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-> Breathe the Fire;\\
Walk the Air;\\
Drink the Earth;\\
Warm your hands at the Water.
-->-- A greeting in [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Limbo]]

For the times when you enter a space-time rift and the next dimension reminds you of the last time you dropped [[WatchItStoned LSD]].

When characters go to AnotherDimension, it'll never resemble anything from our reality, but instead it will be... weird. Some can look like the inside of a lava lamp, some have landscapes that look like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Persistence_of_Memory those Salvador Dali paintings]], and others are [[DerangedAnimation not so]] pleasant. What's for sure is that the dimension won't resemble anything like our own, and the rules of physics are different or nonexistent. This can be PlayedForLaughs.

Contrast with {{Cloudcuckooland}}. What makes Cloudcuckooland weird is that the cultural norms there are very different from what we're used to. {{Acid Trip Dimension}}s may not even have inhabitants, and the dimension's physical laws themselves are wonky. And that's if the AcidTripDimension is even fleshed out, sometimes it's just a brief sequence to show that the character is doing some interdimensional traveling.

For a more musical experience, see DisneyAcidSequence. See also HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace, EldritchLocation, LudicrousSpeed and RealityIsOutToLunch.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Witch's Barriers in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' have a tendency to be... [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sweet-dreams_3701.jpg weird]].
* The first hell banishment scene in season three of ''HellGirl'' takes place in a trippy dimension full of numbers.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange - most other dimensions (especially Dormammu's).
* The Special Zone was portrayed this way in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Referenced when a character claimed the part where most of the action took place was the weird part.
** There are, however, parts of the Special Zone which are "normal". It's a CloudCuckooLand to Sonic, but it's pretty average in comparison to the swirling mass of colours that make up the rest of the dimension.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}:'' The Bizarro-world, the Phantom Zone, etc.
* Delirium's world is like this in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''...at its most coherent.
* During Creator/GrantMorrison's run of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]], ComicBook/MartianManhunter takes them to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's mind.
* The [[DreamLand Mindscape]], home dimension to {{Sleepwalker}}, was depicted as this. Sleepwalker himself was perfectly at ease there.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The [[BagOfHolding Hypercube's]] interior in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': lots of red, blue, and yellow, a bunch of stuff floating around...
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[[folder:Film]]
* The various seas Music/TheBeatles travel through in ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': Time, Monsters, Holes, etc.
** Hell, the entire universe of the film can be considered this trope! Want to go to a 1968 London where you live in a giant mansion filled with ScoobyDoobyDoors that constantly spew out the oddest assortment of imagery ever put to film?
* ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is this in spades, considering that their entire vision of heaven and hell is based upon paintings from over the centuries.
* The end of ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]'' is possibly [[TropeCodifier the most well-known example]].
* Wherever the hell that boat in ''WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' goes might count. The whole factory counts. It's one really strange factory.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The dimension outside "angled space" (the 3-dimensional universe) in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Dreams in the Witch House'' fits this. It's a black space filled with portals, and living beings passing through it appear as strange shapes.
** The "reality" seen under the effects of the machine in ''From Beyond'' also qualifies.
* The "Unseen world" (or "wraith-world") in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' which the Nazgūl inhabited, and which exists along with the Seen world; in it, things in the "Seen" world are typically perceived as dim and shadowy, but other things can seem plain which are hidden to the "Seen" world. For example, on Weathertop Frodo puts on the Ring, he vanishes from the Seen world, but can see into the Wraith world (being "half in the wraith-world" himself), and he sees the Nazgūl as they appear in the Wraith-world, i.e. as their normal human forms (which is also how the Nazgūl appear to each other, despite being invisible in the Seen world). Likewise, Frodo is drawn gradually further into the wraith-world after being stabbed by the morgul-knife. Glorfindel, meanwhile, lives in both the Seen and Unseen worlds at the same time, since he has dwelt in the Blessed Realm; but he appears as a "shining figure" in the Wraith-world. (In the movie, however, Frodo is apparently ''entirely'' in the wraith-world whenever he puts on the Ring, while the Nazgūl seem as glowing distorted figures rather than plain men; meanwhile Gildor Inglorion (or Arwen, who takes his place in the film) becomes the "shining figure" despite having never dwelled in the Blessed Realm).
* An example in ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is the dimension the [[CoolShip Heart of Gold]] shifts into when it's travelling. When Arthur and Ford first experience it, Arthur's arms and legs start falling off, Ford turns into a penguin, and they're accosted by various bizarre entities including a talking elderberry bush.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the DisneyChannel show ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'', a modern-day Alice steps through her mirror into one OncePerEpisode on her way to Wonderland.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has one that's "a dimension of all shrimp". We never see it, but Anya mentions it.
** So does [[Series/{{Angel}} Illyria]]. It's reportedly very boring.
** Anya also mentions the Crazy Melty Land, which probably fits this trope better.
* The time vortex from ''Series/DoctorWho'' can range from being trippy to down-right scary!
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe is constructed of a matter universe and an anti-matter universe, separated by a "neutral universe;" the anti-matter universe is identical to the matter-universe in every way, but the neutral-universe is quite bizarre.
