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->'''Mystic''': You watch the skies night after night looking for your LittleGreenMen...\\
'''Bishop''': Little ''grey'' men, actually.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}''

The modern version of the LittleGreenMen, and currently the most common depiction of extraterrestrials.

They have the same basic body plan as a human, but they're grey, somewhat shorter than a person, and have enormous heads with equally-huge black eyes resembling an upside-down-raindrop. They probably have no nose, 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.

Like the LittleGreenMen before them, they still tend to come in {{Flying Saucer}}s. However, the overtly hostile version is much rarer; [[AlienAbduction abduction]] is their primary modus operandi (which naturally may be taken as still fairly sinister of course). They will not speak in beeping noises, though, and they certainly don't know English. Mostly they will [[TheSpeechless not speak at all]]. They may be [[PsychicPowers telepathic]].

What they do with those abducted varies, but performing experiments on them, especially [[AnalProbing intrusive]] [[AliensMadeThemDoIt sexual]] [[MarsNeedsWomen experiments]], is common. Specifically, AnalProbing and the creation of {{Half Human Hybrid}}s. Why aliens would be so interested in human sex remains unclear, although the standard story is that they are nearing extinction, and they need human genetic material in order to restore both their reproductive capabilities, and their ability to experience emotion. (It has been noted that their appearance and modus operandi share [[SciFiCounterpart more than a passing resemblance]] to those of the more traditional [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]], suggesting alternately an innate human need to believe in such beings or [[WildMassGuess the length of time]] [[ParanoiaFuel they've been studying us]].)

Far from being [[BlackAndGreyMorality black and grey]], their ''beliefs'' are usually of the [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue And Orange sort]]. May be SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who haven't visited us since [[AncientAstronauts the time of the Pyramids]]. Despite the fact that Earth is an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet, they will be [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse obsessed with us]] for reasons which may vary. Perhaps they want to help us AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. Perhaps ''we'' are the {{Precursors}}. Perhaps they merely want ToServeMan.

In other cases, they may be benevolent or much [[{{Mentors}} wiser than humanity]], often in a hippie sort of way, granting the abductees really trippy cosmic visions. [[ReedRichardsIsUseless They'll hardly ever do much more than that, though]].

Compare with HumanoidAliens, LittleGreenMen, and TheReptilians.

Not to be confused with [[Film/TheGrey the movie]] starring ''LiamNeeson''.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
* A galactic TV host in ''KeroroGunsou'', who's even named R Grey.
* A Grey appears as a mysterious vision in ''SerialExperimentsLain'', in an episode which also references the Roswell incident. It is referenced in other episodes as well. Unlike the usual nudist Greys, it is wearing a red and green striped shirt.
* In the ''ShamanKing'' manga, one of the plant guardians has a grey as his spirit, later on it is revealed that the shaman king position was created by these aliens, as are all the pieces of odd technology in the series.
* America's roommate Tony from ''AxisPowersHetalia''. He's an [[{{Pun}} illegal alien]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* It's implied in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' that a grey like alien race exists even though all we see are transients (people who have spliced themselves with alien DNA) and it's even offhandedly mentioned Earth has economically subjugated them. It is stated that they have a colony on Earth, and having already commodified their art and culture, their DNA is the last thing they had left to sell.
* The Sons of Silence in the ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic.]]''
* In ''{{Elfquest}}'', the native forms of the High Ones kind of resemble elongated, yellow-orange variants of the Greys, with a bit of RubberForeheadAliens thrown in.
* 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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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The minimal descriptions of Jeft in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' suggest he is a fat, smelly, nerdy Grey.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The aliens in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' are typical Greys, [[spoiler:albeit with magnetic skeletons]], as befits the films GenreThrowback nature.
* The aliens who finally appear at the end of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
* The Martians from the Steven Spielberg version of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' are basically Greys, with some anatomical differences (like having three legs).
* The alien invaders in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' resembled Greys to an extent, including doing the stereotypical abductions and being behind the Roswell crash. The resemblance wasn't immediately apparent, as they wore biomechanical suits that looked more like Franchise/{{Predator}}s.
