Playing With / Guilt-Free Extermination War

Basic Trope: It is impossible to coexist with the enemy, they must be exterminated for humanity to survive.
  • Straight: The Frib are obsessively dedicated to the extermination of humanity, and must be wiped out to keep them from succeeding.
  • Exaggerated: The Frib legitimately explode around humans, so their homes must be nuked into nothingness, and not a single human seems to find problems with it.
  • Downplayed: The Frib cannot be negotiated with, but can be contained without exterminating them.
  • Justified: The Frib were created specifically to destroy humanity.
  • Inverted: The Frib are symbiotes that humans cannot live without.
  • Subverted:
    • The Frib and humanity both badly misunderstand each other. Once lines of communication are opened, the war ends quickly.
    • Humanity exterminates the Frib without a second thought. Years later, when they're not in any danger, they begin to romanticize the Frib, and demonize the leaders responsible for their destruction, believing that a peaceful solution could have been found.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...but this is just a ruse intended to lull humanity into a false sense of security.
    • ...that is, until the Frib come back somehow. All pro-Frib sentiment instantly disappears, and another extermination war ensues.
  • Parodied: Coexistence with the Frib is impossible because they are extremely annoying; they must be exterminated for humanity to finally get a good night's sleep.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Humanity and the Frib get involved in a nasty war, but manage to resolve things diplomatically and live in peace.
  • Enforced: The writers need to have a dangerous threat to humanity, but don't want to think much about ethics or the chance of a peaceful resolution.
  • Lampshaded: "Are we really gonna have to kill all of these things?
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Even though they are extremely dangerous, human scientists find a way to make the Frib lose interest in exterminating humanity.
  • Discussed: "Some species you can reason with, sit down and work out a peace and live together. The Frib aren't like that."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Human historical records casually mention a race called the Frib that was exterminated by humanity; no one seems to be bothered by this incident at all.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The Frib civilization nearly collapses because they are too focused on such a difficult and impractical goal.
    • Such a war is still genocide and carries a plethora of moral dilemmas alongside it. Sure, maybe most of the Frib are irredeemably evil, but what about the inevitable My Species Doth Protest Too Much? Should they be put on the chopping block, too, just for being Frib? For that matter, can you even be sure you've spared them all if the answer is "no"? And what about Genocide Backfire and things like that? There's so many ways it could turn worse that it's almost certainly not guilt-free anymore.
  • Reconstructed: ...but the rest of the galactic civilization supports them, because they consider humanity to be a threat.

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