Total Nerd 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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Aliens From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

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Photo: Columbia Pictures

"I know this sounds crazy, but ever since yesterday on the road, I've been seeing this shape... I know this. I know what this is! This means something. This is important." - Roy Neary (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977)

  • Slender humanoids with large heads and comparatively small bodies. Most are about the height of human children, but the leader is much taller, with extremely elongated limbs.
  • Highly intelligent space-faring race that has expressed great interest in humanity for decades, if not centuries.
  • Routinely abduct humans for presumably benign reasons.
  • Implant images and sounds in the minds of those who have encountered them.
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Vulcans From Star Trek

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Photo: CBS Television

"You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours." - Spock (Star Trek, "The Immunity Syndrome," 1968)

  • Humanoid race physically similar to humans, but much stronger, faster, longer lived, and with pointed ears, green blood, and a heart where the human liver is located.
  • Telepathic species capable of entering another's mind by touching their head and transferring their soul into another body upon death.
  • Centuries-old culture that idealizes logic and demonizes emotions.
  • Technologically advanced space-faring civilization that has partnered with humanity.
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Wookiees From Star Wars

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Photo: 20th Century Fox

"It's not wise to upset a Wookiee." - Han Solo (Star Wars, 1977)

  • Shaggy giants with volatile tempers and a tendency to tear off arms when riled.
  • Loyal and trustworthy, especially after having pledged a life debt to another being.
  • Highly sophisticated and intelligent, capable of mastering starship engineering and hyperspace navigation. 
  • Extremely long life spans relative to humans.
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Tenctonese (Newcomers) From Alien Nation

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Photo: 20th Century Fox

"You humans are very curious to us. You invite us to live among you in an atmosphere of equality that we've never known before. You give us ownership of our own lives for the first time and you ask no more of us than you do of yourselves." - Det. Samuel "George'" Francisco (Alien Nation, 1988)

  • Humanoid race physically similar to humans, but genetically engineered to be far stronger, more resilient, and adaptable. Major differences include dual hearts and genitals under their arms.
  • Exposure to seawater can cause severe burns and even death.
  • Many are still addicted to ja-bru-kha, a powerful narcotic from their slave days, and sour milk is akin to alcohol for them.
  • Newcomers who have integrated into human society have excelled in human professions.
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