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"The Dream Warrior" is the seventh episode in Season Eight (and two hundred and twenty-fourth overall) of Regular Show. It aired on September 30, 2016.


The guys help Pops overcome his nightmares.


Pops is having a dream set on a bright sunny day. His dream is later interrupted by a nightmare alien named Carl who constantly asks Pops for his name and address. He later wakes up after Mordecai and Rigby wake him up upon seeing him levitating stuff in his sleep. Post the events, Mordecai and Rigby help Pops get rid of his nightmares by showing him a cartoon called Funky Wunky and the Groovy Gang. Pops enjoys the cartoon and goes to sleep, only to encounter the nightmare alien again. Benson is the next to help, with him suggesting to listen to Dr. Sweet Dreams in his sleep. Upon waking up for a third time, Recap Robot tells Pops that a nightmare alien is upon him and the only way to get rid of it is to fight it head-on.

Skips helps the gang into Pops' dream by placing them into a circle and making them drink chamomile tea. They all enter the dream and fail to stop the alien. Pops ,the only one remaining in the dream, is upset and tells the nightmare alien that "nobody hurts his friends". Pops punches the nightmare alien, sending him crashing through several rocks and tying him to a rock and blasting him.

Meanwhile Carl wakes up from his sleep. We find out that Carl was in the employ of someone who looks oddly like Pops, only eviler...and Carl was able to find out where Pops was and give him their location. The episode ends with the Mysterious Man saying "Bad show. Bad show indeed," as he stares out the window into space (Revealing a little bit of his face in the window).


S8E07 The Dream Warrior Credits



  • This marks the first appearance of Anti-Pops, although not named until "Space Escape."
  • The plot for this episode was inspired from a plot idea that J.G. Quintel received via Facebook direct message from a fan, which also inspired the plot for "Sleep Fighter."
  • Skips reveals that he learnt a technique back in the 60s that can link subconscious minds together by sitting in a circle.

Episode Connections[]

Pop Culture References[]

  • The title and the plot may refer to the Nightmare on Elm Street sequel "Dream Warriors", and the Dokken song written for said sequel.
    • This may have a connection with Robert Englund, known for playing Freddy Kruger, portraying Anti-Pops.
  • The song played by Dr. Sweet Dreams is by singer and guitarist Joe Satriani, titled "Always With Me, Always With You."
  • Mordecai and Rigby try to calm Pops down by watching an old cartoon called "Funky Wunky and the Groovy Gang", which is a parody of Hanna-Barbera's "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!".

Production Notes[]

  • This marks the seventh and last episode to air during the fourth "Regular Show Bomb."


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