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11th May '16 8:20:13 AM cdrood
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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' played with this in an episode titled "First Contact", not to be confused with ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. Riker is captured monitoring a planet that's on the verge of becoming warp capable. While the planet's leader is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, his head of security shoots himself with a phaser to frame Riker for murder, but screws it up. It's playing with both examples of this trope.
30th Apr '16 10:25:41 AM WillKeaton
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** [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 The 2008 remake]] zig-zags the Trope: [[spoiler:Klaatu's mission on this version is to KillAllHumans [[GreenAesop because we are a serious ecological threat to Earth]],]] but the way the United States Government treats him from the moment he accidentally gets shot (including being detained, interrogated, any information he gives told outright will be made classified, told he will ''never'' talk to the world's governments and apparently was going to be poisoned) [[spoiler:don't do much to make him believe his decision is wrong until Helen begs him to reconsider and the Professor brings up the logic that Klaatu's race was NotSoDifferent a long time ago.]]



** [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 The 2008 remake]] zig-zags the Trope: [[spoiler:Klaatu's mission on this version is to KillAllHumans [[GreenAesop because we are a serious ecological threat to Earth]],]] but the way the United States Government treats him from the moment he accidentally gets shot (including being detained, interrogated, any information he gives told outright will be made classified, told he will ''never'' talk to the world's governments and apparently was going to be poisoned) [[spoiler:don't do much to make him believe his decision is wrong until Helen begs him to reconsider and the Professor brings up the logic that Klaatu's race was NotSoDifferent a long time ago.]]
30th Apr '16 10:25:15 AM WillKeaton
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* In ''Film/DarkAngel'' there is an alien running around the city, who says "I come in peace" constantly, especially when he's murdering people.
23rd Apr '16 2:10:42 PM marcoasalazarm
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** The Remake zig-zags the Trope: [[spoiler:Klaatu's mission on this version is to KillAllHumans [[GreenAesop because we are a serious ecological threat to Earth]],]] but the way the United States Government treats him from the moment he accidentally gets shot (including being detained, interrogated, any information he gives told outright will be made classified, told he will ''never'' talk to the world's governments and apparently was going to be poisoned) [[spoiler:don't do much to make him believe his decision is wrong until begs him to reconsider and Professor brings up the logic that Klaatu's race was NotSoDifferent a long time ago.]]

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** [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 The Remake 2008 remake]] zig-zags the Trope: [[spoiler:Klaatu's mission on this version is to KillAllHumans [[GreenAesop because we are a serious ecological threat to Earth]],]] but the way the United States Government treats him from the moment he accidentally gets shot (including being detained, interrogated, any information he gives told outright will be made classified, told he will ''never'' talk to the world's governments and apparently was going to be poisoned) [[spoiler:don't do much to make him believe his decision is wrong until Helen begs him to reconsider and the Professor brings up the logic that Klaatu's race was NotSoDifferent a long time ago.]]
23rd Apr '16 2:03:34 PM marcoasalazarm
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** The Remake zig-zags the Trope: [[spoiler:Klaatu's mission on this version is to KillAllHumans [[GreenAesop because we are a serious ecological threat to Earth]],]] but the way the United States Government treats him from the moment he accidentally gets shot (including being detained, interrogated, any information he gives told outright will be made classified, told he will ''never'' talk to the world's governments and apparently was going to be poisoned) [[spoiler:don't do much to make him believe his decision is wrong until begs him to reconsider and Professor brings up the logic that Klaatu's race was NotSoDifferent a long time ago.]]
19th Mar '16 7:11:19 AM Morgenthaler
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*** To explain what happened: first the USS ''Carrizal'' arrived, and, after verifying that the Romulans were space-capable, did everything they could to be seen, show they came in peace, broadcasted their intentions and the basic first contact data, and when the Romulans didn't answer they left; three years later the USS ''Balboa'' arrived to make another attempt, but survived only long enough to see that the Romulans had built a powerful net of war satellites and launch a desperate distress call before being disintegrated by the guns of [[NoKillLikeOverkill fifty small warships]] out of the ''[[UpToEleven seven thousands]]'' they had built; when the USS ''Stone Mountain'' answered the distress call, the Romulans captured it, killed the whole crew and started taking it apart, improving their technology and getting warp capability in case the Federation didn't understand their message of 'leave us alone or die' (the Federation did not get the message, hence the Romulan War).



