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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]]: TomeOfEldritchLore ''The Veritas'' reveals [[spoiler:the world is a computer simulation created by the aliens known as the Prophets of Truth in preparation for their invasion of Earth. To prove it, readers are invited to think of a series of random numbers. Everybody will always come up with the same numbers, because computers aren't very good with coming up with a completely random sequence.]]
18th May '17 2:23:51 PM Anddrix
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* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode of the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event "Invasion!" sees the alien Dominators stick Oliver, Thea, Sara, Ray, and Diggle in a LotusEaterMachine, presenting them with a world where the ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank and Oliver never became a vigilante. Their normal memories are suppressed, but the machine is unable to lock them away totally, with the heroes having flashes every time they encounter someone or something they knew in the real world but shouldn't know in the illusionary world. Eventually, they remember everything, and find the portal that enables them to escape the illusion.

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* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode of the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} Series/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event "Invasion!" sees the alien Dominators stick Oliver, Thea, Sara, Ray, and Diggle in a LotusEaterMachine, presenting them with a world where the ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank and Oliver never became a vigilante. Their normal memories are suppressed, but the machine is unable to lock them away totally, with the heroes having flashes every time they encounter someone or something they knew in the real world but shouldn't know in the illusionary world. Eventually, they remember everything, and find the portal that enables them to escape the illusion.
3rd May '17 7:52:13 AM TheCuza
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** In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Perchance to Dream", the Mad Hatter traps Batman in a LotusEaterMachine[=/=]dream. The way he realized he was dreaming was that the newspaper he was reading was gibberish. Then he remembered that the brain hemisphere used for dreaming was not the one used for reading. While ''that's'' nonsense (both hemispheres are used for dreaming, and he got it the wrong way around about which is used for reading), it ''is'' true that dreams typically fail to produce readable text -- see the example under RealLife below.

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** In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Perchance to Dream", the Mad Hatter traps Batman in a LotusEaterMachine[=/=]dream.LotusEaterMachine where [[DeathByOriginStory his parents]] are still alive and well, and some other guy is out there beating up crooks in a bat costume every night instead of him. The way he realized he was dreaming was that the newspaper he was reading was gibberish. Then he remembered that the brain hemisphere used for dreaming was not the one used for reading. While ''that's'' nonsense (both hemispheres are used for dreaming, and he got it the wrong way around about which is used for reading), it ''is'' true that dreams typically fail to produce readable text -- see the example under RealLife below.



*** In "Paradise Lost", though LotusEaterMachine was more of an illusion causing {{macguffin}}. Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman are magicked into seeing each other as a monster. Eventually during the fight which ensues, Superman discovers Wonder Woman is the monster via her reflection in water. He tries to inform Wonder Woman, but she continues to attack, until he points to his reflection in a mirror.
*** There was ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything where Franchise/{{Superman}} slowly comes to realize that his idyllic life on Krypton with his son Van-El is false, in a moment that will tear your heart out.

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*** In "Paradise Lost", though LotusEaterMachine was more of an illusion causing {{macguffin}}. illusion-causing artifact caused Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman are magicked into seeing to see each other as a monster. Eventually during ferocious monsters. During the fight which ensues, Superman discovers that the monster is actually Wonder Woman is the monster via when he sees her reflection in water. He tries to inform Wonder Woman, but she continues to attack, until he points to his own reflection in a mirror.
*** There was ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything" where Franchise/{{Superman}} slowly comes to realize that his idyllic life on Krypton with his son Van-El is false, in a moment that will tear your heart out.
11th Mar '17 2:46:19 PM AthenaBlue
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]]: Clara wakes up in her flat and goes to brush her teeth -- but the toothpaste is disgusting black goo in a tube stating [[ExpoLabel "This is Toothpaste"]]. She then discovers that the doors and windows are missing, and that the newspaper reads absolute gibberish. She's actually sleeping in a Zygon pod.
11th Mar '17 2:43:55 PM AthenaBlue
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[[caption-width-right:350:Something is not quite right here...here . . .]]



* While not a literal one, various flaws in SHIELD's recreation of the 1940s, intended to [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger ease Captain America back into life before exposing him to the 21st Century]], act as this, particularly the use of a baseball game from the early 1940s (which Steve attended himself) to represent a game in 1945, and the SHIELD agent intended to act as Steve's handler/nurse being dressed incorrectly (wearing a 21st century hairstyle and a modern push-up bra, neither of which existed in the 1940s).
* All over the place in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Dreamers build the dream world and can alter it at will, but each alteration from the baseline helps tip off the subconscious that someone's hijacked the dream. This is why it's so important to go in with a complete picture of what the world is supposed to be. Dreamers also carry special totems whose properties are known only to them, to help them discern dreams from reality.



