History UncannyValley / LiveActionTV

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.]]
24th Nov '16 5:28:56 PM jccw227
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* Speaking of Franchise/TheMuppets proper, most Muppets steer far clear of the valley because of their obviously exaggerated portions and colorful cartoonish looks. But every now and then one will be introduced that is just a little too human while not being human enough, and it'll creep people out. The character of Digit from the "[=MuppeTelevision=]" segments of Series/TheJimHensonHour is a prime example, often topping lists of creepiest Muppets; the bug eyes that are not open fully and barely moving mouth while at the same time having an otherwise human facial proportion is just disturbing. Chip as well, who is also from ''The Jim Henson Hour'', tends to fall into this category. Much like Digit, he has huge bulging eyes but with an odd blinking mechanism that cause his pupils to occasionally flicker. This ended up being PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheMuppets'' as the rest of the Muppet also characters seem to find him unsetting or awkward.

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* Speaking of Franchise/TheMuppets proper, most Muppets steer far clear of the valley because of their obviously exaggerated portions and colorful cartoonish looks. But every now and then one will be introduced that is just a little too human while not being human enough, and it'll creep people out. The character of Digit from the "[=MuppeTelevision=]" segments of Series/TheJimHensonHour is a prime example, often topping lists of creepiest Muppets; the bug eyes that are not open fully and barely moving mouth while at the same time having an otherwise human facial proportion is just disturbing. Chip as well, who is also from ''The Jim Henson Hour'', tends to fall into this category. Much like Digit, he has huge bulging eyes but with an odd blinking mechanism that cause his pupils to occasionally flicker. This ended up being PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheMuppets'' as the rest of the Muppet also characters also seem to find him unsetting or awkward.
24th Nov '16 5:28:27 PM jccw227
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* Speaking of Franchise/TheMuppets proper, most Muppets steer far clear of the valley because of their obviously exaggerated portions and colorful cartoonish looks. But every now and then one will be introduced that is just a little too human while not being human enough, and it'll creep people out. The character of Digit from the "[=MuppeTelevision=]" segments of Series/TheJimHensonHour is a prime example, often topping lists of creepiest Muppets; the bug eyes that are not open fully and barely moving mouth while at the same time having an otherwise human facial proportion is just disturbing.

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* Speaking of Franchise/TheMuppets proper, most Muppets steer far clear of the valley because of their obviously exaggerated portions and colorful cartoonish looks. But every now and then one will be introduced that is just a little too human while not being human enough, and it'll creep people out. The character of Digit from the "[=MuppeTelevision=]" segments of Series/TheJimHensonHour is a prime example, often topping lists of creepiest Muppets; the bug eyes that are not open fully and barely moving mouth while at the same time having an otherwise human facial proportion is just disturbing. Chip as well, who is also from ''The Jim Henson Hour'', tends to fall into this category. Much like Digit, he has huge bulging eyes but with an odd blinking mechanism that cause his pupils to occasionally flicker. This ended up being PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheMuppets'' as the rest of the Muppet also characters seem to find him unsetting or awkward.
22nd Oct '16 6:39:59 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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22nd Oct '16 6:39:17 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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** Speaking of Daleks, the infamous "Dalek voice" (produced using a ring-modulator) is probably an example of this trope - the fact that it speaks in intelligible words but uses stresses and intonations that are just so ''inhuman'', combined with the distortion and the volume of the voice, is probably what sent children diving behind the sofa and still scares children to this day. For others, however, it's CreepyAwesome or just plain [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]].
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14th Oct '16 10:39:12 AM CumbersomeTercel
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*** "The Chase" features a robot Dracula.
*** In "Tomb of the Cybermen", the Cybermen come out of sarcophagi in a tomb filled with puzzles, like revived Egyptian mummies. The new series gives them a marching zombie aesthetic, especially in "Death in Heaven" where they burst out of graves like zombies.

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*** "The Chase" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" features a robot Dracula.
*** In "Tomb of the Cybermen", the Cybermen come out of sarcophagi in a tomb filled with puzzles, like revived Egyptian mummies. The new series gives them a marching zombie aesthetic, especially in "Death "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven" Heaven]]", where they burst out of graves like zombies.



* The miniseries adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's ''The Lost World'' (the one starring Bob Hoskins) subtly uses this one to make the Australopithacines distinctly creepy.

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* The miniseries adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''The Lost World'' (the one starring Bob Hoskins) Creator/BobHoskins) subtly uses this one to make the Australopithacines distinctly creepy.
14th Oct '16 10:36:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Invoked with Susan's dancing to GenreMotif/{{Pop}} music in "An Unearthly Child". It doesn't resemble any dance anyone would ever do to that kind of music and [[TheOphelia looks pretty, but freaky]].

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** Invoked with Susan's dancing to GenreMotif/{{Pop}} music in "An "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child".Child]]". It doesn't resemble any dance anyone would ever do to that kind of music and [[TheOphelia looks pretty, but freaky]].



*** Where JohnBarrowman had the Autons, MattSmith had these guys. He has said that his favorite monster was ''that particular'' version of the Cybermen (who in the old series never looked the same twice beyond the presence of handlebar heads.) They were scary ''because'' you could see the remaining humanness.

