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** Not to mention the Horta in [[LiveActionTV/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]. Silicon-based life-form whose eggs looked like metallic nodules, which was the PlotPoint of that episode.
20th May '16 11:10:28 AM Doug86
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* From the mainstream StarTrekNovelVerse:

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14th May '16 11:57:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* OctopoidAliens
5th May '16 10:58:49 AM GlassRain
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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': The Empire of Avalon spans several alternate realities. Most of its inhabitants are not baseline humans. When Shinji and Asuka arrive on Avalon they are constantly gaping, since they find all kind of aliens: winged humans, dragon people, shape-shifters, people with multiple arms, insectoids, people whose body seemes being covered with ink-black or blue plates... even the more human-like species have enhanced senses or physical capabilities.

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': The Empire of Avalon spans several alternate realities. Most of its inhabitants are not baseline humans. When Shinji and Asuka arrive on Avalon they are constantly gaping, since they find all kind of aliens: winged humans, dragon people, shape-shifters, people with multiple arms, insectoids, people whose body seemes seems being covered with ink-black or blue plates... even the more human-like species have enhanced senses or physical capabilities.



* In the CthulhuMythos Mi-go look like crustaceans with batlike wings and a fleshy orb covered with small tentacles in place of a head, but biologically they are closer to fungi (and they're not really fungi eighter. It's just what they resemble the most from Earth organisms). The Elder Things are described as being something akin to a mix of vegetable and crinoid. And lets not even go to the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] which are not really made out of matter in the strictest sense of the word.

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* In the CthulhuMythos Mi-go look like crustaceans with batlike wings and a fleshy orb covered with small tentacles in place of a head, but biologically they are closer to fungi (and they're not really fungi eighter.either. It's just what they resemble the most from Earth organisms). The Elder Things are described as being something akin to a mix of vegetable and crinoid. And lets not even go to the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] which are not really made out of matter in the strictest sense of the word.



** Several of the species featured in ''Literature/StarTrekExMachina'', whose physiologies and cultures are expanded from background material associated with Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture. These include the balleen-feeder Megarites, who require "drysuits" when out of water, and survive on nutrient injections where they can't filter-feed. Then there's the Zaranites, who rely on fluorine-dependent micro-organisms as part of their respiration.
* In the "Shatnerverse" series of Franchise/StarTrek novels, where Kirk is resurrected after his death in ''Generations'' and goes on to live in the 24th century, the main characters encounter a super-secret group of Starfleet black-ops ''scientists'' with some pretty wongo ships. Several crewmembers are fully holographic, for example. The captain of the lead ship, a woman named Raddison, has a holodeck for a ready-room, and she appears in a different form with her room set to a different natural disaster recreation to different characters; a small Chinese woman to Kirk, a striking blonde to Riker, etc. In the end, Kirk asks her to at least tell him, among all of her secrets, which of her forms is the ''real'' one. She smiles and says, although using a plot reference instead of these words, that he's short-sighted for assuming all species are bipedal. Kirk, at this point, realizes that no matter what her holodeck ready-room looks like, there is always one single constant in the room that ''never changes.'' Captain Raddison is the room's ''potted plant.''

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** Several of the species featured in ''Literature/StarTrekExMachina'', whose physiologies and cultures are expanded from background material associated with Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture. These include the balleen-feeder baleen-feeder Megarites, who require "drysuits" when out of water, and survive on nutrient injections where they can't filter-feed. Then there's the Zaranites, who rely on fluorine-dependent micro-organisms as part of their respiration.
* In the "Shatnerverse" series of Franchise/StarTrek novels, where Kirk is resurrected after his death in ''Generations'' and goes on to live in the 24th century, the main characters encounter a super-secret group of Starfleet black-ops ''scientists'' with some pretty wongo ships. Several crewmembers crew members are fully holographic, for example. The captain of the lead ship, a woman named Raddison, has a holodeck for a ready-room, and she appears in a different form with her room set to a different natural disaster recreation to different characters; a small Chinese woman to Kirk, a striking blonde to Riker, etc. In the end, Kirk asks her to at least tell him, among all of her secrets, which of her forms is the ''real'' one. She smiles and says, although using a plot reference instead of these words, that he's short-sighted for assuming all species are bipedal. Kirk, at this point, realizes that no matter what her holodeck ready-room looks like, there is always one single constant in the room that ''never changes.'' Captain Raddison is the room's ''potted plant.''



