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* An adaptation of this myth has Charlemagne living in the Untersberg near [[{{Austria}} Salzburg]]. His beard is growing around a table, wrapping twice around it so far. When it has reached around three times... [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt you know the deal.]] Of course, since the location of Charlemagne's remains is known (Aachen cathedral), this myth is far less popular than the one about Barbarossa.

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* An adaptation of this myth has Charlemagne living in the Untersberg near [[{{Austria}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Salzburg]]. His beard is growing around a table, wrapping twice around it so far. When it has reached around three times... [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt you know the deal.]] Of course, since the location of Charlemagne's remains is known (Aachen cathedral), this myth is far less popular than the one about Barbarossa.



* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Sora is sent into a deep sleep along with his companions, so that Namine can piece his shattered memory back together. In the year this process takes, much conflict ensues over the sleeping Sora. Between DiZ who seeks a tool for his revenge in Sora, and Organization XIII who seeks to steal Sora's power and stop him from ever waking.

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* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Sora is sent into a deep sleep along with his companions, so that Namine can piece his shattered memory back together. In the year this process takes, much conflict ensues over the sleeping Sora. Between DiZ [=DiZ=] who seeks a tool for his revenge in Sora, and Organization XIII who seeks to steal Sora's power and stop him from ever waking.



* There were several real historical figures who did remain in hiding for a long time and presumed dead, only to resurface when the situations seemed right. An example of this is the Cossack Ataman Nikolay Kulakov, a well-known anti-Bolshevik leader from the RussianCivilWar who lost both legs and presumed dead, only to have remained in hiding for two decades, until he volunteered his services to the invading Nazis against the communists. The story did not end well.

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* There were several real historical figures who did remain in hiding for a long time and presumed dead, only to resurface when the situations seemed right. An example of this is the Cossack Ataman Nikolay Kulakov, a well-known anti-Bolshevik leader from the RussianCivilWar [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Civil War]] who lost both legs and presumed dead, only to have remained in hiding for two decades, until he volunteered his services to the invading Nazis against the communists. The story did not end well.

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* Ogier the Dane (Holger Danske), asleep under Kronborg castle, near Helsingør, Denmark. [[note]][[FridgeBrilliance Does this mean]] he was directly underneath the goings on of ''{{Hamlet}}''?[[/note]] His role is summed up thus: "Når Danmark stander i våde, så vil Holger Danske vågne op til dåd" ("When Denmark is in peril, Ogier the Dane will rise to the occasion"). The statue of him in Kronborg is, in fact, a copy used for the casting (originally of plaster; later replaced by a concrete version) of the actual bronze statue. The real statue is located at a nearby hotel/casino named Marienlyst, [[DemotedToExtra and far from as well known as the copy]]. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Local folklore of the area is that Denmark is only in serious trouble]] if ''both'' [[OhCrap statues wake up]]. As Ogier the Dane was originally from a French story, where he served a French king, some versions of the stories had him be spirited away to Avalon by Morgan Le Fay only to return 200 years later to save France.

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* Ogier the Dane (Holger Danske), asleep under Kronborg castle, near Helsingør, Denmark. [[note]][[FridgeBrilliance Does this mean]] he was directly underneath the goings on of ''{{Hamlet}}''?[[/note]] ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''?[[/note]] His role is summed up thus: "Når Danmark stander i våde, så vil Holger Danske vågne op til dåd" ("When Denmark is in peril, Ogier the Dane will rise to the occasion"). The statue of him in Kronborg is, in fact, a copy used for the casting (originally of plaster; later replaced by a concrete version) of the actual bronze statue. The real statue is located at a nearby hotel/casino named Marienlyst, [[DemotedToExtra and far from as well known as the copy]]. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Local folklore of the area is that Denmark is only in serious trouble]] if ''both'' [[OhCrap statues wake up]]. As Ogier the Dane was originally from a French story, where he served a French king, some versions of the stories had him be spirited away to Avalon by Morgan Le Fay only to return 200 years later to save France.


* There's a belief that UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}} isn't really dead, but is simply lying in wait for the rise of the anti-Christ so he can defeat him

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* There's a belief that UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}} isn't really dead, but is simply lying in wait for the rise of the anti-Christ so he can battle and defeat him


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* There's a belief that UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}} isn't really dead, but is simply lying in wait for the rise of the anti-Christanti-Christ so he can defeat him


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* There's a belief that UsefulNotes/Charlemagne UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}} isn't really dead, but is simply lying in wait and waiting for the rise of the anti-Christ


* There's a belief that Creator/Charlemagne isn't really dead, but is simply lying in wait and waiting for the rise of the anti-Christ to reappear.

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* There's a belief that Creator/Charlemagne isn't really dead, but is simply lying in wait and waiting for the rise of the anti-Christ to reappear.


* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', Sheridan [[NeverFoundTheBody disappeared]] at the end of the GrandFinale. Some of the Minbari believe that he'll return someday.
** Subverted in the case of David [=MacIntyre=], who was just a delusional man driven by his guilt to believe that he was King Arthur. The possibility that he is the real deal is raised (the Vorlons have been known to abduct and preserve humans in stasis) but immediately shot down; the real deal would in all likelihood not have managed to get into deep space, and would not have been fluent in 23rd century English.

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* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', 5]]'':
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Sheridan [[NeverFoundTheBody disappeared]] at the end of the GrandFinale. Some of the Minbari believe that he'll return someday.
** Subverted in the case of David [=MacIntyre=], who was just a delusional man driven by his guilt to believe that he was King Arthur. The possibility that he is the real deal is raised (the Vorlons [[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E21ComesTheInquisitor have been known to abduct and preserve humans in stasis) stasis]]) but immediately shot down; the a real deal would in all likelihood not have managed to get into deep space, and person from that time period would not have been fluent in anything resembling 23rd century English.


* Quinnipac Native Americans in Connecticut believed that Mount Caramel/Sleeping Giant State Park is the dirt and plant covered form of an actual sleeping giant named Hobbomock. While certain tribes in the region state the sleeping giant, who was put under a spell by a spirit, is benevolent, there are other tribes that hold that the Hobbomock is SealedEvilInACan and that awakening him will end the world. It is at least fairly consistent he likes oysters and caused the Connecticut River to divert the Connecticut River east ages ago.

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* Quinnipac Native Americans in Connecticut believed that Mount Caramel/Sleeping Giant State Park is the dirt and plant covered form of an actual sleeping giant named Hobbomock. While certain tribes in the region state the sleeping giant, who was put under a spell by a spirit, is benevolent, there are other tribes that hold that the Hobbomock is SealedEvilInACan and that awakening him will end the world. It is at least fairly consistent he likes oysters and caused the Connecticut River to divert the Connecticut River east ages ago.


* In ''PhantomDreams'', the Gekka family have a "sleeping king". Probably SealedEvilInACan for once.

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* In ''PhantomDreams'', ''Anime/PhantomDreams'', the Gekka family have a "sleeping king". king." Probably SealedEvilInACan for once.



* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Orion Shall Rise'', the line "Orion shall rise" is used by many citizens of a subjugated land. This trope is invoked to explain their superstition. In reality, they're talking about the restarting of a secret program codenamed "Orion". This was to ensure that any leaks would be attributed to the superstition, helping cover up the program. Given [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(nuclear_propulsion) what the Orion Project is]], the secrecy is understandable.

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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Orion Shall Rise'', the line "Orion shall rise" is used by many citizens of a subjugated land. This trope is invoked to explain their superstition. In reality, they're talking about the restarting of a secret program codenamed "Orion". This was to ensure that any leaks would be attributed to the superstition, helping cover up the program. Given [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(nuclear_propulsion) what the Orion Project is]], is,]] the secrecy is understandable.


