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18th Mar '17 12:16:26 PM Rhivana
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* Dream Machine in ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}: Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen'' can swap reality for dream, which means that if the users of the machine are killed in the dream, instead of waking up in the reality, they are ''KilledOffForReal''. And the DreamLand the said users are in is [[NightmareFuel full of creatures capable of killing them instantly]]. They now also perceive their original reality as a dream, wondering why there is someone in it called 'Mama' ever bother to annoy them and tell them to 'wake up'...
11th Mar '17 2:41:14 PM nombretomado
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* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', the CompellingVoice can make you forgot things. As a consequence, you can't be sure that anything you know really is true. Perhaps the person with the Dancer has taken over the galazy and you just don't realize because you've been ordered not to. Perhaps the Dancer made you think that you had destroyed it. Perhaps. . . .

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', the CompellingVoice can make you forgot things. As a consequence, you can't be sure that anything you know really is true. Perhaps the person with the Dancer has taken over the galazy and you just don't realize because you've been ordered not to. Perhaps the Dancer made you think that you had destroyed it. Perhaps. . . .
3rd Mar '17 12:40:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Nightwish}}'': Directly referenced at the end. Kim wakes up, the whole movie apparently having been a nightmare, but it turns out she still hasn't woken up or she really is trapped in a cave being fed on by alien parasites. As well, when she was in the dream she fell asleep at one point and dreamt that she was elsewhere as well.

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* ''Film/{{Nightwish}}'': Directly referenced at the end. Kim wakes up, the whole movie apparently having been a nightmare, but it turns out that either she still hasn't woken up for real or she really is she's still trapped in a cave being fed on by alien parasites. As well, when she was in the dream she fell asleep at one point and dreamt that she was elsewhere as well.
3rd Mar '17 12:39:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Nightwish}}'': Directly referenced at the end. Kim wakes up, the whole movie apparently having been a nightmare, but it turns out she still hasn't woken up or she really is trapped in a cave being fed on by alien parasites. As well, when she was in the dream she fell asleep at one point and dreamt that she was elsewhere as well.
2nd Mar '17 3:28:45 PM ElSquibbonator
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* TheReveal of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' pushes it into this territory [[spoiler: because while it turns out the movie is all being played out by a child, we see nearly all of it from the perspectives of the Lego figurines. While the scene with Emmet moving on his own proves that they have minds of their own, it's not known to what extent they have free will or influence]].

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* TheReveal of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' pushes it into this territory [[spoiler: because while it turns out the movie is all being played out by a child, we see nearly all of it from the perspectives of the Lego figurines. While the scene with Emmet moving on his own proves that they have minds of their own, it's not known unclear to what extent they have free will or influence]].
27th Dec '16 6:13:33 PM nombretomado
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* One very simple [[OntologicalMystery interpretation]] of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes'' is that it is all in the mind of the main characters.

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* One very simple [[OntologicalMystery interpretation]] of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes'' is that it is all in the mind of the main characters.
15th Dec '16 11:59:09 AM dotchan
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* ''Manga/XxxHolic'' actually even refers to the above quote and it is an allegory of a central theme in the series.

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* ''Manga/XxxHolic'' actually even refers to the above quote and it is an allegory of a central theme in the series.series--tellingly, Yuuko's symbol is the butterfly, apt for someone [[spoiler: who's in a state of artificially extended existence when she was supposed to have died a long time ago, and who basically disappears in a PuffOfLogic after the truth catches up to her]].
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.
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