Humans are a species native to the planet Earth and a central member of the Planetary Union. As such, they make up the majority of the crew on board the USS Orville.I would like to speak with you about the humans."— Isaac and Calivon Administrator
"Oh, aren't they wonderful? They're brand-new. The visitors are loving them.
During the period that history would later refer to as "Old Earth", humans kept species in zoos and enjoyed reality shows. The passage of time made much of this knowledge fragmented though elements of culture persisted into the 25th century. During this period, human society was divided into multiple nation states before they unified under a single planetary government. Specific historical and geographical facts regarding this era were lost to time and not considered common knowledge by the 25th century.
Humans became part of the Planetary Union at some point and rose to prominence in the organization becoming a great presence in Union society. In spite of this, the Xelayans derisively regarded humans as "the hillbillies of the galaxy".
In a negated future, humans have developed time travel capabilities by the 29th century as well as eschewed religious practices.
Much of the entertainment from the 21st century and earlier remained well-known even in the 25th century with humans enjoying programs from the time such as Seinfeld, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or admiring cultural icons such as Kermit the Frog. By contrast, little of contemporary 25th century culture was known. A popular activity among humans was usage of the Environmental Simulator wherein they relived the history of Earth such as the Old West. Not all aspects of the culture had survived such as the sport of boxing being largely unknown or zoos falling out of favor. Reality shows had also died out with Gordon Malloy referring to the era in which they were produced in as "a dark time".
When feeling sad, humans are known to eat ice cream.
Humans formerly used money to manage their society before the development of matter synthesis made that concept obsolete. As a result, status and rank came to occupy the position that wealth once had.
As with most space-capable races, humans had abandoned organized religion though religious phrases and allusions, such as "go to hell", remained in common vernacular in the present day. In a negated future, this secularism would grow to the point that such phrases became non-sequiturs.
- According to Ildis Kitan humans are the hillbillies of the galaxy. Whether that is a widely held view of the Xelayans or just his opinion is unknown.
- Ed Mercer - Captain of the USS Orville
- Kelly Grayson - First officer of the USS Orville.
- Gordon Malloy - Helmsman of the USS Orville.
- Claire Finn - Head Physician and Doctor of the USS Orville.
- John LaMarr - Chief Engineer of the USS Orville.
- Halsey - Admiral of the Planetary Union stationed on Earth.
- Pria Lavesque - Ruthless merchant and businesswoman from the 29th century.