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* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Anime Trilogy'' starts out like this, and gradually [[AliensAreBastards goes to shit before its end]]:
** ''Anime/GodzillaPlanetOfTheMonsters'' - Played straight when the Exif and the Bilusaludo arrive on Earth, each with their own reason to flee to the planet. In return, they offer to use whatever they have at their disposal to destroy Godzilla. [[spoiler:They both fail, and wind up joining the humans in fleeing into space instead]].
** ''Anime/GodzillaCityOnTheEdgeOfBattle'' - First deconstructed with the Bilusaludo, when Galu-gu insist that their race, as well as the humans and exif merge themselves with the nanometal of Mechagodzilla City in order to kill Godzilla, despite doing so would not only end all organic life, but possibly allow Mechagodzilla City to assimilate the planet with itself as well.
** ''Anime/GodzillaThePlanetEater'' - Last deconstructed with the Exif, where they believe that everything in the universe is finite, and that life is pointless. Thus, ending all of life in the universe is considered mercy. They choose to do this by unleashing King Ghidorah on Earth in order to kill Godzilla and the remaining humans.

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* The aftermath of the Frieza Saga in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is one, from a certain point of view. All of the Namekian race (sans a tribe that was murdered by Vegeta) have been brought to Earth by Dende as a last-minute wish to save them and their Dragon Balls from Frieza. In terms of strength and abilities, the namekians are naturally hundreds of times stronger than humans are, and the King Piccolo Saga of the original series shows that they are more than capable of doing the same thing to Earth... ''IF'' they wanted to. Thankfully because Namekians are peaceful by nature, they instead choose to live with Bulma at Capsule Corp, learning about Earth's culture and activities, in exchance for allowing the Z Fighters to use their Dragon Balls to wish back their friends.


* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', the Ethereals' propaganda has done a good job of convincing most people that this is what's happened to Earth. The "chaos of the Old World" has been replaced with the peace and stability of the [[OneWorldOrder ADVENT Administration]], advanced technology has turned ADVENT's city centers into shining, futuristic metropolises, and gene clinics have [[CureForCancer eradicated most diseases]], all thanks to the benevolence of "the Elders." It's a lie, of course - ADVENT's cities are {{Gilded Cage}}s full of security checkpoints and HalfHumanHybrid soldiers, pre-war cities have been left in ruins suffering a ZombieApocalypse as a result of alien bio-weapons used during the invasion, unsanctioned human settlements are attacked and razed by ADVENT forces, and [[HumanResources not everyone who goes into those gene clinics comes out of them.]] XCOM doesn't just have to defeat ADVENT on the battlefield, it has to reveal the truth about the alien regime, to encourage the rest of humanity to rise up against them.

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* In [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', the Ethereals' propaganda has done a good job of convincing most people that this is what's happened to Earth. The "chaos of the Old World" has been replaced with the peace and stability of the [[OneWorldOrder ADVENT Administration]], advanced technology has turned ADVENT's city centers into shining, futuristic metropolises, and gene clinics have [[CureForCancer eradicated most diseases]], all thanks to the benevolence of "the Elders." It's a lie, of course - ADVENT's cities are {{Gilded Cage}}s full of security checkpoints and HalfHumanHybrid soldiers, pre-war cities have been left in ruins suffering a ZombieApocalypse as a result of alien bio-weapons used during the invasion, unsanctioned human settlements are attacked and razed by ADVENT forces, and [[HumanResources not everyone who goes into those gene clinics comes out of them.]] XCOM doesn't just have to defeat ADVENT on the battlefield, it has to reveal the truth about the alien regime, to encourage the rest of humanity to rise up against them.

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* Subverted hard in ''Film/{{Rakka}}''; the aliens try to cut down on the amount of resistance to their colonization of Earth by framing it as a benevolent invasion, but they clearly [[BlueAndOrangeMorality don’t really understand how humans act and think]], so their efforts just come off as laughable BlatantLies. We see them try to get a cell of resistance fighters to surrender by implanting a captured politician with cybernetics and sending him through their turf as a human loudspeaker, with him just mindlessly yelling obvious [[CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker canned lines]] like “they have built a conservatory” or “they only want what is best for us”. Even if they were better liars, it still probably wouldn’t work, as even a blind person could see that they’re terraforming the planet (it gets harder to breathe each year because they’re constantly pumping methane into the atmosphere), not to mention the numerous mass graves overflowing with human corpses.

