Chancellor Gorkon: I offer a toast. The undiscovered country...the future.
Everyone: The undiscovered country.
Spock: Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.
Chancellor Gorkon: You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him In the Original Klingon.An alien character (or an entire race) who is shown to enjoy specific things relating to human culture. A direct subtrope of Alien Arts Are Appreciated, when it's the aliens who like human culture. Perhaps it's a certain food, or a certain activity. When played straight, this can be used to allow an alien character and a human to bond, showing that they are Not So Different. Or this can be Played for Laughs, when an alien who has little grasp of human culture and social conventions suddenly shows themself very aware of a certain pop culture element, or addicted to some human activity the viewer would not think them capable of grasping. This doesn't have to be precisely limited to aliens, as the trope can also apply with any race, species, or society that have a culture which is otherwise very different from humans. May have been a consequence of Aliens Steal Cable. Compare Fan of the Past, which can serve a similar narrative purpose. Related to Germans Love David Hasselhoff. Can sometimes lead to Going Native. Compare Alien Catnip when the subject is actually addictive. See also No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture.
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Anime and Manga
- In Death Note, the Death God Ryuk has a strange addiction to apples. Though apples do exist in the Death God world, they're just dry and taste like sand. The Shinigami King is also bribed with two apples per Death Note.
- Mephisto Pheles from Blue Exorcist is an otaku.
- In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, pretty much every alien is a fan of Earth's entertainment media, to the point where the Planetary Defense Organization had to set limits on exports and treats smuggling as a serious crime. Nyarko herself is a giant Anime and Toku fangirl who loves quoting things like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and performing Kamen Rider poses.
- This shows up in Sensui's backstory in YuYu Hakusho. Sensui, who believed that all demons are inherently evil, was about to execute Itsuki, a demon, but allowed him to make a last request. Itsuki asked Sensui to let him live long enough to see the finale of his favorite TV show. Sensui was so shocked to see such a human attribute in a demon that he reconsidered his Black and White Morality.
- In Fate/Zero, the Rider Heroic Spirit Alexander the Great turns out to really enjoy video games, much to his Master's surprise.
- The various Dragons of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid inevitably find themselves attracted to various odd areas of life on Earth. Of particular note is Fafnir, who becomes rapidly engrossed in a Dark Souls style video game, and soon Otaku culture in general. The implied reason is that Fafnir is especially obsessed with hoarding treasure, even by Dragon standards, and dungeon-crawler video games help feed into that obsession.
- The Martian Manhunter is known for his love - sometimes bordering on addiction - of Oreo (or occasionally Choco) cookies. He picked up the taste from Captain Marvel (at the time, they played with Marvel having personality traits of his 10-year-old "Billy Batson" alter ego).
- Xavin from Runaways has said that Starbucks is Earth's greatest achievement.
- Not just Earth's, but the entire galaxy's. And considering that it's the Marvel Universe (so most of the planets are somewhat inhabited), that's high praise.
- An early Fantastic Four story revealed that a bunch of shapeshifting Skrulls became so enamored with 1920s gangster culture, they themed an entire planet after it. Caused some severe Mind Screw for the heroes themselves when they visited.
- Power Pack has Aelfyre Whitemane, who fell in love with Earth literature, and Kofi Whitemane, who is particularly fond of Earth food.
- A demon was laying in wait for Doctor Strange. To pass the time, it listened to the Synchronicity album by The Police.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: An early issue of vol. 2 has Rocket Raccoon stating a fondness for Ebay. After all, how else is he supposed to get the DVDs of his favourite shows?
- He also has great knowledge of Earth's heroes, particularly the Avengers and the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Several Asgardian's of The Mighty Thor comicbook family expressed extreme fondness of Game of Thrones. Up to thinking that one of the worst things about the afterlife is that it limits access to new episodes.
- Captain Kanril Eleya of Bait and Switch has a taste for certain Klingon foods (though she considers gagh gross), and has been seen playing a holonovel based on 21st-century Earth science fiction (the Star Carrier books, specifically). In The Wrong Reflection it's revealed that she has posters on her old bedroom wall for The Fifth Element and Mass Effect 2. Asked by her operations officer-slash-boyfriend Gaarra why she likes Earth sci-fi, she shoots back with why does he like Trill mystery novels.
- Reimagined Enterprise:
- Cardassians love George Orwell, used to explain the inconsistencies in stated Cardassian history in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—it was subject to an Orwellian Editor—and the use of Orwellian themes in the famous "There are four lights" scene from TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II".
