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* ''[[http://www.thisman.org/ This Man]]'' is about a mysterious man who, since January 2006, has purportedly appeared in the dreams of over 2,000 people around the world. None of them are connected in any meaningful way and no living people resembling this man have ever been found. There have been many theories about who he is or why they dream about him, but nothing has been definitive.

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* ''[[http://www.thisman.org/ This Man]]'' is about a mysterious man who, since January 2006, has purportedly appeared in the dreams of over 2,000 people around the world. None of them are connected in any meaningful way and no living people resembling this man have ever been found. There have been many theories about who he is or why they dream about him, but nothing has been definitive.
definitive. Although it was later found that the whole thing was just an elaborate hoax as part of a social experiment.



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* In [[{{ComicBook/Rogue}} Rogue's]] miniseries she meets a mysterious man immune to her draining touch who claims to be a "mutant dream". According to him one day a woman who wanted a baby had a dream about giving birth and woke to a real child crying in her house, raising it in spite of her confusion. He's capable of crossing in between reality and a DreamWorld and he seeks Rogue's help in stopping her mother from corrupting it and thus corrupting the waking minds of everyone. When Rogue stops her mother it turns out she was just a dream of her after the real one died.


* Most of the [[spoiler:inhabitants of Mars]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Revealed when they start getting erased.
* The inhabitants of the DreamLand in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''.
* Possibly the Ijin in ''Anime/ReadOrDie''. Either that or they are [[CloningBlues clones]].
* Princess Adina from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', as well as the other inhabitants of Simlow.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Most of the [[spoiler:inhabitants of Mars]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.Mars]]. Revealed when they start getting erased.
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'': The inhabitants of the DreamLand in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''.
DreamLand.
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'': Possibly the Ijin in ''Anime/ReadOrDie''. Ijin. Either that or they are they're [[CloningBlues clones]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Princess Adina from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Adina, as well as the other inhabitants of Simlow.



* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity,'' this is a key element of the origin of American Chibi, dreamed into existence by video game designer Marguerite Li. [[spoiler:Chibi is dreamed up by Marguerite after a group of eldritch abominations haunt her with dreams of monsters, and becomes manifest in the real world. This causes the walls between the dream-world and reality to weaken, allowing them to appear in the material world as the monsters from Marguerite's dreams.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity,'' this ''ComicBook/AstroCity'':
** This
is a key element of the origin of American Chibi, dreamed into existence by video game designer Marguerite Li. [[spoiler:Chibi is dreamed up by Marguerite after a group of eldritch abominations haunt her with dreams of monsters, and becomes manifest in the real world. This causes the walls between the dream-world and reality to weaken, allowing them to appear in the material world as the monsters from Marguerite's dreams.]]



* [[spoiler:Parcher, Charles and Marcee]] from ''Film/ABeautifulMind''.

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* 'Film/ABeautifulMind''" [[spoiler:Parcher, Charles and Marcee]] from ''Film/ABeautifulMind''.Marcee]].



* Harry Morgan [[spoiler:and Brian Moser]] in later seasons of ''{{Series/Dexter}}'', since the resulting {{Dead Person Conversation}}s are more to different aspects of his subconscious than the actual people themselves.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Harry Morgan [[spoiler:and Brian Moser]] in later seasons of ''{{Series/Dexter}}'', seasons, since the resulting {{Dead Person Conversation}}s are more to different aspects of his subconscious than the actual people themselves.



* Manes in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' are the inhabitants of pocket realities called [[DreamLand Bardos]]. They're rather fragile outside Bardos.

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* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Manes in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' are the inhabitants of pocket realities called [[DreamLand Bardos]].Bardos]], and are created from ideas and scientific models that society abandons. They're rather fragile outside Bardos.



* This trope is EVERYWHERE in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''. The whole game takes place in the dreams of a young girl, so you should expect some interesting characters. Things like walking clocks, faceless technicolor people, walking whistles, deformed bird witches, pixel sculptures, mouths in wigs, ghosts, candle people, and even some unique characters in between, all haunt the regions of the game.
* The strange beings of ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'' (naturally), especially the mysterious Grey Man who [[ParanoiaFuel intermittently appears from thin air and drifts toward the screen]], waking you up if it catches you.

