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Dr Who

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From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

Alien is a broad, subjective term, which can be applied as both a noun and an adjective, for any entity, object, place or practice which is not familiar. When referring to entities, this can be used to describe both sentient and non-sentient organic creatures, as well as robots. In most occurrences, this means entities which are not native to Earth and thus are considered "alien" from the viewpoint of the human race. However, to any species not native to Earth, a human would be considered alien.

Notes

The Third Doctor referred to the Silurians as alien beings even after he discovered they had ruled the planet Earth millions of years ago. This might imply that they are actually not native to Earth (which is unlikely, as their native planet is often said to be Earth) or what the Doctor was saying was that they were alien to the Brigadier, who had just ordered their destruction with no reason other than his mistrust of them. (DW: Doctor Who and the Silurians)

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Memory-beta

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Exology or xenology is a term which refers to the scientific study of any type of subject matter or phenomena that is alien to an observer's homeworld or frame of reference. A scientist of this field is an exologist or xenologist.

Notable subsets of this field are exobiology, astrobiology or xenobiology (the study of alien biology), exozoology or xenozoology (the study of alien animals) and exogeology or xenogeology (the study of alien geology).

In the 24th century, Eric Baldwin was one of the Federation's most important exologists. (TNG novel: Boogeymen)

Doctor Kila Marr was a xenologist, and the foremost expert in the Crystalline Entity. (TNG episode: "Silicon Avatar")

See also

  • Federation Xenological Institute

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DC Comics

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Absorbascon

An Absorbascon is a Thanagarian device that enables its user to telepathically read the minds of other sentient life forms. An Absorbascon is only effective against non-Thanagarians. A Thanagarian can also use this device to interpret the vocal patterns of lower order animals such as birds. Used primarily as an educational tool, it can also be used as a weapon or a tool of espionage. Hawkman and Hawkwoman used the Absorbascon to learn about Earth's cultures and languages. This device is also the reason why the Hawks can communicate with birds.

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Absorption Cells

Created by the mad scientist Professor Anthony Ives, Absorption cells are devices that he implanted within the robot known as Amazo. These cells enable Amazo to replicate the superhuman abilities of any individual within scanning proximity.

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AK-47

The AK-47 is a 7.62 mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov.Design work on the AK began in 1944. In 1946 the rifle was presented for official military trials, a year later the fixed stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Red Army. It was also used by U.S. marines such as Captain Phillip Hunter and his brother Nick Hunter during the Vietnam war.

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Alien

An alien is a being or animal who originates from another planet, or dimension. The term also applies to people living in a country that is not their place of birth. Lex Luthor uses the term in a derogatory manner when referring to Superman.
(See Also: Extraterrestrial, The Aliens Category)
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Altered Egos

Full title Altered Egos: The Mystery Men of World War II was a book written by Jonathan Law, published sometime in the 1970's.

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Alternate Earth

A world resembling Earth in physical characteristics, natural phenomena, life forms, and, to some extent, history, which exists in the equivalent space to Earth's in another dimension. An alternate Earth may either be a divergent Earth or a parallel Earth.
(See Also: Hypertime; Multiverse)
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Alternate Future

One of the possible future realities deriving from the present reality through a specific sequence of events. One cannot tell which alternate future will become one's present reality until the point of divergence has been passed. At that point, one's reality diverges into more than one, and versions of one's self will exist in each resulting alternate future. Hence, one's divergent self will experience one of the alternate futures as his present reality, while another of his divergent selves will experience a different alternate future as his.

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Amazonia

In the Pre-Crisis Golden Age period, Amazonia was the name of the original Greek Island home of the Amazons. After their subjugation by the God, Hercules, the Amazons relocated to Paradise Island.

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Amazonium

In the Pre-Crisis Golden Age period, Amazonium was the name of a mineral used for the construction of various wondrous artifacts on Paradise Island. The winged Sandals of Hermes worn by Wonder Woman were reputed to be made by this material.

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American Broadcasting Company

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. From 1966 to 1968, ABC aired the popular live-action Batman television series. During the 1970s, ABC also aired the Super Friends, a campy, yet popular animated series featuring a core roster of DC's more infamous super-heroes. Note: ABC is not to be confused with America's Best Comics, which has also been identified by the acronym, ABC.
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Android

An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic. Compare with clone, cyborg, robot, and synthozoid.

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Ankh

The Ankh is an Egyptian hieroglyphic symbolizing life. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. Ironically, it is also the chosen sigil for the essence of Death. Sorcerer Doctor Fate often projects mystic blasts which take the form of flying ankhs.

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Anti-Hero

An anti-hero has widely come to mean a character who has some characteristics that are antithetical to those of the traditional hero. An anti-hero in today's comic books will perform acts generally deemed "heroic," but will do so with methods, manners, or intentions that may not be heroic.

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Anti-Kryptonite Belt

Lex Luthor once tricked Superman into wearing a specially designed belt that leaked Kryptonite.

