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21st Jun '15 4:42:15 PM memememememe
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* '''"Alientelligent Design."''' {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s planted either the seeds for life or primitive multicellular lifeforms on a planet to begin with, and, depending on the type of alien, either left them to their own devices or "guided" their evolution in a large-scale GambitRoulette.

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* '''"Alientelligent Design."''' {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s Alien}}s, {{Precursors}} or {{Ancient Astronauts}} planted either the seeds for life or primitive multicellular lifeforms on a planet to begin with, and, depending on the type of alien, either left them to their own devices or "guided" their evolution in a large-scale GambitRoulette.
25th Apr '15 12:07:37 PM zrice03
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** Subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' where an alien, Sargon, says that the human race may have developed from a colony of his people. However, the ship's astrobiologist counters that there is a vast amount of evidence showing that humans evolved independently on Earth, while Spock realizes that may actually fit with the origin of ''Vulcans''. To be fair, it was something that Sargon's species tended to do, and he had no information whether Earth or Vulcan specifically were colonized in this way.

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** Subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Return to Tomorrow" where an alien, Sargon, says that the human race may have developed from a colony of his people. However, the The ship's astrobiologist counters rejects that, citing that there is a vast amount of evidence showing that humans evolved independently on Earth, while Spock Earth. Spock, however, realizes that may actually fit with the origin of ''Vulcans''. To be fair, it was something that Sargon's species tended to do, and he had no information whether Earth or Vulcan specifically were colonized in this way.
25th Apr '15 12:06:11 PM zrice03
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** Subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' where an alien, Sargon, says that the human race may have developed from a colony of his people. However, the ship's astrobiologist counters that there is a vast amount of evidence showing that humans evolved independently on Earth, while Spock realizes that may actually fit with the origin of ''Vulcans''. To be fair, it was something that Sargon's species tended to do, and he had no information whether Earth or Vulcan specifically were colonized in this way.
6th Mar '15 5:01:18 PM jormis29
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* Mentioned after studying the body of a [[TheGreys Reticulan]] as a proposed reason for their amazing similarity to human biology in UFO: Aftermath.

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* Mentioned after studying the body of a [[TheGreys Reticulan]] as a proposed reason for their amazing similarity to human biology in UFO: Aftermath.''VideoGame/UFOAftermath''.
5th Feb '15 8:16:23 AM poi99
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* The opening scene of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' shows an alien sacrificing himself in order to seed the earth with his DNA

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* The opening scene of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' shows an alien sacrificing himself in order to seed the earth with his DNADNA. [[TheWalrusWasPaul At least, that's what we think was going on there.]]
7th Nov '14 1:41:24 PM CorbenCypher72
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*** The Celestials [[spoiler: are actually the first force users, or at least, members of the celestials were the first force users, the Father, the Daughter, and the Son. With the help of the Kilik Race, they created the Maw black hole cluster and Corellia in order to contain "The Mother," aka Aboleth.]]
29th Mar '14 9:28:00 PM SpiritofEmber
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* In Halo, the Forerunners believed [[AbusivePrecursors the Precursors]], a hyper-advanced race originating outside of the Milky Way, were responsible for seeding lifeless planets or speeding up the evolutionary process on planets that already had life.

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* In Halo, the Forerunners believed [[AbusivePrecursors the Precursors]], a hyper-advanced race originating outside of the Milky Way, were responsible for seeding lifeless planets or and speeding up the evolutionary process on planets that already had life.
29th Mar '14 9:10:05 PM SpiritofEmber
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* In Halo, the Forerunners believed [[AbusivePrecursors the Precursors]], a hyper-advanced race originating outside of the Milky Way, were responsible for seeding lifeless planets or speeding up the evolutionary process on planets that already had life.
7th Mar '14 10:38:53 PM merotoker
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** The Asgard appear to have evolved independently, though, despite the fact that their original form (seen only once) is very similar to that of the humans. It was the millennia of {{cloning|Blues}} that resulted in CloneDegeneration (apparently, keeping the original [=DNA=] on file is beyond a race of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien|s}}).

