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11th Nov '17 9:57:56 PM ClockOut
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* Shane in ''WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved:'', who, despite being the co-host of a ghost-hunting show, refuses to believe in any possibility of the paranormal, and is usually the first to offer an alternative reason to any evidence they might collect. It's often been joked that a ghost would probably have to punch him in the face for him to consider the possibility of them being real.

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* Shane in ''WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved:'', ''WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved'', who, despite being the co-host of a ghost-hunting show, refuses to believe in any possibility of the paranormal, and is usually the first to offer an alternative reason to any evidence they might collect. It's often been joked that a ghost would probably have to punch him in the face for him to consider the possibility of them being real.
11th Nov '17 9:57:20 PM ClockOut
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* Shane in ''WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved:'', who, despite being the co-host of a ghost-hunting show, refuses to believe in any possibility of the paranormal, and is usually the first to offer an alternative reason to any evidence they might collect. It's often been joked that a ghost would probably have to punch him in the face for him to consider the possibility of them being real.
6th Oct '17 11:27:35 AM AgProv
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'', Officer Reg Shoe is a hard-headed materialist realist who pricks the faith of his religious colleague Constable Visit by sourly advocating mundane, realistic, explanations for the miracles Visit is excitedly describing from the Omnian Holy Scriptures. What makes it funnier is that Reg is steadfastly denying there is such a thing as an Afterlife (as the Omnian religion views it) - whilst at the same time being a Zombie who has returned to his body after death.
16th Sep '17 6:57:00 AM RagabashTai112
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* Literature/BaileySchoolKids: Eddie, and sometimes Melody, often act as this, although Eddie is the one who most frequently denies the existence of mythical creatures. In the first book, he is implicitly proven the existence of vampires, but continues to deny any other creature they see.


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* In ''Literature/BaileySchoolKids'', Eddie, and sometimes Melody, often act as this, although Eddie is the one who most frequently denies the existence of mythical creatures. In the first book, he is implicitly proven the existence of vampires, but continues to deny any other creature they see.
16th Sep '17 6:56:14 AM RagabashTai112
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%%* Literature/BaileySchoolKids: Eddie, and sometimes Melody.

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%%* * Literature/BaileySchoolKids: Eddie, and sometimes Melody.Melody, often act as this, although Eddie is the one who most frequently denies the existence of mythical creatures. In the first book, he is implicitly proven the existence of vampires, but continues to deny any other creature they see.
21st Aug '17 6:40:26 AM RedScharlach
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* Seto Kaiba in the dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He's a Scully to such a degree that ''traveling back in time and meeting his own ancestor'' doesn't convince him that the supernatural exists. A vision of his ancestor and an ancient Pharaoh dueling? Obviously a hallucination. A group of lifelike monsters smashing up the town? Obviously a bunch of faulty holograms. Magically being able to read ancient Egyptian text that his most advanced computers struggle to translate? Obviously, it's simply because he is meant to wield the god cards. An opponent who can see into the future and destiny using a Milennium Item? His response amounts to ScrewDestiny. Only during the final episode of the anime (in a scene exclusive to the anime) does he admit that there might be ''some'' truth about all this mystical junk, but when teased about it by Joey he quickly (and half-jokingly) falls back to saying it's all smoke and mirrors. It's ''mostly'' a Dub-induced example; in the Japanese anime and the [[Manga/YuGiOh original manga]], he still scoffs at the supernatural but overall just doesn't seem interested in it. At any rate, he fully grows out of it by ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' (Dub included) where he desperately tries to pull Atem back from the afterlife by completing the Millenium Puzzle once more.

