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.
  • Reconstructed: ...but the rest of the galactic civilization supports them, because they consider humanity to be a threat.

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