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->'''[[LizardFolk Koopa]] Police Radio:''' Alien species escaping from police detention.\\
'''Luigi:''' Aliens? We gotta deal with aliens too?\\
'''Mario:''' Luigi, '''[[PerspectiveFlip we're ]]'''[[PerspectiveFlip the aliens]].\\
'''Luigi:''' We are? Whoa, cool!
-->-- ''[[Film/SuperMarioBros Super Mario Bros. the Movie]]''

Stories that have humans interact with aliens who are actually ''alien'' run into the fact that we're as weird to them as they are to us. This can cause the most remarkable misunderstandings....

This seems to be a heavily literary trope, perhaps because the basic concepts are easier to convey in writing. One variant has [[HumansAreCthulhu humans as cosmic abominations]] to primitive aliens. See also CultureClash. Many times, they think HumansAreUgly. This can also be used for a nice, satisfying AuthorTract with the aliens puzzling "But why do they (insert the [[AuthorTract author's worldview's opposite here]])?" An AuthorAvatar alien can encounter humans and deliver the AuthorTract through what for the alien (in-universe) is innocent questioning but for the author (out-of-universe) is Socratic irony.

If the aliens are the good guys, then it is HumansAreTheRealMonsters. If the aliens are more socially and technologically advanced, it's HumansAreMorons. If the aliens want to figure out humanity, then HumanityIsInfectious. If the aliens completely freak out and go insane at the sight of humans, then it is HumansAreCthulhu. Can result in AlienArtsAreAppreciated.

See also {{Xenofiction}}, which does not necessarily feature humans, but takes the viewpoint of truly ''alien'' aliens. May be used to highlight BizarreAlienPsychology or [[BizarreAlienBiology Biology]].

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Though not an alien per se, Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler'' has a chapter dedicated entirely to his view of humans. While he doesn't find them unattractive physically (judging by the fact that [[spoiler: he sleeps with a couple]]), he finds most wants and desire to be trivial and their very personalities abhorrent most of the time and finds [[KindHeartedCatLover kitties to be more pleasurable to be around]], explaining to the viewers that there is nothing in Hell half as cute as a cat. Apparently the closest they have to a cat in Hell is... [[Film/{{Alien}} xenomorphs.]]
** [[spoiler: Later chapters suggest that he simply doesn't [[BlueAndOrangeMorality comprehend human emotions or basic needs]]. For all his [[StoryBreakerPower power]] and [[TheBeautifulElite grace]], his only known drives are [[YourSoulIsMine hunger]] and the aforementioned love of cats, leaving human physical weakness and emotional complexities quite alien to him indeed.]]
* [[{{Kitsune}} Tomoe]] from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' doesn't seem to understand human emotions a lot of times. Mizuki is pretty much in the same boat.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It comes up occasionally in ''ElfQuest''.
** The plot of ''Mender's Tale'' revolves around an elf trying to understand humans better. He thinks the best way to do that is sleeping with a couple of women, while the humans in question have what we would consider extremely conservative views in those matters. Huge problems ensue.
** ''Jink'' features an alien race which at first cannot even communicate directly with humans. One individual, Firstborn Newbreed, is made as a sort of ambassador and sent to learn more about humans. He has not the slightest idea about etiquette and is very honest ("Your kind are all [[HumansAreUgly so ugly]]"). When someone tells him this is considered rude, he's devastated to the point of making serious requests of "Kill me now!", because courtesy is ''very'' important in his culture, so he failed his mission.
* One UncleScrooge comic has Scrooge reactivating a crashed alien satellite, causing his money bin to warp to deep space without him. To get it back, he follows in Gyro's spaceship, only to find it has been claimed by the alien equivalent of rednecks, who treat the ducks as hostile alien beasts incapable of intelligent thought, since they can't speak their language.
** In case you didn't already guess - yes, it is an AffectionateParody of 1950s sci-fi B-movies (specifically the "alien encounter" kind), and yes, it's written by DonRosa.
* In ''ComicBook/ADistantSoil'', an alien who is undercover as a botanist brings plant samples back to the mothership. He walks over to Liana on ''his'' ship and asks her what Earthlings call that beautiful flower in his hand. Liana looks surprised at this, because this flower is a Dandelion, which as anyone would know is considered a weed.
** This is actually a rather big part of the early arc(s) of the series. Rieken finds it odd that there is a pregnant woman walking around town and thinks she should be sitting down. (Also because Ovanians are test tube babies.) When Liana calls him out on [[spoiler: having sex with Bast]], Rieken finds it odd that humans see adultery as a crime.
* A LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen issue has Allen Quartermain's body taken over by a fragment of [[EldritchAbomination Yuggoth]], the {{Wendigo}}. A few paragraphs are devoted to what the Wendigo is barely capable of comprehending about Allen's body; describing it as, "a soft, five-pointed star of rind and pulp enclosing a strange, spider-like machinery of brittle bone."
* An variation occurs in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. Part of Doctor Manhattan's subplot deals with his humanity slowly fading as a result of his new status as an omnipotent, non-linear entity. As such, he fails to understand why Laurie would be upset by his working in the lab while simultaneously in bed with her and later when he teleports them both to Mars, he's initially confused when she suddenly starts choking, having honestly forgotten that humans can't survive without a suitable atmosphere and ''need'' to breathe.

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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3546854/16/Reunions_are_a_Bitch The sixteenth chapter]] of "FanFic/ReunionsAreABitch" is probably one of the better examples out there, and could almost be considered an essay on the subject. If for no other reason than that it takes into account just how much raw data is being pumped out from Earth ''every second'', with many Colonial intelligence operatives commenting that they have no idea what is fiction and what is reality due to all the radio signals coming from Earth getting all jumbled together, not to mention the fact that they're being broadcast in dozens of different languages. They end up thinking at the end of the chapter that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was a documentary, the Earth is infested with {{Kaiju}}, the Third Reich was the good guy in WorldWarII, and that the Earth is secretly ruled by an evil dictatorship that brainwashed everyone into believing they're monotheists.
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7278544/1/First_Contact First Contact]] presents [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a first contact scenario]] where an asari exploration vessel discovers Earth in 2034. It is basically fueled by this trope.
* PeterWatts' [[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/ "The Things"]] is a chilling take on ''Film/TheThing1982'' from creature's POV. From the perspective of a millennia-old empathic shape-shifting [[spoiler:intergalactic ambassador who can spread its consciousness across separated parts]], we Earthlings aren't just primitive but ''barely sapient tumors that walk.''
-->[[spoiler:"I will work behind the scenes. I will save them from the ''inside'', or their unimaginable loneliness will never end. These poor savage things will never embrace salvation. [[AssimilationPlot I will have to rape it into them.]]"]]
* The "Human in Equestria" concept has become so prolific in the MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic community, that Fimfiction (the most popular Mlp fanfic website) had to create a "Human" tag just to accommodate it.
** FanFic/{{Article2}} is about a human spaceship crashing into Equestria. The story is told from the perspective of the Equestrians
** Played straight as well as inverted in the Human in Equestria fanfic ''FanFic/Arrow18MissionLogs'' and the two stories that make it up. The first, ''Lone Ranger'', is written from the perspective of the human scientist. The other, ''Twilight Sparkle's Notes'', is this trope, and is [[PerspectiveFlip written from the perspective of Twilight Sparkle instead]].
* ''Fanfic/PinkPersonalHellAndAlteringFate'' has Pinkie Pie mention how she finds humans to be weird.
