Quotes / Puny Earthlings

Films — Animation

Council Woman: Are they intelligent?
Peakley: No, but very delicate... We are talking about extremely simple creatures here, Miss. Landing there would cause mass mayhem and planet-wide panic!

Films — Live-action

"Y'know, I've noticed an 'infestation' here. Everywhere I look, in fact. Nothing but undeveloped, unevolved, barely conscious pond scum, totally convinced of their own superiority as they scurry about in their short, pointless lives."
"Edgar", Men in Black

"Because all you of Earth are idiots!"

General Zod: This "Super"-Man is nothing of the kind! He's cares. He actually cares for these Earth people.
Ursa: Like pets?
Zod: I suppose so.

Loki: The humans slaughter each other in droves while you idly fret. I mean to rule them, and why should I not?
Thor: You think yourself above them?
Loki: Well, yes.


"They're going to have such a surprise when Orostron reaches them—I expect it will be rather a blow to their pride. It's funny how all isolated races think they're the only people in the Universe. But they should be grateful to us; we're going to save them a good many hundred years of travel."
Arthur C. Clarke, "Rescue Party"

"Obviously, people from other planets are going to have extra powers that Earth people don't have. Anybody who has ever watched television knows that."
— The Venusian Clarence Yojimbo in Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars by Daniel Pinkwater

Live-Action TV

"That's what they are: savages. Just plumbing on two legs."
Uriel, Supernatural ("It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester")

"The earth's a big and scary place,
With wars and crime and death
They listen to Shawn Mullins
And Alanis Morissette
Crow, "To Earth" (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

"What do you all have for brains? Pudding? Look at you. Why can't I get a decent species? Planet of the pudding-brains!"
Twelfth Doctor, Doctor Who ("Deep Breath")

Mestral: It’s unfortunate that you’ll be leaving these people without experiencing one thing they have to offer.
Stron: Such as alcohol, frozen fish sticks, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation?
Star Trek: Enterprise, "Carbon Creek"

Pilot: How do humans make it through a cycle — or even half a cycle without killing each other? You have no special abilities. You're not particularly smart, can hardly smell, can barely see, and you're not even vaguely physically or spiritually imposing. Is there anything you do well?
John: Watch football.
Farscape, "Crackers Don't Matter"


"Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?"
— "Life On Mars?", David Bowie

Newspaper Comics

"A hatch opened up and the aliens said,
"We're sorry to learn that you soon will be dead
But though you may find this slightly macabre,
We prefer your extinction to the loss of our job"

Tabletop Games

Video Games

"Okay, fine. Let's all act like humans. Look at me. Boy, do I love sweating. Let's convert beef and leaves into energy and excrete them later and go shopping."
GLaDOS, Portal 2 co-op mode

"Organic life is nothing but a genetic mutation, an accident. Your lives are measured in years and decades. You wither and die. We are eternal, the pinnacle of evolution and existence. Before us, you are nothing."
Sovereign, Mass Effect

"None have possessed the strength in previous Cycles. Your own species could be destroyed with a single thought. But you are different. I have witnessed your actions in this Cycle: the destruction of Sovereign; the fall of the Collectors. The Reapers perceive you as a threat. And I must understand why?!"
Leviathan, Mass Effect 3

[Pit asks how staff weapons work]
Viridi: All of your weapons have been imbued with the power of the gods.
Pit: So are humans able to use them?
Viridi: No, but they miss out on a lot of stuff. You know the saying about humans.
Pit and Viridi: Born crying, soon they're dying.
Pit: That's kind of mean, isn't it?
Viridi: Well, I've always liked the saying about the gods better.
Pit and Viridi: Powerful and frightening, spite everything with lightning!

"You are, all of you, vermin. Cowering in the dirt thinking... what? That you might escape the coming fire? Your world will burn until its surface is but glass!"
Prophet of Truth, Halo 3


"Swans eat, crap and have sex. What else is left?"

Web Original

"Long, long ago, the Kree tried to turn humans into super-soldiers, but humans are a difficult bunch, so the effort was abandoned. (We're very special, as all sci-fi likes to reassure us. What makes us special is how needy we are.)"
Andrew Wheeler, ComicsAlliance

Cell: Come on, buddy, you can't be serious... With your power level? You're no android... You're no Namekian... And you're certainly no Super Saiyan! You're just human...
Tien: Yeah...? Well, you know what? F**k power levels! F**k Super Saiyans! AND F**K YOU! SHIN! KIKOHO!!!
Cell: Oh, that's adorab-SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!!! [blown up]

Western Animation

"Humans just live short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they’re part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world’s problems on a single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone’s control."
Pearl, Steven Universe

Real Life

"Since scientists are people, it is not surprising that comparable pretensions have insinuated themselves into the scientific worldview. Indeed, many of the central debates in the history of science seem to be, in part at least, contests over whether Humans Are Special. Almost always, the going-in assumption is that we are special. After the premise is closely examined, it turns out - in dishearteningly many cases - that we are not."
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

"Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large."