Talking in Your Sleep

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Batgirl apparently has some interesting dreams.

"I hear the secrets that you keep
When you're talkin' in your sleep."
The Romantics, "Talkin' In Your Sleep"

Dreams, occurring in REM (no, not that R.E.M.) are the subconscious mind's way of rooting through thoughts and concepts the brain is trying to process while the owner of the brain is sleeping. When a sleeper is dreaming, they sometimes also talk. In Real Life, these verbal fragments are more likely to be random nonsense like in the page image than anything linear or relevant—let alone any kind of deep or embarrassing secrets—but this is fictionland...

In fiction and media, anything spoken whilst dreaming is intelligible and (usually) deeply meaningful, offering up insights into the hidden life of our heroes. The Bully may reveal himself as a Bruiser with a Soft Center or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold though he's still obnoxious while awake. Your tough-as-nails Mama Bear may have nightmares about things from her past, which of course gives The Hero something to comfort her over. The Stoic may show his hidden fears. Your shy Shrinking Violet may call out the name of the one she loves in her sleep, though she never gives a hint while awake (bonus points if she does so rather... passionately).

If it isn't one of the above, most likely there will be crucial information imparted. Even if the sleeper knows all the secrets in the story, the one piece of information the listener needs will be what is murmured between nonsensical babbles. If something delicate is revealed there's a good chance that the listener will misunderstand it and causes hilarity to ensue.

If what's said actually is nonsense, then the medium is most likely comedy, or the trope is being used for comic relief.

Can just as often lead to tragedy, depending on the secrets spoken and who's been overhearing or listening.

A common variation involves the 'sleeper' pretending to talk in his sleep to misdirect eavesdroppers.

Supernatural intrusion into dreams is a method of justifying the dreamer speaking in lucid sentences. Nor is this trope restricted to natural slumber — drugged sleep or unconsciousness brought on by drugs, alcohol, or a blow to the head will work just as well.

Sleep talking can be accompanied by Sleep Walking and Fever Dreams as well. Truth in Television as there are many people who talk in their sleep in Real Life.

Probably related to the fictional idea that dreams are generally coherent experiences that consist of the dreamer reliving past experiences, instead of surreal flashes of (seemingly) unrelated things.

Not to be confused with the half-awake babble someone makes when awakened abruptly by the phone in the dead of night. Sleep-talking also tends to be the last thing that happens before the sleeper's own words cause them to snap awake and sit up in bed.

Not to be confused with Talking in Your Dreams, where two or more dreaming characters are communicating with one another.

See also: Dream Sequence. Compare with Non Sequitur Thud. Not to be confused with Talking in Bed (which is a conversation between two characters in bed who are both awake).

