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TruthInTelevision to some extent. ImpossibleShadowPuppets are often involved. See also BigShadowLittleCreature, PoorlyLitPareidolia, ShockAndSwitchEnding. Contrast ShadowDiscretionShot. Compare CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise. May be used for a PseudoCrisis {{Cliffhanger}}.

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TruthInTelevision to some extent. ImpossibleShadowPuppets are often involved. See also BigShadowLittleCreature, PoorlyLitPareidolia, ShockAndSwitchEnding. Contrast ShadowDiscretionShot. Compare BaitAndSwitchSilhouette (a similar gag with silhouettes instead of shadwos) and CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise. May be used for a PseudoCrisis {{Cliffhanger}}.


* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'', a shadow of a monster which may be the Skullasaurus approaches Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore with a stomping sound, but at last second the shadow changes shape and it is revealed to be [[spoiler: Christopher Robin]]. This makes more sense when it is later revealed that much of the film was shown ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'', a shadow of a monster which may be the Skullasaurus approaches Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore with a stomping sound, but at the last second the shadow changes shape and it is revealed to be [[spoiler: Christopher Robin]]. This makes more sense when it is later revealed that much of the film was shown ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.



* In ''Film/WhatACarveUp'', Ernie sees a shadow round a corner that appears to be the killer standing with a club raise, ready to strike him. He dives round the corner and tackles it, only to discover he has just tackled a suit of armour holding a mace.

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* In ''Film/WhatACarveUp'', Ernie sees a shadow round 'round a corner that appears to be the killer standing with a club raise, ready to strike him. He dives round the corner and tackles it, only to discover he has just tackled a suit of armour holding a mace.



* ''Film/TheLocals'': While trying to break into a farmhouse, Grant gives himself a JumpScare when he thinks he ses the homicidal farmer lurking behind him. But when he turns around, it is just a hooded coat hanging over an old pair of boots.

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* ''Film/TheLocals'': While trying to break into a farmhouse, Grant gives himself a JumpScare when he thinks he ses sees the homicidal farmer lurking behind him. But when he turns around, it is just a hooded coat hanging over an old pair of boots.



* Subverted AND played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Jimmy, Dont Be A Hero", when Lucius thinks he sees Jimmy in his room at night, it turns out to be a coat rack, but later in the episode, the same thing happens, and this time it really IS Jimmy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext creepily watching Lucius while he sleeps]].

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* Subverted AND played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Jimmy, Dont Don't Be A Hero", when Lucius thinks he sees Jimmy in his room at night, it turns out to be a coat rack, but later in the episode, the same thing happens, and this time it really IS Jimmy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext creepily watching Lucius while he sleeps]].

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* In ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', the high priests of Ungit believe the kingdom is being visited by a god known as the Shadowbrute because a shepherd saw an enormous shadow on the mountain behind his torch. [[TheStoic The Fox]] points out that if the shepherd was using a torch at night, well then of course there would be a shadow behind it, [[OccamsRazor no divine interference necessary]].


* Subverted AND played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Jimmy, Dont Be A Hero", when Lucius thinks he sees Jimmy in his room at night, it turns out to be a coat rack, but later in the episode, the same thing happens, and this time it really IS Jimmy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext creepily watching Lucius while he sleeps]].



* Subverted AND played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Jimmy, Dont Be A Hero", when Lucius thinks he sees Jimmy in his room at night, it turns out to be a coat rack, but later in the episode, the same thing happens, and this time it really IS Jimmy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext creepily watching Lucius while he sleeps]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePrincess'': In "I Don't Want to Go to Bed", the title princess sees a shadow and thinks it's the shadow of a monster that's in her room but it's only a tree.



* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePrincess'': In "I Don't Want to Go to Bed", the title princess sees a shadow and thinks it's the shadow of a monster that's in her room but it's only a tree.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePrincess'': In "I Don't Want to Go to Bed", ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': While out camping in the title princess sees woods in "[[Recap/TotalDramaTheSuckyOutdoors The Sucky Outdoors]]", Bridgette has to go pee in the dead of night and leaves the Killer Bass' tent. She is spooked by a swarm of bats and one gets stuck on her face. Her panicked movements to get it off are emphasized in shadow and thinks it's form by the shadow of campfire against the tent panel, frightening the Killer Bass who were already on edge by Duncan's story about a monster that's in her room but it's only a tree.serial killer.



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* ''Film/TheLocals'': While trying to break into a farmhouse, Grant gives himself a JumpScare when he thinks he ses the homicidal farmer lurking behind him. But when he turns around, it is just a hooded coat hanging over an old pair of boots.


