->''"The prophetic soul\\
Of the wide world dreaming on things to come."''
-->-- '''Creator/WilliamShakespeare''', "Sonnet 107"

Dreams get omitted from fiction unless they are significant. When they are not BadDreams about the past, the dreamer will often be Dreaming of Things to Come.

These dreams can be symbolic, and often are obscure. They are [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight always, of course, true]], but nevertheless can blindside the character with their significance. Symbolic dreams, or ones that merely show elements of the future, may even be taken for dreams of the past. TheHero dreams of the villain and does not realize that this is a warning that he will pop up again soon; he thinks it is just BadDreams of the past villainy.

This can also be mistaken for AnxietyDreams of something the character dreads in the future.

Dreaming of Things to Come can be ''sent''--[[DreamWeaver by a god, by an oracle, by someone with magical or psychic ability other than the dreamer]]. This may shade into TalkingInYourDreams.

Often a way of {{Foreshadowing}}. Can be a PortentOfDoom.

If the character merely pieces together everything he knows but had not connected, he is DreamingTheTruth; Dreaming of Things to Come requires that he gain new knowledge that he could not acquire outside the dream.

If the events are at the same time (approximately) as the dream, see DreamSpying; if before, see DreamingOfTimesGoneBy.

PsychicDreamsForEveryone are a subtrope where anyone can have them, and they are literal.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with [[EroticDream dreams about other things that come]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the 10th ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movie, ''[[Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai The Rise of Darkrai]]'', it is revealed that someone in the far past had nightmares of Dialga and Palkia destroying the city, an event that comes true during the movie. The person in the past responded to the nightmares by having the Space-Time tower built, which would play a song to calm the two Pokémon.
* The title character of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' frequently had these, most pointing to the same event involving her, TokyoTower, and a beautiful silver-haired man [[WingedHumanoid with wings]].
** In the manga, she gets a couple of dreams about the event, but only when she got close to capturing all the cards.
** Fairly common in other Creator/{{CLAMP}} series as well.
* Alvis of ''Anime/LastExile'' has a recurring dream involving fields of wheat. This turns out to be extremely important; the "wheat covered earth" is part of one of the Mysteria she has to speak in order to activate the titular Exile.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Chibitalia once had a dream about a young man he had never seen until then. [[spoiler: That youth turned out to be Japan, one of his future partners]]
* Takaki has one in ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond''. He and Akari climb a hill. It could be a DistantFinale of some kind, MundaneAfterlife, AlternateUniverse, anything really...
* Sasami of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' {{OVA}}s suffers from these. Her first dream prophesies Kagato's arrival and the second tells of Tokimi's involvement with Tenchi. However, Sasami can never remember the dreams fully--even though she called out Tokimi's name in the dream, she tells Tenchi that a woman was taking her away and that she never seen her before. As well, they also tend to be very disturbing.
* In ''Manga/TheEnigmaOfAmigaraFault'', the victims of the tunnels have nightmares about people they met who've previously entered the holes, showing them clearly what will happen if they go in. [[SchmuckBait And they all still go in the holes anyway.]]
* One episode of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' featured a man that acquired this ability thanks to a mushi infection. [[spoiler:He eventually comes to realize that the mushi don't lead his dreams to predict the future so much as ''cause'' it. Unfortunately, he only learns this after a nightmare where everyone in his village died of a terrible, unnatural plague...]]
* The start of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' appears to be this. As episode ten reveals, [[spoiler:it's actually a memory of the previous timeline, before Homura restarted her GroundhogDayLoop.]]
* ''Manga/TheSecretAgreement'' begins with Yuuichi having dark RecurringDreams of a voice saying "No matter what I want to get it, no matter what it takes." It turns out it's been his own voice all along indicating that his predatory shadow side has begun to awaken.
* In ''Anime/DetonatorOrgun'', main character Tomoru has dreams about "a strange robot", the eponymous Orgun he ends meeting with, whenever he tries to use the PASFU machine that lets you choose your dreams. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' his dreams also have ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', because the game combines the plot of the two series.
* The manga ''[[Anime/RodTheTV Read or Dream]]'' has Anita dreaming about Hisami before meeting her.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Heiji becomes disturbed by a recent dream he had of Conan dying, so he lends him a charm. The dream becomes accurate when the suspect manages to stab Conan but Conan's life was saved by [[PocketProtector the charm.]]
* Ryou has a bizzare dream in episode 4 of ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' where she's eating some food offered by students who have pieces of food for a head. Later that episode she gets to eat the food concerned.
* In the ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' anime, Eren's dream is shown to be a variety of disturbing images of the Titans, dead humans, and ends with the scene of the Titan picking up his mother as shown later in the episode.
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', the entire point of having an Oracle around is that they are capable of having prophetic dreams. The plot is kicked off by Oracle Legna dreaming of someone shouting "Die!" but being unable to determine the killing intent's source.

* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/SirAldingar'', the queen recounts a dream of having been attacked by a grim beast and saved by a little hawk. Now that she has been attacked by MaliciousSlander, she sends a messenger to search for a champion.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franklin Richards of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' has "special dreams" which are prophetic. May be symbolic: before a clash among the Fantastic Four, the Comicbook/XMen and Doctor Doom, he dreamed of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men dying, and his father turning into Doom, which foretold aspects of the clash. May also be literal: in his first meeting with ComicBook/PowerPack, they deduce why an alien is chasing them -- Katie Power is carrying an alien artifact that could be traced -- he recounts how he had dreamed that the alien chased ''him'', and so they give him the artifact, which leads to their victory.
* This was the lone "superpower" of Wesley Dodds a.k.a. [[ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre The Sandman]]. He would dream about crimes that had not yet been committed.
* Luke had something like one of these after ROTJ, in the ComicBook/MarvelStarWars comic "The Dream". He had RecurringDreams where he saw Vader, was terrified, saw Vader starting to take his helmet off, and desperately pleaded with him to stop. He always felt guilty, then, and like there was some great wrong he had to set right. At last he spoke to the spirits of his teachers and his father and confronted this apparition again--it was a new Sith Lord he'd never seen before, and he did indeed have to set things right when he faced him.
* In "The Shooting Star" Franchise/{{Tintin}} dreams he is visited by Philippus the prophet who then shows him a picture of a gigantic spider, claiming it is life size! Later in the story he actually meets Philippus again and he discovers an island where a spider has grown to gigantic size due to the radiation of a comet.
* [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Dream Girl]] often has these, since they're part of her powers.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: In the album "De Bokkenrijder" Wiske explains to Tante Sidonia a strange dream she had the other night. Sidonia explains the symbolic meanings behind her nightmare. As the story progresses, many elements from the nightmare happen to the cast in real life.
* ComicBook/DeKiekeboes: In "De Getattoeërde Mossel" Kiekeboe realizes an important plot point about someone who has his arm in a cast when he has a nightmare about it.
* In the ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' sequel series ''The Young All-Stars'', Fury dreamed of a giant Mekanique attacking the All-Star Squadron within a futuristic city -- which turns out to be true, [[ProphecyTwist though as a twist]], Mekanique ''shrinks'' the All-Star Squadron members (except for Fury and the Young All-Stars) and attacks them in a model of a futuristic city.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', Violine has dreams that predict future plot points.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''--Hobbes dreams about tornadoes, and while there's several bits of evidence that one is coming, Calvin ''still'' claims otherwise.
