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* In multiple books of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', wizard Harry Dresden has regular visits from a fallen angel, Lasciel, after Harry briefly touched a Roman denarian coin inhabited by Lasciel. Only Harry can see the fallen angel, and she appears to Harry to tempt him and offer him power. [[spoiler:In the book Dead Beat, Harry has periodic encounters with another character, and only late in the story does Harry realize that the character is actually Lasciel and only he can see her.]]

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* In multiple books of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', wizard Harry Dresden has regular visits from a fallen angel, Lasciel, after Harry briefly touched a Roman denarian coin inhabited by Lasciel. Only Harry can see the fallen angel, and she appears to Harry to tempt him and offer him power. [[spoiler:In the book Dead Beat, ''Dead Beat'', Harry has periodic encounters with another character, and only late in the story does Harry realize that the character is actually Lasciel and only he can see her.]]



* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', Tahiri spends several books haunted by visions of Riina, the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] personality brainwashed into her earlier in the series. It's eventually revealed that, thanks to the incomplete nature of the brainwashing (and likely Tahiri's connection to the Force) that Riina has become an almost entirely seperate entity still attached to Tahiri's mind and soul. Since Tahiri can't get rid of Riina without destroying herself in the process, she ends up merging with her instead.

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* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', Tahiri spends several books haunted by visions of Riina, the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] personality brainwashed into her earlier in the series. It's eventually revealed that, thanks to the incomplete nature of the brainwashing (and likely Tahiri's connection to the Force) that Riina has become an almost entirely seperate entity still attached to Tahiri's mind and soul. Since Tahiri can't get rid of Riina without destroying herself in the process, she ends up merging [[SplitPersonalityMerge merging]] with her instead.

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* The Korean horror film ''Film/ATaleOfTwoSisters'' has this as its biggest plot twist. [[spoiler:Until the ending, the stepmother was never in the mansion. The little sister was also not there, because she died long before the film started. The big sister is crazy and imagined herself in three different roles after her release from the mental hospital.]]


* In IDW's {{Transformers}} comics, [[TheStarscream Starscream]] has finally achieved his ambition of becoming ruler of Cybertron, but finds himself haunted by a hallucination of the late Bumblebee who tries to force him to do thing he never would...like become a wise and just leader who acts for the greater good. The Annual implies this may not entirely be imaginary.

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* In IDW's {{Transformers}} comics, [[TheStarscream Starscream]] has finally achieved his ambition of becoming ruler of Cybertron, but finds himself haunted by a hallucination of the late Bumblebee who tries to force him to do thing he never would... like become a wise and just leader who acts for the greater good. The Annual implies this may not entirely be imaginary.


* Averted in earlier episodes of ''Series/SesameStreet'' with Big Bird's friend Snufalupagus, who was, in fact, not imaginary but was never seen by the adults characters in the show until his reality was revealed episode 2096, which screened in 1985.


* Off-handedly mentioned in ''Series/DansUneGalaxiePresDeChezVous'' that Brad is such a jerkass even his imaginary friend tried to strangle him.
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* ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}} is known for his (sort of) imaginary friend, but his imagination is enormous enough to accommodate other characters as well. The monsters under his bed, while not specific recognisable individuals, are collectively an imaginary enemy to him. They are always trying to eat him, but are harmless in the sense that it's inconceivable to think of them ever succeeding. His mother once suggests to him that they're a case of YourMindMakesItReal (or at least that's how he understands her saying they're imaginary), but just because he tried to stop believing in them didn't mean they stopped believing in him. Said imaginary friend, Hobbes, fights with Calvin a fair amount, including pouncing on him every day when he gets home from school.



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* ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}} is known for his (sort of) imaginary friend, but his imagination is enormous enough to accommodate other characters as well. The monsters under his bed, while not specific recognisable individuals, are collectively an imaginary enemy to him. They are always trying to eat him, but are harmless in the sense that it's inconceivable to think of them ever succeeding. His mother once suggests to him that they're a case of YourMindMakesItReal (or at least that's how he understands her saying they're imaginary), but just because he tried to stop believing in them didn't mean they stopped believing in him. Said imaginary friend, Hobbes, fights with Calvin a fair amount, including pouncing on him every day when he gets home from school.
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* Peter Quint in Henry James's ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew''.
** He might not be entirely imaginary...

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* Peter Quint in Henry James's ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew''.
** He might not be entirely imaginary...
''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew'', although the story is [[UnreliableNarrator ambiguous]] as to whether he is in fact imaginary.


Sometimes, YourMindMakesItReal, and the more you believe in the enemy and the more strongly you fight it, the more dangerous it becomes. See also TheKillerInMe, EnemyWithin and EnemyWithout. This trope [[IThoughtItMeant is not]] related to UnknownRival.

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Sometimes, YourMindMakesItReal, and the more you believe in the enemy and the more strongly you fight it, the more dangerous it becomes. See also TheKillerInMe, EnemyWithin and EnemyWithout. This trope [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant is not]] related to UnknownRival.


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* In one of the Treehouse of Horror specials of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa's imaginary friend began killing random people and pinning their deaths on her out of anger for moving on. She is defeated when Lisa forcibly forgets her, causing her to disappear once again.


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* [[BigBad Imaginee]] from WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist is one of these and, similar to the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' example below, he can interact with the real world. The HalloweenSpecial reveals he has the ability to MindRape people as well.
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* In IDW's {{Transformers}} comics, [[TheStarscream Starscream]] has finally achieved his ambition of becoming ruler of Cybertron, but finds himself haunted by a hallucination of the late Bumblebee who tries to force him to do thing he never would...like become a wise and just leader who acts for the greater good. The Annual implies this may not entirely be imaginary.


* In the balld "Literature/TheErlKing" by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe, a boy feels he is pursued by a supernatural entity which his father cannot see, and which wants to take him away to a supernatural realm against his will.

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* In the balld ballad "Literature/TheErlKing" by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe, a boy feels he is pursued by a supernatural entity which his father cannot see, and which wants to take him away to a supernatural realm against his will.

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* Averted in earlier episodes of ''Series/SesameStreet'' with Big Bird's friend Snufalupagus, who was, in fact, not imaginary but was never seen by the adults characters in the show until his reality was revealed episode 2096, which screened in 1985.


* ''Webcomic/Whomp!'' Ronnie's self-esteem issues manifest as Motivation Dude, who torments him to no end.

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* ''Webcomic/Whomp!'' ''Webcomic/{{Whomp}}'': Ronnie's self-esteem issues manifest as Motivation Dude, who torments him to no end.

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