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24th May '17 5:39:46 AM editerguy
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* The short story [[http://dailysciencefiction.com/story/desmond-warzel/epinikion "Epinikion"]] by Desmond Warzel features the Squids, militaristic cephalopod-like aliens with unusual funerary rituals and natural weaponry that spells [[CleanCut a hideous end]] for anyone who loses to them in close combat.

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* Some of the stories on ''Daily Science Fiction'' feature this:
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The short story [[http://dailysciencefiction.com/story/desmond-warzel/epinikion "Epinikion"]] by Desmond Warzel features the Squids, militaristic cephalopod-like aliens with unusual funerary rituals and natural weaponry that spells [[CleanCut a hideous end]] for anyone who loses to them in close combat.combat.
** [[http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/science-fiction/a-j-abel/zala "Zala"]] features a highly advanced civilisation where at least two alien species are in a symbiotic relationship, and where they approach mathematics and logic differently to humans.
18th May '17 7:40:54 AM Akaihiryuu
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** The Bajoran Prophets, "non-corporeal" aliens (that is, with ''no physical form whatsoever'') who resided in a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent stable wormhole]] and are worshiped as gods by the Bajorans. They communicate to Sisko only through visions in which they appear as people he knows. They exist at all points in time simultaneously, and have difficulty with concepts like "future" and "past". Later seasons also introduced {{evil counterpart}}s called the Pah Wraiths, which had been expelled from the wormhole.

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** The Bajoran Prophets, "non-corporeal" [[EnergyBeings non-corporeal]] aliens (that is, with ''no physical form whatsoever'') who resided in a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent stable wormhole]] and are worshiped as gods by the Bajorans. They communicate to Sisko only through visions in which they appear as people he knows. They exist at all points in time simultaneously, and have difficulty with concepts like "future" and "past". Later seasons also introduced {{evil counterpart}}s called the Pah Wraiths, which had been expelled from the wormhole.
15th May '17 10:56:48 PM Elfkaiser
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* ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'':
** Kelvin is in reality an entire civilization of extremophilic microorganisms with a HiveMind consciousness. His original state is a cloud of frigid state and to interact with others in a more stable physical form, he takes on the shape of a large skeletal ice golem which he created from bonding with the remains of an ancient Aztanti construct.
** A. Mikollopria was a [[GeniusLoci planet-sized fungal colony]] with a HiveMind that gained sentience over a million years ago. To better interact with other sentient species, the buds of the fungus took on more [[MushroomMan humanoid qualities and shapes]]. Still retaining a HiveMind-like consciousness, Miko the [[LastOfItsKind last remaining bud]] of the massive fungal organism fights against the Varelsi as a Battleborn.
** Orendi is a Varimorph, a race which has the unique ability to intentionally (albeit slowly) [[{{Metamorphosis}} adapt their bodies]] at a genetic level to suit their needs and liking. This also includes being able to develop biological analogues of technological constructs they find. As such no two varimorph are the same in shape or form. It has been observed however that they have a few similar traits that could be considered common among them. These traits are alternating dark and light colored splotches on the skin; wiry, dark hair; and an utter lack of respect for any form of order or authority. In Orendi's case, she had adapted her form to assimilate the internal working of A1.Minion lasers into her hands thus allowing her to control and channel energies more efficiently than the finely crafted weapons of Minion Robotics.
9th May '17 6:03:34 PM nombretomado
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* [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Vord]] in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are, [[CaptainErsatz for all intents and purposes]], the Zerg from ''{{Starcraft}}'', which are described below. Their HiveQueen's attempts to [[CuteMonsterGirl look human]] mostly just succeed in making their totally alien nature [[UncannyValley that much more obvious]].

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* [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Vord]] in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are, [[CaptainErsatz for all intents and purposes]], the Zerg from ''{{Starcraft}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', which are described below. Their HiveQueen's attempts to [[CuteMonsterGirl look human]] mostly just succeed in making their totally alien nature [[UncannyValley that much more obvious]].



