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What are Shadow People? Friend Or Foe?

Updated on February 5, 2013

Who are they and what are they?

Shadow people sometimes also coined 'hat man' or the 'hooded one' are dark humanoids that look almost like shadows but tend to mainly look like black silhouette people, while sometimes they are only seen through peripheral vision sometimes they are seen head on in normal eyesight. These shadow people appear humanoid shaped just like us only that the mystery of the shadow men remains a big mystery, some of us have never seen them before and some of us have been fortunate (or unfortunate) to see them in various different places. There is usually reports that people who see them or are near them feel a sense of evil or dread however there also other people who felt protected by these things.

The famous 'Hat Man' is often recognized by people when looking out of the corner of their eyes although people have also seen the shadow people simply by looking straight forward and them being in view. These things or people are very rarely seen by the whole but there increased viewings tend to show that people really are seeing something and these beings will turn up every now and then in peoples lives. if you have ever seen a black figure or person walking around your house or around your garden or anywhere at night its most likely you saw a shadow person, most sightings tend to be at night although some are in dark places away from light.

It is difficult to say what shadow people really are, some believe them to be ghosts or spirits, some say they may be time travelers or hopping over from another dimension. They may even be aliens, they may be guardian angels, demons or perhaps they are just some sort of secret service that watches over us like a big brother from an over lapping dimension. It is anyone's guess why they are and what their job is. Most people tend to report them as watching people while they sleep or simply walking up and down hallways. Some of these shadow people even stand in the corner of the room or behind doors doing absolutely nothing but standing there, some looking at you and some not.

How to know if you have seen one?

Shadow people are classed as different from shadow beings as shadow beings are usually just shadows that randomly form on walls, but in this context shadow men are very humanoid like silhouettes and almost look like people who are jet black solid in most cases. They almost look like real people only that they are dark and black through and through.

The Hat Man usually looks familiar to that of a tall man who wears a trench coat or a suit, he is wears a 'fedora hat' hat hence being called Hat man. If you saw hat man you would think he was part of the Men in Black, an Undertaker, Grave Digger, Cowboy, Scarecrow or someone from the Matrix. If you saw him you would think he was dressed for a reason, whilst he looks smart and business like he doesn't actually give off an evil look from his appearance except for his eyes.

The Hooded One usually looks similar to the being we know as Grim Reapers however they are usually very much shorter than the hat man, these types of shadow people generally wear hoods or a sort of cape that cover their face and the rest of their figure. Unlike Hat Man the Hooded One has on some occasions been known to run around and quite quickly whereas the hat man always took the standing still approach. The Hooded One doesn't have any other outward features except for the long sleeves which is part of his hood but is thought that these hooded shadow people appear more evil in appearance than the hat man.

Sometimes people have reported shadow people to have red eyes which are almost pin shaped, the rest of the body is black and they are rarely speak or say anything. in fact it is said that majority of people describe shadow people as quiet but have noticed them appear in their dreams and talk to them. They also tend to appear more after waking up or being in a very dark room with many shadows, is it possible they need a certain amount of shadows and darkness to manifest? Very possible.

Stories on Shadow People

My Experience

I had an experience a long where i remember a lot of weird stuff happening over the space of a week but one night in particular where i saw a shadow person (or hat man to be exact). At the time I remember recalling some nights where i would hear weird noises in my open wardrobe like things falling or noises of rustling as there are many things stacked like boxes in my room and some at the bottom part of the wardrobe.

There has also been cases in my place of lights switching on/off on their own sometimes or even the kettle turning on but whether this is the same as what i saw is not known. I do recall days where i woke up to something touching my face or even slightly whispering in my ear. OF course any of this could be the figment of the imagination or a dream but the night i saw this shadow fella i knew that i had to look up online if anyone else had seen this being and it seems i was right, this being has been seen by numerous people, do i still believe its hallucination, nope not at all, there is just too many cases of shadow persons to blame it on hallucination in my opinion.

Apart from all the weird noises in my room the night i witnessed the shadow man was one evening when i went to bed at 6pm and woke up at around 3am, i was for a bout a few minutes but trying to get back to sleep then i remember something flying into my face, at this point i was definitely awake but just closing my eyes. When I opened my eyes i saw a black orb with orange light that came off it, anyone could say i really was tripping but whatever this thing had flown at my face as to get my attention or something. It then flew off really quickly when i noticed it, this ball of energy (as i would put it) was a little smaller than a tennis ball.