- The Trope Namer is also explored, with the Klingons first discovering Shakespeare on a data disk they accidentally pilfered from the Enterprise while taking prisoners. A season later, we learn the new regime has been distributing Shakespeare's collected works throughout the Empire under the guise of being rediscovered traditional Klingon literature.
- Legacy of ch'Rihan has an offhand mention that the Romulans developed a taste for tomatoes after they got their hands on some when they were allied to the Federation during the Dominion War.
- During the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fic A Bit of Imperative, a curious Kyubey tries playing Call of Duty and finds it "rather interesting".
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Through The Eyes Of Another Pony: The protagonist gets Princess Luna hooked on playing Angry Birds on his smartphone. She also ends up loving comedic YouTube movies, such as Red vs. Blue, or My Little Pony Fan Vids.
- Ponyville, USA: The main six ponies, who ended up on Earth, find themselves enjoying human films, video games and board games.
Films — Animated
- Lilo & Stitch: Pleakley is shown to be a huge fanatic on the cultures of Earth. He was shown to like mosquitoes, until he got bitten by a swarm of them. He also loved wearing women's clothing from Earth.
Films — Live-Action
- In Meet Joe Black, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death develops an intense love of peanut butter during his time as a human.
- The Prawns in District 9 love cat food, which affects them as a drug.
- Pretty much the entire premise of Paul. Justified though as Paul is the source of most of the late 20th century pop culture.
- The titular alien from Starman goes into a near orgasmic joy over Dutch apple pie.
- The entire plot of Galaxy Quest revolves around a species of aliens who became tech savvy fanboys of a Star Trek-like show (which they viewed as real), built a real model of the show's ship, and enlist the cast to help fight against a galactic tyrant.
- The Klingon Big Bad of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country spends most of the movie quoting Shakespeare, much to McCoy's annoyance.
- Star Trek Beyond. Jaylah quite enjoys the repetitive beat and shouting of 'classical' human hip-hop (Public Enemy, to be precise) music (Scotty, not so much). Likewise Spock has no problem quoting Shakespeare to McCoy's annoyance, but he's half-human anyway.
- Michael is about the Archangel Michael taking a vacation on Earth and getting to love various aspects of human culture. He seems to prize sugar the most of all.
- Guardians of the Galaxy:
- In the first film, Peter "Star-Lord" Quill's 70s & 80s music is surprisingly popular; Gamora admits to appreciating it when he shares one song with her, a guard at the Kyln steals Peter's Walkman to enjoy the music himself, and Groot is shown dancing to it in the credits. Come Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Rocket apparently has become a big fan too, setting up a song to play before multiple big fights, even when Peter himself thinks its a bad idea to be focusing on setting up a speaker.
- Zigzagged with Yondu in the first film, who absolutely adores an Earth troll doll... but this is more because he's a Collector of the Strange who loves collecting silly little statuettes like that anyway.
- The Hokas in stories by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson are an ancient and noble alien race that just happen to look like teddy bears. They love human literature but can't quite seem to grasp that fiction isn't real. As a result they often act out scenes from famous books, with comically chaotic results.
- In Poul Anderson's Polesotechnic League stories, David Falkayn's associate, the alien Adzel (who looks like a large centauroid dragon), is a Buddhist (which naturally he learned about from humans). He spent some time on Earth studying human culture.
- Fondness for human religion seems to be a thing among Adzel's people. There is another one who is a wandering Catholic mendicant later on.
- On Avalon Humans and Ythrians live side by side and exchange customs. Some Ythrians develop a fondness for drink.
- In David Brin's Uplift series, poetry composed by Uplifted Dolphins is one of the most sought after artforms in the Milky Way.
- Played for Laughs in Animorphs- Ax and other Andalites don't have a sense of taste when in their normal forms, but can become crazy trying to eat things when in human morph, and needs to repeatedly be told what is and is not food, such as cigarette butts and food that's on the floor. In the final book it mentions that Andalites sometimes vacation on Earth just so that they can become humans for a while and try Cinnabuns. (Buns. Bunzzzz...) It's also mentioned that they start to share some of their most heavily classified technology... in exchange for the humans putting a Krispy Kreme on the Andalite homeworld.
- Which doubles as a Brick Joke, as Ax asserted that this was certain to happen during one of his point-of-view books earlier in the series.
- Ax is also fond of TV, particularly soap operas and These Messages.