* Kuyou Suou shows this trope when the story is seen [[SwitchingPOV from her point of view]] in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'': for example, she observes [[SupremeChef Mikuru]] baking cookies with childish fascination. BonusPoints for that being the first time she has the time to observe anything in detail [[note]]it's revealed her kind doesn't have long-term memory, so she has to observe the whole universe constantly to prevent LossOfIdentity; when [[RealityWarper Haruhi used her powers]] to fix that Kuyou realized she had a newfound chance to focus her observations[[/note]] so there are lots of first experiences for her.
* In the [[RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse Lunaverse]] sidestory ''Helping... hands?'', Lyra ends up turned into a human by a miscast zebra ritual (and unlike her fanonical depiction, she does not enjoy it). Throughout the narrative, her bizarre new anatomy is referred to in equine or otherwise familiar terms ("flank", "dock", "barrel"; her hands are referred to as "paws" or "claws"). Lyra herself is referred to as a hominid or "furless bear-creature". She also spends most time naked or wrapped in a borrowed cloak since she doesn't know she's supposed to cover herself more, but the narrative never turns to fanservice and nopony finds her freakish appearance attractive anyway.
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/526471 Mistranslation]] is an interesting ''[[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} Homestuck]]'' piece describing the humans views on love and hatred from the perspective of the Alternian Empire.
* ''Fanfic/MassEffectClashOfCivilizations'': The story is often told from the perspective of the Mass Effect races, as they explore a seemingly abandoned [[Franchise/{{Halo}} UNSC]] space station, and then later as they get a chance to meet the builders.
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[[folder:Film]]
* This is the premise of ''Mating Habits Of The Earthbound Human'', which is essentially an alien wildlife documentary about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin human mating habits]].
* The basic premise of the CGI movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}'', where a space-suited human accidentally terrorizes an extraterrestrial suburb (as well as an extraterrestrial "doggy").
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' did this subtly by holding the camera at Na'vi height whenever the two species interact to make humans look a bit out of place.
* The main plot of ''HappyFeet'' involved Mumble trying to find the aliens who had "abducted" another bird (radio-tagging) and were taking the penguins' fish. One of the final shots, of the aliens' ship (a helicopter) landing and the heavily suited aliens stepping out, is filmed with all the awe of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, the Kzinti were amazed by the (at the time) highly pacifistic human mindset reported by their telepaths... and unpleasantly surprised by humans' facility for [[SuperweaponSurprise converting peaceful technologies to warfare]] when they found it necessary to take up violence again.
** The kzinti also consistently underestimate human females (or 'manretti' as they call them), as the females of their own species are non-sentient. It doesn't occur to them that a female could pose a threat - this costs them dearly on occasion.
* In Niven and Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'', the alien invaders reflexively remain submissive once they've surrendered to an opponent. They find it difficult to understand beings that will pick themselves up after a defeat and come back for a rematch. They're also shocked that humans are willing to destroy large swaths of their own territory with nuclear weapons rather than let the aliens hold onto their initial conquests to use as forward bases for further assaults. The result is that it honestly never occurred to them that humans would attack their initial invasion forces with nuclear missiles, so they took no precautions against it. They lost a lot of soldiers as a result.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Final Frontier'' (no, not the movie ''The Final Frontier''), there's a moment when a Human and a Romulan are trapped in a place where they're about to be eaten by beasts, and the Romulan muses that this "must be hard" for the Human, who seems ready to fight till the end and never accept the inevitable (just the time to show off the state-of-the-art transporter technology, too).
* There's also Creator/CJCherryh's [[ChanurNovels Chanur Saga]], in which most of the main characters are aliens and the plot revolves around the results when a crew of ''hani'' merchants take in a single human who had escaped from the ''kif''. The story is told strictly from the perspective of said crew, which along with the general absence of helpful TranslatorMicrobes helps reinforce the alienness of the ''human'' in their familiar environment.
* The aliens in Terry Bisson's short story "TheyreMadeOutOfMeat" find the idea of purely organic intelligent beings incredible (not to mention disgusting -- it's strongly implied that the norm for intelligent life is {{Mechanical Lifeform}}s and/or {{Energy Being}}s, and it's outright stated the closest they've come to this before are species with metamorphic life cycles that have an organic stage, or creatures with organic bodies but an electronic or energy-based brain), and decide to sweep the whole thing under the rug rather than make contact.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story "Crusade" is also about aliens looking at human biology with alien eyes and little tolerance.
* This is a major theme in Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame'' series. In the first novel, [[spoiler:it takes the Hivemind alien race some time to adjust to the idea that each human being lives mentally separate from others, causing a disastrous FirstContact, and a war, only because neither side is capable of understanding how the other communicates.]] In the sequels, humanity encounters others: [[spoiler:one species which goes through a radical metamorphosis upon death -- and thus they find it nearly impossible to conceive of death as a tragedy, because for them it leads to full adulthood. Later, a species which communicates using molecular engineering crops up.]]
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's short story "The Streets of Ashkelon" (aka "An Alien Agony"), a human missionary converts an alien culture to [[UsefulNotesOnChristianity Christianity]]. [[spoiler:The aliens then try to initiate the millennium of the missionary's message by crucifying him and waiting for him to rise on the third day.]] The twist being they were committed pacifists BEFORE he succeeded...
* In Harrison's ''TheStainlessSteelRat Saves The Galaxy'', the Rat has to deal with an alien confederation hell-bent on exterminating humanity, because all the ''decent'' people in the galaxy are utterly squicked out with a disgusting race of creepios who have dry unscaly skin, no tentacles, no healthy exudation of slime, only two eyes.... it is held to be a kindness to exterminate this hideous deformed species.
* Something similar is mentioned in a Ijon Tichy story from ''Literature/TheStarDiaries'': A missionary tells a race of thoroughly altruistic aliens about the holy martyrdom, and they torture him to death so that he will become a saint.
* The concept of aliens that have taken much longer than humans to develop high technology, and are surprised by [[HumanityIsSuperior human progress]], turns up in several cases:
** In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series, aliens who did their initial recon of Earth in the Middle Ages arrive during WorldWarII, expecting humans to still be at medieval tech levels and prepared accordingly.
*** They are also utterly repulsed by human sexuality (not only do Tosevites not have a mating season like "normal people," they also have this weird exclusive-mating agreement known as marriage that typically is for life... and don't even get me STARTED on that whole birth instead of hatching issue or the "nutrient fluid" that females secrete.)
*** Another example of how differently the aliens view humans in ''WorldWar''. Early on in the invasion Molotov is brought up into orbit (becoming the first Russian and second human in space) to meet with the leader of the invasion force. While discussing the leader's aims and reasoning behind the invasion he explains that they are doing so in accordance with their Emperor's will, Molotov then proudly proclaims that his people killed their emperor (The Czar). The alien leader is horrified to hear this since, due to subtle differences between their sociology and that of humans, the diplomat had effectively admitted to murdering his '''God'''. (Though that's practically what it would sound like to a medieval Russian, too. 'Regicide' was a very, very high crime, probably higher than 'patricide'.) Also, as a Communist, Molotov would presumably have approved of deicide as well.
*** It is mentioned later on in the series that The Race had someone once tried to kill the Emperor. His name is now spoken with the same kind of scorn a human would reserve for Hitler.
