%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1323637591067337400&page=1
%% Please do not change or remove this image without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:325:[[Webcomic/GirlGenius http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/arbitrary_skepticism_gg_350_2_6169.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:325:[[Script/ShadowjackWatchesSailorMoon TALKING CAT! TALKING CAT!]]]]

->'''Wash:''' Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction.\\
'''Zoe:''' We live in a spaceship, dear.\\
'''Wash:''' ...So?
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "[[Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace Objects in Space]]"

Real skepticism entails requiring evidence of good quality before believing something is true. Arbitrary Skepticism is the tendency of characters who deal with the strange and bizarre on a daily basis to dismiss anything "strange" off-hand rather than consider that, in light of everything else they've seen and experienced, a "fantastic" explanation really isn't that far-fetched.

Sometimes it makes sense -- after all, [[IfJesusThenAliens just because aliens exist, it doesn't follow that something unrelated does as well]] -- but the viewer is often left wondering how a character who has seen ghosts and vampires can feel so comfortable in immediately dismissing the possibility of, say, zombies. It's not Arbitrary Skepticism if the character came to their conclusion through research and thought, and has a plausible explanation of ''why'' zombies can't exist.

Sometimes this is used to define the extent of the fantasy of the world: for example, letting the viewer know that in ''this'' FantasyKitchenSink, there are no vampires or ghosts, even if there are unicorns. Sometimes characters will discuss this, comparing someone's cynicism about talking bats to their fighting dragons last week. On the other hand, if dragons have been known to exist all along in the setting (and thus in the context of that world ''aren't fantasy creatures at all''), their existence no more validates the possibility of vampires than does the existence of the duck-billed platypus in real life. Overall, however much this trope would make sense depends on whether what we in the real world would think of as the paranormal/supernatural is common knowledge in the setting, if it's a {{Masquerade}} setting, or it's some combination of the two (e.g. ghosts and vampires are common knowledge but werewolves are not[[note]]and even many ghosts and vampires don't believe in the existence of werewolves[[/note]], even though they all exist).

The AgentScully is fond of this. When two people have different ideas about what is and isn't possible/real, determining if something is BeyondTheImpossible is difficult, but the Scully will always chose the more mundane/less fantastic possibility.

Compare ThisIsReality and EskimosArentReal. A staple in [[CrossoverCosmology Crossover Cosmologies]] and FantasyKitchenSink humor. Effectively the [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of AllMythsAreTrue. See also FlatEarthAtheist, IfJesusThenAliens, SkepticismFailure, SkepticNoLonger, HowUnscientific and NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knidq8QClHw An M&M's commercial]] that makes the holiday rounds. The giant anthropomorphic candies have already been shown interacting fairly well with humans (short of the times said humans [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman want to eat them]]), so why should Santa Claus have been such a skeptic? (Besides symmetrical RuleOfFunny.)
* A recent UK advert for Muller yoghurt has two women talking about a new Greek-style yoghurt that's fat-free. One of the women then states that 'fat-free' is a myth, and it’s then revealed that two women are centaurs.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', when Guts tells Collette's father in volume 1 that he's being chased by a legion of evil spirits, he laughs and says that Guts is safe with him because he's a priest and has God on his side. The appearance of a frightening incubus that night shocks him and he asks if Guts was [[CassandraTruth being serious before]], to which Guts says, "You're sayin' you believe in God, but not in evil spirits?"
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ghosts? Fine, most of the cast can see them. [[TheHeartless Heartless monsters]] that eat ghosts? Again, fine, pick up the {{BFS}} and let's go kill something. Talking cats? ''That'' takes some getting used to. The only cast member who ''isn't'' wigged out by Yoruichi on first meeting is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Orihime]], and that's because she has an overactive imagination. When Ichigo finds out Yoruichi is a person, she even says "Cats don't talk. Use your head a little, Ichigo", implying that she also thinks it's supposed to be impossible and that she's merely an exception due to not being an actual cat.
* In Franchise/DragonBall, Korin gives Goku a bell around his neck so that that he can ring it when he reaches the abode of God. Yajirobe scoffs at this, saying God isn't real, despite having fought along with Goku several demons and cowering at the prospect of challenging Demon King Piccolo. Ironically, God and Piccolo turn out to be [[LiteralSplitPersonality two halves of the same coin]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'':
** Touma Kamijou sees esper powers on a regular basis (including being blasted by lightning the previous day) but initially dismisses the idea of magic as nonsense. To him, esper powers at least have a scientific basis.
** Kuroko Shirai dismisses anything she thinks is scientifically impossible or contradictory to the Power Curriculum, including Gemstone espers (people who were [[BornWinner born with esper powers]] instead of training to get them), Level Upper (a strange sound that gives normal people esper powers and enhances esper's existing powers when they listen to it), and Imagine Breaker (Touma's ability to negate other people's powers). She's wrong every time.
** When Mikoto Misaka learns of the existence of magic, she assumes it is an exotic form of esper power.
* Played with in ''Anime/MarginalNumber4'''s [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent "Re: 24 Hours"]] (a [[ShowWithinAShow mystery drama]] the [[IdolSinger characters]] star in, presented as episode 8 of the anime). Yukito (Atom) is a cop whose partner/mentor was killed. He meets a young man (Rui) at the partner's grave who claims to be that partner, kept from the afterlife for 24 hours to help Yukito solve the case. Yukito gives arbitrary skepticism, but ends up believing him. [[spoiler: He shouldn't have - the young man isn't a ghost, he's the partner's nephew, pretending to be his uncle's ghost in order to catch the real killer - Yukito himself.]]
* In the two-part ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' episode "Coliseum", Hermes tries to tell Kino that a one-off character's dog can talk. Kino's response is "Stop being such a liar." Kino's a traveler. Just on screen, she's seen practically every crazy thing under the sun. Ignoring all that, she's talking to a ''talking motorcycle''. To make this a little bit weirder, everyone in Kino's world seems to think like this. No one is ever surprised when Hermes talks, but a talking dog? No way. And in an odd example of SchizoTech, there are plenty of countries with highly advanced technology, including hovercrafts, but apparently no body's ever built a working airplane.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': When Jotaro is told about Dio being a vampire, he thinks he's being BS'd, until Avdol helpfully points out to him that he just got PsychicPowers a few hours ago.
** Likewise, the protagonists dismiss the initial observations of Silver Chariot and The Hanged Man with the statements "No user can have more than one Stand" and "It's impossible for a Stand to exist inside of mirrors" respectively, which they announce as though they are ultimate authorities on Stand abilities, despite the fact that Stands keep having new and strange abilities. Ironically, while their dismissals prove true, both "rules" are broken later on - Man in the Mirror explicitly exist within a mirror dimension, Bad Company takes the form of a miniature army (with soldiers, tanks and helicopters), Echoes have multiple forms with distinct separate abilities, and Killer Queen have two sub-Stands (Sheer Heart Attack and Bites The Dust) that can operate independently.
** The protagonists (with the exception of Kakyoin) also dismiss the idea of a baby having a Stand, despite the fact that not only can children develop Stands (as Polnareff can attest to) but a baby having a Stand is apparently more ludicrous than an ''orangutan'' having a Stand, which they'd already encountered at that point. Not to mention that the protagonists had already been established for a while as being ProperlyParanoid and immediately suspect any strange activity to be the work of an enemy Stand, but here they dismiss Kakyoin hysterically screaming that a baby they've been escorting is a Stand user as Kakyoin losing his mind.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'': A client accepts one of Hellgirl's contracts -- you pull the red string, and the object of your scorn goes straight to Hell. When Hellgirl explains the price for this service (the one pulling the string also goes to Hell when they die), the client scornfully dismisses the idea that Hell really exists. And Hellgirl magically transported him to her crimson field before they started negotiating.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Negi cannot convince the other Mages that [[spoiler:Chao]] is from the future, despite the fact that he ''has a working time machine''. They reject the idea on the basis that no-one's ever been able to do it, ignoring the fact that somebody could have figured it out, ''in the future''. You know, where [[spoiler:Chao claims she's from]]. It's like going to 1900 and saying that airplanes are impossible because no one's ever built one. While having a working airplane.
** Humorously, [[MetaGuy Meta Girl]] Chisame goes out of her way to deny the existence of magic -- even after she obtains magic powers herself. She doesn't accept it until she [[IJustWantToBeNormal finally frees herself from the madness]], only to realize that her life is now too boring. She then goes along with it, albeit grudgingly.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'': In the first [[FourthWallMailSlot Megami Sound Stage]], Nanoha attempts to see if Fate will believe in SantaClaus. It fails the moment Fate, [[IBelieveICanFly one of the many mages who can fly on her own]], reads his description.
-->'''Fate:''' Also, according to this picture he rides through the sky on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. I don't recall hearing of such an aviation method for small aerial vehicles.\\
'''Nanoha:''' Um... \\
'''Fate:''' This can't be magic, can it? How can this be?
** As a meta-example, the show's [[Headscratchers/HomePage Headscratchers]] page has someone question why Gil Graham, who is from England, speaks Japanese fluently enough to have a conversation with Nanoha, even though it makes far more sense for a fellow Earthling to know the language than the characters from the TSAB, who were all speaking it before. And of course, [[BellisariosMaxim that's not even getting into the whole magic thing]], which [[{{Hypocrite}} those same fans have no problem with]].
* Parodied in ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugiChan R''. Tsukasa bakes sweets for her co-star, whom she has a crush on, and he declares them to be delicious. Tsukasa promptly rushes out of the room and giddily wonders whether she's dreaming... while hugging her MentorMascot, a spherical, flying, shape-shifting talking cat. MagicalGirls and cursed, monster-summing cards are perfectly believable, but apparently her crush liking her food is ''entirely'' out of the realm of possibility.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** L is willing to believe that Kira uses some sort of psychic power to kill over distance, but completely flips when he first hears about the Shinigamis' existence.
** Averted in the manga when Sidoh picks up the Death Note. Mello, who is unable to see Sidoh at the time, wonders why it's flying, and a member of his gang notes that if it can kill people, it wouldn't be a surprise if it were alive.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy, whose crew consists of a talking reindeer, a perverted cyborg and a talking skeleton, is amazed that Trafalgar Law has a talking bear in his crew. Whether that's disbelief or just thinking a talking bear is [[RuleOfCool really freaking cool]] is unclear.
*** His doubt may have been because the bear in question was seemingly not a Devil Fruit user, just a bear who walks and talks like a person. The post-timeskip revealed he is part of a group of humanoid animal tribe known as the Minkmen (whose existence was hinted at when looking at the slave prices in Shabody.)
** The entire town of Mock Town. When you're on the Grand Line, which screws up physics and natural law so much that it is bluntly stated that ''anything'' is possible on this sea, the notion of an "island in the sky" should not be dismissed, especially when it's true.
*** To be quite honest, Skypeia's existence was small potatoes compared to everything that happened in the series after that point. As if to drive the point further, this was in the ''first'' half of the Grand Line, later revealed to be utterly tame by comparison to its second half, the New World. If anything, that further enforces the sheer stupidity of the occupants of Mock Town.
** In the beginning of Thriller Bark, Ussop dismissed the ideas of an invisible man, ghosts and zombies. Each being the cause of his imagination, a weird looking bird and a "under grounders" type of human race respectively. He acknowledges having met a walking talking skeleton a few hours earlier, being the product of a devil fruit, but still dismisses the unusual phenomenon. They all end up being related to devil fruit users.
** When confronted with an undead swordsman who was once said to have slain a dragon in a single blow, Zoro retorts that he doesn't believe in dragons, in spite of all the other bizarre animals he's encountered during his travels. This becomes a straight-up PlotHole in the anime, as one of the filler arcs that preceded it involves the Straw Hats encountering an ''actual dragon''.
* ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou''
** Ikuto has been on the island long enough to know that the standard rules don't apply to the island, and indeed has gotten to the point that he can talk to the animals of the island, his usual first reaction to a new oddity of the island is to reject any simple fantastic explanation from anyone else (even from the oddity itself) and instead comes up with his own explanation that's usually even more ridiculous (for example, he thinks that all the ghosts on the island are polar bears). Revealed in chapter 126 to be due to [[spoiler:a spell his own family placed on him to prevent him from discovering his sister's supernatural abilities. As of the same chapter, said spell is no longer in effect so his skepticism is gone.]]
** Ikuto finds himself on the other end of this trope in a later chapter when Ikuto sees an ''alien'' and is unable to convince anyone else that it's an alien -- they just think it's another talking animal or spirit.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''
** Shinra has it on good authority that werewolves and vampires do exist and is dating a [[HeadlessHorseman dullahan]]; nevertheless, he finds the idea of alien abductions, psychic powers or doomsday prophesies to be laughably absurd. He justifies this by claiming that the existence of one previously unknown seemingly supernatural being has no implications regarding unrelated phenomena. Shinra actually does acknowledge the possibility of such paranormal phenomena (he says as much [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/40061.html at the end of this]]), it's just that it's not exactly productive to respond to your girlfriend's fears that we'll all die in 2012 with, "Yep, we're probably doomed."
** The real arbitrary skeptic is probably Izaya, who refuses to believe in any afterlife he can't prove the existence of himself, even though he's on ''first-name basis with a {{psychopomp}}.'' Subverted later on when he acknowledges that the existence of said psychopomp should teach him to have an open mind.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' Anime: Ciel Phantomhive has a demon for a butler, has seen a crazy transgender grim reaper with a chainsaw, met the actual grim reaper, met an angel, has a demon dog living at his house...but believes the old story of the white stag is simply a fairy tale.
** Averted in the manga, where Ciel's opinion on what is and isn't possible seems to be "if my demon butler who cannot lie to me tells me outright that X is real/a myth, I'll believe him." The closest he gets to this trope is when he says that "witches" were just innocent women who were accused of magic for various political reasons (like in real life), but he then follows up by admitting that this is just his opinion, and he pays close attention to Sebastian's input on the topic. Throughout the rest of the arc he remains skeptical of the [[ScoobyDooHoax story he's been told about witches and werewolves]], but mostly because Sebastian already told him that ''werewolves'' are mythical.
* In the [[TheAlcatraz Alice in Jails]] arc of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', Firo is extremely skeptical when Isaac insists that he met a fairy. This skepticism would be more reasonable if Firo wasn't immortal and [[InnocentCohabitation not-dating]] a [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent homunculus]]. For bonus points, fairies actually ''do'' exist in the ''Baccano'' universe (read: [[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Celty]]).
* Allen and Lavi from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' are exorcists who fight akuma on a regular basis and have generally seen a lot of weird stuff, but they refuse to believe in ghosts or vampires.
* Used humorously by Lisianthus in ''[[VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}} SHUFFLE!]]'' when, worried over being able to pass a test in order to avoid summer school shouts "There is no God or Buddha!" when her father ''IS'' God!
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Sayoko Mishima starts picking up that [[PhysicalGod Belldandy]] has supernatural powers, but when Belldandy tells Sayoko that she's a goddess, she doesn't believe her and instead assumes that she's a witch. Why exactly she thinks that a witch is more believable than goddess is anybody's guess.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' episode five, when discussing strange markings on the school soccer pitch, a random fifth grader states: "Oh come on, there's no such thing as ''CropCircles''! What it really was was a ghost. And that dinosaur the principal saw? That was a ghost dinosaur."
* In the Orichalcos arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Rebecca and her grandfather explain what they know about the enemy, which involves Atlantis. Honda/Tristan laughs and calls them crazy. Joey/Jounouchi calls him out on it, reminding everyone about all the crazy adventures they've had so far.
** In the English dub of the series, Seto Kaiba stubbornly refuses to believe in the supernatural abilities of the millennium items and Duel Monsters' and his own mystical ties to ancient Egypt, despite constantly witnessing and occasionally being a victim of them. (By contrast, in the original Japanese series, he had no issue believing in the supernatural, he just thought dealing with it was a pain.)
* ''LightNovel/BookGirl'': The eponymous Book Girl is a supernatural being who feeds on stories. She doesn't believe in ghosts.
* Yuriko of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' runs the "ESP Society" as part of her quest to prove the existence of psychics. Yuriko's mother was clairvoyant, and one of the club members is naturally telepathic. But she dismisses ghosts as ridiculous delusions, and explains the said {{telepath|y}}'s ghost sightings as accidental telepathy (sort of like DoingInTheWizard with a ''different'' wizard). She's right, but Manabe doesn't hesitate to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] how inconsistent this is.
* ''LightNovel/RokujyoumaNoShinryakusha'': Ghosts? Aliens? Underground civilizations? Sure, why not? But a magical girl? Clearly she's a deluded cosplayer.
* In a crossover between ''Manga/FairyTail'' and ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', Hawk, a talking pig, tells Elizabeth there's no such thing as talking cats, and is shocked when they meet Happy, a talking cat.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* ''Creatures of Beauty'', a ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama, features the Doctor and Nyssa encountering the Veln. They know about aliens, but refuse to believe that there is more than one ''kind'' of alien: Even after blood-testing Nyssa they discover she's not Veln and assume she's Koteem. After finding no match with Koteem blood samples, one remarks that it must mean that she's a Koteem with a "different sort of blood".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DC Universe characters Bruce Wayne (Franchise/{{Batman}}) and the late Ted Knight (Comicbook/{{Starman}}) claim to be atheists, and Ted has explicitly stated that he doesn't believe in anything supernatural. This is despite having both of them having had regular interactions with magicians, clairvoyants, angels, demons and Norse gods. This could be a question of definition -- sure, there are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful beings with abilities we don't understand]], but [[FlatEarthAtheist that doesn't necessarily make them actually supernatural or divine]].
** Mr. Terrific (Michael Holt) actually makes this very argument when justifying ''his'' atheism; he points out that the Justice League has encountered a great many nigh-omnipotent beings who ''haven't'' claimed to be gods, so he sees no particular reason to believe those who do. This became especially hilarious when he would encounter his dead wife and child (their deaths having led to his atheism) in the afterlife and later actually meet God. As Ragman points out, there are explicitly souls (Ragman's powers coming from them). Mr. Terrific promptly {{Handwave}}s this with a comment about energy. To a man who ''is literally wearing a suit made of corrupted souls''. In later years, several characters have started pointing out that his denial of God is getting petty and ridiculous.
** A particularly arbitrary example is Batman's second post-Crisis encounter with Bat-Mite. In the first encounter, he understandably assumes his momentary glimpse of the being is his imagination. In his second, a Franchise/{{Superman}} team-up, he concludes Bat-Mite is a creation of Mr Mxyzptlk. In other words, it's perfectly acceptable for eccentric, [[RealityWarper reality-warping]], extradimensional imps to ''exist'', [[BystanderSyndrome just as long as they're Clark's problem and not his]].
** In one three-comic story arc, Robin is contacted by what appears to be a version of Alfred from a BadFuture where someone in the Bat-Family has devastated Gotham. Robin is unable to convince Batman that it actually happened, because, quoth the Bat, "Time travel is scientifically impossible." Even though Batman himself works with time travelers in the Justice League and has traveled through time dozens of times himself. Then it turns out that it was a test to see if Robin was prepared to accept the idea of Batman going rogue and be able to deal with it on his own, so Batman was just saying that to avoid helping Robin.
** Moving right along, in one Batman graphic novel, Batman meets up with aliens -- the [[AlienAbduction abducting]], AnalProbing kind. This rattles him badly, as he always considered such beings to be pure myth. For those unaware, one of Batman's closest friends, Superman, ''is an alien'', though he may have meant that the big-headed AnalProbing aliens were a myth, rather than aliens in general.
* Pugsley from ''ComicBook/BeastsOfBurden'' is always the first to dismiss any talk supernatural phenomena as superstitious nonsense, no matter how much weird stuff he sees (like witch-cats in "The Unfamiliar" or a ghost in "Stray").
-->'''Pugs:''' Just 'cause your doghouse was haunted doesn't mean ''everything's'' spooks!
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** When Spider-Man first joins ComicBook/TheAvengers as a reserve, he helps the team fight a break-out at [[CardboardPrison Project Pegasus]]. At one point, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica mentions the [[MagmaMan Lava Men]]. Spidey laughs it off, stating matter-of-factly he does not believe in Lava Men. This is despite the fact that, not only is he a superhuman joining a team of gods, mutants, super soldiers, and androids, not only is he fighting equally inhuman villains at the time, but one of his own rogues resembles Lava Men a great deal: The Molten Man.
** Subverted in an old story where Peter goes undercover to rescue a traumatized Betty Leeds from a cult. He thinks he'll be able to spot the cult leader as a fake due to his experience, but starts to believe he might have powers once he sees him "cure" someone's cancer. Fortunately, he is smart enough to consult Doctor Strange who explains the slight of hand parlor trick. Strange points out that it is actually easier to convince someone like Spider-Man since he'd seen far too much to disbelieve anything.
** In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Ben Urich wants to run a story on recent vampire activity in New York and Jameson refuses to publish it. As Urich lampshades, mutants, Spider-Men, frozen people and supersuits are all plausible but Jameson chooses to draw the line at believing in vampires for some reason. (This is made even more amusing by the fact that in the main Marvel continuity, Jameson's son is a ''werewolf''.) This may actually be making fun of a moment in the ''Peter Parker'' comic series where main universe Spider-Man suddenly draws the line at believing in vampires... despite having fought a massive number of bizarre entities before. And living in the same universe as ComicBook/{{Blade}}. And actually having ''fought'' vampires before, like ComicBook/{{Morbius}} (who isn't technically a supernatural vampire), and Count {{Dracula}} (who, well, is). This is merely so Spider-Man can be proven "right" when the vampire in question proves to be a science-based rather than supernatural vampire, like Morbius. Despite the fact that Morbius, despite not being a supernatural monster, is ''still'' a vampire for almost any useful definition of the term.
** Later on, when Spidey rescues Urich from a girl he was interviewing after she was bitten by a vampire, he lampshades this out loud after bringing Urich to a hospital and the doctors initially don't believe what happened.
--->'''Spider-Man: Listen'''! You are talking to a man with '''spider powers''', and I am telling you he was bitten by a '''vampire'''!
** Also in the mainstream universe, Spidey once thought the idea of alchemy being real was absurd when he fought the old ComicBook/FantasticFour villain Diablo (who was living proof that it was) at first thinking he was some sort of illusionist like Mysterio. (Of course, seeing as most scientists tend to universally regard alchemy as a "fake science", it was hard to blame Peter, someone who had studied biochemistry and other physical sciences most of his life.)
** Try as hard as you cosmically can, you can never get the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to believe the legitimacy of any mystical aspect of the Marvel Universe. [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]]? Hack. [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse Inter-dimensional representation of the Spider]]? It's got the word "totem" in it so it's just stupid rambling.
* Aside from the superheroes and major characters displaying it, ordinary people in both DC and Marvel main universes are often shown being shocked and/or disbelieving at the idea of aliens. Despite the fact that both versions of Earth have been invaded multiple times, and in DC continuity the most famous superhero on the planet is well-known as being a literal alien. Similarly, when a super uses their powers in front of others often normal people and sometimes even other supers will claim what they're doing is "impossible", despite living in a universe full of superheroes and supervillains that demonstrate so-called impossible superpowered feats on a routine basis and are widely known to the public. Additionally, random bystanders also tend to think when someone else sees supers that are flying or look unusual, which they usually describe as "flying men" or "beast men" or something along those lines that those people are drunk or need a psychiatrist despite again, supers that fly and look like lizard people or whatever being all over the planet and widely known.
* In most continuities, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] doesn't believe in magic. Not even when he's standing beside it. Once in a blue moon, he'll admit that he recognizes that it exists (kinda hard not to when one of your best friends is Comicbook/DoctorStrange) but just doesn't understand it, being unable to understand why it doesn't operate scientifically.
* ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Magic Carpet]]'' boils this trope down to its fundamentals with the following quote.
-->'''Owzat:''' I don't believe in that kind of miracle, o divine master. Flying carpets are one thing, but rain-making is sheer science fiction!
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', despite the fact that [[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan]] and [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Mina]] live in a world in which every work of fiction exists, they'll occasionally decide that the idea of, say, a mindreader or a magician is just too far-fetched. This is justified, though; the 1890s setting is when the fantastic really came to the fore in fiction, and the British government has tried its damnedest to keep fantastic elements a secret from the public anyway. Mina doesn't ''know'' that a man named Gullivar Jones flew to Mars on a flying carpet, for instance -- and had all this time thought her encounter with Dracula to be an anomaly, not akin to something she would soon deal with every day.
* ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics:
** In an ''[[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]]'' comic book, Scrooge and company are on a quest to track down the fabled Philosopher's Stone -- but when Huey, Dewey and Louie suggest visiting the Labyrinth in Crete, Scrooge and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck laugh it off as a myth.
** Goofy, who is usually the most naive and gullible individual in the Disney pantheon, turns into a very persistent skeptic every time he gets a visit from [[WitchSpecies old-style witch]] named Hazel. No matter how many fantastic tricks Hazel does for him, he absolutely refuses to believe that she is a real witch who can do real magic. Goofy also steadfastly refused to believe that Eega Beeva (a human from the far future who looks rather like a sensory homunculus) was real when him and Mickey first encountered him, until Eega demonstrated his realness by punching Goofy in the face.
