open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- In One Piece, Brook once plays a special tone on his violin that puts his foes (and his own captain) nearby to sleep. The pirate Bobbin, a member of Big Mom's crew, can do something similar by ringing his head like a bell.
- In Naruto, Gaara has the Forced Sleep Technique. Instead of using it on others, he uses it on himself, because his Bijuu takes over his body while he's asleep.
- Mystogan of Fairy Tail uses a seriously powerful field of sleep magic whenever he comes to the guild to get a job that usually knocks out everyone in the room. Even Makarov feels drowsy when he comes around.
- In Pokémon, Jigglypuff inadvertently puts its audience to sleep whenever it sings.
- In Gate, Tuka and Lelei both know spells that can make people fall asleep.
- In Nightmare Inspector, Hiruko uses his magic as a baku to put his clients to sleep so he can enter (and eventually consume) their nightmares.
- Runaways has two instances. First, prior to her escape, Molly's evil mutant parents use their psychic abilities to force her to go to sleep (and it's implied that they've done this before.) Much later, Nico uses the "Settle Down" spell to force Klara to sleep after the latter suffers a panic attack... which, of course, pisses of Molly after she finds out about it.
- In The Sandman, Dream is capable of compelling mortals to sleep.
- In Shadowpact, the villain White Rabbit has an enchanted sword that causes instant sleep when it draws blood.
- In Marvel Comics' DP7 Lenore exudes an energy from her skin which sucks up the life energy of those exposed to it, so if anyone sees any of her their energy gets sucked out of them and they pass out. One of the other Displaced is a Speedster who can't turn off his speeding, so she exposes her face to him so he can sleep once in a while.
- At the end of Tintin: Flight 714, aliens use their psychic powers to wipe everyone's memories of the events on the island, then compel them all to sleep.
- Inverted in an issue of Legion Of Superheroes where the government of the planet of Naltor, most of whose citizens have precognitive abilities, transmits a signal that prevents the planet's youth from sleeping, because sleep is necessary to their precognition and the government don't want them to see the future, in which there is a war coming that will necessitate a draft.
Film — Animated
- Near the end of The Flight of Dragons, an entire flight of dragons is disabled by an enchanted flute that puts dragons to sleep when it's played. However, it has no effect on Bryagh, Ommadon's dragon - and since it also put the good dragon to sleep, he's able to descend on the party all but unopposed.
- In Sleeping Beauty, after Princess Aurora succumbs to Maleficent's enchanted spinning wheel, the three good fairies cast a spell on everyone in the castle so that they'll all sleep until she wakes up.
Film — Live Action
- In Dark City, the Strangers are capable of putting humans to sleep at will simply by waving their hands and saying "sleep". They do this quite regularly in order to perform their experiments on the people in the city. One of the Strangers has the Meaningful Name Mr. Sleep.
- The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz seems to have the ability to create poppies that cause this effect.
- This is an ability of the rogue angel Gabriel in The Prophecy. It takes inspiration from The Bible, where the Archangel Gabriel has the ability to make people collapse in a stunned heap with his mere presence.
- In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, E.T. lulls Elliott to sleep when they first meet, presumably in order to establish their psychic bond.
- X-Men: First Class: With his psychic powers, Charles Xavier puts a Soviet general and a soldier that Erik had covered in barbed wire to sleep.
- The Force Awakens: When the First Order comes looking for the map, Kylo Ren determines Rey has seen it when he finds her and waves his hand in her face, causing her to fall unconscious.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Mantis can make people fall asleep with a touch. It even works on Ego the Living Planet.
Folklore and Mythology
- In European folklore, the Sandman is said to bring sleep and good dreams to children.
- In Dragon Bones, a Jerkass God does this to one character who "woke up too early" while sleeping on the ruins of his temple. He had to talk to the protagonists, and wanted no listeners.
- In The Dresden Files, putting people to sleep is one of the few mind-influencing effects that is not considered illegal by the White Council. That's because it's used exclusively to induce dreamless sleep in victims of psychic attacks, providing relief from their mental suffering.
