A character dreams himself being perfect in every way, to the point that it resembles a MarySue SelfInsert fanfic. Often if this fantasy becomes known to others, it's a source of acute embarrassment to the dreamer.

Usually a FantasySequence, sometimes a DreamSequence.

A SisterTrope to HerCodeNameWasMarySue (where it's written down for all to see).

See also PowerFantasy.



* The Trix Rabbit had this in one commercial, dreaming of a world where he lorded over those mean and selfish kids who waited on him with his favorite cereal. Unfortunately, he was woken up and brought back to reality by those same kids. [[DiscussedTrope "A rabbit can dream, can't he?"]] he blissfully says.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Tomo is a {{Jerkass}} GenkiGirl, overshadowed in class by Chiyo and in gym by Sakaki. One episode focuses on her dreaming of herself as extremely popular, beating Chiyo and Sakaki in their specialties, and becoming the hero of the town.
* Shiratori in ''Manga/YandereKanojo'' is like this, and he normally would be right, if he wasn't in a GagSeries. As it is, he's the ButtMonkey and UnknownRival.
* Early on in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the titular character imagined himself as a smug MartyStu who always has to bail Sasuke out of trouble and save the day while winning Sakura's love.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** Tamaki views himself as the one man who can charm anyone. This sorta works on half of the student body, since their rich stereotypes, but doesn't work on the normal (or "poor"). He often has fantasies with himself charming Haruhi and winning her love. This dream is unique as it not only shows Tamaki as a Dream Sue, but Haruhi as an AsianAirhead, laughing "Tee hee" as she wears a dress (despite having to pose as a boy), letting Tamaki twirl her around, stopping only to eat fatty tuna. The other members have given this fake Haruhi the nickname of "Dream-Haruhi".
** Played for laughs when a new transfer student who looks a lot like Haruhi transfers, and happened to be both a genius, an air head, and head-over-the-heels in love with Tamaki.
* Usopp in ''Manga/OnePiece'' sees his alter-ego Sogeking as the courageous warrior and hero he couldn't be. In Ussop's mind, Sogeking even has his own choreographed opening theme song... but to anyone else in reality (except Luffy and Chopper), Usopp is just [[ImagineSpot spacing out]] while singing badly.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Lagaffe falls asleep listening to the sports results, and in his dream sees himself punching out a boxer, get simultaneously tackled by an entire rugby team and ''still'' scoring, etc.
* The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' one issue story "The Daydreamers" had four members of the main cast daydreaming themselves as Dream Sues. First, Felicia dreamed about being a super-spy as the Black Cat with Spidey (who was Creator/CaryGrant under his mask). Then J. Jonah Jameson dreams of beating up Spidey and humiliating him in public, the city regarding Jonah a hero. Then Mary Jane dreams of being an A-List supermodel and movie star, her biography being portrayed on Broadway (eventually snapping back to reality when her sister appears in it, asking for help). Spidey himself imagines himself defeating a whole army of super-villains in his heroic identity and developing a miracle cure for every illness in the world as Peter, with both the Avengers and Fantastic Four ''begging'' for him to join him, although the dream turns sour when he's reminded of his past. (The story ends on a somewhat high note when he wakes up and helps a kid who admires him by scaring away some bullies.)
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin is a MrImagination who has lots of Dream Sues, the most well-known recurring ones being Stupendous Man, Spaceman Spiff, and Tracer Bullet. Subverted with the fact that they always end up winning "[[DoomedMoralVictor Moral Victories]]" since the foes they go up against (Calvin's Mom, Ms. Wormwood, Rosaline) are people who have far more power and authority than Calvin.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy's favorite ImagineSpot is where he's the heroic [[AcePilot World War I Flying Ace]]. Subverted however, as he's ''always'' shot down by his foe the Red Baron.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* C'ren Amethyst Le Heart [[Music/JustinBieber Bieber]] is this to [[StreetWalker Kataryna Simovitch]] of ''FanFic/OneLessLonelyGurl.''
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic series FanFic/TheShadowWars, especially ''Fanfic/AnExtendedPerformance'' and ''Fanfic/TheRomanceOfTheOpenRoad'', Trixie Lulamoon imagines herself the near-flawless heroine of a never-ending high fantasy adventure as her stage persona, and this bleeds over into her real self-perception until it seems that she has trouble telling her own fictions from her real life as an itinerant showmare.
* Misty in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' often has dreams about her future self. In these dreams, she can [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly defeat]] [[TheDreaded extra-scary]] [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Bug-types]], has multiple ''[[OlympusMons legendaries]]'' in her party, and is considered a serious contender for a spot on the Elite Four.

