History WesternAnimation / TheDreamstone

20th Mar '17 7:14:54 PM Psi001
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* TookALevelInBadass: Zigzagged. Rufus and Amberley started off {{Badass Normal}}s in the pilot episode, but degenerated into incapable [[TheFool Fools]] by the time of Season Two. They had more or less reset back to their more competent forms by the end of Season Three.
4th Mar '17 5:56:16 PM Psi001
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* OffstageVillainy: The Argorribles' nightmares were described as an absolutely horrific experience, but never actually seen in early episodes. Later episodes submitted to showing a couple of ruined dreams onscreen, as well as more emphasis on the elaboration put into making them, with even a couple odd {{Downer Ending}}s from the Urpneys sabotaging it all, likely so the heroes' retaliations veered far less into DisproportionateRetribution territory.

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* OffstageVillainy: The Argorribles' nightmares were described as an absolutely horrific experience, but never actually seen in early episodes. Later episodes submitted to showing a couple of ruined dreams onscreen, as well as more emphasis on the elaboration put into making them, with even a couple odd {{Downer Ending}}s from the Urpneys sabotaging it all, likely so the heroes' retaliations veered heroes looked far less into DisproportionateRetribution territory.petty at face value.



* OutscareTheEnemy: The Urpneys are notorious cowards, so both their boss, Zordrak, and their enemies, the Noops, often compete for scarier, more violent threats unless the Urpneys comply to their orders. Obviously, it's more bluffing on the heroes' part than Zordrak ([[GoodIsNotSoft though not always]]).

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* OutscareTheEnemy: The Urpneys are notorious cowards, so both their boss, Zordrak, and their enemies, the Noops, often compete for scarier, more violent threats unless the Urpneys comply to their orders. Obviously, it's more bluffing on the heroes' part than Zordrak Zordrak, ([[GoodIsNotSoft though not always]]).
4th Mar '17 1:06:11 PM Psi001
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* OffstageVillainy: The Argorribles' nightmares were described as an absolutely horrific experience, but never actually seen in early episodes. Later episodes submitted to showing a couple of ruined dreams onscreen, as well as more emphasis on the elaboration put into making them, with even a couple odd {{Downer Ending}}s from the Urpneys sabotaging it all, likely so the heroes' retaliations veered far less into DisproportionateRetribution territory.
4th Mar '17 12:29:32 PM Psi001
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* PyrrhicVillainy: Very rare occasions the villains actually succeed in sending nightmares to the Land of Dreams. As much as Zordrak savors these victories, [[TheDragAlong the Urpneys couldn't care less that they had]] and usually suffer [[IronButtMonkey ten times the abuse]] the Noops ever could from [[PokeThePoodle a bad dream]] in the process (and usually [[DisproportionateRetribution a revenge beating to go with it afterwards]]), but they do it.

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* PyrrhicVillainy: Very rare occasions the villains actually succeed in sending nightmares to the Land of Dreams. As much as Zordrak savors these victories, [[TheDragAlong the Urpneys couldn't care less that they had]] and usually suffer [[IronButtMonkey ten times the abuse]] the Noops ever could do from [[PokeThePoodle a bad dream]] in the process (and usually [[DisproportionateRetribution a revenge beating to go with it afterwards]]), but they do it.
22nd Feb '17 3:59:27 PM Psi001
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* SeriousBusiness: Over dreams, as pretty much expected from a world aptly named the Sleeping World. It does become a second priority to Zordrak using the stone for much worse later on however.

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* SeriousBusiness: Over dreams, as pretty much expected from a world aptly named the Sleeping World. To clarify, early episodes outright implied ''mass genocide'' in the past war over dreams and nightmares. It does become a second priority to Zordrak using the stone for much worse later on however.
22nd Feb '17 3:29:32 PM Psi001
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* SmugSnake:
** Most of the villains except Frizz and Nug are arrogant but totally ineffectual, even Zordrak, the self proclaimed "LOOOORD OF NIGHTMARES" usually fails to be that effective a nemesis towards the Dream Maker.
** The Noops in their nastier moods can apply as heroic variants. Their lowest point was deciding to give Frizz and Nug a post-victory beatdown...then running away crying when [[ThenLetMeBeEvil they started to act like real villains for a change]].
22nd Feb '17 1:09:32 PM Psi001
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* CirclingBirdies: * Used several times:

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* CirclingBirdies: * Used several times:
22nd Feb '17 1:09:07 PM Psi001
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* CirclingBirdies: * Used several times:
** Played with in the pilot episode when Sgt Blob tells Frizz and Nug to sneak towards the Dream Maker's tower and whistle him when the coast is clear. Frizz and Nug dart forward and run into a wall, causing whistling birds to circle their heads. Blob overhears and, assuming it's the signal, charges into them.
** Done again in "Hod" by Rufus and Amberley in one of their rare AmusingInjuries throughout the series.
17th Feb '17 6:31:59 AM Psi001
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the pilot, the hero cast were almost as goofy and fallible as the Urpneys, with both sides taking an equal amount of slapstick abuse. Afterwards they were quickly established as far more down to earth and competent foils, with the villains providing nearly all of the comic relief (though some such as Rufus and Amberley started to revert back in the final season). They were also often [[UnscrupulousHero a lot more violent and contemptuous]] towards the Urpneys in earlier points, while by the end of the series they are more passive tricksters.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
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In the pilot, the hero cast were almost as goofy and fallible as the Urpneys, with both sides taking an equal amount of slapstick abuse. Afterwards they were quickly established as far more down to earth and competent foils, with the villains providing nearly all of the comic relief (though some such as Rufus and Amberley started to revert back in the final season). relief. They were also often [[UnscrupulousHero a lot more violent and contemptuous]] towards the Urpneys in earlier points, while by the end of the series they are more passive tricksters.tricksters.
** In addition the Noops were often incapable [[TheFool Fools]] in the early half of the series, always prevailing solely due to dumb luck or their more competent peers' help, and ultimately being hopeless towards a remotely real threat. By Season Four the dynamic was reversed around, with the Noops essentially being the heroes' errand runners that did all the hard work with Blob's army often worsening the situation. The result also [[CharacterCheck made the Noops more comedic again]], showing more self awareness and suffering slapstick back more often, making them more NotSoDifferent from Frizz and Nug.
11th Feb '17 5:18:56 PM Psi001
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* HappyEndingOveride: The finales for the first two seasons ended with Zordrak and the Urpneys seemingly defeated once and for all and peace finally granted to the Sleeping World, only for them to naturally return at the beginning the following season's first episode. If you count the Urpneys as {{Villain Protagonist}}s, it may act as a reversal, with them escaping their BolivianArmyEnding from each finale.

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* HappyEndingOveride: HappyEndingOverride: The finales for the first two seasons ended with Zordrak and the Urpneys seemingly defeated once and for all and peace finally granted to the Sleeping World, only for them to naturally return at the beginning the following season's first episode. If you count the Urpneys as {{Villain Protagonist}}s, it may act as a reversal, with them escaping their BolivianArmyEnding from each finale.
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