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When the plot (usually courtesy of the antagonist), in a last ditch effort, [[LeaveYourQuestTest tempts the hero into abandoning his potentially painful and tragic cause]] to pursue what would be [[HomeSweetHome a fairly ordinary and happy life]], especially with a vision or daydream of said situation. The true hero, naturally, doesn't fall for this, or at least acknowledges he has a higher calling.

Occasionally, the dream implies whatever the hero was doing has been ''done'' somehow, and they shouldn't worry about it now. Although sometimes the quest still exists but is [[BystanderSyndrome suddenly someone else's problem]].

Different from AllJustADream in that the audience usually isn't supposed to be fooled by this; not everyone in the [[HappyPlace "dream"]] plays along, and usually a friend of the hero or a vision of them appears in the fantasy, outright confirming it's fake.

This might be the fantasy conjured up by a LotusEaterMachine, and often fails when it overplays its promise. May be used in conjunction with MoreThanMindControl, though the villain has the added burden of first convincing the victim the offer ''is'' what they want.

The name is drawn from the novel and film ''Literature/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', in which {{Satan}} tempts the dying UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} with a vision of a long and happy life where he gets to marry Mary Magdalene and raise a family as a simple farmer.

Compare WeCanRuleTogether. See also LeaveYourQuestTest, but without a supernatural slide show. Not to be confused with the last temptation in T. S. Eliot's ''Murder in the Cathedral''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Whilst not the main protagonist, Fate Testarossa undergoes this in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. The sympathetic antagonist of the season puts Fate into a LotusEaterMachine as an act of mercy, to let her (who has gone through a couple of hells in her life without ever being truly happy) experience a happy family life before she dies along with the rest of the Earth. Fate, being [[StoicWoobie Fate]], realizes that any world where she can be this happy is being too good to her and is therefore fake, then proceeds to break out of the illusion and continues to fight. Yes, Fate may not be the protagonist of the series, but if it's the LawfulGood hero you are looking for--that would be her.
* The episode where this happened to all of the Digidestined (except [[IdiotHero Daisuke / Davis]]) in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' was actually titled "The Last Temptation of the [=DigiDestined=]". Daisuke / Davis was actually able to avoid the effects because, [[{{Angst}} unlike the other brooding heroes of the series]], [[TheFool Daisuke / Davis was perfectly happy as he was.]]
** This example crosses over with LotusEaterMachine, as the BigBad used his powers to trap the [=DigiDestined=] in illusions not just designed to distract them, but that were actually based on their deepest desires.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler: Obito tries to tempt Kakashi by showing him illusions of Obito and Rin as children, saying Kakashi can have all of that again in Obito's illusion world. Kakashi, however, instantly rejects this.]]
* The infamous [[{{Elseworld}} Schoolyard Comedy]] sequence in the final episode of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's up for debate whether Shinji's fantasy world was a real possibility or just [[LotusEaterMachine an Instrumentality-induced illusion]], which is probably [[MindScrew intended]].
* In the anime ''Anime/MaiHime'', Mai experiences this at one of her lowest points courtesy of another [=HiME=]'s powers. Her temptation is an idyllic life free of the many tragedies that have afflicted Mai's thus far but she rejects it for harsh reality. (And mind you, this is not even her ''last'' temptation; that would be [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial the temptation to remake the world to her liking]], which she eventually rejects as well.)
* This happens to Anime/{{Tenchi|Muyo}} near the end of ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'', in which the temptation is to be with his girlfriend Sakuya forever in a [[LotusEaterMachine dream world]] after she was [[RetGone erased from the real world]]. This comes after the revelation that Sakuya was created by [[BigBad Yugi]] for the sole purpose of preventing Tenchi from being able to stop Yugi's evil plan. Ironically, it's ''Sakuya herself'' (having gained a will of her own) who gets Tenchi to leave, [[DisappearsIntoLight at the cost of her own life]].
