In SpeculativeFiction, the word "human" can seem out of place in a universe where every other species is named after their homeworld. Unless, of course, [[ they come from Humus.]]

As a consequence of this, or perhaps just to sound "exotic", alien cultures often come up with their own monikers for PunyEarthlings. Indeed, the word "Earthling" itself is an example, and it also shows that most of the time, oddly enough, they name humans after our own terms for our planet and its surroundings, rather than whatever Earth or the Sun is named in ''their'' language.

Of course, the word "human" itself originally meant "of earth", arguably making this OlderThanFeudalism. The implied contrast, however, was not inhabitants of the Earth as opposed to those of other planets, but mortals walking the earth as opposed to the celestial gods.

Sometimes indicative of FantasticRacism, though not as much as CallAHumanAMeatbag or SonOfAnApe.

A subtrope of this is PlanetTerra.



* "Terran" (from the Latin ''Terra'', "Earth") is probably the most popular choice by far, which crept into all kinds of settings, from ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' to ''Series/BlakesSeven'' to ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', along with [[ other examples.]] It probably got popular because it sounds like [[PlanetOfHats what you might call some alien race]], and, at some point, wasn't immediately recognisable as "Earth", so it feels "alien". "Terran" also [[RuleofCool sounds cooler]] than "Human".
** Note that the French for Earthling is "Terrien", which reads and sounds pretty close to Terran. Thus, in many French-translated stories where 'Terrans' are involved, their name does not sound that cool and exotic (it even sounds dull when said with french phonetics).
** ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' uses the term "Terran" not to describe humans, but as a term to encompass any Earth-based sentient species, which includes humans, [[UpliftedAnimal gorillas, chimps, dolphins, and African and Indian elephants]]. And yet aliens still say, [[FantasticRacism "All you Terrans look alike to me"]].
** There's also the less common "Tellurian" from "Tellus", a variant Latin term for the Earth.
* "Solar(i)an" (from latin ''Sol'', "Sun") is used less frequently, but to exactly the same effect.
* An older established term was "Earthling" - something of a DiscreditedTrope, as nowadays this brings to mind "naive children under the bootheels of little green martians", rather than "badasses". [[PunyEarthlings It also immediately conjures up the word "Puny".]]
** ''VideoGame/StarControl'' used the term "Earthling Cruiser" to describe our Alliance starship in the first game. The subsequent game([[CanonDisContinuity s]]) switched to calling them "Human Cruisers" likely due to the word's discrediting.
** In Russian sci-fi (or Russian translations of sci-fi from other languages), the word "zemlyane" (Earthlings) is typically used in place of "humans" ("lyudi"), as the latter word also means "people", which doesn't necessarily apply to just humans. Alternatively, in settings with HumanAlien races, you may also hear/read "Earth humanity" when referring to the people of Earth.
* It's worth bearing in mind that there are several technical words for "beings closely taxonomically related to humans". "Hominid" used to mean "humans and their extinct relatives", but according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[ the modern term for this is "hominin"]]; "hominid" now properly includes the great apes. TheMoreYouKnow...
** The term "humanoid" refers to anything relatively human-shaped (bipedal, upright, two arms, one head), including RidiculouslyHumanRobots, RubberForeheadAliens, and denizens of the UncannyValley. Sentience and genetic relation to humankind are not required.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' gives us the title of ''Pekoponjin'', because they refer to Earth as "Pekopon". In the manga it was "Pokopen", a rather nasty Japanese word for the Chinese, which was changed for obvious reasons.
* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', humans and miniaturized Zentradi are known as "Microns" ("Micronians" in ''{{Anime/Robotech}}''), although this is more to do with their size than their race.
* The Arume from ''Manga/BlueDrop'' refer to earthly human beings as "Horime".
* ''Anime/HeroicAge'' officially designates Humans as "The Iron Tribe".
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the humans are also referred as "Lilim", [[spoiler:and the entire human race is the 18th Angel]].
