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Earth's Alien History or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Mistrust the Xenos is a collaborative fanfic started by Neshomancer on AlternateHistory.com which can be found here if you happen to be a member of that site, and also on Sufficient Velocity

The story starts out detailing the history of Earth as it deals with Alien Invasion after alien invasion starting at the tail end of the 19th century. It later evolves into a full on Space Opera as Earth and its allies become a Galactic power. The story is still ongoing and currently in the middle of the 23rd century. The story features characters and races from many famous works of science fiction such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Worldwar, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics just to name a few.

A spinoff called Earth's Alien History: Andromeda Dreams has been started, which is set to chronicle colonists sent from the Milky Way to the Andromeda Galaxy. It can be found here.

Tropes in this story:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Many races who were painted purely as enemies of humanity in their source material become much more heroic here.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Due to being a Surakan Buddhist, Spock is more in touch with his emotions.
  • Advanced Ancient Humans: A common belief to explain why there are so many human-like races in the galaxy. The only problem is that most of them have their own theory on it, which for the most part contradict each other.
    • The Hainish are a surviving example of this trope.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Subverted by the Geth, Cybertronians, Medabots, and Net Navis. Digimon will continue this pattern at least for the most part.
  • Alien Catnip: Ginger to the Race as per Worldwar canon.
  • Alien Invasion: Obviously. The sheer number Earth goes through over the years gets thoroughly lampshaded.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Humanity has this outlook early on. Not surprising considering what they've been through. Their outlook becomes more nuanced as they meet friendly aliens like the Prawns and Vulcans.
  • All Nations Are Superpowers: Earth basically becomes this after the Race invasion, with the only human-run nations left being the United States, the Euro-Canadian Union, the Soviet Union, and the Empire of Japan.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • The Mekon and his allies seize control of the Citadel and proceed to invade and overrun most of Citadel space.
    • Any Reaper attack is technically this, though the most prominent examples is during the Final Offensive, when the Reapers target numerous polities' homeworlds.
  • The Alliance:
    • The Terran Treaty Organization (TeTO) is initially a mutual defense pact and free trade agreement between the remaining human nations of Earth and all their colonies. However, over time it grows to include most of the alien races they become friendly with, until it's essentially Star Trek's United Federation (but remaining somewhat decentralized, thus keeping it from actually being a case of The Federation).
    • During the Reaper War, the Romulans organize several other non-TeTO powers into the Pact of the Raptor, both for mutual defense and in order to compete with TeTO on a political and economic level. However, it is specifically stated to not be anti-TeTO in nature.
    • Also during the Reaper War, the Harvesters and Vinn, who aren't members of either of the above blocs, form an alliance of their own, and place numerous planets and polities also not part of either TeTO or the Pact under their protection. Following the war, they solidify as the Shield Alliance.
    • During both the Five Galaxies and Reaper wars, all the major power blocs of the Alpha Quadrant come together to fight off their common enemies.
    • The Crusader Pact, an alliance of most of the races in the Jumpgate Sector who come together to fight the Drahk.
    • Following the Reaper War, the Continuum of Makers and the Grasskan Empire form a mutual defense pact, both to better prepare for potential future threats and to stay independent of the other growing power blocs.
  • Amazon Brigade: Quite literally. Themyscira provides many of these.
  • Anachronic Order: Due to the timeline being put together piecemeal by numerous writers, some events are conceived and written up after other events that take place later than them. Fortunately, AH.com's threadmark option allows for all entries to be organized in the proper order for readers who don't mind skipping the comment sections.
  • Androids Are People, Too: The Terran Treaty Organization takes this stance.
  • And Then What?: A Harvester Queen realizes at one point that her people have no solid plans on what they'll do once they have their revenge on the Reapers, which they've been dedicated to for 50,000 years. Following the war, they and the Vinn (who likewise had no other purpose) drift aimlessly, before taking up a new role as the protectors of the members of the Shield Alliance.
  • Animal Companion: Lumia, the Pathfinder for the Romulans' Andromeda mission, has a pet treecat named D'Deridex.
  • Animal Mecha: Several Power Rangers teams use these naturally.
  • Arc Villain:
    • The Mekon for the Mekon War.
    • Voss Ratarau for the Tesskan War.
    • The Reapers for the Reaper War, which is large enough to be a story unto itself.
  • The Ark: The various galactic powers send fleets of Colony Ships to Andromeda in order to ensure continuity of species in case the Reapers win. The Andromeda Dreams spinoff follows these colonists.
