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You're minding your own business, when all of a sudden you are attacked by a group of bandits, or perhaps soldiers of an opposing country. You are battered, bruised and cut to the point where there is next to no hope for you to survive. The wounds have been cut deep, you feel yourself inching closer and closer towards the afterlife. Your vision blurs and everything goes black. Suddenly a stranger happens by (generally a female) and discovers that you still have a pulse. So, being the Good Samaritan they are, they bring you back to their own personal cabin and begin nursing you back to health.

You awake, distraught and confused at your new surroundings, when your savior walks in pleasantly surprised that you are awake and asks how you are feeling and will explain what they were doing before happening across your limp body, essentially saying: "I found you like this." If your caretaker is not a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, they will help you get back on your feet and in working order. If they are, they will grumpily save your life and then tell you to leave whenever possible. If the caretaker doesn't come in right away after you wake up, this gives you an opportunity to look around the room and take note of anything interesting or unusual about the place. This is generally the first time you meet this character, making this a Subtrope of Rescue Introduction.

The circumstance in which the character is injured does not always have to be related directly to a battle. Anything that causes enough physical or (in some cases both) mental damage to put the character in serious danger without medical help can qualify. If the character however collapses from harsh environmental conditions alone and is found by some friendly wandering natives, their situation might be more related to the Bedouin Rescue Service.

Waking from a wound-induced sleep can spark a romance between the wounded and the caretaker, and it can cause you to Level Drain or forget everything about yourself. Or all three at once.


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    Anime and Manga  
  • Samurai Champloo: It happens when Jin is found by a recluse after a battle on a Rope Bridge that doesn't go well.
  • Mushi Shi: After Ginko and his mother encounter misfortune in the forest, his mother winds up dead and he is found by a helpful but dismissive stranger who tells him that she doesn't want him to stick around long the instant he wakes up. As the days pass he repeatedly asks to stay with her only to firmly be denied each time. Eventually he discovers that she's infected with a Mushi that essentially erases her existence and declined his request because she knew as much. He nearly meets the same fate but escapes mostly unscathed save for loss of an eye.

    Comic Books 
  • In Supergirl (2011) #34 -part of the Superman: Doomed event-, Supergirl gets hit by a cloud of Kryptonite dust and passes out as flying. When she comes around, she finds herself in a fallout shelter, in company of a boy who introduces himself as Michael. As offering a bottle of water, Michael explains she crashed through his home's ceiling, and he took her to the basement so she could recover.

    Fan Works 


  • In Brother Bear, after Kenai is transformed into a bear, he falls into some river rapids and nearly drowns. He wakes up to find that his tribe's shaman has saved him.
  • In Back to the Future, this happens to Marty McFly after he's hit by a car. Unfortunately for him, the woman who finds him is his mother, which means that he's just taken his father's place in his parents' Meet Cute.


  • The Bourne Series: The Bourne Identity starts out with Jason Bourne being rescued while adrift at sea after being shot.
  • Earth's Children: In The Valley of Horses, Ayla finds Jondolar near death from a Cave Lion attack, and brings him back to her cave to nurse him back to health.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Percy Jackson collapses from fighting a Minotaur outside of Camp Half-Blood in the first book. He awakens inside the camp being tended to by Annabeth Chase.
    • This happens to Percy again when he blows up a volcano while he is inside it and winds up in the care of Calypso after he lands on her island.
  • In Night Watch, when Sam Vimes is unexpectedly thrown backwards in time, Rosie Palm finds him unconscious in the street and rescues him.
  • In The Seventh Tower, Tal and Milla pass out from heat fumes while sneaking into the Castle through the heating system. They're rescued by a group of rogue Underfolk.
  • Happens in the first The Executioner novel when a wounded Mack Bolan turns up on Val Querente's doorstep, and used several other times since as a means of getting Mack Bolan together with the Girl of the Week or sometimes a friendly Back-Alley Doctor.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Liaisons", Picard gets struck by lightning after crash-landing on an alien planet. He wakes up in a strange room with some kind of device that restricts his movement stuck to his torso. Then Anna comes in to helpfully explain that the device is the alien equivalent of a cast, holding his broken ribs in place so they would knit properly.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Dungeons & Dragons. This scenario occurs in the beginning of the Dragon Magazine article "Wounds and Weeds". Delrael the fighter is stumbling through the forest heavily wounded. He falls unconscious near a hut, and when he wakes up his wounds have been tended to and his life saved by the herbalist who lives in it.
  • Occurs in General Mayhem's origin story in the Champions supplement Red Doom. While escaping a German patrol during World War 2, he traveled north through the snow until he succumbed to the cold. He was rescued by an old woman who warmed him with the fire in her hut and fed him hot soup until he recovered.

  • In Pippin, Catherine narrates and sings of how she found Pippin "lying in the road like a discarded rag," was attracted to the arch of his foot, rescued him, cleaned him up, and put him in her bed to recover.
    "The man had obviously lost the will to live. So the first thing I had to do was to get him interested in something ... something that would restore his faith in life ... something like ... me."

    Video Games  

  • Fallout: New Vegas: The Courier gets capped by Benny and buried, Victor digs you up and delivers you to a doctor in Good Springs to patch you up. He proceeds to run some tests on you to ensure that you are working properly.
  • Red Dead Redemption: John Marston makes a rather stupid move against Bill Williamson at the beginning of the game and gets shot before Bonnie MacFarlane somehow finds John lying outside Fort Mercer and brings him back to the ranch to save his life.
  • At the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Marin nurses Link back to health after he washes up on the beach.
  • Divine Divinity starts with the player waking up in Aleroth with no given past, and a healer explaining that he found him in the woods. The introductory movie shows that the character was knocked unconscious after a fight against orcs. You can visit the woods later and the character recognizes his broken sword on the ground.
  • In Mass Effect, Commander Shepard passes out after an overwhelming amount of visions are given to him/her via a Prothean Artifact. He/She awakens in the Normandy's Medical Bay.
  • Mass Effect 2 kicks off with an Up To Eleven example - Commander Shepard is thrown into the vacuum of space in a punctured suit and begins to burn in a nearby planet's atmosphere before being picked up by the Shadow Broker's agents, saved from them by Liara, delivered to Cerberus and only then reconstructed with experimental surgery.
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood does this after the fight in Monteriggioni. As Ezio is riding to Rome, he passes out from his injuries and wakes up in a house with a woman tending to his wounds on the outskirts of Rome.
  • XIII starts out like this, both in the comics (rescued by elderly couple) and video game (random lifeguard).
  • In the opening of Overlord II the "Overlad" is frozen after the tutorial, then found by his father's former minions who cheerfully note he just needs the right (evil) upbringing....
  • In the Fire Emblem series:
  • In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, after surviving a train crash in the Himalayas, Nate passes out from blood loss and hypothermia and is found by Tenzin, who cures his injuries and helps him deal with the Big Bad.


  • Happens to Danielle Kendall in Kevin & Kell after she finds herself in the alternate world of anthropomorphic animals. She ends up fainting in fear at the sight of a giant walking rabbit, who takes her to her home so that she may recover (though that's because she happened to look exactly like a family member of his). For sake of increasing tension, an electricity blackout occurs just as she wakes up, meaning that it takes a bit of time before she can see she's not among humans.
  • In Collar 6, minor character Gunther passes out in the snow from blood loss and wakes, days later, in the home of a man named Michael Kappel. This turns out to be the beginning of a life of adventure for both of them.