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    Dolls and Puppets 
See also Creepy Doll.
  • The BBC's infamous 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. 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Jeff Dunham'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 half his skin and muscle blown off falls head-first into the uncanny valley.
  • Spitting Image: 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 The '90s in Hungary, there was a parody show starring lifesized puppets formed as caricatures of politicians.
  • A new fad in (where else?) Japan is "human doll cloning," which involves modeling a head from a human, printing it in 3D, and putting it on a posable doll. Results are 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 "Dancing Queen" routine is pretty much the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot of 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 Alice in Wonderland (2010) 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 manikins in "Survival Town" Nevada as something that fits into Uncanny Valley, given that it is a whole town filled 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 Frozen where the child versions of Elsa and Anna are to be portrayed by puppets that look like stereotypical Creepy Dolls 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 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).

  • The pinball game White Water has a figure of Bigfoot, which (despite being designed after Dennis Nordman) looks a little... too eager to shove your balls away.
  • Another pinball machine, Fun House, has 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 Red & Ted's Road Show, but this time, Red and Ted are supposed to be friendly and inviting and even sing. Instead, they just come off like Rudy's equally creepy parents.

  • The Magnus Archives 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 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 "philosophical zombies" that outwardly fake humanity but have no inner mind. All of these are under the domain of 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.

  • 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 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.
  • Some of John Nolan's strange animatronics.
  • Lo and behold, it's HRP-4C, described as a "Bishoujo android". Say hi to her. Preferably with a rocket launcher.
  • This robot that looks like a fleshy armless mermaid.
  • While the 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 two armless humans walking head to head.
  • The AFFETTO child robot could really use some work in the design.
  • The Geminoid. The most disturbing part is how perfect it is. It looks exactly like a real person right up until you realize OH MY GOD IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY ARMS OR LEGS AND IT'S PLUGGED INTO A DAMNED DESK!
  • Three disembodied android faces singing "Freedom" in robotic voices.
  • The way this 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 Fantastic Hey Hey Hey, she has returned to wander the earth spreading even more incomprehensible and terrifying videos. Watch anything on her Youtube channel and you might well die in seven days.
  • kaspar the robot: A robot/doll designed to help autistic children.
  • How about 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 Robonaut and his sister, Valkyrie. Tax dollar well spend, indeed.
  • Kodomoroid, a gynoid designed to be a newscaster.
  • 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.
  • This robot falls into this - between the fact that she 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.

    Real Life 
  • 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.

  • Models made using Pixologic's Zbrush, although the artists must have incredible skill.
  • An online portfolio embodies this trope more often than not.
  • The Hands Resist Him, anyone? Not to mention the albeit brilliant Bill Stoneham's other creepy work.
  • Primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans are known to provoke this occasionally: When Queen Victoria first saw an ape (an orangutan) she described it as "frightful, and painfully and disagreeably human."
  • In a non-human example, Cymothoa exigua.
  • Big Tex, the mascot of the State Fair of Texas.
  • When primitive photographs of human beings were first exhibited at a public gallery, even the most sophisticated visitors got seriously creeped out by the images, which were vastly more realistic than anything painted or drawn. Some even swore the figures were moving, despite the photos being a low-grade, grainy monotone.
  • Those who heard the first human voice ever recorded probably thought of this trope. While the technology is highly impressive (the recording is thought to date back to 1860), to hear "Au Clair de la Lune" in such poor (by our standards) quality is more than a little off-putting.
  • Photoshopped photographs. The removal of all skin blemishes as well as whitening of eyes, improved symmetry etc, often create a flawless but unnatural appearance.
    • One instruction book on how to use Photoshop falls victim to this trope when it shows how to make a "plain" person's face more "glamorous"... by giving said person cartoon-bright eye whites and indigo eyes that should not exist on any living human being's face.
  • Computer-animation is getting much better with each passing year, but it's... just... there's still something off about the CG pasted face of this woman no matter how realistic and complex it appears.
  • Quite a few unidentified John/Jane Doe reconstructions fit this trope, especially if they appear fairly true to life. Those links are just a few notable examples.