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Familiar of Zero: Saito has a heated dream about his "master", in the middle of the class.
  • Nori in Rozen Maiden mentions this line in her sleep:
    Jun, I can't, we're siblings!
  • Chamo in a Mahou Sensei Negima! mumbles "Lady, there's no way. I can't smoke that..." Keeping in mind Chamo is an ermine.
  • Naruto has a tendency to do this, often to the chagrin of whoever he happens to be on mission with.
  • Played straight in Neon Genesis Evangelion. During the ninth episode, when Asuka sleep walks (or debatably consciously walks) into Shinji's futon, Shinji leans in for a kiss, but stops when he hears Asuka mumbling "Mama" and crying in her sleep. This would foreshadow later on when we learn that Asuka's mother killed herself.
  • In one of the side-stories of Pluto, a composer with writer's block sings in his sleep, the melody which is the key to his unfinished work.
  • Akane Tendo from Ranma ½ tends to talk in her sleep, saying things like:
    "Oh, P-chan! Where have you been?"
    "Ranma..."
    "What're you doing?! No. No, don't! I wanted that there!"
  • In episode 23 of Keroro Gunsou, Keroro sneaks into Fuyuki's room at night in order to steal the Kero Ball out of its hiding place in Fuyuki's desk drawer. He panics when he hears Fuyuki shout "Sergeant, don't do that!", but it turns out Fuyuki is just talking in his sleep. He follows it up with "The sponge cake comes first, then the telephone..." and goes back to sleep.
  • Milly Thompson of Trigun talks in her sleep. Her words become more amusing when she's asleep due to drink.
  • Van of GUN×SWORD murmurs the name of his dead fiancee when fevered. It has some plot significance because this is the first that his traveling companion has heard of Elena, and it leads her to learn more about Van's backstory.
  • In a few Hayate the Combat Butler bonus strips, Izumi, Riza and Miki overhear Hinagiku talking in her sleep about 'Sgt. Doughnut' and are confused. When we see her dreams, he is a human, with a giant doughnut for a head.
  • In K-On!'s first training camp with Azusa, Ritsu abruptly sits up in her sleep and shouts, "CABBAGE!"
  • England from Axis Powers Hetalia does it in one strip, revealing that America used to wet his bed while he was a cute boy.
  • When InuYasha visits Kagome's room, he finds that she is sleeping.
    Kagome: Inuyasha...sit.
    WHAM
    Inuyasha: Damn you...what are you dreaming about!
  • In Saint Beast, Rey is shown to not only talk in his sleep, but be clingy and demanding about it.
  • The Canon Foreigner Kumin in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions often does this in her numerous nap sessions.
  • Bleach: Played for Laughs in the case of Orihime. She does dream about Ichigo (whom she really obviously has a crush on) but otherwise her dreams don't seem to make sense at all.
    Orihime: D... don't, Kurosaki-kun... It's not like that... That's not Pooh bear, it's P-tan... They look similar but they're different... You can't win the series A soccer finals with P-tan... You can't... It's impossible...I SAID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!
  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Lambo talks in his sleep and insults Tsuna, Reborn, and I-pin. Reborn and I-pin respond by beating him up.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. After Tessa 'sleepwalked' into Sôsuke's bed, she starts babbling nonsense when a jealous Kaname catches her. Kaname accuses her of faking it.
    Tessa: I can't eat any more...
    Kaname: Stop mumbling classic sleep talk phrases and wake up!
  • In episode 58 of YuYu Hakusho Juri has fainted after being frightened by Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame attack in fear of being absorbed by it, later after it appeared Hiei has been destroyed by the attack her co-announcer Koto tries to wake her up to do the count down she says "Tell work I'm sick today Mom" while sobbing.

    Comic Books 
  • Iris West Allen learned that husband Barry was The Flash because he talked in his sleep.
  • Deadpool says WEIIIRD things in his sleep sometimes. Which is not entirely different from what he says when he's awake.
  • In one very early Green Lantern story, Tom Kalmaku shares a hospital room with a local gangster, and talks very coherently in his sleep about GL's power battery and its limitations. Fortunately the gangster tips his hand in the morning, and Hal and Tom work out a scheme to convince him that Tom doesn't know Green Lantern and was just muttering dream-nonsense.
  • In an early segment of Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Pal, Jimmy wonders how Superman knew that he was in trouble and where to show up. Clark, with whom he had been rooming temporarily, provided the answer to the readers — the young reporter had given his plans away the previous night by talking in his sleep.
  • In Justice League Dark, Constantine claims he learnt some of Zatanna's backwards magic because she mumbles it in her sleep.
  • It was eventually revealed that the Burglar who killed Spider-Man's uncle had once shared a cell in prison with a gangster who talked in his sleep; the Burglar had heard from him this way that he had hidden a box of stolen money under the floorboards of the Parker house years ago. This was why he had originally broken in, although when this motive was discovered, it was also discovered that the money had long been eaten by silverfish, making the murder All for Nothing.

    Fan Works 
Sirius: No no bad bunny I don't like carrots...

