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* The VXX199 of ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''. Unlike the Horde PlanetLooters who preceded them, the VXX199 are composed of millions of completely alien lifeforms of varying intelligence, in a ship that's a giant conglomeration of living tissue, all driven by the ship's own biological AI. It's like if Terry Gilliam directed a cyberpunk thriller with H.R. Giger as the art designer.

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* The VXX199 [=VXX199=] of ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''. Unlike the Horde PlanetLooters who preceded them, the VXX199 are composed of millions of completely alien lifeforms of varying intelligence, in a ship that's a giant conglomeration of living tissue, all driven by the ship's own biological AI. It's like if Terry Gilliam directed a cyberpunk thriller with H.R. Giger as the art designer.

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* The VXX199 of ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''. Unlike the Horde PlanetLooters who preceded them, the VXX199 are composed of millions of completely alien lifeforms of varying intelligence, in a ship that's a giant conglomeration of living tissue, all driven by the ship's own biological AI. It's like if Terry Gilliam directed a cyberpunk thriller with H.R. Giger as the art designer.


* ''FanFic/AsukaQuest'' has the Angels nicknamed Giant Alien Starfish because they're actually this trope rather than anything actually religious in nature, so the original name came off as pretentious.

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* ''FanFic/AsukaQuest'' ''Roleplay/AsukaQuest'' has the Angels nicknamed Giant Alien Starfish because they're actually this trope rather than anything actually religious in nature, so the original name came off as pretentious.


* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's zigzagged. Gems are a race of mineral life who're "born" humanoid, but their bodies are just [[HardLight projections]] from their [[HeartDrive Gems]]. Thanks to this, they can temporarily shapeshift; though it always shares their natural color scheme. They are TheAgeless and only "die" when their gems are shattered. They don't reproduce naturally; rather, gems are artificially created underground and molded to have certain characteristics, like a larger mass for their light-body (but remaining too long in incubation can reverse this and cause their own form of dwarfism). In addition, Gems are able to fuse together and the more gems that are fused, the less humanoid their projections appear. The aliens in "Jungle Moon" are straighter examples, including a [[BigCreepyCrawlies dog-sized beetle]], a hoofed, humped dinosaur, and a beanbag with a beak and talons on the end of tentacles.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's zigzagged. ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
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Gems are [[ZigZaggingTrope a complicated]] mix of Starfish and RubberForeheadAliens. They're a race of mineral life who're "born" humanoid, but their bodies are just [[HardLight projections]] from their [[HeartDrive Gems]]. Thanks to this, they can temporarily shapeshift; though it always shares their natural color scheme. They are TheAgeless and only "die" when their gems are shattered. They don't reproduce naturally; rather, gems are artificially created underground and molded to have certain characteristics, like a larger mass for their light-body (but remaining too long in incubation can reverse this and cause their own form of dwarfism). In addition, Gems are able to fuse together and the more gems that are fused, the less humanoid their projections appear.
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The aliens in "Jungle Moon" are straighter examples, including a [[BigCreepyCrawlies dog-sized beetle]], a hoofed, humped dinosaur, and a beanbag with a beak and talons on the end of tentacles.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1171 SCP-1171]] is a very racist StarfishAlien who canít go a sentence without using racial slurs against humans, and at one point [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything goes off on a rant against them for stealing jobs from hard workers like himself.]]

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* Most aliens in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'', including the main protagonist Chod who is a purple monster with three eyes and tentacles.


* Some kind of language, not necessarily verbal, we can learn to interpret (or [[StarfishLanguage maybe not]], but we can at least recognize it as a language).
* Culture

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* Some kind of language, not necessarily verbal, we can learn to interpret (or [[StarfishLanguage maybe not]], but we can at least recognize it as a language).
language). In other words, they have some way of exchanging information with one another or with other beings.
* CultureCulture -- they have a common set of practices, goals and technologies.


* In the Netflix short "When the Yogurt Took Over", adapted from the John Scalzi story of the same name, scientists accidentally create sentience in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a pot of yogurt]], which proceeds to conquer the world. It communicates both by speaking and spelling things out in granola.

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In the Netflix short "When the Yogurt Took Over", adapted from the John Scalzi story of the same name, scientists accidentally create sentience in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a pot of yogurt]], which proceeds to conquer the world. TakeOverTheWorld. It communicates both by speaking and spelling things out in granola. granola.
** In the short "Beyond the Aquila Rift", again an adaptation of a short story by Alastair Reynolds, the main character is trapped in the hive of a terrifying, oozing, multi-eyed GiantSpider-like alien that claims to be a NonMaliciousMonster subjecting him to comforting psychic illusions to stop him [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Going Mad From The Revelation]].