* Creator/CliffordSimak was prolific at creating imaginative aliens, often at least three or four new ones in each novel or story. Just in Project Pope, there were Dusters (sentient clouds of dust) and Spheres (spherical aliens that had to make themselves beat like a drum to talk to humans) amongst quite a few others.

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* Creator/CliffordSimak was prolific at creating imaginative aliens, often at least three or four new ones in each novel or story. Just in Project Pope, there were Dusters (sentient clouds of dust) and Spheres (spherical aliens that had to make themselves beat like a drum to talk to humans) amongst among quite a few others.



* Zerg from ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. Their organ tissues randomly mutate (and, in certain cases, [[TheAssimilator steal new DNA from a new prey creature]]), and their hyperpowered immune system hunts it down, invoking "survival of the fittest, nature red in tooth and claw" on the genetic level. This allows a piece of formerly dead and rotten Zerg tissue cultured in a laborotory to un-decompose, and evolve 1000,000 times more than humans ever have in the space of ''a week''. Their alpha amino acids have unique "R groups" that allow damaged cells to fuse with protein to repair themselves. It also allows them to [[PlayedStraight ignore]] [[NoBiochemicalBarriers Biochemical Barriers]] by adapting to be compatible with host organisms. They can reproduce through parasitic fusion, or larvae produced from a building that eats mineral crystals, drinks liquid vespene gas, and is built around six wombs (complete with birth canals), a brain, and a stomach. Their buildings are really self-contained organisms that are based on the genetically programmed nest site architecture of their prey species, and one building is specifically designed to do that ultra-evolution thing ''at an accelerated rate''. They don't need to breathe, and their flesh is dense enough to count as a spacesuit. Their metabolism is so fast that, on top of meat, they eat minerals and drink vespene (which is a mutagen, so that helps things along considerably). The downside to this is that they are very susceptable to radiation poisoning.

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* Zerg from ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. Their organ tissues randomly mutate (and, in certain cases, [[TheAssimilator steal new DNA from a new prey creature]]), and their hyperpowered immune system hunts it down, invoking "survival of the fittest, nature red in tooth and claw" on the genetic level. This allows a piece of formerly dead and rotten Zerg tissue cultured in a laborotory laboratory to un-decompose, and evolve 1000,000 times more than humans ever have in the space of ''a week''. Their alpha amino acids have unique "R groups" that allow damaged cells to fuse with protein to repair themselves. It also allows them to [[PlayedStraight ignore]] [[NoBiochemicalBarriers Biochemical Barriers]] by adapting to be compatible with host organisms. They can reproduce through parasitic fusion, or larvae produced from a building that eats mineral crystals, drinks liquid vespene gas, and is built around six wombs (complete with birth canals), a brain, and a stomach. Their buildings are really self-contained organisms that are based on the genetically programmed nest site architecture of their prey species, and one building is specifically designed to do that ultra-evolution thing ''at an accelerated rate''. They don't need to breathe, and their flesh is dense enough to count as a spacesuit. Their metabolism is so fast that, on top of meat, they eat minerals and drink vespene (which is a mutagen, so that helps things along considerably). The downside to this is that they are very susceptable susceptible to radiation poisoning.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s [[HumanOutsideAlienInside trolls]]. They have [[FantasticCasteSystem a caste system divided between 12 normal blood colors]] (the "hemospectrum") which goes from short-lived, psychic rust-bloods all the way up to violent & dangerous bluebloods and sea-dweller violet bloods, with the fuschia-blooded empress and her current heir at the top. They have an insect-like life cycle and are [[BizarreAlienReproduction born from a separate mother grub species which takes in genetic material carried by drones in pails]]. Genes from couples that feel the strongest love [[FoeYay or hate]] for each other tend to win out of the incestuous slurry, and troll gender is irrelevant to reproduction. And that doesn't even go into all the bizarre anatomical details hinted at by "auricular sponge clots," "bone bulge," "chitinous windhole," etc.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s [[HumanOutsideAlienInside trolls]]. They have [[FantasticCasteSystem a caste system divided between 12 normal blood colors]] (the "hemospectrum") which goes from short-lived, psychic rust-bloods all the way up to violent & dangerous bluebloods and sea-dweller violet bloods, with the fuschia-blooded fuchsia-blooded empress and her current heir at the top. They have an insect-like life cycle and are [[BizarreAlienReproduction born from a separate mother grub species which takes in genetic material carried by drones in pails]]. Genes from couples that feel the strongest love [[FoeYay or hate]] for each other tend to win out of the incestuous slurry, and troll gender is irrelevant to reproduction. And that doesn't even go into all the bizarre anatomical details hinted at by "auricular sponge clots," "bone bulge," "chitinous windhole," etc.



* PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/EllieOnPlanetX'', with examples including [[http://ellieonplanetx.com/comic/tub-o-fun/ the bathtub]] -- actually an alien whose mouth is conveniently bathtub-shaped.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' has fun with this trope all the time with crustacean life-form Dr. Zoidberg. Losing organs is merely a minor nuisance for him. In the "Roswell that Ends Well" episode, he manages to keep up a running commentary during his own dissection-- "Removing the heart." "Take, I've got four of them!". In the FountainOfYouth episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", he regresses through an improbable number of larval stages (one example: coral to trilobyte).

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' has fun with this trope all the time with crustacean life-form Dr. Zoidberg. Losing organs is merely a minor nuisance for him. In the "Roswell that Ends Well" episode, he manages to keep up a running commentary during his own dissection-- "Removing the heart." "Take, I've got four of them!". In the FountainOfYouth episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", he regresses through an improbable number of larval stages (one example: coral to trilobyte).trilobite).
29th Apr '16 10:28:43 PM HiddenWindshield
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** Kif Kroker (the second-most-often-recurring alien) has a camouflage reflex, a fluid-filled bladder system instead of a skeleton, and a bizarre reproductive system that causes [[MisterSeahorse him to become pregnant]] from holding someone's hand. His species also begins life as a tadpole, develops into an adult, and spends the final stage of their life as a swarm of flying hookworms. He also has three nipples and an [[FridgeLogic inexplicable belly-button]]. How would someone who was born from an egg have one?[[note]]Because that's where the yolk connects to the embryo. Where does this information come from? Animals that hatch from eggs in real life don't have belly buttons and this explanation is never actually given.[[/note]]

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** Kif Kroker (the second-most-often-recurring alien) has a camouflage reflex, a fluid-filled bladder system instead of a skeleton, and a bizarre reproductive system that causes [[MisterSeahorse him to become pregnant]] from holding someone's hand. His species also begins life as a tadpole, develops into an adult, and spends the final stage of their life as a swarm of flying hookworms. He also has three nipples and an [[FridgeLogic inexplicable belly-button]]. How would someone who was born from an egg have one?[[note]]Because that's where the yolk connects to the embryo. Where does this information come from? Animals that hatch from eggs in real life don't have belly buttons and this explanation is never actually given.[[/note]]one?
29th Apr '16 9:45:36 PM HiddenWindshield
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* The Centauri of ''Series/BabylonFive'', besides their [[ExoticEquipment peculiar reproductive anatomy]] and [[SpareBodyParts two hearts]], also have no major blood vessels in their wrists. Since they are basically HumanAliens (with funny hairdos), this is somewhat notable; the Centauri themselves reference this a lot.

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* The Centauri ''Series/BabylonFive'' features a number of ''Series/BabylonFive'', besides their such aliens. Probably the best example is the Centauri; the males have six tentacle-like... [[ExoticEquipment peculiar reproductive anatomy]] and members]] to go with the female's six... "slits", [[SpareBodyParts two hearts]], hearts]] (one of which is also the kidney), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking have no major blood vessels in their wrists. wrists]]. Since they are basically HumanAliens ''appear'' to be {{human aliens}} (with funny hairdos), this is somewhat notable; the Centauri themselves reference this a lot.
10th Apr '16 1:54:53 PM hirilelfwraith
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* [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/gravityfalls/images/e/ea/S1e19_bill_snap.png/revision/latest?cb=20130905173319 triangle]] with one large eye, tiny black limbs, and no other visible bodily features. This means he doesn't have a mouth, right? Well...[[https://41.media.tumblr.com/0fb0fd0e17b685e589588544bc0a50a0/tumblr_o5frd1yQXe1rbzbl9o1_1280.png not exactly.]]
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* EyeOnAStalk
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-->Don't worry, Tegan. We Alzarians are different from you. We recover faster.

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-->Don't --->Don't worry, Tegan. We Alzarians are different from you. We recover faster.
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