Waking Non Sequitur


Alice is in a coma, is sleeping or is otherwise unconscious. Upon waking, a non sequitur bursts from her lips. There's a chance that she mistakes the closest person as someone else during such.

Compare Talking in Your Sleep and Noodle Implements (when the outburst is implied to relate to a dream). The inverse is Non Sequitur Thud, where a character says something random just before going down for the count.

Can overlap with Un Paused. Not to be confused with a Walking Non Sequitur who just talks like this all the time.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, after Yugi wakes up from some kind of magical attack-induced Mushroom Samba, he asks Tea to "read me the story about the bunny".
  • Isane Kotetsu from Bleach is prone to waking up and yelling something about fish.
  • At one point in One-Punch Man, Saitama rouses from his sleep in panic, yelling "Don't point your snotty finger at me like that!" before realizing he was just dreaming.

    Comic Books 
  • When Stephanie Brown, the third Batgirl, is woken up by her mom when she oversleeps, her first words are "...Kill you Abraham Lincoln..."
  • All-New Wolverine: Laura gets sniped through the head while foiling an assassination attempt in the first issue. When she regains consciousness, she spends a few moments talking to herself about the rain falling while her Healing Factor knits her brain back together.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Peanuts, whenever Peppermint Patty is sleeping in class, she often wakes up shouting something like, "I'm awake, I'm awake! The answer's twelve!"
  • Opus the Penguin would often do this in Bloom County, often mentioning celebrities' names in bizarre situations.

    Fan Works 
  • Subverted in Hogyoku ex Machina; Unohana thinks this is happening when Ichigo wakes up after a two day coma and, when asked about his previous fight, answers with "Aizen... turned into a butterfly." Zangetsu has to inform her that it actually happened.
  • Webwork: At one point, Tarakudo shouts Jade awake from a nap, causing her to blurt out "The burger crocodile!" He's not sure he wants to know what she's talking about.
    • In a later chapter, Widow is the one who wakes up Jade, who shouts "Variable speed muffins!" Much to Widow's confusion.
  • Bringing Me To Life has Max do this after being sleep deprived for a chapter or two.
    • Also Smith describes some of the times that Neo has done this -
    Smith: One time he asked me if worms could eat him. Another time he asked if flowers could eat him.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance has Kala the Abra usually uttering one of these whenever a rescue team wakes her up in order to ask her to teleport them to certain mystery dungeons.

    Films — Animation 
  • In A Goofy Movie, Goofy wakes up and asks Max "How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?" Max answers "Three and a half...?", to which Goofy responds by falling asleep again.
  • Finding Nemo
    • After the incident with the sharks, Dory wakes up screaming "Look out! Sharks eat fish!"
    • Dory is good with these. She also has "Zzz... the sea monkeys have my money... Mmm... yes, I'm a natural blue..."
  • Lucille in Meet the Robinsons judges the Invent-Co Science Fair after having not slept for eight days, thanks to a caffeine patch ("each [one] is equivalent to twelve cups of coffee!") she had just invented. She briefly passes out at the first project when the kid's Pompeii model fails, then snaps awake yelling "Barium-cobalt-Einstein-Kool Aid!"
  • In Rise of the Guardians, (the Easter) Bunny passes out after getting a face full of the Sandman's sand. When he is finally jerked awake he shouts, "Get outta my warren!"
  • Twice Upon a Time: Would-be actress Flora, after being knocked out during her "rescue" by Rod Rescueman, mutters "What's my next line?" as she regains consciousness in Rod's bachelor pad.
  • Beans in Rango tends to freeze up at random (it's a survival trait for her species, but "her switch is broken"). When she recovers... no-one is sure what was going through her mind while she was frozen, but it was probably interesting.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as they're bringing Chekov out of unconsciousness, Kirk asks him his name and rank to see if he's all there. Slightly unfocused, he gives them "Pavel Chekov" as his name, then gets a big grin on his face and says, "Rank: Admiral..."
  • Bananas: As Woody Allen is roused after being knocked out, he's moaning "...no more Polish women!"
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban had this little gem...
    Ron: (suddenly sits up awake in bed) Spiders... want me to tap-dance... I don't wanna tap-dance.
    Harry: (deadpans) You tell those spiders, Ron.
    Ron: Okay. (passes out)
  • In Hot to Trot, when Bobcat Goldthwait is being woken up, he mumbles, "I don't wanna go to school..."
  • Bandits has Billy Bob Thornton's character waking up shouting "Beavers and ducks!"
  • A Running Gag in O Brother, Where Art Thou? is that whenever Ulysses, who is somewhat vain and fastidious about his appearance, is woken up the first coherent thing he ever blurts out is "... My hair!"
  • Employee of the Month has the (ironically poor-sighted) vision center employee Lon (Andy Dick) being woken up early in the film, going "Jimmy Buffett. Who?" (The DVD shows alternate takes with different phrases.)
  • In The Man from Snowy River, one of Jim's fellow ranch-hands at Harrison's jolts awake with a shout of, "It was him or me!" Unlike most examples of this trope, it's very not played for comedy.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. After being injected with adrenaline a dying Holmes suddenly up and starts babbling about a nightmare involving Watson and Mary at the restaurant with a donkey wielding a fork.
  • Played with in Cold Mountain. Teague and his Home Guard come across several deserters hiding in the mountains. On being roused, the more simpleminded deserter says, "Where's Georgia?" causing the Home Guard to laugh. Which is just as well, as Georgia is actually the name of another deserter who's hiding nearby.
  • In Advise and Consent, an elderly spends all his time sleeping at his desk in the Senate chamber. When roused for a vote, or anything, he snaps to attention yelling "Opposed sir! Unalterably opposed!" In one case another Senator has to tell him that in this case he's actually for the bill. He then falls back asleep.
  • In Sister Act 2, Mary Clarence wakes up a dozing student in her class, who blurts out, "Paper or plastic?"

