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The best way to underline that a character has just been through a particularly harrowing experience is to have them wake up in a bed and be told that they've been Asleep for Days. If you want to throw some Ship Tease into the scene as well, you can also have the character's Love Interest sleeping next to his or her bed, having exhausted him/herself watching over the sleeping character. Often also used to Time Skip the main character from The Climax right to the Dénouement.

There is a kernel of Truth in Television to this, as recovery from any particularly grievous injury or sickness (or simply fatigue) can occasionally demand tens of hours of sleep. Sometimes writers can get a little off mark though, unceremoniously describing characters as having slept for weeks or months on end when such long periods of unconsciousness would most likely get a person admitted to an intensive care unit for coma treatment in Real Life. Even if a character isn't literally unconscious the entire time but was merely bedridden or delirious, they would require extensive rehabilitation due to muscle atrophy before they were able to chase the Big Bad across the world or spring back into action defeating the evil vizier's mooks in hand-to-hand combat again.

A person who cleanly awakens from this without the benefit of a nursing staff and a bedpan is certainly invoking the trope of Nobody Poops or, in a different case scenario, Rip Van Tinkle.

Usually a form of Deep Sleep. When they wake up, they'll likely be Waking Up Elsewhere.

Rip Van Winkle is the extended version of this trope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • This happens to Eren in Attack on Titan, in the aftermath of the battle at Trost. The exhaustion of using his Lovecraftian Superpower left him unconscious for several days, and every single time he uses it afterwards he falls unconscious for at least a few hours.
  • In Bleach, Ichigo ends up asleep for a month after losing his powers.
  • This happens with a bit of frequency in Ciel ~The Last Autumn Story~, as a result of witches overusing their magic powers. Yvienne, the main character, undergoes it at least three times over the course of the series.
  • In Claymore this happens to Clare twice. First time it was two days after a fight against a particularly strong yoma. The second time she was asleep for a whole week after her first fight against Ophelia.
  • This is how the Cowboy Bebop episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels" ends: after a pitched battle with an old foe, Spike awakes on the sofa in full-body bandages; Faye, who's been keeping an Unbroken Vigil next to him, informs him that he's been out for three days.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, while recovering from being sick, Goku slept for ten days straight. He was still able to hear what was going on in his dreams, which is how he knew about Cell.
  • Kamichu!: Yurie often falls unconscious after overdoing things with her powers; she was once out for days after granting a huge stack of school improvement wishes simultaneously.
  • In Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin sleeps for three days after being severely wounded in a fight with the Big Bad. He's distressed to find that this is the case because it means he might be too late to save the day, and demands large amounts of food so he can get his strength back quickly.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy sleeps for three days after defeating Crocodile. After he's told this, he calculates that he missed 15 meals. This apparently has been happening to him so constantly he learned to eat whilst unconscious in order to not miss those meals again.
    • This becomes a common occurrence with Luffy. After a big, tough battle he sleeps for several days. After escaping Impel Down, fighting in Marineford, and holding his brother as he died, Luffy was unconscious for two weeks.
    • Zoro, after taking in Luffy's pain, combined with his own injuries against Oz, was asleep for quite a few days.
  • The Promised Neverland: In the aftermath of the Goldy Pond battle, Ray and Yugo manage to take a wounded Emma back to the underground shelter. By the time she recovers her injuries, she isn't pleased to learn four weeks have passed after passing out.
  • Happens to Keroro in the 100th chapter of Sgt. Frog, "The Frog That Lost New Year's", after partying a little too hard on New Year's Eve.
  • Athena in Saint Seiya sometimes pulls this, the most notorious instance taking place as she keeps herself in a sort-of sleeping state after being severely wounded in the Sanctuary arc.
  • Happens a few times in Saiyuki after major injuries; the longest would probably be Hakkai after Gojyo shoves his guts back in.
