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30th Sep '17 3:14:03 AM Rmpdc
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* The most commonly depicted alien species in ''WebVideo/BedtimeStoriesYoutubeChannel''', where, among other things, are said to be responsible for several AlienAbduction incidents, as well as mysterious disappearances and killings.
21st Sep '17 8:43:08 PM Vinderzlow
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* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', it's {{Jossed}} whether there are lifeforms of extraterrestrial origin. Greys do make an appearance, but in the sequel they appear to be genetically engineered humans created to test genetic modifications that would allow humanity to survive a hypothetical nuclear holocaust. They have strange abilities, such as shooting a blast of radiation at people, telepathy, and are extremely resilient to the elements, including immunity to radiation and being able to run around Anartica butt naked. As for the no genital thing, that was done deliberately so they wouldn't reproduce and take over actual humans.

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* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', it's {{Jossed}} whether there are lifeforms of extraterrestrial origin. that the Greys do make an appearance, but in-game are actual aliens. Its stated in the sequel that they appear to be are genetically engineered humans created to test genetic modifications that would allow humanity to survive a hypothetical nuclear holocaust. They have strange abilities, such as shooting a blast of radiation at people, telepathy, and are extremely resilient to the elements, including immunity to radiation and being able to run around Anartica butt naked. As for the no genital thing, that was done deliberately so they wouldn't reproduce and take over actual humans.


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** In fact, most of the "alien" and Roswell stuff can easily be explained as an attempt to discredit any would-be whistle-blowers. MJ12 higher-ups probably know the truth, but anyone below Seraphic/8X just gets the cover story. After all, some one talking about a secret research facility might convince quite a few people that they're telling the truth, but after those same people start hearing about supposed extraterrestrials...
21st Sep '17 8:31:34 PM Vinderzlow
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** In the original Deus Ex, they weren't engineered from humans. An NPC tells you that they are cloned from the genetic material of the dead aliens who crashed at Roswell. So while they are genetically aliens they are only about as intelligent as monkeys due to being raised in a lab with no education. Also, they have been locked in cages their whole lives and are feral as a result, running around and attacking everybody. Secret documents you can find in game around [[{{Area51}} Area 51]] discusses "bovine manipulation", which some believe to mean that they were engineered from cows (which doesn't make much sense since they are humanoid and have little in common with the behavioral patterns of cows), but perhaps means cattle mutilations (a popular alien abduction theory) were [[GovernmentConspiracy perpetrated by the government to make people think there were aliens out there]] and also clone the Greys from the Roswell bodies so that anyone who talks or got leaked documents from there would be focused on alien conspiracies rather than the project that is actually going on there, the AQUINAS Hub.
** Also, it wouldn't make much sense plot-wise if they were "genetically engineered humans" or really anything else for that matter. The antagonist [[NewWorldOrder shadow government organization]] in the game, Majestic-12, was originally created by TheIlluminati as a team of scientists to study the Roswell crash and extraterrestrials (also explaining why their headquarters are at Area 51) before eventually evolving into the scientific development wing, eventually overthrowing the Illuminati, seizing control of the United Nations, and pursuing global domination themselves.
13th Sep '17 12:14:52 PM zarpaulus
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* Transhumans in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' engineered biomorphs based on Greys, officially they're based on DNA of 100% human origin, but some half-serious conspiracy theories claim they were spliced with genetic material recovered from Roswell. Given how little extraterrestrial life in the setting resembles Terran life in general (the only living sophonts contacted look like giant slime molds), it's unlikely that particular theory is true.
7th Sep '17 1:32:20 PM nighttrainfm
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** PlayeForLaughs with the Skrit Na, who go around in saucer-shaped ships and regularly steal from, abduct and experiment on other species...but it's not entirely clear ''why,'' so that other aliens see them as really weird. In a more creative twist, they have BizarreAlienBiology: a "Skrit" is a giant, barely-sentient cochroach which eventually spins a cacoon and dies, only for a "Na" to be born from the corpse. Also, the Na usually walk on all fours ("like all sensible creatures"), though they'll occasionally stand upright to use their front legs as hands.

