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* There's a ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]]'' story where Donald and Daisy have to seek shelter at a spooky castle whose owner turns out to be a vampire. This is revealed to be part of an elaborate commercial that was being shot at the castle, but when Donald asks him how he managed all those crazy "tricks" for the camera like floating in mid-air, the count states that they weren't tricks. Donald takes this to be a joke, but the last panel shows that he really wasn't kidding.
11th Jul '16 9:02:50 PM nmn3r3
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** Subverted multiple times before being played straight in "Phantom of Retroville": The tale of a ghost at an amusement park is told, and Jimmy, being [[FlatEarthAtheist Jimmy]], decided to disprove it. The first phantom encountered throughout the episode turns out to be [[BadButt Nick]] in a costume. Then another phantom shows up, but is quickly revealed to be Cindy and Libby, also in costume. Then ''another'' phantom shows up, this one having a [[LightIsNotGood sinister glow]], and succeeds in scaring the kids into running away, but turns out to be Judy Neutron in a more elaborate costume, with the goal of [[ScareEmStraight scaring the kids]] for sneaking out at night in mind. Then, while she and Hugh have an [[MakesSenseInContext argument about pie]], a fourth phantom rises out of the ground, this one translucent and glowing purple, scaring the two away.

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** Subverted multiple times before being played straight in "Phantom of Retroville": The tale of a ghost at an amusement park is told, and Jimmy, being [[FlatEarthAtheist [[ArbitrarySkepticism Jimmy]], decided to disprove it. The first phantom encountered throughout the episode turns out to be [[BadButt Nick]] in a costume. Then another phantom shows up, but is quickly revealed to be Cindy and Libby, also in costume. Then ''another'' phantom shows up, this one having a [[LightIsNotGood sinister glow]], and succeeds in scaring the kids into running away, but turns out to be Judy Neutron in a more elaborate costume, with the goal of [[ScareEmStraight scaring the kids]] for sneaking out at night in mind. Then, while she and Hugh have an [[MakesSenseInContext argument about pie]], a fourth phantom rises out of the ground, this one translucent and glowing purple, scaring the two away.
29th Jun '16 10:19:05 PM PaulA
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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': A storyline in the "Steve and Terry" theme had Steve discovering that the monster in Loch Ness was actually [[spoiler:Lovecraft's Cthulhu]], and ends with a shot of a reptilian head emerging from the loch. A parody example, since the "it's not really a plesiosaur" explanation is actually considerably weirder than the standard Nessie.

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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': A storyline in the "Steve and Terry" theme had Steve discovering that the monster in Loch Ness was actually [[spoiler:Lovecraft's Cthulhu]], and Cthulhu]]; after they leave, the story ends with a shot of a reptilian head emerging from the loch.loch (and a LampshadeHanging narration). A parody example, since the "it's not really a plesiosaur" explanation is actually considerably weirder than the standard Nessie.
29th Jun '16 10:17:03 PM Eddy1215
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::Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.

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::Santa %% Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.
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* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', "The Patient Of Darkness" - Subverted when it turns out that the last "ghost" really was a living person the hoaxers just didn't know about.

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* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', The ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' episode "The Patient Of of Darkness" - Subverted uses the "hoaxer goes 'but that wasn't me'" version--subverted when it turns out that the last "ghost" really was a living person the hoaxers just didn't know about.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** A first-season episode concerned a hoax haunting. The spirit of a young bride-to-be [[IWillWaitForYou who died waiting for her deceased fiancee's return]] supposedly caused trouble for the protagonists, until the troubles were revealed to be caused by the spirit-like Pokemon Gastly. However, after the protagonists leave, Gastly is then shown to be a friend of the 'real' ghostly maiden.
** The Ninetales Lokoko might also qualify, as she states (via an illusory proxy) that after being captured and released by Brock, she is now free to go to the afterlife and find her real master, who died a hundred years ago.
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', "Unidentified Flying Oddballs"

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
**
''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': A first-season episode concerned a hoax haunting. The spirit of a young bride-to-be [[IWillWaitForYou who died waiting for her deceased fiancee's return]] supposedly caused trouble for the protagonists, until the troubles were revealed to be caused by the spirit-like Pokemon Gastly. However, after the protagonists leave, Gastly is then shown to be a friend of the 'real' ghostly maiden.
** The Ninetales Lokoko might also qualify, as she states (via an illusory proxy) that after being captured and released by Brock, she is now free to go to the afterlife and find her real master, who died a hundred years ago.
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', "Unidentified Flying Oddballs"Oddballs": Princess Vi is abducted by a UFO, but it turns out to be a hoax/kidnapping by the usual bad guys. At the end of the episode, as the narrator comments that aliens don't really exist, it's shown that the events are being watched by some real aliens in a real flying saucer.



* In an issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run, Plastic Man tells his sidekick's nephew a story about the Justice League saving Christmas and fighting alongside Santa (who has heat vision in Plastic Man's telling), and after he's done with the story, his sidekick's nephew expresses disbelief - only to look out the window and see Santa flying by on his sleigh, blasting "Merry Christmas" into the snow in the yard. [[spoiler:But then it turns out to be Martian Manhunter playing along. After Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter fly away, we see the ''real'' Santa scoffing at the heat vision idea.]]

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* In an issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run, Plastic Man tells his sidekick's nephew a story about the Justice League saving Christmas and fighting alongside Santa (who has heat vision in Plastic Man's telling), and after he's done with the story, his sidekick's nephew expresses disbelief - only disbelief--only to look out the window and see Santa flying by on his sleigh, blasting "Merry Christmas" into the snow in the yard. [[spoiler:But then it turns out to be Martian Manhunter playing along. After Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter fly away, we see the ''real'' Santa scoffing at the heat vision idea.]]



* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Kombo appears to be a fraud, but he is capable of actual visions if he is not too drunk. Humorously, his visions always come just too late to be useful.



* In ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'', [[spoiler:a man impersonates the currently dead Jason Voorhees]]. In the sixth movie, Jason really does come back from the dead.
** Someone familiar with the series only through PopculturalOsmosis might be surprised to learn that the first movie is just a typical slasher flick with nary an undead monstrosity in sight. Then comes TheStinger...



* ''[[Film/LookWhosTalking Look Who's Talking Now]]'' has a guy hearing Santa... on a CB radio.
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (1947) has the scene at the end where the little girl gets exactly the present she wanted, but notably avoids an explicit sleigh shot.

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* A subplot in ''[[Film/LookWhosTalking Look Who's Talking Now]]'' involves 7-year-old Mikey losing his belief in Santa after his mother gets a job as MallSanta's elf. The end of the film has a guy hearing Santa... on a CB radio.
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (1947) revolves around the question of whether a MallSanta is actually the real thing, with most of the main characters not believing that Santa is real at all. It has the scene at the end where the little girl gets exactly the present she wanted, but notably avoids an explicit sleigh shot.



* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''. Be sure to tell'em Large Marge sent'cha!
** Possibly a parody of the song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_309_%28Red_Sovine_song%29 Phantom 309]].



* While the ''Literature/NemesisSaga'' series is a {{Kaiju}} thriller, there are other creatures out there.
** Hudson begins the first book searching for the existence of Sasquatch. The epilogue shows him and Collins finding Sasquatch, but keeping it a secret.
** The second book begins with them in Colorado investigating reports of strange creature sightings. The creature turns out to be [[spoiler:Lilly a young cat-woman under the protection of Hudson's old friend, Mark Hawkins]].



-->'''Lillis:''' ''(to Bess, in the finale)'' Hello. Mama loved you very much, and so will I. I'm so glad you've come.\\

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-->'''Lillis:''' ''(to Bess, in the finale)'' ''[to Bess]'' Hello. Mama loved you very much, and so will I. I'm so glad you've come.\\



* In the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Mv1-ki_wc Strangers among us]], a group of half-crazy UFO believers cause problems for the lifeguards as they misinterpret water phenomena on the beach as signs of aliens and almost drown and so on. They are led by the more sensible Dr. Faye Taylor, who has a more scientific view on UFOs. All seems to be normal until the very last minutes of the episode, where she disappears without a trace during something resembling a strange weather phenomenon.

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* In the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Mv1-ki_wc Strangers among us]], "Strangers Among Us", a group of half-crazy UFO believers cause problems for the lifeguards as they misinterpret water phenomena on the beach as signs of aliens and almost drown and so on. They are led by the more sensible Dr. Faye Taylor, who has a more scientific view on UFOs.[=UFOs=]. All seems to be normal until the very last minutes of the episode, where she disappears without a trace during something resembling a strange weather phenomenon.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** ''The Abominable Snowmen'': An explorer looking for yeti in the Himalayas runs afoul of some yeti that are actually robots controlled by an EldritchAbomination. At the end, as the explorer is saying farewell to the Doctor, a ''real'' yeti appears.
** In "The Curse of Peladon," the ancient monster of myth in the Peladon culture haunting the castle turns out to be a real creature living in the catacombs underneath the palace

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
''Series/DoctorWho'': ''The Abominable Snowmen'': An explorer looking for yeti in the Himalayas runs afoul of some yeti that are actually robots controlled by an EldritchAbomination. At the end, as the explorer is saying farewell to the Doctor, a ''real'' yeti appears.
** In "The Curse of Peladon," the ancient monster of myth in the Peladon culture haunting the castle turns out to be a real creature living in the catacombs underneath the palace
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* ''Series/EerieIndiana'', "Marshall's Theory of Believability."
* In the ''Series/{{ER}}'' episode "City Of Mercy", Morris unselfishly decides not to have a one night stand with a woman on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, walking outside, he begins mocking himself out loud for being sentimental and being affected by Christmas, finishing his rant by screaming "There's no freaking Santa!!" Immediately, a man calls to him, wishing him a merry Christmas, and as Morris turns around, sleigh bells suddenly jingle (it's left intentionally ambiguous whether they are just the soundtrack or actually audible in the show) and Morris freezes, staring at something in the sky right behind the camera.
--> '''Morris:''' Holy....!
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' did the Santa version, with Carl getting a space helmet he had wished for as a kid.

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* ''Series/EerieIndiana'', "Marshall's Theory of Believability."
* In
Believability": A visiting paranormalist turns out to be running a UFO scam. After this is revealed, the ''Series/{{ER}}'' scammer's accomplice shows up and it's revealed that the alien artifact people have been fighting over all episode "City Of Mercy", Morris unselfishly decides not to have a isn't one night stand with a woman on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, walking outside, he begins mocking himself out loud for being sentimental the accomplice planted -- upon which it starts glowing and being affected by Christmas, finishing his rant by screaming "There's no freaking Santa!!" Immediately, a man calls to him, wishing him a merry Christmas, and as Morris turns around, sleigh bells suddenly jingle (it's left intentionally ambiguous whether they are just the soundtrack or actually audible in the show) and Morris freezes, staring at something in the sky right behind the camera.
--> '''Morris:''' Holy....!
flies away.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' did the Santa version, version in "Miracle on Elm Street", with Carl getting a space helmet he had wished for as a kid.



* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"

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* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"Sea": The missing boats aren't due to the legendary sea monster "Carrie", but to pirates. The real sea monster appears at the end of the episode.



** Wilson visited Mark as Santa Claus when he was told that Santa does not exist - or at least this was what Tim and Jill thought, as the REAL Wilson was revealed to be in his garden the whole time Santa was visiting.

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** Wilson visited Mark as Santa Claus when he was told that Santa does not exist - or exist--or at least this was what Tim and Jill thought, as the REAL Wilson was revealed to be in his garden the whole time Santa was visiting.



* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Ghost Ship", Harm & Mac are saved by a real ghost.
** In another episodes, a father kidnaps his son while he has him for weekend visitation because he is convinced the boy is the reincarnation of his old war buddy and has to take him to their cabin one last time. The episode consists of Harm trying to find him and convince him to turn himself in while authorities are also chasing them. The episode ends with Harm sitting on the porch step with the father and son, and the boy turns to them with a smile and thumbs up while flashing briefly into the form of the father's friend. Both of them see it, though the kid doesn't seem to aware.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Jonas}}'' revolved around the ghost of a volunteer fire fight who swore he would return from the grave so that he could once again "volunteerily [sic] fight fires." He also loved chili and plaid socks. After the episode, we see Joe sitting in a chair narrating, like Kevin had been doing for most of the episode. The two start arguing about which has a better evil laugh, when they suddenly hear another evil laugh, and run. Turns out it was Nick, who was using a voice changer. He tells us there's no such thing as ghost, winks at us then leaves....and we hear the laugh again, and see a nearby bowl of chili get emptied after a voice says "oh, chili".

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Ghost Ship", Harm & Mac are saved by a real ghost.
** In another episodes,
an episode, a father kidnaps his son while he has him for weekend visitation because he is convinced the boy is the reincarnation of his old war buddy and has to take him to their cabin one last time. The episode consists of Harm trying to find him and convince him to turn himself in while authorities are also chasing them. The episode ends with Harm sitting on the porch step with the father and son, and the boy turns to them with a smile and thumbs up while flashing briefly into the form of the father's friend. Both of them see it, though the kid doesn't seem to be aware.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Jonas}}'' revolved around the ghost of a volunteer fire fight fighter who swore he would return from the grave so that he could once again "volunteerily [sic] fight fires." He also loved chili and plaid socks. After the episode, we see Joe sitting in a chair narrating, like Kevin had been doing for most of the episode. The two start arguing about which has a better evil laugh, when they suddenly hear another evil laugh, and run. Turns out it was Nick, who was using a voice changer. He tells us there's no such thing as ghost, winks at us then leaves....and we hear the laugh again, and see a nearby bowl of chili get emptied after a voice says "oh, chili".



* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': A Christmas episode sees Superman pull a Santa-suited Perry White around in a sleigh to distribute presents to children on Christmas Eve. Later, as Lois and Clark leave the Daily Planet, they hear sleigh bells and a jolly "Ho Ho Ho!" from high above, and Lois exasperatedly comments that Superman must still be dragging Perry around in the sleigh - unaware, of course, that [[ClarkKenting Superman is actually standing right beside her]]...

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* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': A Christmas episode sees Superman pull a Santa-suited Perry White around in a sleigh to distribute presents to children on Christmas Eve. Later, as Lois and Clark leave the Daily Planet, they hear sleigh bells and a jolly "Ho Ho Ho!" from high above, and Lois exasperatedly comments that Superman must still be dragging Perry around in the sleigh - unaware, sleigh--unaware, of course, that [[ClarkKenting Superman is actually standing right beside her]]...



* ''Series/TheMunsters'', "If It's a Martian, Hang Up". The alien costume they used at the end was originally seen in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.

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* ''Series/TheMunsters'', "If It's a Martian, Martian Answers, Hang Up". Up": Herman thinks he's contacted aliens on his radio, but actually it's just a couple of kids playing a game. The alien costume they used at the end was originally seen in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.''Series/{{The Outer Limits|1963}}''.