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', humans are called Spirals in the end. This term also encompasses all humanoid races that can use Spiral Energy.
* In ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'', the invading Gamillans call the Earthlings "Terron".
* In ''Franchise/DragonBall'', "ningen" (Japanese for human) is treated as more or less synonymous with "mortal"; it refers to any intelligent life form that is not a [[PhysicalGod god]]. "Chikyuujin" (earthling) can be used to narrow it down a bit more, but this category also includes sapient PettingZooPeople and HalfHumanHybrids. I.e. the setting doesn't appear to ''have'' a term directly equivalent to "human" as we would understand it, at least not in casual speech.
* In ''Anime/NoGameNoLife'', humans are the 16th race of the Exceed, called "Imanity". They're the lowest of the Exceed, having no outstanding physical capabilities or inclination towards magic.
* ''Manga/Overlord2012'': Since every member of Nazarick is of a nonhuman species, their terms for humans tend to be less than flattering. Narberal in particular refers to every human she talks to as some species of insect/arachnid/small insignificant lifeform, and has yet to use the same one twice.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' considered doing this when they first decided to make Human into a creature type (previously, humans had only a "class" creature type and no "race"). They eventually decided to just use human, though.
** Kithkin (or Sangamis in the French version), Magic's {{Hobbit|s}} {{expy}}, could qualify. Especially since in the Lorwyn block, they are the creature type closest to what you would expect from humans (live in cities, have pink skin, use tech rather than magic...) They have the proportions of hobbits and lead idyllic, pastoral, cooperative lives. Lorwyn deliberately had no humans in it at all unless planeswalkers count.
** Other creature types like Metathran and Kor showed up around the same time as Human in much the same manner: previously, all members of these races had only "class" creature types. Apart from their [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation blue skin]], both qualify as examples of this trope.

* ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD's]]'' alien Editor-In-Chief, Tharg the Mighty, refers to humans as "Earthlets."
* In the original Creator/MarvelComics version of ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'', the Autobots would refer to us as humans, while the Decepticons used the more derogatory "fleshling".
** Throughout the Franchise/{{Transformers}}, we've been known to be called organics, meatbags, insects, squishies, noisy creatures, "puny flesh creatures", and "dumb stubbies".

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'', the feral horse protagonist Spirit refers to humans as "two-leggeds".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Though there is no Earth in ''Franchise/StarWars'', most humans are referred to by their planet of origin -- Corellians from Corellia, Coruscanti from Coruscant, Naboo from Naboo and so on. Collectively, they are called humans though however.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', humans are referred to as "Daikini".
* In ''Film/{{TRON}}'', the programs call humans "Users".
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Caine refers to the humans of Earth as ''"Terrsies"'' in a tone that is [[FantasticSlurs very condescending]].
* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', Remulakians refer to humans as "Humo-carbs".
* In ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'', the Garbage Pail Kids refer to humans as "normies".

* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Man-animal.
* "Tellurian" (from the Latin ''Tellus'', a Roman earth-goddess) is a related example, most associated with ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' author Creator/EEDocSmith, but also seen elsewhere, including several episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** In addition, Solarian is the term used to describe the races native to the Solar System: Tellurians, Martians, and Venerians.
* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Cluster}}'' books used the term "Solarian", named after the star, as opposed to the planet.
* Similarly, the Lizards in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' novels refer to humans as "Tosevites" -- derived from Tosev, their name for Sol. When speaking formally, anyway. In casual speech, they're just as likely to refer to humans as "Big Uglies". It's implied that the names of the two races previously conquered by the Race (the Halessi and the Rabotevs) are not native names.
* Arthur Dent of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' gets called Earthman, although he is one of only two remaining humans. (Trillian is only ever "Trillian".)
