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2nd Jul '16 12:17:10 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* The Hone-onna creates a look of a beautiful woman, based on how she looked when she was alive, to get close to her chosen lover and drain him of life so they can be together forever. The problem is it only works on him and everyone else sees a man [[{{Squick}} flirting and caressing a rotting corpse]].
19th Jun '16 9:09:47 AM WhosAsking
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** Vampires and many other magical creatures have issues [[MustBeInvited crossing Thresholds uninvited]]. Black Court Vampires can't cross them at all, and a Red Court faces agony if it tries. Only a White Court can do so in reasonable safety as long as they're willing to keep their Hunger bottled up for the duration.
19th Jun '16 8:26:36 AM WhosAsking
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*** Death's glamour relies on a forced augmentation of the normal human WeirdnessCensor: he convinces a person that they cannot possibly be seeing what they are, and so the brain makes up imagery that fits this impression. People who have a reason to see through the illusion or who already know what they're looking at aren't fooled.

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*** Death's glamour relies on a forced augmentation of the normal human WeirdnessCensor: he convinces a person that they cannot possibly be seeing what they are, and so the brain makes up imagery that fits this impression. People who have a reason to see through the illusion or who already know what they're looking at aren't fooled. One time, Death appeared on a stage, and everyone could see him because they were ''expecting'' a character based upon him.



*** Also wizards, who are trained to see things as they really are (much harder than seeing what isn't there).

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*** Also wizards, wizards and witches, who not only are trained to see things as they really are (much harder than seeing what isn't there). there) but are entitled to a personal visit when their time comes so are fully aware of his existence.



** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', those who get close enough to [[TheFairFolk the elves]] or who are wearing or carrying enough iron can see through the glamour they cast and notice that they look... well, ''alien''. Dwarfs, trolls and animals (such as everyone's favourite sentient orangutan, The Librarian) get this ability for free. Dwarfs and trolls go into "crush, kill, destroy" mode on sight of an elf. Whether this is an ability that all Dwarves are born with, a side effect of their intense hatred of elves, or a result of the armor they're typically clad in is up for debate.

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** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', those who get close enough to [[TheFairFolk the elves]] or who are wearing or carrying enough iron can see through the glamour they cast and notice that they look... well, ''alien''. Dwarfs, trolls and animals (such as everyone's favourite sentient orangutan, The Librarian) get this ability for free. Dwarfs and trolls go into "crush, kill, destroy" mode on sight of an elf. Whether It's unclear why this is an ability that all Dwarves the case though there are born with, theories: the Librarian routinely handles hostile magic, Dwarfs routinely handle iron, and Trolls likely have a side effect lot of iron-based minerals in their intense hatred of elves, or a result of the armor they're typically clad in is up for debate.body composition.
17th Jun '16 1:30:01 AM PaulA
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** "The Tale of the Captured Souls": A boy who stole people's youth to make him young forever looked like an old man in mirrors, pictures, and on video camera and was thus alarmingly camera shy. Partly inspired by OscarWilde's ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', or possibly by the concept that pictures steal bits of the soul.

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** "The Tale of the Captured Souls": A boy who stole people's youth to make him young forever looked like an old man in mirrors, pictures, and on video camera and was thus alarmingly camera shy. Partly inspired by OscarWilde's Creator/OscarWilde's ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', or possibly by the concept that pictures steal bits of the soul.
11th Jun '16 6:30:57 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[Literature/SmokeAndShadows Smoke and Mirrors]]'' by TanyaHuff, Tony, being a wizard, can see through Stephen and Cassie's glamour once he views them through a mirror.

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* In ''[[Literature/SmokeAndShadows Smoke and Mirrors]]'' by TanyaHuff, Creator/TanyaHuff, Tony, being a wizard, can see through Stephen and Cassie's glamour once he views them through a mirror.
8th Jun '16 9:44:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* The DeanKoontz novel "Twilight Eyes" features a protagonist whose psychic talent is to see the true nature of the shapeshifting creatures who live among humans. Interestingly, he had this ability from birth, so it took him many years to realize that hairy, wolf-pig people weren't just another ethnic group.

