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21st Nov '17 3:37:50 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350: Unlike the more anthropomorphic ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ssi-ruu Ssi-ruuk]] evolved from carnivorous dinosaurs. [[ScaryDogmaticAliens They'll still eat you, though now they can shoot you first]].]]

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Unlike the more anthropomorphic ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ssi-ruu Ssi-ruuk]] evolved from carnivorous dinosaurs. [[ScaryDogmaticAliens They'll still eat you, though now they can shoot you first]].]]
1st Nov '17 7:30:36 PM PaulA
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** The Salariki (CatFolk) in ''Plague Ship''.

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** The Salariki (CatFolk) in ''Plague Ship''.''Literature/PlagueShip''.
25th Oct '17 8:38:23 PM PaulA
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* Creator/AndreNorton: the Salariki (CatFolk), Zacathans (LizardFolk), Trystians (Bird People), etc. etc. etc.

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* Creator/AndreNorton: the Creator/AndreNorton:
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Salariki (CatFolk), (CatFolk) in ''Plague Ship''.
** The
Zacathans (LizardFolk), (LizardFolk) and Trystians (Bird People), etc. etc. etc.People) in ''Star Rangers''.
13th Oct '17 1:16:24 PM Abodos
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* The Luminoth in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' are a race of giant anthropomorphic moth-people that seem to have an obsession with light.

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* The Luminoth in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' are a race of giant anthropomorphic moth-people that seem to have an obsession with light.
4th Oct '17 7:37:52 AM JoeMerl
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* The Pemalites, from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' (and their Android creations, the Chee) are dog-like in both appearance and attitude.
** There's an attempt to justify this by claiming it's ''dogs'' that are actually Chee-like. Dogs were the result of (ahem) genetically mixing Pemalites with Earth wolves.

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* The Pemalites, from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' (and their Android creations, the Chee) are dog-like in both appearance and attitude.
** There's an attempt to justify this by claiming it's ''dogs''
attitude. {{Inverted}}, however: it turns out that are domesticated dogs were actually Chee-like. Dogs were created when the result of (ahem) genetically mixing Chee put the Pemalites with Earth wolves.[[OurSoulsAreDifferent essence/souls]] into wolves.
16th Sep '17 1:47:29 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', an alien race, simply known as dinosaurs in spacesuits, are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin anthropomorphic dinosaurs.]]
26th Aug '17 8:45:29 AM MentalMouse42
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* Creator/MercedesLackey's stories in the world of [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Velgarth]] have the hertasi (LizardFolk) and tervardi (songbirds); there are also the dyheli (elk) and kyree (wolves), but they aren't bipeds.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey's stories in the world of [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Velgarth]] have the hertasi (LizardFolk) and tervardi (songbirds); there are also the dyheli (elk) and kyree (wolves), but they aren't bipeds. However, all of these are created species, mostly created by a single human mage. There are also weakly-sapient companion birds, also human-created.
29th Jul '17 9:12:34 AM ElSquibbonator
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** This becomes a rather hilarious point in an EU book that has Han ending up at an intergalactic pet competition. Humanoid aliens tend to have small furry pets, Lizard aliens seem to prefer more insect-like pets and of course the sentient insect species like (non sentient) humanoids as pets. Han noted that it was best to observe a pair for a minute if you weren't sure which one was the pet, case in point the Chadra-fan (giant rat) with a large bipedal lizard pet that was twice its size.

