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21st Sep '17 3:51:14 PM Theriocephalus
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* Creator/CSLewis' novels
** ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'': the fact that Merlin is resting beneath Bragdon Wood is a major plot point, and both factions wish to recruit the reawakened wizard to their side.

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* Creator/CSLewis' novels
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** ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'': the The fact that Merlin is resting beneath Bragdon Wood is a major plot point, and both factions wish to recruit the reawakened wizard to their side.



* KingArthur in Avalon, and Merlin in the oak. Said to come back when England is in its hour of most need. Still hasn't shown up, despite the threats of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and the Nazi Germany. Since then Francis Drake, the Duke of Wellington and UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill have all been referred to as reincarnations of Arthur, and Admiral Nelson is also a candidate, though he'd have to mud-wrestle UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington to figure out which of them it was since they lived at the same time.

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* KingArthur Myth/KingArthur in Avalon, and Merlin Myth/{{Merlin}} in the oak. Said to come back when England is in its hour of most need. Still hasn't shown up, despite the threats of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and the Nazi Germany. Since then Francis Drake, the Duke of Wellington and UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill have all been referred to as reincarnations of Arthur, and Admiral Nelson is also a candidate, though he'd have to mud-wrestle UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington to figure out which of them it was since they lived at the same time.
20th Sep '17 5:38:56 PM Theriocephalus
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* KingArthur in Avalon, and Merlin in the oak. Said to come back when England is in its hour of most need. Still hasn't shown up, despite the threats of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and the Nazi Germany. Since then Francis Drake, The Duke of Wellington and UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill have all been referred to as reincarnations of Arthur, and Admiral Nelson is also a candidate, though he'd have to mud-wrestle UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington to figure out which of them it was.

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* KingArthur in Avalon, and Merlin in the oak. Said to come back when England is in its hour of most need. Still hasn't shown up, despite the threats of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and the Nazi Germany. Since then Francis Drake, The the Duke of Wellington and UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill have all been referred to as reincarnations of Arthur, and Admiral Nelson is also a candidate, though he'd have to mud-wrestle UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington to figure out which of them it was.was since they lived at the same time.
20th Sep '17 5:36:52 PM Theriocephalus
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''I'll rise up to help them - mind you, I'm six hundred years old!"''

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''I'll rise up to help them - -- mind you, I'm six hundred years old!"''



* Residents of Yorkshire and other [[OopNorth northerners]] in England treat the [[BenevolentMageRuler Raven King]] as this in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' - although nobody thinks he's asleep; just... gone somewhere else for a while.

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* Residents of Yorkshire and other [[OopNorth northerners]] in England treat the [[BenevolentMageRuler Raven King]] as this in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' - although ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. That said, nobody thinks he's asleep; asleep, just... that he's gone somewhere else for a while.



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* Welsh rebel Owain Glyndŵr supposedly will return from hiding when Wales needs him the most.

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* The Welsh rebel Owain Glyndŵr will supposedly will return from hiding when Wales needs him the most.






* Quentin Trembley, of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', may be the most bizarre example of this ever written; the founder of Gravity Falls and 8 1/2th President of the United States, who disappeared after riding his horse over the edge of a ravine, backwards, it eventually transpires that he preserved himself in peanut brittle, believing it could sustain his life, and hid himself away in a secret chamber, leaving a series of cryptic and nonsensical clues as to how to find him. He is finally awoken, after a couple of centuries, when the protagonists have need of him.

