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11th Mar '17 3:59:32 PM nombretomado
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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'', [[AMidSummerNightsDream Auberon of the Fay]] gets dared/guilt-tripped into putting his soul inside a globe supposedly containing his own Paradise. Once he does so he's both trapped and mindwiped of that fact, while his zombie-like body is put to menial labour.

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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'', [[AMidSummerNightsDream [[Theatre/AMidSummerNightsDream Auberon of the Fay]] gets dared/guilt-tripped into putting his soul inside a globe supposedly containing his own Paradise. Once he does so he's both trapped and mindwiped of that fact, while his zombie-like body is put to menial labour.
10th Mar '17 4:29:54 PM Bissek
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': During the second half of Season 4, [[MadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]] abducts May and sticks her in a Matrix-like machine to keep her out of the way while her [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot LMD copy]] infiltrates SHIELD. Interestingly, he has some trouble keeping her in it -- first, he tries to place her in a simulation of a calming spa retreat, only for her constantly on edge mind to [[AGlitchInTheMatrix latch onto the repetitive nature of the setup]]. To compensate, he puts her into a simulation of breaking out and fighting her way free, [[GroundhogDayLoop on a loop]], but she keeps getting better at it and lasting longer. So, finally, he puts her in another simulation where she relives her [[MyGreatestFailure mission to Bahrain]], but this time with a happier ending. This finally placates her enough to keep her contained.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': During the second half of Season 4, [[MadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]] abducts May and sticks her in a Matrix-like machine to keep her out of the way while her [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot LMD copy]] infiltrates SHIELD. Interestingly, he has some trouble keeping her in it -- first, he tries to place her in a simulation of a calming spa retreat, only for her constantly on edge mind to [[AGlitchInTheMatrix latch onto the repetitive nature of the setup]]. To compensate, he puts her into a simulation of breaking out and fighting her way free, [[GroundhogDayLoop on a loop]], but she keeps getting better at it and lasting longer. So, finally, he puts her in another simulation where she relives her [[MyGreatestFailure mission to Bahrain]], but this time with a happier ending. This finally placates her enough to keep her contained. He later decides to see if he can plug ''the entire world'' into this system, which he calls The Framework.
5th Mar '17 6:09:18 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{Marvel}}[=/=]Anime/YuGiOh crossover ''FanFic/UltimateReImaginings'', [[spoiler: all of 'Real World' was created to be Joey's perfect little world in an attempt to keep him out of the actual real world]]. It backfired because he just couldn't let himself go.