* The alien invaders in ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers'' (1956) once their helmets are removed.
* The aliens in ''Fire In The Sky'' resemble Greys.
** Their space suits even more so resemble the typical Grey, while their actual appearance is based more on abductee Travis Walton's descriptions.
* The Kaminoan cloners in ''StarWars Episode II: AttackOfTheClones'' resemble Greys but with long necks and the males have crests.
* While green, the surreal (and possibly the first color example) 1953 AlienInvasion film ''Invaders From Mars'' features bug-eyed, drone-like aliens whose M.O. shares a more than passing resemblance to the Greys. Hmmmm.
* [[LampshadeHanging Mr. Grey]] from the film version of ''Dreamcatcher''. They're actually [[spoiler:disgusting shit-weasels]] in disguise -- to look like the popular conception of aliens.
** They also have vertical mouths full of teeth.
* Greys appear in the Mokumentary horror film ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty'', in a sinister home invasion that pre-dated Signs by five years.
* The {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in ''Progeny'' project the "Grey" image as a psychic mask. This version of the Grey has a different body plan though, stalk-like with tendrils.
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'': The titular alien looks like one. It's mentioned that this has been put into pop culture so that this is what society accepts as what an alien looks like.
* ''Film/{{Signs}}'', although a bit more sinister than most renditions. ''Signs'' Greys are the ProudWarriorRaceGuy version; taller (human height) and more muscular than the standard, with thicker limbs.
* ''Film/TheForgotten'' has an alien who looks like a creepily-smiling human. He lets his human facade drop only once... and it resembles a typical Grey.
* ''Film/DarkSkies'' has the Greys as the antagonists, albeit taller and more skeletal-looking than typical portrayals. The film's aliens are definitely sinister and unsympathetic (AlienAbduction being the primary threat), but not precisely evil. Rather, the film specifies that they're so advanced and so ''other'' that they're [[InscrutableAliens beyond human comprehension.]]
* ''Film/OfficialDenial'' depicts greys, which at the end are revealed to be actually [[spoiler:humans from the future]].
* ''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.
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' villain Ra was originally a grey-like alien that somehow managed to posess a human to survive as its own body was dying. Glimpses of this as well as a wall painting depicting his true form are seen throughout the film. Just before [[spoiler:he is nuked at the end]] his true appearance is revealed for the last time.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Visitors in Whitley Streiber's ''Communion'' -- possible TropeCodifier.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has the Skrit Na, one of the oldest intelligent races in the galaxy (being around in the beginning of ''The Ellimist Chronicles''), who baffle all the others. The Andalites, for one, have no idea why they put all those lights on their ships, nor their fascination with abducting natives and performing absurd medical experiments on them. Of course, they had made a number of visits to Earth before the Yeerks showed up. They enjoy taking random things from various planets like some sort of extraterrestrial pack rats.
** In fact, the humans Elfangor meets in ''The Andalite Chronicles'' are "guests" of the Skrit Na (along with a bunch of semi-related junk and a reality-altering MacGuffin).
** Played with rather interestingly in that the Grey form (the Na) is the adult form of an (apparently barely sentient) larva that looks like a giant insect (the Skrit).
** The Helmacrons look a lot like Greys as well, except very very small.
** WordOfGod says that the Andalites were originally supposed to look like this, but the publishers asked for something more creative, especially since they hoped to one day make a TV show. It sort of backfired--Applegate [[WriterRevolt responded]] by making the Andalites with all sorts of extra complexities (stalk eyes, tail blades, etc.), which made them almost impossible to replicate when [[Series/{{Animorphs}} said series]] actually got made.
* Although the hostile take-over of Earth is not always a primary motive, the Greys (dubbed Mr. Grey by the U.S. Military) in Creator/StephenKing's ''Dreamcatcher'' were certainly a well known enemy of humanity, also capable of some shapeshifting and possession. Technically the aliens don't actually look like typical Greys; they're more like giant eel/weasel creatures who simply shapeshift into the classic humanoid body in order to manipulate humans.
