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11th Feb '18 6:28:08 AM Gosicrystal
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--> [[spoiler:Shion]]: ''But ...It's okay, right? To make it into something like this? It's okay, right...? [[TearJerker I'm sorry... for being born.]]

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--> [[spoiler:Shion]]: ''But ...'''[[spoiler:Shion]]:''' But ...It's okay, right? To make it into something like this? It's okay, right...? [[TearJerker I'm sorry... for being born.]]
11th Feb '18 6:07:59 AM XFllo
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11th Feb '18 6:07:21 AM XFllo
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* [[Creator/CharlesDickens Ralph Nickleby]] hangs himself after learning that [[spoiler:Smike was his son]] because he wasted his life making money and believes that raising a child might have made him a better person.

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* [[Creator/CharlesDickens Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'': Ralph Nickleby]] Nickleby hangs himself after learning that [[spoiler:Smike was his son]] because he wasted his life making money and believes that raising a child might have made him a better person.


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* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/MonsterOfTheWeek'', webcomic recap of ''The X-Files'' episode "Founder's Mutation". Scully wants to have a sideflashback about her missing part-alien son. Next panel has her and William skipping hand in hand, and the panel's heading reads "Impossibly idyllic child-rearing fantasy". The last panel portrays Mulder and William watching a movie, Mulder calling William "fantasy son" and Scully his "fantasy mom".
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11th Feb '18 5:53:28 AM XFllo
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* Subverted on ''Series/TheXFiles'' in the episode "Amor Fati." While dying from an unknown brain ailment, Mulder hallucinates that his life is suddenly "perfect." There is no conspiracy, BigBad CSM is actually a nice guy who lives down the street, Deep Throat isn't dead but happily married, his sister is alive with children, and he's married to Diana Fowley. However, Mulder immediately notices something is amiss and expresses that this is not his life--he has other commitments. Eventually, he does come to accept his life there, and it becomes a parable about trusting wolves in sheep's clothing, since it turns out the BigBad was simply distracting him from his quest. The final shot of the hallucination is Mulder lying in bed as an old man, with the apocalypse raging outside. Luckily for Mulder, Scully is always there to kick his butt back into gear, she pops up in his hallucination to tell him to fight the fight. It works, he comes out of it, and there is an adorably shippy scene at the end of the episode in which Mulder calls her his "touchstone."

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Subverted on ''Series/TheXFiles'' in the episode "Amor Fati." Fati". While dying from an unknown brain ailment, Mulder hallucinates that his life is suddenly "perfect." There is no conspiracy, BigBad CSM is actually a nice guy who lives down the street, Deep Throat isn't dead but happily married, his sister is alive with children, and he's married to Diana Fowley. However, Mulder immediately notices something is amiss and expresses that this is not his life--he has other commitments. Eventually, he does come to accept his life there, and it becomes a parable about trusting wolves in sheep's clothing, since it turns out the BigBad was simply distracting him from his quest. The final shot of the hallucination is Mulder lying in bed as an old man, with the apocalypse raging outside. Luckily for Mulder, Scully is always there to kick his butt back into gear, she pops up in his hallucination to tell him to fight the fight. It works, he comes out of it, and there is an adorably shippy scene at the end of the episode in which Mulder calls her his "touchstone.""touchstone".
** In season 10 episode "Founder's Mutation", both Mulder and Scully have an ImagineSpot with their son William whom Scully gave up as a baby because she thought it would be the best way to save him from the omnipresent conspirators. Now she is full of remorse and is not so sure it was the best thing. She imagines taking William to school for the first time. Mulder father-fantasy involves watching a movie together and launching a model space rocket.
4th Feb '18 10:30:36 PM CommanderVisor
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* The Season 6 premiere of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:after the brutal deaths of longtime cast members Glenn and Abraham]], Rick hallucinates that everyone survived and is enjoying a Sunday brunch in Alexandria with [[spoiler:Glenn and Maggie with their newborn son (as Maggie was pregnant when Glenn died), and a very pregnant Sasha still together with Abraham]].



* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', in either the [[spoiler:Law and Chaos paths]] Isabeau quietly mulls about this for a moment after her defeat, lamenting you two could not remain together, despite all the experiences you had lived through. [[spoiler: She then proves she does ''not'' want whatever you are planning in either Path [[DrivenToSuicide by slitting her throat]] ]].