** In "The Curse Of Beaton Manor" Murdoch scolds George that voodoo is not real. It is revealed that [[spoiler:Timothy]] Beaton used pufferfish poison (from Haitian voodoo) to induce a near-death state and thus 'come back' from the dead. At the end of the episode the final Beaton suffers a fatal heart-attack from being pierced by a VoodooDoll.
** The Holy Grail in "Murdoch And The Temple Of Death" is also strongly implied to be the real thing. The killer jumps off a 60-foot cliff thinking it will save him, despite Murdoch telling the man to stop, and as Murdoch looks down on the man's corpse, a thunderclap sounds (seemingly in daylight) and Murdoch reacts to it. Later, [[spoiler:Dr. Iris Bajali]] steals it from the station house and flees with Murodoch in pursuit; he tells her it belongs to God, and when she shouts back, "There is no God," she is struck by lightning and dies. Later still, a museum staffer accidentally knocks it over and disposes of the clay outer layer, leaving a metal chalice standing on the shelf that appears bathed in a (heavenly?) shaft of light.

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** In "The Curse Of Beaton Manor" Murdoch scolds George that voodoo is not real. It is revealed that [[spoiler:Timothy]] Beaton [[spoiler:Timothy Beaton]] used pufferfish poison (from Haitian voodoo) to induce a near-death state and thus 'come back' from the dead. At the end of the episode the final Beaton suffers a fatal heart-attack from being pierced by a VoodooDoll.
** The Holy Grail in "Murdoch And The and the Temple Of of Death" is also strongly implied to be the real thing. The killer jumps off a 60-foot cliff thinking it will save him, despite Murdoch telling the man to stop, and as Murdoch looks down on the man's corpse, a thunderclap sounds (seemingly in daylight) and Murdoch reacts to it. Later, [[spoiler:Dr. Iris Bajali]] steals it from the station house and flees with Murodoch Murdoch in pursuit; he tells her it belongs to God, and when she shouts back, "There is no God," she is struck by lightning and dies. Later still, a museum staffer accidentally knocks it over and disposes of the clay outer layer, leaving a metal chalice standing on the shelf that appears bathed in a (heavenly?) shaft of light.



* An episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' revolved around a haunted hotel room. They decide to spend the night in it, and weird stuff, including everyone but Zack disappearing, starts happening. Turns out it was all a prank to get back at Zack for the pranks he pulls. Later Zack and Cody go back to get Cody's blanket, and a woman (whose portrait is in the room) walks up to them and hands them the blanket. After they thank her, she walks into the portrait. The episode ends with Zack and Cody running and screaming. Interestingly, the portrait did come to life and speak to Zack while the prank was going on, but Zack never brings this up while they're explaining the hoax to him.
** Hell, she even said "''they're'' out to get you"! She was warning him that it was a prank by his friends!
** Ghosts are very much real in the series, because by ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'', Zack meets ''another'' ghost, and reminds Cody of the first one they saw when they were 12.

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* An episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' revolved around a haunted hotel room. They decide to spend the night in it, and weird stuff, including everyone but Zack disappearing, starts happening. Turns out it was all a prank to get back at Zack for the pranks he pulls. Later Zack and Cody go back to get Cody's blanket, and a woman (whose portrait is in the room) walks up to them and hands them the blanket. After they thank her, she walks into the portrait. The episode ends with Zack and Cody running and screaming. Interestingly, the portrait did come to life and speak to Zack while the prank was going on, on (she even said "''they're'' out to get you", in retrospect a warning that it was a prank by his friends), but Zack never brings this up while they're explaining the hoax to him.
** Hell, she even said "''they're'' out to get you"! She was warning him that it was a prank by his friends!
** Ghosts are very much real in the series, because by ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'', Zack meets ''another'' ghost, and reminds Cody of the first one they saw when they were 12.
him.



* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'':
** In "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a town goes into a panic when they come to believe that aliens have landed nearby and that someone on their street might be helping them. [[spoiler:It turns out to be mass hysteria-- induced by the actual aliens, who want to turn the humans against each other by having them chase ''imaginary'' aliens.]] [[MagnificentBastard Tricky]].
** A variant occurs in "The Night of the Meek". A department store Santa Claus finds a sack that gives everyone what they want most for Christmas. At the end it turns out that he actually ''is'' Santa, and he and his elves fly away in his sleigh.

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* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'':
**
Zone|1959}}'': In "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a town goes into a panic when they come to believe that aliens have landed nearby and that someone on their street might be helping them. [[spoiler:It turns out to be mass hysteria-- induced by the actual aliens, who want to turn the humans against each other by having them chase ''imaginary'' aliens.]] [[MagnificentBastard Tricky]].
** A variant occurs in "The Night of the Meek". A department store Santa Claus finds a sack that gives everyone what they want most for Christmas. At the end it turns out that he actually ''is'' Santa, and he and his elves fly away in his sleigh.
Tricky]].



* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'' it is clear that our titular heroine's [[DeadPersonConversation dreams and conversations with her dead friend Lilly]] are happening in her head, and after Lilly's murder is solved they stop. However the second season episode 'Normal is the Watchword' has Lilly briefly appear and save Veronica's live by distracting her at a key moment - the implication being that her (Lilly's) ghost intervened directly.

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* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'' it is clear that our titular heroine's [[DeadPersonConversation dreams and conversations with her dead friend Lilly]] are happening in her head, and after Lilly's murder is solved they stop. However the second season episode 'Normal is the Watchword' has Lilly briefly appear and save Veronica's live by distracting her at a key moment - the moment--the implication being that her (Lilly's) ghost intervened directly.



-->'''Bill:''' Hah-hah! Ah, you certainly frightened him off with that spooky voice, David.
-->'''David:''' It wasn't me, it was Graeme.
-->'''Graeme:''' I thought it was Bill.
-->'''Bill:''' ...No, it wasn't me.
-->'''Jo:''' Or me.
-->'''David:''' ...Well, if it wasn't any of us...it must have been...''(dramatic music)'' ...somebody else!

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-->'''Bill:''' Hah-hah! Ah, you certainly frightened him off with that spooky voice, David.
-->'''David:'''
David.\\
'''David:'''
It wasn't me, it was Graeme.
-->'''Graeme:'''
Graeme.\\
'''Graeme:'''
I thought it was Bill.
-->'''Bill:''' ...
Bill.\\
'''Bill:''' ...
No, it wasn't me.
-->'''Jo:'''
me.\\
'''Jo:'''
Or me.
-->'''David:''' ...
me.\\
'''David:''' ...
Well, if it wasn't any of us...it must have been...''(dramatic music)'' ... ''[dramatic music]'' ...somebody else!



* This happens in some versions of ''RubyMoon''. Two actors play all the characters throughout, then it's gradually revealed they are doing this in-universe, and are (at least partially) aware of it; the script implies their missing daughter never existed in the first place, and the dolls of her simply made them convince themelves she was real. Lights down, curtain... and then she is heard singing her ditty one last time.

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* This happens in some versions of ''RubyMoon''.''Theatre/RubyMoon''. Two actors play all the characters throughout, then it's gradually revealed they are doing this in-universe, and are (at least partially) aware of it; the script implies their missing daughter never existed in the first place, and the dolls of her simply made them convince themelves she was real. Lights down, curtain... and then she is heard singing her ditty one last time.



* [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2077.html This]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip. In a shocking twist there is no link to this very page.

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* [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2077.html This]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip. In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': A storyline in the "Steve and Terry" theme had Steve discovering that the monster in Loch Ness was actually [[spoiler:Lovecraft's Cthulhu]], and ends with a shocking twist there shot of a reptilian head emerging from the loch. A parody example, since the "it's not really a plesiosaur" explanation is no link to this very page.actually considerably weirder than the standard Nessie.



* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' - One episode had the PowerTrio trapped in a severely haunted house, the rub being that while monsters exist, ''ghosts'' do not (this is repeatedly stated by [[strike:Hermione]] Oblina). It turned out that the house was the bunker/battle ground for a soldier monster who caused all of the strange happenings - except one. [[spoiler:All four monsters quickly leave, and the house resumes ''all'' of its disturbing behavior.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' - ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'': One episode had the PowerTrio trapped in a severely haunted house, the rub being that while monsters exist, ''ghosts'' do not (this is repeatedly stated by [[strike:Hermione]] Oblina). It turned out that the house was the bunker/battle ground for a soldier monster who caused all of the strange happenings - except happenings--except one. [[spoiler:All four monsters quickly leave, and the house resumes ''all'' of its disturbing behavior.]]



-->'''Willie:''' What got into him?
-->'''Mortimer:''' Oh, uh, just a fig-a-ma-tation of his imagination.
-->'''Willie:''' No!

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-->'''Willie:''' What got into him?
-->'''Mortimer:'''
him?\\
'''Mortimer:'''
Oh, uh, just a fig-a-ma-tation of his imagination.
-->'''Willie:'''
imagination.\\
'''Willie:'''
No!



** "Unidentified Flying Orson".

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** In "Unidentified Flying Orson".Orson", Roy pranks Orson with a fake alien invasion. Real aliens show up at the end.



* Used often in ''WesternAnimation/GooberAndTheGhostChasers'' which often featured the real ghost helping the gang against the fake ghost (sometimes the fake ghost is also pretending to be the real ghost).

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* Used often in ''WesternAnimation/GooberAndTheGhostChasers'' which often featured the real ghost helping the gang against the fake ghost (sometimes the fake ghost is also pretending to be the real ghost).



** In one episode, a "haunted" theater is revealed to have just had a termite infestation - except for the part where the termites are eventually revealed to actually be ghosts.

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** In one episode, a "haunted" theater is revealed to have just had a termite infestation - except infestation--except for the part where the termites are eventually revealed to actually be ghosts.



** "Haunted Train" was an episode where Arnold, Helga, and Gerald heard the story of a...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin haunted train]] that takes you straight "fiery underworld" with the ghost of the conductor who'd supposedly driven the orginal off the tracks and down into the underworld. The kids go check it out and sure enough a train shows up and takes them through a hellish scene, just like in the story. It turns out it was just an average train that passed through a steelworks. At the end the train races past with the ghost conductor sitting on the front, playing accordion and singing the urban legend.
** "Wheezin' Ed" tells the story of the titular gangster Wheezin' Ed and his treasure, located out on Elk Island and hidden in one of the caves. Intrigued by the promise of treasure, Arnold, Gerald, and several of the supporting characters head out to the caves where instead of a ghost they come across two counterfeiters. They end up saved and the counterfeiters arrested while the scene ends with the sound of Wheezin' Ed's laughter echoing through the cave.

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** "Haunted Train" was an episode where Arnold, Helga, and Gerald heard the story of a...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin haunted train]] a train that takes you straight to a "fiery underworld" with the ghost of the conductor who'd supposedly driven the orginal original off the tracks and down into the underworld. The kids go check it out and sure enough a train shows up and takes them through a hellish scene, just like in the story. It turns out it was just an average train that passed through a steelworks. At the end the train races past with the ghost conductor sitting on the front, playing accordion and singing the urban legend.
** "Wheezin' Ed" tells the story of the titular gangster Wheezin' Ed and his treasure, located out on Elk Island and hidden in one of the caves. Intrigued by the promise of treasure, Arnold, Gerald, and several of the supporting characters head out to the caves where instead of a ghost they come across two counterfeiters. They end up saved and the counterfeiters arrested while the scene ends with the sound of Wheezin' Ed's laughter echoing through the cave.



** And another episode that contained this trope was "Four-Eyed Jack" from season 2. Grandpa tells Arnold and Gerald a story about a mad scientist who lived in the boarding house and was killed by an experiment involving beans. Afterwards weird things start to happen that fit the tale. After the events are revealed to be coincidental to Grandpa and his secret bathroom, the boy's go to bed and Gerald wakes up to Four-Eyed Jack who halfheartedly scares him.
* Used as a DoubleSubversion in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', "The Chan Who Knew Too Much" - Jackie tries to stop a villainous group of modern-day druids who believe Stonehenge is an ancient magical WeaponOfMassDestruction and intend to activate it: he dismisses their claim as a crackpot theory, along the same lines as people who think it's a landing beacon for UFO's. At the climax, they ''succeed''... but nothing happens. Later, after the disappointed druids are arrested by Interpol, [[BrickJoke a UFO appears]], drawn by the signal of the activation.

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** And another episode that contained this trope was In "Four-Eyed Jack" from season 2. 2, Grandpa tells Arnold and Gerald a story about a mad scientist who lived in the boarding house and was killed by an experiment involving beans. Afterwards weird things start to happen that fit the tale. After the events are revealed to be coincidental to Grandpa and his secret bathroom, the boy's go to bed and Gerald wakes up to Four-Eyed Jack who halfheartedly scares him.
* Used as a DoubleSubversion in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', "The Chan Who Knew Too Much" - Much": Jackie tries to stop a villainous group of modern-day druids who believe Stonehenge is an ancient magical WeaponOfMassDestruction and intend to activate it: it; he dismisses their claim as a crackpot theory, along the same lines as people who think it's a landing beacon for UFO's.[=UFOs=]. At the climax, they ''succeed''... but nothing happens. Later, after the disappointed druids are arrested by Interpol, [[BrickJoke a UFO appears]], drawn by the signal of the activation.



* The Goofy and Max segment of ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas''.

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* The In the Goofy and Max segment of ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas''.''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas'', Max's faith in Santa is shaken. The real Santa shows up at the end.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': "Santa Shaves".

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': "Santa Shaves".In "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave", Mikey has a crisis of faith about Santa, but rallies after an inspiring conversation with an old man who turns out at the end to be Santa himself.



-->'''Filburt:''' "Who took that picture?"
-->'''The rest of the characters:''' *Jaw drop*

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-->'''Filburt:''' "Who Who took that picture?"
-->'''The
picture?\\
'''The
rest of the characters:''' *Jaw drop*''[jaw drop]''



* The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' franchise itself has done this in some of it's shows. And some of the DTV movies
** One of the earliest examples being in A Night of Fright is No Delight. The will said the house is haunted yet for most of the episode it's a hoax, until a bone comes floating out of nowhere at the end.
** Even runs in Scooby's family. In Scooby's Roots, Grandad Scooby says a ghost haunts Scooby Manor, and it's a sheet ghost. Until they unmask the fake ghost as the real ghost of Great Grandpa Scooby!
** WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers uses one as an end twist. With all the ghosts being revealed as a hoax, Scooby impersonates the ghost of Shaggy's Uncle. Then when driving away Shaggy sees him standing on the road and tells Scooby to knock it off, who then reveals himself to be in the back of the truck this time.
** In a WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo episode where the gang goes trick or treating they find an evil ghost pirate haunting the house. But it's a hoax, but the rumors about the house being haunted are true, the real ghost is actually nice and hires the Scooby Doo Detective Agency.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', when faced with real supernatural events Freddy even goes into a state of denial, frantically trying to pull the zombie mask off of a very real zombie, until [[NightmareFuel the whole head comes off]], at which point he tries to [[FlatEarthAtheist argue that it was animatronic]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' franchise itself has done this in some of it's its shows. And some of the DTV movies
movies.
** One of the earliest examples being in A In "A Night of Fright is No Delight. The Delight", the will said the house is haunted yet for most of the episode it's a hoax, until a bone comes floating out of nowhere at the end.
** Even runs in Scooby's family. In Scooby's Roots, "Scooby's Roots", Grandad Scooby says a ghost haunts Scooby Manor, and it's a sheet ghost. Until they unmask the fake ghost as the real ghost of Great Grandpa Scooby!
** WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers uses one as an end twist. ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers'': With all the ghosts being revealed as a hoax, Scooby impersonates the ghost of Shaggy's Uncle. Then when driving away Shaggy sees him standing on the road and tells Scooby to knock it off, who then reveals himself to be in the back of the truck this time.
** ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'': In a WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo an episode where the gang goes trick or treating they find an evil ghost pirate haunting the house. But it's It's a hoax, but the rumors about the house being haunted are true, true; the real ghost is actually nice and hires the Scooby Doo Detective Agency.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', when faced with real supernatural events Freddy even goes into a state of denial, frantically trying to pull the zombie mask off of a very real zombie, until [[NightmareFuel the whole head comes off]], at which point he tries to [[FlatEarthAtheist argue that it was animatronic]].
Agency.



** WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKISSRockAndRollMystery have played with this trope. While it's implied that their may be TWO Crimson Witches, the real one wanting to use the the 'rock of Kisstera' as a tool for unleashing the Destroyer. The fake one wanted to sell it as a priceless diamond.

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** WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKISSRockAndRollMystery have ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKISSRockAndRollMystery'' played with this trope. While it's It's implied that their there may be TWO ''two'' Crimson Witches, Witches: the real one wanting wanted to use the the 'rock of Kisstera' as a tool for unleashing the Destroyer. The Destroyer, the fake one wanted to sell it as a priceless diamond.



* The eleventh "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' combines this with a parody of ''TheBradyBunch''. Lisa and Bart, playing Hansel and Gretel, are captured by a witch, who claims she needs to get ready before her boyfriend comes over. She says that his name is "George Cauldron," a deliberate reference to Jan Brady saying she had a boyfriend named "George Glass" after [[LineOfSightName seeing a drinking glass on her nightstand]]. After Homer saves the children from the witch by pushing her into the oven, a man arrives--his name is George Cauldron, and he's looking for the witch so they can go to a concert.
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", which does this with Slash (yes, ''[[Music/GunsNRoses that]]'' Slash).

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* The eleventh "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' combines this with a parody of ''TheBradyBunch''.''Series/TheBradyBunch''. Lisa and Bart, playing Hansel and Gretel, are captured by a witch, who claims she needs to get ready before her boyfriend comes over. She says that his name is "George Cauldron," a deliberate reference to Jan Brady saying she had a boyfriend named "George Glass" after [[LineOfSightName seeing a drinking glass on her nightstand]]. After Homer saves the children from the witch by pushing her into the oven, a man arrives--his name is George Cauldron, and he's looking for the witch so they can go to a concert.
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", which does this with Slash (yes, ''[[Music/GunsNRoses that]]'' Slash).[[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', a monster hunter comes to look for the "green man in the woods" after the turtles are spotted and videotaped; about halfway through the turtles discover that the green man is real and have to keep both it and themselves out of her reach.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'', a monster hunter comes to look for the "green man in the woods" after the turtles are spotted and videotaped; about halfway through the turtles discover that the green man is real and have to keep both it and themselves out of her reach.



--->'''The Tick:''' Odds are it wasn't the real Santa, but how can you ever be sure?\\

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--->'''The -->'''The Tick:''' Odds are it wasn't the real Santa, but how can you ever be sure?\\



** Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.

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** Santa ::Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.
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::Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.

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::Santa ** Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.
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* In the ''Manga/{{Batman}}'' manga story "The Monster of Gore Bay", a gang of criminals use a mechanical fake sea monster to cause chaos so that they can commit crimes, only for their machine to finally be attacked by a real sea monster.
* One episode of ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' features the Loch Ness Monster, sightings of which are initially thought to be the work of [[GoldfishPoopGang the Alpha Gang]]'s submarine. The Alpha Gang themselves are only there because they believe that Nessie is really one of the dinosaurs that escaped
from Outer Space]]
[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
its card. Sure enough, the characters do face a dinosaur on the loch... but in the very last scene, after the [[MonsterOfTheWeek dinosaur]] has been safely captured and returned to its card, the shadow of the real Nessie appears menacingly in the mist.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', "The Patient Of Darkness" - Subverted when it turns out that the last "ghost" really was a living person the hoaxers just didn't know about.
* ''Anime/{{Kagewani}}'' has each episode ending with the revelation that the claims of a cryptid attack were actually real.
* The Florian Triangle in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a place where nearly a hundred ships go missing every year. In the course of the Thriller Bark arc, we learn that the arc's BigBad Gecko Moria has been assaulting ships that pass through and [[LivingShadow stealing their crews' shadows]] to give rise to an army of zombies. At the arc's very end however, a huge shadow watches the crew leave and the narration reveals that something has been destroying ships ''long'' before Gecko Moria ever set up shop.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** A first-season episode concerned a hoax haunting. The spirit of a young bride-to-be [[IWillWaitForYou who died waiting for her deceased fiancee's return]] supposedly caused trouble for the protagonists, until the troubles were revealed to be caused by the spirit-like Pokemon Gastly. However, after the protagonists leave, Gastly is then shown to be a friend of the 'real' ghostly maiden.
** The Ninetales Lokoko might also qualify, as she states (via an illusory proxy) that after being captured and released by Brock, she is now free to go to the afterlife and find her real master, who died a hundred years ago.




[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Not really from "outer space" per se, but ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' has Sarah returning from Jareth's castle and reappearing in her own room, and finding everything just as she left it before she wished for Toby to be taken away-- and then her friends (and several former enemies!) from the Goblin City appear in her bedroom. (There is some speculation on whether that means it really happened or if she's just lost her mind, however.)

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Mv1-ki_wc Strangers among us]], a group of half-crazy UFO believers cause problems for the lifeguards as they misinterpret water phenomena on the beach as signs of aliens and almost drown and so on. They are led by the more sensible Dr. Faye Taylor, who has a more scientific view on UFO's. All seems to be normal until the very last minutes of the episode, where she disappears without a trace during something resembling a strange weather phenomenon. Which became HilariousInHindsight after ''Series/BaywatchNights''' [[HowUnscientific infamous]] [[GenreShift second season]]...
* British medical soap/drama ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' pulls this one once. In one episode Tom Baker plays a patient who claims he's an alien; the nurse treating him believes he's delusional until a power cut knocks out the lights and he's shocked at the sight of the patient's glowing green eyes.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'', "Marshall's Theory of Believability."
* Played for laughs in an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', complete with ''Series/TheXFiles''-parodying dream sequence. The episode starts out with Tim mocking Wilson for believing he'd been visited by aliens. The end implies that Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and several other NBA players are, in fact, aliens--with "bluish-gray" immigrant cards.
* ''Series/MacGyver'', "The Visitor": after Mac exposes a couple of con artists claiming to be aliens to exploit a cancer patient and her husband, the oddball vacuum cleaner salesman that helped him suddenly disappears. He and the sheriff then see a UFO taking off...
* ''Series/MattHouston'' had the titular detective abducted by real aliens in an episode where he's investigating a (fake) claim of abduction covering up a murder. Of course, he doesn't remember, no one else sees it, and the abduction has no relevance to the rest of the plot at all.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'', "If It's a Martian, Hang Up". The alien costume they used at the end was originally seen in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," a town goes into a panic when they come to believe that aliens have landed nearby and that someone on their street might be helping them. [[spoiler: It turns out to be mass hysteria-- induced by the actual aliens, who want to turn the humans against each other by having them chase ''imaginary'' aliens.]] [[MagnificentBastard Tricky]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "U.S. Acres: Unidentified Flying Orson."
* Used as a DoubleSubversion in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', "The Chan Who Knew Too Much" - Jackie tries to stop a villainous group of modern-day druids who believe Stonehenge is an ancient magical WeaponOfMassDestruction and intend to activate it: he dismisses their claim as a crackpot theory, along the same lines as people who think it's a landing beacon for UFO's. At the climax, they ''succeed''... but nothing happens. Later, after the disappointed druids are arrested by Interpol, [[BrickJoke a UFO appears]], drawn by the signal of the activation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Yzma used fake aliens in a failed attempt to become Empress and she constantly told Kronk aliens didn't exist. In the end, Kronk met real aliens but didn't believe it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'': The local ConspiracyTheorist drags Mo into investigating the MysteryMeat in the school cafeteria, since it's really good (and cafeteria food that tastes good is unnatural) and it glows in the dark. He's convinced it's alien in origin, and all the evidence Mo finds seems to confirm this. The two of confront the lunch lady while she is in a meeting with two guys from the mystery meat company. She reveals the heinous secret behind mystery meat: it's not made by aliens, it's made of tofu. All of the kids are immediately disgusted that they've been eating something that's ''healthy'' and renounce mystery meat for good, causing the distributors to cancel their contract with the school. After they leave, Mo asks the lunch lady why the mystery meat glowed in the dark. She says she didn't ''know'' it glowed in the dark. Cue a shot of the meat guys driving down the road, and their cars turning into [=UFOs=] and flying away.

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\n[[AC:{{Film}}]]\n* Not really from "outer space" per se, but ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' has Sarah returning from Jareth's castle and reappearing in her own room, and finding everything just as In ''Anime/SengokuOtome'', everybody gets trapped by samurai ghosts. After managing to appease them, the ghosts tell Nobunaga that she left it is the one destined to rule the land before she wished for Toby to be taken away-- departing. Later, Ieyasu meets her minion Hanzo and then thanks her friends (and several former enemies!) from the Goblin City appear in her bedroom. (There is some speculation on whether that means it really happened or if she's just lost her mind, however.)

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Mv1-ki_wc Strangers among us]], a group of half-crazy UFO believers cause problems
for the lifeguards as they misinterpret water phenomena on great special effects and using the beach as signs of aliens fake samurai ghosts to stoke Nobunaga's ego so she will fall into her plan. Hanzo replies that she just arrived and almost drown and so on. They are led by didn't have time to set up the more sensible Dr. Faye Taylor, who has fake samurai ghosts. Though a more scientific view on UFO's. All seems to be normal until little unnerved, Ieyasu shrugs it off, since the very last minutes of the episode, where she disappears without a trace during something resembling a strange weather phenomenon. Which became HilariousInHindsight after ''Series/BaywatchNights''' [[HowUnscientific infamous]] [[GenreShift second season]]...
real ghosts helped her manipulate Nobunaga anyway.
* British medical soap/drama ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' pulls this one once. In one episode Tom Baker plays a patient who claims he's an alien; the nurse treating him believes he's delusional until a power cut knocks out the lights and he's shocked at the sight of the patient's glowing green eyes.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'', "Marshall's Theory of Believability."
* Played for laughs
Two episodes in an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', complete ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' deal with ''Series/TheXFiles''-parodying dream sequence. The episode starts out with Tim mocking Wilson for believing he'd been visited by aliens. The end implies that Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, an apparently impossible murder in a safe zone, and several other NBA players are, in fact, aliens--with "bluish-gray" immigrant cards.
* ''Series/MacGyver'', "The Visitor": after Mac exposes a couple of con artists claiming to be aliens to exploit a cancer patient and her husband, the oddball vacuum cleaner salesman that helped him suddenly disappears. He and the sheriff then see a UFO taking off...
* ''Series/MattHouston'' had the titular detective abducted by real aliens in an episode where he's investigating a (fake) claim of abduction covering up a murder. Of course, he doesn't remember, no one else sees it, and the abduction has no relevance to the rest of the plot at all.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'', "If It's a Martian, Hang Up". The alien costume they used at the end was originally seen in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," a town goes into a panic when they come to
believe that aliens have landed nearby and that someone on their street might be helping them. [[spoiler: It turns it was committed by Griselda's ghost. The murders turn out to be mass hysteria-- induced by the actual aliens, who want to turn the humans against each other by having them chase ''imaginary'' aliens.]] [[MagnificentBastard Tricky]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "U.S. Acres: Unidentified Flying Orson."
* Used as
a DoubleSubversion in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', "The Chan Who Knew Too Much" - Jackie tries to stop a villainous group of modern-day druids who believe Stonehenge is an ancient magical WeaponOfMassDestruction and intend to activate it: he dismisses their claim as a crackpot theory, along the same lines as people who think it's a landing beacon for UFO's. At the climax, they ''succeed''... hoax, but nothing happens. Later, after the disappointed druids are arrested by Interpol, [[BrickJoke a UFO appears]], drawn by the signal of the activation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Yzma used fake aliens in a failed attempt to become Empress and she constantly told Kronk aliens didn't exist. In
at the end, Kronk met real aliens but didn't believe it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'': The local ConspiracyTheorist drags Mo into investigating
the MysteryMeat in the school cafeteria, since it's really good (and cafeteria food that tastes good is unnatural) and it glows in the dark. He's convinced it's alien in origin, and all the evidence Mo finds seems to confirm this. The two of confront the lunch lady while she is in a meeting with two guys from the mystery meat company. She reveals the heinous secret behind mystery meat: it's not made by aliens, it's made of tofu. All of the kids are immediately disgusted that they've been eating something that's ''healthy'' and renounce mystery meat for good, causing the distributors to cancel their contract with the school. After they leave, Mo asks the lunch lady why the mystery meat glowed in the dark. She says she didn't ''know'' it glowed in the dark. Cue a shot of the meat guys driving down the road, and their cars turning into [=UFOs=] and flying away.ghost briefly makes an appearance.



[[folder:Things from the Afterlife]]
[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', "The Patient Of Darkness" - Subverted when it turns out that the last "ghost" really was a living person the hoaxers just didn't know about.
* A first-season ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode concerned a hoax haunting. The spirit of a young bride-to-be [[IWillWaitForYou who died waiting for her deceased fiancee's return]] supposedly caused trouble for the protagonists, until the troubles were revealed to be caused by the spirit-like Pokemon Gastly. However, after the protagonists leave, Gastly is then shown to be a friend of the 'real' ghostly maiden.
** The Ninetales Lokoko might also qualify, as she states (via an illusory proxy) that after being captured and released by Brock, she is now free to go to the afterlife and find her real master, who died a hundred years ago.
* Two episodes in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' deal with an apparently impossible murder in a safe zone, and players believe that it was committed by Griselda's ghost. The murders turn out to be a hoax, but at the end, the ghost briefly makes an appearance.
* In ''Anime/SengokuOtome'', everybody gets trapped by samurai ghosts. After managing to appease them, the ghosts tell Nobunaga that she is the one destined to rule the land before departing. Later, Ieyasu meets her minion Hanzo and thanks her for the great special effects and using the fake samurai ghosts to stoke Nobunaga's ego so she will fall into her plan. Hanzo replies that she just arrived and didn't have time to set up the fake samurai ghosts. Though a little unnerved, Ieyasu shrugs it off, since the real ghosts helped her manipulate Nobunaga anyway.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' LiveActionAdaptation (an episode about a fake ghost train) (Bob).

