Created By: Unknown Troper on October 12, 2009

Bringing Proof from the Otherworld

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Is there already a trope for this? I looked, but I can't really figure out how it should be called.

The characters return victoriously from the otherworld! Sadly, for the spectators, very little has happened in that time, and the heroes have to grudgingly admit they can't prove that they just saved the world. But hey! What's that? The sidekick has unwittingly picked up and put in his pocket a sparkly thing that came with them from the otherworld! Proof! Sometimes, the characters might show this proof to others, sometimes they might just smile and know that while nobody else believed them, 'they' will always know what they saw was not just a dream (Character Building).

Examples: Literature:
  • A Hat Full of Sky: When Tiffany returns from Death's Domain, her boots are full of black sand, even though she never left the place she was standing in her world.

  • [[Contact]]: Jodie Foster's character only fell through the machine in our world, and the film came out as only noise. However, there was recorded film for the entire time she spent in the alien world.

There are also a lot of kids' series where the characters bring a cute sidekick monster from the otherworld, but I'm not sure those should count for this trope.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • October 12, 2009
    Actually, in Contact, there was only static… But for the exact amount of time she remembered being gone.
  • October 12, 2009
    Sounds closely related to Or Was It A Dream, although I can see the distinction
  • October 12, 2009
    I can see the distinction.

    There's a story I've got somewhere around here, set in a hospital area for kids whose legs don't work. One of the kids "imagines" going to a field, lying in the sun. When he comes back, the nurse finds a dandelion on him - even though it's the middle of winter and in the city to boot.
  • October 12, 2009
    In The Lost World, Professor Challenger brought a pterodactyl back with from Maple White Land. It escaped during the first public showing.
  • October 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • October 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Spirited Away, Chihiro gets a little band to tie back her hair, which glints when she leaves at the end.