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' averts the convention that aliens are named after their own home world, and instead, they call their planets "the Andalite home world," "the Hork-Bajir home world," and so on; it's mostly unclear whether they have any other names for these planets. Despite the fact that they use this convention for every other inhabited planet, they still call this planet "Earth" rather than "the human home world."
** In ''The Andalite Chronicles'', Elfangor asks Loren if she is an "Earther" after hearing the name of her homeworld for the first time, leading to some speculation that the Andalite homeworld is called Andal.
** According to ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'', it's actually the other way around: Andalites name planets after the dominant sentient species. Unless, like Earth, the dominant species already has their own name for it.
** Other than Earth, the only exception seems to be Leerans, from the planet Leera.
* In the ''Literature/{{Antares}}'' novels by Michael [=McCollum=], the Ryall aliens refer to humans as "Monsters".
* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/{{Berserker}}'' universe, ''all'' sapient life forms are called Human. Homo Sapiens is called the E.D., or Earth Descended "theme" of humanity. (Non-human Earthlife is also referred to as E.D. lifeforms.)
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories, humans get different titles based on what planet they're from. Few of of these are references to the name of the planet. Earth humans are Flatlanders, humans from the asteroid belt (or any asteroids in the Solar System) are Belters, those from "We Made It" are Crashlanders (guess how they -- and the planet -- got THAT name?), natives of Plateau are Mountaineers, and so on.
** Just to further complicate things, planet-born visitors to the Ringworld informally took to calling themselves "Ball People" to distinguish themselves from the indigenous hominids and kzinti.
* Creator/RobertSheckley's ''The Monsters'' features aliens identified in the text as "humans," who regard the visiting actual humans as (you guessed it) "monsters."
* In Literature/TheCulture, humans are the most common species - apparently capable of interbreeding - despite evolving independently on thousands of different worlds, and the word "human" is generally understood to refer to all of these people.
** Well, within the Culture itself at least, but they all have tons of specialized organs which probably contributes to their capability of reproducing with other Humanoids outside the Culture (such as one half-Culture-by-biology character in ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' who becomes pregnant with the child of a non-Culture Humanoid).
*** In ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'', at one point, the main character is forced to bet his reproductive organs on the outcome of a match and his AI companion assures him that the Culture has no intention of letting such "advanced biological equipment" fall into a potentially rival civilization's hands (the reverse engineering possibilities would be disastrous). If it came down to it, they would simply evacuate him as soon as he lost and face the political/military consequences.
** Interestingly, this does not seem to include ''H. sapiens'' itself -- Earth is an uncontacted backwater through most of said books.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Aleran isn't ''technically'' just another name for humans. Alera is the name of the continent they live on, and of their empire. ''However,'' since Alera is the ''only'' incontestably human nation (The Marat are ''Homo'', but may not be ''sapiens''), it's mostly a distinction without a difference.
* Played with in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books: both the actual humans ("Easterners") and the [[OurElvesAreBetter basically-elves]] ("Dragaerans") refer to themselves as human and the other group as something else.
* In the ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' books, every sentient species refers to themselves as "human", or by a word that the TranslatorMicrobes translate as "human". As this is utterly useless to the medically-oriented protagonists, they frequently have to insist that their patients use the hospital's four-letter code description for different species.
* In the ''Literature/TairenSoul'' series the word that isn't used is ''human'' or even ''Man''. Instead they call the humans by their nation's name or [[OurElvesAreBetter elves and fey]] call them ''mortals''.
* In the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series, Mardukans (9-foot tall [[MultiArmedAndDangerous 4-armed]] guys with horns) call the stranded human company ''basik'', after a rather dim creature that fills the same niche in the ecology as a rabbit. They quickly learn that this is a [[HumansAreWarriors big]] [[PintsizedPowerhouse mistake]]. The humans, in turn, call Mardukans "scummies" due to their slimy moist skins (they evolved from amphibians).
* In Creator/HilariBell's YA science fiction novel ''Literature/AMatterOfProfit'', the humans call themselves the Vivitare.
