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8th Feb '17 10:28:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"Tee hee! [[ThirdPersonPerson Penny]] likes you. ...But Mr. Bear '''HATES YOU!'''"''
-->-- '''[[CreepyChild Penny]]''', ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin''

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->''"Tee hee! [[ThirdPersonPerson Penny]] Penny likes you. ...But Mr. Bear '''HATES YOU!'''"''
-->-- '''[[CreepyChild Penny]]''', '''Penny''', ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin''
8th Feb '17 10:25:37 PM Vir
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* Stevil and Carlsbad, seen in the Halloween episodes of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', were evil ventriloquist dummy-versions of Steve and Carl. Of course, while the show got whacky in its later years, these episodes were AllJustADream.

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* Stevil and Carlsbad, seen in the Halloween episodes of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', were evil ventriloquist dummy-versions dummy versions of Steve and Carl. Of course, while the show [[DenserAndWackier got whacky wacky]] in its later years, these episodes were AllJustADream.



* One episode of the German SitCom ''Series/HausmeisterKrause'' features an AxCrazy serial killer, whose ''[[Theatre/PunchAndJudy Kasperle]]'' hand-puppet urges him to "play [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal]]".

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* One episode of the German SitCom {{sitcom}} ''Series/HausmeisterKrause'' features an AxCrazy serial killer, whose ''[[Theatre/PunchAndJudy Kasperle]]'' hand-puppet hand puppet urges him to "play [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal]]".



* ''Series/RedDwarf'' gives us Mr Flibble, an evil penguin puppet created by Rimmer's psychosis after he contracts a telekinetic holographic virus. Provides the image for ConsultingMisterPuppet.
* The opening host segment for the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E10TheViolentYears The Violent Years]] involves Servo replacing his usual dome with a creepy ventriloquist doll head. Poor Crow is rendered near catatonic with terror.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' gives us Mr Mr. Flibble, an evil penguin puppet created by Rimmer's psychosis after he contracts a telekinetic holographic virus. Provides the image for ConsultingMisterPuppet.
* The opening host segment for the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E10TheViolentYears "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E10TheViolentYears The Violent Years]] Years]]" involves Servo replacing his usual dome with a creepy ventriloquist doll head. Poor Crow is rendered near catatonic with terror.



* The ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'' monster card ''[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Malice_Doll_of_Demise Malice Doll Of Demise]]'' qualifies, and is a favorite of many Fiend-Type duelists.

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* The ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'' ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' monster card ''[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Malice_Doll_of_Demise Malice Doll Of Demise]]'' qualifies, and is a favorite of many Fiend-Type duelists.
8th Feb '17 10:14:22 PM Vir
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** The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' version of the Ventiliquist has a dummy that has drills built into its hands, making it a threat in its own right.

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** The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' version of the Ventiliquist Ventriloquist has a dummy that has drills built into its hands, making it a threat in its own right.



* ''Film/DeadSilence'': The ghost of a ventriloquist uses her puppets (lots and lots of puppets!) as minions to do her dirty work [[spoiler: so that when her victims scream, she can rip out their tongues and steal their voice]] and then it turns out [[spoiler:the main character's wheelchair-bound father has been dead the whole movie, his "new wife" being a perfect doll, and ''operating him just like a puppet'']].
* ''[[Film/ChildsPlay Child's Play]]'': A serial killer transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll named Chucky to avoid death after getting gunned down in a toy store.

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* ''Film/DeadSilence'': The ghost of a ventriloquist uses her puppets (lots and lots of puppets!) as minions to do her dirty work [[spoiler: so that when her victims scream, she can rip out their tongues and steal their voice]] and then it turns out [[spoiler:the main character's wheelchair-bound father [[DeadAllAlong has been dead the whole movie, movie]], his "new wife" being a perfect doll, and ''operating him just like a puppet'']].
* ''[[Film/ChildsPlay Child's Play]]'': ''Film/ChildsPlay'': A serial killer transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll named Chucky to avoid death after getting gunned down in a toy store.



