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2nd Feb '17 1:30:34 AM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' [[spoiler:the entire series. At the end is an allucination from Wirt when he was drowning.]]
30th Jan '17 2:14:54 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/Supernatural'', Dean finds a dijin and makes a wish for a "normal" life. He suddenly finds himself in a world where their mother was never killed, their father spent time with them before dying of a heart attack, Sam is married and Dean is a baseball star. Dean is happy until he starts reading the news and discovers all the people the Winchesters should have saved were killed in gruesome accidents. He talks Sam into helping him track down the dijin and undo the wish. However, Dean soon realizes that the dijin never had the power to create a new world or change history. Rather, he places his victims into a coma and gives them the dreams of their wishes as he feeds off of them. Dean is able to finally break through to awaken.

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* On ''Series/Supernatural'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean finds a dijin and makes a wish for a "normal" life. He suddenly finds himself in a world where their mother was never killed, their father spent time with them before dying of a heart attack, Sam is married and Dean is a baseball star. Dean is happy until he starts reading the news and discovers all the people the Winchesters should have saved were killed in gruesome accidents. He talks Sam into helping him track down the dijin and undo the wish. However, Dean soon realizes that the dijin never had the power to create a new world or change history. Rather, he places his victims into a coma and gives them the dreams of their wishes as he feeds off of them. Dean is able to finally break through to awaken.
30th Jan '17 2:14:00 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/Supernatural'', Dean finds a dijin and makes a wish for a "normal" life. He suddenly finds himself in a world where their mother was never killed, their father spent time with them before dying of a heart attack, Sam is married and Dean is a baseball star. Dean is happy until he starts reading the news and discovers all the people the Winchesters should have saved were killed in gruesome accidents. He talks Sam into helping him track down the dijin and undo the wish. However, Dean soon realizes that the dijin never had the power to create a new world or change history. Rather, he places his victims into a coma and gives them the dreams of their wishes as he feeds off of them. Dean is able to finally break through to awaken.
30th Jan '17 6:00:25 AM Monsund
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** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', upon completing the game, the characters celebrate, and then it's shown Mario has been dreaming the entire game. Seems hokey today, but at the time (1988) having ANY sort of twist ending in a game was pretty revolutionary. According to the game's manual, the oneiric events take place in Subcon, a dream world. Most of the enemies and features present in the dream exist in the ''Mario'' universe, indicating that the dream is based on what the titular character has seen through his life. Wart was most likely an actual creation from Mario's imagination, though.

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** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', upon completing the game, the characters celebrate, and then it's shown Mario has been dreaming the entire game. Seems hokey today, but at the time (1988) having ANY sort of twist ending in a game was pretty revolutionary. According to the game's manual, the oneiric events take place in Subcon, a dream world. Most of DreamLand that actually exists, and is visited by most people in dreams. Basically the enemies adventure was real, Mario [[XAndFriends and features present friends]] arrived there though their dreams. This is further shown in the dream exist in [[NoExportForYou Japan only sequel]] for Satellaview where the ''Mario'' universe, indicating that the dream is based on what the titular character has seen through his life. Wart was most likely an actual creation cast revisits Subcon to once again protect it from Mario's imagination, though.Wart.
21st Jan '17 11:15:01 AM Rorosilky5
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* In ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Megamix'', there are two stages with this revelation at the end: "Blue Bear" and "Left-Hand Remix." The former is Bearbert's bad dream about Bearbara breaking up with him, and the latter is a strange dream full of non sequiturs from Bearbara that, while there's nothing obviously sad about it, has her crying in her sleep.

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* In ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Megamix'', there are two stages with this revelation at the end: "Blue Bear" and "Left-Hand Remix." The former is Bearbert's Beary's bad dream about Bearbara breaking up with him, and the latter is a strange dream full of non sequiturs from Bearbara that, while there's nothing obviously sad about it, has her crying in her sleep.sleep while Beary is stuffing himself with donuts.
12th Jan '17 12:32:30 PM DustSnitch
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[[TheReveal A twist]] where it is revealed previous events in the story were just part of a character's dream, hallucination or some other escape from reality, often put [[TwistEnding at the end of the work]] to reveal the entirety of it was some sort of dream.

