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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.
14th Mar '16 5:54:22 AM LeifEriksson
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*In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' from part 3 onwards, stands can only be seen by other stand users. They're invisible to everyone else.
1st Mar '16 3:48:17 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Alan Dean Foster's ''Into The Out Of'' features three characters who are the only ones who can see the supernatural creatures infiltrating the world in order to destroy it. For two of them, it's a ''literal'' case of ByTheEyesOfTheBlind, as both of them have lost an eye and can see the creatures with their ''glass'' eye. The third has a ThirdEye.'

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* Alan Dean Foster's ''Into The Out Of'' features three characters who are the only ones who can see the supernatural creatures infiltrating the world in order to destroy it. For two of them, it's a ''literal'' case of ByTheEyesOfTheBlind, as both of them have lost an eye and can see the creatures with their ''glass'' eye. The third has a ThirdEye.'
12th Jan '16 1:30:37 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/ItFollows'', the monster can only be seen by its designated victims. It still has a physical body, so when Jay manages to convince her friends of the monster's existence, they do tricks like throwing a blanket over it so they can tell where it is.
30th Dec '15 2:33:05 AM SheledUmlal
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* Thestrals in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' can only be seen by those who have witnessed someone die. Harry joins this group in the fifth book after he comes to terms with being there at Cedric's murder. It comes as a bit of a shock when he arrives at Hogwarts and sees that the "horseless" carriages are actually pulled by skeletal, reptile-faced, winged horses.

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* Thestrals How the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' learn about the existence of the Chee, a race of androids living among humans through the use of holograms: in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' dog morph, Marco notes that Eric has no smell (though he was carrying smells picked up from touching other people), but because dogs have mammalian eyes, he still looked normal. It takes a spider morph, with completely different eyes, to reveal the machine under the hologram.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel ''Dark Apprentice'', [[spoiler: Luke Skywalker]]'s Force ghost
can only be seen only by those who have witnessed someone die. Harry joins this group in the fifth book after he comes to terms with being there at Cedric's murder. It comes as a bit of a shock when he arrives at Hogwarts Solo twins, Jacen and sees that Jaina. Although they see him through the "horseless" carriages are actually pulled by skeletal, reptile-faced, winged horses.Force, the trope still applies since the other Jedi were unable to detect him.



* ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes The Ten O'Clock People]]'', by Creator/StephenKing, had monsters that appeared as human but could only be identified by people who smoke a certain amount (roughly a couple a day, but not heavily).

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* ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' inverts this in the latter books. [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Siona]] and [[Literature/HereticsOfDune her descendants]] are invisible to prescience. This is important both to humanity's survival so no one threat can target all of humanity ever again, but it is the only thing that saves [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune Chapterhouse planet]] from destruction by the Honored Matres.
*
The Ten classic short story ''Eight O'Clock People]]'', by Creator/StephenKing, in the Morning'' had monsters that appeared as human but who could only be identified seen after awakening from hypnosis. It was adapted into the SoBadItsGood movie ''They Live'', where the monsters can only be seen by people who smoke a certain amount (roughly a couple a day, but not heavily).wearing special sunglasses.



* 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'' had monsters who could only be seen after awakening from hypnosis. It was adapted into the SoBadItsGood movie ''They Live'', where the monsters ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', "Gods Above": No one but Moke can see Woden and an [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended McHenry]] at first, but that's because 1. [[spoiler:Moke is Woden's son]]; 2. Woden's enemies are keeping them concealed, and 3. They don't see them because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve they don't believe they're there]].
* In Gustave Le Rouge's ''La Guerre des Vampires'', Martians
can only be seen by blind people (or by someone who's wearing a special sunglasses.Martian helmet).
* Thestrals in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' can only be seen by those who have witnessed someone die. Harry joins this group in the fifth book after he comes to terms with being there at Cedric's murder. It comes as a bit of a shock when he arrives at Hogwarts and sees that the "horseless" carriages are actually pulled by skeletal, reptile-faced, winged horses.
* The Spectres in ''HisDarkMaterials'' can only be seen by children, but feed on the minds/souls of adults.



