Created By: artman40January 13, 2011 Last Edited By: artman40January 20, 2011
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Catching some Zzzzz

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A trope spread widely in media. When a character sleeps, sometimes a lot of letter Zs is near this character. Sometimes "Zzzz" is found in Speech Bubble, sometimes it's just a stream of Zzzzzs coming from character's mouth.

The trope is so obvious that people in media and real life use the term "Catching some Zs" to indicate they're going to go to sleep. Amusingly, it makes no sense; the Zs usually flutter off into space, and nobody catches them.

See Snot Bubble for anime version of this.


Examples

Comic Book
  • Mad Magazine's parody of Room 222 was titled Room 222zzzz... (with the z's gradually trailing off over a scene showing the class asleep).
  • In one Bash Street Kids strip, Teacher ends up falling asleep and the kids (who he's spend the entire story bringing into class) complain he's not teaching them anything but the last letter of the alphabet.

Newspaper Comics
  • Garfield is known to have Zs in a speech bubble. Unusually, it's usually only a single Z.
  • In Blondie, Dagwood's snoring is written as "Sn-x-x-x!"

Video Games
  • In Patapon, units can fall asleep due to Standard Status Effect with "Zzzzz" coming out of them when sleeping.
  • This is used in the Sims games.
  • In Metal Gear Solid and its sequels, sleeping guards (i.e. knocked out with tranquilizers or already asleep when you come across them) have Z's floating arund their head (beating them unconscious leaves stars).
  • Dozing non-player characters in Lord Of The Rings Online have the trail of Zs.
  • This is used in City Of Heroes

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • January 13, 2011
    MorganWick
    (Waiting for someone to claim People Sit On Chairs)

    (Waiting for someone to say the first person shouldn't be contributing to the misuse of People Sit On Chairs)

    This is a nigh-Omnipresent Trope in comics, where I think the single Z is more common, at least in the newspaper variety.
  • January 13, 2011
    TonyG
    In Blondie, Dagwood's snoring is written as "Sn-x-x-x!"

    Sometimes snoring is represented as a log being sawed inside a speech bubble.
  • January 13, 2011
    dotchan
    I think this might have been YKTTW'd before.
  • January 13, 2011
    peccantis
    Too omnipresent to list straight examples.
  • January 14, 2011
    Darthcaliber
  • January 14, 2011
    Arivne
    ^^^ @dotchan: The YKTTW you're remembering was Zzzzzzzz.
  • January 14, 2011
    Dcoetzee
    In light of Tony G's examples, we might considering generalising this to all the various ways sleeping/snoring is indicated.
  • January 14, 2011
    artman40
    I don't know. I know that there is a definite pattern and that Zzzz in works happens much more frequently than in real life.
  • January 14, 2011
    foxley
    Mad Magazine's parody of Room 222 was titled Room 222zzzz... (with the z's gradually trailing off over a scene showing the class asleep).
  • January 14, 2011
    originalhobbit
    This is used in the Sims games.
  • January 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
    We probably don't need a page image, but this might be a good candidate: http://www.zazzle.com/sleepyhead_zzz_sleeping_postcard-239694645277065913
  • January 14, 2011
    Bisected8
    In one Bash Street Kids strip, Teacher ends up falling asleep and the kids (who he's spend the entire story bringing into class) complain he's not teaching them anything but the last letter of the alphabet.
  • January 14, 2011
    0dd1
    Just driving by to say that I'm awaiting this to (hopefully) be launched so I can begin the Troper Tales page. (It's something I drew/wrote, not actual Zs in real life.)
  • January 14, 2011
    MorganWick
    Not sure how omnipresent it is outside comics.
  • January 14, 2011
    artman40
    It is present in other media too, although not as widely.
  • January 14, 2011
    Aminatep
    Well, it is like Speech Bubbles, absolutely omnipresent. Thus, we need to make a page about how the Z-s are being lampshaded by characters and such. Say, in The Wizard Of Id someone sees the guardian sleeping via a binocular. Turns out he was just holding a speechbubble with a "Z" on it near his face.
  • January 14, 2011
    Bisected8
    In Metal Gear Solid and its sequels, sleeping guards (i.e. knocked out with tranquilizers or already asleep when you come across them) have Z's floating arund their head (beating them unconscious leaves stars).
  • January 14, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    The trope is so obvious that people in media and real life use the term "Catching some Zs" to indicate they're going to go to sleep. Amusingly, it makes no sense; the Zs usually flutter off into space, and nobody catches them.
  • January 14, 2011
    Kobie
    Dozing NP Cs in Lord of the Rings Online have the trail of Zs.
  • January 14, 2011
    lala
    This is used in City Of Heroes, and probably a lot of other MMORP Gs I don't play, to show that someone is afk.
  • January 15, 2011
    troacctid
    Just use one Z in the title to keep it easy to remember. "Was it five Z's or four? Or was it six?" You see the problem.
  • January 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The anime version is Snot Bubble (for some reason).
  • January 20, 2011
    0dd1
    ^^ Going on that, Catching Some Zs would probably be best.
  • January 20, 2011
    0dd1
    ...I feel stupid for not seeing this was launched already.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable