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* Autism Spectrum Disorders can result in differences in facial expressions and voice tone that often come across as Uncanny Valley to people unfamiliar with ASD.

* Western Europeans visiting North America, and vice versa, are known to go through a cultural version of this on occasion. Both cultural areas are very similar in most aspects, but there're just enough minor differences to make everything feel ''off''. Most people don't mind, but to some, it can become so intensely creepy that it ends up ruining their vacation.
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Thus, things that look somewhat human, but are clearly not — such as C-3PO (in ''Franchise/StarWars'') or AnimatedArmor — produce an accepting reaction, while things that are very nearly human, but just a little strange — such as a [[CreepyDoll child's doll]], a [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist's dummy]], or [[ClownTropes a clown]] — produce a negative response. For some people, the resonance is stronger with a ''moving'' object, which is why a corpse is creepy but a moving corpse is creepier still. In fact, some people that don't have a problem with things like [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] and consider them merely another monster may still be creeped out by things like [[MarionetteMotion unnatural movement]].

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Thus, things that look somewhat human, but are clearly not — such as C-3PO (in ''Franchise/StarWars'') or AnimatedArmor — produce an accepting reaction, while things that are very nearly human, but just a little strange — such as a [[CreepyDoll child's doll]], a [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist's dummy]], dummy]] or [[ClownTropes a clown]] — produce a negative response. For some people, the resonance is stronger with a ''moving'' object, which is why a corpse is creepy but a moving corpse is creepier still. In fact, some people that don't have a problem with things like [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] and consider them merely another monster may still be creeped out by things like [[MarionetteMotion unnatural movement]].

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* ''Series/MrMeaty'' was ''made'' of this. Especially [[http://www.btvision.bt.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/mr_meaty_cms_big.jpg the two main characters Josh and Parker]].
* Franchise/TheMuppets, most of whom steer far clear of the valley because of their obviously exaggerated portions and colorful cartoonish looks. But every now and then one will be introduced that is just a little too human while not being human enough, and it'll creep people out. The character of Digit from the "[=MuppeTelevision=]" segments of Series/TheJimHensonHour is a prime example, often topping lists of creepiest Muppets; the bug eyes that are not open fully and barely moving mouth while at the same time having an otherwise human facial proportion is just disturbing. Chip as well, who is also from ''The Jim Henson Hour'', tends to fall into this category. Much like Digit, he has huge bulging eyes but with an odd blinking mechanism that cause his pupils to occasionally flicker. This ended up being PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheMuppets'' as the rest of the Muppet characters also seem to find him unsettling or awkward.
** On a similar note, ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'', proved that the Dr. Seuss characters don't exactly translate well to puppetry with their oversized upper lips and wide mouths. They also have a disturbing tendency to [[SpikingTheCamera stare directly at the viewer]], unintentionally or not.
** This may be part of the reason why after buying the franchise, Disney has placed a strict policy against allowing the Muppets to be seen in public when they're not being performed (though having the puppeteer be completely visible during a performance is accepted). Even if it's obvious that the characters in question are puppets, seeing them completely limp and not moving can be a bit unsettling, especially to younger kids. Even the retired Muppets shown on display in museum exhibits usually have armature wire put inside and are placed in some kind of pose, so it still looks like there's some life to them.


This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction on purpose]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, UndeadBarefooter, UndeathlyPallor, BodyHorror, and UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley. Also compare MundaneHorror, when the Uncanny Valley effect is applied to storylines and situations rather than characters.

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This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction on purpose]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, UndeadBarefooter, UndeathlyPallor, BodyHorror, and UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley.Uncanny Valley. Also compare MundaneHorror, when the Uncanny Valley effect is applied to storylines and situations rather than characters.



