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"Gunner... Point the turret up at that camera in the sky!"

"Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic. But scream! Scream for your lives! The Tingler is loose in this theater!"
Vincent Price as Dr. Chapin in The Tingler

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Rod Serling: We hope you enjoyed tonight's romantic story on The Twilight Zone. At the same time, we want you to realize that it was, of course, purely fictional. In real life, such ridiculous nonsense could never-
Gregory: Rod, you shouldn't! I mean, you shouldn't say such things as 'nonsense' and 'ridiculous'. (burns tape marked 'Rod Sterling')
Rod: Well, that's the way it goes. (vanishes)

One of the most famous ghosts around is also one of the shyest! Do you think he's a nice guy? Ask him. He's right behind you.
— Description for Boo, Mario Party DS

(to the titular murderous tire)
"Wait, wait... I'm not a character, I'm just watching. Stay there. Just stay put."
A spectator, Rubber

"Or to be specific, I may converse with you, the you that's watching behind your eyes."
With that, she smiles, looks you directly in the eye, and smiles at you.
Yes.
You.
"Hello dears," Yuuka says sweetly. "Enjoying the story?"

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Weasel: Once upon a time, there was a big fat red pants less guy that made up stories that weren't true!
Baboon: Yeah! And suddenly, he becomes a big fat fairy, with a giant pink wig and magic tutu! (Weasel whispers in Baboon's ear) Yeah, and then he got trapped in big old cocoon!
(things happen exactly to the Red Guy)
I Am Weasel, I.R. Pixie-Fairy

For all you know, a witch might be living next door to you right now. Or she might be the woman with the bright eyes who sat opposite you on the bus this morning. She might be the lady with the dazzling smile who offered you a sweet from a white paper bag in the street before lunch. She might even — and this will make you jump — she might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don't let that put you off. It could be part of her cleverness. I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But — and here comes the big "but" — it is not impossible.

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This broadcast is coming to you from right behind you. Don’t look! If you look, what you see behind you may change the way that you see life, the universe, and everything else. The laws of physics will begin to come apart in your brain as you witness a deeper truth about the cosmos than any human is prepared for.
Corin Deeth III, Kakos Industries

Don’t look so surprised, Commander! And... don’t look around for your EVA, it can’t help you now... Well. What shall we talk about? Your "powerful" GDI forces have been emasculated... and you yourself are a killer of children! Of course, it’s not true. But the world only believes what the media tells them to believe. (laughing) And I tell the media what to believe; it’s really quite simple. [beep] Oh. There’s your little pet. But now that I know where you live, Commander, it’s only a matter of time. Were I in your shoes, I would spend my last earthly hours... enjoying the world! Of course, if you wish, you can spend them fighting for a lost cause. But you know that you’ve lost.
Kane, taking over the frequency on the GDI campaign, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn

I see now where you hide your soul, trespasser... You sit there all smug thinking you are safe behind your pane of glass. Well you are no longer safe from me !
Garanel Ruckssif, EverQuest II

"O BEARER MINE." What kind of talking skull would address its host that way? A stiff, stuck-up old fossil, not me.
Ahamkara: the illusion that one's ego depends on an object, or an idea, or a body. Some people say you should have no ahamkara. Some people say you need to have the right ahamkara. All I know is that YOU are not an illusion. Understand?
This world around you, the people you meet—they're a little thin, right? Cardboard and drywall. Cheap theater. Come on, try it out! Say: “I am more real than this.” Feels good, doesn't it? “I am the only real person here.” Isn't it like their insults and their bullets just went a little... soft? I came to find you, only you, because you're special. You're from somewhere real. And together we can burn our way back there.
Can't we, o player mine?
Skull of Dire Ahamkara, Destiny

Wilkins: (pointing cannon at Wontkins) OK buddy, what do you think of Wilkins Coffee?
Wontkins: I never tasted it.
(Wilkins fires cannon at Wontkins then turns the cannon towards the screen)
Wilkins: Now what do you think of Wilkins?

[HIM has turned everyone's love for the Powerpuff Girls into hate, and they've noticed their friends have suddenly turned against them]
Buttercup: Wow, this has turned out to be one freaky day!
Bubbles: Yeah, something strange is going on.
Narrator: Oh, for crying out loud, WOULD YOU THREE SHUT UP FOR ONCE?! Always griping and moaning about something! Sheesh, you give me a headache!
The Powerpuff Girls, "Tough Love"

All right, Villager! That's it! Today's the day. I'm done! No more takin' it easy on the poor human. See, I understand you now. It took a while, but I finally see what makes you tick. Allow me to...elaborate, huh? The whole RESET thing? It's your decision, right? Yeah, freedom of choice, and all that. You're the master of your own destiny, and blah blah blah blah. That's all fine with me. I'm just tired of the drama. You wanna hit RESET, right? You love doing that, huh? That's what you really wanna do? Well, if that's what you're really lookin' for, lemme help you out. Yeah, no problem! I'll hit RESET for you. Everythin' you've done so far? All that you've worked for? Forget about it. That's right. It's all going bye-bye. You, my button-happy friend, get to start over. Well, see ya!
Mr. Resetti, Animal Crossing

Don't look now, but I have a feeling, there's one above you on your ceiling; but when they crawl, they never fall, unless the person under them is nervous at all.
[...]
Do you feel that itch on the top of your head? It could be one of them crawling instead, but it won't bite unless it senses fear, so just stay calm until it's gone in a year.
[...]
If there's just fuzz where your hamster was/crumbs where your dinner was, it's probably because of tarantulas.
Songdrops, "Tarantulas"

So fear not the Bogeymen by day, but at night, watch out!

Maybe, reader, you have eaten one [of the burgers made from rats] yourself and not realised it.

The special effects were really cheesy, and I wasn't even scared until the very end. That's when the twist came. After the muddy and strangled its last victim, it came crawling straight at the screen, and then the screen went black. At first, I was a little confused, but then I realised it meant the next victim was gonna be ME.
Gregory "Greg" Heffley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, "Dog Days"

How would you escape in a real fire?
— The ending of Survivor: Fire, even if you win

That's how it happened; every word of it's true. Her cold got so big that they named it The Floo. You may not believe me, but if I were you, I think I'd go bowling and not to the zoo.

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