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* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]] had this effect in the earliest stories. These days, he's more often depicted as TheBlank.

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* If you can believe it, the original concept of [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]] was ''not'' TheBlank we all know and love. He had a face that looked different to everyone, and only appeared faceless in pictures and videos due to GlamourFailure. Needless to say, this effect in aspect of the earliest stories. These days, he's more often depicted as TheBlank.character was quickly dropped in favour of making him genuinely faceless.

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* The entity haunting the Ayres family in ''Literature/TheLittleStranger'' manifests itself differently depending on what scares each family member the most. To the son, badly burned in a plane crash, it shows itself as fire. [[spoiler:To the mother, it shows itself as her dead daughter, Suki. To the daughter, it shows its more or less true form, which is the monstrous version of her former fiance Dr. Faraday]].

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* Happens to the entire town of VideoGame/SilentHill, which changes appearance and content depending upon the psychology of the person viewing it, and is implied to almost never be seen the same way by any two people.


''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'': How the zombies are depicted changes on how they're perceived by whoever sees them. Amongst each other, the zombies look like normal girls, albeit with greenish-blue skin and the occasional bandages or [[ScaryStitches Scary Stitches]]. However, when people are frightened by their appearance—including each other when they realize their makeup washed off in public—their putrefied complexions, sunken features, and bulging red eyes become apparent, reminding the viewer that they're still walking corpses.

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* ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'': How the zombies are depicted changes on how they're perceived by whoever sees them. Amongst each other, the zombies look like normal girls, albeit with greenish-blue skin and the occasional bandages or [[ScaryStitches Scary Stitches]]. However, when people are frightened by their appearance—including each other when they realize their makeup washed off in public—their putrefied complexions, sunken features, and bulging red eyes become apparent, reminding the viewer that they're still walking corpses.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "First Anniversary", Dennis can see his wife Barbara in her true form, that of a repulsive aquatic alien, while his best friend Norman Glass sees her in the new form that she has assumed to trick him. This is because Dennis has developed a resistance to Barbara's ability to fool his senses after a year of close contact. Later, when the same thing happens to Norman, he sees his own wife Ady as she truly is while the paramedics who are taking him to hospital see her as the beautiful woman whose form she assumed when she first met Norman.

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''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'': How the zombies are depicted changes on how they're perceived by whoever sees them. Amongst each other, the zombies look like normal girls, albeit with greenish-blue skin and the occasional bandages or [[ScaryStitches Scary Stitches]]. However, when people are frightened by their appearance—including each other when they realize their makeup washed off in public—their putrefied complexions, sunken features, and bulging red eyes become apparent, reminding the viewer that they're still walking corpses.

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* In the sequel to ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''The Starlight Barking'', when Sirius the Dog Star appears to the dogs, Pongo and Missis see a dalmatian ... and then hear the General exclaiming in surprise that Sirius is a sheepdog. It becomes apparent that every dog sees Sirius as their own breed.


* In the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Sky Pirates!'' the Doctor himself was heavily implied to be one of these.


* Comicbook/ManThing in ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} has the "Ear of the Beholder" version: when he's SuddenlyVoiced, everyone hears the accent, sentence structure, and terminology they associate with authority, whether that means a wise master or a crime boss. This is because he's actually speaking the Universal Language.

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* Comicbook/ManThing in ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' has the "Ear of the Beholder" version: when he's SuddenlyVoiced, everyone hears the accent, sentence structure, and terminology they associate with authority, whether that means a wise master or a crime boss. This is because he's actually speaking the Universal Language.

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* Comicbook/ManThing in ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} has the "Ear of the Beholder" version: when he's SuddenlyVoiced, everyone hears the accent, sentence structure, and terminology they associate with authority, whether that means a wise master or a crime boss. This is because he's actually speaking the Universal Language.