* In the novel ''Faerie Wars'' by Herbie Brennan, what humans believe to be grey aliens are revealed to actually be ancient demons who want to take over everything.
* Occasional Greys make an appearance in the ''{{Nightside}}'' series, usually as a gag (e.g. seeing one lying in the gutter with a "Will probe for food" sign). One of the Nightside's most secure locales, the Fortress, was founded by traumatized alien abductees, who are determined to fight back with guns, napalm, and possibly even nukes if the little buggers ever come near them again.
* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Digs In]]'', the Peacocks have a new sign painted for their pub, depicting two faces on a dark background: "One face was slightly larger than the other, but apart from that, they were identical: hairless, triangular, and delicate, with enormous eyes, plug holes for nostrils, and thin slits for mouths. They wore dark brown hoods, and their skin was a pale shade of greenish-gray." Naturally, the new name of the pub is "The Green Men".
* A race of diminutive grayish aliens with large heads appears in Andrey Belianin's ''The Thief of Baghdad'' novel, despite the novel's fantasy genre. They abduct the main character as he is fleeing from the guards. Needless to say, a glowing disc in the sky capturing their prey made a great impression on the superstitious denizens of Ancient Baghdad. Turns out, the aliens are from a peaceful interstellar [[TheAlliance alliance]] who have arrived to determine the best way to integrate humanity into the galactic community. They have used genetic engineering to become a OneGenderSpecies (all of them are male, as certain factors of female biological cycle can make things... inconvenient) and wish the same "boon" on humanity. As can be expected, this idea doesn't go well with the main character, who instead offers to show them the benefits of two sexes. To that end, he uses their genetic manipulation machine to turn a female cat into something that looks like the female version of the aliens. They get excited and quickly kick the main character off the ship, excited to "study" this new creature. During the novel's climax, they once again appear before the main character, this time begging for him to take the female away from them, as they found that she is drastically upsetting their balance. He just laughs at them, and they fly away.
* The inhabitants of Callisto (one of Jupiter's moons) in ''Spacehounds of I.P.C.'' by Creator/EEDocSmith fit this description to a T. Like all humanoids in the book, they're on the side of the good guys.
* The Greys make an appearance in the mashup novel Literature/TheTumbleweedDossier. [[spoiler:One even becomes a vampire.]]
* [[OurFairiesAreDifferent The Fairies]] in Literature/{{Discworld}} are described as looking suspiciously similar to this on the rare occasion that their [[GlamourFailure glamour fails]]. There are also offhand referances in Discword/TheTruth to tabloid headlines about them that mirror real world tabloid headlines about TheGreys.
* The Fnrrns in ''Literature/{{Terra}}'' have large bald grey heads and large black shiny eyes. However, they're actually quite tall, and only one of them has any interest in Earth whatsoever.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The first appearance of aliens meeting this description in Western pop culture was an episode of TheOuterLimits entitled "The Bellero Shield," which first aired February 10th, 1964. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_and_Barney_Hill_abduction People began claiming to have been abducted by aliens looking just like the ones from the TV show within weeks, which we are sure is merely a coincidence.]]
* The Asgard in ''Series/StargateSG1'' are the wiser, benevolent version.
** It's even discussed inside the show that they resemble the typical Roswell Greys, and that the Roswell Greys may even be based on them, given to that the Asgard have been observing the humans for long.
*** And then there's the fact that the Roswell Greys were actually said to be Asgard in one episode, as I recall.
*** In one episode An Asgard/grey named Loki spends an episode abducting people and has been doing so for some time.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' introduces a villanous splinter group of the Asgard called the Vanir who left for the Pegasus Galaxy long ago in order to avoid the Asgard ethical constraints. Interestingly, we have no idea who they are for most of the episode introducing them, as they tend to wear bulky encounter suits.
