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The {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s are not pleased. The human race has been warring, polluting, nuclear-bombing, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking not looking both ways before crossing the street.]] So now, they've come to put humanity on trial.

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The {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s are not pleased. The human race has been warring, polluting, nuclear-bombing, [[WarIsHell warring]], [[GaiasLament polluting]], [[NukeEm nuclear-bombing]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking not looking both ways before crossing the street.]] So now, they've come to put humanity on trial.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnysLunarTunes'' Marvin the Martian tries to get Earth destroyed by filing charges against it in court, with Bugs Bunny being brought in for the defence.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnysLunarTunes'' Marvin the Martian tries to get Earth destroyed by filing charges against it in court, with Bugs Bunny being brought in for the defence.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnysLunarTunes'' Marvin the Martian tries to get Earth destroyed by filing charges against it in court, with Bugs Bunny being brought in for the defence.


* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}:'' Season six revealed this has happened in the past, and we failed - thus why the world is called [[AfterTheEnd Remnant,]] and why the moon is shattered to pieces in the present day. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the Brother Gods (who enacted the first trial) warned that they would return one day and enact ''another'' trial, though they were 'nice' enough to say they would only come when summoned. This is the root of the ForeverWar between [[BigGood Ozpin]] and [[BigBad Salem]] - Ozpin is trying to unite the world in peace so it will pass the trial, and Salem is trying to summon the gods before then.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}:'' Season six revealed this has happened in the past, and we failed - thus why the world is called [[AfterTheEnd Remnant,]] and why the [[DetonationMoon moon is shattered to pieces pieces]] in the present day. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the Brother Gods (who enacted the first trial) warned that they would return one day and enact ''another'' trial, though they were 'nice' enough to say they would only come when summoned. This is the root of the ForeverWar between [[BigGood Ozpin]] and [[BigBad Salem]] - Ozpin is trying to unite the world in peace so it will pass the trial, and Salem is trying to summon the gods before then.]]


* ''WebAnimation/RWBY:'' Season six revealed this has happened in the past, and we failed - thus why the world is called [[AfterTheEnd Remnant,]] and why the moon is shattered to pieces in the present day. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the Brother Gods (who enacted the first trial) warned that they would return one day and enact ''another'' trial, though they were 'nice' enough to say they would only come when summoned. This is the root of the ForeverWar between [[BigGood Ozpin]] and [[BigBad Salem]] - Ozpin is trying to unite the world in peace so it will pass the trial, and Salem is trying to summon the gods before then.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/RWBY:'' ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}:'' Season six revealed this has happened in the past, and we failed - thus why the world is called [[AfterTheEnd Remnant,]] and why the moon is shattered to pieces in the present day. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the Brother Gods (who enacted the first trial) warned that they would return one day and enact ''another'' trial, though they were 'nice' enough to say they would only come when summoned. This is the root of the ForeverWar between [[BigGood Ozpin]] and [[BigBad Salem]] - Ozpin is trying to unite the world in peace so it will pass the trial, and Salem is trying to summon the gods before then.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/RWBY:'' Season six revealed this has happened in the past, and we failed - thus why the world is called [[AfterTheEnd Remnant,]] and why the moon is shattered to pieces in the present day. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the Brother Gods (who enacted the first trial) warned that they would return one day and enact ''another'' trial, though they were 'nice' enough to say they would only come when summoned. This is the root of the ForeverWar between [[BigGood Ozpin]] and [[BigBad Salem]] - Ozpin is trying to unite the world in peace so it will pass the trial, and Salem is trying to summon the gods before then.]]
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] in ''WesternAnimation/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.
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* 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.


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 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.

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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 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 [[NotSoDifferentRemark "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.


* Inverted in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The first Q-related episode of the series gave the ship's crew an opportunity to put a member of the omnipotent race on trial for once.
** Zigzagged would be a better adjective. They didn't put him on Trial, the recurring Q (Creator/JohnDeLancie) is putting him on trial. Voyager is defending him and his right... to commit suicide. So, it's a trial where the prosecution is bringing up examples to justify that the gods are necessary to humanity and thus humans shouldn't tolerate when a god wants to not exist any more as a matter of his own personal choice.

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* Inverted Zigzagged in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The first Q-related episode of the series gave the ship's crew an opportunity to put had a member of the omnipotent race on trial for once.
** Zigzagged would be a better adjective. They didn't put him on Trial, the recurring Q (Creator/JohnDeLancie) is putting him on trial.
trial, with Voyager is defending him and his right... to commit suicide. So, it's a trial where the prosecution is bringing up examples to justify that the gods are necessary to humanity and thus humans shouldn't tolerate when a god wants to not exist any more as a matter of his own personal choice.


* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' X, a semi-omnipotent representative of the X Continuum, [[[[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3422&theme=4&dir=prev puts humanity on trial]] with Paris as proxy. Paris suggests putting the sparrials on trial with Serron as a proxy, but X thinks a case that open-and-shut wouldn't be as much fun. [[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3418&theme=4&dir=next Paris's defence]] is that she stops the non-humans in the crew getting into worse trouble than they would without her. X can't argue with that, so throws "[[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3430&theme=4&dir=next a semi-omnipotent tantrum]] instead.

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* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' X, a semi-omnipotent representative of the X Continuum, [[[[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3422&theme=4&dir=prev puts humanity on trial]] with Paris as proxy. Paris suggests putting the sparrials on trial with Serron as a proxy, but X thinks a case that open-and-shut wouldn't be as much fun. [[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3418&theme=4&dir=next Paris's defence]] is that she stops the non-humans in the crew getting into worse trouble than they would without her. X can't argue with that, so throws "[[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3430&theme=4&dir=next a semi-omnipotent tantrum]] tantrum]]" instead.

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* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' X, a semi-omnipotent representative of the X Continuum, [[[[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3422&theme=4&dir=prev puts humanity on trial]] with Paris as proxy. Paris suggests putting the sparrials on trial with Serron as a proxy, but X thinks a case that open-and-shut wouldn't be as much fun. [[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3418&theme=4&dir=next Paris's defence]] is that she stops the non-humans in the crew getting into worse trouble than they would without her. X can't argue with that, so throws "[[https://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=3430&theme=4&dir=next a semi-omnipotent tantrum]] instead.

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->''[[spoiler:"You just don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends."]]''
-->-- [[spoiler:''Q'', "All Good Things...", Part 2]]


* ''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''
''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.


* 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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* 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. A twist is revealed in that, while the aliens are testing humanity's character when given omnipotence, they ''want'' to see amoral, utterly selfish behavior.


* Impress Your Creators by Tub Ring is about an advanced alien race giving humanity a decade to shape up or be killed. [[spoiler:Humanity [[oh crap has other opinions.]]]]

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* Impress Your Creators by Tub Ring is about an advanced alien race giving humanity a decade to shape up or be killed. [[spoiler:Humanity [[oh crap has other opinions.]]]]]]

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