Created By: johnnye on January 5, 2013 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on March 21, 2013
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The Patient Has Left The Building

A hospital patient makes a point of getting up and walking out against the advice of their doctor.

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Doctor's Orders are powerful things, often able to keep even the most badass characters in line... but not this guy!

Whether he's just woken up from a Convenient Coma or the surgeon has just finished stitching him up after getting the bullet out, the medical advice -- either straight from the lips of The Medic or suggested by a concerned loved-one -- is for him to rest up and hang around for observation in case of complications or side-effects. But no, Heroic Resolve will see him through.

To qualify, there should be someone arguing the case that he should stay in bed, or an obvious attempt to evade hospital staff as he sneaks out. If he just gets up, grabs his coat and waves to the nurse on his way out, it's not this trope.

Said patient will often Pull the I.V..

See also You Can Barely Stand, I Can Still Fight, Just A Flesh Wound.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Dragon Ball Z, after being beaten up by Vegeta and sent to the hospital, Goku repeatedly tries to escape the hospital to train (he actually succeeds once, but he's sent back to the hospital).
  • Itazurana Kiss: When Yuuko Matsumoto is admitted due to a Duodenal Cancer or Ulcer(depending on the subtitles), and is required to have surgery and rest, she refuses to listen to any doctor's orders and leaves the building,in her hospital clothes, to get to a meeting related to the company she started!
  • Monster: Johan is supposed to be in bed after brain surgery for a while, but Johan sneaks out and takes his sister with him. This however gets on a later stage with the locksmith, which becomes the first victim we see Johan execute in the series (the doctors he murdered are on another issue, that is indirect and as a "favor" to Tenma).

Comic Books
  • From Archie Comics, when Big Ethel wanted to care for a badly injured Jughead (he got hurt trying to run away from her) he fled the hospital.

Film
  • In the Marvel film named for him, Thor is exiled to Earth, where he is hit by a van and hospitalized. When he wakes up he doesn't know where he is, so he flees the hospital, beating up everyone who tries to restrain him.
  • In Secondhand Lions after Hub collapses, Garth and Walter take him to the hospital. A while later he wakes up and comes storming out of his room, demanding to know who put him there.

Literature
  • Corwin at the start of the first Amber book.
  • In The Dresden Files, Harry always checks himself out of hospitals the minute he's mobile enough to do so. Justified because he's a Walking Techbane and fears that some innocent patient's life-support might short out if he stays.

Live-Action TV
  • Booth in the Bones episode "Two Bodies in the Lab". He insists on leaving the hospital to go save Brennan.
  • The Fourth Doctor does this in his first appearance on Doctor Who.
    "You might be a doctor but I'm the Doctor."
  • Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer wakes up from a coma and leaves without authorization. (She doesn't sneak around, but she knocks out a few personnel on the way out who try to stop her.)

Video Games
  • In the level "Trauma" from Hotline Miami, your character (who has just awoken from a coma) must sneak out of his hospital room. It's the game's only Stealth-Based Mission, and your character will pass out if he exerts himself too much.
  • In It Came From The Desert: Antheads, the player has to escape from a hospital controlled by the evil antheads... in a wheelchair.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • In The Rescuers Down Under, Wilbur tries escaping from the hospital that he was confined in after hurting his back, with the Doctor Mouse and his nurses chasing after him, trying to bring him back to the operating room.
  • One Herman cartoon featured a doctor telling the nurse "Keep a close eye on this one", in reference to a patient half-out of bed and wearing roller skates.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • January 5, 2013
    McKathlin
    Film
    • In the Marvel film named for him, Thor is exiled to Earth, where he is hit by a van and hospitalized. When he wakes up he doesn't know where he is, so he flees the hospital, beating up everyone who tries to restrain him.
  • January 5, 2013
    chicagomel
    Booth in the Bones episode "Two Bodies in the Lab". He insists on leaving the hospital to go save Brennan.

