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* In ''Webcomic/CassiopoeiaQuinn'', [[spoiler:Zeke is shot in the head and put in a coma.]] When they finally wake up [[https://www.cassiopeiaquinn.com/comic/the-trail-to-tomorrow-pt-8 it appears that a very long time has passed]]. [[https://www.cassiopeiaquinn.com/comic/the-trail-to-tomorrow-pt-9 The next strip]] reveals that it was just a prank done via hologram.

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* In ''Webcomic/CassiopoeiaQuinn'', ''Webcomic/CassiopeiaQuinn'', [[spoiler:Zeke is shot in the head and put in a coma.]] When they finally wake up [[https://www.cassiopeiaquinn.com/comic/the-trail-to-tomorrow-pt-8 it appears that a very long time has passed]]. [[https://www.cassiopeiaquinn.com/comic/the-trail-to-tomorrow-pt-9 The next strip]] reveals that it was just a prank done via hologram.

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* In ''Webcomic/CassiopoeiaQuinn'', [[spoiler:Zeke is shot in the head and put in a coma.]] When they finally wake up [[https://www.cassiopeiaquinn.com/comic/the-trail-to-tomorrow-pt-8 it appears that a very long time has passed]]. [[https://www.cassiopeiaquinn.com/comic/the-trail-to-tomorrow-pt-9 The next strip]] reveals that it was just a prank done via hologram.


* [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=128 "The Lesson"]] from ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''. Franchise/{{Kirby}} wakes up after eating a Noddy. Another Noddy tells him that he's been asleep for years, and in that time King Dedede has conquered Dream Land [[BewareTheSillyOnes without Kirby to oppose him]]. Kirby, guiltily, sets forth to fix the problem. Turns out he's only been asleep for a few minutes -- as the title of the strip suggests, the Noddy was teaching Kirby a lesson. "Now maybe you'll think TWICE about eating one of us!"

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* [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=128 [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/165-thelesson/ "The Lesson"]] from ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''. Franchise/{{Kirby}} wakes up after eating a Noddy. Another Noddy tells him that he's been asleep for years, and in that time King Dedede has conquered Dream Land [[BewareTheSillyOnes without Kirby to oppose him]]. Kirby, guiltily, sets forth to fix the problem. Turns out he's only been asleep for a few minutes -- as the title of the strip suggests, the Noddy was teaching Kirby a lesson. "Now maybe you'll think TWICE about eating one of us!"


* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'': In the first book, Rodrick wakes up Greg (the protagonist) at 3 am, claiming that Greg has slept through the summer holidays and it's the first day of school and he's late, and GET UP! HilarityEnsues.

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* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'': In the first book, Rodrick wakes up Greg (the protagonist) at 3 am, claiming that Greg has slept through the summer holidays and it's the first day of school and he's late, and GET UP! HilarityEnsues. In the movie he doesn't explain why the summer has ended, he just counts on Greg being to sleepy to know.


* ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'': When one of the heroes is knocked unconscious, the villains trick him into thinking it took him 30 years to wake up. He was then tricked into think Dr. Scarab and his gang [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] and went separate ways (Each one was looking older) and that he and his family didn't look any older because they were bionic. He was also tricked into thinking the other Bionic Five [[FaceHeelTurn became villains]]. In the end, he told his real family [[spoiler:he had figured out because the baseball glove he had with him before being rendered unconscious looked just as new as before.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'': When one of the heroes is knocked unconscious, the villains trick him into thinking it took him 30 years to wake up. He was then tricked into think Dr. Scarab and his gang [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] and went separate ways (Each one was looking older) and that he and his family didn't look any older because they were bionic. He was also tricked into thinking the other Bionic Five [[FaceHeelTurn became villains]]. In the end, he told his real family [[spoiler:he had figured out because the baseball glove he had with him before being rendered unconscious looked just as new as before.]]


* An episode of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Diabolik}}'' animated series had Eva and Diabolik pulling this on an enemy of theirs after the latter two were involved in an accident which left the enemy unconscious. Part of the act had Diabolik pretending to have been rendered quadriplegic and catatonic after the accident so that the enemy would start taunting him with the information he was after.

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* An episode of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Diabolik}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' animated series had Eva and Diabolik pulling this on an enemy of theirs after the latter two were involved in an accident which left the enemy unconscious. Part of the act had Diabolik pretending to have been rendered quadriplegic and catatonic after the accident so that the enemy would start taunting him with the information he was after.


* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', appropriately titled "Rip Van Smurf", the Smurfs decide to teach Lazy Smurf a lesson with his habit of sleeping all the time by making him think he slept for over twenty years, during which they had become old and decrepit and Papa Smurf has passed away[[Note]]He was actually away from the village during the prank[[/note]], forcing Lazy to take care of them all. [[DeadlyPrank It backfires on them]] when Lazy gives them a FountainOfYouth potion to make them young again, resulting in them turning into Smurflings.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', appropriately titled "Rip Van Smurf", the Smurfs decide to teach Lazy Smurf a lesson with his habit of sleeping all the time by making him think he slept for over twenty years, during which they had become old and decrepit and Papa Smurf has passed away[[Note]]He away[[note]]He was actually away from the village during the prank[[/note]], forcing Lazy to take care of them all. [[DeadlyPrank It backfires on them]] when Lazy gives them a FountainOfYouth potion to make them young again, resulting in them turning into Smurflings.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', appropriately titled "Rip Van Smurf", the Smurfs decide to teach Lazy Smurf a lesson with his habit of sleeping all the time by making him think he slept for over twenty years, during which they had become old and decrepit and Papa Smurf has passed away[[Note]]He was actually away from the village during the prank[[/note]], forcing Lazy to take care of them all. [[DeadlyPrank It backfires on them]] when Lazy gives them a FountainOfYouth potion to make them young again, resulting in them turning into Smurflings.


* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' is subjected to this as part of a mind-control torture by his captors. But then he realises he still has a hang-nail that troubled him during his landing on the planet a day or so before he was captured, so at most only another day (rather than weeks or months) has passed.


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* ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'': After Dipper and Mabel shared the events of "Irrational Treasure" with Soos, the GeniusDitz handyman apparently tried preserving himself in peanut brittle. Dipper and Mabel decided to prank him by gluing a fake beard to his face and dressing up like cyborgs from "the year bleventy-billion". Soos only saw through their ruse because he remembered that he can't actually grow facial hair.
* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' is subjected to this as part of a mind-control torture by his captors. But then he realises he still has a hang-nail that troubled him during his landing on the planet a day or so before he was captured, so at most only another day (rather than weeks or months) has passed.


* Done to SG-1 in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 2 finale "Out of Mind" by the Go'auld Hathor.

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* Done to SG-1 in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 2 finale "Out of Mind" by the Go'auld Goa'uld Hathor.


* It's only a few months, but this is done to Stringfellow Hawke in the "Echoes of the Past" episode of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. A fake news story is created -- [[HilariousInHindsight involving the divorce of Charles and Diana]]. As it turns out, Hawke was suspicious from the start as he woke up with the same callus on his hands as when he "crashed," meaning it can't be nearly a year in the future.

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* It's only a few months, but this is done to Stringfellow Hawke in the "Echoes of the Past" episode of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. A fake news story is created -- [[HilariousInHindsight involving the divorce of Prince Charles and Lady Diana]]. As it turns out, Hawke was suspicious from the start as he woke up with the same callus on his hands as when he "crashed," meaning it can't be nearly a year in the future.


** "Future Imperfect" has Riker wake up to be told that he was recovering from an amnesia-inducing sickness some sixteen years in his own future. The twist here was that the conspiracy was not, as it first seemed, an evil Romulan plot to find strategic information, but rather a lonely alien child who wanted someone to play with.

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** Subverted in "Future Imperfect" has Imperfect", where Riker wake wakes up to be told that he was is recovering from an amnesia-inducing sickness some sixteen years in his own future. The future, where he is now Captain of the ''Enterprise'' and has a wife and son. He realises something weird is going on because his "wife" is a woman who only ever existed as a fictional holodeck creation, and discovers that he is actually being subjected to a VirtualRealityInterrogation by the Romulans. [[spoiler:The twist here was is that this is just a second layer of VR - he is actually in a simulation created by his "son" from the conspiracy was not, as it first seemed, an evil Romulan plot to find strategic information, but rather layer, actually a lonely alien child who wanted someone to play with.with - the apparent Virtual Reality Interrogation plot was the simulation trying to adjust to his suspicions of what was really happening]].


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In the episode "Allowance Day", Huey, Dewey, and Louie try this on the small-scale, convincing their Uncle Scrooge that he's slept through Friday in order to get their allowances before the end of a big sale. Unfortunately, when Scrooge [=McDuck=] thinks it's Saturday, the whole world must follow suit.
* This was used as a RecycledScript in another DisneyAfternoon show, ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. In "The Time Bandit", Baloo bumps Becky's calendar ahead a day so she'll think it's Saturday and he won't have to work. (He also gets a radio show host to play along with the deception, running the Saturday show on Friday morning.) Thanks to FinaglesLaw, the consequences of the prank spin out of control quickly with the end result that Becky almost ends up shot by a Thembrian firing squad made up of {{t|hereIsNoKillLikeOverkill}}anks.


* With the ''massive'' {{Cerebus Retcon}s ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', it's heavily implied that the whole "A nuke sent tore a hole in space-time and sent us 200 years into the future" plot was really just [[spoiler: Vic and Gary screwing with the Blood Gulch Crew]]. Either way, this trope was in effect to some extent, as it would SERIOUSLY muck up continuity if it had been a true RipVanWinkle.

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* With the ''massive'' {{Cerebus Retcon}s Retcon}}s ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', it's heavily implied that the whole "A nuke sent tore a hole in space-time and sent us 200 years into the future" plot was really just [[spoiler: Vic and Gary screwing with the Blood Gulch Crew]]. Either way, this trope was in effect to some extent, as it would SERIOUSLY muck up continuity if it had been a true RipVanWinkle.


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': In the episode "Allowance Day", Huey, Dewey, and Louie try this on the small-scale, convincing their Uncle Scrooge that he's slept through Friday in order to get their allowances before the end of a big sale. Unfortunately, when Scrooge [=McDuck=] thinks it's Saturday, the whole world must follow suit.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In the episode "Allowance Day", Huey, Dewey, and Louie try this on the small-scale, convincing their Uncle Scrooge that he's slept through Friday in order to get their allowances before the end of a big sale. Unfortunately, when Scrooge [=McDuck=] thinks it's Saturday, the whole world must follow suit.

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