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26th Sep '16 5:41:26 PM Premonition45
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Unlike an ImaginaryFriend, a Not So Imaginary Friend is '''real''', but due to a pile-up of coincidences, [[ByTheEyesOfTheBlind mystical restrictions]], an explicit or implied WeirdnessCensor, or deliberate evasiveness on this character's part, he remains unseen by others.

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Unlike an ImaginaryFriend, a Not So Imaginary Friend is '''real''', but due to [[ContrivedCoincidence a pile-up of coincidences, coincidences]], [[ByTheEyesOfTheBlind mystical restrictions]], an explicit or implied WeirdnessCensor, or deliberate evasiveness on this character's part, he remains unseen by others.



** Also spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Bart notices a Gremlin tearing apart the school bus. His reward for saving everyone's life? [[GoMadFromTheRevelation An eternity in a mental ward.]]

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** Also spoofed on in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Treehouse of Horror IV" story "Terror at 5½ Feet" when Bart notices a Gremlin tearing apart the school bus. His reward for saving everyone's life? [[GoMadFromTheRevelation An eternity in a mental ward.]]



** Played with in one episode, when everyone believes that Homer's new roofer friend Ray (voiced by Ray Romano) is imaginary, but simply missed seeing him due to a series of increasingly improbable circumstances. The event in the hardware shop is probably one of the most plausible, but then ''Stephen Hawking'' throws it way out to left field.
** In another episode, Lisa develops an app that predicts the consequences of social media postings. To her surprise, the app develops consciousness and begins to talk to her, but when she tries to show it to others, the app won't respond. It turns out the app is as insecure as Lisa is and is afraid of going live and having to suffer through people's inane postings. It finally reveals itself to the world after Lisa frees it inside the Cloud.

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** Played with in one episode, "Don't Fear the Roofer", when everyone believes that Homer's new roofer friend Ray Magini (voiced by Ray Romano) is imaginary, but simply missed seeing him due to a series of increasingly improbable circumstances. The event in the hardware shop is probably one of the most plausible, but then ''Stephen Hawking'' throws it way out to left field.
field. Afterwards, Lisa points that [[SignificantAnagram "Ray Magini" is an anagram of "imaginary"]].
** In another episode, "The Girl Code", Lisa develops an app that predicts the consequences of social media postings. To her surprise, the app develops consciousness and begins to talk to her, but when she tries to show it to others, the app won't respond. It turns out the app is as insecure as Lisa is and is afraid of going live and having to suffer through people's inane postings. It finally reveals itself to the world after Lisa frees it inside the Cloud.
20th Sep '16 2:22:24 PM StrixObscuro
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' sees Molly falling asleep after a battle and getting kidnapped by the Provost, a supervillain who only appears in this one issue and is never seen again. She defeats the Provost and helps rescue a bunch of other kids he's kidnapped, but the adventure tires her out and she ends up falling asleep again by the time she gets home. After she tries to explain where the hell she's been for the past few hours, Nico assumes that she just wandered off and grounds her for lying about it.
20th Sep '16 1:23:05 PM mimitchi33
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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' has Destiny, her "pipe-pal", was just a figment of her imagination. When trying to find her way back home, Dory gets tossed in a bucket with food for an animal at the Marine Life Institute, who turns out to be Destiny. They are surprised to find out that they both were real animals and not imaginary ones

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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' has Destiny, Dory's "pipe-pal" who her "pipe-pal", parents thought was just a figment of her imagination. When trying to find her way back home, Dory gets tossed in a bucket with food for an animal at the Marine Life Institute, who turns out to be Destiny. They are surprised to find out that they both were real animals and not imaginary onesones.
20th Sep '16 12:59:51 PM mimitchi33
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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' has Destiny, her "pipe-pal", was just a figment of her imagination. When trying to find her way back home, Dory gets tossed in a bucket with food for an animal at the Marine Life Institute, who turns out to be Destiny. They are surprised to find out that they both were real animals and not imaginary ones
13th Sep '16 4:09:56 PM Anddrix
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* ''Film/PetesDragon'' is heavy on this trope.

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* ''Film/PetesDragon'' ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' is heavy on this trope.
24th Aug '16 7:42:43 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' spin-off ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' had an episode called "Izzy or Isn't He?" where Dil made up an imaginary alien friend named Izzy who was believed to exist by pretty much everyone in town, which ended up getting Chuckie in trouble when he accidentally ran over Izzy while mowing the lawn. At Izzy's funeral, Dil puts an end to everything by admitting that Izzy doesn't exist, but once everyone else is gone he tells Chuckie that Izzy wasn't killed and was watching the whole thing in one of the seats in the back. The very end of the episode shows one of the chairs with the seat part down even though no one's there.
17th Jul '16 7:25:25 AM IamTheCaligula
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Koishi Komeiji's presence is ignored by adults, so she sometimes serves as one of these to children.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Koishi Komeiji's presence is ignored [[PerceptionFilter cannot be concsiously percieved]] [[InvisibleToAdults by adults, adults]], so she sometimes serves as one of these to children.
17th Jun '16 12:31:23 AM PaulA
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* OlderThanRadio: Creator/OscarWilde's "The Canterville Ghost" (1887). While the rest of the newly-arrived Otis family dismiss the ghost, Virginia befriends him, and ultimately aids in his redemption.

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* OlderThanRadio: Creator/OscarWilde's "The Canterville Ghost" "Literature/TheCantervilleGhost" (1887). While the rest of the newly-arrived Otis family dismiss the ghost, Virginia befriends him, and ultimately aids in his redemption.
4th Jun '16 2:56:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* On ''GodTheDevilAndBob,'' {{God}} and [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] generally make themselves invisible to everyone except for [[PalsWithJesus Bob]], though [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] [[InvisibleToAdults children]] (like Bob's son [[CheerfulChild Andy]]) and [[NeurodiversityIsSupernatural insane adults]] can see them too. Bob's wife and teenage daughter, meanwhile, think that Bob is crazy and Andy is just playing along.

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* On ''GodTheDevilAndBob,'' ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob,'' {{God}} and [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] generally make themselves invisible to everyone except for [[PalsWithJesus Bob]], though [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] [[InvisibleToAdults children]] (like Bob's son [[CheerfulChild Andy]]) and [[NeurodiversityIsSupernatural insane adults]] can see them too. Bob's wife and teenage daughter, meanwhile, think that Bob is crazy and Andy is just playing along.
17th May '16 3:39:29 AM Doug86
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* In "Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin" by GeorgeMacdonald, Princess Irene's great-grandmother (also named Princess Irene) acts as one of these. No-one is quite sure whether or not to believe Princess Irene, even after her great-grandmother engineers a massive victory against the Goblins.

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* In "Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin" by GeorgeMacdonald, Creator/GeorgeMacdonald, Princess Irene's great-grandmother (also named Princess Irene) acts as one of these. No-one is quite sure whether or not to believe Princess Irene, even after her great-grandmother engineers a massive victory against the Goblins.
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