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* In the {{Marvel}}[=/=]Anime/YuGiOh {{Creator/Marvel}}[=/=]Anime/YuGiOh crossover ''FanFic/UltimateReImaginings'', [[spoiler: all of 'Real World' was created to be Joey's perfect little world in an attempt to keep him out of the actual real world]]. It backfired because he just couldn't let himself go.
23rd Feb '17 4:58:48 PM Kapow
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Rick and Jerry get stuck in a simulation by aliens with a leader voiced by Creator/DavidCross, [[spoiler: which turns out to be three simulations in one]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Morty's teacher and classmates begin fawning over him in a transparent attempt to learn the secrets of concentrated dark matter, before Rick drags him out of class and Jerry get explains that they're stuck in a simulation run by [[ConMan scammer aliens]]. They manage to overload the system by throwing an impromptu rap concert and making increasingly complex demands of the audience, from "All the ladies say yeah!" to "Yo, everyone whose first name begins with an L who isn't Hispanic, walk in a circle the same number of times as the square root of your age times ten!"
** However, after escaping the alien ship with Morty and returning home, Rick finds himself unable to open his safe [[spoiler:...and then the simulation ends, revealing the
aliens who just learned the code to his safe.]] [[spoiler:And that's [[MindScrew not even the final twist!]]]]
** Meanwhile, a more straightforward instance of this trope is happening to [[ButtMonkey Jerry]], who was accidentally abducted. The aliens [[AGlitchInTheMatrix cap his simulation at 5% processing power]], leaving him
with 3 repeating background characters, [[WelcomeToCorneria a leader voiced by Creator/DavidCross, [[spoiler: which turns out boss who only says "yes"]], and [[EmptyShell a wife who barely speaks or moves]]. [[spoiler:Jerry doesn't even notice, has the best day (and the best sex) of his life, and is devastated to be three simulations in one]].learn that he didn't really win the Appley award for best apple-related ad campaign.]]
23rd Feb '17 8:01:19 AM Kapow
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[CloudCuckoolander Mabel]] begins to fear growing up, especially when it seems like [[BrotherSisterTeam Dipper]] plans to stay in Gravity Falls when she goes back to California. After accidentally making a DealWithTheDevil in exchange for more summer, [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] puts her in a giant bubble containing "Mabeland," a [[CrapsaccharineWorld seemingly wonderful]] SugarBowl where all of Mabel's most ridiculous dreams are real. Unlike most examples, Mabel actually [[Escapism knows this place is fake]] and [[RealityWarper wields lucid-dream-like control over it]], but it still takes Dipper a ''very'' long time to convince her that reality is better than fantasy (not to mention the temptations that present themselves to him, [[ManChild Soos]] and [[CoolBigSis Wendy]] when they come in to rescue her).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[CloudCuckoolander Mabel]] begins to fear growing up, especially when it seems like [[BrotherSisterTeam Dipper]] plans to stay in Gravity Falls when she goes back to California. After accidentally making a DealWithTheDevil in exchange for more summer, [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] puts her in a giant bubble containing "Mabeland," a [[CrapsaccharineWorld seemingly wonderful]] SugarBowl where all of Mabel's most ridiculous dreams are real. Unlike most examples, Mabel actually [[Escapism [[{{Escapism}} knows this place is fake]] and [[RealityWarper wields lucid-dream-like control over it]], but it still takes Dipper a ''very'' long time to convince her that reality is better than fantasy (not to mention the temptations that present themselves to him, [[ManChild Soos]] and [[CoolBigSis Wendy]] when they come in to rescue her).
23rd Feb '17 7:58:15 AM Kapow
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[CloudCuckoolander Mabel]] begins to fear growing up, especially when it seems like [[BrotherSisterTeam Dipper]] plans to stay in Gravity Falls when she goes back to California. After accidentally making a DealWithTheDevil in exchange for more summer, [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] puts her in a giant bubble containing "Mabeland," a [[CrapsaccharineWorld seemingly wonderful]] SugarBowl where all of Mabel's most ridiculous dreams are real. Unlike most examples, Mabel actually knows this place is fake, but it still takes Dipper a ''very'' long time to convince her that she should just leave and face reality (not to mention the temptations that present themselves to him, [[ManChild Soos]] and [[CoolBigSis Wendy]] when they come in to rescue her).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[CloudCuckoolander Mabel]] begins to fear growing up, especially when it seems like [[BrotherSisterTeam Dipper]] plans to stay in Gravity Falls when she goes back to California. After accidentally making a DealWithTheDevil in exchange for more summer, [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] puts her in a giant bubble containing "Mabeland," a [[CrapsaccharineWorld seemingly wonderful]] SugarBowl where all of Mabel's most ridiculous dreams are real. Unlike most examples, Mabel actually [[Escapism knows this place is fake, fake]] and [[RealityWarper wields lucid-dream-like control over it]], but it still takes Dipper a ''very'' long time to convince her that she should just leave and face reality is better than fantasy (not to mention the temptations that present themselves to him, [[ManChild Soos]] and [[CoolBigSis Wendy]] when they come in to rescue her). her).
21st Feb '17 7:33:50 AM flodoris
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** The (real) leader of Akatsuki eventually reveals his endgame plan is [[spoiler:to put the entire world into one of these, having decided the [[CrapsackWorld current reality and all its senseless deaths aren't worth keeping]]. When he succeeds with his plan, the happy dreams of his cocooned victims are shown]].

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** The (real) leader of Akatsuki eventually reveals his endgame plan is [[spoiler:to to put the entire world into one of these, having decided the [[CrapsackWorld current reality and all its senseless deaths aren't worth keeping]]. When he succeeds with his plan, keeping.]] [[spoiler:When plan works, the happy dreams of his cocooned victims are shown]].shown.]]
16th Feb '17 7:21:05 AM Drakkenmensch
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** Hopefully we can be weaned off the internet when virtual reality kicks off to full speed.
15th Feb '17 5:09:10 PM Bong28
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** The Crystal version of this is especially pitiful. As they give in without putting up even a smidgen of resistance.
12th Feb '17 9:32:34 PM coreh
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', [[spoiler: it's eventually revealed that during all the time the girls had spent together as a team fighting nightmares, they were actually trapped inside an artificial reality especially created by the Incubators, in order to observe Homura's transformation into a Witch, and Madoka's subsequent appearance to rescue her from this fate]].
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