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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.
19th Jun '16 1:58:03 PM bedrockperson
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Perchance To Dream", Batman wakes up in a world where his parents never died, he never became Batman, and instead he ended up hitched with Selina Kyle (who wasn't Catwoman either). He eventually figures it out by realizing that he couldn't read anything (which is supposed to signal that you're in a dream). It quickly becomes a nightmare as there's somebody else playing the role of Batman in said world...

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Perchance To Dream", Batman wakes up in a world where his parents never died, he never became Batman, and instead he ended up hitched with Selina Kyle (who wasn't Catwoman either). He eventually figures it out by realizing that he couldn't read anything (which is supposed to signal that you're in a dream).(he explains reading and dreaming are handled by opposite areas of the brain). It quickly becomes a nightmare as there's somebody else playing the role of Batman in said world...
14th Jun '16 8:29:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'': The reveal of "The Pool Boy" is that the endless nightmare the main character finds himself in, where he's repeatedly murdered by a mysterious man, is actually a virtual prison that he was put in after being convicted of murder. It's said to be a fitting punishment for him, but the episode's SympatheticPOV (he doesn't actually remember committing the crime, the circumstances of which are somewhat ambiguous) and [[AndIMustScream unending torture he goes through]] just makes it come off as DisproportionateRetribution.

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** ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'': The reveal of "The Pool Boy" is that the endless nightmare the main character finds himself in, where he's repeatedly murdered by a mysterious man, is actually a virtual prison that he was put in after being convicted of murder. It's said to be a fitting punishment for him, but the episode's SympatheticPOV (he doesn't actually remember committing the crime, the circumstances of which are somewhat ambiguous) and [[AndIMustScream unending torture he goes through]] just makes it come off as DisproportionateRetribution.
13th Jun '16 2:55:47 PM DaibhidC
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* One of the [[RealityWarper perambulations]] in the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novel ''The Path of the Perambulator'' giver Jon-Tom and his companions an illusion of their greatest dream; for Clothahump the turtle wizard it's a vast library; for Sorbl the alcoholic owl it's a lake of booze; Dorcas the hinny sees an endless field of clover; Mudge the KavorkaMan otter sees a group of beautiful female otters; Colin the koala, a huge eucalyptus forest. Jon-Tom himself thinks he's back on Earth as the world's greatest rock star, and it's strumming the duar under the impression that he's on stage that makes him accidentally spellsing himself out of it.
8th Jun '16 11:50:17 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Gatekeepers}}'' had one in episode ten where the team were taken away to a beach paradise, however, Shun suspects that something is up with the place from the start.
* In ''GetBackers'', Ban's Evil Eye technique can in fact be used as a Lotus Eater Machine. Often, Ban subtly changes the [[RealTime one-minute dream]] to seem as if it lasts for several hours, and/or changes the content from dream to nightmare.

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* ''{{Gatekeepers}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Gatekeepers}}'' had one in episode ten where the team were taken away to a beach paradise, however, Shun suspects that something is up with the place from the start.
* In ''GetBackers'', ''Manga/GetBackers'', Ban's Evil Eye technique can in fact be used as a Lotus Eater Machine. Often, Ban subtly changes the [[RealTime one-minute dream]] to seem as if it lasts for several hours, and/or changes the content from dream to nightmare.



* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' had Alala, a Fairy-like villain, who had the ability to use her song to either perform mass hypnosis or trap someone in a sweet dream so that person wouldn't want to wake up.

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* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' had Alala, a Fairy-like villain, who had the ability to use her song to either perform mass hypnosis or trap someone in a sweet dream so that person wouldn't want to wake up.



* In ''MuhyoAndRoji'', this is used on the haunt of [[spoiler:Yuki Otada]], causing him to hallucinate that his classmates are welcoming him onto a rollercoaster, and that despite being a [[HugeSchoolgirl Huge Schoolboy]], he can fit if he lets go of what he's carrying ([[spoiler:the people he kidnapped]]). As the rollercoaster takes him down to hell, Muhyo notes that the Lotus Eater Machine was meant to make the descent easier, as his past was apparently so traumatic ([[spoiler:being DrivenToSuicide after realizing that the classmates who bullied him weren't serious about becoming friends with him]]) that even Muhyo felt sorry for him.

