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17th Dec '17 12:56:14 AM SkidTroper
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has the Kett, who [[UpToEleven combined all four types]], particularly types 1 and 3. They represent "aliens as Nazis" due to their fixation with genetic purity, hating all non-kett, putting them in prison camps or death camps, charismatic psychopath leader and an associated fixation with [[TheyWouldCutYouUp invasive scientific procedures]]. They represent "aliens as communists" through the [[CloneByConversion exaltation process]] making all non-kett into kett as an example of literal assimilation. They represent "aliens as religious fundamentalists" as the exaltation process is considered holy and some of their imagery is directly ripped from real-life religions, along with one title from Gnosticism (Archon) and two from Christianity (Cardinal and Primus). They represent "aliens as conquistadors" as they have come to a new land to convert the native population and often times has had skirmishes with another foreign civilization.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has the Kett, who [[UpToEleven combined all four types]], particularly types 1 and 3. They represent "aliens as Nazis" due to their fixation with genetic purity, hating all non-kett, putting them in all non-kett prisoners [[spoiler: they deem unworthy of Exaltation]] into deadly prison camps or death camps, charismatic psychopath leader and an associated fixation with [[TheyWouldCutYouUp invasive scientific procedures]]. They represent "aliens as communists" through the [[CloneByConversion exaltation process]] making all non-kett into kett as an example of literal assimilation. They represent "aliens as religious fundamentalists" as the exaltation Exaltation process is considered holy worshiped and ritualized and [[{{Anvilicious}} some of their imagery is directly ripped from real-life religions, along with one title from Gnosticism (Archon) and two from Christianity (Cardinal and Primus).Primus)]]. They represent "aliens as conquistadors" as they have come to a new land to convert the native population and often times has had skirmishes with another foreign civilization.
6th Dec '17 6:36:41 AM DarkHunter
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*** We only saw them in two episodes (three, if you count Caan's appearance in Season 4) so it's hard to know for sure.
26th Nov '17 5:42:22 PM nombretomado
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* The Rangor of ''Literature/TroyRising'' end up here by virtue of combining traits from all of the above classes, with the possible exception of TheFundamentalist, and throw in the classic trappings of ImperialJapan to boot. The Communist is the closest match - they heavily practice information-control and use lots of propaganda, while also employing [[ThePoliticalOfficer Political Officers]], from a department that is JUST short of being named 'STASI', to keep their people in line - particularly those dangerous intellectuals! But they also widely practice eugenics, giving them heavy undertones of The Nazi, and are (at least SUPPOSED to be) fanatically dedicated to their Emperor, to the point of using kamikaze tactics, just like ImperialJapan. Finally, they also follow the path of the Conquistadores, taking those civilizations they deem useful and worthy as vassals, while destroying those who dare stand against their obviously superior culture.

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* The Rangor of ''Literature/TroyRising'' end up here by virtue of combining traits from all of the above classes, with the possible exception of TheFundamentalist, and throw in the classic trappings of ImperialJapan UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan to boot. The Communist is the closest match - they heavily practice information-control and use lots of propaganda, while also employing [[ThePoliticalOfficer Political Officers]], from a department that is JUST short of being named 'STASI', to keep their people in line - particularly those dangerous intellectuals! But they also widely practice eugenics, giving them heavy undertones of The Nazi, and are (at least SUPPOSED to be) fanatically dedicated to their Emperor, to the point of using kamikaze tactics, just like ImperialJapan.Imperial Japan. Finally, they also follow the path of the Conquistadores, taking those civilizations they deem useful and worthy as vassals, while destroying those who dare stand against their obviously superior culture.



* The [[VideoGame/WingCommander Kilrathi]] are ImperialJapan [[AC:InSpace as PettingZooPeople]]! They've even got the honor-obsessed warrior code, AttackAttackAttack battle tactics, and Emperor. All they're missing are headbands and [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]].

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* The [[VideoGame/WingCommander Kilrathi]] are ImperialJapan UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan [[AC:InSpace as PettingZooPeople]]! They've even got the honor-obsessed warrior code, AttackAttackAttack battle tactics, and Emperor. All they're missing are headbands and [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]].
16th Nov '17 5:11:45 PM TheCuza
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* The Highbreed of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', who were (or at least claim to have been) the first race in existence, and consider all other races to be filthy, repulsive, genetically impure abominations that must be exterminated. Ironically, [[spoiler:they are actually a DyingRace. Their entire race has become sterile due to ''in-breeding''. Their entire reason for genocide is that they can't stand the idea of "inferior" races out-living them.]]

