A comment on another thread got me thinking, well, reminiscing.
My friends and I often played with our toys "wrong" back in the day. We would assign new personalities to Star Wars figures (those of us who were lucky enough to own them), for instance (since some of us had not seen the movies) and we did horrible things with my sister's three Strawberry Shortcake dolls (they lived in a Cthulhu-esque nightmare world before I really knew who H. P. Lovecraft was - but I'd seen Alien.)
Who else did this? What did you learn?
Me, I learned that shapes suggest many different patterns. That a dark-haired man can be a hero or a villain and someone with a tube built into their arm (for a lightsaber) has just suffered a terrible accident and needs to go to the hospital with the nurses in gas-masks (who would otherwise be called stormtroopers.)