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** Scooby has several such episodes in the 80s series. One time he dreams they are in Wonderland. Another time that they go to Pleasure Island from Pinocchio.

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** Scooby has several such episodes in the 80s series. series [[WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooAnScrappyDooShow]]. One time he dreams they are in Wonderland. Wonderland, Another time that they go to Pleasure Island from Pinocchio.Pinocchio, and so forth...
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* ''MissionCritical'' does a very interesting version of this trope. The events that took place during the vast majority of the game were all a dream, but also really happened. Near the end, you discover that time travel into the past is impossible, but that information can be sent back. As a result, you trigger a dream in your past self that outlines everything that has happened in the game, giving you the chance to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.

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* ''MissionCritical'' ''VideoGame/MissionCritical'' does a very interesting version of this trope. The events that took place during the vast majority of the game were all a dream, but also really happened. Near the end, you discover that time travel into the past is impossible, but that information can be sent back. As a result, you trigger a dream in your past self that outlines everything that has happened in the game, giving you the chance to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
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* Twice in the anime-only first series of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'':
** Episode 10 begins with Rito accidentally seeing Haruna changing out of her tennis uniform, he tries to look away but starts coming on to him and wanting a kiss. It turns out the whole thing was a dream as he wakes up and finds a naked Lala next to him (who was apparently dreaming of him), to which he freaks out and faints.
** Episode 23 has Saruyama becomes jealous of Rito's popularity and wishes he was a noble in Edo Castle. He then has daydreams of his many adventures as the ruler of Edo Castle, where all his friends make appearances.
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* The 2nd special episode of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' where Issei has an erotic dream of Akeno giving him a private lesson. Upon waking up, he finds himself hugging Asia, which prompts an angry response from Rassei.
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** In "Dreamlighting", after Alvin has to go to basketball on one of their dates, Brittany watches on tv "Dreamlighting" (which itself is a parody of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'') and dreams herself in the show.
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* The Creator/VanBeurenStudios short "Wonders of the Deep" ends this way, where the cat finds out the octopus he's fighting is Farmer Al Falfa, though the cat still has the bag of money from the dream. He trades it with Al in exchange for food and runs off, only for Al to find out its full of hundreds of mice instead!
* Naturally, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has parodied this numerous times.
** In the season six episode "Lisa's Rival", Lisa is competing so hard against a new student, Allison, for the first chair saxophone position that she faints in the middle of it. After "regaining consciousness", she's told that Allison got the chair and Lisa screams. The screen then blacks out and she really wakes up... only to be told the exact same thing with the added disclaimer, "And believe me, this is not a dream!"
** In the episode after Mr. Burns is shot, Smithers wakes up in his apartment to find [[ShoutOut Mr. Burns in the shower]], perfectly fine, and concludes with relief that it was all a dream. Burns then informs Smithers that they are the stars of a 60s detective show called ''Speedway Squad'', at which point Smithers wakes up again and realises, "Wait, ''that'' was all a dream!" -- Mr. Burns really has been shot. Smithers then remarks, "Hey, then maybe I ''haven't'' become a hideous drunken wreck, and --" only to realise that he's in the exact same state he started the episode in, and his mouth still tastes like an ashtray.
** Even the specific tendency of soap operas to rely on this trope is parodied. In one episode, Moe lands a role on [[SoapWithinAShow a soap called]] ''[[SoapWithinAShow It Never Ends]]'', only to stumble upon a future script in which his character is killed off. He angrily confronts the producer.
--->'''Producer:''' ''(holds up script)'' You idiot! Pink pages always mean a dream!\\
'''Moe:''' I thought dreams was on goldenrod.\\
'''Producer:''' No, goldenrod is for [[AdventuresInComaland coma fantasies]]!
** Happens in "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episodes which are already {{Bizarro Episode}}s. In [=TOH=] II, Homer has a nightmare that ends with Mr. Burns' body being crushed by a robot. He awakes to find his boss' head stitched to his shoulder. In [=TOH=] V, Bart finds the events of "Nightmare Cafeteria" were just a dream. Marge assures him he has nothing to fear except the fog that turns people inside out. In [=TOH=] XVI, "Bartificial Intelligence" is a dream of Homer's while possessed by the devil. He's just happy that gets him out of work.
** The episode "The Squirt and the Whale" has a rather heart-breaking example. After several futile efforts to rescue Bluella, the beached whale, Lisa decides to keep her company for the night. She wakes up to find the army has formed a plan to rescue Bluella. They loop heavy duty straps under her and carry her out to sea. Bluella happily swims away, then leaps into the sky. Lisa then wakes up for real...and discovers Bluella has died.
* In the ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' cartoon "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151675/ Musica-Lulu]]", Lulu sneaks out to play baseball instead of practicing her violin, and when knocked out by a foul ball, she wakes up in a land of musical instruments, [[KangarooCourt who arrest, try and imprison her]] for her misdeed. When she breaks out of the jail, she is chased and terrorized by the musical instruments. It turns out to be a dream.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
**
The Creator/VanBeurenStudios short "Wonders of RuleSixtyThree episodes are all "[[TakeThatAudience fanfictions]]" written by different characters; only the Deep" ends first one had this way, where the cat finds out the octopus he's fighting is Farmer Al Falfa, as a twist, though.
** "King Worm,"
though the cat still has plot is that the bag of money from the dream. He trades it with Al in exchange for food characters eventually realize it's a dream and runs off, only for Al need to find out its full of hundreds of mice instead!
* Naturally, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has parodied this numerous times.
** In the season six
escape.
%%** The
episode "Lisa's Rival", Lisa is competing so hard against "Puhoy"...[[OrWasItADream maybe]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'':
** There were some episodes, like when Alvin had
a new student, Allison, for the first chair saxophone position that she faints fever or when Dave thought [[IncredibleShrinkingMan he'd shrunk]] where's he able to stand in the middle of it. After "regaining consciousness", she's told that Allison got the chair and Lisa screams. The screen then blacks out and she really wakes up... only to be told the exact same thing with the added disclaimer, "And believe me, this is not a dream!"
someone's palm.
** In the A ''Series/CharliesAngels'' parody episode after Mr. Burns is shot, Smithers wakes up in his apartment to find [[ShoutOut Mr. Burns had the Chipettes being knocked out by a thief in the shower]], perfectly fine, and concludes with relief that it was all a dream. Burns then informs Smithers mall, the girls dream that they are the stars of a 60s detective show crime fighting team called ''Speedway Squad'', Alvie's Angels.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Apprentice", the show manages to get even MORE weird than it already is around the time that Gumball is conked on the head by a golf ball. What proceeds is a tripped-out sequence of Gumball cheating at golf with supersonic tennis rackets and vacuum trees (and an actual tripping-out sequence) that gets weirder and weirder until the Magic Frog from South Park manages to convince Gumball to throw the match, which somehow ruins the CEO's logically impractical evil plan, and Gumball hugs Mr. Fitzgerald while fireworks play in the background...
at which point Smithers wakes up again the show finally stops feeding you nuts and realises, "Wait, ''that'' pans out to a brain-damaged Gumball right after he lost the game. The CEO lampshades it, laughing all the way:
--> CEO: "HA HA! He-he went into an entire montage where he thought he won the game epically, but it turns out it
was all a dream!" -- Mr. Burns really in his head ever since he got conked by the ball in match nine! BWA HA HA HA (etc.)"
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
has been shot. Smithers then remarks, "Hey, then maybe I ''haven't'' become one when Stan accidentally crapped himself in a hideous drunken wreck, pool party and --" only concocts a scheme to realise get UsefulNotes/BarackObama to do the same. It was a dream moments before he actually jumps... and craps himself. It's implied that this was not the first time he's in the exact same state he started done it too. The ending is foreshadowed by the episode in, title, "An Incident at Owl Creek" (which is a clear homage to "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", a DyingDream story)
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' has Raf
and his mouth still tastes like an ashtray.
