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* ''Literature/ChaosSquad'': Alien invaders nicknamed the X during wartime.
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* ''ComicBook/ElEternauta''
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'':This Italian Disney series features the Evronians, a hostile species of [[Franchise/{{Alien}} H.R. Giger-inspired]] aliens, planning the invasion of the Earth. The main thing standing in their way? ''Donald Duck in a superhero suit''.

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Italian Disney series features the Evronians, a hostile species of [[Franchise/{{Alien}} H.R. Giger-inspired]] aliens, planning the invasion of the Earth. The main thing standing in their way? ''Donald Duck in a superhero suit''.



* ''PaperGirls'': four newspaper delivery girls confront an alien invasion of their [[EverytownAmerica midwestern suburb]] on the day after Halloween, 1988.

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* ''PaperGirls'': ''ComicBook/PaperGirls'': four newspaper delivery girls confront an alien invasion of their [[EverytownAmerica midwestern suburb]] on the day after Halloween, 1988.



* ''FanFic/SonicTheHedgehogHeroesOfMobius'' has had ''three'' so far, first by the Martians, then by the Devatrons, then by the Black Arms.

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* ''FanFic/SonicTheHedgehogHeroesOfMobius'' ''Fanfic/SonicTheHedgehogHeroesOfMobius'' has had ''three'' so far, first by the Martians, then by the Devatrons, then by the Black Arms.



* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Episode 14 deals with the Stardroids coming to Earth.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'': During the Dark World arc, it's revealed that at some point during the [[BadFuture Epilogue timeline]], Equestria was invaded by what is strongly implied to be the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Imperium of Man]]. This forced all of [[EvilOverlord Discord's]] remaining enemies to [[EnemyMine ally with him]] in order to repel the invasion, which they eventually succeeded in doing.

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* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Episode 14 deals with the Stardroids coming to Earth.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'': ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': During the Dark World arc, it's revealed that at some point during the [[BadFuture Epilogue timeline]], Equestria was invaded by what is strongly implied to be the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Imperium of Man]]. This forced all of [[EvilOverlord Discord's]] remaining enemies to [[EnemyMine ally with him]] in order to repel the invasion, which they eventually succeeded in doing.



* Inverted in ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauColdWar'' except for the UN meeting, the Ponies never invade us but we invade them by breaking their [[SarcasmMode big bad barrier]].

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* Inverted in ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauColdWar'' ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauColdWar'' except for the UN meeting, the Ponies never invade us but we invade them by breaking their [[SarcasmMode big bad barrier]].



* ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'' has [[LizardFolk The Race]] invading Earth in 2011 instead of 1942.
* ''FanFic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'' points out that this has become a recurring issue for the league, with first the kroletaens, then the reach, then Despero, then Mongul, then Starfire, and finally Darkseid all being threats that came via alien invasion to their planet. ComicBook/BlueBeetle even gives a little note to Starfire that 1 is more than enough for a year. (Star ends up being good, but that's besides the point)

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* ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'' ''Fanfic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'' has [[LizardFolk The Race]] invading Earth in 2011 instead of 1942.
* ''FanFic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'' ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'' points out that this has become a recurring issue for the league, with first the kroletaens, then the reach, then Despero, then Mongul, then Starfire, and finally Darkseid all being threats that came via alien invasion to their planet. ComicBook/BlueBeetle even gives a little note to Starfire that 1 is more than enough for a year. (Star ends up being good, but that's besides the point)



* ''FanFic/WarboundWidow'' has this happen with planet Earth via the Alternian Empire, which kickstarts the plot.

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* ''FanFic/WarboundWidow'' ''Fanfic/WarboundWidow'' has this happen with planet Earth via the Alternian Empire, which kickstarts the plot.
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* Inverted in ''BattleForTerra'', where it's the humans who are invading the titular planet (not [[PlanetTerra Earth]]).
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' involves the aliens misinterpreting the recordings of arcade games from TheEighties as a hostile message and modeling their attack on Earth as classic video game characters, such as PacMan and DonkeyKong. Creator/AdamSandler and Creator/KevinJames assemble a team of retrogamers to fight them with video game-inspired weapons.

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* Inverted in ''BattleForTerra'', ''WesternAnimation/BattleForTerra'', where it's the humans who are invading the titular planet (not [[PlanetTerra Earth]]).
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' involves the aliens misinterpreting the recordings of arcade games from TheEighties as a hostile message and modeling their attack on Earth as classic video game characters, such as PacMan and DonkeyKong. Creator/AdamSandler and Creator/KevinJames assemble a team of retrogamers to fight them with video game-inspired weapons.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action movies]]:
** In the first ''[[Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime Race Against Time]]'', it was time traveling creatures of which the leader needed to activate a specific device to make the invasion happen.
** In the second movie, ''[[Film/Ben10AlienSwarm Alien Swarm]]'', it was [[NanoMachines alien nanochips]].
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': The aliens send several massive ships over major cities. They then use powerful WaveMotionGun to destroy the cities. They later launch assault with fighter craft to attack the human military attempting to fight back.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' The aliens in ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' appear to be an advance scout force whose task is to notify their homeworld about humanity's defenses in preparation for an actual invasion.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10''
[[LiveActionAdaptation live-action movies]]:
** In the first ''[[Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime Race Against Time]]'', it was time traveling is time-traveling creatures of which the leader needed to activate a specific device to make the invasion happen.
** In the second movie, ''[[Film/Ben10AlienSwarm Alien Swarm]]'', it was is [[NanoMachines alien nanochips]].
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' is a typical example of an alien invasion with the aliens having extremely advanced technology, and human militaries are barely holding on.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'':
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The aliens send several massive ships over major cities. They then use powerful WaveMotionGun to destroy the cities. They later launch assault with fighter craft to attack the human military attempting to fight back.



* ''Film/PacificRim'' has a race of beings from another dimension create progressively-larger {{kaiju}} to obliterate humanity and prepare Earth for their arrival. They get to Earth through a portal at the bottom of the Pacific.
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' involves the aliens misinterpreting the recordings of arcade games from TheEighties as a hostile message and modeling their attack on Earth as classic video game characters, such as VideoGame/PacMan and VideoGame/DonkeyKong. Creator/AdamSandler and Creator/KevinJames assemble a team of retrogamers to fight them with video game-inspired weapons.



* ''Film/{{Slither}}'': The alien invader uses infiltration by taking over human beings. The movie Includes a {{homage}} to the movie ‘‘Thing’’, by naming the town's mayor after Kurt Russell's character, R. J. [=MacReady=].
** A character who gets a glimpse into the mind of the creature reveals that they have already taken over several other planets.

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* ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' is a comedy about a crew of inept Martians who intercept a rebroadcast of OrsonWelles's ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' radio drama and assume their fleet is attacking Earth (in fact, their fleet is in the process of being obliterated by their enemy the Arcturians). They crash-land in a small American town and begin their "invasion". HilarityEnsues.
* ''Film/{{Slither}}'': The alien invader uses infiltration by taking over human beings. The movie Includes a {{homage}} to the movie ‘‘Thing’’, "Thing", by naming the town's mayor after Kurt Russell's character, R. J. [=MacReady=].
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[=MacReady=]. A character who gets a glimpse into the mind of the creature reveals that they have already taken over several other planets.



* ''[[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Dark of the Moon]]'': Everyone's favorite evil robots, the Decepticons, decide to give the All Out Attack a shot. The Autobots are of course the good aliens helping out humanity here.

