->'''Dr. Wilson:''' I thought you had lunch with coma guy.
->'''Dr. House:''' This is persistent vegetative state guy, much more interesting.
-->-- ''Series/{{House}}''

In RealLife, having a friend or family member fall into a coma is a heart wrenching tragedy. On the one hand they are physically present and alive... but for all intents and purposes they are dead. Waiting for a family member to come out of a coma can be like a slow, painful torture that might never end.

Not so in fiction.

In {{Medical Drama}}s and LiveActionTV series, coming out of a coma isn't a matter of if, but '''''when.''''' More often than not it's an ideal way to have a character PutOnABus without [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropping a bridge on them]] ([[MixedMetaphor never drop a bridge you may want the casting department to cross again, eh?]]). If a SuperHero's SecretIdentity is exposed, a ConvenientComa to the hapless discoverer solves those dangling plot threads without resorting to killing or changing the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]]. Speaking of [[ThouShaltNotKill killing]], it's also a good way for moralistic heroes to do away with a bad guy without losing their no-killing reputation. Of course, the coma was [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the villain's own fault.]]

A favorite for writers is that as soon as the hero [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds clears the table]] and is ready to settle down with his [[FirstGirlWins first love]], that plucky UnluckyChildhoodFriend turned HumanPopsicle will wake up and be a FishOutOfWater. Oblivious to all the extant romantic CharacterDevelopment, she reintroduces entire ''layers'' of confusion, angst, guilt, and other soap opera staples to the once clean equation. The same is true for villains or people who found out the hero's secret ID.

If they're not long term, comas are usually treated as the step before [[KilledOffForReal death]] for someone who's ill. Being told that the patient has "slipped into a coma" is generally a signal to the heroes to hurry up and find the cure. Staying beside and talking to the comatose person, often in shifts to allow each character in an ensemble to pour their hearts out, is usually a given. Expect a MistimedRevival to result just as they leave. If they don't make it in time, the comatose friend will ''invariably'' wake up, say they heard everything, and deliver a heartwrenching FinalSpeech before quietly slipping off.

Sometimes, interrogating a comatose person for info will start to wake him up, or at least spike his EKG or EEG. He is then a ComatoseCanary. In SpeculativeFiction stories, heroes with {{Telepathy}} or telepahy-like technology may try an OrpheanRescue to wake them up. Other times, the coma is caused by an AstralProjection GoneHorriblyWrong.

The comatose person may start waking up either with [[EyeAwaken the eyes]] or [[FingerTwitchingRevival the fingers]].

Many a pregnant comatose mother will give birth while in a coma, at times resulting in spectacularly tragic DeathByChildbirth as the mother never sees the child.

Expect the comatose person to wake up with [[LaserGuidedAmnesia selective memory problems.]] May overlap with AngstComa, in which the coma is either caused by the sufferer's personal problems, or cured by dealing with them, or both. Compare EmptyShell.


!'''Comatose Childbirth'''


* Another case of 'pregnant in a coma': the Bride from ''Film/KillBill'', who got a bullet in the head by Bill himself after taking a hell of a beating from her fellow Deadly Vipers while she was pregnant. [[spoiler:It's a wonder the kid even made it to term, really.]]
* The Pedro Almodovar film ''Film/TalkToHer'' is about two men who visit two comatose women at hospital. One of them impregnates the one he visits.

* In De Vere Stacpoole's original ''Literature/TheBlueLagoon'' novel, Emmeline comes walking out of the forest with the baby she had a few hours earlier. She explains to Richard that she felt ill, went to sit in the forest, and then "remembered nothing more" until she woke to find the little creature lying beside her. Apparently she remembers more about the birth later.
* This happens to the titular character Karen in Creator/DouglasCoupland's ''Girlfriend in a Coma''. She gets pregnant a few hours before falling into a coma for seventeen years.
* In ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', Elphaba gives birth to Liir while in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugue_state fugue state]]. Not quite a coma, but close enough.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s Kendall was in a coma when she gave birth to Spike. This led to much argument over whether to deliver him early (risking his health) or wait until he was stronger (risking the mother's health.)
** As of this writing, she's in a coma again (not pregnant this time) to allow Alicia Minshew to go on her honeymoon.
* On ''Series/OneTreeHill'', at the end of season 6, Peyton falls into a coma shortly after her wedding to Lucas. Her daughter is delivered via cesarian section.
* Fake Amanda on ''Series/{{Revenge}}'' suffers a physics-defying fall [[RailingKill over the banister]] at Grayson manor during her baby shower. The roughly full-term baby boy is safely delivered via C-section after the less fortunate Fauxmanda is placed in a medically induced coma.
* Meg on ''Series/VeronicaMars.'' Originally was supposed to have died in the season two bus crash/explosion, network meddling led to Meg surviving and for added trauma, pregnant with Veronica's old flame Duncan Kane's child. She ultimately woke up long enough to give birth and warn Duncan and Veronica to not let her family raise the child, before Rob Thomas could finally kill her off via her dropping dead from an sudden aneurysm.

