Created By: Rexaceous on October 17, 2012 Last Edited By: Rexaceous on October 21, 2012

No Time for Medical Treatment

A character, upon waking up in a medical setting, immediately rips out all medicinal apparatus.

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If a real person wakes up in a hospital, most of them would react the same way: "Goodness! What happened? What are all these tubes? They're probably keeping me alive, so I'd better leave them alone wherever possible!"

Not so in fiction! Any character with some task left to accomplish before the end credits will almost instinctively seem to rip out I Vs, sensors, and all other medical jiggers potentially keeping them alive. This is rarely a problem for them; it's just another way of showing how badass a character is, or how single-minded they are to reach their goal, or more rarely showing that doctors are not as clever as they think.

Sometimes justified when doctors or geniuses wake up and instantly know what's going on. Sometimes a lead up to a conspiracy as the hero is actually being poisoned by the so-called medicine and must break free its hold on them. Often crosses over with Abandoned Hospital Awakening if the place is deserted and the hero can't leave their bed without shedding a bit.
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  • October 18, 2012
    Alice does this in several of the Resident evil movies. Possibly happens in 28 Days Later as well, can't remember exactly.

  • October 19, 2012

  • October 19, 2012
    In the first X-Men movie Wolverine does this upon waking up in the X-Mansion's medlab.
  • October 19, 2012
    Can't dig up the exact references right now, but it happens a few times in Girl Genius.
  • October 19, 2012
    In the book Specials (from the Uglies series) Tally Youngblood does this inside the operation solution.
  • October 19, 2012
    This would be a Sister Trope to I Aint Got Time To Bleed. Probably very often paired with Hospital Surprise or Unfamiliar Ceiling too.

    EDIT: Wait, I think this is I Can Still Fight, actually.
  • October 21, 2012
    Good catch, Drac Monster. Didn't see that one when searching! I was looking for mentions of the word hospital specifically.

    It's not identical, but it's too close to I Can Still Fight for a separate trope page. Consider this one closed.