*** It even creates linguistic difficulties. Since the Race has been ruled by an Emperor for uncounted thousands of years, they don't even have words for other forms of government. The best they can come up with is to call them "non-empires." They also sometimes derisively refer to democracy as "snout counting."
** A similar event occurred in the {{backstory}} of DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll'', with a bunch of aliens who were hell-bent on wiping out every other sentient race in the universe finding themselves with a fight on their hands due to under-estimating humanity's adaptability and rate of development, as well as not realizing that we'd reverse engineer every bit of their technology we could get our hands on in order to improve our chances.
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' character Elfangor describes surprise during ''The Andalite Chronicles'': Who could imagine ''any'' species going from their first heavier than air powered flight to working manned spacecraft and satellites within a century?
** Elfangor's little brother Ax comes to the conclusion that though the Yeerks became interested in Humans because of the peculiar category of race we fit into (numerous enough to host all of them, and supposedly unable to resist them), they're obsessed with us now because they're terrified of our ingenuity and ability to adapt and have to stop us before we get out into space and ''really'' screw things up.
** Ax is a frequent provider of examples for this trope. For instance, he finds it amazing that humans would bother reading webpages when they had already invented books, which are clearly superior.
** Or use a chatroom when we have the telephone, which actually lets you hear the person you are speaking to.
** And in fact ''The Visser Chronicles'' is almost entirely this trope (the viewpoint character is a Yeerk). The now-disgraced former Visser One relates how they found Earth and why they're so intent on conquering it, and her experience living among humans. They categorize species based on their usefulness, and humans fall into the "perfect host" category (the first species the Yeerks encounter that does so).
** In ''The Andalite Chronicles'', Elfangor encounters humans for the first time, and a lot of paragraphs are spent on his view of us - being shocked and appalled when Loren takes off her "hoof" (shoe), puzzlement over what humans eat, distaste for our music, and so on. There is a point where he drives a car while drinking Dr. Pepper or "brown bubbly water" [[BizarreAlienBiology through his hoof]]. With a Rolling Stones cassette playing.
** A RunningGag in the series is that Andalites have no concept of "Taste" and go crazy over stuff such as Cinnabons. An Andalite with a mouth is a dangerous thing. By the end of the series, Andalite tour groups regularly visit Earth just to morph human so they can sample the cuisine.
* A variation occurs in HarryTurtledove's short story "The Road Not Taken" where, due to chance, humanity never stumbled on the ability to control gravity and travel faster than light that practically every other alien civilization has. Unfortunately, for the aliens, it's so easy to stumble on to this technology that they do it early in their histories and don't make much progress in other areas of science and technology. The invaders arrive on Earth and try to conquer the world with Napoleonic tactics and flintlock firearms. In the 21st century. [[CurbStompBattle It's a brief invasion.]]
* An extreme example is in the early Arthur C Clarke short story, [[http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/13-TheBalticWarCD/TheBalticWarCD/The%20World%20Turned%20Upside%20Down/0743498747___1.htm The Rescue Party]].
* The beginning of ''[[OldMansWar The Ghost Brigades]]'' by JohnScalzi has a scientist trying to escape a military base which is under attack by aliens. He's captured by one, and being a xenobiologist starts describing the "ugly hominid", concluding with his final thought as he's drugged to unconsciousness: "[=F---ing=] humans..."
* This is one of the main themes of David Brin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series. Not only are the aliens actually alien, they've had civilization for billions of years. Everything you could ever want to know can be looked up the Great Library -- which leads to cultural clashes; for instance, few alien languages even have a word for "change". Many chapters are told via point-of-view characters who are either aliens, dolphins, or chimpanzees.
* Happens with most, if not all, genuinely alien (as opposed to extraterrestrial human) species in the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers' NoonUniverse:
** The reptilian Tagorians are obsessed with calculating the possible consequences of all and any endeavors or innovations (though it doesn't seem to hold them back much), and so are horrified/disgusted to the point of breaking off all (up to then fairly beneficial) contacts with the Earth when they learn that humans ''didn't'' destroy the {{tykebomb}}s left behind by the [[{{Precursors}} Wanderers]] immediately upon discovery like they did with theirs.
** The same novel, ''Literature/BeetleInTheAnthill'', has a character muse on how difficult it is to understand what his Golovan (member of a species of sapient dogs with very large heads) friend thinks about being with him on the expedition because the Golovan language has only one word for "must", "want" and "can". They also lack technology and folklore, and apparently lose all interest in humans after a few decades of studying them.
** The novel ''Literature/SpaceMowgli'' features a human child [[RaisedByWolves raised by highly-advanced isolationist aliens]]. It is unknown what parts of Kid's quirky behavior are just the consequences of growing up without any human contact and [[TouchedByVorlons having unusual powers]] and what may be attributed to the "Ark Megaforms" (as the aliens were tentatively named), but they themselves seem both altruistic and isolationist to an unimaginable extent, or so the characters theorize, having failed to make any genuine contact.
** The Leoniders are only mentioned in passing, but they live in full symbiosis with all their entire ecosystem, which has rendered the question of technological exchange with humans more or less irrelevant.
* ''Viscous Circle'', part of PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Cluster}}'' series, involves a grotesque and disturbing description of an alien that one of the flying magnetic disk aliens sees; it's very easy not to realize that this is a description of a human being. The rest of the Cluster series often deals with "outsider" views of humanity, sometimes ''literally'' through human eyes as body-sharing technology is a major plot device.
* In Creator/StephenKing's short story "I Am the Doorway" (appears in the collection ''Literature/NightShift''), an ex-astronaut exposed to an alien mutagen finds himself with tiny eyes covering both hands, which he comes to realize are the manifestation of an alien presence that hates humanity. At one point, he looks at the eyes on his hands - and catches a glimpse of himself through the alien eyes, who perceive him as a twisted, hateful monster. It also finds our world in general horrifying and hateful -- during the same sequence, it's terrified and confused by the unnaturally ''small'' number of dimensions and impossible right angles in our AlienGeometries.
** Also, in King's "Literature/FromABuick8" where a car that's not a car produces all sorts of -mostly dying- alien lifeforms.[[spoiler: the one thing that manages to stay alive is violently butchered by the good guys because they feel like the mere sight of it is raping their brain. Right before it dies, they realize how alien and horrific they look in its eyes. They keep killing it but feel sorry afterwards...]]
* Several ''{{Halo}}'' novels show the war from the Covenant perspective, using this trope often.
* Tolkien's unfinished book ''The Notion Club Papers''[[labelnote:*]]Which can be read in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth''[[/labelnote]]: At one point a man experimenting with astral projection techniques (which allow him to travel through time and space and see other planets) comes across a place where what seems like a giant anthill spreads across the countryside, polluting and ruining it. He's shocked to realise he's actually seeing the (sped-up) history of Oxford.
* In Peter F. Hamilton's [[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]] series, an alien child is alarmed when she first sees a human. Thing has not enough legs! Thing does not fall over! Why?
** Hamilton's later novel ''Literature/PandorasStar'' features a sequence in which the ''vivisection'' of two humans is described from the point of view of their alien captor.
*** With the alien in question at first not understanding concepts like "pain", blood, and the fact that screwing around with human brains is not healthy for said human.
* Examples from Creator/IsaacAsimov's stories.
** In Asimov's short story "Hostess", a four-legged alien who has lived with humans for some time still thinks we ''look'' like we should fall over (he is a HeavyWorlder, and on his planet we ''would'' have fallen over).
