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->'''Mystic''': You watch the skies night after night looking for your little green men...\\
'''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 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 [[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.

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 [[JustForFun/SciFiCounterpart more than a passing resemblance]] to those of the more traditional depictions of the [[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]].

A variant is much taller and more slim proportioned and somewhat more human in the face. Often used when they're meant to be less mysterious and more human to interact with.

Compare with HumanoidAliens, LittleGreenMen, and TheReptilians.

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




[[https://youtu.be/GxViAhyl84E?t=38s This 1997 UK advert]] sees an otherworldly visitor announce an imminent turning point in humanity's evolution, namely the dual provision of gas and electricity from Northern Electric.

* A galactic TV host in ''Manga/SgtFrog'', who's even named R Grey.
* A Grey appears as a mysterious vision in ''Anime/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 ''Manga/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 ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. He's an [[{{Pun}} illegal alien]].
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Tagoma's design in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' owes a bit to this trope, only taller and lankier.
** Jiren in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is what happens when you put the head of your standard Grey on top of a HeroicBuild. He's even [[RedBaron called]] "Jiren the Gray" [[InUniverseNickname in-universe]].
* A girl in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' ends up looking like one after too many surgeries to look like a chibi anime character in real life.

* It's implied in ''ComicBook/{{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.]]''
* Harry Vanderspeigle, the alien protagonist of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', resembles a Grey, albeit with a more purplish skin tone.
* In ''ComicBook/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 [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] fans who sing stadium chants as they invade the Earth.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The minimal descriptions of Jeft in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' suggest he is a fat, smelly, nerdy Grey.

* Creator/StevenSpielberg seems quite fond of using these guys:
** The aliens in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' are typical Greys, [[spoiler:albeit with magnetic skeletons]], as befits the film's GenreThrowback nature.
** The aliens who finally appear at the end of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
** The Martians from ''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 ''Film/FireInTheSky'' 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.
* In the horror anthology ''Film/VHS2'', the Greys are the titular antagonists of ''Slumber Party Alien Abduction''. Unlike traditional mythology that depicts Greys as being short and having waists and limbs as proportionally wide as humans, here the Greys appear to be inspired by [[Characters/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] being incredibly tall with long slender arms, slim bodies and disrupt the camera's quality with their spaceships that emit white light, extremely loud noise and causes tremors.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** A good example are the Arconans, the very first nonhuman species not native to Tatooine to be seen in the entire franchise (in ''Film/ANewHope'', 1977). They are basically The Greys...except for their brown skin, green eyes, flattened heads, and claws on their hands and feet.
** Bith could pass for Greys except for having pink skin, even ''more'' enormous foreheads, and weird ridges where their mouths should be.
** The Kaminoan cloners in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' resemble Greys but are much larger, with long necks and the males possessing crests.
** Neimoidians also fit the grey skin, no nose, large opaque eyes stereotype.
** Quermians and Xexto also resemble Greys, although the Xexto also have multiple arms.
* 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 ''Film/{{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 his image has deliberately been put into pop culture for decades to make it easier for humanity to accept when they eventually learn about his race.
* ''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. Once the show was created and the Asgard introduced (see below) this was explained that Ra's previous host was an Asgard.
* The "keepers" from ''Film/JupiterAscending''. They're employed by Balem to guard Earth and maintain the {{Masquerade}}, and have all the hallmarks of the trope, including grey skin, large heads, and no clothes.
* The little newborn alien baby in ''Film/MenInBlack'' is a grey with tentacles.