- As indicated by the Verbal Tic, Andalites also enjoy playing with vocalizations while in human shape, as their normal method of communication is telepathy. Speech is an exotic art form for Andalites.
- Runs in the family, Ax's older brother was quite fond of Human Automobiles (The Mustang, in particular) and music (He loved the Honky Tonk Blues) and espoused about how free he felt driving the former while listening to the latter as he drove down the Taxxon world.
- Visser One and Ax both independently thought Star Trek was Based on a True Story. Ax was perplexed about how humans were aware of one real alien race where the female's Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism looked exactly like the Klingons, though he Spots the Thread when the film gets space travel wrong because True FTL is impossible. That same fact years earlier spooked Visser One into almost not invading Earth at all, because she thought Humans were capable of true FTL, which would make them able to defend against the yeerks. It should be pointed out that Ax later states that Humans are the only race he encounters that are bipeds, so he may have been trying to be funny about the Klingons.
- In the Harry Potter series, Arthur Weasley's love for Muggle culture seems to be patterned after this trope. He is fascinated by Muggles and how they can survive without magic and desperately tries to understand how technology works by disassembling muggle devices and enchanting them.
- The satyrs Newel and Doren in Fablehaven love TV—they're technically not supposed to watch it, but they have a portable TV and Seth smuggles them batteries. They also later fall in love with human junk food, to the point of using "FRITO-LAAAAY!" as a battle cry.
- A terrestrial example: In The Destroyer, Master Chiun profoundly despises everything from
the Westanywhere but Korea, with one big exception: sappy American TV soap operas. He says to Remo it's "the only worthwhile thing your culture has ever produced".
- In Way Station, Ulysses is a member of species that adapt to almost anything, can digest almost anything, but he considers well-prepared coffee to be the best food in the entire known universe.
- In Sergey Lukyanenko's The Stars Are Cold Toys, one insectoid alien race loves art. They especially love landscapes drawn by human artists. Any landscapes. There is a huge team of artists on Earth that essentially draws the same trees in the forest, over and over and over. They try to actually put some artistic inspiration into it, but it's actually not necessary, since the aliens in question appreciate more the paint's structure, the brush strokes and so on. Selling those landscapes is a large part of Earth's income (But then again, humanity is like Indians in this setting)
- Many alien species in the Young Wizards series love chocolate. In fact, getting chocolate is the primary reason behind most alien abductions.
- One of the novels has two aliens enjoying a teen girl fashion magazine: the walking tree likes it because of the eye searing colors it contains, and the giant centipede enjoys the flavors of the inks and paper the magazine is made from.
- In The Dresden Files, Harry is able to compel minor Faeries, and eventually win over an entire cadre of the little folk to become his staunch allies, largely by trading upon their passionate love of pizza.
- In John Ringo's Troy Rising series:
- Initially, the only product Earth has to offer that an alien species is willing to buy is maple syrup... and for the aliens in question the syrup is like a fine malt whiskey mixed with heroin.
- Later in the series, Vernon uses his funds to buy up the rights to a lot of older movies, particularly westerns and war films, which he broadcasts to other races, with whom they prove to be popular.
- In The Ship Who Sang there is one instance where the titular ship transported a group of Shakespeare players to perform Romeo and Juliet for an alien race who resemble methane breathing jellyfish in exchange for a new power generation technology. And did I mention that they needed to transfer their brainwaves to alien bodies to perform?
- The entire premise of Year Zero is this: Earth music is the best in the universe. Extraterrestrials respect other planets' laws. Therefore, over the past few decades, aliens have racked up an exorbitant debt in copyright infringement fees and some of the more unscrupulous races want to wipe out the debt by wiping out the planet.
- Transformers Cybertron: The textstory "Force of Habit," has the Decepticon sharpshooter Hardtop. He's a fan of comics, collecting many from earth, and other organic planets. When the 'cons are beaten at the end of the story, they're left on a planet awaiting rescue, so he starts handing them comics for them to read (though insisting they don't get skidmarks or crease them). Runamuck admits they aren't that bad.
- In the Confederation of Valor series, the H'san apparently think humans are cool because we're the only species in the galaxy to develop cheese.
- Temeraire: Laurence discovers- much to his surprise- that dragons like human music, and some of the more intelligent ones can critique artworks.
- Star Trek Novel Verse: In one Trek novel, it turns out that the Klingons consider ultra-violent 80s-style action movies like Rambo and The Terminator to be the funniest comedies ever made.
- Star City: Most Ba'ren on Earth Mission are obsessed with, or at least want to learn more about, human cultures.