    Films — Animation 
  • Finding Nemo:
    • Dory talks in her sleep.
    Dory: You gonna eat that? ... careful with that hammer ... sea monkeys have my money ... yes, I'm a natural blue.
  • Toy Story: Woody and Buzz nearly wake up a half-asleep Sid, who mutters "I wanna ride the pony." The gag was later repeated word-for-word in the videogame adaptation of The Warriors.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: "The redhead's got a gun..."
  • A Goofy Movie:
    • When Max changes the map so Goofy will take him to the Powerline concert instead of fishing while Goofy is asleep, he briefly wakes up and asks him "How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?" to which Max replies "three and a half?" he then immediately falls back to sleep.
    • Also played straight moments when Max is writing a letter to Roxanne about going to the Powerline concert, but then he hears Goofy say as he sleeps, "More hi dad soup, please...?", and Max rewrites the letter to tell Roxanne the truth.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In early silent film A Cure for Pokeritis (1912), the Henpecked Husband pretends to join a fraternal lodge, when he is really going out to play poker with his buddies. His wife figures this out when he starts muttering and dealing cards in his sleep.
  • The Damsel in Distress in Dead Again could only talk in her sleep at the beginning of the movie. While awake, she was amnesiac and mute until they got her hypnotized.
  • In the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film, Ron Weasley wakes up one night and mumbles to Harry, somewhat distressed—and a few seconds later, promptly falls asleep again.
    Ron: ... Spiders...they want me to tapdance! I don't want to tapdance!
    Harry: You tell those spiders, Ron.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Played for Laughs.
    Indy: How did you know she [Elsa Schneider] was a Nazi?
    Jones, Sr.: She talks in her sleep.
  • The Love Light is set in Italy during World War I. Angela rescues a sailor, washed up on shore, who identifies himself as an American who deserted from his ship. But after he mutters "Gott mit uns" in his sleep, she realizes that he is actually a German spy.
  • The last conversation between Malcolm and Anna Crowe in The Sixth Sense is held while Anna is fast asleep.
  • In So I Married an Axe Murderer, Charlie is awakened by Harriet shouting "RALPH!" in her sleep.
  • In The President's Analyst, the title character's job stress takes a turn for the worse when returning home one day, he finds the head of the No Federal Agencies Were Harmed "FBR" informs him they removed his live-in girlfriend, citing national security as he talked in his sleep. Needless to say, he's quite upset that they know that fact.
  • In The NeverEnding Story, Falcor tells Atreyu that he talks in his sleep.
  • In Little Nicky Nicky has fallen asleep in the parking lot and is roaring and talking gibberish in a demonic voice with a crowd gathered around him, he ends with saying "I will eat your heart!" which causes the crowd to run away.
  • In the Get Smart sequel movie Get Smart! Again!, it is revealed that Max bought the Cone of Silence after CONTROL was disbanded and installed it in his bedroom because he talks in his sleep.
  • Near the climax of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, both of the Sleaze Brothers talk in their sleep.
    Sam: Put them in the bundles. Bundles of the thousands.
  • In The Flintstones when Wilma attempts to wake up the Dictabird he says:
    Dictabird: No Mumsy I don't want to go to school today, the other boys make fun of me.
  • In Film/Paul(Film), after a night around the campfire, Paul tries to wake Clive up, leading to some rather odd dialogue.
    Clive: (giggling) No, Boomer. it's forbidden.