* All over the place in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Dreamers build the dream world and can alter it at will, but each alteration from the baseline helps tip off the subconscious that someone's hijacked the dream. This is why it's so important to go in with a complete picture of what the world is supposed to be. Dreamers also carry special totems whose properties are known only to them, to help them discern dreams from reality.

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* All over the place The last scene in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Dreamers build the dream world and can alter it at will, but each alteration from the baseline helps tip off the subconscious that someone's hijacked the dream. This is why ''Film/{{Solaris 1972}}'', where it's so important to go in with a complete picture of what raining inside the world is supposed to be. Dreamers also carry special totems whose properties are known only to them, to help them discern dreams house. [[GeniusLoci The ocean]] downloaded the memory from reality.Kris' mind but recreated the virtual reality imperfectly. Hence the rain is falling indoors and not outside.



* The last scene in ''Film/{{Solaris 1972}}'', where it's raining inside the house. [[GeniusLoci The ocean]] downloaded the memory from Kris' mind but recreated the virtual reality imperfectly. Hence the rain is falling indoors and not outside.
* While not a literal one, various flaws in SHIELD's recreation of the 1940s, intended to [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger ease Captain America back into life before exposing him to the 21st Century]], act as this, particularly the use of a baseball game from the early 1940s (which Steve attended himself) to represent a game in 1945, and the SHIELD agent intended to act as Steve's handler/nurse being dressed incorrectly (wearing a 21st century hairstyle and a modern push-up bra, neither of which existed in the 1940s).



* In ''Literature/BubbleWorld'', more and more of these happen in early chapters until the server crashes, catapulting Freesia into the real world.



* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', people in the World of Dreams will sometimes notice details change. However, quite often they don't notice, and the change is written in subtly enough that the readers don't notice either.
* In ''TimeOutOfJoint'', by Phillip K. Dick, the protagonist believes he lives in an idyllic American town in 1958, but then... strange incongruities begin to occur...



* In the sci/fi novel ''Resonance'' by Chris Dolley, obsessive compulsive office messenger Graham Smith has lived his entire life experiencing glitches in the matrix varying in size from street names suddenly changing to a childhood friend's dead parents suddenly never having died, and believes that the universe unravels every time he breaks his OCD routine. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:he switches bodies with a parallel universe version of himself every time he makes a decision as a result of being the only person who is exactly the same in every single universe]].
* In the ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novel "Better Than Life", this occurs. The characters are stuck in a virtual reality simulation of their greatest fantasies. At first they are alerted to their situation by Kryten signalling them from outside, then entering the game himself, which wouldn't qualify as this trope. However, when they decide to leave they wake up on Red Dwarf unharmed by the weeks they have spent effectively comatose, Lister notices that toast always lands face up when dropped, and finally two people are discovered alive and in stasis; Lister's crush Kochanski and Rimmer's living self. Lister realizes that things are ''still'' perfect, and that they are therefore still in the game. They wake up for real, and find they are in horrible shape from their experience.



* In ''Literature/BubbleWorld'', more and more of these happen in early chapters until the server crashes, catapulting Freesia into the real world.



* In the ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novel "Better Than Life", this occurs. The characters are stuck in a virtual reality simulation of their greatest fantasies. At first they are alerted to their situation by Kryten signalling them from outside, then entering the game himself, which wouldn't qualify as this trope. However, when they decide to leave they wake up on Red Dwarf unharmed by the weeks they have spent effectively comatose, Lister notices that toast always lands face up when dropped, and finally two people are discovered alive and in stasis; Lister's crush Kochanski and Rimmer's living self. Lister realizes that things are ''still'' perfect, and that they are therefore still in the game. They wake up for real, and find they are in horrible shape from their experience.
* In the sci-fi novel ''Resonance'' by Chris Dolley, obsessive compulsive office messenger Graham Smith has lived his entire life experiencing glitches in the matrix varying in size from street names suddenly changing to a childhood friend's dead parents suddenly never having died, and believes that the universe unravels every time he breaks his OCD routine. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:he switches bodies with a parallel universe version of himself every time he makes a decision as a result of being the only person who is exactly the same in every single universe]].
* In ''TimeOutOfJoint'', by Phillip K. Dick, the protagonist believes he lives in an idyllic American town in 1958, but then... strange incongruities begin to occur...
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', people in the World of Dreams will sometimes notice details change. However, quite often they don't notice, and the change is written in subtly enough that the readers don't notice either.



