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* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', even after learning that the sirens from Myth/GreekMythology are real, Harper doesn't believe in ghosts or spirits when Marci suggests performing a seance.

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* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', even after learning that the sirens from Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology are real, Harper doesn't believe in ghosts or spirits when Marci suggests performing a seance.
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's companion Axiel is known to claim to be the son of the dwarf-king when he's very, very drunk. Ward lampshades this trope by mentioning that he doesn't doubt the dwarf thing so much (after all, there's a dragon skeleton in the basement of his castle, he has seen some weird stuff), but the ''king'' part is a bit inbelievable, as Axiel worked as valet for Ward's father. [[spoiler: Turns out it was the truth. He was there as valet because he wanted to keep an eye on the family, due to a prophecy]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Mostly subverted: while Hermione's refusal to believe in Crumple-Horned Snorkacks might appear to be this at first but there's documented evidence for vampires and thestrals, but none for the Snorkack. It's rather like saying [[IfJesusThenAliens if apes exist, Bigfoot must exist, too]].
** Her disbelief in Divination is a bit more complicated: most of the "Divination" in the books is like real-life fortune-telling (bogusness included). While several of the methods that Trelawney teaches actually work, they only seem to work for her, so Hermione is right to reject them. The catch is that ''real'' magic predictions do occasionally happen in the Potter universe -- Harry witnesses one in the 3rd book -- but Hermione never sees one, so she doesn't think they exist. After using [[spoiler:a magic time machine]] for a year, you'd think magic prediction would seem plausible to her... though Trelawney is a terrible teacher.
** Hermione, and sometimes Ron, are pretty quick to shoot down Harry's theories about Voldemort's latest schemes. They are pretty far-fetched by wizard standards, but this whole thing started with Harry surviving an unblockable curse that causes instant death as an ''infant''. Harry's wild claims also invariably turn out to be ''[[CassandraTruth correct]]'' or at least [[RightForTheWrongReasons partially]] so, at least once per book. Despite this, they remain skeptical even by the sixth book, when you'd ''think'' they'd have learned to start giving him the benefit of the doubt long before now?
** Her disbelief in the Deathly Hallows is a straight-up example, though. It takes Ron pointing out that they've been ''using one of them'' since they were in First Year to make her even consider the possibility they might exist. This is despite her discovering any number of other "impossible" magical artifacts were real (such as the Philosopher's Stone).
** Harry mostly averts this. Since he was neither brought up in an all-magic environment like Ron, nor refuses to believe anything not written in a book like Hermione, he's at least ''willing'' to listen to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna's]] bizarre theories, since he's witnessed far ''[[WeirdnessMagnet stranger]]'' things in the course of his life.
** Happens with the teachers at Hogwarts too. Harry's theories about what's happening in each book always turn out to be at least partially right (usually they're reasonable conclusions with the information he's got, and if he's wrong it's due to missing some crucial bit of knowledge), but he's always disregarded by teachers and authority figures who insist on keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is full of this.
**
In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's companion Axiel is known to claim to be a world of seven-thousand year old sorcerers, {{Physical God}}s, demons, and [[MacGuffin magical artifacts]] capable of rending the son of the dwarf-king when he's very, very drunk. Ward lampshades this trope by mentioning world apart, it's PlayedForLaughs that he doesn't doubt people like the dwarf thing so much (after all, there's a dragon skeleton in the basement of his castle, he has seen some weird stuff), but the ''king'' part is a bit inbelievable, as Axiel worked as valet for Ward's father. [[spoiler: Turns out it was the truth. He was there as valet because he wanted to keep an eye on the family, due to a prophecy]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Mostly subverted: while Hermione's refusal
Tolnedrans and Melcenes steadfastly refuse to believe in Crumple-Horned Snorkacks might appear the supernatural as a matter of principle even when confronted with it directly. This leads to be this at first statements like "I'm pleased to have met you, though I still don't believe in you, naturally. My skepticism, however, is theological, not personal." At one point Polgara mentions that the Tolnedrans have come up with a complicated theory involving [[IdenticalGrandson successive identical people]] to explain away her long life.
** On the other side, we have Belgarath, a [[OlderThanTheyLook seven thousand year old]] sorcerer who routinely deals with magic and the gods. After spending that much time dealing with the weirdest stuff in the world, it's probably tempting to assume that you've seen everything.
* In ''[[Literature/EddieLaCrosse Burn Me Deadly]]'', Eddie has seen stranger things than dragons,
but there's documented is adamant that dragons can't possibly exist, and that Father Tempcott's cult therefore consists of gullible morons. This is probably more about Eddie's stubborness and self-image than it is about the evidence for vampires and thestrals, but none for the Snorkack. It's rather like saying [[IfJesusThenAliens if apes exist, Bigfoot must exist, too]].
** Her disbelief
in Divination is a bit more complicated: most of the "Divination" in the books is like real-life fortune-telling (bogusness included). While several of the methods that Trelawney teaches actually work, they only seem to work for her, so Hermione is right to reject them. The catch is that ''real'' magic predictions do occasionally happen in the Potter universe -- Harry witnesses one in the 3rd book -- but Hermione never sees one, so she doesn't think they exist. After using [[spoiler:a magic time machine]] for a year, you'd think magic prediction would seem plausible to her... though Trelawney is a terrible teacher.
** Hermione, and sometimes Ron, are pretty quick to shoot down Harry's theories about Voldemort's latest schemes. They are pretty far-fetched by wizard standards, but this whole thing started with Harry surviving an unblockable curse that causes instant death as an ''infant''. Harry's wild
question.
* In ''Literature/CurseOfTheWolfgirl'' when 'Vex
claims also invariably turn out she can talk to be ''[[CassandraTruth correct]]'' or at least [[RightForTheWrongReasons partially]] so, at least once per book. Despite this, they remain skeptical even cats she is disbelieved by Daniel, Moonglow, and Kalix. For the sixth book, when you'd ''think'' they'd record Kalix is a werewolf, 'Vex is a fire demon, and whilst only human, Daniel and Moonglow have learned to start giving him the benefit of the doubt long before now?
** Her disbelief in the Deathly Hallows is a straight-up example, though. It takes Ron pointing out that they've been ''using one of them'' since they were in First Year to make her even consider the possibility they might exist. This is despite her discovering any number of other "impossible" magical artifacts were real (such as the Philosopher's Stone).
** Harry mostly averts this. Since he was neither brought up in an all-magic environment like Ron, nor refuses to believe anything not written in a book like Hermione, he's at least ''willing'' to listen to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna's]] bizarre theories, since he's
witnessed far ''[[WeirdnessMagnet stranger]]'' things in the course of his life.
** Happens with the teachers at Hogwarts too. Harry's theories about what's happening in each book always turn out to be at least partially right (usually they're reasonable conclusions with the information he's got,
and if he's wrong it's due to missing some crucial bit been a part of knowledge), but he's always disregarded by teachers and authority figures who insist on keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop. more magical events than mundane ones.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's companion Axiel is known to claim to be the son of the dwarf-king when he's very, very drunk. Ward lampshades this trope by mentioning that he doesn't doubt the dwarf thing so much (after all, there's a dragon skeleton in the basement of his castle, he has seen some weird stuff), but the ''king'' part is a bit inbelievable, as Axiel worked as valet for Ward's father. [[spoiler: Turns out it was the truth. He was there as valet because he wanted to keep an eye on the family, due to a prophecy]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry had always assumed that "The Outer Gates" were merely a metaphorical limit to keep Wizards from delving too deep into ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, despite having personally encountered an Outsider in his youth as well as being acquaintances with a Wizard known as the Gatekeeper. He finds out during the events of ''Literature/ColdDays'' that they're an actual location at the edge of reality, and are under constant siege from {{Eldritch Abomination}}s seeking to invade our universe.
** And then there's Sanya, Knight of the Cross, wielding a sword that glows with holy power, with a nail from the Crucifixion in its hilt, given to him directly by the Archangel Michael himself, and uses said sword to fight everything from vampires to Fallen Angels -- and was at one point possessed by a Fallen Angel -- and he's a self-professed atheist, later amended to agnostic. Harry thinks this is hilarious and dubs him the "Knight of Maybe."
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'', Oop mentions a rumor about contact having been made with the Devil. When Carol is surprised the others are considering it might be real, Maxwell states that a few centuries ago, people were just as skeptical about the titular goblins, as well as other creatures now known to be real.
* Staggeringly so in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce''. One character continues to deny that "Heaven" and "God" are literal things that exist, and insists they're just metaphors. This is while he actually has died, is in the afterlife, and is talking to a resident of Heaven, who offers to take him to see God this very minute.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Mostly subverted: while Hermione's refusal to believe in Crumple-Horned Snorkacks might appear to be this at first but there's documented evidence for vampires and thestrals, but none for the Snorkack. It's rather like saying [[IfJesusThenAliens if apes exist, Bigfoot must exist, too]].
** Her disbelief in Divination is a bit more complicated: most of the "Divination" in the books is like real-life fortune-telling (bogusness included). While several of the methods that Trelawney teaches actually work, they only seem to work for her, so Hermione is right to reject them. The catch is that ''real'' magic predictions do occasionally happen in the Potter universe -- Harry witnesses one in the 3rd book -- but Hermione never sees one, so she doesn't think they exist. After using [[spoiler:a magic time machine]] for a year, you'd think magic prediction would seem plausible to her... though Trelawney is a terrible teacher.
** Hermione, and sometimes Ron, are pretty quick to shoot down Harry's theories about Voldemort's latest schemes. They are pretty far-fetched by wizard standards, but this whole thing started with Harry surviving an unblockable curse that causes instant death as an ''infant''. Harry's wild claims also invariably turn out to be ''[[CassandraTruth correct]]'' or at least [[RightForTheWrongReasons partially]] so, at least once per book. Despite this, they remain skeptical even by the sixth book, when you'd ''think'' they'd have learned to start giving him the benefit of the doubt long before now?
** Her disbelief in the Deathly Hallows is a straight-up example, though. It takes Ron pointing out that they've been ''using one of them'' since they were in First Year to make her even consider the possibility they might exist. This is despite her discovering any number of other "impossible" magical artifacts were real (such as the Philosopher's Stone).
** Harry mostly averts this. Since he was neither brought up in an all-magic environment like Ron, nor refuses to believe anything not written in a book like Hermione, he's at least ''willing'' to listen to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna's]] bizarre theories, since he's witnessed far ''[[WeirdnessMagnet stranger]]'' things in the course of his life.
** Happens with the teachers at Hogwarts too. Harry's theories about what's happening in each book always turn out to be at least partially right (usually they're reasonable conclusions with the information he's got, and if he's wrong it's due to missing some crucial bit of knowledge), but he's always disregarded by teachers and authority figures who insist on keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.
* Spoofed in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in the eponymous guide's entry about the Babel Fish: The scientists who discovered and analyzed the Babel Fish and its property as an universal language translator started to wonder if it would be a proof that God exists. Then God appears to tell them that proving something is the opposite of faith and God is nothing without faith. Their logical conclusion: God doesn't exist.
* ''Literature/InDeath'' series: Eve Dallas, being just a pragmatic soul, could be considered this. She has a hard time believing in the existence of vampires in ''Eternity in Death'', ghosts in ''Haunted in Death'', sensitives in ''Visions in Death'', and supernatural things like in ''Ceremony in Death'' and ''Ritual in Death''. Some supernatural things did occur in some of the books, but Dallas automatically goes with "I don't believe in this!"



* ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle''
** Kvothe can do magic with his brain, fights demons, visits fairy realms, and other supernatural stuff; and yet he remains extremely skeptical of the world's religions.
** It happens the other way around, too. Most people (especially outside of the University) believe in some kind of fairytale creatures, depending on their origin, but Kvothe risks ridicule from everyone for even considering the possibility that the Chandrian exist, although he has seen them first hand.
** A lampshaded inversion comes in the second book - Kvothe is surprised when Wil readily accepts the existence of Felurian without coercion, even though he spends a large amount of time early in the book shooting down other things such as the Amyr.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'': David doubting the dragons at first is completely logical, but by the second book, one wonders why his WeirdnessCensor is so hardy.
* Throughout the ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'', while CosmicHorror exists; while anything can be [[RealityWarper imagined]] and turned horribly wrong; everyone....''everyone'' agrees that vampires don't exist. Period. [[spoiler: And that's exactly what the vampires have mind controlled them to think.]]
* [[StrawAtheist Uncle Andrew]] in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' believes that he can perform magic and travel to different worlds, yet he's utterly incapable of accepting talking animals in one of them! He's a parody of scientists who have no problem with bizarre stuff in science (i.e quantum physics) but are skeptical about [[AuthorTract the supernatural]].
* In ''Magic Rises'' by Ilona Andrews, Kate inquires why a beast from myth doesn't look like it is depicted in ancient statues, and is told, "He says it's a, what's the word...allegory. There are no animals with human heads, that's ridiculous." She thinks, ''Look who's talking. An eighteen-inch-tall magic man in riding boots, werejackals, and sea dragons are all fine, but animals with human faces are ridiculous. Okay, then. Glad we cleared that up.''
* ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'': In a relatively earlybook, Annie is afraid to go into a "ghost town" in the Old West. Jack says "There's no such thing as ghosts." to reassure her, to which Annie replies "Yes, there are, we saw one in Ancient Egypt.", which did indeed happen in an earlier adventure. Jack's reply? "Yeah, but that was Ancient Egypt." What makes it even funnier is that they had way more interaction with the Ancient Egyptian ghost in the previous book (talking to her and finding objects to help her reach the afterlife) than they do with the cowboy ghost when he finally shows up.
* Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' novels. Werewolves have recently gone public; the fae have been officially out for a decade or so, but the protagonist has to spend some time explaining to people that vampires are also real, her ability to see ghosts is frequently disbelieved, and by the sixth book, someone who has relatives who shapeshift doesn't believe that Mercy can do so too. There is much LampshadeHanging.



* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is full of this.
** In a world of seven-thousand year old sorcerers, {{Physical God}}s, demons, and [[MacGuffin magical artifacts]] capable of rending the world apart, it's PlayedForLaughs that people like the Tolnedrans and Melcenes steadfastly refuse to believe in the supernatural as a matter of principle even when confronted with it directly. This leads to statements like "I'm pleased to have met you, though I still don't believe in you, naturally. My skepticism, however, is theological, not personal." At one point Polgara mentions that the Tolnedrans have come up with a complicated theory involving [[IdenticalGrandson successive identical people]] to explain away her long life.
** On the other side, we have Belgarath, a [[OlderThanTheyLook seven thousand year old]] sorcerer who routinely deals with magic and the gods. After spending that much time dealing with the weirdest stuff in the world, it's probably tempting to assume that you've seen everything.
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'', by the same author, has most of the heroes who indulge in this learn to knock it off as steadily more things that "don't exist" turn out to be pretty damn real. Although it still has [[FlatEarthAtheist people professing agnosticism]] ''to the face'' of a PhysicalGod.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' Devi, protagonist of the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', has this to an extent. She fully believes that the Sacred King of Paradox is full of this.
** In a world of seven-thousand year old sorcerers, {{Physical God}}s, demons, and [[MacGuffin magical artifacts]]
capable of rending the world apart, it's PlayedForLaughs that people like the Tolnedrans and Melcenes steadfastly refuse to performing miracles, but doesn't believe in the supernatural as a matter of principle even curses or psychic powers. She's surprised when confronted with it directly. This leads the psychic energy plasmex, which she'd dismissed as mere ignorant superstition, turns out to statements like "I'm pleased to have met you, though I still don't be a well-known and well-documented phenomenon on worlds other than Paradox.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''
** In ''Queste'', Sarah does not
believe in you, naturally. My skepticism, however, is theological, not personal." At one point Polgara mentions that the Tolnedrans have come up with a complicated theory involving [[IdenticalGrandson successive identical people]] to explain away her long life.
son's TimeTravel.
** On the other side, we have Belgarath, In ''Syren'', Septimus has a [[OlderThanTheyLook seven thousand year old]] sorcerer who routinely deals with magic and the gods. After spending that much hard time dealing with the weirdest stuff in the world, it's probably tempting to assume that you've seen everything.
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'', by the same author, has most
of convincing Jenna and Beetle of the heroes who indulge in this learn to knock it off as steadily more things that "don't exist" turn out to be pretty damn real. Although it still has [[FlatEarthAtheist people professing agnosticism]] ''to the face'' of a PhysicalGod.Syren's existence.



** Though he outright scoffs at the very idea of a vampire in ''The Sussex Vampire''.* Mostly because he immediately finds bucketloads of clues pointing to a more lively culprit.

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** Though he outright scoffs at the very idea of a vampire in ''The Sussex Vampire''.* Mostly because he immediately finds bucketloads of clues pointing to a more lively culprit.



