History UncannyValley / LiveActionTV

21st May '17 2:11:13 AM Flame
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* The Roidmudes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' are supposed to evoke this trope, although all are played by regular actors. Chase, with his expressionless face and unnaturally wide purple eyes, is the most prominent example.

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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': This happens every so often given the number of monster that have/create human form without attempting to be human on the inside too. Prominent examples include:
** Worms in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' can go into this despite being able to mimic humans so perfectly even they themselves forgot who they actually are.
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The Roidmudes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' are supposed to evoke this trope, although all are played by regular actors. Chase, with his expressionless face and unnaturally wide purple eyes, is the most prominent example. His Kamen Rider Saga even lampshades this several times.
** Kuroto Dan of ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' pulls a ziggzagged version of this. He is human [[spoiler: well, used to be]], but would get more disturbing as time passed on such as moving with MarionetteMotion and speaking in variety of very much inhuman tones.
*** This is not made any better by his partner in crime, Bugster higher up Pallad, is an earily cheerful PsychopathicManchild with trully eldritch BlueAndOrangeMorality.
20th Apr '17 5:53:44 PM SomberCaelifera
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** From "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]", the Smilers with their fixed expressions and rotating heads. StevenMoffat - the ''king'' of NightmareFuel in NuWho - said of them that if you really want to make something look creepifying, make it ''try'' to look friendly and fail. By most accounts, [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8FuX4eObYf4/S8cfiv4bCNI/AAAAAAAAErc/ma-eviIgBHM/s1600/Beast+5.jpg the Smilers hit that nail on the head]].

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** From "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]", the Smilers with their fixed expressions and rotating heads. StevenMoffat - the ''king'' of NightmareFuel in NuWho [=NuWho=] - said of them that if you really want to make something look creepifying, make it ''try'' to look friendly and fail. By most accounts, [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8FuX4eObYf4/S8cfiv4bCNI/AAAAAAAAErc/ma-eviIgBHM/s1600/Beast+5.jpg the Smilers hit that nail on the head]].



** In the episode [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E14Clues}} Clues]]", everyone on the ship but Data is knocked unconscious after going through a wormhole. He tells them they were out for only a few seconds, but strange hints that he may be lying begin to appear. Picard gets increasingly frustrated as he -- and the audience -- realize just how hard it is to figure out what's going on inside Data's head, and how unsettling that can be.

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** In the episode [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E14Clues}} Clues]]", Clues]], everyone on the ship but Data is knocked unconscious after going through a wormhole. He tells them they were out for only a few seconds, but strange hints that he may be lying begin to appear. Picard gets increasingly frustrated as he -- and the audience -- realize just how hard it is to figure out what's going on inside Data's head, and how unsettling that can be.



* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', one could infer this is the reason why the Emergency Medical Hologram ended up being an utter failure. It seems that Starfleet crews found it difficult to trust medical care in someone "[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not real]]" and would often forget they were a sentient, self-aware hologram, leading them to treat them as though they were not even there. They also seem to have been designed a little ''too'' lifelike for people's tastes; the EMH Mk1 was too pompous, while its replacement, the EMH Mk2 was scathingly sarcastic, etc. As of "Life-line", the Doctor's creator reveals they were up to a Mk 4 and ''still'' running into this problem.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', one could infer this is the reason why the Emergency Medical Hologram ended up being an utter failure. It seems that Starfleet crews found it difficult to trust medical care in someone "[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not real]]" and would often forget they were a sentient, self-aware hologram, leading them to treat them as though they were not even there. They also seem to have been designed a little ''too'' lifelike for people's tastes; the EMH Mk1 [=Mk1=] was too pompous, while its replacement, the EMH Mk2 [=Mk2=] was scathingly sarcastic, etc. As of "Life-line", the Doctor's creator reveals they were up to a Mk 4 [=Mk4=] and ''still'' running into this problem.
3rd Apr '17 8:52:52 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Frank:''' But down here we have a CGI Storm Trooper or Creator/TomHanks in ''ThePolarExpress''.