** In general, there are so many stories about the protagonists facing various supernatural creatures, aliens, magic, etc., that only NegativeContinuity explains how can they ever be surprised or skeptical about anything at all.
* In one ''[[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]] Holiday Bash'' story, "No, Bart, There Really Isn't a Santa Claus", Max Mercury doesn't believe in Santa, and is rather surprised that [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]] does. But Impulse correctly points out that a guy who can travel around the world in a single night, knows what everyone wants for Christmas, and can enter and leave your house without you noticing ''makes perfect sense'' in the DCU. Max is finally reduced to arguing that if someone ''did'' have all those amazing powers, they wouldn't be [[Franchise/{{Superman}} selfless enough to devote their lives to others, from their secret base in the Arctic...]]
* The Franchise/GreenLantern known as Saarek has the power to communicate with the dead. Despite using it to great effect, the other Lanterns doubt his talent.
* A pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Superman story actually featured a group of people who refused to believe that Superman was really an alien. It turned out that these people were in fact ''aliens'' themselves, but, being stranded on Earth seemingly forever, [[ZanyScheme opted to erase their own memories]] so they could live normal lives among humans. Their skepticism was a side effect of the brainwashing. In the end Superman helps them return to space. Not only didn't they believe that Superman was an alien, they claimed that there was no such thing as space travel and all reports of missions that had been flown were hoaxes.
* In a Pre-Crisis ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story, the titular heroine declares magic to be "superstitious nonsense", despite dealing with magical creatures on a daily basis, and magic being one of the few things that can hurt her.
* In an early ''Comicbook/XMen'' issue, Iceman encounters the Super-Adaptoid -- a robot villain -- alone in the woods and goes to tell the rest of the team. Despite the fact that the team has fought monsters, aliens, and, yes, robots many times, they refuse to believe his story for no apparent reason. Not only that, their resolute belief that if there really were sinister robots about it certainly would have been someone other than Iceman who spotted them is so convincing, Iceman himself starts to wonder whether he's remembering the incident correctly.
* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse comic "Tesseract", the Tenth Doctor refuses to believe that his new companion Emily has encountered beings called the Tef'Aree that live in the Time Vortex, because they're the subject of Gallifreyan fairytales. His rationalization that she heard the word somewhere is particularly flimsy -- WHERE would she have heard it?
* ComicBook/AtomicRobo absolutely refuses to believe in TimeTravel -- even as he's talking to three past versions of himself, even when he has encountered ghosts and at least one EldritchAbomination.
-->'''Atomic Robo:''' No such thing as time travel. We're only experiencing this nonlinear episode due to interacting with physics outside our universe.
* After the 2011 [[ComicBook/New52 DC Universe Reboot]], Creator/DanDiDio was quoted as saying that one of the reasons it was decided that Barbara Gordon -Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}- should able to regain her mobility (after spending two decades since being shot by ComicBook/TheJoker in a wheelchair as the information-brokering Oracle) was that it required "too much suspension of disbelief" for her to remain wheelchair-bound in a universe where all sorts of magical cures were available.
* ''ComicBook/DoctorSolar: Man of the Atom'' (the Creator/JimShooter reboot): Having willed himself back into existence as a godlike being following his death in an experiment that was sabotaged, Dr Phil Solar discovers that one of the anomalies caused by his rebirth has given a bad sci-fi writer named Pickerel the ability to spontaneously create life. After turning himself into electrical impulses and telephoning himself into his SecretKeeper's house:
-->'''Solar:''' Pickerel's characters are coming to life. Leviathan and another one called Glow.\\
'''Dr Clarkson:''' "Coming to life". Phil, I've had to accept some extraordinary things since this all began...\\
'''Solar:''' Doctor Clarkson, I came into your kitchen through the ''phone''. Are you really going to doubt what I'm saying?\\
'''Clarkson:''' Well... in for a penny, in for a pound, I guess.
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]] is particularly ironic. He is an atheist despite knowing the existence of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Eternity]], the living personification of the universe. Thor and other gods he dismisses as extradimensional beings, but to be a straight atheist and dismiss Eternity is a stretch. From ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] vs. [[ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas Atlas]]'':
-->'''Giant-Man:''' Sirens, that's a... myth...\\
''ComicBook/TheWasp:''' You do remember we've got [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] on our team, right?
** It's been suggested that his disbelief may be a coping mechanism. Hank Pym is prone to mental illness (delusions of grandeur and bipolar disorder, in particular). Clinging to a set definition of "real" vs. "unreal," even if it's inaccurate, helps keep him mentally grounded.
* During one point in the Wonder Woman issue of ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'', Daphne says it's weird that beasts like the Minotaur, a dragon, or harpies could be on Paradise Island, given that they're merely mythological. Wonder Woman points out that some people would call Amazons or talking dogs mythological as well.
* From ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' [[https://marvel.com/digitalcomics/view.htm?iid=24184 Vol. 4 #17]]:
-->'''[[ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas Gorilla-Man:]]''' You mean... this is ''literally'' a tunnel to China? That's insane. And this is coming from a talking gorilla.
* In ''ComicBook/SwampThing'', some time after Alec's (the title character's) presumed death, ComicBook/AdamStrange drops in on Alec's lover Abby with a message that he's still alive and will return to her soon. Abby's delight turns to angry disbelief when Strange explains that he met the Swamp Thing on the planet Rann, which he visits periodically via zeta beam. In tears, she tells him to "call up [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Scotty]] on your communicator and tell him to zeta beam you the hell out of here, you goddamned lunatic!" This, despite the fact that she's been witness for many years to all sorts of paranormal occurrences and creatures (like her lover).
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Played for laughs with Wa'at, who outright says in "Iznogoud on Thin Ice" that while flying carpets and magicians are perfectly acceptable facts to him, a woman able to freeze people with her face is ridiculous.
* It gets especially bad in the ComicBook/TeenTitans comics especially precrisis. It seems like every single issue there would be some supernatural/psychic/alien/other fantastic threat that a civilian or single Titan would witness, only for most of the team to blow it off as imaginary or the viewer as crazy until they did a little bit of investigating and then stop said threat, then the same exact thing happens next issue.
* Dr. Will Magnus reveals in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' that he's spent his entire life being hounded by this. His ComicBook/MetalMen operate under the idea that each element has a specific personality trait attached to it, and an individual's psyche was determined partially by the chemical make-up of his body. He wound up laughed at by almost every serious scientific institute, save for his EvilMentor Dr. Thomas Morrow. When he explains this theory to Chang Tzu, a giant, sentient egg-like creature who's running an island containing all the world's mad scientists and is ''forcing Magnus to build a new Metal Man based on the scientific theory Magnus just described to him'' he remarks that's completely absurd. [[spoiler:Magnus then reveals he already rebuilt his original Metal Man and has them murder Chang Tzu.]]
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Defied by Judge Dredd during the "Titan" arc when a vengeful former Judge apparently comes BackFromTheDead as an ice monster. A younger Judge calls it impossible, so Dredd points out that they live in the same universe as zombies, ghosts, and the Devil himself.

[[folder:Comic Strip]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Oliver Wendell Jones lives around talking animals (one of which is a [[MixAndMatchCritter basselope]]), has witnessed more than one AlienInvasion, is friends with someone who has a [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight closet of living anxieties]], and is himself a ChildProdigy who has created clones out of a chemistry set and a teleporting machine. But astrology? He calls is "pseudo-science bibble-babble". (The strips where he doubted its authenticity were a TakeThat towards the Reagan White House after it was leaked that the First Lady was consulting astrologers.)
-->''"Bloody difficult to be an agnostic these days."''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[BrokenBird Asuka]] has come to terms with [[PhysicalGod Daniel]] being a GodEmperor from another dimension… but seeing [[WingedHumanoid winged humanoids]] render her speechless.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Lampshaded. Time Travel? Shinji finds it perfectly believable and thinks being skeptical about it is silly. After all what has happened to him, why not?
-->''He didn't see any point in wondering whether or not this was real; considering he'd been at least partly responsible for shattering the very fabric of reality and/or turning the entire human race -less himself, a two hundred-foot naked copy of his sister(?) and Asuka- into LCL to experience some rather nebulous transhumanist paradise, skepticism about mere mental time travel seemed rather silly.''
* Averted and lampshaded in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': Dark asks Blud if ghosts exist, and Blud says it is impossible. Dark asks if this would mean Blud, as a Shinigami, is impossible, too, and Blud says that shinigami are possible in the ''Death Note'' universe. It soon turns out that Blud's wrong about ghosts, though, as L comes back as one with the help of God's Ghost Note.
* Similarly in ''Fanfic/IWontSay'':
-->'''Light:''' You're not going to see a single ghost, not even the tiniest little spirit of a brutally murdered fly, because there are no such things.
--> '''L:''' Light-kun is right. [[LampshadeHanging Believing in ghosts is like claiming that you own a magical notebook or that you have a pet monster that only eats apples. Don't be ridiculous.]]
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': Used then averted. Despite working for an organization that uses colossal biological warmachines made of reverse-engineered alien body parts to fight against the equally colossal aliens that border on EldritchAbomination from which they are derived, numerous characters are initially immediately dismissive of things such as PsychicPowers or the existence of Machine Spirits. Then follows about a year of physics regularly being torn a new one to cause destruction on a scale the world hasn't seen since Second Impact, then all but the most mind-boggling things become almost mundane.
* ''Fanfic/StreetsOfRageSaga'': Skate scoffs at the idea of ninja-themed magical powers during the CrossOver adventure with [[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} Joe Musashi]] in the fourth book, ''The New Syndicate''... despite the fact that Skate has fought robots and clones and has teamed up with a cyborg to fight TheSyndicate.
* This permits ''Fanfic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad'' (a crossover of '''two''' crossovers -- ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' and ''Fanfic/DarkTitans'') to get started as a case of LetsYouAndHimFight. In TRTC, the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crew is abducted by aliens, then escape into the (not-so) gentle clutches of ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'', joining them in a GrimDark war against aliens and suffering severe cases of PTSD in the process. In DT, the Ranma crew befriend the Comicbook/TeenTitans and become part of Franchise/TheDCU. Several years later, Ryoga and several of the Titans are transported to the TRTC universe. Bad enough they're spandex-clad metahumans, or that the aliens' latest gimmick seems to be creating fake "metahumans" whom X-Com has responded to with a MutantDraftBoard, but as TRTC already has a Ryōga (with severe combat fatigue), he's more than ready to kill his alternate on sight rather than inquire as to the strangeness. {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s armed with SupernaturalMartialArts versus ThouShaltNotKill superheroes is a ForegoneConclusion -- the only surprise is that X-Com didn't ''kill'' any of the Titans.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'':
** Happens to [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] after he gets told the reason why lightning only makes the sound when it hits the ground in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. He himself is the one that [[LampshadeHanging notes how he just pulled this off]].
--->'''Phoenix:''' I'm no meteorologist, but I'm pretty sure lightning doesn't work like that. Then again, I keep forgetting I'm in a land full of magical talking ponies who can [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows manually change weather]]..
** Phoenix refuses to believe in Pinkie Pie's [[SpiderSense Pinkie Sense]].
* ''[[Fanfic/AradsStardust Stardust]]'':
** [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown Dr. Ngo]] refuses to believe [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle's]] stories of [[PhysicalGod Princesses Celestia and Luna]] manipulating the sun and moon of her planet, despite the fact she's talking to a pastel purple unicorn the size of a large dog who can speak, teleport, change physical matter on a molecular level, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick has enough telekinetic power she can crush a human into pulped gore with an idle thought]].
** Averted by Dr. Mills, who notes that his initial gut reaction is to dismiss such a story, but then reminds himself he's talking to a purple unicorn on the topic of magic, and so she might just be telling the truth.
** In chapter 26 Dr. Shen says that the engineers, who had seen so much previously thought impossible, flipped out when the topic of invisibility devices was broached.
* Lampshaded in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7210431/1/Life-in-Reverse Life in Reverse]]'' when the token Muggle is the only one to believe Harry's "crazy story" about being from the future:
-->'''Harry:''' You believe me?
-->'''Owen:''' I don't know why I'm expected to accept [[TeleportersAndTransporters appearing and disappearing]] but turn my nose up at [[TimeTravel time travel]].
* ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'' has two examples:
** Despite fighting all manner of demons, devils, and monsters on a regular basis, Dante finds it hard to believe that Kasumi and her family are real {{ninja}}s.
** Likewise, even after the Mugen Tenshin village is attacked by demons, Ayane is quick to dismiss the legend of Sparda as being just that.
* Cyborg in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' story ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8841754/16/A-Phantom-Of-A-Titan A Phantom Of A Titan]]'' insists ghosts don't exist, despite being half-robot and having one teammate that's an alien and another that's a half-demon sorceress. Danny, the one telling him about ghosts, is also half-ghost but he hasn't told the team that yet.
* In ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman'', no one except Nav believes Twilight when she claims the library is being haunted by something, despite this being a world filled with magic and ''far'' stranger things.
* ''Fanfic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': When Shining Armor tells Cadance that he's been recruited by the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]], she [[CassandraTruth doesn't believe him]], laughing it off as a joke. This despite the fact that she's had lunch with an [[Franchise/{{Superman}} alien superhero]] and is best friends with a [[WonderWoman demigoddess]] -- something ''she herself'' pointed out when reassuring Shining that she'd believe whatever he told her, oddly enough. It takes actually seeing Shining transform for her to believe him.
* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Ritsuko]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8296097/1/Shinji-s-Nightmare Shinji's Nightmare]]'' refuses to believe in magic, despite working on giant biological robots that are piloted by children who fight aliens/angels and one of said pilots has been turned into an [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic alicorn]]. She continues to insist there's a rational explanation for Shinji [[PhysicalGod sleeping on clouds, entering dreams, telekinesis, and ability to survive in space without air then walk off reentry]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' fanfiction ''FanFic/NegaverseChronicles'', the members of the [[MirrorUniverse Friendly Four]] are informed that Negaduck is spending time with a witch. Bushroot (the guy who is part [[GreenThumb plant]]), Megavolt (the one who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] from his fingertips), and Liquidator (the person made completely out of [[MakingASplash water]]) don't believe in magic. Only [[BadassNormal Quackerjack]] takes the threat of Morgana seriously from the start.
* ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'' has a fair bit of this:
** Chapter 15: Garrus dismisses the idea of a shapeshifting killer, to which Adam says that [[Series/{{Firefly}} he lives on a space station.]]
** Chapter 26: "You're an artificial human that can regenerate from fatal wounds in seconds denying the possibility that a young Asari can breakdown alcohol quickly."
** Chapter 38: Adam is confused by the sight of a sapient anthropomorphic rabbit-cat. [[spoiler:Hannibal]] reminds him that they "live in a galaxy dominated by blue women that can mate with their brains" and just killed a flying shark.
** Shortly afterwards in that same chapter, [[spoiler:Hannibal]] expresses doubt about the idea of "a Krogan scientist worthy of the term", upon which Adam tosses the other's earlier words right back at him.
** In chapter 39, Aya and Garrus can't believe the talk of psychic powers.
** It's a sign of Garrus' CharacterDevelopment in chapter 41 when his response to having killed a flying shark in a supersonic HighAltitudeBattle is not "are you kidding?" but "this is so cool!"
** Aya on the other hand still can't take talk of possession or ghosts seriously.
** In chapter 43, Spooky doesn't believe Adam's exposition on the past of the Prometheans and Reapers. Lunchbox calls him out on it.
--->''Lunchbox frowned at him. "Oh, come on! You believe in countless conspiracy theories! You believe in ancient societies faking the first moon landing but ancient space ninjas fighting ghosts from hyperspace is too much?!"''
* In ''Fanfic/HopeComesToBrocktonBay'', Robin Maestra, a TimeMaster who can use her power to simulate SuperSpeed and flight, thinks Legend's ability to make lasers turn corners is bullshit.
* In ''Fanfic/ANewWorldANewWay'', Twilight Sparkle has a hard time accepting that Aegislash is a spirit of a dead warrior possessing a sword with a shield. For added skepticism, this is ''after'' she met Arceus, the god of Pokèmon (and is willing to accept the fact that Arceus is a god).
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/story.php?no=27501 Blue Belle]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] has no problem accepting that a girl she recently met is the daughter of a lesbian couple from twenty years in the future but faints upon learning that her parents have been lying about who her father is.
* Averted in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2021451/chapters/4481901 Land of the Dead]]''. [[VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns Lizzie Liddell]], when being told that [[Film/CorpseBride Downstairs]] has potions can help halt decay and keep maggots out, says that magic not real. But stops herself when she remembers that she and three-forths of her family are dead and in their burned-down house wanting for the afterlife. So why ''not'' magic?
* In ''Fanfic/CruelToBeKind'', Alexander has to deal with this whenever he claims to anyone of his legitimacy as a interdimensional traveler. He gets around it by teleporting them to Terra Prime, the homeworld of his inter-dimensional empire.
* ''Fanfic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': Vaati calls out Twilight for not believing in curses, despite all the other magic present in Equestria. When Celestia [[BrickJoke later confirms]] that curses are real, Vaati doesn't hesitate to rub her face in it.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': Hermione does not believe that Harry Dresden is an actual wizard even though she lives in a world where not only magic exists, but also aliens, gods (or god-like beings) and the Sorcerer Supreme, because Dresden is in the phone book as "Wizard" (which, in fairness, is against the laws of the magic community she lives in, though not Dresden's).
* In ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'', Rin Tohsaka does not believe in aliens and thinks Ben 10's transformations are magical in nature.
* It shows up in the ''Film/{{Thor}}''/''Series/BeingHumanUK'' crossover, ''FanFic/{{Housemates}}''. Nina, when informed that [[CuteGhostGirl the lovely young woman she's befriended is a ghost]], and one of her roommates is a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire vampire]], her kneejerk reaction is to insist that there are no such things. Then she remembers that she's in a room with superheroes, two of them aliens. And one of those aliens is a ''sorcerer''.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Some {{Jerkass}} asylum orderlies refuse to believe Fluttershy can really talk to animals and think she's just making up what the animals are saying. This is in spite of the fact they believe in the powers she wielded as [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]].
** [[spoiler:Flutternice]] refuses to believe that a Reaper's weapon is sentient and communicates with its wielder, in spite of everything else she has experienced.
** Some characters find the stories of Megan Williams and her friends hard to believe. Except for Applejack and Pinkie Pie, who have firsthand knowledge of the subject, many of the characters find the idea of alternate universes hard to believe.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Aria Blaze comes from a magical land of talking ponies and used to be a creature who would lure sailors to their doom with her singing, yet she finds the idea of aliens hard to believe.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Kaworu isn't human but an [[EldritchAbomination Angel]]. Still, when Shinji states that he owes his PsychicPowers to daemon training, Kaworu replies that's ridiculous because there's no such thing as daemons.
* In ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', no-one at first believes that a character from [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer a popular TV show]] is trapped in a [[ComicBook/PowerGirl superpowered woman's body]] and that their world is based on [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse a comic book franchise]]. But eventually, some people -- like ComicBook/TheAvengers -- came to (at some level) accept Alex's story. As Black Widow points out, they (the Avengers) have "encountered stranger things that were at least as improbable."
* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'': Wonder Woman briefly doubts the existence of a Zombie Green Lantern. Paul responds that there have been ''far'' stranger lanterns, listing off that there have been lanterns who have been a Mathematical Equation, a Robot, a Squirrel, a Plant, and a Planet (and yes, ''[[ShownTheirWork all of those are real.]]'')
** When Kid Flash decides to go on his "Magic isn't real" rant just before the battle with Klarion, OL points out that not only ''is'' it real, but that several League members [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Aqualad]] are all proficient in its use.
* In ''See the Stars'' [[spoiler:repli-]]Ada lives in a galaxy where killer robots, ascended beings and genetic semi-magical powers are a day-to-day occurrence, but she refuses to believe that ghosts exist. [[spoiler:As it turns out, she was right. It was a glitch in the algorithm.]]
* In ''FanFic/PrincessTrixieSparkle'' after being victims of a FreakyFridayFlip, The Mane Six have trouble believing in such thing as a magical gem that can swap bodies. The same Mane Six, that live in magical world where their princesses move The Sun and The Moom, magic is common place, and they themselves have repeatedly used ThePowerOfFriendship to defeat {{Physical God}}s, shape shifters, and a [[RealityWarper reality warping chimera]] can't wrap their heads around a magical gem.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''/''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Ultrasonic}}'', this is subverted when Marinette is questioned about the akuma attack in Tundra Town and what she was doing there. Chief Bogo takes her explanation in stride, stating that he's willing to suspend disbelief a bit after what's happened that night. However, it's then played straight by Mayor Swinton, who dismisses Marinette as a delusional schoolgirl even after her warning of an army of Ultrasonic clones comes true, and refuses to let Bogo release her.
* In ''The Stronger Evil'' (the sequel of the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil''), [[HunterOfMonsters Nataline Homato]] shared Uncle's belief that Oni weren't real until Tarakudo's entrance. Valerie Payne notes the irony of a demon hunter raised by a Japanese family with history of hunting demons not believing in Japanese demons. Nat defends herself by saying that there haven't been reports of any Oni for a thousand years.
** Valerie herself didn't take seriously Uncle's words of a comet shower signaling an awakening of dark chi, despite being magically bound to Shendu through a binding that happened in a rewritten reality. Later she berates herself for this.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel is brought BackFromTheDead. Felicity freaks right the hell out insisting things like this don't happen...despite several people in the room (Dean, Oliver, and Sara) all having ''also'' been resurrected at some point. Sara and Dean even comment on it.
** A few seconds later Oliver and Diggle wonder how could she have possibly [[RiseFromYourGrave dug herself out of her own grave]], only for Dean to point out not only is that if anything is the ''least'' bizarre thing to be happening, but logic has no real place here.
-->'''Dean:''' You might not want to pull on that thread, John. None of this makes sense. She was also [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] embalmed. In case any of you have forgotten. But here she is. She's breathing. She bled. She crawled out of her grave. That's what happened. This is the ''supernatural''. It's not about logic. Not the logic you've been taught anyway. It's about magic.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10572666/chapters/23361390 Prophecy of the end]]'', set immediately after the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' Season 4 premier, Doctor Fate teleports into the team's bunker and tells them he's "of magic". When Laurel expresses disbelief, he dryly points out they know about Metahumans and ''just saw'' that Damien Darhk has magic. The team quickly concede the point.
** Shortly after that, Diggle is skeptical that he could have delivered a real prophecy only for Laurel to comment:
-->"After seeing Damien Darhk suck the life out of that guy with his hands, there’s nothing I won’t believe."
* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' When Megas ends up in Gensokyo and several of its crew aren't sure that magic's really a thing, it's ''Jamie'' of all people who believes Alice. According to him they'd gone up against the Glorft and opponents ranging from a planet killer to a planet ''eater'', so why should they be surprised that magic's prevalent?
* Professor Kukui in ''Fanfic/AProfessorAndAStudent'' has no problem admitting he lives in a world with time traveling onion fairies, storm causing kaiju fish, and talking Meowth, but humans with special abilities like Aura, Telepathy, and Telekinesis is where he draws the line and is adamant that they do not exist.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' the protagonist is doubtful Santa Claus exists, even though ''he’s riding a magic train''. Even when he reaches the North Pole which is full of elves and an entire Christmas town he has a hard time believing Santa is in charge.
* At the start of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDark'', Batman expressed disbrief about magic causing people to commit random acts of violence (as they're seeing demons instead of normal people), despite One: being set in the same ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies universe that started with ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' and thus Shazam is a founding member of the League; Two: ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueVsTeenTitans'' (in the movie before this one in this continuity) featuring Trigon as the main villain; and three: in addition to Superman mentioning Shazam and Wonder Woman mentioning Trigon, the latter also mentioned {{Noodle Incident}}s involving Circe and Felix Faust--the last of whom even appears in the movie.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', in which Indy encounters magical artifacts, [[{{Prequel}} comes before]] ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', in which Indy at one point dismisses all superstition involving the Ark of the Covenant. After all he has gone through, you'd think Indiana Jones would at least be a bit more open-minded in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Despite previously encountering healing rocks, Nazi-killing golden boxes, life-saving cups and an Atlantean god-making machine, he still sneers at the prospect of [[CrystalSkull magical telepathic skulls]].
* In ''Film/TheLastMimzy,'' the brother has already found a strange cube that deposited several mysterious items, including a strange crystal that makes noise that only he and his sister can see (adults think it looks like a flat rock), a crystalline conch shell that enhances his hearing and teaches him how to command spiders through sound, and a set of stone "spinners" that his sister can spin to create a strange portal that causes her hand to split harmlessly into a million particles. Yet he still refuses to believe that her stuffed rabbit, which also came through the cube, speaks to her, despite it being the one that taught her how to spin the spinners. It takes the mimzy predicting their father's arrival to convince him.
* ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks''. The conspiracy-believing radio host is unwilling to believe the others' tales of giant killer spiders. This may have been as much him suspecting they were making fun of him, as him actually finding the idea itself unbelievable.
* ''Film/SabrinaDownUnder'': a merman, sitting in a bathtub next to a talking cat, refuses to believe in witches. One spell later:
-->'''Sabrina:''' You know, for a guy with a tail, you're extremely narrow-minded.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Tin Man, who is accompanying a talking lion and an animated scarecrow to kill a witch on the orders of a wizard, does not believe in "spooks" (ghosts).
