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28th Aug '16 9:13:56 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Kamanosuke faces one in the fight with the [[FiveBadBand Iga Grotesque Five]]. Kuchiba puts him in a fantasy where he's a [[RebelliousPrincess misunderstood princess]] with a [[RightHandHottie loyal and handsome butler]] taking care of his every need. Kuchiba unfortunately missed out on the fact that his target is completely AxCrazy, and Kamanosuke manages to murder his way out of the illusion by remembering that the dude he's really in love with he [[InLoveWithYourCarnage loves because of his carnage]].
-->'''Kuchiba''': No one has ever foiled my magic before. The temptation of a paradise never before experienced. They all immerse themselves in joy, in the arms of their beloved...until they rot. What I gave you was flawless pleasure!
-->'''Kamanosuke''': What about that was pleasure!? That warm and fuzzy crap doesn't do shit for me!! What I want is a banquet of blood!!
21st Aug '16 8:40:01 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'', Enchantress ensnares the team in her illusions. We only see four of them. Deadshot kills Batman, Harley Quinn is married to the Joker and they have children, Rick Flagg is in bed with his girlfriend June Moone, and El Diablo is living happily with his wife and children. El Diablo is able to break free and wake up the others, because he accepted that his wife and children are dead.
16th Aug '16 10:56:26 AM Monolaf317
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* In [=ClockUp=]'s ''Euphoria'', [[spoiler: all the events of the whole plot are set off by an unnamed depressed girl who tried committing suicide, but failed and ended up as a vegetable instead. The story would’ve ended here if she was just an ordinary vegetable lying in bed all day. No, she became a vegetable with the power to DREAM. In her mind, she created the perfect utopia that people would pay astronomical amounts of money to live in. And that’s exactly what they did, after scientists managed to analyze her brain signals to create a program known as Rakuen with her as the central unit known as the ''[[CloningBlues Nemu]]''ri Hime. All those with way too much money on their hands need to do is to get themselves hooked up to the Rakuen system and they’ll be able to live the utopia of her dreams, literally as their body is just lying in the lab while they dream of ultimate bliss.]] [[MindScrew Yeah, it's complicated.]]
10th Aug '16 9:40:25 AM Willbyr
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* Inflicting one of these is the power of the kakugane "Alice in Wonderland" in ''BusouRenkin''.

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* Inflicting one of these is the power of the kakugane "Alice in Wonderland" in ''BusouRenkin''.''Manga/BusouRenkin''.
2nd Aug '16 4:21:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the novel ''TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', this was Satan's last attempt. [[spoiler: Satan gives him a vision of a peaceful life with Mary Magdelene.]] Jesus rejects it to die on the cross and redeem humanity.

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* In the novel ''TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', ''Literature/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', this was Satan's last attempt. [[spoiler: Satan gives him a vision of a peaceful life with Mary Magdelene.]] Jesus rejects it to die on the cross and redeem humanity.



* ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' has a non-literal version of this be "Plan B" when Sun Quan and Zhou Yu's plot [[spoiler:capture Liu Bei under the guise of an arranged marriage to Sun Quan's sister goes sour when the marriage, thanks to the intervention of their father-in-law and Sun Quan's mother]], and as advisor Zhang Zhao put it, "Liu Bei began life in a humble position and for years has been a wanderer. He has never tasted the delights of wealth." Unfortunately for them, Zhuge Liang saw the whole thing coming ''a year away'', and thus the second of his three "schemes in a bag" (literally) was to have Zhao Yun snap Liu Bei out of it. Oddly enough, it appears that ''a year away'' was as long as it took for Zhao Yun to actually ''remember'' that scheme # 2 existed... * facepalm*

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* ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' has a non-literal version of this be "Plan B" when Sun Quan and Zhou Yu's plot [[spoiler:capture Liu Bei under the guise of an arranged marriage to Sun Quan's sister goes sour when the marriage, thanks to the intervention of their father-in-law and Sun Quan's mother]], and as advisor Zhang Zhao put it, "Liu Bei began life in a humble position and for years has been a wanderer. He has never tasted the delights of wealth." Unfortunately for them, Zhuge Liang saw the whole thing coming ''a year away'', and thus the second of his three "schemes in a bag" (literally) was to have Zhao Yun snap Liu Bei out of it. Oddly enough, it appears that ''a year away'' was as long as it took for Zhao Yun to actually ''remember'' that scheme # 2 existed... * facepalm*
23rd Jul '16 1:00:33 PM nombretomado
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** A nightmare version is portrayed in "Future Tense" when Avalon finally releases Goliath, Elisa, Bronx, and Angela from their quest and return them to New York, only to find that time had passed differently for them than it had for everybody else and it was now 40 years in the future and Xanatos had become BigBrother, enslaving the city. It gets worse, just about every plan fails, nearly all the characters die, the world is basically falling down around him, [[spoiler:Only to find out that the whole thing was an elaborate hallucination created by Puck in order for Goliath to hand him the Phoenix Gate]].