** Another of Asimov's short stories, 'The Deep' is written almost entirely from the perspective of aliens who first discover humans. They originally hoped to make contact, but were so disgusted by human nature, particularly the fact that we know who our parents and offspring are, that they decide to avoid humans entirely.
** Asimov's jokey short story "Playboy and the Slime Gods" (a TakeThat to a Playboy magazine article on science fiction; an alternate title is "What is This Thing Called Love?") features two alien scouts who find the notion of sexual reproduction unbelievable and potentially dangerous (due to increased genetic adaptability), respectively.
** Asimov's story "In a Good Cause" features a short passage from the point of the alien ''Diaboli'', who discuss the foul odor of humans and express hope that the humans won't insist on eating in front of them: "My cud will never be sweet again". To clarify; they are strict vegetarians who evolved from grazing animals, and that's how they feel about the idea of eating meat.
* In John Clute's ''Appleseed,'' the protagonist watches a show, made by aliens, where caricatures of humans--well, their genitalia keeps changing back and forth between male and female. Then they wind up with huge vaginas full of teeth, which with the humans literally eat each other. This is an alien satire of human sex. (I was impressed, when I got to the word "satire.")
* Creator/DianeDuane's ''YoungWizards'' series incorporates an increasing amount of this as the characters' horizons grow. [[spoiler:Book 7, where the main characters participate in a transplanetary exchange program, devotes at least a third of the exposition to the alien visitors' difficulties, among them the significance of a florist and the difficulty of determining which parts of a house are meant to be edible.]]
* Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'' and ''Literature/ADeepnessInTheSky'' both have a bit of this. In the former, the HiveMind Tines are weirded out by independently sentient "singletons", and near the end of the latter the Spiders mention that humans appear cute and childlike due to their soft skin and movable eyes.
* The alien species in Creator/AlastairReynolds ' "RevelationSpace" trilogy are mostly extinct, but one character, while studying a species whose ability to exchange body parts makes them seem disturbingly fluid to her, realizes that the "Scuttlers" might well have seen humanity's unchanging nature (or that of other aliens lacking their ability) as a kind of living death. [[spoiler:The Scuttlers' isolation, which bought them some time before the Inhibitors attacked them, suggests she may have been right.]]
* In EricFlint's ''MotherOfDemons'' ([[http://www.baen.com/library/067187800X/067187800X.htm free online version]]), the cephalopod-descended gukuy are discomfited and surprised when they first see humans, mostly because of how quickly and strangely they move. They also tend to inaccurately attribute emotions to humans based on skin color at first, since gukuy are chromatomorphic and express emotions by changing color.
* In TheCourseOfEmpire and ''The Crucible of Empire'' it alternates between seeing humans through the eyes of their Jao conquerors and vice-versa. Humans tend to be more imaginitive as the Jao are a SlaveRace that once served ScaryDogmaticAliens before their rebellion and rise to glory. Thus the Jao's ancestors had no more imagination then their masters thought fit to breed into them. WordOfGod says that the inspiration is from the cultural influence of Greece on Rome with humans as Greeks and Jao as Romans.
* In another one of HarryTurtledove's novels, ''A World of Difference'', the Minervans (Martians) cannot comprehend that any of the American (or Soviet) crew could possibly be female [[spoiler:until a Minervan "prince" out for a walk sees two of the Americans without their "outer skins" after investigating an odd noise coming from behind a rock]] due to the fact that their females are basically baby factories that live to sexual maturity, get pregnant, then [[DeathByChildbirth bleed out when they give birth]]. Mercifully for the females, it seems nature provides them with some sort of anesthesia. Note that the males don't particularly like this little fact, they just can't do anything about it with medieval tech.
** In the same novel, one of the Minervans gets blinded in three of his eyes by a camera flash, leaving him only able to see out of the three on his other side. He's utterly terrified until his vision clears. This same alien later goes into battle with another tribe that snagged a Soviet AK-74 while an American with a pistol helps. Then an American ultralight drops a jumbo-sized molotov cocktail on the alien with the AK, causing the friendly alien to shudder at the concept of a battle with noise-weapons everywhere and fire falling from the sky.
*** To put the true horror of this into perspective, Minervans evolved to live in a climate cold enough that ice is a common building material. Hot water is a weapon of war. Napalm would be like a nuke, but we can only imagine about what they would think a nuke would be like.
* Bud Sparhawk's "Sam Boone" stories play this for humor, from both Boone's human point of view and that of the bizarre, advanced aliens he interacts with. Boone finds himself in such bizarre situations as being announced via shipwide comm as a violent predator (because he sometimes eats meat) and then being accused of murder because a cabinmate has vanished [[spoiler: by dehydrating himself like a tardigrade into a temporarily inanimate lump]], being perceived as polite by a violent species because he (accidentally) [[GroinAttack slams himself into a member's crotch]], distributing pornography (''Better Homes and Gardens''), arranging for a marriage between one aged and one infant alien (since the species is naturally female when young and male when old), and being gifted with art by a species that communicates via some very offensive (to humans) odors. Technically most of the encounters are from Boone's perspective, but his FishOutOfWater situation invites the reader to surpass his rather limited imagination.
* Alan Dean Foster's ''[[HumanxCommonwealth Nor Crystal Tears]]'' is told almost entirely from the POV of the insectoid Thranx. As described in the first contact between Thranx and humanity, ''humans'' are rather effectively presented as StarfishAliens--bizarrely, impossibly bipedal, revoltingly fluid in movement, and emitting eerie gargling yowls and shrieks. However, both sides get over their negative first impression with some effort and get along great eventually.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the incorporeal, collective, and rigidly ordered Auditors find ''all'' life completely alien and offensive because of its chaotic and individualistic nature. Their primary goal is to rid the universe of it.
* In the Literature/LiadenUniverse novels by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, the [[AlienAmongUs Clutch Turtles]] are perpetually bemused by the strange behaviors and values of the "hasty" humans, and often misinterpret social cues. It is only when they begin to perceive that Val Con and Miri are in trouble that one of them starts to develop a remarkable level of empathy for the way humans think in order to figure out how best to help them.
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Cuckoo's Egg'' is the story of a human growing up on a planet inhabited by humanoid dogs. His foster father is disturbed by his adopted baby son: this wriggling hairless thing and later by the way his son looks at him without turning his head to face him. His son is equally affected. For example, he is distressed that his "coat" is only coming out in patches. Unfortunately this arc turns into a (figurative) ShaggyDogStory: there are no major differences, under the skin.
* The Mulefa in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', who have trunks, horns and wheels (yeah), find the humans ugly and strange, but are able to tell that they're also smart and conscious, and welcome them into the tribe. The trope is also explored via the Gallivespians, a race of LilliputianWarriors who are at war with the humans from their universe, and the [[BearsAreBadNews armoured bears]], who are sentient but don't seem to have emotions in quite the same way, and don't seem to understand what it really means to be human.
* The short story anthology ''I, Alien'' is basically entirely this.
* In Timothy Zahn's ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'', humans and Zhirrzh are barely comprehensible through each others' eyes, made worse by the fact that they are at war; they call each other "conquerors" and claim that the war is necessary to defend against the other's aggression.
* There's a some of this in UrsulaKLeGuin's science fiction. TheLeftHandOfDarkness, which is set on the planet Gethen, involves an alien species whose members are completely androgynous 28 days a month. It starts out with a human narrator called Genly Ai, but later begins shifting between Genly and a Gethenian named Estraven, who highlights Genly's strangeness by Gethenian standards. The short story collection ''The Birthday of the World'' also features several instances of this.
