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19th Jan '17 6:15:17 AM Morgenthaler
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** In "Through the Gates of the Silver Key", Yog-Sothoth explicates a major implicit premise behind the whole CthulhuMythos: practically everything we experience goes under this trope, including three-dimensional space, change and time, and the individuality of what we ordinarily think of as different creatures. Ramsey Campbell's "The Render Of Veils" exploits this variation of the trope to ''very'' disturbing effect.

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** In "Through the Gates of the Silver Key", Yog-Sothoth explicates a major implicit premise behind the whole CthulhuMythos: Franchise/CthulhuMythos: practically everything we experience goes under this trope, including three-dimensional space, change and time, and the individuality of what we ordinarily think of as different creatures. Ramsey Campbell's "The Render Of Veils" exploits this variation of the trope to ''very'' disturbing effect.
14th Jan '17 1:49:23 PM Amahn
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** Additionally whenever Goku and Vegeta transform into Super Saiyan Blue during ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' their ki becomes undetectable to all other Z-Fighters. Their ki suddenly disappearing is repeatedly used as an indication that they're fighting somewhere as Blue and something must be up.
9th Jan '17 5:42:07 AM WillyFourEyes
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* While a living being can easily look upon the "Dark Matter" entity from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, ''analyzing'' it is something else. [[spoiler:Star Dream, the ultra-advanced supercomputer developed by the Haltmann Works Company in ''Planet Robobot'', recreates the Blade version of Dark Matter last seen in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2''... not because it would be the ideal opponent, but because it is literally all that the supercomputer, something on par with ''[[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Galactic Nova]]'', is capable of replicating. Apparently, even the mightiest digital minds in existence have a very hard time comprehending a being made of pure evil.]]

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* While a living being can easily look upon the "Dark Matter" entity from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, ''analyzing'' it is something else. [[spoiler:Star Dream, the ultra-advanced supercomputer developed by the Haltmann Works Company in ''Planet Robobot'', ''[[VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot Planet Robobot]]'', recreates the Blade version of Dark Matter last seen in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2''... not because it would be the ideal opponent, but because it is literally all that the supercomputer, something on par with ''[[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Galactic Nova]]'', is capable of replicating. Apparently, even the mightiest digital minds in existence have a very hard time comprehending a being [[MadeOfEvil made of pure evil.]]]]]]
3rd Jan '17 9:51:16 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', Beerus and Whis' ''ki'' is so alien that it cannot be perceived by non-divine beings.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', Beerus and Whis' ''ki'' is so alien that it cannot be perceived by non-divine beings. After Goku and Vegeta unlock the Super Saiyan God transformation, it's suggested that they are slowly learning how to sense it, even when not in god-form themselves.
19th Dec '16 4:41:44 PM arrgh
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* The TropeNamer is ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. "You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!" It's a tradition of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series' final bosses. In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', Giygas (aka Giegue) attacked telepathically and without lifting a finger; his mental power was so far beyond the protagonists they couldn't process what he was using for PSI. In ''[=EarthBound=]'' he was [[BodyHorror "reduced" to an]] EldritchAbomination so large and all-encompassing, you simply couldn't tell where his attacks are coming from; in gameplay terms you were fighting against ''the background''. In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', [[spoiler:Porky]]...doesn't really have an explanation. His attacks are incomprehensible likely just due to tradition. Additionally, [[spoiler:the Masked Man]] doesn't have announcements for most of his attacks like most other enemies in the game do; they simply just happen without warning.

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* The TropeNamer is ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. "You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!" It's a tradition of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series' final bosses. In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', Giygas (aka Giegue) attacked telepathically and without lifting a finger; his mental power was so far beyond the protagonists they couldn't process what he was using for PSI. In ''[=EarthBound=]'' he was [[BodyHorror "reduced" to an]] EldritchAbomination so large and all-encompassing, you simply couldn't tell where his attacks are coming from; in gameplay terms you were fighting against ''the background''. In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', [[spoiler:Porky]]...[[spoiler:Porky]] doesn't really have get an explanation. His attacks are incomprehensible likely just due explanation, but it may be related to tradition. him having access to such ridiculously-advanced technology that it's a form of ClarkesThirdLaw. Additionally, [[spoiler:the Masked Man]] doesn't have announcements for most of his attacks like most other enemies in the game do; they simply just happen without warning.
15th Dec '16 12:38:23 AM PaulA
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* The various dieties in ''Literature/TheElenium'' and its sequel series ''The Tamuli'' are hinted to be this, seeing as Aphrael can appear as a child, a grown woman, and even two people at the same time.

