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16th Apr '18 4:40:16 AM Korodzik
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* ''Comiis example here. Go to the discussion page for that.

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12th Apr '18 9:50:22 AM KDreader02
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* Webcomic/DrFrost has the Rorschach Test in "The Empty Man," the very first episode. A man's date sees the ink blots as a mask, which leads Frost to believe she's being deceptive.
4th Apr '18 8:38:58 AM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. In "Joker's Millions", a psychiatrist is shown giving this test to the Joker, but the cards just show the Batman and Robin symbols. He's implied to be a hack that the Joker bribed to give him a clean bill of mental health.
28th Mar '18 12:43:57 PM JamesAustin
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* TruthInTelevision for quite a long time, as shown in 1946 documentary film ''Film/LetThereBeLight''. The inkblot test is part of the therapy that psychiatrists used with the deeply damaged [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] victims at the hospital.

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* TruthInTelevision for quite a long time, as shown in 1946 documentary film ''Film/LetThereBeLight''.''Film/{{Let There Be Light|1946}}''. The inkblot test is part of the therapy that psychiatrists used with the deeply damaged [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] victims at the hospital.
20th Feb '18 8:55:47 PM WillBGood
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* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': The superhero Rorschach gets his name from the inkblot test, and wears a mask that resembles their shapes. It is a white mask made up of constantly shifting black inkblots, mirroring his BlackAndWhiteInsanity. Once Rorschach is imprisoned (and de-masked), the doctor assigned to him gives him this test. He lies about his answers initially (on seeing one picture that reminds him of his abusive mother, he calls it "Some pretty flowers"), but once the psychiatrist realizes that and retests him, he weaves his reply into his HannibalLecture.
** [[{{Film/Watchmen}} In the movie]], once Rorschach breaks out of his cell and gets his mask/"face" back [[IronicEcho he asks the doctor: "What do you see?"]]
* In Creator/GrantMorrison's graphic novel ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', the Joker grabs a set of inkblot cards from a psychiatrist and proceeds to mock the test itself by facetiously claiming to see such things as two angels having sex and a Jewish ventriloquist act. He then tries to test Franchise/{{Batman}} who, although he sees a bat as in the below example, claims to see nothing. The Joker retorts, "Not even a cute little long-legged boy in swimming trunks?", an unsubtle [[HoYay/{{Batman}} reference to Robin]].
* In ''Kid Eternity'', Kid is on the receiving end of this by his EvilCounterpart Dr. Pathos after being interned in the mental hospital he works at. Dr. Pathos grows increasingly frustrated when it becomes clear that Kid is just going to keep saying he sees "a man being swallowed by a giant vagina."
* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' wherein Brainiac 5 administered one to Jo Nah. Jo described every inkblot as a picture of him strangling or otherwise committing violence on the person of Brainy. When Brainy became frustrated with this, Jo replied that it wasn't his fault, Brainy was the one with all the pictures of himself being abused.
* In ''Comicbook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' Issue 5, Zecora gives this test to Fluttershy. She gets confused and says [[LiteralMinded she sees ink]].

