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16th Aug '16 10:03:49 AM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Anime/BraveExkaiser'', one of the first things the [[SpacePirates Geisters]] stole when they arrived on Earth were televisions (including, fitting for giant robots, the big ones on the sides of buildings). Justified, as [[BigBad Dino Geist]] felt they'd be a useful way to learn about the Earth and uses his to find things for the Geisters to steal via the news media. The others, being far less intelligent than him, more often use it just to watch TV.
25th Jul '16 11:08:21 AM Willbyr
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* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. According to WordOfGod, the Splatfest events are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning after being reflected by space debris. Thus leading to the characters fighting over things that they should have no knowledge of, such as the original ''{{Pokemon}}'' games.

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* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. According to WordOfGod, the Splatfest events are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning after being reflected by space debris. Thus leading to the characters fighting over things that they should have no knowledge of, such as the original ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games.
17th Jul '16 11:30:11 PM RacattackForce
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* According to WordOfGod, the Splatfests from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning.

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* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. According to WordOfGod, the Splatfests from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' Splatfest events are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning.returning after being reflected by space debris. Thus leading to the characters fighting over things that they should have no knowledge of, such as the original ''{{Pokemon}}'' games.
10th Jul '16 5:12:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ChaosFighters II: Historical Chronicles-Beyond The Earth'', this trope is used to explain why people in Vertrifo [[AliensSpeakingEnglish speaks English]]. They steal cable using magic, though.

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* In ''ChaosFighters ''Literature/ChaosFighters II: Historical Chronicles-Beyond The Earth'', this trope is used to explain why people in Vertrifo [[AliensSpeakingEnglish speaks English]]. They steal cable using magic, though.
28th Jun '16 12:29:31 PM tytoman
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* In the sixth book of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, Kit resorts to wizardry when trying to set up a belligerent entertainment system. This has some odd consequences when, in a fit of rebellion, the components invert this trope and begin stealing cable from ''other'' planets. By the end of that book, his family's been subjected to an alien soap opera involving several additional genders and his sister's ordered a curling iron/disintegrater ray from an intergalactic shopping network. This continues for the rest of the series so far.
22nd Jun '16 5:32:40 AM Doug86
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* In the novel version of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens that are going to turn Dave into the [[EnergyBeings Star Child]] first calm him by giving him a mock-up of a hotel suite. They don't get all the details right, though: he's disturbed when he notices drawers won't open and the books are part of the bookcase. What happened becomes clear when he turns on the TV and sees a scene from a movie set in a hotel suite exactly like the one he is in.

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* In the novel version of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that are going to turn Dave into the [[EnergyBeings Star Child]] first calm him by giving him a mock-up of a hotel suite. They don't get all the details right, though: he's disturbed when he notices drawers won't open and the books are part of the bookcase. What happened becomes clear when he turns on the TV and sees a scene from a movie set in a hotel suite exactly like the one he is in.
21st Jun '16 1:57:21 PM gewunomox
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* In ''Film/MeetDave'', the aliens dress their spaceship in all white based on the clothes from Series/FantasyIsland. This is the only signal they have intercepted. When asked to introduce "himself", they look at the most common male name on Earth and pick... Ming Cheng. For reference, both TheCaptain and the ship are played by EddieMurphy.

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* In ''Film/MeetDave'', the aliens dress their spaceship in all white based on the clothes from Series/FantasyIsland. This is the only signal they have intercepted. When asked to introduce "himself", they look at the most common male name on Earth and pick... Ming Cheng. For reference, both TheCaptain and the ship are played by EddieMurphy.Creator/EddieMurphy.
19th Jun '16 2:20:29 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' eventually gives this as the explanation for Chig soldiers mutilating human dead. It's not malicious ''per se'', it's just that, having no concept of an afterlife themselves, they misunderstood [[Literature/TheFourGospels the Gospel narrative]] as indicating that humans can come back to life after being killed.
24th May '16 10:37:32 AM TheCuza
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* The Thermians in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' take the fictional events of old television shows seriously, calling them "historical documents". Besides thinking that the main characters really are space explorers as opposed to the actors who played them, they weep for "those poor people" stranded on ''Series/GilligansIsland''. It is explained that the Thermians have no concept of acting, or even pretending because they were only recently introduced to the concept of deception.

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* The Thermians in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' take the fictional events of old television shows seriously, calling them "historical documents". Besides thinking that the main characters really are space explorers as opposed to the actors who played them, they weep for "those poor people" stranded on ''Series/GilligansIsland''. It is explained that the Thermians have no concept of acting, or even pretending because lying of any sort, which includes fiction in storytelling. Or at least, they were ''had'' no concept of it until the BigBad came along and was only recently introduced too happy to teach it to them first-hand, which ''might'' have left a bad first impression of the concept of deception.on them.
22nd May '16 12:35:21 PM erforce
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* In the "Scared Spirits" supplemental adventure for the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Frightfully Cheerful RPG'', the PKE-stealing aliens learned English by watching television broadcasts and speak "Madison Avenue-ese." That is to say, they are constantly spewing slogans from TV commercials. For some reason, any human they "zombify" by draining them of PKE also talks like this.

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* In the "Scared Spirits" supplemental adventure for the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Frightfully Cheerful RPG'', the PKE-stealing aliens learned English by watching television broadcasts and speak "Madison Avenue-ese."Series/MadisonAvenue-ese." That is to say, they are constantly spewing slogans from TV commercials. For some reason, any human they "zombify" by draining them of PKE also talks like this.
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