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->''"Don't leave me here alone... Don't go where I can't follow... Wake up... not asleep...'' dead!"
-->-- '''Samwise Gamgee''', ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''

When someone dies, and there is a young character for whom this is the first experience with death. They usually say something to the effect of 'wake up' or 'don't do that, when he wakes up...' Usually implies that the character believes or wants to believe the individual, often their father, is only sleeping, when in fact, viewers are very aware they are dead. It's all the more heartbreaking when it's just after the two have escaped from the danger, just when [[BittersweetEnding you think everything's going to be okay...]]

Even adult characters sometimes exhibit this behavior under stress, or when someone TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth dies.

TruthInTelevision, sadly; most young children have difficulty understanding the finality of death and are terrified and confused when they discover [[KilledOffForReal people don't wake up sometimes]], which does give a little credence to {{Media Watchdog}}s being cautious about death on television.

The most common outcome of AndCallHimGeorge. Sometimes includes HowDareYouDieOnMe. Contrast TalkingToTheDead. If the person is unconscious or comatose and not dead, it's ConverseWithTheUnconscious. If the person who sees the death snaps completely, it could develop into a case of MummiesAtTheDinnerTable.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* "No, Daddy has a lot of work to do and if they bury him he can't do it when he wakes up!" A particularly [[TearJerker heart wrenching scene]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' spoken by [[spoiler:the young daughter of Maes Hughes, Elincia,]] at his funeral.
* In the second-to-last or last chapter of the manga ''AbsoluteBoyfriend'', Riiko says this when Night stops working. Like Zoe below, less of being a kid and more he was her emotional anchor. In this case, her first real boyfriend. Also, since he was an artificial human, it was harder to accept his death since he often didn't function the same way as a real man.
* ''DearS'' Young Miu has a rather heartwrenching example of this in her backstory.
-->"Master! I won't make mistakes any more! So please wake up, Master! Please don't leave me alone."
* In a flashback in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', Margaret tries to wake up her mother... after the plane they were on crashed over Gazth-Sonika.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' uses this in the first episode, where the little kid that Yusuke saved visits Yusuke's funeral. He says something like "Why is he in the box? Is he sleeping? Can I play with him tomorrow?"
** When Yusuke dies again after being killed by Sensui, Kuwabara rushes over to him and thinks he's faking it too fool him, Hiei and Kurama like he did to Yusuke when Younger Toguro seemingly killed him. He desperately puts his hand over Yusuke's mouth and nose to make him drop the act... [[TearJerker but to his horror Yusuke isn't acting.]]
* Subverted in ''DetectiveConan'' when Heiji and Conan find [[spoiler: Kazuha]] looking exactly like the former corpses in a string of murders they're investigating. Thankfully, [[spoiler: she was just unconscious because of a stun gun]] and woke up. [[spoiler: But had Heiji and Conan been late juuuuust for some minutes, Kazuha would've ''really'' died.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Heiji:''' "''Kazuha...hey...wake up, Kazuha! Kazuha!! KAZUHA!!!''"]].
** In "The Locked Bathroom Murder Case", [[spoiler: Mina Aoshima's killer turns out to be her older sister Masayo, [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry whom she has been very emotionally distant from]]. After Conan (through Kogoro) reveals to Masayo that Mina loved her more than she thought, she has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and tries in vain to wake her long dead sister, crying and screaming]].
* ''Manga/WolfsRain'':
** Toboe catches a hawk to impress a girl. He puts it in her arms, and becomes confused and starts to poke it when it doesn't move saying, "Wake up" Not realizing it's dead until she says so. And it was the girl's pet hawk.
** It happened to him again in his origin story the old lady who care for him when he was a pup was accidentally killed when he jumped on top of her and accidentally cut off her oxygen, he nudges and pulls at her body then he howls in sorrow, poor kid.
* ''Manga/{{Zetman}}'' has one of the earlier chapters with Jin, the main character, raised in poverty by his adoptive grandfather, a former inventor and general handyman. When his grandfather dies from shock and bloodloss after having his arm cut off, Jin takes him to the hospital to get "fixed", only getting truly upset when it becomes clear that it's impossible.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji to Asuka, in the hospital scene of ''End of Evangelion''. And then... [[spoiler: the covers slip, showing Asuka's naked body, prompting Shinji to finally break down after 24 episodes of abuse and have ADateWithRosiePalms]]. In the manga adaptation, [[spoiler: Asuka, still in a coma, starts attacking Shinji and screams that she hates him]] instead.
* The dub of ''DigimonAdventure'' double subverts this when Leomon [[HeroicSacrifice takes a blast]] to the back for Mimi and falls down. Mimi says this practically verbatim. He wakes up to use his last strength to defeat the bad guy,and then he dies soon afterwards.
* During Negi's DoomedHometown flashback in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', he can be seen yelling this at his cousin Nekane's almost petrified body. Thankfully, she got better quickly.
* The climax of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''. Ash, having been hit by Mew and Mewtwo's attacks, is turned to stone. Pikachu runs up to him and desperately tries to shock him back to wakefulness, wearing himself out in the process. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Amazingly]] [[TearJerker poignant]], as at first Pikachu seems confused, playing this trope to the letter, and then in denial, continuing to try and shock Ash awake even when it's apparent that his efforts are useless. Ash [[DisneyDeath gets better]], but it takes the tears of a small army of Pokémon to do it. TWO small armies of Pokémon, one of which is comprised entirely of the clones of the entire other one. Along with the tears of three humans. In fact, we're lucky Pokémon tears are full of life [[PlotArmor or else that would've ended the series right there]].
** Once again in the ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'' movie. Poor little Zorua.
** It also happens in the regular series, when Ash and Pikachu's spirits are taken out of their bodies by a Haunter. Misty finds them lying on the floor and tearfully begs Ash to wake up.
* ''FushigiYuugi'': [[spoiler: "Nuriko, please... open your eyes... for me?"]]
* ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'': The end of episode 20. Masane falls over unconscious after pleading with Takayama to take care of Rihoko (she knows she's under a [[PhlebotinumBreakdown death sentence]] and may well believe her time's up). The episode ends on Takayama's trying to rouse Masane while Riho cries out "Mom! Mom! ''Mommy!''". Truly heartwrenching.
* ''Anime/SCryed'' has one that's [[TearJerker phenomenally brutal]] in its simplicity. Kimishima has been severely injured amidst his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome . So Kazuma carries him back home. Somewhere along the way, Kimishima stops talking, but Kazuma [[DistractedFromDeath doesn't realize what this means]]. When they get home, Kaname realizes what's happened, and starts to cry. But [[IdiotHero Kazuma]]...
--> "Hey, now you hold on or you're gonna fall! Kimishima are you listenin'? Hey! Kimishima? Heh heh, say something. Kimishima I am not in the mood to fool around. This isn't funny. Hey, Kaname, what's wrong?...Hey, wait. Kimishima?"
--> '''[[SmashToBlack Screen cuts to black]]'''
-->"Come on, wake up. Kimishima..."
* The finale of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Nunnally doing this in the final TearJerker of the series. In this case however, the person in question is old enough to understand death and she saw him get stabbed through the chest; her reaction is because they were incredibly close (and possibly because [[PartingWordsRegret one of the last things she said to him was "You're a devil!"]]).
-->'''Nunnally:''' "You can't leave me! You can't! Please open your eyes [[spoiler: big brother]], ''please!'' ''[[spoiler:BIG BROTHER]]!''"
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel when [[spoiler: Sebastian died]], and he kept repeating things like, "Sleeping on the floor doesn't look that comfortable to me," and "Get up". Subverted because it ended up being a [[spoiler: fake death]], but Ciel's reactions were still particularly heart-wrenching.
** Alois to [[spoiler: his little brother Luca]] in Season 2.
* ''OnePiece'': In his flashback in the manga version, Zoro does this when Kuina dies, albeit in a way that's much more angry and hurt. Deeply in denial, he screams at her for abandoning their promise (implied that it's more because he felt she was abandoning HIM). It took an adult man and another boy around his age to hold him back.
