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Blue skin and six-fingered hands are quite odd
When Zigzag is supposed to be as human as King Nod.
"There's lots of humans. There's my dad, Connie, Lars and Sadie, the mailman, Onion... I think."

It's no secret that all sorts of weird beings exist alongside humans. Stories in the fantasy genre, for instance, give us fairy-tale figures like dragons, witches and wizards, elves and dwarves, and whatever other oddities a specific author may come up with to give their world some personal flavor. On the Science Fiction side of things, we meet aliens, robots, artificial intelligences, freaks of nature and all manner of homunculi. No matter how wildly they vary from one another, and from one series to the next, however, they all have one thing in common: they're physically distinct from humans, even if it's not by much.

Every now and again, though, while exploring the Fantasy Kitchen Sink, you'll run into a character of indeterminable race or species. Sure, they seem human, what with their upright stance, human-like intelligence, and ability to speak, and yet there's just something about them that gives them away as something distinctly other. Maybe it's that they live in a series where no human can do the things they do, maybe it's that a certain part of their body (or even most of it) is kept conspicuously concealed or they explicitly have a visible part of their body that's unusual such as weird-coloured hair or Four-Fingered Hands (provided not everyone in the work looks like that), maybe they were clearly human at some point but something happened to them that may have made them undead/supernatural, or maybe it's that there just plain aren't any "other" humans around, raising suspicions. This person is Ambiguously Human. Fairly often, a series will go out of its way to avoid stating their out-and-out species, or they'll be called human or nonhuman in spite of their shared traits. If you can't figure out whether they spawned from the same end of the gene pool as you just by looking at them, though, they fit the bill.


Not to be confused with Rubber-Forehead Aliens, a trope more closely related to Special Effect Failure than to this. Or with Humans by Any Other Name, where it's clear enough that these are humans, only another term is used, to the exclusion of the word "human". Conversely, Our Humans Are Different is when you call a smeerp a human. Don't expect the writers of the work to explain just what the character is exactly supposed to be.

Related tropes include Human Aliens, Human Subspecies, They Walk Among Us, and What Measure Is a Non-Human?. See also Ambiguous Robots, Ambiguous Gender, Ambiguously Gay, Ambiguously Brown, Ambiguously Bi, Ambiguously Christian, and Ambiguously Jewish. See Cartoon Creature for characters of indeterminate species that look like real world animal species other than humans.



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  • Although referred to as an alien (and it would make her a Human Alien), Skye in the 2021 John Lewis Christmas advert looks human enough but it's never clarified if she is a human, Half-Human Hybrid or Human Alien, with only her unfamiliarity with earth and Christmas making it quite unclear what she is exactly. She doesn't have any abilities associated with a human alien, but her behavior suggests she isn't quite human.
  • It is never stated what he is exactly, Lil' Sweet is a mysterious, blatantly magical man half the size of a normal human, often appearing out of nowhere, his description not out of place with that of the Wee People of folklore.
  • Pringles: It's unclear if their mascot, Julius Pringles, is meant to be a human or an anthropomorphized Pringles chip.
  • Rice Krispies featured two commercials with Ms. Pink, who is never clarified to be a human or an elf. She's animated, and stands the same size as Snap, Crackle and Pop, but has a distinctly different design, such as round ears, and five fingers on each hand. Snap, Crackle and Pop only have four.
  • Sir Can-A-Lot from the Spam commercials is a human-like knight who is no bigger than a salt shaker. Also, his body has a salt shaker shape to it.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Anpanman, despite their appearance compared to the other characters (especially in a world full of animals and object-headed characters), characters like Uncle Jam, Batako, and Dr. Hiyari are actually NOT humans, and are instead fairy-esque creatures. However, humans do exist in the Anpanman universe, only none of them are in Anpanland themselves.
  • Berserk:
    • Guts consistently identifies as human, but there's been something off about him practically from birth (literally; he was born from the corpse of a hanged woman). He's superhumanly strong and resilient to the point of absurdity, his ears have points, and he seems to carry a lot of strange supernatural characteristics, including a Superpowered Evil Side. At least a chunk of this is credited to him being "between worlds", as a result of having been one of the only people to ever survive an Eclipse event, slaying many demons in the meantime, and wearing the cursed Berserker Armor, but enough of this stuff was true even in his youth that it definitely makes one wonder.
    • The Great Goat, an antagonist of the Tower of Conviction arc, is the leader of a strange demonic cult, but little is known about him. He only becomes an Apostle Spawn later on, but before that happens, he's clearly off. He's unusually tall and lanky and has six-fingered hands, and he spends all his time wearing what is apparently a very realistic mask based on a goat head, but elaborate enough that one could easily be convinced it's his real head (not to mention, we never see him take the mask off). A man under the effects of a hallucinogen sees his penis as a snake's head and neck, and it's never quite clear if what he's seeing the result of the drug or what it actually looks like. He could be a deformed human, a human altered through some unusual methods, or a member of some other race entirely.
  • Bleach: Quincies may or may not be human. There are four soul-races, Humans, Hollows, Shinigami and Quincies. Humans and Hollows are opposites, and Shinigami and Quincies are opposites. Hollows are opposite to Quincies and possibly Humans and Shinigami, but the relationship between Humans and Quincies is unstated. When Ryuuken mentions the concept of "human power" he puts Ginjou (substitute shinigami), Sado (fullbringer) and Orihime (shaman) under that umbrella. While he includes his mixed-blood Quincy son, Uryuu, he excludes himself (a pure-blood Quincy) and admits he's stretching the definition of "human power" to include Uryuu at all. He doesn't explain that comment, not even to explain what the definition is.
  • Cafe Kichijoji De is a Slice of Life manga set in the normal world. However, chef Hifumi Minagawa frequently dabbles in black magic, achieves things that shouldn't be humanly possible and is described as "A questionable human being" in his character profile.
  • Freddie from Cromartie High School is huge, rides an even huger horse, never speaks, and looks and acts exactly like Freddie Mercury. It's unknown if he's the same Freddie, undead or otherwise, but whenever animals are discussed, he tends to be included among them. Weirder still is his American counterpart, Mr. Mercury, who also looks like the deceased singer but can speak and has a distinct personality.
  • Date A Live: Early in the series, a few characters have considered the notion that Shido Itsuka might not be entirely human, given that he can seal and use Spirit powers. Further muddying the issue was the revelation that Spirits themselves used to be normal humans. Volume 17 reveals Shido used to be a regular human, until he was killed by Isaac Westcott and the First Spirit recreated him as her surrogate child.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the beginning of the series, the sapient population of Earth consists mostly of regular humans, Talking Animals, and monsters, but there are some that don't fit clearly into any of them.
    • Although Goku is well-known nowadays for actually being an alien, it was unclear for a long time (and often questioned in-series) whether his tail, immense strength, and turning into a giant ape were from some non-human origin or just some inexplicable unique qualities of his. We find this out when Dragon Ball Z came along.
    • Tenshinhan is a regular human except he has a Third Eye. Chiaotzu looks like a painted doll version of a Chinese Vampire that has Psychic Powers and looks like a child even after getting a decade older. Mr. Popo has jet-black skin, Pointy Ears, and eyes like a Slime from Dragon Quest and has apparently served as assistant to the World's Guardian for hundreds and hundreds of years. Word of God has it that Ancient Astronauts landed on Earth long ago and interbred with early humans, and most humans have a little alien genetics, just not enough to be physically apparent. Those with more alien genetics than average sometimes manifest alien physical traits.
    • Pilaf, the very first Big Bad of the series and eternally recurring character, is a blue-skinned midget with pointy ears and no nose. It's never stated what he actually is, nobody ever comments upon his appearance and no other beings like him are ever seen.
    • Most of Doctor Gero's creations are pure robots (16 and 19), pure organics (Cell), or cyborgs (himself). Then there's 17 and 18, who are clearly enhanced humans, but how human they are is tricky to figure at first glance. It is confirmed that their bodies include some kind of "infinite engine" and once contained deactivation mechanisms, but they also have enough standard biology that 18 was able to give birth to an apparently normal girl. They're also designed to have a slightly Uncanny Valley appearance and do not appear to age while their strength, unlike Cell's, is not steeped in Ki Manipulation, but unlike most purely robotic characters, they also have the ability to train, increase their power, and learn new techniques, which wouldn't make sense if their abilities were purely mechanical. The fact that the official translation translated "Artificial Human" as "Android" only increases the confusion; depending on who you ask, they're anywhere between Ridiculously Human Robots to biologically-enhanced humans with a handful of robot parts.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku Black is an antagonist who looks nearly identical to Goku and has a moveset that is similar, but the derogatory, observational way he talks about Saiyans and other mortal races, along with his odd fascination with Saiyan abilities, indicates that he probably isn't one himself. Goku and Whis speculate that he's a copy of Goku made by Zamasu using the Super Dragon Balls, after originally thinking that Zamasu will become him in the future. Eventually, it turns out that they were almost correct: Goku Black is revealed to be an alternate version of Zamasu who used the Dragon Balls to swap bodies with his timeline's Goku, making him a Kai in a Saiyan body.
  • Fly Me to the Moon first introduces Tsukasa Tsukuyomi to the story by having protected her future husband from a fully speeding truck using her own body, and even when covered in her own blood, is able to get back up and walk away just fine. Her second meeting with Nasa, which presumably takes place just minutes after the truck hit on the two of them, shows her completely clean and uninjured, as if Tsukasa never got hit by the truck in the first place. The story itself gives out a lot of signs that Tsukasa's true identity is that of Princess Kaguya from the 10th century Japanese folk tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. She isn't. She's the daughter of Iwakasa, the Emperor's subordinate who was ordered to dispose of the elixir of immortality Kaguya left behind. He gave the elixir to his daughter to save her life.
  • GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class has "Professor" Miyabi Oomichi, whose emotionless nature, high intelligence, incredible hand coordination, Selective Magnetism, ability to communicate with birds, ability to breathe underwater, odd behaviour during thunderstorms, and stiff joints during humid weather are traits that wouldn't be out of place in a Robot Girl.
  • If you do a screengrab of Peppo in Gankutsuou and then clone her skin tone in MS Paint or a similar program, it suddenly becomes noticeable that her skin is mauve. Then you add in that manga!Peppo lacks nipples, in a canon that doesn't usually eliminate those (though that might also be intended as evidence of body-modification, as it's strongly implied that Peppo is transgender).
  • Take a look at Nagato, Ryoko and Kimidori in the Haruhi Suzumiya series. They look human, except for their strange hair color (purple, blue and green respectively). Yet they are interfaces created by an alien intelligence that exists as formless data and cannot interact directly with us. Meanwhile there are also seemingly normal humans with odd hair colors in the series, so that's not a dead giveaway for identifying "interfaces" in disguise.
  • The members of the Heaven's Design Team look and act human, but given that their role is to design and build living creatures for God Himself, it does make their actual "race" suspect. They're clearly not angels either, as they are treated as a separate group who serve as a liaison between the titular team and their client.
  • Jigoku no Gouka de Yaka re Tsuzuketa Shonen: It's unclear how human Flare still is after his trip to Hell. His body is a transformed version of the fires of Hell, and he can emit fire and wrap himself in it without burning himself. His strength and speed are inhuman even when compared to his previous athletic prowess, to the point that he treats a harsh hike through the forest as a casual jog when a knight like Aishera is winded and sweating.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Mannish Boy from Stardust Crusaders, outside of being a Stand User, seems to be an otherwise normal baby. However, given the fact that he has fangs, golden eyes, and unnaturally high intelligence for a baby (even for one that's a Stand User), it's quite possible that he's not human at all.
    • The story arc "I Am An Alien!" from Diamond is Unbreakable revolves around the character Mikitaka Hazekura (or Nu Mikitakazo Nshi as he calls himself) who makes the titular claim. On the one hand, he has pointed ears, breaks out in a rash when he hears sirens, can apparently stand perpendicular to walls, and his ability Earth Wind and Fire can transform him into any simple object he wants; on the other hand, he has no concrete proof of his species (he claims he traveled alone to Earth to assess its suitability for his kind, and his ship is too far away to call down), people with similar abilities through Stands are a dime a dozen in this setting, and we meet his mother, whom he claims he has brainwashed into thinking she is his mother; on the gripping hand, he can't see Stands (which is an ability universal to Stand Users), and Earth Wind and Fire never manifests as a separate entity outside of Mikitaka's body, though there are other Stands, such as Oingo's Khnum, that are apparently fused to the user's body. Not to mention every rule about how Stands work has been broken at least once in the franchise by some particularly abnormal Stand. When Yoshihiro Kira tries to shoot him with a Stand Arrow (which had apparently chosen him to be a new Stand User), the arrow bounced off him, leaving only a small scratch and Yoshihiro completely baffled (and the reason why it happened is never explained). So either Mikitaka really is an alien as he claims, or he's an alien-obsessed Chuunibyou who lucked out into getting a Stand that's perfect for pretending to be one. Araki offered a Shrug of God on the issue, saying that he felt introducing genuine aliens was just on the border of too outlandish for the world of the series.
    • Golden Wind:
      • Polpo is a massive towering blob of a man (at least 10 feet tall, when even the biggest Gonks in the series tend to have more realistic heights) with Black Eyes of Evil, able to disguise himself as a bed or a wall, and at one point even appears to eat his own fingers, though they're suddenly fine a moment later (none of which has anything to do with the ability of his Stand, Black Sabbath, either). The anime doesn't help matters by giving him a double-octave voice.
      • The Part's Big Bad, Diavolo, rather fitting for a character whose name is the Italian word for "Devil", is a complete oddity of a character. He is able to physically alter his own body when switching between himself and his Split Personality, who is also apparently a completely different soul who just so happens to inhabit the same body as him, his father died two years before he was born, and according to the anime, his mother apparently showed no signs of pregnancy until the night of his birth. The anime also adds a shot of the infant Diavolo's eyes changing color. Despite all this, he was still somehow able to father a child who, by all appearances, is a completely normal human girl.
      • To make matters worse, it's not made clear if his Stand, King Crimson, is just a mouthpiece Diavolo used while he was hiding his identity or if King Crimson is actually the true Diavolo, being a sapient Stand and using a host in order to interact with the world. Whenever Diavolo speaks to Doppio, it's usually King Crimson talking rather than Diavolo's shadowy silhouette. During the time of the body swap courtesy of Chariot Requiem, King Crimson, rather than the now-revealed Diavolo, is the visual POV of the character, whenever it's their internal monologue or when forced to expose himself to Giorno and the gang. The English Dub muddies the waters even further by having Diavolo outright refer to himself as King Crimson.
  • In Kyo Kara Maoh!, there is no way to tell between demons and humans by looking at them. (Lampshaded in the anime when Yuri's mother is disappointed her husband and children don't have wings.) The only difference between them is their aging process, so in order to see if someone is human or not you just have to lock them up for a decade or two. Or ask them.
  • Isis Egret of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, who appeared to be a normal human at first until the point where she took a super-powered axe blow that explicitly broke her neck and still continued fighting, a feat limited to the hardier Artificial Humans of the setting. The only thing revealed about her is that she's the daughter of a famous family, which... doesn't say much about what she is considering how many people in this setting have adopted Cyborgs, Ridiculously Human Robots, Pure Magic Beings, and other seemingly human beings as family members.
  • In Metal Fight Beyblade, Ryuga is possessed by the Forbidden Bey, L-Drago before being defeated and freed. The following seasons, Metal Masters and Metal Fury show him displaying a number of unnatural traits that no other blader does; being able to teleport anywhere via lightning and red Glowing Eyes of Doom that completely takes over his eyes just to name a few. In his first Bey battle after appearing again and purging himself and L-Drago of the dark power, Rygua himself claims that he "became one with the vast power of the cosmos that that fragment of a star originally hailed or the first time."
  • The Medicine Peddler from Mononoke has facial markings, pointed ears, sharp canines, eternal youth, and flashy exorcism powers — and an alter-ego specifically designed for the purpose. Though his actual species is never revealed, it's rather obvious (to the viewers anyway) that he isn't a normal human. Not that it stops him claiming to be.
  • Played for Laughs briefly in Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun when Mayu collapses on the floor as a reaction to his phone dying from low battery. All his nearby classmates, overhearing he's out of battery, decide to help out by... attempting to "plug" him with their phone chargers. Here, Kobayashi realizes that his classmates don't see Mayu in a flattering light.
  • Nearly everybody in My Hero Academia is supposed to be human, including the half-frog girl, the bird-headed guy, the pink-skinned horned gal, the masked man with six arms and the living pile of sludge. Quirks can cause odd appearances, and it's mentioned that when they first appeared society was forced to reevaluate the definition of "human." The one exception is the school's principal, Nezu, who's some kind of animal with a Quirk that gives him Super Intelligence.
  • As they were originally planned to all be inhuman monsters, whether or not some of the members of Akatsuki in Naruto are human isn't initially clear. Kisame is a shark man, Kakuzu is a living rag-doll that steals people's hearts and can split demon-like creatures off from himself, and Zetsu is a Venus flytrap man with a Literal Split Personality. Later chapters and supplementary information show that Kakuzu is a human who modified his body with forbidden ninjutsu, Kisame is just a weird looking human, and Zetsu's white half is an artificial creation of Madara's made from the first Hokage's cells while the origin of his black half is the creation of Princess Kaguya, who is of unknown origin and is a Physical God.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Chao takes every opportunity to let the group know she's a "Martian" but doesn't clarify whether that means alien or just human living on Mars (she's also from the future), which got more complicated after it was revealed the Magical World is on Mars. She also claims to be Negi's descendant, which if true would also not necessarily make her human, since later in the manga Negi is no longer entirely human himself and one of his potential love interests is a vampire.
    • The demonfolk girl Poyo is introduced as the older sister of Zazie, which must account for something to do with the latter's anatomy.
    • All the residents of the magic world are apparently human but for, say, pointy ears, or dragon horns.
    • Chachamaru went comically unnoticed by most of the rest of the class (apart from Chisame), and has become more so with the addition of Synthetic Skin. This has reached the point that, where once it was obvious due to mechanical limbs, it's only the antennae that really distinguish her as an android anymore.
  • One Piece:
    • It's no secret that the series has a lot of Gonks and generally strange-looking people, but Gecko Moria seems too weird for even these. He is the tallest non-giant seen in the series, he has pure white skin, very sharp teeth, pointed ears and horns and generally looks like some monster clown devil, not really traits you connect with your average guy. Word of God has at least stated horns (which Hannyabal also has) are something some people naturally have in the story's world.
    • The Straw Hats are definitely human (except Chopper, and, depending on how you look at it, Brook) but after the time skip, some commoners tend to doubt it in-universe, crediting them with powers they aren't capable of. This tends to be true of all pirates with high notoriety.
    • Kaido, of the Four Emperors, tends to get this due to his impossible resistance and strength even by Emperor standards, plus his odd size and horns. It's already implied in his title of "World's Strongest Creature" (which was already in action while Whitebeard was the World's Strongest Man), and more directly referenced when fellow Emperor Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin refers to him as "that thing". It's currently unknown if he's really got nonhuman blood in his veins (be it giant or otherwise), if he's got a particularly strong/weird Zoan fruit, or if that's just the One Piece universe's Bizarre Human Biology at work again; other confirmed humans have had horns like that, and both Whitebeard and Big Mom showed some completely ridiculous strength and toughness as well, and neither of them is ever called anything else than human (though Big Mom is acknowledged as a bit of a freak of nature). A conversation between him and Big Mom reveals that he ate a Mythical-Class Fish Fruit, though whether or not he's still human is still up for debate.
  • Petit iDOLM@STER:
    • The Puchidols look and act like little Super-Deformed girls - specifically, super-deformed versions of 765 Pro's idols, who happen to co-exist with the actual idols. In addition, they have odd powers, only talk in Pokémon Speak, and are treated as magical creatures by the story.
    • The Producer has a giant yellow P for a head, which all of the idols and Puchidols treat as utterly normal. It's the fact that he'll pull on a human mask to meet outsiders they find weird.
  • Most, if not all, of the children in Rebuild of Evangelion. Shinji, Asuka, and Mari no longer age as a result of contact with the Evas, Kaworu is an angel in human form, and Rei is implied to still carry Lilith's soul.
  • Remina: The lead cultist is revealed at the end to be Goda, the president of Remina's fan club, which would make it clear that he's human if it wasn't for the scene where he licks Remina's face with an inhumanly long tongue identical to Remina's.
  • Soul Eater:
    • The only indication that Death the Kid is not a member of one of the 'verse's common races (Human/Weapon, witch) is his black-and-white striped hair. Unlocking his Power Limiter reveals only a few differences, and these are temporary (his healing ability on the first occasion, and Exotic Eye Designs when the limiter is removed completely). It turns out that he's a Humanoid Abomination who's essentially the Anthropomorphic Personification of OCD.
    • Crona is implied a few times to be an Artificial Human of some kind. Their mother, Medusa is noted to be a Mad Scientist and a Wicked Witch rolled into one and she only ever alludes to having "created" and "made" Crona as opposed to giving birth to them.
  • In Spirited Away, the bathhouse is full of employees who look human, but the shocked reactions to the definitely-human Chihiro being in their world indicate that humans being around is a very rare thing. All of the employees are supernatural beings transformed for the job, but what they all are is unspecified. We learn that Haku is a river spirit, but that's it. The owner of the bath house, Yubaba, is just as uncertain. She appears human save for a large head (which could be chalked up to odd anime design style) but can perform magic, transform into a birdlike creature, and has a baby that also appears human but is as large as she is and can talk like an adult. Her twin sister, Zeneba, looks identical, also has magic powers, and lives in what's implied to be the world of the dead.
  • Chizuru Aizawa of Squid Girl is an in-universe example. Her brother and sister don't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but Chizuru is notably faster and stronger than the human norm (and also faster and stronger than the titular Squid Girl), enough so people are suspicious about her (she's not happy about this, because she thinks of herself as a normal girl). There are also suspicions about Ayumi, given her ability to understand animals.
  • World Trigger: Neighbors. They're referred to as beings from another dimension, while being perfectly human in appearance. Kuga is the son of a human, but is considered a neighbor himself, suggesting the distinction is entirely a matter of nationality. At the same time, there's been no explicit reference to the idea, and a common origin seems implausible at the current point in the story. Kuga fulfills the trope on a personal level, with minor super strength, non-human mannerisms and ignorance of Earth culture that all hint at his origin before he's revealed as a Neighbor.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, after Tanya of the Seven Stars loses to Judai, she relinquishes her Shadow Charm necklace, and transforms into a white tiger, similar to the pet one she has. It is not known whether the tiger or her human form is her true form. One could've assumed she needed the necklace to maintain human form, but she reappears human again in the third season.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • In the (two-part) one-shot comic "Madman Across the Water", which has the Rogues Gallery traveling from Arkham Asylum to Blackgate Penitentiary to play baseball against the prisoners there, one of the Arkham players is a green-skinned man named Dr. Faustus, who, as Dr. Jeremiah Arkham puts it, "claims to be immortal, although our records show him to be 43." Dr. Faustus also crashes a helicopter at the climax of the story, convinced his "immortality" will allow him to live through the crash... which it doesn't. There's also a minor character who has purple skin and zombie-like eyes; he's one of the Blackgate players, but all the other Blackgate inmates are recognizably human. No mention is ever made about this character looking so different.
    • The Joker has no origin story that he didn't make up himself, his bleached white skin and neon green hair (which he claims are the results of an acid bath) give him a distinctly inhuman appearance, he has cheated death so many times it's speculated in- and out-of-universe that he's immortal, and he thinks and acts in ways so unpredictable and bizarre that the greatest superheroes and supervillains in The DCU are constantly on edge around him, but there's nothing definitive to say that he's anything other than "just" a normal, murderous human.
    • Killer Croc is supposedly just an unusually large and strong man with a rare skin condition — however, Depending on the Artist, he has a bunch of other reptilian/crocodile-like traits such as the ability to stay underwater for long periods, a pronounced snout and reptilian eyes. Sometimes he even has a tail.
    • Batman's adopted daughter Cassandra and her biological mother Lady Shiva are both ambiguously meta-human due to their incredible Charles Atlas Superpower. They're canonically the #1 and #2 fighters in the entire DC Universe and have abilities that stretch the capabilities of what humans can do. Cassandra went through Training from Hell but Shiva didn't, implying that their abilities are somewhat In the Blood.
  • Cybersix looks and acts entirely human, but then she (and all of von Reichter's creations) were, well, created by him through cybernetic/genetic engineering.
  • Sometimes DC Comics will have comic relief characters with tenuous-at-best ties to continuity — like Ambush Bug or 'Mazing Man — who have cartoonish bodies (oversized heads or feet, unnaturally thin limbs, no nose, etc.) but everyone they interact with is a normally proportioned human. They're gonks. They're assumed to be human because, well, what else would they be?
  • Dollicious: The titular "Dollicious" (Delisie in the original Polish) are an all-female species with hair made of food and that all appear to have personality characteristics based on the food that they are a reference to.
  • Runaways:
    • It's still unclear what all of the "wonders" from Joss Whedon's arc are. It doesn't help that the word is apparently used as an umbrella term for various sources of power. However, it's worth noting that of the most prominent examples, Lillie and Tristan manage to live to be at least 116 years old, since they're both still alive in the modern day, and Tristan is able to survive having gigantic metal wings bolted onto his body and a nuclear blast.
    • In the original series, Molly's parents at one point insist that she can't possibly be a mutant, because they had her tested for the X-gene and the tests came back negative, raising the possibility that she's something else. The 2017 series finally sheds some light on this; Molly's grandmother is a mutant and a geneticist who artificially altered her daughter and adopted son's genes to give them superpowers, and they then passed those altered genes down to Molly, granting her powers but not necessarily making her a mutant.
  • Miho and Kevin from Sin City appear to be human, but according to Word of God, are supernatural beings — they don't speak, have incredible stamina and fighting skills, and don't appear to feel pain. They also don't seem to need to eat, although Kevin does anyway.
  • Grimer Wormtongue from Sonic the Comic has greenish skin, giving him an almost gremlin-like appearance
  • The Iron Queen in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) was this at first. She looked like an Overlander, but was married to the Iron King, an ox. Word of God claimed she was a badger at the time. However, when Ian Flynn brought her back, he reversed this. The Queen is indeed human, and the titles are purely honorary.
  • In Spellbinders, the wicks are descended from magic users who fled another world in order to come to Salem. Exactly what that makes them is unclear.
  • Stardust the Super Wizard looks human, but is about eight feet tall and comes from outer space. His proportions are also pretty freakish, but that might just be the result of Fletcher Hanks' art style. He has no backstory or explanation for who/what he is.
  • It can be hard to tell if characters from Strontium Dog are mutants or aliens by looking at them. In universe, nobody knows what No Bones Jones the plastic man is.
  • Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias from Watchmen is a downplayed example of this — he's definitely human in the sense of having human parents and being well within a normal human lifespan, but his abilities go beyond the Charles Atlas Superpower that he casually states them to be (not only is he fast enough to catch a bullet, but it doesn't go all the way through his hand or even disable it at all) and he barely ages. Given the way that the comic deconstructs common superhero tropes, it's highly possible that he's a mutant in a setting with no concept of the idea. It certainly doesn't hurt that he's an Expy of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, who really was superhuman (albeit in a Charles Atlas Superpower fashion).
  • Wonder Woman: The Amazons look human and Depending on the Writer have no superhuman abilities. While key Amazons of importance like Diana, Artemis, Donna Troy (who is adopted) and Grace Choi have displayed superpowers, it isn't quite clear if all Amazons have powers and like the mutants from X-Men, they have shown the ability to interbreed with normal humans.
  • X-Men:
    • There seems to be no real consensus as to whether the mutants are human or not. They refer to themselves as "Homo superior" which would make them not human (or at least not the same species of human), but it's unclear whether that's an accepted taxonomy or not. They can interbreed with humans, which should make us the same species, and they're often as different from each other as they are from a normal person, so if they're not human, it makes more sense to say each is a Single Specimen Species than that they all make up a single separate species (some do pass on their powers to their children, making, for example, Banshee and Siryn a species of two, though if they have the exact same powers, the children technically aren't actually mutants). In light of how otherwise ordinary humans such as the Fantastic Four can gain superhuman powers either by accident or even deliberate artificial augmentation, the public assertion that mutants are not human because they are born with powers reflects a social judgement. However, even the X-Men themselves started strongly taking up the claim that they are a separate species, which ultimately just validates the claims of their enemies. However, aliens definitely consider mutants to be humans.
    • Later years reveal even more groups that the former mutants fall into: There's "Homo Supreme", a sort of super-mutant; the only known example is Mr. Immortal, who is theorized to have "evolved past death". Every Canadian mutant with a tie to Wolverine is actually a Lupine. They tend to be characterized by having a set of powers corresponding to an animal and a healing factor. Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man is a changeling and is characterized by being born with his powers active, unlike most mutants who only "turn on" at puberty.
    • Also, what a mutant is isn't quite clear. While the "X-factor gene" is how it works for most, the earlier explanations tying it to environmental factors such as radiation causing the affected persons' children to be mutants (Sunfire comes to mind) have never quite been made non-canon, and there are children who inherited their non-mutant super-powered parents' gifts (or other powers) and are considered mutants... and ones that did who are not. Sunfire is a mutant because his parents were in Hiroshima and so he was born with The Power of the Sun, Storm is a mutant because of the X-factor gene, Franklin Richards is explicitly a mutant because his parents are cosmic-rays-affected Reed and Sue, while Spider-Girl, inheriting Spider-Man's powers, is explicitly not. There are also mutant Skrulls who, even if born with powers other than Skrull shapeshifting, obviously wouldn't have gotten it from the same gene humans do. It seems mutants are a Human Subspecies (as well as subspecies of whatever other races have them).

