Basically, this character can do a Rip Van Winkle on purpose. Much like Sealed Evil in a Can, a character who can Hyper Hibernate is cut off from the world for years or centuries at a time. Unlike the SEIAC, they can wake up or get out on their own power. It does, however, sometimes require a hapless mortal waking them up by drilling into their home, dripping blood on them, or setting off some sort of trigger. Food, water, even air are rarely a concern, and aside from some way to hide and protect their body they have no real logistics issues. They may complain of stiffness and cobwebs, though. It's common for monsters like Dragons and Vampires to be able to enter these periods of hibernation when food is scarce or to heal from grave injuries. While humans may be able to do this, immortality via technology or magic is usually necessary.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Not entirely a voluntary example, but Dark King Ixpellia in StrikerS Sound Stage X spent most of her centuries-long life hibernating, waking up only occasionally to spawn an army of zombie robots and go into hibernation for another ten to thousand years. While she cannot control when and for how long she goes to "sleep", she is fully conscious and no worse for wear the moment she awakens.
- In the Underworld series the vampire Elders rotated their position as leader of the coven. While not in control, they remained in a suspended animation for centuries, from which they could be awakened by giving them blood.
- The dragons from Reign of Fire pretty much ate everything sizable on Earth, making the dinosaurs extinct, so they hibernated for millennia. A construction site unearths one, that awakens and starts feeding on people. Twenty years later, Great Britain is a scorched wasteland, with humans cowering underground while the skies over London are filled with fiery dragons.
- Played for Laughs in Aladdin. After being sealed in the lamp for 10,000 years, Genie immediately suffers from stiff neck a few seconds after his summoning. He gets better, though.
- In Narnia Father Time sleeps, and has slept, and will continue to sleep until the end of the world - at which point he'll wake up and blow his horn.
- Cthulhu Mythos. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. note
- In Blindsight vampires were a Human Subspecies that evolved to hunt other humans. To give their prey time to repopulate and forget them they would hibernate for decades. When geneticists revived the subspecies from extinction they began splicing the genes for hibernation into deep space travelers.
- The Hobbit: Smaug slept on his hoard for about 150 years before the dwarves woke him back up. The movie shortened it to 60 years.
- The Shadows in Babylon 5 are described as being in a "dormant" state on Z'ha'dum between brief waking periods (about 1000 years apart) when they actively foment war amongst the younger races. Prior to the latest Shadow War, they were "awakened" by the crew of the Earth research vessel Icarus which landed there.
- The Silurians in Doctor Who retreat beneath the Earth's crust in order to wait out an Apocalypse.
- Stargate Atlantis: The vampiric Wraith survive by feeding on human lifeforce, but since there are too many of them and not enough humans, they hibernate for several centuries at a time to allow the human population in their galaxy to replenish itself. In one episode the heroes encounter a Wraith who stayed alive for 10,000 years by first eating the human captives on his crashed ship, then his own crew, and hibernating for the long stretches in between feedings.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade vampires could do this when they ran out of blood. When blood was supplied to them they woke up again.
- Classic Traveller Double Adventure The Chamax Plague/Horde. The Chamax were spider-like aliens who could hibernate for centuries when their food supply ran low. When any form of animal life approached they woke up and started hunting it.
- Shadowrun. When the amount of magic in the world dropped low enough the dragons went into hibernation in their lairs. Thousands of years later, when the level of magic rose high enough again they woke up.
- The Necrons of Warhammer 40,000 retreated to giant underground complexes called tomb worlds after their war with the Old Ones. They are waking up to discover primitive apes squatting in their empire. They are not pleased.
- Sword of the Stars the Suul'ka who survived the Liir rebellion fled to deep space so they could sleep and recover. Until the Zuul woke them up a couple centuries later.
- From Pokémon many legendaries play straight this trope:
- The mascotte legends Groudon and Kyogre from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire sleep in a submarine cave. Once you wake them up with the appropriate sphere, they istantly disappear and start thrashing the world above. This same trope (but without any sphere and with no drawbacks) is played by Rayquaza in Pokémon Emerald.
- Regigigas ends his slumber when the player brings him the three Regis. Unlike other legendaries, he slept so much that he needs five turns to fully regain its strength.
- From the same game, it is written in a few books and elementar plates that Arceus went to sleep after creating the whole Universe. It is up to you to wake it up in the Hall of Origin.
- The literal Noble Demon Samael from Darksiders franchise is sealed in a magic prison made by his new master (a.k.a. "The Destroyer"). In order to summon him, you've got to use some gargoyles and fuel the portal with the blood spilling from them. Afterwards, Samael can be freed only by giving him the Chosen's four hearts, which contain his original unmatched power. It's worth mentioning he's still strong enough to kill a Horseman even after 100 years of imprisonment.
- After an eternity of imprisonment inside his outer body, Lucifer from Dante's Inferno is freed from the chains of his torment by none other than Dante. Jumping out from the three-headed behemoth's belly, he's immediately ready to draw his fiery sword and face the former crusader.
- Noblesse: The series opens with vampire Rai waking up after a nice 800 year nap.
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