** A non-death example: After Luffy one-shots Bellamy, the latter's first-mate Sarquisse playfully asks Bellamy to quit fooling around take down Luffy. When Bellamy doesn't respond (Out cold and with a fist-shaped dent in his cheekbones), Sarquisse gets angry, and yells what the hell is going on, Bellamy's the up-and-coming rookie worth 55 million berries, he should be able to take this little pipsqueak. It's then that everyone realizes that the wanted poster for Luffy is legit, and that Straw Hat earned the 100 million he's wanted for.
* Subverted in ''Jack and the Witch''. After Jack rescues Allegra from the Ice Caves he floats to the surface of the water and appears to be dead. She tells him "Wake up, Jack!" When she realizes he's dead she cries over him and he comes back to life.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Episode 178. In a FlashBack to his mother's death Ichigo remembers that he said "Please wake up, Mommy!"
** Subverted in the pilot episode, where Orihime is saying this... to ''her own corpse'', as she has juuuuust died after taking a big StaircaseTumble and her soul/conscience is still trying to process what the Hell just happened.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': [[spoiler:Kamina]], having risen up what could already almost qualify as a "Please Wake Up" moment already. With blood dripping down his face, he climbs back into the seat of his giant mech, rips off one of said mech's arms, and throws it at Simon, who is already in a premature HeroicBSOD. Cue SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, followed by Awesome Speech. Then explosions. Then a quieter awesome speech. Then more explosions ([[ThisIsADrill and drills]]). And then...
-->'''[[spoiler:Kamina]]:''' "Later... buddy..."
-->'''Simon:''' "What was that [[spoiler:bro]]? (screen goes black) [[spoiler:Bro]]?"
* In ''SummerWars'', [[spoiler: the family reacts to Grandma Sakae's death like this. She dies in her sleep, thus when they discover her, everyone crowds around her bed, desperately crying for her to open her eyes.]]
* ''ShinryakuIkaMusume'' gives us a moment in Episode 5, in the last segment, titled "Won't You Keep It?" [[TearJerker Mini-Ika sits on a hospital bed as an aged Eiko passes from this world. She tries to wake her lifelong friend, to no avail]]. Thank goodness it turned out to be AllJustADream.
* ''DevilMayCry'' Anime: "Dante! Wake up, run away! No way you'd die from a little wound like this, right? Please wake up and take down the demons like you always do!... I'm sorry... I'm so sorry!.." "...Open your eyes! I promise not to get mad when you mess up your office! I won't eat your strawberry sundaes anymore!"
* In the ''RecordOfLodossWar'' TV series, [[spoiler: Shiris does this to Orson after his HeroicSacrifice, out of shock since he did it all for her]].
* ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' Episode 23: Cure Peach to Eas.
* Happens in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' to the [[spoiler: short-lived side couple composed of Franz and Hanna, after a disastrous first mission of the new cadets in the defense of Trost when the Titans invade. A shell-shocked Armin spots Hanna as she desperately tries to resuscitate Franz; already traumatized and worn as it is, he tells Hanna to stop, as Franz [[DeaderThanDead is not only dead]], but [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe has been bitten in half.]]]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Madoka begs [[spoiler: Sayaka]] to wake up after [[spoiler: Madoka snaps and throws her soul gem off the highway bridge and onto the top of a semi-truck, in a desperate bid to stop Sayaka from fighting Kyouko, and Sayaka collapses shortly afterward. Kyubey the reveals that a soul gem is actually a SoulJar, and if taken too far from their owners, they will die. Luckily Homura, in a BigDamnHeroes moment, returns the gem.]]
* In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' Part IV, Josuke's grandfather is murdered by a villain with a Stand. Josuke immediately tries to restore his grandfather with his own Stand when he discovers the body. Josuke then wonders why his grandfather isn't waking up even after he fixed him up... and Jotaro explains that nothing can revive the dead, not even a Stand.
* In Manga/CandyCandy, Candy does this when [[spoiler: a CoolOldGuy whom she was taking care of in the hospital dies [[DistractedFromDeath when she was away for some minutes]].]]
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Probably one of the best known examples in a comic is the ''{{Spider-Man}}'' story where Gwen Stacy died. Spider-Man catches her with a web after she's knocked off the Brooklyn Bridge, not knowing she's already dead. When he pulls her up and realizes he's lost her, he initially can't believe it.
-->'''Spider-Man:''' "I saved you honey, don't you see? I saved you..."
* In some depictions of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Thomas and Martha Waynes']] deaths, eight year old Bruce is shown in denial of what happened. In ''Death and the Maidens'', a flashback vision/hallucination sends Bruce back to that moment as a boy again. Bruce is gathering his mother's pearls, reassuring her that he'll fix her necklace and that by doing so everything will be all right again. His mother's ghost interrupts him and shakes him out of his childlike denial (changing Bruce back into an adult).
* In ''{{Ultimatum}}'', Magneto has a VillainousBSOD when he finds out mutants are nothing but a by-product of a supersoldier experiment. He starts begging Xavier, whom he just recently killed, for advice and asking where he is.
* TransformersWingsOfHonor: Had two examples from the Battle Lines Arc.
** Outback's reaction to Ricochet's death.
--->'''Flak:''' "He's offline."
--->'''Outback:''' "Just like Rico to take a stasis nap during a fight."
--->'''Flak:''' "No, Outback. He's... gone."
--->'''Outback:''' "Oh! ...oh."
** Sprocket is a {{CloudCuckooLander}} and constantly talks to famous people, people who are deceased, imaginary people, and inanimate objects. It's all in his head and quite funny. When he and his brother Rumbler are shot, he's fine, but a panel shows the medics staring grimly at Rumbler's body, later pronouncing him dead. Sprocket's final appearance has him talking to an empty chair, still believing Rumbler to be alive.
* Also a PleaseDontLeaveMe: At the end of ''Innocence Lost'', {{X-23}} kills her mother in a chemically-induced berserker rage, just as they destroy and escape the Facility that bred her. As Sarah Kinney dies and tells Laura that she loves her, for a moment she stops being a weapon and is just a little girl again, [[TearJerker hopelessly begging, "please don't leave me,"]] even after it's clear that Sarah has already died from her wounds. In a flashback to this same scene in ''Target X'', Laura goes on to numbly ask what her next mission is.
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' story "Buttercup's Boyfriend" (issue #2) deals with a boy who receives a belt from Him that causes people to hate after getting zapped from the buckle's ray (this after Buttercup spurns his approach). The ray hit Bubbles, but since she's so full of love the ray short-circuits her and knocks her unconscious. Blossom verbally tells Bubbles she loves her; she entreats Buttercup to tell Bubbles she loves her in order to wake her up.
* Chase Stein of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} has had to go through this ''twice'' - first when his girlfriend Gert was killed by Geoffrey Wilder, and later when an accident apparently killed Old Lace. The second time was probably worse, because he actually felt Old Lace's heart stop beating.
-->''"I'msosorrysorrysosorry Gert. I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry. Come back. '''Please''' come back..."''
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''LordOfTheRings'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Left}}'', Frodo has a nightmare about finding [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam]] dead. He shakes him and begs him to wake up.
* In ''Fanfic/MyLittleChronoTriggersAreMagic'', [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] does this to [[spoiler: [[GentleGiant Big Mac]]]] in the Cariij Dome coldroom. That said, it should be noted she doesn't know him, so it's much less TearJerker than it could be.
* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare of Steel]]'': Firefly does this to Rainbow Dash [[spoiler: after the latter's fight with [[DiscOneFinalBoss General Zod]] leaves her in a coma]]. Fortunately, it's a DisneyDeath and Rainbow Dash wakes up soon after.
* [[http://my-friend-the-frog.tumblr.com/post/52153553520/the-shorter-story-no-love-no-glory-no-hero-in This]] ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' fanart.
* In [[FanFic/Gensokyo20XX Gensokyo 20XXV]], Reimu does this twice. The first time is a subversion in the people in which she is trying to wake up aren't dead and the second time is played straight in that the person she is trying to wake up has actually passed away.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* 'Dad, Dad, wake up!'. Pictured Above, Simba says something like this in one of cinema's [[TearJerker most profoundly saddening scenes]], from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Simba was likely aware of what had happened, considering his BigNo when Mufasa fell, so this scene comes more from denial.
-->''"...Dad, c'mon... you've gotta get up. Dad... we've gotta go home."''
* ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' had Cornelius sing a SONG with the title of the trope to his niece when she fell into a life-threatening coma trying to save her parents from the poisonous gas.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' Little Foot's mother. As [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe]] puts it, if you didn't cry during this scene, you are not human.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]] in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' from Shifu to Po: I'm not dying, you idiot!
* Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' jams this one, TheyKilledKenny, NotQuiteDead, this one again, and TheyKilledKenny ''again'' into one short scene for one of the Evil Wizard's Mooks in the major battle scene when his buddy is shot.
* In Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Mowgli says this to Baloo when the bear has apparently died fighting Shere Khan. Bagheera begins to try to gently explain this to the boy but, this being [[DisneyDeath Disney]], Baloo is of course NotQuiteDead. Walt Disney himself insisted the bear should live, after a previous TearJerker movie [[spoiler: '''Old Yeller''']] in which a beloved character died.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Nemo fakes being dead in order to get flushed to the ocean, but Darla finds the bag he's faking dead in and proceeds to invoke this trope, shaking the bag and yelling at him to wake up.
* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle begs that the Beast doesn't leave her after his DisneyDeath.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In the end of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderman2'', after the fight with Green Goblin, when Spidey thinks he saved [[spoiler:Gwen Stacy]]. He starts happily, then softly, then, when he realises something's wrong, imploringly, then he begs and finally breaks down completely. Made even more tearjerker-ish by the fact that viewers without keen eyes might think that [[spoiler:Gwen]] actually made it...[[note]]It would seem that Spidey managed to catch her in time, but for a moment you can see that she actually [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou hit the ground]] the moment he caught her...[[/note]]
* In ''TheAbyss'', PleaseWakeUp meets ClusterFBomb
-->'''Virgil Brigman''': Goddamnit, you bitch! You never backed away from anything in your life! Now FIGHT!
** Trope to Trope combat. It worked, thanks to a heaping helping of [[WorstAid The Miraculous Bitchslap of Life]].
* In [[Creator/JamesCameron the same director's]] ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Neytiri tries desperately to wake Jake up. [[spoiler:He's not in that body at the time.]] And again at the end, but this time she figures out what's up and what she needs to do to help him.
** A {{Mondegreen}} provides an accidental example: When [[spoiler:Eytukan is killed]], Neytiri says something that sounds very much like, "Wakey, wakey," which [[spoiler:spoils the mood entirely.]]
* The Cameron trifecta comes in ''{{Titanic}}'', where Rose, excited about a lifeboat coming back, tries to wake Jack up...for a full minute...and then breaks down to the point where the boat passed her by...
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', [[spoiler: Zoe]] had a mental snap and refused to believe that [[spoiler: Wash]] was dead, even though it was very clear. This was less about the tragic misunderstanding of death and more about how [[spoiler:Wash was Zoe's emotional anchor]]. [[spoiler:She did revert to her military training by the time she and Mal left the ship, however, and by the end...]]
-->''[[spoiler:She's tore up plenty. But she'll fly true.]]''
* In ''Film/TheAstronautFarmer'', the family's youngest goes to get her grandpa from the living room for dinner. She comes back, saying "Grandpa won't wake up."
* Tony and Gina in the end of ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''. Though Tony's world was crashing down, and he'd just done about a kilo of cocaine.
* Non-verbally done in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', where the [=AT=]-[=STs=] are firing at the Ewoks, and hit a pair dead on...and one of them gets up and starts nudging the other. Considered a {{Narm}} by some viewers, but considering the child-friendly marketing of the Ewoks, also a strong example of WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids.
* Subverted in ''NationalTreasure 2'': in the prologue, after the Lincoln assassination conspirator kills his father, young Thomas Gates kneels by the body and begs him to "come back", but then immediately afterward cries out that it is unfair.
* One of the last scenes in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' has Arnie doing this with [[spoiler: his mother]].
* Parodied in ''ItalianSpiderman'', where Italian Spiderman tries to wake Professor Bernadotti up [[HeroicComedicSociopath by punching him]].
* Parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'' via ''Simple Jack'', the [[StylisticSuck deliberately awful]] OscarBait film-within-a-film.
* When Peg asks ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' what happened to his father, he replies, "He didn't wake up."
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Rick has the "come back!" one-sided conversation with [[spoiler: his wife Evy]]. His son is being clutched by his uncle, but they all seem aware except for Rick. [[spoiler: and thanks to the Book of the Dead, it's only temporary anyway. She gets better]].
* Liz has one of these moments with the red guy himself in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', including citing various reasons for him to wake up. The one that works: [[spoiler:"You're going to be a father..." At that point, he murmurs, "I... become... father?" and forces himself back alive.]] Liz also has a moment in the comics, when [[spoiler: Abe]] dies; it's not an explicit version of this trope, but the way she shakes his body and keeps calling his name, even after other characters have informed her of his death, implies she was still trying to wake him up.
* The final scenes from ''The Champ'', when [[spoiler:Billy Flynn dies of a heart attack with his son T.J. by his side]].
* A prolonged version of this in ''SteelMagnolias'' when M'Lynn Eatonton is trying to rouse Shelby when she's in the hospital after her final diabetic episode. Not long after, [[TearJerker she's taken off life support]].
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': "I'm not dead yet! I think I'm getting better!"
* Genuinely tragic moment in ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' when An Mei's mother commits her carefully timed suicide and An Mei does this. Yi Ding was a terrific actress.
* ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'': "It's all right. It's quite all right, really. She's having a rest. We'll be going on soon. There's no hurry, you see. We have all the time in the world."
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': "Westley's only faking, right?"
* In ''Film/SLCPunk'', Stevo goes downstairs only to find [[spoiler:his best friend, Heroin Bob, dead]]. In a truly heartbreaking scene, he dissolves into a [[InelegantBlubbering sobbing mess]] and screams at [[spoiler:Heroin Bob]].
-->'''Stevo:''' "ONLY POSERS DIE, YOU FUCKING IDIOT! Now what am I gonna do for a friend? You're my only friend! Please wake up now! Please, I'm sorry!"
* Subverted in ''I Remember Mama''. "Are you still asleep? Y'old sleepy cat. Wake up. S'morning..." [[spoiler: And he does]]! It's beautifully set up. ''[[TearJerker Make him live, Mama. Please.]]''
* Occurs in the film ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' when [[spoiler: Junior dies]]. Godzilla tries desperately to wake him up, and, when he realizes he's lost [[spoiler:his son]], he cries.
* Inverted in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', in which the suicide note left by the hero's parents bids him ''not'' to wake up from his coma to face the ZombieApocalypse.
* Occurs in ''Film/TheFall'', when Alexandria tries to wake up Roy, after [[spoiler: he falls asleep, having taken "sleeping pills" that we later find out are placebos]].
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', when [[spoiler: the President's wife, her mother]] dies, [[spoiler: then-8-year-old Mae Whitman's character asks her Dad]] "Is she sleeping now?"
* At the end of ''Film/TheRoom'', Mark attempts to wake up Johnny... after the latter shot himself through the mouth.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDays'' has flashbacks of the main character and her sister trying to wake their mother when they find her collapsed in the living room [[spoiler: subverted, as she was just passed out from alcohol, and just when they're getting worried a sharp slap brings her around. However when she really dies, the girls assume it's the same thing, and suggest "slapping her REAL hard" to their aunt, who's come to tell them.]]
* Although Sam's quote from the top of the page is the most famous example, in the extended edition of ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'', Éomer rushing screaming to Éowyn's side and shaking her has all of the techniques. It's actually quite effective; Éomer is usually TheStoic, seeing him screaming wordlessly in grief is downright shaking.
** It does lead to a fantastic RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the book, since it occurs mid-battle there.
* Averted in ''{{Threads}}''. In [[AfterTheEnd post-nuclear war Britain]], society has degenerated to medieval levels and those born after the war are mentally stunted and [[YouNoTakeCandle barely able to speak English]]. Jane only says "Ruth...work...work...up", and shows little emotion once she realises her mother is dead.
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Max, to [[spoiler:Julio]] after Kruger stabs him through the chest after he shows up to stop their data-jacking.
* ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Episode VI]]: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''; during the Battle of Endor, two Ewoks are shot at by a pursuing Imperial Walker. One gets up with no injury, and then goes to see if his friend is okay...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* John Ajvide Lindqvist's ''Handling The Undead'', where a mother and her father refuse to believe that their zombie son/grandson won't get better if they keep trying, to the point of purchasing books on handling children with autism, because they think that will help.
