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24th Jun '16 9:50:56 AM Geoduck
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* The Masters, the antagonists who drive Literature/TheTripods, are tall cone-shaped creatures with three eyes, three legs and three tentacles. Physically they breath thick, green fog, have a low tolerance for ethyl alcohol (which becomes a major plot point later), and an [[AchillesHeel extremely sensitive area]] between their respiratory orifice and ingestive orifice, making the lightest brush extremely painful. They breathe a thick, greenish gas that is deadly to humans, bathe in near-boiling water several times a day to keep moist, have their own form of drugs, and seem to have only one disease. Psychologically, they are incapable of lying and cannot grasp the concept of fiction or exaggeration (though at least one of them gains a firm understanding of sarcasm), are incredibly tolerant of hardship and difficulty (to the point of becoming ill if they don't work hard), drink gas bubbles as an intoxicant, and die if they're put in a situation they feel they can't escape from (as one master innately committed suicide when captured by the White Mountain Resistance in ''The Pool of Fire''.)

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* The Masters, the antagonists who drive Literature/TheTripods, are tall cone-shaped creatures with three eyes, three legs and three tentacles. Physically they breath thick, green fog, have a low tolerance for ethyl alcohol (which becomes a major plot point later), and an [[AchillesHeel extremely sensitive area]] between their respiratory orifice and ingestive orifice, making the lightest brush extremely painful. They breathe a thick, greenish gas that is deadly to humans, bathe in near-boiling water several times a day to keep moist, have their own form of drugs, drink gas bubbles as an intoxicant, and seem to have only one disease. Psychologically, they are incapable of lying and cannot grasp the concept of fiction or exaggeration (though at least one of them gains a firm understanding of sarcasm), are incredibly tolerant of hardship and difficulty (to the point of becoming ill if they don't work hard), drink gas bubbles as an intoxicant, seem to possess a strong strain of fatalism, and die if they're put in a situation they feel they can't escape from (as shown by the one master innately committed suicide when Master captured alive by the White Mountain Resistance in ''The Pool human resistance, who keels over dead when he is abandoned on Earth by his departing fellows at the end of Fire''.the trilogy.)
23rd Jun '16 4:59:20 PM MasterGhandalf
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* [[PlanetLooters The Corasians]] from ''Literature/StarOfTheGuardians'' are borderline-EnergyBeings that look like giant, glowing amoebas in their true forms, but typically inhabit [[MiniMecha robotic exoskeletons]] to move about more efficiently in. Psychologically they've got a HiveMind and generally don't relate to non-Corasians as anything but [[ImAHumanitarian food]] or a convenient source of new technology to steal, though they're smart enough to work with other species on a temporary basis if it gets them one or both of these things in the long run. Pretty much all the other species in the series consider them a menace, and attempts to find common ground with them typically fail miserably.

