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14th Nov '17 2:40:50 PM KizunaTallis
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* The title of the Creator/DisneyChannel original movie ''Film/StepsisterFromPlanetWeird'' applies to both girls, as the alien girl and her [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]] father are actually air bubble-like aliens taking on human forms on earth. Much {{wangst}}ing is done about her hideous new "meat body" and how terrifying this windy planet is and how utterly weird human culture is. [[spoiler:However, she ultimately comes around and comes to like and appreciate humans when she sees that humans can be very kind and place a great value on personal freedoms (as she and her father had to escape their despotic home world). Of course, [[FireForgedFriends her human stepsister]] helping her overthrow the tyrannical emperor in the climax definitely helped.]]



* The title of a Creator/DisneyChannel movie ''Film/StepsisterFromPlanetWeird'' applies to both girls, as the alien girl and her [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]] father are actually air bubble-like aliens. Much {{wangst}}ing is done about her hideous new "meat body" and how terrifying this windy planet is (her [[MissingMom mom]] was blown away) and how stupid the inhabitants are. [[spoiler: Because this isn't contrived enough, she also falls for a human guy, to the confusion of her boyfriend (son of the tyrant who drove them away in the first place), who (after attaining a meat body) falls for the human stepsister.]]
19th Oct '17 4:09:30 AM jormis29
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* In another one of Creator/HarryTurtledove's novels, ''A World of Difference'', the Minervans (Martians) cannot comprehend that any of the American (or Soviet) crew could possibly be female [[spoiler:until a Minervan "prince" out for a walk sees two of the Americans without their "outer skins" after investigating an odd noise coming from behind a rock]] due to the fact that their females are basically baby factories that live to sexual maturity, get pregnant, then [[DeathByChildbirth bleed out when they give birth]]. Mercifully for the females, it seems nature provides them with some sort of anesthesia. Note that the males don't particularly like this little fact, they just can't do anything about it with medieval tech.

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* In another one of Creator/HarryTurtledove's novels, ''A World of Difference'', ''Literature/AWorldOfDifference'', the Minervans (Martians) cannot comprehend that any of the American (or Soviet) crew could possibly be female [[spoiler:until a Minervan "prince" out for a walk sees two of the Americans without their "outer skins" after investigating an odd noise coming from behind a rock]] due to the fact that their females are basically baby factories that live to sexual maturity, get pregnant, then [[DeathByChildbirth bleed out when they give birth]]. Mercifully for the females, it seems nature provides them with some sort of anesthesia. Note that the males don't particularly like this little fact, they just can't do anything about it with medieval tech.
9th Oct '17 2:29:02 AM thatmadork
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* A breakdown of [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Green]][[OurGoblinsAreDifferent skin]]/everyone else race relations in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Empire: Weak gitz that deserve to be stomped. If they have magic, "[[MoreDakka boomy barrels]]" and Stunty-made choppas, then they are not bad for fightin'.
** Dwarfs (or "Stunties"): Good fighting and even better loot. Been fightin' dem for a very long time.
** Ogres: BigFun. Very good fightin', sometimes dey even pay Orcs to fight for dem.
** Dark Elves: Good fights, but tricky gits. Sometimes they recruit Orcs to fight for them, but these alliances never last long.
** High Elves: Very good fights, even if they don't come up often. Orcs and especially Goblins fear them because more Boyz don't spawn after fights with them.
** Bretonnia: Less loot than the Empire but better for fights, especially [[MagicKnight the fancy gitz on the horses]].
** Lizardmen: Big lizards are super-killy and better fights than Bretonnia, but even less loot, unless deyz attacking a Lizardmen city wif lotz of gold.
** Vampires: The Bludd-drinkas are very good fights, close to Lizardmen and Ogres. Their undead minions, not so much, but derez lotz of 'em and [[AnimateDead dey get back up when you krump 'em]]. Loot is slim pickingz.
** Warriors of Chaos: ''Glorious'' fights, probably da best of all. Spiky, dead 'ard and like fightin' as much as Orcs do.
** Skaven: Sneaky gitz and very bad fights, but at least dere's lotz of 'em so plenty of loot and [[ImAHumanitarian food]] afterwards.
28th Aug '17 8:23:44 PM PaulA
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* There's a some of this in UrsulaKLeGuin's science fiction. ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'', which is set on the planet Gethen, involves an alien species whose members are completely androgynous 28 days a month. It starts out with a human narrator called Genly Ai, but later begins shifting between Genly and a Gethenian named Estraven, who highlights Genly's strangeness by Gethenian standards. The short story collection ''The Birthday of the World'' also features several instances of this.

