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[[caption-width-right:350:These girls know the routine.]]

->'''Elliot:''' J.D., be sensitive. Don't act like you're at a ping pong match between a ninja and Bigfoot...\\
'''Dr. Kelso:''' ''[Gives Elliot an odd look]''\\
'''Elliot:''' I know that made no sense, but he's totally there now in his head.\\
''[J.D.'s eyes dart back and forth]''\\
'''Dr. Kelso:''' Would you look at that...
-->-- ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''

A brief cut to a FantasySequence and back, usually no more than a few seconds long, and commonly [[BookEnds bookended]] by a FadeToWhite. {{Alice|AndBob}} yells at Bob, "What ''am'' I, your maid?!". Cut to Alice cleaning the house in a FrenchMaidOutfit. Cut to Bob's face -- he's clearly just imagined the role, and Alice has just [[ArmorPiercingSlap slapped him]] to snap him out of his imagination trance.

A very popular trope with commercials, so much so that it could almost be considered an advertising trope as much as it is a comedy trope, with the idea being to either convey how much one's life would be better with the product/service or how easily obtainable it is.

Contrast DaydreamSurprise (and its subtrope IndulgentFantasySegue), where it's ''not'' clear from the start that this is only happening in a character's imagination. When other characters can see someone's Imagine Spot, that's ImagineSpotting. For other kinds of imagined sequences -- i.e., if it's not just a brief, clearly marked cut -- see FantasySequence. And when it turns out not to be imagined, it's a GilliganCut. Can be combined with TranquilFury if the daydreamer is having a revenge fantasy to sublimate their rage at another person that they can't express in reality.

[[folder: Advertising]]
* One commercial features an Imagine Spot with a middle-aged managerial type daydreaming about becoming president after he discovered the joys of microwaved "gourmet" pasta. It turns out that even in his fantasy, he's not the president.
* The "switching to GEICO" ads, assuming the cutaway gags count as fantasy within the "reality" of the framing scenarios. With, of course, the exception of the "happy folks" spots, where the guitarists are actually in the fantasies.
* An early Website/{{Vat19}} ad for a tabletop VideoGame/{{Frogger}} LCD game features a man hallucinating that his boss is in a frog suit and is able to control him with the Frogger game.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Played '''with''' and played '''straight''' in the second episode of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' TV series -- when Keiichi mulls over what wish of his Belldandy should grant, he first imagines [[IfIWereARichMan life as a wealthy man]], then Belldandy, who's reading his mind the entire time, says she would gladly "give him more money than he could hope to spend in his lifetime". Then Belldandy says she could also grant the wish of wanting to destroy the entire world, "although [she] would prefer to not do business with that type of client." Cue Keiichi imagining a giant explosion levelling a city, with him off to the side, laughing evilly, in a monocle, a wiry mustache, and what suspiciously looks like a [[ThoseWackyNazis Schutzstaffel uniform]].
* In the ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' manga, Mayu fantasizes about being an ''uh-MAZING'' cook so that Kaoru falls for her unconditionally. In reality, [[LethalChef the complete opposite is true]].
** Later on, we witness Kaoru's imaginings of marriage to Aoi, who ''is'' [[SupremeChef an amazing cook]]. They tend toward [[HadakaApron the perverse]], sometimes.
* Switzerland in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a surly, gun-toting miser, but Japan imagines him as a [[YodelLand befrocked, beribboned Heidi]] who engages in song and dance.
* ''Anime/AyanesHighKick'': We get to see one of these from Ayane when Kunimitsu makes a pitch to get her to join his dojo, declaring that she can become a champion. She sees herself in the middle of a ring with a pro-wrestling world title belt and a cheering crowd, unaware that Kunimitsu is actually referring to her becoming a champion ''kick-boxer''.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' uses several imagine spots throughout the course of the series, many of which involve (unsurprisingly) {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka.
* ''Manga/BGataHKei'' makes frequent use of these, most commonly by main character Yamada, whose random, erotically-oriented fantasies approach ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' levels of frequency and, much like JD, are frequently followed by in-character outbursts that sometimes get her in trouble.
* Isaac and Miria of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' have a ''joint'' one (fitting, considering their [[TheDitz ditzy duo]] status) complete with ArtShift when they speculate with horror on Jacuzzi's fate at the hands of the mythical Rail Tracer. Which, by the way, they visualize as a giant green worm with fangs.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Chad tries to remember what Ichigo's little sister Karin looks like. We end up with Squick as he sees Ichigo with a black wig, Karin's red hat, and lipstick.
* Used so heavily in ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' that it's a bit confusing at first. Marin's imagination usually involves violent death.
* Used in a ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[{{Omake}} sound episode]] where Shirley is imagining all kinds of insane things that could go wrong if she asks Lelouch out to a concert. It starts with him just saying that he will take his sister to the entire student council admitting their undying love for him, even [[{{Squick}} Arthur]]. That's almost [[Series/{{Scrubs}} JD]] level weirdness.
** Also used in the PictureDrama in which Sayoko first meets Suzaku when he comes over for tea with Lelouch and Nunally. She happens to overhear part of a conversation between Suzaku and Lelouch at the end and somehow interprets it to mean they are [[HoYay secretly in love]]... and her imagination runs away on her a little.
* Taichi's anxiety over Zeromaru leads to him having these in ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01''. It's later revealed Gabo had many of the same feelings, leading them to share an imagine spot.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'':
** Takato has one when he can't find his partner Guilmon, imagining Guilmon being shot to death by police.
** Takato gets a few lighthearted ones in a row when he first meets Culumon. Thinking Culumon would be safer with a human Tamer, he imagines how various of his acquaintances would go about taking care of Culumon; none of them work out very well.
* Akina of ''Manga/DontBecomeAnOtakuShinozakiSan'' is prone to these. Most often her fantasies of "saving" Kaede from an otaku's life devolve into a yuri fantasy, which often cause her to freak out and makes her classmates regard ''her'' as the oddball of the classroom.
* The characters in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' do this sometimes. Usually they imagine themselves pulling of a spectacular play (in Monta's case, it's always followed with Mamori fussing happily over him).
* This is occasionally used in ''Manga/FairyTail'', most often when the {{Yandere}} Juvia imagines Gray falling in love with her.
* May Chang in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is prone to daydreaming about the Elrics (first Ed, then upon [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller finding him insufficiently tall]], Al) with copious BishieSparkle. Already funny, it becomes downright HilariousInHindsight when Creator/MonicaRial was cast as her English voice actress, leading to ''many'' Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub jokes among fans.
* Masamune of ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'' get lose in his own Imagine Spot of CatGirl Hana ''at the middle of a battle''.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' anime constantly switch between real world and the titular Onizuka's [[LovableSexManiac "fantasy"]].
* The fifth episode of ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' has a few of these, for the idols who are imagining what their debut would be like.
* Imagine Spots are ''incredibly'' common in ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'', with at least one instance per episode as the characters start imagining things in response to something another said.
** A couple happen in the first episode, such as when Cocoa thought Rabbit House was literally a place to play with rabbits, and Rize imagining herself wearing a PlayboyBunny outfit.
** Rize does this ''again'' in episode 3, imagining herself in a PlayboyBunny costume, except this time with a floppy-eared headband like the one worn by Sharo. She decides that it works equally well.
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Ayumu constantly imagines [[TheVoiceless Eucliwood]] talking to him, usually praising him and acting sexy. In each imagine spot, she is voiced by a different actress.
* A RunningGag of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is Shirogane envisioning Kaguya looking down upon him with a sarcastic smile and muttering "''How Cute''." The one time she did make the face, she was actually being sincere, but was attempting to maintain a stoic expression in place of a wide smile, resulting in the aforementioned sarcastic smile. She also has yet to say the exact words.
* In Episode 2 of the {{Hentai}} ''Kimihagu'', Emily imagines herself surrounded by guys during ADateWithRosiePalms.
* In ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'', Shouko has one of the TearJerker variety. [[spoiler: When she sees her grade school classroom, she starts imagining what those days would have been like if she not only had friends, but also if her entire family was together. This includes her grandma still being alive, her mother being more caring and less stressed, and her father actually being present in her life.]]
* Manabe from ''Manga/KotouraSan'' is so perverted so he often has perverted Imagine Spots about her girlfriend Haruka. Haruka, however, is a {{telepath|y}}, so this and the DirtyMindReading that always ensues becomes a RunningGag. In fact, he ''deliberately'' dreams them up [[TheGadfly solely to tease her]]; when Haruka caught a cold that temporarily blocked her telepathy, Manabe found it was no fun to fantasize about her unless she could see it.