- In the Foreigner series poker has become popular among the alien atevi. Given that the atevi are extremely good at both card counting and calculating probabilities they're much better at it than humans.
Very popular among atevi is the human game of darts, though the atevi have no natural advantage at the game like they do with poker.
- The alien Race in Harry Turtledove's World War series become addicted to ginger. It's like a combination of heroin and methamphetamine to them—incredibly addictive, and it gives them a libido.
- In This Immortal, the Vegans love Coca Cola, especially the recently rediscovered original recipe.
- EarthCent Ambassador: For some bizarre reason human kitchen utensils and appliances are very popular with aliens, most of whom can't even use them for their intended purpose (they're mainly treated as objets d'art). There's a plot thread in the first book of Kelly trying to crack down on subpar counterfeits that are giving legitimate vendors a bad name.
- The Klingon Institutes' translation of Hamlet into Klingon actually had a preface describing how Hamlet reads to a Klingon—and actually makes a pretty good case that Klingons would enjoy the play, if they were allowed to read the play as something different than what traditional human audiences read it as.
Live Action TV
- Star Trek shows provide examples:
- Klingons love Shakespeare, and his works have been translated into the Klingon language. The only exception is Romeo and Juliet, so they presumably do enjoy his various farces and romantic comedies.
- Worf in particular is an avid drinker of prune juice, which he calls a warrior's drink. Played With in that Worf, who was orphaned at a young age, has probably spent more time among humans than with his biological parents' culture.
- Klingons also seem to like coffee to the point of having adapted their own version of it (which is also drunk by some humans, coming full circle).
- Odo enjoys Kayaking as well as Mickey Spillane novels.
- The Ferengi on Deep Space Nine enjoy various human foods. Rom loves sausage and pancakes. Nog enjoys Root Beer. Quark disapproves of it, calling it a "cloying, bubbly, sickly sweet force bent on corrupting the core of Ferengi culture," but admits that if you drink enough of it, you come to enjoy it. He notes that this is precisely the case with the Federation.
- One minor plot arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has Garak exploring Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Initially, he finds it to pretty much be a farce, as his own Cardassian culture (which is much more reptilian in nature) features betrayals as a matter of course, and the fact that Caesar couldn't figure out that Brutus was the betrayer until the assassination itself bewildered Garak. He later revised his opinion, however, as he gained more understanding for the culture that produced the work.
- The same episode has Bashir admit that the driving literature movement among Humans is adapting Alien Literature to a human setting.
- Another episode has Garak enjoy the fable of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" but he did disagree with two points. First he thought the Aesop was incorrect (rather than "If you always lie, no one will believe you when you tell the truth" should be "Never tell the same lie twice") and that while it has merit as a story, the fate of the boy makes the tale wholly unsuitable for a children's story.
- Vulcans, or at least Spock, seem to have a working knowledge of Earth history. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Spock quoted an old Vulcan proverb: "Only Nixon can go to China."
- In the episode 'Carbon Creek' from Star Trek: Enterprise has a Vulcan who liked to watch TV; namely, "I Love Lucy".
- On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a whole episode revolves around Vulcans enjoying Baseball, which is actually becoming an Obscure Sport on Earth. It could be that Vulcans love the sport for the same reason it's the Game of Nerds... but the episode largely implies that the Vulcan Captain who introduced it to his fellow Vulcan crew was only doing so because he and Sisko have a rivalry and he wanted an opportunity to beat Sisko at his own beloved game and rub his face in it. The rest of the crew start to take a shine to it, particularity Odo, who was asked to be the Umpire and by the time of the game could quote line and verse the rule book to Sisko, and Rom, despite being terrible (A case of Irony as She Is Cast, as the actor playing Rom actually had a minor league career and was quite good... if you watch carefully, he's fielding and batting with his left hand, which the actor ad-libbed so he wouldn't out play his character's ability).
- Saturday Night Live's Coneheads are fond of American culture, and humanity in general, to the point of pretending that Earth has an incredibly powerful defense laser network and faking their own death so as to stay here instead of invading. Their daughter, on the other hand, was born and raised here, and she absolutely hates her parent's homeworld.
- They especially like beer, which they drink a six-pack of at a time.
- In the film, the immigration officer's sycophantic assistant ends up stranded on their homeworld as a slave. He seems to be very comfortable in his new role as sycophantic assistant to the alien overlord.
