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A convenient way of framing a Flashback to fit in the narrative flow.

Some people, when they sleep, get chased by giant hot dogs, fall down bottomless pits (where they presumably die of dehydration), see their best friends wearing crowns, or have other disturbing, sometimes Freudian experiences cooked up specially for them by their subconscious.

Then there are these people. The subconscious barely has to lift a finger. Their exact real-life experiences can provide plenty of finished material, and their dreams are moment-for-moment replays of something that happened to them before.

Some dreamers may have stretches of Flashback Nightmare in other dreams. As, for instance, dreaming of an encounter with a villain, but at the moment they actually meet, the villain is walking about with the wounds the hero gave him at the end of it.

Subtrope of Past Experience Nightmare and Nightmare Sequence. See also Alternate Identity Amnesia, which provides for these nightmares.

Technically the opposite of Dreaming of Things to Come, but they can overlap if the Flashback Nightmare is a portent of the villain from the past events turning up again.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Guts from Berserk has a few, both of his horrific and abusive past, and later of the Eclipse.
  • Ciel from Black Butler has a nightmare of him on a table and a shadowed figure with glowing eyes hovering over him. He jerks awake and pulls out a gun from under his pillow and points it at Sebastian who was trying to wake him up. One other instance, although Ciel wasn't asleep, is where he recalls some of his horrific past events while at Baron Kelvin's estate which was set up like the hellish room Ciel had been taken to before he was supposed to be a child sacrifice. He watches as the psycho doctor working with Kelvin stabs a child who had been laid on a table and he recalls more of his own terrifying past. It's so bad that Ciel vomits and drops to his knees. When he looks up reaching out his hand we see the panels flash from the present to his past of him in a cage and masked figures grinning down at him. Sebastian pulls him out of it and reassures him that he's outside of the cage.
  • Used in both versions of Chrono Crusade. In the manga, Chrono has two nightmares that hint at his past without fully revealing it — first, a very symbolic dream that mixes a typical nightmare with bits of truth into it, and then a brief flash of a battle that later gets shown in a proper flashback. In the anime, Rosette has a dream about Joshua that starts off normal before turning into a nightmare that symbolically shows how he was kidnapped by the Big Bad. This introduced Joshua before the flashback episode that explained Rosette's backstory.
  • Used in Code Geass to show how Lelouch was disowned by the royal family and sent to Japan.
  • Happens to the resident angst factory Ken at least twice in Digimon Adventure 02: Once in a flashback to his being infected with the Dark Spore during a Tamer's cameo dream, the other during a Whole Episode Flashback that basically explained his entire rather tear jerking backstory in one go.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, during the Central Library fight between Scar and the homunculi, the camera pans out and shows the glass of the windows shattering as they first start to charge at each other. Later, the fight is shown as part of a nightmare Scar is having, and he wakes up in the Ishvalan refugee camp.
  • In the Guyver OAV, Sho has a nightmare about his fight with Lisker/Guyver 2, and how he subsequently melted/disintegrated.
  • HeartCatch Pretty Cure! plays with this. There's a dream showing Cure Moonlight fighting and losing to Cure Dark. For the other Cures, it's a Call to Adventure. For Yuri, it's this. And boy does she suffer from it.
  • The entirety of Episode 11 of I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, which covers Kaoru's adult life before she met Hajime (though it ends with an incredibly heartwarming scene). It's rather jarring since the rest of the series is a Slice of Life Comedy.
  • ID: Invaded: Narihisago has one in Episode 9 when witnessing the memory of his wife killing herself at their home.
  • Kotoura-san:
    • Yuriko had one in Episode 2, when she was reminded about posthumous abuses on her mother's abilities, complete with a Big "NO!".
    • Haruka in Episode 6, when she recalled the time when her mother disowned her. Which foreshadows something at the stinger.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • The first episode of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ends with Tohru having one of her battle against the gods, followed Kobayashi's detached attempt to comfort her.
  • Evangeline of Negima! Magister Negi Magi conveniently remembers her defeat at the hands of Nagi when Negi spies on her dream. Of course, later revelations about Evangeline's real power level imply that the real battle probably wasn't quite as one-sided as the one in the dream.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The titular character receives a particular nightmarish version of this trope at the very beginning of the anime and, also, as her introductory scene. Accompanied by an Alien Geometry, wrecked cityscapes, Deranged Animation, and even an Eldritch Abomination. Why is a flashback so technicolor? Due to this anime's endeavor of exploring the subconscious mind via surrealist animation. This nightmare sequence may not appear at first as something that could've possibly happened to Ordinary High-School Student Madoka since it shows a (magical) girl Madoka hasn't ever met struggling to defeat the Eldritch abomination (for the record, at that point Madoka doesn't even know magic is real). However, as the plot progresses, not only the Eldritch abomination and deranged animation parts are explained, but it's revealed it was a flashback from a previous timeline.
  • In the Saint Beast OVAs, both Goh and Shin have dreams of the war in heaven. These are used as a framing device at the beginning and end of the two episodes. Zeus has a flashback daydream in the middle first OVA as well.
  • Slayers: In the first season, Zelgadis has a flashback about when his great-grandfather, the priest Rezo, turned him into a chimera, igniting his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Filicia from Sound of the Sky gets this as part of her package deal as a Shell-Shocked Veteran. She's become a convincing Stepford Smiler to hide it, but doesn't always work.

