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11th May '16 1:50:49 PM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' plays this perfectly straight when Sarah's disturbing dreams of being kidnapped and tortured send her to a sleep clinic, with scenes shifting between Sarah's stay in the clinic and her frightening dreams. [[spoiler: As she begins to gain control in her "dreams" and the world of the clinic [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness spirals into paranoia and horror]], viewers may come to suspect the presence of the trope, at which the show hints from the very beginning by starting the episode in the "dream".]]

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' plays this perfectly straight when Sarah's disturbing dreams of being kidnapped and tortured send her to a sleep clinic, with scenes shifting between Sarah's stay in the clinic and her frightening dreams. [[spoiler: As she begins to gain control in her "dreams" and the world of the clinic [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness spirals into paranoia and horror]], viewers may come to suspect the presence of the trope, at which the show hints from the very beginning by starting the episode in the "dream".]]
11th Apr '16 12:40:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ReturnToOz'' had fun casting doubt on whether Dorothy's adventures in [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oz]] were real or hallucinations.

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* ''ReturnToOz'' ''Film/ReturnToOz'' had fun casting doubt on whether Dorothy's adventures in [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oz]] were real or hallucinations.
1st Apr '16 5:03:40 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' used this as its TwistEnding, but this was back in 1920, [[OlderThanTelevision before it was cool]].
** There's some evidence that this ending was inserted later by ExecutiveMeddling. Apparently the German film making company thought that a movie about an old guy conditioning a young guy to kill on command might be in bad taste in the aftermath of WWI.

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* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' used this as its TwistEnding, but this was back in 1920, [[OlderThanTelevision before it was cool]].
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cool]]. There's some evidence that this ending was inserted later by ExecutiveMeddling. Apparently the German film making company thought that a movie about an old guy conditioning a young guy to kill on command might be in bad taste in the aftermath of WWI.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', the filmmakers seem to hint that Charlie's first visit to heaven after after his NearDeathExperience [[WildMassGuessing might have just been a hallucination,]] that it's just a coincidence [[DeathsHourglass the watch that represents his life on Earth]] resembles the one Carface gave him, and that at the end, [[spoiler: rather than dying because the watch got flooded and stopped working, Charlie might have drowned instead]]. Observant audience members are kept guessing 'til the end, when [[spoiler: Charlie's ghost visits Anna-Marie one last time before passing on.]]



* Played arrow-straight in ''AlanWake'', where the protagonist awakens at an insane asylum and is told he has hallucinated everything prior. The protagonist does not believe a word of it. [[spoiler: And he is right.]]
** Later in the DLC chapters, [[spoiler:as he has been split in two personalities, the insane and suicidal part of him tries in a desperate bid to stop the rational and determined part in his attempt to do a SplitPersonalityMerge by suggesting this idea to him once again. It still doesn't work]].
* In the fourth episode of the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' "Who Will Die" story arc, Malaise tries this on Sister Psyche and the PlayerCharacter.
** That's the hero version of things, at least - villainous characters are instead helping Malaise to do it to Sister Psyche, down to getting a character as a psychologist in the hallucination and 'explaining' why she chose particular elements.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness II'', several segments take place in an asylum where [[AndYouWereThere various characters show up in different roles]] (including the BigBad as a doctor and your girlfriend as an orderly). In this case, you're outright told by a sympathetic party that the asylum is just a construct the Darkness is using to keep you from going to Hell to save your dead girlfriend. Late in the game, you're given the choice to stay in the asylum, or jump to your "death"; the latter leads to the final sequence of the game.
** In an interesting and amusing twist, you can find ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' comic books [[RecursiveCanon in your room]], implying that you made the whole thing up after reading the comic.

