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16th Aug '16 3:31:52 AM I_love_dragons
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** Also in Recap/TheXFilesS03E22Quagmire, [[spoiler:Big Blue, a lochnessmonsterlike monster, turns out to be an alligator. But when Scully and Mulder are gone the audience does see Big Blue.]]

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** Also in Recap/TheXFilesS03E22Quagmire, Quagmire, [[spoiler:Big Blue, a lochnessmonsterlike monster, turns out to be an alligator. But when Scully and Mulder are gone the audience does see Big Blue.]]
16th Aug '16 3:31:06 AM I_love_dragons
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** Also in Recap/TheXFilesS03E22Quagmire, [[spoiler:Big Blue, a lochnessmonsterlike monster, turns out to be an alligator. But when Scully and Mulder are gone the audience does see Big Blue.]]
16th Aug '16 3:24:00 AM I_love_dragons
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The most common subversion is for all -- or some -- of it to prove RealAfterAll or at least [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane of uncertain origin]]. Indeed, the investigators may discover the truth and haul the instigators off to jail, and the audience alone gets to see the unambiguous and real apparition. Or they may get to see the real thing along with the characters

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The most common subversion is for all -- or some -- of it to prove RealAfterAll or at least [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane of uncertain origin]]. Indeed, the investigators may discover the truth and haul the instigators off to jail, and the audience alone gets to see the unambiguous and real apparition. Or they may get to see the real thing along with the characters
characters.
16th Aug '16 3:22:35 AM I_love_dragons
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The characters investigate a site with reported paranormal or other activity. By the end of the episode, they discover that the supposed supernatural activity or monster activity is nothing but an elaborate hoax taking advantage of [[HauntedHouseHistorian local lore]] to frighten off the curious from discovering and interfering with their [[EvilPlan main criminal activity.]] Or it being done with malicious intent

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The characters investigate a site with reported paranormal or other activity. By the end of the episode, they discover that the supposed supernatural activity or monster activity is nothing but an elaborate hoax taking advantage of [[HauntedHouseHistorian local lore]] to frighten off the curious from discovering and interfering with their [[EvilPlan main criminal activity.]] Or it being done with malicious intent
intent.
9th Aug '16 11:48:18 PM mlsmithca
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** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, then {{Subverted|Trope}} later on - as quoted above, the movie boasted a musical montage of Mystery Inc. [[GenreSavvy getting bored with solving Scooby Doo Hoaxes]]. Then they investigate an island populated by zombies, ghosts, and monsters, [[GenreShift who all turn out to be]] ''[[GenreShift real]]''. Still considered [[AndTheFandomRejoiced one of the franchise's highest points]], it's notable for being the first real subversion of the trope in the series, with "This time, the monsters are real" being its tagline.

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** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, then {{Subverted|Trope}} later on - as quoted above, the movie boasted a musical montage of Mystery Inc. [[GenreSavvy getting bored with solving Scooby Doo Hoaxes]]. Then they investigate an island populated by zombies, ghosts, and monsters, [[GenreShift who all turn out to be]] ''[[GenreShift real]]''. Still considered [[AndTheFandomRejoiced one of the franchise's highest points]], points, it's notable for being the first real subversion of the trope in the series, with "This time, the monsters are real" being its tagline.
9th Aug '16 3:57:17 PM RacattackForce
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* Virtually every episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'', [[TropeNamer naming]] and [[TropeCodifier codifying]] the trope. In the later shows and most of the movies, this would often be subverted, averted, lampshaded, and just all-around [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] as often as it was played straight--at least some of the monsters were real. In roughly chronological order:
** ''Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'': Played straight through most of the entire run. The sole exception is the episode "Foul Play in Funland", where the out-of-control robot terrorizing an elderly couple's amusement park turned out to actually be an out-of-control robot, originally built by the elderly man as an assistant.
*** Even this may not count as a subversion since a robot is not supernatural.
** Also zig-zagged in the episode "Haunted House Hang-Up". The heroes spend the episode chasing (and being chased by) one monster, who turns out to just be a man who dressed up to protect his own property from would-be thieves. The real criminal, who is indeed after the treasure the owner is protecting, is unmasked at the end.