    Literature 
  • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston's friend Parsons is arrested after his daughter allegedly saw him talking in his sleep: "Down with Big Brother, down with Big Brother." Later, they meet up and Parsons is proud of his daughter.
  • Twilight: Bella
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency mentions that when he was in college, Dirk developed a reputation for saying interesting things in his sleep after a large meal; it's heavily implied that it was a scam he'd set up so that his roommates would buy him large meals a lot.
    • And good vintage wine.
  • In The Shining, Jack starts talking in his sleep, as he's slowly going insane.
  • High fever + some pretty hefty meds = Lord Jaxom blabbing everything about the queen egg rescue.
  • In Diplomatic Immunity, we're told that Ekaterin doesn't just have a top secret clearance due to her part in foiling a terrorist plot; it's also due to her husband Miles' tendency to babble about state secrets in his sleep.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The first time Percy ever sees Annabeth, she's feeding him ambrosia (which to him tastes like popcorn-flavored pudding) and muttering something. When he can talk and asks how she even knew his name and what happened to him, she just smirks and says, "You talk in your sleep."
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius was talking in his sleep before his escape, which they use as evidence.
    • Specifically, he kept saying "He's at Hogwarts," with "he" being Wormtail.
    • Harry himself is mentioned as talking in his sleep. It becomes a plot point in the movies.
  • Several characters do this in The Lord of the Rings, including Frodo, Éowyn, Merry and Faramir.
  • In Poul Anderson's "The Burning Bridge", The Captain knows that even if a crew member could keep a secret, he might talk in his sleep, so he overpowers and claims he had grown deranged and needed to be put in cold sleep.
  • In Protector of the Small, Kel has recurring Bad Dreams of Blayce after the Chamber shows him to her, and Tobe says she talks about it in her sleep.
  • In Sarah A. Hoyt's Darkship Renegades, Thena comments that Kit is prone to muttering in his sleep.
  • In Dean Koontz's Velocity, the main character's wife has long been in a coma, but sometimes blurts out random phrases. He later learns that everything she says originates from Charles Dickens's novels, but she's much more likely to recite from something like A Christmas Carol than any of Dickens's darker works.
  • In Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novel A Trick Of The Light, it's mentioned that Clara Morrow frequently makes snorting and grunting noises in her sleep and occasionally mumbles weird things like, "But Kevin Spacey's stuck on the Moon."
  • Dr. Seuss takes it Up to Eleven in The Sleep Book:
    Do you talk in your sleep? It's a wonderful sport.
    And I have some news of this sport to report.
    ''The World-Champion Sleep-Talkers, Mo and Jo Redd-Zoff,
    Have just gone to sleep and they're talking their heads off!
    Four fifty-five years now, each chattering brother
    Has babbled and gabbled all night to each other.
    They've talk about laws and they've talk about gauze
    They've talk about paws and they've talk about flaws
    They've talked quite a bit about old Santa Claus.
    And the reason I'm telling you this is because
    You should take up the sport, it's just fine for the jaws.

    Live Action TV 
  • In a couple episodes of Our Miss Brooks, Mr. Conklin and Miss Brooks are heard talking in their sleep. "Mr. Conklin's Wakeup Plan" is one such example.
  • In Smallville, Fever, Clark falls very ill due to some kryptonite-infested spores. He mutters Lana's name in his sleep when Chloe is staying with him at his bedside.
    • Common with many police officers who sleep on the job, it would seem.
  • I Love Lucy did fake it as a trick variation, with Ricky pretending to talk in his sleep.
    Ricky: Grace Foster...Grace Foster is running away...Grace Foster is running away with the milkman.
  • In a That '70s Show episode, Kelso says in his sleep "This isn't gonna work, Jackie". Jackie spends the rest of the episode trying to get him to fall asleep again, so she could find out what he meant.
  • Some examples from Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    Willow: Don't warn the tadpoles! (from season 2's "What's My Line?")
    Spike: I'm drownin' in footwear! (from the series finale, "Chosen")
    • And in "Wild At Heart", Willow is in bed with Oz.
    Willow: Mm... It's in the sandblaster...
    Oz: What's in the sandblaster, Will? It's a dream. Come back to me. (starts to fondle her under the covers)
    Willow: Mmm...Hmm... All Geminis to the raspberry hats.
    Oz: Now you're faking.
  • Done a few times on Scrubs, such as J.D. reliving the first season's finale in his dream and Turk's Dating Game dream (which, hinted at by Carla, is a recurring one).
  • Done once on 30 Rock, after Liz takes some flight medication which lists "sexual nightmares" as a side-effect.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • In one episode, Major Burns won't operate on a CID officer because regulations say this Trope makes it is a risk (he might say something that shouldn't be said while under anesthesia), and you aren't supposed to do so without another present, despite the fact that he's dying. Hawkeye is more sensible - and fortunately, so is the officer comes later.
    • In the episode where Winchester's snoring is keeping the gang awake. The episode ends with Winchester's snoring cured, but now BJ is talking in his sleep.
  • On One Life to Live, this is how Dorian Lord learned that her husband Victor was a pedophile who had abused his daughter Victoria throughout her childhood.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise.
    • Enterprise's medical officer, Dr Phlox, is from a species that must hibernate a few days every year. The crew try to wake him up with a stimulant to treat an ensign who's broken his leg, only for Phlox to emit a long stream of nonsense (both before and after he wakes up).
    • In another installment, Lt. Reed has a fantasy of T'Pol, but when he wakes up, Trip tells him that he 'kept asking for some guy named Stinky."
  • A non-comedic (but painfully cliched) version happens on Empire, when Cookie finds Lucious sleeping heavily from a new medication, and before she leaves, he sits up and reveals not only the season-long secret that he was the one who murdered her cousin Bunky, but that he doesn't have ALS as originally feared, but a less severe and more manageable condition instead. She's so pissed that she contemplates murdering him with a pillow, which got captured on video tape...
  • On Gilmore Girls, Rory and Paris share a hotel room during a summer internship in Washington, and Rory discovers that Paris has a tendency to say things like "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" in her sleep.
  • On Silicon Valley, Richard is forced to share a room with Jared, who speaks loudly and angrily in German in his sleep.
  • The Sketch Show: Played with in a sketch where Ronni is listening to her husband Tim talk in his sleep in the hopes that he'll mention the name of a woman she suspects he's having an affair with. Each time he appears to be talking about a woman, he finishes his sentence in a way that turns it into something innocuous, such as "Allison... I'll listen to anything you say, Ronni!" Then finally he mentions Karen's name, who tries and fails to finish Tim's words in a credible way.

