[[caption-width-right:350: Believe it or not, the world doesn't always have to be a horrible place.]]

->''"Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."''
-->-- '''Nelson Mandela'''

In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue (most of them anyway). In reality, while perhaps not always exactly "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least, can be TruthInTelevision.

Diametric opposite of HumansAreBastards or HumansAreTheRealMonsters, but does not always necessarily conflict with HumansAreFlawed, as nobody is perfect.

Also contrast HobbesWasRight, which does not tend to go well with this trope. Compare RousseauWasRight and HumansAreSpecial.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
%%* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is full of this.
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' sees nearly every human character behave with a degree of honor and decency. Its "villains" are not humans but the so-called "peacemakers", [[spoiler:machines designed to keep humanity [[MedievalStasis in the Middle Ages forever]] -- and ''they'' started out [[KnightTemplar trying to preserve humanity]] by keeping them caged]].
* The humans of ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' are all very nice and friendly. Both humans form Neotopia and Lacroa, (there are none in Ark) It seems only those humans who created the General and his followers where bad people. Of course we have only their word.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is about the war between Humans and AlwaysChaoticEvil Beastmen [[spoiler: until the [[FourIsDeath four generals]] and the first {{big bad}} are dealt with. After that, they merge into the new human-ruled utopia as decent citizens. Even the [[BigBad Biggest Bads]] turn out to be [[ShootTheDog doing what they think tragic, but necessary]]]].\\
Rossiu, the WellIntentionedExtremist who gets redeemed through GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, though ''wasn't'' in fact named for [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau]], because he really does mean well--and once he and Simon are on the same page, no force in the universe can stop them. Demonstrably. "Rossiu Was Right" is an internet meme.\\
[[spoiler: Despite the fact that they have sealed off their own Evolution (Or life force. Or whatever) and have spent eons trying to make every sentient being in the universe feel absolute and utter despair, the Anti-Spirals are actually {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s and want to save the universe from uncontrolled spiral energy creating a black hole.]]
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' - the anime eventually draws the conclusion that all humans, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire or not]], can coexist peacefully. And if it weren't for a certain nihilistic organization with a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien UltimateEvil on the top, they would. A proto-Rousseau Was Right statement, in a way.\\
The manga is going in an entirely different direction.[[spoiler: The Shaharazard ar-Rahman story arc centered on an evil bishop D'Annunzio! Guderien (an agent of the Order) helped save Eshter too. Kinda turning this possibly into HobbesWasRight territory!]]
* A major theme of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is that as long as we're not being manipulated by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, humans are pretty cool. Protagonist Ed considers absolutely anything even vaguely human to be completely human: [[HalfHumanHybrid Chimeras]], [[AndIMustScream living armors]], [[BodyHorror failed transmutations]], and even Homunculi, and he never kills anyone who meets any of those descriptions. Fittingly, only three characters who are not [[HarmlessVillain utterly incompetent]] remain completely despicable: the aforementioned EldritchAbomination BigBad, Shou Tucker, and [[spoiler:the Man in White]]. Even [[AxCrazy Barry the Chopper]] and [[spoiler:[[MadBomber Kimblee]]]] turn out to be advantageous to the good guys in the end.
* This seems to be apparent in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' especially in part II. Despite the treatment of the Jinchuriki, and now four Great Shinobi World Wars, humans are never portrayed as evil, irredeemable bastards. It's often the system that is to blame, and no one has been able to reform it. Until [[ALlLovingHero Naruto Uzumaki]] that is. [[spoiler:Though the 'system is to blame' can only be blamed so far. HumansAreFlawed should be the lesson, and Naruto shows that despite the flaws people can be good and be brought out of evil thinking like Nagato.]]