  • Arm Cannon: Used by Samus Aran of Metroid fame and the Iron Man suits that are based off of her armor.
  • Artifact Title: Especially the second part as humanity has a more nuanced view of aliens now.
  • Ass in Ambassador: Aisha Clanclan, who serves as the Ctarl-Ctarl ambassador to TeTO, is obnoxious and loudmouthed and thinks that the entire alliance should just bend over and give her people whatever they want.
  • Attack Drone: Used with some frequency in the Reaper War.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The Visitors destroying entire cities is described as this, as it forces Torchwood to dispense with secrecy and unveil hidden weapons emplacements in order to counterstrike and destroy them.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: The Doctor organizes a version of the Legends of Tomorrow to fight Faction Paradox.
  • Badass Boast: Susan Ivanova gives a variant of her canon "God sent me" speech during the Reapers' second assault on Earth.
  • Badass Family: The T'Soni/Aran extended family which also includes Amazonian royalty.
  • Bad Future: Future Trunks comes from one of these obviously. As does Katie Marek.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work:
    • The Reapers kill the Mekon, and inadvertently break the power of the Orion Syndicate.
    • While helping Blackfire take over Tamaran, the Romulans also wiped out the Citadel Empire (not to be confused with the Citadel Council alliance) who had been tormenting the Tamaraneans for years.
  • Batman Gambit: The entire story is really on of these by the Time Lords in an effort to prepare humanity to enter the Last Great Time War as soldiers.
  • Battle Aura: Considering that Saiyans are in this universe this is a given.
  • Battle Couple: Benezia and Samus, Diana and Liara, Kauri the Klingon and Mala the Amazon.
  • Battle Trophy: Yautja, better known as Predators, are famous for this.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Kauri and Mala.
  • Big Bad Wannabe:
    • The Mekon. It's not that he isn't threatening, it's just that he inadvertently helps more than he hurts our heroes.
    • Voss Ratarau. The Romulan warbird he manages to capture and reverse-engineer into a handful of other ships altogether makes him a minor threat, but as he's going up against TeTO and the entire Romulan Empire, he's nowhere near as impressive as he thinks he is.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens frequently.
  • Big Good: The Doctor and Q are this.
  • Bio Data: Used by Faction Paradox.
  • Bird People: The Chozo.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Many examples from many different source materials. The story's original examples are the Gemini, a race of Turian/Krogan hybrids created when Xerneas used its powers to restore all husks on the planet ARC3-US back to life, resulting in Brute-type husks becoming this race.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: The Race and their subject species the Rabotevs and Hallessi to the Asari. Since these reptilian species have a mating season triggered by pheromones they are the first sapient aliens encountered by the Asari to not be attracted to them at all. That makes the Asari very uncomfortable around them.
  • Blow You Away: Used often by Kryptonians.
  • Body-Count Competition: Mala and Kauri do this.
  • Boxed Crook: The Time Lords forcibly recruit the Master to fight the Doctor for them. He happily does so, not caring for their agenda but just wanting to fight his Worthy Opponent again.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Anyone Indoctrinated by the Reapers or possessed by the Vinn.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Done by Terran Treaty Organization during the Reaper War to compensate for Reaper numbers. With the most notable example being the ECS Thunder Child.
  • Break the Haughty: The Race as per Worldwar canon. Later the Citadel, the Five Galaxies from Uplift, and the Reapers all have this happen to them in turn.
  • Bug War: The Formic Wars and arguably the Harvester Invasions.
  • Canon Welding: As part of the nature of the timeline:
    • The Reapers destroyed the Precursors of both the Vinn and the Fithp, as well as the original homeworld of the Harvesters (thus rendering them nomadic).
    • The Iron Man armor is based off of Samus'.
    • Torchwood is in the place of Section 31.
      • Speaking of Torchwood, it turns out that the alien attack on Queen Victoria that led to their formation in this universe was by the Goa'uld Osiris.
    • Mars is home to multiple species, including the Molluscs, the various Barsoomians, the Whites and Greens, and the Ice Warriors and Osirians.
    • The technology of the Jaegers is based on that of Galalunan battle armors; later developments lead to the creation of Gundams. Also, genetic links are found between the Kaiju and the creatures of Mutraad, though the truth of this is never fully established.
    • Speaking of Galaluna, General Modula's coup is in this universe backed by the Mekon, who does so to frame the Salarians for it, both to directly deny TeTO another potential ally and to taint their relationship with the Citadel.