  • Japanese animatronic clocks. They're supposed to provide hourly entertainment for tourists, but still...
  • Tattoos of children's faces. This post even references the trope in comments.
  • Wax museums are known for this trope. They're staples of the horror genre because of it.
  • The Uncanny Valley is often why people prefer to draw toony or animeseque styles, especially on Deviant ART. Even if you can draw people and animals realistically, there's always something that makes them look VERY off.
  • The Tawny Frogmouth. Mainly because it looks very similar to an owl, but isn't actually closely related.
  • A company in China known as Xu You Ji allows children to appear in personalized videos for about $275. The child has to be scanned digitally to the character model but his or her character can look very creepy.
  • The animatronic Elvis bust falls squarely into this category.
  • Relatedly, the animatronic John Wayne looks just enough like The Duke to make its state of disrepair look less like a broken piece of machinery and more like a man with a gaping, bloodless head wound. Apparently, it was just as freaky in operation, as it spoke and moved but its face remained completely unchanging and expressionless.
  • Any type of CG face that is made to show what someone (usually a historical figure) might have looked like. Then again, Tutankhamen supposedly looks like Boy George.
  • Most Disney mascot costumes are either animal suits (Mickey, Donald, etc.), extremely cartoony humans (Lilo, Pinocchio), or just regular people in costumes (Aladdin, the princesses), avoiding the valley. Captain Hook, on the other hand, is just disturbing; he bears an unsettling resemblance to V. Or rather, V looks like him.
  • The animatronics at the Disney Theme Parks can have this effect at times, especially in rides that have a large number of human animatronics like It's A Small World.
  • Slowly decreasing as technology advances, but the CGI characters that interact with Disney Theme Parks guests in real-time in shows like “Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor” and “Turtle Talk With Crush” have a decent yet finite amount of facial expressions. The lip movements don’t always match the words and the transition from ‘normal face’ to ‘comically shocked’ is like whiplash. None of the characters are supposed to be realistic, being cartoony monsters and turtles and such, but the way the eyes and mouths can move around and still be flat is unnerving. This was improved a good bit with interactive-Stitch in the very short-lived “Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration” but the rest of the show sucked so bad that the whole thing was scrapped within a few weeks.
  • Postmortem photography, the Victorian custom of taking pictures of corpses posed as if they were alive. They sit in chairs, they hold each others' hands... but they're horribly, obviously dead. The modern versions of such photography are worse. Color photography plus the discoloration skin undergoes due to decomposition equals Very Very Wrong.
  • Nintendo, in an effort to promote their WiiSpeak microphone, has a demo set up in their Nintendo World store in New York City, where kids can gather around and talk to a virtual representation of Mario, Wario, and others who will respond back. Whoever is speaking as the Italians (maybe Charles Martinet, maybe just a really good impersonator) does a fine job providing the voices of these characters, but the characters themselves are like some horrible cross between old cartoony graphics and videogame graphics, resulting in Mario and Wario looking creepier than they ever have in history. This isn't helped by the fact that they can apparently play with their faces a la the interactive face in Super Mario 64.
  • This picture of apples with faces.
  • The 8,000 terracotta warriors in Mausoleum of the Chinese Emperor Qin.
    • Evidence suggests that each one was based on a real individual, and they were placed there in lieu of being buried alive, so at least it's better than the alternative.
  • "Untooning", which involves digital pictures of cartoon characters with photorealistic details regarding the skin, hair, eyes, texture, etc, while KEEPING the cartoon proportions and the size and shape of the features.
  • How would a typical woman look with Barbie's figure? (BBC News Magazine)
    • Valeria Lukyanova, a Ukranian model who literally looks like Barbie in every way thanks to the creative use of plastic surgery, makeup, contact lenses, and a few other unnatural techniques to maintain her dimensions. (On another note, Lukyanova herself seems to be somewhat of a Conspiracy Theorist, having claimed to have spoken to aliens in at least one interview. Maybe that would be the type who would have wanted to look like Barbie in the first place...)
