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->'''Kay:''' At any given time, there are approximately 15,000 aliens on the planet, most of them right here in Manhattan. And most of them are decent enough. They're just trying to earn a living.
->'''Jay:''' Cab drivers.
->'''Kay:''' Not as many as you'd think.
-->--''Film/MenInBlack''

Not all [[AlienTropes space aliens]] in fiction are [[AlienInvasion evil invaders]] who terrorize our fair planet with their [[TripodTerror high-tech war machines]], and demand to be [[TakeMeToYourLeader taken to our leader]]. Some of them are in fact quite nice. They're not looking for any trouble, and all they want is to be left alone, make a friend, or just get by in our strange and unfamiliar Earth culture.

The InnocentAliens are like this. They've just arrived at our planet (though in some, rarer cases, we go to theirs, instead) and are total babes in the woods, displaying a very warped understanding of the humans' way of life. They're wide-eyed and childlike, and occasionally even need protection from hostile human beings, often [[GeneralRipper trigger-happy military types]] who think they're up to no good and need to be exterminated for the common good.

In [[{{Anvilicious}} some kinds of stories]], these aliens are used to prove that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, especially if they or the rest of the interplanetary community live peaceful, enlightened lives and we humans are the ones who go around shooting things and generally being destructive.

Often the "come in peace" part of WeComeInPeaceShootToKill. Contrast AliensAreBastards. If they're played for laughs, they may also be {{amusing alien}}s as well.

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!!Examples:

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* In ''{{Gantz}}'', during the first Onion Alien mission, the Onion Kid seems like this (complete with Kato trying to protect it from the other trigger-happy Gantzers). Of course, they have no choice over whether to continue killing once its father tries to get revenge. A few other aliens are non-aggressive before being attacked, making it murky who you're supposed to be rooting for.
** Of course, Gantz is the bastard here, for forcing humans to hunt and kill aliens.
* In ''AxisPowersHetalia'', there was the RoswellIncident. Tony, the alien, ends up living with America, playing video games, watching movies, and other things.
* In the 2001 ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' series, a group of these arrive during the "Little Visitors" arc. Unfortunately, they were followed by a hostile force out to subjugate the children and harness their vast PsychicPowers for evil means.
* Astral in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''. He had amnesia and at first did not truly know why he was in our world, but he wasn't malignant, and rebukesd anyone who claims that he is supposed to be. When he eventually discovered [[spoilered:that his true purpose was actually to destroy the Barian World, not quite the noble goal he had hoped, he rejected it, and Yuma was forced to rescue him from his godlike KnightTemplar master.]]

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* The Firstcomers in ''ElfQuest'' took the forms of elves and meant to land on an Earthlike planet during a time when such spirits were respected. Due to a bit of sabotage they landed in prehistoric times surrounded by superstitious, violent cavemen, and had no idea how to deal with the planet.
* Creator/AlanMoore wrote ''Skizz'' during his time at ''TwoThousandAD'', which can best be described as "''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ET]]'' [[XMeetsY meets]] CrapsackWorld," the CrapsackWorld, of course, being Birmingham, England.
* Creator/AlanMoore also had the Pogo aliens (tiny anthropomorphic cartoon animals) in SwampThing, looking for a planet in tune with nature, unfortunately they landed on Earth. Where one of their party, a cartoon alligator, is eaten by our alligators and the rest flee the planet after seeing how humans behave.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} arrived on Earth as a baby. It doesn't get more innocent than that. Some other [[KneelBeforeZod kryptonians]]...[[BewareTheSuperman not so much]].

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* Given that AliensAndMonsters are commonplace in Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}, Galaxoid and Nebular are outliers in their innocence.
* In ''Fanfic/ANewWorldANewWay'', the aliens in question ({{Franchise/Pokemon}}) are this for the most part. Even then, the ones that attack do it out of confusion.

