->''"If it's not too much of a cliché, take me to your leader. If it ''is'' too much of a cliché, take me anyway."''
-->-- '''Luke Skywalker''', ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor''

An alien spaceship lands on Earth. The extra-terrestrial walks out and finds a human. They make the following statement:

"Take me to your leader".

Now a DeadHorseTrope, and ''never'' said seriously, or at least not without others [[LampshadeHanging complaining about what a terrible line it is]]. Even then, it's very rarely used unless IAlwaysWantedToSayThat. See also HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Films]]
* In ''Film/GoodBoy'', Hubble the dog says this to Owen, his owner, after Owen gains the ability to understand dogs. Hubble is from the dog star Sirius 7.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Not directly used, but invoked in ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'', when Lan tells Madoka that she's an alien; Madoka asks if she really means a "TakeMeToYourLeader" type alien. The answer is a non-surprised (she's apparently also familiar with the trope) yes.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}: Conquest #2'' -- Ronan the Accuser makes a big speech on how the bugs who tried to kill them really should unite with them against the evil robots, and ends it with "Or in other words.... Take us to your leader!"
* In a ''GreenLantern'' comic from the [=1970s=] or [=80s=], the alien Katma Tui lands on Earth, says the phrase in all seriousness, and gets taken to the United Nations. However, the comic said something to the effect of "[[LampshadeHanging though the phrase is clichéd, the alien says it with no humor in mind]]" or something like that.
* ''WorldWarHulk'': When Korg confronts a police officer and makes demands that he can't realistically meet (and is informed as much), bystanders are all barely containing their laughter or rolling their eyes as he insists that they "Take me to your leader."
* A ''Franchise/StarTrek''[=/=]''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' crossover inverts the usual human/alien roles when Logan asks Commander Spock to take him to his leader.
* In one ''WoodyWoodpecker'' comic, Woody dresses up as an alien to play a prank on Splinter and Knothead. However, they find out and decide to prank him back... and then a ''real'' alien appears ([[ContrivedCoincidence who happens to look just like Woody's costume)]]. His main line is "TakeMeToYourLeader", repeated in vain as the woodpecker kids expose him to a HumiliationConga. Finally he gets fed up and escapes, but runs into Woody who is exhilarated that he gets to meet a real alien with the fame and fortune to follow, and offer to take him to his leader. However, the alien has had enough.
-->- NO! I am going back to MY leader and telling him that everyone on Earth is BONKERS!
* Luke [[http://images.plurk.com/87286a795d18e3df063394ab3c9948a0.jpg once]] tells the extremely friendly Zeltrons this in MarvelStarWars.
* "Far Out Friend", an ''ArchieComics'' story, features an alien who uses this line, although he admits it is corny.
* Played straight in Oink! when an alien met an American. The subsequent encounter with Ronald Regan led the alien to give up: a planet with a leader like that isn't worth conquering.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', Trillian has a hard time keeping a straight face when she has to say this to the Krikkiters.
** Later on, in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', a different alien lands on Earth and asks to be taken to their ''lizard''.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
** Luke says this in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', though not to aliens.
** ''[[FateOfTheJedi Fate of the Jedi: Conviction]]'', after Han blasts open a door lock, then stuns the guards inside:
-->'''Han Solo''': ''Take me to your leader. [[WeComeinPeaceShoottoKill We come in peace]].''
-->'''Leia''': ''Han.''
-->'''Han Solo''': ''Sorry, Leia. [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat Sometimes I can't help myself]].''
* In ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Protector]]'', by Creator/LarryNiven, the alien whom Nick Sohl and Luke Garner meet on Mars says this to them. The twist: the alien is [[spoiler: a human asteroid miner, Jack Brennan, who has accidentally been transformed into a human version of a Pak Protector]].
* In ''Calculating God'', the trope is played with: the aliens arrive and say "Take me to your geologists." They are looking for evidence of behavior of the god they believe in, and could care less about who's in charge locally, except as it concerns the geological evidence they are looking for.
