Wade: Must have been some party, though, right?Someone (usually a guy) wakes up in bed, and the audience assumes he's alone. But then either he moves or the camera pans, and we see there's someone else. Usually, it's implied that hanky-panky has just taken place, and if it hasn't, the guy will either anxiously ask for confirmation, or just assume the worst with hilarious consequences. Sometimes, it's used as a Secret Relationship reveal, for an audience, in universe and or both. A common variation is to have the guy wake up to find a another guy in his bed. In that case, either he's really anxious to ask for confirmation about why he's there, or he's too afraid to ask. Harem Genre loves this to death. If the character is usually The Casanova, and wouldn't be too put out to find any old stranger in his bed, the partner may be an Abhorrent Admirer. With a little bit of tweaking this can also be a Horror Trope - say if the hapless victim rolls over in bed to find the monstrous villain in bed with them. Of course, the sexual connotations to this aren't an accident. See also What Did I Do Last Night?. Contrast with Not Staying for Breakfast.
Sam: You wake up in a strange bed with a strange man, and your first guess is "party"?
Wade: Strange people in a strange bed sounds like a party to me, man!
Sam: You wake up in a strange bed with a strange man, and your first guess is "party"?
Wade: Strange people in a strange bed sounds like a party to me, man!
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Anime and Manga
- Tenchi Muyo!: Back when Ryoko was still the Sealed Evil in a Can from Granpa's Shrine, Tenchi barely escapes her with his life, only to find her in his bed when he gets back home.
- Steel Angel Kurumi does this the first night Kurumi's at Nakahito's house.
- Medabots, the old TV show, has the main character's mother crawl into bed with him. Freaks him right off the futon. Turns out she read it in a magazine article about how to get kids awake in time for school. There's also advice about how to get kids to do chores/help out around the house.
- Used for opposite the usual reason in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The scene opens with Nanoha and Fate apparently alone on their big, fluffy bed with nothing but their nightclothes on. Then, as Nanoha wakes up and sleepily watches Fate, their bed cover twitches, and she opens it to reveal that Vivio was also asleep between them.
- Happens to Asuna in Mahou Sensei Negima! whenever Negi sleepwalks into her bed thinking she's his big sister Nekane.
- Chobits: Hideki wakes up, complaining about the sun. He rolls over and sees Chii face to face. Hilarity Ensues.
- Highschool of the Dead: The "Drifters of the Dead" OVA has the gang end upon a deserted island, where they accidentally breathe in the fumes from hallucinogenic plants. Each thinks they're spending the night with the object of their pent-up UST, but when the effects wear off the next morning, Saya sees she's lying stark naked on top of Shizuka, who's also naked. It's never said how far things went, or whether anything happened at all, but they agree to pretend it didn't, regardless.
- Maken-ki's 13th episode reveals Haruko has an unexplained habit of ending up in other girls' beds and groping them in her sleep. But Takaki says Haruko went further than that with her, as the accompanying flashback shows Takaki waking up to find Haruko asleep in her bed - seen nude from the shoulders upnote .
- In Fruits Basket Kyo wakes up and sees that Ayame, who Yuki has kicked out, has snuck into bed with him. Cue The Scream.
- Happened later on in Revolutionary Girl Utena, only the reveal was really more for the audience, and it was very much not played for laughs. The 14 year old Utena has just been seduced by Akio, who is the principal of her school, her best friend's brother, and very possibly The Devil.
- In Love Hina, Naru discovers Keitaro in bed with Mutsumi. Cue Unstoppable Rage. Later on, after Naru sends him flying, it is revealed that Mutsumi is a sleepwalker and fell through a hole in the floor, landing right next to Keitaro.
- The explanation for her words, "Keitaro, you were really rough last night. It hurt." and "I did it" are explained by having hit her head when falling onto Keitaro and completing the entire test-preparation book, respectively.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Meer sneaks into Athrun's bed mistakenly believing that his fiance Lacus used to do that. (She didn't, and in fact they're not engaged anymore, but no one bothered to tell her). Athrun wakes up and finds her sleeping next to him in a see-through teddy. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Hazumu wakes up to find Jan-puu curled up against her.
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu has one episode where the sick Sousuke has a nightmare and wakes up. He's relieved... then his right hand wanders onto Tessa's breast who snuck into his bed while he slept. Still asleep, she reacts with "No, Mr. Sagara... we shouldn't. Please..." Cue to Sousuke freaking out so loud Kaname wakes up too and comes to see what's going on. The ensuing Not What It Looks Like is averted, however, because Kaname is smart enough to know that Sousuke is a Chaste Hero and Tessa has a Subordinate Excuse; she subsequently hauls Tessa off without any grief towards Sousuke.
- In Fairy Tail this has happened at least once when Lucy has gone to bed, or woken up, only to find Natsu and Happy sleeping peacefully. They never seem to understand her shock.
- In Shugo Chara!, Amu once went to her bed to see Ikuto already in it. To be precise, she shut off the lights, crawled into bed...then opened her eyes to find her face to face with Ikuto.
- The epilogue of Girls Bravo starts with a shot of Yukinari The Hero who is allergic to women in bed with the Big Bad Yukina who is allergic to men. Turns out she's not allergic to him and likes being able to feel a man without breaking out in a rash.
- Germany of Axis Powers Hetalia often wakes up to find Italy in his bed. Naked.
- Happens to Rito in To Love-Ru with multiple characters, most notably Lala.
- The sequel To Love Ru: Darkness has Lala's younger sister Momo clinging to him half-naked so often it might as well be part of his morning routine. In one case the third sister, Nana, sneaks down to Rito's room because she needs a hug. In the manga she finds Momo hiding under the covers, in the anime she finds both her sisters asleep on either side of Rito.
- Happens at the end of volume 2 of Moyashimon, where Hazuki wakes up next to Aoi after a night of drunken revelry.