* Nicely justified in the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series: When people are warned of dragons or giants, they say that such things don't exist ''anymore'', they all died out years ago! This is actually false in the case of the giants, and while the dragons did die out, [[TheMagicComesBack they're back]].
* ''Literature/{{Somewhither}}'': When Ilya tells Abby that on his world [[{{Jesus}} God took on human form and was killed but forgave his tormentors]], Abby is incredulous that any god could possibly forgive such a crime. Ilya then responds...
-->''Whoa, whoa, wait a minute, little sister! You are in an evil magic tower filled with evil magic Astrologers who can predict the future, headquarters of an evil magic interdimensional empire ruling thirty-three parallel aeons of time, and in each of those aeons there is some sort of dark magic or another, including blind guys who eat souls and hairless wolfy things who climb walls, and you are looking for a man who can walk through the clouds, and you rescued a kid who cannot die with your magic shape-changing prehensile sickle of plus-one heat-metal, which enables you to scare the magic cage bars into magically retracting, and you look like a monkey, but you are telling me it is ''impossible'' for a divine being big enough to create the whole supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ''universe'' to be big-hearted enough to forgive his own murderers?''
* In ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', a {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]{{Reconstruction}} of superhero tropes set in a FantasyKitchenSink, the[[HollywoodCyborg cyborg]] Fatale believes that her teammate Mr. Mystic is a real sorcerer, but is convinced that teammate Elphin (who claims to be the last of TheFairFolk) must actually be some sort of alien or mutant. VillainProtagonist Dr. Impossible, meanwhile, flatly disbelieves in all things magical, despite the fact that he battles magicians and fairies, he's worked with magically-empowered villains in the past, and [[spoiler: part of his plan depends on exploiting a magic artifact]].
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the Yuuzhan Vong follow a ReligionOfEvil and truly believe the gods that they worship exist. They think The Force isn't real and that the Jedi and Sith are just charlatans. Their unbelief in The Force is helped by the fact that the Yuuzhan Vong are immune to most Force abilities. Later, after seeing some Jedi's extraordinary powers, some Yuuzhan Vong [[GodGuise come to see the Jedi as the avatars of their gods]].
** And in the Expanded Universe novel ''Med Star I: Battle Surgeons'', arrogant mercenary Phow Ji refuses to believe in the Force, even when it's demonstrated in front of his eyes. This appears to stem largely from his insufferable [[{{Pride}} arrogance]] - he beat a Jedi in unarmed combat (because the Jedi didn't use the Force, to be fair) and is therefore convinced their powers are simply tricks. Notably it's heavily implied that the reason he commits suicide at the end is because he has been forced to accept that the force is real and that therefore he wasn't the best.
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'', by the same author, has most of the heroes who indulge in this learn to knock it off as steadily more things that "don't exist" turn out to be pretty damn real. Although it still has [[FlatEarthAtheist people professing agnosticism]] ''to the face'' of a PhysicalGod.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', when Rose starts seeing ghosts, she questions her sanity. Because as she puts it: "while I believed in vampires and magic and psychic powers, I most certainly did not believe in ghosts."
* In ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', Charles Escott is uncomfortable with the idea that ghosts could exist. This despite the fact that his partner is a genuine Undead vampire. PlayedForLaughs when Shoe Coldfield learns the truth about Jack, as he's far less taken aback by the existence of vampires than by the thought that ''Jack'' could be one of them.



* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', even after learning that the sirens from Myth/GreekMythology are real, Harper doesn't believe in ghosts or spirits when Marci suggests performing a seance.



* In ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', a {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]{{Reconstruction}} of superhero tropes set in a FantasyKitchenSink, the [[HollywoodCyborg cyborg]] Fatale believes that her teammate Mr. Mystic is a real sorcerer, but is convinced that teammate Elphin (who claims to be the last of TheFairFolk) must actually be some sort of alien or mutant. VillainProtagonist Dr. Impossible, meanwhile, flatly disbelieves in all things magical, despite the fact that he battles magicians and fairies, he's worked with magically-empowered villains in the past, and [[spoiler: part of his plan depends on exploiting a magic artifact]].



* In ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', Charles Escott is uncomfortable with the idea that ghosts could exist. This despite the fact that his partner is a genuine Undead vampire. PlayedForLaughs when Shoe Coldfield learns the truth about Jack, as he's far less taken aback by the existence of vampires than by the thought that ''Jack'' could be one of them.
* [[StrawAtheist Uncle Andrew]] in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' believes that he can perform magic and travel to different worlds, yet he's utterly incapable of accepting talking animals in one of them! He's [[{{Anvilicious}} a deliberate parody]] of scientists who have no problem with bizarre stuff in science (i.e quantum physics) but are skeptical about [[AuthorTract the supposed "supernatural"]].
* In ''Literature/CurseOfTheWolfgirl'' when 'Vex claims she can talk to cats she is disbelieved by Daniel, Moonglow, and Kalix. For the record Kalix is a werewolf, 'Vex is a fire demon, and whilst only human, Daniel and Moonglow have witnessed and been a part of more magical events than mundane ones.
* Nicely justified in the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series: When people are warned of dragons or giants, they say that such things don't exist ''anymore'', they all died out years ago! This is actually false in the case of the giants, and while the dragons did die out, [[TheMagicComesBack they're back]].
* ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'': In a relatively early book, Annie is afraid to go into a "ghost town" in the Old West. Jack says "There's no such thing as ghosts." to reassure her, to which Annie replies "Yes, there are, we saw one in Ancient Egypt.", which did indeed happen in an earlier adventure. Jack's reply? "Yeah, but that was Ancient Egypt." What makes it even funnier is that they had way more interaction with the Ancient Egyptian ghost in the previous book (talking to her and finding objects to help her reach the afterlife) than they do with the cowboy ghost when he finally shows up.
* Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' novels. Werewolves have recently gone public; the fae have been officially out for a decade or so, but the protagonist has to spend some time explaining to people that vampires are also real, her ability to see ghosts is frequently disbelieved, and by the sixth book, someone who has relatives who shapeshift doesn't believe that Mercy can do so too. There is much LampshadeHanging.
* ''Literature/InDeath'' series: Eve Dallas, being just a pragmatic soul, could be considered this. She has a hard time believing in the existence of vampires in ''Eternity in Death'', ghosts in ''Haunted in Death'', sensitives in ''Visions in Death'', and supernatural things like in ''Ceremony in Death'' and ''Ritual in Death''. Some supernatural things did occur in some of the books, but Dallas automatically goes with "I don't believe in this!"
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''
** In ''Queste'', Sarah does not believe in her son's TimeTravel.
** In ''Syren'', Septimus has a hard time of convincing Jenna and Beetle of the Syren's existence.
* ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle''
** Kvothe can do magic with his brain, fights demons, visits fairy realms, and other supernatural stuff; and yet he remains extremely skeptical of the world's religions.
** It happens the other way around, too. Most people (especially outside of the University) believe in some kind of fairytale creatures, depending on their origin, but Kvothe risks ridicule from everyone for even considering the possibility that the Chandrian exist, although he has seen them first hand.
** A lampshaded inversion comes in the second book - Kvothe is surprised when Wil readily accepts the existence of Felurian without coercion, even though he spends a large amount of time early in the book shooting down other things such as the Amyr.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the Yuuzhan Vong follow a ReligionOfEvil and truly believe the gods that they worship exist. They think The Force isn't real and that the Jedi and Sith are just charlatans. Their unbelief in The Force is helped by the fact that the Yuuzhan Vong are immune to most Force abilities. Later, after seeing some Jedi's extraordinary powers, some Yuuzhan Vong [[GodGuise come to see the Jedi as the avatars of their gods]].
** And in the Expanded Universe novel ''Med Star I: Battle Surgeons'', arrogant mercenary Phow Ji refuses to believe in the Force, even when it's demonstrated in front of his eyes. This appears to stem largely from his insufferable [[{{Pride}} arrogance]] - he beat a Jedi in unarmed combat (because the Jedi didn't use the Force, to be fair) and is therefore convinced their powers are simply tricks. Notably it's heavily implied that the reason he commits suicide at the end is because he has been forced to accept that the force is real and that therefore he wasn't the best.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'': David doubting the dragons at first is completely logical, but by the second book, one wonders why his WeirdnessCensor is so hardy.
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'', Oop mentions a rumor about contact having been made with the Devil. When Carol is surprised the others are considering it might be real, Maxwell states that a few centuries ago, people were just as skeptical about the titular goblins, as well as other creatures now known to be real.



* Devi, protagonist of the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', has this to an extent. She fully believes that the Sacred King of Paradox is capable of performing miracles, but doesn't believe in curses or psychic powers. She's surprised when the psychic energy plasmex, which she'd dismissed as mere ignorant superstition, turns out to be a well-known and well-documented phenomenon on worlds other than Paradox.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', when Rose starts seeing ghosts, she questions her sanity. Because as she puts it: "while I believed in vampires and magic and psychic powers, I most certainly did not believe in ghosts."
* In ''Magic Rises'' by Ilona Andrews, Kate inquires why a beast from myth doesn't look like it is depicted in ancient statues, and is told, "He says it's a, what's the word...allegory. There are no animals with human heads, that's ridiculous." She thinks, ''Look who's talking. An eighteen-inch-tall magic man in riding boots, werejackals, and sea dragons are all fine, but animals with human faces are ridiculous. Okay, then. Glad we cleared that up.''
* Throughout the ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'', while CosmicHorror exists; while anything can be [[RealityWarper imagined]] and turned horribly wrong; everyone....''everyone'' agrees that vampires don't exist. Period. [[spoiler: And that's exactly what the vampires have mind controlled them to think.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry had always assumed that "The Outer Gates" were merely a metaphorical limit to keep Wizards from delving too deep into ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, despite having personally encountered an Outsider in his youth as well as being acquaintances with a Wizard known as the Gatekeeper. He finds out during the events of ''Literature/ColdDays'' that they're an actual location at the edge of reality, and are under constant siege from {{Eldritch Abomination}}s seeking to invade our universe.
** And then there's Sanya, Knight of the Cross, wielding a sword that glows with holy power, with a nail from the Crucifixion in its hilt, given to him directly by the Archangel Michael himself, and uses said sword to fight everything from vampires to Fallen Angels -- and was at one point possessed by a Fallen Angel -- and he's a self-professed atheist, later amended to agnostic. Harry thinks this is hilarious and dubs him the "Knight of Maybe."
* ''Literature/{{Somewhither}}'': When Ilya tells Abby that on his world [[{{Jesus}} God took on human form and was killed but forgave his tormentors]], Abby is incredulous that any god could possibly forgive such a crime. Ilya then responds...
-->''Whoa, whoa, wait a minute, little sister! You are in an evil magic tower filled with evil magic Astrologers who can predict the future, headquarters of an evil magic interdimensional empire ruling thirty-three parallel aeons of time, and in each of those aeons there is some sort of dark magic or another, including blind guys who eat souls and hairless wolfy things who climb walls, and you are looking for a man who can walk through the clouds, and you rescued a kid who cannot die with your magic shape-changing prehensile sickle of plus-one heat-metal, which enables you to scare the magic cage bars into magically retracting, and you look like a monkey, but you are telling me it is ''impossible'' for a divine being big enough to create the whole supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ''universe'' to be big-hearted enough to forgive his own murderers?''
* In ''[[Literature/EddieLaCrosse Burn Me Deadly]]'', Eddie has seen stranger things than dragons, but is adamant that dragons can't possibly exist, and that Father Tempcott's cult therefore consists of gullible morons. This is probably more about Eddie's stubborness and self-image than it is about the evidence in question.
* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', even after learning that the sirens from Myth/GreekMythology are real, Harper doesn't believe in ghosts or spirits when Marci suggests performing a seance.
* Spoofed in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in the eponymous guide's entry about the Babel Fish: The scientists who discovered and analyzed the Babel Fish and its property as an universal language translator started to wonder if it would be a proof that God exists. Then God appears to tell them that proving something is the opposite of faith and God is nothing without faith. Their logical conclusion: God doesn't exist.
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* Film/DoctorStrange, despite taking place in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, doesn't believe in "fairy tales, chakras, or energy, or the power of belief." The franchise already has superheroes (one of whom is a ''witch''), Norse gods, and aliens. One would think that, at this point, people would start believing in anything.
15th Aug '16 2:15:51 AM TheSinful
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* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Ritsuko]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8296097/1/Shinji-s-Nightmare Shinji's Nightmare]]'' refuses to believe in magic, despite working on giant biological robots that are piloted by children who fight aliens/angels and one of said pilots has been turned into an [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic alicorn]].

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* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Ritsuko]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8296097/1/Shinji-s-Nightmare Shinji's Nightmare]]'' refuses to believe in magic, despite working on giant biological robots that are piloted by children who fight aliens/angels and one of said pilots has been turned into an [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic alicorn]]. She continues to insist there's a rational explanation for Shinji [[PhysicalGod sleeping on clouds, entering dreams, telekinesis, and ability to survive in space without air then walk off reentry]].



--->''Lunchbox frowned at him. "Oh, come on! You believe in countless conspiracy theories!" He pointed his finger in accusation. "You believe in ancient societies faking the first moon landing but ancient space ninjas fighting ghosts from hyperspace is too much?!"''

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--->''Lunchbox frowned at him. "Oh, come on! You believe in countless conspiracy theories!" He pointed his finger in accusation. "You theories! You believe in ancient societies faking the first moon landing but ancient space ninjas fighting ghosts from hyperspace is too much?!"''
13th Aug '16 10:56:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Defied by Judge Dredd during the "Titan" arc when a vengeful former Judge apparently comes BackFromTheDead as an ice monster. A younger Judge calls it impossible, so Dredd points out that they live in the same universe as zombies, ghosts, and the Devil himself.
10th Aug '16 11:10:03 PM Chariset
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** Made even weirder during the earlier case of 1-4, when [[DarkAndTroubledPast the DL-6 case]] is repeatedly discussed. During the DL-6 case, a spirit medium was called in to summon the case's murder victim and find out who the murderer was. Edgeworth scoffs at the idea that the spirit medium ''actually'' succeeded and channeled a dead person into their body... despite having ''seen'' Phoenix' sidekick Maya channeling her dead sister ''in court'' multiple times. [[spoiler: Then again, the spirit medium in that case (Maya's mother, incidentally) ''did'' point to the wrong person, which might explain why Edgeworth is so skeptical of mediums in the first place.]]

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** Made even weirder during the earlier case of 1-4, when [[DarkAndTroubledPast the DL-6 case]] is repeatedly discussed. During the DL-6 case, a spirit medium was called in to summon the case's murder victim and find out who the murderer was. Edgeworth scoffs at the idea that the also dismisses spirit medium ''actually'' succeeded and channeled a dead person into their body... despite having ''seen'' Phoenix' sidekick Maya channeling her dead sister ''in court'' multiple times. [[spoiler: Then again, the spirit medium in that case (Maya's mother, incidentally) ''did'' point to the wrong person, which might explain why Edgeworth is so skeptical of mediums in general, despite the first place.]]fact that Maya and Pearl have channeled Mia's spirit in court before his very eyes. It's implied that he doesn't see her because he doesn't ''want'' to believe.
9th Aug '16 3:36:52 PM RacattackForce
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* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons invoke this trope by having the gang generally dismiss the belief that the MonsterOfTheWeek is real, despite most continuities having them encounter everything from [[WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo ghosts]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders aliens]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated even Mesopotamian gods]] on some of their adventures.

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* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons invoke have come to subvert this trope by having trope. While the gang will generally dismiss the belief that the MonsterOfTheWeek is real, despite most continuities having them encounter everything from [[WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo ghosts]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders aliens]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated even Mesopotamian gods]] gods]], they do keep the otherworldly/supernatural explanation on some of their adventures.the table, in the rare case that no other possibility fits. This franchise is the TropeNamer for the ScoobyDooHoax, after all.
9th Aug '16 3:27:25 PM RacattackForce
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* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons invoke this trope by having the gang generally dismiss the belief that the monster of the week is real, despite having seen and acknowledged several real ones.

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* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons invoke this trope by having the gang generally dismiss the belief that the monster of the week MonsterOfTheWeek is real, despite most continuities having seen and acknowledged several real ones.them encounter everything from [[WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo ghosts]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders aliens]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated even Mesopotamian gods]] on some of their adventures.
9th Aug '16 3:13:18 PM RacattackForce
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** In "Bottomless Pit!" Grunkle Stan still states that the stories the twins and Soos tell to pass the time are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even ''lived through'' one of the stories.
*** In the same episode, [[AgentMulder Dipper]] is strangely the first one to point out that "bottomless pits can't exist" despite just two episodes prior having fought a man made entirely of candy.
** Subverted as of season two. He's always been aware of the weirdness of town, he was just pretending to be oblivious to discourage Dipper from pursuing it and getting hurt.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn," Wendy says that she stopped believing in unicorns when she was five and repeatedly expresses her disbelief, despite having encountered plenty of other unbelievable things over the past few months, like ghosts, or a shapeshifter.

