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** Sarah Connor starts [[Film/TheTerminator the first film]] only knowing that there is a SerialKiller hunting down women with her name all over Los Angeles, and is completely unable to believe Reese's story (she even tries to run away a couple of times while he's saying it, even after he saved her life when the Terminator tried to kill her. The fact that Dr. Silberman labels Reese as a complete nut job and the cops theorize that the Terminator is wearing body armor and may be on PCP also keeps her on the skeptical side for a little while longer). By the time the Terminator finds her again and slaughters its way through a police station single-handedly, she is a total believer and by the time of ''Terminator 2'', she has taken all the measures she could to prepare herself and John for the RobotWar ahead and tried to do some damage to prevent Skynet from becoming a threat... which, quite understandably, landed her in an insane asylum.

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** Sarah Connor starts [[Film/TheTerminator the first film]] only knowing that there is a SerialKiller hunting down women with her name all over Los Angeles, and is completely unable to believe Reese's story (she even tries to run away a couple of times while he's saying it, even after he saved her life when the Terminator tried to kill her. The fact that Dr. Silberman labels Reese as a complete nut job and the cops theorize that the Terminator is wearing body armor and may be on PCP also keeps her on the skeptical side for a little while longer).longer. A wrong explanation is still ''an'' explanation). By the time the Terminator finds her again and slaughters its way through a police station single-handedly, she is a total believer and by the time of ''Terminator 2'', she has taken all the measures she could to prepare herself and John for the RobotWar ahead and tried to do some damage to prevent Skynet from becoming a threat... which, quite understandably, landed her in an insane asylum.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Growing up in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros, and especially his family, made Tyrion a cynical man and so he never had any faith in anything even himself. However after meeting Daenerys and seeing the wonders she can do Tyrion admits to her that he now believes in her and her vision for the future. When he meets Jon Snow again in Season 7 he even admits that he know believes his tale of White Walkers when the Tyrion of the first season sarcastically referred to the things beyond the Wall as "Grumkins" and "Snarks".

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Growing up in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros, and especially his family, made Tyrion a cynical man and so he never had any faith in anything even himself. However after meeting Daenerys and seeing the wonders she can do Tyrion admits to her that he now believes in her and her vision for the future. When he meets Jon Snow again in Season 7 he even admits that he know now believes his tale of White Walkers when the Tyrion of the first season sarcastically referred to the things beyond the Wall as "Grumkins" and "Snarks".


* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', the gang has spent so much time busting fake monsters and other weirdos that when strange things start happening, they don't immediately accept that it really is supernatural this time. Fred, in particular, seems determined to play AgentScully when they run into the zombies--until he pulls one of their heads off. And the zombie reattaches it. The denial vanishes ''very'' quickly.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', the gang has spent so much time busting fake monsters and other weirdos that when strange things start happening, they don't immediately accept that it really is supernatural this time. Fred, in particular, seems determined to play AgentScully when they run into the zombies--until he pulls one of their heads off. And the zombie reattaches it. The denial vanishes ''very'' quickly. From that point in the franchise, Velma is the only one to retain having skepticism about the supernatural as a character trait, with one movie making her need to ''never'' become this trope a part of her backstory.


* Captain Black of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' gets this in the Season One Finale. Shendu? In ma base, steeln d talizmans? '''''Whoa, Nellie!''''' I'm okay now, let's defeat magic with magic!

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* Captain Black of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' gets this in the Season One Finale. Shendu? In ma base, steeln d talizmans? '''''Whoa, Nellie!''''' I'm okay now, let's defeat He becomes so convinced in fact that in later seasons he is often seen as mentally unstable by his superiors for constantly mentioning magic with magic!and demons.


* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Miss "Turner" (actually Miss Swan) tells Captain Barbossa she doesn't believe in ghost stories. She then sees the crew by the moonlight and discovers that the ship she's on (The Black Pearl) is crewed by the undead.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
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In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Miss "Turner" (actually Miss Swan) tells Captain Barbossa she doesn't believe in ghost stories. She then sees the crew by the moonlight and discovers that the ship she's on (The Black Pearl) is crewed by the undead.


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** In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' Carina Smythe, being a stalwart woman of science, finds the concept of curses and ghosts absurd. It takes coming face to face with a crew of cursed undead to change her mind.


* The marines in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' were pretty much uniformly contemptuous of Ripley's description of the xenomorphs, refusing to believe that they could be as effectively lethal as she was saying. After all, they were rough, tough hardcore marines. Suffice to say they found religion pretty damned quick...

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* The marines in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' were are pretty much uniformly contemptuous of Ripley's description of the xenomorphs, xenomorphs at first, refusing to believe that they could be as effectively lethal as she was saying. After all, they were are rough, tough hardcore marines. Suffice to say they found religion pretty damned quick...believe really quick after facing off against the creatures.

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* [[TheRival Seto Kaiba]] spends much of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' ranting against "Egyptian fairy tales" and "hocus-pocus magic" whenever weird things happen, especially involving [[TheHero Yugi]] and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Yami/Atem]] fighting to save the world from various supernatural threats. By the end of the series, though, he finally accepts that all the weird stuff is real, including the nature of Yugi and Atem's relationship. It's to the point that in ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'', Kaiba actively seeks to resurrect Atem for one more duel.


