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What's worse—falling asleep in public, or the leg cramp he's going to have when he wakes up?
"Please, let me rest. I'm sleep deprived. I only slept for 16 hours last night. I'm so sleepy..." (yawn)
Sages with the "Idle" personality, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Everyone has had an experience where they've dozed off at an inopportune moment. However, a select few of us, both in real life and in fiction, raise this odd habit to an art form, becoming the official Sleepyhead of their social circle.

These characters have a habit of nodding off anywhere, at any time. They constantly end up at the last stop on the train/bus because they fell asleep on the journey, the teacher routinely throws things at them because their snoring is getting in the way of the lesson, and their friends spend half their lives prodding them awake... or at least hauling them into a vertical position so that no one notices that they're actually unconscious.

There are two main character types that are prone to having the sleepyhead trait. The first is the Cloudcuckoolander, and it's part of their social inappropriateness schtick. They couldn't care less if they get caught sleeping, and may complain about being disturbed. Other characters, however, often yell at them and tell them to be more responsible.

The other sleepyhead is the hardworking-but-kinda-dim character, and unlike their more eccentric cousins, this is a source of major embarrassment for them. They'll blush and stammer when woken up, but by contrast, other characters usually see it as an endearing trait. Unlike the Cloudcuckoolander, whose snoozle-fits reflect their dissatisfaction with/divorce from reality, the implication with an earnest character is that they put so much of themselves into everything they do that they wear themselves out.

Both types will have exaggerated reactions to the things that naturally cause sleepiness, like a full stomach or a warm day. In anime at least, this character tends to be female.

These characters seem to sleep pretty well at night. Characters who pull all-nighters and then go thwump at an inopportune time don't come under this trope — that's just exhaustion, while a sleepyhead will get a good eight hours and still doze off in Biology class. The sleepyhead really likes their bedtime, and under times of stress will usually be heard complaining that they're tired, or longing aloud for a pillow. They are often distinguished by their Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes and Exhausted Eyebags. Their bedroom is often filled with creature comforts, tons of stuffed toys, and the world's comfiest bed.

Occasionally they will actually have narcolepsy, or another real-life medical condition causing excessive daytime sleepiness. Usually not, though.

A Sleepyhead may or may not be a Heavy Sleeper and it may or may not overlap with Really Fond of Sleeping. They're probably Not a Morning Person as well — the eccentric type will be grumpy, and the earnest type completely out of it when the alarm clock goes. Senior Sleep-Cycle is when this trope gets treated as an inherent trait of old people. If depressed or otherwise mentally ill, they might be a Sleepy Depressive.

Contrast The Insomniac, who wants to sleep but finds it elusive despite the lack of "external" interference (e.g. noise); and The Sleepless, who simply lacks the need to sleep.