** The wormhole in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' appears to be actually a different dimension that touches normal space in two separate points. The inside looks like nothing even roughly similar, but thankfully space ships can travel through it without any trouble if equiped with the neccessary technology.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' TOS episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Girl_Lost Little Girl Lost]]".
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/SilverballMania'' has a relatively mild version of this, with the playfield depicting mercurial fountains spewing pinballs and glowing gradients of blue, yellow, and orange everywhere.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The plane of Limbo from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[{{Planescape}} cosmology]]. It's a roiling mass of chaos matter, which changes randomly or based on the will of people traveling on the plane.
** There's also the Far Realm, which exists outside the bounds of the multiverse. Nothing there even resembles the real world, and the text which actually describes the appearance of the plane (Of which there is very little) carries the note that nothing on the Far Realm can possibly be comprehended by a human being, therefore you can't even imagine what it's like. Oh, and to top it all off: The Far Realm contains more than one dimension, and you can see all the other dimensions by looking down and, in some areas, can be in several dimensions at once.
* ''JAGSWonderland'', based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. The lower a Chessboard is, the more different it is from the real world. The lowest level ones are very odd indeed.
* The [[TheWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]], both [[OldWorldOfDarkness Old]] and [[NewWorldOfDarkness New]], provide an assortment:
** The natural laws of Arcadia in ''TabletopGame/{{Changeling the Lost}}'' are determined by Contracts forged with the land, not anything so pedestrian as physics, biology, or common sense. Need to reach out, take hold of the moon, and hoist yourself up onto it? Make it an offer. Some featured settings are a manor set apart from time (so the first thing you see as you leave is your past self passing you on the way in) and a small house containing an [[BiggerOnTheInside infinite number of rooms]] that start out tame and get [[EldritchLocation steadily more alien]].
*** [[TheFairFolk True Fae]] within Arcadia sometimes take the form of Realms: self-contained, ''[[GeniusLoci sentient]]'' settings that operate according to their own narrative laws. This provides locations like an infinite lake of lava (safe to swim in, but filled with icebergs that inflict lethal frostbite) and an unending house that rearranges itself whenever it gets bored. To add to the fun, more powerful Fae can manifest in more than one form simultaneously: the sprawling castle, the King, the Crown Jewels, and his entire army could be different aspects of the same entity.
** Astral Space can be... less than intuitive. It comprises the individual [[MentalWorld Mental Worlds]] of every individual, the shared dreams of humanity, and the collective unconscious of the entire planet. Sometimes this produces sane, recognizable landscapes -- but then you notice that time is relative and space is negotiable.
** The Supernal Realms in ''TabletopGame/{{Mage the Awakening}}'' are described as "not locations ... but a near-infinite collection of platonic truths." Concepts like linear time, spatial dimensions, cause and effect, and whatnot don't apply, because the Realms are where reality as mortals understand it is generated. Consequently, only the most powerful beings can visit even temporarily: it's necessary to filter the Realms through a [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith personalized set of metaphors and symbols]], and even then, prolonged exposure will [[BrownNote break the mind]], [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow overwhelm the soul]], and [[RetGone delete the poor bastard from reality]]. It's mentioned that a sufficiently talented archmaster can make a gateway to the Supernal Realms [[SchmuckBait for anyone to pass through]], but they have easier ways to kill people.
** The Abyss in ''TabletopGame/{{Mage the Awakening}}'' is a gangrenous [[EldritchLocation non-reality]] filled with everything that could have been but is not. Intruders from the Abyss pervert or outright ignore natural laws, because the Abyss has ''none''. The rule book notes that a thrown rock might accelerate endlessly, hover in place and suck the heat away from the area, or ignite in a cloud of venomous worms.
*** The only places in the Abyss where there are consistent (if unrecognizable) rules are, themselves, immeasurably powerful and completely incomprehensible [[GeniusLoci entities]]. One example given is the Blasphemous Scribe, a [[DarkWorld dark alternate history]] of Earth that becomes more real the more extensively its phenomena are documented in the real world. Too much, and Earth and the Scribe will switch places...
** [[SpiritWorld The Shadow]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Werewolf the Forsaken}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Mage the Awakening}}'' is comparatively sane, being the animistic reflection of the physical world. Any particular natural feature might be alive, though. Is that particular lake the spirit of a benevolent oasis that provides life and sustenance to a region, or the incarnation of dark water and the terror of drowning? Better find out before you fill your canteen.
* The Wyld in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' isn't a separate dimension, it's just the writhing Primal Chaos that exists past the borders of Creation, where TheFairFolk live. It otherwise fits this trope perfectly.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' the world of the living is represented by a weird collage. Manny mentions that the living creep him out.
* In ''[[{{Gobliiins}} Gobliins 2: The Prince Buffoon]]'' there are two single-screen "[[DreamLand dream]]" levels like this. Not that the rest of the game makes much sense, mind you -- this series ''is'' a [[WidgetSeries Weird Thing from France]] -- but these two locations are deliberately bright and bizzare. Oh, and the way to get to them? [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Eating mushrooms. Both times.]] You can't get a more literal example of this.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' features at least two:
** The quest A Brush With Death features you entering a painting to [[spoiler: fight painted trolls who killed their painter]]
** The daedra quest for Vaermina features you entering a dream dimension where up becomes down over time.
* The Ethereal Void in ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld 2''.
* Moonside from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', where you fight some of the more absurd enemies like Dali's Clock, gas pumps, fire hydrants, and paintings. The denizens aren't much saner.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', every single MentalWorld. The graphic style is already pretty stylistic, even in the more 'realistic' settings, but the psychic journeys dive right into trippy.
** "The MilkmanConspiracy" is especially notable for its irregular physics and being a scarily accurate rendering of how a Paranoid Conspiracy Theorist sees the world.
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. That is all.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal [=FAKK2=]'', the elemental planes, especially fire.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has a fairy ring transportation network which can send you to a few different versions of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', since it's essentially about exploring a NightmareSequence disguised as a WideOpenSandbox, and the dreamer clearly has... issues.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask]]''. The entire game as a whole could count, but a good example would be the inside of the Moon's mouth. Yes, you read that right.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has several areas that are only accessible while your character is under the influence of hallucinogens, where you fight things like Interesting Wallpaper, or The Feeling You're Being Watched. Drinking too much virtual booze has [[PinkElephants predictable effects.]]
* ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you would expect.]]
* The plane of Xoriat you can visit doing the ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' quests Delirium and Acute Delirium. Highlights include that for chasing a beholder, you need... An Airship! Made of 12 beds and 6 bookshelves.
* ''VideoGame/EasternMindTheLostSoulsOfTongNou'' was made by the same guy who made ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator''. Nothing more needs to be said about this one.
** It's sequel, Chu-Teng, is even stranger and was only realeased in Japan!
* VideoGame/{{Anodyne}} is a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] style dungeon crawler set in a bizarre world inspired by ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', mentioned above.
* One of the bonus levels in ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'', reached by finishing 3 puzzles in a row without failing, is deliberately designed to look as if your game suddenly glitched out.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' have found themselves within a most [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs trippy]] UnrealisticBlackHole leading Out of This Dimension in ''VideoGame/StarFox 1'' and [[ComicBook/StarFox the related comics]] as well as in [[CoolGate warp-gatey]][[BuffySpeak ...things]] in ''VideoGame/StarFox64''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperCharismaBros'' seems to take place in one of these.
* The inside of Yukari's gaps from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'' is presumably this, considering that, looking at them from the outside, they're full of eyes and arms trying to claw their way out.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner has the world of Strong Bad's "crazy cartoon" ''Sweet Cuppin' Cakes''.
* Many WebAnimation/{{Youtube Poop}}s.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_799.php Quite possibly]] [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_800.php the home of]] [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_802.php the Fae in]] ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.
* ''TheKAMics'', Gertrude, Brunhilda & Nikki [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4817426/ experienced one of these]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An obvious homage to ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', the 3rd ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie has opening titles that fit this trope, complete with a yellow Planet Express Ship.
* A more blatant parody occurs in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' where there's an entire skit with the yellow submarine. Complete with an ArtShift as it is noticeably different from the standard dolls they typically use.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', Skeletor erases He-Man's memory and sends him to another dimension by way of a Narmy DisneyAcidSequence, to a world that looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
* Wackyland from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Porky in Wackyland" and its remake "Dough for the Do-Do", as well as its appearance in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* The Merrie Melodie ''Tin Pan Alley Cats'' has this as its centerpiece.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]'' episode "Black Hole", Captain Hoek and Cadet Stimpy travel to one of these through the titular black hole.
** In another episode, Stimpy crawls into his own belly button and falls into a hellish dimension, accompanied by a sixties-sounding rock song.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer is sent to one of these in a hallucination after consuming a nasty chili pepper in the episode "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Featured as the page image, Squidward has a lot of experience with these, one of the more memorable being a spaghetti hell.
** Apparently the Fly of Despair is so twisted it [[OffModel removed two of his legs.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has two. While time-traveling, Starfire goes through a dimension made up of ticking clocks. In a later season, Raven meets the hero Herald in one of these.
** Any episode involving Mad Mod.
* The inside of the Grinch's "paraphernalia wagon" from ''WesternAnimation/HalloweenIsGrinchNight''.
* The aptly-named Warp of Confusion in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Trail of the Missing Tails".
* Perhaps one of the earliest appearances of an Acid Trip Dimension comes from the 1930 [[MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer]] short "Swing You Sinners". The short is a MindScrew all the way through, but it completely stops making sense and loses control of itself for the last minute or so, resulting in this.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Mabel, while under the effect of [[GRatedDrug illegal candy]], enters a bizarre dimension filled with edible talking dogs and flying dolphins with arms.
** Ahem, flying dolphins with arms who pull arms out of their mouths and each arm pulls a dolphin face out of the hand and each of those faces shoot rainbows out of their mouth while a car alarm sounds.
* Keeweeland in the ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Taz in Keeweeland".
* The ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "One + One = Ed" sees the cul-de-sac turning into one of these as the Eds start taking apart their cartoon reality.
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