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Differs from LastStand in that while LastStand is to do with refusing to surrender even when the odds are heavily stacked against them, with the possibility of extinction not always being a factor, Human Are Survivors covers the way that humans as a species tend to be very, very hard to kill off, regardless of whether the ones attempting to do so are enemies, Mother Nature, the universe in general or even [[HumansAreMorons our own stupidity]]. There is a fair bit of overlap though. Can sometimes overlap with HumansAreSpecial. See also HumansAreWarriors, and HadToBeSharp.

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Differs from LastStand in that while LastStand is to do with refusing to surrender even when the odds are heavily stacked against them, with the possibility of extinction not always being a factor, Human Are Survivors covers the way that humans as a species tend to be very, very hard to kill off, regardless of whether the ones attempting to do so are enemies, Mother Nature, the universe in general or even [[HumansAreMorons our own stupidity]]. There is a fair bit of overlap though. Can sometimes overlap with HumansAreSpecial. See also HumansAreWarriors, and HadToBeSharp. There's a contrast with anyone who is [[{{Immortality}} immortal]] or [[NighInvulnerability nearly indestructible]]; humans are survivors because they developed the virtues of survival in order to overcome the state of affairs where they are mortal and die rather easily, while an immortal being just never has to face a survival-threatening problem.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': at the end of the [[HopelessWar Earth-Minbari War]] humanity rallies most of its surviving military to hold back the Minbari [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2sdy7PLSXQ just long enough to send some more people away to try and survive away from the Minbari]]. And when the Minbari surrender without explanation or apparent reason, some of humanity's neighbours decide to try and take advantage of Earth's weakness... Only to find out that humanity's warship building program had not only been continuing the whole time producing ships more than powerful enough to deal with their threat, ''they had been building new models capable of giving the invincible Minbari a hard time''. Tellingly, the Narn Regime and the Centauri Republic, Earth's most belligerent and most powerful neighbours, did ''not'' try and invade Earth Alliance while it was weak, but rather sold them advanced weapons to fight the Minbari and gave them a huge loan to rebuild respectively because they knew better than underestimate humanity (the loan was paid back in just a few years).

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* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'': Humanity survived the destruction of Earth and settled on more than a thousand different planets throughout the galaxy.
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* Humans in ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/wiki/series/humans_dont_make_good_pets Humans Don't Make Good Pets]]'' quickly become seen as being as indestructible as the Vul'va which is basically a space dragon whose presence on a battlefield will cause an immediate retreat. The human in protagonist can ignore any weapon that isn't an anti-tank rifle or stronger, barely even notices being infected with several of the worst diseases in galactic history, and a poison designed to kill anything in a matter of seconds only knocks him out for a few hours. Even being injected with a cocktail of the three deadliest plagues known to the galaxy at wide only leaves him mildly sick for two days. Several medical researchers state that a human's immune system could wipe out most life in the galaxy, let alone all the viruses and bacteria they carry on them. Lastly, humans are apparently the only sentient omnivore in the galaxy, and in fact any kind of omnivore is astronomically rare due to being exposed to both flora and fauna based diseases and toxins.

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* Humans in ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/wiki/series/humans_dont_make_good_pets Humans Don't Make Good Pets]]'' quickly become seen as being as indestructible as the Vul'va Vulza which is basically a space dragon whose presence on a battlefield will cause an immediate retreat. The human in protagonist can ignore any weapon that isn't an anti-tank rifle or stronger, barely even notices being infected with several of the worst diseases in galactic history, and a poison designed to kill anything in a matter of seconds only knocks him out for a few hours. Even being injected with a cocktail of the three deadliest plagues known to the galaxy at wide only leaves him mildly sick for two days. Several medical researchers state that a human's immune system could wipe out most life in the galaxy, let alone all the viruses and bacteria they carry on them. Lastly, humans are apparently the only sentient omnivore in the galaxy, and in fact any kind of omnivore is astronomically rare due to being exposed to both flora and fauna based diseases and toxins.

