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All right, you know the drill: Two or more groups of aliens really hate each other not for concrete differences but over Fantastic Racism. Cue a new kid on the block that threatens both. Cooler heads prevail and they team up against the new guys, in the process they learn a valuable lesson about tolerance and embrace The Power of Friendship. Pretty standard plot and Aesop, except for one tidbit. The new guy? That's Humanity. Either because of real or perceived threat, these alien races have banded together into an Anti-Human Alliance with the goal of either conquering and enslaving us or outright wiping us off star-charts.

Despite the space focus, this trope can be used in any setting with one or more non-human races. In Fantasy it's usually a group of evil races such as orcs, goblins, undead, etc. However "good" fantasy critters may despise humans for their own reasons, such as fairies, elves, dryads, etc. It's especially common to have post-humans form such an alliance, such as Mutants, Cyborgs, vampires, and people with superpowers. Better yet, the non-humans that want to kill humanity are its children, such as rebellious robots, A.I., and Designer Babies.

The motivating factor behind this alliance can vary, here are a few common causes:

Depending on the tone of the series, these differences may be resolvable or ultimately lead to endless war and conflict until one side finally kicks the bucket. It's also worth noting that humanity may have one or two non-human allies that are being equally targeted for helping us out.

See also Alike and Antithetical Adversaries, Equal-Opportunity Evil, Fantasy Axis of Evil, Enemy Mine and Gang Up on the Human. May result in a Genocide Backfire because ultimately, at least one human will survive.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Done by Optimus Prime/Megatron expies in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt — the eponymous characters kill them when they arrive on Earth, and they merge into a single powerful Ghost that wants to wipe out all humanity (after making peace with each other).
  • In Rosario + Vampire the monsters (at least several, if not dozens of species) have united to create a monster world separate from Earth, and exterminate humans who sneak into the monster world. Much to his chagrin, Token Human Tsukune finds himself mistaken for a monster and gains a Cute Monster Girl Unwanted Harem, at least some of whom believe Humans Are the Real Monsters. His True Companions choose to stand by him when his cover is blown in the anime, fending off a small army of their classmates.
    • The final arc of the manga involves Tsukune and his True Companions trying to take down one of these.
  • In Drifters, the Black Cloaked Man is gathering such an army, comprised of all non-human races except Elves and Dwarves (who have already formed the beginnings of their own version of The Federation).
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, Ghouls are not known for their cooperation, primarily due to being extremely territorial and naturally competitive. That is what makes Aogiri Tree so significant, with hundreds of Blood Knights brought together under the banner of Ghoul Supremacy. Humans and peaceful Ghouls alike are targeted by them, and their criminal dealings combine them with The Syndicate.
  • Overlord has the Demi-Human Alliance, a coalition of the demi-human tribes living just beyond the borders of the Holy Kingdom, united by force by Demiurge in order to invade the Holy Kingdom.

    Comic Books 
  • In DC Comic's Crisis Crossover Invasion!, various alien races are convinced by The Dominators to help them invade Earth, out of fear of its superbeings — and disgust over our genetic variety. Of course, The Dominators all along planned to capture the superhumans and use them to conquer the universe.
  • Marvel Comics had a similar crossover in which Earth was sealed off from the rest of the universe for having intervened in the affairs of other civilizations too often (nevermind that it was often to save them). They even dumped their alien criminals on our world! (As in Invasion! this turned to be part of a plan by one race to then turn on the rest.)
  • Speaking of Marvel, um, the Brotherhood of Mutants? Though to be fair, humans started it.
  • The Superman arc that reintroduced the "retroboot" Legion of Super-heroes features the United Planets going to war with the xenophobic Earth.
  • Injustice 2 desconstructs this when Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins joins forces with Gorilla City to annihilate mankind in order to save the environment. While many of their members are technically meta-humans and Ra's being a Misanthrope Supreme legitimately devoted in his goal to Kill All Humans, he is still a human himself, an inconvenient little fact pointed out by Gorilla Grodd. In response to this, he revolts against Solovar, the king of Gorilla City, and tries to take control and kill Ra's and his followers.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Princess Mononoke, the ape gods, boar gods and wolf gods don't care at all for humans. The apes want a guerilla war. The boars argue for a more all-out war because it's Better to Die than Be Killed. The wolves end up siding with the boars more out of sympathy than anger.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the backstory to Hellboy II: The Golden Army, humans are at war with elves and the other magical races, nearly driving them to extinction. This prompted the elves to create the Golden Army, which decimated the humans so badly that the elven king was horrified and negotiated a peace.