* The greys are the main villains of the MythArc of the ''Series/TheXFiles'', performing human abduction and experimentation so they can [[AlienInvasion eventually invade]] and enslave humanity. TheGreys from space are emotionless, sociopathic, greedy, and super intelligent. TheGreys born from TheVirus infecting humans begin as wild, thoughtlessly-violent, werewolf-like beasts, but mature into the calm, intelligent form.
* The "star" of the ''AlienAutopsy'' video was purportedly an alien of this type.
* The Vree in ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]''; in one episode, a station ombuds (something like a judge or arbitrator) has to deal with a lawsuit filed by the descendant of a UFO abductee against the descendant of the Vree who did the abducting. Naturally, their ships (seen in a few episodes) are round and flat.
** There were ''three'' species that resemble Greys-the Streib and the Zener were the other two. And the Streib apparently abducted people as well...
*** The other two's names are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]]: Whitley ''Streib''er wrote the alien-contact novel ''Communion'', and ''Zener'' cards are used by parapsychologists for psychic testing.
*** Unlike some examples of this trope, the Streib are not SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and when they attempt to [[MuggingTheMonster prey upon powerful races]] can get a severe thrashing. When they tried to kidnap humans the humans intercepted and destroyed their ship, and when they tried that on Minbari, the Minbari "tracked them back to their homeworld and made sure they understood the ''depth'' of their mistake" as Delenn put it.
** The Vorlons and Shadows apparently. The Vorlons after all abducted Jack the Ripper who [[SarcasmMode for some odd reason]] wasn't missed much by Earthers.
** According to the fluff, the Vree are very advanced technologically, second only to the Minbari. In fact, they are the only younger race except for the Minbari to have perfected AntiMatter reactors and weapons. The fluff also claims they have [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] technology, a feat no other race can match.
* Greys are the ones who created the Backstep TimeTravel technology in ''Series/SevenDays''. One particularly nasty one named Adam is a villain.
** Well, considering that the Roswell craft was actually a prison transport with Adam as the prisoner, it makes sense that he'd be a bad apple (no pun intended). Plus, what did the humans do when the wounded alien asked for help? Hit him in the face with the butt of a rifle, knocking him into a 50-year coma.
* The TV show ''Series/DarkSkies'' depicted an alternate version of the history of the 20th Century, with elements of the US government either battling or working with a covert invasion by the Hive, a race of Greys. Or, more precisely, a parasitic alien race that had conquered the Greys and were now working on us.
* The few times we see the teen aliens' guardians in ''{{Roswell}}'' in their true form, they're classic Greys.
* They appear in the 2002 Syfy miniseries ''Series/{{Taken}}''
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse ExpandedUniverse]] has the Tzun, who try to invade Earth in the 1950s. The standard Tzun are Greys, but they also combine their DNA with humans to create the "Nordics" reported by some UFO abductees.
** The Nedenah are peaceful Greys in ''Devil Goblins From Neptune''. A later book explains the Nedenah are one of the races the Tzun got DNA grafts from.
** In the Creator/{{CBBC}} ''Doctor Who'' animated serial "Dreamland" there are a couple of Grey aliens that were captured in {{Area 51}}.
** The Silence resemble Greys crossed with TheMenInBlack. Their enlarged craniums have hollows below their (relatively normal-sized) eyes to make them appear black and huge. They first show up in America, influenced NASA to go to the moon, [[spoiler: and reappear in the season finale - inside a pyramid with a US flag painted on one side, dubbed "Area 52".]]
* The Masters in TheTripods series have more then a few characteristics of this. They inspire a pseudo-religious awe in humans, even humans free from their mind control are awed by their [[StarfishAliens incomprehensibility]] and they have [[BlueAndOrangeMorality mysterious psychology]]. Not to mention technological power amid a world of humans reverted to medievalism.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* One of the pool tournament players in ''Pinball/SharkeysShootout'' is "Mr. Grey", an alien wearing a black suit.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The greys show up in the {{Tabletop RPG}}s ''Alternity'' and later ''D20Modern'' under the name Fraal. Most are in the wise and benevolent mode, studying the effects of alien intervention on humanity, while trying to safeguard them from aliens with less benign intentions... but some extremists believe that humanity is an inferior race that should be subjugated. However, this is just their default version; at least one campaign setting (for ''D20 Future'') has them as conspirators implied to be plotting to conquer Earth.
** Though they look considerably more humanoid than does the Grey at the top of the page: they have human skin tones and generally wear clothing.
*** Much closer to the mark, the Greys appear in the Alternity campaign setting Dark* Matter, which was a conspiracy game - sort of like a table-top ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]''.
*** One Monstrous Compendium annual supplement imported the Fraal into DungeonsAndDragons as stranded dimensional travelers.
** ''TabletopGame/StarDrive'' had the fraal (though human-fraal interactions ''were'' heavily modified, in part because the combination of human and fraal technology led to the eponymous Stardrive once the fraal in the Solar System made public FirstContact). It also had the thaal, the (as of the chronologically latest update to the setting) unknown de-facto leaders of the invading Externals. [[spoiler:Kinda. The thaal had another name: dark fraal. They were actually another branch of the fraal species, the priestly caste that had won a civil war and driven off the scientific caste, which then developed into the nomadic fraal culture]].
* In ''[[BigEyesSmallMouth BESM 3rd Edition]]'', one of the racial templates is in fact, a Grey.
* The "''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' meets ''Series/TheXFiles''" {{RPG}} ''DeltaGreen'' has the Greys as a mask worn by the Mi-gou, a race of fungus-like aliens with sinister intentions. They struck a deal with Majestic-12 (Delta Green's "replacement") and regularly supply them with reality-bending technology.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' newcomers the Tau are close to this trope (perhaps the original Greys got purged by the Imperium of Man?). The Tau have grey skin, dark eyes, and no nose, but they are taller than typical Greys, and have hoofed feet (They are evolved from grazing ruminants and uplifted through the pheremone glands of a giant insect). Though their vessels are not saucers, they favor smooth, rounded shapes, and their technology looks more advanced than the humans' (it actually goes both ways; being a far younger race, the Tau's maximum level of technology is behind that of humanity's, but their standard equipment is generally superior to the Imperium's, which can't even remember how to build much of its best technology). The Tau are not so much about abducting people as they are about welcoming them into their [[TheFederation empire]], whether they want to or not. They subvert the trope by being relatively naive and idealistic in a thoroughly GrimDark setting - they justify orbital bombardment and sterilization as being "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the Greater Good]]" rather than killing out of xenophobia.
* The Ka Luon from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''.
* In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', The Greys are TheFairFolk conforming to the modern equivalent of Faerie and Faerie Abduction myths. Well, at least the ''confirmed'' ones are. The books point out that there ''could'' be real aliens, and you're free to include them in your game if you want.
** The stereotypical Roswell Greys are later confirmed as actually existing in the ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' book ''Summoners''. And so is the Chupacabra, although this version looks more like a sabertoothed canine than the "vampire Grey" of popular culture, presumably based on apocryphal accounts of autopsied Chupacabra corpses that resembled a unknown species of canine.
* The RPG ''Dark Conspiracy'' features Greys as one of several extraterrestrial races the player-characters can encounter.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'' has the Inheritors, [[spoiler: who are actually post-Singularity ''humans'']].
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' features Greys in some of it's settings. In GURPS Black Ops, the Greys are an amoral race stranded on Earth, and prone to abducting and enslaving people and performing bizarre experiments while waiting for their SOS to reach their homeworld. The Black Ops Conspiracy seeks to eliminate them before the Rescue ship arrives. In GURPS Atomic Horror, the Greys are known as "Alphans", and abduct people to extract genetic information, which they use to create new members of their species.
* In TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland, the Greys are [[spoiler:humans who have been altered by Project Pagan to be something the Caretakers can tolerate.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' introduced the Pokémon Elgyem, which is modeled after the LittleGreenMen but their [[PaletteSwap shiny form]] is grey. Its evolution is brown in both forms.
