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28th Mar '17 8:49:55 AM NESBoy
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** 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.

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** 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 Angered, he has Homer disrupt the show to give away spoilers for future plotlines, upsetting the producer.


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** In "Husbands and Knives", after Homer felt dissatisfied by the results of his stomach stapling in his attempt to become more attractive to Marge (who has become successful in her new business), he underwent extensive surgery to become muscular, only to learn that the new muscles are made out of rolled up socks. He is then branded a monster by the town, and Marge decides to get a trophy husband anyway, driving Homer into suicidal dispair. Then it was revealed that not only was the whole experience a dream, but Marge had stopped Homer from getting surgeries and had his stapling undone instead.
21st Mar '17 8:20:20 AM MyFinalEdits
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** An episode airing in 1988 had a memorable example of this. The Chipmunks were scheduled to perform at a concert at the Wall of Iron, an analogue to the Berlin Wall. While preparing for the concert, they encounter a young girl whose brother is on the other side of the wall and sneak over to find him. They get captured by the authorities and told the other side is tired of the separation as well. They then destroy the wall using the PowerOfRock and reunite everyone. Then Alvin wakes up on the plane as it's landing and sees the wall is still standing. He says "It was all just a dream...but it doesn't have to be." ([[HeartwarmingInHindsight Then a year later, it wasn't.]])

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** An episode airing in 1988 had a memorable example of this.1988. The Chipmunks were scheduled to perform at a concert at the Wall of Iron, an analogue to the Berlin Wall. While preparing for the concert, they encounter a young girl whose brother is on the other side of the wall and sneak over to find him. They get captured by the authorities and told the other side is tired of the separation as well. They then destroy the wall using the PowerOfRock and reunite everyone. Then Alvin wakes up on the plane as it's landing and sees the wall is still standing. He says "It was all just a dream...but it doesn't have to be." ([[HeartwarmingInHindsight Then a year later, it wasn't.]])
21st Mar '17 8:12:09 AM BKelly95
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** An episode airing in 1988 had a memorable example of this. The Chipmunks were scheduled to perform at a concert at the Wall of Iron, an analogue to the Berlin Wall. While preparing for the concert, they encounter a young girl whose brother is on the other side of the wall and sneak over to find him. They get captured by the authorities and told the other side is tired of the separation as well. They then destroy the wall using the PowerOfRock and reunite everyone. Then Alvin wakes up on the plane as it's landing and sees the wall is still standing. He says "It was all just a dream...but it doesn't have to be." ([[HeartwarmingInHindsight Then a year later, it wasn't.]])
15th Mar '17 9:26:32 PM Blazer
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* In the ninth ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie, Gohan and Goten are getting overwhelmed against Broly, who is still immensely powerful despite Gohan being a Super Saiyan 2. Goten begs for Shenron to help them and Goku arrives, allowing the Son family to deliver a powerful triple Kamehameha. When the dust settles, Goku is long gone, making the brothers wonder if Goku really descend from heaven to help them or if it was them all along.
8th Mar '17 6:19:39 PM AthenaBlue
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* In the episode ''Virtural Slide'' of the series ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' Maggie Beckett has a dream within a dream. After Maggie is captured, she is put into a virtual reality that she recognizes as such almost immediately. Her captures segue this into a more realistic version where Maggie interacts with her friends, gives her captures information, and imagines a relationship with one of the men on her crew. Only when rescued does she realize that she never woke up from the first "dream."
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': The episodes "Magic Christmas Tree" and "Trying to Forget Mr. Boynton".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' is fond of doing this.
** In one episode, Mulder and Scully have [[LotusEaterMachine fungus-inspired hallucinations]].
** In "Triangle" Mulder wakes up in a hospital after apparently going back in time and [[AndYouWereThere meeting his friends and enemies]] as heroes or villains on a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII liner. Naturally no one believes him, but Mulder can't help smiling when he feels the bruise on his cheek where past-Scully gave him a MegatonPunch after he [[NowOrNeverKiss stole a kiss from her]].

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* In the an episode ''Virtural Slide'' of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'', main character Tom dreams of a world where the 4400 abductions never happened. As it turns out at the end, the "dream" was actually a power of one of the series ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' Maggie Beckett has a dream within a dream. After Maggie is captured, she is put into a virtual 4400, whose alternate reality that she recognizes as such almost immediately. Her captures segue this into a more realistic version where Maggie interacts with her friends, gives her captures information, and imagines a powers allowed him to have an eight year relationship with one her in an extremely short time, allowing them to know everything about each other despite only meeting once.
* Spoofed in the final episode of ''Series/AceOfCakes'' after building a giant cake replica
of the men BTTF Delorean the final scene has Duff noticing the lights in the flux capacitor are on her crew. Only the fritz so he opens it up and messes with the wires, next scene he wakes up at his job at a factory, turns to Geoff and tells him about the weird dream he had "where you and I worked at a cake shop making all sorts of weird cakes".
* Creator/{{MTV}} Europe's edition of ''Alternative Nation'' did this at the end of a special Music/{{Blur}} episode. It had host Toby Amies interviewing Damon and Alex in a fancy car, with a skit added at the end revealing everything to be Toby's dream.
* ''Series/{{Apocalypse}}'': Steven's initial thoughts
when rescued does he wakes up in his room at the end of the experiment. It was only after he meets Derren in the living room that he was told the truth about the experiment.
* The first season finale of ''Series/ArmyWives'' has a crazed man setting off a bomb in a bar that includes Claudia Joy and daughter Amanda. Much of the second season premiere shows the women at Amanda's college, both okay. It turns out that Amanda died and this is Claudia Joy's mind giving her a chance to say goodbye as
she realize recovers in her own hospital bed.
* ''Series/{{Awake}}'' mixes this with OrWasItADream, and [[AlternateUniverse dual realities]] as its main premise.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': At the beginning of "Collaborators" Adama, Tigh and Roslin are telling Dr. Baltar that they forgive his [[TheQuisling actions on New Caprica]]. It's only when Roslin adds
that she never woke finds him desirable that a suddenly terrified Baltar realizes he's still in deep shit. Sure enough, he then wakes up from the first "dream."
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': The
on a Cylon baseship. Few episodes "Magic Christmas Tree" later, in "Taking a Break From All Your Worries", Baltar [[DrivenToSuicide tries to hang himself]] and "Trying to Forget Mr. Boynton".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' is fond of doing this.
** In one episode, Mulder and Scully have [[LotusEaterMachine fungus-inspired hallucinations]].
** In "Triangle" Mulder
wakes up in a hospital [[BrainUploading Resurrection tank]] surrounded by Sixes. As he expresses relief at the revelation, the Sixes start scratching around his throat upon which it he regains consciousness to a marine performing CPR or him.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' (season 3, 2nd episode) Blackadder dreams that he overslept and Dr. Johnson is arriving, whose dictionary has been burned. Then, Dr. Johnson suddenly confesses that he never liked the dictionary anyways, then things get really surreal as his aunt suddenly appears, Baldrick shows up in a dog's mask, and everybody starts dancing. Blackadder then realizes that that "it's a bloody dream!"... and then he really wakes up, he has overslept, the book is still burned, and Dr. Johnson is arriving.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''. The Season 4 finale seemed to take place in an alternate universe where everyone worked in a nightclub called "The Lab" and Booth and Bones were married. Then, at the end of the episode, it turns out that it was just a dream Booth was having while he was in a coma. And this was
after apparently weeks of promotions that they were actually going back in to ''have sex''. "We promise this time and [[AndYouWereThere meeting his friends and enemies]] as heroes it's for real, not a dream sequence or villains on a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII liner. Naturally no one believes him, but Mulder can't help smiling when he feels the bruise on his cheek anything." Right...
* The ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode
where past-Scully gave him the characters get trapped in a MegatonPunch after he [[NowOrNeverKiss stole slasher movie scenario is actually a kiss dream Shawn has while sleeping through detention.
* The alternate ending to ''Series/BreakingBad'' (as seen on DVD) played this completely for laughs. In it, Walter White's death plays out the same as it does in the actual finale, but then Hal
from her]].''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wakes up, having dreamed the whole series. He then tells Lois about his terrifying dream where he was a world-class meth cook with a shaved head (to which Lois laughs at the idea of him cooking ''anything''), and there was this guy who "looked like the guy from ''Series/TheShield''", and this kid who said "[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch the b-word]]" a lot. This is very similar to the Newhart finale below.
* British surreal comedy series ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' concluded with the revelation that the entirety of the program, all 53 episodes, had been a dream. The title character had fallen asleep while on the train to the interview for the job that he'd had throughout the series. The other people in the dream (apart from his wife, who was the same in the dream and in real life) were actually people on the train with him, and he projected them into the dream.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 6 episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]]", it is suggested that the entire series is a [[CuckooNest hallucination of the main character]], who is living in a mental institution and has power fantasies of saving the world with her imaginary friends. The episode's end leaves room for interpretation as to which existence (Buffy's life as a vampire slayer, or her life as a mental patient) is really All Just a Dream. [[WordOfGod Joss Whedon]] [[MindScrew has outright stated that either one is a definite possibility]].
** In season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', early in one episode they hire a shaman to help unleash Angel's EnemyWithin, but at the last moment instead of casting the spell he betrays them and attacks. The events that follow during the episode actually solve all the problems of the season's arc, right down to a soapy heroic happy ending. The episode reveals to the viewers that it was all "just a dream" when [[DoubleEntendre it climaxes with Angel experiencing a moment of perfect happiness]], causing him to lose his soul, waking up as the evil 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.]]
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': When El Chavo, La Chilindrina and Kiko enter Doña Clotilde's (a.k.a. the Witch of the 71) apartment they see the classic hag inside a horror house. It turns out to be all just a dream and Doña Clotilde was actually bringing them candy pallets.
* Most events of the ''Series/ChinaBeach'' season 3 finale episode "Strange Brew" may have been a shared dream (after [[ShellShockedVeteran Colleen McMurphy]] and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold KC Koloski]] fall asleep on the helipad), a dream within a dream (as Colleen wakes up on the helipad at the end... only to then seem to wake up AGAIN in her bunk) or just a long, strange trip, since much of the show WAS set in TheSixties.
* The ''entire premise'' of ''[[{{Toku}} Choukou Senshi Changerion]]'' is this trope, which sparked a number of angry letters to Toei!
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In a fake clip-show episode, the group takes Abed to a psychiatrist who eventually reveals that the Community College they were recently expelled from was actually a shared delusion they all had in an insane asylum and the fact that they think its real means they're all relapsing. There were even clips of them in the asylum playing out scenes from the show. It doesn't take long for them to realize he's lying, and when cornered he admits to being an actor hired by Chang to keep them from trying to go back to the college.
** Played again in the fourth season finale when Abed reveals to Jeff that the battle with their darkest timeline counterparts took place entirely within his imagination.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' did a number of these, normally precipitated by Cliff's consumption of a large sandwich near bedtime.
* The second failed resurrection of ''Crossroads''[[note]]Buried, as it were, at the crossroads.[[/note]], a British SoapOpera, ended by revealing the entire series had been the dream of a supermarket worker. Whether the first resurrection was just a dream as well is up to viewer interpretation.
** The closing scenes show a number of characters who made their debut in the first resurrection also working in the supermarket... except the character having the dream didn't appear until the second resurrection. (Maybe the first resurrection was one of the other workers' dreams, explaining why [[AbortedArc none of the cliffhangers were resolved]]?) And just as you're getting your head around that, a customer at the supermarket, who looks like another character who's been around since the first resurrection, is identified as "Tracey from ''Crossroads''" by the staff. Um... huh?
* The ''Series/CSICrimeSceneInvestigation'' episode "Working Stiffs" ends with a scene of the culprit blowing up a safe, collecting its contents, and successfully slipping past the encircling cops through a basement tunnel ... only for the scene to rewind to the moment the safe's door blew off, to reveal that the door had actually ''cut the man in half'' and left him pinned to the wall, hallucinating that he'd succeeded in his dying moments.
* A segment on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' featured Creator/SteveCarell's greatest fears (including Creator/StephenColbert [[HilariousInHindsight taking over the show]]), leading to him waking up in terror -- next to Jon Stewart.



* ''Series/DarkAngel'':
** The HalloweenEpisode started fairly normal, then became progressively more wacky until the end revealed it was All Just a Dream.
** In the season 1 finale, Max dreams that her and Logan finally get-it-on. But in the middle of it all, a crow caws and blood appears on Logan's hand. Max asks desperately what's happening, then it's revealed the young clone of her who shot at her earlier '''Didn't Miss''' and instead shot her in the heart, leading her to die, until Zack shoots his own brains out to donate a heart for her.



