Created By: Dante668 on August 11, 2009
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I Come In Peace

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I wasn't able to find this one through the wikisearch, but I was able to find We Come in Peace Shoot to Kill.

Okay, so you've had your first encounter with an alien race. They don't seem hostile, and might even be friendly. So, how do you let them know you don't want to hurt them?

You say hello.

This can happen in reverse, of course, with the alien race indicating their peaceful intentions this way. If a character uses the specific phrase, it can overlap with I Always Wanted to Say That.

Of course, this can be cruelly subverted, with a visitor indicating peaceful intentions just before slaughtering the Puny Humans.

Played Straight
  • In Explorers, one of the young heroes greets an alien with "We come in peace", because it seems like the right thing to do. The alien, in turn, replies, "Ehhh, what's up, doc?"
  • In The Abyss, Bud Brigman tries a more casual approach when confronted by aliens: "Howdy. Uh... How are you guys doin'?"
  • In Independence Day, the government sends military choppers displaying greetings in all the languages of the world. It ends badly.

Subverted
  • In the movie I Come in Peace, the main alien says this to the Earthlings almost out of reflex, but in reality he wants to steal their brain fluid for the intergalactic drug trade.
  • In Mars Attacks!!, the Martians' translator indicates that they are all shouting "We come in peace! We come in peace!" as they're blowing everything to kingdom come.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • August 6, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    One common way this is subverted, as in the Independence Day example, is to have the peaceful party being then obliterated by the other team, who prefers that they come in pieces.

    This type was also used in the novel The War Of The Worlds (don't know about the movie versions). The humans greet the aliens waving white flags, and are promptly zapped to a crisp.
  • August 6, 2009
    foxley
    In the song Star Trekkin' by the Firm, Captain Kirk's line is "We come in peace!/ Shoot to kill, shoot to kill".
  • August 7, 2009
    random surfer
  • August 7, 2009
    Arilou
    I know at least one example of someone having to get to the alien president and finally exasperated shouting "Take us to your Leader!"
  • August 7, 2009
    Arivne
    @Amazingly Enough: the "waving the white flag as a sign of truce" did occur in the 1953 George Pal film version.
  • August 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Don't forget another option: The aliens saying that they come in peace, and odds are that at least ONE person will end up shouting something along the lines of "KILL IT!!"
  • August 7, 2009
    Bisected8
    Toy Story has the perfect page quote;
    "My name is Buzz Lightyear, I come in peace."
    -Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
  • August 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the book Aliens Are Coming, the final interview concludes with a person saying "And if an alien spaceship ever DOES land in my backyard, I hope I will have the good sense to invite the occupants inside for tea."
  • August 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • Monsters Vs Aliens subverts it from both sides:
      • B.O.B. to the alien probe: "Welcome! We are here to destroy you!"
      • Gallaxar: "Humans of Earth, I come in peace. However, most of you will not survive the next 24 hours."
  • August 7, 2009
    Silent Hunter
  • August 7, 2009
    Silent Hunter
    Jack O'Neill: "We come in peace. We hope to leave in one... piece".

    • The last line said on the Moon was:
      We leave as we came. In peace for all mankind.

  • August 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    ^ It was actually "We leave as we came, AND as we shall return. In peace for all mankind."
  • August 8, 2009
    LarryD
    Monsters Vs Aliens also had a shout out to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind with the US President trying to establish peaceful contact with the alien probe by playing music. After using the Vulcan greeting gesture.
  • August 8, 2009
    Dante668
    Should "Take Me To Your Leader" be included in this, or it is a separate thing?
  • August 8, 2009
    TB Tabby
    An episode of Rugrats has the kids exploring the house during a power failure, looking for a monster which turns out to be a rat. Tommy greets it with "We come in peace."
  • August 11, 2009
    Dante668
    Does this need any more refinement, or is this ready to go?
  • August 11, 2009
    JAF1970
    Mars Attacks! ends badly, too.
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