    Literature 
  • Star Wars Legends
    • In Young Jedi Knights, there's the Diversity Alliance. Who plan on killing humans with a bio-weapon that only targets humans.
    • Far earlier, there were several anti-human resistance movements on Coruscant, mostly in reaction to the oppressively human-centrist government.
    • In the X-Wing Series these tendencies are exploited by Director of Imperial Intelligence turned de facto Empress Ysanne Isard after the Imperial capital falls to the New Republic... soon after a biological weapon whose symptoms make Ebola look good by comparison that targets almost every species except humans is deliberately set loose on the surface, leaving the arriving New Republic forces with a huge public health crisis and the human and nonhuman populations at each other's throats.
  • Sergey Volnov's Army of the Sun is set after a galaxy-wide rebellion of alien races against the EarthStella Empire, which had formerly conquered all of them. All the aliens join together to wipe out the human threat. Of course, no side is in the right here. This is a Crapsack Universe, after all.
  • In The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You, humanity is attacked by a coalition of alien races hell-bent on wiping out all humans simply for looking ugly. Their only similarities are that they're all slimy, ugly (from a human point of view), and reptilian/amphibian.
  • The vampires of the Red Court in The Dresden Files were gunning for one of these for most of their war against the White Council. Unusually, they didn't have much luck, partially because the White Council actively took steps against it and partially because nobody really liked the Reds either.
  • In Out of the Dark, a group of aliens scheme to make another race come and kill all humans because the prospect of having a second warlike, omnivore race as neighbors is terrifying for them. In a lovely case of Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!, while humans might've wanted to coexist peacefully before this little stunt, they're hell-bent on revenge now.
  • The unpublished novel Tea With Seira is a very long story where the titular Seira really doesn't want to commit genocide but ultimately authorizes the complete extermination of humanity.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek
    • The Alliance in the Mirror Universe in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a coalition of races that rose to power in the vacuum created by the Terran Empire's decay into a more democratic and peaceful organization after Kirk made some convincing arguments about mercy and compassion to Mirror-Spock.
    • Before that (in-universe chronology), there was the Anti-Imperial Alliance in Star Trek: Enterprise. It was eventually crushed by stolen future technology that won the war decisively in humanity's favor.
    • Star Trek: Discovery continues that with the rebellion, which is slowly being ground to dust by the more advanced and ruthless Terran Empire. The rebellion is led by a Klingon of all things, and one of the questions Michael has for him is how a Klingon managed to lead such a diverse group of races despite his race's prejudices. He explains that it usually helps to have a common enemy.
    • According to the non-canon Shatnerverse novels, it was Tiberius himself who manages to convince the Cardassians and the Klingons (who hate each other) to join against the weakened Empire, after Spock ousts him. Then they pull an You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on him.
    • There are also the Xindi, who are hell-bent on eliminating humanity. While they're all originally from the same planet, they are five (formerly six) distinct species (Xindi-Primates/Humanoids, Xindi-Arboreals/Sloths, Xindi-Reptilians, Xindi-Insectoids, Xindi-Aquatics, and the extinct Xindi-Avians).
  • The Votanis Collective in Defiance is a joint government representing each of the several alien races that live on earth, and regularly engages in covert actions against the all Human Earth Republic. The Cult that abducted Irisa as a child is made of many Votans and plans to wipe out Humanity and turn Earth into a paradise for the Votan. In Season 3, a Votanis Collective Doom Troops regiment shows up outside Defiance and plans to kill all humans, but it turns out they were rogue and the VC proper shows up to apologize; they may work against the Earth Republic, but they aren't butchers.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, where Fantastic Racism is almost rampant, we've Samael, an organization that encompasses sentient, non-human races. While some members of it just want to live in peace again with mankind, others want to destroy it.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Tau Empire is made up of several races which would be horrifying Scary Dogmatic Aliens or Starfish Aliens in any other work. They'd be perfectly content to make allies of humanity (in fact, many human "heretics" do join up with them) but humanity is so xenophobic that they're more this trope. The Tau are often considered the closest thing to "good guys" in this setting, but bear in mind that a lot of their recruitment strategy is flat out brainwashing... unless that's just propaganda...