* In chapter 13 and episode 11 of ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'', it was revealed [[spoiler:Ryou's parents wanted to get Ryou a bodyguard when they went overseas, but was refused by her Grandmother]]. Kirin briefly thought about how [[SpoiledBrat Ryou would be different]] if she had a live-in bodyguard.
* Unavoidable ''Manga/LuckyStar'' example: [[YaoiFangirl Hiy]][[YuriFan ori]] would often falls into fantasies about portraying her classmates Yutaka and Minami as SchoolgirlLesbians, but immediate cut short by chastising herself about thinking her friends that way. Said friends are clueless as to what she's freaking out over.
* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', Luca's brain [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/slavehime.JPG goes to town in not entirely worksafe ways]] when Sheryl casually declares Alto her slave. Makes you wonder [[CovertPervert what else goes on in his head]], considering Sheryl obviously meant slave in the menial labor-drone sense.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has quite a few, as well as a few Imagine Sketches from Haruna (or Nodoka's magic diary). In one notable instance, after Nodoka confesses to him, Negi imagines himself marrying her... ''without'' losing the BlankWhiteEyes he got from the revelation.
* ''Manga/MinamiKe'''s Hosaka gets really caught up in his fantasies, usually starring Haruka, to the point of acting them out. Everyone else thinks he's weird and a little sick in the head.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Early on in the anime, Naruto fantasizes about becoming Hokage and beating [[TheRival Sasuke]]. There's more than that:
** In the "what's under Kakashi's mask?" episode, Sasuke, thanks to Naruto's goading, imagines an unmasked Kakashi with [[GagLips big red lips]], and then big buck teeth; he quickly agrees to help Naruto and Sakura try to see Kakashi's face.
** In that same episode, our [[PowerTrio trio]] treat Kakashi to lunch at Ramen Ichiraku as part of their first attempt. Kakashi is suspicious and has three imagine spots in a row: first, getting buried under a big pile of snow (ironically, after he says "[[TemptingFate I wouldn't be surprised if it snowed on me]],"), then, his order of ramen [[StuffBlowingUp exploding in his face]], and finally, him getting bopped by a giant ExtendoBoxingGlove and SquashedFlat against a wall. At the end of each one, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura triumphantly flash the peace sign and declare, "He fell for it!!"
* In episode 3 of ''Manga/NewGame'', While Aoba is on the train, anxious after having overslept, she imagines a situation where Kou punishes her for being late by forcing her to stay overnight in her underwear.
* In ''Manga/NightmareInspector'', [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kairi]] spends a lot of his time fantasizing and daydreaming. We get to see a few of said fantasies, which are... strange, to say the least.
* Onsokumaru of ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' does these a lot, usually involving FanService images of Kaede and Shinobu, or of himself surrounded by women or doing something awesome.
* The main character from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular~'', Tomoko, being the anime and DatingSim-obsessed introvert that she is, has plenty of these, mostly about how the newest tactic she has is going to make her popular. Naturally, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption none of these work out the way she hoped]].
* Wakaba Kumura of ''Manga/OtasukeMikoMikoChan'' has these frequently.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' employs this often enough, usually for romance/perverse fantasies (Sanji and Boa Hancock being two favorites). Oddly [[TheStoic Nico Robin]] gets a few quite whimsical ones.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has "Tamaki's Inner Mind Theatre", usually with Tamaki fantasizing about Haruhi.
* Often used in ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''. In one instance, Yukari pictures a LoveTriangle as a DuelToTheDeath between [[spoiler: Tokumori]] as a samurai and [[spoiler: Arashi]] as a ''Franchise/LupinIII'' pastiche, for the love of [[spoiler: Miwako]] as a schoolgirl in SailorFuku. She notes it's only natural [[spoiler: Arashi]] won, after all, he had a gun.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', Yuichi has these more frequently (and they become more indulgent/fantastical) as things continually get worse for him.
* ''Manga/{{Plica}}'' has several, though some of the other characters also get in on it.
* Happens a few times in ''Manga/PoisonBerryInMyBrain''; the sequences are appropriately labeled "Imagination".
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Meowth of Team Rocket has done this about OncePerEpisode since Hoenn, thinking about what Giovanni would do with the Pokémon of the day. More often than not, the imagery is pretty weird. Everything from said Boss spontaneously performing a SuperDeformed Creator/GeneKelly dance routine, to said Boss [[FlungClothing stripping]] to a LoinCloth for almost ''no friggin' reason''. It helps that said Boss is TheComicallySerious, and the occasions with Meowth's accented voice filling in for what he imagines would be what Giovanni would say help even more. What makes it even more imaginative is that the three were probably the most pathetic excuses for Team Rocket members ever seen on the show, at least until they TookALevelInBadass in Unova, and that Giovanni mostly despises them.
** Who's an even more ComicallySerious than Giovanni? Why, [[KnightTemplar Cyrus]], of course. But that only serves to make [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/BlackjackGabbiani/Scans/dpa7bossfantasyclose.jpg this scene]] more hilarious, as the ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' heroes ponder where he could have gone after the Spear Pillar.
** There's Connoiseusse Burgundy, who has one involving Cilan mocking her and her Oshawott in a particularly cruel manner while Pansage just cackles viciously. [[NiceGuy Considering what Cilan's really like]], plus her evaluation of Ash's Pokemon in a negative light, it just shows how wacked out she really is.
** Piplup in "Piplup, Up, and Away!" kept imagining Dawn praising him and himself being a total badass.
* Pretty much every character in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' indulges in this regularly. If there are any other people in the room, [[ImagineSpotting they usually comment on the scene]].
** Ranma is figuring out the best way to approach Akane while she's in the hospital bed. All of his imaginations ends up with them kissing, which makes him snap back to reality like he woke up from a nightmare.
* Used several times in a row in an episode of ''Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', when Nanami is trying to embarrass Anthy (and win Miki's affection) by planting weird stuff in her room. She envisions each ploy going off without a hitch, only to have them fail because Anthy is ''already'' keeping weird stuff in her room. And Miki finds it cute.
* Saitou Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': MemeticBadass, InspectorJavert, TheComicallySerious... and master of the trope. He makes the "If Kaoru → Tanuki and Megumi → Fox, then Misao → Weasel" in one and images a broom shooing away a rooster when Chou and Sanosuke get into an argument.
** In the anime, after Saitou casually drops the fact that he's married (and the manga has to add a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer), there's an Imagine Spot of Saitou reclining on the statue of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva Bodhisattva]].
* We see Haruka's fantasies fairly often in ''Manga/SakuraTrick''.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' has a rather grim example of this trope in its first chapter. Rei imagines himself beating his adoptive father to death while Rei's paralleling beating his father in a professional shogi match to a news story of a man murdering his father with blunt force. Yikes.
* In ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', new student Tsugumi imagines herself surrounded by [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boys]] at the academy, but she snaps out of her thoughts once she sees [[IdiotHero Black Star]] punching a guy in the face. She also imagines the aforementioned pretty boys all clamoring to be her partner, but instead finds herself being fought over by two ''female'' classmates.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' has Wako doing almost exactly the same thing, complete with ''Ouran''-style captions. [[YaoiFangirl Yaoi style]]!
* In ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' (the manga), while Nobue is filling out a job application for one of the "zillions of 7-Elevens" in the area, the other girls contemplate what sorts of jobs they would want to get. The question is posed to Matsuri, and Miu imagines Matsuri in a few different kinds of jobs, coming up with the conclusion that Matsuri is not employable. When they consider the job of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tissue-pack_marketing handing out promotional tissues]], Miu remarks that "Matsuri wasn't able to do it at all just now," and imagines herself in the position, sneaking them into people's pockets and bags even if they refuse, and offering entire boxes at once.
** This also happens in the corresponding anime sequence, except with Miu imagining a single job for Matsuri and Ana (Matsuri as a sweet potato woman (like an ice cream woman, but with sweet potatoes) and Ana as a ball girl at a tennis court.) As for tissue pack marketing, Miu and Chika acted it out in real life with the same level of success as Matsuri.
* Junpei in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent'' often has fantasies about PantyShot.
** A memorable example has Junpei, after discovered that Aya (his {{Meganekko}} schoolmates) is the mysterious girl with the strawberry panties, imagining of hug and grope both the nerdy-Aya and normal-Aya...in the middle of an exam!
* Used frequently in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', usually in {{Hexagonal Speech Balloon}}s, to show how Aya feels inside despite appearances.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu Darkness'':
** Momo has one of the heavily censored kind when she thinks of Rito. And multiple somewhat less censored ones of how she hopes things will turn out during Rito's time alone with various individual harem-candidates. The actual events are invariably tamer than what Momo is hoping for (though still very much NSFW thanks to his Accidental Pervert nature).
