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Batgirl apparently has some interesting dreams.

"I hear the secrets that you keep
When you're talkin' in your sleep."
The Romantics, "Talkin' In Your Sleep" (as heard in "Five Nights at Freddy's")

Dreams, occurring in REM (no, not that R.E.M.) are the subconscious mind's way of rooting through thoughts and concepts the brain is trying to process while the owner of the brain is sleeping. When a sleeper is dreaming, they sometimes also talk. In Real Life, referred to by the term somniloquy, these verbal fragments are more likely to be random nonsense like in the page image than anything linear or relevant — let alone any kind of deep or embarrassing secrets — but this is fictionland...

In fiction and media, anything spoken whilst dreaming is intelligible and (usually) deeply meaningful, offering up insights into the hidden life of our heroes. The Bully may reveal himself as a Bruiser with a Soft Center or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold though he's still obnoxious while awake. Your tough-as-nails Mama Bear may have nightmares about things from her past, which of course gives The Hero something to comfort her over. The Stoic may show his hidden fears. Your shy Shrinking Violet may call out the name of the one she loves in her sleep, though she never gives a hint while awake (bonus points if she does so rather... passionately).

If it isn't one of the above, most likely there will be crucial information imparted. Even if the sleeper knows all the secrets in the story, the one piece of information the listener needs will be what is murmured between nonsensical babbles. If something delicate is revealed, there's a good chance that the listener will misunderstand it and causes hilarity to ensue.

If what's said actually is nonsense, then the medium is most likely comedy, or the trope is being used for comic relief.

Can just as often lead to tragedy, depending on the secrets spoken and who's been overhearing or listening.

A common variation involves the 'sleeper' pretending to talk in his sleep to misdirect eavesdroppers.

Supernatural intrusion into dreams is a method of justifying the dreamer speaking in lucid sentences. Nor is this trope restricted to natural slumber — drugged sleep or unconsciousness brought on by drugs, alcohol, or a blow to the head will work just as well.

Sleep talking can be accompanied by Sleep Walking and Fever Dreams as well. Truth in Television as there are many people who talk in their sleep in Real Life.

Probably related to the fictional idea that dreams are generally coherent experiences that consist of the dreamer reliving past experiences, instead of surreal flashes of (seemingly) unrelated things.

Not to be confused with the half-awake babble someone makes when awakened abruptly by the phone in the dead of night. Sleep-talking also tends to be the last thing that happens before the sleeper's own words cause them to snap awake and sit up in bed.

Not to be confused with Talking in Your Dreams, where two or more dreaming characters are communicating with one another.

See also: Dream Sequence. Compare with Non Sequitur, *Thud*. Not to be confused with Talking in Bed (which is a conversation between two characters in bed who are both awake). If a person is saying stuff from a daytime fantasy, that's Acting Out a Daydream.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the thirty-first chapter of Asteroid in Love, Mira discusses some of the less-known behavior of her older sister Misa. Among these, Mira mentions Misa would look like the latter's doing math when she's asleep, with an illustration of Misa seemingly writing in air while she's lying asleep.
  • In one episode of the volleyball comedy Attacker You!, the coach of the volleyball team learns that protagonist You has a crush on him when he sees her mumble, "Coach," in her sleep, with a smile on her face.
  • Bleach: Played for Laughs in the case of Orihime. She does dream about Ichigo (whom she really obviously has a crush on) but otherwise her dreams don't seem to make sense at all.
    Orihime: D... don't, Kurosaki-kun... It's not like that... That's not Pooh bear, it's P-tan... They look similar but they're different... You can't win the series A soccer finals with P-tan... You can't... It's impossible...I SAID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!
  • The Familiar of Zero: Saito has a heated dream about his "master", in the middle of the class.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. After Tessa "sleepwalks" into Sôsuke's bed, she starts babbling nonsense when a jealous Kaname catches her. Kaname accuses her of faking it.
    Tessa: I can't eat any more...
    Kaname: Stop mumbling classic sleep talk phrases and wake up!
  • Van of GUN×SWORD murmurs the name of his dead fiancee when fevered. It has some plot significance because this is the first that his traveling companion has heard of Elena, and it leads her to learn more about Van's backstory.
  • In a few Hayate the Combat Butler bonus strips, Izumi, Riza and Miki overhear Hinagiku talking in her sleep about 'Sgt. Doughnut' and are confused. When we see her dreams, he is a human, with a giant doughnut for a head.
  • England from Hetalia: Axis Powers does it in one strip, revealing that America used to wet his bed while he was a cute boy.
  • Inuyasha: When Inu-Yasha visits Kagome's room, he finds that she is sleeping.
    Kagome: Inu-Yasha... sit.
    Inu-Yasha: Damn you... what are you dreaming about!
  • Sleep-talking becomes an important plot point in the 1974 anime movie of Jack and the Beanstalk (1974). It's the way Jack learns that Princess Margaret has been enchanted by Hecuba the witch, as the spell wears off every night and must be cast anew each morning. The night before Margaret is to marry Hecuba's son, Tulip the giant, Jack is startled to hear Margaret call his name while she sleeps.
  • Labra does it in episode 38 of Jewelpet Twinkle☆, with her dream being about her with Akari's crush Yuuma. In the real world, she ends up kissing Ruby instead.
    Labra: [lips puckered] I wuv you-labu!
    Ruby: Akari-chan, save me!
    Labra: [has Ruby cornered] Yuuuma-kuuuuun~!
  • Kaguya is seen talking in her sleep during a nap at one point in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, a result of having been up until about 5 am the previous night. She accidentally ends up outing her Secret Relationship with Shirogane to Onodera in the process.
  • In K-On!'s first training camp with Azusa, Ritsu abruptly sits up in her sleep and shouts, "CABBAGE!"
  • The Anime-first Canon Foreigner Kumin in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! often does this in her numerous nap sessions.
  • Naruto: The title character has a tendency to do this, often to the chagrin of whoever he happens to be on mission with.
  • Chamo in a Negima! Magister Negi Magi mumbles "Lady, there's no way. I can't smoke that..." Keeping in mind Chamo is an ermine.
  • Played straight in Neon Genesis Evangelion. During the ninth episode, when Asuka sleep walks (or debatably consciously walks) into Shinji's futon, Shinji leans in for a kiss, but stops when he hears Asuka mumbling "Mama" and crying in her sleep. This would foreshadow later on when we learn that Asuka's mother killed herself.
  • In one of the side-stories of Pluto, a composer with writer's block sings in his sleep, the melody which is the key to his unfinished work.
  • Akane Tendō from Ranma ½ tends to talk in her sleep, saying things like:
    "Oh, P-chan! Where have you been?"
    "What're you doing?! No. No, don't! I wanted that there!"
  • In Reborn! (2004) Lambo talks in his sleep and insults Tsuna, Reborn, and I-pin. Reborn and I-pin respond by beating him up.
  • Nori in Rozen Maiden mentions this line in her sleep:
    Jun, I can't, we're siblings!
  • In Saint Beast, Rey is shown to not only talk in his sleep, but be clingy and demanding about it.
  • In episode 23 of Sgt. Frog, Keroro sneaks into Fuyuki's room at night in order to steal the Kero Ball out of its hiding place in Fuyuki's desk drawer. He panics when he hears Fuyuki shout "Sergeant, don't do that!", but it turns out Fuyuki is just talking in his sleep. He follows it up with "The sponge cake comes first, then the telephone..." and goes back to sleep.
  • Prince Zen of Snow White with the Red Hair once flirts with Shirayuki in his sleep when he falls asleep waiting for her to be done with her pharmaceutical work for the day and she goes to wake him up.
  • In episode 120 of Tamagotchi, Mametchi's gang is sleeping in a house in Melody Land while Melodytchi is out with her new friend. The Tamagotchis in the house mumble stuff in their sleep related to some character trait of theirs (e.g. Kuchipatchi mutters "Itadakimasu!"note  and starts to eat his blanket, while Memetchi angrily mentions her rival Makiko). Himespetchi somehow exclaims her catchphrase "Gigakyun!" out loud without it waking her up, although it does wake up Mametchi who tucks her blanket back into place before visiting Lovelitchi, who is also awake, in a nearby room.
  • When Tamamo of Tamamo-chan’s a Fox! falls asleep in her first class on her first day of school, she talks in her sleep about how she was granted permission to pose as human and go to school by her goddess Inari Okami, but that she would be punished if her true nature became widely known. Her classmates, upon hearing this, all decide they can't let her know she isn't fooling them for a moment because she's less "posing as a human" and more "actually a Human Alien".
  • Chapter 62 of 'Tis Time for "Torture," Princess sees the Princess having a lucid dream while she's napping. Deciding that since it's a dream, she can give in to all the "tortures" she wants, she starts spouting secret after secret. Unbeknownst to her, she starts reciting those secrets aloud in her sleep... just as Tortura comes into her cell to prepare for the actual torture.
  • Milly Thompson of Trigun talks in her sleep. Her words become more amusing when she's asleep due to being drunk.
  • In an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Manjyome is saved from drowning by a guy with a mask later revealed to be the chancellor of North Academy who learns about his rivalry with Judai this way.
  • In episode 58 of YuYu Hakusho Juri has fainted after being frightened by Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame attack in fear of being absorbed by it, later after it appeared Hiei has been destroyed by the attack her co-announcer Koto tries to wake her up to do the count down she says "Tell work I'm sick today Mom" while sobbing.

