Millions of years ago, our planet was once their planet, and if it had not been for an asteroid, we humans may never have become the dominate species of Terra. Even today, reptiles (especially snakes) are mistrusted and feared by most humans, and that fear has been projected onto science fiction with reptilian-like aggressive aliens that are one of the most common types of hostile humanoid alien species seen in all of fiction. In this installment of the ongoing serial Our Enemies, FWS will explaining and exploring the Reptilians of science fiction and UFO mythology.
What Are The Science Fiction Reptilians?
The vast majority of alien lizards from outer space are bipedal and often embody the darker impulses of human nature. Fewer science fiction works show Reptilians with other means of locomotion like the Snakemen from X-COM. When it comes to leadership, often Reptilian species are under the rule of a some sort of queen-mother, who either creates the nobles that rule over the wider Reptilian society or rule directly. Most of these science fiction Reptilians are born from eggs and this, yet again, is another separator between us and them. They are often divided into factions and this can be a source of internal tension and even reasons for war. When it comes to technological level of these space lizards is often on par with Terra or far superior, fueling their imperialistic desire.
Why are Reptilians Popular Foes in Science Fiction?
This inhuman nature of Terran reptiles all add to a perfect basis for imperialistic asshole species from beyond the stars. Also helping with the inclusion of space lizards is humanity's continued fascination with dinosaurs and horror/monster centered around reptile species. Just look at how many films are about dinosaurs and even massive South American Anacondas. There is also a great deal of maneuvering room with Reptilian species given the vast array of reptiles on our own world. Creators can dive into the deep waters of reptile species on Earth, and forge a new more underwear-filling space monster with dark desires of eating you. Lastly, if it works, keep doing it. For centuries, humans have included reptilians in their myths, religions, and horror tales, and that led to space lizards in science fiction. This enduring foundation allows generates new Reptilian species by new creators, furthering the seternotype of space lizards being hostile to us humans.
Will We Fight Hostile Alien Lizards from Outer Space?
The Whole Reptilians Conspiracy Thing...
Science Fiction and the Reptilians
V were the fearsome introduction to space lizards for my generation, and the concept was reimagined in 2009 by ABC for a new generation, allowing the space lizard trope to live on.
V was an influence to future creators, the foundation of the Visitors harken back to other space lizards from pulp era works, who take their Reptilians from even older sci-fi works like HP Lovecraft; and even those are taken from ancient mythological sources. Running alongside the science fiction Reptilian has been Reptilian races from fantasy works like D&D and of course, Reptilian conspiracy from the UFO community. This allows deep rooted foundation in Reptilians to be low-hanging fruit for sci-fi creators, who can easily insert their own vision of space lizards into their own work, playing into the long-held fear and interest of these type of alien species. Of course, this also is a prime target for other creators to reinvent the sci-fi space lizard to into something new.
The Gorn from the Star Trek Universe
During the first years of TOS, the show was attempting to find another enemy that was different than the other human-like aliens like the Romulans and the Klingons. That enemy was the Gorn, and the episode was the classic "The Arena.". The original Gorn thick rubber suit was developed by Wah Chang and made Gorn captain seen on the small screen slow, but powerful. While this space lizard monster is nearly comical today, it was typical of monsters on TV and cinema of the time. While the episode is a fan favorite and one of the best of TOS, the Gorn were rarely seen in Trek and even when seen, it was briefly. Gorn were seen in Star Trek: The Animated Series in the pages of several Trek books, and the 4th and final season of Star Trek: Enterprise as an CGI monster that reimagined the Gorn from the original 60's rubber suit monster. This was last appearance of the Gorn in Trek.
The Drac from the Enemy Mine Universe
The Flesh-and-Blood Cylons from the original Battlestar Galactica
The Fatu-Krey from the Galaxy Quest Universe
The Draconians from the Classic Dr. Who Universe
The Snakemen from the X-COM Universe
In the X-COM universe, Earth is under attack from several alien races, and one of the most terrifying and fearsome is the Snakemen. Appearing close in foam to Terran snakes, this Reptilian race is blessed with extremely tolerance heat resistance and they can survive in more extreme environments that other races. In keeping with the name, the Snakemen form of locomotion is similar to a real snake. Unlike other hostile races, the Snakemen are genetic unmodified by the Sectoids or the Ethereals.