- Used dramatically rather than comically in GUN×SWORD. Celibate Hero Van is shown waking up after a battle, apparently alone. Then it's revealed that he is sleeping beside his main traveling companion, Wendy. It's a subversion of the trope, in that the two are actually in separate twin beds, but since the beds have been pushed together, it looks as if they are sharing a bed.
- In episode 9 of Infinite Stratos, Ichika wakes up to see someone in bed with him... turns out to be Laura, who happens to be completely naked. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Fate/stay night, Shirou awakens after the battle with Berserker to a lecture from Saber. However, they are both interrupted by a muffled, "Keep it down!" Shiro lifts his futon's covers to discover Illya not only sharing his bed, but clinging to him very tightly. Rin is not amused when she hears about it.
- Early on in Bleach, Ichigo wakes up after getting knocked out by Byakuya in Urahara's shop....with Tessai laying directly on top of him with his face a couple inches away.
- Later, Riruka wakes up after having her shoulder injury bandaged to find Orihime next to her. Note that they're in separate cots.
- In Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai!, Sora has a habit of moving close to Yuuta even when she's fallen asleep, so it's a case of both of them getting a surprise when they wake up. The way she moves while clinging to Yuuta makes you wonder what kind of dreams the girl is having...
- Sorata finds Misaki sleeping in his bed in the first episode of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou.
- Happens a few times in Kyo Kara Maoh! since Wolfram likes sneaking into Yuri's bed. A couple times being completely naked.
- Happens to Manabe and Hiyori in episode 7 of Kotoura-san, after the psychotrophic effects of Hiyori's bad, bad cooking. They slept together naked with Haruka on the same futon, with Manabe in the middle. Both thought thought they had Three-Way Sex and had a Heel Realization. Both were not true, but Haruka lectured them nonetheless, and gave Hiyori an Eye Scream in the process.
- The very first episode of High School Dx D ends this way with Issei waking up thinking the events of the previous night were just a dream. Then he notices he's naked. And that Rias is curled up under the blankets next to him equally naked before she awakens and is completely nonchalant about the entire situation. Hilarity Ensues the opening of the next episode.
- And it happens again in the first episode of the second season, almost in the same way.
- In Shakugan no Shana, Yuji wakes up to find Shana in her underwear in his bed. When Shana wakes up, she gets pissed, and Alastor has to remind her that she got into his bed.
- In A Certain Magical Index:
- Touma wakes up to find Agnese in her underwear sleeping on his chest. She doesn't wake up, but he still gets bitten by a furious Index.
- Later, Touma wakes up in his bathtub to find Birdway and Lessar next to him. Not only does he get bitten by a furious Index, but he finds that the two made a massive hole in his wall to get in.
- Happens in DNA˛, when Junta finds Karin sleeping in a futon located near his bed, only in her undies plus one of his shirts. Subverted because nothing happened (and considering Junta being literally allergic to girls, it could not have taken place anyway): Junta's mother Chiyo found Karin unconscious, took her into the Momonari household, and replaced her clothes with the shirt to get them cleaned up.
- In Rising X Rydeen Takara wakes up one morning to his hand on Aria's breasts. She went to his house to help him move to her organization's headquarters and decided to crawl in his bed.
- A Running Gag on Campione! has Godou finding Erica in his bed, usually naked, much to his embarrassment and chagrin.
- Kougyoku from Magi – Labyrinth of Magic wakes after a banquet to find herself in bed with a stark naked Sinbad, and assumes the worst. As a princess, the issue is complicated by the fact that she believes her honour can only be regained through either both their deaths, or marriage, and Sinbad's reputation as a drunken womaniser means that no one believes him when he denies taking advantage of her. The situation is eventually resolved peacefully.
- Interestingly, in the manga Sinbad's hand is resting on Kougyoku's thigh when she wakes up, but the anime removed this detail, apparently finding it too suggestive.
- In the second chapter of Today's Cerberus, Chiaki wakes up to Cerberus in her human form, as #1 Kuro, clinging to him in his bed. The conversation at breakfast tells us that she has been doing that for a week since she has been living with him.
- If Her Flag Breaks: In episode 3, Souta is awakened by Akane on top of him. A few moments later, Megumu is also found sleeping next to him.
- Episode 9 of How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend's anime adaptation has Tomoya wake up to Utaha lying next to him in his bed. She was called over by another cast member after having witnessed a tense scene earlier.
- Daily Life with Monster Girl. Kimihito wakes up to find that Cute Monster Girl Miia is in bed with him, her being Snake People and thus needing a warm body to warm herself up. Unfortunately that also means her instinctive reaction to someone trying to wriggle free is to grasp him tightly in her coils. At first this only means a Funbag Airbag, but Kimihito quickly faces the prospect of being crushed to death.
- Gintama does it twice to Gintoki. First with (only) Sa-chan who fell through his roof and landed next to him, but convinces him that they are together now and must go on a ninja mission. Second with Otose, although it's part of an elaborate prank by the women in his life to convince him to stop drinking.
- In Brave10, even though she's a priestess who has to remain chaste, Isanami likes to sneak into Saizou's bed without warning.
- Happens to Kaguya in Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai when she finds Shirogane in bed with her. Of course, this is only a surprise for her. The audience and Shirogane already knew that she had dragged him into her bed while she was delerious with a fever and he had instantly fallen asleep due to his chronic sleep deprrivation.
- Doonesbury: During a Gulf War-era R&R cruise, B.D. is awakened by an enthusiastic buddy who says he won big during the night. He asks B.D. (quoting from memory), "How about you, how did you do?" And a voice in the bed next to B.D. answers "Pretty good".
- Happens to Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan, complete with the common plan to chew off his own arm to escape without waking his surprise bedmate. She rolls over, flings an arm over him, and he adds chewing her arm off to the escape plan. Then the cat walks in...