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* ''[[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Dark of the Moon]]'': ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'': Everyone's favorite evil robots, the Decepticons, decide to give the All Out Attack a shot. The Autobots are of course the good aliens helping out humanity here.here.
* The main plot in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' is alien invasion, [[RecycledInSpace Fantasy-style]]. The orcs come from another world, want to use the local population to bring the rest of their Horde to Azeroth, and then intend to (or at least Gul'dan intends to) magically terraform their new home in Draenor's image.



* ''Film/TheWhispererInDarkness'' (2011). The Mi-Go plan to open a wormhole to Earth to bring through an invasion force. This is different from the short story by Creator/HPLovecraft in which they've already decided the conquest of Earth is too much trouble.



* ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' is a comedy about a crew of inept Martians who intercept a rebroadcast of OrsonWelles's ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' radio drama and assume their fleet is attacking Earth (in fact, their fleet is in the process of being obliterated by their enemy the Arcturians). They crash-land in a small American town and begin their "invasion". HilarityEnsues.
* ''Film/TheWhispererInDarkness'' (2011). The Mi-Go plan to open a wormhole to Earth to bring through an invasion force. This is different from the short story by Creator/HPLovecraft in which they've already decided the conquest of Earth is too much trouble.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' has a race of beings from another dimension create progressively-larger {{kaiju}} to obliterate humanity and prepare Earth for their arrival. They get to Earth through a portal at the bottom of the Pacific.
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' is a typical example of an alien invasion with the aliens having extremely-advanced technology, and human militaries are barely holding on.
* The aliens in ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' appear to be an advance scout force whose task is to notify their homeworld about humanity's defenses in preparation for an actual invasion.
* The main plot in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' is alien invasion, [[RecycledInSpace Fantasy-style]]. The orcs come from another world, want to use the local population to bring the rest of their Horde to Azeroth, and then intend to (or at least Gul'dan intends to) magically terraform their new home in Draenor's image.



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* Subverted in the ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book ''Invaders of the Planet Earth''. The Taurons have conquered Earth and rendered all electrical devices useless since their own technology is [[WeaksauceWeakness extremely vulnerable to the slightest exposure to electricity]]. The protagonist in most paths tries (and mostly fails, this is one of the less forgiving books in the series) to find a way to defeat the Taurons. However, in one path [[spoiler:which is canon according to the sequel ''Planet of the Dragons'']], the protagonist has a chance to get the Taurons' side of the story. The Taurons were actually pursuing a very dangerous criminal (a member of the "good" Vork aliens opposing the Taurons) who found his way to Earth. The Taurons' occupation of Earth was merely a desperate attempt to keep the criminal trapped on Earth while they hunted him down. He is apparently so dangerous some Taurons want to ''destroy Earth'' just to get rid of him. The end of this path has the protagonist joining the very aliens he originally opposed.
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* ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Invasion]]'' by Creator/MikhailAkhmanov: The novel details the arrival of a giant HumanAlien starship from another galactic arm in order to conquer and enslave humans, who only have a tiny fleet of ships with no shields, AntiMatter, or FTL capability. After the humans barely survive (thanks to [[spoiler:another alien]]), the following novels chronicle humanity using the leftover technology to build an interstellar empire (well, more of a [[TheFederation federation]] but with GunboatDiplomacy).

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* ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Invasion]]'' ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'': ''Invasion'' by Creator/MikhailAkhmanov: The novel details the arrival of a giant HumanAlien starship from another galactic arm in order to conquer and enslave humans, who only have a tiny fleet of ships with no shields, AntiMatter, or FTL capability. After the humans barely survive (thanks to [[spoiler:another alien]]), the following novels chronicle humanity using the leftover technology to build an interstellar empire (well, more of a [[TheFederation federation]] but with GunboatDiplomacy).



* The Hch'nyv from the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] of ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy''. They are basically an alien invasion taking place in a fantasy setting. Almost all of their actions take place offscreen, but from what little is mentioned about them, they seem to go for the all out attack.



* In ''Literature/EdenGreen'', needle monsters make rare appearances on the edges of a recession-hit city. But before the main characters can figure out where the monsters are coming from and how to effectively kill them ''en masse,'' [[spoiler:the floodgates open and the city is hit with hundreds of monsters at once]].
* ''Literature/EndersGame'':
** It takes place after ''two'' barely-thwarted invasions by the Buggers/Formics. The titular character is part of a program to train commanders in preparation for the Third Invasion. Subverted in that [[spoiler:the Buggers have no intention of attacking again, having experienced a WhatHaveIDone moment after realizing that humans are not a HiveMind like them but a collection of individuals. The Third Invasion is the reverse with humans sending a fleet to take out the Buggers]].
** The prequel novels ''Literature/FormicWars'' describe the First Invasion (although differently from how it's remembered in ''Ender's Game'').



* In ''Literature/ThePuppiesOfTerra'' (a.k.a. ''White Fang Goes Dingo'') by Thomas Disch, highly advanced energy beings take over earth with no difficulty at all. They're a race of aesthetes -- they behave exactly like late-Victorian gay males -- and [[spoiler:they abandon Earth when humans will simply ''not'' cease thinking about disgusting things]].
* Played horrifyingly straight in ''Literature/RememberToAlwaysBeBrave''. And the characters feel that the invasion is due to a non military organization/corporation - and yet that non-military entity nearly wipes mankind out of existence.
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's "Literature/TheRoadNotTaken" short story, the [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien Roxolani]] try to invade Earth, first by impressing humans with their ArtificialGravity-powered ship and then by their advanced weapons. These advanced weapons? Napoleonic muskets and appropriate tactics. To say "EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion" would be an understatement.
* One of the books in Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' deals with a full-blown invasion of human space by hyper-advanced (even by human standards) ugly-looking aliens. In a slight subversion, it's revealed that [[spoiler:they're under the MindControl of a rogue human faction]]. Once the ManBehindTheMan is taken out, the aliens decide that maybe they don't feel like fighting any more.
* Subverted in ''Supreme Commander'' by Nikolai Gudanets, loosely based on ''VideoGame/XCom''. This is the initial assumption for the alien attacks, and an international task force is created to combat them. When a new type of alien is taken captive, they find a way to communicate with it, and it reveals that the aliens are, in fact, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame. They have no interest in Earth beyond treating it like a fun outing. They do have a base on Earth, but it's actually a re-purposed Nazi sub pen far north.



* In Creator/VernorVinge's novella "Literature/TrueNames", this is discussed as one possible explanation for The Mailman's peculiar method of communication with the on-line world of The Other Plane. In particular, the time-lag would seem to place him in the Asteroid belt, far beyond where any human has visited.



