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* ''LightNovel/OthersidePicnic'': Hasshaku-sama superimposes the image of someone close to her victim onto herself, luring them to come close enough and vanish to the blue light. Abarato thinks she is his missing wife and disappears after touching her; Toriko sees her as her lost friend and starts walking towards her. Sorawo, having no one precious to her, is not tricked and manages to chase and grab Toriko. [[spoiler:Except not -- what Sorawo thought was Toriko, is Hasshaku-sama.]]


* In the final chapter of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', this is parodied, as the shapeshifter Mimi appears before you disguised as Merlon and Merlee, both of which are so ridiculously obvious that if you keep talking to her, she'll lampshade the StupidityIsTheOnlyOption of this situation, as Mario falling for her extremely obvious trap is the only way to progress.



* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'': Exclusive to the [=PS2=], PSP, and Wii versions, while Starkiller is exploring the Jedi Temple, he sees Juno Eclipse kneeling in pain. Shocked, he runs over to help her, but she turns out to actually be Darth Phobos using illusions to take her form, and she attacks him.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'', there are two distinct, but similar, variations of this. If Garry is alive, before escaping the painted world, Ib's mother will appear to the side and beckon to her, while Garry calls out to her; if Garry died, Garry will call to her instead. If Ib (disregarding Garry's pleas if he's present) agrees to go with them, scenes will flash showing Ib is actually following nothing, and the portrait will seal, preventing her escape. Enjoy your [[DownerEnding Ib All Alone.]]



* In ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'', Garcia chases Paula around like this for the first few levels.



* In ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'', Garcia chases Paula around like this for the first few levels.

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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'', Garcia chases Paula around like the final chapter of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', this is parodied, as the shapeshifter Mimi appears before you disguised as Merlon and Merlee, both of which are so ridiculously obvious that if you keep talking to her, she'll lampshade the StupidityIsTheOnlyOption of this situation, as Mario falling for her extremely obvious trap is the first few levels.only way to progress.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'', there are two distinct, but similar, variations of this. If Garry is alive, before escaping the painted world, Ib's mother will appear to the side and beckon to her, while Garry calls out to her; if Garry died, Garry will call to her instead. If Ib (disregarding Garry's pleas if he's present) agrees to go with them, scenes will flash showing Ib is actually following nothing, and the portrait will seal, preventing her escape. Enjoy your [[DownerEnding Ib All Alone.]]

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* The WillOTheWisp, in Celtic folklore, is a ghost which supposedly drowns people walking in swamps at night by walking over deep water so people think it's shallow.

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* The WillOTheWisp, in Celtic folklore, is a ghost which supposedly drowns people walking in swamps at night by walking over deep water or [[QuicksandSucks quicksand]] so people think it's shallow.shallow/solid.

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* ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'': In the 2020 event ''The Horror Show at Extreme Rules'', Wrestling/BrayWyatt, who has a supernatural gimmick, and Wrestling/BraunStrowman faced each other in a swamp. While chasing Bray, Braun comes across Wrestling/AlexaBliss, whom he has a ''lot'' of ShipTease with, wearing a black veil. "Alexa" tells him if he comes home and joins Bray, they can finally be together. Braun approaches her, but she disappears and Bray ambushes him. It is heavily implied that this was actually Sister Abigail, the spirit that watches over Bray.
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* In the latter part of the haunted house section of ''Film/{{Pizza}}'', the ghosts lure Kunal to another room several times by making it sound like Nikita is in the house, and in trouble.


* Played for laughs in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. The Ankh-Morpork Post Office wraps unsuspecting postmasters entirely in a beguiling vision of the building's opulent past. Unfortunately for them, this includes images of floors and walkways that have long since rotted away. Moist von Lipvig nearly takes a very long tumble stepping onto a balcony that had long ago ceased to be.

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* Played for laughs in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.''Literature/GoingPostal''. The Ankh-Morpork Post Office wraps unsuspecting postmasters entirely in a beguiling vision of the building's opulent past. Unfortunately for them, this includes images of floors and walkways that have long since rotted away. Moist von Lipvig nearly takes a very long tumble stepping onto a balcony that had long ago ceased to be.


