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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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* 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 ''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 [[http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2012/03/28 this]] ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip, Bucky Kat, having been warned by a horoscope to "Beware of the Grim Reaper", ends up frightened by Rob in a loose-fitting jacket holding a baseball pennant.
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* In [[http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2012/03/28 this]] ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip, Bucky Kat, having been warned by a horoscope to "Beware of the Grim Reaper", ends up frightened by Rob in a loose-fitting jacket holding a baseball pennant.

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* Of course, many RealLife people have experienced this at some point or another.
** In RealLife, this is an example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia pareidolia]], seeing or hearing patterns or significance in what amounts to the random noise of the world. The most famous example would be the face on Mars, which combines coincidental shadows (the eyes) and a square of missing data (the nose) to construct a human face. Later, better photographs eliminated the illusion completely.

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* Of course, many RealLife people have experienced this at some point or another. \n** In RealLife, this is an example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia pareidolia]], seeing or hearing patterns or significance in what amounts to the random noise of the world. The most famous example would be the face on Mars, which combines coincidental shadows (the eyes) and a square of missing data (the nose) to construct a human face. Later, better photographs eliminated the illusion completely.
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* In the Tanker level of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Snake sees the silhouette of Vulcan Raven (who ''died'' in the last game), only for it to be caused by a model robot and some other junk someone left in front of a flashlight.

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* In the Tanker level of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Snake sees the silhouette of Vulcan Raven (who ''died'' in the last game), only for it to be caused by a model robot an action figure and some other junk someone left in front of a flashlight.

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* ''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.


* In [[http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2012/03/28 this]] ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip, Bucky Kat, having been warned by a horoscope to "Beware of the Grim Reaper", ends up frightened by Rob in a loose-fitting jacket holding a football flag.

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* In [[http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2012/03/28 this]] ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip, Bucky Kat, having been warned by a horoscope to "Beware of the Grim Reaper", ends up frightened by Rob in a loose-fitting jacket holding a football flag.
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* ''CuriousGeorge in the Dark'': George becomes scared of the dark until The Man with the Yellow Hat tells him that the monsters are just the same objects as they are in the light and gives him a nightlight.

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* ''CuriousGeorge ''Literature/CuriousGeorge in the Dark'': George becomes scared of the dark until The Man with the Yellow Hat tells him that the monsters are just the same objects as they are in the light and gives him a nightlight.


* 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 ThoughTheEyesOfMadness.

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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 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 ThoughTheEyesOfMadness.
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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 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 ThoughTheEyesOfMadness.


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* In the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', Merida's little brothers use a plucked chicken to make a shadow which looks like a bear to help lead the adults on a wild goose chase looking for the bear supposedly in the castle.



* In the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', Merida's little brothers use a plucked chicken to make a shadow which looks like a bear to help lead the adults on a wild goose chase looking for the bear supposedly in the castle.

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