** Many of the girls seem to be developing powerful fantasies based around Rito. Yui, for example, is constantly imagining herself in the role of wife and mother.
** The first series has Rito imagine Haruna in a bikini in the first chapter.
* Misaki in ''LightNovel/WagayaNoOinariSama'' is prone to sudden and overthought fantasy sequences about Noboru, her crush. Usually these fantasy sequences involve Kuugen or Kou, his family's resident PrettyFreeloaders.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/GiveMeLiberty'' has a few imagine spots that display the main character as a panther and the villain as a hunter.
* One of the few almost totally lighthearted moments in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' happens when Dwight [=McCarthy=] imagines the recently deceased Jack Rafferty talking to him as a DeadpanSnarker. Emphasis on the dead part.
* In ''Comicbook/ThePulse'', when ComicBook/JessicaJones, Ben Urich and Kat Ferrell are trying to figure out who murdered a ''Daily Bugle'' staffer and dropped her body in the water from hundreds of feet in the air, their mental images range from the highly unlikely (Iron Man, Hulk) to the probably not (Vulture) to the downright ludicrous (Stilt-Man).
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Linda]] fantasizes the whole time, imagining that, for once, she isn't the universe's ButtMonkey.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', When Kara sees Dr. Light kneeled over Bizarrogirl, she mentally visualizes her mother kneeling over a shackled Reactron. Later she reminisces her cousin and herself hugging after the destruction of ComicBook/NewKrypton when she sees Bizarrogirl glomping SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}}.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' has the Counter-Factual Scenarios: someone gloats or does something awesome, only for the sign "End Counter-Factual Scenario" to appear. The most epic one is Emp's [[spoiler:gloating about how she's constantly outsmarting supervillains by listening to the information they tell around her whenever she's captured (and in fact she let herself get captured ''on purpose'' twice), putting it on the superheroes' villain database, and, if she gets the chance, using it herself]], immediately followed by her explaining what she had done all day as ''dumb luck''.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', after Kyon phones Yuki in chapter 13 he imagines her in her apartment, kneeling by the phone, her cheeks pink-tinged as she daydreams about him... But he dismisses that thought. This is Yuki, after all. As much as he might wish that...
* In ''Fanfic/{{Progress}}'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Luna]] has increasingly bizarre daydreams about the various awkward situations in which she finds herself.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': Before the trial starts, [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Phoenix]] wonders what would his FriendlyRival [[TheStoic Edgeworth]] do if he was the one stuck in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]] instead. The result is... a little less than useless.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' This is just like that one episode of the [[ShowWithinAShow Steel Samurai]] where he meets the Pink Princess! '''''WHEEEEEE!!!'''''\\
'''Phoenix:''' ''(Doctor, I'd like the part of my brain responsible for that image [[BrainBleach lobotomized please...]])''
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', during the New Zork chapter, Beagle John tells Ringo that the government is looking for the first “A-plus Plus” (i.e., someone with more than one magical Ability) and such a man will be milked for his sperm so all the women can be artificially inseminated. Ringo, who easily qualifies, pictures “himself hooked up to a sperm-pumping machine, surrounded by thousands of big-nosed, blue-eyed [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]] kids.”
* Calvin has a few in ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp''. Since it's directly based on ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', this is to be expected.
* Happens to Saga and Luna in ''FanFic/UnderTheNorthernLights''.
* ''[[FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus Rolling in Beaches]]'': When Spike and Wavedancer wander off together, [[ClingyJealousGirl Rarity]] has one of these where Wavedancer turns into a cartoony, over-the-top villain who tries to harm Spike, only for Rarity to show up and save him.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': In chapter 23, Rei tries to persuade Asuka to share Shinji. Asuka refuses, but she can't help imagine what it'd be like:
-->Her mind flickered with something. It couldn't be a memory, as she knew it hadn't happened. Just an image of herself on a bed, Rei wrapped around her from behind, kissing her neck, as Shinji kissed his way down her belly. Her eyes widened and she drove the image out of her mind. She wouldn't do anything like that with another girl and ESPECIALLY not with Rei.
* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi: Features a hilarious one from Eline, immeadiately following her capture by [[Franchise/SailorMoon Mercury]].
-->''Mercury's main claim to fame was defeating a horned reaper in single combat, even if Morrigan ranted often about how she had to have cheated. In Eline's head, the indistinct, blue-haired mental picture of the Keeper grew and gained bulging muscles, until it was nearly the equal of the reaper. What else did she know? Mercury had, according to rumours, had her way with the red-skinned beast against his will, which made her a terrifying and suicidal deviant. The red-eyed mental picture in the prisoner's mind gained a demented, lecherous grin. The Keeper's reported exhibitionist tendencies hardly mattered in comparison. Eline pinched the bridge of her nose as the brute in her imagination lost her clothes. Just great. She's basically a female clone of Morrigan.''
* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Patchouli gets one of Marisa driving [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas]] and destroying her library while cackling madly. This provokes Patchouli into trying to stop her from doing so, despite the fact that such a thing wasn't likely to happen.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8736079/16/Dragonette-Debacle Dragonette Debacle]]'':
-->"All of my mates and children are currently waiting in the breakfast room for us to arrive so we can all eat together. In fact one of my carriers demanded that I appear with you in the next fifteen minutes or she would use my dragon form as a washing line for the children's dirty clothes."\\
As nerve-jarring as having a man sitting on the end of his bed was, Harry couldn't stop the laughter that the image provoked. Harry could just see a huge dragon looking completely disgruntled as clothes and children's robes were hung from all its horns.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10859928/chapters/24166077 Ninja Wizard Book 2]]'' Ginny has one of thirteen-year-old Harry suggesting they ''get married'' while his current girlfriend stands in the background crying.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4584735/chapters/10568799 A Different Beginning]]'' Harry decides during first year that Voldemort is about as competent of a Dark Lord as [[GentleGiant Hagrid]] would be.
-->He could picture it all so clearly.\\
Hagrid enthroned, wearing a Slytherin uniform, with his wild hair slicked down and neatly parted, surrounded by his minions-- well, minion, really: Ron in a turban.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10404927/chapters/23233605 Harry Potter and the Shadowed Light]]'' Harry, sorted into Ravenclaw, is surprised that Dumbledore hasn't demanded he be resorted into Gryffindor.
-->Snorting at the image his mind produced of Dumbledore jumping him in the hallway and throwing red and gold glitter on him and demanding he roar, Harry ignored the curious looks sent at him by his classmates as he plotted and schemed.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12550911/23/Harry-Potter-and-the-Dogfather Harry Potter and the Dogfather]]'' Harry has to get a physical to prove that his relatives abused him, much to his dismay.
-->By the time Sirius and Harry got to the waiting room of a children's hospital in London, Harry had Dr. Grant fully envisioned in his head--a evil-looking man with devil horns, wearing glasses and a bloodstained white doctor's smock, brandishing a ten-foot-long needle.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11653847/22/Son-of-Potter-Daughter-of-Black Son of Potter, Daughter of Black]]'' Harry makes a better exit than usual after Floo travel.
-->Ted chuckled at the memory of Harry's spectacular exit last time. The Muggle-born had a moment to imagine a game of bowling with Harry as the ball fired from the Floo and then he put his business face on.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1350670/3/Harry-Potter-and-the-Dream-Come-True Harry Potter and the Dream Come True]]'':
-->The only person who was not rejoicing was Harry, who, being the only child in the entire hall, was more than a little overwhelmed by what had happened. Sirius was free, Fudge was being sacked, his dad was ''alive''... next thing he knew Snape was going to show up and give Gryffindor house points!\\
Forgetting his confusion for the moment, Harry couldn't help but laugh at the mental image of Snape in red and gold supporting Gryffindor, handing out lion-shaped marshmallows to all Harry's friends. That would be worth a thousand detentions just to see!
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12428912/3/Harry-Potter-and-The-Rebellion-Of-Hogwarts Harry Potter and the Rebellion of Hogwarts]]'' Harry learns that two of the Potter Manor elves are named Mario and Luigi and briefly imagines them dressed like the [[Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers video game characters]].

[[folder: Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Carl just found out that Russell snuck aboard his house before liftoff and notices that they're passing over some skyscrapers. Cue him trying to lower the kid down onto a building using an improvised towel-rope, and the kid slips and falls... [[DaydreamSurprise Then the mental image ends]] with Carl deciding "Well, that's not gonna work."

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* This was often used in SilentMovie days. Silent film being silent, Imagine Spots were frequently used to illustrate what the character was thinking. In ''Film/TheShow'', when the Greek is plotting to murder his romantic rival Cock Robin, an Imagine Spot is used to show the Greek's NotSoFakePropWeapon murder plot.
