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19th Apr '16 4:42:36 AM StarTropes
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* ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' had Kirk say this to Spock when he'd seen his long-lost half-brother. "Perhaps I have, Captain."

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* ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' had has Kirk say this to Spock when he'd seen he sees his long-lost half-brother. "Perhaps half-brother.
--> '''Spock:''' [[OneLinerNameOneLiner Perhaps
I have, Captain."Captain. Perhaps I have.]]
24th Feb '16 12:06:03 AM Knight20
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8th Feb '16 3:00:17 AM erforce
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* In ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Back To The Future Part III]]'' , Doc says this to Marty after Marty finds Doc's grave. "You're not far off, Doc."

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* In ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Back To The Future Part III]]'' ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' , Doc says this to Marty after Marty finds Doc's grave. "You're not far off, Doc."



* The second ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie has Raph saying "I thought I just saw a ghost!" as he's infiltrating the Foot Clan's new headquarters with Keno, and with good reason--he's just caught a glimpse of the Shredder, who he thought was dead following the last movie.

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* The second ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'' has Raph saying "I thought I just saw a ghost!" as he's infiltrating the Foot Clan's new headquarters with Keno, and with good reason--he's just caught a glimpse of the Shredder, who he thought was dead following the last movie.
18th Jan '16 7:09:28 AM Dravencour
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* In ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', [[spoiler:Billy]] says this to Sidney when he reveals himself as the killer.

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* In ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', [[spoiler:Billy]] says this to Sidney when he reveals himself as the killer.
killer. [[spoiler:Or rather, one of them]].
20th Oct '15 12:36:38 AM HeraldAlberich
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A SubTrope of LiteralMetaphor. When characters enter screaming and running from a ghost (or any supernatural creature that would frighten your average [[{{Muggles}} Muggle]]), it is customary for a [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] character to say in complete jest, "What's wrong with you? You look like you've seen a ghost." Alternatively, the line may be said mockingly by the 'ghost' - whether they're literally a ghost, some other kind of undead, or merely [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated wrongly believed to be dead]] - themselves.

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A SubTrope of LiteralMetaphor. When characters enter screaming and running from a ghost (or any supernatural creature that would frighten your average [[{{Muggles}} Muggle]]), it is customary for a [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] character to say in complete jest, "What's wrong with you? You look like you've seen a ghost." Alternatively, the line may be said mockingly by the 'ghost' - whether 'ghost'--whether they're literally a ghost, some other kind of undead, or merely [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated wrongly believed to be dead]] - themselves.
dead]]--themselves.



* The second Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie has Raph saying "I thought I just saw a ghost!" as he's infiltrating the Foot Clan's new headquarters with Keno, and with good reason -- he's just caught a glimpse of the Shredder, who he thought was dead following the last movie.

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* The second Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie has Raph saying "I thought I just saw a ghost!" as he's infiltrating the Foot Clan's new headquarters with Keno, and with good reason -- he's reason--he's just caught a glimpse of the Shredder, who he thought was dead following the last movie.



* [[{{Valdemar}} The ghost of Herald-Mage Vanyel]] says this very cheerfully in ''Winds of Fury'' after interfering with a teleport (which was supposedly impossible) to bring the main characters to the Forest of Sorrows instead of where they wanted to go. Vanyel has been dead for about 600 years at this point.
* Played with in ArthurCClarke's story "Breaking Strain", in describing one astronaut's reaction to discovering that a meteor has punctured their reserve tank, leaving [[ColdEquation insufficient oxygen to reach their destination]]:
-->[=McNeil=] was just standing in the doorway, looking as if he had seen a ghost. The trite metaphor flashed into Grant's mind instantly. He did not know for a moment how near the truth it was. In a sense [=McNeil=] ''had'' seen a ghost -- the most terrifying of all ghosts -- his own.

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* [[{{Valdemar}} ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'': The ghost of Herald-Mage Vanyel]] Vanyel says this very cheerfully in ''Winds of Fury'' after interfering with a teleport CoolGate (which was supposedly impossible) to bring the main characters to the Forest of Sorrows instead of where they wanted to go. Vanyel has been dead for about 600 years at this point.
* Played with in ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's story "Breaking Strain", in describing one astronaut's reaction to discovering that a meteor has punctured their reserve tank, leaving [[ColdEquation insufficient oxygen to reach their destination]]:
-->[=McNeil=] was just standing in the doorway, looking as if he had seen a ghost. The trite metaphor flashed into Grant's mind instantly. He did not know for a moment how near the truth it was. In a sense [=McNeil=] ''had'' seen a ghost -- the ghost--the most terrifying of all ghosts -- his ghosts--his own.



* ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark?'' has actually used this multiple times:
** In ''The Tale of Old Man Corcoran'', the new boys in the neighborhood realize that the kids who have been telling them ghost stories about the old gravedigger [[spoiler:are actually the real ghosts]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Old Man Corcoran]]''': What's the matter with you two? You look like you've seen a ghost.
** In ''The Tale of the Room For Rent'', the two girls see their archetypal-creepy-old-woman-psychic-inclined next door neighbor summon a ghost that descends from the ceiling and walks by them right through the wall. They run screaming into the one girl's grandfather's house.
--->'''Grandpa''': What's the matter with you two? You look like you've seen a ghost...
--->'''Friend''': Bingo!
--->'''Granddaughter''': We did!

