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->''"I know how much you like to sleep in, so I'm guessing this letter will be your alarm clock this morning. Did I guess right?"''
-->-- '''Zelda''', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' [[note]](She did)[[/note]]

{{Kid Hero}}es in video games usually aren't granted the courtesy of starting their adventure out in the thick of combat. That would just be cruel, unless they're being forced to undergo TrainingFromHell. In many cases, if the main character in a role-playing game is no more than [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteen years of age]], they'll likely start the game in bed, sleepy and bleary-eyed. A sibling, parental figure or, if it's a DatingSim, PatientChildhoodLoveInterest will usually be the one to awaken the hero, informing him/her that they're LateForSchool/an audience with the king/a date with their [[LoveInterests love interest]].

Very often begins with a dialog box on an otherwise empty black screen, which fades in to reveal the hero in bed after the person speaking has yelled at him to wake up a few times. Depending on how connected the character is to what is to come, there may be a [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dream as a form of prologue]] beforehand.

This is an easy way to get the character into their MorningRoutine, giving the audience [[EasingIntoTheAdventure a tour of their daily life.]] It may not look good for the character if he/she wakens up and finds out they [[LaserGuidedAmnesia can't remember a thing about themselves]].

Related to what the Website/TurkeyCityLexicon refers to as "White Room Syndrome," which is symbolic of the author starting the story without any idea of the plot or characters.

A form of EasingIntoTheAdventure. May be the "wake up and go to school" in WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld. Compare MorningRoutine. Not to be confused with DreamIntro.



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' also starts with a [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dream]], though the content of the dream differs between the anime and the manga.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Isshin Kurosaki]] tries this on Ichigo a few times but is foiled by the fact that Ichigo is already up and [[DynamicEntry doesn't like being kicked in the face]]
* ''Anime/CardcaptorSakura'' wakes up from a prophetic dream at the beginning of the first episode, as well as many others before the end of the Clow Card Arc.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' starts this way as well, although with a bit of a twist. In the manga, Chrono is sleeping in a car when Rosette gets a call to go on a mission. When he's slow to get up, Rosette (literally) kicks him out of the car. In the anime, both Chrono and Rosette are asleep in their car when they get the call--Chrono wakes up first and gently wakes up Rosette, since he's worried Sister Kate won't want to speak to him.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' episode 4, in its parody of [[DatingSim Dating Sims]], has this: Excel looms over the bed telling the player to wake up, or they will be LateForSchool. In the game, Il Palazzo kills Excel before even leaving the room because she lied to force him out of bed, earning a bad ending.
* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' starts with a dream the main character has immediately before hatching from her cocoon, and spends most of the first few episodes having the world of haibane explained to her, as she has no memory of who she is or where she's from.
* The borderline KidHero of ''Anime/LastExile'', Claus is introduced to us under this guideline. He's a hell of a pilot but it takes multiple strikes on a battered sheet of steel/iron to get him awake so he can [[JumpedAtTheCall inadvertently change modern warfare as Prester knows it]].
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'''s first scene has Nanoha being woken up by her cell phone, which apparently has a built-in alarm clock, and her father, notes he’s impressed that she’s able to get up on her own.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Spoofed this in the ''final'' episode of the series. Shinji is shown a vision of an alternate life for himself, in which his life is more like a typical shounen series--including being woken up by [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Asuka]].
** This is ''exactly'' how the ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays'' spin-off manga starts. Which makes sense, as said manga takes place in the same alternate universe--which is explicitly stated to be a real alternate universe.
* Parodied in ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}''. Kyousuke gets woken up by his mildly {{tsundere}} little sister in a stereotypically cute fashion; but he immediately realizes this is implausible and, right after a TitleDrop, [[AllJustADream he wakes up for real, having fallen out of bed while dreaming about his little sister waking him up.]]
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime begins this way, with Ash oversleeping and being late to get a Pokemon from Professor Oak, although missing the first three is how he ended up with Pikachu.
* Parodied in the first episode of the ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'' anime. Popuko wakes up and hurries to school, only to [[CrashIntoHello crash into]] Pipimi. Pipimi lends her a hand while the background turns into ''Anime/YourName'''s poster but Popuko ruins the mood and a nuclear bomb goes off, resetting her back to bed. This time Popuko crashes into Pipimi right outside her house and gets killed for refusing to [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger hand back her pendant]]. Popuko then wakes up yet again but she's now in a hut in the wilderness all of a sudden [[HereWeGoAgain and]]...
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' opens with Ahiru having a nightmare and tumbling out of her bed.
* ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' starts with just this trope. Moreover, because she has superpowers, she does a lot of collateral damage rushing to school.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' starts with an ActionPrologue, which turns out to be AllJustADream and becomes a Good Morning, Crono. After a few episodes, it switches to OrWasItADream.
* The title character from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
** When Minako got an episode centered on her during the first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]'s ''R'' season, it also started with her sleeping in.
* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' begins with Yoko having a dream about [[ManipulativeBastard a strange man]]?an important character who continues to taunt her for much of the first arc.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' also begins with a "prophetic dream" really a few moments of the dreamer's next day at school.
* ''Manga/YuruYuri'' begins with [[DecoyProtagonist Akari]] hitting the snooze button and going back to bed, until Kyoko abuses the doorbell, jarring her out of bed and making her realize she's going to be LateForSchool

* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', the story's second half begins after a TimeSkip when Shinji wakes up from a coma and Rei informs him that everything has gone to Hell in his absence.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Shinji and Asuka’s PeggySue adventures begin when they wake up and realize that they’ve gone back to the past.
* Likewise ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime''. Some of the time-travellers take it more calmly than others.

* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'': "Saigon. Shit! I'm still only in Saigon."
* ''Film/BeingThere'' opens with Chance the gardener being awakened by his television set, and as the opening credits roll we watch him as he gets up, tends to the garden (where there is a TV in the greenhouse), watches [=TV=] back up in his bedroom, and then goes down and waits for breakfast, watching TV while he does so. As Chance is a middle-aged man, this also serves as a good introduction to [[TheFool exactly what kind of person he is]]. And then the plot kicks in when the maid tells him the master of the house is dead.

* The introduction to 10-year old Literature/HarryPotter, in both the book and film version, involves him being woken up by his Aunt banging on the door of the cupboard he sleeps in, demanding he make breakfast for his cousin. Even before that, when we are first introduced to Harry, he is happily sleeping in Hagrid's arms, ending up woken by Aunt Petunia's shriek when she opened the door to put out the milk bottles.
* ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' begins with the main character waking up in his family's house in Moscow, having arrived there from Persia the day before. He then goes on social calls.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' wakes from dreams about monsters and rivers of blood to her mother Joyce yelling for her to get up before she's late for her first day at Sunnydale High.

* ''Theatre/DreamGirl'' begins with Georgina being woken up by an alarm clock, followed by her mother calling her to get up. She then briefly listens to a radio program that drives her into another daydream, which ends with her mother calling her again. (Her age is 23 going on 24, however.)
* ''Theatre/PokemonLive'' begins with Ash sleeping in and Pikachu shocking him awake.