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* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': The superhero ''Comiis example here. Go to the discussion page for that.
* In ''Film/ProblemChild'', the prison psychiatrist is giving a
Rorschach gets test to the Bow Tie Killer, only the "inkblots" are actually bloodstains left by his name from victims. While the inkblot test, warden is in the room he lies, saying he sees things like butterflies and wears a mask that resembles their shapes. It is a white mask made up of constantly shifting black inkblots, mirroring his BlackAndWhiteInsanity. Once Rorschach is imprisoned (and de-masked), bunnies hopping across fields. This enrages the doctor assigned to him gives him this test. He lies about his answers initially (on seeing one picture that reminds him of his abusive mother, he calls it "Some pretty flowers"), but once warden, and the psychiatrist realizes that and retests him, he weaves his reply into his HannibalLecture.
** [[{{Film/Watchmen}} In
forces him to leave. Once the movie]], once Rorschach breaks out of his cell and gets his mask/"face" back [[IronicEcho he asks warden leaves, the doctor: "What do you see?"]]
* In Creator/GrantMorrison's graphic novel ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', the Joker grabs a set of inkblot cards from a
psychiatrist continues the test, and proceeds to mock the test itself by facetiously claiming to see such things as two angels having sex and a Jewish ventriloquist act. He then tries to test Franchise/{{Batman}} who, although Bow Tie Killer says he sees a bat as in blood, and kills the below example, claims to see nothing. The Joker retorts, "Not even a cute little long-legged boy in swimming trunks?", an unsubtle [[HoYay/{{Batman}} reference to Robin]].
* In ''Kid Eternity'', Kid is
psychiatrist, puts on the receiving end of this by his EvilCounterpart Dr. Pathos after being interned in the mental hospital he works at. Dr. Pathos grows increasingly frustrated when it becomes clear that Kid is just clothes and drives out of prison. Why no one was watching what was going on from behind a two-way mirror [[FridgeLogic is anyone's guess.]]
* In ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun,'' Creator/WoodyAllen's character's troubled youth is highlighted when he interprets an inkblot drawing as "Two ostriches making love
to keep saying he sees "a man being swallowed by a giant vagina.glee club."
* There was Parodied in ''Film/BlankMan'', which injects an issue upper chest into the set of ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' wherein Brainiac 5 administered one to Jo Nah. Jo described every blots. Even better, Damon Wayans' character has no idea what the obvious breasts are, even when the man administering the test holds the card against his own chest as visual reference.
* TruthInTelevision for quite a long time, as shown in 1946 documentary film ''Film/LetThereBeLight''. The
inkblot as a picture test is part of him strangling or otherwise committing violence on the person of Brainy. When Brainy became frustrated therapy that psychiatrists used with this, Jo replied the deeply damaged [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] victims at the hospital.
* A viral ad for ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' takes the form of a Weyland Industries advertisement for the David 8 model of artificial human. This includes David taking a futuristic version of the test; subverted in
that it wasn't his fault, Brainy was bland corporate-approved responses give [[AIIsACrapshoot no indication of his true nature]] as revealed in the one with all movie and [[Film/AlienCovenant its sequel]].
-->'''Narrator:''' David, what do you think about?
-->'''David:''' I think about anything. (test images) Children playing...angel...
the pictures of himself being abused.
* In ''Comicbook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' Issue 5, Zecora gives this test to Fluttershy. She gets confused and says [[LiteralMinded she sees ink]].
universe...robots...



[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* A MarySue, upon being given a Rorschach test for her glorified cutting, or because she has seen her one true love (Draco) fake his own death, will respond with [[MathematiciansAnswer "an inkblot"]], and is thus deemed not crazy. In reality, she would either be unimaginative or uncooperative.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has this. All Calvin sees are TV's, {{Dracula}}, Rupert and Earl Chill, [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs a Utahraptor]], and [[ItsAllAboutMe himself.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/PsychopathThinkingOutsideTheBox Psychopath: Thinking Outside The Box]]'' A attempts to give B the Rorschach test. [[spoiler: [[RunningGag It's a blob of jam... a blob of jam... strawberry...]]]]

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* A MarySue, upon very old joke involves a man being given shown a Rorschach test for her glorified cutting, or because she has seen her one true love (Draco) fake his own death, will respond set of inkblots, and interpreting them all as pictures of people having sex. When the tester announces that he's clearly obsessed with [[MathematiciansAnswer "an inkblot"]], and is thus deemed not crazy. In reality, she would either be unimaginative or uncooperative.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has this. All Calvin sees are TV's, {{Dracula}}, Rupert and Earl Chill, [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs a Utahraptor]], and [[ItsAllAboutMe himself.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/PsychopathThinkingOutsideTheBox Psychopath: Thinking Outside The Box]]'' A attempts to give B
sex, he says, "Me? You're the Rorschach test. [[spoiler: [[RunningGag It's a blob one with the collection of jam... dirty pictures."
** ''Series/GetSmart'' did
a blob version of jam... strawberry...]]]]this joke, as did ''Film/WhatAboutBob'' And ''Series/{{MASH}}''
** Parodied in [[http://wondermark.com/395/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' strip.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did the same thing, but specifically mentioned girls.