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-->'''Frank:''' But down here we have a CGI Storm Trooper or Creator/TomHanks in ''ThePolarExpress''.''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress''.
16th Mar '17 12:28:18 PM ShireNomad
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* Explicitly invoked in ''AgentsOfShield'' as the reason why Radcliffe used a real person's appearance when building [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Aida]]; starting from scratch always resulted in this trope. Personality-wise, she still [[DissonantSerenity dances on the edge of this trope]], though not enough for people who aren't robotics experts to figure out why.
23rd Feb '17 5:41:19 PM gewunomox
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* ''Series/TheWiggles'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDHSbrPZH4A CAN YOU POINT YOUR FINGERS AND DO THE TWIST?]]

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* ''Series/TheWiggles'': ''Music/TheWiggles'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDHSbrPZH4A CAN YOU POINT YOUR FINGERS AND DO THE TWIST?]]
21st Feb '17 9:40:04 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Odo's face slips into uncanny valley. As a Changeling shapeshifter, Odo normally takes the form of a humanoid man, but he has difficulty mimicking humanoid facial details. The result is that his face has very blunted features with unrealistically smooth skin. Fortunately, he does not seem to trigger an uncanny valley response in the other characters.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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Odo's face slips into uncanny valley. As a Changeling shapeshifter, Odo normally takes the form of a humanoid man, but he has difficulty mimicking humanoid facial details. The result is that his face has very blunted features with unrealistically smooth skin. Fortunately, he does not seem to trigger an uncanny valley response in the other characters.characters.
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/weyoun.jpg The Vorta]] can have this aura. Their violet-color eyes and manikin-like smooth faces feel off and their extreme politeness can also feel more creepy than comforting. Justified because they are genetically engineered by [[BigBad The Founders]] to be ideal non-combat officials of the Dominion.
15th Feb '17 1:19:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* SpaceAboveAndBeyond features the Silicates, robots who, based on outward appearance, are nearly indistinguishable from humans, except for three things:

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* SpaceAboveAndBeyond Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond features the Silicates, robots who, based on outward appearance, are nearly indistinguishable from humans, except for three things:



* ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking with Cavemen]]'''s human ancestors, who are actually PeopleInRubberSuits. Especially ''Australopithecus'', because they are ''supposed'' to look weird, but their human proportions make them just slightly less weird than they should.

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* ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs ''[[Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking with Cavemen]]'''s human ancestors, who are actually PeopleInRubberSuits. Especially ''Australopithecus'', because they are ''supposed'' to look weird, but their human proportions make them just slightly less weird than they should.



* The History Channel documentary ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancients_Behaving_Badly Ancients Behaving Badly]]'' focuses on famous historical figures, forensically reconstructing their personalities (pathologies and all). Unfortunately, these segments always include a CGI rendering of the subject's face which more often than not looks like an embalmed [[Film/TheDarkCrystal Gelfling]] that wants to dine on your tasty, tasty soul.

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* The History Channel Creator/TheHistoryChannel documentary ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancients_Behaving_Badly Ancients Behaving Badly]]'' focuses on famous historical figures, forensically reconstructing their personalities (pathologies and all). Unfortunately, these segments always include a CGI rendering of the subject's face which more often than not looks like an embalmed [[Film/TheDarkCrystal Gelfling]] that wants to dine on your tasty, tasty soul.
7th Jan '17 11:04:50 AM nombretomado
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* ''LazyTown''. Specifically some of the human characters and their prosthetics. Not to mention that Robbie Rotten looks just a little too close to Bruce Campbell. Heck, is Robbie Rotten even human, or puppet? He looks so human, but human skin and hair aren't glossy like that!

