History WesternAnimation / TheDreamstone

23rd May '17 3:25:41 PM DrNoPuma
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* KingKoopaCopy: Zordrak is halfway between this trope and SatanicArchetype. He's an evil dragon overlord who lives in the desolate mountain of Viltheed, commands a large army of human/reptile creatures called Urpneys, and plans to take over the Land of Dreams. He also has spiky shoulder pads, glowing red eyes, a deep, gravelly voice, and magic powers at his disposal. He even kidnaps Amberley in the pilot!
5th May '17 1:11:12 PM Psi001
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* BlackComedyBurst: The show is largely a very whimsical and idealistic fantasy slapstick ... which also frequently deconstructs WhatMeasureIsAMook with morbid implications of torture, execution and other near-death situations befalling the {{Big Bad}}'s unwilling and GenreSavvy minions. The first season was particularly rampant with this, to the point it was very easy to root against the heroes.
17th Apr '17 11:31:13 AM Psi001
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* HeroesActVillainsHinder: Zordrak's entire motive most of the time is to ruin dreams the heroes are so devoted to creating for their world. Comically reconstructed in later episodes, often his Urpney minions' bungled schemes to do so would indirectly hinder any errand Rufus and Amberley were charged with.
9th Apr '17 9:50:26 AM DustSnitch
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** Pildit is {{Main/Jesus}}. He is killed by a landslide caused by Zordrak, is buried under the rocks by Rufus, and resurrects in time to save the heroes. He also has the power to singlehandedly defeat hordes of Urpneys, bring light to the darkness, and drive away the Argorribles like Jesus expelling evil spirits.

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** Pildit is {{Main/Jesus}}.UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. He is killed by a landslide caused by Zordrak, is buried under the rocks by Rufus, and resurrects in time to save the heroes. He also has the power to singlehandedly defeat hordes of Urpneys, bring light to the darkness, and drive away the Argorribles like Jesus expelling evil spirits.
8th Apr '17 7:08:18 AM Psi001
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* IndecisiveDeconstruction: The show comes off as such due to the Urpney scenes, which mock the SeriousBusiness formula of 80s/90s cartoons and treat [[WhatMeasureIsAMook the Urpneys']] [[TrappedInVillainy doomed situation]] as genuinely tragic ([[{{Dramedy}} despite it's comedic execution]]). The heroes themselves however play the formula totally and utterly straight and inexplicably treat the Urpneys' anti climatic threats with unironic tension, meanwhile always being treated as right and almost never mocked by the show's humour. Later episodes try to tweak the plot to find a middle ground.

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* IndecisiveDeconstruction: The show comes off as such due to the Urpney scenes, which mock the SeriousBusiness formula of 80s/90s cartoons and treat [[WhatMeasureIsAMook the Urpneys']] [[TrappedInVillainy doomed situation]] as genuinely tragic ([[{{Dramedy}} despite it's comedic execution]]). The heroes themselves however play the formula totally and utterly straight and inexplicably treat the Urpneys' anti climatic threats with unironic tension, meanwhile always being treated as right and almost never mocked by the subject of the show's self aware humour. Later episodes try to tweak the plot and characters to find a middle ground.
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.
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