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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': one of the drillers is subjected to this as part of his astronaut training.
-->'''Rockhound''': Woman with big breasts... woman with medium breasts... oh, this is like you ''(points to psychiatrist, who is male)'', but with breasts.
-->'''AJ Frost''': This is Harry giving me a hard time. This is Harry telling me it's not good enough. This is Harry telling me I can't marry his daughter. Thanks a lot, I appreciate it.
* Subverted in ''Film/ShortCircuit'', where the male lead makes a quick inkblot test and tries it on Johnny 5. However, he's not actually trying to psychoanalyze Johnny - he just wants to know if Johnny's sufficiently sentient that he can perceive it as something besides a stain. It kinda works; at first, Johnny 5 ''does'' just see a stain, and breaks it down into its individual components (mainly tomato soup on a piece of paper), convincing the lead that the robot wasn't sentient enough. Then, it begins to describe what the stain ''resembles'' (like a maple leaf and butterfly), causing this little bit of dialog to ensue:
--> '''Newton Crosby, [=PhD=]''': Where? Holy shit!
--> '''Johnny 5''': No shit. Where see shit?
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', with Bruce trying to regain his social footing with Dr. Meridian, he turns to the various psychiatric tools in her office and tries to put her on the defensive with them or otherwise change the subject. Given that he broke into her room assuming she was being beaten up when she was just boxing with a training dummy, this is understandable. He asks if she has a thing for bats. The doctor says it's a Rorschach, and explains what it is, then says that the question is if ''he'' has a thing for bats.
%% Do not discuss this example here. Go to the discussion page for that.
* In ''Film/ProblemChild'', the prison psychiatrist is giving a Rorschach test to the Bow Tie Killer, only the "inkblots" are actually bloodstains left by his victims. While the warden is in the room he lies, saying he sees things like butterflies and bunnies hopping across fields. This enrages the warden, and the psychiatrist forces him to leave. Once the warden leaves, the psychiatrist continues the test, and the Bow Tie Killer says he sees blood, and kills the psychiatrist, puts on his clothes and drives out of prison. Why no one was watching what was going on from behind a two-way mirror [[FridgeLogic is anyone's guess.]]
* In ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun,'' Creator/WoodyAllen's character's troubled youth is highlighted when he interprets an inkblot drawing as "Two ostriches making love to a glee club."
* Parodied in ''Film/BlankMan'', which injects an upper chest into the set of blots. Even better, Damon Wayans' character has no idea what the obvious breasts are, even when the man administering the test holds the card against his own chest as visual reference.
* TruthInTelevision for quite a long time, as shown in 1946 documentary film ''Film/LetThereBeLight''. The inkblot test is part of the therapy that psychiatrists used with the deeply damaged [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] victims at the hospital.
* A viral ad for ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' takes the form of a Weyland Industries advertisement for the David 8 model of artificial human. This includes David taking a futuristic version of the test; subverted in that his bland corporate-approved responses give [[AIIsACrapshoot no indication of his true nature]] as revealed in the movie and [[Film/AlienCovenant its sequel]].
-->'''Narrator:''' David, what do you think about?
-->'''David:''' I think about anything. (test images) Children playing...angel...the universe...robots...