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[[folder:Things from [[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' comic, Archie and
the Afterlife]]
[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', "The Patient Of Darkness" - Subverted when it turns out that the last "ghost" really was
gang are in a living person room on Christmas Eve discussing how Santa Claus is an outdated concept, that it's wrong to teach children you can get something for nothing, and so forth. Suddenly they hear jingling bells out the hoaxers just didn't know about.
* A first-season ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode concerned a hoax haunting.
window. When they go outside to check, they find several gift-wrapped packages with their names on them. The spirit of a young bride-to-be [[IWillWaitForYou who died waiting for her deceased fiancee's return]] supposedly caused trouble for the protagonists, until the troubles contents were items they all needed yet they hadn't told anyone as much. Further investigation revealed to be caused by hoof-prints and an inexplicable sled-runner trail in the spirit-like Pokemon Gastly. However, after the protagonists leave, Gastly is then shown to be a friend of the 'real' ghostly maiden.
** The Ninetales Lokoko might also qualify, as she states (via an illusory proxy) that after being captured and released by Brock, she is now free to go to the afterlife and find her real master, who died a hundred years ago.
* Two episodes in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' deal with an apparently impossible murder in a safe zone, and players believe that it was committed by Griselda's ghost. The murders turn out to be a hoax, but at the end, the ghost briefly makes an appearance.
* In ''Anime/SengokuOtome'', everybody gets trapped by samurai ghosts. After managing to appease them, the ghosts tell Nobunaga that she is the one destined to rule the land before departing. Later, Ieyasu meets her minion Hanzo and thanks her for the great special effects and using the fake samurai ghosts to stoke Nobunaga's ego so she will fall into her plan. Hanzo replies that she just arrived and didn't have time to set up the fake samurai ghosts. Though a little unnerved, Ieyasu shrugs it off, since the real ghosts helped her manipulate Nobunaga anyway.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' LiveActionAdaptation (an episode about a fake ghost train) (Bob).
snow.




[[AC:{{Film}}]]

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\n[[AC:{{Film}}]]* In an issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run, Plastic Man tells his sidekick's nephew a story about the Justice League saving Christmas and fighting alongside Santa (who has heat vision in Plastic Man's telling), and after he's done with the story, his sidekick's nephew expresses disbelief - only to look out the window and see Santa flying by on his sleigh, blasting "Merry Christmas" into the snow in the yard. [[spoiler:But then it turns out to be Martian Manhunter playing along. After Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter fly away, we see the ''real'' Santa scoffing at the heat vision idea.]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'', the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of Thor is presented as a lunatic who believes himself a god. Eventually it's revealed that Loki has used his RealityWarper powers to rewrite the world and trap Thor on Earth.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Kombo appears to be a fraud, but he is capable of actual visions if he is not too drunk. Humorously, his visions always come just too late to be useful.
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* One of the plots of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic "Hearth Warming Chaos" involves Discord accidentally telling Pinkie Pie's daughter Raspberry there's no such thing as Santa Hooves and he makes it up to her by building a version of the sleigh she and her sisters wanted. Much to his surprise, Hearth's Warming morning, among the presents is a flying reindeer and the toy Discord lost when he was a young draconequus.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ''Film/MarvelOneShots'' short "All Hail The King", an epilogue to ''Film/IronMan3'', shows that [[spoiler:the Mandarin really ''does'' exist and wasn't just an invention by Aldrich Killian. What's more, he's pretty peeved at his name being disgraced]].
* After the Ghost Shaman in ''Bodycount'' is revealed to be one of the characters in a mask, the ending shows another character getting the axe from the real Ghost Shaman.
* ''Film/CitizenKane''. After IntrepidReporter Thompson GaveUpTooSoon on finding the answer to the DrivingQuestion he has spent all the movie trying to find (''What is Rosebud?'') the audience sees TheReveal: ItWasHisSled.
* After Holly's doppelgänger is revealed to be [[spoiler:a combination of her SplitPersonality and BigBad using disguises to frame her]] in the climax of ''Doppelganger'', she, under a great deal of stress, manifests an actual doppelgänger.



* In what's probably the only appearance of the occult in the Film/JamesBond series, ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' has Baron Samedi appearing at the front of the train Bond is in, laughing as usual, even though he was subjected to a coffin full of (presumably) venomous snakes earlier in the film.

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* In what's probably ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'', the only appearance of bad guy uses drugs and hypnotic suggestions to make people think they are being stalked and tortured by Pinhead and the occult in Cenobites. At the Film/JamesBond series, ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' end, as he gloats over his victory, the real Pinhead shows up and gives him his KarmicDeath.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''
has Baron Samedi appearing at Sarah returning from Jareth's castle and reappearing in her own room, and finding everything just as she left it before she wished for Toby to be taken away--and then her friends (and several former enemies!) from the front of the train Bond Goblin City appear in her bedroom. (There is in, laughing as usual, even though he was subjected to a coffin full of (presumably) venomous snakes earlier in the film. some speculation on whether that means it really happened or if she's just lost her mind, however.)



* ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', in what's probably the only appearance of the occult in the Film/JamesBond series, ends with Baron Samedi appearing at the front of the train Bond is in, laughing as usual, even though he was subjected to a coffin full of (presumably) venomous snakes earlier in the film.
* ''[[Film/LookWhosTalking Look Who's Talking Now]]'' has a guy hearing Santa... on a CB radio.
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (1947) has the scene at the end where the little girl gets exactly the present she wanted, but notably avoids an explicit sleigh shot.
* In the film ''Film/NightmareMan'', there is a major twist [[spoiler:a husband aims to have his wife killed by a man dressed up as the evil monster haunting her dreams and she believes to be inside of her. The plan involves her going crazy by not taking her pills to go along with it. Except that the monster is real and seems to have a problem combating the pills effects, meaning when she's off her medication the monster is able to kill people for real, including the hitman dressed up as him too.]]



* The [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane supernatural and bizarre events]] that occurred throughout the Korean film ''Film/ATaleOfTwoSisters'' by TheReveal that [[spoiler: the protagonist was [[UnreliableNarrator insane]]]], but then [[spoiler: the real stepmother is later attacked by the ghost that was earlier dismissed as a delusion.]]
* In ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'', the bad guy uses drugs and hypnotic suggestions to make people think they are being stalked and tortured by Pinhead and the Cenobites. At the end, as he gloats over his victory, the real Pinhead shows up and gives him his KarmicDeath.
* After the Ghost Shaman in ''Bodycount'' is revealed to be one of the characters in a mask, the ending shows another character getting the axe from the real Ghost Shaman.

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* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's "Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder" is an OccultDetective whose stories sometimes feature real supernatural events and sometimes hoaxes. In the story [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Horse_of_the_Invisible "The Horse of the Invisible"]] a murderous ghost turns out to be a hoax by a human would-be killer. Until... [[spoiler: ''"It's not me! My God! It's not me! My God! It's not me."'']]
* The classic ''Three Investigators'' novel ''The Invisible Dog'' brings the three boys to an old church rumored to be haunted by a "phantom priest" who carries a candle. No sooner are they in the church when they encounter a ghostly figure walking forward menacingly, holding a candle. The boys book it out of there, but come on, this is ''The Three Investigators''! It will turn out to be some old man faking it, right? Nope; come the end of the book, the only part of the mystery left unsolved is...who is the phantom priest? After bringing up and discarding every possibility they can think of, they finally conclude that there very well may be a phantom priest!

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* The [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane supernatural and bizarre events]] that occurred throughout the Korean film ''Film/ATaleOfTwoSisters'' by TheReveal that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the protagonist was [[UnreliableNarrator insane]]]], but then [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the real stepmother is later attacked by the ghost that was earlier dismissed as a delusion.]]
* In ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'', the bad guy uses drugs and hypnotic suggestions This is PlayedForLaughs during ''Film/TheWaterHorseLegendOfTheDeep''. Unable to make people think they are being stalked and tortured by Pinhead and the Cenobites. At the end, as he gloats over his victory, find the real Pinhead shows up creature to photograph, some journalists make and gives him his KarmicDeath.
* After the Ghost Shaman in ''Bodycount'' is revealed to be one of the characters in
photograph a mask, the ending shows another character getting the axe from fake...with the real Ghost Shaman.

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one watching the whole thing curiously.
* A lot of cryptozoological documentaries end with a moody shot of the supposed monster's habitat. Perhaps they're hoping for a RealLife version of this?
** If so, they're expecting something ''[[HauntedTechnology really]]'' weird, given that a documentary is the product of editing, and hence it's their decision to stick footage they know to be monster-free at the end. (Of course, the film may have been shot in order, no editing involved. Or they may hope to evoke this trope for the ''audience'', as if the film has NoEnding, and maybe the monster is RealAfterAll... BehindTheBlack.)
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* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's "Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder" is an OccultDetective whose stories sometimes feature real supernatural events and sometimes hoaxes. In the story [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Horse_of_the_Invisible "The Horse of the Invisible"]] a murderous ghost turns out to be a hoax by a human would-be killer. Until... [[spoiler: ''"It's [[spoiler:''"It's not me! My God! It's not me! My God! It's not me."'']]
* ''The Convenient Monster'', a Leslie Charteris short story featuring Literature/TheSaint involves a villain faking attacks by the Loch Ness Monster. The classic ''Three Investigators'' novel villain is then eaten by the Loch Ness Monster. Really. This was also done in the [[Series/TheSaint [=TV=] series]] episode of the same name.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote''. Sancho Panza is fooled by the Duke to assume a governorship (really a complicated series of MassiveMultiplayerScam just to prank Sancho). When Sancho patrols his Insula, he is victim of various prankers, except for the last one, a SweetPollyOliver that no one knows, who is a girl who has escaped his GildedCage, to all the pranksters confusion.
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''The Invisible Dog'' brings the three boys Literature/TheThreeInvestigators to an old church rumored to be haunted by a "phantom priest" who carries a candle. No sooner are they in the church when they encounter a ghostly figure walking forward menacingly, holding a candle. The boys book it out of there, but come on, this is ''The Three Investigators''! It will turn out to be some old man faking it, right? Nope; come the end of the book, the only part of the mystery left unsolved is...who is the phantom priest? After bringing up and discarding every possibility they can think of, they finally conclude that there very well may be a phantom priest!priest!
* While the ''Literature/NemesisSaga'' series is a {{Kaiju}} thriller, there are other creatures out there.
** Hudson begins the first book searching for the existence of Sasquatch. The epilogue shows him and Collins finding Sasquatch, but keeping it a secret.
** The second book begins with them in Colorado investigating reports of strange creature sightings. The creature turns out to be [[spoiler:Lilly a young cat-woman under the protection of Hudson's old friend, Mark Hawkins]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Phantom of the Auditorium'', the threatening messages left behind by the "phantom" turn out to be the work of a homeless person who didn't want them to find his secret living quarters beneath the school. However, the real phantom eventually does show up and even leaves behind evidence of his real identity for the two protagonists to find.



* In ''The Vampire Affair'', a Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel by David [=McDaniel=], Solo and Kuryakin spend most of the book in an Eastern European country battling what seems to be a vampire. At the end it all turns out to have been a hoax by a THRUSH agent ... [[spoiler: except for the coffin, which he denies using. And then when Solo and Kuryakin go back to the car, they find a message written in the snow on the windshield-- "Thank you. I return to my rest."]]
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': In ''Phantom of the Auditorium'', the threatening messages left behind by the "phantom" turn out to be the work of a homeless person who didn't want them to find his secret living quarters beneath the school. However, the real phantom eventually does show up and even leaves behind evidence of his real identity for the two protagonists to find.

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* In ''The Vampire Affair'', a [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE Man From U.N.C.L.E. ]] novel by David [=McDaniel=], Solo and Kuryakin spend most of the book in an Eastern European country battling what seems to be a vampire. At the end it all turns out to have been a hoax by a THRUSH agent ... [[spoiler: except [[spoiler:except for the coffin, which he denies using. And then when Solo and Kuryakin go back to the car, they find a message written in the snow on the windshield-- "Thank you. I return to my rest."]]
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* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow'' had a Christmas episode where Santa gets food poisoning from the cafe and the gang is forced to make and deliver presents in one night. The next morning when Santa comes round and everyone finds out that he is a department store Santa. After everyone leaves they find the flat full of presents and hear a loud "ho-ho-ho!". It transpires the department store Santa was the real Santa after all.
*
In ''Phantom the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Mv1-ki_wc Strangers among us]], a group of half-crazy UFO believers cause problems for the lifeguards as they misinterpret water phenomena on the beach as signs of aliens and almost drown and so on. They are led by the more sensible Dr. Faye Taylor, who has a more scientific view on UFOs. All seems to be normal until the very last minutes of the Auditorium'', episode, where she disappears without a trace during something resembling a strange weather phenomenon.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** In one episode, a person is found dead in
the threatening messages left behind middle of nowhere by a ufologist. At the "phantom" turn end of the episode, Brennan and Booth manage to find the real killer. They are lying on the hood of a car in a field, stargazing and talking about whether or not aliens are real. Just then, all the crickets and other natural sounds disappear, leaving both of them a little freaked out in [[NothingIsScarier complete silence]].
** In another, a murderer uses a myth about a witch in the woods (an intentional parody of ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'') to cover up the unintentional killing of his filmmaker brother. At the end though, Angela and Hodgins see what appears to be a ''real ghost'' on footage of the murder. They promptly decide to never mention it again.
* British medical soap/drama ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' pulls this one once. In one episode Tom Baker plays a patient who claims he's an alien; the nurse treating him believes he's delusional until a power cut knocks out the lights and he's shocked at the sight of the patient's glowing green eyes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** ''The Abominable Snowmen'': An explorer looking for yeti in the Himalayas runs afoul of some yeti that are actually robots controlled by an EldritchAbomination. At the end, as the explorer is saying farewell to the Doctor, a ''real'' yeti appears.
** In "The Curse of Peladon," the ancient monster of myth in the Peladon culture haunting the castle turns
out to be the work of a homeless person who didn't want them to find his secret real creature living quarters beneath in the school. However, catacombs underneath the real phantom eventually does palace
* In one episode of ''Series/DontEatTheNeighbours'', Lucy ends up depressed after she learns that Old Father Bunny has not delivered the bicycle she wanted. So that night, the other adult male characters in the
show get up onto the roof, each claiming to Lucy that they are Old Father Bunny and even they have brought her the bike she wanted. The next morning Lucy has 7 bikes, but there were only 6 men up on the roof last night. She then finds a note attached to it from Old Father Bunny apologizing that it is a day late, but he and his elves were busy painting it into a multicolour one.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'', "Marshall's Theory of Believability."
* In the ''Series/{{ER}}'' episode "City Of Mercy", Morris unselfishly decides not to have a one night stand with a woman on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, walking outside, he begins mocking himself out loud for being sentimental and being affected by Christmas, finishing his rant by screaming "There's no freaking Santa!!" Immediately, a man calls to him, wishing him a merry Christmas, and as Morris turns around, sleigh bells suddenly jingle (it's left intentionally ambiguous whether they are just the soundtrack or actually audible in the show) and Morris freezes, staring at something in the sky right behind the camera.
--> '''Morris:''' Holy....!
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' did the Santa version, with Carl getting a space helmet he had wished for as a kid.
* In an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', on the first Christmas Eve they're stuck on the island, the Skipper shows up dressed as Santa Claus. He happily tells the castaways that they should be thankful that they are on an island with food and water, that they all get along with each other, etc. "Santa" then
leaves behind evidence of his real identity for into the two protagonists jungle. An instant later, the Skipper, dressed normally, emerges -- from the opposite direction -- out the jungle, carrying the firewood that he went to find.

