Hmm... I've got a question about this. How important is it that their nature is so obvious?
I'm thinking of a character from Medaka Box
, who seems to satisfy a number of objective criteria but also doesn't seem to match the "feel" of the descriptions being given. She's older than the universe, clearly only in a human form because she feels like it (and has as many other forms as she likes, including disgusting "tentacles and too many eyes" ones), looks down on humanity as no more important than rocks, freaks out another character with empathy powers when they first meet, casually breaks the laws of both physics and magic, and has a nonsensical motive that doesn't even involve her own success.
But she's also really cheerful? And quite reasonable? She casually introduces herself as inhuman and likes to talk. A lot. Which I guess means she likes to talk to rocks? Despite being essentially omnipotent, she prefers to avoid conflict by convincing people that they have no reason to fight her through Breaking Lectures
. And she gets a lot of conflict because a lot of characters instinctively see her as something monstrous.
Which is basically to say that because
of her alien mindset and alien intelligence, she acts way more human than she has any reason to, and indeed more human than most of the characters. So the characters see her as a monster, she has monstrous powers and alien thoughts, but... it seems pretty obvious to me that she's not this trope. What exactly is there other than the subjective reaction?
Honestly, the more I think about it, this seems less and less like a trope and more like a writing style. A way of describing something seemingly ordinary as very wrong.