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** This becomes a rather hilarious point in an EU book that has Han ending up at an intergalactic interplanetary pet competition. Humanoid aliens tend to have small furry pets, Lizard aliens seem to prefer more insect-like pets and of course the sentient insect species like (non sentient) humanoids as pets. Han noted that it was best to observe a pair for a minute if you weren't sure which one was the pet, case in point the Chadra-fan (giant rat) with a large bipedal lizard pet that was twice its size.
4th Jul '17 5:14:18 PM WanderingBrowser
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has all the humanoid races you'd expect in that system, plus the Giff. Giff are essentially anthropomorphic hippos. They're not usually terribly bright, make terrible spellcasters, and have a fetish for firearms.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a ''long'' history of this, although the precise portrayal can zig-zag between this and PettingZooPeople with the odd FurryReminder.
** Though considered reptiles in later editions, kobolds in the Basic/Expert/etc version of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' were often portrayed as Intelligent Gerbil versions of evil dog-people, with yapping voices and wagging tails, although their appearance gradually became much more lizardlike.
** Similiarly, the lizardfolk are written as emotionless swamp-dwellers driven only by survival.
** Nycters and desmodu are both races of gregarious subterranean bat people who live in densely-populated communities.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' setting, including ''Savage Coast'', is full of them. Aside of more or less standard races there are: Aranea (scheming and crafty sorcerous were-spider people), Lupins (canine humanoids, with teamworking/Lawful inclinations), Rakasta ([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud, warlike]] CatFolk), Tortles (bipedal turtles), Gurrash (big brutal crocodile-humanoids), wallaras (stealthy chameleon-men), and Caymars (small agile lizard kin).
** ''Races of the Wild'' claims that Gnoll society is very much based on the social structure of hyena packs. It doesn't always agree with the way they're treated in other material, but is the only source to explicitly go into detail about them. 4th Edition plays this up even further in terms of the gnolls' combat mechanics.
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The ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' setting had nothing ''but'' these for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has all races, except for [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Scro]], who fill the humanoid races you'd expect in that system, plus MonsterAdventurers slot. Some fit this trope more accurately than others; the Giff. Giff xixchil, biological MadScientist mantis-people, are essentially anthropomorphic hippos. They're not usually terribly bright, make terrible spellcasters, notorious for their incredibly individualistic social mentality, and have whilst they try to avoid it, sexual cannibalism is still a fetish very real risk in their mating rituals -- and the race keeps a sustainable population because, upon hatching, the strongest hatchling will devour the rest of its clutch, save maybe for firearms.one or, very rarely, two siblings of equivalent strength.



* Though considered reptiles in later editions, kobolds in the Basic/Expert/etc version of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' were often portrayed as Intelligent Gerbil versions of evil dog-people, with yapping voices and wagging tails, although their appearance gradually became much more lizardlike.
** Similiarly, the lizardfolk are written as emotionless swamp-dwellers driven only by survival.
** Nycters and desmodu are both races of gregarious subterranean bat people who live in densely-populated communities.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' setting, including ''Savage Coast'' is full of them. Aside of more or less standard races there are: Aranea (scheming and crafty were-spider people), Lupins (canine humanoids, with teamworking/Lawful inclinations), Rakasta ([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warlike]] feline humanoids), Tortles (bipedal turtles), Gurrash (big brutal crocodile-humanoids), wallaras (stealthy chameleon-men), Caymas (small agile lizard kin).
** ''Races of the Wild'' claims that Gnoll society is very much based on the social structure of hyena packs. It doesn't always agree with the way they're treated in other material, but is the only source to explicitly go into detail about them. 4th Edition plays this up even further in terms of the gnolls' combat mechanics.
3rd Jun '17 2:59:46 PM AthenaBlue
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[[caption-width-right:350: Unlike the more antropomorphic ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ssi-ruu Ssi-ruuk]] evolved from carnivorous dinosaurs. [[ScaryDogmaticAliens They'll still eat you, though now they can shoot you first]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Unlike the more antropomorphic anthropomorphic ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ssi-ruu Ssi-ruuk]] evolved from carnivorous dinosaurs. [[ScaryDogmaticAliens They'll still eat you, though now they can shoot you first]].]]



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* ''Manga/AstroBoy'' features a race of aliens resembling grasshoppers whose social structure is somewhat extrapolated from grasshopper behavior. For example, it's perfectly legal for them to fight to the death over a mate.