      • There's a male model who did something similar to make himself look like Ken, and he's just as creepy. Despite this - or maybe because of it - he and Lukyanova do not like each other much, as seen here.
      • The fact that Barbie dolls have, themselves, become vastly creepier looking in recent years makes this much worse.
    • In a similar fashion, Anastasiya Shpagina deliberately resembles an anime girl.
  • This "virtual" interview. Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode recorded an interview with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, then broadcast it a few weeks later... and this was the result. It's not exactly creepy, but it's incredibly... weird.
  • This animatronic bottom-half-of-a-face. Would it be more frightening if it were actually speaking instead of making those awful random noises? You, the viewer, decide!
  • In a promotional tie-in with Sprint, Smallville produced a spin-off CGI series called "Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles" that fell really, really hard into the Uncanny Valley.
  • The website Morph Thing allows users to morph two or more faces of celebrities and famous fictional characters. The mixes of these faces became unsettling depending on who's in it, with a wide range of results.
  • Buy these earrings! The creepy mannequin's curse might not get you.
  • Ladies and gents, 'Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever' gives us some new nightmares. Phineas, Ferb, and Buford are played by actors in costumes and look... well, not great, but not uncanny either. Everyone else is played by actors wearing, for lack of a better term, prosthetic eyes, and are unspeakably horrifying.
    • Similarly, their toys.
  • Photorealistic, CGI furry characters. Too animalistic to be people, too humanoid to be animals.
    • Sometimes, even traditionally drawn furry characters can slip into Uncanny Valley. It mostly depends on the style of the artist and how much animalistic or humanoid they look. Some artists like Lizardbeth makes them look cartoony enough to avoid this.
    • On a similar topic, most fursuits can be this, with their dead, expressionless eyes and their mouths almost always being open. With a face like that, they can look like they want to eat your soul.
  • Ventriloquist dummies, when realistically built, can fall right into the valley. It also doesn't help when they make movements that look way too unrealistic.
  • This video depicting Gary Oldman as the ventriloquist dummy from Magic deliberately evokes this effect.
  • Lifelike sculptures of Beavis And Butthead that were done by special effects make artist Kevin Kirkpatrick. BE VERY AFRAID!!!
  • 16th-century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo's brilliant portraits of people made up entirely of everyday objects such as fruit and vegetables, flowers, fish, cooking utensils, and even tinier humans.
  • Spray tans often appear this way, for the same reason that some viewers find the Oompa-Loompas creepy. Skin should not be that orange!
  • Any time someone has no eyebrows. One of those things you don't really notice until it's gone.
    • Oh God, this. Just... just look at it.
      • Even more off-putting, encountering someone who, through biology or misadventure, doesn't have eyelashes.
  • Outdoor plazas, municipal parks, battlefields, and any other place that has life-sized statues of people. In broad daylight, the statues are obviously bronze or stone. At night, the statues become hulking black human silhouettes that may or may not be watching you... and if the statue is not lit up at night, so much the worse.
    • This may be the real reason for the tradition of making statues of humans either notably larger than life, or placed well up on pedestals so you don't see them from up close unless you deliberately look.
    • Then there are "living statues", people who make a living by painting themselves as statues and remaining perfectly still.
  • Michael Jackson was falling into this trope after the 1980s.
  • Whenever people have dental procedures to make their teeth straight and flawless, then have it whitened as well. Once they smile, their unnaturally perfect set of teeth give off a creepy feeling.
  • Because certain details and structures are curiously similar to human faces (especially and mostly at a young age), cats can sometimes fall into the Uncanny Valley, depending on not only the cat and the viewer but also the context and facial expression. Though not immediately apparent in most breeds beyond kittenhood, it remains close enough that an oddly-drawn cat can be drawn in such a way that to humans its face can look like that of a very oddly-drawn human, such as on some editions of Robert A. Heinlein's The Door into Summer.
  • LEGO Land in Denmark, the Pirate themed part of the park. You can see someone as a pirate with a fake leg. Where the heck is his leg?
