Nancy: What I learned in the dream clinic. That's what I'm trying to prove, mother. Rod didn't kill Tina and he didn't hang himself. There's this guy. He's after us in our dreams.Sometimes, in fiction, the dreamer isn't the only one seeing his or her dream. Sometimes another character sees the dream or can enter it and become part of it. Sometimes it's played straight, other times for laughs, with a statement like, "Hey, this is my dream!" or "Hey, it's your dream." Sometimes characters do this for malevolent reasons, seeking to terrify and/or harm the dreamer for their own purposes (like Freddy Krueger); others devote their abilities to protect dreamers from such threats (like Doctor Strange). Compare/contrast Dream Weaver and Dream Stealer, which can overlap. Dream Weaver can be a subtrope at times. Not to be confused with Dream Spying. See also Talking in Your Dreams.
Marge: But that's just not reality, Nancy.
Marge: But that's just not reality, Nancy.
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Anime & Manga
- In X/1999, Hinoto's sister Kanoe is more of this than a Dream Weaver (save for the TV series). Also Hokuto Sumeragi straddles the line: she can enter other people's dreams, alright, but has very few actual influence on them and can only do it when she herself is asleep, while the others can do it when awake too.
- Paprika, based on the Japanese novel of the same name.
- 18if: Protagonist Haruto Tsukishiro, by virtue of being trapped in a Dream Land, can enter the dreams of others.
- The New Universe character Nightmask has this as his superpower.
- Rising Stars: One person has this power.
- The Sandman:
- In "Sandman: The Doll's House", Rose Walker can do this during her brief time as a dream vortex.
- Dream himself can also do this, of course (being the Anthropomorphic Personification of dreaming) and regularly uses this ability throughout the series. Special note must be made of the time he hijacked a car that was being used as the set for an Erotic Dream and drove to London in it.
- Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim.
- A little-seen mutant in the X-Men comics named Rem-Ram has this as his power, as a sort of telepathy which works only on the sleeping. He can contact the mind of a person who is awake, but that causes him severe pain and possible neurological injury.
- Doctor Strange has occasionally entered the dreams of clients to help them. His enemy, Nightmare, can control dreams and gain power through them.
- As originally established in the show, Princess Luna from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) has this ability. She's even described as the "Protector of Dreams".
- In Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, the Dream World and its hub city of Genesis is explained as the result of the collective dreaming subconscious of humanity. Lucid dreamers are able to experience the collective dreams of everyone else given form as a specific place.
- Anderson: Psi-Division: Both the Sisters of Death and Judge Death have invaded Judge Anderson's dreams on separate occasions.
- In Lucy Dreaming, Lucy and her friend Welsey enter the same dream more than once. Not only that, in the first issue, Lucy encounters someone else who is having the same dream, who she later suspects is Welsey's missing father.
- Navarone learns how to do this from Luna in Diaries of a Madman, and becomes quite talented at it.
- Luna enlists Scootaloo's help for this in Moonlight to combat the nightmares induced by their mysterious opponent. Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom later join her to help.
- A Shadow of the Titans: One chapter features Jade, as an extra credit assignment, using a spell to visit the dreams of her teammates. Then, she tries to see what happens if she enters her own sleeping body, and ends up in her subconscious, where she finds Tarakudo screwing with her head, though she passes this off as a dream.
- The New Adventures of Invader Zim: Dib spends most of Episode 9 doing this, using a spell he's found to explore the dreams of all the other main characters. Interestingly, the trope is Deconstructed, as everyone tells Dib that wandering into other people's minds without their consent is immoral.
- Davion & Davion (Deceased): Hanse Davion(circa 3052) has a dream with his ancestor John Davion(circa 2760). But for Hanse, it's a Dying Dream, and John wakes up in the morning with Hanse's ghost haunting him.
Films — Live-Action
- Plot of the movie Dreamscape
- Inception is all about entering and messing with peoples' dreams.