    Music 
  • The Romantics had a hit in The '80s with the song topping the page as Trope Namer and Codifier.
  • The Cars' "Just What I Needed" mentions "I don't mind you hangin' out / and talkin' in your sleep".
  • Crystal Gayle's "You've Been Talkin' in Your Sleep," about a woman who fears her lover is having an affair. There's a remake by Martine McCutcheon.
    You've been talkin' in your sleep, sleeping in your dreams
    With some sweet lover.
    Holding on so tight, loving her the way
    You used to love me.
  • Florence + the Machine's "I'm Not Calling You A Liar":
    There's a ghost in my mouth
    And it talks in my sleep
  • The Go-Gos' "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" cites averting this trope as one of the few fringe benefits of insomnia.
  • Appears in Dolly Parton's song "Jolene", where the narrator begs Jolene not to steal her man.
    He talks about you in his sleep
    And there's nothing I can do to keep
    From crying when he calls your name, Jolene.
  • In Melanie Martinez's "Teddy Bear", her boyfriend talking in his sleep about hurting her is the first warning sign he plans to kill her.
    When you started talking in your sleep
    Saying things you'd do to me
    I didn't care, I wasn't scared
    Now I'm finding knives under the sheets
    Crumbled photographs of me
    I'm in despair
    Should I be scared?
  • The protagonist of "Unwell" by Matchbox 20 mentions talking in his sleep as one of the symptoms of his Ambiguous Disorder.
  • In P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason," Nate Ruess's character apparently talks about ending the relationship in his sleep.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • A Peanuts comic strip has Linus doing this while dreaming about his teacher, Miss Othmar.
  • In a Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin overhears Hobbes saying in his sleep: "Oh yes, I'm VERY fond of Calvin. ...pass the gravy, please." Calvin decides to let Hobbes have the covers.
    • In another strip, Calvin says that he likes to mess with Hobbes's dreams. He holds a cookie under Hobbes's nose while he's sleeping, and sure enough, Hobbes starts mumbling about cookies.

    Oral Tradition 
  • An old joke:
    Mother: Doctor, my son is talking in his sleep. Can you do something about that?
    Doctor: That's not really a bad thing. You shouldn't worry about it.
    Mother: Yes, but everyone in school is laughing about him!

