Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!
And kissing is the only way to get her out of the coma. ....but he didn't know that at the time.
"Wanna know the best thing about unconscious chicks? They can't say no."
"What?! Oh yeah, like I'm the only one thinking it."
This is a kissing trope most common in anime and manga; the setting is a bedroom, or simply a place to rest, and two characters, one often harboring unrequited feelings for the other.
The premise is that one character is unconscious
, whether previously knocked out, feverish, comatose
, in a drunken stupor, or simply asleep; the other falls for 'their attractive sleeping face
', and unable to resist, leans in to lock lips...
This situation will progress differently depending on the genre of the series, and the status of the characters. They may or may not pull it off, resulting in an Indirect Kiss
, First Kiss
, etc., or they may be interrupted by another character bursting in
, usually including a guilty start.
It is not unknown for the other person to be feigning sleep when they realize that the character might kiss them.
Frequently used in shojo
series and shonen
love comedies, where the girl's vulnerability seems irresistible to the male character. This trope is fairly gender-equitable, though, as girls are also prone to this urge. In Real Life
, it is known as somnophilia.
to Converse with the Unconscious
Contrast Kiss of Life
, which is often mistaken for this. One common reason why Orderlies Are Creeps
in fiction is that they're often portrayed as being into this.
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- Implied to be imminent for a very drunk teenager who's last seen stumbling up the stairs from a party, with a drunken horny-looking guy in pursuit, from an anti-drinking PSA.
Anime and Manga
- Blood+: A gender-inverted example. Near the end of episode 43, Julia kisses an unconscious David in the hospital after he takes the bullet for her.
- Hot Gimmick: On one occasion, Hatsumi passes out drunk next to Ryoki. He takes this as an invitation to start groping and stripping her.
- In Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask finds a drunken, passed out Usagi (who took booze by mistake while infiltrating a ball). Knowing exactly what to do with a Drunken Sailor, he kisses her. A later episode in the first anime seems to acknowledge it as well when Usagi asks Mamoru if he remembers their first kiss. Mamoru suddenly acts very awkward and pretends he can't remember.
- In Sailor Moon Crystal, they kiss while Usagi sleeps outside after the fight.
- The Sailor Moon S movie has Luna - in her cat form - kiss her sleeping human crush Kakeru. (She was apparently inspired by Usagi's words about Mamoru looking very cute while asleep.)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya:
- Parodied during the student film episode "The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru". The star is Mikuru as the battle waitress from the future, who faints at one point and is carried to the home of Itsuki Koizumi, her in-movie love-interest. After putting her to bed, he silently deliberates over this, and gets very close to kissing her. She is acting, though, and uncomfortably aware of it. He is belatedly interrupted by Yuki Nagato's character, although there was a good chance of our completely disgruntled cameraman (and in-series narrator) Kyon disrupting the scene. And that's not the only creepy part... As Kyon points out, after she is knocked unconscious, Koizumi took her to his house instead of calling an ambulance, undressed her, bathed her, and then redressed her before trying to kiss her.
- In the novels and the rerun added episodes, this scene is slightly less humorous: Tsuruya and Haruhi spiked Mikuru's drink in order to 'improve her acting', which Kyon realizes from Mikuru's lack of resistance; he refuses to keep filming, and it's the only scene in the series where he becomes seriously angry with Haruhi, to the point of almost socking her in the face without realizing it before Koizumi stops him.
- Or, in the words of Yuki Nagato (sort of) herself: "You weren't going to kiss her, were you? 'Cuz she's unconscious. That would be really weird."
- Mikuru actually invokes this trope on herself in Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody. After she and Kyon travel back to three years ago, she falls unconscious. Her own future self appears and tells Kyon what to do. As a reward she says that he can kiss her (still unconscious) younger self if he wants to. I'm sure a lawyer, a philosopher, and a quantum physicist could have great fun getting drunk and discussing the ethical implications of this scenario.
- Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun:
- Shungo nearly does this to Reika, thinking it necessary to revive her. When she wakes up in his arms minutes later: "What are you doing, Ninomiya Shungo?! Don't tell me you've been doing This and That while I was unconscious? ...Actually, do it while I can remember!"
- She herself attempts to do this to Shungo, and possibly other things. Except he defends himself against her while he's sleeping.
- Tokyo Mew Mew: Happens more than once, and always with an explanation. However, even without said explanations, they're treated as some of the most romantic moments in the entire series.
- In Blade of the Immortal, Rin is harboring a reverse Bodyguard Crush for her bodyguard Manji, so when he passes out after a particularly exhausting adventure she takes the opportunity to plant one of these on him.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
- Subverted in Naruto Shippuden 68 as Fuka gave Naruto a "Kiss of Death" while he was unconscious. Then he woke up and was observing that blood in her hair was still there and then Naruto pulled her hair later which lead to her defeat.
- Slayers Next: Zelgadis, due to being 1/3rd Golem (he's also 1/3rd Demon and 1/3rd Human) is forced to become a ship's 'anchor' in order for Lina to catch a lake dragon. This, however, does not go very well the first few times, and Zelgadis ends up unconscious and seemingly drowned. However, at Amelia's suggestion of administering CPR, we see that Zelgadis is in fact, awake, or had just awakened, due to him blushing at the scenario of Amelia planting her lips on his, even if it's to save his life...however, when he cracks his eyes open, instead of Amelia, it's the elderly Chef who is about to administer the 'kiss of life', and he lays one right on poor Zelgadis.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion:
- Shinji deliberates on kissing Asuka when she sleepwalks into his bed. He eventually changes his mind when she calls out for her mother. Later she accused him of actually doing it, and when he implied he had indeed kissed her, she got shocked and flustered since she was just joking.
