History UsefulNotes / Solipsism

26th Jul '16 12:54:38 PM Morgenthaler
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22nd Jun '16 11:05:33 AM Willbyr
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* Aten in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' is thoroughly convinced that nothing else in reality exists but as a fragment of his consciousness. As he's the avatar of a Greater Titan, this means he is effectively indestructible unless convinced he's ''not''. This extends to his goals - he wants everything that exists to worship him, and if that fails, he's willing to have his followers blow themselves up. He's also Akhenaten's only avatar, which helps to reinforce this view - he absorbed all of the others.
** There's also a Knack called Solipsistic Defense; once per scene, you can call on your Legend to render any one attack you didn't see coming harmless, simply by believing as hard as possible that it doesn't exist. As someone with the blood of a god, what you believe goes.
* The Solipsist class in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' is {{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}}, with abilities involving, among other things, creating matter from thoughts, distorting reality and disbelieving damage.
* Richard Ames, the main character of ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' decides one morning to follow solipsism, and refers to other people (including his wife) as a figment of his imagination. Not a wholly straight example, as he's just doing it [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].
* A racial class in the ''{{Tabletop/Rifts}}'' {{Sourcebook}} ''D-Bees of North America'' has metaphysical solipsism as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Strangely, this is presented more of a Role-Playing quirk than anything else, as their philosophy does not turn them into amoral monsters.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', a {{Mad Scientist}}'s ray gun traps Marc in a dimension populated entirely by fractal copies of himself. Over the [[YearInsideHourOutside centuries]] that pass within "Marcworld," the occasional Marc-copy goes mad, believes he's the only one who really exists, and decides the only way to escape the CuckooNest is to kill all the "fake" fractal Marcs. ("Hold still, runts! This won't hurt, 'cause you don't exist!") This happens often enough that one or more Marcs become GenreSavvy and publish a pamphlet which refutes this metaphysical solipsism by pointing out that many others have come to the same conclusion, only to find that going on a "[[AxCrazy psycho rampage]]" doesn't, in fact, cause oneself to "wake up back in reality."

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* Aten in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' is thoroughly convinced that nothing else in reality exists but as a fragment of his consciousness. As he's the avatar of a Greater Titan, this means he is effectively indestructible unless convinced he's ''not''. This extends to his goals - he wants everything that exists to worship him,
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and if that fails, he's willing to have his followers blow themselves up. He's also Akhenaten's only avatar, which helps to reinforce this view - he absorbed all of the others.
** There's also a Knack called Solipsistic Defense; once per scene, you can call on your Legend to render any one attack you didn't see coming harmless, simply by believing as hard as possible that it doesn't exist. As someone with the blood of a god, what you believe goes.
* The Solipsist class in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' is {{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}}, with abilities involving, among other things, creating matter from thoughts, distorting reality and disbelieving damage.
* Richard Ames, the main character of ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' decides one morning to follow solipsism, and refers to other people (including his wife) as a figment of his imagination. Not a wholly straight example, as he's just doing it [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].
* A racial class in the ''{{Tabletop/Rifts}}'' {{Sourcebook}} ''D-Bees of North America'' has metaphysical solipsism as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Strangely, this is presented more of a Role-Playing quirk than anything else, as their philosophy does not turn them into amoral monsters.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', a {{Mad Scientist}}'s ray gun traps Marc in a dimension populated entirely by fractal copies of himself. Over the [[YearInsideHourOutside centuries]] that pass within "Marcworld," the occasional Marc-copy goes mad, believes he's the only one who really exists, and decides the only way to escape the CuckooNest is to kill all the "fake" fractal Marcs. ("Hold still, runts! This won't hurt, 'cause you don't exist!") This happens often enough that one or more Marcs become GenreSavvy and publish a pamphlet which refutes this metaphysical solipsism by pointing out that many others have come to the same conclusion, only to find that going on a "[[AxCrazy psycho rampage]]" doesn't, in fact, cause oneself to "wake up back in reality."
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* The Party of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' drives metaphysical solipsism to a particularly terrifying logical conclusion. O'Brien boasts that since nothing exists outside the consciousness, and the Party controls all information everywhere, the Party is like a collective RealityWarper that can distort and rewrite the past and even ''material reality itself''. Reality simply ''does not exist'' any more, the closest approximation is whatever the Party says is reality. And if you do not agree to their absurdity, they will use TwoPlusTortureMakesFive and MindRape until you believe it. Why, you ask? [[ForTheEvulz Because the Party wants nothing but power, and there is no greater power than inflicting misery and humiliation on other human beings]].
* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, [[NoObjectPermanence refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists.]] Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.
* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]