* In "The Twilight Zone" episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" a crazy-eyed man says this to a jukebox that had spontaneously started playing music while police officers are searching for an alien. The jukebox of course [[spoiler: ends up being an illusion CREATED by an alien, and not an alien itself.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf'', "Rimmerworld":
--> '''Lister:''' This is going to sound like a bit of a corny line, but... I can hardly bring myself to say it.
-->'''Rimmer-Clone:''' Say what?
-->'''Lister:''' "Take us to your leader."
--> '''Kryten:''' Oh, sir, how ''could'' you?!
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Voyage of the Damned", The Doctor says this phrase, then says "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat".
** In fact, he has done it before in "Aliens of London" as he greets UNIT soldiers gathered around the TARDIS waiting for him. Of course, everyone involved in the former scene is an alien, and that was the Ninth Doctor anyway.
** Used by the Fourth Doctor back in the classic series, after threatening someone with a "deadly jelly-baby" didn't work out - not because they didn't buy it, but because they told him to kill the man he was threatening. The Doctor eats the jelly-baby and tells them he doesn't take orders from anyone.
** Glitz prefaces this with an "I can't believe I'm saying this" in "Trial of a Time Lord".
** The Eleventh Doctor in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", to Rory's disgust. "Too good to resist."
* Brother Cavil in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' does that when he is outed as a Cylon Spy. They take him to the brig instead.
--> (After having several guns pointed at him.) Well, this is an awkward moment. ({{Beat}}) Yes, uh, he's right, I am a Cylon. And I have a message, so.... take me to your leader.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''LegendOfTheSeeker''. Kahlan has approached a D'Haran prison disguised as a Mord-Sith who has captured the Seeker:
--> '''Kahlan:''' Take me to your warden.
* Played straight in an episode of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', where a representative of the [[RobotWar Consensus of Parts]] says this to Hunt and the crew. The kicker is, the only reason he said that was because he thought that's what aliens are ''supposed to say'' to humans upon meeting them first.
** Also subverted in that the Consensus is not actually looking for the ship's captain. They're looking for the ship's [=AI=], as they consider organics to be inferior beings.
* Jack O'Neill of ''Series/StargateSG1'' uses this sometimes. Inverted in that he's a human speaking to aliens on their own planet. There's also an element of IAlwaysWantedToSayThat to it.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In ''Recon'' Sawyer delivers this line to Widmore's people as a deliberate mock-up.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' when a species called the Sorsons arrive on Earth and make this request, TIM mentions that the Sorsons have been [[AliensStealCable monitoring Earth broadcasts for a long time]] and are aware of the cliché:
--> '''TIM:''' The Sorsons are not without a sense of humour.
* Inverted and lampshaded in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce''. When a new "[[HumanAliens alien]]" teammate arrives, Troy tells him it's time they took him to their leader. Jake cracks up at the "classic alien move line".
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[[folder:Music]]
* Spoofed by Music/TomLehrer in "Whatever Became of Hubert?":
-->''"We must protest this treatment, Hubert!"''
-->''Says each newspaper reader;''
-->''As someone once remarked to Schubert,''
-->''"Take us to your Lieder!"''
-->... (Sorry about that!)
* The band Hanzel und Gretyl released a song called "Take Me To Your Leader". The music video uses a lot of scenes from old 1950's sci-fi flicks.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''BloomCounty'' comic sees an alien step out of a spaceship and demand Opus take him to his leader. It's an election year, however, and as Opus lists off the candidates, the alien eventually gets so exasperated that he climbs back in his ship and leaves.
** Another appearance is in Berkeley Breathed's next strip ''Outland''. This time, after summarizing the candidates, Opus instead directs the alien to Bill the Cat.
* ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
-->'''Alien:''' Take us to the Supreme Earth Potentate.
-->'''Calvin:''' Uh..Um...Speaking.
* In an early ''Comicstrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip, long before it became exclusively office humor, [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1991-02-24/ aliens ask Dogbert to take them to his leader]]. Dogbert asks them to specify what kind of leader: spiritual, economic, political, or military? They choose political, so Dogbert asks: city, county, state, federal, or world political leader? They choose world, only for Dogbert to tell them that Earth doesn't ''have'' a world leader. In the end, he directs them to a grocery store that claims to be the ''price leader''...
