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->''"You wake up locked in a deserted jail cell, completely alone. [[UnreliableNarrator There is nothing at all in your cell, useful or otherwise]]."''
-->--'''''Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}}'''''

->''"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."''
-->--"Knock" (1948), FredricBrown

A specific type of OntologicalMystery (which covers this trope in passing). There is also a sub-genre of gaming, the RoomEscapeGame, that virtually always starts with this trope.

A character wakes up in a setting that's unfamiliar to them. They don't know how they got there, who brought them, or for what reason. Frequently, getting out is not so simple as simply walking out the door.

Sometimes the character, or characters, will have [[LaserGuidedAmnesia no memory of prior events]] whatsoever, although this is not a necessary component. In more extreme examples, the character may not exactly know even [[IdentityAmnesia who they are]].

If the piece begins InMediasRes and the character wakes up in a room, and the '''audience''' has no idea where they are or what has gone before (or the character has only limited knowledge, possibly having been [[WhatDidIDoLastNight drunk the night before]], or something [[TapOnTheHead bad happened to him]], or he's in an alternate reality that [[WorldGoneMad only the audience]] seems to pick up on) that may be sufficient to meet this trope. Compare GoodMorningCrono.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''. Upon their deaths, the main characters are sent to a mysterious room; the room is obviously located in Tokyo, but cannot be accessed unless you are called there by Gantz.
* Happens at least twice to [[TheChewToy Rosa]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. The first time is in the second arc's [[ColdBloodedTorture tea party]]. The second time occurs in the fourth arc, in what is [[MindScrew implied-ish?]] to be a DreamSequence Maria had.
** Happens to [[spoiler:[[TheAllConcealingI somebody]] (actually Battler)]] early on in the sixth arc.
* Kirika in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' woke up one day with no memory of who she was in an empty house that despite having photographs of parents, had no actual parents in sight. She found with her a pocketwatch, school ID with her name on it and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a gun]] and killed a bunch of {{Mooks}} who showed up to harass her. The rest of the series deals with her trying to discover her identity.
* ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'': The four ESP'ers are all suddenly find themselves in service to Dr. Tarsan without knowing who they are/were, or how they got there.
* In aptly named Locked Room arc of ''PsychicDetectiveYakumo'', [[spoiler: when Takaoka-sensei (in the original novels & Ritsu version) / Yuuichi (in the Suzuka version) ''thinks'' he killed Yuri after hitting her a little too hard, he hides her body in the basement. Turns out she wasn't dead after all. Until she died trying to get ''out'' of the room.]]
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Fanfic/RainbowInTheDark starts with the main character, Brownie, waking up in a train going to Ponyville.
* ''FalloutEquestria: Project Horizons'': Chapter 11: [[spoiler: Blackjack after being hauled out of a slaver camp half dead and emotionality worn out from making a Sadistic Choice passes out in a mine-cart... Only to wake up in a room next to a strange stallion named Prist who then explains that she was found unconscious and alone in the rain, a week prior, she has no idea how she got miles away from the slaver camp or what happened to her friends along the way.]]
* The first chapter of ''Fanfic/{{Composure}}'' starts out like this when Princess Celestia wakes up in a hospital bed injured, unable to perform magic, and amnesic. Her last memory is of Princess Luna in her room...
* Along with ''Composure'', the first chapter of ''Fanfic/{{Asylum}}'' starts out this way, with Twilight in a straitjacket, no less.
* Happens to Shadowfax in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/DarkCity''
* ''Film/{{Memento}}''
* ''Film/AScannerDarkly'' (film)
* This is the ''modus operandi'' for the "Jigsaw Killer" in ''Film/{{Saw}}'': nearly every victim wakes up in a room, and the punishemnt for failure (when it's not [[DeathTrap immediate and messy death]], is usually turning it into a SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere.
* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}''... in a hypersleep capsule.
* In ''Film/{{Cube}}'', its sequel ''Film/Cube2Hypercube'', and its prequel ''Film/CubeZero'', all the victims of the cube wake up in a cube-shaped room with no memory of how they got there.
* The teleplay ''Film/TheCube'' (unrelated to the above series) where a man awakes in a solid white room with people coming in and out doing various wacky things, but he cannot get anyone to tell him where he is or why he's there, he's only told that somewhere on the wall is a hidden door made just for him.
* In the 2006 film ''Unknown'', the entire cast wakes up with amnesia and locked in a warehouse.
* Occurs in both ''Film/TheHangover'' and its sequel.
* In ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', Jim wakes up from a coma
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[[folder:Literature]]
* FredricBrown's "Knock" begins:
--> There is a sweet little horror story that is only two sentences long:
--> "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door..."
** Brown then subverts the trope by telling a story that ''ends'' that way, and isn't horrible at all.[[spoiler: The knock signals the arrival of the last ''woman'' on Earth.]]
* Roger Zelazny's ''Nine Princes In Amber'' (which spawned two entire five-novel series) begins this way. The first-person narrator doesn't even know his own name when he wakes up in, well, a hospital room.
* In ''Literature/ASnowballInHell'' by ChristopherBrookmyre, Darren [[AssholeVictim "The Daddy"]] [=McDade=] wakes up in a hotel room he doesn't recognize. Things... don't end well for him.
* ''The Tightrope Men'' was written by SpyFiction writer Desmond Bagley as a deliberate evocation of this trope -- a man wakes up in a hotel room in Norway with a confused memory and a completely different face. Bagley decided to take the most terrifying situation he could think of, and then write a book explaining it. [[spoiler:The protagonist has been abducted, brainwashed and altered through plastic surgery, then put in the place of a kidnapped scientist in order to create a few days confusion so the kidnappers can get away with their prize.]]
* Eri of ''Literature/AfterDark'' wakes up in a bed on the TV side. She has no idea how she got there, and neither does the viewer.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' In 'The Familiar', Jake wakes up in a room, his bedroom, only it's a futuristic bedroom, and he's ten years older, with no idea what happened in between.
* The young adult series that begins with ''TheMazeRunner'' begins essentially this way.
* James P. Hogan's "The Multiplex Man" starts with the protagonist waking up in a hotel room with ID that doesn't match his identity, a suitcase full of guns, and the weird conviction that the familiar face in the mirror SHOULDN'T be familiar.
* "Time & Time Again" by H. Beam Piper - Allan Hartley wakes up in his childhood bedroom from thirty years before... wearing his childhood body. He takes it rather well.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Tezzeret gets this treatment at the beginning of ''Literature/TestOfMetal'' when he finds himself NakedOnArrival in an empty cave with his etherium arm ripped off.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The captives in ''PersonsUnknown'' wake up in hotel rooms with little clue how they got there or why.
* ''TheTwilightZone'' Classic episodes ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stopover_in_a_Quiet_Town Stopover in a Quiet Town]]" and "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Characters_in_Search_of_an_Exit Five Characters In Search Of An Exit]]".
* ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' has "Sole Survivor", where Joe Hardy wakes up in a hospital room with no clue where he is or how he got there, only to find out that he's not only been in a coma for a year, but that his father and brother are dead. Of course, [[spoiler: Frank and Fenton are very much alive, and the whole thing is a MindScrew to get Joe to reveal information on a defection attempt.]]
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The season 4 episode "Cuffed" opened with Beckett and the titular writer handcuffed together in a sealed room, with no memory of how they got there.
* "Legacy", the penultimate episode of the second season of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', features an [=UnSub=] that kidnaps transients, knocks them out and throws them into an abandoned factory, where they wake up and are forced to find their own way out of the factory.
* The surreal 1960s drama series ''ThePrisoner'' begins with this trope: spy Patrick [=McGoohan=] wakes up in The Village with a headache not knowing why he has been transported there from London, nor why he is now only Number Six, and realises how difficult it is to escape.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'' plays with this trope in "Needs", in which the Actives wake up in their sleeping chambers with their original personalities before they were mind-wiped, but with no memory of how they came to be there.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Allegiance" has this, but with a twist. We see Picard wake up in a strange room, while his double walks around on the ship.
* {{The 4400}}: In the fourth season episode "No Exit" Tom Baldwin, Diana Skouris, Meghan Doyle, Marco Pacella, Brady and P.J. wake up to find themselves locked into the NTAC offices in Seattle where they work joined by Tom's son Kyle and oldest nephew Shawn Farrell, Diana's adopted daughter Maia, as well as Jordan Collier and Isabelle Tyler. During the episode they have to fight the building itself as it turns on them, cooperate, find out why they're there and find a way out.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/LindseyStirling's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inb8MMZ-QmA Song of the Caged Bird]]" video features this -- in the beginning, Lindsey gets up off the floor of a small, dirty room with no apparrant knowledge of where she is or how to get out.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* Happens to Shelton and Eddie in ''DarwinsSoldiers'' story ''Nietzsche's Soldiers''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A fairly common way to begin a theatre-style [[{{LARP}} Live Action Role Playing Game]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', where the "room" is a big, spooky mansion.
-->'''Ego:''' How did I get here? I remember...nothing.
