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25th Nov '16 11:08:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': In "Delusion", Ash wakes up in a mental asylum where his doctor tries to convince him that all his experiences with the Deadites and the Necronomicon are delusions that "Ashy Slashy" created to cope with his brutal murder of all his friends back at the cabin. He'll see orderlies and patients around him as people he knows (such as Kelly as a female patient, Pablo as an orderly, and Ruby as a nurse) before they change back for brief flashes. [[spoiler:It's really all an illusion created by the demon Baal to break Ash's mind.]]
18th Sep '16 2:38:06 PM nombretomado
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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.]] 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]].

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* Played arrow-straight in ''AlanWake'', ''VideoGame/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]].
13th Sep '16 5:52:11 AM katrynn
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14th Aug '16 10:12:48 PM ultimomant
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* ''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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* ''Series/TwilightZone2002'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' 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 musician that dreams he's a criminal]], and then comes the obligatory TwistEnding.
14th Aug '16 10:10:45 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/BelievingStories'' opens with Princess Celestia waking up in an insane asylum in a human body and being told she hallucinated being a pony princess.
30th Jun '16 7:20:53 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''{{Bionicle}}''. Sahmad is placed into a LotusEaterMachine in which he is being accepted into the new society on Spherus Magna. Since the first person he meets is being nice to him, as opposed to running away or attacking him, he assumes that she's insane and that he's trapped in some sort of asylum.

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* Subverted in ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Sahmad is placed into a LotusEaterMachine in which he is being accepted into the new society on Spherus Magna. Since the first person he meets is being nice to him, as opposed to running away or attacking him, he assumes that she's insane and that he's trapped in some sort of asylum.



* ''AmericanMcGeesAlice'' does a similar thing with ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''; in this case the entire game is based on the presupposition that the original books were mental aberrations, with the different characters representing various personality fragments and psychoses.

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* ''AmericanMcGeesAlice'' ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' does a similar thing with ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''; in this case the entire game is based on the presupposition that the original books were mental aberrations, with the different characters representing various personality fragments and psychoses.



** It's subverted in ''AliceMadnessReturns'', where Alice is completely aware that her excursions to Wonderland are delusions. That doesn't make what she does there [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind any less important.]]

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** It's subverted in ''AliceMadnessReturns'', ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'', where Alice is completely aware that her excursions to Wonderland are delusions. That doesn't make what she does there [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind any less important.]]
25th Jun '16 11:11:15 AM nombretomado
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* ''AHDotComTheSeries'', two-part episode "The Gates of Dawn".

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* ''AHDotComTheSeries'', ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', two-part episode "The Gates of Dawn".
16th Jun '16 9:13:27 PM mariic
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* Done extremely well [[CoolVersusAwesome with the trailer for]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/themanbatman#p/u/4/WnZRU8RahTY The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/themanbatman#p/u/3/6RppxhOdby4 Batman]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/themanbatman#p/u/1/8pIV4AgHcoc Complex]]'', [[FanVid a fake film]] where the Creator/ChristianBale Franchise/{{Batman}} [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga movies]] are revealed to be a hallucination by Christian Bale's character from ''Film/TheMachinist'', who is being treated for schizophrenia by [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Cobb]] and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt his]] [[Creator/EllenPage team]] [[Creator/TomHardy from]] Film/{{Inception}}.

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* Done extremely well [[CoolVersusAwesome with the trailer for]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/themanbatman#p/u/4/WnZRU8RahTY The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/themanbatman#p/u/3/6RppxhOdby4 Batman]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/themanbatman#p/u/1/8pIV4AgHcoc Complex]]'', [[FanVid a fake film]] where the Creator/ChristianBale Franchise/{{Batman}} [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga movies]] are revealed to be a hallucination by Christian Bale's character from ''Film/TheMachinist'', who is being treated for schizophrenia by [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Cobb]] and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt [[Creator/JosephGordonLevitt his]] [[Creator/EllenPage team]] [[Creator/TomHardy from]] Film/{{Inception}}.
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.
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