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25th Sep '17 5:43:06 AM Mildegard
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* Ash in ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' living in Elie's head. He is a copy of a dead boy's memory nobody but Elie can see and talk to.
24th Sep '17 11:49:41 AM MarqFJA
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Unlike an ImaginaryFriend, a Not So Imaginary Friend is '''real''', but due to [[ContrivedCoincidence 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 Not-So-Imaginary Friend is '''real''', but due to [[ContrivedCoincidence 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.



* In ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice'', one element of Not So Imaginary Friend is defined and enforced by the author. To prevent Justin from just talking to Landras in his room, where his family might notice, the Telepathy Necklace is introduced. It hadn't been abused yet.

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* In ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice'', one element of Not So Imaginary Not-So-Imaginary Friend is defined and enforced by the author. To prevent Justin from just talking to Landras in his room, where his family might notice, the Telepathy Necklace is introduced. It hadn't been abused yet.



* In "Mr. Lupescu", a short story by 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.]]

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* In "Mr. Lupescu", a short story by 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 Not-So-Imaginary Monster.]]
19th Sep '17 1:33:09 PM Robbyn
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** Spoofed [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=8a2yDBxf-Jk here]] at 1:43.
** Also spoofed 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.]]

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** Spoofed [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=8a2yDBxf-Jk here]] at 1:43.
** Also spoofed
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.]]
17th Sep '17 6:05:50 PM Pichu-kun
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* The MonsterOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Playthings" is a spirit posing as the imaginary friend of her grandniece.

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The MonsterOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Playthings" is a spirit posing as the imaginary friend of her grandniece.



* In one episode of the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven is stuck with babysitting a set of kids. One of them ''appears'' to have uncontrolled telekinesis throughout the episode, and she blames all of it on "Bobby", her invisible super-powered stuffed animal. Raven disbelieves this ridiculous story... until the end, when Bobby ''the eight-foot-tall super-strong teddy bear'' drops his invisibility and starts to beat some serious ass on the villain trying to kidnap the kids.
** Of course Bobby ''is'' [[{{Tulpa}} a manifestation of said kid's telekinetic powers]]: the girl in question acknowledges this, but insists this doesn't make him any less real. It's hard to argue with her, really.

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* In one episode of the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven is stuck with babysitting a set of kids. One of them ''appears'' to have uncontrolled telekinesis throughout the episode, and she blames all of it on "Bobby", her invisible super-powered stuffed animal. Raven disbelieves this ridiculous story... until the end, when Bobby ''the eight-foot-tall super-strong teddy bear'' drops his invisibility and starts to beat some serious ass on the villain trying to kidnap the kids.
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kids. Of course Bobby ''is'' [[{{Tulpa}} a manifestation of said kid's telekinetic powers]]: the girl in question acknowledges this, but insists this doesn't make him any less real. It's hard to argue with her, really.
17th Sep '17 6:04:33 PM Pichu-kun
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* Kyubey of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is such that only magical girls (and those who have the potential to be such) can see him.
** FridgeHorror: Kyubey has strong telepathic powers that enable him to talk to people from far away. He holds conversations with people who are not themselves able to talk telepathically which means he is reading their minds. Kyubey being [[InvisibleToNormals invisible to normalness]] probably involves manipulating people's minds into not noticing him.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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Kyubey of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is such that only magical girls (and those who have the potential to be such) can see him.
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him. FridgeHorror: Kyubey has strong telepathic powers that enable him to talk to people from far away. He holds conversations with people who are not themselves able to talk telepathically which means he is reading their minds. Kyubey being [[InvisibleToNormals invisible to normalness]] probably involves manipulating people's minds into not noticing him.



* Maromi from ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''. [[MindScrew Or is it?]]

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* Maromi from ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''.''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'':
** Maromi.
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* [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck the elf]] fills this role in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Since normal people who have never experienced the supernatural or who are devout followers of the Holy See religion [[InvisibleToNormals can't see supernatural creatures,]] anyone who encounters Guts often wonder who the hell he is talking to over his shoulder.

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* [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck the elf]] fills this role in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Since normal people who have never experienced the supernatural or who are devout followers of the Holy See religion [[InvisibleToNormals can't see supernatural creatures,]] anyone who encounters Guts often wonder who the hell he is talking to over his shoulder.