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', whose king was imprisoned under a mountain along with his subjects by humans, both king and subjects not being human, long ago. Due to [[spoiler:the death of the king's son at the hands of their descendants]], the inevitable release of the king and his people, because of curious children like the protagonist, is played up as marking the extinction of humanity. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the king made that decree while still mourning his son, but couldn't take it back once he'd calmed down because it gave the people hope, and he couldn't bring himself to dash those hopes just because he hadn't been of sound mind at the time.]] What is notable is that his {{Leitmotif}} is officially titled "Bergentrückung" which is the German name for the concept. %%Word Of God says the two tracks were meant to be one track, Bergentrückung, that had to be split so that they would play as intended in the game.%%

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', whose king was imprisoned under a mountain along with his subjects by humans, both king and subjects not being human, long ago. Due to [[spoiler:the death of the king's son at the hands of their descendants]], the inevitable release of the king and his people, because of curious children like the protagonist, is played up as marking the extinction of humanity. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the king made that decree while still mourning his son, but couldn't take it back once he'd calmed down because it gave the people hope, and he couldn't bring himself to dash those hopes just because he hadn't been of sound mind at the time.]] What is notable is that his {{Leitmotif}} is officially titled "Bergentrückung" which is the German name for the concept. Ironically, this trope actually applies more to [[spoiler:his former wife, the queen, who fled the castle and isolated herself in the ruins in disgust]]. %%Word Of God says the two tracks were meant to be one track, Bergentrückung, that had to be split so that they would play as intended in the game.%%


*In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Sora is sent into a deep sleep along with his companions, so that Namine can piece his shattered memory back together. In the year this process takes, much conflict ensues over the sleeping Sora. Between DiZ who seeks a tool for his revenge in Sora, and Organization XIII who seeks to steal Sora's power and stop him from ever waking.



* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Sora is sent into a deep sleep along with his companions, so that Namine can piece his shattered memory back together. In the year this process takes, much conflict ensues over the sleeping Sora. Between DiZ who seeks a tool for his revenge in Sora, and Organization XIII who seeks to steal Sora's power and stop him from ever waking.


* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the God-Emperor of Mankind has been confined to the arcane life-support systems of the Golden Throne for ten thousand years, and there's a number of theories and heresies about the circumstances of His possible revival. Some believe He will rise again one day to begin a new Great Crusade, while others hold that if everyone would just let His ruined husk die, the Emperor could reincarnate into a healthy new form. The ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'' rulebook mentions a theory that the Emperor could have been recalled to His body as early as a year after being placed on the Throne, but those ruling in His place prevented it to preserve their own power and the stability of the Imperium. In any case, [[StatusQuoIsGod He's pretty much stuck there]] while the setting goes (further) to hell.
** This is a common legend regarding the fate of certain SpaceMarine legions' Primarchs. Roboute Guilliman of the Literature/{{Ultramarines}} was put in a stasis tomb after being terminally poisoned, but nevertheless the chapter maintains that he's slowly healing and will fully recover someday and because Jaghatai Khan of the Literature/WhiteScars and Leman Russ of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] both disappeared while pursuing enemies instead of being confirmed dead, they're expected to return for an apocalyptic final battle. There's even a similar myth about Ferrus Manus of the Iron Hands, who was not only confirmed killed but ''decapitated'' during the Literature/HorusHeresy.
** Though there are hints that Leman Russ is still alive. The Space Wolves have a legendary 'lost company' who are believed to have accompanied Russ, and one of the Black Crusades threw up mention of potential sightings of gigantic, ancient Space Marines fighting in the Eye of Terror itself against Chaos and their leader was said to be a giant, even among the Marines.
*** If any primarch could survive 10,000 years fighting in the heart of Chaos, it'd the one who could punch the ''Emperor'' across the room ''with his bare fist'' while the Emperor, ''the greatest warrior in all of human history, possibly the universe, able to kill thousands with little more than a thought, while he was wearing the greatest suit of armour ever forged by man.''
*** The legend about Leman Russ causes problems in ''[[Literature/SpaceWolf Grey Hunters]]''. The Spear of Russ is the Space Wolves' most cherished relic, prophesied to have been left behind by the Primarch for his return. [[spoiler:So when Ragnar ''destroyed'' the Spear by using it against a [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting]] enemy, even Ragnar, convinced that he did the right thing, is disturbed by the idea of his Primarch not having the Spear for the destined battle. The whole thing is rendered moot when the spear is repaired and recovered at the end of the series. There's also another twist; according to members of the lost Great Company Ragnar encountered, the real reason thr spear was left behind was because Russ ''hated'' the damn thing but couldn't just discard a gift from his father]].
** Lion El'Jonson, primarch of the Dark Angels, is a literal case since he is sleeping in a hidden chamber of the Dark Angels asteroid headquarters to wait for the final battle. In an interesting inversion, the Dark Angels aren't aware of this and actually believe that his body disappeared during the final battle with Luther. The only people who know the truth are Luther (who is mad), the Emperor (who can't talk) and the Watchers in the Dark (a race of mysterious creatures that either can't or won't talk).