* ''Tideland'' is a freakish example. The daughter doesn't notice her dad's corpse and assumes he is "farting" when he starts to rot.
* The child Errand, in the final book of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', with his hand on [[spoiler: Durnik]]'s shoulder, shaking him slightly and looking puzzled when he doesn't respond. Errand hadn't learned many words at that point, so it was a silent attempt.
* Literature/TheBible actually has several points where "sleeping" is used as a metaphor for "dead". When Jesus is on the way to the grave of his (recently deceased) friend Lazarus, he tells his disciples that Lazarus is "sleeping" and he is going to "wake him up". (He then raises him from the dead.) He also uses the same metaphor when he raises a young girl from the dead. Also, Paul refers to dead believers as "sleeping in Christ" in one of his letters. There are also several passages of people going to "sleep" with their fathers. This metaphor reflects the Christian belief that death isn't permanent (and also for some, that there is no afterlife, as an afterlife would require consciousness to be aware of it).
** In the case of Jesus' revival of recently dead people, even the Early Church considered the possibility that they might have just been in a deep coma (e.g. the Daughter of Jairus and the Son of the Widow of Nain)--but Lazarus was different as he had been in the tomb for some time.
* The anti-nuclear poem ''Mother the wardrobe is full of infantrymen'' by Roger [=McGough=] ends with "mother don't just lie there, say something please" (said twice).
* Used somewhat disturbingly in the {{Redwall}} books:
** ''The Bellmaker'': Three young woodlanders are found shipwrecked on an island by the heroes. The younger two children mention that the adult who was on the ship with them is also on the island. The oldest kid eventually reveals to the heroes that the hedgehog had died from a head injury quite some time ago, but he left the body in the tent and told the other two that they had to stay out of the tent because the hedgehog needed to sleep.
** This trope also occurs in ''Mattimeo'', the third (in order of publication) novel in the series, which features a scene where a bankvole child vainly tries to rouse his murdered mother.
** Happens again in ''The Legend of Luke'', with the squirrel Chugger and his granny. This actually reduces an otter to tears. Said otter is one of the most [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic Heroes]] in the series, which says something.
* OlderThanDirt: In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', Gilgamesh mourns over his friend Enkidu's body for seven days, dressing the corpse, imploring him to wake up, and refusing to allow a burial until he sees a maggot drop out of Enkidu's nose.
* Appropriately for its mythic style, sleeping is often a metaphor for death in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. As in, "she laid herself to rest on [some hill], and there is her green grave ..." In both novel and film Sam asks Frodo to wake up after Shelob stabs him, but soon gives up and declares him dead. [[spoiler: Of course, he's not.]]
* Harry did this to Ginny in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. Although she turned out to be alive, she was in a kind of magical coma and was thus about as responsive as a corpse anyway.
** He did a variation on this when Sirius died in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Sirius literally fell through the veil separating life and dead, and Harry refused to believe Sirius is dead, instead insisting that he's okay and will step through the veil again.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', a golem attempts to save a dying priest by inserting words in his mouth.
* A harsh variant of this occurs in Creator/KatherinePaterson's novel ''Flip-Flop Girl:''
-->'''Mason:''' ''(to his big sister, Vinnie)'' I'm glad Daddy's dead. He smelled bad.
-->'''Vinnie:''' How dare you say that? How dare you say you're glad your own daddy's dead? You're bad, bad, bad. No wonder Daddy died. Who would want to live with a kid like you?
-->'''Mason:''' ''(later that evening at the funeral home, looking at his father in the coffin)'' Get up, Daddy. Get up.
-->'''Vinnie:''' I thought you were glad, Mason. You said so your very own self. Don't say you didn't.
-->'''Mason:''' ''(pretends not to hear her)'' Get up.
-->'''Vinnie:''' He's dead, Mason. He's dead, and there's nothing you can say to change that.
* Bluepaw (young Bluestar) in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''Bluestar's Prophecy'' does this when [[spoiler:her mother Moonflower is killed by Hawkheart in the attack on the [=WindClan=] camp. The sequence is made even more heartbreaking when Bluepaw must relay the news to her sister Snowpaw.]]
** Done again in ''The Last Hope'', [[spoiler:when Ferncloud is killed. One of the kits wonders what happened, and another one tells them not to worry, that Ferncloud is only asleep and that Dustpelt will wake her up. At this point, Dustpelt is ''begging'' Ferncloud not to leave him.]]
* In ''Cirque du Freak'' by DarrenShan when Darren fakes his own death, at his wake his sister Annie is heard screaming for him to "stop playing around and wake up". He's not actually dead but still...
* In ''Literature/NightWatch'', a Dark mage is killed by a rogue Light KnightTemplar, when he's enjoying dinner with his human family in a restaurant. This serves as a somewhat educative moment, as the sight of the mage's grieving wife and son trying to wake him up (the magic weapon leaves no traces and he indeed looks asleep) convinces the over-zealos rooky Night Watcher Svetlana that killing Dark Others indiscriminately would indeed bring more harm then good to people.
* The children in ''TheBlueLagoon'' (book and film) think their adult friend Paddy is taking a nap at the opposite end of the lagoon and row over to wake him, only to find him with his eyes wide open, bugs already at work, and a tiny crab crawls out of his mouth when they turn him over.
* In ''TheShippingNews'', at the wake for a man who fell off his boat and drowned, one of the main character's two young daughters is standing right next to the drowned man ''when he wakes up''. Turns out the freezing cold water had sent him into a state of shock where his heart rate slowed below detection and when his body finally warmed back up he was pretty much fine (you know, exactly the kind of situation the tradition of a "wake" was originally for).
** The two little girls are then very excited about the prospect of going to wake up their recently passed mother. Their father had told them at the funeral that she was sleeping and wouldn't wake up, but seeing the old man wake up convinces the two of them that she ''could be'' just like him. It has to be explained to them that, no, she is ''not'' sleeping but actually dead (unlike the not-so-drowned man at the wake), their father simply couldn't bring himself to say it aloud at the time.
* JacquelineWilson's novel Literature/DustbinBaby has a young April speaking to the police after her adoptive mother, unbekownst to her, has [[spoiler: killed herself in the bath.]]
-->'''Policewoman:''' I'm afraid Mummy's gone to sleep.
-->'''April:''' You have to keep shaking her and then she wakes up.
-->'''Policewoman:''' I'm afraid Mummy can't wake up now. She's going to stay asleep.
-->'''April:''' But she's in the bathroom! Has she gone to sleep in the bath?
* This was Martha's initial reaction to Mathew's death in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ending of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" had a variation of this trope (in that of course Dean understands death, he just doesn't want his world to come crashing down around him), where Sam is dying in Dean's arms and Dean is in [[TearJerker childlike]] denial;
-->'''Dean:''' "Sam, Sam, Sam. Hey, hey... Come here, come here, let me look at you. Oh, hey look, hey look at me it's not even that bad. It's not even that bad, alright? Sammy, Sam! Hey, listen to me, we are going to patch you up, okay... You'll be as good as new. Huh? I'm going to take care of you. I'm going to take care of you. I gotcha. It's my job, right, watch out for my pain-in-the-ass little brother.... Sam... Sam.... Sam! Sammy! No.. no-n-n-n-n-no. Oh god... Oh god... Sam!"
** Another variation for Sam in "Mystery Spot". He's been stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop where he only wakes up after Dean dies every day. When it's a Wednesday and he believes they've defeated the Trickster, Dean is shot by a mugger (of all the things he could die from) and is dead even before Sam gets there. He says, pitifully, "I'm supposed to wake up" and starts crying but, unfortunately, it's for real this time.
