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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': In "The Future of Beavis and Butt-Head", this happens a lot when the titular boys imagine what kind of careers they may have after graduating.
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* MTV's ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' had at least one per episode. More often than not, they would be Mecca's romantic fantasies or Jen's vivid plots of petty vengeance against the vapid and hip.



* MTV's ''WesternAnimation/Downtown'' had at least one per episode. More often than not, they would be Mecca's romantic fantasies or Jen's vivid plots of petty vengeance against the vapid and hip.

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* MTV's ''WesternAnimation/Downtown'' had at least one per episode. More often than not, they would be Mecca's romantic fantasies or Jen's vivid plots of petty vengeance against the vapid and hip.
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** Piplup in "Piplup, Up, and Away!" kept imagining Dawn praising him and himself being a total {{badass}}.

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** Piplup in "Piplup, Up, and Away!" kept imagining Dawn praising him and himself being a total {{badass}}.badass.
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* MTV's ''WesternAnimation/Downtown'' had at least one per episode. More often than not, they would be Mecca's romantic fantasies or Jen's vivid plots of petty vengeance against the vapid and hip.
23rd Oct '16 5:30:38 PM CRBWildcat
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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Patchouli gets one of Marisa driving [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas]] and destroying her library while cackling madly. This provokes Patchouli into trying to stop her from trying, despite the fact that such a thing wasn't likely to happen.

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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Patchouli gets one of Marisa driving [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas]] and destroying her library while cackling madly. This provokes Patchouli into trying to stop her from trying, doing so, despite the fact that such a thing wasn't likely to happen.
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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Patchouli gets one of Marisa driving [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas]] and destroying her library while cackling madly. This provokes Patchouli into trying to stop her from trying, despite the fact that such a thing wasn't likely to happen.
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* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Scheherezade Job", Nate has a meeting with the woman who is blackmailing them. After telling him what he needs to know about their current mark, she explains that Nate messed up her date and offers to have dinner with him. Cue to Nate imagining a nice, romantic dinner with her, interrupted by one of her {{Mooks}} choking him with a garrote, while she is drinking wine. Nate makes up a lame excuse and, once she leaves, f

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* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Scheherezade Job", Nate has a meeting with the woman who is blackmailing them. After telling him what he needs to know about their current mark, she explains that Nate messed up her date and offers to have dinner with him. Cue to Nate imagining a nice, romantic dinner with her, interrupted by one of her {{Mooks}} choking him with a garrote, while she is drinking wine. Nate makes up a lame excuse and, once she leaves, ffeels his neck uncomfortably.
* In ''Series/TheMonkees'' this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in "Monstrous Monkee Mash" when the episode's villain intrudes on a fantasy scene that Micky and Davy are having. "Hey, what are you doing? This is our fantasy scene!"
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' "Conning the Artists". The team are being held prisoner by a katana-wielding Japanese man seeking revenge for one of their cons. Danny, realising that taking on the position of leader means that IKnowKarate, gets to his feet and takes him on (including BringIt and ExplodingFishTanks) ending with Stacie throwing herself into his arms, praising his bravery and [[SmoochOfVictory kissing him]]. Cut to Danny with puckered lips as he's curtly told to sit down by Katana Man.
* In ''Series/{{Titus}}'', we have Christopher's 'Negative Space', where he reflects upon events in his own mind, which can include flashbacks AND flashforwards. Subverted in 'The Trial' where Christopher insults the judge in the Negative Space, and is apparently heard by those in the courtroom.
* This is the central trope of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', in which a {{Sentai}} team battles imaginary threats.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': In "They Call It Potsie Love," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie. At home Joanie falls asleep and fantasizes that she and Potsie get married--and that Potsie is cool and Fonzie is a nerd!
* Used frequently in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Given the flashback format of the show, the imagine spots will be told as if they were what actually happened, and then be interrupted by [[TheNarrator Future Ted]] saying something along the lines of "That's what [[HonoraryUncle Uncle Marshall]] should have said," or "But unfortunately, that's not what happened."
** The entirety of the episode [[spoiler: The Time Travelers]] is one. The realization is quite surprising and leads to the DarkestHour for Ted before he meets The Mother.
* One day Manny of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' imagines herself as Cinderella with Craig as her Prince. Her dream begins to take reality when they go on their first date in that episode.
* Austin out of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' has a spot where he imagines his voice being changed to a chipmunk voice after a vocal surgery to remove nodules from his throat.
* In the ''Series/LasVegas'' episode "And Here's Mike with the Weather", Danny and Mike have two pretty funny ones of these when they think Ed may have had an affair with the deranged Monica Mancuso, a previous owner of the casino. The first involves Monica being dominant and Ed submissive behind closed doors, and the second the other way around.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': In daydreams, Ned has a few of these. "Stress" also has a few with both Ned and Moze. One of the more jarring for Ned was when he imagined he was seeing Suzie and another boy in a football uniform getting married. In fact, Suzie was in a white dress standing next to a practice football tackle with a helmet on top. After someone tried to get his attention, he looked back only for someone to come and take the helmet off. Cue Ned looking shocked and confused.
* In ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'', the president Vasiliy, a former history teacher, frequently imagines receiving advice from historical figures when he is in a dilemma.
* On ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' a captive priest is given the chance to gain his freedom by carrying a red hot sword across a village to the Viking queen. He sees himself protected by his Catholic faith, easily handling the sword and putting it at the Queen's feet to great awe. Then the sword is put into his hands, he screams in agony and only makes it halfway before collapsing in tears as the Vikings laugh.
* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' has several scenes devoted to characters listening to music on records and radio, and imagining the actual singers of the song in their presence as they hear it. For instance, Devon Finestra (Creator/OliviaWilde) listens to Karen Carpenter on the radio and the camera shows via a dreamy filter and unusual lighting, "Karen Carpenter" sitting next to her in the car and singing the same song. This is meant to reflect the self-absorption and identification with music people experience in their daily lives.
** A sadder example is Lester, a once promising singer until an altercation with the mob had his throat crushed, ruining his voice. Listening to old recordings, he imagines himself as a singing star with his wife and children, living in a great home with bright light. It then turns to today as he can barely croak out the words as he sits in a run-down apartment by himself.
* In ''Series/{{Mortified}}'', Taylor frequently imagines that she SpeaksFluentAnimal.
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' often combines these with RealityEnsues. One instance: Calvin actually gets an A on a paper for once. The (large) center panel is a huge, mid-city celebration, with confetti, cheering spectators, a gigantic Calvin statue and Calvin himself riding in a limo with the key to the city. Unfortunately, back in reality, Ms. Wormwood just moves along to more classwork, much to a deflated Calvin's chagrin.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Season 2 of ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'' opened with a rather disturbing one as the institutionalised Vampiro smashed his doctor's head against the interview room table, punched out the orderlies, then ripped the doctor's throat out [[ManBitesMan with his teeth]]... before promising to follow the doctor's instructions to avoid people and places that might trigger his violent thoughts and being released.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The music video to "Voices" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the subject imagining doing hostile or even violent things to the people who piss him off, with the [[HearingVoices voices trying to convince him]] that this is a good idea.
* In the music video to "Gonna Get Over You," Music/SaraBareilles is a leather jacket-clad badass who literally dances into a Mexican supermarket, [[TheVirus transforming various shoppers]] into her outfit-clone backup dancers. At the end of the video, she's revealed to actually be an Adorkable nerdgirl rocking out to a song inside her head, and scaring the other customers.
* In Music/{{Juniel}}'s "Pretty Boy" music video, we see her briefly daydream about marrying the cute guy she spots at the coffee shop.
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[[folder: Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', the GreekChorus interrupts the awkward hoofing of a college dance to introduce a fantastic DreamBallet which shows how the students ''feel'' they are dancing; this eventually ends and the dance continues as before. In a later montage sequence, the professor's voice droning through their lectures fade away as Joe sees Jenny dancing through his imagination; Joe's buddy Charlie gets his own showing two girls starting to strip as a professor reads an undressing scene from ''Literature/TheEveOfStAgnes''.
* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', in the penultimate scene, has Adelaide and Sarah respectively envisioning Nathan and Sky as home-loving husbands.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* A very heartwarming moment in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is when Sora imagines himself dancing with Kairi in [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]]. This fantasy sequence is, also, the only time ([[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 in canon]]) we get to see Sora in his actual outfit here, as Halloween Town is a FisherKingdom, and Sora wears a vampire-like outfit here, complete with CuteLittleFangs and an [[{{EyepatchOfPower}} eyepatch]].
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Ryo has a few of these in ''VisualNovel/BrassRestoration'', to amusing effect.
* Kareha in ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' has a tendency to go into these whenever thrilled about something possibly romantic. It unnerves the rest of the class, who refer to them as hallucinations. We never get to see what she is actually thinking at these times, [[CovertPervert perhaps for the best]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': In the Unlimited Blade Works Scenario, Saber argues about sleeping with Shirou in his room due to [[spoiler: his having been {{brainwashed}} by Caster to go to her base the night before]]. Shirou stops himself from countering with his belief that [[spoiler: Caster won't try it again]] after he imagines Saber berating him for being such a WideEyedIdealist.
** In ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', Shirou and Rin discuss Saber's dragon-affinity, and wonder if she has a genkirin, a part on her body that, if touched, will cause Saber to lash out. Shirou has an imagine spot of Lancer bumping into Saber, which causes her to run him down on a lion-shaped go-kart.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', there's a rather... unique scene at lunch where Yuuichi is trying to imagine how Sayuri and Mai spend time together. Naturally, with the vastly different behavior and personality between them he finds it hard and eventually comes up with the idea that they're schoolgirl lesbians who then invite him to a threesome. Believe it or not, this is one of the times where Yuuichi refrains from speaking his mind.
** At the end of Sawatari Makoto's arc Amano asks what Yuuichi would ask for if he could make a miracle, Yuuichi tells her its obvious and it cuts to his wish; [[spoiler: [[HeartWarmingMoment Makoto napping on the hill where she and Yuuichi first met.]]]]
* Happens in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' a couple of times, such as when a joke choice involving Miyako is chosen.
* The heroine of ''VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight'' is an aspiring scriptwriter, and has a habit of attempting to imagine how a given scenario might play out. Her imagination is possibly a little ''too'' vivid, however, and her imagine spots are more often than not derailed by things like Iori making snarky comments or {{paparazzi}} crashing a hypothetical date with Kyohei.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Recreation'' has an amusing scene in its first chapter when Sarge has a flashback to the events of Reconstruction. The scene is radically different in that Sarge kills Grif (natch), Simmons turns into a motorcycle and Sarge rides him (no, not like that) out of the base. Grif engages in some ImagineSpotting and calls him out.
-->'''Grif:''' That's not what happened.\\
'''Sarge:''' Of course it is!\\
'''Grif:''' Then how am I still alive?\\
'''Sarge:''' I ask myself that question every day. Moto-Simmons! Run him over.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally delves into this (and cites ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' as a good example of how to do it) and his comic occasionally features one.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-23 For example]].
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 Another strip]] also references ''Scrubs'', but this time without the scene showing. However, it's possible to make a link between the original statement and the after-comment.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1302 Subverted again]] for humor. Both girls spend a BeatPanel clearly imagining ''something'', but we don't see it. However, from the context and their reluctance to talk about it, [[AThreesomeIsHot the nature of their fantasy]] can be inferred.
* Used liberally throughout ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* An occasionally used gag in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' FanWebcomic ''[[http://ashitahadocchida.sakura.ne.jp/top.html A's/StrikerS Nano]]''. As they're employed on characters portrayed as having UnresolvedSexualTension, the spots tend to be very heavily censored. [[http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/3563/asnanoss19es6.jpg Here's one example involving Fate]] (Caution: May still be {{NSFW}}).
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': "To the [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=76616 Mighty-Mobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "To the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0562.html Ninjamobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071110.html imagines the consequences]] of unveiling [[CuteMonsterGirl Molly]] to the scientific community.
* What happens when you [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1776 mix tea and coffee]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* A rather amusing one in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' involves [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/bjarnionice/ seasonally inept Vikings.]]
* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=178 Of course a squirt gun will make you a Space Opera hero!]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'', [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/06/17/the-dreadful-032/ Liz fantasizes about]] a BoomHeadshot in response to a HurricaneOfPuns from Kit and Boozloaf.
* ''Webcomic/MacHall'': [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2006-06-19 "My spleen!"]]
* This is seen periodically in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', but special mention goes to Chapter 59, with Paulo daydreaming about what would have happened if he had slept with Lucy.
* Lazarus gets one in [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-fifty-eight/ page 58]] of ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}''.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan has a small, yet hilarious one [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-01-08 here]], where he imagines the AxeCrazy Infernomancer as... well. Out of Character is putting it mildly.
* A few are sprinkled out throughout ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', but none are quite as extreme as [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/05/16/spaceouts/ Fluffy's Pool Cue Space Princess fantasy]]...
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', Myrtle locked in her room [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?206 imagines herself as Maid Myrtle]], wondering where RobinHood is when she needs rescue.
* ''Webcomics/TwoKinds'' has "Red" freaking out here do to (spoilers) [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=721 this revelation.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features Doc Scratch, who narrates the story for a brief while. We find out partway into his arc, though, that a good chunk of his story is merely a doomed timeline that is being told, and as time passes, with an increasing amount of speculation.
* Elly gets quite a few of these in ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' due to having a brain hooked on fantasy and video games. These are mostly her imagining the creepy-looking and intimidating Dr. Stein as a dragon, a MadScientist or, on one occasion, a murderer who bathes in blood. In reality, Stein is simply an AbsentMindedProfessor with a spectacularly creepy voice.
* Namco from ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' has one after the Yakuza offers to help him and make him "the most powerful company in the industry". He starts imagining himself as [[Videogame/KatamariDamacy The King of All Cosmos]], being much more powerful than all the other companies.
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Isabella of all people seemingly quite often breaking off into an Imagine Spot where she imagines Phineas as a centaur. It's just as weird as it sounds.
** Specifically, he turns into a centaur and flies away with Isabella ''after'' suddenly having given her a dramatic declaration of love. Yeah.
** Also one with Ferb, answering the question of how he managed to pick up the wrong blueprints by going into a brief fantasy about his meeting with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vanessa]].
** Candace had one in "Bowl-R-Ama Drama". Apparently, she believes that busting her brothers will result in her being allowed to use Dad's credit card ("You have our permission to ruin us financially.") and Jeremy proposing to her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when asked to try out for the football team with his friend Harry, Peter has a brief, absurdist fantasy of making touchdowns while in costume as Spider-Man, wearing a football helmet.
** Pre-Doc Ock Otto Octavious has one of "taking care" of his abusive employer, Norman Osborn.
* The second half of ''every single episode'' of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is an Imagine Spot of Angela dreaming about disgracing her [[AlphaBitch snooty rival]] Nanette Manoir, in steadily more [[HumiliationConga ludicrous]] ways.
* ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'' is ''built'' from this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer envisions what would happen if he used his new gun to rob Apu's store. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Somehow]], the logical outcome is that he becomes a Southern senator with a giant mansion and Marge dances the Monkey in a bikini.
** Homer gets these very, ''very'' frequently, and they often devolve into bizarre tangents (such as a fantasy about meeting various junk food spokespersons ending in him accidentally killing a [[CaptainErsatz stand-in for]] [[BlandNameProduct Twinkie the Kid]].) He also tends to comment on these fantasies in real life, as if the other characters have seen them as well (in the same example, the dream cut back to him chanting "Blood For Cream" in front of a bewildered Lisa.)
