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13th Dec '17 10:16:18 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Silver seems to have a human appearance, but WordOfGod states that he's really a bear-human alien mix with cyborg parts.

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Silver seems to have a human appearance, but WordOfGod states that he's really a bear-human alien mix with cyborg parts. parts.
** As most other characters are aliens, and animal-looking aliens exist, it's possible hat Jim and his parents are HumanAliens. According to the art book, however, they're most likely humans.



** The Shy Guys are a sort of "tribe" of little guys so shy that they never expose anything of their bodies to anyone. They wear long cloaks, shoes, belts, masks and gloves, and when they lose their masks the first thing they do is run away while covering their faces. It's unlikely, given the Mushroom Kingdom's populace, that they actually ''are'' human, but their basic shape indicates that they are. In one of the ''Mario Power Tennis'' endings a Shy Guy's mask falls off, and while he's turned away from the screen poor Luigi can see it perfectly. He immediately falls over, looking like he saw a ghost, trembling in fear as the Shy Guy walks past him, seeming to imply that the Shy Guys are [[NightmareFace anything but]] human.
*** The closest ''we'' get to seeing a Shy Guy's face is in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', where there are Shy Guy-like ghosts whose masks have to be removed before they can be sucked up. Behind their masks are a pair of glowing yellow eyes a la [[Franchise/StarWars Jawas]].

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** The Shy Guys are a sort of "tribe" of little guys so shy that they never expose anything of their bodies to anyone. They wear long cloaks, shoes, belts, masks and gloves, and when they lose their masks the first thing they do is run away while covering their faces. It's unlikely, given the Mushroom Kingdom's populace, that they actually ''are'' human, but their basic shape indicates that they are. In one of the ''Mario Power Tennis'' endings a Shy Guy's mask falls off, and while he's turned away from the screen poor Luigi can see it perfectly. He immediately falls over, looking like he saw a ghost, trembling in fear as the Shy Guy walks past him, seeming to imply that the Shy Guys are [[NightmareFace anything but]] human.
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human. The closest ''we'' get to seeing a Shy Guy's face is in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', where there are Shy Guy-like ghosts whose masks have to be removed before they can be sucked up. Behind their masks are a pair of glowing yellow eyes a la [[Franchise/StarWars Jawas]].



** Mario, Luigi, and Peach look human. However, they were born in a country that consists mainly of anthropomorphic mushrooms and the twins are unusually strong and fleet-footed. According to an internal document from the 1990s, Mario isn't a homo sapien (though it was likely a joke).



* Hanyuu in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' overall looks human but has horns on her head. [[spoiler:She also spends most of the series as a CuteGhostGirl, can switch between looking like a child and looking like an adult, and is a god]]. It's implied she is human and her horns are due to a genetic disorder.

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* Hanyuu in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' overall looks human but has horns on her head. [[spoiler:She also spends most of the series as a CuteGhostGirl, can switch between looking like a child and looking like an adult, and is a god]]. It's implied she is a human [[spoiler:who turned into a god after being sacrificed by her daughter]] and that her horns are due to a genetic disorder.


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** The titular characters. They were [[ArtificialHumans created in a lab]], have superpowers, and literally have no noses, fingers, or toes. Their big eyes are odd but apparently normal humans can have them too. According to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' SoftReboot, the girls are at least eight but [[OlderThanTheyLook still look five]], implying they age slowly.
10th Dec '17 6:19:56 AM OmarKarindu
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** One episode strongly suggests that Hans Moleman belongs to a subterranean race of mole people who are all Ambiguously Human, and there's also Hans's habit of surviving the various mishaps that apparently kill him, like being rammed off the road by Homer or having an ether-intoxicaed Mister Burns drill into his skull.

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** One episode strongly suggests that Hans Moleman belongs to a subterranean race of mole people who are all Ambiguously Human, and there's also Hans's habit of surviving the various mishaps that apparently kill him, like being rammed off the road by Homer or having an ether-intoxicaed ether-intoxicated Mister Burns drill into his skull.
10th Dec '17 6:19:33 AM OmarKarindu
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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 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.

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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 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." appearance," though this is strongly suggested to be the result of one of his multiple heart attacks. 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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** On the subject of Krusty, there's also "Handsome Pete," a little person with a head that looks like a distorted version of Krusty's clown face, who was used as a one-off gag.
** One episode strongly suggests that Hans Moleman belongs to a subterranean race of mole people who are all Ambiguously Human, and there's also Hans's habit of surviving the various mishaps that apparently kill him, like being rammed off the road by Homer or having an ether-intoxicaed Mister Burns drill into his skull.
28th Nov '17 4:12:29 PM DragonQuestZ
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* The Four Tribes from ''Franchise/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles''. All four are considered human and distinct from animals, monsters, and other sentient races like Moogles or Carbuncles. This is rather challenging for Yukes who may be pure spirits or gaseous beings in armor or Lilties that are half plant and grow like them.