* What tips Series/{{House}} off to the fact he's unconscious and hallucinating in the second season finale: first the case gets even more bizarre than usual, then he starts knowing things before the team tells him about them. Finally he starts [[MediumAwareness noticing the scene transitions and time lapses]].

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* What tips Series/{{House}} off to Played with in the fact pilot of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': Hicks begins hearing random people telling him that "it's time to kill" and to "pull the trigger", but while he does think this is strange, he never suspects that he's unconscious brainwashed. The real purpose of these phrases is to show the viewers that his mind has been messed with.
* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode of the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event "Invasion!" sees the alien Dominators stick Oliver, Thea, Sara, Ray,
and hallucinating Diggle in a LotusEaterMachine, presenting them with a world where the ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank and Oliver never became a vigilante. Their normal memories are suppressed, but the machine is unable to lock them away totally, with the heroes having flashes every time they encounter someone or something they knew in the second season finale: first real world but shouldn't know in the case gets even more bizarre than usual, then he starts knowing things before illusionary world. Eventually, they remember everything, and find the team tells him about them. Finally he starts [[MediumAwareness noticing portal that enables them to escape the scene transitions and time lapses]].illusion.



** In the episode "Forest of the Dead", this happens constantly when Donna is "saved" in the computer's LotusEaterMachine. Because the computer is so short on space (more than 2000 others are stuck in there with Donna), it compensates by skipping any and all transitional material. This results in Donna experiencing "dreamlike" passage of time, in which stating or even thinking of her intention to go somewhere results in her instantly being there, leading to a few seconds of disorientation before false memories of the lost time take effect. However, the glitch that finally clues her in (as pointed out by the NightmareFace-bearing, formerly dead Miss Evangelista) to the nature of her reality is the fact that, while taking her two children to the playground, she sees that every boy and girl at the park, looks, sounds, and is dressed exactly the same. The effect is unsettling.
** This trope gets parodied in "Amy's Choice", where the Doctor and his companions are attacked by the mysterious 'Dream Lord', who only has control over dreams. The TARDIS team are forced between two realities (Leadworth, where Amy is pregnant and they're being attacked by Killer Old People, or a broken TARDIS where they're dying of hypothermia). The Doctor urges them to try and work out which reality "doesn't ring true". Rory then points out that he's currently in a time-machine with a bow-tie wearing alien, so that might not work very well. [[spoiler: Played straight in the end, though. Once they've correctly chosen the TARDIS as the 'reality', the Dream Lord turns the ship back on, saving the characters. Except that the Dream Lord has no physical body, so the Doctor realizes [[TakeAThirdOption they were]] ''[[TakeAThirdOption both]]'' [[TakeAThirdOption dreams]].]]
** In "Last Christmas", this is how the Doctor works out that they're all in a LotusEaterMachine created by the Dream Crabs. He gets the four crew members to flick to the same page of their manual - [[ReadTheFreakingManual which none of them have read]] - and read the first word aloud. The words are all different. They try again with a different page just to be sure, and this time they collectively read out "[[OhCrap We... are... all... dead]]".

