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[[caption-width-right:322:[[TooDumbToLive There really is nothing]] [[GenreBlindness to be afraid of]], they told one another. [[TemptingFate After all, what could]] [[CreepyDoll a doll do?]] He's just a sack of straw, [[FamousLastWords it's not possible!]]]]

->''"Where your eyes don't go a filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms''\\
''And does a parody of each unconscious thing you do''\\
''When you turn around to look it's gone behind you''\\
''On its face it's wearing your confused expression''\\
''Where your eyes don't go."''
-->-- '''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', ''Where Your Eyes Don't Go''

Scarecrows are scary. There's no doubt about it. The fact that they look like corpses propped up, or the [[FauxSymbolism vaguely]] [[CrucifiedHeroShot Christ-like]] looks, or the fact that [[UncannyValley they're meant to be human]] but don't look very human at all. As such, scarecrows are brilliant Nightmare Fuel fodder, so fiction is littered with examples of evil scarecrows.

Also, their humanoid appearance means that having a person looking like a scarecrow, imprisoned, dead, or hiding, gives extra creepiness. Compare CreepyDoll.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[HollywoodVoodoo Basil Hawkins]] in ''Manga/OnePiece'' can cover himself in straw to turn into a scarecrow.
* A scarecrow [[MonsterOfTheDay Desertrian]] was featured in a episode of ''HeartcatchPrettyCure''. It was created with the [[OurSoulsAreDifferent wiltering Heart Flower]] of a young woman wracked with guilt over her decision of leaving the family farm to get married at the city.
** In episode 11 of HappinessChargePrettyCure!, the Saiark is a scarecrow. Ironically enough, [[KeikoHan the mother of]] [[MegumiHan one of the main girls in this season]] narrated [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie a work where a scarecrow was one of the main characters]].
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' set ''Shadowmoor'' introduces a veritable plethora of animated scarecrow monsters, from the lowly [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=154395 Heap Doll]] to the mighty [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=159408 Reaper King]].
** ''[[OhCrap "Its harvest time."]]''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' both had separate villains called the Scarecrow. The Marvel version sometimes fights ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' as well.
** The Batman version has also been adapted in the film ''Film/BatmanBegins'' (played by Creator/CillianMurphy), the video game ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', and various animated TV series.
** Dr. Crane even serves as the page image for Arkham Asylum's Nightmare Fuel page.
* The Straw Man is a demonic being who is certainly scary and was one of the Fear Lords, along with other nightmarish beings like Nightmare, D'Spayre, and Nox. But when they began plotting to conquer and rule the Earth through fear, [[EvenEvilHasStandards he turned against them]], betraying their plans to Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Comicbook/DoctorStrange.
* Lord Pumpkin from ComicBook/TheUltraverse.
* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'' battles a demonic wheat scarecrow in "Blood is the Harvest".
* ''[[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse X-Mickey]]'' has an interdimensional sorcerer named Mow that is capable of bringing puppets to life, choosing a small farm town named Gothic Hill's scarecrows to turn into minions to do his bidding. Though defeated and trapped in other dimensions and his scarecrows having long since disappeared, he makes his way back to do the same thing again, only for Mickey to destroy his staff. [[spoiler:Mow's original scarecrows from three centuries earlier have since reformed and lived in hiding in the old village in disguise]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The underrated, made-for-TV ghost story ''Film/DarkNightOfTheScarecrow''.
* The Creeper disguises himself as one at the start of ''Film/JeepersCreepers 2'', and at the cat lady's house in the original.
* Found around San Monique in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', which actually contain hidden spy cameras.
* ''Film/TheOrphanage'' has a scary scarecrow ''[[CreepyChild child]],'' whose sack mask hides a deformed face, [[spoiler:[[DarkIsNotEvil although he is not evil.]]]]
** Similiar deal with Sam in ''Film/TrickRTreat'', although his actual face is [[spoiler: a pumpkin. He's not really dangerous so long as you respect Halloween.]]
* See also the low-budget CultClassic ''Film/{{Scarecrows}}'' from 1988, in which a bunch of robbers find themselves in a rural area where a family of Satan worshipper have turned themselves into living scarecrows.
* The DirectToDVD splatter comedy ''Scarecrow''.
* The beginning of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/SleepyHollow''.
** In addition, Jack Skellington of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' first appears dressed as one of these.
* One of the villains in ''Film/TheStrangers'' utilizes a scarecrow-like sack mask.
* In ''Film/CaptainClegg'', there are these all around town. The smugglers actually hide inside them to keep their eyes out for the law.
* The short horror film ''Film/{{Husk}}'' and its feature-length adaptation.
* One of these is responsible for the ZombieApocalypse in ''Film/ZombieBloodbath 2: Rage of the Undead''.
* There is a flashback to an encounter with one in Old Man Frink's barn in ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster'' (which explains why the kids need to take summer jobs).
