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20th May '17 12:21:15 PM OtterFish
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* Really, this is the entire point of the SelfInsertFic.
* A slightly meta take by the [[{{tearjerker}} sad]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan fiction, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/545/Equestria Equestria]]''. Equestria is shown to be [[spoiler:the perfect, idealized [[AllJustADream fantasy world]] that was to be the setting of a series of stories planned by a woman who was emotionally abused by her mother. She never got around to writing it and the emotional abuse that she suffered drove her into her dream world. There, she was no longer Tara but Twilight Sparkle. As a result of this she is institutionalized for a few years, causing her fantasy to grow even deeper.]]
** Human in Equestria fan fics are ''extremely'' popular for this reason. Although the sheer number of these fics and blatant WishFulfillment these stories tend to contain have spawned a great number of deconstruction fics and parodies as well.

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* Really, this is the entire point of the SelfInsertFic.
SelfInsertFic. Applies across a wide variety of media even in more complex fan-works.
* A An example of playing with the concept slightly meta take by the [[{{tearjerker}} sad]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan fiction, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/545/Equestria Equestria]]''. Equestria is shown to be [[spoiler:the perfect, idealized [[AllJustADream fantasy world]] that was to be the setting of a series of stories planned by a woman who was emotionally abused by her mother. She never got around to writing it and the emotional abuse that she suffered drove her into her dream world. There, she was no longer Tara but Twilight Sparkle. As a result of this she is institutionalized for a few years, causing her fantasy to grow even deeper.]]
** Human "Human in Equestria Equestria" (HiE) fan fics are ''extremely'' popular for this reason. Although the sheer number of these fics and track in blatant WishFulfillment WishFulfillment, particularly those with romantic elements to them, these stories tend to contain have spawned a great number of deconstruction fics spin-offs from dark {{deconstruction}}s to [[PlayedForLaughs silly parodies]] and parodies as well.more.



* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', a character is so tired of real life that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he is aware that the Matrix is unreal, he prefers it to real life. [[spoiler:This, combined with his cynicism toward the possibility of winning the war with the Machines, is what drives him to betray the Resistance. He actually comes tantalizingly close to taking out TheHero and his other ex-colleagues, but he makes the fatal mistake of stopping for EvilGloating.]]

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', a character is so tired of real life (a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack existence]] of [[ForeverWar endless human-on-machine battling]]) that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he is he's aware that the Matrix is unreal, a glorified computer simulation, nothing more, he prefers it to real life. [[spoiler:This, combined with his cynicism toward the possibility of winning the war with the Machines, is what drives him to betray [[LaResistance the Resistance. Resistance]]. He actually comes tantalizingly close to taking out TheHero [[TheHero the protagonist]] and his other ex-colleagues, but he makes the fatal mistake of [[EvilGloating stopping for EvilGloating.to gloat]].]]



* ''Film/TonyManero'' plays this as dark as you can get, centering around a creepily obsessed Chilean fan of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and, specifically, [[Creator/JohnTravolta John Travolta's]] fictional character.

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* ''Film/TonyManero'' plays this as dark as you can get, centering around a creepily obsessed Chilean fan of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and, specifically, [[Creator/JohnTravolta John Travolta's]] fictional character.character).



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*"Silent Lucidity", a {{Power Ballad}} by American {{Progressive Metal}} group Music/Queensryche, centers around this. The lyrics are explicitly about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/lucid_dreaming lucid dreaming]] and describe it as a psychological refuge, a fantasy realm set up for the "soul set free to fly". The band's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhat-xUQ6dw official music video]] (which won the MTV Viewer's Choice Award) doubles down on these themes.
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* In the early 1970s, there was a group of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fans in Kentucky who planned to buy some land and create a small community where they would live according to Vulcan ideals.

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* In the early 1970s, there was a group of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fans in Kentucky who planned to buy some land and create a small community where they would live according to [[TheSpock Vulcan ideals.ideals]].



* An abnormal psychology textbook from 2006 or so contained a section on really hard-core Elvis fans. It advised readers ''not'' to regard these fans as schizophrenic or otherwise mentally ill, because, devoted though they are, they will quite readily admit that Elvis really has [[JustForPun left the building]].
** In his account of life as a disappointed musician turned rock journalist, ''I Hate Rock 'N' Roll'', Tony Tyler writes about hardcore fans of BarryManilow. One middle-aged British housewife, despite being married with three children, was obsessed to the point where she believed Barry was going to pick her out at a concert, take her home, and offer to marry her. She believed this so absolutely that she refused to have sex with her husband, seeking instead to hasten the Day by "keeping herself pure for Barry". Apparently her husband left her. She didn't notice.

