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->''"Squidward, you don't need television. Not as long as you have... ''[makes rainbow appear from hands]'' '''Imaaginaaation!'''"''
-->-- '''[=SpongeBob=]''', ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', "Idiot Box"

A person with a huge imagination, who spends most of the time in his or her own imaginary world, frequently out of touch with reality. Often the main character, and usually a CheerfulChild and/or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. A show with them has lots of [[FantasySequence imagination sequences]], maybe also [[DreamSequence dream ones]]. May have an ImaginaryFriend. In many (but not all) instances, the imaginative character is a RealityWarper, and his/her odd daydreams [[YourMindMakesItReal can temporarily become real]].

In UsefulNotes/AnimeFanSpeak this is one of the symptoms of "{{Chuunibyou}}", and the most famous. You might have been looking for ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' and also [[{{Chuunibyou}} the trope itself]].



* Non-character example: the "Use Your Imagination" promo that ran in the early 2000s on ''Creator/PBSKids'' to signal the start of the block as well as being at the beginning of tapes distributed by PBS pretty much is this trope, encouraging children to, well, use their imaginations. It even says "Even when it's raining, you can make the sky blue" in the most cheerful manner possible.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* The titular Shimajiro from ''Anime/ShimaShimaToraNoShimajiro''.
* ''LightNovel/WhenSupernaturalBattlesBecameCommonplace'': Andou's defining characteristic is being a super chuuni. He is referred to as such multiple times per episode. And then there's Kiryuu. Ironically he's the most emotionally and socially mature of the club.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Osaka, as part of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, tends to come up with weird fantasy sequences.
** Sakaki is prone to imagining stuff as well, though for the most part it's limited to [[CutenessProximity petting cute animals]], with special emphasis on [[KindHeartedCatLover felines]].
* ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'':
** Ryou and Fuu who manage to inhabit their imaginary world ''together''. This is more pronounced in the manga than in the anime, though.
** Sora is also a dreamer to a lesser extent.
* Yotsuba from ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' has shades of this, but she generally tries to involve other people in her fantasies. Where by "involve" we mean "drag along willy-nilly in her wake".
* [[MrFanservice Hosaka]] from ''Manga/MinamiKe'', usually centred around his obsession with [[MsFanservice Haruka]]. He even fantasizes that her younger sisters are his daughters after being told Haruka "had kids".
* Julia from ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet'' often has very vivid fantasies about Ran.
* Keitaro from ''Manga/LoveHina'' was pretty bad about this, at least early on in the series.
* The character Vincent from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' TheMovie lives in a constantly delusional psychosis that makes him see butterflies everywhere. This is ''[[PlayedForDrama not]]'' [[PlayedForDrama played for comedy]], as his unstable mental state led him to become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
* Kisaragi from ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' has the tendency to withdraw into her rather extensive fantasies, which often involve kittens or bunnies.
%%* Bud from ''Anime/TransformersCybertron.''
* Suzu from ''Amuri in Star Ocean'' has an elaborate escapist fantasy world in her mind, complete with and ImaginaryFriend named General Panda.
* Haruhi Suzumiya of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' frequently melds her imagination with the Real Life through RealityWarping - ''and isn't even aware of it''. Her friends go to great lengths to keep her entertained and hide the truth from her out of concern that she might destroy the world they know and replace it with something far stranger.
* From Creator/KyotoAnimation: ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'':
** All of the main cast are current or former examples of this trope due to their teenage delusions.
** Yuuta was one when he was in middle school under the persona of "[[PlayingWithFire Dark Flame Master]]". It is a {{deconstruction}}, as he was given AllTheOtherReindeer treatment by his old schoolmates, eventually got over his past tendencies and treated that phase as his OldShame.
** Rikka is still one despite being a tenth grader. She constantly sees the world through the lens of her imaginative identity, an ElegantGothicLolita "the Wicked Eye." Her case is an IndecisiveDeconstruction, because while her family (especially her grand father) is worried about her future, she's not old enough yet to face large societal consequences (though she suffered bullying in school over it, much like Yuuta). Yuuta also tries to help her get over it, because he knows how bad things will become for her from personal experience.
** [[CanonImmigrant Sanae Dekomori]] is under the delusion of "Mjolnir Maul", a mid-range fighter/mage.
** Like Yuuta, [[spoiler: Shinka was a former example, under the delusion of being a mage called "Mori Summer"]].
** Satone is a special case--she knew her MagicalGirl delusion isn't real, but still acts like this trope because it is fun.
