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21st Jun '17 3:07:34 PM Linda58
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* The 100th episode of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', part of the "Invasion" crossover with the rest of the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, has Oliver, Sara, Thea, Diggle, and Ray kidnapped by the alien Dominators who put them all into a machine that lets them share a dream world where Oliver never went on his yacht trip and ended up stranded on Lian Yu. Robert and Moira Queen are both alive and together with Robert about to become mayor; Laurel Lance is still alive and engaged to Oliver while Ray is engaged to Felicity; Diggle is the Hood, aided by Felicity; Malcolm Merlyn's wife was never murdered so he never became a villain and his son Tommy is alive; Sara never became a killer and travels the world. Eventually, they all start having flashes of memory of the real world and face a pack of foes trying to get them to stay before escaping.

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* The 100th episode of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', part of the "Invasion" crossover with the rest of the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, has Oliver, Sara, Thea, Diggle, and Ray kidnapped by the alien Dominators who put them all into a machine that lets them share a dream world where Oliver never went on his yacht trip and ended up stranded on Lian Yu. Robert and Moira Queen are both alive and together with Robert about to become mayor; Laurel Lance is still alive and engaged to Oliver while Ray is engaged to Felicity; Diggle is the Hood, aided by Felicity; Malcolm Merlyn's wife was never murdered so he never became a villain (or no one knows he's a psycho at least) and his son Tommy is alive; Sara never became a killer and travels the world. Eventually, they all start having flashes of memory of the real world and face a pack of foes trying to get them to stay before escaping. The ''actual'' final obstacle to them leaving isn't the villains however, but Laurel who has no idea what is going on, only that her fiance and sister are seemingly [[TearJerker abandoning her on the eve of her wedding]].
20th Jun '17 5:47:09 PM LinTaylor
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Vacation Goo" has the family discover that every summer, Stan sticks them in a set of machines from the CIA so he can have some "me time". After Steve and Hayley do the same, Francine gets upset and the others resolve to give her a real vacation. Unfortunately, she assumes they're still in the goo and doesn't admit that they're not until ''after'' she's nearly wrecked the vacation personally. After the whole thing turns nightmarish, the Smiths declare LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain and the episode ends with a shot of all four of them in the goo, big smiles on their faces.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Vacation Goo" has the family discover that every summer, all of their summer vacations are the result of Stan sticks sticking them in a set of machines from the CIA CIA-made Lotus Eater Machines so he can have some "me time". After Steve and Hayley decide to do the same, which upsets Francine gets upset since she thinks the family can't stand each other; at this point Stan and the others kids resolve to give her a real vacation. vacation with an ocean cruise. Unfortunately, she the cruise is a little ''too'' idyllic and Francine assumes they're still in the goo and doesn't admit that they're not until ''after'' she's nearly wrecked the vacation personally. goo, which results in her personally wrecking everything. After the whole thing turns nightmarish, nightmarish (as in, [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty they were forced to engage in cannibalism]]), the Smiths declare LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain and the episode ends with a shot of all four of them in the goo, big smiles on their faces.
17th Jun '17 10:11:51 AM nombretomado
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* The titular machine in KurtVonnegut's ''The Euphio Question'' gives such pleasure to listeners that they ignore everything else.

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* The titular machine in KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''The Euphio Question'' gives such pleasure to listeners that they ignore everything else.
13th Jun '17 8:12:32 PM Statzkeen
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** In "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E3Projections]], the EMH gets trapped in a holodeck simulation and starts questioning his sanity to the point where he starts to believe he's a real person trapped on the holodeck and slowly dying.

