Created By: SenseiLeRoof on October 27, 2013 Last Edited By: SenseiLeRoof on November 1, 2013
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Fake Sleep Means Fake Snoring

You can't pretend to sleep quietly.

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A character is in bed, pretending to sleep. The writers, wanting to clue their audience in that he or she is faking, instruct the actor to produce a fake snoring noise to go with the pretend slumber. Whether or not the ploy works on the other characters is generally related to whether the situation is being Played For Comedy or Played for Drama.

Note that a character doesn't have to be in bed to unleash the fake snoring; it can just as easily happen on a couch, especially if it's for a good laugh.

Better title? Needs More Examples as well.

  • Special mention goes to Ferris Bueller for not even being in the house, much less his bed, while the fake snoring rolls like thunder. An athletic dummy fills in for his fake-sleeping self, rigged to rise if disturbed.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • October 27, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    You might want to add "as well as mow much of an idiot everyone else is, as in Real Life most people can tell that Bob is obvious faking" to the list sentence.
  • October 28, 2013
    Arivne
    The first paragraph is an Example As A Thesis (it's easy to identify because it uses an Alice And Bob example). It needs to be changed from an example to a description.
  • October 28, 2013
    TrustBen
    This would seem to be a Rule Of Perception trope. In Real Life it would be dumb to fake sleep by snoring unless you were known to be a snorer. For an audience, though, it helps to clarify fake sleep from fake (or real) death or coma.
  • October 28, 2013
    dalek955
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in one scene Harry can tell that Ron has stopped faking and genuinely fallen asleep because the snores stop.
  • October 28, 2013
    CaveCat
  • October 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Comic Books
  • October 28, 2013
    DAN004
  • October 28, 2013
    Waterlily
    Does this count?

    In Ramona the Pest Ramona wants to prove to her kindergarten teacher what a great rester she is during naptime so she snores a little. It fails when her classmates find this amusing and start snoring much louder. She then gets blamed for creating havoc.
  • October 28, 2013
    SenseiLeRoof
    Obviously Fake Snoring wouldn't work, as the point here is that the fake snoring accompanies fake sleeping as surely as lightning precedes thunder.

    I'll try to write a better description; let me know if it changes for better or worse.
  • October 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Maybe something like Noisy Fake Sleep would make for a good title?
  • October 28, 2013
    SenseiLeRoof
    Ooh, now Noisy Fake Sleep I can get behind. It's easier to work into a sentence than mine is, too. *heh*

    Arrgh, I feel like my shot at a new description is sucking majorly.
  • October 28, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare Sleeping Dummy.
  • November 1, 2013
    SenseiLeRoof
    Sleeping Dummy could be considered a subtrope of this.
  • November 1, 2013
    MetaFour
    • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. In the episode "Read It and Weep", Rainbow Dash pretends to be asleep so her friends will leave her alone, and her snoring is quite exaggerated and fake-sounding. But a season later, the episode "Sleepless in Ponyville" shows her actually sleeping, and her real snoring sounds exactly the same as her fake snoring from before.
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