* In the last episode of ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' Setsuna creates a picture perfect world in which there are no angels fighting, Sara is not his sister and mass destruction has not occurred. It doesn't last long, of course.
* Arguably, ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' provides an example of this trope as Vincent [[spoiler: dreams/conjures/creates a version of Romdeau in which he holds the high position of Head of Security, Real is his fiancée and Deadelus her friendly genius kid brother.]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** One in the form of a LotusEaterMachine [[spoiler:imposed by the Anti-Spirals. Particularly touching in that it shows Viral (originally a NobleDemon mortal enemy of the protagonists who eventually sides with them out of necessity), who can't reproduce, with a wife and child in the dream world, who [[TearJerker he has to leave behind to return to the battle.]]]]
---> '''[[spoiler:Viral:]]''' And I was having such a sappy dream, too.
** Not to forget Simon, [[spoiler:who is with Kamina again, although they're scavengers stealing from the beast men. The real Kamina shows up, and Simon points out that there's two of him (a sniveling, falsely apologetic scavenger, and the Dai-Gurren leader). Kamina just tells him to "choose the one you want."]]
* In the fourth ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novel, Kyon finds himself in a world without any of the former supernatural elements (gods, aliens, time travelers, etc...), and no one else remembers the world being any other way. [[spoiler:A MemoryGambit of sorts by Yuki leads Kyon to a one-time opportunity to choose between staying and having ordinary fun with a depowered SOS Brigade and a {{Moe}} Yuki (!!!) who has a crush on him... and trying to revert the world. Kyon chooses the latter, showing that he really does like strange and exciting things no matter how he complains.]] The fact that [[spoiler:Yuki ''wanted'' to be a normal schoolgirl "free of her old duties" yet gave Kyon the option to change things back]] means it's somewhat of a Last Temptation for her, too, and he knows it.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' sees the crew of the titular CoolShip deserting it late in the series and trying to find happiness in the normal lives they had before... only to fail miserably and return to battle like real heroes should.
* Similarly, the Solo crew in ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' are tempted to leave Solo Ship and Ideon behind in Earth or Buff Clan's possession, ending their hopeless and endless SternChase across the universe for good. Eventually, they don't and it [[KillEmAll doesn't end well]].
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' has this happen [[spoiler:during the TV Series has Gai being shown a vision of himself awakening from a two year coma. He of course breaks free using the power of [[HotBlooded HotBlood.]]]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Evangeline trying to convince Setsuna to give up her swordsmanship in favor of living the life of a normal girl. [[TakeAThirdOption It doesn't go as planned.]] ''[[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Maybe.]]''
** In chapter 296, [[spoiler: Zazie[[labelnote:297 spoiler]](or her sister)[[/labelnote]] appears to be springing a LotusEaterMachine version on one or more of the members of Ala Alba, giving them all their greatest desires, and the only way to escape is to reject it. What does Negi experience? [[TearJerker He finally gets to be with his parents]].]]
* In ''Anime/WeissKreuz Gluhen'', [[spoiler:Tsujii]] offers Yoji the opportunity to have his memory wiped of Asuka's death and all of the other tragedies that he's suffered since joining Weiss. He's in bad enough shape emotionally that the prospect of forgetting is enough to goad him into briefly turning on Aya, but the stalemate is interrupted by an explosion that knocks them both off their feet, and ultimately he chooses to stick with his teammates.