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** In "Bottomless Pit!" Grunkle Stan still states that the stories the twins and Soos tell to pass the time are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even ''lived through'' one of the stories.
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stories. [[spoiler:This is later subverted, as the second season reveals that he has always been perfectly been aware of the weirdness of the town. He just pretends to be oblivious to discourage the kids from pursuing it and because of his own general dislike for the supernatural.]]
**
In the same episode, [[AgentMulder Dipper]] is strangely the first one to point out that "bottomless pits can't exist" despite just two episodes prior having fought a man made entirely of candy.
** Subverted as of season two. He's always been aware
gnomes and ghosts, traveled through time, and meeting [[MakesSenseInContext 8-and-a-half President of the weirdness of town, United States]] before this point. And even better example comes the following season, when he was just pretending to be oblivious to discourage Dipper from pursuing it and getting hurt.
rejects Soos's claims that the girl in a Japanese dating sim is alive, despite having dealt with a living video game character himself.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn," Wendy says that she stopped believing in unicorns when she was five and repeatedly expresses her disbelief, despite having encountered plenty of other unbelievable things over the past few two months, like ghosts, or a shapeshifter.from ghosts to shapeshifters.



** Occurs again later in the series when Uncle scoffs at the idea of psychic head that's leader of the Shadowkhan being Oni (Japanese Demons). He points out that all of those they faced that controlled the Shadowkhan have been of Chinese origin, therefore it can't be Oni because they're ''Japanese.'' This is quickly proven wrong.

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** Occurs again later in the series when Uncle scoffs at the idea of psychic head that's leader of the Shadowkhan being Oni (Japanese Demons). He points justifies this by pointing out that all of those they faced that controlled the Shadowkhan {{Big Bad}}s so far have been of Chinese ''Chinese'' origin, therefore it can't be Oni because they're ''Japanese.'' ''Japanese'' This is quickly proven wrong.
5th Aug '16 8:54:35 AM StFan
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* ''Creatures of Beauty'', a ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama, features the Doctor and Nyssa encountering the Veln. They know about aliens, but refuse to believe that there is more than one ''kind'' of alien: Even after blood-testing Nyssa they discover she's not Veln and assume she's Koteem. After finding no match with Koteem blood samples, one remarks that it must mean that she's a Koteem with a "different sort of blood".
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* In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Ben Urich wants to run a story on recent vampire activity in New York and Jameson refuses to publish it. As Urich lampshades, mutants, Spider-Men, frozen people and supersuits are all plausible but Jameson chooses to draw the line at believing in vampires for some reason. (This is made even more amusing by the fact that in the main Marvel continuity, Jameson's son is a ''werewolf''.) This may actually be making fun of a moment in the ''Peter Parker'' comic series where main universe Spider-Man suddenly draws the line at believing in vampires... despite having fought a massive number of bizarre entities before. And living in the same universe as ComicBook/{{Blade}}. And actually having ''fought'' vampires before, like ComicBook/{{Morbius}} (who isn't technically a supernatural vampire), and Count {{Dracula}} (who, well, is). This is merely so Spider-Man can be proven "right" when the vampire in question proves to be a science-based rather than supernatural vampire, like Morbius. Despite the fact that Morbius, despite not being a supernatural monster, is ''still'' a vampire for almost any useful definition of the term.

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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** When Spider-Man first joins ComicBook/TheAvengers as a reserve, he helps the team fight a break-out at [[CardboardPrison Project Pegasus]]. At one point, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica mentions the [[MagmaMan Lava Men]]. Spidey laughs it off, stating matter-of-factly he does not believe in Lava Men. This is despite the fact that, not only is he a superhuman joining a team of gods, mutants, super soldiers, and androids, not only is he fighting equally inhuman villains at the time, but one of his own rogues resembles Lava Men a great deal: The Molten Man.
** Subverted in an old story where Peter goes undercover to rescue a traumatized Betty Leeds from a cult. He thinks he'll be able to spot the cult leader as a fake due to his experience, but starts to believe he might have powers once he sees him "cure" someone's cancer. Fortunately, he is smart enough to consult Doctor Strange who explains the slight of hand parlor trick. Strange points out that it is actually easier to convince someone like Spider-Man since he'd seen far too much to disbelieve anything.
**
In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Ben Urich wants to run a story on recent vampire activity in New York and Jameson refuses to publish it. As Urich lampshades, mutants, Spider-Men, frozen people and supersuits are all plausible but Jameson chooses to draw the line at believing in vampires for some reason. (This is made even more amusing by the fact that in the main Marvel continuity, Jameson's son is a ''werewolf''.) This may actually be making fun of a moment in the ''Peter Parker'' comic series where main universe Spider-Man suddenly draws the line at believing in vampires... despite having fought a massive number of bizarre entities before. And living in the same universe as ComicBook/{{Blade}}. And actually having ''fought'' vampires before, like ComicBook/{{Morbius}} (who isn't technically a supernatural vampire), and Count {{Dracula}} (who, well, is). This is merely so Spider-Man can be proven "right" when the vampire in question proves to be a science-based rather than supernatural vampire, like Morbius. Despite the fact that Morbius, despite not being a supernatural monster, is ''still'' a vampire for almost any useful definition of the term.



-->Spider-Man: '''Listen'''! You are talking to a man with '''spider powers''', and I am telling you he was bitten by a '''vampire'''!

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-->Spider-Man: '''Listen'''! --->'''Spider-Man: Listen'''! You are talking to a man with '''spider powers''', and I am telling you he was bitten by a '''vampire'''!



** Try as hard as you cosmically can, you can never get the Superior Spider-man to believe the legitimacy of any mystical aspect of the Marvel Universe. [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]]? Hack. [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse Inter-dimensional representation of the Spider]]? It's got the word "totem" in it so it's just stupid rambling.
* Aside from the superheroes and major characters displaying it, ordinary people in both DC and Marvel main universes are often shown being shocked and/or disbelieving at the idea of aliens. Despite the fact that both versions of Earth have been invaded multiple times, and in DC continuity the most famous superhero on the planet is well-known as being a literal alien.
** Similarly, when a super uses their powers in front of others often normal people and sometimes even other supers will claim what they're doing is "impossible", despite living in a universe full of superheroes and supervillains that demonstrate so called impossible superpowered feats on a routine basis and are widely known to the public. Additionally, random bystanders also tend to think when someone else sees supers that are flying or look unusual, which they usually describe as "flying men" or "beast men" or something along those lines that those people are drunk or need a psychiatrist despite again, supers that fly and look like lizard people or whatever being all over the planet and widely known.

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** Try as hard as you cosmically can, you can never get the Superior Spider-man ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to believe the legitimacy of any mystical aspect of the Marvel Universe. [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]]? Hack. [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse Inter-dimensional representation of the Spider]]? It's got the word "totem" in it so it's just stupid rambling.
* Aside from the superheroes and major characters displaying it, ordinary people in both DC and Marvel main universes are often shown being shocked and/or disbelieving at the idea of aliens. Despite the fact that both versions of Earth have been invaded multiple times, and in DC continuity the most famous superhero on the planet is well-known as being a literal alien.
**
alien. Similarly, when a super uses their powers in front of others often normal people and sometimes even other supers will claim what they're doing is "impossible", despite living in a universe full of superheroes and supervillains that demonstrate so called so-called impossible superpowered feats on a routine basis and are widely known to the public. Additionally, random bystanders also tend to think when someone else sees supers that are flying or look unusual, which they usually describe as "flying men" or "beast men" or something along those lines that those people are drunk or need a psychiatrist despite again, supers that fly and look like lizard people or whatever being all over the planet and widely known.



* In an ''[[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]]'' comic book, Scrooge and company are on a quest to track down the fabled Philosopher's Stone -- but when Huey, Dewey and Louie suggest visiting the Labyrinth in Crete, Scrooge and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck laugh it off as a myth.
** Goofy, who is usually the most naive and gullible individual in the Disney pantheon, turns into a very persistent skeptic every time he gets a visit an [[WitchSpecies old-style witch]] named Hazel. No matter how many fantastic tricks Hazel does for him, he absolutely refuses to believe that she is a real witch who can do real magic. Goofy also steadfastly refused to believe that Eega Beeva (a human from the far future who looks rather like a sensory homunculus) was real when him and Mickey first encountered him, until Eega demonstrated his realness by punching Goofy in the face.
*** ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics, in general--there are so many stories about the protagonists facing various supernatural creatures, aliens, magic etc. that only NegativeContinuity explains how can they ever be surprised or skeptical about anything at all.

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* ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics:
**
In an ''[[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]]'' comic book, Scrooge and company are on a quest to track down the fabled Philosopher's Stone -- but when Huey, Dewey and Louie suggest visiting the Labyrinth in Crete, Scrooge and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck laugh it off as a myth.
** Goofy, who is usually the most naive and gullible individual in the Disney pantheon, turns into a very persistent skeptic every time he gets a visit an from [[WitchSpecies old-style witch]] named Hazel. No matter how many fantastic tricks Hazel does for him, he absolutely refuses to believe that she is a real witch who can do real magic. Goofy also steadfastly refused to believe that Eega Beeva (a human from the far future who looks rather like a sensory homunculus) was real when him and Mickey first encountered him, until Eega demonstrated his realness by punching Goofy in the face.
*** ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics, in general--there ** In general, there are so many stories about the protagonists facing various supernatural creatures, aliens, magic etc. magic, etc., that only NegativeContinuity explains how can they ever be surprised or skeptical about anything at all.



* After the 2011 [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} DC Universe Reboot]], Creator/DanDiDio was quoted as saying that one of the reasons it was decided that Barbara Gordon should able to regain her mobility (after spending two decades since being shot by ComicBook/TheJoker in a wheelchair as the information-brokering Oracle) was that it required "too much suspension of disbelief" for her to remain wheelchair bound in a universe where all sorts of magical cures were available. Critics immediately brought up the suspension of disbelief required in all aspects of super hero comics (e.g. Clark Kent's glasses are able to fool people, the concept of JokerImmunity, the mechanics of the {{muiltiverse}} etc.), that saying that ''this'' is where readers would draw the line of incredulity seems suspect at best. Especially egregious since the in-universe explanation had been (for years) that Barbara refused to accept special medical treatment from any of her super powered allies out of respect for all those other injured and crippled people who had to live with their disability without hope of a magical cure.

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* After the 2011 [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} [[ComicBook/New52 DC Universe Reboot]], Creator/DanDiDio was quoted as saying that one of the reasons it was decided that Barbara Gordon should able to regain her mobility (after spending two decades since being shot by ComicBook/TheJoker in a wheelchair as the information-brokering Oracle) was that it required "too much suspension of disbelief" for her to remain wheelchair bound wheelchair-bound in a universe where all sorts of magical cures were available. Critics immediately brought up the suspension of disbelief required in all aspects of super hero superhero comics (e.g. Clark Kent's glasses are able to fool people, the concept of JokerImmunity, the mechanics of the {{muiltiverse}} etc.), that saying that ''this'' is where readers would draw the line of incredulity seems suspect at best. Especially egregious since the in-universe explanation had been (for years) that Barbara refused to accept special medical treatment from any of her super powered super-powered allies out of respect for all those other injured and crippled people who had to live with their disability without hope of a magical cure.



* From ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] vs. [[ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas Atlas]]'':
-->[[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]]: Sirens, that's a... myth...
-->TheWasp: You do remember we've got [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] on our team, right?
** Giant-Man is particularly ironic. He is an atheist despite knowing the existence of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Eternity]], the living personification of the universe. Thor and other gods he dismisses as extradimensional beings, but to be a straight atheist and dismiss Eternity is a stretch.

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* From ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] vs. [[ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas Atlas]]'':
-->[[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]]: Sirens, that's a... myth...
-->TheWasp: You do remember we've got [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] on our team, right?
** Giant-Man
[[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]] is particularly ironic. He is an atheist despite knowing the existence of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Eternity]], the living personification of the universe. Thor and other gods he dismisses as extradimensional beings, but to be a straight atheist and dismiss Eternity is a stretch. From ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] vs. [[ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas Atlas]]'':
-->'''Giant-Man:''' Sirens, that's a... myth...\\
''ComicBook/TheWasp:''' You do remember we've got [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] on our team, right?



* When Franchise/SpiderMan first joined ComicBook/TheAvengers as a reserve, he helped the team fight a break out at [[CardboardPrison Project Pegasus]]. At one point, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica mentioned the [[MagmaMan Lava Men]]. Spidey laughed it off, stating matter-of-factly he did not believe in Lava Men. This is despite the fact that, not only was he a superhuman joining a team of gods, mutants, super soldiers, and androids, not only was he fighting equally inhuman villains at the time, but one of his own rogues resemble Lava Men a great deal: The Molten Man.



* Subverted in an old Spider-Man story where Peter goes undercover to rescue a traumatized Betty Leeds from a cult. He thought he'd be able to spot the cult leader as a fake due to his experience, but started to believe he might have powers once he saw him "cure" someone's cancer. Fortunately, he was smart enough to consult Doctor Strange who explained the slight of hand parlor trick. Strange pointed out that it was actually easier to convince someone like Spider-Man since he'd seen far too much to disbelieve anything.



* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Oliver Wendell Jones lives around talking animals (one of which is a [[MixAndMatchCritter basselope]]), has witnessed more than one AlienInvasion, is friends with someone who has a [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight closet of living anxieties]], and is himself a ChildProdigy who has created clones out of a chemistry set and a teleporting machine. But astrology? He calls is "pseudo-science bibble-babble". (The strips where he doubted its authenticity were a TakeThat towards the Reagan White House after it was leaked that the First Lady was consulting astrologers.)
** "Bloody difficult to be an agnostic these days."



* Dr. Will Magnus reveals in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' that he's spent his entire life being hounded by this. His ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' operate under the idea that each element has a specific personality trait attached to it, and an individual's psyche was determined partially by the chemical make-up of his body. He wound up laughed at by almost every serious scientific institute, save for his EvilMentor Dr. Thomas Morrow. When he explains this theory to Chang Tzu, a giant, sentient egg-like creature who's running an island containing all the world's mad scientists and is ''forcing Magnus to build a new Metal Man based on the scientific theory Magnus just described to him'' he remarks that completely absurd. [[spoiler: Magnus then reveals he already rebuilt his original Metal Man and has them murder Chang Tzu.]]

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* Dr. Will Magnus reveals in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' that he's spent his entire life being hounded by this. His ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' ComicBook/MetalMen operate under the idea that each element has a specific personality trait attached to it, and an individual's psyche was determined partially by the chemical make-up of his body. He wound up laughed at by almost every serious scientific institute, save for his EvilMentor Dr. Thomas Morrow. When he explains this theory to Chang Tzu, a giant, sentient egg-like creature who's running an island containing all the world's mad scientists and is ''forcing Magnus to build a new Metal Man based on the scientific theory Magnus just described to him'' he remarks that that's completely absurd. [[spoiler: Magnus [[spoiler:Magnus then reveals he already rebuilt his original Metal Man and has them murder Chang Tzu.]]



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* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Oliver Wendell Jones lives around talking animals (one of which is a [[MixAndMatchCritter basselope]]), has witnessed more than one AlienInvasion, is friends with someone who has a [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight closet of living anxieties]], and is himself a ChildProdigy who has created clones out of a chemistry set and a teleporting machine. But astrology? He calls is "pseudo-science bibble-babble". (The strips where he doubted its authenticity were a TakeThat towards the Reagan White House after it was leaked that the First Lady was consulting astrologers.)
-->''"Bloody difficult to be an agnostic these days."''
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* ''Fanfic/StreetsOfRageSaga'': Skate scoffs at the idea of ninja-themed magical powers during the CrossOver adventure with [[{{Shinobi}} Joe Musashi]] in the fourth book, ''The New Syndicate''...despite the fact that Skate has fought robots and clones and has teamed up with a cyborg to fight TheSyndicate.
* This permits ''FanFic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad'' (A crossover of '''two''' crossovers -- ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' and ''FanFic/DarkTitans'') to get started as a case of LetsYouAndHimFight. In TRTC, the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crew is abducted by aliens, then escape into the (not-so) gentle clutches of ''[[VideoGame/{{X-COM}} X-COM: UFO Defense]]'', joining them in a GrimDark war against aliens and suffering severe cases of PTSD in the process. In DT, the Ranma crew befriend the Comicbook/TeenTitans and become part of Franchise/TheDCU. Several years later, Ryoga and several of the Titans are transported to the TRTC universe. Bad enough they're spandex-clad metahumans, or that the aliens' latest gimmick seems to be creating fake "metahumans" whom X-Com has responded to with a MutantDraftBoard, but as TRTC already has a Ryoga(with severe combat fatigue), he's more than ready to kill his alternate on sight rather than inquire as to the strangeness. {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s armed with SupernaturalMartialArts versus ThouShaltNotKill superheroes is a ForegoneConclusion - the only surprise is that X-Com didn't ''kill'' any of the Titans.ç
* Happens to [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] in ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' after he gets told the reason why lightning only makes the sound when it hits the ground in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. He himself is the one that [[LampshadeHanging notes how he just pulled this off]].
-->''"I'm no meteorologist, but I'm pretty sure lightning doesn't work like that. Then again, I keep forgetting I'm in a land full of magical talking ponies who can [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows manually change weather]]..."''