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* Humans in ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/wiki/series/humans_dont_make_good_pets Humans Don't Make Good Pets]]'' quickly become seen as being as indestructible as the Vul'va which is basically a space dragon whose presence on a battlefield will cause an immediate retreat. The human in protagonist can ignore any weapon that isn't an anti-tank rifle or stronger, barely even notices being infected with several of the worst diseases in galactic history, and a poison designed to kill anything in a matter of seconds only knocks him out for a few hours. Even being injected with a cocktail of the three deadliest plagues known to the galaxy at wide only leaves him mildly sick for two days. Several medical researchers state that a human's immune system could wipe out most life in the galaxy, let alone all the viruses and bacteria they carry on them. Lastly, humans are apparently the only sentient omnivore in the galaxy, and in fact any kind of omnivore is astronomically rare due to being exposed to both flora and fauna based diseases and toxins.


->''Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. It's only a few million years since they've crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenceless bipeds. They've survived flood, famine and plague. They've survived cosmic wars and holocausts, and now here they are amongst the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity. They're indomitable. Indomitable!''
-->-- '''[[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]''', ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace}} The Ark in Space]]''

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->''Homo sapiens.->''"''Homo sapiens''. What an inventive, invincible species. It's only a few million years since they've crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenceless bipeds. They've survived flood, famine and plague. They've survived cosmic wars and holocausts, and now here they are amongst the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity. They're indomitable. Indomitable!''
Indomitable!"''
-->-- '''[[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]''', ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace}} The '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace "The Ark in Space]]''
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}}'' (a ''Franchise/MassEffect/[=/=]VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' FusionFic), mankind survived living on a planet where, thanks to the Scrin and their GreenRocks, [[DeathWorld the ground was trying to eat them.]] Naturally, this coupled with [[HumansAreWarriors humans constantly being at war]] made humanity [[HadToBeSharp even tougher]]. Even the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respect humans.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}}'' (a ''Franchise/MassEffect/[=/=]VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' FusionFic), mankind survived living on a planet where, thanks to the Scrin and their GreenRocks, [[DeathWorld the ground was trying to eat them.]] Naturally, this coupled with [[HumansAreWarriors humans constantly being at war]] made humanity [[HadToBeSharp even tougher]]. Even the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respect humans.
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}}'' (a ''Franchise/MassEffect/[=/=]VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' FusionFic), mankind survived living on a planet where, thanks to the Scrin and their GreenRocks, [[DeathWorld the ground was trying to eat them.]] Naturally, this coupled with [[HumansAreWarriors humans constantly being at war]] made humanity [[HadToBeSharp even tougher]]. Even the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respect humans.



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* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'': According to ExpandedUniverse and WordOfGod, the titular alien hunters enjoy hunting humans because, despite our inferior physiology and technology, we're ingenious survivors and we're not bound by rigid codes of honour. In expanded material, they especially value two different species as prey: "Pyode Amedha", which is "Soft Meat" and refers to us, and "Kainde Amedha", which means "Hard Meat" and refers to the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]]. In other words, a race of super-strong, armed-to-the-teeth {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s have arguments about whether or not we're more entertaining quarry than a race of LightningBruiser bug monsters with acid for blood, simply because cheating is our bread and butter. Makes you proud in a weird way, doesn't it?

