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* ''Manga/{{Ibitsu}}'' is about an [[StalkerWithoutACrush urban legend]].
* In the anime ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', the [[TheMafia Mafia]] assassin Vino takes on the persona of the Rail Tracer, an urban legend about a monster that stalks trains.
** Even better, FridgeLogic makes one realize that he is the one who started his own urban legend. Awesome.
* In the manga ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'', there is an urban legend that there are special Persocoms (humanoid computers) called "Chobits" that have real emotions and free will instead of just having emotions programmed into them.
* Urban legends are a major theme of ''Anime/DennouCoil'', particularly how everyone tends to interpret them differently. Questions such as "Just what are kirabugs/Illegals/Michiko, really?" are asked and answered many, many times over the course of the series, and everyone seems to have a different version.
* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is in large part about these.
* The 90's OVA ''Gakkou No Yuurei'' (School Ghosts): Each episode consists of several spooky [[AnimatedAnthology vignettes]], which are allegedly based on real experiences.
* The manga ''Manga/HanakoAndTheTerrorOfAllegory'' deals with these.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'''s Clans and Kings are regarded as this by people not involved with them. Some of this is scene in the first season, when a news channel interviews random people on the street about the Silver King's [[spoiler: blimp crash and apparent death]]. A side story (''K: All Characters - Sakura Asama'') shows how this has exploded after the events of season 2, when [[spoiler: the Green Clan attempts to give the whole world superpowers]].
* ''Anime/{{Kagewani}}'' has Professor Banba investigating cryptid attacks throughout Japan in order to determine if they are actual events or not.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' concerns urban legends that are created and become increasingly real.
* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' it seems that Internet memes start leaking into reality, resulting in alien sightings, and suchlike. Also things like ghosts and TheMenInBlack seem to actually exist, though in manner slightly different than the legends would indicate.
* Episode 4 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' features two Urban Legends. One of them is the undressing woman and the other one is a guy who can nullify anything. You get to see the first one, and the second one is obviously the hero of the whole series itself: Touma.
** Urban Legends tie into the plot of ''Railgun'' (not so much ''Index'') a lot, as the girls seem to enjoy following Urban Legends as a hobby. Often, the legends have some grain of truth in them, and investigating the legend is what leads to the arc's conflict with some dark aspect of Academy City.
* ''Gakkou no Kaidan'' (perhaps better known from the ''Anime/GhostStories'' GagDub) is a kid's Novel / Anime series about, you guessed it, traditional Japanese ghost stories set in an elementary school. Some of the legends are specifically about school ghosts (something the Japanese seem to have in abundance, given the important role school plays in their culture) and some are more generic, but all of them are explained in the DVD extras.
* The manga ''Manga/ToshiDensetsu'' is an anthology in which various characters encounter various urban legends, some of which only exist in-universe.
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* ''The Big Book Of Urban Legends'' was a graphic novel anthology published in 1994, collecting 200 tales of "folklore for our times".



* Sometimes Franchise/{{Batman}} is treated as an urban legend among Gotham criminals, at least early in his career. Gets kind of silly considering all the other superheroes running around publicly, or when criminals don't believe a guy who runs around with the very public ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational is real.



* In film, the movies ''Film/UrbanLegend'' and ''Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut'' deal with killers who take inspiration from these.
** The third film, ''Film/UrbanLegendsBloodyMary'', has the actual urban legend committing the murders.
* The ''Film/{{Candyman}}'' series of movies, whose villain is based on the "Bloody Mary" legend.
* The movie ''Film/DeadManOnCampus'' has a plot dealing with the urban legend that you get straight A's in your college classes if your roommate commits suicide...
** ...as did a lesser known film titled ''The Curve'' starring Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, and Keri Russell.
* While many of the stories (especially the Cousin Walter stories) told by characters in Creator/KevinSmith's movies may seem like urban legends, the only one that actually ''is'' based on one; Cousin Walter keeps getting cats stuck up his ass, in an attempt to get a gerbil out of there.
* In ''Film/SuicideKings'', one of the yuppie kidnappers tells one about the RetiredMonster they're holding hostage, to stave off LimaSyndrome. It turns out to be true, except not as gruesome as the reality.
* Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' starts off by presenting three urban legends as fact.
* The film ''Film/GrownUps'' includes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uqN43qX8-M a scene]] based on the [[http://www.snopes.com/science/poolpiss.asp urine-detecting dye myth]].
* ''Film/{{Urbania}}'' references many of these and is partially told as one.



* At the very beginning of the first ''Film/SawI'' film, one of the first things Adam does after waking up in a bathtub is to ask Dr. Gordon if he's got any surgical scars, convinced that someone has stolen his kidney. Dr. Gordon informs him that it's an Urban Legend; if someone had really taken Adam's kidney, he'd either be in excruciating pain right now, or dead.



* ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' has a scene very similar to a certain urban legend. It's the scene in which the Subaru team applies a little stealth at night by using a quieted engine and infrared goggles to drive and confusing a pair of police officers. The legend has this as a drug runner doing the same. It's unknown if the legend inspired the scene, the scene inspired the legend, or they developed independently.
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' is based on the urban legend of a foreign national who's forced to live in an airport due to a bureaucratic screw-up. Notably, this is one of a few urban legends that's true.
* ''Film/GoreOrphanage'' is based off of the urban legend of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Orphanage titular orphanage]] (which never actually existed).



* The central plot device of ''Film/TheRing'', Sadako/[[ForeignRemake Samara's]] killer videotape, is an urban legend InUniverse.



* There is also a book called ''The Beheaded Freshman and Other Gruesome Tales''. The lead tale (from the title) is about a freshman wanting to get into an elite club but the people blindfold him and kneel him down, saying they are going to behead him. They describe one raising the axe high over his head (the freshman thinks it is a prank) and then drop a cool washcloth on his neck. The freshman screams the moment the cool touches his neck (thinking it is cold steel) and collapses. Scared, the others call an ambulance; Seems the freshman had a heart problem that the others did not know and the fright caused a heart attack. Whoops!
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Witches Abroad'', which claims that, thanks to the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality, not only do urban myths really happen, but they happen ''repeatedly''. It also applies to fairy tale plots, which Nanny Ogg calls "rural myths" at one point.
* Jan Harold Brunvand has written a series of books detailing urban legends, including ''The Vanishing Hitchhiker'', ''The Choking Doberman'' and others.
* [[Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise The city of Chicago.]]
* British writer Jeffery Archer often uses urban legends as the basis of a story (although he seems to believe they are true). His short story collection ''A Twist Of a Tale'' contains several, most notably a story based on [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/backseat.asp "the killer in the back seat"]]. (Otto of ''TheSimpsons'' actually told Bart and Lisa a more convincing version.)
* Alvin Schwartz's ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' series moshes together urban legends with other bits of folklore for a pretty gruesome mix.



* Much of Literature/BarneysVersion, a novel narrated by a man who slowly develops Alzheimer's as the book progresses, builds up the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Barney's best friend Boogie Moscovitch, with whose murder Barney is eventually charged. Throughout the book, Barney's status as a semi-UnreliableNarrator (both intentionally and unintentionally as the disease consumes his memories) keeps the events surrounding the incident shrouded in confusion. The final chapter, narrated by Barney's son Michael, reveals that [[spoiler: Barney was, in fact, innocent - turns out poor Boogie fell victim to the classic dead-diver-in-the-forest legend whe he went for that swim!]]
* Swedish writer Bengt af Klintberg wrote a book about common Swedish urban legends called ''Råttan i pizzan'' (the rat in the pizza). The book became so popular that ''Klintbergare'' is now an accepted synonym for an urban legend in Sweden.