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** The Asgard appear to have evolved independently, though, despite the fact that their original form (seen only once) is very similar to that of the humans. It was the millennia of {{cloning|Blues}} that resulted in CloneDegeneration (apparently, keeping the original [=DNA=] on file is beyond a race of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien|s}}).Alien}}s).
7th Mar '14 10:33:27 PM merotoker
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''Panspermia'' ([[HehHehYouSaidX get your mind out of the gutter]]) is a scientific idea which proposes that life on Earth [[{{Pun}} came]] to it from outer space, as aliens. This is a real scientific hypothesis, mind you. It's considered very unlikely, but not so much so that supporting it necessarily makes you a crackpot. (ThatOtherWiki, of course, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia has plenty of information.]]) This isn't the "LittleGreenMen"-style of alien, either. We're talking more along the lines of "cosmic pond scum hitching a ride in some water vapor in a comet." In ''fiction,'' panspermia (or exogenesis, which is similar but not identical) tends to gravitate toward the former, though--that aliens of some kind were actually the origin for life on Earth, or some other planet.

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''Panspermia'' ([[HehHehYouSaidX get your mind out of the gutter]]) is a scientific idea which proposes that life on Earth [[{{Pun}} came]] to it from outer space, as aliens. This is a real scientific hypothesis, mind you. It's considered very unlikely, but not so much so that supporting it necessarily makes you a crackpot. (ThatOtherWiki, ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]], of course, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia has plenty of information.]]) This isn't the "LittleGreenMen"-style of alien, either. We're talking more along the lines of "cosmic pond scum hitching a ride in some water vapor in a comet." In ''fiction,'' panspermia (or exogenesis, which is similar but not identical) tends to gravitate toward the former, though--that aliens of some kind were actually the origin for life on Earth, or some other planet.



** [[spoiler:Also, Earth was meant to be inhabited by Angels, but before they hatched from Adam, the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens screwed up and accidentally crash-landed Lilith on the planet, resulting in Adam's Lance of Longinus activating and putting him in stasis. Then came the Katsuragi expedition...]]
* Life on Earth was manipulated by the Creators/Advent/Uranus in {{Guyver}} as part of their goals to create a powerful bio-weapons platform. Humanity was the end result, a base form that could be adapted into specialised combatants like Zoanoids and Zoalords. The experiment was aborted near completion when they gave a base level human one of the bio-armour units that worn by the Creators themselves and it turned out not only far more powerful than expected but completely immune to their telepathic control.
* In ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' both humans and giant humanoid Zentradi are stated to be descended from an extraterrestrial race of {{precursors}} called the "Protoculture."

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** [[spoiler:Also, Earth was meant to be inhabited by Angels, but before they hatched from Adam, the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s screwed up and accidentally crash-landed Lilith on the planet, resulting in Adam's Lance of Longinus activating and putting him in stasis. Then came the Katsuragi expedition...]]
* Life on Earth was manipulated by the Creators/Advent/Uranus in {{Guyver}} ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' as part of their goals to create a powerful bio-weapons platform. Humanity was the end result, a base form that could be adapted into specialised combatants like Zoanoids and Zoalords. The experiment was aborted near completion when they gave a base level human one of the bio-armour units that worn by the Creators themselves and it turned out not only far more powerful than expected but completely immune to their telepathic control.
* In ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' both humans and giant humanoid Zentradi are stated to be descended from an extraterrestrial race of {{precursors}} called the "Protoculture."



* The Polish comic series from the 80s, ''Expedition'' told the story of how SufficientlyAdvancedAliens come to Earth and help apes evolve in their image, creating the basis for several religions and mythologies in the process.
* ''DCComicsPresents'' #1-2 has an alien race whose {{Living Ship}}s' exhaust was microscopic organisms that started life on both Krypton and Earth, among other planets. (This story has been reprinted because it's also a Superman/Flash race.)

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* The Polish comic series from the 80s, ''Expedition'' told the story of how SufficientlyAdvancedAliens {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s come to Earth and help apes evolve in their image, creating the basis for several religions and mythologies in the process.
* ''DCComicsPresents'' ''Comicbook/DCComicsPresents'' #1-2 has an alien race whose {{Living Ship}}s' exhaust was microscopic organisms that started life on both Krypton and Earth, among other planets. (This story has been reprinted because it's also a Superman/Flash race.))
* One [[Comicbook/TheAuthority Authority]] story had the team face off against an alien life-form the size of the moon -- "the closest thing to God" that had "planted" life millions of years ago. Subverted in that life on the planet didn't develop as it should have, leading to, among others, the rise of humanity.



* This was TheReveal of the science fiction movie ''MissionToMars.''
* ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' - The aliens didn't necessarily seed Earth, but most definitely influenced the evolution of mankind.
* In the MarkHamill film ''Laserhawk'', aliens seeded life on Earth so they could come back millions of years later and harvest us for food.
** There is another race whose goal is to sabotage these seeding efforts. They attempt to do so on Earth but fail.

