The Harvesters are a race of sapient, spacefaring aliens which travel from planet to planet like a galactic swarm of locusts, devouring each world's natural resources before moving to the next one, bringing their entire civilization in massive ships.

Biology[edit | edit source]

Physically, they're no more durable than a Human being, but compensate this by being enclosed within a biomechanical suit that gives them numerous advantages. They have a slender, quasi-humanoid body with three-jointed limbs and only two digits on their hands and feet. The head is enlarged and flattened. They have large, pupil-less eyes (or eye-like organs) and the suit armor includes a number of long, grasping tentacles protruding from their backs.

Lacking both ears and vocal chords, the aliens communicate using a sophisticated form of telepathy. They are also able to control other beings, at least partially, by attaching tentacles to their necks, and apparently do this in order to communicate with non-telepathic species. This species breathes oxygen and requires similar environmental conditions to Humans.

Their hive-like society is ruled by a massive Harvester Queen, who exerts complete control over all of her fleet's soldiers.

Culture and society[edit | edit source]

The Harvesters are little more than nomadic looters. They do possess far superior technology, including enormous fleets of ships; defense fields to prevent missiles from reaching their ships' hull; highly destructive weaponry and protective biomechanic suits.

When invading an inhabited planet, the aliens' military tactics consist of large-scale attacks, destroying the major cities around the globe simultaneously and then heading to the next largest, presumably going on until there is nothing left.

History[edit | edit source]

Although a single alien ship crashed on Roswell in 1947, the real invasion only started in 1996. At the end, the aliens were defeated and possibly driven to extinction thanks to the creation of a computer virus which temporarily removed the alien ships' shields.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The aliens were designed by Patrick Tatopoulos, and the film was the brainchild of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the same creators of the Stargate franchise. The creators stated that they wanted to showcase a different sort of alien invasion than the one popular in sci-fi films from the 50s to the 80s. While in most of these films, the invasion starts furtively, with the aliens hiding in the countryside or secretly assimilating people with spores; the creatures from Independence Day are confident in their superiority, and start off in a real large scale assault, literally destroying all the world's major cities.
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