This trope covers any situation where features that should not be visible on someone's shadow appear as patches of light - typically a smile, or eyes. Frequently implies an otherworldly nature to the person casting the shadow; can be related to Living Shadow
, but doesn't always match in either direction. Can imply The Shadow Knows
Contrast Black Cloak
and In the Hood
, where lit features may be visible floating in shadow, but really exist.
- Oogie Boogie's shadow during the songs "This is Halloween" and "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" in The Nightmare Before Christmas has both visible eyes and a mouth.
- In Soul Eater, in Crona's mind his/her shadow (whom he/she talks) has a mouth and eyes of light.
- Blazblue's main antagonist Terumi has this as a default form. Considering that he has to re-possess his body every time loop, it's the only way we can see his true identity.
- This terrifying entry from a Worth1000 contest, showing wide eyes and a gaping smile on the shadow of an otherwise innocent-looking little girl.