The aliens arrive, and they want an earthling to come with them. This is not anything harmful, like ToServeMan. They actually want a human to come with them to show all their wonders. Often this is an old man, who [[NotSoImaginaryFriend saw the aliens once and was called crazy ever since]]. So the old man not only gets proven right, but also gets to complete the trip he didn't finish the last time. Yet just as often, it's just someone whom the aliens make their ChosenOne. If they return, they may be -- [[TouchedByVorlons different]].

Much like the UndeadTaxExemption with people spontaneously appearing in the records, there never seems to be any legal investigation into someone literally vanishing off the face of the Earth.

Compare IChooseToStay.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* In the ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' anime, Baryl opts to go with Duo.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Nanoha Takamichi, by the third season, is living on the planet Mid-Childa and pursuing a career in their military. One wonders if she still has an Earth identity and specifically a Japanese citizenship; does her family still pay her taxes, or did she get disappeared paperwork-wise? (The [=TSAB=] has shown they'd probably be able to do that.)
** Hayate Yagami of the same series also does this. Given she was a nine-year old living alone and then suddenly has four people living with her [[UndeadTaxExemption who appeared out of nowhere]] there was likely less paperwork.
** Subverted by Gil Graham. Like Nanoha and Hayate, he moved to Mid-Childa when the joined the TSAB, but he moved back to Earth when he retired.
** Inverted by the Harlaown family (including Amy, who married into the family during the TimeSkip). After the events of the second season they moved to Earth full time so Fate could keep going to school with her friends (that and Lindy is a OccidentalOtaku). Fate would later move back to Mid-Childa with Nanoha and Hayate.
* The main protagonist in ''Manga/DearS'' in the end.
* [[spoiler:Masaru/Marcus Daimon]] at the end of ''Anime/DigimonSavers.''

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', we see that Aaron Stack wanted to stay... but the cosmic supergods kicked him out, on account of him being a giant #%@#.
* This happens at the end of the first arc in the ''Comicbook/AliensVsPredator'' comics. A later arc returns to the idea, and shows the human distanced from the Predators, [[spoiler:and eventually returning to the humans when she finds out they're going to kill a bunch of them.]]

* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'': At the climax Roy Neary enters the alien ship, disappears into the light and the ship departs Earth. Which is kind of awkward for his wife and kids. [[note]]Looking back, WordOfGod agrees it's a rough move. Spielberg: "I would never have made Close Encounters the way I made it in '77, because I have a family that I would never leave," he said in a 1997 making-of documentary. "That was just the privilege of youth." However, the film does establish that Ronnie deserted him and took the kids, refusing to talk to him or work things out, so it's not like he had anything to stick around for.[[/note]]
%% WordOfGod as quoted in
%% Article -- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind
%% Nevermind those little alien guys—how about that suburban malaise!"
* The end of ''Film/{{Stargate}}''.
* At the end of ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'', after Gonzo decides IChooseToStay, his people take the head of the extraterrestrial investigation agency who had been chasing after Gonzo with them.
* ''Film/MissionToMars''. Gary Sinise's character stays behind to go off with the Martians. It helps that he has no one to come back to on Earth, as his wife died several years before.
* In ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'', it was accidental, or at least unavoidable, as the ship just was keeping the hero for study, but warping space and time kept him away for eight years.
* In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', [[spoiler:Alex and Maggie leave Earth so Alex can lead a rebuilt Starfighter squadron]].
* While the final script of ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'' ended with [[spoiler: the other Predators giving the human protagonist the weapon of the fallen Predator who she had fought alongside and then leaving]], an earlier script had [[spoiler:them inviting her to join them instead. In that script, she accepted.]]
* Charlie from the ''Film/{{Critters}}'' films. Subverted in that it's implied he ''pestered'' the alien bounty hunters into letting him tag along, although we don't actually see them make up their minds to do so.
* The children in the 2009 film ''Film/{{Knowing}}''. Although they used a godawful [[spoiler: Adam and Eve ending with shitty CGI to boot.]]
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'': In what is presumably a ShoutOut to Close Encounters, at the end of the film [[spoiler: Paul invites the little girl that saved him from the wreckage of his spacecraft, now an old woman, to come with him. Made easier since she was seen as crazy by everyone and her house was blown up earlier, so it's not like she had anything keeping her here on earth.]]
* While technically not dealing with aliens (although it does concern supernatural beings), the same basic concept is used at the end of ''Film/FieldOfDreams''. The author Terrence Mann (played by James Earl Jones) is invited by Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) to come with him and the other ghostly ballplayers and vanish into the cornfield. This causes the protagonist Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to become somewhat jealous that he too wasn't invited, until he realizes he has to stay behind so he can [[spoiler: play catch with his dad.]]
* ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing'' sends Bilbo [[spoiler: and Frodo]] to the Western Shore - the land from which the Elves hail - with the Elves - who finally bid Middle-Earth a farewell - in recognition of a life [[spoiler:/lives]] spent in humble wonder of their essence and unabashed longing for a view of the unearthly and beautiful land.
* This happens at the end of Philip Jackson's 1984 experimental film ''Film/MusicOfTheSpheres''. Telepathic scientist Melody (Anne Dansereau) is contacted by benevolent, poetic aliens who try (and fail) to stop a dangerous Earth project. The last shot in the film has Melody, invited to join them, standing alone, gazing up into brilliant light.
* In ''Film/MyStepmotherIsAnAlien'', Steven Mills's brother Ron chooses to go to Celeste's home planet, when he sees that the all-female crew of the alien ship looks like his dream woman - Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. It's implied that his job will be to help the aliens understand things like emotions. Given their complete lack of knowledge about such things as sex, it can be assumed that Ron will have a [[BoldlyComing lot of fun teaching them]].

* In Creator/RobertJSawyer's "Calculating God," the aliens take with them the main character, who happens to be dying of cancer.
* This is totally subverted in the story "[[ Alien Promises]]" by Janni Lee Simner, [[spoiler: because thanks to someone forcing the narrator to tell her if the aliens come, and that someone telling others... next thing you know, ''everyone'' wants to go and the ship can't hold 'em all.]]
* Creator/BruceCoville:
** The first book in the ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series ends with Peter Thompson deciding to go with Bloxholm, since his father's indifferent to his existence and he believes no one will miss him. The next three books more or less deconstruct this decision.
** In the ''Sixth Grade Alien'' series, Linnsy chooses not to return to Earth after undergoing MentalFusion with an alien symbiont, deciding instead to [[WalkingTheEarth travel the galaxy]].
* Dorothy returns home at the end of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', but in [[Literature/LandOfOz the sequels]] she eventually decides to stay in Oz and become a Princess. (She brings Aunt Em and Uncle Henry with her.)
* At the end of ''Ghostmaker'', a Literature/GauntsGhosts novel, an Inquisitor is invited by a group of Eldar to return with them to their Craftworld, as she is the only one present at the time who can close their Webway Gate and prevent its discovery by the attacking Chaos troops.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Star Ka'at'', aliens have been living on Earth disguised as domestic cats. When they decide that humans are about to destroy the world in a war, they all leave; one of them has gotten fond enough of the orphaned boy who's his "owner" that he takes the boy with them, to the disgust of his fellow aliens.
* In Creator/FrancisCarsac's ''ThoseFromNowhere'', a young doctor encounters HumanoidAliens in a forest and, after helping them fix their ship, agrees to go with them to their homeworld. There, he finds out that they are fighting a losing war against a race of {{Cosmic Horror}}s. They need his help to defeat them, as "those with red blood" are the only ones capable of resisting the enemy. After defeating them, the doctor goes home with his LoveInterest (from a race of red-blooded HumanoidAliens with four fingers) in order to put his affairs in order before leaving Earth forever to live on her planet. He also offers the writer a chance to join them.
** Not just the writer. He returned to Earth specifically to gather a group of open-minded people to go with him to help out his new friends in their war.
* In Dana Stabenow's ''Second Star'', the aliens--a race of ultimate knowledge-collectors nicknamed The Librarians--were initially attracted by their discovery of a [[InstantAIJustAddWater newly-sentient]] computer system, but when he turns down the offer to go with them, they extend it to the protagonist's TeenGenius niece; she accepts in a heartbeat.
* In the novel ''Franchise/AliensVsPredator: Prey'', the main character is marked (on the forehead, not the cheek) and taken aboard the ship. They treat her horribly, even after being key in the capture of a queen, so she decides to leave. The mark still works in her favor in subsequent encounters with the predators.
* In Fred Hoyle's "The Black Cloud" the scientist protagonist decides to leave Earth with the alien entity of the title (an intelligent nebula) apparently because he's estranged from his wife -- at least that's how he explains it.
* In ''Decency'' by Creator/RobertReed, a crippled alien SolarSail vessel crash lands in Minnesota and the mortally wounded pilot is studied by a team of scientists desperately trying to stabilize the creature. When a security guard enters the medical chamber and realizes the alien is in absolute misery, he pulls out his gun [[MercyKill and blows out its brains]], serving five years hard labor for it. Twenty years later, a flotilla of similar vessels enter solar orbit and want the the guard to join them as humanity's representative - and as the only person to show them heartfelt decency.