* Alan Dean Foster's ''Into The Out Of'' features three characters who are the only ones who can see the supernatural creatures infiltrating the world in order to destroy it. For two of them, it's a ''literal'' case of ByTheEyesOfTheBlind, as both of them have lost an eye and can see the creatures with their ''glass'' eye. The third has a ThirdEye.'



* Central to Creator/TheodoreSturgeon's classic novella, "The [Widget], The [Wadget], and Boff".

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* Central In ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', normal humans can't see the titular unicorn (or unicorns in general). All they will see is a white mare at best. It is implied that only some humans who deeply believe in their existence, such as Molly, or being possessing magic, such as Schmendrick and the witch who captures her early in the movie, can see her who what she truly is. Said witch had to Creator/TheodoreSturgeon's classic novella, "The [Widget], create on her a ''fake'' horn in order to make people believe she was a true unicorn, since they can't see her real horn. Haggard himself can see through her human disguise because, as he puts it, everything in her behaviour betrays her real nature. Finally, the skull saw right through her disguise.
* Inverted in FredricBrown's ''MartiansGoHome''.
The [Wadget], Martians are real, and Boff".everyone on earth can see them -- in fact, it's impossible not to -- except for one guy, thanks to a Martian-caused nervous breakdown.
* Lucinda from ''Literature/MissPrince'' is able to see a job advertisement for a fairytale prince in a normal newsagent because she believes in that world.
* In ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Myth-ion Improbable]]'', the lurking dust bunnies of the Vortex dimensions are invisible to guys. Of course.



* Faeries in ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' can only be seen by people with the Sight. If you don't have it, you can get it by rubbing faerie ointment, faerie bathing water, or hobgoblin saliva in your eyes, or by carrying a FourLeafClover or a seeing stone.



* The Spectres in ''HisDarkMaterials'' can only be seen by children, but feed on the minds/souls of adults.
* In Gustave Le Rouge's ''La Guerre des Vampires'', Martians can only be seen by blind people (or by someone who's wearing a special Martian helmet).
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel ''Dark Apprentice'', [[spoiler: Luke Skywalker]]'s Force ghost can be seen only by the Solo twins, Jacen and Jaina. Although they see him through the Force, the trope still applies since the other Jedi were unable to detect him.
* In ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Myth-ion Improbable]]'', the lurking dust bunnies of the Vortex dimensions are invisible to guys. Of course.
* How the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' learn about the existence of the Chee, a race of androids living among humans through the use of holograms: in dog morph, Marco notes that Eric has no smell (though he was carrying smells picked up from touching other people), but because dogs have mammalian eyes, he still looked normal. It takes a spider morph, with completely different eyes, to reveal the machine under the hologram.
* ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', "Gods Above": No one but Moke can see Woden and an [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended McHenry]] at first, but that's because 1. [[spoiler:Moke is Woden's son]]; 2. Woden's enemies are keeping them concealed, and 3. They don't see them because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve they don't believe they're there]].
* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', normal humans can't see the titular unicorn (or unicorns in general). All they will see is a white mare at best. It is implied that only some humans who deeply believe in their existence, such as Molly, or being possessing magic, such as Schmendrick and the witch who captures her early in the movie, can see her who what she truly is. Said witch had to create on her a ''fake'' horn in order to make people believe she was a true unicorn, since they can't see her real horn. Haggard himself can see through her human disguise because, as he puts it, everything in her behaviour betrays her real nature. Finally, the skull saw right through her disguise.
* Alan Dean Foster's ''Into The Out Of'' features three characters who are the only ones who can see the supernatural creatures infiltrating the world in order to destroy it. For two of them, it's a ''literal'' case of ByTheEyesOfTheBlind, as both of them have lost an eye and can see the creatures with their ''glass'' eye. The third has a ThirdEye.'
* Faeries in ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' can only be seen by people with the Sight. If you don't have it, you can get it by rubbing faerie ointment, faerie bathing water, or hobgoblin saliva in your eyes, or by carrying a FourLeafClover or a seeing stone.
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' inverts this in the latter books. [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Siona]] and [[Literature/HereticsOfDune her descendants]] are invisible to prescience. This is important both to humanity's survival so no one threat can target all of humanity ever again, but it is the only thing that saves [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune Chapterhouse planet]] from destruction by the Honored Matres.

