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19th Aug '16 5:11:41 AM BlazingFlames88
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** Shelden had another one after a nightmare in which SantaClaus [[ItMakesSenseInContext shoots him with a cannon since Sheldon allowed him to die during a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game earlier]].

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** Shelden Sheldon had another one after a nightmare in which SantaClaus [[ItMakesSenseInContext shoots him with a cannon since Sheldon allowed him to die during a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game earlier]].earlier]].
** In The Hofstadter Insufficiency, Sheldon has a nightmare in which Leonard, is taken from a ship by a Kraken. Cue Sheldon sitting upright in bed screaming.
15th Aug '16 8:08:05 AM KaiAquila
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Whenever a character awakes from a nightmare in fiction, he will ''fling'' himself up from lying down, panting and looking around frantically, andmaybe even screaming. This is a way to show the character is still freaking out about whatever it is they just dreamed about, despite this being rather implausible in RealLife.

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Whenever a character awakes from a nightmare in fiction, he will ''fling'' himself up from lying down, panting and looking around frantically, andmaybe and maybe even screaming. This is a way to show the character is still freaking out about whatever it is they just dreamed about, despite this being rather implausible in RealLife.
14th Aug '16 8:59:27 AM KingLyger
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Whenever a character awakes from a nightmare on screen, he will ''fling'' himself up from lying down, panting and looking around confused. Think carefully: how many times do you remember waking up from a nightmare by flinging your torso off the bed? Probably never, right? When most people wake up from a nightmare, they might pant, look confused, and take a few seconds to check their surroundings and get reoriented. But actually flinging themselves upright is laughable. The most you might get is a gasp and a full-body twitch, or some odd moaning coupled with sleep paralysis, although children may wake up screaming. But that would be boring on screen, so anyone with a bad dream has to throw himself halkway out of bed to show the audience it's a dream. Used particularly during an AllJustADream sequence, to emphasize that the previous scene didn't happen. [[RuleOfCool Besides, it looks a lot cooler.]]

This does happen ''occasionally'' in the real world, but usually it's because someone is startled by an outside sensation (like a loud noise), not a nightmare. Most of the time, certain chemicals secreted while falling asleep prevent the sleeper from acting out their dreams, a condition known as "sleep paralysis" This extends to shortly before falling asleep or just after waking up. The rare times it does happen in real life involve a neurological disorder where the person is woken up from the dream by the sensation (not the other way around), and often describe the feeling as being "pushed" upright. Nevertheless, the Catapult Nightmare happens ''every single time'' in fiction. If it's a DreamWithinADream, expect two. [[RunningGag Possibly more]].

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Whenever a character awakes from a nightmare on screen, in fiction, he will ''fling'' himself up from lying down, panting and looking around confused. frantically, andmaybe even screaming. This is a way to show the character is still freaking out about whatever it is they just dreamed about, despite this being rather implausible in RealLife.

Think carefully: how many times do you remember waking up from a nightmare by flinging your torso off the bed? upwards? Probably never, right? When most people wake up from a nightmare, they might pant, look confused, and take a few seconds to check their surroundings and get reoriented. But actually flinging themselves upright is laughable. The most you might get is a gasp and a full-body twitch, or some odd moaning coupled with sleep paralysis, although children may wake up screaming. But that would be boring on screen, so anyone with a bad dream has to throw himself halkway halfway out of bed to show the audience it's a dream. Used particularly during an AllJustADream sequence, to emphasize that the previous scene didn't happen. [[RuleOfCool Besides, it looks a lot cooler.]]

This does happen ''occasionally'' in the real world, but usually it's because someone is startled by an outside sensation (like a loud noise), not a nightmare. Most of the time, certain chemicals secreted while falling asleep prevent the sleeper from acting out their dreams, a condition known as "sleep paralysis" paralysis". This extends to shortly before falling asleep or just after waking up. The rare times it does happen in real life involve a neurological disorder where the person is woken up from the dream by the sensation (not a sensation, not the other way around), and around. Such suffere often describe the feeling as being "pushed" upright. Nevertheless, the Catapult Nightmare happens ''every single time'' in fiction. If it's a DreamWithinADream, expect two. [[RunningGag Possibly more]].


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* Averted in ''Film/OneHourPhoto.'' Sy wakes up from his nightmare with a gasp, looking around and touching close to his eyes since his nightmare involved an EyeScream. A few moments later, he starts calming down and breathing heavily.
14th Aug '16 8:53:02 AM KingLyger
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Whenever a character awakes from a nightmare on screen, he will ''fling'' himself up from lying down, while panting and looking around confused. Think carefully: how many times do you remember waking up from a nightmare by flinging your torso off the bed? Probably never, right? When most people wake up from one, they lie stunned and confused for a few seconds getting reoriented before looking around. The most you might get is a gasp and a full-body twitch, or some odd moaning coupled with sleep paralysis, although children may wake up screaming. But that would be boring on screen, so anyone with a bad dream has to halfway fling himself out of bed to show the audience it is a dream. Used particularly during an AllJustADream sequence, to emphasize that the previous scene didn't happen. [[RuleOfCool Besides, it's just cool.]]