* In Creator/OlegDivov's ''Trail of the Zombie'' trilogy, the protagonist of the first book, an incredibly powerful [[PsychicPowers telepath]] created using SovietSuperscience, uses his powers to call out into the interstellar void. His call is answered by aliens, who take him with him. He settles on their planet, marries one of them, and lives a fulfilling life with his family. He periodically returns to Earth. At first, it's a part of his adaptation treatment. After that, it's mostly due to nostalgia and to visit the grave of his dead LoveInterest. He has very little left on Earth. After the second book, he takes his dying friend (also a telepath) to his planet in order to allow him to survive for a few more years. The guy ends up dying eventually, but he is happy until that point. At the end of the third book, it's implied that he has decided to leave Earth for good. When he offers this book's protagonist a chance to leave with him, the guy refuses, explaining that he has a lot to do here.
* In the climax to ''Literature/OnTheSteelBreeze'', several characters must go ''somewhere'' with the Watchkeepers - vast and unbelievably powerful MechanicalLifeforms - to fulfill a humanity's side to an arrangement. The third and final novel, ''Poseidon's Wake'', details ''why'': [[spoiler: The Watchkeepers, being post-sentient - they are effective an entire race of philosophical zombies - are unable to approach an ancient Big Dumb Object without being blown to smithereens, so they want to use the characters as their agents to explore it.]] During this arrangement, the characters are made [[TouchedByVorlons more intelligent and practically ageless]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The companions of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor seems to have a thing for picking up random humans from Earth.
** Gets a perspective flip in the ExpandedUniverse. In one story, after the Doctor stops a time-traveling alien tourist business that was mucking about in Ancient Greece and he sends them home in the last portal their machine could make, one of them decides to StayWithTheAliens (said aliens being us) instead.
** In one of the new Who episodes, the Doctor took Rose with him for a year of "our time", though it was hardly any time for them. (The Doctor simply made a mistake in his calculations.) When they came back, Rose's boyfriend said he'd been arrested several times by police who believed he had kidnapped or murdered her. Other people react realistically to someone simply ''vanishing'' for a year. During the escapades, they took a man with them, who had gone missing from Earth for months, but no one seemed concerned about the missing time, not even his mother.
* Wesley Crusher on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** And inverted in an episode "First Contact" (not to be confused with the movie), where the aliens refused to join the galactic community but the main alien from the episode decided to go with the humans.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The Corbomite Maneuver. [[spoiler:After the alien reveals it was all a SecretTestOfCharacter, he asks for a human to teach him about humans. Kirk sends the crewmember that was pushing for the alien's death earlier.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** John Sheridan ultimately stays with the other aliens of the series, even winding up being married to one of them. The GrandFinale implies that [[spoiler:he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]] and went with Lorien beyond the Rim of the galaxy to join the First Ones]].
** At the end of the first season, Jeffrey Sinclair became Ranger One, the leader of the [[BadassArmy Rangers]] after their ranks were expanded to include other races. He ultimately used several bits of AppliedPhlebotinum [[spoiler:to be transformed into a Minbari, and get sent back a thousand years in the past as Valen.]]
** Sebastian the Inquisitor and Mr Morden are the best examples, because the aliens they stayed with were far more "alien" to humans than Minbari were.
* The first episode of ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' has FBI Agent Bill Maxwell's old partner saying he's doing this with the aliens that gave Ralph the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman super hero suit]]. However, he clearly died earlier in the episode, so its ambiguous if he was simply re-animated or if his lifeless body was being controlled by the aliens so [[AliensSpeakingEnglish they would have some way of communicating beyond their bizarre radio trick]].
* This trope is wholeheartedly embraced by Cassandra Spender from ''Series/TheXFiles'', Agent Spender's mom, multiple alien abductee, and [[spoiler:Cigarette-Smoking Man's ex-wife]]: she is convinced that the aliens preparing to colonize Earth wish only the best for humanity and that they will take a select few (including herself) to their world just before it begins. [[spoiler:It ends ''very'' badly for her. Like, "burned alive by eyeless, mouthless aliens" badly.]]
* Allie in Steven Spielberg's ''Series/{{Taken}}''. She stays with the aliens after they decide TheWorldIsNotReady for her.
** Although to be fair in this case, Allie was the great-granddaughter of the alien who originally visited Earth in the first episode.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Daniel Jackson's granddad Nick Ballard stays with the [[MemeticMutation GIANT ALIENS!]] at the end of the episode "Crystal Skull".
