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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.
10th May '16 4:25:25 PM MathematicalVoid
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* [[WesternCartoons/StevenUniverse Peridot]] did this in ''A Cry for Help'' through the Communication Hub (she jury rigged it to a working state). Later, [[spoiler: Pearl does this so she can continue fusing with Garnet to form Sardonyx. [[BerserkButton You can imagine how that went]].]]
23rd Apr '16 6:10:45 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In the {{Sentai}} anime ''Anime/{{Shinesman}}'', the ditzy female villain once asks about the heroes, but she's got the completely wrong idea about them. A nearby mook admits, when a smarter villain asks, that they didn't have enough footage of the ''actual heroes'' so they had to fill in the blanks in their report with examples from a sentai tv-series.

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* In the {{Sentai}} anime ''Anime/{{Shinesman}}'', ''Manga/SpecialDutyCombatUnitShinesman'', the ditzy female villain once asks about the heroes, but she's got the completely wrong idea about them. A nearby mook admits, when a smarter villain asks, that they didn't have enough footage of the ''actual heroes'' so they had to fill in the blanks in their report with examples from a sentai tv-series.
18th Mar '16 9:06:21 PM nombretomado
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** Lrrr, of the planet Omicron Persei 8, 1000 light-years from Earth, commonly watches early 21st century Earth TV. His first appearance, with an invasion fleet, was because Fry thrashed [[{{Fox}} WNYW's]] transmission console, cutting the signal when the GrandFinale of the ''AllyMcBeal''-esque program ''Single Female Lawyer'' was being broadcast.

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** Lrrr, of the planet Omicron Persei 8, 1000 light-years from Earth, commonly watches early 21st century Earth TV. His first appearance, with an invasion fleet, was because Fry thrashed [[{{Fox}} WNYW's]] transmission console, cutting the signal when the GrandFinale of the ''AllyMcBeal''-esque ''Series/AllyMcBeal''-esque program ''Single Female Lawyer'' was being broadcast.
17th Mar '16 9:01:31 PM ultimomant
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* Astral ''and'' his foes the Barians do this in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''.

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* Astral ''and'' his foes the Barians do this in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''.''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''.
9th Feb '16 8:09:14 AM nighttrainfm
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* In Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', an alien claims that Matt Murdock's speech about extraterrestrials having human rights is not only well known to his people, they made a [[StupidStatementDanceMix dance mix]] of it. [[spoiler: It turns out the alien is an innate liar who instinctively knows the right thing to say, though]].

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* In Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', an alien claims that Matt Murdock's speech about extraterrestrials having human rights is not only well known to his people, they made a [[StupidStatementDanceMix dance mix]] of it. [[spoiler: It turns out the alien is an innate liar who instinctively knows the right thing to say, though]]. though.]]
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