- The Matrix is a variant on this.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street centers on this type of thing. The villain Freddy Krueger, an undead serial killer, can enter anyone's dreams at will and manipulate them as much as he wants, using his powers to torment and slaughter his victims in increasingly creative ways. Any damage he does in a dream crosses over into the real world, making for some truly horrendous scenes.
- In The Last Witch Hunter, Chloe is one of rare witches gifted with this skill. It's considered a Dark gift and Kaulder tells her that the dreamwalkers used to be the Witch Queen's deadliest assassins (Your Mind Makes It Real is in effect), but Chloe uses it for the light side.
- Caspian is quite the dream walker early on in Astral Dawn. Caspian literally walks through his dream on a bridge made of glass within a cloud where he soon meets Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon. Caspian later follows her beyond the mortal plane into the astral plane, taking his dream sequence to an unprecedented level.
- The Dresden Files: "The Nightmare" from Grave Peril, the third book in the series, is a malevolent example. He's a ghost who enters people's dreams for the purposes of Mind Rape and murder.
- Warrior Cats Jayfeather has the ability to enter other cats' dreams, as do the members of StarClan and the Dark Forest.
- In The Wheel of Time, Dreamwalkers can, among many other things, visit the dreams of others if they are so inclined. However, they are generally careful not to as once inside the dream they are subject to the dreamer's will and may be unable to escape. Also, if a Dreamwalker feels intense love or hatred for a given individual, they may be drawn into that person's dreams. Dreamwalkers spend most of their time in the Dream Land.
- The Japanese novel Paprika, and the anime film based on it.
- In Rachel Griffin, classmate Zoe has the power to enter people's dreams as well as travel to their physical location, a useful talent if someone is possessed: she can Flash Step up behind them and belt them with a war club.
- Played with in The Raven Cycle, and the premise for the second book in the series, The Dream Thieves.
- Lizbeth, from the Web Serial Novel Raising Angels, seems to be capable of this.
- H.P.Lovecraft's Dreamlands can be accessed by anybody who knows how, and you can actually meet other dreaming people there.
- Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy has the ability to visit the dreams of other people.
- Janet The Bunny Queen from Rosemary Wells's Voyage To The Bunny Planet series has the ability to visit to any sleeping bunny's dreams. Mainly to comfort them after having a bad or rough day. She would usually bring them to her home planet and show them a dream where the bunny she brings is having a very happy and peaceful day time.
- This is common in Chronicles of the Kencyrath.
- This gives an interesting twist to Erotic Dreams. If both people are in the dream as themselves, in control of their own actions, would dream sex be considered real? Timmon tries many times to have an Erotic Dream with Jame Once he's kicked out of the dream, in favor of another lover.
- Dreaming of Times Gone By dreams are pretty common, and the dreamers are placed in the bodies of the people in the historical scenes. Seeing as these scenes are often tragic, this can be pretty upsetting for the dreamers.
- Malazan Book of the Fallen:
- K'rul appears in Kruppe's dreams because he can't fully manifest in the real world at the beginning of the series. He uses him as a connection to everyday mortal life in the waking world, informs him of happenings far away and even steers him to influence the power players in the city of Darujhistan. He also uses his dreams to organize the complicated rebirth/soulmeld of Silverfox, which involves not only dream walking, but Time Travel as well.
- Played with in the dreams of Udinaas. He does not himself walk in other people's dreams, but others, especially gods and those seeking power, are drawn to his dreams like moths to a flame, sharing information with him, trying to seduce him to join their side or trying to spy on him. Udinaas eventually learns to banish anyone he doesn't want inside his dreams but just the fact that he has to guard against them means many a sleepless night for him.
- In the Sonja Blue series, this is one of the powers of vampires. When Sonja is in an insane asylum, and her human side is being suppressed by anti-psychotic drugs and sedatives, her vampire side goes dream-walking at night, making the other inmates even more insane than they were to start with.
- Roswell: Isabel has this ability, she seems to need a photo of the person to touch to be able to do this. Whether this is actually needed, or just because Isabel hasn't had proper training in the techniques is not clear. In the books that inspired the series, all the aliens can do this, and they can also bring humans into other people's dreams by holding their hand while they enter the dream.
