->''"How come even in my fantasies everyone's a jerk?"''
-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} Daria Morgendorffer]]'''

A FantasySequence in a comedy which is much more unpleasant or mundane than your average fantasy, usually for no good reason. Not to be confused with a GenreShift into the fantasy genre, or twists that that genre is particularly likely to spring on you.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'' Barry's daydream [[spoiler:about Vanessa and himself having a romantic picnic together ends abruptly as Vanessa pilots a yellow and black ultralight to fly with him, then crashes and burns when she tries to duplicate an aviation feat only bees can accomplish.]]


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''The Leaky Establishment'' by Creator/DavidLangford, when Roy Tappen is trying to smuggle his accidentally stolen plutonium ''back'' into the NUTC, he briefly fantasises about claiming to have wrestled it from a Russian spy and being hailed as a hero. This fantasy rapidly shifts towards being asked serious questions about the supposed Russian spy, leading inevitably to being cast into the darkness with "UNEMPLOYABLE" tattooed on his forehead. Later fantasies are even worse, mostly ending with Britain becoming a radioactive wasteland, ''and'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he gets fired]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A whole episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' revolves around Lois imagining that she has daughters instead of sons (interspersed with the reality of trying to handle three boys). At the end, the imaginary daughters turn out to be lying and manipulative, with problems ranging from eating disorders to teenage pregnancy.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', J.D. thinks of a clique of attractive female doctors (the Gyno Girls) as being like a sorority, and begins to imagine them having a SlumberParty, complete with pillow fight. When the fight (inevitably) begins to turn into something else, Eliot snaps him back to reality. On his return to the fantasy, they're saying "I'm glad we all finally experimented with each other...but I'll never do it again!"
** This often happens with J.D.'s other daydreams. In particular his recurring fantasy of how much he could get done as Floating Head Doctor invariably ends with his headless body screwing things up.
** In ''My Drama Queen'' he sees Elliot and his current girlfriend, Jamie, talking in a corridor and thinks about how he always has the same fantasy when he sees two beautiful women he's been intimate with...Cut to them being taught how to do the Rerun dance.
* In ''Series/ThePrimeMinisterAndI'', Da-jung envisions her, the PM, and the assistants all tied together and hauled into jail for being in a contract marriage.


[[folder: Music]]
* The Music/JonathanCoulton song "The Future Soon" starts off as a teenager rejected by his crush and consoling himself that one day, he'll go from being a loser to an amazingly successful scientist. However, this involves him building a "warrior robot race," turning himself into a {{Cyborg}} and [[VillainLoveSong eventually kidnapping the girl in question]] (who now has bionic eyes, having lost the originals in the "Robot Wars" that he started). [[LyricalDissonance His tone remains optimistic, though]].

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' once considered developing a way of leading his entire life from his bathtub. He then fantasised about being interviewed by a group of reporters about his revolutionary new lifestyle, but soon they criticised his system as pointless and even remarked that bathing was an inefficient form of cleaning, until Dilbert complained, "This fantasy's been a profound disappointment".
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin has an elaborate wish involving world domination, while all Hobbes wants is a sandwich. Subverted because in the last panel of the strip, Hobbes is eating a sandwich, telling Calvin "I got my wish."


