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Snorlax, the Sleeping Pokemon.

"Please don't wake me
No, don't shake me
Leave me where I am
I'm only sleeping."

The character does not so much sleep as fall into a coma for eight or more hours. The alarm clock that could rouse them has yet to be built. Yelling does not wake them. Physical trauma won't even do the job, although sometimes the scent of food will.

This condition may sometimes follow a heavy meal,note  and hence is often applied to the Big Eater. Sometimes it also affects the Cloudcuckoolander, the Manchild or someone who's Brilliant, but Lazy.

To some degree, Truth in Television. In addition to natural variation making some people sleep much, much heavier than others, there are a number of disorders that include this trope as a symptom. For two well-known examples, Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder (a dyssomnia) characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep, and Kleine-Levin syndrome, which is a rare neurological disorder where sufferers may have episodes where they eat excessively, experience greatly increased sexual desire, and most prominently, sleep in an extremely deep state for anywhere between 15 and 21 hours a day.

Also, see Not a Morning Person, where the character does wake up... just not exactly early and easily. A particularly heavy sleeper may have Slept Through the Apocalypse. Characters with this trait sometimes also Fall Asleep Standing Up.

Compare Good Morning, Crono. See also Deep Sleep. Sometimes overlaps with, but should not be confused with, Sleepyhead. See also Rip Van Winkle.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Beet the Vandel Buster: Beet has the ability to stay awake for three days straight, but at the end of the third day, he will fall into an almost comatose sleep from which he cannot be awakened for a full day.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Kinomoto doesn't start as one, but begins to sleep more and fall asleep everywhere as she starts transforming the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards, which drains her of energy a lot. Similarly, Yukito/Yue starts to become one as his limited life energy starts running out; it's only fixed when Touya gives him his own psychic energy so he won't fade away. As a result, he starts sleeping in more...).
  • Ivan Whisky/001 from Cyborg 009. Justified Trope, though: he's a very powerful telepath and telekinetic trapped in the body of a baby, so he logically requires long rest after he uses his power for too long.
  • Chief Komui Lee in D.Gray-Man. Nothing can wake him when he sleeps, save one thing: mentioning that his sister, Lenalee Lee, is getting married. (He's rather overprotective about her.)
  • Doraemon: The titular character can be quite a heavy sleeper, including one chapter where Nobita decides to prank him with his automatic RC gadget, turning a sleeping Doraemon into an RC plane who goes flying through the air... and Doraemon doesn't wake up until he's halfway out of the house. And then there's the prologue of Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum where a thief steals Doraemon's collar-bell by tugging at it really hard for a whole minute, and Doraemon doesn't even flinch until it's missing.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • God of Destruction Beerus from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods; he doesn't use an alarm clock, he uses alarm bombs. Yes, plural; just one isn't enough to get him out of bed (though his assistant Whis threatening to sing karaoke does the job just as well).
    • Fat Buu develops this tendency in Dragon Ball Super, dropping into months-long hibernation periods whenever it would be too convenient for the heroes to have another heavy-hitter. This forces Goku into having to recruit Frieza right out of Hell to take Buu's place in the Tournament of Power.
  • Midnight, a villain in Fairy Tail, can fight in his sleep, and has yet to be depicted awake several chapters into the arc.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Kyo Sohma can sleep through a hurricane. However, he seems to be an early riser.
    • Yuki Sohma also is a heavy sleeper, as well as Not a Morning Person. During the school trip to Kyoto, his classmates hardly manage to wake him up. Further, Kyo claims that Yuki's even stronger when he's drowsy since he's too sleepy to hold back. (Which Yuki proves on the spot.)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: When Ed realizes that his body is probably compensating for Al's, which is still trapped at the Gate, Al remarks that Ed does fall asleep an awful lot, and wonders if Ed is "sleeping enough for Al's share" too.
  • Girls und Panzer: As Mako is Not a Morning Person, our heroines wake her up for early morning training by blank-firing a German tank outside her window.
  • GUN×SWORD: Carlos is an old man who is nearly always asleep — even at the controls of his part of the Combining Mecha. He wakes up exactly twice: the first time is at the end of the episode introducing the El Dorado V, and the second time is in Episode 25 when he wakes up to give a Rousing Speech to his discouraged allies. He stays awake for the final episode. He even takes the time to introduce himself to the main character during the final episode. The guy his group has been traveling with for half the series.
  • Haibane Renmei: Nemu got her name because she even slept in her final dream before emerging from her cocoon. A few of the other Haibane tease her because of this.
  • Hamtaro has Snoozer, who takes this to extremes in that every time we see him, he's either asleep or talking in his sleep. However, he tends to give advice to the other characters when talking in his sleep, such as in one episode where he comforts Bijou, who was crying, with a word of advice.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • In every World Conference, Herakles (Greece) is seen calmly and soundly napping on his seat, while all the other nations bitch at each other loudly.
    • Canada (Matthew), too. One strip has him speaking to someone else, then they both fall asleep all of a sudden. And his first line ever in the webcomic was apologizing for sleeping in.
    • Seychelles somehow manages to fall asleep in the middle of her own character song.
  • Honey and Clover: Morita makes it a habit to sleep for 48 hours after a job.
  • Imaizumin-chi wa Douyara Gal no Tamariba ni Natteru Rashii: ~DEEP~: Imaizumi can sometimes sleep up till 11 even as others are trying to wake him up.
  • Kochikame: Officer Higurashi goes through four-year hibernation cycles and is only awake one day during the start of every Summer Olympics. The main characters wake him because of his psychic powers to locate wanted criminals.
  • Lucky Star: Tsukasa Hiiragi habitually wakes up at noon when it's not a school day, and she'll still think it's morning until someone points out how late it is.
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis: Tigre is a rather heavy sleeper. While he can be woken for important matters (like wars), those who try to wake him may end up groped or even tackled while he remains sleeping, and a sword to the mouth, a strong slap or an equivalent sensation is necessary to wake him.
  • Magical Project S: One episode opens with Ginji, Sasami, and Ryo-Ohki all sleeping through crashing over a cliff into the water and drifting onto an island.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: Eagle Vision naps frequently and has been known to miss important ceremonies because he's sleeping. This is a sign of his poor health. He knows he will eventually enter a permanent coma, and plans to become Cephiro's Pillar so he can put the land into an eternal sleep as well.
  • Moriarty the Patriot: William falls into a Deep Sleep whenever intellectually taxed and cannot be woken by anything. The manga artist has joked on Twitter that he even falls asleep while teaching, eating, and bathing.
  • Naruto:
  • Negima!? have this as a trait to Asuna Kagurazaka. In the series, she actually wakes up early every day for newspaper delivery, making up on weekends (thus, she's more of Not a Morning Person). Due to the events in the Magic World in the original manga, her fate is to sleep for a century in the Gravekeeper's Palace. Yeah. True to her Heavy Sleeper tendencies, she ends up oversleeping by about 30 years.
    • In the Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga, and later the Ala Alba OVA, Negi can sleep through quite a bit of manhandling. In chapter 180, he was kicked across a room at least twice and tied up and slung around in a rhythm dancing ribbon without waking up.
      • To top it all off, Negi somehow managed to sleep through that entire fight, even though he was at one point knocked unconscious, recovered asleep, and was beaten into unconsciousness again. He woke the next day achy, bruised, and very confused.
  • Ojamajo Doremi: Pop Harukaze. One of the principal reasons why she couldn't catch up with the other Ojamajos despite her natural witchcraft talents was because the apprentice tests were scheduled during the night, but Pop simply could NOT stay awake no matter how many precautions she took and how many times Doremi and the others tried to wake her up. As a result, she doesn't take her first test until a few episodes into Sharp. This is justified since she is a preschool kid. And in another episode, she actually collapsed and fell asleep.
  • One Piece:
    • Monkey D. Luffy. In one instance, his crew member Roronoa Zoro bounced off his Balloon Belly without rousing him. After a fight, he will either eat or sleep continuously, and after Ennies lobby somehow taught himself to eat while sleeping to cope.
    • We later see that Luffy's brother, Ace, is also a Heavy Sleeper. He once fell asleep while in the middle of eating a feast. The others around him thought he had been poisoned by the food until he snapped back awake a moment later. After confirming he was just sleeping, and unharmed, he dropped off again mid-conversation.
    • Garp remained asleep despite being sliced across the chest by a giant axe. Eneru on the other hand dosed off as his opponent did his best to kill him (stabbing a spear through his head and slicing him in two for starters). Then again, he was simply showing off his invulnerability.
    • Even Zoro, who once slept through a high-seas storm.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: It is possible to wake Kyouya Ootori before noon on a day off, but he won't stay that way very long. In one episode, he manages to incompletely wake through Tamaki and the rest of the club inviting him out and forcing him into clothes, drifts off again as they carry him to the expo they wanted to visit, and winds up forgotten by them, sleeping sitting up on a bench until he wakes up alone and with no recollection of how he got there.
  • Penguindrum: Mario is often seen sleeping on a couch at home.
  • Phantom Quest Corp.: The reason Ayaka can't get up in the morning is simple: she drinks too much. Which is why her Beleaguered Assistant, Mamoru, has to find ways to get her out of bed.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Yellow is sometimes seen yawning and dozing off. True, overusing her powers will force her to fall asleep, but you have to wonder how the fook she managed to start napping after she got grabbed and lifted into the air by several Lickitung when she wasn't using said powers the moment before. Bayleef's flowery scent lulled her into sleep, and the expression on Bayleef's face shows how random it was. However, she woke up pretty fast that time. Most other times, it's less "asleep" than it is "unconscious".
    • A list of examples from Pokémon just wouldn't be complete without Snorlax.
  • Ash's Rowlet from Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon is a great example of this. In any normal situation, and even during some battles, it's shown to be asleep. Hence why, in episode 12 of season 21, it's treated as a huge O.O.C. Is Serious Business moment when Professor Kukui is woken up by Rowlet, and is stunned to see that it's actually awake- and it's early too:
  • The Prince of Tennis: Jiroh Akutagawa is often sleeping outside of the courts, and it's so bad that Kabaji often has to carry him on his back so he doesn't arrive late to his matches. And there's also Akaya Kirihara, who once fell asleep in a bus and crossed all the way from Kanazawa to Tokyo...
  • Ranma ½ has Ranma Saotome (who on occasion has been known to sleep through full-on fights he participated in). This has led to some wild theories on how well him being married to Akane might work out. Some people sleepwalk, Akane sleepfights. Hilariously used when Nabiki pours cold water on him when he's sleeping to take pictures of his girl self, then adds hot water so he'll turn back to normal. Ranma later wakes up and thinks he has peed in his sleep.
  • Exaggerated in Riding Bean Rally tries to wake Bean up normally. It fails. So she hits him in the neck with a stun gun. His eyes open for a second from the shock, and he goes right back to sleep before it even registers. So she takes the pan she was cooking breakfast in and holds it to his face. that works.
  • Saki: Amae Koromo. To wake her up for the tournament, her teammates set five alarm clocks around her. She slept through every one of them then went on to sleep away the entire day.
  • School Rumble: Yakumo has a tendency to fall asleep anywhere, giving her the nickname "Sleeping Beauty".
    • It's also a bit of a Deconstructed Trope, since it does interfere with her daily chores, like purchasing groceries or doing housework. When The Ditz of the show is worried and tells you that you've got a problem, it oughta be a serious deal.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has Ryu "The Owl", to the point where his sleeping on the job has landed him in big trouble more than once.
  • Slam Dunk: One of the most common running gags is how Kaede Rukawa falls asleep anywhere and at any time, unless during practice or games — once he even fell asleep while riding his bike to a game and trashed it. And waking him up is NOT an option, since he actually becomes violent when he doesn't finish his naps.
  • Strike Witches: Three characters have this for different reasons. Sanya is simply a night shifter, and thus sleeps through the daily ruckus. Francesca is just lazy but can be woken up with enough prodding. Erica, however, is lazy and disorganized, and not even her roommate's prodding can get her up.
  • Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy: Boof is always the last one to get up, the first one to fall asleep, and is often shown sleeping at the start of the episode.
  • Wasteful Days of High School Girls: Robo is implied in the manga to sleep for very extended periods of time. One panel in chapter 4 reveals how she once slept all the way from Friday to Monday, not waking up even once, and chapter 15 has her falling asleep on the train home and ended up riding all the way out to the countryside.
  • World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman: Shizuno Urushibara is one. She is first introduced sleeping on the floor after the opening ceremony and is also asleep in class.
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5: Nozomi once launched Coco across the room in her sleep when he tried to wake her up.
  • You're Under Arrest!: Natsumi's almost always late for work because she's usually either too tired from playing games all night or so hungover that she's too sick to her stomach to get up. If it weren't for Miyuki helping to sober her up in time for their shift, Natsumi might not have a job.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: According to Tristan, a herd of elephants can't wake Joey up. This turns out to be a problem when "Bandit" Keith decides to live up to his nickname.
  • YuYu Hakusho: In the tournament arc, Yusuke has fallen asleep on the boat ride, not even all the fighting going on when some assassins arrive wake him up, he then spends most of his group's first match still sleeping, he only wakes up when it's his turn to fight.