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* The TropeNamer is one of the opening lines in the initial translation of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', where Crono's mom wakes him up to go to the Millennial Fair. Later, Crono has a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone bizarre dream]] where the exact scenario plays out with the MysteriousWaif instead of momma. And when you finish the game normally, the trope is again replayed, but this time with a soldier waking him up.
** A variant: at one point in the game, Crono and the party spend the night at Frog's place while a plot-critical decision is being made. Frog wakes the party with, "Awake'th, Crono!"
** The Dream is replayed in a [[MultipleEndings secret ending]] where Crono is a Reptite and his Reptite Mother wakes him up and he meets [[AlternateTimeline Reptite Marle]] in Millennium Fair.
** Oddly, advertisements for the Nintendo DS re-release referenced the line verbatim... even though in the retranslation the actual phrase isn't used.
** A similar occurrence happens in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', where Serge's mom wakes him up (from a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone prophetic dream]]) warning that he's late to a date with [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Leena]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'' the story starts with Tsumuji's mother waking him up to get meat for her to cook.
* In the opening to ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', demoness Etna awakens Prince Laharl by smacking him with a number of weapons, and is just about to ''shoot'' him when he finally wakes up. From a ''two-year'' nap. Talk about a HeavySleeper...
** Actually, you can hear her firing the gun earlier and if you check it after Laharl's awake, it's out of ammo. Which just goes to show even further how zonked out Laharl was.
** In the [[NewGamePlus "Etna Mode"]] for the PSP and DS versions she fires the shot, apparently accidentally kills him, and decides to become Overlord herself. [[spoiler:Except he turns out not to be dead at the very end of the story.]]
** From the creators' earlier effort ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'', the game starts with our heroine Cornet being woken up by her fairy puppet Kururu while she's mumbling about the prince of her dreams. Kururu, fed up with her charge's fantasy, [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender smacks her in the face with a sword]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Although ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' doesn't ''technically'' start with this, since the first couple minutes are a ColdOpen, the story proper begins with Chrom and Lissa waking up the Avatar in the middle of a field. [[spoiler: It's repeated, with an extra line of dialogue, if the player decides to sacrifice the Avatar in order to destroy Grima.]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', after the Prologue (which was a dream), the Avatar is awakened from their slumber by their {{ninja maid}}s Flora and Felicia.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' also starts this way, with the hero's mother waking him or her up for an audience with the king... on his/her [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteenth birthday]], no less.
** Ends up being a [[ChosenOne different trope altogether]], as the hero was raised from a young age to ''be'' a hero, and would start his/her epic quest on his/her sixteenth birthday by design.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'', you start with a dream in which you are defeated by the BigBad, after which you are woken by your sister. [[spoiler:Except it's the ''opposite''. You really did go to fight this guy, he curbstomped your group, and now you're playing as the Dream World counterpart of himself.]]
* The City Elf storyline of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' involves the player character being woken up by their cousin Shianni for their wedding day.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' love to do this:
** The first day of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' begins with the main character waking up in the morning.
** Stahn Aileron, the main character of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', has [[HeavySleeper narcolepsy]] as his entire gimmick.
*** As does his son Kyle in the sequel, to the point that his mother wakes him up in the same fashion that Stahn's sister did (by banging a ladle very loudly against a frying pan right next to his head)
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' begins with Lloyd being awakened from sleeping while [[StandingInTheHall standing up and carrying buckets]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' is an exception, but protagonist Senel ''does'' have a great deal of trouble getting up in the morning; one of the party usually has to go and wake him.
** Your created character in ''Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology'' wakes up at the foot of TheWorldTree and, yep...you've got amnesia. Of course, your character [[MysteriousWaif isn't the only one]]...
** The prologue in ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' turns out to be the protagonist's [[ReIncarnation dream about being a general in an alien war]]. The game proper begins as he wakes up from it.
** Like Lloyd, Shing of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' opens the game waking up from a daydream he has... ''while practicing swordplay''. Ouch.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' begins with Sora being woken up on the beach by Kairi. (Okay, ''technically'' it begins [[AllJustADream within the dream he's having]], but...)
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII The sequel]] starts with Roxas waking up in his room, but there is more to it than it looks like.
*** This happens again later when Sora, Donald, and Goofy wake up after sleeping for a year after the events of ''Chain of Memories''.
** Similar to the ''Kingdom Hearts II'' example above, ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' starts with Roxas waking up in his room in The Castle That Never Was.
* Link waking up at the beginning of each installment of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has become a tradition in the series ever since ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', as a StealthPun on [[KingInTheMountain "the hero's awakening"]] folktale motif. Over the course of the series, various Links have been woken up from sleep by [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast mysterious]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild voices]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening friendly strangers]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime fairies]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker siblings]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap their best friend]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword their best friend's pet bird]]...
** Double subverted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. The first cutscene with Link has him awake and talking with one of the villagers... but you're only given control of Link after a second cutscene, where he's woken up by a different villager the next day.
** The SpinOff game ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' uses this trope, except it's ''Zelda'' whose awoken from slumber (thanks to a CatapultNightmare), while Link is already awake and training with other soldiers in the castle courtyard.
** Completely averted in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI NES]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink originals]], ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages/Seasons]]'', and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords the]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures multiplayer]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes games]]. Those installments have Link wide-awake as someone who JumpedAtTheCall or managed to be the RightManInTheWrongPlace.
* At the beginning of the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' game, Isaac's mother awakens him... in the midst of a huge thunderstorm... in the middle of the night... to inform that a massive boulder is about to fall on the town.
