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* A more generic/meta example: As mentioned by [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling]], many of the reasons a lot of games that, [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny for their times]], [[TechDemoGame were considered the most beautiful games on the market]] fall ''right'' into the UncannyValley and as technology improved, stayed there. This didn't happen as much with Handheld titles since they rarely tried to strive for photorealism.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' - all the facial animations can creep anyone out, due to the amount of high detail with the facial scan.
* ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' combines very realistic, high-detailed graphics with [[http://blogs.redeyechicago.com/geek-to-me/files/2011/05/brink1.gif horrifically distorted]] (''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' style) bodies. Players have ''extremely'' long necks and torsos, huge noses, and very thick legs.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3x-Jfyap7M This early look at the Dance Dance Revolution Wii game is very, very, creepy.]]
* While most of ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}} 2'' is well animated and clean, it also gives us a very creepy taste of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOxiL_ZI3xg bad graphics porn]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTAJBQSm10 This video]] is all about this trope and how it applies to video games.
** As is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k5l223D7aM this one.]] Though it's more about video games in general than just people in said games. Skip to 3:30 to get to the part actually about the UncannyValley.
* A rare example in which the trope is invoked in the story, the Replicas in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Despite that they are quite stylized and thankfully don't try for realism (Which would ''definitely'' create the Uncanny Valley), they don't appear this way to the player. But to the characters in the world? They look ''exactly'' like someone they know, only they speak in a CreepyMonotone thanks to not having any memories of emotion (Like [[spoiler:Luke and Ion]] did), and don't even remember you. Just about ''anyone'' would be freaked if their friend died...and a clone of them showed up at their funeral, or your long-dead grandfather walks into your house, doesn't recognize anyone and doesn't even know how to act socially.
* ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' gives us the fabulously creepy [[BedlamHouse Shalebridge Cradle]], an orphanage turned asylum [[spoiler: though for a time, it was both]]. Inside, Garrett encounters the puppets, reanimated corpses of the worst inmates in the Cradle. Their rasping breathing is creepy by itself, but the true horror lies in their jerky, ''Film/JacobsLadder-esque'' movements. It's just wrong.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', you can change the parameters of character's faces, often causing this effect.
** The sequel even causes uncanny faces when you design them properly, since the lighting in many situations leads to every Sim transforming into Doughboy-faced monstrosities.
** Made even worse by 3rd party "realistic" skin textures that only highlight the fact the underlying 3D models are butt ugly.
** Even regular Sims can look weird, depending on their expressions. Sims are prone to acting like there's something wrong with them, and it shows; especially with certain [=NPCs=], like post-childhood Mortimer.
** There's something terribly wrong with the dogs in ''The Sims 3 Pets'', especially when they move in Create-A-Pet. Their facial expressions are too human, and many don't look like their actual breeds.
** The cats in ''The Sims 2: Pets'' for Nintendo DS are just reskinned dogs. They don't move right (cats have very different gaits from dogs), don't act right (cats don't play-bow, they don't wag their tails when they're happy - a full-tail lash from a cat is an angry cat - they don't move their heads like dogs do when vocalizing or sniffing...), and are in general creepy as heck if you spend any time around cats.
* Likely done deliberately, the Master from the first VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}} game crashes right into the Valley.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' both fall into this trap, as Bethesda's attempts at creating realism and a more immersive world end up having exactly the opposite effect, to the point where a game with [[RealIsBrown chocolate-stained]] 2002 graphics and text boxes for dialogue (''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'') actually manages to be more immersive despite the latter two games' more technically advanced graphics. Or where the Khajiit and Argonians don't fall into the valley.
** This can extend to the NPC behaviour as well, resulting in ArtificialAtmosphericActions. For example, Oblivion has many [=NPCs=] have schedules that tell them where to be and when, but the pool possible actions is so small that they repeat the same thing over and over again. This leads to the feeling that the entire population is made up of automations whose only purpose is to mindlessly chatter about the same nonsense all day. It becomes even more jarring with characters that need to be found in a specific location such as shopkeepers, whose job involves standing behind the counter staring unblinkingly at the door all day.
** Of course, the PC versions have [[GameMod mods]] that can somewhat fix these problems.
** A deliberate example of Uncanny Valley in the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC, Lonesome Road, is Ulysses. He wears a mask over the bottom half of his face and he never, ever blinks. He was also more detailed than the regular character model, so the effect looks quite eerie overall.
** That's not to say ''Morrowind'' didn't have it. Argonians and Khajiit walk like they broke their ankles. And everyone else looks like they have broken knees. And their jaws sometimes make a weird flapping when they talk. Or the game freezes to display text with their mouth open in a weird way...
*** Of course, the Argonians and Khajiit walking like that was ''perfectly deliberate'' -- Argonians and Khajiit used digitigrade motion to make them less human and more like dinosaurs/cats. This was dropped for the later games, mainly because it made people think they walked like they broke their ankles rather than like a cat.
** This is the main reason that Argonians and Khajiit are the some of the more popular races for players. Because they aren't trying to mimic humans, they look a lot less creepy.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Jynx looks too much like a human-Pokémon hybrid to not be Nightmare Fuel.
** Many players have the same opinion of Mr. Mime.
** Several of the Pokémon categorized as "humanshape" can fall into the UncannyValley. Several of the Fighting-Types are particularly creepy due to their strange proportions.
* Many of the ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' games have been this. The more recent ones have been better about this, but some of the early ones (past ''Secrets can Kill'', which averted this trope by having little 2D animations act as the characters) but some early ones like ''Stay Tuned for Danger'' tend to fall a bit into the valley with the rather stiff and oddly shiny characters that seem to never move. (...granted it would be a bit creepier if they did stuff like breathed) Some of the stuff in ''Stay Tuned for Danger'' are possibly the worst, since they take pictures of real-life people and photoshop characters' faces on them, making it look ''QUITE'' unnatural. Why is that? Namely because they took the character models' heads.
** Somewhat averted with ''Secret of the Old Clock'' though. Despite that they put in old photos from the 30s, they actually don't animate the scenes that take place in these so it does look out of place, but thankfully not uncanny. Some also argued it added a nice effect, since the game actually ''is'' set in the 1930s and having real-life photographs of the buildings at the time only added to it.
* ''VideoGame/GameboyCamera'', a game marketed towards kids, has some Easter Eggs that occasionally pop up while playing [[http://img.gamefaqs.net/screens/5/3/9/gfs_45610_2_17.jpg Like]] [[http://www.tallon4.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Gbprintercreepy.jpg these]], both of which have become memes.
* In ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III'', the graphics are notably improved from previous installments. Not all of the characters look different from previous versions, but the male singer in particular stands out. While he now mouths the words more realistically, his jaw is ''enormous''. He nearly looks muppetesque, or what the Mouth of Sauron from the extended edition of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'' might look like during a period of youthful rebellion against the Dark Lord, man, and his cramping the Mouth's style. Especially strange given that he looks perfectly normal in the animated cinematics. Let's not forget the drummer, who acts like he's part of the animatronic band at a Chuck E. Cheese style restaurant.
** Characters in the Wii and PS2 versions of World Tour an Smash Hits are prone to having dead-looking facial expressions. This was fixed in Warriors of Rock, where the characters are often too stylized to be mistaken for a real person or show enough emotion that it's not creepy.
** ''VideoGame/RockBand 3'' has this problem more than the first two games. Some characters have it worse than others. The ''Beatles'' game before it had shades of it too, particularly around the eyes.
* The Grotesqueries from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', partly due to BarbieDollAnatomy, although the Uncanny Valley is what the game's makers were going for.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSh86CNCgDY&NR=1 a scene]] where your resident SpoonyBard sings. Without breathing. It's kind of funny and kind of terrifying.