    • Mankind's first Warp flight, which attracts the attention of the Vulcans, is here the Commodore Perry, on its way to the Race's Home.
    • The H'urq who invaded Q'onos in the Klingons' ancient past were actually Collectors.
    • The Lazarus Concordance are renegade Time Lords.
    • The Genesis Project is inspired by the Votans' own terraforming technology.
    • The powers of Black Canary are actually inherited from Kira Ford.
    • The DEO combines aspects of its canon form with UNIT and SHIELD.
  • Chummy Commies: The Soviet Union seriously mellows out by the 23rd century, thanks to the leadership of Superman.
  • Corrupt Politician:
    • The Asari Matriarchs who are in power during the Reaper War are so determined to stay in power that they undermine and sabotage Marshal T'Drak's war effort just to make themselves and their allies look better. T'Drak exposes this to the public, then uses the public outcry as a mandate to arrest the Matriarchs and take power.
    • Torg, the Klingon governor of the Vantar system, takes advantage of the chaos of the Reaper War to make money by selling weapon and resources to the pirates roosting in the system. When this is uncovered during the post-war reconstruction, Mala and Kauri are sent to eliminate him for it.
  • Crapsack World: Earth in the early part of the timeline. Having to deal with many devastating attacks in a relatively short span, as well as a couple nuclear wars made Earth's climate quite volatile and drove humanity on Earth to the brink of extinction.
  • Culture Clash: As to be expected from having so many species interacting in the same setting, there's numerous examples shown of cultural norms and beliefs being exchanged among different races, with more conservative elements on either side often looking down on anything different from their own way of doing things.
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • The Asari Diaspora which begins after the Mekon War is partly a result of more progressive Asari getting sick of the stagnation brought about by the ruling conservative-minded Matriarchs.
    • During the Five Galaxies War, the Tymbrimi and Tytlal defect from the Five Galaxies to TeTO because they're disgusted by the small-mindedness of the other Galactics.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When the Klingons and Romulans disrupt the Collector's power on Knowhere, the oppressed workers rise up to help finish routing his forces.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom:
    • When Palaven is invaded by the Reapers, the Turians trigger massive explosions along underground fault lines, breaking the planet apart to deny the Reapers access to those civilians who couldn't evacuate in time.
    • The Klingons destroy at least one of their own overrun colonies to deny the Reapers a victory.
    • During the Reapers' Final Offensive, one of them suicide rams Tuchanka with a Naquadah asteroid, partially destroying the planet itself and rendering its surface uninhabitable.
  • Elite Army: The Asari's Lightning Army, formed during the Reaper War, serves as this courtesy of the fact that its progressive leadership is willing to break from the stagnant clinging to traditional tactics demonstrated by other Asari forces.
  • Elite Mooks: The Reapers create some in the form of Indoctrinated Kryptonians, nicknamed "Kryptohusks".
  • Enemy Civil War: The Space Pirate Civil War, fought between Mother Brain's loyalists and those corrupted by Dark Samus.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • The first steps taken towards humanity and the Race going from co-belligerants sharing a planet to actual allies come in the form of working together to fight off all the other aliens who invade Earth (the Harvester invasions being the biggest example).
    • The attacks by first the Mekon, then the Five Galaxies, and finally the Reapers bring together every major player in the Alpha Quadrant, who put aside their rivalries in order to survive the latest threat.
    • While not enemies per say, the Arks Sherran and Centus are from rival blocs (the former being from TeTO and the latter from the Citadel) but have to work together for mutual survival after the Scourge damages them and separates them from their respective fleets, stranding them in hostile Kett space.
    • The Klingon and Romulan Arks left the Milky Way before the Reaper War led to their peoples putting aside their old rivalries, so still don't trust each other. But they work together to prevent Krell technology from falling into the wrong hands. As their definition of "wrong hands" include Ronan and Thanos, this alliance also brings in the Novans, who are desperate for any aid against their enemies.
  • Evil Reactionary: The Race has to deal with a wave of terrorism by ultra-conservatives who despise the rapid changes made to their Empire ever since meeting humanity.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Even the Space Pirates and Decepticons get in on fighting the Reapers, who would wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • In addition to canonical examples, there's the Asari's general disgust at the existence of those of their kind born to Romulan parents during the occupation of Thessia.
    • The Gemini, a hybrid race of Krogan and Turians created accidentally during the Reaper War, face discrimination by both species, who view them as abominations.