* Heartbreakingly rendered in ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'''s "Loss" between Alex Cabot and Olivia Benson. Benson and Stabler are escorting Cabot, who is under a death threat from some particularly nasty Colombian drug dealers, when said dealers' mooks pull a drive-by shooting. Benson is the first to notice Alex laying mortally wounded on the sidewalk, and tries her best to stop the bleeding, all the while talking frantically in a futile effort to convince herself that Alex is going to survive:
-->'''Benson:''' "Alex? ...Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no. ''Someone call an ambulance! Call 911 now!!'' Alex, it's okay, Alex, look at me, it's okay sweetie, stay with me, stay with me, you're going to be okay, Alex, you're going to be okay, do you hear me? You're going to be fine, you're going to be just fine, stay with me... Alex, it's okay... Alex? Alex...?"\\
It's not okay at all, of course, as the next scene shows Benson's desk, atop which is her badge with a mourning band and a newspaper headline announcing what most of us already guessed. [[spoiler: Then it turns out it IS, in fact, OK, but she has to remain "dead" in order to go into Witness Protection. The scene got worse during the final scene: it's all about Alex and Olivia, and everyone else fades into the background. They just ''look'' at each other for eons, and then Olivia says:]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Benson:''' [[TearJerker "Your funeral is tomorrow."]]]]
* Once again, in ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', when Xena and Gabrielle are caught in a war zone towards the end of Season One, Gabrielle's head injuries send her to the makeshift infirmary in a temple, where she languishes for some time unconscious before going into a seizure that ends all signs of life. Xena's reaction fills this trope perfectly, as she goes into literally violent denial that she could lose her best friend.
-->'''Xena:''' "She is ''not'' dead. I wouldn't let her. Come on, Gabrielle. Wake up. Come on, wake up. Come ''on'', wake up! You're scaring me, wake up! Wake up! Gabrielle, breathe! Come on, breathe! ''Breathe!'' She just needs air. I need to get some air in her lungs!"
** Some time later, after desperately administering ancient Greek CPR while all spectators look on in silent grief, she completely loses it, and, sobbing, pounds on Gabrielle's chest with her fists, screaming, "Don't you leave me! ''Don't'' leave me, ''don't leave me! Wake up! WAKE UP!'' '''WAKE UP!'''" [[spoiler: [[DisneyDeath She does.]] Ensue a shower of grateful tears [[HoYay and kisses]].]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': "Mom? Mom...? ...Mommy?", followed, of course, by frantic shaking and "Mom! Mom! Mom! MOM!" [[MoodWhiplash Thanks a lot, Whedon...]]
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(in tears, childlike)'' "She's cold. Should... should I-I make her warm?"
-->'''911 Operator:''' "...the body's cold?"
-->'''Buffy:''' "No! My ''mom''!"
** "Tara?" And they'd just made up...
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Possibly the only example to replace the sobbing child with a sobbing 900-year-old alien, this was done in "Last of the Time Lords". [[spoiler: The Master lies dying in the Doctor's arms. The Doctor begs him to regenerate; the Master chooses to die instead, accomplishing his final victory by abandoning the Doctor as the last Time Lord in the entire universe. "[[MagnificentBastard I win]]."]]
** [[spoiler:Rory to Amy]] in the 2010 series finale ''The Big Bang'':
--->[[spoiler:'''Rory:''']] "You'd have laughed at that. [[TearJerker Please laugh.]]"
*** {{Subverted|Trope}} when the Doctor zaps in from 1996 and [[spoiler:tells Rory that Amy is OnlyMostlyDead. Still just as heartbreaking.]]
** [[spoiler:Amy to the Doctor]] in "The Impossible Astronaut", after the latter is shot [[spoiler:mid-regeneration]].
** Happened to the Doctor ''again'' with his daughter/OppositeSexClone. She is [[spoiler:seemingly]] shot fatally and he begs her to regenerate while cradling her in his arms, even after its clear that her hearts had stopped [[spoiler:for the time being. TheTag showed her still alive and glowing with regeneration energy, likely because she was still technically in the first 12 hours of a regeneration cycle, hence able to heal a wound she normally wouldn't have]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Conscience of the King". After going mad, Lenore Karidian accidentally kills her father Anton Karidian (AKA Kodos the Executioner) who was shielding Captain Kirk (the one she was trying to murder). She talks to her father's body, saying "The curtain rises. It rises. 'Tis no time to sleep." It's a surprisingly [[TearJerker tear jerking]] scene.
* "[[Creator/MontyPython No no, sir. It's not dead. It's resting! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Beautiful plumage.]]"
** "The plumage don't enter into it. It's bleeding demised."
* The ''PushingDaisies'' pilot has a variation: when Ned's mother dies due to an aneurysm, he touches her and brings her back to life, like he did before with [[CanineCompanion Digby]]. Due to the strange rules of his gift, she dies when giving him a goodnight kiss, and [[TearJerker Ned just sits there poking her corpse, hoping she will be alive again...]]
* ''VampireDiaries'': Bonnie cries "wake up" towards her presumably-dead grandmother. [[spoiler: And later, Anna does the same after her mother Pearl gets staked by [[SmugSnake Johnathan Gilbert]]]].
* Mr. Hooper's death on ''Series/SesameStreet'', when the adults broke the news to Big Bird. The big yellow guy had drawn beautiful pictures of all the humans, and wanted to give Mr. Hooper's drawing to him, and they gently explained that that he had died. It took some doing to make him understand that his friend wasn't coming back.
--> '''Big Bird:''' I'll just give it to him when he gets back.\\
[[TearJerker He's not coming back.]] [[RealLifeWritesThePlot And neither is]] [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the gentleman who played him.]]
* ''FraggleRock'': "Mudwell, what are you doing? This is no time to take a nap, I wanna work things out! Come on, Mudwell, wake up! ... [[TearJerker Mudwell?"]]
* To a lesser extent a video clip shown on ''America's Funniest Home Videos'' showed a deer (or a moose, or something similar) trying to mate with a lawn ornament of a deer, which broke into three pieces under its weight. After regaining it's balance the deer (moose?) started lightly kicking one of the pieces, as if trying to get the 'other deer' to wake up.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'', Benton's ex-girlfriend Carla died in a car accident. Upon reaching the hospital, he tried to break the news to their 4-year old son, telling him via sign language (the boy is deaf) that "Mommy went to sleep forever". Not understanding, the boy kept signing back to him, "Then wake her up", until Benton finally signed (and said) "Mommy died".
* In the Season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', Gary doesn't at first realize that [[spoiler: Anna]] is dead. And then he just keeps saying her name and trying to get her to come with him to safety.
* On ''TheAndyGriffithShow'', Opie goes through this in one episode when he shoots his slingshot at a bird. When he realizes he killed it, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he starts crying and begs for it to get up and fly away.]]
* In the second season of "Series/TrueBlood", Bill flashes back to his first homecoming since being turned--only to find that his toddler son has died of smallpox. The body has been laid out exposed in its coffin, and Bill falls to his knees clutching at the shroud whispering, "Thomas, get up! Your poppa's here. Wake up now...." His blood tears finally reveal his vampirism to his wife---who screams in horror that he's been possessed by the devil....
* Cora to [[DeathByChildbirth Sybil]] on DowntonAbbey. Again, this isn't an innocence thing- more denial.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In ''Peter Alsop and Bill Harley in the Hospital'', the two leads play teenagers (or younger) who both end up in the hospital, and discuss many topics on hospital stays and illnesses from a kid's point of view (through song, at that). One of the final songs is ''While I'm Sleeping (I'm Alive)'', which uses two versions of this trope (Rusty, the dog, was "put to sleep" by the vet, while Grandpa "went away" but never said goodbye) and then includes this bit:
-->Oh, why do grown-ups say asleep, instead of saying dead?
-->Only makes kids nervous when it's time to go to bed....
* Lady D'banville is about a man's lover who dies in bed with him.
-->My lady D'banville\\
Why do you sleep so still\\
Your heart feels like winter\\
Our love shall never die\\
Our love shall never die
* Used briefly in Music/AvrilLavigne's song, Slipped Away (which is dedicated to her grandfather):
-->[[GrowingUpSucks I've had my wake up]]\\
[[PleaseWakeUp Won't you wake up]]\\
I keep asking why.\\
And I can't take it\\
It wasn't fake it\\
It happened you passed by
* A somewhat more disturbing version is used in the song "Psycho" by Teddy Thompson (among other artists), where the narrator relates to his mother various incidents where he's had blackouts and people have ended up dead. By the end of the song...
-->''You think I'm psycho, don't you, Mama?''
-->''Mama? Why don't you get up?''
