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5th Dec '17 3:12:29 PM GojiBiscuits
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Most examples of this trope ignore the fact that lucid dreamers often meet special characters on purpose multiple times, and that said characters appear to have "gone asleep" while you were awake. But a writer going for the least traumatic ending can take advantage of this, so once the dreamer goes to sleep again tomorrow night the characters all "wake up".

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Most examples of this trope ignore the fact that lucid dreamers often meet special characters on purpose multiple times, and that said characters appear to have "gone asleep" while you were awake.awake - even non-lucid dreamers often report seeing the same characters across multiple dreams, in a chain of sequels of sorts. But a writer going for the least traumatic ending can take advantage of this, so once the dreamer goes to sleep again tomorrow night the characters all "wake up".
25th Nov '17 8:53:06 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* In TheSecretWorld the universe is a dream of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it to their liking, once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in form of [[TheVirus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines]]...]]

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* In TheSecretWorld ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', the universe is essentially a dream made into reality through the manipulations of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Host]] and the servitude of a group of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it the universe into something more to their liking, liking once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in the form of [[TheVirus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines]]...]]
8th Oct '17 4:37:18 PM Malady
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* ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this trope. A woman realizes that the world and everyone in it is just figments in her dreams, including her husband. When he asks her what they should do, she says she has a plan: demand that they make her the ruler of the world or she'll "pinch herself really hard".

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* ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this trope. A woman realizes that the world and everyone in it is just figments in her dreams, including her husband. When he asks her what they should do, she says she has a plan: demand that they make her the ruler of the world or she'll "pinch herself really hard".
29th Sep '17 10:32:22 AM Allexan
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* In TheSecretWorld the universe is a dream of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it to their liking, once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in form of [[Virus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines...]]]]

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* In TheSecretWorld the universe is a dream of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it to their liking, once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in form of [[Virus [[TheVirus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines...]]]]Engines]]...]]
29th Sep '17 10:31:09 AM Allexan
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* In TheSecretWorld the universe is a dream of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnItsTin Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it to their liking, once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in form of [[Virus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines...]]

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* In TheSecretWorld the universe is a dream of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnItsTin [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it to their liking, once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in form of [[Virus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines...]]]]]]
29th Sep '17 10:29:58 AM Allexan
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* In TheSecretWorld the universe is a dream of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnItsTin Dreamers]]. [[spoiler: They're desperately trying to wake up, but are forced to dream and maintain current reality by Gaia Engines, which are explicitly called "lullaby music boxes". And they'll take great pleasure in devouring all the souls in this world and reshaping it to their liking, once they're awake enough. Oh, and their thoughts, in form of [[Virus the Filth]] are actively [[OhCrap subverting these Engines...]]
6th Sep '17 10:45:30 PM PaulA
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* Some versions of the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Mythos]] put Azathoth in the role of the dreamer, with the whole universe as his dream. Pray he doesn't wake up.

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* Some versions of the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Mythos]] Franchise/CthulhuMythos put Azathoth in the role of the dreamer, with the whole universe as his dream. Pray he doesn't wake up.
26th Jun '17 8:21:05 AM Kalaong
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** The episode "The Thaw" featured a villain who was the personification of fear. He could only exist inside the minds of individuals with their brains wired into a computer. If they are disconnected, he will cease to exist. [[spoiler: He is defeated when Captain Janeway tricks him into freeing the others in exchange for her mind. The twist is that she was only a holographic projection, so the villain died when everyone was released.]]

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** The episode "The Thaw" featured a villain who was the personification of fear. He could only exist inside the minds of individuals with their brains wired into a computer.computer simulation. If they are disconnected, he will cease to exist. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is defeated when Captain Janeway tricks him into freeing the others in exchange for herself, claiming to have a better relationship with the concept due to [[InHarmsWay her mind. career as a starship captain]]. The twist is that though she was plugged into the system, she didn't leave reality - she sent a hologram into the simulation in her stead([[ChekhovsGun just as the Doctor did throughout the episode]]). She left a [[AlasPoorVillain sympathetic message to the villain]], though; "You know as well as I do that fear only a holographic projection, so the villain died when everyone was released.]]exists for one purpose. To be conquered."]]
21st Apr '17 11:48:30 PM RacattackForce
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* In the ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/51205/The-Perfect-Little-Village-of-Ponyville The Perfect Little Village of Ponyville]]'', it’s revealed that the main six (plus Vinyl Scratch) are all stuck in a dream of Twilight Sparkle’s. For them, Twilight waking up is the safest way to get out of the dream, but the actual dream constructs will cease to exist when she wakes. On the other hand, Spike is the only one of these constructs to gain self-awareness—and he’s the first person to figure out it’s all a dream, when Ponyville and its residents begin to fade from existence because none of the dreamers are there. Dream Spike ends up performing an unrelated HeroicSacrifice, so the moral complications of waking up from the dream become a moot point.

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* In the ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/51205/The-Perfect-Little-Village-of-Ponyville The Perfect Little Village of Ponyville]]'', it’s revealed that the main six (plus Vinyl Scratch) are all stuck in a dream of Twilight Sparkle’s. For them, Twilight waking up is the safest way to get out of the dream, but the actual dream constructs will cease to exist when she wakes. On the other hand, Spike is the only one of these constructs to gain self-awareness—and he’s the first person to figure out it’s all a dream, when Ponyville and its residents begin to fade from existence because none of the dreamers are there. Dream Spike ends up performing an unrelated HeroicSacrifice, so the moral complications of waking up from the dream become a moot point. The same goes for the sequels to this story, which has Vinyl Scratch going through the dreams of the other Mane Six to wake them up as well, as part of an overarching attempt to take down the [[BigBad Dragon Emperor]].
21st Apr '17 9:47:28 PM RacattackForce
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* In the ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' fanfic ''The Perfect Little Village of Ponyville'', it’s revealed that the main six (plus Vinyl Scratch) are all stuck in a dream of Twilight Sparkle’s. For them, Twilight waking up is the safest way to get out of the dream, but the actual dream constructs will cease to exist when she wakes. On the other hand, Spike is the only one of these constructs to gain self-awareness—and he’s the first person to figure out it’s all a dream, when Ponyville and its residents begin to fade from existence because none of the dreamers are there. Dream Spike ends up performing an unrelated HeroicSacrifice, so the moral complications of waking up from the dream become a moot point.

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* In the ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' fanfic ''The ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/51205/The-Perfect-Little-Village-of-Ponyville The Perfect Little Village of Ponyville'', Ponyville]]'', it’s revealed that the main six (plus Vinyl Scratch) are all stuck in a dream of Twilight Sparkle’s. For them, Twilight waking up is the safest way to get out of the dream, but the actual dream constructs will cease to exist when she wakes. On the other hand, Spike is the only one of these constructs to gain self-awareness—and he’s the first person to figure out it’s all a dream, when Ponyville and its residents begin to fade from existence because none of the dreamers are there. Dream Spike ends up performing an unrelated HeroicSacrifice, so the moral complications of waking up from the dream become a moot point.
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