    • Vulcans who follow Surakan Buddhism are looked down upon by much of mainstream Vulcan society, viewed as misguided at best, heretics at worst.
  • Fantastic Religious Weirdness: As a result of the various species intermingling for long periods:
    • Surakan Buddhism is, as the name suggests, a philosophical school that bridges elements from Buddhist and Vulcan teachings.
    • The Church of the Divine Image is a Christian offshoot that believes God's salvation of humanity also applies to aliens — but only Human Aliens or, at a stretch, Humanoid ones, since they're the only ones made in God's image.
    • Certain aspects of the Race's culture expand their worship of their Emperor (and past Emperors) to include veneration of certain important other figures from their history, who are granted the saint-like title of "Most Loyal".
    • By the 23rd century, the most popular religion in TeTO space are the Church of the Cosmic Spirit, a dualistic faith which believes in a Spirit of Light responsible for all good in the universe, and an opposing Spirit of Darkness responsible for all evil, with major important and influential historical figures of all species believed to be avatars of one or the other. Reincarnation is also a major aspect as well.
    • Mormonism does surprisingly well for itself among other species, being shown to be quite popular with the Race, Quarians, and Asari, among others. Though they do have to make adjustments to the faith depending on the quirks of other species' values and biologies — for example, as the LDS Church prohibits same-sex marriages, and Asari are all physically female (and the Church doesn't want to forbid Asari members from marrying in their own species), Asari converts have to declare themselves "officially" male or female so that their marriages aren't technically same-sex.
  • Feed the Mole: Once TeTO starts ferreting out Indoctrinated among their ranks, they make use of them to send misinformation to the Reapers.
  • Feudal Future: When the Lylat system is colonized, constitutional monarchy is chosen as the system of government most likely to be stable in the long term. As such, the founding colonial families are granted noble status, with a monarch being selected from among them.
  • Fictional Political Party: The main political parties of the Lylat system are the Crown Loyalists (officially conservative, but stated to be centrist by modern standards), the Lylat Progressive Party (compared to a mix of the British Liberal-Democrats and American Democrats), and the Labour Party (leftist; described as more syndicalist than socialist).
  • Final Battle:
    • The Battle of the Citadel effectively serves as this for the Mekon War. While there are a few more skirmishes with the Romulans and Gamilas afterwards, with the Mekon out of the picture and the Citadel secured, his partners soon sue for peace.
    • Operation Harrowing essentially serves as this for the Vinn War, as it proves that the Daisy Cutter weapon can wipe out the Vinn in mass, bringing them to the negotiation table and bringing about a ceasefire.
    • The Final Offensive (most notably the Second Battle of Sol) serves as this for the Reaper War, as it breaks the Reapers' back and sends the survivors fleeing from the galaxy. Though technically, the actual final conflict of the war is the allied expeditionary force (which was launched years earlier) reaching and assaulting the Reapers' base in Dark Space.
  • Furry Reminder: This is apparently an occasional problem for Uplifted Animals. For example, when Raguel (an Uplifted dog) is visiting Tamaran, he's instinctively uncomfortable, due to the Tamaraneans having evolved from felines.
  • Galactic Superpower: TeTO becomes the local hegemon after the Mekon War, and only grows in power over the following years. With the Citadel's decline, its only other major rivals are the Klingons and Romulans, and the latter has to form the Pact of the Raptor in order to keep up.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Samus has her back lacerated by a Kryptohusk's eye beams, paralyzing her.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: When the Doctor calls out the Guardians for not having the Green Lanterns more actively involved in solving the universe's problems (like the Reaper War), they counter that they're stuck having to defend Oa from Galactus, as his devouring of the Central Power Battery would be far worse than any of the evils they're letting run rampant.
  • Government in Exile: After T'Drak's coup and the formation of the Asari Empire, the Republics' representative to the Citadel Council sets up a government-in-exile on the Citadel, a move copied by the Turian and Volus representative after the Empire annexes the remnants of their space. Given T'Drak's popularity, almost no one in the galaxy takes these new governments seriously.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • The Daleks, though they haven't appeared on screen yet.
    • Thanos seems set to be this in Andromeda, as his presence has already been felt via his allies in both the Klingon and Romulan storylines, but he's currently occupied in his own fiefdom on the other side of the galaxy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Several, humanity tends to become friends with old enemies as the Sorting Algorithm of Evil kicks in. These include the Race, the Romulans, and of particular note the Harvesters.