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': one of the drillers is subjected to this as part of his astronaut training.
-->'''Rockhound''': Woman with big breasts... woman with medium breasts... oh, this is like you ''(points to psychiatrist, who is male)'', but with breasts.
-->'''AJ Frost''': This is Harry giving me a hard time. This is Harry telling me it's not good enough. This is Harry telling me I can't marry his daughter. Thanks a lot, I appreciate it.
* Subverted in ''Film/ShortCircuit'', where the male lead makes a quick inkblot test and tries it on Johnny 5. However, he's not actually trying to psychoanalyze Johnny - he just wants to know if Johnny's sufficiently sentient that he can perceive it as something besides a stain. It kinda works; at first, Johnny 5 ''does'' just see a stain, and breaks it down into its individual components (mainly tomato soup on a piece of paper), convincing the lead
In Robert Pirsig's novel ''Lila'', Phaedrus claims that the robot wasn't sentient enough. Then, it begins to describe what true purpose of the stain ''resembles'' (like a maple leaf and butterfly), causing this little bit of dialog to ensue:
--> '''Newton Crosby, [=PhD=]''': Where? Holy shit!
--> '''Johnny 5''': No shit. Where see shit?
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', with Bruce trying to regain his social footing with Dr. Meridian, he turns to the various psychiatric tools in her office and tries to put her on the defensive with them or otherwise change the subject. Given that he broke into her room assuming she was being beaten up when she was just boxing with a training dummy, this is understandable. He asks if she has a thing for bats. The doctor says it's a Rorschach, and explains what it is, then says that the question is if ''he'' has a thing for bats.
%% Do not discuss this example here. Go to the discussion page for that.
* In ''Film/ProblemChild'', the prison psychiatrist is giving a
Rorschach test is to gauge the Bow Tie Killer, only subject's imaginative ability, such that if the "inkblots" are actually bloodstains left by his victims. While the warden is in the room he lies, saying he sees things like butterflies and bunnies hopping across fields. This enrages the warden, and the psychiatrist forces him to leave. Once the warden leaves, the psychiatrist continues the test, and the Bow Tie Killer person says he sees blood, and kills the psychiatrist, puts on his clothes and drives out "I don't see anything," or "I see an inkblot," that's allegedly a potential sign of prison. Why severe mental illness. It should be noted that there is no one was watching what was going on from behind evidence to support this claim. At most, such responses would indicate a two-way mirror [[FridgeLogic lack of creativity.
* Played dead straight in ''Literature/AlexRider'', when Alex
is anyone's guess.]]
being assessed for suitability as an [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten assassin.]] Most applicants saw a man lying in a pool of blood. Alex saw a guy with a bookbag.
* In ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun,'' Creator/WoodyAllen's character's troubled youth ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', Charlie is highlighted when given a Rorschach early on, and to highlight his severe mental retardation, he's unable to understand the concept, thinking that he's supposed to find some sort of hidden picture. A few weeks later, he's given the test again, and gets angry because he interprets an inkblot drawing thinks they changed the test on him.
* ''Big Secrets'' by William Poundstone had black-and-white illustrations of each blot, with full descriptions, including colors. Published 1985.
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' : Rorschach is mentioned in passing
as "Two ostriches making love one test Billy likely took while seeking gender-reassignment. A whole scene is devoted to a glee club.describing "House, Tree, Person."
* Parodied in ''Film/BlankMan'', which injects an upper chest into In ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'', after the set events of blots. Even better, Damon Wayans' character has no idea what "Not What He Seems" and "A Tale of Two Stans", the obvious breasts are, even when the man administering the test holds the card against his own chest as visual reference.
* TruthInTelevision for quite a long time, as shown in 1946 documentary film ''Film/LetThereBeLight''. The
Author subjected [[GenkiGirl Mabel]] to some psychological testing, including an inkblot test is part of test. Her responses, including [[ThePollyanna seeing a mushroom cloud as a lollipop]], left the therapy that psychiatrists used Author with the deeply damaged [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] victims at the hospital.
* A viral ad for ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' takes the form of a Weyland Industries advertisement for the David 8 model of artificial human. This includes David taking a futuristic version of the test; subverted in that his bland corporate-approved responses give [[AIIsACrapshoot no indication of his true nature]] as revealed in the movie and [[Film/AlienCovenant its sequel]].
-->'''Narrator:''' David, what do you think about?
-->'''David:''' I think about anything. (test images) Children playing...angel...the universe...robots...
some concerns.