** Daniel Jackson's own example from the film section above received a HappyEndingOverride in the show's pilot.
** Inverted with Martin Lloyd, who chooses to stay on Earth rather than leave with his fellow HumanAliens. From his viewpoint, this trope is still true.
** Colonel Harold Maybourne chooses to live among primitive HumanAliens. He ends up becoming their king by claiming to predict the future (in fact, he's using his knowledge of written Ancient language to translate future knowledge inscribed by a time-traveling Ancient). Even after his revelation that he's been lying about his powers, his people still want to keep him as their king, as he actually did a lot of good things for them (e.g. built a windmill, wrote a code of laws).
* In the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "301", the town gets hit by an alien invasion. Eventually, the heroes realize that an alien fanatic named Wesley is a RealityWarper and unknowingly created the aliens from his imagination. They try and fail to convince him of his powers (Wesley believes in aliens, but [[ArbitrarySkepticism not in the Troubles]]). Running out of time (the mothership is charging up its weapons), Nathan convinces Wesley to offer to go with the aliens, and that Wesley's missing grandfather may be with the aliens too. The mothership beams Wesley aboard and the aliens leave. Duke [[WhatTheHellHero calls Nathan out on this]]. For all they know, Nathan could have sent Wesley to his death or worse.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/BlueOysterCult's video to the song ''Take Me Away'' opens with a metallic human voice inviting members of the human race to leave the planet with us; the song and the video explore this concept. The song ''The Vigil'' on the ''Mirrors'' album also deals with the yearning of ufonuts to make contact, and possibly leave with the alien visitors.
* Music/PeterGabriel's ''Silbury Hill'' also deals with the idea of alien contact and leaving this [[CrapsackWorld planet]] in the company of enlightened aliens.
* Music/{{Carpenters}} also get into leaving this world today in the song ''Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft''.
* A great part of Music/{{Hawkwind}}'''s output concerns this idea.
* The Music/UndergroundZero song ''Canes Venaticii'' concerns an alien visitor arriving who isn't exactly enchanted at what she sees.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Hanako of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' was born after her parents were turned into demons due to Zenon's curse; so she has been a demon all her life. Adell's success turned her into a human; but it she didn't ''want'' to be one; so left Veldime with Etna in order to find a way to become a true demon.
** In the {{DLC}} for ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', she appears as her previous incarnation, so she apparently succeeded. Though her brother Taro also remained a demon in the same {{DLC}} pack and did not travel with her...
** She uses TimeTravel to join the cast as {{DLC}} in the PSP remake to show off her becoming a Demon Lord.
* The entire ending PlayableEpilogue of ''[[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Lunar 2]]'' had Hiro looking for a way to follow Lucia after her ButNowIMustGo ending. He succeeds and goes to Earth to be with her as she terraforms the planet.
* In ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', when Penn is given a chance to return home with his father Thorndyke, he chooses to stay with the Nereids. He's still proud of the fact that his dad is a renowned hero though.
* At the end of the Space Route in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char Aznable]] sends a message to Londo Bell, whom he expects to be in a festive mood, yet unjustified by what Char is convinced has been a horrific mistake for mankind. He reckons they got lucky with this victory, and points out that [[ThoseWereOnlyTheirScouts Balmar is sure to send a second, or third fleet to Earth, without any shortage of firepower]]. Just how far will Londo Bell's efforts last, he muses, ostentatiously checking himself and claiming sarcastically that sour grapes weren't the intent of the message. Since Char is worried about mankind too, in his fashion, he has chosen to accompany the aliens returning to their own worlds. Therefore, he is entrusting Londo Bell with all the alien technology he has been able to amass, telling them to put it to good use for humanity.
* ''VideoGame/SonicRunners'' uses this trope to HandWave why the Wisps are still present despite their ButNowIMustGo moment at the end of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' as well as their previously unexplained presence in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''.

* Mrs. Primrose, Roofus the Robot, and [[spoiler: the giant peanut butter monster]] in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' Dean Martin (no, not the singer) asks for the same favor, but Princess Voluptua turns him down.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Vindicated," counselor Dwicky learns at the end that [[TheCassandra the kid he's been patronizing]] has been right all along, there ''are'' aliens, and one's trying to take over the earth! He's then given the opportunity to go joyriding with another set of aliens, which he gleefully accepts, leaving the task of defending the earth from hostile invasion in the hands of an eleven-year-old. He also takes the video camera with [[WeNeedToGetProof documented proof]] while he's at it. [[{{Jerkass}} Whoops, his bad!]]
* Sari Sumdac leaves with Autobots at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' to learn more about her Cybertronian heritage. Had the series continued, we would have seen her attend a Cybertronian school.