History Main / TheGreys

6th Feb '16 4:24:01 PM thatother1dude
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They have the same basic body plan as humans, but they're grey, somewhat shorter than an average adult human, and have enormous heads with equally-huge black eyes resembling an upside-down-raindrop. They probably have [[TheNoseless no nose]] (when they do, the nostrils are thin like reptiles), and they almost certainly wear [[ExposedExtraterrestrials no clothes]] (though they will have [[BarbieDollAnatomy no visible genitals]]). In the older stories, they sometimes got silver spacesuits. Sometimes they will be a muted blue or green instead, and very occasionally a beige variant.
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They have the same basic body plan as humans, but they're grey, somewhat shorter than an average adult human, and have enormous heads with equally-huge black eyes resembling an upside-down-raindrop. They probably have [[TheNoseless no nose]] (when they do, the nostrils are thin like reptiles), and they almost certainly wear [[ExposedExtraterrestrials no clothes]] (though they will have [[BarbieDollAnatomy [[NonHumansLackAttributes no visible genitals]]). In the older stories, they sometimes got silver spacesuits. Sometimes they will be a muted blue or green instead, and very occasionally a beige variant.
24th Jan '16 8:24:18 PM Dannykat
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* The Grey image may have originated with a 1960s book illustrating a conjecture of what humans might evolve into in a million years as a technical civilization: enlarged brain, weakened body, senses and lacking animal or sexual traits. The image began showing up in UFO reports not long after it entered the media. Historically, descriptions of UFO aliens always matched the dominant pop-culture images of the time: LittleGreenMen in the late '40s, [[AliensAndMonsters big scary monsters]] in the B-movie '50s, HumanAliens in the '60s when TV aliens were just [[RubberForeheadAliens actors in weird costumes]]. But by the time the Grey image came along, [=UFOs=] had become a pop-culture trope themselves and began feeding back into the media. So TheGreys began appearing in productions like ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' and ''Series/TheXFiles'', becoming a self-reinforcing trope.
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* The Grey image may have originated with a 1960s book illustrating H.G. Wells essay "Man of the Year Million", a conjecture of what humans might evolve into in a million years as a technical civilization: having grey skin, an enlarged brain, and a weakened body, senses and lacking animal or sexual traits.body. The image began showing up in UFO reports not long after it entered the media. Historically, descriptions of UFO aliens always matched the dominant pop-culture images of the time: LittleGreenMen in the late '40s, [[AliensAndMonsters big scary monsters]] in the B-movie '50s, HumanAliens in the '60s when TV aliens were just [[RubberForeheadAliens actors in weird costumes]]. But by the time the Grey image came along, [=UFOs=] had become a pop-culture trope themselves and began feeding back into the media. So TheGreys began appearing in productions like ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' and ''Series/TheXFiles'', becoming a self-reinforcing trope.
18th Jan '16 4:37:53 PM HamboneHFY
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18th Jan '16 4:37:51 PM HamboneHFY
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* ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' knows the Greys as "Corti", a species so devoted to a eugenics program that favored intellect above all other concerns that their bodies and empathy have both allegedly atrophied. In practice, they never had much of either to begin with. Corti are self-interested to a fault, but far from stupid: indeed, they're far more likely to make a mutually beneficial deal than an unfair one, because the mutually beneficial deal ensures that angry customers don't try to kill them. Still, they have a sideline in abducting specimens of "non-sapient" pre-FTL species for "zoological research" so that, when said species do join sapient civilization, they will find Corti merchants waiting with an assortment of suspiciously well-designed medicines, cybernetics and technological luxuries.
15th Jan '16 8:42:59 AM anty21
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** Neimoidians also fit the grey skin, no nose, large opaque eyes stereotype.
11th Jan '16 1:43:11 PM phoenix
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Cazador}}'', they come from a planet called Juno and they are much more feisty than usual, being avid [[TheBeautifulGame football]] fans who sing stadium chants as they invade the Earth.
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Cazador}}'', they come from a planet called Juno and they are much more feisty than usual, being avid [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] fans who sing stadium chants as they invade the Earth.
10th Jan '16 1:37:54 PM FF32
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* {{Wiki/SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2020 2020]] is a sentient humanoid made out of rubber that resembles this trope. He claims to be from an advanced extraterrestrial society, but constantly [[UnreliableNarrator flip-flops on his claims]]. He's also an amateur science fiction writer, but can only think of basic outlines ([[SelfDeprecation of other [=SCPs=]]]).
8th Jan '16 5:54:21 PM TitoMosquito
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* ''Film/Intruders'' portrays greys as well as grey/human hybrids, and deals with all the tropes associated with them, from Roswell to abductions and implants.
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* ''Film/Intruders'' ''Film/{{Intruders}}'' portrays greys as well as grey/human hybrids, and deals with all the tropes associated with them, from Roswell to abductions and implants.
1st Jan '16 7:35:03 PM psionycx
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "Nellis", Krieger and Pam insist that the U.S. government is harboring these at Nellis AFB. They're right, and the Greys even walk around so casually that they enter an officer's club without bothering to check who is in there first (Archer & Co.). Although there is some suggestion it was AllJustADream.
27th Dec '15 5:45:11 PM Vale
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** Physically, though, the Masters in no way resemble Greys in either the books or the TV show (the design in the TV show is significantly different from the description in the books, though both are non-humanoid).
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