* Creator/CSLewis' Literature/SpaceTrilogy uses this, mostly in the first book. There's a lot of confusion between the native Malacandrians (Martians) and the humans, partly because humans suffer from Original Sin, and the Malacandrians don't. Lewis has fun suggesting [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters how messed up we would look]] to races that weren't violent, cruel, or selfish. On a simpler level, Ransom has a moment of weirdness when he sees his fellow humans after having spent months among Malacandrians. At first glance, he thought they were another alien race.
-->"...and he, for one privileged moment, had seen the human form with almost Malacandrian eyes."
* Creator/HalClement used this trope a lot:
** ''Needle'' has an alien detective getting a crash course in humanity so he can try to find the bad alien, who is hiding out on Earth, without revealing his own existence.
** ''Mission of Gravity'' gives us a view of humanity from an alien centipede who is terrified of heights greater than a few centimeters. The humans' insistence on standing upright seems dangerously insane.
** ''Iceworld'' is told from the point of view of aliens who find Earth to be dangerously cold.
** The front cover blurb for ''Cycle of Fire'' invoked this with the words: "Each of them was a stranger to the other. But which was the alien?"
* OlderThanRadio: Voltaire wrote a story much in this fashion, titled Micromégas.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the various species in the lands around the human Realm of Alera have different views on how alien humans are to them. For example, there's the Marat, a species of barbarian elf-like people who bind themselves to animal "totems" (forming an empathic link to another species, gaining aspects of their biology from them) and then form tribes around those totems (i.e. the Wolf Tribe, the Horse Tribe, etc). The Marat believe in fighting alongside ones' totems, whereas humans prefer to wear armor and fight within fortifications, and are therefore referred to as the "Dead Tribe" and consider them weak. The Marat also do not believe in the concept of deliberate falsehoods (read: lying) and declaring that someone is "mistaken" is grounds for a trial of combat. They are, understandably, extremely perturbed by the humans' constant use of falsehoods, along with all the other contradictions of human society.
* The ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' series, as well as several short stories in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', depict humans through the eyes of treecats at least part of the time. The "two-legs" do weird things, like fly, build ''separate'' dwellings from each other and make "mouth noises" instead of speaking "normally" (ie, [[PsychicPowers telepathically]]). They also do scary things, like take down "death-fangs" ([[PantheraAwesome hexapumas]]) from a distance and remove areas of forest rapidly. In one short story that uses this, the treecats [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome save the princess of Manticore.]]
* The part of Literature/GulliversTravels where he visits the Houyhnhnms (horse-like beings) has heavy elements of this. At the end, when Gulliver goes back to England again, [[StockholmSyndrome he himself has started to view humanity with the same disgust as the Houyhnhnms]].
* ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' and the aptly-named "Through Alien Eyes", by Amy Thomson, are a FirstContact story in which a human does have some narrative time, but it's largely from the POV of the local Tendu, brachiating froglike people who speak with their color-changing skins. They think the human - Dr. Juna Saari - always looks embarassed thanks to her (brown) skin tone. The second book deals with two Tendu visiting Earth and finding it bizarre, wonderful and awful in turns. Notably, the books are remarkably evenhanded in portraying both Tendu and humanity as good in some ways, flawed in others, but not inherently beyond hope.
* ''The Things'', the Hugo-nominated short story by PeterWatts, views the events of the 1982 sci-fi horror movie ''Film/TheThing1982'' from the alien's POV. Every species the Thing has encountered thus far is capable of shapeshifting and merging with other cells just like the Thing, which cannot understand why this strange new 'world' violently resists its attempts to 'commune' and adapt its offshoots (people). On eventually realising the nature of humanity -- each offshoot an individual 'thing', isolated and doomed to decay and death -- the horrifed alien realises it has a duty to infiltrate humanity and bring about its 'evolution' by force.
* There's a ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel called ''Night of the Humans''.
* In Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''At Winter's End'', what are these [[TheGreys weird, hairless, flat-faced beings]] that seem to crop up so often in ancient records? [[spoiler:Why, they're the [[AfterTheEnd now-extinct]] humans, as seen through the eyes of [[{{Xenofiction}} highly evolved baboons]].]]
* In Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books, the elf-like Dragaerans consider themselves "human" and real-world humans to be "Easterners." Most of the stories are told in civilization of the Dragaerans, causing this to happen occasionally.
** ''The Phoenix Guards'' series is told by a Dragaeran narrator who occasionally describes Easterners' curious physical appearance and gives his biased opinion on their culture, which is loosely based on Medieval Hungary.
** Vlad Taltos is a human who was raised in a Dragaeran city, causing him to have a somewhat alien perspective on his own species. For example, Dragaerans clap to announce their presence at the door. In one story, Vlad hears someone hammering on his door and thinks someone is trying to break in. He soon discovered that it's just an Easterner knocking.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's novella "Day of Burning," a [[TheReptilians Merseian]] privately describes humans as an [[HumansAreUgly ugly, hairy]] [[UncannyValley caricature]] of [[LizardFolk his own species]].
* Creator/AEVanVogt's short story "Literature/TheMonster" (also titled "Resurrection"), [[http://variety-sf.blogspot.com/2008/03/e-van-vogt-monster-aka-resurrection.html summarized here]] and available [[http://pastebin.com/pHLcpLcn here]] (TXT, 6.6k words) is told exclusively from the viewpoint of a member of an expansionist race who arrive to the third planet in a yellow dwarf system and find remnants of a strange civilization. Yes, you guessed it, humans are dead in the story, wiped out by an "atomic storm" from space. However, the aliens manage to revive several members of this species, only to realize that they possess strange powers, including teleportation. Fearing that the human, whom they've been unable to kill, might learn their technology and use it to revive the rest of humanity and learn their FTL method and homeworld coordinates, the ship's crew chooses to fly [[HurlItIntoTheSun into the Sun]]. Moments before the ship is destroyed, the protagonist realizes that the ugly teleporting alien has learned all their secrets in the first several minutes and was just messing with them after that.
* In ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', the twist is that the alien is actually ''human.'' He was abandoned on Mars as a baby and raised by Martians. Upon coming to Earth as an adult, he finds other humans incomprehensible.
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' features humans through termite eyes, specifically termite scientists studying the fascinating ''homo'' species. Though termites are depicted as pretty much a copy of human civilization (for sake of being a {{satire}} on humanity), they still are tiny and perceive the world differently, making for some trouble in fully comprehending the ''homo'' culture.
* Creator/RobertSheckley's short story ''Specialist'' is about a spaceship crewed by extremely specialized aliens (to the point that all but a few crewmembers ''are'' parts of the ship, being natural engines, turbines, and walls) who are stranded in space after the accidental death of the Pusher, a creature whose race possess the ability to accelerate ships to many times the speed of light, and have to find a replacement in order to get back to civilized space. They find a planet populated by primitive Pushers who have never made contact with other civilizations and thus ''never learned to Push'' - bereft of their true, wonderful purpose, they have instead turned into a civilization of generalists, filling the void in their hearts by building ugly metal things and making bloody war upon each other. They manage to talk a lone Pusher into coming aboard, and soar off to safety when he realizes that he had always been able to Push. It's implied that when the galactic union makes contact with the primitive planet, the realization of their true purpose will bring lasting peace and prosperity. No guesses for who the Pushers are.