* The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kantri]] of {{Literature/Tales of Kolmar}} call humanity "Gedri", [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord Silent Ones]], because humans [[spoiler: mostly]] can't use or hear the psychic "truespeech" that Kantri have as well as vocal speech.
* The animals from Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet call humans "two-leggers", for obvious reasons.
* In the Literature/MythAdventures books, the dimension humans come from is known as Klah, and the humans themselves are Klahds (pronounced "[[HumansAreMorons clods]]").
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' the [[PhysicalGod Elders]] typically call humans "humani".
* Creator/IsaacAsimov has a trilogy of short stories about a [[TheFederation Federation]] of HumanAliens. The TranslationConvention is that each of them is of the ''Homo'' genus, followed by a homeworld name - Homo Canopus, Homo Betelgeuse, or, in our case, Homo Sol.
* In the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'' the eldrae are seven-foot tall immortal humanoids with pointy ears who are descended from heavily {{Precursors}}-modified TransplantedHumans. The few fossils of these ancestors are identified in their scientific literature as (in translation) ''Pseudoeldrae archaea''.
* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark The Missing Link]]'', the protagonist lands on a rogue planet and names it Chthon (which literally means "Earth" in Greek) and its extinct people Chthonians (making them Earthlings?).
* In Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Literature/DeathOrGlory'' books, aliens tend to call humans "Homo", likely derived from "homo sapiens".
* Cats in ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' refer to humans as "m'an" and as "(the) Big Folk" (in contrast to cats being the normal "folk").
* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', dragons call humans "{{scavengers|AreScum}}". Overlaps with CallAHumanAMeatbag as dragons think humans are weak creatures only good for a snack. The fact one of their queens was killed by a scavenger, who also stole her treasure, is a source of embarrassment and mockery.
* In ''Literature/SeekerBears'', different bears refer to humans as different things. Polar bears call them "no-claws", black bears call them "flatfaces", and grizzly bears call them "smoothpelts". Humans are usually referred to as "flatfaces".
* According to ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'', Never fairies refer to humans as "clumsies".
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Humans are most commonly referred to as Twolegs. They have also been called Nofurs and Upwalkers, as well as housefolk and workfolk (for domestic cats).
** Humans are referred to as "Man" (always capitalized) by dogs.
* Dogs in ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'' refer to humans as "longlegs".
* ''Literature/{{Kherishdar}}'': The Ai-Naidar always refer to humans as "Aunera", aliens.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "Tau'ri" in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' is an example that does ''not'' involve an Earth term, although, strictly speaking, it only refers to humans born on Earth (since most aliens are human). And even then, they couldn't resist the temptation to use "Terran" as well, because "Terra" [[JustifiedTrope just happened]] to be what the Ancients called Earth. The season six episode "Cure" also has an alien use the term "Earthans"... about Jonas Quinn and Teal'c, both of whom are actually HumanAliens. Jonas then corrects her: "Earth''lings''".
** It actually means "the first world," because HumanAliens are Earth humans taken to other worlds long ago to be used as slave labor by the villains. It sorta drifted to mean the people as well as the place.
*** In earlier seasons, they were referred to as "Humans of the Tau'ri." After a while, people probably decided that was too clunky, and shortened it to just "Tau'ri."
** There was some kind of relationship between the Alterans, a.k.a. the Ancients, a.k.a. the {{Precursors}}, and the Romans. It's hard to see exactly what that relationship was - the Alterans are literally millions of years old, and had long since become {{Energy Beings}} governed by a [[AlienNonInterferenceClause noninterference doctrine]] by the time the city of Rome was founded - but the similarity between "tau'ri" and "terran" was not the only Latin-like alien word used on the show.
*** It goes a bit further than that. The actual Ancient language is supposed to be similar to Latin in universe. Odds are it is a matter of certain parts of the universe lore pre-dating the point in the series where the Ancients began to be fleshed out in more detail rather than intentional.