- Stargate SG-1:
- Teal'c is stoic, and easily confused by English language proverbs and metaphors and the most basic of human customs. He is also an avid fan of Star Wars, which he has watched 9 times in his first 5 years on Earth. In fact, when someone mentions an immaculate conception, he immediately thinks of Darth Vader. He is also a fan of Die Hard - knowing the films well enough to recognize John McClane by name, humorously pointing this out when Daniel Jackson (Earthling, born and bred) completely misses the reference. In one episode he is shown to really enjoy his ice cream. He also plays DefJam Vendetta. This is a reference to Teal'c actor, Christopher Judge, being a voice actor on the game.
- Vala Mal Doran is a fan of The Wizard of Oz, Gilligan's Island and Farscape (the latter being an Actor Allusion).
- Ba'al, the final System Lord left alive by season 9 and 10, grows rather fond of human culture after he spent some time living incognito on Earth. He drops the deep Goa'uld voice except when he's trying to be intimidating, starts dressing in more casual clothes, and when he finally does invade Earth he offers humanity an alliance instead.
- Stargate Atlantis:
- Ronnon Dex is shown to be initially puzzled by but later entertained by golf after being introduced to it by Sheppard. He also likes movies, particularly violent ones. He expresses an interest in seeing Alien after hearing about how much it scared his Earth-born friends, although he also watched Blades of Glory due to misinterpreting the title (ice skating was apparently not a thing on his homeworld).
- Teyla and her popcorn is another example from Stargate Atlantis.
- Babylon 5 has some interesting examples among the alien ambassadors.
- Ambassador Delenn reads Earther news publications because she finds it's a better source of relevant information than her own government sources, even when dealing with matters from her own home world. Admittedly, this is more a comment on the controlling and secretive Minbari culture than on her humanophilia...but then, she does end up becoming part-human and marrying John Sheridan. Truth in Television in that monitoring the foreign press is a major task for diplomats and spies: understanding the locals' perception of one's own government can yield critical information.
- G'Kar is shown to enjoy a smattering of human culture (especially human women), along with a smattering of pretty much everybody else's culture, too. At one point, he Stock Quotes the W.B. Yeats poem "The Second Coming" to N'Toth, commenting that "Humans are wiser than we suspected."
- He also enjoys Swedish Meatballs, but mainly because they are almost exactly the same as a Narn dish called breen. It seems nearly every race has a dish that looks and tastes like Swedish meatballs.
- Vir becomes very fond of Shirley Temples when he is driven to drink.
- Inverted by Ambassador Mollari, who in one scene rants about the baffling lyrics to the 'hokey pokey', and in another disses country and western music. He also despises Reebo and Zooty, but eventually comes around. Of course, a lot of humans don't really get Reebo and Zooty, and Mollari freely admits that humans have produced a lot of great art, particularly music (he seems to really like music in general).
- In Angel, Lorne is a demon who was accidentally sucked through an interdimensional portal to Earth, where he immediately fell in love with show tunes, flash, and showbiz culture. On his world, music is actually considered a kind of terrifying aberration and causes most demons from his dimension to suffer physical pain. When he first got to our world, having never heard music before, he was so fascinated that he opened a karaoke bar. Of course, it turned out that his species could read a person's future from their singing, but he was the first to realise.
Lorne: You know, ordinarily I handle bad news really well. I just drown my sorrows in an iced cold gin and tonic, little squeeze of lime. Except for they don't have them here!
- His species does have dancing, though. It's...not very good. note
- Upon having been transported to his home dimension:
- Doctor Who: The Doctor enjoys quite a lot about Earth culture, to the point where he's considered by his fellow Gallifreyians to have gone native.
- He enjoys a Spot of Tea as much as an actual Englishman.
- He craves various Earth sweets, ranging from jelly babies to jammy dodgers. He hates pears, though.
- He loves a number of authors, including Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and J. K. Rowling. He enjoyed Harry Potter so much that he traveled forward a few months just so that he could read Deathly Hallows before it had been published.
- The Master, on the other hand, absolutely adores the Teletubbies. "Have you seen these things? This planet is amazing! Televisions in their stomachs, now that's evolution!"
- The Master also has a fondness for The Clangers, as seen in "The Sea Devils".
- In The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sarah Jane's alien computer, Mr Smith, seems to enjoy reading celebrity gossip... and looking at dating sites.
- In the Big Finish Doctor Who story "Time of the Daleks" an alternate timeline is created where the Daleks are Shakespeare fans.
