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17th Sep '17 8:52:59 PM Pichu-kun
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* This is the premise of works based on the "''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Theory", such as the ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' song. The concept is that the cartoon is from the view point of a delusional and lonely Angelica. All the babies died before she could meet them.

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* This is the premise of works based on the "''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Theory", WebOriginal/TheRugratsTheory, such as the ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' Music/{{Vocaloid}} song. The concept is that the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is from the view point of a delusional and lonely Angelica. All the babies died before she could meet them.
11th Sep '17 1:38:45 AM PaulA
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* Several of Creator/HPLovecraft's stories (notably "The Rats in the Walls") read in this fashion, it often never being quite clear whether what's happening to the characters is actually happening, actually happened, or whether the characters just went insane. The fact that many of them start off clearly not that well adjusted in the first place and even more of them wind up in an insane asylum or living deep in ParanoiaFuel Territory really doesn't help things.

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* Several of Creator/HPLovecraft's stories (notably "The Rats in the Walls") read in this fashion, stories:
** In "Literature/TheRatsInTheWalls",
it often is never being quite clear whether what's happening to the characters character is actually happening, actually happened, or whether the characters character just went insane. The fact that many of them start he starts off clearly not that well adjusted in the first place and even more of them wind winds up in an insane asylum or living deep in ParanoiaFuel Territory really doesn't help things.
4th Sep '17 5:24:32 PM neminem
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* Subverted in the Amazon version of [[Series/TheTick2016 The Tick]], where in the first couple episodes, Arthur, who always wanted to be a superhero, and has had a history of paranoia and hallucinations, keeps seeing a super-hero named The Tick - but conveniently, silent and invisible whenever anyone but Arthur is around. Thus, we, the genre-audience, start to believe that Arthur has invented The Tick and we're seeing another of Arthur's hallucinations - and by the second episode, Arthur comes to that realization himself, too... incorrectly. It was just a hilarious coincidence that nobody saw or heard him.
4th Sep '17 9:18:30 AM Medinoc
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': A particularly creepy episode of, 3x04 "[[Recap/StargateSG1S3E4Legacy Legacy]]", has Daniel Jackson slowly going insane from delusions and terrifying hallucinations caused by a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum. Much of the episode is seen from his perspective, resulting in this trope. At the halfway point, however, it turns into a CuckoosNest trope when the other characters find proof that Daniel was never actually insane as such. The episode would have been more effective if we, the audience, hadn't been shown ''some thing'' infecting Daniel's body right in the first act of the episode.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': ''Series/StargateSG1'':
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A particularly creepy episode of, 3x04 "[[Recap/StargateSG1S3E4Legacy Legacy]]", has Daniel Jackson slowly going insane from delusions and terrifying hallucinations caused by a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum. Much of the episode is seen from his perspective, resulting in this trope. At the halfway point, however, it turns into a CuckoosNest trope when the other characters find proof that Daniel was never actually insane as such. The episode would have been more effective if we, the audience, hadn't been shown ''some thing'' infecting Daniel's body right in the first act of the episode.episode.
** "Shadow Play" uses it when Jonas Quinn's mentor scientist visits the insurgents' headquarters, bristling with activity, to hide the fact that [[spoiler:the entire thing is TheSchizophreniaConspiracy and the place is actually an empty warehouse]].



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the Season 6 episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]]", a demon stabs Buffy with a weapon that it is a part of it. Said weapon is also poisonous and causes vivid hallucination. Buffy believes she is in an asylum being treated for her delusion that she is the Slayer. After 6 years of watching the show, we the Audience automatically assume that the Sunnydale scenes are real and the asylum scenes are delusion until the final reveal, which has one final "hallucination" that she's gone catatonic.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the Season 6 episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]]", a demon stabs Buffy with a weapon that it is a part of it. Said weapon is also poisonous and causes vivid hallucination. Buffy believes she is in an asylum being treated for her delusion that she is the Slayer. After 6 years of watching the show, we the Audience automatically assume that the Sunnydale scenes are real and the asylum scenes are delusion until the final reveal, which has one final "hallucination" that she's gone catatonic.
23rd Aug '17 7:38:37 PM DrFraud
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* P.I. Douglas Reilly in ''PataNoir'' is off of his (unspecified) medication - because he "works better" without it - and therefore has a somewhat more literal view of metaphors than most people. If the text says that a cigarette butt is smoking like the embers of a dying fire, Reilly can (apparently) ''pick up one of the embers'' and use it to warm up a potential client who's been acting coldly toward him.

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* P.I. Douglas Reilly in ''PataNoir'' ''[=PataNoir=]'' is off of his (unspecified) medication - because he "works better" without it - and therefore has a somewhat more literal view of metaphors than most people. If the text says that a cigarette butt is smoking like the embers of a dying fire, Reilly can (apparently) ''pick up one of the embers'' and use it to warm up a potential client who's been acting coldly toward him.
23rd Aug '17 7:37:23 PM DrFraud
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-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man! But what bigot '''isn't'''?

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-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man! man! But what bigot '''isn't'''?
23rd Aug '17 7:37:02 PM DrFraud
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-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man. But what bigot '''isn't'''?

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-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man. man! But what bigot '''isn't'''?
23rd Aug '17 7:36:30 PM DrFraud
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-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man. But what bigot '''ISN'T'''?

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-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man. But what bigot '''ISN'T'''?'''isn't'''?
23rd Aug '17 7:36:02 PM DrFraud
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* In "Men in Black" in ''Uncanny Tales from the Grave'' #4[[note]]Which originally appeared in ''Menace'' #3.[[/note]] Jim Norton starts a KKK-{{Expy}} which dresses in black cloaks and pillowcase masks. During their first hate crime he escapes from the police and runs home. When he removes his mask he finds another one underneath - and another, and another - to the point where he frantically tears off an apparently infinite number of masks. In the final panel the cops find him dead on the floor with his face ripped to shreds.
-->'''Narrator:''' Like your wife said, Jim, you were an awfully sick man. But what bigot '''ISN'T'''?
23rd Aug '17 5:16:08 PM legendaryweredragon
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* Would you believe that Franchise/WinnieThePooh used this trope as the TwistEnding in one of the movies? After finally reuniting with Christopher Robin at the end of ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'', Pooh and Tigger notice that the entrance to the cavern looked way bigger and scarier when they entered it. Christopher Robin explains "Well, things can seem that way when we're alone, or afraid, or someone's hurt." During the following song, [[OnceMoreWithClarity it is revealed what several of the scary locations they had been through actually looked like.]] For example, the carnivorous plants with huge thorns had really been just roses. Before this, it was also revealed that the [[HellIsThatNoise unearthly growling sound]] they had been hearing throughout the movie had been Pooh's stomach growling.



* Would you believe that Franchise/WinnieThePooh used this trope as the TwistEnding in one of the movies? After finally reuniting with Christopher Robin at the end of ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'', Pooh and Tigger notice that the entrance to the cavern looked way bigger and scarier when they entered it. Christopher Robin explains "Well, things can seem that way when we're alone, or afraid, or someone's hurt." During the following song, [[OnceMoreWithClarity it is revealed what several of the scary locations they had been through actually looked like.]] For example, the carnivorous plants with huge thorns had really been just roses. Before this, it was also revealed that the [[HellIsThatNoise unearthly growling sound]] they had been hearing throughout the movie had been Pooh's stomach growling.
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