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* ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'': During a visit to an archeological dig Jack Drake comes across an amulet that does not fit the culture or time period, and the overseer decides they don't want to try and account for it and so tell him to go ahead and take the mysterious thing home. It is, of course, a possessed cursed trinket that ended up embedded in the earth years ago while the ComicBook/{{JSA}} was fighting an evil sorceress.


Depending on the story, the out-of-place object may never be explained, and may possibly not even serve any real role in the story beyond contributing to the general uncanny ''off'' atmosphere of an already creepy locale, while in other settings these are [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight merely]] the result of TimeTravel or [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation]], though [[NothingIsScarier leaving it unexplained is often the most effectively unsettling]].

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Depending on the story, the out-of-place object may never be explained, and may possibly not even serve any real role in the story beyond contributing to the general uncanny ''off'' atmosphere of an already creepy locale, while in other settings these are [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight merely]] the result of TimeTravel or [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation]], {{Teleportation}}, though [[NothingIsScarier leaving it unexplained is often the most effectively unsettling]].

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* ''Literature/TheMagicians'' features a prime example of this in the form of Brakebills South. It's essentially an exact replica of the main [[WizardingSchool Brakebills]] campus in upstate New York, a stately eighteenth-century English manor house... except it's right in the middle of an Antarctic snowfield.


Related to OntologicalMystery, which is when the thing you find somewhere you can't explain with no idea how it got there is ''yourself''. Supertrope to SaharanShipwreck, where a ship is found far away from water (e.g. in the middle of a desert). Compare AnachronisticClue.

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Related to OntologicalMystery, which is when the thing you find somewhere you can't explain with no idea how it got there is ''yourself''. Supertrope to SaharanShipwreck, where a ship is found far away from water (e.g. in the middle of a desert).desert), and OminousCube. Compare AnachronisticClue.






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** This was the original point of the [=TARDIS=] being a police box the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild first story]] has it mysteriously found in a fog-bound scrapyard, and then appearing on prehistoric Earth. Now forgotten, as the police box is now known by most viewers only as the [=TARDIS=], and it's become an object of comfort.

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** This was the original point of the [=TARDIS=] TARDIS being a police box the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild first story]] has it mysteriously found in a fog-bound scrapyard, and then appearing on prehistoric Earth. Now forgotten, as the police box is now known by most viewers only as the [=TARDIS=], TARDIS, and it's become an object of comfort.

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* Spies in ''VideoGame/EmperorRiseOfTheMiddleKingdom'' will appear as a random worker walking around the city. But the location and occupation are random, so they could easily be a completely inappropriate worker, such as a food salesman in the industrial district or a miner walking around the residential area.


* The miniseries ''ComicBook/DCUniverseRebirth'' ends with the [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Comedian's button]] being found ''lodged in the wall of the Batcave.'' Since ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' doesn't even exist in the main DCU, its origin is a complete mystery, which ComicBook/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/TheFlash investigate over the course of the subsequent crossover ''ComicBook/TheButton.''

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* The miniseries ''ComicBook/DCUniverseRebirth'' ''[[ComicBook/DCRebirth DC Universe: Rebirth]]'' ends with the [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Comedian's button]] being found ''lodged in the wall of the Batcave.'' Since ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' doesn't even exist in the main DCU, its origin is a complete mystery, which ComicBook/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/TheFlash investigate over the course of the subsequent crossover ''ComicBook/TheButton.''


* The miniseries ''ComicBook/DCUniverseRebirth'' ends with the [[ComicBook/Watchmen Comedian's button]] being found ''lodged in the wall of the Batcave.'' Since ''ComicBook/Watchmen'' doesn't even exist in the main DCU, its origin is a complete mystery, which ComicBook/Batman and ComicBook/TheFlash investigate over the course of the subsequent crossover ''ComicBook/TheButton.''

