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Dan: Well, Ross, what do you have to say for yourself?
Ross: Do you think, um, do you think if someone was afraid of Obama, they'd be called Baracknophobic? (falls right back to sleep)

Zzzzz... zzzzz... zzzzz... GAH! OH NO, I FORGOT THE TICKETS!! Oh! Um... I mean... Describe Waking Non-Sequitur Here.

Alice is in a coma, is sleeping or is otherwise unconscious. Upon waking, a non sequitur bursts from her lips. There's a chance that she mistakes the closest person as someone else during such.

The obvious implication is that the character was having a dream at the time, and since they haven't fully woken up yet, they haven't yet realized that it was in fact a dream.

Compare Talking in Your Sleep and Noodle Implements (when the outburst is implied to relate to a dream). The inverse is Non Sequitur, *Thud*, where a character says something random just before going down for the count.

Can overlap with Un-Paused. Not to be confused with a Walking Non Sequitur who just talks like this all the time. If the non-sequitur is said while snapping out of a fantasy rather than a dream, it's Acting Out a Daydream.


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    Zzzzzz... Anime & Manga a day keeps the doctor away! 
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, after Yugi wakes up from some kind of magical attack-induced Mushroom Samba, he asks Tea to "read me the story about the bunny".
  • Bleach:
    • Orihime has a dream involving Ichigo, peetan and scudetto. She suddenly shouts "IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!" and bolts up, headbutting Sado.
    • At one point Ichigo wakes up shouting "Catnip?!". He immediately forgets what he was dreaming about.
    • Isane Kotetsu is prone to waking up and yelling something about fish.
  • At one point in One-Punch Man, Saitama rouses from his sleep in panic, yelling "I will not play rock-paper-scissors with you! You've got a booger on your finger!" before realizing he was just dreaming.

    Zzzzzz... The cat has the Comic Books, stop him! 
  • All-New Wolverine: Laura gets sniped through the head while foiling an assassination attempt in the first issue. When she regains consciousness, she spends a few moments talking to herself about the rain falling while her Healing Factor knits her brain back together.
  • Batgirl (2009): When Stephanie Brown is woken up by her mom when she oversleeps, her first words are "...Kill you Abraham Lincoln..."
  • Missile Mouse: In book 2, Arc Villain Bognarsh blurts out "It's my turn to ride the pony!" when his assistant wakes him up to inform him about Blazing Bat's demise.

    Zzzzzz... Get me Comic Strips and a dodo, stat! 
  • Opus the Penguin would often do this in Bloom County, often mentioning celebrities' names in bizarre situations.
  • One Garfield strip sees Jon waking up suddenly in the middle of the night yelling "PA, THE CHICKENS ARE DROWNING!" Garfield promptly explains to the reader that this is a "recurring farm nightmare".
  • In Peanuts, whenever Peppermint Patty is sleeping in class, she often wakes up shouting something like, "I'm awake, I'm awake! The answer's twelve!"