** It doesn't help that the face models in that game can't really contort themselves to resemble singing, so it looks as if she's just holding her mouth open whilst breathy opera music plays in the background.
** Forget the singing. What's ''WAY'' more in the UncannyValley are some of the combinations you can make for your character's face. But that's optional. One that is unavoidable (And ''definitely'' not intentional) for mages is what happens when an Arcane Warrior Mage uses Combat Magic with Fade Shroud. Because of the way models are rendered in the game, the mouth and eyes are modeled separately...unfortunately, the entire body appears transparent and ghostly with Fade Shroud on...and then this causes the eyes and mouth to appear to be floating, and it's even visible from ''BEHIND''. Unavoidable for an arcane warrior, but given the fact that the Arcane Warrior is arguably one of the best classes in the game thanks to the amount of possible GameBreaker combinations with it....yeeeeaaaaahhhh....There any mods that cancel that effect out, Modders?
** Not only the singing, even laughing seems to be beyond their facial muscles' ability. Which makes it creepy every time someone ''does'' laugh in a dialogue. (Flemeth does this a lot)
** The redesigned elves for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' were given a number of small but subtle changes to distinguish them from humans. For example, they have thin nose bridges that extend out from their faces (most clearly visible in profile) and unusually-large irises in their eyes. the effect is simultaneously attractive yet eerie, and does a good job making it clear that as humanlike as elves are, they are distinctly ''not'' human.
*** They also gave all the dwarves (with the exception of party member Varric) glassy, opaque eyes that look like something you'd see on a porcelain doll or an animal that's recently been stuffed. It's especially creepy with Bodahn and his son Sandal, since you're used to seeing them in their more normal-looking ''Origins'' incarnations.
** In ''Awakening'', Justice falls right into the Uncanny Valley...however, this differs because it's actually ''invoked'' - he's an animated corpse possessed by a spirit from the Fade. Of ''course'' he'll look like a corpse!
*** The Architect is much more human-looking then other darkspawn, which just makes it creepier when you notice that his NiceHat is actually part of his head, and that when he takes his mask off you can see that his eyes are misaligned. Also clearly intentional.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' largely avoids this, in-game -- the facial models are of excellent quality and generally look very real. However, the facial customization section during character creation can be disturbing -- the facial image is animated, moving and breathing naturally even as you alter it, and the sight of it mutating as you alter the parameters is somewhat disturbing. It's also possible to end up with rather odd-looking results if you set multiple features to the extremes of the available scales.
** All the attention to detail however can be ruined during some of the conversations where a character's head will stop too suddenly during a head turn. The living breathing character suddenly becomes an animatronic robot. Occurs most often with Garrus but happens to most characters at least once when they are in the scene but aren't the ones speaking.
** The facial animation system would also invoke this a fair bit. As detailed as the faces are, their actual ability to emote can feel extremely limited, like their faces are made of tough rubber. This got a bit better in the sequels, but their expressions would still often be only vaguely like what was intended, and more often than not a rather blank expression would be used. If you were playing using a custom face you actually hoped this would be the case because it was plainly obvious that the facial rig was built for the default Male Shepard's face. Any attempt at smiling would just cause the custom face's mouth corners to move, with the rest staying perfectly in place.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' hits the valley hard in its character narration trailers, most notably those for Miranda and Subject Zero. In-game, however, the majority of faces are even better than in the first game.
** While the close-up shots aren't so bad in the cutscenes, the way the body movements and gestures are animated in the long-shots make the characters look like string-puppets or zombies.
*** Brought up to CreepyAwesome levels by the acting troupe Crabcat Industries, when they preform a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATj3tIqSj5g live-action medley]] of their favorite cutscenes.
** Miranda does still have this problem in-game from time to time, just the way she looks at you, or the way her face is set at certain points. WordOfGod puts this down to glitching in the game's rendering system that causes her features to be very frozen and unmoving.
** An odd glitch of the graphics engine can cause faces to be lit very starkly from below, emulating that flashlight-face look. It can be jarring.
** There also appears to be a problem with the default Male!Shepard facial animation, in that he cannot smile properly. [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5117/1265581992968.jpg This picture]] is fanmade, but demonstrates nicely why this is a problem.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esung4vdTCI One of the trailers]] for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' features a small girl you're supposed to be feeling sorry for. Unfortunately, her horrific appearance prevents any empathy from arising in the viewer.
** Almost every time someone turns their neck. Uncanny valley applies to krogans, too.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o43tVHs-Ns&t=9m8s synthesis ending]] evoked this for some players due to the eerie green glowing of some characters.
** You can also get an OffModel glitch due to a bug in the code for the Recon Hood that makes Shepard's eyelids transparent during "helmets off" cutscenes. The resultant uncannily large eyes make the whole thing more than a little unnerving.
* The ''Death Jr. Series'' naturally has more to cause fear than this, but its offering toward the Uncanny Valley is Pandora Boxley. A sweet and well-meaning goth girl (which, in the grander scheme of the game's cast, makes her relatively normal), she is very cute despite having empty eye-sockets -- '''''IN THE OFFICIAL ART!''''' The version of her in the in-game graphics resembles a chillingly soulless zombie far more frightening in appearance than the title hero -- and he's a skeleton!
* Western-made "adult" PC games (read: porn) tend to not sell very well, even on the direct download market. Publishers are baffled by this. They would do well to look at their misguided attempts at "realism" and the intensely creepy female... things, that result. A particular example is [[http://www.activedolls.com/ Active Dolls]] ({{NSFW}}), where the mannequin-like Creepazons are designed to lock their eyes onto the camera at all times and angles when not engaged in... other activities. Given the "models'" unchanging expressions and dead eyes, one wonders how the programmers considered this anything other than the wrong end of Uncanny Valley?
* Japanese-made porn games usually manage to avoid the Valley by giving the girls anime eyes and faces and making the male character faces (if not his whole body) invisible or impossible to see directly. 3D [[CompanionCube 'love simulator']] maker [[http://www.illusion.jp/ Illusion]] has gained large notoriety and a wide fanbase for their Biko, Sexy Beach and Artificial Girl series.
** School Mate goes a step further with real-time cel-shading and thick figure outlines that resemble hand-inked illustration. Many fans deride other Illusion games for looking 'unrealistic', but never have this complaint about their cherished Schoolmate.
** However, ''Real Kanojo 3D'' went for a more realistic look and fell into this trap, particularly on the parts when the girl is speaking and you use your hands to interact with her face.
*** And then, if your configuration isn't up to snuff, you end up with stuff like [[http://www.journaldugamer.com/2009/12/01/jouer-a-real-kanojo-avec-une-config-en-bois-mauvaise-idee/ THIS]].
* One of the sex scenes in the notably bad ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution''. The animators forgot to give the participants any facial expressions in the cutscene, which ends up looking [[http://youtu.be/WYCu3aj1z2E?t=3m33s/ incredibly creepy]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** The PC port of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' gave smoother models for characters on the map field, but for some reason, the developers decided to give every character that didn't have a mouth drawn in the Playstation version a round black circle for a mouth. This gives the characters a very bizarre look, including Sephiroth. The mouthless versions makes the character models look far less creepy.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' dips in and out of this trope, particularly with the character Tidus. Depending on the angle and lighting, he can either be real-looking enough to, well, look real, or look like his face is a mask. Partially due to the fact that the animators used the default in-game model, present in gameplay, in most scenes, but used a much higher quality version with a fully expressive face whenever a character was the centerpiece of a cutscene. Sounds great in practice, but their habits of forgetting to use the high-quality model, or even worse have a HQ-model and a gameplay model in the same cutscene at the same time made this quite jarring and unimmersive. There is a particularly jarring scene in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' where Yuna and Rikku are trying to puzzle something out ("Key-Mon?" "Monkey!"), and there's a close up shot of Rikku's low-quality face as she says something. It is, by far, the most disturbing thing: passionate speech, ''dead face''. Then, of course, there's the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5FTJxfV3pc laughing cutscene]].
** Sazh's son Dajh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is adorable... or would be, if he didn't look like a living plastic doll. Even Sazh himself sometimes looks weird.
*** Chocolina's poker face. No, seriously, no matter how EXCITED her voice makes it seem, she just has that blank expression... As if she has no soul!
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is typically very good about avoiding this, but in the prequel, there's just ''something'' about Vaan's face reminiscent of fish.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions'' uses a "smooth" type of two-dimensional sprite rather than the sharper (but still high-quality) style of the [=PSP=] port of I and II. They've often been likened to WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}} and the male characters are all stuck in a DeathGlare. The [=iOS=] port for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' use the same style.
* The infamous "Pixel Mouth" in both ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' game falls into the same category. It's particularly noticeable in one of KH1's [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments]], [[spoiler: where Riku takes the keyblade from Sora and later Sora takes it back]]. Some of the best lines in the game can be found here, but the because the characters are using in-game models, their mouths shift only from open to closed and back (as opposed to the cutscene models, which are properly lip-synched).
* This trope is probably why the ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' level looks so out of place in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII.'' Sora is rendered in his normal anime style, with slightly exaggerated features, while the ''Pirates'' characters are more realistically detailed and proportioned.
** Organization XIII's members are supposed to be deliberately made examples of this trope. The fanfic writers don't seem to mind.
** Particularly Xion, whose creepiness has sometimes been mistaken for outright technical glitches. As the game goes on, though, it becomes ''very'' clear that despite the cute face, the little things that aren't quite right were ''very'' intentional. And when they all come together, we find an alcove in the Valley home to both terror and FetishFuel.
** [[PsychoElectro Larxene's]] ''voice'', at least, succeeds - if only because of the [[{{Kawaiiko}} perky]], [[DeliberatelyCuteChild cheerful]] tone she manages to hold even when she isn't pretending that her personality matches it, though this may only hold true in the dub for Re: Chain of Memories. It doesn't really help that she comes the closest to showing real emotion (or shows the most, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on one's interpretation]]) out of all the Nobodies - disregarding Roxas [[spoiler:who's implied to be special in that regard in any case]].
** The Nobodies ''did'' succeed at this at one point... but not where it was intended; in the opening of Kingdom Hearts II. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5KhRYD569U Look at Namine at 2:43 and 3:37]] It's tricky to explain, but something about her face just looks ''off.'' Her brief appearance in the high-quality CGI at the end of the game was better, though.
*** There's also where [[spoiler:Xion takes her hood off and reveals herself to have Sora's face, yet is speaking with Xion's voice. Not to mention, Vanitas when he takes his mask off]]. Nothing wrong with proportions...but to people familiar with those characters? It feels unnerving.
** ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts 3D|DreamDropDistance}}'' features ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' characters that would be rendered in 3D. They all make the transition very well, being made by Nomura. Except for [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120125034131/kingdomhearts/images/d/da/Shiki.png Shiki]]. It's not her face that's the problem; it's her ''body''. It looks so unnaturally thin! Oh, and there's also a ''Film/TronLegacy'' level, and it's not just CGI'ed Creator/JeffBridges as Clu being off [[UncannyValley/{{Film}} as in the movie]] this time 'round, thanks to the presence of Sora.
*** Shiki's a case of FridgeBrilliance: those who have played TWEWY would know [[spoiler: that's not what Shiki looks like at all, but a copy of her best friend Eri's appearance. She looked unnaturally rail-thin since that's how she perceives Eri.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts Covenant'', there is the (in)famous "Miracle" scene. Granted, many consider it to be a TearJerker, but some actually suddenly found themselves ready to cry...and then laughing because when Yuri is about to burst into tears... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEwispcJuJg&t=2m44s his face proceeds to skew into something quite atrociously funny]] as tears ''literally'' flow from his eyes. Something that would ordinarily look creepy actually turned into a candidate for CrowningMomentOfFunny? interesting...
** And somebody on deviantART even did something ''funny''...because the avatar for [[http://bawplz.deviantart.com/ "Bawplz"]] is a shot from that ''very'' scene. There's also [[http://wabplz.deviantart.com/ wabplz]], which is merely the "sad mouth" ''flipped upside down'', making it actually look either disturbing with how wide his cheeks are, or funny with how friggin' ridiculous his mouth looks.
* Speaking of which, in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there also are the high/blood elf placeholder models from before the Burning Crusade expansion pack of, [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Former_high_elf_models a gallery of which can be seen here.]] They were modified night elf models, which meant that the male one had this creepy emotionless face, and the female ones had their eyes slanted at an almost disturbing angle. Combined with a blocky, ungainly appearance, both gender models kind of gave the impression their faces were too narrow.
** Fandom is divided on the Forsaken. some consider the female Forsaken to be {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, other consider both sexes to reside ''deep'' in the Uncanny Valley. Both sides are right, to at least some degree, owing to variations in personal tastes and the range of appearance options for Forsaken faces, from "cute green skinned girl" to "where's your jaw, and who stitched the leather X over your eyes?" Then again, they are ''zombies'' (i.e. the lowest point on the graph), just in varying states of decay.
** The human children's faces are all unbelievably creepy. Something about their eyes...
*** Anduin Wrynn's new model from ''Cataclysm'' may be even further into this. He looks almost like an unusually tall 10-year-old with his father's LanternJawOfJustice.
** The Taunka are arguably the worst offenders. Due to sloppy modeling, their faces are too flat and unanimated, making them look as if they are wearing cardboard masks with soulless, frozen eyes.
* The [[SequelDisplacement lesser-known]] precursor to ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' called ''Slaves to Armok: God of Blood'' is rendered in full 3D. Pretty much all of the creatures look ''very'' creepy. Especially the Kobolds, which ironically are considered {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s in Dorf Fort fanon.
* Hilde on the Xbox 360 boxart of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]] IV''. It's her eyes... her soulless eyes.
** [[RobotGirl Ashlotte]] in the game itself. A CGI animated model of a realistic human-like clockwork robot is just overkill. Thankfully, her movement and voice are very human, with nothing "off" or "mechanical" about them.
*** Interestingly, her personality and the non-CGI artwork of her can have her loop around from vaguely unsettling (as a clockwork doll with a halberd should be in the 1500s or today) to, well, cute.
*** On the other hand, some ''human'' characters suffer from these problems. Like in Tira's story mode, when she says "Can I use him? Naw, he's useless!" in that exaggerated, strained voice of hers, combined with her face locked in an unnatural smile with equally unnatural MouthFlaps...
* Princess Elise from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': Princess of Uncanny Valley. Being alongside characters that are modeled after Felix the Cat punctuated it even further. The other humans in the game don't help it, with their random arm flailings in grotesque parody of actual body language. Sonic Team seems to have understood this, and made the humans in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' look like they came straight out of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''.
** Also, [[http://meltyourfaceoff.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/eggman_06.jpg realistic Eggman]] from the same game, where we even get some shots of ''his eyes''. Do not want!
*** The FunnyAnimal[=s=] in the game look off, due to the realism of everyone else and due to the less-cartoony look with them. It really makes it apparent that they're ''giant, multicolored, sapient animals''.
*** The way they ''move'' is disturbing. Sega put highly detailed ''human'' expressions and motions onto ''cartoon'' animals.
*** The animations for everyone basically falls flat. None of the Sonic characters ever show any facial expressions other than the occasional blinking and their movements look either extremely odd or very stiff. Sonic in particular is stuck with a near-constant deadpan stare, and he almost never makes eye contact with his conversation partners.
*** The one character this may work for is Mephiles, who would already be pretty far removed from regular Mobians if he hadn't borrowed Shadow's form.
** The animations in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' make the Sonic characters look like they have trouble grasping how to move their mouths when speaking. Sonic and Knuckles have the worst of it due to how their eyes just bulge and twitch the moment they even talk.
*** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' improves the animations in the Sonic characters but somehow managed to mess up on the human characters. One jarring moment is a little girl starring into a screen and you can see how her eyes look completely dead and devoid of any emotion.
*** Also, the Commander from ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' (in the screenshot for Narm.SonicTheHedgehog).
* Deliberately invoked in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', where a not-quite-human all-female unit was modeled by scanning in the physiques and faces of four real-life actresses, whose slightly too detailed faces jarred horribly against the more stylized look of the entirely digitally made 'human' characters. Even more deliberate when you consider that, according to their back-stories, those girls have all suffered from really heavy MindRape and only got worse from there. Thus the impression that they're dead on the inside.
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty MGS2's]] [[spoiler:Colonel AI once he starts glitching out]], anyone?
** Unfortunately in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]], Big Boss suffers from this in cutscenes featuring in-game graphics. He's got a stern face and '''no other emotions'''. His remaining eye never blinks and is always intently, uneasily focused on something. The relative lack of his trademark grunt reaction noises doesn't help. The rest of the playable soldiers don't have this problem because they're always clad in a balaclava.
* Used intentionally in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles''. [[BigBad Sergei Vladimir's]] "[[http://images.wikia.com/residentevil/images/a/a5/Ivan.png Ivans]]" are two Tyrants that have been specifically engineered to pass for human. They do, but one glance at one tells you something is ''seriously wrong'' with it.
* ''Franchise/BioShock''
** The [[VideoGame/BioShock1 first game]] seems to make intentional use of this phenomenon - the grotesque, ex-human Splicers are even more unnerving for how human they still look. The first ghost you encounter subtly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: ''"I'm too spliced up! I'm too spliced up! Now nobody's gonna want me...."''
*** The Little Sisters are also examples of the trope.
** ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'' has redesigned the Little Sisters to make them cuter and more cartoony because the player character's viewpoint is a Big Daddy, who cares for them more than anything else; he doesn't find them creepy, neither should the player. Splicers, on the other hand, are still in the valley, because the PC sees them as threats to his Little Sisters.
*** ''[=BioShock=] 2'' brings up the valley when a journal of Andrew Ryan describes an animatronic replica of him built for a theme park as a "lurching, waxen nightmare" and wonders how children are supposed to respond to that. Indeed, the first time one of the animatronics is encountered can be startling because it appears to be a slightly less than normal human sitting completely still. Then you attack it and it breaks apart completely.
** It's brought up again in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' as intentional on the developers' part for the [[MechaMook Motorized Patriot]] who was in fact based on a nightmare of Ken Levine's when he was a child of the porcelain dolls his grandparents had.
* Samus in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series bordered the line, went past it, and then went up from there. ''Metroid Prime'' had Samus' face designed to look realistic according to how she looked in ''Super Metroid''. It wasn't quite right (mostly because her subdued skin and hair clashed with her bright-colored suit), but it still looked decent. ''Metroid Prime 2: Echoes'' shifted away from this style in favor of an anime look based on ''Metroid: Zero Mission'', but the 3D representation of it made Samus look like a living Barbie doll with puffy lips and eyes that look fake. ''Metroid Prime: Hunters'' attempted to mix the realistic and anime styles together with some success while ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' has Samus retain the anime style, but with a much bigger improvement in facial details. [[http://images.wikia.com/metroid/images/8/88/Samus_3D_endings.jpg Compare the faces here.]]
* Largely averted in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', with realistic lip-synching and largely realistic character movements based on character actors, but deliberately invoked in the G-Man, who is implied to be not entirely human. His speech is littered with awkward pauses and [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable emphases]], his way of standing and walking are oddly rigid, and his "humanizing" gestures -- like brushing dust from his suit or straightening his tie -- are unconvincingly stiff. He behaves as though he's had to learn 'human' behavior out of books and films. The effect is further compounded by his facial features, which are not only misaligned but also seem to lack any kind of expression at all.
** G-Man's mannerisms begin to look realistic only in the Episodes -- the point at which he's caught off-guard for the first time in the series. His sole scene in ''Episode One'' has him look genuinely confused, then genuinely angry. When he appears again in ''Episode Two'', a touch of actual nervousness and urgency seems to be creeping into his formerly effectless voice.
*** His movements also become a lot more realistic in ''Episode Two''.
* Sony's first-party PS3 sports games (''MLB the Show'' and ''NBA 0x'') have technically excellent 1080p graphics. Except every arena looks to be made entirely of plastic, and every player looks like a wax doll.
* Avoided in ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' where the game designers had real-life actors give real performances with motion capture sensors in order to have their real facial expressions tell the animated characters how to look. The result was lively animation that dodged the valley entirely and was praised for its stunning cutscenes.
* ''VideoGame/ClockTower 3'' often has this happen, although it looks a ''little'' more like a somewhat-stylized PS2 game when it's moving. A LetsPlay of it on Website/SomethingAwful pretty much makes the game seem a lot more Uncanny then it actually does until the FMV endings. The Dark Id probably took screenshots at the [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/ClockTower3/Update%206/29-piano28.jpg worst (or best) possible moments]] to make the characters seem a lot more uncanny. (Although this sometimes may result in it being funny, such as this shot of Dennis where his [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/ClockTower3/Update%2010/5-ginger4.jpg mouth is unbelievably round]], and this shot where [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/ClockTower3/Update%2010/21-ginger30.jpg his eyes seem to go somewhere else]].
** Also invoked when you consider that the game actually ''does'' show corpses.
* "Adult" video game [[http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/naughty09.htm Strip Fighter 2]] almost averted this by making all the detailed pictures of women be scans of actual pictures of women. Then someone got the bright idea to make the pictures wink. Without moving any other part of the face.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfnTrAxTFfk intro]] to ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room''.
** [[http://silenthill.wikia.com/wiki/Twin_Victims Twin Victims]]. Dear god, [[CreepyTwins Twin]] [[CreepyChild Victims]].
** Speaking of ''Silent Hill'', in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' there was a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osGBsgfbUaQ scene]] in which James encounters Maria in a jail cell. After almost a minute of in-game graphics there is a sudden AnimationBump, combined with the shading, makes Maria look disturbingly realistic.
*** Actually, most of the characters in ''Silent Hill 2'' fall into this at times, and it's probably intentional, given the atmosphere of the game--as Angela puts it, there's "something...wrong" about the town and the people in it.
** At the end of the intro for ''Silent Hill 4'', there is a closeup with BigBad Walter's face, where you can see him blinking, and, similar to the ''Strip Fighter 2'' example, there's an overall lack of movement in the rest of his face that makes it look just wrong. Probably intentional on the developers' part. This wrongness leads you to ask the disturbing question, "''Do'' video game characters have eyelids?''
* [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51rtpzErizL.jpg The box art]] for the Literature/{{Snow White|and the Seven Dwarfs}} game on PS2. The faces are distorted in ways they were never meant to be.
* The UncannyValley is ''[[InvokedTrope invoked]]'' in VideoGame/{{Portal}} with [=GLaDOS=]' RoboSpeak and its sudden human shift after [[spoiler: the destruction of the Morality Core.]]
--> ([[HellIsThatNoise Creepy, distorted laughter]])'' '''"Good news:''' I figured out what that thing you just incinerated did. It was [[spoiler: the morality core]] they installed after I flooded the enrichment center with a deadly neurotoxin, to make me stop flooding the enrichment center with a deadly neurotoxin."''