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* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'': According to ExpandedUniverse and WordOfGod, the titular alien hunters enjoy hunting humans because, despite our inferior physiology and technology, we're ingenious survivors and we're not bound by rigid codes of honour. In expanded material, they especially value two different species as prey: "Pyode Amedha", which is "Soft Meat" and refers to us, and "Kainde Amedha", which means "Hard Meat" and refers to the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]]. In other words, a race of super-strong, armed-to-the-teeth {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s have arguments about whether or not we're more entertaining quarry than a race of LightningBruiser bug monsters with acid for blood, simply because cheating is our bread and butter. Makes you proud in a weird way, doesn't it?
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* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'': According to ExpandedUniverse and WordOfGod, the titular alien hunters enjoy hunting humans because, despite our inferior physiology and technology, we're ingenious survivors and we're not bound by rigid codes of honour. In expanded material, they especially value two different species as prey: "Pyode Amedha", which is "Soft Meat" and refers to us, and "Kainde Amedha", which means "Hard Meat" and refers to the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]]. In other words, a race of super-strong, armed-to-the-teeth {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s have arguments about whether or not we're more entertaining quarry than a race of LightningBruiser bug monsters with acid for blood, simply because cheating is our bread and butter. Makes you proud in a weird way, doesn't it?



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* In Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Rescue Party'', aliens who've come to try and save as many as they can before the Sun goes nova are surprised to find that Earth's inhabitants have already managed to rescue themselves.
%% * In ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'', humanity manages to survive both above and below ground.
* ''The Green Book'' by JillPatonWalsh. Another "take to the stars" one.
* In ''Literature/{{Hothouse}}'' by Brian W. Aldiss, humanity is just barely surviving, but considering that the only other known animals left are highly evolved insects, that's impressive.

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* In Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Rescue Party'', aliens who've come to try and save as many as they can before the Sun goes nova are surprised to find that Earth's inhabitants have already managed to rescue themselves.
%% * In ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'', humanity manages to survive both above and below ground.
* ''The Green Book'' by JillPatonWalsh. Another "take to the stars" one.
* In ''Literature/{{Hothouse}}'' by Brian W. Aldiss, humanity is just barely surviving, but considering that the only other known animals left are highly evolved insects, that's impressive.
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%% * In ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'', humanity manages to survive both above and below ground.
* ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'': Humans are the only sentient species known to have survived through multiple [[AbsoluteXenophobe Achuultani]] incursions. They're usually down to the population of just one planet, and then they take to the stars again.
%%* ''The Green Book'' by JillPatonWalsh. Another "take to the stars" one.
* In ''Literature/{{Hothouse}}'' by Brian W. Aldiss, humanity is just barely surviving, but considering that the only other known animals left are highly evolved insects, that's impressive.
* In Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Rescue Party'', aliens who've come to try and save as many as they can before the Sun goes nova are surprised to find that Earth's inhabitants have already managed to rescue themselves.



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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' the human race not only outlasts the planet Earth, but manages to survive until the end of the Universe. Unfortunately things go downhill after that.
** In "Evolution of the Daleks", Dalek Sec [[spoiler:merges with a human to become a HalfHumanHybrid]] specifically because HumansAreSurvivors [[spoiler:and wants to impart that resilience to a new generation of Daleks]]. At first he believes this is because of humanity's ambition and "genius for war", but eventually thinks it's because of humanity's better qualities instead.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' the ''Series/DoctorWho'': The human race not only outlasts the planet Earth, but manages to survive until the end of the Universe. Unfortunately Unfortunately, things go downhill after that.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "Daleks in Manhattan"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks "Evolution of the Daleks", Daleks"]]: Dalek Sec [[spoiler:merges with a human to become a HalfHumanHybrid]] specifically because HumansAreSurvivors humans are survivors [[spoiler:and wants to impart that resilience to a new generation of Daleks]]. At first he believes this is because of humanity's ambition and "genius for war", but eventually thinks it's because of humanity's better qualities instead.






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-->''Where the best of men are broken
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* The populations of the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou aptly named]] "{{death worlds}}" in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Due to natural (and sometimes not-quite-natural) selection, these planets are basically breeding grounds for badasses, who fill the ranks of the most renown Imperial Guard regiments as well as Space Marine chapters.