  • Alluded to in Shiroi Heya no Futari. After Resine faints during morning assembly, she wakes up in a bed and being watched over by her roommate Simone, who says she's been out for three days. When she panics, Simone laughs and tells her she's really only been out for a minute - she was just teasing Resine.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 71, Wolffy undergoes so much Sleep Deprivation from going to catch the goats that the episode ends with him sleeping for over 72 hours. This breaks a record that Paddi had just set, much to the goat's dismay.

    Comic Books 
  • Spider in Transmetropolitan got knocked out, came to and demanded a machine so he could write a promised column, and was told he'd been out for four days. Yelena goes on to say that she'd written it for him and submitted it, flinching as she expected his wrath. He kisses her on the forehead instead and thanks her.
  • Occurs fairly often in Usagi Yojimbo, either due to surviving a grueling journey or encounters with poisons, monsters, and demons.
  • In Nightwing (Infinite Frontier): After the events of the first arc, Dick collapses immediately after entering his apartment safehouse. After Tim and Barbara carry him to bed, he wakes up and sees that it's morning. He remarks to Barbara that he didn't expect to wake up that early. Barbara says that he had been asleep for two days and that Tim had been patrolling Bludhaven the past few nights.

    Comic Strips 
  • A humorous example from FoxTrot has Paige perform her ritual of sleeping in on the first day of summer vacation. She wakes up around noon on the third day.

    Fan Works 
  • In Blessing in Disguise, Peter awakes in a hospital bed after five days of being in a coma, and proceeds to Freak Out when he learns that he is now a girl.
  • At the end of Chapter 30 of The Command Quarters, Starscream wakes up some time after being put into stasis to stop the attack of a virus he had been affected with. Just how long he was unconscious, however, is left ambiguous - Hook mentioned purging a virus of such strength and complexity could take years, even decades, but it's possible that he could have done it in less than that.
  • In Crushed Spirit, Percy falls into a coma after accidentally causing the death of an entire family, and wakes up a week later.
  • Done to the point almost of being a Running Gag in Diaries of a Madman, given how often Nav seems to find himself knocked out for prolonged periods of time.
  • In the Chobits Mega Crossover(?) Eternal Flowers, Amber Lee-Young collapses into this trope from magical exhaustion after battling an opposing mage named Kupari.
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger: In the chapter "Malachor", Jaune wakes up in the hospital and finds out that he had spent three days in a coma after being nearly Gutted Like a Fish by the terentatek during his field trip to Forever Fall.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, Spock is unconscious for three days following his trip through the faulty transporter.
  • In The Kingdomverse, after Twilight casts Starswirl's completed spell, she falls into a deep sleep for a whole week instead of becoming an alicorn like in canon.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe fic A Little Red and Blue, Sharon is inadvertently sent to the year 1944 by Wanda and is later found by the past Steve and Bucky. At one point, Sharon and Steve save people from a burning building and Sharon has to jump out of a window in order to escape, getting some injuries that require stitches. This doesn't stop her from assisting Bucky's aunt Agatha with various chores in her home. Afterwards, Sharon goes to her temporary residence and falls asleep. When she wakes up, she's unaware of how much time has passed until she meet Steve again who informs her that he and Bucky spent three days trying to find her.
  • Missing (Sherlock Holmes): Even after being retrieved from a gang of kidnappers, Watson still has to deal with the injuries and fever he suffered while captive. He tries to downplay how poorly he feels to avoid further upsetting Holmes, and only realizes exactly how serious his condition became after his fever spikes, causing a two-day unconsciousness and scaring Holmes half to death.
  • Mistake Sherlock Holmes: Watson ends up in a coma for six weeks thanks to a grazing shot and a fall to the pavement. He remembers the incident and is shocked when Holmes tells him it's been more than a month since then.
  • In Ships Ahoy!, Oscar, having pulled an all-nighter to create a secret weapon to beat back the Hydraclops set to rise soon and bury it, rides his tricycle back to his house, where he falls asleep and doesn't wake up for 26 hours.