** The "main" story of the sequel begins with Felix waking up after being knocked out by a tidal wave. I guess the writers really had something against the normal laws of sleep.
* ''VideoGame/AzureDreams'' starts out with the KidHero sleeping comfortably in bed...until his female friend and his little sister awaken him by violently jumping on the bed.
* In ''VideoGame/HeartOfDarkness'', the game opens with the protagonist being awakened by his SadistTeacher after falling asleep in class. Oddly enough, it sounded like the teacher was actually explaining something ''interesting'' for once...
* Also seen at the beginning of the online multiplayer game ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', although nobody is there to wake your character up from his/her slumber.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', you wake up to Amata telling you that your dad is gone, Jonas is dead, and her dad is trying to kill you.
** In fact, in Fallout 3 you wake up for the first time EVER, as you are born.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' you wake up in Goodsprings clinic a few days after having been shot in the head.
* ''VideoGame/OverBlood'' begins this way from a freezing tube.
* Oddly, ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' does this, but doesn't give you control of the character - in fact, the character is promptly knocked unconscious when, urm, civilization is wiped off the map.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' does this in the first game as well as having it as the opening of many of the chapters across the series.
* In a dark twist, ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'''s protagonist, The Nameless One, starts the game by waking up [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue on a mortuary slab]] with [[IdentityAmnesia no memory of who he is]] or [[OntologicalMystery how he got there]]. His wake-up call comes from a floating, [[DeadpanSnarker wise-cracking]] skull. His day doesn't improve from there, though it does (if you can believe it) get more interesting.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' starts this way too, but it isn't your mother waking you up... it's the crash-landing of a meteorite carrying future not-bee that does.
** It's treated more conventionally in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' when Claus wakes Lucas up by yelling at him to come and play.
** And ''VideoGame/{{Mother|1}}'' starts with you waking up to your house being possessed by ghosts.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' begins with Squall regaining consciousness in the Balamb Garden infirmary after a fight with [[TheRival Seifer]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen: Keen Dreams'', where (in the backstory) the protagonist is woken up by a bunch of enemies, which he quickly dispatches.
* In ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'', Agent 5 is awoken from a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone psychic dream that only he has]] to find he is late for work. In the UpdatedRerelease ''Pegasus Prime'', [[strike:Crono's mom]]a fellow agent calls him on his VideoPhone to inform him as such, and to see the doctor about all those ominous dreams he keeps having.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'', the hero is napping on a cliffside at the beginning and is awoken by a messenger nymph: "Rise, son of Cygna! It is the dawn of your 17th year. The elders await you in the council."
* An odd variant in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'': the game effectively starts with the player waking up old mentor and expert Professor Oak and then telling him the time.
** It's presumably you having a dream, one of those sorts when you start to wake up.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the player is instead woken up by their mother's Fletchling bumping into them.
* The main characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' get carried into Ivalice in their sleep. In the sequel however, the adventure starts sometime in the afternoon after school's over.
* ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]'' opens with a character trying to wake the protagonist with a spoon and bucket. How the player chooses to react to this sudden stimulus (wake up calmly, wake up fearfully, go back to sleep) helps determine the protagonist's attitude for the rest of the game.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' begins with the player character asleep on a spaceship. That's losing a fight with a Sith battle fleet. "HeavySleeper" doesn't even cover this.
** The second game begins very similarly, except that the entire prologue shows how the astromech droid gets the Ebon Hawk to Peragus II. It isn't until after you've been there a while that Kreia wakes you up. Things have not gone well since your arrival.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series subverts this, with various vicious wake-up calls. "Rub some acid into his eyes!"
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' starts by giving control to the player in the middle of protagonist Alex's dream, in which she's fighting off a neverending stream of zombies, probably to give you some level of the hang of fighting early on - no matter how you do, you won't take any damage and Alex wakes up, more properly starting off the game, after a set time.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords'' starts out with your father awakening you with a nasty [[StuffBlowingUp Kaboom]] spell and sending you on your way to the castle.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' uses this regularly in the main numbered games, almost always accompanied with a dream sequence:
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' begins with the hero having a dream where he is told he is the center of the balance between Law and Chaos... and then his mother yells at him to wake up. It's when he goes ''back'' to the dream that things get weird.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' starts with Aleph (under the name Hawk for the prologue) woken up by his trainer Okamoto immediately. The usual dream sequence is instead scattered throughout the prologue as flashbacks due to Aleph being an amnesiac.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' has the protagonist, on his way to visit a sick teacher, fall asleep before the game starts. The dream consists of said teacher foreshadowing the fact that the apocalypse is about to happen, as well as a few naming screens. He is then woken up by an announcement on his train.
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', Flynn goes through a MindScrew of a dream in which he is briefly introduced to each faction. At the end, his childhood friend Issachar wakes him up so they can make the Gauntlet Rite.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' starts with visions of the past before Nanashi is woken up by his childhood friend/adoptive sister Asahi for a mission.
* ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz'' also begins like this.
* Naturally ''VideoGame/LinearRPG'' in its parody glory uses this to start... each chapter.
* Your landlady yells at you to wake up at the beginning of the Gamecube ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' game (after a brief flashback sequence). She does this in subsequent days also, but eventually you either start waking up from a phone call instead or just on your own.
