Reptilian humanoid

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A depiction of Sobek, an Ancient Egyptian deity with human and reptilian traits.

Reptilian humanoids, or anthropomorphic reptiles, have appeared in mythology, folklore, fiction and conspiracy theories.

In mythology

Many cultures have legends of creatures which are part human and part reptile. One of the first historical depictions of a reptilian humanoid was the Ancient Egyptian deity Sobek, who had the head of a crocodile. He was depicted with similar traits, such as being aggressive and animalistic.

In South Asian and Southeast Asian mythology, the Nāga are semi-divine creatures which are half-human and half-serpent.[1]

In folklore

Sightings of humanoid reptile cryptids are common in the Southern United States, where swamps are common. In the late 1980s, there were hundreds of supposed sightings of a "Lizard Man" in Bishopville, South Carolina.[2]

In fiction

Anthropomorphic reptilian races or beings commonly appear in fantasy and science fiction. They can be based on various reptiles, like crocodiles, alligators, snakes, dinosaurs, and the fictional dragons. They are often depicted as powerful warriors, though their relative intelligence to humans varies - as with other anthropomorphic races, a greater resemblance to humans often denotes more "civilized" behavior.


Examples of reptilian races in fantasy are the Lizardfolk, Draconians and Kobolds of Dungeons & Dragons. The lizardlike Argonian race also takes a prominent role in the best-selling fantasy video game franchise The Elder Scrolls.

In the TV series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, there is a species called Serpentine (species). They have a prominent role in the series and the history of the Fantasy world of Ninjago.

Science fiction

In works of science fiction, aliens are often depicted as closely resembling animals, with reptilian aliens being no exception. An early appearance was in the story "The Lizard-Men of Buh-Lo" (1930) by Francis Flagg.[3] Other examples include the Gorn from Star Trek, and the Dracs from the film Enemy Mine (1985).[3] The television franchise V features the Visitors, a lizardlike alien race who disguise themselves as humans.[3]

Conspiracy theory

The Reptilian conspiracy theory alleges that shape-shifting reptilian aliens control Earth.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Naga | Hindu mythology". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  2. ^ Moran, Mark (2009). Weird U.S. : your travel guide to America's local legends and best kept secrets. Sceurman, Mark. New York: Sterling Pub. p. 112. ISBN 9781402766886. OCLC 244064142.
  3. ^ a b c The Greenwood encyclopedia of science fiction and fantasy : themes, works, and wonders. Westfahl, Gary. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2005. pp. 15, 78, 319. ISBN 0313329508. OCLC 60401685.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Conspiracy Theories". Time. 2008-11-20. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2019-09-11.