    Comic Books 
  • In one storyline in the Beetlejuice comics, Lydia accidentally summons the title character by saying his name in her sleep, which allows him to try to fix the current mishap.
  • Deadpool says WEIIIRD things in his sleep sometimes... which is not entirely different from what he says when he's awake.
  • Iris West Allen learned that her husband Barry was The Flash because he talked in his sleep.
  • In one very early Green Lantern story, Tom Kalmaku shares a hospital room with a local gangster, and talks very coherently in his sleep about GL's power battery and its limitations. Fortunately the gangster tips his hand in the morning, and Hal and Tom work out a scheme to convince him that Tom doesn't know Green Lantern and was just muttering dream-nonsense.
  • In Justice League Dark, Constantine claims he learnt some of Zatanna's backwards magic because she mumbles it in her sleep.
  • It was eventually revealed that the burglar who killed Spider-Man's uncle had once shared a cell in prison with a gangster who talked in his sleep; the burglar had heard from him this way that he had hidden a box of stolen money under the floorboards of the Parker house years ago. This was why he had originally broken in, although when this motive was discovered, it was also discovered that the money had long been eaten by silverfish, making the murder All for Nothing.
  • Superman:
    • In an early segment of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, Jimmy wonders how Superman knew that he was in trouble and where to show up. Clark, with whom he had been rooming temporarily, provided the answer to the readers — the young reporter had given his plans away the previous night by talking in his sleep.
    • The Jungle Line: As Superman is hallucinating on the brink of death, he talks about Lois and Kara.
  • Robin Tim Drake has weird dreams, as revealed in Superman/Batman #62:
    Robin: ...Penguins?... Penguins with missiles... Look out...
    Supergirl: Uh, Tim? Are you awake?
    Robin: I'm awake! I'm awake! What?
    Supergirl: Penguins?
    Robin: Penguins! Yes! I mean... no! No penguins. Sorry, didn't get much sleep last night.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • In a strip, Calvin overhears Hobbes saying in his sleep: "Oh yes, I'm VERY fond of Calvin. ...pass the gravy, please." Calvin decides to let Hobbes have the covers.
    • In another strip, Calvin says that he likes to mess with Hobbes's dreams. He holds a cookie under Hobbes's nose while he's sleeping, and sure enough, Hobbes starts mumbling about cookies.
    • In another strip, Calvin asks a sleeping Hobbes what he's dreaming about, and Hobbes mumbles, "I'm going to pounce on Calvin," giggling. Calvin screams, "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, CALVIN!", awakening Hobbes, who then proceeds to furiously chase Calvin.
  • FoxTrot features a few examples of this trope, most notably Paige's muttering, "Ooo... Pierre," whenever dreaming about her fictitious romantic French boyfriend. In one strip, this results in her inadvertently giving the correct answer to her teacher's question: "What is the capital of South Dakota?"
  • A Peanuts comic strip has Linus doing this while dreaming about his teacher, Miss Othmar - so loud that it wakes up a disgusted Lucy.

    Fan Works 
  • Addition Alley Christmas:
    Harry: Relax, Malfoy. We'll break over the Weasleys. Our last product for the year is launching today.
    Hermione: I don't know, Harry. Ron talked in his sleep last night and mentioned that the Weasleys were bringing out a Santa sack.
  • In All That Glitters (Othellia). Hans mutters in his sleep about his nasty brother Georg when Anna tries to wake him for his turn watching the fire. And in a later chapter, murmurs "I love you."
  • In Another Rainbow in Another Sky, Megan talks about Firefly, a pony she knew as a kid, in her sleep.
  • Bleeding Feathers:
    Tulio: Monkey stole me donut.
  • Blood! Rusty AU: In chapter 19, Ghost wakes Rusty from a nightmare about Tigerclaw. Rusty had been yowling and kicking in his sleep.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
    Hobbes: CD players swimming in an ocean of gravy…Zzzzzz…with tree trunks…snort Zzzzz.
  • In Chemistry, Shining Armor pretends not to notice when his wife moans out his sister's name during a dream.
  • In Cupid's Army, King, while sneaking a crystal ball from the living room to the kitchen, overhear Lillith mutter in her sleep about a man named Alador leaving Ophelia for her, which King decides to ignore. Later, when Lilith walks down and discovers King talking to a crystal ball, he convinces her to forget about it by promising to not mention Alador. Of course, he says this with the crystal ball still on, and while it was connected to Emira and Edric, said children of Alador and Ophelia.
  • In The Dangerous Sleep Mumbles Draco mumbles "Scorpius, stop" and "Don't make me tell Harry" in his sleep, making Harry think he's being cheated on. In reality, Draco was dreaming about raising the child he hopes for them to have if his development of a process to give the hypothetical infant the DNA of both fathers and none of the surrogate's is successful.
  • A Daughter Not His Own has Sci-Twi mumble in her sleep at the beginning when Shining Armor tries to wake her up. He at first thinks she is calling him daddy, until she asks him not to make her eat anymore icky broccoli.
  • In Faery Heroes Hermione comments that she once overheard Ginny sleep talking about stealing Harry's underpants and building a shrine around them.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Ever since Germany's and Japan's Cock Fight over him, Italy had been having recurring nightmares of the event. They only found out because he began mumbling in his sleep.
  • Hand Delivered Letter:
    Hannah: Don't take the bananas. The monkeys need them.
  • Harry Potter and the Pink-Haired Auror:
    Tonks: Quit shovin' I get the first chicken leg.
  • Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path:
    Harry: Don't eat the pie, the pie is for Dobby. He wants to hit Dumbles with it...
  • In It's A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door, when Rarity, Rainbow, and Applejack are camping in the mountains, sleeping together for warmth, Rainbow unconsciously makes a move on Rarity.
    Rarity: Why, Commodore Silverhooves, you're so's only our first date...
  • The King's Indian Attack:
    Sinistra: Gotta...stop...Herc'les...stealin'...apples.
  • Kingdom Hearts Ψ: The Seeker of Darkness: More Affection Than You Know Sora has been doing this for as long as he's been sheltering Ventus's heart, having nightmares about the events of Birth By Sleep and muttering about Aqua, Terra, Mickey, Xehanort, etc.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, the first time Yuki teleports Kyon, Mikuru, and Kanae into her apartment, Kanae sleeps through it and starts talking in her sleep.
    "Mmm, Sempai," Kanae murmured in her sleep with a quiet giggle.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe fic A Little Red and Blue, Sharon is inadvertently sent to the year 1944 by Wanda. She later meets the past Steve, introducing herself as "Kate". At one point, Steve goes to check on a sleeping Kate and hears her muttering about someone abandoning her, not realizing she's talking about his counterpart from her timeline.
  • Partway during the The Moon Rises animation, Celestia mutters "Sister...", as if she's either dreaming of Luna or she subconsciously realizes what is happening.
  • The MLP Loops: In one loop, a filly version of Ivory Scroll/Mayor Mare suddenly yells "Sellow fitizens! Er, I mean fellow citizens!" in her sleep. Twilight, her mother this Loop, just blinks in surprise and wonders what Ivory was dreaming about to make her say that.
  • Oversaturated World: Future Congestive: Sweetie Belle hears Rarity talking in her sleep about her dreams:
    "Wuzzafuzza... No, Applejack, not those boots..."
    "Huh? Rarity?" Sweetie turned, and sure enough, her sister was still in that chair, head leaning against the wall giving Sweetie a clear view of her sleep mask.
    Rarity grumbled. "Sweet-thirteen, stand down."
    That got an eyeroll. The robot dream again. Honestly what was with that one? "Rarity."
    "Sweetie?" Rarity stretched and grimaced, no doubt stiff from however long she'd sat there. "Goodness, what time is it?"
  • In the Turning Red fanfic The Panda Chronicles chapter "Hard to Stomach", Tae Young coos Jesse's name in his sleep.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse:
    • Trixie yells in her sleep, as Zizanie the Discordian finds out while sneaking through her house. Sometimes it's just stage-stuff, and some of it's random non-sequiturs.
    • This gets brought up in a non-canon story later on, when an old acquaintance of Trixie's absently mentions she talks in her sleep in a way that suggests she knows from first-hand experience.
  • It is revealed that in the Return to the Past, NOW universe, Cassidy talks in her sleep. In the "Skidbladnir" episode, she mutters frantically not to let William flirt with her.
  • Subverted in The Secret Life of Dolls; Cleo wonders if the Littlest Bella's talking in her sleep will provide important emotional information, as it originally did in The Twilight Saga, but it's just rambling. Later on she pretends to talk in her sleep to attract the Littlest Edward, and Cleo has to exasperatedly point out to him that people don't talk in their sleep in complete sentences.
  • In the Death Note AU Seigikan when Light finds L talks in his sleep he takes full advantage of it: "Ryuzaki, what is your real name?"
  • In Slipped Harry is revealed to be pregnant. Later on, he takes a nap while sharing a cruise ship cabin with Jacob.
    Harry: Baby. Jasper's baby...raped me.
  • Three Black Birds:
    Aldous and Edith snoozed, and Edith sleep-mumbled a bit. As far as Harry could make out, she was wondering why there was a team of unicorns in the Quidditch World Cup.
  • Unexpected Changes:
    Sirius: No no bad bunny I don't like carrots...
  • In the Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfiction (Un)lucky, Switzerland's hostile feelings towards the nations that raped Canada surface through his people via a little girl muttering "I'll kill them all" in her sleep. Her parents are very concerned by this.
  • Veela heart:
    Ron: Its alright Harry talks in his sleep, its not so bad when he's speaking Parseltongues, it's the English that's the problem.
    Harry: I didn't...
    Ron: Oh you did. Why do you think we were running so behind this morning? We were swearing Seamus and Dean to secrecy while explaining it to them. We managed to get silencers around your bed after 'oh yes Lucius, you smell so wonderful'.
  • Two from Punch-Out!! fanfics, both involving Disco Kid and Aran Ryan:
  • In We'd Fly Away Together, Terra mumbles in her sleep while having nightmares about her past, but when asked she pretends that she can't remember her dreams.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fic You Meow In Your Sleep, during a sleepover at the school, Adrien hears Marinette sleeptalking and apparently dreaming about being Ladybug. He starts talking back to her as Chat Noir to see where she goes with her roleplay, only to accidentally get her to transform into Ladybug.
  • Episode 61 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Marik doing this, apparently dreaming about having dinner with Bakura.
    Marik: Zzzzz... Nn-no, Bakura, don't eat your spaghetti with your mouth open. It gets everywhere. Told you not to do that.