- Angels can enter dreams to speak with the dreamer and deliver messages if they need to. This is sometimes the only way angels can communicate with Sam and Dean who are often warded against (via hex bags) or physically marked against (via writing etched onto their ribs by Castiel) angels finding them personally.
- Played for Laughs when Fallen Angel Anna walks in on an Erotic Dream Dean is having (involving two strippers in angel and devil costumes) much to his embarrassment.
- Azazel, the yellow-eyed demon, is also shown to be able to communicate with people this way, though he can sometimes also influence the dream.
- In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina gets a part time-job as a Sandman, which involves her using magic sand to help mortals sleep. She soon discovers that while she wears her sandman uniform (robe pajamas with a sleeping cap) she can enter into the dreams of others. She soon learns the dangers of eavesdropping on other people's dreams.
Zelda: I can't believe you were dreamdropping.
Sabrina: I can't believe there's a word for it.
- In David Byrne's song "The Dream Police", there's an entire justice system to prosecute crimes committed in sleep.
Everyone has the same dreams, on different days of the week.
We are the watchdogs of your mind, we are the dream police.
Myths & Religion
- A recurring notion in mysticism is that two people can and will share a dream if they are sufficiently connected, ideally emotionally so, in real life. The kicker is that the active dream world, the "Astral Plane" of the mystics, stands outside time and space. Just because Bob dreamt that Alice entered his dream and they interacted in a "real life" sort of way does not mean that they both had the same shared dream on the same night. Alice might remember having that dream ten years ago — or she may not have it for another twenty years. Illuminatus! creators Bob Shea and Robert Anton Wilson described dreamspace as the MorgensHeuteGesternewelt — the "tomorrow-today-yesterday world".
- Angels of Blandine (Archangel of Dreams) and demons of Beleth (Demon Princess of Nightmares) in In Nomine do this as a matter of course, it's also possible for others to learn to do it.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The core rule spell "Dream" allows to send a message to a character in their dreams. "Nightmare" can ruin anyone's good night sleep. The particularity of those spells is that they have an unlimited range, meaning the caster can be on the other side of a planet and still affect the subject. They are ways to protect yourself against dream magic, however, and even to retaliate.
- The 3.5th edition supplement book Heroes of Horror supplies ideas and optional rules to create dream (or nightmare)-like sessions. This includes purposeful or accidental entry of a dreamworld from the waking world. It's only natural that it also features certain feats based on interpreting and entering the dreams of others, called Oneiromancery.
- Sosunov magic in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine is focused around dreams, including the option of walking into one to communicate with people or defend them from Outside-spawned dream horrors. The Dream-Witch character is also capable of this, despite not being a Sosunov or, for that matter, human (technically speaking).
- The title character of Alundra, as well as Meia, has this as their main power and use it to free people from the nightmares created by various dream demons.
- The Hunter of Bloodborne is one, he travels across the land of Yharnam to seek a solution to halt the source of nightmare brought by the Great Ones.
- Final Fantasy VII has a segment where Tifa dreamwalks inside Cloud's dream.
- Wild ARMs
- In Wild ARMs 1, Cecilia was able to dream walk once in order to battle a dream demon named Elizabeth who had been keeping Rudy trapped in his dreams.
- Wild ARMs 3 has The Saint who appears in the dreams of the leader of the Arc of Destiny, as well as the Dream Child from Shane's dreams. In reality, they're both the Dream Demon Beatrice, using her dream walking powers to manipulate people for her ultimate goal of creating a Filgaia where she could live in.
- In Wild ARMs 4, the seller of the Black Market is implied to be a dream demon, with one of the NPCs in the city receiving nightly visits in his dreams by someone who tells him to go buy stuff from the Black Market. This would certainly explain why the Black Market deals in levels rather than money.
- MARDEK had a dream reality in Chapter 3. It's not exactly walking through someone's mind, but it's shaped by human thoughts.
- Entering other characters dreams is required at certain points in the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion pack, Mask of the Betrayer. The shaman Gannayev-of-Dreams has this power innately, and One-of-Many can learn to do this, depending on the player's actions.