    Comic Books 
  • Donald Duck:
    • In one story by Carl Barks where he becomes a fire brigade officer, of all the jobs possible.
    • Donald exploits this in another story, where he has to contend in an interstellar Olympics where the loser's planet is destroyed. While Donald loses all the contests, he's allowed to pick the final round himself. He chooses sleep. He still loses, but the other contestants go into hibernation for tens of thousands of years, and the arrangers can't blow up earth until the last contestant wakes up.
  • Gaston Lagaffe, who's also The Slacker.
  • Iznogoud: The Caliph spends much of his time contentedly asleep. His advisors know he's worried when he turns in his sleep more than twice a day.
  • Basile from Léonard le Génie. Waking him up takes heavy-yield explosives or similar violence. In one instance, Leonard builds an alarm clock contraption that injects Basile with several liters (judging by the size of the syringe) of hyper-concentrated coffee concentrate, only, once it achieves the intended effect, to tell Basile that it's Sunday and he can sleep in.

    Comic Strips 
  • FoxTrot: Paige Fox will often be asleep for most of the day during summer vacation. There have also been other instances of her being asleep for several days.
  • Garfield: The title character has timed himself to see just how long he can sleep.
    • In one strip, this gets exaggerated; he wakes up and looks out the window to see a Jetsons-esque future, to which he says that his nap was a little long.
    • In the October 27, 1988 strip, Jon comments that "When he sleeps, he sleeps." This was said in response to Garfield not waking up when it's time for him to go to bed (he'd been on Jon's lap before).
  • Peanuts: Peppermint Patty has the tendency to sleep through class. This was explained by the fact that her father works late, and Patty is too insecure to sleep until he returns home.

    Fan Works 
  • The Boy Who Cried Idiot:
    • Lincoln sleeps right through Martin yelling outside his window.
    • While Lily is woken up by Lincoln and Martin talking, Lisa (Lily's roommate) isn't. Then, Lisa doesn't wake up when Lily shakes her.
  • Offspring:
    • Link is a heavy sleeper. He mentions how he used to often sleep through Blood Moons.
    • Neolani inherited Link's heavy sleeping habits. Mira mentions an incident where a Lizalfos attacked the Domain and her sister didn't even notice when she woke up afterwards.
  • In Touhou Ibunshu, Yukari Yakumo, mentioned below, is an even heavier sleeper. During the cataclysmic events of Reinterpretation of Scarlet Devil, Ran, her loyal shikigami, kept desperately trying to wake her up to no avail... even after pitching her off a cliff.
  • Vow of Nudity: Alee the baby remains asleep through the entire story, even as the rest of the party fights monsters, gets into shouting matches, and in general everything gets progressively worse around them.

    Films — Animation 
  • Hyacinth Hippo from Fantasia manages to sleep through being shot in the air by bubbles made from dancing elephants.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Charge at Feather River: Pvt. Cullen is such a heavy sleeper that he falls asleep and falls off his horse without waking up. His impressed squad mates hoist him back into the saddle where he stirs briefly and then keeps riding, still asleep.
  • Godzilla. If the climax of Godzilla (2014) is anything to go by, so much so that when he gets tired and decides to take a nap after defeating the Mutos, the military initially assumes him to be dead.
  • Meatballs: Marty used to sleep so soundly that one of the running gags of the movie was to move him and his bed into strange places.
  • In Short Term 12, Jayden's abusive dad can sleep through anything, including Grace and Jayden fucking up his car with a baseball bat.
  • The Suicide Squad: Ratcatcher 2 doesn't wake up even when King Shark attempts to eat her, still sleeping soundly while her head is halfway through his mouth. Fortunately her squadmates intervene.
    Bloodsport: How deep of a sleeper are you?
    Ratcatcher: I was having the most wonderful dream.
    Peacemaker: If it was you about to be eaten by King Shark, then you're a psychic.
    Ratcatcher: I don't believe he would do that. He has very kind eyes.
    [Sebastian squeaks in disagreement while glaring at King Shark]
    King Shark: [looking at Sebastian] Hungry.
    Ratcatcher: [her smile disappears] You bastard! [turns on her wand and summons an army of rats]
  • What About Bob?: Bob sleeps through Leo asking him to wake up, then yelling, then shaking him, then imitating a rooster. Then his small alarm clock goes off and he peacefully awakes.

