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10th Dec '15 2:32:45 PM margdean56
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* ''Poetry/Southbound on the Freeway'' Aliens come and make observations about Earth;s lifeforms, at the end wondering if humans were the guts or the brains of the car.

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* ''Poetry/Southbound on the Freeway'' Aliens come and make observations about Earth;s Earth's lifeforms, at the end wondering if humans were the guts or the brains of the car.
1st Dec '15 6:44:04 PM nombretomado
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* On ''GarfieldAndFriends'' an alien crash lands near Garfield's house. He believes that Jon is Garfield's servant and that Garfield is the planet's superior intelligence.

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* On ''GarfieldAndFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' an alien crash lands near Garfield's house. He believes that Jon is Garfield's servant and that Garfield is the planet's superior intelligence.
5th Oct '15 2:12:25 PM Austin
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* ''Good Boy!'' ultimately subverts this trope: The aliens in question ''are'' dogs, and they had sent some of their number to earth to colonize it and subjugate humanity in the first place, so the inevitable listing of the ways dogs are "really in charge" does occur. But Hubble, the dog sent to check up on their progress, is ultimately not impressed. And neither is his superior, who apparently had something more like total enslavement in mind.

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* ''Good Boy!'' ''Film/GoodBoy'' ultimately subverts this trope: The aliens in question ''are'' dogs, and they had sent some of their number to earth to colonize it and subjugate humanity in the first place, so the inevitable listing of the ways dogs are "really in charge" does occur. But Hubble, the dog sent to check up on their progress, is ultimately not impressed. And neither is his superior, who apparently had something more like total enslavement in mind.



* ''Luke Surl comics'' [[http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1694 demonstrate]] what can happen if your main information sources for the FirstContact are [[AliensStealCable internet satellites]].

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* ''Luke Surl ''WebComic/LukeSurl comics'' [[http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1694 demonstrate]] what can happen if your main information sources for the FirstContact are [[AliensStealCable internet satellites]].
25th Sep '15 3:09:29 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' contains a variation when Steven introduces himself to Peridot: she'd heard humans were the dominant lifeform in the past, but apparently didn't know what they look like. When Steven introduces himself by name she assumes "Stevens" are a ''species'' that's replaced humans as the dominant lifeform. [[SustainedMisunderstanding Peridot maintains this misconception]] [[ContinuityNod in future appearances]], calling him such things as "the Steven" and "you Steven".
28th Aug '15 1:22:14 AM JoeMerl
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* PlayedWith in ''Comicbook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam:'' the Space Ghoul seems to have believed that humans and cows were both intelligent, since he [[AliensStealCattle abducted a bunch of cattle]] in order to communicate. Even when Billy and Mary tell him, he seems to think that they're mute but still sapient, as he begins apologize for inconveniencing them.
25th May '15 6:43:34 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/EscapeFromPlanetEarth''--the aliens of Baab think that evolution is working backwards on Earth, because we started out with the "serene intelligence" of dinosaurs and then wound up with [[HumansAreTheRealMonster humans]] instead. (The computer is showing sauropods as it says this; [[FridgeLogic one questions if they realized there were carnivores too]].)

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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/EscapeFromPlanetEarth''--the aliens of Baab think that evolution is working backwards on Earth, because we started out with the "serene intelligence" of dinosaurs and then wound up with [[HumansAreTheRealMonster [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]] instead. (The computer is showing sauropods as it says this; [[FridgeLogic one questions if they realized there were carnivores too]].)
25th May '15 6:43:13 PM JoeMerl
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* In the film version of ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', the Psychlos interpret surveillance photos of humans with dogs in car passenger seats as evidence of the dogs being the superior species, since the humans "chauffeur them around".
** They also mention that the dogs have proven themselves much more willing to cooperate with the alien masters than the man-animals. Unfortunately, dogs have proven ill-adapted for manual labor (which, once again, proves that they are a superior species, as they don't need to work). They can fetch, though.
* ''Good Boy!'' ultimately subverts this trope: The aliens in question ''are'' dogs, and they had sent some of their number to earth to colonize it and subjugate humanity in the first place, so the inevitable listing of the ways dogs are "really in charge" does occur. But Hubble, the dog sent to check up on their progress, is ultimately not impressed. And neither is his superior, who apparently had something more like total enslavement in mind.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. V'Ger thinks that humans (including those on Earth) are "units" under the control of its Creator. The movie was based on the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Changeling" where the robot Nomad believed the same thing.
* Basically the plot of ''Film/{{Star Trek IV The Voyage Home}}'' - the aliens think whales are/were the intelligent life on the Earth. Whether they even notice the humans swarming around on the dry parts is not clear.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] makes clear that the probe ''did'' notice the humans...and considered us so [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters barbaric]] (for killing all the whales) that exterminating us would be for the planet's benefit.