* Happens in ''Film/ForrestGump''. When Forrest talks about Lieutenant Dan and Bubba's ancestors, and then happily inverted when Bubba's mom uses Bubba's share of Forrest's shrimping venture.
* Happens a lot in ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty''
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', Cady does it in the lunch room by thinking about how her dilemma would be solved in the animal world. In her spot she imagines tackling Regina George and wrestling with her as the other students howl and yell like monkeys. Subverted when Regina George is hit by a moving bus and dies. Turns out she really did get hit by a moving bus, but only got sent to the hospital.
* In ''Film/MonsterInLaw'', Creator/JaneFonda imagines smashing Music/JenniferLopez's face into a cake and later Lopez imagines whacking Fonda's with a pan. During both instances they put up a facade of liking each other.
* Used to bring one of John's briefer fantasies to life in ''Film/IAmNotASerialKiller''. As he talks about the nature of fear, John points out that people are never [[EnemyWithin afraid of themselves]], and even with outside factors, like getting hit by a car, they don't stay in all day because they're afraid they'll have to cross the street. He stares out the window at a woman checking both ways, stepping into the icy street-[[JumpScare and a car slams into her.]] Then John turns dejectedly back to his therapist and the camera shows us the woman safely crossing.
** He also explains one aloud in a blackly hilarious scene involving a bully pushing him a bit too far. [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fOvex2Z1VKs It must be seen to be believed.]]
--->'''Rob:''' Why are you [[GrinOfAudacity smiling]] [[SlasherSmile like that]]?
--->'''John:''' ''([[TranquilFury still cheerful]])'' Because I'm thinking about what your insides look like.
* In ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', after they are too damaged to land on the moon and just getting back to Earth will be hard enough, flight commander Jim Lovell imagines himself touching down, leaving perfect tracks, running his fingers through the moon dust, and gazing at the distant Earth. He really wanted to be there (Lovell had been on Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit around the Moon; he is the only astronaut to visit the Moon twice but never land on it.)
* In ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', Harold imagines himself finally working up the nerve to flirt with his attractive neighbor Maria in the elevator. In actuality, he and Maria ride the elevator in awkward silence.
* Happens several times in ''Film/GirlNextDoor''.
* The entirety of ''Film/{{Next}}'' can fall under this due to its premise.
* Amélie from ''[[Film/{{Amelie}} Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain]]'' frequently lapses into this. One of the more extreme examples is that, if Nino couldn't assemble a torn-up photograph in time, he'd end up living in Tajikistan with only a goat for company -- and Amélie refuses to go out with somebody that would wear a teacosy for a hat.
* In ''Film/FindingNeverland'', James Barrie is prone to having these as fantastic overlays on the events that are actually happening, ranging from imagining rain in a theater to placing him and his companions on a pirate ship as they play pirates.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Jules imagines Bonnie's potential reaction to coming home and finding "couple of gangster's in her kitchen doin' a bunch of gangster shit."
* Used in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' during a scene in which Shaun and Ed come up with increasingly truncated plans on how to rescue Shaun's mother.
* Most of the music numbers in ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' are fullblooded imagine spots of the heroine, who hopes to become a jazz dancer. There are even a few snapping-out-of-it moments, and the contrast between the reality and her jazz saturated daydreams is often underlined.
* In the film ''Muay Thai Giant'', Nathan Jones is trying to come up with ways to make money to repair the small restaurant he wrecked. One of the suggestions is becoming a stripper. The result... must be seen to be believed.
* Several of the musical numbers in ''Film/AnchorsAweigh''.
* Becomes increasingly more common in ''Film/{{Brazil}}''. [[spoiler: Initially a sign that Lowry's merely bored with his life, it gradually bleeds over into reality. It's wholly possible several major characters don't even exist.]]
* ''Film/HowToMarryAMillionaire'' has a scene with Pola and Schatze dreaming of wealth, while Loco dreams of a sandwich.
* In ''Film/RideAlong'', James thinks about shooting Ben after he asks for his blessing in proposing to James's sister.
* Lloyd of ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' has two: one in which he imagines making love to Mary (ending with her removing her top to reveal a pair of bright lights over her chest - ending with the reveal those lights are an incoming semi, Lloyd having the spot while driving), and then another much later where, after meeting Mary's husband, he imagines himself pulling a gun and shooting him to death.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumberTo'': There are two hilarious ones from Harry and Lloyd each. Harry imagines being a dad and Lloyd being a total failure, while Lloyd imagines hooking up with Harry's now grown-up daughter at his friend's dying request.
* In the opening of the 1973 Australian cult classic ''Alvin Purple'', the protagonist is complaining in voiceover about all the [[MaleGaze hot looking women providing innocuous fanservice]] as he rides a tram. First he tears open a woman's blouse for everyone's shock or appreciation. Then he congratulates another woman on her great see-through top that shows off her naked breasts, for which she's quite appreciative. "I've been wearing it for days; I didn't think anyone had noticed." For the RuleOfThree, RealityEnsues.
-->'''Alvin:''' ''(voiceover)'' Of course it wasn't like that at all.
-->'''Alvin:''' ''(to See-Through Blouse Girl)'' God, you've got great tits! ''(ArmorPiercingSlap)''
** Later Alvin decides to go celibate, but [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn finds it rather difficult]]. His pretty neighbour knocks on the door asking MayIBorrowACupOfSugar When Alvin answers the door, she's stark naked. He closes the door, then opens it again; this time she's wearing clothes.
* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' has Jamal imagine throwing his brother and himself off a skyscraper in anger, when meeting him again for the first time in years.
* ''Film/MalcolmX'' is working as a waiter on a train when a white sailor taunts him racially, then suddenly Malcolm is smashing a lemon meringue pie into the white guy's face. A moment later and Malcolm is in reality serving him with a big [[GrinOfAudacity fake smile]].
* In ''Film/NobodysFool'', every time Creator/PaulNewman throws a brick onto the back of his truck, he imagines he's throwing Creator/BruceWillis out through a window.
* ''Film/{{Annie 2014}}'':
** Annie during "Tomorrow" imagines a lot of people as playing with happy children; the shot returns to show that most are carrying/working with something else.
** Given a dark turn when a drunken Hannigan sings "Little Girls" and imagines the girls as parts of her furniture and all around her, mocking her.
** "Easy Street" is another. Guy and Hannigan never really do the sexy dancing, the whole thing is a conversation over dinner, with the song as kind of a punctuation of Guy's plan.
* ''Film/MrKruegersChristmas'': The titular Mr. Krueger is quite prone to these, imagining himself as a [[IfIWereARichMan wealthy gentleman]], attending large parties, and being present in a certain Bethlehem stable.
* Happens several times in ''Film/{{Kopps}}'' with ''Benny the cop''.
* TheMovie of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' has Harold Hill at the footbridge looking into the water and imagining himself conducting a real brass band, with the vision fading when he dejectedly snaps his twig baton in half.
* In ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', Barry Gabrewski is a kid with asthma, who is a huge fan of Creator/ChuckNorris. He keeps daydreaming about being Norris's sidekick in dangerous situations. [[spoiler:He ends up living his dream at a karate tournament alongside the actor, and the ending indicates that he has given up living in daydreams]].
* Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni uses this for dramatic effect in ''Film/ZabriskiePoint'':
** [[spoiler:The famous orgy in the Death Valley where Mark and Daria arrive at the valley and start having sex in the mud, followed by a bunch of other young boys and girls frolicking in the valley. We don't see those other kids before or after]].
** [[spoiler:After leaving the desert compound in disgust, Daria gives a look back that gradually gives over to an extended fantasy of seeing the entire compound along with every single object in the house destroy itself in detail]].
* The SignatureScene of ''El Chanfle'' involves the titular character imagining he enters the football pitch as an actual América player and [[BeyondTheImpossible scores 9 increasingly more ridiculous goals in the same match]].
* ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor2004'': After Matthew finds out that Danielle used to be a porn star, he has a BrainBleach version of the trope when he imagines her making out with both his parents in front of him.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Michael, the narrator of ''The Republic of Trees'' is established as a notorious daydreamer in the first chapter. His visions in the book get quite bizarre (such as Liberty from Delacroix' "Liberty leading the People" [[spoiler: giving him a handjob)]].
* In Lawrence Block's ''The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza'' a woman from the Museum of the Baltimore Historical Society tells Bernie that they traded a 1913 V-nickel to the Gallery of American and International Numismatics in exchange for a portrait of Charles Carroll.