* Both ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' games begin this way, although in completely different rooms.
** You actually transverse through old chambers in the beginning of Portal 2, so pretty much you end up in the same room in both games.
* ''SilentHill4: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Room]]''
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory''
* ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood''. Very literally applied, as [[spoiler:Klayman was created only a few minutes prior to the game's beginning and still asleep when the player takes control]].
* ''[[TwelveThirteen 1213]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' is "you are in front of a small white house." with no reason as to how you got there. The explanation for the starting locations for later Infocom games makes a lot more sense. Except perhaps for Beyond Zork.
* ''TheWhiteChamber'' has the main character wake up inside of a coffin on a spacestation with no memory of why she's there or why the space station is completely empty and covered in blood, rust, and limbs.
* [[Creator/ObsidianEntertainment Obsidian/Black Isle]] loves this trope:
** ''PlanescapeTorment'', which begins in a morgue no less.
** The second ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. As a ShoutOut to ''PlanescapeTorment'', one of the first rooms you visit after waking up is a morgue.
** ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Neverwinter Nights II: Mask of the Betrayer]]''
** ''AlphaProtocol''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', also in a morgue in the SNES version.
* ''VideoGame/{{Galerians}}'' opens with the main character StrappedToAnOperatingTable.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' starts with your character waking up in the cabin of a large passenger ship. Of the nine characters involved, however, only one has amnesia and it isn't you. In fact, Junpei only needs a few minutes to get his bearings before the player sees exactly [[HowWeGotHere how he was abducted from his apartment.]]
** The sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', starts out similarly, with the protagonist waking up in what appears to be an elevator with no idea how he got there - and with a total stranger who happens to know his name before he can tell her.
* ''VideoGame/ADarkRoom'', naturally.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In an example without the room, [[TheHero Wil]][[TheChick low]] of ''{{Earthsong}}'' wakes up under a purple willow/wiple tree with no idea whatsoever of what's going on.[[labelnote:*]]She's named after the tree, incidentally, it's not that apropos.[[/labelnote]] This is echoed in a later wake-up, though she quickly remembers and the audience knows.
* ''{{Furrocious}}'' starts with the main character waking up in a a gray room with a large door.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' likes this trope. ''Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}}'' fits the definition perfectly, and ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' begins in a similar manner (three times).
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' begins with the protagonist waking up in an apartment building floating in a white void.
* [[Webcomic/{{Morphe}} morphE]] begins with 8 people waking up inside crates being moved in the back of a truck. No one knows how they got there and when they are released they are [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath pit against one another in combat.]]
* In ''{{Fleep}}'', the "room" is a phone booth encased in concrete.
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[[folder:Web Games]]
* In both ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Online Game]]''s, your character wakes up with no memories -- on a beach in the first, and in their own hut in the second. ''MNOG II'' explains that your temporal memory-loss is due to a storm, but the first game offers no explanation, as it's a direct continuation of the GameBoyAdvance game ''Quest for the Toa'', which ended with a bolt of energy launching you into the sky and sending you slamming into the sand.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''
* Basically the ENTIRE "you wake up in a room and have to get out" flash-based adventure game subgenre is nothing but this trope.
** ''[[http://www.fasco-csc.com/works/crimson/crimson_e.php Crimson Room]]''
** ''[[http://www.fasco-csc.com/works/viridian/index_e.php Viridian Room]]''
** ''[[http://www.fasco-csc.com/works/white/white_e.php White Chamber]]''
** ''VideoGame/MysteryOfTimeAndSpace''
** Any game with the [[http://jayisgames.com/tag/escape "escape" tag]] at Jay Is Games.
** Shmorky from TheFlashTub made a parody called "The Stupid Room" where even the voice actress in it kept snickering at how ridiculous the premise is.
*** [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/flash-tub/tub-adventure.php Tub Adventure]] also began this way.
** Eli Piilonen's ''[[http://jayisgames.com/games/you-find-yourself-in-a-room/ You Find Yourself In A Room]]''
** The first ''Videogame/{{Submachine}}'', and to an extent the second one (even if it begins "I didn't wake up. And I do remember").
* The basic premise of TheFearMythos story ''Ontological''.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvkjP6dqpfY The Dark Room]]'', an interactive Website/YouTube adventure with an [[TakeThatAudience abusive narrator]].
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