** Played with in the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Letters from Pegasus". Carson Beckett is recording a letter to his mom, and starts going off on a tangent about how "Earthlings are a scrappy bunch". Ford immediately stops him, assuming the use of the word "Earthling" as opposed to "human" to be a security breach. Carson matter-of-factly states, "She knows I'm from Earth."
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', humans are sometimes referred to as "Earthers". Fairly well [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as most humans are ruled by the Earth Alliance, their military is called [=EarthForce=], and most if not all the other races have names derived from their homeworlds.
** The term "Earther" is also used to distinguish between humans from Earth and humans from the colonies. People from the Mars colony, for example, are derisively referred to as "Marsies".
* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' call normal humans "saps" (short for ''Homo sapiens'', or just because they're saps).
* When a traitor to the human race is being interrogated in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', he reveals that the enemy's nickname for humans translates roughly as "red stink things". Of course, our nickname for them is "chiggers" so...
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', most species have a name for the species in Federation Standard (English), which is usually derived from the Federation Standard name for their planet. (Bajorans from Bajor, Vulcans from Vulcan; in an aversion, Klingons from Qo'noS (prnonounced Kronos)). However, they also usually have a name for people from any particular planet. So a member of any species that was raised on Earth would be an Earthling, or on Bajor would be a Bajoran & so on. However, all species have at least one language of their own, which has a different name for their species that may have nothing to do with their name for their home planet. For example, in Imperial Standard Klingon (The Klingon language used by the Imperial Council, that can be learned at the Klingon Language Institute in RealLife) Klingon = tlhIngan. But their homeworld is called Qo'noS. Presumably the English word 'Klingon' was just a bad Human pronunciation at first.
** Names for the earlier races seem to be names given to them by Humans, rather than what they actually call each other. The two Romulan home worlds are Romulus and Remus, then there's the afore-mentioned Vulcan and Kronos...whoever was naming these races seemed to have a yen for Greco-Roman mythology.
** On at least one occasion, a Klingon has been heard referring to his homeworld as Kling. Of course, Star Trek suffers massively from {{CanonDiscontinuity}}. And, it's also been said that the original Klingon Homeworld was destroyed, and Qo'noS is the "new" Klingon Homeworld.
** Also in ''Star Trek'', one (nonhumanoid—indeed, ''inorganic'') alien race referred to our intrepid crew as "ugly bags of mostly water." The science officer points out that this is technically accurate.
** At least once, in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]], a Romulan referred to humans as "Terrans". Additionally, in the MirrorUniverse, all humans are called Terrans.
** Blue-skinned Andorians are known to refer to humans as "[[HumansAreWhite pink-skins]]."

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Mysteron agents in ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' would use "Earthman" after having broken, or in order to break, the {{Masquerade}}. The invisible Voice of the Mysterons themselves also announced "We know that you can hear us, Earthmen" each week.
* In the earlier Creator/GerryAnderson show ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'', various sea-dwelling uglies would call humans "Terraneans", since we come from land (terrain).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' divides "humaniti" into the "Solomani" (humans from Earth), the "Vilani" (humans from the planet Vland), and the "Zhodani" (humans from the planet Zhodane). The ancestors of the Vilani and the Zhodani were originally [[TransplantedHumans moved]] to those planets by the {{Precursors}}. There are several other minor human races, which were similarly transplanted from Earth.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'', humans get referred to as "beasts".
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Eldar race refers to humans as "Mon-keigh" (this being the eldar word meaning 'inferior', not to mention one of the [[{{Anvilicious}} least subtle]] puns ever). The Tau race use the base word "Gue" for humans, and distinguish between allies and enemies with "Gue'vesa" or "Gue'la" respectively.[[note]]The latter being another incredibly unsubtle pun, derived from a Chinese word for foreigners.[[/note]] The remaining species of the universe (Orks, Necrons and Tyranids) refer to humans as "'umies", "the living", and "dinner", respectively.