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SuperTrope to OctopoidAliens. The inverse of HumanAliens or RubberForeheadAliens. Aliens that don't look like humans, but still have basically the same body type are HumanoidAliens, or {{Intelligent Gerbil}}s, if they're obviously [[PettingZooPeople based off a particular Earth animal]]. InsectoidAliens effectively split the difference.

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SuperTrope to OctopoidAliens. The inverse of HumanAliens or RubberForeheadAliens. Aliens that don't look like humans, but still have basically the same body type are HumanoidAliens, or {{Intelligent Gerbil}}s, if they're obviously [[PettingZooPeople [[BeastMan based off a particular Earth animal]]. InsectoidAliens effectively split the difference.



** Yazirians are arguably PettingZooPeople, but the Sathar and Dralasites might fit. Sathar are sentient, humanoid invertebrates who seem to be a human - sized cross between an earthworm and a squid, and due to their nonhuman psychology are an NPC-only race. Dralasites have surprisingly humanlike personalities but are physically the strangest of all, being fully sapient amoeba-like multicellular organisms, and reproducing by budding.
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** Yazirians are arguably PettingZooPeople, {{Beast M|an}}en, but the Sathar and Dralasites might fit. Sathar are sentient, humanoid invertebrates who seem to be a human - -- sized cross between an earthworm and a squid, and due to their nonhuman psychology are an NPC-only race. Dralasites have surprisingly humanlike personalities but are physically the strangest of all, being fully sapient amoeba-like multicellular organisms, and reproducing by budding.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':


** The Transformers themselves are perhaps the limit of how humanoid mainstream aliens can be - MechanicalLifeforms about ten times our size who can reconfigure their bodies at will to mimic machinery. Most of them happen to have two arms, two legs, and a head, but they sure as heck don't ''look'' human. And "most" doesn't mean "all"; there are some Transformers that lack humanoid robot modes, e.g. Decepticon cassette tapes Ravage and [=LaserBeak=] and Autobot Sky Lynx who is a space shuttle that turns into a giant prehistoric bird (the "Sky" part and a giant cat (the "Lynx" part), both bodies being equally 'him' whether working together or in two entirely different places. G1 Reflector was three largely identical beings in one alt mode (a camera). It's unclear how separate their personalities are.

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** The Transformers themselves are perhaps the limit of how humanoid mainstream aliens can be - MechanicalLifeforms about ten times our size who can reconfigure their bodies at will to mimic machinery. Most of them happen to have two arms, two legs, and a head, but they sure as heck don't ''look'' human. And "most" doesn't mean "all"; there are some Transformers that lack humanoid robot modes, e.g. Decepticon cassette tapes Ravage and [=LaserBeak=] and Autobot Sky Lynx who is a space shuttle that turns into a giant prehistoric bird dragon (the "Sky" part part) and a giant cat (the "Lynx" part), both bodies being equally 'him' whether working together or in two entirely different places. G1 Reflector was three largely identical beings in one alt mode (a camera). It's unclear how separate their personalities are.


** The Franchise/GreenLantern Corps has Bzzd (an insectoid), Medphyll (a plant being), Chaselon (an intelligent crystal), Dkrtzy RRR (an intelligent ''equation''), Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus), Mogo (a [[GeniusLoci sentient planet]]), Rot Lop Fan (who, being from a sector of space where no light exists, is under the impression that he is a member of the F-Sharp Bell Corps), a race of hivemind spores, and [[spoiler:the Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus thing and planet parasite can alter gravity and progenitor of the Black Mercy plant species]]

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** The Franchise/GreenLantern Corps has Bzzd (an insectoid), Medphyll (a plant being), Chaselon (an intelligent crystal), Dkrtzy RRR (an intelligent ''equation''), Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus), Mogo (a [[GeniusLoci sentient planet]]), Rot Lop Fan (who, being from a sector of space where no light exists, is under the impression that he is a member of the F-Sharp Bell Corps), a race of hivemind spores, and [[spoiler:the Mother Mercy, a HiveMind Planet/fungus plant/fungus thing and planet parasite that can alter gravity and progenitor of the [[LotusEaterMachine Black Mercy Mercy]] plant species]]species.]]


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--> '''Sam:''' Don't let the chromatophores fool you. I exist in only three dimensions and I have a certificate saying so.

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* ''ComicBook/StarTrekUntoldVoyages'': In "Silent Cries", the Crier is a seemingly non-sentient lifeform which resembles a glowing blue blob with tendrils. It is capable of absorbing electromagnetic impulses such as subspace transmissions and transmitting them at almost the speed of thought. The Crier resides in a crystalline cavern which seems to be a part of it. It reacts furiously to the Orion pirate Raydeen breaking off a piece of the crystal, killing him and his henchmen. The Crier then transforms itself into pure energy and leaves Duran 12 for parts unknown at an incredible speed. Sulu determines that it was sentient all along and that it did not like what it saw of supposed civilization.

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