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14th Nov '16 7:38:46 PM PaulA
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** ''The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch'' involves a plot to TakeOverTheWorld through hallucinogens that in theory could take a thousand years to wear off. Every main character takes the drugs at one point or another, more than once [[DreamWithinADream a seeming recovery is merely hallucinated]]. By the end, it's [[MindScrew virtually impossible to decide what's "real" and what's not]].

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** ''The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch'' ''Literature/TheThreeStigmataOfPalmerEldritch'' involves a plot to TakeOverTheWorld through hallucinogens that in theory could take a thousand years to wear off. Every main character takes the drugs at one point or another, more than once [[DreamWithinADream a seeming recovery is merely hallucinated]]. By the end, it's [[MindScrew virtually impossible to decide what's "real" and what's not]].
14th Nov '16 5:06:12 PM PaulA
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* ''The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch'' by Creator/PhilipKDick involves a plot to TakeOverTheWorld through hallucinogens that in theory could take a thousand years to wear off. Every main character takes the drugs at one point or another, more than once [[DreamWithinADream a seeming recovery is merely hallucinated]]. By the end, it's [[MindScrew virtually impossible to decide what's "real" and what's not]].
** The complete mind screw ending of ''The Man in the High Castle'' which seems to somehow end in our world.

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''The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch'' by Creator/PhilipKDick involves a plot to TakeOverTheWorld through hallucinogens that in theory could take a thousand years to wear off. Every main character takes the drugs at one point or another, more than once [[DreamWithinADream a seeming recovery is merely hallucinated]]. By the end, it's [[MindScrew virtually impossible to decide what's "real" and what's not]].
** The complete mind screw ending of ''The Man in the High Castle'' ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' which seems to somehow end in our world.



*** Dick, who was also the author of the original short story "The Minority Report" and the story that inspired ''Total Recall'', among many others of this type, could be said to owe his whole career to this trope. To a certain extent, his whole life orbited around this trope.
9th Nov '16 7:40:15 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. A special episode between the third and fourth seasons goes back and forth between the present-day setting and a 19th-century setting. Sherlock is dreaming one of them and keeps "waking up," but it's unclear which one is the dream. On one hand, the episode is framed as an alternative special set in the 19th century; on the other hand, the present-day setting continues where the third season finale leaves off. In the end, it's left ambiguous which setting is "real": present-day Sherlock claims he went deep inside his mind to run an elaborate thought experiment and 19th-century Sherlock claims [[AllJustADream he imagined what a future world might look like and how he would fit in it]].

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. A special episode between the third and fourth seasons goes back and forth between the present-day setting and a 19th-century setting. Sherlock is dreaming one of them and keeps "waking up," but it's unclear which one is the dream. On one hand, the episode is framed as an alternative special set in the 19th century; on the other hand, the present-day setting continues where the third season finale leaves off. In the end, it's left ambiguous which setting is "real": present-day Sherlock claims he went deep inside his mind to run an elaborate thought experiment and 19th-century Sherlock claims [[AllJustADream he imagined what a future world might look like and how he would fit in it]]. Just to make it complicated, one segment of the present-day part turns out to be ''definitely'' a dream, and several characters in the 19th century sprinkle modern words in their dialog.
4th Nov '16 5:03:35 PM BreadBull
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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
*** In "Ship in a Bottle", [[spoiler:Picard and Data were in a holographic simulation of the Enterprise, thinking they had exited the program, trying to fulfill Moriarty's request to be let out. They were still in the Holodeck, and Moriarty was actually holding them hostage. They eventually catch on. At the end a holographic Moriarty thinks he escaped from the computer-- but he is actually "exploring" a 24th-century screen saver.]] At the end, Picard speculates about his crew being someone else's entertainment in a little box... ''oooh, meta.''
*** "Frame of Mind" both explores and inverts this trope, nearly driving Commander Riker insane.
*** The trope is invoked in the first season episode that introduced the holodeck into the ''Star Trek'' universe, "The Big Goodbye."



** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
*** In "Ship in a Bottle", [[spoiler:Picard and Data were in a holographic simulation of the Enterprise, thinking they had exited the program, trying to fulfill Moriarty's request to be let out. They were still in the Holodeck, and Moriarty was actually holding them hostage. They eventually catch on. At the end a holographic Moriarty thinks he escaped from the computer-- but he is actually "exploring" a 24th-century screen saver.]] At the end, Picard speculates about his crew being someone else's entertainment in a little box... ''oooh, meta.''
*** "Frame of Mind" both explores and inverts this trope, nearly driving Commander Riker insane.
*** The trope is invoked in the first season episode that introduced the holodeck into the ''Star Trek'' universe, "The Big Goodbye."
8th Sep '16 7:13:06 AM Materioptikon
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** The same kind of plot is not unknown in the european theatre of that period : Compare with the Spanish play ''La Vida es sueño'' (Calderon, 1635) and the lesser-known French play ''Le Songe des hommes eveillés'' (Des Brosses, 1646)

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** The same kind of plot is not unknown in the european theatre of that period : Compare with the Spanish play ''La Vida es sueño'' (Calderon, 1635) and the lesser-known French play ''Le Songe des hommes eveillés'' (Des Brosses, 1646)


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** Played with Eirin Yagokoro's Sweet Dream Pills, which provide a night of sleep characterized by dreams of being a butterfly.
9th Jul '16 11:55:00 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', a character asks the question of whether [[spoiler:Metus]] is a snake dreaming he's an Agori or an Agori dreaming he's a snake.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', a character asks the question of whether [[spoiler:Metus]] is a snake dreaming he's an Agori or an Agori dreaming he's a snake.
2nd Jul '16 11:49:48 AM shawnvw
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* Happens in-universe in the ''StarTrek'' fan story "A Private Anecdote". Cpt. Christopher Pike was captain of the ''Enterprise'' when it visited Talos VII, where he was subject to very realistic mental illusions by the Talosians. In this story, years later, he thinks back over his adventures he's had since then; each time, he would briefly wonder: "What if this isn't real?" In other words, was he actually still on Talos experiencing yet another illusion?

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1st Jul '16 7:50:44 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Thorvald wonders if they could tell whether meeting each other was another of the dreams.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Thorvald wonders if they could tell whether meeting each other was another of the dreams.
20th Jun '16 7:19:07 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* Two examples from ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'''s [[AllThereInTheManual print works]]. Gensokyo's historian Hieda no Akyuu mentions a theory that the outside world is nothing but a dream of Yukari Yakumo, the resident [[RealityWarper youkai of boundaries]]. Meanwhile in the near-future, a student named Maribel Han, who has the ability to see and sometimes cross supernatural boundaries, has inadvertently stumbled into Gensokyo in ''her'' dreams. As if that wasn't enough, Maribel looks very much like a younger version of Yukari...

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* Two examples from ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'''s [[AllThereInTheManual print works]]. Gensokyo's historian Hieda no Akyuu mentions a theory that the outside world is nothing but a dream of Yukari Yakumo, the resident [[RealityWarper youkai of boundaries]]. Meanwhile in the near-future, a student named Maribel Han, Hearn, who has the ability to see and sometimes cross supernatural boundaries, has inadvertently stumbled into Gensokyo in ''her'' dreams. As if that wasn't enough, Maribel looks very much like a younger version of Yukari...
7th Jun '16 4:04:52 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ComicBook/TheQuestion (whose Sensei nicknamed him "The Butterfly") is [[CatchPhrase fond of]] throwing around the {{Zhuangzi}} quote, [[NonSequitur whether the context calls for it or not.]] He's even used it as a pick-up line.

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* ComicBook/TheQuestion (whose Sensei nicknamed him "The Butterfly") is [[CatchPhrase fond of]] throwing around the {{Zhuangzi}} Creator/{{Zhuangzi}} quote, [[NonSequitur whether the context calls for it or not.]] He's even used it as a pick-up line.
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