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->''"Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."''\\
-- '''Calvin''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

Sometimes, it feels like the only difference between humanity and the chimps is that we're only slightly less hairy.

A subtrope of HumansAreFlawed, Humans Are Morons shows that, when compared to other civilizations in works of SpeculativeFiction (or even lesser animals, on occasion), humans are nowhere near as technologically advanced, incapable of understanding such civilizations as being any different than [[AlienInvasion the most generic Sci-Fi stories]], very gullible, insanely superstitious, constantly having more astounding lapses in judgment than a more sensible being could possibly tolerate, far more primitive than realized (possibly even more savage-like than realized), and completely oblivious to all of this.

Humans are not [[HumansAreSpecial special]]. They're just an oddly evolved ape[[note]]Many apologies to any [[InsultToRocks apes out there who now feel insulted]].[[/note]] out in [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet the boondocks of the galaxy]] where, thankfully, intelligent life is so far away from us that we can live in our own squalor on this filthy planet without a care (or clue) in the world and not pose a threat to anyone out there [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who may actually be decent and civilized]] (but God help them if they ever ''do'' actually come here).

This is often the source of FantasticRacism exemplified in alien civilizations towards humans; whenever you see words like [[SonOfAnApe "monkeys," "primates," "chimps," and "apes"]] used as {{Fantastic Slur}}s, you're generally dealing with an alien species that believes humans are pretty far down on the totem pole. This may also lead to [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien a sufficiently advanced species]] to note that there is NoIntelligentLifeHere. Highly evolved humans refer to "homo sap" in the same manner.

Outside of the SpeculativeFiction genre, Humans Are Morons may be invoked in works with more political contexts, especially with those that argue HobbesWasRight or that DemocracyIsBad, again emphasizing that there is still a very savage, primal side of human nature that clouds our better judgment and hampers our social progression towards a more [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] {{Utopia}}.

This can overlap with HumansAreTheRealMonsters in the event that any brutish or violent human actions are more closely perceived as being [[HanlonsRazor thoughtless, rather than malicious]], but usually these two tropes are separate. When trying to figure out whether an act of violence counts as humans being bastards or morons, there's always one easy distinction to tell the two apart:

* If [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]] comes to Earth and the humans attack him with [[TorchesAndPitchforks pitchforks and sticks]], it's HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* If [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]] comes to Earth and the humans attack ''each other'' with pitchforks and sticks, it's Humans Are Morons.

If this trope is ever {{subverted|Trope}}, it will involve a human talent or trait that [[HumansAreSpecial makes us special]] for [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial some reason totally not]] [[MostWritersAreHuman related to the author's species]].

Compare with TheDitz and TheFool when dealing with stupidity on an individual level, and MedievalMorons when a [[TimeTravel time traveler]] has to deal with human stupidity, rather than aliens. Contrast: HumanityIsSuperior, HumansAreLeaders.

See Also: PunyEarthlings if humanity's stupidity inspires/causes a stronger alien or species to take advantage of this weakness, SurroundedByIdiots if the human imbeciles are an EvilOverlord's {{Mooks}}, HanlonsRazor if someone or something other than humanity pays a price for our own idiocy, HumansNeedAliens if humans need the intervention of non-humans to survive, and ThisLoserIsYou because you're not so smart, either.

Not to be confused with ViewersAreMorons.

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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* A favorite for Creator/AlanMoore when he writes anything about aliens interacting with humans, occasionally referring to humans derogatorily as [[FantasticSlur "chimps" and "apes."]]
** In ''Skizz'' a peaceful alien is stranded on Earth ''a la [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'', which, to his own species, is classified as a "hellworld" planet for many reasons, among them being that human civilization is far too primitive and undeveloped for people to handle alien contact. The first encounter the alien has with humans is discovering drunk skinheads pummeling each other with their fists; the revelation that he's stranded on a planet where the locals are '''''that''''' primitive is more than enough to make him cry.
*** The BigBad in the story, a government agent known only as "Van Owen," could be interpreted to an extent as an example of [[HanlonsRazor the overlap]] between this and HumansAreTheRealMonsters. No matter what anyone says or asks him, he's convinced in his own mind that the peaceful alien is a secret spy looking to destroy the planet.