** That also(?) happened with the Tri-Lackey fighters in the game-in-a-game in ''System Shock''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Gaz absolutely cannot convince his mother that his Geno doll came to life and walked out the door. She thinks he's lying to avoid punishment for something, though she doesn't know what. Then in walk the heroes with Geno in tow...
** [[MistakenForAnImposter And then she assumes itís a person in a costume]]. Cue FaceFault from the heroes.

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** That also(?) also (?) happened with the Tri-Lackey fighters in the game-in-a-game in ''System Shock''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Gaz absolutely cannot convince his mother that his Geno doll came to life and walked out the door. She thinks he's lying to avoid punishment for something, though she doesn't know what. Then in walk the heroes with Geno in tow...
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tow... [[MistakenForAnImposter And then she assumes itís a person in a costume]]. Cue FaceFault from the heroes.



* The Evil Monkey in Chris's closet is a running gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. This culminates in season 8, when Chris gets tired of nobody believing him so he actually catches the monkey and proves he wasn't making it up.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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The Evil Monkey in Chris's closet is a running gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.gag. This culminates in season 8, when Chris gets tired of nobody believing him so he actually catches the monkey and proves he wasn't making it up.



* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': The title alien is green, with no visible ears nor a nose, has a cybernetic backpack and says thing like "filthy humans". Yet, only Dib notices that he's an alien after seeing him for the first time. Other people are too dense to realise that a whale floating in midair, ejecting an escape pod, from which Zim and his robot GIR come out... is '''not''' normal! Then again, said people verge on being TooDumbToLive and having some sort of WeirdnessCensor or PerceptionFilter combined, along with simply not being present when Zim implements his schemes. The fact that "alien" can also mean someone who isn't of one's country doesn't help (this is in the case of Dib's father who simply believes Zim is just from a different country, contrary to outer space).
** Aside from Dib, Dib's sister, Gaz, knows Zim is an alien but doesn't care because "he is too stupid to take over the world."

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': The title alien is green, with no visible ears nor a nose, has a cybernetic backpack and says thing like "filthy humans". Yet, only Dib notices and his sister notice that he's an alien after seeing him for the first time. Other people are too dense to realise that a whale floating in midair, ejecting an escape pod, from which Zim and his robot GIR come out... is '''not''' normal! Then again, said people verge on being TooDumbToLive and having some sort of WeirdnessCensor or PerceptionFilter combined, along with simply not being present when Zim implements his schemes. The fact that "alien" can also mean someone who isn't of one's country doesn't help (this is in the case of Dib's father who simply believes Zim is just from a different country, contrary to outer space).
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space). Dib's sister, Gaz, knows Zim is an alien but doesn't care because "he is too stupid to take over the world."



* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace is never able to convince her mother of her brothers' various projects being real because all evidence is destroyed by the end of each cartoon.
** A running gag is that the ''entire extended family'' except their mother is already aware of at least some of it.
* Timmy Turner has '''''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents FAIRY GODPARENTS!!!]]'''''
* In Mr. Hankey's first appearance on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He was a talking, singing, and dancing piece of poo from Kyle's perspective. But Kyle's friends, parents, and teachers only saw an ordinary piece of poo (along with poo smears everywhere). Kyle's friends have him committed to a mental hospital because they think he's hallucinating. Later, Chef asks them where Kyle is, and the boys tell him Kyle started seeing a magical talking piece of poo, to which Chef responds "You mean Mr. Hankey?"

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* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace is never able to convince her mother of her brothers' various projects being real because all evidence is destroyed by the end of each cartoon.
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cartoon. A running gag is that the ''entire extended family'' except their mother is already aware of at least some of it.
* Mr. Crocker is constantly trying to tell others that Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has '''''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents FAIRY GODPARENTS!!!]]'''''
fairy godparents. No one believes him. Everytime someone does, everything is reverted in the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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In Mr. Hankey's first appearance on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He he was a talking, singing, and dancing piece of poo from Kyle's perspective. But Kyle's friends, parents, and teachers only saw an ordinary piece of poo (along with poo smears everywhere). Kyle's friends have him committed to a mental hospital because they think he's hallucinating. Later, Chef asks them where Kyle is, and the boys tell him Kyle started seeing a magical talking piece of poo, to which Chef responds "You mean Mr. Hankey?"



* Happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', where a new kid has an imaginary friend, but others don't notice. So when his imaginary friend starts to play bad pranks, he got blamed until that thing fully plays pranks even without him near, forcing the girls to create their own imaginary friend when they found out that they can't beat him physically.

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Happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', where a new kid has an imaginary friend, but others don't notice. So when his imaginary friend starts to play bad pranks, he got blamed until that thing fully plays pranks even without him near, forcing the girls to create their own imaginary friend when they found out that they can't beat him physically.physically.
** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'': Bubbles has many imaginary friends, so when she starts talking about a girl named Bliss her sisters assume that "Bliss" is just her newest creation.



* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' 's Ed had an imaginary friend named Jib. No one believed he existed until he beat up [[ConMan Eddy]].

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Ed had an imaginary friend named Jib. No one believed he existed until he beat up [[ConMan Eddy]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'': Bubbles has many imaginary friends, so when she starts talking about a girl named Bliss her sisters assume that "Bliss" is just her newest creation.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'': Bubbles has many imaginary friends, so when she starts talking about a girl named Bliss her sisters assume that "Bliss" is just her newest creation.
17th Sep '17 10:25:02 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', if the ''Generations'' expansion pack is installed, a newborn baby might receive a strange doll in the mail (supposedly from a distant relative). Once the baby becomes a toddler, he or she can build a relationship with the doll, who will then become an Imaginary Friend when the toddler becomes a child. The Imaginary Friend can do tangible things like clean or get snacks or play on a seesaw with its owner, but only the owner can see it, which causes other Sims in the area to feel secondhand embarrassment for the weirdo talking to him- or herself. However, there is a special potion that the Imaginary Friend can drink to become real, and when this happens, it transforms into a normal (albeit oddly-dressed) Sim that everyone can see.

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In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', if the ''Generations'' expansion pack is installed, a newborn baby might receive a strange doll in the mail (supposedly from a distant relative). Once the baby becomes a toddler, he or she can build a relationship with the doll, who will then become an Imaginary Friend when the toddler becomes a child. The Imaginary Friend can do tangible things like clean or get snacks or play on a seesaw with its owner, but only the owner can see it, which causes other Sims in the area to feel secondhand embarrassment for the weirdo talking to him- or herself. However, there is a special potion that the Imaginary Friend can drink to become real, and when this happens, it transforms into a normal (albeit oddly-dressed) Sim that everyone can see.



* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when Rika Furude was very young, she had a friend only she could see named Hanyuu who gave her knowledge of things like cooking and cleaning. So she was never seen to learn them. Given that Rika was the daughter of the village priest and thought to be the reincarnation of Oyashiro-sama, the local deity, the villagers quickly decide this is evidence of the reincarnation and nearly worship her.

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when Rika Furude was very young, she had a friend only she could see named Hanyuu who gave her knowledge of things like cooking and cleaning. So she was never seen to learn them. Given that Rika was the daughter of the village priest and thought to be the reincarnation of Oyashiro-sama, the local deity, the villagers quickly decide this is evidence of the reincarnation and nearly worship her. [[spoiler:Hanyuu is really the ghost of a Furude woman who was sacrificed centuries prior, albeit in the form of a CuteGhostGirl (though she can turn into an adult if she wishes to).]]
1st Sep '17 6:22:40 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/TheTick2016'': Arthur briefly misinterprets a series of events as proof that the Tick is a figment of his imagination, [[RuleOfFunny which is played up by the editing as some shocking revelation, despite numerous scenes of others noticing and interacting with the Tick]]. Moments later, his sister confirms for him that he's real.

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* ''Series/TheTick2016'': Arthur briefly misinterprets a series of events as proof that the Tick is a figment of his imagination, [[RuleOfFunny which is played up by the editing as some shocking revelation, despite numerous scenes of others noticing and interacting with the Tick]]. Moments later, his Arthur sister confirms for to him that he's the Tick is real.
1st Sep '17 6:21:18 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/TheTick2016'': Arthur briefly misinterprets a series of events as proof that the Tick is a figment of his imagination, [[RuleOfFunny which is played up by the editing as some shocking revelation, despite numerous scenes of others noticing and interacting with the Tick]]. Moments later, his sister confirms for him that he's real.
23rd Aug '17 6:02:56 PM DarkKuno
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** to be more specific, it went on for 14 years, from 1971 to 1985
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