Questions tagged [humanoid]

For question about creatures whose appearance is similar to that of humans. The creatures in the question should be different from normal humans in at least one way but can still be seen as mainly human.

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Anatomically correct multiarmed humanoids

Humanoids with more than 2 pairs of arms weren't an unknown concept in human culture. From ancient mythology, there are the hundred-armed Hekatoncheires (who have their own thread here) and six-armed ...
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What sounds would be common for both forms for a human/wolf shapeshifter?

Here's a world much like Earth, except it's inhabited by a race of shapeshifters. On one side of the appearance divide there is an appearance much like a large Earth wolf; on the other is an ...
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What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

BACKGROUND I'm working on a medieval world in which homo sapiens domesticated several other species of intelligent hominids during their prehistory, at first enslaving them to take advantage of ...
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Could winged humanoids perch on public transit?

In modern times, public transport, whether it is buses, trains, or taxis, makes long-term travel more convenient. Also in that same world, there are winged humanoids capable of actual flying, with ...
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How would having two pairs of vocal cords affect the voice of a humanoid?

If a humanoid had a second pair of vocal cords or similarly functioning structures under the primary vocal cords, what would be the effect on the voice? Would this allow the humanoid to sing with two ...
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Eusocial Humanoids?

How could a humanoid race and/or a human subspecies develop eusocial behavior? It's more common in insects like bees, but the naked mole rat is a eusocial mammal, so it's possible, any thoughts on the ...
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Celebrity Super Soldier - How Strong Could a “Realistic” Humanoid Be Designed to Be? [duplicate]

Background: Recently I have been working on a story that features a pop star who is actually an alien super soldier raised by human parents. That is to say, she was genetically engineered to be a ...
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How would I design a humanoid with retractable claws?

I am attempting to make my species of elves more alien to humans. My plan is to change their physiology in a very specific way. How realistic would it be for them to have retractable claws similar ...
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What stops a race of giants from wiping out humanity?

Starting from 435 A.D., a race of sea-faring giants has made land-fall in Eurasia and is raising hell. Due to socio-political pressures in their island homelands in Polynesia and Australia (constant ...
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How could a human-like organism be stronger than a chimpanzee? Would this even be practical?

Disclaimer: By human-like, I am referring mostly to limb proportions similar to ours. Would it be reasonable for the average member of a bipedal species with proportions similar to those of humans ...
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Realistic bow weight and penetration for a humanoid of large size and strength

If a humanoid that is identical too a human but stands at roughly 9 feet and has at least twice the strength a human in say the top ten percent of the strength demographic had a bow of equivalent ...
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Tiny humanoids?

There are many tiny humanoids in fiction, the Arquilians of Men in Black, the Gargantians of Buzz Lightyear Star Command and a few others. This raises the question, is it possible for a humanoid ...
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Boats for really tall people

So I'm writing a book that takes place in an endless ocean with islands inhabited by many races, and I'm trying to come up with unique boat ideas for races; well I have most of them, but I would like ...
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Is there a reason for a humanoid species to be 'biologically' matriarchal with females being slightly more dominant than the males?

Following my last question asked regarding oviparous humanoids, is there a way for evolution to 'regard' females as the more dominant gender without going down that road, forming a heavily matriarchal ...
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How could my humanoids have fire resistant hair and skin?

Explanations for fire setting are easier to come by than explanations for fire resistance. Being able to set fires with nothing more than their hands, my 'fire-setters' need protection from the flames....
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How fast could a hominid evolve to run?

This is question is related to the medieval world from my earlier question in which several types of intelligent hominids evolved in isolation, until they were rediscovered, conquered, and bred into a ...
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Anatomically correct kemonomimis

Fantasy worlds from Asian novels (and related media) have lots of kemonomimis. They are human-ish species that have animal ears and tails. Of the fox, wolf, cat, bear, raccoon, dog, lizard, and so on....
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Best place on an humanoid body to develop biological radio?

As seen on others questions biological radio could be a thing. How to evolve biological radios? What would a species require to be able to inherently transmit and receive radio waves? I was ...
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Humanoid based on Octopus: Flexibility and organ protection

I am planning on making a new species based on octopus and humans. Human in skeletal structure, Octopus flexibility. I am thinking of calling them octopeople. As far as flexibility, I am thinking of ...
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How to Use Photosynthesis Creatively in Humans

I've seen many questions here about humans being capable of photosynthesis. And I know, humans don't have enough surface area to power themselves full time. However, that's assuming that the energy ...
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Is there a way for human-sized oviparous humanoid mammals to produce young in eggs without going the full marsupial route?

As per my last two questions asked, I still have a niggling query left regarding a humanoid species in production. To further support their matriarchal theme through evolution, I have decided to make ...
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pH Indicators and Fantastical Skin Colors

Ever since reading through the creative answers in this question (How can I explain alien skin being different colors?) I've been thinking about the logistics behind fantastical skin colors. However,...
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Creating a humanoid squid

I'm thinking of adding humanoid squid into my world, as an expy of the bloodsuckers from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. These cephaloids somehow fell into our universe from a parallel one (they don't know ...
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Mistaken For Wings?

What feature could more feasible evolve in a humanoid race, related to humans or not, that could be mistaken at first glance and/or conflated into by word of mouth exaggerating things, wings?
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How would having toxic hairs affect the everyday/work life of a human?

Due to unknown reasons resulting in a fluke DNA mutation, with an incredibly low probability, a 'human' baby is born who is not quite human, the mutation being that the hairs are mildly toxic. This ...
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How to build a race which uses photosynthesis? [duplicate]

I've built a species that does eat, but I would also like them to get some of their energy from the sun. Consider the conditions to be identical to earth as far as the sun and atmosphere is concerned. ...
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Humanoids with Wings ~ How Would it Work? [duplicate]

I need help with figuring out how two different types of wings would work for two different types of human-like creatures. This includes how they would fly [flapping, wing length, other things that ...