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* Jake, the Space Cat form ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'', happened to land on earth because his ship was malfunctioning at the time.
* Klaatu from the original ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' qualifies, especially considering he is a text book example of the first variety of WeComeInPeaceShootToKill. The KeanuReeves [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 remake one]] is more of a {{jerkass}}, apparently due to ExecutiveMeddling trying to make the remake as little like the original as possible.
* ''The Man from Planet X''.
* The title character from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' practically embodies this trope.
* MAC, from the infamous ''Film/MacAndMe''.
* The aliens from ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy''.
* Leeloo from ''Film/TheFifthElement'', to a degree.
** To a degree meaning 'until she grabs your throat/ puts a gun to your head for almost kissing her/ jumps off a building into your cab/ kicks a roomful of alien warrior ass'
* The Thermians from ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
** To the point that they don't realize "Galaxy Quest" was an Earth television show, simply because their race doesn't understand the entire concept of fiction, at all; at best they liken it to lying (and even that is an unfamiliar new discovery, learned at great cost from the race that was wiping them out).
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' features everything from 'the worst scum of the universe' to [[HumansAreCthulhu aliens that worship humans]], as well as several aliens that more or less fit this trope.
-->'''Kay:''' At any given time, there are approximately 15,000 aliens on the planet, most of them right here in Manhattan. And most of them are decent enough. They're just trying to earn a living.
-->'''Jay:''' Cab drivers.
-->'''Kay:''' Not as many as you'd think.
* The aliens from ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'': Subverted when the alien turns out to be a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, much to Stephanie Speck's disappointment.
* The aliens from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' aren't exactly childlike or innocent, but they genuinely mean no harm, and in fact were in desperate need of aid when they arrived. [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Poor prawns.]]
** Then again anyone armed to the teeth with weapons that blow up anything they hit, can't be ''that'' friendly. One common fan theory is that they're an army falling back.
*** WordOfGod says they're colonists that have gone off track. All those fantastic and powerful weapons? Their equivalent of a gun locker.
* Both astronaut Chuck Baker and the aliens he encounters in the subversive ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}''.
* After the ''Phoenix'' makes its historic first ever warp-speed flight in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', humanity sees the Vulcans, who basically just want to drop by and congratulate the funny-eared people on finally doing something really awesome. They even stick around for the next couple centuries and become fast friends of humanity; if highly snarky friends.
* The aliens in ''{{Cocoon}}'' have no desire to hurt anyone. They just want to retrieve their lost friends.
* In ''Film/ItCameFromOuterSpace'', the aliens just want to repair their ship and go home. They only abduct and replace people because they are terrified of being discovered.
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'' plays with this - Paul is a definite and unironic example of this trope in plot terms, but instead of the IncorruptiblePurePureness one would associate with it he has a pretty crude personality and enjoys smoking weed.