* In Creator/VernorVinge's novella "Literature/TrueNames", this is discussed as one possible explanation for The Mailman's peculiar method of communication with the on-line world of The Other Plane. In particular, the time-lag would seem to place him in the Asteroid belt, far beyond where any human has visited.
* One of the books in Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' deals with a full-blown invasion of human space by hyper-advanced (even by human standards) ugly-looking aliens. In a slight subversion, it's revealed that [[spoiler:they're under the MindControl of a rogue human faction]]. Once the ManBehindTheMan is taken out, the aliens decide that maybe they don't feel like fighting any more.
* The Hch'nyv from the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] of ''TheDarkswordTrilogy''. They are basically an alien invasion taking place in a fantasy setting. Almost all of their actions take place offscreen, but from what little is mentioned about them, they seem to go for the all out attack.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book ''Invaders of the Planet Earth''. The Taurons have conquered Earth and rendered all electrical devices useless since their own technology is [[WeaksauceWeakness extremely vulnerable to the slightest exposure to electricity]]. The protagonist in most paths tries (and mostly fails, this is one of the less forgiving books in the series) to find a way to defeat the Taurons. However, in one path [[spoiler:which is canon according to the sequel ''Planet of the Dragons'']], the protagonist has a chance to get the Taurons' side of the story. The Taurons were actually pursuing a very dangerous criminal (a member of the "good" Vork aliens opposing the Taurons) who found his way to Earth. The Taurons' occupation of Earth was merely a desperate attempt to keep the criminal trapped on Earth while they hunted him down. He is apparently so dangerous some Taurons want to ''destroy Earth'' just to get rid of him. The end of this path has the protagonist joining the very aliens he originally opposed.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' takes place after ''two'' barely-thwarted invasions by the Buggers/Formics. The titular character is part of a program to train commanders in preparation for the Third Invasion. Subverted in that [[spoiler:the Buggers have no intention of attacking again, having experienced a WhatHaveIDone moment after realizing that humans are not a HiveMind like them but a collection of individuals. The Third Invasion is the reverse with humans sending a fleet to take out the Buggers]].
** The [[Literature/FormicWars prequel novels]] describe the First Invasion (although differently from how it's remembered in ''Ender's Game'').
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's "Literature/TheRoadNotTaken" short story, the [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien Roxolani]] try to invade Earth, first by impressing humans with their ArtificialGravity-powered ship and then by their advanced weapons. These advanced weapons? Napoleonic muskets and appropriate tactics. To say "EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion" would be an understatement.
* Subverted in ''Supreme Commander'' by Nikolai Gudanets, loosely based on ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}''. This is the initial assumption for the alien attacks, and an international task force is created to combat them. When a new type of alien is taken captive, they find a way to communicate with it, and it reveals that the aliens are, in fact, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame. They have no interest in Earth beyond treating it like a fun outing. They do have a base on Earth, but it's actually a re-purposed Nazi sub pen far north.
* Played horrifyingly straight in ''Literature/RememberToAlwaysBeBrave''. And the characters feel that the invasion is due to a non military organization/corporation - and yet that non-military entity nearly wipes mankind out of existence.
* In ''Literature/EdenGreen'', needle monsters make rare appearances on the edges of a recession-hit city. But before the main characters can figure out where the monsters are coming from and how to effectively kill them ''en masse,'' [[spoiler:the floodgates open and the city is hit with hundreds of monsters at once]].
* In ''Literature/ThePuppiesOfTerra'' (AKA ''White Fang Goes Dingo'') by Thomas Disch, highly advanced energy beings take over earth with no difficulty at all. They're a race of aesthetes -- they behave exactly like late-Victorian gay males -- and [[spoiler:they abandon Earth when humans will simply ''not'' cease thinking about disgusting things]].
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* In Creator/VernorVinge's novella "Literature/TrueNames", this is discussed as one possible explanation for The Mailman's peculiar method of communication with the on-line world of The Other Plane. In particular, the time-lag would seem to place him in the Asteroid belt, far beyond where any human has visited.
* One of the books in Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' deals with a full-blown invasion of human space by hyper-advanced (even by human standards) ugly-looking aliens. In a slight subversion, it's revealed that [[spoiler:they're under the MindControl of a rogue human faction]]. Once the ManBehindTheMan is taken out, the aliens decide that maybe they don't feel like fighting any more.
* The Hch'nyv from the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] of ''TheDarkswordTrilogy''. They are basically an alien invasion taking place in a fantasy setting. Almost all of their actions take place offscreen, but from what little is mentioned about them, they seem to go for the all out attack.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book ''Invaders of the Planet Earth''. The Taurons have conquered Earth and rendered all electrical devices useless since their own technology is [[WeaksauceWeakness extremely vulnerable to the slightest exposure to electricity]]. The protagonist in most paths tries (and mostly fails, this is one of the less forgiving books in the series) to find a way to defeat the Taurons. However, in one path [[spoiler:which is canon according to the sequel ''Planet of the Dragons'']], the protagonist has a chance to get the Taurons' side of the story. The Taurons were actually pursuing a very dangerous criminal (a member of the "good" Vork aliens opposing the Taurons) who found his way to Earth. The Taurons' occupation of Earth was merely a desperate attempt to keep the criminal trapped on Earth while they hunted him down. He is apparently so dangerous some Taurons want to ''destroy Earth'' just to get rid of him. The end of this path has the protagonist joining the very aliens he originally opposed.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' takes place after ''two'' barely-thwarted invasions by the Buggers/Formics. The titular character is part of a program to train commanders in preparation for the Third Invasion. Subverted in that [[spoiler:the Buggers have no intention of attacking again, having experienced a WhatHaveIDone moment after realizing that humans are not a HiveMind like them but a collection of individuals. The Third Invasion is the reverse with humans sending a fleet to take out the Buggers]].
** The [[Literature/FormicWars prequel novels]] describe the First Invasion (although differently from how it's remembered in ''Ender's Game'').
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's "Literature/TheRoadNotTaken" short story, the [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien Roxolani]] try to invade Earth, first by impressing humans with their ArtificialGravity-powered ship and then by their advanced weapons. These advanced weapons? Napoleonic muskets and appropriate tactics. To say "EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion" would be an understatement.
* Subverted in ''Supreme Commander'' by Nikolai Gudanets, loosely based on ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}''. This is the initial assumption for the alien attacks, and an international task force is created to combat them. When a new type of alien is taken captive, they find a way to communicate with it, and it reveals that the aliens are, in fact, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame. They have no interest in Earth beyond treating it like a fun outing. They do have a base on Earth, but it's actually a re-purposed Nazi sub pen far north.
* Played horrifyingly straight in ''Literature/RememberToAlwaysBeBrave''. And the characters feel that the invasion is due to a non military organization/corporation - and yet that non-military entity nearly wipes mankind out of existence.
* In ''Literature/EdenGreen'', needle monsters make rare appearances on the edges of a recession-hit city. But before the main characters can figure out where the monsters are coming from and how to effectively kill them ''en masse,'' [[spoiler:the floodgates open and the city is hit with hundreds of monsters at once]].
* In ''Literature/ThePuppiesOfTerra'' (AKA ''White Fang Goes Dingo'') by Thomas Disch, highly advanced energy beings take over earth with no difficulty at all. They're a race of aesthetes -- they behave exactly like late-Victorian gay males -- and [[spoiler:they abandon Earth when humans will simply ''not'' cease thinking about disgusting things]].
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]]. The aliens are actually human beings descended from 21st Century astronauts, but they otherwise fit the trope to a T: they come from space, are more technologically advanced than the people of Earth, and intend to (re-)colonize the planet. They don't think of themselves as invaders, though: they've always thought of Earth as their real home, even if no living person among them has been there before, and when they first send people down to the planet, they thought Earth-based humanity had long since died out. It's not until one of Earth's natives gives them a WhatTheHellHero moment that they realize how much they've been playing the alien invader role.