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Antimatter

Antimatter is an alternate form of matter comprised of antiparticles. It functions in direct opposition to positive matter and contact between the two will ultimately destroy the particles of both. In terms of dimensional reality, an entire universe composed of Antimatter exists and is the birth place of the Anti-Monitor and the Thunderers of Qward.
(See Also: Antimatter Universe)
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Arctic Breath

Also known as Super-Breath, this is a super-power usually attributed to Superman. It involves not only being able to generate hurricane level winds through the act of blowing, but can also lower the temperature of said winds to below zero.

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Armstrong

In the continuity of New Earth (Atari Force), the Armstrong was a space shuttle that transported personnel from Space Station One to the Atari Institute.
(See Also: Atari Force)
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Astral Plane

An alternate universe in an equivalent space to our own where all matter is composed of ectoplasm. On the astral plane, the life energies and consciousnesses of other beings are discernible to adepts. Adepts can reach the astral plane by psionic or magical means. The astral plane is also sometimes called astral dimension, astral realm, or spirit world.

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Atomic Krypton Ray

In Earth-One continuity, Professor Egglehead once created an atomic Krypton ray, which briefly transformed a field mouse named Fuzzy into the super-powered Krypto Mouse. The device was only used once and was never seen again.
(See Also: Superboy (Earth-One))
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Muppet

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Aliens are creatures indigenous to planets other than Earth. They have crash-landed or been crash-landed upon in various Muppet productions, where they have always fit, due to their naturally bizarre and unfamiliar nature.

Most notably, Gonzo was revealed to be an alien in Muppets from Space, although due to his conflicting storyline in previous Muppet productions, his backstory is up for debate.

On The Muppet Show, most of the aliens hail from the planet Koozebane, from which Kermit the Frog frequently reported. In other productions, aliens have hailed from Gorch, Mars, and other planets, both real and fictional.

Aliens have also been featured prominently in Creature Shop productions, where they have taken on more realistic forms. These aliens have been portrayed both by Creatures as well as human actors in make-up and prosthetics.

Muppet Aliens

Sesame Street

The Land of Gorch

The Muppet Show

The Jim Henson Hour

Muppets Tonight

Muppets from Space

Other Muppets

Creature Shop Aliens

Other Aliens

Animated

Humanoid

Puppet Up!

Unfinished Projects


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Fallout

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Alien
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While there always was some evidence of the existence of alien life forms, it is very scarce. Until the events of the Fallout 3 add-on Mothership Zeta, there was no record of direct contact between humanity and the creatures. Despite this, it is apparent with evidence found on Zeta, that the aliens have quite possibly been watching Earth and Humanity evolve for nearly a thousand years.

The Brotherhood of Steel[1] and Shi[2] have encountered the bodies of alien life forms or their spaceships, as did the pre-War United States government, which kept its alien specimens mostly in Area 51. By extension, the Enclave and Brotherhood Outcasts also have access to alien technology; Alien Power Cells can be found at Fort Independence and in the armory of the Enclave's Mobile Base Crawler. They can also be found in the Citadel's armory (if you choose to destroy the Citadel during Who Dares Wins).

Finally being encountered in Mothership Zeta, they are small, greenish humanoids that are presented as malevolent creatures that seem to view humanity with contempt and will gladly vivisect their test subjects or keep them in cryogenic storage after torturing them for their scientific pursuits. The aliens themselves seem to have their own language and cannot be understood by the player in any way.

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Biology

When engaging the aliens for the first time in your holding cell, Somah tells you to hit their heads, implying that this area is largely unprotected. They are very skinny, implying reliance on technology, without which they are easily defeated. The aliens have no visible teeth, possibly limiting food sources. While their hands lack thumbs completely, the fingers are so long they can wrap around objects, potentially eliminating the need for thumbs. The design of the fingers is reminiscent of the iconic Martians, seen in the War of the Worlds movies. Their feet appear to be similar in shape to human feet.

Their bodies cannot be lifted off the ground by the player. This might mean that either they are heavier than their size and shape imply, they are being influenced by some sort of artificial gravity system, or that it could be an overlooked bug in the game.

Language

The Aliens speak with clicks, high-pitched squeaks and wails. The sounds can sound strange and incomprehensible, but patterns may be detected in their language, and Holly Barrisford is capable of reproducing the sounds they make - showing that they have vocal chords similar to ours. This implies they do not communicate telepathically. Strangely, the alien distress signal speaks in a language unique to that of the mothership - a kind of warble, suggesting multiple alien languages, such as for example, English to French. It is also possible the signal from Theta is distorted by the machinery, or it is some form of code.

Combat

  • Normal aliens are very frail and do not have much health. However, they are armed with powerful energy weapons and can quickly kill the player.
  • Aliens will occasionally wear helmets, even inside the ship. These do not seem to have an effect on damage resistance and appear to be merely cosmetic.
  • Inertia Suppression Fields are sometimes employed by aliens and significantly increase damage resistance; the amount of shots needed to kill a shielded alien tends to at least quadruple.

