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Basic Trope: Humans are more open to diplomacy when compared to other races.

  • Straight: The humans are in a bad situation with the Centaurs. They try to negotiate before anything else.
  • Exaggerated: Humans in this universe have never been in a war and are known to handle their problems by "hugging it out".
  • Downplayed: Humans are open to the idea of war, but are also willing to negotiate if possible.
  • Justified: Humans use persuasion in day-to-day life, and the average person will feel absolutely TERRIBLE after killing.
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  • Inverted: Humans Are Warriors
  • Subverted: It looks like the humans are going to negotiate with the hostile centaurs, but it turns out that they only did that to distract them until reinforcements arrived.
  • Double Subverted: At least, that was the initial plan, but it was unpopular because it was believed that no one would trust humans in diplomacy anymore.
  • Parodied: Centaur Sean is invited over to Human Harry's house. When Centaur Sean comes in, he sees Harry politely trying to convince a swarm of ants to leave his home. Centaur Sean sighs.
  • Zig Zagged: The humans first try to negotiate, but then decide it would be more fun to just shoot them all. Then they feel bad a quarter of the way through, and try to patch up their relationship.
  • Averted: Humans aren't particularly diplomatic.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted to have An Aesop about the good side of human nature.
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  • Lampshaded: "Have you ever noticed how humans always try to negotiate first?"
  • Invoked: Humanity genetically re-engineers itself to be more diplomatic.
  • Exploited: The Proud Warrior Race are in a situation they simply can't win, but have no idea how diplomacy works. Who do they turn to? The Humans, of course!
  • Defied: "We don't have time for negotiating! They could attack at any moment!"
  • Discussed: "Okay, for now, let's just pretend that this is an optimistic space opera where humans are diplomats."
  • Conversed: "You know how in RPGs humans always have better speech than other races?"
  • Implied: Every race is portrayed as being warlike and bloodthirsty. One character mentions the "Peaceful Race", and Humans are never shown in the work.
  • Deconstructed: Humanity has a reputation throughout the galaxy as a "pansy-race", and is frequently a target for stronger, more militaristic races, because Humanity is the only species that evolved a strong sense of diplomacy.
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  • Reconstructed: Humans are the only race in the galaxy who, by genetics, are more prone to diplomacy than war. Whenever two races are in a strenuous relationship, they frequently ask the humans to help them see eye-to-eye. Ever since the humans achieved Faster-Than-Light Travel, the galaxy has been a much more peaceful place.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: This trope is used to provide An Aesop on how, even though it may not seem like it, deep down, Humans want there to be peace.
  • Played For Laughs: The bloodthirsty Joxal aim their lasers at Earth. With a single sentence, the Human ambassador makes them all break into tears and swear an oath of pacifism.
  • Played For Drama: Humans are shunned for their proneness to diplomacy, and have difficulty negotiating with the more war-like races.

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