** Even
Sulfus both have a dream where they get married.
* Amusingly subverted and discussed at
the specific tendency end of soap operas to rely on this trope is parodied. In one episode, Moe lands season five of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. After a role on [[SoapWithinAShow season that went in [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent a soap called]] ''[[SoapWithinAShow It Never Ends]]'', only to stumble completely different direction]] and upon learning that [[spoiler: Lana's baby is also his]], Archer spaces out and wonders if he's about to wake up from a future script coma he's been in which his character is killed off. He angrily confronts since the producer.
--->'''Producer:''' ''(holds
end of the previous season. Turns out that's not the case.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** In [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream "Perchance to Dream"]], Bruce Wayne wakes
up script)'' You idiot! Pink pages always mean in a dream!\\
'''Moe:''' I thought
world where he isn't Batman. He eventually realizes that it is a dream (because some people's dreams was work in such a way that they can't read anything in a dream) and ends it by jumping off the clock tower. Apart from the reading issue, wish fulfillment dreams don't work on goldenrod.\\
'''Producer:''' No, goldenrod
Batman; a world where Bruce Wayne is for [[AdventuresInComaland coma fantasies]]!
happy? His subconscious knows that's impossible.
** [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE12OverTheEdge "Over the Edge"]] has Batgirl getting hit by Scarecrow's fear gas and hallucinating a scenario where [[BadFuture she dies, and Gordon goes to war against Batman]]. The dream ends when Bane, who had just been electrocuted to near-death, uses his last breath to toss the Bat-signal at Batman and Gordon, knocking them both off the top of Police Headquarters.
*
Happens in "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episodes which are already {{Bizarro Episode}}s. In [=TOH=] II, Homer has a nightmare an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', where Cat plans to make Dog and Shriek fall for each other, hoping that ends with Mr. Burns' body being crushed by a robot. He awakes to find his boss' head stitched to his shoulder. In [=TOH=] V, Bart finds the events of "Nightmare Cafeteria" were just a dream. Marge assures Greaser Dogs will thereby leave him he has nothing to fear except alone. The rest of the fog that turns people inside out. In [=TOH=] XVI, "Bartificial Intelligence" episode is a Cat's dream of Homer's while possessed by what the devil. He's just happy that gets him out of work.
**
consequences are: Dog marries Shriek, which causes the Greaser Dogs to move into their house and generally making Cat's life a living hell.
*
The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episode "The Squirt White Board", where Rudy dreams that he has a fever during the summer and falls into his white board while inside [=ChalkZone=], eventually entering White Board Zone. Later, he and his friends enter Pencil Zone.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In the episode "Danger Mouse Saves The World...Again," things kept getting worse until DM was stuck in a room full of bombs and explosives -- then his alarm woke him up.
* Most of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Murder, She Snored." In this case, it's not a spoiler, since [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] is seen falling asleep before the silly parodies begin.
%%* The end of Disney WartimeCartoon ''Disney/DerFuehrersFace''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', "Take This Ed and Shove It", the finale of the fourth season (and originally of the series) ended with the elderly Eddy discovering that the whole show has been apparently a series of dreams about his childhood. The canonical implications of this are dubious at best, as the show has been renewed for two more seasons; though it explains things such as {{Flanderization}}, the cast [[MiddleOfNowhereStreet never leaving the cul-de-sac]], [[MinimalistCast how we never see any characters but the main cast even at school]], and just the general vagueness of setting throughout the show.
** In a season three episode, Ed has a nightmare about Jonny. But then the episode ends with ''Jonny'' waking up in horror. So Ed had a dream that he was scared of Jonny, but then it's really Jonny having a dream that Ed had a dream that...he's scared of Jonny...[[LogicBomb uhm]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' has an episode called "Rocketship to Jupiter", in which Eek gets a large box dropped onto him by Sharky, and ends up in [[ShowWithinAShow the Squishy Bears]] World, where the Squishy Bears leave their rocketship and house. He saves the Squishy Bears, but is met by the Giant Who Thinks Bears Might Taste Good, so he tricks the Giant when it's raining (by Professor Wiggly). After that, Eek
and the Whale" has a rather heart-breaking example. After several futile efforts Squishy Bears try to rescue Bluella, fly to Jupiter on their rocketship, but the beached whale, Lisa decides lever was mistakenly switched to keep her company the sun by one of the bears, so they fly to the sun instead, where Eek is about to burn. But then, Eek was suddenly waken up by JB, who serves him a bowl of cat food. He realizes it was all a dream.
** In "Eek Goes to the Hot Spot", while being chased by Sharky, Eek is run over by an oncoming truck and gets killed, and thus he mistakenly gets sent to hell (instead of heaven). There, Eek confronts [[TheDevilIsALoser its ruler, Fido]],
for the night. She a long time, who forces him [[ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished to clean out an infinitely large litterbox for three seconds]]. Then Eek finishes this task, and happily goes to heaven (with two angels flying down and carrying him away), waving goodbye to Fido. But just then, [[DeathIsCheap Eek wakes up to find from all this lying in the army has formed a plan to rescue Bluella. They loop heavy duty straps under her backyard]], and carry her out to sea. Bluella happily swims away, then leaps into the sky. Lisa then wakes up for real...and discovers Bluella has died.
* In the ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' cartoon "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151675/ Musica-Lulu]]", Lulu sneaks out to play baseball instead of practicing her violin, and when knocked out
gets chased by a foul ball, she wakes up in a land of musical instruments, [[KangarooCourt who arrest, try and imprison her]] for her misdeed. When she breaks out Sharky once again.
* [[OncePerEpisode Every single episode]]
of the jail, she is chased French animated short WesternAnimation/ErnestLeVampire ends with the title vampire waking up from a CatapultNightmare.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** The absurd (even for them) [=Y2K=] episode, "Da Boom", ends in live-action with Pam Ewing of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' waking to Bobby in the shower
and terrorized by relating the musical instruments. It episode ([[NeverLiveItDown in the same method the show retconned a season]]). Bobby has no idea what ''Family Guy'' is. (This sequence features the real life Victoria Principal and Patrick Duffy.)
** A variation occurred in the episode "Lois Kills Stewie." When Peter kills Stewie before he can act on his chance to kill Lois, the ending reveals that it was all just a computer simulation designed by Stewie of what would happen had he successfully conquered the world. Brian says [[LampshadeHanging it was pretty much a dream]], and Stewie objects that it was a "simulation". Brian tells him that if theoretically someone watched the events only to realize that none of it really happened, it would piss people off. Stewie says that hopefully they would have just enjoyed the ride. Then it ends off ''[[Series/TheSopranos Sopranos]]''-[[SmashToBlack style]] [[RuleOfFunny just to shove salt in the hypothetical wound.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' episode "Pool Party Panic"
turns out to be one, and becomes a dream.plot point in the second and third acts of the episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** The absurd (even for them) [=Y2K=] episode, "Da Boom", ends in live-action with Pam Ewing of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' waking to Bobby in the shower and relating the episode ([[NeverLiveItDown in the same method the show retconned a season]]). Bobby has no idea what ''Family Guy'' is. (This sequence features the real life Victoria Principal and Patrick Duffy.)
** A variation occurred in the episode "Lois Kills Stewie." When Peter kills Stewie before he can act on his chance to kill Lois, the ending reveals that it was all just a computer simulation designed by Stewie of what would happen had he successfully conquered the world. Brian says [[LampshadeHanging it was pretty much a dream]], and Stewie objects that it was a "simulation". Brian tells him that if theoretically someone watched the events only to realize that none of it really happened, it would piss people off. Stewie says that hopefully they would have just enjoyed the ride. Then it ends off ''[[Series/TheSopranos Sopranos]]''-[[SmashToBlack style]] [[RuleOfFunny just to shove salt in the hypothetical wound.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', "Take This Ed and Shove It", the finale of the fourth season (and originally of the series) ended with the elderly Eddy discovering that the whole show has been apparently a series of dreams about his childhood. The canonical implications of this are dubious at best, as the show has been renewed for two more seasons; though it explains things such as {{Flanderization}}, the cast [[MiddleOfNowhereStreet never leaving the cul-de-sac]], [[MinimalistCast how we never see any characters but the main cast even at school]], and just the general vagueness of setting throughout the show.