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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' ''Series/The100'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]]. The aliens are actually human beings descended from 21st Century astronauts, but they otherwise fit the trope to a T: they come from space, are more technologically advanced than the people of Earth, and intend to (re-)colonize the planet. They don't think of themselves as invaders, though: they've always thought of Earth as their real home, even if no living person among them has been there before, and when they first send people down to the planet, they thought Earth-based humanity had long since died out. It's not until one of Earth's natives gives them a WhatTheHellHero moment that they realize how much they've been playing the alien invader role.role.
* Franchise/ArrowVerse:
** An epic {{crossover}} event between ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'' aptly titled "Invasion!" deals with an attack by a race of hostile aliens called Dominators, necessitating Barry to gather an all-star team, composed of Team Flash, Team Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. Kara mentions that they also exist in her home universe and have attacked Krypton in the past. The Dominators have previously come to Earth in the 50s in Redmond, Oregon. The US Army attempted to stop them only for several hundred soldiers to be slaughtered and their bodies dragged away. They appear to attack civilizations with the potential to eventually challenge them. In the case of the Kryptonians, it's because they gain superpowers, when exposed to yellow suns. In the case of humans, it's because of metahumans. They are also somehow able to tell that [[spoiler:Barry has changed history]].
** Additionally, in ''Legends of Tomorrow'', there's a possibility of an invasion from the planet Thanagar in one particular BadFuture. Thanagar also exists in Supergirl's universe, by the way.
* ''Series/{{Colony}}'' takes place several years after an event called the Arrival, during which an alien race known only as "the Hosts" attacked and defeated all the world's militaries in about [[TheShortWar eight hours]]. Now, the survivors are herded into sealed off cities run as {{Police State}}s by LesCollaborateurs, under threat of OrbitalBombardment. Part of the show's mystery is the question of just ''why'' the Hosts invaded.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has featured invasions from such things as shop dummies to satellite navigation systems. The series also inverts this tropes in many future-based stories, humans are themselves the invaders. We're usually not outright malicious, but we're often quite destructive to native species, paralleling historical imperialism and colonization. Notable invasion-themed serials:
** "The Sensorites": The first 'alien invasion' story. The humans are the invading aliens, with the relatively peaceful Sensorites shown as mild-mannered victims.
** "The Dalek Invasion of Earth": Plays it absolutely straight - Daleks invade the Earth and it's up to LaResistance and the TARDIS crew to stop them.
* ''Series/FallingSkies'': A TNT Show takes place about six months after an alien invasion devastates most major cities and wipes out a large percentage of the population. The show describes a ragtag group of survivors trying to find food and shelter to get by, while avoiding murderous aliens and roving bands of outlaws and trying to survive and fight back. While the series avoids showing the actual invasion (the background is told by a child and a series of drawings in the pilot), it involves huge circular {{Ominous Floating Spaceship}}s appearing over major cities. They hang there for a while, but the world leaders decide not to strike first, hoping the aliens are friendly. They aren't. The ships emit powerful EMP waves, shutting down power grids and defense systems before proceeding to obliterate most major cities. They land ground troops with infantry and mechs (the survivors note that the mechs are bipedal, despite the aliens having 6 legs) that proceed to wipe out much of the adult population, while capturing children and putting MindControl harnesses on them (presumably, to make them slaves). The large ships depart, while the invading forces begin constructing large structures in places of destroyed cities. The human survivors are forced to retreat and use only basic weaponry (rifles, machineguns, and C4), as any heavy munitions tend to piss off the aliens, and their bombers simply level the entire area.
** It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:the actual aliens are indeed humanoids; the Skitters are mutated human children]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has featured invasions from such things as shop dummies to satellite navigation systems. The series also inverts this tropes in many future-based stories, humans are themselves the invaders. We're They're usually not outright malicious, but we're but often quite destructive to native species, paralleling historical imperialism and colonization. Notable invasion-themed serials:
** "The Sensorites": The first 'alien invasion' "alien invasion" story. The humans are the invading aliens, with the relatively peaceful Sensorites shown as mild-mannered victims.
** "The Dalek Invasion of Earth": Plays Earth" plays it absolutely straight - -- Daleks invade the Earth and it's up to LaResistance and the TARDIS crew to stop them.
* In an episode of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', two characters end up in an alternate universe where the [[EnergyBeings Taelons]] are in the process of conquering Earth through their [[LesCollaborateurs human subjects]] with LaResistance actually having more advanced weapons technology than Prime!Earth. Despite this, the Taelons are clearly winning. In the Prime universe, the Taelons come to Earth bearing gifts and claiming to seek peacefull cooperation. Their true motives remain hidden. The key point appears to be the arrival of an ancient Taelon named Ma'el to Earth in the Prime universe, which he never did in the alternate one. Ma'el, apparently, encouraged humans to urbanize and form centralized civilizations in order to resist the arrival of Taelons in the future. The alternate humans live in villages with the closest equivalent of cities being trading centers.
* ''Series/FallingSkies'': A TNT Show takes place about six months after an alien invasion devastates most major cities and wipes out a large percentage of the population. The show describes a ragtag group of survivors trying to find food and shelter to get by, while avoiding murderous aliens and roving bands of outlaws and trying to survive and fight back. While the series avoids showing the actual invasion (the background is told by a child and a series of drawings in the pilot), it involves huge circular {{Ominous Floating Spaceship}}s appearing over major cities. They hang there for a while, but the world leaders decide not to strike first, hoping the aliens are friendly. They aren't. The ships emit powerful EMP waves, shutting down power grids and defense systems before proceeding to obliterate most major cities. They land ground troops with infantry and mechs (the survivors note that the mechs are bipedal, despite the aliens having 6 legs) that proceed to wipe out much of the adult population, while capturing children and putting MindControl harnesses on them (presumably, to make them slaves). The large ships depart, while the invading forces begin constructing large structures in places of destroyed cities. The human survivors are forced to retreat and use only basic weaponry (rifles, machineguns, and C4), as any heavy munitions tend to piss off the aliens, and their bombers simply level the entire area.
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area. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:the actual aliens are indeed humanoids; the Skitters are mutated human children]].



* ''Series/TheInvaders'' (1967) with Roy Thinnes as a man who accidentally sees a flying saucer land and can't convince people that we've been invaded. They use the infiltration method, altering their bodies to look like humans. Because of the year there was a lot of heavy handed storylines involving race and the youth culture.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' : The Borg invasions of Earth {{Shout Out}}s to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (e.g. one of the ships fighting the Borg is named ''Thunder Child'').
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' The protagonists spend all their time trying to stop aliens from ''destroying'' Earth (and the Galaxy in general), only to end up with a Goa'uld infiltration of the NID on their hands. Several characters comment on this, citing the low priority this infiltration has compared to more pressing matters, such as the building of the [=McKay=]-Carter Intergalactic Gatebridge.
** Several episodes show us alternate universes where the aliens do succeed in taking Earth.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' practically runs on a combination of this trope and {{Kaiju}}.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Extremely common as a source of villains in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' : The Borg invasions of Earth {{Shout Out}}s to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (e.g. one of ''Franchise/SuperSentai''. Always an all out attack, but the ships fighting aliens never attack anywhere other than where the Borg is named ''Thunder Child'').
protagonists live (sometimes handwaved as being because they want to take out the threat first).
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' The protagonists spend all their time trying to stop aliens from ''destroying'' Earth (and the Galaxy in general), only to end up with a Goa'uld infiltration of the NID on their hands. Several characters comment on this, citing the low priority this infiltration has compared to more pressing matters, such as the building of the [=McKay=]-Carter Intergalactic Gatebridge.
**
Gatebridge. Several episodes show us alternate universes where the aliens do succeed in taking Earth.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' practically runs on a combination of this trope ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and {{Kaiju}}.''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' : The Borg invasions of Earth shout-outs to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (e.g. one of the ships fighting the Borg is named ''Thunder Child'').



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' had the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E51TheInvaders The Invaders]]" where AgnesMoorehead (Endora from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'') was fighting off an invader that was about as big as a mouse. The TwistEnding was that [[spoiler:the "invader" was a US Air Force pilot from Earth]].
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' practically runs on a combination of this trope and {{Kaiju}}.