  • In Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future, Darry sleeps for three days after using his ghost rage against Dark Dan Phantom.
  • Agumon enters one at the end of Transcendence: Digital Curse. One of the first thing he says upon waking?
    Agumon: Sooooo hungry.
  • In Trade Winds, after Desmond slays a sea serpent with a too-high Leap of Faith and breaks his legs, he's dosed on laudanum and spends a full three days asleep in a drugged haze.
  • In Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse, Ranma uses a Battle Aura technique that he's never practiced, been instructed in, or even actively studied. Doing so exhausts his entire reserve of spiritual energy and leaves him in a coma for a week. He's bluntly informed that this was a best case scenario, and the move could have easily killed him if he'd been less lucky.
  • In Weasley Girl, the four members of Potter's Gang fall into a coma after breathing in an unidentified smoke that was created due to a somewhat ham-fisted attempt on Harry's life. They wake up in the hospital wing three days later.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Fritz the Cat after their car breaks down Fritz’s girlfriend, after waking him up Winston mentions he’s been asleep for two days.
  • In the movie version of How to Train Your Dragon Hiccup wakes up several days after the final battle with Toothless watching over him. The dragon is so excited that Hiccup is finally awake that he bounds around the room and lands on Hiccup's stomach. This is funny when a five-kilo cat does it. lucky not to have imploded his ribcage and killed him.
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue: Following Dusty's Heroic Sacrifice to save Harvey and Winnie from Augerin Canyon, he ends up busting his reduction gearbox and nearly dies from a strong collapse. Fortunately, he wakes up five days following the accident, after he gets quick repairs from Maru.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Batman Begins, we see Batman get gassed by Crane and his men, and he calls Alfred for help before he passes out. When Bruce wakes up, Alfred informs him that he's been out for a couple of days and it's his birthday, and Fox has been working hard during this time synthesizing an antidote for Crane's toxin.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Oliver Wood tells Harry he was knocked out for a week after taking a Bludger to the head during his first Quidditch game.
  • Britt Reid in The Green Hornet accidentally knocks himself out after firing a pellet filled with prototype Knockout Gas into his own face. Upon regaining consciousness, Kato explains he made the gas too strong, gradually revealing Britt was out for not hours, not days, but over a week—so long he had to put Britt in an adult diaper.
    Britt: Whoa, 11 days? What? Are kidding me? I wasn't sleeping, I was in a coma, dick!
  • In In Harm's Way, Admiral Rockwell Torrey is badly wounded in a sea battle and wakes up in a hospital ship next to his love, Maggie Haynes, as head nurse. (Who, somehow, always seems to be assigned to where he is.)
  • Jason after his gunshot wound in Mystery Team; this is merely implied.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, Crow jokes that the departure of Cal Meachum prompts Joe to sleep off his depression: "I'm gonna curl up in his sock drawer and sleep for days."
  • In Paddington 2, after nearly drowning Paddington sleeps for three days, causing him to worry that he missed sending a present for Aunt Lucy since he awoke on her birthday.
  • The hero of Unknown (2011) wakes up at the hospital after a four-day coma stemming from a car accident.

  • Ben and Me: Amos sleeps for two days following an incident in which Ben made him ride out a thunderstorm on a kite.
  • In The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Covenant does this repeatedly. He says that life as a leper has given him practice.
  • Circleverse: In Shatterglass, Tris exhausts her store of magical power (not such a great idea, btw) and as a result sleeps for a week. Literally. This is pretty consistent across both of Tamora Pierce's universes — exhaust your magic, and fall asleep for quite a while.
  • It's indicated in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book that Greg's older brother Rodrick once slept from Sunday night until Tuesday morning- he wasn't aware until that night when he was watching TV and wondered where Monday Night Football was.
  • In the novelization of the film Dick Tracy, the Kid is reluctant to go back to the hovel he shares with his ruthless guardian because he hasn't gotten anything after a day when he should have been stealing, afraid that the guy is going to hit him so hard that, "he'll go to sleep for three days, like that last time."
