Created By: Unknown TroperSeptember 25, 2008
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Crawl Out Of Your Grave

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Back From The Dead, only it took several days/months/years to happen, and nobody was expecting the ex-corpse to need a way out of the ground. Basically, any scene where someone comes back to life inside a coffin and has to dig their way out of the ground. This has happened to pretty much every vampire ever, but is especially notable when it happens to non-vampires, who seem pretty horrified at the act and certainly weren't expecting to have to do it themselves.

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  • September 25, 2008
    Indigo
    • Hasn't happened yet, but it is a given that Heroes' Adam Munroe will need to do so at some point if the interactive comics didn't already solve it otherwise.
    • The zombies in Michael Jackson's Thriller.
  • September 25, 2008
    cheat-master302
    This is pretty much expected behaviour for zombies by now anyway, I at least recall The Simpsons using this for them at least three times.
  • September 25, 2008
    maxmordon
    Happens to Eric Draven on The Crow
  • September 25, 2008
    BlackDragon
    The Bride from Kill Bill did this in Part 2... she wasn't actually DEAD, but she still clawed her way out of her own grave. And then walked into a diner across from the graveyard, covered in dirt, with bloody hands, and asked for a bottle of water. The clerk's face was priceless...
  • September 25, 2008
    Sunder the Gold
    Sango, from Inu Yasha, after being apparently fatally wounded in the back, is buried alive. Rather than dying from bloodloss and lack of air, she just gets mad and digs her way out for revenge. With a little help from a magical pain-killer, she then proceeds to hike for miles and then engage in heavy combat and nearly defeat Inuyasha, all without recieving any medical attention at all. And not die from aggravated wounds.
  • September 25, 2008
    Micah
    Windle Poons does this in Reaper Man. He's a zombie, more or less, but an intelligent one who thinks he ought to be dead, so he spends a fair amount of time lying in his coffin trying to actually be a corpse before he gets bored and gives up on the idea.
  • September 25, 2008
    fleb
    Compare Buried Alive, obviously.
  • September 26, 2008
    Arivne
    Creepshow. The title zombie in the first segment, "Father's Day".

    The resurrected townsfolk in The Twilight Zone TOS episode "Mr. Garrity and the Graves".
  • September 26, 2008
    fleb
    Oh yeah, and it should go without saying that there's a blatant birth metaphor going on with this trope.
  • September 26, 2008
    Wulf
    Used in Lupe Fiasco's song 'The Cool,' in which the titular character wakes up (basically as a zombie, though all that rotted away was his right hand, symbolizing the loss of his righteousness, according the the singer) in his coffin some six months after being killed. The first two verses are about him digging his way out, while in the third, he gets mugged with the same gun he was killed with.
  • September 26, 2008
    ninjacrat
    Suggested title: Wise Fwom Your Gwave. :)
  • September 26, 2008
    random surfer
    My Boyfriend's Back (The Movie, not The Song): in an otherwise non-paranormal world a boy rises from the dead to take his gal to the prom.
  • September 27, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    [[Batman Jason Todd]] did this after his resurrection.
  • September 27, 2008
    Bisected8
    Not as much crawling as exploding but; "Wrise fwom your gwaves!"
  • September 27, 2008
    Kuciwalker
    So much fucking Nightmare Fuel :s
  • September 27, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Family Guy parodied this, with Adam West cementing over every grave in the cemetery.... "You'll thank me when no-one eats your brain. You'll thank me."
  • September 27, 2008
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    However, some vampire films / series (Hellsing, Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective) subvert or avoid this trope by taking maybe 3 seconds to go from almost - dead human to vampire.

    Alternately, I've Seen It A Million Times where the change is so subtle the 'victim' and their human friends aren't even sure if they're undead or not....
  • November 24, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    YKTTW Bump

    Wulf Uh... I'll be launching this as Rise From Your Grave sometime soon, since no one else seems to want to...?
  • November 24, 2008
    Joysweeper
    There's the infamous Spider Man storyline where Kraven the Hunter drugs Spidey and sticks him in a coffin, and later Spidey bursts up and out.
  • November 24, 2008
    LarryD
    Myth Busters busted the Kill Bill version of this trope. Punching to break open the coffin, and digging up through six feet of freshly turned dirt. Not doable by a normal human being. Songo was lucky she was buried in a very shallow grave. Zombies don't have to worry about running out of air, so they can take the days that might be needed. Vampires have always been belived to have supernatural means of leaving the grave. And Spider Man can press twelve tons.

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