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A StockVisualMetaphor trope used widely in animated media. When a character sleeps, sometimes a lot of "Z's" are shown near the character, either in the form of a stream of z's coming from the character's mouth or head, or a group of "Zzz's" contained in a SpeechBubble. This trope used to be shown specifically for people who snore in their sleep. While snoring is rather tricky to represent (sometimes it's represented as a log being sawed inside a speech bubble), the onomatopoeia "Z" was chosen as an approximation of what it sounds like.

The trope is so obvious that people in media and real life use the term "Catching some Z's", or in Britain, Canada, or Australia, "Fetching some zeds" to indicate they're going to go to sleep. [[FridgeLogic Amusingly, it makes no sense; the Z's usually flutter off into space, and nobody catches them.]]

See SnotBubble for the anime version of this. Compare: CirclingBirdies.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* Used in the opening of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', at the part where [[CloudCuckooLander Osaka]] is sleeping in class.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Magazine/{{MAD}}'s parody of ''Series/{{Room 222}}'' was titled ''Room 222zzzz...'' (with the z's gradually trailing off over a scene showing the class asleep).
* In one ''[[ComicBook/TheBeano Bash Street Kids]]'' strip, Teacher ends up falling asleep and the kids (whom he's spent the entire story bringing into class) complain he's not teaching them anything but the last letter of the alphabet.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/BadlyDrawnRoy'': Roy does this when he snores.
* In non-English versions of ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', in the scene when Lizzy originally held up a piece of paper reading "Boring!" in reponse to Lewis' show-and-tell, the paper instead reads "Zzzzz".
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Beard Papa is the guard King Candy has at the entrance to the Kart Bakery in ''Sugar Rush''. When Ralph and Vanellope sneak past his booth, he's sleeping and actual Z's are seen in the air.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In ''The Chronicles of Ember'', a parody of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', the Narrator writes that he was "stacking Z's".