* The ''{{Puppetmaster}}'' series.

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* The ''{{Puppetmaster}}'' ''Film/{{Puppetmaster}}'' series.



* The edges of this are explored in "Literature/BookOfTheNewSun". Baldanders is the giant simple-minded puppet to the diminutive and foxy looking Dr. Talos, and they do work the stage, but Baldanders sometimes seems out of control. [[spoiler: Baldanders is really the demonic genius, and Dr. Talos is his own creation. The real puppet (publicly puppet master) Talos has personal attributes of loyalty and lawfulness, and the real puppet master (publicly puppet) has the demonic and unpredictable nature. They share the attribute of complete ruthlessness, so fit the trope either way you look at it.]]

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* The edges of this are explored in "Literature/BookOfTheNewSun".''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun''. Baldanders is the giant simple-minded puppet to the diminutive and foxy looking Dr. Talos, and they do work the stage, but Baldanders sometimes seems out of control. [[spoiler: Baldanders is really the demonic genius, and Dr. Talos is his own creation. The real puppet (publicly puppet master) Talos has personal attributes of loyalty and lawfulness, and the real puppet master (publicly puppet) has the demonic and unpredictable nature. They share the attribute of complete ruthlessness, so fit the trope either way you look at it.]]



* Conky on ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''. Conky is basically a puppet version of Bubbles. Bubbles has a very peculiar bond with Conky. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ricky's pranoia and subsequent plot to kill Conky is priceless]]. In season eight, Bubbles makes a new puppet, Bobby Turkalino, to perform a drugs-awareness program at a school. He then makes a puppet of Ricky for the puppet.

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* Conky on ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''. Conky is basically a puppet version of Bubbles. Bubbles has a very peculiar bond with Conky. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Ricky's pranoia and subsequent plot to kill Conky is priceless]]. In season eight, 8, Bubbles makes a new puppet, Bobby Turkalino, to perform a drugs-awareness drug awareness program at a school. He then makes a puppet of Ricky for the puppet.



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* Mr. Mime from ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' invokes this by having a recessed jaw and obvious joints.

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* Mr. Mime from ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' invokes this by having a recessed jaw and obvious joints.



* Mel from ''SuikodenIII'' is a puppeteer who blames her puppet "Branky" for its rude behavior and puts it through a fair amount of abuse. (She also [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses it to inflict violence upon her enemies.]]) This is one of those rare cases where a puppeteer is actually far more disturbing than the puppet.

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* Mel from ''SuikodenIII'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' is a puppeteer who blames her puppet "Branky" for its rude behavior and puts it through a fair amount of abuse. (She also [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses it to inflict violence upon her enemies.]]) This is one of those rare cases where a puppeteer is actually far more disturbing than the puppet.



* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has "Tibbers", the teddy-bear that [[PlayingWithFire Annie]] carries around with her -- and turns into a giant, demonic version of itself when she uses her ultimate ability.

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* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has "Tibbers", the teddy-bear teddy bear that [[PlayingWithFire Annie]] carries around with her -- and turns into a giant, demonic version of itself when she uses her ultimate ability.



* Lil Cal from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ''epitomizes'' this trope. If any individual can be responsible for anything in a world where YouCantFightFate and [[StableTimeLoop the present is caused by the future]], then Cal is responsible for ''everything bad that happens in the comic'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext other than the end of the world]]. (And yes, this includes at least one [[spoiler:destroyed ''universe'']].)

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* Lil Cal from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' ''epitomizes'' this trope. If any individual can be responsible for anything in a world where YouCantFightFate and [[StableTimeLoop the present is caused by the future]], then Cal is responsible for ''everything bad that happens in the comic'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext other than the end of the world]]. (And yes, this includes at least one [[spoiler:destroyed ''universe'']].)



