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26th Mar '17 5:18:14 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'' is what happens when Power Fantasy meets JapanesePoliteness. Kasumi is a mild-mannered Japanese retiree who just wants to really enjoy his food. If some social dilemma gets in the way of that, an imaginary Sengoku ronin steps in to show him how he ''[[WhatWouldXDo might]]'' deal with it. Sometimes this inspires Kasumi to greater assertiveness; sometimes it doesn't.
11th Mar '17 4:07:28 PM superkeijikun
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* The trope is also deconstructed by ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', a game which looks like it will fulfil this need on the part of the player. For the first hour, it even imitates the military shooter ubiquitous in the late 2000's and early 2010's. Then it becomes clearer and clearer that by wanting to be the "hero" of the story, the PlayerCharacter is worsening the situation, which was already disastrous and desperate. Some of the loading tips are brutally sarcastic and suspiciously ambiguous about whether they refer to the protagonist or the player. One developer stated that the ultimate answer to the moral quandaries the player encounters is to ''stop playing'', thus letting go of the expected Power Fantasy.

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* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' also deconstructs this trope. Travis Touchdown may be a dangerous LaserSword-wielding madman, but when he's not fighting his way through the UAA ranks, he's a creepy {{Otaku}} ([[ThisLoserIsYou not unlike some of the people who would play this game]]) who has to work menial jobs to make the money to challenge other assassins/indulge in his own power fantasies.
* The trope is also deconstructed by ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', a game which looks like it will fulfil fulfill this need on the part of the player. For the first hour, it even imitates the military shooter ubiquitous in the late 2000's and early 2010's. Then it becomes clearer and clearer that by wanting to be the "hero" of the story, the PlayerCharacter is worsening the situation, which was already disastrous and desperate. Some of the loading tips are brutally sarcastic and suspiciously ambiguous about whether they refer to the protagonist or the player. One developer stated that the ultimate answer to the moral quandaries the player encounters is to ''stop playing'', thus letting go of the expected Power Fantasy.
9th Nov '16 7:56:57 AM Morgenthaler
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Sometimes people can be really mean to you. The JerkJock and the AlphaBitch will mock you in school, the SadistTeacher and ObstructiveBureaucrat won't leave you alone, the [[TyrantTakesTheHelm vile new boss]] can turn your beloved workplace into hell on earth. Even your [[AbusiveParents parents can hurt you]]. And sometimes your whole city will [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer hate you]] [[LoserSonOfLoserDad for some reasons]]. And you know what the worst part of it is? You can't take revenge. You can't tell your boss what you really think about him, unless you want to lose your job. Standing against the bully will just get you a serious beatdown for your trouble. And how the hell are you going to fight with the whole town? Sometimes the only thing you can do is give in to your [[MrImagination imagination]]. Because there, you can be anyone -- TheChosenOne, a SuperHero or just {{Badass}} with a cool [[BadassLongcoat longcoat]]. And everyone who ever pissed you off will have to pay. You can give villains the faces of your abusers, or just imagine them being beaten by you or [[AuthorAvatar your avatar]].

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Sometimes people can be really mean to you. The JerkJock and the AlphaBitch will mock you in school, the SadistTeacher and ObstructiveBureaucrat won't leave you alone, the [[TyrantTakesTheHelm vile new boss]] can turn your beloved workplace into hell on earth. Even your [[AbusiveParents parents can hurt you]]. And sometimes your whole city will [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer hate you]] [[LoserSonOfLoserDad for some reasons]]. And you know what the worst part of it is? You can't take revenge. You can't tell your boss what you really think about him, unless you want to lose your job. Standing against the bully will just get you a serious beatdown for your trouble. And how the hell are you going to fight with the whole town? Sometimes the only thing you can do is give in to your [[MrImagination imagination]]. Because there, you can be anyone -- TheChosenOne, a SuperHero or just {{Badass}} badass with a cool [[BadassLongcoat longcoat]]. And everyone who ever pissed you off will have to pay. You can give villains the faces of your abusers, or just imagine them being beaten by you or [[AuthorAvatar your avatar]].
25th Jun '16 10:26:25 PM jormis29
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* Lt. Barclay does this in his first appearance on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' but unlike most other examples he has the holodeck to make his power fantasies reality.

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* Lt. Barclay does this in his first appearance on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and his appearances on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' but unlike most other examples he has the holodeck to make his power fantasies reality.
25th Jun '16 11:17:40 AM Morgenthaler
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25th Jun '16 9:59:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Done hilariously in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. When Dr. Milo, a high-ranking Cadmus employee, is told by his boss (Amanda Waller) he's fired, he at once pulls out a huge laser cannon and kills everyone else at the conference table. Of course, it's a fantasy and in real life he just meekly takes his pink slip [[spoiler: before releasing Doomsday as payback.]]

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* Done hilariously in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. When Dr. Milo, a high-ranking Cadmus employee, is told by his boss (Amanda Waller) he's fired, he at once pulls out a huge laser cannon and kills everyone else at the conference table. Of course, it's a fantasy and in real life he just meekly takes his pink slip [[spoiler: before releasing Doomsday as payback.]]



* ''AngelaAnaconda'' has these OnceAnEpisode... One time she even paid homage to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' to the point where, in an altered version, she actually ''mentions'' Digimon terms, like Digivolve and attaching -mon at the end of people's names.

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* ''AngelaAnaconda'' ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' has these OnceAnEpisode... One time she even paid homage to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' to the point where, in an altered version, she actually ''mentions'' Digimon terms, like Digivolve and attaching -mon at the end of people's names.
26th May '16 5:21:54 PM WillBGood
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17th May '16 2:06:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* An alternative interpretation of the [[HappyEnding Happy Endings]] of both ''TaxiDriver'' and ''Film/TheKingOfComedy'' (both of which were made by Creator/MartinScorsese and star RobertDeNiro) is that they occurred all in the protagonists' heads.

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* An alternative interpretation of the [[HappyEnding Happy Endings]] of both ''TaxiDriver'' ''Film/TaxiDriver'' and ''Film/TheKingOfComedy'' (both of which were made by Creator/MartinScorsese and star RobertDeNiro) is that they occurred all in the protagonists' heads.
29th Mar '16 6:41:02 PM Eagal
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* Really who hasn't done this at some point in their childhood?
** ''Just'' their childhood?

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* Really who hasn't done this at some point in their childhood?
** ''Just'' their childhood?
life?
13th Mar '16 8:44:46 PM PaulA
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* The short story ''The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'' by Creator/JamesThurber is all about this.

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* The short story ''The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'' "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty" by Creator/JamesThurber is all about this.a man who frequently daydreams about being heroic and powerful, in contrast to his humdrum reality.
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