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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.
6th Feb '17 8:18:06 PM katrinahood
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* Some of the aliens encountered in ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' include sentient vacuum cleaners, pumpkin-headed children, light bulbs with arms and legs who communicate with clicking and beeping sounds, darts who constantly lie, spring necked lawn flamingos, and ear lobes with arms and legs whose vocabulary consists of one word.

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* Some of the aliens encountered in ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' include sentient sapient vacuum cleaners, pumpkin-headed children, light bulbs with arms and legs who communicate with clicking and beeping sounds, darts who constantly lie, spring necked lawn flamingos, and ear lobes with arms and legs whose vocabulary consists of one word.
6th Feb '17 8:06:38 PM rndmnmbr
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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/{{PlanetPirates}}'' series mostly focuses on humans and their Heavyworlder cousins. However, the series features other beings such as:
** the Ryxi, a hyperactive avian species with a massive superiority complex and a powerful investment in making sure they're the only sentient avian species in the galaxy
** the Bronthin, a bright blue horselike herd species, incredible mathematicians, absolute pacifists, implied to be the ones who forced humans to be vegetarians only to satisfy Bronthin cultural mores against predators, before helping to found the Federation
** the Seti, reptilian with a cultural obsession with gambling
** the Lethi, fuzzballs only sentient in group of six or more, require a block of pure sulphur to feed on at all times
** the Weft, shapeshifters who naturally resemble spiky horseshoe crabs, have five sexes and are permanently rendered sterile by space travel, and oddly enough the most human-compatible species in the setting
** the Ssli, giant barnacles that can "taste" subspace and navigate FTL
** and maybe the strangest of all, the Thek, roughly pyramidal-shaped blocks of stone with molten cores who feed on transuranic elements, grow larger as they age (up to the size of mountains), are quite possibly immortal (the remains of one who had been ''subducted by continental drift'' was found, and communicate very slowly with other races (a conversation with a large one can last a human lifetime). They are ''also'' SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who are powerful enough to dictate terms to the rest of the Federation (when a Thek Cathedral happens, you '''''will''''' listen, and you '''''will''''' do what you are told). It is strongly implied that the Thek are the cource of rumors about the Others, an unknown species that consumes the surface of worlds utterly to feed their monstrous appetites.
6th Feb '17 5:12:32 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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, 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)...
2nd Feb '17 7:30:19 PM trulymadmoves
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* The Solomons from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', despite never seeing their true forms (something about purple tubes). They have no concept of human emotions, culture, or thought processes, which is where all of the comedy comes from.

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* The Solomons from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', despite never seeing their true forms (something about purple tubes).though they spend the entire series in human form. They have no concept of human emotions, culture, or thought processes, which is where all of the comedy comes from. As for their appearance, they are regularly described as "quivering purple tubes". Their concept of gender vastly differs from that of humans, they are not subject to gravity, and they apparently live for thousands of years.
26th Jan '17 1:14:46 AM Xtifr
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* The Cheela in ''Literature/DragonsEgg,'' by Robert L. Forward: small sentient slugs with twelve eyes on stalks, living on the surface of a neutron star. Their bodies are made of degenerate matter, so despite having about the same mass and physical complexity as a human, they are only about as large as a sesame seed. Because nuclear reactions happen much more quickly than chemical, time passes for them much, much faster than for humans. For all of that, their history and psychology have many similarities to humanity's.

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* Creator/RobertLForward had a few:
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The Cheela in ''Literature/DragonsEgg,'' by Robert L. Forward: ''Literature/DragonsEgg'': small sentient slugs with twelve eyes on stalks, living on the surface of a neutron star. Their bodies are made of degenerate matter, so despite having about the same mass and physical complexity as a human, they are only about as large as a sesame seed. Because nuclear reactions happen much more quickly than chemical, time passes for them much, much faster than for humans. For all of that, their history and psychology have many similarities to humanity's.humanity's.
** The aliens from the ''Rocheworld'' series are very nonhuman--the Flouwen are aquatic [[BlobMonster blobs]] who love math and surfing and can compress themselves into rocks to think more effectively, the Gummies are elephant-sized five-limbed creatures who put down roots during the dry season and shed an arm during mating, and the "green giants" from the [[{{Sequelitis}} less than spectacular]] "Marooned on Eden" are mobile trees with detachable birds for eyes and racoon-like "gatherers" for hands. There are also sentient colored fungal mats with eyestalks, which puzzle humans with their seeming lack of reproduction (their population grows because the aliens often find feral individuals out in the tundra and bring them back to society), until they finally piece together how it works. A common species of shark swims about the ocean and moves towards volcanic vents near the end of their life cycle. Their corpses are blasted onto the tundra (the world is covered in ice, with oceans underneath) and then their ovaries develop into sentient fungal mat creatures. The sharks are born when the fungal mat creatures find a shark corpse on the tundra, eat its ovaries (a rare delicacy), and a few days later they get violently ill and dump their fertilized sewage into the ocean.



* The aliens from Robert Forward's ''Rocheworld'' series are very nonhuman -- the Flouwen are aquatic [[BlobMonster blobs]] who love math and surfing and can compress themselves into rocks to think more effectively, the Gummies are elephant-sized five-limbed creatures who put down roots during the dry season and shed an arm during mating, and the "green giants" from the [[{{Sequelitis}} less than spectacular]] "Marooned on Eden" are mobile trees with detachable birds for eyes and racoon-like "gatherers" for hands. There are also sentient colored fungal mats with eyestalks, which puzzle humans with their seeming lack of reproduction (their population grows because the aliens often find feral individuals out in the tundra and bring them back to society), until they finally piece together how it works. A common species of shark swims about the ocean and moves towards volcanic vents near the end of their life cycle. Their corpses are blasted onto the tundra (the world is covered in ice, with oceans underneath) and then their ovaries develop into sentient fungal mat creatures. The sharks are born when the fungal mat creatures find a shark corpse on the tundra, eat its ovaries (a rare delicacy), and a few days later they get violently ill and dump their fertilized sewage into the ocean.
24th Jan '17 6:29:13 AM Scifimaster92
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* The invading aliens in ''Film/NightOfTheBigHeat'' are jellyfish-like creatures resembling melted plastic lamps who glow brightly and emit massive amounts of heat.
31st Dec '16 1:50:49 PM MagnusForce
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** The Horrible Gelatinous Blob is probably the most frequently appearing example in the show, outside of Zoidberg and Kif, as described above.
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