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  • Paddi from Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf is often Asleep in Class and just generally lazy, moreso than the other characters. In one episode of Joys of Seasons, he tries to beat a world record for sleeping, but Wolffy beats him to it. In another, earlier episode of the same season, it's shown that he got this behavior from his parents; they would constantly ignore him, choosing to doze off instead of playing with him, and he got the idea that sleeping and eating are fun from them.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Aoi Sakuraba from Ai Yori Aoshi does this right at the start of the series when she meets with Kaoru. They board a train and needed to get off at the next stop, but Aoi was so exhausted that she fell asleep on Kaoru's shoulder and they ended up circling around back to the stop they originally boarded on. Kaoru woke her up by the time their destination came by again.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Deserted Island Diary: Of the four human protagonists of the manga, Guchan. He's always shown to be sleeping with a huge Snot Bubble. He was even asleep while SURFING.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Osaka is the definitive Cloudcuckoolander version, indulging in her bizarre dreams during class. At one point, while under a kotatsu, she declared that it was so comfy she could fall asleep. Then she used Chiyo's large Chiyo-dad plushie for a pillow, laid back, and...
      Chiyo: Wow, she did fall asleep!
    • Yukari is the series' other main example. She often falls asleep during class while she's teaching, even sleeping at her desk during the theme song. In this case, it mostly indicates her childishness and apathy toward her job. On her off days, she'll sleep in until the afternoon if nobody wakes her up. Ironically, she's also very quick to anger if any of her students fall asleep in class.
  • Blue Exorcist has Yukio and his tendency to fall asleep at his desk when he's trying to study. In fairness, he doesn't exactly have the best sleep schedule. (Read: five hours a night on a good day. And he's fifteen.)
  • Bokurano: Jun is often seen napping in the manga timeline.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs's Lovecraft constantly talks about how exhausted he is and how he just wants to finish up his work and go to sleep. This exhaustion tends to lead to him nodding off in unusual situations, including once while being shot at.
  • Keiichi, the cellist of La Corda d'Oro, seems to spend more time asleep than he does awake. He's a male Cloudcuckoolander (or, more accurately, Bunny-Ears Lawyer) version.
  • Ed from Cowboy Bebop is seen sleeping very often, about anywhere on the ship, including sometimes the hard floor, or taking advantage of zero-G to nap.
  • Saiga from Drug & Drop spends most of his time sleeping at Kakei's store, even when he's supposed to be watching the till. There has been much speculation as to why.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The manga's Sloth tends to fall asleep even when people are threatening him.
    • Edward Elric tends to fall asleep a lot during the day. He theorizes that this is because he's actually connected to his brother Alphonse's missing body and keeping it alive by providing rest.
  • GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, also in a high school art setting, we have Kisaragi who, like Yuno, is an only-moderately-talented but hardworking sleepyhead.
  • Yoshihito Usaida from Gakuen Babysitters spends about half of his time in the manga being the Butt-Monkey to the children of the daycare. The other half is spent sleeping anytime and anywhere on the job. It's at least justified in the manga since it's shown he spends his nights tutoring his neighbor for his GED.
  • Reizei Mako from Girls und Panzer needs help getting to Ooarai Academy in the morning, often getting tardy tallies from disciplinarian Sono Midoriko, to the point that it's easier to count the days she has NOT been tardy. Mako was seen dozing on the battlefield during a practice match with running tanks, which Takabe Saori attributes to low blood pressure. Nevertheless, her tank driving skills render Mako invaluable to the Anglerfish Team, and her grades are incredible.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Greece sleeps a lot and at random times, although he is more laidback than Cloudcuckoolander or embarrassed. He even falls asleep once in the middle of a conversation, and then looks bemused when he wakes up soon after.
    • Italy shows this occasionally. At one point, he even falls asleep while Germany is lecturing him for being too lazy. This is also lampshaded in the dub, when Japan signs the agreement to ally himself with the Axis, and notices that Italy has zonked out at the heated table they're sitting at.
      Japan: He appears to be sleeping.
      Germany: Yeah, that is kind of his thing.
  • Yuno in Hidamari Sketch is the earnest variant of the trope. Her Genius Ditz neighbour Miyako is normally hyperactive, but she also dozes off frequently, especially in afternoon classes (post-lunch being tough on the Big Eater Miyako), making her the Cloudcuckoolander version.
  • Nemu in Haibane Renmei is the queen of this trope. Even in her character-defining "cocoon dream," she was snoozing. She's closer to the earnest version of the trope, though in actual fact she's more organised and reliable than other versions, on top of being a sleepyhead - other characters comment that her dependability is why no-one minds that she sleeps all the time.
  • Yoshimori from Kekkaishi. Justified in that he has to go to school, do chores at home, and fight Ayakashi every night.
  • Kemono Friends: Giant Panda's main trait is that she easily falls asleep, whether she is in the middle of giving directions or just defeated an entire pack of Ceruleans. Truth in Television as pandas don't get a lot of nutrients from eating only bamboo, thus it makes them lethargic.
  • Claus in Last Exile, and Lavie does call him "Sleepyhead" occasionally.
  • Kumin in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, who brings her pillow to school to nap and can fall asleep at will. She even tries to establish a napping club. Her Image Song is all about how she loves to sleep, and even ends with her sleepily singing "good night~".
  • Kanata Konoe of Love Live! loves to sleep during the day, although how straight this trope is played depends on the canon. In Love Live! School idol festival, she plays it straight, being the Brilliant, but Lazy type to contrast her sister Haruka's active and hardworking lifestyle. In Love Live School Idol Festival ALLSTARS, it's Played for Laughs but at least given a form of justification in that she studies late at night to keep her scholarship (which has no bearing on her character whatsoever). In Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, she averts it, as her constant daytime sleepiness is a product of balancing a massive workload to provide for Haruka, and stops being Played for Laughs once it's revealed to be a real issue.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Konata sometimes falls asleep in class. When Miss Kuroi calls on her name and snaps her back awake, Konata instinctively tries to defend herself by saying she wasn't sleeping. If she had just kept her mouth shut, she would have been fine. However, since Konata's daytime drowsiness can partly be contributed to her staying up late playing games or watching anime, this is a partial aversion.
    • Tsukasa is a straight example for the earnest type, together with a cuddly bedroom and being a Heavy Sleeper.
  • In Monster Rancher, Monol the monster is full of knowledge about the ancient times, but is prone to falling asleep in the middle of a sentence. And given that he's a giant, blank, slate, the only well to tell he's sleeping is when he snores and makes a sleep bubble.
  • William James Moriarty of Moriarty the Patriot has only fallen asleep randomly a handful of times in the actual manga—but the artist for the series has made a number of comics on Twitter featuring him falling asleep while eating, teaching, bathing, and says they wish they could have fit more of it into the actual manga.
  • In My Hero Academia, Aizawa has habit of napping anywhere and everywhere. On some days, he's so unmotivated to teach that he crawls into his sleeping bag and lets Iida and Yaoyorozu take over the class. Present Mic calls him "Prince of Slumberland" and "Snooze Master" for this.
  • Hiyori in Noragami, becomes narcoleptic after getting hit by a bus, along with semi-voluntary Astral Projection.
  • Yuuya, the main character of Nuko Duke, is very famous as the guy who's constantly falling asleep all over the place (including on the streets).
  • One Piece:
    • Portgas D. Ace has rather intense narcolepsy and tends to fall asleep in the middle of talking or eating, leading more than a few people to think he suddenly dropped dead.
    • The narcolepsy is evident in his family (albeit it's more likely habitual given he's an adopted member), as shown with main character Luffy and their grandfather Garp. All three of their cases really just crop up for Rule of Funny though. Though this might actually a common trait amongst bearers of the "Will of D."
    • Aokiji is pretty notable too, it goes nicely with his lazy nature. This trait of his is apparently so characteristic to other Marines that ship commanders who frequently interact with him (like Garp) keep a lawn chair for the admiral on board.
    • Zoro is a heavy contender as well. When he's not training in his free time, he's sleeping. One ED in the anime even has some fun with this when it shows the various members of the Straw Hats and then cuts to a Wild Take expression of theirs, except for Nico Robin and Zoro, who just falls asleep instead.
  • PandoraHearts gives us Vincent Nightray, who...really doesn't suit either interpretation. It's a side-effect of his having the Dormouse as a Chain, though.
  • Ash Ketchum's Rowlet in the Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon is a huge example of one. It's been known to sleep for hours at a time, especially during the day, to the point where other Pokémon (namely Lana's Popplio) are annoyed by it. It's so much of this to the point that O.O.C. Is Serious Business strikes Professor Kukui hard in episode 21 of season 12, where he is woken up by Rowlet — and finds, much to his shock, that it's early. In the daytime. And Rowlet's wide awake.
  • Usagi from Sailor Moon tends to sleep a lot, usually in in class. Her tendency to sleep in is why she is often Late for School.
  • Yuu-chan in Sakura Trick is a chronic class sleeper.
  • Yakumo, from School Rumble. Random classmates are prone to staring at her whenever she falls asleep on the bench outside school.
  • Kaede Rukawa of Slam Dunk can easily fall asleep just about anywhere (the school rooftop, the classroom, even while riding his bike on the way to school) as long as he's not in the basketball court. And whatever you do, do not disturb him in his sleep.
  • In Snow White with the Red Hair if Obi isn't busy doing something else he'll fall asleep somewhere near his current charge, wherever that may be. It works out since he often does so out of sight in trees and he is a light sleeper whose capable of waking up fighting, he's never yet had to worry about something happening while unaware. It adds to his mildly cat-like traits which other characters sometimes comment on.
  • The eponymous Tanaka of Tanaka-kun is Always Listless is an extreme case, as Tanaka has a habit of falling asleep at all hours, often no matter the position he's in. Due to his own beautifully cultivated philosophy of laziness to go along with it, however, it's hard to know if there's anything more to his lethargy, though he does personally call his body fragile and it comes off as such often.
  • Mihoshi in Tenchi Muyo! really likes her naps.
  • Ichigo Momomiya from Tokyo Mew Mew has a tendency to fall asleep in class as a side effect of being a Cat Girl. More often than not, this results in embarrassing sleep-talk.

