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** [[spoiler: if that wasn't bad enough for the Celestials, their ancient enemy [[ComicBook/KingInBlack Knull]] has reawakened to settle some old scores and ''won''.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' had "[[http://retrooasis.blogspot.com/2013/08/captain-planet-twelve-angry-animals.html 12 Angry Animals]]" with a [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti]] and a court of animals putting the Planeteers on trial for the crimes of humanity. It was exceptionally {{anvilicious}} in a series full of moral anvils.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' Zigzagged in BeeMovie. The defendant isn't quite as large as the whole human race (it's "only" every [[MegaCorp major corporation that exploits bees]]), but Barry, as the plaintiff, represents the entire nonhuman species of bees.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''
had "[[http://retrooasis.blogspot.com/2013/08/captain-planet-twelve-angry-animals.html 12 Angry Animals]]" with a [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti]] and a court of animals putting the Planeteers on trial for the crimes of humanity. It was exceptionally {{anvilicious}} in a series full of moral anvils.


Sometimes an "act of self-sacrifice" by one of the protagonists will "prove" that humanity deserves to exist. If the aliens didn't know that this was possible, then they really didn't think things through. And since this is the case more often then not, the whole "trial" device frequently gets a distinct tint of PlotInducedStupidity.

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Sometimes an "act of self-sacrifice" by one of the protagonists will "prove" that humanity deserves to exist. If the aliens didn't know that this was possible, then they really didn't think things through. And since this is the case more often then than not, the whole "trial" device frequently gets a distinct tint of PlotInducedStupidity.


* Almost the same thing happened in an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', only the Horsemen were acting at the direction of the [[BigBad Source of Evil]] this time. During a clash one of the Charmed (good witches) along with the horseman War got trapped in Limbo so the rest of the teams formed an uneasy alliance to try and free their respective comrades. But when the Charmed found out that once reunited, the horsemen could bring about the Apocalypse, they went back on the deal and essentially sacrificed their sister (that's unusual) to avert the end of the world. This decision, although morally ambiguous by most of the media standards, still amounted to "enough good in humans" and the Source destroyed the horsemen and withdrew until next time. [[spoiler: Oh, and they managed to rescue their sister after all.]]

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* Almost the same thing happened in an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', only the Horsemen were acting at the direction of orders from the [[BigBad Source of Evil]] this time. During a clash one of the Charmed ones (good witches) got trapped in Limbo along with the horseman War got trapped in Limbo so the rest of the teams others formed an uneasy alliance to try and free their respective comrades. But when the Charmed found out ones learned that once reunited, the horsemen could bring about the Apocalypse, they went back on the deal and deal, essentially sacrificed sacrificing their sister (that's unusual) sister, to avert the end of the world. This decision, although morally ambiguous by most of the media standards, still decision apparently amounted to "enough "still enough good in humans" and humans", so the Source destroyed the horsemen and withdrew until next time. [[spoiler: Oh, and they the Charmed ones managed to rescue their sister after all.]]


Sometimes this will happen before humanity even ''knows'' said aliens exist and have yet to make first contact let alone any [[HanlonsRazor knowingly hostile movements]] against them. Not that this helps. Arguing "we didn't know any better," even if true, will only be used as further proof of our inherent arrogance and selfishness. When presented this way, it often seems that the only "crime" we are guilty of is [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence simply existing in the same universe as them]] while [[CantArgueWithElves not being "civilized" enough]] for the aliens' liking, and our lower-being status [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop should be self-evident]] to the audience. Also, we [[HumansAreSmelly stink]] so there's that too.

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Sometimes this will happen before humanity even ''knows'' said aliens exist and have yet to make first contact let alone any [[HanlonsRazor knowingly hostile movements]] against them. Not that this helps. Arguing "we didn't know any better," even if true, will only be used as further proof of our inherent arrogance and selfishness. When presented this way, it often seems that the only "crime" we are guilty of is [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence simply existing in the same universe as them]] while [[CantArgueWithElves not being "civilized" enough]] for the aliens' liking, and our lower-being status [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop should be self-evident]] to the audience.liking. Also, we [[HumansAreSmelly stink]] so there's that too.