* ''Series/TheInvaders'' (1967) with Roy Thinnes as a man who accidentally sees a flying saucer land and can't convince people that we've been invaded. They use the infiltration method, altering their bodies to look like humans. Because of the year there was a lot of heavy handed storylines involving race and the youth culture.
* Extremely common as a source of villains in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai''. Always an all out attack, but the aliens never attack anywhere other than where the protagonists live (sometimes handwaved as being because they want to take out the threat first).
* In an episode of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', two characters end up in an alternate universe where the [[EnergyBeings Taelons]] are in the process of conquering Earth through their [[LesCollaborateurs human subjects]] with LaResistance actually having more advanced weapons technology than Prime!Earth. Despite this, the Taelons are clearly winning. In the Prime universe, the Taelons come to Earth bearing gifts and claiming to seek peacefull cooperation. Their true motives remain hidden. The key point appears to be the arrival of an ancient Taelon named Ma'el to Earth in the Prime universe, which he never did in the alternate one. Ma'el, apparently, encouraged humans to urbanize and form centralized civilizations in order to resist the arrival of Taelons in the future. The alternate humans live in villages with the closest equivalent of cities being trading centers.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' had the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E51TheInvaders The Invaders]]" where AgnesMoorehead (Endora from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'') was fighting off an invader that was about as big as a mouse. The TwistEnding was that [[spoiler:the "invader" was a US Air Force pilot from Earth]].
* An epic {{crossover}} event between ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' aptly titled "Invasion!" deals with an attack by a race of hostile aliens called Dominators, necessitating Barry to gather an all-star team, composed of Team Flash, Team Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. Kara mentions that they also exist in her home universe and have attacked Krypton in the past. The Dominators have previously come to Earth in the 50s in Redmond, Oregon. The US Army attempted to stop them only for several hundred soldiers to be slaughtered and their bodies dragged away. They appear to attack civilizations with the potential to eventually challenge them. In the case of the Kryptonians, it's because they gain superpowers, when exposed to yellow suns. In the case of humans, it's because of metahumans. They are also somehow able to tell that [[spoiler:Barry has changed history]].
** Additionally, in ''Legends of Tomorrow'', there's a possibility of an invasion from the planet Thanagar in one particular BadFuture. Thanagar also exists in Supergirl's universe, by the way.
* ''Series/{{Colony}}'' takes place several years after an event called the Arrival, during which an alien race known only as "the Hosts" attacked and defeated all the world's militaries in about [[TheShortWar eight hours]]. Now, the survivors are herded into sealed off cities run as {{Police State}}s by LesCollaborateurs, under threat of OrbitalBombardment. Part of the show's mystery is the question of just ''why'' the Hosts invaded.



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* ''VideoGame/DoctorWho'': In the first chapter of the adventure game "[[Recap/DoctorWhoTAGE01CityOfTheDaleks City of the Daleks]]", The Doctor and Amy arrive in London to discover it has been conquered by Daleks and have to travel back in time to stop the invasion.

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* ''VideoGame/DoctorWho'': ''VideoGame/DoctorWho'':
**
In the first chapter of the adventure game "[[Recap/DoctorWhoTAGE01CityOfTheDaleks City of the Daleks]]", The Doctor and Amy arrive in London to discover it has been conquered by Daleks and have to travel back in time to stop the invasion.



* ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce'': The common theme throughout all the games series is that the Ravagers appear and suddenly attack earth unprovoked.



* ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce'': The common theme throughout all the games series is that the Ravagers appear and suddenly attack earth unprovoked.

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* ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce'': ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'': In the final level, a race of aliens known as the Rhombulans take over Earth and [[CulturePolice outlaw music.]] If anyone is caught singing, dancing, or trying to enjoy music in general, they either get TakenForGranite or sent to what's basically a concentration camp. [[spoiler: But as it turns out, they don't just hate music, music actually ''hurts'' them. [[ThePowerOfRock Which leads to their inevitable downfall as a result of a worldwide rock concert.]]]]
*
The common theme throughout all the first two ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' games series is that featured space combat against alien invaders. In the Ravagers appear original, the Confederation [[spoiler:nearly]] wiped them out completely. In ''Override'', the United Earth pushed the Voinians back pretty darn far; the war continues (apparently. There ''is'' a peace treaty, but no one seems to bother about it outside the treaty station of Pax), but has devolved into frequent border skirmishes.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', the premise of which revolves around the [[FantasticRacism human-supremacist]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Rebel]] fleet trying to destroy TheFederation, which is comprised of other humans and, more importantly, various united alien races.
* A variation in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', where it's not Earth that's under threat but the humans living in the Sirius Sector. The aliens are infiltrating the four Houses
and suddenly attack earth unprovoked.are attempting to cripple the human fleets before making their move.



* This is ''VideoGame/HelloKittyRollerRescue'''s plot. Following his last, disastrous attempt at conquering a planet, the evil Emperor Block-O stumbles upon Earth and decides that this time, he will succeed.



* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario and Luigi: Partners In Time]]'' The main plot has the Mario Bros. [[MyFutureSelfAndMe team up with their infant selves]] to thwart the invasion of the alien Shroobs.

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* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario and Luigi: Partners In Time]]'' One of the [[SelfImposedChallenge special challenge paths]] you can play in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' involves an invasion of super-intelligent bugbears from outer space.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''
The main plot has the Mario Bros. [[MyFutureSelfAndMe team up with their infant selves]] to thwart the invasion of the alien Shroobs.



* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' : In the story, alien life forms, called [[EnergyBeing FM-ians]], must fuse with humans who are very lonely through manipulation in order to attack other people. This is because being energy waves they have no physical form and thus can't harm physical beings under normal circumstances. They can't even be ''seen'' normally. Fusing with humans allows the FM-ian to materialize and thus cause physical harm. They can also disrupt electronic devices or if there is enough electromagnetic energy being emitted, turn people ''into'' energy waves to attack them.
** KidHero Geo Stelar and a renegade [[EnergyBeing FM-ian]], Omega-Xis, merge into Mega Man to defend the Earth from the FM-ians who, in turn, attempt to draw the pair out in order to defeat them and reclaim an item Omega-Xis has to unleash their DoomsDayDevice on Earth.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' : ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'': In the story, alien life forms, called [[EnergyBeing FM-ians]], must fuse with humans who are very lonely through manipulation in order to attack other people. This is because being energy waves they have no physical form and thus can't harm physical beings under normal circumstances. They can't even be ''seen'' normally. Fusing with humans allows the FM-ian to materialize and thus cause physical harm. They can also disrupt electronic devices or if there is enough electromagnetic energy being emitted, turn people ''into'' energy waves to attack them.
**
them. KidHero Geo Stelar and a renegade [[EnergyBeing FM-ian]], FM-ian, Omega-Xis, merge into Mega Man to defend the Earth from the FM-ians who, in turn, attempt to draw the pair out in order to defeat them and reclaim an item Omega-Xis has to unleash their DoomsDayDevice on Earth.



* The Kreegans of ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' turn out to be this. The twist is that it looks like a ''[[TheLegionsOfHell Demonic]]'' Invasion to most natives (the Kreegan look similar to the actual demons of the setting, and they are unambigiously evil), to the point that ''Heroes'' only presents a slight hint that there's something else going on.
* It says something about the world of ''Videogame/{{Nier}}'' that an alien invasion that occurs sometime after the events of the game actually makes things ''better'' [[spoiler:if only because it convinces the Shades and Replicants to work together to fight it.]] Ages later when ''Videogame/NierAutomata'' begins, the invasion is still going on.
* One of the main threats for the mankind and player in ''VideoGame/DieReiseInsAll'' is one from martians. [[spoiler: No big surprise, if you know [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds is what it is influenced by]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', the plot revolves around the Zin invading Earth, and it's up to the Saints to kill them and save Steelport and Earth altogether.



* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', of course. The Invaders use the all-out attack approach.
** [[FridgeLogic And they always win.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'': the Terrans are facing two invasions: the [[BugWar Zerg]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Protoss]]. The Zerg favor infiltration [[BodyHorror infestation]] as a way to soften up targets for the Swarm. The Protoss, on the other hand, employ a range of tactics, from "shoot missiles at it" through "shoot [[MacrossMissileMassacre more missiles at it]]" past "[[BeamSpam throw in lasers]] for good measure" and on to "screw it, let's just [[ApocalypseHow sterilize the planet]]". Notable in all of this is the Battle of Tarsonis, where the Zerg, Protoss, and [[LaResistance Terran rebels]] all try the All-Out Attack on the poor planet [[ClimacticBattleResurrection at the same time]]. The Protoss were not as much invading the Terrans as they were containing the Zerg who would then perform an all out invasion on the Protoss.

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* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', of course. The Invaders use the all-out attack approach.
**
approach. [[FridgeLogic And they always win.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'': ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': the Terrans are facing two invasions: the [[BugWar Zerg]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Protoss]]. The Zerg favor infiltration [[BodyHorror infestation]] as a way to soften up targets for the Swarm. The Protoss, on the other hand, employ a range of tactics, from "shoot missiles at it" through "shoot [[MacrossMissileMassacre more missiles at it]]" past "[[BeamSpam throw in lasers]] for good measure" and on to "screw it, let's just [[ApocalypseHow sterilize the planet]]". Notable in all of this is the Battle of Tarsonis, where the Zerg, Protoss, and [[LaResistance Terran rebels]] all try the All-Out Attack on the poor planet [[ClimacticBattleResurrection at the same time]]. The Protoss were not as much invading the Terrans as they were containing the Zerg who would then perform an all out invasion on the Protoss.Protoss.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', your empire, or AI empires for that matter, can invade pre-FTL species through either an all-out assault or infiltration. The primitives can sometimes thwart the latter, the former, [[OrbitalBombardment not so much]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'' has Martians invade World 2, which is based on our Earth (with a good helping of ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' thrown in). In World 6, the Covenant and other alien forces are making war with each other.
* In the ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' series, the aliens are launching all-out attacks. Unlike many examples, the first invasion was not only successful, but [[CurbstompBattle devastatingly so]], and the human resistance is made up of the survivors of the initial invasion. In addition, the first invasion force, made up of the [[TheGreys Reticulans]], is actually a small renegade force from their main, benevolent empire who have limited resources, which is the only reason you're able to hold your own against them at first. The subsequent alien invasions in the later games have their own reasons for being limited in overall force. Ultimately, it turns out that [[spoiler: all of the alien invaders from the first two games are subsets of larger civilizations, and have been mind-controlled by ''another'' alien force that are engaging in a massive interstellar mating ritual in which the "males" take over civilizations and have them fight to prove themselves worthy to mate with a female, which the first Reticulan invaders brought to Earth.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'': The various aliens in the game series are generally set on utterly destroying humanity. The infiltration method they attempt in the first game was merely a tactic toward the goal of total destruction.

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* ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'': ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'':
** The Burning Legion looks like a demonic invasion, but it's really this. All of them are beings from other worlds who were united under Sargeras' banner. All of them are evil either because of [[TheCorruption fel energy]] or because, as is the case with the Nathrezim aka Dread Lords, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil that's just who they are]]. The Old Gods are a similar case, being horrific [[PlanetaryParasite Planetary Parasites]] that infested Azeroth long ago.
** The First and Second Wars can also be seen as this, as Orcs are not native to Azeroth, having come through the Dark Portal from Draenor. They were meant to be the vanguard for the Burning Legion, but failed when the Alliance defeated them in the Second War.
* ''VideoGame/WonderlandAdventures: Planet of the Z-Bots'' is about the invasion of alien Z-Bots.
* ''VideoGame/XCom'':
The various aliens in the game series are generally set on utterly destroying humanity. The infiltration method they attempt in the first game was merely a tactic toward the goal of total destruction.



** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' (2012) changes things up a bit. The aliens are still invading, but world domination or the extinction of humanity are not their goals this time around. [[spoiler: They're actually ''testing'' humanity to see if we can A) survive their limited but devastating onslaught and B) see if we can develop PsychicPowers, and thus join the Ethereals as equals.]] The [[VideoGame/{{XCOM2}} sequel]] occupies an AlternateContinuity from the first game's good ending and assumes that the player failed (badly too). Earth is now firmly in alien hands, and what remains of XCOM is now LaResistance, attempting to get the remaining population of Earth to rise up.
** And the theme returns in the ''X-Com'' series' Main/SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}''. The game even comes up with a plausible new reason for the escalation. It turns out that the alien ships are not designed for atmospheric flight, much less [[OldSchoolDogfight old-school dogfights]], but the aliens are slowly modifying their craft with the smallest craft modified faster.

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** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' (2012) changes things up a bit. The aliens are still invading, but world domination or the extinction of humanity are not their goals this time around. [[spoiler: They're actually ''testing'' humanity to see if we can A) survive their limited but devastating onslaught and B) see if we can develop PsychicPowers, and thus join the Ethereals as equals.]] The [[VideoGame/{{XCOM2}} sequel]] sequel ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'' occupies an AlternateContinuity from the first game's good ending and assumes that the player failed (badly too). Earth is now firmly in alien hands, and what remains of XCOM is now LaResistance, attempting to get the remaining population of Earth to rise up.
** And the theme returns in the ''X-Com'' ''X-COM'' series' Main/SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}''. The game even comes up with a plausible new reason for the escalation. It turns out that the alien ships are not designed for atmospheric flight, much less [[OldSchoolDogfight old-school dogfights]], but the aliens are slowly modifying their craft with the smallest craft modified faster.



* The first two ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' games featured space combat against alien invaders. In the original, the Confederation [[spoiler:nearly]] wiped them out completely. In ''Override'', the United Earth pushed the Voinians back pretty darn far; the war continues (apparently. There ''is'' a peace treaty, but no one seems to bother about it outside the treaty station of Pax), but has devolved into frequent border skirmishes.
* In the ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' series, the aliens are launching all-out attacks. Unlike many examples, the first invasion was not only successful, but [[CurbstompBattle devastatingly so]], and the human resistance is made up of the survivors of the initial invasion. In addition, the first invasion force, made up of the [[TheGreys Reticulans]], is actually a small renegade force from their main, benevolent empire who have limited resources, which is the only reason you're able to hold your own against them at first. The subsequent alien invasions in the later games have their own reasons for being limited in overall force. Ultimately, it turns out that [[spoiler: all of the alien invaders from the first two games are subsets of larger civilizations, and have been mind-controlled by ''another'' alien force that are engaging in a massive interstellar mating ritual in which the "males" take over civilizations and have them fight to prove themselves worthy to mate with a female, which the first Reticulan invaders brought to Earth.]]
* The Kreegans of ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' turn out to be this. The twist is that it looks like a ''[[TheLegionsOfHell Demonic]]'' Invasion to most natives (the Kreegan look similar to the actual demons of the setting, and they are unambigiously evil), to the point that ''Heroes'' only presents a slight hint that there's something else going on.
* One of the [[SelfImposedChallenge special challenge paths]] you can play in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' involves an invasion of super-intelligent bugbears from outer space.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', the plot revolves around the Zin invading Earth, and it's up to the Saints to kill them and save Steelport and Earth altogether.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'' has Martians invade World 2, which is based on our Earth (with a good helping of ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' thrown in). In World 6, the Covenant and other alien forces are making war with each other.
* ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'': In the final level, a race of aliens known as the Rhombulans take over Earth and [[CulturePolice outlaw music.]] If anyone is caught singing, dancing, or trying to enjoy music in general, they either get TakenForGranite or sent to what's basically a concentration camp. [[spoiler: But as it turns out, they don't just hate music, music actually ''hurts'' them. [[ThePowerOfRock Which leads to their inevitable downfall as a result of a worldwide rock concert.]]]]
* This is ''VideoGame/HelloKittyRollerRescue'''s plot. Following his last, disastrous attempt at conquering a planet, the evil Emperor Block-O stumbles upon Earth and decides that this time, he will succeed.
* A variation in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', where it's not Earth that's under threat but the humans living in the Sirius Sector. The aliens are infiltrating the four Houses and are attempting to cripple the human fleets before making their move.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', the premise of which revolves around the [[FantasticRacism human-supremacist]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Rebel]] fleet trying to destroy TheFederation, which is comprised of other humans and, more importantly, various united alien races.
* The Burning Legion from ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' looks like a demonic invasion, but it's really this. All of them are beings from other worlds who were united under Sargeras' banner. All of them are evil either because of [[TheCorruption fel energy]] or because, as is the case with the Nathrezim aka Dread Lords, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil that's just who they are]]. The Old Gods are a similar case, being horrific [[PlanetaryParasite Planetary Parasites]] that infested Azeroth long ago.
** The First and Second Wars can also be seen as this, as Orcs are not native to Azeroth, having come through the Dark Portal from Draenor. They were meant to be the vanguard for the Burning Legion, but failed when the Alliance defeated them in the Second War.
* It says something about the world of ''Videogame/{{Nier}}'' that an alien invasion that occurs sometime after the events of the game actually makes things ''better'' [[spoiler:if only because it convinces the Shades and Replicants to work together to fight it.]] Ages later when ''Videogame/NierAutomata'' begins, the invasion is still going on.
* One of the main threats for the mankind and player in ''VideoGame/DieReiseInsAll'' is one from martians. [[spoiler: No big surprise, if you know [[Literature/{{TheWarOfTheWorlds}} is what it is influenced by]].]]
* ''VideoGame/WonderlandAdventures: Planet of the Z-Bots'' is about the invasion of alien Z-Bots.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', your empire, or AI empires for that matter, can invade pre-FTL species through either an all-out assault or infiltration. The primitives can sometimes thwart the latter, the former, [[OrbitalBombardment not so much]].