Crashed ships

Four alien ships are known to have crashed in the United States:

  • An alien ship in special encounter in California (Fallout).
  • Recon Craft Theta in Capital Wasteland (Fallout 3).
  • Another alien ship can explode over the head of the Lone Wanderer in the Capital Wasteland during the Firelance event although the cause of the catastrophe is unknown (Fallout 3).
  • At the Citadel, there is information on a terminal (in the A-Ring) about another ship that crashed in a heavily wooded area that the government was not able to reach (Fallout 3). However, this could be referring to the Recon Craft Theta, as it can be seen that before the fallout, a large amount of trees occupied the surrounding areas of the ship.

Alien technology

Weapons

Firearms:

Melee weapons:

Ammo:

Robots and computers

Vehicles

  • Alien Ship crash site in California - A small saucer that housed 2 pilots.
  • Recon Craft Theta - Small alien vehicle, found in Capital Wasteland. Used by 1 pilot.
  • Mothership Zeta - Large alien vehicle located in space near Earth dedicated to study of humanity.
  • The Second Mothership - A ship of the same design as Mothership Zeta, it comes right after Mothership Zeta's Bridge is captured by Lone Wanderer.
  • "Paladine" crashed craft.
  • Firelance Event craft - Identical vehicle to Recon Craft Theta, destroyed by unknown cause whilst near the Lone Wanderer.

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Notes

  • There's an "alien-esque" skeleton in Fallout 2. It can be found in the Living Quarters of the Sierra Army Depot. Its giant head is hidden by a wall until you walk over it, making it look like a child's bones from far away. However, it is explained in the doctor's notes in the base as an experiment with Mentats, not an actual alien[3].
  • The creatures known as Wanamingos are commonly referred to as aliens but are actually the result of genetic engineering.
  • In Fallout 3 at the Recon Craft Theta Crash Site, the alien appears to have green blood on its helmet but when shot it leaves red blood on surfaces.
  • If one tries to pick up the alien, they will notice it is extremely light, as it will likely flail about, similar to a teddy bear. This is possibly due to the fact that the aliens may be used to different gravity, however this may be concurred because the Alien Ship in the Fallout 3 add on Mothership Zeta has artificial gravity. However, it is more likely simply a developer oversight.
  • Despite the player taking control of the mothership, it seems to be impossible to entirely rid the craft of the aliens. They will continue to spawn in the lower levels.
  • Aliens are completely reliant on technology. Without it, they're no tougher than you.
  • Aliens do breathe oxygen. Evidence of this is seen on Mothership Zeta as the aliens do not wear helmets when you and the other captives are breathing oxygen. The purpose of the helmet however is unknown.
  • Whether intentional or not, the Aliens 'voices' are similar to the Martians from the 1990's B-movie spoof, "Mars Attacks".

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Appearances

Alien appear in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and Mothership Zeta add-on.

References

  1. Generic Scribe dialogue file
  2. Emperor Computer dialogue file
  3. Sierra Depot Exp. Log
Mothership Zeta (add-on)
Creatures in the Fallout games
Satellites and spacecraft

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Halo

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Alien Troopers are a deleted Covenant species seen in the Halo 2 Collector's Edition disc. It is unknown exactly what this seems to be. The only data known is that it carries its weapon under its belly, and was a precursor to the Hunter in this aspect. It bears a small resemblance to Elites.

Trivia

  • The Trooper looks as if it could have been conceived as another Mgaelekgolo form.
  • Several versions of this alien can be found in the book The Art of Halo.
  • In the above book it mentions that this creature was meant to be a sniper.
  • It had progressed into the texture stage of development before being scrapped, according to art director Marcus R. Lehto in the "cutting room floor" segment of the Halo 2 Collectors Edition Bonus disc.
  • The Alien Trooper has a resemblance to the Pfhor from Marathon.
  • The Alien Trooper resembles a mix between a Sangheili and a Jiralhanae.

Deleted Material

Alien Trooper is part of the Deleted Material cut from the Halo game.

When developing the Halo games, Bungie and other developers such as Ensemble or Wingnut Interactive had to cut some content from the final games. As such, many aspects of the story, such as vehicles, gameplay, design, and even story elements, didn't make it into the final versions. Many of the elements have been confirmed by such material as videos and commentary on the Halo Limited Edition Special DVD, interviews with developers, and released concept art.