* The chock-fulla-weird-races ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}'' game system generally refers to humans by their nationality, and virtually ''never'' as "humans". The fact that some of those "human" nationalities lie well outside the range of physical types known on Earth -- green humans, metallic golden humans, purple humans; humans with bat ears or webbed hands or no nose -- would make the use of "human" seem incongruous at best.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Ride/ETAdventure'' at Ride/UniversalStudios, Bontanicus exclusively refers to the guests as "earth people".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Starflight}}'': In ''2'', [[spoiler: after defeating the big bad, it is revealed that the Umanu are the human descendants of the Noah 6 colony ship.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' refers to humans as 'huma' and PettingZooPeople as 'gajuma'.
* Just to drive home the fact that it's not set on Earth, the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games since ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' call humans Humes. And the ''Crystal Chronicles'' games has Clavats, but it's hard to tell whether or not they're actually supposed to be humans, as it has a [[SuperDeformed chibified]] art style.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' in particular still preserves the word "human" in adjective form; an {{NPC}} describes the mannequins you can have assembled in a quest as "more human than Hume!"
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' refers to humans as "Hyur."
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is an odd case. Hylians are variously the only humans, not humans, or just one of a few races of humans. For example, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', and some games that have come out since, humans are broken up into races or tribes that include Hylians, Gerudo, Sheikah, and maybe some others. Other times, they're the ''only'' humans in the game. Whether normal round-eared humans are distinct from Hylians as a species is vague at best, considered a separate race in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' but not in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames''. In short, whether Hylians count as a case of this or not depends on the game.
* "Human" and "Earthling" are ''mostly'' interchangable in ''VideoGame/StarControlII''. This is in part because they just arrived on the galactic scene (through donated technology from the Chenjesu), and because of the overprotective Arilou. (It's explained exactly ''why'' the Arilou are overprotective in ''Star Control 3''.) In the situations where the difference matters, "Earthling" means "from Earth", while "Human" means ''Homo Sapiens Sapiens''. A squirrel is Earthling, but not human; the protagonist is human but not an Earthling. (An Arilou catches itself making this mistake at one point, and corrects itself.) The status of the Androsynth is somewhat vague, but knowledgable characters in-game consistently refer to the Androsynth as a ''culture'', not a species in its own right.
** There is also an interesting note in that humans called themselves 'earthlings' when they first were meeting with alien races in an attempt to avoid the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman implied speciesism in calling aliens inhuman]], while the aliens skipped all the bother and just called them humans. Except for the Spathi, of course, who continually refer to them as "Hunams".
** Androsynth are refered as Androsynth, as they are no longer Earth-connected AND make pretty clear that they are not in friendly terms with Humans. Not that we can blame them. 100 years of racism and slavery can cause it, just because you weren't born in the normal way.
* The two major human factions in the ''{{Videogame/X}}-Universe'' series are called the Argon and the [[PlanetTerra Terrans]]. The Argon Federation is a LostColony that was cut off from Earth several hundred years before the games take place, and is [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named after its first leader]], Nathan ''R. Gunne''. The Earth State (commonly just called "Terrans") is the continuation of Earth's government, and controls the Solar System. Members of the minor factions like the [[ActualPacifist Goners]], [[LostColony Free State of Solara]], and the [[AllThereInTheManual Hatikvah Free League]] are generally just called humans.
* Averted in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' - humans are still referred to as humans. The only exception is the volus, who refer to humans as "Earth-clan" per their practice of calling other races "(planet)-clan" (the volus are "Vol-clan" to themselves and an exception to that rule, another being quarians getting the title "Clanless"... or "migrant-clan" and/or "star-clan" if the volus is feeling polite). This extends to aliens as well -- in the game, no aliens species are named for their homeworld (asari come from Thessia, salarians come from Sur'Kesh, turians come from Palaven, krogan come from Tuchanka, quarians and geth come from Rannoch, elcor come from Dakuuna, volus come from Irune, and hanar come from Kahje), and, unlike many, ''many'' other SF franchises, spell them in all-lowercase, just like the word "human".
