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They don't call him the green fairy for nothing!

"Green is not a creative color."
Sketchbook, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

Green, when not portrayed with landscapes and vegetation, is often associated with mysterious or mystical powers in fiction. A specific way this manifests is aliens, ghosts, witches, zombies, or other paranormal or supernatural entities having green eyes, green skin, and/or just a general aura of green about them. Since nothing naturally emits green light, choosing that as a color scheme for otherworldly creatures is a good way to indicate their unusual nature.

Sub-Trope of Emerald Power and Sickly Green Glow and Super-Trope to Green-Skinned Space Babe, Little Green Men, and Undeathly Pallor. Sister Trope to Supernatural Is Purple. Compare Green Is Gross, for when the color green is used to denote disgusting things and may overlap with this. Contrast Green Thumb, when the color green denotes the natural world.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Zombie Land Saga: Some of the Franchouchou girls have green skin, which their manager Kotaro has to cover up with extensive make-up work so they can pass for human.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Green is the most common, toxic, and well-known form of Kryptonite. Additionally, longtime Superman adversary Brainiac is an alien android with green skin.
    • Martian Manhunter belongs to the Green Martian race. His niece, Miss Martian, is naturally a White Martian but passes herself off as a green one due to it being more comfortable for her.
    • Teen Titans has Starfire, an alien princess with green eyes and energy powers that are also primarily green in coloration.
    • Wonder Woman:
    • There's also the Green Lantern Corps, whose green light they use represents willpower on the emotional spectrum.
    • Ragman wears a green costume containing the souls of the dead. It is what grants him superpowers and has been passed down from generation to generation in his family.
    • The Enchantress of Suicide Squad and Shadowpact is a powerful witch who wears green. She can also fire magical blasts of green energy.
  • Swamp Thing:
    • The titular character is a large, green plant monster.
    • The Green is the name of the elemental force which connects all plant life on earth. It is also the source of Poison Ivy's powers.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Gamora is an immortal, green-skinned alien assassin and considered to be the "most dangerous woman in the galaxy."
    • Immortal Hulk has a putrid-looking shade of green for his skin, and he is meant to be a supernatural Satanic Archetype.
    • The Skrulls are evil, green alien shapeshifters.
  • Spawn: Necroplasm, an otherworldly material, naturally glows green.
  • The Ultraverse: Ghoul of the Exiles is a green Revenant Zombie.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Folklore and Mythology 
  • Leprechauns are typically depicted as little men in green suits, sometimes with green skin in modern works.

  • Cthulhu of the Cthulhu Mythos is described as a “gelatinous green immensity“ in The Call of Cthulhu. The Great Old Ones, with their alien origins and matter, are quite unnatural.
  • The Keeper Of The Isis Light: Olwen was raised by her robotic Guardian alone on the planet Isis until a Colony Ship arrives. She soon learns that her green-bronze skin (along with other features) were caused by Guardian genetically modifying her as a toddler to adapt her to the planet, and that the colonists find it hideously lizard-like. She leaves their society in disgust.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the ability to dream the future is known as greensight. Those who possess this ability are sometimes called greenseers; they also have other magical abilities, such as entering and controlling the minds of animals. Amongst the children of the forest, the greenseers were their leaders and shamans. The children are usually born with golden eyes, both those born with powers of a greenseer often have green or red eyes. Jojen Reed, a human boy with the power of greensight, is also noted to have moss green eyes.
  • The Tommyknockers: The alien space ship that slowly causes everybody in the area to become like the aliens who built it emits an eerie green glow.
  • Octarine, the colour of magic in Discworld, is "a sort of greeny-purple".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek is fond of using green to denote the "unusual" or "otherworldly" aspects of some aliens (like Medusans from "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" or Apollo's spectral hand in "Who Mourns For Adonis?") and devices (such as the Tantalus Field's effect in "Mirror, Mirror" or Romulan disruptor weapons and ships).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer: The pure essence of Chaos manifests in the physical world as bright-green crystalline Warpstone, which fuels Black Magic and mutates anything unfortunate enough to be exposed to it. There's a moon made of the stuff, which ignores normal astrophysics and keeps most sane people indoors whenever it's full.
  • Exalted:
    • Green is the signature color of Jupiter, Maiden of Secrets, and her Sidereals; those Chosen by Secrets have green eyes, green caste marks, and green anima banners, and their various affinities include knowledge of the occult.
    • Green fire, meanwhile, is usually associated with the Yozi Malfeas, the Demon City, in large part thanks to his most prominent soul, Ligier, being the green sun that illuminates the Demon City.

  • Black Friday: Moments where Wiggly shows his power are often accompanied by a green glow, and the Tickle-Me-Wiggly Dolls that kick off the Hate Plague (and the plot) are bright green. This fits into the show's Twisted Christmas theme as well, since moments of "human" evil are signified by a dark red. As a nice bonus, the show is a critique of American consumerism and capitalism, making it all the more appropriate that the main villain is associated with the color of American money.
  • Wicked: Just as with other versions of The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch (Elphaba in this case) is green. Upon being born, everyone screams when they see her color. She herself dreams of seeing the Wizard and getting him to "de-greenify" her, though she starts to feel better about her color after visiting the Emerald City.
    Glinda: It's all grand
    Elphaba: And it's all green!
    Both: I think we've found the place / Where we belong.

    Urban Legends 
  • Many allegedly "real" encounters with ghosts state that they glow green when they aren't living shadows or transparent.
  • In a similar vein, tales of the aforementioned Little Green Men.