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* In the film version of ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', the Psychlos interpret surveillance photos of humans with dogs in car passenger seats as evidence of the dogs being the superior species, since the humans "chauffeur them around".
** They also mention that the dogs have proven themselves much more willing to cooperate with the alien masters than the man-animals. Unfortunately, dogs have proven ill-adapted for manual labor (which, once again, proves that they are a superior species, as they don't need to work). They can fetch, though.
* ''Good Boy!'' ultimately subverts this trope: The aliens in question ''are'' dogs, and they had sent some of their number to earth to colonize it and subjugate humanity in the first place, so the inevitable listing of the ways dogs are "really in charge" does occur. But Hubble, the dog sent to check up on their progress, is ultimately not impressed. And neither is his superior, who apparently had something more like total enslavement in mind.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. V'Ger thinks that humans (including those on Earth) are "units" under the control of its Creator. The movie was based on the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Changeling" where the robot Nomad believed the same thing.
* Basically the plot of ''Film/{{Star Trek IV The Voyage Home}}'' - the aliens think whales are/were the intelligent life on the Earth. Whether they even notice the humans swarming around on the dry parts is not clear.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] makes clear that the probe ''did'' notice the humans...and considered us so [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters barbaric]] (for killing all the whales) that exterminating us would be for the planet's benefit.
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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/EscapeFromPlanetEarth''--the aliens of Baab think that evolution is working backwards on Earth, because we started out with the "serene intelligence" of dinosaurs and then wound up with [[HumansAreTheRealMonster humans]] instead. (The computer is showing sauropods as it says this; [[FridgeLogic one questions if they realized there were carnivores too]].)




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* In the film version of ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', the Psychlos interpret surveillance photos of humans with dogs in car passenger seats as evidence of the dogs being the superior species, since the humans "chauffeur them around".
** They also mention that the dogs have proven themselves much more willing to cooperate with the alien masters than the man-animals. Unfortunately, dogs have proven ill-adapted for manual labor (which, once again, proves that they are a superior species, as they don't need to work). They can fetch, though.
* ''Good Boy!'' ultimately subverts this trope: The aliens in question ''are'' dogs, and they had sent some of their number to earth to colonize it and subjugate humanity in the first place, so the inevitable listing of the ways dogs are "really in charge" does occur. But Hubble, the dog sent to check up on their progress, is ultimately not impressed. And neither is his superior, who apparently had something more like total enslavement in mind.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. V'Ger thinks that humans (including those on Earth) are "units" under the control of its Creator. The movie was based on the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Changeling" where the robot Nomad believed the same thing.
* Basically the plot of ''Film/{{Star Trek IV The Voyage Home}}'' - the aliens think whales are/were the intelligent life on the Earth. Whether they even notice the humans swarming around on the dry parts is not clear.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] makes clear that the probe ''did'' notice the humans...and considered us so [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters barbaric]] (for killing all the whales) that exterminating us would be for the planet's benefit.
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21st May '15 6:40:51 AM Willbyr
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* CarlSagan gives an example in his book ''Pale Blue Dot'', where aliens at first assume that cars are the main inhabitants of cities (the idea being that aliens would be taking closer and closer views of the earth while trying to find life, and cars are the first visible moving things they would see in city areas).

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* CarlSagan Creator/CarlSagan gives an example in his book ''Pale Blue Dot'', where aliens at first assume that cars are the main inhabitants of cities (the idea being that aliens would be taking closer and closer views of the earth while trying to find life, and cars are the first visible moving things they would see in city areas).
13th Apr '15 9:30:37 AM nombretomado
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* In ''DestroyAllHumans'', Crypto and Pox assume the first creatures they see - cows - are the dominant life form on Earth. An unsuccessful interview and some telekinetic stress relief later teaches them otherwise.

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\n* In ''DestroyAllHumans'', ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'', Crypto and Pox assume the first creatures they see - cows - are the dominant life form on Earth. An unsuccessful interview and some telekinetic stress relief later teaches them otherwise.
11th Apr '15 7:31:38 PM nombretomado
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** The author also explicitly parodied ''Series/SesameStreet'' martians in [[http://jollyjack.deviantart.com/art/yipyipyipyip-cow-298353355 this]] DeviantArt piece (they ''did'' try to talk Cow, after all).

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** The author also explicitly parodied ''Series/SesameStreet'' martians in [[http://jollyjack.deviantart.com/art/yipyipyipyip-cow-298353355 this]] DeviantArt Website/DeviantArt piece (they ''did'' try to talk Cow, after all).
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