    You might also add I Can Still Fight to the 'see also', but IDK.
  • January 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Said patient will often Pull The IV.
  • February 26, 2013
    MrInitialMan
    Comics Example:

    From Archie Comics, when Big Ethel wanted to care for a badly injured Jughead (he got hurt trying to run away from her) he fled the hospital.
  • February 26, 2013
    Tallens
    • In 'Secondhand Lions'' after Hub collapses, Garth and Walter take him to the hospital. A while later he wakes up and comes storming out of his room, demanding to know who put him there.
  • February 26, 2013
    KTera
    • In the level "Trauma" from Hotline Miami, your character (who has just awoken from a coma) must sneak out of his hospital room. It's the game's only Stealth Based Mission, and your character will pass out if he exerts himself too much.
  • February 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Fourth Doctor does this in his first appearance on Doctor Who. "You might be a doctor but I'm the Doctor."
  • February 27, 2013
    dvorak
    One Herman cartoon featured a doctor telling the nurse "Keep a close eye on this one", in reference to a patient half-out of bed and wearing roller skates.
  • February 28, 2013
    morenohijazo
    • In Dragon Ball Z, after being beaten up by Vegeta and sent to the hospital, Goku repeatedly tries to escape the hospital to train (he actually succeeds once, but he's sent back to the hospital).
  • March 9, 2013
    CaveCat
    • In The Rescuers Down Under, Wilbur tries escaping from the hospital that he was confined in after hurting his back, with the Doctor Mouse and his nurses chasing after him, trying to bring him back to the operating room.
  • March 10, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Videogame

    • In It Came From The Desert: Antheads, the player has to escape from a hospital controlled by the evil antheads... in a wheelchair.
  • March 11, 2013
    JohnDiFool
    Corwin at the start of the 1st Amber book.
  • March 11, 2013
    DataAngel
    For a name, why not just call it "Against Medical Advice".
  • March 11, 2013
    m8e
    I think this happens in Death Sentence.
  • March 12, 2013
    morenohijazo
    ^ Could you give us a bit of info?
  • March 16, 2013
    moriwen
    Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer wakes up from a coma and leaves without authorization. (She doesn't sneak around, but she knocks out a few personnel on the way out who try to stop her.)
  • March 17, 2013
    m8e
    ^^It's been a while since I saw that movie so I have to rewatch that part. I planned to do that this weekend...
  • March 17, 2013
    Mauri
    Well I am perhaps amazed there isn't a mention to Monster:
    • Anime and Manga
      • Monster: Johan is supposed to be in bed after brain surgery for a while but Johan sneaks out and takes his sister with him. This however gets on a later stage with the locksmith which becomes the first victim we see Johan execute in the series (the doctors he murdered are on another issue that is indirect and as a "favor" to Tenma).
  • March 17, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In The Dresden Files, Harry always checks himself out of hospitals the minute he's mobile enough to do so. Justified because he's a Walking Techbane and fears that some innocent patient's life-support might short out if he stays.
  • March 17, 2013
    Prfnoff
    In Desperate Housewives, Juanita Solis comes out of a coma one night, gets up and starts walking around the hospital. She trips, falls down a flight of stairs and dies. The hospital ends up paying Gabrielle a hefty sum to settle negligence claims.
  • March 17, 2013
    morenohijazo
    ^ I'm not sure if that counts. It seems that there was no efforts from the hospital staff to prevent her from leaving the hospital.
  • March 17, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On Supernatural the demon known as Ruby uses the body of a brain-dead girl as her Living Bodysuit because Sam & Dean object to demons taking over humans. She considers it "recycling" since the girl would just be lying in the hospital anyway. She wakes up, asks for some fries, and leaves the hospital.
  • March 18, 2013
    morenohijazo
    ^ Not sure about that one. What do you think, people?
  • March 18, 2013
    Chabal2
    Girl Genius: Klaus Wulfenbach makes his escape in style: on a giant mecha while still in a hospital bed and surrounded by two nurses, to the exasperation of Dr. Sun.
  • March 21, 2013
    morenohijazo
    This has five hats. Are there enough examples?

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