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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.]]
3rd Feb '16 5:33:54 PM TheUnknownUploader
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--->'''Lrrr:''' This is ancient Earth's most foolish program. Why does Ross, the largest friend, not simply eat the other five?\\ '''Ndnd:''' Perhaps they are saving that for UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}}. '''Leela:''' Delivery! '''Lrr:''' (turning off T.V.) Oh well, this was a Joey-heavy episode anyway.
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--->'''Lrrr:''' This is ancient Earth's most foolish program. Why does Ross, the largest friend, not simply eat the other five?\\ '''Ndnd:''' five? --->'''Ndnd:''' Perhaps they are saving that for UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}}. '''Leela:''' --->'''Leela:''' Delivery! '''Lrr:''' --->'''Lrr:''' (turning off T.V.) Oh well, this was a Joey-heavy episode anyway.
3rd Feb '16 5:32:58 PM TheUnknownUploader
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'''Leela:''' Delivery! '''Lrr:''' (turning off T.V.) Oh well, this was a Joey-heavy episode anyway.
29th Jan '16 5:36:03 PM GrammarNavi
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'''Ndnd:''' Perhaps they are saving that for {{sweeps}}.
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'''Ndnd:''' Perhaps they are saving that for {{sweeps}}.UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}}.
25th Jan '16 5:21:43 PM princessbinas
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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]].]]
19th Jan '16 9:50:07 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:Everything ComicBook/MartianManhunter knows about this planet, he learned from television. [[FridgeBrilliance Which explains a lot.]]]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:Everything [-[[caption-width-right:350:Everything ComicBook/MartianManhunter knows about this planet, he learned from television. [[FridgeBrilliance Which explains a lot.]]]] ]]]]-]

* The Keronians from ''KeroroGunsou'' seem to be well-acquainted with Earth culture. In an early chapter of the manga, Natsumi is surprised when Keroro takes offense to being compared to Q-taro the Ghost ([[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Slimer]] in [[{{Woolseyism}} the Tokyopop translation]]): "How dare you compare me to that overeating ectoplasmic idiot?!" Evidently, Pekopon (Earth) is an entertainment Mecca and produces most of the galaxy's highest rated TV shows.
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* The Keronians from ''KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' seem to be well-acquainted with Earth culture. In an early chapter of the manga, Natsumi is surprised when Keroro takes offense to being compared to Q-taro the Ghost ([[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Slimer]] in [[{{Woolseyism}} the Tokyopop translation]]): "How dare you compare me to that overeating ectoplasmic idiot?!" Evidently, Pekopon (Earth) is an entertainment Mecca and produces most of the galaxy's highest rated TV shows.

** Much like ''Keroro Gunsou'', the series says that Earth has the best entertainment media in the galaxy, so much so that there are limits on exports and smugglers are a major problem. Nyarko's original assignment to Earth had her basically acting as an intergalactic customs agent by enforcing the export limits, breaking up a smuggling ring, and protecting OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Mahiro Yasaka from the ring ([[HypocriticalHumor as well as smuggling some anime goods back for herself]]). As a consequence of this trope, pretty much every alien in the series is a massive {{Otaku}} for one form of media or another; Nyarko loves {{Anime}} and {{Tokusatsu}}, Cuuko is a GamerGirl, etc., and they all [[ReferenceOverdosed drop references practically every other sentence]].
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** Much like ''Keroro Gunsou'', ''Sgt. Frog'', the series says that Earth has the best entertainment media in the galaxy, so much so that there are limits on exports and smugglers are a major problem. Nyarko's original assignment to Earth had her basically acting as an intergalactic customs agent by enforcing the export limits, breaking up a smuggling ring, and protecting OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Mahiro Yasaka from the ring ([[HypocriticalHumor as well as smuggling some anime goods back for herself]]). As a consequence of this trope, pretty much every alien in the series is a massive {{Otaku}} for one form of media or another; Nyarko loves {{Anime}} and {{Tokusatsu}}, Cuuko is a GamerGirl, etc., and they all [[ReferenceOverdosed drop references practically every other sentence]].
17th Jan '16 10:19:19 AM StFan
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->''"Hello, Megan! I'm on Earth!"'' ->''"I'm actually on Earth! I've wanted this for so long... even if it's not ''exactly'' like TV.''"
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->''"Hello, Megan! I'm on Earth!"'' ->''"I'm Earth!"''\\ ''"I'm actually on Earth! I've wanted this for so long... even if it's not ''exactly'' like TV.''"