Deleted Material
Deleted Levels Forerunner Tank · Covenant Ship · Guardian Forest
Deleted Weapons EMP Rifle · Machete · M179 Projectile · Gravity Rifle · Gravity Wrench
Deleted Vehicles (UNSC) UNSC Shield Ship · Kestrel · Aardvark · AirCare Ambulance · Strike Fighter · Falcon · Fox Cannon · Cougar · Grackle · Rhino (Aircraft) · Doozy · Scorpion (Lash) · Scorpion (Venom) · 2 Tickets to the Gun Show
Deleted Vehicles (Covenant) Air Artillery · Gorgon · Runner-class Transport
Deleted Species Alien Trooper · Arctic Beast · Arctic Ice Hound· Drinol · Special Purpose Sniper · Stalker · Psion · Rogue · Keelbug · Sentients · Blind Wolf · Jaggmaw Sawtail · Doberman Gator · Harvest Whale · Eel-snake creature
Deleted Flood Forms Flood Juggernaut · Shielded Flood Carriers · Flood Infector Form · Flood Transport Form · Flood Stealth Form
Other Body Bags · Drill grounds · Early Halo 2 Script

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Lostpedia

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The following are a list of relatively popular but clearly debunked theories, listed along with the sources of the debunking.

Lost has generated a huge number of interesting and diverse theories to explain the mysteries of the show. Some are more plausible than others, but some are clearly (and at times, repeatedly) refuted or discredited by Lost's writers and producers.

The head writers and executive producers have also said repeatedly that they already have an "end game" and larger story arc in mind for how to wrap up the entire series. From the Comic Con transcript: "We have at least, four, probably five awesome seasons planned out… and from that point, obviously after that, we’d have to start tap-dancing. Which is something that we just don’t want to do."

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Aliens

  • Theory: The Others or DHARMA or other characters of the story are actually aliens, or the Island itself is a giant spaceship.
  • The statue may be the remains of an Alien civilization.
  • Debunked by:
  • Source:
    • SciFiWire Interview - 'As the show progresses, [Damon Lindelof] added, it won't venture too far into science fiction as its mysteries unfold. "We're still trying to be... firmly ensconced in the world of science fact," he said in an interview. "I don't think we've shown anything on the show yet that has no rational explanation in the real world that we all function within. We certainly hint at psychic phenomena, happenstance and... things being in a place where they probably shouldn't be. But nothing is flat-out impossible. There are no spaceships. There isn't any time travel."'
  • In-show parody:
    • Sawyer on the Others: "My theory, they're aliens. That's why they use the fake beards -- their heads are made of plastetic". Hurley: "Prosthetic, dude". ("Live Together, Die Alone")
    • Sawyer asking Juliet about his and Kate's forced labor in "The Glass Ballerina": "So, when you pulled us out of thise polar bear cages and put us on the chain gang, what the hell did you have us breaking all those rocks for anyway?" Juliet: "We were building a runway." Sawyer:" Runway? For what?" Juliet: "The Aliens. (smiles) I don't know what for, do you think they told me everything?" ("Through the Looking Glass")
  • How the Producers contradicted themselves:
  • In "Flashes Before Your Eyes" and "The Constant", Desmond has a lucid flashback and Desmond's consciousness did, in fact, time travel (as confirmed by the producers), respectively. In There's No Place Like Home we learn specifically that a) DHARMA was using the Orchid to conduct experiments dealing with manipulating space-time and b) that coming into contact with the "negatively charged exotic matter" when Ben moves the Island via the Orchid wheel causes him to time jump in his entirety to the Tunisian desert 10 months later in "The Shape of Things to Come", reminding us of the DHARMA polar bear skeleton Charlotte finds in "Confirmed Dead".
  • Knowing that time travel has become (and possibly always was) an integral part of the show's mythology, Damon's indication that there was neither spaceships nor time travel in any interview casts major doubt and calls into suspect that there will be no spaceships in Lost. Since those statements were made during Season 1, it can be argued that there had been no spaceships or time travel to our knowledge yet, or that such information would not be revealed until later seasons. Also, it should be noted that nowhere in the SciFi Wire article is there mention of aliens one way or another; the only thing mentioned in the text relating to this section is a single reference to "spaceships." Add to this more recent statement by Lindelof that "Somewhere just outside the Crab Nebula is where it will all end, geographically," evidence of spaceships being involved in Lost actually seems to mounting... ABC News: 'Lost' Fans Will Find Answers

Clones

A clone is a new, identical organism grown from a cell; to suggest that a character in Lost is instantly cloned into a duplicate full-grown individual is a contradiction. The rabbits numbered "15" in the Orchid video are not examples of cloning, but of time travel gone awry.

Dinosaurs

  • Theory: The Monster is a dinosaur.
  • Debunked by:
  • Source:
    • Lost-TV Forums Exclusive Interview - Damon says: "JJ and I have always known what it was and we're VERY discriminating about who we tell, because that's one of the biggest secrets of the show. We know from the beginning it wasn't a dinosaur. If the network ever said anything about it to us it was more on the order of, 'Please tell us it's not a dinosaur.' And we're like, 'Ok, it's NOT a dinosaur!'"
  • In-show parody:
    • Hurley questions Jack about what they just saw, after a Monster encounter: "Was it a dinosaur?" Jack: "It wasn't a dinosaur." Hurley: "You say you didn't see it." Jack: "I didn't." Hurley: "So how do you know it wasn't a dinosaur?" Jack: "Because dinosaurs are extinct." ("Tabula Rasa")
    • Paulo: "It could've been a dinosaur." Nikki: "It's not Jurassic Park, Paulo." ("Exposé")