** "ComicBook/DRAndQuinch Have Fun on Earth" features the title characters manipulating humanity throughout history in an [[TheChessmaster elaborate scheme]] that relies on humans developing a space travel program. When humans finally reach the characters' corner of the galaxy and encounter "their first real, actual people," they're given a civic reception at "The League of Disadvantaged Planets' Charity Hall" as ''everyone'' sees humans as stupid, mindless life-forms.
** Several of Moore's ''Future Shocks'' from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' are about humanity's stupidity allowing aliens who are actually malicious to take advantage of them. Notable examples include, the Grawks who conquer Earth not through war but by giving gold to any human on the planet in exchange for world landmarks or even entire countries while the humans who take the gold are unaware that they are making a legitimate sale in accordance with Intergalactic Law (this also deflates the price of gold on Earth so much that humans can't buy Earth back) and the [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarians]] who don't seem to bother the military too much about taking security precautions when making first contact.
* In ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' this is one of a few arguments made to show that DemocracyIsBad (especially as an InUniverse argument). With the Judges in control of everything, the rest of the population has seemingly accepted the parentalist state of things and now cannot be trusted to competently vote on individuals to run the government on their behalf. There was also the time when an [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys orangutan named Dave]] was able to do a better job at predicting the winners of sporting matches than human sports analysts. His fans later rally to get him elected as Mayor of Mega-City One, believing that he can do a better job than an actual person. Dave the Orangutan won the election [[spoiler: and was later assassinated.]]
* In another ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip, ''Bec & Kawl'', TheGreys who abduct Pierre seem to view humans as play-things to be abused and toyed with for their amusement, when not partaking in the traditional AnalProbing and [[HalfHumanHybrid alien-human hybrid]] experiments, of course. One grey even refers to Pierre as a [[FantasticSlur "monkey-man."]] TheGreys do, however, decide to recruit Pierre (who is a pest control expert) for the job of "taking on the filthiest vermin of all" (a separate malevolent alien race hiding amongst us on Earth, waiting for the opportune moment to strike), which turns out to be [[spoiler: A BatmanGambit for TheGreys' own gain.]]
* In the ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'' story arc "Bitch," aliens who have taken UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan hostage find The Gipper to be so astonishingly stupid that they can't fathom how this man could possibly be "the leader of the human race" without assuming that the rest of us aren't that bright, either.
* Throughout ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'''s solo series, Surfer, confined to Earth by Galactus in punishment for rebelling against his master, constantly bemoans the madness of men. No matter what he does to try and fit in, he encounters human prejudice and fear. His evaluations vary from HumansAreTheRealMonsters to Humans Are Morons though.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion, this is how almost everybody non-human views humanity in general and the NEG in particular. This view is especially held by the Migou.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', after losing their homeworld, humans are viewed as sort of sentient, endangered vermin unleashed on the galaxy.
* The main antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' is a slightly hyperactive little girl who simply doesn't realize that if she shakes the bag too hard she'll kill the little fish inside.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', unlike Remy's father, who believes HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Remy believes the humans are just ignorant, seeing that rats have traditionally been pests, anyway.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamsonAndSally'', [[spoiler:Moby Dick]] states, "Mankind is not vicious, mankind is stupid!"
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' takes place in a future where [[TheSocialDarwinist Survival of the Fittest]] has been hijacked by the astoundingly stupid.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks!'' features many situations where people want to believe that the Martians are peace-loving and our friends, despite them repeatedly vaporizing everyone.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'' humans are the least technically advanced space faring race in the galaxy. Most of the better technology the [=MIBs=] have is acquired from elsewhere, and the greater human population cannot be allowed to know the truth. Also, aliens that come here seem to have a rather high mortality rate. An early scene in the film has Agent K noting that humans aren't supposed to have an alien brain scanner because "Human thought is so primitive it's looked upon as an infectious disease in some of the better galaxies. That kind of makes you proud, doesn't it?"
** The Bug even dishes out the [[FantasticSlur Fantastic Slurs]], calling Agent K a "monkey-boy" and claiming that compared to us, he's "on the top of the evolutionary ladder!"