  • Heroic Lineage: Through his mother, Spock is descended from a sister of Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger, both of whom are in turn descended from Dick Grayson/Nightwing/the second Batman.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Every example of Ramming Always Works.
    • During the Vinn War, there's at least one example of a ship — the Japanese cruiser Ashigara — self-destructing in order to both destroy enough Vinn vessels for its surviving squad to escape, and to deny the Vinn access to their Warp engines to reverse-engineer.
    • Also during the Vinn War, Sky Marshal Erica Hernandez self-destructs her crippled ship in order to destroy a large number of Vinn ships.
    • During the Continuum of Makers' battle with the Reaper Herald and its Indoctrinated fleet, a Maker ship destroys a larger vessel's Ring Drive with its own, creating an event which destroys Herald and all its ships.
      • A similar move is used during the Final Offensive of the Reaper War, in order to defend the Continuum's homeworld.
    • Trapped in a Conspiracy base being overrun by Collectors, Benezia and Hot Rod trigger the self-destruct, destroying themselves and whole facility in order to keep the Collectors from taking over the base's defenses and using them to destroy their colleagues' evacuation ship.
    • Ramjet holds off a horde of Husks to allow Stealth Assault to escape with some Turian refugees, and is overrun.
    • Xerneas overclocks its powers to restore life to all the Husks on ARC3-US, burning out its own life force in the process.
    • When the Reapers invade Romulus and an invasion force marches on the capital, Ael T'Vrahu drives among them and lets herself be the target of an orbital strike in order to wipe them all out.
    • Aria and Yondu Hold the Line against an army of Husks to allow a Turian soldier to activate Palaven's planetary self-destruct, and are overrun just before it's triggered.
    • When a Kryptohusk is unleashed during the Second Battle of Sol, Superman restrains her long enough to call down an antimatter torpedo strike on their position, obliterating them both.
    • During the assault on the Reapers' Dark Space base, the Maker Admiral Carad allows the last Kryptohusk to attack his ship, holding it still long enough for a Klingon ship to attack, destroying it along with the ship.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Jaegers and the various Power Ranger Zords.
  • Hypocrite: The reactionary Race terrorists denounce everything to do with humanity and TeTO as a whole, yet they eagerly use non-Race technology and tactics. They're called out on this, repeatedly.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: After Diana starts dating Liara, she receives one of these speeches offscreen from Samus (who's speaking on behalf of both herself and Benezia).
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Within ten minutes of arriving on the Enterprise for the first time, Kirk heads to his ready room to break open a bottle of brandy, after seeing Scotty try to dismantle Yoko's buddyroid For Science!.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Invoked. Q is doing his best to make sure important recognizable characters appear because it would be boring otherwise.
  • Irony: During the Second Battle of Sol, a ship named after President Whitmore is saved by a Harvester ship.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Batarians being victims of the Space Pirates who like to take slaves and claim and raid planets. They find they don't care for the shoe being on the other foot.
  • Legacy Vessel Naming: The ECS Thunder Child is name for the heroic ship of the Martian invasion.
  • Living Weapon: The Visitors use polymorphs as living bioweapons. TeTO also studies them as such, along with Xenomorphs, X-Parasites, and other such creatures.
    • The Space Pirates use them extensively during their Civil War.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: As the Terra Venture left for Andromeda prior to the Five Galaxies War, when the later Arks launched during the Reaper War arrive, they're surprised by some of the changes they learn happened in the meantime — most prominently the Geth and Quarians making peace, joining TeTO along with the Krogans, and the Cybertronian Civil War ending.
  • Lost Technology: The immensely powerful technology of the Krell.
  • Made of Iron: The Collector gets shot in the face (several times), thrown through a glass case, thrown through a wall, and is nearly decapitated, and not only survives but manages to get to his feet and run away.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Faction Paradox's standard MO is to make massive alterations to the timeline and feeding on the resulting paradoxical chaos. So far, that's repeatedly taken the form of trying to destroy Earth at any point in time prior to humanity taking their center role on the galactic stage.
  • Manchurian Agent: Those Indoctrinated by the Reapers are used to spy upon and sabotage allied efforts against them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Skrull Emperor Dorrek provides the Citadel Ark Paarchero with aid when they arrive in his territory in exchange for their more advanced technology, and is planning to stab them in the back and conquer them as soon as he can.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Fillipods' reaction to seeing Earth history is this as they realized just how doomed the war is. This is what leads to their mutiny.