* [[http://www.icybrian.com/fanfiction/viewstory.php?sid=1741&textsize=0&chapter=1 A certain novelization]] of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' had the protagonist have dreams of events that wouldn't happen until much later, such as, in the order he had the dreams, the fight with the Mega Mutant in the Black Omen, and [[spoiler:his own death]].
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfics The Black Heir and Vindico Atrum, the protagonist, Orion Black starts having prophetic dreams as his powers develop. His visions of the future are send to him by Gaia, the source of Dark Magic deep in Earth's core.
* This kicks off the ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate]]'' [[LightNovel/FateZero series]] fanfic ''Fanfic/FromFakeDreams'', in which Kiritsugu Emiya learns about the 5th Holy Grail War, and how his newly adopted son will be pivotal in the ensuing events. After this, he takes Shiro's magical education seriously, with emphasis on the skills needed to survive the War and destroy the Grail. However, things have already diverged as a result, as the Magi now know Shirou exists and some of his capabilities.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''/''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' crossover ''FanFic/DigitalHarmony'', Rarity and Ken have both had separate nightmares involving their respective [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW Nightmare Rarity]] and the Digimon Emperor warning of them of catastrophies to come should they fail to stop [[BigBad Vespimon]]'s attempts to take over the Digital World.
* In ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'', this is one of the abilities granted to the Bearer of Generosity. However, the dreams seem to rely heavily on symbolism, with just a mix of actual images from the events in question, making it hard to tell what they're about.
* ''FanFic/BetweenMinds'' takes place before Chell reaches the wheat field at the end of the sequel, but she has a dream of it.
* In ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'', Luna apparently has this ability, foreseeing Ganon's arrival in Equestria at the start of Season 2. Unfortunately, [[TheDragon Dethl's]] own DreamWeaver abilities allow him to counter this power, keeping her from seeing what the [[TheManBehindTheMan real villains]] are plotting.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Celestia has a symbolic vision of the [[TheSwarm gyaos]] attack on Canterlot (and Godzilla's counterattack) shortly before it happens.
* ''Fanfic/RevengeOfLavan'' has Twilight Sparkle explaining that she had dreams of random events. Two of them had come true so far, but their relevance has yet to be explained.
* ''Ojamajo Doremi: Witches at World's End'' (the sequel to ''FanFic/OjamajoDoremiRiseOfTheShadows'') has this. During the prologue, the Queen has a nightmare that supposedly foreshadows events later in the story and she had been having these nightmares for some time now. It's lampshaded when she begins to suspect that they're not dreams but "visions" of the future.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges The Enchanted Canary]]'', the prince dreams of a grove with a beautiful woman, and sets out on a quest to find her.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Po's claim that his dream was of noodles is interpreted by his father as this: he will take over the restaurant.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail An American Tail 3: The Treasure of Manhattan Island]]'', which takes place between the events of the first ''An American Tail'' and its sequel ''Fievel Goes West'':
--->'''Fievel''': I dreamed that we moved out west where I became a famous gunslinger!
* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Aurora tells her animal friends that she dreams of finding love with a prince. She expresses hope to them that the fact she dreamt about it more than once means it will come true. Later that day, she meets Prince Philip, and they share a DanceOfRomance.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Anakin Skywalker from ''Franchise/StarWars'', on at least two different occasions, has prophetic dreams: first with his mother, then with his wife. Both predict the woman pictured will die, both of them show the woman in question calling for him, both of them come true--the latter precisely because he [[SelfFulfillingProphecy goes out of his way to try and stop it]] after having the dream.
* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', the opening scene depicts Trinity on the run from an agent, and ends with her jumping out of a building, getting shot, and slamming into a moving car... and then Neo wakes up. Later in the movie, [[spoiler: the same exact events actually happen... whereupon Neo saves her in midair and brings her back to life.]]
* Pontius Pilate in ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' dreams of millions of people in the future "mentioning [his] name... and leaving [him] the blame" for the death of Christ, a probable reference to the Apostles' Creed ("He suffered under Pontius Pilate...").
* In ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', Capa dreams of falling into the surface of the sun. Cassie tells him she has the same dream. [[spoiler: at the end of the film, both Capa and Cassie end up riding the bomb into the sun]]
* ''Film/TheMothmanProphecies'': Connie talks about a dream about drowning that occurs at the climax.
-->'''Connie:''' It was nighttime and I was in the middle of the ocean. I was trying to swim, but I was too cold. I kept looking--I kept looking for something to hang on to. And there were presents floating all around me. They were wrapped up. They were tied with bows. I tried to grab on to them, but they kept popping away. And then I started to sink like a stone. There was nothing I could do. I was falling. But it felt good. I was letting go. I was letting myself go... and all I could see was black and all I could feel was the darkness above me and the lights coming from below. I knew I was dying. And then I heard this voice, like somebody whispering in my ear. "Wake up, number 37." And then I woke up.
* Early in ''Film/TheShining,'' Jack Torrence screams in his sleep, having a terrible nightmare of killing his family. That didn't quite come to pass but it wasn't without some serious trying.
* The titular character in ''Film/MrNobody'', which gets especially complicated when he begins to see ''mutliple'', wildly-different futures for his life, especially once he becomes the oldest living(and last mortal) human.
* In ''Film/TheJacket'', the main character experiences these visions while undergoing an experimental drug therapy.
* In ''Film/IRobot'', Sonny dreams of a man standing in front of a crowd of robots, come to free them the slavery of logic. Since Sonny is a robot (and robots cannot dream), Spooner realises that it's another of Lanning's clues, and he has to go to the dream's location to get the next one. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Sonny makes the same trip as Spooner, and replicates the scene entirely; the other [=NS-5s=] all pause to stare at the lone robot on the hill, come to free them from the shackles of logic.]]
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' pays homage to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' when Giselle tells ''her'' animal friends that she shared a DanceOfRomance in a dream recently, prompting them to make a statue of the man she danced with. [[spoiler:She later goes to a ball and waltzes with Robert, whose costume resembles that used to dress the statue.]]
* The protagonist of ''Film/TakeShelter'' isn't sure if his dreams are an example of this trope, or just him going mad. It doesn't help that his dreams are seemingly apocalyptic, featuring oily rain and people driven mad.
* ''Film/TheWayHeLooks'' has Leonardo dreaming about Karina calling Gabriel to go swimming with no need for bathing suits, which happens when the class goes camping. They also promptly invite Leonardo when they do so.
* In ''The Last Wave'' lawyer Richard Chamberlain dreams of an young Aborigine standing in his home offering him a sacred stone--the day before meeting the young man who is accused of murder.
* In ''Film/{{Pathogen}}'', Dannie has recurring dreams that are connected to the ZombieApocalypse happening.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', this is the reason why [[spoiler: Axiel]] is in Hurog. He was sent there by his father, who had a prophetic dream about their hope being found in Hurog.
* Owen Meany has these of [[spoiler: his death]] over and over in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany''.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Boromir and Faramir's dreams of a riddle which causes Boromir to seek out Rivendell (and arrive just in time for Elrond's council), and numerous characters receiving warnings through dreams in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. That book also suggests how prophetic dreams occur; Lórien, the Vala who [[DreamWeaver governs dreams and visions]] is the brother of Mandos, the judge of the Valar who has the best understanding of fate and the future.
