Created By: Earnest on January 22, 2008
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Going into a Coma

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Because I keep using Heroic B.S.O.D. as the closest equivalent, when it's two very different things.

Flavors include: Put on a Bus, soap opera coma, prelude to Killed Off for Real (technically, hardly anyone in a come in fiction dies before a brief, tearful awakening and Final Speech). Can be caused with the same convenient ease of a Laser-Guided Amnesia or rock to the head. Helps as a way for the hero to end a villains reign without losing their "no killing" track record. Also, very rarely permanent.
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  • January 22, 2008
    fleb
    Everyone hates comas. They're so easy. Less annoying in a non-serial story. Stereotypically, soap operas love this. Finding out someone's pregnant right after they fall into a coma is appropriately dramatic, too.

    • Faith, in Buffy. Wakes up a year later.
    • Meg on Veronica Mars. And pregnant by her boyfriend(I assume), who is the heroine's ex.
  • January 22, 2008
    Insanity Prelude
    Speaking of the pregnant-in-a-coma thing, Elphaba in Wicked (the book version) gives birth to Liir in a coma, doesn't she? Or was she just generally out of it then... I'd have to go look...
  • January 22, 2008
    adam850
    On Futurama, the only role Bender was suited for in All My Circuits was a comatose robot. On another episode, Leela goes int a coma after a space wasp sting.

    Medical Dramas love the coma. IIRC, House woke up a comatose guy, just to ask him some questions.
  • January 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    House also tends to use the comatose patient's rooms as his personal cafeteria, since that way no one bothers him:

    Wilson:"I though you had lunch with coma guy" House:"This is persistent vegetative state guy, much more interesting
  • January 23, 2008
    fleb
    Greys Anatomy does the exact same thing with "Really Old Guy", who's in a coma. I think a year after House did it. Lazy Greys Anatomy.
  • January 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Game example. On Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations we met Godot, a character who's actually Mia's boyfriend gone blind after being poisoned and spending five years in a coma. Ironically, he was waken up by "the scent of freshly brewed coffee" making the player wonder if House was around at the time.
  • January 23, 2008
    Withad
    Just to carry on a running gag from that House episode adam850 mentioned, he woke up Vegetative State Guy, not Coma Guy.

    If they're not long term, comas are usually treated as the step before death for someone who's ill. Being told that the patient has "slipped into a coma" is generally a signal to the heroes to hurry up and find the cure. Staying beside and talking to the comatose person, often in shifts to allow each character in an ensemble to pour their hearts out, is usually a given. If it is long term, it can sometimes result in a mild version of the Fish Out Of Water situations mentioned in Human Popsicle.
  • January 23, 2008
    RobertBingham
    Another case of 'pregnant in a coma': the Bride from Kill Bill, who got a bullet in the head by Bill himself after taking a hell of a beating from her fellow Deadly Vipers while she was pregnant. It's a wonder the kid made it to birth, really.
  • January 24, 2008
    Earnest
    For a name, would Coma be good enough? Paranoia after the crash has me wanting to make it a two worded just in case.
  • January 24, 2008
    fleb
    Yeah, one-worders aren't so fun or useful, Google-wise. Convenient Coma is good and simple.
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