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* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'': This trope is EVERYWHERE in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''.EVERYWHERE. The whole game takes place in the dreams of a young girl, so you should expect some interesting characters. Things like walking clocks, faceless technicolor people, walking whistles, deformed bird witches, pixel sculptures, mouths in wigs, ghosts, candle people, and even some unique characters in between, all haunt the regions of the game.
* ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'': The strange beings of ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'' (naturally), the game, especially the mysterious Grey Man who [[ParanoiaFuel intermittently appears from thin air and drifts toward the screen]], waking you up if it catches you.



* [[spoiler:Tidus and the other inhabitants of Zanarkand]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
* [[spoiler:The inhabitants of Magicant, excluding Queen Mary]] from ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings''.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': [[spoiler:Tidus and the other inhabitants of Zanarkand]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
Zanarkand]].
* ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'': [[spoiler:The inhabitants of Magicant, excluding Queen Mary]] from ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings''.Mary]].



* Agent Francis York Morgan from ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has an invisible friend named Zach. Zach acts as a stand-in for the player; whenever York addresses Zach, York is speaking through the FourthWall. The in-game explanation is a bit more [[MindScrew complicated]].
* Part of VideoGame/TheDreamMachine takes place inside dreams. The only people you can interact with for the majority of these sequences are examples of these.
* Depending on the [[OrWasItADream interpretation]], practically everyone in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is one of these. The entire world as well as its inhabitants exist in a world based almost solely around music, which presumably only exists as Chopin's DyingDream. Though as time goes on, even he begins to question that conclusion.
* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam]]'': Practically everybody has a dream equivalent to them, many enemies are only ''in'' the dream world, and certain characters such as the Dream Stone's Spirit only appear in dreams. That's not even getting into the [[LivingDream Pi'illos]] themselves!

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* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'': Agent Francis York Morgan from ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has an invisible friend named Zach. Zach acts as a stand-in for the player; whenever York addresses Zach, York is speaking through the FourthWall. The in-game explanation is a bit more [[MindScrew complicated]].
* ''VideoGame/TheDreamMachine'': Part of VideoGame/TheDreamMachine the game takes place inside dreams. The only people you can interact with for the majority of these sequences are examples of these.
* ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'': Depending on the [[OrWasItADream interpretation]], practically everyone in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is one of these. The entire world as well as its inhabitants exist in a world based almost solely around music, which presumably only exists as Chopin's DyingDream. Though as time goes on, even he begins to question that conclusion.
* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam]]'': ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'': Practically everybody has a dream equivalent to them, many enemies are only ''in'' the dream world, and certain characters such as the Dream Stone's Spirit only appear in dreams. That's not even getting into the [[LivingDream Pi'illos]] themselves!



* Zimmy's mental constructs in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Disconcertingly, they're ''not quite'' people; their faces are scribbles that vaguely resemble QR codes, [[{{Dissimile}} except not]].

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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Zimmy's mental constructs in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.constructs. Disconcertingly, they're ''not quite'' people; their faces are scribbles that vaguely resemble QR codes, [[{{Dissimile}} except not]].



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* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam]]'': Practically everybody has a dream equivalent to them, many enemies are only ''in'' the dream world, and certain characters such as the Dream Stone's Spirit only appear in dreams. That's not even getting into the [[LivingDream Pi'illos]] themselves!

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* ''[[http://www.thisman.org/ This Man]]'' is about a mysterious man who, since January 2006, has purportedly appeared in the dreams of over 2,000 people around the world. None of them are connected in any meaningful way and no living people resembling this man have ever been found. There have been many theories about who he is or why they dream about him, but nothing has been definitive.


Ghosts are [[OurGhostsAreDifferent a separate trope]], while virtual entities are covered by InsideAComputerSystem, ProjectedMan and DigitalAvatar. Compare ImaginaryFriend, IntangibleMan. See also DreamLand and DreamApocalypse.

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Ghosts are [[OurGhostsAreDifferent a separate trope]], while virtual entities are covered by InsideAComputerSystem, ProjectedMan and DigitalAvatar. Compare ImaginaryFriend, IntangibleMan. When a character like this manifests in the "real" world, that's LivingDream. See also DreamLand and DreamApocalypse.