** In a season three episode, Ed has a nightmare about Jonny. But then the episode ends with ''Jonny'' waking up in horror. So Ed had a dream that he was scared of Jonny, but then it's really Jonny having a dream that Ed had a dream that...he's scared of Jonny...[[LogicBomb uhm]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** First appeared in the episode "Flashbacks", which twisted the conventional ClipShow by having each clip end with a completely different situation from its original episode, ending every time with [[RunningGag a reference to ice cream]] among other things. This was all {{fram|ingDevice}}ed with the kids telling stories while the bus lies on the edge of a cliff. At separate points, they flash back on a [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] stunt they witnessed (which never happened on the show) and an earlier moment in the framing device itself. When the bus finally falls into the chasm, it inexplicably lands on a giant tub of ice cream. All of this, including an unrelated subplot surrounding Ms. Crabtree, were all part of a dream by Eric Cartman which ended with him eating beetles and ice cream once again being brought up, thus revealing that the entire episode was a dream within a dream conjured by Stan. ("Dude. That's a pretty fucked up dream." "Yeah, I must be having some real emotional problems.") After ''that'' was established, however, the episode returns one last time to Ms. Crabtree's subplot, where her love interest Marcus -- [[IHaveManyNames or was it Mitch?]] -- tells her that he can't stay, as everything on her side of the story was just a kid's dream. Her response? "I know, but let me just pretend as long as I can." (Aha! So ''Miss Crabtree'' was imagining [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow that Stan was imagining that Cartman was imagining]] that the bus was teetering on the edge of a cliff! Clear as mud.)
** Subverted at the end of the "Imaginationland" series of episodes. Butters wakes up and starts telling his parents about the dream he had that he saved Imaginationland. His parents tell him that it really happened and they read all about it in the morning paper. [[AbusiveParents And then they ground him for saving Imaginationland instead of helping his mother clean the garage.]]
** Also subverted earlier on, in the first chapter. Kyle wakes up and assumes that the Muslim terrorist attack on Imaginationland and Butters being left there was all a crazy dream, but when he calls up Stan, he finds out that he had the exact same dream. Then Butters's parents come into Stan's house worrying about Butters. Finally, the Pentagon reports that our imagination was taken over by terrorists, complete with a videotape showing proof. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Cartman still wants his balls sucked by Kyle.]]
** Also subverted in the season 3 episode "Spontaneous Combustion". Cartman was tied to a cross for a crucifixion re-enactment, but his friends forgot about him and left him up there. A couple of days later, Chef finds him and takes him off the cross. The following conversation is from the car ride home.
--->'''Chef:''' Eric, I have to tell you something and it's really gonna bum you out.\\
'''Cartman:''' What?\\
'''Chef:''' It'll really piss you off.\\
'''Cartman:''' What, tell me!\\
'''Chef:''' This is just a dream, you're still up on that cross.\\
'''Cartman:''' ''(he wakes up, still on the cross)'' Oh, dammit!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** In [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream "Perchance to Dream"]], Bruce Wayne wakes up in a world where he isn't Batman. He eventually realizes that it is a dream (because some people's dreams work in such a way that they can't read anything in a dream) and ends it by jumping off the clock tower. Apart from the reading issue, wish fulfillment dreams don't work on Batman; a world where Bruce Wayne is happy? His subconscious knows that's impossible.
** [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE12OverTheEdge "Over the Edge"]] has Batgirl getting hit by Scarecrow's fear gas and hallucinating a scenario where [[BadFuture she dies, and Gordon goes to war against Batman]]. The dream ends when Bane, who had just been electrocuted to near-death, uses his last breath to toss the Bat-signal at Batman and Gordon, knocking them both off the top of Police Headquarters.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** The episode "Pickles vs. Pickles" was about Drew dreaming about Angelica suing him for making her eat broccoli.
** The episode "In the Dreamtime" begins with Chuckie waking up from a dream, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TKa2133vQ ending like this.]] His father explains that there is nothing to fear as nothing can hurt you in a dream. In the next scene Chuckie explains his dream to the babies only for that to be revealed to be a dream. When he next talks to them, he decides that he is still in a dream. Yet when he gets hurt, he realizes it isn't a dream. Chaz then puts his son to bed leading to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RNmINEsN6U the final scene of the episode.]]
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon ''Water, Water Every Hare''. At the end of the cartoon, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny wakes up in his bed and thinks the events of the cartoon were all just a dream. Then Gossamer, who Bugs had made small earlier, comes in on a boat his size and says, "Oh yeah? That's what you think!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
**
The absurd (even for them) [=Y2K=] episode, "Da Boom", ends in live-action with Pam Ewing of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' waking to Bobby in the shower and relating the episode ([[NeverLiveItDown "The Binky Show" of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' is this. It ends with Binky actually showing up. The announcer tells that Binky was going to do a number of things, including embarrassing Jon by singing to him in a restaurant.
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'': TheStinger of
the same method the show retconned a season]]). Bobby has no idea what ''Family Guy'' is. (This sequence features the real life Victoria Principal and Patrick Duffy.)
** A variation occurred in the
final episode "Lois Kills Stewie." When Peter kills Stewie before he can act on his chance cuts to kill Lois, the ending original 1980s ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' cartoon and reveals that it was all just a computer simulation designed by Stewie of what would happen had he successfully conquered the world. Brian says [[LampshadeHanging it was pretty much a dream]], and Stewie objects that it was a "simulation". Brian tells him that if theoretically someone watched the events only to realize that none of it really happened, it would piss people off. Stewie says that hopefully they would have just enjoyed the ride. Then it ends off ''[[Series/TheSopranos Sopranos]]''-[[SmashToBlack style]] [[RuleOfFunny just to shove salt in the hypothetical wound.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', "Take This Ed and Shove It", the finale of the fourth season (and originally of the series) ended with the elderly Eddy discovering that the whole show has been apparently a series of dreams about his childhood. The canonical implications of this are dubious at best, as the show has been renewed for two more seasons; though it explains things such as {{Flanderization}}, the cast [[MiddleOfNowhereStreet never leaving the cul-de-sac]], [[MinimalistCast how we never see any characters but the main cast even at school]], and just the general vagueness of setting throughout the show.
** In a season three episode, Ed has a nightmare about Jonny. But then the episode ends with ''Jonny'' waking up in horror. So Ed had a dream that he was scared of Jonny, but then it's really Jonny having a dream that Ed had a dream that...he's scared of Jonny...[[LogicBomb uhm]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** First appeared in the episode "Flashbacks", which twisted the conventional ClipShow by having each clip end with a completely different situation from its original episode, ending every time with [[RunningGag a reference to ice cream]] among other things. This was all {{fram|ingDevice}}ed with the kids telling stories while the bus lies on the edge of a cliff. At separate points, they flash back on a [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] stunt they witnessed (which never happened on the show) and an earlier moment in the framing device itself. When the bus finally falls into the chasm, it inexplicably lands on a giant tub of ice cream. All of this, including an unrelated subplot surrounding Ms. Crabtree, were all part of a dream by Eric Cartman which ended with him eating beetles and ice cream once again being brought up, thus revealing that the entire episode was a dream within a dream conjured by Stan. ("Dude. That's a pretty fucked up dream." "Yeah, I must be having some real emotional problems.") After ''that'' was established, however, the episode returns one last time to Ms. Crabtree's subplot, where her love interest Marcus -- [[IHaveManyNames or was it Mitch?]] -- tells her that he can't stay, as everything on her side of the story
''Renegades'' was just a kid's dream. Her response? "I know, but let me just pretend as long as I can." (Aha! So ''Miss Crabtree'' was imagining [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow that Stan was imagining that Cartman was imagining]] that the bus was teetering on the edge of a cliff! Clear as mud.)