Maybe the protagonist is nearing their [[DespairEventHorizon lowest mental ebb]], maybe it's his turn to hold the IdiotBall, or maybe [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong things are going just a little too well]]. Suddenly, they're confronted by the person they last expected to see: a friend or loved one who logic dictates should be very far away right now or -- just to underscore how unlikely this sudden reappearance is -- dead. [[DramaticIrony It's clear to the audience]] that the vision is some sort of trap and that he isn't really BackFromTheDead, but the character for whatever reason refuses to connect the dots.

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Maybe the protagonist is nearing their [[DespairEventHorizon lowest mental ebb]], maybe it's his turn to hold the IdiotBall, or maybe [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong things are going just a little too well]]. Suddenly, they're confronted by the person they last expected to see: a friend or loved one who logic dictates should be very far away right now or -- just to underscore how unlikely this sudden reappearance is -- dead. [[DramaticIrony It's clear to the audience]] that the vision is some sort of trap and that he isn't really BackFromTheDead, but the character for whatever reason refuses to connect the dots.



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* The main plot of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "If These Walls Could Talk" concerns a house "infected" by an alien substance. Not only does the house absorb people into its structure, it's able to regurgitate {{Doppelganger}}s of those people to lure in their friends and loved ones when they come searching for answers.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Lodger" features random passers-by lured into a two-flat by various poorly-lit characters, with much screaming and electrocuting as the result. [[spoiler:The flat is a space ship searching for a compatible pilot, using images of humans in distress to lure people in and compel them to take control of the craft, usually with grisly consequences.]]
* Subverted many times in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', starting in the pilot with visions of Jack's father. While the apparitions always require the character to do incredibly ill-considered and dangerous things (such as climbing treacherous rock faces, stealing babies or attacking each other), [[SpiritAdvisor doing what the spirit says is often beneficial in the long run.]]
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Psirens" is one long exploration of this trope: the Psirens are able to read the minds of their prey and create a personalized hallucination to lure them to their doom. Lister, for instance, sees an image of his beloved Kochanski and their two sons in mortal danger on the planetoid below. Kryten recognizes the Psiren as such [[spoiler:but is unable to disobey his programming when the Psiren imitates his creator and orders him to climb into the waste disposal unit]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is full of these.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Interface", Geordi [=LaForge=] is directly manipulating an experimental probe by means of his ocular implants. While exploring a downed vessel, the Raman, Geordi encounters a vision of his mother, who urges him to bring the vessel's wreckage deeper into the atmosphere.
** In "Eye of the Beholder", both Deanna Troi and a crewman relive a telepath's buried memories embedded into a portion of the Enterprise during its construction. [[spoiler:Both attempt suicide following the discovery of their lover's infidelity, in accordance with the memory. The crewman succeeds, but Troi is saved by timely intervention from Worf.]]
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Coda", Kathryn Janeway experiences several disturbing "deaths" before finally encountering a vision of her father. Admiral Janeway informs Kathryn that she's dead, and he's here to accompany her to the next life via a tunnel of light. [[spoiler:While she nearly follows the spirit, Janeway's desire to stay with her crew turns to increasing suspicion of her "father" and his motivations, who is revealed to be a hostile alien that feeds on the consciousness of any mortally-wounded life form by luring it into its lair.]]
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', a gift from an alien species causes each member of the crew to experience hallucinations designed to evoke jealousy. [[spoiler:Stanley discovers Xev and Kai together in bed, while Xev stumbles upon Stan and Kai in the same position. Enraged, they come within seconds of murdering each other before the real Kai intervenes.]]
* In ''Series/RoseRed'', the ghost of Sukeena lures the professor into the woods, where he's killed by his insane intern.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], Dean follows a woman in white which leads him to realize something is wrong in his new reality.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode "The Present", Savitar tricks Cisco into opening the box containing his essence by projecting an image of his dead brother Dante.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' Heat Wave is tormented by memories of Captain Cold. [[spoiler: It turns out that at least the last few times, it ''wasn't'' memories; the villains had gone back in time to recruit a pre-HeelFaceTurn Cold to pose as a hallucination in order to lure him back to the dark side so they could get their hands on the MacGuffin.]]
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight,'' Kit is led to become a hero by visions of his father, who is in a mysterious coma that will turn out to be the result of [[spoiler: BigBad Xaviax draining LifeEnergy to use as fuel; he's not the only victim, either]]. The kicker is, [[spoiler: the visions were also the work of Xaviax. The TransformationTrinket is DNA locked, so he has to manipulate the lives of the Earth counterparts of the alternate universe's Riders behind the scenes to get them to work for him. Kit always wondered why he was the exception. He isn't]].
