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19th Jul '17 2:18:32 AM EbrithilBowser
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* The TropeMaker seems to be the 1888 short story ''Literature/LesXipehuz'' by J.H. Rosny. While the eponymous creatures are never stated to come from outer space, they are non-organic lifeforms with [[LivingPolyhedron]] cone- or cylinder shaped bodies, talk by [[StarfishLanguage drawing symbols on each others bodies with lasers]] and [[BizarreAlienReproduction reproduce]] by merging over night and creating a new individuum from smoke that's much bigger than the adults and shrinks as it gets denser.

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* The TropeMaker seems to be the 1888 short story ''Literature/LesXipehuz'' by J.H. Rosny. While the eponymous creatures are never stated to come from outer space, they are non-organic lifeforms with [[LivingPolyhedron]] [[LivingPolyhedron cone- or cylinder shaped bodies, bodies]] with a HeartLight, talk by [[StarfishLanguage drawing symbols on each others bodies with lasers]] and [[BizarreAlienReproduction reproduce]] by merging over night and creating a new individuum from smoke that's much bigger than the adults and shrinks as it gets denser.
19th Jul '17 2:17:09 AM EbrithilBowser
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* The TropeMaker seems to be the 1888 short story ''Literature/LesXipehuz'' by J.H. Rosny. While the eponymous creatures are never stated to come from outer space, they are non-organic lifeforms with [[LivingPolyhedron]] cone- or cylinder shaped bodies, talk by [[StarfishLanguage drawing symbols on each others bodies with lasers]] and [[BizarreAlienReproduction reproduce]] by merging over night and creating a new individuum from smoke that's much bigger than the adults and shrinks as it gets denser.
16th Jul '17 1:19:37 PM DinoMaurus
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** The [[ http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sy_Myrthian Sy Myrthians]], sentient mammals who move on a large, gastropod-like foot akin to those of the Hutts.

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** The [[ http://starwars.[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sy_Myrthian Sy Myrthians]], sentient mammals who move on a large, gastropod-like foot akin to those of the Hutts.
16th Jul '17 1:18:28 PM DinoMaurus
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* The Flatula from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' are sapient, slug-like beings with several suckers and tentacles on their bodies that speak a language which ressembles flatulent sounds. Many other characters qualify.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has the Hutts, specifically the famous Jabba the Hutt, a slug with a face and arms.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has the many examples:
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Hutts, specifically the famous Jabba the Hutt, a slug giant slug-like beings with a face toad-like faces and arms.a pair of short, stubby arms.
** The primitive [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Amani Amani]] from Maridun are bipedal, but their bodies resemble those of flatworms, they have vaguely humanoid faces, their legs are rather short and they also possess a pair of long, spindly arms.
** The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yuvernian/Canon Yuvernians]], a sentient race of [[MultipleHeadCase two-headed beings]] with elongated heads, each one sitting on top of its own long, lanky neck. We have yet to see the rest of their bodies, but looking at their two heads is more than enough to know they don't possess the same basic humanoid body plan as other species.
** The [[ http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sy_Myrthian Sy Myrthians]], sentient mammals who move on a large, gastropod-like foot akin to those of the Hutts.
16th Jul '17 8:56:31 AM narm00
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** ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': Storyline ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc has B'ox -literally a living, sentient polyhedron- and one of the soldiers of [[Franchise/GreenLantern Atrocitus]] which resembles a giant, orange, fish-headed cricket.

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** ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': Storyline The ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc has B'ox -literally - literally a living, sentient polyhedron- polyhedron - and one of the soldiers of [[Franchise/GreenLantern Atrocitus]] Atrocitus]], which resembles a giant, orange, fish-headed cricket.



** ''ComicBook/PlanetHulk'' introduced the spikes; a race at least superficially similar to the above-mentioned symbiotes; masses of slime. In their natural state, they're peaceful creatures that float through the vacuum of space feeding off cosmic radiation. When confined to a terrestrial environment, however, the atmosphere starves them to the point of madness, and they're forced to latch on to native life forms and infect them like parasites, causing spiked protrusions (hence their name) to jut out from the victim's flesh, essentially turning them into {{Parasite Zombie}}s.

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** ''ComicBook/PlanetHulk'' introduced the spikes; spikes, a race at least superficially similar to the above-mentioned symbiotes; symbiotes, appearing as masses of slime. In their natural state, they're peaceful creatures that float through the vacuum of space feeding off cosmic radiation. When confined to a terrestrial environment, however, the atmosphere starves them to the point of madness, and they're forced to latch on to native life forms and infect them like parasites, causing spiked protrusions (hence their name) to jut out from the victim's flesh, essentially turning them into {{Parasite Zombie}}s.



** While the goblins in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' are humanoid and ''mostly'' comprehensible, their special talent for crafting unggue pots doesn't translate at all. Asked how he makes them, a goblin craftsman can come up with no human-speech explaination better than "I make pot!", stated and re-stated with different inflections.