** Subverted at the end of the "Imaginationland" series of episodes. Butters wakes up and starts telling his parents about the dream he had that he saved Imaginationland. His parents tell him that it really happened and they read all about it in the morning paper. [[AbusiveParents And then they ground him for saving Imaginationland instead of helping his mother clean the garage.]]
** Also subverted earlier on, in the first chapter. Kyle wakes up and assumes that the Muslim terrorist attack on Imaginationland and Butters being left there was all a crazy dream, but when he calls up Stan, he finds out that he had the exact same dream. Then Butters's parents come into Stan's house worrying about Butters. Finally, the Pentagon reports that our imagination was taken over by terrorists, complete with a videotape showing proof. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Cartman still wants his balls sucked by Kyle.]]
** Also subverted in the season 3 episode "Spontaneous Combustion". Cartman was tied to a cross for a crucifixion re-enactment, but his friends forgot about him and left him up there. A couple of days later, Chef finds him and takes him off the cross. The following conversation is from the car ride home.
--->'''Chef:''' Eric, I have to tell you something and it's really gonna bum you out.\\
'''Cartman:''' What?\\
'''Chef:''' It'll really piss you off.\\
'''Cartman:''' What, tell me!\\
'''Chef:''' This is just a dream, you're still up on that cross.\\
'''Cartman:''' ''(he wakes up, still on the cross)'' Oh, dammit!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** In [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream "Perchance to Dream"]], Bruce Wayne wakes up in a world where he isn't Batman. He eventually realizes that it is a dream (because some people's dreams work in such a way that they can't read anything in a dream) and ends it by jumping off the clock tower. Apart from the reading issue, wish fulfillment dreams don't work on Batman; a world where Bruce Wayne is happy? His subconscious knows that's impossible.
** [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE12OverTheEdge "Over the Edge"]] has Batgirl getting hit by Scarecrow's fear gas and hallucinating a scenario where [[BadFuture she dies, and Gordon goes to war against Batman]]. The dream ends when Bane, who had just been electrocuted to near-death, uses his last breath to toss the Bat-signal at Batman and Gordon, knocking them both off the top of Police Headquarters.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** The episode "Pickles vs. Pickles" was about Drew dreaming about Angelica suing him for making her eat broccoli.
** The episode "In the Dreamtime" begins with Chuckie waking up from a dream,
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TKa2133vQ ending like this.]] His father explains that there is nothing to fear as nothing can hurt you in com/watch?v=CAznMVCdBcg 80s!Duke's dream]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "I.R. Wild Baboon" turns out be
a dream. dream by WesternAnimation/{{Cow|AndChicken}}.
*
In the next scene Chuckie explains his ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom", Dib receives supernatural powers from the alien race of the Meekrob, to help him stop Zim and the Irken invasion. The episode portrays Dib's following life being a celebrated Hero and the most successful paranormal investigator in the world, until old age, where in a TV interview he confesses having tossed a muffin at Zim in the school cantine once, upon which the moderator pulls of a mask revealing Zim's face laughing at him. Dib wakes up in Zim's laboratory realizing all of this was just a dream, programmed and simulated by Zim.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "[[PandaingToTheAudience Panda-Monium]]".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' episode ''Box Fort of Oz'', although the audience get to see Julius doze off and thus is fully aware of the situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** The episode "Rewriting History" repeatedly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the increasingly unlikely coincidence that [[GenerationXerox all the cast's grandparents]] were involved in a plot at the start of the century, with a last minute solution that "seemed like something from a dream" - because that's what it all was. Which is sad, because GenerationXerox plot seemed pretty cool. Though, oddly, the episode did end with an even more absurd GenerationXerox being canon. Though WordOfGod is that Kim and Ron's ancestors from the
dream to the babies only for that to be revealed to be actually existed.
** The PostScriptSeason began with
a dream. When he next talks to them, he decides that he is still in a dream. Yet when he gets hurt, he realizes it isn't a dream. Chaz then puts his son to bed leading to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RNmINEsN6U the final scene of Kim and Ron at the episode.]]
prom from the [[SeriesFauxnale "finale"]] [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama movie]]. The scene takes a horrific turn as Kim's face distorts into a Jokeresque grin before she dissolves into a puddle of goo (like one of Drakken's synthodrones from the movie). Then Ron [[CatapultNightmare wakes up screaming]].
* In the ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' cartoon "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151675/ Musica-Lulu]]", Lulu sneaks out to play baseball instead of practicing her violin, and when knocked out by a foul ball, she wakes up in a land of musical instruments, [[KangarooCourt who arrest, try and imprison her]] for her misdeed. When she breaks out of the jail, she is chased and terrorized by the musical instruments. It turns out to be a dream.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
**
Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon ''Water, Water Every Hare''. At the end of the cartoon, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny wakes up in his bed and thinks the events of the cartoon were all just a dream. Then Gossamer, who Bugs had made small earlier, comes in on a boat his size and says, "Oh yeah? That's what you think!"



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' When Billy Quizboy wakes from having a dream, he's all ready to launch into a AndYouWereThere scene when he suddenly realizes the events from the dream were ''true'', screaming '''''you bastards!''''' while assaulting his so-called "friends."
** But played straight several times in the Christmas special episode.
** Hank Venture also tries to believe that a mystery involving his missing father and bodyguard and an impending nuclear holocaust is all "just a dream". It's not.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' When Billy Quizboy wakes from having a dream, he's all ready to launch into a AndYouWereThere scene when he suddenly realizes the ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', "Parade Float". A series of events involving Daffy using all of Porky's money to buy a yacht ends with him falling off and about to drown. He wakes up and remarks "It was all a dream. That's why I was such a horrible person." Bugs then reminds him that "It wasn't a dream. You really are a horrible person." In fact, Daffy was in a hospital bed, recovering from his near-drowning.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' has Mr. Nervous, who goes on wacky (and scary for him) adventures that turn out to be just his imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'' The episode "Bloom and Gloom," has this trope as its main plot. It centres on Apple Bloom waking up from many different nightmares of her earning a cutie mark that doesn't suit her and causes her to either have a terrible job, have her friends kick her out of
the dream were ''true'', screaming '''''you bastards!''''' while assaulting his so-called "friends."
** But played straight several times
Cutie Mark Crusaders or have her family make her move out because her cutie mark isn't apple related.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'', Peabody and Sherman go back
in the time to watch Charles Dickens write "A Christmas Carol", only to find him being haunted by three ghosts that are fans of his work. After calming the spirits down by promising to write them into his next book, Dickens wakes up from his dream with inspiration and no time for visitors, leaving the real Mr. Peabody and Sherman confused and disappointed as they didn't get to do anything.
* In the "Leave it to Munchy" story of ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', Munchy Beaver prevents all of Lake Hoohaw from being flooded, but it turns out to be just a dream. This becomes very obvious when the characters are shown freely swimming about, talking to each other and doing the iconic "Noodle Dance" underwater without any
special episode.
** Hank Venture also tries to believe that a mystery involving his missing father and bodyguard and an impending nuclear holocaust is all "just a dream". It's not.
gear.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** At the end of one episode where Mrs. Puff goes to jail, it's revealed that it was all a dream, and Spongebob is going to jail. Except that was all a dream, and she's in the boat with a random person from prison. After that, she just gives up, [[LeftHanging and the episode ends]].