  • One of the earliest examples was "Rip Van Winkle", who slept for twenty years. Although that was probably from the strange liquor that the ghosts gave him.
  • Russian folk tales aren't averse to having their larger-than-life heroes sleep for days on end every so often. After all, all that energy that goes into slaying dragons, defeating armies, and performing other mighty deeds has to come from somewhere!

  • Chicken Joe, the titular main character of Trout Fishing in America's picture book Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important is actually a cat who sings that he needs "16 hours of way down deep / 16 or 17 hours of sleep / at least 16 hours of sleep..." He'd have more, but he has to eat.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • Greg Heffley. He claims that he's like this because he was born three weeks early (which he somehow remembers). He's spent the rest of his life up to the present trying to catch up on sleep.
    • Rodrick is an even heavier sleeper than Greg, having once slept from Sunday night to Tuesday morning, and not even realizing it until Tuesday night.
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz: Dorothy's second cousin Zeb managed to sleep through the 1909 San Francisco earthquake.
  • Fun Jungle: Pete's husband Ray sleeps through a bear attack and once slept through a flight where horrible turbulence made every other passenger scream or vomit.
  • Half Life (2006): Taken to another level by Blanche Olney, who falls — or is pushed — into a deep sleep in adolescence and might be waking up in her twenties.
  • Bill Bryson admits this of himself in In a Sunburned Country when, after a flight to Australia, jet lag asserts itself rather powerfully.
    Bryson: Most people when they nod off look as if they could do with a blanket; I look as if I could do with medical attention. I sleep as if injected with a powerful experimental muscle relaxant.
  • Peter Pan: After Wendy tells Peter about how her brother, John, despises girls, Peter goes over and kicks a sleeping John out of his blanket and then out of bed. She initially chastises Peter over it, but then she looks over and notices that John's still asleep.
  • The Place Inside the Storm: Tara's dad tends to fall asleep at his desk and is very hard to wake up. When Tara sneaks back into the apartment, she's able to get the brain implant's firmware code from his glasses, using his fingerprints to access it, without waking him up.
  • In Sweet Dreams, Kirby, Kirby won't wake up for anything, even when he's invited to play or offered delicious pancakes.
  • "Sleepy Kitty" from The Tribune Primer by Eugene Field takes a popular Animal Stereotype and exaggerates it:
    The Cat is Asleep on the Rug. Step on her Tail and See if she will Wake up. Oh, no; She will not wake, she is a heavy Sleeper. Perhaps if you Were to saw her Tail off with the Carving knife you might Attract her attention. Suppose you try.
  • We never see Shari awake in Wayside School.
  • Subverted in Who Plugged Roger Rabbit?. Eddie tussles with a heavy in an art museum, while a lazy security guard snoozes on a nearby fold-out chair, not budging an inch when the two combatants slam each other into the well mere feet from him. It turns out the security guard was faking it, and in fact becomes a key witness that helps Eddie both justify himself to the police and eventually crack the case.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Drake & Josh: Josh claims he's not a heavy sleeper, but a video presented by his then-rival, Mindy Crenshaw, shows he really is. Megan and her friend take advantage of this and host a web show featuring them doing stuff to Josh when he's asleep.
  • The Goodies: In "Snooze", Graham Garden invents a bedtime drink that works so well it puts the entire country to sleep for days. Bill doesn't wake up even when he goes sleepwalking across a minefield.
  • I Dream of Jeannie: In "Meet My Master's Mother", furious with Major Nelson's visiting mother, Jeannie seeks to disrupt her sleep by playing drums, trumpets, and even firing a cannon. Mrs. Nelson doesn't so much as bat an eye... until Major Nelson leaves his room, calling for her asking if she heard anything. Jeannie is then punished with Laser-Guided Karma for her mean-spirited pranks when Mrs. Nelson innocently uses Jeannie's bottle (with Jeannie in it) to mix up a batch of shampoo! In the end, Jeannie tries a much more successful "if you can't beat them, join them" approach
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Kintaros is practically narcoleptic, sometimes falling asleep in mid-conversation and being nigh on impossible to wake. The only thing to consistently rouse him is any word that sounds remotely like "nakeru" (to cry).
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: In the sketch "Strangers in the Night", the husband doesn't fully wake up even when his wife right beside him is being simultaneously propositioned by five men and a mariachi band.
    • Ken Clean-Air Systems, the great white hope of the British boxing world who beats pretty women to a bloody pulp, has a very effective training routine, which works because he's almost totally stupid:
      1. Every morning, he jogs the 47 miles from his two-bedroomed, eight-bathroomed, six up, two down, three to go house in Rygate to the Government's Pesticide Research Centre at Shoreham. Nobody knows why.
      2. Every morning at his little three-room semi near Reading, Ken gets up at three o'clock...and goes back to bed again because it's far too early.
      3. At seven o'clock, Ken gets up, he has a quick shower, a rub-down, gets into his track-suit, and goes back to bed again.
      4. At 7:50 every morning Ken's trainer runs the 13,000 miles from his two-room lean-to in Bangkok and gets him up (he used to wake Ken up with a crowbar to the back of the head, but recently found that this was too far from his brain and wasn't getting through to him anymore. So he now wakes him up with a steel peg driven into his skull with a mallet).
      5. For breakfast every day, Ken places a plate of liver and bacon under his chair, and locks himself in the cupboard.
      6. At 8:30 the real training begins: Ken goes back to bed and his trainer gets him up.
      7. At 10:30 every morning Ken arrives at what he thinks is the gym. Sometimes it's a sweetshop, sometimes it's a private house. Today it's a hospital.
      8. For lunch, Ken crouches down on the roadside and rubs gravel into his hair.
      9. But lunch doesn't take long. Ken's soon up on his feet and back to bed again, and his trainer has to run the 49,000 miles from his two-bedroom, six-living-room tree-house in Kyoto to wake him up (when Ken is in a really deep sleep like this one, the only way to wake him up is to saw his head off).
  • Odd Squad: Oprah, the Odd Squad Director of Precinct 13579, is a heavy sleeper. Not even Otis puppeteering her, nor his and Orchid's loud voices, are enough to rouse her.
    • In "Down the Tubes", Oswald somehow stays asleep as Orla (presumably) guides him to the tubes and he is "squishinated" into a ball. Not even Orla, who is the loudest of the Odd Squad Mobile Unit, can wake him up.
  • Elliot from Scrubs. NOTHING can wake her up before she wants to.
    • J.D being a sound sleeper is the basis of at least one joke. When Dr Cox and the Janitor are drinking and talking about how much he annoys them, the Janitor reveals that he regularly sneaks into JD's room while he's asleep and moves things around to mess with him. They move his bed to the hospital parking lot, where he's woken up in the morning by ambulance sirens.
      Dr Cox: Well, you're clearly in need of help, but goshdarn it, I'm not gonna give it to ya. How sound a sleeper you think he is?
      Janitor: Well, watch this. (kicks the foot of JD's bed)
      J.D: (sits up, eyes still closed) Wha? (falls back)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: Dr. Phlox, thanks to his Bizarre Alien Biology, hibernates five to six days a year (placing it between weekly episodes if required, which is convenient). On one occasion the crew have to wake him up with an injection. Phlox simply gives a nonsensical diagnosis and collapses back into unconsciousness.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism: Kumbhakarna of Ramayana is such a famous Heavy Sleeper that in India, heavy sleepers can often be referred to as the Kumbhakarna. A slip of the tongue botched up a wish for the position of the gods and he instead ended up wishing for eternal sleep, which was then changed to allow him to sleep up to six months in a year. But it goes From Bad to Worse. If at any time he was woken up during his sleep, then he would be doomed to die. Being a giant, it took the stamping and goading over 1000 elephants across his body, the goading of hundreds of soldiers, the beating of thousands of musical instruments normally to be used in the middle of a war to get him to wake up.
  • Mark tells us that Jesus was asleep in the stern of a fishing boat during a furious squall. As the storm raged on, the waves threatened to capsize the boat, and His panicked disciples (experienced sailors themselves) woke Him up. Jesus proceeded to tell the storm to be quiet, and it listened.
    • When Jonah flees on a ship to escape his divine mission, he is asleep in the hold during a raging storm. His fellow passengers wake him up to beg his god to calm the sea. He tells them that the storm is because of his disobedience, and the only way to end it is to throw him overboard — which is how he ends up in the belly of the giant fish.
  • In The Achilleid, Achilles somehow manages to sleep through being taken down a mountain, placed on a school of dolphins, and carried across the sea.