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* ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark?'' ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' has actually used this multiple times:
** In ''The "The Tale of Old Man Corcoran'', Corcoran", the new boys in the neighborhood realize that the kids who have been telling them ghost stories about the old gravedigger [[spoiler:are actually the real ghosts]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Old Man Corcoran]]''': Corcoran]]:''' What's the matter with you two? You look like you've seen a ghost.
** In ''The "The Tale of the Room For Rent'', Rent", the two girls see their archetypal-creepy-old-woman-psychic-inclined next door neighbor summon a ghost that descends from the ceiling and walks by them right through the wall. They run screaming into the one girl's grandfather's house.
--->'''Grandpa''': --->'''Grandpa:''' What's the matter with you two? You look like you've seen a ghost...
--->'''Friend''': --->'''Friend:''' Bingo!
--->'''Granddaughter''': --->'''Granddaughter:''' We did!



* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchester brothers say this to Bela Talbot, after she sees a [[PortentOfDoom ghost ship]] captained by an angry ghost who's going to come back a few hours later and kill her.

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* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** The
Winchester brothers say this to Bela Talbot, after she sees a [[PortentOfDoom ghost ship]] captained by an angry ghost who's going to come back a few hours later and kill her.



-->'''Sam''': You look like you've... well, I was going to say you look like you've seen a ghost, but you'd probably be stoked.

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-->'''Sam''': --->'''Sam:''' You look like you've... well, I was going to say you look like you've seen a ghost, but you'd probably be stoked.



* Lampshaded in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. Upon turning in a quest dealing with the ghost/spirit/essence of the BigBad's innocence, Thassarian says to the player "What's the matter? You look like you've seen a ghost... Not that that would be all that unusual in these parts now that I think about it..." Also worth pointing out Thassarian himself is among the undead, albeit a Death Knight, not a ghost.

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* Lampshaded in ''WorldOfWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Upon turning in a quest dealing with the ghost/spirit/essence of the BigBad's innocence, Thassarian says to the player "What's the matter? You look like you've seen a ghost... Not that that would be all that unusual in these parts now that I think about it..." Also worth pointing out Thassarian himself is among the undead, albeit a Death Knight, not a ghost.



-->'''Danny''': ''(to Tucker and Sam)'' Guys, what's wrong? You look like you've seen a ghost, or... something really scary that we don't see every single day.

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-->'''Danny''': ''(to -->'''Danny:''' ''[to Tucker and Sam)'' Sam]'' Guys, what's wrong? You look like you've seen a ghost, or... something really scary that we don't see every single day.
25th Mar '15 5:31:25 PM AFP
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* Played with a bit in ''Literature/OldMansWar'': John Perry is rescued from near-death on the battlefield by a soldier who is identical to his long-deceased wife. His friends later try to convince him he was just hallucinating but stop suddenly... then they inform him that said woman was not only not a hallucination, but she is in line to buy a hamburger [[RightBehindMe right behind him.]]
29th Jan '15 9:35:39 AM erforce
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* In ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part III]]'' , Doc says this to Marty after Marty finds Doc's grave. "You're not far off, Doc."

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* In ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Back To The Future Part III]]'' , Doc says this to Marty after Marty finds Doc's grave. "You're not far off, Doc."



* In ''Film/{{Scream}}'', Billy says this to Sidney when he reveals himself as the killer.

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* In ''Film/{{Scream}}'', Billy ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', [[spoiler:Billy]] says this to Sidney when he reveals himself as the killer.killer.
13th Jan '15 12:17:11 PM Sheora
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* In DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom novel ''Magic in the Blood'', after her father starts to haunt her.

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* In DevonMonk's Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom novel ''Magic in the Blood'', after her father starts to haunt her.
6th Nov '14 11:34:54 PM poi99
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A SubTrope of LiteralMetaphor. It started as nothing more than a simple simile in the real world to describe a look of utter shock, surprise, and/or fright. But at some point, no one knows quite when and no one knows quite where, some genius realized characters in fiction who really ''have'' seen a ghost would... look like they've just seen a ghost. Ergo, when characters enter screaming and running from a ghost (or any supernatural creature that would frighten your average [[{{Muggles}} Muggle]]), it is customary for a [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] character to say in complete jest, "What's wrong with you? You look like you've seen a ghost." Alternatively, the line may be said mockingly by the 'ghost' - whether they're literally a ghost, some other kind of undead, or merely [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated wrongly believed to be dead]] - themselves.

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A SubTrope of LiteralMetaphor. It started as nothing more than a simple simile in the real world to describe a look of utter shock, surprise, and/or fright. But at some point, no one knows quite when and no one knows quite where, some genius realized characters in fiction who really ''have'' seen a ghost would... look like they've just seen a ghost. Ergo, when When characters enter screaming and running from a ghost (or any supernatural creature that would frighten your average [[{{Muggles}} Muggle]]), it is customary for a [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] character to say in complete jest, "What's wrong with you? You look like you've seen a ghost." Alternatively, the line may be said mockingly by the 'ghost' - whether they're literally a ghost, some other kind of undead, or merely [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated wrongly believed to be dead]] - themselves.
6th Sep '14 4:48:19 PM BKelly95
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* On ''Series/{{Medium}}'', Alison learns something particularly shocking and Joe says this to her. Then he remembers who he's talking to adds "For someone who doesn't see them on a normal basis."
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