- One of the main themes of Defiance is the integration of human and Votan cultures into a single whole. As a consequence there are several examples of individuals on one side developing an affinity for some aspect of the art or culture of the other. The most prominent example is Alak Tarr, the Castithan DJ, who spins Earth oldies every afternoon.
- A very dark version is Rahm Tak, the arc villain of season 3, a Castithan officer of the Votan Collective who hates humans but loves their pop culture.
- Invoked Trope in The Orville. A technologically superior alien species have the captain and XO in their People Zoo. Being unable to get them back by force, the crew trade an archive of trashy Reality Television shows for their freedom.
- Lieutenant Commander Bortus was utterly amazed by the Claymation Rudolph The Red Nosed Raindeer and immediately got the Aesop (Kinda... he did somehow concluded that Rudolph's father wanted to euthanize him). It was established in the episode that despite the overly masculine nature of his people, Moclans do enjoy storytelling and especially literature with An Aesop. He also expresses an interested in human music, proclaiming Destiny's Child to be wise writers and nearly singing "My Heart will Go On" on Karaoke Night.
- In Traveller the Vilani (who are Transplanted Humans rather then aliens proper but Tropes Are Flexible) learn to love Terran computer design. Vilani computers are overspecialized (their computers are designed to handle one specific task) whereas Terran computers can be used to play games, talk on the net, watch videos or play music, and do accounting, all with the same operating system.
- In Teenagers from Outer Space, Earth is the only planet in the universe to have developed a teen culture.
- While most different races in Warhammer 40,000 hate each other and want to kill each other, and even the comparatively multicultural Tau Empire generally maintains a certain level of segregation between different castes and client races in order to maintain the specializations required for their unique roles, some Orkz are shown to have a fondness for various aspects of human culture. The Blood Axe clan in particular have picked up such un-orky ideas as "stealth" and "tactics" instead of just shooting everything that moves. Early editions had Stormboyz as discipline-obssessed and Putting on the Reich, while some orks actually worship the Chaos god Khorne. Beyond that, though, all Orkz, apart from the luddite Snakebitez, have an appreciation for human war machines and fancy hats and will try to capture them in working order wherever possible.
- In Exalted, this trope influences game mechanics. The pattern spiders note love calligraphy, and will respond faster to petitions that include it.
- A couple times in Mass Effect.
"It looks like... worms. Dead ones. Is that a human thing?"
- Doctor Mordin Solus is a weird case, in that he admits to having a negligible personal interest in cultural studies, but he did some Gilbert and Sullivan as part of a cross-species cultural exploration. Watch him perform his version of "Modern Major General".
- Asari love Egyptian artifacts. Especially because their own ancestors made hieroglyphs in a similar style.
- Inverted with Grunt, a krogan whose race is known to eat practically anything (something he himself admits to be willing to do) and be almost immune to food poisoning, is grossed out by the mere sight of ramen noodles and refuses to eat them.
- Grunt does enjoy other aspects of Earth culture, though. One tidbit in the game you can uncover is a peculiar interest in classical Earth literature (particularly Hemingway), and he collects action figures and plays war with them.
- An actual Shakespeare example starts in Mass Effect as an advertisement for a performance of Hamlet with an all-elcor cast. Note that elcor speak in a slow, flat monotone at all times. Emotion and tone are conveyed to Elcor with pheromones and imperceptible body language hints, and to everybody else with declarations of the tone of their next sentence before they say it. This makes the play a terrifyingly boring prospect. Although, the guy who came up with the whole idea is a human who wanted to give audiences the chance to judge Hamlet "by his deeds and not his emotions". By Mass Effect 2 it becomes a runaway hit. All fourteen hours of it.
- The all-elcor Hamlet returns in Mass Effect: Andromeda, where Jaal (an angara) says he watched the whole thing. He enjoys it, and even declares it elevated the original text.
- Cerberus Daily News revealed that there are Krogans who played American football. One of them even becoming the winning quarterback for Super Bowl CCXIX.
- For the New York Giants, no less...
- Some aliens have even converted to human religions; Turians frequently practice Zen Buddhism and Confucian beliefs, and there are recipes for dextro-based matzoh for turians and quarians who wish to join the seder meal.
- Background chatter also reveals that donuts, chocolate, and other confections have been developed for the other protein chirality, as well.
- One of the expanded universe novels revealed that Go — the ancient Chinese strategy game — is enormously popular among the Turians.
- In The Space Bar, it's noted on a number of occasions that aliens have some odd obsession with Jerry Lewis and think all of his films are hilarious and wonderful.