It was only when it flew away that i noticed a dark or black figure to the right end of my bed, at first i just imagined it was something like a cloak i had hung up on my exercise bike since it has bars on it to hang things over. Only that when i took my eyes off it for a minute sitting in bed with a little fear i got this feeling that after witnessing what i had seen with the orb and the freaky figure it was best to get out of bed. When i decided to move i looked back to my right and that figure had completely disappeared, it was only then that i realized the shape and outline of that black figure was not some clothes huddled together hung up but a dark person or being that had been standing there, i don't believe this figure was watching me in particularly but he must have at some point.

The fact this shadow man (as they call it) had been standing their whole time and me playing it off as some clothes hung over something really freaked me out, the thing was there one minute then disappeared, it had just vanished without making any noise or walking out of the door. I then got up out of bed feeling freaked out for the rest of the night and sat down in the lounge of my apartment not wanting to go back to bed until it was light outside again.

Now what i do remember was this figure wearing a hat, it looked like an old fashioned fedora hat, i remember just being able to make out the top of its head and the fact that it was a tall male that looked to be wearing what i would describe as some kind of undertaker cloak. But i still can't believe i missed confronting the being but then again perhaps it would have been too scary, in a survival situation like that if i'd have noticed i'd probably have questioned what it was doing standing there. This was my first time seeing a shadow man (hat man).

For a dark spirit he sure was dressed well but i never knew the shadows person's intentions, whether they were good or evil but i do know that the black orb i saw that night perhaps had something to do with that shadow being. To end this what weirded me out the most was that during this time i was doing volunteering work at church for 2 months and that is exactly when the being appeared most, whilst i'm not religious i do think the two could be related, perhaps this being was evil? Perhaps this being was simply a guardian who watches over you to make sure you ok? Perhaps its neither, perhaps it's a time traveler or even some kind of alien.

Whatever these things are they must be from another dimension. I have not seen it since that time but i remember the feeling of being haunted for a certain period of time. I even kept my lamp light on most nights, it only appeared that night when i had the lights turned off for a change. I'm skeptic that it was a 'friendly' being. But i'm also trying to understand why the orb was flying at me.

Have you ever seen a shadow person or any kind? Did you ever speak to one, touch one or even notice it doing anything when you did see it? Some speak of shadow people attacking people, some say the shadow person spoke to them, some even say the shadow person helped them. Perhaps they are more like us (humans) then we think they are. Please share your experiences, I hope this has been an enjoyable read for you! :)

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      Marc Hubs 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A lot of people are reporting seeing this phenomena, as well as the white orbs that are showing up everywhere. I wonder if the two are somehow connected.

      Personally I have seen similar things recently but not as you described, I mentioned it in a hub and I ended up nicknaming them the shadow people of the night. They look like a silhouette of Casper the friendly ghost but they shoot through the night air at high speed.

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      tamron 4 years ago

      The shadow people are a mystery that's for sure. I was watching tv and they were talking about shadow people. They had lots of theories.

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      Kate McBride 4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      There are so many sightings there is a possibility that shadow people are indeed a real phenomenon.Very interesting hub. Thanks!

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      Marc Hubs 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Many of my readers know that I've been experiencing quite a lot of paranormal phenomena since February 2012 and as I mentioned in the comment above I have seen shadowy figures flying through the night air.

      However, last night I was stood out my back garden and caught sight of a shadowy humanoid figure in the corner of my eye.... inside the house! At first I put it down to parapsychology (I also have hubs on this subject) but then about a minute later I saw it again and I'm sure it was wearing a hat just like in the images above!

      The image of a hooded figure is also quite scary, I wonder if this is where the idea of Death as a person/being originates.

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Sparkster. Its definitely good to hear i'm not the only one, i have not seen the shadow person since last time but i know that my house is built on old land so it could very well be something spirit wise. I will be sure to check out your hub too :) And I do hope all ghosts or spirits are as friendly as Casper lol!

      I do wonder if that as time goes on since there are more 'dead' people there are more spirits or ghosts, this would be a good theory in my opinion. Perhaps these things are not people but something else, hard to say. The hat and cloak thing is weird though, these beings definitely have a sense of style but of all things a fedora hat and long cloak is odd because they all seem to be reported as similar. The hat men remind me of undertakers, suited men or detective agents.