!'''HappyPlace Comas'''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything" (by Creator/AlanMoore), Superman has an [[LotusEaterMachine alien parasite]] attached to him which grants his fondest fantasy; a normal life on Krypton. He has to force himself to deny the fantasy to wake up and save his friends.
** In the animated adaptation in the series ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Batman and Wonder Woman manage to help him, by disrupting its hold when trying to pull it off, allowing him to shake himself awake by realizing that Krypton's survival is false--only for the parasite to end up on Batman, being Batman he breaks himself out quite quickly, after watching his dad savagely beat the living daylights out of the mugger who should have killed him. (Wonder Woman didn't get away unscathed, either: while this was going on, she had to fight Mongul, who had sent the thing to Clark in the first place.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Earl and his fantasy of "[[SitCom The Hickey's]]" in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* In an episode of ''Series/OneTreeHill'', Lucas is in a coma and is visited by his Uncle Keith who shows him how sad the world would be without him, a la It's a Wonderful Life.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' a Djinn did this to Dean.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Fei in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' had an inner child personality that was functionally comatose and constantly reliving his happiest memories. Of course, Fei himself was in a coma as well for a while there.

!'''Medical Drama Comas'''

* ''Film/TalkToHer'': The entire premise of this film is: "Will the girls wake up?" Where, in real life, there is usually little question and the person simply stays that way until he or she dies.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' does the exact same thing with "Really Old Guy", who's in a coma. I think a year after House did it. Lazy ''Grey's Anatomy.''
* ''Series/{{House}}'' woke up a comatose guy just to ask him some questions.
** As the page quote can attest, House also tends to use the comatose patients' rooms as his personal cafeteria, since that way no one bothers him.
*** Plus their rooms have cable.
** Also as the quote attests, House woke up "Vegetative State Guy" and the method he used would only work once due to the body gaining a resistance. "Coma Guy" is somebody else and he's still in a coma.
** Also, many episodes include the patient of the week slipping into a coma. This adds the urgency and time limit for House&company to find out what's wrong with them.
** Alternatively the doctors sometimes deliberately put the patient into a chemically-induced coma, in one case to initiate rapid cocaine detoxing.
* In season 1 of ''Series/OneTreeHill'', Lucas goes into a coma after a car crash. Dan is forced to admit he is Lucas' father to get Lucas the treatment he needs.
* This is the central premise of ''Series/SavingHope''. In the premiere Dr. Charlie Harris is in a car accident and a head injury causes him to fall into a coma. he enters a state of NearDeathClairvoyance and gets to observe as other doctors, including his fiancee, are trying to save his life and wake him from the coma. Since all the main characters are doctors, they fully understand how bad Charlie's condition is and as months pass, they start to lose hope that he will ever wake up.
** While in his out-of-body state Charlie meets the spirit of another coma patient who has been in a coma for decades and is now an old man. The man dies of old age without ever waking up.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[spoiler:Tuck]] in ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' is in a short coma after a vicious criminal assault.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the only role Bender was suited for in ''[[ShowWithinAShow All My Circuits]]'' was a comatose robot. On another episode, [[spoiler: Leela goes into a coma after a space wasp sting, although the episode actually follows Leela as she dreams Fry died trying to save her from being stung. Her dream gradually keeps getting stranger, and it seems she's going insane from guilt over Fry's death. The audience isn't shown that Leela was comatose until right before she wakes up.]]

