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31st Dec '15 5:18:39 AM CassandraLeo
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* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'' has a variation that may well have inspired several other examples on this page. Characters after death can go into a state called "half-life", which is in many ways comparable to a dream state; in particular, half-life is subject to a number of [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] possibilities that don't seem to be possible in the setting's real world. The story kicks off with the characters' BenevolentBoss, Glen Runciter, apparently being killed in an accident. However, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the main characters are actually the ones in half-life, as aspects of their reality keep shifting (one ChekhovsGun is that they start seeing Runciter's face on their currency). Furthermore, Runciter eventually contacts them from the real world. So naturally, the safe assumption is that the characters were actually the ones killed and that Runciter is all right, no? Well, not so fast. The last chapter, from Runciter's perspective, have him noticing that the face on his currency has changed: the book's protagonist, Joe Chip, is now on his currency. So who's actually in half-life? Runciter? The rest of the cast? Everyone? No one? Good luck figuring it out.
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* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'' has a variation that may well have inspired several other examples on this page. Characters after death can go into a state called "half-life", which is in many ways comparable to a dream state; in particular, half-life is subject to a number of [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] possibilities that don't seem to be possible in the setting's real world. The story kicks off with the characters' BenevolentBoss, Glen Runciter, apparently being killed in an accident."accident" (though it's implied that it was likely engineered by one of his rivals). However, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the main characters are actually the ones in half-life, as aspects of their reality keep shifting (one ChekhovsGun is that they start seeing Runciter's face on their currency). Furthermore, Runciter eventually contacts them from the real world. So naturally, the safe assumption is that the characters were actually the ones killed and that Runciter is all right, no? Well, not so fast. The last chapter, from Runciter's perspective, have him noticing that the face on his currency has changed: the book's protagonist, Joe Chip, is now on his currency. So who's actually in half-life? Runciter? The rest of the cast? Everyone? No one? Good luck figuring it out.
31st Dec '15 5:15:44 AM CassandraLeo
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%% * ''Film/{{Inception}}'' is built around this trope.
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%% * ''Film/{{Inception}}'' is built around this trope.trope. Specifically, the characters go through various layers of dream-state as the film progresses, and the ending has them "waking up" from the dream state. But it's more ambiguous than that, because the main character, Dom, has a talisman that continues spinning indefinitely if he's in a dream, but eventually stops spinning if he's in real life. So, naturally, the last scene of the film shows the talisman spinning. [[TheUnreveal And ends before we find out whether it stops]].

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%% * ''Film/{{Inception}}'' is built around Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'' has a variation that may well have inspired several other examples on this trope.page. Characters after death can go into a state called "half-life", which is in many ways comparable to a dream state; in particular, half-life is subject to a number of [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] possibilities that don't seem to be possible in the setting's real world. The story kicks off with the characters' BenevolentBoss, Glen Runciter, apparently being killed in an accident. However, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the main characters are actually the ones in half-life, as aspects of their reality keep shifting (one ChekhovsGun is that they start seeing Runciter's face on their currency). Furthermore, Runciter eventually contacts them from the real world. So naturally, the safe assumption is that the characters were actually the ones killed and that Runciter is all right, no? Well, not so fast. The last chapter, from Runciter's perspective, have him noticing that the face on his currency has changed: the book's protagonist, Joe Chip, is now on his currency. So who's actually in half-life? Runciter? The rest of the cast? Everyone? No one? Good luck figuring it out.
16th Nov '15 8:45:40 AM JMQwilleran
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* This is the ending of "Madeline in the Magic Carpet" from ''Literature/{{Madeline}}'', in which Madeline is told that the adventure she had of riding on a magic carpet and rescuing a genie with Pepito and Pancho was just a dream. That evening, she finds under her bed the magic lamp that had been thrown in Pepito's garbage.
19th Oct '15 3:01:07 PM pwzysk
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The story is available free on the author's website.
