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* DeliberateVHSQuality: Makes the film seem like it really was recorded on a 1980's camcorder.

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* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: The films don't have any actual background music in them. The closest to such is the ambient noise that plays whenever the demon is present.


** Also, when the psychic returns a second time and tells them to leave ''right now'', they stayed put for one more day.


'''''Paranormal Activity''''' is a supernatural [[FoundFootageFilms found-footage]] horror film series that began in 2007 and has grown substantially since then, being one of the series at the forefront of the "found footage" subgenre and managing to garner mass commercial success [[CriticProof despite each film often getting negative reception from critics]]. (Each film sans the first and last has had a $3-5 million budget, and each has almost always raised a minimum of around $100 million worldwide.)

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'''''Paranormal Activity''''' ''Paranormal Activity'' is a supernatural [[FoundFootageFilms found-footage]] horror film series that began in 2007 and has grown substantially since then, being one of the series at the forefront of the "found footage" subgenre and managing to garner mass commercial success [[CriticProof despite each film often getting negative reception from critics]]. (Each film sans the first and last has had a $3-5 million budget, and each has almost always raised a minimum of around $100 million worldwide.)


* [[ItIsPronouncedTropay It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY]]: Interestingly, it's pronounced "MEE-kuh" instead of the more common (at least in the U.S.) "MY-kuh".

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* [[ItIsPronouncedTropay It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY]]: ItIsPronouncedTropay: Interestingly, it's pronounced "MEE-kuh" instead of the more common (at least in the U.S.) "MY-kuh".


* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: Aside from a few animalistic growls, roars and snorts, the demon is never heard to speak. When other characters (such as Kristi and Wyatt) communicate with it, the audience only hears their end of the conversation, hinting that Toby can communicate telepathically.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The demon. It demonstrates VisibleInvisibility at times, but otherwise remains unseen... until ''The Ghost Dimension''.


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* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: Aside from a few animalistic growls, roars and snorts, the demon is never heard to speak. When other characters (such as Kristi and Wyatt) communicate with it, the audience only hears their end of the conversation, hinting that Toby can communicate telepathically.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The demon. It demonstrates VisibleInvisibility at times, but otherwise remains unseen... until ''The Ghost Dimension''.


* TheBadGuyWins: Every film ends with the demon getting its way.



* TheBadGuyWins: Every film ends with the demon getting its way.


* CreepyDoll: You know how every kid that grew up in the 80s and early 90s had one of those TeddyRuxpin dolls? You know how they were the creepiest damn things ever? Yeah. The filmmakers for the third movie remembered them too.

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* CreepyDoll: You know how every kid that grew up in the 80s and early 90s had one of those TeddyRuxpin Toys/TeddyRuxpin dolls? You know how they were the creepiest damn things ever? Yeah. The filmmakers for the third movie remembered them too.



* ProductPlacement: Downplayed, and almost a StealthParody in that these are used as part of the PeriodPiece trappings. Most of the prominently shown products are obsolete at the time the film was made, but were heavily promoted via ProductPlacement in the 80's: The TeddyRuxpin, the Light Bright, and the briefly seen UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem are just a few examples.

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* ProductPlacement: Downplayed, and almost a StealthParody in that these are used as part of the PeriodPiece trappings. Most of the prominently shown products are obsolete at the time the film was made, but were heavily promoted via ProductPlacement in the 80's: The TeddyRuxpin, Toys/TeddyRuxpin, the Light Bright, and the briefly seen UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem are just a few examples.

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* ''Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul'', a VR game


%%* BigBad: The demon.

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%%* * BigBad: The demon.demon, aka Toby.


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** Also, it was established in the first movie that the demon has been following Katie for years and was implied to have haunted her before, yet the second film has Dan foist the demon upon Katie via a curse as an explanation as to why she is haunted in the first film. There is also no indication that Katie has a sister or that the demon wants anything more than Katie herself.
** Most egregiously, the burned photograph in the first movie is very clearly implied to have burned in the house fire during Katie's childhood, with her even saying she hasn't seen the photo in 15 years and that its existence should be impossible. Yet in the second movie, the photo is in Kristi's house and it is Dan who burns it.