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* The miniseries ''ComicBook/DCUniverseRebirth'' ends with the [[ComicBook/Watchmen [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Comedian's button]] being found ''lodged in the wall of the Batcave.'' Since ''ComicBook/Watchmen'' ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' doesn't even exist in the main DCU, its origin is a complete mystery, which ComicBook/Batman ComicBook/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/TheFlash investigate over the course of the subsequent crossover ''ComicBook/TheButton.''

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* The miniseries ''ComicBook/DCUniverseRebirth'' ends with the [[ComicBook/Watchmen Comedian's button]] being found ''lodged in the wall of the Batcave.'' Since ''ComicBook/Watchmen'' doesn't even exist in the main DCU, its origin is a complete mystery, which ComicBook/Batman and ComicBook/TheFlash investigate over the course of the subsequent crossover ''ComicBook/TheButton.''
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* In ''Film/HeartOfDarkness1958'', an untamed jungle is inexplicably divided up by delicate sheer curtains that look like they belong indoors.


** This was the original point of the [=TARDIS=] being a police box the [[Recap/DcotorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild first story]] has it mysteriously found in a fog-bound scrapyard, and then appearing on prehistoric Earth. Now forgotten, as the police box is now known by most viewers only as the [=TARDIS=], and it's become an object of comfort.

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** This was the original point of the [=TARDIS=] being a police box the [[Recap/DcotorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild first story]] has it mysteriously found in a fog-bound scrapyard, and then appearing on prehistoric Earth. Now forgotten, as the police box is now known by most viewers only as the [=TARDIS=], and it's become an object of comfort.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** This was the original point of the [=TARDIS=] being a police box the [[Recap/DcotorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild first story]] has it mysteriously found in a fog-bound scrapyard, and then appearing on prehistoric Earth. Now forgotten, as the police box is now known by most viewers only as the [=TARDIS=], and it's become an object of comfort.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E2TheGhostMonument "The Ghost Monument"]] [[spoiler:actually pulls it with the TARDIS, again. The titular Ghost Monument is actually the TARDIS caught in a millennium-long dematerialization loop, and when new companions Graham, Ryan and Yaz see it in a hologram, they are all just confused as to why an old police box would be on an alien planet. Of course, the Doctor and the audience have a different reaction.
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* ''Series/FlashForward'': The kangaroo. (Of course, it could have simply escaped from a zoo during the blackout. Still, in context it's exactly played as this trope.)
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The polar bear. Seemingly out of place on an island in the pacific. [[spoiler:This later is revealed to be part of one of the Dharma Initiative's experiments.]]



* This was the original point of the [=TARDIS=] being a police box in ''Series/DoctorWho'' - the first story has it mysteriously found in a fog-bound scrapyard, and then appearing on prehistoric Earth. Now forgotten, as the police box is now known by most viewers only as the [=TARDIS=], and it's become an object of comfort.
* ''Series/FlashForward'': The kangaroo. (Of course, it could have simply escaped from a zoo during the blackout. Still, in context it's exactly played as this trope.)
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The polar bear. Seemingly out of place on an island in the pacific. [[spoiler:This later is revealed to be part of one of the Dharma Initiatives experiments.]]



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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. The iconic lamppost in the forest of the otherwise medieval world of Narnia. Not creepy, but its uncanny sense of not-belonging served to make the otherworld feel all the more otherworldly. The prequel ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' explains that it was accidentally transported there from London while Narnia was still in the process of being formed and... took root.

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. The iconic lamppost in the forest of the otherwise medieval world of Narnia. Not creepy, but its uncanny sense of not-belonging served to make the otherworld feel all the more otherworldly. The prequel ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' explains that it was accidentally transported there from London while Narnia was still in the process of being formed and... and literally took root.root as it were a tree because of all the magic in the place.

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* ''Radio/QuietPlease'': Episode "The Thing on the Fourble Board". The oil drillers find a gold ring in the rock their oil drill has pulled out of the ground. The problem? That rock was a mile deep and had been a mile deep for a million years.

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