* The Amazing Christopher's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwqELDm73sQ Dancing Queen]]" routine is pretty much the NinjaPirateZombieRobot of UncannyValley horrors. It's a spin on his usual routine (the "one-man dance crew") which is usually fairly creepy as is; in this case, he's dressed up as the Red Queen from ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' and the dancing puppets are her card soldiers. But the cards have creepy moving mouths. And he's wearing an oversized puppet head as the Red Queen. And the puppet head has a ventriloquist dummy-like moving mouth of its own and unblinking eyes.

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* The Amazing Christopher's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwqELDm73sQ Dancing Queen]]" routine is pretty much the NinjaPirateZombieRobot of UncannyValley Uncanny Valley horrors. It's a spin on his usual routine (the "one-man dance crew") which is usually fairly creepy as is; in this case, he's dressed up as the Red Queen from ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' and the dancing puppets are her card soldiers. But the cards have creepy moving mouths. And he's wearing an oversized puppet head as the Red Queen. And the puppet head has a ventriloquist dummy-like moving mouth of its own and unblinking eyes.



* ''Series/{{Rainbow}}'', the British answer to ''Series/SesameStreet'', features two muppets who look perfectly alright...yet Bungle, a guy in a suit, falls ''right'' into the UncannyValley with his realistic movements and his unfortunate design.

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* ''Series/{{Rainbow}}'', the British answer to ''Series/SesameStreet'', features two muppets who look perfectly alright...yet Bungle, a guy in a suit, falls ''right'' into the UncannyValley Uncanny Valley with his realistic movements and his unfortunate design.



* The Creator/{{NPR}} series ''On the Media'' did [[http://onthemedia.org/transcripts/2010/08/20/07 a segment]] on the UncannyValley phenomenon.

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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' has mentioned the UncannyValley several times. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTAJBQSm10 First in an episode specifically about it,]] then revisited in a Halloween episode and again in an episode about Kinect's controls.

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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' has mentioned the UncannyValley Uncanny Valley several times. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTAJBQSm10 First in an episode specifically about it,]] then revisited in a Halloween episode and again in an episode about Kinect's controls.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp8dQhyJRBs This]] [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] FanFilm contains the perfect storm of both UncannyValley ''and'' OffModel, with Link looking like he had a bad head injury and Ganondorf looking shiny. The animation itself, while decently choreographed, is jerky and unnatural, and the awful lighting makes things even worse. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRmbZf8fFXs Its]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL0olB1iZfU sequels]] show little improvement, and the teaser for the next one features [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Fi]] (who already lacked proper eyes) with a misshapen head and her "Hair Hat" looking too realistic, and shots of horseback-riding that [[{{Narm}} resembles someone riding a mechanical bull.]]

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp8dQhyJRBs This]] [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] FanFilm contains the perfect storm of both UncannyValley Uncanny Valley ''and'' OffModel, with Link looking like he had a bad head injury and Ganondorf looking shiny. The animation itself, while decently choreographed, is jerky and unnatural, and the awful lighting makes things even worse. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRmbZf8fFXs Its]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL0olB1iZfU sequels]] show little improvement, and the teaser for the next one features [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Fi]] (who already lacked proper eyes) with a misshapen head and her "Hair Hat" looking too realistic, and shots of horseback-riding that [[{{Narm}} resembles someone riding a mechanical bull.]]


This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction on purpose]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, UndeadBarefooter, UndeathlyPallor, BodyHorror, and UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley.

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This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction on purpose]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, UndeadBarefooter, UndeathlyPallor, BodyHorror, and UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley.
UncannyValley. Also compare MundaneHorror, when the Uncanny Valley effect is applied to storylines and situations rather than characters.


* ''WebAnimation/GoingToTheStore'' and its sequels invoke this with featureless, unemotive CGI mannequins, their absurd bodily movements, and the remarkably high attention to detail in inserting them into real-world settings.

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* ''WebAnimation/GoingToTheStore'' ''WebAnimation/GoingToTheStore2011'' and its sequels invoke this with featureless, unemotive CGI mannequins, their absurd bodily movements, and the remarkably high attention to detail in inserting them into real-world settings.