!'''PutOnABus Comas'''

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Komamura was put into a coma after his fight with Tenken in the Zanpaktou arc. Since the last time we see him (episode 235) until the end of episode 253 (near the end of the arc, it ends at episode 255) he's unconcious, he presumably stays this way until then. This may be the writer's way of keeping him out of the arc this time. When he starts slaying Gillians, it's revealed that he's still sore from that fight.
** Made worse that in the long run, both Sajin and Tenken wind up pointless to the arc. There is no interaction between them after that fight, in the final battle, Tenken stands behind Komamura but it's like he never existed. The fans of Koma were not pleased at this.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[spoiler: Tsunade was put in a coma after the Pain Invasion Arc, letting Danzo take over the village, and she came out of it right after he died.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku is left comatose for days as he recovers from his heart virus. During the time he's unconscious, Androids 16, 17, and 18 are loose, are more powerful than all the heroes outside of Piccolo, and they are completely undetectable. Cell also comes into the picture and is slowly eating cities to become stronger and absorb the androids, and can run and hide from the other Earth's warriors since he can suppress his energy. Krillin lampshades if Goku was around he could have teleported the moment they felt Cell's energy and have Piccolo kill him. Goku also had knowledge of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber that would have made the heroes stronger instead of leaving everything to Piccolo.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* President Rexall of ''ComicBook/GiveMeLiberty'' has one of these, which keeps him out of the limelight for most of the series.
* Before the events of the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' comic series, {{Spider-Man}} supporting character Madame Web falls into a coma. Coincidentally, she could've perfectly discovered and revealed that [[spoiler:Doctor Octopus had swapped bodies with the true Spider-Man]] if she had been around.

* After her defeat in ''[[Literature/ArtemisFowl The Russian Connection]]'', Opal Koboi falls in a coma.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Cordelia in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', comatose for half a season before coming BackForTheDead.
* Jonathan Turner in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. (He [[LongBusTrip never did come out of it]]).
** His long absence is later [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Minkus (another character who disappeared) informs Cory and Shawn that he and Mr. Turner have merely been in/teaching classes on the other side of the school. So apparently he did come out of it, and he's alive and well in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld''.
* Justified in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Faith wakes up from her coma a year afterward, and she had the healing abilities of a slayer.
** Odd that she had no neurological symptoms, though. Even with special healing skills, she should at least have had serious brain damage for ''awhile'' after awakening. Indeed, someone in a coma doesn't just 'wake up', there are several intermediate stages (look up Glasgow coma scale).
** There's a fanfic set during Faith's coma that deals with her fading in and out of various states, including ones where she's semi-aware but unable to move, and slowly trying to get her body under enough control to be able to escape the hospital without falling over. At which point the Watchers turn up and put her into a ''magical'' coma.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' when Will replaces a cast member of a soap opera, and his character is put in a coma. He wakes up to find that the Jodie he was reading about in the script was a man.
* Paroded in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Joey's character on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' fell down an open elevator shaft and was put in a coma. All this because he said he helped write the scripts in an interview.
* Michael Corinthos in ''Series/GeneralHospital''. Said bus went [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome through a time warp]] and he woke up five years older -- a year later.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the PSP port/remake of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', you get the option to play as a girl and romance some of the resident guys, discovering HiddenDepths in some of the major male characters that couldn't be explored in the original game or the male path of the PSP version due to them not being [[RelationshipValues social links]]. One of them, [[spoiler: Shinjiro Aragaki]], dies from a gunshot wound if you're playing as a guy (which was the only option in the original and its UpdatedRerelease, ''Persona 3 FES''). However, he's a possible love interest for the female main character, and maxing out his RelationshipValues opens up a short fetch quest where if you complete it, in the scene where he would normally die, he survives the gunshot. But since he dies in every other continuity, in order to keep the plot on the same path he spends the rest of the game hospitalized and in a coma. [[spoiler: If it's a NewGamePlus and you successfully romanced him and saved his life, then he can wake up just in time to come and spend the ending of the game with you, turning it into a different kind of ConvenientComa.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[spoiler: Ultra Magnus]] in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', which neatly cleared the stage for [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime to take over. The odd with this one is that he's still in it by the end of the series.]]