** The one exception is the Protheans. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' introduces Javik, who reveals that "Prothean" is the collective term for all species that his own species has conquered, although "Prothean" was originally the name for just his species.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' has two races of characters: Beastmen are known as "Laguz" and Humans are known as "Beorc". 'Human' can also be used, but it's actually a [[NWordPrivileges racist remark unless said by another Beorc]] (the equivalent of calling a Laguz 'sub-human').
** Yune, the goddess of chaos in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' has all sorts of names to refer to the player characters, including but not limited to "Meat puppet".
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' humans are called "Mitra".
* The colonists in ''VideoGame/AceOnline'' are called "Decaians".
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokIITheGateOfTheWorld'''s humans are called "Normans," which is probably a portmanteau of Human and [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse]]. More likely it refers to the Normans, a viking descended people who ruled various European lands during the Middle Ages.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Eye of the North'', the Asura use the pejorative term "bookah" for humans. In a cutscene, the term is revealed to refer to a violent, clumsy, stupid, bellowing imaginary creature used to frighten Asura children. This has somewhat expanded to cover any race they see as less intelligent than the Asura, meaning every other race.
* ''Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns'' referred to humans as the Mareten.
* ''VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars'' gives us the Terrans and it's only a matter of time before the bug aliens declare a [[IncrediblyLamePun war on Terra]] (sorry).
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] (particularly the Dalish) refer to humans as shemlen. The shorter term "shem" is used in a derogatory manner (not surprising, given what humans did to them). "Shemlen" means "quickling" or "quick children", as the Dalish believe that their ancestors used to live for centuries. Additionally, the word "Qunari" actually refers to a culture (it literally means "people of the Qun", Qun being their religion/way of life) not a race (the primary Qunari race is actually called "kossith").
* ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' uses the expression Celt and Helromier (a portmanteau of Hellenic and Roman) to distinguish the magic using humans of Albion and the technologically advanced Terrans. Terran humans are also referred to as Earthlings by the Kenget Kamulos.
* In ''Videogame/StarCraft'' the term "terran" (lowercase even!) is used as a substitute in nearly all instances to describe humanity, even if the ones speaking are themselves humans. This is particularly strange since Earth (Terra) isn't even really a factor for most of the game.
** The naming convention has been applied for the Zerg in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' (at first it may seem like a retroactive application, but the planet had in fact already been mentioned in the lore section of the manual for the first game): they come from Planet Zerus (''not'' {{Zeerust}}), and to tell the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Zerus-zerg]] from [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Overmind-zerg]], the from-Zerus ones are called "Primal Zerg". Neat, huh?
* While the term "human" is used in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', humans are more likely to be referred to by whichever of the two battling nations to which they belong.
* The Locust in ''Franchise/GearsOfWar'' tend to refer to humans by the derogatory term "groundwalker". Because the humans walk on the surface.
* ''VideoGame/ImperiumGalactica II'' calls humans "Solarians" and reveals that many alien races are actually HumanSubspecies. This is averted in the first game, which appears to be set in a different universe.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/EarthAndBeyond''. Humans are still called that, although the human race became divided during the initial colonization of the Solar System. Those who remained behind on Earth are called Terrans, those who settled Mars are called Progen, and those who colonized the moons of Jupiter are called Jenquai. By the events of the game, the terms refer to nation-states, not worlds of origin, as all three have colonized other star systems which remain under their rule.
** ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' uses Terran for humans, but also flips the trope by naming one alien race "Vasudans" after the Sanskrit word "Vasuda" which means... "Earth".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wildstar}}'' the humans on the [[TheEmpire Dominion]] side are called "Cassians", after their homeworld in the setting, Cassus. The [[LaResistance Exile]] humans on the other hand are simply called humans despite originating on the same planet, as they fled generations ago and have spent the time since in space. Presumably the differentiation is because of the animosity between the two.