* There are quite a few in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
** Nearly half of an entire season was made "just a dream", though justified as a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. The entire season had been built around Katey Sagal's pregnancy. She had a late and unexpected miscarriage and couldn't deal with having a newborn baby on the set.
** Another One involves Al taking a job as a janitor for a Private Eye only to become one himself and solve a diamond case, getting a big fat check as reward. StatusQuoIsGod and it was just a dream of his (this one was the season-erasing resolution).
** Another has Al making a deal with the Devil (Creator/RobertEnglund) to lead a football team to the Super Bowl. He gets his wish but is killed in a tackle and taken to Hell where his family and friends also end up (as a result of improbable accidents after his death, oddly enough). After 300 years in Hell, Al can't take it anymore and challenges the Devil to a football match. The Devil picks some of the world's worst historical figures for his team. Al wins (even though given an offer to go back with beautiful women and loads of cash which, in a rare moment selflessness, he passes up). Al then wakes up back where he was before the Devil appeared and it appears to be a dream to him... least until he pulls out some Red Hots candy the Devil had given him.
* The last episode of ''Series/StElsewhere'' reveals that the entire series has taken place in the mind of an autistic child. If you accept that crossovers between shows imply that they occupy the same fictional universe, an argument can be made that no fewer than [[http://yujinishuge.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/crossoversscaled.jpg 282 shows]] were figments of Tommy Westphall's imagination, including both ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'', along with their spin-offs. The aforementioned picture seems to have a very low threshold for calling a show a cross-over, however; it includes minor {{shout out}}s as linkage. [[http://www.poobala.com/crossoverlist.html Another crossover database site]] gives a more conservative estimate, setting nearly a hundred shows within young Tommy's mind.
* This trope's application in the ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' episode "The Last Newhart" resulted in what is widely considered one of the best series [[GrandFinale finales]], ever. In the end it was revealed that the entire show was a nightmare of Robert Hartley, the star of ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', also played by Bob Newhart. Interestingly, ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' received a crossover from ''Series/StElsewhere'', which combined with the previous entry could make ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' a DreamWithinADream.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** A Wayne's World sketch starts with Wayne talking about a dream he had, then dissolves to the dream in typical Wayne's World fashion (wiggling their fingers and going "Do-da-loo! Do-da-loo!" during an actual dissolve). The dream is basically a Madonna music video in which Wayne makes out with Madonna while Garth dances in a skin-tight, black leotard. The sketch ends with them freaking out over an OrWasItADream moment as Garth is still wearing the leotard after the dream/flashback ends.
** The gag was recycled for a sketch where Wayne dreams that he's on ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and then wakes up wearing Heather Locklear's outfit.
* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', early in one episode they hire a shaman to help unleash Angel's EnemyWithin, but at the last moment instead of casting the spell he betrays them and attacks. The events that follow during the episode actually solve all the problems of the season's arc, right down to a soapy heroic happy ending. The episode reveals to the viewers that it was all "just a dream" when [[DoubleEntendre it climaxes with Angel experiencing a moment of perfect happiness]], causing him to lose his soul, waking up as the evil 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.]]
* The second failed resurrection of ''Crossroads''[[note]]Buried, as it were, at the crossroads.[[/note]], a British SoapOpera, ended by revealing the entire series had been the dream of a supermarket worker. Whether the first resurrection was just a dream as well is up to viewer interpretation.
** The closing scenes show a number of characters who made their debut in the first resurrection also working in the supermarket... except the character having the dream didn't appear until the second resurrection. (Maybe the first resurrection was one of the other workers' dreams, explaining why [[AbortedArc none of the cliffhangers were resolved]]?) And just as you're getting your head around that, a customer at the supermarket, who looks like another character who's been around since the first resurrection, is identified as "Tracey from ''Crossroads''" by the staff. Um... huh?
* The season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' ended on a CliffHanger, which was revealed in the season 2 premiere to be a dream, in what turned out to be a [[DreamWithinADream dream sequence itself]] Dangle wakes up from the dream, to discover himself in bed with Kenny Rogers. This turns out to be a dream Garcia is having in the meeting room at the sheriff's station.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' did a number of these, normally precipitated by Cliff's consumption of a large sandwich near bedtime.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** The episode "Slumber" both uses and subverts this trope, as a girl with dream-walking powers can only contact Clark through dreams. Although occurrences in the episode were fantasy, the dreams do serve a purpose to the plot.
** Used as a bit of a fake-out in "Promise", the Lana/Lex wedding. The episode begins with a ridiculously melodramatic wedding/murder/suicide scene, which is immediately revealed to be a dream Clark was suffering. The rest of the episode tells the story out of order chronologically, with a dream each for Lex and Lana, the former being fairly scary and the latter actually being a flashback to the Season Two premiere.
* An episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' in which the title character dreams of his [[IdenticalGrandson lookalike ancestor]] ends with an OrWasItADream moment when he woke to find he now possessed his ancestor's distinctive pocketknife.
* 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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%%* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow's'' classic ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' parody "It May Look Like a Walnut".
* There are quite a few ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The entirety of Season 23 is revealed
in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
** Nearly half
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe "The Ultimate Foe"]] to have been an inaccurate reconstruction of an entire season was made "just a dream", what really happened. Of particular note, it turns out that the death of the Doctor's companion Peri in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp "Mindwarp"]] never really happened and instead she is happily living with King Yrcanos (despite the fact that he seems to be violently insane, though justified that may just be more Matrix tampering).
** The 30th anniversary special/Eastenders crossover "Dimensions in Time" was revealed to be a nightmare of the Seventh Doctor in the expanded universe, although this was mostly done to explain the {{Canon Discontinuity}}.
** Similarly, "A Fix with Sontarans" is retconned
as a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. The entire season had been built around Katey Sagal's pregnancy. She nightmare the Doctor had--that [[HarsherInHindsight in retrospect]], Freud would have had a late field day with.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] inverts it. A little girl on what looks like present-day Earth dreams of a futuristic library in which several people (including the Doctor
and unexpected miscarriage Donna) are in danger. Her psychiatrist tells her confidentially (in a complete reversal of expectations) that her dream is real and couldn't deal with having a newborn baby on that the set.
people in danger need her help.
** Another One involves Al taking [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]]: While it's obvious from the very beginning that at least one of the worlds is a job dream, both turn out to be dreams and the last scene is the only one that actually happens. However, [[CharacterDevelopment Amy realizing that she does, in fact, love Rory]] is NOT ResetButton-ed, so it's all okay.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas"]]: The monster of the hour fed on minds and created dream states -- plunging Clara, the Doctor, and the rest of the people that were in the episode into multiple dreams within dreams within dreams.
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', the events in the Attic. That does ''not'' make it any better. You'll forever be trapped in an endless loop of your worst fear, unlikely to ever wake up. All the while the Rossum Corporation is using your mind
as a janitor giant computer for a Private Eye only their own ends. Even worse; one of the co-founders of Rossum dreams of an oncoming apocalypse, and he knows it almost 100% certain to become one himself reality.
* ''Series/{{Everwood}}'''s first season ends with a cliffhanger: Andy operates on Colin,
and solve a diamond case, getting a big fat check as reward. StatusQuoIsGod the very last scene is him entering the waiting room and everybody standing up to learn if the surgery was successful or not. Season two begins with everybody having fun at the pool (including Colin), giving the impression things had been fine. Suddenly, we realize it was only Amy's day-dreaming during Colin's funeral.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
** Played twice in ''one'' episode. The first one has Frasier return to his radio show after an illness where Niles filled in for him. The dream ends when he's killed by an exploding control panel. The second one has him trying to take over the show while dazed on cold medication and making a fool of himself. After he wakes up, Martin and Daphne comfort him by invoking the trope. On their way out, they subvert the trope when Martin whispers to Daphne "When are we going to tell him it actually happened?"
** When Frasier meets a supermodel-zoologist on an airplane, he comments that "This is usually the part where I wake up." Cut to Frasier opening his eyes - [[SubvertedTrope and the camera panning out for a]] BedmateReveal.
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' overused this to the point of inverting it. The trope was so ridiculously commonplace that [[TwistEnding the real twist]] was when an episode ''didn't'' turn out to be just some random character's dream/hallucination/daydream/DyingDream.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** In-universe example: Phoebe gets pissed off at one of her friends for something that is eventually revealed to have happened in her dream.
** There's a sequence of Rachel asking Joey to kiss her, which turns out to be
just a dream of his (this one was (to the season-erasing resolution).
** Another has Al making
surprise [and in some cases relief] of both the character and the audience). Curiously, that marked the beginning of her crush on him, which would be a deal key plot in the late 9th and early 10th seasons.
* A similar case happened
with ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Luke and Lorelai had a lot of UST but nothing had happened between them during the Devil (Creator/RobertEnglund) to lead a football team to first years of the Super Bowl. He gets show. One season (can't remember which one right now) begins with them already in a relationship and expecting a child; then she wakes up. Throughout the season, nothing happens between them, until at the very end when he's packing to go on a trip with his wish but girlfriend and Lorelai comes in and asks him not to go. Then he wakes up.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''' "Mrs. George Devereaux", wherein Blanche's husband George comes BackFromTheDead, confesses that he faked his death to escape being framed for embezzling from his company and begs Blanche for another chance, and Dorothy
is wooed by [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Lyle Waggoner]] and Music/SonnyBono. Blanche [[RecurringDreams apparently has this same dream, or variations on it, periodically]], mentioning that every time it's happened, she always woke up before she could hug him.
* The ''opening episode'' of Season 5 of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': Meredith, who finally concluded that she [[TheyDo definitely wanted to be with Derek]] in the last season's finale, learns that Derek is severely injured in a car accident, and arrives at the hospital just in time to see him die. But come on, [[CaptainObviousReveal nobody actually believed]] that the second most important character (or the third, depending on your view) of the show would be
killed off minutes into the beginning of a new season, did they?
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' had two episodes featuring this. In "This is Your Life" (season 3, episode 10), Ben is afraid to get a tonsillectomy. So, he sneaks out after getting anesthesia, only to find that he's been replaced, since he didn't get the procedure done. Luckily, this was an anesthesia induced dream. In "Meet the Seavers" (season 6, episode 21), Ben gets in trouble, and wishes that he lived
in a tackle and taken TV show, because then he wouldn't be in trouble. He wakes up the next morning to Hell where find that he is Jeremy Miller on a show called ''Meet the Seavers''. This is a nightmare for him, as his family isn't a family anymore, and friends also end up (as a result of improbable accidents after his death, oddly enough). After 300 years in Hell, Al can't take it anymore and challenges the Devil to a football match. The Devil picks some of the world's worst historical figures for house isn't his team. Al wins (even though given an offer to go back with beautiful women and loads of cash which, in a rare moment selflessness, he passes up). Al then home. He wakes up back where he to find that it was before all just a dream.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'':
** Jackson and Lilly end up dating after Miley tries to sabotage it. At
the Devil appeared very end, despite it being a fairly normal story line and not all that much changing, it appears still turns out to be a dream dream.
** An alternate ending
to him... least until he pulls out some Red Hots candy the Devil had given him.
* The last episode of ''Series/StElsewhere'' reveals that the entire series has taken place in the mind of an autistic child. If you accept that crossovers between shows imply that they occupy the same fictional universe, an argument can be made that no fewer than [[http://yujinishuge.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/crossoversscaled.jpg 282 shows]] were figments of Tommy Westphall's imagination, including both ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'', along with their spin-offs. The aforementioned picture seems to have a very low threshold for calling a
show a cross-over, however; it includes minor {{shout out}}s as linkage. [[http://www.poobala.com/crossoverlist.html Another crossover database site]] gives a more conservative estimate, setting nearly a hundred shows within young Tommy's mind.
* This trope's application in the ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' episode "The Last Newhart" resulted in what is widely considered one of the best series [[GrandFinale finales]], ever. In the end it was
revealed that the entire show was a nightmare of Robert Hartley, the star of ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', also played by Bob Newhart. Interestingly, ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' received a crossover from ''Series/StElsewhere'', which combined with the previous entry could make ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' a DreamWithinADream.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** A Wayne's World sketch starts with Wayne talking about a dream he had, then dissolves to the dream in typical Wayne's World fashion (wiggling their fingers and going "Do-da-loo! Do-da-loo!" during an actual dissolve). The dream is basically a Madonna music video in which Wayne makes out with Madonna while Garth dances in a skin-tight, black leotard. The sketch ends with them freaking out over an OrWasItADream moment as Garth is still wearing the leotard after the dream/flashback ends.
** The gag was recycled for a sketch where Wayne dreams that he's on ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and then wakes up wearing Heather Locklear's outfit.
* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', early in one episode they hire a shaman to help unleash Angel's EnemyWithin, but at the last moment instead of casting the spell he betrays them and attacks. The events that follow during the episode actually solve
all the problems of the season's arc, right down to a soapy heroic happy ending. The episode reveals to the viewers that it was all "just a dream" when [[DoubleEntendre it climaxes with Angel experiencing a moment of perfect happiness]], causing him to lose his soul, waking up as the evil 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.]]
* The second failed resurrection of ''Crossroads''[[note]]Buried, as it were, at the crossroads.[[/note]], a British SoapOpera, ended by revealing the entire series had been the dream of a supermarket worker. Whether the first resurrection was
just a dream as well is up to viewer interpretation.
** The closing scenes show a number of characters who made their debut in the first resurrection also working in the supermarket... except the character having the dream didn't appear until the second resurrection. (Maybe the first resurrection was one of the other workers' dreams, explaining why [[AbortedArc none of the cliffhangers were resolved]]?) And just as you're getting your head around that, a customer at the supermarket, who looks like another character who's been around since the first resurrection, is identified as "Tracey from ''Crossroads''" by the staff. Um... huh?
* The season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' ended on a CliffHanger, which was revealed in the season 2 premiere to be a dream, in what turned out to be a [[DreamWithinADream dream sequence itself]] Dangle wakes up from the dream, to discover himself in bed with Kenny Rogers. This turns out to be a dream Garcia is having in the meeting room at the sheriff's station.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' did a number of these, normally precipitated by Cliff's consumption of a large sandwich near bedtime.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** The episode "Slumber" both uses and subverts this trope, as a girl with dream-walking powers can only contact Clark through dreams. Although occurrences in the episode were fantasy, the dreams do serve a purpose to the plot.
** Used as a bit of a fake-out in "Promise", the Lana/Lex wedding. The episode begins with a ridiculously melodramatic wedding/murder/suicide scene, which is immediately revealed to be a dream Clark was suffering. The rest of the episode tells the story out of order chronologically, with a dream each for Lex and Lana, the former being fairly scary and the latter actually being a flashback to the Season Two premiere.
* An episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' in which the title character dreams of his [[IdenticalGrandson lookalike ancestor]] ends with an OrWasItADream moment when he woke to find he now possessed his ancestor's distinctive pocketknife.
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean finds a dijin and makes a wish for a "normal" life. He suddenly finds himself in a
fantasy world where their mother was never killed, their father spent time with them before dying of 11 year-old Music/MileyCyrus (played by 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. different actor).



* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow's'' classic ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' parody "It May Look Like a Walnut."
* British surreal comedy series ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' concluded with the revelation that the entirety of the programme, all 53 episodes, had been a dream. The title character had fallen asleep while on the train to the interview for the job that he'd had throughout the series. The other people in the dream (apart from his wife, who was the same in the dream and in real life) were actually people on the train with him, and he projected them into the dream.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as a whole has the "All Just a Holodeck Simulation" version.

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* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow's'' classic ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' parody "It May Look Like ''Series/{{House}}'': There's nearly always a Walnut."
* British surreal comedy series ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' concluded
quick way to tell that House is dreaming. If he limps, then it's sad reality. If he doesn't, then it's a dream or a hallucination.
** In Season 1 there's a scene where House told Vogler, whose whole role was making House miserable, that he had Princesse and was going to die soon. The fact that Vogler calmly and gratefully accepted the news, even when House made a crack about jumbo-sized coffins, as well as the fact that House was walking without a limp, quickly revealed the scene to be a dream.
** An episode (the season two finale "No Reason") was "All Just A Hallucination", and the episode ends minutes after its beginning. Still, the fact that it was a hallucination meant that it served as an exploration of House's mental state (rather than an excuse to kick the audience in the teeth at the end), which may be why this episode is not derided in the way that so many All Just a Dream episodes are. Also, House discovering it was a hallucination was an important part of the plot and set up moments into the hallucination, so it was in accordance
with the revelation rules of fair play. Furthermore, House uses an idea from his hallucination in real life that shows its effects throughout the next few episodes.
** Similarly, the end of the season five finale "Both Sides Now" reveals
that the entirety of sequence in the programme, previous episode where Cuddy helped House detox and then ''has sex with him'' was also just a hallucination.
-->'''Hallucination Amber:''' So... this is the story you made up about who you are. It's a nice one.
-->'''Hallucination Kutner:''' Too bad it isn't true.
** Another episode has House trying to kill a mosquito, but accidentally knocks off the valve to a propane tank and lights the stove. Cue explosion, cut to House waking up.
* This happened in the final episode of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Dr. Bellows (finally!) finds out the truth about Jeannie, and then her bottle gets broken and Major Nelson resigns from NASA. Luckily, it's
all 53 episodes, a dream.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'''s Hyper Battle Video ends with this. For good reason too, since the Kamen Riders [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness were acting like a Sentai team]] and Ryuki wound up crossing over with Series/KamenRiderAgito to fight an EvilTwin. With those outlandish concepts, how could it ''not'' be a dream?
* Craig Ferguson ended his final episode as host of ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' with this in reference to both ''Series/StElsewhere'' and ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', revealing that his entire time hosting the show was all just a dream... of [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Nigel Wick]], who wakes up in bed next to a still-fat Drew Carey and tells him all about his horrible dream where he had to host a late night talk show with a fake horse and a robot skeleton for 10 years, and [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Drew became a game show host]], and worst of all, ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous Drew had gotten skinny]]''. And just to up the ''Newhart'' reference, the dream started unraveling when Secretariat (the fake horse) lifted up its head to reveal that Newhart
had been playing the part all along, and then says to Ferguson "Hey, guy, it's your dream".
* The last episode, "Home", of ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' starts this way- the heroes return home in triumph from their quest, to acclaim and cheering crowds... and then it all turns a bit odd... and then they wake up, to find the BigBad has stolen the MacGuffin and put them to sleep (and apparently given them a communal dream) to delay their pursuit.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' makes use of this, both as (seemingly) the circumstances of the main character (in a coma, dreaming the entire thing), and side instances where Sam wakes up in bed after being harangued by the [[CreepyChild Evil Test Card Girl]]. In the end Sam's adventures in the past turn out to be just
a dream. One Sam ''commits suicide'' to get back to... if you believe that interpretation of the ending instead of [[EpilepticTrees one of the dozens of others]].
** Something very similar occurs in ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
**
The finale of the [[Series/LifeOnMars2008 American version]] implies the entire series, ''including'' the 2008 sequences in the first episode, being the dream of an astronaut in hibernation on his way to Mars.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Locke causes Boone to hallucinate that his step-sister/lover is being mutilated and killed by ''smearing goop on his head''. Allegedly to teach Boone a lesson.
* An episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' in which the
title character had fallen asleep while dreams of his [[IdenticalGrandson lookalike ancestor]] ends with an OrWasItADream moment when he woke to find he now possessed his ancestor's distinctive pocketknife.
* Also done
on ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. It begins with the train to the interview for the job that he'd had throughout the series. The other people in the children of an elderly couple shocked by their parents' dirty dancing and ends with Stephnie Weir waking up from a dream (apart from his wife, who was the same in the dream and in real life) were actually people on the train with him, and he projected them into the dream.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as
"about a whole skit that has the "All Just a Holodeck Simulation" version.no ending".



