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->''All Dreamkeepers have a power… But in the city of Anduruna, powers have been outlawed. 'Infractors' face the regulatory force of the shock troopers. Because in a perfect city, there is no place for violence, and the nightmares of legend can be safely dismissed as ancient fiction.'' \\
…Until now.
--->''[[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Intro.htm Dreamkeepers intro page]]''

''Dreamkeepers'' is an independent comic series produced by David and Liz Lillie. It tells the tale of a small group of young Dreamkeepers, beings who live in a dream world parallel to ours and only glimpsed in dreams. Each one is tied to a human on earth, yet they are as ignorant of us as we are of them. Even so, their mere existence protects our dreaming minds from the Nightmares, villainous creatures who despise all life and wish for nothing more than its destruction. And if a Dreamkeeper is killed in the dream world, the Nightmares can attack their human counterpart unhindered.

To prevent this, the Dreamkeepers all have a [[FunctionalMagic unique power]] to protect themselves and their friends. For many years, they have used these powers to fight back against the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Nightmares]] and finally managed to defeat them in a great battle long ago. However, Nightmares never die, and [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent generations of peace have bred complacency]] among the Dreamkeepers, even going so far as to outlaw the use of their powers. And it's only a matter of time before the Nightmares return.

Dreamkeepers also has a {{webcomic}}, called [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php Prelude.]] It depicts the childhoods of the main characters (save for Bast who's yet to show up) and is much more light-hearted than Dreamkeepers itself. Even though everyone apparently had a rotten childhood. [[HeartwarmingOrphan Mace and Whip]] live in a run-down orphanage run by a cantankerous old sailor, while the sisters [[RebelliousPrincess Namah]] and [[PrincessClassic Lilith]] deal with their own problems of life as the daughters of the Viscount, elected leader of their city. And then there's Bast, who apparently has it worse than anyone (though it's yet to be shown in Prelude).

The comic doesn't exactly have a set genre. The author himself admits on the Intro page that "[Dreamkeepers] has been described as fantasy, as sci-fi, horror, humor, action, anime, Disney, etc." though he does not nail it down as any of these. On top of the print and digital versions of the books, the entirety of Volumes 1 and 2 are [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/GNSaga.php available to read for free on the official site]], with Volume 3 being made available as soon as Volume 4 goes to print. They intend to keep this release schedule for future volumes.

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!! ''{{Dreamkeepers}}'' provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Grunn and Viscount Calah, though in vastly different ways; Grunn is physically abusive, while Calah shuts Namah in and isolates her from the outside world.
* ActionGirl: Lilith, Namah, Tinsel.
** In Prelude, Vi is quite possibly the most qualified. At least, if her ability to knock out a boy close to twice her size by ''doublefisting '''pillows''''' is anything to go by. Apparently it isn't a very uncommon thing for her to go "[[AxeCrazy Vi-Zerk]]", either...
** One must also remember, however, that once she gets her powers (and even before) Namah is able to fight head-to-head with an experienced power user like Tinsel.
** She also easily took out three Tower guards in Volume 3.
* AdultsAreUseless: Mostly played straight as an arrow in Prelude, especially when Mace and Whip are the focus. Averted in the graphic novels, with several competent adults in the story.
** Mr. Nibbs in the Novels.
* AirVentPassageway: Namah is quite fond of this trope, although Mace and Whip have used it from time to time.
* AllThereInTheManual: The main comic website contains a library's worth of information detailing many subjects in the fantasy world, from technological advancements to Dreamworld marriage traditions. Stuff that probably won't show up in the books.
* AlphaBitch: In Prelude, Stacephanie and her GirlPosse Triffany, Ashleybelle, and Leslieanna. They focus on belittling Lilith, but will turn on each other if necessary.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: the Nightmares exist to destroy humanity and the Dreamkeepers.
* AndManGrewProud: The beginning of Volume Two has an excerpt from the historical volumes of one Nainso Ziska II, esq., giving a [[PreviouslyOn brief summary of the events of the last novel]].
* AnotherDimension: The comic takes place in the Dreamworld, which exists as a sort of shield for the human mind.
* AttentionWhore: Mace, Whip and Namah, especially in Prelude.
** The setting is Lilith and Namah's Prelude. Tinsel is walking through a very large room, with several bickering politicians a little to the side of her path. She detours ''right into the center of the crowd'', only to lament that she's "busy", and walks off. And considering her usual wardrobe choices, [[FetishFuel the latter word in this phrase is decidedly appropriate.]]