While it does happen ''occasionally'' in the real world, but usually when one is startled by an outside sensation, not a nightmare. Most of the time, certain chemicals secreted while falling asleep prevent the sleeper from acting out their dreams, a condition known as sleep paralysis when it extends to shortly before falling asleep or after waking up. The rare times it does happen in real life involve a neurological disorder where the person is woken up from the dream by the sensation (not the other way around) and often describe the feeling as being "pushed" upright. Nevertheless, the Catapult Nightmare happens ''every single time'' on TV. If it's a DreamWithinADream, expect two. [[RunningGag Possibly more]].

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Whenever a character awakes from a nightmare on screen, he will ''fling'' himself up from lying down, while panting and looking around confused. Think carefully: how many times do you remember waking up from a nightmare by flinging your torso off the bed? Probably never, right? When most people wake up from one, a nightmare, they lie stunned might pant, look confused, and confused for take a few seconds getting reoriented before looking around.to check their surroundings and get reoriented. But actually flinging themselves upright is laughable. The most you might get is a gasp and a full-body twitch, or some odd moaning coupled with sleep paralysis, although children may wake up screaming. But that would be boring on screen, so anyone with a bad dream has to halfway fling throw himself halkway out of bed to show the audience it is it's a dream. Used particularly during an AllJustADream sequence, to emphasize that the previous scene didn't happen. [[RuleOfCool Besides, it's just cool.it looks a lot cooler.]]

While it This does happen ''occasionally'' in the real world, but usually when one it's because someone is startled by an outside sensation, sensation (like a loud noise), not a nightmare. Most of the time, certain chemicals secreted while falling asleep prevent the sleeper from acting out their dreams, a condition known as sleep paralysis when it "sleep paralysis" This extends to shortly before falling asleep or just after waking up. The rare times it does happen in real life involve a neurological disorder where the person is woken up from the dream by the sensation (not the other way around) around), and often describe the feeling as being "pushed" upright. Nevertheless, the Catapult Nightmare happens ''every single time'' on TV.in fiction. If it's a DreamWithinADream, expect two. [[RunningGag Possibly more]].



* The fanfic ''FanFic/LongRoadToFriendship'' sees Sunset Shimmer waking up from one of these almost every night she goes to sleep, mostly from nightmares about being a "raging she-demon" in the past.

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* The fanfic ''FanFic/LongRoadToFriendship'' sees Sunset Shimmer waking up from one of these almost every night she goes to sleep, mostly from nightmares about being a "raging she-demon" in the past. As she goes through her RedemptionQuest, she stops having them.
13th Aug '16 3:26:21 PM Malady
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* ''Series/TheLostRoom'': The [[spoiler:opening]] of Episode 5. [spoiler:Lee watches Joe]] trying to open the door of one of the motel rooms, with Anna trapped and pleading through the window for help.
6th Jun '16 7:30:02 AM AgProv
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* Squadron Leader Barton, at the height of the Battle of Britain, has a recurring nightmare of piloting a plane, without a propeller, at unmanageably fast speeds, with controls that do not do what his experience as a pilot expects of them. He is trapped in an uncontrollable aircraft moving at high speeds with unresponsive controls and no means of ezcape. He inevitably awakes sweating and in high anxiety. See Creator/DerekRobinson's WW2 novel ''PieceOfCake'' for more.

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* Squadron Leader Barton, at the height of the Battle of Britain, has a recurring nightmare of piloting a plane, without a propeller, at unmanageably fast speeds, with controls that do not do what his experience as a pilot expects of them. He is trapped in an uncontrollable aircraft moving at high speeds with unresponsive controls and no means of ezcape.escape. He inevitably awakes sweating and in high anxiety. See Creator/DerekRobinson's WW2 novel ''PieceOfCake'' ''Piece Of Cake'' for more.
2nd Jun '16 8:16:42 PM contrafanxxx
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* Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', after he falls asleep in Otacon's helicopter and dreams of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'''s gameplay, complete with PS1 graphics.
27th May '16 1:03:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheBorrower'': Diana jumps awake after having a nightmare wherein she's sexually assaulted by an escaped sex offender she had a part in arresting earlier.
26th May '16 4:35:51 PM MajinAkuma
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** In anime episode 287 Isane Kotetsu wakes up like this again after the Arabian Nights dream.
** In anime episode 304 Captain Komamura wakes up like this after a dream in which the main characters are monsters.

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** In anime episode 287 287, Isane Kotetsu wakes up like this again after the Arabian Nights dream.
** In anime episode 304 304, Captain Komamura wakes up like this after a dream in which the main characters are monsters.monsters and it gets him when he sees his own face.



* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''

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* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''''Anime/PrincessTutu'':
17th May '16 1:03:09 AM SilentStranger
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* The Norwegian comic strip ''Pondus'' has this happen to the soccer-loving main character, with the punchline revealing that this is a ''recurring'' nightmare for him.
--> '''TV Announcer''': Due to heavy rains at Chelsea Stadium, todays Champions League match is cancelled. Instead we'll be airing a documentary about the voices in world literature.
--> '''Pondus''': *bolts awake* ''NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!''
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