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->'''Hayate:''' Stop hitting me!\\
'''Ayana:''' Then stop projecting your stupid fantasies where everyone can see!
-->-- ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade''

A [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall-breaking]] gag in which one character is inexplicably able to see another character's ImagineSpot or other FantasySequence, taking the perspective of the audience and reacting to specific details that they shouldn't be able to guess. {{Telepath|y}}s are cheaters, so they don't count. MediumAwareness helps.

See also DidIJustSayThatOutLoud, StrangeMindsThinkAlike, DirtyMindReading.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
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* In the ''Kodomo no Jikan'' manga, Houin examines the DoubleStandard of Shirai slapping Aoki [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cit_Kodomo_no_Jikan_c39_-_Houin_imagines_a_genderflip.png by imagining]] a {{genderflip}}ped retake. Oyajima, whom she had been talking to, demands to know why he had been genderflipped, as well.
* Elsee spots Keima's grandiose imaginings in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' all the time.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', which pulls off FourthWall gags all the time, does this.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Excel is in an ambulance after being hit by a truck. We see scenes from her life, and one of the [=EMTs=] in the ambulance says something like, "Uh oh. Her life is flashing before her eyes. That's a bad sign." The Japanese dub was something along the lines of "You've got so much more to live for, like love- oh wait, you've already done that. Never mind." after he notices the flashback.
* In the ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga, Haru wonders aloud what Yuki would look like dressed in a girl's uniform. We see Haru's ImagineSpot and Yuki tells him to stop picturing it. Although it could be justified as a lucky guess.
* ''Anime/PleaseTwins'' -- "Miss Mina, that fantasy of yours is getting awfully close to breaching Love Alliance rule #1."
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** At one point in the manga, Konoka has a brief thought of how bishonen Negi will be when he's 18. Negi looks up and is shocked, asking who ''that'' is.
** Happens again when Yue and Nodoka request instruction in magic. The image is of how they would look as mages, with an [[MagicalGirl alternative possibility supplied on the next page in the manga]]. The funny thing is that [[spoiler:during the Magic World arc, when they both start [[TookALevelInBadass becoming legitimate mages]], it turns out that their imaginations were spot on.]]
* A frequent gag of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga. "You actually have the gall to picture yourself like THAT?" "Leave me OUT of your sick fantasies!"
* In an early chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Fuyuki realizes that their mother, who doesn't like animals, is probably going to be angry about Keroro's presence, and imagines her as [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA-01]]. The next panel has Natsumi [[MediumAwareness glancing back at the last panel]] and saying "That visual might have been a bit exaggerated, but..."
* Done a number of times on ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
-->'''Sena:''' Why am I always the one throwing confetti?
* Occasionally occurs in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', usually with characters commenting on Tamaki's day-dreams about Haruhi.
-->'''Kyouya:''' I have no idea what you're talking about, but it's evident that your fantasies are completely incoherent.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'': "Wako! [[http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww262/CapZiggy/wakosfantasy.jpg That fantasy]] was ''tres bien!''"
* This happens to Ken from ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'', who follows the same rules in life [[WrongGenreSavvy that he does in an H-game]]. At one point he visualises a conversation with Kurimu as a selection of options, and wonders how each will effect the "ending" he gets. Kurimu not only cuts it short by taking out a floppy disk, but pulls it off the screen, and wonders how it has any relation to reality.
* In ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade''; [[{{Tsundere}} Ayana]] has a tendency to see Hayate's imagine spots; and tends to hit her for them.
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', being a DeconstructiveParody of the {{Shonen}} FightingSeries, has a subversion at ''"Want to wipe the tears from that kid"'': Akihiko, an {{Otaku}} of the {{Sentai}} [[ShowWithinAShow Star Rangers]] series, is a DayDreamBeliever who CannotTellFictionFromReality, thinks of himself as the Red Ranger when he is fighting against an AngryGuardDog to protect a child. In that moment, IdiotHero Kankuro sees him as Akihiko thinks of himself, and acts very surprised:
-->'''Kankuro:''' ''Eh, what happened? For just a moment, I saw Akihiko as Star Ranger, nya!''