* The Syfy channel original movie ''Scarecrow'' uses a [[NightmareFace creepy]] [[CreepilyLongArms one]] that only vaguely looks like a scarecrow.
* The 1995 horror film ''Film/NightOfTheScarecrow'' has one that's possessed by the spirit of an evil warlock. Notable for some decent scarecrow-related special effects deaths and an ActuallyPrettyFunny PreMortemOneLiner.
-->'''Claire''': [[Film/TheWizardOfOz How about a little fire, scarecrow?]]
* Eli in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest'' turns his former foster father into an undead scarecrow, so that he has someone guarding his [[AchillesHeel evil bible]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* One of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' books involved horror movie monsters coming to life; the biggest and baddest was a scarecrow.
* The short story ''Know All'' by Creator/PaulJennings featured a scarecrow coming to life after being dressed in a cursed tightrope walker's outfit.
* ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones (scary, but ends up not actually being evil).
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' ''The Scarecrow Walks At Midnight'', where the protagonist and her brother visit their aunt & uncle's farm, only to come face-to-face with a dozen of these, brought to life by a somewhat psychopathic farmer nearby. The spell that brought them to life is reversed at the end, but then the farmer accidentally brings a ''bear pelt'' to life...
* ''Halloween Rain''. A ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' tie-in novel written before it was well-established that the supernatural tends to take a holiday on Halloween (or should). In the context of the book, rain on Halloween turns scarecrows into homicidal monsters.
* "Harold" in ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones''. Two farmers make a scarecrow they name "Harold", after a neighbor they both hate. They use it as a punching bag and call it names. It comes to life and skins one of the farmers. The illustration, shown above, is what makes it a scary scarecrow.
* The UncannyValley aspect is mentioned in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Nanny Ogg's Cookbook]]'', but it then goes on to talk about "Unlucky Charlie", a scarecrow used for target practice by witches, who absorbed so much magic that he now appears and disappears all across the kingdom, though no-one ever sees him move. Just ''don't'' stay up to watch him leave.
* ''The Scarecrows'' by Creator/RobertWestall features three scary scarecrows.
* One of ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators'' novels is ''The Mystery of the Sinister Scarecrow''.
* The [[http://www.stephenking.com/library/story_collection/nightmares__dreamscapes.html original cover]] of Creator/StephenKing's ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'' collection depicted one of these.
* The [[Literature/SecretHistories Drood family]] has scarecrows as one of the many defenses of their estate. Turns out they're actually the bodies (and souls) of the family's enemies, held between life and death, preserved and stuffed with straw, to animate and defend the house in times of need. If you listen in on the right frequency [[AndIMustScream you can hear them screaming.]]
* An unmade ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' novel would've had Jason's spirit possess a scarecrow.
* In ''Captain Crokus'', the scarecrow turns out to be the BigBad, who wants to kill all housepets, replace them with mechanical copies and brainwash children into zombielike state.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'', "The Tale of the Silent Servant": Two kids staying at a farm find a magic scarecrow who takes everything they say literally, i.e. the boy says he'd "like to ''kill''" his cousin for taking his baseball glove.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" two-parter contains animate scarecrows attacking people. (Arguably, however, they're more goofy than scary.)
** What's ''genuinely'' scary is the episode's ending, [[spoiler: where the Doctor punishes the villainous Family of Blood by giving them [[ExactWords exactly what they wanted:]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality,]] [[FateWorseThanDeath in the worst way possible.]] One of them ends up made into a [[AndIMustScream living scarecrow, damned to watch the fields of Britain forever.]] BewareTheNiceOnes indeed.]]
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'': A man is trapped and posed as a scarecrow by a vengeful farmer for sleeping with his wife.
** At one point [[CreepyTwins the Denton Twins]] are talking to the scarecrow when the head falls off revealing the bound and gagged man. He tells them he's been tied up and asks them to help him, which they already knew. They then put his gag back in his mouth and replace his head saying they want to stay friends.
* One episode of ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' has a surprisingly dark ending, in which Victor takes revenge on some abusive nursing home staff by encasing their feet in cement and disguising them as scarecrows in a field.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' featured a TownWithADarkSecret in Season 1 where the townsfolk practiced HumanSacrifice to appease a Norse god called a vanir, which inhabited an effigy resembling a scarecrow. In return, their town was granted prosperity. Sam and Dean destroy it by torching the god's sacred tree.
* One episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' called Four-Sided Triangle has shades of this. An abused girl living at a farm is constantly mistreated by the couple living there and the man lusts after her. After she hits her head in an 'escape attempt'' she seems to fall in love with the scarecrow in the field and goes out to visit it every night, and they believe she has gone crazy, making sure she will never leave. [[spoiler: However, one night, the Scarecrow actually DOES come to life - because the farmer was hiding inside it in order to play on her madness and have sex with her. Too bad she had planned it and killed both of them.]]
