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Otherkin are a fringe group of human society who, for one reason or another, believe themselves to be the reincarnation of mythic creatures, typically elves, though others include dragons, demons, vampires, ogres, deities, and so on. Related groups include therianthropes, who believe themselves reincarnations of animal souls, and otakin/otakukin, people who think they are reincarnations of fictitious characters from Japanese anime, manga, and video games.

Otherkin often find themselves the subject of ridicule. In the majority of cases, it is because their beliefs fly in the face of rational, critical thinking and tend to fall apart very quickly under hard scrutiny. One of the most common beliefs is of an Elven Holocaust in which humankind supposedly wiped the elves from the Earth, despite the fact that no such evidence, archaeological or otherwise, exists anywhere in the geologic record either for the supposed holocaust, let alone the existence of elves.

Other aspects common to Otherkin belief include a sense of superiority over their fellow human beings. This takes a variety of forms, such as a tendency to ascribe positive aspects of the human personality as something only unique to Otherkin. "Mundanes", the rest of humanity who do not share their beliefs or are simply unaware of them, are looked down upon as inferior brutes.

Otherkin often exhibit certain personality traits common to dissociative disorders and manic depression. This includes what are known as grandiose, persecutory, and religious delusions.

This combination makes them very unpopular.

The Otherkin claimed to be the reborn soul of an elf slain eons ago by marauding humans, only to be looked at askance by the rest of his classmates who went back to eating their lunch.
by M T February 21, 2007
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Otherkin are a magical race of people that are usually combinations of two very separate creatures. For example, an otherkin will often be part morbidly obese and part attention whore.

Otherkin are often misunderstood...because it's hard to understand someone when they've got their mouth full of one of those sculpted dragon-penis shaped dildos.

It's not unheard of for a teenager with gawky looks and low self-esteem to stumble across an enclave/nest/website/asylum full of these people and, after being greedily accepted by them, suddenly remember that he was (in a previous life) part basilisk, part Merlin. He/she will maintain this belief until he/she gets laid. NOTE: If he/she gets laid by a fellow otherkin, all bets are off for the return of sanity. He/she will probably die at the age of 59 with a smile on his/her face, knowing that in the next life he/she will be a wyvern claiming to be Normalkin that was once human who the other wyverns will make fun of and push into the mud.

In a perfect world, we'd be allowed to send them to camps where guys in knight armor would spend the day walking around and smacking them gently on the head with blunt swords until they smarten up, but this is not a perfect world. The best we norms can hope for is to catch one unawares, steal their prosthetic unicorn horn, and run away giggling while they stand there wetting their pants in impotent fury and screaming "Brinnnnng baaaaack myyyyy horrrrrrn!"

Otherkin are prone to outbursts of nonsensical gibberish. "We come from all walks of life!" is a popular one. This is, of course, completely insane as no normal person could ever imagine (for example) Donald Trump, Jennifer Aniston, or Yul Brenner coming out of the magical closet to reporters. You need to have hit rock bottom to slide down that slippery slope. Yes, that was a mixed metaphor, but if they can be half gryphons, half Santa's elves, then I can mix my metaphors. Suck it, dragon-boy.

In conclusion, all otherkin should be sterilized to keep them from breeding. Thank you.
Man 1: "Did you hear about Bob's son?"
Man 2: "Yeah. It's a shame. What the fuck IS an otherkin, anyway?"
Man 1: "I think it's the new word for bestiality. Bob was in tears when I talked to him. Don't they teach ANY social skills in high school anymore?"
Man 2: "It's his mother I feel bad for. Bob told me she caught him in the bathroom making paper maché dragon wings."
Man 1: "Man. Maybe they could get him a hooker or something."

Fat Middle-Aged Woman: "In the 3rd year of the reign of King Arthur, I was a dragon-turtle named 'Stellestra!'"
Mundane Human with a Life: "You don't say."
Fat Middle-Aged Woman: "Doth you not believeth me, mortal?"
Mundane Human with a Life: "Your hymen is still intact, isn't it? No, don't answer, I can smell it from here."
by THE 5318008 September 01, 2009
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n., sing. or pl. A person who holds the belief that they are not entirely (or not at all) human. Usually a spiritual belief pertaining to one's soul and the reincarnation thereof, but may also be a belief that one's genetics are descended from, for example, the Irish fae. The word Otherkin was coined to describe people who felt a connection to mythological humanoids such as elves and faeries, but has expanded in recent years to include dragons, gryphons/griffins and other supposedly mythical beasts as well as animals, angelic/demonic beings (angelkin/demonkin) and in some cases extraterrestrials.

adj. Of or relating to Otherkin.