    Comic Strips 
  • Spy vs. Spy: The titular spies have Black Bead Eyes and triangular heads. This is made weirder by the fact that no other character in the strips looks like that, so the spies' appearances aren't what a typical human looks like in their universe.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The "human" Wonderland natives of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland never have their species referred to directly. And considering the nature of Wonderland itself, it's hard to say.
  • The title character of Rumpelstiltskin is described as a little man, but he has magical powers, easily making him fit the descriptions of elves, fairies, gnomes, goblins, dwarves and the like. His species is also never brought into question.
  • The titular character of Tom Thumb is a tiny human, if you can really call him human. Sure he has all the features of one, but he's two inches tall. And depending on the version, he may or may not be a homunculus.

    Fan Works 
  • A Christmas Carol (Ghostbusters Version is, as the name would suggest, a Fusion Fic taking the cast of Ghostbusters (1984) and putting them inside the plot of A Christmas Carol. Winston, Ray, and Egon are (somewhat ironically) standing in for the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future/Yet to Come respectively. However, at the end, they show up in their canonical human forms as Peter's friends. Thus, it's ambiguous as to whether Winston, Ray, and Egon are ghosts in this story, or if the ghosts decided to take the forms of Peter's friends for whatever reason.
  • This comes up in the beginning of Cross Cases. In the Dresdenverse, you don't get to be human and have powers the likes of what Sam displays without also being a Walking Techbane. The fact that Sam looks and feels perfectly human, and both owns a smartphone and can not only get near a computer without blowing it out, but is also comfortable using one immediately makes Harry question Sam's humanity. At times, Harry doesn't assume even the most basic things about him, like how he'll react to waking up in an unfamiliar place, or if he'll kill some ordinary mortals who caught him hustling pool. For the record, Sam is, in fact, human, or human enough to have a soul for Harry to almost accidentally gaze.
  • DNMC:
    • Nara and Mak's client both qualify, with Nara's Species status being marked as "Rather not say" and Pappel doubting if Mak's client is even human.
    • Azure-2 qualifies as well. While he's described as human in the story, there's something about him that's just... off.
  • In The Elements of Friendship, whatever Pinkie Pie is, she isn't a pony. Not anymore. Not that this bothers her much.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Henry and Walter of the Fog Car — aka Silent Hill — are human like they were in their original series. But it turns out that they're actually denizens. What they're really like is unconfirmed so far, with the closest is something so horrifying that the likes of Chloe and Amelia are freaking out over it.
  • In Know Thyself, when Harry meets Dumbledore, he gets a weird reading off of Dumbledore, seeing the code that makes up his body in the matrix pulse slightly. Harry struggles to get a proper read on him, unsure if he's a bluepill, redpill or some unique type of program.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: The You+Me=LOVE! Dating Service employees, based on the authors of the main story and its spin-offs, appear human to the characters, yet demonstrate subtle hints there is more to them. The head of the service, based on the original author, was able to appear in Clockwork's tower on her own. One of them was present for Kim Possible, Gwen Tennyson, Makoto Kino and Starfire to sign up on the same day in different towns at one. One is even able to break the fourth wall, like Deadpool.
  • A popular Minecraft meme is Herobrine, which has the skin of Steve, the male default player character, but the eyes are whited out. And he's often attributed with supernatural powers. In the original creepypasta, he's implied to be just a game avatar, but that of a ghost playing the game. "Herobrine" was said to be username of the creator's (fictitious) dead brother.
  • "Wild Child AU" is an alternate take on the MonsterVerse where Godzilla essentially adopts Madison Russell after the battle against the MUTOs because he assumes that her parents died in the battle. As a result of spending prolonged time with Godzilla, Maddie experiences subtle mutations from exposure to his radiation, allowing her to actually understand the Titans' language, absorb a degree of radiation without harm, and even survive underwater for prolonged periods, as well as manifest scales and bioluminescent freckles. When she finally reunites with her father and brother, these changes are significant enough that she accepts a decision to be classified as a Titan rather than a human, allowing her to alternate between staying with Godzilla or visiting her human family if she chooses.
  • In The Nightmare House, which is about the siblings from The Loud House having nightmares, Lucy's nightmare has dancers with creepy colour-changing eyes who chant, "Join us, Lucy" and throw up black slime. They could be weirdoes in strange contacts, possessed humans, or demons.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has Bloodliners, people who seem human, but have Pokémon-related abilities and characteristics. There's a big question mark over whether they should be considered truly human or not, and considerable debate on the subject exists in the fandom. It's not clear if they're just humans with superpowers, or a different species altogether. On one hand, they look human to the point it's impossible to tell who is or isn't a Bloodliner at first glance unless they use their powers, can have human blood relatives, and it seems like not even qualified medical personnel can find any significant physical differences. On the other hand, they seem to be more physically capable and durable than humans even without taking their special powers into account, have abnormally high metabolisms, and it's possible that there's simply not enough known about bloodliners to know what differences to look for. And that's without mentioning strange physical traits some bloodliners have, such as Red's unusually high body temperature. This ambiguity also comes up in the story itself. Some characters believe them to be just humans with superpowers and other abnormal traits, while others think them to be distinct from humans. Even bloodliners themselves can't come to a consensus, with some considering themselves humans, and others considering themselves something else. And that's without getting into characters who have changed their minds on the topic, like Misty, who started thinking of herself as human again after spending some time traveling with Ash.
  • Ruby and Nora: Salem is even more enigmatic than in canon.
  • This is exploited and invoked in RWBY: Second Generation by Verse. He isn't human, but due to a political issue, hides himself as one. He's really a faunus in disguise.
  • The Loud House fanfic Singled Out claims that Lola is actually Satan, but it's unclear whether this means Rita somehow gave birth to Satan, or if she started out as human but got corrupted by Satan.
  • In Their Bond, Twili are descended from humans but it's unknown if they're a separate species yet. They're humanoid and have the same blood as Hylians.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Peddler from Aladdin, whose rather caricatured look clashes with the movie's other human characters. Moreover, like the dwarfs and the Coachman mentioned below, he has Four-Fingered Hands. This was originally set up to reveal that he was the Genie in disguise. The co-directors state this is still canon, though it contradicts the ending of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which shows Genie and the Peddler separately together (although it's not like Genie has never duplicated himself before). This original concept was later brought back in the movie's live-action remake.
  • The Black Cauldron has the Horned King. It's not clear if he's a demon, a very deformed human, some kind of undead, or something else entirely.
  • Cats Don't Dance: Darla Dimple's manservant Max looks almost like a cross between Frankenstein's Monster and King Kong. While the movie is set in a universe where anthropomorphic animals exist, Max doesn't look like one of those either.
  • Mulan: Some of Shan-Yu's physical characteristics are quite alarming: he has clawed fingernails, fanged teeth, eyes that are definitely not a normal human's, and Super Strength. But it's never really made clear who or what he's supposed to be other than his given background as a vicious foreign conqueror.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas has Lock, Shock and Barrel. They don't seem to be monsters like the other denizens of Halloween Town and show no signs of having special powers. On the other hand, their appearances are distinctly off compared to the humans of Earth and what human children would be doing in Halloween Town is a mystery.
  • Despite Peter supposedly being human in the Disney incarnation of Peter Pan, he has Pointy Ears.
  • Pinocchio:
  • The Polar Express has the mysterious hobo who sits on the roof of the train. He claims to be the "king of the North Pole" but is obviously not Santa, he says, "Interesting" when the boy says that he doesn't believe in ghosts, and at one point, he vanishes into thin air.
  • Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School: Miss Grimwood is the most human looking of the school, yet she dresses in odd clothing and she's able to cook and eat things normal humans like Shaggy cannot. It is possible that she is a witch or a sorceress.
  • Shrek does not seem to distinguish between humans in fairy tales and "regular" humans. Snow White, the Pied Piper, and the Old Lady in the Shoe with her children get moved to Shrek's swamp as Fairy Tale Creatures, while Peter Pan sells Tinkerbell and does not get arrested for being magical.
  • Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent appears humanoid, but is implied to actually be a fairy just like Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Her film makes this explicit, and explains why she lacks wings like other fairies.
  • The dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It's uncertain whether they are the fey race or simply elderly, short humans. It bears mentioning that the dwarfs have only four fingers on each hand, while Snow White and other unambiguously human characters are drawn with realistic five-fingered hands.
  • Zigzag from The Thief and the Cobbler. He has blue skin and six-fingered hands, and apparently doesn't need to sleep to sustain his life (the whole point of a deleted scene being that he finds humans foolish to "sleep their lives away" while he "is quite awake"). On top of that, he has very long, coiled feet that spring outward as he walks.
  • Treasure Planet:
    • Silver is human enough at first glance, but he also has a number of weird features — an odd shift between skintones where his stubble should be, small, crumpled-looking ears, a very misshapen nose, and fingernails that seem to be more like tiny black claws. Word of God states that he's really a bear-human alien mix with cyborg parts.
    • As most other characters are aliens, and animal-looking aliens exist, it's possible that Jim and his parents are Human Aliens. According to the art book, however, they're most likely humans.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 10,000 BC: The Almighty and the Old Mother are implied to not be homo sapiens like the rest of the cast. The former is worshiped as a god by his followers and is thought to be an Human Alien or an Atlantean, though either way he can be killed like any man. The latter is said to be the last of her kind, and is thought to be a Neanderthal who has such mystical powers as the power to revive the dead at the expense of her own life.
  • Batman Film Series:
    • The Joker in Batman (1989). While his pre-clown persona, Jack Napier, is unquestionably human, you have to wonder about exactly what happened to Napier after he fell into that acid; after all, No One Could Survive That!. It's undeniably creepy when the Joker tells his first victim: "I've been dead once already; it's very liberating." During his face-off with the Batwing during the parade, he seems almost unafraid of death; does he believe he's become immortal? And just how are we supposed to interpret the Joker's signature line "Did you ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?" (He was already saying that as Napier, but on the other hand, it could have been Foreshadowing.)
    • In Batman Returns, there's Selina Kyle, who's Ambiguously Alive. It's never made clear whether she survived being pushed out that high window (she only awakens after the alley cats lick and bite her, and up to that point she appeared pretty dead), and given Catwoman's borderline superhuman and/or supernatural powers (though many have noted there are logical in-universe explanations for those) it's possible that Catwoman/Selina is no longer human, but some kind of avenging angel/zombie/feline hybrid.
    • Almost all of the members of the Penguin's Red Triangle Gang, though grotesquely costumed, are obviously human in appearance, and the Penguin himself is shown to be the deformed offspring of human parents (though in his madness, he thinks he's nonhuman)... but then there are those "skeleton-bikers" who tear around Gotham Plaza when the gang launches its first attack. They're about the same size as the human characters, and obviously a villain with the power to raise the undead would have far grander plans in mind than the Penguin does in this movie, but... those skulls. They look real, and they're much too large to be ordinary masks. You have to look very closely to make out the actors' bare skin underneath, making it clear that what we're seeing is just a really high-tech Hollywood makeup job — although whether that's the case in-universe is doubtful, especially since the gang is living in near-poverty in the Gotham City sewers.
  • Deckard from Blade Runner may or may not be a Replicant; it's still hotly debated today.
  • A pretty common interpretation of the Man With No Name character in the Dollars Trilogy is that he isn't a human being. He appears to show only Inhuman Emotion, has near-supernatural abilities with guns, has Blue-and-Orange Morality to the extent of Designated Hero at points, and is virtually identical in appearance during both the 1860s (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and 1890s (For a Few Dollars More). A more mundane interpretation is that the three films don't take place in the same 'universe' and that the Man is a different character each time, though the way that The Good, The Bad and The Ugly goes out of its way to show his origin story makes this a Continuity Snarl.
  • Halloween (or at least the installments without anything overtly supernatural) has Michael Myers. Maybe he's some kind of indestructible boogeyman, or maybe he's just a very tough and persistent Serial Killer.
  • The Stranger from High Plains Drifter. He might be an avenging angel, a demon, or the ghost of the dead marshal. Or he might just be a clever and lucky drifter with a particular moral code.
  • Hobo With a Shotgun: Just what are Rip and Grinder exactly? We never get an answer.
  • Holocaust 2000: Angel Caine is The Antichrist, though he was spawned by two (apparently) human parents. It's not clear exactly what he is, as some of the things he orchestrates appear to be outright supernatural.
  • Jareth in Labyrinth is the Goblin King, but it's never stated outright if that means that he's a goblin who is a king or that he's the king who rules over the goblins. He definitely looks entirely human, while all his subjects are small, stunted and, well, goblin-like.
  • Mandy (2018) has the Black Skulls biker gang with the scales tipping heavily towards "no". While supposedly just victims of severe drug-induced psychosis, their voices are demonic, they can be summoned and bargained with using a demonic instrument, and some of them seem to be made at least partially out of metal. One of them even brushes off a crossbow bolt through his throat.
  • In Mary Poppins, the titular character apparently either is human or was at some point. But she lives on a cloud in the sky, suggesting she might be either an angel, a goddess, or a resurrected human who returns to Earth occasionally. She also possesses reality-warping powers — and, significantly, she is explicitly mentioned to not be a witch, meaning that she could not have studied magic as a mortal.
  • Nanny McPhee: The title nanny appears as a human but she uses magic and doesn't seem to get any older (even though the baby in the first film and the old woman in the sequel are implied to be the same character). Simon Brown speculates that she could be a witch, but she's never confirmed or denied to be one.
  • No Country for Old Men: Anton Chigurh outwardly appears human, yet he shrugs off injuries which should be crippling, acts according to a Blue-and-Orange Morality which seems totally divorced from the thought processes of ordinary people, and other characters in-universe start speculating towards the end that he's some sort of supernatural being. Many viewers interpret him as the Anthropomorphic Personification of fate and/or death.
  • In The Northman, both the He-Witch and Seeress seem to be supernatural figures to one capacity or not. Their exact nature is left unclear but could be operating at the authority of a higher power. The Seeress might be the ghost of the temple priestess or a Norn while the He-Witch could very well have been Odin if not for him having both of his eyes.
  • Satan's Little Helper: Even by movie serial killer standards, "Satan Man" is off. Not only does he not talk even when it's clear he can, but at one point he shoots himself in the hand. Not even a grunt or a physical reaction.
  • The Shape of Water: Elisa was found as a baby near a river, unable to speak presumably due to the gill-like scars on her neck. At the end of the movie, the scars wind up actually functioning as gills. Although this seems to be the result of the Amphibian man's healing touch turning her scars into gills, Guillermo del Toro confirmed in an interview that Elisa is not entirely human, and described her and the Amphibian Man as the last of a species.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home: At first glance, two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who appear in the film (Dmitri Smerdyakov and the blonde woman who gives Peter his stealth suit) seem to be run-of-the-mill government spooks. However, The Stinger reveals that "Nick Fury" and "Maria Hill" were actually the Skrulls Talos and Soren for the whole film, raising the question of whether they were humans under the impression that they were working for Nick Fury, or Skrulls working for Talos.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Imperial stormtroopers can come off as this to inexperienced viewers. They look like robots, but their voices are clearly those of humans (albeit rendered tinny by the plastisteel helmets they wear). Luke and Han dress up as stormtroopers, but young viewers still might not make the connection.
      • In Legends, in the Kevin J. Anderson short story "Therefore I Am", the assassin droid IG-88 takes advantage of this ambiguity when he has his electronic brain uploaded into the Death Star's computer core by robot minions disguised as stormtroopers. And in Dark Forces, it's revealed that one faction of the stormtroopers — dubbed "Dark Troopers" — are robots (except for their leader, who's a human Imperial general encased in a gigantic cyborg suit).
    • Darth Sidious (a.k.a. Emperor Palpatine) looks almost reptilian throughout the original trilogy, which seems strange since he's heading a government made up almost entirely of humans. Not until Revenge of the Sith are we shown that he once was perfectly human-looking, and that his flaky skin is the result of being struck with his own Dark Side lightning after it is deflected by Mace Windu's lightsaber.
    • Darth Vader was this in A New Hope for the audience, and, In-Universe, is this for the rest of the franchise too. The Empire Strikes Back confirms to the audience that he's human, but due to his armour and the fact that most characters are unaware of his past identity as Anakin Skywalker, there's much in-universe speculation as to whether he's human, an alien, or a droid.
    • Darth Maul, Sidious' apprentice in The Phantom Menace, has horns growing out of his head but often covers them with a black hood, so he can easily be mistaken for a bizarrely face-painted human. On the other hand, he has orange eyes (though this could be rationalized as a sign of his Dark Side powers) and speaks very infrequently for someone who's supposedly human. Turns out he's a Dathomirian (a crossbreed of a Human mother and a Zabrak father).
    • The Tusken Raiders (or Sand People) are human-sized, and out-of-universe are played by human actors... but their bodies, feet, hands, mouths, noses, ears, and their eyes are always kept covered, they are Always Chaotic Evil and pissed off all the time, and their language sounds more like barbaric screaming than anything truly verbal. In Legends, it was eventually revealed that the Tuskens are a humanoid alien race (called either "Ghorfa" or "Kumumgah" in their own tongue) with slightly feline facial features, although occasionally there are some Human Tuskens who've been adopted into a tribe.
    • Boba Fett is seemingly made of metal (actually his Mandalorian mask and armor, which he almost never takes off, even to eat or drink) and speaks in a hollow, machine-like voice — but his speech patterns (when he actually does speak, that is) are obviously those of a human. ("What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me.") Not until Attack of the Clones do we see Boba's human face — and he's just a child, and not wearing the armor yet, so little kids still might not catch on. Frighteningly, Fett had even more of a reason to keep completely covered up after his escape from the Great Pit of Carkoon, where the digestive acids in the Sarlacc's stomach burned and corroded his skin so badly that he came out looking slightly reptilian. Despite this, there is at least one account of the post-Sarlacc Fett being seen nearly naked.
      • In-regards to Mandalorians as a whole, they are seen more as a Culture rather than a species: with most Humanoid species being unrecognizable beneath the Mandalorian Armor and Helmets.
      • The Children Of The Watch from The Mandalorian takes this Up to Eleven with their strict rules for 24-Hour Armor that aside from main character Din Djarin and Paz Vizsla: it is entirely unknown if there are any other Humans in the Clan.note 
    • General Grievous (a sort of precursor to Darth Vader) is an example of Ambiguously Alien. He gets mistaken for a droid both in- and out-of-universe — which is understandable, because very little of his original Kaleesh biology remains.
    • Many, often minor, characters constantly keep you guessing about what they really are: the Mad Scientist Dr. Evazan (completely human, but looks almost like a pig due to scarring from being shot in the facenote ), the big-game hunter Sergeant Doallyn (who's actually a Geran, an indigo-skinned humanoid alien, but always keeps his face covered by a thick, dark breath mask both because he cannot breathe "standard" oxygen and because he was mauled across the face by a poison-clawed panther), and the exotic dancer Yarna d'al'Gargan (an Askajian, so has six breasts and a pot belly that stores water on desert worlds like the hump of a camel, but looks almost human when she slims down in moister climates).
    • Both the films and the Expanded Universe feature many "Near-Humans" — Human Subspecies who have genetically diverged so far from the original Coruscanti stock that they are thought of as aliens (or sometimes not; how human or alien they are considered to be often depends on how committed a government or society is to Human High Culture and/or civil rights). Thus, there are "humans" who are albinos, hobbit-like folk, people with gigantism, etc. Strangest of all are the Zelosians from Legends, who look completely human (their emerald-green eyes are the only thing remotely exotic about their appearance), but whose behavior is quite strange: they are extremely afraid of the dark, and will stop whatever they're doing and head home once the sun starts to set. This is because the Zelosians are actually humanoid plants, and their blood contains a chlorophyll sap that nourishes them by photosynthesizing sunlight. Scientists believe that the Zelosians are a genetically-engineered species, since the odds of plant life naturally developing human-like physiques and intelligence are practically nil.
    • Also from Legends: Most ambiguously human of all was Danetta Pitta, an Imperial Grand Admiral of half-Borneck ancestry. Borneck, one of the near-human subspecies described above, are human except for their mustard-yellow or bright-orange skin; Pitta's only trace of his partial ancestry was an unusually pale yellowish complexion. Despite this, he was extremely ashamed of his heritage, and ruthlessly persecuted anyone who looked more alien than he did.
    • Snoke, the leader of the First Order in The Force Awakens, at first appears to be a gigantic humanoid alien. However, we only see a hologram of him, so that might not be his real size. The way his facial features diverge from humans could plausibly be from scarification, much like Sidious. The EU usually portrayed the Empire as being prejudiced against aliens, but it's unknown if this applies to the First Order or is even canon to the new trilogy at all. The Last Jedi shows Snoke really is close to human size, but his origins remain unspecified even after his death. The Rise of Skywalker suggests he was a clone puppet created by the revived Emperor Palpatine.
    • Rogue One has Blind Weaponmaster Chirrut Îmwe. He looks to be human, has an unshakable faith in the Force (despite not wielding it like a Jedi or Sith), and his eyes are clouded over. Despite being apparently blind, he gets around fine, and makes some shots that would be difficult for even a sighted person to make. This has led to speculation that he's not human, but a Miraluka, a near-human, Force Sensitive species seen mostly in the comic books and games that "sees" using the Force and only has vestigial eye sockets. While some Miraluka became powerful Jedi and/or Sith, others have no Force abilities speak of beyond being able to "see" with it.
    • From the same film, we have the Death Troopers, which are really damned tall (towering over regular stormtroopers), frighteningly efficient, and speak in creepy distorted voices that don't sound even remotely human. To muddy the waters even further, supplementary material confirms they're 1) partially cybernetic, although to what extent is unknown, and 2) named after an Imperial weapons project that apparently created zombies.
    • In keeping with the A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away... setting, we assume that none of the "humans" have any connection to Earth.
  • Killer Croc in Suicide Squad (2016) is described as a human suffering from a skin condition that just so happens to make him look reptilian. However, a close look at his eyes reveals what appears to be nicitating membranesnote , he can breathe underwater (or at least hold his breath for a really long time), and he is strong enough to throw around members of Enchantress' army with ease, all of which hints that he may in fact be a metahuman.
  • Us: It's never revealed exactly what the Tethered are, where they came from (other than a vague Hand Wave about a government conspiracy), or how they've kept going all this time on their own. They're flesh and blood, they can die like any other human, but their pain tolerance is insanely high, they show virtually no emotional responses other than occasional aggression, and lash out violently at the slightest provocation.
  • Wolves: Three or four trashy women are seen hanging around the werewolf pack members at various points, but never transform or accompany the male werewolves in battle.
  • Addison Wells from Z-O-M-B-I-E-S (2018) has multiple implications of this. She was born with Mystical White Hair which cannot be dyed. In The Stinger for the sequel, her hair flashes blue like the meteor outside her window. In the Addison's Moonstone Mystery short series, she was the only character who was unaffected by Vanna's vampire hypnosis.

