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4th Jan '18 7:29:48 PM karstovich2
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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' features them as (probably) helicopters of the World Government, which are "not safe" for children to play around, for unspecified reasons. On the other hand, the Night Vale Sheriff's SecretPolice have ''Blue'' helicopters, which "only occasionally" take children. Then there are the helicopters painted with murals of diving birds of prey. Nobody knows who owns these helicopters, and the Sheriff's Secret Police advises parents who see these helicopters to take their children home immediately and lock themselves in until a Secret Policeman leaves a carnation at the door. [[FantasyKitchenSink These helicopters--black, blue, and diving-bird-of-prey-painted--are probably the most "normal" thing in Night Vale]].
** And it turns out the real threat comes from ''yellow'' helicopters...owned by [[spoiler:[[MegaCorp Strexcorp]] [[EvilInc Synernists, Inc]].]].
** Incidentally, the people with the diving-bird-of-prey-painted helicopters eventually ''did'' take all of Night Vale's children...but brought them back, essentially unharmed. When the owners of the yellow helicopters were accused of something nefarious, the (still unidentified) owners of the diving-bird-of-prey helicopters [[EvenEvilHasStandards evinced disgust]], and pointed out that ''they'' at least had returned the children.
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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' features them as (probably) helicopters of the World Government, which are "not safe" for children to play around, for unspecified reasons. On the other hand, the Night Vale Sheriff's SecretPolice have ''Blue'' helicopters, which "only occasionally" take children. Then there are the helicopters painted with murals of diving birds of prey. Nobody knows who owns these helicopters, and the Sheriff's Secret Police advises parents who see these helicopters to take their children home immediately and lock themselves in until a Secret Policeman leaves a carnation at the door. [[FantasyKitchenSink These helicopters--black, blue, and diving-bird-of-prey-painted--are probably the most "normal" thing in Night Vale]].
** And it turns out the real threat comes from ''yellow'' helicopters...owned by [[spoiler:[[MegaCorp Strexcorp]] [[EvilInc Synernists, Inc]].]].
** Incidentally, the people with the diving-bird-of-prey-painted helicopters eventually ''did'' take all of Night Vale's children...but brought them back, essentially unharmed. When the owners of the yellow helicopters were accused of something nefarious, the (still unidentified) owners of the diving-bird-of-prey helicopters [[EvenEvilHasStandards evinced disgust]], and pointed out that ''they'' at least had returned the children.
24th Nov '17 10:41:32 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheMentalist'': Invoked in the "Black Helicopters" episode. While Jane is infiltrating an anti-government homestead commune, he has his {{FBI}} superiors fly an unmarked black helicopter over the commune to make the whole group paranoid as part of his plan sniff out a murderer that is hiding amongst them.

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* ''Series/TheMentalist'': Invoked in the "Black Helicopters" episode. While Jane is infiltrating an anti-government homestead commune, he has his {{FBI}} UsefulNotes/{{FBI}} superiors fly an unmarked black helicopter over the commune to make the whole group paranoid as part of his plan sniff out a murderer that is hiding amongst them.
8th Oct '17 6:25:13 PM nombretomado
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* The protagonist of the Creator/DouglasAdams text adventure ''[[{{Infocom}} Bureaucracy]]'' doesn't encounter any black helicopters, but they're the topic of one of the CopyProtection questions you may be asked.

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* The protagonist of the Creator/DouglasAdams text adventure ''[[{{Infocom}} ''[[Creator/{{Infocom}} Bureaucracy]]'' doesn't encounter any black helicopters, but they're the topic of one of the CopyProtection questions you may be asked.
26th Aug '17 4:46:18 PM southpaw2977
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* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' was intended to be one of these, until its test pilot made off with it to become HeroesRUs. Its actually painted dark gray with a white belly.

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* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' was intended to be one of these, until its test pilot made off with it to become HeroesRUs. Its actually painted a very dark gray gray[[note]]Phantom Gray Metallic, to be exact.[[/note]] with a white belly.
26th Aug '17 4:44:00 PM southpaw2977
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* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' was intended to be one of these, until its test pilot made off with it to become HeroesRUs. Its actually painted dark brown with a white belly.

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* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' was intended to be one of these, until its test pilot made off with it to become HeroesRUs. Its actually painted dark brown gray with a white belly.
8th Jul '17 4:02:38 PM nombretomado
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* How about a ''sentient'' black helicopter with dual tilting rotors? Read ''SkinHorse''.

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* How about a ''sentient'' black helicopter with dual tilting rotors? Read ''SkinHorse''.''Webcomic/SkinHorse''.
13th Jun '17 8:24:41 AM Odacon_Spy
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--> '''Manderly:''' If black helicopters were really being used for 'covert operations,' then those responsible are doing a poor job of it.

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--> '''Manderly:''' '''Manderley:''' If black helicopters were really being used for 'covert operations,' "covert operations", then those responsible are doing a poor job of it.
25th May '17 10:20:19 AM Odacon_Spy
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A somewhat dubious TruthInTelevision, as Black Helicopters are an ingredient of many real-life [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]]. Possibly influenced by dark painted helicopters that get mistaken for black in poor lighting conditions while performing disappointingly mundane operations. Though it should be obvious, helicopters are actually [[AwesomeButImpractical very, very terrible at stealth.]] There is simply no way to make them completely quiet, they have next to zero endurance, they are slow, vulnerable, ruinously expensive, and restricted to low altitudes[[note]]and all of these things are made worse by stealth modifications, which can add hundreds of pounds to the airframe, mess with aerodynamics, alter the lift of the blades, etc[[/note]]. Even the now-infamous super-secret Seal Team 6 choppers had slight noise reduction and were only cloaked ''to radar,'' and even that was imperfect. [[UsefulNotes/PlaneSpotting Military Plane-Spotters,]] take note.

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A somewhat dubious TruthInTelevision, as Black Helicopters are an ingredient of many real-life [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]]. Possibly influenced by dark painted helicopters that get mistaken for black in poor lighting conditions while performing disappointingly mundane operations. Though it should be obvious, helicopters are actually [[AwesomeButImpractical very, very terrible at stealth.]] There is simply no way to make them completely quiet, they have next to zero endurance, they are slow, vulnerable, ruinously expensive, and restricted to low altitudes[[note]]and all of these things are made worse by stealth modifications, which can add hundreds of pounds to the airframe, mess with aerodynamics, alter the lift of the blades, etc[[/note]]. Even the now-infamous super-secret Seal SEAL Team 6 Six choppers had slight noise reduction and were only cloaked ''to radar,'' and even that was imperfect. [[UsefulNotes/PlaneSpotting Military Plane-Spotters,]] take note.
25th May '17 12:23:53 AM Yalsaris63
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** The Combine's Hunter-Choppers from ''VideoGame/HalLife2'' are also black helicopters, except they are not stealthy and are dedicated attack gunbirds.

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** The Combine's Hunter-Choppers from ''VideoGame/HalLife2'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' are also black helicopters, except they are not stealthy and are dedicated attack gunbirds.
25th May '17 12:23:42 AM Yalsaris63
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** The Combine's Hunter-Choppers from ''VideoGame/HalLife2'' are also black helicopters, except they are not stealthy and are dedicated attack gunbirds.
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