    Puppet Shows 
  • Squacky does this sometimes on The Pajanimals.
    Squacky: (dreaming of a movie he's excited about seeing) More popcorn.

    Tabletop RPG 

    Theater 
  • In Avenue Q, there is a whole song where Rod dreams about Nicky talking in his sleep.
  • Macbeth: Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking soliloquy.
  • Characters learn important information while another character talks in her sleep in The Yeomen of the Guard.
  • There's a rather sad version in Miss Saigon in the song "I Still Believe". As Chris sleeps, he shouts "Kim!", to the dismay of his wife Ellen, who has never learned of Chris' first love.

    Video Games 
  • The Thief series has many instances of Enemy Chatter, but also of characters muttering in their sleep, ranging from religious Hammers to guards and civilians.
    Sleeping Guard: Too many snakes! Where's Piggy?
  • Fable has a few, from the method to get the bordello deed to the kid in Bowerstone, sleeping and "tripping" on something, and spilling "pearls" like this:
    "Get away from me you headless monkey, I don't like your eyes!"
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. During the game's final stealth sequence, you can tranquilize EVA. If you do so, she mumbles fairly dirty things in her sleep about you, The Boss and her dog, Fido.
    • If you watch Snake in Metal Gear Solid 2, he would mumble in his sleep and then yell out, "Liquid!"
  • Mario mumbles about Italian food if left asleep long enough in Super Mario 64.
  • Norma Beatty from Tales of Legendia does this when she's asleep. And most of the time, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, both Squall and his father Laguna are said to talk in their sleep. Also, there's a guy in Trabia Garden who, because of the missile attack, has gone a bit loopy and has dreams of being SeeD in his sleep. He says stuff like "Take this! GF summoning..." and "That...Tonberry King!"
  • In Final Fantasy IX, if you examine the Moogle's Flute key item (allows you to summon a save moogle on the World Map) in the menu, you get a quotation from a character just like any other key item. In this case, the quotation is from lead thief of Tantalus, Baku, and reads "Hey, let me touch that red...bonbon-lookin' thing on your head... Zzz..." =Baku sleeptalking=
  • In Magical Diary, one of your roommates talks in her sleep. However, what she says is completely nonsensical (and randomised between plays). The only consistent thing is that it has something to do with her older brother.
  • In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, while Guybrush is performing first aid on Morgan to wake her up, we hear her mumble, while she's unconscious: "THIS is for JUGBENDER!" and "Gomez... not on the carpet!"
  • In Star Fox Assault, Pigma is disturbed to find that he's talking in his sleep. considering that it's because he's being assimilated by the Aparoids, it's for good reason.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has Luigi do this several times, which the player hears as his characteristic pseudo-Italian but which Starlow understands perfectly. Each time, it was triggered by Dreambert conveying a message to the outside world from inside Luigi's dream.
  • In the Animal Crossing games, if Gulliver washes up on the shores of your town, he'll indulge in a bit of this as you try to wake him up.
    "Nnnnnn... Cinnamon buns are not currency... Not yet, anyway..."
  • The Pokémon move Sleep Talk can be used during the Asleep Standard Status Effect to randomly execute one of the user's other three moves.
  • In Tomodachi Life, your Miis can say various silly things while sleeping.
    Does anyone need a meerkat? I have a spare...
    [Other Mii] stole all of my disco balls!
    Why do bananas have their own packaging? It's a mystery...
  • In Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, Nio asks Escha and Logy if they heard a strange voice. Logy accidentally let slip that he heard Escha talking in her sleep after she fell asleep while doing paperwork.
  • In Evolve, Kala suffers from this during her brushes with the minds of the monsters. As a result, the talking is less 'amusing non-sequitur' and more 'wordless rhythmic chanting mixed with ominous statements in the voice of an old man'.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, while Group A of Class VII is on the train to their field study in Legram, Millium is sleeping and comments "No, Lammy, you can't smash that," Lammy being her giant combat robot that assists her. Also, later on, while taking a nap following a mission: "Emma, they're so big... and soft." Additionally, late in the game, if you have Rean talk to the sleeping Sara in the Class VII dormitory, she'll comment "Zzz... Keep those beers coming... Zzz..." and if you speak to her again, "Zzz... I'm done. Hit my limit... ...There needsh to be more booze in thish glass... Zzz..."