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** The titular Garfield is known to have Z's in a speech bubble. Unusually, it's usually only a single Z.
** In one strip, he stirred in his sleep and pondered that he was wasting his life and needed to add some variety. He achieved this by going back to sleep with a fancy, stylised Z.
* Aversion: In ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'', Dagwood's snoring is written as "Skn-x-x-x!"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' used this frequently with Snoopy and Peppermint Patty.
* ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids'' did it [[OlderThanTelevision before Charles Schulz was even born]].
* In one strip with WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, he is working in a supermarket stacking up tin cans into pyramids all day long, and at night, the Z's of his snoring forms a pyramid as well.
* In one ''Fred Basset'' strip Fred is surrounded by a crowd of Z's in the first panel.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* A 1970's ''Series/SesameStreet'' sketch had a sleeping Herry Monster. A trail of Z's was shown as he snored.
* Played with in the Swedish children's learning show ''Fem Myror är Fler än Fyra Elefanter'' (Five ants are more than four elephants). As two of the characters learn about the letter Z, one of them (the [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Wise Guy]]) notes the letter being used when someone is sleeping in a Literature/{{Tarzan}} magazine, and the other explains that it's to denote a snoring sound. After this, the first character pronounces every Z he sees as a snore (as in Tarzan's name, for example).
* The ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "The Semaphore version of ''Literature/WutheringHeights''" has an old man sleeping with little signal flags in his hands, signaling the letter "Z" over and over.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In the UsefulNotes/{{NES}} [[VideoGame/FelixTheCat Felix the Cat video game]], when you pause the game, the hud shows Felix's face sleeping with some Zs in a speech balloon.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'', units can fall asleep due to StandardStatusEffect with "Zzzzz" coming out of them when sleeping.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
** Sleeping Sims have Z's coming out of them. Oddly, whenever Simlish is written, it's in a strange Greek/Hebrew/Wingdings hybrid that doesn't seem to actually contain the letter Z.
** Vampires in the ''Late Night'' expansion pack for ''Sims 3'' have [[VampireVords V's instead of Z's]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and its sequels, sleeping guards (i.e., knocked out with tranquilizers or already asleep when you come across them) have Z's floating around their heads. Beating them unconscious [[CirclingBirdies leaves stars]] instead.
* Dozing non-player characters in ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' have the trail of Z's.
* This is used in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' to indicate the "sleep" StandardStatusEffect. It's also available for players to use as an "AFK" indication.
* In ''Prehistorik Man'', sleeping characters ({{Check Point}}s, [[IdleAnimation the hero if left alone]]) snore big red Z's that pop once above their heads.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the Sleep StandardStatusEffect in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series switched from SnotBubble to Z's.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' does this with Rip Van Fish in the aquatic levels.
** Sleeping characters in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' have this.
** Mario's sleeping IdleAnimation in both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' (and its sequel) have little Z's floating above him as he snores away. Funny enough they appear before Mario's yawning animation finishes.
** The cover of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' shows Luigi with some Zs for Western releases. The Japanese cover uses a SnotBubble instead.
* The dream spell in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' results in emitting letter Zs.
* It happens in ''Earnest Evans'' when the main character falls asleep.
* Sleeping dwarfs in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' are shown with a blinking 'Z'. In Adventure Mode, you go to sleep (or wait around) by pressing 'Z' (case-sensitive).
* The "Test Your Luck" mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has a random condition called "Narcoleptic", which will cause the character it's applied to to randomly fall asleep during the fight, Zs and everything. Funnily enough, they keep their fighting stances while asleep.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** Used in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' when cutscenes show someone (usually the Protagonist) asleep.
** Used in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' when Futaba's sleeping, Zs come out from her head.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Sleeping Pokémon snore on their turn, while a few Zs float up from their head. Also, the move Snore has big spiky Zs in its animation in the third gen games.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', Pokémon will sometimes be found fast asleep after launching up Pokémon Amie, complete with little "Zzzs" coming from it. No use in playing with a sleeping Pokémon, so it's gotta be woken up. Also, in Pokemon Amie and Pokemon Refresh, some Pokemon have a special sleeping animation. While in ''XY'', this effect was not used, it is used even for the special sleeping animations in ''Sun and Moon''.
** The ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series also makes use of this. Sleeping Pokémon in ''Gates of Infinity'' have Zs coming out of them, be it because of enemy status attacks or just far too lengthy exposition. The series also has traps that put Pokémon to sleep represented with Zs on it. And in ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'', this also happens in the overworld for sleeping Pokemon sometimes, be it when sleeping through stories (in Pancham and Shelmet's case during the story about a Graveler counting Mareep), sleeping before lectures (in your partner's case, and also doing this in their dialog box, thus leaving you to hear Carracosta's entire lecture), and a few others.
* In ''VideoGame/ToejamAndEarl'' for the Genesis, if you remain idle for a certain amount of time, or open up a School Book present, your character will lie on his back and start snoring, complete with little "Zzzz.." coming from him.
* Used in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' to indicate sleeping mobs; moving too close will wake them up, but usually slowly. This behavior is exploited for several puzzles.