** The episode "The Main Drain" ends like this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom", Dib receives supernatural powers from the alien race of the Meekrob, to help him stop Zim and the Irken invasion. The episode portrays Dib's following life being a celebrated Hero and the most successful paranormal investigator in the world, until old age, where in a TV interview he confesses having tossed a muffin at Zim in the school cantine once, upon which the moderator pulls of a mask revealing Zim's face laughing at him. Dib wakes up in Zim's laboratory realizing all of this was just a dream, programmed and simulated by Zim.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has one too. In "Heavenly Puss," Tom wangs his head and kills himself where he ends up in train station in Heaven. The boarder however won't let him through due to his chasing Jerry all the time but give Tom a change to redeem himself by getting Jerry to sign a forgiveness certificate, otherwise Tom will end up in Hell tormented by a devil looking Spike. Tom is then sent back and tries everything he can to get Jerry to sign the thing. In the end though he doesn't make the deadline and it looks like he's doomed...till he wakes up and more than glad to find it was a dream. Even kissing his worst enemy to show his gratefulness.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** At the end
This happens a couple of one times on ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': first in a surreal episode where Mrs. Puff goes Brain creates numerous black-and-white duplicates of himself to jail, it's revealed that it was all form a dream, Celtic dance troupe, and Spongebob is going to jail. Except that was all a dream, and she's later in the boat with a random person from prison. After that, she just gives up, [[LeftHanging and the episode ends]].
** The episode "The Main Drain" ends like this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom", Dib receives supernatural powers from the alien race of the Meekrob, to help him stop Zim and the Irken invasion. The episode
"You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again," which portrays Dib's following life being a celebrated Hero and the most successful paranormal investigator two mice as actors playing in the world, until old age, where in a TV interview he confesses having tossed a muffin at Zim in the school cantine once, upon their own show, which the moderator pulls of a mask revealing Zim's face laughing at him. Dib wakes up in Zim's laboratory realizing all of this was just a dream, programmed and simulated by Zim.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has one too. In "Heavenly Puss," Tom wangs his head and kills himself where he ends up in train station in Heaven. The boarder however won't let him through
then slides downhill due to ExecutiveMeddling. (The latter, though, ends in an {{Or Was It|ADream}}? moment.)
** Additionally, there was an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' segment where Brain dreams that he is the Rockefeller family baby, but the DeliveryStork mistakenly brings him to the Hip Hippos instead.
* Several of the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' cartoons end with Snafu about to face the consequences of
his chasing Jerry all the time but give Tom a change actions (usually his imminent demise) only to redeem himself by getting Jerry to sign a forgiveness certificate, otherwise Tom will end up in Hell tormented by a devil looking Spike. Tom wake up. He is then sent back and tries everything he can to get Jerry to sign shown mending his ways.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Number 7". A MindScrew episode which directly parodies ''Series/ThePrisoner'', including a version of that shows opening sequence. Given what happens during
the thing. In the end though he doesn't make the deadline and it looks like he's doomed...till he wakes up and more than glad to find it was MindScrew, this trope is a dream. Even kissing his worst enemy to show his gratefulness.[[TropesAreNotBad welcome sight]].



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** The episode "Rewriting History" repeatedly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the increasingly unlikely coincidence that [[GenerationXerox all the cast's grandparents]] were involved in a plot at the start of the century, with a last minute solution that "seemed like something from a dream" - because that's what it all was. Which is sad, because GenerationXerox plot seemed pretty cool. Though, oddly, the episode did end with an even more absurd GenerationXerox being canon. Though WordOfGod is that Kim and Ron's ancestors from the dream actually existed.
** The PostScriptSeason began with a scene of Kim and Ron at the prom from the [[SeriesFauxnale "finale"]] [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama movie]]. The scene takes a horrific turn as Kim's face distorts into a Jokeresque grin before she dissolves into a puddle of goo (like one of Drakken's synthodrones from the movie). Then Ron [[CatapultNightmare wakes up screaming]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' plays with this trope in the first episode. It first portrays Rusty spending his childhood being [[RaisedByWolves raised and repeatedly mauled by wolves]], and then blowing them up along with him when he just had enough. That was revealed to be all just a dream, and then shows him as a party-hardy drinker who goes to rock concerts. That is also just a dream, and then shows him still living with Early's sister Lil (which was before all the dreams), who calls him out on his lack of manhood. That, too, was just a dream. Rusty raping some small creature... that really happened.
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' has an episode called "Rocketship to Jupiter", in which Eek gets a large box dropped onto him by Sharky, and ends up in [[ShowWithinAShow the Squishy Bears]] World, where the Squishy Bears leave their rocketship and house. He saves the Squishy Bears, but is met by the Giant Who Thinks Bears Might Taste Good, so he tricks the Giant when it's raining (by Professor Wiggly). After that, Eek and the Squishy Bears try to fly to Jupiter on their rocketship, but the lever was mistakenly switched to the sun by one of the bears, so they fly to the sun instead, where Eek is about to burn. But then, Eek was suddenly waken up by JB, who serves him a bowl of cat food. He realizes it was all a dream.
** In "Eek Goes to the Hot Spot", while being chased by Sharky, Eek is run over by an oncoming truck and gets killed, and thus he mistakenly gets sent to hell (instead of heaven). There, Eek confronts [[TheDevilIsALoser its ruler, Fido]], for a long time, who forces him [[ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished to clean out an infinitely large litterbox for three seconds]]. Then Eek finishes this task, and happily goes to heaven (with two angels flying down and carrying him away), waving goodbye to Fido. But just then, [[DeathIsCheap Eek wakes up from all this lying in the backyard]], and gets chased by Sharky once again.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' where two scenes turns out to be dream sequences -- much to the annoyance of the {{narrator}}, who complains about this being "[[RageAgainstTheAuthor lazy writing]]!"
* In the "Leave it to Munchy" story of ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', Munchy Beaver prevents all of Lake Hoohaw from being flooded, but it turns out to be just a dream. This becomes very obvious when the characters are shown freely swimming about, talking to each other and doing the iconic "Noodle Dance" underwater without any special gear.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** The episode "Rewriting History" repeatedly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the increasingly unlikely coincidence that [[GenerationXerox all the cast's grandparents]] were involved in a plot at the start of the century, with a last minute solution that "seemed like something from a dream" - because that's what it all was. Which is sad, because GenerationXerox plot seemed pretty cool. Though, oddly, the "Pickles vs. Pickles" was about Drew dreaming about Angelica suing him for making her eat broccoli.
** The
episode did end "In the Dreamtime" begins with an even more absurd GenerationXerox being canon. Though WordOfGod is Chuckie waking up from a dream, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TKa2133vQ ending like this.]] His father explains that Kim and Ron's ancestors from there is nothing to fear as nothing can hurt you in a dream. In the next scene Chuckie explains his dream actually existed.
** The PostScriptSeason began with a scene of Kim and Ron at
to the prom from the [[SeriesFauxnale "finale"]] [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama movie]]. The scene takes a horrific turn as Kim's face distorts into a Jokeresque grin before she dissolves into a puddle of goo (like one of Drakken's synthodrones from the movie). Then Ron [[CatapultNightmare wakes up screaming]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' plays with this trope in the first episode. It first portrays Rusty spending his childhood being [[RaisedByWolves raised and repeatedly mauled by wolves]], and then blowing them up along with him when he just had enough. That was
babies only for that to be revealed to be all just a dream, and then shows him as a party-hardy drinker who goes to rock concerts. That is also just a dream, and then shows him still living with Early's sister Lil (which was before all the dreams), who calls him out on his lack of manhood. That, too, was just a dream. Rusty raping some small creature... When he next talks to them, he decides that really happened.
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' has an episode called "Rocketship to Jupiter",
he is still in which Eek a dream. Yet when he gets a large box dropped onto him by Sharky, and ends up in [[ShowWithinAShow the Squishy Bears]] World, where the Squishy Bears leave their rocketship and house. He saves the Squishy Bears, but is met by the Giant Who Thinks Bears Might Taste Good, so hurt, he tricks the Giant when it's raining (by Professor Wiggly). After that, Eek and the Squishy Bears try to fly to Jupiter on their rocketship, but the lever was mistakenly switched to the sun by one of the bears, so they fly to the sun instead, where Eek is about to burn. But then, Eek was suddenly waken up by JB, who serves him a bowl of cat food. He realizes it was all a dream.