* In the ''ComicStip/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' fanfic "[[http://www.5earths.com/humor/earth-c/zoocrew09/ The Sinister Selfies]]", the Zoo Crew all see the god Zeu in a different form, based on their own species and personality. To Rubberduck he's a shining swan with the personality of a [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age of Follywood]] star; to Pig Iron he's an incredibly tough working-class warthog; and to Alley-Cat-Abra he's a mystical cat made of shadows.

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* ''Film/ShallowHal'' is based on this. The main character can only see "inner beauty," so he sees people according to what they look like inside. He is attracted to Rosemary's inner beauty, and can't see her not-traditionally-attractive, overweight appearance. This holds true for several outwardly-ugly people in the film, including Ralph and the LittlestCancerPatient child burn victims in the hospital ward. It also holds true for the outwardly-hot woman his friend is dating, who appears as a not-traditionally-attractive old crone to Hal, because that's what she looks like inside. When the POV switches to another character, we see the "ugly" outward appearances through their eyes.

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* In the ''ComicStip/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' fanfic "[[http://www.5earths.com/humor/earth-c/zoocrew09/ The Sinister Selfies]]", the Zoo Crew all see the god Zeu in a different form, based on their own species and personality. To Rubberduck he's a shining swan with the personality of a [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age of Follywood]] star; to Pig Iron he's an incredibly tough working-class warthog; and to Alley-Cat-Abra he's a mystical cat made of shadows.

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* ''Film/ShallowHal'' is based on this. The main character can only see "inner beauty," so he sees people according to what they look like inside. He is attracted to Rosemary's inner beauty, and can't see her not-traditionally-attractive, overweight appearance. This holds true for several outwardly-ugly people in the film, including Ralph and the LittlestCancerPatient child burn victims in the hospital ward. It also holds true for the outwardly-hot woman his friend is dating, who appears as a not-traditionally-attractive old crone to Hal, because that's what she looks like inside. When the POV switches to another character, we see the "ugly" outward appearances through their eyes.
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* ''Film/ShallowHal'' is based on this. The main character can only see "inner beauty," so he sees people according to what they look like inside. He is attracted to Rosemary's inner beauty, and can't see her not-traditionally-attractive, overweight appearance. This holds true for several outwardly-ugly people in the film, including Ralph and the LittlestCancerPatient child burn victims in the hospital ward. It also holds true for the outwardly-hot woman his friend is dating, who appears as a not-traditionally-attractive old crone to Hal, because that's what she looks like inside. When the POV switches to another character, we see the "ugly" outward appearances through their eyes.
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* In the ''ComicStip/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' fanfic "[[http://www.5earths.com/humor/earth-c/zoocrew09/ The Sinister Selfies]]", the Zoo Crew all see the god Zeu in a different form, based on their own species and personality. To Rubberduck he's a shining swan with the personality of a [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age of Follywood]] star; to Pig Iron he's an incredibly tough working-class warthog; and to Alley-Cat-Abra he's a mystical cat made of shadows.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Gosu}}'', when [[spoiler:[[MasterOfIllusion Hwan Sa the Spirit Lord]]]] comes into the tavern-at-the-fork, four different customers see him as a scarred brutish man, a young pretty man, an old man with a white beard and a noble lady respectively. The readers simply see him as a regular looking man (although his face is completely shaded out).


* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Izanami takes AFormYouAreMostComfortableWith to whomever looks upon her, as part of her way to make them stay longer with her in the Underworld. To Yato, she looked like Hiyori. To Ebisu, she took the form of the old woman who owned his favourite restaurant.

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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Izanami takes AFormYouAreMostComfortableWith AFormYouAreComfortableWith to whomever looks upon her, as part of her way to make them stay longer with her in the Underworld. To Yato, she looked like Hiyori. To Ebisu, she took the form of the old woman who owned his favourite restaurant.

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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Izanami takes AFormYouAreMostComfortableWith to whomever looks upon her, as part of her way to make them stay longer with her in the Underworld. To Yato, she looked like Hiyori. To Ebisu, she took the form of the old woman who owned his favourite restaurant.

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