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17th Sep '16 6:20:02 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', Earl stumbling in a prairie dog hole is an animal-free version of a Cat Scare.

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* In ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', Earl stumbling in a prairie dog hole is an animal-free version of a Cat Scare. For context, by this point the heroes realized the monsters are essentially giant {{Sand Worm}}s that attack from ground and drag you under to be EatenAlive, so Earl suddenly screaming and his leg sinking into the ground was enough to send the group into a panic before it turns into annoyance at the false alarm. [[MoodWhiplash A real one comes along not long afterwards though...]]
5th Sep '16 1:41:18 PM erforce
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* ''Film/AlienVsPredator'', combining the two, naturally goes one better, featuring a ''penguin'' scare early on (before the characters even know "there's something out there").

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* ''Film/AlienVsPredator'', ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'', combining the two, naturally goes one better, featuring a ''penguin'' scare early on (before the characters even know "there's something out there").
4th Aug '16 12:02:48 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': A cat jumps out of a closet to startle Jessica and her cousin in "Shear Madness".
25th Jul '16 2:33:22 AM Pinokio
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* In ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', Indy investigates a set of cat figurines on a table. Since there are four figurines, it would only be logical to click on each one and see if there is anything about them.

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* In ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', Indy investigates a set of cat figurines on a table. Since there are four figurines, it would only be logical to click on each one and see if there is anything unique about them.
25th Jul '16 2:32:45 AM Pinokio
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* In ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', Indy investigates a set of cat figurines on a table. Since there are four figurines, it would only be logical to click on each one and see if there is anything about them.
18th May '16 10:17:49 AM MegaMarioMan
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* Of all things ''[[InvokedTrope Invoked]]'' by Thomas O'Malley to hitch a ride in ''Disney/TheAristocats'' by scaring a truck driver. A literal CatScare.

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* Of all things ''[[InvokedTrope Invoked]]'' by Thomas O'Malley to hitch a ride in ''Disney/TheAristocats'' by scaring a truck driver. A literal CatScare.Cat Scare.



* A CatScare appears early on in ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', in a particularly obvious instance of the cat being ''thrown'' in from off-screen.

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* A CatScare Cat Scare appears early on in ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', in a particularly obvious instance of the cat being ''thrown'' in from off-screen.



* There is a CatScare in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' when Marion is trying to locate the source of a sound. A hissing cat leaps onto the table before her, just before a soldier throws her down onto it.

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* There is a CatScare Cat Scare in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' when Marion is trying to locate the source of a sound. A hissing cat leaps onto the table before her, just before a soldier throws her down onto it.



* ''Film/CatPeople'' has an interesting inversion. There is a scene where the viewer is expecting a cat to show up and attack the heroine, only for the tension to be broken by the arrival of a bus with an air brake that sounds like a cat hiss. The general case of the CatScare trope is also called a "Lewton Bus" in commemoration of ''Cat People'', which has one of the first uses of the trope in cinema.

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* ''Film/CatPeople'' has an interesting inversion. There is a scene where the viewer is expecting a cat to show up and attack the heroine, only for the tension to be broken by the arrival of a bus with an air brake that sounds like a cat hiss. The general case of the CatScare Cat Scare trope is also called a "Lewton Bus" in commemoration of ''Cat People'', which has one of the first uses of the trope in cinema.



* In ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', Earl stumbling in a prairie dog hole is an animal-free version of a CatScare.

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* In ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', Earl stumbling in a prairie dog hole is an animal-free version of a CatScare.Cat Scare.



* Played with in Barry Louis Polisar's "When the House Is Dark and Quiet", in which the bratty kids ''set up'' a CatScare to hassle their babysitter. One in which the cat springs out of ''the freezer'', no less.

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* Played with in Barry Louis Polisar's "When the House Is Dark and Quiet", in which the bratty kids ''set up'' a CatScare Cat Scare to hassle their babysitter. One in which the cat springs out of ''the freezer'', no less.



* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', "[[DownloadableContent Lost in Nightmares]]" has quite a bit of this in its first section, such as [[spoiler:the dead body of a guard falling from above when you walk up the stairs]], complete with DramaticThunder and lightning. The L-shaped hallway also makes its return, [[spoiler:where bats break through the windows when you walk through it the second time]]. Players of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' get some extra ParanoiaFuel from dogs barking outside when you walk through said hallway. Once you enter the dungeons, however, there's no more [[CatScare Cat Scares]] to be had. [[JumpScare But]] [[ScareChord damn near]] [[DemonicSpiders everything else]].

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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', "[[DownloadableContent Lost in Nightmares]]" has quite a bit of this in its first section, such as [[spoiler:the dead body of a guard falling from above when you walk up the stairs]], complete with DramaticThunder and lightning. The L-shaped hallway also makes its return, [[spoiler:where bats break through the windows when you walk through it the second time]]. Players of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' get some extra ParanoiaFuel from dogs barking outside when you walk through said hallway. Once you enter the dungeons, however, there's no more [[CatScare Cat Scares]] Scares to be had. [[JumpScare But]] [[ScareChord damn near]] [[DemonicSpiders everything else]].
6th May '16 4:05:16 PM Eddy1215
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:: It eventually gets to the point, after the third or fourth time, where Jeff is actually ''more'' worried about the manic flying cat than he is about the ZombieApocalypse waiting outside.

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:: ** It eventually gets to the point, after the third or fourth time, where Jeff is actually ''more'' worried about the manic flying cat than he is about the ZombieApocalypse waiting outside.
31st Mar '16 2:41:24 PM ObsidianFire
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* In Disney's ''Disney/BrotherBear'', Kenai is spooked by a rodent before the bear comes along. In the DVD Gag Commentary, the moose comment on how squirrels/chipmunks/etc. always appear before something bad happens, and [[WrongGenreSavvy falsely interpret every rodent afterwards as a sign of trouble]].

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* In Disney's ''Disney/BrotherBear'', Kenai is spooked by a rodent before the bear comes along. In the DVD Gag Commentary, the moose comment on how squirrels/chipmunks/etc. always appear before something bad happens, and [[WrongGenreSavvy falsely interpret every rodent afterwards as a sign of trouble]].trouble.



* Parodied in ''Film/TheresNothingOutThere'', where [[GenreSavvy Mike]] finds the cat and then wonders loudly how it got there. (See page quote)

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* Parodied in ''Film/TheresNothingOutThere'', where [[GenreSavvy Mike]] Mike finds the cat and then wonders loudly how it got there. (See page quote)
10th Feb '16 2:21:27 PM EricaB
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* In the [[TabletopGame/{{Fudge}} Fate]] setting TheSecretLifeOfCats, the [[Main/PlayerCharacter PCs]] are magical cats defending their human burdens from monsters. One ability you can acquire for your cat character is essentially this.
5th Feb '16 12:09:57 PM DrOO7
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* ''Film/{{Malice}}'': A young woman arrives home from school and can't figure out why her normally friendly cat is cowering under a chair. We soon learn—he's afraid of the intruder lurking off-screen, who promptly jumps out and attacks her.
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