  • "Doing the Robot" (or just The Robot) is meant to invoke this from the human side of things. You know the dancer is human, but the erratic movement imitating the jerky sudden stop of motors is meant to be spectacular and just a little unnerving. Bonus points for Botters wearing masks or costumes (such as dance crews Jabbawockeez or Remote Kontrol).
  • People on drugs such as ecstasy. It can be rather unnerving to see a person you know very well turn into a Talkative Loon and pull exaggerated faces you'd NEVER see them with any other day.
    • Similarly, this is why drinking even small amounts of alcohol with your children present is discouraged. Small children are so incredibly attuned to how their parents should be behaving, that if they behave just a little bit off (say, if mommy or daddy has had a drink or two), it may be very traumatic for them.
  • This recording of a white whale imitating a human voice could classify as an auditory example.
  • When a non-native speaker of a language masters it so well that they pass for a native speaker, their grammar/spelling mistakes are no longer overlooked, leading to embarrassment when they find out that they were talking to a non-native speaker with a great command of their language. Not scary by any stretch of the imagination but still awkward. What can be uncanny, however, is a non-native speaker who has mastered the language to the point where they don't make grammar mistakes and don't have a discernible accent anymore. Often, they pass for a native speaker, yet there's still something slightly off about the way they speak to an actual native speaker's ears.
    • A variant on this phenomenon shows up in Pygmalion and its musical version My Fair Lady, after Professor Henry Higgins successfully teaches his Cockney protégé Eliza Doolittle to speak and behave more formally. To see if the upper class will perceive Eliza as one of their own, Professor Higgins takes his pupil to an ambassador's ball, where they meet a Hungarian interpreter who also studied English under the professor. The interpreter wants to see if Eliza is as aristocratic as the others purport her to be and correctly observes that she speaks English with unnatural eloquence. (But from there, he assumes English isn't her first language. He then jumps to the Entertainingly Wrong conclusion that she's a Hungarian princess, based on the assumption that her genteel manners must have come naturally even if her speech didn't. He also likely concluded that she was Hungarian because they both learned formal English from Professor Higgins and therefore presumably spoke at least somewhat similarly.)
  • Live-action works dubbed into a foreign language frequently fall into this, due to Lip Lock and Vocal Dissonance. Some languages, such as Latin American Spanish and Canadian French, up the artificial feel by using a "region-neutral" dialect barely spoken in Real Life, the equivalent of an English-language work using a mid-Atlantic accent (a practice that was abolished years ago). This is one reason English-language audiencesnote  have an aversion to foreign works dubbed into their own language, which are often stereotyped as being cheesy and clearly artificial.
  • Taxidermy can fall into this category. Especially if it's poorly done, or done with a house pet like a dog or cat. Or even worse, a human.
  • Tonik, the dog with the human face.
  • Man-made objects with organic features often seem just a little... off. For example, look at Art Nouveau (Say, Antoni Gaudí or Hector Guimard), or "Venetian grotto furniture", then look at illustrations for the Cthulhu Mythos or the fair-folk.
  • One reason most depictions of The Undead are so creepy, especially vampires and zombies. The scariest ones are those that still have some recognizably human traits left. Seeing something that still looks mostly human moving with a Zombie Gait or acting like a vicious animal while moaning or snarling... just isn't right.
  • The Sheepshead fish, with its human-like front teeth. There is a use for those teeth beyond just looking creepy though - their hard, blunt form excels at crushing the shells of the clams and crabs that sheepshead fish love to eat.
  • "Mr. Darcy statue rises from London's Serpentine" was a subtitle of one article describing an event in July 2013. "Mr. Darcy statue"? It should have said "A huge tacky thing resembling Mr. Darcy". Watch the video if you dare. The authors took a scene from BBC's Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy emerges from a lake and tried to reconstruct it in the Serpentine in central London's Hyde Park as a promotion of new UKTV channel Drama. It looks creepy.
  • This is why blind people wear sunglasses. If you have vision, your eyeballs are constantly moving, to focus on whatever you're looking at. Blind people have nothing to look at, so their eyes are always looking straight ahead, which can be kind of creepy.
