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->''"Okay, so funny story: I had a dream I was eating my pillow."''
-->--'''Tiger Arbelt''', ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}''

"Last night I dreamed that I was eating a giant marshmallow, and when I woke up, my pillow was gone!"

Simply put: a character thinks they are eating a giant marshmallow (Sometimes something else) when in fact they are still in bed, sound asleep and dreaming while chewing on their pillow. This is a staple dream type found in comics and animation. It does not always require marshmallows in the dream sequence, but does require a pillow in the dreamer's bed. Upon awakening from a marshmallow dream, said dreamer will find the pillow to be missing or shredded. The dreamer's mouth is usually infested with feathers that were once stuffed in the pillow.

The lower the dreamer's intelligence, the more likely this is to happen, and the less need for there to be an actual marshmallow in the dream. {{Big Eater}}s are, of course, prone to this trope as well.

Always PlayedForLaughs, it exists solely due to RuleOfFunny. It's likely OlderThanYouThink.

Not to be confused with MarshmallowHell. Though now that it's been mentioned, it's only a matter of time before somebody [[RuleThirtyFour figures out how to combine them]].

!!Works featuring marshmallow dreams:

[[AC: Advertisement]]
* In [[http://youtu.be/O3oZWfLFM6w one of the State Farm commercials]] with [[Series/SaturdayNightLive The Superfans]] and Aaron Rodgers, Bob is dreaming of eating a sausage pillow while receiving a massage from Mike Ditka, and chewing on Rodgers' shoulder.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Manga/ToLoveRu Motto To Love Ru]]'' has a variation. When Mikan crawls into Rito's bed to catch one of the other girls in the act of crawling into his bed while he's sleeping, he grabs her in his sleep and his mumblings hint that he is acting like he's grabbed the 'marshmallow'. When she pinches his cheek to have him release her, his response is to claim that the 'marshmallow bit him'. Neither the pillow or Mikan is harmed when they wake (although Mikan is 'caught' by the one she was trying to catch).
* In an {{eyecatch}} for ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', Nanoha is shown happily eating sweet potatoes... pan down to show that it's only a dream, and she's actually gnawing on a struggling Yuuno.
* In ''LightNovel/RokujyoumaNoShinryakusha'', Satomi grabs Ruth in his sleep, dreaming about climbing a tree to catch a beetle. Ruth gets so upset (about him dreaming her as a tree rather than any inappropriate contact) over this that she develops an [[BerserkButton unreasoning hatred]] of Rhinoceros Beetles, despite not knowing what one looks like until later.

[[AC: Comic Books]]
* On one cover of [[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]], Homer is seen eating his pillow while dreaming of eating a pizza.

[[AC: Fan Fic]]
* A somewhat [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]] fanfic which has been ([[http://www.mediafire.com/?w6jaiiy97ziejf9 almost]]) [[LostForever lost to time]] titled "Mr. Fuzzywumpus" gives us a variant. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Through a chain of events]] a girl thinks that [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic, Shadow and Silver]] are her pets, and she ends up "letting them" sleep in her bed. Shadow wakes up to find Sonic (with EasyAmnesia) cuddling up to him, and Silver ends up in a compromising position trying to separate them.
--> Sonic gave a little nudge. Silver's left foot lost traction, as his right went sliding over Sonic's far shoulder. His rear end landed quite squarely on Sonic's chest, with his back towards Sonic's feet, and his front towards his pillow. That put something important right in front of Sonic's face.
** And the next morning:
-->"I don't know about you guys, but I had a wonderful dream last night..." He turned back to the bed. "It was like being inside a giant ball of cotton candy, only it wasn't all sugary. And talk about soft...ummm...[[BlackComedyRape are you two quite all right?]]"
* [[Fanfic/BecomingPonies The Pony Earthverse]] has turned this into a running gag; whenever characters talk with their ponies for the first time, they end up with a pillow in their mouth.

[[AC: Live-Action TV]]
* Subverted on ''Series/TheColbertReport''
--> '''Colbert:''' I dreamt I was eating a giant marshmallow, and when I woke up, my giant marshmallow was gone.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
-->'''Carol:''' Last night, I dreamt I was eating a giant marshmallow, and when I woke up my boyfriend was gone.\\
'''Man:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Carol:''' It's not a joke.
** Played straight in an episode of AfterShow ''Series/GoldenPalace'', when Chuy -- under the guise of "Corny Castillos" -- plans on putting this exact joke in his act for the hotel talent show.
* Conversed (in a hoedown!) by Colin Mochrie in the UK ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. When he has to sing about his worst nightmare, he tells about eating cotton candy and it ends with him waking up with the pillow gone.