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** In "Hard Time", Chief O'Brien is arrested by aliens and serves out a 20-year prison sentence within a dream that lasts only hours. The rest of the episode shows him dealing with this experience and how it has changed him.
** "Far Beyond the Stars" and "Shadows and Symbols", where a science fiction writer in the 50's dreams about Deep Space Nine. It's also lampshaded in the dream when someone suggests making Benny's story turn out to be a dream to get around complaints about the hero being black. In fact, the producers toyed with the idea of making the entire series a figment of Benny Russel's imagination
** In "Inquisition", the investigator creates an elaborate holo-simulation that tries to trick Bashir into believing that he was a spy for the Dominion. Most of the episode occurs in the simulation
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** In the episode "The Inner Light", an alien artifact which turns out to be a monument to a long-dead race gives Picard the experience of living the life of one of its makers in less than an hour. In an unusual twist, Picard leaves the dream with at least one skill he didn't have before entering it -- that of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming playing a recorder-like instrument]] his dream-self was fond of. Slightly different from most examples in that Picard starts off knowing that the experience isn't real, but it lasts so long for him that he forgets.\\
\\
Unlike most of the examples on this page, this is usually considered one of the series' best episodes. Quite probably because we were shown Picard lying on the floor of the bridge dreaming from the start of the episode while the crew struggles to wake him up.
** A slight variation of this happens to Commander Riker in the episode "Frame of Mind". However, it's clear throughout the episode that he's hallucinating certain things, and when Riker finally comes to, he's on an operating table in an alien environment, which he escapes. He later learns he was captured and subjected to a brainwashing procedure; ''everything'' in that episode before that point was a hallucination.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Played with this trope a lot in "Barge of the Dead". B'Elanna Torres survives a shuttle accident, only to find it's all a dream and that she's actually on a barge taking dishonored souls to the Klingon afterlife.
-->'''B'Elanna:''' But I was on ''Voyager'' with my crew!\\
'''Klingon:''' That was the ''naj'' -- the dream before dying. When we can't accept that we've died, we create the illusion of life to hold on to.\\
'''B'Elanna:''' ''(seeing the helmsman, Kortar)'' He slaughtered my friends!\\
'''Klingon:''' No. He slaughtered the dream. He dragged you from the illusion of life. This is where you belong.
** After being rejected in favour of her mother, B'Elanna wakes up in ''Voyager'''s sickbay with the same hand injury she received on the Barge. She then has to convince her shipmates she didn't imagine the whole thing, and that she has to return to the Barge (i.e. [[FlatlinePlotline recreate her near-death experience]]) in order to save her mother.
-->'''B'Elanna:''' Look at this -- The eleventh tome of Klavek. It's a story about Kahless returning from the dead ''still bearing a wound from the afterlife''. A warning that ''what he experienced wasn't a dream''. The same thing happened to me!
** In "Nemesis", Chakotay was being brainwashed to hate the Kadrin through a simulation that depicted them as monsters. Everything that happened from his viewpoint, until Tuvok found him, never did.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'':
** The episode "Vanishing Point" has Hoshi apparently fading out of existence due to a transporter malfunction before learning that the transporter has been hijacked by hostile aliens--and then she rematerializes on the ship. The whole thing was a hallucination caused by the actual (but non-fatal) transporter malfunction.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' makes use of this, both as (seemingly) the circumstances of the main character (in a coma, dreaming the entire thing), and side instances where Sam wakes up in bed after being harangued by the [[CreepyChild Evil Test Card Girl]]. In the end Sam's adventures in the past turn out to be just a dream. One Sam ''commits suicide'' to get back to... if you believe that interpretation of the ending instead of [[EpilepticTrees one of the dozens of others]].
** Something very similar occurs in ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
** The finale of the [[Series/LifeOnMars2008 American version]] implies the entire series, ''including'' the 2008 sequences in the first episode, being the dream of an astronaut in hibernation on his way to Mars.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': There's nearly always a quick way to tell that House is dreaming. If he limps, then it's sad reality. If he doesn't, then it's a dream or a hallucination.
** In Season 1 there's a scene where House told Vogler, whose whole role was making House miserable, that he had Princesse and was going to die soon. The fact that Vogler calmly and gratefully accepted the news, even when House made a crack about jumbo-sized coffins, as well as the fact that House was walking without a limp, quickly revealed the scene to be a dream.
** An episode (the season two finale "No Reason") was "All Just A Hallucination", and the episode ends minutes after its beginning. Still, the fact that it was a hallucination meant that it served as an exploration of House's mental state (rather than an excuse to kick the audience in the teeth at the end), which may be why this episode is not derided in the way that so many All Just a Dream episodes are. Also, House discovering it was a hallucination was an important part of the plot and set up moments into the hallucination, so it was in accordance with the rules of fair play. Furthermore, House uses an idea from his hallucination in real life that shows its effects throughout the next few episodes.
** Similarly, the end of the season five finale "Both Sides Now" reveals that the sequence in the previous episode where Cuddy helped House detox and then ''has sex with him'' was also just a hallucination.
-->'''Hallucination Amber:''' So... this is the story you made up about who you are. It's a nice one.
-->'''Hallucination Kutner:''' Too bad it isn't true.
** Another episode has House trying to kill a mosquito, but accidentally knocks off the valve to a propane tank and lights the stove. Cue explosion, cut to House waking up.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' has a lot of these as a way to get into Tony's head, although it was made apparent to the audience what they were.
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 6 episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]]," it is suggested that the entire series is a [[CuckooNest hallucination of the main character]], who is living in a mental institution and has power fantasies of saving the world with her imaginary friends. The episode's end leaves room for interpretation as to which existence (Buffy's life as a vampire slayer, or her life as a mental patient) is really All Just a Dream. [[WordOfGod Joss Whedon]] [[MindScrew has outright stated that either one is a definite possibility]].
* The first episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' starts out this way. Just so you know. Also, in the second season episode "Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep", Sarah is taken captive and interrogated by a man she had killed in an earlier episode. It is then revealed that this was in fact a dream, and that Sarah was admitted to a sleep clinic, because of her insomnia. She keeps having this dream, while she suspects something bad is going on at the sleep clinic. Eventually, we find out the sleep clinic was in fact the dream, induced by the drugs given to her by the man who abducted her, for real - him having survived the earlier episode against the odds.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
There are quite a few in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
** In "Hard Time", Chief O'Brien is arrested by aliens Nearly half of an entire season was made "just a dream", though justified as a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. The entire season had been built around Katey Sagal's pregnancy. She had a late and serves out unexpected miscarriage and couldn't deal with having a 20-year prison sentence within newborn baby on the set.
** Another One involves Al taking a job as a janitor for a Private Eye only to become one himself and solve a diamond case, getting a big fat check as reward. StatusQuoIsGod and it was just
a dream that lasts only hours. of his (this one was the season-erasing resolution).
** Another has Al making a deal with the Devil (Creator/RobertEnglund) to lead a football team to the Super Bowl. He gets his wish but is killed in a tackle and taken to Hell where his family and friends also end up (as a result of improbable accidents after his death, oddly enough). After 300 years in Hell, Al can't take it anymore and challenges the Devil to a football match.
The rest Devil picks some of the episode shows him dealing world's worst historical figures for his team. Al wins (even though given an offer to go back with this experience beautiful women and how it has changed him.
** "Far Beyond the Stars" and "Shadows and Symbols",
loads of cash which, in a rare moment selflessness, he passes up). Al then wakes up back where a science fiction writer in he was before the 50's dreams about Deep Space Nine. It's also lampshaded in the dream when someone suggests making Benny's story turn out Devil appeared and it appears to be a dream to get around complaints about him... least until he pulls out some Red Hots candy the hero being black. In fact, the producers toyed with the idea of making the entire series a figment of Benny Russel's imagination
** In "Inquisition", the investigator creates an elaborate holo-simulation that tries to trick Bashir into believing that he was a spy for the Dominion. Most of the episode occurs
Devil had given him.
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' had "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream]]",
in the simulation
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** In the episode "The Inner Light", an alien artifact
which turns out to be a monument to a long-dead race gives Picard the experience of living the life of one of its makers in less than an hour. In an unusual twist, Picard leaves the dream with at least one skill he didn't have before entering it -- that of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming playing a recorder-like instrument]] his dream-self was fond of. Slightly different from most examples in that Picard starts off knowing that the experience isn't real, but it lasts so long for him that he forgets.\\
\\
Unlike most of the examples on this page, this is usually considered one of the series' best episodes. Quite probably because we were shown Picard lying on the floor of the bridge dreaming from the start of the episode while the crew struggles to wake him up.
** A slight variation of this happens to Commander Riker in the episode "Frame of Mind". However, it's clear throughout the episode that he's hallucinating certain things, and when Riker finally comes to, he's on an operating table in an alien environment, which he escapes. He later learns he was captured and subjected to a brainwashing procedure; ''everything'' in that episode before that point was a hallucination.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Played with this trope a lot in "Barge of the Dead". B'Elanna Torres survives a shuttle accident, only to find it's all a dream and that she's actually on a barge taking dishonored souls to the Klingon afterlife.
-->'''B'Elanna:''' But I was on ''Voyager'' with my crew!\\
'''Klingon:''' That was the ''naj'' -- the dream before dying. When we can't accept that we've died, we create the illusion of life to hold on to.\\
'''B'Elanna:''' ''(seeing the helmsman, Kortar)'' He slaughtered my friends!\\
'''Klingon:''' No. He slaughtered the dream. He dragged you from the illusion of life. This is where you belong.
** After being rejected in favour of her mother, B'Elanna wakes up in ''Voyager'''s sickbay with the same hand injury she received on the Barge. She then has to convince her shipmates she didn't imagine the whole thing, and that she has to return to the Barge (i.e. [[FlatlinePlotline recreate her near-death experience]]) in order to save her mother.
-->'''B'Elanna:''' Look at this -- The eleventh tome of Klavek. It's a story about Kahless returning from the dead ''still bearing a wound from the afterlife''. A warning that ''what he experienced wasn't a dream''. The same thing happened to me!
** In "Nemesis", Chakotay was being brainwashed to hate the Kadrin through a simulation that depicted them as monsters. Everything that happened from his viewpoint, until Tuvok found him, never did.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'':
** The episode "Vanishing Point" has Hoshi apparently fading out of existence due to a transporter malfunction before learning that the transporter has been hijacked by hostile aliens--and then she rematerializes on the ship. The whole thing was a hallucination caused by the actual (but non-fatal) transporter malfunction.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' makes use of this, both as (seemingly) the circumstances of the main
title character (in dreams of defending a coma, dreaming the entire thing), and side instances where Sam wakes up in bed after being harangued by the [[CreepyChild Evil Test Card Girl]]. In the end Sam's adventures in the past turn out to be just a dream. One Sam ''commits suicide'' to get back to... if you believe that interpretation '30s era club owner against charges of the ending instead murder of [[EpilepticTrees one of the dozens of others]].
** Something very similar occurs in ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
** The finale of the [[Series/LifeOnMars2008 American version]] implies the entire series, ''including'' the 2008 sequences in the first episode, being the dream of an astronaut in hibernation on his way to Mars.
a club musician.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': There's nearly always a quick way to tell that House is dreaming. If he limps, then it's sad reality. If he doesn't, then it's a dream or a hallucination.
** In Season 1 there's a scene where House told Vogler, whose whole role was making House miserable, that he had Princesse and was going to die soon. The fact that Vogler calmly and gratefully accepted the news, even when House made a crack about jumbo-sized coffins, as well as the fact that House was walking without a limp, quickly revealed the scene to be a dream.
** An episode (the season two finale "No Reason") was "All Just A Hallucination", and the episode ends minutes after its beginning. Still, the fact that it was a hallucination meant that it served as an exploration of House's mental state (rather than an excuse to kick the audience in the teeth at the end), which may be why this episode is not derided in the way that so many All Just a Dream
Most episodes are. Also, House discovering it was a hallucination was an important part of the plot and set up moments into the hallucination, so it was in accordance with the rules of fair play. Furthermore, House uses an idea from his hallucination in real life that shows its effects throughout the next few episodes.
** Similarly, the end of the season five finale "Both Sides Now" reveals that the sequence in the previous episode where Cuddy helped House detox and then ''has sex with him'' was also just a hallucination.
-->'''Hallucination Amber:''' So... this is the story you made up about who you are. It's a nice one.
-->'''Hallucination Kutner:''' Too bad it isn't true.
** Another episode has House trying to kill a mosquito, but accidentally knocks off the valve to a propane tank and lights the stove. Cue explosion, cut to House waking up.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' has a lot of these as a way to get into Tony's head, although it was made apparent to the audience what they were.
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 6 episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]]," it is suggested that the entire series is a [[CuckooNest hallucination of the main character]], who is living in a mental institution and has power fantasies of saving the world with her imaginary friends. The episode's end leaves room for interpretation as to which existence (Buffy's life as a vampire slayer, or her life as a mental patient) is really All Just a Dream. [[WordOfGod Joss Whedon]] [[MindScrew has outright stated that either one is a definite possibility]].
* The first episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' starts out
''Series/{{Medium}}'' begin this way. Just so you know. Also, in the second season episode "Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep", Sarah is taken captive and interrogated by Annoyingly, a man she had killed in an earlier episode. It is then revealed that few end this was in fact a dream, and that Sarah was admitted to a sleep clinic, because of her insomnia. She keeps having this dream, while she suspects something bad is going on at the sleep clinic. Eventually, we find out the sleep clinic was in fact the dream, induced by the drugs given to her by the man who abducted her, for real - him having survived the earlier episode against the odds.way as well.



* Likewise at the end of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' episode "Interesting" where Neil experiences something similar as he is about to be kicked in the head by skinheads.
* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}''
** In TOS episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E108DeathShip Death Ship]]", an astronaut stranded on another planet dreams that he has returned to Earth and everything's all right. His commanding officer bodily enters his dream and drags him back to wakefulness. The KarmicTwistEnding? He and his commander are actually dead, and his dream was actually the afterlife he should have gone to.
** In the episode "Shadow Play", a man on Death Row tells everyone they are all figments of his dream based on people from his life, and that when he's killed, he'll dream the same dream again, with everyone in different roles. As it turns out, he's right.
** An even more sadistic episode -- "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E75TheMidnightSun The Midnight Sun]]" -- turns out to be just a dream in the end. However, reality does not turn out to be much better than the dream. The protagonist dreams about a world in which the Earth is burning up as it's falling into the sun, and wakes up in a world that's freezing to death as the Earth is falling away from the sun.
** The episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E9PerchanceToDream "Perchance to Dream"]] cranks this one {{up to eleven}}; it's about a man visiting a psychiatrist about nightmares, afraid the next one will kill him because of his weak heart, ultimately jumping out the window, then the reveal at the end... the whole thing from the point where he lied down in the shrink's couch was actually a dream, the conversation never actually happened, his fear came true, the dream had killed him.
** Played with in "King Nine Will Never Return", about a pilot who visits his wrecked plane, one he was supposed to be in command of but for some last minute reason wasn't, revealed to be just a dream and he was at a nursing home the whole time. [[OrWasItADream Only his boots were found to have sand in them.]]
** Hinted at in "Valley of the Shadow", where the events of the episode are undone in the end--or, with the help of time travel, maybe they never happened?
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' (season 3, 2nd episode) Blackadder dreams that he overslept and Dr. Johnson is arriving, whose dictionary has been burned. Then, Dr. Johnson suddenly confesses that he never liked the dictionary anyways, then things get really surreal as his aunt suddenly appears, Bladrick shows up in a dog's mask, and everybody starts dancing. Blackadder then realizes that that "it's a bloody dream!"... and then he really wakes up, he has overslept, the book is still burned, and Dr. Johnson is arriving.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Locke causes Boone to hallucinate that his step-sister/lover is being mutilated and killed by ''smearing goop on his head''. Allegedly to teach Boone a lesson.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Inverted in the 2008 episode "Silence in the Library". A little girl on what looks like present-day Earth dreams of a futuristic library in which several people (including the Doctor and Donna) are in danger. Her psychiatrist tells her confidentially (in a complete reversal of expectations) that her dream is real and that the people in danger need her help.
** On the other hand, the entirety of Season 23 is revealed in "The Ultimate Foe" to have been an inaccurate reconstruction of what really happened. Of particular note, it turns out that the death of the Doctor's companion Peri in "Mindwarp" never really happened and instead she is happily living with King Yrcanos (despite the fact that he seems to be violently insane, though that may just be more Matrix tampering).
** Also used in Series 5's "Amy's Choice". While it's obvious from the very beginning that at least one of the worlds is a dream, both turn out to be dreams and the last scene is the only one that actually happens. However, [[CharacterDevelopment Amy realising that she does, in fact, love Rory]] is NOT ResetButton-ed, so it's all okay.
** The 30th anniversary special/Eastenders crossover "Dimensions in Time" was revealed to be a nightmare of the Seventh Doctor in the expanded universe, although this was mostly done to explain the {{Canon Discontinuity}}.
** Similarly, "A Fix with Sontarans" is retconned as a nightmare the Doctor had--that [[HarsherInHindsight in retrospect]], Freud would have had a field day with.
** The special "Last Christmas". The monster of the hour fed on minds and created dream states - plunging Clara, the Doctor, and the rest of the people that were in the episode into multiple dreams within dreams within dreams.
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode Back to Reality had the whole show as a computer game played by the main characters. This turned out to be a group hallucination.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had a dream episode, where Partner Trivette was revealed to have gotten killed at the beginning, and Walker died at the very end, but not before [[HeroicSacrifice foiling the villains' plans anyway]]. When Walker's wife wakes up at the end of the episode, you find out that it may [[OrWasItADream end up coming to pass anyway]].
* Not even Hispanic {{Soap Opera}}s escape from this trope. There has been at least two soapies who ended with the implication that all the chapters we've seen has been just a Dream: ''Los Amores de Anita Pe?'' and ''Pecados Ajenos''. However, the results were very different:
** In ''Los Amores...'', which was a comedic soap that swung between the AffectionateParody and the {{Deconstruction}}, the whole thing was played for laughs, with the ghost characters of the people who died during the story lampshading the TwistEnding and openly decrying it in a full rupture of the FourthWall. However, the series gives not only a whole chapter after the reveal to close the few loose plots and point out the parallelisms between the "dream story" and the "real life", but also gives a happy ending for the heroine and the story: maybe her life isn't as exciting as it was in her "dream", but she is now truly happy with her son and her beloved husband.
** In contrast, in ''Pecados Ajenos'' (who was ''non''-comedic and pretty gloomy for a traditional soap) not content with using this trope to reset the whole story, also used the reset to put the heroine in a worse condition than the one she began with. It also [[KarmaHoudini left unpunished some of the worst villains of the story]] (a big no-no in traditional Hispanic soaps), and leaves the unsavory feeling that all the grisly, tragic and creepy things that happened during the soap [[GroundhogDayLoop are going to happen in the same way]]. Naturally, none of the viewers were happy with this.
* Or US {{Soap Opera}}s. The soap ''Series/SunsetBeach'' concluded with its two supercouples getting married in a double wedding, only to have the heroine wake up and have it revealed that the last two years (the duration of the soap) were a dream (complete with AndYouWereThere)... only to have the trope played twice when she wakes up ''again'' to learn that ''this'' was a dream and that she and the hero are happily married rather than the turbulence of the past two years.
* Used rather drastically on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' when, after Kramer persuades him to get an illegal cable hookup, Jerry dreams that he is graphically gunned down by the FBI. Then he wakes up and discovers the plane he's on is about to crash, which is real.
-->"What have you done to my little cable boy?!?"
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short parodied this. [[Creator/EllenPage A woman]] has a frightening dream about a zombie, and then wakes up and sees it, which then turns out to be All Just a Dream for the ZOMBIE. This then happens numerous times, ending with a woman waking up from a horrible dream sleeping next to Dracula.
* Also done on ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. It begins with the children of an elderly couple shocked by their parents' dirty dancing and ends with Stephnie Weir waking up from a dream "about a skit that has no ending".
* ''Series/HannahMontana'':
** Jackson and Lilly end up dating after Miley tries to sabotage it. At the very end, despite it being a fairly normal story line and not all that much changing, it still turns out to be a dream.
** An alternate ending to the show revealed that the entire show was all just a fantasy world of 11 year-old Music/MileyCyrus (played by a different actor)
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** The episode "Absolute Power" uses a dream that lasts most of the episode to show Daniel Jackson why getting access to the sum total of Goa'uld memory and technology would be a bad idea. In this case the viewers are given a fair chance to spot the point where events become a dream.
** Another episode uses this to much greater effect with Teal'c switching between reality and a world that is obviously (to the viewer) a dream. The real, ascended Daniel Jackson appears to Teal'c in the dream world as a psychiatrist, and points him toward the solution. Both worlds are hallucinations brought on by Teal'c's mind in an attempt to help him survive a serious injury until rescue comes.
** There's also the episode "Forever in a Day", in which Amaunet (the Goa'uld controlling Daniel's wife, Sha're) attempts to kill Daniel with a Ribbon Device. But Sha're manages to send Daniel a message through it, resulting in him switching back-and-forth between realities; one in which Teal'c saved his life by killing her, the other where she's freed of Amaunet's control and living with Daniel on Earth, trying to convince him to return to Stargate Command (which he leaves in both message-realities). She tells him the importance of him finding the Harcesis (human child born of two Goa'uld-controlled human parents, containing the genetic memory of both) and where he can find him. The episode eventually ends with Teal'c saving Daniel's life by killing Sha're/Amaunet; the entire dream occurred in the space of time it took his sidearm to fall from his hands to the ground behind him.
** In "The Other Guys", two of the behind-the-scenes scientists [[LowerDeckEpisode get mixed up in one of SG-1's adventures]], rescuing the team, discovering that [[UnwantedRescue their captivity was part of a plan]], having SG-1's plan go sour, and then rescuing them for real. They end up hailed as heroes, and one of them gets a kiss from Carter. Then the one who got kissed wakes up from his daydream.
*** "The Other Guys" is a fun episode, but a poor execution of the trope: [[http://www.gateworld.net/sg1/s6/608.shtml WordOfGod]] is that only the ceremony and kiss were a daydream, and that the producers realised too late that they'd implied the whole episode to be a dream.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Regenesis}}'' episode "Unbottled", where after the episode's shocking turn of events, the scene skips to David waking up at home and talking about his "crazy nightmare" with Rachel, who in the dream was killed by the terrorists who had taken over their lab and forced them at gunpoint to help them make a biological weapon. But then she reminds him that it really did happen, and disappears, and the next shot shows that he was in bed alone.
* ''Series/{{UFO}}''. The episode "Ordeal" has a lengthy sequence where Colonel Foster is violently abducted by aliens and taken to their UFO which is later (after various ShootTheDog arguments between his superiors) shot down by SHADO. Foster is recovered inside an alien spacesuit and is nearly killed having it removed. The whole thing turns out to be a dream experienced when he passed out in a sauna after over-indulging at a party. A more imaginative use of this trope occurs in "Mindbender", when a [[GreenRocks crystal]] found at a UFO crash site causes Commander Straker to hallucinate that he is [[BreakingTheFourthWall an actor in a science-fiction TV series]].
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' episode "War Games" took full advantage of the trope with a spectacular battle leaving the Alphans facing a lingering death on their wrecked base. It turns out to be an alien-induced dream intended to show why the Alphans should not attempt contact. In this case there was no clue (besides the increasingly hopeless situation) that it was a dream prior to the application of the ResetButton.
* The Spanish comedy ''Los Serrano'' finished this way, with the main character waking up to discover the entire series has been all just a dream. Fans were not pleased. A critic saw it in a slightly different light: if all was just a dream, that means that the atrocious BoyBand that [[SpinOff spun off]] from the series never existed at all.
* A segment on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' featured Creator/SteveCarell's greatest fears (including Creator/StephenColbert [[HilariousInHindsight taking over the show]]), leading to him waking up in terror -- next to Jon Stewart.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "[[Recap/TheWildWildWestS2E12TheNightOfTheManEatingHouse The Night of the Man-Eating House]]". Near the beginning, the characters discover and approach the title house. After a series of terrifying events, at the end the characters wake up and discover that the horrific events in the house were All Just a Nightmare. In the last scene, they find themselves [[OrWasItADream approaching the house again]].
* ''Series/DarkAngel'':
** The HalloweenEpisode started fairly normal, then became progressively more wacky until the end revealed it was All Just a Dream.
** In the season 1 finale, Max dreams that her and Logan finally get-it-on. But in the middle of it all, a crow caws and blood appears on Logan's hand. Max asks desperately what's happening, then it's revealed the young clone of her who shot at her earlier '''Didn't Miss''' and instead shot her in the heart, leading her to die, until Zack shoots his own brains out to donate a heart for her
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''. The Season 4 finale seemed to take place in an alternate universe where everyone worked in a nightclub called "The Lab" and Booth and Bones were married. Then, at the end of the episode, it turns out that it was just a dream Booth was having while he was in a coma. And this was after weeks of promotions that they were actually going to ''have sex''. "We promise this time it's for real, not a dream sequence or anything." Right...



