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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.
22nd Oct '17 10:43:53 AM Eolewyn1010
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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.
4th Oct '17 10:06:34 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The music video to "''Asylum''" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the patient/protagonist [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness going through a series of events while escaping from the asylum that most likely aren't happening]]. These include being beaten and killed multiple times by the doctors and staff, and later [[ForceFeeding force-fed]] his own (apparent) body parts (camera tricks are used to differentiate between his delusions and reality). Each of these events after his death lead to a ResetButton in which he's back in his padded cell, and by the final event he's [[GenreSavvy gotten wise]] to this, and tries to kill himself in a furnace. [[spoiler: Except this time it was real]].

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* The music video to "''Asylum''" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the patient/protagonist [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness going through a series of events while escaping from the asylum that most likely aren't happening]]. These include being beaten and killed multiple times by the doctors and staff, and later [[ForceFeeding force-fed]] his own (apparent) body parts (camera tricks are used to differentiate between his delusions and reality). Each of these events after his death lead to a ResetButton in which he's back in his padded cell, and by the final event he's [[GenreSavvy gotten wise]] wise to this, and tries to kill himself in a furnace. [[spoiler: Except this time it was real]].
17th Aug '17 4:53:07 PM ghidorah15
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The episode will switch from "reality" to reality, [[MindScrew making one wonder]] what's really happening. Sometimes, even if the series canon reveals that someone was using {{phlebotinum}} to make them think they were crazy, there will be a scene in the "real world" of a psychologist giving up.

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The episode will often switch from "reality" to reality, [[MindScrew making one wonder]] what's really happening. Sometimes, even if the series canon reveals that someone was using {{phlebotinum}} to make them think they were crazy, there will be a scene in the "real world" of a psychologist giving up.
16th Jun '17 1:57:40 PM DaibhidC
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* ''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)



* ''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)

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* ''Manga/ApollosSong'' by Osamu Tezuka may well fit. For killing animals that show affection The ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' storyline "Welcome to their young, Shogo is placed New Egypt" opens with Marc Spector 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 institution, and told that it the only part of his past adventures that was all his imagination (or real was it?) triggered by the multiple personality disorder. He doesn't accept it, at least part because the hospital being a treatment (EST, hypnotism, etc)BedlamHouse made it just too obvious that this was the nightmare.
8th Jun '17 3:23:35 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The Ben "[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]" Croshaw novel ''[[http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/features/fogjuice.htm Fog Juice]]'' has the main character being shown by the BigBad that [[spoiler: he is lying in a hospital bed with a drip in his arm, and all the other characters are a drug-induced delusion. He dismisses this as the BigBad trying to talk him into giving up... and tries not to think about the stabbing pain in his arm]].

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* The [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]" Croshaw "Yahtzee" Croshaw]] novel ''[[http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/features/fogjuice.htm Fog Juice]]'' has the main character being shown by the BigBad that [[spoiler: he is lying in a hospital bed with a drip in his arm, and all the other characters are a drug-induced delusion. He dismisses this as the BigBad trying to talk him into giving up... and tries not to think about the stabbing pain in his arm]].
21st May '17 2:33:29 AM erforce
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* ''MaxPayne2'' had a ShowWithinAShow, ''Address Unknown'', where the protagonist was in an insane asylum and thought everyone ''else'' there was insane.

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* ''MaxPayne2'' ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'' had a ShowWithinAShow, ''Address Unknown'', where the protagonist was in an insane asylum and thought everyone ''else'' there was insane.



* 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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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness II'', ''VideoGame/TheDarknessII'', 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.
17th May '17 12:24:56 PM Girminator
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* In the 59th episode of ''Podcast/{{Hello From the Magic Tavern}}'', the guest is Dr. Matt Wars, 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 Wars, 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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