** In one memorable instance, Homer combined this with the SmartBall: Lisa suggested forming a brain trust, and Homer started to fantasize... about a group of intelligent people discussing the issue at hand. When the Imagine Spot ends, the rest of the family is staring at Homer, who responds "What? Can't I get one right for once?"
** After Homer is late picking up Bart from soccer practice in "Brother from the Same Planet", an angry Bart imagines Homer turning into a creepy skeleton covered in rotting flesh as Homer says ''"NOW HOW BOUT A HUG?"''
** When Bart is told that he will be awarded $500, his imagination drifts to a casino in which he loses it all in one spin of the roulette wheel. ''"Cool!"'', he exclaims.
* ''Mona the Vampire'' has a lot of this. There's a very clear visual effect to let you know when things are transferring between reality and imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers'' has [[OncePerEpisode at least one of these per episode]], as Lil' Elvis speculates on who was responsible for his status as a DoorstopBaby. (They went all the way up to "UFO" level.)
* A ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode has Dr. Milo, an EvilutionaryBiologist whose funding has been cut by Cadmus, imagining himself taking out a laser gun and wildly shooting at the people responsible.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' might hold the record for most time per episode spent in fantasy sequences. Often these would feature lengthy trips to the comic-book universe Doug created around his MartyStu superhero Quailman, whose outcomes ultimately led to Doug figuring out a solution to the problems in his own life.
** By the end of the Disney run, they started abandoning the wrapper story altogether and just making whole episodes that were Quailman cartoons.
** Parodied by Nostalgia Critic wondering "What is everyone doing while Doug is fantasizing" in which he shows Skeeter concerned about Doug who is frozen in place staring into space for who knows how long.
* If ''Doug'' holds the record, ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is the contender.
* Another mention, ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', which has a large number of fantasy sequence episodes from being pirates to being superheroes.
* This is a recurring theme in ''Birdz''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable has one of these during "Ill Suited" when he figures out wearing Kim's battle-suit will make him awesome at football. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d seconds later when Monique asks how long he's had that goofy look on his face while imagining his victory.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Several instances of Mrs. Puff doing so, at least one occurrence for several other characters.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Scent of a Heinous", after Jimmy places fart-inducing beans in Lucius' growth serum (though the latter remains unaware for most of the episode), Samy worries about what he'll do to them for the humiliation... leading to them imagining a bunch of horrible ([[AmusingInjuries and amusing]]) punishments including being cooked, fed to monster fish, and dangled over an erupting volcano.
** Also used in "There will be Chocolate" when Heloise tries chocolate for the first time. She has a brief sequence of her running around a chocolate world taking a bite out of various objects and then licking a chocolate Jimmy. It then switches back to the real world to show her licking the real Jimmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' employs these with some of their cutaway gags. In one episode, Peter pulls onto the runway staging area of the airport with his new truck[[labelnote:Explanation]]Peter drove Quagmire to work after the former crashed into the latter's car (Peter spraypainted the back window). This is how Peter got onto the runway legally.[[/labelnote]]. As he watches them fuel the planes, he fantasizes about filling his truck with jet fuel and then flying it through the sky to the theme to ''Film/TopGun''.
-->'''Peter:''' Well, that's all the convincing I needed to actually do this!
* Owen's song "Oh, My Izzy!" in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' slips into this, since he was really too injured to dance and was thinking about all his times with Izzy during the song, complete with a crayon-drawn ArtShift.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features this prominently in "The Ticket Master", with each of Twilight's friends imagining what they'd do if they could attend the Grand Galloping Gala: Applejack hopes to set up a stand and drum up business for her family's apple farm, Rainbow Dash wants to show off for the Wonderbolts, Rarity hopes to meet the stallion of her dreams, Fluttershy wants to see the royal gardens, and Pinkie Pie just wants to enjoy the festivities.
** In "A Dog and Pony Show", after Rarity gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs, the rest of the girls have a spot where they imagine Rarity freaking out over her captivity in a filthy cell, then one with her being threatened by the Diamond Dogs. Later, ''Spike'' gets an imagine spot where he's a brave, muscular knight rushing to save Rarity (who is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses inexplicably dressed like a princess]]) and getting a SmoochOfVictory.
** In "Hearts and Hooves Day", Apple Bloom imagines that the love-poisoned Cheerilee and Big Mac's neglect of their duties of teaching and apple harvesting [[ForWantOfANail will lead to]] [[SugarApocalypse Ponyville being destroyed by famine and lack of education]].
** In "A Friend In Deed", Pinkie Pie has one as she runs down her mental checklist of friend-making tasks. Apparently, Pinkie imagines in ''felt.''
* Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'' would often go into one of these after he's misinterpreted something and he imagines what he thinks the thing might be or he imagines what he would do in a situation in a movie or book.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': Muttley has an Imagine Spot once a week on his ''Magnificent Muttley'' segments.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** In "Mac Daddy", Bloo finally ditches Cheese, only to have a series of [[ArtShift crudely-drawn]] imagine spots that involve Cheese getting himself injured.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Mabel imagines spending her half of the prize money for a monster photo contest on a human-sized hamster ball. Later, Dipper imagines himself becoming famous and getting interviewed on TV for catching the Gobblewonker on film... only for Mabel (still in her hamster-ball) to barge onto the set and demand an interview.
** In "Double Dipper", Dipper imagines himself winning Wendy over with [[ComplexityAddiction his twenty-step plan to ask her to dance]]. Later, he has a jealous fantasy in which [[SitcomArchNemesis Robbie]] steals Wendy away, and she ends up punching Dipper in the gut.
** In "The Golf War", Mabel imagines finally being able to have something to brag about over her rival [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] after beating her at mini-golf; after she tells Pacifica off, Xyler and Kraz from "Dreamscaperers" come in dressed as paramedics and quip "We heard a little girl got seriously ''burned''!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' WeddingDay special "Smurfily Ever After" has Smurfette imagining her marriages to various Smurfs, each of them ending in some sort of disaster: Greedy loves food too much, Vanity loves himself too much, Hefty loves exercising too much, Farmer loves farming too much, Handy loves fixing things too much, Jokey loves playing pranks too much, and Clumsy is just...Clumsy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps'', Angelina gets so caught up in hers that somebody usually has to shout her name a couple times to snap her out of it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', this was the usual method of presenting the ideas that the characters got from doing a "Noodle Dance."
* ''WesternAnimation/RichieRich'' has his dog Dollar having Imagine Spots, which usually lead him to doing disastrous things.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* "Do not think about pink elephants."
* At times a blessing or a curse for those who are "visual learners". Visualizing things can be reflex and incredibly hard to filter out - a predictably exploitable trait.
** If you can be selective about it you can suggest [[BrainBleach disturbing mental images]] to others while blissfully incapable of seeing it yourself. AndThatWouldBeWrong.
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* A RunningGag of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' is Shirogane envisioning Kaguya looking down upon him with a sarcastic smile and muttering "''How Cute''." The one time she did make the face, she was actually being sincere, but was attempting to maintain a stoic expression in place of a wide smile, resulting in the aforementioned sarcastic smile. She also has yet to say the exact words.



* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Scheherezade Job", Nate has a meeting with the woman who is blackmailing them. After telling him what he needs to know about their current mark, she explains that Nate messed up her date and offers to have dinner with him. Cue to Nate imagining a nice, romantic dinner with her, interrupted by one of her {{Mooks}} choking him with a garrote, while she is drinking wine. Nate makes up a lame excuse and, once she leaves, feels his neck uncomfortably.
* In ''Series/TheMonkees'' this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in "Monstrous Monkee Mash" when the episode's villain intrudes on a fantasy scene that Micky and Davy are having. "Hey, what are you doing? This is our fantasy scene!"
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' "Conning the Artists". The team are being held prisoner by a katana-wielding Japanese man seeking revenge for one of their cons. Danny, realising that taking on the position of leader means that IKnowKarate, gets to his feet and takes him on (including BringIt and ExplodingFishTanks) ending with Stacie throwing herself into his arms, praising his bravery and [[SmoochOfVictory kissing him]]. Cut to Danny with puckered lips as he's curtly told to sit down by Katana Man.
