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17th Sep '17 9:03:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* The main question in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/{{Asylum}}'' is whether the cartoon is [[FromTheEyesOfMadness a delusion of Twilight's]] or whether she's currently stuck in a dream created by some villain. Both sides have their hints.

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* The main question in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/{{Asylum}}'' is whether the cartoon is [[FromTheEyesOfMadness [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a delusion of Twilight's]] or whether she's currently stuck in a dream created by some villain. Both sides have their hints.
17th Sep '17 9:01:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Malice in Wonderland", Ash and his party get trapped in a dream-world, where Ash is able to defeat the champion Cynthia and owns every single badge in the world, Dawn is a undefeatable Coordinator, who has no problems taking on her own Mom and owns more Ribbons than one can count, and finally, Brock is surrounded by an army of Joys and Jennys, who all want to marry him. The cause is a Ghost-type Pokemon, Mismagius, who wants them to play with it... ''forever''. As soon as they realize that everything around them is not real, the dream changes into a nightmare, but they find a way to use their own imaginations to fight back.
** [[RecycledScript Done again in Best Wishes]], this time the work of a [[LittleGreenMan Beheeyem]] belonging to a crook. The trick here is that they can only be freed from the illusion once they are all fully awake, which is a problem since Meowth (who, at that time, was traveling with Ash and friends), instantly goes back to sleep every time they try to wake him up.

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In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Malice in Wonderland", Ash and his party get trapped in a dream-world, where Ash is able to defeat the champion Cynthia and owns every single badge in the world, Dawn is a undefeatable Coordinator, who has no problems taking on her own Mom and owns more Ribbons than one can count, and finally, Brock is surrounded by an army of Joys and Jennys, who all want to marry him. The cause is a Ghost-type Pokemon, Mismagius, who wants them to play with it... ''forever''. As soon as they realize that everything around them is not real, the dream changes into a nightmare, but they find a way to use their own imaginations to fight back.
** [[RecycledScript Done again again]] in Best Wishes]], ''Best Wishes'', this time the work of a [[LittleGreenMan Beheeyem]] belonging to a crook. The trick here is that they can only be freed from the illusion once they are all fully awake, which is a problem since Meowth (who, at that time, was traveling with Ash and friends), instantly goes back to sleep every time they try to wake him up.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', there is a spectral sword known as the Sakenagi Longsword which seals whoever is cut by it in a blissful illusion for all eternity. [[spoiler:Itachi possessed it as a part of his Susanoo jutsu and used it to defeat Orochimaru, who had spent years searching for it.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', there ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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is a spectral sword known as the Sakenagi Longsword which seals whoever is cut by it in a blissful illusion for all eternity. [[spoiler:Itachi possessed it as a part of his Susanoo jutsu and used it to defeat Orochimaru, who had spent years searching for it.]]



* An early ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic has Robotnik trapping the Freedom Fighters in such a machine, where on top of the traditional ideal world, it actually changed to meet its inhabitants' wishes. After figuring it out, Sonic pushes the machine's "user-friendly" nature to its limit, takes control of Robotnik's war machines (currently on their way to raze Knothole), and forces Robotnik to let them go by threatening to turn them on Robotropolis.
** ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' did something similar to this effect in an early issue in the "Ruled By Robotnik" arc. Sonic woke up to find out that he was a human and lacked his abilities.

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* An early ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic has Robotnik trapping the Freedom Fighters in such a machine, where on top of the traditional ideal world, it actually changed to meet its inhabitants' wishes. After figuring it out, Sonic pushes the machine's "user-friendly" nature to its limit, takes control of Robotnik's war machines (currently on their way to raze Knothole), and forces Robotnik to let them go by threatening to turn them on Robotropolis.
** * ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' did something similar to this effect in an early issue in the "Ruled By Robotnik" arc. Sonic woke up to find out that he was a human and lacked his abilities.


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* The main question in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/{{Asylum}}'' is whether the cartoon is [[FromTheEyesOfMadness a delusion of Twilight's]] or whether she's currently stuck in a dream created by some villain. Both sides have their hints.
17th Sep '17 6:02:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ArthurCClarke's novella ''The Lion Of Comarre'', the protagonist discovers that "Comarre", a rumored place that is occasionally sought out by people who are never seen again, is a robotic Lotus Eater Machine facility. The government tries to keep the truth hidden, and to keep people away -- but not very hard, as it's considered a good safety valve for those who would otherwise be disruptive.