      As for the hooded figure i thought the same too about it being 'death', some have reported figures with bone arms/fingers etc before too. Perhaps 'Death' appears in many forms and in many places? Some people have even seen two shadow people at the same time. Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Tamron. Hopefully some day the mystery will be solved, i am 50:50 on spirits versus time travelers. Thanks you for the comment :)

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Kate. Definitely, the stories of these thing seem to be up on the rise about these beings, for me this is good proof people aren't hallucinating and all seeing the same things. Thanks for the comment & support :)

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      Linda Cassini 4 years ago from Las Vegas NV

      You have brought new light to the shadows...good write.. :)

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Linda. I really liked that metaphor haha. Thanks for your support :)

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very interesting hub. Isn't it strange that it is increasing? More people are becoming tarot care readers, or trying to communicate with the dead. Maybe the shadow man is not a ghost, but an evil spirit. One sent by satan. People can be possessed by demons. Just wondering about that.

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Michele. Thanks Michele, it is indeed strange that it is increasing, i'm not sure if its because more people can report it nowadays through social media or simply because of the increase of human population (or even death of all the people since the beginning of time) is causing them to appear more often. Anything is possible i guess..

      Having seen the hat man i am more on the side of them being bad/evil (although they may not all be the same). They definitely don't dress like someone friendly. There is a very strong possibility they are demons. Some of the stories i have heard, there are even reports of them attacking people.

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      Sebastian Dudding 4 years ago

      Last night I woke up after a dream of a very creepy face looking at me, I realised and then I had to piss, So I got up but when I was walking down the hallway I had a very paranoid feeling like something was peaking round a corner and watching me from behind I kept turning back and eventually I pused myself to the limit and started to freak out! So I went to the toilet and when I came out I saw a face looking round the corner from the entrance to my room HUUUGE white smile and asian looking again full white eyes, but no face outline just the eyes and the smile.. I couldn't get back to sleep the whole night cause I felt like something was looking at me, It fits quite well to how you said they usually appear from awakening in a very dark room

      As a matter of fact I feel the exact same feeling right now..

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Sebastian. I totally believe you saw something even though it doesn't sound like the typical shadow man, white lips and white eyes is definitely a new one for me. It seems common that people feel like someone is watching them when they wake up. I remember the time i saw the shadow man in my room and i stayed up all night as well, even with the lights on! :) I don't think anyone can blame us for feeling so freaked out after such an experience. Thanks for sharing your story :)

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      DoloresDelMachio 4 years ago from United States

      I have had a very negative shadow person experience.When I lived in San Francisco, I started to notice someone or something,a large black grey form of energy,about 4 feet tall and sort of thick, in my garage.I had an early morning job(5:00 am) and it would lurk behind me as I unlocked my bike and would follow me most of the way to work.It seemed to follow about 5 feet behind me.I was getting really irritated because every time I would leave the house, I felt it.Some weeks later,my friend invited me to go to the Berkeley Psychic Institute for this weekly open to the public healing event.On a whim,I decided to go..I went in, not sure what I would experience and I didn't even think to mention the shadow blob.When it came to my turn, the group of psychic instructors first guided me throough some relatively easy steps in clearing energy and then all of a sudden the lead instructor stopped and asked what was this shadow being? I was so shocked they saw it! I laughed and said,"oh that, he has been following me for a few weeks now." So they all went to work on it.It was surreal, the energy in the room got very intense and dark, they were moving him on with chanting,candles and firm words and all of a sudden I felt a whoosh go through my body and I felt released.My friend Sonya felt it as well.Then they said they had cleared it.I felt infinitely lighter and the lighting around me looked brighter.I began to sob,it was so intense.They told me he was an alcoholic and had been attracted to my energy(I was a heavy drinking 26 year old at the time)..it was creepy.

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @DoloresDelMachio:.. That's an interesting story, thanks for sharing. It seems there are sometimes 'triggers' for these shadow beings appearing, in your case it seems alcohol might have been the cause as these beings might like materialistic things as such. If this psychic brought up the shadow man and you had not said anything to them about it previously that is quite interesting. Your story sounds scary, being followed by a shadow being is a new story for me. I hope one day we find out where these beings come from.