- In a later issue he scares the hell out of Channon by lying down next to her and waiting for her to wake up.
- There was an old Little Nemo strip where Nemo wakes up, thinking his dream has ended, and to his surprise sees Flip in bed next to him, meaning he's still dreaming.
- Little Ego has a similar scene where Ego wakes up, only to discover that the woman from the harem she had be dreaming about is in bed with her. Her partner sleepily tells Ego to come back to bed, cuing her real wake up.
- Happens in Scott Pilgrim Volume 4, when Scott wakes up on a couch in Lisa's sister's apartment with no recollection of the previous night. He's relieved when she reveals they just talked and ate pizza, despite Lisa's love for Scott, Scott's problems with Ramona, and their Unresolved Sexual Tension.
- In a Smurfs one-page comic gag, a Smurf takes a walk outside when he can't get any sleep, only for the clouds to obscure the light of the moon so that he couldn't see his way, so he ended up going back to what he thinks is his own house and goes to sleep. In the morning, he wakes up and finds out he is sleeping in Papa Smurf's bed.
- Dr. Seuss drew a 1930s magazine cover showing a drunken playboy-type waking up in astonishment with a huge, smiling, striped, multicolored gorilla-thing.
- Done in issue 32 of the Adventure Time comic, with Finn waking up next to Flame Princess after an attack by a memory-eating monster causes him to undergo a Time Skip.
- The Wicked + The Divine issue #18 ends on a shocking one of these. On the final page. So we have to wait for the next issue to get any context or explanation.
- Done in issue 601 of the The Amazing Spider Man, which begins with Peter Parker on his bed after the wedding of his aunt, barely remembering what happened at her wedding due to getting drunk, then he discovers his roommate Michele Gonzales on his bed, leaving Peter confused, while Michele is angry that he didn't remembered they had sex.
- In "Connections, Part 1" of the Star Trek (IDW) comics, a strange anomaly causes the Original Series timeline and the rebooted film timelines to converge. This leads to Original Series Uhura discovering Reboot Spock asleep in her bed...while both are similarly undressed. They're both clearly surprised as Spock and Uhura are in a relationship in the rebooted films but not in the original series.
- Happens to Kyon in Kyon: Big Damn Hero when he wakes up one day to find Kanae sleeping at his side. Turns out that after she learned to teleport, she teleported herself to his bed in her sleep.
- Later, he finds both Kanae and Yuki. And now they decided to cycle through all of the girls...
- In the WWE fanfic, Worst Nightmare, Molly Holly wakes to find herself in the same bed with Road Dogg. Fortunately, it turns out It Was All A Dream.
- In the NCIS fanfic Backfired, Gibbs and McGee wake up hung over and naked in a bed in a cabin in the middle of nowhere with no memory of the previous night. On the nightstand is a grainy photograph of them having sex. Turns out, it was staged in the setup of a blackmail attempt (which ultimately fails).
- In the The Best Night Ever, Prince Blueblood waking up next to Rarity signals that the "Groundhog Day" Loop he was going through is finally over.
- It occurs several times in Diaries of a Madman. The protagonist, Navarone, is usually not happy with who he finds.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis II, Kirk wakes up one morning to find kid!Spock in his bed. Unlike most cases, there are no hints of sexuality. Spock confesses that the temperature was too cold for him.
- In Toyhammer, Michael wakes up the morning after an intense battle to find Emma snuggling next to him. This worries Michael greatly because Emma is eleven years old at best.To say nothing of being the present-day incarnation of The God-Emperor of Man.
- Twice in the RWBY fic The Trio Of Festivals, since it revolves around three nights of festivals that involve getting completely wasted:
- Neptune wakes up naked in bed and finds Weiss sleeping next to him... and Yang is on the other side. He carefully slips out of bed, gets dressed... and then runs screaming for his friend Sun, which wakes up the girls. While Weiss is freaking out, Yang is completely unconcerned, and even notes that Weiss and Neptune were adorable, and they should really pursue that.
- The next day, Sun wakes up naked in bed to find Blake sleeping next to him. Just as she wakes up and they start cuddling again, they realize Yang is on the other side of the bed. Even better, Blake's casually annoyed reaction implies this isn't the first time she's woken up to find Yang naked in her bed.
- The Legend of Total Drama Island plays the reveal for laughs, with Duncan as the butt of the joke. His "bedmate" is actually a standee of Izzy's (presumably) imaginary friend, whom Izzy claims is hot for Duncannote . Duncan reacts as strongly as he does because standees of attractive women are his phobia object.
- The Infinite Loops: Non-sexual example from the MLP Loops, where Twilight isn't usually that surprised when she Awakens and finds a small filly cuddled up to her. But when it's somepony other than her adoptive daughter Nyx, her reactions vary and can include general amusement or thoughts on how cute they are.
- Shinji and Asuka both have a moment of this immediately after their Relationship Upgrade in Advice and Trust, though they were more surprised that it wasn't All Just a Dream (a really, really nice dream) than who the other person in the bed was.
- Children of an Elder God: In chapter 15, Asuka wakes up, looks around, realizes that Touji is sleeping on her bed and screams. Her screams wake Touji up, he sees Asuka and starting yelling, too.
Someone snored very close to her, so she rolled over and said, "Quit sno..." Having opened her eyes, she could see who it was. Touji was naked next to her except for his blue boxer shorts and white socks, which needed to be washed. "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING IN BED WITH ME?"
"Mmm, Misa..." Touji mumbled, then snapped the rest of the way awake. "AAAA!!!!! WHAT IN HELL ARE YOU DOING IN MY BED?"
"I'm not in YOUR bed! You're in mine! How the hell did you get into my apartment?" Asuka shouted.
"You're smoking crack! I wouldn't try to crawl into your bed if you were the last woman on Earth!"
