Take me to your leader (phrase)
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"Take me to your leader" is a science-fiction cartoon catchphrase, said by an extraterrestrial alien who has just landed on Earth in a spacecraft to the first human it happens to meet. In cartoons, the theme is frequently varied for comic effect, such as a pun on the phrase to suit the setting, or the alien addressing an animal or object it assumes is an earthling.
In science fiction
The phrase is also frequently used in parody science-fiction media. Notable examples of its use include:
- "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."
- The phrase is used in the form of an extraterrestrial message to Jodie Foster's character in Robert Zemeckis's 1997 film Contact.
- "I want you to do something for me", she said, and unexpectedly laughed. "I want," she said, and laughed again. She put her hand over her mouth and said with a straight face, "I want you to take me to your leader."
- (from Life, the Universe and Everything (1982) by Douglas Adams, describing Trillian addressing the inhabitants of Krikkit)
- Numerous uses on BBC television series Doctor Who (1963—present), usually spoken by the Doctor in a tongue-in-cheek or annoyed manner
- Titles of songs, albums, and other works - see Take Me to Your Leader
- The Yale Book of Quotations, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 320, ISBN 9780300107982
- "What Do You Say to an Alien?". New York Times. February 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
The first words of a conversation initiated by aliens were immortalized in a 1953 New Yorker cartoon by Alex Graham: 'Take me to your leader.'