[[AC: NewspaperComics]]
* ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' had this as a minor RunningGag. Hobbes would be having a dream about being in a vicious fight with a ferocious weasel...only to awaken and discover that he had really been ripping his pillow to shreds. Or, occasionally, Calvin.
* ''Comicstrip/{{Dilbert}}'' once referenced this. Wally had a strange dream about getting smarter by willing it so, with [[MyBrainIsBig his forehead expanding to match]], but still woke up with his pillow missing. As Dilbert comments,
--> Wow, you woke up in the wrong joke!
* Naturally, this has happened to ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}''.
** He dreams of being in the land of giant breakfasts, eats a pancake, and wakes up wondering where his blanket went.
** Another time, he thought he got up in the middle of the night and ate some jawbreakers, only to find that his marbles were missing.
* In ''The Better Half'', Stanley tells Harriet that he dreamed about eating a very large piece of lasagna; when he woke up, their red comforter was gone.

* SylvesterStallone claims that this happened while he was gaining weight for his role in ''Film/CopLand''.

* Referenced twice in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** The [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Comfy_pillow comfy pillow]] item has this description:
--> "If you dream that you're eating a giant marshmallow, you'll probably wake up and find this gone, [[SubvertedTrope provided you're in a place where people steal your pillow while you're asleep.]]" (This also serves as a {{justifi|ed}}cation as to why the item is consumed upon using it.)
** This is also inverted in the description for the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Giant_marshmallow giant marshmallow]] item:
--> "If you have a dream that you're eating a pillow, you'll probably wake up and find that this is gone."

[[AC: WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' gave us an excellent [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1191.php example]] followed by [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1196.php waking up]].
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' combines this with RealDreamsAreWeirder [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-768/ here]]; Unity responds to the Abbess's description of her prophetic dream with an inversion of the trope ("I dreamed I ate all the pillows in the house! And when I woke up, all the marshmallows were gone!")
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' gives us a textbook, same-page, same-panel, non-marshmallow [[http://www.sdamned.com/2011/02/02052011/ example]]. It's currently the page image.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', Tiger {{inverted}} the concept. He bought a [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/07/stale-jokes-for-stale-mallows/ giant unstamped sheet of Peeps marshamallow]] he wanted to carve. Instead he ate it while dreaming he was eating his pillow.
* In the Busybee Comics series ''Womble'', [[http://beesbuzz.biz/d/20080830.php one comic]] has the [[MadScientist Duchess]] telling the Womble about a succession of [[RealDreamsAreWeirder strange dreams]], after each of which she awoke to discover her pillow was gone. The comic ends with [[spoiler:the Womble lounging on a pile of stolen pillows]].

* Creator/StuartAshen: "Once, I had a dream I was eating a giant marshmallow. When I woke up, ''my wife was missing and everything was covered in blood!''"

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''; Peter initially can't find his pillow, but he was just lying on it. We then see a half-eaten sheep in his room trying to crawl to safety.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'':
** In the episode "Suds [=SpongeBob=] dreams of eating Krabby Patties and wakes up chewing on his pillow.
** Also referred to on "Sleepy Time". When [=SpongeBob=] meets Gary in the dreamworld, the now erudite Gary tries to explain to him the concept of dreams as a view to another world. When an EmilyDickinson poem goes over SB's head, Gary recites one more his speed:
-->There once was an old man from Peru\\
Who dreamed he was eating his shoe\\
He woke with a fright\\
In the middle of the night\\
To find that his dream had come true.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Chester wakes up eating his pillow, says "You're not the giant marshmallow. Oh well!" and continues eating.
* In an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short, that one kid comes out of his house and says "One time, OK, see, one time Randy Beaman's mom had a dream that she ate a big marshmallow and it was really good, and she, and when she woke up...her pillow was gone. [[DontExplainTheJoke 'Cause she ate it.]] 'K, bye."
* This has happened a couple of times to Homer in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.