Whether you believe or not in the existence of life outside Earth, it could not be denied that aliens heighten the appeal of any film, especially for sci-fi fanatics. Some of these extraterrestrial creatures may have been depicted as compassionate and friendly while others look scary and disgusting. They may come in peace or not but these creations of imagination have already reached mainstream popularity in one way or another. Loved or detested, these famous movie aliens have already penetrated human consciousness.
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If E.T. became known for being the most lovable, Alien, no doubt, holds the record of the nastiest member of the band. This creature breeds within a human host and grows into a lizard-like alien. Its mouth-within-a-mouth, teeth that are similar to daggers and aggression complements the gruesome style of the film.
Since the film was released in 1982, E.T. has remained in the hearts of many viewers. Complemented by the film’s memorable scenes and more heartwarming lines, viewers could not help but fervently join the stranded alien in his hope to get back home.
Yoda of Star Wars has become the symbol of wisdom. In fact, his pep talk drove Luke Skywalker to take the lead and defeat the Evil Emperor.
Aside from being one of the most popular aliens, Chewbacca is also regarded as one of the favorite sidekicks in the history of entertainment. Despite his lack of comprehension and mastery of the English language, his attitude and his gestures made him loved by his fans all over the world.
You may argue that Superman is just one of the many superheroes and nothing makes him a cut above the rest. However, it still remains true that the Man of Steel was not born in this planet, thus, making him an alien. His home planet is Krypton but it was destroyed shortly before Superman was brought to Earth.
Little Green Men
Yes, their role in Toy Story is just secondary or minor. However, these three-eyed creatures are far from being monsters. In fact, these critters even have their own fan base.
Yes, she is the famous Na’vi princess of Avatar. Yet, she breaks the stereotype for female royalties with her fierce, independent and athletic nature.
Even kids could recognize the Autobots. Hailing from different home planets, these are really the good guys. Optimus Prime, coming from Cybertron, has become the most talked about Autobot. These aliens could transform from robots to vehicles as they stop the Decepticons, their evil counterparts, from causing havoc to Earth.
For avid fans of Star Trek, this half human will always be the face of this sci-fi film franchise. The love that fans have showered upon this alien with pointed ears gives justice to the creation of a sequel focusing on finding him back after his demise.
The secret to the popularity of District 9’s prawns is the creature’s resemblance with the aliens in Predator, Alien and Independence Day. In fact, the prawns could be looked at as a combination of bits and pieces of the creatures from the three other films.
These worm guys armed with huge guns and weapons would surely not be missed out by anyone who did a review of Men in Black II in 1997. Despite their unthreatening physical structure, the deceptiveness of this gang of alien worms could not be undermined.
Thomas Jerome Newton
Perfectly portrayed by David Bowie, the humanoid alien in the 1976 sci-fi parable, ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’, becomes an extraterrestrial entrepreneur on Earth. His ultimate goal was to build a spacecraft that would transport water from Earth to Newton’s water-deprived home planet.
This alien creature is one of those extraterrestrial beings you would not want to watch before you doze off to sleep. Their gruesome appearance is enough to send shivers down your spine.
Marvin the Martian
The threat of Earth’s next-door neighbors should not be ignored and dismissed easily. Yet, the stepping of Marvin the Martian on planet Earth comes off as entertaining, instead of threatening.
Well, the alien flesh eaters in the Little Shop of Horror are among those creatures that have been popular because of the scariness and size factors. The flesh-eating plant even offered fame and fortune in exchange for a delectable meal – humans.
These aliens look like hedgehogs. However, they are not the ones you would love to hold as pets. They are bigger than the typical hedgehogs and are poisonous. First appearing in the big screen in 1986, these critters never run out of their craving for human flesh.
These creatures were known, primarily, for being invisible. Obviously, they are not visible because they creep to and live in human minds.
Originating from a planet just past Pluto, these bugs ended up forming a solid army triggered by their lack of fear and remorse. If you are not threatened with their size, you surely have vision problems.
This parasite-looking alien was truly a shocker. This creature invades a body of any human or animal until it gets deformed and destroyed.
This alien makes you realize that extraterrestrial creatures may not really look like how you imagine them to be. In fact, they could exist in the form of your harmless and useful beach ball, as in the case of Dark Star. Without a doubt, you would not want to witness the ire of this beach ball creature.
Fantastic Planet’s blue pets have been the talk of the town long before Smurfs and Avatar. These blue pets were depicted as the imaginary owners of humans (as pets). These blue pets were even bigger than humans.
An alien creature in a movie may no longer be something new to you but an opera-singing alien could be. This is how the tentacle Diva Plavalaguna created her own name in the extraterrestrial genre. Her ability to hit extremely high notes is undeniably out-of-this-world.
Starman was most known for his miraculous wish-granting seven spheres. Portrayed by Jeff Bridges in 1984, he was depicted as a Jesus-like angel from another universe. One of the good deeds tucked under his sleeves is his resurrection of a dead deer.
Independence Day’s space nomads have entered into the Earth’s territory with the goal of consuming all of its resources before they look for another planet to infiltrate. Despite these creatures’ unattractiveness, you would be amazed at their ingenuity of building huge spaceships.
Mac and Me
It would be unlikely for any human not to feel sorry and not to sympathize with Mac. Mac is a lonely alien who was abducted by CIA captors who christened him with the acronym, ‘Mac’ for ‘mysterious alien creature’.