  • Merged Reality: This timeline exists because the Time Lords are combining universes, in an attempt at making humanity into the perfect warriors needed to help them win the Time War.
  • Military Coup: Following the conclusion of the Reaper War, Marshal T'Drak exposes the Matriarchs' corruption to the public and arrests them, taking over and declaring herself Empress, reunifying the declining Republics as a unified Empire. A very unique example, in that due to the exact circumstances, this is all essentially voted for by the public.
  • Multiple Government Polity: The Terran Treaty Organization, which is formally The Alliance but in practice is basically The Federation. Its charter (heavily based on the United States Bill of Rights) does enforce certain democratic and republican principles and freedoms as requirements for membership, but its members are otherwise granted full autonomy in both internal and external political matters.
  • The Mutiny: The Tesskan War ends with the Fillopods rebelling against the Tesskans, taking over their fleet, and promptly surrendering to TeTO.
  • N.G.O. Superpower:
    • The Conspiracy of Light, an organization of various powerful individuals and groups, with some backing from various governments, which organizes to protect the galaxy from various threats before they become common knowledge.
    • Torchwood, as per canon, is officially a government organization but reports to no one and runs its own agenda.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Mekon's attempt to keep the neutral Vulcans and Andorians from getting involved in his war with TeTO is to try and use his Romulan allies in a False Flag Operation to get the two species fighting each other. When this is exposed, however, it just leads to both entering the war, and later formally joining TeTO.
  • Operation: [Blank]:
    • Operation Kusanagi: The final drive by allied TeTO and Citadel forces to retake the Citadel from the Mekon's forces.
    • Operation Harrowing: The use of the "Daisy Cutter" weapon on a planet occupied by the Vinn, destroying most of them.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • The combined forces of humanity and the Race were this to the Fithp of Hearth during the Alpha Centauri War, since their technology exceeded that of the Fithp's Precursors, which the Fithp didn't think was possible.
    • For the Reapers, it's the abundance of non-Element Zero technologies being used by organic life this cycle. Not to mention metahumans, Kryptionians, Tamaraneans, Pokemon...
  • Peace Conference: TeTO hosts one in Stockholm in 2226 for its members, the Klingons, and the Romulans (the Citadel races send observers, but they're already considered a spent force by then). Officially, this is simply to deescalate tensions among the powers, but its true purpose is to reveal the existence of the Reapers to all the involved governments.
  • Pretext for War: The Ctarl-Ctarl position a battlegroup on a "training exercise" right on the border with a star cluster that's disputed territory with TeTO, counting on being fired upon so they can start a war and thereby invade and annex the cluster. It doesn't work out for them.
  • Protectorate:
    • The members of the Shield Alliance are this to the Harvesters and the Vinn.
    • After the Klingons and Romulans drive the Collector off of Knowhere, the former take up management of the station.
  • Puppet State: The Batarians become this to the Romulans after being conquered during the Mekon War.
  • Ramming Always Works:
    • During the Battle of Thessia in the Mekon War, the crippled Asari dreadnaught Siege Perilous rams a Romulan warbird, the resulting explosion wiping out several other nearby Romulan ships.
    • Becomes a regretfully standard maneuver during the Reaper War, with ships too crippled to otherwise fight or flee instead slamming themselves into Reapers to destroy them. Later, as the tide starts to turn against them, the Reapers start doing this against their enemies.
  • Realpolitik:
    • Despite finding the people of Troyius repulsive, the Klingons still provide them with military and technological aid to counter TeTO's alliance with the neighboring world of Elas, as this gives them a foothold in the system.
    • The Quarians' reconciliation with the Geth is purely to give them better standing against the Five Galaxies.
    • After crowning herself Empress, T'Drak has the new Asari Empire join the Pact of the Raptor alongside their old enemies the Romulans, noting that it's the best way to restore their species' prestige.
    • When Blackfire breaks her alliance with the Romulans and brings Tamaran into TeTO, TeTO looks the other way regarding the Romulan-backed coup which brought her into power in the first place due to preparing for the Reaper War and not having the time or resources to waste on removing her from power. After the war, they begrudgingly let her stay on as Queen (albeit with a transition to constitutional monarchy instead of absolute monarchy) since any other course of action would trigger a civil war which TeTO would get bogged down in.
  • The Remnant:
    • A group of fifty or so Reapers who survived the end of their failed invasion of the Milky Way flee to Andromeda in order to start over.
