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21st Apr '17 10:32:12 AM PDL
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* ''VideoGame/AlexKidd'' usually looks like a young boy with a mean case of EightiesHair, however sometimes he has monkey-like features.

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* ''VideoGame/AlexKidd'' usually looks like a young boy with a mean case of EightiesHair, however sometimes he has monkey-like features. This isn't so surprising since he's partially based on [[MonkeyKingLite the Monkey King]].
13th Apr '17 6:46:07 AM Andariel
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* While ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' features a lot of oddball creatures, every human character is recognisably human. Except Rippen, who has greenish skin and red eyes. Phyllis also once claimed to be [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld over a thousand years old]] (though she was probably joking).
6th Apr '17 7:54:30 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Judge Holden, the AxeCrazy, WickedCultured antagonist of Creator/CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/BloodMeridian'', is deliberately written so that the reader comes away from the story unsure of whether he's human or some kind of ethereal demon in human form. For the most part, the novel is a mundane, if extremely lurid and violent, depiction of life on the US Western frontier in the 1850s... until we're introduced to Holden, who's a completely hairless giant of a man with deathly pale skin (despite spending most of the novel in the deserts of Mexico), almost supernatural strength, an uncanny ability to master any trade effortlessly, and a tendency to randomly appear in people's lives without warning.

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* Judge Holden, the AxeCrazy, AxCrazy, WickedCultured antagonist of Creator/CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/BloodMeridian'', is deliberately written so that the reader comes away from the story unsure of whether he's human or some kind of ethereal demon in human form. For the most part, the novel is a mundane, if extremely lurid and violent, depiction of life on the US Western frontier in the 1850s... until we're introduced to Holden, who's a completely hairless giant of a man with deathly pale skin (despite spending most of the novel in the deserts of Mexico), almost supernatural strength, an uncanny ability to master any trade effortlessly, and a tendency to randomly appear in people's lives without warning.



** The Targaryens, a family of beautiful [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl white-haired]] nobles immune to all physical sickness and able to withstand generations of inbreeding with no gnarly deformities showing up in the gene pool (though the mental state of some of them is [[RoyallyScrewedUp another story]]). The main Targaryen character, young Princess Daenerys, enjoys bathing in boiling water and survives throwing herself on a funeral pyre with no damage save her hair burning off (and growing back perfectly undamaged later on). In-universe, they like to boast of being part-dragon hybrids, but it's left ambiguous as to whether or not this is true.

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** The Targaryens, a family of beautiful [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired]] nobles immune to all physical sickness and able to withstand generations of inbreeding with no gnarly deformities showing up in the gene pool (though the mental state of some of them is [[RoyallyScrewedUp another story]]). The main Targaryen character, young Princess Daenerys, enjoys bathing in boiling water and survives throwing herself on a funeral pyre with no damage save her hair burning off (and growing back perfectly undamaged later on). In-universe, they like to boast of being part-dragon hybrids, but it's left ambiguous as to whether or not this is true.
6th Apr '17 4:27:18 AM Outis
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* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' has several: the narrator of "Alone" finds herself in one after getting lost and the narrator of "Growing Dark" passes through one to reach a chapel he believes he needs to investigate. It looks as if we're going to see another one in "A Distortion" when someone asks Sasha to meet them there, but the trope is subverted when it turns out they just chose the cemetery as a convenient landmark close to the actual destination.

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* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' has several: *''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'':
** Sasha, on meeting "Michael", immediately perceives
the latter as non-human even though "it" looks human. This impression is reinforced so when they shake hands - its hand is described as heavy, like a wet leather bag full of heavy, sharp stones.
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narrator of "Alone" finds herself describes the strange hunter in one after getting lost "First Hunt" as looking human except that "everything about him was sharper" and he has [[SlasherSmile a smile with "far too many teeth to it"]].
** "Crusader" hints that this is
the narrator ultimate fate of "Growing Dark" passes through one to reach a chapel he believes he needs to investigate. It looks as if we're going to see another one in "A Distortion" when someone asks Sasha to meet them there, but the trope is subverted when it turns out [[spoiler: head archivist of Magnus Institute]]. If they just chose survive long enough in the cemetery as a convenient landmark close to the actual destination.position.
29th Mar '17 12:51:38 AM Ryulong
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** The story arc "I Am An Alien!" from ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' revolves around a character who makes the titular claim. On the one hand, he has pointed ears, breaks out in a rash when he hears sirens, and can transform into any simple object he wants; on the other hand, he has no concrete proof of his species (he claims he traveled alone to Earth to assess its suitability for his kind, and his ship is too far away to call down), and people with similar powers through Stands are a dime a dozen in this setting; on the gripping hand, ''he can't see Stands'' (which is an ability universal to Stand-users). When Yoshihiro Kira tries to shoot him with a stand arrow (which had apparently chosen him to be a new stand user), the arrow suddenly ''veered away from him'' at the last second, leaving Yoshihiro completely baffled (and the reason why it happened is never explained).