  • When Kyon resets the universe in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, he awakens in a hospital room, having apparently been sleeping away a bad concussion for days. He finds Haruhi asleep in a sleeping bag next to his bed, having insisted on staying by his side the entire time.
  • In the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, the Doctor's heart is torn out. (It's okay, he has another one.) He consequently sleeps for a week, and wakes up still visibly wounded but mostly healed, with his friends by his bedside and "an enormous smile on his face".
  • The Dresden Files: Happens to Harry more than once, usually after climactic combat sequences in novels like Dead Beat and Changes. This results from Harry becoming an insomniac for the duration of the book as he scrambles to be meet the present dire threat in time. Usually someone such as Murphy or Thomas, keeps an eye on him while he's out.
  • In Ender's Game Ender basically sleeps through the entire war over possession of himself. He is heavily exhausted and traumatized by his ordeal of exterminating the Buggers.
  • Saito sleeps for three days after his first duel with Guiche in The Familiar of Zero.
  • Forbidden Sea:
    • Adrianne sleeps for three days after her and Cecily's first encounter with the mermaid.
    • In the second book, Sadelyn sleeps for the same amount of time after being rescued from drowning by a merman and left on the beach at Windwaithe Island.
  • At the beginning of the book Force Ten From Navarone, Miller tells the bosun of the ship they had just boarded after escaping from Navarone to not wake them until they reached Cairo. The bosun points out that they won't reach Cairo for another two days. Miller replies "I know."
  • During his encounter with Quirrell at the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry falls unconscious and wakes up in the hospital wing three days later. Rowling uses this to cut straight to the Dénouement.
  • Happens to Rachel of The Hollows in one book, Al mentions ah....having to cast a spell on her to ah, clean her up while she's sleeping. Other trope, averted.
  • In The Hunger Games Katniss sleeps for days after getting stung by tracker jackers.
  • Happens to Frodo twice in The Lord of the Rings: once in Rivendell, and once after being rescued from Mount Doom.
  • In The Lost Years of Merlin this happens practically Once Per Book. The last book is particularly notable: Merlin passes out while on a very strict deadline since Fincayra is going to be invaded by Rhita Gawr in just a few days. He wakes up to notice the sun has barely moved and is relieved that he was only out for about an hour...only to discover it was more like twenty-five.
  • After the disastrous final battle in The Magicians, Quentin spends the next six months asleep while centaurs slowly heal his wounds and replace everything that was bitten off him. Upon awakening, he's rather distressed to discover that his friends have been forced to go home without him, leaving him to recover and recuperate in the company of strangers.
  • Occurs a couple of times in Mistborn, when Vin uses pewter to compensate for fatal blood loss.
  • The title character of Orlando: A Biography sleeps for a week straight on two occasions. The first time is after being betrayed by a Russian princess and results in some changes to his personality. The second time, during a revolution in Turkey where he was serving as Ambassador, he wakes up as a woman.
  • In the Pit Dragon Chronicles, Jakkin spends too much time outside in the coldest part of night (on a planet where that's deadly). He learns in the hospital that he was out for a week, presumably in part from medicinal drugs.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, Miranda passes out before they reach the North Pole and sleeps for three days. Mab wishes she could have slept one more.
  • One of the ridiculous number of characters in the Timeline-191 series by Harry Turtledove is a US Army Air Force fighter pilot called John Moss. During the historical analogue to the Battle of Britain, he ends up so badly sleep-deprived that when he finally crashes out (aided and abetted by a sleeping pill the airbase's Chief Medical Officer had to con him into taking) he wakes up two straight days later, having slept through an air-raid; not even being carried from his bunk and unceremoniously tossed into a slit-trench while Confederate dive-bombers were shooting the place up was enough to rouse him.
