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** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' had the crew aboard the ''Destiny'' chased by a StarfishAlien species ([[WordOfGod dubbed the Nakai by executive producer Joseph Mallozi]]) that only transmitted the word "surrender" as a constant enemy, and the crew ends up finding little (if any) information about them during the course of the series.

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** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' had the crew aboard the ''Destiny'' chased by a StarfishAlien StarfishAliens species ([[WordOfGod dubbed the Nakai by executive producer Joseph Mallozi]]) that only transmitted the word "surrender" as a constant enemy, and the crew ends up finding little (if any) information about them during the course of the series.


The aliens are simply there. Any attempts at communication are met with silence. Their origins, motives, and plans are all mysterious. Nothing is known about their society and culture. Their actions come across as bizarre, incomprehensible, and frequently terrifying.

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The aliens are simply there. Any attempts at communication are met with silence. Their origins, motives, and plans are all mysterious. Nothing is known about their society and culture. Their actions come across as bizarre, incomprehensible, and frequently terrifying.
terrifying. Your best bet is to stay far, far away from them and not do anything to attract their attention, because the consequences of even being in their way are frequently horrific, ''let alone'' when they have noticed you.



Often the aliens in question are StarfishAliens and may speak a StarfishLanguage. Given most are malignant invaders, many times they're PlanetLooters.

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Often the aliens in question are StarfishAliens and may speak a StarfishLanguage. Given most are malignant invaders, many times they're PlanetLooters.
PlanetLooters. While they are not required to be {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, per se, they usually wind up in this territory.

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* There is one remote civilization in ''VideoGame/{{Meteos}}'' of which the only known aspect is what their people look like. They have an AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance, having small round bodies with huge floating hook-shaped heads such that they look like question marks. The size of their planet, population, and people are completely unknown, and as such, they're given the fitting name of simply "Unknown." This civilization is so mysterious that it's the only planet in the galaxy with confirmed intelligent life that [[GeniusLoci Planet Meteo]] does not target for [[EarthShatteringKaboom annihilation]]--even Planet Meteo knows too little about Planet Unknown to attack it.

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* The true motive and appearance of the aliens in ''Film/Annihilation2018'' remains mysterious.


** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''[[note]]primarily; they're also referred to on occasion in late ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''[[/note]] has the Breen, a race of HumanoidAliens who always go around in [[TheFaceless full-body, face-hiding spacesuits]] and speak only in [[TheUnintelligible a deep electronic warble]]. There's several (often mutually contradictory) pieces of {{exposition}} about their physiology, but apart from them allying with the Dominion in exchange for taking possession of Earth there's little known for certain about them.[[labelnote:Expanded Universe]]The ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' novels explain most of the contradictory exposition by revealing the Breen to be a [[HegemonicEmpire multi-species polity united by a common creed]], rather than a single race. The suits are mostly a countermeasure against FantasticRacism.[[/labelnote]]

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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''[[note]]primarily; they're also referred to on occasion in late ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''[[/note]] has the Breen, a race of HumanoidAliens who always go around in [[TheFaceless full-body, face-hiding spacesuits]] and speak only in [[TheUnintelligible a deep electronic warble]]. There's several (often mutually contradictory) pieces of {{exposition}} about their physiology, but apart from them allying with the Dominion in exchange for taking possession of Earth there's little known for certain about them. The contradictory information is acknowledged on-screen as intentional: allegedly their space suits are cooling units because they would die at anything above sub-freezing temperatures, but Weyoun remarks that he's heard that their homeworld is actually temperate, so the "cooling suits" explanation must be a lie to cover...''something'' else. [[labelnote:Expanded Universe]]The ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' novels explain most of the contradictory exposition by revealing the Breen to be a [[HegemonicEmpire multi-species polity united by a common creed]], rather than a single race. The suits are mostly a countermeasure against FantasticRacism.[[/labelnote]]

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* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuv'': The BETA are completely inscrutable. Numerous attempts to decipher their language were made, but ended in failure when humanity was unable to determine if the BETA even ''have'' a language. This eventually culminated in using limited telepathy in an attempt to get anything at all out of them... which also failed, as the impressions and thoughts they got from the BETA were too out-of-context and vague to be understandable. All humanity managed to figure out after forty years of research is that the BETA do not consider humans to be living beings.