  • Jane, the protagonist of —All You Zombies—, looks indistinguishable from a human, and believes that she is one herself, but, thanks to time travel and hermaphroditism, turns out to be both of her biological parents, thereby making her related to no human on Earth, or even to any other living thing, and is also every character in the story, without exception.
  • Judge Holden, the Ax-Crazy, Wicked Cultured antagonist of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, is deliberately written so that the reader comes away from the story unsure of whether he's human or some kind of ethereal demon in human form. For the most part, the novel is a mundane, if extremely lurid and violent, depiction of life on the US Western frontier in the 1850s... until we're introduced to Holden, who's a completely hairless giant of a man with deathly pale skin (despite spending most of the novel in the deserts of Mexico), almost supernatural strength, an uncanny ability to master any trade effortlessly, and a tendency to randomly appear in people's lives without warning. The final chapter also reveals that Holden does not age.
  • Kazuki Akai of Cerberus High is regarded this way for possessing abilities unlike any human or canid breed until it is discovered that he is a homunculus created by Hades. This bothered him at first, being the I Just Want to Be Normal-type but over the course of the story which ended in him having a transformation which left him Not Quite Back to Normal, Kazuki finally accepts his status as being not-quite-human but not-quite-canid-breed either.
  • Arunis Wytterscorm, most prominent Big Bad (of several) in The Chathrand Voyages, frequently makes disparaging remarks about humans and humanity in a context that makes it plain he doesn't consider himself one. The little that's revealed about his backstory leaves it unclear if he feels he's evolved beyond humanity, or if he was simply never human in the first place. Further complicating the issue is that while his body is human, he's a three-thousand-year-old body snatcher, so the form he takes during the books is not what he originally looked like. Later, one of his primary contestants for the Big Bad title is his equally horrible, equally ambiguous sister, Macadra.
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:
    • The Haruchai are a warrior people who all share a telepathic link, possess absolutely inflexible morals and rarely show any emotion. They come across as so inhuman at times that it makes one wonder.
    • The Insequent: innately magical beings or just humans who have extensively studied magic? The world may never know.
  • The Cosmere:
    • Hoid, essentially a walking talking Meaningful Background Event, appeared as a minor character in every Cosmere novel, despite being set on different worlds and centuries apart, but it isn't until The Stormlight Archive that we get an idea of how ambiguous he is. He's unfathomably ancient, once spent a year being digested by a giant monster to no apparent ill-effect, and willingly admits he doesn't know if a Shardblade, one of the deadliest weapons in the Cosmere, would have any effect on him whatsoever. We know he's definitely not a Shard Holder, but he is old enough to have known the original sixteen Shard Holders when they were still human. He possess a sixth sense that tells him "where he's needed" but not why he's needed there. Pattern, a Spren note , says Hoid is "like us", but different, and can't really articulate it beyond that.
      Hoid: I began life as a thought, a concept, words on a page. That was another thing I stole. Myself.
    • Word of God is that Hoid was human originally a long time ago but now 'it's complicated' and 'he is not exactly that'.
    • In The Stormlight Archive the people of Roshar have some very strange genetics, with multi-colored hair and strange eye colours abounding, to say nothing of various odd features of various ethnic groups (foot long eyebrows, bluish skin, and a shadow that falls towards light rather then away from it). They're all treated as humans in-story (except maybe the ones with the backwards shadows who got mostly exterminated at some point). Word of God from Sanderson is that the Fantasy Pantheon of his cosmology came from a world with humans, and so when they created their own worlds they used them as a template, but put their own spin on it. Also the backwards shadow people (Siah Aimans) are confirmed to NOT be human by Word of God though they can interbreed with humans and several ethnic groups are part-Siah in origin. (The ones with blueish skin but normal shadows). Also the Herdazians (who have stoneline fingernails) and the Horneaters (who have abnormally tough dentation that can crush horns and shells are Uneven Hybrids with Parshendi/listeners/singers again according to Word of God (though there are some hints for the observant in the books).
    • Also notable are the humans from Mistborn: The Original Trilogy, who are capable of surviving in a post-apocalyptic ash-choked wasteland that would certainly kill earth humans, though they don't look any different. It's stated in the third book that the Lord Ruler screwed around with their genetics so they could survive.
  • C. S. Lewis:
    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lady of the Green Kirtle from The Silver Chair looks human, but she has formidable powers (like mind control and turning into a snake) that other humans in the setting lack. She's also referred to as a "Northern Witch", and the other Northern Witch we meet (Jadis the White Witch) is the last surviving inhabitant of an alternate universe and is rumored to be half Jinn and half Giant. Combine this with the Lady's lack of any backstory whatsoever, and you get an enormous mystery as to her true nature.
    • The Space Trilogy: The Un-man in Perelandra may be an ancient creature from the depths of space, but when it crashes into Venus, it has the appearance of a human body. The problem is, its body is always a little un-lifelike, as if it's a corpse being operated by a puppeteer. Eventually it's revealed that the Un-man is the very human Weston possessed by a being of pure mind.
  • The Diogenes Club series has its version of The Men in Black, who work for a covert organization called the Undertaking. The series is deliberately ambiguous about whether they're human; they're all dissonantly serene when they're on the job, but some have shown more human touches in private — and then there will be something else that makes you wonder again. Several of them have strange deformities, and all of them, it's hinted, are hiding something horrifying behind their Sinister Shades. Nobody knows exactly where the Undertaking gets new agents from, with rumors ranging from "they hire normal humans, then turn them into something else" to "they grow them in vats fertilized with the remains of their predecessors".
  • Discworld: The City Watch of Ankh-Morpork is sometimes described as being comprised of "humans, dwarves, trolls, goblins, gargoyles, a vampire, a werewolf and Nobby Nobbs." He carries a certificate identifying him as human (and that just says he's probably human), but that only makes some people more suspicious. There are some hints in later books that he might have some goblin blood in him, and despite being repulsive to human women he's quite attractive to the goblin ladies, but it's never confirmed either way.
    • The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork technically isn't anything other than human, so he's described as "human, but only by default". He's very thin and pale, is rumored to live on only bread and water (although he actually seems to eat normally, if sparingly), and hardly ever sleeps but never looks sleep-deprived. He's rumored to be a vampire, and (then-)Captain Vimes of the City Watch expresses surprise when it turns out he bleeds when injured like any other human. Plus, he Never Gets Drunk and it seems his overall aura is occasionally too spooky to be a human's. But, nonetheless, he's human.
  • The woman on the beach in DO NOT TAKE THE SHELLS looks like a ragged, skinny human being, but speaks and behaves so off it suggests she might be anything but. Then there's her remarks about living "below the water".
  • The Dresden Files:
    • White Court vampires' demons don't physically manifest, even though there are subtle physical changes when they draw on their demon.
    • Changelings, half-humans-half-Fae, are human unless they Choose to be Fae.
    • Mac the barkeep, who seemed to be a regular human in on the Masquerade until that time he got shot and healed within seconds. In the same book, an Outsider singles him out for particular contempt, calling him a “watcher” who has no business getting involved after some choice he made a long time ago.
    • Ms. Gard, whose species was not made clear for some time but was shown to be more physically capable than your average human. Turns out she's a Valkyrie.
    • Wizards like Harry are a bit more than human. Provided they decide to use their talents, they get a much longer lifespan and a minor Healing Factor.
    • Kincaid looks like and claims to be a "vanilla mortal", but Harry's skeptical. He's not. Really, really not.
  • In The Edge Chronicles there are various fantastic races (there are no Earth animals or plants whatsoever) but all of the protagonists are human-ish (they have pointy ears) and aren't given a race name. In around the tenth book, one of them is named as a 'fourthling' and described as what you get if you add up all of the other races and take an average.
  • Egil's Saga: There are many hints that Kveld-Ulf's family line is part giant. All of them are exceptionally big and strong, and Skallagrim and Egil are moreover monstrously ugly, having abnormally thick and bulging skulls. All of them show occasional berserking behavior — as is typical for trolls — and Kveld-Ulf is rumored to be a shapeshifter. When Skallagrim goes to King Harald, the doorguard who announces the arrivals is not sure "if they can be called men" because "they are more like giants in size and looks", and when Egil seeks out Arinbjorn at York, the messenger describes him to Arinbjorn as "big as a troll". Kveld-Ulf's genealogy also suggestively mentions that he had a maternal uncle called Hallbjorn Halftroll.
  • In Gulliver's Travels the Yahoos' origin implies that the whole species are the descendants of a European couple who shipwrecked on Houyhnhnm-Land decades before Gulliver showed up, and just kept breeding and breeding, with each of their children breeding with each other and each generation becoming increasingly feral until they were nothing but a whole race of inbred savages. Which just confirmed Gulliver's belief that Humans Are Bastards.
  • In His Dark Materials, the witches look fully human and can breed with human men (in fact, this is the only way they can breed) to produce healthy and fertile children of both sexes — their female children are also witches, but their male children are human, suggesting some kind of Human Subspecies. Aside from that, though, they're a One-Gender Race with lifespans potentially in excess of a millennium, a lot of seemingly inherent supernatural abilities like flight, sort-of-invisibility and prophecy, immunity to cold, and the ability to perceive things that "ordinary" humans can't, like the feeling of starlight on their skin, and daemons who can travel far from their bodies although it's later revealed that they're not born with this ability and ordinary humans can acquire it too.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy uses this trope very frequently, albeit (maybe) not intentionally. The author, Douglas Adams, occasionally describes his alien creatures' appearance in detail, but most of the time he neglects to describe them altogether other than to say that they're not from Earth. In fact, only two species (the Bartledanians and Lamuellans in Mostly Harmless) were ever described as looking exactly like humans, but since no one ever said how the other aliens aren't like humans, most of them were portrayed by ordinary actors in the film adaptation. Ford and Zaphod do look human, though. Ford is able to pass for one for fifteen years without difficulty, and while Zaphod normally has two heads and three arms, when the extras are absent he can attend a human party with nobody raising an eyebrow. Amusingly enough, this apparently doesn't go both ways, since aliens sometimes remark on Ford and Zaphod having a pet monkey with them instead of assuming Arthur is a member of their race.
  • Inheritance Cycle: Angela comes off as this. She seems like a young and very quirky human woman, but constantly claims that she's "older than she looks" and relates bits of back story implying a very complex and interesting life. She also seems to know certain spells that few or any other people can cast. Some fans have speculated that she is really an elf, though real-elf Oromis claims that she's human.
  • Anthony Fremont from It's a Good Life. There are hints that he does not look human, though there are no details about what he does look like. He is described as having a "wet, purple gaze", that he has an "odd shadow", is referred to as a "goblin" at one point, and he was weird-looking enough that when he was born, the doctor screamed, dropped him and tried to kill him. And there's also the fact he can warp reality without limits.
  • Land of Oz:
  • Little Sister and the Month Brothers (originally Marushka and the Month Brothers), a Slavic folk tale has the titular Month Brothers, who appear human, but have Elemental Powers reflecting their role as different months, and they are named directly for the month their role is, e.g. Brother January. The brothers appear to be Ambiguously Related and Vague Age, with some looking closer to Grandpa God. It's not made clear in the story itself that they're gods or whether they're humans with Differently Powered Individual powers, gods or spirits taking A Form You Are Comfortable With, and the text refers to them as "the men". At best, it's open to much speculation what their origins really are. The story is in the Public Domain and is known for its Squick ending of Old Man Marrying a Child.
  • Moby-Dick: Fedallah is ostensibly human, but has apparent unexplained psychic powers. Stubb claims he's a Louis Cypher.
  • Neverwhere:
    • Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar are confirmed as nonhuman by Door, but we never find out what they are.
    • This goes for essentially everyone in London Below: they mostly look like (extremely idiosyncratic) humans, but have a variety of never-explained super-powers, seem to have been down there for generations, and occasionally traffic with overtly non-human beings.
  • The titular assholes from Night of the Assholes all look human, even if they all look and behave like every Jerkass stereotype you could imagine, but they are virtually unkillable with the exception of their ass.
  • Once: In the Bracken estate's woods, Thom Kindred happens upon what appears to be, reclining before an oak, a short young woman - unabashedly naked, and attended by tiny glowing winged figures.
  • Peter Pan makes this trope Older Than Television. Peter doesn't age — but in Neverland nobody ages. He can fly — but, again, thanks to pixie dust anyone can fly. He has pointed ears — but was he born with them, or are they just a side-effect of living in Neverland? He certainly doesn't glow like Tinker Bell, and he is human-sized.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth: Some of the characters appear human, are clearly not demons, yet have strange powers — for instance, the Bings family has sight-related superpowers, one boy is only 0.58 of a whole boy, and Rhyme and Reason possibly caused all manner of anomalies to happen after their banishment.
  • The Whites in the Realm of the Elderlings series, and by extension the White Prophets, are rather ambiguously human. Easily mistaken for albinos when young, their skin, eyes and hair darken throughout the course of their lives to golden and eventually to chestnut brown whenever one of their prophecies has been fulfilled and the world nudged from its set course. Subtle hints like their longevity and something slightly off about the Fool's wrists clue Fitz in as well. The Fool then says that no, the Whites were not human, and neither is he.
  • Redshirts gives us Q'eeng, whose appearance is never described and whose species never mentioned, but who is very obviously and implied to be In-Universe an Expy/Captain Ersatz/transparent rip-off of Spock.
  • Scarlett Undercover: Mook claims to be Scarlett's guardian angel. Due to the book's Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane setting, it's not clear whether he is actually an angel or just a normal human. He often seems to know things without being told, but there's never any definite proof.
  • In The Secret of Platform 13, many magical creatures look human enough that they can pass in society outside the Island (while the Island itself has some Muggles, including the royal family). The rescue team sent to find the lost prince — a wizard, a fey, a young hag and an invisible giant — were chosen not just for their skills but because they can move around London relatively unnoticed.
  • James A. Moore, writer of The Blasted Lands Series, wrote the horror trilogy of Serenity Falls. The only thing that can save the accursed town is Jonathon Crowley. Known as the "Hunter", he's The Dreaded by the supernatural world. He's always got agelessness and a Healing Factor, but if he's facing the supernatural and he's invoked by someone for protection then he'll power up to Physical God levels and go slaughtering whatever unearthly thing he faces.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • House Targaryen (and possibly all other dragonlord Valyrian bloodlines). Targaryen women may be likely to give birth to half dragon looking babies with wings and scales and the same goes for women that have conceived with a Targaryen male. They claim to be the only people able to control dragons, and a few of their members posses precognitive powers.
    • The Red Priests, but particularly Melisandre, since she's described the most and has even become a POV character. She has scarlet hair and eyes of the same impossible shade, and she commands powers that most don't understand (but are clearly dangerous). She does not need food or drink, and hopes that she will no longer need sleep eventually. A potent poison that has been shown to kill two different people does nothing to her. Everyone note that there's something off about her, even as they cannot deny that she is very beautiful.
  • Stephen King:
    • Randall Flagg, antagonist of several seemingly unrelated stories. His back story implies that he at least was human once, but his later incarnations are a bit less obvious about that fact.
    • Walter O'Dim aka Marten aka The Man In Black canonically Was Once a Man. Whether he's now a very powerful but still-human sorcerer or has been turned into some kind of demon after centuries (possibly millennia) of dabbling in evil magics, who can say. For that matter, the Crimson King: Evil God or man with an A God Am I complex?
  • Stuart Little:
    • The titular character inexplicably resembles a Funny Animal rodent despite being born to humans. Averted in the (very loose) film adaptation as Stuart is a mouse adopted by humans.
    • There's also Stuart's sort-of-girlfriend Harriet, who is the biological daughter of humans, and unlike Stuart she looks human, but she's doll-sized.
  • In the Thursday Next series, fictional people and objects (from the Book World, where all literary characters live) are said to look different from "real" people and objects, but Thursday can't quite put her finger on the reason. When a villainous fictional character, Yorrick Kaine, escapes into reality, he's tricked into revealing his true nature because he can't discern who's talking without literature's "he said / she said" dialogue tags at the end of each spoken sentence.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • In The Hobbit, Beorn is one of the few characters to be identified as human but have undeniably supernatural powers, which are evidently heritable—namely, he can assume the form of a huge bear. He also appears to be abnormally large in both forms, as it's mentioned that in his man form, the three-foot-tall Bilbo doesn't even come up to his knees. That said, he is noted to have a somewhat human-ish lifespan, as he's dead of old age by the time of Lord of the Rings. Gandalf himself muses on the fact that though he knows Beorn has very old heritage going back to the first of his kind, he isn't sure if he's a descendent of the first men or the first bears; that is, whether Beorn is a man who can become a bear or a bear who can become a man (though he leans towards the former).
    • Tom Bombadil looks human but is too short for a man, too tall for a hobbit, and obviously neither. Even Tolkien doesn't know what he is. His wife Goldberry is even more ambiguous, since we get neither a clear description of her nor even a Shrug of God.
    • Orcs are artificially created, but not from nothing, since evil is incapable of Creating Life. This has led to some speculation on what they are, with guesses being corrupted elves (like in the movie), corrupted men, or a cross between a man and an elf.
    • The Uruk-Hai raise even more questions, as it's clear that Saruman himself was responsible for their creation, but even Treebeard spends some time musing on how he did so, wondering if they're orcs that have been enhanced, corrupted men, or some kind of crossbreed between men and orc. If they're the last one, that also raises the question of whether orcs can indeed breed — after all, we never see any female orcs, but the massive numbers of them out there mean that new ones have to come from somewhere. Tolkien himself didn't seem entirely sure. The films make this even worse, since Elrond claims they're a blend of standard orcs and "goblin-men" (which is ambiguous as to whether it's a hybrid or an unrelated creature), but the audience gets to see them apparently born from cocoons in the ground (a reference to an obscure one of Tolkien's guesses as to where orcs came from).
  • In Tuf Voyaging, Haviland Tuf is eight feet tall, heavily built even for his height, completely hairless and has snow white skin yet no one ever questions his humanity nor is any explanation ever given for why he looks this way. There do exist, however, genetically altered populations of humans in the setting, so maybe they assume he's one.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Jason is stronger and faster than a normal human. It's hinted that this might be because of the family's legacy, but Jason has been dealing in biology and genetical manipulation, so it's not clear whether that's the reason for his strength.
  • Worm: Capes were human, but accidentally entered into symbiotic relationships with alien "passengers" in a time of high stress, changing them each at a fundamental level. However, most (sane) capes still consider themselves to be human, albeit a parahuman subset.
    • Case 53's are an interesting example. They experienced extreme and permanent physical changes, such as becoming semi-organic metal, or their body being almost entirely composed of oily black tentacles. The majority of them also still see themselves as human, but the media and other capes are often less inclined to do so.
    • Discussed further in the sequel Ward where Victoria Dallon no longer views herself as fully human due to her extended time being a deformed garden of flesh, as well as having a lot of residual animal DNA left in her system due to the process of restoring her original body shape.
  • Xanth gives us Humphrey, the magician of information. He is human, but centuries of dealing with high concentrations of magic seem to have given him a rather gnomelike appearance. Trent uses him as evidence as to why Xanth needs occasional fresh blood in the form of non-magical immigrants. Without periodic infusions of ordinary humans, the human race will either mutate into something else, or crossbreed itself out of existence.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock looks human but as the series goes on it becomes less clear. There are numerous references to him being immortal or a supernatural being.
    Kenneth: Who said I've been alive forever?!
    Kenneth: I hope I photograph okay. Because every time I look into the mirror, there's just a white haze.
    Kenneth: When I first started working here, an 8-year-old Shirley Temple taught me how to roll a cigarette.
  • The Addams Family all look human (with the exception of Lurch and Itt; and Itt is only a cousin and therefore possibly not a blood relation, while Lurch is merely the hired help) and have no explicit supernatural powers, yet are usually treated as monsters by the narrative. The Movie reveals that they can survive crippling injuries without problems and apparently enjoy some sort of Biological Immortality — but whether that's because they're actually immortal or just too insane to realize they're human is never made clear.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • When Skye proves to be surprisingly compatible with an alien serum, Coulson theorizes that she might not be human. Turns out she's an Inhuman, which means that she is, for all intents and purposes, a baseline human unless exposed to Terrigen Mists... which happens halfway through the second season.
      Skye: [jokingly] Like, what, you think I'm an alien?
      Coulson: Well...
      Skye: Hold on, are you saying that I'm an alien!?
      Coulson: It's a theory.
      Skye: No, a theory is what scientists use to prove things in nature, this is you telling me that I might be an alien! That's not something you just say like it's no big deal!
      Coulson: I was trying not to rattle you.
      Skye: Guess what? Epic fail!
    • The Koenig brothers, a group of Inexplicably Identical Individuals (all played by Patton Oswalt) who all act very much the same (with the exception of Thurston), with Billy (the second one introduced) being functionally a Backup Twin to his late brother Eric. Throughout the first few seasons, there's a minor Running Gag regarding the brothers' true nature, with implications that they may be clones or (more commonly hinted) robots (Eric was definitely human, but was killed by Ward before the running gag started). Eventually, the episode "Hot Potato Soup" reveals that the Koenig brothers are just identical quadruplets, although there's one final tease that they were connected to the LMD project... as technicians, not robots.
  • Angel: Gwen, the sole employee of the Files and Records department at Wolfram and Hart, looks like a normal clerk, but there's a lot of strange things about her. She acts like a living search engine, i.e. she appears to be effectively omniscient at least as far as Wolfram and Hart is concerned, she has memorised every line in every file of the cavernous records room but won't tell you any of it unless you explicitly ask her to, and begins almost every sentence with "I'm Files and Records, it's my job". At one point, she is implied to sit at her desk for fourteen hours without going home or changing clothes. Also, when she is recalling something her eyes flicker. Exactly what she is — demon, robot, magical construct or very specialised witch/psychic — is never stated.
  • The witches and warlocks from Bewitched are immortal, can teleport, and can do all manner of supernatural things by twitching their noses. However, it's unknown if they're a separate species from humans or not. Samantha (a witch) and Darren (a normal person) interbred and had a daughter named Tabitha, but when Samantha was pregnant, Darren said that he hoped the baby would be "human". As it turns out, she is a witch, suggesting that being a witch or warlock is genetic. Endora once berates Darren for being mostly water, suggesting that they're biologically very different from humans, but Tabitha has the same needs as a normal baby (naps, diaper changes, and feedings) suggesting that they're biologically similar.
  • Blake's 7:
    • Is Cally a Human Alien telepath or from a race of humans who have artificially modified themselves to possess psionic gifts through cloning and genetic engineering? The series is confused on this issue.
    • Dayna is also referred to as an "alien" at one point, but that may have been a legal as opposed to a biological definition: the implication being that she couldn't receive medical treatment on Earth because she wasn't an Earth citizen.
    • In-universe, the common claim that all intelligent life originated on Earth is disputed, and there are several "alien" civilisations of human-looking people that may or may not be descended from colonists from Earth.
      • The writers couldn't agree on this out of-universe.
  • In Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the Draconians are... probably aliens? Some fans assume that they're just a much more successful group of the humans who left Earth after the nuclear holocaust; after all, the whole second season was devoted to finding other such groups. If they are aliens, then they are extremely human-like ones.
  • In The Crossing, the Apex are stated to be the next step in human evolution, with physical and mental abilities far above normal humans, but it is unrevealed whether they are the product of a mutation or whether they were somehow enhanced through artificial means.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor themself (and, by extension, all other Time Lords) was depicted this way throughout the '60s, with the range of ambiguity Depending on the Writer. The Doctor & Susan possessed some extra-human abilities like a Psychic Block Defense, telekenesis, absurdly good memory, and amplified vitality, and different stories would alternate between calling the Doctor human, alien, and a human biologically modified by extensive time travel (with the show most strongly leaning into some variant of the "futuristic human" characterization). Even regeneration was depicted as an artificial process performed by the TARDIS and other Time Lords. Eventually, the Third Doctor's debut story would retcon Time Lords as having Bizarre Alien Biology, while his last story would redefine regeneration as a biological phenomenon, definitively establishing Time Lords as aliens (and forcing Expanded Universe writers to explain why the First Doctor had one heart instead of two).
    • The series often gives no indication whatsoever about whether humanoid cultures in "space" stories are Human Aliens (of which there are many, especially in pre-2005 stories) or far-future descendants of human colonies.
    • The Peladonians in "The Curse of Peladon" are said to be a technologically backwards culture who are only just becoming involved in interstellar politics. However, they look completely human and might be a lost human colony. They are explicitly stated to be able to interbreed with humans without any high-tech biological intervention, which would support this in most universes... but then again, in Doctor Who, humans are capable of interbreeding with cats.
    • It is canon from their first appearance that the Daleks are heavily mutated versions of an originally humanoid race, although their actual backstory is very inconsistent (nuclear radiation causing mutations in "The Daleks", intentional genetic modification in "Genesis of the Daleks"). However, how human this precursor race is goes back and forth. In "Genesis of the Daleks" a Kaled scientist notes that although Harry (a human) looks like them his internal workings are completely different, yet in "The Parting of the Ways", the Doctor explains that humans were used as the source for the new Daleks because of their genetic similarity; and in "The Stolen Earth", the Tenth Doctor tells Donna that the Kaleds were just like humans but with slightly bluish blood and a few fewer ribs. (Both of these can be explained with in-character behaviour — the Kaleds have an insanely racist culture where any deviation from the norm makes someone a subhuman, and the Doctor could have been exaggerating or lying to make a point.) At least one Dalek story went so far as to suggest the Daleks weren't even slightly human/Kaled or organic, just being robots rather than a Little Green Man in a Can.
    • There's at least one case of the show's ropey visuals creating an Ambiguously Human Alien species: "The Keys of Marinus" is ambiguous on whether the Voord are monsters or just a particular culture of sea dwelling Marinus natives Dressed All in Rubber. The Expanded Universe follows suit. The Target novelisation changes the dialogue ambiguities to make them definitely monsters, while some books make them definitely human. Four Doctors depicts them as symbiotic combinations of a humanoid species with living organic coatings that give them a Hive Mind. The Grant Morrison Doctor Who Magazine comic "The World Shapers" retcons them into the ancestors of the Cybermen, which the TV series would retcon again as just one case of convergent evolution.
    • The Drahvin in "Galaxy 4" look like Rubber-Forehead Aliens and have a unique culture and method of reproduction, but Maaga refers to her people as 'humans' and 'human beings' several times. This could be a purely literal description or a word-play: she's a 'human' being meaning she has feeling and understanding or the Drahvin could be heavily genetically altered human colonists.
    • Condo in "The Brain of Morbius" is The Igor, talks in a You No Take Candle style and looks deformed. Solon tells us he's rescued from a Dravidian slave ship, but we know from "The Infinite Quest" that Dravidians are an insectoid species. Other than that, nothing about his species is mentioned.
    • Solomon from "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" looks human, but the episode takes place in the 24th century, and one of his robots makes a comment implying that they've been on the titular spaceship for 2,000 years.
    • "The Rings of Akhaten": There are many people in the Bizarre Bazaar who look human, most notably Merry Galel and the choristers, but there's no indication if they actually are.
  • Sebaceans in Farscape. When John first sees Aeryn on Moya in the pilot episode, he thinks she's human while she assumes he's Sebacean. At the end of the series, it is revealed that Sebaceans are the descendants of humans or early hominids who were taken from Earth and genetically modified long ago.
    • Some aliens with either no makeup or a very minimal makeup are a case of "Ambiguous Sebaceans..." Notably the Clansmen, Acquarans, Kanvians and Litigarans, as well as others.
  • In The Flash (2014):
    • The Reverse-Flash, Big Bad of Season 1, certainly looks human from a distance, but he's also constantly vibrating in an unstable manner, lets out inhuman screeches on several occasions, has glowing red eyes, and claims that his goals are beyond the understanding of normal humans. And just a general vibe of unnaturalness. Take a look. He's even able to make his glow without his suit.
    • Zoom, Big Bad of Season 2, is enough that in-universe people doubt there's even a human underneath his costume. The only part of his body that his semi-organic looking suit doesn't cover is a pair of shark-like black eyes. He's fast enough to grab lightning and throw it. His voice is deep and almost Satanic. Wells of Earth 2 says he was human. Even when we confirm what he looks like under his mask, the fact he can turn his eyes black rather than make them glow and actually deepens his voice rather than make it vibrate makes him unsettling.
    • Due to not being from Earth-1, Earth-19 or Earth-38, the show is ambiguous as to what the Music Meister is. Is he a metahuman? Maybe an alien? Is he magical? Or is he something else? The fact that he could escape a cell in the Pipeline, something no other metahuman is capable of, without anyone knowing and his powers are far more fantastical than what Barry or Kara usually deal with suggests he might not have been something they are used to. When asked if he's from another Earth, he gives a vague response that the heroes wouldn't understand where he came from.
  • A Running Gag in Girl Meets World is that Farkle might be a clone or a robot; he's never seen his own birth certificate. He's eventually revealed by his mother and his birth certificate that he's "Farkle Minkus, real boy!"
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Rashid says some odd things that could hint to being older than the young man seems, including "electronic mailbox" (the term "e-mail" was coined by CompuServe in 1981) and "Dubai is a child" (Dubai was founded in 1833). Daniel's notes even catch and comment on Rashid's strange choice of words. In the 1973 scene of the sixth episode, Rashid appears the same as he does in 2022, so he's definitely not a regular human. The Season 1 finale affirms that he's a 514-year-old vampire named Armand.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider Decade: Some doubts about Tsukasa arise just from the fact he can hit baseballs hard enough to break through metal and shrug off stab wounds. His past as the Great Leader of Dai-Shocker suggest it might be because he was modified for the part. On the other hand, there is no explanation to his control over the alternate realities that he claims to be an inate part of himself. Overall, it's remains unanswered whether he is an altered human, Humanoid Abomination or something completely else.
      • And that extends into Kamen Rider Zi-O, where he was shown to be able to manipulate dimension walls even with both halves of his Rider Powers in possession of someone else, meaning that the ability to jump between dimensions is something that has always and will always be a part of him.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost: Alain looks human, but he's able to summon Ganma under his own power and Javel (a Ganma) states he's the son of 'the Great Ruler'. He is ultimately confirmed to be a Ganma in Episode 12 when he turns into a Ganma Eyecon to return back to their world. As it turned out, the Ganma Eyecon is his artificial body. His real body is physically the same as a human one, zigzagging this trope.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Parado appeared to be a human working with the Bugsters until he was seen using some of the Bugster powers. Still, he was not confirmed to be one himself until later into the story.
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O: Large Ham tendencies and funny clothes aside, Woz leaves a pretty normal impression. Especially when stuffing his mouth with an apple pie. The more questionable part is that he appears out of nowhere, seems to able to spontaneously time travel and is strong enough to stop a punch from Another Rider barehanded. It's suggested he is a Quartzer, warden of time, but what that means is left ambigious.
  • In the original Icelandic stories and plays, Sportacus from LazyTown is explicitly called an elf. The releases in other countries make his race a bit more ambiguous, leaving his ears covered at all times.
  • In The Magicians (2016), Travelers are described as "hybrids", and Penny tells Julia at one point that he's not exactly a normal human. The specifics aren't clear, however.
  • Similarly to the Addams family, there's Marilyn from The Munsters, who looks like a normal human but is biologically related to the rest of her clearly non-human family. She shares some of the other members' inhumanness like her very low body temperature.
  • Mr. Bean. Some elements of the show imply that he's an alien, for example being dropped in via spotlight in the intro and beamed back up in the outro, and his effect on electronic devices like television sets. To say nothing of his utterly bizarre behaviour and thought processes which seem to border on Blue-and-Orange Morality.
  • Mr. Young:
    • Mrs. Byrne looks, behaves, and is treated like a human, but is billions of years old.
    • Jordan Slabinski is another example. He looks and is treated like a human, but it's stated in one episode that he looks the same now as he did when he was born. Another episode shows that he also looked the exact same when he was still in middle school, at least 7 years ago. This is made even weirder by the fact that he's noticeably larger than all of the other characters, most of whom are teenage or adult humans. He also appears to have slightly superhuman durability as in one episode an anvil breaks when dropped on his head, and he doesn't even notice. Adam, upon first seeing him, says, seemingly seriously, that he "can really see the Bigfoot".
    • Dang also looks and is treated like a human, but can teleport, defy gravity, be in two places at the same time, go inside a computer screen, and hear whenever someone says his name, no matter how far away they are. Also, his brother, Ding, was able to produce offspring with a duck.
  • In Night Court, most jokes made at Bull's expense channel this trope.
  • Common in Power Rangers as there are humans who live in space and aliens who resemble humans.
    • Scorpina in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers certainly looks like a beautiful young Asian woman, but when Rita uses her magic to make her grow, she becomes a grotesque scorpion monster. We never get clarification if the monster is her true form or just a transformation she takes on.
    • The Magna Defender of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy is at least humanoid, but he is never seen out of his armor, thus we're not sure if he's human or just human-like. Even in death, his ghost still wears it.
    • The Black Knight from Power Rangers Time Force episode "Beware the Knight". He's the only villain not associated with Ransik, therefore not a mutant. However, he's been alive since the middle ages and never takes off his armor. Considering that episode dealt with magic instead of science, perhaps he used magic to live hundreds of years or is in fact something more supernatural (which isn't out of place in Power Rangers).
    • Power Rangers S.P.D.: Due to the show never going into her past outside of wanting to remain a child, we never learn what Morgana is. Is she a human with magical abilities, a Human Alien with abilities like the people of KO-35 or an alien that just looks human?
    • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: We never learn what Miratrix is. She appears to be a normal looking woman, something she takes advantage of in several episodes, but her species never gets mentioned.
  • Sesame Street:
    • The show has monsters, Grouches, humans, normal animals, Animate Inanimate Objects, and then there's the non-fluffy characters played by puppets. Their skin is different colours and they are typically shorter than humans, but they're not monsters. Sometimes, they're referred to as "Muppets", so they could be the same species as the puppet characters from The Muppet Show, whatever species they are.
    • Two animated characters Nedd and Susie Kabloozie look human, but their skin is yellow and orange respectively (Susie's dad also has orange skin). Nedd also apparently walks around naked, yet doesn't have visible genitalia (thankfully, since this is a kids' show) and in the littering short, he seems to have pockets built into his skin.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: One scene has two children on the Promenade, running in a circle around Odo. They're seen from a distance, so it's unclear if they're humans or Bajorans.
  • Star Trek: Discovery has Cleveland "Book" Booker, Michael Burnham's boyfriend from the 31st century. He looks perfectly human and his name, while unusual, is a human one. However, he has a strange connection to plants and animals, which is described as "empathic", yet he can't outright sense emotions like a Betazoid. He could be genetically engineered, or a very human-looking alien. It's eventually confirmed that he is an alien — specifically, a Kwejian — and that his birth name was Tareckx; he took the name of his late human mentor.
  • Lazarus from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Alternative Factor" and his alternate universe counterpart: were they human, or Human Alien? The episode itself seemed confused on this point.
  • Thadiun Okona, the man who defined Informed Ability, from Star Trek: The Next Generation's "The Outrageous Okona": Human or from a race of Human Aliens? Again, not otherwise specified. It's the same with the people from the two planets that he has dealings with.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise has Daniels, Captain Archer's personal steward who reveals himself to be with the 31st-century Time Police.
    Archer: Are you human?
    Daniels: More or less.note 
  • Truth Seekers: JoJo74 and Dave, Gus' boss, look and act human, but The Reveal in the season finale indicates that this may or may not be their true forms, although if they are human is unknown; the finale would seem to imply they're otherworldly beings that look human.
  • Will & Grace features Karen Walker who looks outwardly human but is capable of consuming drugs and alcohol in quantities that would kill anyone else. There are also several instances of dialogue which imply she is well over 100 years old.
  • Wonder Woman (1975):
    • Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl, and the Amazons of Paradise Island look like beautiful human women, but are much stronger, more agile, and immortal. The reasons for this are only tangentially explained.
    • Andros Sr., Andros Jr., and the other aliens. In "Judgement from Outser Space" and "Mind Stealers from Outer Space", human looking aliens visit Earth for various reasons. Andros Jr. played by Dack Rambo, has a particular goal in mind.
  • Worzel Gummidge has the Crow Man, who made the scarecrows. He looks human, but sometimes he implies that he's got Psychic Powers and there's the fact that all the scarecrows he makes come alive (and he's also brought two scarecrows, Aunt Sally, Saucy Nancy, and possibly more "humanoid objects" to life, and Dafthead, a scarecrow that Worzel made, also came to life) and Worzel claims that he (and therefore the Crow Man) are hundreds of years old (although he does claim that it's because he's "as old as I wants to be") and occasionally, it's implied that the Crow Man Speaks Fluent Animal, too. Even if he does have those powers, he could still be a human with powers. Then, there's his healing tonic from "A Fair Old Pullover", which works for everything and he keeps changing its origin...