* The Greys are featured in the science fiction series, ''{{Literature/Alterien}}''. They have all the features common to the well-known aliens of legend. They are called the Shanda'ryn in this series.
* The Visitors in Whitley Streiber's ''Communion'' -- possible TropeCodifier.
* As well as Streiber's fiction novel ''The Greys''. In which they are a HiveMind of clones dying out from lack of genetic diversity. They intend to harvest humanity's DNA to help them, and they're willing to help humanity survive the Mayan apocalypse in exchange.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** 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.
** It's also interesting to note that, whether intentionally or due to an authorial mistake, they're one of the oldest sentient species still in existence--they were already around when [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Ellimist]] was mortal, which was around the time that dinosaurs went extinct.
** The Helmacrons look and act a bit like Greys as well, except they're the size of insects.
** 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.
* PlayedWith in ''Franchise/HarryPotter''--the FictionalDocument tie-in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' describes how CropCircles are [[DoingInTheScientist actually made by a magical creature called a Mooncalf]], which comes out during the full moon and does a mating dance while standing on its hind legs. From the description, it sounds like a Grey.
* 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 ''{{Literature/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 ''[[Literature/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 [[OneGenderRace one gender species]] (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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]:
** 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.
* Kobolds from the dimension Kobol in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series are a race of mathematicians and computer experts. They look more than a bit like this trope (smaller than Klahds, gray-skinned, big eyes in tiny faces, large heads, short limbs), aside from having dark hair instead of bald heads.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The first appearance of aliens meeting this description in Western pop culture was an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' 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 within the show that they resemble the typical Roswell Greys, and that the Roswell Greys may even be based on them, given how long the Asgard have been observing humans.
** 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 villainous 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 ''Series/AlienAutopsy'' video was purportedly an alien of this type.
* The Vree in ''Series/BabylonFive''; 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 ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' in their true form, they're classic Greys.
* They appear in the 2002 Syfy miniseries ''Series/{{Taken}}''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': 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".]] They are eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:biologically-altered human time-travellers from the far future]].
* The Masters in ''Series/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.
** 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).
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'''s episode "The Return of Maggie Beckett" shows The Greys. They are known as Reticulans.
** They existed in our dimension as well, but we didn't have the benefit of a President Adlai Stevenson to reveal their existence to the public. In the alternate universe encountered in this episode, the Greys are common knowledge, and Earth has traded technology with them.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Episode "Future Imperfect" of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Commander Riker in [[spoiler:a dream sequence telepathically caused by an orphan Grey alien kid]] named Barash.
** Episode "Schisms" of the same series has creatures abducting several crew members including Riker and Worf for weird medical experiments and they resemble Greys. Interesting enough as the series is already settle InSpace and with a society of aliens and humans interacting naturally, these Greys are the next step; creatures from AnotherDimension.
** Episode "Little Green Men" of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deconstructs the Roswell crashing with the Ferengi as the specie that crash-landed there, more specifically Quark, Rom and Nog after they accidentally travel back in time. Other than the big heads and small size, Ferengis do not look at all as Greys.
* Grey Aliens appear in a BizarroEpisode of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Yes, really.

* One of the pool tournament players in ''Pinball/SharkeysShootout'' is "Mr. Grey", an alien wearing a black suit.
* Some animations in ''Pinball/TheXFiles'' (like the extra ball and Shoot Again ones) display these. (Notably, the one on the "Shoot Again" screen is smoking.)

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The greys show up in the {{Tabletop RPG}}s ''{{TabletopGame/Alternity}}'' and later ''TabletopGame/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 ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'', which was a conspiracy game - sort of like a table-top ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]''.
*** One Monstrous Compendium annual supplement imported the Fraal into ''TabletopGame/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 ''[[TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth BESM 3rd Edition]]'', one of the racial templates is in fact, a Grey.
* The "''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' meets ''Series/TheXFiles''" {{RPG}} ''TabletopGame/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' ([[UsedFuture long story on that one]]). The Tau are not so much about abducting people as they are about welcoming them into their [[TheFederation empire]], [[JoinOrDie 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.]]
* The Greydle archetype in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG is a race of slime-like Grey aliens in their natural form. This is made evident in the artwork for Greydle Impact.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the derro take numerous traits from them, such as abducting humans for disturbing experiments in the middle of the night and resembling small humanoids with pupiless eyes. However, they're actually a race of degenerate fey that come from BeneathTheEarth instead. Actual Greys appear too with all the more sinister elements of this trope like BlueAndOrangeMorality, nightmarish experiments involving abduction onto strange vessels, PsychicPowers and enigmatic origins.
* 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.