  • Tortall Universe:
    • Alanna is konked out for a long while after the river battle in the first Song of the Lioness book. It happens again after she gets the Dominion Jewel in the last book.
    • In Trickster's Choice, Kyprioth keeps Aly asleep for five days, then again for three more in Trickster's Queen.
  • Underground: Robyn's initial ER visit ended with her asleep for two days due to passing out from septic shock.
  • The Vazula Chronicles:
    • Heath is asleep for three days at the end of A Kingdom Submerged, after Ileana stabs him twice with a spear, he almost drowns before Merletta drags him onto Vazula's beach, and Reka carries him back to Bexley Manor in his claws.
    • In A Kingdom Discovered, after her bout of "land sickness", Merletta is given a sedative that keeps her asleep for two days.
  • In the sixth book of Venus Prime, Forster's crew spends several months in an induced sleep.
  • Parodied in The Devil is a Part-Timer!, where Satan sleeps for three days and nights after fighting the Hero and finally getting an apartment in modern Japan... and then is hospitalized because he didn't eat or drink for three days.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Inverted on The A-Team whenever they drugged BA in order to fly anywhere. They would tell him he's been asleep for two days and they had driven the whole way.
  • Doctor Who: In "The Tsuranga Conundrum", the Doctor and company accidentally set off a sonic mine on a junkyard planet that leaves them unconscious for four days, during which they're picked up by an ambulance ship.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Lexie is asleep for almost 50 hours after her hospital shooting-induced Sleep Deprivation tuns into a mental breakdown that lands her in the Psych ward.
  • Perfect Strangers: Desperate to recover from the flu so that he can go out on a date, Larry downs all of Balki's cure (a glassful), only for Balki to reveal that he was only supposed to take a teaspoon. Larry promptly passes out. When he wakes up, he declares that he feels terrific and dashes off to get ready, only to notice the Sunday paper on the table. He's shocked to realize that he's been asleep for 24 hours, and even more shocked when Balki reveals that it's Tuesday and he's been asleep for 3 days.
  • Red Dwarf: In "Gunmen of the Apocalypse", a rogue Simulant zaps the Dwarfers unconscious for three weeks whilst they upgrade Starbug to provide a better hunt for them.
  • Used as part of a Brick Joke in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Q-Less". At the beginning of the episode, Q makes Bashir suddenly feel sleepy in order to interrupt his date with Vash. He's then absent for the rest of the episode until the final scene when he walks in commenting about how he had such a good night's sleep that "I feel as though I've been asleep for days".
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Waking Moments", aliens put the crew asleep for about two days. Chakotay is the only one able to wake himself.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise provides an example that is not trauma-induced—Denobulans have an annual six-day hibernation.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Towards the end of the epic of Gilgamesh, he was challenged to go without sleep for seven days and six nights as the first trial in proving he was worthy of godhood. Instead he ended up sleeping the seven days, with his host's wife baking a loaf of bread and leaving it by his side every day he slept as proof. Gilgamesh was then told that if he couldn't conquer sleep, he had no chance of conquering death.
  • During the legend of the cattle raid of Cooley in The Ulster Cycle, Cú Chulainn is badly injured and finally gets to see his father; the Fairy god Lugh, who then knocks out Cú Chulainn to heal his wounds. And Cú Chulainn wakes up to hear the news of the boy troop of Emain Macha being slaughtered.

    Video Games 
  • Exaggerated in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, with Laharl planning for a ten-day "nap" and being asleep for two YEARS. He had help, though.
  • Hero in Dragon Quest V escapes from ten years of slavery to build a temple high above the mountains by using a barrel and drifted to another continent. He wakes up in Heaven's Above Abbey after asleep for five days.
  • In The Feeble Files, the Founder of the totalitarian Omni Corporation decided to take a nap that unintentionally ended up taking thousands of years. And all throughout, a very single-minded AI he created kept on being in charge of everything as he slept...
  • Celes in Final Fantasy VI has been asleep for a whole year taken in care by Cid after Kefka tore the world apart.