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** PlayeForLaughs PlayedForLaughs with the Skrit Na, who go around in saucer-shaped ships and regularly steal from, abduct and experiment on other species...but it's not entirely clear ''why,'' so that other aliens see them as really weird. In a more creative twist, they have BizarreAlienBiology: a "Skrit" is a giant, barely-sentient cochroach which eventually spins a cacoon and dies, only for a "Na" to be born from the corpse. Also, the Na usually walk on all fours ("like all sensible creatures"), though they'll occasionally stand upright to use their front legs as hands.
7th Sep '17 1:32:13 PM nighttrainfm
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' where the Skrit Na go around in saucer-shaped ships and regularly steal from, abduct and experiment on other species...but it's not entirely clear ''why,'' so that other aliens see them as really weird. In a more creative twist, they have BizarreAlienBiology: a "Skrit" is a giant, barely-sentient cochroach which eventually spins a cacoon and dies, only for a "Na" to be born from the corpse. Also, the Na usually walk on all fours ("like all sensible creatures"), though they'll occasionally stand upright to use their front legs as hands.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' where ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** PlayeForLaughs with
the Skrit Na Na, who go around in saucer-shaped ships and regularly steal from, abduct and experiment on other species...but it's not entirely clear ''why,'' so that other aliens see them as really weird. In a more creative twist, they have BizarreAlienBiology: a "Skrit" is a giant, barely-sentient cochroach which eventually spins a cacoon and dies, only for a "Na" to be born from the corpse. Also, the Na usually walk on all fours ("like all sensible creatures"), though they'll occasionally stand upright to use their front legs as hands.
27th Aug '17 8:54:10 AM nighttrainfm
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* Jiren in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is what happens when you put the head of your standard Grey on top of a HeroicBuild.

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Tagoma's design in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' owes a bit to this trope, only taller and lankier.
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Jiren in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is what happens when you put the head of your standard Grey on top of a HeroicBuild.
26th Aug '17 2:36:55 PM Tacitus
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* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', they are called the Maians. One of them is a main character; his name is Elvis, and he shouts things like "Kiss mah alien butt!" while fighting. By the way, this is basically a serious game.
** The Maians also conform to the lack of clothing typical of Greys...except for Elvis, who in the last few missions of the game shows up wearing a bizarre red, white, and blue leotard for no adequately explored reason.
*** Elvis is a fan of Earth culture, something of an inversion of AlienArtsAreAppreciated
* Greys by the name of Sectoids are a common enemy in the ''[[{{Series/XCOM}} X-COM]]'' series, along with an elongated species called Ethereals who go around in large orange cloaks. They use plasma guns and psychic powers in their invasion of Earth. The [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep second game]] introduces the Aquatoids, who have adapted to life underwater.
** ''[[VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse Apocalypse]]'' give us the Hybrids, a race derived from a Human/Sectoid crossbreed that have many features inherited from the Sectoids. ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' brought them back as [[{{Mooks}} minor enemies]], the ADVENT Troopers.
** The [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown remake]] makes them look more like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Demon Dover Demon.]] They move on all fours ([[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]]-style) and have {{no mouth}}s.
*** ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'' also uses the same Sectoids as the remake, implying a prequel-like connection. While the remake Sectoids are clones, just like the original game, ''The Bureau'' Sectoids are, apparently, just a race of BattleThralls.

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* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', they are ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' takes a turn from corporate espionage into sci-fi when you're tasked with infiltrating Area51 to rescue one such alien from the government, and from then on the plot concerns the struggle between these Maians, another alien race called the Maians. One of them Skedar, and the humans aligned with each. The Maian you rescue is a main character; his name is named Elvis, a [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Terraphile]] who eventually runs around in a vest decorated with [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead the Stars and he shouts things Stripes]], shouting taunts like "Kiss mah alien butt!" while fighting. By fighting alongside you.
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the way, this is basically a serious game.
''VideoGame/XCom'' series:
** The Maians also conform to the lack of clothing typical of Greys...except for Elvis, who in the last few missions of the game shows up wearing a bizarre red, white, and blue leotard for no adequately explored reason.
*** Elvis is a fan of Earth culture, something of an inversion of AlienArtsAreAppreciated
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In ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'', Greys by the name of known as Sectoids are a common enemy in the ''[[{{Series/XCOM}} X-COM]]'' series, along enemy, fighting with an both plasma weapons and their psychic powers. They're ruled by Ethereals, taller, elongated species called Ethereals Grays with even greater mental abilities, who go around in large orange cloaks. They use plasma guns cloaks.
** ''VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep'' features Aquatoids, Sectoids that have adapted for life underwater.
** ''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse'' has [[HalfHumanHybrid Human-Sectoid hybrids]], the result of alien genetic experiments that never went anywhere since the invasion in the first game failed. These Hybrids live as second-class citizens due to their obviously alien features, but can be recruited into your forces; they're physically frail, but psionically powerful.
** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' redesigns the Sectoids so that they're [[NoMouth mouthless]]
and scuttling about on all-fours, [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]]-style, and also gives them the ability to form a PsychicLink that transfers HitPoints between them. Tougher variants known as Sectoid Commanders are an [[DiscOneFinalBoss early-game boss]] but [[DegradedBoss later become recurring foes]], and unlike their standard counterparts have offensive psychic powers in like MindControl.
** In ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'', the ''Enemy Unknown'' Sectoid design is used, but these enemies are SlaveMooks for the invading Zudjari, aliens that look like human-sized Greys save for
their invasion of Earth. The [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep second game]] introduces the Aquatoids, who have adapted to life underwater.
sideways mouths.
** ''[[VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse Apocalypse]]'' give us the Hybrids, a race derived from a Human/Sectoid crossbreed that have many features inherited from the Sectoids. ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' brought them brings back as [[{{Mooks}} minor enemies]], the ADVENT Troopers.
** The [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown remake]] makes them look more
idea of Sectoid hybrids in both the standard [[VichyEarth ADVENT]] infantry, which are clone troopers made from both human and alien DNA, and the [[TookALevelInBadass new and improved]] Sectoids, which are man-sized now, have ScaryTeeth, and new psychic powers like [[TheNecromancer the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Demon Dover Demon.]] They move on all fours ([[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]]-style) and have {{no mouth}}s.
*** ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'' also uses
ability to reanimate corpses.]]
* ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' has
the same Sectoids as Reticulans, who were responsible for killing the remake, implying a prequel-like connection. While planet prior to the remake Sectoids game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'' has Caesans, who
are clones, just like taller than a typical Grey but otherwise fit the original game, ''The Bureau'' Sectoids are, apparently, just a race of BattleThralls.description quite well.



* ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' has the Reticulans, who were responsible for killing the planet prior to the game.



* ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'' have Caesans, who are taller than a typical Grey but otherwise fit the description quite well.
13th Aug '17 9:42:07 PM jormis29
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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTick Tick]]'' episode "Tick vs the Big Nothing", an alien race called [[PokemonSpeak the What]] disguise themselves as Greys in order to avoid their enemies [[PokemonSpeak the Hey]] (who happen to look like Arthur.).

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTick Tick]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTick Tick'' episode "Tick vs the Big Nothing", an alien race called [[PokemonSpeak the What]] disguise themselves as Greys in order to avoid their enemies [[PokemonSpeak the Hey]] (who happen to look like Arthur.).
13th Aug '17 9:38:41 PM GoldenKeyblade
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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.

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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 atrophied (though in practice, they never had much of either to begin with.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.



* Partway through his [[WebVideo/VinesauceTomodachiLife Tomodachi Life LP]], [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} Vinny]] added several identical Miis called the Jahns, which heavily resemble the Grays (although due to the limitations of the Mii Maker, their skin isn't actually gray). They are revealed to be a group of alien researchers stranded on Earth after their ship crashed; Vinny mentions that he intends to study them, in hopes of seeing how they differentiate. [[spoiler:However, they quickly turn out to be more than they seem, as they quickly turn the tables and begin studying ''Vinny'', as well as making deals with [[RealityWarper Isaac]] and [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Hailey]]. Then, in [[WhamEpisode Episode 48]], they finally put their plans into effect, [[AssimilationPlot converting the other islanders into more Jahns]], with Vinny himself [[BrainwashedAndCrazy under their control]]. Fortunately, they're driven off by [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder and Scully]] two episodes later; apparently, [[RuleOfFunny they just wanted chicken cutlets the whole time]].]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' subverted. Greys do appear but are depicted as backwoods hunters, humorously reminiscent of those who they reportedly abduct. Fry gets his nose stolen when he's abducted by them.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/TheTick Tick]] episode "Tick vs the Big Nothing", an alien race called [[PokemonSpeak the What]] disguise themselves as Greys in order to avoid their enemies [[PokemonSpeak the Hey]] (who happen to look like Arthur.).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' subverted. Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Greys do appear but are depicted as backwoods hunters, humorously reminiscent of those who they reportedly abduct. Fry gets his nose stolen when he's abducted by them.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/TheTick Tick]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTick Tick]]'' episode "Tick vs the Big Nothing", an alien race called [[PokemonSpeak the What]] disguise themselves as Greys in order to avoid their enemies [[PokemonSpeak the Hey]] (who happen to look like Arthur.).



** The Arquillians are exactly like a grey in their look, excepto for their tiny size. They are a {{pacifist}} race and pass as humans using big human-like suits.
** The Baltians, another grey-looking alien race albeit taller than humans (as some greys are allegedlly in RealLife). The first race un doing "official" FirstContact with humans and the ones giving humans all sorts of technologies that the MIB decide when they go public. They also travel in flying saucers.

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** The Arquillians are exactly like a grey in their look, excepto except for their tiny size. They are a {{pacifist}} race and pass as humans using big human-like suits.
** The Baltians, another grey-looking alien race albeit taller than humans (as some greys are allegedlly allegedly in RealLife). The first race un doing "official" FirstContact with humans and the ones giving humans all sorts of technologies that the MIB decide when they go public. They also travel in flying saucers.
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