    • After the Cybertronian Civil War ended with peacefully reconciliation between the factions, a group of Decepticons led by Scorponok refuse to accept the peace and go rogue.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: As a result of helping to instigate the failed war against TeTO, The Ctarl-Ctarl Empire sends Aisha Clanclan on the Ark to Andromeda
  • Renegade Splinter Faction:
    • After Sirius is blockaded by TeTO, a portion of their military who were off planet escape, and they become terrorists. Especially once the Siriusi government finally sues for peace with TeTO, with the renegades denouncing them as traitors.
    • The Race has to deal with a wave of terrorism by ultra-conservatives who despise the progressive reforms made ever since the Empire joined TeTO.
    • Ronan and his forces break from the main Kree Empire in order to keep waging war on the Novan Empire despite the recent peace treaty between the two.
    • Scorponok's group of Decepticons who refuse to accept peace with the Autobots and go rogue.
  • Rescue Romance:
    • Samus saves Benezia from some Space Pirates, and they later become a couple.
    • Similarly, Liara is saved from the Vinn by Diana, and they marry.
    • Sumeragi Tetsuo saves Koriand'r from the Romulans, and they become lovers.
  • Retired Badass: After the Reaper War, Diana and Liara step down from active military duty and full membership of the Conspiracy in order to raise their family in peace.
  • Rising Empire: In response to the long decline of the Asari Republics, T'Drak transforms them into an empire, and works hard to rebuild them, turning them back into a galactic power player.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Samus goes on one against the Collectors after they cause Benezia's death.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Shepard gives one to rally the troops when it seems the Reapers are getting the upper hand in the Second Battle of Sol.
    “I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Right now we are all that stands between the Reapers and Earth and you know what the Reapers will do if they land on Earth. So I have something to ask of all of you.” Shepard said, her voice broadcasting to everyone in her ragtag fleet. “I ask of you your lives, and your courage. I ask of you your faith, and your honor—your strength, and your compassion. For today, I lead you to die. I will not ask you to welcome this event. I will not insult you by calling it well, or just, or even glorious. But I will say this.

    “Each moment you fight is a gift to those on that planet. Each second we fight is a second longer that billions of people can draw breath. Each blast of a skelk cannon, each Reaper felled, each breath earned is a victory! It is a person protected for a moment longer, a life extended, an enemy frustrated!”

    There was a brief pause. “In the end, they will kill us,” Shepard said, voice loud, ringing across the fleet. “But first, they shall fear us!”
    • Sky Marshal Rantalon gives one to the allied expeditionary force right before they commence their assault on the Reapers' Dark Space base.
    “My fellow Men and Women of TeTO, before us stands a hive of abominations. Abominations that have been responsible for the deaths of more sentient beings than anyone could ever count. For over two years now they have been engaged in a war of extermination with out peoples. It is our duty to defeat them here and end their threat for all time." He paused for a moment, seemingly choked with emotion before recovering and saying, "I know many of you have feared for friends and family back in the Milky Way. I too have worried for my mother, my father, and all my siblings who are serving in the military. We don’t know what has happened with the invasion there. But I believe, no, I know that these mechanical monstrosities could not have succeeded. After we were freed from the Mekon, my people swore we would never again be dominated. The Tenctonese and the Prawn swore the same after being freed from the Overseers. The people of Earth have resisted invasion after invasion. We the races of TeTO are indomitable and unbreakable! Today we destroy the Reapers and end their threat forever! All ships, prepare for battle!”
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the Klingons and Romulans start routing his forces on Knowhere, the Collector is quick to abandon the station and flee.
  • The Short War: The Alpha Centauri War, also called the Second Fithp War, last 75 hours from opening hostilities to the Fithp's official surrender.
  • Shout-Out: The Fithp's homeworld being called Hearth is taken from Worldfall.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss:
    • Kauri swears revenge on Mala for killing her sister during a raid on an Amazon colony. However, they keep finding themselves forced to fight together against Collectors and other Reaper agents, and grow a grudging respect for each other as time goes by. By the time of the actual Reaper War, that respect has turned to love.
    • Ursa, the Klingon Pathfinder on the Andromeda mission, and Pelessaria, the Klingons' Asari scientific advisor, constantly bicker and get on each other's nerves. And as their plot line goes on, it becomes apparent that they're in love, they just don't realize it yet.
