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26th May '16 11:25:21 PM GargusSCP
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Happened a few times on the program:
** "The Curse of Castle Mcduck": Druids and a painted "ghost hound" scare the Mcducks from their ancestral castle.
** "Hotel Strangeduck": Eccentric Dr. Strangeduck's assistant Bernard plays ghost. Dr. Strangeduck's also playing ghost, for some inexplicable reason.
** "Much Ado About Scrooge": Descendents of [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed William Drakespear's]] actors imitate supernatural characters from Drakespear's plays.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E15SweetDuckOfYouth Sweet Duck of Youth]]", the ghost turns out to be a man trying to scare people away so he can find the FountainOfYouth.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Happened a few times on the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E15SweetDuckOfYouth Sweet Duck program:
** "The Curse
of Youth]]", the ghost turns out to be Castle Mcduck": Druids and a man trying to painted "ghost hound" scare people away so he can find the FountainOfYouth.Mcducks from their ancestral castle.
** "Hotel Strangeduck": Eccentric Dr. Strangeduck's assistant Bernard plays ghost. Dr. Strangeduck's also playing ghost, for some inexplicable reason.
** "Much Ado About Scrooge": Descendents of [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed William Drakespear's]] actors imitate supernatural characters from Drakespear's plays.
25th Mar '16 6:08:21 PM skteosk
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** This is also the origin of the Yeti. Their introductory story, "The Abominable Snowmen", establishes that there ''are'' real (timid) Yeti, but the ones encountered by the Doctor and friends are robots created by the Great Intelligence to scare people away from his attempts to become corporeal.
23rd Mar '16 1:47:56 PM Morgenthaler
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** And now yet another where Shawn and Gus are looking into a {{UFO}} sighting, becoming more and more convinced it's real, until they find out it was all a cover-up for an actually real [[TheConspiracy corporate conspiracy]] and are almost KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade. Not an exact fit because they were trying to attract attention to the person who thought he saw the UFO rather than get rid of attention to a place or thing. Could be an inversion of sorts? Or just playing with it.

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** And now yet another where Shawn and Gus are looking into a {{UFO}} UFO sighting, becoming more and more convinced it's real, until they find out it was all a cover-up for an actually real [[TheConspiracy corporate conspiracy]] and are almost KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade. Not an exact fit because they were trying to attract attention to the person who thought he saw the UFO rather than get rid of attention to a place or thing. Could be an inversion of sorts? Or just playing with it.
19th Mar '16 9:05:58 AM Prfnoff
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* [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Bat_%28Villain%29 The Black Bat]] a Golden age Comic Book Villain now in the PublicDomain. Not to be confused with the hero of the name name, also PublicDomain.

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* %%* [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Bat_%28Villain%29 The Black Bat]] a Golden age Comic Book Villain now in the PublicDomain. Not to be confused with the hero of the name name, also PublicDomain. (Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples)
18th Mar '16 6:25:54 PM Cranberries
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* In the''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' episode "White House Weirdness", President William Howard Taft is trying to scare any potential candidate from running against him in the 1912 presidential election by turning the White House into a haunted mansion. The Time Squad tries to get to the bottom of these strange hauntings, but not before being chased by Taft and his staff while wearing rubber masks!
11th Mar '16 1:50:41 PM StFan
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* Done by the bad guys in the ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' storyline "The Vampire of Malvescu".
* Sometimes this would show up in ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' -- the eponymous hero would stumble upon a mystery, get the native's crude and inaccurate view of the situation (e.g. a mighty bird dropping food), and eventually figure out it was just criminals using modern technology (the bird turns out to be a plane dropping supplies). Usually he'd follow this up with a ScarecrowSolution, convincing the criminals he's [[ShroudedInMyth a ghost]].
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* In the MLP FanFic [[FanFic/WeRentTheNight We Rent The Night]], a cult worshiping ''The God of Destruction'' on a small island, turns out to be an elaborate ScamReligion. The real purpose is to brainwash innocent ponies, into aiding a local smuggling operation.

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* In the MLP FanFic [[FanFic/WeRentTheNight We Rent The Night]], ''FanFic/WeRentTheNight'', a cult worshiping ''The God of Destruction'' on a small island, turns out to be an elaborate ScamReligion. The real purpose is to brainwash innocent ponies, ponies into aiding a local smuggling operation.



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* Done by the bad guys in the ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' storyline "The Vampire of Malvescu".
* Sometimes this would show up in ''ThePhantom'' - the eponymous hero would stumble upon a mystery, get the native's crude and inaccurate view of the situation (e.g. a mighty bird dropping food), and eventually figure out it was just criminals using modern technology (the bird turns out to be a plane dropping supplies). Usually he'd follow this up with a ScarecrowSolution, convincing the criminals he's [[ShroudedInMyth a ghost]].
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* PlayedWith in the second case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightJusticeForAll'' where it appears that the killer is a ghost that possessed the defendant - said defendant IS a legitimate spirit medium and both the player and Phoenix know that the supernatural explanation is totally plausible (and perhaps even likely), even if the court is a little skeptical. [[spoiler: However, the ghost is, in fact, a fake; the events or orchestrated by another spirit medium to ruin the defendant's reputation.]]