See also therianthrope, were.
1. Many Otherkin believe that they were something other than human in a past life.
2. The Otherkin gathering will be held next week.
by Spritedust May 15, 2004
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Otherkin are an unfortunate group of incredibly deluded souls that believe they currently are or at one point were nonhuman entities. An otherkin might believe they are anything from a vampire to a dragon to an elf to an angel, though more obscure creatures are possible (griffons, succubi, etc). It is also possible to be a mixture of two or more of these creatures, in the instance that you believe referring to yourself as a werewolf or angel is too limiting. Why not be a werewolf angel? Or a dragon vampire elf? The sky's the limit when you're just making shit up. They are extremely defensive, and if you don't believe them, it's obviously because you're a "mundane" who doesn't get it. I've met several otherkin, and I can safely say each one of them was an unwashed jackass.

note: Not to be confused with a furry, though they both communities are fairly closeknit.

note2: White Wolf roleplaying games and the god damn internet are largely to thank for their existance.
Becca believed she was a half-fey/half-dragon. Fey are mythologically known for their grace and beauty. Dragons are known for majesty and charm. Becca weighed 300 lbs.

"D," as he liked to be called, believed he was a half-angel/half-demon. He said "D" stood for "The Demon," cause in high school, he had a different lady in bed every night. This claim is rather dubious, as he was missing teeth.

Ray believed he was a vampire hunting werewolf. He would go out to hunt and kill them on the suburban cul de sac he lived on. He has slain the vampire Lestat (of Anne Rice novel fame) no less than three times. Point of interest: Ray also wore a girdle.
by SlimGoodbody February 27, 2005
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The otherkin are a group of people who believe their soul originated as something other than human. The source of that origin as as varied as the individuals themselves. These can range from creatures of various mythologies. (i.e, faeries, dragons, vampires, etc.) to figures of more conventional spiritual beliefs. (i.e. Angels, Demons.) as well as but not limited to these and even more fanciful types. (i.e, Starseeds, extra-terrestrials, or any other variety.) The explosion of Otherkin groups and the spread of this belief is due in no small part with the accessibility of the Internet, allowing these groups to congregate and exchange ideas. Though the idea itself predates this media by a considerable number of years.
Each of these Otherkin types undergoes a process that is often called an Awakening. This awakening, according to several Otherkin sources is a process that brings about a spiritual transformation of the individual, taking them from their "Mundane" life and connecting, or in some cases reconnecting them with their "Other" selves and all of the attributes associated with it.

It is much debated as to the substance of this sub-cultures belief, as well as the mental stability of those who hold this belief. Often pro and anti Otherkin debates degenerate into namecalling matches with animosity on both sides.

Having listened to the different sides of the argument I can see valid points from both camps. The truth of the matter is this: It all comes down to what you believe. Belief, no matter how odd it may appear to any one else is strictly a matter of faith. The right to believe whatever you wish is just that. A right. If boiled down to its lowest common denominator, to denounce that which otherkin believe is to in essence denounce all faith. Why is it any harder to believe this person may be or have been an elf than it is to believe.. Oh say.. Some Jewish Carpenter returned from the dead? Or that some prophet moved a Mountain? Or even that a sea parted so slaves might escape Egypt? All faith defies logical reason. All of it. The use of any sweepingly general term is a poor practice, nor can a whole group be classified by the behavior of a select few. For example: Not all Germans are Nazis. This is not to say that some of these people don't have a mental illness associated with delusion or what not.. But to assume that everyone who has this belief is insane would be a gross misrepresentation. Generally one does not think a Christian crazy even though a ressurection, that claims of Christ's divinity cannot be proven. Nor should these people be unless the same yardstick is used to measure everyone.
There are several websites devoted to Otherkin.

The Otherkin hold controversial spiritual beliefs.
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Basically, a bunch of weird pseudo-intellectual hippies who like to hate on humans because they think they're elves, dragons, fairies, unicorns, angels, and other things. Even though most people would tell you these things cannot be proven to exist, Otherkin insist that they inherited some magical super special soul from another dimension. They would rather deny their humanity because they're so delusional than accept the fact that they are not special snowflakes, and their disdain for humans is pointless because they, too, are human. They often get ridiculed because their beliefs are so batshit insane and fall outside the realm of what a sensible person would believe in that they sound like socially-retarded emo kids who take their White Wolf games way, way too seriously.
Otherkin feel like they are "persecuted" by normal humans. They never had to go through things like gas chambers and being burned alive and being worked until they starve because of their ethnic background, so they don't know what true persecution is.
by Geevil February 09, 2010
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Those individuals who believe that although born human, their souls are those of a non-human being, animal or mythical creature. Many believe that they are reincarnations of such beings and are able to access memories of previous lives.
The movement is the source of much controversy, ranging form philisophical/intelectual and spiritual debate to mud-slinging, derision and name calling. Some 'kin are happy to lead what the great majority of people would describe as "normal" lives, finding solace, support and companionship amongst their fellows, free to explore the nature of their seemingly paradoxial existance. While others may appear eccentric, arrogant or insane to the bulk of the populace. It must be noted that as with all groups, organisations or belief systems the actions of a few can lead to a negative perception of the group as a whole in the eyes of others.Indeed some Otherkin view themselves as superior to "mundane" humans, blaming the modern ills of society and the world as a whole on humanity.
Believing themselves to at least partly inhuman. Otherkin are oft treated with hostillity.
by Kynth November 24, 2007
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