* The ''Film/{{Cube}}'' film series:
** In the first movie, Holloway and Quentin both commit this during their discussion of each other's pet theories on the origins of the Cube. She believes that the military-industrial complex created the place, which he dismisses because he believes government organizations are just composed of people like him, whose goals in life are to "buy big boats", not conspire. Quentin believes that the structure is a rich psychopath's entertainment, comparing it to ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', to which Holloway reacts as if he just said that the moon is made of cheese. Granted that Quentin's theory is more outlandish than hers (and his citing of a stereotypical Bond villain doesn't really help his argument), but she didn't need to start acting like a {{Jerkass}} by ridiculing him for it. ([[spoiler:Not that it makes his murder of her partly in retribution for this any more justified.]])
** In the sequel ''Film/Cube2Hypercube'', Max calls the rest of the group crazy for even considering that space and time could be distorted in the cube (despite repeatedly witnessing things that are physically impossible, such as the rooms instantaneously moving around) and argues that there has to be a logical explanation, such as an optical illusion. At the same time he berates the others for not believing in his conspiracy theories, and is convinced that the cube is operated by a mysterious superhacker called Alex Trusk.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'':
** Even though the White House had just been destroyed by an alien death ray, the president laughs off Julius' belief in Roswell and Area 51, saying it's all a myth. As the President he probably assumed this is the kind of thing someone would have told him, only to find out he was left out to create PlausibleDeniability.
** Many people consider Russell Casse to be insane due to his drunken ranting about being kidnapped by aliens. Fair enough, but when an alien invasion actually does happen, by aliens who have been confirmed to have been studying mankind in detail for years prior to their invasion, you'd think that'd give his story a little more credibility, but everyone continues to act like he's insane. (It's never made explicitly clear whether or not Russell is telling the truth, or if his ranting is just paranoid delusion that happens to match up to the circumstances. Russell certainly believes the invaders are the same aliens, though.)
* In the film version of ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', Caspian and Edmund scoff at Drinian and the other sailors for being afraid of sea serpents, in spite of living in the original FantasyKitchenSink and being personally acquainted with a wide variety of mythological creatures, as well as well-versed in the lore of many others - including dragons. When Eustace mistakes a seagull for a sentient being and tries to talk to it, a minotaur laughs at him.
* In ''Film/TheHauntingOfMollyHartley'', Molly's dad simply refuses to believe that a {{Satan}}ic {{cult}} is coming for his daughter, even though ''he made a DealWithTheDevil'' to save her. And how did he not notice that Molly's [[spoiler:guidance counselor at school was the exact same person who acted as the Devil's agent in the deal]]?
* In ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace,'' people encounter flying saucers and a zombie that melts into a skeleton, yet have trouble believing that someone could have risen from the dead to break out of his own grave.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', the GCPD are awfully dismissive of Gordon's account of his encounter with Bane and his men in the sewers that he narrowly escaped from. And they still seem dismissive of Gordon's story about a masked man and an army living in the sewers even ''after'' Bane and his men attack the Stock Exchange, an attack in which Bane is clearly seen leading them, mask and all. Considering that, in the previous two films in the series, Gotham fell under terrorist attack by an army of ninjas and a man dressed as a clown, it's not particularly outlandish. On the other hand, those events occurred in the span of two years, at which time a vigilante who dressed as a bat was also active. Since the last ''8 years'' have been peaceful and Batman has retired, it's possible that the GCPD came to consider those attacks to be isolated incidents.
* ''Film/{{Kazaam}}'' is a genie who disbelieves in ''fairy tales''.
* Gibbs from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is highly superstitious. However, he is skeptical of the existence of Davy Jones' Kraken (which is, in fact, real).
** The trailer for the last installment, there is a character that deems herself a scientist and says [[CriticalResearchFailure "I choose not to believe in ghosts."]] Yep. [[TooDumbToLive You just can't help but wonder...]].
* In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ripley wants to get rid of the Facehugger carcass, because they already know that the alien creature [[AlienBlood bleeds acid]] and have no clue what will happen after it's dead. Ash counters this by snarking at Ripley that it probably isn't a zombie.
* Shows up to varying degrees in the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' series.
** In the [[Film/Ghostbusters1984 first one]], people are skeptical of the idea of ghosts even after the protagonists start doing regular business. Then there's a full-scale ghost attack on the city, followed by the conjuring of a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever 100-foot tall anthropomorphic marshmallow]]. Somehow, this manages to convince everyone that the Ghostbusters are ''frauds'', despite the entire city having witnessed these events.
** A second near-apocalypse in the [[Film/GhostbustersII second film]] finally casts away any doubt, likely because the Ghostbusters animated the UsefulNoytes/StatueOfLiberty to save the day and the ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic'' sailed into port during the ruckus. Notably averted by the mayor in ''Film/GhostbustersII'': when the Ghostbusters come to him proclaiming that the subway system is filled with anger-fueled ghost slime, his dismissal of them is not because he does not believe them, but because they aren't offering any realistic solutions (even within the context of their usual antics). Likewise, he only waits as long as he does to finally call on their services because he really would rather not have to.
* In ''Film/RedLights'', Matheson displays this from the beginning, and Buckley becomes the same when she dies.
* Dr. Koven, in ''Film/TheSkeptic'', is a parapsychological researcher who believes in psychics and in chi, but not in ghosts.
* In ''Film/SixSouls'' Cara does a good job of avoiding this, approaching her doubts realistically and scientifically. But her father believes she has succumbed to it all the same.
* ''Film/SonOfGodzilla'': A bunch of giant, mutant preying mantises are treated as [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight nothing special]], yet Goro's reports of a mystery woman sneaking around the camp are treated with skepticism bordering on hostility.
* Film/DoctorStrange2016, despite taking place in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, doesn't believe in "fairy tales, chakras, or energy, or the power of belief." The franchise already has superheroes (one of whom is a ''witch''), Norse gods, and aliens. One would think that, at this point, people would start believing in anything.
** Hits a rather high extreme with Christine Palmer, who accuses Strange of joining a cult based on his strange attire and his difficulty explaining his whereabouts for the recent past. However she accuses him of all this mere minutes after [[spoiler:talking to his AstralProjection, who was giving her directions on how to save his ''dying body'']].
* In ''Film/KongSkullIsland'', Randa has been desperately trying to prove {{Kaiju}} exist for years. When a critic compares him to those people who believe in aliens, Randa dismissively says those people are nuts.
* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': When Steve tells the others about Diana's belief that Ares is behind WWI, Charlie scoffs at the idea. Sameer points out how silly it is that Charlie finds it hard to believe when they had just witnessed Diana [[spoiler: conquer No Man's Land, throw a tank into a building with her bare hands, and demolish the top of a church by just jumping into it.]]

* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is full of this.
** In a world of seven-thousand year old sorcerers, {{Physical God}}s, demons, and [[MacGuffin magical artifacts]] capable of rending the world apart, it's PlayedForLaughs that people like the Tolnedrans and Melcenes steadfastly refuse to believe in the supernatural as a matter of principle even when confronted with it directly. This leads to statements like "I'm pleased to have met you, though I still don't believe in you, naturally. My skepticism, however, is theological, not personal." At one point Polgara mentions that the Tolnedrans have come up with a complicated theory involving [[IdenticalGrandson successive identical people]] to explain away her long life.
** On the other side, we have Belgarath, a [[OlderThanTheyLook seven thousand year old]] sorcerer who routinely deals with magic and the gods. After spending that much time dealing with the weirdest stuff in the world, it's probably tempting to assume that you've seen everything.
** In ''The Malloreon'' we have an inversion around book 3 with Silk's factor Brador. Brador is a Melcene and doesn't believe in the supernatural. However, when the reports of demons massacring villages in Karanda start becoming frequent enough that it is clear that this is the real deal, he not only throws skepticism to the winds but begs his boss to try to make the Emperor drop his.
* In ''[[Literature/EddieLaCrosse Burn Me Deadly]]'', Eddie has seen stranger things than dragons, but is adamant that dragons can't possibly exist, and that Father Tempcott's cult therefore consists of gullible morons. This is probably more about Eddie's stubborness and self-image than it is about the evidence in question.
* In ''Literature/CurseOfTheWolfgirl'' when 'Vex claims she can talk to cats she is disbelieved by Daniel, Moonglow, and Kalix. For the record Kalix is a werewolf, 'Vex is a fire demon, and whilst only human, Daniel and Moonglow have witnessed and been a part of more magical events than mundane ones.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Things like gods, wizards, trolls and dragons are perfectly acceptable, but things like Death and talking dogs are so impossible that [[WeirdnessCensor people just ignore them]]. Arguably explained in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', where it's stated there's an upper limit on things people can believe in.
** Talking trees. Notice that Rincewind here uses a perfectly fine [[LogicalFallacy logical analysis]], but it fails because the premises aren't true:
--->'''Rincewind:''' I can't be talking to a tree. If I was talking to a tree I'd be mad, and I'm not mad, so trees can't talk.
** Witches and wizards on the Discworld ''can'' see Death (and hear talking dogs). They also interact with gods and demons on a regular basis, but [[NayTheist don't believe in them, as this only encourages them]].
** Carrot and a few other characters can hear Gaspode, as could anybody he makes an effort in talking to. Plus, at several points in the series, there are statements to the effect of "there's no point believing in what already exists" -- such as the space turtle on which the world rests. It's like believing in the postman.
** On the other other hand, certain Ephebians, parodying ancient Greek philosophers, claim to be atheists. This is particularly difficult to do when the gods like to throw stones through the windows and lightning bolts at them in the street. Similarly in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Susan is raised to be a "sensible" girl, trained in reason and logic and not believe "such nonsense", which is ultimately futile once you realize [[TheGrimReaper who her grandfather is]].
** A rather dark variant occurs towards the end of ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' [[spoiler:After he's possessed, Vimes kicks the demon out of his mind by sheer force of LawfulGood and loses consciousness. When he awakes, he promptly starts rationalizing what he did as sleep deprivation and his mind playing tricks on him.]]
** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'':
--->'''A Priest:''' But the gods plainly do exist.\\
'''Dorfl:''' It Is Not Evident.\\
''[a bolt of lightning hits Dorfl on the helmet; however, being a golem, he is unharmed]''\\
'''Dorfl:''' I Don't Call That Much Of An Argument.
** Granny Weatherwax has been known to criticize people for ''not'' being Arbitrarily Skeptical. She gets mad at Weaver for assuming she used magic to detect his presence while not noticing the fact that her cottage overlooks the path, and she tells off a bunch of opera people for assuming she used magic to block a sword, claiming she might well have had a bit of metal in her palm. The fact that she ''did'' use magic for these things is irrelevant in Granny's book.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's companion Axiel is known to claim to be the son of the dwarf-king when he's very, very drunk. Ward lampshades this trope by mentioning that he doesn't doubt the dwarf thing so much (after all, there's a dragon skeleton in the basement of his castle, he has seen some weird stuff), but the ''king'' part is a bit inbelievable, as Axiel worked as valet for Ward's father. [[spoiler: Turns out it was the truth. He was there as valet because he wanted to keep an eye on the family, due to a prophecy]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry had always assumed that "The Outer Gates" were merely a metaphorical limit to keep Wizards from delving too deep into ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, despite having personally encountered an Outsider in his youth as well as being acquaintances with a Wizard known as the Gatekeeper. He finds out during the events of ''Literature/ColdDays'' that they're an actual location at the edge of reality, and are under constant siege from {{Eldritch Abomination}}s seeking to invade our universe.
** And then there's Sanya, Knight of the Cross, wielding a sword that glows with holy power, with a nail from the Crucifixion in its hilt, given to him directly by the Archangel Michael himself, and uses said sword to fight everything from vampires to Fallen Angels -- and was at one point possessed by a Fallen Angel -- and he's a self-professed atheist, later amended to agnostic. Harry thinks this is hilarious and dubs him the "Knight of Maybe."
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'', Oop mentions a rumor about contact having been made with the Devil. When Carol is surprised the others are considering it might be real, Maxwell states that a few centuries ago, people were just as skeptical about the titular goblins, as well as other creatures now known to be real.
* Staggeringly so in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce''. One character continues to deny that "Heaven" and "God" are literal things that exist, and insists they're just metaphors. This is while he actually has died, is in the afterlife, and is talking to a resident of Heaven, who offers to take him to see God this very minute.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Mostly subverted: Hermione's refusal to believe in Crumple-Horned Snorkacks might appear to be this at first, but there's documented evidence for vampires and thestrals, but none for the Snorkack. It's rather like saying [[IfJesusThenAliens if apes exist, Bigfoot must exist, too]].
** Her disbelief in Divination is a bit more complicated: most of the "Divination" in the books is like real-life fortune-telling (bogusness included). While several of the methods that Trelawney teaches actually work, they only seem to work for her, so Hermione is right to reject them. The catch is that ''real'' magic predictions do occasionally happen in the Potter universe -- Harry witnesses one in the 3rd book -- but Hermione never sees one, so she doesn't think they exist. After using [[spoiler:a magic time machine]] for a year, you'd think magic prediction would seem plausible to her... though Trelawney is a terrible teacher.
** Hermione, and sometimes Ron, are pretty quick to shoot down Harry's theories about Voldemort's latest schemes. They are pretty far-fetched by wizard standards, but this whole thing started with Harry surviving an unblockable curse that causes instant death as an ''infant''. Harry's wild claims also invariably turn out to be ''[[CassandraTruth correct]]'' or at least [[RightForTheWrongReasons partially]] so, at least once per book. Despite this, they remain skeptical even by the sixth book, when you'd ''think'' they'd have learned to start giving him the benefit of the doubt long before now?
** Her disbelief in the Deathly Hallows is a straight-up example, though. It takes Ron pointing out that they've been ''using one of them'' since they were in First Year to make her even consider the possibility they might exist. This is despite her discovering any number of other "impossible" magical artifacts were real (such as the Philosopher's Stone).
** Harry mostly averts this. Since he was neither brought up in an all-magic environment like Ron, nor refuses to believe anything not written in a book like Hermione, he's at least ''willing'' to listen to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna's]] bizarre theories, since he's witnessed far ''[[WeirdnessMagnet stranger]]'' things in the course of his life.
** Happens with the teachers at Hogwarts too. Harry's theories about what's happening in each book always turn out to be at least partially right (usually they're reasonable conclusions with the information he's got, and if he's wrong it's due to missing some crucial bit of knowledge), but he's always disregarded by teachers and authority figures who insist on keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.
* Spoofed in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in the eponymous guide's entry about the Babel Fish: The scientists who discovered and analyzed the Babel Fish and its property as an universal language translator started to wonder if it would be a proof that God exists. Then God appears to tell them that proving something is the opposite of faith and God is nothing without faith. Their logical conclusion: God doesn't exist.
* ''Literature/InDeath'' series: Eve Dallas, being just a pragmatic soul, could be considered this. She has a hard time believing in the existence of vampires in ''Eternity in Death'', ghosts in ''Haunted in Death'', sensitives in ''Visions in Death'', and supernatural things like in ''Ceremony in Death'' and ''Ritual in Death''. Some supernatural things did occur in some of the books, but Dallas automatically goes with "I don't believe in this!"
* Creator/JasperFforde's [[Literature/NurseryCrime Jack Spratt]] novels feature a reasonable amount of this. This world features aliens, talking bears, giant superhuman gingerbread men and the like. Yet when Jack tells his staff, whose job it is to investigate things like the murder of Humpty Dumpty and Rumpelstiltskin's illegal straw-into-gold operation, that his car heals itself, they think he's gone mad. As does his boss when he reports on exploding cucumbers. And so on.
* ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle''
** Kvothe can do magic with his brain, fights demons, visits fairy realms, and other supernatural stuff; and yet he remains extremely skeptical of the world's religions.
** It happens the other way around, too. Most people (especially outside of the University) believe in some kind of fairytale creatures, depending on their origin, but Kvothe risks ridicule from everyone for even considering the possibility that the Chandrian exist, although he has seen them first hand.
** A lampshaded inversion comes in the second book - Kvothe is surprised when Wil readily accepts the existence of Felurian without coercion, even though he spends a large amount of time early in the book shooting down other things such as the Amyr.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'': David doubting the dragons at first is completely logical, but by the second book, one wonders why his WeirdnessCensor is so hardy.
* Throughout ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'', while CosmicHorror exists; while anything can be [[RealityWarper imagined]] and turned horribly wrong; everyone....''everyone'' agrees that vampires don't exist. Period. [[spoiler: And that's exactly what the vampires have mind controlled them to think.]]
* [[StrawAtheist Uncle Andrew]] in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' believes that he can perform magic and travel to different worlds, yet he's utterly incapable of accepting talking animals in one of them! He's a parody of scientists who have no problem with bizarre stuff in science (i.e quantum physics) but are skeptical about [[AuthorTract the supernatural]].
* In ''Magic Rises'' by Ilona Andrews, Kate inquires why a beast from myth doesn't look like it is depicted in ancient statues, and is told, "He says it's a, what's the word...allegory. There are no animals with human heads, that's ridiculous." She thinks, ''Look who's talking. An eighteen-inch-tall magic man in riding boots, werejackals, and sea dragons are all fine, but animals with human faces are ridiculous. Okay, then. Glad we cleared that up.''
* ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'': In a relatively earlybook, Annie is afraid to go into a "ghost town" in the Old West. Jack says "There's no such thing as ghosts." to reassure her, to which Annie replies "Yes, there are, we saw one in Ancient Egypt.", which did indeed happen in an earlier adventure. Jack's reply? "Yeah, but that was Ancient Egypt." What makes it even funnier is that they had way more interaction with the Ancient Egyptian ghost in the previous book (talking to her and finding objects to help her reach the afterlife) than they do with the cowboy ghost when he finally shows up.
* Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' novels. Werewolves have recently gone public; the fae have been officially out for a decade or so, but the protagonist has to spend some time explaining to people that vampires are also real, her ability to see ghosts is frequently disbelieved, and by the sixth book, someone who has relatives who shapeshift doesn't believe that Mercy can do so too. There is much LampshadeHanging.
* Used for humor in RobertAsprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series. During a war, the main character, a wizard in training, recruits a bunch of different helpers from different dimensions to prevent it. One of them is a blue Gremlin. The main character's mentor, a demon, insists that there's no such thing as gremlins, and the little monster in question always remains just out of sight. Until the very end...
* In ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'', Satori initially expresses doubt when he hears about a dark elf, thinking that they only exist in fantasy fiction. Not only does he have the titular vampire older sister and zombie younger sister, but this is after he's encountered several other supernatural beings like mermaids and fairies.
* Devi, protagonist of the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', has this to an extent. She fully believes that the Sacred King of Paradox is capable of performing miracles, but doesn't believe in curses or psychic powers. She's surprised when the psychic energy plasmex, which she'd dismissed as mere ignorant superstition, turns out to be a well-known and well-documented phenomenon on worlds other than Paradox.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''
** In ''Queste'', Sarah does not believe in her son's TimeTravel.
** In ''Syren'', Septimus has a hard time of convincing Jenna and Beetle of the Syren's existence.
* Contrary to the popular belief this was ''not'' a trait of Literature/SherlockHolmes.
** For example, in ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' he does not outright eliminate the possibility that said hound is supernatural -- he merely states that all other options have to be investigated first and if it proves to be so, he is powerless to do anything about it.
** Though he outright scoffs at the very idea of a vampire in ''The Sussex Vampire''. Mostly because he immediately finds bucketloads of clues pointing to a more lively culprit.
** Unsurprising, given that Holmes was written by an author who believed in fairies (he supported the girls who concocted the Cottingley Fairy Hoax later). Though the whole Holmes canon except for ''The Valley of Fear'', ''His Last Bow'', and ''The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes'' were written before he became a Spiritualist.
* Nicely justified in the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series: When people are warned of dragons or giants, they say that such things don't exist ''anymore'', they all died out years ago! This is actually false in the case of the giants, and while the dragons did die out, [[TheMagicComesBack they're back]].
* ''Literature/{{Somewhither}}'': When Ilya tells Abby that on his world [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} God took on human form and was killed but forgave his tormentors]], Abby is incredulous that any god could possibly forgive such a crime. Ilya then responds...
-->''Whoa, whoa, wait a minute, little sister! You are in an evil magic tower filled with evil magic Astrologers who can predict the future, headquarters of an evil magic interdimensional empire ruling thirty-three parallel aeons of time, and in each of those aeons there is some sort of dark magic or another, including blind guys who eat souls and hairless wolfy things who climb walls, and you are looking for a man who can walk through the clouds, and you rescued a kid who cannot die with your magic shape-changing prehensile sickle of plus-one heat-metal, which enables you to scare the magic cage bars into magically retracting, and you look like a monkey, but you are telling me it is ''impossible'' for a divine being big enough to create the whole supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ''universe'' to be big-hearted enough to forgive his own murderers?''
* In ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', a {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]{{Reconstruction}} of superhero tropes set in a FantasyKitchenSink, the {{cyborg}} Fatale believes that her teammate Mr. Mystic is a real sorcerer, but is convinced that teammate Elphin (who claims to be the last of TheFairFolk) must actually be some sort of alien or mutant. VillainProtagonist Dr. Impossible, meanwhile, flatly disbelieves in all things magical, despite the fact that he battles magicians and fairies, he's worked with magically-empowered villains in the past, and [[spoiler: part of his plan depends on exploiting a magic artifact]].
** A number of events suggest that [[spoiler: Fatale has it backward. Elphin is definitely a real fairy and when Dr. Impossible faces Mr. Mystic it appears that his magic might be little more than complex illusions.]]
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the Yuuzhan Vong follow a ReligionOfEvil and truly believe the gods that they worship exist. They think The Force isn't real and that the Jedi and Sith are just charlatans. Their unbelief in The Force is helped by the fact that the Yuuzhan Vong are immune to most Force abilities. Later, after seeing some Jedi's extraordinary powers, some Yuuzhan Vong [[GodGuise come to see the Jedi as the avatars of their gods]].
** And in the Expanded Universe novel ''Med Star I: Battle Surgeons'', arrogant mercenary Phow Ji refuses to believe in the Force, even when it's demonstrated in front of his eyes. This appears to stem largely from his insufferable [[{{Pride}} arrogance]] - he beat a Jedi in unarmed combat (because the Jedi didn't use the Force, to be fair) and is therefore convinced their powers are simply tricks. Notably it's heavily implied that the reason he launches a suicide attack at the end is because he has been forced to accept that the Force is real and that therefore he wasn't the best.
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'' has most of the heroes who indulge in this learn to knock it off as steadily more things that "don't exist" turn out to be pretty damn real. Although it still has [[FlatEarthAtheist people professing agnosticism]] ''to the face'' of a PhysicalGod.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', when Rose starts seeing ghosts, she questions her sanity. Because as she puts it: "while I believed in vampires and magic and psychic powers, I most certainly did not believe in ghosts."
* In ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', Charles Escott is uncomfortable with the idea that ghosts could exist. This despite the fact that his partner is a genuine Undead vampire. PlayedForLaughs when Shoe Coldfield learns the truth about Jack, as he's far less taken aback by the existence of vampires than by the thought that ''Jack'' could be one of them.
* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The first novel "A Matter For Men" begins with a news report on three volunteers searching for a missing girl being dismissed for claiming they saw the giant Chtorran worms. Most people don't believe in their existence until the worms start moving into towns and eating people. Even then the Fourth World Alliance insists on downplaying the invasion (because they're more concerned about the US re-arming, a danger they are all too familiar with) until a captive Chtorran escapes and starts chomping its way through their delegates.
* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', even after learning that the sirens from Myth/ClassicalMythology are real, Harper doesn't believe in ghosts or spirits when Marci suggests performing a seance.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''
** Tuon refuses outright to believe in certain vaguely fantastical things the reader has seen to be true through the other characters and scoffs at what she sees as absurd beliefs, the next second reading signs and portents from a flight of birds as total fact. This is more a case of the Seanchan in general being unspeakably arrogant even within the standard of the setting, exceeded only by the Aes Sedai (and by contrast the Seanchan are at least usually competent).
** That arrogance goes both ways, as Randlanders who believe in stuff like [[WindsOfDestinyChange probability twisting ta'veren]] don't consider even for a split second the possibility that the Wheel's weaving could manifest itself in seemingly random omens, although they turn out to be true suspiciously often. Like a battle-hardened Seanchan banner general seeing an omen she considers "the worst she had ever seen" only to have her troops torn to pieces a few hours later by hundreds of Trollocs they considered to be absurd fairy tales up to that point.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko and Creator/NickPerumov's ''Literature/WrongTimeForDragons'', the Middle World is, for the most part, your typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting, There are elves, dwarves, mages, dragons, undead, shapeshifters, etc. But when Victor asks about {{Hobbits}}, all he gets are blank looks, and the concept is brushed off as something obviously made up.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the people of Alres and Galle dismiss the stories of Nova Terra's [[FairFolk Wild creatures]] as obvious fairy tales, despite living in a world where magic is a fact of life and the nearby country's being decimated by armies of the [[TechnicallyLivingZombie not-dead]]. The most notable example is probably the Gallish archbishop of Alba, who proclaims that the Wild doesn't exist while living in the country which has fought a great battle against it not even two year earlier.
