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24th Oct '16 9:41:22 PM LDragon2
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* ''Anime/{{Shelter}}'': Where the main heroine, Rin, [[spoiler: spends the rest of her days after a world-ending event.]]
19th Oct '16 6:35:56 AM Veanne
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* ''Literature/TheMachineStops'' is, when you strip off all the science fiction, precisely the story Plato told. Except, maybe, for the ending.
10th Aug '16 9:39:40 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/SourceCode'': A soldier is sent back in time in a military-crafted pod that is integrated with various electronic inside of it that require his maintenance. [[spoiler:Later he discovers that the entire pod is an illusion created by his own mind while his severely damaged body is in a camatose state [[BrainInAJar hooked into a machine]].]]

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* ''Film/SourceCode'': A soldier is sent back in time in a military-crafted pod that is integrated with various electronic inside of it that require his maintenance. [[spoiler:Later he discovers that the entire pod is an illusion created by his own mind while his severely damaged body is in a camatose comatose state [[BrainInAJar hooked into a machine]].]]


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* ''Series/ThePath'': Cal tells the story of Plato's original allegory, which Meyerism apparently agrees with, their "ladder" being the path of the title that leads "into the light" from the cave.
3rd Jul '16 3:48:53 PM Jappus
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** Further more, there exists [[http://www.iep.utm.edu/brainvat/#H4 at least one proof]], that shows that we are '''not''' brains in a vat. The problem comes in, when you realize, that nothing stops an ''actual'' brain in a vat to use the same argument to come to the same conclusion. Make of that what you will...
22nd Jun '16 7:30:19 AM MrItty
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Professor Moriarty discovers that he's a character in a holodeck fantasy, and it even gets down to the point where he is questioning the memories and personality he was programmed with, rejecting them for a chance at a new identity and existence. When Picard fails to live up to his promise, a follow-up episode has Moriarty trapping Picard and Data in one of these briefly leading Picard to muse that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall their own reality might be a Platonic Cave]].
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Q create a representational reality that reflects the basic ideas of the Q Continuum for us mere mortals (though they don't try to fool the humans into thinking it's real, it at least suggests that there is more to reality than they're capable of handling).

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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Professor Moriarty discovers that he's a character in a holodeck fantasy, and it even gets down to the point where he is questioning the memories and personality he was programmed with, rejecting them for a chance at a new identity and existence. When Picard fails to live up to his promise, a follow-up episode has Moriarty trapping Picard and Data in one of these briefly leading Picard to muse that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall their own reality might be a Platonic Cave]].
** Picard is trapped in another in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E25TheInnerLight The Inner Light]]," experiencing an entire lifetime of a [[spoiler:long-dead]] alien named Kaylen, believing it to be reality.
** Riker is trapped in a two-layer cave in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E8FutureImperfect Future Imperfect]]," first being made to think he's in the future and suffering from amnesia, and then being made to believe that '''that''' was a holodeck simulation by his captors, the Romulans. In reality, it was a dual-cave created by [[spoiler:a child alien who took up a role in both cave simulations]]
** Riker finds himself in yet another in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E19FrameOfMind Frame of Mind]]," as he is constantly shifting between two separate realities. In one he is on the ship acting in a play, in the other he is a patient/prisoner on an alien world. The episode centers on Riker slowly losing grip on reality as he tries to figure out which reality is real and which is a Platonic Cave.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E19HardTime Hard Time]]" deals with the fallout of O'Brien having been forced into a Platonic Cave as punishment by an alien species. In his cave, he was forced to experience 20 years worth of memories of being a prisoner.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** In both "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E18DeathWish Death Wish]]" and "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E10TheQAndTheGrey The Q and the Grey]],"
the Q create a representational reality that reflects the basic ideas of the Q Continuum for us mere mortals (though they don't try to fool the humans into thinking it's real, it at least suggests that there is more to reality than they're capable of handling).handling).
** Several episodes dealt with fictional holodeck characters gradually coming to understand that their entire existence is within a cave from the point of view of the main cast. This includes holodeck representations of Leondardo da Vinci ("[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E10ConcerningFlight Concerning Flight]]"), and the entire town of Fair Haven ("[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E11FairHaven Fair Haven]]")
17th May '16 11:48:16 AM TimSC
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': In "Back to Reality", the characters wake up to find they have apparently been in an immersive computer game and when outside the game, they have very different identities. However, they later discover this itself is an alternative reality created by a predatory despair squid in an attempt to drive them to suicide.



** G'kar tries to use this idea to explain a point of his philosophy. When his acolytes don't get it he just gives up and starts spouting nonsense metaphors.
** Sheridan spends some time in one [[spoiler:when he dies on Z'ha'dum]]. He only gets out of it when he comes up with something worth living for.

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** G'kar tries to use While being interrogated in "And a sky full of stars", Sinclair is [[spoiler:trapped in a cybernet chair in which he experience an alternate reality]].
** In "Spider in the Web", Abel Horn is turned into a cybernetically controlled assassin by telepathically locking his mind at his moment of death, so
this idea to explain a point of becomes his philosophy. When his acolytes don't get it he just gives up and starts spouting nonsense metaphors.
reality.
** Sheridan possibly spends some time in one [[spoiler:when he dies on Z'ha'dum]]. He only gets out of it when he comes up with something worth living for.for.
** In a "Race through Dark Places", Bester is telepathically tricked into thinking he has completed his mission.
** Londo is trapped in a telepathic drug induced reality by G'Kar in "Dust to Dust".


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* The rock band ''Queen'' asked "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" in their song ''Bohemian Rhapsody''.
13th May '16 6:44:20 PM DarkLotus
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* ''Film/Dogtooth'': The siblings have never left their house since they were born and don't have contact with people from outside. The reality they know is a fiction their parents created to isolate then from the real world.

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* ''Film/Dogtooth'': ''Film/{{Dogtooth}}'' The siblings have never left their house since they were born and don't have contact with people from outside. The reality they know is a fiction their parents created to isolate then from the real world.
13th May '16 6:38:06 PM DarkLotus
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* ''Film/Dogtooth'': The siblings have never left their house since they were born and don't have contact with people from outside. The reality they know is a fiction their parents created to isolate then from the real world.
30th Apr '16 6:46:12 PM WillKeaton
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat Brain In A Vat]], a concept where, if your brain was floating in a vat of life-supporting fluid, and wired up to a supercomputer designed to simulate reality, processing output from your brain and responding with appropriate input, there would be absolutely no way at all for you to determine that this was the case.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat Brain In A Vat]], Vat,]] a concept where, if your brain was floating in a vat of life-supporting fluid, and wired up to a supercomputer designed to simulate reality, processing output from your brain and responding with appropriate input, there would be absolutely no way at all for you to determine that this was the case.
29th Apr '16 7:10:50 PM Salama
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* ''Film/TheIsland'': The clones get freed at the end, coming out of the underground facility into the sun.
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