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Indexes: Otherness Tropes, Speculative Fiction TropesLaconic: Bizarre Alien Biology for humans. (A/N: Gah, need a better laconic definition. Any suggestions?) Maybe the character was born a Mutant, or belong to a Human Subspecies, or have gone far enough up the Evolutionary Levels, or underwent extensive Bio Augmentation of the essentially permanent kind... Or perhaps they were even created as an Artificial Human from the get-go. The bottom line is, this human character's biology, while not technically alien, cannot be considered "normal human" by any stretch of the term, be it due to having extra organs (duplicate or not), wildly different biochemistry, abnormal nutritional requirements, or even possessing completely new cellular organelles. The trope can come into two flavours:
- Standard: These are fictitious in principle, and thus typically the domain of Speculative Fiction.
- Truth In Television: some of the detailed aspects of our biology can be downright bizarre to us, even if they technically make sense. Additionally, there are real-life medical conditions that technically result in abnormalities to an otherwise healthy human biology (see Real Life section).
Examples (Standard flavor)Comic Books
- The Ultimate Marvel version of Mr. Fantastic's body is an infinitely extensible fluid-filled sack containing, in place of an alimentary canal and other organs, just a squishable bolus of microbes that perform all metabolic functions. Yes, we know; Fails Biology Forever. Chalk it up to Rule Of Cool and leave it at that.
- While Rei Ayanami is canonically known to be at least partially human, the specifics aren't made clear. To compensate, Fanfics tend to depict her with either this trope, Bizarre Alien Biology, or both, each in various ways. To list them all would be a herculean task, given the size of the fandom; one notable aspect, however, is whether or not she has an S2 Engine/Organ, and its exact role in her physiology.
- Star Wars: All living species in The Verse possess "midi-chlorians", mysterious organelles which have some intricate connection to the Force.
- Human soldiers from Old Man's War have green skin, cat eyes and nano-bots instead of blood.
- The Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Blue Angel features an Alternate Reality Episode in which the Doctor is theoretically human. He has two hearts, no navel, and an unusual aversion to the cold. It's probably related to the fact that his mother is a mermaid.
- The Sebeccans in Farscape are humans decended from Super Soldiers who were genetically engineered by aliens long ago. They have improved physical strength and eyesight (humans are apparently practically blind by the standards of other races) but fewer redundant organs an an extreme (seriously) weakness to high temperatures.
- In Parasite Eve, the protagonist Aya possesses a more benign/passive form of the "evolved" strain of mitochondria serving as the franchise' Big Bad, which are not only a self-aware Hive Mind that can hijack their "hosts" and act like The Virus, they possess actual superpowers, which include spontaneous combustion and Body Horror transformations!
Examples (Truth In Television flavor)Video Games
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Fortune was born with her heart on the right side, due to situs inversus (see Real Life section).
- Situs inversus is a congenital human condition where the internal organs are in reverse of where they normally are (heart on the right, liver on the left, etc.). Absent any actual congenital defects, such individuals can lead otherwise perfectly normal lives.
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