** In "Eek Goes to the Hot Spot", while being chased by Sharky, Eek is run over by an oncoming truck and gets killed, and thus he mistakenly gets sent to hell (instead of heaven). There, Eek confronts [[TheDevilIsALoser its ruler, Fido]], for a long time, who forces him [[ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished to clean out an infinitely large litterbox for three seconds]]. Then Eek finishes this task, and happily goes to heaven (with two angels flying down and carrying him away), waving goodbye to Fido. But just then, [[DeathIsCheap Eek wakes up from all this lying in the backyard]], and gets chased by Sharky once again.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' where two scenes turns out to be dream sequences -- much to the annoyance of the {{narrator}}, who complains about this being "[[RageAgainstTheAuthor lazy writing]]!"
* In the "Leave it to Munchy" story of ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', Munchy Beaver prevents all of Lake Hoohaw from being flooded, but it turns out to be just
isn't a dream. This becomes very obvious when Chaz then puts his son to bed leading to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RNmINEsN6U the characters are shown freely swimming about, talking to each other and doing final scene of the iconic "Noodle Dance" underwater without any special gear.episode.]]



* [[OncePerEpisode Every single episode]] of the French animated short WesternAnimation/ErnestLeVampire ends with the title vampire waking up from a CatapultNightmare.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In the episode "Danger Mouse Saves The World...Again," things kept getting worse until DM was stuck in a room full of bombs and explosives -- then his alarm woke him up.
* The end of Disney WartimeCartoon ''Disney/DerFuehrersFace''.
* This happens a couple of times on ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': first in a surreal episode where Brain creates numerous black-and-white duplicates of himself to form a Celtic dance troupe, and later in "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again," which portrays the two mice as actors playing in their own show, which then slides downhill due to ExecutiveMeddling. (The latter, though, ends in an {{Or Was It|ADream}}? moment.)
** Additionally, there was an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' segment where Brain dreams that he is the Rockefeller family baby, but the DeliveryStork mistakenly brings him to the Hip Hippos instead.
* Happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', where Cat plans to make Dog and Shriek fall for each other, hoping that the Greaser Dogs will thereby leave him alone. The rest of the episode is Cat's dream of what the consequences are: Dog marries Shriek, which causes the Greaser Dogs to move into their house and generally making Cat's life a living hell.
* The better part of episode 20 in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', which thoroughly confused the non-French-speaking people watching it without subtitles, though it could only have been [[DisneyAcidSequence one other trope]] if not this one.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Number 7". A MindScrew episode which directly parodies ''Series/ThePrisoner'', including a version of that shows opening sequence. Given what happens during the MindScrew, this trope is a [[TropesAreNotBad welcome sight]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has one when Stan accidentally crapped himself in a pool party and concocts a scheme to get UsefulNotes/BarackObama to do the same. It was a dream moments before he actually jumps... and craps himself. It's implied that this was not the first time he's done it too. The ending is foreshadowed by the episode title, "An Incident at Owl Creek" (which is a clear homage to "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", a DyingDream story)
* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "[[PandaingToTheAudience Panda-Monium]]".

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* [[OncePerEpisode Every single episode]] of In ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** Scooby has several such episodes in
the French animated short WesternAnimation/ErnestLeVampire ends with the title vampire waking up 80s series. One time he dreams they are in Wonderland. Another time that they go to Pleasure Island from a CatapultNightmare.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In the
Pinocchio.
** The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''
episode "Danger Mouse Saves The World...Again," things kept getting worse until DM was stuck in a room full "Mystery Solver State Club Finals" (where Scooby team-up with other sidekick of bombs and explosives -- then his alarm woke him up.
* The end of Disney WartimeCartoon ''Disney/DerFuehrersFace''.
* This happens a couple of times on ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': first in a surreal episode where Brain creates numerous black-and-white duplicates of himself
similar Creator/HannaAndBarbera show) turns out to form a Celtic dance troupe, and later in "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again," which portrays the two mice as actors playing in their own show, which then slides downhill due to ExecutiveMeddling. (The latter, though, ends in an {{Or Was It|ADream}}? moment.)
** Additionally, there was an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' segment where Brain dreams that he is the Rockefeller family baby, but the DeliveryStork mistakenly brings him to the Hip Hippos instead.
be this.
* Happens Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' where Cat plans two scenes turns out to make Dog and Shriek fall be dream sequences -- much to the annoyance of the {{narrator}}, who complains about this being "[[RageAgainstTheAuthor lazy writing]]!"
* Naturally, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has parodied this numerous times.
** In the season six episode "Lisa's Rival", Lisa is competing so hard against a new student, Allison,
for each other, hoping the first chair saxophone position that she faints in the Greaser Dogs will thereby leave him alone. middle of it. After "regaining consciousness", she's told that Allison got the chair and Lisa screams. The rest of screen then blacks out and she really wakes up... only to be told the exact same thing with the added disclaimer, "And believe me, this is not a dream!"
** In
the episode after Mr. Burns is Cat's dream of what shot, Smithers wakes up in his apartment to find [[ShoutOut Mr. Burns in the consequences are: Dog marries Shriek, shower]], perfectly fine, and concludes with relief that it was all a dream. Burns then informs Smithers that they are the stars of a 60s detective show called ''Speedway Squad'', at which causes point Smithers wakes up again and realises, "Wait, ''that'' was all a dream!" -- Mr. Burns really has been shot. Smithers then remarks, "Hey, then maybe I ''haven't'' become a hideous drunken wreck, and --" only to realise that he's in the Greaser Dogs to move into their house and generally making Cat's life a living hell.
* The better part of
exact same state he started the episode 20 in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', which thoroughly confused in, and his mouth still tastes like an ashtray.
** Even
the non-French-speaking people watching it without subtitles, though it could only have been [[DisneyAcidSequence one other trope]] if not this one.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Number 7". A MindScrew episode which directly parodies ''Series/ThePrisoner'', including a version
specific tendency of that shows opening sequence. Given what happens during the MindScrew, soap operas to rely on this trope is parodied. In one episode, Moe lands a [[TropesAreNotBad welcome sight]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
role on [[SoapWithinAShow a soap called]] ''[[SoapWithinAShow It Never Ends]]'', only to stumble upon a future script in which his character is killed off. He angrily confronts the producer.
--->'''Producer:''' ''(holds up script)'' You idiot! Pink pages always mean a dream!\\
'''Moe:''' I thought dreams was on goldenrod.\\
'''Producer:''' No, goldenrod is for [[AdventuresInComaland coma fantasies]]!
** Happens in "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episodes which are already {{Bizarro Episode}}s. In [=TOH=] II, Homer
has one when Stan accidentally crapped himself in a pool party and concocts nightmare that ends with Mr. Burns' body being crushed by a scheme robot. He awakes to get UsefulNotes/BarackObama find his boss' head stitched to do his shoulder. In [=TOH=] V, Bart finds the same. It was events of "Nightmare Cafeteria" were just a dream. Marge assures him he has nothing to fear except the fog that turns people inside out. In [=TOH=] XVI, "Bartificial Intelligence" is a dream moments before he actually jumps... and craps himself. It's implied that this was not the first time he's done it too. The ending is foreshadowed of Homer's while possessed by the devil. He's just happy that gets him out of work.
** The
episode title, "An Incident at Owl Creek" (which is "The Squirt and the Whale" has a clear homage rather heart-breaking example. After several futile efforts to "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", rescue Bluella, the beached whale, Lisa decides to keep her company for the night. She wakes up to find the army has formed a DyingDream story)
* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "[[PandaingToTheAudience Panda-Monium]]".
plan to rescue Bluella. They loop heavy duty straps under her and carry her out to sea. Bluella happily swims away, then leaps into the sky. Lisa then wakes up for real...and discovers Bluella has died.



* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'': TheStinger of the final episode cuts to the original 1980s ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' cartoon and reveals that ''Renegades'' was just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAznMVCdBcg 80s!Duke's dream]].
* {{Deconstructed}} in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Failsafe." The whole episode turned out to be an UnwinnableTrainingSimulation the characters were undergoing while in a psychic trance. However, partway through the exercise, M'gann's PsychicPowers [[HolodeckMalfunction turned off the safety features]], essentially brainwashing herself and everyone else to forget that it was fake. ComicBook/MartianManhunter was eventually able to perform an OrpheanRescue before everybody slipped into permanent comas, but the whole next episode deals with them facing the trauma from the experience, and it ties into several character arcs that last throughout the series.
* Most of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Murder, She Snored." In this case, it's not a spoiler, since [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] is seen falling asleep before the silly parodies begin.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', "Parade Float". A series of events involving Daffy using all of Porky's money to buy a yacht ends with him falling off and about to drown. He wakes up and remarks "It was all a dream. That's why I was such a horrible person." Bugs then reminds him that "It wasn't a dream. You really are a horrible person." In fact, Daffy was in a hospital bed, recovering from his near-drowning.

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* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'': TheStinger of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** First appeared in
the final episode cuts to "Flashbacks", which twisted the conventional ClipShow by having each clip end with a completely different situation from its original 1980s ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' cartoon episode, ending every time with [[RunningGag a reference to ice cream]] among other things. This was all {{fram|ingDevice}}ed with the kids telling stories while the bus lies on the edge of a cliff. At separate points, they flash back on a [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] stunt they witnessed (which never happened on the show) and reveals an earlier moment in the framing device itself. When the bus finally falls into the chasm, it inexplicably lands on a giant tub of ice cream. All of this, including an unrelated subplot surrounding Ms. Crabtree, were all part of a dream by Eric Cartman which ended with him eating beetles and ice cream once again being brought up, thus revealing that ''Renegades'' the entire episode was a dream within a dream conjured by Stan. ("Dude. That's a pretty fucked up dream." "Yeah, I must be having some real emotional problems.") After ''that'' was established, however, the episode returns one last time to Ms. Crabtree's subplot, where her love interest Marcus -- [[IHaveManyNames or was it Mitch?]] -- tells her that he can't stay, as everything on her side of the story was just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAznMVCdBcg 80s!Duke's dream]].
* {{Deconstructed}} in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Failsafe.
a kid's dream. Her response? "I know, but let me just pretend as long as I can." The whole episode turned out to be an UnwinnableTrainingSimulation the characters were undergoing while in a psychic trance. However, partway through the exercise, M'gann's PsychicPowers [[HolodeckMalfunction turned off the safety features]], essentially brainwashing herself and everyone else to forget (Aha! So ''Miss Crabtree'' was imagining [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow that it Stan was fake. ComicBook/MartianManhunter was eventually able to perform an OrpheanRescue before everybody slipped into permanent comas, but the whole next episode deals with them facing the trauma from the experience, and it ties into several character arcs imagining that last throughout Cartman was imagining]] that the series.
* Most of
bus was teetering on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Murder, She Snored." In this case, it's not edge of a spoiler, since [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] is seen falling asleep before the silly parodies begin.
*
cliff! Clear as mud.)
**
Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', "Parade Float". A at the end of the "Imaginationland" series of events involving Daffy using all of Porky's money to buy a yacht ends with him falling off and about to drown. He episodes. Butters wakes up and remarks "It starts telling his parents about the dream he had that he saved Imaginationland. His parents tell him that it really happened and they read all about it in the morning paper. [[AbusiveParents And then they ground him for saving Imaginationland instead of helping his mother clean the garage.]]
** Also subverted earlier on, in the first chapter. Kyle wakes up and assumes that the Muslim terrorist attack on Imaginationland and Butters being left there
was all a crazy dream, but when he calls up Stan, he finds out that he had the exact same dream. That's why I Then Butters's parents come into Stan's house worrying about Butters. Finally, the Pentagon reports that our imagination was such taken over by terrorists, complete with a horrible person." Bugs videotape showing proof. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Cartman still wants his balls sucked by Kyle.]]
** Also subverted in the season 3 episode "Spontaneous Combustion". Cartman was tied to a cross for a crucifixion re-enactment, but his friends forgot about him and left him up there. A couple of days later, Chef finds him and takes him off the cross. The following conversation is from the car ride home.
--->'''Chef:''' Eric, I have to tell you something and it's really gonna bum you out.\\
'''Cartman:''' What?\\
'''Chef:''' It'll really piss you off.\\
'''Cartman:''' What, tell me!\\
'''Chef:''' This is just a dream, you're still up on that cross.\\
'''Cartman:''' ''(he wakes up, still on the cross)'' Oh, dammit!
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** At the end of one episode where Mrs. Puff goes to jail, it's revealed that it was all a dream, and Spongebob is going to jail. Except that was all a dream, and she's in the boat with a random person from prison. After that, she just gives up, [[LeftHanging and the episode ends]].
** The episode "The Main Drain" ends like this.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' plays with this trope in the first episode. It first portrays Rusty spending his childhood being [[RaisedByWolves raised and repeatedly mauled by wolves]], and
then reminds blowing them up along with him that "It wasn't when he just had enough. That was revealed to be all just a dream, and then shows him as a party-hardy drinker who goes to rock concerts. That is also just a dream, and then shows him still living with Early's sister Lil (which was before all the dreams), who calls him out on his lack of manhood. That, too, was just a dream. You Rusty raping some small creature... that really are a horrible person." In fact, Daffy was in a hospital bed, recovering from his near-drowning.happened.



* The episode "The Binky Show" of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' is this. It ends with Binky actually showing up. The announcer tells that Binky was going to do a number of things, including embarrassing Jon by singing to him in a restaurant.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The RuleSixtyThree episodes are all "[[TakeThatAudience fanfictions]]" written by different characters; only the first one had this as a twist, though.
** "King Worm," though the plot is that the characters eventually realize it's a dream and need to escape.
%%** The episode "Puhoy"...[[OrWasItADream maybe]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "I.R. Wild Baboon" turns out be a dream by WesternAnimation/{{Cow|AndChicken}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' has Mr. Nervous, who goes on wacky (and scary for him) adventures that turn out to be just his imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' has Raf and Sulfus both have a dream where they get married.
* Several of the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' cartoons end with Snafu about to face the consequences of his actions (usually his imminent demise) only to wake up. He is then shown mending his ways.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' episode "Pool Party Panic" turns out to be one, and becomes a plot point in the second and third acts of the episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episode "The White Board", where Rudy dreams that he has a fever during the summer and falls into his white board while inside [=ChalkZone=], eventually entering White Board Zone. Later, he and his friends enter Pencil Zone.
* In ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** Scooby has several such episodes in the 80s series. One time he dreams they are in Wonderland. Another time that they go to Pleasure Island from Pinocchio.
** The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "Mystery Solver State Club Finals" turns out to be this.

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* The episode "The Binky Show" of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' is this. It ends with Binky actually showing up. The announcer tells that Binky was going to do a number of things, including embarrassing Jon by singing to him in a restaurant.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The RuleSixtyThree episodes are all "[[TakeThatAudience fanfictions]]" written by different characters; only the first
''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has one had this as a twist, though.
** "King Worm," though the plot is that the characters eventually realize it's a dream
too. In "Heavenly Puss," Tom wangs his head and need to escape.
%%** The episode "Puhoy"...[[OrWasItADream maybe]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "I.R. Wild Baboon" turns out be a dream by WesternAnimation/{{Cow|AndChicken}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' has Mr. Nervous, who goes on wacky (and scary for him) adventures that turn out to be just his imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' has Raf and Sulfus both have a dream
kills himself where they get married.