Interrogations revealed that the Snakemen coming to Terra are under the direction of other alien factions as mercenaries. Even the Snakemen themselves are not united. Their race has founded several colonies that are all protected by self-funded mercenary armies and independent of the homeworld. While a favorite of fan in the original games, the 2012 X-COM: Enemy Unknown, the Snakemen were missing, but have confirmed for X-COM 2. I have to admit this, if I saw an Snakeman coming after me, I would shit and piss myself as I ran away. This are pure sheet ruining nightmare fuel.
The Kig-Yar from the HALO Universe
The Jem'Hadar from the Star Trek Universe(?!)
The Ithklur from the Traveller Universe
The Posleen from the Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo
"The Race" from the Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove
The Sleestak from Land of the Lost
The Terrons from planet Terron from the G.I. Joe Universe
This must be the ugly cousin to the Visitors from the V universe, but alas, it actually comes from the 70's...The Terron Reptilians were found in an odd place: the GI Joe universe. In the mid-1970's, GI Joe was attempted to expand their appeal to the new generation, and a new line of sci-fi Joes called the "adventure team" was created along with this unholy alien action figure. The figure's name was Gor, and he was the Terron leader and the green-skinned foe to the Joes. Described as an "evil beast from outer space", this Reptilian alien figure had an "Destructo Ray" mounted in his chest to engage their enemies. This was a red light in reality. These Adventure Team figures could electronic interact with each other, and they were the first GI Joes to do so. This is yet another example of how common evil space lizards are and how easily they fit within that stereotype of hostile alien. Fortunately for all of us, the Adventure Team concept was jettisoned for the 1982 GI Joe: Real American Hero toyline that became one of the most successful toylines of all time.
The Drell from the Mass Effect Unvierse
The Xindi-Reptilian from the 3rd Season of Star Trek: Enterprise
After the destruction of the super-weapon and the Reptilian council member, it is unknown the fate of the Reptilian-Xindi or the Xindi race as a whole. Some sources say that there was an Xindi Civil War or that the Reptilian-Xindi were stripped of their power and seat on the interspecies council. As with all of the Xindi races, the Reptilian had their own uniforms, ship designs, and weaponry. The primary weapon of the Reptilian shock-troopers seen in the 3rd season used an DE rifle powered by an eel-like creature. This organic technology was extended into their ships. All of this design work made the Reptilian-Xindi stand out along, make the Reptilian-Xindi were a favorite of actor Scott Bakula and makeup artist Michael Westmore. Overall, the Reptilian-Xindi embodied some of the most common tropes of the sci-fi Reptilian, but the handling of the Reptilian-Xindi by the Enterprise production added fresh layers to the much seen warlike Reptilian
The Visitors from the V Universe (1983 and 2009)
Here is the one of the nastiest space lizard race ever seen in sci-fi and one that that introduced me and some of my generation to the concept (and horror) of Reptilians. The original NBC miniseries from 1983, my seven year old self was exposed to space lizard plot to invade the Earth and rob it of its resources and serve man on the dinner table. The "Visitors" were from a world needing resources and viewed Earth in the same way that the conquistadors did Mesoamerica.
V was influenced by the 3rd Reich and 1980's sci-fi fashion. The inclusion of space lizards speaks to the common collective power of this type of hostile alien species that existed even in the 1980's, prior to the Reptilian theory pushed by David Icke in the 1990's.
V speak to the underlying fear and fascination with conquering predatory space lizards. It is likely that this is not the last we've seen of the Visitors.
The Voth from Star Trek Voyager
The Zn'rx (Snark) from Power Pack Marvel Comic Series
Lobotomaxx from the Lunatrix Empire from the G.I. Joe Universe
the hostile alien species was the nightmarish Lobotomaxx alien assassin/bounty hunter from the Lunatrix Empire who hailed from Zog in the Morus Sector Five (right next to the Forbidden Zone). While Lobotomaxx is deadly, he is also less intelligence these days since another Lunatrix Imperial bounty hunter cut out part of his brain during a laser-saber duel. In the misguided Star Brigade toyline, Lobotomaxx was an unique and ugly figure that came with five fucking brightly colored guns and was not as terrifying as the box-art. As per the popularity of space lizards in sci-fi, Hasbro added an murderous Reptilian species to the mix to jazz up the alien enemy types. He was featured in the Star Brigade comics and was repainted for the international markets. When the Star Brigade toyline disappeared in 1994/1995, this ugly space lizards went with it...thankfully.
Lizardmen Empire from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World TV Series
The Cardassians from the Star Trek Universe
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