  • Harry Potter
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has Mundungus Fletcher falling asleep during a meeting. After the meeting is over, he then wakes up, "Nhh... Are we voting? I 'gree with Sirius!"
    • The first book has another example: When Hagrid comes to the hut on the rock to pick up Harry, he announces his presence with loud knocks. Dudley is startled awake. "Where's the cannon?"
    • J. K. Rowling likes this trope. It happens to Ron a few times too; for example when Harry shakes him awake in one scene he randomly shouts something about Quidditch fouls.
  • Word Smart Junior has one scene where Barnaby, waking from a nightmare about his parents forcing him to take ballet lessons, starts muttering incoherently:
    "Tights. Tight-fisted fish in a peddle of pickles. I said don't to be glimming my tulip, pilgrim. No and no again! Time to pay the spleen!"
  • In Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig has a crazy dream about "bottled wizards, all shouting his name", and shouts "Some of them were covered in jam!" as he's awakened by Mr. Pump. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex has Foaly waking up after Holly knocked him out saying, "Not the stripy ones! They're just little babies." As soon as he realizes he's awake he asks Artemis if he said that out loud.
  • In the Lord Peter Wimsey novel Clouds of Witness, Parker falls asleep in front of the fireplace while waiting for Wimsey. As Wimsey enters, Parker wakes up and says: "The glass-blower's cat is bompstaple". In the dream that Parker just had, this is the solution to the mystery. Awake, he can't even remember what "bompstaple" meant.
  • In book 7 of Ranger's Apprentice, Will wakes up after nearly dying of thirst to find Umar bent over him, pouring water down is throat. Struck by the man's physical appearance, all he can say is, "...That's a big nose."

