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What Will Aliens Look Like When They Finally Show Up?  

Brent Sprecher
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List Rules Vote up the creatures you'd most warmly welcome as your new alien overlords.

Aliens: do they exist? And more importantly, what do they look like? Some scientists think they could resemble people, while others theorize they could be machines. There's another possibility, too: they could look like sci fi aliens. The creative minds in Hollywood have populated TV shows and movies with a vast menagerie of aliens, from the nightmare-inducing to the downright adorable.

If Earth is going to be invaded, it's important to consider what time of extraterrestrial leader you'd want. Maybe you prefer your masters to be collected and logical, like the Vulcans on Star Trek. If cuddly aliens are more your thing, Wookiees and Asogians are both represented here. And then there are the more hostile creatures. The Xenomorphs from Alien and Harvesters from Independence Day aren't exactly peaceful, but they sure know how to get things done.

Check out this list of different kinds of aliens in film and on TV, and vote up the creatures you would most warmly welcome as your new alien overlords.

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Na'vi From 'Avatar'
Na'vi From 'Avatar' is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Will Aliens Look Like When They Finally Show Up?
Photo:  20th Century Fox

"We have an indigenous population of humanoids called the Na'vi. They're fond of arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stop your heart in one minute - and they have bones reinforced with naturally occurring carbon fiber. They are very hard to kill." - Col. Quaritch (Avatar, 2009)

  • Three-meter tall bipedal humanoids with vaguely feline features and smooth cyan skin from the moon Pandora.
  • Neural tendrils within their hair braids that allow them to connect to kinetic signals of plants and other creatures.
  • Omnivorous hunter-gatherers who ride six-legged direhorses and dragon-like banshees and "steer" them via neural links.
  • Live in clans inside ancient trees containing natural hollows.
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Xenomorphs From 'Alien'
Xenomorphs From 'Alien' is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Will Aliens Look Like When They Finally Show Up?
Photo:  20th Century Fox

"You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility." - Ash (Aliens, 1986)

  • Endoparasitoid species with multiple life cycles that needs a host organism to reproduce.
  • Incredibly fast, strong, and intelligent, with human phenotypes averaging 7-8 feet tall and Queens twice as large.
  • Thick armor-like carapace with bladed tail and acid for blood.
  • Considered the most dangerous species ever encountered.
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Thermians From 'Galaxy Quest'
Thermians From 'Galaxy Quest' is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Will Aliens Look Like When They Finally Show Up?
Photo:  DreamWorks Pictures

"We have enjoyed preparing many of your esoteric dishes. Your Monte Cristo sandwich is a current favorite among the adventurous." - Mathesar (Galaxy Quest, 1999)   

  • Octopus-like intelligent cephalopods with blue blood and color-changing skin used to emote and communicate.
  • Extremely friendly and naïve, with no understanding of the concept of lying.
  • Culture based on old television broadcasts from Earth.
  • Nearly every aspect of their advanced technology is based on the fictitious tech seen on the sci fi TV show Galaxy Quest, including a device that allows them to look human.
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Asogians From 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'
Asogians From 'E.T. The Extra-... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Will Aliens Look Like When They Finally Show Up?
Photo:  Universal Pictures

"He needs to go home; he's calling his people. And I don't know where they are, but he needs to go home." - Elliott (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982)

  • Short, squat sentient beings with wrinkly brown skin, bulbous torsos, long arms, and extendable necks. Their hearts glow to communicate emotion and as a signal.
  • Telepathic abilities including telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Ability to heal injuries with a touch of their fingers.
  • Love drinking beer and eating Reese's Pieces.
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