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Any conflation between aliens and fairytale creatures

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JustTroper on Mar 21st 2018 at 4:30:46 PM
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JustTroper on Mar 27th 2018 at 4:43:34 AM
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Any sort of conflation between aliens and The Fair Folk.

There are two variants of this trope. The first one is the so-called paleocontact theory which implies that various legendary creatures (gods, demons, angels, fairies, gnomes, etc.) are actually extraterrestrials who visited Earth many centuries ago. The other variant is the so-called "interdimensional hypothersis" proposed by ufologist John Keel and astrophysicist Jacques Vallee; according to it, the fairytale creatures (who are actually Ultraterrestrials possibly of electromagnetic origin) are nowadays posing as aliens in order to trick humans.

Compare Space Elves.


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    Literature 
  • In Clifford Simak's The Goblin Reservation, various legendary creatures (goblins, trolls, banshees) turn out to have come to Earth from another planet thousands of years ago.
  • In works by H.P. Lovecraft, the Great Old Ones are supernatural creatures akin to pagan gods (for instance, Shub-Niggurath aka the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young is obviously related to God Pan) who are actually of extraterrestrial origin.
  • Kim Newman's Diogenes Club story "Angel Down, Sussex", deals with an extra-dimensional incursion in rural Britain in the 1920s, at precisely the point at which human perception of such entities is beginning to shift from traditional occult/faerie mythology to twentieth-century UFO mythology.
  • In the Artemis Fowl series, demons are decended from micro-organisms that once lived on the moon, and arrived on earth during the Triassic period. As a result of the moon being hit by a meteor, a chunk of the moon broke off and plummeted to earth, bringing the organisms that would eventually evolve into demons to earth, and creating the island of Hybras where they have lived ever since.
  • Subverted in Martians Go Home by Fredric Brown. The protagonist tells a Martian his kind must account for all the superstitions about elves as such, only for the Martian to say human stupidity is what accounts for it.
  • In Isaac Asimov's short story "Kid Stuff", all the myths about elves and such turn out to come from ancient races of insect descended Ultraterrestrials.
  • In another story by Asimov, "Everest", rumors about yeti on the titular mountain turn out to be due to a Martian outpost established in the place where the aliens feel most comfortable.

    Comics 
  • One of Hunt Emerson's "Phenomenomix" comic strips in Fortean Times dealt with a bunch of fairies leaving their mound to terrorise a lone traveller. A young rebellious fairy spent the strip moaning about how dull and routine the procedure had become, before in the final panel sneaking off to a secluded dungeon to work on his "fairy chariot"... a stereotypical Flying Saucer.
  • Some versions of Mister Mxyzptlk from DC Comics have him and his kind as inspiration for fairies and elves.

    Live Action TV 
  • Twin Peaks is seemingly inspired by works of Keel and Vallee: the Black Lodge inhabitants have electromagnetic properties, and they were researched by the Project Blue Book; besides, in an abandoned version of Season 3 script, BOB and MIKE were intended to be aliens who came from a planet made of creamed corn.

    Light Novels 
  • In Goblin Slayer, it's revealed that The Goblins actually come from the Moon.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Changeling: The Lost makes a point of mentioning this trope, with The Greys listed as one of the many forms The Fair Folk can take. That said, the game also mentions that honest-to-goodness extraterrestrial Greys may also exist. (And, if you use the rest of the New World of Darkness in your Changeling game, they officially do.)

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    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 

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Mar 21st 2018 at 4:53:25 PM

In the Artemis Fowl series, demons are decended from micro-organisms that once lived on the moon, and arrived on earth during the Triassic period. As a result of the moon being hit by a meteor, a chunk of the moon broke off and plummeted to earth, bringing the organisms that would eventually evolve into demons to earth, and creating the island of Hybras where they have lived ever since.

Mar 21st 2018 at 7:33:35 PM

Roswell Conspiracies: Turns out that vampires, werewolves, Banshees and Yeti are all aliens that have arrived to Earth many years ago and have moulded legends.

Mar 21st 2018 at 7:33:35 PM

Roswell Conspiracies: Turns out that vampires, werewolves, Banshees and Yeti are all aliens that have arrived to Earth many years ago and have moulded legends.

Mar 21st 2018 at 10:28:46 PM

Should this trope include the case where the humans of a Lost Colony or a colony of Space Amish conflate the planet's natives for The Fair Folk (or demons or other supernatural beings)? If so, that would be a third variant.

Mar 22nd 2018 at 3:04:01 AM

Kim Newman's Diogenes Club story "Angel Down, Sussex", deals with an extra-dimensional incursion in rural Britain in the 1920s, at precisely the point at which human perception of such entities is beginning to shift from traditional occult/faerie mythology to twentieth-century UFO mythology.

Mar 22nd 2018 at 6:34:10 AM

Lords And Ladies: The unglamoured form of the elf queen brings to mind either The Greys or bees (huge eyes, triangular face, tiny mouth).

Mar 22nd 2018 at 7:35:10 AM

I got to double check on this.

  • In Goblin Slayer, it's revealed that The Goblins actually come from the Moon.

Mar 22nd 2018 at 8:32:58 AM

One of Hunt Emerson's "Phenomenomix" comic strips in Fortean Times dealt with a bunch of fairies leaving their mound to terrorise a lone traveller. A young rebellious fairy spent the strip moaning about how dull and routine the procedure had become, before in the final panel sneaking off to a secluded dungeon to work on his "fairy chariot"... a stereotypical Flying Saucer.

Mar 23rd 2018 at 5:14:08 AM

  • Some versions of Mister Mxyzptlk from DC Comics have him and his kind as inspiration for fairies and elves.
  • Subverted in Martians Go Home by Fredric Brown. The protagonist tells a Martian his kind must account for all the superstitions about elves as such, only for the Martian to say human stupidity is what accounts for it.
  • In Isaac Asimov's short story "Kid Stuff", all the myths about elves and such turn out to come from ancient races of insect descended Ultraterrestrials.
  • In another story by Asimov, "Everest", rumors about yeti on the titular mountain turn out to be due to a Martian outpost established in the place where the aliens feel most comfortable.

Mar 23rd 2018 at 6:05:16 AM

Mar 25th 2018 at 11:01:39 AM

Are atlantians considered part of this trope?

Mar 25th 2018 at 12:07:43 PM

  • Changeling The Lost makes a point of mentioning this trope, with The Greys listed as one of the many forms The Fair Folk can take. That said, the game also mentions that honest-to-goodness extraterrestrial Greys may also exist. (And, if you use the rest of the New World Of Darkness in your Changeling game, they officially do.)

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