- Briefly mentioned in Sword of the Stars with the Tarka regarding Archilochus and to some extent Roman Catholicism. The Hivers also enjoy human fermented foodstuffs, though they get drunk off cheese rather than wine.
- The Unggoy in Halo have a black market built around human soap operas, sitcoms, and the like. This probably has more to do with them being tasked to monitor UNSC communications due to their superiority at learning things (like human languages) quickly compared to the rest of the Covenant, rather than any fondness of humanity.
- The main villain of Saints Row IV is an alien conqueror with a love of English literature, particularly the works of Shakespeare and Jane Austen. He even has Jane Austen herself preserved in his personal collection of humans. In fact, his entire planet considers Earth literature and art to be some of the finest in the universe.
- In Spacetrawler, Dmitri licenses a recipe for Russian tea cookies to an alien bakery. In the Framing Story, it's mentioned in passing that Russian tea cookies went on to become wildly popular on a number of planets.
- This turns out to be rather important in the plot, when Dmitri's resultant wealth and fame open more than a few doors — and lead him into a number of assassination attempts.
- Buck Godot: Humans were the only race in the universe to invent frozen popsicles. The idea was wildly popular, and now when humans throw a party, even their enemies will come by for dessert.
- Homestuck: Thanks to John's influence, Vriska develops a love for B-movies. Well, those featuring Nicolas Cage anyway.
- Melonpool / Zortic: A crossover between these comics takes place on a space station, in which the crews of both comics' Cool Ships wait in a long line of alien fanboys to see the latest Star Wars movie. Although the definition of "latest" turned out to vary.
- Imagion has an interesting take. Aside from the humans on the crew of the titular space ship, Earth has yet to develop space travel. However, the galactic community DOES pick up on our culture through observation, with galactic trade centers even selling Earth anime and video games. This is why so many aliens drop Earth pop culture references. Glen and Roy are bird-like aliens who are huge Otaku and often get into debates on nerd culture while sparring, at one point arguing over whether the Master Sword or the Four Sword from The Legend of Zelda was stronger while trading blows. The fishman alien Ezida has a love of showtunes and sings them in his head as a (very effective) form of Psychic Static. The non-oxygen-breathing feline-like chef on the ship, Matt, is shown to enjoy cooking Earth cuisine (supposedly because cooking is a much more complex art form on Earth), but can't eat Earth food due to his species having a different chemical makeup. Despite never having had the chance to taste any Earth food he cooks, the Earthlings aboard the ship say he's quite the Supreme Chef.
- The Jenkinsverse has Krrkktnkk A'ktnnzzik'tk, an alien who isn't equipped to adequately pronounce anything resembling a human language, but who is a big fan of classical music, Jackie Chan films, and Star Trek.
- Early on after moving to Cimbrean, Ava recommends the clanless Gaoian Gyotin to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. A few years later he is Grandfather Gyotin of the clan Starmind, a Gaoian buddhist order.
- Human culture is universally appreciated. While the rest of the galaxy has their own cultural output, human culture is much broader, and every species can find an aspect they enjoy, be it food, music, philosophy, literature, or swearing.
- In Futurama, the aliens of Omicron Persei 8 love 20th century human sitcoms, going to war with humanity over missing the finale of Single Female Lawyer. (Then again, they go to war over lots of things...)
- Zoidberg's species love of anchovies was so great it caused the anchovies' extinction, though the way it's presented, it seems more a full-fledged addiction.
- Inverted when the team discovers "Popplers" a mysterious substance from an unknown planet which manages to fuel a global addiction and phenomenon among humans. Turns out they're the infant form of the Omicron Persei 8 aliens.
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid and her entire cave filled with human artifacts salvaged from shipwrecks.
- Kid vs. Kat: the cat is an alien masquerading as a pet. He still manages to acquire an addiction for the Fishy Frisky Bits cat food, and most of his plans center around transporting as much of it as he can back to his homeworld.
- On Young Justice, M'Gann/Miss Martian has apparently been watching a human sitcom called Hello, Megan! since it aired in the 70's. This helps to explain her Girl Next Door mannerisms and Catch-Phrase.
- One of the Forever People, Serifan likes cowboy westerns and wears a cowboy hat and poncho.
- In Megas XLR, Earth is unintentionally renowned throughout the universe for its snack foods. Aliens from everywhere visit Earth in disguise to shop at the planet's convenience stores.