- Reversed (and a common cry by the audience) in End of Evangelion when Shinji doesn't kiss her but instead masturbates over Asuka's comatose body. Even he points out that he is "fucked up" afterwards. She (or a hallucination of her) later states she knows what he did, and sneers at Shinji for doing so.
- In Mai-HiME, Shizuru gives in to her repressed feelings for Natsuki and kisses her while she sleeps off her injuries. A few seconds later, Haruka and Yukino pop out from the nearby bushes to call her out for it. There are silhouette flashbacks of Shizuru undressing, with the implication is that she did a bit more than kissing, but it's unclear whether that was a flashback or a visualization of the worst possible case. The writers have refused to elaborate.
- The World God Only Knows: Haqua comes close to this after putting an exhausted Keima to bed on a couch. She ultimately doesn't go through with it.
- Marmalade Boy subverts this a bit. Miki is actually not unconscious when Yuu kisses her in the infirmary; she actually pretended to be unconscious to not have her Deadpan Snarker of a future step-sibling asking anything uncomfortable or mocking her for getting a basketball to the face in PE class. It didn't work, of course. Subverted further still when later on Yuu confesses that he knew she wasn't really unconscious.
- Love Hina did all the examples; Naru was angry Keitaro tried it, later became angry he didn't try it, then almost did it herself. The Unwanted Harem provide commentary.
- Occurred in one episode of the second Patlabor OVA in a rather touching scene with Captains Gotoh and Nagumo sharing a motel room.
- The Mahou Sensei Negima! manga uses this a fair number of times, mostly at the expense of poor little Negi.
- Twice straight, as a person considers or attempts making a Pactio with him (which involves kissing), and a couple of inversions, in which a person gets kissed by the sleeper.
- Chapter 253 plays it straight with Natsumi about debating about whether to kiss a sleeping Kotaro. She actually tries to do it, but gets interrupted by Haruna.
- And of course, in 286 Chamo tries egging on four different girls to do it at once, two of whom have a crush on Negi, while in front of Chisame. But an innocent Yuuna claims getting a pactio from him while he's asleep would be boring and cowardly.
- Played for laughs in the Excel Saga intro, when Watanabe almost does this to Hyatt, but she slams him into a wall.
- In Kannazuki no Miko Chikane kisses an unconscious Himeko as a "birthday gift". Of course Himeko fades into conciousness just when this occurs, but fades back out more or less right away.
- Hayate the Combat Butler:
- Subverted beautifully by the anime: Nagi attempts to have her (presumably) First Kiss with Hayate while he's asleep. Naturally, he suddenly opens his eyes at the last moment and completely misinterprets the situation. Cue violent off screen pummeling by irate Nagi.
- In Ch. 360 of the manga, Hayate himself appears to be doing this to Hinagiku after she falls asleep in his room. Thankfully it wasn't Nagi who walked in so he was probably able to explain that he was simply moving her someplace more appropriate for her to sleep.
- Angel Sanctuary: Setsuna kisses Sara in her sleep. It's bonus points, as they happen to be blood siblings. And their mother catches him in the act. This is a subversion, in that Sara was really awake but pretended to be asleep because she wanted Setsuna to kiss her.
- YuYu Hakusho:
- In the first arc, during the time in which Yuusuke was technically dead (although his inert body was given pseudo-life in order to preserve it), Keiko has to kiss him in order to revive him in a kind of spiritual CPR.
- Before that, Keiko almost kisses his unconscious body while he invisibly and fervently protests, but is interrupted by an announcement from the Neighborhood Watch Committee that kicks her back to her senses.
- Ai Yori Aoshi:
- Tina and Kaoru are forced to spend a night in a love hotel (chaste, since they're only friends), on account of rain and having missed the homebound trains. While Kaoru is asleep, Tina silently debates with herself about kissing him. Judging from her thoughts the next day, she went through with it several times (and seemed alternately happy, but regretful at taking advantage of him). Kaoru didn't notice.
- Tina and Aoi have each kissed a sleeping Kaoru on several occasions, starting when Aoi and Kaoru were toddlers. Aoi usually told Kaoru about it afterward. Tina, for whatever reason, didn't.
- Also, those Bedmate Reveals indicate that the girls living in the manor have no qualms about entering Kaoru's room, climbing into his bed, and cuddling up with him - all while he's fast asleep.
- When Souichi in The Tyrant Falls in Love becomes so drunk that he forgets to lock the door to his bedroom before going to sleep, Morinaga decides that this is the perfect opportunity to steal a few kisses from him. Souichi's murmuring of Morinaga's name in his sleep only stimulates Morinaga into performing increasingly more explicit actions...until Souichi wakes up. Cue Armor-Piercing Slap.
- In the manga Happy Hustle High Yasuaki kisses Hanabi when she's passed out drunk, thinking "She looks so innocent... guess she feels safe around me. Her mistake!" She actually told him she loved him while sleeptalking. On the other hand, the 'waking up naked under the same blanket' bit was just a prank played on them by a friend who didn't approve of them skipping school to play video games.