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* Subverted in Theatre/{{Hamlet}} where Horatio and the soldiers think the ghost of Hamlet's dad might be leading him into a trap, but ultimately it just wants to tell Hamlet how he died and ask him to take revenge.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]] features random passers-by lured into a two-flat by various poorly-lit characters, with much screaming and electrocuting as the result. [[spoiler:The flat is a time machine searching for a compatible pilot, using images of humans in distress to lure people in and compel them to take control of the craft, usually with grisly consequences.]]
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode "The Present", Savitar tricks Cisco into opening the box containing his essence by projecting an image of his dead brother Dante.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight,'' Kit is led to become a hero by visions of his father, who is in a mysterious coma that will turn out to be the result of [[spoiler: BigBad Xaviax draining LifeEnergy to use as fuel; he's not the only victim, either]]. The kicker is, [[spoiler: the visions were also the work of Xaviax. The TransformationTrinket is DNA locked, so he has to manipulate the lives of the Earth counterparts of the alternate universe's Riders behind the scenes to get them to work for him. Kit always wondered why he was the exception. He isn't]].
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' Heat Wave is tormented by memories of Captain Cold. [[spoiler: It turns out that at least the last few times, it ''wasn't'' memories; the villains had gone back in time to recruit a pre-HeelFaceTurn Cold to pose as a hallucination in order to lure him back to the dark side so they could get their hands on the MacGuffin.]]
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', a gift from an alien species causes each member of the crew to experience hallucinations designed to evoke jealousy. [[spoiler:Stanley discovers Xev and Kai together in bed, while Xev stumbles upon Stan and Kai in the same position. Enraged, they come within seconds of murdering each other before the real Kai intervenes.]]
* Subverted many times in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', starting in the pilot with visions of Jack's father. While the apparitions always require the character to do incredibly ill-considered and dangerous things (such as climbing treacherous rock faces, stealing babies or attacking each other), [[SpiritAdvisor doing what the spirit says is often beneficial in the long run.]]
* The main plot of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "If These Walls Could Talk" concerns a house "infected" by an alien substance. Not only does the house absorb people into its structure, it's able to regurgitate {{Doppelganger}}s of those people to lure in their friends and loved ones when they come searching for answers.
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Psirens" is one long exploration of this trope: the Psirens are able to read the minds of their prey and create a personalized hallucination to lure them to their doom. Lister, for instance, sees an image of his beloved Kochanski and their two sons in mortal danger on the planetoid below. Kryten recognizes the Psiren as such [[spoiler:but is unable to disobey his programming when the Psiren imitates his creator and orders him to climb into the waste disposal unit]].
* In ''Series/RoseRed'', the ghost of Sukeena lures the professor into the woods, where he's killed by his insane intern.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is full of these.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Interface", Geordi [=LaForge=] is directly manipulating an experimental probe by means of his ocular implants. While exploring a downed vessel, the Raman, Geordi encounters a vision of his mother, who urges him to bring the vessel's wreckage deeper into the atmosphere.
** In "Eye of the Beholder", both Deanna Troi and a crewman relive a telepath's buried memories embedded into a portion of the Enterprise during its construction. [[spoiler:Both attempt suicide following the discovery of their lover's infidelity, in accordance with the memory. The crewman succeeds, but Troi is saved by timely intervention from Worf.]]
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Coda", Kathryn Janeway experiences several disturbing "deaths" before finally encountering a vision of her father. Admiral Janeway informs Kathryn that she's dead, and he's here to accompany her to the next life via a tunnel of light. [[spoiler:While she nearly follows the spirit, Janeway's desire to stay with her crew turns to increasing suspicion of her "father" and his motivations, who is revealed to be a hostile alien that feeds on the consciousness of any mortally-wounded life form by luring it into its lair.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], Dean follows a woman in white which leads him to realize something is wrong in his new reality.
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* Subverted in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' where Horatio and the soldiers think the ghost of Hamlet's dad might be leading him into a trap, but ultimately it just wants to tell Hamlet how he died and ask him to take revenge.
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Contrast with SpiritAdvisor, both in helpfulness and in duration. Often uses a WomanInWhite or similarly mysterious figure to really grab the target's attention. A common way to weed out the guy who's TooDumbToLive.

