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9th Aug '16 5:09:44 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'', there is a giant one of those inspired by the Ghostbusters logo.

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* In Subverted in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'', there is a giant one of those inspired by when the Ghostbusters logo.characters order the main villainous ghost to appear as something "small and friendly". He turns into a cute copy of the Bedsheet Ghost from the franchise's logo... and then swells up into a {{Kaiju}} and starts smashing the city.
4th Aug '16 6:45:35 AM Vir
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* The spectres of ''VideoGame{{OFF}}'' often take this form.

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* The spectres of ''VideoGame{{OFF}}'' ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' often take this form.
23rd Jul '16 4:56:46 PM nombretomado
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Over time, as the shroud became emblematic of the ghost, ghosts were depicted as less corporeal by showing the shroud without a body underneath it. Some stories even go one step further by showing the ghost as a wispy blob of ectoplasm, vaguely shroud-like in appearance, à la CasperTheFriendlyGhost.

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Over time, as the shroud became emblematic of the ghost, ghosts were depicted as less corporeal by showing the shroud without a body underneath it. Some stories even go one step further by showing the ghost as a wispy blob of ectoplasm, vaguely shroud-like in appearance, à la CasperTheFriendlyGhost.
WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost.
23rd Jul '16 12:07:56 PM MsChibi
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Like many images common to modern culture, the Bed Sheet Ghost began as a theatrical convention that has long lost its context. In Shakespeare's day, it was common to portray ghosts in armor on stage (for example, Hamlet's father is often depicted in a full suit of armor in historical depictions.) In Elizabethan England, armor was no longer worn in combat, and the costuming convention at the time was to dress characters in contemporary (Renaissance) clothing. So, by dressing a character in armor, the character was given an out of date look, and recognized as a ghost. However, as special effects became more elaborate, it became common to lower the actor playing the ghost onto stage with a pulley. Of course, the heavy armor clanked loudly, and by the 19th century, the sight of an armored ghost on stage was more likely to bring laughter than fear.

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Like many images common to modern culture, the Bed Sheet Ghost began as a theatrical convention that has long [[ForgottenTrope lost its context.context]]. In Shakespeare's day, it was common to portray ghosts in armor on stage (for example, Hamlet's father is often depicted in a full suit of armor in historical depictions.) In Elizabethan England, armor was no longer worn in combat, and the costuming convention at the time was to dress characters in contemporary (Renaissance) clothing. So, by dressing a character in armor, the character was given an out of date look, and recognized as a ghost. However, as special effects became more elaborate, it became common to lower the actor playing the ghost onto stage with a pulley. Of course, the heavy armor clanked loudly, and by the 19th century, the sight of an armored ghost on stage was more likely to bring laughter than fear.
14th Jul '16 10:24:48 PM igordebraga
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* Film/{{DarkShadows}}: Double Subverted. The first time Victoria sees a "ghost", it's very obviously David trying to scare her. The second time, when she thinks it's David again... there is a very real specter underneath the sheets. She's neither surprised nor scared though, since she's known this ghost since her childhood.

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* Film/{{DarkShadows}}: ''Film/DarkShadows'': Double Subverted. The first time Victoria sees a "ghost", it's very obviously David trying to scare her. The second time, when she thinks it's David again... there is a very real specter underneath the sheets. She's neither surprised nor scared though, since she's known this ghost since her childhood.


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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'', there is a giant one of those inspired by the Ghostbusters logo.
29th Jun '16 6:58:15 AM jormis29
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' has a surprise cameo from the last person you would expect pulling this. [[spoiler: [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' has a surprise cameo from the last person you would expect pulling this. [[spoiler: [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]].]]



* ''MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'': "Three Little Ghosts".

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* ''MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'': ''WesternAnimation/MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'': "Three Little Ghosts".
26th Jun '16 9:49:29 AM CaptEquinox
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* The attorney's little daughters in the 1966 farce ''Hotel Paradiso'' discuss the rumors they've heard that the hotel is haunted. Remembering a Halloween play, they put on sheets, circle around and sing. Hysteria ensues.
24th Jun '16 11:48:49 PM foxley
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* In {{Creator/Studio100}}'s Series/KabouterPlop series, Klus is seen scaring the other gnomes while wearing a bedsheet and scaring the other gnomes thinking him as a ghost.

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* In {{Creator/Studio100}}'s Series/KabouterPlop ''Series/KabouterPlop'' series, Klus is seen scaring the other gnomes while wearing a bedsheet and scaring the other gnomes thinking him as a ghost.ghost.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "The Silent Land", a prankster dresses up as a bedsheet ghost in order to disrupt a ghost walk. However, the killer takes advantage of the distraction to murder the second VictimOfTheWeek.
17th Jun '16 1:12:07 AM PaulA
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* OscarWilde's ''The Canterville Ghost'' originally popularized this trope.

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* OscarWilde's ''The Canterville Ghost'' Creator/OscarWilde's ''Literature/TheCantervilleGhost'' originally popularized this trope.
16th Jun '16 11:34:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhatAboutMimi'': In "Our Little Einstein", Mimi, along with her older brother Jason, does this to scare her little brother Bradley into going to a private school for gifted kids. This fails, however, due to the fact that Jason can't see where he is going while carrying Mimi, causing him to trip and make the sheet that they were wearing to fall off.

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* ''WhatAboutMimi'': ''WesternAnimation/WhatAboutMimi'': In "Our Little Einstein", Mimi, along with her older brother Jason, does this to scare her little brother Bradley into going to a private school for gifted kids. This fails, however, due to the fact that Jason can't see where he is going while carrying Mimi, causing him to trip and make the sheet that they were wearing to fall off.



* A HalloweenEpisode of ''TimmyTime'' has Timmy's friends do this to scare him.

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* A HalloweenEpisode of ''TimmyTime'' ''WesternAnimation/TimmyTime'' has Timmy's friends do this to scare him.
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