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18th Feb '18 1:56:46 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has the Oocca, a bizarre race of beings with small chicken-like bodies, egg-shaped heads with UncannyValley-ish human faces, and [[{{Multiboobage}} multiple sets of]] NonMammalianMammaries ''with the nipples showing'' - though [[AllThereInTheManual supposedly those are plumage]]. Not to mention the babies, which appear to be flying eggs with human faces. They're highly intelligent--they created the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/City_in_the_Sky City in the Sky]], advanced technology like the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/Sky_Cannon Sky Cannon]] and the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/Dominion_Rod Dominion Rod]], their own StarfishLanguage, and apparently even the entire country of Hyrule. They're said to be closer to the gods than the Hylians themselves.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has the Oocca, a bizarre race of beings with small chicken-like bodies, egg-shaped heads with UncannyValley-ish human faces, and [[{{Multiboobage}} multiple sets of]] NonMammalianMammaries ''with the nipples showing'' - though [[AllThereInTheManual supposedly those are plumage]].feathers on their chests that look like {{Multiboobage}}. Not to mention the babies, which appear to be flying eggs with human faces. They're highly intelligent--they created the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/City_in_the_Sky City in the Sky]], advanced technology like the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/Sky_Cannon Sky Cannon]] and the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/Dominion_Rod Dominion Rod]], their own StarfishLanguage, and apparently even the entire country of Hyrule. They're said to be closer to the gods than the Hylians themselves.
7th Feb '18 12:57:03 PM Discar
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* The [[TheKingdom Boron]] of the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' look like RubberForeheadAliens over comms, [[SubvertedTrope but you only see them from the neck up]]. They actually look like [[http://www.egosoft.com/x/xnews/gfx/22_concept_boron.jpg this]]. They're an aquatic species that evolved on an ocean world with an ammonia atmosphere, and have three genders. Meanwhile the Kha'ak are so alien that the Commonwealth races are physically incapable of communicating with them. They're BeePeople that have characteristics of both birds and insects, are roughly 75 centimeters in size, and communicate by gestures and pheromones.

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* The [[TheKingdom Boron]] Boron of the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' look like RubberForeheadAliens over comms, [[SubvertedTrope but you only see them from the neck up]]. They actually look like [[http://www.egosoft.com/x/xnews/gfx/22_concept_boron.jpg this]]. They're an aquatic species that evolved on an ocean world with an ammonia atmosphere, and have three genders. Meanwhile the Kha'ak are so alien that the Commonwealth races are physically incapable of communicating with them. They're BeePeople that have characteristics of both birds and insects, are roughly 75 centimeters in size, and communicate by gestures and pheromones.
26th Jan '18 2:06:55 AM lillolillo
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** ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}: ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'' has the Ash'ka'phageous, a race of moon-sized planet-eaters. As travelling through space they take a chrysalis-like shape, but when they descend upon a planet they look like a kind of bipedal monstruos insect.
20th Jan '18 4:27:03 PM tafelshrew
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** Other examples from the novels include sentient crystal creatures who shatter their limbs and grow new ones to suit their current surroundings, multiple living planets, a sentient virus that makes humans immortal, and non-humanoid squid aliens who carve obscene graffiti across the surface of the moon after they invade Earth. Also, a tentacle-monster body shape is stated to be the most common in the known universe (including more common than humanoid).

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** Other examples from the novels include sentient crystal creatures who shatter their limbs and grow new ones to suit their current surroundings, multiple living planets, a sentient virus that makes humans immortal, and non-humanoid squid aliens who carve obscene graffiti across the surface of the moon after they invade Earth. Also, a tentacle-monster body shape is stated to be the most common in the known universe (including more common than humanoid). And, of course, there are the [[EldritchSpaceship TARDISes]] - some of their starfishness is described in the Live-Action TV folder below, but in some of the books they're not even physical entities at all: they're made of maths so complex it warps spacetime into something that only looks like matter.
12th Jan '18 10:02:44 AM Beansidhe
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* ''TheCulture Series'', also by IainBanks, has a lot of [[HumanoidAliens pan-human species]] but, aside from that, features:
** The Affront - a floating, bulbous mass about two metres in diameter, which hangs from a frilled buoyant gas sac one to five metres in diameter, with a set of tentacles, eyestalks and beaks. Their name is an insult given by another species after their diplomats [[IAmAHumanitarian have been eaten]], which they have been using as a sign of pride. Their society has been described as a "never-ending holocaust of pain and misery". Masters of genetic engineering, they mainly use it to make their preferred prey and slave species experience constant pain and fear, and one of the only changes they made to themselves is making sex for their females excruciatingly painful.
** Flekke are aquatic, elliptical in shape, dark and glistening, with fringing or tentacles at either ends.
** Idirans are a tripodal species that evolved in extremely harsh conditions, essentially the top monster on a planet full of monsters, protected by keratinous body armor, which becomes even more impervious to damage after they go through their short fertile hermaphrodite stage. They're also one of only species known to be biologically immortal, which leads to them believing they're the only beings that have immortal souls as well, and treating other races accordingly.
** The Homomda are tripedal as well, but fully trilateral, resembling pyramids in shape.
** Jhlupe are green, soft-shelled crabs with twelve spindly legs and three eyestalks.
** Morthanveld are aquatic spiny spheres that communicate through color change and chemicals, and one of the most technologically advanced species in the (three-dimensional) universe.
** Nariscene are six-limbed insects that communicate partially through pheromones. They select the best mate for the Queen (that dies in the process) every generation through very rigorous exams, and despite inherent militancy eliminated all forms of war from their society, [[spoiler:which they live vicariously through others by engineering conflicts and then enjoying the spectacle through their microscopic cameras]].
** Nauptre look like human-sized fruit bats who abhor communicating with other aliens and do it solely through their intelligent machines.
** Oct have ovoid bodies the size of a human child's torso with eight broken-looking triple jointed spindly limbs protruding out of it asymmetrically and proudly claim to be the inheritors of a Precursor species, which makes other species treat them with disdain since [[ReligionIsWrong it is demonstrably false]].
** Pavuleans are quadrupedal sapient herd animals with every aspect of their culture reflecting their evolutionary history: they abhor heights so their skyscrapers resemble gently sloping ziggurats, they prefer to make all decisions democratically instead of offloading optimal solutions to machines, and they maintain a virtual "hell" afterlife with demons that resemble their exterminated predator species.
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.
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