One of the interesting aspects of science-fiction is having an ‘outsiders’ view of human as perceived by other species.
One of my personal favourites is that in the Mass Effect series of games where humanity is depicted as an ambitious upstart species, causing tension by demanding a seat at the top table without, as other races see it, serving their time.
Alan Dean Foster has a series where humanity is the galaxy’s badasses, larger, stronger, faster and more aggressive than any other species. Which is fine when our services are needed in a galactic war but causes problems in peacetime because other species have other niches where they’re superior to humanity.
Any other examples, I’m interested in how the human race is depicted in other stories. Thanks in advance!
*I have a personal opinion on this, some of the aspects of human nature is that as a species we are lonely, we have no other species of a similar intellectual capacity to talk to, so we have no outside view of ourselves. Perhaps in time we’ll solve this by creating companions in Artificial Intelligence or contact with a benign alien species. Yes you don’t need to tell me how extraordinarily unlikely this last scenario is.