The flickering of eyelids and improvement of vital signs shown by an unconscious or [[ConvenientComa comatose]] character ''immediately'' after a friend or relative has departed subsequent to declaring in their presence that they're about to go do something noble, stupid, dangerous, or some combination thereof.

This is the unfortunately-timed occurrences of EyeAwaken and/or FingerTwitchingRevival.



* ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' gets versions of this. Asuka wakes up from her ConvenientComa just in time for one more CrowningMomentOfAwesome before getting the [[NauseaFuel single]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath most]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice brutal]] death in the entire series. And then Shinji and his mother finally gets themselves together (it MakesSenseInContext), and go out to save his love interest, and finds Asuka's mech's EATEN remains. Yeah... bad timing all round.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This happens to Franchise/{{Batman}} in ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. Fortunately, the only one in a position to notice was [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] (the vital sign in question was the sound of Batman's heart restarting, ''after'' he'd been buried), and he kept mum.

* OlderThanSteam: Juliet's revival in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' after Romeo kills himself.
** The Creator/BazLuhrmann movie ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' takes it to frustrating extremes, with Juliet's eyes actually fluttering moments before Romeo takes the poison, and Juliet waking up completely just in time to watch Romeo die -- and for ''Romeo to see her revive, and [[OhCrap realize what he's done]].''
** In the opera by Charles Gounod, they sing a duet before he dies. [[TalkingIsAFreeAction A fairly long one]].

* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'', Zak is declared dead and put into a coffin before he wakes up [[AttendingYourOwnFuneral during his own funeral]]. He's paralyzed when he wakes, and can't thump on the coffin or call out before he is BuriedAlive. It's not for some time ''after'' that that he regains enough motor function to do either.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', Zack realizes he and Cloud are heading towards an ambush. Cloud has been comatose for weeks and is completely defenseless. Zack ditches him a large distance away from where he's expecting the fight to happen, and walks off - seconds before Cloud finally regains the ability to move on his own again. If Zack had pulled back with Cloud for the night, he wouldn't have had to fight the army alone. Remember, he took down an entire military unit except for ''three'' soldiers...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Lisa is lying unconscious, possibly dead, Homer tells her "Lisa, if you wake up, I'll buy you a pony". She immediately sits up, saying "New pony!". Homer tries to convince her she dreamed it.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Enraged after the apparent death of Blackarachnia, Silverbolt hunts down Tarantulas to avenge her. He nearly kills Tarantulas by impaling him, but is interrupted by Rampage. Cue the return of the new and improved Blackarachnia, who kicks Rampage's ass and then admonishes Silverbolt for being a noble fool.