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* ''WebAnimation/GoingToTheStore'' and its sequels invoke this with featureless, unemotive CGI mannequins, their absurd bodily movements, and the remarkably high attention to detail in inserting them into real-world settings.


** This effect sometimes occurs as well with shamans, sages, and other individuals who seem to be tuned into other worlds in addition to this one.

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* ''Series/LazyTown''. Specifically some of the human characters and their prosthetics. Not to mention that Robbie Rotten looks just a little too close to Bruce Campbell. Heck, is Robbie Rotten even human, or puppet? He looks so human, but human skin and hair aren't glossy like that!
* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'': Most of the puppets in this show look cute and innocent, with them having either button eyes or being based on cute critters. However, the other puppets in the show aren't as nice. Johnny Crawfish, Island Princess and the Ruby Reds are some examples of this, with the first having weird-looking eyes and a mouth with teeth that always seems to be open, the second having eyes that might seem creepy and the concept of the latter (five singing lips that aren't attached to a face in a box).
* ''Series/PeppermintPark'', an obscure kids' show, used some very creepy-looking human puppets, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K-foKERvHc here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSQbX4D-iVA here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrJDAd5N0jo here.]]
* ''Series/{{Rainbow}}'', the British answer to ''Series/SesameStreet'', features two muppets who look perfectly alright...yet Bungle, a guy in a suit, falls ''right'' into the UncannyValley with his realistic movements and his unfortunate design.


** In TheNineties in Hungary, there was a parody show starring lifesized puppets formed as caricatures of [[http://indavideo.hu/video/Nosztalgia politicians]].

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** In TheNineties in Hungary, Hungary when politics was something to be joked about instead of a joke itself, there was a parody show titled ''Uborka'' (Hungarian for cucumber) starring lifesized puppets formed as caricatures of [[http://indavideo.hu/video/Nosztalgia politicians]].


