-> ''"Do your dreams change, (name)? Mine do not. I have one dream..."''
-->-- '''Arator the Redeemer''', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''

The more different times you have a dream, the more important it is. If you're DreamingOfThingsToCome, the upcoming event is even more plot-significant than you thought. If someone's TalkingInYourDreams, they want to make ''really sure'' you get the message. And if it's not [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone psychic in origin]], but a plain old FlashbackNightmare or indeed any form of BadDreams, you know the event involved ''really'' bothered the dreamer. (That last is TruthInTelevision; the symptoms of PTSD can include recurring dreams of the traumatic experience.) As is having AnxietyDreams when you are ''really'' worried about stuff.

DeepSleep often can prevent it.

This gets subverted, usually for comedy, with a character having a persistent, bizarre dream that has nothing to do with anything. A recurring NotWearingPantsDream is a common example.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is particularly susceptible to these.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' had Asuna getting these. [[spoiler: Turns out that the "dreams" are really memories that have been suppressed with LaserGuidedAmnesia.]]
* Einhard Stratos of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[SpinOffspring ViVid]]'' has her recurring FlashbackNightmare based [[GeneticMemory from the memories she inherited from]] [[WarriorPrince Hegemon Klaus Ingvalt]], her ancestor, and how he had failed to prevent the HeroicSacrifice of Sankt Kaiser Olivie Segbrecht, [[StarCrossedLovers his rival and possible lover]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', an ordinary man has a recurring dream of a beautiful woman he has never seen before. It turns out [[spoiler: she was his wife but was erased from existence because of a time-travel battle between a superhero and supervillain]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kanae's favorite dream includes kissing Kyon at a beach and magically teleporting to a shadowy wooded glade surrounded by bunnies and flowers. [[spoiler: After the fight with a robot at the beach Kanae, still somewhat dazed, believes she's dreaming when Kyon [[HolyBacklight shows himself like in her dream]], and decides to kiss him only to realize later everybody is watching them.]]
* In ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', Twilight is awakened repeatedly by nightmares of her encounter with Discord. Spike is also implied to be having recurring nightmares of his greed induced rampage. Trixie had recurring nightmares involving an Ursa as a filly as well. [[spoiler:Trixie teaches Twilight and Spike, who was listening, lucid dreaming, allowing them to successfully conquer them, which her grandmother taught her as a filly.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' centers around teenagers having recurring dreams about Freddy Krueger. Said dreams end ''very'' badly to say the least...
* Aki Ross has dreams like this in ''FinalFantasytheSpiritsWithin'' which are very integral to the story.
* ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'' has everyone involved with the Brotherhood of Sleep having one. Except it's not actually a dream, but an attempt from future scientists to [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture warn the past about the incoming apocalypse]].
-->[[NightmareFuel You are receiving this broadcast in order to alter the events you are seeing.]]
* In the film adaptation of ''I, Robot'', Sonny has a reoccurring dream in which a figure watches from the top of a cliff, as a group of robots are forced into storage. He believes that Spooner is the figure in the dream. [[spoiler:The end of the movie has the dream play out in real life, only it's ''Sonny'' on the cliff. Given his creator's earlier comments about how robots will one day advance to having feelings and dreams like humans, it seems to hint that Sonny will lead the way to robots being treated as equals and not as convenient appliances.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'', Oberon Navarro has recurring dreams of being experimented on by the often-silent Dr. Grey.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', when Crayak finally becomes a visible force in the plot, Jake reveals that he's been dreaming repeatedly of the first time he glimpsed him.
* Harry in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.
* There are a few subversions in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of recurring dreams involving [[SurrealHorror giant boots with teeth]] and such things as that. But played straight in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' with the dream about [[TheBible the seven thin cows and seven fat cows]], one of which is playing a trombone, which is a sign that someone is a member of the Djelibeybian royal family.
* SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain has recurring [[BadDreams nightmares]]. They only begin to impact the plot in ''The Traitor's Hand'', when one of them starts to ''[[TalkingInYourDreams change]]''...
* Hark has recurring dreams in Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Only In Death'', of Tanith pipes. They haunt him so much that he slips and writes about them in the journal. [[spoiler:Turns out that Soric was TalkingInYourDreams to warn him. After [[ICannotSelfTerminate killing Soric in mercy]], he finds himself missing them.]]
* Faramir in ''TheLordOfTheRings'' has recurring dreams, both prophetic in nature ("Seek for the sword that was broken") and nightmares of the drowning of Numenor. The last one was based on the recurring dreams that both Creator/JRRTolkien and his son Michael had (see below).
* In ''Literature/DeathStar'', the Force-Sensitive stormtrooper Nova Stihl [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dreams often of his own death]]. There are at least two different scenarios, one in which he's fighting other troopers as a DelayingAction, one in which he's chasing a Corellian smuggler. There are variations on the first one; sometimes he's fighting alone, sometimes with a companion, and the odds against him vary. When the second scenario happens he averts death by not following Han Solo too closely, but in the first he's as grimly willing as he is in each dream.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', six years ago Princess Ren lost family in a theater explosion that happened while she was out on the steps at the exit. Finding burned bodies, or getting close enough to someone to fear losing them, or smelling burning things in her sleep, tends to [[FlashbackNightmare make the dreams return]].
* A short story has two doctors discussing the death of an insane man they'd be treating. The man had told them that he'd been having a continuous dream, in which he was standing on a beach and forced to watch a massive wave come closer, all while unable to move. Every time he fell asleep again, the dream picked up where it left off. The man eventually became so terrified of this dream that he tried everything possible to keep from sleeping. [[spoiler:The end of the story reveals that the man's autopsy reported his cause of death to somehow be drowning.]]