-->"It was an offah we couldn't refuse," she said solemnly, and I pictured Marlon Brando as [[Film/TheGodfather Don Corleone]], holding a pistol to this Southern belle's head, urging her to swap the nickel for the portrait.
* John from ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' frequently indulges in these, particularly violent fantasies about people he hates(which is most people). See the Film section for a few that made it into TheFilmOfTheBook.
** Also used to even darker effect in [[Literature/MrMonster the second book]] when John leaves the embalming room, normally his favorite place, because the body on the table has been brutally tortured and he can't stop picturing himself inflicting the same things on his neighbor/crush, Brooke.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': very early episode from the first season, "Archie Writes the President," sees Archie have his own Imagine Spot – he reads his letter to [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon President Nixon]] in praise for his performance, with the entire family gathered around, nodding in approval as a patriotic hymn plays as background music. (The letter, by the way, was inspired after Archie learns that Mike had written Nixon, critical of his policies.)
* ''Series/TheHoganFamily'': The Season 2 episode "Leave It To Willie," where Willie imagines himself explaining his predicament – causing a hit-and-run accident while stealing his father's car for a joy ride – and basically getting away with it. The moral in this Imagine Spot is supposedly, "Tell the truth and you'll be absolved." Of course, reality doesn't work out that way – he admits his deed to his mother and gets punished, learning instead that actions do have consequences that aren't always good.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** This is probably the series' central comedic tool, and it's used to great effect. Usually J.D. does this, to the point where other characters {{lampshade|Hanging}} it increasingly as the series goes on, mentioning how one was really long, messing with him while he is in his head, triggering one on purpose to get him to zone out, and so on. Usually after his fantasy he says something that would sound completely weird if we weren't shown the Imagine Spot. And his propensity to do this is apparently infectious, as his friends occasionally indulge in it as well, though far less regularly.
** Of course, several episodes aren't centered on J.D.'s point of view, so in those episodes this trope happens ''without'' the cut, so all we see is J.D. staring off into space and saying something weird when he comes out of it.
--->"We're gonna need a lot of gnomes..."
* On ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' Mac gets a chance to hit a possible goal shot at a Flyers game. We see him hit the ice, get to center rink, hit a goal that rips the net, the announcers hailing it as the best shot they've ever seen and the crowd chanting his name. The chanting turns out to be Charlie calling Mac's name as Mac (who's never skated in his life) took one step on the ice, fell and knocked himself unconscious to massive laughter.
** Feeling put down by rivals at a high school reunion, the gang put on a fantastic dance routine set to George Michael's "Freedom." The camera then cuts back to show the reality, that the dance is a complete mess of flaying limbs and stumbling. Leaving, the gang mutter about no one liking their dance.
* An early television example featured on ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''. Every time his wife mentioned her mother, the screen showed a hippopotamus. It even got to the point where we knew the WIFE was thinking of a hippopotamus.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' frequently uses it.
* ''Series/ICarly'': In "iFind Lewbert's Lost Love" Carly and Freddie have a synchronous daydream on how life in the Bushwell will be much better if the irate doorman Lewbert is "a happy man". Carly, Freddie and Lewbert dance around as balloons fall. [[DeadpanSnarker Sam breaks them out of their over-the-top fantasy]].
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' and ''Series/{{Teachers}}'' used it occasionally.
* ''Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse'' used it as a central theme, often with voiceover commentary by Andy. Example: "I was thinking about what it would be like if I had wheels for feet. In case you were wondering, here's what it would look like!"
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Possibly the funniest thirty seconds in the show's five seasons involved [[SociallyAwkwardHero Angel]] in episode 1.13, at a party, being asked if he wanted to dance. The ensuing Imagine Spot is brilliance.
** Another hilarious imagine spot, in an ''Series/{{Angel}}'' deleted scene, involved Wesley imagining himself and Fred starring in a ballet. The actress who played Fred was actually trained as a dancer, so Fred was pretty good. Wesley... not so much.
** A much more serious one, continuing the trend from Buffy, sees Faith, now back in her own body, and having suffered a serious mental breakdown and very much suicidal, being led to Angel's bed. Angel leaves a barely even functioning Faith, when she calls his name. Angel turns around only to be stabbed in the face by an enraged Faith. Only for the scene to cut back to Faith, still lying in the bed, where she says nothing, and Angel walks out.
* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', on the other hand, managed to do the most depressing use of this trope ever when [[spoiler: Joyce is rushed to the hospital and saved-- cut to the paramedics declaring her dead from an aneurysm]].
** Faith has one in the episode where she [[GrandTheftMe inhabits Buffy's body]], where after Willow says something derogatory about Faith, imagines stabbing her in the stomach. The scene immediately cuts back to Faith-in-Buffy telling an unharmed Willow she will always be safe with he around.
** Later, in the season 7 episode "Storyteller", [[spoiler: Andrew]] has a few of these, in the present as well as in his flashback.
* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' has this as a main gimmick. You can pretty much expect a few of these per episode.
* The early-90s {{Creator/HBO}} series ''Series/DreamOn'' used a variation on the Imagine Spot as its primary gimmick. But instead of segments featuring the ''Dream On'' cast, clips from old movies and TV shows were used for the Imagine Spots of its main character, Martin Tupper.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Love And Monsters" similarly had the main character flash to clips, including one of Elton John.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', episode "Scratch 'n Sniff", though some question exists as to whether they were Imagine Spots or flashbacks.
** And just about any sequence with Harvey, the Scorpius neuro-clone. Harvey "lives" in Crichton's mind and the two regularly converse. Their conversations usually take place in Imagine Spots - some of them based on Crichton's memories and some of them not -- usually humorous movie {{Shout Out}}s.
* Common in ''Series/FatherTed''. To the point where [[TheDitz Dougal]] needed a chart to tell the difference between dreams and reality.
* Played straight in nearly every episode of ''Series/SonOfTheBeach'', but subverted in one in which Notch Johnson was informed that one of his lifeguards once won a preteen breast size contest. Intrigued by what such a contest would be like, the Imagine Spot begins to take form, when suddenly the scene cuts to pornographer Larry Flynt saying that, while he is all for free speech, some things are just obscene. Afterwards, Notch clarified that he meant what those girls would look like ''now''.
* Wendy of ''Series/TheMiddleMan'' often drops into Imagine Spot sequences when people ask her questions she needs to answer, or when she has a "Eureka!" moment.
* Used frequently in ''Series/CornerGas'', to the extent that it's been described as "[[JustForFun/XMeetsY Seinfeld meets Family Guy]] [[RecycledInSpace in rural Canada]]."
* Used a lot in ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', usually as pop-culture references or scenes from movies done with a fraction of the budget.
* ''Series/That70sShow'' used a lot of these.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** All the times his dead foster father Harry shows up to remind him of The Code count, as Dexter converses with him. In the sixth season, when a short arc in which Dexter's dead serial killer brother replaces his father in these Imagine Spots (and temporarily convinces Dexter to go AxeCrazy) is used to foreshadow the reveal that [[spoiler: Edward James Olmos' EvilMentor / BigBad is really a figment of the real villain's Imagine Spots.]]
** At the end of the Ice Truck Killer arc, where he's walking up to the office Hollywood style -- red carpet walkway flanked with adoring fans.
--->"Hey Dex, way to take out the trash!"
* Used frequently on Series/SesameStreet.
* Subverted and/or {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' where Liz and Jack are discussing some of Tracy Jordan's more outrageous antics. Instead of cutting away with clips to illustrate them, however, the scene stays on Liz and Jack who have this exchange:
-->'''Liz:''' And I am thinking of some of them right now.\\
'''Jack:''' So am I.
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': George lets Mason take care of her dog. She then wonders if he's taking care of it properly or merely using it for some harebrained scheme. Like, say, attracting women, then sitting in a hot tub with the women and the dog. And then she forgets it never actually happened, so she scolds him for bringing her dog into a hot tub.
* Australian TV series ''30 Seconds'' has a slight variation on this; the main character, who works in commercials, sometimes has delusions that he's watching a commercial in real life. These seem to be [[PaintingTheMedium superimposed]] over what's actually in front of his eyes rather than actual full ''Scrubs'' style daydreams. Also, they tend to have swear words.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "200" is basically built out of this trope, including memorable segments such as "Children of the Gods" done with marionettes, Teal'c as a private investigator, ''SG-1'' [[YoungerAndHipper cast with teenagers]], and [[ShipTease a Sam/Jack wedding]] with a nod to [[HoYay Jack/Daniel]].
* Used liberally in ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'', for example [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IXpSPeECCA here at the 7-minute mark]].