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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2055 SCP-2055]] is still picking its jury. The immediate problem for the Foundation isn't humanity being found "guilty", it's that [[spoiler: the people who are chosen have to kill themselves in order to go to the next phase of selection]] and there's nothing the Foundation can do to stop the "trial".
* Parodied in the video "L'assemblée Intergalactique" on French comedy channel ''WebVideo/GoldenMoustache''. A group of aliens are discussing what to do with humanity and come up with the idea of teleporting in some random humans and have them defend their race. Unfortunately, the two humans they beam in are in the process of [[ToiletHumour catching their own farts in plastic bottles]], so the aliens immediately decide to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the Earth.]]
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2055 SCP-2055]] is still picking its jury. The immediate problem for the Foundation isn't humanity being found "guilty", it's that [[spoiler: the people who are chosen have to kill themselves in order to go to the next phase of selection]] and there's nothing the Foundation can do to stop the "trial".
* Parodied in the video "L'assemblée Intergalactique" on French comedy channel ''WebVideo/GoldenMoustache''. A group of aliens are discussing what to do with humanity and come up with the idea of teleporting in some random humans and have them defend their race. Unfortunately, the two humans they beam in are in the process of [[ToiletHumour catching their own farts in plastic bottles]], so the aliens immediately decide to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the Earth.]]
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The hypocrisy of wiping out a fellow sapient species just because it suits them is rarely addressed, and this is especially hypocritical if the aliens list this among humanity's crimes. It's often justified with HumansAreTheRealMonsters, being the only sentient race in the whole universe that does dirty things like [[HumansAreFlawed lying]], [[HumansAreBastards murder]], [[HumansAreWarriors war]], etc. The accusing aliens may have long ago [[ApeShallNeverKillApe overcome such behaviors]] (though one sympathetic advocate might ask, [[NotSoDifferent "Were we so different, at their age?"]]), but they may even drop the bombshell that they ''never'' suffered from them in the first place, and have always been a [[MarySuetopia utopian, perfect race that never as much as littered]]. The accuser also ignores the oddity of punishing an entire species for crimes against itself.

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The hypocrisy of wiping out a fellow sapient species just because it suits them is rarely addressed, and this is especially hypocritical if the aliens list this among humanity's crimes. It's often justified with HumansAreTheRealMonsters, being the only sentient sapient race in the whole universe that does dirty things like [[HumansAreFlawed lying]], [[HumansAreBastards murder]], [[HumansAreWarriors war]], etc. The accusing aliens may have long ago [[ApeShallNeverKillApe overcome such behaviors]] (though one sympathetic advocate might ask, [[NotSoDifferent "Were we so different, at their age?"]]), but they may even drop the bombshell that they ''never'' suffered from them in the first place, and have always been a [[MarySuetopia utopian, perfect race that never as much as littered]]. The accuser also ignores the oddity of punishing an entire species for crimes against itself.


** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' [[spoiler: it turns out the events of these games and the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' were actually a version of this -- a contest between the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of human strength and weakness as manifested by humanity's collective unconscious to see which is truly more powerful]].

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' [[spoiler: it turns out the events of these games and the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Persona 1}}'' were actually a version of this -- a contest between the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of human strength and weakness as manifested by humanity's collective unconscious to see which is truly more powerful]].


* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series uses this in a few of it's games:

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* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'' series uses this in a few of it's games:


* When the aliens are finally defeated at the end of the Creator/ErnestCline novel, ''Literature/{{Armada}}'', it's revealed TheFederation orchestrated the whole thing as a test to see if Earth was fit to join.

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* When the aliens are finally defeated at the end of the Creator/ErnestCline Ernest Cline novel, ''Literature/{{Armada}}'', it's revealed TheFederation orchestrated the whole thing as a test to see if Earth was fit to join.