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'', naturally, takes it to [[http://xkcd.com/429/ a very weird place]].
* A ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1917 strip]] opens with a manga-style pencil sketch of a man telling "Mari-chan" "There's ... something I've always wanted to tell you", then saying "You're fat and your nose is stupid". The final panel shows the real Marigold staring in horror at what she's just drawn.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', this happens to Strong Bad a lot:
** A fantasy about being [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail41.html invisible]] in one WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail ends in Strong Mad sitting on him, and Strong Bad concluding "Being invisible isn't worth getting a face full of Strong Mad butt!".
** In "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail99.html different town]]", after imagining Homsar getting replaced with [[GenderFlip a modestly-hot female version of Homsar]], Strong Bad concludes that his imagination's broken. This is apparently confirmed when he tries to imagine "the best thing ever", and all he can come up with is "beef... stew".
** In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail119.html animal]], Strong Bad's attempts at creating an imaginary animal keep coming out wrong. ("What the? Why do these keep coming out as nasty blob things?")
** In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail122.html dreamail]], Strong Bad's fantasy of the ultimate email turns sour when Homestar comes in and starts annoying him. Strong Bad yells at the "pink border" surrounding the fantasy sequence to hold up its end of the deal.
** In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail130.html do over]], he imagines doing over several earlier emails. The fantasies end in Homestar dressed as The Cheat falling in love with Strong Bad, and Strong Bad getting beaten up by Strong Mad.
** In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail168.html your funeral]], Strong Bad's fantasy about what his funeral would be like includes Coach Z accidentally taping over Strong Bad's pre-recorded eulogy, Homestar reading from "the Book of Phone", and Strong Bad having to come back from the dead to stop Strong Sad from doing an interpretive dance about him. ("Not even death can stop me from stopping my leotard-ed brother prancing around in my honor.")
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', in the first song, Billy/Dr. Horrible imagines himself slipping up and saying "Love your hair" out loud, then awkwardly trying to cover his DidIJustSayThatOutLoud moment by claiming he [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs loves air]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' seems to [[RunningGag almost specialize]] in these. For instance, Homer's fantasy about a theme park in his backyard named "Homerland USA" consists of a shabby old thing made largely out of mattresses. And his fantasy about having two wives starts out mundane--he's just making them do housework while he relaxes--then turns sour when he's stung by a bee. And his fantasy about having a private plane ends with him finding that the cockpit is empty. Meanwhile Bart's dream of rock stardom includes becoming a drunken, drug-addled shambles who has alienated all his friends (but he ''still'' thinks it's awesome). The list goes on and on.
* Each member of the family in ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' fantasizes about going on a cruise ship. Linda, Tina, and [[CloudCuckoolander Gene]] fantasize about being painted in the nude, whereas Louise fantasizes about sinking the boat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Stewie once fantasised about what his life would be like when he was grown up; the fantasy consisted of a balding, middle-aged Stewie asking his wife about an unfamiliar entry on their phone bill. This was before his severe BadAssDecay, such that we still would have expected Stewie to grow up to be some kind of MadScientist or the like. With today's Stewie, this would no longer seem particuarly surprising the way it did at the time.
** Another instance was when Peter killed himself, [[AllJustADream only to be revealed as a daydream]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', the title character imagines what his life would be like if he had muscles. It turns out to be exactly the same as it is now, but with muscles.
** Likewise, in "Sleepy Time" Spongebob enters Patrick's dream and finds him riding a coin-operated seahorse ride. He tries to convince Patrick that he can do whatever he wanted in dreamland, but Patrick insists on riding the seahorse. After Spongebob leaves, the ride stops and Patrick takes out a quarter to start it up again. But then he drops it down a grate... and stays sitting down.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the gang find a $100 bill and fantasize about what they'll do with their share of the money. Each of their fantasies end with them owning and flying a jetpack, except even in his own fantasy Gus can't control his.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' the eponymous character's daydreams that she does so well in her first week at college that a professor hires her to teach at their Parisian campus. However, once she agrees, he reveals that he's planning to use her dorm room to engage in trysts with "the more beautiful" students. The fantasy ends with the page quote.
** In the same episode, [[DumbJock Kevin]]'s fantasy begins with him walking up to some college football players, only for them to be depicted far larger than him. (By football standards, he's somewhat shrimpy.) He snaps out of his fantasy, then restarts it with him the same size.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Run Away Runway", Candace daydreams of becoming a fashion model, who randomly starts plugging a breakfast cereal called "Candace-Os." Back in reality, Candace makes a mental note to stop fantasizing on an empty stomach.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' episode "Sue Syndrome" [[FatGirl Penny Ling]] can't climb a small hill in an ImagineSpot without getting sweaty and winded.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' sit on a couch watching tv, imagining some scheme will get them lots of money and chicks. They picture themselves surrounded by piles of money and bikini-clad women--while sitting on the couch watching tv.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse,'' after the family is banned from the community pool, Lincoln tries to buy an inflatable pool for their home. However, his fantasy about relaxing in it is immediately ruined, as he imagines (entirely realistically) that [[MassiveNumberedSiblings his ten sisters]] will take up all the room and cause chaos before he can even get in.
-->"[[LampshadeHanging I can't even get into the pool in my own fantasy]]!"