Playing With / Bad Dreams

Basic Trope: A character has dreams about things they have suffered.
  • Straight: Alice wakes up screaming, having dreamed of her family's massacre.
  • Exaggerated: Alice suffers from chronic insomnia, trying to avoid the dreams.
  • Downplayed: Alice occasionally wakes with the memory of the dream lingering.
  • Justified: Truth in Television.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice dreams about pleasant things.
    • Alice wakes up almost dying of laughter after a funny dream.
  • Subverted: Alice's dreams seem agreeable.
  • Double Subverted: But after, she dreams of her family's massacre.
  • Parodied: Alice often wakes up screaming due to once slipping on a banana peel.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes, Alice dreams hot dreams, sometimes pleasant dreams, sometimes Bad Dreams, sometimes annoying dream, sometimes she didn't dream.
  • Averted:
    • Alice didn't dream;
    • Alice has annoying dreams like only people sit on chairs.
  • Enforced: "We need a way to display Alice's Dark and Troubled Past, but Troubled Backstory Flashback is so overused." "Hmm.... how 'bout she dreams about it?"
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, Alice must have gone through some pretty horrific stuff to wake up screaming."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Beth reminds Alice of the massacre the night before a big competition. She hopes to ruin her night, so Alice ends up sleep-deprived and ends up performing worse at the event.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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