* Parodied in one early ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip. Garfield is playing with his food (which Jon tells him is for eating). As part of that, he puts tomatoes over his eyes, a lime in his mouth and celery stalks on his ears, and holds a banana in each hand as he says, "Take me to your leader, earthling, or I'll atomize your face."
** This whole scene, "leader" and all, is seen in animated form in ''[[GarfieldSpecials Here Comes Garfield]]''.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Lunar 2]]''. Although she looks perfectly human and is not from very far away, Lucia arrives in the beginning of the game as an alien on a mission to meet with the local divinity, the Goddess Althena. Hiro is the first person she meets, and she calmly but immediately demands he take her to see the goddess.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Implied in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0553.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* Spoofed in [[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20051228.html this]] ''WebComic/EvilInc.'' strip.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' the first time an alien ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-09-03 or not?]]) appears in person:
--> '''William''': [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-08-27 Greetings! Can you take me to your Tedd?]]
* An "alien" in ''{{mezzacotta}}'' [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=2011-07-24 either]] mixed up her messages or chose to skip formalities and get straight to [[AliensStealCattle the business]].
* In ''Webcomic/XkcdTime'', the Beanie People bring Cueball and Megan to their leader, primarily because their leader is the only one around who speaks (a little of) the visitors' language.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', during the 1996 elections, the aliens ask this and are informed that America may be switching leaders soon. This gives the aliens an idea, and they abduct and replace both Clinton and Dole.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''. When LittleGreenMen land in Garfield's backyard, they say this, and Garfield replies "I didn't know aliens really said that!"
* In the ''[[PixarShorts Mater's Tall Tales]]'' episode "Unidentified Flying Mater", [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]] meets a FlyingSaucer who asks "Take me to your leaders". Mater then takes him to his ''liters'' of motor oil.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the cast, along with [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]], meets with a tribe of Martians. When one of them introduces himself as tribe chief, Zapp's reply is this line.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''; during the Moon Mice arc, Gibney and Cloyd tell Rocky about how Mr. Big conquered the Moon and forced the Moon-men to build giant metal-munching mice. When a Moon-man said, "Let me guess, you want us to take you to our leader?" Mr. Big answered, "Don't be silly. I ''am'' your leader!"
* Actually played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' by Silas to Knock Out.
* An Al Brodax {{Popeye}} cartoon had Popeye, Olive and Wimpy accidentally sent to the moon on an experimental rocket. They find the moon is made of cheese and are approached by a little cheese sentry:
-->'''Popeye:''' What's ''your'' name, little fella?
-->'''Sentry:''' Krantz, captain of the guards.
-->'''Popeye:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun Takes me to your leader, Krantz!]]
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[[folder:Other]]
* Made fun of in this joke:
-->Two aliens land in a godforsaken part of Earth, walk around a bit and find a small gas station. It's night, and no human is around. The aliens mistake the gas pump for a kind of robot and commands: "TakeMeToYourLeader!" The pump, of course, says nothing. The alien again threatens: "I said, take me to your leader!" The pump still isn't impressed. Now the alien gets angry: "If you don't take me to your leader right now, I'll shoot you with my laser!" But the other alien gets nervous: "I wouldn't mess with that guy... better be nice." The first alien isn't doesn't care and points his laser at the pump: "Now take me to your leader, or I'll shoot you!" The other alien panics and runs away. Since the pump does nothing, the first alien shoots, and the gas station [[StuffBlowingUp goes BOOM]]. By a sheer miracle, the alien survives. He asks his companion "How did you know that would happen?" - "I didn't", the other one replies. "But if I see a guy who can stick his dick in his ear, I surely don't mess with him!"
* One FunTShirt spoofs shows a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] smoking a joint with the words: TAKE ME TO YOUR DEALER.
* According to TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, officers that are P.O.W.s can demand to speak to an enemy commanding officer (usually of equal rank), such as to bargain with their captors about their treatment.
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