Valorant’s Lizard People Are Part of a broader conspiracy Movement
If you were a fan of Valorant’s competitive scene, then you may have heard about a flurry of recent activity around lizard people. It’s all part of a broader movement of conspiracy-mongering that is gaining prominence online.
Some lizard people believe in a conspiracy theory that claims reptilian humanoids control the world, and have been doing so since ancient times. This belief, like many other fringe beliefs, is a form of paranoia that often leads to violence in the real world.
A lizard-people conspiracy theory has also been cited as a cause of recent incidents of terrorism, including the explosion of an RV in Nashville on Christmas morning. Anthony Warner, whom authorities say died in the explosion, reportedly believed in this belief.
There is a lot of overlap between the lizard-people conspiracy theory and QAnon, a wildly popular anti-establishment movement that has baselessly accused elites of drinking the blood of children. Both theories are rooted in centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes, and they’re often associated with fringe political groups.
In addition to lizard people, QAnon draws on a variety of other conspiracy-mongering tropes, including “blood-libel” and the idea that “reptilians feed off of our emotions.” It’s a theory that’s been linked to a number of violent incidents, as Insider has noted.
As a result, this movement has become increasingly polarized. Some adherents of QAnon are known for being right-wing, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ, and others are considered to be leftist, pro-Israel and pro-Hillary Clinton.
It’s worth noting that QAnon is also frequently tied to other conspiracy theories, including the blood-libel conspiracy that blames Jews for drinking the blood of Christian children. It’s also often connected to other ludicrous claims, including the idea that a group of secretive elites called the Deep State are running our country and have been doing so since 9/11.
The lizard-people conspiracy theory is a variation of the blood-libel conspiracy. It also shares a common theme: those accused of evil require human suffering to survive.
Those who embrace the lizard-people conspiracy theory often claim that a “deep-state cabal” of “reptilians” control our government and that we must use adrenochrome to keep them from harming us. They also posit that elites secrete a drug whose effects mimic “the feelings of fear, anxiety and confusion,” according to Insider’s research.
Some believe that lizard people are capable of mind-control and shape-shifting. This ability is a core part of their lore, and it’s reflected in a number of popular books and movies.
One of the most widely recognized writers on the lizard-people conspiracy is David Icke. He’s been accused of anti-Semitism and has a long record of spreading the myth that lizard people are behind many of the world’s problems.
Another writer who focuses on this conspiracy theory is Robert E. Howard, the author of the Conan the Barbarian series. Several of his novels feature lizard people, and he has also written about vampires with a similar power set.
There is a small but vocal group of lizard-people believers on the internet, though most are largely harmless. Some have even been accused of murder, as in the case of an American who was convicted of killing his own brother because he thought he was a lizard. This is a conspiracy theory that has been around for a while, and it’s still incredibly popular among the far-right. In 2013, a Public Policy Polling survey found that 12 million Americans believed in the lizard-people conspiracy theory.