Dreamworld/All Inside Someone's Head

  • Theory: All the events on the Island are not "real", and merely the dream/imagination/hallucination of one of the characters (most commonly named as Walt or Hurley). According to this, that character will wake up by the end of the show, and the audience will realize that none of the events actually happened.
  • Debunked by:
  • Source:
    • SciFiWire Interview
    • Lost-TV Forum Interview
    • UGO Interview
    • Mysteries, Conspiracies and Theories (Season 2 DVD featurette) - Carlton says: "What we have said and will continue to say is that we will not end the show with a cheat. It will not all have taken place in a snowglobe, it will not all have been a dream."
  • Special Note:
    • Though the writers have said that the entire story is not all in the mind of one character, they have not denied that dreams and hallucinations are of significance, simply that not all the events will be fabricated in someone's mind (a la ending for St. Elsewhere, the snowglobe reference that Carlton makes above).
    • This is once again emphasized in the March 10, 2008 podcast, when Damon Lindelof (in a response to a question about possible interpretations of the ending of Via Domus) says: "We're not interested in 'All a dream' storytelling," instantly followed by a reaffirmation that individual scenes could always turn out to be dreams, but there would never be an ending when a character wakes up and everything had just happened inside a "snowglobe".
    • In an interview with UGO in the middle of Season 4's production, Damon finished the interview by stating "The one thing that Carlton and I are steadfast on saying over and over again, and that we're not lying about is that the show is not all a dream. It's happening in the real world, there are real stakes, you're not going to get to the end and cut to black and suddenly realize that this was all sort of a fantasy. That's the only thing that we sort of need to get out there in the world, because it does diffuse a lot of wacky theories."
  • In-show parody:
    • Dave to Hurley: "It's hard, I know, but I mean -- all this? You, me, this island, that peanut butter -- none of it's real, man. None of it's happening. It's all in your head, my friend. The second you closed that window your brain popped a gasket. You went back into your little coma thing. That's where you are right this very second. In your own private Idaho, inside Santa Rosa". ("Dave")

Mapinguari

The Mapinguari as an explanation for the Monster first appeared on the ABC website oceanic-air.com, but is not valid or canonical since the site was created by ABC's marketing department rather than Lost's creative authorities.

Nanobots

  • In-TLE parody:
  • Callers to DJ Dan's show (known "conspiracy nuts") mentioned black clouds made of nanobots as a nod to the popular refuted theory, but by the end of The Lost Experience, DJ Dan himself says that "I sure as hell don’t think you’re going to be seeing it on your television screens anytime around September of this year."

Purgatory

  • In-show/TLE parody:

Reality TV

  • Theory: The castaways are actually unwitting participants in a reality television show run by DHARMA, and He is monitoring them all through the video surveillance system.
  • Debunked by:
  • Source:
    • Sydney Morning Herald Article

Turbine Explosion (Monster Caused the Plane to Crash)

