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* There is a noted phenomenon in times of war that the vast majority of people without conditioning will ''not'' shoot to kill, instead shooting NEAR the enemy to try and scare them away. There are a lot of stories from the 1800's, World War I and World War II where enemy patrols encountered each other, dropped their guns and threw stones and insults until one side or another left; when the baffled officer begs the question "WhyDontYouJustShootHim", the soldiers are honestly baffled and horrified by the idea.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce The Christmas Truce.]] That is all.


* There is a very dark example of this in the episode "A Small Talent for War" of the 1980s version of the ''Series/TwilightZone''. Despite our bickering ways, occasional wars, and nuclear arms race, humans are merciful, afraid of conflict, and genuinely want peace. This makes us completely useless for the reason Earth was seeded: to breed a civilization of warriors. So the aliens who planted those seeds wipe us out and start another crop elsewhere.

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* There is a very dark example of this in the episode "A Small Talent for War" of the 1980s version of the ''Series/TwilightZone''.''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. Despite our bickering ways, occasional wars, and nuclear arms race, humans are merciful, afraid of conflict, and genuinely want peace. This makes us completely useless for the reason Earth was seeded: to breed a civilization of warriors. So the aliens who planted those seeds wipe us out and start another crop elsewhere.


In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue (most of them anyway). In reality, while perhaps not always "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least to some extent, can be TruthInTelevision.

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In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue (most of them anyway). It is up to them to fight off the HordeOfAlienLocusts, defend everyone (even other aliens) from the ScaryDogmaticAliens and convince the SpaceElves to step off their lofty pedestal and use their special technology to help other races.

Since MostWritersAreHuman (and readers/viewers/etc. too for that matter) this trope so strong in the minds of the audience that most of said audience will side with the human faction in cases of GreyAndGreyMorality and even EvilVsEvil.

In reality, while perhaps not always "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least to some extent, can be TruthInTelevision.

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* Humans are perhaps the only predators who actually care about the feelings of their prey. Imagine a lion giving a shit about the fact that it's hurting a gazelle as it devours it, let alone deciding to swear off eating gazelles out of concern for them.


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* Turns up in ''Marvel Apes''. In the ape universe, [[{{Might Makes Right}} justice is based on claw]]; Comicbook/{{Spider|Man}}-Monkey find the human universe's idea of justice by law to be very appealing.

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* Turns up in ''Marvel Apes''. In the ape universe, [[{{Might Makes Right}} justice is based on claw]]; Comicbook/{{Spider|Man}}-Monkey Franchise/{{Spider|Man}}-Monkey find the human universe's idea of justice by law to be very appealing.appealing.
* This is a belief firmly upheld by Franchise/{{Superman}} [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and]] [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} his]] [[ComicBook/PowerGirl family]], who maintain that humans are able to overcome their worst instincts and do good, no matter how dark the world may look.


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* Espoused frequently by the Doctor, as per normal, in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', which makes his meeting Moriarty all the more shocking for him.
* In crossover story ''Fanfic/InfinityCrisis'', Thor, Sif and Kara all reflect that they came to realise that humanity is worth protecting by living among them.
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In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue (most of them anyway). In reality, while perhaps not always exactly "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least, can be TruthInTelevision.

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In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue (most of them anyway). In reality, while perhaps not always exactly "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least, least to some extent, can be TruthInTelevision.


* While [[LightIsNotGood white and green are not always good]], in the ''MagicTheGathering'' set Innistrad, humans are primarily white and green, and the opposite color, black, while [[DarkIsNotEvil not always evil]], is the most classically evil. Given that Innistrad is a horror setting, yes.

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* While [[LightIsNotGood white and green are not always good]], in the ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' set Innistrad, humans are primarily white and green, and the opposite color, black, while [[DarkIsNotEvil not always evil]], is the most classically evil. Given that Innistrad is a horror setting, yes.


* [[http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/ This site,]] [[http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ this,]] and [[http://www.happynews.com/ this]] show off this trope as well as the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page. Turns out not all of us are always completely horrible to each other.

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* [[http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/ This site,]] [[http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ this,]] and [[http://www.happynews.com/ this]] show off this trope as well as the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page.trope. Turns out not all of us are always completely horrible to each other.


* The entire premise of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was that humans would eventually grow into this state. The sequel series moved away from this; while ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' mostly stuck with it, ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' really started [[BewareTheNiceOnes slipping away]] during the Dominion War, and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' mostly abandoned it. (Although, as a {{Prequel}}, it ''could'' be argued that ''Enterprise'' is simply set before it happens. Or that Berman and Braga [[CompletelyMissingThePoint just don't get Trek]].) The steady inversion of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s meaning begins in the middle of Next Gen, reaching completion in Voyager. It parallels the fading of the WWII-survivor generation in the USA media.