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get a moment ago. Even the professor was puzzled by this one.
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"



* ''Series/HomeImprovement'':
** Played for laughs in an episode, complete with ''Series/TheXFiles''-parodying dream sequence. The episode starts out with Tim mocking Wilson for believing he'd been visited by aliens. The end implies that Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and several other NBA players are, in fact, aliens--with "bluish-gray" immigrant cards.
** Wilson visited Mark as Santa Claus when he was told that Santa does not exist - or at least this was what Tim and Jill thought, as the REAL Wilson was revealed to be in his garden the whole time Santa was visiting.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' has the con artists tricking a corrupt tabloid publisher into believing that the Queen Mother was killed in World War II and an actress was hired to keep up public morale. It works and the team laughs at how the publisher could believe such a crazy story. However, the final shot of the episode shows what is quite clearly Queen Elizabeth II placing flowers on the grave of that "actress."



* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': A Christmas episode sees Superman pull a Santa-suited Perry White around in a sleigh to distribute presents to children on Christmas Eve. Later, as Lois and Clark leave the Daily Planet, they hear sleigh bells and a jolly "Ho Ho Ho!" from high above, and Lois exasperatedly comments that Superman must still be dragging Perry around in the sleigh - unaware, of course, that [[ClarkKenting Superman is actually standing right beside her]]...
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': The four adults each separately decide to dress up as Santa to amuse Little Ricky. But when they gather together in the kitchen afterward, who is the FIFTH Santa? The one who vanishes into thin air?
* The ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' LiveActionAdaptation had an episode about a fake ghost train that used the "helpful person was dead all along" variant.
* ''Series/MacGyver'':
** In the episode "Ghost Ship", [=MacGyver=] reveals that the monster is just a man in a suit and a prerecorded monstrous roar. At the end, [=MacGyver=] and Pete hear the exact same roar from somewhere out in the wilderness while they're looking at the stereo that isn't currently playing the tape.
** "The Visitor": after Mac exposes a couple of con artists claiming to be aliens to exploit a cancer patient and her husband, the oddball vacuum cleaner salesman that helped him suddenly disappears. He and the sheriff then see a UFO taking off...



* In one episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', the villains organize a series of 'ghostly' appearances in order to try and drive their victim insane. Right at the end, after the hoax is revealed and all the characters have left the room, we see an empty rocking chair creaking back and forth...
** Another starts off when Barnaby's wife thinks she ran over someone crossing a road next to an old asylum, but can't find the body. At the end of the episode, Barnaby himself does the same, but where the previous one was explained by the presence of a door near the road, the door here had been walled off...

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* In one ''Series/MattHouston'' had the titular detective abducted by real aliens in an episode where he's investigating a (fake) claim of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', abduction covering up a murder. Of course, he doesn't remember, no one else sees it, and the abduction has no relevance to the rest of the plot at all.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
** In one episode,
the villains organize a series of 'ghostly' appearances in order to try and drive their victim insane. Right at the end, after the hoax is revealed and all the characters have left the room, we see an empty rocking chair creaking back and forth...
** Another starts off when Barnaby's wife thinks she ran over someone crossing a road next to an old asylum, but can't find the body. At the end of the episode, Barnaby himself does the same, but where the previous one was explained by the presence of a door near the road, the door here had been walled off... off...
* ''Series/TheMunsters'', "If It's a Martian, Hang Up". The alien costume they used at the end was originally seen in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** In "The Curse Of Beaton Manor" Murdoch scolds George that voodoo is not real. It is revealed that [[spoiler:Timothy]] Beaton used pufferfish poison (from Haitian voodoo) to induce a near-death state and thus 'come back' from the dead. At the end of the episode the final Beaton suffers a fatal heart-attack from being pierced by a VoodooDoll.
** The Holy Grail in "Murdoch And The Temple Of Death" is also strongly implied to be the real thing. The killer jumps off a 60-foot cliff thinking it will save him, despite Murdoch telling the man to stop, and as Murdoch looks down on the man's corpse, a thunderclap sounds (seemingly in daylight) and Murdoch reacts to it. Later, [[spoiler:Dr. Iris Bajali]] steals it from the station house and flees with Murodoch in pursuit; he tells her it belongs to God, and when she shouts back, "There is no God," she is struck by lightning and dies. Later still, a museum staffer accidentally knocks it over and disposes of the clay outer layer, leaving a metal chalice standing on the shelf that appears bathed in a (heavenly?) shaft of light.
* ''Series/MyHero'': George is dismayed by the increasing discontent at Janet's Christmas Day party, so he asks all the guests what they'd like. Dr. Crispin is dismissive, but the others answer honestly. He flies out, bringing in a man in a Santa costume (who complains about being very tired)... but just as the guests mock his charade, the man gives them all exactly what they asked for. At the end, Janet wonders how the man got the requested items, and George answers, "I'm glad he decided to help. Normally he sleeps all day today."
* In the ''Series/NightCourt'' first season ChristmasEpisode "Santa Goes Downtown", a man that Harry Stone takes for a street corner Santa turns to be [[RealAfterAll the real thing]].



** "A Portrait for Troian". Sam finds himself helping a young woman who seems to be haunted by the ghost of her late husband. The haunting turns out to be a hoax staged by [[spoiler: her brother]] to drive her to suicide, but at least one member of the episode's supporting cast turns out to be an actual ghost.

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** "A Portrait for Troian". Sam finds himself helping a young woman who seems to be haunted by the ghost of her late husband. The haunting turns out to be a hoax staged by [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her brother]] to drive her to suicide, but at least one member of the episode's supporting cast turns out to be an actual ghost.



* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Lexmas", Clark uses his SuperSpeed to deliver presents to the children of Metropolis. Along the way, he meets a drunk man in a Santa suit and saves him when he falls off a roof. After a talk where Clark reveals he sacrificed his original plans for the day to deliver the presents, the man decides that the Christmas spirit isn't dead after all and departs. Later, the man comes to Chloe, who's looking after the last of the gifts until Clark gets to them, and says he will deliver them to pay Clark back for saving him. After Chloe gives him the last children's addresses, the man pulls a StealthHiBye, taking the huge pile of gifts with him.



* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'':
** In "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a town goes into a panic when they come to believe that aliens have landed nearby and that someone on their street might be helping them. [[spoiler:It turns out to be mass hysteria-- induced by the actual aliens, who want to turn the humans against each other by having them chase ''imaginary'' aliens.]] [[MagnificentBastard Tricky]].
** A variant occurs in "The Night of the Meek". A department store Santa Claus finds a sack that gives everyone what they want most for Christmas. At the end it turns out that he actually ''is'' Santa, and he and his elves fly away in his sleigh.
* One episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' has Charlie experimenting with marijuana. He ends up having hallucinations of his ex-girlfriends (and Music/ZZTop). After he makes a date with [[spoiler:Rose]], it's revealed she's the only one who's real.
* Most of the season 3 premiere of ''Series/UnderTheDome'' takes place in an artificial reality. [[spoiler:Christine and Eva]] appear to be manifestations of that reality, but it turns out that although everything else about them is a lie, they are in fact real.




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\n[[AC:{{Music}}]]* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' season 3 episode "Case Closed" was about an alleged government cover-up of an UFO several decades ago. A few unreliable accounts and an unfruitful search lead to nothing more than an empty chamber where it seemed the government had created a living environment for this so-called alien, which is empty. The episode then rolls into the average fight scene at the climax of the story like all others, and has a fairly mellow ending... until an old tape is found that was supposed to be destroyed by the government, and it shows evidence of a real alien being discovered, though only a hand to maintain some realism and avoid dipping into science fiction.
* There's a non-supernatural variation in ''Series/{{Weeds}}''. Shane claims he saw a mountain lion and shot it with a BB gun, but when Nancy finds out the neighbor's cat has disappeared, she finds the timing suspicious and thinks Shane's imagination has got the better of him. Shane insists he knows the difference between a mountain lion and a cat, but Nancy is unconvinced. Then at the end of the episode, she steps outside and finds herself face to face with a very real mountain lion.
* A HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' had an appropriately mild example. Joe is scared of a haunted house because when he was a kid, he saw a pair of glowing eyes that left him scared since. Those same eyes are glimpsed stalking the main characters throughout the episode. At the end, they turned out to belong to a stray cat, leading Joe to believe that it was just a cat he saw all those years ago, ending his fear. However, after the kids leave, another pair of eyes appeared, just for us. Still cat-sized, though. ''(Oh my God, another cat).''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Quagmire". Mulder and Scully investigate a lake where a Nessie-like monster is rumored to exist. After narrowly surviving an encounter with and killing the "monster", they discover that it was a giant alligator all along. Moments after they leave to report a false lead to Skinner, the ''real'' monster mockingly pops up from the lake.
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', the Great Pumpkin is usually portrayed as Linus simply confusing Christmas with Halloween, however some strips show that the Great Pumpkin is apparently real, or at least believed by other people across the country.
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* In the ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "The Monster in the Loch", everyone in the Glen knows that the titular monster is just a log that brings in gullible tourists. When Hamish and Dougal accidentally burn the log, the Laird replaces it with another one, only to see his log get eaten by a loch monster. He's so angry, he shoots it.




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* A ''Wings of The Goddess'' quest in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has you investigate a soldier's father and whereabouts. In the end, you find out someone you meet in the quest wasn't really alive. [[spoiler: Turns out to be that Galka who helped you relay that message to the soldier about his father.]] At the end, though, it all seems to be a hoax, [[spoiler:but then again, who, or ''what'' was talking to one of the soldiers in on it at the end?]]
* In the horror adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'': Was everything that happened to James Blackwood the product of a curse? Or was it simply a misfortune that Blackwood in madness blamed to a cursed mask? If the curse was not real, then how to explain the first dream? The coda on the alternate ending describes a rational explanation for everything, however it mentions at the end that there is still something that doesn't fit while panning to the cursed mask.
* The puppet in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has both a [[{{Hallucinations}} Phantom state]] and a [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20150305215438/freddy-fazbears-pizza/images/f/f0/298.png real form]]

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* A ''Wings of The Goddess'' In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', there's the Stillwater Giant. One main quest in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has involving you investigate tracking this thing down to get it to a soldier's father person who can mark your next destination. It's normally hide in form of a blue rabbit, but when you captured one that's marked and whereabouts. In sent for examination, it turns out to be a fake, but the end, guy still gives you find out someone you meet in the location to Qintarra. After finishing the quest wasn't really alive. [[spoiler: Turns out to and leaving the town, you will be pulled into an encounter with...a blue rabbit. Attacking it and it turns into the Stillwater Giant. It looks very much like the fake Stillwater Giant skin that Galka who helped you relay that message to the soldier about his father.]] At the end, though, it all seems to be a hoax, [[spoiler:but then again, who, player can steal or ''what'' was talking to one of the soldiers in on it at the end?]]
* In the horror adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'': Was everything that happened to James Blackwood the product of
purchase from a curse? Or was it simply a misfortune that Blackwood in madness blamed to a cursed mask? If the curse was not real, then how to explain the first dream? The coda on the alternate ending describes a rational explanation for everything, however it mentions at the end that there is still something that doesn't fit while panning to the cursed mask.
* The puppet in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has both a [[{{Hallucinations}} Phantom state]] and a [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20150305215438/freddy-fazbears-pizza/images/f/f0/298.png real form]]
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\n[[AC:WebComics]]* A ''Wings of The Goddess'' quest in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has you investigate a soldier's father and whereabouts. In the end, you find out someone you meet in the quest wasn't really alive. [[spoiler:Turns out to be that Galka who helped you relay that message to the soldier about his father.]] At the end, though, it all seems to be a hoax, [[spoiler:but then again, who, or ''what'' was talking to one of the soldiers in on it at the end?]]
* The puppet in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has both a [[{{Hallucinations}} Phantom state]] and a [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20150305215438/freddy-fazbears-pizza/images/f/f0/298.png real form]]
* The whole plot of ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': essentially, all events in the game [[spoiler:are a collection of overarching storybooks read by a girl named Alice in the attic of her house]]. If players manage to unlock the path leading to the best ending of the game, [[spoiler:Alice states how tragic the story ended until she notices one of the book's cover ornament resembling a Valentine coin. She takes it off and prays that the Pooka will find the coin, but reminds herself that it's just a story. Upon leaving the attic, a portal opens up and two Pooka come out to retrieve the coin, implied to be the last Valentine coin they are looking for that will undo the curse of the Pooka transformation, and leave a final book in its place]]. This indicates the current world is actually TheFuture [[spoiler:set sometime after the events of Armageddon, which the last book details]].
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', time travel turns out to be real. [[spoiler:"Celeste" is actually a time-displaced Claire, who was sent forward in time moments before the accident that claimed her life. The nature of the time travel means she gets forced back to the time and place she was sent from at some point.]]
* In the horror adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'': Was everything that happened to James Blackwood the product of a curse? Or was it simply a misfortune that Blackwood in madness blamed to a cursed mask? If the curse was not real, then how to explain the first dream? The coda on the alternate ending describes a rational explanation for everything, however it mentions at the end that there is still something that doesn't fit while panning to the cursed mask.
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* [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2077.html This]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip. In a shocking twist there is no link to this very page.




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* This happens every now and then in stories from [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man Mythos.]] Usually in the middle of it, as demonstrated in ''[[Blog/SeekingTruth Seeking Truth/The Mystic]]''.
* A video by ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}'' titled "Bigfoot Is Gay" has the two main characters looking for Bigfoot after they are shown a video on the news showing footage of him. They are captured by someone who has captured Bigfoot but it turns out to be someone in a costume and it is stated they made up the video shown on the news. Shortly after that, a ''real'' Bigfoot comes by.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/AceVentura: Pet Detective'' AnimatedAdaptation, episode about "G.C." (Bob).
* Subverted multiple times before being played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' episode "Phantom of Retroville": The tale of a ghost at an amusement park is told, and Jimmy, being [[FlatEarthAtheist Jimmy]], decided to disprove it. The first phantom encountered throughout the episode turns out to be [[BadButt Nick]] in a costume. Then another phantom shows up, but is quickly revealed to be Cindy and Libby, also in costume. Then ''another'' phantom shows up, this one having a [[LightIsNotGood sinister glow]], and succeeds in scaring the kids into running away, but turns out to be Judy Neutron in a more elaborate costume, with the goal of [[ScareEmStraight scaring the kids]] for sneaking out at night in mind. Then, while she and Hugh have an [[MakesSenseInContext argument about pie]], a fourth phantom rises out of the ground, this one translucent and glowing purple, scaring the two away.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/AceVentura: Pet Detective'' AnimatedAdaptation, episode about "G.C." (Bob).
used the "helpful person was dead all along" variant.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'':
**
Subverted multiple times before being played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' episode "Phantom of Retroville": The tale of a ghost at an amusement park is told, and Jimmy, being [[FlatEarthAtheist Jimmy]], decided to disprove it. The first phantom encountered throughout the episode turns out to be [[BadButt Nick]] in a costume. Then another phantom shows up, but is quickly revealed to be Cindy and Libby, also in costume. Then ''another'' phantom shows up, this one having a [[LightIsNotGood sinister glow]], and succeeds in scaring the kids into running away, but turns out to be Judy Neutron in a more elaborate costume, with the goal of [[ScareEmStraight scaring the kids]] for sneaking out at night in mind. Then, while she and Hugh have an [[MakesSenseInContext argument about pie]], a fourth phantom rises out of the ground, this one translucent and glowing purple, scaring the two away.away.
** Being a person of logic and science, Jimmy Neutron didn't believe in Santa Claus (it didn't help that he didn't get the present he wanted two years prior), but soon learns that there are some things that can't be proven with facts.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Creeps", all the characters are seemingly killed one by one by an evil ghost. It is finally revealed that the whole thing was a practical joke organised by Jake that all the others helped with... and then Jake denies being responsible for the ghost sighting and poltergeist activity experienced by Finn after he thought that he was the sole survivor. A later episode returns to this and explains the nature and origins of the real ghost in detail.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "Christmas", Richard accidentally runs over a homeless man who he (and the children) believe to be Santa, who turns out to be the real thing.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' has the entire class teasing Angela about being in love with "Bob": a fictional kid on a flash card after she created the sentence "I love Bob and hot chocolate" with them. The episode ends with a kid who looks and dresses identically being transferred into the class, who is actually named Bob. He even becomes a [[RememberTheNewGuy background character]] from then on and even dons the "Bob" t-shirt from the flash card!