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* ''Fanfic/StreetsOfRageSaga'': Skate scoffs at the idea of ninja-themed magical powers during the CrossOver adventure with [[{{Shinobi}} [[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} Joe Musashi]] in the fourth book, ''The New Syndicate''...Syndicate''... despite the fact that Skate has fought robots and clones and has teamed up with a cyborg to fight TheSyndicate.
* This permits ''FanFic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad'' (A ''Fanfic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad'' (a crossover of '''two''' crossovers -- ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' and ''FanFic/DarkTitans'') ''Fanfic/DarkTitans'') to get started as a case of LetsYouAndHimFight. In TRTC, the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crew is abducted by aliens, then escape into the (not-so) gentle clutches of ''[[VideoGame/{{X-COM}} X-COM: UFO Defense]]'', ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'', joining them in a GrimDark war against aliens and suffering severe cases of PTSD in the process. In DT, the Ranma crew befriend the Comicbook/TeenTitans and become part of Franchise/TheDCU. Several years later, Ryoga and several of the Titans are transported to the TRTC universe. Bad enough they're spandex-clad metahumans, or that the aliens' latest gimmick seems to be creating fake "metahumans" whom X-Com has responded to with a MutantDraftBoard, but as TRTC already has a Ryoga(with Ryōga (with severe combat fatigue), he's more than ready to kill his alternate on sight rather than inquire as to the strangeness. {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s armed with SupernaturalMartialArts versus ThouShaltNotKill superheroes is a ForegoneConclusion - -- the only surprise is that X-Com didn't ''kill'' any of the Titans.ç
Titans.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'':
**
Happens to [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] in ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' Phoenix Wright]] after he gets told the reason why lightning only makes the sound when it hits the ground in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. He himself is the one that [[LampshadeHanging notes how he just pulled this off]].
-->''"I'm --->'''Phoenix:''' I'm no meteorologist, but I'm pretty sure lightning doesn't work like that. Then again, I keep forgetting I'm in a land full of magical talking ponies who can [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows manually change weather]]..."''weather]]..



* Lampshaded in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7210431/1/Life-in-Reverse Life In Reverse]]'' when the token Muggle is the only one to believe Harry's "crazy story" about being from the future:

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* Lampshaded in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7210431/1/Life-in-Reverse Life In in Reverse]]'' when the token Muggle is the only one to believe Harry's "crazy story" about being from the future:



* ''FanFic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'' has two examples:

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* ''FanFic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'' ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'' has two examples:



* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', no one except Nav believes Twilight when she claims the library is being haunted by something, despite this being a world filled with magic and ''far'' stranger things.
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': When Shining Armor tells Cadence that he's been recruited by the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]], she [[CassandraTruth doesn't believe him]], laughing it off as a joke. This despite the fact that she's had lunch with an [[Franchise/{{Superman}} alien superhero]] and is best friends with a [[WonderWoman demigoddess]] -- something ''she herself'' pointed out when reassuring Shining that she'd believe whatever he told her, oddly enough. It takes actually seeing Shining transform for her to believe him.

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* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman'', no one except Nav believes Twilight when she claims the library is being haunted by something, despite this being a world filled with magic and ''far'' stranger things.
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': ''Fanfic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': When Shining Armor tells Cadence Cadance that he's been recruited by the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]], she [[CassandraTruth doesn't believe him]], laughing it off as a joke. This despite the fact that she's had lunch with an [[Franchise/{{Superman}} alien superhero]] and is best friends with a [[WonderWoman demigoddess]] -- something ''she herself'' pointed out when reassuring Shining that she'd believe whatever he told her, oddly enough. It takes actually seeing Shining transform for her to believe him.



* In the WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck fanfiction, ''FanFic/NegaverseChronicles'', the members of the [[MirrorUniverse Friendly Four]] are informed that Negaduck is spending time with a witch. Bushroot (the guy who is part [[GreenThumb plant]]), Megavolt (the one who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] from his fingertips), and Liquidator (the person made completely out of [[MakingASplash water]]) don't believe in magic. Only [[BadassNormal Quackerjack]] takes the threat of Morgana seriously from the start.

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* In the WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck fanfiction, ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' fanfiction ''FanFic/NegaverseChronicles'', the members of the [[MirrorUniverse Friendly Four]] are informed that Negaduck is spending time with a witch. Bushroot (the guy who is part [[GreenThumb plant]]), Megavolt (the one who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] from his fingertips), and Liquidator (the person made completely out of [[MakingASplash water]]) don't believe in magic. Only [[BadassNormal Quackerjack]] takes the threat of Morgana seriously from the start.



--> Lunchbox frowned at him. "Oh, come on! You believe in countless conspiracy theories!" He pointed his finger in accusation. "You believe in ancient societies faking the first moon landing but ancient space ninjas fighting ghosts from hyperspace is too much?!"

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--> Lunchbox --->''Lunchbox frowned at him. "Oh, come on! You believe in countless conspiracy theories!" He pointed his finger in accusation. "You believe in ancient societies faking the first moon landing but ancient space ninjas fighting ghosts from hyperspace is too much?!"much?!"''



* In ''FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay'', Twilight Sparkle has a hard time accepting that Aegislash is a spirit of a dead warrior possessing a sword with a shield. For added skepticism, this is ''after'' she met Arceus, the god of Pokèmon (and is willing to accept the fact that Arceus is a god).

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* In ''FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay'', ''Fanfic/ANewWorldANewWay'', Twilight Sparkle has a hard time accepting that Aegislash is a spirit of a dead warrior possessing a sword with a shield. For added skepticism, this is ''after'' she met Arceus, the god of Pokèmon (and is willing to accept the fact that Arceus is a god).



* Averted in [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2021451/chapters/4481901 Land of the Dead]]. [[VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns Lizzie Liddell]], when being told that [[Film/CorpseBride Downstairs]] has potions can help halt decay and keep maggots out, says that magic not real. But stops herself when she remembers that she and three-forths of her family are dead and in the there burned down house wanting for the afterlife. So why ''not'' magic?
* In ''FanFic/CruelToBeKind'', Alexander has to deal with this whenever he claims to anyone of his legitimacy as a interdimensional traveler. He gets around it by teleporting them to Terra Prime, the homeworld of his inter-dimensional empire.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': Vaati calls out Twilight for not believing in curses, despite all the other magic present in Equestria. When Celestia [[BrickJoke later confirms]] that curses are real, Vaati doesn't hesitate to rub her face in it.
* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'': Hermione does not believe that Harry Dresden is an actual wizard even though she lives in a world where not only magic exists, but also aliens, gods (or god-like beings) and the Sorcerer Supreme, because Dresden is in the phone book as "Wizard".

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* Averted in [[http://archiveofourown.''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2021451/chapters/4481901 Land of the Dead]].Dead]]''. [[VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns Lizzie Liddell]], when being told that [[Film/CorpseBride Downstairs]] has potions can help halt decay and keep maggots out, says that magic not real. But stops herself when she remembers that she and three-forths of her family are dead and in the there burned down their burned-down house wanting for the afterlife. So why ''not'' magic?
* In ''FanFic/CruelToBeKind'', ''Fanfic/CruelToBeKind'', Alexander has to deal with this whenever he claims to anyone of his legitimacy as a interdimensional traveler. He gets around it by teleporting them to Terra Prime, the homeworld of his inter-dimensional empire.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': ''Fanfic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': Vaati calls out Twilight for not believing in curses, despite all the other magic present in Equestria. When Celestia [[BrickJoke later confirms]] that curses are real, Vaati doesn't hesitate to rub her face in it.
* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'': ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': Hermione does not believe that Harry Dresden is an actual wizard even though she lives in a world where not only magic exists, but also aliens, gods (or god-like beings) and the Sorcerer Supreme, because Dresden is in the phone book as "Wizard".



* It shows up in the Film/{{Thor}} / Series/BeingHumanUK crossover, ''FanFic/{{Housemates}}''. Nina, when informed that [[CuteGhostGirl the lovely young woman she's befriended is a ghost]], and one of her roommates is a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire vampire]], her kneejerk reaction is to insist that there are no such things. Then she remembers that she's in a room with superheroes, two of them aliens. And one of those aliens is a ''sorcerer''.

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* It shows up in the Film/{{Thor}} / Series/BeingHumanUK ''Film/{{Thor}}''/''Series/BeingHumanUK'' crossover, ''FanFic/{{Housemates}}''. Nina, when informed that [[CuteGhostGirl the lovely young woman she's befriended is a ghost]], and one of her roommates is a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire vampire]], her kneejerk reaction is to insist that there are no such things. Then she remembers that she's in a room with superheroes, two of them aliens. And one of those aliens is a ''sorcerer''.



* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', no one at first believes that a character from [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer a popular TV show]] is trapped in a [[ComicBook/PowerGirl superpowered woman's body]] and that their world is based on [[MarvelUniverse a comic book franchise]]. But eventually, some people -- like ComicBook/TheAvengers -- came to (at some level) accept Alex's story. As Black Widow points out, they (the Avengers) have "encountered stranger things that were at least as improbable."

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* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', no one ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', no-one at first believes that a character from [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer a popular TV show]] is trapped in a [[ComicBook/PowerGirl superpowered woman's body]] and that their world is based on [[MarvelUniverse [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse a comic book franchise]]. But eventually, some people -- like ComicBook/TheAvengers -- came to (at some level) accept Alex's story. As Black Widow points out, they (the Avengers) have "encountered stranger things that were at least as improbable."



** In the first movie, Holloway and Quentin both commit this during their discussion of each other's pet theories on the origins of the Cube. She believes that the military-industrial complex created the place, which he dismisses because he believes government organizations are just composed of people like him, whose goals in life are to "buy big boats", not conspire. Quentin believes that the structure is a rich psychopath's entertainment, comparing it to ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', to which Holloway reacts as if he just said that the moon is made of cheese. Granted that Quentin’s theory is more outlandish than hers (and his citing of a stereotypical Bond villain doesn't really help his argument), but she didn't need to start acting like a {{Jerkass}} by ridiculing him for it. ([[spoiler:Not that it makes his murder of her partly in retribution for this any more justified.]])

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** In the first movie, Holloway and Quentin both commit this during their discussion of each other's pet theories on the origins of the Cube. She believes that the military-industrial complex created the place, which he dismisses because he believes government organizations are just composed of people like him, whose goals in life are to "buy big boats", not conspire. Quentin believes that the structure is a rich psychopath's entertainment, comparing it to ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', to which Holloway reacts as if he just said that the moon is made of cheese. Granted that Quentin’s Quentin's theory is more outlandish than hers (and his citing of a stereotypical Bond villain doesn't really help his argument), but she didn't need to start acting like a {{Jerkass}} by ridiculing him for it. ([[spoiler:Not that it makes his murder of her partly in retribution for this any more justified.]])



* Shows up to varying degrees in the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' series. In the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first one]], people are skeptical of the idea of ghosts even after the protagonists start doing regular business. Then there's a full-scale ghost attack on the city, followed by the conjuring of a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever 100-foot tall anthropomorphic marshmallow]]. Somehow, this manages to convince everyone that the Ghostbusters are ''frauds'', despite the entire city having witnessed these events. A second near-apocalypse in the [[Film/GhostbustersII second film]] finally casts away any doubt, likely because the Ghostbusters animated the UsefulNoytes/StatueOfLiberty to save the day and the ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic'' sailed into port during the ruckus.
** Notably averted by the mayor in the [[Film/GhostbustersII second one]]. When the Ghostbusters come to him proclaiming that the subway system is filled with anger-fueled ghost slime, his dismissal of them is not because he does not believe them, but because they aren't offering any realistic solutions (even within the context of their usual antics). Likewise, he only waits as long as he does to finally call on their services because he really would rather not have to.

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* Shows up to varying degrees in the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' series. series.
**
In the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} [[Film/Ghostbusters1984 first one]], people are skeptical of the idea of ghosts even after the protagonists start doing regular business. Then there's a full-scale ghost attack on the city, followed by the conjuring of a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever 100-foot tall anthropomorphic marshmallow]]. Somehow, this manages to convince everyone that the Ghostbusters are ''frauds'', despite the entire city having witnessed these events. events.
**
A second near-apocalypse in the [[Film/GhostbustersII second film]] finally casts away any doubt, likely because the Ghostbusters animated the UsefulNoytes/StatueOfLiberty to save the day and the ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic'' sailed into port during the ruckus.
**
ruckus. Notably averted by the mayor in the [[Film/GhostbustersII second one]]. When ''Film/GhostbustersII'': when the Ghostbusters come to him proclaiming that the subway system is filled with anger-fueled ghost slime, his dismissal of them is not because he does not believe them, but because they aren't offering any realistic solutions (even within the context of their usual antics). Likewise, he only waits as long as he does to finally call on their services because he really would rather not have to.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter''

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''''Literature/HarryPotter'':



** Harry mostly averts this. Since he was neither brought up in an all-magic environment like Ron, nor refuses to believe anything not written in a book like Hermione, he's at least ''willing'' to listen to [[CloudCuckooLander Luna's]] bizarre theories, since he's witnessed far ''[[WeirdnessMagnet stranger]]'' things in the course of his life.

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** Harry mostly averts this. Since he was neither brought up in an all-magic environment like Ron, nor refuses to believe anything not written in a book like Hermione, he's at least ''willing'' to listen to [[CloudCuckooLander [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna's]] bizarre theories, since he's witnessed far ''[[WeirdnessMagnet stranger]]'' things in the course of his life.



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':



--->''"I can't be talking to a tree. If I was talking to a tree I'd be mad, and I'm not mad, so trees can't talk."''

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--->''"I --->'''Rincewind:''' I can't be talking to a tree. If I was talking to a tree I'd be mad, and I'm not mad, so trees can't talk."''



** A rather dark variant occurs towards the end of ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!''. [[spoiler:After he's possessed, Vimes kicks the demon out of his mind by sheer force of LawfulGood and loses consciousness. When he awakes, he promptly starts rationalizing what he did as sleep deprivation and his mind playing tricks on him.]]

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** A rather dark variant occurs towards the end of ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!''. ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' [[spoiler:After he's possessed, Vimes kicks the demon out of his mind by sheer force of LawfulGood and loses consciousness. When he awakes, he promptly starts rationalizing what he did as sleep deprivation and his mind playing tricks on him.]]



-->'''A Priest:''' But the gods plainly do exist.\\

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-->'''A --->'''A Priest:''' But the gods plainly do exist.\\



''(a bolt of lightning hits Dorfl on the helmet; however, being a golem, he is unharmed)''\\

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''(a ''[a bolt of lightning hits Dorfl on the helmet; however, being a golem, he is unharmed)''\\unharmed]''\\



* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The first novel "A Matter For Men" begins with a news report on three volunteers searching for a missing girl being dismissed for claiming they saw the giant Chtorran worms. Most people don't believe in their existence until the worms start moving into towns and eating people. Even then the Fourth World Alliance insists on downplaying the invasion (because they're more concerned about the US re-arming, a danger they are all too familiar with) until a captive Chtorran escapes and starts chomping its way through their delegates.

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* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''.''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The first novel "A Matter For Men" begins with a news report on three volunteers searching for a missing girl being dismissed for claiming they saw the giant Chtorran worms. Most people don't believe in their existence until the worms start moving into towns and eating people. Even then the Fourth World Alliance insists on downplaying the invasion (because they're more concerned about the US re-arming, a danger they are all too familiar with) until a captive Chtorran escapes and starts chomping its way through their delegates.



* In ''TheVampireFiles'', Charles Escott is uncomfortable with the idea that ghosts could exist. This despite the fact that his partner is a genuine Undead vampire.
** PlayedForLaughs when Shoe Coldfield learns the truth about Jack, as he's far less taken aback by the existence of vampires than by the thought that ''Jack'' could be one of them.
* [[StrawAtheist Uncle Andrew]] in Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} Magician's Nephew]]'' believes that he can perform magic and travel to different worlds, yet he's utterly incapable of accepting talking animals in one of them! He's [[{{Anvilicious}} a deliberate parody]] of scientists who have no problem with bizarre stuff in science (i.e quantum physics) but are skeptical about [[AuthorTract the supposed "supernatural"]].