* {{Inverted}} in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Shortly before being given the option to [[KickTheDog kick several loyal and innocent dogs in horrifying and gruesome fashion]] in exchange for a [[AGodAmI divinely]] [[OneWingedAngel powerful]] [[WasOnceAMan new form]], Griffith experiences a vivid dream or vision of living a quiet, content life married to Casca and raising a child together. Thing is, in the vision he's still crippled, will never attain the [[AmbitionIsEvil greatness he always believed he was capable of]], and the child [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe is implied]] to be [[HeroicBastard Guts and Casca's]], not Griffith's. It's not truly an idyllic life, just the best he can realistically hope for without [[DeusExMachina supernatural intervention]], and he [[AttemptedSuicide attempts to off himself]] rather than submit to it before [[TakeAThirdOption another option is offered]]. The vision isn't an attempt to get him to RefuseTheCall, but to show him [[DespairEventHorizon just how screwed he is]] to tempt him to make a DealWithTheDevil.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Alan Moore story ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything,'' in which Superman's mind is trapped in an illusion induced by an evil plant called the Black Mercy, depicting him living a happy life on an intact planet Krypton. He later breaks free of it through sheer force of will, then [[UnstoppableRage turns his full unstoppable fury]] on Mongul, the guy who put him into the illusion. This is one of the few times we witness Superman go all out on someone with intent to ''kill'', and [[BewareTheSuperman it's both awesome and terrifying]].
-->'''Superman: ''[[RedEyesTakeWarning Burn.]]'''''
* There's a part in ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' in which the titular character ends up in a weird mind-control machine on some other planet somewhere. She's invincible and feared by everyone; it takes a lot for Lex Luthor to get her to snap out of it.
* In ''ComicBook/Earth2'', the Grey tempts Alan Scott (Green Lantern) with an apparition of his dead lover Sam.
* Happens during the second arc of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''. Spike finds Rarity in a lavish throne room, and she offers him a chance to [[WeCanRuleTogether live together as king and queen]] -- all he has to do is forget his past. Suspicious, Spike shows her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess the fire ruby he gave her]] to see if she recognizes it. When she doesn't, he refuses her offer, and the room fades, leaving [[TheCorruption the corrupted]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nightmare Rarity]] in her place.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the [[http://community.livejournal.com/jla_watchtower JLA Watchtower]] universe, Hades attempted to persuade Omen to his side, and convince her to let him kill the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]] so that they could go to Elysium, instead of letting her and Troia return to life with them. They would have a life in paradise as innocent children, [[WeCanRuleTogether with Omen taking Persephone's place as Queen of the Dead]]. Hades also broadly hinted at why heroes get a revolving door at the afterlife...and this was written ''4 years'' before ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''!
* In the MLP fic ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'' (an AU where Rainbow Dash became Celestia's student instead of Twilight), [[BigBad Nightmare Moon]], like in canon, tempts Rainbow Dash just prior to the FinalBattle. It is much [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]], however, in this story. Rather than offer her the captaincy of the Shadowbolts, Nightmare Moon commiserates with her, pointing out that [[NotSoDifferent she too knows how it feels that have one's self and achievements overlooked in favor of another]]. She tries to plant seeds of doubt in Rainbow's mind about whether Celestia truly cared for her or even understood her, or whether she was just using Rainbow as a weapon. Nightmare Moon then offers all of Rainbow's goals and fondest desires to her, namely a spot on the Wonderbolts and [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Shining Armor's love]]. And not just that, but she offers to fulfill all of her ''friends''' wishes as well if Rainbow would proclaim loyalty to her. Finally, she points out that with Celestia gone, she was the only one capable of controlling the sun and the moon, and was thus indispensable to Equestria. Despite heavy temptation and inner turmoil, Rainbow resists with a simple realization: Celestia loved her, and all Nightmare Moon cared about was her own self-gratification.
* ''FanFic/ChronomistressOutOfTime'': Queen Chrysalis, who traps people in [[LotusEaterMachine blissful illusions]] so that she can feed on their emotions, makes one last desperate bid to offer this to the protagonist who is escaping her lair.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', an example similar to ''Anime/MaiHime'' happens, only this time, [[spoiler:Yukariko]] is doing it to [[spoiler:Natsuki]], offering her a world in which [[spoiler:not only are her parents and dog still there, but so is everyone else she's met at Fuuka Academy. Natsuki comes to the realization that she can never get back what she's lost, but she can move forward, and frees herself from the illusion.]] The chapter in which this takes place is even called "Last Temptation".
