Who are the lizard people? Are they real? And are lizard people in charge of the world? Reptilian conspiracy theories are more popular than you might think. One survey reported that at least 12 million Americans believe their country is run by extraterrestrial reptilian overlords. The first lizard people theory seems to originate in science-fiction literature and has grown beyond made-up stories into a complex belief system with various explanations.
Some speculate that there are reptilians in government, politics, and in high-ranking business positions. Other lizard people conspiracies involve alien beings, hybrid humans, mysterious planets, and claims that essentially all world leaders and the wealthiest families are part of the reptile tribe.
But what exactly are the intentions of the lizard people, if they even exist? According to reptilian theorists, this elite alien species seeks world domination and power over every person on the planet. They are all about control, using their influence to vastly lower the quality of life for most people on the planet. This way, people have no energy, time, or motivation to notice or expose even the existence of the reptilians, let alone try to remove them from power. Check out the wild lizard people theories below that may sound ridiculous at first but will keep gnawing at the back of your mind as possibly true.
Reptilian theorist Michael Barkun has long argued that the theory of world leaders as reptiles has its roots in literature. Specifically, he names author Robert E. Howard, who is best known for his Conan the Barbarian books. Some of Howard's earlier stories include "serpent men," particularly in his story titled "The Shadow Kingdom," which was published in 1929. The story is based around philosophical theories about lost worlds, such as Atlantis.
Howard's works inspired several theories of a shape-shifting lizard race that had "infiltrated high policymaking circles through their powers of mind control." Within 50 years of him ending his own life, his ideas had spread and created underground cells and cults proclaiming that reptilian people really existed.
Another writer, Ray Nelson, wrote the short story "Eight O'clock in the Morning," about a man who, after becoming hypnotized at a carnival, sees through the veneer of the world and realizes lizard-like people control every aspect of society. The story and a subsequent comic adaptation served as the basis for John Carpenter's They Live, a film that basically sums up the lizard people theory, without the lizards.
Once a footballer and British television personality, David Icke revealed his reptilian theories for the first time during a BBC interview in 1991. To the shock of the world, he made some rather outrageous claims, arguing that the world's richest, most powerful families and political leaders are really reptilian aliens from another planet. He brought to the spotlight an unnerving conspiracy theory that lizard people ruled the world. Most people dismissed him as unsound, but to conspiracy enthusiasts, he became a revered leader. Icke popularized this notion that lizard people really existed.
Icke says the whole "reptilians on earth" thing began with a mysterious group of aliens known as the Annunaki. They came to earth in its earlier days and decided to mix things up a bit. They hailed from the planet Nibiru, also known in the reptilian theorist community as "Planet X," searching for gold. On earth, they found plenty of gold, but needed slaves to mine it for them. So, the Annunaki took some of their DNA to create a lesser species to do their work: humans.
The Annunaki then chose to stay on earth, to supervise and rule over the new humans. Icke and others cite evidence in the art and literature of the Sumerian culture to back up the story. According to Icke, reptilians seek to tear down western culture, participate in groups that promote having relations with children, wage conflicts for oil, and generally continue to make the world a wretched place in which to live. When they aren't doing those things, they are busy shape-shifting so that humanity will remain ignorant of their actual identity.
Occult expert Gary Bone decided to take some of David Icke's theories to task, insisting that while the foremost expert on lizard people was pretty much off-base on all fronts, he did get something right: humans do have a "reptilian brain." Express writer Jon Austin explains:
This is the area of our brain similar to that of a reptiles, which controls the body's vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. Our reptilian brain includes the main structures found in a reptile's brain: the brainstem and the cerebellum. It also controls our basic instincts to fight or flight, eat and have [relations].
Icke responded to Bone's criticism, insisting that our reptilian brain only bolsters his theory further - and manages to implicate the Illuminati into the whole affair:
It is important for people to know the basics about the reptilian brain because it reveals where the character and attitudes of the Illuminati come from and how and why we are manipulated mentally and emotionally in the way that we are through television and other imagery.
In case you were wondering, yes, the Illuminati and the Lizard People are indeed in cahoots with each other.
If the reptilian theory - that a group of elite lizard people secretly control the world - sounds familiar, that might be because there is a similar, hateful theory associated with the Jews. Widely promulgated in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion - a proven fabricated text purporting to show the minutes of a clandestine Jewish meeting discussing plans to take over the world - the idea often fueled Third Reich rhetoric and propaganda.
Today, conspiratorialists like Alex Jones promote the theory of a secret Jewish cabal seeking world domination. This idea finds its way into other conspiracy theories, specifically in those surrounding what happened on September 11th, 2001, at the World Trade Center. Theorists assert that thousands of Jews didn't turn up to work on that fateful day because they'd been warned by Zion elders to stay home.
Icke's lizard people theory is no exception. In his 1994 book The Robots' Rebellion, he asserts that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is, in fact, a genuine article. He takes this idea further in his follow-up book And The Truth Shall Set You Free, a text so objectionable his publishers wanted nothing to do with it, forcing Icke to self-publish. In it, he not only argues once again that a "small Jewish clique" secretly controls the world (alongside the lizard people, apparently), but that this group openly conspired with Hitler to bring about WWII. Icke also supports the notion that the Holocaust was a hoax.