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* In ''TheVampireFiles'', ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', Charles Escott is uncomfortable with the idea that ghosts could exist. This despite the fact that his partner is a genuine Undead vampire.
**
vampire. PlayedForLaughs when Shoe Coldfield learns the truth about Jack, as he's far less taken aback by the existence of vampires than by the thought that ''Jack'' could be one of them.
* [[StrawAtheist Uncle Andrew]] in Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} Magician's Nephew]]'' ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' believes that he can perform magic and travel to different worlds, yet he's utterly incapable of accepting talking animals in one of them! He's [[{{Anvilicious}} a deliberate parody]] of scientists who have no problem with bizarre stuff in science (i.e quantum physics) but are skeptical about [[AuthorTract the supposed "supernatural"]].



* Spoofed in TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy in the eponymous guide's entry about the Babel Fish : The scientists who discovered and analyzed the Babel Fish and its property as an universal language translator started to wonder if it would be a proof that God exists. Then God appears to tell them that proving something is the opposite of faith and God is nothing without faith. Their logical conclusion : God doesn't exist.

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* Spoofed in TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in the eponymous guide's entry about the Babel Fish : Fish: The scientists who discovered and analyzed the Babel Fish and its property as an universal language translator started to wonder if it would be a proof that God exists. Then God appears to tell them that proving something is the opposite of faith and God is nothing without faith. Their logical conclusion : conclusion: God doesn't exist.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':



-->'''Xander:'''I still don't get why we had to come here to get info about a killer snot monster.\\

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-->'''Xander:'''I --->'''Xander:''' I still don't get why we had to come here to get info about a killer snot monster.\\



-->'''Xander:''' ''(sarcastically)'' Hey, maybe he awakened the mummy.\\

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-->'''Xander:''' ''(sarcastically)'' --->'''Xander:''' ''[sarcastically]'' Hey, maybe he awakened the mummy.\\



''(they start to laugh, then remember where they're living)''\\

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''(they ''[they start to laugh, then remember where they're living)''\\living]''\\



-->'''Daniel:''' Stranger things have happened...\\

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-->'''Daniel:''' --->'''Daniel:''' Stranger things have happened...\\



-->'''Landry:''' Well two years ago, I wouldn't have believed we would find a Ancient outpost under a mile of ice in Antarctica!

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-->'''Landry:''' --->'''Landry:''' Well two years ago, I wouldn't have believed we would find a Ancient outpost under a mile of ice in Antarctica!



-->'''Mohinder:''' Hiro Nakamura can stop time. Teleport by folding space. Theoretically, he can fold time as well.\\

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-->'''Mohinder:''' --->'''Mohinder:''' Hiro Nakamura can stop time. Teleport by folding space. Theoretically, he can fold time as well.\\



''(pause)''\\

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''(pause)''\\''[pause]''\\



** Despite there being hundreds of years of lore and mythology relating to dragons that predates their inclusion in fantasy fiction and video games, in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E12LikeAVirgin Like A Virgin]]", both Sam and Dean believe that they can not exist because they only exist in fiction and video games.

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** Despite there being hundreds of years of lore and mythology relating to dragons that predates their inclusion in fantasy fiction and video games, in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E12LikeAVirgin Like A a Virgin]]", both Sam and Dean believe that they can not exist because they only exist in fiction and video games.



* In the failed ''Film/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot, Comicbook/TheAtom says that the idea of a villain controlling the weather is physically impossible. This is despite the fact that he's saying this to [[Comicbook/TheFlash a man who can run at superhuman speeds]] and [[Franchise/GreenLantern another man who has a ring that can conjure up anything he can imagine]], or that he himself can shrink down to subatomic levels.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''

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* In the failed ''Film/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot, Comicbook/TheAtom ComicBook/TheAtom says that the idea of a villain controlling the weather is physically impossible. This is despite the fact that he's saying this to [[Comicbook/TheFlash a man who can run at superhuman speeds]] and [[Franchise/GreenLantern another man who has a ring that can conjure up anything he can imagine]], or that he himself can shrink down to subatomic levels.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''''Series/DoctorWho'':



** Ian Chesterton did this to a degree as well, although he stopped short of [[FlatEarthAtheist flat earth atheism]] most of the time.

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** Ian Chesterton did does this to a degree as well, although he stopped stops short of [[FlatEarthAtheist flat earth flat-earth atheism]] most of the time.



--->‘Like common sense. The Doctor falls down in agony and then you get up--dolled up in new togs and everything. Do me a favour!’
--->The little man gnawed at his lower lip. ‘I don’t understand your brand of common sense, Ben,’ he said. ‘Does it grasp the principles of time travel?’ He raised an eyebrow inquisitively.
--->‘Well,’ Ben blustered, ‘I don’t know all of the ins and outs, of course, but – ’
--->‘But you do know it’s possible?’
--->‘Well, yes,’ Ben had to concede.
--->Turning to Polly, the stranger said: ‘And you, Polly. You can, of course, explain how the TARDIS has the shape of a small police box outside and yet is far, far bigger once you step through the doors?’
--->‘No,’ Polly admitted. ‘No, I can’t explain it.’
--->Yet both of you accept the two things.’ The man spread his hands and looked at them expectantly.
--->Ben was confused and angry. ‘Well, we know that they happen!’ was the best he could manage.
--->‘Exactly,’ the maybe-Doctor replied. ‘Then accept what has happened to me--even if you don’t understand it.’
** In "The Daemons" the Third Doctor goes to great pains to explain that something that looks and functions exactly like magic is not, in fact, magic. His argument seems to amount to "Because I don't want to call it magic". Also something about ClarkesThirdLaw.

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--->‘Like --->''"Like common sense. The Doctor falls down in agony and then you get up--dolled up -- dolled up in new togs and everything. Do me a favour!’
--->The
favour!"\\
The
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--->‘Well,’
inquisitively.\\
"Well,"
Ben blustered, ‘I don’t "I don't know all of the ins and outs, of course, but – ’
--->‘But
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"But
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--->‘Well, yes,’
it's possible?"\\
"Well, yes,"
Ben had to concede.
--->Turning
concede.\\
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to Polly, the stranger said: ‘And "And you, Polly. You can, of course, explain how the TARDIS has the shape of a small police box outside and yet is far, far bigger once you step through the doors?’
--->‘No,’
doors?"\\
"No,"
Polly admitted. ‘No, "No, I can’t can't explain it.
--->Yet
"\\
Yet
both of you accept the two things.’ The man spread his hands and looked at them expectantly. \n--->Ben \\
Ben
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--->‘Exactly,’
manage.\\
"Exactly,"
the maybe-Doctor replied. ‘Then "Then accept what has happened to me--even me -- even if you don’t don't understand it.
"''
** In "The Daemons" the Third Doctor goes to great pains to explain that something that looks and functions exactly like magic is not, in fact, magic. His argument seems to amount to "Because I don't want to call it magic". magic." Also something about ClarkesThirdLaw.



-->'''Doctor:''' There's no power, it's impossible to open.\\

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-->'''Doctor:''' --->'''Doctor:''' There's no power, it's impossible to open.\\



** The Tenth Doctor's skepticism is particularly arbitrary when you consider that the Seventh Doctor's explanation for Fenric in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]" is...he's a force of evil from before the universe. Then again, just because the Seventh Doctor believed that, doesn't mean the Tenth Doctor has to.

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** The Tenth Doctor's skepticism is particularly arbitrary when you consider that the Seventh Doctor's explanation for Fenric in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]" is... he's a force of evil from before the universe. Then again, just because the Seventh Doctor believed that, doesn't mean the Tenth Doctor has to.



** Again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl In the Fireplace]]" when Mickey asks what a horse is doing on a spaceship (not the TARDIS).
-->'''Doctor:''' What's ''pre-revolutionary France'' doing on a spaceship? Get a little perspective!

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** Again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl In in the Fireplace]]" when Mickey asks what a horse is doing on a spaceship (not the TARDIS).
-->'''Doctor:''' --->'''Doctor:''' What's ''pre-revolutionary France'' doing on a spaceship? Get a little perspective!



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]", the alien War Lords have been kidnapping human soldiers from various periods, using time machines. But when the Doctor and his companions (who are among some human soldiers) say they're time travelers, the War Lord who's questioning them is skeptical, questioning their sanity. (Another War Lord, though, thinks to himself, "Time travelers--I wonder." A subversion?)

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]", the alien War Lords have been kidnapping human soldiers from various periods, using time machines. But when the Doctor and his companions (who are among some human soldiers) say they're time travelers, the War Lord who's questioning them is skeptical, questioning their sanity. (Another War Lord, though, thinks to himself, "Time travelers--I travelers -- I wonder." A subversion?)



** The Twelfth Doctor refuses that believe that RobinHood is real, until Robin tries to rob him of his TARDIS.

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** The Twelfth Doctor refuses that believe that RobinHood Myth/RobinHood is real, until Robin tries to rob him of his TARDIS.



* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':



* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'':



* ''Series/RedDwarf''

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* ''Series/RedDwarf''''Series/RedDwarf'':



** Mulder believes in any paranormal activity except those related to the religion; Scully has a deep Catholic faith, apparently with no problems regarding her skepticism otherwise, while Mulder appears to be perhaps a HollywoodAtheist, saying angrily that he refuses to believe in a God that would let his sister die, despite plenty of cases where supernatural Christian (and specifically [[ChristianityIsCatholic ''Catholic'']]) phenomena is shown to be true.
** Doggett. Doggett simply proclaimed things impossible and refused to discuss it further.

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** Mulder believes in any paranormal activity except those related to the religion; Scully has a deep Catholic faith, apparently with no problems regarding her skepticism otherwise, while Mulder appears to be perhaps a HollywoodAtheist, saying angrily that he refuses to believe in a God that would let his sister die, despite plenty of cases where supernatural Christian (and specifically [[ChristianityIsCatholic ''Catholic'']]) ''[[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic]]'') phenomena is shown to be true.
** Doggett. Doggett simply proclaimed proclaims things impossible and refused refuses to discuss it further.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** In the episode "Trakeena's Revenge" of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', the first person a little girl runs to after seeing her mother abducted by a monster tells her, "Don't be silly; there's no such thing as monsters." Where has this lady been living for ''the past seven years''? Especially in this season, where the Power Rangers are operating without a {{Masquerade}} and are well-known public celebrities who fight monsters. Especially in this ''episode'', which crosses ''Lightspeed'' over with last year's ''Lost Galaxy'' team, confirming its place in continuity where Rangers have continually fought off monster attacks. Once. A. Week. For. Seven. Years. Or how about the... what, four or five times so far the planet had been invaded by ''aliens''. Not just aliens, but alien monsters... with ''magic''. It's easier to just write that chick off as an escaped mental patient who thinks those monster-alien-magic people are [[NotSoImaginaryFriend giant bunnies only she can see.]]
*** Linkara even went so far as to label her the dumbest person in ''Power Rangers'' when reviewing the season for his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' series.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In the episode "Trakeena's Revenge" of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', the first person a little girl runs to after seeing her mother abducted by a monster tells her, "Don't be silly; there's no such thing as monsters." Where has this lady been living for ''the past seven years''? Especially in this season, where the Power Rangers are operating without a {{Masquerade}} and are well-known public celebrities who fight monsters. Especially in this ''episode'', which crosses ''Lightspeed'' over with last year's ''Lost Galaxy'' team, confirming its place in continuity where Rangers have continually fought off monster attacks. Once. A. Week. For. Seven. Years. Or how about the... what, four or five times so far the planet had been invaded by ''aliens''. Not just aliens, but alien monsters... with ''magic''. It's easier to just write that chick off as an escaped mental patient who thinks those monster-alien-magic people are [[NotSoImaginaryFriend giant bunnies only she can see.]]
***
]] Linkara even went so far as to label her the dumbest person in ''Power Rangers'' when reviewing the season for his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' series.



** In ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', the teens are shocked to learn that aliens exist and are invading earth. This is rather confusing when you consider that Earth suffered ''a full-scale, worldwide alien invasion'' back in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and that, by ''Operation Overdrive'', the existence of aliens was an accepted enough fact of life for colleges to offer majors in "Galactic Myth and Legend". They also don't know who or what Power Rangers are, either, even though Rangers have been fighting off those invasions for decades now. And in case you're wondering, yes, it's in the same continuity - there are direct references to prior Rangers. In something of a LampshadeHanging, Gosei even compliments Gia on her skepticism before assuring her that it's real.
*** To their credit, though, the kids catch on quickly. A few episodes down the line, Troy admits to the others that he's been having weird, possibly prophetic dreams. The others have no problem believing it at this point, and Noah even says there's some acceptance of it in the scientific community.

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', the teens are shocked to learn that aliens exist and are invading earth. This is rather confusing when you consider that Earth suffered ''a full-scale, worldwide alien invasion'' back in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and that, by ''Operation Overdrive'', the existence of aliens was an accepted enough fact of life for colleges to offer majors in "Galactic Myth and Legend". They also don't know who or what Power Rangers are, either, even though Rangers have been fighting off those invasions for decades now. And in case you're wondering, yes, it's in the same continuity - -- there are direct references to prior Rangers. In something of a LampshadeHanging, Gosei even compliments Gia on her skepticism before assuring her that it's real.
***
real. To their credit, though, the kids catch on quickly. A few episodes down the line, Troy admits to the others that he's been having weird, possibly prophetic dreams. The others have no problem believing it at this point, and Noah even says there's some acceptance of it in the scientific community.



* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': In "Old Ares Had A Farm", Xena and Gabriel speculate about the presence of ghosts, Ares mocks them and humans in general for inventing weird supernatural creatures just to explain any unknown phenomena, ya know, like, gods. It's even more ridiculous when you consider that Ares himself was face-to-face with ghosts in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode, "The Vanishing Dead."

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': In "Old Ares Had A Farm", Xena and Gabriel speculate about the presence of ghosts, Ares mocks them and humans in general for inventing weird supernatural creatures just to explain any unknown phenomena, ya know, like, gods. It's even more ridiculous when you consider that Ares himself was face-to-face with ghosts in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode, "The Vanishing Dead."Dead".



** In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E4Relics "Relics"]] the crew is shocked to discover that a DysonSphere can actually exist. This from members of a society where teleportation, faster-than-light travel, and sentient androids are common.

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** In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E4Relics "Relics"]] "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E4Relics Relics]]" the crew is shocked to discover that a DysonSphere can actually exist. This from members of a society where teleportation, faster-than-light travel, and sentient androids are common.



* Non-supernatural example: On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack once expressed a disbelief in ''pirates'' of the historical sort, and was taunted for it. This, from a character who has assisted in both criminal investigations and archeological research, hence ought to know that criminality is neither rare, nor restricted to the present day.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''

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* Non-supernatural example: On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack once expressed expresses a disbelief in ''pirates'' of the historical sort, and was is taunted for it. This, from a character who has assisted in both criminal investigations and archeological research, hence ought to know that criminality is neither rare, nor restricted to the present day.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':



* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''
** Tommy Dawkins occasionally expressed disbelief that certain supernatural beings, such as vampires, actually existed. The fact that Tommy should have been more open-minded given that he was a ''werewolf'' was something his companion often pointed out.
-->'''Tommy:''' There's no such thing as vampires.\\

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* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''
''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'':
** Tommy Dawkins occasionally expressed expresses disbelief that certain supernatural beings, such as vampires, actually existed. exist. The fact that Tommy should have been be more open-minded given that he was is a ''werewolf'' was is something his companion often pointed point out.
-->'''Tommy:''' --->'''Tommy:''' There's no such thing as vampires.\\



** Even more irritatingly, in the second season ''MERTON'' stated he didn't believe in ghosts, even though he had already fought ghosts before.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', Merlin will enter the throne room, and explain whatever weird thing is going on, at which point everyone will scoff and laugh at him. All of them. This goes on for 3 seasons, even though he is always, always, always right. This is in a universe where sorcerers, dragons, and ''unicorns'' are known to exist.

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** Even more irritatingly, in the second season ''MERTON'' stated states he didn't doesn't believe in ghosts, even though he had has already fought ghosts before.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', Merlin will enter the throne room, and explain whatever weird thing is going on, at which point everyone will scoff and laugh at him. All of them. This goes on for 3 seasons, even though he is always, always, always right. This is in a universe where sorcerers, dragons, and ''unicorns'' are known to exist.



