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Anime & Manga
- Saito sleeps for three days after his first duel with Guiche in The Familiar of Zero.
- When Kyon resets the universe in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, he awakens in a hospital room, having apparently been sleeping away a bad concussion for days. He finds Haruhi asleep in a sleeping bag next to his bed, having insisted on staying by his side the entire time.
- Athena in Saint Seiya sometimes pulls this, the most notorious instance taking place as she keeps herself in a sort-of sleeping state after being severely wounded in the Sanctuary arc.
- One Piece
- Luffy sleeps for three days after defeating Crocodile. After he's told this, he calculates that he missed 15 meals. This apparently has been happening to him so constantly he learned to eat whilst unconscious in order to not miss those meals again.
- This becomes a common occurrence with Luffy. After a big, tough battle he sleeps for several days. After escaping Impel Down, fighting in Marineford, and holding his brother as he died, Luffy was unconscious for two weeks.
- Zoro, after taking in Luffy's pain, combined with his own injuries against Oz, was asleep for quite a few days.
- Happens to Keroro in the 100th chapter of Sgt. Frog, "The Frog That Lost New Year's", after partying a little too hard on New Year's Eve.
- Happens a few times in Saiyuki after major injuries; the longest would probably be Hakkai after Gojyo shoves his guts back in.
- This happens with a bit of frequency in Ciel The Last Autumn Story, as a result of witches overusing their magic powers. Yvienne, the main character, undergoes it at least three times over the course of the series.
- Kamichu!: Yurie often falls unconscious after overdoing things with her powers; she was once out for days after granting a huge stack of school improvement wishes simultaneously.
- In Bleach Ichigo ends up asleep for a month after losing his powers.
- In Claymore this happens to Clare twice. First time it was two days after a fight against a particularly strong yoma. The second time she was asleep for a whole week after her first fight against Ophelia.
- This happens to Eren in Attack on Titan, in the aftermath of the battle at Trost. The exhaustion of using his Lovecraftian Superpower left him unconscious for several days, and every single time he uses it afterwards he falls unconscious for at least a few hours.
- This is how the Cowboy Bebop episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels" ends: after a pitched battle with an old foe, Spike awakes on the sofa in full-body bandages; Faye, who's been keeping an Unbroken Vigil next to him, informs him that he's been out for three days.
- Alluded to in Shiroi Heya no Futari. After Resine faints during morning assembly, she wakes up in a bed and being watched over by her roommate Simone, who says she's been out for three days. When she panics, Simone laughs and tells her she's really only been out for a minute - she was just teasing Resine.
- In Dragon Ball Z, while recovering from being sick, Goku slept for ten days straight. He was still able to hear what was going on in his dreams, which is how he knew about Cell.
- A humorous example from FoxTrot has Paige perform her ritual of sleeping in on the first day of summer vacation. She wakes up around noon on the third day.
- Spider in Transmetropolitan got knocked out, came to and demanded a machine so he could write a promised column, and was told he'd been out for four days. Yelena goes on to say that she'd written it for him and submitted it, flinching as she expected his wrath. He kisses her on the forehead instead and thanks her.
- Occurs fairly often in Usagi Yojimbo, either due to surviving a grueling journey or encounters with poisons, monsters, and demons.
- In Blessing in Disguise Peter awakes in a hospital bed after five days of being in a coma, and proceed to Freak-Out when he found that he was now a girl.
- In the Chobits Mega Crossover(?) Eternal Flowers, Amber Lee-Young collapses into this trope from magical exhaustion after battling an opposing mage named Kupari.
- Agumon enters one at the end of Transcendence: Digital Curse. One of the first thing he says upon waking?
Agumon: Sooooo hungry.
- Done to the point almost of being a Running Gag in Diaries of a Madman, given how often Nav seems to find himself knocked out for prolonged periods of time.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, Spock is unconscious for three days following his trip through the faulty transporter.