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** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead", Dead"]], this happens constantly when Donna is "saved" in the computer's LotusEaterMachine. Because the computer is so short on space (more than 2000 4,000 others are stuck in there with Donna), it compensates by skipping any and all transitional material. This results in Donna experiencing "dreamlike" passage of time, in which stating or even thinking of her intention to go somewhere results in her instantly being there, leading to a few seconds of disorientation before false memories of the lost time take effect. However, the glitch that finally clues her in (as pointed out by the NightmareFace-bearing, formerly dead Miss Evangelista) to the nature of her reality is the fact that, while taking her two children to the playground, she sees that every boy and girl at the park, looks, sounds, and is dressed exactly the same. The effect is unsettling.
** This trope gets parodied in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice", Choice"]], where the Doctor and his companions are attacked by the mysterious 'Dream Lord', "Dream Lord", who only has control over dreams. The TARDIS team are forced between two realities (Leadworth, where Amy is pregnant and they're being attacked by Killer Old People, or a broken TARDIS where they're dying of hypothermia). The Doctor urges them to try and work out which reality "doesn't ring true". Rory then points out that he's currently in a time-machine with a bow-tie wearing alien, so that might not work very well. [[spoiler: Played straight in the end, though. Once they've correctly chosen the TARDIS as the 'reality', "reality", the Dream Lord turns the ship back on, saving the characters. Except that the Dream Lord has no physical body, so the Doctor realizes [[TakeAThirdOption they were]] ''[[TakeAThirdOption both]]'' [[TakeAThirdOption dreams]].]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas", Christmas"]], this is how the Doctor works out that they're all in a LotusEaterMachine created by the Dream Crabs. He gets the four crew members to flick to the same page of their manual - [[ReadTheFreakingManual which none of them have read]] - and read the first word aloud. The words are all different. They try again with a different page just to be sure, and this time they collectively read out "[[OhCrap We... are... all...We . . . are . . . all . . . dead]]".



* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' has 21 of the main characters trapped in a LotusEaterMachine by Beverly and the cabal she works for, simulating them returning to the titular town 4 years after they left. The idea of the time-shift is to avoid any inconsistencies. Additionally, the machine is building the virtual world based on the subjects' own memories and thoughts within the set parameters. However, the machine was designed with 20 people in mind, so, with 21 people hooked up, there's not enough processing power to smooth over any glitches. As such, the characters begin to notice certain things, such as a dragon suddenly appearing when one of them imagines one (the computer couldn't tell it wasn't a real memory). Said dragon then "de-rezzes" for a split-second. A simulator character then walks right through a bar counter, a bird appears stuck halfway into a boulder, and a wound keeps appearing and disappearing.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had three.
** "A Human Reaction": the aliens can only recreate people and environments that John Crichton has seen before. Once he realizes that everything and everyone in the LotusEaterMachine of the week is familiar to him, a trip to the ladies' room brings the illusion crashing down.
** "Won't Get Fooled Again": This time Crichton has wised up, and knows it's a hallucination, but the ladies bathroom trick doesn't work. He first realizes that Harvey, Scorpius's neural clone, isn't part of the illusion. Harvey alerts him to the fact that he is a prisoner of the Scarrans, whose intense body heat John can feel through the illusion. The hot flashes therefore function in this episode as "Matrix Glitches." Oddly enough the oddities and out-of-place elements that usually make up this trope are still present (and get more extreme over time), but instead of glitches they're a deliberate attempt to break his sanity and the entire point of the simulation.
** "John Quixote": Crichton makes the mistake of playing a buggy VR game based on his own memories; once he leaves, he finds that Scorpius has taken over Moya and is brainwashing the crew against him. However, Crichton eventually realises that he's still playing the game when he finds one of the game's hint vouchers in his pocket. Plus, because the memory copy was made over a year ago, Sikozu and Noranti are nowhere to be seen, and nobody knows anything about [[spoiler: Aeryn's pregnancy.]]
* What tips ''Series/{{House}}'' off to the fact he's unconscious and hallucinating in the second season finale: first the case gets even more bizarre than usual, then he starts knowing things before the team tells him about them. Finally he starts [[MediumAwareness noticing the scene transitions and time lapses]].
* Sam Tyler tries to invoke this this in the first episode of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. Suddenly dropped in 1973, and thinking he must be dreaming, he sets out to walk until his mind runs out of detail.



* Adam Savage of the ''Series/MythBusters'' once (during the "Cabin Fever" myth) told a story of a time he seemed to be piloting a crashing plane:
-->''"I was up at the front of the plane, and I said, 'Listen, I don't think this is a real plane crash, since I happen to notice that I'm not wearing any pants, [[NotWearingPantsDream and when I'm not wearing pants, it's probably a dream.]]'"''
* Referenced in ''Series/RedDwarf''. After realizing the crew are in an AR simulation, Kryten uses the fact that [[TheDitz Cat]] was able to solve a cryptic clue as proof of that.
* In a ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode Clark wakes up to realize he's in Belle Reve and that everything he's gone through over the past few years have been nothing but the hallucinations of a crazy person. But [[spoiler: Martian Manhunter]] goes into Belle Reeve to try to convince Clark ''this'' reality is fake. Clark then realizes it too by hearing Shelby's barking.



