Why do works of fiction usually use acid instead of alkali to depict corrosive substances?

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Shouldn’t both have the same effects? Why is there a bias?

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Because most people understand what you mean when you say acid but would have to question what an alkali is. It keeps it simple for the majority audience

ELI5: what is alkali?

Highly acidic solutions are corrosive which eat away at surfaces. Alkaline solutions such as potassium hydroxide or detergents are caustic which burn surfaces. I think it just depends on the materials that are readily available. Batteries are usually a common material that are acidic.