    Films — Animation 
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: "The redhead's got a gun..."
  • Finding Nemo:
    • Dory talks in her sleep.
      Dory: You gonna eat that? ... careful with that hammer ... sea monkeys have my money ... yes, I'm a natural blue.
    • In the outtakes, she instead says: "Big money! No whammies!"
    • "Klaus, the pinata's drooping" is used in the actual film in Finding Dory, along with "Hand me the ratchet wrench. I can fix it. ... Ow!"
  • Anna does this in the theatrical short "Frozen Fever" when Elsa wakes her up for her birthday party.
    Elsa: Anna? Happy birthday.
    Anna: ...To you...
    Elsa: No, it's your birthday.
    Anna: ...To me...
  • A Goofy Movie:
    • When Max changes the map so Goofy will take him to the Powerline concert instead of fishing while Goofy is asleep, he briefly wakes up and asks him "How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?" to which Max replies "three and a half?" he then immediately falls back to sleep.
    • Also played straight when Max is writing a letter to Roxanne about going to the Powerline concert, but then he hears Goofy say as he sleeps, "More hi dad soup, please...?", and Max rewrites the letter to tell Roxanne the truth.
  • Towards the end of Migration, when Dax reunites with Kim in Jamaica, Gwen spoils the moment by mentioning that Dax kept saying Kim's name in his sleep.
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie opens with Pooh saying "Honey, honey" in his sleep before being startled awake by the Heffalump call.
  • Monsters University: In Mike's first morning in the Oozma Kappa fraternity house, he mumbles this line in his sleep:
    Mike: ...I know, you're a princess and I'm just a stable boy...
  • In The Secret Life of Pets 2, when Max and Duke are forced to sleep outside at the farm, Max tells Duke that he thinks they should go check on Liam, only for Duke to mutter "I finally caught you, tail."
  • Toy Story: Woody and Buzz nearly wake up a half-asleep Sid, who mutters "I wanna ride the pony." The gag was later repeated word-for-word in the video-game adaptation of The Warriors.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Christopher Robin film, Eeyore mutters "saddle's too tight" in his sleep.
  • In early silent film A Cure for Pokeritis (1912), the Henpecked Husband pretends to join a fraternal lodge, when he is really going out to play poker with his buddies. His wife figures this out when he starts muttering and dealing cards in his sleep.
  • The Damsel in Distress in Dead Again could only talk in her sleep at the beginning of the movie. While awake, she was amnesiac and mute until they got her hypnotized.
  • In The Flintstones when Wilma attempts to wake up the Dictabird he says:
    Dictabird: No Mumsy I don't want to go to school today, the other boys make fun of me.
  • Played for Laughs in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy asks his father how he knew that Elsa Schneider (Indy's Love Interest) was actually working for the Nazis. Jones Senior replies, "She talks in her sleep". Indy nods...then has a Double Take as he realises how dad would be in a position to know what a woman is saying in her sleep.
  • In the Get Smart sequel movie Get Smart! Again!, it is revealed that Max bought the Cone of Silence after CONTROL was disbanded and installed it in his bedroom because he talks in his sleep.
  • During Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lavender hears about Ron being in the hospital wing, and rushes to his side... only to hear him mumble Hermione's name. Cue breakup.
    Dumbledore: Ah, to be young, and to feel love's keen sting. Come along, everyone. Mr. Weasley is well tended for.
    • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ron claims he picked up the Parseltongue needed to open the Chamber of Secrets by listening to Harry talk in his sleep. (It's a notable change from the book, where he says he imitated what Harry did to open the locket.)
  • In Little Nicky Nicky has fallen asleep in the parking lot and is roaring and talking gibberish in a demonic voice with a crowd gathered around him, he ends with saying "I will eat your heart!" which causes the crowd to run away.
  • The Love Light is set in Italy during World War I. Angela rescues a sailor, washed up on shore, who identifies himself as an American who deserted from his ship. But after he mutters "Gott mit uns" in his sleep, she realizes that he is actually a German spy.
  • In Paul, after a night around the campfire, Paul tries to wake Clive up, leading to some rather odd dialogue.
    Clive: (giggling) No, Boomer. it's forbidden.
  • In The President's Analyst, the title character's job stress takes a turn for the worse when returning home one day, he finds the head of the No Federal Agencies Were Harmed "FBR" informs him they removed his live-in girlfriend, citing national security as he talked in his sleep. Needless to say, he's quite upset that they know that fact.
  • In The Never Ending Story, Falcor tells Atreyu that he talks in his sleep, which is how he found out Atreyu's name and the nature of his quest.
  • Near the climax of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, both of the Sleaze Brothers talk in their sleep.
    Sam: Put them in the bundles. Bundles of the thousands.
  • The last conversation between Malcolm and Anna Crowe in The Sixth Sense is held while Anna is fast asleep.
  • In Smiles of a Summer Night, Fredrik mumbles "Desirée" in his sleep while lying next to his wife Anne. She is not amused.
  • In So I Married an Axe Murderer, Charlie is awakened by Harriet shouting "RALPH!" in her sleep.
  • While John from Twice Round the Daffodils sleeps, he mutters things like "Only observation".