  • The video for Phats & Small's 2001 single "Feel Good" features this individual who's a hunter in the Alps that chases the main characters with a gun. He looks human, but it's never stated outright if he is human or not. But his green-colored skin makes it questionable if he's fully human or not, or if he's some other humanoid species.
  • Eminem's Slim Shady character is usually just a mentally disturbed human who's been screwed up by a life of bullying and poverty, but is introduced in Slim Shady EP as a demonic Enemy Without, appears as an evil spirit in "My Darling", repeatedly brings himself back from the dead after dying, sometimes claims he's an alien, and is also portrayed as a horror-movie mummy in the artwork on The Slim Shady LP and earlier projects with D12. He also is a bad angel in "Guilty Conscience" and is a 'ghost trapped in a beat' in "Bad Meets Evil". It's difficult to tell if he's a metaphor for a man who acts like a monster, or if he might be an actual monster.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Jesus of Nazareth. All Christians (except for Arians) take it for granted that he was both fully human and fully divine (sounds like Too Many Halves, but in Christian theology it actually makes sense), while Jews, Muslims, and all others believe he was fully human, period.
  • Santa Claus. He's based off a real person (St. Nicholas) but is able to watch all the children who celebrate Christmas on Earth, and he's lived an awful long time. And of course, one of his earliest and most enduring depictions refers to him as "a right jolly old elf."

