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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.
25th Aug '16 4:25:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** This is pointed out by [[MotorMouth Mordin Solus]], who claims that humans have a much greater genetic variety than other races.

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** This is pointed out by [[MotorMouth Mordin Solus]], who claims that humans have a much greater genetic variety than other races. This is actually fairly shocking if you know your genetics; humans are actually remarkable among Earth species for how [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_bottleneck limited]] our genetic diversity is.
25th Aug '16 4:19:48 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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.

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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]].
15th Aug '16 3:06:37 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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.

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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.
15th Aug '16 3:03:04 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** An odd exception: the Sontarans, explicitly described as being a race of clones, ''didn't'' all look alike, firstly because a variety of different actors played them and secondly because the costume and make-up was mildly revised for nearly each story in which they appeared. (The first and second Sontaran stories, ''The Time Warrior'' and ''The Sontaran Experiment'' averted this by having the same actor player play the three Sontarans seen in that story. Even though they did have a continuity mix-up in the latter story.) Despite there still being slight differences between the two Sontarans whose un-masked faces we see on scene in "The Sontaran Stratagem" the Ditto Aliens phenomena is lampshaded in the typical way "we say the same of humans."

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** An odd exception: the Sontarans, explicitly described as being a race of clones, ''didn't'' all look alike, firstly because a variety of different actors played them and secondly because the costume and make-up was mildly revised for nearly each story in which they appeared. (The first and second Sontaran stories, ''The Time Warrior'' and ''The Sontaran Experiment'' averted this by having the same actor player play the three Sontarans seen in that story. Even though they did have a continuity mix-up in the latter story.) Despite there still being slight differences between the two Sontarans whose un-masked faces we see on scene in "The Sontaran Stratagem" (slight makeup changes on the same actor) the Ditto Aliens phenomena is lampshaded in the typical way "we say the same of humans."" It's since been explained that the different looks are different batches of clones, and by sheer coincidence all of the ones seen in the New Who era are the ones that are played by Dan Starkey.
4th Aug '16 9:07:43 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', it's generally played straight within each individual game, but averted within the franchise as a whole, particular with the Kig-Yar, whom we know consist of at least three different sub-species; the Jackals from the Creator/{{Bungie}}-era games (native to the continent of Ruuht), the Skirmishers from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' (native to the asteroid colony of T'vao), and the Jackals from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' (native to the continent of Ibie'sh). Additionally, WordOfGod has [[https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/bulletins/the-halo-bulletin-knowledge-drop explicitly stated]] that the continually changing physical appearances of the Covenant species between each game all represent equally canon phenotypes.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', it's generally played straight within each individual game, but averted within the franchise as a whole, particular with the Kig-Yar, whom we know consist of at least three different sub-species; the Jackals from the Creator/{{Bungie}}-era games (native to the continent of Ruuht), the Skirmishers from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' (native to the asteroid colony of T'vao), and the Jackals from introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' (native to the continent of Ibie'sh). Additionally, WordOfGod has [[https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/bulletins/the-halo-bulletin-knowledge-drop explicitly stated]] that the continually changing physical appearances of the Covenant species between each game all represent equally canon phenotypes.
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