- In Weasley Girl, the four members of Potter's Gang fall into a coma after breathing in an unidentified smoke that was created due to a somewhat ham-fisted attempt on Harry's life. They wake up in the hospital wing three days later.
- In Time Fixers Nicktoons Of The Future, Darry sleeps for three days after using his ghost rage against Dark Dan Phantom
Films — Animation
- In The Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin sleeps for three days after being severely wounded in a fight with the Big Bad. He's distressed to find that this is the case, because it means he might be too late to save the day, and demands large amounts of food so he can get his strength back quickly.
- In the movie version of How to Train Your Dragon Hiccup wakes up several days after the final battle with Toothless watching over him... then is so excited that Hiccup is finally awake that he bounds around the room and lands on Hiccup's stomach. This is funny when a five-kilo cat does it. Toothless... is lucky not to have imploded his ribcage and killed him.
Films — Live-Action
- In Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, Crow jokes that the departure of Cal Meachum prompts Joe to sleep off his depression: "I'm gonna curl up in his sock drawer and sleep for days."
- In In Harm's Way, Admiral Rockwell Torrey is badly wounded in a sea battle and wakes up in a hospital ship next to his love, Maggie Haynes, as head nurse. (Who, somehow, always seems to be assigned to where he is.)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Oliver Wood tells Harry he was knocked out for a week after taking a Bludger to the head during his first Quidditch game.
- Jason after his gunshot wound in Mystery Team; this is merely implied.
- In Batman Begins, we see Batman get gassed by Crane and his men, and he calls Alfred for help before he passes out. When Bruce wakes up, Alfred informs him that he's been out for a couple of days and it's his birthday, and Fox has been working hard during this time synthesizing an antidote for Crane's toxin.
- The hero of Unknown (2011) wakes up at the hospital after a four-day coma stemming from a car accident.
- In the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, the Doctor's heart is torn out. (It's okay, he has another one.) He consequently sleeps for a week, and wakes up still visibly wounded but mostly healed, with his friends by his bedside and "an enormous smile on his face".
- Happens to Frodo twice in The Lord of the Rings: once in Rivendell, and once after being rescued from Mount Doom.
- During his encounter with Quirrell at the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry falls unconscious and wakes up in the hospital wing three days later. As a tool, Rowling uses this to cut straight to the Dénouement.
- In Shatterglass, Tris exhausts her store of magical power (not such a great idea, btw) and as a result sleeps for a week. Literally. This is pretty consistent across both of Tamora Pierce's universes - exhaust your magic, and fall asleep for quite awhile.
- Alanna is konked out for a long while after the river battle in the first Song of the Lioness book. It happens again after she gets the Dominion Jewel in the last book.
- In Trickster's Choice, Kyprioth keeps Aly asleep for five days, then again for three more in Trickster's Queen.
- At the beginning of the book Force 10 from Navarone, Miller tells the bosun of the ship they had just boarded after escaping from Navarone to not wake them until they reached Cairo. The bosun points out that they won't reach Cairo for another two days. Miller replies "I know."
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, Miranda passes out before they reach the North Pole and sleeps for three days. Mab wishes she could have slept one more.
- Occurs a couple of times in Mistborn, when Vin uses pewter to compensate for fatal blood loss.
- In The Hunger Games Katniss sleeps for days after getting stung by tracker jackers.
- Happens to Harry more than once in The Dresden Files, usually after climactic combat sequences in novels like Dead Beat and Changes. This results from Harry becoming an insomniac for the duration of the book as he scrambles to be meet the present dire threat in time. Usually someone such as Murphy or Thomas, keeps an eye on him while he's out.
- Happens to Rachel of The Hollows in one book, Al mentions ah....having to cast a spell on her to ah, clean her up while she's sleeping. Other trope, averted.
- In The Lost Years of Merlin this happens practically Once Per Book. The last book is particularly notable: Merlin passes out while on a very strict deadline, since Fincayra is going to be invaded by Rhita Gawr in just a few days. He wakes up to notice the sun has barely moved and is relieved that he was only out for about an hour...only to discover it was more like twenty-five.