** Chell may also count, though she's rarely seen in-game. Just... [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110426214052/half-life/en/images/5/59/Chell_daydreamin.jpg Those EYES.]]
* If you fail at the Boss Rush in ''Sexy Parodius'', you're treated to a rather frightening image of the final boss laughing at your misfortune.
* Roughly half the cast (the energetic ones) of the ''DynastyWarriors'' series avoid this trope (they instead sometimes border on being too cartoony, especially really big guffawing guys like Meng Huo), but the 'serene' or 'contemplative' characters like Da Qiao, Zhuge Liang, Xu Huang, and Yue Ying more than make up for them. Yue herself is a bit of a shift as the emotion in her lines show she was meant to have ActionGirl expressions. She just comes off as very very strange when speaking, almost like a period automaton from an old German sci-fi movie. Compare with the Rikku example up above. Strangely, Lu Bu also falls into the second catagory depending on the game involved, as sometimes his voice is bizarrely low-pitched in comparison with his [[UnstoppableRage roaring angryface.]] Koei might have had different modelers working on different sets of people which resulted in the discrepancies between believable and non. Does not seem to happen as often in the Samurai Warriors universe.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In case 3 of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', there's a cutscene involving a concert performance. While the entire game series is in 2-D point-and-click, the concert is in moving 3-D and not that well detailed. It's very unnerving.
** Perceive segments are meant to be trippy, but focusing that close onto someone's face can feel uncomfortable (especially as you watch their mouth or throat move, made even weirder by the fact you don't hear voices, just very slowed down "blips" representing speech).
** Calisto Yew from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' falls into the trope because of how she behaves in the courtroom. Edgeworth himself finds her to be creepy.
** If just voices can qualify for UncannyValley, then Manfred, Quercus Alba, and the aforementioned Calisto Yew's voices definitely do (though Yew's is slightly less bad than the other two). Manfred and Alba's voice clips sound horribly low and drawn out, like they're not even real voices.
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' greatly improves the character details and animations after series took a leap into complete 3D. Every character has smooth animations and expressions that go well with the anime style. Of course, it also has the chance to play this intentionally. Two examples come to mind: Aristotle Means and ''[[TheUnSmile that goddamn smile]]'', and [[spoiler:the Phantom and his loose mask]].
* Much like the Basement Jaxx example, {{Halo}} 3 has an easter egg of a family of either monkeys or cavemen with human looking faces.
* Early 3D games like ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''MegaManLegends'' tend to suffer from this trope. The player character and the most important [=NPCs=] usually look great -- but the ''other'' [=NPCs=] are often horrific. The worst are like dolls made by someone who's only seen actual humans through a kaleidoscope.
** The carpenters were more due to the weird way they moved. They'd move faster than their legs moved, hammer stuff weirdly and generally freak you out.
** Speaking of Zelda, Link's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Elegy_of_Emptiness_Link_374.jpeg default form Elegy of Emptiness statue]] in ''TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. It seems to be an effigy of ShigeruMiyamoto dressed as Link, but was likely much creepier than intended. So creepy, it represents the EldritchAbomination that is BEN in the ARG WebVideo/BenDrowned.
** The Happy Mask Salesman is a deliberate version of this, the main reason being that instead of moving normally, he instead violently jerks from one position/animation to another with no transition animation whatsoever.
** And ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' has the [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/Oocca Oocca]], basically a bizarre race of chickens with extremely creepy human heads.
*** Ooccoo Jr. is just a floating child's head with wings sticking out of the sides.
** Fi from ''Skyward Sword''. When unlocking the various tunes for the Goddess Harp, she sings. Mouths should ''not'' move like that.
*** It is less "Fi sings" than "Fi screams in pain while you play unfitting music."
* ''FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': Alma is ''made'' of this.
** As are the Replica soldiers, especially with their masks off.
* ''[[VideoGame/TrackAndField New International Track & Field]]'' contains some hideous SuperDeformed characters as contestants. All look pretty dreadful, but the worst ones are the characters from other {{Konami}} games with a more serious feel. See them all [[http://www.newtrackandfield.com/atg/characters here]]
* ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' invoked this for many people, simply by giving the anime-style character designs realistic motion-captured movements in the cutscenes.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' games are usually too cartoony in art style to fit this usually, but some of the clown-based bosses would probably head far enough into the valley to give Coulrophobics nightmares. There's Clown-a-Round in ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'', which looks just human and somewhat CGI-like to creep someone out before they even realize it has multiple detachments heads and his real one is on his stomach: [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Clown-a-Round picture for reference]] and possibly Chortlebot from ''Shake It'', which is at least somewhat disturbing in the least (it freaking laughs when using a flamethrower type attack for goodness sake, and the music getting faster and faster can't help much).
** While we're on the topic of ''Wario World'', there's [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Mean_Emcee Mean Emcee]], who has an incredibly garbled voice, jerky movements, and just barely human features, falls squarely into this trope.
** The [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Brawl_Doll Brawl Doll]]. Yes, it's a giant, almost sickening looking cupid type plush toy you fight as a boss. One look at those eyes will freak you out something weird, and it apparently fires laser beams.
** Then there's the [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Winter_Windster Winter Windster]], the boss of [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Shivering Mountains]]. It's almost frostbitten flesh-colored, small, stubby limbs, and... ''the face''. Honestly, the picture on that link actually makes it seem ''worse'' than its actual in-game appearance... which is really an [[ShapedLikeItself in-game picture]].
* This trope is among one of the many many problems with ''LimboOfTheLost''. The normal people end up looking far scarier than the ghoulish ones due to creepy Poser models and jerky animation.
* Whoever designed Doc Louis' eyes in the UsefulNotes/NintendoWii version of ''PunchOut!'' needs to honestly be charged with something. The game itself is silly enough and cartoony, but whenever a round ends and it shows Little Mac in his corner with Doc, his eyes are always disturbingly fixed upon you... not your in-game character, but staring at the screen at YOU, and the eyes appear to follow you.
** Speaking of Punch-Out, there's also the ''Super Punch-Out'' protagonist's appearance in ''Fight Night Round 2''. [[http://cubemedia.ign.com/cube/image/article/586/586259/ea-sports-fight-night-round-2-20050208050651080.jpg I shudder thinking of it.]].
*** There's something creepily wrong with that protagonist period, even in 2D. His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fySsY57DAA prototypical version]] lacked said Uncanny Valley.
* The crowds in pretty much any 7th-gen sports title. In the past, crowds were nothing more than a flat, multi-coloured blur, maybe with a couple of frames of 'animation' and no-one ever questioned it. Now individual crowd members can be picked out, with their own animations and perhaps rendered in 3D. Sounds great, except that wide-shots show the same 50 or so crowd members copy-pasted to fill a 60,000-seater stadium, and it just looks ''weird''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMN-1iixSdY Mario's floating head]] in ''[[SuperMarioBros Mario Teaches Typing 2]]''. Everything, from the movement of the mouth to the shape of the eyes, is slightly off, resulting in Mario looking downright creepy. It doesn't help that Mario's missing his body and he seems aware of this.
** Speaking of Mario and the UncannyValley, [[http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2008/03/realmario.jpg pray that Nintendo never renders him realistically]].
* Not sure about the {{Playstation 3}} and {{Xbox 360}} versions, but the Wii, PSP and PS2 versions of ''StarWars: TheForceUnleashed'' have some ''really'' awkward human models. As a reviewer put it, they have pretty much a single expression and don't show any emotion, which becomes very uncomfortable in some parts of the game with high emphasis on character development.
** The [=PS360=] version is better with expression and emotion, but the skin textures still look wrong. There are also other issues, particularly with Juno Eclipse's mouth: sometimes, when speaking, it's like her upper lip gets caught on the top of her teeth and just stays there. That description probably makes no sense because ''the image'' makes no sense. In fact, ''everyone'' in that game seems to have a mouth that's too large for their face, which really only becomes apparent when they're speaking.