* In ''The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant'', the titular vampire and his zombie assistant are driving to Vegas with his (the vampire's) LoveInterest, who works for an organization that polices supernatural beings. She explains that all of Vegas is pretty much run by descendants of dragons. When Fred expresses his doubt that a single family is capable of secretly running all the casinos of Vegas, she points out that, being a vampire, who has a zombie assistant, he shouldn't be quick to dismiss anything. To be fair, though Fred hasn't had any exposure to the supernatural until relatively recently and has only been a vampire for a year. Given his quiet and boring lifestyle, he hasn't had an opportunity to encounter anything out of the ordinary.
* In the modern fantasy novel One Foot In The Grave the protagonist quickly learns that vampires are real (and that he's becoming one), along with werewolves, house fairies, satyrs and more but is adamant that ghosts can't be real when his deceased wife starts haunting him. He spends his time trying to rationalize her away as some sort of psychosis (as supposedly ALL vampires develop some degree of insanity) even when she helps save his life. Interesting while he's told by another supernatural creature (no description of what he is is given but is likely some kind of doppelganger) that ghosts don't exist Dracula (yes THAT Dracula) has no problems accepting that she's real.
* ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'': In "Faun And Games", Forrest Faun encounters Nimby the Dragon-Ass and his lover Chlorine (both protagonists of an earlier title, "Yon Ill Wind"), traversing the Gap Chasm by walking along the cliffside in complete disregard of gravity. Chlorine helpfully mentions that Nimby's special talent is "allowing his companions to be whatever they wish to be". Forrest concludes that Chlorine is absolutely, completely insane, because everyone knows that you can only ever have one singular talent, and Nimby's is obviously the ability to walk on walls. This despite the fact that Xanth is overflowing with strange and often useful magic plants, creatures and other things, and anyone living there can learn to make use of them; something that lets you change your personal gravity is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. And of course Forrest has no way of knowing that Nimby is actually the cover identity of the Senior Demon X(A/N)th, who as such doesn't have to abide by the laws of the land, magic, or physics itself unless he wants to.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

* Despite the characters in ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' living in a world where people with super-powers of almost every kind are reasonably common... everyone, even the people with complete knowledge of TheMasquerade, seems to have trouble believing that [[spoiler:Stanton Parish]] is [[Really700YearsOld about 200 years old]], and are always making snarky comments about the unlikeliness of it.
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** In the ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}''[=/=]''Series/TheFlash2014'' crossover episode, Barry is amazed at seeing Kara fly, pointing out that ''he'''s supposed to be the impossible one. Thing is, he's already seen so many different metahumans with powers, including those that could fly (e.g. Firestorm), that his surprise seems a little strange. Kara herself finds it hard to believe Barry is from another dimension, commenting that him being from another planet like she is would make more sense.
** This also happens in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' pilot, where, after Barry discovers that he can move superhumanly fast, this exchange happens.
---> '''Harrison Wells:''' A dimensional barrier ruptured, unleashing unknown energies into our world. Anti-matter, dark energy, X-elements.\\
'''Barry Allen:''' Those are all theoretical.\\
'''Harrison Wells:''' And how theoretical are you?
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': Amaya is the latest in a long line of magical female guardians, who worked with a team consisting of a sentient force of darkness, a wizard, and at least one super soldier. When she joins the Legends and they travel to feudal Japan, she scoffs at the idea of ninjas. In her defense, she's from the 1930's, long before the American ninja craze.
--->'''Amaya:''' You think there's a secret brotherhood of men trained in the art of assassination?\\
'''Sara:''' I hate to break it to you, Amaya, but ''I'm'' basically a ninja.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Beastmaster}}'' has Dar's sidekick explain that the hostile panther they're chasing is the {{Familiar}} of a guy who has come BackFromTheDead. Dar dismisses this as nonsense. His sidekick retorts, "You can talk to animals!" but Dar refuses to believe until later.
* George, ''Series/BeingHumanUK'''s neurotic [[WolfMan werewolf]], thinks that the idea of wizards is "ridiculous".
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'':
** Tommy Dawkins occasionally expresses disbelief that certain supernatural beings, such as vampires, actually exist. The fact that Tommy should be more open-minded given that he is a ''werewolf'' is something his companion often point out.
--->'''Tommy:''' There's no such thing as vampires.\\
'''Merton:''' Oh yeah, that means a lot coming from a ''werewolf''!
** Even more irritatingly, in the second season ''MERTON'' states he doesn't believe in ghosts, even though he has already fought ghosts before.
* Non-supernatural example: On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack once expresses a disbelief in ''pirates'' of the historical sort, and is taunted for it. This, from a character who has assisted in both criminal investigations and archeological research, hence ought to know that criminality is neither rare, nor restricted to the present day.
* In ''Sanctuary'' during the episode Fata Morgana The team finds three woman Danu, Tatha and Caird comatose in a tomb. They claim to be from the Middle Ages, and have supernatural abilities. Will however is convinced that they are suffering from the same delusion and refuses to believe them due to the fact that they speak modern English. This is strange considering that his boss is a 162 year old scientist from Victorian England, his friend Henry is a werewolf plus he deals with creatures that are supposed impossible every day. In the end Will was wrong, and the woman turn out to be [[spoiler: the Morrígan from celtic mythology ]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Leprechauns are clearly absurd, right? Yeah. By the end, leprechauns were the ''only'' thing that didn't exist in their world.
** In one meta-incident, a preview for an episode seems to indicate they'd be hunting an ''alien''. Turns out it was just a summoned demon who manifested really high in the sky.
--->'''Xander:''' I still don't get why we had to come here to get info about a killer snot monster.\\
'''Giles:''' Because it's a ''killer snot monster from outer space!'' ...[[CantBelieveISaidThat I did not say that]].
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E4IncaMummyGirl Inca Mummy Girl]]".
--->'''Xander:''' ''[sarcastically]'' Hey, maybe he awakened the mummy.\\
'''Willow:''' Right, and it rose from its tomb.\\
'''Buffy:''' And attacked him.\\
''[they start to laugh, then remember where they're living]''\\
'''Buffy:''' One day I'm going to live in a town where evil curses are just generally ruled out, without even saying.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', to a ridiculous extent at some points. Such as when they acted as though ''[[PingPongNaivete situations they had been in before]]'' were impossible.
** In one episode, Phoebe is on the jury for a murder trial and is sure that the suspect is guilty--he led the police right to the body, but claimed that he knew its location from a supernatural vision. The thing is, Phoebe has visions OncePerEpisode, and in this case, has one that shows the guy's innocence (forcing her to become a RogueJuror). One of her sisters {{Lampshades}} that Phoebe of all people should have at least considered that he was telling the truth.
* In the pilot webisode of ''Series/{{Danger 5}}, the Colonel scoffs at the idea that Hitler has bulletproof BodyguardBabes. The Colonel himself is a man with an eagle's head, fighting UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in TheSixties.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
*** Skye suspects a target has ESP; everyone else thinks the idea is ridiculous, despite the other established superpowers and weird technology in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Lampshaded by Skye:
--->'''Skye:''' Not long ago I would have dumped ESP in the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 aliens-and-portals-are-for-crazy-people]] pile, but now...
*** In "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E10TheBridge The Bridge]]", Coulson once again reaffirms his stance that there is simply no way psychic abilities could possibly be real, even though the plot of the episode involves a SuperSerum and a shadowy cadre of villains who clearly have the means to augment the human body.
*** A recurring theme on the show is the main characters insisting there are no psychic powers (and being right). The supposed case of telekinesis is actually a portal-hoping StalkerWithACrush. The Clairvoyant does know some incredibly precise and classified information, with makes Coulson realize [[spoiler:that he's a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent]].
*** Agent Blake also insists there is no such thing as psychic powers, but does believe in astrology. Agent May is quick to call him on it.
*** Mack in the Season 3 mid-season finale scoffs at the idea that there might be an ancient alien god on the other side of the portal. Sadly, no one takes the time to remind him of [[Film/{{Thor}} the ancient alien god]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 who's been running around Earth]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld smacking things with a hammer]] [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron for the past few years]].
*** Season 4 introduces [[Comicbook/AllNewGhostRider Ghost Rider]] as the first explicitly magical character in the MCU, beating ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' by a few weeks. No one has any idea how to react to him.
--->'''Jeffrey''': Is he Inhuman?\\
'''Coulson''': Claims he made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with the Devil]].\\
'''Fitz''': Which is nonsense.\\
'''Coulson''': You know, the rationalist in me wants to agree, but the ''skull on fire'' presents a pretty compelling argument for "Hail Satan."
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
*** In "In the Blood", James Wesley visits Anatoly and Vladmir to tell them that the issues they're having with the "Man in the Mask" are interrupting Wilson Fisk's entire operation, and this exchange:
--->'''James Wesley:''' Madame Gao and Mr. Nobu have expressed their disappointment.\\
'''Vladimir Ranskahov:''' We have not heard of this.\\
'''James Wesley:''' Mmm, that's because we've been talking behind your back about how the Russians can't seem to handle ''one'' man running around in a mask. I mean, if he had [[Film/IronMan1 an iron suit]] or [[Film/{{Thor}} a magic hammer]], ''maybe'' that would explain why you keep getting your asses handed to you.
*** Subverted in the very scene after that. Karen Page is at a diner talking with Ben Urich, talking about how she was saved from Rance by a man in a black mask. Ben at first is skeptical, but concedes, "Stranger things, huh?" because a masked vigilante is far from the craziest thing someone in New York City could meet. Which makes sense given that he has framed front-page articles in his office about [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk the Harlem Terror]] and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]].
*** Wilson Fisk even justifies the trope by saying, at one point while taking on Matt, "You really think one man in a silly little costume can make a difference?" Fisk can say this because he gained his foothold in Hell's Kitchen in part because of the fallout from the Incident. From Fisk's perspective, the Avengers might save the world, but they haven't done anything about crime, corruption, greed, poverty, and urban decay.
*** In Season 2, Matt is extremely skeptical about mysticism, even when directly confronting the Hand and seeing things that should be impossible like resurrection of the dead, even when the world has faced several alien invasions and Norse Gods walk the streets. Even Claire as a medical professional is more willing to point out the weirdness surrounding the Hand. Stick points out that as a Catholic, Matt shouldn't have a problem with believing resurrection can happen, given that his faith is based on [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} one guy]] doing that.
** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': This trope plays heavily into why people don't believe Kilgrave's [[MindRape abilities]] are real, even post-Incident.
*** Even ComicBook/LukeCage, a man with [[NighInvulnerability unbreakable skin]], initially scoffs at the idea that a [[MindControl mind-controller]] could be real. However, it's [[JustifiedTrope pointed out]] that while super-strength, aliens, and shooting lightning are all physical, very tangible and easily-observed events, mind-control can't really be seen, and the only way to really know its effects are to experience being controlled yourself.
*** Played with in "[[Recap/JessicaJones2015S1E3AKAItsCalledWhiskey AKA It's Called Whiskey]]". When calling in to ''Trish Talk'' to talk about Hope Schlottman's case, Jeri Hogarth gives the impression that she has a hard time believing in mind-control when weirder things like ''aliens invading Manhattan'' have taken place, even while she knowingly works with [[SuperStrength Jessica Jones]]. Only for Jeri to later reveal that she does believe Kilgrave's powers are real, but wanted Trish to make the argument for her on the air, so she wouldn't come off as the crazy one. The idea of superpowers is still a hard pill for many in the public to swallow.
*** During "[[Recap/JessicaJones2015S1E6AKAYoureAWinner AKA You're A Winner]]", Malcolm assures Jessica that Kilgrave's powers can't be magical in nature, defending his comments with "The same way I know that elves don't exist." Malcolm is clearly unaware of the existence of [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld those elves that attacked London]]. And, apart from Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson and members of HYDRA, no one is aware of the existence of Dr. Stephen Strange or his magical abilities yet.
*** In the season 1 finale "[[Recap/JessicaJones2015S1E13AKASmile AKA Smile]]", the fact that district attorney Samantha Reyes still refuses to accept the reality of Kilgrave's powers even in the face of the testimony of dozens of regular people and ''police officers'' pushes this trope to the fullest. One can only assume that Reyes is not the same DA who got mind-controlled by Kilgrave into releasing Hope. However, Reyes' behavior makes more sense after Season 2 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'' reveals that she is corrupt and intent on persecuting the new vigilante types (Daredevil, Frank Castle, and Jessica) to build a platform for her political ambitions.
** ''Series/IronFist2017'':
*** In the months prior to the events of the show, [[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} a crew of undead ninjas attacked a hospital in Hell's Kitchen]], [[Series/JessicaJones2015 a sociopath with mind-control terrorized the same neighborhood]], [[Series/LukeCage2016 a man with bulletproof skin became known for his vigilante activity in Harlem]], not to mention ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 the full-on extra-terrestrial invasion]]'' of a couple years ago. And despite all this evidence, Ward Meachum has trouble believing Danny Rand, presumed deceased 15 years ago in a plane crash, may actually be who he says he is. Harold is more open to the idea of it being Danny, which is understandable considering the Hand brought him back from the dead when he died of terminal cancer 13 years ago. While Jeri Hogarth believes Danny is who he is within a minute by [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay quizzing him about specific details of her office space]], since she's seen stranger things like Kilgrave and Jessica Jones up close.
*** In the season 1 finale, Harold walks into Rand Enterprises while Jeri Hogarth is talking with Ward. Jeri has trouble believing that Harold actually ''died'' and came back to life, despite, again, personally knowing [[FlyingBrick Jessica Jones]] and having been victimized by [[MindRape Kilgrave]]. Her first remark is that Harold is committing fraud of the highest level. Possibly justified in that she seems very disturbed by the entire notion, so she's more unnerved than skeptic.
*** A swift aversion is in the asylum shrink studying Danny. At first he's properly skeptical of Danny's claimed identity, but with only a small amount of digging realizes it's really him. He also thinks Danny's statements about K'un-Lun and the power of the Iron Fist are fantasy, because he notes a number of people have come forward since the Incident claiming to have superpowers. But he asks Danny to demonstrate his supposed superpowers, and only when he ''can't'' (due to the drugs interfering) concludes Danny's invented them to cope with trauma.
*** Claire Temple has seen bullet-proof men, ninja, mind-control, and yet even after seeing Danny's Iron Fist in action, and knowing about K'un-L'un, she doesn't believe that he got it from fighting an actual dragon, much less one called "the Undying".
** ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' has Luke and Jessica being utterly baffled by the more mystical things that Danny and Matt deal with as they get involved in the war between The Hand and The Chaste even despite all of the things they've lived through in their own series.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Tenth Doctor, a man who travels through time and space in a dimensionally-transcendental police box, and who has come back from the dead or near-death by rewriting his biological structure ten times, regularly pronounces things impossible.
** Hell, the Tenth Doctor is very mild compared to the First Doctor in the very first seasons, who was regularly denouncing most anything his companions told him as ridiculous fantastickery.
** Ian Chesterton does this to a degree as well, although he stops short of [[FlatEarthAtheist flat-earth atheism]] most of the time.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler "The Time Meddler"]], new companion Steven (who has been rescued by a group of Dalek-tailed time travelers from spherical, apparently sentient robots with flamethrowers, and then stowed away in a huge spaceship that looks from the outside like a tiny Police Box) point-blankly refuses to believe that the TARDIS can travel through time, even though everyone around them dresses and acts like it's 1066, and constantly announces to the Doctor that time travel is obviously impossible and that the joke is over, which the Doctor finds extremely annoying. He later sees a [[SchizoTech monk wearing a wristwatch]], which he takes as confirmation of his hypothesis, but which tips off Vicki that something is badly wrong. Turns out that the monk is also a time traveller . . .
** Ben, who has seen his friend possessed into building war robots by an intelligent computer, been taken in a bigger-on-the-inside time machine back to 17[-[[superscript:th]]-]-century Cornwall, and battled cyborgs from Earth's identical twin planet, absolutely refuses to accept that the Doctor is still the Doctor after his first regeneration, suggesting, even though he saw him transform in front of his very eyes, that someone else sneaked into the TARDIS, murdered the Doctor, and took his place. Of course, this isn't helped by the fact that the Doctor isn't quite sure that he's the Doctor yet either. Possibly {{justified}} as it was the first-ever regeneration on the show and Ben's skepticism functions both as [[MetaGuy a channel for audience feelings about the change]] as well as his own feelings of betrayal by the First Doctor's death. The novelization of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks "The Power of the Daleks"]] also has the Doctor {{Lampshade}} it:
--->''"Like common sense. The Doctor falls down in agony and then you get up -- dolled up in new togs and everything. Do me a favour!"\\
The little man gnawed at his lower lip. "I don't understand your brand of common sense, Ben," he said. "Does it grasp the principles of time travel?" He raised an eyebrow inquisitively.\\
"Well," Ben blustered, "I don't know all of the ins and outs, of course, but--"\\
"But you do know it's possible?"\\
"Well, yes," Ben had to concede.\\
Turning to Polly, the stranger said: "And you, Polly. You can, of course, explain how the TARDIS has the shape of a small police box outside and yet is far, far bigger once you step through the doors?"\\
"No," Polly admitted. "No, I can't explain it."\\
Yet both of you accept the two things.’ The man spread his hands and looked at them expectantly.\\
Ben was confused and angry. "Well, we know that they happen!" was the best he could manage.\\
"Exactly," the maybe-Doctor replied. "Then accept what has happened to me -- even if you don't understand it."''
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons "The Dæmons"]] the Third Doctor goes to great pains to explain that something that looks and functions exactly like magic is not, in fact, magic. His argument seems to amount to "Because I don't want to call it magic." Also something about ClarkesThirdLaw.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]]: After some consideration the Eleventh Doctor decides that a star that burns cold, and cools down nearby objects, is a ridiculous concept. But for the ''Doctor Who'' universe, that's fairly plausible. To give him his due, in that scenario they're faced with two dangers, one of them imaginary [[spoiler:and actually, they both are]]. While he declares it ridiculous, he doesn't assume it isn't real.
** The Doctor, especially the Eleventh, likes playing with this trope, saying something is impossible as he is doing it.
--->'''The Doctor:''' There's no power, it's impossible to open.\\
'''River:''' How impossible?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Two minutes. ''[begins working to open the door]''
** The Doctor is a bit of a different case, though, given that, between his schooling and travels, he has enough knowledge to deduce the planet of origin of aliens based off a handful of disjointed observations, and can provide the TechnoBabble for any given event that occurs. While his knowledge of the universe is not absolute, it's fair to say that he knows enough to say that witches and vampires are fair game, while cold stars aren't.
** The Doctor lampshades his own Arbitrary Skepticism in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]], saying that he would have no problem believing that "the devil" came from ''outside'' of the universe, but he can't accept that he's from ''before'' the universe.
** The Tenth Doctor's skepticism is particularly arbitrary when you consider that the Seventh Doctor's explanation for Fenric in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric "The Curse of Fenric"]] is . . . he's a force of evil from before the universe. Then again, just because the Seventh Doctor believed that doesn't mean the Tenth Doctor has to.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] offers a subversion of sorts: Nancy, a teenager in Blitz-era London being pursued by gas mask-wearing zombies [[spoiler:led by her son, who was killed a month ago]] scoffs at the idea that Rose is a time-traveller from the future. It's not the time travel bit that she doesn't buy, though, it's the idea that there's any kind of ''future'' to travel ''from''.
** Again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]] when Mickey asks what a horse is doing on a spaceship (not the TARDIS).
--->'''The Doctor:''' What's ''pre-revolutionary France'' doing on a spaceship? Get a little perspective!
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones "Smith and Jones"]]: The first time Martha meets the Doctor, she hears that he has two heartbeats, instantly accepts that the hospital has been transported to the Moon and that the Judoon are aliens, but refuses to believe the Doctor is an alien until a Judoon scanner confirms it.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]], the alien War Lords have been kidnapping human soldiers from various periods, using time machines. But when the Doctor and his companions (who are among some human soldiers) say they're time travellers, the War Lord who's questioning them is skeptical, questioning their sanity. (Another War Lord, though, thinks to himself, "Time travellers -- I wonder." A subversion?)
** A Lampshade of sorts is hung on this with the introduction of Donna Noble. She appears to have this, but she actually managed to miss all of the very public incidents involving aliens over the previous few years.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E3RobotOfSherwood "Robot of Sherwood"]], the Twelfth Doctor refuses that believe that Myth/RobinHood is real, until Robin tries to rob him of his TARDIS. Later, Robin himself is upset that he won't be remembered as a person but as merely a legend that may or may not have been real.
** Discussed in [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas"]]. The Doctor points out that it's going to be incredibly hard to differentiate between [[DreamLand what's a dream and what's reality]] because he travels in a spaceship disguised as a telephone kiosk, so reality is also ridiculous.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Dr. Grace Holloway]] refuses to believe that the Doctor is an alien, but is fully prepared to theorize that he's some kind of "weird genetics experiment". Plus, when reality as we know it starts melting down, she starts off acting like the Doctor is crazy for pointing out this actual thing that is clearly happening. Later on, the Doctor himself remarks that he doesn't believe in ghosts, although he ''does'' believe in somehow reversing the flow of time to bring dead people back to life.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"]], John Riddell has no problem with a spaceship full of dinosaurs (it's established that he has had adventures with the Doctor prior to this episode so we must assume he has seen some strange things), but declares the Silurians, and the idea that the ship is some sort of dinosaur ark, to be "tommy-rot". Nefertiti, who came along on this adventure as well, preferred to take things at face value, [[BelligerentSexualTension admonishing Riddell]]; "Only an idiot denies the senses of their own eyes!"
*** Sarcastically averted in that same episode by Rory's father: "I mean, we're on a spaceship with dinosaurs. Why wouldn't there be a teleport?"
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]: The Shadow Architect, leader of the Shadow Proclamation, is adamant that Time Lords are merely the stuff of legends, and can't exist. ''While talking to one.'' The Doctor is in too much of a hurry to attempt to persuade her otherwise.
* Jack Carter, of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', doesn't care how weird the town gets, nor that he just discovered a giant, stereotypical [[CropCircles crop circle]], there's one thing he knows, and "that's that there are ''no aliens''". He is right (at least that time). He also gets the other end of the Arbitrary Skepticism stick ''all the goddamn time''. Something weird happens, he's the only one who knows about it so far, and [[CassandraTruth everyone dismisses him as crazy]] despite the fact that every time that's happened in the past and he's been right and all the much ''much'' weirder things that have happened. Lampshaded slightly in one episode where Carter asks Henry if the [[MonsterOfTheWeek anomaly of the week]] is scientifically possible, and when told that it isn't follows up by asking if its "''Eureka''-possible", [[DistinctionWithoutADifference to which Henry answers yes]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': In the episode "[[Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace Objects In Space]]", Wash says that River being psychic sounds like "something out of science fiction". His wife points out that they live on a spaceship, to which he glibly replies, "So?" In the commentary for the episode, Creator/JossWhedon points out that he meant for [[spoiler: River's supposed merging with Serenity to seem plausible until it was revealed that she was merely hiding]], since they wanted the audience to think that maybe ''Firefly'' wasn't as "hard" SF as it looked -- that there might be magic at work there too, which would have opened up a new playing field. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Alas...]]
* In the second episode of ''Series/FirstWave'', Cade meets a ConspiracyTheorist[=/=]PlayfulHacker Crazy Eddie. He believes in pretty much every conspiracy theory out there... except those involving aliens. That's right, Lincoln being stabbed instead of shot, perfectly plausible. Aliens infiltrating Earth in preparation for an invasion... nah. Even when they are attacked by an alien and chop off her arm, which then melts away into nothingness right before their eyes, and the alien walks off with barely an annoyed glance (and no blood gushing from the stump), Eddie still claims that it's some secret government project. He accepts the truth by the end of the episode, though.
* Nick on ''Series/ForeverKnight'' has expressed skepticism about the existence of ghosts, despite being a vampire himself. He justifies this by pointing out that ''he's'' never seen one, despite having survived for centuries and witnessed many, many deaths.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** Peter and Olivia both seem to be pretty dismissive of the idea that God could exist or that any religion has any truth to it, despite the fact that in addition to all the bizarre creatures they've seen and the existence of a parallel universe, they've also witnessed that ''life after death'' is clearly possible.
** Walter himself, notably, seems to be more open minded, once arguing against a priest that possessions are some kind of real phenomenon, while the priest said they were just superstition. He also believes in God to some degree, which was a major element of "White Tulip".
** Also, in one episode, Walter refused to believe that a phenomenon could be caused by ghosts (granted, he turned out to be right, but still). Lampshaded by Peter.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Janos Slynt insists there is no such thing as giants rather than face the fact two of them are currently ''battering at his gates''.
** Daenerys is not above that, either. She's was the first one in hundreds of years to hatch three dragons, but when Jon Snow tells her about White Walkers who weren't seen in hundreds of years, she deems it nonsense.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': With all the weird stuff that is happening in Portland (from man-like beasts to [[WitchSpecies Hexenbiest]] magic to ancient Mesoamerican rituals), you'd think the main character would stop being surprised by all things Wesen-related. And yet, an ancient stick that appears to grant people a HealingFactor is instantly suspect.
