Created By: Earnest on February 19, 2010

Pivotal Wakeup

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What can we say? He's an morning evening person.

This is when a vampire or other critters wakes up (either from sleep or a KO) by rising like a stepped on rake, as if they had hinges in the heels that let them stand up without moving at all. This may be a Dead Horse Trope, since I can't remember seeing it played straight outside of a comedy. When played for laughs, it's usually used to imply a given character is evil or not a morning person.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • February 19, 2010
    Inverted by that time Del Boy fell through the bar.
  • February 19, 2010
    The Ur Example and Trope Maker is almost certainly Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922).
  • February 19, 2010
    Van Helsing. Dracula did this.
  • February 19, 2010
    In a Shout Out to Nosferatu, Dracula rises like this in Young Dracula.
  • February 19, 2010
    Galactus rose like this during the events of Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars. Reed Richards was impressed.
  • February 19, 2010
    Amazingly Enough
    Hey, I had that Dracula when I was a kid! Still have it, too.
  • February 19, 2010
    Well, now I'm a little less embarrassed that was the best illustration I could find for the trope. ^_^
  • February 20, 2010
    Played straight in Jean Cocteau's La Belle Et La Bete when the Beast is transformed into a handsome Prince. Done by having the actor fall backwards and reversing the film, of course.
  • February 20, 2010
  • February 20, 2010
    • In a non-vampire example, Sheen is laid out by the martial arts bad guy until Libby calls herself his girlfriend. This gives him the will to fight, and he suddenly just becomes vertical again and beats his opponent with The Power of Dance.