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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* The {{pinball}} game ''Pinball/WhiteWater'' has a figure of {{Bigfoot|Sasquatch and Yeti}}, which (despite [[CreatorCameo being designed after Dennis Nordman]]) looks a little... ''too'' eager to shove your balls away.
* Another pinball machine, ''Pinball/FunHouse'', has [[http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=966&picno=8820 Rudy]], a marionette-like character whose head is on the playfield as a talking plastic model. His eyes move too and are programmed to follow the ball around. He even says "I'm watching you..." when no one is playing. That being said, it's likely that his unsettling appearance is intentional, as he's a condescending {{jerkass}}, and the game encourages you to hit him with the ball.
** That being said, the same technology for Rudy was used for ''two'' talking heads in ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'', but this time, [[http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1972&picno=10019 Red and Ted]] are supposed to be friendly and inviting and even sing. Instead, they just come off like Rudy's equally creepy parents.
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[[folder:Podcasts]]
* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' invokes this in the very first episode, with what seems to be a man standing in an alley asking for a cigarette, but is in fact only a lure for something Jon calls [[NothingIsScarier the Angler Fish]]. Later episodes introduce a group of creatures posing as anatomy students so they can "learn to get the insides right," animated taxidermy humans, and "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie philosophical zombies]]" that outwardly fake humanity but have no inner mind. [[spoiler:All of these are under the domain of [[EldritchAbomination The Stranger]], an entity of the fear of the unknown and the creeping sense that things aren't right, most commonly in the form of things that ape the human form]].
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Creator/TheBBC's infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_Card_F Test Card F]] and its freaky clown doll.
* Bunraku puppets dance in and out of the valley. What's frightening is that they don't move like any other sort of puppet, they move exactly like little tiny people. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Sanbasopuppet.jpg Some of them have fairly creepy faces when seen close up]].
* "[=RealDoll=]" sex dolls. Film technicians who have worked with Real Dolls for movies report that handling them is creepily like handling corpses. Obviously, they, their flawless sexiness and their eternal sexual submission is massive fetish appeal and/or an alternative to prostitution / free-willed women for some, thus enabling the uncanny valley to be ignored a bit. Sankaku Complex appears a disturbing amount of times here.
* [[http://www.babylovereborns.com/home.htm Reborns.]] Baby dolls created to resemble the real thing as much as possible. Women also carry these things around and treat them like they're real babies. Warning: terrifying.
* The Japanese tradition/hobby/fetish of ''[[UsefulNotes/SubculturesInJapan kigurumi]]'' - cosplaying human and humanoid anime characters using masks and bodysuits - seems to back into the Uncanny Valley from the human side, due to the mad creepy effect the results sometimes have.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=little+girl+giant&gl=GB&hl=en-GB mega-marionette]] that's made appearances at parades and festivals all over Europe has a limited head and facial animation that still manages to be creepily human in execution.
* Creator/JeffDunham's first puppets fell right into the valley. The ones he uses now are heavily stylized and cartoony so they don't look as unrealistic and uncanny. However, Achmed Jr. who looks more realistic and also happens to have [[BodyHorror half his skin and muscle blown off]] falls head-first into the uncanny valley.
* ''Series/SpittingImage'': British satirical puppet show from the late 1980s and early 1990s featuring hundreds of grotesque caricatures of celebrities. Some very puppetlike, others moving so realistically (even with blinking eyes) that it could become creepy.
** Genesis played on this when using them in the video for "Land of Confusion".
** In TheNineties in Hungary, there was a parody show starring lifesized puppets formed as caricatures of [[http://indavideo.hu/video/Nosztalgia politicians]].
* A new fad in (where else?) Japan is "[[http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/26119/Human+Cloning+in+Japan.html human doll cloning]]," which involves modeling a head from a human, printing it in 3D, and putting it on a posable doll. Results are [[NightmareFuel just about exactly what you'd expect]].
* Between uncanny valley and watching an episode of Friday the 13th series when he was a kid, is the reason why Channing Tatum has an admittedly bizarre fear of porcelain dolls.
* The Amazing Christopher's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwqELDm73sQ Dancing Queen]]" routine is pretty much the NinjaPirateZombieRobot of UncannyValley horrors. It's a spin on his usual routine (the "one-man dance crew") which is usually fairly creepy as is; in this case, he's dressed up as the Red Queen from ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' and the dancing puppets are her card soldiers. But the cards have creepy moving mouths. And he's wearing an oversized puppet head as the Red Queen. And the puppet head has a ventriloquist dummy-like moving mouth of its own and unblinking eyes.