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' puts Raphael in one of these after discovering his true love. But just in case that doesn't pan out, the decades or possibly centuries he'll spend in recovery will take care of the TriangleRelations he'd established previously with the [[BrotherSisterIncest main character's sister]].
* Frequently used to NeverSayDie in the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerisation]] of several Anime dubs intended to be syndicated on US television [[FourKids "For Kids"]]. Not really convenient for the victim, but rather for the dubbing company. Case-in-point, [[spoiler:Shun's mom]] in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''. (Which, admittedly, is dubbed by {{Nelvana}}...)
* [[spoiler:Satoshi]] of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', at least in the anime, is in a coma for almost the entire series. It turns out that [[spoiler: he developed the [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]], escalated to Level Five, and needed to be sedated to avoid harming himself/others. And of course they didn't tell his little sister.]]
* Hitomi from ''Anime/{{ICE}}'' winds up in a coma after an accident, which causes her mind to blend with that of a woman in the dystopian future.
* [[spoiler:Ayu Tsukimiya]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' turns out to have been [[spoiler:an astral projection; her real body's in a coma, and has been for the past seven years. Unlike [[Creator/KeyVisualArts Key's]] usual DownerEnding fare, she gets better.]]
** [[spoiler:Fuuko]] in ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' is a revisiting of the [[spoiler:Ayu story, but with some changes. You find out about her condition right away instead of at the end of her arc, and though she's been in a coma for a much shorter time, the amnesia spell surrounding her is magnified by ten.]]
* ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'', [[TimeSkip set three years]] after the events of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ends with Subaru learning that [[spoiler: [[MysteriousWaif Ixpellia]] is only [[ArtificialHuman partially functioning]]]] and that she will soon slip into a coma that will last for maybe ten years... The two of them spend her last day being naturally awake together, [[TearJerker until the latter falls asleep in Subaru's embrace]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In ''Mazinger-Z versus Great General of Darkness'', Shiro got badly injured and fell into a coma when the ceiling of the room he was in collapsed. He needed an urgent blood transfusion to save his life, and since blood supply was low (what with giant monsters obliterating major cities), Kouji demanded they used his own blood, in spite of he was hurt. [[UnbrokenVigil Kouji spent the whole night by his brother's side]], not knowing if he would live to see another day. Fortunately, Shiro came out of his coma the next day.
* [[spoiler:Johan's]] coma at the end of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is neither medically improbable nor taken lightly, but it conveniently serves to eschew the question of his redemption and repentance.
* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'', Asuka came out of her mental breakdown-induced coma just in time to take Unit 02 and ''kick ass'' [[spoiler: (then get brutally killed a few minutes afterwards).]]
** More specifically, she awoke in the entry plug right as the JSSDF started dropping depth charges. One of the charges hit the Eva's head and started her "I don't wanna die" mantra. Finally, the Eva had enough and revealed her identity[[note]]the SoulJar of Asuka's dead mother[[/note]] to Asuka, which instantly fixed her breakdown. What happened afterwards was her biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts''. Haruka is run over by a car and falls into a coma right after the protagonist confesses to her, and when she wakes (after three years!) he's dating her best friend. Drama ensues.
* In Anime/AldnoahZero, [[spoiler: Princess Asseylum has spent a good part of the second season comatose (around a year and a half in-story), locked inside a tank, after having been shot to almost death.]]
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' introduces Shingo during the second half of the series as hospital patient locked in a coma, which is later implied to be an AngstComa that has been going on for fifteen years (though the series refers to it as a "deep sleep"). His coma is the reason for Head pulling OrcusOnHisThrone tactics after his faction of Kiraboshi has seized control of the organisation [[spoiler:because Shingo is connected to a mecha Head needs to bring his plans to fulfillment]]. Him waking up in episode 24 is one of the steps that initiate the finale of the series.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Riddler was smashed in the noggin with a mace during ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', was in a coma for the "One Year Later" time skip, and woke up A) having forgot Franchise/{{Batman}}'s secret identity, and B) free of his compulsions for both riddling and crime. He's currently a successful private detective, so fair play Edward!
** An [[spoiler: explosion]] has since restored the Riddler's criminal nature, though given the reality reboot that occurred shortly after there's no telling what the Riddler's mental state is.
* "Special Officer" Matthew Bright falls into a coma and is visited every day by fellow superhero Jason Miller in ''ComicBook/RisingStars''. When Jason eventually dies defending his comatose friend, immediately Matthew wakes up, declares to have heard everything told to him during the years and sets off on a revenge trip.

* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' plays this more realistically. In the Epilogue, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Gendo]] fell into a coma after a [[DrivenToSuicide self inflicted]] bullet to the brain. It's mostly convenient for Shinji, as he uses the opportunity to gain some closure while explaining what happened at the end of the story, but it ends with the possibility that the character may never recover.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': After [[spoiler:surviving a plane crash, Asuka]] was in a coma for several months. Shinji kept watch over her the whole time and finally realized what he’d fallen for her.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'':
** After fighting Zeruel, [[spoiler:Shinji was in a coma for a whole month.]] During that time bad stuff happened to his family because he was unable to protect them.
** When he woke up, he found out that [[spoiler:Asuka was also in a coma after fighting Arael.]] Her coma delayed their reunion until the War was over.
* After the FinalBattle in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', [[spoiler:Ritsuko]] was rendered comatose. Maya looked after her while she was in a coma, but she had to wait for a long while until Ritsuko woke up and they had their "happily ever after".
* In ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'', [[PhysicalGod Daniel]] rescued Asuka's mother, but Kyoko was in a coma because her mind and her soul were badly damaged, and she wouldn't wake up until the end of the story.
* At the beginning of ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Asuka is in a coma for several weeks while Shinji recovers a bit from Kaworu's death.

* ''Film/GoodByeLenin'' used the coma of the lead's mom as a form of TimeTravel from communist Germany to capitalist Germany.
* In the movie ''Just Like Heaven'', [[spoiler:Elizabeth had become comatose after being in a car crash. Her sister wanted to pull the Life Support after a while, but the Power of Love made her wake up at the last second. She can't remember the time she spent as a "ghost" when she was comatose until she touches David at the very end.]]
* ''Film/KickinItOldSchool'' used a similar (but 20-year) ConvenientComa much less believably.

* In K.J. Taylor's ''Literature/TheFallenMoon'' trilogy, Arenadd makes use of this trope whenever he ‘dies’, frequently allowing him to escape when security is lessened over his dead body. Most notable in [[spoiler: Herbstitt where he actually goes as far as being buried.]]
** Also [[spoiler: after being captured by Erian and [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] in Malvern:]]
-->[[spoiler:''' Laela:''' How did you escape?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Arenadd:''' I let them [[TheManTheyCouldntHang hang me]] first. ''The Risen Sun'']]
* There are several in''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga''.
** Lanalor’s body is preserved in one using modern technology while most of his spirit is busy running things as Ronaall.
** Ember’s tumour will cause her to fall into one just before she dies. [[spoiler: It is likely that this is when she will complete her quest as the Unraveller to free the Unykorn.]]
** A minor character, the Shadow, is in one and is occasionally used to [[ComatoseCanary demonstrate the battle against Chaos]].
* In ''Literature/{{City of Bones|2007}}'', Jocelyn [[spoiler:induces a coma on ''herself'' to avoid anyone squeezing information out of her about the whereabouts of the Mortal Cup. The only person who knew how to revive her aside from the warlock that cast the spell was an old acquaintance, who gets killed early on in ''City of Glass'']].
* Dread, the [[PsychoForHire psychopath]] from Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' ends up in a coma where all his victims as hideous monsters forever chase him through an eternal Outback. Unusually vengeful end for a villain of this author but ah, so fitting.
** The basic plot premise for the novels is that the Grail Brotherhood and its massively complex computer network are implicated in the unexplained comas suffered by thousands of children around the world, including the protagonist's brother. [[spoiler:The comas turn out to be caused by the MindControl powers of the Other. True to the trope, the destruction of the Other releases the children, but the story is at least realistic in how it treats the physical effects of a months- or years-long coma.]]
* The alien Tendu of ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' have healing powers. They'll casually put patients into comas so the patient's energy can be applied wholly to healing, and to keep them from moving around during multi-day healing sessions.
* Chapter 23 of ''Literature/FiftyShadesFreed'' has Anastasia in a coma. After hitting her head and suffering from a hairline fracture in the skull and some broken ribs, [[ArtisticLicenseMedicine she's in a coma, despite having no brain-swelling]]. She spends a little over one day in a coma, where she is still lucid enough to hear all sorts of conversations taking place near her perfectly, and then wakes up with no repercussions and the drama of Christian [[spoiler: being angry and unhappy that she got pregnant]] is completely gone.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[spoiler:Louis Lewis]]' coma in Season 5 of ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' had Susan's main love interest Mike put into a coma. Over six months later, she tentatively hooked up with a man she met at the hospital who's wife had been a coma for many years. Of course, the prominence of this trope has lead viewers to assume that all coma patients wake up eventually, and thus accuse them both of cheating on people who were going to wake up any second. (Although, this being TV and not real life, Mike actually did...)
** Previously, in the first season, Carlos's mother was run over by a car a few minutes after discovering Gabrielle's adultery. After several weeks spent in a coma, dreaming about the moment where she will wake up and tell her son; she suddenly awakes in the middle of the night when the nurse is taking a break; she jumps on her feet, slips, falls down the stairs and [[ShootTheShaggyDog dies]]
* The newly regenerated Tenth Doctor spends the majority of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Christmas Invasion" special completely out of it while aliens are in the process of invading.
* In a ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode, a woman is killed by a bomb mailed to her. Monk's investigation leads him to one of her brothers, who turns out to be in a coma. In fact, Captain Stottlemeyer remembers the incident. The guy deliberately hit his police cruiser and tried to run, only to be blindsided by a truck. After the guy wakes up from his coma, Monk reveals that the guy planned to kill his siblings to get all the inheritance, so he glued the packages with bombs in such a way as to drop after a certain time. His plan was to get arrested for reckless driving and spend the time in jail. The coma was an accident but gave him an ever better alibi.
* The early 90s Canadian TV series ''Series/TheOdyssey'' had a comatose young teen undergoing a sort of internal hero's quest as the basis of the series. After he awoke he slowly regained his physical abilities, progressing from a wheelchair to cane to walking unaided; however he wasn't affected cognitively by either the coma or the initial TBI, the biggest challenge in that area being catching up on two years' missed school.
* Prince Charming aka David Nolan in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' was in one of these in his first appearance in Storybrooke, due to having died before the Dark Curse was activated.
** [[spoiler: Henry]] also goes into one after Regina's poisoned apple turnovers.
* In the last episode of series one of ''Series/TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer'' Bob plays a practical joke on Vic after which it is revealed that the entire series has been {{all just a dream}} dreamed by Vic in a deep and life-threatening coma. After one last rousing song and dance routine Bob unplugs his life support machine, killing him.
* During Season 2 of ''Series/OneTreeHill'', Nathan Scott falls into a coma when he is involved in a car accident while on a racetrack. During his coma, he has a dream where he and his half-brother, Lucas, have switched lives.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Kramer watches the first half of a movie about a comatose woman and asks Elaine to pull his plug if he is ever in a coma. When he watches the second half and learns that it's possible to ''wake up'' from a coma, he searches for Elaine to tell her he doesn't want his plug pulled after all, but he gets hit in the head and knocked out before he can find her. Elaine brings him a VCR and a movie to cheer him up while he's in the hospital, but finds him asleep. She unplugs a device from the wall so that she can plug in the VCR, and [[NotWhatItLooksLike Kramer wakes up just in time to see her standing over him with a plug in her hand]].