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* Quentin Trembley, of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', may be the most bizarre example of this ever written; written. He is the founder of Gravity Falls and 8 1/2th President of the United States, who and disappeared after riding his horse over the edge of a ravine, backwards, it backwards. It eventually transpires that he preserved himself in peanut brittle, believing it could sustain his life, and hid himself away in a secret chamber, leaving a series of cryptic and nonsensical clues as to how to find him. He is finally awoken, after a couple of centuries, when the protagonists have need of him.
17th Sep '17 10:27:01 AM Abodos
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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', it's implied that the reason Old Hyrule fell is because they were ''expecting'' this trope: the Hero had saved them from Ganon once before, and now he was failing to do it. Because someone decided that the hero needed to spend some more time on his childhood and sent him back to his other timeline at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Way to go, Zelda.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': The Link in this game unsuccessfully first battled Ganon 100 years ago, and was left mortally wounded. He was then taken to the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau so slowly he could regenerate, which ended up taking a century. While he wakes up at the start of the game to try once again to save Hyrule, there's a lot of lore written while he was asleep wondering when he's going to wake up, treating him as his trope.
* In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' there's a Princess Zelda[[note]]the ancestor of the Zelda you saved in the first game[[/note]] who has been asleep for years.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' there's a Princess Zelda[[note]]the ancestor of the Zelda you saved in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI first game]][[/note]] who has been asleep for years.
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At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', it's implied that the reason Old Hyrule fell is because they were ''expecting'' this trope: the Hero had saved them from Ganon once before, and now he was failing to do it. Because someone decided that the hero needed to spend some more time on his childhood and sent him back to his other timeline at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Way to go, Zelda.]]
* ** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': The Link in this game unsuccessfully first battled Ganon 100 years ago, and was left mortally wounded. He was then taken to the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau so slowly he could regenerate, which ended up taking a century. While he wakes up at the start of the game to try once again to save Hyrule, there's a lot of lore written while he was asleep wondering when he's going to wake up, treating him as his trope.
* In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' there's a Princess Zelda[[note]]the ancestor of the Zelda you saved in the first game[[/note]] who has been asleep for years.
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2nd Aug '17 8:13:00 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* The {{Elseworlds}} story ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Dark Knight of the Round Table'' re-imagined Batman as a knight in KingArthur's court. At the end of the story, the dying Batman is enchanted to sleep and awaken at the hour of Britain's greatest need. The final page shows the Batplane battling German fighters during the Blitz.

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* The {{Elseworlds}} story ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Dark Knight of the Round Table'' re-imagined Batman as a knight in KingArthur's Myth/KingArthur's court. At the end of the story, the dying Batman is enchanted to sleep and awaken at the hour of Britain's greatest need. The final page shows the Batplane battling German fighters during the Blitz.
12th Jul '17 10:12:51 AM xcountryguy
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* [[spoiler: Saya]] in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', [[spoiler: until a couple years before the first episode, and then again in the epilogue]]

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* [[spoiler: Saya]] [[spoiler:Saya]] in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until a couple years before the first episode, and then again in the epilogue]]



* In ''Her Majesty's Wizard'', first book of ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'', Matt is taken to a cave in the mountains where the legendary emperor Hardishane and his knights are waiting for the time when they will need to save the world from evil. [[spoiler: They don't come back just yet; Matt just needs to be there for a special knighting ceremony. But there ''is'' an example of WakingTheSleepingGiant.]] Hardishane is specifically mentioned to be Charlemagne's counterpart in the Merovence universe, so it's sort of inevitable that something that was a myth about Charlemagne in our world literally applies to his counterpart in a world where magic exists.

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* In ''Her Majesty's Wizard'', first book of ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'', Matt is taken to a cave in the mountains where the legendary emperor Hardishane and his knights are waiting for the time when they will need to save the world from evil. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They don't come back just yet; Matt just needs to be there for a special knighting ceremony. But there ''is'' an example of WakingTheSleepingGiant.]] Hardishane is specifically mentioned to be Charlemagne's counterpart in the Merovence universe, so it's sort of inevitable that something that was a myth about Charlemagne in our world literally applies to his counterpart in a world where magic exists.



* In the CaptainFuture novel ''Planets in Peril'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton, the Captain is convinced to go into a parallel universe and impersonate an ancient hero who promised to come back when needed. [[spoiler: In the end, it is revealed he didn't go into a parallel universe, but his own twenty billion years in the future, and he '''was''' the hero he impersonated]]

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* In the CaptainFuture novel ''Planets in Peril'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton, the Captain is convinced to go into a parallel universe and impersonate an ancient hero who promised to come back when needed. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, it is revealed he didn't go into a parallel universe, but his own twenty billion years in the future, and he '''was''' the hero he impersonated]]



* Happens in Patricia Wrede's ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'' to [[spoiler: Mendanbar]] between the third and fourth books (ironically the fourth book was written first, with this trope being central to the quest).
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/MothAndCobweb Green Knight's Squire]]'', King Arthur appears, sleeping. [[spoiler: But still capable of accepting Gil's homage]].

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* Happens in Patricia Wrede's ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'' to [[spoiler: Mendanbar]] [[spoiler:Mendanbar]] between the third and fourth books (ironically the fourth book was written first, with this trope being central to the quest).
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/MothAndCobweb Green Knight's Squire]]'', King Arthur appears, sleeping. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But still capable of accepting Gil's homage]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', [[spoiler: Master Chief winds up adrift in space, with no communications available. He enters a stasis tube with the final words "Wake me when you need me."]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', [[spoiler: Master [[spoiler:Master Chief winds up adrift in space, with no communications available. He enters a stasis tube with the final words "Wake me when you need me."]]