  • An old joke:
    Mother: Doctor, my son is talking in his sleep. Can you do something about that?
    Doctor: That's not really a bad thing. You shouldn't worry about it.
    Mother: Yes, but everyone in school is laughing about him!
  • It is Sunday school, and Susie is asleep in class. The teacher asks her, "Who created the Earth?" Little Johnny, who is sitting behind her, pokes her with his sharp pencil. Startled, Susie yells, "MY GOD!" and falls back asleep. The teacher says, "Yes, that's right!" A short while later, she asks, "Who died for our sins?" Johnny pokes Susie again, and she yells, "JESUS CHRIST!" Again, the teacher says, "Yes, that's right!" Even later, she asks, "What did Eve say to Adam after their 23rd child was born?" Johnny pokes Susie again, and she yells, "IF YOU STICK THAT THING IN ME ONE MORE TIME, I'M GONNA SNAP IT IN HALF!"

  • In the Young Amelia Bedelia book Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash, Amelia Bedelia is alone on a bus to a summer camp she doesn't really want to go when she is joined by a girl named Alice who has just been picked up by the bus. Alice is very amicable and they quickly strike up a conversation, though Alice does most of the talking. Eventually Amelia Bedelia falls asleep not out of boredom but simply exhaustion because among other things she's tired from crying. When she wakes up, after sleeping for four hours, Alice asks if she knows that she talks in her sleep. Whatever Amelia Bedelia was saying must have been pretty specific because Alice asks "Who's Finally?" which is the name of Amelia Bedelia's dog, but she couldn't have known that "Finally" was a "who" and not a "what" simply from hearing the name.
  • In Poul Anderson's "The Burning Bridge", The Captain knows that even if a crew member could keep a secret, he might talk in his sleep, so he overpowers and claims he had grown deranged and needed to be put in cold sleep.
  • In Darkship Thieves's sequel Darkship Renegades, Thena comments that Kit is prone to muttering in his sleep.
  • In Diplomatic Immunity, we're told that Ekaterin doesn't just have a top secret clearance due to her part in foiling a terrorist plot; it's also due to her husband Miles' tendency to babble about state secrets in his sleep.
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency mentions that when he was in college, Dirk developed a reputation for saying interesting things in his sleep after a large meal; it's heavily implied that it was a scam he'd set up so that his roommates would buy him large meals a lot.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down, Greg has a dream where he was captured by zombie pirates and they made him walk the plank. For some reason, he kept saying "Step, step, step, no, no, no! Plop, plop, plop, in I go!" It turns out he was saying that for real, and Rodrick has the video to prove it.
  • Dragonriders of Pern: High fever + some pretty hefty meds = Lord Jaxom blabbing everything about the queen egg rescue.
  • Harry Potter:
  • Moby-Dick has Tashtego do this when dreaming about an event some friends had sworn him to secrecy about, making it easy for his crewmates to badger the rest of the story out of him.
  • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston's friend Parsons is arrested after his daughter allegedly heard him talking in his sleep: "Down with Big Brother, down with Big Brother." Later, they meet up and Parsons is proud of his daughter. It's unknown whether he was actually saying that (as a fervent supporter of the regime, Parsons is aghast at the idea) or his children have become so brainwashed they see thoughtcrime even in places it doesn't exist.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The first time Percy ever sees Annabeth, she's feeding him ambrosia (which to him tastes like popcorn-flavored pudding) and muttering something. When he can talk and asks how she even knew his name and what happened to him, she just smirks and says, "You talk in your sleep." It ends up being a bit of a Running Gag.
  • In Protector of the Small, Kel has recurring Past Experience Nightmares of Blayce after the Chamber shows him to her, and Tobe says she talks about it in her sleep.
  • In The Shining, Jack starts talking in his sleep, as he's slowly going insane.
  • Dr. Seuss in The Sleep Book:
    Do you talk in your sleep? It's a wonderful sport.
    And I have some news of this sport to report.
    The World-Champion Sleep-Talkers, Mo and Jo Redd-Zoff,
    Have just gone to sleep and they're talking their heads off!
    For fifty-five years now, each chattering brother
    Has babbled and gabbled all night to each other.
    They've talked about laws and they've talked about gauze
    They've talked about paws and they've talked about flaws
    They've talked quite a bit about old Santa Claus.
    And the reason I'm telling you this is because
    You should take up the sport, it's just fine for the jaws.
  • In Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novel A Trick of the Light, it's mentioned that Clara Morrow frequently makes snorting and grunting noises in her sleep and occasionally mumbles weird things like, "But Kevin Spacey's stuck on the Moon."
  • Twilight (2005): When Edward admits to Bella that he's been sneaking in to watch her sleep, he tells her she talks in her sleep. Edythe says the same to Beau in Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.
  • In Dean Koontz's Velocity, the main character's wife has long been in a coma, but sometimes blurts out random phrases. He later learns that everything she says originates from Charles Dickens's novels, but she's much more likely to recite from something like A Christmas Carol than any of Dickens's darker works.
  • The War Against the Chtorr. While being briefed on a classified mission, the soldiers are ordered not entirely tongue-in-cheek to shoot themselves if they suffer from Loose Lips, and if they talk in their sleep, they should sleep with someone who'll do the shooting for them. McCarthy gives his Action Girlfriend a nervous look.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Amazing Stories (2020): In "Signs Of Life" Sara's bizarre rambling and repeating things nearby when she sleeps alerts her daughter Alia that something is very off with her.
  • Barney Miller: In "Quarantine, Part 2" all the detectives are on Lockdown in the squad room due to a smallpox scare. Harris starts talking in his sleep. He mutters that he doesn't like working in the squad room ("hot, dirty, messy"), he's annoyed by Fish taking too long in the toilet ("get out of that bathroom man!"), he's just generally annoyed by Yemana ("rotten coffee, racing forms, lazy"), and he doesn't much respect Barney's kinder-and-gentler approach to law enforcement ("hey Barney, don't give me that old psychology, man...compassionate turkey!"). He's startled when he wakes up from his dream and everybody is staring at him.
  • The first season of the Australian Big Brother: in the middle of the night, housemate Ben said, "Where's the chicken?" When his fellow housemates responded with "Huh?" he elaborated, "The last chicken?" Upon their further confusion, he insisted, "Chicken! You know..." and started making chicken noises. That's when they realised he was sleep-talking.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine, "Road Trip": Detective Rosa Diaz is sick but refuses to acknowledge that. When she crashes on a couch, she talks in her fever sleep. Rosa, being the "badass bitch" that she is, her talk is pretty scary, and pretty hilarious.
    Rosa: I'm gonna rip your head off. I'm gonna rip your damn head off, grandma.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • From season 2's "What's My Line?":
      Willow: Don't warn the tadpoles!
    • In "Wild At Heart", Willow is in bed with Oz.
      Willow: Mm... It's in the sandblaster...
      Oz: What's in the sandblaster, Will? It's a dream. Come back to me. (starts to fondle her under the covers)
      Willow: Mmm...Hmm... All Geminis to the raspberry hats.
      Oz: Now you're faking.
    • Spike, from the series finale, "Chosen":
      Spike: I'm drownin' in footwear!
  • The sixth episode of Canada's Worst Driver Ever opens with Andrew lying in bed supposedly having a nightmare and muttering in his sleep one of the catchphrases of the show "Look where you wanna go," before waking up and saying he had a nightmare about all of the worst drivers they ever had coming back to the rehabilitation center.
  • When appearing as a guest/interviewee on Ellen DeGeneres' show, Isaiah Mustafa said that his girlfriend teases him for reciting the lines from the Old Spice ads in his sleep.
  • A non-comedic (but painfully cliched) version happens on Empire, when Cookie finds Lucious sleeping heavily from a new medication, and before she leaves, he sits up and reveals not only the season-long secret that he was the one who murdered her cousin Bunky, but that he doesn't have ALS as originally feared, but a less severe and more manageable condition instead. She's so pissed that she contemplates murdering him with a pillow, which got captured on video tape...
  • Friends: Chandler meets a woman at a sleep clinic who tells him she's there because she talks in her sleep. It's only after they sleep together that Chandler finds out she actually screams in her sleep.
  • On Gilmore Girls, Rory and Paris share a hotel room during a summer internship in Washington, and Rory discovers that Paris has a tendency to say things like "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" in her sleep.
  • Blanche on an episode of The Golden Girls, in which the ladies are forced to sleep in a hotel lobby when they are unable to find a room.
    Blanche: [while a maid dusts the lobby with a feather duster] Mmm... Fernando, you naughty boy... not the feathers...
  • I Love Lucy did fake it as a trick variation, with Ricky pretending to talk in his sleep. In this episode they'd made a bet about whether or not Lucy and Ethel could go without gossiping, so he started to mutter "Grace Foster [their neighbor] is running away with the milkman" so that she'd have something particularly juicy to tempt her.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • In one episode, Major Burns won't operate on a CID officer because regulations say this Trope makes it is a risk (he might say something that shouldn't be said while under anesthesia), and you aren't supposed to do so without another present, despite the fact that he's dying. Hawkeye is more sensible - and fortunately, so is the officer that comes later.
    • In the episode where Winchester's snoring is keeping the gang awake. The episode ends with Winchester's snoring cured, but now BJ is talking in his sleep.
    • In an episode set during a heat wave, Colonel Potter takes a sleeping pill to help him sleep. During the night, he's pulled from his bed to the phone three times to make requests, using this trope to make those requests with no memory of doing them.
  • In a Season 3 episode of Odd Squad, Oswald does this when he falls asleep at the table of a Ugandan family after his energy becomes spent from riding through the tube system, which tips the audience off to the fact that he is afraid of using the tubes. He later does it at the end of the episode as he and Orla — who had overcome her own fear of riding the tubes — leave the Tube Central Station in Australia and take tubes to meet up with Opal and Omar.
  • On One Life to Live, this is how Dorian Lord learned that her husband Victor was a pedophile who had abused his daughter Victoria throughout her childhood.
  • In the first series of Poirot, a case of There Is Only One Bed leads to Hastings and Japp sharing a bed. The next morning Hastings complains Japp talks loudly in his sleep. For added hilarity, the things he says include a warning that a criminal has a blancmange.
  • Done a few times on Scrubs, such as J.D. reliving the first season's finale in his dream and Turk's Dating Game dream (which, hinted at by Carla, is a recurring one).
  • In the Shoestring episode "Knock for Knock," a woman can't remember anything about the car accident that widowed her until she's put under anaesthetic at the dentist's office, when she starts muttering about what she saw during the accident.
  • On Silicon Valley, Richard is forced to share a room with Jared, who speaks loudly and angrily in German in his sleep.
  • The Sketch Show: Played with in a sketch where Ronni is listening to her husband Tim talk in his sleep in the hopes that he'll mention the name of a woman she suspects he's having an affair with. Each time he appears to be talking about a woman, he finishes his sentence in a way that turns it into something innocuous, such as "Allison... I'll listen to anything you say, Ronni!" Then finally he mentions Karen's name, who tries and fails to finish Tim's words in a credible way.
  • In Smallville, Fever, Clark falls very ill due to some kryptonite-infested spores. He mutters Lana's name in his sleep when Chloe is staying with him at his bedside.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise.
    • Enterprise's medical officer, Dr Phlox, is from a species that must hibernate a few days every year. The crew try to wake him up with a stimulant to treat an ensign who's broken his leg, only for Phlox to emit a long stream of nonsense (both before and after he wakes up).
    • In another installment, Lt. Reed has a fantasy of T'Pol, but when he wakes up, Trip tells him that he 'kept asking for some guy named Stinky."
  • Thanks: Grammy talks in her sleep, which lets her family know how much they annoy her.
  • In a That '70s Show episode, Kelso says in his sleep "This isn't gonna work, Jackie". Jackie spends the rest of the episode trying to get him to fall asleep again, so she can find out what he meant.
  • In 30 Rock, after Liz takes some flight medication which lists "sexual nightmares" as a side-effect.
    Liz: No, grandma, no!
  • Titans (2018). After they become lovers, Dick Grayson tells Kory Anders she's been talking in her sleep. As she's an amnesiac Kory asks if she revealed anything, but he was unable to understand a word as she's speaking in a completely unfamiliar language.