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/HavenS3E1ThreeHundredOne 301]]", Wesley Toomey dramatically declares that the Troubles are nonsense and that everything is being caused by aliens. To their credit, the heroes admit that with all the crazy stuff they've seen, aliens might exist, but they know the Troubles exist and can see that Wesley is a total loony. Alien phenomena does show up, but only because Wesley has a RealityWarper Trouble. Wesley refuses to admit this even though the alien phenomena changes to fit his words and imagination.
** Refreshingly, the main characters typically avert this. They know that Audrey [[AntiMagic isn't affected by the Troubles]], and so when she claims that a Trouble has altered/is affecting the entire town (GroundhogDayLoop, people being [[RetGone Ret Goned]], altered by time travel, etc.) they quickly believe her. This is especially helpful on the GroundhogDayLoop one, where they learn a little more with each loop, and then she quickly catches them up on the next one.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' often shows people extremely skeptical about Hiro's powers, even if they have powers themselves.
** The most obvious example is Nathan Petrelli, who flies under his own power to escape a kidnapping -- and then treats Hiro like a complete nutcase just minutes later.
** Matt (a psychic) is equally skeptical in the dystopian future of "Five Years Gone":
--->'''Mohinder:''' Hiro Nakamura can stop time. Teleport by folding space. Theoretically, he can fold time as well.\\
'''Matt:''' So you're saying he's a time traveler.\\
'''Mohinder:''' Is that any stranger than being able to read someone's mind?\\
'''Matt:''' Yeah. It is.
** Early in the series this is partially justified by Hiro's uneven English. Even to those who should know better, somebody who has trouble expressing themselves properly is likely to be more easily judged crazy. It doesn't help that he acts highly irrational and perceives his life and the world around him as if he were in a comic book. He doesn't even try to act at all subtle.
* Happens on multiple occasions in ''Series/{{Highlander}}''. At various times, [=MacLeod=] has scoffed at the concept of Methos ("the world's oldest Immortal? He's a legend"), the idea of a Dark Quickening (absorbing the essence of an endless number of evil Immortals would eventually make ''you'' evil as well), and the Methuselah Stone (an artifact that makes normal folks immortal, and makes Immortals immune even to beheading). He's eventually proven wrong each and every time he makes such a pronouncement, usually in a fairly dramatic way. These reactions would be a little more believable if [=MacLeod=] himself wasn't ''over four hundred years old'' and incapable of being killed by anything other than decapitation. He also tends not to listen to those who offer him alternate viewpoints on such matters, despite them being (a) the aforementioned world's oldest living man, with over five thousand years of research and exploration under his belt, and (b) a friendly member of an organization that has been studying such phenomena since before the invention of the written word. This is subverted in an episode where it looks like people are being killed by a vampire, an idea that [=MacLeod=] scoffs at. Turns out he's right, it was just a regular Immortal pretending to be a vampire. On the other hand, living four hundred years and not encountering any real sign of the supernatural ''besides'' immortality (prior to the events of the series) might make a man very skeptical.
* A Halloween episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids" centers around using and subverting this. A lot of weird things (even for this show) have been happening, and near the climax, the younger son says bluntly to his father, "Mom is vomiting pins. [Sis] is spouting Latin." He names various other such phenomena. "The logical, rational, scientific conclusion is: We've been cursed." He and his father then use logic and reason to deduce who cursed them and what to do about it.
* In the failed ''Film/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot, ComicBook/TheAtom says that the idea of a villain controlling the weather is physically impossible. This is despite the fact that he's saying this to [[Comicbook/TheFlash a man who can run at superhuman speeds]] and [[Franchise/GreenLantern another man who has a ring that can conjure up anything he can imagine]], or that he himself can shrink down to subatomic levels.
* ''Series/KidsIncorporated'': In the season 5 episode "Constellation Connie", Connie tries to build a time machine, and accidentally summons an alien instead. The kids don't believe her, and tease her over it. Admittedly, this was the only episode of the season with a fantastic plot, but still, at this point in the series, ''two of the older kids have already traveled in time'', and one of them ''has already met an alien''.
** Because season 5 was aired during the [[TVStrikes WGA strike of 1988]], the show's producers were forced to use non-union writers who probably hadn't seen the first four seasons up to that point.
* In ''[[Series/KungFu Kung Fu The Legend Continues]]'', Peter would scoff whenever Kwai Chang judges that there is a supernatural element to the case, even after they face real magicians, bad guys who could turn into and/or control animals like snakes and spiders, etc.
* ''Film/TheLibrarian'':
** The 3rd film in the series features a nice example, in which the protagonist acts like vampires are too ridiculous/impossible to believe in, despite having personally played with Pandora's Box, Excalibur, the Philosopher's Stone and a variety of other artifacts that can conquer the world/raise the dead/etc.
** This gets a CallBack in ''Series/{{The Librarians|2014}}'', when he's asked if Dracula is real. He says Dracula isn't real... because he killed him.
** Also, one episode has a UFO chaser report strange lights in a small town. Ezekiel immediately suggests aliens, only for Jenkins to stubbornly refuse to believe in their existence. Everyone else is confused how this is possible, given everything he has seen. Naturally, the lights end up being something else. Of course, [[spoiler:Jenkins being alive for 1000 has probably convinced him that, if there were aliens, he'd have already seen some evidence of it by that point]].
* In an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Lois appears to have experienced a typical AlienAbduction. When she tells Clark, he is skeptical of the idea. Lois points out that ''he's'' an alien, and Krypton can't be the only other planet with intelligent life. [[spoiler:The abduction was faked by the bad guy of the week to turn Lois into a ManchurianAgent, so that he can pull off crimes while Superman is busy saving Lois.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Jack is the usual skeptic, though Sayid also makes dry comments ("We've been walking for two days, following a compass bearing provided by the carvings on a stick!").
** In the Season Four finale, Jack denies that the island was moved, despite the fact that it spontaneously disappeared ''while he and everyone else were watching''. In all fairness he may have assumed they moved rather than the Island, not to mention he seems completely exhausted when he says it. In season 5 and his experiences trying to acclimate to the off island world he loses his skepticism entirely, his Locke-like faith in the Island is the only thing keeping him going during the season as he rejected his past beliefs following his lengthy breakdown.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', Merlin will enter the throne room, and explain whatever weird thing is going on, at which point everyone will scoff and laugh at him. All of them. This goes on for 3 seasons, even though he is always, always, always right. This is in a universe where sorcerers, dragons, and ''unicorns'' are known to exist.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'': Despite having lived for two years in a post-apocalyptic storm world in which people have all kinds of superpowers, tattoos, comic books and graffiti can all have a controlling influence on the real world, teleportation, power over dairy products, freezing time, body-swapping, zombies, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and bogeymen exist, brains can be stored digitally, and Rudy can convince his parents that he is pursuing a successful university career as opposed to being on community service, in the final episode disbelief is still expressed at the possibility of Jess going back in time to avert catastrophe -- even though time travel itself has featured prominently in the show in previous episodes.
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the genius detective Adrian Monk often holds what appear to be implausible beliefs. A seemingly open-and-shut suicide or accident case may be interpreted as a homicide by Monk, or he may accuse a person who has an airtight alibi. The captain, Randy and his assistant are consistently skeptical, despite that he turns out to be right about 99.9999999%, give or take a bit.
** He actually is partially wrong in one case, "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man," where he accused a nudist of being a murderer because he had a trauma of nude persons because [[spoiler:when he was born, he was nude and the doctor slapped him in front of his mother who didn't stop it.]]
** In "Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation," due to another error, he also accuses someone of murdering his wife, at which point the man turns to said wife and says "he's going to tell me how I murdered you." Since it was quite early in the episode, he had time to pull off his normal Holmes gig.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy," he is accused by Harold Krenshaw, a member of his support group, of being responsible for the murders of their support group friends and seriously entertains the possibility throughout half the episode.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Critic," the one time Natalie tries to convince Monk that a StrawCritic is a killer, Monk and the others don't believe her because they point out that he had a very airtight alibi for this.
** Natalie has averted this a number of times.
*** In "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective," she supports Monk's belief that [[spoiler:Marty Eels]] is "cheating" at the case.
*** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show," she isn't skeptical of Monk's belief that the framed delivery boy is an innocent person.
*** In "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut", she is at first skeptical of [[spoiler:Steve Wagner's]] guilt in the death of his girlfriend until [[spoiler:Wagner]] gives a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Monk.
*** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," when Monk and Natalie are approached by Kendra Frank, the murder victim's girlfriend, Natalie displays some initial skepticism towards Kendra's suspicions that something is wrong. She still helps Monk pursue the investigation after checking out the body.
*** In "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend," she appears to be the only person besides Monk to believe that Stottlemeyer's girlfriend is a killer. Monk and Natalie were sent by Stottlemeyer to investigate that murder.
*** In "Mr. Monk and the Genius," averted for everyone because of the WhodunnitToMe structure of the plot.
** Stottlemeyer sometimes averts this, though; in "Mr. Monk and Sharona", he says to Monk "if you're right, and you probably are, because you always are".
** The novels play with it: in ''Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse'', Stottlemeyer and Disher quickly latch on to Monk's theory when he says that Lucas Breen, a CorruptCorporateExecutive, is their suspect, but they have to also deal with the fact that the chief doesn't like them harassing Breen, a member of the police commission. In ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'', Natalie, Stottlemeyer and Disher are skeptical of Monk's claim that a police informant who just got a $250,000 reward is a cop killer. In ''Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants'', Stottlemeyer doesn't believe Monk's allegations that Ian Ludlow, their tag along mystery author helping investigate, is their killer. In ''Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop'', when Stottlemeyer is framed for murder, Monk almost believes that Stottlemeyer actually is guilty, but Natalie gets him in line to help find the incriminating evidence.
* In ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', Constable Crabtree is generally the AgentMulder, but in "Loch Ness Murdoch" he is unconvinced about [[StockNessMonster a monster in Lake Ontario]]. The ocean, yes, but a lake? Inspector Brakenreid calls him on it.
-->'''Brakenreid:''' Crabtree, wait a minute. You're telling me that you believe in zombies, werewolves, vampires, Martians, Venusians, curses, voodoo ghosts and, apparently, sea monsters, but a creature in Lake Ontario that both I and Detective Murdoch have ''witnessed'' is beyond the scope of your otherwise vivid imagination? You're telling me that?\\
'''Crabtree:''' Sir, I can't attest to what you witnessed. I'm afraid I remain a skeptic.
* ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'': In "Silver and Gold," Michelangelo reports his encounter with Silver. The other mutants express disbelief that an ape could talk. Michelangelo himself expressed disbelief during said encounter until being reminded by Silver that he's a talking turtle.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma -- the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, although she was raised in the "real" world and didn't learn who her parents were until she was an adult -- still has trouble accepting that ''any'' character she grew up thinking was fictional may be real. For the second half of the third season, Regina correctly suggests [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West]] is the new villain, and Emma's reaction is, "Seriously? She's real too?" (Hook calls her on it.)
** Snow White actually met the son of deity, Hercules, in her youth. Yet still, she finds the idea that Ursula (daughter of Poseidon, witch/goddess of the sea) being real absurd. Even weirder because Snow White has encountered monsters and magical beings of all kinds.
* ''Series/TheOrville'': When Ed and Kelly wake up in a replica of their old apartment, they briefly speculate that they've been sent back in time, then dismiss that thought as crazy. That said, there is very little evidence to suggest time travel and more evidence to suggest something mundane is the cause, such as locked doors preventing them from leaving.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In the episode "Trakeena's Revenge" of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', the first person a little girl runs to after seeing her mother abducted by a monster tells her, "Don't be silly; there's no such thing as monsters." Where has this lady been living for ''the past seven years''? Especially in this season, where the Power Rangers are operating without a {{Masquerade}} and are well-known public celebrities who fight monsters. Especially in this ''episode'', which crosses ''Lightspeed'' over with last year's ''Lost Galaxy'' team, confirming its place in continuity where Rangers have continually fought off monster attacks. Once. A. Week. For. Seven. Years. Or how about the... what, four or five times so far the planet had been invaded by ''aliens''. Not just aliens, but alien monsters... with ''magic''. It's easier to just write that chick off as an escaped mental patient who thinks those monster-alien-magic people are [[NotSoImaginaryFriend giant bunnies only she can see.]] Linkara even went so far as to label her the dumbest person in ''Power Rangers'' when reviewing the season for his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' series.
** Or earlier in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', where [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]] find work as assistants to the eccentric crank Professor Phenomenus, who is generally held as crazy because he believes in the existence of '''ALIENS!''' And he lives in the same town that's been under siege by Evil Space Aliens for the better part of six years. He ''IS'' crazy, so maybe that's just the half-baked excuse he uses for being kicked out of the scientific community. It's worth noting he didn't last particularly long even among the science staff of a ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy gigantic mobile space colony sent to colonize an alien world]]''.
** In the first episode of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', it seems like only one person in the world actually believes the previous Ranger teams are more than an urban legend. It's even implied that the series is in another universe where all previous series are fictional. Later episodes reveal that this is not the case; When Shane's older brother discovers Shane's secret, he actually does realize that being the Red Ranger means that he's the leader. WordOfGod says that they had never intended to imply the whole alternate universe thing; fans just took Tori's line about comic books in the first episode and ran with it.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', everybody but [[AscendedFanboy Chip]] dismiss the idea of vampires as "silly". That, ignoring the fact that they are all wizards, they see magic on a daily basis (and have magic-based powers), know a comic relief half-goblin-half-troll, and their enemies are, well, monsters. ''One of their recurring enemies '''is a vampire''''', though admittedly this fact was not directly established before this episode, and they've met multiple times by this point. Udonna (their mentor, who, for the record, is a broom-riding witch) quickly points the absurdity of their dismissal, though.
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has one of the Rangers denying that dragons exist when told they were using a dragon scale in a piece of special armor. Ignoring all the dragon themed monsters that appeared in earlier seasons, the team had just gotten the tar beat out of them in that very episode by a dragon. Possibly justified, however, as there's a difference between "dragon-themed" and an actual dragon, and the dragon that ''Overdrive'' got their scale from was the one in ''Mystic Force'', which was explicitly stated to be [[LastOfHisKind the Last of Its Kind]].
** In the very first episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' the gang are instantly teleported to the Command Center, greeted by an actual robot (which Billy physically touches) and a giant floating head, who makes the Morphers appear on their belts. Zack assumes it to be a prank, so his friends must have pulled some incredibly elaborate jokes on him in his day.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', the teens are shocked to learn that aliens exist and are invading earth. This is rather confusing when you consider that Earth suffered ''a full-scale, worldwide alien invasion'' back in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and that, by ''Operation Overdrive'', the existence of aliens was an accepted enough fact of life for colleges to offer majors in "Galactic Myth and Legend". They also don't know who or what Power Rangers are, either, even though Rangers have been fighting off those invasions for decades now. And in case you're wondering, yes, it's in the same continuity -- there are direct references to prior Rangers. In something of a LampshadeHanging, Gosei even compliments Gia on her skepticism before assuring her that it's real. To their credit, though, the kids catch on quickly. A few episodes down the line, Troy admits to the others that he's been having weird, possibly prophetic dreams. The others have no problem believing it at this point, and Noah even says there's some acceptance of it in the scientific community.
** Continuing the Power Rangers trend, an example from ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Trip is sent to pick up a pizza, and is attacked by an evil knight on the way home. The other Rangers don't believe him and laugh. To be fair, all the monsters on this show came from a prison, and they may very well have known that none of those was a knight. The knight is in fact completely unrelated to Ransik and has his own origin, but you'd think they would at least consider the idea that a mystical knight could exist.
* In ''Series/{{Psych}}'' lead character Shawn Spencer makes a living with his friend Gus by acting as a consultant to the police as a psychic detective thanks to his hyper vigilance enabling him to do a creditable job of faking psychic abilities. Plenty of people express disbelief that he is in fact psychic, but they work with him nonetheless. In a season 5 episode the pair get involved in a case which their client believes involves [=UFO=]s, and the pair are admitted lovers of [=UFO=]s. As a result, Shawn's father (now in charge of hiring consultants for the local police) informs the pair that he cannot hire two people everyone thinks are nuts (and a quick hand poll shows this to be the case) because they believe in [=UFO=]s. What? People were fine hiring a guy who [pretends to] thinks he is psychic, but aliens? Nah, can't listen to them, even with the dozens of cases they've helped solve.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/PushingDaisies''. Ned states firmly that he doesn't believe in ghosts, witches or the like, saying "this may sound strange coming from a guy who can shoot sparks from his finger, but that's what I believe." This is reasonably {{justified| Trope}}, as Ned has never before encountered anything paranormal other than his own power. Plus, it's possible that having the ability to resurrect people is ''why'' Ned doesn't believe in ghosts, as no-one he brings back ever remembers doing anything beyond dying. As ''native'' inhabitants of a blindingly colorful and relentlessly quirky existence, all the characters in ''Pushing Daisies'' surely have suspension of disbelief on a different scale than the audience.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In the early seasons in particular, Arnold Rimmer sneers at the idea of believing in God, yet remains fanatically devoted to the idea of meeting an SufficientlyAdvancedAlien species -- particularly those consisting of gorgeous multi-breasted women who will be able to construct for him a new body out of nothing -- to the extent that he blames every slightly unusual occurrence, such as using up a toilet roll in a day, on aliens despite there being just as much evidence for the existence of either in the ''Red Dwarf'' universe (i.e. [[AbsentAliens none]], the strange creatures seen on the show are all [=GELFs=] -- Genetically Engineered Life Forms).
** Kryten laughs at the idea that there's such a thing as heaven for people, but is (up until partway through Series V, at least) a believer in the existence of ''[[RobotReligion Silicon Heaven]]'', a belief which he only questions when faced with apparent destruction and supports with the simple question, "where would all the calculators go?" In a deleted scene from "The Inquisitor", Rimmer calls him out on that. In fact, Kryten's arbitrary skepticism is because he, like apparently almost all machines with artifical intelligence, was programmed to believe in Silicon Heaven so he wouldn't turn against his creators.
* On ''Series/{{Resurrection}},'' Marty calls out a preacher who claims he can perform faith healing and even influence who comes BackFromTheDead -- something which, until now, seems to have been a natural phenomenon. Aside from that, Marty and the preacher seem to share dreams and visions. The preacher questions how many miracles Marty will have to see before he starts believing they're possible.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'':
** Sarah Jane does not believe in ghosts or magic. Hey, remember when alien star gods from the previous universe used astrology to take over the world?
** [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS3E7E8TheEternityTrap "The Eternity Trap"]] has Sarah Jane scoffing at the idea of ghosts, while simultaneously encouraging a ghost hunter to have a more open mind. Because searching for ghosts is inherently more close-minded than searching for aliens. Although she was actually implied to have been wrong about the ghosts.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Kramer and George have the following exchange: "But what if the Pigman has a two-seater?" "C'mon on George, let's be realistic here." Kramer even gives Jerry a look as if to say "what is up with him?" It should also be pointed out that Kramer was the first person to even mention the idea of a Pigman.
* For the first few seasons of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent ironically believed the ability to fly was impossible. Also, at the end of an episode where Clark battles a WickedWitch and her cohorts, when Clark has to explain why the house is trashed, his parents scoff at the idea of magic, even though they've already faced people with superpowers that seem to defy the laws of physics.
* In ''Series/SpecialUnit2'', everything from gargoyles to werewolves are actually real, except for vampires. "Never heard of anything so ridiculous in my life".
* Occurs on ''Series/StargateSG1'' from time to time despite all the weirdness they usually had to deal with:
** {{Lampshaded}} in the episode "Fragile Balance". Jack O'Neill [[FountainOfYouth appears to have gone from 45 to 15 years old overnight]].
--->'''Daniel:''' Stranger things have happened . . .\\
'''Teal'c:''' Name but one.\\
'''Daniel:''' Well, [[ContinuityNod there was the time]] he got [[PlotRelevantAgeUp really old]], the time he [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals became a caveman]], the time [[FreakyFriday we all swapped bodies]]--
** Also parodied/referenced in another episode, where Jackson ''expects'' this to happen when telling General Hammond about a prophetic dream he had. Instead, Hammond believes him right off the bat, explaining, "The things I've heard sitting in this chair . . ." The guy is actually really good at subverting this particular trope. When the team comes back from another world and Jonas Quinn tells him that there's a flying bug monster in the room that only he can see, Hammond locks the base down immediately. One imagines the orientation manual for any future base commanders would include something along the lines of, "Don't dismiss anything your teams say out of hand, no matter how weird it sounds." He plays this straight once (or many many times if you count each [[GroundhogDayLoop time loop]]) in "[[Recap/StargateSG1S4E6WindowOfOpportunity Window of Opportunity]]", where it becomes a minor plot point.
** In "Avalon", General Landry invokes a version of this trope quite early on in his career, when Daniel suggests that there might be a hidden cavern of treasure built by the Ancients underneath Glastonbury Tor in Britain.
--->'''Landry:''' Well two years ago, I wouldn't have believed we would find a Ancient outpost under a mile of ice in Antarctica!
** A straight up example from "The Quest" has the team hearing that according to legend, the Sangraal is protected by a dragon. They immediately dismiss the possibility of dragons existing, saying that it is infinitely more likely to be a hologram or machine of some sort. Considering all the weird aliens and creatures they've met, it's surprising that they are so willing to dismiss the possibility that an alien planet might have a flying, fire breathing reptilian creature (a biologically implausible creature, certainly, but so are the [[PuppeteerParasite Goa'uld]]). It turns out they are right, and the dragon is a simulation created by advanced technology, but still.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** One episode saw Doctor Crusher insisting that there were "no such things as ghosts!" This, in spite of the fact that the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe contains many, ''many'' instances of humanoids having their consciousnesses de-coporealized and surviving in the absence of their bodies. Most of these have [[HandWave hand-wavey]] {{Technobabble}} explanations, but still...
** Occasionally subverted: In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E2RealmOfFear Realm of Fear]]", when Barclay (a hypochondriac loon) tells Captain Picard that there's something living in the transporter beam, and that he'll stake his career on it, Picard gives him a long look... then tells [=LaForge=] to start stripping down the transporter until they find something.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E13DevilsDue Devil's Due]]", the crew encounters an alien woman claiming to be the Devil of several cultures, including the Klingon devil and the one of the planet they are in, which according to legend made a deal with her 1000 years ago to give her control of the planet in exchange for 1000 years of peace and she has now come to collect. The crew theorizes she might be a member of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Q continuum]] or even Q himself but they quickly come to the conclusion that the Q wouldn't be interested in economic forecasts (like she requested), that Q himself would never bother with contracts, and that the tricks she showed thus far could be easily done with contemporary technology, thus she must be a con artist.
%%** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E4Relics Relics]]" the crew is shocked to discover that a DysonSphere can actually exist. This from members of a society where teleportation, faster-than-light travel, and sentient androids are common. NOTE: The point wasn't that they thought it couldn't exist, but that building one is an ENORMOUS undertaking -- imagine building a metal sphere enclosing the entire Solar System.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Defied due to the experience that Starfleet has built up by then from previous missions. If things start to get weird, Janeway will first try to rule out clones, time travel, mirror-universe entities, holographic replicas, and all the strange stuff they've previously encountered, as a matter of course. "Weird is part of the job."
* Probably the worst offenders in ''Star Trek'' are the Vulcans of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. They repeatedly quote the Vulcan Science Directorate's determination that time travel is impossible despite all the evidence to the contrary, such as Daniels' equipment which shows designs of Vulcan ship that haven't been built yet or two different scanners indicating that a component is from the future.
* In the show ''Strange'', the title character explains at length the presence of demons on earth, but flatly denies the possibility of ghosts.
* ''Series/StrangerThings'': When Lucas explains the events of season 1 to newcomer Max, she initially refuses to believe him, despite already having seen Dart the baby Demogorgon at this point. Granted, the boys discovering a new species doesn't necessarily mean it came from an evil shadow dimension and Mike's old girlfriend had psychic powers and there's a government conspiracy to cover it all up, but what finally convinces her he's telling the truth? ...Seeing Dart again.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Despite making a career out of [[HunterOfMonsters hunting supernatural menaces]] and retaining enough experience to fill an aircraft carrier, Sam and Dean Winchester almost inevitably have an argument over whether or not the MonsterOfTheWeek could be the real thing or not. Most of this is justified, because presumably the brothers get a lot of dud cases where it's nothing supernatural at all. We never see those cases because an episode consisting of Sam and Dean rolling into town, poking around for a while, concluding "Oh, some guy just got spooked by a barking dog," and rolling out again would be really boring. It's therefore always a legitimate question whether there's actually anything weird going on. Another arbitrary element of this is that the role of the [[AgentScully hard-line skeptic]] switches every time between Sam and Dean.
** Subverted in a first-season episode where the MOTW turns out to be only [[{{Mundanger}} an ordinary human serial killer]].