    • Some blind folks have the luck of possessing eyes that either are rolled up creating a sort of Prophet Eyes, or they're rolling and twitching around in the sockets — again, as noted above, is why they often wear sunglasses.
  • While the characters from the movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, who are human(esque) versions of the show's characters, are cartoony enough to avoid the uncanny valley, these costumes used to promote the movie are not, in part due to the fact that their faces are permanently frozen in the same smile. See them in motion if you dare...
    • Fortunately, there is some possible Nightmare Retardant if you look closely at Twilight Sparkle's (the purple one) face, which has "Derp" eyes (warning: link plays creepy music).
  • This article took nine female celebrities that were believed the most beautiful by pollsters, and used computer graphic technology to combine what most agree to be each one's best features into the image of one woman. As you can see, the result is... rather disturbing.
  • A transgender woman spent a small fortune ($200 grand, she claims) on surgery to look like Jessica Rabbit, of all people. Not with the intent to look like "a human woman who resembled Jessica, but to actually alter her curves to the absurdly exaggerated shape the cartoon character is known for. The result?
  • Very obvious Dawson Casting can have this effect on some. There's just something off about a teenage/young adult woman playing a little girl, among other examples.
  • Wax figures can be pretty damn creepy. See for yourself.
  • Cracked has a few articles on the subject, mostly dealing with things already covered earlier in this pagenote :
  • Arthur Tress' 1977 photograph "The Singing Chair"—based on the nightmare of a child that he met—uses this trope deliberately. The face is just realistic enough to briefly fool you into thinking that you're looking at an actual human...until you realize that the "body" is actually an extremely beat-up armchair pulled from a dump, the "face" doesn't have eyes, and the "hair" is actually just armchair stuffing. The use of the armchair just reinforces it, since it resembles the shape of a human body just enough to briefly fool the eye. Likely due to its source material, this is also Nightmare Fuel.
  • Forensic reconstructions of unidentified decedents, especially when they're crudely done. You're looking at a "real" picture that technically is of a human but almost always varies ever-so-slightly from an actual photo of that person taken during life. Bonus points where there's more than one reconstruction done by different artists and none of them look alike or if the reconstructions is a morgue photo taken in real life edited to make it seem as if the person is alive. The whole idea of unidentified people could be considered Nightmare Fuel in itself.
    • Police composite sketches. Yes, it's justified as the person drawn has to be as realistic and recognizable as possible, but it still doesn't make it any less creepy.
      • And also, age-progressed photos of missing children and adults or fugitives. Granted, many are usually well-done and, in hindsight, accurate, such as those of Jaycee Dugard and Carlina White, but some still dip right into this trope, especially if the picture used for their missing/wanted poster was not the best one or of the best quality.note  It's even worse if the AP photo is actually labeled "Composite" since you're more likely to be looking at that label instead of the actual computer-generated photograph.
  • This poorly done statue of Lucille Ball.
  • Anything dealing with speculative evolution may contain this if the speculators decide to throw in a creature analogous to humans. See the (in)famous Dinosauroid (a hypothetical but now obsolete descendant of the small carnivore Troodon) for a good example.
  • A bear walking on its hind legs.
  • The Duchenne smile (a.k.a. a "genuine" smile), named after the French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne, involves contracting both the muscles around the corners of the mouth and those around the corners of the eyes. A "fake," non-Duchenne smile only involves the muscles at the corners of the mouth and is used to show politeness but often comes off as slightly creepy, as per the page image of Stepford Smiler. It's also been called the "Botox smile," because the cosmetic treatment paralyzes muscles to give a similar effect.
  • Hairless chimps.
  • Some film buffs find the sharp look of Blu-ray to be "too perfect" and prefer the fuzzier resolution of DVD.
    • High Definition feels like this to some people. When filming backgrounds or objects, people see Scenery Porn. When viewing people in high definition, the people look too detailed, and that makes them look absolutely wrong. High definition picks up details that your eyes don't normally focus on, or are things you can only see when you are looking very closely to people.