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* Seto Kaiba in the dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He's a Scully to such a degree that ''traveling back in time and meeting his own ancestor'' doesn't convince him that the supernatural exists. A vision of his ancestor and an ancient Pharaoh dueling? Obviously a hallucination. A group of lifelike monsters smashing up the town? Obviously a bunch of faulty holograms. Magically being able to read ancient Egyptian text that his most advanced computers struggle to translate? Obviously, it's simply because he is meant to wield the god cards. An opponent who can see into the future and destiny using a Milennium Millennium Item? His response amounts to ScrewDestiny. Only during the final episode of the anime (in a scene exclusive to the anime) does he admit that there might be ''some'' truth about all this mystical junk, but when teased about it by Joey he quickly (and half-jokingly) falls back to saying it's all smoke and mirrors. It's ''mostly'' a Dub-induced example; in the Japanese anime and the [[Manga/YuGiOh original manga]], he still scoffs at the supernatural but overall just doesn't seem interested in it. At any rate, he fully grows out of it by ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' (Dub included) where he desperately tries to pull Atem back from the afterlife by completing the Millenium Millennium Puzzle once more.



* In the [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] {{ComicBook/Philemon}}, the protagonist's dad is this. Even after taking a trip to the mystical world of the Letters, he steadfastly refuses to believe that any of the outlandish adventures told by Philémon, his uncle Félicien and Barthélémy ever occurred. Borders on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. His dad's skepticism prevents him from seeing many unusual going-ons, causing a self-enforced WeirdnessCensor.
* ''ComicBook/PowerPack'': in the "Thor and the Warriors Four" story of the all-ages series, Alex Power plays this role with Julie as his AgentMulder. He is skeptical about Thor being an actual god, and keeps trying to find scientific explanations for what he and his siblings encounter in Asgard. By the end of the story he has come to accept magic though.

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* In the [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] {{ComicBook/Philemon}}, the protagonist's dad is this. Even after taking a trip to the mystical world of the Letters, he steadfastly refuses to believe that any of the outlandish adventures told by Philémon, his uncle Félicien and Barthélémy ever occurred. Borders on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. His dad's skepticism prevents him from seeing many unusual going-ons, goings-on, causing a self-enforced WeirdnessCensor.
* ''ComicBook/PowerPack'': in the "Thor and the Warriors Four" story of the all-ages series, Alex Power plays this role with Julie as his AgentMulder. He is skeptical about Thor being an actual god, and keeps trying to find scientific explanations for what he and his siblings encounter in Asgard. By However, by the end of the story he has come comes to accept magic though.magic.



*** Han Solo was this ("I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful "Force" controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls ''my'' destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.")

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*** Han Solo was this ("I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful "Force" 'Force' controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls ''my'' destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.")



* ''{{Series/Castle}}'' features Becket as the Scully role with Castle fulfilling the Mulder role whenever a case appears to have a supernatural element. Unlike many of the others if this type she is only truly wrong [[TimeTravel once]] and even that one is debatable. [[UnresolvedSexualTension Their other dynamic]] is also similar to Mulder and Scully.

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* ''{{Series/Castle}}'' features Becket as in the Scully role with Castle fulfilling the Mulder role whenever a case appears to have a supernatural element. Unlike many of the others if this type she is only truly wrong [[TimeTravel once]] and even that one is debatable. [[UnresolvedSexualTension Their other dynamic]] is also similar to Mulder and Scully.
12th Aug '17 11:51:24 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Emil qualifies, as he's shown to still consider Lalli, an actual mage, someone who "believes in magic stuff" in Chapter 15. Chapter 12 had Reynir's rune spontaneously catch fire in Emil's pocket. In Chapter 13, Emil noticed explosions happening in places where he ''knew'' he hadn't put any explosives (he's the member of the team trained to handle explosives), and had Onni's summon come out of his flamethrower. The guy should really know better after witnessing all of those things.
12th Jul '17 5:45:09 AM jormis29
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* Palladium Books's {{Beyond the Supernatural}} features Nega-Psychics, skeptics so firmly convinced that psychic abilities, magic, and the paranormal do not exist that their own (ironically) inherent psychic abilities subconsciously negate magic and psionics around them. This, of course, leads to some...interesting times when the party includes other psychics or arcanists. At least one group would always trick the nega-psychic character into running an errand before casting a spell, or force them to stand far away from the other characters so their abilities wouldn't cancel out.

