->'''Gerrard:''' (''To Yawgmoth'') You're not my Hanna!
-->-- ''MagicTheGathering'', [[http://magiccards.info/ap/en/27.html Jilt]]

A character is being fooled by an illusion, but for reasons that may vary (just two examples: AGlitchInTheMatrix or newfound self-confidence), the illusion is finally destroyed.

Said illusion could be the work of a {{Shapeshifter}}, a LotusEaterMachine, or TheFinalTemptation. See also EpiphanicPrison, in which ShatteringTheIllusion allows the character to learn something.

A common consequence of SpotTheThread. Compare AGlitchInTheMatrix, in which the illusion isn't necessarily destroyed. See also ShapeshifterGuiltTrip. A {{Glamour}} is often dispelled this way, causing GlamourFailure.

As a reveal trope, consider this a '''Spoiler Warning!'''

!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Happens in ''{{Hellsing}}'' (manga and OVA) when [[spoiler: Seras]] is able to shatter [[spoiler: Zorin Blitz's]] illusion/MindRape powers. This is shortly followed by what is hands down [[spoiler: Seras']] CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* In ''NanohaAs'', the Book of Darkness traps Fate inside a LotusEaterMachine but Fate soon realizes [[StoicWoobie that this reality is way too good for her]] and shatters it. In process, it is revealed that she had a special illusion-breaking spell [[CrazyPrepared ready for just such occasion]].
* Happens in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' if Zoroark is damaged while using the move Illusion.
* Happens in ''{{Naruto}}'' whenever anyone has to break an opponent's [[LotusEaterMachine genjutsu]].

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* ''MagicTheGathering''
** Gerrard [[spoiler: does a FaceHeelTurn]] in order to win Hanna back from the dead. As he's going to give her [[spoiler: Urza's head]], however, he suddenly realizes she's nothing but an illusion created by [[BigBad Yawgmoth]]. He shatters the illusion by ''[[http://magiccards.info/ap/en/27.html slaying]]'' the fake Hanna.
** The trope is represented mechanically in cards like [[http://magiccards.info/m10/en/57.html Illusionary Servant]] and [[http://magiccards.info/m11/en/69.html Phantom Beast]]: targeting them with a spell or ability breaks the illusion, causing them to vanish.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Happens to Literature/CiaphasCain whenever his aide Jurgen is around to prevent warpcraft from happening. Including rescuing him from a Slaaneshi witch using {{glamour}} and from a Chaos warlord with a CompellingVoice.
* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': in "Time Trap", Vakama shatters the illusion by stopping to believe it after firing a Kanoka disk at "Nokama", which just phases through "her".
* Happens in ''Shade'' by Andrew Plotkin
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Ron manages to fight back the illusions created by the Horcrux and is finally able to destroy it.

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* Happens literally in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Frame of Mind", in which Riker realises he's actually a prisoner in a virtual reality, and the illusion literally shatters like chunks of glass.
* An episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had a comedy variant of this, in which the characters started pointing out each other's flaws. Each "revelation" was accompanied by a sound of glass shattering as the "illusion" was shattered.
** Also, the episode tag had the illusion of a deaf person shatter by literally putting onscreen "Glass Shattering" in subtitles.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': season 2 finale has House realizing that nearly everything thus far in the episode has been a hallucination. He is only able to shatter the illusion by using a surgery robot to slice his Patient of the Week open lengthwise... and even then there's an agonizing few moments where he isn't sure there was an illusion in the first place.

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* Music/LindseyStirling's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiyPRqP5glY Transcendence]]" music video is themed around her discovering that the projected clothes, backgrounds, places, and so on are not real. When she realises she can step outside the image of a dress to reach for her violin, she is at first hesitant because of the shadows this casts on other projections, but then dances over the scenes like nobody's business, to the anger of the man creating the illusions.

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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', you do a rather physical form of this: the oni demon Ongyo-Ki summons three illusory copies of himself to fight. Sock the right one and all three copies will be reduced to dust. [[spoiler: The catch is that if you attempt to use any move that hits more than one of the oni, ''it will fail and it will count as a missed attack''. Given a missed attack means a loss of two Press Turns, he can easily destroy you unless you know how to suss out the real one.]]

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* In episode 2 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle and her friends are menaced by an illusion conjured by the BigBad that makes terrifying faces appear on the trees of the Everfree Forest. The happy-go-lucky Pinkie Pie is apparently unaffected, and helps her friends shatter the illusion by [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong singing a silly little song]] about laughing away your fears.

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* Usually, if you suddenly become aware that you're dreaming, you're going to wake up immediately after. If you don't, welcome to [[AGlitchInTheMatrix the world of lucid dreams]].
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