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17th Jun '17 3:18:25 PM infernape612
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* Either Inverted of Subverted trope in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}''. The monster is attempting to attract people to his "haunted" camp.

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* Either Inverted of Subverted trope inverted or subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}''. The monster is attempting to attract people to his "haunted" camp.
11th Jun '17 2:31:41 AM lillolillo
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In one anime episode, the heroes got reports of a huge, aquatic monster living on a chain of lakes near from Mount Fuji. When Kouji went to investigate to the site, a witch appeared all of sudden and warned him the lake monster would curse him if he did not leave. That woman had been scaring away whoever came to investigate the monster sightings. It did not take long for Kouji to discover that witch was Baron Ashura -BigBad TheDragon- in disguise and the monster was a Mechanical Beast. Baron Ashura was using the curse hoax to hide their activities (mining the lakebed for uranium to fabricate nuclear bombs).

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
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In one anime episode, the heroes got reports of a huge, aquatic monster living on a chain of lakes near from Mount Fuji. When Kouji went to investigate to the site, a witch appeared all of sudden and warned him the lake monster would curse him if he did not leave. That woman had been scaring away whoever came to investigate the monster sightings. It did not take long for Kouji to discover that witch was Baron Ashura -BigBad TheDragon- in disguise and the monster was a Mechanical Beast. Baron Ashura was using the curse hoax to hide their activities (mining the lakebed for uranium to fabricate nuclear bombs).



* Taken in a more dark direction in ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''. Most of Kindachi's cases involve murderers who disguise themselves as a feared monster from local folklore, and kill their victims in ways relating to the legends surrounding that figure (eg, a killer disguised as a legendary headless samurai ghost decapitates all his victims.) Kindaichi gathers clues leading up to a dramatic unmasking of the "monster" at the end of the story. Different from your standard Scooby hoax in that most characters understand from the get-go that this isn't a real monster, just a psycho in a disguise. Inverted in that this arguably makes it ''more'' scary...

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* Taken in a more dark direction in ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''. ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'':
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Most of Kindachi's cases involve murderers who disguise themselves as a feared monster from local folklore, and kill their victims in ways relating to the legends surrounding that figure (eg, a killer disguised as a legendary headless samurai ghost decapitates all his victims.) Kindaichi gathers clues leading up to a dramatic unmasking of the "monster" at the end of the story. Different from your standard Scooby hoax in that most characters understand from the get-go that this isn't a real monster, just a psycho in a disguise. Inverted in that this arguably makes it ''more'' scary...



*** Except in one story where the person who believed in the monster was actually the killer.
*** There are also a couple instances where the monster might be real, but have nothing to do with the murders. After all, the myth had to come from SOMETHING.

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*** ** Except in one story where the person who believed in the monster was actually the killer.
*** ** There are also a couple instances where the monster might be real, but have nothing to do with the murders. After all, the myth had to come from SOMETHING.



* The original purpose of the comic-book character Dr. Thirteen in Creator/DCComics was to debunk supernatural sightings. When he was integrated with the rest of the characters in a shared universe, this naturally led to some problems as the supernatural ''does'' exist in Franchise/TheDCU. This was largely "solved" by making Dr. Thirteen a FlatEarthAtheist ButtMonkey, but it's not all bad news for him. Apparently, his skepticism means he's somewhat resistant to magical effects (in the DCU, you have to genuinely believe in the supernatural before it will work for you) and he can and does provide alternate scientific theories that sometimes turn out to be right.
** Writers ''love'' to put poor Terry in situations where he ends up delivering a full-on rant about the supernatural not existing to, say, ComicBook/TheSpectre or ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger.
* In the ComicBook/DonaldDuck comic "The Old Castle's Secret," the ghost of Sir Quackly [=McDuck=] turns out to be a jewel thief using "invisibility spray." Creator/CarlBarks commented that he wanted to do a "HauntedCastle" story but at that time including "real" supernatural events such as ghosts in a Disney comic was strictly taboo.

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* The original purpose of the comic-book character Dr. Thirteen in Creator/DCComics was to debunk supernatural sightings. When he was integrated with the rest of the characters in a shared universe, this naturally led to some problems as the supernatural ''does'' exist in Franchise/TheDCU. This was largely "solved" by making Dr. Thirteen a FlatEarthAtheist ButtMonkey, but it's not all bad news for him. Apparently, his skepticism means he's somewhat resistant to magical effects (in the DCU, you have to genuinely believe in the supernatural before it will work for you) and he can and does provide alternate scientific theories that sometimes turn out to be right.
** Writers
right. Anyway, writers ''love'' to put poor Terry in situations where he ends up delivering a full-on rant about the supernatural not existing to, say, ComicBook/TheSpectre or ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger.
* ''ComicBook/DonaldDuck'':
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In the ComicBook/DonaldDuck comic "The Old Castle's Secret," the ghost of Sir Quackly [=McDuck=] turns out to be a jewel thief using "invisibility spray." Creator/CarlBarks commented that he wanted to do a "HauntedCastle" story but at that time including "real" supernatural events such as ghosts in a Disney comic was strictly taboo.