* ''LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl'' has Erio Touwa, who started believing she was an alien after she disappeared for six months, with no memory of what happened. There's also Yashiro Hoshimiya, who believes she's an Alien [[PsychicPowers ESPer]], and always wears a spacesuit.
* Himeka of ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}'' can't stop talking about past lives and alternate dimensions. It seems that the protagonist, Eita, was an example of this in the past, as well, and being blackmailed over it is what kicks off the plot to begin with.
* Junichi from ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' suffered from this -- it would seem all the "Geno Killer" rumours are based on how he acted back then, but exaggerated and spread by his friends. In fact he still fights with the old version of himself in his mind. He gets called out on this directly in the final episode of the anime when he claims to [[spoiler:have sealed his old self, with the aid of his old FingerlessGloves]].
* Tomoe from the third ''AudioPlay/YandereNoOnnaNoKo CD'' has delusions about being the Protagonist's lover in a past life.
* Okabe Rintaro from ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', frequently pointed out by Makise Kurisu. Faris also has frequent bouts of this, which leads to some very entertaining scenes where she and Okabe build off each other's imaginations to create some truly epic fantasies. Okabe sometimes claims that Faris has an even more active and delusional imagination than he does, which is saying quite a lot.
* ''LightNovel/KagerouDaze'': Kido is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example; she leads the Mekakushi Dan (Blindfold Gang), and likes to invoke and cultivate a JapaneseDelinquents-esque image with simple rules like "always wear your hood up" and "block out the world with your headphones". The lyrics of her ImageSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM-U279Z03c Blindfold Code]], seem like she's describing the gang as a non-exclusive club of heroes, and that secret missions are a daily occurrence. [[spoiler:To be fair, the first thing we see the gang do is ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome prevent a terrorist attack]]'', and the story is on a time-loop lasting 2 days, so that last part is technically true]].
* Ichigo from ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu'' created a persona of being a princess from the Strawberry Planet to make herself more memorable and will occasionally switch into it mid-sentence.
* Takeya Yuki of ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is a tragically [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] example: [[TragicDream imagining a normal, happy life]] in the midst of a ZombieApocalypse.
* The band [=ShingenCrimsonZ=] from ''Anime/ShowByRock'', The band ([[OnlySaneMan save Rom]]) generally acts like they're mysterious and powerful both on and off the stage. Aion in particular has AGodAmI down pat.
* While Teru of ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' does have [[SuperStrength a superpower]] that's appropriate for his delusions, he's the second-youngest child of a very ModestRoyalty, rather than a {{shonen}} hero. He watched too much anime, perhaps?
* [[{{Bifauxnen}} Tsubasa]] of ''Manga/ComicGirls'' has a very active imagination and enjoys acting out the characters of [[SequentialArtist her manga]] in order to write their dialogue. Fall short of {{Chuunibyou}} by the fact that she's actually the most mature of the main quartet most of the time.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Even though all Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s have an ImaginationBasedSuperpower, most of them tend to have underwhelming imaginations and generally fight as {{Barrier Warrior}}s. Kyle Rayner, however, stands out from the bunch for his powerful imagination, thanks to him being an artist, which allows him to come up with very creative ways to take down his foes.
** John Stewart, an architect, also sometimes ([[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the artist]]) creates very detailed and precise constructs. Lampshaded in one story where it's mentioned that Hal's tend to be kind of cartoony, Kyle's are very artsy, and John's seem like machines with intricately working parts.
* {{ComicBook/Fables}} spin off ''Jack of Fables'' introduces us to Babe the Blue Ox, who is generally oblivious to whatever's going on (when someone talks to him their speech bubbles appear as gibberish, and he seems totally uncaring of the fact that all hell can be breaking loose around him,) instead having page-long monologues in his thought bubbles. The monologues are related to various fantastic stories he's making up on the spot (and don't appear to have any relation to what's actually happening,) and there seems to be no continuous narrative thread between them.
* ''Cath et Son Chat'' occasionally has gags with Sushi (the cat in question) imagining something he would have wanted to be, or wants to do someday. This has left Cath and Nathan confused by his behavior at least once.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Calvin from ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' is a major example of this trope, as can be seen in the page image. More than half the time, he's in his own little world trying to escape the harshness and boredom of reality.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}, especially in the TV specials, ''Garfield's Babes and Bullets'' and ''Garfield's Feline Fantasies''.
* Snoopy from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' was deliberately created as a canine {{Expy}} of [[OlderThanTheyThink Walter Mitty]].