* ''Reality Check'' by David Brin
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* ''Reality Check'' ''[[http://www.davidbrin.com/realitycheck.html Reality Check]]'' by David Brin
18th Oct '15 5:35:14 PM Blazer
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* The ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Galaxy Police Mihoshi's Space Adventure]]'' special has Mihoshi tell Tenchi and the other girls about a particularly wild case with her partner Kiyone involving the robbery of a special type of energy for a mad scientist's super weapon (said mad scientist being portrayed by Washu), the odd LoveTriangle between a SpacePirate, a member of the Galaxy Police and his fiance from Jurai (represented by Ryoko, Tenchi and Ayeka respectively) and a mysterious magician who, unknown to them, was their newest recruit (represented by Sasami in her first appearance as Anime/PrettySammy). At the end, everyone is knocked out like a light and the only other one not passed out, Ryo-Ohki, even looks like she's dismissed it... until the end, where we find Kiyone, stranded on the remains of the mad scientist's base, screaming to the heavens that she's going to ''kill'' Mihoshi.
17th Oct '15 9:16:29 AM Blazer
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** Another ''[=LotDK=]'' story, "Legends of the Dark Mite'', has a drug-runner being interrogated by Batman trying to blame the death of his confederates on Bat-Mite, which Batman dismisses as the man's drug-addled mind hallucinating. A later story, ''Mite-Fall'', a parody of ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' has Bat-Mite show up again to recruit the drug-addled man in stopping Bane-Mite. The man stops the monster, but falls victim to the creature's drug "Toxik", sniffs it and his head explodes. While the ending suggests that it was probably a DyingDream due to the man getting high on drugs and throwing himself off the top of a church, killing him, the last page shows Bat-Mite and other Mite-type heroes mourning him with a statue, which casts into question if the previous events really were real.
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** Another ''[=LotDK=]'' story, "Legends of the Dark Mite'', Mite", has a drug-runner being interrogated by Batman trying to blame the death of his confederates on Bat-Mite, which Batman dismisses as the man's drug-addled mind hallucinating. A later story, ''Mite-Fall'', a parody of ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' has Bat-Mite show up again to recruit the drug-addled man in stopping Bane-Mite. The man stops the monster, but falls victim to the creature's drug "Toxik", sniffs it and his head explodes. While the ending suggests that it was probably a DyingDream due to the man getting high on drugs and throwing himself off the top of a church, killing him, the last page shows Bat-Mite and other Mite-type heroes mourning him with a statue, which casts into question if the previous events really were real.
17th Oct '15 9:16:10 AM Blazer
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** Another ''[=LotDK=]'' story, "Legends of the Dark Mite'', has a drug-runner being interrogated by Batman trying to blame the death of his confederates on Bat-Mite, which Batman dismisses as the man's drug-addled mind hallucinating. A later story, ''Mite-Fall'', a parody of ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' has Bat-Mite show up again to recruit the drug-addled man in stopping Bane-Mite. The man stops the monster, but falls victim to the creature's drug "Toxik", sniffs it and his head explodes. While the ending suggests that it was probably a DyingDream due to the man getting high on drugs and throwing himself off the top of a church, killing him, the last page shows Bat-Mite and other Mite-type heroes mourning him with a statue, which casts into question if the previous events really were real.
12th Oct '15 7:57:52 PM physics_one
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11th Oct '15 9:25:36 PM CountDorku
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* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', [[spoiler: near the end it is suggested that the journey into The Unknown was a dream Wirt had after falling into a river, but some signs suggest he and Greg did go there]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', [[spoiler: near the end it is suggested that the journey into The Unknown was a dream Wirt had after falling into a river, but some signs suggest he and Greg did go there]].there - including a blink-and-you'll-miss-it image of the frog's stomach glowing, a CallBack to the eighth episode]].
25th Sep '15 7:57:11 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1587 SCP-1587 ("Dreamland")]]. When a professor uses a lucid dreaming device his dreams are just like reality. When he wakes up from them he has some evidence that the dream was real, such as a pieces of a candy table he broke off in a Candyland setting or a jeweled necklace. It comes back to bite him when he dreams of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust: he's [[KillingYourAlternateSelf killed by a Nazi version of himself]] he brought back with him.
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1587 SCP-1587 ("Dreamland")]]. When a professor uses a lucid dreaming device his dreams are just like reality. When he wakes up from them he has some evidence a FantasyKeepsake that shows that the dream was real, such as a pieces of a candy table he broke off in a Candyland setting or a jeweled necklace. It comes back to bite him when he dreams of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust: he's [[KillingYourAlternateSelf killed by a Nazi version of himself]] he brought back with him.
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