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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The
God-Emperor of Mankind has been confined to the arcane life-support systems of the Golden Throne for ten thousand years, and there's a number of theories and heresies about the circumstances of His his possible revival. Some believe He he will rise again one day to begin a new Great Crusade, while others hold that if everyone would just let His his ruined husk die, the Emperor could reincarnate into a healthy new form. The ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'' rulebook mentions a theory that the Emperor could have been recalled to His his body as early as a year after being placed on the Throne, but those ruling in His his place prevented it to preserve their own power and the stability of the Imperium. In any case, [[StatusQuoIsGod He's pretty much stuck there]] while Of course, the setting goes (further) to hell.
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complicating factor is a common legend regarding that the fate Golden Throne is part of certain SpaceMarine legions' Primarchs. the psychic beacon called the Astronomicon, without which it would be impossible to navigate through the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp]], leading to the collapse of galactic civilization...
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Roboute Guilliman Guilliman, primarch of the Literature/{{Ultramarines}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}}, was put in a stasis tomb after being terminally poisoned, but nevertheless the chapter maintains maintained for millennia that he's he was slowly healing healing. Then in the waning days of the 41st Millennium and will fully recover someday the disaster of the 13th Black Crusade, the Tech-Priest Belisarius Cawl was able to, with Eldar aid, revive and because heal Guilliman completely, provided he remains in a specially-crafted suit of power armor.
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Jaghatai Khan Khan, primarch of the Literature/WhiteScars and Leman Russ of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] both Literature/WhiteScars, disappeared while pursuing enemies instead of being confirmed dead, they're expected Dark Eldar reavers into the Webway, and his chapter believes he is still out there somewhere, ready to return for an apocalyptic final battle. There's even a similar myth about Ferrus Manus of the Iron Hands, who was not only confirmed killed but ''decapitated'' during the Literature/HorusHeresy.
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** Though there are hints that Leman Russ is still alive. The of the Space Wolves have a legendary 'lost company' who are believed to have accompanied Russ, and abruptly departed with all but one of his bodyguard to search for a cure for the Black Crusades threw up mention of potential sightings of gigantic, ancient Space Marines fighting in Emperor's condition, but promised that he would return during the Eye of Terror itself against Chaos and their leader was said to be a giant, even among the Marines.
*** If any primarch could survive 10,000 years fighting in the heart of Chaos, it'd the one who could punch the ''Emperor'' across the room ''with his bare fist'' while the Emperor, ''the greatest warrior in all of human history, possibly the universe, able to kill thousands with little more than a thought, while he was wearing the greatest suit of armour ever forged by man.''
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"Wolftime." This legend about Leman Russ causes some problems in the novel ''[[Literature/SpaceWolf Grey Hunters]]''. The Hunters]]'' - the Spear of Russ is the Space Wolves' most cherished relic, prophesied to have been left behind by the Primarch for his return. [[spoiler:So when Ragnar ''destroyed'' ''destroys'' the Spear by using it against a [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting]] enemy, even Ragnar, convinced that he did the right thing, is disturbed by the idea of his Primarch not having the Spear for the destined battle. The whole thing is rendered moot when the spear is repaired and recovered at the end of the series. There's also another twist; according to members of the lost Great Company that Ragnar encountered, the real reason thr the spear was left behind was because Russ ''hated'' the damn thing but couldn't just discard a gift from his father]].
** Lion El'Jonson, primarch of the Dark Angels, is a literal case since he is sleeping in a hidden chamber of the Dark Angels Angels' asteroid headquarters to wait for the final battle. In an interesting inversion, the Dark Angels aren't aware of this and actually believe that his body disappeared during the final battle his duel with Luther. The only people who know the truth are Luther (who is mad), the Emperor (who can't talk) and the Watchers in the Dark (a race of silent, mysterious creatures that either can't or won't talk).robed creatures).
** The Literature/{{Salamanders}}' Primarch Vulcan also has one of these legends. Given he has ResurrectiveImmortality as an established power (and his last recorded death is something Perpetuals can explicitly recover from) this one is almost certainly true. Most likely he took the opportunity to hide better so people would stop interrupting his retirement.



