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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': At the beginning, Dorothy dreams of going [[IWantSong over the rainbow]] to escape from the troubles of her life in Kansas. But by the end, after all her adventures in Oz, she learns that "There's no place like home."

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* At the beginning of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Alice is bored by her lessons and longs for a world where animals wear clothes, flowers talk, and everything is nonsense. Then she goes DownTheRabbitHole to a world just like her fantasy, but after much growing and shrinking, rudeness and bullying from the strange creatures she meets, and general insanity, she declares "I've had enough nonsense!" and is desperate to get back home.


* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', the main character feels this way. Despite the fact that he and the other main characters are far better off in Ivalice, he works to return everyone to their normal lives. This ends up causing him to come to blows with several of his friends.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', the main character feels this way. The main cast accidentally create a magical dreamworld where their personal desires become reality. Despite the fact that he and the other main characters are far better off in Ivalice, he works to return everyone to their normal lives. This ends up causing him to come to blows with several of his friends. The main character wants to undo the spell partially because of this trope and partially because everyone in their hometown has become trapped within the LotusEaterMachine as bit-players to the children's fantasy.



* This is the ''intended'' aesop of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', whose main cast accidentally create a magical dreamworld where their personal desires become reality. The main character wants to undo this spell partially because of this trope and partially because everyone in their hometown has become trapped within the LotusEaterMachine as bit-players to the children's fantasy.


Depending on how it's handled, it has a high risk of coming across as a case of DoNotDoThisCoolThing; obviously it's absurdly ironic for [[BrokenAesop a work of fantasy to tell you to stop indulging in fantasy.]]

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Depending on how it's handled, it has a high risk of coming across as a case of DoNotDoThisCoolThing; obviously it's absurdly ironic for [[BrokenAesop [[StartXToStopX a work of fantasy to tell you to stop indulging in fantasy.]]


Depending on how it's handled, it has a high risk of coming across as a case of DoNotDoThisCoolThing; obviously it's absurdly ironic for [[CluelessAesop a work of fantasy to tell you to stop indulging in fantasy.]]

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Depending on how it's handled, it has a high risk of coming across as a case of DoNotDoThisCoolThing; obviously it's absurdly ironic for [[CluelessAesop [[BrokenAesop a work of fantasy to tell you to stop indulging in fantasy.]]


* "Brick By Boring Brick" by Music/{{Paramore}} is about trying to break a woman out of her idealistic fantasies and how it's better to face reality.

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* "Brick By Boring Brick" by Music/{{Paramore}} is about trying to break a woman out of her idealistic fantasies and by showing how it's better to just face reality.

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** Ultimately, though it is a bit of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home, [[spoiler:Wade already got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it. By the time he's gotten over his addiction to fantasy, his addiction to fantasy has set him up with everything he needs to coast through real life instead of making him brave enough to face its shortcomings and difficulties]].

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* Zigzagged throughout ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', where "V-world" holobands are often used by many bored people. WiseBeyondTheirYears high schoolers Zoe Graystone and Lacy Rand regard its use to simulate {{Blood Sport}}s, HumanSacrifice, and WretchedHive crimeworlds as evidence of the decadence of Caprica society, and many of its users are shown to be overly dependent on it. However, this leads into a confused aesop about the creation of new life, as Zoe has used V-world to build a perfect digital copy of herself which replaces her after her death in the pilot, leading into yet another confused aesop when monotheists plan to use it to create life after death for believers. At the end, [[ReplacementGoldfish Zoe's parents visit their dead daughter's avatar regularly]], turning the whole thing into a LostAesop.


* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. [[ReluctantHero Shinji]] [[ClassicalAntiHero Ikari]] occasionally tries to avoid his interpersonal problems and self-loathing, and at one point he even says, "What's wrong with running away from reality if it stinks?!" The show makes it apparent that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped trying to avoid problems will not make them go away]]. [[spoiler: The TV series closes with Shinji bravely, categorically, and specifically facing each one of his emotional and mental issues, alongside Misato and Asuka, with depictions of friends made previously honestly communicating with them every step of the way. ''[[TheMovie The End of Evangelion]]'', however, depicts a world where Shinji avoids facing these issues, attempts to short-cut to their correct answer by asking, then demanding it from a comatose, irresponsive Asuka, and eventually [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbates]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa with her in mind]] to relieve his anxiety, which leads to her and Misato's deaths before he finally faces his weaknnesses in the mental projection of Asuka answering his original questions with sharp, precise, and scolding criticisms; having been successfully laid emotionally and psychologically naked before Asuka, he decides to kill his projection of her along with Earth's population as he concludes that no other person will/can help him come to terms with himself. Ultimately, the narrative closes with the assurance that all who died can be reborn provided they see reality on Shinji's terms: Asuka is the only character we see return before the credits roll.]]