    Comic Book 
  • Batman is sometimes depicted as having recurring nightmares about his parents' murder.
  • Bone: Thorn has several nightmares throughout each Book, experiencing one when she's surrounded by flames as people hurriedly hand her off to the dragons for protection, which lead up to her Really Royalty Reveal.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team: Nadia was in a intimate relationship with her late squadmate Dodds, who she now constantly sees in various Flashback Nightmares and Hallucinations throughout the graphic novel's events.
  • In Empowered, Hannah has a recurring Flashback Nightmare of her brother forcing her to cut out her own eyes and tongue, which gets transferred to her girlfriend Sistah Spooky due to telepathic Power Incontinence.
  • Hack/Slash: Cassie has a recurring Flashback Nightmare of destroying her undead mother, which she uses to defeat Ashley at their first meeting.
  • Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds opens with Bruce and Peter having nightmares about the deaths of the Waynes and Uncle Ben respective, which end with the Waynes' killer turning into Carnage and the Burglar turning into the Joker.
  • Star Trek: Early Voyages: In the two-part story "The Fallen", Gabrielle Carlotti often has nightmares about the destruction of the New Milan colony by the Chakuun.

    Fan Works 
  • Paradoxus: Altalune receives one of these in the prologue, just before she leaves to start the events of the main plotline. This unpleasant dream of hers is also a Past Experience Nightmare and a Guilt-Induced Nightmare at the same time — it was about her childhood trauma when she found her mother and Stella's corpses along with what she thought was her sister's. Truth be told, little Trisha truly was on the brink of death.
  • The Portal 2 fanfiction Blue Sky has plenty of these, mostly from Wheatley remembering his time as a White Collar Worker in Aperture Science. Early on GlaDOS forces Wheatley to relive his worst memory (taking over the Facility, betraying Chell, and pretty much going insane with the need to Test) over and over again via invasive connections into his mind.
  • In the Dragon Ball Z fanfic Goku's Wish: The Return of Broly, Broly, while knocked out from exhaustion from being revived, sparring with Goku (whom, thanks to his specifying in his wish towards reviving Broly that Broly won't have any of his negative emotions, Broly no longer hates Goku), and then having to fight Vegeta after the latter grew enraged at Goku's decision to revive him after he was sore about his previous wound to his pride from their last encounter, ends up having a nightmare that initially seemed to be flashbacks to his past where he basically was destroying various galaxies, although it then turned more into a premonition nightmare where apparently a duplicate of Broly mocks the current Broly for his growing "soft" from his revival and proceeds to destroy the Earth before Broly wakes up in shock, and it is implied shortly thereafter that Broly was disturbed at the possibility of a duplicate, or worse, that he still has some evil in his heart that somehow avoided purification before revival. Vegeta, while knocked out, also ended up having a flashback to when he fought Broly on New Planet Vegeta, which was enough to actually reopen his wounds.
  • Happy Families Are All Alike, a Naruto/Negima! Magister Negi Magi crossover, begins with a flashback to a meeting with the Third Hokage.
  • Cadance has one of being captured by Chrysalis in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Honeymoon.