* In ''Series/{{Titus}}'', we have Christopher's 'Negative Space', where he reflects upon events in his own mind, which can include flashbacks AND flashforwards. Subverted in 'The Trial' where Christopher insults the judge in the Negative Space, and is apparently heard by those in the courtroom.
* This is the central trope of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', in which a {{Sentai}} team battles imaginary threats.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': In "They Call It Potsie Love," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie. At home Joanie falls asleep and fantasizes that she and Potsie get married--and that Potsie is cool and Fonzie is a nerd!
* Used frequently in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Given the flashback format of the show, the imagine spots will be told as if they were what actually happened, and then be interrupted by [[TheNarrator Future Ted]] saying something along the lines of "That's what [[HonoraryUncle Uncle Marshall]] should have said," or "But unfortunately, that's not what happened."
** The entirety of the episode [[spoiler: The Time Travelers]] is one. The realization is quite surprising and leads to the DarkestHour for Ted before he meets The Mother.
* One day Manny of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' imagines herself as Cinderella with Craig as her Prince. Her dream begins to take reality when they go on their first date in that episode.
* Austin out of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' has a spot where he imagines his voice being changed to a chipmunk voice after a vocal surgery to remove nodules from his throat.
* In the ''Series/LasVegas'' episode "And Here's Mike with the Weather", Danny and Mike have two pretty funny ones of these when they think Ed may have had an affair with the deranged Monica Mancuso, a previous owner of the casino. The first involves Monica being dominant and Ed submissive behind closed doors, and the second the other way around.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': In daydreams, Ned has a few of these. "Stress" also has a few with both Ned and Moze. One of the more jarring for Ned was when he imagined he was seeing Suzie and another boy in a football uniform getting married. In fact, Suzie was in a white dress standing next to a practice football tackle with a helmet on top. After someone tried to get his attention, he looked back only for someone to come and take the helmet off. Cue Ned looking shocked and confused.
* In ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'', the president Vasiliy, a former history teacher, frequently imagines receiving advice from historical figures when he is in a dilemma.
* On ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' a captive priest is given the chance to gain his freedom by carrying a red hot sword across a village to the Viking queen. He sees himself protected by his Catholic faith, easily handling the sword and putting it at the Queen's feet to great awe. Then the sword is put into his hands, he screams in agony and only makes it halfway before collapsing in tears as the Vikings laugh.
* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' has several scenes devoted to characters listening to music on records and radio, and imagining the actual singers of the song in their presence as they hear it. For instance, Devon Finestra (Creator/OliviaWilde) listens to Karen Carpenter on the radio and the camera shows via a dreamy filter and unusual lighting, "Karen Carpenter" sitting next to her in the car and singing the same song. This is meant to reflect the self-absorption and identification with music people experience in their daily lives.
** A sadder example is Lester, a once promising singer until an altercation with the mob had his throat crushed, ruining his voice. Listening to old recordings, he imagines himself as a singing star with his wife and children, living in a great home with bright light. It then turns to today as he can barely croak out the words as he sits in a run-down apartment by himself.
* In ''Series/{{Mortified}}'', Taylor frequently imagines that she SpeaksFluentAnimal.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' often combines these with RealityEnsues. One instance: Calvin actually gets an A on a paper for once. The (large) center panel is a huge, mid-city celebration, with confetti, cheering spectators, a gigantic Calvin statue and Calvin himself riding in a limo with the key to the city. Unfortunately, back in reality, Ms. Wormwood just moves along to more classwork, much to a deflated Calvin's chagrin.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The music video to "Voices" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the subject imagining doing hostile or even violent things to the people who piss him off, with the [[HearingVoices voices trying to convince him]] that this is a good idea.
* In the music video to "Gonna Get Over You," Music/SaraBareilles is a leather jacket-clad badass who literally dances into a Mexican supermarket, [[TheVirus transforming various shoppers]] into her outfit-clone backup dancers. At the end of the video, she's revealed to actually be an Adorkable nerdgirl rocking out to a song inside her head, and scaring the other customers.
* In Music/{{Juniel}}'s "Pretty Boy" music video, we see her briefly daydream about marrying the cute guy she spots at the coffee shop.
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[[folder: Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', the GreekChorus interrupts the awkward hoofing of a college dance to introduce a fantastic DreamBallet which shows how the students ''feel'' they are dancing; this eventually ends and the dance continues as before. In a later montage sequence, the professor's voice droning through their lectures fade away as Joe sees Jenny dancing through his imagination; Joe's buddy Charlie gets his own showing two girls starting to strip as a professor reads an undressing scene from ''Literature/TheEveOfStAgnes''.
* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', in the penultimate scene, has Adelaide and Sarah respectively envisioning Nathan and Sky as home-loving husbands.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* A very heartwarming moment in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is when Sora imagines himself dancing with Kairi in [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]]. This fantasy sequence is, also, the only time ([[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 in canon]]) we get to see Sora in his actual outfit here, as Halloween Town is a FisherKingdom, and Sora wears a vampire-like outfit here, complete with CuteLittleFangs and an [[{{EyepatchOfPower}} eyepatch]].
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Ryo has a few of these in ''VisualNovel/BrassRestoration'', to amusing effect.
* Kareha in ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' has a tendency to go into these whenever thrilled about something possibly romantic. It unnerves the rest of the class, who refer to them as hallucinations. We never get to see what she is actually thinking at these times, [[CovertPervert perhaps for the best]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': In the Unlimited Blade Works Scenario, Saber argues about sleeping with Shirou in his room due to [[spoiler: his having been {{brainwashed}} by Caster to go to her base the night before]]. Shirou stops himself from countering with his belief that [[spoiler: Caster won't try it again]] after he imagines Saber berating him for being such a WideEyedIdealist.
** In ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', Shirou and Rin discuss Saber's dragon-affinity, and wonder if she has a genkirin, a part on her body that, if touched, will cause Saber to lash out. Shirou has an imagine spot of Lancer bumping into Saber, which causes her to run him down on a lion-shaped go-kart.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', there's a rather... unique scene at lunch where Yuuichi is trying to imagine how Sayuri and Mai spend time together. Naturally, with the vastly different behavior and personality between them he finds it hard and eventually comes up with the idea that they're schoolgirl lesbians who then invite him to a threesome. Believe it or not, this is one of the times where Yuuichi refrains from speaking his mind.
** At the end of Sawatari Makoto's arc Amano asks what Yuuichi would ask for if he could make a miracle, Yuuichi tells her its obvious and it cuts to his wish; [[spoiler: [[HeartWarmingMoment Makoto napping on the hill where she and Yuuichi first met.]]]]
* Happens in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' a couple of times, such as when a joke choice involving Miyako is chosen.
* The heroine of ''VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight'' is an aspiring scriptwriter, and has a habit of attempting to imagine how a given scenario might play out. Her imagination is possibly a little ''too'' vivid, however, and her imagine spots are more often than not derailed by things like Iori making snarky comments or {{paparazzi}} crashing a hypothetical date with Kyohei.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Recreation'' has an amusing scene in its first chapter when Sarge has a flashback to the events of Reconstruction. The scene is radically different in that Sarge kills Grif (natch), Simmons turns into a motorcycle and Sarge rides him (no, not like that) out of the base. Grif engages in some ImagineSpotting and calls him out.
-->'''Grif:''' That's not what happened.\\
'''Sarge:''' Of course it is!\\
'''Grif:''' Then how am I still alive?\\
'''Sarge:''' I ask myself that question every day. Moto-Simmons! Run him over.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally delves into this (and cites ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' as a good example of how to do it) and his comic occasionally features one.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-23 For example]].
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 Another strip]] also references ''Scrubs'', but this time without the scene showing. However, it's possible to make a link between the original statement and the after-comment.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1302 Subverted again]] for humor. Both girls spend a BeatPanel clearly imagining ''something'', but we don't see it. However, from the context and their reluctance to talk about it, [[AThreesomeIsHot the nature of their fantasy]] can be inferred.