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* Used twice in ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.
** Bat, brother to Acro, who was put into a coma after [[spoiler: Regina put pepper on his scarf, causing her lion to sneeze when Bat stuck his head in the lion's mouth. This is why Acro tried to kill her.]] By the end of the game [[spoiler: he hasn't woken up and it's unclear if he ever will.]]
** [[spoiler: Godot/Diego Armando]] was poisoned and sent into a coma for years. He woke up to find that [[spoiler: his love interest Mia had been murdered]] and set out on a crusade against [[spoiler: Phoenix Wright, who he blamed for not protecting her.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' add on ''Broken Steel'' [[spoiler: has both the player and Sarah Lyons(if she survived)]] fall into a coma for two weeks after [[spoiler: the purifier is activated]].

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* In VisualNovel/{{Suika}}, after spend the whole time in a coma, [[spoiler:Sayo]] wakes up just in time for the epilogue.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' after the show was {{Uncanceled}}, the crew had to be revitalized after a painful entry back to Earth. Something went wrong with Leela, causing her to fall into an irreversible coma, which she naturally wakes up from just before they bury her (though granted, Professor Farnsworth's method of trying to wake her up before declaring his verdict...really left something to be desired).
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', Duke is grievously and bloodily wounded by Serpentor's snake staff. He uses his last wheezing gasp to force out the words "Go... Joe..." before collapsing, at which point one of the bystanders hilariously exclaims "he's slipped into a coma!" He stays in it for the entirety of the movie and comes out at the end offscreen. The original plan had been to kill Duke off, but ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' came out a short time earlier and the writers hastily rewrote the scene to avoid seeming to copy Optimus Prime's death.
** "Hastily" isn't the word: these two lines of dialogue are all that indicates Duke's in a coma. In some releases of the movie, Duke actually dies.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' Michelle's coma after inhaling toxic fumes serves as the main plot point, and her friends have to set out on a quest for the herbs that will revive her.