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurfed Behind: Smurfing In Heaven", Ares secretly attempts to have Empath join him by first giving him the illusory promise of being with his fellow Smurfs again in Elysium, until Empath saw through the charade and realized that the Elysium and the Tartarus he was in were both illusions. Ares tries again by promising him godhood in exchange for drinking blood from the Chalice of Conquest, and Empath seems to fall for it...until Hermes rescues him just as he was about to drink from the cup, saying that it would have turned him into another of Ares' demons.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': During the final fight with Sombra at the end of Season 1, he casts an illusion on Vaati that shows him gaining everything he's ever wanted (control of Hyrule, Zelda by his side, etc.) if just [[FaceHeelTurn goes back to evil]]. And it almost works, until Luna intrudes on the vision and reminds Vaati of the bonds he's made in Equestria, which is enough to give him the strength to fight off the illusion and the temptation.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': At the very climax of the first book's FinalBattle, [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Chthon]] tries to tempt Harry into allowing his [[DemonicPossession possession]] by offering him the power to resurrect his mother and [[RealityWarper create his perfect world]]]]. This ultimately fails, as after a reminder from his loved ones, the tempted character remembers that [[AGodIAmNot they've never wanted that kind of power in the first place]] [[spoiler: and he casts Chthon out]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', the heroines come across an isolated mansion and are told that it now belongs to them. As it would provide them with more food and dresses than they ever had before, Alexa wants to stay, while Liana feels they should continue on to the Diamond Castle to [[SavingTheWorld save the world]] from being robbed of all music. The two girls split up, but it turns out the mansion was just a trap set by the villain, and Alexa is promptly [[HypnotizeThePrincess captured]].
* [[EvilSorceror Dr. Facilier]] of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' tempts Tiana with a vision of the restaurant she's been trying to open her entire life, in one of the straightest applications of this trope. Double points for Dr. Facilier's name. [[BilingualBonus "Facile" means "easy" in French]]. Yep. ''The villain in this movie is essentially the embodiment of "taking the easy route."'' [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Bravo, Disney. Bravo...]]
* Samwise Gamgee's temptation is played up in the animated ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing''. It comes in an intense AGodAmI fantasy that pulls him within a second of being consumed by the Ruling Ring before his conscience rebelled.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBrainiacAttacks'', Franchise/{{Superman}} has to go fetch some AppliedPhlebotinum from the Phantom Zone to save ComicBook/LoisLane and defeat ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}. It seems like he's done it and got back, and cured Lois and revealed his secret identity, and they're officially together now. When she starts talking about forgetting about defeating Brainiac, he realises it's all just a LotusEaterMachine that the Phantom Zone is using to keep him from escaping, and breaks free of the illusion.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'':
** The Nexus, which offers to anyone who enters their happiest fantasies come to life. It doesn't work on Picard. [[spoiler: He is always at his happiest when on the Enterprise, and the Nexus deprives him of that, giving him the chance to see through the illusion. Even so, the chance to see his beloved (but recently deceased) nephew again and to live with the family his career never left time for is almost enough to tempt him into staying, if lives weren't hanging in the balance]]
** It doesn't (permanently) work on Kirk, either, at least not once Picard tells him it's all an illusion. Kirk is enough of a thrill junkie that he ''needs'' an element of danger, or at least to believe there is one, in order to be happy.
** The lure of the Nexus is so powerful that the BigBad of the film is willing to sacrifice billions of lives to get ''back'' to it after having been unwillingly pulled out a century earlier.
* Jareth does this at the climax of ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', offering Sarah himself and all her fantasies come true if she stays with him. He is undone with six words: "You have no power over me."
* [[spoiler:Cypher]] has fallen prey to one in the original ''Film/TheMatrix'', before the movie started. He has seen the CrapsackWorld "Real" world, of ruins and darkness and decided he would much rather live out his life in the computer-generated dream world that is the Matrix. The Machines gladly offer him any status he wants in the Matrix in exchange for a betrayal of his friends in the real world. His role is the same as Judas in the Bible.
