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12th Sep '16 9:44:03 PM mariic
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** [[{{Film/Watchmen}} In the movie]], once Rorschach breaks out of his cell and gets his mask/"face" back he asks the doctor: "What do you see?"

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** [[{{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?"see?"]]
28th Jul '16 6:13:38 PM TargetOnMyBack
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* Played with in a ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "[=S03E08 The Pants Alternative=]" - when Leonard is counselling Sheldon ([[ItMakesSenseInContext as a part of collective effort to overcome Sheldon's stagefright]]), Sheldon almost [[InvokedTrope immedietaly says]]: ''"If it will help speed things along, uh, my answers to the standard Rorschach ink blot test are [[BreadEggsMilkSquick A, a bat, B, a bat, C, a bat, and D, my father killing my mother with a hypodermic needle]]."''

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* Played with in a ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "[=S03E08 The Pants Alternative=]" - when Leonard is counselling Sheldon ([[ItMakesSenseInContext as a part of collective effort to overcome Sheldon's stagefright]]), Sheldon almost [[InvokedTrope immedietaly immediately says]]: ''"If it will help speed things along, uh, my answers to the standard Rorschach ink blot test are [[BreadEggsMilkSquick A, a bat, B, a bat, C, a bat, and D, my father killing my mother with a hypodermic needle]]."''



* ''[[Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell BOFH]]'' and his assistant got some ''[[AcceptableTargets analyst]]'' estimating them for ''security'' purpose. Naturally, they [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/07/bofh_and_the_government_contract/ could not leave this insult unmocked]].

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* ''[[Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell BOFH]]'' and his assistant got some ''[[AcceptableTargets analyst]]'' estimating them for ''security'' purpose.purposes. Naturally, they [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/07/bofh_and_the_government_contract/ could not leave this insult unmocked]].
13th Jul '16 6:47:47 PM merotoker
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Note that any inkblot seen in a movie and TV show will ''not'' be one of the actual Rorschach blots, but a blot made up for that production. The American Psychological Association [[SpoilAtYourOwnRisk has attempted to keep them reasonably secret]] so that when the test is actually administered, the patient's reactions will be spontaneous. However, at this point the test has been widely distributed on the internet and is now considered defunct. Also, fictional blots are almost universally simple black ink on white paper -- but in the actual test, two of the ten blots are black and red, and three are multicolored.

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Note that any inkblot seen in a movie and TV show will ''not'' be one of the actual Rorschach blots, but a blot made up for that production. The American Psychological Association [[SpoilAtYourOwnRisk has attempted to keep them reasonably secret]] so that when the test is actually administered, the patient's reactions will be spontaneous. However, at this point the test has been widely distributed on the internet Internet and is now considered defunct. Also, fictional blots are almost universally simple black ink on white paper -- but in the actual test, two of the ten blots are black and red, and three are multicolored.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzhfT3X6OPk This commercial]] has superstars being tested when Wrestling/{{WWE SmackDown}} was returning to Thursdays.



* 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/ComicBooks reference to Robin]].

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* 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/ComicBooks [[HoYay/{{Batman}} reference to Robin]].



* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' wherein Brainiac 5 administered an InkblotTest 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.

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* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' wherein Brainiac 5 administered an InkblotTest 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.



* 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.

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* Parodied in ''Film/BlankMan'', which injects an upper chest into the set of blots. Even better, Damon Wayans 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.



** {{Animaniacs}} did the same thing, but specifically mentioned girls.

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** {{Animaniacs}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did the same thing, but specifically mentioned girls.



* ''Creator/StephenColbert'' blames his therapist for giving him inkblots that all look like the same thing - either a butterfly in bondage, or a mushroom cloud. He sees the same things in the outlines of countries (except for Italy, which doesn't look like anything at all, and Canada, which is ShapedLikeItself).

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* ''Creator/StephenColbert'' Creator/StephenColbert blames his therapist for giving him inkblots that all look like the same thing - either a butterfly in bondage, or a mushroom cloud. He sees the same things in the outlines of countries (except for Italy, which doesn't look like anything at all, and Canada, which is ShapedLikeItself).