* ''Manga/AstroBoy'' features a race of aliens resembling grasshoppers whose social structure is somewhat extrapolated from grasshopper behavior. For example, it's perfectly legal for them to fight to the death over a mate.



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* The Triceratons, from ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', are an alien race based on ''[[StockDinosaurs Triceratops]]''.

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* The Triceratons, from ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', are an alien race based on ''[[StockDinosaurs Triceratops]]''.
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* The Triceratons, from ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', are an alien race based on ''[[StockDinosaurs Triceratops]]''.



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* Too many to count in ''Franchise/StarWars''. About 1/4th of all of the Star Wars alien races fall into this category: bats, lizards, moths, squid, goldfish, frogs, etc. etc etc. Cats and rabbits are some of the most common, particularly in the comics made in the 70s by Marvel. Creators tend to make up their own new species rather than going with the previously-established, say, small peaceful flightless birdlike aliens whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is academia.
** This becomes a rather hilarious point in an EU book that has Han ending up at an intergalactic pet competition. Humanoid aliens tend to have small furry pets, Lizard aliens seem to prefer more insect-like pets and of course the sentient insect species like (non sentient) humanoids as pets. Han noted that it was best to observe a pair for a minute if you weren't sure which one was the pet, case in point the Chadra-fan (giant rat) with a large bipedal lizard pet that was twice its size.

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* Too many to count in ''Franchise/StarWars''. About 1/4th of all of the Star Wars alien races fall into this category: bats, lizards, moths, squid, goldfish, frogs, etc. etc etc. Cats and rabbits are some of the most common, particularly in the comics made in the 70s by Marvel. Creators tend to make up their own new species rather than going with the previously-established, say, small peaceful flightless birdlike aliens whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is academia.
** This becomes a rather hilarious point in an EU book that has Han ending up at an intergalactic pet competition. Humanoid aliens tend to have small furry pets, Lizard aliens seem to prefer more insect-like pets and of course the sentient insect species like (non sentient) humanoids as pets. Han noted that it was best to observe a pair for a minute if you weren't sure which one was the pet, case in point the Chadra-fan (giant rat) with a large bipedal lizard pet that was twice its size.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has too many species to count. About 1/4th of all of the ''Star Wars'' alien races fall into this category: bats, lizards, moths, squid, goldfish, frogs, etc. etc etc. Cats and rabbits are some of the most common, particularly in the comics made in the 70s by Marvel. Creators tend to make up their own new species rather than going with the previously-established, say, small peaceful flightless birdlike aliens whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is academia.
** This becomes a rather hilarious point in an EU book that has Han ending up at an intergalactic pet competition. Humanoid aliens tend to have small furry pets, Lizard aliens seem to prefer more insect-like pets and of course the sentient insect species like (non sentient) humanoids as pets. Han noted that it was best to observe a pair for a minute if you weren't sure which one was the pet, case in point the Chadra-fan (giant rat) with a large bipedal lizard pet that was twice its size.



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* Every alien race in Debora Chester's ''Literature/AlienChronicles'' series.
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' universe has a few examples:
** In the ''Literature/ChanurNovels'', the Hani species are essentially terrestrial lions given intelligence and stood on their hind legs. The way that the biological imperatives of a pride-grouping species would impact a sapient culture are shown, without rubbing it in the reader's face. It's "just" background.
** In ''Literature/TheFadedSun'' trilogy, the Regul seemed to bear a lot of resemblance to terrestrial hippopotamuses. And the dusei (singular "dus"), the companion animals of the Mri, were UrsineAliens.



* All of the major alien races of Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series can be described thusly: cats, slugs, lizards, and warthogs (just not when Phule himself [[BerserkButton is around]].) He even chews out Beeker, one of the few people he really has a personal relationship with, for using such terms.

