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11th Dec '17 5:18:05 AM Cryoclaste
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* The ''Distortion World'' in ''{{Pokemon}}''. You can ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu fight]]'' a giant, ultra powerful, legendary Pokemon, [[OlympusMons capture]] it, and make it [[KidWithTheRemoteControl fight]]. Nothing else really, except run around.

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* The ''Distortion World'' in ''{{Pokemon}}''.''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. You can ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu fight]]'' a giant, ultra powerful, legendary Pokemon, [[OlympusMons capture]] it, and make it [[KidWithTheRemoteControl fight]]. Nothing else really, except run around.
25th Nov '17 11:00:36 PM Gamermaster
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* Invoked by the protagonists of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarukoSan''. Nyaruko even lampshades it in the first episode as a "convenient barrier", ''twice'', explaining it as "[[MediumAwareness important information]]", complete with an AsideGlance.

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* Invoked by the protagonists of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarukoSan''. Nyaruko ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan''. Nyarko even lampshades it in the first episode as a "convenient barrier", ''twice'', explaining it as "[[MediumAwareness important information]]", complete with an AsideGlance.
2nd Nov '17 2:32:36 AM jormis29
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** ''Series/FinalFantasy'' loves this trope. ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has, for example, the final fight against Ultimecia, in compressed time. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has an entirely trippy sequence against [[OneWingedAngel Kefka]], and of course you then have [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath.]] Even the ''player'' can join in on this, with the well-documented [[GoodBadBugs Vanish/Doom trick.]]

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** ''Series/FinalFantasy'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' loves this trope. ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has, for example, the final fight against Ultimecia, in compressed time. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has an entirely trippy sequence against [[OneWingedAngel Kefka]], and of course you then have [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath.]] Even the ''player'' can join in on this, with the well-documented [[GoodBadBugs Vanish/Doom trick.]]
18th Oct '17 9:26:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The final track in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} GX'''s Story Mode, as well as [[ThatOneLevel the final track in the Diamond Cup Grand Prix]] (same setting, different layout).

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* The final track in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} ''VideoGame/FZero GX'''s Story Mode, as well as [[ThatOneLevel the final track in the Diamond Cup Grand Prix]] (same setting, different layout).
13th Oct '17 5:38:58 AM Koveras
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* The Kekkai in ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X/1999]]'' are seven magical seals spread around Tokyo to prevent the impending apocalypse. Each Kekkai is protected by a magic user belonging to the group known as "Dragons of Heaven", sworn defenders of humankind's continued existence. Another group, the seven Dragons of Earth, meanwhile, are [[GaiasWrath protectors of Earth]] ''from'' humanity, tasked with destroying all Kekkai. When the two sides battle, one of the Dragons of Heaven must erect a Kekkai Field to remove the surrounding landscape (minus the muggles) from the regular space and into the Phantom Zone, where they can battle unimpeded. If the Dragon of Earth attacker is killed or driven off, the Kekkai Field is removed safely, undoing any structural damage that occurred inside; however, if the host Dragon of Heaven is killed instead, their Field fails and all battle damage becomes permanent, with horrifying consequences to the hapless muggles caught in it.

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* The Kekkai in ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X/1999]]'' are seven magical seals spread around Tokyo to prevent the impending apocalypse. Each Kekkai is protected by a magic user belonging to the group known as "Dragons of Heaven", sworn defenders of humankind's continued existence. Another group, the seven Dragons of Earth, meanwhile, are [[GaiasWrath [[GaiasVengeance protectors of Earth]] ''from'' humanity, tasked with destroying all Kekkai. When the two sides battle, one of the Dragons of Heaven must erect a Kekkai Field to remove the surrounding landscape (minus the muggles) from the regular space and into the Phantom Zone, where they can battle unimpeded. If the Dragon of Earth attacker is killed or driven off, the Kekkai Field is removed safely, undoing any structural damage that occurred inside; however, if the host Dragon of Heaven is killed instead, their Field fails and all battle damage becomes permanent, with horrifying consequences to the hapless muggles caught in it.
13th Oct '17 5:38:33 AM Koveras
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* The Kekkai Fields in ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X/1999]]''. An interesting thing about this example is that if a "good" character wins a battle in a Kekkai, all the destruction is undone... but if the "evil" character wins, the destruction becomes reality.
** Wasn't it if the field's ''creator'' (who tended to be the good guy anyway) was killed that the damage became real?

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* The Kekkai Fields in ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X/1999]]''. An interesting thing about this example X/1999]]'' are seven magical seals spread around Tokyo to prevent the impending apocalypse. Each Kekkai is that if protected by a "good" character wins magic user belonging to the group known as "Dragons of Heaven", sworn defenders of humankind's continued existence. Another group, the seven Dragons of Earth, meanwhile, are [[GaiasWrath protectors of Earth]] ''from'' humanity, tasked with destroying all Kekkai. When the two sides battle, one of the Dragons of Heaven must erect a Kekkai Field to remove the surrounding landscape (minus the muggles) from the regular space and into the Phantom Zone, where they can battle in a Kekkai, all unimpeded. If the destruction Dragon of Earth attacker is undone... but killed or driven off, the Kekkai Field is removed safely, undoing any structural damage that occurred inside; however, if the "evil" character wins, the destruction host Dragon of Heaven is killed instead, their Field fails and all battle damage becomes reality.
** Wasn't it if
permanent, with horrifying consequences to the field's ''creator'' (who tended to be the good guy anyway) was killed that the damage became real?hapless muggles caught in it.
1st Oct '17 1:12:31 AM lillolillo
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* [[Manga/KagihimeMonogatari The Merveille Space in Kagihime]]. [[spoiler: It becomes a plot point because Aruto is the second male to be able to enter it apart from Alternate L. Takion.]]