* Used liberally throughout ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* An occasionally used gag in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' FanWebcomic ''[[http://ashitahadocchida.sakura.ne.jp/top.html A's/StrikerS Nano]]''. As they're employed on characters portrayed as having UnresolvedSexualTension, the spots tend to be very heavily censored. [[http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/3563/asnanoss19es6.jpg Here's one example involving Fate]] (Caution: May still be {{NSFW}}).
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': "To the [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=76616 Mighty-Mobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "To the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0562.html Ninjamobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071110.html imagines the consequences]] of unveiling [[CuteMonsterGirl Molly]] to the scientific community.
* What happens when you [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1776 mix tea and coffee]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* A rather amusing one in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' involves [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/bjarnionice/ seasonally inept Vikings.]]
* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=178 Of course a squirt gun will make you a Space Opera hero!]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'', [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/06/17/the-dreadful-032/ Liz fantasizes about]] a BoomHeadshot in response to a HurricaneOfPuns from Kit and Boozloaf.
* ''Webcomic/MacHall'': [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2006-06-19 "My spleen!"]]
* This is seen periodically in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', but special mention goes to Chapter 59, with Paulo daydreaming about what would have happened if he had slept with Lucy.
* Lazarus gets one in [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-fifty-eight/ page 58]] of ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}''.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan has a small, yet hilarious one [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-01-08 here]], where he imagines the AxeCrazy Infernomancer as... well. Out of Character is putting it mildly.
* A few are sprinkled out throughout ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', but none are quite as extreme as [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/05/16/spaceouts/ Fluffy's Pool Cue Space Princess fantasy]]...
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', Myrtle locked in her room [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?206 imagines herself as Maid Myrtle]], wondering where RobinHood is when she needs rescue.
* ''Webcomics/TwoKinds'' has "Red" freaking out here do to (spoilers) [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=721 this revelation.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features Doc Scratch, who narrates the story for a brief while. We find out partway into his arc, though, that a good chunk of his story is merely a doomed timeline that is being told, and as time passes, with an increasing amount of speculation.
* Elly gets quite a few of these in ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' due to having a brain hooked on fantasy and video games. These are mostly her imagining the creepy-looking and intimidating Dr. Stein as a dragon, a MadScientist or, on one occasion, a murderer who bathes in blood. In reality, Stein is simply an AbsentMindedProfessor with a spectacularly creepy voice.
* Namco from ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' has one after the Yakuza offers to help him and make him "the most powerful company in the industry". He starts imagining himself as [[Videogame/KatamariDamacy The King of All Cosmos]], being much more powerful than all the other companies.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Isabella of all people seemingly quite often breaking off into an Imagine Spot where she imagines Phineas as a centaur. It's just as weird as it sounds.
** Specifically, he turns into a centaur and flies away with Isabella ''after'' suddenly having given her a dramatic declaration of love. Yeah.
** Also one with Ferb, answering the question of how he managed to pick up the wrong blueprints by going into a brief fantasy about his meeting with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vanessa]].
** Candace had one in "Bowl-R-Ama Drama". Apparently, she believes that busting her brothers will result in her being allowed to use Dad's credit card ("You have our permission to ruin us financially.") and Jeremy proposing to her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when asked to try out for the football team with his friend Harry, Peter has a brief, absurdist fantasy of making touchdowns while in costume as Spider-Man, wearing a football helmet.
** Pre-Doc Ock Otto Octavious has one of "taking care" of his abusive employer, Norman Osborn.
* The second half of ''every single episode'' of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is an Imagine Spot of Angela dreaming about disgracing her [[AlphaBitch snooty rival]] Nanette Manoir, in steadily more [[HumiliationConga ludicrous]] ways.
* ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'' is ''built'' from this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer envisions what would happen if he used his new gun to rob Apu's store. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Somehow]], the logical outcome is that he becomes a Southern senator with a giant mansion and Marge dances the Monkey in a bikini.
** Homer gets these very, ''very'' frequently, and they often devolve into bizarre tangents (such as a fantasy about meeting various junk food spokespersons ending in him accidentally killing a [[CaptainErsatz stand-in for]] [[BlandNameProduct Twinkie the Kid]].) He also tends to comment on these fantasies in real life, as if the other characters have seen them as well (in the same example, the dream cut back to him chanting "Blood For Cream" in front of a bewildered Lisa.)
** In one memorable instance, Homer combined this with the SmartBall: Lisa suggested forming a brain trust, and Homer started to fantasize... about a group of intelligent people discussing the issue at hand. When the Imagine Spot ends, the rest of the family is staring at Homer, who responds "What? Can't I get one right for once?"
** After Homer is late picking up Bart from soccer practice in "Brother from the Same Planet", an angry Bart imagines Homer turning into a creepy skeleton covered in rotting flesh as Homer says ''"NOW HOW BOUT A HUG?"''
** When Bart is told that he will be awarded $500, his imagination drifts to a casino in which he loses it all in one spin of the roulette wheel. ''"Cool!"'', he exclaims.
* ''Mona the Vampire'' has a lot of this. There's a very clear visual effect to let you know when things are transferring between reality and imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers'' has [[OncePerEpisode at least one of these per episode]], as Lil' Elvis speculates on who was responsible for his status as a DoorstopBaby. (They went all the way up to "UFO" level.)
* A ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode has Dr. Milo, an EvilutionaryBiologist whose funding has been cut by Cadmus, imagining himself taking out a laser gun and wildly shooting at the people responsible.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' might hold the record for most time per episode spent in fantasy sequences. Often these would feature lengthy trips to the comic-book universe Doug created around his MartyStu superhero Quailman, whose outcomes ultimately led to Doug figuring out a solution to the problems in his own life.
** By the end of the Disney run, they started abandoning the wrapper story altogether and just making whole episodes that were Quailman cartoons.
** Parodied by Nostalgia Critic wondering "What is everyone doing while Doug is fantasizing" in which he shows Skeeter concerned about Doug who is frozen in place staring into space for who knows how long.
* If ''Doug'' holds the record, ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is the contender.
* Another mention, ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', which has a large number of fantasy sequence episodes from being pirates to being superheroes.
* This is a recurring theme in ''Birdz''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable has one of these during "Ill Suited" when he figures out wearing Kim's battle-suit will make him awesome at football. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d seconds later when Monique asks how long he's had that goofy look on his face while imagining his victory.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Several instances of Mrs. Puff doing so, at least one occurrence for several other characters.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Scent of a Heinous", after Jimmy places fart-inducing beans in Lucius' growth serum (though the latter remains unaware for most of the episode), Samy worries about what he'll do to them for the humiliation... leading to them imagining a bunch of horrible ([[AmusingInjuries and amusing]]) punishments including being cooked, fed to monster fish, and dangled over an erupting volcano.
** Also used in "There will be Chocolate" when Heloise tries chocolate for the first time. She has a brief sequence of her running around a chocolate world taking a bite out of various objects and then licking a chocolate Jimmy. It then switches back to the real world to show her licking the real Jimmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' employs these with some of their cutaway gags. In one episode, Peter pulls onto the runway staging area of the airport with his new truck[[labelnote:Explanation]]Peter drove Quagmire to work after the former crashed into the latter's car (Peter spraypainted the back window). This is how Peter got onto the runway legally.[[/labelnote]]. As he watches them fuel the planes, he fantasizes about filling his truck with jet fuel and then flying it through the sky to the theme to ''Film/TopGun''.
-->'''Peter:''' Well, that's all the convincing I needed to actually do this!
