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1st Apr '18 8:15:37 PM legendaryweredragon
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* Defied in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The dreamself and dream bubble mechanic aside, there was at least one [[spoiler: character]] explicitly stated to be the creation of Jake's subconscious, who kept on [[spoiler: existing]] even after Jake woke up. He even [[spoiler: [[LampshadeHanging remarks that his existence is weird]].]]

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* Defied in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The dreamself and dream bubble mechanic aside, there was at least one [[spoiler: character]] character explicitly stated to be the creation of Jake's subconscious, who kept on [[spoiler: existing]] existing even after Jake woke up. He even [[spoiler: [[LampshadeHanging remarks that his existence is weird]].]]
13th Mar '18 12:54:43 PM margdean56
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** Though she's left idly wondering at the end if her cat Dina's kitten, the "Red King" behind the looking glass, is still dreaming, and if she and the real world are just part of his dream.

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** Though she's left idly wondering at the end if her cat Dina's Dinah's kitten, the "Red King" behind the looking glass, is still dreaming, and if she and the real world are just part of his dream.



* This is one of the many alternative explanations for Colin Whisterfield's experiences in Creator/AlanGarner's ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'': all Colin's experiences of having visited a narnia-like fantasy land superimposed on his own Cheshire, england, are just a dream brought about by psychosis and treatment for mental illness. This is written in step with the story of a neolithic shaman who fears that if he stops dreaming, his world will end. At the end is an ironic twist - that in one very real sense, the world you dream will inevitably stop and cease to be - at the moment of your own death.

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* This is one of the many alternative explanations for Colin Whisterfield's experiences in Creator/AlanGarner's ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'': all Colin's experiences of having visited a narnia-like Narnia-like fantasy land superimposed on his own Cheshire, england, England, are just a dream brought about by psychosis and treatment for mental illness. This is written in step with the story of a neolithic shaman who fears that if he stops dreaming, his world will end. At the end is an ironic twist - that twist--that in one very real sense, the world you dream will inevitably stop and cease to be - at be--at the moment of your own death.
14th Jan '18 4:57:40 PM TheNerevarine
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* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', all of existence is said to be the shattered consciousness of an EldritchAbomination known as the One Being, who was forced to sleep by the Elder Gods and split into several different realms of existence. If it were to wake up, [[AssimilationPlot all living beings would be absorbed into it and become whole again]]. Its strongly implied that he might be influencing the {{Big Bad}}s of the story like Onaga, Shao Kahn and Shinnok, since they have aspirations to conquer or destroy all realms, and the One Being happens to awaken in their [[TheBadGuyWins non-canon endings]].
11th Jan '18 10:33:25 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* This was the TwistEnding to Creator/BruceJones' horror comic [[spoiler:"You: Illusion"]], where the main antagonist becomes a lucid dreamer of RealityWarper levels as soon as he falls asleep. In a further twist, the protagonist ends up trying to ''complete'' the Apocalypse, because the dreamer in question already briefly woke up, with [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe extremely painful results]] for everything and ''everyone'' in the dream world.
8th Jan '18 3:34:25 PM Fireblood
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** This isn't just found in Hinduism, either. Buddhism and Taoism also have similar belief sets. In Taoism, for instance, believes in something called the "[[http://itotd.com/articles/227/the-holographic-paradigm/ holograph]]" which is basically a belief that the world is basically a complex illusion based on the self. In Buddhism, this is called the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_realm Desire Realm]].

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** This isn't just found in Hinduism, either. Buddhism and Taoism also have similar belief sets. In Taoism, for instance, believes in something called the "[[http://itotd.com/articles/227/the-holographic-paradigm/ holograph]]" which is basically a belief that the world is basically a complex illusion based on the self. In Buddhism, this is called the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_realm Desire Realm]].
27th Dec '17 9:56:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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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 - 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".



* Well, it's not technically a dream, but ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' by Tad Williams still employs this. The main characters are trying to [[InsideAComputerSystem destroy a VR simulation from the inside]]. The people in said simulation seem [[DoAndroidsDream awfully real]]--[[spoiler:and some of the main characters [[TomatoInTheMirror are virtual and don't know it]]. Fortunately, it turns out there's a way to SaveBothWorlds.]]

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* Well, it's not technically a dream, but ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' by Tad Williams still employs this. The main characters are trying to [[InsideAComputerSystem destroy a VR simulation from the inside]]. The people in said simulation inside seem [[DoAndroidsDream awfully real]]--[[spoiler:and some of the main characters [[TomatoInTheMirror are virtual and don't know it]].it. Fortunately, it turns out there's a way to SaveBothWorlds.]]
13th Dec '17 8:20:39 AM meanmetalmario
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* Another example from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' (adapted from the Creator/AlanMoore classic "''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''"): Superman was caught by a LotusEaterMachine in plant form, called the Black Mercy, which had him dreaming he was on a still-existing Krypton with a wife and son, forcing him to consciously will the planet's destruction if he was to escape and save his [[IncrediblyLamePun superfriends]]. One of the last images from his dream is Krypton exploding as he clung tightly to his dream-son.
-->"I've loved you and watched you grow, but... heaven help me, Van. ''I don't think you're real.'' I'm sorry... But I have my responsibilities, Van, and I have to...go now..."
** And then it gets stuck on Batman. It turns out that Bruce desperately wanted his father to fight back instead of having his surrender accepted. As the Black Mercy is pulled off, Thomas goes from beating up a gangster to murdering him, and then losing and getting his face blown off. The look in Bruce's eyes says it all; it's HIS apocalypse.
** The Black Mercy gives you the strongest possible reason not to leave until it's done eating you. Mongul compares the sacrifice and/or effort of will required to "tearing off your own arm."

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* Another example from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' (adapted from the Creator/AlanMoore classic "''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''"): ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''): Superman was caught by a LotusEaterMachine in plant form, called the Black Mercy, which had him dreaming he was on a still-existing Krypton with a wife and son, forcing him to consciously will the planet's destruction if he was to escape and save his [[IncrediblyLamePun superfriends]]. One of the last images from his dream is Krypton exploding as he clung tightly to his dream-son.
-->"I've -->'''Superman:''' I've loved you and watched you grow, but... heaven help me, Van. ''I don't think you're real.'' I'm sorry... But I have my responsibilities, Van, and I have to...go now..."
now...
** And then it gets stuck on Batman. It turns Batman, who is taken back to the night of his parents' death, except this time, Thomas Wayne rushes Joe Chill and starts beating the ever-loving crap out that of him like a badass, while Young Bruce desperately wanted his father cheers him on. When Superman and Wonder Woman start to fight back instead of having his surrender accepted. As pry the Black Mercy is pulled off, off him, Chill starts regaining the upper hand in the fight, and manages to get his gun back. He shoots and kills Thomas goes from beating up a gangster to murdering him, and then losing and getting his face blown off. The look in Bruce's eyes says it all; it's HIS apocalypse.
just as the Black Mercy comes completely off.
** The Black Mercy gives you the strongest possible reason not to leave until it's done eating you. Mongul compares the sacrifice and/or effort of will required equates removing it from yourself and deliberately ending your fantasy to "tearing ''tearing off your own arm."arm'', what with the amount of willpower you would need to inflict such pain upon yourself.
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".
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