* The modern (and pre-New52) Doctor Thirteen from Creator/DCComics is basically built around this. He's a parapsychologist who investigates spooky things in order to prove they're actually fake. His belief against the supernatural is so strong that it's said that is the reason why the paranormal doesn't work for him. His daughter Traci 13, however, is a sorceress, the biggest slap in the face for him.
** It should be noted that back in the Golden Age, he was legitimately someone who exposed hucksters and fruads who were doing this for crimes. Now that he exists among other superheroes, it does come of as silly, if it wasn't for his belief against magic being strong enough to cause it to malfunction around him. Heck, he even dated Zatanna for a while, simply thinking she was a very talented magician.


* Doctor Thirteen from Creator/DCComics is basically built around this. He's a parapsychologist who investigates spooky things in order to prove they're actually fake. His belief against the supernatural is so strong that it's said that is the reason why the paranormal doesn't work for him. His daughter, however, is a sorceress, the biggest slap in the face for him.

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* The modern (and pre-New52) Doctor Thirteen from Creator/DCComics is basically built around this. He's a parapsychologist who investigates spooky things in order to prove they're actually fake. His belief against the supernatural is so strong that it's said that is the reason why the paranormal doesn't work for him. His daughter, daughter Traci 13, however, is a sorceress, the biggest slap in the face for him.him.
** It should be noted that back in the Golden Age, he was legitimately someone who exposed hucksters and fruads who were doing this for crimes. Now that he exists among other superheroes, it does come of as silly, if it wasn't for his belief against magic being strong enough to cause it to malfunction around him. Heck, he even dated Zatanna for a while, simply thinking she was a very talented magician.


Often PlayedForLaughs, since the former skeptic is almost always the most rational denier up to this point. Bonus points are given if the skeptic is also an ObstructiveBureaucrat who suddenly comes to his senses. This sort of occurrence also helps to kick the action along since now they can treat it as SeriousBusiness. If they're unlucky, they might have caught a ContagiousCassandraTruth. Compare SkepticismFailure.

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Often PlayedForLaughs, since the former skeptic is almost always the most rational denier up to this point. Bonus points are given if the skeptic is also an ObstructiveBureaucrat who suddenly comes to his senses. This sort of occurrence also helps to kick the action along since now they can treat it as SeriousBusiness. If they're unlucky, they might have caught a ContagiousCassandraTruth. Compare SkepticismFailure.
SkepticismFailure and HorrorStruck.


Often PlayedForLaughs, since the former skeptic is almost always the most rational denier up to this point. Bonus points are given if the skeptic is also an ObstructiveBureaucrat who suddenly comes to his senses. This sort of occurrence also helps to kick the action along since now they can treat it as SeriousBusiness. If they're unlucky, they might have caught a ContagiousCassandraTruth. COmpare SkepticismFailure.

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Often PlayedForLaughs, since the former skeptic is almost always the most rational denier up to this point. Bonus points are given if the skeptic is also an ObstructiveBureaucrat who suddenly comes to his senses. This sort of occurrence also helps to kick the action along since now they can treat it as SeriousBusiness. If they're unlucky, they might have caught a ContagiousCassandraTruth. COmpare Compare SkepticismFailure.


Often PlayedForLaughs, since the former skeptic is almost always the most rational denier up to this point. Bonus points are given if the skeptic is also an ObstructiveBureaucrat who suddenly comes to his senses. This sort of occurrence also helps to kick the action along since now they can treat it as SeriousBusiness. If they're unlucky, they might have caught a ContagiousCassandraTruth.

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Often PlayedForLaughs, since the former skeptic is almost always the most rational denier up to this point. Bonus points are given if the skeptic is also an ObstructiveBureaucrat who suddenly comes to his senses. This sort of occurrence also helps to kick the action along since now they can treat it as SeriousBusiness. If they're unlucky, they might have caught a ContagiousCassandraTruth.
ContagiousCassandraTruth. COmpare SkepticismFailure.


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* Whenever ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' start fighting crimes in the City, there will always be a black mook that start pull one and one together and then says a variation of "The Phantom! Grandfathers stories were True", this giving him a chance to inform the White Crime Leader what's up only for it to be dismissed as "Silly Jungle Stories".
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[[folder: Comic Strip]]
* Whenever ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom start fighting crimes in the City, there will always be a black mook that start pull one and one together and then says a variation of "The Phantom! Grandfathers stories were True", this giving him a chance to inform the White Crime Leader what's up only for it to be dismissed as "Silly Jungle Stories".
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', the gang has spent so much time busting fake monsters and other weirdos that when strange things start happening, they don't immediately accept that it really is supernatural this time. Fred, in particular, seems determined to play AgentScully when they run into the zombies--until he pulls one of their heads off. And the zombie reattaches it. The denial vanishes ''very'' quickly.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', the gang has spent so much time busting fake monsters and other weirdos that when strange things start happening, they don't immediately accept that it really is supernatural this time. Fred, in particular, seems determined to play AgentScully when they run into the zombies--until he pulls one of their heads off. And the zombie reattaches it. The denial vanishes ''very'' quickly.
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[[folder: Comic Strip]]
* Whenever ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom start fighting crimes in the City, there will always be a black mook that start pull one and one together and then says a variation of "The Phantom! Grandfathers stories were True", this giving him a chance to inform the White Crime Leader what's up only for it to be dismissed as "Silly Jungle Stories".

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