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* The populations of the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou aptly named]] "{{death worlds}}" in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Due to natural (and sometimes not-quite-natural) selection, these planets are basically breeding grounds for badasses, who fill the ranks of the most renown renowned Imperial Guard regiments as well as Space Marine chapters.
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* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' when [[spoiler:[[ALighterShadeOfBlack Blue Diamond]]]] comes to Earth to [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes mourn]] [[PredecessorVillain Pink Diamond]]]] and meets [[NonActionGuy Greg]].
-->"How curious. I am impressed by humanity's ability to survive in the wild. What a strange planet...where else would a being as fragile as a human live...while [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll a being as powerful as]] [[spoiler:a Diamond]] perish?"

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* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', when [[spoiler:[[ALighterShadeOfBlack Blue Diamond]]]] comes to Earth to [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes mourn]] [[PredecessorVillain Pink Diamond]]]] and meets [[NonActionGuy Greg]].
-->"How curious. I am impressed by humanity's ability to survive in the wild. What a strange planet... where else would a being as fragile as a human live...live... while [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll a being as powerful as]] [[spoiler:a Diamond]] perish?"



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* ''Fanfic/ForLoveOfMagic'' and it's sequel ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13034223/7/A-Discordant-Note A Discordant Note]]'' deconstruct the idea, citing that while humanity is great at overcoming challenges, they also need to have challenges to overcome or they'll "grow sick in spirit, causing entire societies to grow warped and rotten".


* Some people, including StephenHawking, think we're not trying ''hard enough'' at this, and better get it together (read: spread into space).

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* Some people, including StephenHawking, Creator/StephenHawking, think we're not trying ''hard enough'' at this, and better get it together (read: spread into space).



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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/BeyondThisHorizon'', this is stated to be humanity's one true strength;
-->"Man is an unspecialized animal. His body, except for its enormous brain case, is primitive. He can't dig; he can't run very fast; he can't fly. But he can eat anything and he can stay alive where a goat would starve, a lizard would fry, a bird freeze. Instead of special adaptations he has general adaptability."


* Humanity in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''. Aliens try to kill them off by blowing up Earth, years later those who were evacuated before said EarthShatteringKaboom are still hanging in there despite the loss of their planet, being on the bottom of the galactic totem pole and the fact that the nearest thing they have to a home is a bodged together space colony made out of old ships, not to mention that the aforementioned aliens are still out to get them.

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* Humanity in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''. Aliens try to kill them off by blowing up Earth, Earth; years later later, those who were evacuated before said EarthShatteringKaboom are still hanging in there despite the loss of their planet, being on the bottom of the galactic totem pole and the fact that the nearest thing they have to a home is a bodged together bodged-together space colony made out of old ships, not to mention that the aforementioned aliens are still out to get them.



* This is a major theme in ''Film/PacificRim''. As soon as it's made clear that no one is safe from the {{Kaiju}}s, humans create the [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]] to defend themselves and they prove incredibly effective. The only reason Kaijus are still a threat is because stronger versions of them keep appearing after increasingly shorter intervals. Midway through the movie, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Kaijus are beings enginereed to actively destroy humanity]] but humans do such a good job at surviving that they manage to [[spoiler:kill their creators]]. Ironically, the attacks started because humans [[spoiler:inadvertedly facilitated the invasion of Earth by polluting the atmosphere]].

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* This is a major theme in ''Film/PacificRim''. As soon as it's made clear that no one is safe from the {{Kaiju}}s, humans create the [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]] to defend themselves and they prove incredibly effective. The only reason Kaijus are still a threat is because stronger versions of them keep appearing after increasingly shorter intervals. Midway through the movie, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Kaijus are beings enginereed engineered to actively destroy humanity]] but humans do such a good job at surviving that they manage to [[spoiler:kill their creators]]. Ironically, the attacks started because humans [[spoiler:inadvertedly [[spoiler:inadvertently facilitated the invasion of Earth by polluting the atmosphere]].