  • Judge Dredd has the safecracker, who sleeps through machine gun fire and a tank crashing into his room.

  • Kip from the Cool Kids Table game Star War managed to sleep through being frozen in carbonite. And being unfrozen in carbonite.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppets: It's indicated in commentary on the "Bohemian Rhapsody" video that Zoot once went to sleep in a phone booth and didn't wake up until three months later.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Requiem: It's quite hard for vampires to drag themselves to wakefulness during the day. Worse, noticing a disturbance and actually waking up involve separate dice rolls, so it's entirely possible for a vampire to hear a threat but not be able to get moving and deal with it. However, when they wake, they're instantly fully alert.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • Atelier Annie: Annie. The game opens with her being hauled across a mountain and an ocean by her grandfather's homunculi, during which she doesn't wake up at all. When she arrives at Sera Island, she is still sleeping, which causes her Fairy Companion Pepe to resort to some mild violence to wake her up (and he has to do it again once or twice throughout the game).
  • Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead: "Heavy Sleeper" is a disadvantage you can take for bonus points, which makes it harder for loud noises to wake you up while sleeping. However, extremely loud noises such as explosions will still wake you up.
  • Custom Robo: Battle Revolution: The protagonist starts off as a heavy sleeper, only ever making it out of bed in the morning if his landlady comes into his apartment to wake him up or his phone goes off. He does improve over the course of the game, though.
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness: Laharl is implied to be a heavy sleeper. When he wakes up from his two-year "nap" at the beginning of the game (after Etna tries bludgeoning him with a variety of weapons), he doesn't seem too fazed about it, and one of his nameless henchmen mention that it's pretty typical for him. Furthermore, he comments that he was only expecting to be asleep for ten days. But it turns out that the reason he slept for two years was he was poisoned.
    • In "Etna Mode" of the PSP port, Etna is unable to wake him until she actually kills him. Or so it seems.
  • Fantasy World Dizzy: Dozy falls back asleep when you wake him up and talk to him. You can then knock him into the water, and he'll still be asleep.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Forde from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is such a heavy sleeper that he takes naps in the middle of battles. This is revealed in his support conversations with Vanessa, who naturally assumed he was wounded and needed help. When told how irresponsible he's being, his excuse is that it's a just ploy to draw enemies close for an ambush. He also specially outfits his horse saddle so he can sleep on horseback and not fall off.
    • General Haar from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
  • The goal of the online game Grow Cannon is to wake up the little guy after he smashes his alarm clock. It's harder than you might think, as the guy turns out to be able to sleep right through being doused by water, stepped on by a giant foot, electrocuted by a magic staff-wielding man, run over by a train, and being blown up into a crater by a rocket.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: The Player Character starts the game by managing to remain asleep through a General Quarters call, a pitched space battle, and the crippling of their ship. They only finally awake when the Star Trek Shake gets bad enough to hurl them out of bed. The Reveal puts this in a very different light (and a bit meta).
  • The Legend of Zelda: Talon is usually found sleeping, in which case a cucco or a megaphone are needed to wake him up.
  • Metal Gear: Solid Snake won't wake up unless you point a gun at his head... no, wait... Solid Snake will wake up the instant you point a gun at his head.
  • Overlord I: Played for dark laughs with Oberon, the Fallen Hero of Sloth. Tiring of a life of fighting, he was convinced to not get involved with the war between the Elves versus Dwarves, choosing instead to take a long rest upon a tree. This eventually led to him getting entangled with the tree's roots and his nightmares corrupting the forest.
  • Persona 5: Futaba Sakura can sleep in an almost-comatose state on a regular basis, which Sojiro compares to recharging her batteries. This is also the excuse of why she can't immediately keep her part of the bargain of having her Treasure stolen by eliminating Medjed, no matter how early you complete her Palace. This can range to her sleeping non-stop for nearly a whole month.
  • Pokémon:
    • Snorlax is notorious for doing two things: sleeping for months at a stretch and devouring entire islands' worth of food when it's awake. The first game has a Broken Bridge of one falling asleep on a road and blocking all traffic from either direction because nobody can get it to move. Snorlax weigh about half a ton, so they are literally heavy Sleepers.
    • Many of Abra's Pokédex entries mention it sleeping for 18 hours a day in order to maintain its psychic powers.
