Created By: FakeKnowitAll on August 9, 2011

Dream World

A character warps reality through a dream.

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Is This Tropable? - I know i've seen this before, but I can't seem to find examples. Too Rare to Trope, possibly? Title is bad. Help!

Alice is dreaming that Bob, her dead brother, has come Back from the Dead. She wakes up and sees Bob in his bed, sleeping peacefully.

When a character dreams of something that blends with reality.

Subtrope of Reality Warper. Compare with Mind over Matter.



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  • August 9, 2011
    Pretty much describes the film Dreamscape.
  • August 9, 2011
    • The Nightmare On Elm Street films run on this, especially in the later movies. Pretty much anything that happens to the heroes in their dreams affects them in real life. This is especially the case with the deaths of the secondary characters.
  • August 9, 2011
    In Dragon Age II you can help someone who has this power, and The Dalish call this kind of person a Somniari. He demonstrates it once, offscreen, in act three if you've done all the quests involving him beforehand.
  • August 9, 2011
    In the series 44000, a character has the ability to sort of create new realities with her dreams.
  • August 9, 2011
    Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven. George Orr, a draftsman, has long been abusing drugs to prevent himself from having "effective" dreams, which retroactively change reality. After having one of these dreams, the new reality is the only reality for everyone else, but George retains memory of the previous reality.
  • August 10, 2011
    Super Trope of Living Dream, where a character comes into existence due to someone else's dreaming.
  • August 10, 2011
  • August 11, 2011
    • ^On a chinese myth a man once had a dream where a dragoon told him his(the man's) friend would kill him that night and asked him for help, he said he could try to distract him, so he try to spend that wholde day playing a game with his friend so he could notgo anywhere to kill the dragoon, until the night, when his friend fell asleep they latter heard a roar, when they were to see what happened they found the dragoon¡s body, and the man's friend told him he had a dream where he killed that same dragoon
  • August 13, 2011
    • In the nightmare episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a young boy in a coma causes everyone's nightmares to become reality.
      • Referenced much later in the musical episode:
        Tara: I've got a theory / some kid is dreamin' / and we're all stuck inside his wacky broadway nightmare

    • In the Doctor Who episode "Kinda", it is Tegan dreaming in a particular place that releases the Sealed Evil In A Can
  • August 13, 2011
    IIRC, at some point the Scarlet Witch had a phase in which she descended into madness and lost control of her reality-warping power, which led to this. Can anyone more familiar with Marvel confirm this?
  • August 13, 2011
    In Mushishi, a villager appears to have prophetic dreams. Ginko provides him with medication, and cautions him against trying to see the future for any reason. After the villager experiences guilt over not predicting a disaster that ravaged his village, he stops taking his medication so he can use his foresight to the benefit of others. It is later revealed that his dreams weren't prophetic at all(, and he couldn't have seen the disaster coming anyway). Instead, Mushi living in his pillow turned his dreams into reality, causing everything he dreamed to come true; giving the illusion of prophecy.
  • August 16, 2011
    How about Dreams Change Reality as a title?
  • August 17, 2011
    Yep, the title is pretty misleading.