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* This was TheReveal of the science fiction movie ''MissionToMars.''Film/MissionToMars.''
* ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' - The aliens didn't necessarily seed Earth, but most definitely influenced the evolution of mankind.
* In the MarkHamill Creator/MarkHamill film ''Laserhawk'', aliens seeded life on Earth so they could come back millions of years later and harvest us for food.
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food. There is another race whose goal is to sabotage these seeding efforts. They attempt to do so on Earth but fail.



* This appears to be the case in DanBrown's ''Literature/DeceptionPoint''. [[spoiler:It's actually a conspiracy to get NASA back up on its feet.]]
* ''The Hainish Cycle'' by UrsulaKLeGuin used this trope for human and semi-human life, spread by the {{Precursors}} in the title.

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* This appears to be the case in DanBrown's Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/DeceptionPoint''. [[spoiler:It's actually a conspiracy to get NASA back up on its feet.]]
* ''The Hainish Cycle'' by UrsulaKLeGuin Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin used this trope for human and semi-human life, spread by the {{Precursors}} in the title.



* This is alluded to -- and it's all the more memorable because it comes out of freakin' ''[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment nowhere]]'' (it's very against the grain of the overall tone of the novels)- in the ''QuintaglioAscension'' trilogy. Turns out that there was a ridiculously powerful species that lived in the universe that existed before this one (stay with me), all but one died when the universe we know was formed, and that one last being seeded different planets with life forms -- from Earth, which is the only planet where life formed naturally. Heady stuff.

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* This is alluded to -- and it's all the more memorable because it comes out of freakin' ''[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment nowhere]]'' (it's very against the grain of the overall tone of the novels)- in the ''QuintaglioAscension'' ''Literature/QuintaglioAscension'' trilogy. Turns out that there was a ridiculously powerful species that lived in the universe that existed before this one (stay with me), all but one died when the universe we know was formed, and that one last being seeded different planets with life forms -- from Earth, which is the only planet where life formed naturally. Heady stuff.



* One [[TheAuthority Authority]] story had the team face off against an alien life-form the size of the moon -- "the closest thing to God" that had "planted" life millions of years ago. Subverted in that life on the planet didn't develop as it should have, leading to, among others, the rise of humanity.



* One of the novels in Mikhail Akhmanov's ''TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series reveals that biological life in the galaxy (possibly, the Universe) is an unintentional side-effect of an EnergyBeing's attempts to survive. The being was "born" in the magnetic fields of a gas giant but foresaw that its homeworld would eventually die. In order to escape, it created artificial proto-plasmic semi-sentient creatures called Forerunners. They would travel through space and spread the EnergyBeing to other compatible gas giants. The Forerunners were themselves mostly energy, but parts of them were organic and composed of rudimentary [=DNA=] (how else do you program an organism to do something?). Over billions of years, the Forerunners spread through the galaxy and, possibly, beyond. Some of them died, and their remains ended up on planets, unintentionally starting the process of life. This, of course, raises more questions than it answers, such as how the EnergyBeing came to be, and how it was able to create a semi-biological organism.

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* One of the novels in Mikhail Akhmanov's ''TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series reveals that biological life in the galaxy (possibly, the Universe) is an unintentional side-effect of an EnergyBeing's {{Energy Being|s}}'s attempts to survive. The being was "born" in the magnetic fields of a gas giant but foresaw that its homeworld would eventually die. In order to escape, it created artificial proto-plasmic semi-sentient creatures called Forerunners. They would travel through space and spread the EnergyBeing {{Energy Being|s}} to other compatible gas giants. The Forerunners were themselves mostly energy, but parts of them were organic and composed of rudimentary [=DNA=] (how else do you program an organism to do something?). Over billions of years, the Forerunners spread through the galaxy and, possibly, beyond. Some of them died, and their remains ended up on planets, unintentionally starting the process of life. This, of course, raises more questions than it answers, such as how the EnergyBeing {{Energy Being|s}} came to be, and how it was able to create a semi-biological organism.



* This is raised as a possibility in RobertCharlesWilson's ''Literature/{{Spin}}'' by Jason Lawton, who theorizes that the Hypotheticals' slow migration throughout the galaxy for billions upon billions of years has resulted in unintentional seeding of habitable planets with life. Given that the Hypotheticals are fully capable of creating brand-new worlds capable of supporting life and full of "natural" resources, this is not unlikely.

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* This is raised as a possibility in RobertCharlesWilson's Creator/RobertCharlesWilson's ''Literature/{{Spin}}'' by Jason Lawton, who theorizes that the Hypotheticals' slow migration throughout the galaxy for billions upon billions of years has resulted in unintentional seeding of habitable planets with life. Given that the Hypotheticals are fully capable of creating brand-new worlds capable of supporting life and full of "natural" resources, this is not unlikely.
unlikely.