  • Florence + the Machine's "I'm Not Calling You A Liar":
    There's a ghost in my mouth
    And it talks in my sleep
  • Elvis Presley's "If You Talk in Your Sleep" takes a somewhat different approach to the trope of sleep-talking revealing infidelity, as the narrator of the song, who is having an affair with a married woman, warns his lover not to talk in her sleep and make her husband suspicious.
    If he should ever wake up, make sure that your story is straight love
    If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
    And if you walk in your sleep forget where you came
  • Appears in Dolly Parton's song "Jolene" (also recorded by Olivia Newton-John and Kesha among others), where the narrator begs Jolene not to steal her man.
    He talks about you in his sleep
    And there's nothing I can do to keep
    From crying when he calls your name, Jolene.
  • In P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason", Nate Ruess's character apparently talks about ending the relationship in his sleep.
  • The Cars' "Just What I Needed" mentions "I don't mind you hangin' out / and talkin' in your sleep".
  • The Romantics had a hit in The '80s with the song topping the page as Trope Namer and Codifier.
  • Crystal Gayle's 1978 hit "Talking in Your Sleep," about a woman who fears her lover is having an affair. There's a remake by Martine McCutcheon.
    You've been talkin' in your sleep, sleeping in your dreams
    With some sweet lover.
    Holding on so tight, loving her the way
    You used to love me.
  • Gordon Lightfoot also had a minor hit with a different song called "Talking in Your Sleep," with subject matter similar to that of Gayle's.
    I heard you talking in the night
    That's right, yes I heard you call
    Though I could hardly hear the name you spoke
    It's a name I don't recall
  • In Melanie Martinez's "Teddy Bear", her boyfriend talking in his sleep about hurting her is the first warning sign he plans to kill her.
    When you started talking in your sleep
    Saying things you'd do to me
    I didn't care, I wasn't scared
    Now I'm finding knives under the sheets
    Crumbled photographs of me
    I'm in despair
    Should I be scared?
  • The protagonist of "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty mentions talking in his sleep as one of the symptoms of his ambiguous disorder.
  • The Go-Gos' "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" cites averting this trope as one of the few fringe benefits of insomnia.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Bear in the Big Blue House:
    • Whenever Tutter is asleep, he can be heard saying "More cheese for King Tutter!"
    • In "A Winter's Nap," Pip and Pop discover Bear napping and try to get him to wake up, but their repeated saying his name just results in muttering, "No, Mommy, just ten more minutes, then I'll eat my porridge." Finally they shout him awake.
    • In "Dance Fever!", Treelo sings "Limbo, limbo" at Tutter while he's napping and dreaming of cheeses to try to get him to get up and dance. Tutter repeats this in sleeptalk as "Limburger, Limburger," before finally startling awake, telling Bear about his dream and saying that he woke up feeling like he had to limbo. In the same episode, Grandma Flutter recites "Shimmy to the left and shimmy to the right" from the "The Grandma Mambo" song to a sleeping Treelo, who repeats this in his sleep before waking up after she recites the next line.
    • In "Morning Glory," Ojo mutters in her sleep "No, Goldilocks, don't eat all my honey."
    • In A Beary Bear Christmas, Jack the dog says in his sleep, "Okay, Billy, I'll fetch the ball, you just throw it. Come on, Billy, throw her!"
  • Squacky does this sometimes on The Pajanimals.
    Squacky: (dreaming of a movie he's excited about seeing) More popcorn.

  • Bleak Expectations: When Harry Biscuit takes a beer-assisted lie down just as Mr. Benevolent abducts Pip Bin, one of the last things Pip hears is what Harry's dreaming about. Apparently a "Lord Liverpool" wants Harry to carry a crate of chicken for him.