* A quite humorous example is a book by Art Linkletter, ''Oops!, or, Life's Awful Moments''. Art regales us with tales of people's supposedly true-life embarrassing moments. A read-through of the book, however, reveals that a great many of these stories are in fact urban legends.
* Author Daniel Cohen has penned a few books detailing urban legends: ''Southern Fried Rat and Other Stories'', ''Monsters You Never Heard Of'' and ''The Encyclopedia of Monsters'', to name just a few.
* ''There Are Alligators In Our Sewers...'' is a collection of urban legends. But they get some of them wrong; for example, claiming that green M&Ms are poisonous when ''everybody'' knows that the reds are poison; greens are aphrodisiacs.



* In ''Series/CSINewYork'', the [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/dress.htm dress from a corpse]] manages to kill a bride on her wedding day.
** In another episode, a college student killed his roommate so he could get an automatic 4.0 for the semester.
** In still another, a corpse was found buried in the end zone of Giants stadium, in imitation of an Urban Legend about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.
** This show have actually dozens of episodes based around these; people killed by blue ice, by falling coin, etc.
* In the original ''Series/{{CSI}}'', the crew finds a [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/scuba.asp scuba diver in a tree after a forest fire.]]
** Although in this case [[spoiler: [[ScoobyDooHoax the killer simply put the corpse in a diving suit, dumped it in a forest and started a fire to try and make it look like the legend had happened and hide his crime. The body wound up in the tree because his tank turned him into a human rocket]]]].
** In another episode, a couple of idiots killed a young woman who'd suffered a drug overdose, by transfusing some of their own (incompatible) blood into her. They were imitating an urban legend about drugged-out rock stars' "getting their blood replaced" as a remedy.
* To complete the CSI trifecta, ''Series/CSIMiami'' has a man [[http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp killed by his cell phone sparking an explosion of gas fumes.]] It was fumes in his lungs from gas siphoning, rather than a gas station, but the mechanics are the same.
* ''Series/MythBusters'', as noted above.
* ''WeirdUS'' and the travel-log books its based on.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' bases many of its episodes on urban legends.
** In fact one episode had a monster that was literally created by the urban legend regarding him. As the urban legend changed (as manipulated by two ghost hunters' website) [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the creature's powers and weaknesses changed too]].
** Another episode of note is "Tall Tales", where one college campus starts experiencing a number of urban legends coming true at the same time. [[spoiler: Turns out the janitor is a Trickster god.]]
** The fifth season episode "I Believe the Children Are Our Future" also features urban legend-based deaths. The culprit in this episode is [[spoiler:a little kid named Jesse, who believes these urban legends are true, and somehow makes them true.]] The Winchesters discover that the reason he can alter reality on a whim is because [[spoiler:that he is actually TheAntiChrist, though he doesn't really want to be.]]
** There was also an episode where a man died when he "ingested" dozens of razorblades "hidden" in the Halloween candy he'd been sneaking at night, [[spoiler:but in actuality it was witchcraft and good timing for the themed effect.]]
* An ''SCTV'' fake commercial features Eugene Levy as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEfBd8UTP-A a fast-talking used car dealer showing off the specials on his lot,]] all subjects of urban legends - "a Cadillac! Great shape...the damn thing's full of cement!...maybe you're handy with a cold chisel? $500 as is - you pay the towing!"...or a Mustang found parked in Lovers Lane with the driver hanging over the roof - "there's scuff marks on the roof - a little rubbing compound, it's all behind ya! $700!" At the commercial's end he does a comical DoubleTake at a prosthetic hook hanging off a door handle.
* The show ''Series/TruthOrScare'' on Discovery Kids existed entirely of promoting this trope. Because we all know the Tower of London is haunted, right? RIGHT?
* Creator/AnimalPlanet's ''Series/LostTapes'' does this with cryptozoology.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ("Sonata for Solo Organ") started out with a man waking up on a park bench, and discovering he's missing a kidney. Which some urban legend experts claim actually helped ''popularize'' the legend itself, which had been fairly obscure until then.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' ("Art"), the killer of the week took advantage of an urban legend by killing her roommate and making it look like a suicide, thus entitling her to passing grades (''not'' straight A's) in her final semester of art school.
* The myth of waking up with an internal organ missing apparently survives well into the future, since Janeway and Chakotay discuss it on an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** In fact, it actually happens in one episode, when Neelix's lungs are stolen by black market organ sellers. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] during Janeway and Chakotay's conversation.
* The "toothbrushes up their bums" UL was the basis of the joke at the end of one episode of ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''.
* The Spike TV "docu-fiction" series ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' features bizarre causes of death, most of them stemming from urban legends. These range from a vaginal embolism caused by a carrot dildo puncturing the vaginal wall and exploding breast implants to death by drinking acid instead of vodka.
* ''Urban Legends'' tells three of these in each episode, loosely tied together with the episode's theme, as well as two random 'mini-myths' before the commercial breaks. The viewer is asked to guess which legends are real and which aren't. At the end of the episode (and after the commercial breaks for the mini-myths) it is revealed who was telling the truth.
** ''Series/BeyondBeliefFactOrFiction'' followed a similar format. The only catch was that some of the supposedly true stories were so unbelievable that one couldn't help but wonder just how thoroughly they had researched them.
* In an episode of the ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' TV series, one of Wayne's inventions brings an urban legends book to life via HardLight holograms.
* ''Food Network Challenge'' has done an UrbanLegends Cake-making episode for Halloween.
* Britta tells the ever-popular "hookman" story in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps]]", featuring Jeff as the boyfriend and herself as the girlfriend. The story is played onscreen exactly the way she tells it, so it contains a substantial amount of BuffySpeak:
-->'''Radio''': In the news tonight, top story, an escaped convict from the asylum has escaped and he's mental and he's on the loose and stuff.\\
'''Britta as the girlfriend''': Oh my god, that sounds dangerous!\\
'''Jeff as the boyfriend''': I'm sure it's no biggie. But I am a horny man, so I'm only half present.\\
'''Radio''': He was last seen in the woods and has a thingy for a hand, a hook-thing where his hand should be, you know what I mean.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had an episode where Drew and Kate got "fake married" as part of an old dare. The night's celebrations get called off early when Kate develops a rash and gets short of breath. Turns out the wedding dress she bought from a secondhand store had formaldehyde in it.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Raylan comes across an OrganTheft ring and gets mocked for believing in an urban legend when he asks a nurse about. The criminals avoided most of the usual elements of the legend and stole kidneys from the corpses of recently deceased prison inmates. They had the prisoners' medical records so they knew which kidneys were healthy and one of them had professional training in transplant procedures.
** The one time they do the 'cut out kidney in a motel room and leave the victim in the bathtub' routine [[spoiler: it is a ruse perpetuated so they can blackmail the victim by pretending to hold his kidneys hostage. They just made a couple incisions and sutured them back up]]
* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast" featured a fictional urban legend about a woman who committed suicide at an asylum on Halloween night and continues to haunt the place. [[spoiler: It turns out that Shawn and Gus were actually the ones who started the legend when they were kids. They were with Shawn's dad Henry when he was called to the asylum and saw the woman on the ledge, but didn't see the part where Henry pulled the woman back inside to safety. They were overheard talking about the "suicide" at school, and things snowballed from there.]]



* In ''Series/AScareAtBedtime'', most of the stories Podge tells his brother are adaptations (usually set in Ireland, of course) of famous and well-known legends, usually frightening.
* Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack : The chicken is an in-universe example. Out of universe: the dog and the peanut butter.



* The Series/{{Dollhouse}} has become this InUniverse. One episode even has vox populi interviews about the subject.
* Likewise [[PersonWithTheClothing The Man In The Suit]] vigilante in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
-->'''[[IntrepidReporter Maxine]]:''' No one's seen his face, nobody knows his name. I'm not even sure he exists. But he's like something out of a comic book. [[WeHelpTheHelpless When people are in trouble]] he comes out of nowhere. He always seems to be there [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]]. Whoever he is, he saves a lot of lives. And he [[RunningGag shoots a lot of kneecaps]].
-->'''Reese:''' [[ButHeSoundsHandsome Sounds like a great guy]]. And an urban legend.
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise, particularly in the Heisei era (2000 onwards), claims that the Kamen Riders themselves are regarded as an urban legend by the world at large. This comes up primarily in ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', each of which has a member of the supporting cast who believes in the urban legend and ends up befriending the main character; in the former case, he even writes a book about it.
* ''Series/InLivingColor'' [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] a joke about Richard Gere and the gerbil during a live ''Men on Football'' segment done for the halftime show of Super Bowl XXVI. Gere was ''not'' amused, and demanded that the joke be cut from all re-airings of the skit. Sadly, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the showrunners complied.]]



* [[Music/TheBeatles Paul is Dead!]] Probably the most famous urban legend in pop music, and warranting a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_is_dead full page]] at Wikipedia, this claims that Paul [=McCartney=] died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-and-soundalike. Supposedly, clues to this are sprinkled throughout the group's later work, especially their album covers. The very-much-alive Paul parodied this with the cover and title of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Is_Live his 1993 live album]].
* Along similar lines, there is a less well-known urban legend that when [[Music/TheMamasAndThePapas Mama Cass Elliot died she was pregnant with Music/JohnLennon's kid. This is not true. There was no evidence at the autopsy that she was pregnant, and she and John were never a couple anyway, they only met once very briefly.
* ElvisLives: The second most persistent urban legend is that Music/ElvisPresley intentionally faked his own death and is still alive somewhere. Similar rumors have come abound after Music/MichaelJackson 's death too.
* As above, Pink Floyd's Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon was supposedly intentionally written to synch up with Film/TheWizardOfOz.



* Music/{{Eminem}} has a song called "Stan", about the title character discussing the above urban legend about Music/PhilCollins' song mistakingly called "[[BeamMeUpScotty In the Air of the Night]]" and the misinterpretation of the song's lyrics about drowning and not lending a hand.
** Eminem also reiterated the UL about Lauryn Hill that she once said she'd rather have her children starve than for white people to buy her album (and/or she can't stand white people). This comes up twice on The Slim Shady LP.
* Music/LemonDemon has a song called "Eighth Wonder," which is based on the urban legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gef Gef the Talking Mongoose]]. The lyrics of the song are all the things Gef supposedly said, along with claims that he is the eighth wonder of the world.
** From the same album, "Sweet Bod" is about the recreation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_man mellified man]].
** [[WordOfGod According]] to [[https://twitter.com/neilcic/status/713391210883231744 Cicierega]], the song "Cabinet Man" is inspired by the Urban Legend of ''VideoGame/{{Polybius}}''.



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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1448 SCP-1448 ("LegendTripping")]]. After SCP-1448 arrives in an area it somehow starts spreading rumors among the local youth population that performing a specific magical ritual in its location will be effective, thus effectively creating a new urban legend.
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* In addition to an ''Urban Legends'' sourcebook that provides stats for Bloody Mary, dopplegangers, and [[SewerGator sewer alligators]], the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness has Legends, a subset of [[SerialKiller slashers]]. They typically start off as [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Avengers]], but then their hunt either spirals outward from a specific group to everyone resembling said group, or the rules of their hunt become so complex it turns into a myth. In the process, the Slasher becomes something akin to [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] or Film/{{Candyman}}. They have the power to gain strength by [[InvokedTrope keeping close to the particulars of their myth]], but find it hard to break their own rules.
* ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'': The game assumes that urban legends not only endure in its 2100 AD setting, but in a world of high-speed, all-pervasive computer networks with occasional prankster "memetic engineers" on the loose, the phenomenon can be even stronger than in the present day. The ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/transhuman/toxicmemes/ Toxic Memes]]'' supplement describes some widespread or interesting examples.
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* Series 17 of the Toys/LivingDeadDolls is based on urban legends, and includes [[HookHand The Hook]], the [[OrganTheft Unwilling Donor]], [[MirrorMonster Bloody Mary]], [[SpidersAreScary Spider Bite]], and the [[BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts Vanishing Hitchhiker]]. Series 29 also takes on the tone of urban legends, with none of the characters having proper names, and referred to as real stories that still appear in our world.
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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', both parts, are about urban legends that start to mysteriously come true. ''Innocent Sin'' has this more as a central theme, although it is not absent from ''Eternal Punishment''.
** The plot of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is kicked off because of a urban legend of the Midnight Channel, where you see your soulmate if you look into an empty TV at midnight on a rainy day. Turns out, [[MentalWorld there's a bit more than that]].



* The ''Campfire Legends'' games are loosely based on several fairly popular legends. The series consists of ''Campfire Legends: The Hookman'', ''Campfire Legends: [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse The Babysitter]]'' and ''Campfire Legends: The Last Act''.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' has traditionally included demons from various ancient mythologies, but ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' introduces the Chemtrail demon, based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory a conspiracy theory]] about the trails left by jet airplanes containing chemical or biological weapons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' plays around with both the GodNeedsPrayerBadly and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve tropes quite a bit and, as a result, urban legends have lately begun popping up all over Gensoukyou. This culminated with the ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' incident, during which various characters intentionally spread rumors and urban legends in order to make use of their powers. Notable urban legends that appeared in Gensoukyou during these turbulent times were [[StockNessMonster Nessie]], [[TheSevenMysteries The Seven Mysteries of the School]], TheMenInBlack, [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Okiku]], [[GlasgowGrin Kuchisake-Onna]], [[{{Creepypasta}} Hasshaku-sama]] and [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse Mary-san]] as well as [[MakeAWish the wish-granting]] [[Literature/TheMonkeysPaw Monkey Paw]], SpontaneousHumanCombustion and seven magical balls capable of granting whoever gathers all of them a single wish. This all eventually leads to a major OhCrap moment in ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' when the oldest and most common urban legend of all time starts circulating: TheEndIsNigh.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' features an in-universe urban legend about dead children who haunt a forest.



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* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'''s equivalent to the 'missing kidney' urban legend is a rhino waking up in a bathtub to find that his horn (believed to be an aphrodisiac) is missing.
** TruthInTelevision for [[http://www.news24.com/Archives/Witness/Reserve-to-dehorn-two-of-its-rhinos-20150430 some rhinos]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}},'' on the other hand, ''inverts'' the urban legend [[http://xkcd.com/914/ here.]]
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* WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn makes use of the "missing kidney" legend in the first video.
* ''Franchise/HomestarRunner'':
** In issue 13 of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', So and So scolds What's Her Face for drinking a "diet brown" soda while babysitting, hysterically shouting "Don't you remember health class?! You'll microwave the baby!" while holding up a book titled "(strike)urban legends(/strike) i mean health class". An unamused What's Her Face retorts, "This is Diet Brown, not PCP." Health classes using stories of questionable veracity like this in an attempt to ScareEmStraight regarding drug abuse is, sadly, fairly common in RealLife.
** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "winter pool", Coach Z relates how he had two students named "Redan-Jello" and "Grape Flavored Jell-O With Fruit Floatin' In It"[[note]]This is based on the popular urban legend of a black woman who named her children "Oranjello" and "Lemonjello"[[/note]] and also that if you flash your high-beams at a car with its headlights off, it's a ploy by gangsters to shoot you.
* Website/CollegeHumor made a video with an "Urban Legend ER", including patients who got hit by pennies dropped from skyscrapers, had their kidneys stolen, ate pop rocks and diet coke, and urinated in the pool.



* On ''Podcast/GilbertGottfriedsAmazingColossalPodcast'', Creator/GilbertGottfried likes to bring up celebrity urban legends, usually lurid details about weird celebrity sex fetishes.
* In ''Blog/CrossingKevinsCrossing'', Officer Eric tells the narrator a local legend about 'about tunnels beneath the ground and weird people that live there'. These legends supposedly go all the way back to the natives that lived in the area.



* ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'' is entirely built around this. "It happened to a friend of a friend of mine" was their CatchPhrase, sometimes adding an extra "of a friend."
* Gerald in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was hailed as the "Keeper of Urban Lore" which were basically urban legends. Justified in the fact that many, if not all, of them turned out to be either true or having an explanation.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' episode "TV Dinner" has Coop and Jamie discussing the Pop Rocks/soda legend. Coop dismisses it, but it turns out to be true at the end of the episode.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Doctor Venture wakes up in Tijuana with a missing kidney. He then realizes he's ''already'' missing a kidney from a similar incident. "Not again!" He then turns [=HELPeR=] into a dialysis machine for the rest of the episode.
** Later in the same episode, he is nearly killed by a chupacabra. Brock explains: "Chupacabras. Mexico's full of 'em." This is also a BrickJoke, as earlier in the episode he taught a class exclaiming through scientific theory that a chupacabra couldn't possibly exist.
-->'''Rusty Venture:''' Now if you take the same math and apply it to the Catholic church, something interesting happens...
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Special Edna", Bart nominates Ms. Krabappel for the Teacher of the Year Award, and tells in the video submitted to the judges that she deserves the award for surviving teaching him. The judges believed the mere existence of Bart was an urban legend, so they accept the nomination.
** Bart creates his own legend about a man at the school who one day snapped and [[IAmAHumanitarian made a soup from the children's heads]]. The story included an ArtShift and was very effectively creepy. At the end, it turns out "Dark Stanly" was real...
** The "Pop Rocks and Soda" myth was Enforced in an episode where an angry mob was chasing Homer out of a candy convention. He takes a can of Buzz Cola, pours in a package of "Pop Rox", shakes them together and tosses them at the mob, yelling "SeeYouInHell, candy boys!" He then turns and does [[OutrunTheFireball a slow-motion dive]] as [[MadeOfExplodium the whole building explodes behind him]].



** Non meta, many of the monsters of the week on the show were based on various urban legends.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Death Camp of Tolerance" has a subplot in reference to the mythical gay sexual fetish for anal insertion of gerbils, a legend associated with Creator/RichardGere [[http://www.snopes.com/risque/homosex/gerbil.asp for no good reason]].



* TruthInTelevision? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Clark_O%27Bryan Ronald Clark O'Bryan]] [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink killed his son with poisoned Pixy Stix]] on Halloween 1974-- and slipped some of the poisoned candy into the bags of the boy's fellow trick-or-treaters to give the impression it was a [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp Random Halloween Poisoner.]]
* ''[[{{WebSite/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]'' reports a number of urban legends as true (though they're still in a noticeable minority), including some rather unbelievable ones such as [[http://www.snopes.com/medical/asylum/fbipizza.asp this seemingly farcical account]], on which they comment: "The above-quoted tale about FBI agents trying to order pizza delivery to a psychiatric hospital is one of those pieces that serves to remind us that no matter how bizarre, far-fetched, or incredible a story may seem at first glance, it should never be entirely discounted without at least some effort being made to verify it."



* Website/{{Cracked}} has an ongoing series about [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19503_7-creepy-urban-legends-that-happen-to-be-true-part-521.html urban legends that are true.]]