--> '''Agent K''': A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
*** Of course, K earlier noted that The Bug had a ''massive'' inferiority complex, likely related to the fact that his closest racial analogue on Earth was at the very bottom of the food chain.
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', humans of the 21st Century live in a post-apocalyptic society with just barely enough infrastructure to continue research on warp drive, while the other races have already begun exploring the galaxy and view humanity as being "too primitive." However, this is ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} by the rest of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' canon as we somehow nonetheless become one of the dominant space faring races.
** Primarily because First Contact finally inspired humans to work together. The more amazing part is how the Phoenix (first ship with warp drive) was built mainly from scrap and based on a decommissioned ICBM. The fact that human ''had'' managed to build a warp drive, however primitive, exceeded the Vulcans' expectations and led them to make contact with Earth.
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' includes a lot of this, too; Kirk notes to his crew before exploring 20th Century San Fransisco that "this is an extremely primitive and paranoid culture" and believes that no one pays attention to you in the contemporary age "unless you swear every other word." Bones is shocked to find a woman in a hospital on dialysis, asking if this is the Dark Ages.
* The alien Eros from ''[[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan 9 From Outer Space]]'' can't seem to reason with the humans without chastising them for their stupid minds! "[[{{Narm}} Stupid!]] ''[[{{Narm}} Stupid!]]''"
** "Because all you of Earth are ''idiots!''" Although considering that their way to warn us about potentially dangerous scientific experiments we shouldn't attempt is a (very localized) ZombieApocalypse, there's a strong case for this being the pot calling the kettle black.
* Both the [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 1951]] and [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 2008]] versions of ''The Day The Earth Stood Still'' feature Klaatu chastising humanity for being irresponsible with all that they have; TheRemake provides a HumansAreSpecial moral to ultimately {{subvert|edTrope}} this, however.
* The conclusion of "The Galaxy Song" in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'':
-->''And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in Space''
-->''Because there's bugger'all down here on Earth.''
* In ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', it's the belief of Terl and the Psychlos is that the so-called "man-animals" are too stupid to tie their own bootlaces. Terl even refused to put the cause of death as "shot by Man-Animal" unless he saw it because they find it impossible for a Man-Animal to even know how to use a gun. This arguably becomes unintentional HypocriticalHumor given that Terl and his fellow Psychlos spend a great deal of time holding the IdiotBall themselves and despite having taken over Earth 1000 years ago they know absolutely nothing about humans.
* ''Film/TheMothmanProphecies'':
--> '''John:''' I think we can assume that these entities are more advanced than us. Why don't they just come right out and tell us what's on their minds?
--> '''Leek:''' You're more advanced than a cockroach, have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them?
* ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', naturally, is the rare example of this in SpeculativeFiction where humanity is ''less'' civilized than the apes, as opposed to usually being the ''slightly more'' civilized ones.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' provides the unique depiction of a [[TheFuture Future]] where humanity has eradicated all the things that make humans [[{{Jerkass}} bastards]] in the PresentDay but has become more paranoid, inexperienced, and clueless as a trade-off.
* prot from ''Film/KPax'' certainly has a few choice words for humans.
-->'''prot:''' You humans, most of you, subscribe to this policy of an eye for an eye, a life for a life, which is known throughout the universe for its... stupidity.
** And another...
--> '''prot:''' Sometimes it's hard to imagine how you've made it this far.
* In ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', Ash shows himself on many occasions to be no different than the MedievalMorons... except [[PostMortemOneLiner he's the one with the gun]].
* Subtly subverted in Creator/StevenSpielberg's remake of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. The aliens who explore the basement our human characters are hiding in show a lot of fascination in a bicycle tire, hinting that for all the greater technological advancements they have over humans, they never invented a tool as simple and practical as the wheel.
** Similar scenes also happen in another Spielberg film, ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}''. ET is often fascinated with mundane objects and panics when they fall over or move unexpectedly. In some scenes, he acts not unlike a wild animal.
** They also act like little children who constantly have to be told ''not'' to lick everything in sight because they may get sick. Especially on an alien planet.