* The 3rd film in ''Film/TheLibrarian'' series features a nice example, in which the protagonist acts like vampires are too ridiculous/impossible to believe in, despite having personally played with Pandora's Box, Excalibur, the Philosopher's Stone and a variety of other artifacts that can conquer the world/raise the dead/etc.
** This gets a CallBack in ''Series/TheLibrarians'', when he's asked if Dracula is real. He says Dracula isn't real... because he killed him. Also, one episode has a UFO chaser report strange lights in a small town. Ezekiel immediately suggests aliens, only for Jenkins to stubbornly refuse to believe in their existence. Everyone else is confused how this is possible, given everything he has seen. Naturally, the lights end up being something else.
* A Halloween episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids" centres around using and subverting this. A lot of weird things (even for this show) have been happening, and near the climax, the younger son says bluntly to his father, "Mom is vomiting pins. [Sis] is spouting Latin." He names various other such phenomena. "The logical, rational, scientific conclusion is: We've been cursed." He and his father then use logic and reason to deduce who cursed them and what to do about it.

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* ''Film/TheLibrarian'':
**
The 3rd film in ''Film/TheLibrarian'' the series features a nice example, in which the protagonist acts like vampires are too ridiculous/impossible to believe in, despite having personally played with Pandora's Box, Excalibur, the Philosopher's Stone and a variety of other artifacts that can conquer the world/raise the dead/etc.
** This gets a CallBack in ''Series/TheLibrarians'', ''Series/{{The Librarians|2014}}'', when he's asked if Dracula is real. He says Dracula isn't real... because he killed him. him.
**
Also, one episode has a UFO chaser report strange lights in a small town. Ezekiel immediately suggests aliens, only for Jenkins to stubbornly refuse to believe in their existence. Everyone else is confused how this is possible, given everything he has seen. Naturally, the lights end up being something else.
* A Halloween episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids" centres centers around using and subverting this. A lot of weird things (even for this show) have been happening, and near the climax, the younger son says bluntly to his father, "Mom is vomiting pins. [Sis] is spouting Latin." He names various other such phenomena. "The logical, rational, scientific conclusion is: We've been cursed." He and his father then use logic and reason to deduce who cursed them and what to do about it.



* From the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "Endless Wonder", where an artifact is making people taller.
-->'''Myka''': Maybe it's Myth/PaulBunyan's axe? Or [[Literature/TheBible King David's slingshot]]?
-->'''Pete''': Or [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk a bag of magic beans]].
-->'''Artie''': We have the axe. We have the slingshot. And the beans? Please, that's just a fairy tale!
-->'''Pete''': Okay, good to know where we draw the line.

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* ''Series/Warehouse13'':
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From the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "Endless Wonder", where an artifact is making people taller.
-->'''Myka''':
taller.
--->'''Myka:'''
Maybe it's Myth/PaulBunyan's axe? Or [[Literature/TheBible King David's slingshot]]?
-->'''Pete''':
slingshot]]?\\
'''Pete:'''
Or [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk a bag of magic beans]].
-->'''Artie''':
beans]].\\
'''Artie:'''
We have the axe. We have the slingshot. And the beans? Please, that's just a fairy tale!
-->'''Pete''':
tale!\\
''Pete:'''
Okay, good to know where we draw the line.



-->'''Myka:''' Cavorite was an anti-gravity metal that H.G. Wells wrote about, but cavorite doesn't exist... I mean, there's no such thing.\\

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-->'''Myka:''' --->'''Myka:''' Cavorite was an anti-gravity metal that H.G. Wells wrote about, but cavorite doesn't exist... I mean, there's no such thing.\\



--> '''Artie:''' Somehow, light and matter coalesced, and a 3D-projected Sherman tank became solid enough to shell the crowd.\\

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--> ---> '''Artie:''' Somehow, light and matter coalesced, and a 3D-projected Sherman tank became solid enough to shell the crowd.\\



** In [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E10TheBridge "The Bridge"]], Coulson once again reaffirms his stance that there is simply no way psychic abilities could possibly be real, even though the plot of the episode involves a SuperSerum and a shadowy cadre of villains who clearly have the means to augment the human body.
** A recurring theme on the show is the main characters insisting there are no psychic powers (and being right). The supposed case of telekinesis is actually a portal hoping StalkerWithACrush. The Clairvoyant does know some incredibly precise and classified information, with makes Coulson realize [[spoiler:that he's a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent]].

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** In [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E10TheBridge "The Bridge"]], "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E10TheBridge The Bridge]]", Coulson once again reaffirms his stance that there is simply no way psychic abilities could possibly be real, even though the plot of the episode involves a SuperSerum and a shadowy cadre of villains who clearly have the means to augment the human body.
** A recurring theme on the show is the main characters insisting there are no psychic powers (and being right). The supposed case of telekinesis is actually a portal hoping portal-hoping StalkerWithACrush. The Clairvoyant does know some incredibly precise and classified information, with makes Coulson realize [[spoiler:that he's a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent]].



** Mack in the Season 3 Midseason Finale scoffs at the idea that there might be an ancient alien god on the other side of the portal. Sadly, no one takes the time to remind him of [[Film/{{Thor}} the ancient alien god]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 who's been running around Earth]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld smacking things with a hammer]] [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron for the past few years]].
* Despite having lived for two years in a post-apocalyptic storm world in which people have all kinds of superpowers, tattoos, comic books and graffiti can all have a controlling influence on the real world, teleportation, power over dairy products, freezing time, body-swapping, zombies, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and bogeymen exist, brains can be stored digitally, and Rudy can convince his parents that he is pursuing a successful university career as opposed to being on community service, in the final episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', disbelief is still expressed at the possibility of Jess going back in time to avert catastrophe-even though time travel itself has featured prominently in the show in previous episodes.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma – the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, although she was raised in the "real" world and didn't learn who her parents were until she was an adult – still has trouble accepting that ''any'' character she grew up thinking was fictional may be real. For the second half of the third season, Regina correctly suggests [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West]] is the new villain, and Emma's reaction is, "Seriously? She's real too?" (Hook calls her on it.)

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** Mack in the Season 3 Midseason Finale mid-season finale scoffs at the idea that there might be an ancient alien god on the other side of the portal. Sadly, no one takes the time to remind him of [[Film/{{Thor}} the ancient alien god]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 who's been running around Earth]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld smacking things with a hammer]] [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron for the past few years]].
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'': Despite having lived for two years in a post-apocalyptic storm world in which people have all kinds of superpowers, tattoos, comic books and graffiti can all have a controlling influence on the real world, teleportation, power over dairy products, freezing time, body-swapping, zombies, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and bogeymen exist, brains can be stored digitally, and Rudy can convince his parents that he is pursuing a successful university career as opposed to being on community service, in the final episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', disbelief is still expressed at the possibility of Jess going back in time to avert catastrophe-even catastrophe -- even though time travel itself has featured prominently in the show in previous episodes.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma -- the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, although she was raised in the "real" world and didn't learn who her parents were until she was an adult -- still has trouble accepting that ''any'' character she grew up thinking was fictional may be real. For the second half of the third season, Regina correctly suggests [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West]] is the new villain, and Emma's reaction is, "Seriously? She's real too?" (Hook calls her on it.)



-->'''Brakenreid''': Crabtree, wait a minute. You're telling me that you believe in zombies, werewolves, vampires, Martians, Venusians, curses, voodoo ghosts and, apparently, sea monsters, but a creature in Lake Ontario that both I and Detective Murdoch have ''witnessed'' is beyond the scope of your otherwise vivid imagination? You're telling me that?
-->'''Crabtree''': Sir, I can't attest to what you witnessed. I'm afraid I remain a sceptic.

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-->'''Brakenreid''': -->'''Brakenreid:''' Crabtree, wait a minute. You're telling me that you believe in zombies, werewolves, vampires, Martians, Venusians, curses, voodoo ghosts and, apparently, sea monsters, but a creature in Lake Ontario that both I and Detective Murdoch have ''witnessed'' is beyond the scope of your otherwise vivid imagination? You're telling me that?
-->'''Crabtree''':
that?\\
'''Crabtree:'''
Sir, I can't attest to what you witnessed. I'm afraid I remain a sceptic.skeptic.



* On ''{{Series/Resurrection}},'' Marty calls out a preacher who claims he can perform faith healing and even influence who comes BackFromTheDead--something which, until now, seems to have been a natural phenomenon. Aside from that, Marty and the preacher seem to share dreams and visions. The preacher questions how many miracles Marty will have to see before he starts believing they're possible.

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* On ''{{Series/Resurrection}},'' ''Series/{{Resurrection}},'' Marty calls out a preacher who claims he can perform faith healing and even influence who comes BackFromTheDead--something BackFromTheDead -- something which, until now, seems to have been a natural phenomenon. Aside from that, Marty and the preacher seem to share dreams and visions. The preacher questions how many miracles Marty will have to see before he starts believing they're possible.



-->'''James Wesley:''' Madame Gao and Mr. Nobu have expressed their disappointment.
-->'''Vladimir Ranskahov:''' We have not heard of this.
-->'''James Wesley:''' Mmm, that's because we've been talking behind your back about how the Russians can't seem to handle ''one'' man running around in a mask. I mean, if he had [[Film/IronMan1 an iron suit]] or [[Film/{{Thor}} a magic hammer]], ''maybe'' that would explain why you keep getting your asses handed to you.

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-->'''James --->'''James Wesley:''' Madame Gao and Mr. Nobu have expressed their disappointment. \n-->'''Vladimir \\
''Vladimir
Ranskahov:''' We have not heard of this.
-->'''James
this.\\
'''James
Wesley:''' Mmm, that's because we've been talking behind your back about how the Russians can't seem to handle ''one'' man running around in a mask. I mean, if he had [[Film/IronMan1 an iron suit]] or [[Film/{{Thor}} a magic hammer]], ''maybe'' that would explain why you keep getting your asses handed to you.



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* In "Beyond Belief," a show from Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour wherein a married couple solve supernatural mysteries together:
-->'''Sadie:''' Frank, when did you decide there's no possible such thing as a talking dog? Was it [[CallBack when we met a cat-headed goddess?]] Oh--was it [[OurVampiresAreDifferent when I turned into a vampire and back in an evening?]] Or was it [[RuleOfThree when a genie granted us three wishes of our very own?]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Creatures of Beauty'', a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama, features the Doctor and Nyssa encountering the Veln. They know about aliens, but refuse to believe that there is more than one ''kind'' of alien: Even after blood-testing Nyssa they discover she's not Veln and assume she's Koteem. After finding no match with Koteem blood samples, one remarks that it must mean that she's a Koteem with a "different sort of blood".
[[/folder]]



* Similar to the above, the ''{{World of Darkness}}'' setting has the Sleepwalker merit that a character can take. This merit allows a non-supernatural character to see and comprehend magic as performed by mages. Normal people (AKA sleepers) react with Disbelief when they see magic, causing the spell to both fail and have catastrophic consequences for the mage who cast it. Similarly, werewolves have Lunacy, which means that mortals who see them do not understand what is going on and rationalize the experience in their own minds, and changelings have the Mask, which shields mortals from seeing their Fae aspects unless the changeling wills it.
* A weird example exists in {{Warhammer}}, the severity of it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on what source you're reading]]. The Empire refuses to believe in the existence of the Skaven, giant mutant rat people living just below the surface of the world. While this would normally be understandable, it must be pointed out that mutant Beastmen, Elves, Dragons and Magic are all just facts of life in this setting and the Dwarves exist in a constant state of war with the Skaven. Various sources have explained this as The Empire keeping it hushed up (to keep people from panicking), the Skaven themselves keeping their existence quiet or even some innate magic of the Skaven making they exist. Older sources said that people dismissed them as being a Beastmen variant, despite looking and acting nothing like Beastmen and being [[{{Magitek}} far more technologically advanced]].
* {{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}} has an example of this with the [[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/humanoids/sasquatch Sasquatch]]. Its description [[LampshadeHanging highlights]] that even in a {{Fantasy Kitchen Sink}} setting, scholars still doubt the existence of Sasquatches, citing a lack of remains or lairs. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Sasquatches are remarkably stealthy in their forest habitats, feel no need to build or modify potential lairs, carefully and solemnly bury their dead, and have a language that sounds like natural forest noises.

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* Similar to the above, the ''{{World of Darkness}}'' ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' setting has the Sleepwalker merit that a character can take. This merit allows a non-supernatural character to see and comprehend magic as performed by mages. Normal people (AKA sleepers) react with Disbelief when they see magic, causing the spell to both fail and have catastrophic consequences for the mage who cast it. Similarly, werewolves have Lunacy, which means that mortals who see them do not understand what is going on and rationalize the experience in their own minds, and changelings have the Mask, which shields mortals from seeing their Fae aspects unless the changeling wills it.
* A weird example exists in {{Warhammer}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the severity of it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on what source you're reading]]. The Empire refuses to believe in the existence of the Skaven, giant mutant rat people living just below the surface of the world. While this would normally be understandable, it must be pointed out that mutant Beastmen, Elves, Dragons and Magic are all just facts of life in this setting and the Dwarves exist in a constant state of war with the Skaven. Various sources have explained this as The Empire keeping it hushed up (to keep people from panicking), the Skaven themselves keeping their existence quiet or even some innate magic of the Skaven making they exist. Older sources said that people dismissed them as being a Beastmen variant, despite looking and acting nothing like Beastmen and being [[{{Magitek}} far more technologically advanced]].
* {{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}} ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has an example of this with the [[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/humanoids/sasquatch Sasquatch]]. Its description [[LampshadeHanging highlights]] that even in a {{Fantasy Kitchen Sink}} FantasyKitchenSink setting, scholars still doubt the existence of Sasquatches, citing a lack of remains or lairs. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} in that Sasquatches are remarkably stealthy in their forest habitats, feel no need to build or modify potential lairs, carefully and solemnly bury their dead, and have a language that sounds like natural forest noises.



* In ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods,'' Little Red Riding Hood doesn't believe Jack's really been up the beanstalk or that a hen laid a golden egg despite the world they live in. She similarly responds in disbelief to Cinderella talking to birds despite the fact she talked to a wolf.

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* In ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods,'' ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'':
**
Little Red Riding Hood doesn't believe Jack's really been up the beanstalk or that a hen laid a golden egg despite the world they live in. She similarly responds in disbelief to Cinderella talking to birds despite the fact she talked to a wolf.



* The ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series, known amongst other things for its humour, lampshades this trope by having Roland Ironfist say the following on his first letter to his wife, in ''Might and Magic VI'':
-->''No, Catherine, Lord Kilburn was probably slain by something much more mundane than devils; perhaps a pair of dragons.''
-->--'''Roland Ironfist'''
** This was clearly meant to be a joke, since Enroth, the planet on which the realm Roland rules is on, sports angels. The "devils" turn to be demon-like aliens. At least, an ''out-universe'' joke -- from Roland's perspective, it's a lot less arbitrary than it might seem (the game that ''introduced'' Roland had dragon attacks as as mundane a cause of death as boating accidents, food poisoning and falling out of windows. Devils, meanwhile, have been completely absent from recorded history).

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* The ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series, known amongst other things for its humour, humor, lampshades this trope by having Roland Ironfist say the following on his first letter to his wife, in ''Might and Magic VI'':
-->''No, -->'''Roland Ironfist:''' No, Catherine, Lord Kilburn was probably slain by something much more mundane than devils; perhaps a pair of dragons.''
-->--'''Roland Ironfist'''
**
dragons.
::
This was clearly meant to be a joke, since Enroth, the planet on which the realm Roland rules is on, sports angels. The "devils" turn to be demon-like aliens. At least, an ''out-universe'' joke -- from Roland's perspective, it's a lot less arbitrary than it might seem (the game that ''introduced'' Roland had dragon attacks as as mundane a cause of death as boating accidents, food poisoning and falling out of windows. Devils, meanwhile, have been completely absent from recorded history).



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' Snake is extremely skeptical of [[DepravedBisexual Vamp's]] abilities, fervently reaching for every possibly logical explanation for the wall climbing (later proven to be tech-based), his regen ability (again, tech-based[[note]][[MindScrew yet also natural at the same time]][[/note]]), and then Vamp's ability to paralyze people by pinning their shadow (actually a form of hypnosis). What's funny is that Snake has seen a man that could command ravens, a very powerful psychic that can brainwash people, and is himself a clone who is [[BreakingTheFourthWall aware he is a video-game character]].

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
**
In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' Snake is extremely skeptical of [[DepravedBisexual Vamp's]] abilities, fervently reaching for every possibly logical explanation for the wall climbing (later proven to be tech-based), his regen ability (again, tech-based[[note]][[MindScrew yet also natural at the same time]][[/note]]), and then Vamp's ability to paralyze people by pinning their shadow (actually a form of hypnosis). What's funny is that Snake has seen a man that could command ravens, a very powerful psychic that can brainwash people, and is himself a clone who is [[BreakingTheFourthWall aware he is a video-game character]].