    Films — Animated 
  • A deleted scene in The Iron Giant had the Giant broadcasting his memories onto Dean's TV in his sleep, showing the Giant and other robots like him laying siege to an alien civilization.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Lilo thinks Stitch is having these about his parents.
    Lilo: I hear you cry at night. Do you dream about them?
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride has Simba remembering Mufasa's death, with Scar preventing him from saving his father. Once Mufasa falls, Scar morphs into Kovu, who then proceeds to toss Simba from the cliff.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The opening of Batman Begins shows Bruce dreaming of falling into a well and being surrounded by bats as a child.
  • The Blind Side: Michael occasionally has the awake version of these, when thinking about his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • The Bourne Supremacy begins with one, with the amnesiac Jason Bourne having a nightmare about a hitherto forgotten assassination mission in Berlin.
  • Martha from Dancing Trees has nightmares of her mother Josephina's murder and wakes up crying and muttering. While she's half asleep, she utters one of her first useful clues, "MS-13," referring to the tattoo on the shooter's neck.
  • Fifty Shades Darker: At the beginning, Christian is disturbed by a nightmare of his past where he was abused by his stepdad.
  • Richard Kimble has recurring nightmares replaying the night of his wife's murder in The Fugitive.
  • In Hot Spur, Carlo has nightmares in which he revisits his sister's rape, which he had been Forced to Watch when he was 11-years-old. Sometimes, he awakes sitting bolt upright.
  • In I, Robot Detective Spooner frequently has a dream where he repeats the phrase "save her, save the girl!" and gets grabbed by a robot that tells him that he is "in danger!" Later, he tells Dr. Calvin, a robot specialist, that he got his bionic arm implant and came to hate robots on the same day. He tells her that when he was driving over a bridge an overworked trucker fell asleep, lost control and crashed into his and another car and pushed them into the lake below. He was seriously wounded, the driver of the other car died on impact, and the young girl in that car had minor injuries, but was trapped. As the cars sank, a robot that was passing by saw the accident and went into rescue mode, and despite Spooner pleading to the the robot "save her, save the girl!" the robot rescued him and left the girl to drown when the car sank. Spooner then tells Calvin that the robot only saved him, a grown man, because it calculated he had a greater chance of survival, while a human would have tried to save a child.
  • Jason's Lyric: The main protagonist, Jason, constantly had flashback nightmares of the night he fatally shot his abusive dad, when intended to stop his old man from potentially killing him and his mother. This causes him to put up with his troubled younger brother, Joshua, for years as he feels guilty for making Joshua witnessed his dad's murder with his very own eyes. Thus, this nightmare also becomes the major problem that gets in the way of his relationship with Lyric.
  • The Last Samurai: Algren's PTSD gives him flashbacks to the times he was ordered to slaughter Native Americans. He tries to drown them out with alcohol, but when he is forced to quit cold turkey he suffers severe nightmares combined with fever dreams caused by his wounds. Later in the film, Algren and Katsumoto discuss them.
    Nathan Algren: Every soldier has nightmares.
    Katsumoto: Only one who is ashamed of what he has done.
  • Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent opens when Alan and Becky were kids, and shows the events around the theft of the voodoo stick and the death of Alan's father. At the end of this sequence, it is revealed that this is a nightmare that the adult Alan is experiencing, that he wakes from with a start.
  • At the beginning of the film version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Frodo has a dream that reminds us what happened to Gandalf, although in this case it continues into a sequence which he couldn't possibly have seen.
  • In MacGruber, the title character is a Retired Badass who refuses to return and face off against his arch-enemy, who murdered his spouse during their wedding. However, he decides to accept the Call to Adventure after having a nightmare about that fateful day.
  • The villain actually has one in Maniac Cop, dreaming about his mutilation in Sing Sing by inmates he put there.
  • The opening of the Mortal Kombat: The Movie movie has Liu Kang dreaming of the murder of his brother Chan Kang at the hands of Shang Tsung. This kicks the events of the movie in motion.
  • In Robocop 1987, after his first successful deployment, Robocop is recharging in his chair, when he starts having a nightmare of the day that Bodicker and his gang emptied their guns on him. When the dream ends with Bodicker shooting him in the head, Robocop marches out of the room and goes on patrol.
  • In Some Guy Who Kills People, Ben has a recurring flashback nightmare to when he was Bound and Gagged and tortured by the Jerk Jocks on the high school basketball team.
  • In The Terminator, Kyle Reese frequently had nightmares relating to the war against Skynet as well as his hiding from the various HKs and Terminators.
  • Implied in one scene of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Wolverine where he is screaming in bed and apparently accidentally injured Fox with his (regular) claws, where he explained that he had nightmares of every single war he fought in.