* The main character of ''DestroyAllHumans'' is Crypto, a Grey who landed far before they entered popular culture. His being frequently referred to as one of the then-common LittleGreenMen [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} confuses and infuriates him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DarkColony'' the Taar are Greys, played straight with all the typical tropes associated with them: Genetic modification, experiments and torture of humans, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', there are no lifeforms of extraterrestrial origin. Greys do make an appearance, but they are actually 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.
** They were much more hostile in the first one, where they'd attack with no provocation. In [[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar the second]] they are a bit more friendly, asking for help telepathically, and you can even team up with them later in the game depending on your alignment.
** Also, in the original Deus Ex, they weren't engineered from humans. Secret documents you can find in game around the secret base where they are developed/stored indicate that they are actually extreme modifications of bovine stock, simultaneously explaining why they are apparently mindlessly hostile, and what that whole cattle mutilation thing was about. This might have just been a frivolous easter egg, however.
** In another part of the first one 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.
* In ''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 ''{{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 second game introduces the Aquatoids, who are adapted to life underwater.
** ''Apocalypse'' give us the Hybrids, a race derived from a Human/Sectoid crossbreed that have many features inherited from the Sectoids.
** 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 rename, implying a prequel-like connection.
* Salarians from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are based on Greys, while not being exact replicas. They have large, dark eyes, a bulbous head, and a wiry frame. Highly intelligent, but aren't renowned for biotic ability (in fact, so far, no biotic salarian has been seen). They reproduce externally (like fish) so take that as you wish for it to mean about their genitalia.
** Due to their slender bodies, large bulbous eyes, and contact with younger races, they've been hinted to be the actual Greys of popular culture.
* The Kamis in ''{{Ryzom}}''.
* The aliens in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' are like this only green. Full aliens aren't player characters (except Pollination Tech #9 Smith and Stella Terrano), but alien hybrids can be created if a Sim is abducted. In ''The Sims 3'', aliens were introduced in the ''Seasons'' ExpansionPack. They look similar to the aliens in ''The Sims 2''. Unlike the previous game, however, it is possible to befriend a full blooded alien and move it into your household.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{MOTHER 1}} MOTHER]]'', Giygas was a Grey-like alien (with more than a passing resemblance to [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]]) who was raised by humans, but who felt betrayed by his adoptive parents and sought to conquer Earth. By the time of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', Giygas had tapped into unimaginable power and become something... [[EldritchAbomination far less explicable]].
* ''UFOAfterBlank'' has the Reticulans, who were responsible for killing the planet prior to the game.
* One appears as a bonus character in {{Vigilante 8}}.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'': The Psilons in [=MoO=] 2 and 3 resemble the Greys, the latter especially.
* The enemies in ''VideoGame/AlienHallway'' have a variety of body shapes, but the head is always the classic upside-down raindrop with the big eyes.
* One of the recruitable races in ''VideoGame/{{Startopia}}'' are the Greys. They specialize in medicine (thanks to past experience of abducting and disecting people) and some bio-information can have them mourn dead relatives lost at Roswell. In a pinch, they can also be used in a fight, but are generally pretty weak combatants (it's best to use the resident {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, the Kasvagorians).
* The aliens in ''VideoGame/DarkColony'' are typical Greys (although they're white) with ridiculously huge black eyes (they take up 2/3 of their face). They lean more towards OrganicTechnology, which, conveniently, has the [[CosmeticallyDifferentSides exact same effect as the normal human tech]].
* The Aliens in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}: Mothership Zeta'' are more of LittleGreenMen, but the Abominations they have created from their captives resemble the traditional Greys.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'' have Caesans, who are taller than a typical Grey but otherwise fit the description quite well.
* ''WarioWare'' has Orbulon, though he does wear boots and a BadassCape.
* The Hierarchy from ''UniverseAtWar'' are The Greys in [[PlanetLooters Planet Looter]] mode.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' mod ''VideoGame/SweetHalfLife'' featured the Greys as enemies.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', a quartet of Greys are characters in the "Oceans Unmoving" storyline. From what we know of them, they were grown in test tubes, are obsessed with AnalProbing, and got to Timeless Space via attempting to "probe" a TimeMachine with a rake (in a parody of ''{{X-COM}}''). They're also a homage to ''Series/TheATeam'', being named Murdock, Face, Hannibal, and B.A.