* Played with in a Series/TheBigBangTheory episode [=S03E08 The Pants Alternative=] - when Leonard is counselling Sheldon ([[ItMakesSenseInContext as a part of collective effort to overcome Sheldon's stagefright]]), Sheldon almost [[InvokedTrope immedietaly says]]: ''"If it will help speed things along, uh, my answers to the standard Rorschach ink blot test are [[BreadEggsMilkSquick A, a bat, B, a bat, C, a bat, and D, my father killing my mother with a hypodermic needle]]."''

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* Played with in a Series/TheBigBangTheory ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode [=S03E08 "[=S03E08 The Pants Alternative=] Alternative=]" - when Leonard is counselling Sheldon ([[ItMakesSenseInContext as a part of collective effort to overcome Sheldon's stagefright]]), Sheldon almost [[InvokedTrope immedietaly says]]: ''"If it will help speed things along, uh, my answers to the standard Rorschach ink blot test are [[BreadEggsMilkSquick A, a bat, B, a bat, C, a bat, and D, my father killing my mother with a hypodermic needle]]."''



* A variation occurs in one of the psych tests in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories''. The player is given a selection of ink blots and asked to sort them into two piles: sexual images and non-sexual images. After this is done, the psychiatrist reveals that each image has a second meaning: [[spoiler: death.]]

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* A variation occurs in one of the psych tests in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories''. The player is given a selection of ink blots and asked to sort them into two piles: sexual images and non-sexual images. After this is done, the psychiatrist reveals that each image has a second meaning: [[spoiler: death.]]death]].



* Done for [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]] in Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry. All he sees is Sonic and friends being injured or a good evil scheme. For bonus points the [[http://lvl30psy.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/184268 title]] and the rant refer to Watchmen.

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* Done for [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]] in Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry.''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry''. All he sees is Sonic and friends being injured or a good evil scheme. For bonus points the [[http://lvl30psy.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/184268 title]] and the rant refer to Watchmen.



* ''[[Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell BOFH]]'' and his assistant got some ''[[AcceptableTarget analyst]]'' estimating them for ''security'' purpose. Naturally, they [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/07/bofh_and_the_government_contract/ could not leave this insult unmocked]].

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* ''[[Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell BOFH]]'' and his assistant got some ''[[AcceptableTarget ''[[AcceptableTargets analyst]]'' estimating them for ''security'' purpose. Naturally, they [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/07/bofh_and_the_government_contract/ could not leave this insult unmocked]].



* Parodied on the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' cartoon, where a dog "actor" is given such a test. His response is "The destructive power of all mankind" (or something similar); the ink blot looks almost exactly like a ''daisy''.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' several times: a villainous robot sees several types of explosives (including a fluffy bunny- holding a ticking bomb); his mildly sex-crazed brother sees various types of exotic dancers, including his only female teammate as an exotic dancer.

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* Parodied on the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' cartoon, on ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'', where a dog "actor" is given such a test. His response is "The destructive power of all mankind" (or something similar); the ink blot looks almost exactly like a ''daisy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''
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Used in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' several times: a villainous robot sees several types of explosives (including a fluffy bunny- holding a ticking bomb); his mildly sex-crazed brother sees various types of exotic dancers, including his only female teammate as an exotic dancer.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' pokes fun at the inkblot test often enough given that Dr. Scrathensniff fits into the role of the stereotypical psychologist. When Dr. Scratchensniff gives the test to Yakko, every picture looks like "girls" ("Well, you're the one with all the sexy pictures!")
** The first episode "De-Zanitized" has him giving Dot the test.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' pokes fun at the inkblot test often enough given that Dr. Scrathensniff fits into the role of the stereotypical psychologist. The first episode "De-Zanitized" has him giving Dot the test. When Dr. Scratchensniff gives the test to Yakko, every picture looks like "girls" ("Well, you're the one with all the sexy pictures!")
** The first episode "De-Zanitized" has him giving Dot the test.
pictures!")



* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' where Skeeter is given one after scoring very high on one of those Myers-Briggs type tests. He is given the option to skip ahead to college, but [[spoiler: chooses not to, because he doesn't fit in with the college crowd, who smoke and aren't fond of his air guitar.]]