** As well as [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy his dreams of events in the past that he never saw]], Frodo Baggins has at least one dream of the future while in the house of Tom Bombadil.
* Ida, eponymous ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' dreams of the people that are going to die soon. Her aunt states that it's a {{Required Secondary Power|s}} so that Ida can be on time to lead the ghost to the Land of the Dead.
* [[Literature/DoraWilkSeries Dora Wilk]] has some, especially in ''Gods Must Be Crazy''. Mostly those are ghastly prophecies courtesy of [[JerkassGod Badb]], but one proves helpful beyond belief.
* In Creator/EleanorCameron's ''The Court of The Stone Children'', the heroine dreams of a room, and seeing children in it; one says she wants to show her something. Later, she sees the room and tells the dream, resulting in the X-raying of a picture and a discovery about it.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' uses dreams a lot as a foreshadowing tool, usually those are understood to be magical "green dreams" or otherwise sent by the gods. Perhaps. The system of magic in ASOIAF is anything but functional.
** In ''A Clash of Kings,'' Theon Greyjoy dreams of the feast Ned Stark held for King Robert's arrival at Winterfell. Gradually, he realizes that [[spoiler: the other attendees--Ned Stark, King Robert, Jory Cassel, et. al.--are dead. Near the end of the dream, Robb and his direwolf Grey Wind enter, bleeding from "half a hundred savage wounds"]].
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/ToRidePegasus'', many pre-cogs manifest their powers in their sleep. Unlike most predictions, these can be averted if only you identify the situation. This can be interesting because while they actually see the event, they see no more than a person standing there would; they must work back to identifying locations, people, times, etc.
* Happens quite a lot in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', especially to Egwene; it's a rare ability, separate from the FunctionalMagic.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(novel) The Black Cauldron]]'' in Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''. After Taran takes Adaon's brooch, he begins having prophetic dreams that help the party in their quest.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' and ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' both have protagonists who have recurring bizarre dreams. They don't benefit from the dreams, however, because they forget them as soon as they wake up.
** In ''Neverwhere'', Richard dreams of the Beast and remembers it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels:
** In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''The Traitor's Hand'', Literature/CiaphasCain's BadDreams about an encounter with a Chaos cult prove to be foreshadowings, [[spoiler: [[TalkingInYourDreams sent by the daemon]]]].
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/{{Ravenor}}'', Zael has dreams in which something, disguised as his dead sister, tries to get him to let it in; he realizes at the end that it's warnings of the trap they are falling into.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', Petrok has prophetic dreams, and Priad, less explicable ones.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Legion'', John Grammaticus dreams of dragons, dismisses as old legends [[spoiler:and meets them]].
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, Gaunt has repeated prophetic dreams.
*** Other characters have them too: Nessa dreams in ''The Guns of Tanith'' that Soric and Corbec came to rescue them, although both men had looked to be dying when they left; Hark dreams of the pipes before danger; and Criid, of the commander who had taken over the First-And-Only in their absence. In ''Only In Death'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Soric, [[FateWorseThanDeath having been sent to the Black Ships]], was trying to warn them of danger and [[TalkingInYourDreams tell them things]]; since he had just manifested his powers in ''The Guns of Tanith'', this may explain Nessa's dreams, even before the Black Ships]]. This may not account for Gaunt's earlier dreams, though.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' trilogy, Eisenhorn repeatedly sees [[spoiler: the daemonhost Cherubael]] in his dreams, presaging its crucial role in [[spoiler: Eisenhorn's eventual turn to radicalism]].
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''False Gods'', Magnus the Red's BackStory includes having had prophetic dreams as long as he could remember, and Horus is shown a vision of the future in his VisionQuest -- by the forces of Chaos.
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''The Flight of the Eisenstein'', Garro, at Keller's urging, is willing to consider that his dreams may be prophetic; it helps convince him that his [[OldRetainer housecarl]] Kaleb may have been right, saying that he [[TheChosenOne had purpose]].
** In Lee Lightner's ''SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolf's Honour'', when Ragnar is haunted by dreams, he fears [[TalkingInYourDreams that his enemy sent them]]; Gabriella dismisses as BadDreams. In reality, he is DreamingOfThingsToCome [[spoiler:and the wolf-like creatures are not as bad as he feared]].
** In Nick Kyme's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/{{Salamanders}} Salamander]]'', Dak'ir is noted for his prophetic dreams even as part of the BackStory -- and suffers them during the novel.
* Fun example in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' art and background book ''LiberChaotica'': the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis author]], who is slowly [[SanitySlippage losing his mind]] while studying Chaos, suffers from prophetic dreams and visions. Nobody in the Empire can make much sense of them, but ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' players may shiver at fevered rants about the [[GeneralFailure Abandoned One]] leading the Legions of Black to assault the Fortress of Cadium. There's also sketches of what are unmistakeably warriors in [[PoweredArmor power armour]].
* Literature/TheBible of course has a lot of them, most famously in the Book of Genesis with Joseph. These were also a SelfFulfillingProphecy: Joseph's recounting of dreams easily interpretable as saying he would one day rule his brothers led them to fake his death and sell him into slavery, starting a chain of events that led to him becoming prime minister of Egypt and their only saviour in a time of famine.
* Wiser characters in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' tend to get visions of the future or of Martin the Warrior, sometimes in actual dreams, other times in brief trances. Badger Lords are especially prone to visions of their eventual deaths. The BigBad of the first book, Cluny, has BadDreams about past atrocities--mixed with Dreaming of Things to Come.
* The Road of Dreams is a metaphysical place in Creator/TadWilliams' ''VisualNovel/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series. Most people only touch on the Dream Road in their sleep, but particularly sensitive individuals may receive portentous dreams, and those familiar with [[FunctionalMagic the Art]] can enter it at will or using [[AppliedPhlebotinum magical devices]] called Witnesses. Subverted in that, while the Road will reveal true things, the ''interpretation'' of those things is often [[PropheticFallacy cryptic and misleading]], and [[TheChessmaster powerful minds]] can manipulate the dreams of others to further their goals. Further, it's possible to lose your way on the Road and/or meet up with things that are not... wholesome, with effects ranging from [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insanity]] to [[YourMindMakesItReal death]].
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** In ''Literature/DeathStar'', a trooper dreams about dying in a brawl against other troopers, with someone fighting and dying at his side, all while desperately [[YouShallNotPass buying some time for someone else]]. Later he dreams about pursuing and being shot by a fleeing Han Solo. Turns out he's [[spoiler: mildly Force-Sensitive]]; the second dream almost comes true, but he knows not to chase as fervently. [[spoiler: The first one comes true completely.]] In both cases, the narration is almost identical in the dream as in the event.
** Both ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' Duology have Luke, early on, voluntarily entering a trance state to try and receive visions of what's to come. He gets them, but they're fragmented and confusing enough that while they do help, he doesn't do this often.
** This is a special Force talent of Padawan Whie Malreaux, in ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous''. The dreams are described as terrifying--while he's dreaming, he's stuck in his future-self's head, and says it's like being buried alive in his own body. Sometimes the panic is strong enough to wake him up. While the dreams may be confusing or lacking in detail, they invariably come true sooner or later--including the dream of his own death: killed by a Jedi and feeling surprised. [[spoiler:He's among the Jedi killed by Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.]]