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'' Saturday morning cartoon, at the end of the episode the "ghost" was usually shown to be a fake a la Franchise/ScoobyDoo. In a couple of episodes one of the guest characters turned out to be a real ghost.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' spinoff ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' episode "Barn of Fear" had the gang frightened in a barn by "ghosts" that turn out to be Orson's brothers trying to scare them off so they can steal the harvest. Then the brothers are attacked and driven out of the barn by floating objects. Orson dismisses the event as an earthquake, but after they all leave it is shown to be the spirits of departed farmers haunting the barn.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'', a "haunted" theater is revealed to have just had a termite infestation - except for the part where the termites are eventually revealed to actually be ghosts.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' has "The Prophecy". Stacy finds what she believes is a prophecy foretelling that one of the Deathmatch staff dies tonight. Throughout the episode it looks at several points like one of them will bite it (Nick gets shocked by a faulty microphone, Stone Cold gets run over by a moose, Mills Lane almost spontaneously combusts, and finally a plane crashes into Johnny), but they all survive. At the end, Stacy admits that she made a mistake. [[spoiler:Then she explodes, killing her.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Yzma used fake aliens in a failed attempt to become Empress and she constantly told Kronk aliens didn't exist.
In the ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'' Saturday morning cartoon, at end, Kronk met real aliens but didn't believe it.
* When Barney Rubble sees a sea serpent in the ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', his response is to tell Fred "I was reading this article where this scientist says there's absolutely no proof for the existence of sea monsters". Fred says so what and Barney delivers a punch line of "So I wonder if that sea monster believes in scientists"
* At the end of ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', Mortimer Snerd is crying over Willie the Giant's DisneyVillainDeath. EdgarBergen assures him that Willie didn't die because Willie wasn't real to begin with, that he was just a figment of Snerd's imagination. Then Willie lifts the roof of the house to peek in! Bergen faints dead away.
-->'''Willie:''' What got into him?
-->'''Mortimer:''' Oh, uh, just a fig-a-ma-tation of his imagination.
-->'''Willie:''' No!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'':
** At
the end of the episode the "ghost" was usually shown to be a fake a la Franchise/ScoobyDoo. In Franchise/ScoobyDoo, but in a couple of episodes one of the guest characters turned out to be a real ghost.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' spinoff ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' ** An episode had a real Bigfoot running around in addition to the fraud.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "U.S. Acres" segment:
** "Unidentified Flying Orson".
**
"Barn of Fear" had the gang frightened in a barn by "ghosts" that turn out to be Orson's brothers trying to scare them off so they can steal the harvest. Then the brothers are attacked and driven out of the barn by floating objects. Orson dismisses the event as an earthquake, but after they all leave it is shown to be the spirits of departed farmers haunting the barn.
* Used often in ''WesternAnimation/GooberAndTheGhostChasers'' which often featured the real ghost helping the gang against the fake ghost (sometimes the fake ghost is also pretending to be the real ghost).
* In one the show ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', this trope would appear a lot since it's a show about kids who look for supernatural weird stuff in a creepy town, but they usual find out it's real in the middle of the episode. The only exception is in the episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E2TheLegendOfTheGobblewonker The Legend of ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'', the Gobblewonker]]", where the titular sea serpent was revealed to be an automaton made by Old Man [=McGucket=]. [[spoiler:But at the end, the camera shows the bottom of the lake, revealing a large sea serpent swimming around, making whale noises...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'':
** In one episode,
a "haunted" theater is revealed to have just had a termite infestation - except for the part where the termites are eventually revealed to actually be ghosts.ghosts.
** In another episode, after Creepie and friends fail to find Bugfoot, the camera zooms out to show that the wilderness they're in is actually located on said giant arthropod's back.



* Used as a DoubleSubversion in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', "The Chan Who Knew Too Much" - Jackie tries to stop a villainous group of modern-day druids who believe Stonehenge is an ancient magical WeaponOfMassDestruction and intend to activate it: he dismisses their claim as a crackpot theory, along the same lines as people who think it's a landing beacon for UFO's. At the climax, they ''succeed''... but nothing happens. Later, after the disappointed druids are arrested by Interpol, [[BrickJoke a UFO appears]], drawn by the signal of the activation.



* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' [=TOS=]:
** In the episode "Monster in the Monastery", a group of Communists dress up as yeti to scare a group of monks. They're eventually discovered dead, ripped to pieces by an unknown force. At the end of the episode, a real yeti, the one that killed them, is seen walking into the mountains.
** In another episode, a con-man kidnapped half the protagonists and tried to convince the other half they'd vanished magically in the Bermuda Triangle, in an attempt to get at a sunken treasure. He does get it, and makes his escape. By boat. Through the Bermuda Triangle. [[LaserGuidedKarma Guess how that turned out.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' there's an episode where in South America the main characters encounter a group of natives living in hiding, who protect something by sending a guy dressed as a legendary local monster Amok (looking like hybrid of gorilla, baboon and sloth) to scare the curious. Later, everybody got caught by a bunch of terrorists (or something like that). Jonny escapes and together with Amok-guy manages to free everybody, but the villain's leader escapes into the jungle. When Jonny thanks the guy in the Amok costume for his help, he responds that he was with everybody else all the time. And then we hear the leader's screams and a monstrous roar coming from the jungle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series, a crime wave perpetrated by criminals dressed as Santa Claus prompts the mayor to decree wearing a Santa costume ground for immediate arrest. This causes the real Santa to be thrown in jail.
* The Goofy and Max segment of ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'': The local ConspiracyTheorist drags Mo into investigating the MysteryMeat in the school cafeteria, since it's really good (and cafeteria food that tastes good is unnatural) and it glows in the dark. He's convinced it's alien in origin, and all the evidence Mo finds seems to confirm this. The two of confront the lunch lady while she is in a meeting with two guys from the mystery meat company. She reveals the heinous secret behind mystery meat: it's not made by aliens, it's made of tofu. All of the kids are immediately disgusted that they've been eating something that's ''healthy'' and renounce mystery meat for good, causing the distributors to cancel their contract with the school. After they leave, Mo asks the lunch lady why the mystery meat glowed in the dark. She says she didn't ''know'' it glowed in the dark. Cue a shot of the meat guys driving down the road, and their cars turning into [=UFOs=] and flying away.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** One episode revolves around a ruined castle supposedly haunted by the Pony of Shadows, but all the odd things in the castle turn out to have a mundane explanation. TheStinger reveals that the Pony of Shadows is real after all.
** The next episode revolves around the Mane 6 going off to meet the creator of their favorite fictional character, Daring Do. The shocker for them comes once they discover that the author and Daring Do are one in the same! And those villains she fights in her stories? They're real too!
** In the in-universe story in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tail]]", Snowfall Frost is of the opinion that the Windigos are nothing but a myth. Turns out they're very much real.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Slumber Party", Patch tells a ghost story that scares the others and makes them check the attic for signs of the ghost, but find nothing but a cat. In the last scene, Patch is surprised when the ghost appears to her and thanks her for helping keep his legend alive.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "That's the spirit" [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] and then [[SubvertedTrope subverts it]]. After discovering the haunted house was just a Halloween hoax, Phineas says "Isn't this the moment in one of these things when someone really turns into a ghost?". Spooky music plays, the camera focuses on the family behind the hoax for a moment before Russell just says "Dude that's it", and they wander off.
** In the original airing, this episode was followed by The Curse of Candace, where Candace spends most of the episode thinking she's a vampire due to some of Phineas's and Ferb's preset experiments. At the very end, they clear up the misunderstanding, she takes off her cloak... and then she crumples into ashen dust. So in a way, this is a [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] BrickJoke.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': "Santa Shaves".
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' there's a Halloween episode were the main characters go to a cemetery to prove that a legendary ghost is just a legend, turns out that he is not only real but a nice guy that befriend the main character. And takes another twist when one year later the guys and the ghost are looking at pictures of the last year's Halloween (most of them are pictures of the characters running away) then when they are leaving, Filburt is scared at the last picture when he realizes that it's a picture of all (5) of the characters in that episode.
-->'''Filburt:''' "Who took that picture?"
-->'''The rest of the characters:''' *Jaw drop*
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', "The Santa Experience". Drew hires someone to play Santa at the lodge where the Pickles are celebrating Christmas, but the guy flakes out on him. Then Drew does a double-take when he realizes this is ''after'' a guy dressed like Santa Claus came in and gave gifts to all the kids.



** Most recently, the film ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooCampScare Camp Scare]]'' has the gang being menaced by a trio of monsters. While it turns out the first two were the same guy in disguise, the post-credits scene reveals that the third wasn't a disguise: it was a real ghost!
** Recently, WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKISSRockAndRollMystery have played with this trope. While it's implied that their may be TWO Crimson Witches, the real one wanting to use the the 'rock of Kisstera' as a tool for unleashing the Destroyer. The fake one wanted to sell it as a priceless diamond.
* Used more often in similar show ''WesternAnimation/GooberAndTheGhostChasers'' which often featured the real ghost helping the gang against the fake ghost (sometimes the fake ghost is also pretending to be the real ghost)
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' there's a Halloween episode were the main characters go to a cemetery to prove that a legendary ghost is just a legend, turns out that he is not only real but a nice guy that befriend the main character. And takes another twist when one year later the guys and the ghost are looking at pictures of the last year's Halloween (most of them are pictures of the characters running away) then when they are leaving, Filburt is scared at the last picture when he realizes that it's a picture of all (5) of the characters in that episode.
-->'''Filburt:''' "Who took that picture?"
-->'''The rest of the characters:''' *Jaw drop*
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "That's the spirit" [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] and then [[SubvertedTrope subverts it]]. After discovering the haunted house was just a Halloween hoax, Phineas says "Isn't this the moment in one of these things when someone really turns into a ghost?". Spooky music plays, the camera focuses on the family behind the hoax for a moment before Russell just says "Dude that's it", and they wander off.
** In the original airing, this episode was followed by The Curse of Candace, where Candace spends most of the episode thinking she's a vampire due to some of Phineas's and Ferb's preset experiments. At the very end, they clear up the misunderstanding, she takes off her cloak... and then she crumples into ashen dust. So in a way, this is a [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] BrickJoke.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Slumber Party", Patch tells a ghost story that scares the others and makes them check the attic for signs of the ghost, but find nothing but a cat. In the last scene, Patch is surprised when the ghost appears to her and thanks her for helping keep his legend alive.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Creeps", all the characters are seemingly killed one by one by an evil ghost. It is finally revealed that the whole thing was a practical joke organised by Jake that all the others helped with... and then Jake denies being responsible for the ghost sighting and poltergeist activity experienced by Finn after he thought that he was the sole survivor. A later episode returns to this and explains the nature and origins of the real ghost in detail.

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** Most recently, the The film ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooCampScare Camp Scare]]'' has the gang being menaced by a trio of monsters. While it turns out the first two were the same guy in disguise, the post-credits scene reveals that the third wasn't a disguise: it was a real ghost!
** Recently, WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKISSRockAndRollMystery have played with this trope. While it's implied that their may be TWO Crimson Witches, the real one wanting to use the the 'rock of Kisstera' as a tool for unleashing the Destroyer. The fake one wanted to sell it as a priceless diamond.
* Used more often in similar show ''WesternAnimation/GooberAndTheGhostChasers''
diamond.
** In ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' episode "Reef Grief!" a coral monster was believed to be pulling people under the beach, but it was actually a [[ItMakesSenseInContext hippie digging a tunnel to New Zealand using hypnotized slaves]]. The monster was real, but it was harmless and saved Scooby from drowning.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster'', the plot advances like what you would expect from ''Scooby-Doo'', with it turning out that the ''two'' Loch Ness Monsters appearing throughout were homemade submarines/robots made by the same person with the intent of using them to convince a colleague that the monster is real (her cohorts just wanted to do it as a prank). After the villain ([[spoiler:unaffiliated to the hoaxers]]) is arrested, the gang see pictures taken by a previously lost underwater camera at a much greater depth than the submarines could ever have operated at
which often featured show flippers and other body parts of a completely different entity. As the gang drives off in the Mystery Machine, the ''real'' Loch Ness Monster briefly comes to the surface in the foreground before diving underwater again, practically unnoticed.
* The eleventh "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' combines this with a parody of ''TheBradyBunch''. Lisa and Bart, playing Hansel and Gretel, are captured by a witch, who claims she needs to get ready before her boyfriend comes over. She says that his name is "George Cauldron," a deliberate reference to Jan Brady saying she had a boyfriend named "George Glass" after [[LineOfSightName seeing a drinking glass on her nightstand]]. After Homer saves the children from the witch by pushing her into the oven, a man arrives--his name is George Cauldron, and he's looking for the witch so they can go to a concert.
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", which does this with Slash (yes, ''[[Music/GunsNRoses that]]'' Slash).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Christmas Who?", after Squidward dresses as Santa and gives away all his stuff as gifts to the entire town,
the real ghost helping the gang against the fake ghost (sometimes the fake ghost is also pretending to be the real ghost)
Santa comes and thanks him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' there's a Halloween one episode were of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', a monster hunter comes to look for the main characters go to a cemetery to prove "green man in the woods" after the turtles are spotted and videotaped; about halfway through the turtles discover that a legendary ghost the green man is just a legend, turns out that he is not only real but a nice guy that befriend the main character. And takes another twist when one year later the guys and the ghost are looking at pictures have to keep both it and themselves out of the last year's Halloween (most of them are pictures of the characters running away) then when they are leaving, Filburt is scared at the last picture when he realizes that it's a picture of all (5) of the characters her reach.
* Subverted
in that episode.
-->'''Filburt:''' "Who took that picture?"
-->'''The rest of the characters:''' *Jaw drop*
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
an episode "That's the spirit" [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] and then [[SubvertedTrope subverts it]]. After discovering the haunted house was just a Halloween hoax, Phineas says "Isn't this the moment in one of these things when someone really turns into a ghost?". Spooky music plays, the camera focuses on the family behind the hoax for a moment before Russell just says "Dude that's it", and they wander off.
** In the original airing, this episode was followed by
''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': The Curse of Candace, where Candace spends most villain of the episode thinking she's a vampire due to some of Phineas's and Ferb's preset experiments. At the very end, they clear up the misunderstanding, she takes off her cloak... and then she crumples into ashen dust. So in a way, this is a [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] BrickJoke.
* In
robbing Santa impersonator who has managed to clone himself. This confuses the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Slumber Party", Patch tells a ghost story that scares the others and makes them check the attic for signs of the ghost, but find nothing but a cat. In the last scene, Patch is surprised Tick, who refuses to fight even when the ghost appears to her and thanks her for helping keep his legend alive.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Creeps", all the characters
fellow superheroes are seemingly killed one viciously attacked by one by an evil ghost. It is finally revealed that the whole thing was a practical joke organised by Jake that all the others helped with... and then Jake denies being responsible for the ghost sighting and poltergeist activity experienced by Finn after he thought that he was the sole survivor. A later episode returns to this and explains the nature and origins of dozen guys in Santa costumes:
--->'''The Tick:''' Odds are it wasn't
the real ghost Santa, but how can you ever be sure?\\
'''Die Fledermaus:''' Here's a clue: If he runs up and punches you
in detail. the stomach, ''he's probably not Santa''!
::Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.