    Visual Novels 
  • In Yo-Jin-Bo, part of Yo and Ittosai's Bad Dreams sequences include said guys talking in their sleep, mistaking Sayori for a character in the dream. In Yo's case, it's his injured mom. For Ittosai, his cruel father.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Strong Bad for some reason has a constant tendency to say the names of different SNES games while sleeping on the couch.
  • Episode 61 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Marik doing this, apparently dreaming about having dinner with Bakura.
    "Zzzzz... Nn-no, Bakura, don't eat your spaghetti with your mouth open. It gets everywhere. Told you not to do that."
  • In the beginning of the 56th episode of The Most Popular Girls in School:
    Clint: And that's gonna take us down to the two-minute warning. What do you think about the action in the first half so far, Bert?
    Bert: (wakes up) Wha, huh? Whoa, was I asleep?
    Clint: Yes, you most certainly were.
    Bert: Sorry, I tend to fall asleep when I'm watching things I don't give a shit about. Was I talking in my sleep?
    Clint: Eh, well, uh, maybe a little.
    (flashback)
    Clint: Christiansen is back to pass he's looking deep in the end zone and it's—
    Bert: No, no Vasquez, I delivered all the drugs.
    Clint: He hands the ball off to McGrann and he—
    Bert: Hey! If I had your money, would I be half-naked in this brothel wearing kneepads?
    Clint: And he's looking deep for Derringer, and it is—
    Bert: Well you tell Blake Shelton to shove it up his asshole!
    (present)
    Bert: I didn't say anything too embarrassing, did I?
    Clint: You sure did!

    Western Animation 
  • The Flintstones: Wilma Flintstone had a sequence of nightmares where she'd wake up screaming for help. Fred would come running thinking she was attacked.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Timmy Turner wished in his sleep from the guilt of letting someone else take the blame for the abduction of Dimmsdale's mascot, Chompy the goat.
    Vicky... not guilty... wish... RAINING DUCKS!
  • In the Gargoyles episode "Heritage", Elisa is rendered unconscious, yet somehow seems to know when Goliath is in trouble, even though he is miles away from her, becoming restless in her bed and calling out to him.
  • Misery in Ruby Gloom is a sleep-singer. When she's awake, her singing voice is shrill enough to break glass, but when she's asleep she has a terrific voice.
  • In one episode of South Park, Cartman rants about hippies in his sleep.
  • One episode of Kidd Video centering around dreams turning to nightmares and then manifesting to attack the heroes used this method of helpfully letting the characters know what was about to attack them when one or another of them invariably fell asleep.
  • A SpongeBob SquarePants episode has SpongeBob muttering "Two scoops please. Thank you. Keep the change." in his sleep.
    • In another Squidward says "Thanks for the cookies Grandma" in his sleep.
  • Bender tends to talk about how he will kill all humans in his sleep.
    Bender: Hey sexy mama, wanna kill all humans?
    • When awakened by his human roommate Fry who was disturbed by Bender saying "Kill all humans" over and over again:
    Bender: I was having the most beautiful dream and you were there!
  • In a WordGirl episode Dr. Two Brains dreams of various cheeses in his sleep.
  • An episode of The Powerpuff Girls showed a cop nodding off on late-night duty, muttering "Hands in the air" in his sleep.
  • Egon of The Real Ghostbusters talks in his sleep, usually about science experiments gone wrong. He has said things like "Sorry I burned down the garage, Mom." and "Don't worry, your hair will grow back."
  • Adventure Time: Jake in "Hitman" -
    Jake: No Rainicorn, don't eat him...
    • In reference to the Offscreen character, Meatman, who often donated parts of his meat body so Jake could make sandwiches. Once Jake wakes up from his dream, he can be seen staring deeply into the sun, promising to never eat Meatman.
    • In the same episode, Finn says "Punch, punch, punch!" softly, while doing little sleep-punches.
  • On Total Drama World Tour, Cody mutters something about him getting together with Gwen, which is fine, since Sierra had a "roller-skating accident."
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Baby Cakes", Pumpkin and Pound, the Cake Twins, speak their first word in their sleep. It happens to be Pinkie Pie's name.
    • "Sisterhooves Social" opened with Rarity mumbling about pancakes and cider before waking up to the smell of Sweetie Belle incinerating breakfast.
  • In Code Lyoko, Jeremie and Aelita each had their moments. Aelita's, however, were more in her nightmares than Jeremie's.
  • In Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, when Pac-Man landed on a sleeping Lord Betrayus, Betrayus just rolled over and whimpered "Mommy, Stratos hit me!" and started sucking one of his metal talons.
  • The Sniffles Looney Tunes cartoon "The Unbearable Bear" had a wife bear talking in her sleep ranting about her recalcitrant policeman husband.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Space Race", Greg talks while sleeping in his van:
    Greg: No, don't give him the banana...that's what he wants...
  • Doc McStuffins
    • "Top Lamb" shows that Doc sometimes talks in her sleep.
    Doc McStuffins: Diagnosis... checkup...
    • In "Toy Hosptial: The Most Impatient Patient," Bronty, a toy brontosaurus, comments "I chase a ball," in his sleep.
  • On Ella the Elephant, Belinda sometimes mutters "No more autographs, please" in her sleep.
  • Leni from The Loud House was shown having a "fashion nightmare".
    Leni: Scrunchies...leg-warmers...SOCKS WITH SANDALS!
    • Luan tells jokes in her sleep, which is why she records herself sleeping so she can look for jokes to put in her act.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: "The Clutching Foot" opens with Eustace muttering "Scratch" and "Wool socks" in his sleep as he suffers from a foot fungus.
  • On Little Princess, Maid does it in "Maid's Day Off?" while having a nap outside following a picnic by herself. As little woodland animals munch on the remains, she mutters to herself while snoring. Most of it is indecipherable, though "Where are the pigs? can be made out at the end.

