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Stop hitting me! Ayana:
Then stop projecting your stupid fantasies where everyone can see!
A fourth wall-breaking
gag in which one character is inexplicably able to see another character's Imagine Spot
or other Fantasy Sequence
, taking the perspective of the audience and reacting to specific details that they shouldn't be able to guess. Telepaths
are cheaters, so they don't count. Medium Awareness
Happens extremely often in anime of the slice of life genre.
See also Did I Just Say That Out Loud?
, Strange Minds Think Alike
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Anime & Manga
- I Feel Sick: Tenna takes exception to Devi's imaginary portrayal of herself. "That's BULLSHIT! And why the fuck am I wearing a bear suit?!!"
Films — Live-Action
- In Finding Neverland, most of the Imagine Spots seem to be only in James' head, but the final one of Neverland is shared with the boys, Sylvia, Emma, and the actors putting on Peter Pan.
- In Upstream Color, the Sampler can observe his subjects remotely through the use of a parasite that connects minds to each other. While he's doing so, we see him walking around his subject and observing them. In the end, Kris figures out what he's doing. During his Imagine Spot, she abruptly turns to face him and delivers a Death Glare.
- Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine: there is a power quite early along the Reality Syndrome arc that allows you to let people see your day-dreams, or whatever Experience you choose for the Arc.
- Tom Stoppard's play Travesties is presented to the audience through the recollections of an Unreliable Narrator, Henry Carr. In one scene, as his Hot Librarian love interest gives a long lecture on politics, she accuses him of tuning out and imagining her naked. He denies this, but as she continues lecturing the lighting changes, music plays, and she starts performing a striptease. A minute later, Carr sheepishly asks the audience if they "noticed anything" in that last scene...
- In the Strong Bad Email "from work", Strong Bad is unable to have an Imagine Spot because "the suits" firewalled his imagination. Homestar walks in, however, and has an Imagine Spot just fine. When Strong Bad complains, Homestar explains that he has "admin privileges".
- In the episode "Born Villain" of ''Flander's Company, when Damien reveals how he manipulated Nadège, the latter suddenly interrupts and protests that she might have been mind-controled, but she'd never "stroked his shell" (It Makes Sense in Context) as just seen in the unreliable flashback.
- Taken to extremes in the US Acres shorts on Garfield and Friends: Orson's literature-inspired fantasies feature himself and the other cast members as characters... except that everyone is experiencing it as vividly as he is. It may or may not be really happening.
- The Simpsons
- In the episode where Homer is telling the kids about when Maggie was born, at one point Bart takes over and claims that Homer got so scared his head exploded. After Homer gets back to telling the story himself, Marge notices that he was imagining himself without a head and that he should have weighed a few more pounds.
- In another episode, Lisa says, "I feel like I'm in a think tank," leading Homer into a surprisingly accurate vision of policy discussion. When he comes out of the reverie, the other Simpsons are staring at him and he says, "What, I can't get one right?"
- And again, Bart imagines having a "Moon Party in Outer Space", complete with a theme song. After he comes out of the daydream, Homer walks into the room and starts singing the song.
- Subverted in one episode (the episode where Gil mooches off the family for months and months). Marge starts a flashback sequence during a conversation with Homer but when she finishes, Homer is clueless to what she was thinking, meaning she was only thinking it and not explaining it.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Her Wacky Highness", Babs is daydreaming about being a queen and Plucky gets annoyed with her thought bubble and pops it.
- Hilariously Lampshaded by Grumpy Bear in Care Bears Welcome To Care A Lot after Wonderheart does a song number in her head in which she imagines using her belly badge power. "Even had a fantasy sequence and everything."
- Arthur adores this trope — it is not at all unusual for characters to have a good idea of what happened in a character's fantasy sequence or imagine spot, even though there surely wasn't enough time for the character to have described it in that much detail. In one example, when Arthur isn't getting enough sleep because D.W. keeps crying and screaming at night, he fantasizes a show called Temper Tantrum 911 and Binky walks by and comments how cool such a show would be.
- In the Littlest Pet Shop episode "Bad Hair Day", a not-amused-by-having-paint-splashed-on-her Blythe makes Minka's art exhibit fantasy disappear with a snap of her fingers.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Deadpool engage in a fourth-wall breaking Imagine Spot duel.
- During Olaf's song "In Summer" in Frozen, there's a brief moment when Anna, Kristoff, and Sven are present in his fantasy. Anna and Kristoff both look a little disconcerted to be there. It's not clear if they're actually perceiving Olaf's fantasy (and weirded out by being in it), or if their off-kilter looks are just how Olaf imagines them.