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29th Jan '18 9:25:36 AM ading
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* A running theme in the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu Mythos]], with mad cults trying to wake up Great Cthulhu.

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* A running theme in the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu Mythos]], with mad cults trying to wake up Great Cthulhu. The most extreme example is Azathoth, whose awakening would destroy the entire Universe.
7th Jan '18 2:56:46 PM Derkhan
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* In Steven Erickson and Ian C. Esslemont's shared ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Malazan]]'' universe, the whole world is a sleeping goddess, Burn, whom it would be a ''really'' bad idea to wake.

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* In Steven Erickson Creator/StevenErikson's and Ian C. Cameron Esslemont's shared ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Malazan]]'' universe, the whole world is a sleeping goddess, Burn, who dreams reality into being and whom it would be a ''really'' bad idea to wake.
3rd Dec '17 9:18:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one DonaldDuck comic, Donald and his nephews have to stop the villain from waking up a Chtulhu-like monster, as the world as we know it is controlled by the monster's dreams. Of course, it wakes up, and while it's awake, the Ducks' bodies [[BodyHorror mutilate horribly]]. Donald manages to make it fall asleep again by singing a lullaby for it.

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* In one DonaldDuck comic, Donald and his nephews have to stop the villain from waking up a Chtulhu-like monster, as the world as we know it is controlled by the monster's dreams. Of course, it wakes up, and while it's awake, the Ducks' bodies [[BodyHorror mutilate mutate horribly]]. Donald manages to make it fall asleep again by singing a lullaby for it.
28th Nov '17 2:32:48 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' has two instances in the first world: a sleeping snake and a sleeping caveman, both of whom need to be approached quietly.

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* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' *''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie:''
** In the original game, Banjo and Kazooie have to get a Jiggy from Napper, a sleeping ghost in [[BigBoosHaunt Mad Monster Mansion]], without waking him up. Since the floors creak when Banjo and Kazooie walk across them, they have to sneak in through the chimney and hop across the chairs to reach the table Napper is sleeping on.
** ''Banjo-Tooie''
has two instances in the first world: a sleeping snake and a sleeping caveman, both of whom need to be approached quietly.
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.
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