* One of the cursed antiques in ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' was this.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''' Pachacuti song:
--> If you were a rival chief, we'd kill you first, and then,\\
We'd stuff you like a scarecrow, but one for scaring men!
* A rare non-horror example in ''Series/TheSingingDetective''. Marlow remembers a scarecrow, seen from the window of a train, that once creeped him out as a child, and at one point he dreams that it comes into the hospital to visit him in his bed. Eventually he recalls ''why'' it frightened him so: [[spoiler:it reminded him of his truly terrifying and abusive homeroom teacher.]]
* One appears in an episode of ''Series/{{Ravenswood}}'' first in the dream of one of the characters and later in the real world.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Boondox}}
* NickCave & the Bad Seeds' titular "Black Crow King" is one of these.
* Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Scarecrow": "With frosty Jack on fingernail/Through shoe black smile he'll tell a tale/Come whisper through your lips of straw/A moment torn forever more."
* Music/MyChemicalRomance has the song "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W": "Move your body when the sunlight dies/Everybody hide your body from the scarecrow/Everybody hide".
** Actually subverted here, as the SCARECROW isn't actually a scarecrow. It's the surveillance unit for the Draculoids, supposedly staffed by real people.
** ''[[AIIsACrapshoot Supposedly]]''. Also, there's quite a few AtomicHate undertones to the lyrics[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ...]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' features the Scarecrow Ministry, a [[PrestigeClass noble order]] of the Autumn Court that creates (or reinforces) urban legends so that mortals stay away from the places where the ''really'' bad stuff goes down. As part of their membership, they receive masks that can instill phobias in those who look at them.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' had a horror supplement called "Creatures of the Night" that had an entry on Jackdaws- golems made of once living material (straw, wood, cotton, etc.) that were pathological liars.
* A ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' module featured an encounter in a cornfield where ghoul-bitten villagers had been strung up as scarecrows by the ghouls to "ripen." When the party shows up, some "scarecrows" have turned, some are still human, and others...are just normal scarecrows.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' includes living scarecrows as monsters.
* Pumpkin Jack from the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' supplement ''Enemies: The International File''.
* [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 4th edition]] ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' have scarecrows as constructs built by hags that attack anyone who gets too close.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'', evil spirits sometimes animate the scarecrows of vengeful farmers. What makes these scarecrows scary are the curse they're carrying, making the player characters' flesh irresistible to insects.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Scarecrows are late game enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Izuna|LegendOfTheUnemployedNinja}}''. Considering that they can cut your earned XP in half at will, they are scary indeed.
* Somewhere between scarecrows and pumpkin people are the Fir Bolg in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. They inhabit the Croatoa area among all kinds of supernatural nastiness and appear everywhere else for the annual Halloween event.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has Cacturne, a scarecrow-like cactus creature which lives for thousands of years, has sand for blood, and eats humans.
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series has scarecrows high in the gruesome scale: they're hopping pikes with impaled corpses.
* ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' had them in the level Scarecrow Fields, and they're one of the hardest enemies to kill, all the while laughing sadistically and sicking possessed crows at you.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there are several murderous scarecrows in the farmland area in Westfall, as well as in Northrend, though the latter aren't dangerous, they are just crop harvesters. You do reprogram them to fight off TheUndead though. There is also a scarecrow boss in one encounter based off ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', along with bosses based on the other characters.
* The champion Fiddlesticks from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' fits the criteria pretty well. His title is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 'Harbinger of Doom']]. Interestingly, his playstyle revolves around keeping the other team in a state of fear, because if they get to aggres-[[MemeticMutation CAWCAWCAW]].
** Fittingly enough, Fiddlesticks has some of the most horrifying lore in the game. He [[EldritchAbomination comes from a different plane]]. The summoner responsible for pulling Fiddlesticks out of his dimension died, nastily, and so did most of those who first beheld him, the rest went mad.
* One of the spirits in ''GhostMaster'' is the ghost of a [[strike:flock]] murder of crows that take the form of a talking scarecrow.
* One of the apparition created by Alma in ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate]]'', although how much they resemble scarecrows is [[http://fear.wikia.com/wiki/Scarecrow debatable ]]
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' has at least one.
* These are a type of enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}''. It turns out that these are just lesser copies of the original, The Lord of Night, The King of Dread, The Herald of Death. He is summoned for one of the most powerful death spells.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', [[spoiler:a really ''fucking creepy'' scarecrow mecha with more than a passing resemblance to [[Franchise/SilentHill Pyramid Head]] shows up to terrorize the characters in the Bad Boys Love route. It's made even creepier when you take in account that said characters are ''birds'', and then it's taken to new heights of creepy when it's revealed that the scarecrow's head contains the brain of the murdered heroine.]]