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* [[Manga/KagihimeMonogatari ''Manga/KagihimeMonogatari'': The Merveille Space in Kagihime]].Space. [[spoiler: It becomes a plot point because Aruto is the second male to be able to enter it apart from Alternate L. Takion.]]



** In ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'', Kara's rocket remained trapped many years into the Zone before breaking free and landing on Earth.



* At the end of ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', the four villains are banished to the Phantom Zone.
* Hailing from the tales of Creator/HPLovecraft, the Dreamlands in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'' are a strange and dark fantasy land set in a parallel dimension.



* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'', General Zod, Ursa and Non are imprisoned in the Phantom Zone by Jor-El. In ''Film/SupermanII'', the Phantom Zone is shattered when Jor-El's son Kal-El (a.k.a. Superman) sends a terrorist hydrogen bomb into space to explode harmlessly, and the three Kryptonian super-criminals are freed to wreak havoc upon Earth.
* The ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' movie has the title character thrown into the Phantom Zone by her nemesis Selena using the power of the Omegahedron, which strips her of her powers in the process. Zaltar, who came to the Phantom Zone as a self-imposed exile for losing the Omegahedron in the first place, pulls a HeroicSacrifice to allow her to escape and regain her powers.

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* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'', ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', General Zod, Ursa and Non are imprisoned in the Phantom Zone by Jor-El. In ''Film/SupermanII'', the Phantom Zone is shattered when Jor-El's son Kal-El (a.k.a. Superman) sends a terrorist hydrogen bomb into space to explode harmlessly, and the three Kryptonian super-criminals are freed to wreak havoc upon Earth.
* The ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' movie has the title character thrown into the Phantom Zone by her nemesis Selena using the power of the Omegahedron, which strips her ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} of her powers in the process. Zaltar, who came to the Phantom Zone as a self-imposed exile for losing the Omegahedron in the first place, pulls a HeroicSacrifice to allow her to escape and regain her powers.



* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' had Clark Kent visiting the phantom zone three times. It is bleak wasteland, and inhabited by criminals (and phantoms) who are very dangerous. Phantoms who escaped from the zone are a recurring problem for Clark. On the other hand, Clark is able to banish some of his deadliest enemies to the phantom zone.

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* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had Clark Kent visiting the phantom zone three times.times, at least one of them accompanied by his cousin [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]. It is bleak wasteland, and inhabited by criminals (and phantoms) who are very dangerous. Phantoms who escaped from the zone are a recurring problem for Clark. On the other hand, Clark is able to banish some of his deadliest enemies to the phantom zone. zone.
* In ''Series/Supergirl2015'', the titular heroine's rocket remained trapped many years into the Zone before breaking free and landing on Earth.
25th Jun '17 12:17:02 PM jtvectorsigma
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* ''Film/DoctorStrange'' shows the Mirror Dimension, which looks like the mortal world put through a kaleidoscope. Sorcerers can do pretty much anything there, but the normal world stays unaffected. The titular hero tries to take advantage of this at one point to trap his enemy- [[OhCrap only to realize that his enemy is far more powerful in the Mirror Dimension.]]
8th May '17 10:48:56 PM PhantomRider
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* ''Series/VRTroopers'' had the Battle Grid for when they wanted to deal with [[{{Mooks}} the Skugs]] in relative privacy. For the actual MonsterOfTheWeek, the usual MO was for JB to return them to {{Cyberspace}}, which had a suspicious resemblance to ''Franchise/SuperSentai's'' BBCQuarry (''every time'').

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* ''Series/VRTroopers'' had the Battle Grid for when they wanted to deal with [[{{Mooks}} the Skugs]] in relative privacy. For the actual MonsterOfTheWeek, the usual MO was for JB to use the Vortex command to return them to {{Cyberspace}}, which had a suspicious resemblance to ''Franchise/SuperSentai's'' BBCQuarry (''every time'').time''). Also, in the second season, new {{Dragon}} Despera had the ability to send the whole fight to another dimension where the monster was usually stronger with a lot of crazy powers it never had in the 'real' world. "[[OnceAnEpisode Escalate to Indigo Sector]]!" (And when the hero got the upper hand ''there,'' it was time to do it ''again.'' "Escalate to the Fractal Zone!")
**In the ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' franchise, the villains' use of this trope is seen in several series. Where Power Rangers/Sentai villains make monsters grow, Metal Heroes villains send the fight to a trippy alternate dimension where the monster is three times stronger. As seen in modern movies and sentai team-ups, the original was ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' and its "Makuu Space." In ''VR Troopers, Shaider'' footage gives us the Indigo Sector and Fractal Zone. ''Spielban'' footage of the franchise [[ReimaginingTheArtifact trying it differently]] by letting the ''hero'' initiate it to protect the city gives us JB's vortex. Even B-Fighter had it, but the Gaohm Zone was used infrequently and wasn't always somewhere that ''couldn't'' exist on Earth, so Beetleborgs didn't adapt it, instead giving a different explanation for the few instances of the battle ending up somewhere bizarre.
5th Apr '17 11:26:28 AM StFan
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* The [=NeverNever=] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

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* The [=NeverNever=] Nevernever in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
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