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15th Jan '17 10:24:22 AM StFan
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* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/FoxTrot'' strip; Jason dreams he's one of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', then he wakes up and dreams he's in [[Film/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]], then he wakes up and dreams [[Film/ANewHope he's on Tattoine]]. Then he actually wakes up, and Andy says it was a mistake to let him see ''Film/{{Inception}}''.

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* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/FoxTrot'' strip; Jason dreams he's one of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Franchise/TheAvengers, then he wakes up and dreams he's in [[Film/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]], then he wakes up and dreams [[Film/ANewHope he's on Tattoine]]. Then he actually wakes up, and Andy says it was a mistake to let him see ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
14th Jan '17 1:06:19 PM StFan
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife'', naturally for a film about dreaming, has the main character repeatedly waking up from a dream, while still dreaming. Hence, the film begins with a [[RecursiveReality dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream]], or perhaps even further down the line.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'': Shrek experiences a dream within a dream within a dream during the boat ride to Arthur's school.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife'', naturally for a film about dreaming, has ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** In one comic, Calvin puts on his clothes, walks out
the main character repeatedly front door, falls from an inexplicably great height, and wakes up in CatapultNightmare fashion - then does it all over again. Naturally, he's afraid to get up afterwards.
** Watterson liked this one. It was also used at least once as simply Calvin
waking up from on a dream, while still dreaming. Hence, schoolday, putting on his clothes, eating breakfast, and walking out the film begins with a [[RecursiveReality dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream]], or perhaps even further down front door. But as he approaches the line.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'': Shrek experiences a dream within a dream within a dream during the boat ride
bus stop he hears his mother telling him to Arthur's school.wake up, before he awakens in his bed again - every little school-hating kid's nightmare.
--->'''Calvin:''' My dreams are getting way too literal.
* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/FoxTrot'' strip; Jason dreams he's one of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', then he wakes up and dreams he's in [[Film/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]], then he wakes up and dreams [[Film/ANewHope he's on Tattoine]]. Then he actually wakes up, and Andy says it was a mistake to let him see ''Film/{{Inception}}''.



[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife'', naturally for a film about dreaming, has the main character repeatedly waking up from a dream, while still dreaming. Hence, the film begins with a [[RecursiveReality dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream]], or perhaps even further down the line.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'': Shrek experiences a dream within a dream within a dream during the boat ride to Arthur's school.
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* ''Series/TheXFiles''

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* ''Series/TheXFiles''''Series/TheXFiles'':



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
** In one comic, Calvin puts on his clothes, walks out the front door, falls from an inexplicably great height, and wakes up in CatapultNightmare fashion - then does it all over again. Naturally, he's afraid to get up afterwards.
** Watterson liked this one. It was also used at least once as simply Calvin waking up on a schoolday, putting on his clothes, eating breakfast, and walking out the front door. But as he approaches the bus stop he hears his mother telling him to wake up, before he awakens in his bed again - every little school-hating kid's nightmare.
--->'''Calvin:''' My dreams are getting way too literal.
* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/FoxTrot'' strip; Jason dreams he's one of ''Film/TheAvengers'', then he wakes up and dreams he's in [[Film/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]], then he wakes up and dreams [[Film/ANewHope he's on Tattoine]]. Then he actually wakes up, and Andy says it was a mistake to let him see ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
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-->I awoke in a fever
-->The bedclothes were all soaked with sweat
-->She said "You've been having a nightmare
-->...And it's not over yet!"

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-->I -->''I awoke in a fever
-->The
fever\\
The
bedclothes were all soaked with sweat
-->She
sweat\\
She
said "You've been having a nightmare
-->...
nightmare\\
...
And it's not over yet!"



--> Seems like I've been here before / Seems so familiar / Feels like I'm slipping / Into a dream within a dream

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--> Seems -->''Seems like I've been here before / before\\
Seems so familiar / familiar\\
Feels like I'm slipping / slipping\\
Into a dream within a dreamdream''



** Not strictly a dream within a dream, this trope is parodied when Lisa loses a tryout for the school band's first chair saxophone to the new kid Alison. She loses consciousness twice in succession, the second time out of exasperation at losing, and experiences a deja-vu moment after the second time regaining consciousness.
-->'''Lisa''': ''(wakes up after having passed out from over exerting herself)''
-->'''Mr. Largo''': That was a close one Lisa, but you made it!
-->'''Lisa''': I got first chair?
-->'''Mr. Largo''': No, you regained consciousness. Alison got first chair.
-->'''Lisa''': ''(screams, screen fades to black, then wakes up)'' Oh, it was all just a dream!
-->'''Mr. Largo''': That was a close one Lisa, but you made it!
-->'''Lisa''': I got first chair?
-->'''Mr. Largo''': No, you regained consciousness. Alison got first chair. And believe me, THIS IS NOT A DREAM!
-->'''Lisa''': ''(screams, fade to commercial break)''