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Ben has a recurring dream in which, as someone else, he sees the world through what seems like a Tusken mask, and hears a scream. He thinks it's a metaphor for his exile, staying away from the Empire's subjugation of the galaxy. Later, though, it seems clear that Ben is seeing [[spoiler:Orrin Gault's FateWorseThanDeath, being press-ganged into the Tusken tribe]], and so he's comfortable not intervening when [[spoiler:Orrin discovers his secret, since he won't be able to tell anyone]].
* In Frank Herbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Paul Atreides had dreams about the future (including later events on Arrakis) before gaining his full prescient ability.
** ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune'' has Leto II experiencing dreams as well, like his father.
** ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' has Odrade again experiencing prophetic dreams, but hers contain more symbolism than a direct vision.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' this is inflicted on Jake and much later Rachel by [[spoiler:Crayak]].
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry has a recurring dream of him walking down a mysterious hallway to a mysterious door, which turns out to be the Department of Mysteries. Though they seem to be prophetic dreams, it is later revealed that Harry is [[spoiler: looking into the mind of Voldemort while the latter tries to get into the department, and this connection comes back to bite Harry in the ass at the climax of the book]].
* Several of the characters in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' have dreams full of symbolic foreshadowing.
* E. F. Benson's ''The Room in the Tower'' is all about this trope, thanks to what appears to be an [[spoiler: odd psychic connection between the protagonist and a suicide-turned-vampire.]]
** Benson uses this trope again in "The Face," in which a woman dreams all her life of a frightening man who promises he will one day come for her. At an exhibit of Van Dyck paintings, she finds the man's portrait...
* Eve at the end of John Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.
* Literature/MikeHammer dreams of a killer with no face, apparently a sign that he doesn't know who they are. At the end of the book an accidental discharge blows the killers' face off.
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, dreams are one way that the [[PsychicPowers Heraldic Gift]] of [=ForeSight=] manifests. Herald Vanyel of the ''Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy,'' for example, has a recurring dream about his own death. It mostly goes away at the end of ''Magic's Pawn,'' at which point Vanyel is reassured that it was symbolic rather than directly prophetic... but then it recurs again in ''Magic's Price,'' and plays out almost beat-for-beat during his LastStand.
* A variation: The night before the climactic concert in ''Literature/TheTaqwacores'', Amazing Ayyub relays a (possible) hadith about how the last widow of the Prophet dreamed of seeing her husband weeping and grief-stricken. She asked why, and his response is is that he had to dig a grave for his grandson and his companions. The next day was the Tragedy of Karbala (of which the Day of Ashura is based), resulting in the massacre of the Prophet's grandson and his companions. The reason this is a variation is that its placement in Literature/TheTaqwacores is intended to foreshadow [[spoiler: the concert devolving into a riot, resulting in the lynching of [[CrazyAwesome Jehangir]] by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bilal's Boulder]].]]
* In Creator/EleanorCameron's ''The Court of the Stone Children'', Nina dreams of a time when her home is taken apart and sent to a museum. [[TalkingInYourDreams Her dead father appears to tell her something.]]
* Prophetic dreams are a common trope in all genres of Literature/TheIcelandicSagas.
* In ''Such A Pretty Girl'' Andy has a dream that he's walking up to his girlfriend Meredith (he is paraplegic) who is reading a dictionary when she looks up and says "'Now' I get it!" This scene is forgotten until the end of the book, where these events happen.
* Happens alot in Creator/HarukiMurakami's novels and short stories, although many of the dreams are trippy and/or vague.
* ''Literature/TheStand'' by Creator/StephenKing is built around this trope, as it is how Mother Abigail and Randall Flagg contact the survivors of the superflu.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' use this liberally with Bella Swan throughout the series, but more to the point of [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone symbolism]], except in ''Breaking Dawn''. Bella dreams of confronting the Volturi in a snowy field and feels an intense desire to protect a little child that looks similar to Edward. [[spoiler: Bella is pregnant and will give birth to this child, albeit a girl, and the Volturi will come to kill the Cullen coven for supposedly creating an 'immortal child'.]]
* [[Literature/SeptimusHeap Septimus]] dreams of his impending kidnapping in ''Physik''.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', all dreams are prophetic. Most people don't dream, and if you say that you have dreamed, you get attention.
* The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kantri]] of Literature/TalesOfKolmar sometimes enter into [[DeepSleep Weh sleeps]] that can last for years, decades even. They rarely dream during the Weh, but when they do it's seen as significant, a gift from [[OurGodsAreDifferent the Winds]], and prophetic to some degree. Akhor had three dreams pertaining to Lanen before ''Song In The Silence''. Rishkan had a dream of her being an instrument of the world's ending. And Shikrar dreamed of [[spoiler: the place where he would die.]]
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's Literature/TimePatrol story "Brave To Be A King", Manse is told of how a neighboring king dreamed that his grandson would be the death of him.
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Literature/{{Tinker}}'', Lain tells of dreaming that Tinker had brought her a tengu to cure and been turned to a diamond and stolen by it. She warns Tinker of the danger.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', medicine cats frequently receive prophecies in the form of dreams. Notably, the main character Firestar decided to venture into the forest and join it's Clans after having dreams of hunting mice.
* In ChivalricRomance, dreams of dogs attacking a character were often used to foreshadow danger; it appears in such romances as ''Guy of Warwick'' and ''The King of Tars''.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', Madame Karitska dreams of a brownstone with a sign in a window: "Madame Karitska, Readings." When she happens on the brownstone with a sign "Apartment for Rent", the landlord is suspicious because he had put up the sign five minutes earlier, but she gets her office.
* In ''Literature/TheJourneyToAtlantis'', Max has several of these. Two of them stand out. Before getting stranded on the island, he (and Stacie) both dream about being on a certain beach. After the ship sinks and they reach the island, they soon discover the exact beach that was in the their dreams. Another time is when he dreams about Luna and Sol, although he doesn't know who they are. Despite this, he later sees obelisks on the island that have depictions of them, but still doesn't see that what they did was {{Divine Intervention}}.
* In the Literature/LordPeterWimsey story ''Striding Folly'', the protagonist dreams he's being chased through a checkerboarded landscape by moving towers. It turns out to be a premonition of a chess game where he's checkmated with two rooks. [[spoiler:Also of an attempt to frame him for murder.]]
* In ''Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace'', Ronnie has three of these dreams about events in his life that happened exactly the way he dreamed, but he dreams always ended before the conclusion.
* In the OlderThanDirt epic of Gilgamesh the protagonist Gilgamesh dreams of Enkidu before meeting him.
* In ''Literature/NeverDreamOfDying'', Le Gérant claims to be a mazzere, a person who can see which person is going to die next in their dreams. People in these dreams are represented by animals, and he dreams himself as a wolf hunting for them.
* In ''Literature/TheGenesisOfJennyEverywhere'' this is justified in terms of one of WebOriginal/JennyEverywhere's characteristic abilities- being able to read the thoughts of her other selves throughout TheMultiverse. This Jenny, unaware of her own powers and unable to control them fully, manifiests this in the form of dreams she uses as a form of escapism from mundane reality--namely the pressures of school and her [[EducationMama overbearing mother who insists on her studying hard and getting there extra early]], not lying in bed dreaming. Also serves as {{Foreshadowing}} for the life she will one day lead when she discovers how to shift between realities.