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* Played arrow-straight in ''AlanWake'', where the protagonist awakens at an insane asylum and is told he has hallucinated everything prior. The protagonist does not believe a word of it. [[spoiler: And he is right.]]
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]] Later in the DLC chapters, [[spoiler:as he has been split in two personalities, the insane and suicidal part of him tries in a desperate bid to stop the rational and determined part in his attempt to do a SplitPersonalityMerge by suggesting this idea to him once again. It still doesn't work]].
* In the fourth episode of the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' "Who Will Die" story arc, Malaise tries this on Sister Psyche and the PlayerCharacter.
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PlayerCharacter. That's the hero version of things, at least - villainous characters are instead helping Malaise to do it to Sister Psyche, down to getting a character as a psychologist in the hallucination and 'explaining' why she chose particular elements.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness II'', several segments take place in an asylum where [[AndYouWereThere various characters show up in different roles]] (including the BigBad as a doctor and your girlfriend as an orderly). In this case, you're outright told by a sympathetic party that the asylum is just a construct the Darkness is using to keep you from going to Hell to save your dead girlfriend. Late in the game, you're given the choice to stay in the asylum, or jump to your "death"; the latter leads to the final sequence of the game.
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game. In an interesting and amusing twist, you can find ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' comic books [[RecursiveCanon in your room]], implying that you made the whole thing up after reading the comic.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', the filmmakers seem to hint that Charlie's first visit to heaven after after his NearDeathExperience [[WildMassGuessing might have just been a hallucination,]] that it's just a coincidence [[DeathsHourglass the watch that represents his life on Earth]] resembles the one Carface gave him, and that at the end, [[spoiler: rather than dying because the watch got flooded and stopped working, Charlie might have drowned instead]]. Observant audience members are kept guessing 'til the end, when [[spoiler: Charlie's ghost visits Anna-Marie one last time before passing on.]]
30th Oct '15 5:36:30 PM jormis29
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* The psychogical horror game ''Fran Bow'' is based on the premise that you can take pills that switch between reality and your mad, gory hallucinations. These actually contain hints on how to progress.

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* The psychogical horror game ''Fran Bow'' ''VideoGame/FranBow'' is based on the premise that you can take pills that switch between reality and your mad, gory hallucinations. These actually contain hints on how to progress.
30th Oct '15 10:02:29 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The pschogical horror game Fran Bow is based on the premise that you can take pills that switch between reality and your mad, gory, hallucinations that actually contain hints on how to progress.

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* The pschogical psychogical horror game Fran Bow ''Fran Bow'' is based on the premise that you can take pills that switch between reality and your mad, gory, hallucinations that gory hallucinations. These actually contain hints on how to progress.
30th Oct '15 2:23:05 AM scarcrow11
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*The pschogical horror game Fran Bow is based on the premise that you can take pills that switch between reality and your mad, gory, hallucinations that actually contain hints on how to progress.
21st Sep '15 9:30:36 PM Adept
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* ''ApollosSong'' by Osamu Tezuka may well fit. For killing animals that show affection to their young, Shogo is placed in a mental hospital. EST causes him to have an out-of-body experience wherein he meets Athena, who curses him to live numerous lives of ill-fated love. Which he does, waking up each time he dies finding that it was all his imagination (or was it?) triggered by a treatment (EST, hypnotism, etc)

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* ''ApollosSong'' ''Manga/ApollosSong'' by Osamu Tezuka may well fit. For killing animals that show affection to their young, Shogo is placed in a mental hospital. EST causes him to have an out-of-body experience wherein he meets Athena, who curses him to live numerous lives of ill-fated love. Which he does, waking up each time he dies finding that it was all his imagination (or was it?) triggered by a treatment (EST, hypnotism, etc)
13th Aug '15 9:56:54 AM Anddrix
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* In ''[[Literature/MaximumRide Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports]]'', scientists try to convince Max that their escape was a dream, and that they were at the School the whole time. [[spoiler:It's not true.]]

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* In ''[[Literature/MaximumRide Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports]]'', ''Literature/SavingTheWorldAndOtherExtremeSports'', scientists try to convince Max that their escape was a dream, and that they were at the School the whole time. [[spoiler:It's not true.]]
8th Aug '15 12:35:22 PM Korodzik
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': Scarecrow does this to Franchise/{{Batman}} and [[InterfaceScrew the player]] in his first appearance.

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': Scarecrow does this to Franchise/{{Batman}} and [[InterfaceScrew the player]] in the third hallucination. First there's a repetition of the intro scene, except it's ''Batman'' stripped to the gurney in place of Joker, with Joker and Scarecrow taking on the role of doctors and discussing Bruce Wayne's unfortunate split personality disorder. The subsequent surreal platforming section also includes such imagery, including several insane Batmen rocking back and forth, and a creepy puppet appearing on video screens as an asylum director announcing his first appearance.successes in curing Bruce Wayne.
21st Jul '15 9:46:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TwilightZone 2002'' episode "Another Life" had the main character oscillating between a reality where he is a happily married and successful musician and another where he is a suspect being violently interrogated by police. During all the episode [[spoiler:you're guided to believe that he actually is a cop that dreams he's a criminal]], and then comes the obligatory TwistEnding.

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* ''Series/TwilightZone 2002'' ''Series/TwilightZone2002'' episode "Another Life" had the main character oscillating between a reality where he is a happily married and successful musician and another where he is a suspect being violently interrogated by police. During all the episode [[spoiler:you're guided to believe that he actually is a cop that dreams he's a criminal]], and then comes the obligatory TwistEnding.
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