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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]].]]
25th Apr '16 3:17:09 PM GahmahRaan
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX
** The Orpheans (or the Orphe as they call themselves) are an [[InsectoidAliens insectoid race]] that are not only very logistical by human standards, they are connected to what appears to be a divine HiveMind [[spoiler: which is actually a symbiotic virus]] called the Ovah. In addition to initially having no concept of gender, they reproduce by using Senirapa water to split themselves into two Orpheans (or create two new Orpheans if the Orphean receiving the water is on the brink of death), with the new one already at adulthood and inheriting their parent's memories. It gets to the point that after replicating the water, the race goes from a mere five members on Mira [[spoiler: (there were two others, but one's a traitor that stuck with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Ganglion coalition]] and the other got eaten by Visigels, thus spreading the Ovah to non-Orpheans)]] to making up a noticeable chunk of New LA's xeno population. Eventually, [[spoiler: [[HumanityIsInfectious enough contact with humanity]] that another subspecies of Orphean is created that is labeled as "female"]].
** The Zaruboggans can only survive in environments that other species would consider toxic and polluted, and in addition to wearing hazmat suits all the time, they carry around gorkwa staffs to filter out voltant material from polluted areas. Also similar to the Orpheans, they have NoBiologicalSex (or concept of gender) despite being referred to with masculine pronouns and reproduce by regurgitating their offspring, which are born from the voltant they were consuming.
** The Milsaadi, a race of assassins allied with the Ganglion, are [[SiliconBasedLife silicon-based]], to the point of looking almost like robots in robes. They also have the ability to shut off their ability to feel pain rather than FeelNoPain altogether.
24th Apr '16 7:34:24 AM Sharlee
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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 make 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 make 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.
24th Apr '16 7:33:45 AM Sharlee
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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 make them, a goblin craftsman can come up with no human-speech explaination better than "I make pot!", stated and re-stated with different inflections.
22nd Apr '16 3:41:53 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* While most of the aliens from the ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross 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/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' ''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]].]]
19th Apr '16 7:46:00 AM GlassRain
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* The aliens from ''Webcomic/AnnaGalactic'', also by Creator/ChristopherBaldwin, are even weirder. There's a lot of wild speculation from the human protagonists about whether their attempts to communicate are having any effect at all.
14th Apr '16 10:22:58 PM Aubren
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* Parodied and subverted in WanderOverYonder. All alien races have unique looks, but most have a similiar biology to earthlings: such as flesh & organ bodies, having human senses and needs (physically and psychologically) communicating in a verbal language and sharing human body language, and most are designed off of earth creatures/things/attributes. This gets wonky when there are ''balloon animal'' aliens and eyeball-for-a-head aliens somehow eating and speaking.

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* Parodied and subverted in WanderOverYonder. All alien races have unique looks, but most have a similiar biology to earthlings: such as flesh & organ bodies, having human senses and needs (physically and psychologically) psychologically), communicating mainly in a verbal language and sharing human with body language, language to express emotions, and most are designed off of earth creatures/things/attributes. This All shown speak English and have a human-based culture (usually western). The biology gets wonky when there are ''balloon animal'' aliens and eyeball-for-a-head aliens somehow eating and speaking.speaking.
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