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** Not strictly a dream within a dream, this trope is parodied when Lisa loses a tryout for the school band's first chair saxophone to the new kid Alison. She loses consciousness twice in succession, the second time out of exasperation at losing, and experiences a deja-vu déjà-vu moment after the second time regaining consciousness.
-->'''Lisa''': ''(wakes --->''[Lisa wakes up after having passed out from over exerting herself)''
-->'''Mr. Largo''':
herself]''\\
'''Mr. Largo:'''
That was a close one Lisa, but you made it!
-->'''Lisa''':
it!\\
'''Lisa:'''
I got first chair?
-->'''Mr. Largo''': No, you regained consciousness. Alison got first chair.
-->'''Lisa''': ''(screams, screen fades to black, then wakes up)'' Oh, it was all just a dream!
-->'''Mr. Largo''': That was a close one Lisa, but you made it!
-->'''Lisa''': I got first chair?
-->'''Mr. Largo''':
chair?\\
'''Mr. Largo:'''
No, you regained consciousness. Alison got first chair. \\
'''Lisa:''' ''[screams, screen fades to black, then wakes up]'' Oh, it was all just a dream!\\
'''Mr. Largo:''' That was a close one Lisa, but you made it!\\
'''Lisa:''' I got first chair?\\
'''Mr. Largo:''' No, you regained consciousness. Alison got first chair.
And believe me, THIS IS NOT A DREAM!
-->'''Lisa''': ''(screams,
DREAM!\\
''[Lisa screams,
fade to commercial break)''break]''



-->'''Homer:''' ''(to his family)'' That's it! You people stood in my way long enough! I'm going to clown college!\\

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-->'''Homer:''' ''(to --->'''Homer:''' ''[to his family)'' family]'' That's it! You people stood in my way long enough! I'm going to clown college!\\



* An episode of ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' ended with a chain of "dream within someone else's dream"s, ending with a monster pizza and his wife. [[ItMakesSenseInContext No, really]].
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "The Sting", Leela goes into a coma after being stung by a space bee, although at this point both she and the audience are unaware of this. She keeps having many Dreams Within A Dream, which convince her she's going insane, before awakening at the end of the episode.

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* An episode of ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' ended ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' ends with a chain of "dream within someone else's dream"s, ending with a monster pizza and his wife. [[ItMakesSenseInContext No, really]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
**
In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "The Sting", Leela goes into a coma after being stung by a space bee, although at this point both she and the audience are unaware of this. She keeps having many Dreams Within A Dream, which convince her she's going insane, before awakening at the end of the episode.
4th Jan '17 3:51:29 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/FoxTrot'' strip; Jason dreams he's one of ''Film/TheAvengers'', then he wakes up and dreams he's in [[Film/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]], then he wakes up and dreams [[Film/ANewHope he's on Tattoine]]. Then he actually wakes up, and Andy says it was a mistake to let him see ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
11th Dec '16 2:29:58 PM Urotsuki
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* ''VideoGame/dotflow'' is heavily implied to be this upon beginning the end-game. To initiate the end-game section and have Sabitsuki [[spoiler:turn into [[SplitPersonality Rust]] ]] [[DreamWithinADream you must be in flow while already being in flow]], the lines are further blurred by the bizarre video that plays when you go in flow for the first time after getting all 25 effects, you then are forcefully [[OrWasItADream woken up to reality]]. Not to mention the waking up animation when [[spoiler:your playing as Rust]] is changed into a red static that closes up on your sprite compared to the normal pinched cheeks animation.