  • Ain't Slayed Nobody:
    • Ida, an enigmatic merchant who the Posse encounters in Las Cruces and again in Olvido is revealed to be more familiar with the ins and outs of the Cthulhu Mythos than she lets on; and is implied to be somehow connected to Shub-Niggurath, with Johnny seeing her with fangs and scary eyes while conducting a ritual... though he could have just been hallucinating.
    • Bertie — a baby the Posse find Buried Alive in the ruins of a barn outside Olvido — is strongly implied to be something other than human. Despite the baby's uncanny nature, Ellie and Johnny are more than happy to adopt her and frequently bicker over which of them should get custody.
  • From Alice Isn't Dead:
    • We have The Thistle Man, a being who is described as being a human male, but there's just enough in his mannerisms and appearance to suggest that he isn't. The fact that he can pacify people with a touch and has seemingly no qualms whatsoever with eating people alive adds further fuel to the fire.
    • The Oracles are implied to be at least human-shaped from the fact that they wear typical hooded sweatshirts, pants, and shoes, and have eyes in roughly the region of the face where they should be. They speak in raspy voices, and don't experience time the way the rest of us do. Their nature aside from their clothing is anybody's guess.
  • The Magnus Archives:
    • Sasha, on meeting "Michael", immediately perceives the latter as non-human even though "it" looks human. This impression is reinforced so when they shake hands — its hand is described as heavy, like a wet leather bag full of heavy, sharp stones.
    • The narrator describes the strange hunter in "First Hunt" as looking human except that "everything about him was sharper" and he has a smile with "far too many teeth to it".
    • "Crusader" hints that this is the ultimate fate of the head archivist of Magnus Institute. If they survive long enough in the position.
  • Between her cloudcuckoolander tendencies, the fact that she turns into a blur when photographed, and her Dark and Troubled Past that's played for laughs, Sid from Sequinox might be different from the other girls. Jake asks her player Cassidy if she's an alien, and Cassidy jokingly declares that Sid's origin story would take up a whole other podcast.
  • From Welcome To Nightvale, many of the titular town's citizens fall under this trope, including the narrator Cecil. What little we know of his appearance suggests that he looks human, but he has the uncanny ability to report on events happening across town in real time, often knows things he shouldn't be able to, and has casually mentioned his "seven senses". Also, he is apparently several centuries old, and may have lived through multiple timelines or universes.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppets:
    • Any roughly humanoid Muppet like Scooter or Dr. Teeth falls into this category. While Kermit, Fozzie, or Piggy may experience special or unfair treatment due to being animals, there's never any indication that "human" Muppets are not simply short, goofy humans. The 2011 film played with this the most: Walter and Gary are brothers, despite the former being a Muppet and the latter a normal human; it's finally lampshaded with the song "Man Or Muppet?"
    • While the Muppets are often abstract critters, some represent animals, monsters, and humans, with Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street being the third. However, the characters Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker are an odd case. Bunsen has no visible eyes, and Beaker is beaker-shaped.

  • In The Goon Show, Eccles is this whenever it's necessary for a gag.
    Seagoon: Good Heavens, ghosts!
    Eccles: We ain't ghosts.
    Seagoon: But you can't be human.
    Eccles: Well, dat's different.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering, for a while, printed labels on the nonhuman races like Goblin and Elf but didn't print Human in their typeline. For the most part this just led to unlabeled humans, but certain old cards had art that was more fantastical than one may think of as "human". One strong example is Arcanis the Omnipotent, one of the few of these ambiguous cards 'not' to get the Human type added on later.
  • The Space Marines from Warhammer 40,000 are all technically still human since their augmentations don't change their actual genetic code. It's easy to forget that, since a man is made into a Space Marine by having a bunch of extra organs grown from the genetic material of superhuman demigods (the Primarchs) implanted into his body. The end result is a 'human' who is over eight feet tall, can shrug off most small-arms fire, eat brains to absorb knowledge, spit acid, strong enough to wield literal hand cannons, can neurally interface with Powered Armor through their skin...and those are just the baseline Space Marine abilities. Many of the Space Marine Chapters' gene-seeds have mutated, the results include werewolf Marines, vampire Marines, Marines with jet-black skin and glowing red eyes, Marines cursed with the worst possible luck, etc. There's less ambiguity where the Chaos Space Marines are concerned: most of them are so heavily mutated they are more Warp monstrosity than human. Especially the Thousand Sons' Rubric Marines, who are nothing but magic dust animating their Powered Armor.

  • The titular character of the Argentinian play (later released as a film and a book) La Nona is this. The eldest in a somewhat impoverished family, "La Nona" (jargon for granny) is a Big Eater of superhuman quantities and is likewise Obsessed with Food, and she's extremely old yet perfectly healthy despite eating way too much food. Throughout the play, La Nona averts her grandson Chicho's increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of her, and slowly causes every member in her family to die (or move away in Marta's case). Meanwhile, La Nona herself is none for the worse, and could very well be immortal. It is implied La Nona is actually misery in human form, representing the hard times Argentinian families experienced during the 70s, with misery spreading through everyone, just like La Nona is given shelter by a blissfully unaware family at the end of the play.
  • In Macbeth, Banquo and Macbeth aren't sure at first whether the witches are human or supernatural beings. Renaissance beliefs about witchcraft generally involved ordinary humans gaining magical powers by making a bargain with the devil, but Banquo remarks when he sees the witches that they "look not like the inhabitants o' the earth / And yet are on't."
  • Caliban in The Tempest is referred to repeatedly as a monster by Trinculo, and Prospero describes him as earth, mud, etc., but what he is is not made clear, and it is possible that this is used to show contempt. He is described as humanoid at least, and he never demonstrates any kind of supernatural abilities (although his mother, who died before the start of the play, is described as a powerful witch).


