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25th May '18 12:40:44 PM hinermad
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}'' the Shipbuilders, gigantic starship engineers created by the extinct Mahakalosian race, arrive at Earth orbit and offer to build starships for humanity to help fight off a common enemy. In payment they demand an [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=092509 iTunes account]], since they are huge (heh) fans of rock and roll music and Oreo cookies. The humans accept their offer almost immediately, although a few later regret giving the Shipbuilders [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=060410 naming rights]] to their starships.
21st Apr '18 5:11:52 AM DanteVin
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* In the Forgiveness and Gratitude event of ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', the primal beast Ninetails was enthralled by the nine families beautiful dancing. Enough to bless them with some of her power.
19th Mar '18 6:02:41 AM MasterFuzzy
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Asgardians are apparently somewhat addicted to coffee.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Asgardians are apparently somewhat addicted to coffee.coffee, while [[TheSpymaster Loki]] enjoys ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' and ''Literature/GameOfThrones.''



** Grand Admiral [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]] uses his appreciation of alien art to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis get inside its creators' heads]] and come up with tactics to fight them more efficiently, ideally making them submit rather than be wiped out. In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' he also demonstrates that he can determine the visual ranges of these creators and how many arm joints they have. Thrawn considers it [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]] the one time where he was unable to do that with a race and was forced to destroy them. Bear in mind, it's not the destruction of an entire species that bothers Thrawn. It's the failure of his analysis.
** In ''[[AllThereInTheManual The New Essential Guide to Alien Species]]'' it is explained that [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Zeltrons]], who are offshoots of humanity, write some of the best erotica. To be fair, Zeltrons are also a FreeLoveFuture race with empathy abilities, so it makes sense for them to have a good understanding of the subject.

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** Grand Admiral [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]] uses his appreciation of alien art to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis get inside its creators' heads]] and come up with tactics to fight them more efficiently, ideally making them submit rather than be wiped out. In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' he also demonstrates that he can determine the visual ranges of these creators and how many arm joints they have. Thrawn considers it [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]] the one time where he was unable to do that with a race and was forced to destroy them. Bear in mind, it's not the destruction of an entire species that bothers Thrawn.[[AntiVillain Thrawn]]. It's the failure of his analysis.
** In ''[[AllThereInTheManual The New Essential Guide to Alien Species]]'' it is explained that [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Zeltrons]], who are offshoots of humanity, write some of the best erotica. [[JustifiedTrope To be fair, fair,]] Zeltrons are also a FreeLoveFuture race with empathy abilities, so it makes sense for them to have a good understanding of the subject.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor himself seems to appreciate human art. On the other hand, Romana didn't seem as impressed when they visited the Louvre in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]".

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor himself seems to appreciate human art. On the other hand, Romana didn't seem as impressed when they visited the Louvre in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]".Death]]."



** And he's a big fan of Creator/CharlesDickens.

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** And he's a big fan of Creator/CharlesDickens.Creator/CharlesDickens, almost {{Squee}}d over Creator/WilliamShakespeare, and mentions having cried during [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the seventh book]]. Though presumably, he hasn't seen [[ActorAllusion the fourth movie]].
1st Feb '18 3:43:47 AM DaibhidC
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** In the ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'' series, Klingon Councillor [[SmugSnake Kopek]] decorates his office with items of art from across explored space. Among the paintings, artifacts and sculptures are those created by humans, Vulcans, and Betazoids--this despite the fact that Kopek despises those races (to be honest, he probably justifies them as "trophies").

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** In the ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'' series, Klingon Councillor [[SmugSnake Kopek]] decorates his office with items of art from across explored space. Among the paintings, artifacts and sculptures are those created by humans, Vulcans, and Betazoids--this despite the fact that Kopek despises those races (to be honest, he probably justifies them as "trophies").#
** In ''Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra'', one book shows Enabran Tain, a Cardassian, admiring human stained-glass windows, while another Cardassian (Danig Kell) hangs Lissepian paintings in his office.



** In ''Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra'', one book shows Enabran Tain, a Cardassian, admiring human stained-glass windows, while another Cardassian (Danig Kell) hangs Lissepian paintings in his office.
31st Jan '18 2:34:30 PM margdean56
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** In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', an insectile species called the Vratix, which trusts its sense of touch over all others, has a role. Vratix art never comes up, but it's shown that the insides of their homes, created by mixing mud and chewed leaves with their saliva, are covered in intricate texturing, which seems to call up an emotional response in the human touching it. She likens it to a symphony, except that in choosing to stroke which way she could choose what to feel in what order. This fuses with function, since near the doorhole there are many raised bumps to evoke caution.
** Some of the barriers to this trope are shown (sort of) in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones the second movie]], according to some EU sources, those bare, plain walls that all rooms on Kamino had, turns out they were actually all covered in grand, colorful murals. It's just that you have to be able to see into the ultraviolet spectrum to notice them. Similarly, another X-Wing book has a Gand character painting his X-Wing. To humans it looks plain white, but characters who can see ultraviolet comment that it's a work of art.