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* ''LazyTown''.''Series/LazyTown''. Specifically some of the human characters and their prosthetics. Not to mention that Robbie Rotten looks just a little too close to Bruce Campbell. Heck, is Robbie Rotten even human, or puppet? He looks so human, but human skin and hair aren't glossy like that!
25th Dec '16 10:03:35 PM theknack101
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** However, its deliberately used in the scene where Ford is talking to one of the first hosts created, who has become very old and jittery. He looks human, but his movements are very robotic and jittery.
2nd Dec '16 4:02:28 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** "The Robots of Death" references the Uncanny Valley effect in the form of "Grimwade's Syndrome", (named after Peter Grimwade, a production assistant who always complained about having to do robot-themed episodes) a mental disorder whose sufferers subconsciously equate highly humanoid robots with animated corpses; the robots in that particular story looked just slightly less human than the animatronic dummies on a Disneyland ride, but the idea of being surrounded by human-sized creatures with emotionless and immobile features is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief unpleasant enough that the audience could easily accept it]].

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots of Death" Death]]" references the Uncanny Valley effect in the form of "Grimwade's Syndrome", (named after Peter Grimwade, a production assistant who always complained about having to do robot-themed episodes) a mental disorder whose sufferers subconsciously equate highly humanoid robots with animated corpses; the robots in that particular story looked just slightly less human than the animatronic dummies on a Disneyland ride, but the idea of being surrounded by human-sized creatures with emotionless and immobile features is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief unpleasant enough that the audience could easily accept it]].



* ''MaxHeadroom'': The voice! The face! The eyes! The arrogance! ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z52uxxyEy0E example]])

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* ''MaxHeadroom'': ''Series/MaxHeadroom'': The voice! The face! The eyes! The arrogance! ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z52uxxyEy0E example]])



** "Brothers" is another episode where Data's inhumanity was brought into sharp focus. For reasons that only become clear later, he suddenly seizes control of the ship and pilots it by himself to an unknown star system. The frightening ease with which he accomplishes this -- the entire rest of the crew are essentially powerless to stop him -- and his blank expression throughout (even as a child's life is threatened by his actions) can be very disturbing.

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** "Brothers" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E3Brothers}} Brothers]]" is another episode where Data's inhumanity was brought into sharp focus. For reasons that only become clear later, he suddenly seizes control of the ship and pilots it by himself to an unknown star system. The frightening ease with which he accomplishes this -- the entire rest of the crew are essentially powerless to stop him -- and his blank expression throughout (even as a child's life is threatened by his actions) can be very disturbing.



## They have not been properly maintained since they TurnedAgainstTheirMasters, so bits of their "skin" have flaked off.
## ''All'' Silicates (even the SexBot models) have crosshairs for eyes.
## The odd physical tics and the occasional st-st-stuttering of speech.

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## ** They have not been properly maintained since they TurnedAgainstTheirMasters, so bits of their "skin" have flaked off.
## ** ''All'' Silicates (even the SexBot models) have crosshairs for eyes.
## ** The odd physical tics and the occasional st-st-stuttering of speech.



** The creepiness of Gerry Anderson's puppets arguably reached new levels with the 80s series ''{{Series/Terrahawks}}''. The tried-and-tested "supermarionation" puppetry technique was swapped out for the newer "supermacromation", and these new puppets somehow managed to look even more disturbing than anything that Thunderbirds and its ilk could produce (they looked a lot more realistic than the older puppets, but there was still something distinctly "off" about them). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZC9B0YJ8W8 See the intro for yourself here.]]

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** The creepiness of Gerry Anderson's Creator/GerryAnderson's puppets arguably reached new levels with the 80s series ''{{Series/Terrahawks}}''. The tried-and-tested "supermarionation" puppetry technique was swapped out for the newer "supermacromation", and these new puppets somehow managed to look even more disturbing than anything that Thunderbirds and its ilk could produce (they looked a lot more realistic than the older puppets, but there was still something distinctly "off" about them). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZC9B0YJ8W8 See the intro for yourself here.]]
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