TruthInTelevision to some extent. ImpossibleShadowPuppets are often involved. See also BigShadowLittleCreature, PoorlyLitPareidolia. Contrast ShadowDiscretionShot. Compare CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise. May be used for a PseudoCrisis {{Cliffhanger}}.

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TruthInTelevision to some extent. ImpossibleShadowPuppets are often involved. See also BigShadowLittleCreature, PoorlyLitPareidolia.PoorlyLitPareidolia, ShockAndSwitchEnding. Contrast ShadowDiscretionShot. Compare CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise. May be used for a PseudoCrisis {{Cliffhanger}}.

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* Combined with PsychoShowerMurderParody in ''Film/PoliceAcademy3BackInTraining''. Sweetchuck is alarmed by the sight of a sinister shadow on his shower curtain of a man wielding a knife, only for it to turn out to be Zed clutching a tube of hair gel (a sight he finds no less terrifying).


* ''Film/{{VHS}}''. Played with in "Amateur Night". Three college kids take a girl to a hotel, hoping to video her during sex. She murders one of them during the act and they others flee into the bathroom, but realise they can't stay there. They emerge into the darkened hotel room to see what appears to be a shadowy EldritchAbomination, but it's only Lily standing in an odd position. Of course that changes once [[OneWingedAngel she starts to transform...]]

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* ''Film/{{VHS}}''. Played with in "Amateur Night". Three college kids take a girl to a hotel, hoping to video her during sex. She murders one of them during the act and they others the other two flee into the bathroom, but realise they can't stay there. They emerge into the darkened hotel room to see what appears to be a shadowy EldritchAbomination, but it's only Lily standing in an odd position. Of course that changes once [[OneWingedAngel she starts to transform...]]

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* ''Film/{{VHS}}''. Played with in "Amateur Night". Three college kids take a girl to a hotel, hoping to video her during sex. She murders one of them during the act and they others flee into the bathroom, but realise they can't stay there. They emerge into the darkened hotel room to see what appears to be a shadowy EldritchAbomination, but it's only Lily standing in an odd position. Of course that changes once [[OneWingedAngel she starts to transform...]]


TruthInTelevision to some extent. ImpossibleShadowPuppets are often involved. See also BigShadowLittleCreature. Contrast ShadowDiscretionShot. Compare CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise. May be used for a PseudoCrisis {{Cliffhanger}}.

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TruthInTelevision to some extent. ImpossibleShadowPuppets are often involved. See also BigShadowLittleCreature.BigShadowLittleCreature, PoorlyLitPareidolia. Contrast ShadowDiscretionShot. Compare CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise. May be used for a PseudoCrisis {{Cliffhanger}}.

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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2Remake'', you're tricked into thinking that a zombie is waiting around the corner on the third floor of the Police Station, only to find out that it's a small statue on a desk with a lamp behind it. [[spoiler: Then in the 2nd Scenario, there really is a zombie there.]]


* In children's book ''Bedtime for Frances'', Frances thinks her rumpled robe or coat on an armchair is a rubbery-mouthed monster.

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* In children's book ''Bedtime ''[[Literature/FrancesTheBadger Bedtime for Frances'', Frances]]'', Frances sees a large, dark shape in the corner and thinks her rumpled it's a hostile giant. When she asks it what it wants, it turns out to be a robe or coat on an armchair is draped over a rubbery-mouthed monster. chair.


* In ''[[Disney/FunAndFancyFree Mickey And the Beanstalk]]'', when Willie the Giant first appears, his shadow makes it look like he's wielding a mace (as per most traditional depictions of the giant). He's actually playing with a big rubber ball, and looks a lot goofier than his shadow would indicate.

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* In ''[[Disney/FunAndFancyFree ''[[WesternAnimation/FunAndFancyFree Mickey And the Beanstalk]]'', when Willie the Giant first appears, his shadow makes it look like he's wielding a mace (as per most traditional depictions of the giant). He's actually playing with a big rubber ball, and looks a lot goofier than his shadow would indicate.


* Toward the beginning of ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'', a Flying Saucer-shaped object throws a huge shadow on the ground, and people look around in alarm to seeŚ the Goodyear Blimp.

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* Toward the beginning of ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'', a Flying Saucer-shaped FlyingSaucer-shaped object throws a huge shadow on the ground, and people look around in alarm to seeŚ the Goodyear Blimp.

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* Toward the beginning of ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'', a Flying Saucer-shaped object throws a huge shadow on the ground, and people look around in alarm to seeŚ the Goodyear Blimp.

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