** In the episode, "Krusty Gets Kancelled", features a dummy named Gabbo that can apparently move and think independently of its "master". (Either that or said "master", ventriloquist Walter Crandall, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane is an eccentric who knows a lot of FX tricks.]]) In spite of this, it's really more annoying than creepy.

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** In the episode, The episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Kancelled" features a dummy named Gabbo that can apparently move and think independently of its "master". (Either that or said "master", ventriloquist Walter Crandall, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane is an eccentric who knows a lot of FX tricks.]]) In spite of this, it's really more annoying than creepy.



** See "Treehouse of Horror III" where a krusty doll tries to kill Homer because someone set it to evil.
--->'''Homer:'''"Marge, Marge, the doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me!"
* On a more humorous note, ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' featured The Human Ton and Handy, a barely sentient 2000 lbs. GiantMook with a green hand puppet that appeared to have a mind of its own and bossed The Human Ton around. Not to mention that Handy was considerably smarter than his handler - and all of the other supervillains they teamed up with for that matter. Intriguingly enough, for all the verbal abuse Handy put him through, The Human Ton's immediate reaction to having Handy removed was to [[BigNo scream loudly]] and faint. Its implied that Handy is simply the personification of The Ton's split personality, similar to The Ventriloquist from Batman, as he can't move or speak on his own, and when he attempts to use the Desirovac in "Grandpa Wore Tights", it doesn't work for him, implying that he doesn't have a mind of his own.
* Mr. Hat from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fills the split personality role by becoming terribly jealous when Mr. Garrison leaves him behind. He also occasionally ventures off on his own, one time attempting to kill a celebrity for a perceived slight. He was briefly replaced by Mr Twig, who served the same purpose.

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** See "Treehouse of Horror III" where a krusty Krusty doll tries to kill Homer because someone set it to evil.
--->'''Homer:'''"Marge, --->'''Homer:''' Marge, Marge, the doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me!"
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* On a more humorous note, ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' featured The Human Ton and Handy, a barely sentient 2000 lbs. GiantMook with a green hand puppet that appeared to have a mind of its own and bossed The Human Ton around. Not to mention that Handy was considerably smarter than his handler - and all of the other supervillains they teamed up with for that matter. Intriguingly enough, for all the verbal abuse Handy put him through, The Human Ton's immediate reaction to having Handy removed was to [[BigNo scream loudly]] and faint. Its implied that Handy is simply the personification of The Ton's split personality, similar to The Ventriloquist from Batman, ''Batman'', as he can't move or speak on his own, and when he attempts to use the Desirovac in "Grandpa Wore Tights", it doesn't work for him, implying that he doesn't have a mind of his own.
* Mr. Hat from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fills the split personality role by becoming terribly jealous when Mr. Garrison leaves him behind. He also occasionally ventures off on his own, one time attempting to kill a celebrity for a perceived slight. He was briefly replaced by Mr Mr. Twig, who served the same purpose.



** Although it's a little more clear that this is the case when Jennifer Lopez and her alter-ego [[spoiler: Mitch Conner]] reappear in the episodes 200 and 201. There it's revealed that [[spoiler: Mitch Conner has been to Vietnam in 1977, knows Mr. Hat personally, and knows who's Cartman's real father is.]] But, this brings up more questions than answers, as Lopez could not have possibly done all that while attached to a fourth grader's body...

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** Although it's a little more clear that this is the case when Jennifer Lopez and her alter-ego [[spoiler: Mitch Conner]] reappear in the episodes 200 and 201. There it's revealed that [[spoiler: Mitch Conner has been to Vietnam in 1977, knows Mr. Hat personally, and knows who's who Cartman's real father is.]] But, this brings up more questions than answers, as Lopez could not have possibly done all that while attached to a fourth grader's body...
8th Feb '17 10:01:11 PM Vir
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* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' ''Night of the Living Dummy'' series and its {{Spinoff}}s. The main dummy, Slappy, differs in appearance depending on whether you're reading the book (looks like a mini-Joker with normal skin and a black tuxedo) or watching the TV series (clothes are the same, but head is rounder and has flaming red hair).