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** In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', an insectile species called the Vratix, which trusts its sense of touch over all others, has a role. Vratix art never comes up, but it's shown that the insides of their homes, created by mixing mud and chewed leaves with their saliva, are covered in intricate texturing, which seems to call up an emotional response in the human touching it. She likens it to a symphony, except that in choosing which way to stroke which way she could choose what to feel in what order. This fuses with function, since near the doorhole there are many raised bumps to evoke caution.
** Some of the barriers to this trope are shown (sort of) in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones the second movie]], according movie]]. According to some EU sources, those bare, plain walls that all the rooms on Kamino had, turns had? Turns out they were actually all covered in grand, colorful murals. It's just that you have to be able to see into the ultraviolet spectrum to notice them. Similarly, another X-Wing book has a Gand character painting his X-Wing. To humans it looks plain white, but characters who can see ultraviolet comment that it's a work of art.



** In the ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'' series, Klingon Councillor [[SmugSnake Kopek]] decorates his office with items of art from across explored space. Among the paintings, artifacts and sculptures are those created by humans, Vulcans, and Betazoids-- this despite the fact that Kopek despises those races (to be honest, he probably justifies them as "trophies").

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** In the ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'' series, Klingon Councillor [[SmugSnake Kopek]] decorates his office with items of art from across explored space. Among the paintings, artifacts and sculptures are those created by humans, Vulcans, and Betazoids-- this Betazoids--this despite the fact that Kopek despises those races (to be honest, he probably justifies them as "trophies").



* Invoked in ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' by Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. Earthlings end up as a [[PunyEarthlings Lesser Race]] in a galaxy full of ScaryDogmaticAliens. As such they are restricted on imports of any pieces of advanced alien technology (primary-purpose usage only-- the protagonist mentions there is a large supply of superstrong [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular]] string that the worm-like aliens they get them from use for their version of a C-section, which Humans are perfectly welcome to use for the same purpose, but not to build a SpaceElevator)-- but apparently allowed alien art. Humans use this loophole to get their hands on things like decorative plating that is, conveniently, more durable than any human-made material. Hey, it's not a crime if you want your body armor and starships pretty, is it?

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* Invoked in ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' by Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. Earthlings end up as a [[PunyEarthlings Lesser Race]] in a galaxy full of ScaryDogmaticAliens. As such they are restricted on imports of any pieces of advanced alien technology (primary-purpose usage only-- the only--the protagonist mentions there is a large supply of superstrong [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular]] string that the worm-like aliens they get them from use for their version of a C-section, which Humans are perfectly welcome to use for the same purpose, but not to build a SpaceElevator)-- but SpaceElevator)--but apparently allowed alien art. Humans use this loophole to get their hands on things like decorative plating that is, conveniently, more durable than any human-made material. Hey, it's not a crime if you want your body armor and starships pretty, is it?



* One of the characters in Literature/TechnicHistory is Christopher Holm a human scholar who is adopted into a [[TheClan choth]] of Ythrians and helps write a history of the founding of the dual-race Human-Ythrian colony Avalon(in other words the stories of Van Rjn and David Falkayn) and writes a translation of a Ythrian hunting song.

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* One of the characters in Literature/TechnicHistory is Christopher Holm Holm, a human scholar who is adopted into a [[TheClan choth]] of Ythrians and helps write a history of the founding of the dual-race Human-Ythrian colony Avalon(in Avalon (in other words the stories of Van Rjn Rijn and David Falkayn) and writes a translation of a Ythrian hunting song.



* The Tendu of ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' speak with color-changing skins. Their favored art form is qabirri, dancing to music while flashing bright, elaborate words in patterns. A visiting human is enthralled by a performance. One of her Tendu friends, seeing her watching, thinks unhappily that she's not appreciating it correctly - she's too new to their language to understand the fast-moving formalized words or the history on display.

