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7th Jan '17 12:53:40 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* After Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople's collective [[HeelFaceTurn face turn]] in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/AngelinaLove started being visited by a woman in the mirror named [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters "Winter"]] claiming to be her "fan", who would vanish whenever another wrestler looked in it with her. Winter finally appeared to her in person during a brawl with "Las Primas" [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad Rosita]] and Sartina.[[/folder]]

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* After Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople's collective [[HeelFaceTurn face turn]] in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/AngelinaLove started being visited by a woman in the mirror named [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters "Winter"]] claiming to be her "fan", who would vanish whenever another wrestler looked in it with her. Winter finally appeared to her in person during a brawl with "Las Primas" [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad Rosita]] and Sartina.Wrestling/{{Sar|ahStock}}ita.[[/folder]]
21st Dec '16 5:19:19 AM Medinoc
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* Al Calavicci in ''Series/QuantumLeap''. He's a hologram adviser that generally only Sam Beckett can see and hear (although Al is also visible to animals, small children, the mentally handicapped and the dying). Ninety percent of the time, though, anyone seeing and hearing Sam talking to Al assumes that he's talking to himself, because as far as they can tell, no-one is there.

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* Al Calavicci in ''Series/QuantumLeap''. He's a hologram adviser that generally only Sam Beckett can see and hear (although Al is also visible to animals, small children, the mentally handicapped and the dying).dying -- in short, those lacking a Weirdness Censor). Ninety percent of the time, though, anyone seeing and hearing Sam talking to Al assumes that he's talking to himself, because as far as they can tell, no-one is there.
11th Dec '16 1:58:03 AM Xtifr
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* In "Mr. Lupescu", a short story by Anthony Boucher, this is done as part of a scheme to MurderTheHypotenuse. Alan wants Marjorie, but she is already married to the wealthy Robert. So Alan pretends to be her son Bobby's fairy godfather "Mr. Lupescu" using an elaborate costume and gains his trust with stories of travels in the Milky Way. He also instills a fear of an imaginary monster called Gorgo that will punish Bobby if he misbehaves. All so that the boy will allow him into the house to meet Robert, whom he promptly kills. "Mr. Lupescu" warns Bobby not to tell people what happened or else Gorgo will take him. Of course, no one believes stories of a fairy godfather killing Robert, leaving the police baffled. Alan goes home and destroys his costume, satisfied in the knowledge that Marjorie, now a rich widow, is available. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Alan, Gorgo turns out to be a Not So Imaginary Monster.]]

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* In "Mr. Lupescu", a short story by Anthony Boucher, Creator/AnthonyBoucher, this is done as part of a scheme to MurderTheHypotenuse. Alan wants Marjorie, but she is already married to the wealthy Robert. So Alan pretends to be her son Bobby's fairy godfather "Mr. Lupescu" using an elaborate costume and gains his trust with stories of travels in the Milky Way. He also instills a fear of an imaginary monster called Gorgo that will punish Bobby if he misbehaves. All so that the boy will allow him into the house to meet Robert, whom he promptly kills. "Mr. Lupescu" warns Bobby not to tell people what happened or else Gorgo will take him. Of course, no one believes stories of a fairy godfather killing Robert, leaving the police baffled. Alan goes home and destroys his costume, satisfied in the knowledge that Marjorie, now a rich widow, is available. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Alan, Gorgo turns out to be a Not So Imaginary Monster.]]
23rd Nov '16 12:07:28 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In the ''Manga/""Naruto}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/InvisibleFox'' Naruto is rendered permanently invisible at a young age by an accident, is believed to be dead by everyone, and makes no attempt to disabuse them of this. After he saves Hinata from being bullied by pretending to be a ghost, she invites him to stay with her and becomes her secret friend, until he's forced to reveal himself and is basically accepted as part of the Hyuuga clan.

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* In the ''Manga/""Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/InvisibleFox'' Naruto is rendered permanently invisible at a young age by an accident, is believed to be dead by everyone, and makes no attempt to disabuse them of this. After he saves Hinata from being bullied by pretending to be a ghost, she invites him to stay with her and becomes her secret friend, until he's forced to reveal himself and is basically accepted as part of the Hyuuga clan.
22nd Nov '16 11:56:42 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In the ''Manga/""Naruto}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/InvisibleFox'' Naruto is rendered permanently invisible at a young age by an accident, is believed to be dead by everyone, and makes no attempt to disabuse them of this. After he saves Hinata from being bullied by pretending to be a ghost, she invites him to stay with her and becomes her secret friend, until he's forced to reveal himself and is basically accepted as part of the Hyuuga clan.
4th Nov '16 7:02:37 PM CaptEquinox
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** Eric Streator in the TZ episode "Living Doll" assumes his wife or daughter are using the daughter's talking doll to send him evil, taunting messages. They assume he's lost his mind. Until he trips over the doll and falls to his death -- and when the mother picks up the doll it says ''"My name is Talky Tina -- '''and you'd better be nice to me!'''"''


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* In ''Series/{{Thriller}}'' there's Mr. George, who gives fatherly advice to little heiress Priscilla Leggett. As her relatives attempt to arrange "accidents", George gently suggests that she go play someplace else for a few minutes; meanwhile he arranges for each of the "accidents" to backfire. George is the dead fiance of Priscilla's mother. He also arranges for his own sister to become Priscilla's guardian. This is based on an Creator/AugustDerleth story.
23rd Oct '16 8:47:30 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* Can occur in RealLife when one person talks about a friend or significant other that other acquaintances, for whatever reason, never meet.
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.
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