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* The Florian Triangle in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a place where nearly a hundred ships go missing every year. In the course of the Thriller Bark arc, we learn that the arc's BigBad Gecko Moria has been assaulting ships that pass through and [[LivingShadow stealing their crews' shadows]] to give rise to an army of zombies. At the arc's very end however, a huge shadow watches the crew leave and the narration reveals that something has been destroying ships ''long'' before Gecko Moria ever set up shop.
* One episode of ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' features the Loch Ness Monster, sightings of which are initially thought to be the work of [[GoldfishPoopGang the Alpha Gang]]'s submarine. The Alpha Gang themselves are only there because they believe that Nessie is really one of the dinosaurs that escaped from its card. Sure enough, the characters do face a dinosaur on the loch... but in the very last scene, after the [[MonsterOfTheWeek dinosaur]] has been safely captured and returned to its card, the shadow of the real Nessie appears menacingly in the mist.
* In the ''Manga/{{Batman}}'' manga story "The Monster of Gore Bay", a gang of criminals use a mechanical fake sea monster to cause chaos so that they can commit crimes, only for their machine to finally be attacked by a real sea monster.
* ''Anime/{{Kagewani}}'' has each episode ending with the revelation that the claims of a cryptid attack were actually real.

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* A lot of cryptozoological documentaries end with a moody shot of the supposed monster's habitat. Perhaps they're hoping for a RealLife version of this?
** If so, they're expecting something ''[[HauntedTechnology really]]'' weird, given that a documentary is the product of editing, and hence it's their decision to stick footage they know to be monster-free at the end. (Of course, the film may have been shot in order, no editing involved. Or they may hope to evoke this trope for the ''audience'', as if the film has NoEnding, and maybe the monster is RealAfterAll... BehindTheBlack.)
* This is PlayedForLaughs during ''Film/TheWaterHorseLegendOfTheDeep''. Unable to find the real creature to photograph, some journalists make and photograph a fake...with the real one watching the whole thing curiously.

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* ''The Convenient Monster'', a Leslie Charteris short story featuring Literature/TheSaint involves a villain faking attacks by the Loch Ness Monster. The villain is then eaten by the Loch Ness Monster. Really. This was also done in the [[Series/TheSaint [=TV=] series]] episode of the same name.
* While the ''Literature/NemesisSaga'' series is a {{Kaiju}} thriller, there are other creatures out there.
** Hudson begins the first book searching for the existence of Sasquatch. The epilogue shows him and Collins finding Sasquatch, but keeping it a secret.
** The second book begins with them in Colorado investigating reports of strange creature sightings. The creature turns out to be [[spoiler:Lilly a young cat-woman under the protection of Hudson's old friend, Mark Hawkins]].

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', a person is found dead in the middle of nowhere by a ufologist. At the end of the episode, Brennan and Booth manage to find the real killer. They are lying on the hood of a car in a field, stargazing and talking about whether or not aliens are real. Just then, all the crickets and other natural sounds disappear, leaving both of them a little freaked out in [[NothingIsScarier complete silence]].
** In another, a murderer uses a myth about a witch in the woods (an intentional parody of ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'') to cover up the unintentional killing of his filmmaker brother. At the end though, Angela and Hodgins see what appears to be a ''real ghost'' on footage of the murder. They promptly decide to never mention it again.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''The Abominable Snowmen'': An explorer looking for yeti in the Himalayas runs afoul of some yeti that are actually robots controlled by an EldritchAbomination. At the end, as the explorer is saying farewell to the Doctor, a ''real'' yeti appears.
** In "The Curse of Peladon," the ancient monster of myth in the Peladon culture haunting the castle turns out to be a real creature living in the catacombs underneath the palace
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
* ''Series/MacGyver'': In the episode "Ghost Ship", [=MacGyver=] reveals that the monster is just a man in a suit and a prerecorded monstrous roar. At the end, [=MacGyver=] and Pete hear the exact same roar from somewhere out in the wilderness while they're looking at the stereo that isn't currently playing the tape.
* A HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' had an appropriately mild example. Joe is scared of a haunted house because when he was a kid, he saw a pair of glowing eyes that left him scared since. Those same eyes are glimpsed stalking the main characters throughout the episode. At the end, they turned out to belong to a stray cat, leading Joe to believe that it was just a cat he saw all those years ago, ending his fear. However, after the kids leave, another pair of eyes appeared, just for us. Still cat-sized, though. ''(Oh my God, another cat).''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Quagmire". Mulder and Scully investigate a lake where a Nessie-like monster is rumored to exist. After narrowly surviving an encounter with and killing the "monster", they discover that it was a giant alligator all along. Moments after they leave to report a false lead to Skinner, the ''real'' monster mockingly pops up from the lake.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' season 3 episode "Case Closed" was about an alleged government cover-up of an UFO several decades ago. A few unreliable accounts and an unfruitful search lead to nothing more than an empty chamber where it seemed the government had created a living environment for this so-called alien, which is empty. The episode then rolls into the average fight scene at the climax of the story like all others, and has a fairly mellow ending... until an old tape is found that was supposed to be destroyed by the government, and it shows evidence of a real alien being discovered, though only a hand to maintain some realism and avoid dipping into science fiction.
* There's a non-supernatural variation in ''Series/{{Weeds}}''. Shane claims he saw a mountain lion and shot it with a BB gun, but when Nancy finds out the neighbor's cat has disappeared, she finds the timing suspicious and thinks Shane's imagination has got the better of him. Shane insists he knows the difference between a mountain lion and a cat, but Nancy is unconvinced. Then at the end of the episode, she steps outside and finds herself face to face with a very real mountain lion.

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* In the ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "The Monster in the Loch", everyone in the Glen knows that the titular monster is just a log that brings in gullible tourists. When Hamish and Dougal accidentally burn the log, the Laird replaces it with another one, only to see his log get eaten by a loch monster. He's so angry, he shoots it.

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* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', there's the Stillwater Giant. One main quest involving you tracking this thing down to get it to a person who can mark your next destination. It's normally hide in form of a blue rabbit, but when you captured one that's marked and sent for examination, it turns out to be a fake, but the guy still gives you the location to Qintarra. After finishing the quest and leaving the town, you will be pulled into an encounter with...a blue rabbit. Attacking it and it turns into the Stillwater Giant. It looks very much like the fake Stillwater Giant skin that the player can steal or purchase from a museum display.

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* [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2077.html This]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip. In a shocking twist there is no link to this very page.

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* A video by ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}'' titled "Bigfoot Is Gay" has the two main characters looking for Bigfoot after they are shown a video on the news showing footage of him. They are captured by someone who has captured Bigfoot but it turns out to be someone in a costume and it is stated they made up the video shown on the news. Shortly after that, a ''real'' Bigfoot comes by.

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* In the show ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', this trope would appear a lot since it's a show about kids who look for supernatural weird stuff in a creepy town, but they usual find out it's real in the middle of the episode. The only exception is in the episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E2TheLegendOfTheGobblewonker The Legend of the Gobblewonker]]", where the titular sea serpent was revealed to be an automaton made by Old Man [=McGucket=]. [[spoiler: But at the end, the camera shows the bottom of the lake, revealing a large sea serpent swimming around, making whale noises...]]
* In another episode of ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'', after Creepie and friends fail to find Bugfoot, the camera zooms out to show that the wilderness they're in is actually located on said giant arthropod's back. This is just one of many, many examples in the series' run.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' episode "Reef Grief!" a coral monster was believed to be pulling people under the beach, but it was actually a [[ItMakesSenseInContext hippie digging a tunnel to New Zealand using hypnotized slaves]]. The monster was real, but it was harmless and saved Scooby from drowning.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster'', the plot advances like what you would expect from ''Scooby-Doo'', with it turning out that the ''two'' Loch Ness Monsters appearing throughout were homemade submarines/robots made by the same person with the intent of using them to convince a colleague that the monster is real (her cohorts just wanted to do it as a prank). After the villain ([[spoiler: unaffiliated to the hoaxers]]) is arrested, the gang see pictures taken by a previously lost underwater camera at a much greater depth than the submarines could ever have operated at which show flippers and other body parts of a completely different entity. As the gang drives off in the Mystery Machine, the ''real'' Loch Ness Monster briefly comes to the surface in the foreground before diving underwater again, practically unnoticed.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' [=TOS=]: In the episode "Monster in the Monastery", a group of Communists dress up as yeti to scare a group of monks. They're eventually discovered dead, ripped to pieces by an unknown force. At the end of the episode, a real yeti, the one that killed them, is seen walking into the mountains.
** Again in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' there's an episode where in South America the main characters encounter a group of natives living in hiding, who protect something by sending a guy dressed as a legendary local monster Amok (looking like hybrid of gorilla, baboon and sloth) to scare the curious. Later, everybody got caught by a bunch of terrorists (or something like that). Jonny escapes and together with Amok-guy manages to free everybody, but the villain's leader escapes into the jungle. When Jonny thanks the guy in the Amok costume for his help, he responds that he was with everybody else all the time. And then we hear the leader's screams and a monstrous roar coming from the jungle.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'' also play with this, a real Bigfoot is running around in addition to the fraud.
* When Barney Rubble sees a sea serpent in the ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', his response is to tell Fred "I was reading this article where this scientist says there's absolutely no proof for the existence of sea monsters". Fred says so what and Barney delivers a punch line of "So I wonder if that sea monster believes in scientists"
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', a monster hunter comes to look for the "green man in the woods" after the turtles are spotted and videotaped; about halfway through the turtles discover that the green man is real and have to keep both it and themselves out of her reach.
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* In an issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run, Plastic Man tells his sidekick's nephew a story about the Justice League saving Christmas and fighting alongside Santa (who has heat vision in Plastic Man's telling), and after he's done with the story, his sidekick's nephew expresses disbelief - only to look out the window and see Santa flying by on his sleigh, blasting "Merry Christmas" into the snow in the yard. [[spoiler:But then it turns out to be Martian Manhunter playing along. After Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter fly away, we see the ''real'' Santa scoffing at the heat vision idea.]]
** Santa exists in the DC universe according to other comics, and he's even more powerful than the regular version - he delivers gifts to everyone in the UNIVERSE and he's a match for {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}.
*** Although he apparently is no match for Lobo in their Versus miniseries...
* In an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' comic, Archie and the gang are in a living room on Christmas Eve discussing how Santa Claus is an outdated concept, that it's wrong to teach children you can get something for nothing, and so forth. Suddenly they hear jingling bells out the window. When they go outside to check, they find several gift-wrapped packages with their names on them. The contents were items they all needed yet they hadn't told anyone as much. Further investigation revealed hoof-prints and an inexplicable sled-runner trail in the snow.

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* One of the plots of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic "Hearth Warming Chaos" involves Discord accidentally telling Pinkie Pie's daughter Raspberry there's no such thing as Santa Hooves and he makes it up to her by building a version of the sleigh she and her sisters wanted. Much to his surprise, Hearth's Warming morning, among the presents is a flying reindeer and the toy Discord lost when he was a young draconequus.

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* ''[[Film/LookWhosTalking Look Who's Talking Now]]'' has a guy hearing Santa... on a CB radio.
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (1947) has the scene at the end where the little girl gets exactly the present she wanted, but notably avoids an explicit sleigh shot.

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* ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow'' had a Christmas episode where Santa gets food poisoning from the cafe and the gang is forced to make and deliver presents in one night. The next morning when Santa comes round and everyone finds out that he is a department store Santa. After everyone leaves they find the flat full of presents and hear a loud "ho-ho-ho!". It transpires the department store Santa was the real Santa after all.
* In one episode of ''Series/DontEatTheNeighbours'', Lucy ends up depressed after she learns that Old Father Bunny has not delivered the bicycle she wanted. So that night, the other adult male characters in the show get up onto the roof, each claiming to Lucy that they are Old Father Bunny and they have brought her the bike she wanted. The next morning Lucy has 7 bikes, but there were only 6 men up on the roof last night. She then finds a note attached to it from Old Father Bunny apologizing that it is a day late, but he and his elves were busy painting it into a multicolour one.
* In the ''{{ER}}'' episode "City Of Mercy", Morris unselfishly decides not to have a one night stand with a woman on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, walking outside, he begins mocking himself out loud for being sentimental and being affected by Christmas, finishing his rant by screaming "There's no freaking Santa!!" Immediately, a man calls to him, wishing him a merry Christmas, and as Morris turns around, sleigh bells suddenly jingle (it's left intentionally ambiguous whether they are just the soundtrack or actually audible in the show) and Morris freezes, staring at something in the sky right behind the camera.
--> '''Morris:''' Holy....!
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' did this, with Carl getting a space helmet he had wished for as a kid.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'' Wilson visited Mark as Santa Claus when he was told that Santa does not exist - or at least this was what Tim and Jill thought, as the REAL Wilson was revealed to be in his garden the whole time Santa was visiting.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': A Christmas episode sees Superman pull a Santa-suited Perry White around in a sleigh to distribute presents to children on Christmas Eve. Later, as Lois and Clark leave the Daily Planet, they hear sleigh bells and a jolly "Ho Ho Ho!" from high above, and Lois exasperatedly comments that Superman must still be dragging Perry around in the sleigh - unaware, of course, that [[ClarkKenting Superman is actually standing right beside her]]...
* ''Series/MyHero'': George is dismayed by the increasing discontent at Janet's Christmas Day party, so he asks all the guests what they'd like. Dr. Crispin is dismissive, but the others answer honestly. He flies out, bringing in a man in a Santa costume (who complains about being very tired)... but just as the guests mock his charade, the man gives them all exactly what they asked for. At the end, Janet wonders how the man got the requested items, and George answers, "I'm glad he decided to help. Normally he sleeps all day today."
* In the ''Series/NightCourt'' first season ChristmasEpisode "Santa Goes Downtown", a man that Harry Stone takes for a street corner Santa turns to be [[RealAfterAll the real thing]].
* In an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', on the first Christmas Eve they're stuck on the island, the Skipper shows up dressed as Santa Claus. He happily tells the castaways that they should be thankful that they are on an island with food and water, that they all get along with each other, etc. "Santa" then leaves into the jungle. An instant later, the Skipper, dressed normally, emerges -- from the opposite direction -- out the jungle, carrying the firewood that he went to get a moment ago. Even the professor was puzzled by this one.
* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Lexmas", Clark uses his SuperSpeed to deliver presents to the children of Metropolis. Along the way, he meets a drunk man in a Santa suit and saves him when he falls off a roof. After a talk where Clark reveals he sacrificed his original plans for the day to deliver the presents, the man decides that the Christmas spirit isn't dead after all and departs. Later, the man comes to Chloe, who's looking after the last of the gifts until Clark gets to them, and says he will deliver them to pay Clark back for saving him. After Chloe gives him the last children's addresses, the man pulls a StealthHiBye, taking the huge pile of gifts with him.
* A variant occurs in ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Night of the Meek". A department store Santa Claus finds a sack that gives everyone what they want most for Christmas. At the end it turns out that he actually ''is'' Santa, and he and his elves fly away in his sleigh.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': The four adults each separately decide to dress up as Santa to amuse Little Ricky. But when they gather together in the kitchen afterward, who is the FIFTH Santa? The one who vanishes into thin air?

