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Would the green blobs from X-Com Apocalypse count?
Well like, they are colonies of microscopic (single celled?)organisms, they can act independently but usually live inside the bloodstream of a host species and control them via psionic powers. Are those starfishy enough?
These sound like an alien version of human parasites. I would not list them under this trope, but that's me.
They are parasites but they can also act independently; when they do, they look like large green blobs. They're also intelligent and parasitize much more than just humans. In fact, when the game begins they are controlling an entire species of aliens, not humans.
Is it okay if we add a Urban Legends/Folklore/Mythology section? Because I think Moth-man would definitely fit the trope description, there's just no folder to put him in right now
... huh? How does Mothman fit the description at all?
Not that anything is known of its biology, but there's no reason to believe it's really starfish-y.
EDIT: Double post.
"both tropes have some overlap"
Does this parenthesized phrase in the last paragraph of the description refer to this trope having an overlap ONLY w/ Eldritch Abomination? In which case, I'd prefer "The two have ...".*
Or does it mean that this trope overlaps both Our Monsters Are Weird and Eldritch Abomination? That would seem to be true, but if so, that would require more delicate rewriting. And it would leave me wondering why not also Bizarre Alien Biology.
Huh! Meant to make a pseudo-footnote, not a bulleted 'graf. Sorry!
so no one gets the wrong idea Takwin
and I have been communicating via pms about the entry and got it sorted out.
For a trope that's allegedly about really weird aliens, it has some pretty harsh restrictions on the weirdness. Apparently aliens don't qualify if they don't have a language or culture, and they have to sleep, eat and reproduce.
So, is there a trope for the TRULY different alien species? Because apparently it's not this one.
The Trope is for weird intelligent aliens.
If your looking something like with the Xenomorphs from Aliens
Listed at the bottom of the blurb.
Cut this from the Chanur Novels list:
The stsho look like humans, even though their psychology and physiology is very different, so they aren't Rubber Forehead Aliens.
Shouldn't be H. P. Lovecraft mentioned in the article? He used the description "starfish aliens" in At the Mountains of Madness (as is also indicated in the Literature section in the examples.) That was written in 1931, so I think it was probably the first and therefore is a trope namer.
I would like to add it to the article. May I? :)
Factual edits of this nature are always permitted, as long as they don't make the description run on too long or constitute a major revision to the article.
Removed for obvious reasons:
It does seem, however, that people seem to take any species with "some elements of serious weirdness" as an example of this trope. I think I'll go and delete much of the Real Life section now.
Am I the only one who finds it odd that the picture for this trope depicts aliens with such recognizable features as necks, hands, fingers, heads, eyes, mouths and teeth?
I don't have any replacement picture to offer, but I'm sure there are some to be found.
EDIT: Oh, "Some resemblance to living things with which we are familiar." Never mind.
We have a forum for discussion of page images. This image was already settled on via this method, so any changes would have to go in a new discussion. Someone already got banned for arbitrarily editing the image.
Does this trope name have anything to do with the starfish aliens in "Warning from Space?" (Daiei Studios, 1956.) They were aliens. And they were starfish-y. If it does, should we give credit? Or put the original movie and its attendant tropes up? It's a fun movie and deserves a little love.
The Trope Namer is Richard Dawkins, who joked that starfish, urchins, etc. must be aliens because of how strange they are.
Can someone please tell me what the page picture is of? It's adorable!
Looks like it is cropped from an original artwork by Michael Dashow. See the next to last item in his website.
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How well does it match the trope?