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* Palladium Books's {{Beyond the Supernatural}} ''TabletopGame/BeyondTheSupernatural'' features Nega-Psychics, skeptics so firmly convinced that psychic abilities, magic, and the paranormal do not exist that their own (ironically) inherent psychic abilities subconsciously negate magic and psionics around them. This, of course, leads to some...interesting times when the party includes other psychics or arcanists. At least one group would always trick the nega-psychic character into running an errand before casting a spell, or force them to stand far away from the other characters so their abilities wouldn't cancel out.
12th May '17 12:15:26 PM AthenaBlue
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-->'''Alyssa''': "You have to believe in something!"
-->'''Elvis''': "No, I don't."

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-->'''Alyssa''': "You You have to believe in something!"
-->'''Elvis''': "No,
something!\\
'''Elvis''': No,
I don't."



* ''Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''
** Han Solo was this ("I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful "Force" controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls ''my'' destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.")
** Earns a big CallBack in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' when Han shows how much his views have changed:

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* ''Star Wars ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''
** *** Han Solo was this ("I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful "Force" controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls ''my'' destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.")
** *** Earns a big CallBack in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' when Han shows how much his views have changed:



** As was Admiral Motti. ("Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion didn't help you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or give you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' [[Film/TheHiddenFortress hidden fortr]]--" <choke> )
** [[JustifiedTrope To be fair,]] since the Jedi were almost extinct and most people didn't see Vader's or the emperor's abilities directly, Han probably had good reason to be skeptical of the claims of an old mystic like Obi-Wan. He may have rethought his position after seeing what Luke does to Threepio in ''Return of the Jedi''.\\

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** *** As was Admiral Motti. ("Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion didn't help you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or give you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' [[Film/TheHiddenFortress hidden fortr]]--" <choke> )
** [[JustifiedTrope To be fair,]] since the Jedi were almost extinct and most people didn't see Vader's Vader or the emperor's Emperor's abilities directly, Han probably had good reason to be skeptical of the claims of an old mystic like Obi-Wan. He may have rethought his position after seeing what Luke does to Threepio in ''Return of the Jedi''.''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.\\



Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.

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Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is (it is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.excuse.



--> '''Kate:''' "Scully's the skeptic. ({{Beat}}.) Mulder's the one who wants to believe. Scully's the skeptic."
--> '''Detective:''' "...Scully's the chick, right?"

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--> '''Kate:''' "Scully's -->'''Kate:''' Scully's the skeptic. ({{Beat}}.) Mulder's the one who wants to believe. Scully's the skeptic."
--> '''Detective:''' "...
\\
'''Detective:''' ...
Scully's the chick, right?"right?



** Charles Dickens, in "The Unquiet Dead", who was sure that the genuine medium was a con-artist.



** Charles Dickens, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], who was sure that the genuine medium was a con artist.



-->'''Hurley:''' Locke. He [[spoiler:moved the island]].
-->'''Jack:''' No, he didn't.
-->'''Hurley:''' Oh, really? Because [[spoiler:one minute it was there, and the next it was gone]], so unless we like, overlooked it, dude, that's exactly what he did. But if you've got another explanation man, I'd love to hear it.

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-->'''Hurley:''' Locke. He [[spoiler:moved the island]].
-->'''Jack:'''
island]].\\
'''Jack:'''
No, he didn't.
-->'''Hurley:'''
didn't.\\
'''Hurley:'''
Oh, really? Because [[spoiler:one minute it was there, and the next it was gone]], so unless we like, overlooked it, dude, that's exactly what he did. But if you've got another explanation man, I'd love to hear it.



-->'''Nick''' (to Connor): This is just a hoax. Forget it.
-->''(later)''
-->'''Claudia''': You'd be doing me a great favour if you could just confirm that this is all nonsense, Professor.
-->'''Nick''': I can't dismiss the evidence out of hand.
-->'''Claudia''': ...Surely you're not giving this whole monster story any credibility, Professor?
-->'''Nick''': I'm just trying to keep an open mind.
-->'''Claudia''': People always say that as though it's such a good thing.