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti's Night is perpetually uneasy, yet even in her discomfort she still can't keep her eyes from falling shut.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman sometimes fights a pair of thugs-for-hire known as Little Italy and Mr. Zzz. Mr. Zzz's shtick is that he is constantly dozing: not even waking up fully when he is fighting.
  • Gaston Lagaffe is asleep most of the time when he's not causing disasters. Especially when he should be doing his desk job. Some of his ingenuity goes toward preventing meddling colleagues from ruining his sleep.
  • In Marvel Adventures Avengers, Iron Man was once caught sleeping during a Captain America movie. He wasn't caught until the end because of his helmet. The only reason that anyone noticed was because of his snoring.
  • Mélusine: Mélusine has the bad habit of frequently working too late at night on her magic lessons, resulting in her dozing off easily during the day. Often when she's doing her job of cleaning up the castle, to Madam's annoyance. This once accidentally helps Cancrelune: she's supposed to demonstrate a hypnotism spell before the class, with Mélusine as subject; Mélusine just slumps asleep by herself, and the professor compliments a confused Cancrelune.
  • Mini Monsters: Lupo is the embodiment of this trope. To the point he should be the Trope Codifier.
  • In Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, Reid's best friend Cooper (a.k.a. Captain Coffee) is found sleeping at almost every opportunity—during roll-call, before lunch, after lunch, or pretty much whenever he can.
  • Robin: Tim Drake has fallen asleep while his girlfriend was confessing cheating to him, while in costume, in class, and on a roller coaster.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield has "nap attacks."
  • Bucky, from Get Fuzzy, tends to pass out quite a lot. Among other things, him reaching a certain boiling point of anger makes him fall asleep. Rob and Satchel know about this, and comment that it's sometimes better to just deliberately invoke it than to try and calm him down.
  • Peanuts: Peppermint Patty is notorious for falling asleep in class. She actually goes to a narcolepsy clinic in one strip and dozes off at the reception desk. However, nothing comes of it. Funnily enough, the only time she is actually wide-awake in school is on the last day of class before summer vacation.
    • This storyline specifically came about when researchers at Stanford University saw telltale symptoms of narcolepsy in Peppermint Patty and requested that Schulz send her to a sleep clinic to raise public awareness of the disorder. Although her friend Marcie chalks her symptoms up to her unrequited love for Charlie Brown, they're more obviously attributable to the fact that her single dad works late and she tends to sit up waiting for him.

