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15th Feb '18 10:56:23 AM DesertDragon
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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book, it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly shaped hair. This is lampshaded in ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' when the Shi'Ar warrior Cerise first arrived on Earth and encountered Nightcrawler and Excalibur's alien frenemies the Technet. The Technet are a team of bounty hunters composed of various alien members who do ''not'' fall under this trope, and Nightcrawler is a mutant with an inhuman appearance. Cerise demanded to know which one of them best resembled the dominant lifeform on this planet, to which Nightcrawler replied, "Ironically fraulein, ''you'' do."

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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book, DependingOnTheArtist, it's not even always even obvious that it's not just oddly shaped oddly-shaped hair. This is lampshaded in ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' when the Shi'Ar warrior Cerise first arrived on Earth and encountered Nightcrawler and Excalibur's alien frenemies the Technet. The Technet are Technet, a team of bounty hunters composed of various alien members who do ''not'' fall under this trope, and Nightcrawler is a mutant with an inhuman appearance. Cerise demanded to know which one of them best resembled the dominant lifeform on this planet, to which Nightcrawler replied, "Ironically fraulein, ''you'' do."
15th Feb '18 10:54:18 AM DesertDragon
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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book, it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly shaped hair. This is lampshaded in '"Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' when the Shi'Ar warrior Cerise first arrived on Earth and encountered Nightcrawler and Excalibur's alien frenemies the Technet. The Technet are a team of bounty hunters composed of various alien members who do ''not'' fall under this trope, and Nightcrawler is a mutant with an inhuman appearance. Cerise demanded to know which one of them best resembled the dominant lifeform on this planet, to which Nightcrawler replied, "Ironically fraulein, ''you'' do."

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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book, it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly shaped hair. This is lampshaded in '"Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' when the Shi'Ar warrior Cerise first arrived on Earth and encountered Nightcrawler and Excalibur's alien frenemies the Technet. The Technet are a team of bounty hunters composed of various alien members who do ''not'' fall under this trope, and Nightcrawler is a mutant with an inhuman appearance. Cerise demanded to know which one of them best resembled the dominant lifeform on this planet, to which Nightcrawler replied, "Ironically fraulein, ''you'' do."
15th Feb '18 10:53:53 AM DesertDragon
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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book, it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly shaped hair.

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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book, it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly shaped hair. This is lampshaded in '"Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' when the Shi'Ar warrior Cerise first arrived on Earth and encountered Nightcrawler and Excalibur's alien frenemies the Technet. The Technet are a team of bounty hunters composed of various alien members who do ''not'' fall under this trope, and Nightcrawler is a mutant with an inhuman appearance. Cerise demanded to know which one of them best resembled the dominant lifeform on this planet, to which Nightcrawler replied, "Ironically fraulein, ''you'' do."
26th Jan '18 3:02:35 PM RacattackForce
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* The main character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' looks human, but is from another dimension and possesses some degree of BizarreAlienBiology to make it clear she's not the same as humans on Earth. Her "Mewberty" seems to indicate Mewmans (her species) are more closely related to insects.

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* The main character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' looks human, but is from another dimension and possesses some degree of BizarreAlienBiology to make it clear she's not the same as humans on Earth. Her "Mewberty" seems to indicate Mewmans (her species) are more closely related to Earth, with her species having far amount in common with insects.
22nd Jan '18 5:47:08 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** A one-off race called the Yemen looked exactly like humans with the exception that their women look like human men. It was never clarified if the reverse was also true.

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** A one-off race called the Yemen Yenen looked exactly like humans with the exception that their women look like human men. It was never clarified if the reverse was also true.
22nd Jan '18 5:45:05 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** A one-off race called the Yemen looked exactly like humans with the exception that their women look like human men. It was never clarified if the reverse was also true.
22nd Jan '18 4:23:10 PM BrokenEye
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*** Then again, John Carter arrived on Mars via AstralProjection rather than by traveling there physically, so its possible that he's in the body of a Martian.
21st Jan '18 4:07:17 PM MCanter89
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In 1950's movies, this also could be used as an actual part of the theme of the story, as the idea that these sorts of aliens could pass completely for humans made a rather handy [[RedScare metaphor for Communism]].

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In 1950's 1950s movies, this also could be used as an actual part of the theme of the story, as the idea that these sorts of aliens could pass completely for humans made a rather handy [[RedScare metaphor for Communism]].



