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[[caption-width-right:350:[[LateToTheTragedy "Am I late to the apocalypse?"]]]]

An Abandoned Hospital Awakening is, as the name implies, when a character wakes up in an AbandonedHospital. A combination of several different things in a single convenient package, an abandoned hospital awakening is a popular choice for beginning {{Horror}} works, though it shows up in other genres and contexts as well. The hospital used for this has usually been ''recently'' abandoned after a disaster of some sort, which helps explain why the character was there in the first place (though not necessarily why they were left behind).

Abandoned hospitals are [[RuleOfScary creepy]], which sets the tone by itself, but the addition of specific types of SceneryGorn can ratchet that tension up even further. At the same time, it gives the characters (and the audience) a clue as to why the hospital was abandoned in the first place. Being in a ConvenientComa while the disaster was happening gives them an excuse to be LateToTheTragedy, making them a NaiveNewcomer until they figure things out. If they don't remember why they were in the hospital in the first place, then you've got an OntologicalMystery on your hands in addition to dealing with more immediate problems.

Especially popular during a ZombieApocalypse, for some reason. See AbandonedHospital for the supertrope. See WakingUpElsewhere in general.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' opens with Rick being shot, then cuts to him awakening some time after the ZombieApocalypse has begun.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' opens this way, with the protagonist coming out of a ConvenientComa twenty-eight days after the ZombieApocalypse erupted in London.
* ''Film/TheDescent'' subverts this when Sarah ''seems'' to wake up in an abandoned hospital after her car crash, but she turns out to be hallucinating.
* The first ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movie uses this at the end; Alice wakes up in a Raccoon City hospital, with the ZombieApocalypse well underway outside. The same scene also comprises the beginning of the second movie, ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''.
* Featured in ''The Lost Tales from Camp Blood'' short, included with the ''Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter'' Deluxe Edition.
* Occurs at the climax of ''Film/MatchstickMen'', when Roy discovers that [[spoiler: the hospital room he's been confined in while under arrest isn't a hospital at all, and [[BavarianFireDrill he wasn't really under arrest]].]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* John Wyndham's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' opens with the protagonist waking up in hospital following eye surgery, his eyes still bandaged. This turns out to be just as well [[spoiler:since everyone else has gone blind from looking at weird lights in the sky, and now the population is being picked off by ambulatory, carnivorous plants]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Like the ComicBook above, ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' begins with a brief prelude in which protagonist Rick Grimes is shot. Shortly after, he awakens to find himself in the hospital, alone.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The beginning of the "[[Music/{{LMFAO}} Party Rock Anthem]]" music video.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' has Isaac wake up in a hospital in the Sprawl that isn't ''quite'' abandoned, but only because it hasn't ''finished'' being overrun by necromorphs yet.
* ''DementiumTheWard'' has the protagonist wake up in a hospital where everyone else has run away or have been killed, the lights are all out, and the halls are crawling with monsters.
* ''SystemShock'' begins with the PlayerCharacter waking up on the medical deck, now filled with hostile mutants and cyborgs.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' starts with the player character in the medical ward of a space station that has only two other living beings aboard, one hibernating, the other forgotten.
* Episode 3 of ''VideoGame/TheyHunger'' has the player waking up at a hospital after he went through a ZombieApocalypse; a sweet voice from offscreen says "Wake up, you [[AllJustADream had a nightmare]]!" Then the awakening [[DreamWithinADream turns out to be a dream]], and the player wakes up for real -- in a zombie-filled hospital.
* ''AfraidOfMonsters'': David becomes unconsious in a hospital bathroom after taking what appears to be a overdose of drugs. After a nightmare sequence, he wakes up in a empty hospital with only hallucinations around him.
* The opening of ''SilentHillHomecoming'', though the hospital is not ''quite'' abandoned...
* ''NightmareHouse 2'' starts with the protagonist waking up in a padded cell in an abandoned hospital. It only gets worse from there.
* Variation: the main character of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' awakens to his power in the morgue of an AbandonedHospital. Why is the hospital abandoned? Because an ApocalypseCult has taken it over. How does he awaken? By having a demonic insect implanted ([[EyeScream through the eye!]]) by ''Lucifer''. Try counting how many horrors there are here.
* In ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty 2: Dead Patient'', Ayami Itou's story will start this way, with her waking up on an operating table to boot.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': Punished Snake/Big Boss awakens from a [[ConvenientComa nine-year coma]] to find everyone fleeing the hospital he's in as a black ops team storms the building.
* In ''[[FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR 2: Project Origin]]'', Auburn Memorial Hospital is (mostly) abandoned when Becket awakens after his [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable Harbinger operation]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' has this, with the twist that we don't know it's supposed to be an hospital until well into the game.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Peter, Joe, Quagmire, and Brian wake up in an empty hospital (discovering the rest of the world is gone a little later) in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Forget-Me-Not".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "No One Can Hear You", Finn wakes up in an abandoned hospital in the Candy Kingdom and soon discovers that the entirety of the kingdom's citizens have mysteriously disappeared.
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