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** A nightmare version is portrayed in "Future Tense" when Avalon finally releases Goliath, Elisa, Bronx, and Angela from their quest and return them to New York, only to find that time had passed differently for them than it had for everybody else and it was now 40 years in the future and Xanatos had become BigBrother, a ShadowDictator, enslaving the city. It gets worse, just about every plan fails, nearly all the characters die, the world is basically falling down around him, [[spoiler:Only to find out that the whole thing was an elaborate hallucination created by Puck in order for Goliath to hand him the Phoenix Gate]].
8th Jul '16 8:37:41 AM Berry23
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s penultimate episode was devoted to this as a result of all the psychological/spiritual TechnoBabble of the series. Shinji sees himself in a Mecha anime played straight: he and Asuka are childhood friends with BelligerentSexualTension, with Asuka being a Tsundere rather than abusive and aggressive, and Shinji being shy and kind rather than utterly submissive. Gendo, Shinji's father, is a HenpeckedHusband that stuffs his head in a newspaper and agrees with everything his chatty wife says, Toji and Kensuke are a case of ThoseTwoGuys, Misato is a hot substitute teacher, and most jarringly Rei is a clumsy GenkiGirl. While this would seem like a nice break from the rampant existential questioning of the last few episodes, it's considered one of the most tragic and eerie parts of the entire show by many fans, showing all these unhinged, tragic characters in such a happy, untainted state.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s penultimate episode was devoted to this as a result of all the psychological/spiritual TechnoBabble of the series. Shinji sees himself in a Mecha anime played straight: he and Asuka are childhood friends with BelligerentSexualTension, with Asuka being a Tsundere rather than abusive and aggressive, and Shinji being shy and kind rather than utterly submissive. Gendo, Shinji's father, is a HenpeckedHusband that stuffs his head in a newspaper and agrees with everything his chatty wife says, Toji and Kensuke are a case of ThoseTwoGuys, Misato is a hot substitute teacher, and most jarringly Rei is a clumsy GenkiGirl. While this would seem like a nice break from the rampant existential questioning of the last few episodes, it's considered one of the most tragic and eerie parts of the entire show by many fans, showing fans; seeing all these unhinged, tragic broken characters in such a as happy, untainted state.well adjusted children is like staring straight into the UncannyValley.
8th Jul '16 8:25:22 AM Berry23
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s penultimate episode was devoted to this, the culmination of all the psychological/spiritual TechnoBabble of the series. The twisted reality presented has become an actual {{Elseworld}} in official games and manga.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s penultimate episode was devoted to this, the culmination this as a result of all the psychological/spiritual TechnoBabble of the series. The twisted reality presented has become an actual {{Elseworld}} Shinji sees himself in official games a Mecha anime played straight: he and manga.Asuka are childhood friends with BelligerentSexualTension, with Asuka being a Tsundere rather than abusive and aggressive, and Shinji being shy and kind rather than utterly submissive. Gendo, Shinji's father, is a HenpeckedHusband that stuffs his head in a newspaper and agrees with everything his chatty wife says, Toji and Kensuke are a case of ThoseTwoGuys, Misato is a hot substitute teacher, and most jarringly Rei is a clumsy GenkiGirl. While this would seem like a nice break from the rampant existential questioning of the last few episodes, it's considered one of the most tragic and eerie parts of the entire show by many fans, showing all these unhinged, tragic characters in such a happy, untainted state.
30th Jun '16 8:04:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', Toa Lesovikk is mind-tricked by the evil Karzahni into thinking that he is thousands of years back in the past, and his old Toa Team is still alive. He only gets out because the illusion eventually slips up and reminds him of the way his friends all died in the first place.



* ''{{Bionicle}}'': Kharzani puts Lesovikk into an illusory alternate reality in which his teammates were still alive. He wakes up after remembering what really happened to them.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Kharzani puts Lesovikk into an illusory alternate reality in which his teammates were still alive. He wakes up after remembering what really happened to them.
24th Jun '16 11:44:21 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Incubus attempts one on Sandra. [[GenreSavvy She knows better]] and actually engages in [[DiscussedTrope casual conversation with Sam about it]]. However, Sandra is taking things too lightly, and ignores Sam's warnings...
-->'''Sam:''' This place is a sand trap, see? It feeds on inertia! Don't relax, just '''leave!'''



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'', Gwizdo breathes in spores from a [[MonsterOfTheWeek dragon]] and falls into a coma; in his dream, he becomes a hero, Jennyline is a stunning red-haired beauty he falls in love with. This is the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon's]] usual hunt MO, as the unsuspecting victim sleepwalks to its lair. Which means for Gwizdo that he abruptly goes from a lovely, romantical island with the woman of his dreams (his fantasy) to an ugly, grim landscape with a dragon about to eat him. Whoops.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'', Gwizdo breathes in spores from a [[MonsterOfTheWeek dragon]] and falls into a coma; in his dream, he becomes a hero, Jennyline is a stunning red-haired beauty he falls in love with. This is the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon's]] usual hunt MO, as the unsuspecting victim sleepwalks to its lair. Which means for Gwizdo that he abruptly goes from a lovely, romantical romantic island with the woman of his dreams (his fantasy) to an ugly, grim landscape with a dragon about to eat him. Whoops.
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