There’s no way I’m the only person who’s seen the similarities between Turians from Mass Effect, and Hork-Bajir from Animorphs. It’s mostly superficial similarities of course, but an awful lot of them.
First, let’s take a look at them.
And then Hork-Bajir:
So they’ve both got longer necks, and bird/raptor-like faces. Heck, they’re even both a bit spiky. (Obviously the Hork-Bajir have the turians beat on spikiness, though, lol) If it wasn’t for the fact that the Hork-Bajir were genetically created, I’d easily have grounds for a cross-over with them being a sort of “cousin” species.
So my next point is actually the first thing I noticed, being the love scene between Garrus and femShep in the second game. Instead of kissing, we get this here:
(Not my Shepard, sorry. Had to google it because I’m on my netbook and thus couldn’t make my own screencaps. May update later with my own Shepard)
Once I got over my initial disappointment with this scene, my mind immediately jumped to the headcanon that this was a turian equivalent of a kiss, since they don’t really have lips. Makes the scene a lot sweeter, especially since Shepard initiates it, so that means she made a point to look it up. It also seems like a lot of the Shakarian fandom has adopted this same head canon.
But the whole thing just seemed familiar to me somehow, and then I remembered this part from The Hork Bajir Chronicles:
Then Dak pressed his forehead horns to mine, and I felt the tingle of a sensation I had not guessed Hork-Bajir could feel. It was a Hork-Bajir kiss, I suppose. What we Andalites do when we stroke another’s face with our palms.
So yeah, that definitely cemented that headcanon for me.
I don’t actually know what I’m getting at with this post. I mean, I’m not accusing Bioware of ripping off the Hork-Bajir or anything like that; Turians are definitely different enough to have been thought up independently. I think I’m just fangirling because I found something in common between two fandoms I love. And this would certainly explain why I like turians so much.