    Video Games 
  • Alex Kidd usually looks like a young boy with a mean case of '80s Hair, however sometimes he has monkey-like features. This isn't so surprising since he's partially based on the Monkey King.
  • Mumbo Jumbo the shaman and Gruntilda the witch in the Banjo-Kazooie series. Both of them have human forms, albeit with very strange skin color (bright pink and green, respectively), and Mumbo's face has been magically transformed into a skull-like mask, so there's no telling what he may have originally looked like. The manual says they used to be magic partners, so they could be members of the same species; a Mage Species, perhaps? This trend is continued in the first sequel with Humba-Wumba, who appears to be a normal Native woman, but she has a magic pool and appears to be much taller than Banjo.
    • Some people speculated that Mumbo may have been a Jinjo, but when asked about this on his Character Blog, Mumbo simply said, "Mumbo never been so insulted in whole life".
  • Songbird from BioShock Infinite is a giant mechanical bird, but sketches of its designs from Burial at Sea — Episode 2 indicate it may actually be a human in a suit.
  • BlazBlue: Azrael's appearance is that of a really, really muscular dude. However, his punches leave visible shockwaves, he can tear chunks of earth out of the ground and Punched Across the Room is his main gameplay gimmick. He needed a specially-designed prison where he was frozen for over a decade in cryogenic stasis, and on release shook it off like he'd had a long nap. In Act 1 of Centralfiction he can sense the presence of Phantom, only achieved by other characters by the useful of powerful magic devices or Observance, and in Act 2 he punches his way out of a Pocket Dimension. And then feels so good about it he immediately challenges the Imperator to a fight. And all of this is performed through four layers of Power Limiter, which he only uses to stop victims dying too quickly. Many characters find it hard to believe that Azrael is even human at all.
  • Borderlands:
    • Zer0 from Borderlands 2 is actually speculated in game to not be human. Prevailing theories seem to be on alien (he's only got four fingers on each hand), a robot (what with being utterly emotionless), or just a garden variety psycho. A DLC head seemingly reveals that there's a robotic eye under that visor... except that the name of the head is "N0t C4n0n".
    • Borderlands 3 doesn't resolve the issue, but it *does* feature a Zer0 imposter which is revealed to be a human in a suit. This may or may not indicate that the same is true for the real deal.
  • The P.E.K.K.A from Clash of Clans wears heavy armor that covers every inch of its body, which also leaves its gender unknown, if it has one. In fact, one of the hints at the game's loading screen wonders if the P.E.K.K.A is a knight, a samurai, or a robot. Its TV commercials gives it a robotic voice, though.
  • Some of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of the Dead in Darksiders II are Ambiguously Post-Human. One, Draven, is said to have once been a human warrior, but he doesn't look any different from the other residents.
  • Dark Souls:
    • The gods are really just pygmies who attained power through the Lord souls pulled from the first flame. However the literal definition of humans in this universe is "Person with a piece of the Dark Soul inside them" add to that inconsistent references to Gwyn and his ilk being called giants, despite giants being an explicitly inhuman race, and it becomes unclear what precisely anyone is.
    • In Dark Souls II, we're introduced to the Shards of Manus. Aspects and pieces of Primeval Man's soul who gain sapience and take the form of beautiful women who go off to seek other powerful souls to suck on. We only see the true shapes of Nashandra and Elana, both of which look very inhuman but again we run into the problem of definition. Manus was a human who was twisted and mutated by his own Dark Soul, so does that make him and his children any more or less human than the protagonist? Abyss spawn are generally counted as monsters but exactly it is that makes the Abyss different from the Dark within humans is hard to define as well.
  • Darkstalkers: Baby Bonnie Hood, or B.B. Hood for short, was created to be the Token Human of the cast as well as depicting her as more dangerous, evil and Ax-Crazy than any monster. That said, she shows rather inhuman levels of strength and durability, while also possessing no sort of monster lineage like Donovan Bane. Her eyes are also said to glow white, especially when she's at her most sinister. A very common belief is that her soul being so evil somehow allows her to fight Darkstalkers, which raises questions since even a succubus has shown more humanity than her.
  • Deep Rock Galactic: It's unclear if Mission Control is a human or a dwarf; with his physique and face, it could go either way, and even his lack of a beard says little seeing the miners themselves (who are very clearly dwarves) can and do go without beards depending on the class and cosmetics. The company employs both species at leisure, and neither he nor the miners ever say anything clarifying about his species (the dwarves only call him "that guy in Mission Control").
  • In DOOM (2016), the Doom Slayer can do things like absorb normally-fatal demonic energy without suffering any ill effects. A data log in DOOM Eternal confirms him to be genetically human, but goes on to note that he's been enhanced to become something beyond human, and Khan Makyr states that he is no longer mortal.
  • Dragon Quest IV: Elisa's official art indicates that she's a simple human girl, in the game she uses the same elf sprite as Rose.
  • Elden Ring: Just about everyone. There are explicit Half-Human Hybrid and Rubber-Forehead Alien races in the Lands Between like the giantkin, Draconians, Onyx/Alabaster Lords, and Numen, as well as various types of mutants and godly-influenced beings thanks to the various Outer Gods and magical experiments. Some characters appear entirely human or are clearly nonhuman, but with others it's hard to tell whether some aspects like great size, odd proportions, or off-putting skin textures are evidence of them being weird humans, mutants, divinities, or bearing nonhuman ancestry.
    • To give just one example, the Commoners are all seven feet tall and have gangly limbs and chalk-white skin, looking quite different from the player and other NPCs with similar proportions (like Foot Soldiers, Nobles, and other Tarnished). Are they a nonhuman underclass like the Misbegotten? Humans with scant nonhuman ancestry? Normal exceptionally-tall humans who have had their bodies warped by the Cosmic Keystone being broken? Who knows.
    • A lot of the generic boss-level enemies like Black Knives, Cleanrot Knights, Night's Cavalry, Crucible Knights, and Tree Sentinels are 8-9 feet tall and never take off their armor. This is not merely a gameplay abstraction, as other bosses who are simply supposed to be exceptionally powerful humans (like Vyke, Adan, or Sir Gideon Ofnir) are your size. Since each of aforementioned boss types are elite troops associated with a particular divinity, it's possible their sizes are results of Super Empowering (we see that this can increase someone's size, most notably by Godfrey being 13 feet tall due to being an Elden Lord), but that's never stated and other explanations exist. The ambiguity extends to named bosses in a similar size range like Loretta, Ordovis, and Alecto.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy series: Anna looks human and the player even sees her parents, but on death a wooden idol falls out of her instead of a ghost. This is never commented on in-game, it's not clear if the idol holds her soul or is her soul. This wooden idol also appears when she guards. Complicating matters is in the premium version of Epic Battle Fantasy 5: her Evil Player counterpart, Annabelle, is a demon that has a spider appear in a similar vein as Anna's idol when she casts something. Annabelle's death sequence has her body turning in to black spirits until the spider remains, which poofs away shortly after. This implies the spider is the "real" Annabelle, but that doesn't answer much since the other playable characters have their own counterparts that clearly are not normal humans/not a normal cat either.
  • The Four Tribes from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. All four are considered human and distinct from animals, monsters, and other sentient races like Moogles or Carbuncles, though the Lilty and Yuke tribes are clearly not human in our sense of the word given that they are Plant People and bird people who later evolve into purely spirits possessing suits of armor down the timeline respectively, while the Clavat and Selkie races are more ambiguous.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Sephiroth (who is not a reliable source) states that humans are descended from Cetra who abandoned their nomadic urge to 'settle the Planet, then move on', instead choosing to settle down. It is unclear whether he means that humans abandoned a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to focus on establishing settlements, as happened in the history of the human race in reality, or whether he means that the Cetra were nomadic spacefarers and the humans those who decided to stay on one planet. The fact that an excavated spaceship is visible in an archaeology site reinforces this idea; but Aeris tells us that the Cetra 'were created by the Planet'.
    • The Canon Welding with Final Fantasy X-2 tells us that space travellers from Spira reached the Planet at some point. At least, this means President Shinra and Rufus Shinra are Human Aliens; at most, it means every character in the game (besides Ifalna, a full-blooded Cetra) is an alien. Which raises questions about how it is that they can 'return to the Planet' when they die...
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • During the conclusion of the 3.0 Heavensward plot, a number of your opponents begin to legitimately question whether or not you are actually another mere heroic "Spoken", as you've gone from "doing heroic things" to "performing feats that, by the laws of the metaphysics of this world, should be properly, literally impossible".
    • Shadowbringers finally reveals the "Echo" is in fact the same ability that gives the Ascians their power, and the Warrior of Light in a past life was one of the greatest of all the Ascians: Azem, the fourteenth seat of the Convocation of Fourteen, the ruling body of the ancient precursors of Amaurot, and colleague of the likes of Emet-Selch. Further, your abilities are getting so close to that of an unbroken Ascian, when the protagonist reclaims the eighth of fourteen pieces of their previous unbroken soul from Ardbert's sacrifice, Emet-Selch even temporarily sees the protagonist as Azem in full.
  • Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The exact nature is never made clear, but in the Silver Snow route, Rhea reveals to them that their mother was an Artificial Human that she hoped would serve as the vessel for her mother’s soul, Sothis. Jeralt, their father, was given a transfusion of Nebatean blood when he saved Rhea’s life. Adding to the mystery, is that Byleth has a crest stone implanted onto their heart that saved them from being stillborn. All this leaves it up in the air of just how human Byleth really is.
  • Genshin Impact:
    • The Celestial Twins Aether and Lumine look completely human, but seem to have something that separates them from the regular human, such as being Dimensional Travelers. This is explored in Albedo's story quest, in which he experiments on the Traveler to find out how different they are from normal humans, since they can wield elements without a Vision and they can withstand corruptive influences. In the end, after the experiments, Albedo concludes that the Traveler isn't much different from regular humans; they and Paimon lampshade it, but he then points out that this result shouldn't be taken for granted, as it means Teyvat's world laws aren't hostile to them. However... after the Traveler leaves him, he muses to himself that he made a point to tell them how "ordinary" the results are, but then he notes about the strange sediment left in the potion vial from which the Traveler drank, which normally shouldn't appear. He indirectly implies that he himself has a similar result from said potion, while also noting that they are both "composed of a substance that has yet to be fully defined".
    • Speaking of Albedo, he claims that he is born of "chalk", in contrast to the other humans of Teyvat who are born of "soil", and professes a kinship to the Traveler who is from another world. He also claims to have no memories of any blood relatives. One of his talents is also "Homuncular Nature". His character story mentions that while his old master wasn't his mother, he felt that his life stemmed from her. The epilogue of the "Chalk Prince and the Dragon" event has him claiming that the life force he extracted from the Festering Desire sword, which was born from a dragon cursed by an alchemist, resonates with him due to his fundamental nature.
    • Klee's species is left completely ambiguous. While she has a short stature, pointed ears, and ages at a much slower rate than other inhabitants of Celestia, she is not clearly stated to not be human. Her lifespan was likely inherited from her mother, Alice, who is also Ambiguously Human and is heavily implied to have come from another world, but the reveal that Pucinella and Nahida (natives of Teyvat) also have a short stature and elf ears naturally makes which parent Klee inherited her ambiguously human traits from even more of a mystery.
  • The titular Greendog in the Genesis platformer Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude is rendered in an extremely cartoony style, while every other human that appears looks more realistic.
  • Squeezed inbetween his looks, behavior, speech patterns and powers, it's quite obvious that the G-Man from the Half-Life series is not a normal human. No-one really knows what exactly he is but Word of God has it that he was designed to invoke the image of something that has assumed A Form You Are Comfortable With but doesn't care if you remain comfortable with its form.
  • In Halo, many new players mistake the Master Chief, an seven-foot-tall Super Soldier who is constantly clad in Powered Armor and never shows his face, to be a robot instead of an augmented human. This was lampshaded in Halo Legends's "Odd One Out", where everyone calls Spartan-1337 "Big Robot Man".
  • It's unknown what species the humanoid characters from Jak and Daxter are, Jak himself included. They have incredibly long ears and odd hair colors but are never specified as anything other than probably human.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • In Little Nightmares, the protagonist Six is absolutely tiny compared to her surroundings and adversaries, but she is the most human-looking person we see. Though we never see her face properly, she appears sickeningly malnourished and pale. The hunger pains she suffers from are abnormally painful, and she becomes so desperate that she will eat just about anything — tearing into and devouring a live rat, and even consuming other sentient beings with little trouble.
    • In Little Nightmares II, the protagonist Mono appears to be human but has various unexplained abilities, including being able to absorb the glitching remains, tuning in transmissions just by touching a television screen, travel through televisions and Reality Warper abilities, banishing the Thin Man through sheer willpower and moving the TV-station closer to his location and straightening the bending buildings around him..
  • In Littlewood, there's Willow. She has several traits stereotypically associated with elves: She's associated with nature, she has a forest-themed name, and she uses a bow. However, she lacks the pointy ears of an elf, which the other confirmed elf in the game (Iris) has. But she's never stated to be an elf.
  • The Final Boss of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a cross between Ambiguously Human and Ambiguous Robots. Is he a human with augmentations, or, as Doktor speculates, is he an android? Eventually it's made clear that both are the wrong questions to ask.
  • Zigzagged with Samus Aran of the Metroid series. the game clearly states that Samus, who was born human, has been infused with Chozo (and later Metroid) DNA, but the exact ratio of human to alien DNA is never clarified. Considering that Samus has DNA from birdlike and jellyfishlike aliens in her, it's astounding that she still looks human.
  • Minecraft:
    • Villagers look human, but have big noses and make weird noises, and are distinct from the more human-like player.
    • Illagers look like villagers, but with grey skin. Unlike villagers, they're naturally hostile and will attack anyone.
    • Witches look more human than villagers, are always evil, and happen when a villager gets struck by lightning, so it's unknown if they're human.
  • Neopets: At first, the creators, known as The Neopets Team (TNT), were actual characters, certain species looked like humans, and Edna the witch was a human. Then, they rewrote it so that humans didn't exist in Neopia, but there's still the guy who runs the Tombola on Mystery Island. He looks like a human, but his face is always covered. He also cannot be a Faerie as he has neither wings nor a tail and there are no male faeries.
  • From the Neptunia series: Arfoire, Linda, and to a lesser extent CFW Magic, all of whom share the otherwise unique trait of having pale grayish-purple skin and pointy ears.
    • In the first game, it was eventually revealed that Arfoire was once the True Goddess and eventually performed a Face–Heel Turn. However, flashbacks to when she was still a Goddess show her looking exactly the same with no explanation. In the second game, which takes place in an alternate continuity, Arfoire (who in this continuity is a borderline Eldritch Abomination) is mentioned to have once been a normal human. However, once we see an artificial copy of her "human" form two games later, she looks the same as she always does. And finally, in the third game, which takes place in yet another alternate continuity, she is never implied to be anything other than a weird looking human, and yet she is still able to transform into her One-Winged Angel forms from the previous game. All we know for certain is that this version of Arfoire isn't a goddess.
    • Linda's unique appearance is never commented upon, and she is for all intents and purposes just a weird looking human.
    • CFW Magic is one of the aforementioned Eldritch Abomination's four Co-Dragons. However, the other three are Humongous Mechas while Magic is the Token Human (?). When they die, all four apparently just vanish into thin air and return to their creator, with it being implied that they are some kind of vessel meant to contain a portion of her power, but this doesn't explain why Magic looks the way she does, if she was once human or if she's an artificial creation...
  • In No Man's Sky, the "Anomaly" race option for player characters resembles a humanoid being in a space suit. They cannot take off their helmets, however, and their visors are completely opaque from the outside, leaving whether they are actually human a mystery. The father of the Atlas, and thus, the creator of the Lotus-Eater Machine that the entire game takes place in, is suggested to be an Anomaly, giving credence to the possibility that Anomalies are, indeed, humans.
  • No Straight Roads:
    • While the majority of the cast is made up of humans (with some robots, a cyborg, and a virtual mermaid thrown in for good measure), DJ Subatomic Supernova stands out as an exception. He's able to shapeshift his form by changing his size and making his arms long and spaghetti-like, his voice has an echo to it, and the small galaxy that makes up his head explodes into an Unrealistic Black Hole when the glass helmet that contains it breaks open during his boss fight. The only part about him that might suggest that he's human are his legs, which are short, hairy, and mostly hidden behind his DJ booth.
    • Yinu's mother is another example. She spends most of Yinu's boss fight in the form of a towering wraith with hair that looks like dead tree branches stuck to the back of her head. She speaks in a Voice of the Legion, makes wooden creaking sounds when she moves, and only gets bigger and more monstrous looking when she gets angrier during the fight. Even when the fight is over and she's reverted to a much smaller, calmer form, she still doesn't look completely human, especially compared to her daughter.
  • OFF:
    • The common NPCs (nicknamed "Elsen") are all male, look alike, act strangely paranoid, can possibly transform in to beings called "Burnts" that commonly have some sort of smoke or liquid shooting from their heads, and they're addicted to sugar, which in this world is made from burning their corpses. This on top of the already-weird world they and the whole game takes place in, where "air" is smoke and all the "ground" is made out of colorful metal. Word of God is that they are still human, while the Batter and the Queen are not, which raises more questions than it answers.
    • A specific character confirmed to be human by Mortis Ghost is Enoch, the boss of Zone 3, who is even weirder than the regular workers. He first just looks like a really fat Elsen with black dots on his cheeks, until he starts Size Shifting and talks with his head cut off. His powers might be from whatever made him a guardian in the first place, given how a flashback shows him getting stuck in a hole and needing the help of several birds to pull him out.
    • Hugo himself seems to be a normal human baby, yet he possesses the powers of a Physical God without any explanation as to how or why.
  • In Pinball Quest, the King, the player, and the other citizens of the pinball realm resemble round metal balls. However, Princess Ball looks like a human female. Whether she actually is a human or not is never specified.
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon has the Ultra Recon Squad, a group of "people" who come from a world beyond an Ultra Wormhole. The most notable feature about them is the fact that their skin is so pale that it's almost blue. This is due to having their natural light stolen by Necrozma in the distant past and need to rely on artificial light. It isn't confirmed if they're humans or Human Aliens.
  • Chloe from Psychonauts insists she's an Alien Among Us stranded on Earth but it's never confirmed if she is or not.
  • The Punch-Out!! series gives us King Hippo. All of the other boxers in the game are recognizably human, but King Hippo goes so completely against the established art style that it's impossible that he's simply an enormously obese Polynesian man. He has a semi-spheroid shape to his head, tiny sunken pig-like eyes, a flattened snout in the place of a nose, an enormously underslung jaw with a mouth that can open unnaturally wide, and two protruding flattened teeth that resemble tusks. The Wii version goes one step farther by giving him a series of animalistic roars and growls instead of spoken dialogue. Notably, while King Hippo reportedly hails from "Hippo Island", no other natives of that island have ever been seen in-game.
  • Puyo Puyo: Risukuma was at one point stated to look like a squirrel-bear hybrid due to a freak accident, which was already strange enough given Suzuran, Ringo's world, is otherwise fairly ordinary and non-magical compared to Arle's world and Primp Town. However, this has since been retconned to Risukuma wearing a fursuit at all times with a removable head. However, no one apart from Ally knows what's under the head, and the truth is apparently "shocking".
  • The Ratchet & Clank series has a few human-looking characters (notably Captain Qwark and Ace Hardlight), the most notable physical difference being they have three fingers on each hand.
  • Hugh Bliss from Sam & Max: Freelance Police is described as an "albino thing that's struggling to look human". He's eventually revealed to not be human in the slightest: he's a large colony of sentient bacteria that is, in fact, struggling to look human.
  • Shattered Pixel Dungeon: There are two wands (Transfusion and Prismatic Light) that operate differently when used on, to quote the latter's description, "demonic and undead" enemies. Apparently that description matches the mad prisoners and guards of the second stage, and the not-explicitly-undead Dwarves of the fourth.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Stephen is a disabled genius who somehow manages to show up in three of the five main games despite them taking place with large gaps in between and possibly in multiple universes, in addition to all of them featuring many disasters such as nukes and floods. In Shin Megami Tensei IV, there's also a weird distortion in his voice.
    • The Velvet Room residents in Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 are of unclear origin and are only referred to as residents of the Velvet Room. The siblings Elizabeth, Margaret, Theodore, Justine, and Caroline all appear to have the golden eyes of Shadows, yet wield personas at a far greater level than your own group. The latter two are revealed to both be halves of the same being. After overcoming their Identity Amnesia, they merge back into their original personality, Lavenza. And according to Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, she can both divide into them and merge at will while retaining all her memories.
  • Shovel Knight: Due to the world being dominated by humans and other such sentient creatures, it's unclear if the knights, with few exceptions, are even humans themselves. Mole Knight has a very inhuman shape, Tinker Knight is short but doesn't have the same stature as a child, Polar Knight is large and muscular even compared to non-humans, and the titular Shovel Knight himself is guilty of this since no part of his body isn't covered in armor and you can run into an NPC that looks otherwise identical to Shovel Knight but they're not wearing a helmet, showing they have a fish head.
  • Skylanders: Out of all the characters in the series, Master Eon, Kaos, and Kaossandra are the most human-looking. The most humanoid playable characters other than Kaos are Déjà Vu, who looks like she could be a human but has her face completely obscured by her mask, and Aurora, who is Eon's niece.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: For a long time Dr.Robotnik/Eggman was seen this way. This was especially true in early western classic continuties where he was given lots of inhuman features like red eyes with black sclera and (sometimes) a mechanical arm and he had the discintion of being the only human like creature on Mobius, a planet full of Funny Animals , making it unclear whether he was a human, a human-like alien or a cyborg. Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik has always been a little... off. Even when the humans are all just as cartoony as he is, or when he is made more realistic-looking to fit the setting, he has caused many a raised eyebrow. However Sonic team has stated that Dr. Eggman is indeed fully human and even has human relatives.
  • Soul Series:
    • Voldo is seemingly incapable of speech, able to fight trained warriors using only smell and hearing and contort himself in ways that just don't seem possible, and has Vader Breath and an Undeathly Pallor. Apparently he is just a blind and insane man, but given Vercci was a Collector of the Strange in life, who knows if something that lies down in the Money Pit transformed Voldo in the years he spent down there.
    • Yoshimitsu could be a man, but he claims in his story in VI that his "hatred has turned him into a demon". Whether he simply meant figuratively, or it's just a Badass Boast he uses to strike fear into his enemies' hearts, or he really believes that he has become something inhuman is left unclear. But he has several strange powers with no obvious source including Functional Magic, Soul Stealing, Flight, Teleportation, bizarre movement and Energy Absorption. And he never reveals his face.
  • Handel and Greta, the Kid Hero secret agents in the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy look human, but display glowing red eyes in one cutscene, and both display bizarre and powerful magical abilities. (Greta invokes Bullet Time in one of the third game's cutscenes) The fact that the setting doesn't really have humans makes them even more suspect.
  • The Star Wars Legends contains a number of species that look identical to humans but aren't. Biologists in the GFFA term these "near-humans"; one good example is the Echani who appear in the Knights of the Old Republic games.
  • Street Fighter:
    • It's hard to tell just who or what Q from Street Fighter III really is, or even if Q is a single person. On one hand, he's clearly humanoid, has a very noticeable Vader Breath, and the back of his head can be seen in character artwork underneath his mask, where he has blond hair. On the other hand, his movements are very strange and unnatural, electrocuting him reveals some very weird, indistinct things underneath that mask and trenchcoat, and if he's defeated via Cherry Tapping then he's knocked out while still standing, like a robot shutting down.
    • Dhalsim is a balding, emaciated Indian man covered in facial tattoos and a necklace of tiny skulls and sporting blank white Prophet Eyes. He has the ability to stretch his limbs until they're as long as he is tall, breathe fire, levitate and teleport, all of which are Hand Waved with "Yoga". His portraits usually have him in bizarre, sometimes anatomically-impossible poses, and many of his alternate color schemes turn his skin tone into unnatural colors. Street Fighter IV acknowledges how weird he looks, with Dhalsim getting offended when Rufus asks if he's an alien.
    • If "yoga" isn't a strange enough excuse for weird powers, Blanka was Raised by Wolves in the jungle. Somehow this turned his skin green and gave him the ability to generate electricity (which he apparently learned from electric eels.)
    • Introduced in Street Fighter V, we have the wild and crazed Necalli. It isn't entirely known where he came from, but the closest we get is Aztec. Apparently he used to be a statue who comes to life and consumes the souls of strong warriors. Even other characters are confused as to what exactly he's supposed to be. Just like Q, electrocuting him doesn't reveal a human skeleton but a black silhouette.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • The Shy Guys are a sort of "tribe" of little guys so shy that they never expose anything of their bodies to anyone. They wear long cloaks, shoes, belts, masks and gloves, and when they lose their masks the first thing they do is run away while covering their faces. It's unlikely, given the Mushroom Kingdom's populace, that they actually are human, but their basic shape indicates that they are. In one of the Mario Power Tennis endings a Shy Guy's mask falls off, and while he's turned away from the screen poor Luigi can see it perfectly. He immediately falls over, looking like he saw a ghost, trembling in fear as the Shy Guy walks past him, seeming to imply that the Shy Guys are anything but human. The closest we get to seeing a Shy Guy's face is in Luigi's Mansion, where there are Shy Guy-like ghosts whose masks have to be removed before they can be sucked up. Behind their masks are a pair of glowing yellow eyes a la Jawas.
    • Wario and Waluigi, with their Pointy Ears, pink noses, and elf shoes, look more like goblins than regular people.
    • Dr. Snoozemore in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Is he human? A relative of the local Pi'illo people? Some unknown human-like species? It's extremely hard to know, and it's never even hinted at in the game itself.
    • The residents of New Donk City, from Super Mario Odyssey, look like regular, realistically proportioned humans. However they are never referred to as human by the in game brochure, they're just "New Donkers". That, coupled with their Non-Standard Character Design makes them a bit suspect when compared to humans like Mario, Peach and Pauline.
    • According to an internal document from the 1990s, Mario himself isn't a homo sapiens, but a "homo nintendonus"; however, it was likely intended as a joke, and the document itself contains a lot of outdated information. Per Word of God, circa 2017, Mario is human.
    • Back when the Brooklyn backstory for the Mario Bros. was still recognized enough to be mentioned in Mario 64's Player's Guide, Peach and presumably Daisy had the oddity of being from all signs human yet rule over short mushroom men. Stranger yet, if Toadette (one of the decidedly not-human Toads) grabs a Super Crown, she'll turn into a being that looks near-identical to Peach. What little has been told of Rosalina's backstory combined with her shown abilities makes what she is open to question too.
    • While we're on the subject of short mushroom men, there's no indication in the original Super Mario Bros. that the "Mushroom Retainers" who serve Princess Toadstool/Peach are anything but humans in mushroom-shaped hats; Toads didn't become a race unto themselves until later in the development of the canon. With the 8-bit graphics, it's impossible to say, but if Peach's court was originally composed of humans, it would at least make her less of an oddity (although it would raise just as many questions about the Mushroom Kingdom itself).
  • Pyro from Team Fortress 2, who is always hidden behind a gas mask and fireproof suit, and only speaks in muffled mumblings.
    Heavy: I fear no man, but that, thing.... It scares me.
  • Terraria:
    • The Lunatic Cultist appears to have a humanoid shape and size, but he has a Voice of the Legion effect and can pull off things that even an endgame-tier player character is incapable of doing. He is also completely covered head-to-toe and his face is masked, so the player does not get a glimpse at what he looks like. It is not known if he is a human that is simply well-versed with eldritch magic, a once-human that turned in to something else, or if a different entity that happens to be the same size as the human characters.
    • Monster Clowns may spawn in Hardmode Blood Moons, and it is not clear if they are humans in clown makeup or their own sort of species. They do not appear to be undead or have any kind of "inhuman" traits that cannot be explained by clown makeup, and humans enemies do exist in the game in the form of the Pirate Invasions. They are also simply called "Clowns," a profession instead of a species, and not something like "Clown Zombies." But they only appear in Blood Moons, and Blood Moon-exclusive enemies otherwise have a blood and/or zombie theme, with Clowns appearing to have neither. The Blood Moons also cause monsters to become more aggressive and there is very little explanation as to why a human would bomb people in clown makeup. The Bestiary says that where they come from is unknown.
  • Kanna and Anderson from Three the Hard Way appear just as human-like as the rest of the party, but the former is a hundred year old alchemist belonging to a mythical ancient order, while the latter seem to have a close tie with the ageless Kaibutsu, and is very much implied to be Really 700 Years Old as well. Other cast members describe them as "weird" and "intense", and Vance frequently remarks that he wouldn't be surprised if those two are actually not human.
  • Touhou Project usually distinguishes youkai from humans in some way, physically and/or mentally, but it's also made clear that the line between human and youkai is a lot more blurry than most realise, especially in Gensokyo where humans and youkai have existed in unusually close proximity for centuries.
    • Magicians have a natural affinity with complicated magics but humans can use them with sufficient training, aside from not needing to eat they're quite similar to humans, and some Magicians were human (Alice, Byakuren) before they performed some alluded-to ritual.
    • Marisa is noted to be more like a youkai than a human, and much of her behavior (isolating herself from humans, collecting magical artifacts, intense studying) are implied to be part of the ritual for human Magicians to transform into youkai Magicians. She insists she's human and is immensely proud of being able to hold her own in a land where Everyone is a Super despite this, but it verges into Suspiciously Specific Denial territory; for example in Forbidden Scrollery (which is all about how the enforced separation and antagonism between humans and youkai is precisely because it takes the slightest nudge to go from one to the other) her title is "Extremely Ordinary Magician". Reimu seems to consider her human, but it's also established that Reimu is far more friendly with youkai than someone of her position should be.
    • Sakuya is classified as human, yet her time and spatial manipulation abilities are far beyond the capabilities of any other human (as well as being very similar to the abilities of a Lunarian character), and characters have noted her to be far more mature and worldly than her apparent age would indicate.
    • Not even ZUN knows whether Mononobe no Futo is human, with her profile listing her species as "Human? (a taoist who self-identifies as a shikaisen)". More broadly, this applies to Miko and Seiga, fellow shikaisen who essentially faked their death in such a way that the Celestial Bureaucracy fell for it, gaining immortality in the process.
    • Related to the above are hermits. Most are humans who get super-powers out of a strict training regimen. But there do seem to be some physiological changes, given that they act as Rare Candy to youkai. And they might not all have started out as human. The first hermit character introduced, Kasen Ibaraki, is very strongly implied to be an oni who's only pretending to be a hermit and this is eventually confirmed to be the case.
    • ZUN's also unsure whether Satono and Mai are human, as they get a similar "Human (?)" species entry to Futo. They were human when they were children, but are becoming less and less so thanks to Okina's magic energy. What exactly's happening to them is anyone's guess, but they still retain their human personalities. In The Grimoire of Usami, Yukari explains them as being stuck in the space between human and youkai.
    • Lunarians. They're humans that moved to the moon to avoid kegare, so they no longer die of natural causes, but the profiles always list their species as "lunarian". All of the known ones are based on Shinto gods, which just makes things more confusing.
  • In Undertale, Sans the skeleton is a case of ambiguously monster: like his name supposes, he is a living skeleton, making him standout from the others, but while the underground counts many wacky monsters, he still is far different from them: he teleports constantly, seems to be able to stop time and breaks all the game's rules during his battle. Sans' death is as ambiguous as he is: when hit, an unexplained red liquid spills out (it may be blood, ketchup, or something else) and while every other character disappears in front of the player, he dies offscreen.
    • His brother Papyrus is another example: while he doesn't share his brother's powers, he is more aware of them than he lets pretend. Also, while all main monsters (even Flowey) have an explained origin, both of them come from nowhere and settled themselves in Snowdin, making them standout from the rest of the cast even more.
    • The Fallen Child/Chara fits too: Physically, they're identical to the player character, but seems to inhabit some sort of void in the game itself and has the ability to harness a human SOUL by bargaining for it.note  As one goes further and further into a Genocide Run, they seemingly take more and more agency away from Frisk (the player character) and the player themselves, leaving it up in the air exactly what they are if they have that sort of power over the game.
  • Vampyr: Usher Talltree physically resembles an normal Indian man in a turban, but possess an uncanny sense of knowledge about Jonathan and other Londoners and can actually No-Sell any Mesmerize attempts. These sort of abilities are unheard of in this established setting and Jonathan suspects that Usher might belong to some unique and exotic vampire subspecies. With that said, Usher can still be drained like any other civilian in the game.
  • Warframe: It takes a long time before we have any real idea of what the Tenno are. The warframes they use look like Powered Armor, Vor claims they are Energy Beings, Infested call them "our flesh", and there are hints in Codex entries of a strange Void accident. Turns out it's all of them. The original warframes were humans intentionally mutated by the Technocyte Plague into powerful forms, but went violently insane in the process. Separately, a ship was lost in the Void, and the children who survived gained strange powers, including existing in a state between matter and energy. Using a process known as Transference, the children controlled the warframes, becoming the Tenno.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has several characters like this. With the exception of Nopons, most of the characters are supposed to be human, even though several of them don’t really look like it. For example, Lanz looks like a Machina, and Eunie looks like a High Entia from the first game, and Mio looks like a Gormotti, and Sena looks like a Blade from the second game. And that’s just the main characters. The only characters part of the main cast who actually look like humans are Noah and Taion.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa:
    • Izuru Kamukura in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair started off as a normal student, but underwent a secret brain augmentation surgery meant to give him every single talent possible, making him a perfect genius and the ultimate hope for mankind. However, the procedure also suppressed any senses, emotions, thoughts, hobbies, and memories he had that could interfere with acquiring talent. His old identity and anything that made him human gone, he grew bored with life, fell into despair, and had a major hand in causing The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Event In Human History. His previous identity is later revealed to be Hajime Hinata.
    • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls piles on even more ambiguity about him with a scene when he rips through solid metal with his bare hands.
    • Then the anime adds more by showing that his light backhands can throw people into walls, and that he's so fast that he simply appears to teleport around the screen. He's also never shown eating or sleeping.
  • Hanyuu in Higurashi: When They Cry overall looks human but has horns on her head. She also spends most of the series as a Cute Ghost Girl, can switch between looking like a child and looking like an adult, and is a god. It's implied she is a human who turned into a god after being sacrificed by her daughter and that her horns are due to a genetic disorder.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies: Implied with the imposter Detective Fulbright a.k.a the phantom. He comes across as unsettlingly inhuman. He feels very few emotions though he fakes them well, is able to perform almost superhuman physical feats, and hides his identity under countless perfect masks. The "implied" part comes from Phoenix wondering if he's human anymore.