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* In ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's novella ''The Lion Of Comarre'', the protagonist discovers that "Comarre", a rumored place that is occasionally sought out by people who are never seen again, is a robotic Lotus Eater Machine facility. The government tries to keep the truth hidden, and to keep people away -- but not very hard, as it's considered a good safety valve for those who would otherwise be disruptive.
12th Sep '17 1:36:05 PM salamidelemi
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' episode ''WesternAnimation/{{Holiday of Future Future}}'', Bart is strapped into one as a treatment to stop obsessing over his ex-wife Jenda.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' episode ''WesternAnimation/{{Holiday "Days of Future Future}}'', Future", Bart is strapped into one as a treatment to stop obsessing over his ex-wife Jenda.
29th Aug '17 5:39:17 PM azbyc15243
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* Reversed in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. [[spoiler:The [[RealityWarper Magic God]], Othinus, traps Touma in thousands of false worlds where he is endlessly subjected to physical, mental, and emotional suffering. His will finally breaks when he is shown the "Omega World," where he never existed and billions of people are still alive and happy because of it, including his close friends. Were it not for the Combined Will of the MISAKA Network intervening, he would have [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide.]]]]


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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has a variation where: (a) the world is actually real, not a dream or virtual reality; (b) the world is meant to convince the victim to commit suicide. [[spoiler:[[PhysicalGod Othinus]] traps Touma in the "Omega World," where everyone is happy and safe without his intervention. She claims that he has to die to allow this world to keep existing, otherwise his presence will lead to its destruction. What makes this worse is that while Touma knows intellectually that he should keep fighting (since Othinus has no reason to preserve this world), he can't bring himself to destroy a seemingly-perfect world. Only external intervention keeps him from committing suicide and convinces him to resist.]]
28th Aug '17 11:52:36 AM Nadim
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' episode ''WesternAnimation/{{Holidays of Future Future}}'', Bart is strapped into one as a treatment to stop obsessing over his ex-wife Jenda.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' episode ''WesternAnimation/{{Holidays ''WesternAnimation/{{Holiday of Future Future}}'', Bart is strapped into one as a treatment to stop obsessing over his ex-wife Jenda.
28th Aug '17 11:49:06 AM Nadim
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' episode ''WesternAnimation/{{Holidays of Future Future}}'', Bart is strapped into one as a treatment to stop obsessing over his ex-wife Jenda.
19th Aug '17 3:05:40 PM mimitchi33
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* In the movie ''[[WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie Mumfie's Quest]]'', the titular character lands in a beautiful meadow after [[spoiler: jumping from the Queen of Night's umbrella and talks with one of the pirates]]. However, this is really [[spoiler: a trick by the Black Cat, who actually wants to take him to the Secretary of Night so that he could lock him up in the Secretary of Night's holding cell]].
6th Aug '17 11:52:58 PM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In "Chuck vs Phase Three", Chuck is captured by a Belgian scientist who traps him in a nightmarish world where all of Chuck's friends and family members try to force him to flash in order to extract the Intersect from him, which is partially suppressed by a device Chuck's mother used on him to keep him out of harm's way. When Chuck is still unable to flash, The Belgian moves to {{Lobtomy}} in order to remove all of Chuck's thoughts and emotions leaving nothing but the Intersect. Fortunately, he awakens at the end of the episode when Sarah manages to communicate with him in his near-death state.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In "Chuck vs Phase Three", Chuck is captured by a Belgian scientist who traps him in a nightmarish world where all of Chuck's friends and family members try to force him to flash in order to extract the Intersect from him, which is partially suppressed by a device Chuck's mother used on him to keep him out of harm's way. When Chuck is still unable to flash, The Belgian moves to {{Lobtomy}} {{Lobotomy}} in order to remove all of Chuck's thoughts and emotions leaving nothing but the Intersect. Fortunately, he awakens at the end of the episode when Sarah manages to communicate with him in his near-death state.
6th Aug '17 11:51:00 PM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In "Chuck vs Phase Three", Chuck is captured by a Belgian scientist who traps him in a nightmarish world where all of Chuck's friends and family members try to force him to flash in order to extract the Intersect from him, which is partially suppressed by a device Chuck's mother used on him to keep him out of harm's way. When Chuck is still unable to flash, The Belgian moves to {{Lobomoty}} in order to remove all of Chuck's thoughts and emotions leaving nothing but the Intersect. Fortunately, he awakens when Sarah manages to communicate with him in his near-death state.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In "Chuck vs Phase Three", Chuck is captured by a Belgian scientist who traps him in a nightmarish world where all of Chuck's friends and family members try to force him to flash in order to extract the Intersect from him, which is partially suppressed by a device Chuck's mother used on him to keep him out of harm's way. When Chuck is still unable to flash, The Belgian moves to {{Lobomoty}} {{Lobtomy}} in order to remove all of Chuck's thoughts and emotions leaving nothing but the Intersect. Fortunately, he awakens at the end of the episode when Sarah manages to communicate with him in his near-death state.
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