- Transformers Prime
- Knockout is a fan of human automobiles, choosing his alternate mode based off of aesthetics and performance (to paraphrase Knockout, he's not just an automobile, he's an automobile enthusiast). He even enjoys competing in human street racing; this interest in human culture is pretty rare for a Decepticon. He's also watched human horror movies at drive-in theaters.
- Bulkhead and Bumblebee count too. The former is a fan of human metal music and monster truck rallies, the latter of racing and cartoons.
- Even Megatron gets in on this at times; if his character notes are to be believed, he enjoys online cat videos.
- Transformers Animated Jazz is fascinated with all the stuff on Earth, like rain and traffic lights, though it does take him a while to realise little girls do not spit acidic slime. This is in contrast to his superior Sentinel Prime, who hates Earth and everything on it.
- Bumbleebee and Bulkhead, again, with the two of them spending hours doing nothing but watching cartoons, playing video-games, and old b-movies.
- Jazz would get along well with Boulder of Transformers: Rescue Bots, who is likewise fascinated with pretty much everything Earth has to offer.
- And all of the Rescue Bots seem to like movies, though they have their own preferences on genres. Blades once binged on pirate movies and then spent most of the episode talking like one.
- Quite a few of the Autobots in Transformers Generation One like particular things about Earth. Jazz and Blaster love our music. Hound and Beachcomber love nature. Tracks loves cities. And several of the 'Bots apparently have a fondness for a TV soap opera called As The The Kitchen Sinks. This is balanced by a few like Mirage and Huffer who don't like Earth much at all.
- This is particularly amped up in the toyline/comic characters of this series. For example, the Cassettibot, Eject, is a self-professed sports junky who adores sports so much he hopes that, one day, Autobots and Decepticons will be able to replace war with competitive sports, which would be far less lethal.
- It gets downright meta with the Decepticon Shortround from Transformers Cybertron, who somehow actually collects Transformers action figures (specifically including never-released prototypes of Generation 2 figures).
- To round out the list of Transformers examples, there's Dinobot, and to a lesser extent, Megatron from Beast Wars. At various points, the two of them actually quote Shakespeare.
- In a sad bit of irony, none of the Maximals have such a reverence for human culture, because a lot of stuff on humanity has been classified.
- Limburger from Biker Mice from Mars developed a strong fascination with the 1920's gangster era of Earth even before he was assigned to it. His human disguise is modeled after a typical gangster from that time. His direct superior was rather perturbed by this.
- Steven Universe:
Its large head swollen with thoughts! Its eyes... It understands.
- In "Arcade Mania", Garnet gets extremely addicted to a rhythm video game similar to Samba de Amigo which her Third Eye makes her extremely good at.
- Pearl tends to be the most condescending towards humans, but finds the human concept of knightly chivalry appealing. She sees her relationship to Rose Quartz as very similar. Though her idea of what the relationship is like is actually closer to a Samurai and the bushido code of honor. Rebecca Sugar once described her as such in an early interview. She also mentions she likes pie, despite her distaste at eating. Word of God says that she enjoys the preparation process that pie baking requires.
- Amethyst very much enjoys eating and sleeping, which to gems are unnecessary and foreign. This might not technically count, as Amethyst was born on Earth and has lived there her whole life.
- Peridot gets hopelessly addicted to Camp Pining Hearts, a trashy Canadian soap opera Furthering the joke, she later gets Lapis addicted to it, which is especially impressive since there's very little on Earth Lapis actually seems to care for.
- Peridot also gains an instant affection for the aesthetic of Gray aliens in human pictures and media, even owning a stuffed toy of one. She probably doesn't know Grays are what humans think aliens look like, she just knows the design is appealing.
- Gargoyles enjoy human entertainment and culture. The younger ones sneak into movie theaters, Hudson watches television, and Goliath has centuries of classic literature to catch up on.
- The Gargoyles all take to Elisa and Police in general because they share a lot of core ideals (Protect and Serve, the concept of working as a team).
- Super Noobs:
- Memnock lives and breathes on this trope. He is shown to like many aspects of Earth culture including Earth cooking and rollercoasters.
- Zenblock is more hesitant in exploring the cultures of Earth like his companion Memnock but Zenblock has a huge sweet tooth for candy on Earth. He also apparently likes western genres.
- General Blorgon, Hedies, and Tecknut have also exhibited this same kind of behavior as they are shown in "Noobs Of The Round Table" to gleefully enjoy touring around the restaurants of Earth and go on waterslides.
- Count Venamus, despite wishing for Earth to be infested with the virus, is shown to have a fascination for light up sneakers.