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*The Wiki/SCPFoundation keeps track of the many potential futures of the human race they've explored via TimeTravel, which basically all end with the destruction of humanity and are only distinguished by when and how it happens. One such future, dubbed Determinative Set XW, is a typical subversion of this trope. Alien or otherdimensional beings arrive on Earth and share their advances with humanity, leading hundreds of thousands of humans to volunteer to be joined in a gestalt consciousness. The resultant being is imprisoned, cut off from outside contact, and given bare-minimum rations while the rest of humanity is wiped out.
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A subversion of AlienInvasion and AliensAreBastards, one that naturally lends itself to a DoubleSubversion. Often, the "invaders" are a SuperiorSpecies. This is often the hallmark of a HegemonicEmpire. Compare VichyEarth. If HumansNeedAliens, these tend to be the kind of aliens they need.

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A subversion of AlienInvasion and AliensAreBastards, one that naturally lends itself to a DoubleSubversion. Often, the "invaders" are a SuperiorSpecies. This is often the hallmark of a HegemonicEmpire. Compare VichyEarth.VichyEarth, when the aliens only ''[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans believe]]'' [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the invasion is benevolent]]. If HumansNeedAliens, these tend to be the kind of aliens they need.



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* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' has aliens invade Earth to save the Universe... [[spoiler: and fail]].

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* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' has aliens invade Earth to save the Universe... [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and fail]].


* Not a perfect example (since both groups were humans) but this is how the the Andermani Empire was founded in ''Series/HonorHarrington''. The planet Kuan Yin was originally settled by a [[SleeperShip sub-light colony ship]] but had a major issue producing enough food due to native bacteria that ate chlorophyll. When Gustav Andermani "invaded" the planet he brought along a team of geneticists to take care of this, with the end result that his invasion was treated more as a rescue mission.

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* Not a perfect example (since both groups were humans) but this is how the the Andermani Empire was founded in ''Series/HonorHarrington''.''Literature/HonorHarrington''. The planet Kuan Yin was originally settled by a [[SleeperShip sub-light colony ship]] but had a major issue producing enough food due to native bacteria that ate chlorophyll. When Gustav Andermani "invaded" the planet he brought along a team of geneticists to take care of this, with the end result that his invasion was treated more as a rescue mission.

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* ''[[Film/ScaryMovie Scary Movie 3]]'': The aliens, as it turns out, only invaded Earth because they accidentally saw the [[Literature/TheRing Ring-esque]] tape, and are trying to save themselves by killing the girl.


* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'' could be considered a downplayed and alterdimensional (instead of an extraterrestrial) example. [[VillainProtagonist Ainz]] has stated that his end goal is to [[VisionaryVillain create a peaceful utopia]], and while he will '''not''' hesitate [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans to tread over the bodies of any perceived enemies to make this goal a reality]], [[AffablyEvil he is a]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist benevolent dictator]] at least to those on his side, [[CrapsackWorld which is more than can be said for many people in power in the New World]]. You know things are bad when the otherworldly {{Lich}} with [[LackOfEmpathy no feelings of compassion for humans]] '''still''' comes off as a breath of fresh air compared to the squabbling power-hungry nobles in your own kingdom.



* DependingOnTheWriter, Equestrians in ''FanFic/TheConversionBureau''. In some fics, however, they're outright ScaryDogmaticAliens out to forcibly [[TheAssimilator ponify every last human man woman and child and brainwashing them into worshipping Celestia]]. Or we're massive douche-nozzles resisting them because of reasons. Or both races are made entirely out of war criminals. In the original fic, the conversion process was set up to save humanity from dying of what basically ammounts to radiation exposure, pony magic being lethal to humans.

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* DependingOnTheWriter, Equestrians in ''FanFic/TheConversionBureau''. In some fics, however, they're outright ScaryDogmaticAliens out to forcibly [[TheAssimilator ponify every last human man woman and child and brainwashing them into worshipping Celestia]]. [[HumansAreBastards Or we're massive douche-nozzles resisting them because of reasons. reasons]]. [[EvilVersusEvil Or both races are made entirely out of war criminals. criminals]]. In the original fic, the conversion process was set up to save humanity from dying of what basically ammounts amounts to radiation exposure, pony magic being lethal to humans.

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* Subverted in ''Anime/KillLaKill''. [[spoiler:[[StarfishAliens Life Fibers]] are hostile alien parasites that feed on the humans that wear them, but they are the main reason humans evolved into an intelligent race, and wearing a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Life Fiber outfit]] gives the wearer incredible powers, though in high concentrations they may also turn the wearer hostile.]] Overall, while there are a few drawbacks, it's still a pretty good deal. However, [[spoiler:the Fibers intend to destroy all life on Earth to spread themselves through space to reach further planets, making their endgame about as far from benevolent as can be.]]