* This happened in the final episode of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Dr. Bellows (finally!) finds out the truth about Jeannie, and then her bottle gets broken and Major Nelson resigns from NASA. Luckily, it's all a dream.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** In-universe example: Phoebe gets pissed off at one of her friends for something that is eventually revealed to have happened in her dream.
** There's a sequence of Rachel asking Joey to kiss her, which turns out to be just a dream (to the surprise [and in some cases relief] of both the character and the audience). Curiously, that marked the beginning of her crush on him, which would be a key plot in the late 9th and early 10th seasons.
* ''Series/{{Everwood}}'''s first season ends with a cliffhanger: Andy operates on Colin, and the very last scene is him entering the waiting room and everybody standing up to learn if the surgery was successful or not. Season two begins with everybody having fun at the pool (including Colin), giving the impression things had been fine. Suddenly, we realise it was only Amy's day-dreaming during Colin's funeral.
* A similar case happened with ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Luke and Lorelai had a lot of UST but nothing had happened between them during the first years of the show. One season (can't remember which one right now) begins with them already in a relationship and expecting a child; then she wakes up. Throughout the season, nothing happens between them, until at the very end when he's packing to go on a trip with his girlfriend and Lorelai comes in and asks him not to go. Then he wakes up.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
** Played twice in ''one'' episode. The first one has Frasier return to his radio show after an illness where Niles filled in for him. The dream ends when he's killed by an exploding control panel. The second one has him trying to take over the show while dazed on cold medication and making a fool of himself. After he wakes up, Martin and Daphne comfort him by invoking the trope. On their way out, they subvert the trope when Martin whispers to Daphne "When are we going to tell him it actually happened?"
** When Frasier meets a supermodel-zoologist on an airplane, he comments that "This is usually the part where I wake up." Cut to Frasier opening his eyes - [[SubvertedTrope and the camera panning out for a]] BedmateReveal.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' essentially ended the series with a version of this. Specifically, the last season was all a book written by Roseanne, as revealed in the epilogue of the last episode. Everything that happened in the book actually occurred, the only difference being Dan died of a heart attack instead of winning the lottery in the season premiere.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': At the beginning of "Collaborators" Adama, Tigh and Roslin are telling Dr. Baltar that they forgive his [[TheQuisling actions on New Caprica]]. It's only when Roslin adds that she finds him desirable that a suddenly terrified Baltar realises he's still in deep shit. Sure enough, he then wakes up on a Cylon baseship. Few episodes later, in "Taking a Break From All Your Worries", Baltar [[DrivenToSuicide tries to hang himself]] and wakes up in a [[BrainUploading Resurrection tank]] surrounded by Sixes. As he expresses relief at the revelation, the Sixes start scratching around his throat upon which it he regains consciousness to a marine performing CPR or him.

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* This happened trope's application in the final ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' episode of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Dr. Bellows (finally!) finds out the truth about Jeannie, and then her bottle gets broken and Major Nelson resigns from NASA. Luckily, it's all a dream.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** In-universe example: Phoebe gets pissed off at
"The Last Newhart" resulted in what is widely considered one of her friends for something that is eventually the best series [[GrandFinale finales]], ever. In the end it was revealed to have happened in her dream.
** There's
that the entire show was a sequence nightmare of Rachel asking Joey to kiss her, Robert Hartley, the star of ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', also played by Bob Newhart. Interestingly, ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' received a crossover from ''Series/StElsewhere'', which combined with the previous entry could make ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' a DreamWithinADream.
* ''Series/NightVisions'': The pilot episode, "The Passenger List", ends with the main character, an airplane crash investigator, waking up onboard a plane. It
turns out to be just a that various aspects from his dream (to the surprise [and in some cases relief] of both the character and the audience). Curiously, that marked the beginning of her crush on him, which would be were [[AndYouWereThere taken from his surroundings]], such as a key plot grieving woman in the late 9th and early 10th seasons.
* ''Series/{{Everwood}}'''s first season ends with a cliffhanger: Andy operates on Colin, and the very last scene is him entering the waiting room and everybody standing up to learn if the surgery was successful or not. Season two begins with everybody having fun at the pool (including Colin), giving the impression things had been fine. Suddenly, we realise it was only Amy's day-dreaming during Colin's funeral.
* A similar case happened with ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Luke and Lorelai had a lot of UST but nothing had happened between them during the first years of the show. One season (can't remember which one right now) begins with them already in a relationship and expecting a child; then she wakes up. Throughout the season, nothing happens between them, until at the very end when he's packing to go on a trip with his girlfriend and Lorelai comes in and asks him not to go. Then he wakes up.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
** Played twice in ''one'' episode. The first one has Frasier return to his radio show after an illness where Niles filled in for him. The
dream ends when he's killed by an exploding control panel. The second one has him trying to take over looking like the show while dazed on cold medication and making passenger seated next to him, a fool of himself. After book he wakes up, Martin and Daphne comfort him by invoking the trope. On their way out, they subvert the trope when Martin whispers to Daphne "When are we going to tell him it found in a plane wreckage was actually happened?"
** When Frasier meets a supermodel-zoologist on an airplane, he comments
one that "This is usually someone else was reading, etc. Then the part where I wake up." Cut to Frasier opening his eyes - [[SubvertedTrope plane crashes for real and the camera panning out for a]] BedmateReveal.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' essentially ended the series with a version of this. Specifically, the last season was all a book written by Roseanne, as revealed in the epilogue of the last episode. Everything that happened in the book actually occurred, the only difference being Dan died of a heart attack instead of winning the lottery in the season premiere.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': At the beginning of "Collaborators" Adama, Tigh
he and Roslin everyone onboard are telling Dr. Baltar that they forgive his [[TheQuisling actions on New Caprica]]. It's only when Roslin adds that she finds him desirable that a suddenly terrified Baltar realises he's still in deep shit. Sure enough, he then wakes up on a Cylon baseship. Few killed.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': The
episodes later, in "Taking a Break From All Your Worries", Baltar [[DrivenToSuicide tries to hang himself]] "Magic Christmas Tree" and wakes up in a [[BrainUploading Resurrection tank]] surrounded by Sixes. As he expresses relief at the revelation, the Sixes start scratching around his throat upon which it he regains consciousness "Trying to a marine performing CPR or him.Forget Mr. Boynton".



* One episode of the Charlie Drake BritCom ''The Worker'' has the title character experiencing an increasingly surreal series of events which culminate in his arrival at a TV studio, where it turns out that he's the leading actor in a TV SitCom called ''The Worker''... Drake liked this plot so much he reused it in a later episode. A more conventional use of the trope occurs when the Worker gets hit on the head by a boomerang and has a surreal dream about Aborigines (possibly inspired by Drake's earlier comic song "My Boomerang Won't Come Back". Except this time it did).

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* One episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** In
the Charlie Drake BritCom ''The Worker'' fifth season, a captured Shaw escapes the enemy and makes her way to New York. She reunites with the team and has a steamy hook-up with Root before killing bad guy Greer. She then realizes she's been broken by the title character experiencing an increasingly surreal series of events enemy and kills Reese before putting the gun to her head...at which culminate in his arrival at a TV studio, where point, it turns out that he's the leading actor in a TV SitCom called ''The Worker''... Drake liked this plot so much he reused it in a is the 6,741 simulation Shaw has been put through by Samaritan to get her to give up the location of the Machine and the team.
** A
later episode has Greer taking Shaw out for a tour of New York (under guard) to show her people who can be future dangers to the world. It all ends on a roof with explosions going across New York by a future terrorist plot that make Shaw realize she's in another simulation.
** A stunning payoff to it all comes when Shaw is taken on another "trip" and shown a scientist who Greer says will create a deadly form of animal life that will kill millions. Tired of this, Shaw grabs a gun and shoots the woman dead. Back in her hospital bed, Shaw is shown footage of the scientist's death on the news and how her hand still has a scar from cutting it and realizes to her horror that it was no simulation, she really did murder an innocent woman.
** When Shaw finally escapes for real, agent Lambert tries to tell her she's in another simulation. However, Shaw is now able to tell the difference, shooting Lambert dead and mocking him on "relax, it'll reboot any moment" before escaping.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** "For Whom The Bell Trolls" in Season 1 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** It's left ambiguous as to whether "The Wild Wipeout" in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' was this or not.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' had one where Broots and Miss Parker are on a stakeout. At first, they wake up to find themselves in bed with each other, having apparently had sex. Later in the episode, Broots manages to capture Jarod and plans to have him watch while he has sex with Parker again. Parker then asks how he feels about a threesome ... with Mr. Reigns. It's then revealed that Broots dozed off and the whole thing was a dream.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'': It turns out the Village is actually a sort of shared dreamspace on a level deeper than the subconscious. Which makes it all a dream, but not ''just'' a dream.
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Back to Reality" had the whole show as a computer game played by the main characters. This turned out to be a group hallucination.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Regenesis}}'' episode "Unbottled", where after the episode's shocking turn of events, the scene skips to David waking up at home and talking about his "crazy nightmare" with Rachel, who in the dream was killed by the terrorists who had taken over their lab and forced them at gunpoint to help them make a biological weapon. But then she reminds him that it really did happen, and disappears, and the next shot shows that he was in bed alone.
* The season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' ended on a CliffHanger, which was revealed in the season 2 premiere to be a dream, in what turned out to be a [[DreamWithinADream dream sequence itself]] Dangle wakes up from the dream, to discover himself in bed with Kenny Rogers. This turns out to be a dream Garcia is having in the meeting room at the sheriff's station.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' essentially ended the series with a version of this. Specifically, the last season was all a book written by Roseanne, as revealed in the epilogue of the last
episode. A more conventional use of Everything that happened in the trope occurs when book actually occurred, the Worker gets hit on only difference being Dan died of a heart attack instead of winning the head by lottery in the season premiere.
* Several ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episodes ended this way, as
a boomerang and result of being adapted into a continuing series from standalone stories. A particularly odd example is "Santa Claws", which not only has Pete falling asleep in the first scene, thus establishing this right away, but features a surreal FramingDevice within the dream about Aborigines (possibly inspired by Drake's earlier comic song "My Boomerang Won't Come Back". Except this time it did).- Pete telling the story of how his mouth was shrunk.



* Most events of the ''Series/ChinaBeach'' season 3 finale episode "Strange Brew" may have been a shared dream (after [[ShellShockedVeteran Colleen McMurphy]] and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold KC Koloski]] fall asleep on the helipad), a dream within a dream (as Colleen wakes up on the helipad at the end... only to then seem to wake up AGAIN in her bunk) or just a long, strange trip, since much of the show WAS set in TheSixties.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'', main character Tom dreams of a world where the 4400 abductions never happened. As it turns out at the end, the "dream" was actually a power of one of the 4400, whose alternate reality powers allowed him to have an eight year relationship with her in an extremely short time, allowing them to know everything about each other despite only meeting once.
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' overused this to the point of inverting it. The trope was so ridiculously commonplace that [[TwistEnding the real twist]] was when an episode ''didn't'' turn out to be just some random character's dream/hallucination/daydream/DyingDream.
* Several ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episodes ended this way, as a result of being adapted into a continuing series from standalone stories. A particularly odd example is "Santa Claws," which not only has Pete falling asleep in the first scene, thus establishing this right away, but features a FramingDevice within the dream - Pete telling the story of how his mouth was shrunk.
* Spoofed in the final episode of ''Series/AceOfCakes'' after building a giant cake replica of the BTTF Delorean the final scene has Duff noticing the lights in the flux capacitor are on the fritz so he opens it up and messes with the wires, next scene he wakes up at his job at a factory, turns to Geoff and tells him about the weird dream he had 'where you and I worked at a cake shop making all sorts of weird cakes".
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', the events in the Attic. That does ''not'' make it any better. You'll forever be trapped in an endless loop of your worst fear, unlikely to ever wake up. All the while the Rossum Corporation is using your mind as a giant computer for their own ends. Even worse; one of the co-founders of Rossum dreams of an oncoming apocalypse, and he knows it almost 100% certain to become reality.
* "For Whom The Bell Trolls" in Season 1 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. It's left ambiguous as to whether "The Wild Wipeout" in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' was this or not.
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' had two episodes featuring this. In "This is Your Life" (season 3, episode 10), Ben is afraid to get a tonsillectomy. So, he sneaks out after getting anesthesia, only to find that he's been replaced, since he didn't get the procedure done. Luckily, this was an anesthesia induced dream. In "Meet the Seavers" (season 6, episode 21), Ben gets in trouble, and wishes that he lived in a TV show, because then he wouldn't be in trouble. He wakes up the next morning to find that he is Jeremy Miller on a show called ''Meet the Seavers''. This is a nightmare for him, as his family isn't a family anymore, and his house isn't his home. He wakes up to find that it was all just a dream.
* The ''opening episode'' of Season 5 of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': Meredith, who finally concluded that she [[TheyDo definitely wanted to be with Derek]] in the last season's finale, learns that Derek is severely injured in a car accident, and arrives at the hospital just in time to see him die. But come on, [[CaptainObviousReveal nobody actually believed]] that the second most important character (or the third, depending on your view) of the show would be killed off minutes into the beginning of a new season, did they?
* The ''entire premise'' of ''[[{{Toku}} Choukou Senshi Changerion]]'' is this trope, which sparked a number of angry letters to Toei!
* The ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode where the characters get trapped in a slasher movie scenario is actually a dream Shawn has while sleeping through detention.
* The last episode, "Home", of ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' starts this way- the heroes return home in triumph from their quest, to acclaim and cheering crowds... and then it all turns a bit odd... and then they wake up, to find the BigBad has stolen the MacGuffin and put them to sleep (and apparently given them a communal dream) to delay their pursuit.
* ''Series/{{Awake}}'' mixes this with OrWasItADream, and [[AlternateUniverse dual realities]] as its main premise.
* The penultimate episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace'''s third season does this, as Jack Malone is trying to deal with his demons.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'''s Hyper Battle Video ends with this. For good reason too, since the Kamen Riders [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness were acting like a Sentai team]] and Ryuki wound up crossing over with Series/KamenRiderAgito to fight an EvilTwin. With those outlandish concepts, how could it ''not'' be a dream?
* Zig-zagged in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. First, we find out that the Ranger's battles were delusions, then the imaginary villains appear in the real world (the heroes also gain the ability to transform in the real world). The clincher? Nobuo Akagi (Akiba Red) realizes that their world is a [[NoticingTheFourthWall TV show]], which is [[ExecutiveMeddling being altered by the Toei production staff!]]
* ''Series/ThePretender'' had one where Broots and Miss Parker are on a stakeout. At first, they wake up to find themselves in bed with each other, having apparently had sex. Later in the episode, Broots manages to capture Jarod and plans to have him watch while he has sex with Parker again. Parker then asks how he feels about a threesome ... with Mr. Reigns. It's then revealed that Broots dozed off and the whole thing was a dream.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In a fake clip-show episode, the group takes Abed to a psychiatrist who eventually reveals that the Community College they were recently expelled from was actually a shared delusion they all had in an insane asylum and the fact that they think its real means they're all relapsing. There were even clips of them in the asylum playing out scenes from the show. It doesn't take long for them to realize he's lying, and when cornered he admits to being an actor hired by Chang to keep them from trying to go back to the college.
** Played again in the fourth season finale when Abed reveals to Jeff that the battle with their darkest timeline counterparts took place entirely within his imagination.