* In the Case Files included with the Collector's Edition of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', it's noted that Dr. Penelope Young ''refuses'' to believe that the Ratcatcher can actually command rats, and believes he just has a bizarre form of Messiah complex; quite apart from the fact that working at Arkham requires her to treat extraordinary patients like Clayface and Poison Ivy, she's also going out of her way to ignore all the evidence of the Ratcatcher's ability provided by Batman and most of the other doctors at Arkham. For good measure, she continues to maintain her scepticism despite the fact that the Ratcatcher's cell is infested with rats!

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'':
**
In the Case Files included with the Collector's Edition of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Edition, it's noted that Dr. Penelope Young ''refuses'' to believe that the Ratcatcher can actually command rats, and believes he just has a bizarre form of Messiah complex; quite apart from the fact that working at Arkham requires her to treat extraordinary patients like Clayface and Poison Ivy, she's also going out of her way to ignore all the evidence of the Ratcatcher's ability provided by Batman and most of the other doctors at Arkham. For good measure, she continues to maintain her scepticism despite the fact that the Ratcatcher's cell is infested with rats!



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' subplot about the high school being haunted. The members of SEES treat the rumor with varying levels of skepticism and fear. That would make sense, if it weren't for the fact that SEES [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld fights dozens of "shadows" in the high school several times a week]]. This may be more of an IfJesusThenAliens case, as the shadows had thus far followed a strict set of rules regarding their appearances and ability to affect reality, being confined to the Dark Hour and all. A supernatural event taking place outside of that time would be at best a hoax, at worst an actual incursion beyond their previously established limitations.
** [[spoiler:Turns out the ghost story is not a ghost's doing but a girl who was trapped in Tartarus due to a cruel prank played on her and the ghostly sounds were the echoes of her inner voice while her body didn't exist in our world. It's.. complicated]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' subplot about the high school being haunted. The members of SEES treat the rumor with varying levels of skepticism and fear. That would make sense, if it weren't for the fact that SEES [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld fights dozens of "shadows" in the high school several times a week]]. This may be more of an IfJesusThenAliens case, as the shadows had thus far followed a strict set of rules regarding their appearances and ability to affect reality, being confined to the Dark Hour and all. A supernatural event taking place outside of that time would be at best a hoax, at worst an actual incursion beyond their previously established limitations.
**
limitations. [[spoiler:Turns out the ghost story is not a ghost's doing but a girl who was trapped in Tartarus due to a cruel prank played on her and the ghostly sounds were the echoes of her inner voice while her body didn't exist in our world. It's..It's... complicated]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', several characters are skeptical of the existence of Deathclaws, believing them to be just ghost stories. This is a world where giant, bloodthirsty mutant beasts of all kinds roam the wastelands. Yet, a beast that's just a little bigger and scarier is apparently nonsense. In later games though, the skepticism seems to have disappeared as Deathclaws have become more widely known about.
* Lynne from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' says she doesn't believe in a sixth sense. Sissel points out that she is currently a ghost.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', several characters are skeptical of the existence of Deathclaws, believing them to be just ghost stories. This is a world where giant, bloodthirsty mutant beasts of all kinds roam the wastelands. Yet, a beast that's just a little bigger and scarier is apparently nonsense. In later games though, the skepticism seems to have disappeared as Deathclaws have become more widely known about.
* 'VideoGame/GhostTrick'':
**
Lynne from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' says she doesn't believe in a sixth sense. Sissel points out that she is currently a ghost.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':



* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', Leah's skepticism of her Uncle Deckard's "crazy stories" (expressed while in the middle of a siege against the risen dead) is spoofed in this ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/21 strip]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'':
**
Leah's skepticism of her Uncle Deckard's "crazy stories" (expressed while in the middle of a siege against the risen dead) is spoofed in this ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/21 strip]].



--> '''Barbas''': Skyrim is now host to giant, flying lizards and two-legged cat-men, and you're surprised by ''me?'' Yes, I just talked! And am ''continuing'' to do so!

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--> '''Barbas''': -->'''Barbas:''' Skyrim is now host to giant, flying lizards and two-legged cat-men, and you're surprised by ''me?'' Yes, I just talked! And am ''continuing'' to do so!



* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', near the end of the game Elizabeth [[spoiler:transports herself, Booker, and Songbird to [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Rapture]] via a tear]]. Booker's reaction, after having been merrily galavanting around ''a city in the sky''?

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* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', near the end of the game Elizabeth [[spoiler:transports herself, Booker, and Songbird to [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Rapture]] via a tear]]. Booker's reaction, after having been merrily galavanting around ''a city in the sky''?sky''? (Though considering it's right in front of him and rather hard to ignore, he could just be saying that the concept is ridiculous.)



** Though considering it's right in front of him and rather hard to ignore, he could just be saying that the concept is ridiculous.



* In ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' 3, Date Masamune refuses to believe that Zhang Jiao can work miracles when he meets the character, despite by that point in the story Masamune has been working for a demon lord, traveling through time, and met and fought with and beside multiple gods.

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* In ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' 3, ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'', Date Masamune refuses to believe that Zhang Jiao can work miracles when he meets the character, despite by that point in the story Masamune has been working for a demon lord, traveling through time, and met and fought with and beside multiple gods.



* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', Edgeworth lampshades his own Arbitrary Skepticism when he scoffs at the impossibility of spiritual power, then finds himself [[spoiler:[[PsychicPowers looking for any of the "Psycholocks" produced by Phoenix's magatama that would indicate that Iris is lying]]]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', Tribulations'':
**
Edgeworth lampshades his own Arbitrary Skepticism when he scoffs at the impossibility of spiritual power, then finds himself [[spoiler:[[PsychicPowers looking for any of the "Psycholocks" produced by Phoenix's magatama that would indicate that Iris is lying]]]].



* Kirby from ''WebAnimation/PerfectKirby'' is shocked when he's told that he has to rescue an alien about the existence of aliens, and his boss points out that Kirby is an alien. It's actually subverted in that he knew aliens existed, he just didn't know any that worked for them. Neil then explains that lots of aliens work for them, including in the cafeteria.



* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':



** Krosp tries to invoke it on the former Heterodyne Senchal Carson von Mekkhan in Mechanicsburg later on only to be told off that a talking bipedal cat isn't the strangest thing in town.
*** After all, the Heterodynes are a family of incredibly strong [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Sparks]] that routinely do things that ''[[MadScientist other Sparks]]'' [[UpToEleven have trouble believing]].

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** Krosp tries to invoke it on the former Heterodyne Senchal Carson von Mekkhan in Mechanicsburg later on only to be told off that a talking bipedal cat isn't the strangest thing in town.
***
town. After all, the Heterodynes are a family of incredibly strong [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Sparks]] that routinely do things that ''[[MadScientist other Sparks]]'' [[UpToEleven have trouble believing]].



* Psycho Mantis in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' fan {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' is vehemently opposed to the idea of ghosts existing despite increasing evidence that they do when Big Boss possesses Liquid and being confronted by The Sorrow later on. This despite the fact that he is a ''psychic''. The Sorrow {{lampshades}} this. The comic seems to provide a [[JustifiedTrope reasonable explanation]] for Mantis' skepticism, namely that he might ''really'' want there to not be ghosts, since if there are, that means he's going to have to face a ''lot'' of pissed off victims of his when he dies.
** Rather ironically, ''his ghost'' shows up in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.

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* Psycho Mantis in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' fan {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' is vehemently opposed to the idea of ghosts existing despite increasing evidence that they do when Big Boss possesses Liquid and being confronted by The Sorrow later on. This despite the fact that he is a ''psychic''. The Sorrow {{lampshades}} this. The comic seems to provide a [[JustifiedTrope reasonable explanation]] for Mantis' skepticism, namely that he might ''really'' want there to not be ghosts, since if there are, that means he's going to have to face a ''lot'' of pissed off victims of his when he dies.
**
dies. Rather ironically, ''his ghost'' shows up in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.



* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''

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* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'':



* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The eponymous doctor is from a family comprised of ninja who never remove their masks for any reason; he lives next to a haunted forest; his hometown has a zombie contingency plan (and yes, it gets used [[spoiler:because the guy that instituted it [[SetrIGHTWhatOnceWentWrong came from the future specifically to do so]]]]); his mentor was a clone of Benjamin Franklin; and it only gets weirder from there. So what strikes him as unbelievably absurd? 1. A family legend about Irish proto-ninja defending their village by throwing frozen shamrocks, and 2. an ancient South American doomsday device that will go off if no one plays tennis with it. For the record, he doesn't disbelieve them so much as think they're completely ridiculous. Which they are. Later on in those storylines, he has to use frozen shamrocks to fend off pirates just like the legend goes and the tennis temple merely unveils the BigBookOfEverything left behind by the tribe that build it.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The eponymous doctor is from a family comprised of ninja who never remove their masks for any reason; he lives next to a haunted forest; his hometown has a zombie contingency plan (and yes, it gets used [[spoiler:because the guy that instituted it [[SetrIGHTWhatOnceWentWrong came from the future specifically to do so]]]]); his mentor was a clone of Benjamin Franklin; and it only gets weirder from there. So what strikes him as unbelievably absurd? 1. A family legend about Irish proto-ninja defending their village by throwing frozen shamrocks, and 2. an ancient South American doomsday device that will go off if no one no-one plays tennis with it. For the record, he doesn't disbelieve them so much as think they're completely ridiculous. Which they are. Later on in those storylines, he has to use frozen shamrocks to fend off pirates just like the legend goes and the tennis temple merely unveils the BigBookOfEverything left behind by the tribe that build it.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''''Webcomic/SkinHorse'':



-->'''Sweetheart:''' Werewolves are storybook monsters, Unity!\\

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-->'''Sweetheart:''' --->'''Sweetheart:''' Werewolves are storybook monsters, Unity!\\



** Played for laughs again later, when a New Orleans doctor they meet is accepting and completely used to zombies- but is utterly freaked out when the dog starts talking.
-->'''Remy:''' Sorry. There's weird, there's New Orleans weird, and apparently there's a third tier I wasn't aware of.
** And then it turns out that he believes in the voudon "death-like state" zombies -- he hadn't realised Unity was an actual deadgirl.

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** Played for laughs again later, when a New Orleans doctor they meet is accepting and completely used to zombies- zombies -- but is utterly freaked out when the dog starts talking.
-->'''Remy:''' --->'''Remy:''' Sorry. There's weird, there's New Orleans weird, and apparently there's a third tier I wasn't aware of.
** And then it turns out that he believes in the voudon "death-like state" zombies -- he hadn't realised realized Unity was an actual deadgirl.



-->'''Remy:''' No, I'd never say anything so absurd to a talking dog.
* ''HijinksEnsue'' refers to this as [[http://hijinksensue.com/2009/05/13/a-severe-case-of-scullyosis/ "Scullyosis"]].
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.
-->'''TG:''' dude monsters aren't real\\

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-->'''Remy:''' --->'''Remy:''' No, I'd never say anything so absurd to a talking dog.
* ''HijinksEnsue'' ''Webcomic/HijinksEnsue'' refers to this as [[http://hijinksensue.com/2009/05/13/a-severe-case-of-scullyosis/ "Scullyosis"]].
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.
-->'''TG:'''
''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** {{Discussed|Trope}}:
--->'''TG:'''
dude monsters aren't real\\



--->'''FCG:''' WE CAN [[ItemCrafting ALCHEMIZE]] [[CombinatorialExplosion PRACTICALLY ANYTHING]] WITH THE RIGHT MATERIALS AND GRIST.
--->'''FCG:''' WE CAN, AND DID, MAKE SUPER POWERFUL WEAPONS AND ITEMS THAT CAN DO PRACTICALLY ANYTHING.
--->'''FCG:''' WHAT ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGE COULD MAGIC OFFER? ALL THIS SHIT IS PRACTICALLY MAGIC ANYWAY.
--->'''FCG:''' BUT MORE LIKE
--->'''FCG:''' [[ScienceFantasy GOOFY SCIENCEY MAGIC.]] YOU KNOW?
** It's something of a RunningGag that a surprising number of characters maintain that magic is fakey-fake bullshit despite knowing about - and sometimes ''having'' - God Tier superpowers.

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--->'''FCG:''' WE CAN [[ItemCrafting ALCHEMIZE]] [[CombinatorialExplosion PRACTICALLY ANYTHING]] WITH THE RIGHT MATERIALS AND GRIST. \n--->'''FCG:''' \\
'''FCG:'''
WE CAN, AND DID, MAKE SUPER POWERFUL WEAPONS AND ITEMS THAT CAN DO PRACTICALLY ANYTHING.
--->'''FCG:'''
ANYTHING.\\
'''FCG:'''
WHAT ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGE COULD MAGIC OFFER? ALL THIS SHIT IS PRACTICALLY MAGIC ANYWAY.
--->'''FCG:'''
ANYWAY.\\
'''FCG:'''
BUT MORE LIKE
--->'''FCG:'''
LIKE\\
'''FCG:'''
[[ScienceFantasy GOOFY SCIENCEY MAGIC.]] YOU KNOW?
** It's something of a RunningGag that a surprising number of characters maintain that magic is fakey-fake bullshit despite knowing about - -- and sometimes ''having'' - God Tier -- God-Tier superpowers.



* Ellen in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' anticipated her friends will doubt her story about [[spoiler:living another life while asleep]]. [[UnfazedEveryman Sarah]] pointed out that they aren't in position to say an idea is "so out there":
-->'''Sarah:''' Look at us! We've got an [[HalfHumanHybrid alien hybrid]], two [[FunctionalMagic magic users]], a MadScientist and [[GenderBender we're all the opposite sex]] for a party!

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
**
Ellen in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' anticipated her friends will doubt her story about [[spoiler:living another life while asleep]]. [[UnfazedEveryman Sarah]] pointed out that they aren't in position to say an idea is "so out there":
-->'''Sarah:''' --->'''Sarah:''' Look at us! We've got an [[HalfHumanHybrid alien hybrid]], two [[FunctionalMagic magic users]], a MadScientist and [[GenderBender we're all the opposite sex]] for a party!



--> Wait a minute, after all we've seen... '''OH MY GOD BIGFOOT IS REAL'''

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--> --->'''Justin:''' Wait a minute, after all we've seen... '''OH MY GOD BIGFOOT IS REAL'''



-->"I don't believe in angels. Now if you want to talk about aliens, those are totally real. But angels? Nah."

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-->"I -->''"I don't believe in angels. Now if you want to talk about aliens, those are totally real. But angels? Nah.""''



--> ''"... and others wondered how exactly he could be a zombie and not be a mindless undead creature like the rest of the zombies. It just didn't make sense to some people (oddly, no one has yet questioned how he is able to not only write letters to Dr. Breen, but also have them promptly delivered)."''
* ''Blog/{{Moonstuck}}'' has Science Woona (a magical unicorn pony with wings) [[http://woonastuck.tumblr.com/post/17150752489 gets pretty upset when science is openly defied.]]
** Even better - [[AlterEgoActing Science Woona is just regular Woona]] with {{Nerd Glasses}} and a [[LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine labcoat]]. Guess who used her magical unicorn pony princess powers to defy science?

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--> ''"... and others wondered how exactly he could be a zombie and not be a mindless undead creature like the rest of the zombies. It just didn't make sense to some people (oddly, no one no-one has yet questioned how he is able to not only write letters to Dr. Breen, but also have them promptly delivered)."''
* ''Blog/{{Moonstuck}}'' has Science Woona (a magical unicorn pony with wings) [[http://woonastuck.tumblr.com/post/17150752489 gets pretty upset when science is openly defied.]]
**
]] Even better - -- [[AlterEgoActing Science Woona is just regular Woona]] with {{Nerd Glasses}} NerdGlasses and a [[LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine labcoat]]. Guess who used her magical unicorn pony princess powers to defy science?



-->Sammy: "It's funny to hear you excited about Khamega when your best friends are an Angel and a Demon!"
* Asia Ellis from ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' begins her first lesson in magic flat out rejecting the concepts and when told how to picture an aura states [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1855012/chapter-2-page-64-skeptic/ "how can I visualize something which does not exist?"]]. She has already used magic herself once in the story before this point and has had telepathic conversations and been teleported from one location to another. This is only counting the magic applied to her person. She does have reasons for holding firmly to her beliefs in reality, however. Something in her past required her to have to relearn everything she once knew and she does not believe herself capable of going through that again.

