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  • The original stories on which Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was based had the titular character pass out in a cave after breathing a mysterious gas, and wake up 500 years later.
  • In the Marvel Universe, Captain America effectively changed from being a Fad Super in the 1940s to a Rip Van Winkle character in the 1960s onward as result of being in suspended animation for decades until defrosted in modern time.

...because these are both Human Popsicle.

Tongpu: removed...
  • An enemy called Rip Van Fish in Super Mario World is probably a reference to this trope. It's a fish that lies sleeping under the water untill the player comes too close, causing it to wake up and chase after the player.
    • No, that's a reference to the story this trope is named after.

Don't add natter saying why it's not an example; just remove the example!