- In chapter 24 of A Crown of Stars: Shinji wakes up, realizes that he's sleeping beside Asuka and he's actually hugging her tightly and decides that it HAS to be a dream. So, when she opens her eyes he kisses her, gets out of the bed and leaves their bedroom. Meanwhile Asuka kept staring at the door, wondering why Shinji was lying next to her, why he had kissed her and since when he was so smooth.
Shinji woke up, opened his eyes, and was then absolutely certain that he hadn’t done either. He could not possibly have woken up, for several reasons. Number one, that he was still alive. Number two, this was exactly like other dreams he’d had in the past, so it must be one. Number three, it had to be a dream, since the likelihood of him actually being awake, alive, and having Asuka not just in his arms but also smiling in her sleep must have been astronomical. That he was in fact holding her tightly against him and looking at the impossibly beautiful smile on her sleeping face from a few inches away, pre-dawn light giving her a surreal pale glow, was so unlikely that he must still be asleep. Q.E.D.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: In chapter 10, Shinji wakes up in the middle of the night and realizes Asuka is lying next to him on his bed.
- The Child of Love: The morning after the Obon festival, Asuka wakes up and sees Shinji sleeping in her bed. Initially she thinks that she’s sleeping, but when Shinji mutters something, she realizes that he’s really sleeping in her bed, and screams.
- The One I Love Is: The night after defeating Leliel, Shinji woke up and found Asuka sleeping on his bed. He panicked right away, but Asuka told him shut up and go back to sleep.
- Another Hatchling, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Metroid crossover: The fic ends with Twilight Sparkle and Samus Aran waking up in bed together. Spike's only response to finding both of his mothers like that is "Well, that escalated quickly."
Films — Animated
- Occurs in Paprika immediately after the first dream sequence, where it is revealed that Konakawa was sharing the bed with Paprika, who had also been in the dream.
Films — Live-Action
- In the John Carpenter film They Live, the last shot in the movie has a rare awake (and during sex) version. The twist? The bedmate is an alien and the woman didn't know until right now due to mind control. This scene is both gross and hilarious. It's the slick voice coming out of the lifeless prop head that makes it funny. Every time.
- In The Grudge 2, Miyuki starts berating her boyfriend for tickling her feet under the blankets. It was not the boyfriend.
- In Ju On, Hitomi is hiding under her covers when she feels a tug, and looks to see what it is... It's Kayako's ghost.
- Ray: Ray Charles (played by Jamie Foxx) is sitting in bed, preparing a heroin fix. Someone knocks at the door, saying his wife is on the phone. A woman sits up from behind him and asks, "Is this the wife?"
- At the end of Groundhog Day, Bill Murray wakes up to the same Godawful Sonny and Cher song as always, then Andie MacDowell reaches over him to shut off the clock radio, demonstrating that tomorrow has finally come.
- Kitty in Chicago comes home and is in her vanity. Her boyfriend is asleep alone in bed amongst rumpled sheets. Then in the mirror she sees not one, but two women stretching to snuggle up with him. Violence ensues.
- Done in Airplane! with the wife of one of the characters receiving a phone call about her husband. She turns to her lover to tell him that she needs to go, there's juice in the fridge and he can let himself out the back door. He is a horse.
- The basic outline of this gag was actually stolen from Duck Soup, a movie made 47 years earlier.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). After an Outrun the Fireball moment, Hot Scoop Polly Perkins wakes up naked in a bed next to the (also) naked hero (Joe Sullivan). An embarrassed Polly tells him to turn around, which a grinning Joe does, only to find he's also in bed with their equally naked male guide.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Eddie unfolds his bed and lies down to take a nap, only to find that Roger is already sleeping in it. They both jump out screaming.
- The Four Musketeers has D'Artagnan (Michael York) waking up in bed with Milady. And then he spots something she doesn't want him to see and she comes after him with a glass dagger filled with acid.
- In Shanghai Noon Chon Wang wakes up in a tent with a splitting headache after partying with the Indians all night until he passed out. As he pulls the blanket off him he finds an arm draped across his body and gives a resigned sigh. As he leaves the tent, the Indians waiting outside give him a mighty cheer.
- The male/male trope was used seriously in the film Mongol, when after the drunken party, they show the sleeping Jamukha, and Temujin rises from the covers of the blanket on the other side, and joins his wife a short distance away. The reason they were sleeping under one blanket was to symbolize their blood brother status to their troops, as real brothers would share a blanket for warmth (especially since Mongolia's freezing). Still a bit odd to seen used in that context in a modern movie though.
- In The Godfather, Jack Woltz has just refused an offer by Tom Hagen on behalf of Don Vito Corleone to cast Johnny Fontane, who Woltz wants run out of the business, in his new movie. When Woltz wakes up the following morning, he finds himself and his undersheets covered in blood, rips the sheets back and discovers that someone's placed the head of his prize horse Khartoum in bed with him!
- A different use of this trope is seen in Star Trek (2009). A young Jim Kirk is in bed with a woman whom we naturally assume to be Uhura. The lights come on, and it turns out to be Uhura's roommate, a Green-Skinned Space Babe.
- Prince of Darkness (1987) uses this to grisly effect.
- Though not grisly enough to keep the internet from picking it up, replacing the bedmate with anything from Lex Luthor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, King Leonidas, the Burger King and even a copy of L Ron Hubbard's Dianetics.
- A variant in Sixteen Candles had characters waking up in a convertible rather than a bed, but asking the usual questions about what happened.
- American Pie: Jim wakes up next to an inflatable dinosaur, showing that Michelle didn't stay for breakfast.
Jim: "Oh my god, she used me... I was used! Cool!"
- In My Little Chickadee, W.C. Fields thinks he's getting into bed with Mae West, who has snuck off and left a goat in her place. His reaction: "Godfrey Daniel! BEELZEBUB!!!"
- In the 1983 To Be or Not to Be, Bronski returns exhausted from dealing with the Nazi censors, gets in bed and curls up with whom he assumes is his wife:
Bronski: You need jewels. You need furs. You need boots. And you need a shave. [beat] You need a shave??