%%* Alice Otterloop from ''ComicStrip/CulDeSac''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Vale, from the ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', used to be a female version, due to [[MostWritersAreWriters her writing aspirations]], but she has little time for daydreaming these days, seeing as she is currently stuck in the arena in the 44th Hunger Games.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby'', Tim has a greatly vivid imagination and his teaching the Boss Baby to share in the joys of this is a plot point. His greatest moments are often presented as an ImagineSpot, with an accompanying ArtShift.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/FightClub'': A darker variation on this is the adult (and apparently sane) [[spoiler:main character]].
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' has a variant. Sam Lowry has a vivid dreamlife which he thinks about during his waking life. Specifically; the [[GirlOfMyDreams Girl Of His Dreams]].
* The main character, Babydoll in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' spends most of the movie in imaginary dream sequences (in which she is engaging in erotic dancing). Near the end, we find the trope amplified since [[spoiler:she was lobotomized early in the film]].
%%* A young French woman Amélie Poulain from ''Film/{{Amelie}}''.
* ''Film/AntoniasLine'':
** Antonia's daughter. For example, she imagines an angel statue hitting the priest with a wing, and imagines her dead grandmother sitting up and singing at her funeral.
** Later, Antonia's great-granddaughter has a similar vision the day Antonia dies, seeing family members long dead happily visiting a family picket. Note that only two people in Antonia's line have the visions: the artist (the daughter) and the great-granddaughter (hinted to become a writer). The two that don't have any visions are Antonia (a farmer) and her granddaughter (a mathematician).
* In''Film/TheFall'', much of the movie is made up of sequences Alexandria imagines while Roy tells the story. Her fantasies are the story acted out with people from around the hospital as the main characters.
* Alice, in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' spent a lot of time in daydreams.
%%* Kitten from ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto''.
* James Barrie spends much of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' imagining a more fantastic version of the events he's experiencing, ranging from games with the Llewelyn Davies boys (a western shootout with the boys as cowboys and James as a native; a pirate ship with the boys as pirate captives of James and Sylvia) to "enhanced" versions of the events he's seeing (raining in the theater as his play bombs; the boys starting to fly as they jump on their beds).
* Nick Chapman, the protagonist of ''Film/TheBigPicture'', frequently imagines scenes from his life playing out the way they would in a movie. Understandable, as he did just graduate from film school.
* Richard Sherman, the protagonist of ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''. He once actually imagines his wife telling him that he has an overactive imagination.
%%* Bo Baker from ''Film/HighStakes''.
* Carl Spackler from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is a lowly groundskeeper who spends his days fantasizing about becoming a champion golfer, and provides his own narration as well.
* The protagonist of ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'' has a habit of spacing out and going on elaborate daydreams centered around either romancing the woman he has a crush on or confronting his asshole boss, AKA things that he lacks the backbone to do in real life. However, after he proceeds to go on adventures around the world the dreams become less frequent since he's living them out in real life.
* Teddy Daniels in ''Film/ShutterIsland'' thinks he's in an investigation solving the case of a lost patient while seeking revenge against Andrew Laeddis for killing his wife. He actually is [[spoiler:Andrew Laeddis and is a patient at Shutter Island.]]
* ''Film/TooManyHusbands:'' Miss Houlihan, the secretary at Lowndes and Cardew, was in love with both her bosses; she fantasized about being Vicky and marrying both of them.
* In ''Film/TheManWhoInventedChristmas'' Dickens' imagination is so vivid the characters come to life and converse with him and each other.
* ''Film/GleahanAndTheKnavesOfIndustry:'' Gleahan thinks he lives in a fantasy world.

* In ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'', Polly is a daydreamer. When she meets Tom Lynn, and they start to make up stories together, those stories have a tendency to become real.
%%* An example with Karen, Kristy's stepsister, from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''.
* The definitive example of this trope may be the main character of Creator/JamesThurber's short story "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty", first published in 1939. Indeed, "Walter Mitty" is often used as a kind of generic term for any ineffectual dreamer. Other famous Misters Imagination, like John Candy's character in ''Delirious'' or Snoopy, were based on his character.
* Johnny Maxwell, the young teenager from the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' (''Only You Can Save Mankind'', ''Johnny and the Dead'', ''Johnny and the Bomb'') by Creator/TerryPratchett. He is rather introverted, quiet, sober and has few friends. He isn't one of the cool kids, he isn't uncool, he's socially invisible. Of course, in the books reality is much stranger than Johnny's imagination, or sometimes his imagination spills over into reality. He listens, and the silent people begin talking to him; video game aliens speak to him in his dreams, he can see the spirits of the dead while walking home from school through the cemetery of his small English town, and he learns the ability to travel through time and to take others with him, from an old "differently sane" trolley (a shopping cart, for Americans) lady. In other cultures and times, Johnny would have been a shaman, or a visionary. When asked if the events of the books were "really happening", or were merely Johnny's imagination coping, [[WordOfGod Pratchett replied]] that it was probably both: "He deals with all the problems on their own terms and half the time he's projecting reality onto fantasy. So: is what happens in the books real? Yes. Does it all happen in Johnny's head? Yes."