* In ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar The Last Herald-Mage]]'' trilogy, Herald Vanyel has two sets of these. One is a nightmare about him becoming encased in ice until he becomes ice him (reflecting how unhealthy his SafetyInIndifference strategy has become), and the other is a DreamingOfThingsToCome sequence about his future death in defense of Valdemar.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subversion: One episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' involves him obsessing over this recurring dream he's been having about waking up in a hotel room and one of his male coworkers coming out of the shower and [[HomoeroticDream climbing into bed with him]]. At the end of the episode, Sigmund Freud comes out of the shower instead. There's another couple of episodes where he counsels friends or callers through understanding their recurring dreams. He's a Freudian, so he obviously believes that recurring dreams are important, but Martin (his father) dismisses it all as 'dreams are weird'.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has Bridge have a recurring dream that they end up in a battle against some robots and the Megazord is defeated. It worries him.
* In "The House", a segment on ''Night Gallery'', a woman has recurring dreams of walking around a house. She eventually finds the house she's been dreaming of, and the people who live there recognize her... because she's often been seen as a ghost haunting the place! The segment was based on a short story.
* In one episode of ''FlightOfTheConchords'', Mel keeps dreaming that Bret is doing awful, offensive things to her and she gets so angry she tells him to apologise in real life (which he does, although a little reluctantly). His dream-behaviour eventually gets so bad she physically attacks him and breaks his arm. There's no real point to the dreams themselves, it's just another demonstration of Mel's insanity.
* A WhatDoTheyFearEpisode of ''TheGoldenGirls'' reveals that Blanche has had a series of recurring dreams where she was trapped in a small room with a group of bald men. It later comes true when she boards a plane full of former Mr. Cleans on their way to a reunion.
* One episode of ''Series/EmptyNest'' has Harry unable to sleep due to a recurring nightmare in which he's unable to escape from a tiger while wearing his wife's bathrobe. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that he's having the dream because [[spoiler: he's due to appear at a medical conference at the hospital where she died.]]
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'', originally a weekly Sunday comic strip, Nemo's dreams continued as an ongoing story arc, even though he woke up at the end of every strip.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ashley in ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'' has a recurring FlashbackNightmare. Figuring it out is an important part of the game.
* Arator the Redeemer, an NPC in the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' Hellfire Peninsula zone, claims to ''only ever have'' one dream. It involves his father trying and failing to tell him something, and is one of the reasons he thinks that father may be NotQuiteDead.
* Edgeworth in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' states in one case that he always has the same dream. [[spoiler:(His dream being of the day his father was killed.) "For fifteen years... I have had a recurring dream. A nightmare... itís only a nightmare. Thatís what I told myself. But now I know, it wasnít a dream."]]
* [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] has a reoccurring dream of chasing the kid who he watched die on Earth through a dark forest in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', always unable to catch him before the kid abruptly catches fire. It gets creepier with the addition of the whispering voices of the dead in later incarnations of the dream [[spoiler:and in the final version, Shepard himself/herself being the one who catches fire]].
* Comes up a few times in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Riki has arecurring nightmare of the same scene of death and despair [[spoiler:which turns out to be the present real world, the immediate aftermath of the bus crash he was in before he entered the world Kyousuke created]], Komari has recurring dreams of an older brother she can't remember [[spoiler:which turns out to be her repressed memories of the past]] and Kud has a vague recurring nightmare she can never remember in detail [[spoiler:which turns out to be a vision of the future and her mother being executed.]]
* Each campaign in ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' starts with waking up in a strange dream landscape surrounded by enormous inscribed pillars, with a monolithic wall behind the exit portal. Dying with no available resurrectors causes you to wake up again in the landscape, with "[[NoNameGiven Mysterious]]" telling you it was [[DreamingOfThingsToCome a vision of a possible future]]. The first time you start a campaign with a new character, you wake up with your Mentor's corpse slumped against the portal.
--> ''It's true that I killed my Mentor... [[MindScrew and yet, I am not his murderer]].''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace used to have one about [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-09-11 a lespuko skull taunting her]].
* ''NinthElsewhere'': Probably inevitable since the comic takes place in a MentalWorld.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02344.htm Raibert has reoccurring nightmares about never getting a full night's sleep.]]
* The protagonist of ''Webcomic/{{Life}}'', Felicia, has a few. One of them she later uses to inspire a drawing.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A major characteristic of Kate of ''KateModern'' was that she was troubled by recurring nightmares, which eventually turned out to be of some significance.
* Beatrice of ''TheDreamer'' has recurring dreams set in the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution American Revolution]].
* EquestriaChronicles has Dartbreak, who is traumatized over the death of his friends.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Bloom had these about a nymph named Daphne, who turned out to be her sister trying to tell Bloom about her origins.
* Dr Venture, of WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers, has recurring dreams of being eaten by a twin in the womb all throughout season 1, which become explained in the season finale.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank is upset over recurring dreams about grilling naked with his attractive neighbor Nancy. However the dreams themselves are utterly chaste and not the least bit erotic, they're just speaking normally about the quality of the burgers and such. Peggy worries that this means that he's bored of her, but in the end Hank realizes that he wasn't bored with his wife but of propane and his grill and the dreams were a way to rejuvenate his love of grilling.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien conceived of the idea for the Downfall of Nķmenor because of a recurring dream he had about an enormous wave looming up over the land and crashing down on it.
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