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* [[PlanetLooters The Corasians]] from ''Literature/StarOfTheGuardians'' ''Literature/TheStarOfTheGuardians'' are borderline-EnergyBeings that look like giant, glowing amoebas in their true forms, but typically inhabit [[MiniMecha robotic exoskeletons]] to move about more efficiently in. Psychologically they've got a HiveMind and generally don't relate to non-Corasians as anything but [[ImAHumanitarian food]] or a convenient source of new technology to steal, though they're smart enough to work with other species on a temporary basis if it gets them one or both of these things in the long run. Pretty much all the other species in the series consider them a menace, and attempts to find common ground with them typically fail miserably.
23rd Jun '16 4:58:38 PM MasterGhandalf
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* [[PlanetLooters The Corasians]] from ''Literature/StarOfTheGuardians'' are borderline-EnergyBeings that look like giant, glowing amoebas in their true forms, but typically inhabit [[MiniMecha robotic exoskeletons]] to move about more efficiently in. Psychologically they've got a HiveMind and generally don't relate to non-Corasians as anything but [[ImAHumanitarian food]] or a convenient source of new technology to steal, though they're smart enough to work with other species on a temporary basis if it gets them one or both of these things in the long run. Pretty much all the other species in the series consider them a menace, and attempts to find common ground with them typically fail miserably.
17th Jun '16 5:33:35 AM Andyroid
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* The Series/WaltDisneyPresents special "Mars & Beyond" has all sorts of bizarre takes on the possibility of alien life, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HIWq-DN-MU some silly]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ-T5VEueW0 others less so]].
8th Jun '16 1:20:07 PM Preda
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*** ''Enemy Unknown'' has probably one of the weirdest aliens of the series, the Outsider. They only show up when an alien ship is shot down, and appear first as hovering crystals that suddenly create humanoid forms, complete with plasma rifle. What they are is anybody's guess, as Doctor Vahlen describes them as "almost made of pure energy" and hypothesizes that their function amongst the alien armies is as a communication device. [[spoiler: At the final mission, when the Uber Ethereal is explaining the various origins and functions of the alien races, it does not talk about the Outsiders at all.]]
** The Cover Based Shooter spinoff ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'' also plays this fairly straight, with the aliens being weird, [[TheSymbiote symbiote-esque]] blobs who travel via giant, floating black cubes in the sky. At leas, that was the original intent. In the final product, most of the aliens are fairly normal humanoids (two of them are the familiar Sectoids and Mutons, nearly identical to their ''Enemy Unknown'' incarnations). The lead aliens are the Zudjari/Outsiders, who look fairly humanoid, except for the vertical mouth. The "blobs" are still there, although they're hardly the leaders of the invasion. The weirdest aliens are the [[spoiler:Ethereals, who are EnergyBeings, capable of manipulating humanoids like puppets. It's eventually revealed that your PlayerCharacter is actually an Ethereal, controlling the person you thought was your PlayerCharacter]].

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*** ''Enemy Unknown'' has probably one of the weirdest aliens of the series, the Outsider. They only show up when an alien ship is shot down, and appear first as hovering crystals that suddenly create humanoid forms, complete with plasma rifle. What they are is anybody's guess, as Doctor Vahlen describes them as "almost made of pure energy" and hypothesizes that their function amongst the alien armies is as a communication device. [[spoiler: At the final mission, when the Uber Ethereal is explaining the various origins and functions of the alien races, it does not talk about the Outsiders at all.]]
all]]. The best guess anyone has regarding these things is that they're not so much "aliens" as ''hardware''. The crystals that create them are hyperwave antennas used for UFO communications, and the Outsider beings that XCOM fights are just a built-in defensive mechanism for this technology.
*** The Cyberdisc is another oddity: a biomechanical being that seems in equal part silicon-based and organic. It takes the form of a featureless car-sized flying saucer that can split open, revealing the mass of barbs, wires, guns and spindly legs that make up its interior.
** The Cover Based Shooter spinoff ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'' also plays this fairly straight, with the aliens being weird, [[TheSymbiote symbiote-esque]] blobs who travel via giant, floating black cubes in the sky. At leas, that was the original intent. In the final product, has most of the aliens are as fairly normal humanoids (two of them are the familiar Sectoids and Mutons, nearly identical to their ''Enemy Unknown'' incarnations). The lead aliens are the Zudjari/Outsiders, Zudjari, who look fairly humanoid, except for the vertical mouth. The game introduces a new spin on the Silacoids from ''UFO Defense'', which take the form of "blobs" of black goo that can gestate inside human hosts and are still there, although they're hardly the leaders part of the invasion.aliens' mind-controlling Mosaic network. The weirdest aliens are the [[spoiler:Ethereals, who are EnergyBeings, capable of manipulating humanoids like puppets. It's eventually revealed that your PlayerCharacter is actually an Ethereal, controlling the person you thought was your PlayerCharacter]].PlayerCharacter]].
** ''{{XCOM 2}}'' piles on the crazy. While many of the returning aliens from previous games look more "human" thanks to LegoGenetics enhancements with human DNA, the new creatures range from the weird to the plain-[[NightmareFuel nightmarish]]. The Faceless Ones are {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s whose true forms resemble 12-foot-tall piles of semisolid clay and claws in a barely humanoid posture. The Codex is an evolution of the Outsiders from ''Enemy Unknown'', an EnergyBeing created out of ADVENT computer systems that can teleport and [[AsteroidsMonster duplicate itself]] whenever it's hit. Finally, the Gatekeeper, a successor to the Cyberdisc, is an unsettling, psionic mass of flesh and tentacles encased in a spherical shell, which has the capacity to revive enemy units en-masse.
7th Jun '16 3:07:50 PM chickenpie999
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** The Quintessons have diverse body types by caste. Judges have five faces, but no actual 'head', just a cylindrical body. They have no arms or legs, and instead get around via floating on an energy beam. If they do need to carry something, they use the tentacles that hang around near the bottom of their body. Prosecutors and scientists have vaguely humanoid forms but with no legs and two tentacles where each arm should be. Others have more humanoid bodies, but are the exceptions to the rule. In their initial appearance, in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', they drag anyone they find into a courtroom setting and invariably feed them to their 'pets', the Sharkticons, but they never explain ''why'' they're putting up with these trials. Later appearances explain that they're just jerks, who gladly ruin whole civilisations ForTheEvulz.
** The Transformers themselves are perhaps the limit of how humanoid mainstream aliens can be - MechanicalLifeforms about ten times our size who can reconfigure their bodies at will to mimic machinery. Most of them happen to have two arms, two legs, and a head, but they sure as heck don't ''look'' human. And "most" doesn't mean "all"; Sky Lynx is a space shuttle that turns into a bird and cat, both bodies being equally 'him' whether working together or in two entirely different places. G1 Reflector was three largely identical beings in one alt mode (a camera). It's unclear how separate their personalities are.