    • Erika (the Grass-type Gym leader from the first generation) is implied to be mildly narcoleptic.
    • Caitlin of the Unova Elite Four is this in Black and White. The centerpiece of her battle arena is a gigantic four-poster bed where she sleeps until a challenger arrives.
    • Komala from Pokémon Sun and Moon does the Snorlax one better; it's a koala-like Pokémon said to spend its whole life asleep. Its ability, Comatose, reflects this; it's treated as having the Status Effect Sleep for the purpose of certain moves (such as Wake-Up Slap, which does double damage to sleeping Pokémon), but it can still attack in battle.
    • Pokémon Sleep: Besides Snorlax, there are several Pokémon whose Sleep Styles are classified as Slumbering. It's the game's term for the deepest part of the sleep cycle when tracking your sleep.
  • It's even a trait in The Sims 3. Sims with it can sleep through nearly anything: radios, fires, burglaries, crying babies...
  • Solatorobo: A minor female vendor NPC spends the entirety of the game dreaming of money and talking about it in her sleep. She even manages to sleep through a kaiju attack and the final large-scale battle at the climax of the game.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Luigi sleeps through a meeting and an attack from Bowser. He only wakes up when Bowser inhales him after breaking into Peach's castle for a second time. (Though given that he was scratching and moving around, it's likely he was only pretending to be asleep to avoid having to fight Bowser.)
    • General White in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, who first has been followed across the world map, Mario missing him by seconds, then woken up by Mario's attacks to get permission to use the cannon at Fahr Outpost. Funnier yet, he was trying to find Mario the entire time...
    • Super Mario World has Rip Van Fish. The only time he's woken up is when Mario is close to him. At this point, he will chase Mario until the latter gets away from him, thus leading Rip Van Fish to get back to sleeping.
    • Luigi is once again a heavy sleeper in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. This time it serves a plot and gameplay purpose: the story involves Mario and Luigi venturing into the Dream World by Luigi falling asleep on special beds and Mario jumping into his dreams through a portal. Starlow can tickle his nose, pull on his mustache, and even knock his hat over his eyes in order to change things in the dream, but Luigi will never once wake up until his brother returns to Pi'illo Island.
    • One of the members of the Toad Brigade in Super Mario Galaxy is always taking naps as part of a Running Gag. He even falls asleep in Shiverburn Galaxy as Blue Toad admonishes him for doing that, saying he'll catch a cold.
  • Tales Series:
    • In Tales of Destiny, Stahn Aileron is a notoriously heavy sleeper, to the point his sister Lilith developed a special attack just to wake him up. After he married Rutee, they had a son named Kyle (protagonist of the second game) who inherited this from his father. Rutee obtained her sister-in-law's technique for "waking up the boys": making a racket with pots and pans... right next to their heads. Rutee and Lilith call this technique "Rise from the Grave."
    • Senel from Tales of Legendia can sleep through an earthquake that threw him off his bed on to the floor... of the first floor. His bed was on the second.
      • This was actually a Running Gag in the Character Quests, where the party members would take turns trying to wake him up. At one point, Will resorted to kicking him in the head and he still didn't stir.
  • Touhou Project: Yukari Yakumo spends about three-quarters of her time sleeping, at the very least. Just as well for the rest of the characters, because when she's awake, she's a nigh-omnipotent Trickster Mentor (or just a trickster depending who you ask) who loves messing with people.
    • In many fanworks, Hong Meiling, the door guard of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, is like this, which often incurs the wrath of Sakuya and her knives. In canon, however, when Meiling wakes up, she shows no mercy to whoever tries to get into the mansion without the permission of her mistresses.
    • Komachi Onozuka is also often portrayed like this, due to her laziness directly causing the Incident of Touhou Kaeidzuka ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View.
    • Yuka also sometimes gets portrayed as this, as you fight her first when she hasn't properly woken up. And yes, it is easy to lose to someone who is still asleep.
  • Yggdra Unison: After apparently being killed in the battle for Karona and then reincarnating as usual, Nessiah sleeps through the entire war he wanted to take advantage of unless you find his lost spellbook, upon which he will immediately wake up (and be rather disgruntled about it). Seeing as finding the Revelation can be a massive Guide Dang It!, the game developers are kind enough to make Nessiah stay awake for all subsequent playthroughs once you've found him.
  • Yume Nikki: Madotsuki only does three things in her daily life: play video games, write in her dream diary, and sleep. Almost the entire game takes place in her dreams.