** This is what [[spoiler: Javik]] was intended to be. Of course, he's more TheConqueror than TheGoodKing...

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** This is what [[spoiler: Javik]] [[spoiler:Javik]] was intended to be. Of course, he's more TheConqueror than TheGoodKing...



* [[spoiler: Big Boss]] in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' saga, as we learn in TheReveal at the very end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. [[spoiler: Though Snake thought he killed him, he was actually locked away and kept in suspended animation by the Patriots after failing to break away from their grasp with the Outer Heaven uprising.]] Throughout the course of the entire series, [[spoiler: his surviving comrades--including EVA and [[GoodAllAlong Ocelot]]--were actually trying to uphold his legacy by bringing down the Patriots and freeing him]].
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', whose king was imprisoned under a mountain along with his subjects by humans, both king and subjects not being human, long ago. Due to [[spoiler: the death of the king's son at the hands of their descendants]], the inevitable release of the king and his people, because of curious children like the protagonist, is played up as marking the extinction of humanity. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the king made that decree while still mourning his son, but couldn't take it back once he'd calmed down because it gave the people hope, and he couldn't bring himself to dash those hopes just because he hadn't been of sound mind at the time.]] What is notable is that his {{Leitmotif}} is officially titled "Bergentrückung" which is the German name for the concept. %%Word Of God says the two tracks were meant to be one track, Bergentrückung, that had to be split so that they would play as intended in the game.%%

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* [[spoiler: Big [[spoiler:Big Boss]] in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' saga, as we learn in TheReveal at the very end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. [[spoiler: Though [[spoiler:Though Snake thought he killed him, he was actually locked away and kept in suspended animation by the Patriots after failing to break away from their grasp with the Outer Heaven uprising.]] Throughout the course of the entire series, [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his surviving comrades--including EVA and [[GoodAllAlong Ocelot]]--were actually trying to uphold his legacy by bringing down the Patriots and freeing him]].
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', whose king was imprisoned under a mountain along with his subjects by humans, both king and subjects not being human, long ago. Due to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the death of the king's son at the hands of their descendants]], the inevitable release of the king and his people, because of curious children like the protagonist, is played up as marking the extinction of humanity. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the king made that decree while still mourning his son, but couldn't take it back once he'd calmed down because it gave the people hope, and he couldn't bring himself to dash those hopes just because he hadn't been of sound mind at the time.]] What is notable is that his {{Leitmotif}} is officially titled "Bergentrückung" which is the German name for the concept. %%Word Of God says the two tracks were meant to be one track, Bergentrückung, that had to be split so that they would play as intended in the game.%%
8th Jul '17 12:56:53 PM SuperTulle
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* Sweden has one in "The knights of Ålleberg". According to legend they've been there since 1389, waiting to save Sweden from invaders, which makes one wonder where they were when the nearby city of Falköping was burnt and plundered in 1520, 1566, and 1571. The legend is unclear about how many knights there are, everything from "thousands upon thousands" to just twelve, though one version claims that they started as twelve but their numbers have increased over the centuries.
4th Jul '17 5:20:32 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/MothAndCobweb Green Knight's Squire]]'', King Arthur appears, sleeping. [[spoiler: But still capable of accepting Gil's homage]].
19th Jun '17 8:20:50 AM chochlik
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* In the director's cut of ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', Ash does this, complete with his car and boomstick, but wakes up 1000 years later than planned and [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse misses humanity's demise]].

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* In the director's cut of ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', Ash does this, complete with his car and boomstick, but wakes up 1000 100 years later than planned and [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse misses humanity's demise]].
10th Jun '17 10:13:40 AM nombretomado
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* KingArthur in Avalon, and Merlin in the oak. Said to come back when England is in its hour of most need. Still hasn't shown up, despite the threats of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and the Nazi Germany. Since then Francis Drake, The Duke of Wellington and WinstonChurchill have all been referred to as reincarnations of Arthur, and Admiral Nelson is also a candidate, though he'd have to mud-wrestle UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington to figure out which of them it was.

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* KingArthur in Avalon, and Merlin in the oak. Said to come back when England is in its hour of most need. Still hasn't shown up, despite the threats of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and the Nazi Germany. Since then Francis Drake, The Duke of Wellington and WinstonChurchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill have all been referred to as reincarnations of Arthur, and Admiral Nelson is also a candidate, though he'd have to mud-wrestle UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington to figure out which of them it was.
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