- In Ender's Game Ender basically sleeps through the entire war over possession of himself. He is heavily exhausted and traumatized by his ordeal of exterminating the Buggers.
- In the sixth book of Venus Prime, Forster's crew spends several months in an induced sleep.
- The title character of Orlando: A Biography sleeps for a week straight on two occasions. The first time is after being betrayed by a Russian princess and results in some changes to his personality. The second time, during a revolution in Turkey where he was serving as Ambassador, he wakes up as a woman.
- In the novelization of the film Dick Tracy, the Kid is reluctant to go back to the hovel he shares with his ruthless guardian because he hasn't gotten anything after a day when he should have been stealing, afraid that the guy is going to hit him so hard that, "he'll go to sleep for three days, like that last time."
- It's indicated in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book that Greg's older brother Rodrick once slept from Sunday night until Tuesday morning- he wasn't aware until that night, when he was watching TV and wondered where Monday Night Football was.
- One of the ridiculous number of characters in the Timeline-191 series by Harry Turtledove is a US Army Air Force fighter pilot called John Moss. During the historical analogue to the Battle of Britain he ends up so badly sleep-deprived that when he finally crashes out (aided and abetted by a sleeping pill the airbase's Chief Medical Officer had to con him into taking) he wakes up two straight days later, having slept through an air-raid; not even being carried from his bunk and unceremoniously tossed into a slit-trench while Confederate dive-bombers were shooting the place up was enough to rouse him.
- In the Pit Dragon Chronicles, Jakkin spends too much time outside in the coldest part of night (on a planet where that's deadly). He learns in the hospital that he was out for a week, presumably in part from medicinal drugs.
- In The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Covenant does this repeatedly. He says that life as a leper has given him practice.
- Inverted on The A-Team whenever they drugged BA in order to fly anywhere. They would tell him he's been asleep for two days and they had driven the whole way.
- Star Trek: Enterprise provides an example that is not trauma-induced—Denobulans have an annual six-day hibernation.
- Perfect Strangers. Desperate to recover from the flu so that he can go out on a date, Larry downs all of Balki's cure (a glassful), only for Balki to reveal that he was only supposed to take a teaspoon. Larry promptly passes out. When he wakes up, he declares that he feels terrific and dashes off to get ready, only to notice the Sunday paper on the table. He's shocked to realize that he's been asleep for 24 hours, and even more shocked when Balki reveals that it's Tuesday and he's been asleep for 3 days.
Myths & Religion
- Towards the end of the epic of Gilgamesh, he was challenged to go without sleep for seven days and six nights as the first trial in proving he was worthy of godhood. Instead he ended up sleeping the seven days, with his host's wife baking a loaf of bread and leaving it by his side every day he slept as proof. Gilgamesh was then told that if he couldn't conquer sleep, he had no chance of conquering death.
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness ramps this Up to Eleven, with Laharl planning for a ten-day "nap" and being asleep for two YEARS. He had help, though.
- Portal 2 also takes it Up to Eleven, with Chell apparently being asleep for many years after the events of the first Portal. Well, actually the computer that tells her how long she's been snoozing for glitches out, but we can clearly see that the Test Chambers have become a Crapsack World and some Word of Gabe Newell says that it takes place way after Portal.
- Used in both Knights of the Old Republic games. In the first, the Player Character was injured while fleeing in an Escape Pod which crashed. S/he has been "in and out of consciousness for days" with Carth watching over them and tending to their wounds. The Estrogen Brigade really liked the scene. The second, like everything else in the game, is more sinister. The HK-50 unit poisoned the Exile, killed everyone else, and was waiting for G0-T0 to show up and collect the unconscious Jedi.
- Celes in Final Fantasy VI has been asleep for a whole year taken in care by Cid after Kefka tore the world apart.