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* Most events of the ''Series/ChinaBeach'' season 3 finale episode "Strange Brew" may have been a shared dream (after [[ShellShockedVeteran Colleen McMurphy]] and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold KC Koloski]] fall asleep on the helipad), ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** A Wayne's World sketch starts with Wayne talking about
a dream within a dream (as Colleen wakes up on the helipad at the end... only to he had, then seem dissolves to wake up AGAIN in her bunk) or just a long, strange trip, since much of the show WAS set in TheSixties.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'', main character Tom dreams of a world where the 4400 abductions never happened. As it turns out at the end, the "dream" was actually a power of one of the 4400, whose alternate reality powers allowed him to have an eight year relationship with her in an extremely short time, allowing them to know everything about each other despite only meeting once.
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' overused this to the point of inverting it. The trope was so ridiculously commonplace that [[TwistEnding the real twist]] was when an episode ''didn't'' turn out to be just some random character's dream/hallucination/daydream/DyingDream.
* Several ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episodes ended this way, as a result of being adapted into a continuing series from standalone stories. A particularly odd example is "Santa Claws," which not only has Pete falling asleep in the first scene, thus establishing this right away, but features a FramingDevice within
the dream - Pete telling in typical Wayne's World fashion (wiggling their fingers and going "Do-da-loo! Do-da-loo!" during an actual dissolve). The dream is basically a Madonna music video in which Wayne makes out with Madonna while Garth dances in a skin-tight, black leotard. The sketch ends with them freaking out over an OrWasItADream moment as Garth is still wearing the story of how his mouth was shrunk.
* Spoofed in the final episode of ''Series/AceOfCakes''
leotard after building a giant cake replica of the BTTF Delorean the final scene has Duff noticing the lights in the flux capacitor are on the fritz so he opens it up and messes with the wires, next scene he wakes up at his job at a factory, turns to Geoff and tells him about the weird dream he had 'where you and I worked at a cake shop making all sorts of weird cakes".
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', the events in the Attic. That does ''not'' make it any better. You'll forever be trapped in an endless loop of your worst fear, unlikely to ever wake up. All the while the Rossum Corporation is using your mind as a giant computer
dream/flashback ends.
** The gag was recycled
for their own ends. Even worse; one of the co-founders of Rossum a sketch where Wayne dreams of an oncoming apocalypse, and he knows it almost 100% certain to become reality.
* "For Whom The Bell Trolls" in Season 1 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. It's left ambiguous as to whether "The Wild Wipeout" in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' was this or not.
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' had two episodes featuring this. In "This is Your Life" (season 3, episode 10), Ben is afraid to get a tonsillectomy. So, he sneaks out after getting anesthesia, only to find
that he's been replaced, since he didn't get the procedure done. Luckily, this was an anesthesia induced dream. In "Meet the Seavers" (season 6, episode 21), Ben gets in trouble, on ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and wishes that he lived in a TV show, because then he wouldn't be in trouble. He wakes up the next morning to find that he is Jeremy Miller on wearing Heather Locklear's outfit.
** A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short parodied this. [[Creator/EllenPage A woman]] has
a show called ''Meet the Seavers''. This is frightening dream about a nightmare for him, as his family isn't a family anymore, zombie, and his house isn't his home. He then wakes up to find that it was all just a dream.
* The ''opening episode'' of Season 5 of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': Meredith, who finally concluded that she [[TheyDo definitely wanted
and sees it, which then turns out to be All Just a Dream for the ZOMBIE. This then happens numerous times, ending with Derek]] in the last season's finale, learns that Derek is severely injured in a car accident, and arrives at the hospital just in time to see him die. But come on, [[CaptainObviousReveal nobody actually believed]] that the second most important character (or the third, depending on your view) of the show would be killed off minutes into the beginning of woman waking up from a new season, did they?
* The ''entire premise'' of ''[[{{Toku}} Choukou Senshi Changerion]]'' is this trope, which sparked a number of angry letters to Toei!
* The ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode where the characters get trapped in a slasher movie scenario is actually a
horrible dream Shawn has while sleeping through detention.
* The last episode, "Home", of ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' starts this way- the heroes return home in triumph from their quest,
next to acclaim and cheering crowds... and then it all turns a bit odd... and then they wake up, to find the BigBad has stolen the MacGuffin and put them to sleep (and apparently given them a communal dream) to delay their pursuit.
* ''Series/{{Awake}}'' mixes this with OrWasItADream, and [[AlternateUniverse dual realities]] as its main premise.
* The penultimate episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace'''s third season does this, as Jack Malone is trying to deal with his demons.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'''s Hyper Battle Video ends with this. For good reason too, since the Kamen Riders [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness were acting like a Sentai team]] and Ryuki wound up crossing over with Series/KamenRiderAgito to fight an EvilTwin. With those outlandish concepts, how could it ''not'' be a dream?
* Zig-zagged in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. First, we find out that the Ranger's battles were delusions, then the imaginary villains appear in the real world (the heroes also gain the ability to transform in the real world). The clincher? Nobuo Akagi (Akiba Red) realizes that their world is a [[NoticingTheFourthWall TV show]], which is [[ExecutiveMeddling being altered by the Toei production staff!]]
* ''Series/ThePretender'' had one where Broots and Miss Parker are on a stakeout. At first, they wake up to find themselves in bed with each other, having apparently had sex. Later in the episode, Broots manages to capture Jarod and plans to have him watch while he has sex with Parker again. Parker then asks how he feels about a threesome ... with Mr. Reigns. It's then revealed that Broots dozed off and the whole thing was a dream.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In a fake clip-show episode, the group takes Abed to a psychiatrist who eventually reveals that the Community College they were recently expelled from was actually a shared delusion they all had in an insane asylum and the fact that they think its real means they're all relapsing. There were even clips of them in the asylum playing out scenes from the show. It doesn't take long for them to realize he's lying, and when cornered he admits to being an actor hired by Chang to keep them from trying to go back to the college.
** Played again in the fourth season finale when Abed reveals to Jeff that the battle with their darkest timeline counterparts took place entirely within his imagination.
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* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''' "Mrs. George Devereaux", wherein Blanche's husband George comes BackFromTheDead, confesses that he faked his death to escape being framed for embezzling from his company and begs Blanche for another chance, and Dorothy is wooed by [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Lyle Waggoner]] and Music/SonnyBono. Blanche [[RecurringDreams apparently has this same dream, or variations on it, periodically]], mentioning that every time it's happened, she always woke up before she could hug him.
* The alternate ending to ''Series/BreakingBad'' (as seen on DVD) played this completely for laughs. In it, Walter White's death plays out the same as it does in the actual finale, but then Hal from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wakes up, having dreamed the whole series. He then tells Lois about his terrifying dream where he was a world-class meth cook with a shaved head (to which Lois laughs at the idea of him cooking ''anything''), and there was this guy who "looked like the guy from ''Series/TheShield''", and this kid who said "[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch the b-word]]" a lot. This is very similar to the Newhart finale above.

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* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''' "Mrs. George Devereaux", wherein Blanche's husband George comes BackFromTheDead, confesses Used rather drastically on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' when, after Kramer persuades him to get an illegal cable hookup, Jerry dreams that he faked his death to escape being framed for embezzling from his company is graphically gunned down by the FBI. Then he wakes up and begs Blanche for another chance, and Dorothy discovers the plane he's on is wooed by [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Lyle Waggoner]] and Music/SonnyBono. Blanche [[RecurringDreams apparently has about to crash, which is real.
-->"What have you done to my little cable boy?!?"
* The Spanish comedy ''Los Serrano'' finished
this same way, with the main character waking up to discover the entire series has been all just a dream. Fans were not pleased. A critic saw it in a slightly different light: if all was just a dream, or variations on it, periodically]], mentioning that every time it's happened, she always woke up before she could hug him.
* The alternate ending to ''Series/BreakingBad'' (as seen on DVD) played this completely for laughs. In it, Walter White's death plays out
means that the same as it does in the actual finale, but then Hal atrocious BoyBand that [[SpinOff spun off]] from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wakes up, having dreamed the whole series. He then tells Lois about his terrifying dream where he was a world-class meth cook with a shaved head (to which Lois laughs series never existed at the idea of him cooking ''anything''), and there was this guy who "looked like the guy from ''Series/TheShield''", and this kid who said "[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch the b-word]]" a lot. This is very similar to the Newhart finale above.all.



* Most episodes of ''Series/{{Medium}}'' begin this way. Annoyingly, a few end this way as well.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], Dean has his deepest wish granted by a djinn, but it turns out to be a dream created by the djinn who is feeding off his blood.
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' had "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream]]", in which the title character dreams of defending a '30s era club owner against charges of the murder of a club musician.
* Creator/{{MTV}} Europe's edition of ''Alternative Nation'' did this at the end of a special Music/{{Blur}} episode. It had host Toby Amies interviewing Damon and Alex in a fancy car, with a skit added at the end revealing everything to be Toby's dream.
* Craig Ferguson ended his final episode as host of ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' with this in reference to both ''Series/StElsewhere'' and ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', revealing that his entire time hosting the show was all just a dream... of [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Nigel Wick]], who wakes up in bed next to a still-fat Drew Carey and tells him all about his horrible dream where he had to host a late night talk show with a fake horse and a robot skeleton for 10 years, and [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Drew became a game show host]], and worst of all, ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous Drew had gotten skinny]]''. And just to up the ''Newhart'' reference, the dream started unraveling when Secretariat (the fake horse) lifted up its head to reveal that Newhart had been playing the part all along, and then says to Ferguson "Hey, guy, it's your dream".
* ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'': It turns out the Village is actually a sort of shared dreamspace on a level deeper than the subconscious. Which makes it all a dream, but not ''just'' a dream.
* ''Series/NightVisions'': The pilot episode, "The Passenger List", ends with the main character, an airplane crash investigator, waking up onboard a plane. It turns out that various aspects from his dream were [[AndYouWereThere taken from his surroundings]], such as a grieving woman in the dream looking like the passenger seated next to him, a book he found in a plane wreckage was actually one that someone else was reading, etc. Then the plane crashes for real and he and everyone onboard are killed.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': When El Chavo, La Chilindrina and Kiko enter Doña Clotilde's (a.k.a. the Witch of the 71) apartment they see the classic hag inside a horror house. It turns out to be all just a dream and Doña Clotilde was actually bringing them candy pallets.
* ''Series/{{Apocalypse}}'': Steven's initial thoughts when he wakes up in his room at the end of the experiment. It was only after he meets Derren in the living room that he was told the truth about the experiment.
* The ''Series/CSICrimeSceneInvestigation'' episode "Working Stiffs" ends with a scene of the culprit blowing up a safe, collecting its contents, and successfully slipping past the encircling cops through a basement tunnel ... only for the scene to rewind to the moment the safe's door blew off, to reveal that the door had actually ''cut the man in half'' and left him pinned to the wall, hallucinating that he'd succeeded in his dying moments.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Vikings}}''has a captured Catholic priest given a chance to save his life by proving his faith. We see him praying before accepting a red-hot sword fresh off a furnace, his faith giving him strength as he walks across a field, past stunned Vikings and places the sword before the Queen. We then cut to the priest opening his eyes as the sword is placed into his hands...and the reality sets in as he starts screaming in agony and only makes it a few steps before collapsing in sobs as the Vikings laugh.
* The first season finale of ''Series/ArmyWives'' has a crazed man setting off a bomb in a bar that includes Claudia Joy and daughter Amanda. Much of the second season premiere shows the women at Amanda's college, both okay. It turns out that Amanda died and this is Claudia Joy's mind giving her a chance to say goodbye as she recovers in her own hospital bed.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** In the fifth season, a captured Shaw escapes the enemy and makes her way to New York. She reunites with the team and has a steamy hook-up with Root before killing bad guy Greer. She then realizes she's been broken by the enemy and kills Reese before putting the gun to her head...at which point, it turns out that this is the 6,741 simulation Shaw has been put through by Samaritan to get her to give up the location of the Machine and the team.
** A later episode has Greer taking Shaw out for a tour of New York (under guard) to show her people who can be future dangers to the world. It all ends on a roof with explosions going across New York by a future terrorist plot that make Shaw realize she's in another simulation.
** A stunning payoff to it all comes when Shaw is taken on another "trip" and shown a scientist who Greer says will create a deadly form of animal life that will kill millions. Tired of this, Shaw grabs a gun and shoots the woman dead. Back in her hospital bed, Shaw is shown footage of the scientist's death on the news and how her hand still has a scar from cutting it and realizes to her horror that it was no simulation, she really did murder an innocent woman.
** When Shaw finally escapes for real, agent Lambert tries to tell her she's in another simulation. However, Shaw is now able to tell the difference, shooting Lambert dead and mocking him on "relax, it'll reboot any moment" before escaping.

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* Most episodes of ''Series/{{Medium}}'' begin this way. Annoyingly, a few end this way as well.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], Dean "Virtual Slide" of the series ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' Maggie Beckett has his deepest wish granted by a djinn, dream within a dream. After Maggie is captured, she is put into a virtual reality that she recognizes as such almost immediately. Her captors segue this into a more realistic version where Maggie interacts with her friends, gives her captors information, and imagines a relationship with one of the men on her crew. Only when rescued does she realize that she never woke up from the first "dream."
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** The episode "Slumber" both uses and subverts this trope, as a girl with dream-walking powers can only contact Clark through dreams. Although occurrences in the episode were fantasy, the dreams do serve a purpose to the plot.
** Used as a bit of a fake-out in "Promise", the Lana/Lex wedding. The episode begins with a ridiculously melodramatic wedding/murder/suicide scene, which is immediately revealed to be a dream Clark was suffering. The rest of the episode tells the story out of order chronologically, with a dream each for Lex and Lana, the former being fairly scary and the latter actually being a flashback to the Season Two premiere.
* Not even Hispanic {{Soap Opera}}s escape from this trope. There has been at least two soapies who ended with the implication that all the chapters we've seen has been just a Dream: ''Los Amores de Anita Pe?'' and ''Pecados Ajenos''. However, the results were very different:
** In ''Los Amores...'', which was a comedic soap that swung between the AffectionateParody and the {{Deconstruction}}, the whole thing was played for laughs, with the ghost characters of the people who died during the story lampshading the TwistEnding and openly decrying it in a full rupture of the FourthWall. However, the series gives not only a whole chapter after the reveal to close the few loose plots and point out the parallelisms between the "dream story" and the "real life",
but also gives a happy ending for the heroine and the story: maybe her life isn't as exciting as it was in her "dream", but she is now truly happy with her son and her beloved husband.
** In contrast, in ''Pecados Ajenos'' (who was ''non''-comedic and pretty gloomy for a traditional soap) not content with using this trope to reset the whole story, also used the reset to put the heroine in a worse condition than the one she began with. It also [[KarmaHoudini left unpunished some of the worst villains of the story]] (a big no-no in traditional Hispanic soaps), and leaves the unsavory feeling that all the grisly, tragic and creepy things that happened during the soap [[GroundhogDayLoop are going to happen in the same way]]. Naturally, none of the viewers were happy with this.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' has a lot of these as a way to get into Tony's head, although it was made apparent to the audience what they were.
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' episode "War Games" took full advantage of the trope with a spectacular battle leaving the Alphans facing a lingering death on their wrecked base. It
turns out to be an alien-induced dream intended to show why the Alphans should not attempt contact. In this case there was no clue (besides the increasingly hopeless situation) that it was a dream created by prior to the djinn application of the ResetButton.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** The episode "Absolute Power" uses a dream that lasts most of the episode to show Daniel Jackson why getting access to the sum total of Goa'uld memory and technology would be a bad idea. In this case the viewers are given a fair chance to spot the point where events become a dream.
** Another episode uses this to much greater effect with Teal'c switching between reality and a world that is obviously (to the viewer) a dream. The real, ascended Daniel Jackson appears to Teal'c in the dream world as a psychiatrist, and points him toward the solution. Both worlds are hallucinations brought on by Teal'c's mind in an attempt to help him survive a serious injury until rescue comes.
** There's also the episode "Forever in a Day", in which Amaunet (the Goa'uld controlling Daniel's wife, Sha're) attempts to kill Daniel with a Ribbon Device. But Sha're manages to send Daniel a message through it, resulting in him switching back-and-forth between realities; one in which Teal'c saved his life by killing her, the other where she's freed of Amaunet's control and living with Daniel on Earth, trying to convince him to return to Stargate Command (which he leaves in both message-realities). She tells him the importance of him finding the Harcesis (human child born of two Goa'uld-controlled human parents, containing the genetic memory of both) and where he can find him. The episode eventually ends with Teal'c saving Daniel's life by killing Sha're/Amaunet; the entire dream occurred in the space of time it took his sidearm to fall from his hands to the ground behind him.
** In "The Other Guys", two of the behind-the-scenes scientists [[LowerDeckEpisode get mixed up in one of SG-1's adventures]], rescuing the team, discovering that [[UnwantedRescue their captivity was part of a plan]], having SG-1's plan go sour, and then rescuing them for real. They end up hailed as heroes, and one of them gets a kiss from Carter. Then the one
who is feeding off got kissed wakes up from his blood.daydream.
*** "The Other Guys" is a fun episode, but a poor execution of the trope: [[http://www.gateworld.net/sg1/s6/608.shtml WordOfGod]] is that only the ceremony and kiss were a daydream, and that the producers realised too late that they'd implied the whole episode to be a dream.

* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' had "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream]]", in which ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as a whole has the title character dreams of defending "All Just a '30s era club owner against charges Holodeck Simulation" version.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** In "Hard Time", Chief O'Brien is arrested by aliens and serves out a 20-year prison sentence within a dream that lasts only hours. The rest
of the murder of a club musician.
* Creator/{{MTV}} Europe's edition of ''Alternative Nation'' did this at the end of a special Music/{{Blur}} episode. It had host Toby Amies interviewing Damon and Alex in a fancy car, with a skit added at the end revealing everything to be Toby's dream.
* Craig Ferguson ended his final
episode as host of ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' shows him dealing with this experience and how it has changed him.
** "Far Beyond the Stars" and "Shadows and Symbols", where a science fiction writer
in reference the 50's dreams about Deep Space Nine. It's also lampshaded in the dream when someone suggests making Benny's story turn out to both be a dream to get around complaints about the hero being black. In fact, the producers toyed with the idea of making the entire series a figment of Benny Russel's imagination
** In "Inquisition", the investigator creates an elaborate holo-simulation that tries to trick Bashir into believing that he was a spy for the Dominion. Most of the episode occurs in the simulation
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** In the episode "The Inner Light", an alien artifact which turns out to be a monument to a long-dead race gives Picard the experience of living the life of one of its makers in less than an hour. In an unusual twist, Picard leaves the dream with at least one skill he didn't have before entering it -- that of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming playing a recorder-like instrument]] his dream-self was fond of. Slightly different from most examples in that Picard starts off knowing that the experience isn't real, but it lasts so long for him that he forgets.\\
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Unlike most of the examples on this page, this is usually considered one of the series' best episodes. Quite probably because we were shown Picard lying on the floor of the bridge dreaming from the start of the episode while the crew struggles to wake him up.
** A slight variation of this happens to Commander Riker in the episode "Frame of Mind". However, it's clear throughout the episode that he's hallucinating certain things, and when Riker finally comes to, he's on an operating table in an alien environment, which he escapes. He later learns he was captured and subjected to a brainwashing procedure; ''everything'' in that episode before that point was a hallucination.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Played with this trope a lot in "Barge of the Dead". B'Elanna Torres survives a shuttle accident, only to find it's all a dream and that she's actually on a barge taking dishonored souls to the Klingon afterlife.
-->'''B'Elanna:''' But I was on ''Voyager'' with my crew!\\
'''Klingon:''' That was the ''naj'' -- the dream before dying. When we can't accept that we've died, we create the illusion of life to hold on to.\\
'''B'Elanna:''' ''(seeing the helmsman, Kortar)'' He slaughtered my friends!\\
'''Klingon:''' No. He slaughtered the dream. He dragged you from the illusion of life. This is where you belong.
** After being rejected in favour of her mother, B'Elanna wakes up in ''Voyager'''s sickbay with the same hand injury she received on the Barge. She then has to convince her shipmates she didn't imagine the whole thing, and that she has to return to the Barge (i.e. [[FlatlinePlotline recreate her near-death experience]]) in order to save her mother.
-->'''B'Elanna:''' Look at this -- The eleventh tome of Klavek. It's a story about Kahless returning from the dead ''still bearing a wound from the afterlife''. A warning that ''what he experienced wasn't a dream''. The same thing happened to me!
** In "Nemesis", Chakotay was being brainwashed to hate the Kadrin through a simulation that depicted them as monsters. Everything that happened from his viewpoint, until Tuvok found him, never did.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'':
** The episode "Vanishing Point" has Hoshi apparently fading out of existence due to a transporter malfunction before learning that the transporter has been hijacked by hostile aliens--and then she rematerializes on the ship. The whole thing was a hallucination caused by the actual (but non-fatal) transporter malfunction.
* The last episode of
''Series/StElsewhere'' and ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', revealing reveals that his the entire time hosting series has taken place in the mind of an autistic child. If you accept that crossovers between shows imply that they occupy the same fictional universe, an argument can be made that no fewer than [[http://yujinishuge.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/crossoversscaled.jpg 282 shows]] were figments of Tommy Westphall's imagination, including both ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'', along with their spin-offs. The aforementioned picture seems to have a very low threshold for calling a show was all just a dream... cross-over, however; it includes minor {{shout out}}s as linkage. [[http://www.poobala.com/crossoverlist.html Another crossover database site]] gives a more conservative estimate, setting nearly a hundred shows within young Tommy's mind.
* Or US {{Soap Opera}}s. The soap ''Series/SunsetBeach'' concluded with its two supercouples getting married in a double wedding, only to have the heroine wake up and have it revealed that the last two years (the duration
of [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Nigel Wick]], who the soap) were a dream (complete with AndYouWereThere)... only to have the trope played twice when she wakes up in bed next ''again'' to a still-fat Drew Carey and tells him all about his horrible dream where he had to host a late night talk show with a fake horse and a robot skeleton for 10 years, and [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Drew became a game show host]], and worst of all, ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous Drew had gotten skinny]]''. And just to up the ''Newhart'' reference, the dream started unraveling when Secretariat (the fake horse) lifted up its head to reveal learn that Newhart had been playing the part all along, and then says to Ferguson "Hey, guy, it's your dream".
* ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'': It turns out the Village is actually a sort of shared dreamspace on a level deeper than the subconscious. Which makes it all a dream, but not ''just'' a dream.
* ''Series/NightVisions'': The pilot episode, "The Passenger List", ends with the main character, an airplane crash investigator, waking up onboard a plane. It turns out that various aspects from his dream were [[AndYouWereThere taken from his surroundings]], such as a grieving woman in the dream looking like the passenger seated next to him, a book he found in a plane wreckage
''this'' was actually one that someone else was reading, etc. Then the plane crashes for real and he and everyone onboard are killed.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': When El Chavo, La Chilindrina and Kiko enter Doña Clotilde's (a.k.a. the Witch of the 71) apartment they see the classic hag inside a horror house. It turns out to be all just
a dream and Doña Clotilde that she and the hero are happily married rather than the turbulence of the past two years.
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean finds a djinn and makes a wish for a "normal" life. He suddenly finds himself in a world where their mother
was actually bringing never killed, their father spent time with them candy pallets.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 djinn and undo the wish. However, Dean soon realizes that the djinn 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.
* ''Series/{{Apocalypse}}'': Steven's initial thoughts ''Franchise/SuperSentai'': Zig-zagged in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. First, we find out that the Rangers' battles were delusions, then the imaginary villains appear in the real world (the heroes also gain the ability to transform in the real world). The clincher? Nobuo Akagi (Akiba Red) realizes that their world is a [[NoticingTheFourthWall TV show]], which is [[ExecutiveMeddling being altered by the Toei production staff!]]
* The first episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' starts out this way. Just so you know. Also, in the second season episode "Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep", Sarah is taken captive and interrogated by a man she had killed in an earlier episode. It is then revealed that this was in fact a dream, and that Sarah was admitted to a sleep clinic, because of her insomnia. She keeps having this dream, while she suspects something bad is going on at the sleep clinic. Eventually, we find out the sleep clinic was in fact the dream, induced by the drugs given to her by the man who abducted her, for real - him having survived the earlier episode against the odds.
* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}''
** In TOS episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E108DeathShip Death Ship]]", an astronaut stranded on another planet dreams that he has returned to Earth and everything's all right. His commanding officer bodily enters his dream and drags him back to wakefulness. The KarmicTwistEnding? He and his commander are actually dead, and his dream was actually the afterlife he should have gone to.
** In the episode "Shadow Play", a man on Death Row tells everyone they are all figments of his dream based on people from his life, and that
when he he's killed, he'll dream the same dream again, with everyone in different roles. As it turns out, he's right.
** An even more sadistic episode -- "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E75TheMidnightSun The Midnight Sun]]" -- turns out to be just a dream in the end. However, reality does not turn out to be much better than the dream. The protagonist dreams about a world in which the Earth is burning up as it's falling into the sun, and
wakes up in his room at a world that's freezing to death as the end of Earth is falling away from the experiment. It was only after he meets Derren in the living room that he was told the truth about the experiment.
*
sun.
**
The ''Series/CSICrimeSceneInvestigation'' episode "Working Stiffs" ends with [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E9PerchanceToDream "Perchance to Dream"]] cranks this one {{up to eleven}}; it's about a scene of man visiting a psychiatrist about nightmares, afraid the culprit blowing up a safe, collecting its contents, and successfully slipping past next one will kill him because of his weak heart, ultimately jumping out the encircling cops through a basement tunnel ... only for window, then the scene to rewind to the moment the safe's door blew off, to reveal that at the door had end... the whole thing from the point where he lied down in the shrink's couch was actually ''cut a dream, the man conversation never actually happened, his fear came true, the dream had killed him.
** Played with
in half'' "King Nine Will Never Return", about a pilot who visits his wrecked plane, one he was supposed to be in command of but for some last minute reason wasn't, revealed to be just a dream and left him pinned to he was at a nursing home the wall, hallucinating whole time. [[OrWasItADream Only his boots were found to have sand in them.]]
** Hinted at in "Valley of the Shadow", where the events of the episode are undone in the end--or, with the help of time travel, maybe they never happened?
* ''Series/{{UFO}}''. The episode "Ordeal" has a lengthy sequence where Colonel Foster is violently abducted by aliens and taken to their UFO which is later (after various ShootTheDog arguments between his superiors) shot down by SHADO. Foster is recovered inside an alien spacesuit and is nearly killed having it removed. The whole thing turns out to be a dream experienced when he passed out in a sauna after over-indulging at a party. A more imaginative use of this trope occurs in "Mindbender", when a [[GreenRocks crystal]] found at a UFO crash site causes Commander Straker to hallucinate
that he'd succeeded he is [[BreakingTheFourthWall an actor in his dying moments.
a science-fiction TV series]].
* An episode of ''Series/{{Vikings}}''has ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' has a captured Catholic priest given a chance to save his life by proving his faith. We see him praying before accepting a red-hot sword fresh off a furnace, his faith giving him strength as he walks across a field, past stunned Vikings and places the sword before the Queen. We then cut to the priest opening his eyes as the sword is placed into his hands...and the reality sets in as he starts screaming in agony and only makes it a few steps before collapsing in sobs as the Vikings laugh.
* The first season finale of ''Series/ArmyWives'' has ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had a crazed man setting off a bomb in a bar that includes Claudia Joy dream episode, where Partner Trivette was revealed to have gotten killed at the beginning, and daughter Amanda. Much Walker died at the very end, but not before [[HeroicSacrifice foiling the villains' plans anyway]]. When Walker's wife wakes up at the end of the second season premiere shows the women at Amanda's college, both okay. It turns episode, you find out that Amanda died it may [[OrWasItADream end up coming to pass anyway]].
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "[[Recap/TheWildWildWestS2E12TheNightOfTheManEatingHouse The Night of the Man-Eating House]]". Near the beginning, the characters discover
and this is Claudia Joy's mind giving her approach the title house. After a chance to say goodbye as she recovers series of terrifying events, at the end the characters wake up and discover that the horrific events in her own hospital bed.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
**
the house were All Just a Nightmare. In the fifth season, a captured Shaw escapes last scene, they find themselves [[OrWasItADream approaching the enemy and makes her way house again]].
* The penultimate episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace'''s third season does this, as Jack Malone is trying
to New York. She reunites deal with his demons.
* One episode of
the team and Charlie Drake BritCom ''The Worker'' has a steamy hook-up with Root before killing bad guy Greer. She then realizes she's been broken by the enemy and kills Reese before putting the gun to her head...at title character experiencing an increasingly surreal series of events which point, culminate in his arrival at a TV studio, where it turns out that he's the leading actor in a TV SitCom called ''The Worker''... Drake liked this is the 6,741 simulation Shaw has been put through by Samaritan to get her to give up the location plot so much he reused it in a later episode. A more conventional use of the Machine and trope occurs when the team.
** A later episode has Greer taking Shaw out for a tour of New York (under guard) to show her people who can be future dangers to
Worker gets hit on the world. It all ends on a roof with explosions going across New York head by a future terrorist plot that make Shaw realize she's in another simulation.
** A stunning payoff to it all comes when Shaw is taken on another "trip"
boomerang and shown has a scientist who Greer says will create a deadly form surreal dream about Aborigines (possibly inspired by Drake's earlier comic song "My Boomerang Won't Come Back". Except this time it did).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' is fond
of animal life that will kill millions. Tired of this, Shaw grabs a gun doing this.
** In one episode, Mulder
and shoots the woman dead. Back Scully have [[LotusEaterMachine fungus-inspired hallucinations]].
** In "Triangle" Mulder wakes up
in her a hospital bed, Shaw is shown footage of after apparently going back in time and [[AndYouWereThere meeting his friends and enemies]] as heroes or villains on a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII liner. Naturally no one believes him, but Mulder can't help smiling when he feels the scientist's death bruise on the news and how her hand still has his cheek where past-Scully gave him a scar MegatonPunch after he [[NowOrNeverKiss stole a kiss from cutting it and realizes to her horror that it was no simulation, she really did murder an innocent woman.
** When Shaw finally escapes for real, agent Lambert tries to tell her she's in another simulation. However, Shaw is now able to tell
her]].
%%* Likewise at
the difference, shooting Lambert dead and mocking him on "relax, it'll reboot any moment" before escaping. end of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' episode "Interesting" where Neil experiences something similar as he is about to be kicked in the head by skinheads.
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* Happens three times in ''Film/ThirteenSeconds''. First, the main character is attacked by demons, and wakes up in bed. Later, a demon [[GroinAttack grabs his groin]] and drags him under the bed; he wakes up again. As for the third time, during the movie, he shoots up on heroin. The entire rest of the movie turns out to be a hallucination he experiences in the [[TitleDrop 13 seconds]] it takes him to die of an overdose.


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* Happens three times in ''Film/ThirteenSeconds''. First, the main character is attacked by demons, and wakes up in bed. Later, a demon [[GroinAttack grabs his groin]] and drags him under the bed; he wakes up again. As for the third time, during the movie, he shoots up on heroin. The entire rest of the movie turns out to be a hallucination he experiences in the [[TitleDrop 13 seconds]] it takes him to die of an overdose.
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel Goes West]]'' is written off as a dream Fievel had in the third ''An American Tail'' movie. But there was a TV series with the Wild West theme that aired prior to the 3rd movie (FridgeBrilliance when you realized that it's possible to stay in what seems to be forever in the dream world and then wake up to discover that only one night has passed in reality).
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''. MK just really, really wishes it was.



* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' is written off as a dream Fievel had in the third ''An American Tail'' movie. But there was a TV series with the Wild West theme that aired prior to the 3rd movie (FridgeBrilliance when you realized that it's possible to stay in what seems to be forever in the dream world and then wake up to discover that only one night has passed in reality).
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''. MK just really, really wishes it was.



* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is the most famous film example, though there is a ''wee'' bit of room for alternate interpretation. In [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the book]] it is definite that Oz '''was''' real and Dorothy returns there several times in other books; Oz was changed to an elaborate dream in the film because producers felt that the 1930s audience was too sophisticated [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to accept a straight on fantasy like that]].
* Two of Creator/LaurelAndHardy's short films used this example: ''The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case'' and ''Oliver the Eighth''.
* At least three ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Little Rascals]]'' films used this example: ''Seein' Things'', ''Mama's Little Pirate'', and ''Our Gang Follies of 1938''.
* Hilariously played with in the ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' parody "A Fistful of Yen" in ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''.
* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' effectively repackages this into "And it was all a psychotic hallucination". [[MindScrew Or was it]]?
* ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'': A large chunk of the film takes place in Michele's dream which isn't revealed to be a dream until the very end. This portion is so significant that most of the jokes from the trailer were taken from the dream sequence.
* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' we are LeftHanging as to whether or not the entire film after the point Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger goes to Rekall is real or a hallucination.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is the most famous film example, though there is a ''wee'' bit of room for alternate interpretation. In [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the book]] it is definite that Oz '''was''' real and Dorothy returns there several Happens three times in other books; Oz was changed to an elaborate dream in ''Film/ThirteenSeconds''. First, the film because producers felt that main character is attacked by demons, and wakes up in bed. Later, a demon [[GroinAttack grabs his groin]] and drags him under the 1930s audience was too sophisticated [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to accept a straight on fantasy like that]].
* Two of Creator/LaurelAndHardy's short films used this example: ''The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case'' and ''Oliver
bed; he wakes up again. As for the Eighth''.
* At least three ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Little Rascals]]'' films used this example: ''Seein' Things'', ''Mama's Little Pirate'', and ''Our Gang Follies of 1938''.
* Hilariously played with in
third time, during the ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' parody "A Fistful of Yen" in ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''.
* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' effectively repackages this into "And it was all a psychotic hallucination". [[MindScrew Or was it]]?
* ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'': A large chunk
movie, he shoots up on heroin. The entire rest of the film takes place in Michele's dream which isn't revealed movie turns out to be a dream until hallucination he experiences in the very end. This portion is so significant that most [[TitleDrop 13 seconds]] it takes him to die of the jokes from the trailer were taken from the dream sequence.
* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' we are LeftHanging as to whether or not the entire film after the point Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger goes to Rekall is real or a hallucination.
an overdose.