    Live-Action TV 
  • ALF says, "Please... no more portly women!" after waking up from fainting when he reads about his cousin Blinky in the newspaper.
  • Alan Partridge usually says something odd when waking up from his... well, just watch I'm Alan Partridge.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • In an early episode, Willow has been sleeping over an open book and suddenly bolts upright, crying, "Don't warn the tadpoles!" When Giles expresses surprise, she sheepishly admits, "I... I have a frog fear."
    • Another example: Buffy wakes up Spike and he mutters, "I'm drowning in footwear!"
  • During the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, correspondents at The Daily Show were working around the clock to keep up with what was going on. Stephen Colbert, caught napping at the desk: "If ifs and ands were pots and pans, there'd be no work for tinkers!"
  • Played straight in the second season of Sea Patrol. During the course of her duties, the XO of HMAS Hammersley was surreptitiously dosed with Rohypnol by a fisherman/murderer. After Hammersley saves the day, the Captain came down to her cabin to check on her condition; she didn't wake up when he arrived, and he was greeted with "I don't believe in pre-marital soy sauce!"
  • A running gag on Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured a riffer shouting "Football practice!" when someone wakes up abruptly.
  • The Big Bang Theory
    • In an episode, Sheldon is woken up in the middle of the night and immediately yelled "DANGER! DANGER!" Clip here.
    • From another episode:
    Leonard Hofstadter: Sheldon, can I talk to you for a minute?
    Sheldon Cooper: (waking up) I want another cookie, Meemaw.
    Leonard Hofstadter: It's just me.
    Sheldon Cooper: But Meemaw was just making cookies.
  • In an episode of Mash, Radar tried to wake up Klinger, who muttered, "Ma, I don't wanna go to school today, I've got a headache." Radar identified himself, to which Klinger replied, "Radar, I don't wanna go to school today!"
  • The Jack Benny Program: Jack asks Rochester a question (while Rochester is driving), and Rochester is startled awake and yells, "Put the coffee on honey!".
  • For a while, Everybody Loves Raymond had this as a Running Gag, with Raymond being woken and blurting out things like "There's pudding everywhere!" or "It's all squishy!"
  • Once on White Collar, Mozzie woke up saying, "Let me see your warrant!"
  • In The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin Uncle Jimmy, who had previously been complaining about the shortcomings of public transport on the island of Malta, is awakened from a doze and shouts: "Well, why don't you have Red Rover ticketsnote , you Maltese fool?" It was made worse because he was in church at the time. At a funeral service.
  • In one episode of Boy Meets World, Cory says "No clown! No!" when Shawn wakes him up from a nap. This joke was later reused in another episode several seasons later when Topanga wakes up Shawn.
  • In Better Off Ted, Dr. Bhamba wakes up and shouts "Crocodiles!" Though we do get an explanation...
    Dr. Bhamba: I was having a dream, and all I remember was a curious lack of crocodiles, so I began calling out for them.
  • Kaamelott: At the end of episode "L'Ivresse" ("Drunkenness"), Perceval, after passing out drunk on a tavern table, suddenly raises his head and shouts "Independent Wales!" at the top of his lungs.
  • On Scrubs, JD regularly do these when he zones out and has an Imagine Spot. The Todd lampshades it at one point, finding it annoying.
  • In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem blurts out "GLEE CLUB!" when he's woken up.
  • An episode of Spaced opens with a montage of everyone in the house sleeping peacefully, when the silence is shattered by Amber throwing her suitcase out the window, and everyone jolts awake;
    Daisy: I'm sorry!
    Mike: I'm hit!
    Brian: [wearing a sleep mask] I'm blind!
    Tim: Buffy!
  • In one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will, Carlton, and Uncle Phil have to sleep in a cave during a blizzard. When Uncle Phil is shook awake next morning, he jumps up yelling "Vivian, I'm not a machine!"
  • In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Two Days and Two Nights", when Dr Phlox is prematurely woken from hibernation he first starts shouting in Denobulan, then adds "I don't care what it tastes like!"

    Video Games 
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: Clank's being held captive and tortured by the Thief. When Ratchet rescues him Clank's saying "The final digit of Pi is..."
  • Companions in Falloutnew Vegas sometimes say these after they get up from being incapacitated. Some of them are hilarious.
    Arcade Ganon: Thursday! ...Wait, what?
    Raul: GAH! PETRO-CHICO BOY! Petro-Chico Boy is here after my chicharrones! Oh... Just a dream... Just a dream...
  • In the Discworld game, characters recovering from unconsciousness say "Did anyone get the number of that donkey cart?" One puzzle requires you to actually get the number of a donkey cart and tell it to a semi-conscious assassin.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner
    • In "Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig", Homestar awakens a half-buried, unconscious Strong Sad, who mumbles "mineral water... wha?" as he awakens. Similiarly, whenever Strong Bad is awoken from sleep (usually by Strong Sad), he will mutter the names of video games.
    • In the "Record Store Day" cartoon, Strong Sad shouts "Watch out, Julian Casablancas!" when Strong Bad wakes him up.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall
    • After Missingno suicides the now-unpossessed 90s Kid is heard singing the theme song to Care Bears.
      • The same character, recovering from being blasted in a later storyline: "Don't worry, Funshine Bear...we'll stop No-Heart..."
    • When Linkara revives after being rescued from Lord Vyce, he groggily mutters that he doesn't want to buy Tandy Computer products.
  • Unskippable, much like MST3K, is fond of shouting "I'm late for class!" when a character wakes up suddenly.
  • During their playthrough of Super Mario 64, Danny of the Game Grumps relates a story of his fellow Steam Train host Ross falling asleep due to a bad sleep schedule, after being told not to fall asleep. According to Dan, when he woke Ross up and asked when he had to say for himself, Ross gives us this gem before immediately falling back to sleep:
    Ross: Do you think, um, do you think if someone was afraid of Obama they'd be called Baracknophobic?