* In ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' prior to the events of the books Desjani had a dream about Geary sleeping and when she yelled at him to wake up a dead sailor from her previous ship appeared and told her that it was not yet time. This dream was largely the reason why when the fleet did discover Geary in suspended animation Desjani supported him completely, and believed that he had been given a sacred mission to save the Alliance.
* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Horace Somnusson--prophetic dreams are his peculiarity. Not '''all''' of his dreams come true though, and he mostly dreams of strangers.
-->'''Emma:''' Horace's ability can be maddeningly useless. He'll reel off lifetimes of predictions for strangers, but with us he's almost totally blocked. It's as if the more he cares about someone, the less he can see. Emotion clouds his vision.
* In ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', the BigBad has a recurring dream that he believes to be a premonition of his final downfall: he's fleeing, with no escape plan (and he's TheChessmaster, he ''always'' has a plan), from an enemy about whom he can never remember anything when he wakes except the gray eyes. When it's pointed out that the trilogy's heroine, Kyri, has gray eyes, he says that he doesn't believe it's her because she has the eyes of someone seeking vengeance for a recent wrong, not the controlled determination of the eyes in the dream. During the climactic battle at the end of the trilogy, he looks into Kyri's eyes as they fight and [[spoiler:her eyes still aren't the eyes from the dream, but they're a lot closer than he was expecting. He escapes with his life, but the implication is that one day they'll meet again.]]
* ''Literature/LaxdaelaSaga'': The young Gudrun has a series of dreams in which she wears a cap she tears off, a silver bracelet which drops into a fjord, a gold bracelet which breaks, and a helm which drops into a fjord. Asking her relative Gest, a clairvoyant, to interpret the dreams, she receives the answer that she will have four husbands of which she will divorce the first, the third will be killed, the second and the fourth will drown. All this comes true.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This turns out to be [[spoiler:Raina]]'s superpower in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', which she eventually discovers after having a dream then immediately afterwards witnessing its events.
* Ben from ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has these pretty much every time he closes his eyes.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Slayers have prophetic dreams. This occasionally causes Buffy to wonder if a weird dream was an important prophecy or just something odd she happened to dream up.
--> '''Giles''': Well, it could definitely be one of your prophetic dreams, or it could just be the eternal mystery that is your brain.
** The dreams all the Scoobies have in "Restless" are pretty prophetic; however it might have just been the influence of the First Slayer.
** Several of Buffy's dreams in Seasons 3 and 4 only makes sense after Season 5. She dreams of Tara who warns her to "Be back before dawn", and Faith who warns her "Little sis coming; so much to do before she gets here", both referring to [[spoiler:her sister Dawn who is retroactively fitted into the story at the start of season 5]]. There is also the more cryptic dream of Faith saying "Little Miss Muffet counting down from seven-three-oh." [[spoiler:Buffy dies]] exactly 730 days after having the dream.
* On ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': characters frequently dream about the shape of things to come... [[TheChrisCarterEffect whatever that means]].
** Not really fair, as the finale pretty well wrapped up what most, if not all, the dreams were going on about.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Angela Petrelli has the ability to see the future while dreaming. She also seems able to appear in other people's dreams, as she used this aspect of her power to wake Sylar and get him save Peter, even while she was trapped in her own mind.
** Peter Petrelli dreams the future constantly throughout the first season. He probably copied the power from his mother.
* Morgana in ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' is a seer who has prophetic dreams.
* During the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam has dreams (and sometimes visions, but mostly dreams) of people's horrible deaths. It turns out that the people in said dreams are usually in a situation that's connected to the [[BigBad Yellow-Eyed Demon]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Locke dreams about finding the Beechcraft and Boone dying before those events happen (in fact, leading those events to happen.) Walt seems to have dreamed about [[spoiler:fake undead]] Locke's return to the island.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. In the lead up to his death, Julius Caesar's wife has an onimous dream but her husband brushes it off, saying that he's been having dark dreams for years.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Gibbs dreams of [[spoiler:Kate's death at the hands of Ari]] in "Reveille", foreshadowing its occurrence in "Twilight". There are a couple of similar dreams in that episode (Kate dreams of Gibbs' death, while Abby mentions a dream where [=DiNozzo=] was killed) but they're only {{Red Herring}}s.
** Abby never specified who died in her dream, only that there was blood on Tony's face. By the end of the episode, guess who has [[spoiler: Kate's]] blood on his face?
* The very beginning of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Natsumi has a dream of a large rider war, with all the riders against the titular hero. Considering that her dream ends with all the Riders being killed by Decade, she is somewhat surprised and concerned when her friend [[{{Troll}} Tsukasa]] suddenly finds a TransformationTrinket and turns into Decade...
* Several in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
** In ''Hercules and the Circle of Fire'', Hercules dreamed of Deianeira before he met her. He also dreamed of it being very cold, with her turning to ice and shattering. This foreshadowed Hera stealing fire from mankind.
** In "Norse by Norsewest," Hercules and Balder both dream of the latter's possible death, which the former has to prevent.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully both do this while the other is abducted (in seasons 2 and 8, respectively), though it's hard to tell whether these were dreaming of things that were in the future or the present.
** It has also been speculated that Mulder's dream-within-a-dream in "The Sixth Extinction: Amor Fati" of a little boy on a beach building a sand space ship with him is prophetic of baby William.
* The titular character in the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series.
* Alison and her daughters of ''Series/{{Medium}}'' usually get these dreams sent by the dead.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' episode "Vatos", Jim (a member of the survivors' camp) goes a distance away from the survivors and starts digging holes. Understandably, this freaks the camp out, and they tie Jim to a tree to cool off before asking him why he was digging. Jim claims he had a dream that he couldn't remember, but he knew that he needed to dig the holes. It turns out that this was justified, because [[spoiler:a number of zombies attack the camp at the end of the episode, and several people (both zombies and survivors alike) are killed]]. Jim comments at the end of the episode that he remembers why he dug the holes: [[spoiler:they're graves]].
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Centauri race all have a vague ability to see the future, some through dreams. The males often have a completely accurate dream of the circumstances of their own death - although in some cases such as the Centauri main character Londo Molari [[spoiler: who appeared die a violent death at the hands of a rival]], the reason for their deaths could be misinterpreted: [[spoiler: Londo's old rival had become a close friend by that time and had killed Londo at his own request as Londo was being controlled by a parasite]].
** Sheridan was also prone to dreaming of future events, in varying degrees of vagueness, though these were almost always due to an outside influence trying to send him a message. By the time of ''The Lost Tales'', this has evidently happened enough to him that he can immediately tell when it is happening, and it annoys the hell out of him.
* On ''Series/TheFades'', Paul and Sarah both have apparently prophetic dreams of a world of ash, while Paul has another one showing [[spoiler:his loved ones dead]]. Though in a subversion of PropheciesAreAlwaysRight, neither vision happens as predicted because [[SelfDefeatingProphecy the knowledge from the dreams allowed them to be prevented]].
* In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', Max has a recurring dream of the Megazord being defeated, and a strange voice telling him to "use the Spear of Pardolis", which later comes to pass (The "Spear" in question being a new Zord).
* ''Legend Of William Tell'': Will has this occasionally. Possibly sent by Kalem, as it doesn't seem to have happened before the quest.
* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', TheMaster's return in "The End of Time" is heralded by psychic nightmares which afflict every person on Earth.
* UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} does this in ''Series/Reign''
* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Qi}}'', in the episode "Jargon"; Victoria Coren, making her debut on the show, admitted that she had a dream the night before, where she was sitting on the ''Qi'' panel and Stephen Fry asked her "Why was [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the March Hare]] so important to the Aztecs?" Before the end of the episode, thanks to some quick research from the ''Qi'' elves, Stephen Fry was able to ask her that question and come up with a convincing answer.
-->'''Stephen'''(pointing at Victoria): BurnTheWitch
* ''Series/AceLightning'': In one episode [[SupportingProtagonist Mark]] dreams, in exacting detail, exactly what is going to happen to him by the end of the episode. It occured only once, but ''boy'' did it get the fangirls talking...

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is a pretty standard quest hook for tabletop games in general. The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' free adventure [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/oa/20030629a "Fallen Angel"]] suggests it for use with a divinely inclined character such as a cleric.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has the Dream merit which allows characters to receive prophetic dreams in the form of symbolic hints about coming dangers or how to overcome a problem. If they meditate on a subject prior to sleeping, they can specifically invoke such dreams. The Seers of the Throne are able to acquire an alternate form of the merit, where their dreams are specifically instructions from the Exarchs (although they have one faction which seeks out [[{{Muggles}} sleepers]] who receive apparently prophetic dreams, which they believe are more accurate ways of determining the Exarchs' will).
** Other games in the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness have similar ways of dreaming the future. ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' has the Elpis Merit, which allows a Promethean to gain information from their dreams of the milestones necessary to [[ToBecomeHuman complete the Pilgrimage]].
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' gives ''all'' changelings the innate talent to have oracular dreams as part of their ties to the Wyrd; they just have to realize whether or not a dream really ''is'' prophetic before they can act on it. Some Merits, however, allow them to refine this talent, to the point that they can dream of the past or gain beginner's knowledge of any skill or language from the collective unconscious.
** And finally, all Cahaliths in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' have the innate talent of receiving visionary dreams straight from Luna herself. However, as Luna's mercurial as all hell, the dreams are often heavily cloaked in symbolism.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has an inversion with the Yozi Sacheverell, the Abhorrent Prophet Unimagined. While he dreams, he sees everything BUT the future. Were he to wake, he would perfectly see the entirety of what is to come, locking the world into absolute predestination. Pretty much everyone agrees that this would be a Bad Thing, quite possibly even Sacheverell himself.

* In Creator/DorothyLSayers's ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'',
** Coel has dreamed of Constantine.
** Constantine dreams of "In this sign you will conquer." He is pleased because it's very lacking in ambiguity.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has your character having prophetic dreams about becoming the Nerevarine. In addition, if you get infected with vampirism, you'll be dreaming about becoming one before the three days required to finally turn into a vampire.
** The opening cinematic to ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' indicates that the Dragonborn occasionally have these, as evidenced by Emperor Uriel having foreseen the Oblivion Crisis, including his own death. Likely this is due to the fact that Dragonborn are mortals with the souls of dragons, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent which exist outside of time]].
* It's practically a tradition for the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games to open up with protagonists having cryptic dreams (that become a lot clearer as the story progresses) that foreshadow major events in the story and (later on in the series) past and/or related games.
* Princess Zelda is famous throughout Hyrule for having prophetic dreams, especially in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Another set of dreams sets off the plots of the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness'', the main character has this ability. Turns out that the main character and Grovyle the thief are really [[spoiler:a human from the future and a Pokemon friend who's actually a good guy, respectively]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'', Robert Cath dreams of his recently deceased friend Tyler Whitney, he lies in his bed, sits up, produces an egg from his mouth, and says "Why don't you make it sing?" [[spoiler:It is an egg, the Firebird, that Kronos tells you to make sing in the end. Exposing it to music during the day will make it sing, but doing so at night will only bring death!]]
* Leliana from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' says that the Maker spoke to her in a vision to help you fight the Blight. [[spoiler:The Guardian in the Gauntlet, however, says that the Maker only spoke to Andraste and that Leliana lied about the visions to get attention. She denies this and claims the visions are real. Who you believe is up to you.]]
** What the Guardian says is part of his test, however, to determine if you are worthy of reaching [[spoiler:The Urn of Sacred Ashes]].
** The [[BigBad Archdemon]] sends a few dreams your way through the Darkspawn taint just to let you know that it can see you [[spoiler: and sends a band of Shrieks to ambush you at camp after one of them]].
* Many of the character's in the VideoGame/ChzoMythos tend to have this type of dream to foreshadow the eventual bloodbath.
* A bit of an interesting take in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' when [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] is touched by the Prothean Beacon. S/he starts having visions and nightmares of the Protheans being wiped out by the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]]. [[ViciousCycle But it's a perfect look]] [[OhCrap at what's coming.]]
* [[AgarestSenki Leonhardt]] gets one in the beginning of the game itself. He then wakes up to reality and goes into two battles. In the third battle, he gets to meet the guy who killed him in his dreams, and it finally does him in. This is the event that starts off the plot.
* "A war is coming, I've seen it in my dreams. Fires sweeping over the earth, bodies in the streets, cities turned to dust. Retaliation...". This being the ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' series those dreams are quite accurate.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon''[='s=] first mission is a DreamSequence of William Bishop seeing his own death at the hands of a Russian plane with shark mouth markings in the skies over Miami. The mission is chock full of references to [[{{Villains}} Markov]], [[FantasticNuke Trinity]], [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Magic]], and [[AStormIsComing a hurricane]], all things he did not know existed. Guess where one of the '''last''' missions takes place?
* In the song of ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy''[='s=] Stage 1 DreamSequence, "I Am a Master, and You", Chop Chop Master Onion raps about fire, a {{bab|iesMakeEverythingBetter}}y, a plane, the "necessary [wood-chopping] skills to build a guitar", and [[PlanetHeck hell]]/a tropical island, which is what Lammy will have to undergo in the following stages.
* In an early stage of Psychonauts, when Razputin is exploring his own mind, the player can find a vault with a bizarre memory called "The world shall taste my eggs!" inside that makes very little sense. [[spoiler:In fact, it's a metaphor for Coach Oleander's plan. The eggs represent the campers, which are being taken across the lake in the sea monster, and the chicks inside represent their brains (they even look a bit like brains) and are used to drive tanks (represented by teacups).]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': In Kud's route, she has recurring bad dreams but can't tell what's going on in them. [[spoiler:Later, when she sees her mother being executed on TV, she realises that's what her dreams were of.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' has a human dream about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the]] [[ApocalypseHow Conception]] mere hours before it is triggered. [[ConspiracyTheorist He thinks aliens from Jupiter did it]].
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' ''[[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]]'' plays with this in the Triangulum Arc. All of the party members, except the Protagonist, begin to get haunted by dreams of fighting Arcturus and [[KillEmAll all dying]] at its hand. They wonder if it's a prophetic dream, except with the strange occurence that Yamato is in their dream, but not the protagonist. [[spoiler: Turns out it's not a prophetic dream, but a memory of what has happened in the ''previous'' world, which reveals that the current world is their world regressed a second time. The first time around, the Triangulum attacked, but the Protagonist [[HeroicSacrifice wasn't around]] and they all died, with Al Saiduq offering Yamato a deal to give the world and themselves another chance to fight Arcturus, this time with the Protagonist back.]]