* The [[InteractiveFiction Text Adventure Game]] ''VideoGame/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' starts with you as Arthur Dent, waking up in
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'' subverts this; the game starts with Ryu being awakened by his grandmother... because their village is ''on fire''.
* Arguably appears in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. While the game technically starts with a scene of [[spoiler:the Normandy being destroyed]], the main gameplay starts with Shepard waking up [[spoiler:in a Cerberus lab that's under attack]].
** This trope is inverted before [[spoiler:the attack]]: Shepard wakes up [[spoiler:in the lab, but since s/he's not quite ready to come BackFromTheDead yet, Miranda tells him/her to go back to sleep...then administers a tranquilizer so Shepard doesn't have time to argue.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' begins with the player being brought out of suspended animation.
** VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} starts in the same way.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' begins with the title character asleep in bed, then adventure literally falls into his lap in the form of Bunston.
* Happens quite a few times throughout the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'':
** ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' You're being woken up after passing out during training.
** ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'' the protagonist begins the game by being woken up by his mother.
** Mars from ''VideoGame/ShiningWisdom'' is awakened by his grandmother and told he has to get into town because today is the day he joins the army.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Both the original trilogy and the Reclaimer Saga begin with the Master Chief waking up from [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] in order to defend the CoolSpaceship he's aboard, first in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and then in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. Heck, the "defending the ship from invaders" part really isn't too different from the Master Chief's everyday life either.
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''[='s=] SupportingProtagonist enters the story by being rudely woken up by Romeo. Right afterwards, he's in a DropPod hurtling towards Earth. Don't worry, he's an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper; falling from orbit in a metal coffin is just a regular day at work for him.
* ''[[VideoGame/BatenKaitos Baten Kaitos Origins]]'' starts like this, with the main character waking up from a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone Prophetic Dream]] to begin his first mission with the Dark Servicemen.
* Both main characters wake up this way in ''VisualNovel/PlumbersDontWearTies''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' both start with the PlayerCharacter waking up, but lack the "hey you, wake up!" part of the trope.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the player character is woken up by another prisoner on a prison ship about to make landfall in the eponymous province.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' begins with you waking up in a cart leading you to a mass execution -- one which you aren't supposed to be a part of and is quickly interrupted by a dragon attack.
* The Prince/Princess in ''VideoGame/FableIII'' is awakened by Jasper, the butler, at the start of the game.
* ''VideoGame/SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' starts off this way, the main character being told to wake up a seventh time.
* Yuuto in ''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia'' starts the game out with his little sister trying to wake him up and failing, and his friend Kyouko trying to wake him up and succeeding.
* This happens at the beginning of ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings'' with Shahra trying to wake up Sonic.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are more of a "Good Evening". In the former, one of your party members will greet you when you return to the dorm. In the latter, your cousin [[TheCutie Nanako]] will greet you every night when you get home in a borderline TastesLikeDiabetes fashion. [[spoiler:You'll still miss it when it's gone.]]
** Both games also play the trope straight, as they both start with the main character having a dream while taking the train to their home of the moment (the MC of ''3'' dreams of meeting Pharos and then wakes up just before the Dark Hour; the MC of ''4'' visits the Velvet Room in his dream and wakes up just in time for his uncle to pick him up).
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BraveSoul''. The hero starts the game sleeping, then wakes up to find that he's tied up in the middle of the forest.
* ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'' begins with Jables waking up with a squid on his head. This squid is there to deliver the CallToAdventure.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven 2'' and ''3'' starts out this way.
* Played both subverted and straight in ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis''. The main character, Sieg, who usually oversleeps, wake up very fast in the intro because he's so excited he get to go hunting [[{{Mook}} laggarts]]. The one who's oversleeps is his friend, who's normally the one waking Sieg up. Sieg's childhood friend, Marica, pops in after that, and surprises that her friend can wake up on his own.
* ''Madou Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyouchienji'' begins with Arle being woken up by her mother and sent off to kindergarten.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', The Kid wakes up to find his whole world turned into a rock in the sky...
* The {{Interactive Fiction}} game ''Punk Points'' started with the main character's mother waking them up from a caught-in-your-underwear nightmare for their "very first day of high school."
* The title character in ''Tao's Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal'' was woken up by his little brother.
* ''The Clique: Diss and Make Up'' starts with your character being woken for their first day at "Octavian Country Day School."
* ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel'' begins with Aoto oversleeping and getting yelled at by his boss.
* The first game of the ''{{VideoGame/Awakening}}'' series begins with protagonist Sophia waking up from a century of enchanted sleep. As she's suffering from LaserGuidedAmnesia, her first order of business is to find out who she is (she doesn't even remember her own name) and why everyone keeps calling her 'Princess.'
* ''[[VideoGame/BravelyDefault Bravely Default]]'' starts with Tiz asleep in Caldisla Inn, being woken by the innkeeper. [[spoiler: Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 also start in the same way.]]
* ''VideoGame/SpyroShadowLegacy'' starts this way, with Spyro waking up on the last day of his vacation to Dragon Shores.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' begins with Ark being woken up by Elle and talking about the strange dreams he's been having before getting out of bed.
* When we get introduced to Channing of ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}'', he's sleeping in on his first day of work.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' begins with you waking up at the Academy, being informed that you've overslept and is running late for your graduation ceremony. Earlier beta had you wake up on your ship after suffering some kind of crash.
* ''VideoGame/AHatInTime'' starts off with Hat Kid getting startled awake by her radio, and by startled, I mean she ''launches'' herself out of bed.