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      DoloresDelMachio 4 years ago from United States

      I'd like to know too.I was scared at first,but I started to get annoyed.I had to go to my job at dawn and I would catch glimpses of it behind me,like a shadowy Cousin It. My feeling in this case was that he was a wandering spirit.SF has so many homeless people who die of overdoses and addictions,I feel he came from the streets.SF has many many ghosts,I lived there for 15 years and was constantly aware, I think the veil is very thin there.

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      Janene 4 years ago

      I once lived in a house in Hervey Bay, at the end of my hallway was our rumpus room, to the left as you entered was a bar . every night I would walk into that room and there stood the Hat Man beside my bar, he never moved, just stood there. I never felt threatened or scared, just curious as to why he was there. I offered him a drink and left it on the bar but he didn't take it. I would always acknowledge him as I entered. He never looked at me so I don't know what his eyes looked like. He lived with me for 12 months until I moved. To this day I will never forget that man in my bar.

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      Jay Rando 4 years ago from England

      @Janene. Great story, it seems hat man is as stiff and cold as a statue. I had the same thought when i saw him too.. he comes off as some kind of watcher or some kind of man just stood there thinking deeply about something. Kinda weird and creepy no doubt. Yeah i admit i did not feel any evil emitting from the hat man either.. whose to know what his motives are for being there. Did he ever speak to you or let on to you like he knew you were there? I wonder if these shadowy people acknowledge us or not even if they don't look directly at us. Thanks for sharing.

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      melelg 3 years ago

      I don't know if I'm going crazy or not, but 3 times in the last month I have seen something in my room, and I am usually in the bed. I get really scared. The first time I ever saw anything was a month or so ago and I just woke up and it was still dark outside. I rolled over to my left side to see if my husband was still in the bed ( he gets up around 5 or 6 am. The door to our room is on his side of the bed. When I rolled over I looked at the door entrance from the hall. It was pitch dark in the house, but in the doorway I saw something. It looked like a person standing there. All I saw was a black figure of a man or a woman. I didn't see a face, clothes or anything. I just saw the out line of a person. He/she was fairly tall. I didn't see any eyes or anything like that. No face. I was scared, so I closed my eyes and pretended I was asleep. When I opened my eyes a second later the figure was gone. A few nights ago I saw something again, but this time it was different. My husband was already up, and the door was shut, but I could see the light from the kitchen shining under the door. When I woke up I saw a figure standing on my husbands side of the bed, then the figure walked to the closed bedroom door, our bathroom is adjoined to our bedroom. The figure walked from the closed bedroom door into the bathroom. A second later the figure walked back out and stood my husband's side of the bed again. I was terrified, all that time I pretended I was sleeping. I closed my eyes for a second and didn't move a muscle then I opened them back up and the figure was gone. I am so scared to go to sleep at night now. I don't feel safe until the sun comes up and that's when I can sleep. When I am up all night I have just about every light on in the house. In my house the kitchen is an opened floor plan where you can see it from the living room. Last night I was in my recliner on my laptop and in the corner of my eye I saw something black go from one side of the room to the other then it was gone. Am I going crazy? What is going on. I am so scared all the time. I am not sleeping like I should. I am a nervous reck. Please help me find some answers. Should I talk to someone about this? If so who do I talk to? Where do I find answers? I hope you don't think this is just my imagination. I told my husband about it and he was making a joke of it saying maybe I want to imagine things. I am not imagining anything. I am seeing something.

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      Jay Rando 3 years ago from England

      @Meleg. Hi Mel. That is a really interesting story, thanks for sharing.. however it seems this story has done you more worrying than good.. i think you should talk to someone about this.. i know that sounds daunting because people rarely believe what we tell them, especially facts about shadow people walking around at night in our bedroom! I found it interesting you have seen this dark person a few times and you have seen it walking around.. i don't hear many stories of one that walks around from one room to another :O

      But i am with you, i have no reason to doubt what you are saying... i have witnessed this myself and ever since i have never been fully comfortable with my light off.. a night lamp might help you or closing the doors to the bedroom.. that is what i do. Sometimes they say our eyes play tricks on us (or at least our brain does) and unfortunately most will say this to us if we tell them.. I told my brother.. but if you feel you need to talk to someone talk a family member, partner, friend, priest or your doctor; it depends mainly on how much this has affected your sleeping life and who you feel most comfortable with talking to.