* BadassBookworm: Lilith
* BadassCrew: See FiveManBand below.
* BadassLongcoat: Namah's signature article of clothing, for all appearances.
* BadassNormal: Without using his powers, Mace is able to survive several monster attacks and an encounter with Ravat.
** The collapsing-the-temple thing is now no longer canon.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Varies between characters, but the majority are examples of this.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Lilith is called ugly by her more popular peers in the webcomic, but eventually grows into a girl pretty enough to cause a rivalry between two of the main characters. See LoveAtFirstSight.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: If Tinsel doesn't qualify, with her deceptive nature, [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation games]], inner cruelty and absolutely evil personality, then it's hard to imagine who does.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics: Spring-loaded rifles.
* BlobMonster: Tendril. Although he's apparently not slimy, he is amorphous.
* BluffTheImposter: O'naicul tests whether Bast is telling the truth about Nabonidus, by referring to a handshake with "that pipsqueak." While Nabonidus may actually be kinda short under that cloak, he's usually floating so as to ''look'' tall. More to the point, ''Nabonidus doesn't have hands''.
* ButtMonkey: Narp.
** [[TheHero Poor Mace]] has wavered back and forth between having it better or worse than Narp. For one thing, while he's apparently never had any luck with the fairer sex, [[TheLancer Whip]] is a literal chick magnet. Literal, because he's so cute that it's rare for him to be able to go into town without getting [[MarshmallowHell a great… Big… Hug.]] Not that he seems to mind.
* BigBad: Void
* BigDamnHeroes: In Prelude: Essentially. To condense what leads to it, [[TheAlcoholic a drunken]], [[UnstoppableRage enraged Grunn]], after losing most if not ALL of his fishing boats, finally gets so angry that he just snaps and starts throwing the orphans several meters out to sea so that they'd be forced to bring them back. (Admittedly, he had few choices left to get his boats back, his only viable means of making money was selling the catch brought in by those boats, and he had just been repeatedly hit in the face with an oar...) [[ActionGirl Vi]], who somehow avoided Grunn, swims all by herself out to the other orphans (Who are just hanging out on an overturned boat, apparently forgetting that Grunn is waiting for them on land...), putting herself in danger. Why would she do something so reckless? To tell the others that the tide is going out and that the boat is riding lower. If she had shown up much later, the roughly six or seven guys just chillin' out would have been stranded at sea and, eventually, ''drowned''.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played straight with Paige and Lilith. Averted with Namah, especially in Prelude where the guards call her a monster and [[AbusiveParents her father]] calls her evil.
** Slightly justified, because in the course of one arc Namah [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior breaks into the ventilation system, steals knives, and pours hot sauce into one of the guard's eyes.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Small, though bound to make a bigger bang in due time. In Prelude, Bobby is apparently just an orphan seeking to find a better future for himself; he actually tends to vanish from the mind due to his long absences from the orphanage. However, when he gets a suspicious mention by the Indigos during a meeting with Igrath and Scinter, one really starts to wonder...
** The fact that he was seen in Prelude ''using his Power'' doesn't help alleviate suspicions. Even if it was on such a small scale that it's impossible to tell what his Power actually ''is'', this is something that would probably get Bobby exiled if he was caught. (Which he almost was.)
** Actually, before Volume 3 was released, [[TheRival Bast]] could qualify. His only appearance in the first Volume is starting a fight with Mace. Things start to change in Volume Two, though. (It comes off as more of an [[ChekhovsGunman example of this trope]] when you look at things purely from the perspective of someone who's only read the graphic novels.)
** To many, the girl that was sacrificed [[RRatedOpening at the beginning of Volume One]] is simply a nameless mystery-girl. However, those who don't recognize her at all are advised to take a look at the Cast Page for Namah and Lilith's part of the Prelude webcomic, and scroll down to the section for students. Yes -- [[spoiler: ''Jeneviv'']]. Mind not blown yet? Go to page twenty-eight of Volume One. Focus on Mace. Then, look around behind him. There's a startled-looking girl about to duck into an alley. ''And here, we've found Kalei.'' And she shows up ''again'' in Grunn's basement in Volume Three. When you piece all of this together, you can tell that [[TheConspiracy something]] [[AncientConspiracy is up.]]
** As if there weren't enough Gunmen, we find a fellow that we thought we knew about right on time, but whose early appearance we actually missed. On the exact same page we find Kalei, we find ''Ravat'', of all people. TheConspiracy in''deed.'' Not to mention one of the Indigos and Mr Nibbs, the Tower Librarian.