* Adam from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' by Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman. It also takes on the RealityWarper subset.
* An alternate interpretation of the novel/film ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' is that Patrick Bateman is an horrifically morbid example of this trope.
%%* Harold from ''Literature/HaroldAndThePurpleCrayon'' and other books.
%%* Billy Fisher from ''Literature/BillyLiar'' and ''Billy Liar on the Moon'' by Keith Waterhouse, and various adaptations.
* Literature/DonQuixote who believes he's a knight and imagines many things that don't exist, such as a herd of sheep being an army and windmills being giants.
%%* L.M. Montgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series:
%%** Anne Shirley, the main character, is the epitome of this trope.
%%** All of her children fit this trope as well, though her middle son, Walter, is closest.
* The [[NoNameGiven strictly speaking unnamed]] child protagonist in [[Literature/TheMoomins Tove Jansson's]] short story "A Tale of Horror" ("En hemsk historia"), who is very imaginative and can't tell apart reality and the things he imagines. After being left without dessert for claiming his little brother has been eaten by a snake, he decides to run away. He encounters Little My, who freaks him out by imagining even more horrible things than he does. Afterwards he's quite affronted that anyone could say such things when they are not really true.
%%* Dallas in Sharon Creech's ''Ruby Holler''.
%%* Leslie Burke from ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia''.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''When the Windman comes'' By Antonia Michaelis. Pareidoile definitely has imagination - but since she imagines ''bad''' things (like [[spoiler: the Windman from the title]]), she lives in constant fear and is unable do many things other kids can.
* Tre from ''Literature/{{Stuck}}''' begins off as one and, while he becomes less so in the later part of the book, he still has it. Definitely in the final chapters.
%%* Rafael from ''Literature/GivesLight'' is an unusually grumpy example of this trope.
* ''Literature/EugeneOnegin'' by Creator/AlexanderPushkin:
** Vladimir Lensky is a naive dreamer of a poet. Very cute.
** Tatyana is Miss Imagination. She's shy, quiet and timid, a great reader, and dreams about perfect love and has deep feelings. When Onegin leaves the country, she visits his mansion and reads his books, imagining what his thoughts were when he was reading the books as she reads his notes and scribbles written on the pages.
* ''Literature/LittleWomen'': Beth March, the shy and quiet one of the sisters. Her "little world was peopled with imaginary friends," and she cares for her sisters' cast-off dolls as if they were invalids in a hospital.
* ''Literature/MadameBovary'': Poor Emma, she was a victim of this trope. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman with vivid imagination, but lacked common sense. She saw her life as a romantic novel and imagined herself as an aristocrat or at least a noble city dweller, and best would be Paris. She a farmer's daughter who married a stupid middle class doctor and they live in a small town. She's WrongGenreSavvy, and suffers terribly. Her family even more so.
* Fitz Kreiner of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures is first introduced using his imagination to pretend he's leading a much more interesting life than he actually has. After he meets [[DoomMagnet the Doctor]] and his life [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor becomes much more interesting]], he pretends to be heroic and glamorous characters to cope with terrifying and stressful situations. He's masqueraded as Film/JamesBond, [[Literature/TheSaint Simon Templar]] and Music/FrankSinatra, as well as a few OCs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* J.D. of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is one of the most well-known and highly-developed adult examples of this trope. His {{Imagine Spot}}s are rather famous.
%%* Elmo from ''Series/SesameStreet''.
%%* The kids from ''Series/BarneyAndFriends''.
* At the end of the series ''Series/StElsewhere'', we find the entire series has taken place in an autistic child's imagination.
%%* Blue the dog from ''Blue's Room'', a spin-off of ''Series/BluesClues''.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Lieutenant]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Barclay]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had at least fifteen holodeck fantasy worlds in the episode "Hollow Pursuits", including one involving the senior officers in the role of the "Goddess of Empathy" and Literature/TheThreeMusketeers. After he realizes that he doesn't need that kind of escapism, he deletes all of his holodeck programs -- [[MrViceGuy except for number 9]].