* Probably the most charitable interpretation of ''Film/{{North}}''. Since it ends with the title character [[AllJustADream waking up]], it's not too hard to blame his BlackHoleSue status and the film's numerous [[UnfortunateImplications offensive stereotypes]] on him.
* One of the witnesses in ''Film/{{Rashomon}}''. Tajomaru's story has him seduce a man's wife with but a kiss, releases the samurai to let him die honorably, and proceeds to win a duel against him while controlling the fight completely. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also insists he did not fall off the horse he stole which resulted in his arrest, but got a stomachache from what must have been some bad water he drank]].
* John Brown from the LiveActionAdaptation of Film/InspectorGadget has one at the beginning of the film.
* The main character from Film/AChristmasStory is a child named Ralph who often imagines himself as a genius whenever nervous or angry. These include being a boy who charms his teacher without even trying, or a child star who loathes his parents for cleaning his "dirty mouth" with soap after he let slip the AtomicFBomb.
* In a more depressing example, the titular character from the novel-based movie, {{Film/Precious}}, often escapes her cruel reality by imagining herself as things she believes she can never be, such as a successful celebrity loved by everyone, a girl capable of getting a very handsome boyfriend, a beautiful white teenager, or, in the saddest example, a girl who's recognized in her yearbook, with friendly teachers and a loving family. This is a TearJerker, as in reality she is often outcast, has to resort to extremes to get what she wants, is morbidly obese, is despised and abused by her mother, and raped and impregnated twice by her father.
* In the opening scene of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Po dreams that he's a legendary kung-fu warrior who can make his enemies blind [[AwesomenessIsAForce just by his pure awesomeness]].
* In ''Film/{{UHF}}'', Weird Al's character has quite a few, including one where he's a bespectacled version of Franchise/{{Rambo}}, in a sequence lampooning how absurdly invincible that character is.
* In ''Film/UnfaithfullyYours'', everything goes perfectly for Alfred in his daydreams. [[spoiler:He successfully kills his wife and frames Tony; he martyrs himself in the name of love in the best Humphrey-Bogart-in-''{{Casablanca}}'' fashion; and he manfully dies in a game of Russian Roulette after dramatically confronting the cheaters with their crime.]] However, reality proves…somewhat different.
** Certain things work in the fantasy sequences that wouldn't at all in reality. For example, speeding up a phonograph recording of Alfred's own voice is sufficient to make it sound exactly like that of his wife. Though he was never able to make the machine speed up his voice in real life afterward, he wouldn't have sounded like his wife even if he had; he'd have sounded like one of [[WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks the Chipmunks]].


* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': When Jake becomes a Controller early on, one way the Yeerk tortures him is by replaying an embarrassing fantasy of Jake's from years prior, where he won the big basketball game with a difficult shot and was then congratulated by his brother (a much better basketball player).
* In "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty", Walter constantly dreams of himself being the best of anything, whether a brilliant fighter plane pilot, or a skilled surgeon, or a noble martyr, as opposed to his real life as a HenpeckedHusband.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy", the Doctor installs a daydreaming subroutine where he imagines himself constantly having to assume command of Voyager as the Emergency Command Hologram, who gets the crew out of situations even more single-handedly and [[LargeHam hammily]] than most real Franchise/StarTrek captains, ''and'' scores with Seven of Nine, Janeway, and B'Elanna. It turns out an alien race monitors these daydreams and thinks they're reality, eventually causing the crew to find out, much to his embarrassment.
* In the ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode "Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow," Eric dreams he is the star of an imagined TV crime drama, ''The Good-Looking Guy'', complete with opening sequence and theme song.
-->"When a crime breaks out, all the cute girls shout, 'Get the good-looking guy.' (Good-looking guy)"
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS02E15TallTales Tall Tales]]" (which is TheRashomon), Dean retells an evening in a bar to Bobby as if he is a romantic Dream Sue, with hints of being a perfect [[HunterOfMonsters hunter]] as well. The entire setting is glamorized, and a girl just completely swoons over him and showers him with praise, while he insists that he has to do his "duty" of interviewing her because lives are at stake. Sam, by contrast, is turned into a whiny jerk who simply wants to interrupt Dean and his lover, eventually just descending into whining "BlahBlahBlah".
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Teacher's Pet" opens with Xander dreaming about saving Buffy from a vampire then impressing her by playing his guitar solo.
* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'':
** In the typical samurai sequence, Kasumi is not ''literally'' dreaming about an idealized version of himself. The samurai is played by a younger actor, and they both appear together. Nevertheless, the samurai's purpose is to visualize how Kasumi might handle a given situtation [[WhatWouldXDo if he were as badass as a samurai]]. You sometimes get a result that's seldom seen: A Dream Sue manifestation actually inspires someone into effective and realistic action.
** However, in the final episode, Dream Sue is completely [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. For the first time, the man in the samurai getup is Kasumi himself. Since his adversary is his own wife, he just can't bring himself to take any inspiration from his samurai lore. He concedes that he's "got a long way to go" before he can own that costume.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* On GLOW, one of the regular skits involved Mountain Fiji, a very large Samoan woman (she was listed as weighing 350 pounds), asleep and dreaming of herself as a sexy Mae West-type whom men adore and women want to be like.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' actually uses this as a gameplay mechanic. The plot involves Mario jumping into Luigi's dreams, where Luigi is capable of numerous super-useful abilities such as [[MesACrowd multiplying himself many times over]] for both exploration and combat and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever turning himself into a giant]] in order to take on giant bosses. The one giant boss who gives him the biggest run for his money is [[spoiler:Bowser, who basically dreams ''himself'' into a Dream Sue as well.]]