** One memorable scene in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS02E13HousesOfTheHoly Houses of the Holy]]" has Dean explaining to Sam why he doesn't believe in angels (their mother said that angels were watching over them, but she was murdered by a demon), despite hunting demons straight out of Hell on a regular basis. When Sam points out that there's more folklore on angels than any other creature they've fought, Dean says that there's a lot of folklore on unicorns as well. Sam's response? "Wait, there's no such thing as unicorns?" In this same scene, Dean says that there's no God. This is an odd belief given that in this series the name of God and holy water are harmful to demons, and Christian exorcism rituals are effective. (According to the series creator, he just sees the rituals as another example of the hoodoo they regularly run across.) By the end of the episode, Dean is less certain that no higher power is at work. Worse, his atheism has been shaken by the events of the episode [[spoiler:despite the fact that the "angel" in that episode turned out NOT to be an angel]].
** The episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS03E08AVerySupernaturalChristmas A Very Supernatural Christmas]]" featured a series of Christmas-related disappearances (including somebody getting ''dragged up the chimney''). The brothers start to wonder if the monster is some sort of "Anti Claus". They end up doing some research on the concept, investigate Santa's village and try to apprehend the guy playing Father Christmas (who matches the profile of the Anti Claus, but turns out to just be a drunk). After that failure, they consult Bobby who tells them that there is no such thing and that Sam and Dean are idiots.
** Then comes another episode, "[[Recap/SupernaturalS03E08AVerySupernaturalChristmas Tall Tales]]", where all sort of weird things are happening in a single university campus. The only one that throws Bobby is an alien abduction. However, he doesn't act like it's impossible, he just says that even if aliens do exist, he's never come across any evidence of them.
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E09ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Clap Your Hands if You Believe]]" revolves around supposed alien abductions. Dean eventually begins to talk about how they have to "change their entire worldview" after one such abduction. [[spoiler:It's actually a leprechaun, posing as an alien expert, and working with the rest of TheFairFolk, who fakes the "abductions" as part of a DealWithTheDevil he has with various people.]]
** Despite there being hundreds of years of lore and mythology relating to dragons that predates their inclusion in fantasy fiction and video games, in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E12LikeAVirgin Like a Virgin]]", both Sam and Dean believe that they cannot exist because they only exist in fiction and video games.
-->'''Bobby:''' They're not like the Loch Ness monster, Dean; dragons aren't ''real.''
** Since season one, the most consistent mantra has been that "everything's real but Sasquatch". (Dean explicitly says in one episode that "every hunter worth their salt knows Sasquatch isn't real"). It's actually ''exactly that''. By season 4, angels and God are confirmed. Aliens have been confirmed by angels and Death stating there's other planets and life forms they could be dealing with. Still no sign of Sasquatch.
** When Castiel's vessel, Jimmy Novak, first started receiving messages notifying him of his destiny (shown in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E20TheRapture The Rapture]]"), his wife was understandably confused and worried. Hearing voices isn't good, after all. But then Jimmy sticks his hand in a pot of boiling water ''and is perfectly fine'', and she ''still'' thinks he's crazy.
** The first time the boys run into vampires, Dean thinks the idea of hunting vampires is hilarious, despite the fact that their dad is telling him that he learned from one of the best {{Vampire Hunter}}s to ever live, Daniel Elkins. Justified, however, because vampires were thought to be extinct (and nearly were, due mostly to Elkins' work) and have been for years, and therefore the remaining ones do their best to keep a low profile.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
** Scott has difficulty at first believing that the BigBad who's behind the sacrifices in season 3 is a druid, even through, as Stiles points out, Scott himself is a ''werewolf.''
** Subverted in the episode "Motel California": when Lydia starts hearing voices, Allison automatically believes her because of everything else they have seen.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** Particularly ridiculous is the episode [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E4Meat "Meat"]], in which Gwen's fiancé refuses to believe that her job is "catching aliens", ''despite having seen one himself not two hours earlier''. Although, to be fair, he probably thought that was just a ''regular'' giant mutant land whale. His response is an incredulous "Aliens? In ''Cardiff?''". London has been invaded, publicly, by various aliens constantly over the last few years. [[AliensInCardiff But Cardiff? No f'in way]].
** Also in ''Torchwood'', while Gwen freaked out at first and was in mild denial, she accepted aliens pretty quickly. Fairies, on the other hand, she scoffed continually at, until some showed up and started killing people.
** And again in the second episode of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'': the entire world may be immortal at the moment, but Rex still doesn't believe Jack that he used to be.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** When Jason learns of the various supernatural beings, he excitedly asks if Bigfoot and Santa Claus are real, and is flatly told no.
** Arlene assumes Terry is off his medication because he claims he's been marked for death by a fire demon. Lampshaded by Holly, who reminds her that they live in a world of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters and were haunted by a ghost not long ago. Lafayette, who can actually channel the dead, doesn't even believe it until the dead woman who summoned the demon starts talking to him.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Stefan manages to say with a straight face, while wearing a magic ring given to him by a witch that protects him from dying, "That's impossible" to the idea that [[spoiler:Alaric has a magical ring that protects him from dying]]. Alright, so his [[spoiler:protects him from burning up in sunlight while Alaric's resurrected him when he was stabbed in the chest, but ''still''.]]
** Stefan may learn his lesson from this, since in the next season it's his brother Damon who finds the possible existence of werewolves ridiculous. To be fair, he explicitly points out that he would have expected to run into some before in his century-and-a-half wandering the Earth.
* ''Series/Warehouse13'':
** From the episode "Endless Wonder", where an artifact is making people taller.
--->'''Myka:''' Maybe it's Myth/PaulBunyan's axe? Or [[Literature/TheBible King David's slingshot]]?\\
'''Pete:''' Or [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk a bag of magic beans]].\\
'''Artie:''' We have the axe. We have the slingshot. And the beans? Please, that's just a fairy tale!\\
'''Pete:''' Okay, good to know where we draw the line.
** Myka has this habit. It's most explicitly pointed out in "Time Will Tell" when Myka has the nerve to proclaim that there's no such thing as cavorite [[note]]an AntiGravity metal from an Creator/HGWells story[[/note]] while she and Pete are stuck to the ceiling due to a gadget ''made by H.G. Wells''.
--->'''Myka:''' Cavorite was an anti-gravity metal that H.G. Wells wrote about, but cavorite doesn't exist... I mean, there's no such thing.\\
'''Pete:''' Myka, in this job there's no such thing as "no such thing." We just met the female H.G. Wells, for crying out loud.
** She also does it in "Beyond Our Control":
---> '''Artie:''' Somehow, light and matter coalesced, and a 3D-projected Sherman tank became solid enough to shell the crowd.\\
'''Myka:''' How is that even possible?\\
'''Pete:''' You're still asking that question?\\
'''Myka:''' I'm still hoping for an answer.
** Pete does this in "3...2...1", laughing at the idea that H.G. Wells could have made a rocket in the 1800s. She immediately points out that he's used a ''time-machine'' she made in the 1800s. He hates her at the time, so he disregards everything she says.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' episode "Helping Hand":
-->'''Mother:''' You're not making an antenna to talk to Martians again, are you?\\
'''Max:''' We're wizards. Why does everyone think it's crazy that there's Martians?
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': In "Old Ares Had A Farm", Xena and Gabriel speculate about the presence of ghosts, Ares mocks them and humans in general for inventing weird supernatural creatures just to explain any unknown phenomena, ya know, like, gods. It's even more ridiculous when you consider that Ares himself was face-to-face with ghosts in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode, "The Vanishing Dead".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Scully. Her ability to deny phenomena outside her "present scientific knowledge has all the answers, and if something's outside that set, it doesn't exist" worldview becomes increasingly illogical the longer she's dealing with aliens, vampires, etc. In one great scene, Mulder calls her out on it, notes that his theories are right a healthy majority of the time and demands a little credit. It was even funnier when she was presented with things that are physically impossible. She just doesn't believe in aliens, but admits they could exist in theory. It was later revealed that Scully's sudden credulity was only because she was trying to fill the void left by Mulder and that there was little real conviction behind it.
** Mulder believes in any paranormal activity except those related to the religion; Scully has a deep Catholic faith, apparently with no problems regarding her skepticism otherwise, while Mulder appears to be perhaps a HollywoodAtheist, saying angrily that he refuses to believe in a God that would let his sister die, despite plenty of cases where supernatural Christian (and specifically ''[[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic]]'') phenomena is shown to be true.
** Doggett. Doggett simply proclaims things impossible and refuses to discuss it further.

* A campfire song (to the tune of "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes") seems to be about this effect:
-->''There are no bananas in the sky, in the sky.\\
There are no bananas in the sky, in the sky.\\
There's a sun and a moon and a coconut cream pie,\\
But there are no bananas in the sky.''

[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]
* Creator/CSLewis argued [[Literature/TheFourGospels the story]] of Thomas doubting Jesus had risen was this. When Jesus told him "You have believed because you have seen. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed." this was not, in Lewis's view, endorsing a blind faith. Rather, because Thomas had already seen Jesus perform many miracles (including another resurrection) and heard him predict his own, refusal to believe without seeing him was unreasonable. For someone else, Lewis agreed it would be reasonable wanting to see Jesus personally before they believed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Are You a Werewolf'', a variant of a Russian game, Mafia. The main difference is the addition of character types, among which is the Skeptic. The person who draws that card must refuse to believe in werewolves until someone adjacent to them is killed by one, no matter how many nights someone is mauled mysteriously in the middle of the night.
* The Palladium game ''Beyond the Supernatural'' included the Nega-Psychic class, who can spend all night fighting ghosts and evil wizards and still refuse to acknowledge their existence, or at the very least, rationalize away their experiences. Ironically, Nega-Psychics ''are'' psychics whose extreme skepticism weakens supernatural powers around them (including their teammates', unfortunately).
* Similar to the above, the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' setting has the Sleepwalker merit that a character can take. This merit allows a non-supernatural character to see and comprehend magic as performed by mages. Normal people (AKA sleepers) react with Disbelief when they see magic, causing the spell to both fail and have catastrophic consequences for the mage who cast it. Similarly, werewolves have Lunacy, which means that mortals who see them do not understand what is going on and rationalize the experience in their own minds, and changelings have the Mask, which shields mortals from seeing their Fae aspects unless the changeling wills it.
* A weird example exists in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the severity of it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on what source you're reading]]. The Empire refuses to believe in the existence of the Skaven, giant mutant rat people living just below the surface of the world. While this would normally be understandable, it must be pointed out that mutant Beastmen, Elves, Dragons and Magic are all just facts of life in this setting and the Dwarves exist in a constant state of war with the Skaven. Various sources have explained this as The Empire keeping it hushed up (to keep people from panicking), the Skaven themselves keeping their existence quiet or even some innate magic of the Skaven making they exist. Older sources said that people dismissed them as being a Beastmen variant, despite looking and acting nothing like Beastmen and being [[{{Magitek}} far more technologically advanced]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has an example of this with the [[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/humanoids/sasquatch Sasquatch]]. Its description [[LampshadeHanging highlights]] that even in a FantasyKitchenSink setting, scholars still doubt the existence of Sasquatches, citing a lack of remains or lairs. {{Justified|Trope}} in that Sasquatches are remarkably stealthy in their forest habitats, feel no need to build or modify potential lairs, carefully and solemnly bury their dead, and have a language that sounds like natural forest noises.

* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', Caesar accepts superstition regarding the Lupercal festival as fact, and then refuses to believe a soothsayer telling him that March 15th will be a bad day.
* ''{{Theatre/Macbeth}}'': Witches can predict the future and cast spells, dead men can come back as ghosts, apparitions can rise from cauldrons... but trees can't move. That would be silly.
* ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'':
** Little Red Riding Hood doesn't believe Jack's really been up the beanstalk or that a hen laid a golden egg despite the world they live in. She similarly responds in disbelief to Cinderella talking to birds despite the fact she talked to a wolf.
** The Steward and Cinderella's family don't believe the Baker when he reports the Giantess despite a Giant having just been slain a little while ago.
** Used as a gag when everyone is trying to guess what [[spoiler:caused the Witch's garden to be destroyed,]] listing off Dragons, Giants, and Manticores. The Witch disdainfully comments that Manticores aren't real.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': [[spoiler:JC calls out Tracer on mentioning the Illuminati when the former was on his belly trying to escape the [=VersaLife=] labs with his life, thinking Tracer was making a poorly-timed joke. Tracer wasn't, and it's strange that JC would doubt him, after having escaped a hidden base beneath his old workplace, and discovering the existence of a shadow government.]]
* The ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series, known amongst other things for its humor, lampshades this trope by having Roland Ironfist say the following on his first letter to his wife, in ''Might and Magic VI'':
-->'''Roland Ironfist:''' No, Catherine, Lord Kilburn was probably slain by something much more mundane than devils; perhaps a pair of dragons.
:: This was clearly meant to be a joke, since Enroth, the planet on which the realm Roland rules is on, sports angels. The "devils" turn to be demon-like aliens. At least, an ''out-universe'' joke -- from Roland's perspective, it's a lot less arbitrary than it might seem (the game that ''introduced'' Roland had dragon attacks as as mundane a cause of death as boating accidents, food poisoning and falling out of windows. Devils, meanwhile, have been completely absent from recorded history).
* It's rather odd that in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link has to go out of his way to ensure that [[{{Masquerade}} no one knows]] that he can [[WolfMan turn into a wolf]]. Well, [[AnimalTalk not the humans]], at least. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' is similar, hiding the existence of the eponymous magical race from [[AdultsAreUseless anyone who's not a child]]. In defense of the game, Link's deeds are not known to most people, but the terrible horror they felt when they were in the Dark Realm is, and Link's wolf form is clearly a Dark Creature. People who are more aware of Link's activities, like the Zora, are more accepting of his alternate form.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' Snake is extremely skeptical of [[DepravedBisexual Vamp's]] abilities, fervently reaching for every possibly logical explanation for the wall climbing (later proven to be tech-based), his regen ability (again, tech-based[[note]][[MindScrew yet also natural at the same time]][[/note]]), and then Vamp's ability to paralyze people by pinning their shadow (actually a form of hypnosis). What's funny is that Snake has seen a man that could command ravens, a very powerful psychic that can brainwash people, and is himself a clone who is [[BreakingTheFourthWall aware he is a video-game character]].
** This gets carried onto his ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' incarnation, with the way he grouses about magic.
** Also in ''Metal Gear Solid 2'', Ocelot says near the end of the game that there's no such thing as the supernatural. Never mind that he's previously ''been on the same team'' as the aforementioned raven-controlling guy and psychic, [[spoiler:his father]] could communicate with ghosts, create rainstorms at will, and is now a ghost himself who continues to do these things, and he himself spends half the game being ''possessed by a ghost''.
** This also applies to Snake's comments regarding Fortune near the end of the game. Even though he's faced far stranger people than her, he maintains there's "no such thing as a witch".
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'', Snake is skeptical of the ostensibly psychic Alice Hazel. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right... sort of. She was really just familiar with the layout of the base, which was why she was able to provide help there, but also involved is the reincarnation of ghost children... or something. [[VoodooShark It's complicated.]]]]
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' examples above are parodied in ''VideoGame/MerryGearSolid'' with Otacon asking Snake about the above-mentioned supernatural(-seeming) events, and how he's fine with those, but not the concept of Santa Claus. They then hypothesize that Santa uses nanomachines too.
* ''Travians'' includes a pig that can talk, two hats possessed by the souls of dead robbers, a physical land of the dead (apparently controlled by the military), and magic spells cast by a good witch and several druids... including a spell that turns a man into a frog for quite some time and some spells to protect houses and people, plus a love spell. Despite all this being pretty common knowledge among the NPC's, one NPC scoffs at his brother believing in a dowsing rod (which works, btw).
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/EvilDeadAFistfulOfBoomstick'', when Ash travels back in time to the 1700's, meets his colonial-era ancestor, and explains how he's the man's descendant from the future and came back to fight a time-traveling army of demons. His ancestor immediately agrees to help and when Ash skeptically remarks that he seems to be accepting the situation a little too easily, his ancestor responds that after a night of fighting demons from another dimension, he's ready to believe anything.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'':
** In the Case Files included with the Collector's Edition, it's noted that Dr. Penelope Young ''refuses'' to believe that the Ratcatcher can actually command rats, and believes he just has a bizarre form of Messiah complex; quite apart from the fact that working at Arkham requires her to treat extraordinary patients like Clayface and Poison Ivy, she's also going out of her way to ignore all the evidence of the Ratcatcher's ability provided by Batman and most of the other doctors at Arkham. For good measure, she continues to maintain her scepticism despite the fact that the Ratcatcher's cell is infested with rats!
** On a lesser note, Doctor Whistler initially didn't believe Killer Croc's insinuations that he engaged in cannibalism, assuming he was just trying to scare her. Keep in mind that Croc is about ten-feet tall, an extraordinarily violent criminal (with Whistler being well aware that police only tend to find partial remains of his victims), is kept in Arkham's sewers for lack of a better place to house him, and has scales and razor sharp teeth.
* Eavesdropping on random mooks in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' can reveal some real gems. Working for a crazed supervillain with a clown motif? No problem. Biggest enemy is a man in a bat costume who drops out of the sky and disappears into the darkness? All in a day's work. Dealing with a monster who resurrects every time he dies, a woman who controls plants with her mind, drugs that can double your height and bring mass from nowhere? Pshaw, no big deal. Claim you saw ninjas? What, are you ''crazy'' or something? (The fact that they happen to be in America and not Japan is the main reason for them mocking the one witness.)
* ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' subplot about the high school being haunted. The members of SEES treat the rumor with varying levels of skepticism and fear. That would make sense, if it weren't for the fact that SEES [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld fights dozens of "shadows" in the high school several times a week]]. This may be more of an IfJesusThenAliens case, as the shadows had thus far followed a strict set of rules regarding their appearances and ability to affect reality, being confined to the Dark Hour and all. A supernatural event taking place outside of that time would be at best a hoax, at worst an actual incursion beyond their previously established limitations. [[spoiler:Turns out the ghost story is not a ghost's doing but a girl who was trapped in Tartarus due to a cruel prank played on her and the ghostly sounds were the echoes of her inner voice while her body didn't exist in our world. It's... complicated]].
* One of the conversations between Leliana and Morrigan in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' points out the flaw in many accusations of arbitrary skepticism. Asked why she doesn't believe in [[CrystalDragonJesus the Maker]] despite using magic on a daily basis, Morrigan points out that she can see and feel magic and watch it cause tangible effects on the world around her, yet she has nothing more than vague legends to support the existence of the Maker. On the other hand, Morrigan's lack of belief in an afterlife seems odd considering that your party encounters ghosts on a number of occasions.
** Morrigan's skepticism continues in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', where she adamantly believes the Elven Gods of old were merely ancient elf rulers whose subjects mistook them for gods, if they existed at all. If the player allows it, she will even [[spoiler: knowingly complete a ritual that binds her to serve one]] believing it to be an empty threat because the being in question doesn't exist. Unfortunately for her, she's wrong. Mythal is very real, [[spoiler:or rather, ''was'' real: she was murdered by other gods and her vestigial aspect is carried by Morrigan's mother, Flemeth]]. That said, ''Trespasser'' [[spoiler:basically vindicates her skepticism: the elven pantheon ''were'' real ancient elven kings, the Evanuris--although "god-kings" would be a more appropriate term, since their magical power approached that of a PhysicalGod, so Morrigan is at least wrong about the "''mistaken'' for gods" part]].
** Sera from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' also adamantly believes the Elven Gods of old were not gods at all, but merely demons (proven entities in this world). However, while Morrigan had at least not believed in ''[[MagicAIsMagicA any]]'' gods or the afterlife before, Sera had earlier in the game been confronted with "proof" (to her) that "fairy stories" she had previously not believed in [[spoiler: like the Seven Magisters entering the Fade and becoming the first Darkspawn]], thus the Golden City and the Maker, were "real things" after all. But not elven stories. Nope.
* In ''VideoGame/MySims Agents'', we have Agent Rosalyn and Agent Vic, government agents who are investigating the disappearance of a young [[spoiler:bottled water CEO]]. Vic is sure it's the fault of a yeti, while Rosalyn is just as sure that it's not. It turns out that [[spoiler:there is a yeti]], but [[spoiler:the boy was unaware of this, and pretending to be a yeti and smashing things so the lodge would have to shut down and he could move in]]. But Rosalyn isn't who we're talking about here. At your next jet destination, there's a zombie butler. Both the yeti and the zombie [[spoiler:gained their current form thanks to the Nightmare Crown]]. Additionally, you've been able to communicate on a pretty high level with a dog and a wolf... but you're skeptical about a girl befriending a giant squid?
* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', Nate and Elena's disbelief that the [[PublicDomainArtifact Cintamani Stone]] has supernatural powers would be a lot more believable if they hadn't fought [[spoiler:Nazi zombies]] in the first game. Then again, [[spoiler:the scene where Gabriel Roman is killed makes it look like the zombies are caused by TheVirus. Supported by Navarro mentioned how much this thing is worth "to the right buyer".]] They get better about it once they actually reach Shambhala, but Chloe still isn't quite convinced. Elena [[LampshadeHanging calls her out on it]].
-->'''Elena:''' We're standing in ''Shambhala'' and you're questioning what's possible?
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', Cortez brushes off the idea of zombies, even though he's a time-traveler from a world that is currently under siege from ravenous, lightning-shooting creatures and ''he fought zombies in the previous game.''
* Tommy of ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' doesn't believe in what his grandfather is trying to tell him about his mystical heritage. This is understandable at the game start, but is a little strange that his beliefs are nearly unchanged after dying multiple times, visiting two different afterlifes, routinely separating his spirit from his body and running around a giant bio-mechanical spaceship. In fact, when Tommy first expresses his disbelief over the spirit world, while ''in'' the spirit world, to ''the glowing blue ghost of his dead grandfather'', said grandfather just stares at him in a way that lampshades the absurdity more than words ever could.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Travis can't believe Sylvia when she says he's just fought an undead child powered by the devil. This is coming from a guy whose master's ghost ran his own gym for a while after dying, guided him through a forest, and handed him a farewell note. This boss was at the first of three [[AkashicRecords Akashic points]] in the game. The mere fact that he even got there by some strange sort of teleportation should tell him something's off. It's lampshaded after Travis beats the first Akashic boss, where Sylvia tells Travis the undead devil kid's story, and Travis simply shrugs and replies with "All assassins are fucked up somehow. Hell, nothing surprises me anymore."
* In ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', the main characters bring [[spoiler:Tezkhra]] ''BackFromTheDead''... but his claims to be a god? Preposterous! Lampshaded by himself at one point:
-->'''Ques:''' So, you really are a god?\\
'''[[spoiler:Tezkhra]]:''' Of course. You did not believe me?\\
'''Ques:''' 'Twas a preposterous claim.
* In ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', several characters are skeptical of the existence of Deathclaws, believing them to be just ghost stories. This is a world where giant, bloodthirsty mutant beasts of all kinds roam the wastelands. Yet, a beast that's just a little bigger and scarier is apparently nonsense. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Deathclaws were a creature that had only recently moved into the area and there weren't very many of them. In later games though, the skepticism seems to have disappeared as Deathclaws have become more widely known about.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'':
** Lynne says she doesn't believe in a sixth sense. Sissel points out that she is currently a ghost.
** Subverted hilariously with Missile, who doesn't find Sissel's ability to travel back to 4 minutes before his death strange at all. His logic being something along the lines of "If human can walk on two legs, it's not so out there that they can walk backwards in time." Given Missile is a Pomeranian, one can't fault him for his logic.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Professor Hojo occasionally falls into this. He has two one-of-a-kind species in his lab at one point, he's trying to clone an ancient race of magic-using humans who no longer exist (Aerith is half-Cetra), he accepts that the Planet's giant self-defense Eldritch Abominations exist with little more than a shrug, his company uses souls to make batteries...yet he refuses to believe Chaos is a real thing until Vincent transforms right in front of him. Apparently, he thought Vincent's ressurrection after Chaos supposedly fused with him was a total coincidence.
** Professor Gast is acknowledged as a better scientist mostly because he has morals, but he also seems to keep a more open mind, having been the first person both to think of the Jenova Project ''and'' to acknowledge that he was wrong about Jenova being an Ancient.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'':
** Leah's skepticism of her Uncle Deckard's "crazy stories" (expressed while in the middle of a siege against the risen dead) is spoofed in this ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/21 strip]].
** Abd al-Hazir who provides narration on mostly mundane creatures and historical events is openly dismissive when it comes to the Burning Hells and High Heavens.
* Over the course of the ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', the player character has encountered magical creatures and phenomena of every single kind, from zombies to vampires, from mummies to werewolves, from a WizardingSchool to the very depths of the HollowEarth. Despite all of that- and despite being a powerful magician himself/herself- the player character appears to draw the line at Dragan having a conversation with a teddy bear.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', one quest starts with the player encountering a talking dog named Barbas. If you express disbelief, Barbas mocks you thusly:
-->'''Barbas:''' Skyrim is now host to [[OurDragonsAreDifferent giant, flying lizards]] and [[CatFolk two-legged cat-men]], and you're surprised by ''me?'' Yes, I just talked! And am ''continuing'' to do so!