  • Tifa in Final Fantasy VII has been asleep for a week following the escape from the crater and the impact from the WEAPONs. She and Barret are awaited for execution in Junon.
  • Kingdom Hearts series:
    • Sora enters a memory pod and is put into stasis at the end of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, spending the next eleven months technically dead, forgotten by most of the universe, and the main subject of a war between Organization XIII and Riku. He awakens at the end of the prologue in Kingdom Hearts II. He also, tragically, ends up asleep for at most a few days at the end of Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance].
      • This happened again at the end of Kingdom Hearts III. Except it's Kairi who's in the memory pod, also for nearly a year.
      • In the trailer for Kingdom Hearts IV, Sora's said to have been asleep for seven days after his arrival in Quadratum.
    • His Nobody, Roxas, spends three weeks in a coma as a result of Sora's own coma in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, and is looked after by Xion. Soon, near the end of the game Xion herself falls into a coma for a few days.
    • Of course, the character who spends the longest amount of time in this state is Ventus, who's been comatose for thirteen years, finally awaking on the eve of the Second Keyblade War. He also spends a few days in a coma after having his darkness removed by Master Xehanort to create Vanitas, where he was looked after by Aqua.
  • Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden: After a grevious injury, Organa "slept for 2 days straight".
  • Used in both Knights of the Old Republic games. In the first, the Player Character was injured while fleeing in an Escape Pod which crashed. S/he has been "in and out of consciousness for days" with Carth watching over them and tending to their wounds. The Estrogen Brigade really liked the scene. The second, like everything else in the game, is more sinister. The HK-50 unit poisoned the Exile, killed everyone else, and was waiting for G0-T0 to show up and collect the unconscious Jedi.
  • Trails Series:
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II opens with protagonist Rean Schwarzer awakening atop a snowy mountain range with his massive robotic combat knight Valimar after having been asleep for a month due to Valimar being badly damaged in the dramatic battle at the end of the original game. The Awakener shares the pain and damage, but Valimar has expended a massive amount of mana energy, all in bringing Rean back to health.
    • Cold Steel IV - following the prologue, Juna Crawford, Altina Orion and Kurt Vander of the new Class VII find themselves back at the Branch Campus of Thors Military Academy after the dramatic events of the previous game, attending classes together with students from the main campus. This, however, turns out to be a shared dream. They wake up to find that they've been sleeping in the hidden witch village of Eryn for two weeks and that the old Class VII woke up around a week before and has been moping about ever since. Juna manages to shake them out of it and get things rolling again. Even so, they all lost a significant amount of mana, or life force. All of the characters are hit with a Nerf bat that weakens the Brave Order mechanic, especially the new Class VII members. Additionally, new Class VII has lost a large number of levels, though the game has you train early on to get a few back, then restores a bunch more during additional off-screen training.
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie has two examples of this trope happening in the same game. The first one is when Lloyd Bannings finds out that he slept for two days at the beginning of his second chapter after his first chapter ends where he and the SSS get curb stomped by Rufus Albarea (who turns out to not be the real one). The second time happens is at the epilogue of the game where the real Rufus Albarea wakes up a week after the final battle as he sustained numerous amounts of injuries, including burns in his body.
  • In Odin Sphere, Gwendolyne is placed into an enchanted sleep for some time as part of a punishment for defying the king. When she wakes up, she mentions that she felt like she was asleep for some time. Though it's not immediately obvious due to how the game is set up, looking at the story in chronological order reveals she was, in fact, asleep for quite some time.
  • In Persona 3, the main character's awakening to their Persona ability puts him/her out for a week.
  • After finishing the fourth palace in Persona 5, Futaba, the ruler of said palace, due to exhaustion winds up sleeping until the deadline, which (depending on how fast you finished the palace) could be as short as a day or as long as three and a half weeks. And according to her adopted dad Sojiro, this is apparently a regular occurrence.