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* PlayedWith in the second case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightJusticeForAll'' where it appears that the killer is a ghost that possessed the defendant - -- said defendant IS a legitimate spirit medium and both the player and Phoenix know that the supernatural explanation is totally plausible (and perhaps even likely), even if the court is a little skeptical. [[spoiler: However, the ghost is, in fact, a fake; the events or orchestrated by another spirit medium to ruin the defendant's reputation.]]






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-->"All right, let's see who this article ''REALLY'' is!"
-->"*gasp!* Old Man Jenkins!"
-->"Yeah, it was me, and I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for [[YouMeddlingKids you meddling tropers]]!"

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-->"All ->"All right, let's see who this article ''REALLY'' is!"
-->"*gasp!*
is!"\\
"*gasp!*
Old Man Jenkins!"
-->"Yeah,
Jenkins!"\\
"Yeah,
it was me, and I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for [[YouMeddlingKids you meddling tropers]]!"
5th Mar '16 9:17:28 PM nombretomado
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* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ''CaptainAmerica'', strangely enough, was written (at least in most stories available in reprints) as a non-supernatural horror comic. It was thus full of this sort of hoax (sometimes with fake supernatural creatures that are real murderers) as well as monsters created by science, ordinary killers with horror themes, etc.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ''CaptainAmerica'', ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', strangely enough, was written (at least in most stories available in reprints) as a non-supernatural horror comic. It was thus full of this sort of hoax (sometimes with fake supernatural creatures that are real murderers) as well as monsters created by science, ordinary killers with horror themes, etc.
3rd Mar '16 7:04:20 PM johnsmithxxi
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* Bizarrely, ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' had "My Master, The Ghost Breaker". Major Nelson inherits an English manor. Unfortunately, Nelson's crooked English solicitor tries to scare Nelson off so he could sell the manor and keep the proceeds. Features a shocking bit of ArbitraryScepticism on Major Nelson's part, when this master of a genie repeatedly denies that ghosts can possibly exist! There's also the fact that Jeannie herself contradicts Nelson and says they do! The trope is subverted at the very end, when a real ghost shows up and frightens ''everybody'' away.

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* Bizarrely, ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' had "My Master, The Ghost Breaker". Major Nelson inherits an English manor. Unfortunately, Nelson's crooked English solicitor tries to scare Nelson off so he could sell the manor and keep the proceeds. Features a shocking bit of ArbitraryScepticism ArbitrarySkepticism on Major Nelson's part, when this master of a genie repeatedly denies that ghosts can possibly exist! There's also the fact that Jeannie herself contradicts Nelson and says they do! The trope is subverted at the very end, when a real ghost shows up and frightens ''everybody'' away.away.
* ''Series/BeverlyHillbillies'': "The Ghost of Clampett Castle" had Mr. Drysdale try to scare Granny away from the Clampett's English castle and back to California. He imitates the "Ghost of Lady Clampett" in the attempt. It backfires when Granny goes after the ghost, shooting the "ghost" in the backside with rock salt and bacon rind. However, Mr. Drysdale disguised as a ghost (moaning from his injury!) manages to scare Jethro Bodine so much that the Clampetts leave for his sake.
3rd Mar '16 6:54:19 PM johnsmithxxi
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* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS1E19TheEvilThree The Evil Three]]", the villains tell Perry and Jimmy that their hotel is haunted to scare them off.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Space, Who Needs It?", Walter Denton fakes an invasion by miniature space aliens to prank Mr. Conklin.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman:
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"[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS1E19TheEvilThree The Evil Three]]", the villains tell Perry and Jimmy that their hotel is haunted to scare them off.off.
** "The Haunted Lighthouse" is a front for a smuggler's ring.
* Bizarrely, ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' had "My Master, The Ghost Breaker". Major Nelson inherits an English manor. Unfortunately, Nelson's crooked English solicitor tries to scare Nelson off so he could sell the manor and keep the proceeds. Features a shocking bit of ArbitraryScepticism on Major Nelson's part, when this master of a genie repeatedly denies that ghosts can possibly exist! There's also the fact that Jeannie herself contradicts Nelson and says they do! The trope is subverted at the very end, when a real ghost shows up and frightens ''everybody'' away.


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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Happened a few times on the program:
** "The Curse of Castle Mcduck": Druids and a painted "ghost hound" scare the Mcducks from their ancestral castle.
** "Hotel Strangeduck": Eccentric Dr. Strangeduck's assistant Bernard plays ghost. Dr. Strangeduck's also playing ghost, for some inexplicable reason.
** "Much Ado About Scrooge": Descendents of [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed William Drakespear's]] actors imitate supernatural characters from Drakespear's plays.
6th Feb '16 1:49:59 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Manga/TanteiGakuenQ'' does this repeatedly, most notably in Kamikakushi Village. The arc with the seances takes a [[TearJerker rather unusual]] angle on the trope.

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* ''Manga/TanteiGakuenQ'' ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' does this repeatedly, most notably in Kamikakushi Village. The arc with the seances takes a [[TearJerker rather unusual]] angle on the trope.
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