* The Zerg from ''Franchise/StarCraft'' have completely monstrous forms (until they start assimilating humans), a hivemind-based society and "hive clusters" made of "buildings" that are actually huge, sedentary living Zerg creatures; they're technically more like organs than creatures, given their specialized functions and dependence on the Creep (an undifferentiated mass of flesh/hide/circulatory system which covers Zerg-infested terrain) to exist. They reproduce by larvae that are born from one such living building. The zerg-protoss Hybrids (hinted at in ''Brood Wars'' and shown outright in some parts of ''Wings Of Liberty'') are gigantic blue or purple aliens with tentacles and spikes. Some of them float. All of them [[MadeOfIron have defenses equivalent to most buildings]]. They also may or may not be similar to the Xel'naga {{Precursors}}.

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* The Zerg from ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' have completely monstrous forms (until they start assimilating humans), a hivemind-based society and "hive clusters" made of "buildings" that are actually huge, sedentary living Zerg creatures; they're technically more like organs than creatures, given their specialized functions and dependence on the Creep (an undifferentiated mass of flesh/hide/circulatory system which covers Zerg-infested terrain) to exist. They reproduce by larvae that are born from one such living building. The zerg-protoss Hybrids (hinted at in ''Brood Wars'' and shown outright in some parts of ''Wings Of Liberty'') are gigantic blue or purple aliens with tentacles and spikes. Some of them float. All of them [[MadeOfIron have defenses equivalent to most buildings]]. They also may or may not be similar to the Xel'naga {{Precursors}}.
8th May '17 8:20:18 PM jormis29
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** ''{{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.

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** ''{{XCOM 2}}'' ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' 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.
29th Apr '17 10:47:58 AM SullenFrog
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* The unnamed aliens in the hybrid VisualNovel[=/=]RolePlayingGame ''Just Deserts'' are incredibly bizarre. They’re floating [[SinisterGeometry geometric shapes]] that seem [[ElementalEmbodiment entirely composed]] of either metal, [[MechanicalLifeforms machinery]], [[MagmaMan magma]], or some kind of glowing green organic ooze depending on the alien in question. They have no discernible external organs. They give off [[BrownNote a psychic field that causes most people who get too close to them to enter a vegetative state]][[note]]which is revealed to be [[spoiler:a failed attempt at telepathically communicating with humans]] in Eve’s route[[/note]]. When attacked, they defend themselves by [[MindOverMatter telekinetically bombarding the protagonist with rocks]], blasting him with radiation, superheating or electrifying the sand beneath his feet, and more. Despite all these traits, they can still be killed with guns and knives.
8th Apr '17 7:37:20 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The classic {{tokusatsu}} sci-fi schlockfest ''Warning From Space'' had LITERAL Starfish Aliens. They're [[GenreSavvy quite aware of this too]], so they [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform themselves]] into humans in order to [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith communicate with Earthlings]]. May be a borderline case of this, as they speak Japanese/English from the onset.

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* The classic {{tokusatsu}} sci-fi schlockfest ''Warning From Space'' had LITERAL Starfish Aliens. They're [[GenreSavvy quite aware of this too]], too, so they [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform themselves]] into humans in order to [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith communicate with Earthlings]]. May be a borderline case of this, as they speak Japanese/English from the onset.
12th Mar '17 5:14:36 PM nombretomado
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* Anything in the "Unknowns" category of ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'' that isn't a flat-out EldritchAbomination is this, with the strangest being the Meteor Series, which ''aren't even technically "alive".''
11th Mar '17 12:27:04 PM SwankyGrouse
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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 Black Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing that can alter gravity.]]

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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 Black Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing that and planet parasite can alter gravity.]]gravity. Proginator of the Black Mercy plant species]]
22nd Feb '17 12:40:29 PM CountDorku
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* A.A. Attanasio's ''The Last Legends of Earth'' is about then-extinct humanity being recreated as a weapon in a war between two of these species. Our recreator, Gai the Rimstalker, is more sympathetic; while her appearance gets little description but doesn't sound all that human ("lashing cilia" are mentioned at least once), and her origins in AnotherDimension mean she could almost qualify as an EldritchAbomination, she's capable of compassion and is fairly similar to a human in mindset, to the point of naming the solar systems she created after her dead parents. The ones who killed her parents, the AlwaysChaoticEvil zotl, are bat-spider creatures that feast on pain.
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