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* The entire premise of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was that humans would eventually grow into this state. The sequel series moved away from this; while ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' mostly stuck with it, ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' really started [[BewareTheNiceOnes slipping away]] during the Dominion War, and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' mostly abandoned it. (Although, as a {{Prequel}}, it ''could'' be argued that ''Enterprise'' is simply set before it happens. Or that Berman and Braga [[CompletelyMissingThePoint just don't get Trek]].) The steady inversion of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s meaning begins in the middle of Next Gen, reaching completion in Voyager. It parallels the fading of the WWII-survivor generation in the USA media.Voyager]].''


** However, this is shockingly subverted in the final season, when we discovered that there are humans [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters just as cruel and twisted as Aku himself]].

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** However, this is shockingly subverted in the final season, when we discovered that there are humans [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters just as cruel and twisted as Aku himself]].himself]] (The High Priestess and The Dominator).


* This is 100% true in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. Human goodness specifically is so pure and righteous that a katana forged from it is the only thing in the universe that can truly harm Aku, a being made of pure evil.

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* This is 100% true played straight in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' between Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4. Human goodness specifically is so pure and righteous that a katana forged from it is the only thing in the universe that can truly harm Aku, a being made of pure evil.


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** However, this is shockingly subverted in the final season, when we discovered that there are humans [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters just as cruel and twisted as Aku himself]].


* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' - the anime eventually draws the conclusion that all humans, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire or not]], can coexist peacefully. And if it weren't for a certain nihilistic organization with a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien UltimateEvil on the top, they would. A proto-Rousseau Was Right statement, in a way.\\
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The manga is going in an entirely different direction.[[spoiler: The Shaharazard ar-Rahman story arc centered on an evil bishop D'Annunzio! Guderien (an agent of the Order) helped save Eshter too. Kinda turning this possibly into HobbesWasRight territory!]]

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* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' - the anime eventually draws the conclusion that all humans, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire or not]], can coexist peacefully. And if it weren't for a certain nihilistic organization with a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien UltimateEvil on the top, they would. A proto-Rousseau Was Right statement, in a way.\\
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The manga is going in an entirely different direction.[[spoiler: The Shaharazard ar-Rahman story arc centered on an evil bishop D'Annunzio! Guderien (an agent of the Order) helped save Eshter too. Kinda turning this possibly into HobbesWasRight territory!]]



* Wiki/TVTropes has, in [[Heartwarming/RealLife this link]], stories where humans did good things for one another.
* [[http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/ This site]], [[http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ this]], and [[http://www.happynews.com/ this]] show off this trope as well as the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page. Turns out not all of us are always completely horrible to each other.

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* Wiki/TVTropes has, in [[Heartwarming/RealLife this link]], link,]] stories where humans did good things for one another.
* [[http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/ This site]], site,]] [[http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ this]], this,]] and [[http://www.happynews.com/ this]] show off this trope as well as the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page. Turns out not all of us are always completely horrible to each other.


** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' goes so far [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters in the opposite direction]] that it implies that any non-humans are automatically better than humanity by default, just because Lavos was heavily involved with and modified humanity into their modern forms. In practice, it's more like HumansAreFlawed and so is everyone else. Well, except for the dwarves with their actions against the fairies.

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** * ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' goes so far [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters in the opposite direction]] that it implies that any non-humans are automatically better than humanity by default, just because Lavos was heavily involved with and modified humanity into their modern forms. In practice, it's more like HumansAreFlawed and so is everyone else. Well, except for the dwarves with their actions against the fairies.


* The entire premise of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was that humans would eventually grow into this state. The sequel series moved away from this; while ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' mostly stuck with it, ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' really started slipping away during the Dominion War, and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' mostly abandoned it. (Although, as a {{Prequel}}, it ''could'' be argued that ''Enterprise'' is simply set before it happens. Or that Berman and Braga [[CompletelyMissingThePoint just don't get Trek]].) The steady inversion of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s meaning begins in the middle of Next Gen, reaching completion in Voyager. It parallels the fading of the WWII-survivor generation in the USA media.

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* The entire premise of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was that humans would eventually grow into this state. The sequel series moved away from this; while ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' mostly stuck with it, ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' really started [[BewareTheNiceOnes slipping away away]] during the Dominion War, and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' mostly abandoned it. (Although, as a {{Prequel}}, it ''could'' be argued that ''Enterprise'' is simply set before it happens. Or that Berman and Braga [[CompletelyMissingThePoint just don't get Trek]].) The steady inversion of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s meaning begins in the middle of Next Gen, reaching completion in Voyager. It parallels the fading of the WWII-survivor generation in the USA media.


In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue. In reality, while perhaps not always exactly "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least, can be TruthInTelevision.

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In a SpeculativeFiction setting in which there are other species running around, human beings are AlwaysLawfulGood paragons of virtue.virtue (most of them anyway). In reality, while perhaps not always exactly "paragons" if you will, you might be glad to know though that this, at least, can be TruthInTelevision.

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