* Series/{{Jackass}}, a series of movies (and a TV series at first) that uses this trope and RuleOfFunny, did well enough at the box office to have sequels. America's Dumbest/Funniest Home Videos is similar.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' is less "Humans are Morons" and more "Humans Are Absolutely TooDumbToLive". The overwhelming majority of human characters underestimate the Bugs as mindless animals [[ItCanThink despite obvious evidence to the contrary]]. For example, early on in the film, [[DoomedHometown the city of Buenos Aires is annihilated]] by an asteroid knocked from the Asteroid Belt into Earth, by bug plasma from Klendathu, thousands of light years away. Something like this far beyond anything humanity can do without trillions of dollars worth of supercomputer, and the Bugs are doing these calculations ''in their heads''. The humans insist that the Bugs just managed a lucky hit ("[[BlatantLies Bug plasma is random and light]]"), and retaliate with an invasion of Klendathu that ends in [[CurbStompBattle abysmal failure]] with thousands of humans dead and wounded, all due to [[HollywoodTactics massive tactical blunders]] on the human's part. Even after all this, the majority of humans are adamant that the Bugs are just unthinking beasts that can be easily crushed by human superiority. To quote one expert, "[[FantasticRacism I find the idea of an intelligent bug offensive]]!" With the humans constantly underestimating the Bugs, paying dearly for it, and never once learning their lesson, one has to wonder if the Bugs find the idea of intelligent monkeys offensive as well...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/InterstellarPig'', when Barney finds out that he has been made a character in the game, he finds that his species has a ludicrously high IRSC rating; the Interstellar Relative Sapience Code gives lower numbers to species with higher intelligence. Subverted in the end, when Barney pieces together the clues and realizes that [[spoiler: the interstellar Pig is actually a recording device, and the game is a gambit to trick the participants into passing it (violently) from alien race to alien race so it can record more information on them.]] He then reassesses the rules in the game and comes to the conclusion that [[spoiler: the higher numbers DO mean higher intelligence, because all of the other alien races playing have been too violent, narrow minded and stupid to figure out the Pig's scam.]]
* The first book in the series ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is centered around this trope, in the beginning chapter saying the following: 'In the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy sits a [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet insignificant little blue-green planet]] whose ape-descended life-forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.' Arthur Dent, the only human left alive (except for Trillian) is constantly being referred to as an ape or otherwise put down as a moron (mainly by Zaphod, though he isn't exactly bright himself.) And in ''The Restaurant at the End of the Universe'', it's revealed humans are actually descended from the survivors of a shipload of clueless HumanAliens who were written off as "useless" by their home planet and tricked into leaving.
* A chapter of Creator/CarlSagan's book ''Pale Blue Dot'' titled "Is There Intelligent Life On Earth?" covers a fictional alien visitor observing human activity from space that cause it to speculate if there really is such a thing as human intelligence.
* Terry Bisson's short story "Literature/TheyreMadeOutOfMeat" is about StarfishAliens who discover humans and find it impossible to comprehend how a species made entirely out of organic matter could possibly be sentient, among other characteristic traits. They rationalize striking us from any of their records and avoiding contact by noting how humans only inhabit one planet and lack the physical and, more importantly, technological capabilities to travel long distances through space, making the chances of future contact very slim. This shows that aliens are as narrow minded and judgmental as humans are as was the author's intention.
* Both Mein Herr and the fairies tend to share this opinion in Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/SylvieAndBruno''.
* The original adaptation of ''Film/{{The War of the Worlds|1953}}'' makes the subversion noted in Spielberg's film (mentioned above) a lot more apparent, with the main character explicitly pointing out the aliens' lack of wheels, speculating that they may have never invented them on their own.
* Several examples from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.
** In ''Literature/TalesFromTheMosEisleyCantina'' this was a definite theme in The Devaronian's Tale.
-->'''Labria:''' What do you call someone who speaks three languages?\\
'''Wuher:''' Trilingual.\\
'''Labria:''' Someone who speaks two languages?\\
'''Wuher:''' Bilingual.\\
'''Labria:''' Someone who speaks one language?\\
'''Wuher:''' Monolingual?\\
'''Labria:''' Human.
** This is demonstrably incorrect in the Star Wars universe, however. Han Solo is shown to understand at least three alien languages (Wookiee, Rodian and Huttese) despite being (apparently) physically incapable of speaking it himself. Luke understands the electronic language spoken by [=R2D2=] and just like his Uncle Owen, he could understand the Jawas. Given that the former is a career criminal and the latter was raised on a backwater farm far from what passes for civilization on a backwater planet-- neither being lifestyles conducive to much education-- it can be inferred that polyglotism is fairly common among humans in the Star Wars universe. The EU novels largely bear this out. The characters above are simply anti-human bigots.