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* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' ''Night of the Living Dummy'' series and its {{Spinoff}}s.[[SpinOff spin-offs]]. The main dummy, Slappy, differs in appearance depending on whether you're reading the book (looks like a mini-Joker with normal skin and a black tuxedo) or watching the TV series (clothes are the same, but head is rounder and has flaming red hair).



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, "The Dummy" ends with an alcoholic ventriloquist and his fed-up dummy switching places.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, episode "The Dummy" ends with an alcoholic ventriloquist and his fed-up dummy switching places.



** Another creepy dummy related episode from ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' was "Caesar and Me", in which the titular dummy convinces his owner to commit a burglary, lets him get arrested, then [[spoiler: offers to team up with a [[EnfanteTerrible creepy little girl]].]]

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** Another creepy dummy related dummy-related episode from ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' was "Caesar and Me", in which the titular dummy convinces his owner to commit a burglary, lets him get arrested, then [[spoiler: offers to team up with a [[EnfanteTerrible creepy little girl]].]]



* Flippy in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius]]'' was originally just a dummy owned by Jimmy's dad. Jimmy implanted him with a chip to make Hugh a good comedian, but the plan backfired and Flippy started to absorb his dad's brainpower.

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* Flippy in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' was originally just a dummy owned by Jimmy's dad. Jimmy implanted him with a chip to make Hugh a good comedian, but the plan backfired and Flippy started to absorb his dad's brainpower.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' have both used Arnold Wesker and Scarface (see entry in Comics section). Since it's a doll and not a living creature, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' used it for GettingCrapPastTheRadar by killing it on screen.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' have both used Arnold Wesker and Scarface (see entry in Comics section). Since it's a doll and not a living creature, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' used it for GettingCrapPastTheRadar by killing it on screen.onscreen.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels'' had a ventriloquist who was also a burglar. His gimmick was convincing people that he's a dummy (being a short person and wearing a wooden mask helped), and that his (human sized and very lifelike) dummy is the actual ventriloquist, which lead to him getting placed in compartments with other people's belongings he would steal and escape through an air-vent, leaving people puzzled as to how a burglar managed to take everything without opening the compartment, and why he bothered with stealing an ordinary dummy.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels'' had a ventriloquist who was also a burglar. His gimmick was convincing people that he's a dummy (being a short person and wearing a wooden mask helped), and that his (human sized (human-sized and very lifelike) dummy is the actual ventriloquist, which lead to him getting placed in compartments with other people's belongings he would steal and escape through an air-vent, air vent, leaving people puzzled as to how a burglar managed to take everything without opening the compartment, and why he bothered with stealing an ordinary dummy.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode "Dummy and Dummier", Freddy gets a dummy that begins terrorizing the other barn animals and leaving them to assume Freddy was doing it. As it turns out, the dummy was being controlled by the termites that were living in the tree the dummy was carved from and they were taking revenge for their tree being cut down.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' had Mr. Gus's dummy being brought to life with an AppliedPhlebotinum and plotting to kill him.



* Creator/JeffDunham is such a skilled performer that some of his livelier dummies seem to be their own entities (even, occasionally, when obviously being manipulated by Jeff, like when he reaches over to adjust the set of a foot). The most apparent case, Peanut, isn't evil and isn't as pushy as Trilo, but is decidedly weird and gets right up in Jeff's face a lot. Also he and Jose the Jalapeno (onna Steek) tend to converse in Spanish, which Jeff claims he can't speak. Jose acknowledges this with a long, slow look at Jeff and the Twilight Zone theme. Dunham's puppets are a rare aversion to this trope, however: Whether the viewer finds them funny or not depends, but only the most timorous of weenies would find any of them scary.
** Adding to the Nightmare Fuel is a short rant by Peanut (apparently ad-libbed by Dunham) during a stage show. The jokes were derived from a supposed argument between puppet and puppeteer, but Peanut then calmly explains to the audience that Jeff really does hate him, and would like to kill him, but can't because "that would be a form of suicide."