* AdultsAreUseless: Dan [[spoiler: until the very end where he saves the day.]]

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* AdultsAreUseless: Dan [[spoiler: until the very end where he saves the day. Then again, his actions result in Katie being possessed, and Micah, Kristi and himself all dead.]]


** The spirit camera shows the demon standing next to Leila's bed staring at while she sleeps in exactly the same manner as possessed Katie did in the first movie]].

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** The spirit camera shows the demon standing next to Leila's bed staring at while she sleeps sleeps, for hours, in exactly the same manner as possessed Katie did in the first movie]].movie.
** In the same scene as above, Toby moves to stand at the foot of Leila's bed. In the first film, Katie describes seeing a shadowy figure standing at the foot of her bed during her childhood.


* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The spirit camera that the cult leaves for the family to find allows them to put up a better fight against Toby than any of the protagonists of the previous films. [[spoiler:Toby is still too powerful to be defeated, though.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The spirit camera that the cult leaves for the family to find allows them to put up a better fight against Toby than any of the protagonists of the previous films.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The spirit camera that film's events are set during the cult leaves for Christmas period.
* LeanAndMean: [[spoiler:Toby is usually seen taking
the family to find allows them to put up a better fight against Toby than any form of the protagonists of the previous films. a ''very'' tall and thin humanoid.]]



** What does Toby look like? [[spoiler: Toby’s true form evolves as he gains strength. At first he manifests as diffused tendrils of dark energy floating around, which later coalesce into a very large cloud capable of interacting with the environment and assuming a vaguely human-shaped form. The cloud becomes more and more dense until it becomes a dark HumanoidAbomination with a terrifying face about 2 meters tall]].

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** What does Toby look like? [[spoiler: Toby’s true form evolves as he gains strength. At first he manifests as diffused tendrils of dark energy floating around, which later coalesce into a very large cloud capable of interacting with the environment and assuming a vaguely human-shaped form. The cloud becomes more and more dense until it becomes a dark HumanoidAbomination with a [[NightmareFace terrifying face face]] about 2 meters tall]].


* {{Cult}}: The Midwives, a coven of witches who worship Toby and [[GreaterScopeVillain are responsible]] for the events of each film.



* KillEmAll: Except for [[spoiler: Katie, who became the demon's host, Ali (and maybe Abby) who was not in the house when all goes to hell, Hunter, who was abducted by possessed-Katie, Randy, who got the hell out of dodge, the babysitter, who also got out while she still could, and the sisters' grandma Lois, who was the mastermind of the whole thing.]]

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* KillEmAll: Except for [[spoiler: Katie, who became the demon's host, Ali (and maybe Abby) who was not in the house when all goes to hell, Hunter, who was abducted by possessed-Katie, Randy, who got the hell out of dodge, the babysitter, who also got out while she still could, and the sisters' grandma Lois, who was the mastermind of the whole thing.thing (although she does die offscreen, presumably of old age), Hunter and Leila, who fall under Toby's influence, and several other minor characters.]]



* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:Possessed-Katie snaps Dan's neck in ''2''. In ''3'', the demon snaps Dennis' neck ''and'' back, commando-style.]] Happens again in ''4'' when [[spoiler: Possessed-Katie kills Ben at the computer]].

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* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:Possessed-Katie snaps Dan's neck in ''2''. In ''3'', the demon snaps Dennis' neck ''and'' back, commando-style.]] Happens again in ''4'' when [[spoiler: Possessed-Katie kills Ben at the computer]].computer]], and in ''The Ghost Dimension'' when [[spoiler:the now-corporeal Toby strangles Emily before snapping her neck.]]

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