* Frank Kelly Freas' cover for ''News of the World'' by Music/{{Queen}} is a replica of his cover for Tom Godwin's story "The Gulf Between". Even without knowing the context, it's pretty clear that this trope is being invoked.
* Tom Paxton's song "Jimmy Newman", about a dying soldier:
-->''Get up Jimmy Newman they won't take my word''
-->''I said you sleep hard but they're shaking their heads''
-->''Get up Jimmy Newman and show them you heard''
-->''Jimmy just show them you're sleeping''
* Music/{{Eminem}}'s song "My Fault," about a guy who convinces a girl to try shrooms, and then watches as she overdoses, ends with this:
-->My God, I'm so sorry!
-->I'm so sorry!
-->Susan please wake up!
-->Please!
-->Please wake up!!
-->What are you doing?!
-->You're not dead!!
-->You're NOT dead!
-->I know you're not dead!
-->Wake up...
-->Susan wake up...
* Music/SarahMcLachlan's "Hold On" has this in the chorus:
-->While you're sleeping peacefully, I'll lie awake and pray\\
That you'll be strong tomorrow and we'll see another day.
* Music/BluesTraveler's "Pretty Angry" (written by John Popper about the death of a friend):
-->And I want to shout from my guitar,\\
Come out, come out, wherever you are.\\
The joke is over, open your eyes,\\
A heart like yours it never dies.\\
And I saw your keys behind the chair,\\
I still can see you sitting there.\\
It isn't funny, don't fool around,\\
You let me go, you let me down.
* Babybird's "I didn't want to wake you up"
-->The other night, I saw you lying there,\\
I didn't want to wake you up \\
The next day, I saw you lying there,\\
I didn't want to wake you up \\
The next evening, I saw you lying there \\
You hadn't moved an inch \\
The next day, I saw you lying there, \\
I wish that I could wake you up
* Music/TheOffspring's "End of the Line"
-->Please stay now, you left me here alone ''(It's the end of the line!)''\\
Please stay, I can't make it on my own \\
Make it on my own \\
''(It's the end of the line!)'' \\
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[[folder:Opera]]
* Similarly to ''Theatre/KingLear'', ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' concludes with Rodolfo remarking how peacefully his beloved Mimi is sleeping, and wondering why all his friends are staring at him... then it hits him. "MIMIIIIIIIIIIIIII!"
* Timur in ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'', at Liu's death: "Liu! Liu! Wake up!"
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[[folder:Radio]]
* An American radio PSA from the 2000s against road rage features a mom getting impatient in traffic, a little kid saying "Mommy, Mommy, the light is red!", a car crash sound effect, and the kid saying "Mommy?...Wake up, Mommy!". Somewhat {{Narm}}-inducing due to its poor production value.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Particularly dark example in the opening fiction to the Adamantine Arrow {{Sourcebook}} for ''WesternAnimation/MageTheAwakening'', where an Arrow from the American Civil War describes the time he encountered the corpses of an old man and a young boy. The old man had been shot in the head, while the boy (who the Arrow realised must have been the man's grandchild) had no marks on his body. Upon further inspection, he found that the man's corpse had bread stuffed into its mouth, and the boy's corpse was clutching a bread loaf. The Arrow realised that the boy must have thought that his grandfather was only sleeping, and tried to keep feeding him, until he himself died of exposure.
* In the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' core book, a short piece of fiction is told from the perspective of a young vampire who has recently drained his mortal girlfriend’s blood and fed her of his own vampiric blood, hoping to turn her into another vampire so they can stay together forever. After half an hour without her giving any signs of life, he starts becoming increasingly desperate, wondering if something has gone wrong (it is implied that his blood might not be strong enough to successfully create a new vampire) and starts begging her cooling body to wake up.
* Played for BlackHumor in Warhammer40K, where Beasts of Nurgle are basically big stupid dogs that love to meet new friends and lick them and hug them. Unfortunately, they ooze disease, their saliva is acid, and they weigh several tons. So when they see their new friends holding very, very still, they get sad... but it only lasts until they see more friends farther away.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* One of the most gut-wrenching scenes in English literature comes at the end of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/KingLear'', when Lear comes onstage with the body of his daughter Cordelia in his arms. Lear's recently recovered from a bout of madness due to Cordelia's care, and when she dies, he wavers between howling in grief and insisting that she's just sleeping:
-->A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all!
-->I might have saved her; now she's gone for ever!
-->Cordelia, Cordelia! stay a little. Ha!
-->What is't thou say'st? Her voice was ever soft,
-->Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.
** He dies moments later.
* Inverted in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' in which Juliet actually ''is'' just sleeping under the effects of a potion that's supposed to ''really'' mae her look like she's dead, but Romeo commits suicide out of despair. In some adaptations (such as [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet the Baz Luhrmann film]]), she wakes up ''while he's doing this''. Whoops.
** In the ballet version, Romeo shakes Juliet then picks up her "corpse" and dances with her before laying her back down and taking the poison. When Juliet comes to and finds Romeo dead she shakes him, but comes to the conclusion that he's dead much more quickly.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', the Little Sisters go "Mister Bubbles, please wake up!" when their Big Daddy is killed. This is apparently a side effect of their mental states, since they get over it rather quickly when the player heals them ([[VideoGameCrueltyPotential you ''are'' healing them, right?]]). They also can't tell the difference between the various Big Daddies, since in the sequel, they will treat the player (a Big Daddy himself) as if he were the same Big Daddy he just killed, with a happy "Mr. Bubbles, you're back!!" Some Splicers also say: "Come on, get up. I was only foolin'!" after they shit-kick you.
* ''BaldursGate II'' expansion pack ''Throne of Bhaal'' has this as well. Subvertible however in you can solve this with a resurrection spell, easily accessible when you are this high level thus causing him to wake up.
* Subverted in ''FinalFantasyTactics''. Rafa wants the dead Malak to wake up to watch the sunrise... and that prompts the ''one'' time that [[spoiler: God acts through a Zodiac Stone instead of the Lucavi, resurrecting him]].
** Similarly, in the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Rinoa does this wordlessly after finding Squall's apparently lifeless body in a wasteland beyond time. Her Sorceress powers kick in, bringing them both back to their own time, and possibly bringing him back to life as well (open to interpretation as to whether he was dead, as there is no dialogue).
* Also, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', you meet a Black Mage who's just buried his friend after he 'stopped moving'. "I sure hope he wakes up soon. I'm going to wash him off in the pond'. Semi-subversion in that most of the mages look like adults and don't understand death (or much about the world), while Vivi, the one that looks like a little kid, understands exactly what's going on and only avoids calling it death out of politeness. Some of the mages eventually grasp the concept, but continue to use the term anyway.
* Done with a heartbreaking extent in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' Episode 3, though the Bowdlerized version disturbs this with a good measure of {{Narm}} - someone tries to put blood back into someone who has died. Since the blood is ''removed'' in the English version, this becomes rather silly.
* Celes's reaction to Cid's death in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', assuming you let the old guy die (or killed him deliberately).
* Easily one of the most heartbreaking moments in the Final Fantasy franchise, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. [[CoolOldGuy Galuf]] has just given his absolute all to save the heroes from [[BigBad Exdeath]]. The rest of the group tries absolutely everything they can to bring him back, from cure spells to resurrection magic to elixirs, all the while ''begging'' him to get back up. [[KilledOffForReal He doesn't.]]
* When the main character dies in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', your MissionControl will occasionally exclaim "Oh no, please wake up!". In addition, [[spoiler: when the protagonist dies at the end of the main game, it's played as just being very tired and falling asleep. Only in The Answer from the MissionPackSequel is it confirmed that he did, in fact, die. The other characters also thought he was sleeping, and by the time they realized something was wrong, it was too late, and he was dead.]] Except for [[spoiler: Aigis, who, judging by the tone of her voice, [[TearJerker was fully aware that the protagonist was dying.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/DotHackGU Rebirth'', when Haseo defeats an AIDA infected Pi, Subverted when she does wake up and he blushes.
* Aruruu, the resident BadassAdorable of ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' goes through this after [[spoiler:her grandmother]] dies early on and may have again when [[spoiler:Teoro dies]].