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* The Earth of ''Webcomic/DeviantUniverse'' has had two of them, [[spoiler: led by the same individual.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' 76432-69-GM has been infiltrated by {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s [[AfterTheEnd a while ago]].
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}'' [[http://hexenringe.blogspot.jp/2013/10/001-prologue-1.html starts with]] a meteor crashing to Earth from which an alien {{Kaiju}} emerges. Soon after [[spoiler: A very hip {{HenshinHero}}]] who is also an alien [[spoiler: arrives to save the day.]]



* The webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}'' [[http://hexenringe.blogspot.jp/2013/10/001-prologue-1.html starts with]] a meteor crashing to Earth from which an alien {{Kaiju}} emerges. Soon after [[spoiler: A very hip {{HenshinHero}}]] who is also an alien [[spoiler: arrives to save the day.]]
* The Earth of ''Webcomic/DeviantUniverse'' has had two of them, [[spoiler: led by the same individual.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' 76432-69-GM has been infiltrated by {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s [[AfterTheEnd a while ago]].



* In ''TheLastAngel'', this is how the compact grows. Standard first contact protocol is to jump a fleet in above an enemy world and ask it to join. If they decline, the fleet starts shooting until they say yes.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2069 SCP-2069 ("AEGIS")]]. SCP-2069 is the debris that washed up on the shore of Australia after falling into the Foundation's Earth through a transdimensional breach. In an AlternateUniverse, an alien space fleet attacked the Earth and destroyed all major cities, then invaded. The Foundation and the Global Occult Coalition teamed up (calling themselves "AEGIS") to fight them, and ultimately deployed a weapon of mass destruction that caused the breach.



--> '''Listener''' (''calling in''): Yeah, they need to take the A14. That'll take them directly from Omicron 3 to Prestwood Town Centre.

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--> '''Listener''' (''calling in''): --->'''Listener:''' ''[calling in]'' Yeah, they need to take the A14. That'll take them directly from Omicron 3 to Prestwood Town Centre.



--> '''Phil Oakey''': But don't they have / any synthesisers of their own?\\
'''Secret Service Head''': Their synth pop technology is way behind ours. They've only just mastered the [=LinnDrum=].
** And finally, on the ''Nothing To Do With Anything Show'' itself, there's the ongoing series of ''The Aliens That Came From A Completely Different Planet To Earth''.

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--> '''Phil Oakey''': --->'''Phil Oakey:''' But don't they have / any synthesisers of their own?\\
'''Secret Service Head''': Head:''' Their synth pop technology is way behind ours. They've only just mastered the [=LinnDrum=].
** And finally, on the ''Nothing To to Do With with Anything Show'' itself, there's the ongoing series of ''The Aliens That Came From A from a Completely Different Planet To Earth''.to Earth''.
* In ''Literature/TheLastAngel'', this is how the compact grows. Standard first contact protocol is to jump a fleet in above an enemy world and ask it to join. If they decline, the fleet starts shooting until they say yes.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2069 SCP-2069 ("AEGIS")]]. SCP-2069 is the debris that washed up on the shore of Australia after falling into the Foundation's Earth through a transdimensional breach. In an AlternateUniverse, an alien space fleet attacked the Earth and destroyed all major cities, then invaded. The Foundation and the Global Occult Coalition teamed up (calling themselves "AEGIS") to fight them, and ultimately deployed a weapon of mass destruction that caused the breach.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Three separate times. [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius The first time the Yolkians arrived to Earth]] they stole every adult in Retroville (except Miss Fowl) only to take them to their planet in order to feed them to their giant chicken god. The second time they arrived on Earth they successfully earned everyone's trust and tried to kill off all the adults once more. Then there is Grandma Taters, who's apparently one of many similar aliens that take over planets using hypnosis.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Happens from time to time. To paraphrase a Futurama comic:
--> '''Fry:''' So what, Earth gets invaded twice a week. It's how I remember to brush my teeth.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Happens from time to time. To paraphrase a Futurama ''Futurama'' comic:
--> '''Fry:''' --->'''Fry:''' So what, Earth gets invaded twice a week. It's how I remember to brush my teeth.



* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': the show is about an alien using the third method. [[ChaoticStupid He's really bad at it]]. However the Irkens are really good at what they're doing, no matter how bad Zim is. We've seen them successfully take over several planets and they seem to run a galactic monopoly that can't be challenged by any other being in the Universe (to our knowledge).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Three separate times. [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius The first time the Yolkians arrived to Earth]] they stole every adult in Retroville (except Miss Fowl) only to take them to their planet in order to feed them to their giant chicken god. The second time they arrived on Earth they successfully earned everyone's trust and tried to kill off all the adults once more. Then there is Grandma Taters, who's apparently one of many similar aliens that take over planets using hypnosis.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': the The show is about an alien using the third method. [[ChaoticStupid He's really bad at it]]. However the Irkens are really good at what they're doing, no matter how bad Zim is. We've seen them successfully take over several planets and they seem to run a galactic monopoly that can't be challenged by any other being in the Universe (to our knowledge).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Three separate times. [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius The first time the Yolkians arrived to Earth]] they stole every adult in Retroville (except Miss Fowl) only to take them to their planet in order to feed them to their giant chicken god. The second time they arrived on Earth they successfully earned everyone's trust and tried to kill off all the adults once more. Then there is Grandma Taters, who's apparently one of many similar aliens that take over planets using hypnosis.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Beat Your Greens" featured the Broccoloids, alien invaders who happen to be broccoli. [[spoiler: The Girls and the kids of Townsville unite to stop the Broccoloids . . . by EATING them.]]

