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15th Jun '16 5:09:42 PM Pinokio
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* ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' opens with a soldier engaged in trench warfare during World War I. Knocked unconscious, he experiences ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'', and wakes up in the trench, with a glowing feather as a reminder of what happened.

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* ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' opens with a soldier engaged in trench warfare during World War I. Knocked unconscious, he experiences ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'', and wakes up in the trench, with a glowing feather as a reminder of what happened.it [[ThatWasNotADream was not a dream]].
15th Jun '16 5:04:20 PM Pinokio
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* A California Raisins ad features The California Raisins performing in the style of Michael Jackson, in an empty fruit bowl on Michael Jackson's table. Michael Jackson wakes up, sees the bowl on his table is full of fruit, and rests his head, realizing it was AllJustADream. Then, the fruit sparkles with fireworks as music comes from the bowl.
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* ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' opens with a soldier engaged in trench warfare during World War I. Knocked unconscious, he experiences ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'', and wakes up in the trench, with a glowing feather as a reminder of what happened.
27th May '16 10:13:47 AM Morgenthaler
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Don't ask for advice; you're bound to get YouImaginedIt.
5th May '16 7:25:58 PM Pichu-kun
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%% * ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' uses this trope in the Saikoroshi-hen chapter. Or possibly not, since it was a real world, as well. But since Rika did not choose that one, it becomes a dream. But her matricide still exists.

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%% * ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' uses this trope in the Saikoroshi-hen chapter. Or possibly not, since it was a real world, as well. But since Rika did not choose that one, it becomes a dream. But her matricide still exists.



* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mystery Dungeon'' 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'' 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.
29th Apr '16 12:58:33 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Paprika}}'' by the director Creator/SatoshiKon has this. Justified - the movie is about a machine that lets you invade people's dreams, which glitches [[spoiler:but really gets sabotaged]] and brings reality and dreams together. Whether or not something is UpTheRealRabbitHole is a more pressing question than SchrodingersButterfly.

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* ''Film/{{Paprika}}'' ''Anime/{{Paprika}}'' by the director Creator/SatoshiKon has this. Justified - the movie is about a machine that lets you invade people's dreams, which glitches [[spoiler:but really gets sabotaged]] and brings reality and dreams together. Whether or not something is UpTheRealRabbitHole is a more pressing question than SchrodingersButterfly.
14th Mar '16 5:51:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/NightmareHour'': "Nightmare Inn" features the protagonist Jillain having a run-in with Priscilla and James who are revealed to be two werewolves and fight over the right to eat her. After escaping with her life, she wakes up to find it was another nightmare. [[spoiler:Then she sees a werewolf claw mark on Priscilla's cheek.]]
14th Feb '16 12:06:18 AM Spritle101
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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.
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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* 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.
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.
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