In fiction, no matter how many other races are kicking around, if there's one species that seems to have a knack for avoiding extinction it's us. Genocidal aliens? [[LastStand We fortify our position and fight back with everything we have.]] Earth becomes uninhabitable? We either head into space to find somewhere new to live or artifically create enclosed environments that are habitable. Our planet [[EarthShatteringKaboom gets blown up]]? Again, time to take to the stars. Global ice age? [[TruthInTelevision Been there, done that.]]

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In fiction, no matter how many other races are kicking around, if there's one species that seems to have a knack for avoiding extinction it's us. Genocidal aliens? [[LastStand We fortify our position and fight back with everything we have.]] Earth becomes uninhabitable? We either head into space to find somewhere new to live or artifically artificially create enclosed environments that are habitable. Our planet [[EarthShatteringKaboom gets blown up]]? Again, time to take to the stars. Global ice age? [[TruthInTelevision Been there, done that.]]



* In Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Rescue Party'', aliens who've come to try and save as many as they can before the Sun goes nova are suprised to find that Earth's inhabitants have already managed to rescue themselves.

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* In Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Rescue Party'', aliens who've come to try and save as many as they can before the Sun goes nova are suprised surprised to find that Earth's inhabitants have already managed to rescue themselves.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' the human race not only outlasts the planet Earth, but manages to survive until the end of the Universe. Unfortunately things went downhill after that.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' the human race not only outlasts the planet Earth, but manages to survive until the end of the Universe. Unfortunately things went go downhill after that.



* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', humans are the bottom of the food chain and often seen as the scourge of the earth by monster races, angels, and demons. But somehow the humans keep thwarting plans for domination and destruction that have been in the plans for decades, millenia, eons, etc.

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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', humans are the bottom of the food chain and often seen as the scourge of the earth by monster races, angels, and demons. But somehow the humans keep thwarting plans for domination and destruction that have been in the plans works for decades, millenia, millennia, eons, etc.


* The population of the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou aptly named "death worlds"]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Due to natural (and sometimes not-quite-natural) selection, these planets are basically breeding grounds for badasses, who fill the ranks of the most renown Imperial Guard regiments as well as Space Marine chapters.

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* The population populations of the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou aptly named "death worlds"]] named]] "{{death worlds}}" in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Due to natural (and sometimes not-quite-natural) selection, these planets are basically breeding grounds for badasses, who fill the ranks of the most renown Imperial Guard regiments as well as Space Marine chapters.


* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', humans are attacked [[EldritchAbomination by space badasses]] over and over again and always manage to survive despite alien species and planets being obliterated.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', humans were the last species to master intergalactic space travel and are new to intergalactic diplomacy. They are seen as overly ambitious upstarts. However, whenever there is a threat to the galaxy, the humans are the first to detect it and always lead the charge to defeat it. Humans are attacked [[EldritchAbomination by space badasses]] over and over again and always manage to survive despite alien species and planets being obliterated.


* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', humans were the last species to master intergalactic space travel and are new to intergalactic diplomacy. They are seen as overly ambitious upstarts. However, whenever there is a threat to the galaxy, the humans are the first to detect it and always lead the charge to defeat it.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', humans were the last species to master intergalactic are attacked [[EldritchAbomination by space travel badasses]] over and are new to intergalactic diplomacy. They are seen as overly ambitious upstarts. However, whenever there is a threat to the galaxy, the humans are the first to detect it over again and always lead the charge manage to defeat it.survive despite alien species and planets being obliterated.



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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', humans are the bottom of the food chain and often seen as the scourge of the earth by monster races, angels, and demons. But somehow the humans keep thwarting plans for domination and destruction that have been in the plans for decades, millenia, eons, etc.




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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', humans were the last species to master intergalactic space travel and are new to intergalactic diplomacy. They are seen as overly ambitious upstarts. However, whenever there is a threat to the galaxy, the humans are the first to detect it and always lead the charge to defeat it.

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