"This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know you can hear us, Earth-men."
— The Mysterons, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
As if muted by fear, the discordant clamor of competing advertisements was reduced to a single voice loudcasting on all frequencies, including ringtones and street mimes.
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
"People of Earth, attention. This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet. Look to your sun for a warning."
"I love the Jokerís video, especially coming so quick on the heels of the comedy of the courtroom scene...itís exactly the sort of thing the Jokerís known for doing in the comics. Heís a theatrical villain, thereís always notes sent to newspapers in the Golden Age, or TV broadcasts (like in The Man Who Laughs) or websites (Soft Targets). He thrives on the fear that his announcements generate, as much as Batman thrives on the fear he instills in criminals."
"There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission. We control the horizontal and the vertical. We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive."
— The Outer Limits (1995) intro
"That does it! He's a frickin' nerd! Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee! Yeah, I think I'm better than Chuck Swirsky! Freakin' liberal... ooooooohhhhhh! (moans) Oh, Jesus!"
Bill Cosby: Do not adjust your tv sets! That was Rubber Ducky in English, Spanish, Hebrew, German, and French. How may I ask Is this possible? Well, It is possible! Because Sesame Street is the longest street in the world! It can be seen over 83 countries!
"Nothing is wrong with your television. Do not attempt to change the channel. Your regularly scheduled program will not be seen because I am controlling the transmission. I control the horizontal. I control the vertical. And those buttons on your remote that don't seem to do anything? I know what they're for! From this moment on, your television belongs to me—Control Freak!"
— Control Freak, Teen Titans
"We'll have Dock Fifteen ready for..."
Then it happened!
The televisor went blank as an untuned wave of incredible power crowded onto it. Then the image of a man appeared.
"What the devil?" Sparks gasped.
The man on the screen was an extraordinary-looking individual. He seemed an Earthman, yet his tall, gaunt, black-clothed figure, his enormous bulging forehead and skull, and his hypnotically burning black eyes, gave to his aspect some indefinable but startling aura of the superman.
"Doctor Zorro calling the Solar System peoples," he rasped in a deep, harsh voice. "People of the nine worlds, I bring you warning of a dreadful peril!"
— Captain Future and the Space Emperor, by Edmond Hamilton.
"Poor Foo-Foo! I know you want to see your Lassie re-runs, but there's nothing on except this tacky man covered in aluminum siding!"
— Miss Forbes, The Fantastic Four, "The Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus"
Announcer: Nick Jr. will not be seen today because of The Non-Stop Nicktoon Weekend. But don't worry, Nick Jr. will return on Monday December, 1.
—From the 1997 American thanksgiving announcement when Nickelodeon had a bumper to inform preschoolers that Nickelodeon will not be doing Nick Jr. due to a special Nicktoon marathon weekend called The Non-Stop Nicktoon Weekend.
Master: Peoples of the universe, please attend carefully. The message that follows is vital to the future of you all. I offer you a simple choice: continued existence under my rulership, or total annihilation. If you desire continued existence, press 1. If total annihilation, press 2. If you would like to hear amazing deals on tissue compression eliminators, please stay on the line.
Doctor: Wow, you have surpassed yourself, Master.
Master: Oh thank you, Doctor. I do try.
Doctor: ...in that you have cooked up the most gloriously retarded plan I have ever heard. You do realise that that message will take thousands of light years before it even reaches another populated planet? You really haven't thought through this whole taking over the universe thing, have you?