** First panel of page 85 in the second volume, Nainso Ziska (Director of Executive Relations, introduced in strip 123 of the prelude) can be seen a little to the left of the overturned cart - and he's sporting a faint blue halo.
*** Volume two opens with the historical writings of one Nainso Ziska II, esq. (see AndManGrewProud above). [[WildMassGuessing Theories abound]] on whether this is the same Nainso Ziska from Prelude or [[BabiesEverAfter his son from the future]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Wisp. Well, about half of the time. [[AxCrazy Otherwise…]]
** Namah during the Prelude
* TheConspiracy: The Nightmares have been working inside the Andurunian government to make the Dreamkeepers easier to conquer.
* ConstructedWorld: The Dreamworld, [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/DreamWorld.htm and it is done beautifully.]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Mace and Whip.
* CrashIntoHello: How Mace met Lilith.
** How Lilith meets '''any''' love interest. Not just the first meeting, either.
* DarkLord: Void
* {{Deadpan Snarker}}s: The guards.
--> '''Woods''': Huh… I think that's the first time I've actually seen under her tail…
--> '''Damon''': Underwear today.
** Namah as well.
---> '''Namah''': So does the falling off a cliff routine work a lot?
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The last page of Volume 1, somberly reflecting on [[spoiler: the death of Paige]].
* EasyAmnesia: Grunn invokes it [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=238 here]], smacking Bobby in attempt to make him forget what Grunn just said. It doesn't work.
* EldritchAbomination: Lord Void. His servants are not much better.
** The [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/DreamworldNightmares.htm Dreamworld page on Nightmares]] uses the words "Thirsting from beyond time to undo the tapestry of creation," basically confirming that all Nightmares are [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].
* EvilVersusEvil: Lord Void and Nabonidus fight over leadership of the Nightmares. They come to a temporary stalemate when neither is capable of overpowering the other.
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: Namah and Tinsel duke it out in the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness gigantic tower in the middle of Anduruna.]]
** Subverted, as this is not the FinalFight with the BigBad.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Igrath. Justified, in that he is blind. However, he can do pretty much anything (run through corridors, pick up other characters, bandage wounds, etc.) as if he could see thanks to his [[DisabilitySuperpower keen hearing]] and by memorizing the layouts of rooms he's been in. A poster at the end of Volume 3 shows his eyes before he was blinded.
* EyeScream: Lilith escapes Tendril by ripping his eyes out.
* FaceStealer: Tendril uses the skin of [[spoiler: Mr. Nibbs]] as a tactic to horrify Lilith.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Some of the Andurunian districts take their stylings from real-life cultures.
** Kojiki sports "pagoda-littered architecture" and a cultural emphasis on inner balance, reflective of East Asian cultures such as Japan and China.
** Theophanese has Greco-Roman architecture and is the center of the setting's equivalent of Catholicism.
** Norvondire contains castles, battlements, and moats, and its people are competitive and chivalrous, a la medieval Europe.
** Ruskol is the frigid northern district, home to a stoic populous, similar to stereotypes about Russia.
* FictionalSport: Fallguard
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Mace
** TheLancer: Whip
** TheSmartGuy: Lilith
** TheBigGuy: Bast
** TheChick: Namah
** The roles of said FiveManBand are arguable at this stage in the story. Not perfectly defined as of yet, but one thing is certain - Namah is ''definitely'' not TheChick. Lilith is more suited for the duties associated with TheChick, Namah seems to be alternating between the roles of other characters depending on the plot points.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted with [[spoiler: Paige]] who is mentioned multiple times in Volume 2 after their death in Volume 1. This remains the case in Volume 3, as Mace angrily calls Randy out for not caring about their death.
* FunetikAksent: Grunn. Whip might also fit this trope, though that is more a case of him talking utter gibberish only Mace can understand.
* GentleGiant: Igrath Winters, Lilith and Namah's uncle. Although, he ''has'' shown a few times that one shouldn't underestimate him at anytime. The whole ripping-a-teleportation-system-out-of-the-floor thing, and the whole throwing-said-teleportation-system-over-his-shoulder-and-out-the-door-to-clobber-some-Shock-Troopers thing, should be enough evidence to make this case.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There used to used to be a radar around Volume 1 before David went into business for himself. As of Volume 2, the radar just gave up. (In Volume 3, it ran away screaming.)