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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Ibitsu}}'' is about an [[StalkerWithoutACrush urban legend]].
* In the anime ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', the [[TheMafia Mafia]] assassin Vino takes on the persona of the Rail Tracer, an urban legend about a monster that stalks trains.
** Even better, FridgeLogic makes one realize that he is the one who started his own urban legend. Awesome.
* In the manga ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'', there is an urban legend that there are special Persocoms (humanoid computers) called "Chobits" that have real emotions and free will instead of just having emotions programmed into them.
* Urban legends are a major theme of ''Anime/DennouCoil'', particularly how everyone tends to interpret them differently. Questions such as "Just what are kirabugs/Illegals/Michiko, really?" are asked and answered many, many times over the course of the series, and everyone seems to have a different version.
* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is in large part about these.
* The 90's OVA ''Gakkou No Yuurei'' (School Ghosts): Each episode consists of several spooky [[AnimatedAnthology vignettes]], which are allegedly based on real experiences.
* The manga ''Manga/HanakoAndTheTerrorOfAllegory'' deals with these.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'''s Clans and Kings are regarded as this by people not involved with them. Some of this is scene in the first season, when a news channel interviews random people on the street about the Silver King's [[spoiler: blimp crash and apparent death]]. A side story (''K: All Characters - Sakura Asama'') shows how this has exploded after the events of season 2, when [[spoiler: the Green Clan attempts to give the whole world superpowers]].
* ''Anime/{{Kagewani}}'' has Professor Banba investigating cryptid attacks throughout Japan in order to determine if they are actual events or not.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' concerns urban legends that are created and become increasingly real.
* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' it seems that Internet memes start leaking into reality, resulting in alien sightings, and suchlike. Also things like ghosts and TheMenInBlack seem to actually exist, though in manner slightly different than the legends would indicate.
* Episode 4 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' features two Urban Legends. One of them is the undressing woman and the other one is a guy who can nullify anything. You get to see the first one, and the second one is obviously the hero of the whole series itself: Touma.
** Urban Legends tie into the plot of ''Railgun'' (not so much ''Index'') a lot, as the girls seem to enjoy following Urban Legends as a hobby. Often, the legends have some grain of truth in them, and investigating the legend is what leads to the arc's conflict with some dark aspect of Academy City.
* ''Gakkou no Kaidan'' (perhaps better known from the ''Anime/GhostStories'' GagDub) is a kid's Novel / Anime series about, you guessed it, traditional Japanese ghost stories set in an elementary school. Some of the legends are specifically about school ghosts (something the Japanese seem to have in abundance, given the important role school plays in their culture) and some are more generic, but all of them are explained in the DVD extras.
* The manga ''Manga/ToshiDensetsu'' is an anthology in which various characters encounter various urban legends, some of which only exist in-universe.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''The Big Book Of Urban Legends'' was a graphic novel anthology published in 1994, collecting 200 tales of "folklore for our times".
* Sometimes Franchise/{{Batman}} is treated as an urban legend among Gotham criminals, at least early in his career. Gets kind of silly considering all the other superheroes running around publicly, or when criminals don't believe a guy who runs around with the very public ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational is real.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In film, the movies ''Film/UrbanLegend'' and ''Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut'' deal with killers who take inspiration from these.
** The third film, ''Film/UrbanLegendsBloodyMary'', has the actual urban legend committing the murders.
* The ''Film/{{Candyman}}'' series of movies, whose villain is based on the "Bloody Mary" legend.
* The movie ''Film/DeadManOnCampus'' has a plot dealing with the urban legend that you get straight A's in your college classes if your roommate commits suicide...
** ...as did a lesser known film titled ''The Curve'' starring Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, and Keri Russell.
* While many of the stories (especially the Cousin Walter stories) told by characters in Creator/KevinSmith's movies may seem like urban legends, the only one that actually ''is'' based on one; Cousin Walter keeps getting cats stuck up his ass, in an attempt to get a gerbil out of there.
* In ''Film/SuicideKings'', one of the yuppie kidnappers tells one about the RetiredMonster they're holding hostage, to stave off LimaSyndrome. It turns out to be true, except not as gruesome as the reality.
* Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' starts off by presenting three urban legends as fact.
* The film ''Film/GrownUps'' includes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uqN43qX8-M a scene]] based on the [[http://www.snopes.com/science/poolpiss.asp urine-detecting dye myth]].
* ''Film/{{Urbania}}'' references many of these and is partially told as one.
* At the very beginning of the first ''Film/SawI'' film, one of the first things Adam does after waking up in a bathtub is to ask Dr. Gordon if he's got any surgical scars, convinced that someone has stolen his kidney. Dr. Gordon informs him that it's an Urban Legend; if someone had really taken Adam's kidney, he'd either be in excruciating pain right now, or dead.
* ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' has a scene very similar to a certain urban legend. It's the scene in which the Subaru team applies a little stealth at night by using a quieted engine and infrared goggles to drive and confusing a pair of police officers. The legend has this as a drug runner doing the same. It's unknown if the legend inspired the scene, the scene inspired the legend, or they developed independently.
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' is based on the urban legend of a foreign national who's forced to live in an airport due to a bureaucratic screw-up. Notably, this is one of a few urban legends that's true.
* ''Film/GoreOrphanage'' is based off of the urban legend of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Orphanage titular orphanage]] (which never actually existed).
* The central plot device of ''Film/TheRing'', Sadako/[[ForeignRemake Samara's]] killer videotape, is an urban legend InUniverse.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* There is also a book called ''The Beheaded Freshman and Other Gruesome Tales''. The lead tale (from the title) is about a freshman wanting to get into an elite club but the people blindfold him and kneel him down, saying they are going to behead him. They describe one raising the axe high over his head (the freshman thinks it is a prank) and then drop a cool washcloth on his neck. The freshman screams the moment the cool touches his neck (thinking it is cold steel) and collapses. Scared, the others call an ambulance; Seems the freshman had a heart problem that the others did not know and the fright caused a heart attack. Whoops!
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Witches Abroad'', which claims that, thanks to the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality, not only do urban myths really happen, but they happen ''repeatedly''. It also applies to fairy tale plots, which Nanny Ogg calls "rural myths" at one point.
* Jan Harold Brunvand has written a series of books detailing urban legends, including ''The Vanishing Hitchhiker'', ''The Choking Doberman'' and others.
%%* [[Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise The city of Chicago.]]
* British writer Jeffery Archer often uses urban legends as the basis of a story (although he seems to believe they are true). His short story collection ''A Twist Of a Tale'' contains several, most notably a story based on [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/backseat.asp "the killer in the back seat"]]. (Otto of ''TheSimpsons'' actually told Bart and Lisa a more convincing version.)
* Alvin Schwartz's ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' series moshes together urban legends with other bits of folklore for a pretty gruesome mix.
* Much of Literature/BarneysVersion, a novel narrated by a man who slowly develops Alzheimer's as the book progresses, builds up the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Barney's best friend Boogie Moscovitch, with whose murder Barney is eventually charged. Throughout the book, Barney's status as a semi-UnreliableNarrator (both intentionally and unintentionally as the disease consumes his memories) keeps the events surrounding the incident shrouded in confusion. The final chapter, narrated by Barney's son Michael, reveals that [[spoiler: Barney was, in fact, innocent - turns out poor Boogie fell victim to the classic dead-diver-in-the-forest legend whe he went for that swim!]]
* Swedish writer Bengt af Klintberg wrote a book about common Swedish urban legends called ''Råttan i pizzan'' (the rat in the pizza). The book became so popular that ''Klintbergare'' is now an accepted synonym for an urban legend in Sweden.
* A quite humorous example is a book by Art Linkletter, ''Oops!, or, Life's Awful Moments''. Art regales us with tales of people's supposedly true-life embarrassing moments. A read-through of the book, however, reveals that a great many of these stories are in fact urban legends.
* Author Daniel Cohen has penned a few books detailing urban legends: ''Southern Fried Rat and Other Stories'', ''Monsters You Never Heard Of'' and ''The Encyclopedia of Monsters'', to name just a few.
* ''There Are Alligators In Our Sewers...'' is a collection of urban legends. But they get some of them wrong; for example, claiming that green M&Ms are poisonous when ''everybody'' knows that the reds are poison; greens are aphrodisiacs.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/CSINewYork'', the [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/dress.htm dress from a corpse]] manages to kill a bride on her wedding day.
** In another episode, a college student killed his roommate so he could get an automatic 4.0 for the semester.
** In still another, a corpse was found buried in the end zone of Giants stadium, in imitation of an Urban Legend about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.
** This show have actually dozens of episodes based around these; people killed by blue ice, by falling coin, etc.
* In the original ''Series/{{CSI}}'', the crew finds a [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/scuba.asp scuba diver in a tree after a forest fire.]]
** Although in this case [[spoiler: [[ScoobyDooHoax the killer simply put the corpse in a diving suit, dumped it in a forest and started a fire to try and make it look like the legend had happened and hide his crime. The body wound up in the tree because his tank turned him into a human rocket]]]].
** In another episode, a couple of idiots killed a young woman who'd suffered a drug overdose, by transfusing some of their own (incompatible) blood into her. They were imitating an urban legend about drugged-out rock stars' "getting their blood replaced" as a remedy.
* To complete the CSI trifecta, ''Series/CSIMiami'' has a man [[http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp killed by his cell phone sparking an explosion of gas fumes.]] It was fumes in his lungs from gas siphoning, rather than a gas station, but the mechanics are the same.
* ''Series/MythBusters'', as noted above.
* ''WeirdUS'' and the travel-log books its based on.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' bases many of its episodes on urban legends.
** In fact one episode had a monster that was literally created by the urban legend regarding him. As the urban legend changed (as manipulated by two ghost hunters' website) [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the creature's powers and weaknesses changed too]].
** Another episode of note is "Tall Tales", where one college campus starts experiencing a number of urban legends coming true at the same time. [[spoiler: Turns out the janitor is a Trickster god.]]
** The fifth season episode "I Believe the Children Are Our Future" also features urban legend-based deaths. The culprit in this episode is [[spoiler:a little kid named Jesse, who believes these urban legends are true, and somehow makes them true.]] The Winchesters discover that the reason he can alter reality on a whim is because [[spoiler:that he is actually TheAntiChrist, though he doesn't really want to be.]]
** There was also an episode where a man died when he "ingested" dozens of razorblades "hidden" in the Halloween candy he'd been sneaking at night, [[spoiler:but in actuality it was witchcraft and good timing for the themed effect.]]
* An ''SCTV'' fake commercial features Eugene Levy as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEfBd8UTP-A a fast-talking used car dealer showing off the specials on his lot,]] all subjects of urban legends - "a Cadillac! Great shape...the damn thing's full of cement!...maybe you're handy with a cold chisel? $500 as is - you pay the towing!"...or a Mustang found parked in Lovers Lane with the driver hanging over the roof - "there's scuff marks on the roof - a little rubbing compound, it's all behind ya! $700!" At the commercial's end he does a comical DoubleTake at a prosthetic hook hanging off a door handle.
* The show ''Series/TruthOrScare'' on Discovery Kids existed entirely of promoting this trope. Because we all know the Tower of London is haunted, right? RIGHT?
* Creator/AnimalPlanet's ''Series/LostTapes'' does this with cryptozoology.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ("Sonata for Solo Organ") started out with a man waking up on a park bench, and discovering he's missing a kidney. Which some urban legend experts claim actually helped ''popularize'' the legend itself, which had been fairly obscure until then.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' ("Art"), the killer of the week took advantage of an urban legend by killing her roommate and making it look like a suicide, thus entitling her to passing grades (''not'' straight A's) in her final semester of art school.
* The myth of waking up with an internal organ missing apparently survives well into the future, since Janeway and Chakotay discuss it on an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** In fact, it actually happens in one episode, when Neelix's lungs are stolen by black market organ sellers. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] during Janeway and Chakotay's conversation.
* The "toothbrushes up their bums" UL was the basis of the joke at the end of one episode of ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''.
* The Spike TV "docu-fiction" series ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' features bizarre causes of death, most of them stemming from urban legends. These range from a vaginal embolism caused by a carrot dildo puncturing the vaginal wall and exploding breast implants to death by drinking acid instead of vodka.
* ''Urban Legends'' tells three of these in each episode, loosely tied together with the episode's theme, as well as two random 'mini-myths' before the commercial breaks. The viewer is asked to guess which legends are real and which aren't. At the end of the episode (and after the commercial breaks for the mini-myths) it is revealed who was telling the truth.
** ''Series/BeyondBeliefFactOrFiction'' followed a similar format. The only catch was that some of the supposedly true stories were so unbelievable that one couldn't help but wonder just how thoroughly they had researched them.
* In an episode of the ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' TV series, one of Wayne's inventions brings an urban legends book to life via HardLight holograms.
* ''Food Network Challenge'' has done an UrbanLegends Cake-making episode for Halloween.
* Britta tells the ever-popular "hookman" story in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps]]", featuring Jeff as the boyfriend and herself as the girlfriend. The story is played onscreen exactly the way she tells it, so it contains a substantial amount of BuffySpeak:
-->'''Radio''': In the news tonight, top story, an escaped convict from the asylum has escaped and he's mental and he's on the loose and stuff.\\
'''Britta as the girlfriend''': Oh my god, that sounds dangerous!\\
'''Jeff as the boyfriend''': I'm sure it's no biggie. But I am a horny man, so I'm only half present.\\