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* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' where Skeeter is given one after scoring very high on one of those Myers-Briggs type tests. He is given the option to skip ahead to college, but [[spoiler: chooses not to, because he doesn't fit in with the college crowd, who smoke and aren't fond of his air guitar.]]guitar]].



* TheVentureBrothers: When Hank and Gary/21 need to get committed to [[{{Expy}} Dunwich Asylum]], they break into a bank, immediately surrender and demand a psych evaluation as licensed supervillains. When they undergo Dean keeps up his villain identity [[ThirdPersonPerson Enrico]] [[TheCasanova Mattasa]]. 21 is mocking his former boss, The Monarch, so he tells the doctor all he sees are butterflies.

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* TheVentureBrothers: ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': When Hank and Gary/21 need to get committed to [[{{Expy}} Dunwich Asylum]], they break into a bank, immediately surrender and demand a psych evaluation as licensed supervillains. When they undergo Dean keeps up his villain identity [[ThirdPersonPerson Enrico]] [[TheCasanova Mattasa]]. 21 is mocking his former boss, The Monarch, so he tells the doctor all he sees are butterflies.
7th Jul '16 8:11:35 PM anza_sb
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Words", Mr. Small uses the inkblot test on Darwin to figure out why he suddenly becomes a [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] Jerkass. Darwin tells him that he sees a very sad middle-aged man wearing sandals, which is what the inkblot actually looks like (it is shown on-screen), but it angers Mr. Small because he ''is'' a (very sad) [[NewAgemiddle-aged man wearing sandals.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Words", Mr. Small uses the inkblot test on Darwin to figure out why he suddenly becomes a [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] Jerkass. Darwin tells him that he sees a very sad middle-aged man wearing sandals, which is what the inkblot actually looks like (it is shown on-screen), but it angers Mr. Small because he ''is'' a (very sad) [[NewAgemiddle-aged [[NewAgeRetroHippie middle-aged man wearing sandals.sandals]].
7th Jul '16 8:06:25 PM anza_sb
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Words", Mr. Small uses the inkblot test on Darwin to figure out why he suddenly becomes a [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] Jerkass. Darwin tells him that he sees a very sad middle-aged man wearing sandals, which is what the inkblot actually looks like (it is shown on-screen), but it angers Mr. Small because he ''is'' a (very sad) [[NewAgemiddle-aged man wearing sandals.
29th Jun '16 9:05:41 AM Aiguille
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* In the video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark thinks he sees a highly defined image of a pinned [[MacabreMothMotif moth]] in an inkblot during his psych screening. The video's final seconds confirm we've been looking ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, as the image resolves into an ordinary inkblot with a very dissimilar shape.

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* In the video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark thinks he sees a highly defined image of a pinned [[MacabreMothMotif moth]] in an inkblot during his psych screening. The video's final seconds confirm we've been looking ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, as the image resolves into an ordinary inkblot with a very dissimilar shape.
24th Jun '16 6:30:53 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Comicbook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' Issue 5, Zecora gives this test to Fluttershy. She gets confused and says [[LiteralMinded she sees ink]].
6th Jun '16 8:34:53 PM Aiguille
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* In the video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark thinks he sees a highly defined image of a pinned [[MacabreMothMotif moth]] in an inkblot during his psych screening. The video's final seconds confirm we've been looking ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, as the image resolves into an ordinary inkblot with a very dissimilar shape.
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16th Apr '16 9:31:19 PM shamblingdead2
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* ''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."
8th Mar '16 9:19:11 AM ChronoLegion
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' has Fargo undergo a periodical evaluation by a psychiatrist sent by the [=DoD=]. Unfortunately, this episode also involves {{Freaky Friday Flip}}s. As the psychiatrist is administering the inkblot test, [[TheEveryman Carter]], who is currently in Fargo's head, starts to answer in the typical manner, seeing ordinary things. The psychiatrist is about to fail his evaluation, when Carter and Fargo flip back, and Fargo answers in his own manner, involving some deeply scientific concepts. The psychiatrist passes him, although it's likely that the issue here was that "Fargo"'s original answer didn't fit his typical personality, making the psychiatrist suspicious.
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