    Visual Novels 
  • Crescendo (JP): Kyoko Ashihara — so much that she's seen sleeping on the cover of the game itself, on the lap of her friend Kaho. The protagonist, Ryo, also seems to skip classes frequently so that he can sleep in School Nurse Kaori's office.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! has Sayori, who is often late to school for sleeping in. This is because she has depression and it makes it more difficult for her to get out of bed and get ready. This is averted in Act 4 when the opening scene establishes that she has been waking up on time for a while. This also implies that her depression has been alleviated to some degree.
  • Ever17 has Ryogo Kaburaki AKA the 2017 version of "The Kid", who snores and talks in his sleep, and doesn't awaken even when You, Sara, and the 2034 Kid draw on his face.
  • The Fruit of Grisaia: Makina is considered to be possibly narcoleptic. She doesn’t fall heavily asleep, but will simply pass out at the drop of a hat whenever she gets tired and can sleep over half the day quite easily. The doctors just shrugged and said it might be stress-related while Yuuji figures it might be due to her poor physical physique.
  • Kanon: Nayuki. The Visual Novel explains the psychological reasons behind her behavior: her unhappy memories of Yuuichi rejecting her confession of love to him, all those years ago. This leads to some amusing non-thudding non-sequiturs delivered in her barely-ambulatory state.
    • This aspect of her character is used for both of her forms in Eternal Fighter Zero. She has a "sleepy" form that parodies the Drunken Boxing fighting style, and an "awake" form that unleashes her huge alarm clock collection for her Final Memory attack.
  • Katawa Shoujo: Suzu Suzuki. This is justified since she has narcolepsy and that's why she is in Yamaku to start with.
  • Little Busters! has the protagonist Riki, who also has narcolepsy.
  • Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!: Tatsuko Itagaki has to be physically hit by her sister Ami. If a kick doesn’t do it, she goes up another level to an elbow drop. She even seems proud of it, making her phone password 4848 because it can be pronounced as a sleepy onomatopoeia, suya suya. If she could, she'd probably sleep 24/7.
  • Tsukihime: Shiki is one. It's hard to believe that he is (at least subconsciously) a highly trained assassin. Hisui, his personal maid, doesn't even bother trying to wake him in the morning due to the impossibility of such a task.
    • It's worse that both Hisui and Arcueid, on the occasions they first see Shiki asleep, briefly worry that he'd actually died sometime in the night. Worst of all, in at least one route, that's not as implausible as it sounds...

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: In the episode "Easy For You To Sleigh", Lifty and Shifty enter Flippy's house and attempt to rob him while he is asleep in a chair. One of them accidentally turns on the TV and a bugle horn plays on the program; they break a few things and bang some cymbals. Flippy never even stirs. They then proceed to steal his stuff and tie him up. Only after stealing his plate of cookies and knocking a crumb on the floor does he wake up.

  • Freefall: Sam Starfall is generally a lazybones on principle, but he's even worse when sleeping. When sleeping, his engineer Florence curled around him. He briefly woke up, noted her presence, and went back to sleep. Florence left later without Sam noting until he woke up, leaving him confused and complaining she's as sneaky as Sawtooth Rivergrinder, a terraforming robot who doesn't believe in hiding; besides, he's noted his species have a tradition of "burglar songs", implying his species as a whole suffer from this.
  • Girl Genius: Agatha. Early on, she was even more competent as a builder of mad science devices in her sleep and the most astonished one when those devices show up later! As well as known for building and shooting death rays in her sleep — making huge holes in mountains in the process. Oops!
  • Mac Hall: Helen is such a heavy sleeper that she keeps clinging to Micah even as he gets out of bed, gets both of them dressed and leaves for class, still with her hanging from his back.
    Micah: *to an astonished Matt and JM* Yeah, she's a really heavy sleeper.
  • A Magical Roommate: X decided that sleeping every night was inconvenient, so she found a way to stay awake for months at a stretch and then hibernate. It takes a magic potion to wake her up before she's ready once she decides to sleep.
  • Precocious: When she is not causing destruction and chaos or finding an addiction, Tiffany can normally be seen sleeping in the background.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent:
    • In Chapter 3, Tuuri slept through the first impact between the night train she was riding and the giant that attacked it, and some of the subsequent mayhem. It is to the point that she has no idea why the train guards suddenly wake her up and give her a breathing mask.
    • In Chapter 13, Onni needs to move some furniture, have a small Magic Music recital and basically recite a spell to send a summon to help the crew, all during the night. He's doing this in a house that has four other adults and three young children sleeping upstairs. He somehow doesn't get interrupted at all while doing this.
    • Even more blatantly, Chapter 14 implies that Onni was found passed out from his Power-Strain Blackout only the next morning by whoever woke up first among the other occupants of the household. The consequences of channeling the summon on both Onni and the radius around him was taken to be an indoor lightning strike by the Flat-Earth Atheist among them.
  • Sunstone: Ally is never shown sleeping eloquently; she sleeps with her mouth open and snores like an animal. Her bed partner Lisa kisses her and gets out of bed without her even stirring.
  • Unknown Lands: Vard sleeps through being shaken and punched, his waker eventually resorts to magic to get him up.