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* The Party of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' drives metaphysical solipsism to a particularly terrifying logical conclusion. O'Brien boasts that since nothing exists outside the consciousness, and the Party controls all information everywhere, the Party is like a collective RealityWarper that can distort and rewrite the past and even ''material reality itself''. Reality simply ''does not exist'' any more, the closest approximation is whatever the Party says is reality. And if you do not agree to their absurdity, they will use TwoPlusTortureMakesFive and MindRape until you believe it. Why, you ask? [[ForTheEvulz Because the Party wants nothing but power, and there is no greater power than inflicting misery and humiliation on other human beings]].
* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, [[NoObjectPermanence refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists.]] Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.
* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]

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* Patrick Hocksetter from ''Literature/{{It}}'' is conviced that he is the only real person in the universe, which leads him to become a complete {{Sociopath}}, even murdering his own baby brother because his parents were diverting attention away from him, thereby threatening his worldview of being the only real being. This worldview also means that he doesn't truly fear anything he doesn't believe anything is real, effectively rendering him the perfect FearlessFool. This causes the titular {{Shapeshifting}} EldritchAbomination problems when it decides to kill and eat Patrick, as Beverly observes it struggling to choose a form that can effectively scare him as it confronts him. It eventually settles on transforming into a pack of flying leeches and literally ''suck'' Patrick out of existence, as the feeling of being gradually erased from existence was the only concept that could actually make Patrick uncomfortable.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]

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* The Party of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' drives metaphysical solipsism to a particularly terrifying logical conclusion. O'Brien boasts that since nothing exists outside the consciousness, and the Party controls all information everywhere, the Party is like a collective RealityWarper that can distort and rewrite the past and even ''material reality itself''. Reality simply ''does not exist'' any more, the closest approximation is whatever the Party says is reality. And if you do not agree to their absurdity, they will use TwoPlusTortureMakesFive and MindRape until you believe it. Why, you ask? [[ForTheEvulz Because the Party wants nothing but power, and there is no greater power than inflicting misery and humiliation on other human beings]].
* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, [[NoObjectPermanence refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists.]] Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.
* Richard Ames, the main character of ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' decides one morning to follow solipsism, and refers to other people (including his wife) as a figment of his imagination. Not a wholly straight example, as he's just doing it [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].
* Patrick Hocksetter from ''Literature/{{It}}'' is conviced convinced that he is the only real person in the universe, which leads him to become a complete {{Sociopath}}, even murdering his own baby brother because his parents were diverting attention away from him, thereby threatening his worldview of being the only real being. This worldview also means that he doesn't truly fear anything he doesn't believe anything is real, effectively rendering him the perfect FearlessFool. This causes the titular {{Shapeshifting}} EldritchAbomination problems when it decides to kill and eat Patrick, as Beverly observes it struggling to choose a form that can effectively scare him as it confronts him. It eventually settles on transforming into a pack of flying leeches and literally ''suck'' Patrick out of existence, as the feeling of being gradually erased from existence was the only concept that could actually make Patrick uncomfortable.uncomfortable.

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* Aten in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' is thoroughly convinced that nothing else in reality exists but as a fragment of his consciousness. As he's the avatar of a Greater Titan, this means he is effectively indestructible unless convinced he's ''not''. This extends to his goals - he wants everything that exists to worship him, and if that fails, he's willing to have his followers blow themselves up. He's also Akhenaten's only avatar, which helps to reinforce this view - he absorbed all of the others.
** There's also a Knack called Solipsistic Defense; once per scene, you can call on your Legend to render any one attack you didn't see coming harmless, simply by believing as hard as possible that it doesn't exist. As someone with the blood of a god, what you believe goes.
* A racial class in the ''{{Tabletop/Rifts}}'' {{Sourcebook}} ''D-Bees of North America'' has metaphysical solipsism as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Strangely, this is presented more of a Role-Playing quirk than anything else, as their philosophy does not turn them into amoral monsters.

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* The Solipsist class in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' is {{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}}, with abilities involving, among other things, creating matter from thoughts, distorting reality and disbelieving damage.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', a {{Mad Scientist}}'s ray gun traps Marc in a dimension populated entirely by fractal copies of himself. Over the [[YearInsideHourOutside centuries]] that pass within "Marcworld," the occasional Marc-copy goes mad, believes he's the only one who really exists, and decides the only way to escape the CuckooNest is to kill all the "fake" fractal Marcs. ("Hold still, runts! This won't hurt, 'cause you don't exist!") This happens often enough that one or more Marcs become GenreSavvy and publish a pamphlet which refutes this metaphysical solipsism by pointing out that many others have come to the same conclusion, only to find that going on a "[[AxCrazy psycho rampage]]" doesn't, in fact, cause oneself to "wake up back in reality."

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10th May '16 8:42:00 PM SantosLHalper
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* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists. Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.

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* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, [[NoObjectPermanence refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists. exists.]] Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.
16th Jan '16 2:05:39 AM Anddrix
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These more benign interpretations don't usually pop up as much in fiction because they're less ville as villains and more metaphysically complex [[ViewersAreMorons than the average storyteller can shove in to the average story.]] But examples like the Rifts and Baccano version below show some shades of this.