    Tabletop Games 

  • In Avenue Q, there is a whole song where Rod dreams about Nicky talking in his sleep.
  • In Julius Caesar, the night before the title character's murder, his wife Calpurnia has Prophetic Dreams about just that and repeatedly cries "Help, ho! They murder Caesar!" in her sleep.
  • Macbeth: Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking soliloquy.
  • There's a rather sad version in Miss Saigon in the song "I Still Believe". As Chris sleeps, he shouts "Kim!", to the dismay of his wife Ellen, who has never learned of Chris' first love.
  • Invoked in Othello with Iago's false story of Cassio talking in his sleep about Desdemona.
  • Characters learn important information while another character talks in her sleep in The Yeomen of the Guard.

    Video Games 
  • In the Animal Crossing games, if Gulliver washes up on the shores of your town, he'll indulge in a bit of this as you try to wake him up.
    "Nnnnnn... Cinnamon buns are not currency... Not yet, anyway..."
  • In Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, Nio asks Escha and Logy if they heard a strange voice. Logy accidentally let slip that he heard Escha talking in her sleep after she fell asleep while doing paperwork.
  • In Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, sometimes when using the rest option in the Atelier, Firis will mutter stuff in her sleep such as that she wants to go outside, or saying to her parents that she did well.
  • Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings:
    • Once again, using the rest function in the atelier (which is now useless for anything other than passing time, since healing is provided freely upon returning to the atelier) will result in sleep-talking if you choose to rest for long enough. It's double the fun this time since you have two playable characters. Lydie comments include "...Oh! I haven't written in my diary today! I should do it now, before I forget...!" and "N-No.. Mom, no... *Sob*... No, don't go..." Sue comments include "...Huh? Wait a minute. What's that on the ceiling...? Is it a ghost? No... Ohh, what is it?" and "...What's that sound? ...It's a bug! Aarghh! Getitout getitout getitout! Get it out of here!", both references to running gags involving her character.
    • During the "Weak Drinkers" trophy event, Ilmeria will get so drunk that she falls asleep and tells Firis to never leave her side in her sleep.
    Firis: Hahaha! Ilmeria is talking in her sleep! Poke, poke! Hahaha!
  • In Bastion, Rucks claims this is at least one source of his information about The Kid's backstory.
    Rucks: Fair to say he's lived a hard life, supposin' what he says in his sleep ain't no lie.
  • Chantelise: When Chante is sleeping:
    *snore* Mmm... Elise... I'll help you... I... prom... ... shins... fwaaaaa... *snore*
  • Deleted dialogue from Dragon Age: Inquisition had a romanced Cullen talking to the Inquisitor about this. He tells her that his original roommate in the Templar barracks, when he was a teenager, requested a room change because "Apparently I talk in my sleep." His amused sweetheart immediately replies, "You do!"
  • Dragon Quest IV: Some people in towns do this at night, which is made even funnier in the DS version (Examples: The king of Parthenia mumbles, "Ah-few... ah-fever-few...", the soldier mumbles, "Cry some rubiezzz...", and one boy in Dunplunderin mumbles, "Arr-phew... arr-phew...").
  • In Evolve, Kala suffers from this during her brushes with the minds of the monsters. As a result, the talking is less 'amusing non-sequitur' and more 'wordless rhythmic chanting mixed with ominous statements in the voice of an old man'.
  • Fable has a few, from the method to get the bordello deed to the kid in Bowerstone, sleeping and "tripping" on something, and spilling "pearls" like this:
    "Get away from me you headless monkey, I don't like your eyes!"
  • In Final Fantasy VII, there's a guy in a cave past a river near Junon, seemingly sleeping endlessly. If you talk to him, he'll tell either tell you how many times you've battled, how many times you've escaped from battle, or mutter about how to get Master Materia from Huge Materia, all while apparently still sleeping. However, if the last two digits of battles match (i.e. 122, 355, etc.), then he will magically wake up and award the player either a Bolt Ring or a Mythril, depending on whether the digits are even or odd.
  • At the beginning of Chapter 14 in Final Fantasy VII Remake, you can interact with a sleeping Wedge to hear him talking in his sleep. Besides general grunting, he'll also mutter "Cheeseburgers" and "Mister Smalls," the name of one of his cats.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, both Squall and his father Laguna are said to talk in their sleep. Also, there's a guy in Trabia Garden who, because of the missile attack, has gone a bit loopy and has dreams of being a SeeD in his sleep. He says stuff like "Take this! GF summoning..." and "That...Tonberry King!" Another character comments in disbelief that she asked him why he was so happy and he told her that he went up a rank in his dream.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, if you examine the Moogle's Flute key item (allows you to summon a save moogle on the world map) in the menu, you get a quotation from a character just like any other key item. In this case, the quotation is from lead thief of Tantalus, Baku, and reads "Hey, let me touch that red...bonbon-lookin' thing on your head... Zzz..." =Baku sleeptalking=
  • Granblue Fantasy: Due to the psychological effects of sunlight to Vania, she will occasionally sleep while in the midst of doing something in broad daylight... and mumble about it while sleeping.
  • In Kings Quest (2015), the fourth chapter ("Snow Place Like Home") sees King Graham and Queen Valanice asleep in bed until the crying of infant twins Alexander and Rosella wakes them. Valanice, who desperately wants to rest, immediately start to pretend to both snore and do this. "Zzzzz... I'm asleep, I'm asleep, I'm asleep! Zzzz... So asleep, so asleep, so asleep!" (It works; Graham tells her to stay in bed and he'll take care of the kids.)
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, while Group A of Class VII is on the train to their field study in Legram, Millium is sleeping and comments "No, Lammy, you can't smash that," Lammy being her giant combat robot that assists her. Also, later on, while taking a nap following a mission: "Emma, they're so big... and soft." Additionally, late in the game, if you have Rean talk to the sleeping Sara in the Class VII dormitory, she'll comment "Zzz... Keep those beers coming... Zzz..." and if you speak to her again, "Zzz... I'm done. Hit my limit... ...There needsh to be more booze in thish glass... Zzz..."
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: A Korok named Pepp goes through this while having a nightmare:
    Pepp: Zzz... No! Vegetarians everywhere! STOP! THAT'S MY FACE!
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has Luigi do this several times, which the player hears as his characteristic pseudo-Italian but which Starlow understands perfectly. Each time, it was triggered by Dreambert conveying a message to the outside world from inside Luigi's dream.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. During the game's final stealth sequence, you can tranquilize EVA. If you do so, she mumbles fairly dirty things in her sleep about you, The Boss and her dog, Fido.
  • The Pokémon move Sleep Talk only be used when the Pokemon's Asleep to randomly execute one of the user's other three moves.
  • Psychonauts:
    • Idle by the loudspeakers long enough and you can hear Coach Oleander mutter in his sleep. At first his sleep talk is a little silly, but then he begins to have a dream where he tells the Easter bunny to be careful with the eggs while it travels underwater, and for the bunny to give the eggs to a "you know who" and he will put them in their holders. This is foreshadowing Oleander's plan: The "bunny" is Linda the lungfish, the "eggs" are the brains of the psychic campers, the "water" is Lake Oblongata, "you know who" is Dr. Loboto and the "holders" are Oleander's psychic death tanks.
    • Right after that, Oleander sleepily yells out for his "papa" not to do something, and then cries out for a "Mr. Bunny". This is additional foreshadowing about Oleander's Freudian Excuse: he was forced to watch as his butcher father taught him that the rabbits he loved were good for nothing but food.
  • In Puyo Puyo Sun, Arle comes across Witch taking a nap under a tree and decides she'll rest there too. Arle sits down, and Witch clings to her and starts swinging her around while still sleeping, happily saying such things as "I love you!" and "We'll be together forever!" all the while. Then Witch wakes up, realizes who she was just talking to, and isn't happy about it.
  • In Star Fox: Assault, Pigma is disturbed to find that he's talking in his sleep. considering that it's because he's being assimilated by the Aparoids, it's for good reason.
  • Mario mumbles about Italian food if left asleep long enough in Super Mario 64.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Richter will occasionally mumble "Dracula..." if he's put to sleep by Jigglypuff.
  • Norma Beatty from Tales of Legendia does this when she's asleep. And most of the time, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, while Guybrush is performing first aid on Morgan to wake her up, we hear her mumble, while she's unconscious: "THIS is for JUGBENDER!" and "Gomez... not on the carpet!"
  • Tales of Vesperia:
    • Judith mentions in an appropriately-titled skit that Rita chants spells in her sleep. Oh, and apparently they actually work.
    • Karol does this in a number of sidequests, which is the only thing he does that can annoy even Yuri, who's generally pretty unflappable and understanding towards Karol otherwise. For instance, during an optional scene at the start of the Dark Enforcer sidequest, your party is resting at at an inn when Yuri overhears some people outside talking about a wanted man (him) being in the room. He calls for everyone to wake up and Karol mutters "Not too much milk on my cereal. It'll get soggy."
    • In the inn scene for the third part of the "Dragon Freak" sidequest, Karol wakes up with the rest of the party, save Estelle, who is out cold and mutters "...Mrngh mrngh... No, no more tapioca..."
  • The Thief series has many instances of Enemy Chatter, but also of characters muttering in their sleep, ranging from religious Hammers to guards and civilians.
    Sleeping Guard: Too many snakes! Where's Piggy?
  • In Tomodachi Life, your Miis can say various silly things while sleeping.
    Does anyone need a meerkat? I have a spare...
    [Other Mii] stole all of my disco balls!
    Why do bananas have their own packaging? It's a mystery...
  • In World of Final Fantasy, after you complete the quest to restore Tama, you get a scene with Serafie dozing on the table in the Girl's Tearoom.
    Serafie: Zzz... Don't make fill in for that lazy Tama anymore please... Zzz...
    Girl Who Forgot Her Name: You're a good friend.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Hajime wakes up to find Mikan laying on top of him, having fallen asleep trying to wake him up. Twice. When he tries to get her off of him, she mumbles about how he can't move.
  • In Magical Diary, one of your roommates talks in her sleep. However, what she says is completely nonsensical (and randomised between plays). The only consistent thing is that it has something to do with her older brother.
  • In Yo-Jin-Bo, part of Yo and Ittosai's bad dream sequences include said guys talking in their sleep, mistaking Sayori for a character in the dream. In Yo's case, it's his injured mom. For Ittosai, his cruel father.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • For some reason, Strong Bad has a habit of saying the names of different SNES games while sleeping on the couch.
    • In the Strong Bad Email "haircut", an Easter egg shows a napping Strong Sad muttering about the Smurfs and Julian Sands in his sleep.
  • Pea Tea 64's Mega Man (Classic) animation "Happy 20XX" has this scene:
    Snake Man: Aw, Gemini fella's sleeping. What's he dreaming about?
    Gemini Man: ....Snake Man....
    Snake Man: Oh, he's dreaming about me!
  • In the beginning of the 56th episode of The Most Popular Girls in School:
    Clint: And that's gonna take us down to the two-minute warning. What do you think about the action in the first half so far, Bert?
    Bert: [wakes up] Wha, huh? Whoa, was I asleep?
    Clint: Yes, you most certainly were.
    Bert: Sorry, I tend to fall asleep when I'm watching things I don't give a shit about. Was I talking in my sleep?
    Clint: Eh, well, uh, maybe a little.
    Clint: Christiansen is back to pass he's looking deep in the end zone and it's—
    Bert: No, no Vasquez, I delivered all the drugs.
    Clint: He hands the ball off to McGrann and he—
    Bert: Hey! If I had your money, would I be half-naked in this brothel wearing kneepads?
    Clint: And he's looking deep for Derringer, and it is—
    Bert: Well you tell Blake Shelton to shove it up his asshole!
    Bert: I didn't say anything too embarrassing, did I?
    Clint: You sure did!