** The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Columi Columi]] (a species with [[MyBrainIsBig giant heads containing huge brains]], but tiny bodies), upon discovering worlds populated by humans, quickly returned home in disappointment at having found "subsentient barbarians" instead of [[NoIntelligentLifeHere the intelligent life they were looking for]]. Subverted in that pretty much all of the other aliens (including fellow hyperdrive 'inventors' the Duros) they came across elicited the same opinion.
* In the book ''The VMR Threory'', this is the view held by many races that first contact humans, given that the human individuals who are in charge of first contact situations are complete idiots to the point that other species think that humanity is TooDumbToLive. This has sparked two theories of how it's possible for humanity to have been able to reach space and survive as a species. The first is that there's smart humans and dumb humans, and if they mess with the dumb humans, the smart humans will come and kick their asses. The second is that there is a specific race out there guiding humans that is infinitely more dangerous than all of humanity. The most popular theory of who this master race is happens to be [[TitleDrop The Vampire Master Race]].
* In ''Literature/EarthTheBook'', anything that doesn't make us look [[HumanityIsInsane crazy]] or [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters evil]] makes us look like complete idiots. For instance, "not masturbating on a mass-transit system" is the example used to explain the "harsh, at times maddeningly frustrating trade-offs" that served as the basis for a '''social contract'''.
** Another example comes at the end of the FAQ Section on Chapter 2: Life, revolving around the author refusing to explain to aliens what creationism is, despite "billions of people" believing in it as the origin of life up until the end.
--> '''Q. Come on.'''
--> A. Look, if you're so damn curious, check into a hotel room, open the bedside table and start reading.
--> '''Q. Hold on a moment. ''[Pause]'''''
--> '''Wow.'''
--> A. We know.
--> '''Q. Six days? ''Six days?!?'''''
--> A. ''[Covers eyes, shakes head]''
* The ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series plays with this a bit. The aliens are studying humans partially to figure out why it is we have the most powerful brains in the galaxy, but only use [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain ten percent]] of it.
* Wizard's First Rule as explained in the eponymous first book in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series: "People are stupid. They will believe something because they want it to be true; or because they're afraid it might be true."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has humanity constantly proving that we're idiots. First, there's Sunnydale. There's a reason the trope WeirdnessCensor used to be called Sunnydale Syndrome. Secondly, Season 8 shows the rest of humanity isn't much better. Basically all of humanity (although Creator/StephenColbert has been shown to be one of the few smart ones) has become vampire fanboys/fangirls after Harmony gets a TV show, with people willingly getting sucked on Riley-style. They also think the Slayer Organization is evil, though there are a few in the bunch that give them reason enough to think that.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
--> '''Thor:''' The Asgard have tried to stop [the Replicators]. You have demonstrated their weakness may be found through a less... ''sophisticated'' approach. We are no longer capable of such thinking.
--> '''Dr. Jackson:''' Wait a minute, you're actually saying that you need someone... ''dumber'' than you are?
--> '''O'Neill:''' You may have come to the right place.
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Virtuoso" introduced us to the Qomar, a [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead Alien]] species highly dedicated to mathematics and sciences and far more advanced than the Federation, which the Qomar looks down upon in contempt. When the Doctor provides medical treatment for one of them, the Qomarian sarcastically asks if the process involves bloodletting. Even in an idealized future where humanity has overcome a good number of its flaws to become one of the most dominant space-fairing races, we're still finding aliens who think we're dumb and primitive.
** In "Dark Frontier", we learn that the Borg catalog humans as having "below-average cranial capacity". ''Ouch''.
* The darkest episodes of ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' {{revival}} are more often the ones where the human protagonist(s) is an astounding UnwittingPawn who is duped into destroying the Earth or selling out his own species for the benefit of a more cunning alien villain or someone who winds up paying dearly for a severe lapse in judgment. See also CruelTwistEnding as they are occasionally the result of a character's mistake, stemming from the human weaknesses mentioned on this page.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', there comes a moment when the Fourth Doctor wonders why he likes humans so much, seeing as we have "such limited brains."
