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Honda's ASIMO is an example of a humanoid robot.

A humanoid (from English human and -oid "resembling") is something that has an appearance resembling a human being. The term first appeared in 1912 to refer to fossils which were morphologically similar to, but not identical with, those of the human skeleton.[1] Although this usage was common in the sciences for much of the 20th century, it is now considered rare.[1] More generally, the term can refer to anything with human characteristics.


In robotics

An android or gynoid is a humanoid robot designed to look like a male or female human, respectively, although these words are frequently perceived to be synonymous with humanoid.

In science fiction

With regard to extraterrestrials in fiction, the term humanoid is most commonly used to refer to alien beings with a body plan that is generally like that of a human, including upright stance and bipedalism.

The Wraith are a race of humanoid aliens from the Stargate franchise.

Many aliens in television and science fiction films are presented as humanoid. This is usually attributed to budget constraints.


Explanations for fictional humanoid aliens

In much of science fiction, the reason for the abundance of humanoid aliens is not explained and requires suspension of disbelief. In some cases, however, in-universe explanations have been offered.

  • Star Trek: The abundance of humanoid aliens within the Star Trek universe is explained by advancing the story of a primordial humanoid civilization, the Ancient humanoids, who seeded the galaxy with genetically-engineered cells to guide the evolution of life on a multitude of words toward a humanoid form.[2]
  • Stargate: The Wraith, one of the main antagonists of the Stargate Atlantis series, are humanoid. The explanation offered is that the Wraith evolved from a parasite which incorporated human DNA into its own genome after feeding on humans, giving the Wraith their present form.[3]

In ufology

In the field of ufology, humanoid refers to any of the claimed extraterrestrials which abduct human victims, such as the Greys,[4] the Reptilians,[5] and the Nordics.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed.. OED Online: Oxford University.  
  2. ^ "The Chase". Star Trek: The Next Generation. April 26, 1993. No. 20, season 6.
  3. ^ "The Gift" (Stargate Atlantis)
  4. ^ Bryan, C.D.B (1995). Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.  
  5. ^ Lewis, Tyson; Richard Kahn (Winter 2005). "The Reptoid Hypothesis: Utopian and Dystopian Representational Motifs in David Icke's Alien Conspiracy Theory". Utopian Studies 16 (1): 45–75.  
  6. ^ Schnoebelen, William J. (2003) Space Invaders, Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 1413424023

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