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** The Quintessons have diverse body types by caste. Judges have five faces, but no actual 'head', just a cylindrical balloon-shaped body. They have no arms or legs, and instead get around via floating hovering on an energy beam. beam of "energy" at the bottom of their body. If they do need to carry something, they use the thin tentacles that hang around near surround the bottom beam of their body. energy Prosecutors and scientists Scientists have vaguely similar features but have thicker green tentacles, additionally having only one head on a humanoid forms but with no legs and two torso. Instead of arms, they have at least three thick green tentacles where on each arm should be."shoulder". Others have more humanoid bodies, but are the exceptions to the rule. In their initial appearance, in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', they drag anyone any robotic beings they find (with the exception of Spike Witwicky who was captured for being an Autobot ally) into a courtroom setting and invariably feed them to their 'pets', the Sharkticons, but they never explain ''why'' they're putting up with these trials. Later appearances explain that they're just jerks, jerks who gladly ruin whole civilisations ForTheEvulz.
are still angry that the "theft" of the planet Cybertron during a revolt by the ancestors of the Transformers, whom they built as slaves. They do this by persecuting all robotic beings regardless of whether they originated on Cybertron (e.g.The Transformers) or not (e.g. Kranix, the last survivor of Lithone which was eaten by Unicron at the beginning of the movie).
** The Transformers themselves are perhaps the limit of how humanoid mainstream aliens can be - MechanicalLifeforms about ten times our size who can reconfigure their bodies at will to mimic machinery. Most of them happen to have two arms, two legs, and a head, but they sure as heck don't ''look'' human. And "most" doesn't mean "all"; there are some Transformers that lack humanoid robot modes, e.g. Decepticon cassette tapes Ravage and LaserBeak and Autobot Sky Lynx who is a space shuttle that turns into a giant prehistoric bird (the "Sky" part and cat, a giant cat (the "Lynx" part), both bodies being equally 'him' whether working together or in two entirely different places. G1 Reflector was three largely identical beings in one alt mode (a camera). It's unclear how separate their personalities are.
14th May '16 11:38:54 AM Morgenthaler
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The inverse of HumanAliens or RubberForeheadAliens. Aliens that don't look like humans, but still have basically the same body type are HumanoidAliens, or {{Intelligent Gerbil}}s, if they're obviously [[PettingZooPeople based off a particular Earth animal]]. InsectoidAliens effectively split the difference.