* A ''constructive'' variation is in the old Tvontario educational series, ''WriteOn!'' where half the episodes were of Henry, a young reporter, gets reamed out by his editor on a mistake in writing and suddenly has a Walter Mittyesque daydream where he is a dashing hero having strange adventures that illustrate the particular writing lesson. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sSLbBeAK7w Here's a complete episode with one such daydream]].
%%* Reginald Perrin in ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''.
%%* Andy from ''Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse''.
* One of the first examples on a television series, John Monroe (William Windom), the protagonist of ''MyWorldAndWelcomeToIt''.
* The main character from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Love and Monsters". An unintentionally darker example, as it could also count as a slight SanitySlippage.
* This is definitely PlayedWith in ''Series/{{House}}''. House, who already has a good deal of psychological problems, is also blessed with a tendency to experience massive hallucinations, mostly because of his drug (ab)use. This can lead to very weird, {{Mind Screw}}-esque situations, including (but not limited to) the end of season five, where House [[spoiler: hallucinates his intercourse with Cuddy]], or the end of season two, where House [[spoiler: ends up hallucinating ''an entire episode'' after being shot]].
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Detective William Murdoch is a highly rational version of Mr. Imagination. He frequently imagines himself to be at the crime scene as an observer of the murder when he deducts who is the killer. He often drifts off into DaydreamSurprise and ImagineSpot sequences, involving his love interest, a beautiful pathologist Dr. Ogden, or he imagines his future family life with a much-desired son who shares his passion for science.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'':
** Ally. She dreams constantly and has a very, very vivid imagination. She sees herself literally dumping her boyfriends or being dumped by them, throwing people out of the window, being hit by arrows, hearing music in streets and people dancing to it, people singing and performing a dance number in their office and office bathroom, seeing an animated dancing baby or unicorns. It verges on (and sometimes crosses) the line of mental health and madness.
** John Cage, a brilliant BunnyEarsLawyer, mentions he used to be a dreamer as a child. His fantasies were so intense that he felt them to be real. He also imagines himself to be Barry White in order to be confident with women and increase his charisma and sex appeal.
** One episode featured Ally's former teacher who imagined a whole new life for herself to avoid facing her real life of loneliness. She imagined having a husband and several kids, though they were rather poor and faced troubles of normal life.
* In ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger,'' the [=ToQgers=] are ''all'' this; their imagination-fueled powers demand it. The clearest example is Pink: normally more the type to duck and cover than do ChopSockey if a bunch of the BigBad's goon squad show up, when in battle she's at her most scared she imagines herself having super powers, and we get a cutesy ImagineSpot... followed by her using that power to deliver epic beatdowns. With the power of [[CatchPhrase IMAGINAAAAAATION!!!]] the least Rangerly Ranger of all time is suddenly ''breaking metal chains with her bare hands.''
* Kasumi of ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'' is a subdued example. His imagination produces vignettes where a nameless samurai shows him one way he could solve his current social dilemma. Since Kasumi is not a samurai, the amount of inspiration that can apply to the real world varies.
* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' has Kate Tomten, who often tells stories using dolls to help herself solve problems that she and her younger brother run into, and Planet Pup, who constantly pretends that he is a superhero from outer space.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In Steve Jackson Games' ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}: The Cartoon RPG'', the "Toony Tykes Adventures" setting allows players to make kid characters. All of them gain the power "Overactive Imagination" by default, which basically allows them to enact this trope.
* Dreamers in ''Grimm'' were like this in the real world. This is ''mostly'' a good thing in the Grimm Lands, as it's based on imagination and fairy tales. Not only do they [[GenreSavvy understand it better than anyone]], but they're experts at reshaping it to their will -- any child with Imagination as their iconic core trait can do this, but not only do Dreamers have the highest starting Imagination, they get it as a ''free'' iconic core trait and can spend their normal one on another to increase their options, or on Imagination to have each Imagination they expend for this purpose count as two. The downside? Their getting lost in their own fantasies, thoughts, and nightmares makes them more susceptible to things that toy with their mind, like illusions or charm spells.

* Georgina Allerton in ''Theatre/DreamGirl'' is constantly drifting off into daydreams. Clark eventually notices this and tells her that "dreaming is easy and life is hard."
%%* Jojo from ''Theatre/{{Seussical}}''.
%%* The song "On My Own" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' is all about this.
* Charlie Bucket in the 2013 stage musical version of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is more in touch with reality than most, prone to daydreaming but also using his vibrant imagination to make the best of his meager circumstances. As it turns out, a certain Mr. Willy Wonka (as suggested in his first song, "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen") started out this way as well, and from there became the MadScientist of sweets we know today...

