History Main / StarFishAliens

16th Nov '17 10:11:35 AM Smeagol17
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Prone to enter GrotesqueGallery. May speak a StarfishLanguage. See also BizarreAlienBiology, StarfishRobots, and OurMonstersAreWeird. Compare EldritchAbomination (both tropes have some overlap). The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', written in 1931, where the Elder Things are described as "starfish aliens" in reference to their physical appearance.

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Prone to enter GrotesqueGallery. May speak a StarfishLanguage. See also BizarreAlienBiology, StarfishRobots, and OurMonstersAreWeird. Compare EldritchAbomination (both tropes have some overlap). The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', written in 1931, where the Elder Things are described as "starfish aliens" in reference to their physical appearance.
having starfish-like appendages.
16th Nov '17 10:08:51 AM Smeagol17
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Prone to enter GrotesqueGallery. May speak a StarfishLanguage. See also BizarreAlienBiology, StarfishRobots, and OurMonstersAreWeird. Compare EldritchAbomination (both tropes have some overlap). The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', written in 1931, where the Old Ones are described as "starfish aliens" in reference to their physical appearance.

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Prone to enter GrotesqueGallery. May speak a StarfishLanguage. See also BizarreAlienBiology, StarfishRobots, and OurMonstersAreWeird. Compare EldritchAbomination (both tropes have some overlap). The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', written in 1931, where the Old Ones Elder Things are described as "starfish aliens" in reference to their physical appearance.
16th Nov '17 10:04:41 AM JoeMerl
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** The vast majority of the alien species in ''Animorphs''. Leerans (psychic giant yellow frogs with 4 tentacles instead of arms who can easily survive half of their ''brains'' being removed and go on to regrow them), Hork-Bajir (7 foot tall 'walking salad shooters' with blades everywhere who eat tree bark), the Arn (a race of hyper-intelligent things that look sort of like squirrels, with gemstone eyes and wings), Skrit Na (aliens who go through two life cycles, the 'skrit' where they look something like giant cockroaches and then the 'na', where they take on a more conventional appearance, that of the stereotypical alien 'grays'), Veelek (a combination of microscopic creatures who travel in swarms), the Nesk (intelligent alien ants who swarm together to create constructs that look a little more conventional), the Helmacrons (each about 1/16 of an inch high, who have 4 legs and triangular heads and whose brains are absorbed by the rest of the species when they die)...

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** The vast majority of the alien species in ''Animorphs''. Leerans (psychic giant yellow frogs with 4 tentacles instead of arms who can easily survive half of their ''brains'' being removed and go on to regrow them), Hork-Bajir (7 foot tall 'walking salad shooters' with blades everywhere who eat tree bark), the Arn (a race of hyper-intelligent things that look sort of like squirrels, with gemstone eyes and wings), Skrit Na (aliens who go through two life cycles, the 'skrit' where they look something like giant cockroaches and then the 'na', where they take on a more conventional appearance, that of the stereotypical alien 'grays'), Veelek (a combination of microscopic creatures who travel in swarms), the Nesk (intelligent alien ants who swarm together to create constructs that look a little more conventional), the Helmacrons (each about 1/16 of an inch high, who have 4 legs and triangular heads and whose brains are absorbed by the rest of the species when they die)...die)...
** Even their version of TheGreys is bizarre. Called the Skrit Na, the species has a weird life cycle: first you get a Skrit, which is basically a giant cockroach, but then it goes into a cocoon, dies, and a "Grey"-type Na emerges from its corpse. Also, for the record, Na walk on all fours normally, but apparently humans sometimes see them standing on their hind legs and got confused. (Based on Andalites' comments, humans seem to be the only tailless species that makes bipedalism a habit.)
16th Nov '17 9:58:30 AM JoeMerl
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* Creator/BruceCoville loves these.
** The ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series features a cucumber-like alien that communicates by popping scent-filled pimples, and the ship's captain was an intelligent crystal formation.

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* Creator/BruceCoville loves these.
these. They often have {{Starfish Language}}s and BizarreAlienSexes as well.
** The ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series features has a tone, including: a ship's captain who is [[SiliconBasedLife made of crystals]], a shadowy-looking creature that communicates by reflecting light from its body, a cucumber-like alien creature that communicates by popping scent-filled pimples, and the ship's captain was an intelligent crystal formation.pimples on its body, a doctor who looks like a crocodile ("Croc Doc"), etc.
13th Nov '17 8:54:21 AM Observance
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* The Gauna from ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'' are a sort of space fetus with a central body/core of some sort, with the ability to rapidly change and adapt. Humanity has been unable to communicate with them in any way beyond violence. The eponymous ship contains humanity's last remnant.

