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Related to OffscreenTeleportation. Compare StopMotionLighting, where a character stays in focus as the lights turn on and off.

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Related to OffscreenTeleportation. Compare StopMotionLighting, where a character stays in focus as the lights turn on and off.
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* In ''Film/JasonX'', Jason disappears in the middle of a hail of gunfire when the lights momentarily go out.

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* ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'': Done unintentionally in episode 4, when the company president is terrorized by seeing the girls of Franchouchou out of their make-up, and the lights in the hotel's hallways just happen to flicker in a way that makes the girls look even more unsettling.
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[[KillTheLights The lights flicker on and off]]. In the less-than-a-second of darkness, the character the camera was previously focused on has disappeared. After another flicker, he will reappear, closer to the POV camera/ other characters. Can be done repeatedly [[NightmareFuel to great effect]] if the camera doesn't move. Usually done by villains, though it can be done by an AntiHero [[MookHorrorShow wishing to scare some mooks.]] Sometimes the "flicker" effect is achieved by the POV character's eyes closing, usually involuntarily.

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[[KillTheLights The lights flicker on and off]]. In the less-than-a-second of darkness, the character the camera was previously focused on has disappeared. After another flicker, he will reappear, closer to the POV camera/ other characters. Can be done repeatedly [[NightmareFuel to great effect]] if the camera doesn't move. Usually done by villains, though it can be done by an AntiHero a TerrorHero [[MookHorrorShow wishing to scare some mooks.]] Sometimes the "flicker" effect is achieved by the POV character's eyes closing, usually involuntarily.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldofGumball'': In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]] "The Rival", baby Anais (who demonic powers back then) repeatedly tries to kill Gumball and Darwin. In one scene, Gumball tries to play "peek-a-boo" with her, leading to such a moment where he opens his eyes and they're suddenly to the middle of a busy highway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldofGumball'': In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]] "The Rival", baby Anais (who had demonic powers back then) repeatedly tries to kill Gumball and Darwin. In one scene, Gumball tries to play "peek-a-boo" with her, leading to such a moment where he opens his eyes and they're suddenly to the middle of a busy highway.


* The ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird'' cartoon "Greedy For Tweety" did this: Sylvester is in a hospital bed and can't move, having been given sleeping pills. Every time he opens and closes his eyes, the dog appears closer and closer, wielding a club. It's prime NightmareFuel.
* One particularly NightmareFuel-laden episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had Bubbles having a nightmare in which her soft toys went from UncannyValley to {{Slasher Smile}}s and started to come closer every time she closed her eyes and whispered to herself "It's not real", only to open them and see them approaching and looming over her.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homerpalooza" in a flashback to when Homer was a teenager. As some cool kids party to a strobe light, Homer stands some distance away, coming closer with each flicker. When he's rejected, the next flicker has him instantly back where he started.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird'' cartoon "Greedy For Tweety" did this: ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldofGumball'': In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]] "The Rival", baby Anais (who demonic powers back then) repeatedly tries to kill Gumball and Darwin. In one scene, Gumball tries to play "peek-a-boo" with her, leading to such a moment where he opens his eyes and they're suddenly to the middle of a busy highway.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': In ''Greedy for Tweety'', Sylvester and a bulldog repeatedly abuse each other while recovering from injuries in a hospital. In one scene,
Sylvester is in a hospital bed and can't move, having been given sleeping pills. Every pills, leading to a scene where he lapses in and out of consciousness while the dog comes to beat him with a club, appearing closer each time he opens and closes his eyes, with the dog appears closer and closer, wielding last blink being followed by a club. It's prime NightmareFuel.
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* One particularly NightmareFuel-laden episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': In "Power-Noia", Bubbles having has a nightmare in which her soft stuffed toys went from UncannyValley to {{Slasher Smile}}s and started appear to come closer every time to life and gain [[SlasherSmile slasher smiles]]. As she closed her eyes and whispered repeats to herself "It's not real", only the dolls come closer to open them and see them approaching and her bed each time she opens her eyes until they're looming over her.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A flashback from "Homerpalooza" in shows a flashback to when teenage Homer was trying to socialize at a teenager. party. As some cool kids party dance to a strobe light, Homer stands some distance away, coming closer with each flicker. When he's rejected, the next flicker has him instantly back where he started.


* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'': The Big G himself does this early on, slowly approaching the underwater window of an offshore platform deep enough that the only source of light is the intermittent flashing of his dorsal plates.

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* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'': ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'': The Big G himself does this early on, slowly approaching the underwater window of an offshore platform deep enough that the only source of light is the intermittent flashing of his dorsal plates.

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* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'': The Big G himself does this early on, slowly approaching the underwater window of an offshore platform deep enough that the only source of light is the intermittent flashing of his dorsal plates.


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* ''Film/TheCollector'': [[spoiler: In the second film, Arkin is exploring a room in the hotel where the lights keep flickering. The Collector enters the room, and slowly sneaks up on him. Arkin turns around just as the Collector lunges at him. Then when the lights flicker again, we see that Arkin managed to slip out of the room before the Collector could get him.]]



%%* ''Film/LightsOut2016'' uses this to great visual effect in its opening sequence.



* ''Film/TheCollector'': [[spoiler: In the second film, Arkin is exploring a room in the hotel where the lights keep flickering. The Collector enters the room, and slowly sneaks up on him. Arkin turns around just as the Collector lunges at him. Then when the lights flicker again, we see that Arkin managed to slip out of the room before the Collector could get him.]]
* ''Film/LightsOut2016'' uses this to great visual effect in its opening sequence.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This trope is used to good effect for the Weeping Angels, angelic statues that animate when no one's looking at them (or in darkness). So when the lights are flickering, you see their slow transformation into horrific monsters getting closer... and closer... and closer...

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%%* Used to great effect in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E9Repairs Repairs]]".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This trope is used to good effect for with the Weeping Angels, angelic statues that animate when no one's looking at them (or in darkness). So when the lights are flickering, you see their slow transformation into horrific monsters getting closer... and closer... and closer...



* Used to great effect in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E9Repairs Repairs]]".
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Episode "[[Recap/TeenWolfS03E13Anchors Anchors]]". The flicker of killer Allison with ring daggers in the elevator.



* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Episode "[[Recap/TeenWolfS03E13Anchors Anchors]]". The flicker of killer Allison with ring daggers in the elevator.




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* [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=17 This]] ''Webcomic/VGCats'' strip parodies this trope in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''.
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[[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=17 This]] ''Webcomic/VGCats'' strip parodies this trope in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''.
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* Sami Callihan in his JAPW promotional packages against Corvis Fear. Unlike most examples Callihan's [[ShowWithinAShow videos]] are strictly [[AxCrazy a result of him being off his rocker]].

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* Sami Callihan Wrestling/SamiCallihan in his JAPW promotional packages against Corvis Fear. Unlike most examples Callihan's [[ShowWithinAShow videos]] are strictly [[AxCrazy a result of him being off his rocker]].


Related to OffscreenTeleportation. Compare StopMotionLighthing, where a character stays in focus as the lights turn on and off.

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Related to OffscreenTeleportation. Compare StopMotionLighthing, StopMotionLighting, where a character stays in focus as the lights turn on and off.


Related to OffscreenTeleportation.

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Related to OffscreenTeleportation.
OffscreenTeleportation. Compare StopMotionLighthing, where a character stays in focus as the lights turn on and off.

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* ''VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach'' does it with SCP-173, which moves when you're not looking at it.


The lights flicker on and off. In the less-than-a-second of darkness, the character the camera was previously focused on has disappeared. After another flicker, he will reappear, closer to the POV camera/ other characters. Can be done repeatedly [[NightmareFuel to great effect]] if the camera doesn't move. Usually done by villains, though it can be done by an AntiHero [[MookHorrorShow wishing to scare some mooks.]] Sometimes the "flicker" effect is achieved by the POV character's eyes closing, usually involuntarily.

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[[KillTheLights The lights flicker on and off.off]]. In the less-than-a-second of darkness, the character the camera was previously focused on has disappeared. After another flicker, he will reappear, closer to the POV camera/ other characters. Can be done repeatedly [[NightmareFuel to great effect]] if the camera doesn't move. Usually done by villains, though it can be done by an AntiHero [[MookHorrorShow wishing to scare some mooks.]] Sometimes the "flicker" effect is achieved by the POV character's eyes closing, usually involuntarily.


* ''Film/LightsOut'' uses this to great visual effect in its opening sequence.

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* ''Film/LightsOut'' ''Film/LightsOut2016'' uses this to great visual effect in its opening sequence.

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