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* ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes The Spectres in ''HisDarkMaterials'' can Ten O'Clock People]]'', by Creator/StephenKing, had monsters that appeared as human but could only be seen by children, but feed on the minds/souls of adults.
* In Gustave Le Rouge's ''La Guerre des Vampires'', Martians can only be seen by blind people (or by someone who's wearing a special Martian helmet).
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel ''Dark Apprentice'', [[spoiler: Luke Skywalker]]'s Force ghost can be seen only by the Solo twins, Jacen and Jaina. Although they see him through the Force, the trope still applies since the other Jedi were unable to detect him.
* In ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Myth-ion Improbable]]'', the lurking dust bunnies of the Vortex dimensions are invisible to guys. Of course.
* How the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' learn about the existence of the Chee, a race of androids living among humans through the use of holograms: in dog morph, Marco notes that Eric has no smell (though he was carrying smells picked up from touching other people), but because dogs have mammalian eyes, he still looked normal. It takes a spider morph, with completely different eyes, to reveal the machine under the hologram.
* ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', "Gods Above": No one but Moke can see Woden and an [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended McHenry]] at first, but that's because 1. [[spoiler:Moke is Woden's son]]; 2. Woden's enemies are keeping them concealed, and 3. They don't see them because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve they don't believe they're there]].
* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', normal humans can't see the titular unicorn (or unicorns in general). All they will see is a white mare at best. It is implied that only some humans who deeply believe in their existence, such as Molly, or being possessing magic, such as Schmendrick and the witch who captures her early in the movie, can see her who what she truly is. Said witch had to create on her a ''fake'' horn in order to make people believe she was a true unicorn, since they can't see her real horn. Haggard himself can see through her human disguise because, as he puts it, everything in her behaviour betrays her real nature. Finally, the skull saw right through her disguise.
* Alan Dean Foster's ''Into The Out Of'' features three characters who are the only ones who can see the supernatural creatures infiltrating the world in order to destroy it. For two of them, it's a ''literal'' case of ByTheEyesOfTheBlind, as both of them have lost an eye and can see the creatures with their ''glass'' eye. The third has a ThirdEye.'
* Faeries in ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' can only be seen
identified by people with the Sight. If you don't have it, you can get it by rubbing faerie ointment, faerie bathing water, or hobgoblin saliva in your eyes, or by carrying who smoke a FourLeafClover or certain amount (roughly a seeing stone.
couple a day, but not heavily).
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' inverts this in the latter books. [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Siona]] Central to Creator/TheodoreSturgeon's classic novella, "The Widget, The Wadget, and [[Literature/HereticsOfDune her descendants]] are invisible to prescience. This is important both to humanity's survival so no one threat can target all of humanity ever again, but it is the only thing that saves [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune Chapterhouse planet]] from destruction by the Honored Matres.Boff".
24th Dec '15 4:31:40 AM Adept
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* The gods of ''AMomentOfPeace'' are invisible to the stick figure humans they walk among, but apparently Monster Food, limbless worm-like creatures hanging from the very bottom of the food chain, can see them. Or at least [[http://www.amomentofpeace.net/comic.php?num=113 this one]] can.

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* The gods of ''AMomentOfPeace'' ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'' are invisible to the stick figure humans they walk among, but apparently Monster Food, limbless worm-like creatures hanging from the very bottom of the food chain, can see them. Or at least [[http://www.amomentofpeace.net/comic.php?num=113 this one]] can.
14th Dec '15 9:24:37 AM Kirayoshi
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** In "Mummy On the Orient Express", the Foretold, the show's titular mummy, can only be seen by its intended victims, who then have roughly one minute before the Foretold kills them. The Doctor ultimately manages to take the place of one potential victim to see the Foretold and figure out how to stop him.
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