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[[TheReveal A twist]] where it is revealed previous events in the story were just part of a character's dream, hallucination or some other escape from reality, often put [[TwistEnding at the end of the work]] end]] to reveal the entirety of it the story was some sort of dream.
12th Jan '17 12:31:31 PM DustSnitch
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Around fifty minutes into the program, really weird stuff starts happening, like {{little people|AreSurreal}} juggling while riding a tricycle around a bewildered protagonist. Then the protagonist realizes, just as you do, that this has all been a dream, a really bad hallucination, or some other escape from reality.

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Around fifty minutes into [[TheReveal A twist]] where it is revealed previous events in the program, really weird stuff starts happening, like {{little people|AreSurreal}} juggling while riding a tricycle around a bewildered protagonist. Then the protagonist realizes, story were just as you do, that this has all been part of a character's dream, a really bad hallucination, hallucination or some other escape from reality.
reality, often put [[TwistEnding at the end of the work]] to reveal the entirety of it was some sort of dream.



** England has a dream at one point where he is forced to play CloudcuckoolandersMinder to America in Africa, trying to keep him safe from poisonous lizards, snakes, and poisonous plants. He's glad that it's just a dream. [[spoiler: And then America shows up for real...]]

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** England has a dream at one point where he is forced to play CloudcuckoolandersMinder to America in Africa, trying to keep him safe from poisonous lizards, snakes, and poisonous plants. He's glad that it's just a dream. [[spoiler: And then America shows up for real...]]



* ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. Quite a bit of it really is just a dream, but that doesn't make it any less real. "I give you - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_characters_in_The_Sandman#Alex_Burgess eternal waking]]...". It's all about the importance of dreams and fiction. In the second story arc, the protagonist reflects on how cliche this trope is, but ultimately decides she can't find a better way to sum up her adventures. Fast-forward to the last story arc, where [[spoiler:Dream's funeral]] concludes with [[ContinuityCavalcade every one of the guests]] waking up - [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou even the reader]].

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* ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. Quite a bit of it really is just a dream, but that doesn't make it any less real. "I give you - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_characters_in_The_Sandman#Alex_Burgess eternal waking]]...". It's all about the importance of dreams and fiction. In the second story arc, the protagonist reflects on how cliche this trope is, but ultimately decides she can't find a better way to sum up her adventures. Fast-forward to the last story arc, where [[spoiler:Dream's funeral]] Dream's funeral concludes with [[ContinuityCavalcade every one of the guests]] waking up - [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou even the reader]].



* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamVR'' opens with a flashback to Bruce witnessing the death of his parents. Additionally, the whole game is strongly implied to be this, [[spoiler: more specifically a nightmare about the Joker's blood infection as it's an {{interquel}} between ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]''. There are hints throughout including a coded message that once decode is telling Bruce to wake up, all the alarms sound like the alarm clock heard at the start of the game, the song "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" being a RecurringRiff, and the game features the deaths of Nightwing and Robin (the former even kicking off the plot) despite them being alive in ''Knight''.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamVR'' opens with a flashback to Bruce witnessing the death of his parents. Additionally, the whole game is strongly implied to be this, [[spoiler: more specifically a nightmare about the Joker's blood infection as it's an {{interquel}} between ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]''. There are hints throughout including a coded message that once decode is telling Bruce to wake up, all the alarms sound like the alarm clock heard at the start of the game, the song "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" being a RecurringRiff, and the game features the deaths of Nightwing and Robin (the former even kicking off the plot) despite them being alive in ''Knight''.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode [[spoiler: "Let's Play Astronauts"]] turns out to be a dream of Stumpy's, which he is narrating to Kaeloo.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode [[spoiler: "Let's Play Astronauts"]] Astronauts" turns out to be a dream of Stumpy's, which he is narrating to Kaeloo.
12th Jan '17 4:33:22 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Val's ending in ''Blue Revolver'' reveals that the entirety of the game's events was all one big dream. She wakes up, her eyes wide open from shock, and decides she's going to [[PlayingSick call in sick]]. [[AWinnerIsYou Then the credits roll.]]

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* Val's ending in ''Blue Revolver'' ''VideoGame/BlueRevolver'' reveals that the entirety of the game's events was all one big dream. She wakes up, her eyes wide open from shock, and decides she's going to [[PlayingSick call in sick]]. [[AWinnerIsYou Then the credits roll.]]
11th Jan '17 11:03:13 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Val's ending in ''Blue Revolver'' reveals that the entirety of the game's events was all one big dream. She wakes up, her eyes wide open from shock, and decides she's going to [[PlayingSick call in sick]]. [[AWinnerIsYou Then the credits roll.]]
11th Jan '17 9:17:54 AM MyFinalEdits
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* 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 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.