    Fan Works 
  • Destiny Intertwined: Scorchis, one of Hayze's classmates, is lethargic to a chronic degree — she's typically shown drowsy or tired, yawns when she talks, and tends to nod off when she sits or lies still for any amount of time.
  • FREAKIN GENSOKYO: Rumia spends some of the later chapters barely able to keep her eyes open.
  • Gensokyo 20XX: Reimu, who is this and a Heavy Sleeper, after the rat poison incident, in which she's sustained brain damage. If she's not asleep, she's definitely close to being asleep.
  • Erika's article in Gym Leader Wiki notes that she's narcoleptic. Sometimes she falls asleep at particularly bad times, such as on an episode of Blaine's quiz show where she dozed off while telling the contestant's questions. Blaine joked that the contenders were so boring that they made her fall asleep.
  • Played for Drama in the Splatoon 2 fanfic Her Fractured Spirit. Callie is normally an energetic early-bird, so Marie finds it especially jarring to see that nowadays her cousin just wants to spend all her time in bed sleeping. Callie's sleepiness is a sign of her worsening depression.
  • The Loud House fanfiction Lincoln's Memories: In "The Swing", three-year-old Lincoln wonders why newborn Lucy sleeps a lot, and Lori and Lynn Sr. say that Lincoln and the older sisters also slept a lot as newborns.
  • Gray Ghost in Manehattan's Lone Guardian has a reputation for sleeping out in broad daylight whenever she wants, often resulting in those unacquainted with her to assume that she's homeless. Comments from others, including her children, suggest that she sleeps as much as the average housecat does.
  • Kala the Abra from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance is usually sleeping whenever rescue teams who need her to teleport them somewhere enter her room, and seems to be sleepy most of the time.
  • As listed below in the Video Games folder, Erika in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines is portrayed as suffering of narcolepsy, and she's been known to fall asleep even while standing. The narration hints that sometimes she intentionally fakes it to make people angry, though.
  • The One Piece fanfic series Rerum Danarae expands on the Sleepyhead tendencies of Admiral Aokiji/Fleet Admiral Kuzan and makes it actually a trait for his entire clan, the Kumori Dai Senmei, complete with its polar opposite. As Robin is revealed to be his daughter, she eventually proves that she has been fighting the tendency for years.
  • Gerald, the main character from Yu-Gi-Oh: Tilting the Balance, falls asleep more or less at will. A Running Gag is that he dozes off every time a duel ends, to the point the rest of the cast start looking to him at climatic points to see if he's about to fall asleep. Character Development sees this becoming less of a trait as time goes by.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Get Married If You Can: Gustava has narcolepsy, which causes her to fall asleep at various points in the movie (while eating breakfast, playing baseball, performing a drum solo).
  • Steve-O from the Jackass and Wildboyz movies and TV show fits this as well. He was attacked by the "Black Mamba," hair trimmers, and thrown from a moving boat due to this.
  • Rat Race has Enrico Pollini (Rowan Atkinson), an Italian tourist with narcolepsy. This is established early in the movie by him excitedly running out of the casino, and then—in the middle of a crowded lobby—he just instantly falls asleep standing up.
  • Madame Morovia, the gypsy fortune teller, in Transylvania 6-5000. Every time she finishes one of her predictions, she immediately falls asleep, with her head falling forward and smashing through her table without waking her up.
  • The Wrong Guy: Lynn has narcolepsy and is prone to passing out at the worst moments, such as during the Big Damn Kiss at the very end of the film, forcing the hero to have to awkwardly drag her unconscious body away.

  • Lieutenant Mercadet, from Fred Vargas's thriller novels, is hypersomniac and frequently sleeps at work; at one point, he even put pillows on his desk to make his naps more comfortable, since he cannot stay awake more than six hours in a row. His hypersomnia is used as a plot point in L'Armée Furieuse, when Commissaire Adamsberg makes everybody (Mercadet himself included) believe that he fell asleep while watching Momo-Mèche-Courte, in order to let him escape from the police station.
  • The Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland sits between the March Hare and the Mad Hatter. They are using him, while he sleeps, as a cushion when Alice arrives at the start of the chapter. The Dormouse is always falling asleep during the scene, waking up every so often, for example to say:
    `You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing as "I sleep when I breathe"!'
  • Eldon from The Cold Moons is a lazy badger who spends more time than usual sleeping. Eldon can even fall asleep during Cadre meetings. He rarely thinks about anything but food and relaxing. Unfortunately, Eldon is also the leader of over 300 badgers. That's why he usually just goes with what his councillors say.
  • The counsellor Idlenesse from The Faerie Queene spends most of his days asleep and can barely keep his eyes open since he doesn't exercise or do anything physical. This leaves him the perfect avatar of Sloth.
  • Clovis and his half-siblings in The Heroes of Olympus. Justified as they're children of Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.
  • Enchantress Hiresha in Lady of Gems series has a serious case of this.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society:
    • Mr. Benedict is narcoleptic and is portrayed realistically. Number Two and Rhonda are constantly on their toes around him because any extreme emotion can cause him to pass out.
    • Mr. Curtain is also narcoleptic. It's unsurprising as he is Mr. Benedict's Evil Twin Separated at Birth. While Mr. Benedict's narcolepsy is triggered by fits of extreme happiness or laughter, Mr. Curtain's is triggered by fits of anger.
    • Constance sleeps a lot and is usually asleep in class. This is foreshadowing to her age. Despite being a Child Prodigy, physically she is still only two years old and sleeps a lot like most toddlers do.
  • Roys Bedoys: Downplayed for Mrs. Bedoys, who always seems to get tired and need a nap after doing chores, but is alert if she doesn’t have to do chores.
  • Lazy from Someone Else's War is this trope taken to its logical extreme. It's implied that he does have narcolepsy, but that doesn't mean anyone takes him seriously.
  • Wayside School student Shari is known for falling asleep during class. Mrs. Jewels allows this because she believes in Sleep Learning. In Shari's debut chapter, she even slept through falling thirty stories, waking up only when Louis caught her. When the school was closed because of the cows (don't ask), and all of the kids were sent to different schools, the first thing Shari said when returning at the reopening was "Now I can get some sleep!"