->''"Hello, Megan! I'm on Earth!"'' ->''"I'm actually on Earth! I've wanted this for so long... even if it's not ''exactly'' like TV.''"

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!!Examples !!Examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]]

[[folder:Audio Drama]] * ''StarTrek: Cacophony'', one of the Captain Sulu series of audio dramas. The ''Excelsior'' encounters a planet where a charismatic media figure is rebroadcasting Earth radio signals, claiming they are the voices of the gods. (A NegativeSpaceWedgie is causing the signals to come through subspace, thus bypassing the technical limitations mentioned above.)
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[[folder:Audio Drama]] Plays]] * ''StarTrek: ''Franchise/StarTrek: Cacophony'', one of the Captain Sulu series of audio dramas. The ''Excelsior'' encounters a planet where a charismatic media figure is rebroadcasting Earth radio signals, claiming they are the voices of the gods. (A NegativeSpaceWedgie is causing the signals to come through subspace, thus bypassing the technical limitations mentioned above.)

[[folder:Audio Drama]] [[folder:Comic Strips]] * ''StarTrek: Cacophony'', ''Comictrip/{{Ziggy}}'' at least twice had aliens show up referencing ''Franchise/StarTrek'': one of set who, like the Thermians from ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', didn't realize it was fiction and wanted to join the Federation ("Take us to Captain Sulu series Kirk!"), and a couple of audio dramas. The ''Excelsior'' encounters a planet where a charismatic media figure is rebroadcasting Earth radio signals, claiming they are others who decided to complain to Ziggy about how silly the voices of the gods. (A NegativeSpaceWedgie is causing the signals to come through subspace, thus bypassing the technical limitations mentioned above.)plots were getting "lately." [[/folder]]

[[folder:Audio Drama]] * ''StarTrek: Cacophony'', one of the Captain Sulu series of audio dramas. The ''Excelsior'' encounters a planet where a charismatic media figure is rebroadcasting Earth radio signals, claiming ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': ** Apparently, aliens don't even need to ''steal'' cable in this universe: they are the voices of the gods. (A NegativeSpaceWedgie have [[SpaceX Space]] {{Creator/Hulu}}. That's how Vegeta knows who Film/TheThreeStooges are. ** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when [[TheCaligula Guru]] tells Dende that his parents being dead means he could be like Batman. When Dende mentions he has no idea who that is, Guru shouts "See, this is causing the signals to come why we need ''TV!''". Guru probably found out through subspace, thus bypassing the technical limitations mentioned above.)Space Hulu himself, given [[BizarreAlienBiology Namekian's antenna give them Wi-Fi.]]

[[folder:Film]] * ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' has Martians hearing OrsonWelles' famous reading of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' and thinking that the rest of the army is on earth, so they go to find them.
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[[folder:Film]] [[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' has Martians hearing OrsonWelles' Creator/OrsonWelles' famous reading of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' and thinking that the rest of the army is on earth, Earth, so they go to find them.

* 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." 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.

** The extraterrestrials in the Vega system receive the first transmission strong enough to reach outer space - [[spoiler:a transmission of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's opening speech at the 1936 Olympic Games; the aliens send the signal back to Earth, combined with a sequence of prime numbers and blueprints for a machine.]]
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** The extraterrestrials in the Vega system receive the first transmission strong enough to reach outer space - -- [[spoiler:a transmission of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's opening speech at the 1936 Olympic Games; the aliens send the signal back to Earth, combined with a sequence of prime numbers and blueprints for a machine.]]

'''Tom Servo:''' Especially ''TwinPeaks.''
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'''Tom Servo:''' Especially ''TwinPeaks.''Series/TwinPeaks.''

* ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' - aliens catch tv footage of aerobicizing girls and decide to visit the place. Once here they [[LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision pick up the language from tv]], and end up sounding like Creator/JamesDean and JerryLewis.
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* ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' - aliens ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'': Aliens catch tv TV footage of aerobicizing girls and decide to visit the place. Once here they [[LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision pick up the language from tv]], TV]], and end up sounding like Creator/JamesDean and JerryLewis.Creator/JerryLewis.