* The infamous ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart's Nightmare]]'' gives you a health bar composed of Z's, indicating how deeply Bart is sleeping. Waking up is GameOver.
* Used for the Hermit Gunsmith in ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. In fact, he'll even '''say''' "Zzzz..." in Nicolas's translation of the game (that is, Wiiware version, ''Cave Story 3D'', ''Cave Story+'', etc.).
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Mr. Game and Watch, being [[PaperPeople a flat and two-dimensional fighter]], will do this when he is put to sleep.
* In ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'', when Bayonetta is equipped with the unlockable [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Chain Chomp]] and stays in place, the Chain Chomp will look around for a while before going to sleep with some large Zs coming out of it.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Insaniquarium}}'', after using his [[ExtendoBoxingGlove powers]] several times, Walter the Penguin will catch some Z's for a short while.
* Miis who are peacefully asleep in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' lay down on their side with two blue Zs hovering above them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has [[StandardStatusEffects "sleep" arts]] be represented with a Z symbol. Sleeping enemies or party members also are represented with a Z on their name tag.
* [=MoonBoy=] in ''Sleepwalker's Journey'' has some right up until [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a shooting star lands in the moon's nose and it sneezes him out of his bed]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. You first meet [[BedsheetGhost Napstablook]] when you find your way through the Ruins blocked by them, apparently sleeping. They're actually wide awake and just saying 'z' out loud repeatedly.
** Played straight with [[spoiler: Sans]] on the Genocide Route, who exhausts themselves trying to take you out once and for all and eventually falls asleep while trying to stall forever in hopes that you'll just give up. [[spoiler: Interestingly, the font used for the "Zs" in question isn't Comic Sans (Sans' usual font) or 8-bit Operator (The font Sans uses when [[LetsGetDangerous he gets serious]]), but rather Aster, suggesting a possible connection with [[DummiedOut Dr. W.D. Gaster.]] ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' uses them to indicate that your minions are "asleep" (Hearthstone's equivalent of Magic the Gathering's summoning sickness, meaning you cannot use the creature that has just entered play until your next turn).
* ''VideoGame/{{Chantelise}}'': In the Japanese version, when Chante falls asleep after the Ignan Ruins, she says "ZZZ..." to indicate that she's sleeping. The English version gives her more sleeptalking.
* Leave a game of ''VideoGame/{{Chuzzle}}'' untouched for a while and the titular Chuzzles will fall asleep one by one, with "Z"s coming from them.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-13 putting your toe in Lethe puts it to sleep -- with a Z.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WakeTheSleepers'', [[http://wakethesleepers.com/comics/47 in the middle of a conversation]].
* Everyone in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' ... but [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik's]] Z's are [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-12-Movie-Night-65642265 special]] (musical rest signs).
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' does this to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/234-metaknightthesweetheart/ Meta Knight]] as he is sleeping, and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/08/03/426-serenade/ both Kirby and Jigglypuff]] after falling asleep during Kirby's song.
* Done in [[Webcomic/NuzlockeComics a Nuzlocke comic called "Petty's LeafGreen Nuzlocke"]] in the [[http://pettynuzlockelg.smackjeeves.com/comics/1011725/part-1/ beginning of the comic]], where Locke ends up doing this in the first panel.
* ''Webcomic/DragonMango''
** [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-33.htm when Mango and Cherry fall asleep during Bleu Berry's introduction]]
** [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-34.htm when the king and princess fall asleep during the budget discussion.]]
** [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-41.htm Mango weaponizes the weakness to get her asleep again -- with more z's]]
* In ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'', [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0090 falling asleep after seeing what happened to Ava.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Sarah finds Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-05 asleep on the couch]] with Grace. Since Grace is [[VoluntaryShapeshifting in a half-cat form]] at the time she's purring instead of snoring.
* In ''Webcomic/UrbanUnderbrush'', [[http://www.lepusstudios.com/uu0146.html falling asleep in jail.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/the-worn-out-dancing-shoes-13/#.UaApfdhBCuM the soldier feigns sleep and gets them.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-343/ Almond really doesn't want to attend the concert.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Outsider}}'', Tempo's explanation of the history of the war between the Loroi and Umiak apparently [[http://well-of-souls.com/outsider/outsider110.html puts Beryl to sleep]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': When Florence falls asleep, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01657.htm singular Zs are used]].

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* ''WebAnimation/TohoKingdomToons'' did this near the end [[http://www.tohokingdom.com/media/toons/toon_120.htm Kimchi]] to Celebi due to her being tired. [[http://www.tohokingdom.com/media/toons/toon_168.htm This was done again to another character two seasons later]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' have the Zzzz stream happening quite a bit. One short is even titled ''WesternAnimation/FromAToZZZZ''.
* In the opening of the early Creator/VanBeurenStudios sound cartoon "Dinnertime", the bird is sleeping like this until his alarm clock wakes him up, and the dog catcher in the same shirt is doing this before he's awakened.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had Homer Simpson buy a [[Franchise/LeapFrog Phonics Frog]] toy, and at one point he is sleeping with the toy, constantly pressing the Z button. "Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z..."

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* The "Life In These United States" humor feature of Reader's Digest once told the reportedly true story of an airline passenger who fell asleep in his seat, his laptop in front of him, with a finger stuck on a very appropriate key. As the passenger slept, the screen on his laptop filled with "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."