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23rd Mar '18 6:28:42 AM memememememe
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* Many of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos creatures were, basically, aliens ''so'' alien to human comprehension that they became almost mind-snapping by default. Some really were [[EldritchAbomination deity-level beings]], but others were recognizably just aliens, with cultures and societies akin to humans, just... really ''not''. Creator/HPLovecraft, a notorious xenophobe, tended to play on the assumption that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation human sanity isn't strong enough]] to deal with confronting creatures from other worlds or dimensions.
** [[{{Precursors}} Elder Things]] from ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' are literal starfish aliens with them literally having Radial symmetry based on five. They resemble a barrel or sea cucumber with five staves each with a tentacle at the centre, and in between these staves are wings that also serve as solar sails. On one (oral) end is a head resembling, you guessed it, a starfish, while on the other (aboral) end are five arms for locomotion. They breathe carbon dioxide and reproduce by spores, leading the scientists to think they are both plants and animals at the same time. However, biology aside, they are very human, forming familial units, decorating their homes with obvious (if strange) artworks, and defending their family members with what can only be described as murderous rage. They even won a war against [[PhysicalGod Cthulhu]], and essentially [[PreCursors created all carbon-based life on Earth]]. The [[BlobMonster Shoggoths]], their ServantRace, are amoebae composed of stem cells that can form into eyes, mouths and tentacles at will, and the cause of their extinction.
** The Mi-Go from "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness" are bat-winged multi-limbed fungus-crustaceans with wings that can fly through the "aether" (the now-discredited substance that makes up space).
** In "Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime", Yithians are usually depicted wearing -- and reproducing in -- the bodies of towering, trumpet-shaped tripod beings that already lived on Earth when they immigrated via mass mind-swap.
** The Flying Polyps, historical enemies of The Great Race of Yith, are something of a species of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. They come down on planets in order to feed, and are described as having "temporary lapses in visibility" by virtue of not being wholly material. They're also NighInvulnerable to physical harm; the Yithians defeated them with energy weapons. As for the Star Spawn, the fact that they are merely slightly scaled-down versions of bona fide EldritchAbomination Cthulhu speaks volumes about their abomination status.
** Of all of them, only the Elder Things and the Yithians are made of "ordinary" matter; the Polyps aren't fully visible, the Mi-Go don't show up on photographic film and Cthulhu and his ilk are capable of quickly regenerating from any sort of damage.
** The most extreme of these would be the eponymous "[[AlienGeometries colour]]" from "Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace", an extraterrestrial so alien that nobody realized that it was alive until it finally departed.



* Many of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos creatures were, basically, aliens ''so'' alien to human comprehension that they became almost mind-snapping by default. Some really were deity-level beings, but others were recognizably just aliens, with cultures and societies akin to humans, just... really ''not''. Creator/HPLovecraft tended to play on the assumption that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation human sanity isn't strong enough]] to deal with confronting creatures from other worlds or dimensions.
** [[{{Precursors}} Elder Things]] from ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' are quintessential starfish aliens, resembling a tentacled barrel with five pterodactyl wings and a head at one end resembling, you guessed it, a starfish. However, biology aside, they are very human, forming familial units, decorating their homes with obvious (if strange and by human standards incomprehensible) artworks, and defending their family members with what can only be described as murderous rage. The [[BlobMonster Shoggoths]], their ServantRace, are just plain terrifying, while the unrevealed UltimateEvil behind the even bigger and more insane mountains beyond their realm is something even they were horrified of.
** The Mi-Go from "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness" are bat-winged multi-limbed fungus-crustaceans.
** In "Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime", Yithians are usually depicted wearing -- and reproducing in -- the bodies of towering, trumpet-shaped tripod beings that already lived on Earth when they immigrated via mass mind-swap.
** The Flying Polyps, historical enemies of The Great Race of Yith, are something of a species of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. They come down on planets in order to feed, and are described as having "temporary lapses in visibility" by virtue of not being wholly material. They're also NighInvulnerable to physical harm; the Yithians defeated them with energy weapons. As for the Star Spawn, the fact that they are merely slightly scaled-down versions of bona fide EldritchAbomination Cthulhu speaks volumes about their abomination status.
** Of all of them, only the Elder Things and the Yithians are made of "ordinary" matter; the Polyps aren't fully visible, the Mi-Go don't show up on photographic film and Cthulhu and his ilk are capable of quickly regenerating from any sort of damage.
** The most extreme of these would be the eponymous "[[AlienGeometries colour]]" from "Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace", an extraterrestrial so alien that nobody realized that it was alive until it finally departed.
9th Mar '18 10:52:03 AM ElectroKraken
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** Many species that serve the Tau Empire, including the Kroot and the insectoid Vespid. The Kroot are especailly strange, as they evolve by consuming the flesh ([[LegoGenetics and genetics]]) of other species, assimilating and collecting their traits to direct themselves towards a particular path. The entire animal ecosystem of their homeworld Pech is composed of nothing but Kroot derivatives.

