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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders'', which takes place in the wake of the BadEnd of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', has a variation: Humanity has been stripped of their ability to ''create''. The concept of stacking one stone on top of another to make shelter is completely alien to them, everyone's wearing rags because they don't think to make new clothes, and literacy is on the decline because people can't 'create' new books. The PlayerCharacter proceeds to blow people's minds by building villages out of basic materials, which sirs the survivors to start dreaming up new ideas again - though they'll defer to "the Builder" to actually construct anything complex.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders'', which takes place in the wake of the BadEnd of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'', has a variation: Humanity has been stripped of their ability to ''create''. The concept of stacking one stone on top of another to make shelter is completely alien to them, everyone's wearing rags because they don't think to make new clothes, and literacy is on the decline because people can't 'create' new books. The PlayerCharacter proceeds to blow people's minds by building villages out of basic materials, which sirs the survivors to start dreaming up new ideas again - though they'll defer to "the Builder" to actually construct anything complex.



** In the special "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!" Candance finally gets the boys busted and they get sent to a summer school where, using nonmagical means (similar to Gradgrind's) and along with a class of other boys, their imaginations get taken. It was AllJustADream.

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** In the special "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!" Candance Candace finally gets the boys busted and they get sent to a summer school where, using nonmagical means (similar to Gradgrind's) and along with a class of other boys, their imaginations get taken. It was AllJustADream.AllJustADream.
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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Gulliver's Fugitives''features a LostColony whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is an unholy alliance between CulturePolice, MoralGuardians, and this trope. To squash out imagination, they rely heavily on computerized brainwashing to [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul paint smiles on your soul]]. Naturally, when they find out the ''Enterprise'' is carrying the cultural treasures of a hundred worlds in her cultural database, they ''lose their goddamn minds.''

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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Gulliver's Fugitives''features Fugitives'' features a LostColony whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is an unholy alliance between among CulturePolice, MoralGuardians, and this trope. To squash out imagination, they rely heavily on computerized brainwashing to [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul paint smiles on your soul]]. Naturally, when they find out the ''Enterprise'' is carrying the cultural treasures of a hundred worlds in her cultural database, they ''lose their goddamn minds.''



* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'': In the episode "It May Look Like a Walnut", Rob and Laura watch a sci-fi movie where aliens use a walnut-like object to strip humans of their thumbs and imagination so they can't make things. Then Rob has a nightmare about the movie where the walnuts figure heavily and he ends up losing his thumbs and sense of humor much to his despair.

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* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'': In the episode "It May Look Like a Walnut", Rob and Laura watch a sci-fi movie where aliens use a walnut-like object to strip humans of their thumbs and imagination so they can't make things. Then Rob has a nightmare about the movie where the walnuts figure heavily and he ends up losing his thumbs and sense of humor humor, much to his despair.



* JohnReuben's "Word of Mouth" music video, there are monsters that eat peoples' imaginations, which physically reduces them to brown blocks. When the monster is killed, everything's returned to normal.

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* JohnReuben's In Music/JohnReuben's "Word of Mouth" music video, there are monsters that eat peoples' imaginations, which physically reduces them to brown blocks. When the monster is killed, everything's returned to normal.



** Rapture forced a human to create a work of art that completely and permanently drained all Glamour from them. When the work was destroyed the Glamour was gained by the Changelings who participated.

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** Rapture forced a human to create a work of art that completely and permanently drained all Glamour from them. When the work was destroyed destroyed, the Glamour was gained by the Changelings who participated.



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders'', which takes place in the wake of the BadEnd of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', has a variation: humanity has been stripped of their ability to ''create''. The concept of stacking one stone on top of another to make shelter is completely alien to them, everyone's wearing rags because they don't think to make new clothes, and literacy is on the decline because people can't 'create' new books. The PlayerCharacter proceeds to blow people's minds by building villages out of basic materials, which sirs the survivors to start dreaming up new ideas again - though they'll defer to "the Builder" to actually construct anything complex.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders'', which takes place in the wake of the BadEnd of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', has a variation: humanity Humanity has been stripped of their ability to ''create''. The concept of stacking one stone on top of another to make shelter is completely alien to them, everyone's wearing rags because they don't think to make new clothes, and literacy is on the decline because people can't 'create' new books. The PlayerCharacter proceeds to blow people's minds by building villages out of basic materials, which sirs the survivors to start dreaming up new ideas again - though they'll defer to "the Builder" to actually construct anything complex.