      One can only guess what they are/who they are.. but whatever it was definitely had an interest in taking a tour of your house.. One can only hope it is a dead relative or someone/something looking over you. Gd luck

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      Antonio davis 3 years ago

      Yes I seen one and caught one when I caught him we in up playing with each other while me and my brother what they are I don't know are we the only thing in this world I don't think so was I scar at first I was when I first saw it then I wanted to catch it

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      Jay Rando 3 years ago from England

      @Antonio Davis. Hi there, thanks for sharing your story and experience, i did not quite know what you mean in some parts of your comment but would love to hear more about the experience if you feel like posting it. Were not alone on this, too many people have seen it :) And it definitely gives the impression we are not alone on this planet. Cheers

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      maizprieto2000 3 years ago

      Yo en forma particular, he visto seres obscuros, como usted describe, se ven a la luz del día o en el momento en que ellos se quieran dejar ver, o eso creo, unos entran y salen de cuerpos de personas.

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      maizprieto2000 3 years ago

      Me puse a leer su articulo, pues quería saber que piensan ustedes que son esos seres obscuros, pero bueno, parece que solo hay conjeturas, una ves de las varias veces que los vi, entre a una reunión, al entrar inmediatamente note que prendían y apagaban las luces de una manera muy espectacular, no había visto el ser obscuro yo no dije nada para no ser juzgado de loco, cuando los compañeros me pidieron que pasara al frente, logré verlo a como 2 mts de mi a espaldas de un compañero, era más alto que yo, yo mido 1.80 mts, pero el ser media como 2.00 o 2.10 de altura, no me asuste, pues el ser solo se nos quedaba viendo, o en esa postura, porque yo no le veía la cara ni el rostro ni ojos, era obscuro totalmente como una sombre sin ser sombre, se salio del salón de reunión caminando a través de la pared. bueno eso es lo que ví, y es la primera vez que lo cuento.

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      nick 3 years ago

      I was sleeping and woke up at sunrise as I do most mornings. It was light in my room.. The shadow was moving up and down trying to be at one with me.. I fought it off and would not give in. This made it angry.

      If finally spoke with me. and told me in a deep dark voice. STAY WITH ME. I then fought harder. It pulled out of my body, staring straight into my eyes with it't empty hollowness, I could tell it was not happy with me.

      It then went into the air and got smaller and smaller and dragged a shadowy blanket with him till it was a little ball of darkness. it went through a Veil, closed it. then I was able to move again. The shadow consumed me. I was not allowed to move until it was gone and the veil was closed. Was a very crazy day for me.. I have been visited time and time again. What I have to tell will never be told.. Just the first experience is all you will ever hear. good luck on finding out more.

      Nick

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      Irene 2 years ago

      For some years i've been seing shadows on the corner of my eye, but I never could look at them directly, because they just disappeared. I never gave importance to them, but today, when I was at the kitchen preparing lunch, I looked at the hall (I wouldn't say it's a dark place, but it is the worst lit place at home, as it has no windows) and there it was a shadow. It freaked me out because I had never looked at one directly. By the descriptions given here, it was the hooded man. It just stood there for a second and then "walked" into a closet we have there.

      The thing is that it gave me a very bad feeling... It is one of the scariest things I've ever felt in my whole life.

      I directly told to my best friend, and she told me she had seen one of them one night when she woke up, and that it just stood there, but she didn't experiment any bad feeling.

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      Jay Rando 2 years ago from England

      @Irene. Seeing shadows from the corner of the eye happens to us all at some point in our lives, I've seen what i thought were shadow cats or shadow rodents when i was younger from the corner of my eye, i always assumed they were just anomalies caused by the eyes, i definitely put more stock in the shadow man though having seen it myself. It's always good to hear that there are people out there seeing these shadow beings and that they can relate to the experience.. the fact it is always a hooded shadow man is something that gives credence to it being very real, i find it interesting that you said it walked.. and that it also walked into the closet. Most people don't ever talk about the shadow person moving but standing still on the spot.

      Obviously these beings only like being in darkness and darkness is something they thrive in, the fact it walked into the closet makes me wonder if they are inter dimensional beings that use darkness to travel from one place to another or if darkness creates them. I think some of us do feel a bad experience and some of us won't, its difficult to say whether these beings really are 'evil' or 'bad', the important thing is that they don't attack people which makes me think they aren't there to harm us in anyway.. or rather they have better things to do. But i thank you for sharing this experience, i found it interesting.. Cheers

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