- In FAKE, Dee insists on keeping an eye on Ryo when the latter falls ill. When Dee finds that Ryo has fallen asleep, he takes a moment to thank the Lord for this opportunity, and leans in. Ryo wakes up when their lips meet (Dee has his eyes closed, so he doesn't realize that Ryo awoke), is ticked off at first, but then decides that being kissed by Dee isn't so bad after all, and even closes his eyes again.
- Ayane in Gate Keepers 21 is kissed while comatose by Big Bad Stalker with a Crush Yuurei Shoujo, while the former's boss and partner watch helplessly. Made more disturbing by the fact that, as her name implies, she was a ghost, and at the same time, appeared much younger than the person she was molesting.
- Gender-flipped in Mazinger Z. Kouji Kabuto is seriously injured after he has an actually serious fight with his partner Sayaka (they usually have Slap-Slap-Kiss fights, but this one gets worse) and she refuses to back him up in battle. A grief-stricken Sayaka takes care of him in the hospital and later kisses him in his comatose sleep.
- Played straight in the manga version penned by Gosaku Ota, when Boss kissed an unconscious Sayaka before leaving for battle, thinking he was going to die.
- After their second kiss in Fruits Basket, Kyo admits to Tohru that he first kissed her while she was unconscious. To be fair, Tohru actually did regain consciousness and say some comforting words to him when she noticed he was crying. He simply didn't realize that she'd once again fainted before he kissed her.
- Koizumi in Lovely Complex falls asleep while attempting to memorize a menu for her waiting job. Completely taken in by her less-than-graceful face, Kohori can't help but lean in for a kiss. Doesn't help that Otani just so happens to catch him in the act, either.
- Boys Love example: Narrowly averted in the beginning of Okane Ga Nai, Kanou almost kisses Ayase, who is unconscious and drugged at the time. After deciding against it he ends up opting for forcing himself on Ayase as a way to express his affection.
- In School Rumble, in a flashback, Harima almost does this to Tenma after he rescues her from some lecherous thugs, but he can't quite muster the courage. However, she does wake up while he's hovering over her, leading her to assume the worst, smack him, and leave with a very obligatory "Thank you." This results in Harima growing a beard and wearing sunglasses so that she won't recognize him, thus explaining his current appearance.
- In Chrono Crusade, Chrono comes down with a fever, and Rosette is told by a Fortune Teller that the way to cure a fever is to kiss the ill person. Rosette finally gets the courage to try it on Chrono while he's sleeping.
- Near the end of Macross Frontier, Luca kisses the comatose Nanase before leaving to fight the final battle. He gets back just in time to see her wake up.
- Axis Powers Hetalia has England being almost molested by his Sitcom Arch Enemy France, when he's bedridden because of a really bad cold. However, America walks on them and France has to back off.
- Also Holy Roman Empire pretends to be asleep in an attempt to get Chibitalia to kiss him to wake him up... Chibitalia just jumps on him instead.
- Subverted in Detective Conan. Takagi looked like he was passed out during file 637, a bit before Sato kissed him. He was perfectly conscious afterward. The Shonen Tantei Dan had used the excuse that Takagi had just taken medication before, so Sato and Takagi actually got to kiss, instead of the usual issue where they almost kiss, but always fail.
- In the manhwa Threads Of Time, Sali Tayi doesn't really kiss the coma-induced Sa-Lum so much as he just out-and-out rapes her. Even his own soldiers pretty much have a "Dude, she's like, in a coma!" moment. And he wonders why Atan Hadas doesn't like him...
- In Hidamari Sketch, Yoshinoya-sensei can be stopped just barely before she kisses Hiro, who is unconscious after she severely bumped her head. Of course, given Sae is present...
- Happens in White Album when Touya falls asleep during his tutoring gig. His student almost kisses him when he's asleep (in a cute little attendance to detail she actually pulls back her pigtails to keep them from brushing his face).
- In Full Metal Panic!, Kaname almost kisses Sousuke after he fell asleep when she finished cutting his hair. She restrains herself, however, because she felt embarrassed that she would want to take advantage of him in his sleep. So instead, she stops herself by dunking his head in water.
- Tessa, on the other hand, has no qualms about trying to take advantage of Sousuke while he's sleeping. The first time, she actually does manage to sneak into his bed. The second time, however, she's shown to quietly try to sneak to him, only to be caught by Mao (who proceeds to handcuff herself to her, so as to make sure she doesn't try anything funny with Sousuke while he's unconscious).
- Tessa also tries to kiss Sousuke in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu when he was dragged unconscious out of the school pool after belly-flopping in to try and save her. She loudly and dramatically declares that he needs CPR and as she leans in to put her mouth to his, Kaname pulls her back by the hair and angrily points out that he doesn't need it.
- While in The Second Raid OVA ("The Battlegroup Commander's Sort of Boring Day") Mao is seen groping Tessa's breasts after she'd passed out from drinking too much. Imagine for a moment if this were Kurz instead of Mao...
- In Girl Friends, Mari first kisses Akko after Akko unexpectedly falls asleep.
- This happens again near the end of the series.
- Lampshaded and averted in Eureka Seven: Talho jokingly accused Renton of wanting to "do lewd things" to the sleeping Eureka.
- In Rozen Maiden, Shinku kisses Jun on the cheek before leaving to battle Suigintou.
- In Hana-Kimi, after Sano rescues Mizuki from being raped, they fall off a cliff and Mizuki sprains her ankle. Later, she develops a bad fever and passes out. Sano kisses her while she's unconscious and takes care of her until help arrives.