* In the {{Film/Apocalypse}} film series movie ''Revelation'', the Antichrist Franco Macalousso through his DigitalAvatar tempts Thorold Stone with the promise of being reunited with his wife and daughter in exchange for accepting Macalousso as the Messiah and taking the MarkOfTheBeast. Stone ultimately refuses to accept, as he knows [[CaughtUpInTheRapture where his wife and daughter really are]].
* As said in the Literature folder, Galadriel's moment of this happens when Frodo offers her the Ring, reasoning it will be safe in Lothlorien since Sauron can't get there. Galadriel is instead tempted to use it herself, but overcomes it and says that she will remain herself, and go into the West like her other kin.
-->'''Galadriel''': In place of a Dark Lord, you would have a ''queen''! Not dark, but ''beautiful and terrible as the dawn''! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me, and despair!

* One of the earlier examples is from Creator/GKChesterton's book ''The Ball and The Cross'': At the pinnacle of an extended metaphor revolving around the eponymous shapes, "Professor" Lucifer successively tempts the two protagonists (a Catholic and an Atheist) with monarchic and anarchistic utopias, respectively. Both refuse his offer by falling out of the airship, the first trusting in miracles and the second in the fact that he's probably dreaming.
* Nikos Kazantzakis' ''Literature/TheLastTemptationofChrist''.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': The Ring offers one to everyone who holds it.
** Frodo offering it to Gandalf leads to the latter being aghast and actually quite ''angry'' at Frodo.
--->"With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly....Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me."
** Samwise Gamgee. Being the quintessential hobbit, this is attributed to his "plain hobbit sense." He imagines [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am-piARxy4U a garden the size of an entire realm]], then realizes it'd be impossible to manage and unfulfilling to have servants do it for him.
** Frodo's visit to Lothlórien is also TheFinalTemptation for Galadriel, which is played up in [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the film]] as a LeaveYourQuestTest with ominous lighting effects and a OneWingedAngel appearance for [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Dark Queen Galadriel]].
* [[Myth/GreekMythology Achilles]] is told early on that if he does not go to the war he will find peace and have a family of his own but he will eventually be forgotten; if he goes to Troy, his name will last for eternity but he will die there. [[JumpedAtTheCall Guess which one he took.]]
* Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/StormOverWarlock'': the telepathic Wyverns put Shann Lantee through a test involving illusions, including reunion with a pet he'd had a few years before -- "the only thing Shann had ever known which he could love wholeheartedly...." To pass that part of the test, he had to force himself to recall in detail how his pet died, in pain from an injury Shann was powerless to heal. He was, understandably, in a rather bad mood for some time afterwards.
* In ''Literature/AndEternity'', Satan offers Orlene precisely this type of temptation. In exchange for a small favor [[spoiler:merely asking Luna to abstain from a key vote. Luna's response is not relevant to this deal.]], he offers Orlene her baby. Getting her baby back has been her entire goal through the novel. Jolie even observes "He is Tempting her." Orlene's decision here [[spoiler:to refuse]] seals her fate -- [[spoiler:she becomes the Goddess]].
* ''Literature/ILucifer'' has Jesus being tempted by Lucifer in order to sway him from sacrificing himself. Unlike the bible, Lucifer states he simply showed him a vision of the future in order to see if it would be worth it. The vision shakes Jesus' faith but God strikes the vision with lightning and Christ regains his resolve. Leading Luce to angrily point out God had ''cheated'' when aiding Jesus through his test.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', {{farmboy}}-turned-[[TheHero hero]] Garion is on his way to confront the Dark God, Torak, when he begins dreaming of a life in which he is not orphaned, with the implication that Torak could make it happen if Garion gives up the quest to slay him. Garion sees through it with the help of the Light Prophecy, and delivers a defiant ShutUpHannibal.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Nynaeve finds herself in a world where she and Lan have married, had kids, and settled down to peaceful farm life. Different from many examples in that the temptation is not created by a villain, but is part of a magical test she has to pass to join the Aes Sedai.