- In Firestarter, Andy uses his Compelling Voice to tell a Shop agent to "go to sleep." The man remains asleep for six months, and even after he wakes up, every time somebody mentions the word "sleep" in his presence, he will fall into a deep slumber again that usually lasts for four hours to a day.
- Stephen King uses this one again in Doctor Sleep, with Andi being the character with this power.
- In the Old Kingdom series, ringing the bell Ranna can put both the living and the Dead to sleep. Charter Magic can be used to the same effect.
- The Saga of the Greenlanders: Shortly after killing several natives on the headland of Krossanes, Thorvald and his companions suddenly get so sleepy they cannot stay awake. A supernatural voice wakes them up just in time to escape from a host of vengeful natives. The implication is that the natives have cast a sleep spell on them.
- In The Silmarillion, Lúthien can cast almost any kind of creature into an enchanted sleep. It even works on giant demon-wolves and fallen Valar.
- The Girl From The Miracles District has a calligraphomancer - a witch working by writing - whose favourite spell seems to be the one that puts everyone in its area of effect to sleep. She usually doesn't add the wake-up time to it.
- Sam, from Sam & Cat has the ability to pinch someone KO, as seen in the episode "#peezyB". It's (very lightly) implied that the victims fall asleep, as the victims are being told "good night" beforehand and are referred to as sleeping FAR more often than as unconscious.
- Quinn from Zoey 101 has a similar ability by pinching people's elbow which instantly knocks them out.
- In the episode "What Is And What Should Never Be" the djinn induces a sleep state, where a person's greatest wish is true, while he drains blood from his victims.
- Angels have the ability to induce sleep in human targets by touching their forehead. Castiel demonstrated this with Bobby in his first appearance but otherwise rarely uses it, opting for the Touch of Death instead.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The guys seem to invoke this from time to time. For example, from the U.S. version:
- In a game of Greatest Hits, Colin is able to put Ryan to sleep, simply by tapping his temple, and wake him up again by doing the same.
- In a game of Helping Hangs, Ryan has Colin grab Kathy Greenwood's face, then says, "Aaaaaand... sleep!" Kathy starts to stumble, as if to fall asleep on the spot, until Ryan says, "I'm kidding, I'm kidding," then she regains herself.
- A recurring joke in Mystery Science Theater 3000 has one of the characters yelling "SLEEEEEEEP!" at another, oftentimes in the middle of otherwise typical hypnosis-styled scenes in order to put someone to sleep.
- In the first episode of Merlin (2008), a witch puts Uther's court to sleep with a song. Merlin avoids the effects by plugging his ears.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- The wizard Sleep spell puts opponents to sleep.
- The cleric/priest spell Symbol has a Sleep variant that sends multiple opponents to slumberland.
- Some creatures have breath weapons consisting of sleep gas, such as the brass dragon (cone 70 feet long), moonstone dragon (cone 30 feet long) and kamadan (cone 30 feet long).
- The bite of a homonculous causes its target to fall into a comatose sleep for from 5-30 minutes.
- The gaze of a jackalwere makes its victim fall asleep.
- Certain monsters have the innate ability to cast the Sleep spell, such as ice lizards, night hags, ogre magi and the slaad lord Ygorl.
- Pixie, sprite and hybsil arrows cause the target to sleep for 1-6 hours.
- A satyr can use its pipe to play a tune and put other creatures to sleep.
- The sussurrus gives off a "dronesong" that could put undead to sleep.
- In Module IM3 The Immortal Storm, while in a technological plane where their magical powers are suppressed, when the Immortals use a direct Power attack on mortals, it puts the mortals into a comatose sleep for several minutes.
- Any creature coming within 20 feet of a sandman must make a saving throw or fall asleep for 30-130 minutes.
