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7th Feb '16 12:29:36 PM Paranoia
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* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', an episode takes places in Angel's head, in which the events of the dream actually solve all the problems of the season's arc, right down to a soapy heroic happy ending. When the episode reveals to the viewers that it was all "just a dream", it's when the dream climaxes with Angel experiencing a moment of perfect happiness, causing him to lose his soul, waking up as the evil Angelus.
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* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', an early in one episode takes places in they hire a shaman to help unleash Angel's head, in which EnemyWithin, but at the last moment instead of casting the spell he betrays them and attacks. The events of that follow during the dream episode actually solve all the problems of the season's arc, right down to a soapy heroic happy ending. When the The episode reveals to the viewers that it was all "just a dream", it's dream" when the dream [[DoubleEntendre it climaxes with Angel experiencing a moment of perfect happiness, happiness]], causing him to lose his soul, waking up as the evil Angelus.Angelus still chained down to the table at the beginning of the episode. [[JustifiedTrope The dream was a an illusion created by the shaman, to do exactly what they hired him for.]]
5th Feb '16 8:43:22 AM RAMChYLD
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* 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.
21st Jan '16 8:43:41 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Exploited as a game mechanic in ''VideoGame/NeverendingNightmares'', where bedrooms act as checkpoints (though this overlaps with DreamWithinADream). As plot is progressed, this trope is played straight as none of the MultipleEndings imply that it was nothing more than a nightmare.
16th Jan '16 8:43:28 AM Doug86
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* Grant Morrison ends his run of ''ComicBook/{{Animalman}}'' by retconing it into a dream as a favor to the title character.
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* Grant Morrison ends his run of ''ComicBook/{{Animalman}}'' ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' by retconing retconning it into a dream as a favor to the title character.
16th Jan '16 8:42:31 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant'', ConanTheBarbarian briefly wonders about this:
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant'', ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian briefly wonders about this:
15th Jan '16 10:44:13 PM jormis29
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* ''[[Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History]]'' lists the ''St. Elsewhere'' and ''Dallas'' examples (see below) at number 27 and 2, respectively.
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* ''[[Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History]]'' lists the ''St. Elsewhere'' ''Series/StElsewhere'' and ''Dallas'' ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' examples (see below) at number 27 and 2, respectively.

* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' ended its final episode with this in reference to both ''St. Elsewhere'' and ''Newhart'', as Ferguson (as his ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' character Nigel) wakes up in bed next to Drew Carey, apparently dreaming that he had been a late-night show host with a robot and a fake horse for the past few years. He also accidentally offends Drew by mentioning that the dream also included Drew losing weight, looking fabulous, and becoming a [[Series/ThePriceIsRight game show host]].
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* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' ended its final episode with this in reference to both ''St. Elsewhere'' ''Series/StElsewhere'' and ''Newhart'', ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', as Ferguson (as his ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' character Nigel) wakes up in bed next to Drew Carey, apparently dreaming that he had been a late-night show host with a robot and a fake horse for the past few years. He also accidentally offends Drew by mentioning that the dream also included Drew losing weight, looking fabulous, and becoming a [[Series/ThePriceIsRight game show host]].

* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': An arc of what turn out to be the kid's nightmares, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/07/07 culminating]] in a ShoutOut to ''StElsewhere''.
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* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': An arc of what turn out to be the kid's nightmares, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/07/07 culminating]] in a ShoutOut to ''StElsewhere''.''Series/StElsewhere''.
2nd Jan '16 9:09:55 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Stay}}'': of the DyingDream variety.
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* ''Film/{{Stay}}'': of Of the DyingDream variety.variety. * ''Film/CruelAndUnusual'': {{Discussed}} by Edgar early on, who says he'd like to believe that the afterlife is just a nightmare, but knows it's too real for that to be true.
28th Dec '15 3:03:43 PM MyFinalEdits
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A classic violation of Repair Dont Respond
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005732 Here]], Doc Scratch [[TheReveal reveals]] that, from the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005674 coin flip onwards]], he had [[HalfTruth actually been describing]] a [[ForWantOfANail doomed alternate timeline in which Terezi let Vriska carry out her plan]], and that, in the alpha timeline, Terezi had [[SelfDefeatingProphecy foreseen that outcome and stabbed Vriska to avoid it]]. ** About a few years later, though, we learn that ''that'' was a doomed alternate timeline (which we had been following for the entire rest of the comic), and that ''actually'', Vriska survives due to a literal in-universe {{Retcon}}.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005732 Here]], Doc Scratch [[TheReveal reveals]] that, from the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005674 coin flip onwards]], he had [[HalfTruth actually been describing]] a [[ForWantOfANail doomed alternate timeline in which Terezi let Vriska carry out her plan]], and that, in the alpha timeline, Terezi had [[SelfDefeatingProphecy foreseen that outcome and stabbed Vriska to avoid it]]. ** About a few years later, though, we learn it]]. It's revealed eventually that ''that'' was a doomed alternate timeline (which we had been following was followed for the entire rest of the comic), and that ''actually'', Vriska survives due to a literal in-universe {{Retcon}}.
28th Dec '15 10:16:32 AM ASBusinessMagnet
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** About a few years later, though, we learn that ''that'' was a doomed alternate timeline (which we had been following for the entire rest of the comic), and that ''actually'', Vriska survives due to a literal in-universe {{Retcon}}.
26th Dec '15 7:10:37 PM nombretomado
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* The high-profile ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: RIP'' storyline is (among other things) an attempt to bring the wackier [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] adventures of the Dark Knight in-canon by explaining them as hallucinations caused by sensory deprivation experiments. An original quote from one of those Silver-Age tales is a prominent part of the storyline (and very typical of the trope): "It would be far easier to consider this a dream... but how can I? For in my hand, I hold the Bat-Radia!"\\
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* The high-profile ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: RIP'' storyline is (among other things) an attempt to bring the wackier [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] adventures of the Dark Knight in-canon by explaining them as hallucinations caused by sensory deprivation experiments. An original quote from one of those Silver-Age tales is a prominent part of the storyline (and very typical of the trope): "It would be far easier to consider this a dream... but how can I? For in my hand, I hold the Bat-Radia!"\\
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