** In fairness, given the Brutes' attitude towards the mess (they wanted the whole planet, period), there really wasn't any way that was going to end well.
19th Mar '16 7:10:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* A somewhat clever twist occurs in one ''MaximumBoy'' novel where alien cows decide to visit earth: The cows state that they ''come'' in peace, but state that how they ''leave'' depends on what they find. [[AlienInvasion Sure enough.....]]
* ''TheHolyLand'', in which the [[EagleLand fundamentalist American government]] attacks -- first with tanks, then with PR -- pagan [[SpaceJews "Jews from space."]]

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* A somewhat clever twist occurs in one ''MaximumBoy'' ''Literature/MaximumBoy'' novel where alien cows decide to visit earth: The cows state that they ''come'' in peace, but state that how they ''leave'' depends on what they find. [[AlienInvasion Sure enough.....]]
* ''TheHolyLand'', ''Literature/TheHolyLand'', in which the [[EagleLand fundamentalist American government]] attacks -- first with tanks, then with PR -- pagan [[SpaceJews "Jews from space."]]



* ''Dreamcatcher'' by Creator/StephenKing involves an invasion by an alien species of telepathic mold (ItMakesSenseInContext). The mold sends out telepathic messages which includes the classic "We come in peace", but the '''big''' lie is "We are not infectious".

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* ''Dreamcatcher'' ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'' by Creator/StephenKing involves an invasion by an alien species of telepathic mold (ItMakesSenseInContext). The mold sends out telepathic messages which includes the classic "We come in peace", but the '''big''' lie is "We are not infectious".
19th Mar '16 7:10:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ba'al in ''Film/StargateContinuum'' does this, even phoning the President to tell him that he comes in peace, knowing that a direct attack would make things much harder. It would have worked if there hadn't been a time traveling LaResistance waiting for his arrival. And if all his subordinates hadn't been {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, including [[spoiler:his lover, who betrays and murders him]] so they could attack.



** Ba'al in ''Film/StargateContinuum'' does this, even phoning the President to tell him that he comes in peace, knowing that a direct attack would make things much harder. It would have worked if there hadn't been a time traveling LaResistance waiting for his arrival. And if all his subordinates hadn't been {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, including [[spoiler:his lover, who betrays and murders him]] so they could attack.
19th Mar '16 7:09:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{V}}'' was about a hostile, sneaky, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Nazi-like]] alien race using humanity's credulity against them. Originally conceived as a show about the presidency of a Father Coughlin like American fascist, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the network]] demanded Nazis [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] It actually proves a clever tactic, since there aren't actually very many of the Visitors and while their tech is superior it isn't THAT superior, meaning they almost certainly would have been stomped in a direct invasion.

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* ''Series/{{V}}'' ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' was about a hostile, sneaky, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Nazi-like]] alien race using humanity's credulity against them. Originally conceived as a show about the presidency of a Father Coughlin like American fascist, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the network]] demanded Nazis [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] It actually proves a clever tactic, since there aren't actually very many of the Visitors and while their tech is superior it isn't THAT superior, meaning they almost certainly would have been stomped in a direct invasion.



* Captain Archer of the NX-01 ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' sets forth on a mission of exploration and derides the need for powerful weapons, but three years of [[VillainOfTheWeek Close Encounters of the Worst Kind]] and the deaths of 27 crewmen in the Xindi conflict cause him to recommend that the NX-02 be better armed and have a squad of [[SpaceMarine MACO's]] as well.

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'':
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Captain Archer of the NX-01 ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' ''Enterprise'' sets forth on a mission of exploration and derides the need for powerful weapons, but three years of [[VillainOfTheWeek Close Encounters of the Worst Kind]] and the deaths of 27 crewmen in the Xindi conflict cause him to recommend that the NX-02 be better armed and have a squad of [[SpaceMarine MACO's]] as well.



