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7th Apr '18 12:43:41 PM Corvus
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16th Mar '18 3:42:49 PM eroock
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* At the end of ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', when the protagonist is interrogated by the baddies, there is an action sequence in which [[spoiler:he gets rescued by [[LaResistance the resistance]] and gets to live happily ever after with his girlfriend in a house in the countryside]]. Then it swings back to him [[spoiler: singing quietly to himself strapped while to a chair in the room he was being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] in before his rescue. The torturer present remarks to the chief interrogator that he seems to be lost to them, and they leave the room, the final shot being the protagonist, tied up in a chair, singing quietly to himself, lost in insanity.]] A [[ExecutiveMeddling studio-mandated]] alternate happy ending ditched the twist.

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* At the end of ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', when the protagonist is interrogated by the baddies, there is an action sequence in which [[spoiler:he gets rescued by [[LaResistance the resistance]] and gets to live happily ever after with his girlfriend in a house in the countryside]]. Then it swings back to him [[spoiler: singing quietly to himself while strapped while to a chair in the room he was being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] in before his rescue. The torturer present remarks to the chief interrogator that he seems to be lost to them, and they leave the room, the final shot being the protagonist, tied up in a chair, singing quietly to himself, lost in insanity.]] A [[ExecutiveMeddling studio-mandated]] alternate happy ending ditched the twist.
28th Feb '18 3:15:39 PM SeizureFerret
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* ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout'' and its spin-off ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes'' feature an asylum as main location. The inhabitants of the nearby village and convent school are not necessarily that much more sane.

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* ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout'' and its spin-off ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes'' feature an asylum as a main location. The inhabitants of the nearby village and convent school are not necessarily that much more sane.
5th Feb '18 3:20:37 PM DoubleDDucky
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*This trope is invoked in Episode 59 of Podcast/HelloFromTheMagicTavern, "Dr. Ward", though it apparently turns out to all be a ploy by a minion of the Dark Lord to extract information on traveling between dimensions. The Mysterious Man even lampshades its use at the episode's conclusion.
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3rd Feb '18 11:07:15 PM 64SuperNintendo
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30th Jan '18 6:36:24 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* In the 59th episode of ''Podcast/{{Hello From the Magic Tavern}}'', the guest is Dr. Matt Ward, a clinical psychiatrist in Chicago who is trying to get his patient, Arnie, to accept that he is merely hallucinating all things to do with Foon; 'Usidore' is actually a fellow patient who thinks he's a wizard, and 'Chunt' is a concerned nurse; also, one of the other patients is [[Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}} a cheerleader who thinks she fights vampires]]. Many, many previous episodes are reinterpreted as Arnie's delusions. In the end, [[spoiler:Dr. Ward turns out to be a minion of the {{Dark Lord}}, trying to mentally incapacitate Arnie]], and the space station guy brings up other series that used this plot in his weekly insistence that it's all made up. [[spoiler:[[{{stinger}} Dr. Ward commiserates with Sarah]], [[{{or was it a dream}} saying that after all they did, Arnie has sunk deeper into his delusion]] ]].

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* In the 59th episode of ''Podcast/{{Hello From the Magic Tavern}}'', the guest is Dr. Matt Ward, a clinical psychiatrist in Chicago who is trying to get his patient, Arnie, to accept that he is merely hallucinating all things to do with Foon; 'Usidore' is actually a fellow patient who thinks he's a wizard, and 'Chunt' is a concerned nurse; also, one of the other patients is [[Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}} a cheerleader who thinks she fights vampires]]. Many, many previous episodes are reinterpreted as Arnie's delusions. In the end, [[spoiler:Dr. Ward turns out to be a minion of the {{Dark Lord}}, trying to mentally incapacitate Arnie]], and the space station guy brings up other series that used this plot in his weekly insistence that it's all made up. [[spoiler:[[{{stinger}} [[spoiler:[[TheStinger Dr. Ward commiserates with Sarah]], [[{{or was it a dream}} saying that after all they did, Arnie has sunk deeper into his delusion]] ]].
16th Jan '18 2:34:03 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'': In "School's Out", Cassie is just an ordinary schoolgirl on Earth, daydreaming about space adventures with a roguish hamster or is she?
26th Dec '17 4:44:18 PM angie710
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* Temporary example from ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything''. Emily gets sent to a (privately-owned) {{Prison}} due to being MistakenForJunkie. She gets a certain number of infractions, and is sent to solitary confinement as punishment. Adam and Kendra explain why [[GoMadFromTheIsolation solitary confinement]] [[FateWorseThanDeath is a cruel and inhumane punishment]], and that it is ''not'' reserved only for the worst criminals. Emily gets out of solitary, and is escorted back to her cell, where it's revealed that Adam and Kendra have been there the whole time...and therefore Emily ''hallucinated the whole segment''.
25th Dec '17 5:41:59 AM Horn
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* Creator/GrantMorrison's final issue on ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' centres on Crazy Jane in a mental hospital, where one of the supervising doctors, convinced all of her Doom Patrol adventures have been delusions, subjects her to electroshock and discharges her to live a humdrum "normal" existence. However, [[spoiler:in the end, teammate Cliff Steele saves her from suicide by taking her "home" to the utopian [[GeniusLoci Danny the World]].]]

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* Creator/GrantMorrison's final issue on ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' centres centers on Crazy Jane in a mental hospital, where one of the supervising doctors, convinced all of her Doom Patrol adventures have been delusions, subjects her to electroshock and discharges her to live a humdrum "normal" existence. However, [[spoiler:in the end, teammate Cliff Steele saves her from suicide by taking her "home" to the utopian [[GeniusLoci Danny the World]].]]