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. [[ReluctantHero Shinji]] [[ClassicalAntiHero Ikari]] occasionally tries to avoid his interpersonal problems and self-loathing, and at one point he even says, "What's wrong with running away from reality if it stinks?!" The show makes it apparent that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped trying to avoid problems will not make them go away]]. [[spoiler: The TV series closes with Shinji bravely, [[spoiler:bravely, categorically, and specifically facing each one of his emotional and mental issues, alongside Misato and Asuka, with depictions of friends made previously honestly communicating with them every step of the way. way.]] ''[[TheMovie The End of Evangelion]]'', however, depicts a world where Shinji avoids [[spoiler:avoids facing these issues, attempts to short-cut to their correct answer instead initiating Instrumentality, a process by asking, then demanding it from a comatose, irresponsive Asuka, and eventually [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbates]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa with her in mind]] to relieve his anxiety, which leads to her and Misato's deaths before he finally faces his weaknnesses in the mental projection all of Asuka answering his original questions with sharp, precise, and scolding criticisms; having been successfully laid emotionally and psychologically naked before Asuka, he decides to kill his projection of her along with Earth's population is merged together as he concludes that no other person will/can help him come to terms with himself. one singular whole]]. Ultimately, however, Shinji (through a series of hallucinations and conversations) comes to the narrative closes realization that [[spoiler:endlessly running away from human interaction and the hardships of life is no solution, and that merging everybody so that there's no more pain is an easier, but ultimately worse solution. He thus chooses to undo Instrumentality, returning as his own individual self, and allowing for anyone else who chooses to do so to come with the assurance that all who died can be reborn provided they see reality on Shinji's terms: Asuka is him (though the only character one we see return before the credits roll.]]roll is Asuka)]].

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* ''Anime/DotHackSign'' is essentially anti-{{Isekai}} in how it portrays escapism. The main character, Tsukasa, is depressed, lonely, and [[AbusiveParents abused]], and seeks shelter from his life inside of The World. However, all that leads to is further depression and suffering; it's not until he's able to genuinely connect with other people that he's able to escape both the game and his situation in the real world.


** "Hollow Pursuits" introduces us to [[ShrinkingViolet Lt. Reg Barclay]], an engineering officer who spends much of his time in the holodeck because he feels intimidated by the ''Enterprise'''s crew. But, with [[AFatherToHisMen Capt. Picard]] and [[NiceGuy Geordi La Forge]]'s support, he gradually steps out of his fantasies, to the point of deleting almost all his programs in the end.

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** "Hollow Pursuits" introduces us to [[ShrinkingViolet Lt. Reg Barclay]], an engineering officer who spends much of his time in the holodeck because he feels intimidated by the ''Enterprise'''s crew. But, with [[AFatherToHisMen Capt. Picard]] and [[NiceGuy Geordi La Forge]]'s support, he gradually steps out of starts to cut down on his fantasies, holo-fantasies, to the point of deleting almost all his programs in the end.


* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Captain Kirk has been trapped inside the Nexus (a LotusEaterMachine where all of his desires are fulfilled) for 67 years. Captain Picard arrives and tries to convince Kirk to leave. Kirk is finally convinced when he makes a dangerous jump on his horse and realizes that he didn't feel any fear. This leads to the epiphany that he's living in a world without consequences, which means that nothing he does matters. He leaves because he wants to make a difference again.

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* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Captain Kirk has been trapped inside the Nexus (a LotusEaterMachine where all of his desires are fulfilled) for 67 78 years. Captain Picard arrives and tries to convince Kirk to leave. Kirk is finally convinced [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction when he makes a dangerous jump on his horse and realizes that he didn't feel any fear.fear]]. This leads to the epiphany that he's living in a world without consequences, which means that nothing he does matters. He leaves because he wants to make a difference again.



* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Bonding", a crewmember is killed on an away mission and non-corporeal lifeforms from the planet attempt to form a relationship with the son of the deceased crewmember and take him to their planet to atone for killing the crewmember. The lifeform has to be convinced that what she is doing is wrong and that a fantasy will not help the boy. Earlier in development, the boy would have instead bonded with a holographic recreation of his mother. The moral would have been the same, though.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
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"The Bonding", a crewmember is killed on an away mission and non-corporeal lifeforms from the planet attempt to form a relationship with the son of the deceased crewmember and take him to their planet to atone for killing the crewmember. The lifeform has to be convinced that what she is doing is wrong and that a fantasy will not help the boy. Earlier in development, the boy would have instead bonded with a holographic recreation of his mother. The moral would have been the same, though.though.
** "Hollow Pursuits" introduces us to [[ShrinkingViolet Lt. Reg Barclay]], an engineering officer who spends much of his time in the holodeck because he feels intimidated by the ''Enterprise'''s crew. But, with [[AFatherToHisMen Capt. Picard]] and [[NiceGuy Geordi La Forge]]'s support, he gradually steps out of his fantasies, to the point of deleting almost all his programs in the end.

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* In ''Fanfic/LastingFame'', Jerrica used the "Jem" persona as escapism from her stressful life. Jem was more perfect than her real self and she had more fun. It ended up causing trouble in Jerrica's life when she became LostInCharacter, which led to arguments amongst the band. Jerrica retired as Jem and the band broke up in the 1990s.
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* "Brick By Boring Brick" by Music/{{Paramore}} is about trying to break a woman out of her idealistic fantasies and how it's better to face reality.

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