Created By: Earnest on December 30, 2012 Last Edited By: zarpaulus on November 22, 2015

Hyper Hibernating

The character can sleep for ages and wake up raring to go.

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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.


Examples

Anime 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.

Film
  • 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.

Literature
  • 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. ("In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.")
  • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Tabletop Games
  • 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.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Noblesse: The series opens with vampire Rai waking up after a nice 800 year nap.

Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • December 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    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.
  • December 31, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • 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.

    Tabletop RPG
    • 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.
  • January 1, 2013
    StarSword
    It's spelled "hibernating".
  • January 2, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • 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.
  • January 2, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Literature and Tabletop Games
    • Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. [[hottip:*:"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."]]
  • January 2, 2013
    ZettoSan
    In Halo:CE and Halo 4, Master Chief just wakes up out of hibernation, instantly ready to kill aliens.
  • January 2, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ I think that would just be a Human Popsicle.

    Video Games
  • January 5, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    That Halo submission is rather ineptly written. Here's how it should read:

    • In Halo 4, John-117 wakes up from cryosleep ready to kill Covenant again. Likewise, the Didact emerges from his Cryptum ready to wage war again after having been sealed away for over a hundred millennia.
      • Averted in Halo Cryptum, where the Didact emerges very weak and has to rest in a nutrient bath for several days before he is ready to head out into the world again.
      • Also mildly averted in Halo Combat Evolved, where, depending on the difficulty, John has to take a diagnostics test to make he's emerged alright.
  • January 6, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    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.
  • January 6, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^ Why don't the italics indicators (double apostrophes) work within the [[trope link brackets]], instead producing conventional quotation marks?
  • January 6, 2013
    Earnest
    ^ iirc the wiki markup won't pick them up as such, all formatting must be outside of brackets to work. so ''[[PotHole Italics]]'' Italics works, but not [[PotHole ''Italics'']] ''Italics''.
  • March 25, 2013
    Dutchtica
    The Silurians in Doctor Who retreat beneath the Earth's crust in order to wait out an Apocalypse.
  • March 25, 2013
    nitrokitty
    • The Necrons of Warhammer 40 K 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.
    • Noblesse: The series opens with vampire Rai waking up after a nice 800 year nap.
  • April 2, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In Blindsight vampires were a Human Subspecies that evolved to hunt other humans. To give their prey time to repopulate they would hibernate for decades. When geneticists revived the subspecies from extinction they began splicing the genes for hibernation into deep space travelers.
  • July 2, 2015
    Arivne
  • July 2, 2015
    zarpaulus
    Anyone mind if I take over this one, given how long it's apparently Hibernated?
  • July 4, 2015
    Snicka
    (I can't remember if that was the case in the book too or not)
  • July 4, 2015
    Koveras
    ^^ Go for it.

    • 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.
  • July 5, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • 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.
  • July 5, 2015
    zarpaulus
    @Snicka: In the book it was 150 years.
  • July 5, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The villainous undead gnome The Pastmaster from SWAT Kats has been Sealed Evil In A Can, buried in a graveyard for 800 years. When two grave robbers unearth his sarcophagus, Pastmaster awakens, hops out of his box, and starts kicking ass by raising skeleton mooks from the ground.
  • September 19, 2015
    Morgenthaler
    • 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.

  • September 19, 2015
    WalterSmith
    • From Pokemon many legendaries play straight this trope:
      • The mascotte legends Groudon and Kyogre from Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 unamtched 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.
  • September 20, 2015
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons adventure C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan. The PCs encounter a pair of monks who used a Potion of Dreadful Sleep to increase their ability to Feign Death. They have remained in a death-like sleep for a long period of time but awaken instantly if the party disturbs them.
  • October 25, 2015
    DAN004
    So would Sleeping Beauty fall here, or somewhere else?
  • October 25, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Might be justified by it being a magic sleep... I guess.

    Also needs a better name. It looks like it could mean an accelerated hibernation.
  • October 27, 2015
    zarpaulus
    ^ Like what? "Extreme Hibernation"?
  • October 27, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That could be about a super long hibernation. The trope is more about the lack of grogginess from a long sleep.

  • October 27, 2015
    LadyEvil
    Two Folklore examples:

    • In the original tale of Sleeping Beauty, the princess slept for one hundred years until awakened by a prince. (Whether it was just a kiss or full out sex depends on which version.)

    • Rip Van Winkle managed to sleep through the entire Revolutionary War.
  • October 27, 2015
    zarpaulus
    ^^ What trope?

    This trope is about super long hibernations.
  • October 27, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Okay, I must have mixed it up with some other ykttw.
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