Do We Already Have This? Something, or someone, is trying to suck all imagination out of the planet Earth, or a country or the Multiverse. Compare and constrast with Dream Stealer, Emotion Eater and Dream Weaver. Truth in Television - TV is often accused of doing this, especially when compared to books. And the Internet. And whatever comes next. Needs a better title.
Examples of this trope:
- Aunt Redd from The Looking-Glass Wars is trying to contain and stop it from coming to Earth.
- The Nothing from The Neverending Story 2 is this.
- It has this role in the original book as well.
- An episode of Dexters Lab parodied this, along with space oprea cliches.
- IT, from A Wrinkle in Time, is trying to do this to the Multiverse.
- The Pokemon Drowzee and Hypno have this as their trademark trait, along with the attack Dream Eater.
- This was the reason for all the irons at the end of FLCL.
- South Park had a trilogy of episodes where terrorists invaded Imaginationland.
- Gradgrind, of Dickens' Hard Times was using non-magical means to inflict this upon his own corner of the world.
- Also there was an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show where aliens have a substance that looks like a walnut that causes humans to lose their imaginations.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted," Dr. Doofenschmirtz builds a Dull-and-Boring-inator. The boys are actually hit by it offscreen, before the show begins, and its effect is to make them dull and boring, and completely sap them of their usually fertile imagination.
- In the special Phineas and Ferb Get Busted! Candance finally gets the boys busted and they get sent to a summer school where, using nonmagical means (similar to Gradgrind's) and along with a class of other boys, their imaginations get taken. It was All Just a Dream.
- There was an episode of The Little Mermaid that had a creature that fed off of the imaginations of people. Ariel was one of its targets.
- John Reuben's "Word of Mouth" music video, there are monsters that eat peoples' imaginations, which physically reduces them to brown blocks. When the monster is killed, everything's returned to normal.
- In I Feel Sick, Devi's artist's block is caused by Sickness siphoning off her creativity for its own use. It also implies that the similar consumption of the creative talent of Johnny The Homicidal Maniac is what originally caused him to go crazy.
- Changeling The Dreaming. There were two ways for Changelings to gain Glamour (AKA imagination, creativity) by draining it from humans.
- Ravaging stole Glamour from human beings in a very painful manner. If a human was Ravaged repeatedly and frequently, they could lose all of their Glamour permanently. The Unseelie particularly enjoy this form of feeding.
- Rapture forced a human to create a work of art that completely and permanently drained all Glamour from them. When the work was destroyed the Glamour was gained by the Changelings who participated.
- The Undreaming in Dreamfall is strongly implied to be this, although it's exact nature is still unknown (the sequel is in Development Hell). However, it can also turn out to be a Dream Stealer, or a straight-up Eldritch Abomination, or all three.
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