- Tifa in Final Fantasy VII has been asleep for a week following the escape from the crater and the impact from the WEAPONs. She and Barret are awaited for execution in Junon.
- In Persona 3, the main character's awakening to their Persona ability puts him/her out for a week.
- He/she also sleeps through an entire weekend after catching an illness during a rainstorm.
- Kingdom Hearts series
- Sora is put into a coma at the end of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and does not wake up until the end of the prologue in Kingdom Hearts II, which is set almost a year later. He also, tragically, ends up asleep for at most a few days at the end of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
- His Nobody, Roxas, spends three weeks in a coma as a result of Sora's own coma in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, and is looked after by Xion. Soon, near the end of the game Xion herself falls into a coma for a few days.
- Of course, the character who spends the longest amount of time in this state is Ventus, who's been comatose for twelve years as of KH3D, though he seems to be slowly waking up, as the post-credit cutscenes imply. He also spends a few days in a coma after having his darkness removed by Master Xehanort to create Vanitas, where he was looked after by Aqua.
- At the end of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Clank is taken away by the Zoni and is revealed to be in a coma in the downloadable sequel, Quest for Booty. He spends two years in it, under the "care" of Dr. Nefarious, who spends all this time trying to hack into his brain to access the Orvus Chamber. He even get a chance to gloat over a sleeping Clank's status.
Dr. Nefarious: Ah, my arch nemesis. *Bangs on Clank's head* NOT SO SMART NOW, ARE YOU!?
- Hero in Dragon Quest V escapes from ten years of slavery to build a temple high above the mountains by using a barrel and drifted to another continent. He wakes up in Heaven's Above Abbey after asleep for five days.
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II opens with protagonist Rean Schwarzer awakening atop a snowy mountain range with his massive robotic combat knight Valimar after having been asleep for a month due to Valimar being badly damaged in the dramatic battle at the end of the original game. The Awakener shares the pain and damage, but Valimar has expended a massive amount of mana energy, all in bringing Rean back to health.
- In Girl Genius, Agatha often gets forced into situations that require her to stay awake and active for long periods of time and she tends to pass out and sleep for days afterwards.
- In Nip and Tuck, the effect of the medicine.
- In another R.H. Junior example, Tales of the Questor, Quentyn gets a couple days' sleep on two occasions after physically traumatic feats of heroism.
- In Rescuing Dara, the titular Dara sleeps for 3 days straight after her kidnapper drugs her with Sleep Seeds.
- in Sinfest, played with here as God nags Jesus to rise from the dead, starting with the observation that he's been out cold for three days.
- Baam from Tower of God was out for 5 days after his 1-on-1 with Hwa Ryun.
- In Dragon Mango, Mango sleeps for two days, recovering.
- In Rescuing Dara, the titular Dara sleeps for 3 days straight after her kidnapper drugs her with Sleep Seeds.
- In Autumn Bay, Ghoul's awakening to magic, which traps him in his own memories, also puts him into a short coma (until Mercy rescues him).
- Parodied on Danny Phantom:
- After her failed attempt to rescue the pixies from Lord Darkar at the beginning of the second season of Winx Club, Aisha was asleep for four days.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender. Aang is truly killed by Azula's lightning bolt before being revived by Katara's magic spirit water and was out so long that his hair had enough time to grow back. He definitely isn't well when he first wakes up, and only Katara's extensive healing lets him recover so quickly.
- In the famous "Wizard" music video from The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy wakes up from his dream and Bugs tells him that he's been asleep for three days.
- Kleine-Levin Syndrome, although in this case the cause isn't stress or injury. Rather, it is a sleep disorder characterized by persistent episodic hypersomnia and cognitive or mood changes.
- Some centenarians, particularly those who make it to 110 and over, tend to sleep for a few days at a time as they get on towards the end.
- It's said that a young Frederick The Great collapsed for at least three days as the corollary to a Break the Cutie process that finished with him being Forcedto Watch the execution of his companion Hans Hermann von Katte.