[[folder: Comics]]
* Turns up in ''Marvel Apes''. In the ape universe, [[{{Might Makes Right}} justice is based on claw]]; Comicbook/{{Spider|Man}}-Monkey find the human universe's idea of justice by law to be very appealing.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* While [[LightIsNotGood white and green are not always good]], in the ''MagicTheGathering'' set Innistrad, humans are primarily white and green, and the opposite color, black, while [[DarkIsNotEvil not always evil]], is the most classically evil. Given that Innistrad is a horror setting, yes.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The entire premise of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was that humans would eventually grow into this state. The sequel series moved away from this; while ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' mostly stuck with it, ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' really started [[BewareTheNiceOnes slipping away]] during the Dominion War, and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' mostly abandoned it. (Although, as a {{Prequel}}, it ''could'' be argued that ''Enterprise'' is simply set before it happens. Or that Berman and Braga [[CompletelyMissingThePoint just don't get Trek]].) The steady inversion of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s meaning begins in the middle of Next Gen, reaching completion in Voyager. It parallels the fading of the WWII-survivor generation in the USA media.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Imagin]] form contracts with humans to grant their wishes and invariably do evil things. However, as it turns out, practically all of the humans contracted to the Imagin had good intentions, which were twisted in LiteralGenie fashion. For example, one episode suggests that a young model is being attacked at the behest of her father, who threw her out a year ago. When the hero confronts the father, he learns that [[spoiler:he merely wanted his daughter's career to succeed, and pushed her away so she wouldn't hold herself back by staying with him and helping at his shop; he even supported her from the shadows by sending anonymous bouquet to cheer her up, with the aid of her manager. Thanks to the heroes' actions, father and daughter reconcile.]]
* There is a very dark example of this in the episode "A Small Talent for War" of the 1980s version of the ''Series/TwilightZone''. Despite our bickering ways, occasional wars, and nuclear arms race, humans are merciful, afraid of conflict, and genuinely want peace. This makes us completely useless for the reason Earth was seeded: to breed a civilization of warriors. So the aliens who planted those seeds wipe us out and start another crop elsewhere.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series (including ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'') has the inherent decency of the mortal races as a theme since parts of the Horde pulled a HeelFaceTurn between the events of ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' and ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. Demonic magic tends to be a fairly good way to corrupt people, however, if they don't give into their selfish desires on their own. Even all that being said, the plot is most definitely not a case of WhiteAndGreyMorality; things are complicated:
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Player vs. Environment is generally BlackAndWhiteMorality. The major villains all have a chain of evil (or possibly [[MindRape forced insanity]]) that can be traced back to either the Old Gods or the always-evil variety of demons, even if the aforementioned villains now do evil for their own reasons.
** The Horde vs. The Alliance is a case of GreyAndGreyMorality, with both sides having sympathetic goals...though sometimes not so much. Both sides want to take down the villains, they just distrust each other too much to form an alliance.
** The history of the Dragons, Orcs, Trolls, and Eredar (one type of demon) all got {{Retcon}}ned at some point or another to blame much of their past evil on corruption by either the demonic Burning Legion or the mysterious Old Gods.
** Arguably in ''World of Warcraft'' this trope is averted to hell and back. The best candidate for the noblest race in the whole setting is also the least human: the [[ALoadOfBull Tauren]]. Despite their imposing size, they're actually [[GentleGiant very gentle]] and spiritual. The Tauren are one of the few races to have never committed a serious warcrime against another faction, and Tauren villains are incredibly rare.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' sets this up: [[spoiler:The {{Evil Chancellor}}s were [[FakeKing monsters in disguise]]; Magus, who appears to be summoning a monster to destroy the world, is actually just summoning the monster in order to kill it; the Reptites, who aren't even human, aren't so much "evil" as they are competing to be nature's selection, same could be said for the Fiends; and a [[EldritchAbomination giant space tick]] (not a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere flea]]) is set up to be the BigBad less than an hour into the game. The only villains that seem completely bad is Dalton and Queen Zeal]].
** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' goes so far [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters in the opposite direction]] that it implies that any non-humans are automatically better than humanity by default, just because Lavos was heavily involved with and modified humanity into their modern forms. In practice, it's more like HumansAreFlawed and so is everyone else. Well, except for the dwarves with their actions against the fairies.
* Of all the games to have this as one of the main themes, the ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''-inspired, CrapsackWorld located ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is probably the most unexpected. Almost every human character has their reasons for doing what they do. Most of the people you meet in Dark Souls are legitimately good people who worry about you. There are a few bastards in the game, but the overwhelming majority of the {{NPC}}s are pretty nice.
* Played with in ''Videogame/EndlessSpace'', where HumansAreDivided. The [[HumansArePsychicInTheFuture Pilgrims]] are one of the nicest factions and prefer trading, science, and diplomacy to war ([[CripplingOverspecialization because they're awful at it]]). The [[ProudScholarRace Vaulters]] and [[{{Egopolis}} Horatio]] are neutral but relatively predictable, while the United Empire and Sheredyn are evil but pragmatic; if it's more profitable, they'll trade with you instead of fighting. In comparison, the evil alien factions are highly aggressive; in fact, [[HordeOfAlienLocusts one of them]] isn't even capable of diplomacy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'': When humanity discovered FTL travel and entered the galactic scene, their first question was "How can we make the universe a better place?" and founded the Terrene Protectorate to accomplish this. Because of this (and because they lack any real bad history with any of the other races), they are almost uniformly liked (albeit considered a bit naive and crazy).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This is 100% true in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. Human goodness specifically is so pure and righteous that a katana forged from it is the only thing in the universe that can truly harm Aku, a being made of pure evil.
** From part 2 of "The Birth of Evil":
---> '''Emperor:''' This sword was forged from the strength and power of the human spirit. It represents all that is good! Its purpose is to destroy ''you''!

* Wiki/TVTropes has, in [[Heartwarming/RealLife this link]], stories where humans did good things for one another.
* [[http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/ This site]], [[http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ this]], and [[http://www.happynews.com/ this]] show off this trope as well as the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page. Turns out not all of us are always completely horrible to each other.
* Somewhat TruthInTelevision as humanity is really the only known species that will feel bad if they kill another member of their species or even another.
* When given a bit of thought. The very fact that there EXIST concepts such as love, compassion, sympathy, empathy, kindness, charity, forgiveness, altruism, selflessness, sacrifice, humility, respect, utopia (and many, many others) suggest that even if we aren't outright good, we, at the very least, still try our best and do hold a certain significant ''spark'' of goodness.
* Think of a time someone did something bad, then think of why they did it. It probably wasn't "I wanted to be bad" and if it was, there was probably something else behind it, such as peer pressure (making it "I wanted to fit in").