole. That's what I'm getting at.
  • January 19, 2013
    dubey
    ^Touché, would you suggest Good Is Dumb as a better trope to put them under? Or perhaps What An Idiot.
  • January 19, 2013
    CrystalGamma
    Metroid might be an example, since all the more advanced species (Chozo, Luminoth, etc.) went extinct or ascended to a higher plane of existence.
  • January 19, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^ I'd actually suggest not bluelinking it at all, or using Nice Job Breaking It Hero and expanding the example to explain.
  • January 19, 2013
    HawkofBattle
    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.
  • January 20, 2013
    dubey
    Please don't just remove hats that have been added or tag descriptions without actually giving a reason...
  • January 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    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.

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