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** The story arc "I Am An Alien!" from ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' revolves around a the character Mikitaka Hazekura (or Nu Mikitakazo Nshi as he calls himself) who makes the titular claim. On the one hand, he has pointed ears, breaks out in a rash when he hears sirens, and can transform into any simple object he wants; on the other hand, he has no concrete proof of his species (he claims he traveled alone to Earth to assess its suitability for his kind, and his ship is too far away to call down), and people with similar powers through Stands are a dime a dozen in this setting; setting, and we meet his mother whom he claims he has brainwashed into thinking she is his mother; on the gripping hand, ''he can't see Stands'' (which is an ability universal to Stand-users). When Yoshihiro Kira tries to shoot him with a stand arrow (which had apparently chosen him to be a new stand user), the arrow suddenly ''veered away from him'' at the last second, leaving Yoshihiro completely baffled (and the reason why it happened is never explained).
29th Mar '17 12:48:53 AM Ryulong
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* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'':

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* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'':''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
25th Mar '17 8:25:43 AM 64SuperNintendo
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** Krusty the Clown leaves a lot of fans guessing. This ambiguity was evident in the very beginning, in the Tracey Ullman shorts, when Bart insists that Krusty is a "real" clown and not "just a guy in clown makeup." In the episode "Krusty Gets Busted", we see him out of makeup and with normal-sized feet. And in the epsiode that [[InformedJudaism informs us of his Jewish heritage]], Krusty has a perfectly human father and is clearly human (if a weird-looking one) as a little boy. So case closed, right? [[NegativeContinuity Think again.]] Subsequent episodes had Krusty pointing to his face and (seriously?) saying: "This ain't makeup!" and referring to his "grotesque appearance." And in the episode that had Krusty faking his death to cheat the IRS, Bart and Lisa find him hiding out as a "normal" man with yellow skin named "Rory B. Bellows"...who in due course leaps into the water and leaves yellow paint behind, revealing his (real?) whitened clown face underneath! On the other hand, Krusty's (biological) daughter Sophie is undeniably human (albeit with clown-like hair), as is Sophie's (single) mother. It's really hard to square all this. [[WildMassGuessing Perhaps Krusty was adopted, and his "father" made him up to look like a human boy.]] And maybe Sophie is some other man's daughter after all.

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** Krusty the Clown leaves a lot of fans guessing. This ambiguity was evident in the very beginning, in the Tracey Ullman shorts, when Bart insists that Krusty is a "real" clown and not "just a guy in clown makeup." In the episode "Krusty Gets Busted", we see him out of makeup and with normal-sized feet. And in the epsiode episode that [[InformedJudaism informs us of his Jewish heritage]], Krusty has a perfectly human father and is clearly human (if a weird-looking one) as a little boy. So case closed, right? [[NegativeContinuity Think again.]] Subsequent episodes had Krusty pointing to his face and (seriously?) saying: "This ain't makeup!" and referring to his "grotesque appearance." And in the episode that had Krusty faking his death to cheat the IRS, Bart and Lisa find him hiding out as a "normal" man with yellow skin named "Rory B. Bellows"...who in due course leaps into the water and leaves yellow paint behind, revealing his (real?) whitened clown face underneath! On the other hand, Krusty's (biological) daughter Sophie is undeniably human (albeit with clown-like hair), as is Sophie's (single) mother. It's really hard to square all this. [[WildMassGuessing Perhaps Krusty was adopted, and his "father" made him up to look like a human boy.]] And maybe Sophie is some other man's daughter after all.
21st Mar '17 1:40:28 PM PDL
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Every now and again, though, while exploring the FantasyKitchenSink, you'll run into a character of indeterminable race or species. Sure, they ''seem'' human, what with their upright stance, human-like intelligence, and ability to speak, and yet there's just something about them that gives them away as something distinctly ''other''. Maybe it's that they live in a series where [[InexplicablyAwesome no human can do the things they do]], maybe it's that a certain part of their body (or even most of it) is kept conspicuously concealed, or maybe it's that there just plain aren't ''any'' "[[TokenHuman other]]" humans around, raising suspicions. This person is Ambiguously Human. Fairly often, a series will go out of its way to avoid stating their out-and-out species, or they'll be called human or nonhuman in spite of their shared traits. If you can't figure out whether they spawned from the same end of the gene pool as you just by looking at them, though, they fit the bill.