- In Strawberry Marshmallow, when Miu convinces the group to dress up and sneak into Matsuri's house on Christmas Eve to "preserve her innocence", Nobue finds Matsuri's sleeping face irresistible ands moves in for a kiss, only to be slapped out of it by Chika.
- In Please Teacher!, it took until episode 7 for the main couple to have a conscious kiss. Their technical kiss was in episode 4, but given Kei's condition of routinely falling comatose, well...
- Mizuho kisses Kei for the first time while he's in a standstill and therefore unconscious.
- In Onegai Twins, both girls kissed the main character while he was asleep after they both admitted to each other that they both loved him. This was during the time before they figured out which one was his twin.
- In D.N.Angel (manga only) Dark tries kissing Risa who's in bed with a fever only to get caught by Riku. To be fair he was probably using healing magic.
- Hayate from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Sound Stages shamelessly takes advantage of Signum's breasts while the latter is asleep, to save Signum from being embarrassed if she asked her.
- Happens in Bleach, when Orihime visits a sleeping Ichigo before departing to Hueco Mundo. She confesses her feelings, leans in to kiss him, but in the end is unable to do it.
- Kozue in Revolutionary Girl Utena leans over Miki (who has fallen asleep at the piano) and kisses him, presumably on the side of his face due to his position. She's interrupted by Anthy. Bonus: later in the episode, she tries to kiss a conscious Miki, who jumps back repulsed. Maybe because, you know, they're twins.
- Ironically, Sango from InuYasha does this to her dying fiancé Miroku. While he lies unconscious after being poisoned and his Wind Tunnel threatens to kill him, a grief-stricken Sango kisses him and asks him not to die before leaving to fight the Big Bad since killing him is the only way to save Miroku's life.
- One of the first things to drive a wedge into the Litchi Hikari Club is not simply the fact that Dafu intends to free their captive Kanon, but the addition of masturbating over her comatose body.
- Female on male version in Nodame Cantabile Finale. Tanya steals a kiss from Kuroki while he's sleeping.
- A near female to male version happens in CLANNAD. During the One year before story, Kyou spots Tomoya taking a nap, and before she does anything, Sunohara catches her and immediately realizes what she's thinking. When he calls Kyou out on it, well poor Sunohara.
- Gunslinger Girl (manga). Hilshire is shot during an operation and his cyborg Triela has to remove the bullet. Triela has just discovered the details of her tragic past; realising she's a Morality Chain to her handler Triela decides to walk out on Hilshire after he passes out from the shock. She's unable to do so, rushing back inside the room and kissing Hilshire whilst making an Anguished Declaration of Love.
- Dengeki Daisy: Kurosaki plants one of the on-the-cheek variety on Teru while she's in bed ill. She's only half unconcious, but she's woozy and feverish enough to not recognize him, and it's implied she may have fallen asleep again anyway right after she finishes speaking to him and before he kisses her.
- In Fractale, Phryne kisses Clain in his sleep in Episode 9... right before she leaves to return to the temple in an attempt to stop the conflict between the temple and Lost Millennium.
- The second episode of Oh My Goddess!'s OVA has Keiichi vehemently trying to fight one of Urd's love potions when it makes him fall in love with Sayoko, instead of Belldandy. He passes out in a crag by the beach, and Belldandy manages to wake him up with a kiss.
- Played for Squick in Berserk when the King of Midland begins molesting his daughter, Princess Charlotte, as she lay sleeping. He then proceeds to undress and tries to rape her. She woke up to this part, fought him off, and ran away from home.
- When Guts saves Casca from a nasty fall: as she lays unconscious in their makeshift shelter, he briefly thinks about nailing her and blames himself for it right after. He does, however, gently brush her bangs, another early implication that Guts found Casca physically attractive despite their strained relationship.
- Guts' Near-Rape Experience involving Casca during the Millennium Falcon arc takes this form when he succumbs to his Enemy Within.
- In one episode of Tokko, Sakura kisses an unconcious Ranmaru before joining him in his Battle in the Center of the Mind.
- Happens more than once in Mawaru-Penguindrum. First Kaba kisses Himari on the lips when she's asleep after having been revived. Later, Shoma ends up taking Ringo's first kiss while giving her CPR. And later it's used quite more darkly when Ringo drugs and almost rapes Tabuki to have him impregnate her, with Shoma barely managing to stop her.
- In one chapter of Rosario + Vampire, Kurumu, through a complicated set of circumstances, ends up with an unconscious Tsukune on her bed. She considers stealing a kiss from him, but her conscience keeps her from doing so.
- Ranma ½: When Ranma gets knocked unconcious by poisonous plants, Shampoo sees this as an opportunity to try and steal a kiss. Akane doesn't approve.
- Also, Kodachi. She has tried to kiss (and do more than kiss) him while he's unconcious and while he's immobile. All instances due to paralysis powder or some other potion of hers.
- Kuno once attempted to kiss Akane while she was unconcious and kiss "the pig-tailed girl" after she passed out.
- In the second light novel of The Familiar of Zero, Saito started undressing Louise while she was asleep so he could have sex with her.
- Both Tomoe and Mizuki kiss Nanami while she is unconscious in Kamisama Kiss and both do it for the same reason on top of that.
- Applies in A Cruel God Reigns when Jeremy accompanies Pansy to a party where he is heavily drugged, carried into a room, and gang raped. Although not completely unconscious and he ingested the drugs of his own will, he cannot stand and Ian and Savage had to physically carry him to Savage's car.