* ''TheCyantianChronicles'' has two species that qualify. The Cil, who have to merge with other species to survive in earth's environment and accidentally created the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent weres]] that way. And the Rumuah, who created the Cyantians from human and animal DNA but largely went extinct centuries before the anal-probing phenomenon.
* The Architects in ''Webcomic/AlienDice'', aside from spooking primitives from some backwater planet they gave galactic society NanoMachines, but left when the AD corp stole a more advanced version for use in their Dice.
* ''{{Melonpool}}'' has archetypical "lottle grey men" in the form of the [[FunWithAcronyms G.R.A.I.S.E.]].
* ''Webcomic/TryingHuman'' has the Greys as both protagonists and antagonists, depending on whether you're Rose or Majestic 12. To Rose, they're mostly friendly (eventually) but to the government, they're evil. The government has even invented weapons specifically designated to stop them. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath PERMANENTLY via 'blooms' that stop their telepathy]] by exploding their brains. Other alien races are present, such as the [[CreepyCute creepily adorable]] Reptoids and the only-mentioned [[OurElvesAreDifferent Nordics]], but the Greys are almost the 'heroes' of the story.
* They appear briefly in ''Webcomic/RasputinBarxotka'', using probing to harvest human sexual energy to power their ships.
* The Graidani in ''Webcomic/StarPower'' have some resemblance to Greys. And they used to be enslaved by their cousins the Graidan, who might be based on the taller "leaders" that appear in some accounts.
* The FurryComic ''[[http://www.ringtailcafe.com/starfireagency/ Starfire Agency]]' has Grays as one of apparently several alien races that frequently abduct major character Denver, and the species he fears the most as they seem to be completely emotionless and uncaring about the experiments they perform on him, and they steal his clothes and send him back in different ones each time. In one arc a hybrid that looks like a tall, gaunt canid with large black eyes appears to [[spoiler: fix the sleeper personality his creators put in Denver, or rather the clone they replaced him with a decade ago.]]
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* [[http://www.villainsource.com/misc.html Villain Source]] recommends them as useful (though potentially treacherous) allies for {{Big Bad Wannabe}}s, provided you [[AnalProbing protect your anus]] and wash them down once a week with a soft, damp cloth.
* [[http://www.bogleech.com/creepy/creepy13-captainslog.html One of the winning entries]] in ''Website/{{Bogleech}}'''s ''CreepyPasta Cook-Off 2013'' features them and gives a pretty brilliant (and terrifying) explanation for why they always act the way they do.
* ''OrionsArm'' has a [[HumanSubspecies tweak]] Clade modeled after the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oaeg-view-article&egart_uid=47ec45df22bde Grays]]. Given that TimeTravel is next to impossible in the setting it's highly unlikely they had anything to do with the subculture that created them.
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* The Greys make several appearances in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.'' They visit Earth to [[spoiler:record everything as an intergalactic reality show]].
** There's an interesting aversion in one episode. As Chef and the boys are escaping the Greys, they suddenly see a light behind them and scream that the aliens are after them. However, it turns out that it's not a UFO chasing them but four Greys in a sedan, one of whom leans out of a window with a gun (a plain old Earth gun) to shoot at the escaping vehicle. Then they get the ''DukesOfHazzard'' treatment.
* 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.
* Roger from 'WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
** In one episode, Jesus meets Roger and mentions that Roger's people are one of his father's "side projects".
* [[CloudCuckoolander Phil Ken]] [[EyepatchOfPower Sebben]] of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' mistakes TheJetsons for Greys, scattering his office with drawings of them with the distinctive large, black, almond-shaped eyes.
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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.
* Though they weren't the first to report humanoid grey-skinned aliens with large eyes, the alien abduction claims of Betty and Barney Hill in 1961 helped bring the Grey alien image to prominence in popular culture.
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