* Reality and dreams are blurred in ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep''.
* Most of ''Film/ShoulderArms'' by Creator/CharlieChaplin, including all of Charlie's adventures in France, turns out to be Charlie's dream. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] when Charlie is shown lying down to sleep in boot camp before the film cuts to him in the trenches of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Throughout ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', there are strong suggestions that certain aspects of the plot may be All Just a Dream. WordOfGod [[http://twitchfilm.net/archives/008507.html debunks that possibility]], though that same god also explicitly tells you not to listen to him so in the end it looks like nobody's happy.
* In ''Film/TheShining'', it sometimes got difficult to tell what was real and what were projections of the family's minds. [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060618/REVIEWS08/606180302 Roger Ebert's review]] talks at length on the subject.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheButterflyEffect''. At one point near the end of the film it looks like the story is gonna go out with a TwistEnding. As Evan's doctor explains that there are no journals, he asserts that everything that we've apparently seen so far is a delusion that Evan created to cope with the guilt of killing Kayleigh, describing alternate universes with colleges, prisons, and paraplegia. Then it turns out that the mental time travel ''was'' real when Evan goes back one last time.
* ''Film/TheDescent''. Did the crawlers exist, or was Sarah unable to handle the claustrophobia and stress of the already bad situation, causing her to imagine them and kill all her friends? All that can actually be said is that there was dreaming going on; where it started or ended is never made clear.
* Related to this is the film ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' in which the entire conclusion of the plot (involving Briony taking back her evidence and Creator/KeiraKnightley getting back together with her boyfriend) from the wedding of the rape victim and her rapist onwards is from the imagination of Briony. She reveals that James [=McAvoy=]'s character in fact died while at Dunkirk and Cecilia was killed in the (real-life) flooding of Balham tube station by a German bomb.
* ''Film/VanillaSky'' (2001), directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Creator/TomCruise. Remake of 1997 Spanish film ''Abre los Ojos'', a.k.a. ''Open Your Eyes''. After a car accident that kills his girlfriend and disfigures his face, the protagonist is haunted by increasingly bizarre occurrences. The ending explains that everything that has occurred after the car accident has been a dream. In real life, after the car accident, he signed a contract with a company that preserves its clients' bodies after death and keeps their brain waves active in lifelike virtual reality dreams, and then committed suicide. The bizarre occurrences are explained as glitches in the program. In the end, he decides to wake up from the dream program.

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* Reality and dreams are blurred in ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep''.
* Most of ''Film/ShoulderArms'' by Creator/CharlieChaplin, including all of Charlie's adventures in France, turns out to be Charlie's dream. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] when Charlie is shown lying down to sleep in boot camp before the film cuts to him in the trenches of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Throughout ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', there are strong suggestions
%%* ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT'', with one or two hints that certain aspects of the plot may be All Just a Dream. WordOfGod [[http://twitchfilm.net/archives/008507.html debunks that possibility]], though that same god also explicitly tells you not to listen to him so in the end it looks like nobody's happy.
* In ''Film/TheShining'', it sometimes got difficult to tell what was real and what were projections of the family's minds. [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060618/REVIEWS08/606180302 Roger Ebert's review]] talks at length on the subject.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheButterflyEffect''. At one point near the end of the film it looks like the story is gonna go out with a TwistEnding. As Evan's doctor explains that there are no journals, he asserts that everything that we've apparently seen so far is a delusion that Evan created to cope with the guilt of killing Kayleigh, describing alternate universes with colleges, prisons, and paraplegia. Then it turns out that the mental time travel ''was'' real when Evan goes back one last time.
* ''Film/TheDescent''. Did the crawlers exist, or was Sarah unable to handle the claustrophobia and stress of the already bad situation, causing her to imagine them and kill all her friends? All that can actually be said is that there was dreaming going on; where it started or ended is never made clear.
* Related to this is the film ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' in which the entire conclusion of the plot (involving Briony taking back her evidence and Creator/KeiraKnightley getting back together with her boyfriend) from the wedding of the rape victim and her rapist onwards is from the imagination of Briony. She reveals that James [=McAvoy=]'s character in fact died while at Dunkirk and Cecilia was killed in the (real-life) flooding of Balham tube station by a German bomb.
* ''Film/VanillaSky'' (2001), directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Creator/TomCruise. Remake of 1997 Spanish film ''Abre los Ojos'', a.k.a. ''Open Your Eyes''. After a car accident that kills his girlfriend and disfigures his face, the protagonist is haunted by increasingly bizarre occurrences. The ending explains that everything that has occurred after the car accident has been a dream. In real life, after the car accident, he signed a contract with a company that preserves its clients' bodies after death and keeps their brain waves active in lifelike virtual reality dreams, and then committed suicide. The bizarre occurrences are explained as glitches in the program. In the end, he decides to wake up from the dream program.
wasn't.



* In ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', the two main characters (played by Jonny Lee Miller and Creator/AngelinaJolie) each have erotic dreams about the other at the same time.

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* In ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' effectively repackages this into "And it was all a psychotic hallucination". [[MindScrew Or was it]]?
* Related to this is
the two main characters (played by Jonny Lee Miller film ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' in which the entire conclusion of the plot (involving Briony taking back her evidence and Creator/AngelinaJolie) each have erotic dreams about Creator/KeiraKnightley getting back together with her boyfriend) from the other at wedding of the same time.rape victim and her rapist onwards is from the imagination of Briony. She reveals that James [=McAvoy=]'s character in fact died while at Dunkirk and Cecilia was killed in the (real-life) flooding of Balham tube station by a German bomb.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Audition}}''. Near the finale of the film, the protagonist wakes up next to Asami in bed and is immeasurably relieved that all of the horrific things that were happening were just a nightmare born of the fear of her leaving. Turns out that this was actually a hallucination born of the pain of having his foot cut off.



* Played very non-comedically in ''Film/{{Happiness}}'', where one of the characters apparently goes on a rampage through his neighbourhood with a machine gun, only to wake up. He's a... troubled guy. We later find out he's a paedophile.

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* Played very non-comedically Subverted in ''Film/{{Happiness}}'', ''Film/TheButterflyEffect''. At one point near the end of the film it looks like the story is gonna go out with a TwistEnding. As Evan's doctor explains that there are no journals, he asserts that everything that we've apparently seen so far is a delusion that Evan created to cope with the guilt of killing Kayleigh, describing alternate universes with colleges, prisons, and paraplegia. Then it turns out that the mental time travel ''was'' real when Evan goes back one last time.
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' gives a [[UnreliableNarrator particularly]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness jarring]] [[CuckoosNest version]]. Notably this was because of the ExecutiveMeddling, which the creators despised, as the whole point was to show an evil, monstrous authority figure, but the censors of Weimar's Germany didn't like it. They apparently even made an ''extra'' twist for an alternative version
where it ''wasn't'' a dream after all, despite of all the attempts to convince otherwise.
* Open to interpretation in ''Film/{{Click}}''. Just as the main character is about to die, he wakes up at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond he laid down for a short while at the beginning. However, Morty and the magical remote turn out to be real. It could be that this was more of his imagination. Given the prevalence of time travel in this film, it could also be that Morty simply reversed time to the exact point at which he laid down in the bed.
* ''Film/TheCompanyOfWolves'' addresses this trope from the very beginning. The lead character - the
one of who dreams up the storyline - is a modern-day pre-teen girl, and when she wakes up, she is attacked by wolves.
* ''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.
* ''Film/DeadEnd''. Early in the film,
the characters apparently goes on are all weary and very nearly get involved in a rampage through his neighbourhood with a machine gun, only car crash, startling them awake. From here, things start to wake up. get weird. By the end, it transpires that [[TotalPartyKill nobody woke up in time to prevent the crash]].
* ''Film/TheDescent''. Did the crawlers exist, or was Sarah unable to handle the claustrophobia and stress of the already bad situation, causing her to imagine them and kill all her friends? All that can actually be said is that there was dreaming going on; where it started or ended is never made clear.
* Happily subverted in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''.
He's a... troubled guy. We later find out he's back in his own world, but has mysteriously gained self-confidence, and is a paedophile.better fighter. Was it all a dream?... oh, wait, the old shop-keeper is actually the now-immortal Creator/JackieChan character!\\
They didn't even try to play it straight. When he wakes up on the pavement, the cut he received in his "dream" is still there.



%%* ''Film/{{Phantasm}}''...[[MindScrew or was it?]]
* Lampshaded/parodied in ''Film/TopSecret'': Nick Rivers passes out under torture by the East German secret police and dreams he's back in high school about to take a test for which he hasn't studied. He wakes up back in the torture dungeon and smiles with relief, while being whipped: "Oh, thank ''God''."

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* In ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', the two main characters (played by Jonny Lee Miller and Creator/AngelinaJolie) each have erotic dreams about the other at the same time.
* The first twenty minutes of the ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' ends up being nothing more than a nightmare that the main character was having.
* Played very non-comedically in ''Film/{{Happiness}}'', where one of the characters apparently goes on a rampage through his neighbourhood with a machine gun, only to wake up. He's a... troubled guy. We later find out he's a paedophile.
* In ''Film/HellraiserInferno'' there is an extended sequence halfway through the film where Joseph takes a rest on his bed as his wife comforts him, only to be informed by the Engineer that he's going after Joseph's parents and Joseph rushing to their rescue. Joseph fails to save them and his surroundings turn nightmarish, after which he wakes up with his wife beside him and the sequence starting all over again with a different outcome.
%%* ''Film/{{Phantasm}}''...''Theatre/IMarriedAnAngel''
* Taken to '''[[OverlyLongGag the]]''' extreme with ''Film/{{Inception}}''. The whole plot revolves around making sure they wake up from the layers of dreams at the right time. In Cobb's backstory we learn that his wife became convinced she needed to wake up from reality. And finally the ending and beginning both suggest that the whole movie was a dream. Maybe.
* Both the original and remade version of ''Film/InvadersFromMars'' have the whole thing turn out to be a young boy's nightmare only to have the invasion [[OrWasItADream start all over again]] at the end. The first version in particular emphasizes this, with off-kilter sets and camera shots throughout.
* At the ending of ''Film/JacobsLadder'', we discover that the lead character is experiencing the entire events of the movie as a hallucination as he lies on a cot dying in a military action.
%%* Hilariously played with in the ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' parody "A Fistful of Yen" in ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''.
* ''Film/{{Krampus}}'' after an [[EvilCounterpart evil version of Santa]] captured your entire family and send you to hell... it was just a nightmare... [[OrWasItADream or was it?]].
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Invoked and then subverted: Sarah, after hours of weirdness, finds herself in a place that looks exactly like her room. She cries out in delight, jumps on the bed and wraps the pillow around her head... then looks up in wonder and realizes the whole thing was just a big dream! She goes to open the door to the hallway... and is greeted by a goblin, while the other side of the door is a junk heap at night-time.\\
Played straighter by the end, where you could interpret the entire thing as a dream, then subverted ''again'' when the creatures show up in her room and everyone has a dance party while Jareth watches in owl form outside the window.
* Two of Creator/LaurelAndHardy's short films used this example: ''The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case'' and ''Oliver the Eighth''.
* At least three ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Little Rascals]]'' films used this example: ''Seein' Things'', ''Mama's Little Pirate'', and ''Our Gang Follies of 1938''.
* Each sequence of ''Film/LivingInOblivion'' is revealed to be All Just A Dream, a dream which is referenced in the following sequence. In the final sequence is about trying to film a dream sequence important to the production, and lampshades tropes typical of filmed dream sequences.
* ''Film/LunaticsALoveStory'' uses a lot of this for humor. "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny You're having a nervous meltdown!]]''"
* ''Film/TheMatrix''. The entire world the film starts in is All Just A Dream, albeit an artificially constructed one induced by an empire of evil computers. Some have suggested that even Zion is just another level of the Matrix, satisfying many beyond the official interpretation as it explains the liberties taken in the third movie.
* In ''Film/MirrorMask'', (boy, Creator/NeilGaiman sure loves dreams) Helena figures out pretty early on that the entire MagicalLand is all a dream, populated by [[AndYouWereThere characters based on people she knows]]. However, the possibility is certainly left open that it isn't ''just'' a dream, when she meets someone who was in her dream, but she'd never met before in her day-to-day life.
* One of the few relatively certain things about the
[[MindScrew or was it?]]
* Lampshaded/parodied in ''Film/TopSecret'': Nick Rivers passes out under torture by
plot]] of ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' is that it includes some element of this. One interpretation is the East German secret police whole movie is a sinister creeping inversion: it is a dream where the ''dream gradually wakes up'' and dreams he's back in high school about to take walks away, rendering the original dreamer fictional.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Next}}'', most of the second half of the film is actually the protagonist looking into
a test for future, which he hasn't studied. He wakes up back then changes.
* Everything but the last couple of minutes in ''Film/NightmareCity'' is
in the torture dungeon main character's dream, and smiles the movie ends with relief, while being whipped: "Oh, thank ''God''.the beginning of his dream playing out in real life, with an end card reading "The nightmare becomes reality..."



* ''Film/DeadEnd''. Early in the film, the characters are all weary and very nearly get involved in a car crash, startling them awake. From here, things start to get weird. By the end, it transpires that [[TotalPartyKill nobody woke up in time to prevent the crash]].
* A similar ending closes the movie ''Film/{{Reeker}}''.



* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' gives a [[UnreliableNarrator particularly]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness jarring]] [[CuckoosNest version]]. Notably this was because of the ExecutiveMeddling, which the creators despised, as the whole point was to show an evil, monstrous authority figure, but the censors of Weimar's Germany didn't like it. They apparently even made an ''extra'' twist for an alternative version where it ''wasn't'' dream after all, despite of all the attempts to convince otherwise.
* In ''Film/MirrorMask'', (boy, Creator/NeilGaiman sure loves dreams) Helena figures out pretty early on that the entire MagicalLand is all a dream, populated by [[AndYouWereThere characters based on people she knows]]. However, the possibility is certainly left open that it isn't ''just'' a dream, when she meets someone who was in her dream, but she'd never met before in her day-to-day life.
* Happily subverted in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''. He's back in his own world, but has mysteriously gained self-confidence, and is a better fighter. Was it all a dream?... oh, wait, the old shop-keeper is actually the now-immortal Creator/JackieChan character!\\
They didn't even try to play it straight. When he wakes up on the pavement, the cut he received in his "dream" is still there.
* ''Film/TimeBandits'' seems to use this at first, with Kevin returning from being enveloped by smoke from one of the remnants of Evil by seemingly waking up in his room during a house fire... but it doesn't just settle for an OrWasItADream and goes for a full-on subversion. The film ends with Kevin finding the photos he took on his journey, and discovering that the fire was started by the final fragment of Evil getting lodged in the toaster oven -- which his parents promptly touch despite his warning and ''explode''. Also, it's implied that the fireman that rescued him actually ''is'' King Agamemnon, not just another case of the film using the same actors for multiple characters.
* One of the few relatively certain things about the [[MindScrew plot]] of ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' is that it includes some element of this. One interpretation is the whole movie is a sinister creeping inversion: it is a dream where the ''dream gradually wakes up'' and walks away, rendering the original dreamer fictional.

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* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' gives Throughout ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', there are strong suggestions that certain aspects of the plot may be All Just a [[UnreliableNarrator particularly]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness jarring]] [[CuckoosNest version]]. Notably this Dream. WordOfGod [[http://twitchfilm.net/archives/008507.html debunks that possibility]], though that same god also explicitly tells you not to listen to him so in the end it looks like nobody's happy.
%%* ''Film/{{Phantasm}}''...[[MindScrew or
was it?]]
* ''Film/ThePirateMovie'' (1982) is a kooky adaptation of ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' in which the story plays out as the dream of a present-day heroine, which results in the plot and songs of the Gilbert and Sullivan original existing alongside pop culture-derived gags and light pop songs. When the heroine realizes she's dreaming, she's able to engineer a happy ending.
%%* A similar ending closes the movie ''Film/{{Reeker}}''.
* The last third of ''Film/RepoMen'' - in the last two minutes or so, it's revealed that Remy suffered brain damage from getting hit in the face by a hook, and Jake then had Remy hooked up to the M5 Neural Net to live the rest of his life in happiness - everything that happens between the hook to the face and the reveal is part of the happy illusion Remy is living
because of the ExecutiveMeddling, which neural net.
* ''Film/RobotMonster'' -1953 - Ultimately
the creators despised, as youngest member of the whole point was to show an evil, monstrous authority figure, but the censors of Weimar's Germany didn't like it. They family, a boy, apparently even made an ''extra'' twist for an alternative version where it ''wasn't'' dream wakes up after all, despite of all the attempts to convince otherwise.
* In ''Film/MirrorMask'', (boy, Creator/NeilGaiman sure loves dreams) Helena figures out pretty early on
suffering a mild concussion, revealing that the entire MagicalLand is all a dream, populated by [[AndYouWereThere characters based on people she knows]]. However, the possibility is certainly left open that it isn't ''just'' a dream, when she meets someone who was in her dream, but she'd never met before in her day-to-day life.
* Happily subverted in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''. He's back in his own world, but has mysteriously gained self-confidence, and is a better fighter. Was it all a dream?... oh, wait, the old shop-keeper is actually the now-immortal Creator/JackieChan character!\\
They didn't even try to play it straight. When he wakes up on the pavement, the cut he received in his "dream" is still there.
* ''Film/TimeBandits'' seems to use this at first, with Kevin returning from being enveloped by smoke from one of the remnants of Evil by seemingly waking up in his room during a house fire... but it doesn't just settle for an OrWasItADream and goes for a full-on subversion. The film ends with Kevin finding the photos he took on his journey, and discovering that the fire was started by the final fragment of Evil getting lodged in the toaster oven -- which his parents promptly touch despite his warning and ''explode''. Also, it's implied that the fireman that rescued him actually ''is'' King Agamemnon, not just another case
bulk of the film using the same actors for multiple characters.
had presumably been a dream.
* One ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'': A large chunk of the few relatively certain things about the [[MindScrew plot]] of ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' is that it includes some element of this. One interpretation is the whole movie is a sinister creeping inversion: it is film takes place in Michele's dream which isn't revealed to be a dream where until the ''dream gradually wakes up'' and walks away, rendering very end. This portion is so significant that most of the original dreamer fictional.jokes from the trailer were taken from the dream sequence.