* In ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'', Creator/AmbroseBierce has a character called the Lunarian encounter a human and ask innocent questions about the American system of government to show what Bierce considers to be absurdities in that system.
* In ''Literature/{{Terra}}'' by Music/MitchBenn, the second chapter is from the perspective of Lppb, a [[TheGreys Fnrrn]] biologist studying alien ecosystems. He finds the biology of "Rrth" fascinating, and is frustrated that the dominant lifeform, "Ymns", seem determined to destroy it. He also believes that the episodes of Ymn history they show on their picture-screens demonstrate that they don't get on with aliens much.
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* The earliest promos for Nickelodeon's ''TheJourneyOfAllenStrange'' included the following speech by Allen: "I'm trying to adjust to this strange world called Earth. The lifeforms are solid, school teaches geometry in only three dimensions, and space travel is limited to a mere few million miles per journey. Currently I'm learning a concept called Friendship..."
* The title of a DisneyChannel movie ''StepsisterFromPlanetWeird'' applies to both girls, as the alien girl and her [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]] father are actually air bubble-like aliens. Much {{wangst}}ing is done about her hideous new "meat body" and how terrifying this windy planet is (her [[MissingMom mom]] was blown away) and how stupid the inhabitants are. [[spoiler: Because this isn't contrived enough, she also falls for a human guy, to the confusion of her boyfriend (son of the tyrant who drove them away in the first place), who (after attaining a meat body) falls for the human stepsister.]]
* This was the premise of ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' for the first three or four years, until the aliens became accustomed to life on Earth. At that point, their extraterrestrial origins became TheArtifact.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "FirstContact" focuses on the aliens' view of their initial contact with TheFederation. The opening's particularly effective, as the doctors are trying to treat an unconscious Riker (who was in disguise and doing research on their culture), and gradually realize with a mix of awe and dread that none of his organs make any sense to them.
** In early seasons [[TheEmpath Deanna Troi]] and her [[{{Telepathy}} mother Lwaxana]], from Betazed, would comment about how humans ''think'' differently from their species. In particular it was noted that humans often "say one thing, and think another" or engage in internal dialogues with themselves that can, to a mind reader, give the appearance of multiple personalities. This is used in one episode to explain why Deanna sensed an alien [[BodySurf jumping from one crewmember to another]], but didn't realize that it actually ''was'' a distinct alien and not just a case of humans having multiple levels of thoughts. Since their entire species is telepathic, Betazoids are much more open about their thoughts and tend to just say exactly what they think, even if by humans standards doing so is rude.
** The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Distant Origin" also uses this as its premise. Most of the story follows two alien scientists, who investigate and later directly study the Voyager crew, without their knowledge. Their initial reconstructions, based on their own cultural and biological biases, are very inaccurate.
** There's also the TNG episode "Home Soil," wherein one of the life-forms native to Velara III describes humans as "ugly bags of mostly water."
** A frequent fixture of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', where Dr. Julian of the Federation and Garak of the Cardassian Union off one another's perspective on the other's culture, and where Quark frequently voices the opinion that the only reason humans are so nice in the future is because they have all their creature comforts.
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' usually likes humans, but isn't beyond rebuking them, either.
** "Planet of the Dead": "You ''look'' human." "You look Time Lord."
*** Phrased very similarly by the Eleventh Doctor in an exchange with Amy Pond in "The Beast Below". It could become one of his standard responses.
---->'''Amy:''' You [[HumanAliens look human]].
---->'''The Doctor:''' No, you look Time Lord. We came first.
** We get a double dose of this when the companion is Romana, a fellow Time Lord with less knowledge of, and a more detached view of, humans. Cue things like loud, public discussions of how the Mona Lisa compares to other works of art in different galaxies.
** Appears in the first ever Who story ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child]]''. "Before your ancestors invented the wheel my people had made time-and-space travel into child's play!"
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' used this for a twist ending or three.
* The early ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "I, ET" where the heroes crash onto a planet where the culture resembles 1950s America. Besides Crichton this is actually "aliens through other alien eyes," but he's the main viewpoint character so it still works this way. Plus, rather unusually for the show, the locals are RubberForeheadAliens and one of them is a bit disappointed when Crichton looks so much like them. Then she gets a look at [[StarfishAliens Pilot]].
** This happens a lot early on in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' with the aliens constantly commenting on how deficient and generally strange humans are (John's constant pop culture references certainly don't help) but as time goes on the aliens start to befriend John and find that he is much more useful than he seems at first, what with his "improvisation" that always saves the day. Most aliens outside the main cast don't get a chance to think so as to them Crichton just appears to be a Sebacean anyway.
** This trope also occurs in the season 4 episode "A Constellation of Doubt" which shows a television program made on Earth using interviews with the aliens. While a lot of the show is just reinforcing human prejudices (perhaps a bit {{anvilicious}}ly), the aliens do make some good points about how wasteful humans are, how foolish intraspecies conflict is with the real dangers in the universe, how humans never give up (even when maybe they should), and the UnfortunateImplications of popularizing skimpy clothing, among other things.
** In a case of Human Planets Through Alien Eyes, Aeryn Sun finds a storm-swept Sydney Harbour quite beautiful. Although the meant for a fine day, it was decided to keep the line despite the non-cooperation of the weather as an example of this trope.
* Pretty much the purpose of Series/MorkAndMindy. And in turn, [[InvertedTrope Mindy visits Ork]] for a few episodes for her honeymoon.
* In the first episode of ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' after a montage of images of planet Earth and the different human cultures, Creator/CarlSagan muses:
-->''For an extra-terrestrial observer, the differences between human cultures would seem trivial.''
* Series/{{Crusade}} had crop flags and [=UFOs=] that looked like human aircraft, all part of the local government's plan to use aliens (humans) as a RedHerring & scapegoat to distract the public from their politics. [[http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/declass/ufo/ Sound]] [[https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/97unclass/ufo.html familiar?]]
** The planetary leaders didn't count on humans actually showing up at their doorstep in the near future. When they did, the alien representative told them they had no right to interfere in planetary business. Unfortunately, they're WrongGenreSavvy, as [=EarthForce=] has no [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]]. Gideon has all the information recorded on dozens of probes which he then sends to the planet, informing the populace of their leaders' actions.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' used this as a source of humor throughout the show, primarily with the aliens' various responses to human pop culture and cuisine. Of particular note is Londo's [[LargeHam very vocal]] frustration with the absolute meaninglessness of the Hokey Pokey (Draal, meanwhile, rather liked it, but was advised by Delenn not to tell ''Londo'' that.) Jokes were similarly had at the expense of well-meaning humans trying to understand various alien customs and cuisine, such as Sheridan's abject failure to successfully cook a Minbari dish [[ThroughHisStomach to woo Delenn]].
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* Music/{{Bjork}}'s "Human Behavior".
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* The early 20th century comic strip ''Mr. Skygak, from Mars'' revolves around the eponymous Martian reporter observing (and humorously misinterpreting) everyday scenes of life on Earth. For example, he once mistook a couple being married as criminals being harangued by a judge for their crimes.
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* German game ''PlueschPowerUndPlunder'' features [[LivingToys living]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies plushies]] having to hide from the "tramplers" (us).
* In {{Traveller}} the attitude of aliens toward humans is described. Vargr for instance think humans [[HumansAreCthulhu to be spooky]] because they can organize themselves more ably.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} gives us a reasonable estimation of how the alien races see humans.
