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The flickering of eyelids and improvement of vital signs shown by an unconscious or comatose character immediately after a friend or relative has departed subsequent to declaring in their presence that they're about to go do something noble, stupid, dangerous, or some combination thereof.

This is the unfortunately-timed occurrences of Eye Awaken and/or Finger-Twitching Revival.


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    Comic Books 
  • This happens to Batman in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Fortunately, the only one in a position to notice was Clark Kent (the vital sign in question was the sound of Batman's heart restarting, after he'd been buried), and he kept mum.

  • In Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead, Zak is declared dead and put into a coffin before he wakes up during his own funeral. He's paralyzed when he wakes, and can't thump on the coffin or call out before he is Buried Alive. It's not for some time after that that he regains enough motor function to do either.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Better Call Saul: Jimmy and Chuck wait for their ailing mother to wake up in hospital, until Jimmy gets restless and steps out to pick up some fast food. Minutes later, the mother wakes, ignores Chuck's presence, calls out deliriously for Black Sheep Jimmy, and dies. Jimmy is stunned when he returns with sandwiches; in a moment of vindictive spite, Chuck tells him that she didn't say anything.


    Video Games 
  • In Crisis Core, Zack realizes he and Cloud are heading towards an ambush. Cloud has been comatose for weeks and is completely defenseless. Zack ditches him a large distance away from where he's expecting the fight to happen, and walks off - seconds before Cloud finally regains the ability to move on his own again. If Zack had pulled back with Cloud for the night, he wouldn't have had to fight the army alone. Remember, he took down an entire military unit except for three soldiers...

    Western Animation 
  • In The Simpsons, when Lisa is lying unconscious, possibly dead, Homer tells her "Lisa, if you wake up, I'll buy you a pony". She immediately sits up, saying "New pony!". Homer tries to convince her she dreamed it.
  • Played straight in Beast Wars. Enraged after the apparent death of Blackarachnia, Silverbolt hunts down Tarantulas to avenge her. He nearly kills Tarantulas by impaling him, but is interrupted by Rampage. Cue the return of the new and improved Blackarachnia, who kicks Rampage's ass and then admonishes Silverbolt for being a noble fool.