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* The Highbreed of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', who were (or at least claim to have been) be the MasterRace as well as the first race in existence, to ever exist, and consider all other races to be filthy, repulsive, genetically impure abominations that must be exterminated. Ironically, [[spoiler:they are actually a DyingRace. Their [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that their obsession with genetic purity has resulted in the entire race has become becoming sterile due to ''in-breeding''. Their entire inbreeding. The ''real'' reason for their campaign of genocide is that because they are going to die out with the current generation, and can't stand the idea of any "inferior" races out-living them.]]race outliving theirs, so they've decided to throw a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum]].
11th Nov '17 8:04:18 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': has the heretic geth, who worship the local [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] in the hopes of becoming like them. Their "orthodox" counterparts have the same long-term goal, but want to achieve it on their own terms.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': has the heretic geth, who worship the local [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] Reapers - absurdly powerful sapient starships, each a colossal MindHive - in the hopes of eventually becoming like them. Their The "orthodox" counterparts geth have the same a similar long-term goal, but want to achieve it on their own terms.
11th Nov '17 8:02:49 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The heretic geth, who worship the local [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] in the hopes of becoming like them. Their "orthodox" counterparts have the same long-term goal, but want to achieve it on their own terms (and preferably without committing genocide).
-->'''Legion:''' They will exterminate your species because their gods tell them to. You cannot negotiate with them. [[ShoutOut They do not share your pity, remorse or fear.]]

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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''Franchise/MassEffect'': has the heretic geth, who worship the local [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] in the hopes of becoming like them. Their "orthodox" counterparts have the same long-term goal, but want to achieve it on their own terms (and preferably without committing genocide).
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-->'''Legion:''' They will exterminate your species because their gods tell them to. You cannot negotiate with them. [[ShoutOut They do not share share]] [[Film/TheTerminator your pity, remorse or fear.]]
25th Oct '17 1:35:54 PM jtierney50
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* The [[TomatoSurprise twist]] of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E42TheEyeOfTheBeholder "The Eye of the Beholder"]]. [[spoiler:The episode takes place not on Earth, but on an alien planet where normal people look like [[RubberForeheadAliens pig nosed monsters]] and the society's ugliest outcasts look like attractive humans. Conformity is prized above all else, and "freaks" must undergo surgery or exile. In an interesting twist on the trope, the doctor trying to help Janet is portrayed extremely sympathetically and truly cares for her plight.]]
18th Oct '17 5:34:06 AM SkidTroper
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The most widespread form, still present though often subverted in the post-UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. Everyone is the same, individuality is a capital crime. Heavy emphasis on assimilation, which can either be literal (with them wanting to [[TheVirus transmogrify humans into more of their own]]), or allegorical (e.g. brainwashing or body-snatching). TheVirus may fall into this category.

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The most widespread form, form and the second-most frequently used. It is still present though often subverted in the post-UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. era. Everyone is the same, individuality is a capital crime.crime, belief in any other creed is not tolerated (even alongside the "Aliens As Communists'" creed, often on pain of death). Heavy emphasis on assimilation, which can either be literal (with them wanting to [[TheVirus transmogrify humans into more of their own]]), or allegorical (e.g. brainwashing or body-snatching). TheVirus may fall into this category.



The most recent evolution of the trope (though despite being recent [[UnfortunateImplications it's also the most widely used according to the list below]]). It's a step forward that SpeculativeFiction can now depict alien religion as extending beyond "advanced = [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions atheistic]]; primitive = [[GodGuise fooled into worshiping anyone with a PDA]] or believing in the supernatural," but there's also a step backward in that the new category of alien religion is more often than not just a [[AuthorTract thinly veiled critical allegory]] of [[TakeThat any and all real-life expressions of faith or religious beliefs the author dislikes]]. This is two sides of the same coin, the focus going from "promoting atheism" to "lampooning religion". [[ScaryAmoralReligion The Alien as Religious Fundamentalists hates humans because their god/gods told them to.]]

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The most recent evolution of the trope (though despite being recent [[UnfortunateImplications it's also yet, interestingly, the most widely used according to the list below]]).frequently used. It's a step forward that SpeculativeFiction can now depict alien religion as extending beyond "advanced = [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions atheistic]]; primitive = [[GodGuise fooled into worshiping anyone with a PDA]] or believing in the supernatural," but there's also a step backward in that the new category of alien religion is more often than not just a [[AuthorTract thinly veiled critical allegory]] of [[TakeThat any and all real-life expressions of faith or religious beliefs the author dislikes]]. This is two sides of the same coin, the focus going from "promoting atheism" to "lampooning religion". [[ScaryAmoralReligion The Alien as Religious Fundamentalists hates humans because their god/gods told them to.]]
13th Oct '17 7:15:49 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': The Krill, who are shaping up to be the series primary antagonists, have a "bible" that preaches that all other life forms are without souls and that it is a religious mandate to subjugate all other life and dominate the galaxy.
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