** "I'm invited to one of Dad and Tinsel's pool parties?!!" "Err...no. Not ever."
** Counselor Tinsel is able to push through any initiative she wants.
** The Indigos are the best distraction one could possibly want, for a variety of reasons.
--> "Dude! ''Hot chicks'' want '''''beads!'''''"
** The fantasies of Woods and Miss Muliebral in Prelude's garden story arc. Robust companionship indeed!
--> "Surely there must be some way I can repay you!" "Yeah hold on, I've got a list".
** Volume 3 features a strip joint as a setting. Though that might be taking [[RefugeInAudacity a different approach to things.]]
*** Also, the members of the Neon Knives gang, particularly Vox, are prone to incredibly bad language.
* GirlPosse: the girls at Lilith's school in Prelude
* {{Gorn}}: Volume 3 shows us exactly what happens when Dreamkeepers who can use their Powers really get rolling. Then we have what Tendril does to his victims.
* GraveClouds: In the Prelude, [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=192 Namah's mood]].
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Averted with everybody. A few female characters are Stripperific, and some male characters don't wear shirts, but almost every character is dressed in a way that would be fairly reasonable in real life.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The girl at the beginning of Volume 1 is sacrificed in the following manner: a 15-foot-long blade falls, slices straight through her chest, and drags an indeterminate length of chain through the wound after it.
* InnocentProdigy: Lilith, at least during Prelude.
* InsubstantialIngredients: In the Prelude. [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=188 Stacephanie and her crew's makeup is made of depressed rainbows serving out their humiliating punishment for cloud-related offenses.]]
* KillTheCutie: Poor [[spoiler: Paige and Jeneviv]].
* KilledOffForReal: Safe to say that death in this comic is not to be taken lightly. WordOfGod states that DeusExMachina is not going to happen for anybody. [[DeathIsCheap Death is not cheap]] for any dreamkeeper. [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil Nightmares on the other hand...]]
** [[spoiler:Jeneviv]] is one of Lilith's best friends in the Prelude comic. She dies via sacrifice in the opening of Volume 1.
** [[spoiler:Paige]] looks to be rather important right up until she turns into SceneryGorn and relegated to dead little sister.
* LittleMissBadass: Namah most definitely qualifies, as she got right back up after being hit by Tinsel's hair tendrils, and almost got close enough to lay down some smack (After dodging a rampage of hair attacks right up until a kick). And when she awakened her Power, she very nearly took Tinsel '''''down.'''''
** However, there are some who probably need more convincing. Powers are identified by halos; when fully activated, the halo is bright, colored, and clear. When, say, being used at minimum potential, it's basically just a ripple above the user's head. When Lilith first tapped into her Power, she needed so much energy to take down a Nightmare that the halo was fully-formed. Namah, however, had her halo at near-complete transparency -- And deflected the experienced Tinsel's attack with one move. And then, almost curbstomped Tinsel, had the latter not dodged. By this logic, Namah's already dangerous Power will be in a whole 'nother league when her halo is fully formed. A haunting thing to realize.
** She also took down a Tower guard nearly twice her height, and what appears to be a couple dozen times her breadth. In addition to two others.
* LittleMissSnarker: Also Namah.
--> '''Namah''': Figures…
* LoveAtFirstSight: Mace and Bast for Lilith.
* MagicFromTechnology: The various exotic technological advances available to Dreamkeepers. May be [[{{Magitek}} Technology From Magic]].
* MesACrowd: Wisp's power.
* MissingMom: The identity of Namah and Lilith's mother(s) is completely unknown, and, of course, there's everyone in the orphanage.
* MoodWhiplash: It's a story about the antics of brightly colored cartoon animals before the Nightmares entered the scene.
** A specific example could come from the Prelude, where the comedic banter and chase scene of Namah is followed by her accidentally injuring Bill and seeming rather traumatized by it.
* MsFanservice: Tinsel walks around in nothing but lingerie most of the time.
* NoirEpisode: In the Prelude during one of Namah's Imagine Spots.
* NoodleIncident: The mysterious Magenta Incident, perpetrated by Mace and Whip a year before the story starts in the graphic novels. Apparently bad enough to have made the local news, and prime suspect for the reason the Social Learning Center installed non-lethal automated guns.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Namah implies to Lilith in the Prelude that she intentionally fell off a wall and let herself get caught.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The government of Anduruna has outlawed the use of the special Powers that all dreamkeepers have in order to keep the peace. Unfortunately, this also leaves them defenseless against the Nightmares, who just so happen to be quite forgotten by the populace and ''quite'' ready for their vengeance…
* OddShapedPanel: Both the graphic novels and the prelude webcomic contain several of these.