* Similarly to the examples for VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV XIV]], humans in ''[[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Xenoblade Chronicles]]'' are known as Homs. The only difference is apparently that Homs need ether to survive.
** Even so, the adjective "human" is still in use.
** [[spoiler:At the very end of the game we do meet two humans and learn there IS a difference between them and Homs]]
* Averted in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', where none of the species are named after their home planet and generally have acceptable terms used by all other species they have diplomatic ties with -- for humans, this is "human" ([[SonOfAnApe "ape" is more often used in informal settings, however]]). It is flipped by the hivers, however, who are called that by all other species in formal settings but do not refer to themselves with that name (the hivers' name for their own species is unpronounceable by human mouths but means "the children" in their own language). The Zuul also twist it because they don't have a name for themselves at all -- [[ScaryDogmaticAliens in the Zuul worldview, their species is "chosen", their creators are "master"; all others "slave"]]. The word "Zuul" is only used by the other races to describe them, and is essentially the Liirian word for "complete and utter ☠☠☠☠" which pretty much tells you all you need to know about the Zuul.
* Out of the [[HumanSubspecies Twelve Tribes]] in''VideoGame/ChroniclesOfElyria'', the one almost identical to Earth humans is called "the Neran."
* ''Videogame/WarcraftIII'': The Tauren chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof refers to invading Alliance forces as "pinkskins" (which could apply to humans, elves, and dwarves), since the only other outlanders he's met are the greenskinned orcs.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Shisno, which means the excrement of the excrement of the most repugnant creature in the world. Though this is indicated to be a FantasticSlur; it's not mentioned what aliens friendly to humans call them.

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* Aliens in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' usually call humans Earthlings.

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* A variant in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', the term "Terragen" is used to denote anything with an ancestry going back to Earth. This includes humans, {{Uplifted Animal}}s, AI's, machines, virtual minds, and everything in between. Actual ''homo sapiens sapiens'' make up a little less than 1/20th of a percent of the population of the Terragen civilization, and are referred to as "baselines". Genetically engineered variants tend to be known collectively as "hu".
* Nepleslians of ''Roleplay/StarArmy'' are displaced humans who were taken from the EarthThatWas to [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway a distant sector of space]]. Naturally, they're the setting's main source of {{Badass Normal}}s.

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* The baseline humans are referred as "Terrans" in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' to distinguish them from Neosapiens ''and'' get around the small fact that both races are human, regardless of the fact that they don't call Earth "Terra", or that many humans are natives of Venus or the [[SpacePirates moons of the outer planets]].
** And possibly because the ''Homo sapiens'' like to call the ''Neo sapiens'' "Neos" or "Sapes", the only similar nickname for the ''Neo sapiens'' to call them back to differentiate would be "[[HaveAGayOldTime Homos]]".
* Characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' sometimes use the intentionally odd term "Earthicans" instead of more common monikers, though Earthican refers to anyone native to Earth, not just to humans and not to all humans. It's also used as a nationality, as Futurama's Earth is all one 'country'. Therefore, Earthican refers to anyone who is a citizen of Earth, just like 'French' or 'American' describes someone from someone from France or America. Aliens and robots could be considered 'Earthicans' if they are recognized as citizens of Earth (pay taxes, etc.).
** Especially in earlier episodes, Earthling is used as a derogatory term for humans, usually when they've just been conquered... again.
** Also, we have Amy, who is human but ''not'' an Earthican--she's a Martian. Not to be confused with ''Native'' Martians, who are non-human.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' when [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] first discovers Earth, he refers to the inhabitant as "Earthenoids;" he switches to "humans" after he's learned the word. In another episode, he also refers to the extinct inhabitants of Mars as "Marsoids."
* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', humans are called Earthers by the [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Glorft]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WidgetTheWorldWatcher'' also used "Earther."