    Real Life 
  • When appearing as a guest/interviewee on Ellen DeGeneres' show, Isaiah Mustafa said that his girlfriend teases him for reciting the lines from the Old Spice ads in his sleep.
  • Some people have been known to talk in their sleep. This only happens whenever dreams ocurr outside of an REM phase (Yes that is possible), as during those phases the body is paralyzed.
    • An example of this actually appeared in the first season of the Australian Big Brother: in the middle of the night, housemate Ben said, "Where's the chicken?" When his fellow housemates responded with "Huh?" he elaborated, "The last chicken?" Upon their further confusion, he insisted, "Chicken! You know..." and started making chicken noises. That's when they realised he was sleep-talking.
  • There's a blog called Sleep Talkin' Man which is the trope as Real Life as you can get. His wife records him, and very little of what he says makes sense. But is very, very funny.
    "I'm an advocate for hermit crab politics."
    "Where is all the neurons are gone? B'doing!"
    "God judges you. Well, I judge God. This week: not bad! Still messing up in the Middle East, though. Sort it out."
    "Fucking unicorns. 'Ooh, I've got a horn!' So fucking obnoxious. You're just a horse with a party hat, dickhead."
  • The recorded sleep speech of Dion McGregor, tape-recorded by his roommate and released on records and CDs.
  • In The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes mentions a (real life) scientist working on the Manhattan Project who was unable to get cleared for access to more sensitive levels of the project because the scientist (who was married) talked in his sleep.
  • One comedy goldmine at Something Awful was a collection of crazy things people have said in their sleep.
  • According to Tiffany Grant the reason her husband, the voice director for Noir, knew she could pull off the level of creepy required for Altena was because she talks in her sleep, and on one occasion told him to "Put it on the table" and then when he asked what to put on the table she answered "The body."

Alternative Title(s): I Dont Wanna Ride The Pony

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