Not to be confused with RubberForeheadAliens, a trope more closely related to SpecialEffectsFailure than to this. Or with HumansByAnyOtherName, where it's clear enough that these are humans, only [[CallARabbitASmeerp another term is used, to the exclusion of the word "human."]]

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Every now and again, though, while exploring the FantasyKitchenSink, you'll run into a character of indeterminable race or species. Sure, they ''seem'' human, what with their upright stance, human-like intelligence, and ability to speak, and yet there's just something about them that gives them away as something distinctly ''other''. Maybe it's that they live in a series where [[InexplicablyAwesome no human can do the things they do]], do, maybe it's that a certain part of their body (or even most of it) is kept conspicuously concealed, or maybe it's that there just plain aren't ''any'' "[[TokenHuman other]]" humans around, raising suspicions. This person is Ambiguously Human. Fairly often, a series will go out of its way to avoid stating their out-and-out species, or they'll be called human or nonhuman in spite of their shared traits. If you can't figure out whether they spawned from the same end of the gene pool as you just by looking at them, though, they fit the bill.

Not to be confused with RubberForeheadAliens, a trope more closely related to SpecialEffectsFailure than to this. Or with HumansByAnyOtherName, where it's clear enough that these are humans, only [[CallARabbitASmeerp another term is used, to the exclusion of the word "human."]]
"]] Don't expect the writers of the work to [[InexplicablyAwesome explain just what the character is exactly supposed to be.]]
21st Mar '17 1:37:45 PM PDL
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Every now and again, though, while exploring the FantasyKitchenSink, you'll run into a character of indeterminable race or species. Sure, they ''seem'' human, what with their upright stance, human-like intelligence, and ability to speak, and yet there's just something about them that gives them away as something distinctly ''other''. Maybe it's that they live in a series where no human can do the things they do, maybe it's that a certain part of their body (or even most of it) is kept conspicuously concealed, or maybe it's that there just plain aren't ''any'' "[[TokenHuman other]]" humans around, raising suspicions. This person is Ambiguously Human. Fairly often, a series will go out of its way to avoid stating their out-and-out species, or they'll be called human or nonhuman in spite of their shared traits. If you can't figure out whether they spawned from the same end of the gene pool as you just by looking at them, though, they fit the bill.

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Every now and again, though, while exploring the FantasyKitchenSink, you'll run into a character of indeterminable race or species. Sure, they ''seem'' human, what with their upright stance, human-like intelligence, and ability to speak, and yet there's just something about them that gives them away as something distinctly ''other''. Maybe it's that they live in a series where [[InexplicablyAwesome no human can do the things they do, do]], maybe it's that a certain part of their body (or even most of it) is kept conspicuously concealed, or maybe it's that there just plain aren't ''any'' "[[TokenHuman other]]" humans around, raising suspicions. This person is Ambiguously Human. Fairly often, a series will go out of its way to avoid stating their out-and-out species, or they'll be called human or nonhuman in spite of their shared traits. If you can't figure out whether they spawned from the same end of the gene pool as you just by looking at them, though, they fit the bill.
20th Mar '17 3:35:00 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' a RunningGag is that one of title character's teachers, Kyle Drako, is Ambiguously Vampiric--he's an [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Eerie Pale Skinned Brunet]] with a [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]], has [[VampireVords some sort of accent]], only [[DaywalkingVampire goes in the sun]] with some sort of covering, etc. Chad is convinced that he's a vampire, though Melissa is skeptical.
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