Zombies

Nikki and Paulo replaced Rose and Bernard in an alternate timeline

  • The gist of this theory: In "Flashes Before Your Eyes", we learned that Desmond went back in time. The theory claims that his actions in the past somehow created an alternate timeline where Rose and Bernard were never on the plane, and had instead been replaced by Nikki and Paulo. This is why Rose and Bernard haven't been seen again after the end of season 2, despite having gotten their own flashback episode ("S.O.S."), whereas Nikki and Paulo suddenly appeared out of the blue. ("Further Instructions")
  • Several promotional stills for "Exposé" show Nikki and Paulo in a recreation of the scene from the end of "Live Together, Die Alone" with the Hatch door that came falling out of the sky, with Bernard not being seen anywhere near Claire despite having been with her in that very scene in "Live Together, Die Alone". That scene was missing from the actual episode that aired on TV, however.
  • This theory is further fueled by Sawyer's repeated comments towards Nikki and Paulo ("Who the hell are you?", "Who the hell is Nikki?"). ("Enter 77") ("Exposé")
    • The theory suggests that Sawyer was at the Pala Ferry docks when Desmond turned the fail-safe key ("Live Together, Die Alone"), and thus wasn't affected by the timeline change and couldn't remember Nikki and Paulo as they were not part of the original timeline.
      • A counter-argument to this would be that Hurley was with Sawyer when "the sky turned purple", and thus would have to be equally unaffected by whatever Sawyer would have been exempt from. Yet Hurley seems to have a very clear memory of Nikki and Paulo. ("Exposé").
      • Another counter-argument to the overall theory would be the fact that Rose and Bernard have made various contributions to the progress of the story that would require some major "universe course correction" in order to undo the consequences of them not being around in a parallel timeline. Bernard being stuck in a tree and calling for help ultimately resulted in Ana Lucia realizing that Goodwin hadn't been wet when he came running out of the jungle in "The Other 48 Days"; and Bernard also was the one picking up Boone's transmission from the Beechcraft, thereby unknowingly causing Boone's fall in "Deus Ex Machina", which led to his death one episode later. Rose, meanwhile, helped Charlie overcome his feeling of guilt following Claire's kidnapping in "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues"; and she also prevented Hurley from blowing up the Swan's pantry in "Everybody Hates Hugo", thereby allowing Eko to use the remaining dynamite in "Live Together, Die Alone".
      • In the March 30, 2007 podcast, Carlton Cuse, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz address the whereabouts of Rose and Bernard, explaining that they would only use them if they have "something to do"; after all, Sam Anderson and L. Scott Caldwell most certainly have other assignments and can't be expected to make a trip to Hawaii just for one day of shooting of a scene where they're standing around in the background.
    • The scene depicting the immediate aftermath of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 in "Exposé", partially recycling shots from "Pilot, Part 1", shows a brief glimpse of Boone giving Rose CPR, and later shows him asking Nikki for a pen, which he did in "Pilot, Part 1" after Jack took over Rose's reanimation attempts and sent him off to go looking for a pen to perform a tracheotomy.
      • Supporters of the theory have alternatively suggested the inclusion of the shots depicting Rose may have been "production errors", or that Rose's reanimation may have not been successful in this timeline.
    • In "Catch-22", Sawyer gives Kate a Phil Collins tape which he claims belongs to Bernard, thereby confirming Bernard being alive and well on the Island.
    • Script coordinator Gregg Nations officially debunked this theory once and for all.
    • The final nail in the coffin of this theory was the return of both Rose and Bernard, alive and well on the Island, in "Greatest Hits".
    • And as a postscript note, the scene featuring the Swan door falling down originally intended for "Exposé" is included as a Deleted Scene on the Lost: The Complete Third Season DVD box set, and Bernard is seen in footage recycled from "Live Together, Die Alone". (It's possible that Sam Anderson was simply not available for shooting new footage for "Exposé", and since the official promo stills usually don't include recycled footage, he was not seen in them.)

Last Humans

Theory: States that the Island is not on the planet earth. The survivors of Oceanic 815 were the last humans on earth and then placed on the Island. Since there was never a plane crash, the flashbacks we see are implanted memories.

Debunked by: Season 4 and Season 5 show an outside world in existence, off the Island.

See also


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Marvel Database

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Adamantium

An artificially created alloy of iron that is the most impervious substance known on Earth, with the exception of the unknown Steel-Vibranium alloy of which Captain America's Shield is composed.
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Adrenaline

(aka Epinephrine) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. It is secreted by the adrenal medulla. When released into the bloodstream it increases heart rate and stroke volume, dilates the pupils, and constricts arterioles in the skin and gut while dilating arterioles in leg muscles. Often listed as being the source of abnormal feats of strength or agility, or the trigger of super-human powers.

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Alien

(1.) A being who originates elsewhere than Earth. (2.) Of or having to do with a place other than Earth.


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Alter ego

An alter ego (from Latin, "other I") is another self, a second personality or persona within a person. The term is commonly used in comic books, for the secret identity of a superheros and supervillains.

An alter ego is usually used by superheroes to conceal their identities in order to protect their friends and family from harm at the hands of their enemies, whereas supervillians usually have an alter ego to make sure they don't get arrested.

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Alternate Earth

A world resembling Earth in physical characteristics, natural phenomena, life forms, and, to some extent, history, which exists in the equivalent space to Earth's in another dimension. An alternate Earth may either be a divergent Earth or a parallel Earth.

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Alternate Future

One of the possible future realities deriving from the present reality through a specific sequence of events. One cannot tell which alternate future will become one's present reality until the point of divergence has been passed. At that point, one's reality diverges into more than one, and versions of one's self will exist in each resulting alternate future. Hence, one's divergent self will experience one of the alternate futures as his present reality, while another of his divergent selves will experience a different alternate future as his.

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Alternate World

A world in another dimension which exists in the equivalent space to a world in this dimension. Some alternate worlds which are not alternate Earths may exist in the equivalent space to Earth's in other dimensions.

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American

A person who was born in America.

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Amphibious

Capable of breathing and existing in air or in water.

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Android

An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic. Compare with clone, cyborg, robot, and synthozoid.

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Animal

Animals are a major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan becomes fixed as they develop, usually early on in their development as embryos, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile - they can move spontaneously and independently. Animals are heterotrophs - they are dependent on other organisms (e.g. plants) for sustenance.
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Anti-hero

An anti-hero has widely come to mean a character who has some characteristics that are antithetical to those of the traditional hero. An anti-hero in today's comic books will perform acts generally deemed "heroic," but will do so with methods, manners, or intentions that may not be heroic.
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Anti-Graviton

A theoretical particle carrying a force that repels gravity.

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Anti-Matter

Matter composed of particles that are the counterparts of the particles composing positive matter (the matter of which this universe is composed), but have opposite charges; e.g., anti-protons instead of protons, and positrons instead of electrons. Should positive matter come in contact with an equal amount of antimatter, both will be annihilated and converted to energy.

