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14th Aug '17 4:15:25 PM Jake
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* [[DeadFic Sadly dead]] ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' fanfic ''[[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=41169.msg734754#msg734754 The Captain's Log]]'' actually ''starts'' with this trope; the protagonist receives a vision from a minor weather god, who presents him with an amulet as proof that he is TheChosenOne and must lead his people on a quest to build TheArk before a great flood causes the end of the world.[[note]]Unlike the Biblical original, this was less to do with sin and wickedness and more to do with massive incompetence on the part of said weather gods.[[/note]] Then he wakes up...
-->“Just a dream Kubluk, just a dream,” he reassured himself. He rolled out of bed, and slipped on his sandals. Standing up, he heard a clink, and looked down. At his feet lay a small golden object. His hands shaking in trepidation, he scooped it up, and sighed as he recognised the golden ship, given to him by Moist.

--> [[ThisIsGonnaSuck “Bugger.”]]
10th Aug '17 4:27:11 PM Pinokio
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "World War Zimmerman," Cartman wakes up in class to discover he was dreaming about the movie version of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. After a series of events inspired by the movie, involving several deaths, Cartman wakes up in class again. Instead of the events being dismissed as all just a dream, his fellow students remind him that the events did happen, and that he is a murderer.
3rd Aug '17 2:39:49 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{GetBackers}} manga. It's left up to the reader to decide whether Ginji rejected reality & went back into a virtual reality coma powered by science & magic, or if he was knocked unconscious and dreamed of a parallel universe.

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* {{GetBackers}} ''Manga/{{GetBackers}}'' manga. It's left up to the reader to decide whether Ginji rejected reality & went back into a virtual reality coma powered by science & magic, or if he was knocked unconscious and dreamed of a parallel universe.
4th Jul '17 11:07:08 AM mariofan1000
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->''it was just a dream... *notices bed is covered in Pogs and Pog Memorabilia* ..or WAS it?''
-->--'''[[https://twitter.com/dril/status/24284835126 Dril]]'''
2nd Jul '17 1:55:50 AM RedScharlach
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* {{GetBackers}} manga. It's left up to the reader to decide whether Ginji rejected reality & went back into a virtual reality coma powered by science & magic, or if he was knocked unconscious & dreamt of a parallel universe.

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* {{GetBackers}} manga. It's left up to the reader to decide whether Ginji rejected reality & went back into a virtual reality coma powered by science & magic, or if he was knocked unconscious & dreamt and dreamed of a parallel universe.



* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'' Elenor Arroway is led to believe that the climax of the film was all just a dream brought on an anomalous effect of the Machine, and not an actual 18-hour trip to the Vega Star system, but a fall of several seconds. However, an investigator notes that, while the electro-magnetic interference could have caused her video camera to record static during the fall, it recorded ''18 hours of it'', meaning that something outside the normal laws of physics occurred when Elly dropped through the machine, it just wasn't recorded.

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* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'' Elenor Eleanor Arroway is led to believe that the climax of the film was all just a dream brought on an anomalous effect of the Machine, and not an actual 18-hour trip to the Vega Star system, but a fall of several seconds. However, an investigator notes that, while the electro-magnetic interference could have caused her video camera to record static during the fall, it recorded ''18 hours of it'', meaning that something outside the normal laws of physics occurred when Elly dropped through the machine, it just wasn't recorded.



* In ''Literature/{{Tempted}}'', Zoey comes to this conclusion when it turns out the locations Kalona has been chosing as the back-drop of their dreams together reveal his actual location.

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* In ''Literature/{{Tempted}}'', Zoey comes to this conclusion when it turns out the locations Kalona has been chosing choosing as the back-drop of their dreams together reveal his actual location.



* One particularly odd episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' has Calleigh critically injured during a case. She finds herself a walking spirit interacting with the ghost of the victim while her physical body fights for its life in a hospital. In this state, she finds a critical clue just as she is brought back to consciousness. She wakes up thinking of a hint that leads to the clue, but no memory of how she got it. Horatio Caine figures that she saw it before she was injured, and her subconscious brought it to the forefront while she was in a coma. And that would be the accepted explanation... If the vic's ghost hadn't appeared one more time (unseen by anyone) at the end of the episode...

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* One particularly odd episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' has Calleigh critically injured during a case. She finds herself a walking spirit interacting with the ghost of the victim while her physical body fights for its life in a hospital. In this state, she finds a critical clue just as she is brought back to consciousness. She wakes up thinking of a hint that leads to the clue, but no memory of how she got it. Horatio Caine figures that she saw it before she was injured, and her subconscious brought it to the forefront while she was in a coma. And that would be the accepted explanation... If the vic's victim's ghost hadn't appeared one more time (unseen by anyone) at the end of the episode...



