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Playing With: Patrick Stewart Speech

Basic Trope: A character defends humanity by pointing out its strengths.
  • Straight: Aliens want to destroy humanity because Humans Are the Real Monsters. Bob attempts to convince them otherwise.
  • Exaggerated: Bob states that humanity is superior to all other species in the universe and is 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 Misanthrope Supreme.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • 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.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob can't think of any good reason to defend humanity.
    • Bob starts out defending humanity but it quickly turns into a Humans Are Bastards speech instead.
  • 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 Humans Are Flawed which makes them as special as they are.
    • Alternatively, Bob freely acknowledges that Humans Are Bastards, but points out the hypocrisy to the equally flawed alien that wants to wipe us out, who subsequently can't go through with it.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob defends humanity for utterly trivial reasons.
    • Bob's speech spirals down into a Shaggy Frog Story.
  • Zig Zagged: Some of the time, Bob thinks Humans Are Bastards, and sometimes he thinks they are worth defending.
  • Averted: Bob makes no attempt to argue why the aliens shouldn't destroy humanity.
  • Enforced:
  • 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: The characters know that the story won't turn around for the better until someone stands up and gives a Rousing Speech first, and Bob takes the initiative.
  • Defied:
  • 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.

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