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': At a crucial point during each episode, Murdoch will have an ImagineSpot that shows him "witnessing" the crime as it's taking place. In "The Murdoch Identity", he dreams one of these while having a nap on Anna Fulford's sofa as well as having small ones rather like fragments of memory [[spoiler: in part since he's suffering the after-effects of a brain injury]]. Jasper Linney, Brackenreid and Dr. Ogden have each shared the ImagineSpot with him once, Brackenreid and Murdoch each have their own (solving the same case by different routes) in "Murdoch at the Opera", and in the Season 7 finale Brackenreid takes Murdoch's place in the ImagineSpot while solving the B-plot case.
* Happens a few times on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', most notably a Season 1 episode where disabled Artie imagines himself getting out of his wheelchair and dancing around the mall in a flashmob, and in Season 2 where all the characters go to the dentist, get put to sleep, and imagine themselves hanging out with Britney Spears. Also, Tina has had ''two'' that were induced by hitting her head. The first time she imagines herself turning into Rachel and all of the other characters switching, and the second time she imagines her and her friends' lives like the show ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
** Also a lot of the songs and performances are dream sequences.
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Scheherezade Job", Nate has a meeting with the woman who is blackmailing them. After telling him what he needs to know about their current mark, she explains that Nate messed up her date and offers to have dinner with him. Cue to Nate imagining a nice, romantic dinner with her, interrupted by one of her {{Mooks}} choking him with a garrote, while she is drinking wine. Nate makes up a lame excuse and, once she leaves, feels his neck uncomfortably.
* In ''Series/TheMonkees'' this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in "Monstrous Monkee Mash" when the episode's villain intrudes on a fantasy scene that Micky and Davy are having. "Hey, what are you doing? This is our fantasy scene!"
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' "Conning the Artists". The team are being held prisoner by a katana-wielding Japanese man seeking revenge for one of their cons. Danny, realising that taking on the position of leader means that IKnowKarate, gets to his feet and takes him on (including BringIt and ExplodingFishTanks) ending with Stacie throwing herself into his arms, praising his bravery and [[SmoochOfVictory kissing him]]. Cut to Danny with puckered lips as he's curtly told to sit down by Katana Man.
* In ''Series/{{Titus}}'', we have Christopher's 'Negative Space', where he reflects upon events in his own mind, which can include flashbacks AND flashforwards. Subverted in 'The Trial' where Christopher insults the judge in the Negative Space, and is apparently heard by those in the courtroom.
* This is the central trope of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', in which a {{Sentai}} team battles imaginary threats.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': In "They Call It Potsie Love," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie. At home Joanie falls asleep and fantasizes that she and Potsie get married--and that Potsie is cool and Fonzie is a nerd!
* Used frequently in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Given the flashback format of the show, the imagine spots will be told as if they were what actually happened, and then be interrupted by [[TheNarrator Future Ted]] saying something along the lines of "That's what [[HonoraryUncle Uncle Marshall]] should have said," or "But unfortunately, that's not what happened."
** The entirety of the episode [[spoiler: The Time Travelers]] is one. The realization is quite surprising and leads to the DarkestHour for Ted before he meets The Mother.
* One day Manny of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' imagines herself as Cinderella with Craig as her Prince. Her dream begins to take reality when they go on their first date in that episode.
* Austin out of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' has a spot where he imagines his voice being changed to a chipmunk voice after a vocal surgery to remove nodules from his throat.
* In the ''Series/LasVegas'' episode "And Here's Mike with the Weather", Danny and Mike have two pretty funny ones of these when they think Ed may have had an affair with the deranged Monica Mancuso, a previous owner of the casino. The first involves Monica being dominant and Ed submissive behind closed doors, and the second the other way around.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': In daydreams, Ned has a few of these. "Stress" also has a few with both Ned and Moze. One of the more jarring for Ned was when he imagined he was seeing Suzie and another boy in a football uniform getting married. In fact, Suzie was in a white dress standing next to a practice football tackle with a helmet on top. After someone tried to get his attention, he looked back only for someone to come and take the helmet off. Cue Ned looking shocked and confused.
* In ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'', the president Vasiliy, a former history teacher, frequently imagines receiving advice from historical figures when he is in a dilemma.
* On ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' a captive priest is given the chance to gain his freedom by carrying a red hot sword across a village to the Viking queen. He sees himself protected by his Catholic faith, easily handling the sword and putting it at the Queen's feet to great awe. Then the sword is put into his hands, he screams in agony and only makes it halfway before collapsing in tears as the Vikings laugh.
* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' has several scenes devoted to characters listening to music on records and radio, and imagining the actual singers of the song in their presence as they hear it. For instance, Devon Finestra (Creator/OliviaWilde) listens to Karen Carpenter on the radio and the camera shows via a dreamy filter and unusual lighting, "Karen Carpenter" sitting next to her in the car and singing the same song. This is meant to reflect the self-absorption and identification with music people experience in their daily lives.
** A sadder example is Lester, a once promising singer until an altercation with the mob had his throat crushed, ruining his voice. Listening to old recordings, he imagines himself as a singing star with his wife and children, living in a great home with bright light. It then turns to today as he can barely croak out the words as he sits in a run-down apartment by himself.
* In ''Series/{{Mortified}}'', Taylor frequently imagines that she SpeaksFluentAnimal.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' often combines these with RealityEnsues. One instance: Calvin actually gets an A on a paper for once. The (large) center panel is a huge, mid-city celebration, with confetti, cheering spectators, a gigantic Calvin statue and Calvin himself riding in a limo with the key to the city. Unfortunately, back in reality, Ms. Wormwood just moves along to more classwork, much to a deflated Calvin's chagrin.
* ‘’Comicstrip/InSecurity ‘’:
** When Sedine asks her husband Sam about what their spirit animals would be like, he imagines himself as a quiet St. Bernard and Sedine as a yapping Chihuahua.
** After reading a newspaper article about human cloning, Sedine imagines a bunch of Sams pampering her, while Sam imagines a [[NightmareFuel a bunch of Sedines fighting over him.]]
* In one ''Fred Basset'' strip an annoyed Fred imagines himself leading his owner on a leash.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Season 2 of ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'' opened with a rather disturbing one as the institutionalised Vampiro smashed his doctor's head against the interview room table, punched out the orderlies, then ripped the doctor's throat out [[ManBitesMan with his teeth]]... before promising to follow the doctor's instructions to avoid people and places that might trigger his violent thoughts and being released.

[[folder: Music]]
* The music video to "Voices" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the subject imagining doing hostile or even violent things to the people who piss him off, with the [[HearingVoices voices trying to convince him]] that this is a good idea.
* In the music video to "Gonna Get Over You," Music/SaraBareilles is a leather jacket-clad badass who literally dances into a Mexican supermarket, [[TheVirus transforming various shoppers]] into her outfit-clone backup dancers. At the end of the video, she's revealed to actually be an Adorkable nerdgirl rocking out to a song inside her head, and scaring the other customers.
* In Music/{{Juniel}}'s "Pretty Boy" music video, we see her briefly daydream about marrying the cute guy she spots at the coffee shop.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', the GreekChorus interrupts the awkward hoofing of a college dance to introduce a fantastic DreamBallet which shows how the students ''feel'' they are dancing; this eventually ends and the dance continues as before. In a later montage sequence, the professor's voice droning through their lectures fade away as Joe sees Jenny dancing through his imagination; Joe's buddy Charlie gets his own showing two girls starting to strip as a professor reads an undressing scene from ''Literature/TheEveOfStAgnes''.
* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', in the penultimate scene, has Adelaide and Sarah respectively envisioning Nathan and Sky as home-loving husbands.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* A very heartwarming moment in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is when Sora imagines himself dancing with Kairi in [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]]. This fantasy sequence is, also, the only time ([[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 in canon]]) we get to see Sora in his actual outfit here, as Halloween Town is a FisherKingdom, and Sora wears a vampire-like outfit here, complete with CuteLittleFangs and an [[{{EyepatchOfPower}} eyepatch]].
* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' ''Pocket Camp'', at the start of the game, you get to choose between Goldie, Rosie, Jay, or Apollo depending on the category chosen. After going through the tutorial with Isabelle, the villager you just invited over will approach you and explain that it would be better if you hosted a lot of visitors, before stating that they have a vision about the future campsite (though Rosie says nothing about a vision, starting it without warning, and if Jay is chosen, Jay will say that he is not sure if it is a vision or if he is super dehydrated, but he nevertheless tells you to strap in). The vision itself consists of a campsite with a merry-go-round and a tree swing, several tables and chairs, drinks and flowers. In hopes of making the vision come true, the villager will tell you to go to Saltwater Shores and the adventure begins.

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Ryo has a few of these in ''VisualNovel/BrassRestoration'', to amusing effect.