- Sugou in Sword Art Online starts touching Asuna's face while she's still hooked up to life support. Kirigaya (Kirito) gets noticeably upset. For added creep factor, he explains that he has the right to do it, because his company is keeping her alive.
- Sakura Trick: Haruka is asleep at her desk, so Yuu decides to kiss her pretty much everywhere she can reach (which doesn't include the mouth). Though, these two kiss often enough already.
- In ''Tomie, Tsukiko has her crush Yamazaki unconscious at her house. Her friend Michiko suggests kissing him while she has the chance, but Tsukiko shoots the advice down immediately. (The thought might've crossed her mind normally, but with all the Tomie madness going on, this is definitely not the time.)
- In A Certain Scientific Railgun, Kuroko tried to kiss Mikoto while she was sitting on a bench taking a nap. Mikoto woke up at the last second and punched her.
- In the Alan Moore Miracleman, Dr. Gargunza repeatedly rapes the unconscious form of Miraclewoman. Later, she wakes up thinking it's utterly laughable just how petty a man Gargunza was.
- In the Buffy season 8 comics, Buffy is put into a magical sleep that she can only be roused from by the kiss of true love. She and the kisser (Satsu) later end up having a one-night-stand... And then another one.
- In Cable & Deadpool #12 Deadpool and The Fixer enter Cable's house and find that the members of the mercenary team Six Pack are there, standing like statues and trapped in a telepathic conference with Cable. Fixer proposes taking advantage of the situation by looking down Domino's shirt, but Deadpool wonders why he would bother when there are fake images of her on the internet. Fixer than wonders which of them is more pathetic, himself for wanting to grope an unconscious woman, or Deadpool for not wanting to. Deadpool gleefully claims it's himself.
- A rare male example: Tom Strong gets this done to him twice, by a female Nazi super soldier and a hive queen of moon bat creatures. Both times, a child is produced, though only the son of the former ever reappears.
- Sara Pezzini from the Witchblade comics was knocked up by The Darkness' Jackie Estacado while in a coma. Then again, he wasn't in control of his body either..
- Rose Walker is the result of this in The Sandman series. The imprisonment of Dream causes several people across the world to fall asleep indefinitely. One of these is a woman who is a Vortex (like a Black Hole of dreams). Dream's sibling Desire fathers a daughter by this unconscious Vortex, and her daughter takes her Grandmother's place as the new Vortex.
- This was an actual story arc in the beginning stages of Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol. A villain named Red Jack, who may or may not be both God and Jack the Ripper, kidnapped comatose Rhea Jones and planned to marry her.
Robotman: What? This is insane! You can't marry her. She... she's in a coma, for God's sake!
Red Jack: Admittedly, her conversation is a little dull. But then again, love conquers all.
- One comic in the Marvel Mangaverse series had Black Cat steal a kiss from an unconscious Spider-Woman (who, in this universe, was Mary Jane). Spider-Man catches them... and can only go "Woah."
- A recurring theme in many Robert Crumb comics.
- In the fairy tale "Briar Rose" (the Brothers Grimm version of "Sleeping Beauty"), the prince awakens Briar Rose from her magical sleep with a kiss. It does not happen in Perrault's "Sleeping Beauty", where the princess just wakes by herself when the prince enters her chamber.
- In Giambattista Basile's "Sun, Moon, and Talia", the direct predecessor to "Sleeping Beauty", the enchanted princess Talia is raped and impregnated in her sleep, and finally awakened by one of her newborn twin babies suckling at her thumb and removing the magic splinter. Think about this the next time you watch Sleeping Beauty.
- In this Axis Powers Hetalia fancomic, Japan takes advantage of a sedated China (if you want to view it, you need to log on to Pixiv and enable R-18 images)
- In a less disturbing example, more than one fanfic has Japan kissing a sleeping Greece and Greece either turning out to have been awake the whole time or waking up halfway through and enthusiastically reciprocating the kiss.
- In a Glee fanfic, there is a case of a lesbian comatose kiss. There is also a first declaration of love involved.
- Rumors fly around the Gorillaz Slash Fic writers about what could have happened during the year 2D was in a coma. Murdoc probably is canonically enough of an outright bastard to at least consider it.
- In this totally EPIC Alternate Universe The Phantom of the Opera fic, Erik is in the hospital, unconscious. Christine feels guilty that he was injured protecting her, so she kisses him, thinking he'll never know. When he wakes up, he tastes something sweet and cherry-flavored on his lips. He later finds out what kind of lip gloss Christine wears...
- In The Second Try, a Neon Genesis Evangelion Peggy Sue fanfic, after the defeat of the Seventeeth Angel, Shinji visits a sleeping Asuka in the hospital, and unlike what he did in the original timeline, he kisses her. Asuka wakes up during the kiss and jokingly tells maybe he should have tried that the last time instead.
- Happens in the extremely popular Star Trek fanfic "Atlas", a rare non-squicky example of this trope.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Memories Born Of Fire, Christine Chapel takes advantage of Spock being asleep to sneak a kiss on the cheek, explaining to Kirk that she may never have the chance to do it again.
- In more than a couple of That Guy with the Glasses Kink Meme fills, The Nostalgia Chick chloroforms The Nostalgia Critic so she can have a little fun with him.
- At one point during Atlas Strongest Tournament, Rarity's rival Ran Biao "accidentally" knocks Spike out during weight training (by making him carry Tom), and tries to "use CPR" on him. Rarity shows up just in time to stop her and kick her ass.