- The acerbic Ellie (Janeane Garofalo) wakes up hungover next to a bedmade in 1999's 100 Cigarettes who turns out to be, of all people, Elvis Costello.
- In The Whole Ten Yards, Oz wakes up to find himself in a motel room in the same bed with Jimmy, who is revealed to be naked. Hilarity ensues when Oz notices his butt hurts and Jimmy tells him fell down the stairs - but Oz goes outside and can't find any stairs anywhere!
- There's a bit in a later John Wayne movie, Rio Lobo, where he wakes, after sleeping under the stars, to find the attractive young woman of their party snuggled up to him, and his arm draped over her. His startled, "Hey! What's she doing here?" is quite funny. So is his irritation that she cuddled up to him because she thought it'd be safer than with either of the young studs in their group. Occasionally during the rest of the film he sarcastically describes himself as "comfortable," because that's how she had put it.
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay has Harold waking up from a nightmare, then lying back down in bed, only to see a hideous Cyclops creature next to him.
- 48 Hrs.: During the beginning of the film after the opening credits end, we see a close up of a sleepy Jack Cates lying on his pillow. Then the camera pans back revealing Elane Marshall who is wearing Jack's blue shirt.
- The Rebound subverts this- when Aram Finklestein wakes up a hungover Sandy, she immediately assumes they slept together. They hadn't yet.
- The first story in the Japanese horror film Kwaidan, "Black Hair." The samurai returns home to the innocent wife he abandoned, and they spend the night together. The next morning, he wakes up to find that he has been sleeping with a corpse in a state of very advanced decay.
- Ernest Scared Stupid uses the horror variation, when a little girl checking for monsters under her bad finds a hideous troll in bed next to her when she finishes.
- In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harry is catching up with his childhood crush Harmony at a party. We then immediately cut to the next morning with Harry finding himself in bed with one of Harmony's seemingly clingy friends.
- A rather creepy version is done in The Glass House. Ruby is kept in a drug-induced sleep after she starts to catch on to her evil guardians' plot. While this is going on, her foster mother ODs on pain medication, out of guilt over what she's doing to Ruby. Cue Ruby finally waking up, to find her foster mother lying next to her in the bed, stone dead.
- Snow Dogs: After an intimate night in the woods with Barb, we cut to Ted in bed the next morning. He asks "So, how did you sleep?" and we pan over to see him sharing the bed with Nana the dog.
- In the German movie Lammbock the male lead jumps in bed with the wrong girl only to realize his mistake the next morning.
- Murder by Death. After Milo Perrier gets into bed, he looks across and sees his male chauffeur Marcel Cassette in bed with him.
- Milo: What are you doing in my bed?Marcel: There's no place to sleep!
- Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen: This appears to happen between Amy/KroryuPink and Kamen Rider Fourze◊.
- Played for horror in Videodrome. When Max wakes up in his bed late in the film after an extended Videodrome hallucination, he finds someone laying next to him. When he removes the sheets it turns out to be the corpse of an associate of his, tied up and tortured to death. He calls up a friend to come over and look, but it turns out he was again hallucinating and his bed is empty.
- In 12/12/12, Veronica thinks that her husband is waking her up with oral sex. It's revealed to be her newborn son, Sebastian.
- One of the few tropes Neil Gaiman has ever played straight. In Anansi Boys, Fat Charlie wakes up after his father's wake with a serious hangover and a nude woman he has no memory of meeting. Turns out she just helped him home.
- Invoked oddly in William Gibson's Mona Lisa Overdrive. One of the protagonists has memory issues (due to complicated backstory), and when he wakes up in bed with a girl, his lack of memory is not due to alcohol or drugs. (She's just there to get warm.)
- Robert A. Heinlein:
- To Sail Beyond the Sunset opens with protagonist Maureen waking up in bed with a cat she knows (Pixel, familiar to readers of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls) and a dead man she doesn't know.
- On the subject of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Richard goes to sleep with Gretchen on one side and Xia on the other, then wakes up to find himself in bed with Pixel (licking him enthusiastically), Minerva (whom he kisses enthusiastically), and Galahad (whom, after a pause, he also kisses enthusiastically).
- The first book of The Helmsman Saga has the protagonist wake up in the morning and find his lover next to him. As a variation, she woke him up when climbing in and they had quite a night together - it's just that, upon waking up, he believes it was All Just a Dream until he actually finds her there.
- In the Novel Within a Novel Peter Flowerbuck, this occurs between a man and a young prostitute he had intended to set free.
- Toyed with in the Robert Ludlum novel The Arctic Event. Randi Russell wakes up naked in a sleeping bag with not only Jon Smith, but also Valentina Metrace. Despite her understandable surprise, there was no hanky-panky. They were trying to keep her from dying of hypothermia after she was out in Arctic blizzard conditions without protective clothing. Doesn't stop someone making a joke, though.
Val: It's alright, darling. Nobody waits until marriage anymore.
- Delayed in Ciaphas Cain: Cain needs to talk with the schola's bursar, a self-important Obstructive Bureaucrat... or so he seems. Cain discovers a lot of it is an act, since it's expected of the position (much like Cain pretends to be a HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), and also figures out there's someone else who was over for the night waiting for him to go away so she can leave undetected. He hides to see who it is, expecting a servant... and is flabbergasted to see it's a Sisters of Battle Veteran Instructor.
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Parallel Universe", Lister gets massively drunk and wakes up to find that he has had sex with his alternate universe counterpart, who is female. This results in a male-female inversion of the typical waking response. Thanks to the physical laws of this universe, he ends up pregnant.