* Sarah from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-04-03 dreams herself as one of these]] for [[IJustWantToBeSpecial obvious reasons.]]
* ''Webcomic/YumeHime'' is about what happens when an OccidentalOtaku's childhood Dream Sue [[CerebusSyndrome comes back in her nightmares later in life]].
* In one ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' story, we see the henchman protagonist dreaming like this ''and'' treating Artax the same way Artax treats ''him'' in reality (like a pack mule). When he wakes up it's hinted he has dreams like this a lot.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', when Church enters Caboose's mind, he finds that Caboose is only able to hold onto {{Flanderization}}s (and really bad ones) of the actual characters (and Tucker is also constantly putting himself down with child-like insults, because Caboose doesn't like him). Caboose's mental avatar is of course wise, skilled, and cool. (and feared by the Reds)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In "[[Recap/{{JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream}} Only a Dream]]", the opening sequence is John Dee single-handedly crushing the League and then being congratulated by the whole of the Legion of Doom (mainly by Luthor, the Joker and Grundy). The sequence ends and it's revealed to have been a dream induced by an experimental machine. Later on, John Dee, alias Doctor Destiny, does get his chance to MindRape the whole of the Justice League.
* Batgirl has a dream at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' where she saves Batman from Two-Face, Penguin, and Joker single-handedly. Just as they're about to make out, Dick Grayson wakes her from her nap.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'',
** Homer Simpson occasionally indulges in this; he imagines or portrays himself as thin, muscular, hairy and witty (as opposed to shamefully intoxicated) when he is recalling past events or throwaway anecdotes of his life.
** Lisa does this often, which isn't surprising since she practically views herself as the Goddess of education. Most of these involve her doing something normal for a kid (like leading a musical, winning a competition, or being class president), and doing it all with no fail. Though Lisa herself is often viewed as a MarySue, in these instances she always either fails at it or wins by use of her family.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow "A Dog and Pony Show"]], Rarity is kidnapped, and Spike imagines himself as an unstoppable KnightInShiningArmor who'll SaveThePrincess (as Rarity is dressed as a PrincessClassic in his fantasy).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. the titular character has several moments per episode where he seems to break from reality and imagine himself as this perfect kid doing things even most adults can't do, like lead an army despite being 12, solve an impossible equation, and save the world as a superhero who conserves his identity without even trying.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z", elementary school student Ralph Philips keeps daydreaming in class, and has a lot of Dream Sues, imagining himself as a Pony Express rider fighting his way past hordes of Indians, a deep-sea diver fighting a shark and rescuing a sub, a boxer fighting and [=KOing=] a big, muscular opponent, and even General as Douglas [=MacArthur=]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' short ''The Wizard'', Daffy Duck spends [[HeavySleeper 3 days of sleep]] dreaming that he's the most powerful wizard in the universe.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', episode ''Married'', Rhonda, using a folding paper fortune teller, shows that Arnold and Helga are meant to be married. The rest of the episode shows them dreaming about what it would be like . Helga dreams about being HappilyMarried with Arnold, watching him drop Lila, becoming President, and later saving him from a terrorist who turns out to be [[spoiler: Lila]]. Arnold's dream, however is a whole other [[AwfulWeddedLife trope]]...
* The ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' AnimatedAdaptation had an episode with an alien parasite LotusEaterMachine. One got J, and his dreams made him a MarySue.