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* The various dieties deities in ''Literature/TheElenium'' and its sequel series ''The Tamuli'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' are hinted to be this, seeing as Aphrael can appear as a child, a grown woman, and even two people at the same time.
27th Oct '16 5:42:46 PM Outis
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*In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' a mother sees something happen to her son that afterward she cannot bear to think about, let alone find the words to describe. The least inadequate description she can manage is [[spoiler:"the sky ate him"]].
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23rd Oct '16 3:44:07 PM WillKeaton
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* In the ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'' crossover: after flying into space, {{Superman}} and ComicBook/IronMan see the forcible merger of their worlds as two gigantic hands pushing the two Earths together. Tony comments that this can't be real, and Clark says that this is simply how their minds chose to represent the event. Also in this crossover, we see Eternity (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse) merging with his female counterpart, Kismet of the Franchise/DCUniverse, [[http://www.comicvine.com/forums/gen-discussion/1/a-dc-equal-for-eternity/688456/ in what looks like a, uh, very intimate embrace]].

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* In the ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'' crossover: after flying into space, {{Superman}} and ComicBook/IronMan see the forcible merger of their worlds as two gigantic hands pushing the two Earths together. Tony comments that this can't be real, and Clark says that this is simply how their minds chose to represent the event. Also in this crossover, we see Eternity (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse) merging with his female counterpart, Kismet of the Franchise/DCUniverse, [[http://www.comicvine.com/forums/gen-discussion/1/a-dc-equal-for-eternity/688456/ in what looks like a, uh, very intimate embrace]].embrace.]]
23rd Oct '16 12:47:34 AM darkknight109
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** Fittingly, given that the Warp is their home (and that they're made of the stuff), daemons are similarly subject to this trope. Daemons appear differently to different people, meaning that two soldiers can fight the same daemon at the same time and give completely different accounts of what it looked like (both of which would be wrong - the human mind is simply unable to process what a warp-denizen [i]actually[/i] looks like, so it just substitutes something suitably terrifying in its place).

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** Fittingly, given that the Warp is their home (and that they're made of the stuff), daemons are similarly subject to this trope. Daemons appear differently to different people, meaning that two soldiers can fight the same daemon at the same time and give completely different accounts of what it looked like (both of which would be wrong - the human mind is simply unable to process what a warp-denizen [i]actually[/i] ''actually'' looks like, so it just substitutes something suitably terrifying in its place).
23rd Oct '16 12:47:10 AM darkknight109
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* A fairly common trope in ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}''.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter In some depictions]] the Emperor of Mankind (a living deity) is so powerful that most mortals cannot gaze upon his true form (he occasionally disguises himself, both to hide his identity and to protect onlookers). Those who attempt to either die, are blinded by the power inherent in his visage, or else their minds simply are unable to process what they are seeing. Even those who can safely look at him (generally those who are extremely powerful or have strong wills) see him as somewhat indistinct, with his features constantly changing and shifting. Some of his sons, the Primarchs, inherited this ability.
** [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace The Warp]] is a dimension that is quite literally made of this trope. It is a realm of madness where emotion is given form and where the laws of physics do not apply. Ships travelling through the Warp have protective shutters drop down over their viewports, because those who gaze into the Warp have a high risk of going mad.
** Fittingly, given that the Warp is their home (and that they're made of the stuff), daemons are similarly subject to this trope. Daemons appear differently to different people, meaning that two soldiers can fight the same daemon at the same time and give completely different accounts of what it looked like (both of which would be wrong - the human mind is simply unable to process what a warp-denizen [i]actually[/i] looks like, so it just substitutes something suitably terrifying in its place).
** Psykers, particularly human astropaths and navigators, are psychically-gifted individuals whose job it is to try and comprehend the true form of the Warp in order to steer ships through it (navigators) or pass messages through it (astropaths). It is an imperfect science at best - navigators fly as much on instinct and gut feelings as any actual dictates of their training and astropaths have a notoriously difficult job because incoming messages are less "transmission of the actual message" and more "indistinct thoughts and feelings that must be correctly interpreted to mean something vaguely close to what the sender was trying to say".
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