History Literature / MyTeacherIsAnAlien

9th Jan '17 6:56:24 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* AliensAreBastards: Zig-zagged, although they are well-meaning and mostly peaceful, some of them 'do'' want to destroy Earth because of their somewhat justified belief that HumansAreTheRealMonsters.

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* AliensAreBastards: Zig-zagged, although they are well-meaning and mostly peaceful, some of them 'do'' ''do'' want to destroy Earth because of their somewhat justified belief that HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
11th Oct '16 11:06:48 PM PaulA
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Hoo-Lan is revealed to have influenced history throughout centuries, with more or less success. He is feeling especially guilty about being responsible for [[NewMediaAreEvil the invention of television]]. TV was intended to distract people and slow technology growth until humanity had matured a bit more. It didn't end up doing anything but delay said maturation.

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Hoo-Lan is revealed to have influenced history throughout centuries, with more or less success. He is feeling especially guilty about BenevolentAlienInvasion: One of the possibilities being responsible for [[NewMediaAreEvil considered to deal with the invention of television]]. TV was intended Earth problem is to distract people take over the planet outright so that humans can be given the tools they need to end wars, eradicate disease and slow technology growth until humanity had matured poverty, etc. in a bit more. It didn't end up doing anything but delay said maturation.controlled fashion while making sure the tools aren't abused.


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* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Subverted. The human protagonist assumes this after meeting Kreeblim, a female alien who looks very different to the previously introduced male alien, Broxholm. It turns out that they are of completely different species.


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* ETGaveUsWiFi: Hoo-Lan is revealed to have influenced history throughout centuries, with more or less success. He is feeling especially guilty about being responsible for [[NewMediaAreEvil the invention of television]]. TV was intended to distract people and slow technology growth until humanity had matured a bit more. It didn't end up doing anything but delay said maturation.
* ExtraParentConception: The series mentions one species that requires "seven genders [sic] to produce an egg, and three more to hatch it". This being a kid's book, the exact mechanics of this are never explained.


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* MiseryPoker: Referenced and then [[DefiedTrope defied]] in ''My Teacher Flunked the Planet''. When Peter hears Susan say "Boy, I miss my family" (as they're traveling with aliens and can't see their families, and she can only have occasional phone calls with them) he thinks "At least you have family to miss" (due to him thinking that his father couldn't care less about his disappearance) but keeps silent because he doesn't want to get in a game of "Who's the most miserable".


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* MySkullRunnethOver: In ''My Teacher Fried My Brains'', Duncan goes from dumb bully to super-genius after using an alien machine. However, his brain soon begins to pick up information like radio and TV signals out of the air, making it impossible for Duncan to think. Justified: [[spoiler:it turns out the alien's plan was to make his brain into a communication device so she could contact her leaders in space.]]


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* RearWindowInvestigation: In the first book, Susan breaks into her new teacher's house to look for evidence that he truly is otherworldly. Unfortunately, her lookout had a short attention span. HilarityEnsues.


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* StayWithTheAliens: The first book ends with Peter Thompson deciding to go with Bloxholm, since his father's indifferent to his existence and he believes no one will miss him. The next three books more or less deconstruct this decision.
12th Jul '16 10:55:30 AM Elan
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* WikiWalk: Peter experiences this when plugged into a virtual reality machine. You can start off on a boat, see a bird in the distance, have it appear in your hand, inhabit its body to see from it's POV, and have a million other such experiences. There are strict limits on how long you can use such a device, since it can act as a LotusEaterMachine to some beings. If it ever gets hooked up to TV Tropes, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife the galaxy is probably doomed]].
29th Apr '16 4:25:19 AM DivineDeath
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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Broxholm and Kreeblim are the antagonists of the first and second book respectively, but both imply that there's something more at play with both characters, and the third one shows that they were trying to save Earth the whole time.
21st Apr '16 9:27:15 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* HumansAdvanceSwiftly: A big part of the plot. Most species have settled down into peaceful coexistence long before they have the technology to make weapons that pose an existential threat to themselves, but humans shot from the stone age to the atomic age in a ludicrously short period of time. From the perspective of other species humans are culturally a barbarian horde with nuclear weapons, and there's a very real fear of humans discovering effective space travel in the near future.
17th Feb '16 12:11:41 PM morenohijazo
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* OurAncestorsAreSuperheroes: In one of the later books, the protagonists learn that ''all'' humans were once telepaths. People eventually suppressed this ability because of the growing population - contact with so many other minds would have driven them insane otherwise. This is used to explain, in part, why HumansAreBastards sometimes, as they evolved to coexist using a means of communication and understanding which they no longer possessed.
14th Dec '15 7:26:13 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* PlanetSpaceship: The ''New Jersey'' is slightly smaller than Earth's moon, and has members of more than 10000 species on board. It's considered impressively ''small'' for a mothership class ship.
14th Jun '15 6:05:34 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* LowCultureHighTech: Humans, from the aliens' perspective. Most races outgrow the need for violence long before they get to humanity's current tech level.
30th Apr '15 1:25:28 PM nombretomado
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* SomeCallMeTim: In the last book, the protagonists meet an alien who fills a whole room. When asking for its name, they find out his name is long and [[TheUnpronounceable almost unpronounceable]], sounding something like "Uhuurbeheegjuli"; Duncan mishears "Big Julie" (sounding like a character from ''GuysAndDolls'') and the name sticks. There is also "CrocDoc" whose real name is Kritzklumpf but Peter calls him this way internally before learning his name.

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* SomeCallMeTim: In the last book, the protagonists meet an alien who fills a whole room. When asking for its name, they find out his name is long and [[TheUnpronounceable almost unpronounceable]], sounding something like "Uhuurbeheegjuli"; Duncan mishears "Big Julie" (sounding like a character from ''GuysAndDolls'') ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'') and the name sticks. There is also "CrocDoc" whose real name is Kritzklumpf but Peter calls him this way internally before learning his name.
27th Apr '15 6:19:11 AM rt2012
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** It turns out that Duncan is this way too, until the brain fryer unlocks his brain's true potential. According to the aliens, the same is true for all humans, as they have the largest (and least used) brains in the universe.
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