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* The first song in ''Theatre/{{Eugenius}}'' ends with Tough Man telling Eugene to wake up and stop dreaming about him. Cue Eugene waking up in bed.
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* For a period in time in the ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' comic strips, Flip was jealous that Princess Camille of Slumberland has chosen Nemo to be her playmate over him, and would regularly sabotage it by telling Nemo to wake up, [[AllJustADream which he inevitably would.]] He soon got over this though and he and Nemo eventually became friends.


* At the end of the Disney version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Alice is being chased by everyone in Wonderland, and she begs the doorknob to let her outside. The doorknob then informs her "But you ''are'' outside!" and shows her fast asleep though the keyhole. Alice then tells her self to wake up, which then fades into her sister telling her to wake up.

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* At the end of the Disney version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', ''WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland'', Alice is being chased by everyone in Wonderland, and she begs the doorknob to let her outside. The doorknob then informs her "But you ''are'' outside!" and shows her fast asleep though the keyhole. Alice then tells her self to wake up, which then fades into her sister telling her to wake up.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' fan fiction "Comatose", it is revealed that Jeremie fell into a coma and the voices he thought he heard when Aelita was in a coma (MindScrew alert), was Aelita's telling him to wake up.
* In a previous draft of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''-''Literature/MaximumRide'' crossover ''Fanfic/CodeWings30'', Cassidy dreams of being on [[Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl Planet Drool]], where Shark Boy yells at her to wake up in Jeremie's voice.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': In the "Saving Captain Rogers" episode, an aged Baron Zemo hipnotized Captain America into believing that he was still fighting WWII, alongside Bucky, and against the first Baron Zemo (father of the modern one). The important part of that fantasy is when WWII Zemo captures Bucky and takes him to his lab, forcing Captain America to find the way to Zemo's secret lab. Outside the fantasy, the old Zemo had retrieved his father's castle but ignored how to access into the hidden lab, so the Captain did so for him. Once it is done, Zemo got the super soldier serum of his father that renewed his youth and gave him strength to stand to Iron Man and Black Widow, while leaving Captain America perpetually in that dream. As they fight, Captain America is worried that something is happening that is destroying the castle, and Bucky got trapped under one of the rocks. Bucky then told him: everything is a dream, he has to let it go, and return to the real world.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': In the "Saving Captain Rogers" episode, an aged Baron Zemo hipnotized hypnotized Captain America into believing that he was still fighting WWII, alongside Bucky, and against the first Baron Zemo (father of the modern one). The important part of that fantasy is when WWII Zemo captures Bucky and takes him to his lab, forcing Captain America to find the way to Zemo's secret lab. Outside the fantasy, the old Zemo had retrieved his father's castle but ignored how to access into the hidden lab, so the Captain did so for him. Once it is done, Zemo got the super soldier serum of his father that renewed his youth and gave him strength to stand to Iron Man and Black Widow, while leaving Captain America perpetually in that dream. As they fight, Captain America is worried that something is happening that is destroying the castle, and Bucky got trapped under one of the rocks. Bucky then told him: everything is a dream, he has to let it go, and return to the real world.


* In ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' the ComicBook/ScarletWitch rearranged all reality into a world where mutants rule and everyone was living his ideal life. Wolverine realized that it was false, and started to gather heroes to stand against Wanda. They got the help of Layla Miller, who could make heroes remember their old life. It was a new character, and Dr. Strange even suspected that she was created by Wanda herself. Ultimately subverted, as Layla ''did'' exist before the whole House of M thing.

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* In ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' the ComicBook/ScarletWitch rearranged all reality into a world where mutants rule and everyone was living his ideal life. Wolverine realized that it was false, and started to gather heroes to stand against Wanda. They got the help of Layla Miller, who could make heroes remember their old life. It She was a new character, and Dr. Strange even suspected that she was created by Wanda herself. Ultimately subverted, as Layla ''did'' exist before the whole House of M thing.


Our hero is not in the real world. He's inside a LotusEaterMachine, or just sleeping, unconscious or in a coma, and having a dream, while he should be awake and dealing with the things going on. Sometimes his friends will mount an OrpheanRescue and get inside the dream to make him aware of it, and then escape. But sometimes not. Sometimes it is a character ''from within the dream itself'' who tells the hero that everything is a dream, and that he has to leave. May involve a DreamWithinADream, and result in a CatapultNightmare. May have AnAesop about letting the past go, and not be trapped in nostalgia of the old days.