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Contrast with SpiritAdvisor, both in helpfulness and in duration. Often uses a WomanInWhite woman in an EtherealWhiteDress or similarly mysterious figure to really grab the target's attention. A common way to weed out the guy who's TooDumbToLive.


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* In ''VideoGame/Ib'', there are two distinct, but similar, variations of this. If Garry is alive, before escaping the painted world, Ib's mother will appear to the side and beckon to her, while Garry calls out to her; if Garry died, Garry will call to her instead. If Ib (disregarding Garry's pleas if he's present) agrees to go with them, scenes will flash showing Ib is actually following nothing, and the portrait will seal, preventing her escape. Enjoy your [[DownerEnding Ib All Alone.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/Ib'', ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'', there are two distinct, but similar, variations of this. If Garry is alive, before escaping the painted world, Ib's mother will appear to the side and beckon to her, while Garry calls out to her; if Garry died, Garry will call to her instead. If Ib (disregarding Garry's pleas if he's present) agrees to go with them, scenes will flash showing Ib is actually following nothing, and the portrait will seal, preventing her escape. Enjoy your [[DownerEnding Ib All Alone.]]


* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura,'' the Illusion card shows people whatever they're thinking about, but it can also show them someone they love or miss and lead them to their doom.

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* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura,'' the Illusion card shows people whatever they're thinking about, but it can also show them someone they love or miss and lead them to their doom. Justified when it comes to Sakura: the Illusion Card appears as her deceased mother, but she also has an older brother who can see ghosts [[spoiler:which does include their mother's ''real'' spirit]] and she's also rather young, so her believing it is understandable.

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* In ''VideoGame/Ib'', there are two distinct, but similar, variations of this. If Garry is alive, before escaping the painted world, Ib's mother will appear to the side and beckon to her, while Garry calls out to her; if Garry died, Garry will call to her instead. If Ib (disregarding Garry's pleas if he's present) agrees to go with them, scenes will flash showing Ib is actually following nothing, and the portrait will seal, preventing her escape. Enjoy your [[DownerEnding Ib All Alone.]]


* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Jeog tries to lure Ki Seong out of her hiding place by projecting an illusion of her niece Gentle Leaf and threatening to kill her. Applejack figures out it is trick and stops Seong from rushing out in time.

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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Jeog tries to lure Ki Seong out of her hiding place by projecting an illusion of her niece Gentle Leaf and threatening to kill her. Applejack figures out it is a trick and stops Seong from rushing out in time.


* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Jeog tries to lure Ki Seong out of her hiding place by projecting an illusion of her niece Gentle Leaf and threatening to kill her. Applejack figures out it is trick and stops Seong from rushing out in time.



* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' Heat Wave is tormented by memories of Captain Cold. [[spoiler: It turns out that at least the last few times, it ''wasn't'' memories; the villains had gone back in time to recruit a pre-HeelFaceTurn Cold to pose as a hallucination in order to lure him back to the dark side so they could get their hands on the MacGuffin.

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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' Heat Wave is tormented by memories of Captain Cold. [[spoiler: It turns out that at least the last few times, it ''wasn't'' memories; the villains had gone back in time to recruit a pre-HeelFaceTurn Cold to pose as a hallucination in order to lure him back to the dark side so they could get their hands on the MacGuffin.]]

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