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** During the Thriller Bark arc, after Franky's second call for the crew to do [[AllYourPowersCombined Tactics 15]], [[DarkActionGirl Robin]] angrily declared that she would never do such a thing, and [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] agreed with her, until he imagined what she would look like in the combo attack (hint: it involved her being held upside-down while she wore her miniskirt). Robin saw inside and gave him an icy glare of death.
** During the Punk Hazard arc, it was Robin's ImagineSpot and Usopp doing the spotting, where Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Robin were debating how to get across a lake, with Luffy and Robin [[SuperDrowningSkills unable to swim]], Robin imagined Usopp and Zoro bearing them across the lake, and Usopp calling her out on it.
* ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'' had an episode where the titular Shin's babysitter kept launching into bizarre/perverted fantasy spots about destroying the annoying toddler or hooking up with her boyfriend, immediately followed by an inner narration about how glad she is nobody could see or hear her thoughts. Of course, her boyfriend happens to be secretly psychic and ''can'' hear and see exactly what she keeps imagining (including how embarrassed she would be if anyone could read her thoughts).
* Early in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', Yurika remarks that when they were kids, Akito was always chasing her around. This is followed by an imagine spot of ''Yurika'' chasing ''Akito'' around, which Akito physically points to and says "''That's'' how I remember it."
* In ''Manga/LoveLab'', Riko often gets annoyed by Maki's imagine spots, as they tend to be ridiculous and share Maki's [[TerribleArtist art-style]].
* Ryuko spots her friend Mako's ImagineSpot of Ryuko's father [[spoiler:when he was revealed to be the founder of [[LaResistance Nudist Beach]]]] in ''Anime/KillLaKill''.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Juvia often pictures a LoveDodecahedron in her ImagineSpot, and characters around her comment on the absurdness of her thoughts.
* Chapter 8 of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has several girls looking up at the Imagine Spot depicting Saito's sexy dream of Louise. In the next panel Louise frantically waves her arms to dissipate it.
* Kimihito from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' remarks about Miia's fantasy with him. An earlier scene they had together is reinterpreted by Miia with her crush being more badass than it actually was.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Croagunk performs his [[RunningGag usual stint]] of attacking Brock while flirting with a girl, except the flirting occurred in Brock's ''daydream''. A downplayed example, where Brock could have just been saying things out loud, but still.
-->''Imagination is against the law?!''
** When Meowth used to fantasize about their Boss Giovanni in weird and crazy situations with the MonsterOfTheWeek, the rest of Team Rocket can sometimes be fully aware of all the things that happened in the aforementioned fantasy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''[[Creator/JhonenVasquez 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?!!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/FindingNeverland'', most of the {{Imagine Spot}}s seem to be only in James' head, but the final one of Neverland is shared with [[spoiler:the boys, Sylvia, Emma, and the actors putting on ''Literature/PeterPan'']].
* In ''Film/UpstreamColor'', 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 ImagineSpot, she abruptly turns to face him and delivers a DeathGlare.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Richmond did this in his introductory ep of ''Series/TheITCrowd''. He even points things out as if he's actually showing them.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' [[SixthRanger Gai]]'s plea to join the team includes him remarking on how he'd make it better. This leads to an ImagineSpot where the team acts like a LighterAndSofter Sentai team, telling the kiddies to brush their teeth and such. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Marvelous, Joe, and Luka]] are put off, [[TheOjou Ahim]] remarks that she didn't change all that much, and [[ButtMonkey Don]] complains about the fact that Gai didn't even include him in it.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', Ryotaro states outright that he likes [[AllYourPowersCombined Climax Form]] even though it's strenuous for his body, and for some reason [[ImagineSpot imagines]] it as a ''dancing sensation''. [[{{Beat}} The Taros all stare at him in disbelief]], before saying these lines:
-->'''Momotaros:''' Ryotaro... your sense...\\
'''Kintaros:''' ...it makes me cry!
* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' some characters can accurately guess what someone, usually J.D., is thinking about. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eB_EAz5WAQ Such as this.]]
