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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
Otherkin is a group of people who believe that in some way, they are not completely human. Some think they are a reincarnation of mythological beings, aliens, animals native to this planet, etc. Others think they've descended from ancient elvish or fae bloodlines and what have you. Probably most rarely, even some believe that they are existing on this plane in their "trueform" but under a "seeming," which from what I know is some sort of magical disguise.
While a vast majority of 'kin are most likely vying for attention and many may indeed be delusional, there are those who lead quite normal lives and are quite happy with the way things are.
"I never would have guessed, but my friend is an otherkin. She seemed so normal, too."
"The otherkin just wanted a place to relax, but it seemed that even on their own turf the flamers would not give them peace."
by IntVSYou September 06, 2005
Crazy people on the internet who desperately try to make themselves seem cool by claiming to be a reincarnated version of some kind of popular, charismatic animal or a monster they heard about in a roleplaying game. Usually they justify this by insisting their daydreams have some kind of bearing on the real world. It generally does not work, except with fellow otherkin and of course furries.

Lately the otherkin have branched off into even more mind-bogglingly insane territory with the otakukin movement.
I don't care how big the wingspan of your fifty-foot-tall-humanoid-dragon-soul is, Mr. Otherkin. I still don't like you.
by tengu shoes November 08, 2004
A person who has inherited the traits of something of another being. This can be any of the few mentioned, as well as others. These traits are usually recognized during times of great upheaval in the individual's life, known as an Awakening.

Recently, due to the popularity and drive for belonging, many new 'kin' have arisen. Because of the popularity of the idea, and because of the increase in roleplaying, many of these new kin are false, and merely imitating it in order to find acceptance in a group. In other words, they are chasing a trend to feel part of something. These imitators are usually the members of the otherkin community that tend to give true otherkin the bad reputation many of the members on this website have given them. Also, those that become overly defensive and hostile contribute to this, and do not benefit any members of the community by making subtle threats.

Most otherkin live totally normal lives, with jobs, families and anything else a normal person enjoys. They simply live with the knowledge of being something more than just a regular being, and that leads them to discover what it is about them that is so different. The otherkin that gain bad reputations are not the norm, and others of the kin community should not be judged by the actions of those that gain notice.
1.) The kid on the forum claimed to be Posiden, as an otherkin. Both kin and non-kin alike knew he was an idiot.

2.) James always felt a desire in his heart for things beyond what he felt was real and normal, and discovered his otherkin traits through a difficult Awakening.

3.) People that mock otherkin are only insulting those who can't rise above petty insults, who are usually the least sincere about their experiences.
by Arcen July 10, 2006
Otherkin is a word for people who beleive, in one or many given ways, that they are something other then human. Mostly, this is in a spiritual sense. An otherkin individual may beleive that their spirit is anything fron ET's, Faeries, Angels, Animals, Dragons, Unicorns, ect.
I see many of the definitions listed here and feel alot of the predgidous is woefully misplaced. I am not an overweight web desighner at all, nor do I sit in my house or office and roleplay being " something else". I am a CEO of a very significant and large healthcare company, I have a large family and plenty of friends, and get out quite often, thank you. Kin come from many walks of life and may look like/resemble any 'Normal' person. Kin tend to be suspicious and even cold to 'normal' people for exactly the type of reactions outlined here. The unneccesary, immature, hateful comments by people who would rather not even stop to consider that the things they say may hurt other people. We have just as much right to beleive what we want to beleive as you do.
Before you go pointing fingers and critisizing how other people live their lives, turn that 'high powered' perception back on yourself. Maybe you'll see how much of an ass your being.
For those scattered few who wrote decent definitions in here, shame on you for not speaking up about this kind of immature definition. You are *not* helping anyone.
Otherkin: Beleif that an individual is, one one way or another, something other then human
by WhiteAngel May 05, 2006
Coming up with a consistent definition for Otherkin is near impossible, even when collaborating with only Otherkin. I recently had an argument in the Otherkin Wikipedia article (a mature one), as they want to merge it with Therianthropy. Therianthropy is the belief that they are, specifically, in one way or another, animals (correct me if I'm wrong, Therans). Not all Otherkin believe so. For example, I have, for all but a select few of my lives, been pretty much everything but any animal-related 'kin. Therefore, I found the definition unjustified. Many will agree. I brought this up because a number of Otherkin supported that merging. Of course, those Otherkin were Dragons, wolves, and the like. Truth be told, Otherkin can be just as ignorant as humans. It's not fair to single out humans, which would be just as those Otherkin who choose to do so (not pointing anyone out - simply making the point for those who read this).
From a scientific standpoint, however, Otherkin are met with more problems than any religious group on the planet. A quote from the Wikipedia article:
Otherkin Wikipedia Article wrote:
According to diagnosis criteria put forth by mental health professionals, the belief that one is an animal or can be turned into an animal is termed clinical lycanthropy5, a delusion of varying severity and significance.
This is, of course, because those "mental health professionals" take part in their religions, so their diagnostic of themselves would be severely bias.
So it'll be quite a while before everyone can agree on what Otherkin really is, an whether or not they truly exist. One of my goals is to find some way to change that - but looking at how things are going, that will not be any time soon.
By the way, the most commonly used definition of otherkin: Otherkin are races of beings that do not have a native origin on earth. They are often discussed in myths and legends, and are not regarded to be real by the modern scientific and historic community. These include the popular types of kin (slang for Otherkin), such as Dragons, Vampires, Elves, Fairies, etc.
Anne realised she was otherkin because she had painful memories of her family being killed in another life, as another being not on Earth.
by Clodaus January 16, 2007
Otherkin are wacky furries who hate the environment and have a marked inability to use proper spelling, punctuation, etc. If they are here for a purpose, that purpose would seem to be to inspire the building of more prisons for the criminally insane.

Otherkin insist that they are not human, so, though still illegal, hunting them for sport should not be considered murder.
"Jeff, I bagged a dragon and two vampires today! How about you?"

"It wasn't a great day for hunting otherkin, Rob. All I got was this lousy half-elf, half-angel."
by otherkinhater August 05, 2006
People who are psycotic hypocrites. (they thing things humanity does are bad and try to solve them USEING the bad ways)
They tend to hang out with animals more than humans and they feel a spirtual connection with animals.(there is really no connection it is really their warped mind)
They also beleve they were once an animal in there preveious life (what the hell makes them so damn sure, your memory of your previous life does not come with you)
Understanding otherkin is like trying to understand an autistic child, you will never understand these people.
by Mundane Shawn March 13, 2005
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