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* A recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', very often the MonsterOfTheWeek is an alien invading force including some recurrent villains like the [[LilliputianWarriors Fmeks]] and the [[PlanetLooters Blastula]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Beat Your Greens" featured the Broccoloids, alien invaders who happen to be broccoli. [[spoiler: The Girls and the kids of Townsville unite to stop the Broccoloids . . .Broccoloids... by EATING them.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did this many times with Kang and Kodos. The best was prior to the 1996 presidential election where they kidnap Clinton and Dole and take their places (infiltration method). In the end they are discovered but still win because they have both major candidates and "It's a two party system. You have to vote for one of us." Someone suggests voting for a third party candidate: Alien: Sure, THROW your vote away!" In the end they are our rulers.
* The backstory of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Far from being magical protectors, it turns out that Gems are actually StarfishAliens who arrived on Earth thousands and thousands of years ago to drain its resources, even if it would kill all life living there. The Crystal Gems are the only survivors of a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch rebellion]]. Then [[spoiler:the Homeworld Gems start returning to finish the job...]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did this many times with Kang and Kodos. The best was prior to the 1996 presidential election where they kidnap Clinton and Dole and take their places (infiltration method). In the end they are discovered but still win because they have both major candidates and "It's a two party system. You have to vote for one of us." Someone suggests voting for a third party candidate: Alien: Sure, THROW your vote away!" In the end they are our rulers.



* The backstory of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Far from being magical protectors, it turns out that Gems are actually StarfishAliens who arrived on Earth thousands and thousands of years ago to drain it's resources, even if it would kill all life living there. The Crystal Gems are the only survivors of a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch rebellion]]. Then [[spoiler: the Homeworld Gems start returning to finish the job...]]
* A recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', very often the MonsterOfTheWeek is an alien invading force including some recurrent villains like the [[LilliputianWarriors Fmeks]] and the [[PlanetLooters Blastula]].



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* A recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', very often the MonsterOfTheWeek is an alien invading force including some recurrent villains like the Fmeks and the Blastula.

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* A recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', very often the MonsterOfTheWeek is an alien invading force including some recurrent villains like the Fmeks [[LilliputianWarriors Fmeks]] and the Blastula.[[PlanetLooters Blastula]].
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* A recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', very often the MonsterOfTheWeek is an alien invading force including some recurrent villains like the Fmeks and the Blastula.
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** Additionally, in ''Legends of Tomorrow'', there's a possibility of an invasion from the planet Thanagar in the future. Thanagar also exists in Supergirl's universe, by the way.

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** Additionally, in ''Legends of Tomorrow'', there's a possibility of an invasion from the planet Thanagar in the future. one particular BadFuture. Thanagar also exists in Supergirl's universe, by the way.way.
* ''Series/{{Colony}}'' takes place several years after an event called the Arrival, during which an alien race known only as "the Hosts" attacked and defeated all the world's militaries in about [[TheShortWar eight hours]]. Now, the survivors are herded into sealed off cities run as {{Police State}}s by LesCollaborateurs, under threat of OrbitalBombardment. Part of the show's mystery is the question of just ''why'' the Hosts invaded.
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The technologically-advanced humans colonise the moon of Pandora seeking to mine out a rare ore. When diplomacy with the [[NobleSavage native, peace and nature-loving Na'vi]] breaks down, the GeneralRipper steps in and declares war on them, [[spoiler:destroying their home and killing thousands of them, elderly and children included. Only barely do the Na'vi succeed in pushing the human invaders off their planet, and even then, at great cost]].

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The technologically-advanced humans colonise the moon of Pandora [[PlanetLooters seeking to mine out a rare ore.ore]]. When diplomacy with the [[NobleSavage native, peace and nature-loving Na'vi]] breaks down, the GeneralRipper steps in and declares war on them, [[spoiler:destroying their home and killing thousands of them, elderly and children included. Only barely do the Na'vi succeed in pushing the human invaders off their planet, and even then, at great cost]].
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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's "Literature/TheRoadNotTaken" short story, the [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAliens Roxolani]] try to invade Earth, first by impressing humans with their ArtificialGravity-powered ship and then by their advanced weapons. These advanced weapons? Napoleonic muskets and appropriate tactics. To say "EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion" would be an understatement.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's "Literature/TheRoadNotTaken" short story, the [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAliens [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien Roxolani]] try to invade Earth, first by impressing humans with their ArtificialGravity-powered ship and then by their advanced weapons. These advanced weapons? Napoleonic muskets and appropriate tactics. To say "EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion" would be an understatement.
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* ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Dark of the Moon]]'': Everyone's favorite evil robots, the Decepticons, decide to give the All Out Attack a shot. The Autobots are of course the good aliens helping out humanity here.

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* ''[[TransformersFilmSeries ''[[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Dark of the Moon]]'': Everyone's favorite evil robots, the Decepticons, decide to give the All Out Attack a shot. The Autobots are of course the good aliens helping out humanity here.
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* An epic {{crossover}} event between ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' aptly titled "Invasion!" deals with an attack by a race of hostile aliens called Dominators, necessitating Barry to gather an all-star team, composed of Team Flash, Team Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. Kara mentions that they also exist in her home universe and have attacked Krypton in the past. The Dominators have previously come to Earth in the 50s in Redmond, Oregon. The US Army attempted to stop them only for several hundred soldiers to be slaughtered and their bodies dragged away. They appear to attack civilizations with the potential to eventually challenge them. In the case of the Kryptonians, it's because they gain superpowers, when exposed to yellow suns. In the case of humans, it's because of metahumans. They are also somehow able to tell that [[spoiler:Barry has changed history]].

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* An epic {{crossover}} event between ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' aptly titled "Invasion!" deals with an attack by a race of hostile aliens called Dominators, necessitating Barry to gather an all-star team, composed of Team Flash, Team Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. Kara mentions that they also exist in her home universe and have attacked Krypton in the past. The Dominators have previously come to Earth in the 50s in Redmond, Oregon. The US Army attempted to stop them only for several hundred soldiers to be slaughtered and their bodies dragged away. They appear to attack civilizations with the potential to eventually challenge them. In the case of the Kryptonians, it's because they gain superpowers, when exposed to yellow suns. In the case of humans, it's because of metahumans. They are also somehow able to tell that [[spoiler:Barry has changed history]].
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* An epic {{crossover}} event between ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' aptly titled "Invasion!" deals with an attack by a race of hostile aliens called Dominators. Kara mentions that they also exist in her home universe and have attacked Krypton in the past. The Dominators have previously come to Earth in the 50s in Redmond, Oregon. The US Army attempted to stop them only for several hundred soldiers to be slaughtered and their bodies dragged away. They appear to attack civilizations with the potential to eventually challenge them. In the case of the Kryptonians, it's because they gain superpowers, when exposed to yellow suns. In the case of humans, it's because of metahumans. They are also somehow able to tell that [[spoiler:Barry has changed history]].

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* An epic {{crossover}} event between ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' aptly titled "Invasion!" deals with an attack by a race of hostile aliens called Dominators.Dominators, necessitating Barry to gather an all-star team, composed of Team Flash, Team Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. Kara mentions that they also exist in her home universe and have attacked Krypton in the past. The Dominators have previously come to Earth in the 50s in Redmond, Oregon. The US Army attempted to stop them only for several hundred soldiers to be slaughtered and their bodies dragged away. They appear to attack civilizations with the potential to eventually challenge them. In the case of the Kryptonians, it's because they gain superpowers, when exposed to yellow suns. In the case of humans, it's because of metahumans. They are also somehow able to tell that [[spoiler:Barry has changed history]].
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