* [[EasternRPG JRPGs]] pretty much have this as a cliche.
* The opening sequence of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is Serge, Kid, and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a third person]] infiltrating Fort Dragonia. He wakes up after reaching a plot-significant door. He doesn't go there until about halfway through Disc 1.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' opens with Ludger having a dream of him fighting against and being killed by a shadowy version of his older brother. [[spoiler: This ends up having significance in two ways, as early on. he fights against a psychotic AlternateSelf of his brother who takes on the same appearance as the one seen in his dream, then much later, towards the end of the game, has a duel with the real version of his brother at the same place he did in the dream.]]
* Chapter 1 of ''VideoGame/TamingDreams'' ends with Mardek dreaming of Rohoph narrating the events in Chapter 2.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'', if Guen is asocial on her wedding night, she'll dream about a mysterious figure that's been confirmed to be [[spoiler:Mordred]].

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Penelope has a dream where a bunch of geese are killed. It is an allusion to the [[spoiler: upcoming suitor slaughter]] by the disguised Odysseus.
* In the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', Karna, TheDragon, has a chilling dream about the upcoming civil war. He sees the protogonist Royal Prince Yuddhistir climb up a mountain of skulls and eat from the small cup of nectar on top of it. [[spoiler: True to form, almost everyone who participates in the war dies and field is bathed with blood]].
* ''Literature/HalfsSaga'': The night before the banquet at King Asmund's, Half's warrior Innstein has ominous dreams about them being engulfed by flames, then sinking into deep water. He correctly guesses that Asmund plans to burn them to death in the banquet hall, but Half won't listen.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' did this [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=9807&mpe=1&step=1 every]] [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=9899 year]] of its run on the [[SundayStrip Sunday]] nearest December 31st, with a "Dave in Slumberland" strip, which in addition to being a ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' parody, gives a symbolic foreshadowing of the following year. It also [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue ended on that day of the year]], with a suggestion that the origin of the dreams was that Dave could subconciously create [[Literature/{{Foundation}} psychohistory]] algorithms.
* Gwynn from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has one of these about [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020114 Zoe being burned alive]]. Too bad she [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090707 forgot about it]] until seven years later. Torg has also had prophetic dreams about the same event, and possibly an event following them.
* In the ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' arc "There Are No Rules," Aggie is puzzled by her dream of being in love with a mall mannequin. After an argument with her [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguously bisexual]] best friend Lisa about [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn mixed signals]], complicated by Aggie's feelings of discomfort over two other girlfriends making out in her presence, she makes up with Lisa at the mall and gives her a hug. While doing so, she recalls her prior history of SingleTargetSexuality with regard to men, having shared the same crush as a now out-gay friend. Then, still in mid-hug, she looks up at a suspiciously familiar mannequin..."Uh oh."
* Karcharoth of ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' experiences these occasionally while unconscious.
* Jade from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' uses this trope to create [[StableTimeLoop stable time loops]], and generally do [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Weird_Time_Shit weird time shit]]
** Technically anyone whose dreamself is on Prospit can see these visions, but Jade is the only one shown to use them extensively. They have a tendency to be vague as well.
** Derse dreamers get a bit of this too, though instead of prophetic visions they get the whisperings of the [[EldritchAbomination gods]] in the [[EldritchLocation Furthest Ring]], which tend to be prophetic in nature. And players with dead dream selves have the middleman cut out for them and dream directly of the Furthest Ring. Though in this case, it's true for both Prospit and Derse dreamers.
* ''Webcomic/{{Amya}}'' begins chapter one with a dream sequence depicting 'The End' to come.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'': [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/agutfeeling/ Or so she suspects]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', during the Sleepy Time storyline Elliot dreams of becoming a superhero, later [[spoiler: he gets a [[GenderBender superheroine]] spell]].
* ''Webcomic/RavenWolf'': Yula's visions always come to him through dreams.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', both [[WanderingMinstrel Leon]] and [[PluckyGirl Kaisa]] have dreams about things that will happen in the future. Leon tries to actively stop these bad visions from coming true, but Kaisa is more clueless because her dreams deal with even more obscure things than Leon's and don't necessary have as bad an aura around them.
* In ''WebAnimation/RiseOfTheMushroomKingdom'', [[spoiler:the first two parts turn out to be a prophetic dream by Luigi]].
* ''WebVideo/TheTwilightChronicles'' has a MusicalEpisode which turns out to be AllJustADream. Until things from the dream start happening verbatim...
* [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Constellation]], one of the students at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], regularly got precognitive dreams warning the studen body of dangers on the horizon.
* In Literature/SpesPhthisica, dreams of the distant future are central.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Jake has a "croak dream" that foretells his death, but Finn manages to prevent it from coming true.
** Some of the elements of Finn's dream in "King Worm" showed up in later episodes, like the giant monster made of clones of Gunther the penguin (which shows up in the episode "Reign of Gunthers"), and a big-nosed version of himself Finn sees when he looks in a mirror (which resembles the [[AlternateSelf alternate-reality Finn]] from "Finn the Human").
** The episode "The Lich" begins with Finn having a Premonition Dream that foretells [[BigBad the Lich]] emerging and coming for Billy. [[spoiler:Turns out it's already started.]]
* [[KidAppealCharacter Cheetor]] has a few psychic dreams over the course of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Optimus Primal has one of these, prophesizing of new characters who appear in the second season.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Aelita starts having significant dreams once she's materialized in the real world (and thus can sleep and dream). At first, those are about memories of her past life slipping past her LaserGuidedAmnesia. In the penultimate episode, however, she gets a genuinely prophetic dream... [[spoiler:of her father's death.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Subverted when Aang and Katara take Sokka seriously when he warns them that he's had a dream that going into the market is a bad idea. Then he reveals that his dream revolved around "Food eats people!" and they dismiss it.
** Aang and Appa SHARED a dream once during the time when they were separated, but that was about the time when they first met.
** Iroh had a dream about conquering Ba Sing Se in his youth. At the time, he thought it meant that he would conquer it for the Fire Nation, but he ended up ''un''conquering it ''from'' the Fire Nation.
** Zuko's AngstComa features a dream where Azula and Iroh (in the form of dragons) each try to persuade him to follow them. The same thing happens in real life two episodes later, but without the dragons.
** Zuko also has a dream where he sees himself as the Avatar. [[spoiler:It's later discovered that he's a descendant of Avatar Roku. And then he joins the Avatar in the middle of Season 3.]]
** In the swamp, Aang has a vision, although he's awake, of a young girl in a fancy dress with a flying boar. [[spoiler: The girl turns out to be Toph, his earthbending teacher who he will soon meet, and the flying boar is the symbol of her family. Aang actually uses his vision to find her, so it is kind of a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-fulfilling prophecy.]]]]