- The Brood Gibberling can infect another creature with a burrowing gibberslug by biting or spitting at it. When the burrowing gibberslug reaches the brain it will put the victim in a sleep from which they can't be awakened and cause them to suffer from horrible nightmares.
- The alternate magic system Spheres of Power has this as a talent in the Mind sphere, but it's not as much as a Game-Breaker as its Pathfinder equivalent.
- Most Final Fantasy games have a Black Magic spell called Sleep.
- "Sleep" in Warcraft III is a powerful Dreadlord spell when used correctly, as it keeps a single unit (including heroes) out of the fight for a long time along with interrupting channeling spells. It can be interrupted by attacking the sleeper, but fortunately units will only do so if ordered to.
- A multi-target spell in Golden Sun, represented by sheep falling all over the targets (but doesn't work that well). Several weapons have this as a side effect.
- Onmyōji has the Dream Eater whose special skill is this. Sakura-no-sei can also cause enemies to fall asleep, but the chance is extremely slim.
- Equipping any shikigami with at least four Makuragaeshinote mitama allows them a 20% chance to do exactly this.
- Many Pokémon have attacks that can do this. Jigglypuff is famous for it.
- In Tales of the Abyss, Tear can induce sleep using the first Fonic Hymn, Nightmare.
- In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, the Architect uses magic to put the Warden and their party to sleep.
- In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, the Music Box is a power-up that, after thrown, starts to play music that lulls all nearby guards to sleep.
- Folklore has a class of folk designed around sleep, which can send its victims into a temporary state of helplessness (though only two folk actually occupy the class.) Ellen can gain a cloak in the Faery realm that makes her immune to it, and the effect is required to catch or defeat certain other folk later on.
- In Lunar: Eternal Blue, enemies can be put to sleep by Herbal Breeze (in the original) or Jean's Sleep Dance (in the remakes). While such abilities are practically useless in many RPGs, one enemy in this game, Susie Death, is not only vulnerable to it but difficult or impossible to defeat otherwise.
- Seen in the backstory of the first Dark Parables game, "Curse of Briar Rose." Once she fell into her magical coma from the Evil Godmother's curse, the princess's good godmothers joined forces to put everyone else in the castle into the same magic sleep. Along came the prince to kiss her and wake her up, but True Love's Kiss failed. It woke up everyone else in the castle, but Briar Rose continued to sleep.
- In Overwatch, Ana can put enemies to sleep with her Sleep Dart.
- Vriska from Homestuck has mind control powers, but they only work on her own species. The only thing she can do to humans is put them to sleep.
- Subverted and Played for Laughs in this strip of The Order of the Stick. Vaarsuvius appears to have used a sleep spell on a group of goblins, but they actually bored them to sleep with a Wall of Text.
- In Freefall, Ecosystems Unlimited has a remote control that does this to Florence.
- The wizard Abraham from El Goonish Shive once possessed a single-use magic item that basically functioned as a sleep grenade, He was rather reluctant to use it due to its wide range, and the fact that he wasn't entirely sure that he could resist its effects.
- In Godslave, when Turner prepares to hunt for Edith across the museum, he puts a guide who's seen too much to sleep by a spell.
- In the webcomic Injustice: Gods Among Us, Zatanna uses a spell to put Batman to sleep after Batman wakes up from Superman having broken his back.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog. In, "The Sandman Sleeps," the Sandman is actually unable to sleep himself, so he decides to steal Muriel's sleeping sand to give to himself, causing Muriel to suffer from serious sleep deprivation. As it turns out, Courage finds the Sandman's lost teddy bear, so he returns the sleeping sand to Muriel so she can sleep again herself.
- One episode of Gargoyles has Oberon put the entire city of New York to sleep by shouting "SLEEP!"
- In Prep and Landing, Santa's elves carry bags of magic dust so that if the children wake up during present delivery, they can be put back to sleep very quickly.
- She-Ra: Princess of Power: The evil sorceress Shadow Weaver can conjure sleep mist that affects even She-Ra.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): Skeletor can do the same thing, as can Evil-Lyn.