* In ''The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena'', shortly after Jaylor, the resident former crewmember of the Athena, now prisoner and seriously sick guy overall, [[spoiler:randomly shoots]] Silverman, another prisoner and resident WrenchWench, [[spoiler:in the back]], Riddick, of course, then must [[spoiler:kill Jaylor]]. Of course, shortly afterwards, you soon have an obligatory encounter with Lynn, her daughter. [[spoiler:"Is mommy asleep, Mr. Riddick? Is she asleep?!"]] Different in that it's not actually said to the corpse.
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', as [[spoiler:Pey'j]] lies drained of his LifeForce, you have an option of talking to him: "[[spoiler:Pey'j]], say something ..." ([[spoiler:He gets better, eventually]]). After talking to him, if you only press the action button one, Jade will just stand there, waiting for him to answer. As you might have guessed, he won't.
* Louis' despair over Zoey's death in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' has a variety of lines, including one that fits the trope perfectly. "God damn it, Zoey! WAKE UP!". Zoey herself will sometimes react this way to Bill's death.
* In [[Franchise/MetalGear any of the Metal Gear games]], if and when you die, 99% of the time, someone from mission control screams the titular "Snake? Answer me! Snake? [[SayMyName SNAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!]]"
* In the [[MultipleEndings Bad Ending]] of Path A in ''VideoGame/RondoOfSwords'', [[spoiler:Altrius/Serdic]] is tired after a long battle and decides he needs to rest right then and there. This is followed by Marie trying to continue their conversation, calling his name, [[spoiler:"Altrius? ...Altrius?"]] His lack of a response strongly implies that he has kicked the bucket.
* In ''{{Uncharted}} 2: Among Thieves'', Elena is caught in a blast during the finale and spends much of it limping, barely conscious. After killing the BigBad, Nathan Drake carries her the rest of the way out. When they reach the surface, he lays her down on a slab and she is not moving or breathing and appears to be dead. Nate, visibly upset by this possibility, starts attempting to wake her up whilst saying she'll be alright. [[spoiler:Turns out, he was right. She is seen recovered at the end of the game. Good thing too, otherwise that could have been a major TearJerker]].
* In ''Alter Ego'', this is a possible event. The player owns a goldfish during their early stages of their lives, and the goldfish eventually dies. The player, however, doesn't understand why the goldfish won't go after her food or interact with the player. The player can then decide to either hide the fish's body in their drawer or ask their mom about it. Even if they do the latter and Mom explains the concept of death to them, the player still doesn't seem too fazed about death even after flushing the goldfish down the toilet.
* One of Carter's sermons you can listen to in ''[[HarvestMoon Harvest Moon: Friends Of Mineral Town]]'', features this trope, in the form of a little boy deciding to save up his pocket money to buy an alarm clock to 'wake up' his mother, after his father tells him that she's 'sleeping'. Carter then questions whether it was right or wrong of the father to lie to his son.
* One of the many background cries for help in various ''NeverwinterNights'' levels.
* In the canon route of ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', this is Eimi's reaction when the party gets together to mourn [[spoiler:Siskier]]. It's a partial subversion, as Eimi is stated in other routes to have seen a lot of death on her [[WalkingTheEarth journey to find her brother]] and has a full understanding of mortality--she just doesn't seem to want to accept it.
* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', this is Shaun's reaction if Ethan dies at the old warehouse.
* In ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', upon seeing that [[spoiler:Father Sikohlon]] has killed [[spoiler:all his brothers and [[FreakOut gone insane]]]], [[spoiler:Dehl]] says "What happened to [[spoiler:our brothers]]? Why aren't they moving?" Justified in that he ''is'' a [[spoiler:[[WideEyedIdealist Sikohlon]]]], and probably still pretty young by that point.
* Orta in the fourth ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon'' begs her fallen dragon to open its eyes once they have crashed to the ground from their battle with Abadd. [[spoiler:He doesn't. But that doesn't mean he left her alone.]]
* Tali, in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', during her loyalty mission, finds [[spoiler:her father dead, due to the experiments he was conducting on geth]] and keeps saying that he would have some way of faking the dead and there is no way he could have died. It takes a second for it to really sink in that he is dead.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' some recordings of geth history are shown, including one of a quarian resistor trying to protect geth platforms from quarian fighters. The fighters activated an explosive that killed the resistor and damaged the geth. Cue "Creator Megara, what is your status? ...Creator Megara?" Geth, being primarily software, don't die the way organics do. They just lose data.
* ''{{Ib}}'': In some story paths, Garry performs a HeroicSacrifice to save Ib. Examining his corpse always gives the same message: "Garry is sleeping...". Since the player character is ''nine'', the implication here is that [[InnocentInaccurate she's too young to realise the full truth]].
* In the [[spoiler:[[BittersweetEnding 'Save Your Friends']]]] ending of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', [[spoiler:Dennis tries to stab Jason with a machete, but Citra [[TakingTheBullet jumps in front of the knife]]. When Dennis realizes what he's done, he breaks down crying and pleading with Citra's body]].
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* Ian's FreudianExcuse in ''Red All Over''.
* [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/02/12/episode-383-spinal-snap/ This]] episode of ''[[WebComic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'':
-->'''Fighter''': "That's the last mistake you'll ever make, ya stinky pile of bones! Give 'im a dose of ultimate destruction, BM."
-->[[BeatPanel *beat*]]
-->[[BeatPanel *beat*]]
-->'''Fighter:''' "Go on, make with the blasting."
-->[[BeatPanel *beat*]]
-->'''Fighter:''' "Black Mage? Get up and yell at me. Black Mage. '''''Get up'''''. Please..."
* Played with in a very disturbing way by the ''PerryBibleFellowship'' in [[http://cookingschoolnews.com/?cid=PBF152-Scorpy_the_Forest_Friend.gif this strip]].
--> "Only one round, and Rockie's already tired"
* Done in a similar fashion in [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2008/05/im-flying/ this strip]] of AmazingSuperPowers.
* An interesting variation in ''[[WalkyVerse It's Walky!]]'' is that it's a genuine, if sentimental appeal: the person in question ''could'' wake up, and does.
* [[http://www.wtfcomics.com/archive.html?344_335 A variation]] in ''WTFComics''. The father has just taken a [[spoiler:nearly]] fatal blow protecting his child. This [[http://www.wtfcomics.com/archive.html?344_336 triggers]] the kid's UnstoppableRage. [[spoiler:He gets better]].
* Vul'Re to the Mother in [[http://www.catalyst.spiderforest.com/ Catalyst]]: "Wake up. Please, wake up..."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: [[HeroicBSOD PLEASE TELL ME THAT'S]] [[AlienBlood JUST HONEY]].]]
** It's really a shock to see him have this reaction, compared to [[JerkAss how he normally acts.]]
** Gets a tragic callback with [[spoiler: [[HeroicBSOD PLEASE TELL ME THAT'S]] [[AlienBlood JUST GRUB SAUCE]].]]
** [[spoiler: JOHN. [[TearJerker RISE UP.]] Sort of a subversion, in that John did come back from the dead, but WV has no way of knowing that.]]
** In the Squiddles soundtrack...this is played for creepiness in ''The Day The Unicorns Couldn't Play Trailer.'' [After the unicorns disappear] "Mommy? W-where are you, Mommy?...Are you with the unicorns?
** There's also the sentence "Make-believe time is over!", which originates in a ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''/''Film/{{Saw}}'' crossover [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002465 comic]] attributed to Bro.
* In ''SomethingPositive'': [[spoiler: Faye's death. Justified since she died in her sleep and Fred doesn't realize at first that she is dead. It takes him (and the readers) a few panels to realize the sad truth.]]
* ''{{Strays}}''. [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/163.htm A grown man's initial reaction after he killed a woman.]] Then, such is his [[ItsAllAboutMe momumental narcissism]] that the death's thwarting him stuns him.
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* ''TheOnion'' article "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/daddy_put_in_bye_bye_box Daddy Put In Bye Bye Box]]". Written as a newspaper article from the child's point of view.
-->"According to family sources, Daddy, 36, can't play Chutes and Ladders tonight, but he loved Ryan and his little sister, Rebecca, very, very much, and nothing is ever going to change that."
* The WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation review of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum portrays Franchise/{{Batman}} accidentally pouncing on a cat, who is then surrounded by kittens.
-->'''Kitten:''' "Please wake up, Mommy!"