** Yue's father Arnook had a vision when his daughter was born [[spoiler: in which he saw her becoming the Moon Spirit which happens in the first season final.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** In the sequel series, Korra [[spoiler:meets Toph for the first time in that very swamp Aang had the vision of her in, and there she helps Korra overcome her current problem]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiteSprites'' pilot, the sprites go off to find their lite wands after Prisma tells them about her dream where they did just that. Played with in that they get stuck a couple of times when they encounter something that wasn't in Prisma's dream (a fork in the path, an unexpected cave-in), but eventually cover everything.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Gargamel's Miss-Fortune", Dreamy mentions dreaming of things like "smurfmobiles, smurfovision, and smurfominiums" at the start of the episode, which over time lead to a few [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]] in "The Smurfbox Derby", "Handy's Window Vision", and "Skyscraper Smurfs".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A few nights before he was assassinated, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln claimed to have dreamed that people gathered around his coffin because he had been shot.
* Creator/MaryShelley was inspired to write ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' when she dreamt of a pale student who brought a hideous corpse to life.
* Elias Howe once dreamed that cannibals were preparing to cook him. When he watched their spears, he noticed that each head had a small hole through the shaft. This inspired him to the technique he would eventually use to invent the sewing machine.
* Film director Creator/JamesCameron once saw a metallic, skeletal monster with a rictus smile and burning red eyes, dragging itself across the floor with kitchen knives during a fever dream. It inspired him to the titular character of ''Film/TheTerminator''.
* Friedrich August Kekulé discovered the seemingly impossible chemical structure of benzene when he had a dream of a group of [[{{Ouroboros}} snakes swallowing their tail.]]
* Similarly, Dmitri Mendeleyev saw the Periodic Table of Elements in his dreams.
* Scientist James D. Watson once dreamt of a series of spiral staircases. This gave him the idea for the structure of DNA.
* Creator/StephenieMeyer, author of "''Literature/{{Twilight}}''", was inspired to write her successful book series when she dreamt of a vampire and a young girl discussing their mutual attraction.
* Music/PaulMcCartney dreamt the melody of "Yesterday" from ''Music/{{Help}}'' one night, and for a long while he thought it was just a vague memory of some song he heard when he was younger. But it turned out he completely thought it up himself. Since then, the song has become one of the most regularly covered hit singles of all time!
** At first, the melody, while it was waiting for words, had the dream-logic title ''Scrambled Eggs''; He got this from a dream too...
** Another example is the song "Music/LetItBe", which was also inspired by a dream Paul had about his mother, who passed away when he was young.
* Creator/RobertLouisStevenson dreamed the plot for ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''.
** This appears to be common for authors. Creator/CharlesDickens recounted that while writing and plotting novels by day, the characters got into his dreams and spoke to him by night, offering critical comment on the plot and characterisation and helpful advice as to how it should proceed.
* Creator/{{Herge}} author of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', was plagued by nightmares in which he was chased by a white skeleton until the entire surroundings turned white. To cure himself from these recurring dreams he drew an album in which Tintin went to snowy landscapes: "''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]''". Not only did his nightmares stop after he completed the album: the book itself is regarded as one of his masterpieces.
* Vladek, the father of Creator/ArtSpiegelman, was forced to work in a prisoner of war camp before World War II. While he was there he dreamed his dead grandfather told him he would be free on the Jewish holiday "parshas truma". As it turned out, months later, he was indeed allowed to leave the camp on that very day! Art Spiegelman included this anecdote in his autobiographical graphic novel "''ComicBook/{{Maus}}''"
* Belgian painter Creator/ReneMagritte once woke up from a dream and saw a bird in cage in his room. Half awake he thought he saw an egg inside the cage. This inspired him to paint "Elective Affinities", in which an egg is seen inside a cage.
* Brazilian actor and movie director José Mojica Marins also got the idea for his famous horror movie character ''Film/CoffinJoe'' by dreaming about it:
--> ''In a dream I saw a figure dragging me to a cemetery. Soon he left me in front of a headstone, there were two dates of my birth and my death. People at home were very frightened, called a priest because they thought I was possessed. I woke up screaming, and at that time decided to do a movie unlike anything I had done. He was born at that moment the character would become a legend: Coffin Joe. The character began to take shape in my mind and in my life. The cemetery gave me the name, completed the costume of Joe the cover of voodoo and black hat, which was the symbol of a classic brand of cigarettes. He would be a mortician.''
* Creator/HRGiger, best known for creating the xenomorph ''aliens'' in the Franchise/{{Alien}} franchise, suffered from intense and horrible nightmares. Virtually all of his paintings and drawings are depictions and reflections of the ''night terrors'' he had endured.
** Equally disturbing artist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zdzis%C5%82aw_Beksi%C5%84ski Zdzisław Beksiński]] claimed his paintings were inspired by his dreams.
* Music/JimiHendrix claimed "Purple Haze" from ''Music/AreYouExperienced'' was inspired by a dream he had walking on the bottom of the ocean.
* The imagery of Music/{{Bjork}}'s "Hyperballad" from ''Music/{{Post}}'', where she imagines living on top of a mountain and sliding down from the cliff, was inspired by a dream.
* Music/KeithRichards imagined the riff of "Satisfaction" (''Music/OutOfOurHeads'') and "Rough Justice" (''Music/ABiggerBang'') in a dream.
* Music/BuenaVistaSocialClub member Compay Segundo claimed he woke up one morning with the melody of "Chan Chan" in his head. Thus he wrote it down and recorded it.
* Music/FrankZappa claimed to have dreamt the lyrics to "Who Are The Brain Police?" from ''Music/FreakOut''. The instrumental track "Moggio" from ''Music/TheManFromUtopia'' was inspired by a dream his daughter once had about a tiny little father living under the pillow.
* The song "TVC 15" from Music/DavidBowie's album ''Music/StationToStation'' was inspired by a drug hallucination from Music/IggyPop in which he imagined the TV set was swallowing his girlfriend.
* The track "Dream Sequence #1" from ''Music/TheIdealCrash'' by Music/{{dEUS}} was inspired by the fact that lead singer Tom Barman dreamt the chords.
* One of the survivors of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_and_tsunami Indonesian Boxing Day Tsunami]] absolutely did not want to go on vacation with his family because he had a vivid dream about being in a tsunami. He had previously dreamed of being in a car accident and soon after was almost killed in a rollover, which wound up helping him because his metal implants were easy to identify in X-Rays. In the ''Series/{{Dateline}}: I Survived'' special he claims he still has prophetic dreams, which he chooses to ignore.
** Another survivor in the same special claimed she had a recurring nightmare that she was in a tsunami; when the real thing hit she was surprised at how calm she was.
* There was a book aimed at young readers in the early 90's called ''Amazing True Stories'' that contained a particularly eerie real-life example of this trope: In 1915, there was a woman who dreamed about being on a sinking ship. In the dream, she was not concerned about her own safety, but that of her husband's. She approached an employee of the ship, who had blond hair and brown eyes, to ask about her husband and the guy said he helped him get into a lifeboat. At the time, her husband was on the Lusitania, which of course was torpedoed. He survived the incident and returned home to his wife, and when she recounted the dream she had about him, he told her that a man with blond hair and brown eyes helped him escape.
* Albert Einstein [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20498_5-famous-things-you-wont-believe-were-invented-in-dreams.html came up with the Theory of Relativity]] when he had a dream about a farmer electrocuting cows that were huddled up at an electric fence. Einstein said that the cows all fell at the same time, while the farmer (who was standing on the other side of the field) said that it looked like they jumped back one by one from where he was standing. That was how he put together the idea that things look different depending on where you're standing because of the light it takes to reach your eyes.