* NED, the main antagonist of {{Albion}}, is a highly developed supercomputer, that communicates with the ship's crew through an android body, that pretty much falls into this. His permanent facial expression is a blank stare. Not to mention the one occasion where it malfunctions and starts walking around aimlessly. And near the end of the game, there's an entire army of these things. Pretty creepy.
* Starting around Shin Megami Tensei II, Kazuma Kaneko's human artwork for ShinMegamiTensei took a turn for the eerie. Most of the character's skins are frighteningly pale white and many have dark eyes, or dark rings around their eyes.
** Given that the series is known for being DarkerAndEdgier than other [=RPG=]s, and tends to play with some very creepy subject matter, this may be intentional.
** Good thing Jokers aren't rendered realistically...imagine what they would look like if they ''were''...no eyes or other facial features, just an evil grin...* shudder*
* This quality is given to [[LonersAreFreaks Mitsuo Kubo]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', whose natural BlackEyesOfEvil are portrayed as rather dead, which is shown to be fitting as his shadow portrays that he's practically dead inside as well as making him look like creepily {{Gonk}}ish.
* The Characters in ''BraveStory'' New Traveller look like love dolls. It's disconcerting, to say the least. In fact, everything about this children's RPG is frightening.
* ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' tends to inadvertantly invoke this trope as you manipulate and pose your favorite ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' characters...as flopping, corpselike ragdolls. Bonus {{squick}} is easily achieved if you import the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' models.
** On the other hand, the things that you ''can'' do with the ragdolls that ''should'' be creepy thanks to this trope become [[TheGmodIdiotBox downright]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV8OZ_PLyBE hilarious]].
** Speaking of Garry's Mod: The fan made 3D models of the main characters from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic that seem to popular amongst Gmodders and Bronies alike. The characters did not transition from 2D to 3D animation well, looking incredibly creepy; especially the almost human-like faces.
** Some custom ragdolls can invoke this problem even more due to added flexibility. While the default ragdolls are rigged semi-realistically, many custom ones are rigged in a way that makes them more flexible and more useful for posing. Thing is, said flexibility causes things like necks that don't support the head and thus look broken, limbs that can rotate and bend in unnatural ways, and in extreme cases the entire body moves as if it were just a bunch of individual parts loosely tied together. To say it's unsettling is putting it mildly.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} VI'' uses CGI in its opening movie that's ''much'' more realistic than the rest of the game's art design. This isn't a problem with the human characters, because they're careful to keep them on the better side of it. But then we meet Olha and Isha. They're Rehda, PettingZooPeople with fox tails and (the important part) elongated ears. In the CGI, they look ''extremely'' disturbing thanks to those ears - the ears help that sense of "SOMETHING VERY WRONG" so important to the Uncanny Valley effect. Thankfully, the game's use of CGI is minimal after that point.
* Earlier ''{{Tenchu}}'' games had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-hyvXegLuw weird, generic, corpsey CGI scenes]] that were actually more unconfortable to watch than the blocky game-rendered cutscenes. Fortunately, ever since the PlayStation2 era they got less awkward.
* This trope may have contributed to why [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RyShkz5EA commercials]] of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' are so damn creepy.
** To be fair, those people ''are'' [[InvokedTrope supposed to be dead]].
** The Nobleman from ''Brotherhood'' is made of this. His face is artificial enough to avoid it, but the rest of him, with the hunched back and the too-small limbs - it doesn't help that one is [[ArtificialLimbs artificial and ends in a claw]] - makes him decidedly wrong-looking.
* Although opinion varies as to how successful the game animation was, in ''[[VideoGame/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', a series of cast interviews reveal that at the very least the cast thought this was true of their face scanned models.
* Canister users in ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' are described like this in-game. It's particularly prominent at the higher levels of power when they [[PowerGlows start to glow]] and get a near-constant PsychoticSmirk, and ''particularly'' particularly prominent when they take a bad canister and their skin starts flaking off.
* The horse-like enemies in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''. With human faces. Granted, the enemies were suposed to scare you and intentionally fall into this trope to an extent, but those things really drove it home.
** ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' has fixed camera angles and 'Chasers' just love to stick their faces into the camera. This means you'll regularly that horrifying face with red eyes all up in your grill, blocking your view of anything else.
* [[http://www.bakugan-videogame.com/#/videos/Bakugan_FMV_Trailer1 THIS]] trailer for the (second?) ''BakuganBattleBrawlers'' video game falls squarely into this catagory. Whilst Dragonoid and Hydranoid might look brilliantly rendered, they went just a tad too far with Dan... Thankfully Masqeruade has his headgear on, so we are saved from how he could have looked.
* The animated portraits for the children in ''{{Warcraft}} III''. Forget the undead horde, can I slaughter some of those little abominations? PLEASE?!
** [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Actually, yes; you can]].
* All the people in the ''{{Myst}}'' series tend towards this, especially in the earlier games (the fact that encountering them is so rare doesn't help). But by far the scariest is ''that little girl in Riven''. She appears out of nowhere on the path and looks more like a creepy little ghost than anything else... * shudders*
** It probably helps that the original Myst was known for taking place entirely in uninhabited areas; you don't meet your first character in person until the end of the game. So suddenly finding out that people actually live in Riven is a surprise.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}''. Characters had animated images of actors as their face textures, with their expressions made through frames instead of actual polygon animation. It made it all seem slightly real, but also unnatural, and added to the dreamy feeling the game had.
* Hacking ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' to swap character movesets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZDgjjDnWLM can have some pretty strange effects]] on character models and animations. Hacking Pikachu with Ganondorf's moveset gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgzDPDxrtto Pikaman (or Longchu)]], a Pikachu with human proportions. It's creepy, to say the least. Giving Toon Link Meta Knight's moveset is also quite creepy, but is more BodyHorror than Uncanny Valley. Perhaps worst of all, though, is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iuLHui7omLQ#t=264s Peach with Sonic's moveset]] - arms always bent at strange angles, long, clawlike fingers and long, floppy legs, not to mention the awkward and stiff clothing animation.
* ''HeavyRain'' has characters who look fine in stills, and others who crash into the valley so hard you may forget the normal-looking ones. Any close-ups of character faces in motion (like on the loading screens) are consistently creepy. Gamers are polarized enough over the gameplay to give this issue little thought, and many in the "like it" camp won't even deny it anyway.
* This is also actually a problem with characters using/abusing normal maps that make them look very shiny to the point of making them appear as if made of plastic or rubber especially when on the skin.
* ''{{Spore}}'' can really run into this if a person doesn't know how to work with the creature creator (or just any other creator) very well. An even more special mention can go to people who've actually tried to make humans with the game's tools, which is not only downright creepy, but also very, very hideous.
** As are most attempts at re-creating pre-existing characters from cartoons, video games, etc.
* ''[[Creator/{{Nitrome}} Final Ninja]]'' doesn't initially fit this, as it's a standard case of SuperDeformed. Then you throw your first shuriken, and your foe goes flying [[LudicrousGibs in several pieces]]. ''[[BloodlessCarnage Without bleeding at all]]''.
* When looked closely, the bystanders of ''[[StreetFighter Street Fighter IV]]'' fall into this, since they clearly used motion capture for animating them and they have the detail of plain mannequins, its jarring to see them performing the same movements over and over again.
* [[http://i.idnes.cz/bw/25/longestjourneym03.jpg April Ryan]] from ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' looks ''very'' ugly, especially compared with modern games.
* The title character of the Dreamcast virtual life simulator ''{{Seaman}}'' is a rather ugly humanesque head... on a fish's body (which eventually evolves into a frog's body). And it ''talks'' to you, providing [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything an unnervingly large number of possible responses]]. Enough said!