    Western Animation 
  • The waking up version appears in the pilot episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender as the title character's first line: "I need to ask you something... will you go penguin sledding with me?" He gets to do it not long after, but at the time there was no reason to say it.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show", Grandpa Simpson claims he slips into and out of comas all the time, then promptly falls asleep on his feet. He awakens just as suddenly, muttering "French toast, please!"
    • Bart, in a "Treehouse of Horror" episode, shouts "COWA--" just before knocking himself into a coma. After a Catapult Wake-up, he cries "--BUNGA!"
  • In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, The Mayor is startled awake and shouts, "My life is a lie!"
  • In an episode of Rugrats, Tommy and Angelica wake up a sleeping old man at a retirement center by throwing water in his face. As he awakens, he shouts "Don't submerge, Admiral! I'm still on deck!" He then takes one look at Tommy and Angelica and adds "Hey, you're not the admiral."
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Patrick is prone to this, saying things like "FINLAND!" or "Hot wings."
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "The Secret of Success", Candace awakens her friend Stacy, who's nodded off at a leadership seminar, and Stacy says "Guh... it's not my ferret!"
    • In "Magic Carpet Ride", Perry enters his lair to find Monogram all disheveled and asleep. When he wakes up, he yells out, "Wrong pants!"
  • When disturbed in his sleep, Stewie from Family Guy used to mutter his half of a conversation that apparently involved dining out with persons unknown, going by his comments such as "Mm, I only had soup, I don't see why we should split the bill evenly..."
  • American Dad!: "Aah! Seagulls!"
  • In the Looney Tunes short Falling Hare, Bugs gets clobbered by the Gremlin.
    Gremlin: What's the matter, bunny rabbit? Speak to me! Why don't you say something?!
    Bugs: (childish voice) I'm only thwee and a half years old!
  • From The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Nighty Night Ninja"
    Kowalski: I want my binky!!!
  • In the Animaniacs short Bumbie's Mom, Slappy and Skippy are watching a film parody of Bambi, and Slappy falls asleep just before the scene where Bumbie's mommy is shot. When Skippy starts crying, a startled Slappy blurts this out:
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "Castle Sweet Castle": After falling asleep in her breakfast, Twilight Sparkle wakes up with a pancake stuck on her horn, hanging over her face, and blurts out "I'm pancake—I mean, awake!"
    • In "Princess Spike", Twilight is getting some much needed rest after staying up for three straight days. When Spike tries to wake her for some advice, she tells him not to worry and that he should "just put the hay in the apple and eat the candle."
  • In one episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle where Boris is trying to hypnotize Bullwinkle, he falls victim to his own hypnotism and falls asleep. Fearless Leader then beats him awake, to which Boris groggily says "Please Mama, not in the head".
  • In one episode of Garfield and Friends, when Garfield was taking a nap, Odie slurped him, causing Garfield to wake up shouting "Lifeguard, help! I'm drowning!".
    • A similar gag happened when Odie licked Jon awake in another episode.
  • In an episode of Camp Lazlo, the campers prepare for a inspection from Commander Hoohah, who threatened to revoke their underwear rations if they failed. The next morning, Slinkman wakes up Scoutmaster Lumpus, who shouts "Don't take my underwear! IT'S BLEACHED!".

    Real Life 
  • Very much Truth in Television. In the time between being asleep and fully awake, the line between dreams and reality can be blurred, causing you to try and continue a conversation with someone present in the dream.
  • When Mel Blanc was in a coma following a near-fatal car accident, the doctors tried everything they could to bring him out of it. Eventually one of them says "Paging Mr. Bugs Bunny, are you there?" and he responds "I'm right here, doc!" in Bugs' voice.
    • Once, when Blanc fell asleep while recording an episode of The Jetsons, he shouted Mr. Spacely's "JET-SON!" catchphrase upon being awoken by the recording director.