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** Many species that serve the Tau Empire, including the Kroot and the insectoid Vespid. The Kroot are especailly especially strange, as they evolve by consuming the flesh ([[LegoGenetics and genetics]]) of other species, assimilating and collecting their traits to direct themselves towards a particular path. The entire animal ecosystem of their homeworld Pech is composed of nothing but Kroot derivatives.
7th Mar '18 4:07:58 AM Ryulong
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** The Orpheans (or the Orphe as they call themselves) are an [[InsectoidAliens insectoid race]] that are not only very logistical by human standards, they are connected to what appears to be a divine HiveMind [[spoiler: which is actually a symbiotic virus]] called the Ovah. In addition to initially having no concept of gender, they reproduce by using Senirapa water to split themselves into two Orpheans (or create two new Orpheans if the Orphean receiving the water is on the brink of death), with the new one already at adulthood and inheriting their parent's memories. It gets to the point that after replicating the water, the race goes from a mere five members on Mira [[spoiler: (there were two others, but one's a traitor that stuck with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Ganglion coalition]] and the other got eaten by Visigels, thus spreading the Ovah to non-Orpheans)]] to making up a noticeable chunk of New LA's xeno population. Eventually, [[spoiler: [[HumanityIsInfectious enough contact with humanity]] that another subspecies of Orphean is created that is labeled as "female"]].