* In the ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "To Serve Man" (based on the Creator/DamonKnight story of the same name), outwardly-benevolent aliens visit us and grant us all of their technological wonders, including indestructible force-domes that protect each nation from nuclear attack by any other nation. We accidentally get hold of their handbook, titled "ToServeMan". [[ImAHumanitarian Guess which kind of "Serve" they had in mind]]?

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In the ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "To Serve Man" (based on the Creator/DamonKnight story of the same name), outwardly-benevolent aliens visit us and grant us all of their technological wonders, including indestructible force-domes that protect each nation from nuclear attack by any other nation. We accidentally get hold of their handbook, titled "ToServeMan". [[ImAHumanitarian Guess which kind of "Serve" they had in mind]]?
18th Mar '16 8:17:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted quite nicely in ''EarthFinalConflict''. When the show starts the aliens do have a great deal of influence, but many humans are still untrusting. More significantly, while the aliens do have a hidden agenda, it's not so much EVIL as a gambit driven by a desire to survive.

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* Subverted quite nicely in ''EarthFinalConflict''.''Series/EarthFinalConflict''. When the show starts the aliens do have a great deal of influence, but many humans are still untrusting. More significantly, while the aliens do have a hidden agenda, it's not so much EVIL as a gambit driven by a desire to survive.



* The main characters of ''{{Roswell}}'' are just three (or, for a while, four) teenagers who only want to live in peace until they figure out a way to get home, but they live in constant - and justifiable, given certain events of the first season - fear of the government and other alien hunters.
* In the first episode of ''ALF'', when authorities investigate the crash landing of ALF's ship, they make it clear to the Tanners that if an alien life form is found, it will be taken into custody to be experimented on.

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* The main characters of ''{{Roswell}}'' ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' are just three (or, for a while, four) teenagers who only want to live in peace until they figure out a way to get home, but they live in constant - and justifiable, given certain events of the first season - fear of the government and other alien hunters.
* In the first episode of ''ALF'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', when authorities investigate the crash landing of ALF's ship, they make it clear to the Tanners that if an alien life form is found, it will be taken into custody to be experimented on.



* On ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', such an incident kicked off the pre-series Earth-Minbari War. [[spoiler:During the first contact between Earth and Minbari starships, the Minbari approach with gunports open, a cultural gesture of respect. The Earth captain overreacts -- the Minbari accidentally jam the Humans' jump drives with their scanners -- and assumes hostile intent. HilarityEnsues.]]
* In the [[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]] episode "To Serve Man" (based on the Creator/DamonKnight story of the same name), outwardly-benevolent aliens visit us and grant us all of their technological wonders, including indestructible force-domes that protect each nation from nuclear attack by any other nation. We accidentally get hold of their handbook, titled "ToServeMan". [[ImAHumanitarian Guess which kind of "Serve" they had in mind]]?

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* On ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', such an incident kicked off the pre-series Earth-Minbari War. [[spoiler:During the first contact between Earth and Minbari starships, the Minbari approach with gunports open, a cultural gesture of respect. The Earth captain overreacts -- the Minbari accidentally jam the Humans' jump drives with their scanners -- and assumes hostile intent. HilarityEnsues.]]
* In the [[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]] ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "To Serve Man" (based on the Creator/DamonKnight story of the same name), outwardly-benevolent aliens visit us and grant us all of their technological wonders, including indestructible force-domes that protect each nation from nuclear attack by any other nation. We accidentally get hold of their handbook, titled "ToServeMan". [[ImAHumanitarian Guess which kind of "Serve" they had in mind]]?



* On ''{{Hyperdrive}}'', this trope constitutes most of the Camden Lock's operating procedure for dealing with aliens. Henderson and Teal come in peace, York shoots to kill and either way it bites them in the arse.

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* On ''{{Hyperdrive}}'', ''Series/{{Hyperdrive}}'', this trope constitutes most of the Camden Lock's operating procedure for dealing with aliens. Henderson and Teal come in peace, York shoots to kill and either way it bites them in the arse.
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