    Live-Action TV 
  • One episode of Frasier had Niles suddenly dozing off when under extreme stress as an escape mechanism. Considering he's in the middle of divorce proceedings and had ended up drunkenly sleeping with Frasier's ex-wife Lilith he had a lot to be stressed about. He gets over it by the end of the episode.
  • Sgt. Rizzo from M*A*S*H was often observed under the carriage of a jeep; however, he was rarely working on them but using them as an excuse to get a secret nap in.
  • Patrick Jane from The Mentalist takes frequent naps, even while on duty. However, it's implied that these are practically the only times he sleeps.
  • Duck Dynasty's Uncle Si likes to nap in the warehouse at Duck Commander- while he's supposed to be working. His most famous line from the show is, "Work hard- nap hard!"
  • Kingdom Adventure: Magistrate Pitts' guard Napps lives up to his name: usually, if he's at his post guarding Lumia Castle and no action is happening near him that he's involved in, he's sleeping standing up! He often wakes up if someone comes near him, though.
  • Jinkx Monsoon from Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race has narcolepsy. They explain that while it's "not like on TV" where someone falls asleep right away, they can feel it coming on and usually tries to get to a couch or someplace similar.

  • Passion Pit has their hit "Sleepyhead", though it may or may not really be about this trope.
  • "I should warn you, I go to sleep," begins the Ben Folds Five song "Narcolepsy", which is named after the clinical term for this trope (although it's using it as a metaphor for emotional shutdown - "Nothing hurts when I go to sleep / But I'm not tired").
  • Third Eye Blind's "Narcolepsy".
  • Jeff from The Wiggles has this as his main character trait. He falls asleep extremely often, leading to the other members shouting "Wake up, Jeff!" to get him up. Lachy, who replaced Jeff in 2012, also has this quirk. According to Word of God, the purple shirts are what's causing it, which is the reason why both purple Wiggles seem to coincidentally have a habit of sleeping a lot.

  • Rudy the Living Dummy from FunHouse (1990), who falls asleep as soon as the park's clock strikes midnight.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This is the gimmick of NXT wrestler Wendy Choo, who wrestles in pyjamas, enters the ring with a pillow, slippers and eye mask, has a remixed lullaby as her entrance theme, and her backstage segments always consist of her either sleeping in strange locations, or being woken up by others.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Princess: The Hopeful: One minor power of the titular Princesses is the ability to fall asleep at will by spending a Wisp. This allows them to access the Dreamlands, and the Radiant Queens imprisoned there, whenever they need to.


