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26th Mar '16 5:31:35 PM Willbyr
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There is also the idea, closely related with the concept of the {{Masquerade}}, that all the fantasies one had as a child were in fact real, but people started denying them to be as they grew older. This is usually seen as a natural process that all people are subject to, although [[{{Muggles}} some]] are more seriously affected than others. [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]] and Santa Claus are typically presented as this. There is AnAesop about [[GrowingUpSucks losing something important part of yourself]] with losing [[ChildrenAreSpecial your inner child]] in stories that feature this idea. Occasionally you get a rare adult who is exempt from under the effect of this, usually because they have [[ManicPixieDreamGirl kept their childish demeanour and might be viewed as somewhat strange]] by normal society. Another grown-up who is affected by this but is still able to acknowledge the existence of the (to him) unseen world (out of faith or from second-hand experience) is also very common. Some coming of age stories present this as a tragic but inevitable process as the character is fully aware that this is happening to them, gradually losing their memory about how things used to be.

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There is also the idea, closely related with the concept of the {{Masquerade}}, that all the fantasies one had as a child were in fact real, but people started denying them to be as they grew older. This is usually seen as a natural process that all people are subject to, although [[{{Muggles}} some]] are more seriously affected than others. [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]] {{Imaginary Friend}}s and Santa Claus are typically presented as this. There is AnAesop about [[GrowingUpSucks losing something important part of yourself]] with losing [[ChildrenAreSpecial your inner child]] in stories that feature this idea. Occasionally you get a rare adult who is exempt from under the effect of this, usually because they have [[ManicPixieDreamGirl kept their childish demeanour and might be viewed as somewhat strange]] by normal society. Another grown-up who is affected by this but is still able to acknowledge the existence of the (to him) unseen world (out of faith or from second-hand experience) is also very common. Some coming of age stories present this as a tragic but inevitable process as the character is fully aware that this is happening to them, gradually losing their memory about how things used to be.




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* In [[http://www.optipess.com/comics/2015-05-25-638_Imaginary-Friend.png this]] instance of ''Webcomic/{{Optipess}}'', it's probably a good thing the father can't see it.
13th Feb '16 1:29:31 PM Theck18
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** Spoiler alert: They don't.

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** Spoiler alert: They [[spoiler:They don't.]]
15th Dec '15 2:25:07 PM Adept
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* Zashiki Warashi in ''UruseiYatsura''.
* ''SpiritedAway'' might fall under this, although it's difficult to say for certain since the only human adults around are completely oblivious at first and later under a spell.

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* Zashiki Warashi in ''UruseiYatsura''.
''Manga/UruseiYatsura''.
* ''SpiritedAway'' ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' might fall under this, although it's difficult to say for certain since the only human adults around are completely oblivious at first and later under a spell.



* Only young children (for example, Amu's sister) or those who have Guardian Characters themselves seem able to see the Charas from ''ShugoChara''.

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* Only young children (for example, Amu's sister) or those who have Guardian Characters themselves seem able to see the Charas from ''ShugoChara''.''Manga/ShugoChara''.



* Animals, children and in one case, an old lady, are the only members of the general public able to notice [[MyLovelyGhostKana Kana]]. Otherwise, only her lover, Daikichi, girl friend, Utako, and to some extent her friend, shopkeeper Goro, are able to interact with her, due to [[ThePowerOfLove their love for her and vice-versa]].

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* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'': Animals, children and in one case, an old lady, are the only members of the general public able to notice [[MyLovelyGhostKana Kana]].Kana. Otherwise, only her lover, Daikichi, girl friend, Utako, and to some extent her friend, shopkeeper Goro, are able to interact with her, due to [[ThePowerOfLove their love for her and vice-versa]].
21st Nov '15 8:23:27 AM Goldfritha
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[[AC:Fairy Tales]]
* A common trope, appearing in [[http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/146/the-yellow-fairy-book/4820/the-witch-in-the-stone-boat/ The Witch in the Stone Boat]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/stories/birch.html The Wonderful Birch]], and many other tales, is that [[LiminalTime shortly after the heroine gives birth]], the villain [[BalefulPolymorph transforms]], kills, or abducts her, and substitutes her own daughter. No matter how good the illusion, it never fools the baby, who grows fretful.
-->''the witch changed her into a reindeer, and smuggled her own daughter into her place as the prince's wife. But now the child grew restless and cried, because it missed its mother's care. They took it to the court, and tried to pacify it in every conceivable way, but its crying never ceased. ''
31st Oct '15 11:18:34 PM nombretomado
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* Back when Bob Saget hosted the show, AmericasFunniestHomeVideos ran a fake trailer clip sent in by viewers, set up as an ad for a new sitcom, ''I Live With the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln''; the basic premise of this "show" was that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an average American family came to live with Abe Lincoln's ghost]] and the kids get into all kinds of wacky adventures with him because one of the twists is "Only kids can see him!"
* In ''QuantumLeap'' only children, the insane and animals can see Sam's holographic guide Al, and sometimes even Sam's real self, not the host body he's using in that moment.