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Dreamfinder in the ''Ride/JourneyIntoImagination'' ride at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Epcot]] is all about imagination, though in this case he's actually able to bring anything that comes out of his or Figment's imagination to life.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'':
%%** The LadyOfWar Anna.
%%** Lily in the sequel.
* The title character of the NES game ''VideoGame/DayDreaminDavey'', since his imaginative daydreams often lead to trouble at school.
* Alice of ''VideoGame/AmericanMcgeesAlice'' and ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'', as per [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the source material]]. Deconstructed in that she has obvious issues and is pretty delusional due her BreakTheCutie backstory in an insane asylum.
* Nick, Booker's apprentice from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Guardian Signs'', does this by constantly worrying about negative outcomes of events in the game, to the point where he creates elaborate stories of how everything could go horribly wrong. Booker refers to these as 'daynightmares'.
%%* The Pyro from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* Madotsuki from ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', a {{hikikomori}} whom spends almost all her time in her dreams... most of which are [[NightmareSequence nightmares]].
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' has Oka Ruto, who has some chuunibyou-type personality traits. She's the president of an Occult Club, claims to have AuraVision, and [[StalkerWithoutACrush stalks]] two of her classmates to find evidence that they are supernatural beings. Her idea of a fun club activity? Attempting to summon demons on campus (she never succeeds).
* The trailer for ''Private Franchise/{{BEMANI}} Academy'', a cross-game event with various BEMANI in-house musicians in a HighSchoolAU, features MAX MAXIMIZER as a NewTransferStudent introducing himself as "the last guardian of corruption and despair" in a [[LargeHam hammy]] distorted voice while wearing a hooded cloak. It's clear he's just LostInCharacter in-universe and his antics aren't taken seriously, as his friend DJ TOTTO chimes in casually introducing himself as a fellow transfer student.
* Sachiko Tanaka, one of the many recruitable characters in ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival'', is always depicted as wearing a witch cloak, pretending to channel some sort of power, or otherwise putting her imagination to use.
* Melvin, one of the Nerds in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', seems to be so addicted to his tabletop game persona that he appears to lose his touch with reality every now and then. He sometimes asks where his "rings of protection" are when being beat up, leaves conversations to "save a princess", and speaks in [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe broken Shakespearian English]] occasionally.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Deconstructed in ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' -- main character Takumi is delusionally insane, and much of what he sees is ''not'' pleasant. His personality and his whole life for that matter has suffered as a result.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', Okosan and later on [[spoiler:Anghel]] are prone to mix the real world with their imagination and drag you along their fantasies. It goes even further than that, [[spoiler: as this syndrome is rationalized by a scientific biological explanation]].
* Gundham Tanaka in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' sees himself as an EvilOverlord with a mastery of BlackMagic, which keeps him from being as useful as he could be during investigations.
* Both Maria Ushiromiya and [[spoiler:Sayo Yasuda]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' are this, namely by creating {{Imaginary Friend}}s to make up for their lack of real friends [[spoiler:and in Sayo's case, dressing up and acting like their imaginary friends]]. However, they're both more depressing examples of this trope; Maria is this in order to cope with her mother Rosa's [[AbusiveParents abusive behaviour]], while [[spoiler:Sayo is this to deal with being friendless at first, but they retreat more and more into their fantasies once their life gets progressively worse]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'':
%%** minus.
%%** omnipotent.
%%* Katie from ''Webcomic/CountYourSheep''.
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'':
** This is an actual power there and the imagination world is an actual place that can also be accessed by jumping through a window. But only when that window is turned on. It makes sense in context. It was introduced originally as a euphemism for being drunk.
** Pickle Inspector has the highest IMAGINATION stat, which grants him [[RealityWarper potent reality warping powers]] while in the imagination world. [[SquishyWizard This is at the expense of his VIM (strength) stat]].
* Over in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the Wayward Vagabond, who builds a town out of cans and books and appoints himself mayor - multiple times. It starts out hilarious and [[HarsherInHindsight eventually gains massively tragic overtones]].
%%* The main character Lucy is this in ''[[http://www.adayoflucy.thecomicseries.com/ A Day of Lucy]]''
%%* Unnamed Character from ''Walfas''. [[http://www.walfas.org/ A link.]] [[CatchPhrase Imagination Sequence, go!]]
* The main character of ''[[http://www.alicecomics.com/ Alice]]'' is this with her frequent fantasy sequences. At one point she actually got lost within her own imagination when it disconnected from her and decided to become its own being.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Protege in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'' has spent the last five and a half years doing this -- completely unmoving, [[{{Immortality}} sustained by his power]]. It's not clear how much is in his head, or how much is in ''[[TheEmpath other peoples']]''.