* Open to interpretation in ''Film/{{Click}}''. Just as the main character is about to die, he wakes up at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond he laid down for a short while at the beginning. However, Morty and the magical remote turn out to be real. It could be that this was more of his imagination. Given the prevalence of time travel in this film, it could also be that Morty simply reversed time to the exact point at which he laid down in the bed.

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%%* Reality and dreams are blurred in ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep''.
* Open A planned (but never filmed) AlternateEnding of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' removes the VideoGamePhysics and recasts Scott as an UnreliableNarrator, culminating in his being [[RealityEnsues convicted as a serial killer for seven counts of murder]], though this was very likely discarded due to interpretation the fact that it was deemed too unfriendly.
* Parodied
in ''Film/{{Click}}''. Just as ''Film/SexMission'', when at one point Albert dreams of the whole plot being a dream, and not even a normal one, but one shared with Maks during the hibernation.
* At the end of the Italian Horror movie ''Film/{{Shadow}}'', we learn that
the main character is about to die, he wakes up at has never left Iraq, and was under anesthesia as the Bed, Bath, camp doctor (the evil creature in the dream) and Beyond he laid down for a short while at nurse (who is the beginning. However, Morty girl he met in the dream) worked on him. He survives, but loses his legs and his left eye. The two hicks who the magical remote turn evil creature tortured and killed are revealed to be fellow wounded soldiers who died of their wounds.
* In ''Film/TheShining'', it sometimes got difficult to tell what was real and what were projections of the family's minds. [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060618/REVIEWS08/606180302 Roger Ebert's review]] talks at length on the subject.
* Most of ''Film/ShoulderArms'' by Creator/CharlieChaplin, including all of Charlie's adventures in France, turns
out to be real. Charlie's dream. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] when Charlie is shown lying down to sleep in boot camp before the film cuts to him in the trenches of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* ''Film/TheSlayer'' -- The whole movie turns out to be [[DreamingOfThingsToCome a prophetic dream]] that main character had as a child.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', Smurfette turning into a Naughty turns out to be this.
%%* ''Film/{{Stay}}'': Of the DyingDream variety.
%%* Subverted and then unsubverted in ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor''.
* ''Film/TimeBandits'' seems to use this at first, with Kevin returning from being enveloped by smoke from one of the remnants of Evil by seemingly waking up in his room during a house fire... but it doesn't just settle for an OrWasItADream and goes for a full-on subversion. The film ends with Kevin finding the photos he took on his journey, and discovering that the fire was started by the final fragment of Evil getting lodged in the toaster oven -- which his parents promptly touch despite his warning and ''explode''. Also, it's implied that the fireman that rescued him actually ''is'' King Agamemnon, not just another case of the film using the same actors for multiple characters.
* Lampshaded/parodied in ''Film/TopSecret'': Nick Rivers passes out under torture by the East German secret police and dreams he's back in high school about to take a test for which he hasn't studied. He wakes up back in the torture dungeon and smiles with relief, while being whipped: "Oh, thank ''God''."
* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' we are LeftHanging as to whether or not the entire film after the point Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger goes to Recall is real or a hallucination.
* ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2]]'': The battle shown near the end of the movie was just a vision seen by Aro through Alice that would foretell his death if he tried to murder Renesmee anyway.
It could must be noted that this was more of his imagination. Given the prevalence of time travel in this film, it could also be that Morty simply reversed time to the exact point at which he laid down never happened in the bed.original book.



* ''Film/TheMatrix''. The entire world the film starts in is All Just A Dream, albeit an artificially constructed one induced by an empire of evil computers. Some have suggested that even Zion is just another level of the Matrix, satisfying many beyond the official interpretation as it explains the liberties taken in the third movie.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Invoked and then subverted: Sarah, after hours of weirdness, finds herself in a place that looks exactly like her room. She cries out in delight, jumps on the bed and wraps the pillow around her head... then looks up in wonder and realizes the whole thing was just a big dream! She goes to open the door to the hallway... and is greeted by a goblin, while the other side of the door is a junk heap at night-time.\\
Played straighter by the end, where you could interpret the entire thing as a dream, then subverted ''again'' when the creatures show up in her room and everyone has a dance party while Jareth watches in owl form outside the window.
* At the ending of ''Film/JacobsLadder'', we discover that the lead character is experiencing the entire events of the movie as a hallucination as he lies on a cot dying in a military action.
* Each sequence of ''Film/LivingInOblivion'' is revealed to be All Just A Dream, a dream which is referenced in the following sequence. In the final sequence is about trying to film a dream sequence important to the production, and lampshades tropes typical of filmed dream sequences.
* ''Film/LunaticsALoveStory'' uses a lot of this for humor. "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny You're having a nervous meltdown!]]''"
* Subverted and then unsubverted in ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor''.
* Both the original and remade version of ''Film/InvadersFromMars'' have the whole thing turn out to be a young boy's nightmare only to have the invasion [[OrWasItADream start all over again]] at the end. The first version in particular emphasizes this, with off-kilter sets and camera shots throughout.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Next}}'', most of the second half of the film is actually the protagonist looking into a future, which he then changes.
* Creator/FritzLang's 1944 noir ''Film/TheWomanInTheWindow'', complete with [[ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou recognizing the people from his dream after waking up]]. Many sources report that UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode compelled Lang to use this ending, but Lang insisted that it was his idea.

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* ''Film/TheMatrix''. The entire world the ''Film/VanillaSky'' (2001), directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Creator/TomCruise. Remake of 1997 Spanish film starts in is All Just A Dream, albeit an artificially constructed one induced by an empire of evil computers. Some have suggested ''Abre los Ojos'', a.k.a. ''Open Your Eyes''. After a car accident that even Zion is just another level of the Matrix, satisfying many beyond the official interpretation as it explains the liberties taken in the third movie.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Invoked
kills his girlfriend and then subverted: Sarah, after hours of weirdness, finds herself in a place that looks exactly like her room. She cries out in delight, jumps on the bed and wraps the pillow around her head... then looks up in wonder and realizes the whole thing was just a big dream! She goes to open the door to the hallway... and is greeted by a goblin, while the other side of the door is a junk heap at night-time.\\
Played straighter by the end, where you could interpret the entire thing as a dream, then subverted ''again'' when the creatures show up in her room and everyone has a dance party while Jareth watches in owl form outside the window.
* At the ending of ''Film/JacobsLadder'', we discover that the lead character is experiencing the entire events of the movie as a hallucination as he lies on a cot dying in a military action.
* Each sequence of ''Film/LivingInOblivion'' is revealed to be All Just A Dream, a dream which is referenced in the following sequence. In the final sequence is about trying to film a dream sequence important to the production, and lampshades tropes typical of filmed dream sequences.
* ''Film/LunaticsALoveStory'' uses a lot of this for humor. "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny You're having a nervous meltdown!]]''"
* Subverted and then unsubverted in ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor''.
* Both the original and remade version of ''Film/InvadersFromMars'' have the whole thing turn out to be a young boy's nightmare only to have the invasion [[OrWasItADream start all over again]] at the end. The first version in particular emphasizes this, with off-kilter sets and camera shots throughout.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Next}}'', most of the second half of the film is actually
disfigures his face, the protagonist looking into is haunted by increasingly bizarre occurrences. The ending explains that everything that has occurred after the car accident has been a future, which dream. In real life, after the car accident, he signed a contract with a company that preserves its clients' bodies after death and keeps their brain waves active in lifelike virtual reality dreams, and then changes.
* Creator/FritzLang's 1944 noir ''Film/TheWomanInTheWindow'', complete with [[ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou recognizing
committed suicide. The bizarre occurrences are explained as glitches in the people program. In the end, he decides to wake up from his the dream after waking up]]. Many sources report that UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode compelled Lang to use this ending, but Lang insisted that it was his idea.program.



* Taken to '''[[OverlyLongGag the]]''' extreme with ''Film/{{Inception}}''. The whole plot revolves around making sure they wake up from the layers of dreams at the right time. In Cobb's backstory we learn that his wife became convinced she needed to wake up from reality. And finally the ending and beginning both suggest that the whole movie was a dream. Maybe.
* A planned (but never filmed) AlternateEnding of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' removes the VideoGamePhysics and recasts Scott as an UnreliableNarrator, culminating in his being [[RealityEnsues convicted as a serial killer for seven counts of murder]], though this was very likely discarded due to the fact that it was deemed too unfriendly.
* ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT'', with one or two hints that it wasn't.
* ''Theatre/IMarriedAnAngel''
* Happens three times in ''Film/ThirteenSeconds''. First, the main character is attacked by demons, and wakes up in bed. Later, a demon [[GroinAttack grabs his groin]] and drags him under the bed; he wakes up again. As for the third time, during the movie, he shoots up on heroin. The entire rest of the movie turns out to be a hallucination he experiences in the [[TitleDrop 13 seconds]] it takes him to die of an overdose.
* Everything but the last couple of minutes in ''Film/NightmareCity'' is in the main character's dream, and the movie ends with the beginning of his dream playing out in real life, with an end card reading "The nightmare becomes reality..."
* At the end of the Italian Horror movie ''Film/{{Shadow}}'', we learn that the main character has never left Iraq, and was under anesthesia as the camp doctor (the evil creature in the dream) and nurse (who is the girl he met in the dream) worked on him. He survives, but loses his legs and his left eye. The two hicks who the evil creature tortured and killed are revealed to be fellow wounded soldiers who died of their wounds.
* The first twenty minutes of the ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' ends up being nothing more than a nightmare that the main character was having.
* The last third of ''Film/RepoMen'' - in the last two minutes or so, it's revealed that Remy suffered brain damage from getting hit in the face by a hook, and Jake then had Remy hooked up to the M5 Neural Net to live the rest of his life in happiness - everything that happens between the hook to the face and the reveal is part of the happy illusion Remy is living because of the neural net.
* ''Film/RobotMonster'' -1953 - Ultimately the youngest member of the family, a boy, apparently wakes up after suffering a mild concussion, revealing that the bulk of the film had presumably been a dream.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Audition}}''. Near the finale of the film, the protagonist wakes up next to Asami in bed and is immeasurably relieved that all of the horrific things that were happening were just a nightmare born of the fear of her leaving. Turns out that this was actually a hallucination born of the pain of having his foot cut off.
* ''Film/ThePirateMovie'' (1982) is a kooky adaptation of ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' in which the story plays out as the dream of a present-day heroine, which results in the plot and songs of the Gilbert and Sullivan original existing alongside pop culture-derived gags and light pop songs. When the heroine realizes she's dreaming, she's able to engineer a happy ending.
* ''Film/TheCompanyOfWolves'' addresses this trope from the very beginning. The lead character - the one who dreams up the storyline - is a modern-day pre-teen girl, and when she wakes up, she is attacked by wolves.
* ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2]]'': The battle shown near the end of the movie was just a vision seen by Aro through Alice that would foretell his death if he tried to murder Renesmee anyway. It must be noted that this never happened in the original book.
* ''Film/TheSlayer'' -- The whole movie turns out to be [[DreamingOfThingsToCome a prophetic dream]] that main character had as a child.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', Smurfette turning into a Naughty turns out to be this.
* Parodied in ''Film/SexMission'', when at one point Albert dreams of the whole plot being a dream, and not even a normal one, but one shared with Maks during the hibernation.
* In ''Film/HellraiserInferno'' there is an extended sequence halfway through the film where Joseph takes a rest on his bed as his wife comforts him, only to be informed by the Engineer that he's going after Joseph's parents and Joseph rushing to their rescue. Joseph fails to save them and his surroundings turn nightmarish, after which he wakes up with his wife beside him and the sequence starting all over again with a different outcome.

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* Taken to '''[[OverlyLongGag the]]''' extreme with ''Film/{{Inception}}''. The whole plot revolves around making sure they wake up from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is the layers most famous film example, though there is a ''wee'' bit of dreams at room for alternate interpretation. In [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the right time. In Cobb's backstory we learn book]] it is definite that his wife became convinced she needed Oz '''was''' real and Dorothy returns there several times in other books; Oz was changed to wake up from reality. And finally an elaborate dream in the ending and beginning both suggest film because producers felt that the whole movie 1930s audience was a dream. Maybe.
* A planned (but never filmed) AlternateEnding of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' removes the VideoGamePhysics and recasts Scott as an UnreliableNarrator, culminating in his being [[RealityEnsues convicted as a serial killer for seven counts of murder]], though this was very likely discarded due to the fact that it was deemed
too unfriendly.
* ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT'', with one or two hints that it wasn't.
* ''Theatre/IMarriedAnAngel''
* Happens three times in ''Film/ThirteenSeconds''. First, the main character is attacked by demons, and wakes up in bed. Later,
sophisticated [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to accept a demon [[GroinAttack grabs his groin]] and drags him under the bed; he wakes up again. As for the third time, during the movie, he shoots up straight on heroin. The entire rest of the movie turns out to be a hallucination he experiences in the [[TitleDrop 13 seconds]] it takes him to die of an overdose.
* Everything but the last couple of minutes in ''Film/NightmareCity'' is in the main character's dream, and the movie ends with the beginning of his dream playing out in real life, with an end card reading "The nightmare becomes reality..."
* At the end of the Italian Horror movie ''Film/{{Shadow}}'', we learn that the main character has never left Iraq, and was under anesthesia as the camp doctor (the evil creature in the dream) and nurse (who is the girl he met in the dream) worked on him. He survives, but loses his legs and his left eye. The two hicks who the evil creature tortured and killed are revealed to be fellow wounded soldiers who died of their wounds.
* The first twenty minutes of the ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' ends up being nothing more than a nightmare that the main character was having.
* The last third of ''Film/RepoMen'' - in the last two minutes or so, it's revealed that Remy suffered brain damage from getting hit in the face by a hook, and Jake then had Remy hooked up to the M5 Neural Net to live the rest of his life in happiness - everything that happens between the hook to the face and the reveal is part of the happy illusion Remy is living because of the neural net.
* ''Film/RobotMonster'' -1953 - Ultimately the youngest member of the family, a boy, apparently wakes up after suffering a mild concussion, revealing that the bulk of the film had presumably been a dream.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Audition}}''. Near the finale of the film, the protagonist wakes up next to Asami in bed and is immeasurably relieved that all of the horrific things that were happening were just a nightmare born of the fear of her leaving. Turns out that this was actually a hallucination born of the pain of having his foot cut off.
* ''Film/ThePirateMovie'' (1982) is a kooky adaptation of ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' in which the story plays out as the dream of a present-day heroine, which results in the plot and songs of the Gilbert and Sullivan original existing alongside pop culture-derived gags and light pop songs. When the heroine realizes she's dreaming, she's able to engineer a happy ending.
* ''Film/TheCompanyOfWolves'' addresses this trope from the very beginning. The lead character - the one who dreams up the storyline - is a modern-day pre-teen girl, and when she wakes up, she is attacked by wolves.
* ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2]]'': The battle shown near the end of the movie was just a vision seen by Aro through Alice that would foretell his death if he tried to murder Renesmee anyway. It must be noted that this never happened in the original book.
* ''Film/TheSlayer'' -- The whole movie turns out to be [[DreamingOfThingsToCome a prophetic dream]] that main character had as a child.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', Smurfette turning into a Naughty turns out to be this.
* Parodied in ''Film/SexMission'', when at one point Albert dreams of the whole plot being a dream, and not even a normal one, but one shared with Maks during the hibernation.
* In ''Film/HellraiserInferno'' there is an extended sequence halfway through the film where Joseph takes a rest on his bed as his wife comforts him, only to be informed by the Engineer that he's going after Joseph's parents and Joseph rushing to their rescue. Joseph fails to save them and his surroundings turn nightmarish, after which he wakes up with his wife beside him and the sequence starting all over again with a different outcome.
fantasy like that]].



* ''Film/{{Stay}}'': Of the DyingDream 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.
* ''Film/{{Krampus}}'' after an [[EvilCounterpart evil version of Santa]] captured your entire family and send you to hell... it was just a nightmare... [[OrWasItADream or was it?]].

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* ''Film/{{Stay}}'': Of Creator/FritzLang's 1944 noir ''Film/TheWomanInTheWindow'', complete with [[ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou recognizing the DyingDream 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.
* ''Film/{{Krampus}}''
people from his dream after an [[EvilCounterpart evil version of Santa]] captured your entire family and send you waking up]]. Many sources report that UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode compelled Lang to hell... use this ending, but Lang insisted that it was just a nightmare... [[OrWasItADream or was it?]]. his idea.
24th Feb '17 3:20:34 PM jormis29
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* In the short story ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' by Ambrose Bierce, the protagonist (a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate]] sympathizer lured into a Union trap) makes a daring escape from his hanging when the rope breaks! He swims to safety, evades pursuit from Union soldiers, runs 30-odd miles to his home, finally embraces his beloved family -- only for him to suddenly die of a broken neck, where it's revealed that the whole escape was just a [[DyingDream hallucination]] between the moments of him being dropped and the noose snapping his neck.

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* In the short story ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' "Literature/AnOccurrenceAtOwlCreekBridge" by Ambrose Bierce, Creator/AmbroseBierce, the protagonist (a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate]] sympathizer lured into a Union trap) makes a daring escape from his hanging when the rope breaks! He swims to safety, evades pursuit from Union soldiers, runs 30-odd miles to his home, finally embraces his beloved family -- only for him to suddenly die of a broken neck, where it's revealed that the whole escape was just a [[DyingDream hallucination]] between the moments of him being dropped and the noose snapping his neck.
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.
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