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* Virtually every episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'', [[TropeNamer naming]] and [[TropeCodifier codifying]] the trope. In the all later shows and most installments of the movies, franchise, this would often be subverted, averted, lampshaded, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], [[AvertedTrope averted]], [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], and just all-around [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] as often as it was played straight--at least some of the monsters were real.straight. In roughly chronological order:
** ''Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'': Played straight through most of the entire run. The sole exception is the episode "Foul Play in Funland", where the out-of-control robot terrorizing an elderly couple's amusement park park...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin turned out to actually be an out-of-control robot, robot]], originally built by the elderly man as an assistant.
*** Even this may not count as a subversion since a robot is not supernatural.
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Also zig-zagged in the episode "Haunted House Hang-Up". The heroes spend the episode chasing (and being chased by) one monster, who turns out to just be a man who dressed up to protect his own property from would-be thieves. The real criminal, who is indeed after the treasure the owner is protecting, is unmasked at the end.



** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, then {{Subverted|Trope}} later on - as quoted above, the movie boasted a musical montage of Mystery Inc. [[GenreSavvy getting bored with solving Scooby Doo Hoaxes]]. Then they investigate an island populated by zombies, ghosts, and monsters, [[GenreShift who all turn out to be]] ''[[GenreShift real]]''. Stands out as the first real subversion of the trope in the Scooby-Doo franchise.

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** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, then {{Subverted|Trope}} later on - as quoted above, the movie boasted a musical montage of Mystery Inc. [[GenreSavvy getting bored with solving Scooby Doo Hoaxes]]. Then they investigate an island populated by zombies, ghosts, and monsters, [[GenreShift who all turn out to be]] ''[[GenreShift real]]''. Stands out as Still considered [[AndTheFandomRejoiced one of the franchise's highest points]], it's notable for being the first real subversion of the trope in the Scooby-Doo franchise.series, with "This time, the monsters are real" being its tagline.
6th Aug '16 9:25:11 AM Sharlee
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* The 1954 ''Sherlock Holmes'' series included a few original stories involving this trope, twice with hauntings and once with a mummy.
31st Jul '16 1:38:57 PM nombretomado
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* The original purpose of the comic-book character Dr. Thirteen in 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 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.

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* The original purpose of the comic-book character Dr. Thirteen in DCComics 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 TheDCU.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.
28th Jul '16 3:17:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks08/0800251.txt The Face of the Abbot]]'', Helen Sherwood is left a fortune OnOneCondition: that she live in the haunted castle where her father died. She, her uncle, and the first-person narrator take up residence in the building, and are GenreSavvy enough to make sure that the old caretaker isn't responsible by sending him to stay with friends. The night after they move in, the spectre begins to appear at the windows. This doesn't last long, because on its second appearance Helen determines that it's a person rather than a ghost [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy by shooting it.]]

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* In ''[[http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks08/0800251.txt The Face of the Abbot]]'', Helen Sherwood is left a fortune OnOneCondition: that she live in the haunted castle where her father died. She, her uncle, and the first-person narrator take up residence in the building, and are GenreSavvy smart enough to make sure that the old caretaker isn't responsible by sending him to stay with friends. The night after they move in, the spectre begins to appear at the windows. This doesn't last long, because on its second appearance Helen determines that it's a person rather than a ghost [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy by shooting it.]]
23rd Jul '16 4:45:17 PM nombretomado
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* In the DonaldDuck comic "The Old Castle's Secret," the ghost of Sir Quackly [=McDuck=] turns out to be a jewel thief using "invisibility spray." 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.
** Another CarlBarks example comes from the story "Terror of the River", where Donald and his nephews investigate a giant serpent-monster terrorizing a waterway. The "monster" turns out a realistic inflatable model controlled by a guy in a submarine. As opposed to some of the other examples on this page, the perp had no ulterior motive-he was just a JerkAss who [[ForTheEvulz liked scaring people for the heck of it.]]

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* In the DonaldDuck ComicBook/DonaldDuck comic "The Old Castle's Secret," the ghost of Sir Quackly [=McDuck=] turns out to be a jewel thief using "invisibility spray." CarlBarks 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.
** Another CarlBarks Carl Barks example comes from the story "Terror of the River", where Donald and his nephews investigate a giant serpent-monster terrorizing a waterway. The "monster" turns out a realistic inflatable model controlled by a guy in a submarine. As opposed to some of the other examples on this page, the perp had no ulterior motive-he was just a JerkAss who [[ForTheEvulz liked scaring people for the heck of it.]]



** These plots were adapted from Creator/CarlBarks's ''Hound of the Whiskervilles'' and ''The Old Castle's Secret'' (see above).

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** These plots were adapted from Creator/CarlBarks's Creator/CarlBarks' ''Hound of the Whiskervilles'' and ''The Old Castle's Secret'' (see above).
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