- This happens to Felix on The Odd Couple. It's a long scene with no dialogue that begins with Felix coming home late from work, gargling, putting his PJ's and a sleep mask on and climbing into bed. While on his back a sleeping woman suddenly rolls over and throws her arm around him, while still asleep. He picks up her arm, takes off his mask, sits up, gets out of bed, looks down at her (still asleep) and delivers the only line in the scene: "It's not my birthday...".
- Creepily done in Carnivŕle with Sophie waking up and the camera panning behind her to reveal her catatonic mother lying in the bed with her... after she had burned to death in a fire.
- In the final season of Slings and Arrows, Richard wakes up, turns to one side, and sees that he's in bed with an actress from the musical he's producing. Next episode the same thing happens with the same actress ... but then Richard turns the other way and discovers the musical's (male) writer. This was just one way of showing Richard's final Face–Heel Turn to the Dark Side, and by the finale he's been fully seduced by Sex, Drugs and Musical Theater.
- Happened in the season 4 finale of Friends. It's early morning, Chandler's in bed, Ross runs in, ecstatic about his wedding, and he runs back out. Then Monica pokes her head out from under the covers and says "Do you think he knew I was here?" Thus began Chandler/Monica.
- Also from Friends, Chandler ended up on a blind date with Janice, who he's dumped twice in the last three months. The next morning, we see him wake up, with two hands on his chest. A third hand comes into shot, rubbing his eyes. He looks down at the two hands on his chest, then — with mounting horror — over at Janice in bed next to him..
- Additionally Ross and Joey wake up together on a sofa after having a nap. It's played off in the manner of the two drunken guys version.
- How the episode "Last Night Gus" began in Psych with Lassie waking up on the couch in the Psych office on top of Woody the Coroner. The rest of it however fits perfectly
- During the 2008 Oscars Ceremony, Jon Stewart wakes up next to a series of actors, finishing with George Clooney, who gently reassures him that it's not a dream and that he needs to go do the awards ceremony. Stewart doesn't seem that upset about the bedmate.
- In the 7th season of Seinfeld, Elaine is in bed with Jerry, and during their post-coital conversation, George comes out from under the covers, as does Kramer. Fortunately for her, it turned out to be a dream.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation features this. Picard wakes up with Q next to him, who goes on to talk about how "now, everything has changed". It Makes Sense in Context, but given the dialog, it's pretty clear this was written to be funnier out of context.
Q: Morning, darling.
- In Star Trek: Voyager, the scene is given a bit of a Continuity Nod when Q does it to Janeway (except this time the indecent proposal is more serious). Janeway is not amused. Made even funnier because Q is wearing a silly nightcap.
- In the Voyager episode "Non Sequitur", Harry Kim wakes up with his girlfriend on Earth. The problem is he should be stranded with his shipmates on the other side of the galaxy. He spends the rest of the episode trying to work out what happened and get back to Voyager, much to the puzzlement of the audience.
- A Three's Company episode has Jack waking up from a party to find himself sharing a bed with Mr. Roper.
- Happened in Firefly, with Simon and Kaylee on a couch in the mudder's tavern in Jaynestown. Kaylee actually teases Simon about "when [they] made love last night", but she's just messing with him because he always falls for it.
- In the first episode of Filthy Rich & Catflap, Richie wakes up in the morning, assumes he is alone and addresses a lengthy monologue to the camera. Then a huge fart is heard and his bedmate is revealed to be his drunken minder, Eddie.
- Same actors as above: on The Young Ones, Rik once woke up to discover a woman in his bed, jumped to the obvious conclusion, and slipped downstairs to boast about his conquest. Subverted in that, once she woke up, the woman revealed that no sex was involved: she'd snuck into the house and fallen asleep on Rik's empty bed, into which he'd subsequently passed out from a night of drinking, oblivious to her presence.
- Subversion: A hilarious Man Woman sketch had Nick Frost wake up to find a woman in his bed, gasp in horror, get dressed and sneak downstairs. On the way down he sees a wedding photo of the two of them, and is even more horrified at his presumed drunken antics. Then, at the bottom of the stairs, he runs into his 8-year-old son and it all comes flooding back...
- The much-loved episode of How I Met Your Mother, the "Pineapple Incident", has this as a premise. The comedy is stretched out as the girl Ted Mosby wakes up with isn't revealed until much later in the episode.
- In "World's Greatest Couple", Barney Stinson (pictured above) wakes up next to Lily Aldrin. Hilarity Ensues.
- They didn't do it, by the way.
- In "World's Greatest Couple", Barney Stinson (pictured above) wakes up next to Lily Aldrin. Hilarity Ensues.
- In one episode of Ashes to Ashes, Alex Drake dreams she's in bed with an unseen man, whom she can't quite remember, but assumes to be Evan White because of the attraction she feels toward him. The dream is revisited in flashbacks throughout the episode, and at the end, the man is actually revealed to be Gene Hunt, much to Alex's surprise.
- In Season 5 of Las Vegas, this happens to Mike and Piper. Mike wakes up, looks over and sees Piper staring back at him. They scream. Then they look under the covers and see that they're naked. They scream again. Then they see the matching wedding rings on their hands. They scream once more.
- 'Allo 'Allo! had LeClerc popping his head out from the covers of Fanny's bed.
- In Gossip Girl Blair has a whole conversation with Serena while still in bed, mostly consisting of criticism and outright requests to leave. As soon as Serena finally takes the hint and leaves, the blanket is flipped off to reveal that Chuck had been down there the whole time - "telling" Blair good morning.
- In Waterloo Road, after a scene where Steph Haydock and the lesbian French head dance in a Gay Bar, Steph wakes up in bed... and realises that the French head is in it too...
- This is how the first series of The IT Crowd finishes: with three separate Bedmate revelations.
- Played for laughs so many times in Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The "Slept with an Ugly Woman" Irish Drinking Song, twice on Scenes From a Hat alone. One was "Times When It Would Be Useful To Beam Up", the other was just "People You Don't Want to Wake Up Next To":
Wayne: Colin?! (runs away)Colin: TEACH ME TO SING LIKE YOU!!Ryan: (popping up next to Colin) What's his problem?
