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24th Oct '16 7:40:27 AM Rockatt
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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".

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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".Steven", but eventually the misunderstanding is cleared up.
9th Oct '16 3:25:37 PM zarpaulus
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* The ''Star Wars Field Guide to Wildlife'' mentions that at Coruscant's annual livestock exposition it can be hard to tell the difference between livestock and traders, Ewoks in particular.



* ''WarPlanets'' features an example. A race of humanoids apparently uses a race of furry, wookiee-like creatures as draft animals. The main characters assume the smaller humanoids are the dominant species, when in fact it is the "draft animals" who are both smarter, and telepathic.

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* ''WarPlanets'' ''WeeternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' features an example. A race of humanoids apparently uses a race of furry, wookiee-like creatures as draft animals. The main characters assume the smaller humanoids are the dominant species, when in fact it is the "draft animals" who are both smarter, and telepathic.telepathic.
** Though the smaller humanoids also believed themselves the dominant species, the big hairy telepaths were humoring them.
28th Sep '16 7:00:39 PM SteveMB
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's story "Victory Unintentional", humans send a trio of robots to gather intelligence on the inhabitants of Jupiter, who have declared their intention to build space ships and exterminate humanity. After seeing the robots pull off several casual feats of [[SuperStrength strength]] and [[NighInvulnerable shrug off several attacks as if they hadn't even noticed them]], the Jovians do a total about-face and start doing their best to make friends. After they leave, one of the robots realizes that the Jovians have never seen an actual human, and would assume that the robots ''are'' the "humans" they'd planned to destroy.
6th Aug '16 11:33:09 PM Korodzik
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic "[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/157612/twilight-makes-first-contact Twilight makes first contact]]" begins with the pony science team arriving on an Earth pony farm. They immediately assume the horses are the sapient inhabitants while humans are their "pets" or "assistants".
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24th Jul '16 11:07:21 AM WillBGood
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* "[[https://www.rose-hulman.edu/~williams/poem/Favpoem/html/southbound.htm Southbound On The Freeway": An alien comes 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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* "[[https://www.[[https://www.rose-hulman.edu/~williams/poem/Favpoem/html/southbound.htm Southbound "Southbound On The Freeway": Freeway"]]: An alien comes and make observations about Earth's lifeforms, at the end wondering if humans were the guts or the brains of the car.
24th Jul '16 11:06:50 AM WillBGood
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* ''Poetry/SouthboundOnTheFreeway'': 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/SouthboundOnTheFreeway'': Aliens come "[[https://www.rose-hulman.edu/~williams/poem/Favpoem/html/southbound.htm Southbound On The Freeway": An alien comes 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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24th Jul '16 11:04:58 AM WillBGood
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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'' ''Poetry/SouthboundOnTheFreeway'': Aliens come and make observations about Earth's lifeforms, at the end wondering if humans were the guts or the brains of the car.
1st Jun '16 3:05:14 PM ThePocket
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* ''What on Earth'', an old Canadian cartoon by Kaj Pindal which purports to be an educational film by Martians, who looked down on the earth and naturally assumed that cars were the dominant life-form, and humans some kind of parasite they hadn't gotten around to ridding themselves of.

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* ''What ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2r7YoyKDiM What on Earth'', Earth]]'', an old Canadian cartoon by Kaj Pindal which purports to be an educational film by Martians, who looked down on the earth and naturally assumed that cars were the dominant life-form, and humans some kind of parasite they hadn't gotten around to ridding themselves of.
30th May '16 6:58:24 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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-->--'''Jerry Seinfeld''', ''{{Seinfeld}}''

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-->--'''Jerry Seinfeld''', ''{{Seinfeld}}''
''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
29th May '16 2:26:21 PM PixelKnight
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* Ford Prefect of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' uses his name because he believed that cars were the dominant species. To explain the joke to foreign audiences (because the Ford Prefect was only sold in England), the film adaptation shows that Arthur first met Ford when Ford stepped into the street to shake hands with an oncoming car (an actual Ford Prefect to boot) and Arthur saved his life by tackling him out of the way. [[note]] While it's not obvious at first, in the ''Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'' canon, humans aren't the dominant species on Earth. In fact, we're only the third most intelligent species on the planet, after mice and dolphins.[[/note]]

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* Ford Prefect of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' uses his name because he believed that cars were the dominant species. To explain the joke to foreign audiences (because the Ford Prefect was only sold in England), the film adaptation shows that Arthur first met Ford when Ford stepped into the street to shake hands with an oncoming car (an actual Ford Prefect to boot) and Arthur saved his life by tackling him out of the way. [[note]] While
** Additionally played with as
it's not obvious at first, in the ''Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'' canon, revealed that humans aren't the dominant species on Earth. In fact, we're only are actually the third most intelligent species form of life on Earth, instead of, as everyone who's studied the planet, after mice Earth believes, the second. The second most intelligent beings on Earth are dolphins, and dolphins.[[/note]]
the most intelligent are [[spoiler:mice]].
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