[[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, and designed to look like it's wearing a trenchcoat disguise.
** Elgyem's name derives from the pronunciation of LGM, the acronym for... LittleGreenMen. Similarly, his evolution Beheeyem is named after the pronunciation of BEM, or "Bug-Eyed Monsters", another typical way to describe aliens in the past.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/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'', it's {{Jossed}} that the Greys in-game are actual aliens. Its stated in the sequel that they 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.
** 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.
** 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...
* ''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 Skedar, and the humans aligned with each. The Maian you rescue is named Elvis, a [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Terraphile]] who eventually runs around in a vest decorated with [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead the Stars and Stripes]], shouting taunts like "Kiss mah alien butt!" while fighting alongside you.
* From the ''VideoGame/XCom'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'', Greys known as Sectoids are a common enemy, fighting with both plasma weapons and their psychic powers. They're ruled by Ethereals, taller, elongated Grays with even greater mental abilities, who go around in large orange 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 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 sideways mouths.
** ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' brings back the 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 ability to reanimate corpses.]]
* ''VideoGame/UFOAfterBlank'' has the Reticulans, who were responsible for killing the planet prior to the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'' has Caesans, who are taller than a typical Grey but otherwise fit the description quite well.
* 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 main antagonists of a few entries in ''Psionic Games''. These are tall, almost human-sized beings that wear a strange slim form of armor, have telepathic powers, and carry laser guns that [[BodyHorror drastically warp a target organism's body.]]
** The ''Icescape'' series sets these as their most prominent appearance thus far.
*** The first game gets kicked off by one of their ships having crashed into your Arctic base, and a survivor screams "We do not come in peace" before you shoot it at point-blank range.
*** The second involves another species of aliens as flesh-eating insects that swarmed a mining station.
*** The third has you shoot groups of these aliens and even stop another ship from landing. But the military, instead of rescuing you, [[HeKnowsTooMuch lock you up]] with one of the creatures who begs for your help.
** ''Killer Escape 3'' brings a surprise reappearance of the same aliens and goes into more detail about them, including the fact that they are the {{Mooks}} of the Observer, [[spoiler: and explaining how Dr. Rycroft was given so many test subjects in the ''Being One'' series.]]
* The Kamis in ''VideoGame/{{Ryzom}}''.
* ''Franchise/TheSims'':
** The aliens in ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' are like this only [[LittleGreenMen 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 ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', 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.
** ''VideoGame/TheSims4''' introduces aliens in the ''Get to Work'', this time allowing players to create their own in Create a Sim.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{MOTHER1}} 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]].
* One appears as a bonus character in VideoGame/{{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/WarioWare'' has Orbulon, though he does wear boots and a BadassCape.
* The Hierarchy from ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'' are The Greys in [[PlanetLooters Planet Looter]] mode.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' mod ''VideoGame/SweetHalfLife'' featured the Greys as enemies.
* Zany Super Famicom shooter ''VideoGame/DeaeTonosamaAppareIchiban'' has Greys randomly appearing through the levels, to foreshadow the fact that aliens are behind everything and also the last area of the game: Mars, full of these Greys and other similar but bigger aliens, [[RuleOfFunny merrily holding hands and skipping]].
* In ''VideoGame/Area51FPS'', the Greys are conspiring with the human [[TheIlluminati Illuminati]] to rule the world. The Greys get [[PlayingWithSyringes human test subjects]], the Illuminati get [[ETGaveUsWiFi alien technology]] and power over Earth.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' has Grays in the alien-themed Omega Sector area. They mostly fit the trope with their gray skin and large eyes, but they have a teardrop-shaped head with an antenna that ends in a ball.
* ''Time Zone'' has these types of aliens as enemies in the 2010 zone, though the Famicom's color palette turns their skin white.
* Judging by some statuary, these guys built the shortcut in ''VideoGame/HiddenExpedition: Everest''.
* These are the aliens in ''VideoGame/{{Calculords}}'', including enemy commanders Cytosinor and uracillon: skinny dudes with bulbous heads and big black eyes. Skin color varies, though -- most are indeed gray, but they also come in red, yellow, and a few different shades each of green and blue. Their piloted vehicles are mostly {{Flying Saucer}}s or MiniMecha. Oh, and a lot of them have psychic powers.
* The Domain from Freedom Force fit this description.

* 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 ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}''). They're also a homage to ''Series/TheATeam'', being named Murdock, Face, Hannibal, and B.A.
* ''Webcomic/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.
* ''Webcomic/{{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 Zorblaxians, an alien race frequently featured in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' look like Greys, except they are dark green and wear clothes. In some strips they fit the stereotypes pretty well, abducting humans for experiments; while in others they live on Earth among humans and are used as vehicles for social commentary.
* 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.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Luke contemplates Tedd, Grace and Noah as being aliens, he [[http://egscomics.com/index.php?id=1963 pictures Tedd and Grace staring at him with faces like that of Greys.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[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]] ([[WebOriginal/CaptainsLog now with its own page]]) 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.
* ''WebOriginal/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.
* Speaking of human subspecies, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gglu5O_ir6Y&list=UU-_mYyta-RkMQ_85kaHjOgA this short animation]] outlines a potential future in which humans evolve into something resembling Greys and invent time travel.
* {{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=]]]).
* ''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 (though 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.
* Mesut Eyezil in ''WebAnimation/The442oons''.
--->''"Eyezil, phone home!"''
* 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]].]]
* 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Greys make several appearances in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.'' They visit Earth to [[spoiler:record everything as an intergalactic reality show]]. The Greys antagonize humans (especially Cartman for some reason) but praise cows.
** 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 ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' treatment.
* 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'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' mistakes WesternAnimation/TheJetsons for Greys, scattering his office with drawings of them with the distinctive large, black, almond-shaped eyes.
* The Galvans from ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'' resemble this, albeit frog-sized.
* In the Creator/{{CBBC}} ''Series/DoctorWho'' animated serial [[Recap/DoctorWho2009ASDreamland "Dreamland"]] there are a couple of Grey aliens that were captured in {{Area 51}}.
* 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.
* Greys are something of a recurring symbol for Peridot in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''--herself who herself is heavily based on their [[LittleGreenMen green cousins]]. In "Log Date 7 15 2" she puts on a pair of GoofyPrintUnderwear dotted with their heads, her tape recorder has a sticker of a grey's head, and Peridot falls in love with a large stuffed Grey doll in "Too Short To Ride", her desire to win one being part of the catalyst that starts the plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' introduces two races:
** The Arquillians are exactly like a grey in their look, 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 they are taller than humans (as some greys are 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.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Grey image may have originated with 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. 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.
* According to Kenneth Grant, Creator/AleisterCrowley met a Grey Alien named LAM after a series of magick rituals known as the Alamantrah Working.
* The Las Vegas 51s minor league UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} team are so called after {{Area 51}}. Their mascot? A Grey with baseball seams on his large head.