** The Asgard appear to have evolved independently, though, despite the fact that their original form (seen only once) is very similar to that of the humans. It was the millennia of [[CloningBlues cloning]] that resulted in CloneDegeneration (apparently, keeping the original [=DNA=] on file is beyond a race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' uses the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens version to explain all its RubberForeheadAliens--they actually are related. (This still doesn't explain all the Rubber Foreheads that Voyager runs into in the Delta Quadrant...)

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** The Asgard appear to have evolved independently, though, despite the fact that their original form (seen only once) is very similar to that of the humans. It was the millennia of [[CloningBlues cloning]] {{cloning|Blues}} that resulted in CloneDegeneration (apparently, keeping the original [=DNA=] on file is beyond a race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens).
{{Sufficiently Advanced Alien|s}}).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' uses the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens SufficientlyAdvancedAlien version to explain all its RubberForeheadAliens--they actually are related. (This still doesn't explain all the Rubber Foreheads that Voyager runs into in the Delta Quadrant...)



* In the final episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' it was revealed that the aliens evolved from Earth bacteria that was deposited on their moon through panspermia.

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* In the final episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' it was revealed that the aliens evolved from Earth bacteria that was deposited on their moon through panspermia.



* On the ''{{Ayreon}}'' album ''01011001'', it is revealed that a technologically advanced race of fish aliens seeded a passing asteroid with their DNA, which then collided with earth--exterminating the dinosaurs already present there and allowing humans to flourish. They then directly tamper with human evolution and technological progress.

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* On the ''{{Ayreon}}'' ''Music/{{Ayreon}}'' album ''01011001'', it is revealed that a technologically advanced race of fish aliens seeded a passing asteroid with their DNA, which then collided with earth--exterminating the dinosaurs already present there and allowing humans to flourish. They then directly tamper with human evolution and technological progress.



* ''{{Traveller}}'', to some extent, as a means of explaining why Humans and Earth-Like life is everywhere.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', the plane of Mirrodin was created by Karn. He didn't put life on the plane, though. Memnarch, a creation of Dominaria's Mirrari, did. All that life is from other planes. However, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Karn is responsible for some inhabitants of Mirrodin]]. [[spoiler:The Phyrexians are back.]]

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* ''{{Traveller}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', to some extent, as a means of explaining why Humans and Earth-Like life is everywhere.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the plane of Mirrodin was created by Karn. He didn't put life on the plane, though. Memnarch, a creation of Dominaria's Mirrari, did. All that life is from other planes. However, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Karn is responsible for some inhabitants of Mirrodin]]. [[spoiler:The Phyrexians are back.]]



* In ''FossilFighters,'' it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler: multicellular organisms were created on Earth in order to be "guided in evolution" to recreate a lost race. Of course, things went wrong, creating humans instead of proper LizardFolk.]]

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* In ''FossilFighters,'' ''VideoGame/FossilFighters,'' it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler: multicellular organisms were created on Earth in order to be "guided in evolution" to recreate a lost race. Of course, things went wrong, creating humans instead of proper LizardFolk.]]



* ''{{Spore}}'' uses the proper definition of the theory. That is, alien bacteria hitching a ride on a rock to a different planet. This is the opening animation for the cell stage (the first stage). This was added to avoid answering the always difficult (and for now unanswerable) question of how life actually arose. And also to try to explain why all life in the universe is made of the same handful of parts.

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* ''{{Spore}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' uses the proper definition of the theory. That is, alien bacteria hitching a ride on a rock to a different planet. This is the opening animation for the cell stage (the first stage). This was added to avoid answering the always difficult (and for now unanswerable) question of how life actually arose. And also to try to explain why all life in the universe is made of the same handful of parts.



* The BigBad reveals this during his HannibalLecture at the end of the original ''{{X-Com}}'', in an attempt to convince humanity that they should work together. Since the aliens have spent the entire game trying to brutally subjugate and murder the human race, and the aliens have been observed studying humanity as if they had no idea about our species, the point is pretty easily disproven. And then your soldier blows him up.

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* The BigBad reveals this during his HannibalLecture at the end of the original ''{{X-Com}}'', ''VideoGame/XCom'', in an attempt to convince humanity that they should work together. Since the aliens have spent the entire game trying to brutally subjugate and murder the human race, and the aliens have been observed studying humanity as if they had no idea about our species, the point is pretty easily disproven. And then your soldier blows him up.



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