    Web Animation 
  • AstroLOLogy: Aries, Leo, Cancer, and Sagittarius all look human, but have less human-looking skin colors and retain some visual elements of their namesake creatures. With Sagittarius, it was less ambiguous in the older shorts, where she was more clearly a faun.
  • Chikn Nuggit introduces a Funny Animals version. While it's not as obvious as with Iscream, the couple of episodes that feature Cheezborger's hat being removed or messed with have some... odd implications regarding what kind of being she is.
  • In one episode of DEATH BATTLE!, it's suggested that Boomstick might've had an undead pirate as a father, but whether this was his biological father or one of his many stepfathers is unknown. Even if the former is true, what that would make him is uncertain. A later episode only muddies the waters further by hinting that he might be the son of Sarge from Red vs. Blue. Another later episode shows that he can use the Ghostly Wail on his friend Wiz, despite not being a ghost or halfa(as far as we know), which further complicates it.
  • Dr. Bob, host of an SCP Foundation-based series, appears to be a completely ordinary researcher at first glance. However, he seems to have no fear whatsoever of anomalous objects or entities, with most episodes ending in him dealing them in an utterly unsafe manner (for instance, petting a violent man-eating monster like a dog, or sitting down to watch a known cogitohazard) while politely asking viewers to subscribe. He's never been harmed, and several anomalous entities are shown being afraid of him. Additionally, his face is in shadow in all appearances.
  • Tom from Eddsworld. He was born to a pineapple father and a bowling ball mother, has empty sockets where his eyes should be and yet is able to see just fine and his hair has bones in it, can bleed and is at one point implied to have a mind of its own. Made even more confusing in the episode "Saloonatics", wherein Tom's revealed to have an ancestor (or possibly an ancestor) from the old west who looked just like him except with a normal eye and an eyepatch covering the other. Said ancestor, Sheriff Thompson, appears to be entirely human.
  • Many characters in the Homestar Runner cartoon seem vaguely human, but not exactly. Strong Bad is an interesting case, where it's implied that his wrestling mask and boxing gloves are actually his face and hands.
  • Qem-95: Qem is kinda invincible after surviving a burn that humans CAN'T survive. But how on earth can he really be human if he's a corpse of a dead man infused with magic from a golden anvil? Plus, he also has the infusion right where he likes to put tattoos.
  • RWBY:
    • Faunus resemble humans (except for animal attributes) and can breed with humans so it's possible that they're a Human Subspecies. The characters use the term "species" when referring to Faunus and humans, which suggests that they're different species who simply look alike, but they also use "humanity" to collectively refer to both humans and Faunus.
    • Then there's Salem. She looks like a woman, talks like one and acts human enough. She even identifies herself as "we" when referring to mankind in the first episode's introduction. However, she has unnatural white skin, purple veins over her face and arms, black sclera and glowing red eyes with vertical pupils. Her color scheme matches that of the Monsters of Grimm and she has the ability to talk to them and control them. She's also been around for thousands of years. One of the few characters who are aware of her in-universe admits they aren't sure what she is. "The Lost Fable" finally reveals that she was originally, human. The god of light granted her immortality as a punishment by dropping her into his Fountain of Life, so she eventually tried to commit suicide by diving into his brother, the god of darkness's, Pool of Oblivion, the same thing that the Grimm were spawned from. Not only did it fail to take away her immortality, it turned into...that and granted her a degree of power over the Grimm at the cost of becoming an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • The titular character of Salad Fingers by David Firth has green skin, a long skinny body, skinny limbs, and three fingers on each hand. You'd probably assume him to be a zombie at first glance, and he does have a shambling walk, but he's at the very least sapient. Apparently, he at least isn't a zombie. Though with the varying levels of intelligence of zombies in media, it's hard to say.

  • Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater is established early on to look very much not human, but it's never made clear whether he started that way or was twisted by all the evil magics he collects.
  • Dr. Man in Awful Hospital is immediately recognized as human by the protagonist, thankfully for a hospital where all the other inhabitants are sapient body parts, giant microorganisms, and living laboratory equipment. But he doesn't quite act like a human, particularly his Dissonant Serenity and "cheerfully emotionless" voice that changes only in volume when he gets mad. His diary references senses that humans don't (normally) have, and reveals even he isn't sure if he's a real human from Virginia or a thing that only thinks he's a real human from Virginia. That his full name is "Ichabod Malachi Man" (I. M. Man) just makes him more suspect.
  • The Nations from Hetalia: Axis Powers all appear human, but live for ridiculously long amounts of time (China is 4,000 years old and, by Word of God, immortal) and their physical age is tied to the military strength of the country they represent. Their "birth" consists of them randomly showing up in an area as a very small child, and most if not all of their family relations are Not Blood Siblings. Also, their physical wellbeing is directly affected by the status of their country (Spain is made ill by The Mafia in his country, Lichtenstein nearly starves to death when her country is in a depression, and Hungary is "freakishly strong" around the time when her country helped with the War of Austrian Succession).
  • Nate Jones from The Back o' Beyond; he has a liking for eating raw, not exactly fresh fish au naturel (which he recalls his father did, too, along with some other odd things about him) and possesses a Healing Factor.
  • Blue Moon Blossom: Are the two knights on the first page humanoid monsters like the rest of the citizenry, or are they more like the gray-beige humanoids seen at the bottom of the first page? The knights never remove their helmets (never mind that the first one has only appeared in the first panel as a Decoy Protagonist), and the art style is simple enough that it's hard to tell what's skin pigmentation and what's gloves or shoes.
  • El Goonish Shive: Noah's aura is apparently similar to Grace's, and the person commenting this also refers to his pigtails as "prehensile tendrils." His hair does look suspiciously similar to the antennae Ellen's half-human friend Archie had in her dreams. There is a lot of evidence that he might be a seyunolu beyond just his hair (which has been shown to be able to move of its own accord). Examples include that he values his relationship with Melissa for "physical warmth and comfort", another common trend in seyunolus, and his apparent lack of social exposure. It is also known that his parents were working at the lab that created Damian.
    Noah: Have you ever heard of a television show called The Simpsons?
    Elliot: I am aware of it.
  • Flaky Pastry: Marelle looks completely human except that she has cat-like ears poking out of her hair. She denies being a catgirl, though, and gets quite irritated when people call her that.
  • Mrs. Fork from The Forks With Spiky Hands looks far more human than her husband, but she also looks very different from the definite humans in the comic, eats and cooks nothing but cupcakes, has a torture dungeon, and frequently acts rather strange. The ambiguity about what she is only gets played up further in the web series, in which her pregnancy cravings include grilled scorpion and roses.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Jones looks human but can take a sword to the face with no injury, has superhuman reflexes, strength, and speed, and sinks like a rock in water. Chapter 40 reveals that she was present at the formation of Earth in her current shape and that she is completely opaque to X-rays, but nothing else. Jones herself has no idea what she is.
    • Played with in the chapter "Totem", where the lab technician responsible for growing human bodies for transitioning fairies and animals looks to be this trope (given her yellow eyes with vertical slit pupils and her prominent buck teeth), but she insists she's from Cardiff, not the forest.
  • Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name:
  • Parodied in I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!! wherein it is revealed that lesbians are this. A long and complex story is told off-screen to explain how come the protagonist doesn't have the lesbian antennae, nobody tries to explain when it turns out that lesbians exist in all other species also.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons is so chock full of bizarre background characters, sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you're looking at a demon, a humanoid alien, or an exotic human variant from an alternative universe.
  • Throughout all of minus., the eponymous omnipotent character never receives a backstory, resulting in this effect. She does have parents, but they are only voices from off-panel, and it isn't clear whether those parents have supernatural powers as well, or whether they are normal humans despite their daughter's powers. It isn't even clear whether minus is actually the age she appears to be, or whether she is a lot older but deliberately avoided growing up.
  • The Senkari look like humans, but...
  • The main cast of Sinfest is composed of Winged Humanoid angels, horned and tailed devils, humans, a Funny Animal pig, and various deities... and the Bible-thumping Seymour, who is a cartoon "Smiley" face on a humanoid body and whose species is never quite clarified. Even more strangely, when exposed to the Reality Zone, which adds detail to humans, turns Squigly into a normal pig, and destroys fantastic creatures, Seymour remains a cartoon. What is he?!
  • Sister Catherine from Sister Claire seems human enough. But look closer. She's drawn differently than the other human characters. A lither body, angular eyes...on occasion you can actually spot some Cute Little Fangs. All of this is related to the comic's obsession with a certain species of animal...
  • Sette Frummagem from Unsounded is a human with a lion's tail, sharp teeth, an inhumanly acute sense of smell that can even detect magic, and no nipples or navel. She also hasn't aged physically for the last few years, at an age when she really should. Some people — including her — question whether she's really her father's daughter, and her mother is a completely unknown quantity. She can also manipulate the structure of the Khert with her hands, which just plain shouldn't be possible.

    Web Original 
  • Sherry Paie on NoPixel speaks in a Machine Monotone, and given some of the strange things she's said about herself, she may or may not be a robot, cyborg, alien, or combination of the three.
  • Phaeton has the Libran Blueprint from which many, many races start. Humans, or Adams as aliens call them, are only now starting to deviate from the blueprint.
  • Pretending to Be People has a few examples.
  • One of the narrators of Tall Tales is Benedict de Monte, who appears human but has been referenced in-story as something different and shown abilities such as stepping into the metaphysical realm and boiling poison out of his blood.