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* The Tendu of ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' speak with color-changing skins. Their favored art form is qabirri, dancing to music while flashing bright, elaborate words in patterns. A visiting human is enthralled by a performance. One of her Tendu friends, seeing her watching, thinks unhappily that she's not appreciating it correctly - she's correctly--she's too new to their language to understand the fast-moving formalized words or the history on display.



* A tragic example in the third ''Literature/ALordFromPlanetEarth'' novel, where [[spoiler:the hostile aliens with a BlueAndOrangeMorality have been inadvertently led to believe that war and torture can be beautiful by human art (beauty being the race's guiding principle). It's not until the end of the novel that the protagonist ends up showing them the truth - WarIsHell]].

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* A tragic example in the third ''Literature/ALordFromPlanetEarth'' novel, where [[spoiler:the hostile aliens with a BlueAndOrangeMorality have been inadvertently led to believe that war and torture can be beautiful by human art (beauty being the race's guiding principle). It's not until the end of the novel that the protagonist ends up showing them the truth - WarIsHell]].truth--WarIsHell]].
31st Jan '18 2:19:04 PM margdean56
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The puppeteer turns its heads to look itself straight in its own eyes, a gesture Schaeffer had come to associate with Puppeteer humor. "Perhaps you're not getting the full intended effect," it said. "Try touching it with your tongue. Your tongue is much more sensitive than your fingertips."''

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The puppeteer turns turned its heads to look itself straight in its own eyes, a gesture Schaeffer had come to associate with Puppeteer humor. "Perhaps you're not getting the full intended effect," it said. "Try touching it with your tongue. Your tongue is much more sensitive than your fingertips."''
12th Dec '17 6:03:32 PM TheCuza
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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the aliens think the eponymous TV show portrays actual events... and base their entire culture on them. They have no concept of "fiction", and assume any story is either true or a lie. It's understandably confusing to them why [[HumansThroughAlienEyes intelligent beings would lie to each other for fun]]. Even ''lying'' is new to them; they apparently had no concept of deception until they met [[GalacticConqueror Sarris]]. In contrast, Sarris laughs his ass off when he finally sees the "historical documents".
-->'''Sarris''' (to Nesmith): "Explain it to them as you would to a child!"

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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the aliens Thermians think the eponymous TV show portrays actual events... and base their entire culture on them. They have no concept of "fiction", fiction, and assume any story is either true or a lie. It's understandably confusing to them why [[HumansThroughAlienEyes intelligent beings would lie to each other for fun]]. Even ''lying'' is new to them; they apparently up until very recently had no concept of deception until they met [[GalacticConqueror Sarris]]. In contrast, Sarris laughs his ass off untruthfulness at all. They learned about that the hard way when he finally sees the BigBad introduced them to lies and deception, resulting in the destruction of their planet. Said BigBad watches the "historical documents".
-->'''Sarris''' (to Nesmith): "Explain it to
documents" and immediately recognizes them as you would to a child!"for what they are, and thinks the misunderstanding is hilarious.
8th Oct '17 9:30:47 AM nombretomado
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* In a [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/111816/sneak-peek-at-hie-project fragment]] of a never-completed ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by D. G. D. Davidson, there's a niche fandom on Earth for the pony movies from "Applewood", which apparently resemble "{{Bollywood}}, except with ponies."

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* In a [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/111816/sneak-peek-at-hie-project fragment]] of a never-completed ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by D. G. D. Davidson, there's a niche fandom on Earth for the pony movies from "Applewood", which apparently resemble "{{Bollywood}}, "UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}, except with ponies."
25th Sep '17 5:03:14 AM Doug86
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* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse''. While Amir claims that other species' cultures aren't as rich and varied as Earth's, it's also implied he hadn't been looking very hard, since he was trying to make a point that HumansAreSpecial. Xiù notes that Gaoians have a rich culture, but as most of her time on their planet was spent learning the language she never got past their version of SesameStreet.

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* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse''. While Amir claims that other species' cultures aren't as rich and varied as Earth's, it's also implied he hadn't been looking very hard, since he was trying to make a point that HumansAreSpecial. Xiù notes that Gaoians have a rich culture, but as most of her time on their planet was spent learning the language she never got past their version of SesameStreet.''Series/SesameStreet''.
9th Sep '17 5:45:42 PM nombretomado
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** One of the reports for CerberusDailyNews says that the asari and the [[ProudMerchantRace volus]] have embraced Valentine's Day, due to its focus on reproduction and commerce.

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** One of the reports for CerberusDailyNews ''Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews'' says that the asari and the [[ProudMerchantRace volus]] have embraced Valentine's Day, due to its focus on reproduction and commerce.
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