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** The Orpheans (or the Orphe as they call themselves) are an [[InsectoidAliens insectoid race]] that are not only very logistical by human standards, they are connected to what appears to be a divine HiveMind [[spoiler: which is actually a symbiotic virus]] called the Ovah. In addition to initially having no concept of gender, they reproduce by using Senirapa water to split themselves into two Orpheans (or create two new Orpheans if the Orphean receiving the water is on the brink of death), with the new one already at adulthood and inheriting their parent's memories. It gets to the point that after replicating the water, the race goes from a mere five members on Mira [[spoiler: (there were two others, but one's a traitor that stuck with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Ganglion coalition]] and the other got eaten by Visigels, thus spreading the Ovah to non-Orpheans)]] to making up a noticeable chunk of New LA's xeno population. Eventually, [[spoiler: [[HumanityIsInfectious enough contact with humanity]] that another subspecies of results in one Orphean is created that is labeled as "female"]].spontaneously fissioning into a "female" gendered Orphean]].
7th Mar '18 4:05:27 AM Ryulong
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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the playable "Kheldian" aliens are formless energy creatures who can extend their lives by [[FusionDance symbiotically combining]] with other intelligent lifeforms, who gain energy powers and the ability to transform physically into any of the Kheldian's previous hosts. The two alternate forms in game are the "Nova" (a floating tentacled creature) and the "Dwarf" (a huge armor-plated biped). Their {{EvilCounterpart}}s are the Nictus, who are basically vampire Kheldians. Apparantly, turning evil gives the Kheldians powers based around dark energy, [[DarkIsNotEvil which do not disapear if they redeem themselves.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the playable "Kheldian" aliens are original Epic Archetypes in the game were themed around the Kheldians, a race of formless energy creatures beings who can extend their lives naturally short lifespan by [[FusionDance symbiotically combining]] with other intelligent lifeforms, who gain imbuing the host with energy powers and the ability access to transform physically into any of the Kheldian's previous hosts. The two alternate forms in game are previously held by the "Nova" (a floating tentacled creature) and the "Dwarf" (a huge armor-plated biped). Their {{EvilCounterpart}}s are the Nictus, who are basically vampire Kheldians. Apparantly, turning evil gives the Kheldian. Natural Kheldians powers based around dark energy, have [[LightIsGood light-based powers]] and become known as Peacebringers, but a group of Kheldians sought to extend their lifespans scientifically, became energy vampires with [[DarkIsEvil dark-based powers]] who forcibly control hosts, and called themselves Nictus; this ultimately gave rise to a group of repetant Nictus who return to the original method of only fusing with hosts with their consent, but retain the [[DarkIsNotEvil which do not disapear if they redeem themselves.]]dark-based powers]], and are the heroic Warshades. All three have access to two different non-human forms in the game: the flying tentacled Nova creature from a gas giant (split into the Mefnanim or "Bright Nova" of the upper reaches for Peacebringers and Hulmanim or "Dark Nova" of the planets depths for Warshades) and the bipedal armored Dwarf originally found on dwarf stars (split into the Kurukt or "White Dwarf" from neutron stars for Peacebringers and Ruktur or "Black Dwarf" from pulsars for Warshades).
7th Mar '18 3:33:22 AM Ryulong
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** The Franchise/GreenLantern Corps has Bzzd (an insectoid), Medphyll (a plant being), Chaselon (an intelligent crystal), Cario and Dkrtzy RRR (an intelligent ''equation''), Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus), Mogo (a [[GeniusLoci sentient planet]]), Rot Lop Fan (who, being from a sector of space where no light exists, is under the impression that he is a member of the F-Sharp Bell Corps), a race of hivemind spores, and [[spoiler:the Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing and planet parasite can alter gravity and progenitor of the Black Mercy plant species]]

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** The Franchise/GreenLantern Corps has Bzzd (an insectoid), Medphyll (a plant being), Chaselon (an intelligent crystal), Cario and Dkrtzy RRR (an intelligent ''equation''), Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus), Mogo (a [[GeniusLoci sentient planet]]), Rot Lop Fan (who, being from a sector of space where no light exists, is under the impression that he is a member of the F-Sharp Bell Corps), a race of hivemind spores, and [[spoiler:the Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing and planet parasite can alter gravity and progenitor of the Black Mercy plant species]]
7th Mar '18 3:31:20 AM Ryulong
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** The Franchise/GreenLantern Corps has Bzzd (an insectoid), Medphyll (a plant being), Chaselon (an intelligent crystal), Cario and Dkrtzy RRR (an intelligent ''equation''), Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus), Mogo (a [[GeniusLoci sentient planet]]), Rot Lop Fan (who, being from a sector of space where no light exists, is under the impression that he is a member of the F-Sharp Bell Corps), a race of hivemind spores, and [[spoiler:the Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing and planet parasite can alter gravity. Proginator of the Black Mercy plant species]]

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** The Franchise/GreenLantern Corps has Bzzd (an insectoid), Medphyll (a plant being), Chaselon (an intelligent crystal), Cario and Dkrtzy RRR (an intelligent ''equation''), Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus), Mogo (a [[GeniusLoci sentient planet]]), Rot Lop Fan (who, being from a sector of space where no light exists, is under the impression that he is a member of the F-Sharp Bell Corps), a race of hivemind spores, and [[spoiler:the Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing and planet parasite can alter gravity. Proginator gravity and progenitor of the Black Mercy plant species]]
7th Mar '18 3:29:12 AM Ryulong
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* The [[spoiler:Scab Coral and Coralians]] of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', which as the name implies, are [[spoiler:''sentient alien land corals''.]]