* In ''Literature/JenniferMurdleysToad'', the BigBad witch tries a last-ditch effort to persuade Jennifer to hand over her magical toad by showing her a vision of her as a [[IJustWantToBeBeautiful beautiful blonde]] and telling her that she has the power to give her the beauty she's always wanted. Just to drive the point home even further, the chapter in which this happens is titled "The Temptation of Jennifer Murdley".
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'', [[GodOfEvil Azash]] resorts to this in desperation when his attempts to destroy Sparhawk are ineffective. First giving [[WeCanRuleTogether offers of power]], he then creates illusions of gold and beautiful women to distract the knight, but the Troll-gods remove these.
* In ''Literature/BloodPromise'', [[spoiler:Strigoi!Dimitri offers to turn Rose strigoi so they can be together. She comes very close to accepting]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An odd example in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Labyrinth". [[spoiler:A phantom takes over Clark's mind and tries to bend him to its will. It used an illusion of [[SatelliteLoveInterest Lana]] to persuade him to stay in the dream state and believe it was real, while the phantom maintained control over Clark's body. Fortunately, the unlikely team of Shelby and ComicBook/MartianManhunter [[BigDamnHeroes saves him]].]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the second season (2006) episode "School Reunion", the Krillatines offer the Doctor the chance to share in the power of the [[RealityWarper Skasis Paradigmn]], allowing him to bring his people back from extinction.
** In the third season (2007) episode ''Family of Blood'', [[spoiler: the Doctor, before deciding to change back to a Time Lord, sees a vision of himself as a human, marrying, having children, and growing old before dying peacefully in the knowledge that all his loved ones are safe from danger.]]
* [[spoiler: The Trickster]] attempts this on Sarah Jane in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', "What Is And What Should Never Be": Dean has to choose between his life as a hunter and a LotusEaterMachine where his mother is still alive, his father died of natural causes, and Sam finished law school and got engaged to Jessica.
* The spores in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "This Side Of Paradise" caused the target to be content with living a simple comfortable life, abandoning any greater ambitions.
* An episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' had Mulder imagining that he'd given up his crusade for a peaceful life. Darkly subverted in that it ends with him dying in bed with only the Cigarette-Smoking Man for company, who then looks out the window to watch an alien spacecraft bombarding a destroyed Earth.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Not exactly the same sort of temptation, but fitting the trope: A season 1 episode introduces Dr Cox's friend Ben (an avid photographer who likes to take spontaneous pictures, claiming that 'posed pictures aren't real'), who gets diagnosed with cancer. JD takes a liking to Ben, and gets convinced that the diagnosis is wrong - all his friends have complained how important files have been mixed up and the wrong patients sent to surgery and so on, and JD believes that the same thing happens here. After convincing the lab doctor to redo the test, Ben is proven to be healthy, and everything is rosy... and the edges of the frame starts getting kinda blurry... when Ben wants everyone to gather together for a group pic, JD thinks it's odd because doesn't Ben think pics like that aren't real? And Ben replies, "Don't you see? None of this is real." And that's when JD's wishful daydream, which has been going on since just before the second blood test, ends.
** And in a later episode, Ben visits for Cox's son's birthday party, Dr. Cox blames JD for the death of a patient, and Ben manages to convince Dr. Cox to apologize. Later, Dr. Cox and Ben are on the way to the party, and [[spoiler: JD arrives, prompting Dr. Cox to realize that Ben is not there, that Ben was in fact the patient who died and that they are attending his funeral rather than Jack's birthday party]].
* Happens in the ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' two-parter "The Bringers of Wonder".
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': [[spoiler: Part of a ''huge'' TearJerker at the end of Season 2. Whether as a result of a LotusEaterMachine or simply a prophetic vision of [[FlashSideways what might have been]], Daenerys sees the life she might have had with Drogo had he and her son lived. While visibly shaken, she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leaves anyway]] [[MamaBear to rescue her dragons, the only "children" she has left]].]]