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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', in either the [[spoiler:Law and Chaos paths]] Isabeau quietly mulls about this for a moment after her defeat, lamenting you two could not remain together, despite all the experiences you had lived through. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She then proves she does ''not'' want whatever you are planning in either Path [[DrivenToSuicide by slitting her throat]] ]].throat]]]].
* Essentially the plot to ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon''. The main characters are part of a company that gives artificial memories to the dying so that they can pass peacefully believing they achieved what they wanted in life.



* At the end of Meakashi-hen, one of the most gruesome arcs of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the VN includes a flashback to a scene that would have occurred if Shion had [[spoiler:remembered her promise to Satoshi]], in which she serves as [[spoiler:an older sister figure to Satoko]]. Sadly, this scene occurs only after [[spoiler:Shion murdered Satoko gruesomely and herself fell off a building to her death]]. It takes until Minagoroshi-hen for the relationship pictured to actually develop in one of the alternate universes (although in Matsuri, Tsukiotoshi-hen also appears to take this trajectory and shows that [[InSpiteOfANail it isn't a cure-all]]).
** In the VN it is only used as a TIP and is shown after the arc. In the manga on the other hand it's shown while [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide Shion is falling towards her death]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath ends with her dead body lying on the ground.]]]]
--> [[spoiler: Shion]]: ''But ...It's okay, right? To make it into something like this? It's okay, right...? [[TearJerker I'm sorry... for being born.]]

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* At the end of Meakashi-hen, one of the most gruesome arcs of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the VN visual novel includes a flashback to a scene that would have occurred if Shion had [[spoiler:remembered her promise to Satoshi]], in which she serves as [[spoiler:an older sister figure to Satoko]]. Sadly, this scene occurs only after [[spoiler:Shion murdered Satoko gruesomely and herself fell off a building to her death]]. It takes until Minagoroshi-hen for the relationship pictured to actually develop in one of the alternate universes (although in Matsuri, Tsukiotoshi-hen also appears to take this trajectory and shows that [[InSpiteOfANail it isn't a cure-all]]).
** In the VN visual novel, it is only used as a TIP and is shown after the arc. In the manga on the other hand it's shown while [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide Shion is falling towards her death]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath ends with her dead body lying on the ground.]]]]
--> [[spoiler: Shion]]: [[spoiler:Shion]]: ''But ...It's okay, right? To make it into something like this? It's okay, right...? [[TearJerker I'm sorry... for being born.]]
13th May '17 6:55:18 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' when [[spoiler:[[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]][=/=][[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Third Impact]] is taking full effect killing everyone on the planet, ''[[MagnificentBastard Gendo's]]'']] last words are [[spoiler:"Forgive me, Shinji."]] as he realises how he has driven his child away and treated him horribly, invoking this trope.

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* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' when [[spoiler:[[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]][=/=][[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Third Impact]] is taking full effect killing absorbing everyone on the planet, ''[[MagnificentBastard Gendo's]]'']] last words are [[spoiler:"Forgive me, Shinji."]] as he realises how he has driven his child away and treated him horribly, invoking this trope.
20th Jan '17 5:53:43 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', as Future Trunks watches Gohan play with Pan, he is seized with a vision of Future Bulma and Mai having dinner with him. Something that is no longer possible since [[spoiler: Goku Black murdered Bulma and Mai (he thinks)]].

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', as the sight of Gohan with his happy family makes Future Trunks watches Gohan play with Pan, he is seized with a vision of Future Bulma imagines himself, his mother, and Mai having sitting down to a peaceful dinner with him. Something -- something that is no longer possible since [[spoiler: Goku thanks to [[spoiler:Goku Black murdered murdering Future Bulma and Mai (he thinks)]].(seemingly) Mai]]. This strengthens Trunks' resolve to defeat Black and bring peace to the future once more.
7th Dec '16 6:57:45 PM Erin582
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* A VictimOfTheWeek on ''Series/ColdCase'' was a drug mule who ultimately dreamed of leaving the business and gaining employment in an legitimate company's office building and receive flowers on her desk. Just before she was murdered by her associates, she views herself gaining her wish and working in a high-rise building, away from her imminent death.
25th Oct '16 10:43:49 PM Gamermaster
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** Just before Fate escapes [[LotusEaterMachine her dream world]] in the movie version of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs the second season]], we see what life would have been like had it been real. In this case, it's less about what could have been and more [[spoiler: [[ClonesArePeopleToo Fate coming to terms with being a separate person from Alica]]]] and embracing the future.
30th Sep '16 3:49:19 AM Ramona122003
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', as Future Trunks watches Gohan play with Pan, he is seized with a vision of Future Bulma and Mai having dinner with him. Something that is no longer possible since [[spoiler: Goku Black murdered Bulma and Mai (he thinks)]].
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