    Video Games 
  • Blathers and Celeste in Animal Crossing — being owls — always have to be woken up during the day.
  • Siegmeyer of Catarina from Dark Souls can be found asleep (while standing up, no less) in several improbable and dangerous places. Kingseeker Frampt also enjoys the occasional power nap, requiring you to hit him once to wake him up (but only once).
    • Siegward of Catarina from Dark Souls III is also one, but he will only fall asleep after exhausting some of his dialogs, specially after defeating the Fire Demon and then after encountering inside a kitchen in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.
  • As shown in the current page quote, Sages from Disgaea 5 with the Idle personality will often gripe about not getting enough sleep, stating that 16 hours is too little.
  • Dislyte: Jacob's defining trait. He often seeks out rest and not even a full twelve hours of sleep is enough for him. As a result, he's frequently seen sleeping and yawning all of the time. In fact, he gets infuriated when people bother his rest. His idle animations show him leaning toward his serpent companion as he tries to fall asleep but it keeps him up for the fight.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, both Ritsu and Rei tend to be very sleepy during the day, often looking for places to doze off. They become much more alert at nighttime however, and claim that this is due to them being vampires who are allergic to the sun. They're not, but they do suffer from a real health condition that causes similar symptoms.
  • General Haar from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Treck from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Forde from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Dwyer and Mitama from Fire Emblem Fates, Linhardt from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Mirabilis from Fire Emblem Heroes.
  • Genshin Impact:
    • Ganyu is such a sleepyhead she has been known to wake up outside of Liyue because she napped in a cart. Because she is a ridiculously hard worker, aided by being a 3000-year old adeptus, she does deserve her nap time but it can cause worries for her employers.
    • Layla is the typical overworked/overstressed college student, Teyvat style. Even her animation when she is chosen as a party member has her falling asleep on a globe. It doesn't help that when she sleeps her other more confident, competent, personality takes over; it helps her get her work done correctly but it also means her body doesn't get the rest it deserves.
    • Sayu is a firm believer in sleep, as she believes that the more sleep she gets the more likely she will get taller.
  • Hypnos from Hades is the God of Sleep, and is quite prone to nodding off, which often causes problems as he's the guy in charge of overseeing the entry of shades and other entrants into the House of Hades, up to and including the death-prone protagonist. The peak of this comes when he sleeps through the entire Olympian family reunion in the Underworld.
  • The Rookie from Halo 3: ODST seems to spend most of his time asleep. Napping before his drop, knocked out for hours when his pod crashes, and ends up sleeping when Sergeant Johnson visits his team. This however, might be caused by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is actually Truth in Television for some cases, in a condition called Hypersomnia. Its the opposite of insomnia, as people with hypersomnia sleep too much.
  • Despite the fact that Jing Yuan in Honkai: Star Rail is the Arbiter-General of the Xianzhou Luofu and has a commanding presence on and off the battlefield, he also has the notorious reputation among the citizens as being lazy, earning him the nickname "The Dozing General" as he has been known to be found napping during work hours and birds have been noted to nest in his hair when he's asleep. The truth is, he's diligent enough to keep routine matters in line before things spiral out of control, which allows him more slack. Although, Master Diviner Fu Xuan has accused him multiple times of falling asleep in front of her while she was talking.
  • Sora, the main protagonist of Kingdom Hearts, is given this status in the first game. As Kairi puts it best: "Sora, you lazy bum..." Given that he was planning to go back to sleep when he was supposed to be helping her and Riku build the raft to get off the islands, yeah it's pretty justified.
    • Ventus in the prequel is also treated as this by his friend Aqua. While it's played for laughs, like the example above, a more tragic moment occurs in his ending where he slips into a coma after destroying his dark side, Vanitas. Yeah, sleepyhead.
  • Meitenkun of The King of Fighters XIV. He also fights with a big pillow.
  • The titular character of the Kirby franchise is described as one, and indeed, the games occasionally start with him in the middle of a nap when disaster strikes (such as when Dyna Blade was destroying crops, or when Haltmann Works began their Mechanizing Occupation Project on Planet Popstar). In fact, one of the possible abilities is the Sleep ability, which puts Kirby to sleep and potentially leaves him a sitting duck. Kirby: Squeak Squad lets you augment this with Resting Recovery upon finding a certain Ability Scroll, while later games starting with Kirby's Return to Dream Land give you a way to wake Kirby up sooner. In Kirby Battle Royale, Sleep Kirby was added into the game via a popularity poll, and since this is a fighting game, he was revamped into a sleep walker who fights with a pillow.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Link apparently always had to be woken up by Zelda, and his sleepiness is actually incorporated in gameplay, as he will start to nod off if you have him sit down for too long. A lot of the Links seem to share this trait, and as a result most of the games have a Good Morning, Crono opening. All that sleep seems to do him good, though, because once he's up he can stay awake for weeks at a time if need be.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team:
    • Dr Snoozmore does this all the time, to the point he nods off mid conversation, repeatedly. In one part in the game, it even jumps ahead about an hour after your partners complain that this'll take a while. Then again, he is studying the science of sleeping...
    • Luigi himself too, who has the ability to magically fall into a deep sleep whenever his head touches a pillow, regardless of the location. It's rather useful given that you need to explore the various dream worlds, but... you have to wonder about someone who can fall asleep in a desert, on the summit of a snowy mountain or in the villain's evil tower of ominousness at a whim. In fact, it's Luigi's ability to fall asleep so easily that allows him to open up Dream World portals.
  • Miitopia: Airheaded Miis with low HP might decide to heal up with a mid-battle nap.
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • This game features two whole species of sleepyheads: The Whinger Cats (little cats who are lazy and love melted cheese) and the Snoring Hickopotami (hippos who sort of talk like cowboys and are meant to be farmers but mainly sleep).
    • Purr-fection, the cat, is a background character, who sleeps all the time except for when you wake her up. Then, she just yawns and falls back asleep.
    • Gilbert Finnister, a shopkeeper, has a pet bird who's always asleep when you visit their shop.
  • No Man's Sky: The Gek are prone to falling asleep on the job; one common interaction has the player startling a sleeping Gek. They can either reassure or shout at the somnolescent alien.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Pokémon Snorlax are infamous for this, being also the page image for Heavy Sleeper.
    • Also, the gym leader Erika. In-series magazine Pokémon Journal states she can often be seen sleeping, and her Fame Checker message has her falling asleep at the end. All of her pre-battle quotes have her nearly fall asleep, her original sprite seems to show her sleeping sitting down, and she falls asleep standing up in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It's likely the effect of being around Grass-type Pokémon with Sleep Powder most of the day, though since no one else in her gym is affected, it's also possible she's just naturally like that. The most popular fanon is that she's narcoleptic.
    • Abra spends most of its day asleep to conserve energy for its psychic moves. Doesn't stop the dang things from teleporting away on the first turn of a battle though.
    • Komala is said to sleep from the moment it’s born to the moment it dies.
  • Peco in Breath of Fire III seems to fall asleep if he stops moving for more than 5 seconds.
  • Karina in Rune Factory 3 is unbelievably lazy and is constantly sleeping on the job.
    • Clorica in Rune Factory 4 is also prone to sleeping on the job. This never stops her from carrying out her duties, though.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • The Main Character of Persona 3 has the option of dozing off during a good portion of his classes. Upsides include improving your condition and recovering from sickness faster. Downsides include the possibility of missing information that comes up during exams (and don't think you can use the Internet to get the exam answers: if you didn't hear it in the game, you don't get the option of answering it).
    • In the manga adaptation, he's depicted as being drowsy most of the time, and is described as "zoned-out" by the other characters. Though he can switch to Hyper-Awareness if it's really important, like discussions and Tartarus battles. Or he just wants to win that ping-pong match against Akihiko-senpai.
  • Sleeping Beauty from SINoALICE wants to do nothing else but to sleep and dream, regarding the curse placed on her as a blessing and is quite displeased that the Prince woke her up from her deep slumber, preferring to remain in her dreams. She seeks out her author so he can rewrite her story so she can sleep forever.
  • In Soma Bringer Forte referred to Millers as "Chronic Sleepyhead Millers."
  • Tekken 7: Newcomer Eliza is such a sleepyhead that she actually falls asleep in the middle of fights- several of her moves cause her to go to sleep either on her feet or on the floor. In her ending movie, she starts talking with Lili and falls asleep repeatedly until a frustrated Lili tells her she should try drinking coffee instead of blood.
  • Twisted Wonderland: Silver is based on Princess Aurora, as such he is constantly drowsy and is often caught falling asleep at inopportune moments.
  • Trillion: God of Destruction: Fegor, the older sister to Zeabolos and holder of the Crest of Sloth proves to be this. It's deliberate, as she wields a terrifying amount of power. In a prior war against Heaven, she racked up the highest body count — she was assigned the crest to keep her docile during the more peaceful times in the Underworld.
  • Magister from Le Temple Perdu de l'Oncle Ernest has a habit of randomly falling asleep.
  • In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ichiban can take in movies at the Seagull Theater, but the combination of boring movies and dark rooms make him sleepy. It's a minigame to smack the sheep (and not hit the roosters) to keep him awake to the end to find out the movie was pretty decent and to boost his personality stats.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Cammy Meele of Ace Attorney Investigations has the horse-like ability to sleep while standing up and has to be constantly prodded into consciousness when you interview her. This is particularly annoying, even more so when you realize she's faking it.
    • Yanni Yogi in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney pulls this off as well and again, he's faking it.
    • Roly Beate in The Great Ace Attorney is constantly drowsy due to working very long hours as a police constable. When he and his wife testify in court together during the fourth episode, she does most of the talking for both of them due to Roly spending half the time falling asleep standing up.
  • Chiaki Nanami from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, because she plays video games for so long that she forgets to sleep.
  • Nanaki Kazuaki of Hatoful Boyfriend is your soporific math teacher who even falls asleep while watching fireworks at a festival. Justified Trope in that he's confirmed as narcoleptic in the guidebook
  • Nayuki from Kanon, besides being a memetic Heavy Sleeper, is also this. Yuuichi regularly wakes her up at the end of class.
  • Kohaku from Let's Meow Meow dozes off every few minutes when she first shows up. Two justifications for this: one, she didn't sleep for quite some time before arriving in our world, and two, she's a Cat Girl in a setting where cat girls have constant Furry Reminder moments.
  • Riki of Little Busters! is one of the kind that actually does explicitly have narcolepsy. Treatment of it varies — sometimes it just kicks in to drive scenes or fuel unrelated drama, but at other times the way falling asleep randomly and uncontrollably can incredibly limit the things one can do in life is explored more seriously.
  • In the same vein as Nayuki above, Tatsuko Itagaki from Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! sleeps all the time. She met Yamato in the first place by seeing him sleeping on the riverbank and joining him.
  • Despite taking his role as the forest protector very seriously, Quincy from NU: carnival is constantly tired, and he is usually seen napping around or complaining about nigh everything being "tiresome". One of his favoured gifts even is a pillow. To emphasize the level of sleepiness this towering giant of a man displays, during the Puzzling Invitation event, he is found lying on the floor by Eiden and Blade as he was disturbed during a nap by his animal buddy, got up from his bed to grab it and went back to sleep on the spot, not even bothering to make three steps back to his bed.
  • Misa in Sickness. She's caught sleeping on multiple occasions in the middle of important meetings, and when she is woken up she only lasts a few seconds before falling asleep again.
  • Miyami Nena from Kindred Spirits on the Roof, who is pretty much always looking for an opportunity to doze off, but is usually foiled by her incredibly loud friend Ichiki Umi.