'''Radio''': He was last seen in the woods and has a thingy for a hand, a hook-thing where his hand should be, you know what I mean.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had an episode where Drew and Kate got "fake married" as part of an old dare. The night's celebrations get called off early when Kate develops a rash and gets short of breath. Turns out the wedding dress she bought from a secondhand store had formaldehyde in it.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Raylan comes across an OrganTheft ring and gets mocked for believing in an urban legend when he asks a nurse about. The criminals avoided most of the usual elements of the legend and stole kidneys from the corpses of recently deceased prison inmates. They had the prisoners' medical records so they knew which kidneys were healthy and one of them had professional training in transplant procedures.
** The one time they do the 'cut out kidney in a motel room and leave the victim in the bathtub' routine [[spoiler: it is a ruse perpetuated so they can blackmail the victim by pretending to hold his kidneys hostage. They just made a couple incisions and sutured them back up]]
* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast" featured a fictional urban legend about a woman who committed suicide at an asylum on Halloween night and continues to haunt the place. [[spoiler: It turns out that Shawn and Gus were actually the ones who started the legend when they were kids. They were with Shawn's dad Henry when he was called to the asylum and saw the woman on the ledge, but didn't see the part where Henry pulled the woman back inside to safety. They were overheard talking about the "suicide" at school, and things snowballed from there.]]
* In ''Series/AScareAtBedtime'', most of the stories Podge tells his brother are adaptations (usually set in Ireland, of course) of famous and well-known legends, usually frightening.
%%* Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack : The chicken is an in-universe example. Out of universe: the dog and the peanut butter.
* The Series/{{Dollhouse}} has become this InUniverse. One episode even has vox populi interviews about the subject.
* Likewise [[PersonWithTheClothing The Man In The Suit]] vigilante in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
-->'''[[IntrepidReporter Maxine]]:''' No one's seen his face, nobody knows his name. I'm not even sure he exists. But he's like something out of a comic book. [[WeHelpTheHelpless When people are in trouble]] he comes out of nowhere. He always seems to be there [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]]. Whoever he is, he saves a lot of lives. And he [[RunningGag shoots a lot of kneecaps]].
-->'''Reese:''' [[ButHeSoundsHandsome Sounds like a great guy]]. And an urban legend.
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise, particularly in the Heisei era (2000 onwards), claims that the Kamen Riders themselves are regarded as an urban legend by the world at large. This comes up primarily in ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', each of which has a member of the supporting cast who believes in the urban legend and ends up befriending the main character; in the former case, he even writes a book about it.
* ''Series/InLivingColor'' [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] a joke about Richard Gere and the gerbil during a live ''Men on Football'' segment done for the halftime show of Super Bowl XXVI. Gere was ''not'' amused, and demanded that the joke be cut from all re-airings of the skit. Sadly, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the showrunners complied.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[Music/TheBeatles Paul is Dead!]] Probably the most famous urban legend in pop music, and warranting a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_is_dead full page]] at Wikipedia, this claims that Paul [=McCartney=] died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-and-soundalike. Supposedly, clues to this are sprinkled throughout the group's later work, especially their album covers. The very-much-alive Paul parodied this with the cover and title of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Is_Live his 1993 live album]].
* Along similar lines, there is a less well-known urban legend that when [[Music/TheMamasAndThePapas Mama Cass Elliot died she was pregnant with Music/JohnLennon's kid. This is not true. There was no evidence at the autopsy that she was pregnant, and she and John were never a couple anyway, they only met once very briefly.
* ElvisLives: The second most persistent urban legend is that Music/ElvisPresley intentionally faked his own death and is still alive somewhere. Similar rumors have come abound after Music/MichaelJackson 's death too.
* As above, Pink Floyd's Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon was supposedly intentionally written to synch up with Film/TheWizardOfOz.
* Music/{{Eminem}} has a song called "Stan", about the title character discussing the above urban legend about Music/PhilCollins' song mistakingly called "[[BeamMeUpScotty In the Air of the Night]]" and the misinterpretation of the song's lyrics about drowning and not lending a hand.
** Eminem also reiterated the UL about Lauryn Hill that she once said she'd rather have her children starve than for white people to buy her album (and/or she can't stand white people). This comes up twice on The Slim Shady LP.
* Music/LemonDemon has a song called "Eighth Wonder," which is based on the urban legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gef Gef the Talking Mongoose]]. The lyrics of the song are all the things Gef supposedly said, along with claims that he is the eighth wonder of the world.
** From the same album, "Sweet Bod" is about the recreation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_man mellified man]].
** [[WordOfGod According]] to [[https://twitter.com/neilcic/status/713391210883231744 Cicierega]], the song "Cabinet Man" is inspired by the Urban Legend of ''VideoGame/{{Polybius}}''.
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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1448 SCP-1448 ("LegendTripping")]]. After SCP-1448 arrives in an area it somehow starts spreading rumors among the local youth population that performing a specific magical ritual in its location will be effective, thus effectively creating a new urban legend.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In addition to an ''Urban Legends'' sourcebook that provides stats for Bloody Mary, dopplegangers, and [[SewerGator sewer alligators]], the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness has Legends, a subset of [[SerialKiller slashers]]. They typically start off as [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Avengers]], but then their hunt either spirals outward from a specific group to everyone resembling said group, or the rules of their hunt become so complex it turns into a myth. In the process, the Slasher becomes something akin to [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] or Film/{{Candyman}}. They have the power to gain strength by [[InvokedTrope keeping close to the particulars of their myth]], but find it hard to break their own rules.
* ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'': The game assumes that urban legends not only endure in its 2100 AD setting, but in a world of high-speed, all-pervasive computer networks with occasional prankster "memetic engineers" on the loose, the phenomenon can be even stronger than in the present day. The ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/transhuman/toxicmemes/ Toxic Memes]]'' supplement describes some widespread or interesting examples.
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[[folder: Toys]]
* Series 17 of the Toys/LivingDeadDolls is based on urban legends, and includes [[HookHand The Hook]], the [[OrganTheft Unwilling Donor]], [[MirrorMonster Bloody Mary]], [[SpidersAreScary Spider Bite]], and the [[BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts Vanishing Hitchhiker]]. Series 29 also takes on the tone of urban legends, with none of the characters having proper names, and referred to as real stories that still appear in our world.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', both parts, are about urban legends that start to mysteriously come true. ''Innocent Sin'' has this more as a central theme, although it is not absent from ''Eternal Punishment''.
** The plot of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is kicked off because of a urban legend of the Midnight Channel, where you see your soulmate if you look into an empty TV at midnight on a rainy day. Turns out, [[MentalWorld there's a bit more than that]].* The ''Campfire Legends'' games are loosely based on several fairly popular legends. The series consists of ''Campfire Legends: The Hookman'', ''Campfire Legends: [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse The Babysitter]]'' and ''Campfire Legends: The Last Act''.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' has traditionally included demons from various ancient mythologies, but ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' introduces the Chemtrail demon, based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory a conspiracy theory]] about the trails left by jet airplanes containing chemical or biological weapons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' plays around with both the GodNeedsPrayerBadly and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve tropes quite a bit and, as a result, urban legends have lately begun popping up all over Gensoukyou. This culminated with the ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' incident, during which various characters intentionally spread rumors and urban legends in order to make use of their powers. Notable urban legends that appeared in Gensoukyou during these turbulent times were [[StockNessMonster Nessie]], [[TheSevenMysteries The Seven Mysteries of the School]], TheMenInBlack, [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Okiku]], [[GlasgowGrin Kuchisake-Onna]], [[{{Creepypasta}} Hasshaku-sama]] and [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse Mary-san]] as well as [[MakeAWish the wish-granting]] [[Literature/TheMonkeysPaw Monkey Paw]], SpontaneousHumanCombustion and seven magical balls capable of granting whoever gathers all of them a single wish. This all eventually leads to a major OhCrap moment in ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' when the oldest and most common urban legend of all time starts circulating: TheEndIsNigh.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' features an in-universe urban legend about dead children who haunt a forest.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'''s equivalent to the 'missing kidney' urban legend is a rhino waking up in a bathtub to find that his horn (believed to be an aphrodisiac) is missing.
** TruthInTelevision for [[http://www.news24.com/Archives/Witness/Reserve-to-dehorn-two-of-its-rhinos-20150430 some rhinos]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}},'' on the other hand, ''inverts'' the urban legend [[http://xkcd.com/914/ here.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn makes use of the "missing kidney" legend in the first video.
* ''Franchise/HomestarRunner'':
** In issue 13 of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', So and So scolds What's Her Face for drinking a "diet brown" soda while babysitting, hysterically shouting "Don't you remember health class?! You'll microwave the baby!" while holding up a book titled "(strike)urban legends(/strike) i mean health class". An unamused What's Her Face retorts, "This is Diet Brown, not PCP." Health classes using stories of questionable veracity like this in an attempt to ScareEmStraight regarding drug abuse is, sadly, fairly common in RealLife.
** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "winter pool", Coach Z relates how he had two students named "Redan-Jello" and "Grape Flavored Jell-O With Fruit Floatin' In It"[[note]]This is based on the popular urban legend of a black woman who named her children "Oranjello" and "Lemonjello"[[/note]] and also that if you flash your high-beams at a car with its headlights off, it's a ploy by gangsters to shoot you.
* Website/CollegeHumor made a video with an "Urban Legend ER", including patients who got hit by pennies dropped from skyscrapers, had their kidneys stolen, ate pop rocks and diet coke, and urinated in the pool.
* On ''Podcast/GilbertGottfriedsAmazingColossalPodcast'', Creator/GilbertGottfried likes to bring up celebrity urban legends, usually lurid details about weird celebrity sex fetishes.
* In ''Blog/CrossingKevinsCrossing'', Officer Eric tells the narrator a local legend about 'about tunnels beneath the ground and weird people that live there'. These legends supposedly go all the way back to the natives that lived in the area.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'' is entirely built around this. "It happened to a friend of a friend of mine" was their CatchPhrase, sometimes adding an extra "of a friend."
* Gerald in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was hailed as the "Keeper of Urban Lore" which were basically urban legends. Justified in the fact that many, if not all, of them turned out to be either true or having an explanation.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' episode "TV Dinner" has Coop and Jamie discussing the Pop Rocks/soda legend. Coop dismisses it, but it turns out to be true at the end of the episode.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Doctor Venture wakes up in Tijuana with a missing kidney. He then realizes he's ''already'' missing a kidney from a similar incident. "Not again!" He then turns [=HELPeR=] into a dialysis machine for the rest of the episode.
** Later in the same episode, he is nearly killed by a chupacabra. Brock explains: "Chupacabras. Mexico's full of 'em." This is also a BrickJoke, as earlier in the episode he taught a class exclaiming through scientific theory that a chupacabra couldn't possibly exist.
-->'''Rusty Venture:''' Now if you take the same math and apply it to the Catholic church, something interesting happens...
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Special Edna", Bart nominates Ms. Krabappel for the Teacher of the Year Award, and tells in the video submitted to the judges that she deserves the award for surviving teaching him. The judges believed the mere existence of Bart was an urban legend, so they accept the nomination.
** Bart creates his own legend about a man at the school who one day snapped and [[IAmAHumanitarian made a soup from the children's heads]]. The story included an ArtShift and was very effectively creepy. At the end, it turns out "Dark Stanly" was real...
** The "Pop Rocks and Soda" myth was Enforced in an episode where an angry mob was chasing Homer out of a candy convention. He takes a can of Buzz Cola, pours in a package of "Pop Rox", shakes them together and tosses them at the mob, yelling "SeeYouInHell, candy boys!" He then turns and does [[OutrunTheFireball a slow-motion dive]] as [[MadeOfExplodium the whole building explodes behind him]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Death Camp of Tolerance" has a subplot in reference to the mythical gay sexual fetish for anal insertion of gerbils, a legend associated with Creator/RichardGere [[http://www.snopes.com/risque/homosex/gerbil.asp for no good reason]].
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* TruthInTelevision? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Clark_O%27Bryan Ronald Clark O'Bryan]] [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink killed his son with poisoned Pixy Stix]] on Halloween 1974-- and slipped some of the poisoned candy into the bags of the boy's fellow trick-or-treaters to give the impression it was a [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp Random Halloween Poisoner.]]
* ''[[{{WebSite/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]'' reports a number of urban legends as true (though they're still in a noticeable minority), including some rather unbelievable ones such as [[http://www.snopes.com/medical/asylum/fbipizza.asp this seemingly farcical account]], on which they comment: "The above-quoted tale about FBI agents trying to order pizza delivery to a psychiatric hospital is one of those pieces that serves to remind us that no matter how bizarre, far-fetched, or incredible a story may seem at first glance, it should never be entirely discounted without at least some effort being made to verify it."
* Website/{{Cracked}} has an ongoing series about [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19503_7-creepy-urban-legends-that-happen-to-be-true-part-521.html urban legends that are true.]]
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16th Apr '18 4:52:23 PM WildeOscar
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* Along similar lines, there is a less well-known urban legend that when [[Music/TheMamasAndThePapas Mama Cass Elliot died she was pregnant with Music/JohnLennon's kid. This is not true. There was no evidence at the autopsy that she was pregnant, and she and John were never a couple anyway, they only met once very briefly.
8th Mar '18 4:05:20 AM jormis29
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* The popular myth that Creator/WaltDisney was [[HumanPopsicle cryogenically frozen]], which was said to have been started by Disney animator [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Ward Kimball]] as a joke. Of course, that myth became less popular as the other myth of him being racist and anti-Semitic rose in notoriety. That myth was debunked by people who worked with Walt, but that doesn't stop shows like ''Family Guy'' from enforcing it.