* The old ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' website's archives of Torchwood cases included a series of letters written by a young girl to her grandmother, while she and her father are spending time in a caravan. It quickly becomes clear that she and her father have some sort of radiation poisoning and have been quarantined. [[TearJerker Then her father wouldn't wake up]]. [[FromBadToWorse Then the final letter stops halfway]].
* This is Albert Lions' reaction to finding Augustus "Dougal" [=MacDougal's=] corpse in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''.
-->'''Albert:''' "DUDE! CUT IT OUT NOW! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WAKE! THE HELL! UP!]]"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHgIQYvv9kk Parodied in this video.]] It seems to be played straight at first, but then comes TheStinger.
* From the Wiki/SCPFoundation, an interview with [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1073 SCP-1073]], a sapient colony of microbes (who thus have no experience with individual death):
-->'''SCP-1073-2:''' "Where did Dr. ██████ go?"
-->'''Dr. ███████:''' ''(to himself)'' "Jesus, why did they make me tell it? (to 1073) He, he died. Do you understand what that means?"
-->'''SCP-1073-2:''' "That happens in the stories. It doesn't happen here. He'll be back."
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mUjssn86h4 this video]], a girl is begging her friend to wake up after he is killed in unknown circumstances but it's all in vain.
* Sometimes, if you're the victim of rape or some other form of assault, you'll retreat to a fantasy world where somebody has to remind you to [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Wake_Up WAKE UP]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The series mocked this trope in "Woodland Critter Christmas" when Stan kills a mountain lion. Turns out MonsterIsAMommy, and the adorable cubs come out and utter the familiar line. Don't worry, she comes BackFromTheDead.
** Also in ''South Park'', Cartman tries to revive Kyle in the Imaginationland episode, desperately shouting out to Kyle to live, and going as far to doing CPR on him... so he can make him suck his balls later.
* In one of the stranger ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episodes, the mice are forced to watch scenes like this in an experiment, which gives Brain the idea to make a movie so sad that all the world's leaders will be too depressed to stop him from taking over. One of the scenes is ''Disney/TheLionKing'', but with [[MisplacedWildlife tigers]]: "Papa, wake up. You have to wake up Papa!"
* Played for laughs in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Season 5 finale, "Meet The Quagmires", where Peter flashbacks to when his goldfish died and he fed it as it overfilled the bowl, saying "It's okay, Lieutenant Shinysides, you're just sleeping! You'll eat it later!" and starts crying.
* Played devastatingly straight in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "Mona Leaves-a". Homer's mother returns again, and Homer calls her out on her constant abandonment and goes to bed angry. with some wise words from Marge, he decides to apologize, making his mom a card. He goes downstairs, where she's sitting in a chair:
--> '''Homer:''' ''(sweetly)'' Mom, are you asleep? ''(a little worriedly, then tearfully, looking at her)'' Asleep [[DiesWideShut with your eyes open?]]...[[TearJerker Mom?...MOM?]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Rebirth", Leela is dead and nothing The Professor tries wakes her. Obviously she got better.
-->'''Fry''': '' No! (Gets a baseball bat)'' I refuse to give up! Wake up, Leela! ''(whack)'' I! ''(whack)'' Love! ''(whack)'' You!
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Lex Luthor's KryptoniteRing finally gives him terminal cancer. He goes looking for Dr. Ivo, the only person who might be able to cure him. He ends up meeting Dr. Ivo's final creation, A.M.A.Z.O., who is patiently waiting for the Doctor to "wake up." Lex sees an opportunity and asks A.M.A.Z.O. to steal medical supplies (oh and kill the League while you're at it) or he'll "go to sleep and not wake up, just like the Doctor."
* Hilariously subverted in Creator/ChuckJones' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cugri2hBqxA A Bear For Punishment]]'', when Junyer Bear attempt to give his dear old Dad a shave with a jagged straight razor.
-->'''Junyer:''' Ma? Pa won't talk to me. I nudged him and I nudged him ... he's awfully still.
-->(Dad's hand comes in from off-screen, yanking Junyer into other room. Sounds of Junyer getting the crapola beaten out of him, followed by him poking his head back thru the door.)
-->'''Junyer:''' Pa is all right now!
-->(beating continues)
* [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery MGM cartoon]] ''Lonesome Lenny'' has ScrewySquirrel taken in as a pet for a [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen suspiciously familiar]] dog. Both near the start and at the end, he states with a hint of regret, "[[AndCallHimGeorge Ya know, I had a little friend once...but he don't move no more!]]" Each time, he pulled out the body of that "little friend". The first one was a mouse. The second one was Screwy himself. Fittingly enough, this was actually [[KilledOffForReal the final Screwy Squirrel cartoon]].
* In one of the most (if only) depressing ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episodes, Chuckie is in serious denial over the death of his little bug, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIgBDYeRO0 Melville]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', [[DeathbyNewberyMedal his sister D.W.'s pet parakeet Spanky dies.]] She walks over to the cage and pokes him. "Spanky are you asleep?" She brings him over to her dad and says "Dad, Spanky fell down and he won't wake up", and her dad says "Umm... I think he's dead, honey", and she replies "Dead? When is he going to stop being dead?"
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Played for laugh in the episode, "Tearjerker", a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof. The titular villain (Roger) plans to TakeOverTheWorld by creating the ultimate {{tearjerker}} film about a [[UpToEleven mentally handicapped alcoholic Jewish boy whose puppy dies of cancer during the Holocaust]], aptly titled "[[OscarBait Oscar Gold]]". After he's foiled by Stan, and is escaping he reveals his backup plan for an even sadder film; six hours of a baby chimp trying to revive its dead mother.
* Played for laughs in the Al Brodax-produced ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Ballet De Spinach" where Olive coerces Popeye to be her partner in a dance recital practice. Olive tiptoes to a rose lying on the floor and gently entreats "Wake up, little rosebud...wake up." When she tells Popeye to do it, he stomps over and yells "Hey, bud...wakes up!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': In ''The Demon Within'': [[spoiler: After killing the Mutraddi that turned Ilana into the same type of creature he is, Ilana's heart appears to stop beating. Lance reacts to Octus, having thought killing the Mutraddi would change her back. He shuts his eyes and holds her hand . . . her heart resumes beating and she turns back into a human(oid alien)]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Grimly humorous example from ''Thinning the Herd'' (which is basically a Website/DarwinAwards FollowTheLeader): someone died, and was left there for ''months'' because his sons believed he was just resting. (Insert your own Creator/MontyPython reference here).
* Rachel Nickell was murdered in front of her two-year-old son, Alex; a passerby found him clinging to his mother's blood-soaked body, repeating the words "Wake up, Mummy", with [[InnocentInaccurate a piece of paper stuck to her forehead as a bandage]].
* In her autobiography, ''First They Killed My Father'', Cambodian Loung Ung imagines what happened when her mother and younger sister were executed by the Khmer Rouge. In the scenario she creates, her mother is killed first and her sister (who is "too young to understand what has just happened") is killed while vainly trying to make the mother get up. Of course, there is no way of knowing what actually happened in this case.
* Apparently one of the young children in the Donner Party tried to wake up their mother's half eaten corpse.
* Lakotah warrior and holy man Black Elk said he saw a baby trying to nurse from its dead mother at the Wounded Knee massacre.
* Apparently, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaP7STV1aFs this cat]]. For that matter, cats do this every day to their owners. They start off with sniffing them, then poke them in the face.
* [[http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/shenzhen-son-refuses-to-believe-father-is-dead.html This man from Shenzhen, China, whose father suddenly died.]]
* Female chimpanzees have been observed in the wild, carrying their dead infants as if refusing to accept that they have died. In another instance, an older female died of natural causes, and her young son didn't stop returning to try to wake her up until maggots appeared on her carcass.
* Dolphin mothers often behave similarly if their calf is stillborn or dies soon after birth, pushing it to the surface with their noses so it can breathe and carrying it around until decay sets in.
* Cows do the same thing, if their calf is stillborn or dies soon after birth [[TearJerker they will nudge it and moo gently to it until they finally give up and leave the corpse, never to return to the spot.]]
* Many serial works and social media feeds have suddenly gone silent, leaving their followers to wonder (and sometimes ask) when they are going to release another update, not knowing it's a case of AuthorExistenceFailure.
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