* Kareha in ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' has a tendency to go into these whenever thrilled about something possibly romantic. It unnerves the rest of the class, who refer to them as hallucinations. We never get to see what she is actually thinking at these times, [[CovertPervert perhaps for the best]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': In the Unlimited Blade Works Scenario, Saber argues about sleeping with Shirou in his room due to [[spoiler: his having been {{brainwashed}} by Caster to go to her base the night before]]. Shirou stops himself from countering with his belief that [[spoiler: Caster won't try it again]] after he imagines Saber berating him for being such a WideEyedIdealist.
** In ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', Shirou and Rin discuss Saber's dragon-affinity, and wonder if she has a genkirin, a part on her body that, if touched, will cause Saber to lash out. Shirou has an imagine spot of Lancer bumping into Saber, which causes her to run him down on a lion-shaped go-kart.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', there's a rather... unique scene at lunch where Yuuichi is trying to imagine how Sayuri and Mai spend time together. Naturally, with the vastly different behavior and personality between them he finds it hard and eventually comes up with the idea that they're schoolgirl lesbians who then invite him to a threesome. Believe it or not, this is one of the times where Yuuichi refrains from speaking his mind.
** At the end of Sawatari Makoto's arc Amano asks what Yuuichi would ask for if he could make a miracle, Yuuichi tells her its obvious and it cuts to his wish; [[spoiler: [[HeartWarmingMoment Makoto napping on the hill where she and Yuuichi first met.]]]]
* Happens in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' a couple of times, such as when a joke choice involving Miyako is chosen.
* The heroine of ''VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight'' is an aspiring scriptwriter, and has a habit of attempting to imagine how a given scenario might play out. Her imagination is possibly a little ''too'' vivid, however, and her imagine spots are more often than not derailed by things like Iori making snarky comments or {{paparazzi}} crashing a hypothetical date with Kyohei.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Recreation'' has an amusing scene in its first chapter when Sarge has a flashback to the events of Reconstruction. The scene is radically different in that Sarge kills Grif (natch), Simmons turns into a motorcycle and Sarge rides him (no, not like that) out of the base. Grif engages in some ImagineSpotting and calls him out.
-->'''Grif:''' That's not what happened.\\
'''Sarge:''' Of course it is!\\
'''Grif:''' Then how am I still alive?\\
'''Sarge:''' I ask myself that question every day. Moto-Simmons! Run him over.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally delves into this (and cites ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' as a good example of how to do it) and his comic occasionally features one.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-23 For example]].
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 Another strip]] also references ''Scrubs'', but this time without the scene showing. However, it's possible to make a link between the original statement and the after-comment.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1302 Subverted again]] for humor. Both girls spend a BeatPanel clearly imagining ''something'', but we don't see it. However, from the context and their reluctance to talk about it, [[AThreesomeIsHot the nature of their fantasy]] can be inferred.
* Used liberally throughout ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* An occasionally used gag in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' FanWebcomic ''[[http://ashitahadocchida.sakura.ne.jp/top.html A's/StrikerS Nano]]''. As they're employed on characters portrayed as having UnresolvedSexualTension, the spots tend to be very heavily censored. [[http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/3563/asnanoss19es6.jpg Here's one example involving Fate]] (Caution: May still be {{NSFW}}).
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': "To the [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1891129/traveling-in-style/ Mighty-Mobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "To the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0562.html Ninjamobile!]]"
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071110.html imagines the consequences]] of unveiling [[CuteMonsterGirl Molly]] to the scientific community.
* What happens when you [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1776 mix tea and coffee]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* A rather amusing one in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' involves [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/bjarnionice/ seasonally inept Vikings.]]
* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=178 Of course a squirt gun will make you a Space Opera hero!]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'', [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/06/17/the-dreadful-032/ Liz fantasizes about]] a BoomHeadshot in response to a HurricaneOfPuns from Kit and Boozloaf.
* ''Webcomic/MacHall'': [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2006-06-19 "My spleen!"]]
* This is seen periodically in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', but special mention goes to Chapter 59, with Paulo daydreaming about what would have happened if he had slept with Lucy.
* Lazarus gets one in [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-fifty-eight/ page 58]] of ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}''.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan has a small, yet hilarious one [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-01-08 here]], where he imagines the AxeCrazy Infernomancer as... well. Out of Character is putting it mildly.
* A few are sprinkled out throughout ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', but none are quite as extreme as [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/05/16/spaceouts/ Fluffy's Pool Cue Space Princess fantasy]]...
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', Myrtle locked in her room [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?206 imagines herself as Maid Myrtle]], wondering where RobinHood is when she needs rescue.
* ''Webcomics/TwoKinds'' has "Red" freaking out here do to (spoilers) [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=721 this revelation.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features Doc Scratch, who narrates the story for a brief while. We find out partway into his arc, though, that a good chunk of his story is merely a doomed timeline that is being told, and as time passes, with an increasing amount of speculation.
* Elly gets quite a few of these in ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' due to having a brain hooked on fantasy and video games. These are mostly her imagining the creepy-looking and intimidating Dr. Stein as a dragon, a MadScientist or, on one occasion, a murderer who bathes in blood. In reality, Stein is simply an AbsentMindedProfessor with a spectacularly creepy voice.
* Namco from ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' has one after the Yakuza offers to help him and make him "the most powerful company in the industry". He starts imagining himself as [[Videogame/KatamariDamacy The King of All Cosmos]], being much more powerful than all the other companies.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': In "The Future of Beavis and Butt-Head", this happens a lot when the titular boys imagine what kind of careers they may have after graduating.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Isabella of all people seemingly quite often breaking off into an Imagine Spot where she imagines Phineas as a centaur. It's just as weird as it sounds.
** Specifically, he turns into a centaur and flies away with Isabella ''after'' suddenly having given her a dramatic declaration of love. Yeah.
** Also one with Ferb, answering the question of how he managed to pick up the wrong blueprints by going into a brief fantasy about his meeting with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vanessa]].
** Candace had one in "Bowl-R-Ama Drama". Apparently, she believes that busting her brothers will result in her being allowed to use Dad's credit card ("You have our permission to ruin us financially.") and Jeremy proposing to her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when asked to try out for the football team with his friend Harry, Peter has a brief, absurdist fantasy of making touchdowns while in costume as Spider-Man, wearing a football helmet.
** Pre-Doc Ock Otto Octavious has one of "taking care" of his abusive employer, Norman Osborn.
* The second half of ''every single episode'' of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is an Imagine Spot of Angela dreaming about disgracing (sometimes, even ''killing'') her [[AlphaBitch snooty rival]] Nanette Manoir, in steadily more [[HumiliationConga ludicrous]] ways.
* ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'' is ''built'' from this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer envisions what would happen if he used his new gun to rob Apu's store. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Somehow]], the logical outcome is that he becomes a Southern senator with a giant mansion and Marge dances the Monkey in a bikini.
** Homer gets these very, ''very'' frequently, and they often devolve into bizarre tangents (such as a fantasy about meeting various junk food spokespersons ending in him accidentally killing a [[CaptainErsatz stand-in for]] [[BlandNameProduct Twinkie the Kid]].) He also tends to comment on these fantasies in real life, as if the other characters have seen them as well (in the same example, the dream cut back to him chanting "Blood For Cream" in front of a bewildered Lisa.)
** In one memorable instance, Homer combined this with the SmartBall: Lisa suggested forming a brain trust, and Homer started to fantasize... about a group of intelligent people discussing the issue at hand. When the Imagine Spot ends, the rest of the family is staring at Homer, who responds "What? Can't I get one right for once?"
** After Homer is late picking up Bart from soccer practice in "Brother from the Same Planet", an angry Bart imagines Homer turning into a creepy skeleton covered in rotting flesh as Homer says ''"NOW HOW BOUT A HUG?"''
** When Bart is told that he will be awarded $500, his imagination drifts to a casino in which he loses it all in one spin of the roulette wheel. ''"Cool!"'', he exclaims.
* ''Mona the Vampire'' has a lot of this. There's a very clear visual effect to let you know when things are transferring between reality and imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers'' has [[OncePerEpisode at least one of these per episode]], as Lil' Elvis speculates on who was responsible for his status as a DoorstopBaby. (They went all the way up to "UFO" level.)
* A ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode has Dr. Milo, an EvilutionaryBiologist whose funding has been cut by Cadmus, imagining himself taking out a laser gun and wildly shooting at the people responsible.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' might hold the record for most time per episode spent in fantasy sequences. Often these would feature lengthy trips to the comic-book universe Doug created around his MartyStu superhero Quailman, whose outcomes ultimately led to Doug figuring out a solution to the problems in his own life.