    Web Original 
  • According to Lewis's tumblr his character on Atop the Fourth Wall is this.
  • commodoreHUSTLE: Bill and Morgan. Morgan will not be roused by bullhorns in his face, yelling, or shaking — the only reliable way to wake him is to uncap a sharpie in his presence. Bill is much the same; he can only be woken by ninjas, or Morgan holding his nose. According to the season one DVD commentary, this is more or less truth in television. There are only three ways to reliably wake the real Bill: hold his nose, roll him over a full 360 degrees, or push him out of bed.
  • In the SCP Foundation, SCP-1237 is an extremely rare state of the human sleep cycle that grants those who experience it Reality Warper abilities. The Foundation have failed to wake people in this state by use of "loud noise, bright lights, chemical injections, electrical stimulation, oxygen deprivation, physical injury and mutilation, [nor] [REDACTED]."

    Western Animation 
  • Bedtime Bear from Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot is always shown as this. Justified because he wakes up at night to help the bears go to sleep and serves as Care-A-Lot's night watchman. Aside from that, Sweet Dreams Bear is also this.
  • CatDog: In "War of the CatDog", Dog tries to make sure Cat is asleep, so he tries calling his name, poking him, and even putting his hand in Cat's mouth. Cat sleeps through all this.
  • Dexter's Laboratory has Dexter's father, who combines this with sleepwalking. Sirens, explosions, electrocution, and strange chemicals do not deter his sleep at all. He also thinks he's a light sleeper.
  • Family Guy:
    • One episode has a team of deaf athletes forfeiting the Special People's Olympics because they slept through the alarm.
    • According to Lois, her parents consume so much sleep medication and alcohol that not even an earthquake could wake them up. Brian and Stewie actually exploit this to use them as sleds down a flight of stairs.
  • Galactik Football: Ahito will happily fall asleep in goal. This does not necessarily stop him from saving the ball when he needs to.
  • Garfield and Friends: As in his Newspaper Comics incarnation, Garfield is also a textbook Heavy Sleeper. Nothing can wake him up — unless you're trying to hide food from him.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Heloise. Samy's repeated attempts to wake her only result in her having Dream Sequences about Jimmy.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat. In one episode, he explains that it is mainly because he is a cat.
  • King of the Hill: Bill Dauterive, on at least one occasion. During when Cotton and Didi's baby was crying all night disturbing the neighbors, Bill was still sleeping even with a squirrel entering his opened window.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) has Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, who can only be woken up on his own. He is even put in the middle of a musical number without so much as a wiggle.
  • Mission Hill: In "Unemployment Part 2", Andy goes up to the roof to catch some sun, ends up nodding off in his deck chair, and doesn't wake up for six hours, even when it starts to snow! It takes Posie slapping him to wake him up.
  • My Little Pony:
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop has the aptly named Snoozy. And they actually let him drive Chuggaboom?! (Only if it meant Rule of Funny.)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • SpongeBob's friend Patrick, as demonstrated in "The Secret Box" and "Don't Wake Patrick".
    • In "A Pal For Gary", SpongeBob somehow manages to sleep through Puffy Fluffy's rampage all night, not even paying attention to all the smashing and banging in his room.
  • X-Men: Evolution has Kurt, who not only spends almost an episode asleep when he gets the flu but also teleports in his sleep every time he sneezes. This leads to him and Kitty popping up all over town in their pajamas. When he finally wakes up, he thinks it was All Just a Dream... at least until Kitty starts whaling on him with a pillow.

    Real Life 
  • Louisa Ball, a 15-year-old English girl who has the Kleine-Levin syndrome, causing her to sleep for weeks.
  • This Cracked list details five examples of this trope, including a kid sleeping through the Titanic's sinking, Napoleon sleeping while in range of enemy muskets and a crew member who slept through the HMS Bounty's mutiny.
  • Minoru Oka was asleep in his army barracks in Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945 when the city was nuked by the United States. He slept through it.
  • Ferrets often fall into what's known as a dead sleep, so called because they're so deeply asleep and utterly non-responsive that they seem dead, which often scares the crap out of their humans. There's multiple videos on YouTube of ferrets being handled while dead sleeping and not so much as twitching a whisker.
  • Ellen Sadler, nicknamed "The Sleeping Girl of Turville", is said to have fallen asleep for nine years between 1871 to 1880. The story goes that she'd developed several health problems even at the age of eleven, and shortly after being discharged from a local hospital (where her conditions had in fact worsened; she'd been "discharged as incurable"), she began having seizures and fell into unconsciousness, and would stay that way for years. Medical professionals to this day still don't have a consensus for what exactly happened to Sadler — her breathing remained natural and her body warm, and she was being fed a diet of port, tea, and gruel for sustenance (originally by simply opening her whole mouth, but at one point it locked shut, and she was forced to be fed through two broken teeth), and none of those who believed it all to be a simple hoax could find any way to prove it (there were multiple instances over the years of doctors sticking sharp objects into Sadler at unexpected times to provoke at least a pain reflex; none worked). She eventually did wake up in 1880 at the age of twenty-one, not remembering anything that happened over the last several years. Aside from slightly stunted growth and a "weak eye", she isn't reported to have suffered any long-term health effects, and eventually married and raised five children.


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Dragging her behind a speeding car, slapping her across the face, gluing her eyes open... you name it: odds are good Melony can sleep through it. It takes an Earth-Shattering Kaboom to finally make her so much as stir.

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