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9th Jan '17 10:44:12 AM Tahaneira
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* Exaggerated in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' with the Chritchellites, an alien race whose members not only look the same, and dress the same, but ''sound'' the same. As in, they all have the same voice actor who inflects all their lines the exact same way. The only distinguishing feature that their leader has is that his visor is orange.
9th Jan '17 8:33:54 AM thatother1dude
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->'''Luke Rattigan''': How... do you tell each other apart?
->'''General Staal''': We say the same of humans.

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->'''Luke Rattigan''': How... do you tell each other apart?
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* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Gems of a single kind are actually ''[[CloneArmy supposed]]'' to all look alike, as they're created artificially and designed for specific tasks, as can been seen with the first three Rubies shown, who are identical except for [[HeartDrive gemstone]] location. Major variations in body type (like Amethyst's short height, contrast with Quartzes' intended HeroicBuild) are considered deformities/defects. However, a later group of Rubies show there are cosmetic variations small enough to ''not'' be considered deformities, like varying tones of the same color of skin. [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearls]] seem to have such difference deliberately in order to [[UncattyResemblance match the appearance of those they serve under]] (e.g. Yellow Diamond has a yellow Pearl, Blue Diamond has a blue Pearl).
29th Dec '16 9:46:41 PM Galacton
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** This was improved a bit in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' -- the Zora had two different models for standard citizens. A number of relatively important gorons got unique models as well, but the ordinary ones still all looked alike.

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** This was improved a bit in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' -- the Zora had two different models for standard citizens. A number of relatively important gorons got unique models as well, but the ordinary ones still all looked alike.
28th Dec '16 2:53:53 PM Lloigor
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** After Sisko ends up [[EmergencyImpersonation taking the role]] [[TrickedOutTime of a 21st century]] [[YouWillBeBeethoven historical figure]], Quark fails to notice the resemblance even when it's pointed out to him, saying "All humans look alike." Made either funnier by the fact that Sisko and the man he's replacing don't look at all alike beyond both being African-American and about the same height. It's also a reference to Quark's actor playing several unrelated Ferengi characters over the course of the franchise.

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** After Sisko ends up [[EmergencyImpersonation taking the role]] [[TrickedOutTime of a 21st century]] [[YouWillBeBeethoven historical figure]], Quark fails to notice the resemblance even when it's pointed out to him, saying "All humans look alike." Made either even funnier by the fact that Sisko and the man he's replacing don't look at all alike beyond both being African-American and about the same height. It's also a reference to Quark's actor playing several unrelated Ferengi characters over the course of the franchise.
15th Dec '16 1:50:50 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''--when [[BigBad the future Visser Three]] first manages to [[PuppeteerParasite infest]] [[GeneralRipper Alloran]], [[WideEyedIdealist Elfangor]] realizes that his subordinates won't know ''which'' Andalite he's gotten, so he contacts them and does his best "Evil Overlord" act.



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. Irkens vary widly in looks, while still obviously being the same species.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. Irkens vary widly widely in looks, while still obviously being the same species.species.
** Oddly, [[BigBadDuumvirate Tallests Red and Purple]] look identical, except for their [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience eye and armor colors]]. One fan theory is that they're twins (however that would work with a UterineReplicator, anyway).
** The same goes for the [[ProudScholarRaceGuy Vorts]] ([[ContinuitySnarl or Vortians?]]): [[RebelLeader Lard Nar]] has gray skin and "horns" (head tentacles?) that seem to be segmented, while [[ForcedIntoEvil Prisoner 777]] is purple-skinned and his horns are more curved.
* {{Averted}} in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''--when we finally see more of [[JerkAss Roger]]'s species, they still look like TheGreys but differ a lot in body type.
2nd Dec '16 10:36:23 PM AtmosBlitzer
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** Da Orks have this view of humans. Ork hierarchy is based on who is da biggest, meanest Ork around. Some relatively philosophical Orks (and the bar is very low here) wonder how the human chain of command works since humans are all about the same size as each other. Some crafty Orks have noticed that da 'oomies what give da orders have more shiny bits on deir clothes. The main competing theory is dat it's all 'bout [[CommissarCap dem fancy 'ats]].

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** Da Orks have this view of humans. Ork hierarchy is based on who is da biggest, meanest Ork around. Some relatively philosophical Orks (and the bar is very low here) wonder how the human chain of command works since humans are all about the same size as each other. Some crafty Orks have noticed that da 'oomies what give da orders [[BlingOfWar have more shiny bits on deir clothes.clothes]]. The main competing theory is dat it's all 'bout [[CommissarCap dem fancy 'ats]].
28th Nov '16 6:49:23 PM DesertDragon
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If anyone tries to [[LampshadeHanging point this out]], an alien character may retort, "to me, all humans look the same," implying that there ''are'' differences that the untrained eye might not pick up. Alternatively, they may [[FantasticRacism accuse you of racism]]. Counterintuitively, this is one way in which HumanAliens are more realistic than the more "complicated" types.

A potential explanation is that aliens tell themselves apart by non-visual signals. Many real animals, who may or may not know each other visually, get lots of information just from scent, but this is rarely used as a device.

May sometimes also occur in Fantasy.

Interesting side note: Some evidence suggests that humans have trouble discerning differences between faces that belong to a group they are unfamiliar with. "They all look the same", therefore, has some basis in fact. This is the basis of the IdenticalLookingAsians trope. However, this effect fades with time and exposure to different individuals of said different groups. Therefore, a sheltered Westerner moving in Korea will, after initial difficulty, eventually be able to tell his neighbors apart quite well.

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If anyone tries to [[LampshadeHanging point this out]], an the alien character may retort, "to will most likely respond that they look nothing like their compatriots and might shoot back, "To me, all humans ''humans'' look the same," implying that there ''are'' are indeed differences that the untrained eye might not pick up. Alternatively, they may [[FantasticRacism accuse you of racism]]. Counterintuitively, this is one way in which HumanAliens are more realistic than the more "complicated" types.

A potential explanation is that aliens tell themselves apart by non-visual signals. Many real animals, who may or may not know each other visually, get lots of information just from scent, but this is rarely used as a device.

May sometimes also occur in Fantasy.

device unless the aliens are [[StarfishAliens particularly inhuman]].

Interesting side note: Some evidence suggests that humans have trouble discerning differences between faces that belong to a group they are unfamiliar with. "They all look the same", therefore, has some basis in fact. This is the basis of the IdenticalLookingAsians trope. However, this effect fades with time and exposure to different individuals of said different groups. Therefore, a sheltered Westerner moving in to Korea will, after initial difficulty, eventually be able to tell his neighbors apart quite well.
well. One can assume the same would hold true if he moved to Alpha Centauri.
26th Oct '16 7:35:39 AM ecojosh1
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* Averted in ''Film/MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''. There's an alien species with men who look like dogs and women who look like fish, but they all look unique. When Marge meets one dogman, she recognizes him from a photograph his wife showed her.



29th Sep '16 2:52:33 PM DustSnitch
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* All the alien skins in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'' are identical to a single member of that species, with all the Rodians looking just like Greedo and all the Sullustans having the same face as Nien Nunb. Meanwhile, all those humans running around look different for whatever reason.
30th Aug '16 12:56:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Harry Turtledove's ''WorldWar/Colonization'' series, which takes place over nearly a century, neither humans or the alien Lizards ever quite get the hang of even telling each other's genders apart.

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* In Harry Turtledove's ''WorldWar/Colonization'' ''Literature/WorldWar / Colonization'' series, which takes place over nearly a century, neither humans or the alien Lizards ever quite get the hang of even telling each other's genders apart.
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