* Initial D 4 had a major change to its presentation; for the first time ever, Legend of the Streets would not only have voicework, but the characters in the pre- and post-race scenes would be animated. Since the franchise belongs to Sega...y'know, the company that ''pioneered'' 3D graphics in arcade games, and has refined the process over many years to create amazingly smooth, lifelike human characters...you'd think that they'd make the characters in 3D, right? Even more so for the opportunity to make original clothing, poses, gestures, etc. instead of having to rehash the same manga rips endlessly. Unfortunately what we got instead was the same manga rips, but ''very'' crudely animated; basically the same technique used for those Get Your War On videos. They look like garishly colored animatronic puppets. (Initial D 5 was an improvement, however...now they look like ''skillfully'' colored animatronic puppets.)
* The characters in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft|I}}'' cinematics had that weird {{Claymation}} vibe about them, that made them look rather creepy. ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' fixed that, and brought us this ...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEaY8One1zg THING]] to compensate.
** Most of the portraits are smaller than in the video, focusing on the heads. Which is good, since when zoomed out you realize most of the units ''lack arms''. Or, in the Hellion and Goliath's case, have absurdly skinny arms.
** Some cinematics are marred by the portraits going back to whatever emotion they were expressing to neutral for less than a second, just enough to be jarring.
* In [[WidgetSeries widget game]] ''Help Wanted'', a minigame game where you have to work to buy stuff from the Home Shopping Network to save the Earth, you have a place called Memorial Hall to keep all your memorials for jobs, and there are visitors. One visitor, Mike the security guard, looks so realistic, but incredibly creepy. Especially when he's mad...
* [[StarControl Star Control 3]] replaced Star Control 2's 2D animation with filmed claymation models. The humans and humanlike aliens look creepiest of all, much more so than the non-human aliens. The likely worst case is the formerly sexy [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Syreen]].
* ''StarOceanTheLastHope'' has very pretty graphics, but this only makes the character models more horrifying. Everyone looks like mannequins or porcelain dolls with anime eyes, Lymle is especially terrifying.
* ''CityOfHeroes:'' {{Invoked}} in game. [[MagnificentBastard Nemesis']] Automatons look almost exactly like real humans, "until you get close." It's also kinda creepy when the innocent-looking office workers pull [[{{BFG}} gigantic guns]] from {{Hammerspace}} and blast you, all the while engaging in water-cooler conversation.
** There's a mission in CityOfVillains where Automatons are posing as Arachnos agents. When they start spouting lines straight out of StupidEvil, you know something's up. But once you get over the fact that they're robots, it [[SubvertedTrope just gets funny]].
* ''VideoGame/CaptainNovolin'' has two realistically-sprited doctors in the game... and their stares and smiles are rather unsettling to some people. Sadly, you'll be seeing at least one of them after beating every level.
* Subverted to great effect in ''SystemShock2'', in which the enemies no longer look human, but some still have just enough humanity left to apologize while attacking you. And then there are the cyborg midwives. In some cases, you know that the cyborg midwife you're fighting was once a crew member who you've gotten to know through the audio logs they've left behind.
** In the first game SHODAN's design and [[ElectronicSpeechImpediment speech patterns]] are quite...disconcerting. Perhaps intentially so - intentionally, that is, on her part.
* It happens to characters in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' due to imperfect animation, especially when said characters smile.
* ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' Episode I used very stylized, anime-esque graphics that fell clearly to the left of the valley. However, Episode II used a slightly more... realistic... style, which ranged from mildly creepy to downright disturbing. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qQX8Jl36CY here]]. While it makes total sense for non-human characters to fall into the valley, it doesn't for the rest of the cast. They switched back to stylized graphics for Episode III.
* The Telltale Jurassic Park Games. Freakishly bad: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtiWYjXdcmQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=98s The Girl in the car looks like a doll!]]
* Used in VideoGame/XWing on the face of the medical droid, during the medical-treatment scene, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/xwing3_4717.png viewable here.]]
** For another kind of UncannyValley, look at the man in the tank. Human necks don't actually bend like that.
* With their pasty skin and their inanimate, mannequin-like faces, the trainers in WiiFit can be... unnerving to say the least.
* The Nintendo DS game BrainAge has the floating head of Ryuta Kawashima. Here's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nintendo-3ds-brain-age_170.jpg the image]]
* The Ghasts in Minecraft make a sound that sounds ALMOST like babies. That "almost" aspect however makes them horrifying, especially when there are several all making that same sound. Thus if there is a "sound" version to Uncanny Valley, these creatures sure make it.
** The sounds recorded for Ghasts came from the sound developer's cat after distorting the sounds. Doesn't make it any less creepy.
* NoMoreHeroes2 has Charlie Mcdonald's cheerleaders. They all look alike. All 25 of them. Also, on a side note, there's a store in Pizza Batt tower that's actually called "Uncanny Valley".
* In the .hack//Games, [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060816205560/dothack/images/6/69/Aurafull.jpg Aura's]] [[http://images.wikia.com/dothack/images/f/fc/Auraface.jpg artwork]] ended up looking creepy. Maybe it's her striking eyes or her apparent lack of a body.
* If you're old enough to remember ''TheSecretIslandOfDrQuandary'', chances are you remember this about it, especially with the [[InsistentTerminology Lifelike Action Figures]] and the more realistic [=NPCs=].
* Presumably what the makers of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' were going for with [[ApocalypseMaiden Harle]]. As with most deliberate attempts to do so, it didn't work.
* Orianna in ''LeagueOfLegends'' is considered this in-universe, a [[ReplacementGoldfish clockwork parody of a teenage girl]] with a clearly artificial happy attitude. When reliving her original self's death, her reaction is "It was fun. I like memories."
** She's been described as looking far more ''human'' but far less ''alive'' than chunky yellow robot Blitzcrank. Who largely manages to avoid the valley, admittedly by standing on the other side to most of the human champions and waving.
* [[{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]] looks just fine and dandy in the PSP version of ''Project DIVA'', but when you pop in the high-definition PS3 version, all of a sudden the advanced shaders and more detailed character model turn her into something that looks like a gangly woman with stiff, impossible joints and very bizarre facial proportions, as if she were wearing a ''[[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/11/10/cosplay-terror-train/ animegao]]'' mask.
* Guillo from ''BatenKaitos Origins'' seems to deliberately invoke this trope. Its movements are humanlike, but just a little off. Watch it when [[spoiler:you fight it]] and you'll see; it's downright frightening.
** In other Baten Kaitos weirdness, check out the character models from the first game. They look alright when they stand still, but as soon as they start moving or the camera zooms in, they look like marionettes with invisible strings. The sequel mostly avoided this.
* ''Runescape'' uses a cartoony, yet somewhat realistic art style and stays well away from the uncanny valley. The sole exception being human children models. There's no better way to describe it then to just show you a picture of a [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110420053161/runescape/images/thumb/5/5f/Naff.png/100px-Naff.png Runescape child staring into your soul]].
* ''GranTurismo 5'' gave us the little number that is [[http://daviddino.com/gt5/jeffgordonmeme05.jpg Zombie Jeff Gordon]].
* ''VideoGame/EarnestEvans'' constructed the title character out of many sprites moving together, in an attempt to create a PlatformGame hero who would move more realistically than any before. The result looks nowhere near natural.
* Most recent VideoGame/{{Touhou}} games have portrayed Reimu with a paler skin tone and stiffer poses (fighting game spin-offs notwithstanding), making her gradually look more off, like if she was a corpse. Miyako Yoshika, the resident zombie character, actually looks more alive, though your mileage may vary on that one. Fanon caught on with the [[MemeticMutation Zombie Reimu meme]].