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* The [[spoiler:Scab [[spoiler:Scub Coral and Coralians]] of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', which as the name implies, are [[spoiler:''sentient alien land corals''.]]
6th Mar '18 5:10:01 AM Yukianesa
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* ''VideoGame/EndlessSpace2'' introduces the Riftborn, a race of ''sentient mathematical concepts'' fleeing from their dimension of pure order into ours to find a way to close a rift which is causing the dimensions to blur together and will destroy both if nothing is done. The Riftborn are completely ageless (though their robotic bodies ''can'' be killed), horrified on an instinctive level by organic life, and have a strange totalitarian society where a Grand Viceroy wields singular executive power and the unilateral authority to make decisions as the situation demands.
** The Unfallen, also introduced in ''II'', a race of colossal, five-eyed {{Treant}}-like aliens who utilize OrganicTechnology. Their prologue's narration heavily implies that the Unfallen were not even ''sapient'' for eons until they were rudely disturbed by a skirmish between forces of the Riftborn and the United Empire in the skies of their homeworld. These beautiful and gentle aliens have taken it upon themselves to become the guardians of peace and harmony in a war-wracked galaxy badly in need of both. Unfallen have a society akin to a council democracy, and a three-stage life cycle: Unfallen saplings ("Firsts") absorb knowledge from older Unfallen until they grow legs and become "Seconds", the mobile adult form known to most of the galaxy as they make up the diplomats, travelers and the few soldiers of the Unfallen's pacifistic society; when Seconds grow old enough they succumb to an irresistible desire to settle down in a place and return to slumber and ponder their life experiences as their final form, the "Thirds".
25th Feb '18 3:48:24 PM nombretomado
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* The ''SectorGeneral'' novels have an entire alphabetized classification system to describe the tremendous variety of metabolisms, body types, and environments of alien species. And even then, they often run into lifeforms that defy classification.

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* The ''SectorGeneral'' ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' novels have an entire alphabetized classification system to describe the tremendous variety of metabolisms, body types, and environments of alien species. And even then, they often run into lifeforms that defy classification.
23rd Feb '18 11:35:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' duology features anything from HumanAliens ([[spoiler:although those are revealed to be cousin races all originating from a common source]]) and PettingZooPeople (e.g. the rat-like Alari and the mantis-like Hiksi) to truly alien creatures. For example, the Torpp are sentient plasma clouds encased in magnetic bubbles living in star coronas and able to move through space without ships (although it's not clear if they're capable of independent FTL travel). At least two races are worm-like in appearance. One specializes in mining for the Conclave given their natural affinity for burrowing. The other has a mouth with large teeth at each end and doesn't appear to have anything resembling a head or even the concept of "front" and "back". There's a race of living computer lizards ([[spoiler:they're revealed to be artificial constructs]]) and [[spoiler:HiveMind]] symbiotes able to meld with nearly any biological species and act as TranslatorMicrobes.

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* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' duology features anything from HumanAliens ([[spoiler:although those are revealed to be cousin races all originating from a common source]]) and PettingZooPeople (e.g. the rat-like Alari and the mantis-like Hiksi) to truly alien creatures. For example, the Torpp are sentient plasma clouds encased in magnetic bubbles living in star coronas and able to move through space without ships (although it's not clear if they're capable of independent FTL travel). At least two races are worm-like in appearance. One specializes in mining for the Conclave given their natural affinity for burrowing. The other lives in underground lakes on a Mars-like world and has a mouth with large teeth at each end and doesn't appear to have anything resembling a head or even the concept of "front" and "back". There's a race of living computer lizards ([[spoiler:they're revealed to be artificial constructs]]) and [[spoiler:HiveMind]] symbiotes able to meld with nearly any biological species and act as TranslatorMicrobes.
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