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • There's a blog called Sleep Talkin' Man which is the trope as Real Life as you can get. His wife records him, and very little of what he says makes sense. But is very, very funny.
    "I'm an advocate for hermit crab politics."
    "Where is all the neurons are gone? B'doing!"
    "God judges you. Well, I judge God. This week: not bad! Still messing up in the Middle East, though. Sort it out."
    "Fucking unicorns. 'Ooh, I've got a horn!' So fucking obnoxious. You're just a horse with a party hat, dickhead."
  • One comedy goldmine at Something Awful was a collection of crazy things people have said in their sleep.
  • Whateley Universe: The Turks or the Geek:
    Billie drifted off to sleep, to dream about her family. An hour later, Jinn and Jann looked over when they heard her giggling in her sleep, "Yeah Thad, you have to clean all the toilets in Hawthorne, or else..."

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • In "Hitman", Jake admits to getting filling for the sandwiches he made from the body of an off-screen character named Meatman. Later in the episode, Jake is seen having a nightmare about Meatman, muttering "No Rainicorn, don't eat him..." Once Jake wakes up from his dream, he can be seen staring deeply into the sun, promising to never eat from Meatman again.
    • In the same episode, Finn says "Punch, punch, punch!" softly, while doing little sleep-punches.
  • Beat Bugs: In "Christmas Time is Here Again", Buzz's wishes is to meet the Christmas Beetle. She spends most of the story sleeping and occasionally muttering "Christmas Beetle" in her sleep, while the other bugs try to wake her up.
  • Charlie and Lola: In the ending of "I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won," Charlie asks Lola if she's asleep. She replies that she is and he asks how she can be asleep if she's talking to him. She answers that she's talking in her sleep.
  • Chip and Potato: In "Spud's Homework", Chip mutters "Mmm, watermelon custard. Mmm, pumpkin pudding, my favorite" in her sleep just before going to bed, agitating her mouse Potato, whom she neglected to share her cookie with earlier.
  • Clifford's Puppy Days: In "Paw Print Picasso", after Clifford gets paint paw prints all over Emily Elizabeth's painting and his friends suggest he tell her the next day, Daffodil discovers him alone the next morning on Emily Elizabeth's bed, tossing and turning in his sleep and muttering "It's my fault, it's my fault..."
  • Code Lyoko: Jérémie and Aelita each had their moments. Aelita's, however, were more in her nightmares than Jérémie's.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: "The Clutching Foot" opens with Eustace muttering "Scratch" and "Wool socks" in his sleep as he suffers from a foot fungus.
  • Doc McStuffins:
    • "Top Lamb" shows that Doc sometimes talks in her sleep.
      Doc McStuffins: Diagnosis... checkup...
    • In "Toy Hospital: The Most Impatient Patient", Bronty, a toy brontosaurus, comments "I chase a ball" in his sleep.
  • Elinor Wonders Why:
    • Elinor's father tweets in his sleep in "Bird Song" after falling asleep at the table during breakfast because he was woken up early by a bird singing outside the window.
    • In "Light the Way," Elinor's father falls asleep after eating marshmallows. After being disturbed by Olive trumpeting after accidentally stepping on a stick, he murmurs "Uh, more marshmallows? Why yes, please." Later in the episode, after being disturbed again, he says "That's the biggest marshmallow I've ever seen."
  • Ella the Elephant: Belinda sometimes mutters "No more autographs, please" in her sleep.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Timmy Turner wished in his sleep from the guilt of letting someone else take the blame for the abduction of Dimmsdale's mascot, Chompy the goat.
    Vicky... not guilty... wish...
  • Family Guy:
    • An early episode has Peter tell Chris that sometimes good things happen when you're asleep. Cut to Peter seemingly having a wet dream about a woman named Jenny.
      Peter: Oh Jenny...oh don't stop... *Lois hears him and looks angry* Oh Richard Jeni, your comedy specials have entertained millions... *Lois looks relieved and goes back to sleep* ...and what a sweet ass! *Lois opens her eyes in shock*
    • Another episode has Chris mumbling in his sleep.
      Chris: ...mumbling in sleep to indicate dream content...
  • The Flintstones: Wilma Flintstone had a sequence of nightmares where she'd wake up screaming for help. Fred would come running thinking she was attacked.
  • Franklin and Friends:
    • In "Franklin and the Snoring Situation", the reason Bear keeps falling asleep is because he's been having to share his room with his little sister, Beatrice, while her room is being painted. Apparently Beatrice not only tosses and turns, but once she does fall asleep, she actually sings in her sleep, loudly.
    • In "Franklin and the Snow Dragon", Bear mutters "honey sandwiches" just after falling asleep.
  • Futurama:
    • Bender tends to talk about how he will kill all humans in his sleep.
      Bender: Hey sexy mama, wanna kill all humans?
    • When awakened by his human roommate Fry, who was disturbed by Bender saying "Kill all humans" over and over again:
      Bender: I was having the most beautiful dream and you were there!
  • Gargoyles: In "Heritage", Elisa is rendered unconscious, yet somehow seems to know when Goliath is in trouble, even though he is miles away from her, becoming restless in her bed and calling out to him.
  • In the opening of "Tool for Sale" from Handy Manny, Pat mutters "No more cherry pie for me" and "Watch out for those giant porcupines!" in his sleep.
  • Hey Arnold!: "Married" has Arnold repeatedly whimpering and muttering "No..." in his sleep during his nightmarish dream about his Awful Wedded Life after finding out from Rhonda via her origami fortune teller earlier that he and Helga will be married in the future.
  • Kidd Video: One episode centering around dreams turning to nightmares and then manifesting to attack the heroes used this method of helpfully letting the characters know what was about to attack them when one or another of them invariably fell asleep.
  • Little Princess: Maid does it in "Maid's Day Off?" while having a nap outside following a picnic by herself. As little woodland animals munch on the remains, she mutters to herself while snoring. Most of it is indecipherable, though "Where are the pigs?" can be made out at the end.
  • Llama Llama: "Llama Llama Shopping Drama" opens with Llama Llama in bed sniffing and commenting to his stuffed toy "Fuzzy, you can't take a bath in ice cream!", followed immediately by him waking up.
  • Looney Tunes: The Sniffles cartoon "The Unbearable Bear" had a wife bear talking in her sleep ranting about her recalcitrant policeman husband.
  • The Loud House:
    • Leni was shown having a "fashion nightmare".
      Leni: Scrunchies... leg-warmers... SOCKS WITH SANDALS!
    • Luan tells jokes in her sleep, which is why she records herself sleeping so she can look for jokes to put in her act.
