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Ghol

As seen in: Myth, Myth 2

Oh man. One of my favorite games of all time, Bungie’s old school real time tactics fantasy game Myth. Along with Marathon, this was a solid foundation for my story education. My favorite unit in the game was the Ghol. Something about its grunty taunts and ability to chuck stuff at my opponents eternally endeared me to this little guy, and I cut my teeth on making as many of the units from Myth as I could when I was younger. 

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S’pht Kr

As seen in: Marathon 2: Durandal

Among the many other amazing things I gleaned from the Marathon series, the S’pht Kr of Marathon 2: Durandal was my first example of truly alien aliens in power armor. They exemplified what was cool about power armor - strength, near invulnerability, an insanely powerful shell to wrap oneself up in to be protected from a hostile universe, but in a totally new shape. When coming up with my own stories, I still  think of the S’pht Kr as the ur example of how to replicate cool ideas in an alien way. 

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Wasp

As seen in: Marathon, Marathon Rubicon

Another Marathon creation. I started with Marathon 2, so I didn’t actually meet the somewhat terrifying yet also adorable wasp until I played through Marathon Rubicon (which rivals the original three games in depth of story and general awesomeness). Love this little guy, even as he spits acid at my face. 

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Pfhor Fighter

As seen in: Marathon 2

Anyone else here play Marathon? It was a formative experience pfhor me, the first time I ever truly fell down the rabbit hole of a story. I used to spend hours after school in the computer lab scanning the pages of the marathon story page , and even more hours wandering dark hallways under an alien sky blasting away at three-eyed foes at the behest of a mad AI. Good times. Good times indeed. 

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Chestburster

As seen in: Alien, Aliens

Just to round out the life cycle. 

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Deep One

As seen in: The Shadow Over Innsmouth

"They were mostly shiny and slippery, but the ridges of their backs were scaly. Their forms vaguely suggested the anthropoid, while their heads were the heads of fish, with prodigious bulging eyes that never closed. At the sides of their necks were palpitating gills, and their long paws were webbed…I was somehow glad that they had no more than four limbs… They were the blasphemous fish-frogs of the nameless design - living and horrible."

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

- HP Lovecraft

Oooooooh…Who live in Devil’s Reef, under the sea?

Deep ones! Deep ones!

Fishy and froggy and terrible to see?! 

Deep ones! Deep ones!

One of my favorite little abominations in HP Lovecraft’s mythos, the Deep Ones from The Shadow Over Innsmouth. 

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Combine Dropship

As seen in: Half Life 2

I’ll admit it, I always feel a little bad about taking down synths like Striders, Hunters, and Gunships in Half Life 2. There’s something inherently sad about these animalistic alien beings being forced into a war, most likely against their will and beyond their understanding. The combine dropship epitomizes that for me, this gentle giant that may bring new enemies to the battle, but never directly harming the player. Its shape is even a bit reminiscent of the whale-shark, another creature that’s lumped together with fearsome predators but in reality is mostly harmless. 

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ED-209

As seen in: Robocop

Put down your weapon you have 15 seconds to comply…”

Inspired to make this after watching the insane sweded movie Our Robocop Remake and seeing their various awesome puppet interpretations of the ED209.

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Mimic Drone and Alpha

As seen in: Edge Of Tomorrow

Part squid, part gorilla, part blender. Absolutely lethal, nigh-incomprehensible in motion, and terrifying. It was actually pretty hard to find any solid reference image for the mimics (probably because they’re mostly a blur when they move), but after I saw Edge of Tomorrow yesterday I knew they had to make an appearance here. 

Also, just want to throw my two cents in: See the movie. You’ve really got to see these mimics in action to truly appreciate their crazy creature design, and while there were a few things that bugged me (seriously, why is Hollywood so completely obsessed with hive minds these days? What’s wrong with a little bit of individuality among our extraterrestrial opponents), this was one of the smartest, coolest and most fun science fiction movies I’ve seen in theaters in a long time.

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Posthuman variant 2 (biological)

Original design

When the stars threw down their spears 
And water’d heaven with their tears: 
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright, 
In the forests of the night: 
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
- William Blake, The Tyger