Humans who believe that they have the souls of mythical creatures
- Founded By: Unknown
- Known For: FYIAD
- First Found: 00/1990
Otherkin is a group believe they are somehow connected to mythical creatures. It encompasses those who think they have the soul of a mythical creature, individuals who believe they were mythical beasts in past lives, and people with "special bonds" to mythical creatures in different dimensions (AKA imaginary friends). The most popular species of otherkin are naturally the most powerful and beautiful, including dragons, elves, demons, and werewolves. The latter creature is currently the most common. While their strange beliefs have attracted a great deal of trolling, the Otherkin community is resilient and similar to other online subcultures. It is full of dramatic people, changes its terminology constantly, and goes through massive trend cycles.
While some otherkin will readily admit their beliefs are strange, many more will claim they are completely normal and anyone who believes they are escapists is a close-minded bigot. Many otherkin attempt to distance themselves from the more zealous otherkin-identifiers, but as with furries, the most zealous otherkin attract the most outside attention.
Otherkin can be traced back to a mailing list established in 1990 for "elves and interested observers." Since then, the pool of people claiming to be mythical creatures grew with the popularity of the internet. The Otherkin community skyrocketed in popularity in the 2000s, probably due to the amount of angsty teens who gained internet access at that time.
Riding a wave of popularity generated by the vampire/werewolf trend.
- The Otherkin subculture is one of the oldest on the Internet, perhaps even pre-dating furries.
- Otherkin call their conventions "gatherings." They are usually outdoors.
- Real-animal otherkin is known as Therianthropy
- Media/Otaku/Fiction kin are otherkin who are fictional characters