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Anti-Matter Universe

A universe composed of anti-matter rather than matter (as in our universe) existing in another dimension. The only one known to date is the Negative Zone.

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Anti-Mutant

Any type of being who holds prejudice towards mutants.

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Artistic License

Simply put, artistic license means an artist is accorded leeway in his or her interpretation of something, and is not held strictly accountable for accuracy.

For example, the director of your local theater group might decide it's high time Shakespeare's Hamlet was staged with the entire cast walking on stilts. Obviously, this was not how they did things back at the old Globe, but the director has been seized with an artistic vision and must be indulged.

A poet is granted artistic license to rhyme something with the word "orange", even though "orange" has no rhyming word in English.

Music sampling is a relatively new discipline, in which bits and pieces of other works are taken and compiled into a new piece. The sampler has taken (sometimes wild) artistic license with other musicians' works. In many cases, the sampling community will rate new pieces, and one of the judging criteria is entitled "Artistic License".

Writers of fiction are allowed to take all sorts of liberties with facts, in the interest of crafting a good story. It should go without saying that "fiction" is the operative word here.

This means it either should be noted or not used at all since the 90% of the time the character does not exhibit that ability very often. For example the Hulk during the Secret Wars broke his leg, Spider-Man once defeated Firelord, the Black Panther put the Silver Surfer in a hammer lock. All of this was done with artistic license from the writer and are not considered typical of the characters.

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Astral Body

The sheath or form that contains a living being's life essence, consciousness, spirit or soul. The astral body is a manifestation of the life essence composed of ectoplasm, an invisible, intangible substance whose source and properties remain unknown. While all living beings have astral bodies, certain adepts using psychic, psionic, or magical means, can separate their astral bodies from their physical bodies without harm. The astral body is also sometimes called astral form, astral self, and spirit form.

The astral form is the non-corporeal manifestation of beings that have the ability of astral projection. The majority of people capable of creating an astral form are psychics, and they usually appear on the Astral Plane. The astral form enables beings to exist within the mind, without a body and transcend through space and time as pure mental energy.

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Astral Projection

Astral projection (or astral travel) is a paranormal interpretation of an out-of-body experience achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming or deep meditation. The concept of astral projection assumes the existence of another body, separate from the physical body and capable of traveling to non-physical planes of existence. Commonly such planes are called astral, etheric, or spiritual. Astral projection is often experienced as the spirit or astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the spirit world or astral plane. Often a form of telepathy or magic.

Examples

For a list of characters who use astral projection, see Category:Astral Projection

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Atmokinesis

Atmokinesis is the ability to control or mentally affect the weather.

Examples

For a list of characters who can control the weather, see Category:Atmokinesis.

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Alien refers to any being that is foreign to your own homeworld. The term can be used affectionately or as xenophobic slang.

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Starwars

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"Aliens" in the Separatist Council.
"You refer to us as 'alien,' and the Princess calls us 'non-Human.' Why are we defined by you and in comparison to you?"
Borsk Fey'lya, 7 ABY

Alien was a Humanocentric biological—and sometimes political—term to describe a sentient species or a person of a species other than a Human or near-Human. It is often used interchangeably with the term Non-Human. The term may have been derived from the first impression of early Humans, when they had their first contacts with species from other planets. However, it seems to have been prevalent even in subsequent millennia. An equivalent, if less politically-correct term, was "monster."

Since Humans were the most common and prominent sentient species in galactic affairs and history, they were often considered to be a standard or average to which the biology, psychology, and culture of other species were compared.

Species with a body type roughly similar to Humans were often referred to as humanoid, since Humans were the most common example.

"Aliens" were sometimes victims of speciesism, being derided and avoided by Humans in certain societies, like Taris during the blockade of the Sith.

Behind the scenes

The word alien originally meant "stranger," and came from the Latin word alienus of the same meaning. The word was directly borrowed into English, and frequently used in the sense of "foreigner" (as in the legal term for a person who is not a native or naturalized citizen of the land where they are found.) It was also used in biology to describe plant or animal species which were not naturally found in a given part of the Earth, but had been introduced there.

In the twentieth century, the term was adopted to describe extraterrestrial intelligent life, whether in fiction or in a more scientific context.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • X-wing: Isard's Revenge

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Transformers

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"Hello, we're a little lost..which way to the set of The Real Ghostbusters?"

An alien, in the broadest sense, is someone or something not native to where they currently are. In the common sense of most fiction, though, it means anything originating from an extraterrestrial source.

For example, a tiny, inferior, squishy creature may consider a giant, talking robot to be an alien, while at precisely the same time the robot could find the fleshling to be the alien.

Contrary to Hollywood, not all aliens have long heads and mouths on their tongues. Although some will scare the ever-loving crap out of you anyway.