* Thoroughly mocked in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2.'' Grobnar believes in the Wendersnaven, mythical, invisible, all-powerful entities that he thinks can help in the quest. Everyone else dismisses his claims out of hand. This is in the motherfracking ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms,'' where [[FantasyKitchenSink every single fantasy creature you can think of]] and dozens of gods demonstrably exist.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'', King Graham gets kidnapped by a giant bird, is promptly rescued by a smaller bird, and reunited with Cedric the Owl. When Cedric asks him what happened, Graham's response is YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou. This is despite the fact that ignoring the rest of the weird stuff that's happened to him, just five minutes earlier Graham killed a yeti with a custard pie to help an ice queen and her talking wolves. Why would he think a talking bird wouldn't believe a talking bird helped him?
* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', near the end of the game Elizabeth [[spoiler:transports herself, Booker, and Songbird to [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Rapture]] via a tear]]. Booker's reaction, after having been merrily galavanting around ''a city in the sky''? (Though considering it's right in front of him and rather hard to ignore, he could just be saying that the concept is ridiculous.)
-->'''Booker:''' [[spoiler: A city... at the bottom of the ocean?]] Pfft. Ridiculous.
* This can actually be used as a ''buff'' in ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', through the "There Must be a Rational Explanation" skill. Gives you some pretty nifty magic resistance in exchange for not being able to cast spells, but why would you cast spells if they don't exist?
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Patrick doesn't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBZUYELqe3Y believe in magic]]. But he uses magic all the time, and owns a magical stone.
* In ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'', Date Masamune refuses to believe that Zhang Jiao can work miracles when he meets the character, despite by that point in the story Masamune has been working for a demon lord, traveling through time, and met and fought with and beside multiple gods.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Johnny Cage can use KiAttacks. However, he assumes that the exotic members of the tournament are just fighters into cosplay with special effects, and laughs off Raiden and Liu Kang's explanation of the tournament's purpose in allowing Outworld to invade Earthrealm. He is eventually convinced.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', the disbelief of several characters (most prominently L'Arc, the main character) in the existence of gods is awfully odd considering many other aspects of their day-to-day lives such as monsters and magic. L'Arc is particularly notable for this because he is capable of summoning extremely powerful beasts called Rogress, which would make it a bit odd that he outright denies the god's claim of existence. What makes it even crazier is that he is ''explicitly'' referred to as "the Child of Eesa" and ''is'' TheChosenOne of the local religion.
* In ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', Set Roth and his secret circle might be devoutly religious but they look down on the idea of magic and supernatural forces, believing that pure reason and knowledge alone are the path to understanding God. It is, however, justified in that Roth is fully aware that most of the Nazis super-weapons are actually [[spoiler:stolen or reverse-engineered from discoveries that he and his companions made over the years]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'':
** Edgeworth lampshades his own Arbitrary Skepticism when he scoffs at the impossibility of spiritual power, then finds himself [[spoiler:[[PsychicPowers looking for any of the "Psycholocks" produced by Phoenix's magatama that would indicate that Iris is hiding something]]]].
-->'''Edgeworth:''' And here I just finished saying that I don't believe in spiritual power...
** Edgeworth also dismisses spirit mediums in general, despite the fact that Maya and Pearl have channeled Mia's spirit in court before his very eyes. It's implied that he doesn't see her because he doesn't ''want'' to believe.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Spoofed on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail145.html myths and legends]], where the cut-out of a Bear Holding a Shark is treated as a Bigfoot-like monster:
-->'''Strong Sad:''' I'm sure it's just a weather balloon or a foreign exchange student. These strange beasts just aren't real!\\
'''Strong Bad:''' ...said [[StylisticSelfParody the elephant-footed ghost man]].
* Kirby from ''WebAnimation/PerfectKirby'' is shocked when he's told that he has to rescue an alien about the existence of aliens, and his boss points out that Kirby is an alien. It's actually subverted in that he knew aliens existed, he just didn't know any that worked for them. Neil then explains that lots of aliens work for them, including in the cafeteria.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Agatha gets called on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031231 exhibiting]] this trope: Krosp objects that she works with mad scientists and should be able to handle a talking cat.
** Krosp tries to invoke it on the former Heterodyne Senechal Carson von Mekkhan in Mechanicsburg later on only to be told off that a talking bipedal cat isn't the strangest thing in town. After all, the Heterodynes are a family of incredibly strong [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Sparks]] that routinely do things that ''[[MadScientist other Sparks]]'' [[UpToEleven have trouble believing]].
* Played with a bit in ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound''. After scaring off a ghost with a holograph, The Boy expresses surprise that it would fall for such a trick. Ryan's response: "Ghosts got to be superstitious! Tell them there's a flying top-hat full of yoghurt out to get them... you'll get the benefit of the doubt."
* Kat Donlan of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' seems to be mentally distinguishing between [[MagicVersusScience magic and science]], in a 'verse where that dichotomy may not exist. She has no difficulty accepting the explicitly supernatural: [[TheGrimReaper psychopomps]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]], [[TheFairFolk fairies]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]-possessed stuffed animals, [[LivingShadow shadow-men]], {{Physical God}}s, [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]], and [[{{Metamorphosis}} people turning into birds]]. But she [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=517 doesn't believe in magic]], even though her own parents are both science teachers who practice magic. And when it comes to robots, she's reluctant to consider the possibility of {{magitek}}, and outright scoffs at the idea of androids realistic enough to pass for humans. Lampshaded by Antimony [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=404 here]].
-->'''Antimony:''' We have seen stranger. Remember that cursed teapot?\\
'''Kat:''' Yeahhhhh... But that was... I don't even '''know''' what '''that''' was about...
* Psycho Mantis in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' fan {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' is vehemently opposed to the idea of ghosts existing despite increasing evidence that they do when Big Boss possesses Liquid and being confronted by The Sorrow later on. This despite the fact that he is a ''psychic''. The Sorrow {{lampshades}} this. The comic seems to provide a [[JustifiedTrope reasonable explanation]] for Mantis' skepticism, namely that he might ''really'' want there to not be ghosts, since if there are, that means he's going to have to face a ''lot'' of pissed off victims of his when he dies. Rather ironically, ''his ghost'' shows up in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' usually avoids this, at least with its main characters anyway. The bartender Crystal, however, falls pretty squarely into this trope. If she hears the other characters talking about aliens or vampires, she just assumes they're very drunk (which, granted, they usually are around her). She does this despite the fact that she's been to their Halloween parties (where a demon appears each year to devour Torg's soul), and regularly serves alfalfa margaritas to a talking rabbit.
* In one ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' arc Ash refuses to believe that a guy who just challenged her to a race could (a) talk to cars, and (b) be haunted by a dark force. For the record Ash [[WeirdnessMagnet lives with two Angels, has been intermittently stalked by a third, befriended by another racer who was haunted by her dead sister]] oh, yeah, and she [[GenderBender used to be a guy]].
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Piro (and Erika, and sometimes others) openly discredits the concept of zombies, and seems to be [[InvisibleToNormals completely unaware]] of the existence of {{Kaiju}}, {{Magical Girl}}s and, possibly, ninjas. This is coming from a guy who takes advice from an [[GoodAngelBadAngel angel and devil]] and, oh yes, has a RobotGirl living with him. There's also his gunslinger friends, the odd gadgets Largo creates, and [[Webcomic/AppleGeeks Hawk]], but these may be negligible compared to everything else that happens. Course, there ''was'' a certain amount of vagueness on how much of Largovision was actually real, or at least, in the same universe that Pirovision was seeing. Piro seems to mistake zombies for fanboys, or Largo mistakes fanboys for zombies, [[MindScrew or both, or something.]] Piro's not noticing giant beasts, {{Magical Girl}}s, etc. is probably due to a PerceptionFilter combined with (or created by) his general obliviousness.
* In ''Chaos Pet'', we have two characters discussing whether dogs can think like humans think. Then, we cut to SufficientlyAdvancedAliens discussing if humans can think or not.
* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'':
** Starscream's Brigade has encountered the distilled power of [[CrystalDragonJesus Primus]] in the Matrix, battled against the priest and servants of a chaos god, and communicated with hyperevolved extradimensional beings. Starscream himself is immortal, has seen the afterlife and simply becomes a ghost when his body is destroyed. And yet their master strategist Thrust is repeatedly mocked for his trust in astrology and tarot cards.
** {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s Skyfire and Dreadmoon.
* You'd think [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Raphael]] wouldn't be so fast to discount a few oddities in his world, but in ''Webcomic/MutantNinjaTurtlesGaiden'', he's completely (violently) unwilling to believe that a human could've been turned into a mutant turtle. It's even lampshaded [[http://www.obscurezodiac.com/mntgchapter10.php?p=18 later on]].
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The eponymous doctor is from a family comprised of ninja who never remove their masks for any reason; he lives next to a haunted forest; his hometown has a zombie contingency plan (and yes, it gets used [[spoiler:because the guy that instituted it [[SetrIGHTWhatOnceWentWrong came from the future specifically to do so]]]]); his mentor was a clone of Benjamin Franklin; and it only gets weirder from there. So what strikes him as unbelievably absurd? 1. A family legend about Irish proto-ninja defending their village by throwing frozen shamrocks, and 2. an ancient South American doomsday device that will go off if no-one plays tennis with it. For the record, he doesn't disbelieve them so much as think they're completely ridiculous. Which they are. Later on in those storylines, he has to use frozen shamrocks to fend off pirates just like the legend goes and the tennis temple merely unveils the BigBookOfEverything left behind by the tribe that build it.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'':
** Lampshaded: this from a talking dog and a patchwork zombie, whose office also employs a SteamPunk robot, a swarm of bees, and a helicopter with the brain of a video game nerd. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Tip]].
--->'''Sweetheart:''' Werewolves are storybook monsters, Unity!\\
'''Unity:''' You're telling a ''zombie''? Whaddya ''think'' they are?\\
'''Sweetheart:''' I don't know! I thought we were after genetically-engineered talking Canadian super-dogs!\\
'''Unity:''' Yeah, cause that's ''so'' much more real.\\
'''Sweetheart:''' Okay, so this job can get weird.
** Played for laughs again later, when a New Orleans doctor they meet is accepting and completely used to zombies -- but is utterly freaked out when the dog starts talking.
--->'''Remy:''' Sorry. There's weird, there's New Orleans weird, and apparently there's a third tier I wasn't aware of.
** And then it turns out that he believes in the voudon "death-like state" zombies -- he hadn't realized Unity was an actual deadgirl.
** Remy in turn lampshades Sweetheart's reluctance to believe in possession.
--->'''Remy:''' No, I'd never say anything so absurd to a talking dog.
* ''Webcomic/HijinksEnsue'' refers to this as [[http://hijinksensue.com/2009/05/13/a-severe-case-of-scullyosis/ "Scullyosis"]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** {{Discussed|Trope}}:
--->'''TG:''' dude monsters aren't real\\
'''TG:''' that's stupid kids stuff for stupid babies\\
'''EB:''' maybe. yeah you're right.\\
'''TG:''' what are you an idiot\\
'''TG:''' of course there are monsters in your house\\
'''TG:''' you're in some weird evil monster dimension come on\\
'''TG:''' skepticism is the crutch of cinematic troglodytes
** Also played with in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004467 this conversation]] where Karkat scoffs at Kanaya for asking whether magic is real, but then admits that all the stuff Sburb has done for them so far has been magic anyway:
'''FCG:''' [[ScienceFantasy GOOFY SCIENCEY MAGIC.]] YOU KNOW?
** It's something of a RunningGag that a surprising number of characters maintain that magic is fakey-fake bullshit despite knowing about -- and sometimes ''having'' -- God-Tier superpowers.
* By the eighth story arc in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' scientist Jean Poule is rather appalled to realize she has [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081025.html LOST her arbitrary skepticism where Bob is concerned.]]
* [[http://shawntionary.com/clockworks/?p=1302 Seen here]] in ''Webcomic/{{Clockworks}}''
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Ellen anticipated her friends will doubt her story about [[spoiler:living another life while asleep]]. [[UnfazedEveryman Sarah]] pointed out that they aren't in position to say an idea is "so out there":
--->'''Sarah:''' Look at us! We've got an [[HalfHumanHybrid alien hybrid]], two [[FunctionalMagic magic users]], a MadScientist and [[GenderBender we're all the opposite sex]] for a party!
** To the general public in the comic all of that is not just weird, but ''impossible''.
** More recently, Justin ''failed'' to exhibit this trope. He's making a point and bringing up Big Foot as an example, and then...
--->'''Justin:''' Wait a minute, after all we've seen... '''OH MY GOD BIGFOOT IS REAL'''
** In a [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=259 side comic]], Susan scoffs at the thought of people making strategies to survive a ZombieApocalypse, since walking corpses are scientifically impossible, only for Grace to remind her that they live in a world with FunctionalMagic (which Susan can use herself). Susan promptly changes her tune.
* In ''Webcomic/ThisIsTheWorstIdeaYouveEverHad'' Cynthia, the local CatGirl says vampires don't exist.
* ''Webcomic/DandyAndCompany'': Bernard's teacher is told that they are living with talking or full-on anthropomorphic animals but doesn't believe it. Then the series experiences EarthDrift, talking and anthropomorphic animals turn out to be fairly common and not particularly secretive about it, with some even being celebrities and... he still won't believe.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'', when Sry'nj promptly accepts Gravedust's talk about visiting the astral plane because he has been using magic involving souls the whole time, and [[spoiler: he just used astral travel to bring them all back from the dead]].
* Page 81 of ''Webcomic/{{Ratfist}}'':
-->''"I don't believe in angels. Now if you want to talk about aliens, those are totally real. But angels? Nah."''
* ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'': When Glenn tells his friends about getting attacked by [[DemBones ambulatory skeletons]] and accidentally acquiring a stick with magic powers, they naturally think he has an overactive imagination. What pushes it into Arbitrary Skepticism is that, even after his friends eventually accept that the stick has magic powers, they continue to insist that walking skeletons can't be real.
* Thief from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' refuses to believe that dragons exist, and actually starts this belief after actually seeing one, and before that he didn't deny they existed when he was told about a dragon. Late in the comic it appears he believed this because he felt it made him less likely to encounter them.
* Discussed in the notes for one of the Ravenholm strips in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'':
--> ''"... and others wondered how exactly he could be a zombie and not be a mindless undead creature like the rest of the zombies. It just didn't make sense to some people (oddly, no-one has yet questioned how he is able to not only write letters to Dr. Breen, but also have them promptly delivered)."''
* ''Blog/{{Moonstuck}}'' has Science Woona (a magical unicorn pony with wings) [[http://woonastuck.tumblr.com/post/17150752489 gets pretty upset when science is openly defied.]] Even better -- [[AlterEgoActing Science Woona is just regular Woona]] with NerdGlasses and a [[LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine labcoat]]. Guess who used her magical unicorn pony princess powers to defy science?
* [[AwesomeMcCoolname RheaSnaketail]], from ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'', is actually called out on this by another character.
-->'''Sammy:''' It's funny to hear you excited about Khamega when your best friends are an Angel and a Demon!
* Asia Ellis from ''Webcomic/MorphE'' begins her first lesson in magic flat-out rejecting the concept, and when told how to picture an aura states [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1855012/chapter-2-page-64-skeptic/ "how can I visualize something which does not exist?"]]. She has already used magic herself once in the story before this point and has had telepathic conversations and been teleported from one location to another. This is only counting the magic applied to her person. She does have reasons for holding firmly to her beliefs in reality, however. Something in her past required her to have to relearn everything she once knew and she does not believe herself capable of going through that again.
* Clarice/Agent 146 from ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'': She deals with ghosts on a near-daily basis and has a cybernetic arm. But refuses to believe that [[spoiler:Hope]] has psychic abilities.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-04-01 Nick's reaction]] to a movie he just finished watching. Apparently a movie about ghosts is fine, but not if the main character has both custom grips and a palm lock on his side arm.
* An odd case in ''[[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/comics/2126040/the-weight-of-skepticism/ Neko The Kitty]]'': Murphy can buy that dragons exist, but not that they can fly. Despite the fact that he ''saw'' Rremly fly in. Unfortunately, dragons also depend on Suspension of Disbelief to do things like fly, so as long as Murphy can't believe, they're all stuck in their current location.
-->'''Rremly:''' I've never had anyone believe I exist but not believe I can fly before. You're weird.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In "Beyond Belief", a show from ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'' wherein a married couple solve supernatural mysteries together:
-->'''Sadie:''' Frank, when did you decide there's no possible such thing as a talking dog? Was it [[CallBack when we met a cat-headed goddess?]] Oh -- was it [[OurVampiresAreDifferent when I turned into a vampire and back in an evening?]] Or was it [[RuleOfThree when a genie granted us three wishes of our very own?]]
* One of the protagonists in the sci-fi novel ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' has a healthy amount of skepticism before his mundane life is derailed by a torrent of supernatural horrors, but even after he's accepted the existence of demonic beings that can erase people from history, and hunting ghosts has become a routine freelance job for him, he's still quick to dismiss things that are merely unlikely, such as a claim his friend John makes about birds' feet getting frozen to power lines during particularly cold weather.
-->''Without breaking my gaze with the TV, I said, "To John, something being funny is more important than being true."''
:: The narrator actually notices birds whose feet have apparently frozen to power lines, and describes it in just enough detail for the audience to realize what happened even if the narrator's oblivious to it.
* Jamie from ''[[Literature/TalesOfMU More Tales Of MU]]'' has a habit of dismissing as ludicrous rumors that readers know to be true (from [[TheOriginalSeries MU classic]]).
* Phase in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has been trying to convince her friends (mainly Fey and Chaka) that the New Olympians are really avatars of the original Greek Gods, and not just teenagers who have a cool theme team. Fey, Chaka, and the rest refuse to believe. Fey herself is the incarnation (or something) of a Faerie Queen who is far, far older than the Greek Gods! And they all know Carmilla, who is the child of the demon Gothmog, who some of them have ''met''. And Fey has faced [[Creator/HPLovecraft Mythos-related]] magics. (Eventually, they are convinced, but only after talking the some of the New Olympians about it personally).
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': Achilles, leader of the Global Guardians'', is a genetically engineered super-soldier whose father is an immortal DiabolicalMastermind warlord. He's on team with a man who belongs to [[TheChosenMany an interstellar police force]], a [[SuperSpeed super-fast]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys talking gorilla]], a [[TimeTravel time traveler from the 40s]] who gained his powers from [[StupidJetpackHitler a Nazy super-science experiment]], and a neanderthal who [[AnIcePerson survived being frozen in a glacier for 40,000 years]]. That all said, he does not believe in magic, and thus refuses to believe that his teammate Arachne received her powers from the goddess Athena.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
** During ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', the Critic wants to go after a magic gauntlet, but doesn't actually believe that magic exists, much to the chagrin of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] (who uses a magic gun). This is despite the fact that the Critic himself has regularly had unrealistic things happen to him like being revived by Optimus Prime, being attacked by a demonic teddy bear, being visited by a guardian angel, and dealing with people with Street Fighter-like powers.
** From the DVD bonus "Search for the Necronomicon" comes this gem:
--->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' Now, Chester, what did we talk about? There's no such thing as ghosts.\\
'''Chester A. Bum:''' Oh, yes! This coming from the guy who said there's no such thing as magical gauntlets, ancient sorcery, or books that can bring people back to life, and yet here we are!
* In H-M Brown's ''Literature/TheFirstRun'', the Reporter doesn't believe that there are farmlands in New Jersey despite the fact that farmlands still exist in the future.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' with their video "War of Christmas". The basic plot is that Christmas-related objects (tree ornaments, ribbons, inflatable Santas, etc.) are attacking people. Somebody asks if this could be the work of SantaClaus, leading another person to reply along the lines of "Santa Claus? Grow up! This is serious...like the Easter Bunny!" Worth noting that it's never actually stated if it ''is'' Santa or not.
* In ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Kakyoin still doesn't believe that there's a world inside the mirror. Illusio still shows up in a EarlyBirdCameo to offer Kakyoin and Polnareff a handshake if they reach the ruins at Pompeii.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'':
** Invoked after Khosheck, the cat found hovering in the men's bathroom, gave birth to a litter of kittens.
--->'''Cecil:''' How does a he-cat give birth? Well, how does a he-cat hover in an immobile spot in a radio station bathroom?
** Many of the inhabitants of Night Vale do not believe in mountains. Cecil was one of them, declared the entire concept absurd, and denounced those who did, until one of his friends drove him out to show him a mountain. At this point he conceded that at least one mountain probably existed, though he did not rule out the possibility that the mountain-believers had built it to create evidence for their beliefs. Intern Dana is also surprised to see a mountain despite currently being trapped in a infinite barren desert overlaid over the real world but never interacting with it.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', despite a setting full of people with physics-defying superpowers, most people still think the sorts that perceive their powers as magical to be bonkers. [[spoiler:This comes to bite them in the arse; while "magic" is technically wrong, the one person who knew the true story was one of said kooks, albeit calling them "faeries" rather than "aliens", which are the real source of powers.]]
* Despite ''WebVideo/CaptainDisillusion'' being all about debunking hoax videos and remaining skeptical, the titular Captain D doesn't question [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] living lens flares, [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] floating heads, and the other weird things he encounters.
** This attitude is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in "The Undebunkable", where he argues that [[AnAesop doubting and mistrusting everything you see is just as bad as believing everything you see]], as it can lead to the ConspiracyTheorist mindset.
* Shane, the co-host of ''WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved''. In a show that is ostensibly about capturing evidence of ghosts and other paranormal creatures, he has dismissed everything from flashlights turning on at command to voices being caught on EVP to footsteps being audibly heard during one of their investigations as simply coming from natural causes. It's become a running joke in the fandom that for him to actually believe in ghosts, they'd probably have to drop-kick him into the floor.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/The7D'', Grumpy insists that ogres don't exist simply because he's never seen one.
* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' has the monsters (who have supernatural powers besides looking scary) being very skeptical of ghosts, which don't exist (or do they?)
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': In a world where ogres, trolls and dragons are a common ocurrence all humans in the setting think that the gummi bears are just "fairy tale characters".[[note]] until they meet one, of course[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': In one episode, Jake scoffs at the idea of ghosts haunting his summer camp, despite being a human/dragon shapeshifter who deals with supernatural creatures all the time. He reassures the campers that, sure, unicorns and leprechauns exist, but ghosts? No way. Especially since he has seen the Grim Reaper in a prior episode. His name is Marty. Maybe Jake figures that having met the Grim Reaper, he'd take care of all the ghosts?
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'':
** Frylock once told a scared Meatwad, "there's no such thing as monsters!" despite encountering them on a daily basis and being ''living food items'' themselves.
** "[[SarcasmMode Right]], like there's ''two'' talking milkshakes!", Master Shake, the talking milkshake.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[TheSpock Sokka]] seems to have trouble with this one from time to time. The second season episode "The Swamp" is one good example, in which he refuses to believe that the swamp called forth spirits. When [[TheChick Katara]] points out that [[TheHero Aang]] has contacted spirits regularly (and he was once kidnapped by one and stuck in the spirit world), he dismisses it with "That's Avatar stuff; it doesn't count."
** He later subverts it, though, by thinking up his own insane ideas for what can get in their way (particularly a "giant, exploding Fire Nation spoon" or a city being mysteriously submerged in an ocean of killer shrimp) and admitting "[[WeirdnessMagnet Weird stuff happens to us]]", just before a drooling and insane-looking man [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim with an ear of corn in his mouth]] comes by.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' reveals that Sokka eventually gets rid of his Arbitrary Skepticism entirely. As an adult, when presented with evidence of [[spoiler:a man [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique bloodbending]] at times other than the full moon, [[WrongContextMagic which is supposedly impossible]]]], he cites all of the "impossible" things that the Gaang saw and did in the first series and decides that just because something hasn't happened before doesn't mean that it can't happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Janet "[[ComicBook/TheWasp Wasp]]" van Dyne thinks the idea of aliens is "just crazy". This from the girl who works with a [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor thunder god]], a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk giant green monster-man]], and a [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica revived from cryostasis]] SuperSoldier on a regular basis, and can herself turn into a laws-of-aerodynamics-breaking WingedHumanoid. [[spoiler:She's wrong.]] {{Justified|Trope}} by the fact that Wasp was teasing her friend who didn't want to be thought of as crazy for thinking a strange object is alien.
** Played straight with Thor in that despite all the other odd things they've seen, ComicBook/IronMan and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} [[FlatEarthAtheist think the Thunder God just delusional]] about being '''[[AGodAmI The]]''' Thor.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': Hawkeye is reluctant to believe vampires are real and even more reluctant about Count Dracula (actually King Dracula) being real despite being part of a team that has [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a god]] among them. Thor himself brings it up that the others used to consider him a myth before meeting him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Subverted in the episode "Revenant", when Terry tells Bruce about a so-called "ghost" his classmates believe to be haunting his high school. Terry expects Bruce to reject the notion out of hand because there's no such thing as ghosts. Bruce then turns to Terry and explains [[SeenItAll he's]] ''[[SeenItAll met]]'' [[SeenItAll ghosts, wizards, witch-boys, zombies, immortals and demons]]... but he doesn't believe it in this case, because it sounds "too high school". Turns out, he is right. It isn't a ghost, it is StalkerWithACrush, Willie Watt, who has psychic powers.