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* All Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/BasLagCycle'': The bird-like garuda from ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''. Most of Miéville's "Xenians" seem to fit this trope to some extent. The hotchi (hedgehogs), the major alien races of Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series can be described thusly: cats, slugs, lizards, vodyanoi (frogs), the grindylow (eels), the Weavers (spiders) and warthogs (just not when Phule himself [[BerserkButton is around]].) He even chews out Beeker, one of the beetle men (guess) are just a few people he really has a personal relationship with, for using such terms.examples that spring immediately to mind.



* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' universe has a few examples:
** In the ''Literature/ChanurNovels'', the Hani species are essentially terrestrial lions given intelligence and stood on their hind legs. The way that the biological imperatives of a pride-grouping species would impact a sapient culture are shown, without rubbing it in the reader's face. It's "just" background.
** In ''Literature/TheFadedSun'' trilogy, the Regul seemed to bear a lot of resemblance to terrestrial hippopotamuses. And the dusei (singular "dus"), the companion animals of the Mri, were UrsineAliens.
* Every alien race in Debora Chester's ''Literature/AlienChronicles'' series.
* The bird-like garuda from China Meiville's ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''. Most of Mieville's "Xenians" seem to fit this trope to some extent. The hotchi (hedgehogs), the vodyanoi (frogs), the grindylow (eels), the Weavers (spiders) and the beetle men (guess) are just a few examples that spring immediately to mind.
* The Kzin, from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series are sometimes described as "a race of aliens resembling eight-foot cats". A more detailed description weakens the resemblance considerably, what with hairless tails, chubby body (with a lattice of struts instead of a ribcage), and other distinctions. Averted by most of the rest of the aliens. Some are very strange indeed, but with their evolutionary processes given a lot of thought. However, it was his first published story, and he claims to have written it in high school.

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* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' universe has a few examples:
** In the ''Literature/ChanurNovels'', the Hani species are essentially terrestrial lions given intelligence and stood on their hind legs.
The way that the biological imperatives of a pride-grouping species would impact a sapient culture are shown, without rubbing it tigers in the reader's face. ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers''. They're just intelligent tigers who have BizarreAlienBiology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw. [[spoiler:Also, some of them [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue can speak English to a degree and have their own complete language]], which the Doctor learns.]] Other than the thumbs, they apparently look just like tigers. (It's intended as a parallel to the fact the Doctor is a {{Human Alien|s}}, though.)
** The denizens of Dogworld in ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'' are, well... [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/tardis/images/b/b3/Mad_Dogs_and_Englishmen.jpg yeah.]]
It's "just" background.
** In ''Literature/TheFadedSun'' trilogy, the Regul seemed to bear a lot of resemblance to terrestrial hippopotamuses. And the dusei (singular "dus"), the companion animals of the Mri, were UrsineAliens.
* Every alien race in Debora Chester's ''Literature/AlienChronicles'' series.
* The bird-like garuda from China Meiville's ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''. Most of Mieville's "Xenians" seem to fit this trope to some extent. The hotchi (hedgehogs), the vodyanoi (frogs), the grindylow (eels), the Weavers (spiders) and the beetle men (guess) are just a few examples
[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs that spring immediately kind of novel]].
** Also in the ''Doctor Who'' novels, the Pakhar are hamsters.
* Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''Downward
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*
the Earth'': The Kzin, from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series Nildoror are sometimes described as "a race of aliens resembling eight-foot cats". A more detailed description weakens the resemblance considerably, what with hairless tails, chubby body (with a lattice of struts instead of a ribcage), and other distinctions. Averted by most of the rest of the aliens. Some are very strange indeed, but with their evolutionary processes given a lot of thought. However, it was his first published story, and he claims to have written it in high school.basically sentient elephants [[spoiler:who, for spiritual reasons, become sentient bear/tapir creatures every few years]].



* Creator/AndreNorton: the Salariki (CatFolk), Zacathans (LizardFolk), Trystians (Bird People), etc. etc. etc.