* In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' the main characters are {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of a girl's emotions who live in her MentalWorld. Others also exist there, most notably Bing-Bong, her old ImaginaryFriend. ([[spoiler:He gets a {{Tear Jerker}}y death]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' the main characters are {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of a girl's emotions who live in her MentalWorld. Others also exist there, most notably Bing-Bong, her old ImaginaryFriend. ([[spoiler:He gets a {{Tear Jerker}}y death]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' the main characters are {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of a girl's emotions who live in her MentalWorld. Others also exist there, most notably Bing-Bong, her old ImaginaryFriend. ([[spoiler:He gets a {{Tear Jerker}}y death]].



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** The same is true of [[spoiler:the Gentleman]]. His "daughter" created him from idealized memories of her real father, with his KidSidekick being her idea of an ideal older brother. There's also Loony Leo, a cartoon lion brought to life by a MadScientist, whose existence was initially maintained by [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve people's belief in him]].


Characters in fiction are imaginary. Now extend the fact that characters that are imaginary within a work of fiction, and you get Dream People. They might be inhabitants of Dreamland or hallucinations, but that doesn't mean they don't have hopes and fears. If the real characters know about the imaginary nature of the Dream People, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman they may or may not stop caring about their well-being.]]

[[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts are a separate trope.]]

[[InsideAComputerSystem Virtual entities]] are covered by ProjectedMan and DigitalAvatar.

Compare ImaginaryFriend, IntangibleMan.

See also DreamLand, DreamApocalypse.

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Characters in fiction are imaginary. Now extend the fact that characters that are imaginary within a work of fiction, and you get Dream People. They might be inhabitants of Dreamland {{Dreamland}} or hallucinations, but that doesn't mean they don't have hopes and fears. If the real characters know about the imaginary nature of the Dream People, they may or may not [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman they may or may not stop caring about their well-being.]]

well-being]].

Ghosts are
[[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts are a separate trope.]]

[[InsideAComputerSystem Virtual entities]]
trope]], while virtual entities are covered by InsideAComputerSystem, ProjectedMan and DigitalAvatar.

DigitalAvatar. Compare ImaginaryFriend, IntangibleMan.

IntangibleMan. See also DreamLand, DreamLand and DreamApocalypse.


* Zimmy's mental constructs in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.
** Disconcertingly, they're ''not quite'' people; their faces are scribbles that vaguely resemble QR codes, [[{{Dissimile}} except not]].

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* Zimmy's mental constructs in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.
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''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Disconcertingly, they're ''not quite'' people; their faces are scribbles that vaguely resemble QR codes, [[{{Dissimile}} except not]].



* In the WesternAnimation/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker short film, the coal shovelers on the train are the only characters who show up that aren't defined in some way as Dreamers.

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* In the WesternAnimation/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker ''WesternAnimation/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker'' short film, the coal shovelers on the train are the only characters who show up that aren't defined in some way as Dreamers.


* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:the entire Cait Shelter guild]] ends up being an illusion caused by Roubaul.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:the entire Cait Shelter guild]] ends up being an illusion caused by Roubaul.
Robaul.


* [[spoiler:The inhabitants of Magicant, excluding Queen Mary]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother1}} Earthbound Zero]]''.

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* [[spoiler:The inhabitants of Magicant, excluding Queen Mary]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother1}} Earthbound Zero]]''.''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings''.



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* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity,'' this is a key element of the origin of American Chibi, dreamed into existence by video game designer Marguerite Li. [[spoiler:Chibi is dreamed up by Marguerite after a group of eldritch abominations haunt her with dreams of monsters, and becomes manifest in the real world. This causes the walls between the dream-world and reality to weaken, allowing them to appear in the material world as the monsters from Marguerite's dreams.]]


* This trope is EVERYWHERE in "VideoGame/YumeNikki". The whole game takes place in the dreams of a young girl, so you should expect some interesting characters. Things like walking clocks, faceless technicolor people, walking whistles, deformed bird witches, pixel sculptures, mouths in wigs, ghosts, candle people, and even some unique characters in between, all haunt the regions of the game.

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* This trope is EVERYWHERE in "VideoGame/YumeNikki".''VideoGame/YumeNikki''. The whole game takes place in the dreams of a young girl, so you should expect some interesting characters. Things like walking clocks, faceless technicolor people, walking whistles, deformed bird witches, pixel sculptures, mouths in wigs, ghosts, candle people, and even some unique characters in between, all haunt the regions of the game.

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