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* An abnormal psychology textbook from 2006 or so contained a section on really hard-core Elvis [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] fans. It advised readers ''not'' to regard these fans as schizophrenic or otherwise mentally ill, because, devoted though they are, they will quite readily admit that Elvis really has [[JustForPun left the building]].
** In his account of life as a disappointed musician turned rock journalist, ''I Hate Rock 'N' Roll'', Tony Tyler writes about hardcore fans of BarryManilow. One middle-aged British housewife, despite being married with three children, was obsessed to the point where she believed Barry was going to pick her out at a concert, take her home, and offer to marry her. She believed this so absolutely that she refused to have sex with her husband, seeking instead to hasten the Day by "keeping herself pure for Barry". Apparently her husband left her. She didn't notice.[[note]]Counts as {{HarsherInHindsight}} since Manilow came out as completely homosexual in TheNewTens.[[/note]]



* Quite a few people would like to go to Equestria from ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', and some would be more than willing to stay there permanently and give up their humanity in the process. The ''Brony in Equestria'' fan-fiction genre is both popular and reviled for this reason [[GenderBender and]] [[GodModeSue others]]. Some (such as [[https://www.ponychan.net/arch/res/16458.html this guy here]]) go far enough that they hope that Equestria is the afterlife, or at least that the afterlife involves ponies.

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* Quite a few people would like to go to Equestria from ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', and some would be more than willing to stay there permanently and give up their humanity in the process. The ''Brony "Human in Equestria'' Equestria" fan-fiction genre is both popular and reviled for this reason [[GenderBender and]] [[GodModeSue others]]. Some (such as [[https://www.ponychan.net/arch/res/16458.html this guy here]]) go far enough that they hope that Equestria is the afterlife, or at least that the afterlife involves ponies. ponies.
* A lot of hardcore {{Disney}} fans have a similar mindset to the above, which isn't surprising given [[Creator/WaltDisney Walt Disney's]] stated goal of trying to reach the inner "innocence" of audiences. This can be particularly tear-jerking when it comes to children. In fact, over 40% of wishes granted to heavily ill kids by the Make-a-Wish foundation [[https://tipsforfamilytrips.com/florida/disney-world-make-a-wish/ are Disney related]]. When it comes to struggling children (and adults) who dream about living in {{Disney/Zootopia}}, hanging out with [[Franchise/ToyStory Buzz, Woody, and the gang]], exploring the [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Hundred-Acre Wood]], and the like after their troubles are finally over, it's hard to say 'no' to them.
20th May '17 11:13:46 AM OtterFish
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', a character is so tired of real life that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he is aware that the Matrix is unreal, he prefers it to real life. [[spoiler:This, combined with his cynicism toward the possibility of winning the war with the Machines, is what drives him to betray the Resistance]].

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', a character is so tired of real life that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he is aware that the Matrix is unreal, he prefers it to real life. [[spoiler:This, combined with his cynicism toward the possibility of winning the war with the Machines, is what drives him to betray the Resistance]].Resistance. He actually comes tantalizingly close to taking out TheHero and his other ex-colleagues, but he makes the fatal mistake of stopping for EvilGloating.]]


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* ''Film/TonyManero'' plays this as dark as you can get, centering around a creepily obsessed Chilean fan of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and, specifically, [[Creator/JohnTravolta John Travolta's]] fictional character.
18th May '17 12:13:57 PM HighCrate
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* The Literature Girl in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' wrote a RomanceNovel, then had a crush with the novel's hero, and then sought to reenact a MeetCute scenario from her novel in the series' RealLife... {{Deconstructed}} in that the series is a fairly realistic (and comical) SliceOfLife, and Hidenori, the boy to whom she is projecting her hero on (simply because they frequent the same ArtificialRiverbank), was GenreSavvy enough to get weirded out. Her example is a bit more {{downplayed}} than most example of this trope as she's not all that detached from the series' RealLife as long as Hidenori is not in her presence.

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* The Literature Girl in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' wrote a RomanceNovel, then had a crush with the novel's hero, and then sought to reenact a MeetCute scenario from her novel in the series' RealLife... {{Deconstructed}} in that the series is a fairly realistic (and comical) SliceOfLife, and Hidenori, the boy to whom she is projecting her hero on (simply because they frequent the same ArtificialRiverbank), was GenreSavvy enough to get got weirded out. Her example is a bit more {{downplayed}} than most example of this trope as she's not all that detached from the series' RealLife as long as Hidenori is not in her presence.
30th Mar '17 9:07:35 PM PaulA
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* ''Comicbook/AstroCity'': When the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Mock Turtle]] was a child, he always was trapped in wardrobes. Everyone thought he was an idiot. But he was trying to find a portal to [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]. If he could find [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz a twister]] or [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland a rabbit hole]], he would have tried that too. As an adult, when fleeing from enemies that want to kill him, alone and broken, [[TheWizardOfOz he happened to be in Kansas, and saw a twister. That gave him hope]]. So he got to Astro City, where the superhuman community defeated his enemies and welcomed him. So he went to the roof of a building, [[TheWizardOfOz put on his green visor, and all Astro City looked like an Emerald City.]]
* {{Constantine}} invites some of his muggle friends get to visit [[AllMythsAreTrue Fiddler's Green]] for a day and one couple gets into trouble when they conspire with an unhappy resident to stay there permanently. They eventually get back to the real world safely but become severely depressed and addicted to drugs and alcohol because they were banned from Fiddler's Green so hard they can't even ''dream'' of it.