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* The Gauna from ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'' are a sort masses of regenerating/shapeshifting flesh surrounding an indestructible True Body. They live comfortably in space fetus with a central body/core of some sort, with the ability to rapidly change either as individuals or as huge aggregates called Mass Union Ships, and adapt. Humanity are capable of assuming any shape, even replicating inorganic technology. They [[ItCanThink demonstrate intelligence]] beyond simple animal instincts, but humanity has been unable to communicate with them in any way beyond violence. The eponymous ship contains humanity's last remnant.In turn, it's been suggested that the reason they try to devour humans indiscriminately is because ''they're'' trying to communicate and don't understand how humans work either.
30th Oct '17 1:42:16 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', the Throgs simply can not be communicated with.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', ''Literature/StormOverWarlock'', the Throgs simply can not be communicated with.
23rd Oct '17 9:06:37 PM PaulA
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** Many of the aliens in the ''Draco Tavern'' short stories.

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** Many of the aliens in the ''Draco Tavern'' ''[[Literature/TheDracoTavern Draco Tavern]]'' short stories.
19th Oct '17 1:24:25 PM DustSnitch
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* ''[[Literature/AWorldOfDifference]]'' features a planet where six-way radial symmetry is dominant. The native people have six eyes on stalks, a mouth on top of their bodies pointing upwards, six arms and six legs spaced around their bodies, and no defined front or back.

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* ''[[Literature/AWorldOfDifference]]'' ''Literature/AWorldOfDifference'' features a planet where six-way radial symmetry is dominant. The native people have six eyes on stalks, a mouth on top of their bodies pointing upwards, six arms and six legs spaced around their bodies, and no defined front or back.
18th Oct '17 2:55:37 PM nutbelly
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* ''[[Literature/AWorldOfDifference]]'' features a planet where six-way radial symmetry is dominant. The native people have six eyes on stalks, a mouth on top of their bodies pointing upwards, six arms and six legs spaced around their bodies, and no defined front or back.
15th Oct '17 12:15:05 AM AHI-3000
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** Fry got infected with civilized gut-worms, who were rather friendly and improved his body and mind drastically.
** Dr. Zoidberg may look humanoid ''now'', but while going through his developmental stages he resembled various deep-sea creatures. Likewise, humanoid Kif Kroker started life as a tadpole and will eventually age into a swarm of flying hookworms. And both species reproduce rather differently than humans.
** The balls from "War is the H-Word".
** The anime segment of the Reincarnation episode had a race of mouthless aliens that could only communicate with body language.
** The Horrible Gelatinous Blob is probably the most frequently appearing example in the show, outside of Zoidberg and Kif, as described above.

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** Fry got infected with civilized gut-worms, who were rather friendly and improved his body and mind drastically.
** Dr. Zoidberg may look humanoid ''now'', but while going through his developmental stages stages, he resembled various deep-sea creatures. Likewise, the humanoid Kif Kroker started life as a tadpole tadpole, and will eventually age into a swarm of flying hookworms. And both species reproduce rather differently than humans.
** The balls from "War is the H-Word".
** The anime segment of the Reincarnation episode had a race of mouthless aliens that could only communicate with body language.
** The
[[BlobMonster Horrible Gelatinous Blob Blob]] is probably the most frequently appearing example in the show, outside of Zoidberg and Kif, as described above.above.
** Fry once got infected with civilized gut-worms, who were rather friendly and improved his body and mind drastically.
** The Spherons, a species of ball-shaped aliens from "War is the H-Word". They move around by bouncing, and despite lacking mouths (or any visible facial features), they can talk to humans.
** One episode involved the Trisolians, a race of ''liquid'' aliens that look like anthropomorphic blobs made of water. Fry accidentally consumed their emperor by drinking him from a cup.
** The anime segment of the "Reincarnation" episode had a race of mouthless aliens that could only communicate with body language.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Kang and Kodos, beings of the planet Rigel VII ([[NegativeContinuity or Rigel IV]]), are giant, green, fang-bearing Cyclopean octopuses hidden behind large glass helmets. Their few humanizing aspects includes speaking a language that [[AliensSpeakingEnglish coincidentally sounds like English]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Kang and Kodos, beings of the planet Rigel VII ([[NegativeContinuity or Rigel IV]]), are giant, green, fang-bearing Cyclopean fang-bearing, one-eyed octopuses hidden behind who wear large glass helmets. Their few humanizing aspects includes include speaking a language that [[AliensSpeakingEnglish coincidentally sounds just like English]].



* Some of the smartest animals on our own world are pretty different from humans: great apes are still sort of similar, but dolphins and whales, elephants, crows, parrots and octopi are outside of the rubber forehead range. Counting smart behavior arising from swarms ants and bees might give us some food for thought.

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* Some of the smartest animals on our own world are pretty different from humans: great apes are still sort of similar, but dolphins and whales, elephants, crows, parrots and octopi are outside of the rubber forehead range. Counting smart behavior arising from swarms of ants and bees might give us some food for thought.
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