  • Portal 2 exaggerates it, with Chell apparently being asleep for many years after the events of the first Portal. Well, actually the computer that tells her how long she's been snoozing for glitches out, but we can clearly see that the Test Chambers have fallen into post-apocalyptic disrepair and some Word of Gabe Newell says that it takes place way after Portal.
  • At the end of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Clank is taken away by the Zoni and is revealed to be in a coma in the downloadable sequel, Quest for Booty. He spends two years in it, under the "care" of Dr. Nefarious, who spends all this time trying to hack into his brain to access the Orvus Chamber. He even gets a chance to gloat over a sleeping Clank's status.
    Dr. Nefarious: Ah, my arch nemesis. *Bangs on Clank's head* NOT SO SMART NOW, ARE YOU!?
  • In Tales of Arise, the duel main protagonist, Alphen, sleeps for a whole week after you defeat the first boss and he absorbs the power of the astral monster that was accompanying the boss into the blazing sword. If not the healing artes of Shionne, your other main protagonist, he would have been burnt to ash.

  • In Autumn Bay, Ghoul's awakening to magic, which traps him in his own memories, also puts him into a short coma (until Mercy rescues him).
  • In Girl Genius, Agatha often gets forced into situations that require her to stay awake and active for long periods of time and she tends to pass out and sleep for days afterwards.
  • In another R.H. Junior example, Tales of the Questor, Quentyn gets a couple days' sleep on two occasions after physically traumatic feats of heroism.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, this happens to Allison in Wielder of Names and Seeker of Thrones. Cio is there with her both times to provide the denouement and also quite a bit of Ship Tease. In Breaker of Infinities Allison goes through it again only this time she's been asleep for three years and Jadis is the one to bring her up to speed; Cio isn't there to brief her because she's dead.
  • In Rescuing Dara, the titular Dara sleeps for 3 days straight after her kidnapper drugs her with Sleep Seeds.
  • Stick in the Mud: Subverted. After John wakes up after dropping some acid, she's convinced she was asleep for a long time, but it was less than a day.
  • Bam from Tower of God was out for 5 days after his 1-on-1 with Hwaryun.

    Western Animation 
  • In the season 10 finale of Archer, where Sterling wakes up from a coma that lasted three years.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender. Aang is truly killed by Azula's lightning bolt before being revived by Katara's magic spirit water and was out so long that his hair had enough time to grow back. He definitely isn't well when he first wakes up, and only Katara's extensive healing lets him recover so quickly.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door "Operation I.T.," Rachel/Number 362 has to eat her way through a wall of broccoli (tantamount to kryptonite in this episode) to reach Father. She wakes up in a hospital bed a week later.
  • Parodied on Danny Phantom:
    Danny: What happened?
    Tucker: You passed out. We took you home. You've been asleep for four days.
    Danny: Four days?!
    Tucker: [laughs] Nah, it's only been a couple hours.
  • Elena of Avalor: At the end of "The Scepter of Light", Elena overstraining her new magical powers in order to defeat Orizaba results in her passing out for two days.
  • Played with in The Legend of Korra - Lin Beifong has apparently been asleep in bed for sixteen hours after passing out due to a combination of exhaustion and trauma. However, when Mako nervously knocks on her door, concerned, the door opens and Lin walks out of her room in borrowed clothes, yawning and (uncharacteristically) cheerful.
  • In the famous "Daffy Duck - The Wizard" music video from The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy wakes up from his dream and Bugs tells him that he's been asleep for three days.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "A Health of Information", after pushing herself for days without rest or sleep trying to find a cure for swamp fever, Fluttershy finally collapses from a combination of exhaustion, her own case of swamp fever, and being attacked by flash bees, whose honey she needs to make the cure. She doesn't wake up for nearly three days.
  • After her failed attempt to rescue the pixies from Lord Darkar at the beginning of the second season of Winx Club, Aisha was asleep for four days.

    Real Life