'''Basic Trope''': A character defends humanity by pointing out its strengths.
* '''Straight''': Aliens want to destroy humanity because HumansAreTheRealMonsters. Bob attempts to convince them otherwise.
* '''Exaggerated''': Bob states that humanity is superior to all other species in the universe and is [[CantArgueWithElves morally infallible]].
* '''Downplayed''': Bob tries to convince the aliens that humans, selfish idiots as they can be, don't deserve to die and do have admirable qualities. Because while Bob might be a misanthrope, that doesn't mean he's a MisanthropeSupreme.
** Aliens have put HumanityOnTrial and Bob is the defense attorney.
** The person giving the speech to the aliens is Creator/PatrickStewart himself, and he simply recites one of his famous speeches from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (or ad-libs one on the spot).
** Bob tries to convince the aliens, who have come in peace, that humanity deserves to be wiped out.
** Zork tries to convince the humans, who have come to destroy the aliens, that their species has its strengths.
** Bob can't think of any good reason to defend humanity.
** Bob starts out defending humanity but it quickly turns into a HumansAreBastards speech instead.
** Bob lays out a BadassBoast that the aliens [[BringIt welcome to try]], but humans are [[AlwaysABiggerFish even nastier than they are]], goes on to a [[PostHistoricalTrauma spectacular list of historical atrocities]] [[HumansAreBastards we've done]] [[HumansAreMorons to one another and our own planet]] [[HobbesWasRight for the]] [[HumansAreDivided most trivial of reasons]] to let them know ''exactly'' how [[HumansAreWarriors bloodthirsty]] and [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters vicious]] we are, and to not be too surprised by the fact we'll [[NukeEm nuke an entire city]] [[HumansKillWantonly to keep them from having a single block.]] Worse, [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly we'll probably find ways to reverse engineer all their shiny toys and turn them on the aliens.]] Oh, and HumansAreSurvivors - as long as a handful of us are alive and ''they're'' wiped out, we'll call it a win. [[OhCrap This convinces the aliens]] that they clearly don't want to deal with a planet full of [[HumanityIsInsane psychotic apes.]]
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Alice comes up with one at the last minute.
** Alternatively, Bob's honesty encourages the aliens to give humans a chance for redemption.
** Alternatively, Bob reaffirms his words despite the lack of reasons by explaining that HumansAreFlawed which makes them as special as they are.
** Alternatively, Bob freely acknowledges that HumansAreBastards, but points out the hypocrisy to [[NotSoDifferent the equally flawed alien]] that wants to wipe us out, who subsequently can't go through with it.
** Bob defends humanity for utterly trivial reasons.
** Bob's speech spirals down into a ShaggyFrogStory.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Some of the time, Bob thinks HumansAreBastards, and sometimes he thinks they are worth defending.
* '''Averted''': Bob makes no attempt to argue why the aliens shouldn't destroy humanity.
** "We feel that by explaining how HumansAreSpecial, Bob looks more heroic."
** The producers/writers used this chance to point out why HumansAreSpecial as a TakeThat [[TakeThatAudience towards misanthropes who watch the show]].
* '''Lampshaded''': "You're going to give one of those speeches on why humans are great, aren't you?"
* '''Invoked''': As everyone looks properly doomed, Bob says "Hey, wait, what if I made a speech about the good characteristics of humanity?"
* '''Exploited''': [[GenreSavvy The characters know that the story won't turn around for the better]] until someone stands up and gives a RousingSpeech first, and Bob takes the initiative.
** Bob decides not to defend humans because they are special in any way, but because destroying any sapient species is wrong.
** Bob refuses to give such a speech, preferring simply to [[HumansAreWarriors wipe out the aliens who are questioning humanity]].
* '''Discussed''': "Hey, what if I tried to reason with the aliens? That might work."
* '''Conversed''': "Whenever the aliens invade in movies, there is always someone who will say why we deserve saving."
* '''Deconstructed''': It turns out that Bob is either lying or is clearly deluded.
* '''Reconstructed''': His words still inspire humanity to improve themselves.
Go back to the PatrickStewartSpeech because ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the line must be drawn HEAH!]]''
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