* On ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hades distracts Hercules from his task of rescuing Persephone by presenting him with his late wife and children. When Hercules takes up the task again, Hades disguises himself as Deinara in an attempt to make him look back.
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'': During the season 2 finale, {{Satan}} attempts this on Vanessa, presenting her a vision of being happily married to Ethan and having children with him, things the devil says she can have if she just gives in and lets him use her power to wage war on God.

* In ''Music/QueenOfTheWave'' by Music/PepeDeluxe, Zailm undergoes "The Trial of the Crisis" to determine if he's spiritually ready to marry the princess Anzimee, or if he has to undergo another cycle of reincarnation. The Trial involves a demon taking several different form to tempt Zailm in a number of ways; for the final test, he takes the form of Princess Anzimee.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has an especially twisted and (for some) heart-wrenching variation: [[spoiler: It turns out that one of the main character's friends from school, Ryoji Mochizuki, is actually the monster who will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt BecauseDestinySaysSo. However, because they've developed such a close friendship, Ryoji offers him the option of killing his physical avatar to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erase the team's memories of the Dark Hour]], meaning that when the End comes, everyone will [[LetThemDieHappy die instantly]] instead of having to live with the knowledge that their doom approaches. In effect, the main character's choice boils down to accepting his fate and killing Ryoji, or letting him live and [[ScrewDestiny Screwing Destiny]]]].
** Made especially painful because [[spoiler:everyone involved heavily plays up that Nyx]] is unbeatable and invincible, a force of nature that cannot be destroyed or pushed back, that to resist is meaningless - merely slow and painful death, complete and total despair as you watch the sands of your metaphorical hourglass tick away in a battle that is impossible to win, instead of a swift, merciful, blessedly unaware death..
** Not to mention that [[spoiler: throughout December, you and your team discuss the choice heavily, and all of them ultimately resolve to face Nyx, no matter how slim their chance. When Ryoji comes to hear their decision, he waits in the Main Character's room, and he or she informs him of the decision to let him live. Ryoji then points out that they are currently alone, and so if the protagonist has a dissenting opinion, he or she can opt to kill Ryoji anyway.]]
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' (Hordes of the Underdark, to be specific) if you try to oppose the Elder Brain. It's not very tough to overpower the illusion - but fighting off the three big uglies that show up when you do is another matter. (After which the Elder Brain dies almost anticlimactically, since it's... well... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a giant brain]].)
* In a not-very-SecretTestOfCharacter in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal'', a figure representing your character's lost innocence tempts you to give up all your power and become this your younger self again. However, you don't even have the chance to acquiesce, and it's not clear how this rewinding the clock is supposed to be possible. When you refuse, "your innocence" will turn into the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide monstrous avatar]] of [[GodOfEvil Bhaal]] you also have the ability to turn into and attack, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu making for a mildly challenging fight]].
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' plays with this right before the final boss fight with Tachyon, by [[spoiler: showing Ratchet the dimension the Lombaxes had escaped to, and offering Ratchet a chance to join them, leaving Tachyon unopposed]]. Naturally, Ratchet claims he has a HigherCalling (i.e. kicking Tachyon's ass).
* Part of the [[SecretTestOfCharacter Air Gem tests]] in the Creator/AGDInteractive FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII''. [[spoiler: Graham is thrust forward in time to his darkest moment - Daventry is in ruins, the three-headed dragon ravaging the land has demanded Graham's daughter as a HumanSacrifice, and Graham's son was kidnapped by his enemies. That's when the BigBad (who masterminded the whole thing in a BatmanGambit) shows up to gloat and offer a deal. He will send away the dragon, return Graham's kids, and restore the blighted kingdom in exchange for Graham's crown.]] It's playable, so you have several options. The one scoring the highest points is [[spoiler: telling him that the act of passing on the crown to someone like him would be treason against the principles that Daventry is founded on, and that certain values must be put above oneself and one's family. The fiend ends up being quite impressed with your sense of loyalty]].