* In Miloslav Knyazev's ''Alien Invasion: Republic Curonian Spit'', aliens just wanted to check if people will try protect their territory in combat even if there is no way to win. If official government surrenders and some people are disagree with their decision, they have option of secession (they don't need make it official, they just have to be ready to resist). Countries can't help each other because they are separated by force field walls. Technical level of country uner Test is taken in account. [[spoiler:Lithuania did not pass. Titular separatist republic did. ]].

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* In Miloslav Knyazev's ''Alien Invasion: Republic Curonian Spit'', aliens just wanted to check if people will try protect their territory in combat even if there is no way to win. If official government surrenders and some people are disagree with their decision, they have option of secession (they don't need make it official, they just have to be ready to resist). Countries can't help each other because they are separated by force field walls. Technical level of country uner Test is taken in account. [[spoiler:Lithuania did not pass. Titular separatist republic did. ]].]]
* When the aliens are finally defeated at the end of the Creator/ErnestCline novel, ''Literature/{{Armada}}'', it's revealed TheFederation orchestrated the whole thing as a test to see if Earth was fit to join.


* Every thousand years, Ming the Merciless from ''Film/FlashGordon'' tests every inhabited planet with natural disasters and if they show signs of recognizing an alien did it, he wipes them out. Hence Zarkov doomed Earth by flying I to space to confront Ming.

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* Every thousand years, Ming the Merciless from ''Film/FlashGordon'' tests every inhabited planet with natural disasters and if they show signs of recognizing an alien did it, he wipes them out. Hence Zarkov doomed Earth by flying I in to space to confront Ming.Ming.
* The Council of Superior Species from ''Film/AbsolutelyAnything'' are testing Earth for membership by giving one man godlike powers for ten days, seeing how he acts and will destroy Earth if he fails. They've done this to several other planets and the Council only has four members.

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* Every thousand years, Ming the Merciless from ''Film/FlashGordon'' tests every inhabited planet with natural disasters and if they show signs of recognizing an alien did it, he wipes them out. Hence Zarkov doomed Earth by flying I to space to confront Ming.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Firebringer}}'', TheDiscoveryOfFire turns out to be a test by aliens who created humanity to see if we're fit to survive.


* In Literature/TheBible, {{God}} effectively puts all of humanity, present and future (except UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}), on trial in Genesis after the original sin, finds us guilty, and sentences us to death. However, he also makes plans to pardon us, as long as certain conditions are met, and allows hundreds of years pass by in order for humans to accept or reject that pardon. This is also subverted, as the Bible also states that each individual human is on trial for their own sins (not '''just''' the original sin), and (apart from the aforementioned exception) [[HumansAreBastards all humans]], [[HistoryRepeats past, present and future]], [[HumansAreFlawed have sinned in some form or another]]. Since [[HumansAreFlawed humanity]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption is not capable of overcoming sin on our own]], and God didn't want us all to condemn ourselves to [[AndIMustScream Hell]], He [[TakeAThirdOption gave us]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} a way out]].





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* In Literature/TheBible, {{God}} effectively puts all of humanity, present and future (except UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}), on trial in Genesis after the original sin, finds us guilty, and sentences us to death. However, he also makes plans to pardon us, as long as certain conditions are met, and allows hundreds of years pass by in order for humans to accept or reject that pardon. This is also subverted, as the Bible also states that each individual human is on trial for their own sins (not '''just''' the original sin), and (apart from the aforementioned exception) [[HumansAreBastards all humans]], [[HistoryRepeats past, present and future]], [[HumansAreFlawed have sinned in some form or another]]. Since [[HumansAreFlawed humanity]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption is not capable of overcoming sin on our own]], and God didn't want us all to condemn ourselves to [[AndIMustScream Hell]], He [[TakeAThirdOption gave us]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} a way out]].
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