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-->Sammy: "It's -->'''Sammy:''' It's funny to hear you excited about Khamega when your best friends are an Angel and a Demon!"
Demon!
* Asia Ellis from ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' ''Webcomic/MorphE'' begins her first lesson in magic flat out flat-out rejecting the concepts concept, and when told how to picture an aura states [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1855012/chapter-2-page-64-skeptic/ "how can I visualize something which does not exist?"]]. She has already used magic herself once in the story before this point and has had telepathic conversations and been teleported from one location to another. This is only counting the magic applied to her person. She does have reasons for holding firmly to her beliefs in reality, however. Something in her past required her to have to relearn everything she once knew and she does not believe herself capable of going through that again.



* One of the protagonists in the sci-fi novel ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' has a healthy amount of skepticism before his mundane life is derailed by a torrent of supernatural horrors, but even after he's accepted the existence of demonic beings that can erase people from history, and hunting ghosts has become a routine freelance job for him, he's still quick to dismiss things that are merely unlikely, such as a claim his friend John makes about birds' feet getting frozen to power lines during particularly cold weather.

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* In "Beyond Belief", a show from ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'' wherein a married couple solve supernatural mysteries together:
-->'''Sadie:''' Frank, when did you decide there's no possible such thing as a talking dog? Was it [[CallBack when we met a cat-headed goddess?]] Oh -- was it [[OurVampiresAreDifferent when I turned into a vampire and back in an evening?]] Or was it [[RuleOfThree when a genie granted us three wishes of our very own?]]
* One of the protagonists in the sci-fi novel ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' has a healthy amount of skepticism before his mundane life is derailed by a torrent of supernatural horrors, but even after he's accepted the existence of demonic beings that can erase people from history, and hunting ghosts has become a routine freelance job for him, he's still quick to dismiss things that are merely unlikely, such as a claim his friend John makes about birds' feet getting frozen to power lines during particularly cold weather.



** The narrator actually notices birds whose feet have apparently frozen to power lines, and describes it in just enough detail for the audience to realize what happened even if the narrator's oblivious to it.

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** :: The narrator actually notices birds whose feet have apparently frozen to power lines, and describes it in just enough detail for the audience to realize what happened even if the narrator's oblivious to it.



* Achilles, leader of the ''[[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' is a genetically engineered super-soldier whose father is an immortal DiabolicalMastermind warlord. He's on team with a man who belongs to [[TheChosenMany an interstellar police force]], a [[SuperSpeed super-fast]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys talking gorilla]], a [[TimeTravel time traveler from the 40s]] who gained his powers from [[StupidJetpackHitler a Nazy super-science experiment]], and a neanderthal who [[AnIcePerson survived being frozen in a glacier for 40,000 years]]. That all said, he does not believe in magic, and thus refuses to believe that his teammate Arachne received her powers from the goddess Athena.
* During ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wants to go after a magic gauntlet, but doesn't actually believe that magic exists, much to the chagrin of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] (who uses a magic gun). This is despite the fact that the Critic himself has regularly had unrealistic things happen to him like being revived by Optimus Prime, being attacked by a demonic teddy bear, being visited by a guardian angel, and dealing with people with Street Fighter-like powers.

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* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': Achilles, leader of the ''[[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' Guardians'', is a genetically engineered super-soldier whose father is an immortal DiabolicalMastermind warlord. He's on team with a man who belongs to [[TheChosenMany an interstellar police force]], a [[SuperSpeed super-fast]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys talking gorilla]], a [[TimeTravel time traveler from the 40s]] who gained his powers from [[StupidJetpackHitler a Nazy super-science experiment]], and a neanderthal who [[AnIcePerson survived being frozen in a glacier for 40,000 years]]. That all said, he does not believe in magic, and thus refuses to believe that his teammate Arachne received her powers from the goddess Athena.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
**
During ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', the Critic wants to go after a magic gauntlet, but doesn't actually believe that magic exists, much to the chagrin of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] (who uses a magic gun). This is despite the fact that the Critic himself has regularly had unrealistic things happen to him like being revived by Optimus Prime, being attacked by a demonic teddy bear, being visited by a guardian angel, and dealing with people with Street Fighter-like powers.



-->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' Now, Chester, what did we talk about? There's no such thing as ghosts.
-->'''Chester A. Bum:''' Oh, yes! This coming from the guy who said there's no such thing as magical gauntlets, ancient sorcery, or books that can bring people back to life, and yet here we are!

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-->'''Nostalgia --->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' Now, Chester, what did we talk about? There's no such thing as ghosts.
-->'''Chester
ghosts.\\
'''Chester
A. Bum:''' Oh, yes! This coming from the guy who said there's no such thing as magical gauntlets, ancient sorcery, or books that can bring people back to life, and yet here we are!



* Parodied in ''LoadingReadyRun'' with their video "War of Christmas". The basic plot is that Christmas-related objects (tree ornaments, ribbons, inflatable Santas, etc.) are attacking people. Somebody asks if this could be the work of SantaClaus, leading another person to reply along the lines of "Santa Claus? Grow up! This is serious...like the Easter Bunny!" Worth noting that it's never actually stated if it ''is'' Santa or not.
* Kirby from ''WebAnimation/PerfectKirby'' is shocked when he's told that he has to rescue an alien about the existence of aliens, and his boss points out that Kirby is an alien.
** It's actually subverted in that he knew aliens existed, he just didn't know any that worked for them. Neil then explains that lots of aliens work for them, including in the cafeteria.

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* Parodied in ''LoadingReadyRun'' ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' with their video "War of Christmas". The basic plot is that Christmas-related objects (tree ornaments, ribbons, inflatable Santas, etc.) are attacking people. Somebody asks if this could be the work of SantaClaus, leading another person to reply along the lines of "Santa Claus? Grow up! This is serious...like the Easter Bunny!" Worth noting that it's never actually stated if it ''is'' Santa or not.
* Kirby from ''WebAnimation/PerfectKirby'' is shocked when he's told that he has to rescue an alien about the existence of aliens, and his boss points out that Kirby is an alien.
** It's actually subverted in that he knew aliens existed, he just didn't know any that worked for them. Neil then explains that lots of aliens work for them, including in the cafeteria.
not.



* Invoked in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' after Khosheck, the cat found hovering in the men's bathroom, gave birth to a litter of kittens.
--> '''Cecil:''' How does a he-cat give birth? Well, how does a he-cat hover in an immobile spot in a radio station bathroom?

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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'':
**
Invoked in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' after Khosheck, the cat found hovering in the men's bathroom, gave birth to a litter of kittens.
--> '''Cecil:''' --->'''Cecil:''' How does a he-cat give birth? Well, how does a he-cat hover in an immobile spot in a radio station bathroom?



* Despite WebVideo/CaptainDisillusion being all about debunking hoax videos and remaining skeptical, the titular Captain D doesn't question [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] living lens flares, [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] floating heads, and the other weird things he encounters.

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* Despite WebVideo/CaptainDisillusion ''WebVideo/CaptainDisillusion'' being all about debunking hoax videos and remaining skeptical, the titular Captain D doesn't question [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] living lens flares, [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] floating heads, and the other weird things he encounters.



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': In one episode, Jake scoffs at the idea of ghosts haunting his summer camp, despite being a human/dragon shapeshifter who deals with supernatural creatures all the time. He reassures the campers that, sure, unicorns and leprechauns exist, but ghosts? No way.
** Especially since he has seen the Grim Reaper in a prior episode. His name is Marty. Maybe Jake figures that having met the Grim Reaper, he'd take care of all the ghosts?
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': Frylock once told a scared Meatwad, "there's no such thing as monsters!" despite encountering them on a daily basis and being ''living food items'' themselves.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': In one episode, Jake scoffs at the idea of ghosts haunting his summer camp, despite being a human/dragon shapeshifter who deals with supernatural creatures all the time. He reassures the campers that, sure, unicorns and leprechauns exist, but ghosts? No way.
**
way. Especially since he has seen the Grim Reaper in a prior episode. His name is Marty. Maybe Jake figures that having met the Grim Reaper, he'd take care of all the ghosts?
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'':
**
Frylock once told a scared Meatwad, "there's no such thing as monsters!" despite encountering them on a daily basis and being ''living food items'' themselves.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':



** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' reveals that Sokka eventually gets rid of his Arbitrary Skepticism entirely. As an adult, when presented with evidence of [[spoiler: a man [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique bloodbending]] at times other than the full moon, [[WrongContextMagic which is supposedly impossible]]]], he cites all of the "impossible" things that the Gaang saw and did in the first series and decides that just because something hasn't happened before doesn't mean that it can't happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
** Janet "[[TheWasp Wasp]]" van Dyne thinks the idea of aliens is "just crazy". This from the girl who works with a [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor thunder god]], a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk giant green monster-man]], and a [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica revived from cryostasis]] SuperSoldier on a regular basis, and can herself turn into a laws-of-aerodynamics-breaking WingedHumanoid. [[spoiler:She's wrong.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that Wasp was teasing her friend who didn't want to be thought of as crazy for thinking a strange object is alien.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' reveals that Sokka eventually gets rid of his Arbitrary Skepticism entirely. As an adult, when presented with evidence of [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a man [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique bloodbending]] at times other than the full moon, [[WrongContextMagic which is supposedly impossible]]]], he cites all of the "impossible" things that the Gaang saw and did in the first series and decides that just because something hasn't happened before doesn't mean that it can't happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Janet "[[TheWasp Wasp]]" van Dyne thinks the idea of aliens is "just crazy". This from the girl who works with a [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor thunder god]], a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk giant green monster-man]], and a [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica revived from cryostasis]] SuperSoldier on a regular basis, and can herself turn into a laws-of-aerodynamics-breaking WingedHumanoid. [[spoiler:She's wrong.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} by the fact that Wasp was teasing her friend who didn't want to be thought of as crazy for thinking a strange object is alien.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': Hawkeye was reluctant to believe vampires are real and even more reluctant about Count Dracula (actually King Dracula) being real despite being part of a team that has [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a god]] among them. Thor himself brings it up that the others used to consider him a myth before meeting him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Subverted in the episode "Revenant", when Terry tells Bruce about a so-called "ghost" his classmates believe to be haunting his high school. Terry expects Bruce to reject the notion out of hand because there's no such thing as ghosts. Bruce then turns to Terry and explains [[SeenItAll he's]] ''[[SeenItAll met]]'' [[SeenItAll ghosts, wizards, witch-boys, zombies, immortals and demons]]... but he doesn't believe it in this case, because it sounds "too high school". Turns out, he was right. It wasn't a ghost, it was StalkerWithACrush, Willie Watt, who had psychic powers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': Hawkeye was is reluctant to believe vampires are real and even more reluctant about Count Dracula (actually King Dracula) being real despite being part of a team that has [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a god]] among them. Thor himself brings it up that the others used to consider him a myth before meeting him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Subverted in the episode "Revenant", when Terry tells Bruce about a so-called "ghost" his classmates believe to be haunting his high school. Terry expects Bruce to reject the notion out of hand because there's no such thing as ghosts. Bruce then turns to Terry and explains [[SeenItAll he's]] ''[[SeenItAll met]]'' [[SeenItAll ghosts, wizards, witch-boys, zombies, immortals and demons]]... but he doesn't believe it in this case, because it sounds "too high school". Turns out, he was is right. It wasn't isn't a ghost, it was is StalkerWithACrush, Willie Watt, who had has psychic powers.



-->'''Frostbite:''' Your central readings indicate extreme cold, as if your body is self-generating it. I sensed it within you the last time we met.\\

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-->'''Frostbite:''' ** This exchange:
--->'''Frostbite:'''
Your central readings indicate extreme cold, as if your body is self-generating it. I sensed it within you the last time we met.\\



-->'''Dewey''': You don't believe in magic, do you Uncle Scrooge?
-->'''Scrooge''': Oh, I never said that. I've seen too many amazing things that only magic could explain.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has included Godly miracles, a visit from Jesus, a visit from Death, and countless events of the just plain ludicrous variety, yet Brian remains a staunch atheist.

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-->'''Dewey''': -->'''Dewey:''' You don't believe in magic, do you Uncle Scrooge?
-->'''Scrooge''':
Scrooge?\\
'''Scrooge:'''
Oh, I never said that. I've seen too many amazing things that only magic could explain.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** The show
has included Godly miracles, a visit from Jesus, a visit from Death, and countless events of the just plain ludicrous variety, yet Brian remains a staunch atheist.



-->'''Meg''': *Holds up an ornament representing Jesus' birth in a manger* This one's my favorite ornament. I can only imagine what it must have been like for them on that very first Christmas.
-->'''Brian''': Yeah, it was probably very moving... And fictional.
-->'''Stewie''': Jesus lived with us for like a week, what else do you need?

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-->'''Meg''': *Holds --->'''Meg:''' ''[holds up an ornament representing Jesus' Jesus's birth in a manger* manger]'' This one's my favorite ornament. I can only imagine what it must have been like for them on that very first Christmas.
-->'''Brian''':
Christmas.\\
'''Brian:'''
Yeah, it was probably very moving... And fictional.
-->'''Stewie''':
and fictional.\\
'''Stewie:'''
Jesus lived with us for like a week, what else do you need?



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South ", Fry points out how weird it is that despite having a crustacean alien as a coworker, no one believes that he saw a mermaid. {{Justified}} since in the future that Futurama takes place in aliens are commonplace while mermaids are still regarded as mythical.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
**
In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South ", Fry points out how weird it is that despite having a crustacean alien as a coworker, no one believes that he saw a mermaid. {{Justified}} since in the future that Futurama takes place in aliens are commonplace while mermaids are still regarded as mythical.



-->'''Professor Farnsworth''': Time travel is impossible!
-->'''Fry''': But Professor Farnsworth, you've time traveled.
-->'''Professor Farnsworth''': [[FlatEarthAtheist That proves nothing!]]

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-->'''Professor Farnsworth''': --->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Time travel is impossible!
-->'''Fry''':
impossible!\\
'''Fry:'''
But Professor Farnsworth, you've time traveled.
-->'''Professor Farnsworth''':
traveled.\\
'''Professor Farnsworth:'''
[[FlatEarthAtheist That proves nothing!]]



'''Dr. Orpheus:''' ''(summons fire with his bare hands)''\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' ''(lights match)''

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'''Dr. Orpheus:''' ''(summons ''[Dr. Orpheus summons fire with his bare hands)''\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' ''(lights match)''
hands]''\\
''[Dr. Venture lights a match]''



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kid Flash, despite living and working with superheroes that include [[BadassNormal Robin]], [[MakingASplash Aqualad]], [[SuperStrength Super]][[NighInvulnerable boy]], and [[PsychicPowers Miss Martian]]; does not believe in magic, despite the fact where this trait comes up is in an episode where he is in the tower of a magician that has been alive for centuries and is constantly being put through magic escapades. More precisely, he does believe in the magician's power; however, he assumes [[DoingInTheWizard there is a scientific]] [[ClarksThirdLaw explanation behind it]]. This is likely because one of the Flash's enemies uses advanced technology and claims it to be magic (and, in a CMOF, on of the enemies spying on him is using the EXACT SAME tech setup he was just talking about!).
** He grows out of it by the end of the episode. [[spoiler:After all, if you put a magic helmet on yourself and wind up inside the helmet talking to a guy who's recently died and a [[PowersThatBe Lord of Order]] who's currently possessing your body, wouldn't it be kind of stupid to continue to disbelieve magic? He does, however, take a while to admit it, simply because he doesn't want to admit to his teammates that he was wrong.]] He also has no problem with [[CuteWitch Zatanna]] or her father Zatara's magic in later episodes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kid Flash, despite living and working with superheroes that include [[BadassNormal Robin]], [[MakingASplash Aqualad]], [[SuperStrength Super]][[NighInvulnerable boy]], and [[PsychicPowers Miss Martian]]; does not believe in magic, despite the fact where this trait comes up is in an episode where he is in the tower of a magician that has been alive for centuries and is constantly being put through magic escapades. More precisely, he does believe in the magician's power; however, he assumes [[DoingInTheWizard there is a scientific]] [[ClarksThirdLaw explanation behind it]]. This is likely because one of the Flash's enemies uses advanced technology and claims it to be magic (and, in a CMOF, on of the enemies spying on him is using the EXACT SAME tech setup he was just talking about!).
**
about!). He grows out of it by the end of the episode. [[spoiler:After all, if you put a magic helmet on yourself and wind up inside the helmet talking to a guy who's recently died and a [[PowersThatBe Lord of Order]] who's currently possessing your body, wouldn't it be kind of stupid to continue to disbelieve magic? He does, however, take a while to admit it, simply because he doesn't want to admit to his teammates that he was wrong.]] He also has no problem with [[CuteWitch Zatanna]] or her father Zatara's magic in later episodes.episodes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Super4'', Gene adamantly insists that ghosts don't exist in a world already including magic, fairies and dragons. Sure, their first two encounters were ScoobyDooHoax[=es=], but there are genuine ghosts too, including one prisoner of a vial in Alex's castle.
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