->''"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 JustForFun/HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet.



[[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.
* Parodied in ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet''. When Ledo arrives on Earth, he can't speak the local language and must rely on his ship's AI to act as a translator. The AI informs him that "I have requested an audience with their commander."
* Japanese culture actually has its own equivalent of this phrase: "We are aliens" (''"Wareware ha uchuujin da"''), usually said with some kind of distorting voice mask.
** ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': Nyarko says this (while gently tapping her throat to provide the distortion) in the first episode of the TV series.
** ''Manga/TouhouBougetsushou'': Princess Kaguya says it while [[BreatheOnTheFan Breathing on the Fan]] in Chapter 2.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': The first ending theme contains the line, immediately followed by "We are Earthlings" (''"Wareware wa chikyuujin da"'').

* ''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 ''ComicBook/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.
* ''ComicBook/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/XMen'' crossover inverts the usual human/alien roles when Logan asks Commander Spock to take him to his leader.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/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 offers 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 ComicBook/MarvelStarWars.
* "Far Out Friend", an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story, features an alien who uses this line, although he admits it is corny.
* Played straight in ''ComicBook/{{Oink}}'' when an alien met an American. The subsequent encounter with Ronald Reagan led the alien to give up: a planet with a leader like that isn't worth conquering.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Mentioned in passing in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier''; apparently it's a tired old cliche in [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram Kerbal]] popular fiction as well, and Bill jokingly ([[VitriolicBestBuds probably]]) threatens to make Jeb walk home if he can't come up with something better to say if they do make FirstContact now they've reached another solar system. [[spoiler: They do, and he does.]]
* From ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] and the Planet of Lesbians''.
-->Proton sighed, raised his hands, and gave the Authorised FirstContact Protocol of the Patrol Fleet of the Incorporated Planets. "OK [[LadyLand dolls]]. Take me to your leader."


* 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.
* In ''Dentist on the Job'' two men infiltrating a military lab pretend to have a conversation to act casually, one of them says this. An odd example in that neither of them is an extraterrestrial, just trespassers.
* ''Film/ReignOfFire''. A convoy of heavily-armed Americans turn up and [[AggressiveNegotiations points their guns at the settlement]]. Their leader shouts out to the settlement, "WHO'S IN CHARGE?" Creedy looks at Quinn, saying; "[[GotVolunteered Well that would be you then.]]"
* ''Film/IronSky''. The Moon Nazis bring their prisoner, celebrity astronaut James Washington, to Earth to get their hands on computers that aren't the size of an entire room. After landing in the United States they demand that Washington take them to the President.
-->'''Washington:''' I thought I'd just take you to a Mac store.

* ''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.
** ''[[Literature/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/{{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.]]
* In the short novel ''Literature/TheLibrarian'' (2015), the people who have an alien in custody are talking about figuring out his intentions. One points out, "he asked to talk to his wife, not to 'take him to our leader'."
* Discussed in Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/AgentToTheStars''. When first meeting [[StarfishAliens Joshua]], Tom wonders why the [[BlobMonster Yherjak]] haven't followed this trope by landing next to the White House and asking to speak to the President. Joshua explains that it was their original intention until they arrived in Earth's orbit and started [[AliensStealCable picking up our signals]] and learning that humans have an appalling number of movies featuring "evil aliens", some of which look like the Yherjak. After spending decades brushing up on Earth's culture (mostly gleamed from Hollywood films and TV shows), they sent Joshua to contact Tom's boss, so that he finds an agent (Tom) to prepare humanity to receive the Yherjak with open arms despite their appearance and smell.

[[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?!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Used by the Fourth Doctor 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 Ninth Doctor uses it in "Aliens of London" as he greets UNIT soldiers gathered around the TARDIS waiting for him.
** The Tenth Doctor uses it in the story "Voyage of the Damned", and follows up with "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat".
** The Eleventh Doctor in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", to Rory's disgust. "Too good to resist."
* In the recent slew of ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Saturday Night Live's]]'' lampooning of Donald Trump, there was the sketch "Alien Attack Cold Open". When aliens attack the United States, Trump won't actually do his job as president and just keeps gloating about him having defeated Hillary in the election. Then the aliens arrives declaring they won and their leader tells this line to Trump. Trump, panicking over what to do, declares the general to his left as the President.
* Brother Cavil in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' 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 ''Series/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".
* An alien on ''Series/SpittingImage'' said this to British politicians David Owen and David Steel.
-->'''David Owen:''' Well, now, that's a bit tricky. If you could wait until after the next election...
* ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian'': When Uncle Martin needs to see Tim's boss urgently.
-->I never thought I would say this, Tim, but... take me to your leader.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Inverted in "Powerplay" when Servalan (the President of the Terran Federation) is on the spaceship of a neutral species. Tired of how everyone is giving her the runaround, she puts her foot down and demands that their leader [[RefugeInAudacity be brought to her immediately]]. It works.
* Averted in ''Series/TheGoodies''. Big Bunny plans to TakeOverTheWorld with an invasion of super-intelligent rabbits from the Moon. So he teaches his vanguard to speak the only rabbit words that humans will respect. [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny "Ehhhh, what's up, Doc?"]]

* Spoofed by Music/TomLehrer in "Whatever Became of Hubert?", on ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'':
-->''"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.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''ComicStrip/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]]''.

* 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.

* 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 ''Webcomic/{{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.

[[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 ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Mater's Tall Tales]]'' episode "Unidentified Flying Mater", [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]] meets a FlyingSaucer who asks "Take me to your leaders". Mater then [[VisualPun takes him to his]] ''[[VisualPun liters]]'' [[VisualPun 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!"
** In the very first episode, Rocky and Bullwinkle arrive from the moon via makeshift rocket, and various diplomats believe them to be moon people.
-->'''Rocky:''' Bullwinkle, they think we're moon people.
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' They do? Then, take me to your president!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' Silas tells Knock Out this line in Season 2's "The Human Factor". Ironically, it's a human asking this line to an alien robot in Nevada. Knock Out agrees to have Silas meet Megatron, and then Megatron [[spoiler: pins Silas to a dissection table]].
* An Al Brodax WesternAnimation/{{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!]]
* A non-alien variation in the ''Young Samson & Goliath'' episode "Salamandro". When Samson captures one of the villain Salamandro's {{Mooks}}, he tells him "Take me to your leader" (i.e. Salamandro).
* Said by the [[CaptainErsatz Zod expy alien]] in ''Series/MenInBlack'' episode "The Supermen in Black Syndrome", then he smiles at the camera.
* A bumper from ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' show had Ringo confronted by a little alien who floats to earth.
-->'''Alien:''' Take...me...to...your...leader.\\
'''Ringo:''' (''doubling over laughing'') "Take me to your leader?" You must be kidding with ''that'' old line! (''Angered, the alien uses a ray gun to zap and shrink Ringo to tiny size; to the camera'') Now here's a word from ''our'' leader.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': In "The Swimming Pool", Barney jokingly says this after spooking Wilma with his spear-fishing suit.

* 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 shows a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] [[EverybodyMustGetStoned smoking a joint]] with the words: TAKE ME TO YOUR DEALER.
* According to UsefulNotes/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.