* The BBC show ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'', and its sequel ''Series/AshesToAshes'' have this trope as one of their central themes. Whether Sam Tyler (and later Alex Drake) has truly gone to the past, or is simply having a coma hallucination is played with throughout the series. ([[spoiler: It's neither, but closer to the second one.]]

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* The BBC show ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'', and its sequel ''Series/AshesToAshes'' have this trope as one of their central themes. Whether Sam Tyler (and later Alex Drake) has truly gone to the past, or is simply having a coma hallucination is played with throughout the series. ([[spoiler: It's ([[spoiler:It's neither, but closer to the second one.]]]])



* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' the narrator of "Alone" isn't sure her experience wasn't merely in her imagination…except for a carved fragment of stone that she retrieved.

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* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' the narrator of "Alone" isn't sure her experience wasn't merely in her imagination…except imagination... except for a carved fragment of stone that she retrieved.
20th Jun '17 11:50:58 PM Nadim
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* On ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'', it is questionable that the events of "When Shelby Met Cyd" since the final scene of the episode shows Barry waking up from seeing Shelby and Cyd with their 5 year-old selves and 9 year-old selves. However, [[DreamWithinADream it turns out to be Naldo's dream]] as he wakes saying "Barry's dream ruined my dream's surprise".

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* On ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'', it is questionable that the events of "When Shelby Met Cyd" may have been a dream since the final scene of the episode shows Barry waking up from seeing Shelby and Cyd with their 5 year-old selves and 9 year-old selves. However, [[DreamWithinADream it turns out to be Naldo's dream]] as he wakes saying "Barry's dream ruined my dream's surprise".
20th Jun '17 11:49:55 PM Nadim
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* On ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'', it is questionable that the events of "When Shelby Met Cyd" since the final scene of the episode shows Barry waking up from seeing Shelby and Cyd with their 5 year-old selves and 9 year-old selves. However, [[DreamWithinADream it turns out to be Naldo's dream]] as he wakes saying "Barry's dream ruined my dream's surprise".
11th Jun '17 6:09:28 PM nombretomado
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* Used in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' YoutubePoop ''Rock Falls, Everyone Dies'' (no relation to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the trope]]); [[spoiler: at the fifth alternative ending Pterano, after touching the cold fire stone, becomes an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion style]] angel]]. Littlefoot wakes up; take 3 guesses of what happens next.

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* Used in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' YoutubePoop WebAnimation/YouTubePoop ''Rock Falls, Everyone Dies'' (no relation to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the trope]]); [[spoiler: at the fifth alternative ending Pterano, after touching the cold fire stone, becomes an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion style]] angel]]. Littlefoot wakes up; take 3 guesses of what happens next.
27th May '17 7:50:07 PM Pichu-kun
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* The ''PokemonMysteryDungeonGinjisRescueTeam'' manga ended with Ginji, who had been turned into a Torchic, waking up as a human again. He thinks it was a dream but he soon finds the badge that he received in the Pokémon world. The one problem with this idea is that the beginning of the story shows Ginji searching for his hidden birthday present, which he never found... the present may be the badge, making the adventure AllJustADream after all.

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* The ''PokemonMysteryDungeonGinjisRescueTeam'' ''Manga/PokemonMysteryDungeonGinjisRescueTeam'' manga ended with Ginji, who had been turned into a Torchic, waking up as a human again. He thinks it was a dream but he soon finds the badge that he received in the Pokémon world. The one problem with this idea is that the beginning of the story shows Ginji searching for his hidden birthday present, which he never found... the present may be the badge, making the adventure AllJustADream after all.
27th May '17 7:45:55 PM Pichu-kun
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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team'' manga ended with Ginji, who had been turned into a Torchic, waking up as a human again. He thinks it was a dream but he soon finds the badge that he received in the Pokémon world. The one problem with this idea is that the beginning of the story shows Ginji searching for his hidden birthday present, which he never found... the present may be the badge, making the adventure AllJustADream after all.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team'' ''PokemonMysteryDungeonGinjisRescueTeam'' manga ended with Ginji, who had been turned into a Torchic, waking up as a human again. He thinks it was a dream but he soon finds the badge that he received in the Pokémon world. The one problem with this idea is that the beginning of the story shows Ginji searching for his hidden birthday present, which he never found... the present may be the badge, making the adventure AllJustADream after all.
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