* Despite stereotypes to the contrary, a large number of the aliens that Franchise/{{Batman}} fought during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} (especially in his own books) were actually ordinary crooks dressed up like aliens. In one case, a gang of crooks actually made up a planet, built fake alien technology, and pretended to be invading Earth simply to cover up their scheme. Though he really ''did'' fight and kill some real vampires in UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}}.
** The Scarecrow is arguably a variation. He doesn't pretend to be supernatural, but dresses as a demonic scarecrow and uses hallucinogenic gases to create illusionary horrors.
* Variation: Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Iranian superhero Sirocco once took down an apparent terrorist squad, only for Sirocco to reveal that they are just people who pretend to be terrorists. By scaring people into evacuating places with phony bomb-threats and such, they can rob places at their leisure. The criminals ''do'' carry real guns and do not hesitate to shoot people who don't get the memo, necessitating the heroes' intervention.
-->'''Sirocco''': They are common thieves. Seeking to profit from people's fears.

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
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Despite stereotypes to the contrary, a large number of the aliens that Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman fought during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} (especially in his own books) were actually ordinary crooks dressed up like aliens. In one case, a gang of crooks actually made up a planet, built fake alien technology, and pretended to be invading Earth simply to cover up their scheme. Though he really ''did'' fight and kill some real vampires in UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}}.
** The Scarecrow is arguably a variation. He doesn't pretend to be supernatural, but dresses as a demonic scarecrow and uses hallucinogenic gases to create illusionary horrors.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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Variation: Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman and the Iranian superhero Sirocco once took down an apparent terrorist squad, only for Sirocco to reveal that they are just people who pretend to be terrorists. By scaring people into evacuating places with phony bomb-threats and such, they can rob places at their leisure. The criminals ''do'' carry real guns and do not hesitate to shoot people who don't get the memo, necessitating the heroes' intervention.
-->'''Sirocco''': --->'''Sirocco''': They are common thieves. Seeking to profit from people's fears.fears.
** In a Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Silver Age story, the titular heroine spends the night at a haunted house to find out why everyone who stays overnight is driven insane. It turns out that the supposedly-missing mansion's owner was a criminal that built an illusion-generator machine to keep nosy people out.
** In another Pre-Crisis story, Supergirl investigates an allegedly haunted theater and comes upon some kind of ghoulish creature while checking the place out. Said "ghoul" was actually the theater's owner dressing up like a monster as part of a Supergirl's enemy's scheme to lure the Girl of Steel into a trap.



* In one Lobster Johnson story, a mobster dresses up a bunch of murderous goons in Native American costumes and phosphorous paint to scare people out a neighborhood so he can buy up the property cheap and build a highway. After Lobster Johnson kills the goons the mobster's assistant gets a real ghost to burn everything down.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Hellboy}}'': In one Lobster Johnson story, a mobster dresses up a bunch of murderous goons in Native American costumes and phosphorous paint to scare people out a neighborhood so he can buy up the property cheap and build a highway. After Lobster Johnson kills the goons the mobster's assistant gets a real ghost to burn everything down.



* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Bitter Gold Hearts]]'', Garrett recalls investigating one of these cases, in which a murder was rigged to look like a werewolf attack.

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* ''Literature/GarrettPI'': In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Bitter ''Bitter Gold Hearts]]'', Hearts'', Garrett recalls investigating one of these cases, in which a murder was rigged to look like a werewolf attack.
3rd Jun '17 1:39:18 AM Morgenthaler
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26th May '17 4:09:01 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': In "The Flaming Phantom", a criminal masquerades as a ghost to give himself time to search a house that is due to be renovated for hidden jewels.
21st May '17 8:48:51 PM ultimomant
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* Variation: Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Iranian superhero Sirocco once took down an apparent terrorist squad, only for Sirocco to reveal that they are just people who pretend to be terrorists. By scaring people into evacuating places with phony bomb-threats and such, they can rob places at their leisure.

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* Variation: Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Iranian superhero Sirocco once took down an apparent terrorist squad, only for Sirocco to reveal that they are just people who pretend to be terrorists. By scaring people into evacuating places with phony bomb-threats and such, they can rob places at their leisure. The criminals ''do'' carry real guns and do not hesitate to shoot people who don't get the memo, necessitating the heroes' intervention.
20th May '17 6:47:54 AM ladyofthelibrary
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** The later "Gets a Bright Idea" features Janet using lights and mirrors (and Arnold) to simulate a theater ghost. Once the the kids figure her out, they quickly turn the tables.
14th May '17 12:04:28 PM Bahuvrihi
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* ''TheMonkees'' episode "Monkee See, Monkee Die" with a faked haunted mansion.

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* ''TheMonkees'' ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "Monkee See, Monkee Die" with a faked haunted mansion.
10th May '17 5:55:02 AM LondonKdS
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* Played with every which way in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Creeps", in which various characters are invited to a spooky old house and apparently murdered by a malevolent ghost. [[spoiler:First Finn persuaded everyone else to fake their deaths to prank Jake. Then Jake worked out what was going on and persuaded everyone else to fake their deaths in different ways to frighten Finn. Then when Finn thought that he was the only survivor he was attacked by a '''[[RealAfterAll real]]''' ghost.]]
23rd Feb '17 10:36:14 AM CaptainTedium
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** Grundy does exist in the larger DCAU, and is for all intents and purposes a zombie (though self-aware and smarter than zombies are generally depicted as being).
3rd Feb '17 12:51:20 AM Luppercus
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* For a show about anthropomorphic talking animals ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' is a fan of this trope. Every episode with monsters, cryptids or haunted houses will end with a rational explanation behind or a hoax. It seems that no supernatural creature exists in the Raccoon's universe… aside from talking animals.
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