->''"And it shall come to pass in the last days, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams"''
-->-- '''Acts 2:17''' [[CallBack (and Joel 2:28)]], ''Literature/TheBible''

In RealLife, [[RealDreamsAreWeirder dreams are just dreams]]. If a friend [[FaceHeelTurn turns on you]] or your sister dies or you're living in a [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers palace made of lego that floats in the sky and changes colour]], it's not an [[DreamingOfThingsToCome early glimpse of things to come]].

On the other hand, television shows have a strange attitude towards prophetic dreams, whereby it's not necessary to have any actual PsychicPowers to have them. You can just be a super-warrior (as in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'') or a healer (as in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''), and all your dreams about the past, present and/or future will come true/turn out to be true, down to the smallest detail. In fact, it's not even necessary to have any powers of any description, or be in a show where supernatural things occur. May be an example of MundaneFantastic or SkepticismFailure.

Subtrope of DreamingOfThingsToCome.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' begins with Nanoha dreaming of [[GirlOfMyDreams a magical boy]] fighting a losing battle against [[MonsterOfTheWeek a strange monster]], which naturally, turned out to have actually happened.
* Once she starts getting involved with the supernatural, [[spoiler: Asuna]] of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' starts getting these. Later [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by it being some self-induced LaserGuidedAmnesia that's starting to break down.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* A major theme of ''{{Bone}}''. Dreams are an extension of the setting, and nobody ever has a dream that ''isn't'' a prophecy, suppressed memory, or psychic message from someone.
* In an issue of ''[[TheFlash Impulse]]'', Bart Allen has a series of increasingly bizarre dreams including one where he's visited by warped versions of Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} members Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Brainiac 5, Apparition and Spark, based on his own... unique... interpretation of his cousin XS's description of them. Two issues later he does indeed meet precisely those Legionnaires.
** Of course, TheDCU has a [[ComicBook/TheSandman Lord of Dreams]] to justify this sort of thing; any dream prophecies come from ''his'' power, not the dreamer's. Er, except for Dream Girl.
*** [[{{Retcon}} Retconned]]: Dream Girl's powers originate from the Dreaming now. MagicAIsMagicA at work.
* The impetus of the plot in ''ComicBook/{{Justice}}'' is that the villains get prophetic dreams of world doom that the Justice League won't be able to save them from.
* The ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' story "Tintin in Tibet'' is kicked off by Tintin having a dream about his friend Chang (from "The Blue Lotus") being stranded in the Himalayas, which later comes true.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This seems to have become the case starting in Chapter 3 of Fanfic/TheSweetieChroniclesFragments, [[AscendedFridgeHorror letting us know what's happening in Sweetie Belle's home dimension while she's off adventuring]].
* [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' features multiple characters having conversations with dead people in their dreams, [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dreaming about the future]], or having the Slender Man invade their dreams.
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[[folder:Films]]
* In ''[[LordofTheRings The Return of the King]]'', Aragorn has a dream of Arwen dying. He then wakes up to find that Elrond has arrived to tell him that Arwen's dying.
* ''Film/DeadOfNight'': A young man recounts a dream he had while in hospital, in which he has a premonition about [[spoiler:his own death, as an ominous hearse driver turns out to look just like a tram driver he meets when he gets out. The tram crashes, after he gets off in a fright.]]
** This sounds like a retelling of a similar classic ghost story, ''Room For One More''. [[spoiler:To whit; the protagonist has a dream where (as time period allows) a mortician/ferryman/hearse driver/whatever is preparing a large number of deceased bodies/souls, sees the protagonist approaching and says "Room for one more." Cut to the waking world, and he encounters a(n) stagecoach/bus/elevator/boat/roller coaster where a familiar (and invariably creepy) man holds them up, saying the same phrase. He declines, waiting for the next one; moments into the trip, something horrible happens and everyone else dies.]]
* The short film known as [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0872275/ 5:45 A.M.]] features a car crash that sends a psychic shockwave to a nearby motel, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FLwhsfJ6P0 here]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'': The heroes are drawn to Boulder, and the villains are drawn to Las Vegas, by psychic dreams. Low-level psychic sensitivity is relatively common in King's work; it's implied that whatever factor causes this may also have been responsible for their plague immunity.
* ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': In ''spades.''
** Somewhat justified, since it's possible that could be a demigod ability.
*** Confirmed in the Last Olympian. All demigods have psychic dreams, and the more dangerous the situation is, the more such dreams they experience. Naturally, they hate this, as it just makes already stressful situations more stressful.
* This also happens in the sister series ''TheKaneChronicles'' Although there ''are'' ways around this problem.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' has this in spades, at least in the [[Literature/TheWasteLands third book]]. In fact, the dreams are so abundant and proven true that there's really no suspense when you already know what's going to happen because you're beaten over the head with it 400 pages before it happens.
* ''Under the Dome'' also has this trope, with all of the children in Chester's Mill having precognitive dreams/seizures, and anyone who [[spoiler: goes through the radiation belt surrounding the dome's generator]] having similar visions. Apparently, Stephen King likes this trope.
* A prominent trope in Micah E. F. Martin's ''ProphetsHouse'' Quintology.
* Nikolai Bolkonsky at the end of ''WarAndPeace'' has a dream that, [[NoEnding had the book continued]], would most likely have come true. Sonya has dreams of Prince Andrei lying down in bed in a rickety house, and that's where he dies.
* Prophetic dreams in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' were originally established as dreams that only medicine cats receive, and when they did have one, it was a pretty big deal. As the series progressed, ''every'' dream that ''every'' character had contained either a prophecy, a glimpse into the future, or allowed them to speak with their ancestors.
** Actually, prophetic dreams are still limited to medicine cats, it just seems otherwise because from series 2 onward, there's been at least one protagonist who is a medicine cat. However cats in the Place of No Stars are still capable of visiting non-medicine cats.
** Firestar and the four Sun-Drown Journey cats were the only non-medicine cats to have prophetic dreams in any case, but this is {{Justified|Trope}}, since they were all TheChosenOne.
* All the viewpoint characters in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths''. The author has said that everyone in that world, even the ones with no magical powers, has prophetic dreams.
* There's a good deal of "everyone" in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. Bran starts getting "the wolf dreams" after [[DisabilitySuperpower he's crippled from his fall]] -- but in later books, Daenerys (after a visit to the House of the Undying), Jon Snow (mainly because Bran's leading him through one), and even Arya (though it's mostly cloaked with symbolism) get them to a degree. However, it's worth noting that three of these characters are Starks, who are implied to have strong, possibly magical connections with the direwolves they adopt, and the fourth is a Targaryen, another family that is implied to have magical connections with animals (in this case, dragons).
** The youngest Stark, Rickon, has the same prophetic dream as Bran did about their father's death. It's the first indication that Bran didn't just have a nightmare, and it supports the idea that this ability runs in the family and/or is connected to their relationships with their wolves as Rickon and Shaggydog are very close.
** The fact that Sansa, [[spoiler: whose direwolf is killed]], is the only one of her siblings not to have prophetic dreams supports the theory.
* There are several in ''TheLordOfTheRings'', notably Boromir's and Faramir's recurring dream about Isildur's bane that prompts Boromir to go to Rivendell. Frodo also sees Gandalf's escape from Orthanc in a dream, though he doesn't understand what he saw until he hears Gandalf's story later.
** In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Smaug the dragon even has one about Bilbo.
* Alex in ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' has a dream which prophesies his betrayal by his friends.
* Bella has this constantly in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Meyer attempts to HandWave it by saying that Bella is clever enough to make the various connections in her dreams without realizing it. Even when there are ''absolutely no connections to make'', i.e. in her first dream when she sees Edward sparkling and Jacob fursploding, ''neither'' of which have happened at all in the text at that point and Bella has no reason or examples to cause her to think/dream of them.
* In ''PerdidoStreetStation'', this precedes the coming of the [[EldritchAbomination Slake-moths]].
* In GoneWithTheWind, the wording used to describe Scarlett's recurring nightmare is also used to describe a scene in which she realizes [[spoiler: she's about to lose Rhett because she let her obsession with Ashley go too far.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* An interesting thing to note is that, in an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent has semi-prophetic dreams, where the events come true, but not as severely as in the dreams. Also in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Lois Lane mentions having dreams about "a guy wearing a red cape". Interestingly, she interprets them as nightmares.