* Referenced in ''Series/RedDwarf''. After realizing the crew are in an AR simulation, Kryten uses the fact that [[TheDitz Cat]] was able to solve a cryptic clue as proof of that.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had three.
** "A Human Reaction": the aliens can only recreate people and environments that John Crichton has seen before. Once he realizes that everything and everyone in the LotusEaterMachine of the week is familiar to him, a trip to the ladies' room brings the illusion crashing down.
** "Won't Get Fooled Again": This time Crichton has wised up, and knows it's a hallucination, but the ladies bathroom trick doesn't work. He first realizes that Harvey, Scorpius's neural clone, isn't part of the illusion. Harvey alerts him to the fact that he is a prisoner of the Scarrans, whose intense body heat John can feel through the illusion. The hot flashes therefore function in this episode as "Matrix Glitches." Oddly enough the oddities and out-of-place elements that usually make up this trope are still present (and get more extreme over time), but instead of glitches they're a deliberate attempt to break his sanity and the entire point of the simulation.
** "John Quixote": Crichton makes the mistake of playing a buggy VR game based on his own memories; once he leaves, he finds that Scorpius has taken over Moya and is brainwashing the crew against him. However, Crichton eventually realises that he's still playing the game when he finds one of the game's hint vouchers in his pocket. Plus, because the memory copy was made over a year ago, Sikozu and Noranti are nowhere to be seen, and nobody knows anything about [[spoiler: Aeryn's pregnancy.]]
* Sam Tyler tries to invoke this this in the first episode of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. Suddenly dropped in 1973, and thinking he must be dreaming, he sets out to walk until his mind runs out of detail.
* Played with in the pilot of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': Hicks begins hearing random people telling him that "it's time to kill" and to "pull the trigger", but while he does think this is strange, he never suspects that he's brainwashed. The real purpose of these phrases is to show the viewers that his mind has been messed with.
* Adam Savage of the ''Series/MythBusters'' once (during the "Cabin Fever" myth) told a story of a time he seemed to be piloting a crashing plane:
-->''"I was up at the front of the plane, and I said, 'Listen, I don't think this is a real plane crash, since I happen to notice that I'm not wearing any pants, [[NotWearingPantsDream and when I'm not wearing pants, it's probably a dream.]]'"''
* In a ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode Clark wakes up to realize he's in Belle Reve and that everything he's gone through over the past few years have been nothing but the hallucinations of a crazy person. But [[spoiler: Martian Manhunter]] goes into Belle Reeve to try to convince Clark ''this'' reality is fake. Clark then realizes it too by hearing Shelby's barking.
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' has 21 of the main characters trapped in a LotusEaterMachine by Beverly and the cabal she works for, simulating them returning to the titular town 4 years after they left. The idea of the time-shift is to avoid any inconsistencies. Additionally, the machine is building the virtual world based on the subjects' own memories and thoughts within the set parameters. However, the machine was designed with 20 people in mind, so, with 21 people hooked up, there's not enough processing power to smooth over any glitches. As such, the characters begin to notice certain things, such as a dragon suddenly appearing when one of them imagines one (the computer couldn't tell it wasn't a real memory). Said dragon then "de-rezzes" for a split-second. A simulator character then walks right through a bar counter, a bird appears stuck halfway into a boulder, and a wound keeps appearing and disappearing.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Kill Switch": Mulder gets trapped into a virtual reality simulator that is operated by AI computer that wants to gain kill switch from him. Mulder realizes that it's not real when Scully saves him from evil nurses, but is not compassionate about his amputated limbs. The reality from his perspective starts to short out, but he's injected with something and passes out.



* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode of the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event "Invasion!" sees the alien Dominators stick Oliver, Thea, Sara, Ray, and Diggle in a LotusEaterMachine, presenting them with a world where the ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank and Oliver never became a vigilante. Their normal memories are suppressed, but the machine is unable to lock them away totally, with the heroes having flashes every time they encounter someone or something they knew in the real world but shouldn't know in the illusionary world. Eventually, they remember everything, and find the portal that enables them to escape the illusion.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Kill Switch": Mulder gets trapped into a virtual reality simulator that is operated by AI computer that wants to gain kill switch from him. Mulder realizes that it's not real when Scully saves him from evil nurses, but is not compassionate about his amputated limbs. The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode of the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event "Invasion!" sees the alien Dominators stick Oliver, Thea, Sara, Ray, and Diggle in a LotusEaterMachine, presenting them reality from his perspective starts to short out, but he's injected with a world where the ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank and Oliver never became a vigilante. Their normal memories are suppressed, but the machine is unable to lock them away totally, with the heroes having flashes every time they encounter someone or something they knew in the real world but shouldn't know in the illusionary world. Eventually, they remember everything, and find the portal that enables them to escape the illusion.passes out.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-10-09 a glitch in the patriarchy]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-10-09 a glitch in the patriarchy]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Perchance to Dream", the Mad Hatter traps Batman in a LotusEaterMachine[=/=]dream. The way he realized he was dreaming was that the newspaper he was reading was gibberish. Then he remembered that the brain hemisphere used for dreaming was not the one used for reading. While ''that's'' nonsense (both hemispheres are used for dreaming, and he got it the wrong way around about which is used for reading), it ''is'' true that dreams typically fail to produce readable text -- see the example under RealLife below.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Perchance to Dream", the Mad Hatter traps Batman "King Worm", Finn realizes he's in a LotusEaterMachine[=/=]dream. The way he realized he was dreaming was dream by noticing that many details of the newspaper he was reading was gibberish. Then he remembered world are off.
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' when Hayley and Klaus were acting bizarre to convince Steve
that the brain hemisphere used for dreaming was not the one used for reading. While ''that's'' nonsense (both hemispheres are used for he's dreaming, and he got it the wrong way around about which is used for reading), it ''is'' true that dreams typically fail to produce readable text -- see the example under RealLife below.as a prank.



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In "Legends", it had the team realize they were in some sort of illusion, and not a timewarp. A lot of little details to the seemingly 1950's town didn't add up. None of the books had words, the ice cream truck never stops, all the subways were boarded up, and the newspapers reported things that hadn't happened. They note that the world of "heroes" seems a little TOO ridiculous, even for them, such a random bus full of nuns somehow losing control and driving towards a pile of dynamite that just happens to be lying in its path. That and the fact that these random outlandish crisises kept popping up whenever they were about to make any progress figuring out where they were tipped them off that something was amiss.
** In "Paradise Lost", though LotusEaterMachine was more of an illusion causing {{macguffin}}. Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman are magicked into seeing each other as a monster. Eventually during the fight which ensues, Superman discovers Wonder Woman is the monster via her reflection in water. He tries to inform Wonder Woman, but she continues to attack, until he points to his reflection in a mirror.
** There was ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything where Franchise/{{Superman}} slowly comes to realize that his idyllic life on Krypton with his son Van-El is false, in a moment that will tear your heart out.
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' when Hayley and Klaus were acting bizarre to convince Steve that he's dreaming, as a prank.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' has the episode "E-Scream" where the gang is getting attacked by robotic furry creatures. However, during the whole fiasco, Velma notices her friends doing things that they wouldn't normally do (Fred telling the gang to stay together, Daphne being willing to wear mismatched shoes, etc). Near the end, she figures out she's in a holographic video game made by a friend of hers when Shaggy doesn't spout his CatchPhrase right.

