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10th Feb '16 12:47:23 PM HamboneHFY
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* ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' has Xił Chang, whose dreams are not necessarily *bad* so much as vivid, surreal, and prone to waking her up.
1st Feb '16 5:30:34 PM Lopiny
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* ''Videogame/SunlessSea'' also implements nightmares, which will happen if you arrive at London with very high Terror. Notably, these nightmares are a concrete thing (like having nightmares about a vast eye that never stops watching you) rather than ''Fallen London'''s vague Nightmares stat. Having restful nights at home will help in dealing when they come for you at zee, as otherwise they'll shoot up your terror rather quickly.
30th Jan '16 9:11:09 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/NeoDigimonDigitalWar'': Hikari has been plagued with recurring nightmares that she can never remember since five years prior to the start of the series.
19th Jan '16 4:58:12 AM Chabal2
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8th Jan '16 6:17:20 AM 1810072342
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The instant Bob wakes (often [[CatapultNightmare by bolting upright in bed]]), he will be back to normal. However, dread of more nightmares makes him likely to become TheInsomniac, which can prove dangerous if these are RecurringDreams. If he woke everyone else up with his screaming, he will apologize for disturbing them. Usually. But he also usually won't tell them what made him scream. (Every once in a while this vulnerable moment opens the door for Bob to tell someone else about his trauma; this can be [[EpiphanyTherapy unrealistically beneficial]].) If Bob also suffers from GoMadFromTheIsolation, he will often not be able to remember that he is safe until several moments after waking.
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The instant Bob wakes (often [[CatapultNightmare by bolting upright in bed]]), he will be back to normal. However, dread of more nightmares makes him likely to become TheInsomniac, which can prove dangerous if these are RecurringDreams. If he woke everyone else up with his screaming, he will apologize for disturbing them. Usually. But he also usually won't tell them what made him scream. If he has superpowers then they may [[PowerIncontinence spark and fly about]] as he tosses restlessly, unable to control them as they activate in his fevered state. (Every once in a while this vulnerable moment opens the door for Bob to tell someone else about his trauma; this can be [[EpiphanyTherapy unrealistically beneficial]].) If Bob also suffers from GoMadFromTheIsolation, he will often not be able to remember that he is safe until several moments after waking.
21st Dec '15 12:16:36 PM NemoSpecific
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* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/73406/rainbow-in-the-dark Used twice in]] the fic, ''FanFic/RainbowInTheDark''.
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* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/73406/rainbow-in-the-dark Used twice in]] the My Little Pony fic, ''FanFic/RainbowInTheDark''.
24th Nov '15 1:35:09 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Due to his childhood trauma, piloting an Evangelion (which drives most people insane), fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s ''and'' stealing their powers after killing them, Shinji has frequent bad dreams. Sometimes they start out innocently but they soon devolve into nightmares where he is seized by a mob and thrown into an underground lake filled with black sludge which will turn him into a monster.
22nd Nov '15 1:00:15 PM Chariset
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At some point in the past, Bob TheHero was [[DarkAndTroubledPast hurt]]. [[HurtingHero Severely hurt.]] Maybe he suffered some horrible injury. Maybe he had to ShootTheDog and [[DirtyBusiness lives every day with the guilt]]. Maybe ''[[SurvivorGuilt both]]''. But he won't show it, not him, not Bob TheStoic. (Perhaps just not on this topic, but that's where it hurts.) He won't even say DontYouDarePityMe; he ''would'' if someone showed him pity, but his pain is too well concealed for that. He won't even suffer a NotSoStoic moment or brush off the tears that come in a rare unguarded moment with "There's SandInMyEyes."
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At some point in the past, Bob TheHero was got [[DarkAndTroubledPast hurt]]. [[HurtingHero Severely Badly hurt.]] Maybe he He suffered some horrible injury. Maybe He saw people he loved being brutalized or murdered. He had to ShootTheDog and [[DirtyBusiness lives every day has been living with the guilt]]. guilt ever since]]. Maybe it was even ''[[SurvivorGuilt both]]''. all of the above]]''. But he won't show it, Bob doesn't want anyone else to know he's still hurting; not him, not Bob TheStoic. (Perhaps just not on this topic, but that's where it hurts.) TheStoic. He won't even say DontYouDarePityMe; he ''would'' if someone anyone showed him pity, but his pain is too well concealed for that. He won't even suffer a NotSoStoic moment or brush off the tears that come in a rare unguarded moment with "There's SandInMyEyes."

* At its mildest, we see that Bob dreads going to sleep, and that when his eyes finally close he is restless in bed. He may [[TalkingInYourSleep mutter to himself]] -- or even cry out. Sometimes we are the only ones to see this; other times the entire cast is aware of it.
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* At its mildest, we see that Bob dreads going to sleep, and that when his eyes finally close he is restless in bed. He may bed, prone to [[TalkingInYourSleep mutter muttering to himself]] -- himself]], crying, or even cry out. Sometimes we are the only ones to see screaming. He may also sleepwalk. The audience always sees this; other times the entire cast is aware of it.characters may or may not be aware.