** The [[BloodKnight Orks]] think we're fun to fight against, but slightly confusing as they can't tell who's in charge ([[LargeAndInCharge we're all about the same size]]).
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] think we're unsubtle childish thugs with limited intelligence and no appreciation for [[EverythingTryingToKillYou the dangers of]] [[CrapsackWorld the galaxy we live in]] (for the record, we totally do).
** The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Tau]] think we're somewhat fanatical, but have promise as a subject species.
** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] think we're tasty when we happen to get in their way.
** The [[OmnicidalManiac Necrons]] think we're dust to be purged along with the rest of the galaxy.
** The [[CombatSadomasochist Dark Eldar]] think we're fun playthings.
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* Not quite aliens, but in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'', it's easy to tell which of the [[PettingZooPeople beast folk]] [=NPCs=] in Belinsk originated as beasts instead of humans. They're the ones who comment on how weird it is to be walking on their hind feet, wearing clothes, and [[AlienLunch cooking meat before they eat it]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' actually has references to how aliens respond to the oddness of humans, as well as each other. For example :
** Liara T'Soni, one of the recruitable party members, finds humans to be quite odd and strange at first, with their short lifespans clashing with her own (she's the oldest person on the ship, aside from Wrex, despite being twenty something by asari standards).
** In the novel ''Literature/MassEffectRevelation'', a batarian businessman spends a good paragraph describing all the aspects of humans that he hates and how strange they look compared with his own species. The main reason for the latter is that to batarians everyone with less than four eyes looks stupid and unsophisticated - presumably because they are unable to form expressions that the batarians would recognize as cultured.
** The turians in general take duty very seriously. Conscription on their homeworld, marking the beginning of adulthood as well as citizenship is ''mandatory'' for all turians between the ages of 15 and 30. Those who choose to leave active military service at the end of this term, nonetheless remain as part of the reserve forces and can be called to action at anytime. When the Alliance liberates Shanxi from turian occupation, the turians are surprised that a species that hasn't even expanded enough to have made any previous first-contact is able to turn them back at all. When the First Contact War is settled diplomatically and things cool off a little, the turians are ''more'' surprised to learn that only 3% of eligible humans of military age, actually ''choose'' to serve in the Alliance. Since there is no such thing as a turian civilian, they regard bombarding houses [[ColonyDrop from orbit]] to flush out defenders as a legitimate tactic and can't understand why humans regard the Shanxi invasion as unnecessarily brutal.
** Another look at the ValuesDissonance between acceptable military tactics is highlighted in the third game. During the Tuchanka arc, Shepard can react aghast that after the blatant warcrime of releasing the genophage against the krogan, the turian military compounded it by having no problem with leaving a giant bomb buried on Tuchanka, while Garrus admits that while he thinks it went too far, it made sense to have an insurance policy in case the krogan decided to get "uppity" again. Similarly, during the Rannoch arc, Tali is shocked when Garrus cavalierly suggests orbital bombardment to flush out the geth groundside, pointing out that he wants to help recover her homeworld by rendering part of it ''uninhabitable''.
** Shepard can also ask Grunt if any of the tank imprints he's received deal with humans. The krogan's response is that [[PunyEarthlings humans are physically frail]] compared to krogans, and that he only needs to penetrate a blade a krogan finger's depth to sever a human's spine. He next states that ''everybody'' is physically frail compared to the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]], and humans are on the weaker end of the scale.
*** According to Wrex, the only reason a krogan will follow another krogan is because he thinks the other would win if they fought. He is therefore somewhat mystified that not only do Kaidan and Ashley [[UndyingLoyalty not want to comment on fighting with Shepard]], but actively deny having ever thought about it.
** The geth are the best example of this in the series, although it applies to all sapient species. The geth are a race of artificial intelligence programs who are in constant contact with each other. They know each other's thoughts, and make decisions based on consensus, thoroughly discussing an issue with each other at the speed of light. Bodies are also considered unimportant, because they can just upload themselves to any type of form they might need. They also don't truly die, simply being uploaded to a different body if one is destroyed. To them, being alone is not just impossible but completely alien and unknowable. Every geth that joins a collective makes that collective more intelligent as a whole, able to process data faster and see things from different viewpoints; while a lone geth is more or less inanimate, a thing of programmed responses and reactions, barely even an animal. They don't understand how other species function without achieving consensus (rather than "forcing" consensus, as democracies do), and tend to describe things in their own terms (an organic's body is referred to as "hardware"; having reactions shaped by it is considered rather weird by the "software" geth). They really want to understand organics, but it's difficult because of how different they are, combined with having trouble understanding organic emotions. Interestingly, the geth seem to be developing emotions of their own, even if they don't realize it.
*** Though it's interesting to note that Legion seems unable to understand why the Heretics, (a rogue faction of Geth that worship the Reapers), would do such a thing as implant ''spies'' in their networks, since among the Geth there is no such thing as deceit. When the Heretics chose to leave the Geth Consensus, the others freely let them go, since they believed that all life should self-determinate, even if they did not agree with their decision. The fact that the Heretics are capable of subterfuge and actively seek to undermine them was something they ''never'' considered.
** Played for laughs in a ([[DummiedOut sadly cut]]) line from a turian security guard. "Excuse me for asking, but... you're a female, right? You've got those funny bumps, like an [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe asari]]."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', Velvet Room residents Elizabeth and Theodore ''look'' human, but have some ''very'' odd ideas about the human world, as the protagonist discovers in the course of helping to satisfy their intense curiosity about it. Elizabeth assumes that you have to run up the escalator the wrong way as a "test of strength" and that the jungle gym in the playground is a house. Theo thinks the circular running track at school is a metaphor, and when the protagonist answers his request for oil by bringing him a can of machine oil, he assumes this means you ''deep-fat fry'' machines in it: "I'll use it on Mech Fries next time!" Both of them interpret the police station's Missing Persons board as a list of bounty heads, comparing it to their own regular requests for the protagonist to go kill a certain type of Shadow and bring back TwentyBearAsses as proof of their strength, and so on.
* One riddle in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage'' involves identifying a thing based on how an alien might describe its use.
* ''StarControl'' has a species known as the VUX, which humans claim is an acronym for "Very Ugly Xenoform" - and for good reason, since these aliens are hideously ugly... by ''human'' standards. In the VUX's eyes, however, it is the humans who are hideous ("You humans are SO ugly, that I get my kids to behave by holding a picture of you behind my back and I tell the kids that if they aren't good, I'll show it to them!")
** Just how ugly are humans? Their ''necks move'', meaning that humans all look as if they are casually suffering from grotesquely broken necks.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' has the demons deeply confused and not exactly pleased with humanity. Mitra is conducting experiments on them (with conclusions like "It seems humans require something called 'blood' to survive"), and demon negotiations frequently require you to explain or justify humanity's actions.
* In the strategy game ''SwordOfTheStars'', the lizard-like Tarkas find humans disturbing in an uncanny valley-like fashion. We come across as androgynous and childlike, even cute, to the point that they find fighting us in boarding action difficult. Sort of like we would find it hard to shoot a race resembling 10-year olds in the face.
** [[BeePeople Hivers]] find human individuality and ability to multipurpose puzzling, and think human perfumes are incredibly overpowering. They also zero in on females during boarding actions regardless of actual target value, instinctively attack the oestrogen source (aiming for a queen).