In stories involving alien [[HollywoodCyborg cyborgs,]] the aliens are often human-looking in their original form, to emphasize that the conflict of the story is between their biological and cybernetic natures, and not mainly about the fact that they are aliens. Examples include the Kaleds who became [[Series/DoctorWho the Daleks,]] the original [[Series/DoctorWho Cybermen,]] the Galadorians from ''ComicBook/RomSpaceknight,'' the Nebulans from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers,'' the ''[[ChallengeOfTheGobots GoBots]],'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek's'' Borg.[[note]] A notable exception to this rule is the original series version of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978's'' Cylons. They were a race of LizardFolk before [[{{Transhumanism}} trans-lizardizing]] themselves into killer robots.[[/note]]

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In stories involving alien [[HollywoodCyborg cyborgs,]] the aliens are often human-looking in their original form, to emphasize that the conflict of the story is between their biological and cybernetic natures, and not mainly about the fact that they are aliens. Examples include the Kaleds who became [[Series/DoctorWho the Daleks,]] Daleks]], the original [[Series/DoctorWho Cybermen,]] the Galadorians from ''ComicBook/RomSpaceknight,'' the Nebulans from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers,'' the ''[[ChallengeOfTheGobots GoBots]],'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek's'' Borg.[[note]] A notable exception to this rule is the original series version of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978's'' Cylons. They were a race of LizardFolk before [[{{Transhumanism}} trans-lizardizing]] themselves into killer robots.[[/note]]



Reasons for using this trope may vary. Sometimes it may make audience relate to the character better ([[UnfortunateImplications because people aren't going to like a character]] [[ButNotTooForeign who looks, you know, "different"]]) or to have the character live among ordinary humans without undue complications, or to make a human-alien romance more plausible and less squicky. Or it might just be because they can't afford the makeup and rubber foreheads. Or sometimes, [[CreatorsApathy well....]]

Contrast with StarfishAliens (where the aliens are nothing like humans), HumanoidAliens (where aliens have a similar shape, but not quite human), AmbiguouslyHuman (where it isn't made clear in-canon whether a culture are human-like aliens or human-descended), AFormYouAreComfortableWith (when gods and other metaphysical beings take human form) and HumanSubspecies (biologically "alien" yet related to humans).

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Reasons for using this trope may vary. Sometimes it may make audience relate to the character better ([[UnfortunateImplications because people aren't going to like a character]] [[ButNotTooForeign who looks, you know, "different"]]) or to have the character live among ordinary humans without undue complications, or to make a human-alien romance more plausible and less squicky. Or it might just be because they can't afford the makeup and rubber foreheads. Or sometimes, [[CreatorsApathy well....well...]]

Contrast with StarfishAliens (where the aliens are nothing like humans), HumanoidAliens (where aliens have a similar shape, but not quite human), AmbiguouslyHuman (where it isn't made clear in-canon whether a culture are human-like aliens or human-descended), AFormYouAreComfortableWith (when gods and other metaphysical beings take human form) and HumanSubspecies (biologically "alien" yet related to humans).
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** Some of Freeza's {{Mook}}s look like Earthlings as well.

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** Some of Freeza's {{Mook}}s {{Mooks}} look like Earthlings as well.



* The Altirrans in ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty'', including the title character herself, look pretty much human and most pretty much are. That said though a few of them, again including Birdy, have super powers thanks to various [[spoiler:SuperSoldier projects, including SuperSerum projects and [[ArtificialHuman bio-engineering super soldiers]]]], the latter involving Birdy herself.

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* The Altirrans in ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty'', including the title character herself, look pretty much human and most pretty much are. That said though a few of them, again including Birdy, have super powers thanks to various [[spoiler:SuperSoldier projects, including SuperSerum projects and [[ArtificialHuman bio-engineering super soldiers]]]], soldiers]],]] the latter involving Birdy herself.



* ''Anime/RinnenoLagrange'' has really human like aliens that are at war near earth. [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified, as the aliens in question are descendants of an earlier human generation]] [[ApocalypseHow that fled an apocalyptic earth.]]]]
* None of the characters in ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' are from Earth. All of them are completely humanoid. There're not discernible differences between people of Arst -like Jordy or Chururu- or people born in other planet -like [[spoiler:Hilmuka]] or [[spoiler:Marder]]-. Justified, since [[spoiler:Hilmuka and other people from her homeworld migrated from Arst several millennia ago.]]