* In RWBY, this was the goal of one side of the Great War of Remnant.

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* In RWBY, ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', this was the goal of one side of the Great War of Remnant.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' TV series, the Evil Manta has a pet known as the Brain Sponge which he tries to unleash on Ariel to sap her imagination. Since his son Little Evil interferes, it's the Evil Manta who nearly gets his brain drained, but Ariel and Little Evil defeat the Brain Sponge and save him.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' TV series, the Evil Manta has a pet known as the Brain Sponge Sponge, which he tries to unleash on Ariel to sap her imagination. Since his son Little Evil interferes, it's the Evil Manta who nearly gets his brain drained, but Ariel and Little Evil defeat the Brain Sponge and save him.



** In the episode "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted," Dr. Doofenschmirtz builds a Dull-and-Boring-inator. The boys are actually hit by it offscreen, before the show begins, and its effect is to make them dull and boring, and completely sap them of their usually fertile imagination.

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** In the episode "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted," Interrupted", Dr. Doofenschmirtz builds a Dull-and-Boring-inator. The boys are actually hit by it offscreen, before the show begins, and its effect is to make them dull and boring, and completely sap them of their usually fertile imagination.



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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Gulliver's Fugitives''features a LostColony whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is an unholy alliance between CulturePolice, MoralGuardians, and this trope. To squash out imagination, they rely heavily on computerized brainwashing to [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul paint smiles on your soul]]. Naturally, when they find out the ''Enterprise'' is carrying the cultural treasures of a hundred worlds in her cultural database, they ''lose their goddamn minds.''

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* ''Literature/{{We}}'': The totalitarian regime perfects a neurosurgery procedure called a "fantasectomy", which destroys the subject's ability to comprehend anything that is not a physical fact.

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* In RWBY, this was the goal of one side of the Great War of Remnant.



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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders'', which takes place in the wake of the BadEnd of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', has a variation: humanity has been stripped of their ability to ''create''. The concept of stacking one stone on top of another to make shelter is completely alien to them, everyone's wearing rags because they don't think to make new clothes, and literacy is on the decline because people can't 'create' new books. The PlayerCharacter proceeds to blow people's minds by building villages out of basic materials, which sirs the survivors to start dreaming up new ideas again - though they'll defer to "the Builder" to actually construct anything complex.


* In ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler:Chuck Cunnigham]] swears revenge on both humanity and the rest of fiction for forgetting about him. He unleashes the Nothing (see below) in order to wipe out fiction and destroy humans' ability to imagine.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler:Chuck Cunnigham]] swears revenge on both humanity and the rest of fiction for forgetting about him. He unleashes the Nothing (see below) in order to wipe out fiction and destroy humans' people's ability to imagine.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler:Chuck Cunnigham]] swears revenge on both humanity and the rest of fiction for forgetting about him. He unleashes the Nothing (see below) in order to wipe out fiction and destroy humans' ability to imagine.


[[caption-width-right:350:Hmm, The Nothing looks a lot like dark clouds...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Hmm, [[EldritchAbomination The Nothing Nothing]] looks a lot like dark clouds...]]


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* In an ''X-Men/Alpha Flight'' crossover, Loki gives regular humans superpowers, which would eliminate anti-mutant prejudice. Then they discovered that the price was all humans losing their imagination/creativity. It was pointed out that then humans would still resent mutants, who retained their imagination.

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Something or someone, often but not always of an [[EldritchAbomination inconceivable nature]], is trying to eliminate (or at least suppress) all imagination from the planet Earth, or a species, or the {{Multiverse}}.