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** In "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E3Projections]], "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E3Projections Projections]]", the EMH gets trapped in a holodeck simulation and starts questioning his sanity to the point where he starts to believe he's a real person trapped on the holodeck and slowly dying.
13th Jun '17 1:22:01 PM Mullon
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* In ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', Gina Diggers gets trapped in the Abliss, which bounces her around from deepest desire to deepest desire. After she escapes she runs into two former supervillains that spent so long in the Abliss that they thoroughly burnt out on their evil dreams and have to watch television to stave off suicidal boredom. [[spoiler: Then they watch Diggers' thoughts which question the point of achieving your goals without challenge, realize what they miss is the feeling of accomplishment, and go straight back to supervillain mode.]]
9th Jun '17 7:45:12 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''[[Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries Hearts and Minds]]'', Nocturne traps Danny and Sam in a dream world where their memories of each other have been sealed away, with them in danger of never waking up.
9th Jun '17 5:48:47 PM triton
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* The TropeNamer are the Lotus Eaters in Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''[[Literature/TheOdyssey Odyssey]]'' (chapter IX, 90-104), who offer the crew lotuses that are so narcotically delicious that those who eat it get addicted to it, forgetting about their desire to go home. Interestingly, contrary to modern interpretations of the verse, there's nothing that insinuates that the lotuses are particularly magical or supernatural besides being narcotic, nor that the lotus eaters had any intent to divert them from their journey.

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* The TropeNamer are the Lotus Eaters in Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''[[Literature/TheOdyssey Odyssey]]'' (chapter IX, 90-104), who offer the crew lotuses that are so narcotically delicious that those who eat it get addicted to it, forgetting about their desire to go home. Interestingly, contrary to modern interpretations of the verse, there's nothing that insinuates that the lotuses are particularly magical or supernatural besides being narcotic, nor that the lotus eaters had any intent to divert them from their journey.
6th Jun '17 12:59:54 AM triton
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* Philosopher Robert Nozick conceived of one of these in a discussion about utilitarianism. To this day Lotus Eater Machines are sometimes known as Nozick Engines.
* [[DyingDream Near-death experiences]] indicate that dying may be like this. The pineal gland (behind the forehead; associated with the "third eye," as it is stimulated by light) is thought to release N,N-dimethyltryptamine, a powerful, short-acting psychedelic, shortly before death. This chemical is theorized to also play a role in dreaming.

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* Philosopher Robert Nozick conceived of one of these in a discussion about utilitarianism. To this day Lotus Eater Machines are sometimes known as Nozick Engines.
* [[DyingDream Near-death experiences]] indicate that dying may be like this. The pineal gland (behind the forehead; associated with the "third eye," as it is stimulated by light) is thought to release N,N-dimethyltryptamine, a powerful, short-acting psychedelic, shortly before death. This chemical is theorized to also play a role in dreaming.
4th Jun '17 8:55:52 AM nombretomado
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-->"[[TheStinger What do you mean that]] [[TvTropesWillRuinYourLife I've been on]] TvTropes [[TvTropesWillRuinYourLife for four years straight]]...[[OhCrap holy shit!]]"

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-->"[[TheStinger What do you mean that]] [[TvTropesWillRuinYourLife I've been on]] TvTropes Wiki/TVTropes [[TvTropesWillRuinYourLife for four years straight]]...[[OhCrap holy shit!]]"
3rd Jun '17 1:30:00 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' episode "It's a Wonderful Smash", the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. are put in a Lotus Eater Machine by the Collector, in which they are acclaimed as heroes and have a skyscraper headquarters in New York (taller than Avengers Tower). The Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy are also in the machine, where they have successfully brought peace to the galaxy. Rocket Raccoon escapes and rescues the others, because the Collector's idea of his perfect world was based on the assumption that he was actually a raccoon.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' episode "It's a Wonderful Smash", the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. are put in a Lotus Eater Machine by the Collector, in which they are acclaimed as heroes and have a skyscraper headquarters in New York (taller than Avengers Tower). The Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy are also in the machine, where they have successfully brought peace to the galaxy. Rocket Raccoon escapes and rescues the others, because the Collector's idea of his perfect world was based on the assumption that he was actually a raccoon.
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