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* The DeanKoontz Creator/DeanKoontz novel "Twilight Eyes" features a protagonist whose psychic talent is to see the true nature of the shapeshifting creatures who live among humans. Interestingly, he had this ability from birth, so it took him many years to realize that hairy, wolf-pig people weren't just another ethnic group.



* In JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the mere touch of Ithuriel's spear, and its celestial temper, forces {{Satan}} back into his true shape.

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* In JohnMilton's Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the mere touch of Ithuriel's spear, and its celestial temper, forces {{Satan}} back into his true shape.
6th May '16 4:18:12 PM Arachnos
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** You can still suffer from Glamour Failure accidentally, either as a vampire or a werewolf, by using your transformation when you meant to do something else. For instance, you're walking through a town, overencumbered, and try to use Whirlwind Sprint to speed yourself up, but realize too late that you forgot to change your active power. Cue the whole town beating you up.
6th May '16 10:32:42 AM GlassRain
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** Variation: The object itself need not be emblematic of the church or God, it just needs to be something the wielder places his faith within.[[note]]One story had a man ward off a vampire with a ''credit card'' this way. The ''Faans'' webcomic had the protagonists subdue a vampire with the Vulcan hand signal.[[/note]]

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** Variation: The object itself need not be emblematic of the church or God, it just needs to be something the wielder places his faith within.[[note]]One story had a man ward off a vampire with a ''credit card'' this way. The ''Faans'' ''Fans'' webcomic had the protagonists subdue a vampire with the Vulcan hand signal.[[/note]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', Sobek's ccrocodile teeth start to show when he gets emotional, and sometimes his reflection is of his true form rather than that of the man he pretends to be.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', Sobek's ccrocodile crocodile teeth start to show when he gets emotional, and sometimes his reflection is of his true form rather than that of the man he pretends to be.be.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Any Zone presents AFormYouAreComfortableWith for beings within, even ones as distantly removed as a human and a fungus, to interact; enough of a shock causes the facade to crack.



* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' the cat(?) Koshekh which hovers immobile in the radio station bathroom doesn't show up in photographs. Also, the person who took the photograph dies horribly. Koshekh also has poisonous spine ridges, a tendril hub, and venomous fangs, raising questions over what kind of cat Koshekh is or, alternately, what kind of thing the residents of Night Vale call cats.

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* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' the cat(?) Koshekh Khoshekh which hovers immobile in the radio station bathroom doesn't show up in photographs. Also, the person who took the photograph dies horribly. Koshekh Khoshekh also has poisonous spine ridges, a tendril hub, and venomous fangs, raising questions over what kind of cat Koshekh Khoshekh is or, alternately, what kind of thing the residents of Night Vale call cats.
5th May '16 8:56:03 PM TheCuza
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* In the original [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos]], The Slenderman ''did'' have a face, but it did not show on cameras due to Glamour Failure.

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* In the The original imagining of [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos]], The Slenderman ''did'' have Man]] had a face, but it did not show face which appeared different to each person looking at him, and appeared faceless on cameras due to Glamour Failure.Failure. This facelessness eventually became one of his defining characteristics, so now he's simply TheBlank to everyone who sees him.
2nd May '16 11:24:36 AM erforce
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* Early Terminators (mentioned in ''Film/TheTerminator'') could be recognized easily due to their rubber skin. Because of that the T-800 has an organic coating, but can still be recognized by [[EvilDetectingDog man's best friend]].
* The T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' could imitate anything it touched, within certain limitations. However, when it's too hot, its mimicking technology got a bit... twitchy. Beyond that, your only clues are his precise movements from the UncannyValley Acting School, and a BluffTheImpostor moment when he's imitating John's foster mother. The dog trick works on the T-1000 as well. Probably because it can imitate shape but not smell.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
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Early Terminators (mentioned in ''Film/TheTerminator'') could be recognized easily due to their rubber skin. Because of that the T-800 has an organic coating, but can still be recognized by [[EvilDetectingDog man's best friend]].
* ** The T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' could imitate anything it touched, within certain limitations. However, when it's too hot, its mimicking technology got a bit... twitchy. Beyond that, your only clues are his precise movements from the UncannyValley Acting School, and a BluffTheImpostor moment when he's imitating John's foster mother. The dog trick works on the T-1000 as well. Probably because it can imitate shape but not smell.
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