* Some may find the disheveled and melted mannequins in "Survival Town" Nevada as something that fits into Uncanny Valley, given that it is a [[http://img.weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Test_Buildings_3a.jpg whole]] [[http://img.weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Test_Buildings_3b.jpg town]] [[http://img.weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Test_Buildings_3c.jpg filled]] [[https://res.cloudinary.com/roadtrippers/image/upload/v1414099283/nkmcbxvcwp1bvc52lpaa.jpg with manikins.]] These manikins were used during nuclear bomb tests and were supposed to represent humans in that situation.
* Disney Cruise Lines is set to feature a stage musical based on ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'' where the child versions of Elsa and Anna are [[http://disneycruiselineblog.com/2016/08/adapting-frozen-disney-wonders-walt-disney-theatre-stage/ to be portrayed by puppets]] that look like stereotypical {{Creepy Doll}}s with glassy eyes and hinged jaws, especially since they're 1:1 translations of the movie's stylized animated designs. Even worse is that it's implied that [[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-frozen-musical-on-disney-wonder-will-embrace-puppets-lasers-20160824-story.html the teen versions of the sisters will be puppets as well]], which is unnecessary since they can plausibly be portrayed by adult human actresses (as their adult versions are).
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* The Creator/{{NPR}} series ''On the Media'' did [[http://onthemedia.org/transcripts/2010/08/20/07 a segment]] on the UncannyValley phenomenon.
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* Humanoid robots are very prone to this. It's much more difficult to find a humanoid robot that is ''not'' in the uncanny valley.
* Kokoro, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFVlzUAZkHY&feature=player_embedded new Actroid robot]] from Japan, is probably the best example for robots having reached the other side and now making it out of the valley. This hasn't been lost to the creators, with the word ''kokoro'' having the meaning of heart or soul, and probably being a direct allusion to the uncanny valley effect.
** Same has been said of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knRyDcnUc4U Diego-san robot]] (which, by the way, looks like Franchise/MegaMan).
* Some of John Nolan's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyNh3AXegxw strange animatronics.]]
* Lo and behold, it's [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/03/17/japan-makes-bishoujo-android-hrp-4c/ HRP-4C]], described as a "Bishoujo android". Say hi to her. Preferably with a rocket launcher.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9JyDQlHo1A&feature=player_embedded This]]'' robot that looks like a fleshy armless mermaid.
* While the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZPRsrwumQ Big Dog]] robot doesn't really resemble any living creature, it is the robot’s leg movements that seem a little unsettling (especially at around 1:12). It looks like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJZVZFRFJc two armless humans walking head to head.]]
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quai3SpKD08&feature=aso AFFETTO child robot]] could really use some work in the design.
* The [[http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/03/04/is-this-uncanny-valley-scaling-robot-a-hoax/ Geminoid]]. The most disturbing part is how ''perfect'' it is. It looks exactly like a real person right up until you realize it has no limbs and is fused to the desk.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1dwXX9LmSDg#! Three disembodied android faces]] singing "Freedom" in robotic voices.
* The way this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuqV1EaM8TE robotic mouth]] moves its throat is creepy enough, but it's the demonic sounds that make it your nightmare for the next few days...
* Tara the Android. Having made her debut in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLy-AwdCOmI& Fantastic Hey Hey Hey]], she has returned to wander the earth spreading even more incomprehensible and terrifying videos. Watch anything on [[https://www.youtube.com/user/halloweenandroid her Youtube channel]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/user/halloweenandroid#p/u/3/4jQivl2XLBw you might well die in seven days]].
* [[http://kaspar.herts.ac.uk/ kaspar the robot]]: A robot/doll designed to help autistic children.
* How about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhzbFaNueKU this robot designed to train dentistry students]]. Love doll type creepiness plus a stretched-open mouth and robotically-moving tongue...
* From the depth of the Valley, JSC, DARPA, Jacobs Engineering, and General Motors presents [[http://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/ Robonaut]] and his sister, [[http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/nasa-jsc-unveils-valkyrie-drc-robot Valkyrie]]. [[SarcasmMode Tax dollar]] [[SincerityMode well spend]], indeed.
** Valkyrie also has her own CharacterBlog [[https://twitter.com/NASAValkyrie here]].
* [[http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/06/24/Japan-unveils-worlds-first-android-newscaster Kodomoroid]], a gynoid designed to be a newscaster.
* [[http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-01/04/robot-receptionist Nadine,]] the robot receptionist. She looks almost exactly human, exhibits moods and emotions, and apparently even has her own personality. She's a friendly conversationalist and all, but most people still wouldn't want to have a desk next to hers.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0_DPi0PmF0 This]] robot falls into this - between the fact that she [[BaldWoman has no hair]], never blinks, and holds her (often unusual) facial expressions for a ''lot'' longer than a real human would... it's hard to see her replacing any humans anytime soon.