  • In "Country Bug-Kin" from Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Bounce mutters "Chocolate, yum," while snoring after a city cockroach named Sweetie is blown into Sunny Patch and tells him and the other children about chocolate and other city foods.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "Sisterhooves Social" opens with Rarity mumbling about pancakes and cider before waking up to the smell of Sweetie Belle incinerating breakfast.
    • In "Baby Cakes", Pumpkin and Pound, the Cake Twins, speak their first word in their sleep. It happens to be Pinkie Pie's name.
    • In "The Crystalling, Part 1", Shining Armor is sleep-deprived due to caring for his and Cadance's new baby girl and keeps falling asleep standing up. As he does, he sometimes vaguely mutters stuff like "baby."
    • In "To Where and Back Again – Part 1", as Starlight Glimmer is trying to wake up Trixie to get her help, Trixie mutters "Yes, Princess Celestia, I'd love to perform for peanut butter crackers." This also counts as a Mythology Gag to My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
    • Trixie is shown again talking in her sleep in "Road to Friendship". According to Starlight Glimmer, she's rehearsing her whole show all night long.
  • Olivia: In "Olivia and Grandma's Visit", Olivia's Grandma claims that Olivia talks in her sleep, though Olivia had actually abandoned her attempt to sleep by Grandma the night before because, as shown, Grandma snores.
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: When Pac-Man landed on a sleeping Lord Betrayus, Betrayus just rolled over and whimpered "Mommy, Stratos hit me!" and started sucking one of his metal talons.
  • PB&J Otter:
    • Munchy has a sleep-talking problem when he has a sleepover with his friends, and they have to resolve this as it's keeping them up at night.
    • In the opening of "Babbleberry Day," Jelly is having a sleepy morning and when Opal and Ernest shout from downstairs for the kids to wake up, that they've made tuna pancakes, she just mumbles "You can't escape me now, Lord Gravy."
  • Peter Rabbit: In "Flooded Burrow", Peter and his family have to sleep over at Benjamin's because of their burrow being flooded. In the morning, Peter looks tired and Benjamin asks if it's because he was talking about radishes in his sleep again. Also, at one point the owl Old Brown can be heard muttering "mice" in his sleep.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: "Monkey See, Doggie Do" showed a cop nodding off on late-night duty, muttering "Hands in the air" in his sleep.
  • The Real Ghostbusters: Egon talks in his sleep, usually about science experiments gone wrong. He has said things like "Sorry I burned down the garage, Mom." and "Don't worry, your hair will grow back."
  • Ruby Gloom: Misery is a sleep-singer. When she's awake, her singing voice is shrill enough to break glass, but when she's asleep she has a terrific voice.
  • Sid the Science Kid: In "Sleep - Who Needs It?", Teacher Susie lets the kids have a nap to demonstrate the importance of sleep. After everyone has already woken up, Gerald continues to sleep and mutters "Hello, pony. I like applesauce too." They leave him too and later spend some time observing him. He eventually wakes up, but pretends to still be asleep and quacking in his sleep.
  • The Simpsons: One episode has Homer dreaming that he's Yogi Bear, which he's woken up from. When he goes back to sleep, we hear that he's dreaming that he's Magilla Gorilla.
    Homer: Duh, you should not have taken my bananas, Mr Peeble! *angry monkey noises*
  • South Park:
    • In one episode, Cartman rants about hippies in his sleep.
    • Another episode has him freaking out about Paula Poundstone.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The episode "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" has SpongeBob muttering "Two scoops please. Thank you. Keep the change." in his sleep.
    • In "Sandy's Rocket", Squidward mutters "Grandma" in his sleep.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Space Race": Greg talks while sleeping in his van:
      Greg: No, don't give him the banana... that's what he wants...
    • "Chille Tid" has a variant. Pearl falls asleep and unconsciously projects her dream onto the ceiling for everyone to see, much to Amethyst's amusement.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures Night Ghoulery, when Plucky tries to steal Hamton’s vacuum cleaner because the sound is driving him mad, at one point he crashes into his bookshelf and it lands on top of him, Hamton wakes up and says “Fetch a bucket Luke, the barn’s on fire!”, then immediately falls back to sleep.
  • In the Tiny Toons Looniversity episode "Extra, So Extra," Hamton reveals secrets told to him in confidence while he's asleep, which Plucky takes advantage of to show up Babs and Sweetie's newspaper.
  • ToddWorld: Todd's talking dog, Benny, does this in the opening of "Itchy Itch".
    Benny: Dog of the Year? Me? You really think I'm the best dog in the world so you're giving me this prize? This is so unexpected. And the Benster thanks you. I'd especially like to thank my best friend Todd.
  • Total Drama World Tour: Cody mutters something about him getting together with Gwen, which is fine, since Sierra had a "roller-skating accident".
  • WordGirl: In one episode, Dr. Two Brains dreams of various cheeses in his sleep.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "Crab Quakes," while asleep at his stand, Mr. E mutters "price check on garbanzo beans."

    Real Life 
  • Many people talk in their sleep, although some more than others. You might talk in your sleep, but you wouldn't remember, as it only happens whenever dreams occur outside of the REM phase (Yes that is possible), as during REM the body is paralyzed, so a person who talks in their sleep is highly unlikely to be able to tell you what brought those words on, as opposed to remembering a dream. They may say some very strange things too... Some heavy sleepers can actually shout in their sleep without waking themselves up. They can also hear people talking to them from the waking world and hold conversations in this manner. On a more serious note, sleep talking is extremely common in those with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The recorded sleep speech of Dion McGregor, tape-recorded by his roommate and released on records and CDs.
  • In The Making of the Atomic Bomb'ned counts, Richard Rhodes mentions a (real life) scientist working on the Manhattan Project who was unable to get cleared for access to more sensitive levels of the project because the scientist (who was married) talked in his sleep.
  • According to Tiffany Grant, the reason her husband, the voice director for Noir, knew she could pull off the level of creepy required for Altena was because she talks in her sleep, and on one occasion told him to "Put it on the table" and then when he asked what to put on the table she answered "The body."
  • Some people are aware of how nonsensical sleep talking is and record themselves talking in their sleep just to see what they say. There are videos of it on YouTube.


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Sleep Swimming

In a deleted scene from "Finding Dory," Dory not only talks in her sleep, but swims as well. Marlin is ready to dismiss it as a one-time thing, but when it becomes clear she's going to keep doing it, he tucks her in with him and Nemo to keep her safe.

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