* PlayedForDrama in Creator/scratchU8's ''[[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/10882226/ Backstory]]'' projects on Website/{{Scratch}}. Since he was constantly abused by his adoptive BigBrotherBully, Buiji, scratchU8[[note]]The character, not the user[[/note]] ended up spending time in his fantasy world and [[spoiler:[[AdventuresInComaland eventually falling into coma]], leaving his family worried. He later, in his own world, discovers [[TearJerker emotional and heartbreaking]] hints of the real world, revealing his real name is Cam. At the very end, scratchU8 jumps to his death and goes back to the real world.]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* Lizzie Bennet of ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'' is a toned down Miss Imagination. A natural and hilarious story-teller, she likes dramatizing her life in a vlog series. However, she's also a very intelligent Communications Major student.
* Jane Eyre in a SettingUpdate adaptation ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'' likes dreaming a lot. She says she likes wandering in a rose garden and pretends it's summer all the time. She likes playing, dancing and singing in empty houses. In episode 13, she can't sleep and says that she would like to read, but her book got too scary.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts "Boyhood Daze" and "From A to Zzzzz" featured a boy named Ralph Phillips who was always doing this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck is this in the short "Daffy Duck the Wizard", imagining himself as a mighty wizard while doing various mundane things.
* The titular characters of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''. A lot of their adventures had footage from movies such as ''Labyrinth'', ''Star Wars'' and ''Oliver''.
* Orson Pig from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' occasionally gets carried away with his active imagination and love of reading. "He should be carried away!". Garfield's no slouch either.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' are centered on the babies imagining some mundane task as a great adventure, with occasional flashes of what is really happening interrupting it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Lisa occasionally drifts off into a fantasy world to avoid the grim reality of living life in Springfield.
** Homer had several fantasies that would figure out his real life problems. It included life under the sea, the robbing of Kwik-E-Mart or living in a chocolate land. A lots of them are listed under trope IfIWereARichMan.
** Averted with Bart. He has lost his ability to use his imagination along with his ability to focus. On? Um? What? Ah, forget it, let's watch some TV. However, he likes his video games for which he needs both focus and imagination.
** Marge unleashed her imagination when she wrote her clichéd historical novel. However, it ended as a bit of in-universe SelfInsertFic about a woman who married a boorish man.
%%* The titular character Ian from ''WesternAnimation/BeingIan''.
* Stacy and Bradley of ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround''; part of the ThemeSong went ''for your big fat information, this is our imagination''.
* The characters from ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''. They're quite the FiveManBand (although a lot of the time they switch character type) and on their adventures they have become many different things. For instance, in a Halloween special, Tasha played a MadScientist with Austin playing her assistant, Tyrone playing a mummy, Pablo playing a vampire, and Uniqua playing the part of a werewolf.
%%* Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld''.
%%* Eliot from ''WesternAnimation/EliotKid''.
* The title characters from ''Literature/LittleBear'' and ''Literature/{{Franklin}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' provides the page quote. Another example (though it doesn't spell it out as clearly) is an episode where Spongebob manages to have lots of fun with only a piece of paper Squidward discarded. When Squidward tries, he can't do any of the things with the piece of paper Spongebob did, probably because he has no imagination.
%%* Ellen from ''WesternAnimation/EllensAcres''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/JibberJabber''.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} Doug]] is constantly going into [[ImagineSpot imagine spots.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** It is implied that [[TheChick Isabella Garcia-Shapiro]] spends much of her time daydreaming about her crush, Phineas, turning into a centaur and carrying her off along a rainbow. She calls this fantasy "Phineasland" and can drift off even while Phineas is ''actually talking to her''.
** Also Phineas is likes imagination as well.
** Ferb to a slightly lesser extent. Anything they set out to do, they ''will'' do it, even though it seems to break the laws of logic and indeed, physics.
* It is the premise of the children's show ''WesternAnimation/{{Billy}}''.
* The "Magnificent Muttley" bits on ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.
--> '''Dick Dastardly''': Wake up there, Muttley! You're dreaming again!
--> You're not Main/RobinHood, and you're not Main/GungaDin!
--> You're not a brave knight, or a king who's been crowned!
--> You're just plain old Muttley, the snickering hound.
%%* WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Jake is sometimes close to being Mr Imagination, particularly in the episode where everything he imagines becomes real.