- In Married... with Children, Kelly drags the drunken Bud and Marcy together to trick them into thinking that they did it.
- Used in season two of Dexter when it's revealed that Maria is sleeping with her replacement's fiance, purposefully driving her crazy and obsessive and making her look bad in front of the boss, thereby getting her job back.
- In Leverage, at the end of "The San Lorenzo Job," Sophie is revealed (to the audience, not the rest of the crew) to have shared Nate's bed after they celebrated their successful defeat of Damien Moreau.
- The Big Bang Theory 4th season finale has Penny waking up naked in bed with Raj.
- In season seven Sheldon has too much to drink and wakes up the next morning next to a ... geology textbook. Apparently he spent the night studying geology, a subject he does not consider to be real science.
- Turned Up to Eleven in The Secret Life of the American Teenager's season 4 episode "And Circumstance". The last ten minutes is completely saturated with it. Madison slept with Lauren's boyfriend, Henry hooks up with Adrian, Ben ends up in bed with a completely new girl, though they explicitly stated that Ben and the girl simply fell asleep together and didn't have sex...
- Played with in the season one finale of Eureka when Carter wakes up next to a pregnant Allison in the alternate timeline.
- Also played with when Allison and Carter fall asleep together in Carter's bed, and wake up the next morning, no sex involved.
- In the cold open of one Boston Legal episode, we see Denny Crane wake up in bed... next to Alan Shore. They both immediately freak out although they have slept together in the past, most notably when Denny helped Alan deal with his night terrors.
- Happens in one episode of Living Single with Kyle and Max.
- A variant had Kyle complaing about Overtones spending a lot of time taking a bubble bath. After he leaves, Sinclayre emerges from behind the curtain that was concealing the last third of the tub from the audiece.
- Happens in the Series 2 finale of Drop the Dead Donkey between Alex and Dave, much to both their horror, after a drunken Christmas party.
- One episode of My Hero has Piers waking to see first a glass with false teeth in it on the nightstand, then the old lady the teeth belongs to opposite him.
- Scandal: At the end of "Hunting Season," David and Abby. It is revealed after the two... uh, finish.
- In an episode of Father Ted, Bishop Brennan comes to visit because Father Jack has been sleepwalking naked. He also has a fear of rabbits. In the closing moments, he wakes up in bed to find Father Jack, naked, next to him, and surrounded by rabbits (which Ted and Dougal are trying to remove).
- In an episode of Frasier, Niles is shown in bed with a woman who is slowly revealed to be his brother's ex-wife Lilith. Hilarity Ensues in the second act with the two of them trying to messily cover it up.
- In warehouse 13, Pete and Myka wake up in bed together at the start of an episode. Naked. In Artie's bed at the Warehouse. They then have to figure out just what series of events led them to such a ridiculous outcome. As it turns out, an artifact made them drunk and they bronzed Jinx. Knowing they would pass out before being able to help him, they were just rational enough to do the one thing they knew they'd never do normally, which would drive them to figure it out and free Jinx.
- In the Supernatural episode "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20), Dean is surprised to wake up next to a beautiful woman after being knocked out by a djinn.
- Angel: In "Not Fade Away", Angel warns the bad guys might retaliate against their people. Cut to his vampire Sexy Secretary Harmony sprawled out with Blood from the Mouth. This trope then shows Harmony is sharing a friendly cup of blood with The Dragon and spilling Angel's secrets.
Lorne: What's hard to understand? You think you're the first guy to ever roll over, saw what was lying next to him and went "GYYYAAAH!"?
- Also the trope was summed up by Lorne in "Epiphany"
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Wild At Heart" werewolf Oz breaks out of his cage and gets into a fight with a female werewolf. The next day he wakes up naked in the forest, covered in scratches. Then hot nightclub singer Veruca is revealed next to him, also naked and covered in scratches. As Oz is dating someone else at the time, this is not good news for him.
- The famous finale of Newhart, where Bob Newhart's character seems to die, then wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette, complaining about the weird dream he had just had- implying that the whole show had been a Dream Within a Dream of his previous sitcom.
- Used at the end of the pilot episode of Hill Street Blues to let the audience in on Furillo and Davenport's secret relationship.
- And either ripped off or homaged at the end of second episode of ER, which finds Dr. Susan Lewis getting into bed with her boyfriend, the psychiatrist she'd been bickering with earlier in the day over a patient's care. There's a similar scene a year later in the second season premier, after Dr. Benton and his mother's physical therapist spend the entire day acting very uncomfortable around each other, barely exchanging two words. The viewer is led to believe that this awkwardness comes from them deciding not to act on the sexual tension that had developed between them, until the end of the episode finds them in bed together, revealing that they have in fact been carrying on an affair for several months and that the awkwardness was so that they could conceal it from their coworkers. Another episode manages to conceal both partners, showing only a bedroom in disarray, until the camera pans across a crutch, thus revealing that one of the bed occupants is Dr. Kerry Weaver, accompanied by the doctor she'd been flirting with for the past several episodes.
- In the last episode of season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Boyle's fiancee breaks up with him, and he tries everything to get over it. In the penultimate scene, he's getting trashed with Rosa, who admits that she's never had a good boyfriend "like him". Snap to the next morning, where he wakes up confused in an unfamiliar bed... with Gina, who he's never had any feelings for whatsoever.
- In Mecano's Stereo Sexual, the male protagonist (sung by a female) wakes up to see a guy in the bed with him, and wonders if that means he is gay. Then the other guy wakes up and turns out to be a girl with short hair.
- OK Go's remake of The Muppet Show theme song has three nested bedmate reveals. Each one has a different person/Muppet waking up convinced they shouldn't do that music video with the Muppets/OK Go/those dogs.