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These more benign interpretations don't usually pop up as much in fiction because they're less ville as villains and more metaphysically complex [[ViewersAreMorons than the average storyteller can shove in to the average story.]] story. But examples like the Rifts and Baccano version below show some shades of this.
8th Nov '15 3:56:08 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Patrick Hocksetter from ''Literature/It'' is conviced that he is the only real person in the universe, which leads him to become a {{Sociopath}}, even murdering his own baby brother because his parents were diverting attention away from him, thereby threatening his worldview of being the only real being. This worldview also means that he doesn't truly fear anything he doesn't believe anything is real, effectively rendering him the perfect FearlessFool. This causes the titular {{Shapeshifting}} EldritchAbomination problems when it decides to kill and eat Patrick, as Beverly observes it struggling to choose a form that can effectively scare him as it confronts him. It eventually settles on transforming into a pack of flying leeches and literally ''suck'' Patrick out of existence, as the feeling of being gradually erased from existence was the only concept that could actually make Patrick uncomfortable.

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* Patrick Hocksetter from ''Literature/It'' ''Literature/{{It}}'' is conviced that he is the only real person in the universe, which leads him to become a complete {{Sociopath}}, even murdering his own baby brother because his parents were diverting attention away from him, thereby threatening his worldview of being the only real being. This worldview also means that he doesn't truly fear anything he doesn't believe anything is real, effectively rendering him the perfect FearlessFool. This causes the titular {{Shapeshifting}} EldritchAbomination problems when it decides to kill and eat Patrick, as Beverly observes it struggling to choose a form that can effectively scare him as it confronts him. It eventually settles on transforming into a pack of flying leeches and literally ''suck'' Patrick out of existence, as the feeling of being gradually erased from existence was the only concept that could actually make Patrick uncomfortable.
1st Nov '15 12:16:05 AM crashkey
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And let's take it a step farther: now that you've asked your friend to prove that the computer screen exists, [[MindScrew can you prove that]] ''[[MindScrew s/he]]'' [[MindScrew exists]]? After all, your eyes and nerves are still just as fallible as they were when staring at that alleged computer screen...

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And let's take it a step farther: now that you've asked your friend to prove that the computer screen exists, [[MindScrew can you prove that]] ''[[MindScrew s/he]]'' they]]'' [[MindScrew exists]]? exist]]? After all, your eyes and nerves are still just as fallible as they were when staring at that alleged computer screen...
11th Oct '15 7:30:47 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]]]
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', the dictator Adam Susan undergoes a SanitySlippage that results in him coming to believe that that the only two entities that actually exists is himself and the FATE supercomputer which he uses to run his fascist society. His illusion is shattered when he discovers that V has been hacking into FATE for a long time, which causes him to undergo another Sanity Slippage.
* Patrick Hocksetter from ''Literature/It'' is conviced that he is the only real person in the universe, which leads him to become a {{Sociopath}}, even murdering his own baby brother because his parents were diverting attention away from him, thereby threatening his worldview of being the only real being. This worldview also means that he doesn't truly fear anything he doesn't believe anything is real, effectively rendering him the perfect FearlessFool. This causes the titular {{Shapeshifting}} EldritchAbomination problems when it decides to kill and eat Patrick, as Beverly observes it struggling to choose a form that can effectively scare him as it confronts him. It eventually settles on transforming into a pack of flying leeches and literally ''suck'' Patrick out of existence, as the feeling of being gradually erased from existence was the only concept that could actually make Patrick uncomfortable.
17th Aug '15 3:32:27 PM DarthLink22
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* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOffriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOffriendship'', ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]
17th Aug '15 3:32:12 PM DarthLink22
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* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists. Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.

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* There's a Creator/RayBradbury short story, "No Particular Night or Morning," built around this concept. An astronaut on a deep space mission becomes convinced that his past life on Earth was merely a dream or fantasy. He takes it to the illogical conclusion, refusing to believe that anything not right in front of him exists. Despite a colleague trying to keep him grounded, he ultimately GoesMadFromTheRevelation.GoesMadFromTheRevelation.
* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOffriendship'', [[spoiler:Trixie degenerates from ItsAllAboutMe to this, thanks to [[ArtifactOfDoom the Alicorn Amulet]] warping her mind.]]
25th Apr '15 1:18:19 AM Turtler
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[[DoubleSubversion Or perhaps not.]] After all, would you (who does exist) really want to treat an ImaginaryFriend badly even if they don't? Without accepting some other kind of existence- or some standard that would judge the would-be solipsist- there is usually no distinctive answer, but many could be arrived at. Chief amongst them the idea that if these figments of your imagination make your existence more pleasant, why not let them keep existing?

After all, the alternative would be a lot of trouble for something that doesn't exist and just seems to be going along well...

These more benign interpretations don't usually pop up as much in fiction because they're less ville as villains and more metaphysically complex [[ViewersAreMorons than the average storyteller can shove in to the average story.]] But examples like the Rifts and Baccano version below show some shades of this.
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