The reasons why someone would want to eliminate imagination vary; one of the more practical ones is that [[OrderVersusChaos creativity feeds chaos, and by eliminating it, it's far easier to control people's minds so that a stricter order can be established]]. Or a villain wanting to make the hero less of a threat by making them incapable of coming up with plans. Other times, it's that the entity's very existence is in opposition to the concept of imagination, making it a battle between two abstract, mutually exclusive forces for supremacy.

Related to (and, if successful, results in) CreativeSterility. Compare with DreamStealer, EmotionEater and HopeCrusher. Contrast with DreamWeaver.
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* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': The purpose of the irons seen throughout is to "smooth out the wrinkles" in the human brain, stripping them of their creativity and making everyone equal.

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* In ''ComicBook/IFeelSick'', Devi's artist's block is caused by Sickness siphoning off her creativity for its own use. It also implies that the similar consumption of the creative talent of ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is what originally caused him to go crazy.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The Auditors of Reality despise the concept of imagination, considering it to be a reason for humanity's "messiness", and try to compromise it by eliminating the Hogfather (that universe's SantaClaus).
* ''Literature/HardTimes'': Thomas Gradgrind is a more mundane example; as a believer in utilitarianism, he seeks to root out any "fanciful ideas" from his pupils and have them care about nothing but cold, hard facts.
* ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'': WILMA (Weapon of Inconceivable Loss and Massive Annihilation) is a weapon that destroys people's imaginations. Aunt Redd is trying to contain and stop it from coming to Earth.
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'': The Nothing is an eldritch force that represents the opposite of humanity's imagination. It is empowered by things like apathy and cynicism and it threatens to erase Fantasia out of existence, which would leave humans' ability to imagine forever heavily damaged if such a thing came to pass.
* ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'': The BigBad IT is trying to enforce complete equality in the {{Multiverse}} by erasing everyone's sense of creativity.

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* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'': In the episode "It May Look Like a Walnut", Rob and Laura watch a sci-fi movie where aliens use a walnut-like object to strip humans of their thumbs and imagination so they can't make things. Then Rob has a nightmare about the movie where the walnuts figure heavily and he ends up losing his thumbs and sense of humor much to his despair.

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* JohnReuben's "Word of Mouth" music video, there are monsters that eat peoples' imaginations, which physically reduces them to brown blocks. When the monster is killed, everything's returned to normal.

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* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'': There were two ways for Changelings to gain Glamour (AKA imagination, creativity) by draining it from humans.
** Ravaging stole Glamour from human beings in a very painful manner. If a human was Ravaged repeatedly and frequently, they could lose all of their Glamour permanently. The Unseelie particularly enjoy this form of feeding.
** Rapture forced a human to create a work of art that completely and permanently drained all Glamour from them. When the work was destroyed the Glamour was gained by the Changelings who participated.

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* ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse'' shows that the Franchise/{{LEGO}} Universe thrives on Imagination, a mythical element that is needed to build and create (which, for a world BuiltWithLEGO, is naturally pretty important). The villain is the Maelstrom, a force of chaos and destruction that serves as the antithesis of Imagination. The Maelstrom was created when Baron Typhonus corrupted the Imagination Nexus, and now it seeks to corrupt or extinguish the remaining Imagination in the universe.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' TV series, the Evil Manta has a pet known as the Brain Sponge which he tries to unleash on Ariel to sap her imagination. Since his son Little Evil interferes, it's the Evil Manta who nearly gets his brain drained, but Ariel and Little Evil defeat the Brain Sponge and save him.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** In the episode "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted," Dr. Doofenschmirtz builds a Dull-and-Boring-inator. The boys are actually hit by it offscreen, before the show begins, and its effect is to make them dull and boring, and completely sap them of their usually fertile imagination.
** In the special "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!" Candance finally gets the boys busted and they get sent to a summer school where, using nonmagical means (similar to Gradgrind's) and along with a class of other boys, their imaginations get taken. It was AllJustADream.

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