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* Creator/AndreNorton: The Lodgeless Ones in Marti Steussy's ''Forest of the Salariki (CatFolk), Zacathans (LizardFolk), Trystians (Bird People), etc. etc. etc.Night'' resemble [[PantheraAwesome big cats]] (humans tend to call them "tigers") with feathers instead of fur. They're predatory, nomadic, and rather territorial. Kargans, in ''Dreams of Dawn'', resemble some sort of crustacean (and undergo multiple {{metamorphos|is}}es, and have MirrorChemistry). In their not-yet-fully-sapient larval stage, they scavenge like crabs; when adult, they're at least partly aquatic. The briefly-mentioned Houri seem to be some sort of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys simian]]. They're [[OrganicTechnology tree-dwellers by choice]].



* Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''Downward to the Earth'': The Nildoror are basically sentient elephants [[spoiler:who, for spiritual reasons, become sentient bear/tapir creatures every few years]].

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* Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''Downward The Kzin, from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series are sometimes described as "a race of aliens resembling eight-foot cats". A more detailed description weakens the resemblance considerably, what with hairless tails, chubby body (with a lattice of struts instead of a ribcage), and other distinctions. Averted by most of the rest of the aliens. Some are very strange indeed, but with their evolutionary processes given a lot of thought. However, it was his first published story, and he claims to have written it in high school.
* The lizard-like Tagorians from the ''Literature/NoonUniverse'' of the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. Also subverted with the Headies/Golovans who look ''kinda'' like dogs ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with very large heads]]), and indeed apparently descended from some sort of alien dogs (it's commonly assumed that they mutated [[ILoveNuclearPower thanks
to the Earth'': fallout of a nuclear war]]), but their psychology doesn't have much to do with any of the stereotypical dog-like characteristics; it's just [[StarfishAliens thoroughly inhuman]] (to wit, they are mistrustful of technology, highly enigmatic, seemingly unemotional and above all practice evolutionary pragmatism on an apparently everyday basis; the latter in particular definitely overrides any dog-like loyalty they might have had).
* Creator/AndreNorton: the Salariki (CatFolk), Zacathans (LizardFolk), Trystians (Bird People), etc. etc. etc.
* All of the major alien races of Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series can be described thusly: cats, slugs, lizards, and warthogs (just not when Phule himself [[BerserkButton is around]].) He even chews out Beeker, one of the few people he really has a personal relationship with, for using such terms.
* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Prostho Plus'' had semi-humanoid dinosaurs, anteaters, oysters, etc. Semi-subverted with the Gleep, who looked exactly like Earth whales, and the Lepidop, human-sized moths and butterflies whose only other physical difference from Earth species was having teeth.
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The Nildoror Rats in ''Literature/RatsAndGargoyles''.
* James White used this in some of his ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' stories.
** ''Hospital Station'', "The Trouble with Emily": The titular character is essentially a brontosaurus (she's called Emily JustForPun by the engineers who maintain her living area, especially the crew of the tractor beams that keep her from thrashing around if she becomes agitated).
** ''Hospital Station'', "Outpatient" features the staff's first encounter with the Ians, who reappear in ''Star Surgeon'', in the form of a youngster rescued from a wrecked alien hospital ship. [[spoiler:The Ians as a species resemble giant dragonflies as adults; the patient is in chrysalis form]], which seriously confuses the staff until Conway works out why the detected vital signs
are basically sentient elephants [[spoiler:who, for spiritual reasons, become sentient bear/tapir creatures every few years]].so messed up [[spoiler:(they're getting two sets, one from the "caterpillar" form that's being sloughed off, one from the adult stage)]]. The patient's actual original medical condition is that it can't [[spoiler:break out of its chrysalis]] on its own and thus needs some minor but time-critical surgery.
** ''Ambulance Ship'', "Quarantine": A youngster belonging to an unknown species is rescued from a wrecked spaceship. The medical staff find out the hard way that the new species' physiology is essentially like that of [[spoiler:skunks]], though with a mild poisonous effect rather than [[spoiler:a bad smell]].
* Toby Frost's ''Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith'' books include the Ghasts, a fascist species of mansize army ants; Beetle People, whose culture revolves around collecting and rolling dung; and most of all the Yull, 6-foot lemmings who regard suicide as the highest virtue, and hence follow a samurai honour code taken to a ludicrous extreme. Admittedly, they are comedies.