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* ''Comicbook/AstroCity'': When the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Mock Turtle]] was a child, he always was trapped in wardrobes. Everyone thought he was an idiot. But he was trying to find a portal to [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]. If he could find [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz a twister]] or [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland a rabbit hole]], he would have tried that too. As an adult, when fleeing from enemies that want to kill him, alone and broken, [[TheWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz he happened to be in Kansas, and saw a twister. That gave him hope]]. So he got to Astro City, where the superhuman community defeated his enemies and welcomed him. So he went to the roof of a building, [[TheWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz put on his green visor, and all Astro City looked like an Emerald City.]]
* {{Constantine}} ComicBook/{{Constantine}} invites some of his muggle friends get to visit [[AllMythsAreTrue Fiddler's Green]] for a day and one couple gets into trouble when they conspire with an unhappy resident to stay there permanently. They eventually get back to the real world safely but become severely depressed and addicted to drugs and alcohol because they were banned from Fiddler's Green so hard they can't even ''dream'' of it.
26th Mar '17 3:44:03 PM TheNicestGuy
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* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''Series/SamuraiGourmet''. Kasumi isn't trying to escape his real life, nor is he quite ''obsessed'' with Sengoku samurai stories. Nevertheless, when he encounters a social challenge, he can't help fantasizing about [[WhatWouldXDo how a samurai would have handled it]]. Sometimes this provides useful insight, and sometimes it amounts to little more than escapism.
14th Feb '17 2:28:24 AM Chabal2
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* Creator/TerryPratchett did such a good job of humanizing the GrimReaper he would receive letters from terminally-ill patients hoping to meet his version of Death when their time came.
20th Jan '17 11:21:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Milo in Norman Juster's ''ThePhantomTollbooth'' inverts this, although he states he might go back to visit, when he finds the time.

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* Milo in Norman Juster's ''ThePhantomTollbooth'' ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' inverts this, although he states he might go back to visit, when he finds the time.
19th Jan '17 1:14:33 AM eroock
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When a fictional character gets his wish, see IWishItWereReal. Because, you know, ThisIsReality.

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When a fictional character gets his wish, see IWishItWereReal. Because, you know, ThisIsReality.
ThisIsReality. May lead to an AntiEscapismAesop.
1st Dec '16 6:33:38 AM LordOfTheSword
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* An Wiki/SCPFoundation researcher working on an SCP that produced an extensive fantasy world in the sleeping user committed suicide on waking up. Having spent 200 years inside, he just couldn't return to real life. In a subversion of the usual Foundation-contained EldritchAbomination, the entity of the fantasy-making book had a ''massive'' MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, and went into such a debilitating HeroicBSOD that he refused to even communicate for ''weeks''. When he finally let someone in to talk to "him", [[{{Tearjerker}} all he could say through sobs was]] "[[WellIntentionedExtremist I'm so sorry. I never intended for this to happen. I just wanted to make people happy...]]"

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* An Wiki/SCPFoundation researcher working on an SCP that produced an extensive fantasy world in the sleeping user committed suicide on waking up. Having spent 200 years inside, he just couldn't return to real life. In a subversion of the usual Foundation-contained EldritchAbomination, the entity of the fantasy-making book had a ''massive'' MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, and went into such a debilitating HeroicBSOD that he it refused to even communicate for ''weeks''. When he it finally let someone in to talk to "him", "wrote" something on the pages, [[{{Tearjerker}} all he it could say through sobs was]] "[[WellIntentionedExtremist I'm so sorry. I never intended for this to happen. I just wanted to make people happy...]]"]]" ''[[{{Tearjerker}} on every single page, while the book was soaked with tears]]''.
1st Dec '16 6:31:18 AM LordOfTheSword
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* An Wiki/SCPFoundation researcher working on an SCP that produced an extensive fantasy world in the sleeping user committed suicide on waking up. Having spent 200 years inside, he just couldn't return to real life. In a subversion of the usual Foundation-contained EldritchAbomination, the entity of the fantasy-making book had a ''massive'' MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, and went into such a debilitating HeroicBSOD that he refused to even communicate for ''weeks''. When he finally let someone in to talk to "him", [[{{Tearjerker}} all he could say through sobs was]] "[[WellIntentionedExtremist I just wanted to make people happy...]]"

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* An Wiki/SCPFoundation researcher working on an SCP that produced an extensive fantasy world in the sleeping user committed suicide on waking up. Having spent 200 years inside, he just couldn't return to real life. In a subversion of the usual Foundation-contained EldritchAbomination, the entity of the fantasy-making book had a ''massive'' MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, and went into such a debilitating HeroicBSOD that he refused to even communicate for ''weeks''. When he finally let someone in to talk to "him", [[{{Tearjerker}} all he could say through sobs was]] "[[WellIntentionedExtremist I'm so sorry. I never intended for this to happen. I just wanted to make people happy...]]"
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