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* In ''MuhyoAndRoji'', ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', this is used on the haunt of [[spoiler:Yuki Otada]], causing him to hallucinate that his classmates are welcoming him onto a rollercoaster, and that despite being a [[HugeSchoolgirl Huge Schoolboy]], he can fit if he lets go of what he's carrying ([[spoiler:the people he kidnapped]]). As the rollercoaster takes him down to hell, Muhyo notes that the Lotus Eater Machine was meant to make the descent easier, as his past was apparently so traumatic ([[spoiler:being DrivenToSuicide after realizing that the classmates who bullied him weren't serious about becoming friends with him]]) that even Muhyo felt sorry for him.
23rd May '16 12:14:34 PM Wymar
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* The last two episodes of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 season 2]] had a very sudden reveal of the BigBad, who used an alternate world where dreams come true to trap the Digidestined in their own fantasies. The way they got broken out seemed so contrived to some people that EpilepticTrees have been planted theorizing that the entire ending is nothing more than a dream-within-a-dream, and the battle never ended.
17th May '16 12:19:26 PM fdsa1234567890
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* The ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' episode [[spoiler: 6741, in which Shaw appears to escape from Samaritan,]] turns out to be this. It was all a mere ploy [[spoiler: by Samaritan to try and find a way to access rival AI The Machine]].
30th Apr '16 4:34:28 PM WillKeaton
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* Deconstructed in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything,'' featuring Comicbook/{{Superman}}. The Black Mercy plant gives the victim hallucinations of his biggest dream -- in Superman's case, that he's with his still-living parents (plus a wife and children) on Krypton. Little by little, though, the dream Krypton becomes a heartbreaking nightmare of the planet sliding into a self-destructing mayhem, spurred by Superman's embittered father. After it was removed from Superman, it fell on Franchise/{{Batman}}, and he also experienced his greatest fantasy -- that his parents were not murdered. After Superman is freed from the dream, he proceeds to unleash the mother of all {{Unstoppable Rage}}s upon Mongul, who mentions that he used the flower specifically to create a prison that Superman could not escape without giving up his greatest desire. The Black Mercy plant is eventually used on Mongul to defeat him, who dreams that he kills all the heroes and takes over the universe.

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* Deconstructed in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything,'' featuring Comicbook/{{Superman}}. The Black Mercy plant gives the victim hallucinations of his biggest where their greatest dream comes true -- in Superman's case, that he's with his still-living parents (plus a wife and children) on Krypton. Little by little, though, the dream Krypton becomes a heartbreaking nightmare of the planet sliding into a self-destructing mayhem, spurred by Superman's embittered father. After it was removed from Superman, it fell on Franchise/{{Batman}}, and he also experienced his greatest fantasy -- that his parents were not murdered. After Superman is freed from the dream, he proceeds to unleash the mother of all {{Unstoppable Rage}}s upon Mongul, who mentions that he used the flower specifically to create a prison that Superman could not escape without giving up his greatest desire. The Black Mercy plant is eventually used on Mongul to defeat him, who dreams that he kills all the heroes and takes over the universe.
30th Apr '16 4:32:58 PM WillKeaton
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** [[AC: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2048 SCP-2048 ("The Virtual World")]] ]]. SCP-2048 is a computer program that scans a person's brain activity and uses an AutoDoc to extract and destructively analyze their brain. It claims that by doing so it can create a virtual reality simulation that will allow the person to experience a "perfect world".

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** [[AC: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2048 SCP-2048 ("The Virtual World")]] ]]. World").]]]] SCP-2048 is a computer program that scans a person's brain activity and uses an AutoDoc to extract and destructively analyze their brain. It claims that by doing so it can create a virtual reality simulation that will allow the person to experience a "perfect world".
25th Apr '16 2:32:26 AM WillBGood
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* In ''The Futurological Congress'' by StanislawLem there are layers upon layer of this. [[spoiler:Drug induced hallucination are used to give the population the illusion of living in a lush paradise world, while the over crowded cold world outside the, is dying rapidly. ]].

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* In ''The Futurological Congress'' by StanislawLem Creator/StanislawLem there are layers upon layer of this. [[spoiler:Drug induced hallucination [[spoiler:Drug-induced hallucinations are used to give the population the illusion of living in a lush paradise world, while the over crowded cold real world outside the, is dying rapidly. cold, overcrowded, and dying.]].
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