** By the end of the Disney run, they started abandoning the wrapper story altogether and just making whole episodes that were Quailman cartoons.
** Parodied by Nostalgia Critic wondering "What is everyone doing while Doug is fantasizing" in which he shows Skeeter concerned about Doug who is frozen in place staring into space for who knows how long.
--->'''Skeeter''': [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Why do you go where I can't follow]]?
* If ''Doug'' holds the record, ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is the contender, or maybe even a competitor for the record. There was almost always at least one of these per episode, sometimes as many as three. Many of them featured characters thinking about exaggerated outcomes of their actions, good or bad, and they're often known as one of the show's most memorable parts.
* Another mention, ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', which has a large number of fantasy sequence episodes from being pirates to being superheroes.
* This is a recurring theme in ''Birdz''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable has one of these during "Ill Suited" when he figures out wearing Kim's battle-suit will make him awesome at football. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d seconds later when Monique asks how long he's had that goofy look on his face while imagining his victory.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Several instances of Mrs. Puff doing so, at least one occurrence for several other characters.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mwxX3GjPiE Such as this one from "Squid's Day Off"]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfd6lzPRzj0 "Nyeh, Squidward? Nyeh, Squidward?"]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Scent of a Heinous", after Jimmy places fart-inducing beans in Lucius' growth serum (though the latter remains unaware for most of the episode), Samy worries about what he'll do to them for the humiliation... leading to them imagining a bunch of horrible ([[AmusingInjuries and amusing]]) punishments including being cooked, fed to monster fish, and dangled over an erupting volcano.
** Also used in "There will be Chocolate" when Heloise tries chocolate for the first time. She has a brief sequence of her running around a chocolate world taking a bite out of various objects and then licking a chocolate Jimmy. It then switches back to the real world to show her licking the real Jimmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' employs these with some of their cutaway gags. In one episode, Peter pulls onto the runway staging area of the airport with his new truck[[labelnote:Explanation]]Peter drove Quagmire to work after the former crashed into the latter's car (Peter spraypainted the back window). This is how Peter got onto the runway legally.[[/labelnote]]. As he watches them fuel the planes, he fantasizes about filling his truck with jet fuel and then flying it through the sky to the theme to ''Film/TopGun''.
-->'''Peter:''' Well, that's all the convincing I needed to actually do this!
* Owen's song "Oh, My Izzy!" in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' slips into this, since he was really too injured to dance and was thinking about all his times with Izzy during the song, complete with a crayon-drawn ArtShift.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features this prominently in "The Ticket Master", with each of Twilight's friends imagining what they'd do if they could attend the Grand Galloping Gala: Applejack hopes to set up a stand and drum up business for her family's apple farm, Rainbow Dash wants to show off for the Wonderbolts, Rarity hopes to meet the stallion of her dreams, Fluttershy wants to see the royal gardens, and Pinkie Pie just wants to enjoy the festivities.
** In "A Dog and Pony Show", after Rarity gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs, the rest of the girls have a spot where they imagine Rarity freaking out over her captivity in a filthy cell, then one with her being threatened by the Diamond Dogs. Later, ''Spike'' gets an imagine spot where he's a brave, muscular knight rushing to save Rarity (who is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses inexplicably dressed like a princess]]) and getting a SmoochOfVictory.
** In "Hearts and Hooves Day", Apple Bloom imagines that the love-poisoned Cheerilee and Big Mac's neglect of their duties of teaching and apple harvesting [[ForWantOfANail will lead to]] [[SugarApocalypse Ponyville being destroyed by famine and lack of education]].
** In "A Friend In Deed", Pinkie Pie has one as she runs down her mental checklist of friend-making tasks. Apparently, Pinkie imagines in ''felt.''
* Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'' would often go into one of these after he's misinterpreted something and he imagines what he thinks the thing might be or he imagines what he would do in a situation in a movie or book.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': Muttley has an Imagine Spot once a week on his ''Magnificent Muttley'' segments.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** In "Mac Daddy", Bloo finally ditches Cheese, only to have a series of [[ArtShift crudely-drawn]] imagine spots that involve Cheese getting himself injured.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Mabel imagines spending her half of the prize money for a monster photo contest on a human-sized hamster ball. Later, Dipper imagines himself becoming famous and getting interviewed on TV for catching the Gobblewonker on film... only for Mabel (still in her hamster-ball) to barge onto the set and demand an interview.
** In "Double Dipper", Dipper imagines himself winning Wendy over with [[ComplexityAddiction his twenty-step plan to ask her to dance]]. Later, he has a jealous fantasy in which [[SitcomArchNemesis Robbie]] steals Wendy away, and she ends up punching Dipper in the gut.
** In "The Golf War", Mabel imagines finally being able to have something to brag about over her rival [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] after beating her at mini-golf; after she tells Pacifica off, Xyler and Kraz from "Dreamscaperers" come in dressed as paramedics and quip "We heard a little girl got seriously ''burned''!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' WeddingDay special "Smurfily Ever After" has Smurfette imagining her marriages to various Smurfs, each of them ending in some sort of disaster: Greedy loves food too much, Vanity loves himself too much, Hefty loves exercising too much, Farmer loves farming too much, Handy loves fixing things too much, Jokey loves playing pranks too much, and Clumsy is just...Clumsy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps'', Angelina gets so caught up in hers that somebody usually has to shout her name a couple times to snap her out of it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', this was the usual method of presenting the ideas that the characters got from doing a "Noodle Dance."
* ''WesternAnimation/RichieRich'' has his dog Dollar having Imagine Spots, which usually lead him to doing disastrous things.
* MTV's ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' had at least one per episode. More often than not, they would be Mecca's romantic fantasies or Jen's vivid plots of petty vengeance against the vapid and hip.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' had these in four episodes.
** In "Vacuum Friend", Robot turns down an invitation to Socks' pool party after imagining that he'll electrocute everyone if he jumps into the pool.
** Robot Jones imagines Shannon dating a Sasquatch in "Hair" after coming under the impression that Shannon doesn't return his affections because he has no hair.
** In "Embarrassment", Robot Jones imagines himself and Shannon getting married and that union somehow resulting in a cyborg baby when his friends tease him about his crush on Shannon.
** "House Party" has Robot have several imagine spots of Gramps Unit killing his human guests.
* In "It's OK To Lose Your Mittens" from ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', Todd's talking dog Benny has a couple in which he imagines Todd yelling at him for losing his favorite mittens and replacing him with a new dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In the BabysittingEpisode, Stumpy suggests to Kaeloo that she and Mr. Cat should have a baby. Quack Quack overhears this and imagines what the offspring of a frog and an orange cat would look like: [[PatchworkKids orange tadpoles with whiskers]].
** In another episode, when Kaeloo talks to her friends about growing up, Mr. Cat imagines Quack Quack turning into a giant and squashing him.
** In Episode 105, Mr. Cat has one about his ideal version of the world which involves himself being massaged by several clones of Kaeloo.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] these along with [[FramingDevice Framing Devices]] in [[spoiler: "Ruthie". After a particularly bad day, Princess Carolyn reveals to [=BoJack=] that she likes to pretend she has a great-great-great granddaughter who tells stories about her for school. This also happens to be the framing device for the entire episode, and because it's revealed Carolyn's had another miscarriage, Ruthie (the great-great-great granddaughter in question) doesn't necessarily exist. This all suggests that Carolyn will never be pregnant.]]
* The show bible for the upcoming animated ''Literature/LlamaLlama'' series indicates that these are a part of it. It states of Llama Llama that "...he knows how he feels, is not afraid to show his emotions and can connect with others to build meaningful and joyous relationships. (We visualize from time to time what he is imagining.)" It goes on to describe these fantasies as being ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''-ian," and that he "sometimes transports himself to wild places and sees exotic creatures there but these experiences are just products of his creative imagination - the way he processes and dissipates his fears."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' episode "Maxum Man Mark 2", when Eric, Vana, Kitty and Trevor are discussing where the titular superhero could be, Kitty mentions that she saw him, only for Vana to shoot her down with a "Dreams don't count, Kitty." It's then revealed Kitty had fantasised about getting married to Eric with Maxum Man as the minister and bizarrely, Trevor as the bridesmaid and Vana as the best man, both [[{{Crossdresser}} wearing the expected outfits]].

[[folder: Real Life]]
* "Do not think about pink elephants."
* At times a blessing or a curse for those who are "visual learners". Visualizing things can be reflex and incredibly hard to filter out - a predictably exploitable trait.
** If you can be selective about it you can suggest [[BrainBleach disturbing mental images]] to others while blissfully incapable of seeing it yourself. AndThatWouldBeWrong.