In many Transformers continuities, in addition to humans and Cybertronians, there are both organic aliens and robotic aliens. Many of the organic ones look very human, and an awful lot of the robotic ones have the ability to transform like Cybertronians. The extent to which these similarities are coincidence varies from species to species, when it's explained at all. Aliens (besides Autobots and Decepticons) popped up infrequently during the second season of The Transformers, but played a far larger role in the third and fourth seasons. The Beast Era saw the introduction of the Vok, a species of energy-based creature. Depending on your point of view, Botanica's beast mode (mobile plant-creature) is an alien as well.


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Yugioh

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The Aliens are a series of Reptile-Type cards introduced in "Power of the Duelist", with further support added in "Cyberdark Impact", "Strike of Neos", "Force of the Breaker, "Tactical Evolution, "Gladiator's Assault", "Crimson Crisis" and "Raging Battle". Alien decks focus heavily on exploiting "A-Counters", which weaken opposing monsters battling against "Aliens" and permit "Alien" users to activate a variety of specific theft, revival, and destruction effects. This is the first true Reptile archetype and one of the only archetypes, along with "Reptilianne", that focuses heavily on manipulating the opponent.

Playing style

"Aliens" have a variety of lower-level monsters, such as "Alien Warrior" and "Alien Grey", that generate essential A-Counters. However, prior to "Crimson Crisis," they suffered from a distinct lack of effects to exploit these counters once they have been created. Cards like "Alien Telepath", "Alien Hypno", and "Alien Mars" have potentially disruptive, yet situational, effects. By contrast, the powerful field-clearing effect of "Cosmic Fortress Gol'gar", as well as the revival provided by "Code A Ancient Ruins", now give the deck a more reliable means of converting A-Counters into Card Advantage. "Crimson Crisis" also introduced "Planet Pollutant Virus", a card which doubles as mass-removal and lingering A-Counter generation. Cards like "Alien Overlord" from "Crimson Crisis" and "Alien Dog" from the subsequent "Raging Battle", also gave Aliens a newfound ability to Swarm the field.

"Crimson Crisis" and "Raging Battle" have indeed added a variety of needed support for "Alien" monsters, and as such there are now several different builds and play styles for the archetype. The "Alien" cards prior to "Crimson Crisis" emphasized lower-level effect monsters like "Alien Psychic" and "Alien Hunter", and monster manipulation, such as "Brainwashing Beam" and "Mass Hypnosis". While such a strategy is still possible, it is distinctly suboptimal when compared to modernized builds that emphasize Gol'gar and the easy destruction and revival (through its quick counter generation for "Code A Ancient Ruins") that it supplies. Gol'gar can further be paired with powerful Continuous Spell Cards, like "Prohibition" or "Burden of the Mighty", along with cards like "Ancient Forest" and "Swords of Revealing Light" to create a strong Control archetype that excels at A-Counter generation via Gol'gar's effect.

No monster in the archetype has over 2600 ATK, a value shared by Gol'gar and its underpowered predecessor, "Cosmic Horror Gangi'el", together the so-called "boss monsters" of the "Aliens". Neither of these monsters counts as an "Alien" per se, and hence does not weaken opposing monsters burdened with A-Counters. This drawback is largely irrelevant, however, especially in the case of Gol'gar, which is the highest ATK Level 5 Monster Card in the game and able to eliminate most threats from the field either by its effect or said disproportionately high ATK.

All "Alien" decks ultimately rely on A-Counters to operate. A swarming "Alien" deck needs ample A-Counters to Special Summon Overlord and activate Ruins. "Alien" decks that manipulate opponent's monsters via Hypno, Beam, and Hypnosis require A-Counters to maintain control of the pilfered monsters. Gol'gar control variants obviously exploit Gol'gar's ability both to generate A-Counters and to instantly convert those counters into free removal.

Weaknesses

"Aliens" are weak against decks with superior speed, such as "Lightsworns" or "Zombie". The deck itself has little drawpower outside of Grey. Accordingly, it often suffers in its quest to draw into its power cards and convert them into a superior setup before losing the race to decks like the ones above. Specialized Searchers such as "Gold Sarcophagus", "Oshaleon", "Snake Whistle", and "Damage = Reptile" can partially alleviate this problem by letting you retrieve your combo pieces more efficiently, but not all of them fit comfortably into the archetype and many of them can be situational as draws.

"Aliens" also have no native, major offensive threat outside of Gol'gar. Although Warrior and Shocktrooper boast high ATK scores for Level 4 Monster Cards, they quickly lose value after the few first turns of the game, when Synchro Monsters, Fusion Monsters, and other massive cards begin hitting the field. Gol'gar helps to keep "Aliens" in the race. Other Synchros like "Ally of Justice Catastor" (instantly Summonable by Ammonite and useful against "Lightsworns" in particular) also help the deck to keep a solid footing against more explosive decks.

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Alien
English: Alien
Attribute: LIGHT Image:Light.png
Type: Other Worldly
Level: 1 Image:Star.png
ATK/DEF: 250/100
Card Lore: A being from another planet, it upgrades with "Alien Armor".
Card Limit: Unlimited
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