    Video Games 
  • In AFK Arena, any magic used by a Graveborn like Isabella, Daimon, Theowyn, and Shemiranote  will have a sickly green glow. Their faction emblem is also green, and so are several of their bodies.
  • BlazBlue:
    • Ragna, Jin, and Saya (as well as Saya's clone Noel) have naturally green eyes due to their nature as children of the fifth prime field device.
    • In his ghost form, Big Bad Yuuki Terumi sports a green and black color scheme. This carries over to Hazama's green hair, and the Susano'o Unit when he possesses it in Central Fiction.
  • Corridor Z: The lunch lady zombie has green skin.
  • Diacrisis: Green zombies occasionally appear.
  • Gaia Online: One of the main skin tones for zombies is green.
  • In the Harry Potter games, ectoplasm left by ghosts is colored green.
  • Souls and spirits from Mortal Kombat are almost always visually shown with a green color. This is best represented with Ermac, a being composed of a legion of thousands of souls. Their eyes have had a green glow ever since Mortal Kombat: Deception, and they fire off green energy blasts as part of their moveset.
  • Pokémon:
    • Misdreavus and the Dreepy line are all bluish-green Ghost types.
    • Elgyem is a grey-green, Psychic-type alien.
  • In Sengoku Basara 4, Kyogoku Maria has a green (and yellow) color scheme and is an incredibly powerful wizardess.
  • Throughout the Soul Series:
    • Palgaea Shrine / Kunpaetku Shrine, a recurring Home Stage for characters like Astaroth and Lizardman, is where the evil cult Fygul Cestemus operates. Most of the time, it's filled with green lighting and surrounded by green water. And in Soul Calibur V, Astaroth himself is green as well, due to being a Frankenstein's Monster-like replica this time.
    • Necrid in Soul Calibur II Was Once a Man, but was twisted into a green-skinned monstrosity called a Malefic by spending a little too much time in Astral Chaos. A pale green is also the default color for Malefic custom characters in Soul Calibur VI.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Green is the color most associated with the Burning Legion, specifically in the form of the green fire Fel Flame. The Legion are demons that more or less exist to destroy and/or dominate other worlds within the Warcraft universe.
    • Starting in the Mists of Pandaria expansion Warlocks, a class that utilize demons and Fel magic in combat, can do a quest for a cosmetic that grants their fire spells a green color rather than the standard orange. Their corruption of the orcs of Draenor is also indicated by the normally brown or gray-skinned orcs turning green, though the most corrupted Fel Orcs turn red.
    • Some of the Forsaken have skin in various shades of green. Death Knights can also come in green.

    Web Animation 
  • Minilife TV: Master Quoker's eyes glow green whenever he's possessed by the demonic entity Mako.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: The flashback sequence in "Ghost" involves the Mystery Skulls investigating a cave with an unusual green glow and green fog that puts Mystery on guard the moment they step inside. It is revealed the fog in the cave is from an entity residing inside it, as that same green coloring crawls up Arthur's arm to signify it possessing him.


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    Western Animation 
  • Atomic Betty: Sparky is a short, green alien and one of the main characters.
  • The Omnitrix of Ben 10 gives off a bright green glow whenever it does anything particularly powerful, Ben himself has green eyes, Ben's transformations happen in a flash of green light, and some the alien heroes (Stinkfly, Wildvine, and Upchuck) are green themselves. The trope only increased as the story went on: starting with Ben 10: Alien Force, the Omnitrix itself becomes green, all the alien forms have green eyes, Ben himself dresses in green (and so do his alien forms starting with Ben 10: Omniverse, and it's eventually revealed his favorite color is green (like we didn't guess). He could generally rival Green Lantern at this point.
    • Green is also the favorite color of Azmuth (who also has green eyes), the supergenius creator of the Omnitrix among other inventions.
  • Danny Phantom: The Ghost Zone is generally green-colored, and the protagonist himself has "glowing green eyes" and green blood in ghost form and shoots green blasts of ectoplasmic energy from his eyes and hands. Additionally, many of the other ghosts also have green eyes, green skin, and/or green spectral energy.
  • Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Both Wilhelmina and her aunt, the original Wicked Witch of the West, have green skin.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Mark Chang, his parents, and some of the other Yugopotamians are green-skinned aliens.
  • The Flintstones: The Great Gazoo is a diminutive green alien with immense powers.
  • Futurama:
    • Morbo is an alien with green skin who hates humanity.
    • Kif and other Amphibiosans are green-skinned humanoid aliens.
    • In "The Honking," the headlights and grill of original were-car SATAN emit green rays when he awakes.
  • Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet: The Mysterons are an alien race that is never shown on screen. They are instead symbolized by twin rings of green light. Mysteron replicants also have eyes that glow green.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Discussed in "Billy and Mandy Moon the Moon" (the final part of Cartoon Network's "Invaded" series) when Sperg says green is the favorite color of aliens.
  • Invader Zim: The Irkens, the technologically advanced alien race to which the eponymous character belongs, are green.
  • Looney Tunes: Marvin the Martian has a green helmet and green skirt.
  • Martin Mystery: Billy is a green alien who's normally the size of a small child, but his true form is both much larger and more muscular.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Flying Dutchman and his ship glow a sickly green color.
  • Steven Universe: The first Gem Steven encounters that is explicitly not related to Earth in any way is Peridot, a deadpan green Gem with mechanical limbs that's come to Earth for reasons unknown to him that absolutely terrifies the other Crystal Gems.


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