** BMO. The episode "BMO Noire" is entirely dedicated to BMO's FilmNoir style fantasies.
* Arnold from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' started out as this, before the show expanded and began to put the spotlight on its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
%%* Mona from ''WesternAnimation/MonaTheVampire''.
* Eddie Storkowitz, the lead character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'', spends a lot of his time fantasizing that his peers are in movie settings.
* Rufus is this in spades in the pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. Oddly despite being a dominant trait, and the key reason he gets a job assisting the Dream Maker, it is only referred to in a handful of episodes afterwards.
* Mac of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is the most-often seen one, though his ''own'' "imaginary friend" Bloo has an active imagination himself. Goo, however, is this as her main characteristic. In her première episode, she creates a crisis in that her imagination is way too active that her imaginary friends, which become real, immediately overcrowd the mansion the show is set in.
* Texas in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'', such as coming up with impossible plans to fight Kane or more notably in the episode "Threat Level: Texas!" where he retells the events of previous episodes, only he's the hero and everyone else is out of character.
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'': Larry the Cucumber likes to go around pretending to be a superhero named "Larry-Boy", which is the basis of the entire SpinOff.
%%* The Warden of ''{{WesternAnimation/Superjail}}''
* Taz is portrayed as this in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', such as "Sub Commander Taz" and "The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': With the power of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', Rarity has this, starting with what she did in Ponyville. Thankfully, the spell was removed before she could change all Equestria and the world with her creativity running amok.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** A literal Mr. Imagination who takes the kids to "Imaginationland", a place where all imaginary things exist (and of which he's the Mayor).
** Among the actual kids, Butters is this. He's depicted as a savior of Imaginationland ''because'' of this trait, and when he's playing ninjas as Professor Chaos with the four boys, he beats them ''all''. At least, up until he's hit in the eye with a real shuriken.
* There was a cartoon called ''The Secret Life of Walter Kitty''. If you're read the rest of this page, no points for guessing what 'inspired' it.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'': The titular Daniel loves to imagine scenarios related to the plot of the episode he is in.
* This is the basic idea of ''WesternAnimation/KateAndMimMim''. Kate's imagination is so powerful that in each episode she goes on detailed adventures in Mimiloo with an animate version of her stuffed bunny friend, Mim-Mim, and their other friends Mimiloo.
-->'''Kate''': Mim-Mim, funny bunny friend, it's time to come to life again!
-->'''Mim-Mim''': Kate and Mim-Mim, me and you, let's twirl away to Mimiloo!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The titular character is a very imaginative young girl who uses her imagination to make even the most mundane things seem exciting. Nobody else on the show does this - they see mundane things as boring and mundane, and they don't understand her imaginative approach (in one episode, [[TheCynic Mr. Cat]] actually [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar asks her if she's been smoking weed]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** The short, "Bunny Daze" from the episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E29RainyDaze Rainy Daze]]" provides a female example; Babs Bunny uses her imagination to make household chores fun.
** In the short, "Fit to Be Toyed" from the episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS2E5PlaytimeToons Playtime Toons]]", [[VillainProtagonist Montana Max]] get his old toys taken away by his father when he is caught blowing them up to make room for new ones. He goes to the attic, where he meets his imagination, who has shrunk down to the size of a mouse, and teaches him new ways to play with a paddle ball.
* This was the case in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bali}}'', a somewhat obscure SliceOfLife French animated series that aired for a while on [=PBS=] in the United States by way of PBS Kids. In every story, the title character, Bali, would have an extended (generally running about 3-4 minutes) segment in which he would go into his imagination and explore what was happening in the story with an imaginary character, complete with a song for each FantasySequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/CraigOfTheCreek'' is about the everyday adventures of a kid named Craig and his friends JP and Kelsey, whose vivid imaginations turn ordinary playtime into epic quests.
* The premise of the ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "Earth to Obie", where Obie imagines that he's at a prison for breakfast cereal mascots when his mother takes him to the supermarket.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' is a preschooler who uses his imagination to make tasks that may seem hard fun or activities that are impossible for him to do.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This trait is referred to as a "fantasy-prone personality."
* Many people in the entertainment business and fiction authors of any genre, which are two fields that require a large and constantly expanding imagination in order to be successful.
* Children, from preschool to school age, can be this, as they often use their imagination and play "make-believe".
* In the UsefulNotes/MyersBriggs test, most people who get typed as a [=INxx=] type will usually fall under this trope, though [=INFPs=] tend to be the quintessential example.
* Despite stereotypes saying the opposite, many people with [[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism autism]] or UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome are exactly this.
* Some people write them down, or paint/draw them; they're called 'authors' and 'artists.'