* Most characters in BinaryDomain look like average humans and not unsettling at all, except for Dan, the player character. His facial features look less human and more akin to what you would expect a Final Fantasy character to look like.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' fell into the valley and stayed there for a while. The first three games had characters within in-game cut scenes just bob their heads up and down as they spoke, which made them appear quite off and especially when a character had a strong emotion but their faces are frozen. Lara in the FMV scenes had her with a more broad range of expressions, but she seems to try too hard to express them as her grins or angry face look too extreme. The fourth and fifth games got rid of the head bobbing for in-game scenes and had characters actually move their mouths, but the mouth only opened and closed with just two frames of animation and the characters themselves moved very stiffly.
** When Crystal Dynamics did the [[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend reboots]], Lara's appearance and facial expressions vastly improved, which pulled Lara out of the valley. Lara's facial expressions is now much more broad and are more finely detailed.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' video "Meet The Pyro". The scene alternates between footage of the [[{{Pyromaniac}} burning carnage]] of the outside world and the SugarBowl within the Pyro's mind. Not only are the images of various character's faces pasted onto tiny egg-shaped {{cherub}}s unsettling enough as it is, the juxtaposition between the two realities makes the normally [[ComedicSociopathy comic violence]] within the game seem [[DudeNotFunny much less comical]] when the outside world footage is shown. But even though this short was meant to be terrifying, several people ended up finding it [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]] in a BlackComedy kind of way.
** Oddly, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP_TIppWQeE new voice clips for the Heavy]] are slightly uncanny. He's basically stopped sounding like any kind of normal human person, and more like... maybe a chain-smoking Russian [[SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]?
** The voices for the robots in ''Mann vs. Machine''.
** Various fans have attempted to make a 3D model of the Engineer with his goggles off. [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120503032949/gmod/images/2/21/Staregineer_by_megaman196-d4pn60t.jpg The result is rather terrifying]].
* The trailer for ''DarksidersII'' features a girl so deep in the uncanny valley that one can be forgiven for thinking her horrified expression is due to somebody chasing her with a mirror.
* The CGI models for the cutscenes in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' look weird. ''Really, really'' weird. If you look close enough, Claire and Leon have near-identical facial structures - glassy eyes, fish lips, and funky arm movements.
** The only in-game rendered cutscene from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' is the first encountered zombie eating STARS member Kenneth. While the remake of the game softened the blow (as the zombie looks like the zombies seen starting in the second game - blank white eyes and charred flesh), the original zombie had giant eyes with dead-looking pupils and was mostly intact in terms of flesh - it's as if he were glaring. And he ''smiled'' you. It's the uncanny valley gone horribly wrong!
* The characters in ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart Super Mario Kart]]'' look quite off due to Nintendo's attempt to have every racer rendered in 3D sprites. Koopa Troopa and the Princess suffer the worst from the uncanny valley where as their sprite rotates/adjusts, their eyes seem to move in odd positions or have one eye closed to simulate a 3/4ths view.
** Link also suffers from a similar problem in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''. Every time Link picks up a new item, he holds it above his head with one hand and half of his face is also raised, making it look like it's melting.
* The deer player characters of ''VideoGame/TheEndlessForest'' seem like perfectly normal deer from the back...but they have human faces.
* Professor K from the ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' series, with his [[VolumetricMouth large, stretchy mouth]]. In ''Future'', his mouth isn't as exaggerated, but it's still quite big.
** Speaking of JSR, [[http://images.wikia.com/sonic/images/a/a7/CG_Beat.jpg Beat fell into this]] in ''[[VIdeoGame/SegaSuperstars All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'' [[http://i.imgur.com/7wExI.jpg and so did Gum]].
* The Titular antagonist in ''VideoGame/AoOni''. There's a reason players have a hard time not freaking out seeing that...thing!
* The character models in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' are apparently missing their feet, apparently due to some design decision[[note]]3D feet that aren't butt-ugly blocks would have added more polygons than the 3DS has the graphical grunt for, if you were wondering.[[/note]]. More than one reviewer was acutely bothered by this.[[spoiler: They actually had more than enough power to pull off some decent feet instead of what we got.]]
** While we're talking about ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', the ds remakes of the first and third games had dove into this territory with their official artwork. The in-game mugshots avert this somehow, but the official artwork (specifically ''Shadow Dragon''), was particularly jarring to look at, especially if we're to look at, oh I don't know, ''Gharnef''. Go take a look for yourself over at Serenes Forest.
* In one of the endings of ''[[VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfMassmouth Massmouth 2]]'', the protagonist notes that he's creeped out by the way the BigBad's face never seems to be facing away from him (due to the way the in-game sprites are drawn.)
* ''Videogame/{{OFF}}'' has [[CreepyDoll the Secretaries]], who are portrayed with a little too much detail for a game like this, and thus look human in the worst possible way. Also, the Elsen's wheezing gasps, particularly when they're about to attack you.
* In ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II'', all characters in-game show no emotions (no eyebrow movement) at all, becoming this when they are supposed to be smiling, laughing, crying, etc.
** The way the in-game voices issue commands can also approach this, as each word the characters speak is used from pre-recorded fragments to form the commands, which thanks to the sometimes shoddy voice work can sound very different in tone and inflection between words. This leads to a very stilted, unnatural stop-start-stop speech pattern that can be both unnerving and [[{{Narm}} unintentionally hysterical]].
--> Enemy. MAN. At. TWOHUNDREDMETERS.
* Deliberately invoked in ''MuvLuvAlternative'' - each species of alien invader has at least one or two disturbingly human-like features, such as human-like teeth rather than fangs.
* AlexKidd in his ''SegaSuperstars'' [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130810051323/sonic/images/b/b9/Alex-Kidd-1.png des]][[http://retromedia.ign.com/retro/image/article/927/927124/alex-kidd-retrospective-20081105024718961.jpg igns]] has invoked this feeling in more than a few players.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has every single character model devoid of any form of facial animation. Nobody even bothers to blink either.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Bethany's Handmaidens, who were her own creation. If you look up close they have porcelain masks like victorian dolls. Behind it there is a grotesque mockery of a face. They were her demented version of servants. Must have missed all the hired help around the mansion.
* It's very easy to create a character of this nature intentionally or otherwise in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'', due to the sheer amount of character customization it permits, allowing for realistic or anime-esque faces and everything in between. The limited amount of facial animation can make even normal-looking characters seem rather off in cutscenes, though.
* Some people feel that VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} and Jeanne fall into this, with their tall figures and long, skinny limbs.
* In the very first ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' game (the one that was a VideoGame/''{{Turok}}'' clone), the characters were portrayed in 3D and were given realistic animations. Them being 3D isn't the bad part; the bad part is the realistic animations. Yes, they thought it was a good idea to give the characters of ''South Park'' realistic animations such as breathing and actual walking/running.
* Egosoft's ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series have traditionally been plagued by the uncanny valley. When the first game, ''Videogame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' came out in 1999, it had decent character portraits (2d, pre-rendered) and decent voice acting, bar MadLibsDialogue on random [=NPCs=]. Come ''X3: Albion Prelude'' in 2011, they're still using the pretty much the same portraits as ''Beyond The Frontier'' did - ''a decade prior'', with English voice actors that have even more odd pauses and intonations in their speech causing them to fall like a rock into the valley. ''Videogame/XRebirth'' finally revamped characters to modern standards (real-time, 3D) but a [[YouALLLookFamiliar lack of variety]] and plethora of [[http://i.imgur.com/AsT3blP.gif terrifying]] [[ObviousBeta glitches at release]] causes them to dip down into uncanny valley; thankfully, the [=NPCs=] MadLibsDialogue has been toned down and they voice actors speak in more natural tones.
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