* Owen wakes up from a weird dream in the first scene of ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}.''
* ''Legendary'''s [[http://legendary.comicgenesis.com/d/20060710.html opening]] is very similar.
* Like every other console RPG trope, it [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0026.html makes an appearance]] in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!''
* Parson Gotti of ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' is introduced this way. Except that it's not his mother, but his alarm clock getting him up at 5:18 pm to work the graveyard shift at Kinko's. Is it any wonder that he ''[[IWishItWereReal wanted]]'' to be summoned to Erfworld?
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Durkon's segment in "[[{{Prequel}} Origins of PCs]]" starts out with the high priest of Thor waking him up.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDemonArchives'', at the beginning of Chapter 1, Tenzin gets woken up early by his AI assistant for an urgent mission.
* At the start of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' Act III, Jade is properly introduced while sleeping as part of an EstablishingCharacterMoment, so the narrator and the reader have to wait for her to wake up for a few pages. Luckily, she's written some notes [[BreakingTheFourthWall for the reader]] in advance, e.g. a chastisement of the reader for attempting to name her "[[RunningGag Farmstink Buttlass]]".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Season 3 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' opens with Tucker waking up in the middle of the canyon after having been seriously injured and knocked out at the end of the previous season. Donut wakes him up out of boredom, and catches Tucker up on the events of the season 2 finale, helpfully giving the audience a recap on what the characters are doing now.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' starts out with Po awakening from a kickass, awesome dream (complete with the amusing touch of his father's voice coming out of the Furious Five's mouths) to find out he's late for work in the noodle shop. We then get to see his daily life, from his struggle to get out of bed and [[{{Otaku}} the posters and action figures he's collected]], to his clutziness that prevents him from throwing a throwing star (and topples him ignominiously down the stairs) and the mess he makes of the dining area with his large size. And, of course, [[IJustWantToBeSpecial the boring, ordinary life that he longs to escape from]].
* ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda The Legend of Zelda]]'' [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda animated series]] began its first episode with Link waking up, in true Link fashion.
* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' had a ColdOpen featuring Rick barging into Morty's room in the middle of the night to wake him up.