* Owen's song "Oh, My Izzy!" in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' slips into this, since he was really too injured to dance and was thinking about all his times with Izzy during the song, complete with a crayon-drawn ArtShift.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features this prominently in "The Ticket Master", with each of Twilight's friends imagining what they'd do if they could attend the Grand Galloping Gala: Applejack hopes to set up a stand and drum up business for her family's apple farm, Rainbow Dash wants to show off for the Wonderbolts, Rarity hopes to meet the stallion of her dreams, Fluttershy wants to see the royal gardens, and Pinkie Pie just wants to enjoy the festivities.
** In "A Dog and Pony Show", after Rarity gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs, the rest of the girls have a spot where they imagine Rarity freaking out over her captivity in a filthy cell, then one with her being threatened by the Diamond Dogs. Later, ''Spike'' gets an imagine spot where he's a brave, muscular knight rushing to save Rarity (who is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses inexplicably dressed like a princess]]) and getting a SmoochOfVictory.
** In "Hearts and Hooves Day", Apple Bloom imagines that the love-poisoned Cheerilee and Big Mac's neglect of their duties of teaching and apple harvesting [[ForWantOfANail will lead to]] [[SugarApocalypse Ponyville being destroyed by famine and lack of education]].
** In "A Friend In Deed", Pinkie Pie has one as she runs down her mental checklist of friend-making tasks. Apparently, Pinkie imagines in ''felt.''
* Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'' would often go into one of these after he's misinterpreted something and he imagines what he thinks the thing might be or he imagines what he would do in a situation in a movie or book.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': Muttley has an Imagine Spot once a week on his ''Magnificent Muttley'' segments.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** In "Mac Daddy", Bloo finally ditches Cheese, only to have a series of [[ArtShift crudely-drawn]] imagine spots that involve Cheese getting himself injured.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Mabel imagines spending her half of the prize money for a monster photo contest on a human-sized hamster ball. Later, Dipper imagines himself becoming famous and getting interviewed on TV for catching the Gobblewonker on film... only for Mabel (still in her hamster-ball) to barge onto the set and demand an interview.
** In "Double Dipper", Dipper imagines himself winning Wendy over with [[ComplexityAddiction his twenty-step plan to ask her to dance]]. Later, he has a jealous fantasy in which [[SitcomArchNemesis Robbie]] steals Wendy away, and she ends up punching Dipper in the gut.
** In "The Golf War", Mabel imagines finally being able to have something to brag about over her rival [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] after beating her at mini-golf; after she tells Pacifica off, Xyler and Kraz from "Dreamscaperers" come in dressed as paramedics and quip "We heard a little girl got seriously ''burned''!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' WeddingDay special "Smurfily Ever After" has Smurfette imagining her marriages to various Smurfs, each of them ending in some sort of disaster: Greedy loves food too much, Vanity loves himself too much, Hefty loves exercising too much, Farmer loves farming too much, Handy loves fixing things too much, Jokey loves playing pranks too much, and Clumsy is just...Clumsy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps'', Angelina gets so caught up in hers that somebody usually has to shout her name a couple times to snap her out of it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', this was the usual method of presenting the ideas that the characters got from doing a "Noodle Dance."
* ''WesternAnimation/RichieRich'' has his dog Dollar having Imagine Spots, which usually lead him to doing disastrous things.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* "Do not think about pink elephants."
* At times a blessing or a curse for those who are "visual learners". Visualizing things can be reflex and incredibly hard to filter out - a predictably exploitable trait.
** If you can be selective about it you can suggest [[BrainBleach disturbing mental images]] to others while blissfully incapable of seeing it yourself. AndThatWouldBeWrong.
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* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Scheherezade Job", Nate has a meeting with the woman who is blackmailing them. After telling him what he needs to know about their current mark, she explains that Nate messed up her date and offers to have dinner with him. Cue to Nate imagining a nice, romantic dinner with her, interrupted by one of her {{Mooks}} choking him with a garrote, while she is drinking wine. Nate makes up a lame excuse and, once she leaves, feels his neck uncomfortably.
* In ''Series/TheMonkees'' this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in "Monstrous Monkee Mash" when the episode's villain intrudes on a fantasy scene that Micky and Davy are having. "Hey, what are you doing? This is our fantasy scene!"
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' "Conning the Artists". The team are being held prisoner by a katana-wielding Japanese man seeking revenge for one of their cons. Danny, realising that taking on the position of leader means that IKnowKarate, gets to his feet and takes him on (including BringIt and ExplodingFishTanks) ending with Stacie throwing herself into his arms, praising his bravery and [[SmoochOfVictory kissing him]]. Cut to Danny with puckered lips as he's curtly told to sit down by Katana Man.
* In ''Series/{{Titus}}'', we have Christopher's 'Negative Space', where he reflects upon events in his own mind, which can include flashbacks AND flashforwards. Subverted in 'The Trial' where Christopher insults the judge in the Negative Space, and is apparently heard by those in the courtroom.
* This is the central trope of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', in which a {{Sentai}} team battles imaginary threats.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': In "They Call It Potsie Love," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie. At home Joanie falls asleep and fantasizes that she and Potsie get married--and that Potsie is cool and Fonzie is a nerd!
* Used frequently in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Given the flashback format of the show, the imagine spots will be told as if they were what actually happened, and then be interrupted by [[TheNarrator Future Ted]] saying something along the lines of "That's what [[HonoraryUncle Uncle Marshall]] should have said," or "But unfortunately, that's not what happened."
** The entirety of the episode [[spoiler: The Time Travelers]] is one. The realization is quite surprising and leads to the DarkestHour for Ted before he meets The Mother.
* One day Manny of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' imagines herself as Cinderella with Craig as her Prince. Her dream begins to take reality when they go on their first date in that episode.
* Austin out of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' has a spot where he imagines his voice being changed to a chipmunk voice after a vocal surgery to remove nodules from his throat.
* In the ''Series/LasVegas'' episode "And Here's Mike with the Weather", Danny and Mike have two pretty funny ones of these when they think Ed may have had an affair with the deranged Monica Mancuso, a previous owner of the casino. The first involves Monica being dominant and Ed submissive behind closed doors, and the second the other way around.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': In daydreams, Ned has a few of these. "Stress" also has a few with both Ned and Moze. One of the more jarring for Ned was when he imagined he was seeing Suzie and another boy in a football uniform getting married. In fact, Suzie was in a white dress standing next to a practice football tackle with a helmet on top. After someone tried to get his attention, he looked back only for someone to come and take the helmet off. Cue Ned looking shocked and confused.
* In ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'', the president Vasiliy, a former history teacher, frequently imagines receiving advice from historical figures when he is in a dilemma.
* On ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' a captive priest is given the chance to gain his freedom by carrying a red hot sword across a village to the Viking queen. He sees himself protected by his Catholic faith, easily handling the sword and putting it at the Queen's feet to great awe. Then the sword is put into his hands, he screams in agony and only makes it halfway before collapsing in tears as the Vikings laugh.
* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' has several scenes devoted to characters listening to music on records and radio, and imagining the actual singers of the song in their presence as they hear it. For instance, Devon Finestra (Creator/OliviaWilde) listens to Karen Carpenter on the radio and the camera shows via a dreamy filter and unusual lighting, "Karen Carpenter" sitting next to her in the car and singing the same song. This is meant to reflect the self-absorption and identification with music people experience in their daily lives.
** A sadder example is Lester, a once promising singer until an altercation with the mob had his throat crushed, ruining his voice. Listening to old recordings, he imagines himself as a singing star with his wife and children, living in a great home with bright light. It then turns to today as he can barely croak out the words as he sits in a run-down apartment by himself.
* In ''Series/{{Mortified}}'', Taylor frequently imagines that she SpeaksFluentAnimal.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' often combines these with RealityEnsues. One instance: Calvin actually gets an A on a paper for once. The (large) center panel is a huge, mid-city celebration, with confetti, cheering spectators, a gigantic Calvin statue and Calvin himself riding in a limo with the key to the city. Unfortunately, back in reality, Ms. Wormwood just moves along to more classwork, much to a deflated Calvin's chagrin.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The music video to "Voices" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the subject imagining doing hostile or even violent things to the people who piss him off, with the [[HearingVoices voices trying to convince him]] that this is a good idea.
