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1st Nov '16 6:28:57 PM nombretomado
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* The Spectres in ''HisDarkMaterials'' can only be seen by children, but feed on the minds/souls of adults.

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* The Spectres in ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' can only be seen by children, but feed on the minds/souls of adults.
4th Aug '16 8:55:02 PM PaulA
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* Inverted in FredricBrown's ''MartiansGoHome''. The Martians are real, and everyone on earth can see them -- in fact, it's impossible not to -- except for one guy, thanks to a Martian-caused nervous breakdown.

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* Inverted in FredricBrown's ''MartiansGoHome''.Creator/FredricBrown's ''Literature/MartiansGoHome''. The Martians are real, and everyone on earth can see them -- in fact, it's impossible not to -- except for one guy, thanks to a Martian-caused nervous breakdown.
28th Jul '16 7:17:01 PM darksoul4242
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* In the tabletop role-playing game ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', a Changeling's mien (that is, their true, Fae-inspired appearance) is virtually impossible to detect against a Changeling's will, even to other magical folk; though there may be enough bleedover to make their mundane appearance unique or unusual enough to make others suspect there could be something wrong , the illusion of a normal visage, called the Mask, is complete and almost impenetrable. However, one book lists optional conditions for people who are naturally capable of seeing through it-- such as the [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh son of a seventh son]], a person with heterochromia, or someone born on Leap Day.

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* In the tabletop role-playing game ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', a Changeling's mien (that is, their true, Fae-inspired appearance) is virtually impossible to detect against a Changeling's will, even to other magical folk; though there may be enough bleedover to make their mundane appearance unique or unusual enough to make others suspect there could be something wrong , wrong, the illusion of a normal visage, called the Mask, is complete and almost impenetrable. However, one book lists optional conditions for people who are naturally capable of seeing through it-- such as the [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh son of a seventh son]], a person with heterochromia, or someone born on Leap Day.
20th Jun '16 11:18:35 AM gewunomox
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* BillyJoel uses this trope word-for-word as a lyric in his song "River of Dreams".

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* BillyJoel Music/BillyJoel uses this trope word-for-word as a lyric in his song "River of Dreams".
17th Jun '16 11:50:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[{{Psychopomp}} Reapers]] are only visible to people who are either already dead or close to death.
** {{Hellhound}}s are only visible to people who have made a DealWithTheDevil and are nearing the end of their contracts.
17th Jun '16 2:46:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of ''SkunkFu'' the invisible ninja monkeys could only be seen by stupid people so Ox the dumbest cast member was the only one able to see and fight them. Skunk and the others think of stupid thoughts and are then able to see them.
* In the ''SushiPack'' episode "The Thing That Wasn't There," only Maguro can see the electrical monster that's wreaking havoc in Wharf City. Whether or not this is due to her mental powers is never explained, and she herself says she doesn't know why she can see it while the others can't.
* Spoofed in ''TheSimpsons'' with Osmodiar, a similar-looking alien that can only be seen by Homer. And indeed, the audience can't see it either.

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* In an episode of ''SkunkFu'' ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' the invisible ninja monkeys could only be seen by stupid people so Ox the dumbest cast member was the only one able to see and fight them. Skunk and the others think of stupid thoughts and are then able to see them.
* In the ''SushiPack'' ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' episode "The Thing That Wasn't There," only Maguro can see the electrical monster that's wreaking havoc in Wharf City. Whether or not this is due to her mental powers is never explained, and she herself says she doesn't know why she can see it while the others can't.
* Spoofed in ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Osmodiar, a similar-looking alien that can only be seen by Homer. And indeed, the audience can't see it either.
27th Apr '16 1:32:46 PM CaptEquinox
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* The classic short story ''Eight O'Clock in the Morning'' had monsters who could only be seen after awakening from hypnosis. It was adapted into the SoBadItsGood movie ''They Live'', where the monsters can only be seen by wearing special sunglasses.

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* The classic short story ''Eight O'Clock in the Morning'' by Ray Nelson had monsters who could only be seen after awakening from hypnosis.hypnosis. Under normal circumstances, the aliens were visible, but appeared to be average human beings. It was adapted into the SoBadItsGood movie ''They Live'', where the monsters can only be seen by wearing special sunglasses.
30th Mar '16 6:15:19 AM Eievie
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This trope does not include cases where the ability to see the creatures is [[InvisibleToNormals granted by magic or psychic powers, etc]]. Anyone in the appropriate demographic, no matter how [[{{Muggle}} normal otherwise]], can perceive the creature just as easily. In some cases, the creatures can appear as people but the people possessing that trait can see them as [[GlamourFailure what they really are]].

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This trope does not include cases where the ability to see the creatures is [[InvisibleToNormals granted by magic or psychic powers, etc]]. Anyone in the appropriate demographic, no matter how [[{{Muggle}} normal otherwise]], can perceive the creature just as easily. In some cases, the creatures can appear as people but the people possessing that trait can see them as [[GlamourFailure what they really are]].
30th Mar '16 6:13:25 AM Eievie
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'''Elena:''' Huh? Bombo, I... I can see you! The Bobaks, Bursties, Snyakutz Bu, I can see all of you!

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'''Elena:''' Huh? Bombo, I... I… I can see you! The Bobaks, Bursties, Snyakutz Bu, I can see all of you!



** Death can be seen by animals, witches and wizards, and small children. And people about to die or who are having a near-death experience. In brief, anybody whose WeirdnessCensor is off. ...And Carrot, who used him as a witness for a murder in the short story 'Theatre of Cruelty'. The book ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' states that Death can also be seen if people truly expect to see him (which may explain Carrot's ability to use him as a witness). In ''Wyrd Sisters'', Death walks on stage during a play at a time when the audience expects an actor playing Death to show up -- and is seen by everyone in the audience. And gets stage fright.

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** Death can be seen by animals, witches and wizards, and small children. And people about to die or who are having a near-death experience. In experience--in brief, anybody whose WeirdnessCensor is off. ...And off… and Carrot, who used him as a witness for a murder in the short story 'Theatre of Cruelty'. The book ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' states that Death can also be seen if people truly expect to see him (which may explain Carrot's ability to use him as a witness). In ''Wyrd Sisters'', Death walks on stage during a play at a time when the audience expects an actor playing Death to show up -- and is seen by everyone in the audience. And gets stage fright.


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* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Hollowgasts are invisible to all but a ''very'' few peculiars with the unique peculiarity of being able to see them, such as [[spoiler: Abraham and Jacob Portman]].
18th Mar '16 12:11:03 PM ObsidianFire
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* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Hurley, who is GenreSavvy, theorizes that only he, Locke, and Ben can see Jacob's cabin because they are the craziest ones.

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* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Hurley, who is GenreSavvy, Hurley theorizes that only he, Locke, and Ben can see Jacob's cabin because they are the craziest ones.
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