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** While the goblins in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' are humanoid and ''mostly'' comprehensible, their special talent for crafting unggue pots doesn't translate at all. Asked how he makes them, a goblin craftsman can come up with no human-speech explaination explanation better than "I make pot!", stated and re-stated with different inflections.
14th Jul '17 3:57:39 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' took advantage of being animated by introducing several non-humanoid aliens: Arex, the [[MultiArmedAndDangerous three-armed]] Edosian navigator; the Vendorians, shapeshifting giant squid things that took both the form and personalities of people they shifted into; the Phylosians, PlantAliens; the snail-like Lacterns. And several minor ones, like the pillbug-like Em/3/Green, known as a Nasat in the Expanded Universe. In a stange inversion of live-action, the {{Creator/Filmation}}'s animators found starfish aliens (especially those with no pesky arms or legs) to be much easier and less tribble to animate than human beings.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' took advantage of being animated by introducing several non-humanoid aliens: Arex, the [[MultiArmedAndDangerous three-armed]] Edosian navigator; the Vendorians, shapeshifting giant squid things that took both the form and personalities of people they shifted into; the Phylosians, PlantAliens; the snail-like Lacterns. And several minor ones, like the pillbug-like Em/3/Green, known as a Nasat in the Expanded Universe. In a stange strange inversion of live-action, the {{Creator/Filmation}}'s animators found starfish aliens (especially those with no pesky arms or legs) to be much easier and less tribble - er, trouble to animate than human beings.
16th Jun '17 2:08:16 PM Onlythrice
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** Ghost-types are translucent, phaze through walls and can feed on the emotions of others. However, they still breed and [[WhaleEgg lay eggs]] like all other Pokemon.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's zigzagged. Gems are a race of mineral life who're "born" humanoid, but their bodies are just [[HardLight projections]] from their [[HeartDrive Gems]]. Thanks to this, they can temporarily shapeshift; though it always shares their natural color scheme. They are TheAgeless and only "die" when their gems are shattered. They don't reproduce naturally; rather, most gems are artificially created underground and molded to have certain characteristics, like a larger mass for their light-body (but remaining too long in incubation can reverse this and cause their own form of dwarfism).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's zigzagged. Gems are a race of mineral life who're "born" humanoid, but their bodies are just [[HardLight projections]] from their [[HeartDrive Gems]]. Thanks to this, they can temporarily shapeshift; though it always shares their natural color scheme. They are TheAgeless and only "die" when their gems are shattered. They don't reproduce naturally; rather, most gems are artificially created underground and molded to have certain characteristics, like a larger mass for their light-body (but remaining too long in incubation can reverse this and cause their own form of dwarfism). In addition, Gems are able to fuse together and the more gems that are fused, the less humanoid their projections appear.
11th Jun '17 9:06:39 PM SomberCaelifera
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** The Changelings were sentient beings made of ''liquid'' who lived on a planet, connected together, as one, resembling a ''living ocean''. Odo, however, takes a humanoid form when dealing with humanoids...and resides in a bucket as a liquid for 8 hours a day. The only Starfish alien main character in ''Star Trek'' history, though mostly he resembled a RubberForeheadAlien and rarely shifted in early seasons due to budget limitations and [[SpecialEffectsFailure the wonders of 1993 CGI]].

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** The Changelings were sentient beings made of ''liquid'' who lived on a planet, connected together, as one, resembling a ''living ocean''. Odo, however, takes a humanoid form when dealing with humanoids...and resides in a bucket as a liquid for 8 16 hours a day. The only Starfish alien main character in ''Star Trek'' history, though mostly he resembled a RubberForeheadAlien and rarely shifted in early seasons due to budget limitations and [[SpecialEffectsFailure the wonders of 1993 CGI]].
8th Jun '17 10:35:11 AM Zaptech
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* The various aliens in ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}'' are differing degrees of strange and alien, but the [[MechanicalLifeform Vex]] are probably the strangest once you begin digging into them. Outwardly, they look like a species of advanced, time-traveling, networked humanoid machines. However, the core of the Vex is a white, milky fluid of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiolaria radiolaria]] cells stored in their torsos. This organic, liquid "mind-core" is the Vex's "brain" and stores all of the information relating to each Vex's purpose, and forms an integral part of the interface between the mechanical bodies and the time-and-space-spanning Vex network. Furthermore, direct exposure to the organic particles in the mind-cores can be dangerous, with the radiolarian cells infecting and transforming people who come into contact with it and turning parts of their bodies and minds into Vex constructs.
3rd Jun '17 6:45:22 AM AnotherGuy
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* Ted Chiang's short story "[[Film/{{Arrival}} Story of Your Life]] is about a human team's attempts to study and communicate with an alien species. Eventually, the linguists realize that the alien written language is nonlinear because the aliens don't have our idea of time. Learning the alien language enables the linguists to [[spoiler: perceive the future, but not to change it]].

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* Ted Chiang's short story "[[Film/{{Arrival}} Story of Your Life]] Life]]" is about a human team's attempts to study and communicate with an alien species. Eventually, the linguists realize that the alien written language is nonlinear because the aliens don't have our idea of time. Learning the alien language enables the linguists to [[spoiler: perceive the future, but not to change it]].
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