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* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Perchance to Dream", the Mad Hatter traps Batman in a LotusEaterMachine[=/=]dream. The way he realized he was dreaming was that the newspaper he was reading was gibberish. Then he remembered that the brain hemisphere used for dreaming was not the one used for reading. While ''that's'' nonsense (both hemispheres are used for dreaming, and he got it the wrong way around about which is used for reading), it ''is'' true that dreams typically fail to produce readable text -- see the example under RealLife below.
**
''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** *** In "Legends", it had the team realize they were in some sort of illusion, and not a timewarp. A lot of little details to the seemingly 1950's town didn't add up. None of the books had words, the ice cream truck never stops, all the subways were boarded up, and the newspapers reported things that hadn't happened. They note that the world of "heroes" seems a little TOO ridiculous, even for them, such a random bus full of nuns somehow losing control and driving towards a pile of dynamite that just happens to be lying in its path. That and the fact that these random outlandish crisises kept popping up whenever they were about to make any progress figuring out where they were tipped them off that something was amiss.
** *** In "Paradise Lost", though LotusEaterMachine was more of an illusion causing {{macguffin}}. Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman are magicked into seeing each other as a monster. Eventually during the fight which ensues, Superman discovers Wonder Woman is the monster via her reflection in water. He tries to inform Wonder Woman, but she continues to attack, until he points to his reflection in a mirror.
** *** There was ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything where Franchise/{{Superman}} slowly comes to realize that his idyllic life on Krypton with his son Van-El is false, in a moment that will tear your heart out.
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' when Hayley and Klaus were acting bizarre to convince Steve that he's dreaming, as a prank.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' has the episode "E-Scream" where the gang is getting attacked by robotic furry creatures. However,
In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' TV movie ''Wishology'', during the whole fiasco, Velma Final Ending part, Timmy gets trapped in a LotusEaterMachine by [[spoiler: the Darkness]] after he makes his HeroicSacrifice, and he notices her friends doing things that they wouldn't normally do (Fred telling his fairies [[spoiler:(which are actually the gang Eliminators in disguise)]] are flickering, but he decides to stay together, Daphne being willing to wear mismatched shoes, etc). Near the end, she figures out she's in a holographic video game made by a friend of hers when Shaggy doesn't spout his CatchPhrase right.ignore it for "the best day ever" wish.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' TV movie ''Wishology'', during the Final Ending part, Timmy gets trapped in a LotusEaterMachine by [[spoiler: the Darkness]] after he makes his HeroicSacrifice, and he notices that his fairies [[spoiler:(which are actually the Eliminators in disguise)]] are flickering, but he decides to ignore it for "the best day ever" wish.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "King Worm", Finn realizes he's in a dream by noticing that many details of the world are off.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' has the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "King Worm", Finn realizes he's "E-Scream" where the gang is getting attacked by robotic furry creatures. However, during the whole fiasco, Velma notices her friends doing things that they wouldn't normally do (Fred telling the gang to stay together, Daphne being willing to wear mismatched shoes, etc). Near the end, she figures out she's in a dream holographic video game made by noticing that many details a friend of the world are off.hers when Shaggy doesn't spout his CatchPhrase right.


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31st Jan '17 5:04:24 AM Pastykake
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->'''Neo''': Oh. DejaVu.\\

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->'''Neo''': Oh. DejaVu.Déjà vu.\\
26th Jan '17 8:30:47 AM ZimFan89
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* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode of the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} crossover event "Invasion!" sees the alien Dominators stick Oliver, Thea, Sara, Ray, and Diggle in a LotusEaterMachine, presenting them with a world where the ''Queen's Gambit'' never sank and Oliver never became a vigilante. Their normal memories are suppressed, but the machine is unable to lock them away totally, with the heroes having flashes every time they encounter someone or something they knew in the real world but shouldn't know in the illusionary world. Eventually, they remember everything, and find the portal that enables them to escape the illusion.
22nd Jan '17 10:08:26 AM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Something is not quite right here...-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Something [[caption-width-right:350:Something is not quite right here...-] ]]
17th Jan '17 6:39:18 PM azul120
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Alice has everything she ever wanted; success, fortune, found love with Bob, and has even settled down in a nice neighborhood. Heading to the store on a nice evening, she decides to take an alley shortcut, only to stumble upon a strobing green cat, which meows [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty "I need scissors! 61!"]] before evaporating. Alice has stumbled on AGlitchInTheMatrix.

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Alice has everything she ever wanted; success, fortune, found love with Bob, and has even settled down in a nice neighborhood. Heading to the store on a nice evening, she decides to take an alley shortcut, only to stumble upon a strobing green cat, which meows [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty "I need scissors! 61!"]] before evaporating. Alice has stumbled on AGlitchInTheMatrix.
A Glitch in the Matrix.



* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'': Heaven is composed of private spaces for each individual soul. Each space is modeled on that person's happiest/most peaceful memory. The door in and out of the space is marked by AGlitchInTheMatrix, a tiny, almost unnoticeable flaw described by Castiel as "something that shouldn't be there". [[spoiler: The glitch in Bobby's room is a loose thread in the rug of his private study]].

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* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'': ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Heaven is composed of private spaces for each individual soul. Each space is modeled on that person's happiest/most peaceful memory. The door in and out of the space is marked by AGlitchInTheMatrix, A Glitch in the Matrix, a tiny, almost unnoticeable flaw described by Castiel as "something that shouldn't be there". [[spoiler: The glitch in Bobby's room is a loose thread in the rug of his private study]].
19th Dec '16 5:31:46 PM MorphinBrony
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/btphp/comics/2011-10-09.gif a glitch in the patriarchy]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/btphp/comics/2011-10-09.gif net/view.php?date=2011-10-09 a glitch in the patriarchy]].
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