- Done when Eragon looks upon Arya in the first book of Inheritance Cycle while she is passed out. Lampshaded because he feels embarrassed enough to catch himself thinking that. Combine this with an Intimate Healing scene and remind yourself Eragon is a teenager.
- From the Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- A sleeping Leia almost gets kissed in Splinter Of The Minds Eye. Fortunately for her (and the readers, and his own later peace of mind), Luke resists the impulse, vowing instead to protect her from everything, including himself. In Alan Dean Foster's defense, the book was published before they were revealed to be siblings.
- Luke Skywalker kisses Mara Jade while she was sleeping. Don't worry, he kissed her while they were both conscious by the end of the book.
- In The Halfling's Gem, Drizzt Do'Urden kisses Catti-brie after she has been knocked semi-conscious by a long fall—and she's already involved with someone, no less.
- Happens in the Wicked sequel Son of a Witch, when Candle has sex with the unconscious Liir and becomes pregnant. In the end she returns, long enough to dump their green-skinned daughter on him.
- In Lolita, Humbert attempts to invoke this trope by giving Lolita some sleeping pills so that he can fondle her without her knowing it. However, the pills turn out to not have as strong an effect as advertised, leaving Lolita just conscious enough for Humbert to decide not to take the risk. (They still do it in the morning, with her allegedly being the one who initiated it.)
- After their relationship has deteriorated, Humbert has sex with Lolita while she's sick and thus too bid-ridden to refuse him. He even says how warm the fever makes her, as opposed to her usual Ice Queen response to his advances.
- Happens in McTeague after the titular character gives Trina anesthetic. It's implied that this is his compromise between doing nothing and raping her.
- In the novel Olympos by Dan Simmons, a man must have sex with a woman in a technology-induced slumber in order to awaken her. He's creeped out by the idea, but manages to perform by thinking about his girlfriend. The woman refers to him as a rapist for the rest of their time together, but doesn't seem to hold it against him.
- Take a Girl Like You by Kingsley Amis. Jenny Bunn's would-be boyfriend date-rapes her while she is drunk and passed out.
- Ryel Mirai can't resist kissing his unconscious theoretically-love interest in Carolyn Kephart's Wysard. (Resisting any woman isn't his strong point, but most of the others are actively trying to seduce him.)
- Carolyn Chute's Merry Men has a disturbing version of this. The main character's wife has to have surgery to remove a brain tumor, but she comes out of it brain-damaged and functioning at about the level of a two-year-old and has to be taken care of by her family. Over the course of the book, the husband repeatedly sneaks into his mother-in-law's house and has sex with his wife. It's broadly hinted that the Writer is On Board with this, as one of the few times his wife manages coherent speech is calling out his name during sex.
- In the first book of the Amelia Peabody series Crocodile on a Sandbank Amelia comes out of a swoon to feel herself being tenderly held and kissed by her not yet husband Emerson with whom she has a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship going. Not only is she totally fine with it, she shams unconsciousness for a few more minutes to prolong the moment!
- In the Dragonriders of Pern novel Dragonsdawn, most of Sallah Telgar's children were conceived by her seducing her husband while he was half-asleep and unable to do anything but go along. The exception was their first child (Which was the reason they got married in the first place), which was conceived by her getting them alone and serving him a meal liberally spiked with aphrodisiacs.
- In Christopher Moore's vampire novels, vampires become nonconscious (possibly completely dead) from dawn to sunset. The protagonist once complained to her boyfriend about the time she woke up, sticky, dressed like a cheerleader.
- In the backstory of A Song of Ice and Fire, Lysa Tully had sex with Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish twice under dubious circumstances. The first was after a feast when he was passed out drunk after being rejected by her sister Catelyn. He thought Lysa was Catelyn. The second time, Petyr was in a hallucinating, semi-conscious state from a feverish wound gained from a duel.
- In the third Anita Blake novel the main vampire character Jean-Claude has to mark the main character before she dies of a monster snake bite. From what one character says it looked like Jean-Claude was struggling with the temptation of having 'his way' with her when she was topless and out cold.
- Russlan and Lyudmilla by Alexander Pushkin contains a part that the hero rescues his love, and takes her home while she is in an enchanted sleep. Pushkin lampshades the trope by stating that the narrator insisted Ruslan behaved honorably, and he believes that. Later, she is snatched by another guy who brings her home... not so clear about him, but considering he was in a hurry, it is entirely possible he averted the trope as well.
- In John Barth's Letters, Jerome Bray is depicted as routinely drugging women and raping them so as to get them pregnant. At least three of the main female characters receive this treatment; none of them seem terribly upset over this, nothing happens to Bray as a result, and one of his victims ends up in his care by the end of the book. All of which lead to the disquieting notion that Barth was intentionally playing this trope for laughs.
- Snow White gets two kisses in her sleep in Six-Gun Snow White First when a man comes into her hollow in a mining community, looking to rape her. When he sees her beauty, though, he is overcome by more romantic notions. The second one happens when Deer Boy tries to wake her from her enchanted sleep by kissing her.
Live Action TV
- A platonic version in Smallville. Clark kisses an unconscious Chloe on her forehead before he forces himself to wipe her memories of his secret.