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* The popular myth that Creator/WaltDisney was [[HumanPopsicle cryogenically frozen]], which was said to have been started by Disney animator [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Ward Kimball]] Creator/WardKimball as a joke. Of course, that myth became less popular as the other myth of him being racist and anti-Semitic rose in notoriety. That myth was debunked by people who worked with Walt, but that doesn't stop shows like ''Family Guy'' from enforcing it.
24th Feb '18 8:08:10 AM Wynauttica
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** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "winter pool", Coach Z relates how he had two students named "Redan-Jello" and "Grape Flavored Jell-O With Fruit Floatin' In It"[[note]]This is based on the popular urban legend of a black woman who named her children "Oranjello" and "Lemonjello"[[note]] and also that if you flash your high-beams at a car with its headlights off, it's a ploy by gangsters to shoot you.

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** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "winter pool", Coach Z relates how he had two students named "Redan-Jello" and "Grape Flavored Jell-O With Fruit Floatin' In It"[[note]]This is based on the popular urban legend of a black woman who named her children "Oranjello" and "Lemonjello"[[note]] "Lemonjello"[[/note]] and also that if you flash your high-beams at a car with its headlights off, it's a ploy by gangsters to shoot you.
24th Feb '18 8:06:57 AM Wynauttica
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** In issue 13 of WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad, So and So scolds What's Her Face for drinking a "diet brown" soda while babysitting, hysterically shouting "Don't you remember health class?! You'll microwave the baby!" while holding up a book titled "(strike)urban legends(/strike) i mean health class". An unamused What's Her Face retorts "This is Diet Brown, not PCP." Health classes using stories of questionable veracity like this in an attempt to ScareEmStraight regarding drug abuse is, sadly, fairly common in RealLife.
** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "winter pool", Coach Z relates how he had two students named "Redan-Jello" and "Grape Flavored Jell-O With Fruit Floatin' In It"[[hottip:*:based on the popular urban legend of a black woman who named her children "Oranjello" and "Lemonjello"]] and also that if you flash your high-beams at a car with its headlights off, it's a ploy by gangsters to shoot you.