  • One of the favorite tropes of Animorphs. Hardly a surprise, considering what they had been through.
  • Russ from Asperger Sunset witnesses a murder. The morning after, he wakes up sweating and gasping from a nightmare about it.
  • A Brother's Price: Ren dreams sometimes about the moments before — and just after — a theater exploded. Sometimes they're Anxiety Dreams and details are mixed around, new characters added, but other times they're pretty true to life.
  • Holly from ByAnyOtherName has nightmares about the time two men kidnapped her and tried to kill her, and she barely managed to escape.
  • In Dark Life, Ty has one of these about his time as a medical research subject.
  • Ned Stark in A Game of Thrones has had recurrent nightmares about his sister Lyanna's mysterious death, and the (again) mysterious promise he made her.
  • Goosebumps has The Ghost Next Door where Hannah dreams about her house set on fire, but that was five years ago before the events of the story where she was at a campfire with her family and so they walked to the house where she did not put away the fire, so the house was on fire.
  • Harry Potter mostly had semi-prophetic and psychological dreams, but Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix mentioned that his experience in the graveyard in the previous book had supplied a few of these.
  • Katniss and Peeta have them after being in The Hunger Games, but even before that Katniss had ones about her dad dying in the mine explosion.
  • Eve has these constantly in the In Death series.
    • As she finally begins to deal with her issues her dreams become more surreal, but rarely any less disturbing.
  • Tammy Maheswaran from MARiiMO still wakes up crying from nightmares about the car accident that killed her parents and destroyed her right hand seven years ago.
  • In the novel Ordinary People, Conrad Jarrett has some of his flashbacks to the sailing accident that killed his older brother, during which we gradually learn more about it, while asleep.
  • Scott from The Power of Five had several of these, after a nice spell of Mind Rape and Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • Eugenides of The Queen's Thief is often woken screaming from nightmares of the Queen of Attolia, the woman who cut off his right hand and is also his wife.
  • In Touch (2017), James starts sleeping in his parents' room after being raped. He has one of these the first time that he tries sleeping alone again, and wakes up floating above his bed.
  • In Vampire Academy, Lissa has nightmares of the accident that killed her parents and brother. "Fire and blood, the smell of smoke, the twisted metal of a car."
  • Vic and Frank: Necromancers: The Reanimated woman has a nightmare about the Necromancer killing her after playing the Dead Walketh video game.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Dovepaw has one about Rippletail's death in Fading Echoes.
    • Mothwing's Secret begins with Mothwing having one about her littermate Tadpole's death.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "Can You Hear Me?", all of the main characters are forced to experience nightmares of their worst fears. Yaz's is of the time she tried to run away from home.
  • The 2010 season of Home and Away started out with Hugo kidnapping Charlie, meaning these formed a part of her arc for the first few weeks.
  • In Jessica Jones (2015) Jessica has these sometimes, flashing back to her time under Kilgrave's control.
  • Legion: In "Chapter 22", when Charles Xavier (a former British army officer) is asleep, his subconscious replays his harrowing memory from World War II where he had a scuffle with a Nazi soldier that nearly cost him his life.
  • Lost: some of the show's characteristic flashbacks are presented as nightmares. One example is Sawyer's flashback in "Outlaws" to his father killing his mother, then himself.
  • Maddigan's Quest used this to illustrate Timon and Eden's backstory, in particular their parents' execution and the boys' subsequent escape from the future Solis.
  • In the first part of the Monk two parter Mr. Monk Is On the Run, Monk experiences a nightmare of the day Trudy was killed via car bomb, and he couldn't stop it. It was also implied in the same two parter that these nightmares were frequent.
  • Nirvana in Fire: The first scene of the series shows the bloody massacre of an army and the young Lin Shu's dying father urging him to survive just before he falls off a cliff... and our adult hero catapults awake, panting in his bed.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "Fear Itself", Bernard Selden is plagued by horrific nightmares about the fire in which his younger sister Mimi died.
    • In "Simon Says", Gideon Banks has a nightmare about the dream of his wife Elise and son Simon in a car accident 20 years earlier.
    • In "Dark Child", Laura Sinclair has been plagued by nightmares about her abduction by aliens for 17 years.
  • Thomas Shelby of Peaky Blinders has opium-induced nightmares of his time as a sapper in WWI.
  • In the final episode of Return of Ultraman, Goh Hideki (human host of Ultraman Jack) have a nightmare of how the previous Ultraman was defeated and killed by the kaiju Zetton from the previous series' finale. This ends up being a plot point on how Goh is unable to transform into Ultraman Jack later in the episode.
  • The Sandman (2022), "Dream a Little Dream of Me": Johanna Constantine suffers from a recurring nightmare of a failed case where her friend was Dragged Off to Hell. Morpheus notices this, and cures her of it in thanks for her help.
  • In Sherlock, John gets one of these in the first episode, about when he got shot in Afghanistan. It's also likely he's having them again after the latest.
  • Taken:
    • In "Beyond the Sky", Russell Keys experiences frequent nightmares about being abducted by aliens for the first time in August 1944. He initially sees them as Nazi doctors but they appear in their true form after the blanks in his memory are filled in by his former co-pilot Lt. Lou Johnson.
    • In "God's Equation", Russell's grandson Charlie experiences similar nightmares about his abductions. The same is also true of Mike and Patty, a couple whom Charlie interviews as part of documentary that he is making about the abductions.
  • The X-Files:
    • Mulder often has flashback nightmares of his sister's abduction. It may explain his insomnia. It stands out particularly in the episode "Paper Hearts".
    • Scully has a flashback nightmare to her own abduction in "Memento Mori".