- The Dream Machine includes the main character, Victor, and his landlord, Mr. Morton, and the machine itself.
- Dragon Age:
- The Fade is where all races (barring the Dwarves) go when they sleep, though only Mages are capable of remaining self-aware whilst in the dreamworld. Because of this unique ability, they developed certain magical rituals involving lyrium, allowing them to enter the Fade whilst awake, enter another person's dreams, or allow them to release people from demonic possession, by attacking the demon at the source. Mages who attain full Dream Weaver status are known as "somniari" to the elves, though those are incredibly rare.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has Solas, an expert on the Fade who regularly visits it just to hang out with spirits. He doesn't appear to be a Somniari, but at one point has a lengthy conversation with the Inquisitor while they're both dreaming.
- Physically entering the Fade, as opposed to lucid dreaming, is nigh-impossible without extremely potent magic such as the Eluvians or the Anchor.
- This is the main gameplay gimmick of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Pi'illo Island has many magical pillows on which Luigi can fall asleep, creating a portal to the Dream World that Mario can enter. It's not just Luigi's dreams you can enter either. If you fall asleep next to someone, you end up in the same Dream World as them. Hence how you get to enter Big Massif's dream in Wakeport and Bowser's Dream in the final dungeon.
- In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sora and Riku are tasked with diving into the dreams of sleeping worlds to reawaken them. A late-game development also reveals that the Drop mechanic and the Dream Eater emblem on Riku's new outfit were because Riku had actually spent the whole game in Sora's dreams.
- Elona has a wizard that can randomly show up in your character's dreams by accident. To make up for bothering you, he teaches you a random spell, including some potentially rare ones.
- If a Sburb player's dream body is dead, then any time they sleep, their consciousness travels to the Dreambubbles in the Furthest Ring. This shared dreamscape also doubles as the afterlife for Sburb players—from every parallel timeline in existence. That makes a lot of folks capable of stepping into one's dreambubble.
- Wayward Vagabond is not a Sburb player, so he gets normal dreams when he sleeps. Somehow, god-tier Vriska Serket was able to jump into one of his dreams and talk to him (in Morse code) anyway. It probably has something to do with Vriska's psychic mind-control powers.
- Alps like Tony and Yiska have this ability in Charby the Vampirate.
- An example appears starting here in The Mansion of E, though it's not clear who exactly is doing the walking.
- In El Goonish Shive, a wizard enters Grace's dreams repeatedly in order to deliver an important message.
- In Alice and the Nightmare, the oneironauts, one of which Alice aspires to be, have this exact ability, to enter people's dreams and harvest their energy.
- In The Dreamwalker Chronicles Kyle first meets his future wife in a dream and it is also where he starts to learn about Flint's true nature.
- SCP Foundation: SCP-990 is a shadowy man dressed in the most suspicious clothing possible, who seems to like appearing in the dreams of members of the SCP Foundation. In an interview, he mentions an SCP with a ten-digit number as being the bad guy when accused of threatening the Foundation, implying Time Travel.
- Whateley Universe: Characters which have a connection to the Astral, a.k.a the March of Dreams, both names for a kind of dream realm, may be able to do this:
- The Dream Team of Whateley Academy works to protect the dreams of the students from malign forces like evil spirits and other such things.
- The Aladdin episode "As the Netherworld Turns" had Abu and Iago use an enchanted crystal that appears to grant them the power to walk through walls, but actually sends them to the Netherworld. This is a big problem, because due to their intangibility, Aladdin and the others cannot see or hear them. Fortunately, with the help of Sultan's late father, who still haunts the palace, Iago and Abu learn that the only way to communicate to Aladdin and the others is to enter their dreams while they sleep.
- American Dragon: Jake Long had an episode where Jake was in the dream realm thanks to a magical relic. He initially used it to date Rose while the two were forced apart. Then he wandered to other dreams, depicted as doors in a hallway.
- Jackie Chan Adventures: The talisman of Astral Projection, which lets one leave his body and become a spirit, also lets one enter dreams, which comes in handy several times on Jackie's adventures.