* In the music video to "Gonna Get Over You," Music/SaraBareilles is a leather jacket-clad badass who literally dances into a Mexican supermarket, [[TheVirus transforming various shoppers]] into her outfit-clone backup dancers. At the end of the video, she's revealed to actually be an Adorkable nerdgirl rocking out to a song inside her head, and scaring the other customers.
* In Music/{{Juniel}}'s "Pretty Boy" music video, we see her briefly daydream about marrying the cute guy she spots at the coffee shop.
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[[folder: Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', the GreekChorus interrupts the awkward hoofing of a college dance to introduce a fantastic DreamBallet which shows how the students ''feel'' they are dancing; this eventually ends and the dance continues as before. In a later montage sequence, the professor's voice droning through their lectures fade away as Joe sees Jenny dancing through his imagination; Joe's buddy Charlie gets his own showing two girls starting to strip as a professor reads an undressing scene from ''Literature/TheEveOfStAgnes''.
* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', in the penultimate scene, has Adelaide and Sarah respectively envisioning Nathan and Sky as home-loving husbands.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* A very heartwarming moment in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is when Sora imagines himself dancing with Kairi in [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]]. This fantasy sequence is, also, the only time ([[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 in canon]]) we get to see Sora in his actual outfit here, as Halloween Town is a FisherKingdom, and Sora wears a vampire-like outfit here, complete with CuteLittleFangs and an [[{{EyepatchOfPower}} eyepatch]].
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Ryo has a few of these in ''VisualNovel/BrassRestoration'', to amusing effect.
* Kareha in ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' has a tendency to go into these whenever thrilled about something possibly romantic. It unnerves the rest of the class, who refer to them as hallucinations. We never get to see what she is actually thinking at these times, [[CovertPervert perhaps for the best]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': In the Unlimited Blade Works Scenario, Saber argues about sleeping with Shirou in his room due to [[spoiler: his having been {{brainwashed}} by Caster to go to her base the night before]]. Shirou stops himself from countering with his belief that [[spoiler: Caster won't try it again]] after he imagines Saber berating him for being such a WideEyedIdealist.
** In ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', Shirou and Rin discuss Saber's dragon-affinity, and wonder if she has a genkirin, a part on her body that, if touched, will cause Saber to lash out. Shirou has an imagine spot of Lancer bumping into Saber, which causes her to run him down on a lion-shaped go-kart.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', there's a rather... unique scene at lunch where Yuuichi is trying to imagine how Sayuri and Mai spend time together. Naturally, with the vastly different behavior and personality between them he finds it hard and eventually comes up with the idea that they're schoolgirl lesbians who then invite him to a threesome. Believe it or not, this is one of the times where Yuuichi refrains from speaking his mind.
** At the end of Sawatari Makoto's arc Amano asks what Yuuichi would ask for if he could make a miracle, Yuuichi tells her its obvious and it cuts to his wish; [[spoiler: [[HeartWarmingMoment Makoto napping on the hill where she and Yuuichi first met.]]]]
* Happens in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' a couple of times, such as when a joke choice involving Miyako is chosen.
* The heroine of ''VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight'' is an aspiring scriptwriter, and has a habit of attempting to imagine how a given scenario might play out. Her imagination is possibly a little ''too'' vivid, however, and her imagine spots are more often than not derailed by things like Iori making snarky comments or {{paparazzi}} crashing a hypothetical date with Kyohei.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Recreation'' has an amusing scene in its first chapter when Sarge has a flashback to the events of Reconstruction. The scene is radically different in that Sarge kills Grif (natch), Simmons turns into a motorcycle and Sarge rides him (no, not like that) out of the base. Grif engages in some ImagineSpotting and calls him out.
-->'''Grif:''' That's not what happened.\\
'''Sarge:''' Of course it is!\\
'''Grif:''' Then how am I still alive?\\
'''Sarge:''' I ask myself that question every day. Moto-Simmons! Run him over.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally delves into this (and cites ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' as a good example of how to do it) and his comic occasionally features one.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-23 For example]].
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 Another strip]] also references ''Scrubs'', but this time without the scene showing. However, it's possible to make a link between the original statement and the after-comment.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1302 Subverted again]] for humor. Both girls spend a BeatPanel clearly imagining ''something'', but we don't see it. However, from the context and their reluctance to talk about it, [[AThreesomeIsHot the nature of their fantasy]] can be inferred.
* Used liberally throughout ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* An occasionally used gag in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' FanWebcomic ''[[http://ashitahadocchida.sakura.ne.jp/top.html A's/StrikerS Nano]]''. As they're employed on characters portrayed as having UnresolvedSexualTension, the spots tend to be very heavily censored. [[http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/3563/asnanoss19es6.jpg Here's one example involving Fate]] (Caution: May still be {{NSFW}}).
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': "To the [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=76616 Mighty-Mobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "To the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0562.html Ninjamobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071110.html imagines the consequences]] of unveiling [[CuteMonsterGirl Molly]] to the scientific community.
* What happens when you [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1776 mix tea and coffee]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* A rather amusing one in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' involves [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/bjarnionice/ seasonally inept Vikings.]]
* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=178 Of course a squirt gun will make you a Space Opera hero!]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'', [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/06/17/the-dreadful-032/ Liz fantasizes about]] a BoomHeadshot in response to a HurricaneOfPuns from Kit and Boozloaf.
* ''Webcomic/MacHall'': [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2006-06-19 "My spleen!"]]
* This is seen periodically in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', but special mention goes to Chapter 59, with Paulo daydreaming about what would have happened if he had slept with Lucy.
* Lazarus gets one in [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-fifty-eight/ page 58]] of ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}''.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan has a small, yet hilarious one [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-01-08 here]], where he imagines the AxeCrazy Infernomancer as... well. Out of Character is putting it mildly.
* A few are sprinkled out throughout ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', but none are quite as extreme as [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/05/16/spaceouts/ Fluffy's Pool Cue Space Princess fantasy]]...
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', Myrtle locked in her room [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?206 imagines herself as Maid Myrtle]], wondering where RobinHood is when she needs rescue.
* ''Webcomics/TwoKinds'' has "Red" freaking out here do to (spoilers) [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=721 this revelation.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features Doc Scratch, who narrates the story for a brief while. We find out partway into his arc, though, that a good chunk of his story is merely a doomed timeline that is being told, and as time passes, with an increasing amount of speculation.
* Elly gets quite a few of these in ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' due to having a brain hooked on fantasy and video games. These are mostly her imagining the creepy-looking and intimidating Dr. Stein as a dragon, a MadScientist or, on one occasion, a murderer who bathes in blood. In reality, Stein is simply an AbsentMindedProfessor with a spectacularly creepy voice.
* Namco from ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' has one after the Yakuza offers to help him and make him "the most powerful company in the industry". He starts imagining himself as [[Videogame/KatamariDamacy The King of All Cosmos]], being much more powerful than all the other companies.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Isabella of all people seemingly quite often breaking off into an Imagine Spot where she imagines Phineas as a centaur. It's just as weird as it sounds.
** Specifically, he turns into a centaur and flies away with Isabella ''after'' suddenly having given her a dramatic declaration of love. Yeah.
** Also one with Ferb, answering the question of how he managed to pick up the wrong blueprints by going into a brief fantasy about his meeting with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vanessa]].
** Candace had one in "Bowl-R-Ama Drama". Apparently, she believes that busting her brothers will result in her being allowed to use Dad's credit card ("You have our permission to ruin us financially.") and Jeremy proposing to her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when asked to try out for the football team with his friend Harry, Peter has a brief, absurdist fantasy of making touchdowns while in costume as Spider-Man, wearing a football helmet.
** Pre-Doc Ock Otto Octavious has one of "taking care" of his abusive employer, Norman Osborn.
* The second half of ''every single episode'' of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is an Imagine Spot of Angela dreaming about disgracing her [[AlphaBitch snooty rival]] Nanette Manoir, in steadily more [[HumiliationConga ludicrous]] ways.
* ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'' is ''built'' from this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer envisions what would happen if he used his new gun to rob Apu's store. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Somehow]], the logical outcome is that he becomes a Southern senator with a giant mansion and Marge dances the Monkey in a bikini.
** Homer gets these very, ''very'' frequently, and they often devolve into bizarre tangents (such as a fantasy about meeting various junk food spokespersons ending in him accidentally killing a [[CaptainErsatz stand-in for]] [[BlandNameProduct Twinkie the Kid]].) He also tends to comment on these fantasies in real life, as if the other characters have seen them as well (in the same example, the dream cut back to him chanting "Blood For Cream" in front of a bewildered Lisa.)
** In one memorable instance, Homer combined this with the SmartBall: Lisa suggested forming a brain trust, and Homer started to fantasize... about a group of intelligent people discussing the issue at hand. When the Imagine Spot ends, the rest of the family is staring at Homer, who responds "What? Can't I get one right for once?"
** After Homer is late picking up Bart from soccer practice in "Brother from the Same Planet", an angry Bart imagines Homer turning into a creepy skeleton covered in rotting flesh as Homer says ''"NOW HOW BOUT A HUG?"''
** When Bart is told that he will be awarded $500, his imagination drifts to a casino in which he loses it all in one spin of the roulette wheel. ''"Cool!"'', he exclaims.
* ''Mona the Vampire'' has a lot of this. There's a very clear visual effect to let you know when things are transferring between reality and imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers'' has [[OncePerEpisode at least one of these per episode]], as Lil' Elvis speculates on who was responsible for his status as a DoorstopBaby. (They went all the way up to "UFO" level.)
* A ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode has Dr. Milo, an EvilutionaryBiologist whose funding has been cut by Cadmus, imagining himself taking out a laser gun and wildly shooting at the people responsible.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' might hold the record for most time per episode spent in fantasy sequences. Often these would feature lengthy trips to the comic-book universe Doug created around his MartyStu superhero Quailman, whose outcomes ultimately led to Doug figuring out a solution to the problems in his own life.
** By the end of the Disney run, they started abandoning the wrapper story altogether and just making whole episodes that were Quailman cartoons.
** Parodied by Nostalgia Critic wondering "What is everyone doing while Doug is fantasizing" in which he shows Skeeter concerned about Doug who is frozen in place staring into space for who knows how long.
* If ''Doug'' holds the record, ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is the contender.
* Another mention, ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', which has a large number of fantasy sequence episodes from being pirates to being superheroes.
* This is a recurring theme in ''Birdz''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable has one of these during "Ill Suited" when he figures out wearing Kim's battle-suit will make him awesome at football. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d seconds later when Monique asks how long he's had that goofy look on his face while imagining his victory.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Several instances of Mrs. Puff doing so, at least one occurrence for several other characters.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Scent of a Heinous", after Jimmy places fart-inducing beans in Lucius' growth serum (though the latter remains unaware for most of the episode), Samy worries about what he'll do to them for the humiliation... leading to them imagining a bunch of horrible ([[AmusingInjuries and amusing]]) punishments including being cooked, fed to monster fish, and dangled over an erupting volcano.
** Also used in "There will be Chocolate" when Heloise tries chocolate for the first time. She has a brief sequence of her running around a chocolate world taking a bite out of various objects and then licking a chocolate Jimmy. It then switches back to the real world to show her licking the real Jimmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' employs these with some of their cutaway gags. In one episode, Peter pulls onto the runway staging area of the airport with his new truck[[labelnote:Explanation]]Peter drove Quagmire to work after the former crashed into the latter's car (Peter spraypainted the back window). This is how Peter got onto the runway legally.[[/labelnote]]. As he watches them fuel the planes, he fantasizes about filling his truck with jet fuel and then flying it through the sky to the theme to ''Film/TopGun''.
-->'''Peter:''' Well, that's all the convincing I needed to actually do this!
* Owen's song "Oh, My Izzy!" in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' slips into this, since he was really too injured to dance and was thinking about all his times with Izzy during the song, complete with a crayon-drawn ArtShift.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features this prominently in "The Ticket Master", with each of Twilight's friends imagining what they'd do if they could attend the Grand Galloping Gala: Applejack hopes to set up a stand and drum up business for her family's apple farm, Rainbow Dash wants to show off for the Wonderbolts, Rarity hopes to meet the stallion of her dreams, Fluttershy wants to see the royal gardens, and Pinkie Pie just wants to enjoy the festivities.
** In "A Dog and Pony Show", after Rarity gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs, the rest of the girls have a spot where they imagine Rarity freaking out over her captivity in a filthy cell, then one with her being threatened by the Diamond Dogs. Later, ''Spike'' gets an imagine spot where he's a brave, muscular knight rushing to save Rarity (who is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses inexplicably dressed like a princess]]) and getting a SmoochOfVictory.
** In "Hearts and Hooves Day", Apple Bloom imagines that the love-poisoned Cheerilee and Big Mac's neglect of their duties of teaching and apple harvesting [[ForWantOfANail will lead to]] [[SugarApocalypse Ponyville being destroyed by famine and lack of education]].
** In "A Friend In Deed", Pinkie Pie has one as she runs down her mental checklist of friend-making tasks. Apparently, Pinkie imagines in ''felt.''
* Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'' would often go into one of these after he's misinterpreted something and he imagines what he thinks the thing might be or he imagines what he would do in a situation in a movie or book.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': Muttley has an Imagine Spot once a week on his ''Magnificent Muttley'' segments.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** In "Mac Daddy", Bloo finally ditches Cheese, only to have a series of [[ArtShift crudely-drawn]] imagine spots that involve Cheese getting himself injured.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Mabel imagines spending her half of the prize money for a monster photo contest on a human-sized hamster ball. Later, Dipper imagines himself becoming famous and getting interviewed on TV for catching the Gobblewonker on film... only for Mabel (still in her hamster-ball) to barge onto the set and demand an interview.
** In "Double Dipper", Dipper imagines himself winning Wendy over with [[ComplexityAddiction his twenty-step plan to ask her to dance]]. Later, he has a jealous fantasy in which [[SitcomArchNemesis Robbie]] steals Wendy away, and she ends up punching Dipper in the gut.
** In "The Golf War", Mabel imagines finally being able to have something to brag about over her rival [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] after beating her at mini-golf; after she tells Pacifica off, Xyler and Kraz from "Dreamscaperers" come in dressed as paramedics and quip "We heard a little girl got seriously ''burned''!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' WeddingDay special "Smurfily Ever After" has Smurfette imagining her marriages to various Smurfs, each of them ending in some sort of disaster: Greedy loves food too much, Vanity loves himself too much, Hefty loves exercising too much, Farmer loves farming too much, Handy loves fixing things too much, Jokey loves playing pranks too much, and Clumsy is just...Clumsy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps'', Angelina gets so caught up in hers that somebody usually has to shout her name a couple times to snap her out of it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', this was the usual method of presenting the ideas that the characters got from doing a "Noodle Dance."
* ''WesternAnimation/RichieRich'' has his dog Dollar having Imagine Spots, which usually lead him to doing disastrous things.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* "Do not think about pink elephants."
* At times a blessing or a curse for those who are "visual learners". Visualizing things can be reflex and incredibly hard to filter out - a predictably exploitable trait.
** If you can be selective about it you can suggest [[BrainBleach disturbing mental images]] to others while blissfully incapable of seeing it yourself. AndThatWouldBeWrong.
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** When Bart is told that he will be awarded $500, his imagination drifts to a casino in which he loses it all in one spin of the roulette wheel. *"Cool!", he exclaims.

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** When Bart is told that he will be awarded $500, his imagination drifts to a casino in which he loses it all in one spin of the roulette wheel. *"Cool!", ''"Cool!"'', he exclaims.
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