  • Space Age Stasis: Several species, most notably the Race (due to their cultural resistance to change), the Citadel members (due to the Reapers' technology trap), and the Ildirans (due to a universal lack of innovation) suffer from this, not advancing past a certain technological point for centuries (if not longer). At least, until they encounter humanity and their allies, who shake things up.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Doctor's interference gives the allied forces enough of an edge that the Mekon War is cut considerably shorter than it would have been otherwise, including preempting the Mekon's planned attack on Earth.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Elizabeth Tucker, the human/Vulcan cloned hybrid baby from the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise, doesn't die from a fever in infancy and actually lives to adulthood.
  • The Spymaster: The head of the Department of Extranormal Operations serves as this for TeTO.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Aria says as much when recruiting Tevos into the Conspiracy of Light.
  • Suddenly Significant City: Stockholm serves as the capital of TeTO.
  • Take a Third Option: After the Citadel Council disbands, the population of the Citadel itself hold a plebiscite over whether to join the Asari (and thus the Pact) or the Salarians (and by extension, TeTO). Then Garrus suggests adding an option for independence, which is what ends up getting voted for.
  • Trial by Combat: The bill of rights in the TeTO charter recognizes the right of accused criminals to have this in place of trial by jury, if it's a legally ordained practice in their home member-state.
  • Uplifted Animal: Becomes a common practice in TeTO, generally being applied to dogs, apes, and dolphins. The Race also get in on the act, uplifting Boto river dolphins.
  • Values Dissonance: In-Universe, Ender goes from a beloved war hero to a reviled war criminal held on par with Hitler and the Mekon, as humanity's xenophobia fades and they realize that wiping out a whole species is an unacceptable act.
  • Vestigial Empire:
    • The Gamilians are one of space-faring humanity's first major enemies, but after losing the Mekon War, they retreat and end up fracturing back into nation-states. Then they get invaded by the Reapers and rescued by the Romulans, to whom they become a Voluntary Vassal.
    • The Citadel races. War with the Space Pirates heavily damage their economy and infrastructure, then the Mekon and his allies invade, annexing the Batarians, damaging many of their key worlds, and detonating an Omega particle near the Citadel itself which makes FTL travel to the station difficult. They recover somewhat by offering seats on the Council to all member races, but after the Five Galaxies War, the Quarians and Krogans defect to TeTO, weakening them again. Then the Reaper War hits them even harder with Pavalan being destroyed and the Turian Hierarchy effectively ceasing to exist. Following the war's end, the severely weakened Council eventually disbands out of necessity, the various members joining TeTO or the Pact, leaving just the Citadel itself as essentially a city-state.
    • The Centauri Republic is almost completely dismantled by the Crusader Pact, Centauri Prime and its main colony being destroyed and them then being forced to abandon all colonies that previously belonged to other races. They rebuild from this remnant, however, becoming a sort of space Switzerland in later years.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Collector General being destroyed while Harbinger is still connected to it drives the Reaper completely insane.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • The Mekon, the Gamilans, and the Romulans ally to invade Citadel space.
    • The Reverse Flash allies with Faction Paradox to screw up history for their benefit. They also make temporary alliances with the Primagen and the Reapers at various points for specific plans.
    • The Decepticons and Rita Repulsa team up, mostly due to both taking up residence on Earth's moon and not viewing each other as a threat because of their exclusive goals.
    • Scorponok's rogue Decepticons end up allying with the Klikiss robots to make war against all organic life.
  • Voluntary Vassal: The Gamilans and the Orions become this to the Romulans after being saved from the Reapers.
  • War Arc: Several so far — the Space Pirate-Citadel Council War, the Mekon War, the Vinn War, the Tesskan War, the Five Galaxies War, and the Reaper War (which is long enough to be an entirely separate story on its own).
  • Wedding Day: A post-Reaper War entry is dedicated to the wedding of Jame Kirk and Yoko Usami.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Torchwood can be seen as this, as they're willing to do anything to protect humanity (and their allies) as per canon.
    • The Harvesters destroy sentient races and strip mine entire planets. From the outside perspective they are evil. They're really doing all of this to try and prevent the Reapers from coming back, or failing that, be strong enough to destroy them.
    • The Vinn possess races so that the galaxy will be united to fight the Reapers when they come back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The Vulcans to humanity after the Third Formic War.
    • Lumia to her AI companion Bloodhawk after he blocks her ability to tell anyone about the Krell Id machine. While she understands that it had to be done, since that knowledge is too dangerous to spread, she's still pissed about the violation.

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