Created By: Koveras on August 2, 2009


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A Sufficiently Advanced Alien race that, well, isn't all too alien. In fact, they "come" from Earth, just like us humans, but their civilization is so much older and more advanced than ours that they have no trouble hiding from us (for whatever reason).

Different from The Masquerade in that the masquerade is the act of hiding (e.g. in Men in Black extraterrestrials are walking among humans), whereas this is about the origin of the hiding species.

I'm using the term coined by John Keel for this concept but if anyone has a better title...
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  • August 3, 2009
    They sometimes live inside the Hollow Earth.
  • August 3, 2009
    • In Star Trek Voyager we meet with a dinosaur race that came from earth. Although not hiding from us.

  • August 3, 2009
    I think in that case they'd evolved from Dinosaurs, they weren't themselves around at the time.
  • August 3, 2009
    In Sinister Barrier by Eric Frank Russell, Earth is populated by Vitons, Energy Beings who exist outside visible spectrum and feed upon human pain and anguish. Oh, and when they die, they turn into ball lightnings.
  • August 3, 2009
    Oh sweet heavens, how could you forget the Toclafane?

    In the three-part season 3 finale, the Master brings the Toclafane back in time with him from the year 1,000,000,000,000 (add six more zeroes onto that if you think they're using the long scale). The final episode of the season reveals their true nature: they're humanity's last survivors, and utterly mad to boot.
  • August 3, 2009
    In Bruce Corvile's novel The Search for Snout, a boy believed his Disapeared Dad was an alien, but upon meeting him in space, finds out that he's a scientist from Atlantis who traveled into space before it fell, became immortal, and had adventures on alien worlds before returning to live. (And then he disappeared because an alien he'd ticked off on his adventures found him and wanted to harm his family.)
  • August 3, 2009
    Gary Seven, from the STTOS episode "Assignment: Earth", was from a race of humans raised on another planet, returned to Earth to guide human evolution.
  • August 4, 2009
    If I understand this trope correctly, then the fairies of the Artemis Fowl series probably count. They've got magic and have technology just about 50 years ahead of ours.
  • August 4, 2009
    random surfer
    South Park Crab People