  • Parodied in Nebulous, where Nebulous often has horrific flashbacks to his childhood — working in the circus.

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    Video Games 
  • Kei of Akai Ito gets nightmares of things taking place in the past, including the last days of Sakuya's people.
  • ANNO: Mutationem: Ann has a Dream Intro of waking up in a town covered in snow and having a brief glimpse of walking in an Eldritch Location. Which was caused by her connection as one of the subjects in the Gatekeeper Project.
  • Ashley of Another Code has the events of her third birthday come in a dream near the start of both games. Then again, seeing your mom get shot to death tends to be hard to forget.
  • In CLANNAD, Tomoya starts to have these as he gets closer to Kotomi, complete with a seemingly random rabbit and deer.
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Hajime has a dream pertaining to when he was selected to undergo the procedure to become Izuru Kamukara while surrounded by students in the reserve course.
  • Devil May Cry 5: Just before Dante fully woke up from a month-long coma, we get treated to a first-person flashback of the day when demons attacked their home and Eva made him hide in a closet.
  • Final Fantasy VI:
    • Shadow had some revealing that he was a train robber named Clyde who couldn't Mercy Kill his wounded partner and spent the rest of his life regretting it. They also underline the implication that he is Relm's Disappeared Dad. Since the nightmares appear at a very low chance when staying in inns, and even then only if you knew to save his life at the Floating Continent, many players don't even know of their existence.
    • Terra had something similar in the same game: Shortly after she attempts to escape from Narshe (while amnesiac), and ends up falling down the Narshe Caves, she passes out and then a flashback occurs where it is revealed that she was unwillingly subjected to being outfitted with a Slave Crown by Kefka Palazzo, leaving her brainwashed, and then killing over fifty imperial soldiers completely against her will with Kefka cheering her to continue burning them to a crisp, and then witnessing Emperor Gestahl's war speech, a flashback that would certainly have been very horrifying.
  • Katana ZERO: Zero has nightmares showing a child witnessing a scientist being killed by a soldier. Later nightmares reveal in the end that Zero was the soldier, not the child.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, Lloyd has a nightmare during the intermission chapter about the moment when he and the team were nearly killed during the last battle in Trails from Zero. It's later revealed they did die in the battle, which caused Kea to awaken her powers to reset time and alter events that would allow Lloyd and the others to survive.
  • Riki of Little Busters! has been having recurring nightmares since recently as of the beginning of the game, though it isn't until later that we find out what they're of, and it isn't until much later that we find out that they are this trope. Specifically, memories of an event that have been repressed when he's awake as long as he exists in the created world.
  • Master Detective Archives: Rain Code: Yuma has one at the start of Chapter 3, seeing a blurry vision of himself passing by Number One carrying the Book of Death while at the World Detective Organization. Or rather, he sees himself carrying the Book of Death and passing by the real Yuma, because he's actually Number One.
  • Zero has one of these at the start of Mega Man X4, meeting his creator and standing in front of destroyed Reploids, and it is also implied that this wasn't the first time he had the nightmare.
  • Metal Gear:
  • Octopath Traveler: Olberic is introduced with him having a nightmare about the fall of his home kingdom Hornburg and the death of his king at the hands of his close friend Erhardt. once he wakes up, he stated this is a recurring nightmare.