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** In issue 13 of WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad, ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', So and So scolds What's Her Face for drinking a "diet brown" soda while babysitting, hysterically shouting "Don't you remember health class?! You'll microwave the baby!" while holding up a book titled "(strike)urban legends(/strike) i mean health class". An unamused What's Her Face retorts retorts, "This is Diet Brown, not PCP." Health classes using stories of questionable veracity like this in an attempt to ScareEmStraight regarding drug abuse is, sadly, fairly common in RealLife.
** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "winter pool", Coach Z relates how he had two students named "Redan-Jello" and "Grape Flavored Jell-O With Fruit Floatin' In It"[[hottip:*:based It"[[note]]This is based on the popular urban legend of a black woman who named her children "Oranjello" and "Lemonjello"]] "Lemonjello"[[note]] and also that if you flash your high-beams at a car with its headlights off, it's a ploy by gangsters to shoot you.
11th Jan '18 1:48:28 PM BackgroundGuy
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* ''Series/InLivingColor'' [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] a joke about Richard Gere and the gerbil during a live ''Men on Sports'' segment done for the halftime show of Super Bowl XXVI. Gere was ''not'' amused, and demanded that the joke be cut from all re-airings of the skit. Sadly, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the showrunners complied.]]

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* ''Series/InLivingColor'' [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] a joke about Richard Gere and the gerbil during a live ''Men on Sports'' Football'' segment done for the halftime show of Super Bowl XXVI. Gere was ''not'' amused, and demanded that the joke be cut from all re-airings of the skit. Sadly, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the showrunners complied.]]
11th Jan '18 1:47:12 PM BackgroundGuy
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* ''Series/InLivingColor'' [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] a joke about Richard Gere and the gerbil during a live ''Men on Sports'' segment done for the halftime show of Super Bowl XXVI. Gere was ''not'' amused, and demanded that the joke be cut from all re-airings of the skit. Sadly, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the showrunners complied.]]
11th Jan '18 1:32:52 PM BackgroundGuy
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* A famous singer/musician having to have his stomach pumped from choking on semen. Usually Music/RodStewart or Music/EltonJohn, in modern times it's been attributed to Music/ClayAiken and Music/JustinBieber.

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* A famous singer/musician singer/musician, AlwaysMale, having to have his stomach pumped from choking on semen. blowing too many guys at a party. Usually Music/RodStewart or Music/EltonJohn, though in modern times it's been attributed to Music/ClayAiken and Music/JustinBieber.
4th Jan '18 5:28:26 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* The central plot device of ''Film/TheRing'', Samara's killer videotape, is an urban legend InUniverse.

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* The central plot device of ''Film/TheRing'', Samara's Sadako/[[ForeignRemake Samara's]] killer videotape, is an urban legend InUniverse.
12th Dec '17 7:43:33 AM Jeduthun
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