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* Back when Bob Saget hosted the show, AmericasFunniestHomeVideos ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' ran a fake trailer clip sent in by viewers, set up as an ad for a new sitcom, ''I Live With the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln''; the basic premise of this "show" was that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an average American family came to live with Abe Lincoln's ghost]] and the kids get into all kinds of wacky adventures with him because one of the twists is "Only kids can see him!"
* In ''QuantumLeap'' ''Series/QuantumLeap'' only children, the insane and animals can see Sam's holographic guide Al, and sometimes even Sam's real self, not the host body he's using in that moment.
27th Oct '15 4:07:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* The imaginary friends from the Court of the Lost in {{Mirrorfall}} can't be seen parents, thanks to the ability to be selectively visible.

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* The imaginary friends from the Court of the Lost in {{Mirrorfall}} Literature/{{Mirrorfall}} can't be seen parents, thanks to the ability to be selectively visible.



* Gazoo in ''TheFlintstones'' can only really be seen by children, as well as Fred and Barney because they found him (although it's suggested that they have child-like intelligence).

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* Gazoo in ''TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' can only really be seen by children, as well as Fred and Barney because they found him (although it's suggested that they have child-like intelligence).
27th Jun '15 7:21:09 PM Llygodenfawr
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** Not so true; Adults who had Shugo Charas (Nikaidou and possibly Tsukasa) are able to see them, and Yukari explains the reason she can see them as "Since I knew those things (Shugo Charas) existed, even I could see them".

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** Not so true; true: Adults who had Shugo Charas (Nikaidou and possibly Tsukasa) are able to see them, and Yukari explains the reason she can see them as "Since I knew those things (Shugo Charas) existed, even I could see them".
18th Jun '15 3:55:26 PM justanid
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* Something similar applies to boogeymen from ''Dark Tales & Disturbing Legends'', a {{Ravenloft}} supplement.
* This trope is a major component of ChangelingTheDreaming. Childling characters have the most glamour, and therefore can easily perceive and interact with the chimera and other fantastical creatures around them. As a character ages, they slowly lose touch with their glamour, becoming trapped in the banality of the real world.

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* Something similar applies to boogeymen from ''Dark Tales & Disturbing Legends'', a {{Ravenloft}} ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' supplement.
* This trope is a major component of ChangelingTheDreaming.''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''. Childling characters have the most glamour, and therefore can easily perceive and interact with the chimera and other fantastical creatures around them. As a character ages, they slowly lose touch with their glamour, becoming trapped in the banality of the real world.
4th Jun '15 1:00:20 PM StFan
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* The entire world 'Nega Earth' is 'unavailable to adults in ''ElementHunters'' due to needing a particular portion of the brain which decays once they reach a certain age, and only shows up in a select few children. The adults are still far from useless though.

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* The entire world 'Nega Earth' is 'unavailable to adults in ''ElementHunters'' ''Anime/ElementHunters'' due to needing a particular portion of the brain which decays once they reach a certain age, and only shows up in a select few children. The adults are still far from useless though.
20th Apr '15 5:32:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' apparently has this in an extremely powerful 80 percent or such Masquerade. Adults are either useless idiots locked in a crazy fantastic illusion or villains almost all the time. Seriously, one time the candy pirate Sticky Beard was driving his ship on land and instead of using freaking wheels, causes a deep crack in the ground by plowing through the street, causing houses to be crushed to pieces and the road broken. Imagine what kind of technology or magic can censor reality to that degree so people view a minor earthquake in precisely that matter.

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* ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' apparently has this in an extremely powerful 80 percent or such Masquerade. Adults are either useless idiots locked in a crazy fantastic illusion or villains almost all the time. Seriously, one time the candy pirate Sticky Beard was driving his ship on land and instead of using freaking wheels, causes a deep crack in the ground by plowing through the street, causing houses to be crushed to pieces and the road broken. Imagine what kind of technology or magic can censor reality to that degree so people view a minor earthquake in precisely that matter.
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