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* The Four Tribes from ''Franchise/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles''.''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles''. All four are considered human and distinct from animals, monsters, and other sentient races like Moogles or Carbuncles. This is rather challenging for Yukes who may be pure spirits or gaseous beings in armor or Lilties that are half plant and grow like them.
21st Nov '17 11:58:28 PM dutchguy1986
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* ''Manga/WorldTrigger'': Neighbors. They're referred to as beings from another dimension, while being perfectly human in in appearance. Kuga is the son of a human, but is considered a neighbor himself, suggesting the distinction is entirely a matter of nationality. At the same time, there's been no explicit reference to the idea, and a common origin seems implausible at the current point in the story. Kuga fulfills the trope on a personal level, with minor super strength, non-human mannerisms and ignorance of Earth culture that all hint at his origin before he's revealed as a Neighbor.

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* ''Manga/WorldTrigger'': Neighbors. They're referred to as beings from another dimension, while being perfectly human in in appearance. Kuga is the son of a human, but is considered a neighbor himself, suggesting the distinction is entirely a matter of nationality. At the same time, there's been no explicit reference to the idea, and a common origin seems implausible at the current point in the story. Kuga fulfills the trope on a personal level, with minor super strength, non-human mannerisms and ignorance of Earth culture that all hint at his origin before he's revealed as a Neighbor.
16th Nov '17 4:39:03 PM HarpieSiren
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** The residents of New Donk City, from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', look like regular, realistically proportioned humans. However they are never referred to as human by the in game brochure, they're just "New Donkers". That, coupled with their NonStandardCharacterDesign makes them a bit suspect when compared to humans like Mario, Peach and even Pauline.
14th Nov '17 10:23:11 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* Chizuru Aizawa of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is an in-universe example. Her brother and sister don't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but Chizuru is notably faster and stronger than the human norm, enough so people are suspicious about her (she's not happy about this, because she thinks of herself as a normal girl). There're also suspicions about [[spoiler:Ayumi]], given her ability to understand animals.

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* Chizuru Aizawa of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is an in-universe example. Her brother and sister don't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but Chizuru is notably faster and stronger than the human norm, enough so people are suspicious about her (she's not happy about this, because she thinks of herself as a normal girl). There're There are also suspicions about [[spoiler:Ayumi]], given her ability to understand animals.
14th Nov '17 10:17:17 AM 64SuperNintendo
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** Krusty's rival Gabbo (from the "Krusty Gets Cancelled" episode) is another creature who is hard to categorize. He can move about independently of the ventriloquist he's supposedly a dummy to, and appears to have a personality completely distinct from the ventriloquist as well - even to the point that the ventriloquist ''can't control what he does''. Yes, he has pale, waxy skin and hinge-lines on his jaws - but those could just be makeup. And he ''is'' very small - but he could just be a midget. On the other hand, his lips flap up and down in a very inhuman manner and a newspaper announces that he's having a "real-boy operation." Just what ''is'' he?

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** Krusty's rival Gabbo (from the "Krusty Gets Cancelled" Kancelled" episode) is another creature who is hard to categorize. He can move about independently of the ventriloquist he's supposedly a dummy to, and appears to have a personality completely distinct from the ventriloquist as well - even to the point that the ventriloquist ''can't control what he does''. Yes, he has pale, waxy skin and hinge-lines on his jaws - but those could just be makeup. And he ''is'' very small - but he could just be a midget. On the other hand, his lips flap up and down in a very inhuman manner and a newspaper announces that he's having a "real-boy operation." Just what ''is'' he?
9th Nov '17 10:04:10 AM fruitstripegum
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* "Jungle Jitters", one of the ''WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven'', features a village of African stereotypes, led by an elderly white woman. However, she lacks a nose and her face has a sort of bird-like look.

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* "Jungle Jitters", ''WesternAnimation/JungleJitters'', one of the ''WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven'', features a village of African stereotypes, led by an elderly white woman. However, she lacks a nose and her face has a sort of bird-like look.
8th Nov '17 8:04:23 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Franchise/PeterPan'' makes this trope OlderThanRadio. Peter doesn't age -- but in Neverland ''nobody'' ages. He can fly -- but, again, thanks to pixie dust ''anyone'' can fly. He has pointed ears -- but was he born with them, or are they just a side-effect of living in Neverland? He certainly doesn't glow like Tinker Bell, and he ''is'' human-sized. ''Film/{{Hook}}'' (which may or may not be considered official) "reveals" that Peter was originally a perfectly human boy taken to Neverland as a baby by Tinker Bell, grew pointed ears as a result of living there, reverted back to human when he returned to Earth to raise a family, and generally keeps flip-flopping between human and elf depending on where he is.

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* ''Franchise/PeterPan'' makes this trope OlderThanRadio. Peter doesn't age -- but in Neverland ''nobody'' ages. He can fly -- but, again, thanks to pixie dust ''anyone'' can fly. He has pointed ears -- but was he born with them, or are they just a side-effect of living in Neverland? He certainly doesn't glow like Tinker Bell, and he ''is'' human-sized. ''Film/{{Hook}}'' (which may or may not be considered official) "reveals" that In ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Peter was originally a perfectly human boy taken to Neverland as a baby by Tinker Bell, grew pointed ears as a result of living there, reverted back to human when he returned to Earth to raise a family, and generally keeps flip-flopping between human and elf depending on where he is.
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