* Creator/JohnWyndham's ''The Kraken Wakes'' (retitled ''Out of the Deeps'' [[MarketBasedTitle in the US]]): A group of aliens invades the Earth's oceans. They never contact the human race in any way and the two sides engage in a war without either side ever seeing the other face-to-face.

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* Creator/JohnWyndham's ''The Kraken Wakes'' ''Literature/TheKrakenWakes'' (retitled ''Out of the Deeps'' [[MarketBasedTitle in the US]]): A group of aliens invades the Earth's oceans. They never contact the human race in any way and the two sides engage in a war without either side ever seeing the other face-to-face.

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* ''Film/{{Brightburn}}'': The aliens that Brandon belongs to are this, in [[DarkerAndEdgier stark]] [[PlayedForHorror contrast]] to [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Jor-El and his fellow Kryptonians]].

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''Please'' don't confuse this trope with InscrutableOriental.


* While the audience may have obtained a lot of information about the Angels of ''Anine/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in between the show's initial release and the current day, most of it is strictly AllThereInTheManual territory and a manual that is ''[[NoExportForYou very]]'' hard to get at that. ''InUniverse'', most of the characters have no damn idea of what the Angels are or what the heck they plan and the ones that ''do'' have a clue are both absurdly cryptic about it and it's hinted that they only have ''just enough'' information to make [[AssimilationPlot their schemes]] and that is about it.

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* While the audience may have obtained a lot of information about the Angels of ''Anine/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in between the show's initial release and the current day, most of it is strictly AllThereInTheManual territory and a manual that is ''[[NoExportForYou very]]'' hard to get at that. ''InUniverse'', most of the characters have no damn idea of what the Angels are or what the heck they plan and the ones that ''do'' have a clue are both absurdly cryptic about it and it's hinted that they only have ''just enough'' information to make [[AssimilationPlot their schemes]] and that is about it.

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* While the audience may have obtained a lot of information about the Angels of ''Anine/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in between the show's initial release and the current day, most of it is strictly AllThereInTheManual territory and a manual that is ''[[NoExportForYou very]]'' hard to get at that. ''InUniverse'', most of the characters have no damn idea of what the Angels are or what the heck they plan and the ones that ''do'' have a clue are both absurdly cryptic about it and it's hinted that they only have ''just enough'' information to make [[AssimilationPlot their schemes]] and that is about it.

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** More is revealed in the sequel, like the fact that they're a HiveMind and like to extract planetary cores. There's also a lot more than a single fleet.

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* The Zai from ''LightNovel/GirlyAirForce'', which cribs ''heavily'' from the JAM example above from ''Yukikaze.''

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* In ''Literature/TheThreeBodyProblem'', this is the key issue that makes the galaxy [[CosmicHorrorStory such a terrible place]]: because it's so hard to understand other species, it's essentially impossible to establish trust, civilisations have to assume everything Out There is hostile, and as such, the objectively correct response to first contact is to schedule extermination.


* John Varley's ''EightWorlds'' series involves a {{Transhuman}} future where humanity has colonised much of the Solar Systemů and then one day aliens came and evicted humans from Earth, with no (visible) rhyme, reason, nor response when contact was attempted.

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* John Varley's ''EightWorlds'' ''Literature/EightWorlds'' series involves a {{Transhuman}} future where humanity has colonised much of the Solar Systemů and then one day aliens came and evicted humans from Earth, with no (visible) rhyme, reason, nor response when contact was attempted.



** TheLastFederation's Obscura put the rest to shame though; they're a particulate based form of life with which communication is impossible.

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** TheLastFederation's VideoGame/TheLastFederation's Obscura put the rest to shame though; they're a particulate based form of life with which communication is impossible.

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