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Our hero is not in the real world. He's inside a LotusEaterMachine, or just sleeping, unconscious or in a coma, and having a dream, while he should be awake and dealing with the things going on. Sometimes his friends will mount an OrpheanRescue and get inside the dream to make him aware of it, and then escape. But sometimes not. Sometimes it is a character ''from within the dream itself'' who tells the hero that everything is a dream, and that he has to leave. May involve a DreamWithinADream, CrashingDreams (when you're physically woken up) and result in a CatapultNightmare. May have AnAesop about letting the past go, and not be trapped in nostalgia of the old days.

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* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. A guilt-ridden and suicidal Jim [=McCarthy=] gets high, stumbles into a Chtorran nest and falls asleep. Before he can be eaten alive by Chtorran worms, his gay lover Ted appears in a dream and talks him into going back to his helicopter. The next day Jim rewinds the cameras and sees himself doing a SillyWalk back to the helicopter, and concludes that he must have been ''really'' high last night. As Ted is a telepath however, the implication is that it wasn't a dream but actually Ted remote-controlling his body.
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* ''ComicBook/XMenBlue'': Returning home from their space mission, and with Jean killed by the Poisons, The 4 remaining X-Men suddenly find themselves outside the mansion, with their original uniforms, and Jean is there. The best realizes what happens: the ship (a sentient version of the Danger Room) thinks that they are going to die, because it had been badly attacked by meteors, and tries to comfort them with a pleasant reality. Hank wants to turn down the program, to make repairs, but Scott does not want to. Then Jean (who is just an holographic representation) intervenes and tells them not to fight over something, herself, that isn't even real.


* "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS3E10Maveth Maveth]]", an episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. Seeking revenge for the death of Rosalind, Phil Coulson followed Grant Ward across a portal to an alien world. He fell unconscious with the fall, but fortunately Ward did not realize that he was followed. He had a dream where he was sleeping next to Rosalind.

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** "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS4E20FarewellCruelWorld Farewell, Cruel World!]]" The team is trapped in the Framework, a virtual reality created by the android AIDA. After a number of adventures inside it, they manage to find the portal that will allow them to wake up in the real world. But Fitz has no interest in doing that, as he was turned into the NumberTwo of HYDRA, and in fact wants to kill the agents, specially Jemma. Dr. Radcliffe (who was killed by AIDA in the real world, and now only exists as a NPC within the framework) was the one who took Fitz there, but not to betray the others: he attacked Fitz from behind, and tossed him into the portal.
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"[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS3E10Maveth Maveth]]", an episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.Maveth]]". Seeking revenge for the death of Rosalind, Phil Coulson followed Grant Ward across a portal to an alien world. He fell unconscious with the fall, but fortunately Ward did not realize that he was followed. He had a dream where he was sleeping next to Rosalind.


* ''ComicBook/HeroesForHire'' 2011. ComicBook/MistyKnight is in a coma, and the Puppet Master manipulates her by controlling her dreams, focusing on those that stimulate the primal reactions. In one of those recurring dreams she sees a familiar boy in the street, tries to catch him, and when he turns she discovers that he's a walking corpse (this kid would be the son that she lost in a miscarriage). Eventually Misty started to realize that there is AGlitchInTheMatrix, and struggles to wake up. To prevent that, the Puppet Master tried to induce fear by starting a dream where she is attacked by all her friends, to no avail. This dream gets mixed with the one of the boy, but now he turns, shows to be a normal looking boy, and tells her to wake up. And so she does, and the Puppet Master must now rely on Plan B...



* ''ComicBook/HeroesForHire'' 2011. ComicBook/MistyKnight is in a coma, and the Puppet Master manipulates her by controlling her dreams, focusing on those that stimulate the primal reactions. In one of those recurring dreams she sees a familiar boy in the street, tries to catch him, and when he turns she discovers that he's a walking corpse (this kid would be the son that she lost in a miscarriage). Eventually Misty started to realize that there is AGlitchInTheMatrix, and struggles to wake up. To prevent that, the Puppet Master tried to induce fear by starting a dream where she is attacked by all her friends, to no avail. This dream gets mixed with the one of the boy, but now he turns, shows to be a normal looking boy, and tells her to wake up. And so she does, and the Puppet Master must now rely on Plan B...