- In Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), Sam finds an unconscious Kara and kisses her several times; this was actually a fairly heartwarming instance considering Sam had spent the last four months not knowing if she was even alive. Later when Sam is actually in a coma Kara kisses him and even crawls into bed with him; it is still heartwarming but also a major tearjerker since earlier in the episode the doctor flat out told her he was unlikely to ever wake up.
- In the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds," when Inara found Mal unconscious from Saffron's poisoned kiss, she kissed him on the lips - mostly in a panic - resulting in paralysis at a most inconvenient time, since some of the lipstick was still on his lips. Afterwards, she denies it ever happened.
- In an episode of Saturday Night Live, one man mentions to his friends that he's having a sexual relationship with one of his patients that he feels conflicted about. Since you're on this page, you can figure out the punchline to this story on your own.
- In United States Of Tara the gay son, Marshall, has the friend he's been crushing on over to his house to watch a movie that was assigned for English class. The friend falls asleep and Marshall works up the nerve to kiss him. His friend wakes up, and kisses him back.
- Carly of iCarly kisses one of her crushes of the week, after he fell down an elevator shaft.
- Ideal: Judith, being a recovering necrophiliac, takes advantage of Moz when he passes out during a party (he doesn't mind), and kisses Jenny during her coma.
- An episode of Law & Order deals with a woman who becomes pregnant... years after being put into a coma by a car accident. It's later revealed that her mother paid an orderly to rape her in order to produce a grandchild. The case gets... ugly.
- A similar episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had a woman in a coma pregnant. At first they thought it was this trope, but it turned out much worse. A dying man is having multiple women impregnated to harvest stem cells. Then he sues for custody.
- Another L&O episode had these couples using drugs for sex. The wife would take something, which would knock her out, and then her husband would have sex with her unconscious form.
- Torchwood's Jack does this to Ianto in a very unprofessional "Kiss of Life" fashion.
- Played with in "End of Days" when Gwen kisses Jack's dead-for-days body to say goodbye. (Though he then proceeds to revive).
- Subverted in an episode of Cheers. Sam is alone with a passed-out Rebecca and whispers to himself, "do it!". He proceeds to... dress her up in a bandito costume and draw a moustache on her face.
- Sue White impregnates herself with Mac's sperm when he's in a coma in Green Wing. Caroline is also seen kissing him and trying to lie next to him.
- Monica and Phoebe in Friends fawn over a guy they both like who is in a coma.
- Another episode of Friends had Chandler reveal he kissed a drunk Rachel at a party to get back at Ross for going out with a girl he liked. Ross then reveals that the night of the party was when he first kissed Rachel, while she was unconscious underneath a pile of coats. Subverted in the revelation that he didn't kiss Rachel, he kissed Monica
- Which leads Chandler to exclaim 'This is what I married into?!'
- Subverted in Northern Exposure when Maggie is offended that Joel didn't finish what they were doing when she passed out from sleep deprivation.
- In the Japanese drama Shokojo Sera (a remake of A Little Princess), this was done by both Sera and Kaito but both weren't on the lips. Kaito did it first to Sera on the forehead, while he and a sleeping Sera were waiting for a bus. Sera would do it to a sleeping Kaito on the cheek when she was forced to leave the academy.
- The titular character from Nodame Cantabile sneaks a kiss to the sleeping Chiaki's cheek, pointing out this was her chance. Of course, Chiaki was awake the whole time and he knew Nodame wouldn't have resisted the temptation to kiss him. He let her because he wanted to thank her for everything she had done for him.
- Referenced in the "Very Special Drew" episode of the The Drew Carey Show. Drew is marrying Kate, who's in a coma. She manages to wake up just in time to say "I do". Oswald notes that the honeymoon will be a lot less creepy now.
- In Call Me Fitz, Fitz gets Babs Devon to marry him while she suffers from Locked-in Syndrome. It gets a lot more fun when she suddenly wakes up to say I do.
- While Nancy is comatose in Weeds, Doug takes the opportunity to feel her up and even loosens her hospital gown so he can take a quick peek at her breasts. He just avoids getting caught in the act by Andy and Jill.
- A male version is the myth of Endymion, who is placed in an eternal sleep by the goddess Selene in order to preserve his beauty, and then apparently raped by her, producing fifty (!) daughters.
- In Mesopotamian Mythology, Ishtar/Inanna/whatever you want to call her falls asleep under a poplar tree, and a young man by the name of Shukaletuda is taken with her beauty and has his way with her. When she wakes up and realizes she has been violated, she sends plagues upon the Earth until she finds Shukaletuda (who had gone into hiding). He begs her for forgiveness, but she will have none of that and kills him.
- Romeo and Juliet. In one of the most famous scenes in all of literature, Juliet kisses a dead Romeo, who has taken poison due to thinking Juliet herself was dead. The kiss was both out of love and out of hope that a remnant of the poison would still be on his lips, thus killing Juliet. She has to use Romeo's dagger in order to finally end it.
- Romeo also kisses Juliet when she's unconscious/seemingly dead as his final act before committing suicide.
- Quest for Glory IV. You are given the opportunity to kiss or even "cop a feel" of a certain vampiress while she's asleep in her coffin. She's not too incredibly amused if you do.
- Ironically she's angry because she thinks you were trying to kill her in her sleep. Maybe it's better to let her think that.
- Even worse, if you take the obvious action and kill her, you end up dead. So fondling her is the ''best thing to do''. Huh. Way to go, Sierra.
- There "is* an option to shake her awake, which actually makes sense under the circumstances, since you've just found out that she's not the Big Bad, but rather the person keeping the Big Bad from going kill crazy on the entire area. So it's not so Family Unfriendly after all.