  • Dr. Stein from Blood Stain falls asleep at random and inopportune times (such as in class. That he is teaching) and is generally a bit "out there" due to what he calls his "time/space orientation being a little off". He may actually be narcoleptic.
  • In Dear Children, Josh often falls asleep at random. This may be a matter of him staying up late with his chores and pets and hobbies, or it may be true narcolepsy. It's predictable enough that Aaron exploits it to harass him by taping obscene messages to his back. On one terrifying occasion, he falls asleep on a mission and through some sort of portal into what may or may not have been a physically-real dreamworld, or the past.
  • In El Goonish Shive, the Dunkels' cat Brownie is suspected to be narcoleptic given her propensity to fall asleep randomly.
  • Hiro from Ennui GO! is a narcoleptic, which is played both seriously and for humor. One comic shows him chugging Adderall and an energy drink just to give himself enough energy to finish his project.
  • Lillian Tallis of Go Get a Roomie!. She is a recluse who love nothing more in the world than sleeping and dreaming. She is such a sleepyhead that it's implied she forgets to eat because she's spending all of her time sleeping. Her brother calls her Lazy Tyke — a nickname Roomie took next to no time to adopt. (She's not above pretending to fall asleep to get out of awkward situations, either.)
  • In Grey is..., Black frequently calls White this. He sleeps in late (in comparison to Black) and is always ready to take a nap during the day if he can find the time.
  • Homestuck: Jade Harley suffers from narcolepsy, which can lead to trouble when playing a fate-of-the-universe game that has a heavy importance on timing. It's later revealed that Jade was never actually narcoleptic, but being purposefully and constantly put to sleep by Vriska. It has the same end result, though.
  • Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham of Questionable Content. Mostly because her OCD keeps her up for days at a time, cleaning her ceiling or some such, so when she actually has a moment to sit still and rest, she just dozes off.
  • In A Simple Thinking About Blood Type, the AB blood type is characterized by their weakness against drowsiness, and would frequently doze of when they lose interest in whatever the group is doing. In one strip, AB actually Slept Through the Apocalypse.
  • In Stand Still, Stay Silent, when Mission Control ended up with a budget that made Cutting Corners necessary, one of the first things to go was having different scouts for day and night. The guy who ended up with the day and night scout job is a night scout by profession, so any day shift involves him dozing off if he senses no immediate danger. The fact that he's very open as to what qualifies as an appropriate sleeping place only makes this more likely.
  • Phonsekal Lauroe from Tower of God is an absolute master of grabbing sleep everywhere. He sleeps not only during lessons and non-combat tests, but also during deathmatches. He runs around with his pillow and Security Blanket and after minimum effort he drops to the ground and takes a nap. The only way he usually can be arsed to do something is by taking those two items away, an action that can make him break into tears.
  • Widdershins:
    • The spirit of Sloth mostly just wants to sleep, and isn't pleased to be woken up even to be offered a contract. It ultimately proves to be a Non-Malicious Monster who's relieved to be banished from the physical world.
    • Ms. Acedia spends most of her free time dozing, as befits a character so closely attuned to Sloth, and went into villainy solely so she could retire as a member of the Idle Rich. When she's active, she still speaks slowly and haltingly, as though teetering on the edge of sleep.

    Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Trevor has a habit of dozing off even in the middle of his sentences. He says he suffers from narcolepsy.
  • The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is an Internet-based company that provides bots designed to waste the time of telemarketers and other unwanted callers. The Jolly Jenny bot, New Year's version, claims that one of her resolutions is to get more sleep because she gets 10 1/2 hours a day and doesn't think it's enough.
  • Noob has Ivy, who frequently falls asleep in front of her computer and always sounds tired when she's awake. She's otherwise different from the usual character type, as she's the guild's Gadgeteer Genius and usually the most lucid among the female players of the guild. Season 4 of the web series made her narcolepsy a Captain Obvious Reveal, while the novels and comics just started mentioning it in later installments.
  • Sidemen member KSI has a tendency of taking short sleeps every so often during the recordings of their videos. It occurred often enough that the MoreSidemen channel made a three-minute compilation of him sleeping during Sidemen and MoreSidemen videos up to the point of the video's release.
  • Melony from Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers sleeps almost as frequently as a koala (though ironically she rarely ever uses an actual bed). Destroy her sleeping spot at your own risk, as she's half Fierce Deity.

    Western Animation 
  • Buster from Arthur tends to fall asleep during the daytime especially when he's bored, one episode entitled "Sleep No More" dealt with this as he kept falling asleep when trying to earn money for a pizza eating contest, but the irony is once he's entered the contest he can't get to sleep.
  • Sleepy Bat on Birdz is somewhat of a type 1, except that he doesn't usually get called out for it.
  • Bedtime Bear of the Care Bears, true to their name, loves their naps.
  • The Goofy short How to Sleep has Goofy falling asleep everywhere he goes...except when his head hits the pillow.
  • On Guess How Much I Love You, Big Nutbrown Hare is very fond of his afternoon nap, though he likes to claim that he's actually doing deep thinking. Despite this, he tends to be a good sport about it if Little Nutbrown Hare or Little Field Mouse wakes him up, wanting to show him something.
  • On JoJo's Circus, Tater can nod off at a moment's notice and his bedtime routine involves a count to three. He never makes it past three.
  • The Jungle Show: Sophia The Marmot is typically seen sleeping.
  • Astra from Lite Sprites fits the Cloudcuckoolander type.
  • Slumbo from Mixels, as evidenced by his name. It takes an earthquake to wake him up. This is all due to having ice-based abilities and a low core body temperature.
  • Snoozy on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop whose defining characteristic is that he is constantly sleeping.
  • Pocoyo has the aptly-named bird Sleepy Bird, who's mainly seen sleeping.
  • The Simpsons: Homer Simpson is a king of this trope. He falls asleep a work, at Grimey's funeral, while driving a car (although that was due to working in two jobs at the same time), while serving in a jury (taking care to put on glasses with painted-on open eyes), what have you... In "Every Man's Dream", he becomes narcoleptic, so he gets the idea to move into his workstation... and ends up oversleeping his shift.
    Lenny: Poor guy, living at the plant.
    Carl: And yet, he's still late.
  • The Smurfs has Lazy, who, in addition to being, as his name suggests, a Lazy Bum, sleeps a lot.
  • Theodore Tugboat had the recurring character of Northumberland Submarine, who is even referred to as "the sleepy submarine" and was very rarely seen without his eyes half-shut or closed entirely. It was explained that this was due to him largely working at night (in fact one episode had Theodore and Hank working late and being genuinely shocked to find him wide awake), but it still gets pretty extreme- at least once he fell asleep mid-sentence while talking to Theodore in the middle of the harbour and on another occasion he fell asleep while surfacing with his head just barely sticking out of the water.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television for cats, as they typically spend 16-20 hours a day asleep. And as countless pictures and videos online show, they will fall asleep on anything, in any position, even in ways that should be extremely uncomfortable for them, but aren't because of their flexibility.
    • While it's true cats naturally sleep a lot, part of this is for a lack of something better to do because many people do not regularly play with their cat(s) enough, either due to a lack of time, motivation, or knowledge, so the cat just lays around all day.
    • While how active cats are varies from cat to cat, cats are typically predisposed to a nocturnal or crepuscular (active in the morning and late afternoon/evening) lifestyle, and thus will naturally spend great swathes of the day resting 'in preparation' for being up and active later on.
    • There's also the factor that most older cats (60-90% of cats aged 10 or older) have at least some degree of arthritis, and this can cause them to want to lay down and/or sleep more if it goes untreated, which is unfortunately common because cats have an instinct to hide symptoms (this also is true of many other health conditions, they do this because in the wild showing pain or weakness could draw attention from other predators or hostile cats), and most people are not aware of just how common arthritis is in cats.
    • Many cats are overweight, which makes them tire more quickly, and makes them want to sleep more.