  • Many people on the Autistic Spectrum have difficulty with normal expressions of emotions, some have facial features that result in them being Older Than They Look, and others walk far more stiffly than a neurotypical person. It has been noted that the stronger the Autism, the more obvious these Uncanny traits can become.
  • This effect is actually triggered by perfectly lifelike humans in Capgras delusion. People with this delusion believe that others have been replaced by identical impostors or machines, due to abnormalities in perceptual processing that cause them to see real people as unreal or unfamiliar. It's most commonly seen in schizophrenia, although it can also be associated with conditions like dementia or prosopagnosia (face-blindness).
  • The Creepy Twins trope exists because we are hard-wired to recognize individual faces, so seeing two or more people with the same face can fall into this, especially if they start moving or talking in sync. It's not uncommon for babies who are just learning to distinguish faces to cry in confusion when seeing identical twins, especially if one of the twins is their parent.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole covers bizarre findings online. One of the episodes covers "My Finger Family", which shows cheap animations for a foreign nursery rhyme. This part of the video shows the mother and father "dancing" by simply swaying their bodies side to side like cheap puppets. For a brief moment, the brother is shown and his face is awful; the character has long eyelashes and full red lips, which would look ok on a little girl, but not a little boy.
  • In 2018, a picture of a Shih Tzu/poodle mix year-old puppy went viral for the dog's creepily human face. Like the folks who own Grumpy Cat, though, the owner insists her little rascal is normal aside from his bizarre looks.
  • In the musical Ride the Cyclone, Jane Doe, who was decapitated in the ride accident and thus deprived of her identity, invokes this with her vacant black eyes, doll-like mannerisms, and deathly pale makeup.
  • The "laughter" of hyenas, which sounds a little bit too humanlike, not to mention kind of evil (though the laughter's real purpose is to indicate that the hyena is stressed). This might be part of the reason they have such a bad reputation.
  • Owls, especially barn owls and their relatives—with their large round eyes, white faces that almost look like masks and the fact that they're among the few birds that typically stand upright, making them look uncomfortably humanoid. Though many find them cute instead.
  • This was a serious problem for real life cybernetics and prosthetics for a very long time. Flesh-colored artificial limbs just looked weird and fake. A minor but important revolution occurred when developers realized that people would prefer limbs that are obviously plastic or metal, as it looks more sci-fi.
  • People who have had extensive cosmetic surgery can easily fall into this. This especially applies to things such as facelifts, causing said face to look like it's just been unnaturally stretched out.
  • Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, is suspected of being caused by this, as the outlandish clown makeup deconstructs the facial features into a new identity that doesn't seem real. (Clown behavior can also break social norms, such as interacting with strangers with ease.)
  • A website called This Person Does Not Exist randomly creates fictional humans that very much fall into this trope, looking very photorealistic but at the same time very off. Oh, and there are occasionally half melted/half-formed faces in the picture.
    • You thought the one that made human faces was bad, the one that makes ANIME faces is a thousand powers worse! Now, you may ask, how could a bunch of anime girls be so scary? Well, the truth is that they AREN'T...until you stay there for a bit and get something like this, or this, or especially THIS. The other goof-ups (and there are MANY goof-ups) aren't much better, some looking incredibly Off-Model and disproportioned, some lack basic facial features like pupils or a mouth, some look like they're MELTING, while others look like the paper they're on or even their FLESH is CRACKING APART. Good God...
  • Commercial airline safety instruction videos often suffer from this effect when the dummy characters attempt to emote; especially the children.
  • Bad dreams often have this in some form or another, such as a person looking slightly deformed or acting in a way that's just.. not right, as well as people or things seeming unfamiliar or evoking the wrong emotion (such as a song the dreamer really likes, in reality, being annoying to listen to in the dream.)
  • Pigs probably get a lot of their stigma from this, due to their lack of hair and vaguely humanlike features (especially their eyes). Pigs are also of course highly intelligent and omnivorous, just like humans, and human meat is said to taste very similar to pork.


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