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15th Nov '17 8:47:51 PM PaulA
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* An odd kind of reverse form of this trope was the basis of ''The Thinker'', a backup story that was published in the Scandinavian edition of ''ThePhantom''. Basically, the universe as we know it is the product of an entity called The Thinker. Agents of the Milky Way Empire conspire to shoot him (his physical form is mortal) to prove that it's all just superstition, though they limit themselves to a stun ray. Cue the Thinker getting knocked out... and the entire universe becomes an empty void. Eventually, the Thinker wakes up again, but the new universe he imagines to entertain himself is a surreal one.

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* An odd kind of reverse form of this trope was the basis of ''The Thinker'', a backup story that was published in the Scandinavian edition of ''ThePhantom''.''ComicStrip/ThePhantom''. Basically, the universe as we know it is the product of an entity called The Thinker. Agents of the Milky Way Empire conspire to shoot him (his physical form is mortal) to prove that it's all just superstition, though they limit themselves to a stun ray. Cue the Thinker getting knocked out... and the entire universe becomes an empty void. Eventually, the Thinker wakes up again, but the new universe he imagines to entertain himself is a surreal one.
26th Oct '17 3:49:51 PM Eddy1215
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* There's a ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird'' cartoon in which Sylvester has to get past dozens of {{angry guard dog}}s to get to Tweety. At the end he tries to sneak in at night when they're all asleep, but then Tweety turns on the alarm clock.

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* There's a ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird'' cartoon in which Sylvester has to get past dozens of {{angry guard dog}}s {{Angry Guard Dog}}s to get to Tweety. At the end he tries to sneak in at night when they're all asleep, but then Tweety turns on the alarm clock.



* In the second act of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E18HareTodayGoneTomorrow Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow]]", when Buster is about to leave Elmyra's house, he hears the cries of help from Elmyra's captive pets. Feeling sorry for them, he decides to help them escape. To do that, has to get the keys to their cages above Elmyra's bed without waking Elmyra up.

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* In the second act of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E18HareTodayGoneTomorrow Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow]]", when Buster is about to leave Elmyra's house, he hears the cries of help from Elmyra's captive pets. Feeling sorry for them, he decides to help them escape. To do that, he has to get the keys to their cages above Elmyra's bed without waking Elmyra up.
24th Oct '17 6:25:17 PM nombretomado
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* The ChillyWilly short "The Legend of Rock-A-Bye Point" is half this and half MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast.

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* The ChillyWilly WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly short "The Legend of Rock-A-Bye Point" is half this and half MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast.
22nd Sep '17 10:41:23 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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Different works have very different reasons why The Sleeper must remain asleep, but the four major types of reasons are:

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Different works have very different reasons why The Sleeper must remain asleep, but the four five major types of reasons are:




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* The Sleeper is the BigBad (and/or one of his henchmen) and has captured TheHero or his friend(s). The Hero or his friends are trying to get the keys to unlock their cage(s) and set them free.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsMovieIIANewGeneration'', Dark Heart captures all of the Care Bears and Care Bear cousins. After Little Star Buddy injures his arm rescuing Grumpy Bear, True Heart Bear, and Brave Heart Lion, the three [[IOweYouMyLife decide to return the favor]] and get the key from a sleeping Dark Heart to unlock the rest of the cages. The trick is that Dark Heart [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter keeps changing shape as he sleeps]].


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* In [[Creator/{{Disney}} Disney's]] ''Disney/RobinHood'', Prince John and his henchmen have captured all the townsfolk of Nottingham and are planning to hang Friar Tuck at dawn when he protests against the Sheriff taking a penny from the poor box. Robin Hood and Little John have to rescue the townsfolk and steal back their money without waking up the Sheriff or Prince John.


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* In the second act of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E18HareTodayGoneTomorrow Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow]]", when Buster is about to leave Elmyra's house, he hears the cries of help from Elmyra's captive pets. Feeling sorry for them, he decides to help them escape. To do that, has to get the keys to their cages above Elmyra's bed without waking Elmyra up.
6th Sep '17 10:40:01 PM PaulA
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** The [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] ignores the rule when they try to wake and control Cthulhu (codename: Project KOSCHEI) as a counter to the United States of America's technological superiority in [[Creator/CharlesStross A Colder War]]. [[spoiler: Cthulhu eats everyone who remains on Earth.]]

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** The * In the Lovecraft homage "A Colder War" by Creator/CharlesStross, the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] ignores the rule when they try to wake and control Cthulhu (codename: Project KOSCHEI) as a counter to the United States of America's technological superiority in [[Creator/CharlesStross A Colder War]]. [[spoiler: Cthulhu superiority. [[spoiler:Cthulhu eats everyone who remains on Earth.]]
20th Aug '17 9:16:22 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Jinx High]]'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, there's a Dangerous Sleeper under Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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* In ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Jinx High]]'' ''Literature/JinxHigh'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, there's a Dangerous Sleeper under Tulsa, Oklahoma.
5th Jun '17 9:58:15 PM kome360
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Prismo is the physical manifestation of an old man's dream. Do NOT wake that old man up, or you go straight to superjail for murder.
21st May '17 12:17:06 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Fanfic/AGemOfADay'', [[spoiler:Sunset Shimmer, Sci-Twilight and Pinkie Pie end up having to sneak up to a chimera in order to recover a mystical gem it is holding. Unfortunately, it ends up being awoken by Pinkie's slide whistle]].
10th Apr '17 10:50:16 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SuperMario64'', you must walk slowly around sleeping Piranha Plant enemies otherwise they will wake and attack you. While they are attacking you they are invincible, but you can kill them while they're sleeping.
* A level in ''[[{{Scribblenauts}} Super Scribblenauts]]'' had an objective to sneak past a sleeping dragon to get a key. Naturally, the path is filled with chandeliers and piles of junk that will shift and wake the dragon if you so much as touch them.

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* In ''SuperMario64'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', you must walk slowly around sleeping Piranha Plant enemies otherwise they will wake and attack you. While they are attacking you they are invincible, but you can kill them while they're sleeping.
* A level in ''[[{{Scribblenauts}} ''[[{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}} Super Scribblenauts]]'' had an objective to sneak past a sleeping dragon to get a key. Naturally, the path is filled with chandeliers and piles of junk that will shift and wake the dragon if you so much as touch them.
26th Mar '17 7:58:07 PM SilentStranger
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* An odd kind of reverse form of this trope was the basis of ''The Thinker'', a backup story that was published in the Scandinavian edition of ''ThePhantom''. Basically, the universe as we know it is the product of an entity called The Thinker. Agents of the Milky Way Empire conspire to shoot him (his physical form is mortal) to prove that it's all just superstition, though they limit themselves to a stun ray. Cue the Thinker getting knocked out... and the entire universe becomes an empty void. Eventually, the Thinker wakes up again, but the new universe he imagines to entertain himself is a surreal one.
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