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* The Hero Boy in ''Film/ThePolarExpress'' does this to try and wake himself up on top of the titular train. It doesn't work, and he tries to wake up by throwing snow in his face, then burying his face in the snow. Both don't work.

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* The Hero Boy in ''Film/ThePolarExpress'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' does this to try and wake himself up on top of the titular train. It doesn't work, and he tries to wake up by throwing snow in his face, then burying his face in the snow. Both don't work.

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* The Hero Boy in ''Film/ThePolarExpress'' does this to try and wake himself up on top of the titular train. It doesn't work, and he tries to wake up by throwing snow in his face, then burying his face in the snow. Both don't work.


* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', when Jon learns that a woman wants to go out with him, he says to Garfield: "Pinch me, I must be dreaming!" He then wakes up in his bed, screaming.

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', when Jon learns that a woman wants to go out with him, he says to Garfield: "Pinch me, I must be dreaming!" He dreaming!", to which Garfield complies. Jon then wakes up in his bed, screaming.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', Vanessa stabs the back of her own hand with a fork to wake herself up when Barry the bee talks to her for the first time. [It hurt a lot.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', Vanessa stabs the back of her own hand with a fork to wake herself up when Barry the bee talks to her for the first time. [It It hurt a lot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'' episode "Raffle Ruckus" has Hair Bear winning the zoo in a raffle only to take on the same keeper responsibilities Peevly usually does. He's about to call it a night when the phone rings.
-->'''Hair Bear:''' Oh no! Tell me I'm dreaming! (''after Bubi fields the call'') It's no dream... it's a nightmare!


* WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': At the start of "The Weirdo Map" (Gold Key #8), Peevly issues weekend passes to the bears. Bubi pinches himself to see if he's awake.

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* WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': At the start of "The Weirdo Map" (Gold Key #8), Peevly issues weekend passes to the bears. Bubi pinches himself to see if he's awake.

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* WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': At the start of "The Weirdo Map" (Gold Key #8), Peevly issues weekend passes to the bears. Bubi pinches himself to see if he's awake.


* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': DM and Penfold are confronted with sentient appliances in "Mechanised. Mayhem." Penfold pinches DM.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': DM and Penfold are confronted with sentient appliances in "Mechanised. "Mechanised Mayhem." Penfold pinches DM.


'''Penfold:''' Ah, I might be only dreaming I pinched myself.

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'''Penfold:''' Ah, I might be have been only dreaming I pinched myself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': DM and Penfold are confronted with sentient appliances in "Mechanised. Mayhem." Penfold pinches DM.
-->'''DM''': Ow! Penfold, what was the pinch for?\\
'''Penfold:''' I wanted to see if I was dreaming.\\
'''DM:''' Well, why didn't you pinch yourself?\\
'''Penfold:''' Ah, I might be only dreaming I pinched myself.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', Vanessa stabs the back of her own hand with a fork to wake herself up when Barry the bee talks to her for the first time. [[CaptainObvious It hurt a lot.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', Vanessa stabs the back of her own hand with a fork to wake herself up when Barry the bee talks to her for the first time. [[CaptainObvious It [It hurt a lot.]]

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-->'''Doctor H.:''' You know, a nice, light punch would have sufficed.


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* ''Animation/HappyHeroes'': In episode 49, Doctor H., is excited over Miss Peach saying she's actually willing to date him, and asks Happy S. to punch him to see if he's dreaming it all up. Happy S. whops him with his Happy S. Punch.
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* One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' story has Calvin falling from a great height. He figures it's just a dream, and that all he has to do is look down and gasp, and then he will wake up. Doesn't work.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', when Jon learns that a woman wants to go out with him, he says to Garfield: "Pinch me, I must be dreaming!" He then wakes up in his bed, screaming.


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* One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' story has Calvin falling from a great height. He figures it's just a dream, and that all he has to do is look down and gasp, and then he will wake up. Doesn't work.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', when Jon learns that a woman wants to go out with him, he says to Garfield: "Pinch me, I must be dreaming!" He then wakes up in his bed, screaming.
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* A plot element in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. [[spoiler:Pinching alone's not nearly enough; a 'kick' of some sorts is required to forcibly eject the dreamer from their dream.]]

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* A plot element in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. [[spoiler:Pinching Pinching alone's not nearly enough; a 'kick' of some sorts is required to forcibly eject the dreamer from their dream.]]dream -- the sensation of falling backwards that causes your protective instincts to start you fully awake. This causes a problem when a dream has the protagonists [[GravityScrew floating in zero-gravity]], meaning they ''can't'' fall.


* ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'', "Op UTOPIA": Nigel realises that he's in a hallucination the moment he sees Wally swim (the real Wally can't swim). Cut to chamber with Nigel in it, struggling to break free.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'', ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', "Op UTOPIA": Nigel realises that he's in a hallucination the moment he sees Wally swim (the real Wally can't swim). Cut to chamber with Nigel in it, struggling to break free.


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* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'':
** In "Space Junk", Sean is flying outside the saucer, collecting garbage, with a guy named Zucchini. He then asks Sunspot to pinch him, which he does.
** This also happens in "Whole Lotta Shakin'", and in "Zerk Visits Earth".

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