* A short story in the ''Let the Galaxy Burn'' collection set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe contained this. The story begins with a powerful Tzeentchian Chaos Lord inviting a fellow Chaos Lord to his stronghold, and expounding his conquests and victories throughout his ten millenia. The visiting Lord, however, sets a trap to kill him, and the Lord awakens in the body of a lowly human Cultist, being taunted and pelted with stones by others for his failings. They perform a ritual to mutate him into an animal-minded Chaos Spawn, and as his body is ripped apart the only thing he can think of is which life was his.

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* A short story in the ''Let the Galaxy Burn'' collection set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe contained this. The story begins with a powerful Tzeentchian Chaos Lord inviting a fellow Chaos Lord to his stronghold, and expounding his conquests and victories throughout his ten millenia.millennia. The visiting Lord, however, sets a trap to kill him, and the Lord awakens in the body of a lowly human Cultist, being taunted and pelted with stones by others for his failings. They perform a ritual to mutate him into an animal-minded Chaos Spawn, and as his body is ripped apart the only thing he can think of is which life was his.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', episode "Frame Of Mind". Commander Riker is taking part in a ship's play, in which he plays an innocent man thrown into a mental asylum (presumably for political reasons). At the same time he's being briefed on an undercover mission to a hostile planet. Riker starts to experience dreams and hallucinations in which he's trapped in the mental asylum. At one stage he's rescued from the asylum by the Enterprise crew who inform him he was captured during his mission. It turns out though he's still back in the asylum -- Riker ''was'' captured on the mission and his memories of the play is how his mind is coping with the aliens' attempts to MindProbe him. Once Riker realises this he's able to "break down the walls" of his fake reality, get his hands on a communicator and beam out of there. The episode ends with him trashing the set of the play, just to make sure.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', episode "Frame Of Mind". Commander Riker is taking part in a ship's play, in which he plays an innocent man thrown into a mental asylum (presumably for political reasons). At the same time he's being briefed on an undercover mission to a hostile planet. Riker starts to experience dreams and hallucinations in which he's trapped in the mental asylum. At one stage he's rescued from the asylum by the Enterprise crew who inform him he was captured during his mission. It turns out though he's still back in the asylum -- Riker ''was'' captured on the mission and his memories of the play is how his mind is coping with the aliens' attempts to MindProbe him. Once Riker realises realizes this he's able to "break down the walls" of his fake reality, get his hands on a communicator and beam out of there. The episode ends with him trashing the set of the play, just to make sure.



* The ''Series/SevenDays'' episode "Déjà Vu All Over Again" has Frank Parker growing more and more UnstuckInTime, and his grip on reality growing more and more tenuous, but he manages to take control of his new powers and use them to save the day [[spoiler:until the ending suggests that he might still be in the mental institution he was plucked from in the pilot episode, with the series only happening in his head]].

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* The ''Series/SevenDays'' episode "Déjà Vu All Over Again" has Frank Parker growing more and more UnstuckInTime, and his grip on reality growing more and more tenuous, but he manages to take control of his new powers and use them to save the day [[spoiler:until the ending suggests that he might still be in the mental institution he was plucked from in the pilot episode, with the series only happening in his head]].



* Calderón's ''Life is a dream''

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* Calderón's ''Life is a dream''



* The psychogical horror game ''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.

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* The psychogical psychological horror game ''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.



* In the 59th episode of ''Podcast/{{Hello From the Magic Tavern}}'', the guest is Dr. Matt Ward, a clinical psychiatrist in Chicago who is trying to get his patient, Arnie, to accept that he is merely hallucinating all things to do with Foon; 'Usidore' is actually a fellow patient who thinks he's a wizard, and 'Chunt' is a concerned nurse; also, one of the other patients is [[Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}} a cheerleader who thinks she fights vampires]]. Many, many previous episodes are reinterpreted as Arnie's delusions. In the end, [[spoiler:Dr. Ward turns out to be a minion of the {{Dark Lord}}, trying to mentally incapacitate Arnie]], and the space station guy brings up other series that used this plot in his weekly insistence that it's all made up. [[spoiler:[[{{stinger}} Dr. Ward comiserates with Sarah]], [[{{or was it a dream}} saying that after all they did, Arnie has sunk deeper into his delusion]] ]].

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* In the 59th episode of ''Podcast/{{Hello From the Magic Tavern}}'', the guest is Dr. Matt Ward, a clinical psychiatrist in Chicago who is trying to get his patient, Arnie, to accept that he is merely hallucinating all things to do with Foon; 'Usidore' is actually a fellow patient who thinks he's a wizard, and 'Chunt' is a concerned nurse; also, one of the other patients is [[Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}} a cheerleader who thinks she fights vampires]]. Many, many previous episodes are reinterpreted as Arnie's delusions. In the end, [[spoiler:Dr. Ward turns out to be a minion of the {{Dark Lord}}, trying to mentally incapacitate Arnie]], and the space station guy brings up other series that used this plot in his weekly insistence that it's all made up. [[spoiler:[[{{stinger}} Dr. Ward comiserates commiserates with Sarah]], [[{{or was it a dream}} saying that after all they did, Arnie has sunk deeper into his delusion]] ]].
2nd Nov '17 8:04:06 PM PaulA
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* In Edmond Hamilton's ''Star Kings'' duology, the second book starts with the protagonist going to a psychiatrist '''willingly''' in order to cure his memories of the first book's events (which he isn't sure are true). The therapy goes quite well until he's transported into the future to continue his adventures. The doctor believes he had a relapse and ran away.

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* In Edmond Hamilton's ''Star Kings'' ''Literature/TheStarKings'' duology, the second book starts with the protagonist going to a psychiatrist '''willingly''' in order to cure his memories of the first book's events (which he isn't sure are true). The therapy goes quite well until he's transported into the future to continue his adventures. The doctor believes he had a relapse and ran away.
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