*** They then pulled it ''by accident'' with Earth: upon first contact they originally planned to take control of Earth by making it dependant on their advanced technologies (a strategy they were pulling successfully on many League worlds before the Narn cornered their market) while also cultivating economic relationships, only for the GenreSavvy Earth Alliance government of the time to ''not'' adopt those technologies but study them and make their own copies that, while inferior, made Earth not reliant on the Centauri, and used them to colonize a number of worlds the Centauri had long abandoned. After realizing they had been had, [[GracefulLoser the Centauri made Earth their main trading partner and military ally]].

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*** They then pulled it ''by accident'' with Earth: upon first contact they originally planned to take control of Earth by making it dependant on their advanced technologies (a strategy they were pulling successfully on many League worlds before the Narn cornered their market) while also cultivating economic relationships, only for the GenreSavvy Earth Alliance government of the time to ''not'' adopt those technologies but study them and make their own copies that, while inferior, made Earth not reliant on the Centauri, and used them to colonize a number of worlds the Centauri had long abandoned. After realizing they had been had, [[GracefulLoser the Centauri made Earth their main trading partner and military ally]].


* Perhaps the most famous {{subver|tedTrope}}sion in history is ''Series/TheTwilightZone'''s "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E89ToServeMan To Serve Man]]" episode, adapted from an earlier short story by Creator/DamonKnight. The Kanamit actually manage to end famine and war, but it's eventually revealed the only way they want "to serve man" is [[spoiler: on a plate]], though [[ItWasHisSled that's not much of a spoiler]] by this point.

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* Perhaps the most famous {{subver|tedTrope}}sion in history is ''Series/TheTwilightZone'''s ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'''s "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E89ToServeMan To Serve Man]]" episode, adapted from an earlier short story by Creator/DamonKnight. The Kanamit actually manage to end famine and war, but it's eventually revealed the only way they want "to serve man" is [[spoiler: on a plate]], though [[ItWasHisSled that's not much of a spoiler]] by this point.


* Apparently, this was what WellIntentionedExtremist Cylons of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' wanted to do on New Caprica, but it kind of blew up in their face.

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* Apparently, this was what WellIntentionedExtremist Cylons of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' wanted to do on New Caprica, but it kind of blew up in their face. They thought humans and Cylons could live together "peacefully", but it quickly descends into a tyrannical occupation regime rounding up random civilians for mass executions in reprisal for resistance bombings.


* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "The Second Soul" [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]] when non-corporeal aliens are allowed to settle on Earth... and to inhabit the bodies of dead humans. The main conflict is between a character who can't accept the loss of the woman he loved, and the fact that the body's new occupant is in no way her.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
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episode "The Second Soul" [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]] when non-corporeal aliens are allowed to settle on Earth... and to inhabit the bodies of dead humans. The main conflict is between a character who can't accept the loss of the woman he loved, and the fact that the body's new occupant is in no way her.


* The Etherials have done a pretty good job of convincing many people they were this in ''VideoGame/XCOM2''. The endgame revolves around proving otherwise.

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* The Etherials have In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', the Ethereals' propaganda has done a pretty good job of convincing many most people they were that this in ''VideoGame/XCOM2''. is what's happened to Earth. The endgame revolves around proving otherwise."chaos of the Old World" has been replaced with the peace and stability of the [[OneWorldOrder ADVENT Administration]], advanced technology has turned ADVENT's city centers into shining, futuristic metropolises, and gene clinics have [[CureForCancer eradicated most diseases]], all thanks to the benevolence of "the Elders." It's a lie, of course - ADVENT's cities are {{Gilded Cage}}s full of security checkpoints and HalfHumanHybrid soldiers, pre-war cities have been left in ruins suffering a ZombieApocalypse as a result of alien bio-weapons used during the invasion, unsanctioned human settlements are attacked and razed by ADVENT forces, and [[HumanResources not everyone who goes into those gene clinics comes out of them.]] XCOM doesn't just have to defeat ADVENT on the battlefield, it has to reveal the truth about the alien regime, to encourage the rest of humanity to rise up against them.



* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': Subverted. The Cyantians are trying to avoid doing this when they contact with earth.

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* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': Subverted. The Cyantians are trying to avoid doing this when they contact with earth.Earth.

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