** Interestingly? Haven't you been to [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=28&Itemid=45&limitstart=16 Superdickery]]?
** There's an old, old theory that Superman's powers are all psychic in some nature ("Tactile telekinesis" instead of actual SuperStrength, fooling an entire planet by [[PaperThinDisguise simply wearing glasses]], etc.), so it kind of makes sense if you don't think about it too much.
* A literal interpretation of this is the Centauri in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Most of them are not shown to be any more psychic than the other races otherwise, but they all each apparently have one psychic dream at some point in their life, which shows their death. Some women are prophetesses.
* In the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' series, both human and Cylon characters have on occasion prophetic dreams or visions; there are human oracles who do this "professionally" with the help of drugs to improve their talent, and the Cylon basestar hybrids seem to have visions ''constantly'' and are regarded insane by other Cylons, but apparently everyone is a latent psychic.
* Several characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have prophetic dreams, most notably Locke, Eko, and Hurley. We have never been witness to one of Ben's dreams, but he has indicated he "used to have" prophetic dreams. The episode "The Constant" implies that precognition is actually future moments being beamed back in time, like the rats in Faraday's maze.
* The eponymous ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' gets these occasionally as part of her [[ChosenOne Slayer]] powers, mostly in the earlier seasons. There's a slight parody in one episode: Buffy is telling Willow about a nightmare she had in which she was being chased by an incorrectly filled in answer bubble marked "None of the Above". Willow mentions that she hopes it isn't one of Buffy's prophecy dreams.
* Starting in the pilot of ''AmericanGothic'', and continuing on to about the twelfth episode, Gail Emory proves to possess some form of this ability, since she continually relives or witnesses the fire which claimed the lives of her parents, even though she wasn't actually there to see the tragedy the first time. Once Buck [[ManipulativeBastard has revealed to her the truth about how and why her parents died]] and she realizes they [[BrokenPedestal weren't as wonderful as she thought they were]], this ability seems to disappear... which [[EvilIsSexy considering the trouble]] [[VirginityMakesYouStupid she gets into later]], is rather unfortunate.
* [[Series/{{House}} Dr. Gregory House]] was shown to have (apparently accurate) visions of his future patients' outcomes during a near death experience (a rather odd choice of subject-matter for a psychic dream). He chose not to believe in the supernatural anyway. Apparently forgetting all about this -- and his other, also very trippy near-death experience -- he deliberately gave himself a heart-stopping electric shock to see if he would have any visions, and declared there was no afterlife because this time he didn't.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': In Season 3, after meeting the precognitive African man, Matt suddenly has his eyes turn white a la Isaac and has a dream that happens to be about the same part of the future that Peter has just popped off to.
** It is implied that after his death, the precognitive African man "passed" his abilities down to Matt. Considering that Matt is a telepath to begin with, having precognitive abilities isn't really that far-fetched.
** In Season 1, Peter had these; Season 3 revealed this to be because [[spoiler:precognition is his mother's superpower, and he copied it from her.]]
* Claudia Brown has dreams about Gorgonopsids and anomalies before poofing out of the timeline on ''{{Primeval}}''.
* The ''{{Terminator}}'' series contains no psychic powers, but a recent arc on ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' concerns Sarah having a series of dreams about a mysterious symbol. Possibly justified by saying that she saw it on the wall earlier and only subconsciously recognised its significance.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', where the only ones with psychic powers are demon-tainted (Sam and others like him), prophets of the Lord (Chuck), or apparently just natural psychics who do it for a living (Missouri and Pamela).
* The core premise of ''FlashForward2009''.
* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Hal's dream about the slot machine in Vegas comes entirely true.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has Dale Cooper, who is suggested to have some degree of psychic powers. This includes getting dreams that help him solve murder cases.
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[[folder:Mythology & Religion]]
* The trope is OlderThanDirt. In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', both Gilgamesh and Enkidu have recurring prophetic dreams. About one another, about the challenges to come, about the afterlife...
