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Smoker

As seen in: Left 4 Dead

Come on man, no tongue until the second date! 

I sometimes get bored with more humanoid designs, so I decided to give him a cartoonishly large head. 

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Rancor

As seen in: Return of the Jedi

I actually learned the word Rancor (noun; Bitterness or resentfulness) from that time Luke Skywalker got dropped down into the pit while talking to Jabba the Hutt. 

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Hive Thrall

As seen in: Destiny

Zombies…in…SPAAAAAAACE. But yeah. I actually kind of dig Bungie’s latest iteration of the Space Zombie. It’s the creepy eyeless faces, the weird alien clawed hands, yet the unmistakable distorted and rotting human form beneath it. Between Halo’s flood and Dead Space’s necromorphs (and now Destiny’s hive), I feel like I’ve become something of a connoisseur of space zombies, and Destiny’s thrall fit the palate quite well. 

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Vex Goblin

As seen in: Destiny

As anyone who’s been following this tumblr for the past several weeks has probably figured out, I’m an old-school Bungie fan, going as far back as Pathways into Darkness. They’ve come a long, long way since then, making some legendary games that defined my adolescence in the process (Marathon, Myth, Oni, Halo…I spent hours in each of those worlds). They always had amazingly grand vision for each of their games, and now…Destiny. 

Probably my favorite of the new alien foes Bungie is throwing at as are the mysterious Vex. I have a thing for terrifying killer robot armies, and for lovecraftian time-bending abominations, and the Vex appear to be terrible and terribly awesome synthesis of the two. Plus they live in the jungles of Venus, a dash of classic rocketpunk that’s just for the cherry on top. 

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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.