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* ''VideoGame/dotflow'' ''VideoGame/DotFlow'' is heavily implied to be this upon beginning the end-game. To initiate the end-game section and have Sabitsuki [[spoiler:turn into [[SplitPersonality Rust]] ]] ]] [[DreamWithinADream you must be in flow while already being in flow]], the lines are further blurred by the bizarre video that plays when you go in flow for the first time after getting all 25 effects, you then are forcefully [[OrWasItADream woken up to reality]]. Not to mention the waking up animation when [[spoiler:your playing as Rust]] is changed into a red static that closes up on your sprite compared to the normal pinched cheeks animation.
11th Dec '16 2:27:51 PM Urotsuki
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* ''VideoGame/dotflow'' is heavily implied to be this upon beginning the end-game. To initiate the end-game section and have Sabitsuki [[spoiler:turn into [[SplitPersonality Rust]] ]] [[DreamWithinADream you must be in flow while already being in flow]], the lines are further blurred by the bizarre video that plays when you go in flow for the first time after getting all 25 effects, you then are forcefully [[OrWasItADream woken up to reality]]. Not to mention the waking up animation when [[spoiler:your playing as Rust]] is changed into a red static that closes up on your sprite compared to the normal pinched cheeks animation.
21st Nov '16 3:07:38 AM Rainbowdash55
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* In WebAnimation/{{Underpants}}, [[spoiler:Sans goes through these in the Spare option of the Genocide ending.]]
20th Jul '16 6:31:25 AM lolcoolj
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* In ''[[Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders The Devil's Gift]]'', David walks into his kitchen and notices a bloodied hand. He is then attacked by some kind of furry monster (which has nothing to do with the rest of the film). David wakes up from this nightmare in this bedroom, and is again attacked by the monster, waking him a second time, this time from his couch. When ''The Devil's Gift'' was edited into the family-friendly anthology ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'', this graphic scene was omitted, for obvious reasons.

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* In ''[[Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders The Devil's Gift]]'', David walks into his kitchen and notices a bloodied hand.arm. He is then attacked by some kind of furry monster (which has nothing to do with the rest of the film). David wakes up from this nightmare in this his bedroom, and is again attacked by the monster, waking him a second time, this time from his couch. When ''The Devil's Gift'' was edited into the family-friendly anthology ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'', this graphic scene was omitted, for obvious reasons.



* ''Film/TheWickerMan'': In the 2006 version, Edward dreams of himself swimming towards the lifeless body of his daughter floating in the water. He then wakes up, only to find himself holding her soaked, lifeless body in his arms. He wakes up for real the third time around and curses.

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* ''Film/TheWickerMan'': In the 2006 version, Edward dreams of himself swimming towards the lifeless body of his daughter floating in the water. He then wakes ky8wakes up, only to find himself holding her soaked, lifeless body in his arms. He wakes up for real the third time around and curses.
20th Jul '16 6:09:57 AM lolcoolj
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* In ''[[Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders The Devil's Gift]]'', David walks into his kitchen and notices a bloodied hand. He is then attacked by some kind of furry monster (which has nothing to do with the rest of the film). David wakes up from this nightmare in this bedroom, and is again attacked by the monster, waking him a second time, this time from his couch. When ''The Devil's Gift'' was edited into the family-friendly anthology ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'', this graphic scene was omitted, for obvious reasons.
23rd Jun '16 8:13:51 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the roommates get a replica time machine from an online auction. Sheldon dreams that it actually worked, taking him to the year [[TheTimeMachine 802701]], where he is promptly attacked by Morlocks. Waking up, he finds himself back in the present...where he is again attacked by Morlocks, who have been hired to move the time machine out of the apartment. Then he wakes up ''again''...

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* In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the roommates get a replica time machine from an online auction. Sheldon dreams that it actually worked, taking him to the year [[TheTimeMachine [[Literature/TheTimeMachine 802701]], where he is promptly attacked by Morlocks. Waking up, he finds himself back in the present...where he is again attacked by Morlocks, who have been hired to move the time machine out of the apartment. Then he wakes up ''again''...
31st May '16 7:35:03 PM PaulA
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* Plays a large part in {{Creator/GeorgeMacDonald}}'s ''Lilith'' where the main character falls into a magical sleep, and seems to wake up alone. He meets Mr. Raven who tells him that he is still sleeping. This is followed by him ''waking up'' again in his own home, staying there a few days, and then waking up back in the fantasy world. The book ends with him waking up at home once more, though it is implied that this too, and by extension our entire world, is just another dream within a dream that he will someday wake up from.
* Happens in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}} #41: The Familiar'' as part of the setup and backstory early in the novel.
** Even more prominently in #48: The Return.

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* Plays a large part in {{Creator/GeorgeMacDonald}}'s Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''Lilith'' where the main character falls into a magical sleep, and seems to wake up alone. He meets Mr. Raven who tells him that he is still sleeping. This is followed by him ''waking up'' again in his own home, staying there a few days, and then waking up back in the fantasy world. The book ends with him waking up at home once more, though it is implied that this too, and by extension our entire world, is just another dream within a dream that he will someday wake up from.
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
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Happens in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}} #41: The ''The Familiar'' as part of the setup and backstory early in the novel.
** Even more prominently in #48: The Return.''The Return''.
* Happens several times, to various characters, in Creator/KimNewman's horror novel ''Literature/BadDreams''. At one point, the heroine spends several (short) chapters cycling through the same two dreams, waking from each into the other, until she finds a way to break the cycle.
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