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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' has mentioned the UncannyValley several times. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTAJBQSm10 First in an episode specifically about it,]] then revisited in a Halloween episode and again in an episode about Kinect's controls.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' mentions in episode 20 that the Salamanders invoke this reaction in the common citizens of the Imperium, as they have jet-black, coal-like skin and glowing red eyes.
* A lot of things made with the UsefulNotes/MikuMikuDance software straddles the line between awesome and awesomely disturbing. What's especially fun is that the software can be used to make a model of just about anything. Case in point: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-b9eD7YDGs this]], a such video featuring [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]]. And if you're feeling especially brave, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxUUFar63KU here's the same model, dancing to Black Rock Shooter]]. The creator even apologizes that ''she couldn't get the model's eyes to stop rolling back into its skull.'' Besides the eyes, the only creepy thing is that he is singing with a ''[[LarynxDissonance girl's voice]]''.
* ''WebAnimation/MoriNoAndo'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqzt3T4R38c which doubles up as a]] MindScrew.
* For a long time in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the only character whose face we saw was Vic, who was an image capture from the first Halo game. Acceptable enough as he never looked particularly real. Then along comes Reconstruction which gives us the Councilor. A much, much more realistic looking character (same effect, only they used an image from a newer game and used more advanced effects when making his mouth move) but there's still something about the way his face stays alarmingly still while his features are moving... Director Church isn't nearly as bad, but they hardly ever show his entire face, and he ''does'' show more movement in his emotions. The Councilor, on the other hand, seems to be this way intentionally, with his deadpan voice and methodical speech pattern.
* The ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' episode "Alone In The Woods" [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools does this on purpose]]. A ways in, [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/rwby/images/2/2e/V6_06_00019.png/revision/latest?cb=20181208180011&format=original the eyes of some of the characters get seriously, SERIOUSLY dilated pupils]] and start talking in a tired monotone. That's not the animation - ''that's the Apathy Grimm eating away at their will to live''.
* Referenced in a ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' cartoon, where [[{{Otaku}} Japanese Culture Greg]] is going to the prom with Chizuko, his robot date.
-->'''Science Fiction Greg:''' You think I'd be into life-size realistic robots, but that thing makes me want to barf up my earlier energy drink into the one I'm currently drinking.
* Don't watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRZ2Sh5-XuM this]] at night alone. You were warned. [[spoiler:It's called "Going to the Store", and features a computer-animated mannequin in some very weird poses.]] You might want to procure some NightmareRetardant.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp8dQhyJRBs This]] [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] FanFilm contains the perfect storm of both UncannyValley ''and'' OffModel, with Link looking like he had a bad head injury and Ganondorf looking shiny. The animation itself, while decently choreographed, is jerky and unnatural, and the awful lighting makes things even worse. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRmbZf8fFXs Its]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL0olB1iZfU sequels]] show little improvement, and the teaser for the next one features [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Fi]] (who already lacked proper eyes) with a misshapen head and her "Hair Hat" looking too realistic, and shots of horseback-riding that [[{{Narm}} resembles someone riding a mechanical bull.]]
* ''WebAnimation/SquimpusMcGrimpus'' is a Youtuber that specializes in found-footage Fnaf content. His interpretation of Purple Guy- the empty eyesockets, the strangely shaped head, the unhinged jaw- gives a startling similarity to Gaster from Undertale.
* This animator doesn't want [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ERXq3r1Kq0Q her pizza to burn.]] Of note is at 1:40-1:50, where she does the worst animation of lip-licking you'll ever see.
* ''WebAnimation/TheWaltenFiles'': The cartoonish, low-quality art-style the series uses at times can make certain moments much creepier than usual.
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* Autism Spectrum Disorders can result in differences in facial expressions and voice tone that often come across as Uncanny Valley to people unfamiliar with ASD.
** This effect sometimes occurs as well with shamans, sages, and other individuals who seem to be tuned into other worlds in addition to this one.
* Western Europeans visiting North America, and vice versa, are known to go through a cultural version of this on occasion. Both cultural areas are very similar in most aspects, but there're just enough minor differences to make everything feel ''off''. Most people don't mind, but to some, it can become so intensely creepy that it ends up ruining their vacation.
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