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Lost Nightmare is a Web Comic by Julia K., aka Miyuli.

Little Ink is a nightmare being trained by the Bogeyman to become the latter's successor. However, Ink's not very good at being scary and he doesn't want to be. So he begins a journey to seek help from the Sandman, the shepherd of good dreams.

The comic began during October 2012 and concluded in April 2017.

Not to be confused with Little Nightmares

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Lost Nightmare provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The Sandman, while not really evil per se, acts really friendly while being rather antagonistic to Jasper and the others.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Fox Nightmares get totally sidetracked in their conversation with Ink, and then forget what they were talking about.
  • Blush Sticker: Jasper had them when he was younger.
  • Broken Pedestal: The hunter implies they used to admire the Sandman until the Sandman changed.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Bogeyman can corrupt dreams and turn them into nightmares. So of course it's possible for the Sandman to get corrupted too.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each character's coloured speech bubble hints towards connections to other characters. (Ink's and the Bogeyman's bubbles are both black, the twins Nila and Moki both have red speech bubbles, etc.)
    • Purple represents nightmares, and yellows represent dreams.
  • Cry Cute: Ink. He's just too adorable. Jasper too.
  • Cute Little Fangs: The fox nightmares have these.
  • Dark Is Not Evil/ Light Is Not Good: The Bogeyman, who presides in a dark kingdom over fears and nightmares, is not a bad guy. On the other hand, the Sandman, who presides over the moon and good dreams, has been implied to be up to no good.
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  • Does Not Like Shoes: The fox nightmares have yet to be seen with shoes.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Bogeyman. Ink could count too, but neither of them are very creepy. Fitting appearances for nightmares, though.
  • Emotionless Girl: Miss Doll's expressions don't change much, at most shifting into a slightly worried frown.
  • Facial Markings: Miss Doll has a vertical line going over each eye and a dot under each eye.
  • Fusion Dance: Implied in the epilogue, where it seems that the Sandman and Jasper have fused with their respective nightmares, the Bogeyman and Ink, which symbolizes how they've overcome their fears and accepted them.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Nila and Moki the fox nightmares.
  • I Have No Son!: Bogeyman tries to pull this on Jasper, but thankfully Miss Doll is there to stop him.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Part of the reason why Ink goes to see the Sandman is because he wants Jasper to like him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jasper can be kind of mean to Ink, on account that Bogeyman chose Ink over him, the Bogeyman's own son. But he's not a bad person and really does care for Ink, and is even the one who named Ink.
    • The Bogeyman is incredibly stern and intimidating, and have made both Ink and Jasper cry, but it's obvious he cares for both of them. He gets incredibly worried when Jasper leaves on his own to find Ink.
  • Large and in Charge: The Bogeyman is easily the tallest of everyone.
  • Legacy Character: Ink is meant to become the next Bogeyman, although he is clearly not very pleased about this.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Nila and Moki have fox tails.
  • Locked into Strangeness: The Sandman's hair has become partially darker, due to him eating nightmares.
  • The Man in the Moon: A crescent moon that has a face. Sometimes it melts.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Jasper's left eye is solid black/blue depending on the shading, while his other eye is normal. Apparently Ink might have something to do with the state of Jasper's left eye.
  • Missing Mom: The original Smackjeeves site characters page states that "only Bogeyman knows about Jasper's mother". Since Jasper is actually a good dream, one could say that the Sandman is his "mother".
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Jasper's left eye.
    • The Sandman's eyes are a solid black, as a result of eating nightmares.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The mermaid.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Jasper.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Miss Doll's hair reaches her hips.
  • Shadow Archetype: The Bogeyman to the Sandman, and Ink to Jasper, almost in a literal sense. Since the Bogeyman is the Sandman's nightmare, and Ink is Jasper's, the former two represent the latter two's fears and insecurities.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jasper, who's actually a good dream, looks very similar to the Sandman, sharing the same hair colour, face shape and text bubble colour.
  • The Gadfly: The fox nightmares love to tease Ink, but get genuinely concerned if Ink gets seriously upset.
  • There's No Place Like Home: The Sandman expresses a desire to return home which is likely the person who dreamt of him. However, it's likely that it's impossible for him to do so, which is why he hates the Bogeyman and the nightmares so much: as the Bogeyman represents his fears, the former is also a constant reminder of how the Sandman can't go home.
  • The Shadow Knows: The end of Chapter 3 implies that the hunter is Beast.
  • The Unfavorite: Even though Jasper is the Bogeyman's son, the Bogeyman chose Ink as his successor.
    • Revealed later that Jasper isn't even a Nightmare, and may not be capable of properly performing the duties of Bogeyman. Also, that the Bogeyman cares for Jasper a great deal.
  • Wind-Up Key: Miss Doll has one.

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