    Video Games 
  • Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator has four species of sentient alien. Three, the Kraliens, Argonians, and Torgoth, are members of an anti-human "Hegemony," per the Word of God canon. The fourth race, the Skaraan, aren't part of this hegemony but have a mutual nonagression pact.
  • Halo: While the multi-species theocracy known as the Covenant had already existed for millennia before they ever encountered humans, their main goal in the games is to wipe humanity from the face of the universe because they're unholy. Well, that's what the Prophets are telling their followers anyways. Nonetheless, many Covenant members harbor doubts about the validity of their campaign against humanity, and this trope eventually becomes subverted by the end of Halo 3: during the Great Schism, many former Covenant soldiers who were betrayed by the Prophets or simply disagree with the Covenant religion ally with the humans against those still loyal to the Prophets.
    • After the Covenant falls apart, a number of remnant factions still wish to finish the job against humanity. Ironically, the leaders of the most powerful of these factions (which we fight in Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians) were among those who were betrayed by the Prophets. They just happen to really hate humans that much.
    • That said, the motivations of the soldiers in both the Covenant and its remnants vary widely; while some are true believers, many are simply coerced slaves or mercenaries Only in It for the Money.
  • This is the plot of Icewind Dale II. The two Big Bads gather all the monster races bullied by the six towns in the north for their savage behavior (the monsters', that is) and put them under one banner. Hypocritically, the villains also take advantage of their connections to the Host Tower of the Arcane Brotherhood of Luskan, an organization of evil human wizards.
  • World of Warcraft
    • Two of the races in the Horde fit. The orcs were once enslaved by humans, and most Forsaken were once human themselves. Many humans in the Alliance would very much like to see both of these groups destroyed because of what others of their race have done.
    • The blood elves are another example. They used to be part of the Alliance, but a racist human leader decided to betray them before they could betray him. This set off a series of events that led to them being new members of the Horde.
  • The Scoia'tael in The Witcher is an alliance formed between elves, dwarves and a few other fantasy races, who commit acts of terrorism against humans in retaliation for the Fantastic Racism humans subject them to. Like all things in the Witcher-verse, its not quite that clear-cut. Many, humans and non-humans alike, sympathize with their goals, if not their methods. Some non-humans consider the atrocities the Scoia'tael perform to be more likely to incite racial riots than address the injustices non-humans are submitted to. At least one Elven ruler has sworn fealty to a human overlord, and is doing very well out of that deal. Elves are clearly over-represented among the Scoia'tael, and the Dryads, who are suffering most from human expansion, want nothing to do with them. The Dwarves feelings about the Scoia'tael seem to be "Ach ye pointy-eared bastards, noo, when the humans are everywhere, noo we're all "Elder races" and best chums, aye?!", and no-one even bothers to ask the aboriginal species, the gnomes, what they think about the whole mess.
  • The Fomors in Mabinogi and its prequel Vindictus see humans as a menace to the world (all that chopping and building and domesticating — such greed and hubris!) and want to exterminate or at least ruin humanity. The Fomors accept anyone who wishes the end the human threat, even disillusioned human renegades.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The Aldmeri Dominion is the preeminent anti-human alliance in Tamriel, having at least three known iterations throughout history. The Altmer (High Elves) of the Summerset Isles and the Bosmer (Wood Elves) of Valenwood typically make up the Dominion, with the Khajiit of Elsweyr occasionally on board as a client state or vassal nation. Though the opinions of individual elves may vary, the Dominion is decidedly anti-human in stance, and has actively opposed the spread of human empires and influence throughout history. In addition to the usual Fantastic Racism reasons for their dislike of the races of Men (not even getting into the religious reasons), the Dominion feels that the human lifespans are too short (particularly by the Long-Lived Altmer) to possibly do a fair and even-handed job of ruling the continent. At the end of the 2nd Era, it took Tiber Septim, using the Numidium, capturing the Dominion capital of Alinor in a Curb-Stomp Battle bring the Dominion into an Empire of Men for the first time in history.
    • The 4th Era Dominion, its third incarnation, is led by the extremist Thalmor and plays this idea Up to Eleven. Taking the credit for ending the Oblivion Crisis within their homeland brought the Thalmor immense support, and they eventually took over the entirety of the Altmeri government. After having Potentate Ocato assassinated in a successful attempt to destabilize the now Vestigial Septim Empire, they seceded, annexed Valenwood, and reformed the Dominion of old. The Thalmor-led Aldmeri Dominion serves as the Greater-Scope Villain of the Civil War questline in Skyrim.
    • In The Elder Scrolls Online, the (mostly) elven Aldmeri Dominion is explicitly opposed to a human-dominated Tamriel, which is why they oppose the Imperials and the other two factions, each of which includes at least one race of Men.
  • If you played the Renegade path in Mass Effect, the Citadel species become a lesser version of this in 2: they aren't openly hostile to humanity, but they resent humanity's quick rise to power and offer the implication that Shepard deliberately threw the Battle of the Citadel in order to kill the Council. Depending on dialogue choices, they may be completely right.
  • Subverted in the Winds of War expansion of Heroes of Might and Magic 4 — The other factions have specific and very different reasons for fighting the humans, and are fighting each other over which one will eventually conquer them.
  • In Genesis Rising the Defiance is an alliance of the remnants of several species that humanity conquered or exterminated. They have also reverse-engineered the Human Empire's Organic Technology to fight them.

    Web Comics 

    Web Originals 
  • C0DA takes place in the far distant future of The Elder Scrolls universe, written by former TES writer/designer Michael Kirkbride. Prior to the events of the work, it is revealed that the Aldmeri Dominion (of particular Skyrim infamy) rule the world, and are still led by the fascistic Thalmor. When the Humongous Mecha Numidium re-emerges after having been caught in a time warp, it continues its war on the Dominion, leading to an apocalyptic event known as "Landfall", which has forced the remaining inhabitants of Nirn to take refuge on the moon Masser. Numidium uses its "ancestroscythe" ability to refute the Altmer (High Elves), the leading race of the Dominion, effectively Un Personing them from existence. This event is known as the "Erasure of the Altmer".


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