[[folder:Jokes]]
* A very old joke involves a man being shown a set of inkblots, and interpreting them all as pictures of people having sex. When the tester announces that he's clearly obsessed with sex, he says, "Me? You're the one with the collection of dirty pictures."
** ''Series/GetSmart'' did a version of this joke, as did ''Film/WhatAboutBob'' And ''Series/{{MASH}}''
** Parodied in [[http://wondermark.com/395/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' strip.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did the same thing, but specifically mentioned girls.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Robert Pirsig's novel ''Lila'', Phaedrus claims that the true purpose of the Rorschach test is to gauge the subject's imaginative ability, such that if the person says "I don't see anything," or "I see an inkblot," that's allegedly a potential sign of severe mental illness. It should be noted that there is no evidence to support this claim. At most, such responses would indicate a lack of creativity.
* Played dead straight in ''Literature/AlexRider'', when Alex is being assessed for suitability as an [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten assassin.]] Most applicants saw a man lying in a pool of blood. Alex saw a guy with a bookbag.
* In ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', Charlie is given a Rorschach early on, and to highlight his severe mental retardation, he's unable to understand the concept, thinking that he's supposed to find some sort of hidden picture. A few weeks later, he's given the test again, and gets angry because he thinks they changed the test on him.
* ''Big Secrets'' by William Poundstone had black-and-white illustrations of each blot, with full descriptions, including colors. Published 1985.
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' : Rorschach is mentioned in passing as one test Billy likely took while seeking gender-reassignment. A whole scene is devoted to describing "House, Tree, Person."
* In ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'', after the events of "Not What He Seems" and "A Tale of Two Stans", the Author subjected [[GenkiGirl Mabel]] to some psychological testing, including an inkblot test. Her responses, including [[ThePollyanna seeing a mushroom cloud as a lollipop]], left the Author with some concerns.
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* ''Comicstrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' has a [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF233-Psychoanalyst.jpg twisted take.]]

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* ''Comicstrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' has a [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF233-Psychoanalyst.jpg com/comics/psychoanalyst/ twisted take.]]
18th Feb '18 2:56:52 PM Dialh
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* In a commercial for the Advertising/SeattleMariners baseball team, an opposing pitcher sent to therapy over psychological trauma from having to pitch to Ken Griffey Jr. is shown a variety of inkblots, and sees Griffey in all of them.

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* In a commercial for the Advertising/SeattleMariners baseball team, an opposing pitcher sent to therapy over psychological trauma from having to pitch to Ken Griffey Jr. is shown a variety of inkblots, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kle6WB9xpbQ and sees Griffey in all of them.them]].
16th Feb '18 4:14:58 PM DrFraud
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* ''Maze 3: Nightmare Realm'' has a hidden-object scene where you need to pick the item which most resembles an ink blot in a book.
12th Jan '18 5:23:40 PM whalewithwings
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* One of the unseen doctors in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', Dr. Rory Froud is a sentient, floating Rorschach test.
12th Jan '18 6:50:28 AM MisterVercetti
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-->'''Dave:''' "Two turds hugging, no, fighting, no, just arguing, wait, no, they're definitely having sex, but it's ''angry'' sex."\\
'''Dave:''' "Oh, that's easy: penis in a blender, or a turtle driving a pickup truck. Dealer's choice."\\
'''Dave:''' "Oh, that's easy, it's a reggae band of ants, and bad news: the drummer, he sucks."\\
'''Dave:''' "Hmm... Ooh, the two of us having dinner tonight. No, wait, having sex, and then you buy ''me'' dinner, and let me eat it off your ass."\\
'''Dr.Masterson:''' "''Absolutely not''."\\
'''Dave:''' "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint I thought there were no wrong answers!]]"
23rd Dec '17 2:43:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Series/CitizenSmith: At one point, Tucker is having marital problems, and for some reason the others deduce that he is becoming mentally unstable. They borrow a psychoanalysis book from the library which has some inkblot tests in it. Tucker reports that all the cards remind him of sex.

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* Series/CitizenSmith: ''Series/CitizenSmith'': At one point, Tucker is having marital problems, and for some reason the others deduce that he is becoming mentally unstable. They borrow a psychoanalysis book from the library which has some inkblot tests in it. Tucker reports that all the cards remind him of sex.
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