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* Ashley from the ''NurseryCrime'' series is a blue-skinned, partly-translucent tridactyl from the planet Rambosia working as a cop in [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Reading, England]]. Though not quite as naive as most InnocentAliens, he's confused by human mannerisms and even more so by [[BizarreAlienBiology our biology]]. One time, he needed Jack to explain to him how human mating worked.
* Acorna from the ''Literature/AcornaSeries''.
* The piggies from the [[EndersGame Ender]] series of books. That being said, they [[spoiler: ritually sacrificed several scientists, but they didn't know that humans follow a different life-cycle than them and wouldn't turn into sentient trees.]] Likewise the Buggers, who didn't realize for many years that humans were individually sentient beings (rather than drones controlled by a Queen) and resolved to leave them alone after the first two invasions of Earth, but by then [[spoiler: humanity, faced with near extinction during the second invasion, had already launched their desperate counter-attack which culminated in Ender blowing up the Bugger homeworld.]]
* All the aliens on Mars and Venus in the ''Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy'' are Innocent--in a technical sense as well as mostly following this trope; they are unfallen beings, in the Christian sense, Satan being local to Earth. Creator/CSLewis plays with it a little in ''Literature/OutOfTheSilentPlanet''; the Hrossa, Sorns, and Pfiffltriggi have reasonably sophisticated cultures and gradually come to realize that humans can be dangerous, while the Eldila (angels, really) know almost immediately that Weston and Devine are up to no good on Mars.
* Amy Thomson's ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' plays with this using the Tendu. Tendu have no war and strive to be in harmony with each other and the environment. They hunt with an eye to local populations, and they don't murder; they also have very little in the way of technology, though they have an incredible biological-modification ability that actually allows them to clone and alter things. They have to metamorphasize twice to become intelligent and they eat their own fertilized eggs and tadpoles, and treat their tinka like slaves and allow them to be killed. The human protagonist only finds this out after she's been eating fertilized eggs and narey for a while, and is absolutely horrified. But there are countless unintelligent narey and tinka, and nothing like enough resources for all to become elders. It's presented as normal to them, and Dr. Saari eventually comes to grips with it.
** There is also a greater subversion later in the book, when the human protagonist explains human war to an older Tendu and is deeply ashamed. The older Tendu, Naratonen, asks why humans go to war and is told that it's partially resource scarcity. Naratonen tells her about a time in which the Tendu were far too numerous, and the oldest among them designed a genocidal plague and spread it from village to village. Half of the population died before the last surviving oldest one - the others had also died of the plague - taught others the cure and let himself die. Since then they've eaten their narey and changed their ways to keep their population down.
---> "You have wars, we have sickness. Is there a difference? Which one of us is better than the other?"
** Its sequel, ''Through Alien Eyes'', in which two of the Tendu come back to Earth with Dr. Saari, plays it a little more straight. The Tendu don't understand the degree of suspicion and distrust humanity is capable of. All the same, they're not unsophisticated, and there is never a point where either of them seriously thinks of humanity as without its good points, like curiosity and adaptiveness.
* DomingoSantos' story ''The First Day of Eternity'' (published in ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'') features an alien species, "rollers", which respond to human colonists with curiosity and cautious friendship.
* Thomas Jerome Newton in ''TheManWhoFellToEarth'' makes his journey to our world to acqure the means to bring the rest of his people (numbering a few hundred) here before they die of thirst back home; they would then be able to blend in with humanity and become a positive influence upon it. Tragically, he gradually loses his innocence as he lives amongst humans...
* Zenna Henderson's Literature/ThePeople are this when they first come to Earth and almost immediately run afoul of the SoulsavingCrusader and his followers who give them ATasteOfTheLash and then BurnTheWitch. She initially wrote of the after-effects on the People's earth settlement a century later in "Pottage", which was used as the FilmOfTheBook.
* A few different species from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** The Hork Bajir were peaceful, none-too-bright herbivores before the [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] arrived. They had absolutely no concept of fighting, to the point that even a genius Seer like Dak Hamee needed several minutes to figure out what was happening when a Hork-Bajir Controller hurt him.
** The Pemalites were total pacifists who did not even bother trying to fight back as they were killed off by the Howlers. The Chee, a race of androids they created, are at least capable of understanding violence, but their programming makes them incapable of committing it.
** The Mercorans, who settled on Earth in the Cretaceous period, were also nonviolent, to the point that they committed ritual mutilation in mourning when some of them were killed the only time they were forced to fight against another sentient being.
** Also, the Howlers, who are, from a certain standpoint, the most innocent species that the kids meet. Unfortunately, the Howlers are a species of genetically engineered killing machines. It's just that they don't know that killing is wrong, and Crayak preserves their naivete by altering their collective memory.
** And the mind-reading giant frogs, the Leerans.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster[='=]s ''HumanxCommonwealth'' has a lot of alien races, so it stands to reason that some would be peaceful. However, this is taken to an extreme with the Ulru-Ujurrians, giant ursinoids who are nevertheless utterly innocent and devoid of malice. They eat, sleep, mate, and play games. Until Flinx shows up and starts teaching them the "game of civilization", at which point they turn out to be [[SuperIntelligence exponentially intelligent]] and rapidly assimilate all knowledge that the Commonwealth and [=AAnn=] societies have to offer. However, they remain utterly nonaggressive except when they or Flinx are threatened -- which is a good thing as by the end of the series their capabilities approach RealityWarper levels.
* The Venette Convention from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''[[Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact Brinkmanship]]''. The Venetans are almost completely unable to handle the shifty politics and misdirection of the major galactic powers, with their leading citizen becoming literally ill from stress when confronted with realities like espionage.
* Leó Szilárd, the famous nuclear physicist also wrote some short stories. In one called "Report on 'Grand Central Terminal'", alien scientists arrive to Earth after a nuclear war wiped out all life. They completely fail to understand things like the monetary system and think that war between the members of one species is impossible. The only alien who figures it out is dismissed by his superiors.
* Somewhat averted in ''RoadsidePicnic'' in the way that the alien visitors don't even take notice of the human population, and leave all manner of artifacts strewn about. What the human populace does with, and for, these artifacts, though. . .
* Ruthlessly subverted in LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill. [[spoiler:The aliens decide to ecoform the Earth without checking to see if it's inhabited by intelligent life, because sending a radio signal and waiting 80 years for a reply would take too long. Worse, even if the Earth ''is'' inhabited by intelligent life, the aliens decide that they should ecoform the planet anyway, reasoning that civilization is always built on the sacrifice of the natural world, so xenocide is no big deal.]]

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* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': The Visitor, in the episode "Strange Visitor to Hazzard," an episode clearly meant to mimick and play off the popularity of ''ETTheExtraTerrestrial''
* The alien, Josh Exley, in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "The Unnatural" just wants to play baseball.
** [[spoiler: We learn later in the series that [[BigBad the Greys]] ''used'' to be this, but were corrupted into warmongers by the Black Oil.]]
* Occasionally present on ''Series/DoctorWho'', in the form of the Doctor's (usually human) companions meeting aliens on their homeworld before they save them from other, less well-intentioned aliens.
** The Thals in ''The Daleks''. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that the Doctor's companion, Ian, deliberately dismantles their innocence so that they can stand up to the Daleks.]]
** The nameless aliens (implied to come from Mars) from ''The Ambassadors of Death''.
** The Doctor's HumanAlien companion Nyssa.
** The Kinda in ''Kinda''.
** The Doctor himself, at times, during his Fourth and Eleventh incarnations. Though the Doctor's people, the Time Lords, in general, and for that matter, the Doctor himself, has generally not displayed this trope.
*** Eight, in the MadeForTVMovie, in which he's got amnesia and is therefore particularly innocent. It's especially apparent in the morgue scene, in which he's almost as scared of the morgue attendant as the morgue attendant is scared of him. And he's generally [[CloudCuckoolander strange]], [[NoSocialSkills overly friendly]], and [[ActualPacifist totally harmless]]. Grace has to babysit him a little because of it.
** The Ood, who got enslaved by humanity because of it.
* Cole, from ''Series/{{Tracker}}''. Averted with most other aliens, who are escaped prisoners. On the other hand, one reveals that she was jailed for something that isn't even a misdemeanor on Earth.
* They're pretty much all HumanAliens, but this applies to many encounters in ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Usually, the natives of any given planet are perfectly harmless and need the heroes help to survive the BigBad.