* At the end of the Disney version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Alice is being chased by everyone in Wonderland, and she begs the doorknob to let her outside. The doorknob then informs her "But you ''are'' outside!" and shows her fast asleep though the keyhole. Alice then tells her self to wake up, which then fades into her sister telling her to wake up.



* At the end of the Disney version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Alice is being chased by everyone in Wonderland, and she begs the doorknob to let her outside. The doorknob then informs her "But you ''are'' outside!" and shows her fast asleep though the keyhole. Alice then tells her self to wake up, which then fades into her sister telling her to wake up.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Last Christmas", Santa Claus repeatedly appears to tell the characters that they're still trapped in the Dream Crabs' power.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas", Christmas"]], Santa Claus repeatedly appears to tell the characters that they're still trapped in the Dream Crabs' power.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': In the "Saving Captain Rogers" episode, an aged Baron Zemo hipnotized Captain America into believing that he was still fighting WWII, alongside Bucky, and against the first Baron Zemo (father of the modern one). The important part of that fantasy is when WWII Zemo captures Bucky and takes him to his lab, forcing Captain America to find the way to Zemo's secret lab. Outside the fantasy, the old Zemo had retrieved his father's castle but ignored how to access into the hidden lab, so the Captain did so for him. Once it is done, Zemo got the super soldier serum of his father that renewed his youth and gave him strength to stand to Iron Man and Black Widow, while leaving Captain America perpetually in that dream. As they fight, Captain America is worried that something is happening that is destroying the castle, and Bucky got trapped under one of the rocks. Bucky then told him: everything is a dream, he has to let it go, and return to the real world.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'': In the "Saving Captain Rogers" episode, an aged Baron Zemo hipnotized Captain America into believing that he was still fighting WWII, alongside Bucky, and against the first Baron Zemo (father of the modern one). The important part of that fantasy is when WWII Zemo captures Bucky and takes him to his lab, forcing Captain America to find the way to Zemo's secret lab. Outside the fantasy, the old Zemo had retrieved his father's castle but ignored how to access into the hidden lab, so the Captain did so for him. Once it is done, Zemo got the super soldier serum of his father that renewed his youth and gave him strength to stand to Iron Man and Black Widow, while leaving Captain America perpetually in that dream. As they fight, Captain America is worried that something is happening that is destroying the castle, and Bucky got trapped under one of the rocks. Bucky then told him: everything is a dream, he has to let it go, and return to the real world.


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->'''Coulson:''' I thought I'd lost you.
->'''Rosalind:''' Nope. I'm still right here.
->'''Coulson:''' I don't remember ...
->'''Rosalind:''' We overslept, which is nice. But now you need to get up.

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->'''Coulson:''' I thought I'd lost you. \n->'''Rosalind:''' \\
'''Rosalind:'''
Nope. I'm still right here. \n->'''Coulson:''' \\
'''Coulson:'''
I don't remember ...
->'''Rosalind:'''
remember...\\
'''Rosalind:'''
We overslept, which is nice. But now you need to get up.






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-->'''Coulson:''' I thought I'd lost you.
-->'''Rosalind:''' Nope. I'm still right here.
-->'''Coulson:''' I don't remember ...
-->'''Rosalind:''' We overslept, which is nice. But now you need to get up.

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'''Rosalind:'''
Nope. I'm still right here. \n-->'''Coulson:''' \\
'''Coulson:'''
I don't remember ...
-->'''Rosalind:'''
remember...\\
'''Rosalind:'''
We overslept, which is nice. But now you need to get up.



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Contrast DreamApocalypse, where the characters in the dream do not want the dreamer to wake up. If nobody openly tells the hero that he's dreaming, but he notices it anyway because some things do not make sense, then there's AGlitchInTheMatrix. This trope does not take place [[RussianReversal in Soviet Russia]].

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Contrast DreamApocalypse, where the characters in the dream do not want the dreamer to wake up. If nobody openly tells the hero that he's dreaming, but he notices it anyway because some things do not make sense, then there's AGlitchInTheMatrix. This trope does not necessarily take place [[RussianReversal in Soviet Russia]].

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