* One of the promises of the coming of the Holy Spirit, from [[Literature/TheBible Joel 2:28]], which Peter the apostle said has come to pass at the day of Pentecost, as shown in the page quote above.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare was fond of this one; prophetic dreams, visions, and intuitions are all over the place.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Several characters in ''{{Bionicle}}''. Vakama is the most prominent one, but [[WordOfGod Word of Greg]] says it was " probably just a glitch in his AI". Gali and Kopaka have also have them, and there was the occasional mention of Nokama being able to have them, too. These have disappeared in later years as the series started [[DoingInTheWizard phasing out all the fantasy elements.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has a rather literal example of this during its fifth chapter. Anyone who spends the night at the Strathbaile Inn dreams of the same thing: [[spoiler: a GirlInTheTower pleading for someone, ''anyone'' to stop her boyfriend's ambitions of wiping out humankind]]. Later, the dream changes [[spoiler: to show Rose's death at the hands of thugs and Psaro CompletelyMissingThePoint of her LastRequest]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' makes use of this in the plot, with characters remembering past events of other people in dreams.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has Princess Zelda and Link with prophetic dreams about Ganondorf (the latter before he's even met the man). And this is ''before'' they get their respective Triforces. It might have something to do with legends about Hylian ears being designed to hear the messages of the gods...
** [[TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Or the embodiment of evil itself...]]
* In the beginning of ''{{Zak McCracken And The Alien Mindbenders}}'', Zak has a surreal dream containing several important plot points, and it's shared with Annie, the secondary protagonist. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, once mankind's psychic potential has been freed, dream sharing ends up replacing telephones.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This happens in a series of early ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' strips, collectively known as the "weird ones".
* Parodied in [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1339 this]] ''CatAndGirl'' strip.
* Pretty much anyone on or near Skaia in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has these. Although technically, the dreams are just waking up in another body. Eventually, players go there as their waking selves, either by traversing their gates, building/flying their way there, or more rarely, via god tier resurrection.
** That is, for the Prospit players. For the Derse players, their dreams are prophetic in a wholly different manner - they listen to the whisperings of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that exist beyond the session.
** Then there's the matter of players of dead dreamselves, who end up dreaming in the [[EldritchLocation furthest ring]], as Karkat and Jade find out the hard way while Feferi figures this is the case all along and [[HeroicSacrifice allows her dream self to get killed]] to prove the eldritch abominations aren't all that bad. Feferi also convinces the gods to produce [[LotusEaterMachine dream bubbles]] for her and Jade to dream within, which seem to allow those within them to lucidly dream.
* Dave Davenport of ''{{Narbonic}}'' had a couple of bizarre dreams that, in hindsight, outlined the major plot developments of the rest of the webcomic. Dave was [[spoiler: a potential Mad Scientist that Helen was keeping artificially suppressed]], not a psychic, but that may or may not count given the details of the setting.
* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' warns that [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080406 it's important not to overdo this]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has "Sleepy Time" mini-arc when everyone got vaguely symbolical dreams, some of things they didn't know in details in the waking life. Except for Susan who got {{flashback}} of her [[BrokenBird life-wrecking story]]. And Ellen, who right after that gets the "Second Life" mini-arc where she lives through many years worth of consecutive memories from her AlternateUniverse counterpart, shared with her new best friend, AlternateUniverse counterpart of another magic clone she never met, that of the sorceress who did this for them both.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In Literature/SpesPhthisica, because the dreams are from an external source
* A plot point in ''Literature/AvalonsReign'' is that a portion of the population are sharing dreams.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Even MechanicalLifeforms can get these, as Cheetor will be the first to tell you.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', William's habit of dreaming about things he should have forgotten after the [[ResetButton Returns to the Past]] was one of the factors that helped them cinch his initiation as a Lyoko Warrior. Not that he lasted more than a day, but ''anyway''...
* From ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'':
-->'''Tipo:''' I had a dream that Dad was tied to a log, and was careening out of control down a raging river of DEATH!
-->'''(...)'''
-->'''Chaca:''' Well, in ''my'' dream, Dad had to kiss a llama!
-->'''Tipo:''' Yeah, [[TemptingFate like THAT would ever happen.]]
* Parodied on ''TheSimpsons'' in one of the Halloween episodes, where Bart has a nightmare about facing terrible danger on the bus ride to school (which of course, comes true.)
--> Bart: I just had a vision of my own horrible fiery death.
--> Lisa: ...and?
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