: The whole story was all just a dream.
- Straight: Near the end of an episode of Alice and Bob, Alice is suddenly awake, confused, and convinces herself that it was all a dream.
- A few episodes in a row were all dreams.
- The whole season was all just a dream.
- The whole series was all just a dream.
- Bob's entire life, from the moment he was born, has been a dream.
- Downplayed: Only a few minutes of the episode was a dream, and it doesn't have much impact on the plot.
- Alice is volunteering for a dream-simulator program.
- It was all just a dream.
- The Big Bad uses the Lotus-Eater Machine to keep Alice away from defeating him.
- Double Subverted: Dream Within a Dream
- Parodied: Alice wakes up from a Dream Within a Dream, which was a Dream Within a Dream as well...
- Zig Zagged: Some variations of Your Mind Makes It Real.
- Averted: The whole episode is real.
- Enforced: "I have got a way to let Bob's actor be absent for this episode and not mess up the story line!"
- Lampshaded: "What? So it was just a dream, huh?"
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: Alice knows that she was dreaming, and uses this knowledge to do things she would normally be called on, such as eating all the cookies, playing pranks on her classmates, and kill all the people she hates, including some innocent passers.
- During a dream storyline, everyone involved is up front about the fact that it's a dream, and doesn't want the viewers to be deceived into thinking it's real.
- A character wakes up from a dream and starts doing everything they can to make it really happen because they don't want it to be just a dream.
- Discussed: "What? This can't be happening! This has to be some kind of dream!"
- Conversed: "And of course it all turns out to be a dream... That favorite excuse of crappy writers."
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