- The Fan Remake of King's Quest II has this as a possibility but you'll need a different tactic to wake Valanice.
- Star Fox Adventures. Fox would've kissed the unconscious Krystal if she was in reach and Peppy hadn't interrupted.
- The 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game comes to mind, with Princess Elise's necrobestial kiss with Sonic's dead body. In a Narmful inversion of the Sleeping Beauty archetype, her kiss brings him back to life so he can prevent the god of light from destroying all of space and time.
- Gender flipped in Sam and Max Hit the Road. Trixie the giraffe-necked girl falls in love with Bruno the Frozen Bigfoot (they're circus attractions). She reads him bedtime stories and bakes cakes for him while he's sealed in a block of ice. However, Bruno is eventually thawed and the two run away together.
- In Yosuga no Sora, Sora does this to Haruka... oh, and by the way, Haruka is her twin brother.
- Shining Force II for the Sega Genesis presented this, naturally, as the only way to awaken the otherwise comatose Princess of the Granseal Kingdom after the Big Bad was beaten once and for all.
- Rachel's gag reel in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift has Kokonoe attempting to subdue Ragna via Instant Sedation. When Noel asked for her plans about after he took the laced candy (which failed due to Litchi shattering it), Kokonoe let out some very suggestive dialogue (which the censoring only made worse).
- Subverted in Xenoblade with Melia and Shulk. The former considers doing this as a show of gratitude for all that the latter has done for her since they met, but she ultimately ends up being too bashful to go through with it. Said scene also happens be extremely easy to miss.
- It's also played straight earlier in the story with Shulk and Fiora
- This one could also count as a subversion. After the battle with Egil, the two wash up on the shore of the Fallen Arm, where Shulk awakens to find an unconcious Fiora. Shulk reasons that she needs water, and transfers it to her this way. Fiora wakes up immediately after, and "jokes" that it was her First Kiss.
- In Kira-Kira, the protagonist is overwhelmed with tender feelings for a childhood friend when he spots her sleeping, and bends over to kiss her, angrily stating that it's her fault, she's making him do this - and then accidentally drops his ice cream on her.
- Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai has a more extreme version of this. Having run out of ideas, Yamato's last desperate gamble to keep Chris in Japan is this. She wakes up partway through, and they end up going all night long. Surprisingly, it works!
- This Lit Brick strip creeps up the story of Hero and Leander.
- This Ménage à 3 strip.
- Used in Misfile, between a heavily sleeping Ash, a boy transformed semi-permanently into a girl, and his/her best friend, Emily, who thinks she's straight but definitely likes the guy-who's-biologically-a-girlï¿½ No interruptions occur, though afterwards, Ash reflects on his/her 'odd dream', while Emily silently rages that it didn't help clear up her feelings at AL Lï¿½
- Oglaf strip "Eight Legs of Love" Ivan wakes up to find a Giant Spider giving him oral. The spider confesses it usually bites him with a paralytic venom first when it does this, so he remains asleep through the act. Ivan is understandably horrified.
- Referenced in this Questionable Content strip.
- Faye jokes about removing Sven's brain, but keeping the brain stem, turning him into a living sextoy, after he has sex with another woman.
Dora: I was thinking more of buying you a vibrator.
Faye: Aw, you're no fun.
- In Red String, Morita moves to kiss the teacher she's been crushing on when she finds him dozing in the teacher's lounge. She realizes what she's doing at the last second and runs off.
- Is also used in the webcomic Something*Positive, where Davan is lying in bad after release from the hospital, sedated and semiconscious. Cue Kim, who, visiting to take care of him, is overcome by feelings of lust, and proceeds to have sex with the comatose Davan. Instead of complaining about the rape itself, he whines about not having been awake to enjoy it.
- Notably, the incident is very clearly indicated as rape, and is referred to as such for the rest of the series, even though it was non-violent and both parties probably would have been willing participants in different circumstances.
- The definition of rape is non-consensual sex. Whether he would have agreed or not is immaterial, as is whether or not it's violent.
- That spoiler up there is an Alternative Character Interpretation; read the whole arc, if you dare!
- Given a continuity nod later on when Kim pulls Davan into a supply closet:
Kim: "Davan, you're doing something different this time. What is it?"
- From the same site, we have this little reinterpetation of Sleeping Beauty.
I was told by an old hag that you were alone here, in a coma. I climbed your palace wall and snuck in here to wake you with the magic of physical affection. If I'd known you weren't in a coma, I'd never have laid a hand on you. [Beat
] Wow, that... that sounds really bad. Can we pretend I said that in a less rapey fashion?
- This disturbing throwaway line in Suicide for Hire, demonstrating the true levels of Sick Sadness in the comic's world.
- In Arthur, King of Time and Space, Morgan tells Lancelot this is the only way to save Guenevere. Being Lancelot, he finds another way.
- In Homestuck, characters may revive dead or dying friends by kissing them. This trope is averted when Vriska is nearly killed by Aradia, and Tavros has the opportunity to kiss her while she is unconscious. However, despite the urging of his patron Dersite, Tavros does not have the courage to kiss her.
- Lampshaded in this episode of Not Quite Daily Comic where Malène feigns unconsciousness but S-ko feigns not to notice and raises moral scruples.
- Tower of God: Lurker fondles Yeon's breast while she rendered will-less by a Puppeteer Parasite.