* Shotaro, half of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', has a series of web-episodes called "[[HardboiledDetective Hardboiled]] [[ImagineSpot Delusion]] Diary". In the last episode, [[TheSmartGuy Philip]], [[TheMcCoy Akiko]] and [[TheStoic Ryuu]] all notice Shotaro's been having delusions, so they try having one of their own: "What If [[SwappedRoles Everyone]] Was [[HardboiledDetective Hardboiled]]?" This consists of the three of them doing [[LargeHam Shotaro impressions]].
* Done a couple of times in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' with Liz and Jack. In one, Liz has a flashback scene in which she has blonde hair, and Jack remarks "You're blonde in your fantasies, I knew it." The show also did a live episode, which required different actors to be used for Imagine Spots. Liz is played by Julia Louise Dreyfus, and Jack notices and observes that Liz is more attractive in her own head.
* It appears to be the norm on ''Series/That70sShow''; even though this show has no other forms of BreakingTheFourthWall, other characters will still comment on someone else's ImagineSpot fantasy, or make one of their own with modifications, talking as if they are seeing the same ImagineSpot that we the viewers saw. (This seems to be a feature of [[EverybodyMustGetStoned their times hanging out in the circle]]; [[WildMassGuessing maybe it's an effect of smoking weed]]?)
* In the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "[=iFind=] Lewbert's Lost Love", Carly and Freddie imagine what would happen if they brought Lewbert back to his long-lost wife, daydreaming a happy sequence where Lewbert is happy instead of being an irate doorman and they dance around in a shower of balloons. After the sequence ends, Sam [[DeadpanSnarker remarks]] "I really doubt ''balloons'' would rain down."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'': 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.

* Creator/TomStoppard's play ''Travesties'' is presented to the audience through the recollections of an UnreliableNarrator, Henry Carr. In one scene, as his HotLibrarian 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 [[NoFourthWall asks the audience]] if they "noticed anything" in that last scene...

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail169.html from work]]", Strong Bad is unable to have an ImagineSpot because "the suits" firewalled his imagination. Homestar walks in, however, and has an ImagineSpot just fine. When Strong Bad complains, Homestar explains that he has "admin privileges".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** In the early strip [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0013.html "Plot, Ahoy!"]], Elan uses the spell ''Summon Plot Exposition'' to produce this effect.
** Used and lampshaded in a FourthWallMailSlot [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0121.html comic]]. Though with Belkar's [[FailedASpotCheck low spot check]], he fails to see the ninja panel.
** Later, Haley [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud forgets how to use thought bubbles]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0395.html producing a similar effect]].
* Goes somewhat farther than usual in [[http://xkcd.com/248/ a strip from]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the episode "Born Villain" of ''Series/FlandersCompany, 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" (ItMakesSenseInContext) as just seen in the unreliable flashback.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Taken to extremes in the ''US Acres'' shorts on ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': Orson's literature-inspired fantasies feature himself [[AndYouWereThere and the other cast members]] as characters... except that everyone is experiencing it as vividly as he is. It [[MindScrew may or may not]] be [[YourMindMakesItReal really happening]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' 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."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Littlest Pet Shop|2012}}'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spider-Man and Deadpool engage in a fourth-wall breaking ImagineSpot duel.
* During Olaf's song "In Summer" in ''Disney/{{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.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Cheer Up, Star", Marco is having a flash-back to how he got Star and himself into the mess they're in. When it gets to the part where Star meets [[DreadfulMusician Oskar Greason]] and starts crushing on him, the flashback suddenly turns into a wacky romantic fantasy. Marco then admonishes Star with "Can you ''please'' keep your fantasies out of my flashback?"
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'': In [[ChristmasEpisode "Duck the Halls"]], Mickey triggers a flashback about spending Christmas with his family, which fascinates Donald into wanting to stay for Christmas instead of going south. Daisy gives an "Ahem" to Mickey to alert him he's tempting Donald, so he pops the thought bubble the flashback is in, causing everything in it, including the house and snow, to drop on the floor.
* Exploited in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{CatDog}}'', where, upon seeing that Dog has a completely different ImagineSpot from him, Cat ''pushes his own ImagineSpot'' into Dog's to convince Dog to go alone with his ZanyScheme.