    Web Videos 
  • It isn't clear what Captain Disillusion is supposed to be. He at least looks part human but he also looks robotic as well.
  • Something seems off about Fegelein in Hitler Rants. While he looks and acts human, the fact that he can survive and/or come back from just about anything, combined with how downright bizarre many of his antics are, raises some serious questions...
  • Minecraft Diaries includes the Shadow Knights, deceased warriors reincarnated in the Nether (which is basically Hell). According to Vylad, a Shadow Knight himself, they aren’t really human, but they’re not really not human either-where exactly the line has remained super vague.
  • Post-comeback, there's been a few references to The Nostalgia Critic not being human and more like a zombie.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Niko is probably human. Word of God says she is from a destroyed colony, but was taken in by the Circle of Thought. Still, it's never said if she's human or humanoid, given no other humans in-series have any psionic abilities like she does.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Simon Petrikov, more commonly known as the Ice King, started as human but has been warped physically and mentally from centuries of exposure to an Artifact of Doom, and it isn't clear how much, if any, of his humanity remains.
    • Marceline is a vampire now, but what she was before was not originally certain. We saw early on that her father was a demon, but all the powers she's exhibited are vampiric in nature, and what we see of her as a child show her to be an ordinary little girl, albeit with slightly pointed ears and greyish skin, which aren't unusual in modern-day Ooo. It's eventually clarified that she's half-human, half-demon, with her demon half allowing her to absorb the essence of the vampires she hunted as a teenager. She only became a vampire when one of her prey managed to bite her as he was dying.
    • The episode "Be More" reveals Moe, the original creator of B-MO, who has apparently been alive since before humanity disappeared from the continent. When Finn excitedly asks if he's human, he replies "My skin is!" Currently he seems to be a Cyborg; he has several MO units visibly attached to his body that seemingly take the place of vital organs.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has various in-series media portraying live-action humans, but a few of the animated characters shown in person also appear to be human rather than Funny Animals. If there's any difference between the two besides appearance, it's not remotely addressed.
    • The students and staff of Richwood High (besides Sarah, who transferred out) clearly look human, but all of them and the school itself are considered far weirder than the non-human cast even in-universe. They specifically look like humans in a cartoon from the 1980s, with appropriately jerky, error-prone animation, and act like delusional Karate Kid-reject. Even stranger, the crowd members in the stadium are drawn as flat, ummoving cutouts because they actually are flat cutouts who never move. Then one figures out they can move, turning him into a three-dimensional person capable of regular movement, albeit still animated in jerky 2D.
    • Clare Cooper is a student of Elmore Junior High and essentially human-looking. However, her design is stylized enough to blend in with the rest of the student body, even sharing artistic elements common to regular characters like Fingerless Hands and a lack of nose. Her father is even more human-looking, as he has a nose and regular hair color. No one treats them as being out-of-the-ordinary.
    • Santa Claus looks like a stylized human (except when he had amnesia and looked more like a hairy Cartoon Creature), but he's traditionally been portrayed as a human, elf, or fairy. The show does not specify which. He also seems to actually live at the North Pole, while every other character lives inside of Elmore.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Baloney the Dinosaur, an obvious Take That! towards Barney the Dinosaur, is the main character of a Show Within a Show. Although he's shown to have stitches and seams that suggest he's wearing a costume, his face moves like that of a living creature and there is no indication his changing back and forth from being a stuffed animal is a special effect. Since his appearances are mostly just to mock what he's based on, it's not specified if he is indeed a man in a costume that happens to have a very Expressive Mask or he really is some kind of magical dinosaur.
    • Katie Ka-Boom's ability to transform into a monster when angered is meant to be a metaphor for either All Periods Are PMS or Bratty Teenage Daughter. However, in-universe, we are never given an explanation to what she is or why she actually has this ability. The comics reveal she has a cousin with the same monstrous power she does, showing it is at least hereditary.
  • Archer is ostensibly human, but on a show that generally averts or deconstructs Amusing Injuries he's survived being shot 31 times, being in an explosion which Jakov claims no one could survive, getting mangled in a car crash, drinking broken glass, and being in the air vents for 2 days without water while the furnace was turned up to 90, most of which didn't even seem to cause him any pain. He's also almost impossibly strong, in one episode throwing a serving platter with enough force to draw blood and knock a man out and knock Edie Poovey out with one punch, something that even Barry, whose strength is explicitly superhuman, couldn't manage. He also displays the ability to talk to and understand animals, but whether he actually understands them or just jumps to conclusions is unclear.
  • Mayor Torbo (whose name sounds Scandinavian) from The Bagel and Becky Show looks human, but has a green skin complexion, and gets around an ISO Standard Human Spaceship. The show says that he's alien, but it's unclear if he's a Human Alien, a Starfish Alien taking A Form You Are Comfortable With or just a human with some alien powers.
  • The Batman:
    • Penguin's Bodyguard Babes the Kabuki Twins. While they, for the most part, look like costumed human women and have human names ("Gale" and "Peri"; though their names aren't used in-series), there is evidence that suggests that they are not human. They are mostly silent (what vocal noises they do make are unintelligible whispers), they are never seen without their masks and red catsuits, they have Wolverine Claws protruding from their hands instead of fingers, move strangely and survive things that humans probably can't. They are never outright stated to be human and some fans believe that they are either robots or mutant human-like birds.
    • Blask Mask as well. While he does speak and he has human hands, his "mask" cannot be removed, he has no traceable DNA and his real name from the comics (Roman Sionis) is never used.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: The Scarecrow started out on the show as a man clearly wearing a mask as part of a scarecrow outfit and was seen unmasked numerous times. In The New Batman Adventures, the BTAS characters were redesigned, with Scarecrow receiving the most dramatic redesign, looking like a zombified preacher and was never seem out of costume. Even the producers aren't entirely sure whether he is wearing a costume.
  • Batman Beyond has Shriek's lackey Ollie. He has pale skin, purple hair, pointed ears, and black sclera, but it isn't stated whether or not his unusual appearance is because he's an alien or if he's partaken in "splicing".
  • The Librarian from the Big City Greens episode "Quiet Please" (a Whole-Plot Reference to A Quiet Place) is strangely snake-like in appearance, has superhuman speed and hearing, occasionally runs on all-fours, can crawl up walls like a spider, and never takes off her glasses. Which emote as if they were her eyes (and might very well be), which none of the other characters have. And while her green skin wouldn't raise too many eyebrows initially, given most of the character have pastel skin, she has a specific shade of green not present on most characters.
  • Biker Mice from Mars has Lawrence Limburger's minions Dr. Karbunkle and Greasepit. Both of them look for the most part like humans, but the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Mars" reveals that they have aided their Plutarkian boss ever since he was still on Mars, which implies that they may be Human Aliens. The 2006 revival lampshades this in the episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth", where the Catatonian scientist Dr. Catorkian asks Karbunkle if he is human and Karbunkle replies with "Of course I am...I think."
  • In Bonkers, it can be difficult to distinguish between human and toon since some of the human characters have bizarre or exaggerated appearances and the entire thing is animated, unlike its inspiration Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command takes place in a galaxy full of all sorts of alien-looking races, most of which are identified by name if a significant enough character is a member. Buzz himself, however, is never specifically called "human", his home planet is never identified, and he never removes the purple "cloth" over the back of his head, even in civilian clothes — for all we know, it could actually be part of his head.
  • CatDog has the ironically named Mr. Sunshine, a green-skinned humanoid who speaks in a slow, languid voice. The ambiguity of his species is lampshaded in one episode when Rancid Rabbit starts arresting everyone for not having "licenses". (Dog doesn't have a "dog license", Lola doesn't have a "bird license", etc.) When he captures Sunshine, he says, "You're under arrest for not having a... not having a... not having a license!"
  • Jungle Jitters, one of the Censored Eleven, features a village of African stereotypes, led by an elderly white woman. However, she lacks a nose and her face has a sort of bird-like look.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Quite a few characters (especially villains) have bizarre appearances and abilities but are never stated to be anything other than human. Then again, the show apparently takes place in a very strange Alternate Universe.
    • The original Grand Finale shows Numbuh 74.239 and Numbuh Infinity were agents for the Galactic Kids Next Door, an extraterrestrial organization, but doesn't specify if they're aliens themselves or one of a few human members. Years later, the GKND teaser would show the former at least was a Plant Alien in disguise.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Major Glory, a Composite Character parody of Captain America and Superman appears human and the show's wiki claims he is human, but has Eye Beams, Super Speed (demonstrated in a Flashback in "Say Uncle Sam") and his father is Uncle Sam, the spirit of the United States, who seems to be Really 700 Years Old. Whether he actually is a Half-Human Hybrid in canon is never confirmed.
    • The Infraggable Krunk, a HULK MASH!-Up, appears human aside from his purple skin tone, but he doesn't have a human form to revert back to unlike Bruce Banner. Whether he really is human or a human-like species has not been confirmed by the creators.
    • Commander, who only appears in "Dial M For Monkey", a Captain Ersatz of Nick Fury from Marvel Comics, appears human, but only ever appears inside a television and never in-person. In the episode "Huntor" he had said that his television set was about to be dropped into the lava rather than his human body; since the Commander indicated that he would die if that happened, it would seem to be true that he is an image projected by the television instead of a real human being. But, that may have been a throwaway gag for the sake of one episode. Whether he really is human is not known.
  • Drawn Together, much like Bonkers, is unclear about what the distinction is between cartoon humans and "regular" humans. Of the main characters, Captain Hero, Spanky, Wooldoor, and Ling-Ling are clearly not human; where Princess Clara, Foxxy, Xandir, and Toot lie is unclear. All of them look and are treated like humans, but all of them have special powers relating to what genre of cartoon they come from.
  • There are suggestions that Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy might be more than the human child she appears to be. She's far more physically and mentally capable than the average kid, and her smiles have the power to distort reality. Also she lacks a visible nose.
  • Inspector Gadget: Dr. Claw is never shown on screen, only his gloved hands. Even then, we don't know if they're gloves or mechanical parts. While the live-action films and his toy show a human-looking man, the cartoon is more ambiguous, especially with the deep, guttural voice he speaks in. While other cartoons do show he has family, including a very human-looking nephew, this doesn't necessarily mean he is or was human.
  • Ms. Bitters, the "skool"-teacher on Invader Zim. She looks like an old woman, yet she can hover, twist her body like a snake, pass through walls and is burned by the sun. She also has a Multiple-Choice Past, and none of these stories makes any sense. One of the creators is on record as saying she's non-human, but her exact nature is never exactly qualified.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Daolong Wong appears to be a very human sorceror. However, it's established he's very old, older than uncle. Furthermore, an episode involving the astral projection shows that inside him are some kind of screaming ghost-like entities.
  • There's some debate over whether Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes is human. She and Jimmy are the only two human-shaped citizens of Miseryville, but given that only Jimmy is hinted to be a Fish out of Water, some fans wonder. With her occasionally slithering movements, one popular Epileptic Tree is that she's a naga (we never see her feet), though it has been shown she has two appendages under her dress. Officially, Word of God is that she's "a bit of a shapeshifter", but even that's still kinda mysterious.
  • The Manji from the animated Jumanji series were a whole tribe of Ambiguously Human Malevolent Masked Men. One character outright questions if they are people when she first sees them, Alan replies simply that they are 'Manji'. The giant masks that are treated as their faces are big enough that there could or could not be a humanoid head behind them. No one knows.
  • Voltar from League of Super Evil could easily be mistaken for a very short human in a costume, given that his teammates are definite humans. However, he never willingly takes off his helmet (even when he's bathing or changing clothes), which possesses large black eyes with glowing yellow pupils that are still there the few times his helmet is taken off by others (although he wears a Brown Bag Mask with eyeholes when this happens). This has led a few to speculate that, combined with his short statue and pale skin (seen whenever his suit is off), he may in fact be an alien.
  • Madeline: Marie from "Madeline's Christmas" somehow lets the relatives appear at the school despite a blizzard, and uses a strange, but apparently delicious, sort of porridge to cure Madeline's schoolmates, Dr. Cone, and the mouse of their colds. She appears human, and there don't seem to be any non-human humanoids in the series, but the angel decoration at the top of the Christmas tree resembles Marie, which has led to speculation that Marie is an angel. She could also be a human mage, as one of the books features a magician, but what she really is is left a mystery.
  • Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus appears to be human, but has strange abilities and is heavily implied to be older than she looks. A common joke in the fandom is that she's a Time Lord.
  • A lot of the cast of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack are bizarre-looking, but Captain K'nuckles really looks inhuman: his body is approximately popsicle-shaped and his head is blue-gray except the nose and torso, with the rest of his body parts being either wooden replacements. Despite this, he himself has said he's a human being.
  • The witches from Meg and Mog are probably humans, except that their skin is perfectly white, while everybody else's is pink or brown.
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, a Running Gag is that one of title character's teachers, Kyle Drako, is Ambiguously Vampiric — he's an Eerie Pale Skinned Brunet with a widow's peak, has a vaguely Eastern European accent, only goes in the sun with some sort of covering, etc. Chad is convinced that he's a vampire, though Melissa is skeptical.
  • The New Adventures of Jonny Quest features Maximilian Dragna in "Warlord of the Sky." He has a very grotesque, almost reptilian appearance, with More Teeth than the Osmond Family, sagging face folds, no visible nose, solid green eyes with large lashes and a full head and beard of snow white hair. Dr. Quest recognizes him, though, so he is a known figure. Possibly he is human but merely deformed or mutated in some way.
  • There are two distinct humanoid races on the Boiling Isles in The Owl House: Witches (which look near identical to humans save for their pointy ears) and Biped Demons (which tend to be a lot more monstrous in appearance). Boscha has a third eye, but is otherwise human looking in head and body, implying she could be a genetic offshoot of the former or some sort of hybrid.
    • There are two other examples regarding actual humans, but both are spoilers for the last quarter of Season 2:
      • Emperor Belos is in reality Philip Wittebane, a human who fashioned himself as a witch to eventually wipe out all life on the Boiling Isles as he is repulsed by witches due to religious propaganda convincing him they're Always Chaotic Evil. Centuries of abusing magic and consuming Palismen has left him a Transhuman Abomination made of green sludge who can barely maintain a human form, and it's ambiguous whether anything actually human remains.
      • Hunter is a Grimwalker created as a Replacement Goldfish for what is heavily implied to be Belos' brother, making it unclear if he's a powerless witch or a human made to look like a witch.
  • In Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, most of the cast consists of either spheroid Pac-Man-like characters (called "Pac-Worlders") or ghosts. Ghoulasha the witch, however, looks like a regular human witch.
  • While Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero features a lot of oddball creatures, every human character is recognizably human. Except Rippen, who has greenish skin and red eyes. Phyllis also once claimed to be over a thousand years old. As it turns out, Rippen is from a different dimension and Phyllis is some sort of a Cosmic Entity.
  • Peppa Pig has Mr. Potato and a few of what appear to be other talking fruit and vegetables. But are they really Anthropomorphic Food or are they animals in costumes? They could also be humans in costumes, but the only two known humans on the show are the Queen and Santa.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water took place on "the alien world of Mer" which was populated by many nonhuman humanoid creatures, as well as a more common type of ambiguous human (or Human Aliens?) with distinct slanted eyes. What species the Pirate Lord Bloth belonged to was similarly ambiguous, considering his immense size, blue skin, and unusual facial features. Most of Bloth's pirate crew was similarly humanoid but probably not human, though ambiguous cases like Konk and Mantis did exist.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • The Gangreen Gang all have lime-green skin, and three of the five have other physical anomalies (most alarmingly, sweeping away Billy's bangs shows he is a Cyclops). It's never specified it they're humanoid monsters, mutants, or weird-looking teenage boys.
    • Sedusa looks human except for the Prehensile Hair and a nearly invisible nose, though it's never said whether or not she is.
    • The titular characters. They were created in a lab, have superpowers, and have no noses, fingers, or toes. Their big eyes are odd but apparently normal humans can have them too. According to The Powerpuff Girls (2016) Soft Reboot, the girls are at least eight but still look five, implying they age slowly.
  • Primal (2019): Since their only appearance thus far is the drawing in the dirt Mira made, we're given no clue if "The Scorpion" is a person wearing a horned helmet or some kind of humanoid monster with large horns. Considering the world Spear and Fang live in, both are plausible.
  • The Color Kids in Rainbow Brite look like human children at first glance but are actually tiny when compared to a normal ten year old like Bryan. They also have unusual hair colors and similarly unusual names like "Red Butler" and "Shy Violet". There are no adults supervising them and there are some implications they're Older than They Look. Rainbow Brite herself was originally a human orphan named "Wisp" who saved the kingdom and became "Rainbow Brite", but it's unknown if the other children are of similar origin or if they're native to the land.
  • The title characters of Rainbow Rangers have surreal hair colors, which match their eyes, and magic powers. Not to mention they're not from Earth.
  • Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty has Ryan O'Brian, a character who is a Leprechaun and identified as such In-Universe, but he is human-sized with green skin and not the traditional small-sized helium-voiced type, although he has abilities that a leprechaun normally has in addition to human abilities (except for the Jackass Genie behavior of a leprechaun). But he doesn't have the weakness to wrought iron, and it's questionable whether he's really human, or a Half-Human Hybrid but this is never stated in the show itself, and for all intents and purposes, he's treated as a leprechaun.
  • Regular Show has Muscle Man and Starla. They look more humanoid than anyone else in the regular cast (possibly except for Eileen, who has been identified as a mole), but they have got green skin.
    • Pops has a human-like appearance, but a lollipop-like shape. He's eventually revealed to be an alien.
  • Ruby Gloom is the most human-like character in a cast consisting otherwise of monsters and creepy creatures. However, her abnormally pale white skin has led some to doubt if she really is a Token Human. A popular fan theory points to her love of sewing and what look like stitches under her eyes as proof that she might in fact be some kind of sentient ragdoll, but the series never confirms this.
    • Misery from the same series is equally puzzling. She is the second most human-like character in the series, but has unusual, grey, corpse-like skin and is implied to be Older than They Look or even Really 700 Years Old on several occasions. Popular fanon states that she's a banshee, but nothing in the series ever confirms this.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • There are several people who have rather unnatural skin colors like blue or grey, but whether they are aliens who resemble humans or humans with different skin color due to the thousands of years of interacting with aliens in unclear. The first three citizens Jack meets, Homeslice, Cole Lampkin and Brobot, seem human enough that Jack isn't set off by their appearances. This was before he encountered the less human-looking denizens of the future and realized he was sent through time.
    • The blind archers that Jack encountered early in his journey look remarkable off when they are freed from their curse. They have necks as long as their torsos and lack ears on their extremely round heads. Even in Season 5, which is set 50 years later, they live with a race not that different from them and haven't aged.
    • The Cult of Aku appear human, at least the seven daughters, but they are never seen unmasked. The High Priestess likely was human before she drank a sample of Aku's essence and gave birth to her daughters.
  • V.V. Argost in The Secret Saturdays, who is actually a Yeti.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Krusty the Clown leaves a lot of fans guessing. This ambiguity was evident in the very beginning, in the Tracey Ullman shorts, when Bart insists that Krusty is a "real" clown and not "just a guy in clown makeup." In the episode "Krusty Gets Busted", we see him out of makeup and with normal-sized feet. And in the episode that informs us of his Jewish heritage, Krusty has a perfectly human father and is clearly human (if somewhat weird-looking) as a little boy. So case closed, right? Think again. Subsequent episodes had Krusty pointing to his face and (seriously?) saying: "This ain't makeup!" and referring to his "grotesque appearance," though this is strongly suggested to be the result of one of his multiple heart attacks. And in the episode "Bart the Fink", Bart and Lisa find him hiding out as a "normal" man with yellow skin named "Rory B. Bellows"...who in due course leaps into the water and leaves yellow paint behind, revealing his (real?) whitened clown face underneath! On the other hand, Krusty's (biological) daughter Sophie is undeniably human (albeit with clown-like hair), as is Sophie's (single) mother. It's really hard to square all this. Perhaps Krusty was adopted, and his "father" made him up to look like a human boy. And maybe Sophie is some other man's daughter after all.
    • Krusty's rival Gabbo (from the "Krusty Gets Kancelled" episode) is another creature who is hard to categorize. He can move about independently of the ventriloquist he's supposedly a dummy to, and appears to have a personality completely distinct from the ventriloquist as well — even to the point that the ventriloquist can't control what he does. Yes, he has pale, waxy skin and hinge-lines on his jaws — but those could just be makeup. And he is very small — but he could just be a midget. On the other hand, his lips flap up and down in a very inhuman manner and a newspaper announces that he's having a "real-boy operation." Just what is he?
    • Charles Montgomery Burns. It's pretty suspicious that he can take a bullet in the chest from a gun fired by Maggie Simpson and survive, especially considering his age. He also brags about his "strong, sharp teeth" and threatens to "club [people] and eat their bones"...and when, in the episode that had him dating Marge's mother, she told him "You are the Devil himself!", Burns became very angry and defensive ("What?! Who told you — ") before realizing she was speaking metaphorically.
    • In the episode "The Sweetest Apu", Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon considers divorcing her adulterous husband and goes to see a very bizarre lawyer with bug eyes and elf-like facial features. Sure, he looks perfectly human if you're far away or looking at him from the back. But he acts so crazy and evil that he makes Manjula ill at ease, and she remarks that he reminds her of legends of demented monkey-men from her native India. As she is leaving his office, the lawyer bellows in a booming voice: "WHEN WILL YOU HUMANS LEARN?!" — but it's a pretty easy voice to fake, so it could be the lawyer is just a very ugly, very psychopathic human.
    • The old, green-skinned Chinese man who sells Homer the cursed Krusty doll in one of the Halloween specials. It's possible he's wearing green makeup, but...why?
    • Homer himself. One Season 1 episode had Homer get plastered in mud, which resulted in him being mistaken for Bigfoot. He is taken in for scientific examination, and after cleaning of the mud and a series of extensive studies, the conclusion was that he may or may not be human.
    • On the subject of Krusty, there's also "Handsome Pete," a little person with a head that looks like a distorted version of Krusty's clown face, who was used as a one-off gag.
    • One episode strongly suggests that Hans Moleman belongs to a subterranean race of mole people. Hans himself has a habit of surviving the various mishaps that apparently kill him, like being rammed off the road by Homer or having an ether-intoxicated Mister Burns drill into his skull.
  • Skysurfer Strike Force: It's never stated whether Cerina is a Bio-Borg like her father and the rest of the villains, or just the Token Human. She lacks any non-human features and any combat she does requires skill in hand-to-hand with no power or abilities whatsoever.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy look human, breathe underwater, speak to animals, and are implicitly really small compared to other humans because they're similar in size to the small sea creatures that live in Bikini Bottom (though Mermaid Man does have a Shrink Ray, the inconsistent scale of the Bikini Bottomites compared to humans doesn't help). They don't look like Neptune and the other merpeople either.
    • Man Ray, a member of their Rogues Gallery, raises even more questions. Much about his anatomy appears human, but the costume he's wearing doesn't allow any glimpse of what's underneath. He's bigger than Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, but not as large as any of the confirmed humans. Perhaps the biggest point of contention is his head. It looks like a mask, but is very expressive. At the end of his debut episode, he was able to remove it entirely without any ill effects, showing he had No Face Under the Mask, and leaving it unclear as to whether it's his real head.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The title character is explicitly a Half-Human Hybrid between human and Gem, but how human or non-human that makes him is uncertain. He mostly seems like a regular flesh and blood human with his mother's gem in his stomach, but he can shapeshift and fuse. "So Many Birthdays" shows that his physical age is somewhat dependent on his state of mind and not just his actual chronological age, with Word of God confirming that his effectively makes him immortal. Early on, he seems no more physically able than an average human child, but as the show progresses he displays Super Strength and Super Toughness with increasing frequency — and it's not clear when that started. And he can use gem Magitek, which is explicitly impossible for non-Gems, but again it isn't certain whether that's him or "just" his mother's gem. The Season 5 finale shows that pulling out his gem will separate his gem and human halves. His human half acts the same, but weakens and will probably die soon if not reunited. His gem half, which still looks and sounds like Steven, is physically fine, but seems emotionless, amoral, and completely focused on combining back together.
    • Onion acts and looks extremely strange (he seems to have no ears for starters), which causes Steven to question if he's human, as seen in the page quote. Onion's humanity appears to be confirmed when he shows Steven a graphic video of Vidalia giving birth to him in "Onion Friend", but Steven is still unsure, and places Onion into a category of his own in "Reunited". ("Dearly beloved gems, humans, lions big and small, living gourds, Onion...").Onion also doesn't visibly age, keeping his appearance after the Time Skip when other young characters hadn't, which the show's creator refused to explain, which only added to the recurring meme in the fandom is that Onion is some kind of superpowerful alien or supernatural being.
    • Lars Barriga was born a normal human, but died on Homeworld early in Season 5 and was revived by Steven in a process that gave him Lion's pink coloring and powers. By extension, it can be assumed that Lion was once a normal lion who died but was revived by Rose Quartz. Word of God says that Lars has all the same powers as Lion (even if he hasn't found out how to use them), and while the two are not outright immortal, they will age very slowly compared to other members of their respective species. Whether or not Lars can still be considered human at all is debatable.
  • Superjail!:
    • The Warden most definitely looks human, but has magical powers and, according to the two-parter Season 1 finale "Time Police", is Older than They Look.
    • Although Lord Stingray appears to be a normal human man beneath the costume (the fact he never removes his Expressive Mask aside), Christy Karacas teased fans with the remark: "Who says he's even human?"
  • Members of the Galactic Guardian Group in Sym-Bionic Titan look human and are based in Earth, but have technology much more advanced and aesthetically different than anyone's else from earth. Their technology and one of their high-ranking member's fighting style are revealed to be Gallalunan. At the very least their actual leader, the mysterious figure Solomon talks to, is from Gallaluna (and may be Lance's Disappeared Dad who went into a spacewarp).
  • The Federation in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) has fairly human looking members such as General Blanque and Lonae, but the fact Earth is a low technology backwater and not even aware of the Federation is actually a plot point. Maybe the aliens who experimented on Agent Bishop decided to clone up a race of humans from his DNA.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Jinx for all intentions looks human, however she has pink hair, pink eyes, and grey skin and how she has her bad luck powers is unexplained.
    • It's uncertain whether Killer Moth is wearing a costume or has actually somehow mutated into a human/moth hybrid. He has a completely human-looking daughter, so he was probably human at some point (assuming she's his biological child, of course). In the comics and in one of the animated Batman series, he is both: formerly an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who merely dressed as a moth, he was mutated (by Deal with the Devil in the comics, by the Penguin's chemical weapons in the series) into a gigantic humanoid moth with a taste for human flesh.
    • Kitten's ex boyfriend Fang is a teenager with a spider for a head. Not a spider's head, an entire giant spider for a head on an otherwise human body. How exactly this happened and whether he is a human or some kind of alien is left unanswered.
  • Uncle Grandpa looks human and is the most humanoid of the main characters, yet frequently demonstrates powers that make no sense for a human to have and which other humans on the show don't have, claims in one episode to be older than Mr. Gus, who has been around since before humans evolved, and "Space Emperor" shows that there is at least one alien who looks identical to him aside from the colour of his moustache. "Christmas Special" confirms that he's the same species as Santa Claus, which doesn't really help.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Red Death has blood-red skin, glowing yellow eyes, and a Skull for a Head. Obviously, he's not fully human now, but whether he ever was a human and if there's any humanity left in him is decidedly ambiguous. His age is also rather odd, in that he's said to be quite old (having been an active villain for well over twenty years by the time of the series), but he has a young wife and a daughter in grade school. Whatever's the deal with him, it's genetic, since his daughter looks just like him.
    • Doctor Henry Killinger certainly looks like a tubby middle-aged guy wearing a black outfit and a facemask, but he has undefined—yet clearly immense—supernatural and magical powers. It's never been defined what he is; Doctor Orpheus's attempts to figure him out only earned him a Psychic Nosebleed for his troubles. "All This and Gargantua-2" suggests him to be some variety of higher power, and that he has brothers who take the names of Greek wind deities, but that's about it.
  • In Villainous, Flug seems mostly human (although the paper bag over his head does leave a little bit of wiggle room), 5.0.5. is a genetically engineered bear, and Black Hat appears to be some sort of Humanoid Abomination. The ambiguous one is Dementia, the fourth character: she appears human, but can crawl on walls like a gecko and a blueprint of her is shown briefly at one point.
  • Princess Demurra and Brad Starlight from Wander over Yonder are clearly Disney Prince/ss parodies. But their lack of noses and Dremurra's exceedingly exaggerative traits make it hard to tell if it's the show's style or alien anatomy; considering that every race is a unique looking alien and Hater, a skeleton, has a hole for a nose.
  • In The Wizard of Oz (1933), the titular wizard has Pointy Ears and magical powers. It's never explained that he is from America like Dorothy, thus making it ambiguous whether he's a normal human or a member of an Oz-specific Human Subspecies.
  • Xavier: Renegade Angel: Xavier's parents look and act like humans, but their son is a Cartoon Creature.
  • Young Justice: This iteration of Mercy Graves is a cyborg, and it's not clear just how much of her is human. She takes far more damage than the average human, never says a single word, and follows Lex Luthor with little to no emotion. On the other hand, she does bleed.


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Considering his nature and the nature of the Bureau, it's hard to say whether Ahti is an extra-dimensional being or just a bit crazy.

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