** His later incarnations seem to have pretty much the same thought. Indeed, when he's not going on about the marvelousness of humanity (a particular feature of the Tenth Doctor), he's ranting about how stupid/blind/ignorant they are. Sometimes in the same episode.
** The Ninth Doctor was particularly fond of calling humans "stupid apes" whenever he was angry at us.
** This trait in humans is why the Tenth Doctor in particular finds the human race to be amazing. In the episode ''Utopia'', The Doctor visits a human refugee base in the year 100,000,000,000,000 AD, a time in which the Universe was ending and most races had gone extinct, and states his wonderment at how the human race is one of the few races to survive to the very end of existence.
--> Doctor: [While walking through the hordes of human families living in the base] "This is fantastic! You humans with your simple, STUPID ways...with all your soap dramas and gossip mags, microwave dinners and ipods... Your pathetic small brains and your simple homes, your greed and your sins, your bad ways and your poor souls, with your ignorant nature and your frankly appalling manners at times...with all that you STILL manage to amaze me. Look at you lot, here at the end of TIME ITSELF and you're living! The human race, the race of passion! Indomitable! That's the word...indomitable!
* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Tim defends the Sci-Fi genre arguing that "the thoughts and speculations of our contemporary authors and thinkers have probably never been closer to the truth." [[GilliganCut Cut to]] a group of aliens outside the comic book shop laughing at how ridiculous everything on display is.
* Played for laughs in the early episodes of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. D'Argo and Aeryn continually get frustrated at how slowly John learns new skills and generally view him as completely useless. However, his own ingenuity and pluckiness end up saving the day very frequently.
* A fantasy variation appears in ''Series/TrueBlood''.
-->'''Nan:''' I have proof. Scientific. People are far dumber than they realize.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Ever since Music/{{GWAR}} was banished from their home planet for stinking up the place, they've been stuck here with what they often call "[[PunyEarthlings human filth]]." In their eyes, humanity is ''far'' beneath them, and human life is practically worthless, existing only give them something to enslave and viciously exploit. The song "Slaughterama," for instance, is about a game show that's intentionally designed to "kill everyone that's worth killing."
* The Music/{{XTC}} song "Across This Antheap."
--> The stars are laughing at us, as we crawl on and on across this antheap.
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[[folder:Tabeletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Imperium of Man has hardly advanced their technology in the 10,000 years since anyone has last seen The Emperor Of Mankind. Human culture throughout their vast empire is extremely paranoid and superstitious, and the government is such a vast, inept bureaucracy that a simple ''filing error'' can lead to entire populations of people being immediately forgotten about and/or destroyed.
** Technically, humans aren't paranoid. "Paranoid" would imply your fears ''aren't'' justified. [[CosmicHorrorStory They]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou certainly]] [[ProperlyParanoid are]].
** A similar example exists in FASA's ship combat sim Renegade, at least for the majority human government. The Terran Overlord Government got to be the big dog in the galactic stage by being brutally stupid and corrupt, being based upon the worst excesses of Rome. In their case, the filing error will not only wipe out a planet and/or its location, but also result in about 140 senatorial murders. Whereas the most gross stupidity in Warhammer 40k is a result of religious fanaticism, in Renegade's universe, it's a result of purely shortsighted greed and avarice. And occasionally throwing bureaucracy into bureaucracy. Forget the name of it but the creation of one TOG fighter led them to many victories, as the constant reshuffling and retitling of it while it was in development resulted in a huge amount of nasty ambushes for spies who reported on freighters and dignitaries having only 'light escorts.' To make matters worse, TOG owns roughly 3 times as many planets as the Tyranids have devoured. It is not unheard of for an entire SYSTEM to escape taxes in the political morass for decades, only to later be invaded by their hosts who want it paid back with interest.
* Any game that goes in for the {{Masquerade}} ends up with some level of this. It's particularly egregious in settings where human ignorance of the supernatural is reliant entirely on humans' refusal to accept the existence of such things.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Much of the humor in ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' and its sequels is derived straight from this.