** The psychic space dolphin Liir also find our tendency to eat other creatures disturbing, and find religion a highly puzzling concept. Hivers and Liir are the only races that have an easy time at all telling the difference between men and women due to a lack of obvious dimorphism (Hivers because of their sense of smell, Liir because they're {{Hermaphrodite}}s and any dimorphism looks obvious).
* In ''LeagueOfLegends'' the champion Cho'Gath [[EldritchAbomination the Terror of the Void]] considers humans to be "hideous creatures" and "a scourge upon the world" despite being an immense, chitinous, 6-limbed horror from the nightmare space between the dimensions.
** Nocturne, a similarly eldritch being with the equally cheery title ''the Eternal Nightmare'', finds life as we know it - including humans, and especially summoners - to be disgusting and offensive, and goes out of his way to annihilate as much of it as possible.
* The explorers in the ''{{Pikmin}}'' series give their own, often humorous names to whatever objects they find on the planet Earth (which they christen "PNF-404").
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* The ''Space'' theme of ''IrregularWebcomic'' features a plant-based alien. At one point, he(?) declines to enter a florist because, well, [[spoiler:how would ''you'' like it if someone cut off ''your'' reproductive organs and put them on display for people to smell?]]
** He has also stated that from his point of view, wine is equivelant to crushed infants fermented in sacks made of human skin
* ''{{Goblins}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Life Through Their Eyes]]'' is a Dungeons and Dragons based web comic showing how the traditional "monsters" of the game view the player characters. It demonstrates how anyone in can be evil or good, regardless of race, as shown by the contrast between the goblin protagonists and the "good" adventurer [=PCs=] who slaughter the goblins' village because they see them as easy loot and XP.
** It also has some [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/01282007 interesting commentary]] on human culture.
** This interpretation is also used heavily by Redcloak from Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick, making him an extremely sympathetic AntiVillain.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', you get not [[StarfishAliens one]], not [[PettingZooPeople two]], but ''[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots three]]'' distinct outsider viewpoints of human culture. Not to mention those times when its outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Sam'', or outsider POV vs. human culture ''and Florence''. There's a whole undercurrent of slavery moving toward emancipation because the humans haven't quite figured out that robots are becoming sentient enough to be self-willed, and then again, the humans aren't quite the same as the humans from earth ''either''... all in all, just go read it. Seriously.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** Done with demons in the place of aliens in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080721 this]] strip.
-->"Why are mortals freaked out by ''blood''? ''They're'' the ones full of it!"
** The actual resident alien, Aylee, is wondering about humans all the time. First it was largely about our BizarreAlienBiology ("I keep forgetting humans need air!"), but lately it's been more about culture and social norms. Ironically, she doesn't actually act very alien; she's simply like a very naïve human from a very different culture who can't understand the one she's in.
* The Moliffs of ''{{Starslip}}'' are a race of transparent blobs with eyes and organs visible. Though they try to be civil, they simply cannot hold back their disgust with humans, what with the lack of shape changing, rigid skeletons, specialized organs, and the hair. ''Especially'' the hair.
** It may be [[FantasticRacism another trope]] at work here, seeing as the arc where that was revealed shared [[{{Homage}} more than a few similarities]] with ''Film/{{District 9}}''...
* Repeatedly crops up in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' with aliens unable to tell Earthling genders apart, having no idea how Earthling reproduction works, generally thinking vertebrates of any sort look gross, etc.
* ''{{Homestuck}}'' has examples of it, such as in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004561 this conversation between John and Vriska]].
* The ''With More, With Less'' arc of ''{{Harbourmaster}}'' is all about this.
* ''UnicornJelly'' has [[http://www.unicornjelly.com/uni478.html Attack Of The Alien Invaders From Outer Space!]]
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* A pretty common theme over at the Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** It's implied that a ''very'' extreme version of this is the reason for SCP-682's OmnicidalManiac tendencies -- wherever it's from, life works ''very'' differently, and life as we know it is disgusting to it to the point that its gut reaction to living things is to try to make them '''stop'''. Presumably, if this is the case, the exact same property that makes SCP-053 a CreepyChild to humans makes it the only living thing that seems "normal" to SCP-682.
*** At one point, he calls humans "disgusting". Although it's possible he's referring to the [[BlackAndBlackMorality Foundation]] itself.
** On the other hand of the spectrum, we have [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-962 SCP-962]], which ''[[StalkerWithACrush loves]]'' humanity and desperately wants us to like it. Its methods include building in imitation of us, writing and sending out books, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick attempting to either eradicate or make cyborg servitors out of all nonhuman life]].
--->Did you like [[BodyHorror the servants]] they were the BEST of the cleansed only the BEST for you Great Ones [[UncannyValley made like you form]] you assume here on a WORLD to clean to honor you do appreciate please please I will complete the cleansing soon and you can take me away in your ships of FIRE and [[{{Yandere}} I can love you and you will love me]]
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-328 SCP-328]] is a data disc from a StarfishAlien equivalent of the Foundation, describing a highly mysterious and dangerous object they are attempting to study, which has claimed numerous researchers' lives already. [[spoiler:It's a laptop]].
** Played entirely for laughs with [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1171 SCP-1171]], a ''[[FantasticRacism casually speciesist]]'' StarfishAlien.
--->I MEAN, DON'T GET ME WRONG, I'M NOT RACIST OR ANYTHING. [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE HUMAN]]. BUT IF THEY'RE AS GOOD AS US, WHY DO THEY NEED SKIN? AM I RIGHT?"
* Blog/RainbowDashReadsHomestuck starts off with a pegasus observing [[{{Homestuck}} John Egbert]] and being confused at his antics. It only gets worse when the askers explain arms to her:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' The biggest thing I’m getting from this is that there is a type of limb more awesome than wings. I’m sorry, but I just can’t accept that.
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* Played straight out in ''InvaderZim'' when Dib's guidance counselor asks some aliens, "So you guys are real aliens from outer space?", to which one answers, "Well to us, YOU'RE the aliens."
** [[spoiler: [[FunnyMoments Followed by the aliens bursting out in laughter, "Oh man! That one never gets old!]]"]]
* In ''TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime makes the mistake of asking how new humans are manufactured. [[TheUnReveal We don't actually hear the answer]] Sari whispers into Prime's ear, but judging from his [[{{Squick}} shocked expression]], it seems safe to assume she [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Sariprime.jpg told him the truth]]. Bulkhead and Bumblebee also saw Sari with a robot dog and thought ''she'' was the pet.
** The [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] has a nice [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Human description]] of what giant transforming robots think of non-transforming fleshlings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' gets a lot of mileage from this trope. Optimus tells the Rescue Bots that they have to learn more about humanity by living among them. They deal with a lot of confusion on Earth. They don't grasp the concept of Earth seasons. Blades describes birthdays as "setting the dessert on fire and reassembling a donkey", and the holiday with the lit-up tree is Arbor Day. Blades also says that a lot of human things don't make sense, like hot dogs, which aren't pets.
* Planet Roswell in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' is a planet whose culture, technology level, and understanding of astronomy roughly reflect the United States in the 1950s. When Buzz (an Earthling) and his crew crash land there, the locals treat them with a combination of fear, fascination, and curiosity, having never seen a lifeform not from their planet before--especially fear in the case of the government.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Rad Monster Party", Ben is considered the monster on a planet populated by aliens who resemble classical Hollywood movie monsters. Humorously, Ben stubbornly refuses to see things this way despite Rook's best efforts.
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