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Basic Trope: Aliens learn about Earth from TV and radio broadcasts.

  • Straight: Zorklon learns about human culture by watching our TV.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Zorklon learns about human culture, biology, behavior, and chicken soup recipes from watching TV.
    • Zorklon forms an entire invasion plan around something he saw on TV.
  • Downplayed:
    • Zorklon learns some fun facts about humanity from the TV.
    • A mythical species with no contact with humans learns about them by watching TV.
  • Justified:
    • Human TV is the easiest way to learn about humans without disturbing them.
    • The aliens love watching TV.
  • Inverted: Bob learns about alien culture by watching alien TV.
  • Subverted: Zorklon is seen watching TV..... to find out what happens on Game of Thrones.
  • Double Subverted: ...Because it's his favorite "history documentary".
  • Parodied: Zorklon acts like a cartoon character because he believes that's how humans act.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Zorklon learned all about humanity through hands-on research.
  • Enforced: The producers need an explanation for Zorklon to understand human language and culture, and this is an easy Hand Wave.
  • Lampshaded: "I wonder if our shows have more alien viewers than human."
  • Invoked: Someone creates a TV show designed to teach aliens about humans and give them a positive impression of us.
  • Advertisement:
  • Exploited: A struggling film director regains lost clout by currying favor with alien fans.
  • Defied: Humans cloak their TV signals so aliens can't watch it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: Bob: "Why is it that aliens always learn about us from TV?"
  • Implied:
    • Zorklon is always seen watching TV.
    • Zorklon treats every situation like a sitcom episode.
  • Deconstructed: Zorklon tries to kill humanity because he believes humans want to kill aliens after watching alien invasion movies.
  • Reconstructed: Zorklon is talked down from his crusade after being shown movies in which humans befriend aliens, proving humans aren't so bloodthirsty.
  • Played For Laughs: Zorklon's ideas about humanity are hilariously wrong because he learned from TV.
  • Played For Drama: Zorklon becomes depressed by the drudgery of real human life because he was used to the excitement of TV shows.

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