* A third option, useful for letting the cast in about Bob's secret pain, is to show him [[TalkingInYourSleep talking in his sleep]] (or in a delirium). His speech will usually be remarkably clear and lucid for someone who is out of his conscious mind, but other times what he says is cryptic and its significance has to be pieced together by the rest of the cast.
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* A third option, useful for letting the cast in about Bob's secret pain, is to show him [[TalkingInYourSleep talking in his sleep]] (or in a delirium). His speech will usually be remarkably clear and lucid for someone who is out of his conscious mind, but other times what he says is cryptic and its significance has to be pieced together by the rest of the cast. cast. If he sleepwalks, they will catch him doing some activity or ritual related to the cause of his pain.
20th Nov '15 1:28:31 PM Chariset
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Bob TheHero has [[DarkAndTroubledPast hurt]] in his {{Backstory}}. [[HurtingHero A world of hurt.]] Or worse, he had to ShootTheDog and [[DirtyBusiness remains wracked with guilt]]. Or ''[[SurvivorGuilt both]]''. Not that he will show it, not him, not Bob TheStoic. (Perhaps just on this topic, but that's where it hurts.) He won't even say DontYouDarePityMe; he would if someone showed him pity, but his pain is too hidden for anyone to see it. He won't even suffer a NotSoStoic moment or brush off the tears that come in a rare unguarded moment with "There's SandInMyEyes."
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At some point in the past, Bob TheHero has was [[DarkAndTroubledPast hurt]] in his {{Backstory}}. hurt]]. [[HurtingHero A world of Severely hurt.]] Or worse, Maybe he suffered some horrible injury. Maybe he had to ShootTheDog and [[DirtyBusiness remains wracked lives every day with the guilt]]. Or Maybe ''[[SurvivorGuilt both]]''. Not that But he will won't show it, not him, not Bob TheStoic. (Perhaps just not on this topic, but that's where it hurts.) He won't even say DontYouDarePityMe; he would ''would'' if someone showed him pity, but his pain is too hidden well concealed for anyone to see it.that. He won't even suffer a NotSoStoic moment or brush off the tears that come in a rare unguarded moment with "There's SandInMyEyes."

The instant Bob wakes (often [[CatapultNightmare by bolting upright in bed]]), he will be back to normal. However, dread of more nightmares makes him likely to become TheInsomniac, which can prove dangerous if these are RecurringDreams. If he woke everyone else up with his screaming, he will apologize for disturbing them. Usually. Once in a while, this vulnerable moment opens the door for Bob to tell someone else about his trauma; this can be [[EpiphanyTherapy unrealistically beneficial]]. If Bob also suffers from GoMadFromTheIsolation, he will often not be able to remember that he is safe until several moments after waking.
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The instant Bob wakes (often [[CatapultNightmare by bolting upright in bed]]), he will be back to normal. However, dread of more nightmares makes him likely to become TheInsomniac, which can prove dangerous if these are RecurringDreams. If he woke everyone else up with his screaming, he will apologize for disturbing them. Usually. Once But he also usually won't tell them what made him scream. (Every once in a while, while this vulnerable moment opens the door for Bob to tell someone else about his trauma; this can be [[EpiphanyTherapy unrealistically beneficial]]. beneficial]].) If Bob also suffers from GoMadFromTheIsolation, he will often not be able to remember that he is safe until several moments after waking.

''Visions'' about bad things, whether [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy past]], [[DreamSpying present]], or [[DreamingOfThingsToCome future]], or plain old ordinary dreams that are just unpleasant, are not Bad Dreams; Bad Dreams indicate trauma. (And TruthInTelevision, really can stem from trauma.) Can be used to show the extent of trauma for any person, but obviously more likely for the Stoic, the EmotionlessGirl, BrokenBird, and the like -- whether Bob hides his pain from everyone or just from one particular person. On the other hand, it is a convincing way of demonstrating trauma for, and humanizing, anyone, since you can't fake dreams. May be used to reveal the true character of NoHeroToHisValet (type 2). Or demonstrate that BeingEvilSucks. Or to show that TheAlcoholic is DrowningMySorrows. TheCaptain is prone to Bad Dreams because they cannot show weakness in front of their people and [[AFatherToHisMen feels responsible for them]]. YourWorstNightmare may be mistaken for Bad Dreams. When the character suffers from TraumaInducedAmnesia, often overlaps with DreamingTheTruth.
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''Visions'' about bad things, whether [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy past]], [[DreamSpying present]], or [[DreamingOfThingsToCome future]], or plain old ordinary dreams that are just unpleasant, are not Bad Dreams; Bad Dreams indicate trauma. that Bob is a traumatized character even though he is doing his damndest to hide that fact. (And TruthInTelevision, really can stem nightmares from trauma.trauma can indeed be TruthInTelevision.) Can be used to show Being the extent outward sign of trauma for any person, but an inward pain, Bad Dreams are obviously more likely for characters who keep their feelings on the inside: the Stoic, the EmotionlessGirl, BrokenBird, and the like -- whether (whether Bob hides his pain from everyone or just from one particular person. On the other hand, it is person). But they can be a convincing way of useful tool for demonstrating trauma for, for -- and humanizing, humanizing -- anyone, since you can't fake control your dreams. May be used to reveal the true character of NoHeroToHisValet (type 2). Or demonstrate that BeingEvilSucks. Or to show that TheAlcoholic is DrowningMySorrows. TheCaptain is prone to Bad Dreams because they cannot show weakness in front of their people and [[AFatherToHisMen feels responsible for them]]. YourWorstNightmare may be mistaken for Bad Dreams. When the character suffers from TraumaInducedAmnesia, often overlaps they can overlap with DreamingTheTruth.
20th Nov '15 1:48:49 AM MachRider1985
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*''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': ** Asuka suffers frequent nightmares, specially after [[spoiler:getting raped by Arael.]] Usually they revolved around her mother's insanity and craziness. During a conversation with Rei, Shinji says they are getting so bad he is worried about Asuka. ** Shinji also had bad dreams after [[spoiler:Rei blew herself up and Asuka ran away.]] Often he sees [[spoiler:his Eva tearing his best friend apart, Rei exploding and Asuka killing herself while he does nothing to prevent it.]]
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