* OneDegreeofSeparation: Lilith and Namah are daughters of the Viscount, and their uncle Igrath is a key member of the resistance fighting the Nightmares. Mace and Whip are orphans at Grunn's orphanage, who is also a key member of the resistance. Bast is a former member of the Neon Knives street gang, who work for the Nightmares. The five children meet on the first day of school completely independently of these connections.
* OneHeadTaller: Lilith to Mace.
* OrderVersusChaos: This is the philosophical basis of Void and Nabonidus' conflict. Void wants the Dreamkeepers annihilated and everything brought to ruin. Nabonidus wants to rule the Dreamworld instead.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Paige gives Mace a trinket pendant that bears her image. As of yet, it serves no purpose aside from giving Mace something to look at as he remembers [[spoiler: and mourns his dead]] friend.
* PrehensileHair: Tinsel's power
* PrincessClassic: Lilith fits this trope to a 'T' in the books (but not so much in the Prelude). She's effectively royalty, due to her being the daughter of the head of state. So far, all virtue, no vice. She (actually!) sparkled after getting coated with the "snow". She's good and kind -- even to Mace, when he's knocked her down and gooped her (unintentionally) with fish slime… she is nice to him, and even apologizes!
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Mace, Whip, Lilith, Bast and Namah.
* RealityEnsues: Despite an effective opening attack, the street gang of power-using criminals is still taken down fairly easily by the professional task force with [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim guns]].
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: All the members of the FiveManBand are under eighteen.
* RefugeInAudacity: See CrowningMomentOfAwesome above.
** The Shock Troopers, after the "incident" goes down; their leader is trying to mobilize his men to find the culprits:
--> '''Commander''': How hard can it ''be!?'' They're a couple of ''bright pink, half-naked stripping twins!!'' Grab any topless girl who ''remotely'' matches that description, '''''now!!'''''
--> '''Soldier''': ...Yes, ''sir.''
* TheRival: Bast is this to Mace.
* RRatedOpening: Just in case you saw the cover of volume one and thought this was going to be child-friendly, the first few pages feature ''the summoning of an EldritchAbomination through the death of some poor, poor girl''. [[SarcasmMode Fun for the whole family!]]
* SceneryPorn: Good gosh yes! David Lillie draws his comic in all vivid colours imaginable, giving breathtaking life and detail to every single background, from the mundane to the utterly fantastic.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The Nightmares and the Dark Dreamkeepers.
* SecretRelationship: Lilith's father, Viscount Calah, had one of these. It resulted in [[BadAss Namah]], so he can be forgiven.
* ShoutOut: Literally too many to name. From time to time the author does commissioned pieces of characters, which he then often bakes into crowd scenes in the comic. Also quite a few to various other works, such as [[http://dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=35 this]] particularly hilarious strip from the webcomic.
* SlasherSmile: Ravat, who apparently cannot form any expressions other than varying degrees of this. Namah also has her moments. (See ShoutOut above.)
** Also Whip, in his AxeCrazy mode.
* SleazyPolitician: Most of them, it seems. Some politicians in the Prelude comment that the Viscount's policies will soon make it so that no one else will be able to be elected in his place, and the only way they'll be able to retain power is by sucking up to him. He's still Viscount by the time of the graphic novels, so...
* SmallReferencePools: Center left of page 79; A black cat guy is throwing an empty bottle into a trashcan but the overfilled can spills some trash on ... [[{{ComicBook/Bone}} FONE BONE]]!
* SpeechBubbles: [[CaptainObvious It's a comic]].
* SplitPersonality: Wisp, and how!
** It could be argued that she just fluctuates between two extremes, like Freckle from LackadaisyCats. Only that it would be [[MesACrowd way more than just two extremes]].
* StealthPun: The guard working the reception desk in Volume 3 is based on a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretarybird secretarybird.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Indigos -- By profession. And rest assured, they won't let anyone soon forget. Tinsel as well, as she tends to walk around in her underwear.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: ''One of'' the Indigos. The jury's still out on the likelihood for the other sister to also display this trope.
* VirginSacrifice: This is done in the beginning to summon [[BigBad Void]].
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: Using their powers, the only true defense against nightmares, is grounds for exile.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Prelude, though it's technically a Whole Webcomic Flashback.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Void has not yet fully regained his power. Otherwise he'd crush Nabonidus easily.
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