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*** Where JohnBarrowman Creator/JohnBarrowman had the Autons, MattSmith Creator/MattSmith had these guys. He has said that his favorite monster was ''that particular'' version of the Cybermen (who in the old series never looked the same twice beyond the presence of handlebar heads.) They were scary ''because'' you could see the remaining humanness.



*** "Pyramids of Mars" features service robots wrapped in bandages. There's a particularly zombie-like scene involving one with its leg stuck in a bear trap.
*** The Storm Mine robots in "The Robots of Death" (as described further down this page) are related to corpses.

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*** "Pyramids "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars" Mars]]" features service robots wrapped in bandages. There's a particularly zombie-like scene involving one with its leg stuck in a bear trap.
*** The Storm Mine robots in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots of Death" Death]]" (as described further down this page) are related to corpses.



** The Ambassadors in "The Ambassadors of Death". Astronaut suits possessed by a malevolent, deadly alien intelligence so different to humans that communication with them is impossible.

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** The Ambassadors in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E3TheAmbassadorsOfDeath The Ambassadors of Death".Death]]". Astronaut suits possessed by a malevolent, deadly alien intelligence so different to humans that communication with them is impossible.



** Some of the androids in "The Android Invasion" qualify - the 'deactivated' androids with their flat expressions and staring eyes, the finger-gun androids with their slightly odd artificial hands, the android Doctor doing all the loveable Doctor tics but with dead, predatory eyes, and ''especially'' the android Sarah Jane when her face falls off and reveals a strange mechanical head with protruding eyeballs.

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** Some of the androids in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion" Invasion]]" qualify - the 'deactivated' androids with their flat expressions and staring eyes, the finger-gun androids with their slightly odd artificial hands, the android Doctor doing all the loveable Doctor tics but with dead, predatory eyes, and ''especially'' the android Sarah Jane when her face falls off and reveals a strange mechanical head with protruding eyeballs.



** The horrible CGI FakeShemp recreations of Creator/WilliamHartnell and Creator/PatrickTroughton in "Dimensions in Time".
** The clockwork robots from "The Girl in the Fireplace". Even more so in "Deep Breath", when they are not cogs and glass in debonair masquerade apparel, but made of ''scavenged human scraps''. Especially the Half-Face Man, who is played by both an actor wearing green screen technology on the left half of his face to appear like part of it is hollow and mechanical, and an even creepier realistic animatronic.

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** The horrible CGI FakeShemp recreations of Creator/WilliamHartnell and Creator/PatrickTroughton in "Dimensions "[[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime Dimensions in Time".
Time]]".
** The clockwork robots from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl in the Fireplace". Fireplace]]". Even more so in "Deep Breath", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath Deep Breath]]", when they are not cogs and glass in debonair masquerade apparel, but made of ''scavenged human scraps''. Especially the Half-Face Man, who is played by both an actor wearing green screen technology on the left half of his face to appear like part of it is hollow and mechanical, and an even creepier realistic animatronic.



** The Family of Blood from the "Human Nature" two-parter. Perfectly normal-looking people turned to pure terror through a combination of {{Verbal Tic}}s, CreepyMonotone, [[PsychoticSmirk unsettling facial expressions]] and body movements.

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** The Family of Blood from the "Human Nature" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]" two-parter. Perfectly normal-looking people turned to pure terror through a combination of {{Verbal Tic}}s, CreepyMonotone, [[PsychoticSmirk unsettling facial expressions]] and body movements.



** "Voyage of the Damned" not only had the Host, robotic creatures made to look like gold angels (when they're not killing you with their halos), but at the end of the episode, [[spoiler: Max Capricorn]] is revealed to be no more than a head attached to a box-like wheelchair that keeps him alive.
** From "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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** "Voyage "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned" Damned]]" not only had the Host, robotic creatures made to look like gold angels (when they're not killing you with their halos), but at the end of the episode, [[spoiler: Max Capricorn]] is revealed to be no more than a head attached to a box-like wheelchair that keeps him alive.
** From "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below", 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]].



** Which may be a big reason why the Amargosa scene in ''Generations'' wigged out a lot of people. Especially when his emotion chip overloaded and he couldn't stop laughing.
** In the episode "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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** Which may be a big reason why the Amargosa scene in ''Generations'' ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' wigged out a lot of people. Especially when his emotion chip overloaded and he couldn't stop laughing.
** In the episode "Clues," [[{{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.



* David Lynch filmed several scenes in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' within the Black Lodge. All the apparitions in the lodge were characters who did their scenes, all speech and movement backwards. Then the filmed result was played in reverse, giving all the action an unsettling tone.

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* David Lynch Creator/DavidLynch filmed several scenes in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' within the Black Lodge. All the apparitions in the lodge were characters who did their scenes, all speech and movement backwards. Then the filmed result was played in reverse, giving all the action an unsettling tone.
2nd Oct '16 8:08:38 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Westworld}}'': The hosts of Westworld are [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots generally indistinguishable from humans]], looking and behaving almost exactly like the latter.
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