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->''"To sleep, perchance to dream."''
-->-- ''{{Hamlet}}''

Dreams and dreaming are [[OmnipresentTropes ubiquitous]] in storytelling. There are many, many dream-related tropes: here are several. See also SleepAndWakefulnessTropes.
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!!Tropes
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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Nightmares brought on by TheFoodPoisoningIncident or eating too much.
* AdventuresInComaland:
* AllJustADream: An entire episode or most of it is a dream.
* AnxietyDreams: A character dreams that something they worry about happens.
* BadDreams: Nightmares about bad past events.
* BasedOnADream: A work that was based on a dream.
* BlankBook: A character picks up a book, but it's blank or just has gibberish in it.
* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: Dream characters look like and/or act like the waking-life characters, even if they are not.
* CannotDream: An inability to dream.
* CatapultNightmare: After a nightmare, a character falls out of bed or sits up abruptly.
* CrashingDreams: A dream and a real-world event that happen at the same time are similar.
* DaydreamBeliever: A character believes that a ShowWithinAShow is reality.
* DaydreamSurprise: Viewers think that something was happening, but it turns out to be a character daydreaming.
* DreamApocalypse: An apocalypse happens because the world was AllJustADream and the dreamer woke up.
* DreamBallet: Dreaming about ballet.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Dreaming the future.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Dreaming about past events, despite not having experienced them.
* DreamingTheTruth: Dreaming allows a character to realise something.
* DreamIntro: The intro was AllJustADream.
* DreamLand: AnotherDimension where all the dreams are taking place.
* DreamPeople: Characters within dreams.
* DreamSequence: A character's dream takes up a scene.
* DreamsOfFlying: Flight in dreams.
* DreamSpying: Dreaming about something that is happening somewhere else.
* DreamStealer: Somehow stealing or destroying someone else's dream.
* DreamSue: Dreaming about being TheAce.
* DreamTellsYouToWakeUp
* DreamWalker: When DreamCharacters tell the character to wake up.
* DreamWeaver: Being able to do cool things via lucid dreaming.
* DreamWithinADream: A character dreams about dreaming.
* DyingDream: Someone has a dream before they die.
* EroticDream: Dreams about sex and/or other erotic stuff.
* FantasyKeepsake: An item that came from a dream or a daydream.
* FantasySequence: Daydreaming.
* FeverDreamEpisode: Nightmares or hallucinations caused by fever take up a whole episode.
* FlashbackNightmare: Nightmares of bad memories.
* GirlOfMyDreams: Meeting your future LoveInterest in a dream.
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: A hint that an event is a dream.
* {{Hatsuyume}}: The first dream a person has in the new year is prophetic.
* HomoeroticDream: Having a HoYay dream even if you're straight.
* IWasHavingSuchANiceDream: Someone is annoyed to be woken up from a good dream.
* LivingDream: A character exists because someone dreamt them up.
* LotusEaterMachine: A dream world meant to trap someone from reality.
* MadAtADream: A character is mad at something that happened in a dream.
* MadDreamer: An insane person mistakes dreams for reality.
* MarshmallowDream: A character dreams they are eating something, which leads to them chewing on their pillow.
* MentalWorld: A place that exists in a person's mind.
* MindVirus: A bug like a ComputerVirus but it infects peoples' minds.
* NearDeathClairvoyance: Someone astral projects before they die and look around. Alternatively, an already-dead person looks around.
* NightmareSequence: A character has a nightmare.
* NotWearingPantsDream: Nudity or ComedicUnderwearExposure in dreams.
* OpinionChangingDream: A dream changes the dreamer's opinion.
* OrWasItADream: Whether or not something was a dream is open to interpretation.
* PinchMe: Character suspects they might be dreaming and wants to wake up.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Anyone, including non-psychics, can have psychic dreams.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: In fiction, dreams aren't "supposed" to be surreal.
* RecurringDreams: Dreams that happen more than once, which (usually) make them important.
* RecursiveReality: Reality or non-reality has different "layers".
* ShatteringTheIllusion: A character is under an illusion, but then the illusion breaks.
* SurrealSymbolicHeads: A human with something else for a head.
* TalkingInYourDreams: Communicating via dreams.
* ThatWasNotADream: Character mistakes reality for a dream.
* TragicDream: A character has a wish-fulfillment dream that cannot come true.
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: You invoke AllJustADream via virtual reality.
* VisionQuest: A character visualises their thoughts in order to discover themselves.
* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: The same actors play different characters in the past and future vision scenes.
* WinToExit: Characters must win somehow in order to exit a virtual reality.
* YourMindMakesItReal: If you do something in your imagination, it comes true.
* YourWorstNightmare: Reccuring nightmares have negative consequences that are more serious than in real life.
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