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* There's a some of this in UrsulaKLeGuin's Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's science fiction. fiction:
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''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'', which is set on the planet Gethen, involves an alien species whose members are completely androgynous 28 days a month. It starts out with a human narrator called Genly Ai, but later begins shifting between Genly and a Gethenian named Estraven, who highlights Genly's strangeness by Gethenian standards. standards.
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The short story collection ''The Birthday of the World'' also features several instances of this.
24th Aug '17 1:34:18 AM HelloLamppost
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* In ''[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Out Of the Silent Planet]],'' a Malacandran carves Ransom's portrait. When he sees it, he's astonished to see that he's been portrayed as a sort of grotesque dwarf with mossy stuff on top of his head.
2nd Aug '17 5:25:26 PM thatother1dude
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** And the Homeworld Gems, who do not live on Earth, have it far worse. Peridot, having not spent any length of time on Earth before, displays this even more flagrantly, asking if a towel, a comb, a toothbrush, and several other bathroom accouterments were weapons. As Gems name themselves in a different fashion from humans, Peridot seems to initially believe that Steven is "a Steven" and asks if Stevens have supplanted humans as Earth's dominant species. Steven (unaware of the implications, and apparently under the impression that Peridot was referring to the fact that he is a HalfHumanHybrid) gives a short list of humans he knows. Aquamarine takes this list as ''varieties'' of human, including "Mydad", "Themailman", and "Onionithink", and doesn't understand that asking various humans if they are "Mydad" is not going to accomplish much (at one point exasperatedly saying that she's not looking for "Yourdad" when such a thing is suggested).

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** And the Homeworld Gems, who do not live on Earth, have it far worse. Peridot, having not spent any length of time on Earth before, displays this even more flagrantly, asking if a towel, a comb, a toothbrush, and several other bathroom accouterments were weapons. As Gems name themselves in a different fashion from humans, Peridot seems to initially believe that Steven is "a Steven" and asks if Stevens have supplanted humans as Earth's dominant species. Steven (unaware of the implications, and apparently under the impression that Peridot was referring to the fact that he is a HalfHumanHybrid) gives a short list of humans he knows. Aquamarine takes this list as ''varieties'' of human, including "Mydad", "Themailman", and "Onionithink", and doesn't understand that [[WhosOnFirst asking various humans if they are "Mydad" "Mydad"]] is not going to accomplish much (at one point exasperatedly saying that she's not looking for "Yourdad" when such a thing is suggested).
9th Jul '17 9:56:50 AM Sharlee
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** In ''The Last Adventure Of Constance Verity'' (same author), a spider-like alien whose stiff-skinned species conveys emotion via scents is ''horrified'' by humans' flexible facial features, and assumes that smiling or sneering must be physically painful to them.
26th Jun '17 12:09:09 PM zarpaulus
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** Liara T'Soni, one of the recruitable party members, finds humans to be quite odd and strange at first, with their short lifespans clashing with her own (she's the oldest person on the ship, aside from Wrex, despite being twenty something by asari standards).

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** Liara T'Soni, one of the recruitable party members, finds humans to be quite odd and strange at first, with their short lifespans clashing with her own (she's (at 106 she's the oldest person on the ship, aside from Wrex, despite being twenty something by asari standards).



* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', you get not [[StarfishAliens one]], not [[PettingZooPeople two]], but ''[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots three]]'' distinct outsider viewpoints of human culture. Not to mention those times when its outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Sam'', or outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Florence''.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', you get not [[StarfishAliens one]], not [[PettingZooPeople [[UpliftedAnimal two]], but ''[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots three]]'' distinct outsider viewpoints of human culture. Not to mention those times when its outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Sam'', or outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Florence''.
27th May '17 6:49:23 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In Stanislaw Lem's Kyberiad, Robots view humans (and biological lifeforms in general) as weird and ofthen fear them. One of the "Fables for robots" includes a rather amusing explanation of human reproduction.

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* In Stanislaw Lem's Kyberiad, Robots view humans (and biological lifeforms in general) as weird and ofthen often fear them. One of the "Fables for robots" includes a rather amusing explanation of human reproduction.
27th May '17 6:30:50 PM HiddenWindshield
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** The short story "Nothing for Nothing" has a group of ethical aliens who insist that any transaction must result in equal benefit to both parties, or it cannot be made. They have never conceived of art before meeting humans, and are having great difficulty coming up with something of equal value to give the (prehistoric, cave-dwelling) humans. Finally one of them offers a bow and arrow, and they're amazed at how quickly the humans grasp the idea. As they're leaving, they make a note to come back in 25,000 years or so to see how the humans are doing. One of them says "If they don't come looking for us before then," which is treated as a great joke. The story concludes that 20,000 years later it didn't seem so funny.

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** The short story "Nothing for Nothing" has a group of ethical aliens who insist that any transaction must result in equal benefit to both parties, or it cannot be made. They have never conceived of art before meeting humans, and are having great difficulty coming up with something of equal value to give the (prehistoric, cave-dwelling) humans.humans in trade for it. Finally one of them offers a bow and arrow, and they're amazed at how quickly the humans grasp the idea. As they're leaving, they make a note to come back in 25,000 years or so to see how the humans are doing. One of them says "If they don't come looking for us before then," which is treated as a great joke. The story concludes that 20,000 years later it didn't seem so funny.
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