* The cynic Kevin 11 of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' has this going for him in regards to magic and CropCircles, despite being a mutant that battled countless alien species (Ben even lampshades this by saying "It's not like we don't know a bunch of aliens"). He is right with [[spoiler: Gwen power's coming from her alien inheritance]] but the creators have confirmed that the magic ''exists'' and can be used by ''normal'' humans.
* Pinning down an in-universe chronology in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' is perhaps an exercise in futility, but as far as this trope goes, it really doesn't matter: in the first two volumes, they've seen ''bona fide'' aliens, genies, ghosts, undead mummies, fortune tellers, leprechauns, banshees, and a weather-predicting tail, and been under the influence of mind-control juice. Yet every time (including some others in which they turn out to be right, and it's all a trick), it seems like someone (or almost everyone) doesn't believe the thing in question exists, and is only willing to check it out when forced to. As a general rule, if only Chip is skeptical, then the ghost/psychic/whatever is for real. If Gadget is skeptical, then it is bound to be a trick. If Dale is skeptical, he'll be proven wrong one second later. And if Monterey Jack is skeptical, well, actually he's never skeptical, so never mind.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** This exchange:
--->'''Frostbite:''' Your central readings indicate extreme cold, as if your body is self-generating it. I sensed it within you the last time we met.\\
'''Danny:''' How is that possible?\\
'''Frostbite:''' You become invisible, pass through solid objects, and emit beams of energy from your hands, and you ask "How is this possible?"
** There's also Danny's mother, an expert in the field of ghosts, finding ''Santa Claus'' to be a scientific impossibility. This actually makes sense because she has a tendency to approach the concept of ghosts from a scientific perspective, and while she accept ghosts exist, she probably does not believe in "magic".
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' "There are no vampire potatoes. Scientists who turn themselves into plants, yes. But vampire potatoes, that's ridiculous." (Ironically, Reginald Bushroot, the "scientist who turned himself into a plant", he was talking about, was the villain responsible for ''creating'' the vampire potato.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' frequently has the eponymous engineeer play Arbitrary Skeptic, only to let Dogbert then point out the "correct" belief and have it confirmed seconds later -- and for the rest of the episode.
* Played straight yet averted in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episodes "Raiders of the Lost Harp". Scrooge dismisses the idea that the minotaur is magic. Yet later....
-->'''Dewey:''' You don't believe in magic, do you Uncle Scrooge?\\
'''Scrooge:''' Oh, I never said that. I've seen too many amazing things that only magic could explain.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'': Armando isn't taken seriously about Orizaba being real in spite of the characters' experiences with magic. In a later episode, nobody other than Private Higgins takes him seriously about the chonopos. [[spoiler:The latter are never proven to be either real or a myth but the skeptics never justify their disbelief]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** The show has included Godly miracles, a visit from Jesus, a visit from Death, and countless events of the just plain ludicrous variety, yet Brian remains a staunch atheist.
** Subverted [[CharacterizationMarchesOn in an early episode]]: "You want an explanation? [[PunctuatedForEmphasis GOD. IS. PISSED.]]"
** Lampshaded in season eleven's Christmas special.
--->'''Meg:''' ''[holds up an ornament representing Jesus's birth in a manger]'' This one's my favorite ornament. I can only imagine what it must have been like for them on that very first Christmas.\\
'''Brian:''' Yeah, it was probably very moving... and fictional.\\
'''Stewie:''' Jesus lived with us for like a week, what else do you need?
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': Strangely it appears in this work (of all places), in the Christmas episode, "A Lost Claus". It's been long established that the series takes place in a universe where everything children can imagine comes to life. Therefore, you'd think there'd be '''no question at all''' that Santa Claus is real in this world. Imaginary Friends who happen to look and act exactly like Santa have a tendency to show up in droves around Christmas time. So the question is, is there one single "real" Santa?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In the episode "The Deep South ", Fry points out how weird it is that despite having a crustacean alien as a coworker, no one believes that he saw a mermaid. {{Justified}} since in the future that Futurama takes place in aliens are commonplace while mermaids are still regarded as mythical.
** Likewise, the first episode with the sewer mutants has most people regard them as mythical, which is especially weird since later episodes establish that their are [[FantasticRacism laws restricting their legal rights]].
** Also in [[TheMovie the movie]] we have this exchange:
--->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Time travel is impossible!\\
'''Fry:''' But Professor, [[CallBack you time traveled yourself]], remember, [[Recap/FuturamaS3E19RoswellThatEndsWell when we went back to Roswell]]?\\
'''Professor Farnsworth:''' [[FlatEarthAtheist That proves nothing!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': The eponymous characters are half a dozen creatures with superhuman strength and wings that turn to stone during the day and that only exist in modern New York after being put to sleep for a thousand years, yet their human friend tends to respond with disbelief every time they encounter new weirdness. She does get better as time goes on, though.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', Nick refuses to believe in the Loch Ness Monster. Elsie points out that "We've seen things in the last few months I never would have believed in before." The eponymous character leaps to mind. Monique mocks this is another episode, reminding the disbeliever they work with a giant lizard that breaths atomic fire.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Bottomless Pit!" Grunkle Stan still states that the stories the twins and Soos tell to pass the time are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even ''lived through'' one of the stories. [[spoiler:This is later subverted, as the second season reveals that he has always been perfectly been aware of the weirdness of the town. He just pretends to be oblivious to discourage the kids from pursuing it and because of his own general dislike for the supernatural.]]
** In the same episode, [[AgentMulder Dipper]] is strangely the first one to point out that "bottomless pits can't exist" despite having fought gnomes and ghosts, traveled through time, and meeting [[MakesSenseInContext 8-and-a-half President of the United States]] before this point. And even better example comes the following season, when he rejects Soos's claims that the girl in a Japanese dating sim is alive, despite having dealt with a living video game character himself.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn," Wendy says that she stopped believing in unicorns when she was five and repeatedly expresses her disbelief, despite having encountered plenty of other unbelievable things over the past two months, from ghosts to shapeshifters.
* In an ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode with a (fabricated) alien invasion, Gadget doesn't believe in Martians but does believe in Venusians.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''
** Dib, who is constantly trying to convince people of the existence of Bigfoot, ghosts, and tiny green aliens bent on world domination, is entirely dismissive of the claims made by "The Delouser", who believes lice originate from a subterranean Lice Queen, going so far as to [[YoureInsane tell her she's crazy]]. At least he apologized when it turned out she was right.
** A sort of weird case is in "Career Day," when Dib disbelieves everything Bill says. Okay, he's impatient and wants to get back to the ''definitively'' real alien, but he seems disappointed Bill took him to a crop circle and outright denied that the cow was being controlled by aliens.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''
** Whenever they encounter a new supernatural threat and Uncle gives exposition, Jackie's usual reaction is "Are you making this up?" or "You're making this up!" At one point he instead asks "Where are you getting all these rules from?"
** Captain Black has this viewpoint towards Magic for season 1... until he sees the Dragon Demon Shendu fly away.
** Occurs again later in the series when Uncle scoffs at the idea of psychic head that's leader of the Shadowkhan being Oni (Japanese Demons). He justifies this by pointing out that all of the {{Big Bad}}s so far have been of ''Chinese'' origin, therefore it can't be Oni because they're ''Japanese'' This is quickly proven wrong.
* [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]] has traveled to space, where he can breathe perfectly fine, fought aliens, traveled through time, and done many other things you can expect from a child genius. However, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** In an early episode, Franchise/GreenLantern doesn't believe a story Franchise/TheFlash is telling him about a talking gorilla, before Flash calls him out:
--->'''Flash:''' We both have a ''Martian'' on our speed dial. I think I deserve the benefit of the doubt here.
*** This is even sillier when you account for John actually belonging to ''two'' hero teams, the other one being made up of representatives from all over the universe. Little blue men from outer space gave him his powers in the first place.
** In another episode, Deadman scoffs at the notion of Gorilla City, until WonderWoman points out that he is a ghost who is possessing an alien (Superman). He concedes "Good point."
** There was one where Franchise/{{Batman}} dismisses the idea of reincarnation as nonsense. However, in Batman's case this is fair, particularly in the DCAU where dead people stay dead. And, quite frankly, [[FridgeBrilliance not believing in something keeps you from being tempted to try it.]]
*** Earlier in that same episode, Batman suggests that Carter Hall might be psychologically unstable, as he believes that Egyptian architecture was built with the aid of aliens. Shayera responds that Batman's right, and Carter ''must'' be insane because everyone knows aliens don't exist -- especially ones such as herself.
** This comes up a lot in ''Justice League''. In "Balance", Wonder Woman uses her Lasso of Truth to interrogate a demon. Hawkgirl, not having seen this power demonstrated before, asks her how she got him to talk so easily.
--->'''Wonder Woman:''' Magic lasso. Who knew?\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' If you don't want to tell me, then fine.
*** They're interrogating a DEMON. In HADES. Where they've gone to restore the eponymous Hades himself to the throne since he's been ousted by an evil sorcerer. And Hawkgirl JUST SAW Wonder Woman's mother give her an unspecified power upgrade.
** Minor instance in "Savage Time", set back during World War II. Vandal Savage, who took over Nazi Germany, receives reports of the Justice League aiding the Allies, and initially dismisses the reports as propaganda. This coming from a man that received plans to TakeOverTheWorld from his future self via a time machine, and later turns out to have originally been a caveman that gained immortality from a meteorite. Perhaps not so surprisingly, he isn't skeptical for very long.
** Hawkgirl's case is because in ancient times, her people worshiped {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that they got rid of with the discovery of Nth-Metal. Her struggle in accepting faith and in higher powers is do to this past and she does try and understand.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The characters live in a planet that runs on magic and own a time machine, a spaceship, and a bunch of [[PortalDoor doors to other dimensions]], and yet they refuse to believe [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight Stumpy's claims of sheep being aliens]].
* One of the heroes of ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' reacts with laughter when a villager comes to Camelot asking for their help to get rid of a fire-breathing dragon menacing his village. Even though a wizard brought him back in time, a magic table gave him the knowledge to be a knight, and he's already seen a dragon jump out of the king's shield and come to life. In the end he's right about the dragon; it's not real. It's an illusion created by a sorceress.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' movie Bugs Bunny's 1001 Rabbit Tales, Abba Cadabba has no problem with talking cats, but is incredulous to the idea of singing frogs.
* In the bat-related episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' Ralphie is firmly convinced that Ms. Frizzle is a vampire while Keisha continually says that vampires don't exist. However, they're used to continually going around in a magic transforming semi-sentient school bus driven by a mostly sentient iguana that can turn them into bats at the press of a button. Granted, Keisha is right (at least about Ms. Frizzle) but they've swallowed a lot of impossible things while trying to prove whether vampires exist. She would have been better off pointing out that vampires can't go out in the daylight and they see Ms. Frizzle during the day five days a week.
* Diana in ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' refuses to believe that any event The Center investigates is result of paranormal activity, claiming that there would be some logical explanation. Yet she works for an organization that employs aliens and cavemen, and it is a MonsterOfTheWeek show, so the fact that she brought this up so often really messes with the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. She has some reason to be skeptical of Martin -- although a supernatural explanation always proves to be true, it's rarely the first one he provides. Or the second. Or the third. He always gets it right ''eventually'', but only after numerous downright absurd guesses that have no bearing on what's actually happening. The fact that she doesn't conclude that it's definitely supernatural, but Martin is wrong about ''how'' until evidence suggests otherwise is a bit problematic, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' contains the following exchange:
-->"There's no such thing as trolls!"\\
"Then how do you explain the dead unicorns?"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight Sparkle is a unicorn with a natural ability to do magic, but she shows skepticism towards [[WrongContextMagic other kinds of magic]] because she knows so much about [[MagicAIsMagicA how magic is supposed to work]]. Sometimes it makes sense ("magic" is more or less her college major), sometimes not.
** In "Bridle Gossip", Twilight dismisses the possibility of curses or hexes as mere superstition, as not real magic. At first, she does this before anyone sees any evidence of them, so that's not this trope, though the others rather act as if. When she and her friends become afflicted with strange magical effects that seem to be a curse, she eventually changes her mind. [[spoiler: Turns out she was initially right this time, as they're caused by something else, and there are indeed no curses appearing anywhere. Until "The Crystal Empire" airs and we learn curses are, in fact, a very real thing in the series.]]
** In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", it takes the whole episode for Twilight to accept that Pinkie Pie's strange bodily premonitions about the future are real even though they're beyond known types of magic and her understanding. The evidence grows more and more obvious, but she dismisses it most of the way because she can't accept something she can't quantify.
** In "It's About Time," Twilight says to her [[StableTimeLoop future self]] "You are not scientifically possible," effectively dismissing not only explanations for the phenomenon but the phenomenon itself. Once she actually hears the time travel explanation, she's fine with that. She just didn't think there could be two of her. On the other hand, it could just be her thinking it's a changeling or other illusion.
** In "Too Many Pinkie Pies" Rainbow Dash dismissed Pinkie's explanation about how she duplicated herself with an eye-roll, despite being a pegasus, a friend with one of the greatest magicians of their time, and having just saved a magical crystal kingdom. Admittedly, this is probably because she just thought [[UnreliableNarrator Pinkie]] was [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} being Pinkie.]]
** In "Stranger Than Fan Fiction", Quibble Pants is dissatisfied with most of the Daring Do series because he finds the fantastical and action elements too farfetched, even though he's a talking pony in a HighFantasy setting where magic, monsters, ancient evils and epic adventures are common and easily observable events.
*** The viewers (and Rainbow Dash, whom he is currently talking to) know from "Daring Don't" that the author of the Daring Do books- A.K. Yearling- is, as a matter of fact, secretly Daring Do, and that the books are really just a [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Stealth Autobiography]].
*** In fact, Rainbow Dash herself is a character in one of the books, which would make it weird that Quibble Pants didn't recognize her were it not for the fact that they were at a convention with cosplayers.
** In "Equestria Girls", a teen freaks out when he hears Spike talk, despite the entire school having just seen Sunset Shimmer turn herself into a demon and the Mane Six defeat her using the PowerOfFriendship. Spike [[LampshadeHanging points this out]].
* Children's cartoon ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'' had an example of this in the Halloween episode, when Ned is home alone and Frankenstein's monster suddenly shows up at his doorstep (in reality his uncle who's coming by to check on him. He's on his way to a Halloween party, and can't get off his costume on his own).
-->'''Ned:''' It looks like Frankenstein! But he doesn't really exist, does he?\\
'''Newton:''' Hey, you're talking to a six-foot newt that can do this:\\
''(Newton unhinges his upper jaw, causing a weasel in a harlequin costume to pop out of his lower jaw and juggle)''\\
'''Newton:''' Face it: The reality level here is a mite thin!
* Amusingly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the "Summer Belongs to You" episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', when Buford insists that it's impossible to travel around the world in order to have 24+ hours of continuous daylight.
-->'''Buford:''' There's nothing I have ever seen that would make me believe you could pull this off. Except for that time machine thing, oh and the roller coaster. But other than that, nothing! Oh, and the time you played that song and the platypus came back. Aw, man, nature just bends to your will, doesn't it?
** It's all but directly stated that he doesn't even really disbelieve, and is just pretending to to be a {{Jerkass}} and goad them into going through with it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' ChristmasEpisode, Brain presents an interesting case. He flat-out tells Pinky that writing a letter to Santa Claus is "silly" and "stupid" and says that he keeps his Christmas spirit "right next to my Bigfoot photos." This despite the fact that he ''knows for a fact'' that Santa exists, because his whole plan to TakeOverTheWorld depends on infiltrating the North Pole and tricking Santa into building and distributing his MindControlDevice toys. Though he may actually be referring to the notion rather than the logic; he simply finds writing Santa a letter incredibly pointless due to the impracticality rather than futility. To be fair, it's not likely that Pinky and the Brain are on Santa's "Good" list.
* The [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]] [[ChristmasSpecial holiday cartoon]] ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'' brings this mind-twister to light: the closest thing to an antagonist in the movie, an atheist mouse, lives in a world in which Santa is very real... not a belief in him, but Santa himself. There is no question on this; it's a matter of demonstrable fact... he can be seen, talked to, he has a '''secretary''' who ''answers the phone'' when you call the North Pole. Santa is as real and as important in their society as, say, Brad Pitt is in ours. The mouse kid says he's a myth. His reason? It's scientifically impossible to do what he does. Put into context, imagine living in Metropolis and meeting someone who refuses to believe in Superman because he does things that defy physics... or someone who refuses to believe in Mutants in the Marvel 'verse because they can do things that are "impossible". It's like that. To be fair though, the thrust of the film is he's a nerd and generally insufferable douche who [[KnowNothingKnowItAll thinks he's got more brains than he really does]], which is to say, none at all.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Peter says that he believes in ghosts, spooks, and specters, but he draws the line at believing in the Boogieman, who is, of course the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit parodying the climax of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', after Darth Vader tells Luke that he's his father and Luke dismisses it as impossible, he also has difficulty believing Vader when he says that Leia is Luke's sister, [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi the Empire will be defeated by ewoks]], and [[Film/ThePhantomMenace as a child he built C-3PO]]. [[TakeThat He then leaves when Vader explains that the Force is caused by midichlorians]].
* Misery from ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' doesn't believe in monsters, despite regularly hanging out with a [[DemBones a talking skeleton,]] a {{Cyclops}}, a two-headed guy, and a talking bird. And she herself may actually be a banshee.
* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons have come to subvert this trope. While the gang will generally dismiss the belief that the MonsterOfTheWeek is real, despite most continuities having them encounter everything from [[WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo ghosts]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders aliens]] to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated even Mesopotamian gods]], they do keep the otherworldly/supernatural explanation on the table, in the rare case that no other possibility fits. This franchise is the TropeNamer for the ScoobyDooHoax, after all.
** In ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', Daphne still claims that she doesn't believe in ghosts despite the fact that a ghost hired her and her friends to clear his name and prevent him from being destroyed. She was still glad to see that he was safe though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', episode "Lisa the Skeptic", where Lisa is arguing against the authenticity of an angel skeleton and states that [[IfJesusThenAliens one who believes in angels might as well believe in such things as unicorns and leprechauns]], to which Kent Brockman replies "Everybody knows leprechauns are extinct!" She even tries to prove scientifically that the angel is a fraud but the tests come back as [[BlatantLies inconclusive]]. This episode comes off as downright bizarre given that it was in an era where Lisa still regularly displayed Christian beliefs. Added to that, angels are generally depicted as immortal, supernatural beings, and yet none of the believers in the town slightly doubt that one could die and leave behind a skeleton. [[spoiler:She's right in the end. When she asks the scientist why his test didn't prove it was a fake, he admits he never did the test.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst: The Floating Palace'', nobody believes Sofia when she tells them that she met a mermaid. This can perhaps reasonably be excused for the ship's admiral, who has sailed the seventeen seas and never seen a mermaid in all his years of travel. Less understandable is the total unwilling disbelief of Sofia's entire family in a world where trolls, fairies and sorcery are all well-known to exist. In a later episode, Sofia's family minus James won't believe ghosts are real.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Cartman's Incredible Gift" where Kyle voices his skepticism of psychic abilities throughout and tries to convince the police to take a more realistic, scientific approach to the murder investigation. At the very end of the episode it is revealed that [[RealAfterAll Kyle may have psychic powers himself.]] The series as a whole has many episodes with skeptical themes, despite the fact that supernatural characters and phenomena are commonplace.
*** Justified by the fact that those who have claimed the powers are all shown to be obvious fakes, with no proof of their claimed abilities.
** In another episode, he convinces Hollywood and most of the adults in the show his hand is possessed by Jennifer Lopez (or at least someone pretending to be Jennifer Lopez). Kyle strongly believes that Cartman is full of crap. In the end, Kyle's skepticism wavers after Cartman reminds him that they have seen a lot of crazy shit... and then Cartman laughs at him because he really ''did'' make the whole thing up.
** Also, how can anyone in the ''South Park'' universe possibly be an atheist, considering the fact that Jesus, God, and Satan -- just for starters -- have all visited the town countless times? Jesus is a ''talk show host'' for crying out loud!
** There was also the episode "Dead Celebrities" in which Stan and Kyle are skeptical of ghosts existing, despite the fact that they have encountered wizards, gnomes, zombies, dragons, aliens, and demons before. In fact, they've dealt with ghosts before (though given the way Kenny's resurrection-based immortality works, they might have forgotten).
* Lars in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is very skeptical of some of Ronaldo's weird theories, such as the existence of ghosts and poltergeists, despite being friends (for lack of a better word) with a boy who can summon magical shields and shape-shift, even when 'ghostly' activities begin to occur. (A lot of other people also are doubtful of Ronaldo's theories, but mostly because they're over complicated conspiracies for events which everyone ''knows'' just come from the Gems.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'' episode "Election of Evil", the Mayor of Superhero City at one point mentions something about [[ComicBook/SpiderMan a hero who gained powers from being bitten by a radioactive bug]]. Wolverine retorts that the Mayor is just making stuff up in spite of encountering equally implausible things like evil sorcerers and shape-shifting aliens.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' most of the magical kingdom of Thundera outright dismisses [[LostTechnology technology]] as the stuff of [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions fairy tales]], and are likewise skeptical of the existence of the the magical GreatBigBookOfEverything the Book of Omens and EvilSorceror Mumm-Ra. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Thundera is depicted as [[WallAroundTheWorld fairly isolated]], and their history has long ago [[LegendFadesToMyth fallen into myth]].
* In a very similar example to the above, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' had Spidey teaming up with Doctor Strange but not believing that anything that was happening was magic. He even invoked ClarksThirdLaw as well. This was a bit more of a stretch since an earlier episode had Spider-Man teamed up with Thor and traveling to Asgard to fight Frost Giants and Loki and Thor getting [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a frog]] with no skepticism at all on the web-slinger's part.
* In a CrowningMomentOfFunny on ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus are at first suspicious of the talking Rumor Weed, like any schoolkids would be; the Rumor Weed points out, though, that "I'm a talking weed, you're a talking carrot..."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** Brock inquires if his boss's policy of "don't harm women and children" applies to female vampires. No, because they're undead, therefore technically not women, the boss replies. "Also? Fictitious." This is a world where ghosts, magic, and resurrections are downright common, and as a matter of fact, a later character is a Blacula hunter.
** Dr. Venture is especially prone to this: he says the Chupacabra (and Catholicism) are "utter crap" and then later exclaims "No way!" when he's attacked by a Chupacabra. (To be fair, all he actually says about Catholicism is that when you apply the Scientific Method to it, "an interesting thing occurs." He's interrupted before he explains what he means by that.)
** One episode shows Brock (and Doctor Venture) explicitly disbelieving in magic, despite the fact that their next-door-neighbor is a sorcerer who has used magic to save their lives several times. They believe it to be an unknown version of science. At the same time, Doc is currently existing in three different locations, one of them gooey.
** Another episode puts an odd spin on it; Doc fully accepts the existence of magic... but plainly says that in the big picture it's not any different from science. Essentially he can perform any feat Dr. Orpheus, his sorcerer neighbor, can with gadgets. This doesn't exactly go well with the very theatrical Orpheus.
--->'''Dr. Orpheus:''' TRICKS?! How dare you! With just a thought I could rise into the air!\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' Or you could put on these anti-gravity boots.\\
'''Dr. Orpheus:''' I could incinerate this entire lab, make you believe you are a very special episode of Blossom, and shoot lightning from my hands!\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' Laser ray. Mind control helmet. Tesla coil. Anything else?\\
''[Dr. Orpheus summons fire with his bare hands]''\\
''[Dr. Venture lights a match]''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' episode "Retreat", some hunters who have never heard of mutants nor the X-Men kidnap Beast after mistaking him for Bigfoot. His friends rescue him, showing off their powers to the hunters guarding him. When the hunters fearfully explain what happened to their returning comrades, they laugh at them, saying while they know Bigfoot is real, kids with superpowers is plain ridiculous.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kid Flash, despite living and working with superheroes that include [[BadassNormal Robin]], [[MakingASplash Aqualad]], [[SuperStrength Super]][[NighInvulnerable boy]], and [[PsychicPowers Miss Martian]]; does not believe in magic, despite the fact where this trait comes up is in an episode where he is in the tower of a magician that has been alive for centuries and is constantly being put through magic escapades. More precisely, he does believe in the magician's power; however, he assumes [[DoingInTheWizard there is a scientific]] [[ClarksThirdLaw explanation behind it]]. This is likely because one of the Flash's enemies uses advanced technology and claims it to be magic (and, in a CMOF, on of the enemies spying on him is using the EXACT SAME tech setup he was just talking about!). He grows out of it by the end of the episode. [[spoiler:After all, if you put a magic helmet on yourself and wind up inside the helmet talking to a guy who's recently died and a [[PowersThatBe Lord of Order]] who's currently possessing your body, wouldn't it be kind of stupid to continue to disbelieve magic? He does, however, take a while to admit it, simply because he doesn't want to admit to his teammates that he was wrong.]] He also has no problem with [[CuteWitch Zatanna]] or her father Zatara's magic in later episodes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Super4'', Gene adamantly insists that ghosts don't exist in a world already including magic, fairies and dragons. Sure, their first two encounters were ScoobyDooHoax[=es=], but there are genuine ghosts too, including one prisoner of a vial in Alex's castle.