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* Amusingly subverted 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 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 ''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.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
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"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.



* ''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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'':
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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.



'''Technician:''' No. Get out.
*** Then just to mess with the viewer even more, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment he ends off skipping merrily away in a]] SugarBowl at the end.

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'''Technician:''' No. Get out.
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just to mess with the viewer even more, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment he ends off skipping merrily away in a]] SugarBowl at the end.



* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" revolves around Candace actually managing to bust Phineas and Ferb, resulting in them being sent to an extremely strict reform school where they are brainwashed. She soon realizes how much she misses them and, along with Jeremy, ventures to break them out. But as they escape, and seemingly run into a dead end, things get increasingly weird until it's revealed that it was a dream Candace was having. She discusses it with the family, which results in them guessing that Perry is a secret agent, causing government agents to bust in and take them away while Perry is told he'll have to be relocated... and ''this'' turns out to be [[DreamWithinADream just a bad dream that Perry is having]].
** The actual moment she realises what's going (the first time), is hilarious.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" revolves around Candace actually managing to bust Phineas and Ferb, resulting in them being sent to an extremely strict reform school where they are brainwashed. She soon realizes how much she misses them and, along with Jeremy, ventures to break them out. But as they escape, and seemingly run into a dead end, things get increasingly weird until it's revealed that it was a dream Candace was having. She discusses it with the family, which results in them guessing that Perry is a secret agent, causing government agents to bust in and take them away while Perry is told he'll have to be relocated... and ''this'' turns out to be [[DreamWithinADream just a bad dream that Perry is having]].
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having]]. The actual moment she realises what's going (the first time), is hilarious.



** Invoked and subverted in the ChristmasEpisode: Phineas [[CatapultNightmare sits up in bed]] and exclaims, "It was all a bad dream! [[SavingChristmas Christmas isn't cancelled]] after all!" -- only for [[RevealShot the camera to pan out]] to Isabella, who says that no matter how many times he tries that, [[ThisIsReality it's not going to change anything]].
* 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.

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** Invoked and subverted Subverted in the ChristmasEpisode: Phineas [[CatapultNightmare sits up in bed]] and exclaims, "It was all a bad dream! [[SavingChristmas Christmas isn't cancelled]] after all!" -- only for [[RevealShot the camera to pan out]] to Isabella, who says that no matter how many times he tries that, [[ThisIsReality it's not going to change anything]].
* 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 The latter, though, ends in an {{Or Was It|ADream}}? moment.)
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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.



* 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
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Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' When 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.
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%%** But played straight several times in the Christmas special episode.



* Some people believe that "real life" is really all just a simulation using technology that doesn't yet exist in real life/this simulation. This is based on the belief that technology is likely to get to the point of being able to perfectly simulate real life while making the subject forget real life while in the simulation and that since once this technology exists it will result in more virtual worlds than the one real one the odds are that this is a simulation and not real life.
** [[http://www.simulation-argument.com/ The Simulation Argument]] tells that: it is overwhelmingly likely that ''either'' 1) we are living in an "ancestor simulation" created by our descendants ''or'' 2) this is not.
** A counterpoint is the idea that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_reality#Relativity_of_reality "real life" is a meaningless term]], since any reality must be absolute from the perspective of its inhabitants (if we are indeed simulated beings, this is still the highest level of nested realities we can exist in).

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* Some people believe that "real life" is really all just a simulation using technology that doesn't yet exist in real life/this simulation. This is based on the belief that technology is likely to get to the point of being able to perfectly simulate real life while making the subject forget real life while in the simulation and that since once this technology exists it will result in more virtual worlds than the one real one the odds are that this is a simulation and not real life.
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life. [[http://www.simulation-argument.com/ The Simulation Argument]] tells that: it is overwhelmingly likely that ''either'' 1) we are living in an "ancestor simulation" created by our descendants ''or'' 2) this is not.
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not. A counterpoint is the idea that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_reality#Relativity_of_reality "real life" is a meaningless term]], since any reality must be absolute from the perspective of its inhabitants (if we are indeed simulated beings, this is still the highest level of nested realities we can exist in).
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