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* ''Anime/RinnenoLagrange'' has really human like aliens that are at war near earth. [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified, as the aliens in question are descendants of an earlier human generation]] [[ApocalypseHow that fled an apocalyptic earth.]]]]
Earth]].]]
* None of the characters in ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' are from Earth. All of them are completely humanoid. There're not discernible differences between people of Arst -like like Jordy or Chururu- Chururu or people born in other planet -like like [[spoiler:Hilmuka]] or [[spoiler:Marder]]-.[[spoiler:Marder]]. Justified, since [[spoiler:Hilmuka and other people from her homeworld migrated from Arst several millennia ago.]]



** In ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', most of the alien races are perfectly humanoid in appearance, although they possess various additional abilities. ComicBook/PostCrisis, this was {{handwave}}d by having them be descendants of humans who were given superpowers in alien experiments (this explanation was later {{retconned}} out of existence by the 2010 "New Krypton" storyline, which tells us they were, in fact, alien races to begin with.)

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** In ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of of Super-Heroes}}'', most of the alien races are perfectly humanoid in appearance, although they possess various additional abilities. ComicBook/PostCrisis, this was {{handwave}}d by having them be descendants of humans who were given superpowers in alien experiments (this explanation was later {{retconned}} out of existence by the 2010 "New Krypton" storyline, which tells us they were, in fact, alien races to begin with.)



** The Kree are divided into two races: the pink Kree, who look just like white humans, and the blue Kree, who look just like humans, save for their [[RubberForeheadAliens blue skin]].
** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries) and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair...and this being a comic book it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly-shaped hair.\

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** The Kree are divided into two races: the pink Kree, who Kree (who look just like white humans, humans) and the blue Kree, who Kree (who look just like humans, save for their [[RubberForeheadAliens blue skin]].
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** The Shi'ar, who are basically humans with avian forefathers, birdlike physiology (yet NonMammalMammaries) NonMammalMammaries), and enhanced physical abilities. For most Shi'ar, the only visible sign of their avian ancestry is that they have feathers instead of hair... and this being a comic book book, it's not always even obvious that it's not just oddly-shaped oddly shaped hair.\



* The Wildstorm Comics [[TheVerse 'Verse]] has Kherubim, super-powered humanlike [[{{Immortality}} immortals]] who can even interbreed with homo sapiens. It's eventually [[{{Retcon}} revealed]] that this is because Earth and other planets were [[spoiler:seeded with devices designed to spread the Kherubim genome]] across the universe in a form of bloodless conquest. Not that they were averse to the bloody kind on occasion either, being [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a Warrior Race]].

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* The Wildstorm Comics [[TheVerse 'Verse]] has Kherubim, super-powered humanlike [[{{Immortality}} immortals]] who can even interbreed with homo sapiens.''Homo sapiens''. It's eventually [[{{Retcon}} revealed]] that this is because Earth and other planets were [[spoiler:seeded with devices designed to spread the Kherubim genome]] across the universe in a form of bloodless conquest. Not that they were averse to the bloody kind on occasion either, being [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a Warrior Race]].



* ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} was originally presented as an alien from the planet Drakulon, which was populated by a human-like race that subsisted in blood that flew like water in their world. {{Dracula}} was revealed to have been from the same race as Vampi until he was banished, instead of being native from Earth. Later publications [[RetCon retconed]] Drakulon being a place inside of hell instead of an alien planet, though recently the comic has overlapped between the two.
* Mekkans from ''ComicBook/ManTech.''

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* ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} was originally presented as an alien from the planet Drakulon, which was populated by a human-like race that subsisted in blood that flew like water in their world. {{Dracula}} was revealed to have been from the same race as Vampi until he was banished, instead of being native from Earth. Later publications [[RetCon retconed]] {{retcon}}ned Drakulon being a place inside of hell instead of an alien planet, though recently the comic has overlapped between the two.
* Mekkans from ''ComicBook/ManTech.''''ComicBook/ManTech''.



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3rd Jan '18 4:14:41 PM MaliciousBoobyBird
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* The fictionalised version of Music/{{Rezz}} is a young alien from Neptune with the power of hypnosis through music
1st Jan '18 1:52:43 PM MajinAkuma
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** Filler character Olibu looks perfectly Earthling, but it is not stated what he actually is.
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