* Several of
he ends up in train station in Heaven. The boarder however won't let him through due to his chasing Jerry all the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' cartoons time but give Tom a change to redeem himself by getting Jerry to sign a forgiveness certificate, otherwise Tom will end with Snafu about to face the consequences of his actions (usually his imminent demise) only to wake up. He up in Hell tormented by a devil looking Spike. Tom is then shown mending sent back and tries everything he can to get Jerry to sign the thing. In the end though he doesn't make the deadline and it looks like he's doomed...till he wakes up and more than glad to find it was a dream. Even kissing his ways.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' episode "Pool Party Panic" turns out
worst enemy to be one, and becomes a plot point in the second and third acts of the episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episode "The White Board", where Rudy dreams that he has a fever during the summer and falls into
show his white board while inside [=ChalkZone=], eventually entering White Board Zone. Later, he and his friends enter Pencil Zone.
* In ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** Scooby has several such episodes in the 80s series. One time he dreams they are in Wonderland. Another time that they go to Pleasure Island from Pinocchio.
** The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "Mystery Solver State Club Finals" turns out to be this.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'' The episode "Bloom and Gloom," has this trope as its main plot. It centres on Apple Bloom waking up from many different nightmares of her earning a cutie mark that doesn't suit her and causes her to either have a terrible job, have her friends kick her out of the Cutie Mark Crusaders or have her family make her move out because her cutie mark isn't apple related.
* Amusingly subverted and discussed at the end of season five of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. After a season that went in [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent a completely different direction]] and upon learning that [[spoiler: Lana's baby is also his]], Archer spaces out and wonders if he's about to wake up from a coma he's been in since the end of the previous season. Turns out that's not the case.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' episode ''Box Fort of Oz'', although the audience get to see Julius doze off and thus is fully aware of the situation.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'', Peabody and Sherman go back in time to watch Charles Dickens write "A Christmas Carol", only to find him being haunted by three ghosts that are fans of his work. After calming the spirits down by promising to write them into his next book, Dickens wakes up from his dream with inspiration and no time for visitors, leaving the real Mr. Peabody and Sherman confused and disappointed as they didn't get to do anything.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Apprentice", the show manages to get even MORE weird than it already is around the time that Gumball is conked on the head by a golf ball. What proceeds is a tripped-out sequence of Gumball cheating at golf with supersonic tennis rackets and vacuum trees (and an actual tripping-out sequence) that gets weirder and weirder until the Magic Frog from South Park manages to convince Gumball to throw the match, which somehow ruins the CEO's logically impractical evil plan, and Gumball hugs Mr. Fitzgerald while fireworks play in the background... at which point the show finally stops feeding you nuts and pans out to a brain-damaged Gumball right after he lost the game. The CEO lampshades it, laughing all the way:
--> CEO: "HA HA! He-he went into an entire montage where he thought he won the game epically, but it turns out it was all in his head ever since he got conked by the ball in match nine! BWA HA HA HA (etc.)"

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'' The episode "Bloom and Gloom," has this trope as its main plot. It centres on Apple Bloom waking up Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' When Billy Quizboy wakes from many different nightmares of her earning having a cutie mark that doesn't suit her and causes her to either have a terrible job, have her friends kick her out of the Cutie Mark Crusaders or have her family make her move out because her cutie mark isn't apple related.
* Amusingly subverted and discussed at the end of season five of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. After a season that went in [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent a completely different direction]] and upon learning that [[spoiler: Lana's baby is also his]], Archer spaces out and wonders if
dream, he's about all ready to wake up launch into a AndYouWereThere scene when he suddenly realizes the events from the dream were ''true'', screaming '''''you bastards!''''' while assaulting his so-called "friends."
** But played straight several times in the Christmas special episode.
** Hank Venture also tries to believe that
a coma mystery involving his missing father and bodyguard and an impending nuclear holocaust is all "just a dream". It's not.
* The better part of episode 20 in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', which thoroughly confused the non-French-speaking people watching it without subtitles, though it could only have been [[DisneyAcidSequence one other trope]] if not this one.
* The Creator/VanBeurenStudios short "Wonders of the Deep" ends this way, where the cat finds out the octopus
he's been in since fighting is Farmer Al Falfa, though the end of cat still has the previous season. Turns bag of money from the dream. He trades it with Al in exchange for food and runs off, only for Al to find out that's not its full of hundreds of mice instead!
* {{Deconstructed}} in
the case.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr''
''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode ''Box Fort of Oz'', although the audience get to see Julius doze off and thus is fully aware of the situation.
* In an
"Failsafe." The whole episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'', Peabody and Sherman go back in time to watch Charles Dickens write "A Christmas Carol", only to find him being haunted by three ghosts that are fans of his work. After calming the spirits down by promising to write them into his next book, Dickens wakes up from his dream with inspiration and no time for visitors, leaving the real Mr. Peabody and Sherman confused and disappointed as they didn't get to do anything.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Apprentice", the show manages to get even MORE weird than it already is around the time that Gumball is conked on the head by a golf ball. What proceeds is a tripped-out sequence of Gumball cheating at golf with supersonic tennis rackets and vacuum trees (and an actual tripping-out sequence) that gets weirder and weirder until the Magic Frog from South Park manages to convince Gumball to throw the match, which somehow ruins the CEO's logically impractical evil plan, and Gumball hugs Mr. Fitzgerald while fireworks play in the background... at which point the show finally stops feeding you nuts and pans
turned out to a brain-damaged Gumball right after he lost be an UnwinnableTrainingSimulation the game. The CEO lampshades it, laughing all characters were undergoing while in a psychic trance. However, partway through the way:
--> CEO: "HA HA! He-he went into an entire montage where he thought he won
exercise, M'gann's PsychicPowers [[HolodeckMalfunction turned off the game epically, but it turns out safety features]], essentially brainwashing herself and everyone else to forget that it was all in his head ever since he got conked by fake. ComicBook/MartianManhunter was eventually able to perform an OrpheanRescue before everybody slipped into permanent comas, but the ball in match nine! BWA HA HA HA (etc.)"whole next episode deals with them facing the trauma from the experience, and it ties into several character arcs that last throughout the series.
19th Jul '16 8:23:46 AM rafi
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* Many episodes of ''Anime/{{Urusei Yatsura}}'' were dream sequences, usually obvious in that the episode was occurring in the past or with historical characters.

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* Many episodes of ''Anime/{{Urusei Yatsura}}'' ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' were dream sequences, usually obvious in that the episode was occurring in the past or with historical characters.characters.
** In an episode, Kitsune watches a movie about a fox who uses magical nuts to turn the human woman he loves into a fox. Kitsune does the same to Shinobu (as well as Lum, Ataru, Cherry, and Kotatsu-Neko, by accident). In the end, however, he wakes up to finds himself in the open field where he saw the movie, revealing that the night he turned Shinobu into a fox was just a dream.
** Played with very cleverly in the second movie.
18th Jul '16 12:21:54 PM Monolaf317
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* In [=ClockUp=]'s ''Euphoria'', this is the end of Rinne's route. After Keisuke wakes up in a bed in a room inside a house stated to both his and Rinne, where Rinne is watching over him, he says to her that he had a bad dream, she assures that she will always be by his side, and the route just ends after Keisuke assures himself he don't have to think about the dream after all. But don't worry, it's not the True Ending.
18th Jul '16 7:38:04 AM GunarmDyne
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* In ''VideoGame/SongOfTheDeep'', the first time the player runs out of health and respawns at a save point, the game explains that it was just a vision of "what could have happened" and didn't actually happen.
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* A lot of the ''Series/{{House}]'' fanfic "It's Time You Got A Life" is Chase's dream.

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* A lot of the ''Series/{{House}]'' ''Series/{{House}}'' fanfic "It's Time You Got A Life" is Chase's dream.
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