Interacting with Shadow

"I spied my shadow slinking
Up behind me in the night,
I issued it a challenge,
And we started in to fight.
I wrestled with that shadow,
But it wasn't any fun,
I tried my very hardest-
All the same, my shadow won."
— "I Spied My Shadow Slinking", from The New Kid On The Block by Jack Prelutsky

An occurrence in most forms of media, where a character, usually a Cloud Cuckoolander, will very often talk to their shadow like it's a real person.

Compare: Imaginary Friend, Consulting Mister Puppet, Not-So-Imaginary Friend, and Mirror Monologue.

Contrast: Living Shadow, in which the shadow really is a living being.

Not about talking to The Shadow. Or talking to Shadow the Hedgehog.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • In Soul Eater Chrona does this inside their mind. It asks him several would-be Armour Piercing Questions, but the only answer Chrona gives it is "pass".
  • Blue Dragon: this is pretty much the story.
  • Gekko Moria from One Piece ate the Shadow-Shadow Fruit, allowing him to manipulate shadows. Amongst his various tricks he can remove the shadows of people, make pacts with them and put them in another body (dead or living). Though shadows can't talk, they're shown understanding Moria's words.

     Comic Books  

     Films — Animated  

  • Sinister example from The Princess and the Frog: Dr. Facilier, the aptly named Shadow Man, has a shadow that can interact with other objects — like pulling out a chair, or taking someone's hat — by grabbing their shadows.

     Films — Live-Action  

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: While Eddie Valiant is in Toontown tracking the murderer of R. K. Maroon, he walks down an alley with his shadow appearing on the wall. He sneezes and his shadow turns to him and says "Gesundheit", to which Eddie replies "Thank you".
  • In Hook, Peter's shadow points him to his old house in the hollow tree.
  • In The Great Muppet Caper, during the "Steppin' Out with a Star" musical number, Kermit's shadow briefly starts dancing on its own.


  • The poem, I Spied My Shadow Slinking, by Jack Prelutsky.
  • In Peter Pan, Nana managed to steal Peter's shadow last time he came to listen to Wendy's stories, and Wendy took it and stowed it in a drawer. Peter sneaks in to get it back and tries to use soap to reattach it. Apparently the proper way is to sew it on, which Wendy does after he wakes her up (it attaches at the feet).



  • The first page of Gunnerkrigg Court ends with Annie explaining she's obtained a second shadow (which turns out to be one of a race of Living Shadows). Subsequent pages have her manage to establish communication with it.
  • Sluggy Freelance: Bun Bun was, for a time, cursed with the shadow of the Groundhog. It annoyed him nearly to death.

     Western Animation  

  • An episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had Piglet befriend his shadow, when his friends were too busy with their own activities to play with him.
  • At the beginning of Jack Frost, Pardon-Me Pete the groundhog is briefly seen interacting with his shadow.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: One of the Aesop and Son segments features interactive shadows.
  • In the intro of the Lucky Luke cartoon, we see the title character actually shooting his shadow in a duel.
  • An episode of Baby Looney Tunes had Tweety making friends with his shadow after his friends cast him out for ruining their sand castle.
  • Sonic Boom: During the events of "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For A Few Days?", Sticks insists she's not crazy right before turning to her shadow and insist that it stop following her.