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', a phantasmal and possibly demonic scarecrow menaces Mackenzie in the campus labyrinth, and gifts her with a pitchfork that turns out to be [[spoiler:demonically possessed]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheSeer'', BigBad {{Zalgo}} sends a living scarecrow woman (named [[ShapedLikeItself Scarecrow]]) to capture the protagonist. She turns out to be [[LoveMakesYouCrazy rather]] [[DealWithTheDevil more]] [[TrappedInVillainy sympathetic]] than most examples of this trope, [[spoiler: and may be shaping up for a HeelFaceTurn]], but she's still plenty scary - especially in her backstory, where she was a {{Yandere}} who [[MurderTheHypotenuse murdered her crush's girlfriend]] and then [[BlueAndOrangeMorality didn't understand why he'd be upset.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' kept changing their design for the Scarecrow; his initial appearance wasn't so scary at all, but he got progressively more ghoulish. Their final depiction of him doesn't look all that Scarecrow-y, but looks very much like a corpse, and has a broken noose around his neck. The noose was so popular that many subsequent versions of the Scarecrow have it, including the one played by Cillian Murphy in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and the freaky gas-mask-faced Scarecrow of the ''Arkham Asylum'' game.
** Possibly a reference to ''TheSandman'', where the first volume features a cameo by Dr. Crane, sans costume, pretending to hang himself in a attempt to scare the guards at Arkham.
* Lord Pumpkin (see Comics examples) also appeared in the shortlived ''ComicBook/UltraForce'' animated series.
* A possessed scarecrow was the MonsterOfTheWeek in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery''. He was planted by the previous owner of a farm to make sure that nobody else but him could own it.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'', one of the team's nastiest enemies was a ForgottenSuperweapon that took on the appearance of a scarecrow. The Scarecrow ''killed'' a couple of {{Red Shirt}}s, and ''several'' Tarkonian villages, almost murdered two of the Rangers, and managed to brainwash half the Tarkonian court. Worse, the thing wasn't even killed by being lit on fire! It just ran into the darkness - laughing.
* There is one in "Night of the living Scarecrow", the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/MonaTheVampire''. Played with and subverted for these reasons: One, what one was the scarecrow was really the caretaker of the church...but then we find out there's a second hat, so there might really be a living scarecrow.
* A scarecrow is one of the forms inhabited by the eponymous villain in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "The Mysterious Mr Mist".
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On the other hand, there are counter-examples. In Japan, for instance, Scarecrows are not considered frightening and thus benevolent scarecrows frequently appear:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. Sophie is a little edgy of the scarecrow at first. She's certain he's magical in some way and she's already had bad experiences with magic. By the end the scarecrow has becomes a member of the TrueCompanions.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Team Seven's sensei, Kakashi, whose name means "scarecrow".
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* There's a [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/strawman.htm really obscure Marvel superhero]] called the Strawman (no, not [[TheWarOnStraw that one]]) who is a scarecrow, though he's still pretty scary.
** He's also one of the nine Fear Lords.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series]]:
** The Scarecrow from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', probably the most famous non-Scary Scarecrow.
** A close second would be Jack Pumpkinhead, who first appears in the second Oz book, ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', and who is a clumsy, childlike naif.
* ''Literature/DoctorSyn, Alias The Scarecrow'' (also a series of movies from Creator/{{Disney}}).
* A few works in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series make mention of Unlucky Charlie, a creepy but usually harmless scarecrow brought to life after years of being used as target practice in the Lancre Witch Trials.
* NathanielHawthorne's "Feathertop" is a scarecrow brought to life by a witch, and made by her power to pass for a living man. He ''does'' frighten a couple of people, but ends as TheWoobie himself.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Literature/WorzelGummidge''
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' both featured benevolent dancing scarecrows.
* Obscure AdventureGame ''VideoGame/{{Toonstruck}}'' features a friendly "carecrow" who, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as its name states]], takes care of the birds instead of scaring them away.
* VideoGame/{{Conker|sBadFurDay}} has Birdy, who looks a bit frightening, but he's too drunk to project any real fear.
* Scarecrows are monster-type demons in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. Like all demons, they can be both good and evil, and work both for your party or against it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' for the {{P|layStation3}}S3 has a half-life (a sort of imaginary friend/spirit) named Scarecrow who accompanies the heroine, Ellen on her journey through the Netherworld. He's rather whimsical and charming [[spoiler: that is until it turns out that he's been using Ellen to get him to the Nettherworld core so he could absorb all of humanities sorrow; though it was only to fulfill the wish Ellen made as a child, that is to create a world without fear or hatred]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie'', one of the title character's friends and the resident [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] is a benevolent animate scarecrow named [[ADogNamedDog Scarecrow]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Main/Solstoria}}'' a friendly scarecrow is a farm spirit that was made by the main character.
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