- The video for the Gorillaz single "DARE" ends with Shaun Ryder, who spent the video as a giant disembodied head, waking up in his bed as if from a nightmare. It then shows Murdoc in bed with him. Then Murdoc wakes up from a nightmare alone in his RV.
- Lucky Stiff has the protagonists ending up in bed after a night of champagne.
- In the Heights does this even though the characters aren't even in a bed—Benny is standing on his fire escape. But when Nina comes out to join him, pulling a Sexy Shirt Switch, it's obvious what's happened between them.
- Miss Saigon. For the first half of the song "I Still Believe", the upper stage is shrouded in darkness. When the lights do come on for the second part, we see the hero Chris asleep in bed. . .and sitting next to him his wife Ellen, thus revealing that he's moved on with his life. (Ostensibly, as we hear and soon see that he suffers from frequent nightmares).
- Played straight in the very beginning of Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge, when protagonist Nathan Zachary wakes up next to an unnamed woman who doesn't appear for the rest of the game.
- He doesn't seem surprised to be waking up next to her. Presumably, it was just a one-night stand.
- Cave Story does this if you sleep in Chaco's bed the first time you enter her house. Mr. Traveler will awake to see Chaco in the bed and her lipstick in the player's inventory.
- Victor is shocked enough to do a Jaw Drop when he finds himself in bed with a naked Catherine in the cutscene following Stage 2.
- In the True Chaos ending, where Dumuzid is sleeping next to both Catherine and Vincent in Pajamas with sheep on them.
- Leliana in Dragon Age: Inquisition has become such a dark spy/assassin that she proposes doing The Godfather version of this to those who threaten them, should the Grand Duchess die at the Winter Palace. She later snarks about it.
- In Super Danganronpa 2, at one point in chapter 3, following the outbreak of the Despair Disease, Hajime wakes up in the hospital to find that Mikan has fallen asleep next to him. It also happens again just before the next murder.
- Boxer Hockey: Chuck gets one of these Much to his delight.
- Least I Could Do: Rayne wakes up on January 1 hungover from a wild New Year party, and a voice behind him asks "Are you going to turn around?" Luckily for him, that voice is that of Cyndi Wang.
- Happens to him again in this strip: "Not the sandwich I wanted to be the meat of"...
- A variation in Shortpacked!: We expect a bedmate, but it's actually two different beds. With Mike in both.
- Done to Torg from Sluggy Freelance in a particularly sanity pulverizing fashion.
- This User Friendly strip. A slight variation, in that it's later revealed that Pitr was just looking for a warm place to sleep, and no hanky-panky took place. Not that this prevents him from demanding "dinner and a movie" next time...
- The very beginning of Freakangels embodies this trope, although it's about a woman, KK. Including improbable bed partner ("Please, God, don't let me have fucked a guy from the Lambeth Road")
- Concession has roughly the Squickiest version conceivable.
- Later happens to the same guy, who wakes up with three other people (two of them he's happy about, the third not so much).
- Captain SNES: The Game Masta uses the above-mentioned variation of this trope after Dr. Wily is elected Vice-President Evil to Haggar's President Buffoon. Wily wakes up one morning to discover Haggar in his bed...and complaining about Wily hogging all the covers.
- Misfile: After a night of drowning their respective sorrows, Ash and Vashiel wake up in the same bed.
- Scandinavia and the World: In this strip, Sweden wakes up next to Norway, Denmark... and Sister Finland.
- Girls Next Door had this with Sarah and Jareth, after Sarah went out drinking with Christine. Hilarity Ensues.
- Times Like This: Philip wakes up after partying through time... but the other person in his bed is not his wife.
- Several times in Ménage à 3. For example with Gary and Sandra.
- Done in Wapsi Square with Bud and Kevin.
- Done twice in Coach Random. In one, it's just as hanky-panky is getting started when things take a strange turn.
- Involked and subverted in Sinfest.
- Subverted again? Played straight? Something.
- The former trope image comes from part of a Badly Drawn Kitties story arc based around Lydia's birthday, where she gets drunk and wakes up naked next to Fisk. Then it's subverted when Lucy reveals she undressed her...then double subverted when the reveals she didn't take her panties off, implying that Lydia and Fisk did have sex.
- Super Stupor has a hero and his nemesis wake up together after New Year's. Too bad they're both in denial about their feelings for each other.
- One Team Fortress 2 comic depicts the RED Sniper luring the RED Scout into bed with him, only to for the last panel to reveal that Sniper was actually the BLU Spy all along. "Bonjour."
- Parodied in this Bogleech comic. First, a man finds in his bed a horse's head, in a Shout-Out to The Godfather. Then, the head starts to scream... and then it turns up to be All Just a Dream, only not of the man, but of the sentient horse's head.
- Averted in The Rock Cocks. In Track 5, Elizabeth wakes up completely naked on the floor in Redd's room, having finally sobered up from a night of drinking. She asks if she and Redd had sex, Redd assures her that they didn't.
- South Park has a variation in "Fat-Butt and Pancake-Head" with Eric Cartman and Ben Affleck. Well, Ben Afflek and Hennifer Hlopez (not to be confused with Jennifer Lopez), who happened to be possessing Cartman's hand at the time. Except not. It Makes Sense in Context. ...Well, not really.
Chef: They'll wake up soon, and it's gonna be one ugly sight.Stan: I thought you said the wonder of mother nature was a beautiful thing.Kyle: Yeah, when does mother nature go from beautiful, to ugly?Chef: Usually about 9:30 in the morning, children.
- Then there's "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig";
- Parodied in one episode of Futurama, where after an accident Fry wakes up next to Amy. And then discovers that his head is attached to her body.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Parodied in the episode 28 Pranks Later, with Applejack waking up only to find she's sharing her bed with a pig. Startled, she jumps out of it, to find out that Rainbow Dash has moved her whole bed to the pig pen.