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* The Mr. Saturns from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', while not explicitly stated to be extraterrestrial, fit this trope to a "T". Shigesato Itoi [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2008/06/yes-tony-is-gay-and-mr-saturn-is-innocent/ deliberately portrayed them as "symbols of innocence"]].
** Which makes Colonel Saturn from CognitiveDissonance [[WarIsHell just a bit]] [[SubvertedInnocence disturbing]], assuming that the "rock war" was an actual war instead of just some silly thing.
* Elvis, the Maian from ''PerfectDark'' more or less fits this trope, as opposed to the malevolent Skedar race of aliens.
* The Lumas from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', who not only serve as allies to Mario, but also turn into either Launch Stars, planets, mushrooms, and [[spoiler: even sacrifice themselves to stop the black hole created when [[BigBad Bowser's]] galaxy exploded.]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'': The Lumas' counterparts, the Wisps also fit this trope as well, helping Sonic by allowing him to use their unique powers to free other Wisps from Eggman's grasp and [[spoiler: they rescue Sonic from an inescapable black hole.]]
* In ''TheSims2'', the aliens that abduct Sims (and impregnate males) are not known as particularly friendly. If, however, you've put aliens in your neighborhoods ''and'' didn't set them as "grouchy," they will be this trope; they're just like any other Sims except green.
* The [[StarfishAliens Wraith]] in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'', mostly their youngsters. The reason they're at war with the Polaris is simply because some Wraith children out playing buzzed some Polaran border patrol ships. The Polaris thought said Wraith were attacking and killed them. The rest of the Wraith launched reprisals and things went downhill from there.
* Xananab from ''VideoGame/DKJungleClimber'' is a perfectly pleasant banana-shaped alien who only wants to get his stolen crystal bananas back from King K. Rool.

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* One ''StarshipRegulars'' (an AffectionateParody of sci-fi shows, mostly Franchise/StarTrek) had a Koraeg kid. Their race was devoid of vices and was in a war with TheFederation. The protagonists managed to capture one of them, and while TheCaptain contemplated whether he should inject him with a lethal virus to wipe out their race, the less-than-perfect regulars get him drunk and laid.
-->'''Captain:''' You created the ultimate biological weapon for their society! A lazy profligate boozer!
-->'''Wilson:''' Don't forget gambler and whore-manger!
-->'''Tycho:''' We were thoroughgoing.

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* The Martians from ''[[{{Walkyverse}} It's Walky!]]'', until an ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt enormous]]'' GenocideBackfire.
* Most of the aliens in ''Webcomic/NotSoDistant'' are this way, though {{Earth|ThatWas}} is nothing more than a giant archeological site by the time they visit.

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* LandGames: The Woken.

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* Dr. Zoidberg from ''{{Futurama}}'', an especially [[TheWoobie pathetic]] example.
** Well, until [[spoiler:he got in trouble with the Earthican government and the Decapodians conquered the planet in response, anyway.]]
** So innocent, that in the Robot Santa episode where said killer robot declares that every single being is Naughty and deserves punishment (even the Orphan Robot), goes ahead and gives Zoidberg a pogo stick for Christmas.
*** Which Zoidberg then uses to [[spoiler:defeat Robot Santa; judging by Zoidberg's "yoink" and very deliberate reaching up to cut the cable, he knew exactly what he was doing.]] Very naughty indeed.
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', at least in the cartoon adaptation. The original one in [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the comics]] was older, dressed much more {{fanservice}}y, and had rape in her {{backstory}}.
* Now M'gann aka Miss Martian from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' plays a similar role. [[spoiler: She might not be quite as innocent as she seems.]]
* Mo-Ron from ''{{Freakazoid}}''- who, as the name suggests, was not exactly the brightest star in the galaxy.
* The Skinnies from ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' are only fighting the humans because [[spoiler:they're [[PuppeteerParasite under the control of alien parasites.]]]] With that cleared up, they become fast friends and allies of the humans.

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