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'': Being a person of logic and science, Jimmy Neutron didn't believe in Santa Claus (it didn't help that he didn't get the present he wanted two years prior), but soon learns that there are some things that can't be proven with facts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series, a crime wave perpetrated by criminals dressed as Santa Claus prompts the mayor to decree wearing a Santa costume ground for immediate arrest. This causes the real Santa to be thrown in jail.
* ''[[{{Peanuts}} The Great Pumpkin]]'' is usually portrayed as Linus simply confusing Christmas with Halloween, however some strips show that the Great Pumpkin is apparently real, or at least believed by other people across the country.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': "Santa Shaves".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', "The Santa Experience". Drew hires someone to play Santa at the lodge where the Pickles are celebrating Christmas, but the guy flakes out on him. Then Drew does a double-take when he realizes this is ''after'' a guy dressed like Santa Claus came in and gave gifts to all the kids.
* Subverted in an episode of ''TheTick'':
** The villain of the episode is a robbing Santa impersonator who has managed to clone himself. This confuses the Tick, who refuses to fight even when his fellow superheroes are viciously attacked by a dozen guys in Santa costumes:
--->'''The Tick''': Odds are it wasn't the real Santa, but how can you ever be sure?
--->'''Die Fledermaus''': Here's a clue: If he runs up and punches you in the stomach, ''he's probably not Santa''!
** Santa later appears, with a Elf Secret Service team, compulsively hands out gifts such as pencil sets, and tells the Tick to get a grip.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Christmas Who?", after Squidward dresses as Santa and gives away all his stuff as gifts to the entire town, the real Santa comes and thanks him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "Christmas", Richard accidentally runs over a homeless man who he (and the children) believe to be Santa, who turns out to be the real thing.
* The Goofy and Max segment of ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas''.
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* The Florian Triangle, the setting for ''Manga/OnePiece's'' Thriller Bark story arc, is a place in which hundreds of ships go missing each year and are said to have ghost ships. During the course of the arc, we learn that the main source of this is Warlord of the Sea Gecko Moria, is implied to be the one responsible, as part of building his zombie army. The arc's finale reveals that ships were going missing ''long'' before Moria set up shop and we see the shadow of a gigantic figure in the fog of the Triangle which goes unnoticed by anyone else.

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* In ''UltimateMarvel'' [[spoiler: Thor is presented as a lunatic who believes himself a god. Eventually it's revealed that Loki has used his RealityWarper powers to rewrite the world and trap Thor on Earth.]]
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Kombo appears to be a fraud, but he is capable of actual visions if he is not too drunk. Humorously, his visions always come just too late to be useful.

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* After Holly's doppelgänger is revealed to be [[spoiler:a combination of her SplitPersonality and BigBad using disguises to frame her]] in the climax of ''Doppelganger'', she, under a great deal of stress, manifests an actual doppelgänger.
* ''Film/CitizenKane''. After IntrepidReporter Thompson GaveUpTooSoon on finding the answer to the DrivingQuestion he has spent all the movie trying to find (''What is Rosebud?'') the audience sees TheReveal: ItWasHisSled.
* In the film ''Film/NightmareMan'', there is a major twist [[spoiler: a husband aims to have his wife killed by a man dressed up as the evil monster haunting her dreams and she believes to be inside of her. The plan involves her going crazy by not taking her pills to go along with it. Except that the monster is real and seems to have a problem combating the pills effects, meaning when she's off her medication the monster is able to kill people for real, including the hitman dressed up as him too.]]
* Much to the joy of fans, the ''Film/MarvelOneShots'' short "All Hail The King" shows that [[spoiler:[[AuthorSavinThrow the Mandarin really]] ''[[AuthorSavingThrow does]]'' [[AuthorSavingThrow exist and wasn't just an invention by Aldrich Killian]] in ''Film/IronMan3''. What's more, he's just as peeved at his name being disgraced as Marvel fans]].

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* ''Literature/DonQuixote''. Sancho Panza is fooled by the Duke to assume a governorship (really a complicated series of MassiveMultiplayerScam just to prank Sancho). When Sancho patrols his Insula, he is victim of various prankers, except for the last one, a SweetPollyOliver that no one knows, who is a girl who has escaped his GildedCage, to all the pranksters confusion.

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* One episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' has Charlie experimenting with marijuana. He ends up having hallucinations of his ex-girlfriends (and Music/ZZTop). After he makes a date with [[spoiler:Rose]], it's revealed she's the only one who's real.
* Most of the season 3 premiere of ''Series/UnderTheDome'' takes place in an artificial reality. [[spoiler:Christine and Eva]] appear to be manifestations of that reality, but it turns out that although everything else about them is a lie, they are in fact real.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' has the con artists tricking a corrupt tabloid publisher into believing that the Queen Mother was killed in World War II and an actress was hired to keep up public morale. It works and the team laughs at how the publisher could believe such a crazy story. However, the final shot of the episode shows what is quite clearly Queen Elizabeth II placing flowers on the grave of that "actress."
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** In "The Curse Of Beaton Manor" Murdoch scolds George that voodoo is not real. It is revealed that [[spoiler: Timothy]] Beaton used pufferfish poison (from Haitian voodoo) to induce a near-death state and thus 'come back' from the dead. At the end of the episode the final Beaton suffers a fatal heart-attack from being pierced by a VoodooDoll.
** The Holy Grail in "Murdoch And The Temple Of Death" is also strongly implied to be the real thing. The killer jumps off a 60-foot cliff thinking it will save him, despite Murdoch telling the man to stop, and as Murdoch looks down on the man's corpse, a thunderclap sounds (seemingly in daylight) and Murdoch reacts to it. Later, [[spoiler: Dr. Iris Bajali]] steals it from the station house and flees with Murodoch in pursuit; he tells her it belongs to God, and when she shouts back, "There is no God," she is struck by lightning and dies. Later still, a museum staffer accidentally knocks it over and disposes of the clay outer layer, leaving a metal chalice standing on the shelf that appears bathed in a (heavenly?) shaft of light.

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* The whole plot of ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': essentially, all events in the game [[spoiler:are a collection of overarching storybooks read by a girl named Alice in the attic of her house]]. If players manage to unlock the path leading to the best ending of the game, [[spoiler:Alice states how tragic the story ended until she notices one of the book's cover ornament resembling a Valentine coin. She takes it off and prays that the Pooka will find the coin, but reminds herself that it's just a story. Upon leaving the attic, a portal opens up and two Pooka come out to retrieve the coin, implied to be the last Valentine coin they are looking for that will undo the curse of the Pooka transformation, and leave a final book in its place]]. This indicates the current world is actually TheFuture [[spoiler:set sometime after the events of Armageddon, which the last book details]].
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', time travel turns out to be real. [[spoiler:"Celeste" is actually a time-displaced Claire, who was sent forward in time moments before the accident that claimed her life. The nature of the time travel means she gets forced back to the time and place she was sent from at some point.]]

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* This happens every now and then in stories from [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man Mythos.]] Usually in the middle of it, as demonstrated in ''[[Blog/SeekingTruth Seeking Truth/The Mystic]]''.

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* At the end of ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', Mortimer Snerd is crying over Willie the Giant's DisneyVillainDeath. EdgarBergen assures him that Willie didn't die because Willie wasn't real to begin with, that he was just a figment of Snerd's imagination. Then Willie lifts the roof of the house to peek in! Bergen faints dead away.
-->'''Willie:''' What got into him?
-->'''Mortimer:''' Oh, uh, just a fig-a-ma-tation of his imagination.
-->'''Willie:''' No!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** One episode revolves around a ruined castle supposedly haunted by the Pony of Shadows, but all the odd things in the castle turn out to have a mundane explanation. TheStinger reveals that the Pony of Shadows is real after all.
** The next episode revolves around the Mane 6 going off to meet the creator of their favorite fictional character, Daring Do. The shocker for them comes once they discover that the author and Daring Do are one in the same! And those villains she fights in her stories? They're real too!
** In the in-universe story in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tail]]", Snowfall Frost is of the opinion that the Windigos are nothing but a myth. Turns out they're very much real.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' has the entire class teasing Angela about being in love with "Bob": a fictional kid on a flash card after she created the sentence "I love Bob and hot chocolate" with them. The episode ends with a kid who looks and dresses identically being transferred into the class, who is actually named Bob. He even becomes a [[RememberTheNewGuy background character]] from then on and even dons the "Bob" t-shirt from the flash card!
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", which does this with Slash (yes, ''[[Music/GunsNRoses that]]'' Slash).
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' has "The Prophecy". Stacy finds what she believes is a prophecy foretelling that one of the Deathmatch staff dies tonight. Throughout the episode it looks at several points like one of them will bite it (Nick gets shocked by a faulty microphone, Stone Cold gets run over by a moose, Mills Lane almost spontaneously combusts, and finally a plane crashes into Johnny), but they all survive. At the end, Stacy admits that she made a mistake. [[spoiler: Then she explodes, killing her.]]
* The eleventh "Treehouse of Horror" episode of ''TheSimpsons'' combines this with a parody of ''TheBradyBunch''. Lisa and Bart, playing Hansel and Gretel, are captured by a witch, who claims she needs to get ready before her boyfriend comes over. She says that his name is "George Cauldron," a deliberate reference to Jan Brady saying she had a boyfriend named "George Glass" after [[LineOfSightName seeing a drinking glass on her nightstand]]. After Homer saves the children from the witch by pushing her into the oven, a man arrives--his name is George Cauldron, and he's looking for the witch so they can go to a concert.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', a con-man kidnapped half the protagonists and tried to convince the other half they'd vanished magically in the Bermuda Triangle, in an attempt to get at a sunken treasure. He does get it, and makes his escape. By boat. Through the Bermuda Triangle. [[LaserGuidedKarma Guess how that turned out.]]
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24th Jun '16 11:03:57 PM bwburke94
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* An episode of ''Series/Hustle'' has the con artists tricking a corrupt tabloid publisher into believing that the Queen Mother was killed in World War II and an actress was hired to keep up public morale. It works and the team laughs at how the publisher could believe such a crazy story. However, the final shot of the episode shows what is quite clearly Queen Elizabeth II placing flowers on the grave of that "actress."

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* An episode of ''Series/Hustle'' ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' has the con artists tricking a corrupt tabloid publisher into believing that the Queen Mother was killed in World War II and an actress was hired to keep up public morale. It works and the team laughs at how the publisher could believe such a crazy story. However, the final shot of the episode shows what is quite clearly Queen Elizabeth II placing flowers on the grave of that "actress."



* The whole plot of [[spoiler:''VideoGame/OdinSphere'']]: essentially, all events in the game [[spoiler:are a collection of overarching storybooks read by a girl named Alice in the attic of her house]]. If players manage to unlock the path leading to the best ending of the game, [[spoiler:Alice states how tragic the story ended until she notices one of the book's cover ornament resembling a Valentine coin. She takes it off and prays that the Pooka will find the coin, but reminds herself that it's just a story. Upon leaving the attic, a portal opens up and two Pooka come out to retrieve the coin, implied to be the last Valentine coin they are looking for that will undo the curse of the Pooka transformation, and leave a final book in its place]]. This indicates the current world is actually TheFuture [[spoiler:set sometime after the events of Armageddon, which the last book details]].
* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', time travel turns out to be real. [[spoiler:"Celeste" is actually a time-displaced Claire, who was sent forward in time moments before the accident that claimed her life. The nature of the time travel means she gets forced back to the time and place she was sent from at some point.]]

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* The whole plot of [[spoiler:''VideoGame/OdinSphere'']]: ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': essentially, all events in the game [[spoiler:are a collection of overarching storybooks read by a girl named Alice in the attic of her house]]. If players manage to unlock the path leading to the best ending of the game, [[spoiler:Alice states how tragic the story ended until she notices one of the book's cover ornament resembling a Valentine coin. She takes it off and prays that the Pooka will find the coin, but reminds herself that it's just a story. Upon leaving the attic, a portal opens up and two Pooka come out to retrieve the coin, implied to be the last Valentine coin they are looking for that will undo the curse of the Pooka transformation, and leave a final book in its place]]. This indicates the current world is actually TheFuture [[spoiler:set sometime after the events of Armageddon, which the last book details]].
* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', time travel turns out to be real. [[spoiler:"Celeste" is actually a time-displaced Claire, who was sent forward in time moments before the accident that claimed her life. The nature of the time travel means she gets forced back to the time and place she was sent from at some point.]]
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* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': In ''Phantom of the Auditorium'', the threatening messages left behind by the "phantom" turn out to be the work of a homeless person who didn't want them to find his secret living quarters beneath the school. However, the real phantom eventually does show up and even leaves behind evidence of his real identity for the two protagonists to find.
29th May '16 1:27:47 PM Eddy1215
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Jem}}'', "Mardi Gras": Jem and the group are invited to stay at a haunted hotel where there are strange things happening. People assume it's the ghost of pirate that loved Lily Rose. Jem is able to use a hologram of him to scare a boy band hired by the Misfits to screw up Jem's group. It turns out the stolen stuff was stolen by a descendant of the pirate's pet, a monkey named Francis. At the end, as the ghost of the pirate and Lily Rose appears.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Jem}}'', "Mardi Gras": Jem and the group are invited to stay at a haunted hotel where there are strange things happening. People assume it's the ghost of a pirate that loved Lily Rose. Jem is able to use a hologram of him to scare a boy band hired by the Misfits to screw up Jem's group. It turns out the stolen stuff was stolen by a descendant of the pirate's pet, a monkey named Francis. At the end, as the ghost ghosts of the pirate and Lily Rose appears.appear.
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