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Basic Trope: If this is just a dream, then one may wake up and get out.

  • Straight:
    • Hikari is running away from a Kaiju when she remembers that kaiju are not real. She must be in a dream. She escapes by waking in her own bed.
    • Hikari knows that kaiju are not real, but she can't wake up, so it isn't a dream. This is Not a Subversion if the audience expects that the kaiju is real.
  • Exaggerated: Hikari has so many dreams that she always asks her friends to slap her, to check if she is in a dream.
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  • Downplayed: Hikari wakes up at the beginning of her dream.
  • Justified: Hikari always tries to quit her dreams before they become nightmares.
  • Inverted: Hikari can always go to bed to escape her life, but she can't wake from dreams.
  • Subverted:
    • Hikari wakes in her own bed, but this is still a dream. She woke from the Dream Within a Dream.
    • Hikari pinches herself and feels pain, but this is still a dream. She dreamed the pain.
    • Hikari finds a ¥10000 note in her pocket, so this is a dream; but Shiro put a real note there, so That Was Not a Dream.
  • Double Subverted: Hikari dreams that Shiro put a real note there. So she is dreaming that her dream is not a dream.
  • Parodied: Hikari quits her dream by throwing herself in front of a train. Too bad, this is not a dream. She dies.
  • Zig Zagged: Hikari wakes from her dream, Or Was It a Dream?
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  • Averted: The alarm clock wakes Hikari from her dream.
  • Enforced: The network refuses to show violence, so the scene must end before the kaiju stomps on Hikari.
  • Lampshaded: The kaiju stomps on Hikari, then asks her if she feels the pain. She says no. So the kaiju explains that Hikari must be in a dream.
  • Invoked: Shiro slaps Hikari to prove that Hikari is not dreaming.
  • Exploited: Shiro puts a ¥10000 note in Hikari's pocket so that she will believe that she is dreaming, when she is not.
  • Defied: Hikari remembers that kaiju are not real, and knows that she can wake up, but she decides to stay in her dream.
  • Discussed: Shiro tells Hikari that if she has a nightmare, she can wake up.
  • Conversed: The book Parenting for Dummies recommends that parents teach their children that if they have a nightmare, they can wake up.

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