** These myths have only gained ground with the latest developments in lore, showing that at least with regard to Guilliman, [[spoiler:the believers were ''right'' all along. After the fall of Cadia, in the Imperium's darkest hour, the Ultramarines' Primarch really has returned.]]
** The Salamanders' Primarch Vulcan also has one of these legends. Given he has ResurrectiveImmortality as an established power (and his last recorded death is something Perpetuals can explicitly recover from) this one is almost certainly true. Most likely he took the opportunity to hide better so people would stop interrupting his retirement.
* In Henry Zhou's novel ''Emperor's Mercy'', the ancient xenos artifact the Old Kings is supposed to produce the Star Kings at some point.
* The dwarfs of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' believe that their ancestor gods Grugni and Vallaya disappeared into the heart of the mountains, to return when needed. Dragons also have a habit of hibernating for centuries at a time (they're not adapting to the planet's changing climate well), and can only be roused by powerful mages.
** Gilles le Breton being Warhammer's KingArthur was taken to a ship on his death that sent him to the Lady of the Lake, and it is said that he will return in Bretonnia's time of need. A lot of people in-universe speculate that the Green Knight, a mysterious warrior who challenges Questing Knights and occasionally appears to aid Bretonnian armies when they need help, is actually Gilles. [[spoiler:And they're right. It's rather darkly subverted in the GrandFinale; by the time he returns Brettonia is beyond saving, and all he can do is lead a doomed LastStand off-screen while the real battle for the fate of the world happens elsewhere]].

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** These myths have only gained ground with the latest developments in lore, showing that at least with regard to Guilliman, [[spoiler:the believers were ''right'' all along. After the fall of Cadia, in the Imperium's darkest hour, the Ultramarines' Primarch really has returned.]]
** The Salamanders' Primarch Vulcan also has one of these legends. Given he has ResurrectiveImmortality as an established power (and his last recorded death is something Perpetuals can explicitly recover from) this one is almost certainly true. Most likely he took the opportunity to hide better so people would stop interrupting his retirement.
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In Henry Zhou's novel ''Emperor's Mercy'', the ancient xenos artifact the Old Kings is supposed to produce the Star Kings at some point.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
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The dwarfs of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' believe that their ancestor gods Grugni and Vallaya disappeared into the heart of the mountains, to return when needed. needed.
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Dragons also have a habit of hibernating for centuries at a time (they're not adapting to the planet's changing climate well), and can only be roused by powerful mages.
mages. Hence why High Elf "dragon princes" ride into battle on horses with dragon-themed barding these days.
** Gilles le Breton being Warhammer's ''Warhammer''[='s=] KingArthur was taken to a ship on his death that sent him to the Lady of the Lake, and it is said that he will return in Bretonnia's time of need. A lot of people in-universe speculate that the Green Knight, a mysterious warrior who challenges Questing Knights and occasionally appears to aid Bretonnian armies when they need help, is actually Gilles. [[spoiler:And they're right. It's rather darkly subverted in the GrandFinale; by the time he returns Brettonia is beyond saving, and all he can do is lead a doomed LastStand off-screen while the real battle for the fate of the world happens elsewhere]].

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