* The Batarians from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe tend to think that ''every'' other alien race is beneath them, but they especially think humans are among the stupidest and most expendable of the Citadel species. Then again, [[AliensAreBastards those guys are just bastards]]. It is ''really'' stinging them that humans are beating them out economically and militarily despite being the new arrivals on the galactic scene. They mainly assume humans are dumb because it's not possible to make facial expressions they would recognize as thoughtful or sophisticated with fewer than four eyes.
* ''VideoGame/RType Tactics II: Operation Bitter Chocolate'' - the glowing little ball Force Device says it all. While facing the menacing threat of the EldritchAbomination Bydo Empire, the humans begin to fight each other over whether to continue to develop the Force Device or not! Again, this is probably an ExcusePlot created by Irem in order to make players experience two types of R-Fighter battles.
* ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'' has "people are dumb" as the epiphany that prompts [[AGodIsYou The Watcher]] into direct intervention.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' humans are considered to be a type of goblin. Though considered somewhat cunning individually (like Vaelia, the BadassNormal human bodyguard of Ariel) collectively humans are viewed as less intelligent than orcs. In one chapter, a group of drow children with the help of said BadassNormal and a squad of {{Mauve Shirt}}s, took down an entire human castle, which was being used to sacrifice elves as part of [[BloodBath a harebrained bid for immortality]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Even that damn squirrel, [[WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours Foamy]], thinks this about us!
* A theme in ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja'', very much akin to that in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.
* The Website/DarwinAwards is also a catalog of human stupidity.
* The eponymous ''[[WebVideo/DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]]'' laments that most humans are sheep and can't think for themselves. Obviously, only a complete overhaul of the system can fix this problem.
* The Vampires of ''WebAnimation/TheBlademournerTrilogy'' share this view of humans, even going so far as to keep them in what is essentially a giant hamster cage.
* Kuraii of ''WebAnimation/TheGunganCouncil'' believes ''all'' humans are this.
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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. So much. EVERYONE is an idiot, except for Gaz and sometimes Dib (although he doesn't seem to have much common sense either). The Irken Empire could not care less about the planet and just use it to get rid of Zim. The episode where Tak is introduced sums it up quite nicely; her home base turns out to be much too big because it's actually a giant pump, so she disguises it as a giant hot dog stand. Dib asks why she didn't think anyone would notice, and Tak explains that the good thing about humans is that if there's anything like food or technology covering it up, they don't notice it; they just see there's food in that building, not that it's 50 feet tall.
** Zim is once kidnapped by a race of aliens even stupider than the Irkens and humans. The Resisty and Planet Jackers don't seem too bright either. And the Martians literally worked their entire species to death converting planetary bodies into spaceships for no better reason than that it was cool. It seems like the entire universe is like this, not just humans.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' the 20th Century is known as "The Stupid Age" to historians. However, that doesn't make humans of the 31st Century any less stupid than us.
** And again in the episode "The Late Philip J. Fry" where we see Fry, Bender, and the Professor time-travel forward to the year 5,000,000 AD where they learn that [[Literature/TheTimeMachine human evolution has deviated along two paths]], one evolving from intellect and reason and the other evolving from brute strength [[DumbMuscle and very little else]]. The mentally superior race explain that they can devise a backwards time-travel device for our characters to use within five years. Cut to five years later where we find that the brainless apes have sacked the settlements of the more intelligent, reasonable species. That last part may have been a reference to how the Morlocks appeared to be nothing more than brutal savages but were actually maintaining the machinery that supported their Eloi cattle.
* Discussed in "The Springfield Files" on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad, according to ''Junior Skeptic Magazine'', the chances are 175 million to one of another form of life actually coming in contact with ours.\\
'''Homer:''' So?\\
'''Lisa:''' It's just that the people who claim they've seen aliens are always pathetic low-lifes with boring jobs. Oh, and you, Dad. ''(laughs nervously)''
* On ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' the Mooninites ''believe'' that they are superior to Earth in every possible way; however, [[LogicalFallacies the logic and reasoning they use to enforce their position is very, VERY flawed]]. Truth be told, they're probably dumber than all life on Earth--human, food product, or otherwise.
* The 100th episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "Cancelled," reveals Earth to be a giant RealityTV show for the rest of the universe's silly amusement. Not to mention the whole "Space Cash" incident.
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