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SuperTrope to OctopoidAliens. The inverse of HumanAliens or RubberForeheadAliens. Aliens that don't look like humans, but still have basically the same body type are HumanoidAliens, or {{Intelligent Gerbil}}s, if they're obviously [[PettingZooPeople based off a particular Earth animal]]. InsectoidAliens effectively split the difference.
9th May '16 5:03:23 PM LePetitMonstre
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* Although the most famous aliens (the Na'vi) from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' are somewhere between HumanoidAliens, RubberForeheadAliens, and PettingZooPeople, it's explained in the film that Pandora's trees communicate with electrochemical signals through their roots, much like the neurons in a brain...and there are more trees on Pandora than there are neurons in a human brain, effectively making the entire world [[GeniusLoci one huge, superintelligent alien brain]].

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* Although the most famous aliens (the Na'vi) Na'vi from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' are somewhere between HumanoidAliens, RubberForeheadAliens, and PettingZooPeople, it's explained in the film that Pandora's trees communicate with electrochemical signals through their roots, much like the neurons in a brain...and there are more trees on Pandora than there are neurons in a human brain, effectively making the entire world [[GeniusLoci one huge, superintelligent alien brain]].
8th May '16 9:38:39 PM PaulA
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* In AnneMcCaffrey's ''{{Petaybee}}'' series, the planet Petaybee was 'awakened' through the {{terraform}}ing methods used to make the planet habitable by humans and communicates with its inhabitants through hallucinations that are given through a network of special caves. The first several books hinge around the Company who terraformed the planet trying to recoup its investment and the inhabitants' efforts to convince them of the planet's sentience.

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* In AnneMcCaffrey's ''{{Petaybee}}'' Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' series, the planet Petaybee was 'awakened' through the {{terraform}}ing methods used to make the planet habitable by humans and communicates with its inhabitants through hallucinations that are given through a network of special caves. The first several books hinge around the Company who terraformed the planet trying to recoup its investment and the inhabitants' efforts to convince them of the planet's sentience.
2nd May '16 1:45:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* While most of the aliens from the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise are RubberForeheadAliens (though [[JustifiedTrope justified]], they were all [[TransplantedHumans seeded]] that way by [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]]), the Vajra are completely alien (though [[BigCreepyCrawlies vaguely insectoid]]). It's here where the unspoken conflict of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' lies; whereas peace and understanding was reached with previous alien enemies since the heroes were able to communicate with them, there is initially no way of communicating with the Vajra until the [[spoiler:it is discovered that the songstresses are able to tap into the Vajra fold communication network via [[AppliedPhlebotinum fold quartz crystals]] and/or the Vajra's [[BodyHorror fold communication capable bacteria]].]]

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* While most of the aliens from the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise are a mix of HumanAliens and RubberForeheadAliens (though this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as they were all [[TransplantedHumans seeded]] that way by the [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]]), the Vajra are completely alien (though [[BigCreepyCrawlies vaguely insectoid]]). It's here where the unspoken conflict of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' lies; whereas peace and understanding was reached with previous alien enemies since the heroes were able to communicate with them, there is initially no way of communicating with the Vajra until the [[spoiler:it is discovered that the songstresses are able to tap into the Vajra fold communication network via [[AppliedPhlebotinum fold quartz crystals]] and/or the Vajra's [[BodyHorror fold communication capable bacteria]].]]
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