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[[caption-width-right:350:Well, things work differently around here.]]

Most fantasy worlds are unrealistic in some way or another, but at least they are reasonable. Wonderland is... [[AbsurdityAscendant different]]. The details vary, of course, but they are invariably strange places filled with strange phenomena and populated by strange people. But they are not [[WorldOfChaos so far gone as to permit absolutely anything]] - Wonderland still makes sense, but ''not that kind of sense''.

Many will have a theme of some sort, especially if there is AnAesop. The MentalWorld and DreamLand are often wonderlands; there is also a certain amount of overlap with the WorldOfSymbolism or the LandOfFaerie. See also {{Cloudcuckooland}}.

A type of EldritchLocation. Compare to AnotherDimension, which makes more conventional sense, and the WorldOfChaos, which makes ''less''.


[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'': A little girl waking up one day and realizing she's a god is odd enough. The land of the gods, however, where other gods like Laserdisc God reside, is very Wonderland-like.
* [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} The Digital World]] drifts into this on occasion, depending on the continuity and location.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The 1950s strip from the AnthologyComic ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' Pansy Potter in Wonderland.
* The Dreaming from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''
* In ''{{Superman}}'', Htrae is a Bizarro Earth, a cubical planet where things are the opposite of Earth. It's also very inconsistent due to the fact that various authors chose to focus on different aspects and also had different ideas of "opposite" (which kind of works in a meta-sense since Earth is pretty ''consistent'')
* ''[[ComicBook/DisneyKingdoms Figment]]'' (based on the ''Ride/JourneyIntoImagination'' ride) takes a journey into a world of imagination through a mentally projected portal. The Imaginary realm is divided into various provinces of creative expression such as the Color Wheel, [[WesternAnimation/DonaldInMathmagicland Mathmagicland]], the Audio Archipelago and the Nightmare Nation, though only the latter two are properly visited. As Blair was the one that created the portal with his mind, he has some influence over reality there and in time gains a full mastery of that gift and his "mental energy devices" to properly become the Dreamfinder.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': Although only Halloween Town and Christmas Town are shown, presumably each of the holiday towns is a themed wonderland following their own logic.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': The Goblin King's kingdom has a structure (both physically and politically). Reason and logic still work there (assuming you take nothing for granted, and take everything literally). Everything that appears in that world also has a 'real-world' referent. And there are rules and laws, although those rules are--to a certain extent--set by and subject to the moods and whims of the king.

* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': TropeNamer, though it's debatable whether it's better described as a WorldOfChaos. (Best summarized in the [[Film/AliceInWonderland1999 1999 Hallmark adaptation]], wherein the Caterpillar tells Alice that "everything has a purpose, even here.")
* The Lands Beyond of ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth''.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': The inside of the factory is a candy-themed wonderland that makes perfect sense...if only to [[TheWonka its creator]].
* Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy. After hitching a ride off Earth, every place just gets weirder and weirder. Then there's the Infinite Improbability Drive, which is capable of [[RealityIsOutToLunch making reality leave the building]].
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'': So your house falls down onto a witch, and you meet a talking scarecrow, man made of tin, and lion... the entire Literature/LandOfOz is a strange wonderland.
** The author of the ''Oz'' books, Creator/LFrankBaum, felt it made perfect sense, and was offended that it was compared to ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''!
* Venus in the Creator/RobertRankin book "The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age".
* Fairyland in ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking'' by Creator/CatherynneMValente.
* Orcus in ''Literature/SummerInOrcus''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'': The sky broke, and it can be fixed by rolling a sticky ball around Earth to create replacement stars. Rolling around the world, seeing a child riding a panda bear like a motorcycle is not unusual.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'': Especially owing to the user-created content and the customizable nature of the game.
* The Fairy Land of Neirutvena in ''VideoGame/ChainsOfSatinav'' is one of these. Among other oddities, the season is determined by the orientation of a painting in the royal art gallery, the direction of the wind is determined by the large-nosed crab creature that acts as a weather vane, and the time is determined by a large peacock who lights up his plumage based on the season and the direction of the wind.
* Most of the settings of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series falls into this. As most are strange locales populated by strange people and creatures. The mushrooms that increase Mario's size are even a direct shout out to the mushrooms from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.

* ''Webcomic/ThePropertyOfHate'' is set in a world where lies, doubts, fears and ideas are tangible entities. The sun fell out of the sky and turned into trees and a ocean rests on top of a forest.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' is about two brothers who get lost in a strange place simply called The Unknown. Sounds like some Wonderland business waiting to happen, and it does, with elements such as a town inhabited by living scarecrows [[spoiler:who are actually the skeletons of the forgotten dead]], a school for animals, and a manor complex inhabited by two eccentric millionaires who don't realize their vast, sprawling mansions abut with one another and spend years thinking the other is a ghost.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The universe as described by quantum physics and special relativity make very little intuitive sense to us feeble-minded humans, but both systems adhere to strict mathematical premises and make internal sense.
* Although logic as it appears in dreams tends to shift erratically from moment to moment, in any given moment there is usually some underlying logical structure that the narrative of the dream is following.
* To early people, any far away land or sea would be like this. Especially when they've only heard about them from others who managed to explore such places. An example would Australia for European explorers. To them, it was a strange place where there were giant rat-like animals that hopped on two legs and had pouches, beaver-like animals with duck bills and where the swans were black instead of white.
* Our own world would ''seem'' like this trope to a human suddenly perceiving it through BizarreAlienSenses, and presumably the same would be true for a creature with different sensory abilities that found itself seeing, hearing, or otherwise feeling its environment in the way we do.