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-->'''Nick''' (to Connor): This is just a hoax. Forget it.
-->''(later)''
-->'''Claudia''':
it.\\
''(later)''\\
'''Claudia''':
You'd be doing me a great favour if you could just confirm that this is all nonsense, Professor.
-->'''Nick''':
Professor.\\
'''Nick''':
I can't dismiss the evidence out of hand.
-->'''Claudia''': ...
hand.\\
'''Claudia''': ...
Surely you're not giving this whole monster story any credibility, Professor?
-->'''Nick''':
Professor?\\
'''Nick''':
I'm just trying to keep an open mind.
-->'''Claudia''':
mind.\\
'''Claudia''':
People always say that as though it's such a good thing.



* [[TropeNamers Agent Scully]] of ''Series/TheXFiles'', as stated above. An extreme example of the character drawing on an overinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is commonly interpreted as, "The simplest theory which explains all of the data is usually the best" (This is because the simplest explanation presupposes least and is usually easiest to test). She tends to take it to the point of believing "The simplest explanation ''must'' always be the best, even if it doesn't explain all the data," which is itself illogical. Sometimes, she deems any naturalistic explanation the "simplest" no matter how contrived it gets. This quality may be seen in other examples of the character type as well. Prone to ArbitrarySkepticism. Also noteworthy is that Scully did, over the course of the series, [[GivingUpOnLogic become more and more inclined to believe in whatever theory Mulder came up with]], eventually becoming the Agent Mulder to Dogget's Agent Scully. Even before then Mulder and Scully would occasionally flip roles in conversation, and for whole episodes when the subject was related to Scully's spirituality. It's also implied that Scully was right more often than not. The show just doesn't bother showing all the times she and Mulder drove out into the middle of nowhere to investigate a hoax or a case of swamp gas. Furthermore, while Mulder was almost always right that the supernatural was involved, to keep the audience guessing, he was usually wrong as many times as he was right on what exactly the nature was. He would often go out assuming one supernatural explanation, and come to several while there, before finally discovering the correct one. Scully's consistent objections to Mulder make a lot more sense when you realize that half the time, she's right that it's not what he says, so taking whatever steps he suggests would be somewhere from useless to actually setting them back.

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* [[TropeNamers Agent Dana Scully]] of ''Series/TheXFiles'', as stated above. An extreme example of the character drawing on an overinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is commonly interpreted as, "The simplest theory which explains all of the data is usually the best" (This is because the simplest explanation presupposes least and is usually easiest to test). She tends to take it to the point of believing "The simplest explanation ''must'' always be the best, even if it doesn't explain all the data," which is itself illogical. Sometimes, she deems any naturalistic explanation the "simplest" no matter how contrived it gets. This quality may be seen in other examples of the character type as well. Prone to ArbitrarySkepticism. Also noteworthy is that Scully did, over the course of the series, [[GivingUpOnLogic become more and more inclined to believe in whatever theory Mulder came up with]], eventually becoming the Agent Mulder to Dogget's Agent Scully. Even before then Mulder and Scully would occasionally flip roles in conversation, and for whole episodes when the subject was related to Scully's spirituality. It's also implied that Scully was right more often than not. The show just doesn't bother showing all the times she and Mulder drove out into the middle of nowhere to investigate a hoax or a case of swamp gas. Furthermore, while Mulder was almost always right that the supernatural was involved, to keep the audience guessing, he was usually wrong as many times as he was right on what exactly the nature was. He would often go out assuming one supernatural explanation, and come to several while there, before finally discovering the correct one. Scully's consistent objections to Mulder make a lot more sense when you realize that half the time, she's right that it's not what he says, so taking whatever steps he suggests would be somewhere from useless to actually setting them back.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E11Voices "Voices"]], Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi is adamant that it's impossible to retain individuality after death, and as such there is no way Master Yoda could have been communicating with the ghost of long-dead Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.


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8th May '17 9:55:06 PM ultimomant
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Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a
pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.

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Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a
a pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.
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