- SpongeBob SquarePants had an episode called "Sleepy Time", where SpongeBob's dream self falls out of his dream bubble and begins entering the dreams of the other characters, wreaking havoc along the way.
- In Danny Phantom, Danny discovers during season 3 he can overshadow (possess) a person to enter their dreams, while battling a ghost who want to feed off dreams for power.
- Princess Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- First shown in the episode "Sleepless in Ponyville". One of the duties of being Princess of the Night is to protect sleeping ponies from their nightmares and to help them face their true fears that are causing the nightmares.
- In "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" Princess Luna is able not only to enter a pony's dream, but redirect it to help them learn An Aesop.
- In "Bloom and Gloom" Luna escorts a dreaming Apple Bloom into other ponies' dreams, showing her that her friends are experiencing the same fears that prompted her own nightmares.
- Done on a Ponyville-wide scale in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep", when the Tantabus, a creature she created to punish herself for her actions as Nightmare Moon, escapes from her dream, becomes a Dream Walker itself, and threatens to turn the real world into a waking nightmare. Luna enlisted the help of a large number of ponies by creating a massive shared dream.
- "To Where and Back Again – Part 1": Princess Luna appears in Starlight Glimmer's first dream to give her some advice about how to handle her anguish of coming back to Our Town. In the second dream, she use her power to warn Starlight about the changeling attack.
- After she and Celestia get their cutie marks swapped for a day in A Royal Problem, Celestia becomes the dream walker of the two and is tasked with dispelling nightmares in Luna's stead that night. After realizing she's in over her head with Starlight's nightmare, Celestia pulls Luna out from her dream into Starlights as backup, only for Luna to say that Celestia's usual magic doesn't work in the dream realm, rendering her powerless.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: In "I Dream of Jimmy", Jimmy journeys into Carl's dreams to help his friend deal with a recurring nightmare. As it turns out, Carl wasn't kidding when he warned Jimmy "My dreams aren't as logical as yours."
- Justice League, "Only a Dream", Martian Manhunter can enter people's sleeping minds.
- Bill Cipher of Gravity Falls is a two-dimensional inhabitant of a Void Between the Worlds called the Nightmare Realm, who interacts with the dimension Earth is located in by appearing in peoples' dreams. Whenever he appears before someone, the surroundings turn black and white, and when he leaves, people act like they've come out of a trance. When the Author first met him, it was while he was taking a nap after reading an incantation to summon Bill, and Bill shows up to harass him in his dreams several times after that. Worse still, Bill has Reality Warper powers within the dreamscape and may even inflict Demonic Possession on those who foolishly make a deal with him. Ironically, his ability to enter minds is also his greatest weakness, because if he enters a mind and it gets wiped at the same time, Bill is erased along with it.
- In the Looney Tunes short "The Big Snooze", Elmer Fudd has quit his position as Bugs' patsy and takes a nap, dreaming sweet dreams. Bugs decides to get in on it, goes to sleep, and enters Elmer's dream, turning it into a wacky, loud nightmare.
- One Rick and Morty episode had Rick and Morty go into Morty's math teacher's dream. The results are... bizarre, to say the least.
- In the Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker short film, all dreams play out within the Dream World, which means that Dream Walkers can be involved with the affairs of other Dream Walkers. However, threats specific to one Dream Walker, such as Poet's Night Terror, can't be confronted by other Dream Walkers.
- The definition of a Dream Walker in the short film and the comics is different from here, treating a Dream Walker as a Guardian type Lucid Dreamer.
- In Steven Universe, Steven eventually discovers he has the power to enter other people's dreams. He first discovers this power when he makes telepathic contact with Lapis Lazuli/Malachite in "Chille Tid", and he uses it deliberately in "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service".
- The Powerpuff Girls discover that they have the ability to enter each other's dreams in "Dream Scheme" when the entire planet is forcibly put to sleep by a malevolent Sandman. They later use this power again in "Power-Noia" after HIM traps them in their own worst nightmares.