  • Marshall Anderson of Outlaws has a recurring nightmare of the man who shot his father, and left him for dead. The nightmare repeats a few times before we finally see the entire scene, and the villain's face is revealed. It isn't until the final confrontation between Anderson and Bob Graham, that we see a Match Cut of Graham and the assailant that we find out that the two characters are one and the same. Que mandatory one-liner.
  • The regular story chapters of the Visual Novel Planetarian are interspersed with "The Junker's Dream" chapters, which describe the main character's flashback nightmares of his past as a Child Soldier.
  • In Sierra Ops, Junius Fahrenheit has recurring nightmares of nearly burning to death in an incident from six years before. One such nightmare serves as the game’s tutorial and opening scene.
  • Happens in Songs of Araiah, where Jason has dreams in which he remembers seeing the execution of his best friend by the Reformists.
  • Super Robot Wars:
  • Tales Series:
  • Emma gets these in Telepath Tactics, to her childhood as a slave in the vibra mines. They are easily among the most chilling scenes in the story.

    Web Comics 
  • In Webcomic/Archipelago, most dream sequences are those. In Credenza's case, this is because she's a Dream Walker - Flashback Nightmares are a common sign of this ability, but other characters get them, too.
  • Bastard: Jin has these often, particularly of his father throwing him off a building as a child. Although it turns out it was his mother who did it in the middle of a breakdown.
  • In Dan The Snowman, the eponymous hero seemingly has a nightmare that may or may not be his origin story.
  • Susan of El Goonish Shive has one of finding out about her father's affair.
  • Sarine Elle, central figure in Errant Story, has a real honker of a flashback nightmare about the disastrous birth of her stillborn daughter, which goes far toward explaining her relationship with Meji Hinadori.
  • Jade's second dream in Homestuck after her dreamself's death ends up being this, though to be fair, Jade was going off the rails and Feferi (who had died) probably didn't mean to startle her. She's just kind of weird like that. In general, Sburb players with dead dream selves experience flashbacks in their dreams, though they are not nightmares most of the time.

    Web Original 
  • The Cry of Mann: When Jouglat faints at the end of a scene, the next scene shows him re-experiencing his Near-Death Experience in the warr note , eventually waking back up in the living room.
  • The main character of the Reconstruction Series, Isaac, has these frequently. Often used to establish his backstory, but sometimes just to show his mental state.

    Web Animation 
  • Played with in Broken Saints, for each of the heroes' Dark and Troubled Pasts.
  • In the beginning of the fifth episode of Super Mario Bros. Z, Sonic is experiencing a nightmare harkening back to the day when Mecha Sonic mercilessly slaughtered his friends, and pretty much every single inhabitant of Planet Mobius while torching a large portion of the planet, while Sonic was knocked out from his fight with the Koopa Bros.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • This can and does happen to people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including but not limited to combat veterans. While not always in dreams, reliving the traumatic experience in high detail is literally known as a "flashback".
  • People who have experimented heavily in psychotropic drugs also have flashbacks to previous trips.


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Eunie's Nightmare

Eunie gets a nightmare of her past life's death, where her Colony was slaughtered by Moebius D.

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