[[folder:Humor]] * DaveBarry makes fun of this in several in his columns. The best example is when he theorizes that aliens developed a fondness for bad TV commercials and threatened the government to keep playing them, which is why so many bad commercials are on air. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] * ''{{Ziggy}}'' at least twice had aliens show up referencing ''Franchise/StarTrek'': one set who, like the Thermians from ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', didn't realize it was fiction and wanted to join the Federation ("Take us to Captain Kirk!"), and a couple of others who decided to complain to Ziggy about how silly the plots were getting "lately."
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] [[folder:Pinballs]] * ''{{Ziggy}}'' at least twice had aliens show up referencing ''Franchise/StarTrek'': one set who, like the Thermians from ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', didn't realize it was fiction and wanted to join the Federation ("Take us to Captain Kirk!"), and ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'' has a couple of others who decided to complain to Ziggy about how silly the plots were getting "lately."mode where you destroy six televisions that a Martian is watching.

[[folder:Pinball]] * ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'' has a mode where you destroy six televisions that a Martian is watching.
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[[folder:Pinball]] [[folder:Print Media]] * ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'' has a mode where you destroy six televisions Creator/DaveBarry makes fun of this in several in his columns. The best example is when he theorizes that aliens developed a Martian fondness for bad TV commercials and threatened the government to keep playing them, which is watching.why so many bad commercials are on air.

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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]Games]]

--> '''Jean''': Bob, real aliens have never heard of ''Franchise/StarTrek''!\\ '''Aliens''': (standing on some device with a tape drive) Blasphemy!
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--> '''Jean''': -->'''Jean:''' Bob, real aliens have never heard of ''Franchise/StarTrek''!\\ '''Aliens''': (standing '''Aliens:''' (''standing on some device with a tape drive) drive'') Blasphemy!

* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': ** Apparently, aliens don't even need to ''steal'' cable in this universe: they have [[SpaceX Space]] {{Creator/Hulu}}. That's how Vegeta knows who Film/TheThreeStooges are. ** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when [[TheCaligula Guru]] tells Dende that his parents being dead means he could be like Batman. When Dende mentions he has no idea who that is, Guru shouts "See, this is why we need ''TV!''". Guru probably found out through Space Hulu himself, given [[BizarreAlienBiology Namekian's antenna give them Wi-Fi.]]

* In a article on ''TheBestPageintheUniverse'' Maddox claims that [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=aliens Wireless internet may very well destroy our chances of contacting intelligent life]]" due to aliens detecting poorly spelt e-mails and concluding that humanity must be too moronic to be worth visiting.
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* In a article on ''TheBestPageintheUniverse'' ''Website/TheBestPageintheUniverse'' Maddox claims that [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=aliens Wireless internet may very well destroy our chances of contacting intelligent life]]" due to aliens detecting poorly spelt e-mails and concluding that humanity must be too moronic to be worth visiting.

12th Jan '16 6:30:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* Played completely straight in ''Literature/AgentToTheStars''. The [[StarfishAliens Yherjak]] have been picking up transmissions from Earth for decades and have even initially assumed all our movies and TV shows were really happening. It even took them a while to understand the concept of a rerun (they initially thought there was a ritualistic significance to the repeated "episodes"). They send a slower-than-light ship (made out of a hollowed-out asteroid) towards Earth to meet us. After arriving decades later, the crew catches up on the latest transmissions and scraps their TakeMeToYourLeader plan after realizing that they would appear as {{Blob Monaster}}s to an average human, not the peaceful and friendly aliens they really are. Naturally, they have also [[LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision learned English]] from it, although they admit there are some gaps (e.g. they thought "groovy" was still in wide use).
19th Dec '15 2:35:50 PM jormis29
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* Mentioned in the background history of ''StarControlII'' as the way the Ur-Quan knew of Earth, following so their technological development. * According to WordOfGod, the Splatfests from ''{{Splatoon}}'' are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning.
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* Mentioned in the background history of ''StarControlII'' ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' as the way the Ur-Quan knew of Earth, following so their technological development. * According to WordOfGod, the Splatfests from ''{{Splatoon}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning.
17th Dec '15 11:26:12 PM BattleMaster
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* A one-panel comic from ''Dragon Magazine'' featured a monitor screen in the Oval Office with an alien saying "we've been monitoring your transmissions for some time, and if you don't put ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' back on the air you can kiss New York goodbye."
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