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* Creator/JeffDunham is such a skilled performer that some of his livelier dummies seem to be their own entities (even, occasionally, when obviously being manipulated by Jeff, like when he reaches over to adjust the set of a foot). The most apparent case, Peanut, isn't evil and isn't as pushy as Trilo, but is decidedly weird and gets right up in Jeff's face a lot. Also he and Jose the Jalapeno (onna Steek) tend to converse in Spanish, which Jeff claims he can't speak. Jose acknowledges this with a long, slow look at Jeff and the Twilight Zone ''Twilight Zone'' theme. Dunham's puppets are a rare aversion to this trope, however: Whether the viewer finds them funny or not depends, but only the most timorous of weenies would find any of them scary.
** Adding to the Nightmare Fuel NightmareFuel is a short rant by Peanut (apparently ad-libbed by Dunham) during a stage show. The jokes were derived from a supposed argument between puppet and puppeteer, but Peanut then calmly explains to the audience that Jeff really does hate him, and would like to kill him, but can't because "that would be a form of suicide."
28th Jan '17 8:53:35 PM alspawn
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** Parodied in an episode of ''Series/TheNanny'' which Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop guest star in. Lamp Chop was portrayed as a man-hungry diva who bullied Shari and could apparently act independently when she needed to.
18th Jan '17 12:38:57 PM MagnusForce
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', one of Dr. Wakeman's very first creations was a ventriloquist dummy with a robotic skeleton and AI named Lil' Apple. However, a falling-out over their acts led Lil' Apple to seek revenge against his creator.
11th Dec '16 2:01:44 AM Xtifr
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* The "split personality" version was the twist ending in a 1955 short story by Anthony Boucher.

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* The "split personality" version was the twist ending in a 1955 short story by Anthony Boucher.Creator/AnthonyBoucher.
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* Ride/BuschGardens' Theatre/HowlOScream had this as its theme in 2016, with the story being that said dummies were created by a man with sinister intentions, who then had to burn his place to the ground when the authorities began to grow suspicious of him. The dummies survived the fire, and through some means came to life on their own to wreak havoc, insisting that "the show must go on".
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5th Oct '16 10:54:00 AM PrimeEvil
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* [[FilmationsGhostbusters ''The Ghost Busters'']] once had to face "The Phantom of Vaudeville" and his ventriloquist's dummy. [[spoiler: The dummy turned out to be the real Phantom.]]

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* [[FilmationsGhostbusters ''The [[WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters The Ghost Busters'']] Busters]] once had to face "The Phantom of Vaudeville" and his ventriloquist's dummy. [[spoiler: The dummy turned out to be the real Phantom.]]
5th Oct '16 10:52:46 AM PrimeEvil
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You've all heard of [[EnemyMime monstrous mimes]] and [[MonsterClown creepy clowns]]. Well, rounding out the Trilogy of Horror [[JustForPun Vaudeville-any]] is the Demonic Dummy, otherwise known as the evil {{ventriloquis|m}}t's doll.

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You've all heard of [[EnemyMime monstrous mimes]] and [[MonsterClown creepy clowns]]. Well, rounding out the Trilogy of Horror [[JustForPun Vaudeville-any]] Vaudevillainy]] is the Demonic Dummy, otherwise known as the evil {{ventriloquis|m}}t's doll.


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* [[FilmationsGhostbusters ''The Ghost Busters'']] once had to face "The Phantom of Vaudeville" and his ventriloquist's dummy. [[spoiler: The dummy turned out to be the real Phantom.]]
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