* The Perfect World in ''VideoGame/FableII''. As a last ditch effort to keep you from stopping his plans, Lucien [[spoiler: traps you in a LotusEaterMachine that gives back the life you lost. You are a child, living in a beautiful estate, and your sister is alive again. After a day or so of fun and games, you are awakened by the Music Box you bought long ago. As you follow the music, the blissful dream gradually gives way to a nightmarish road littered with corpses. When you finally reach the box, the illusion shatters completely, and you set out to finish the quest once and for all.]]
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' has the Sage {{Sidequest}}, where the Sage sets it up so that [[spoiler: the party who have been jumping from AlternateContinuity to AlternateContinuity; are in a reality where their counterparts were killed, but nobody can prove it. They could easily give up their quest and have a happy life taking their counterparts place.]]

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* During ''Webcomic/TrueBelievers'', Franchise/SpiderMan is offered the resurrections of Uncle Ben, Richard and Mary Parker, and/or Gwen Stacy if he lets [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Joe Quesadilla]] [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay erase his marriage to Mary Jane Watson]]. [[spoiler: He nearly accepts, but Mary Jane asks him to decline. Quesadilla tries to kill her afterwards, but she manages to RetCon Quesadilla's existence instead.]]

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* This happened to Shipwreck in the ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode "There's No Place Like Springfield."
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' featured Franchise/{{Batman}} caught in a virtual dream world by the Mad Hatter (who fortunately could not observe the dream itself) living as playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne, with his parents alive and well (and thus he had never become Batman). In the dream he was engaged to Selina Kyle (who was not Catwoman) and the mysterious Batman was someone ELSE who just showed up in Gotham. His friends and family in the dream almost had him completely convinced he had created his real life as a delusion to escape his feelings of not having accomplished anything on his own, but the illusion fell apart when he discovered he couldn't read anything (because reading requires parts of the brain not used in dreams?). Suffice to say, he did NOT appreciate the MindScrew when he woke himself up.
** Trying to read something in a dream is a trick used by lucid dreamers to detect whether they are dreaming. Unless you have a photographic memory, your brain will have some trouble trying to remember or imagine a page full of text.
** The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' adaption of Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'' (see Comic Books, above) does the same thing for {{Franchise/Superman}}.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel".
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode Puhoy. On a particularly dagger-rainy day, Finn is bummed out by Flame Princess not laughing at one of his jokes. He overthinks it decides to go 'fester' his mind under some pillows. Finn the drops into a pillow world and falls in love with one of its local residents.
** Subverted, however, in that [[spoiler: he decides that his new formed family is more important than his old life, and only returns when he dies of old age.]] Its also unclear whether the events truly occurred or if they were just a dream.
* In the final story arc of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Yoda witnesses this as part of his trials with the Five Priestesses.
** He sees the Jedi Temple untouched by the Clone Wars: Jedi who were killed, like Qui-Gon, are still alive, and Yoda's apprentice, Dooku, never turned to the dark side. However, Yoda ultimately resists and continues the priestesses' trials.
** In the next episode, he is shown another vision on the Sith homeworld, in which he has a chance to finally unmask [[TheChessmaster Darth Sidious]] and stop his plans, but would have to let Anakin die to do so. However, he decides to save Anakin, even while being bombarded with Sidious' [[AgonyBeam Force Lightning]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' movies "The Curse Of Princess Ivy" and "The Mystic Isles" both have Amber being tempted with the potential for unlimited power by Ivy and Prisma respectively. She refuses on both counts, and helps Sofia out.
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', [[spoiler:Palpatine gives Ezra a door to a place where his family never died, allowing him to live a normal life away from the war and loss he's endured. Realizing this would give Palpatine access to the World Between Worlds, Ezra collapses it after saying goodbye to his parents one last time.]]