* The lizard-like Tagorians from the ''NoonUniverse'' of the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. Also subverted with the Headies/Golovans who look ''kinda'' like dogs ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with very large heads]]), and indeed apparently descended from some sort of alien dogs (it's commonly assumed that they mutated [[ILoveNuclearPower thanks to the fallout of a nuclear war]]), but their psychology doesn't have much to do with any of the stereotypical dog-like characteristics; it's just [[StarfishAliens thoroughly inhuman]] (to wit, they are mistrustful of technology, highly enigmatic, seemingly unemotional and above all practice evolutionary pragmatism on an apparently everyday basis; the latter in particular definitely overrides any dog-like loyalty they might have had).

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* The lizard-like Tagorians from While most aliens in the ''NoonUniverse'' ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' universe are of the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. Also subverted with the Headies/Golovans who {{starfish|Aliens}} variety, there are some that resemble Earth animals. Pila are UrsineAliens. Soro are a bit like therapod dinosaurs. Synthians look ''kinda'' like dogs ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with very large heads]]), raccoons without tails. Tytlal are pretty much otters capable of speech. And the Tytlal's patrons, the Tymbrimi, are described as having a slightly vulpine appearance, and indeed apparently descended from some sort of alien dogs (it's commonly assumed that they mutated [[ILoveNuclearPower thanks to the fallout [[{{Trickster}} personality]] of a nuclear war]]), but mythological Kitsune, though they're also the most anthropomorphic aliens in the setting, approaching RubberForeheadAlien levels with application of their psychology doesn't minor shapeshifting abilities.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's stories in the world of [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Velgarth]]
have much to do with any of the stereotypical dog-like characteristics; it's just [[StarfishAliens thoroughly inhuman]] (to wit, hertasi (LizardFolk) and tervardi (songbirds); there are also the dyheli (elk) and kyree (wolves), but they are mistrustful of technology, highly enigmatic, seemingly unemotional and above all practice evolutionary pragmatism on an apparently everyday basis; the latter in particular definitely overrides any dog-like loyalty they might have had).aren't bipeds.



