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11:45:49 PM Jan 25th 2015
Would the green blobs from X-Com Apocalypse count?
01:00:26 AM Jan 26th 2015
07:32:33 PM Jan 26th 2015
edited by HaborymAim
Well like, they are colonies of microscopic (single celled?)organisms, they can act independently but usually live inside the bloodstream of a host species and control them via psionic powers. Are those starfishy enough?
01:10:58 AM Jan 27th 2015
These sound like an alien version of human parasites. I would not list them under this trope, but that's me.
08:59:48 AM Feb 5th 2015
They are parasites but they can also act independently; when they do, they look like large green blobs. They're also intelligent and parasitize much more than just humans. In fact, when the game begins they are controlling an entire species of aliens, not humans.
06:45:59 PM Jun 30th 2013
Is it okay if we add a Urban Legends/Folklore/Mythology section? Because I think Moth-man would definitely fit the trope description, there's just no folder to put him in right now
09:40:22 PM Jun 30th 2013
... huh? How does Mothman fit the description at all?

Not that anything is known of its biology, but there's no reason to believe it's really starfish-y.
09:41:34 PM Jun 30th 2013
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EDIT: Double post.
11:04:33 AM Jul 16th 2012
"both tropes have some overlap"

Does this parenthesized phrase in the last paragraph of the description refer to this trope having an overlap ONLY w/ Eldritch Abomination? In which case, I'd prefer "The two have ...".*

Or does it mean that this trope overlaps both Our Monsters Are Weird and Eldritch Abomination? That would seem to be true, but if so, that would require more delicate rewriting. And it would leave me wondering why not also Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • At 65yo, I'm natively a speaker and writer of mid-20th-c. English; as a linguist, however, I can easily tell that "both" has long since reacquired its simple Old English sense of "the two". However, since "the two" seems still recognizable by you 21st-c. English users (yes, I've read the Troper Demographics page), it's a good finesse.
11:05:34 AM Jul 16th 2012
Huh! Meant to make a pseudo-footnote, not a bulleted 'graf. Sorry!
04:22:05 PM May 23rd 2012
so no one gets the wrong idea Takwin and I have been communicating via pms about the entry and got it sorted out.
02:48:09 PM May 12th 2012
For a trope that's allegedly about really weird aliens, it has some pretty harsh restrictions on the weirdness. Apparently aliens don't qualify if they don't have a language or culture, and they have to sleep, eat and reproduce.

So, is there a trope for the TRULY different alien species? Because apparently it's not this one.
04:26:23 PM May 12th 2012
edited by TuefelHundenIV
The Trope is for weird intelligent aliens.

If your looking something like with the Xenomorphs from Aliens

Listed at the bottom of the blurb.
04:36:48 PM Dec 17th 2011
edited by KhymChanur
Cut this from the Chanur Novels list:

** The tall, thin, pale-skinned stsho have three genders, and if emotionally disturbed, they "phase" and undergo a personality change, as well as possibly a gender change.

The stsho look like humans, even though their psychology and physiology is very different, so they aren't Rubber Forehead Aliens.
02:40:49 PM Jan 30th 2011
edited by ver
Shouldn't be H. P. Lovecraft mentioned in the article? He used the description "starfish aliens" in At the Mountains of Madness (as is also indicated in the Literature section in the examples.) That was written in 1931, so I think it was probably the first and therefore is a trope namer.

I would like to add it to the article. May I? :)
07:11:47 AM Jan 31st 2011
Factual edits of this nature are always permitted, as long as they don't make the description run on too long or constitute a major revision to the article.
06:03:49 PM Jan 27th 2011
Removed for obvious reasons:

  • The Protoss also have some elements of serious weirdness, like no mouths, and being naturally magical Psionic.
    • However, the Protoss are still very humanoid, both in appearance and culture, so they don't count as an example of this trope.

It does seem, however, that people seem to take any species with "some elements of serious weirdness" as an example of this trope. I think I'll go and delete much of the Real Life section now.
11:15:31 AM Nov 21st 2010
edited by ArtisticPlatypus
Am I the only one who finds it odd that the picture for this trope depicts aliens with such recognizable features as necks, hands, fingers, heads, eyes, mouths and teeth? I don't have any replacement picture to offer, but I'm sure there are some to be found. EDIT: Oh, "Some resemblance to living things with which we are familiar." Never mind.
06:34:37 AM Nov 22nd 2010
We have a forum for discussion of page images. This image was already settled on via this method, so any changes would have to go in a new discussion. Someone already got banned for arbitrarily editing the image.
12:27:22 AM Aug 15th 2010
Does this trope name have anything to do with the starfish aliens in "Warning from Space?" (Daiei Studios, 1956.) They were aliens. And they were starfish-y. If it does, should we give credit? Or put the original movie and its attendant tropes up? It's a fun movie and deserves a little love.
03:34:32 PM Apr 25th 2012
The Trope Namer is Richard Dawkins, who joked that starfish, urchins, etc. must be aliens because of how strange they are.
02:19:52 PM Aug 8th 2010
Can someone please tell me what the page picture is of? It's adorable!
02:47:06 PM Aug 8th 2010
edited by CptButton
Looks like it is cropped from an original artwork by Michael Dashow. See the next to last item in his website.
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