* James White used this in some of his SectorGeneral stories.
** ''Hospital Station'', "The Trouble with Emily": The titular character is essentially a brontosaurus (she's called Emily JustForPun by the engineers who maintain her living area, especially the crew of the tractor beams that keep her from thrashing around if she becomes agitated).
** ''Hospital Station'', "Outpatient" features the staff's first encounter with the Ians, who reappear in ''Star Surgeon'', in the form of a youngster rescued from a wrecked alien hospital ship. [[spoiler:The Ians as a species resemble giant dragonflies as adults; the patient is in chrysalis form]], which seriously confuses the staff until Conway works out why the detected vital signs are so messed up [[spoiler:(they're getting two sets, one from the "caterpillar" form that's being sloughed off, one from the adult stage)]]. The patient's actual original medical condition is that it can't [[spoiler:break out of its chrysalis]] on its own and thus needs some minor but time-critical surgery.
** ''Ambulance Ship'', "Quarantine": A youngster belonging to an unknown species is rescued from a wrecked spaceship. The medical staff find out the hard way that the new species' physiology is essentially like that of [[spoiler:skunks]], though with a mild poisonous effect rather than [[spoiler:a bad smell]].
* The tigers in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers''. They're just intelligent tigers who have BizarreAlienBiology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw. [[spoiler:Also, some of them [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue can speak English to a degree and have their own complete language]], which the Doctor learns.]] Other than the thumbs, they apparently look just like tigers. (It's intended as a parallel to the fact the Doctor is a {{Human Alien|s}}, though.)
** The denizens of Dogworld in ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'' are, well... [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/tardis/images/b/b3/Mad_Dogs_and_Englishmen.jpg yeah.]] It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs that kind of novel]].
** Also in the ''Doctor Who'' novels, the Pakhar are hamsters.
* Toby Frost's SpaceCaptainSmith books include the Ghasts, a fascist species of mansize army ants; Beetle People, whose culture revolves around collecting and rolling dung; and most of all the Yull, 6-foot lemmings who regard suicide as the highest virtue, and hence follow a samurai honour code taken to a ludicrous extreme. Admittedly, they are comedies.
* The Lodgeless Ones in Marti Steussy's ''Forest of the Night'' resemble [[PantheraAwesome big cats]] (humans tend to call them "tigers") with feathers instead of fur. They're predatory, nomadic, and rather territorial. Kargans, in ''Dreams of Dawn'', resemble some sort of crustacean (and undergo multiple {{metamorphos|is}}es, and have MirrorChemistry). In their not-yet-fully-sapient larval stage, they scavenge like crabs; when adult, they're at least partly aquatic. The briefly-mentioned Houri seem to be some sort of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys simian]]. They're [[OrganicTechnology tree-dwellers by choice]].



* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Prostho Plus'' had semi-humanoid dinosaurs, anteaters, oysters, etc. Semi-subverted with the Gleep, who looked exactly like Earth whales, and the Lepidop, human-sized moths and butterflies whose only other physical difference from Earth species was having teeth.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's stories in the world of [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Velgarth]] have the hertasi (LizardFolk) and tervardi (songbirds); there are also the dyheli (elk) and kyree (wolves), but they aren't bipeds.
* While most aliens in the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' universe are of the {{starfish|Aliens}} variety, there are some that resemble Earth animals. Pila are UrsineAliens. Soro are a bit like therapod dinosaurs. Synthians look like large raccoons without tails. Tytlal are pretty much otters capable of speech. And the Tytlal's patrons, the Tymbrimi, are described as having a slightly vulpine appearance, and the [[{{Trickster}} personality]] of a mythological Kitsune, though they're also the most anthropomorphic aliens in the setting, approaching RubberForeheadAlien levels with application of their minor shapeshifting abilities.
* The Rats in ''Literature/RatsAndGargoyles''.



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* The Kzinti appeared once in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', and there was also the Caitians, a race of CatFolk.



* Hämsterviel from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. He's notably physically different from any Earth animal, but the comparisons are thrown around left and right. What's more, everyone and his brother (even other aliens) refers to him as "gerbil-like", while Hämsterviel himself takes offense to this (but only because he insists that he's ''hamster''-like.) He hates when people pronounce it "Hamster-wheel", though.



* The Bestials in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited''.
* Occasionally featured in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with the most prominent being the [[SimpleCountryLawyer Hyper]][[CluckingFunny chicken]]. But due to the SciFiKitchenSink nature of the show, it's hard to tell whether most of them are actual aliens or just genetically enhanced animals.


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* Occasionally featured in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with the most prominent being the [[SimpleCountryLawyer Hyper]][[CluckingFunny chicken]]. But due to the SciFiKitchenSink nature of the show, it's hard to tell whether most of them are actual aliens or just genetically enhanced animals.
* Hämsterviel from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. He's notably physically different from any Earth animal, but the comparisons are thrown around left and right. What's more, everyone and his brother (even other aliens) refers to him as "gerbil-like", while Hämsterviel himself takes offense to this (but only because he insists that he's ''hamster''-like.) He hates when people pronounce it "Hamster-wheel", though.
* The Bestials in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited''.
* The Kzinti appeared once in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', and there was also the Caitians, a race of CatFolk.
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