    Zzzzzz... Why would there be Fan Works in the hot air balloon? 
  • The Boy Who Cried Idiot: Justified. Lincoln wakes up saying, "GET AWAY FROM ME, YOU—" because he dreamt there was a pair of red eyes in a black hole. Unfortunately, Leni cries as she thinks he's talking to her.
  • Bringing Me To Life:
    • Max do this after being sleep-deprived for a chapter or two.
    • Also Smith describes some of the times that Neo has done this:
      Smith: One time he asked me if worms could eat him. Another time he asked if flowers could eat him.
  • In Child of the Storm, Carol, being Not a Morning Person, tends to mumble in Buffy Speak while half-awake.
  • In episode 2 of Claymore Abridged, Raki wakes up in the inn with a cry of "Giantprayingmamtis!"
  • Coby's Choice:
    • When Brook wakes him up after being knocked unconscious by the crash-landing into Fishman Island, Coby blurts out that he didn't take the last bag of chips.
    • When jerking awake from a nap on Fishman Island, Garp yells out "Not the platinum marshmallow!"
  • In Code Wings 3.0 Cassidy, Ulrich, Patrick, Kaitlyn, and Jeremie all have had instances of waking up from sedation saying completely different.
    Cassidy: I-I think the tomato went west from Scotland to join the soccer league.
  • In the Invader Zim fanfic Gaz Dreams of Genie, the genie Azie falls asleep on Gaz's bed while Gaz is working at her desk, trying to find a loophole which will let her make a wish that won't backfire on her. When she gives up in frustration, the noise wakes up Azie, who blurts out "The wine is in the mail!", much to Gaz's confusion.
  • Subverted in Hogyoku ex Machina; Unohana thinks this is happening when Ichigo wakes up after a two day coma and, when asked about his previous fight, answers with "Aizen... turned into a butterfly." Zangetsu has to inform her that it actually happened.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
    • In Season 1 Episode 3, when Red nudges a sleeping Purple awake, he blurts out "Potato dumplings!"
    • In Season 2 Episode 4, when Dib is slapped awake after falling asleep during Bill's ramblings, he blurts out "Bigfoot's tonsillitis!"
    • In Season 2 Episode 7, Zim kicks Skoodge awake after he's knocked out, causing him to blurt out "Goat cheese omelettes!"
  • In Nocturnal, or Year of the Cat Ron goes into a food coma due to overindulging at lunchtime.
    Neville: ...and then he just woke up gibbering about how the pig had betrayed his trust. We sent him to the hospital wing. He should be fine in the morning.
  • In A Pinch of Salt, A Dash of Magic Harry wakes in the hospital after receiving a head injury.
    Harry: Blargh, I don't wanna ride the pony...
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance has Kala the Abra usually uttering one of these whenever a rescue team wakes her up in order to ask her to teleport them to certain mystery dungeons.
  • The Power of the Equinox: When Dimmed Star wakes up in one of Canterlot's dungeons, she whispers to herself "Ooooh, anypony get the number of that train?"
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: In Nightmares Yet to Come, Trixie takes an incredibly strong disorientation spell to the back of the head. She lets out a few non-sequiturs while out (Trixie is a sleep-shouter), and when she comes to the first thing she feels the need to do is inform Bon Bon about three sisters who live in a cherry tree.
  • In Venenum Vinco Bane Hermione is woken after spending the entire day trapped in a room with Harry and Ethan.
  • Webwork:
    • At one point, Tarakudo shouts Jade awake from a nap, causing her to blurt out "The burger crocodile!" He's not sure he wants to know what she's talking about.
    • In a later chapter, Widow is the one who wakes up Jade, who shouts "Variable speed muffins!" Much to Widow's confusion.

    Zzzzzz... I'm sorry, sir, the grasshopper took the last of the Animated Films, don't call the pirates! 
  • In A Goofy Movie, Goofy wakes up and asks Max "How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?" Max answers "Three and a half...?", to which Goofy responds by falling asleep again.
  • After the incident with the sharks in Finding Nemo, Dory wakes up screaming "Look out! Sharks eat fish!" But before that, she says many unrelated things in her sleep.
  • Lucille in Meet the Robinsons judges the Invent-Co Science Fair after having not slept for eight days, thanks to a caffeine patch ("each [one] is equivalent to twelve cups of coffee!") she had just invented. She briefly passes out at the first project when the kid's Pompeii model fails, then snaps awake yelling "Barium-cobalt-Einstein-Kool Aid!"
  • In Rise of the Guardians, (the Easter) Bunny passes out after getting a face full of the Sandman's sand. When he is finally jerked awake he shouts, "Get outta my warren!"
  • Twice Upon a Time: Would-be actress Flora, after being knocked out during her "rescue" by Rod Rescueman, mutters "What's my next line?" as she regains consciousness in Rod's bachelor pad.
  • Beans in Rango tends to freeze up at random (it's a survival trait for her species, but "her switch is broken"). When she recovers... no-one is sure what was going through her mind while she was frozen, but it is probably interesting.
    Beans: And until the people of Andromeda Five return him safe and sound, I will not sell my ranch!
  • On Tarzan, Prof. Porter faints after meeting the gorillas. When he wakes up, he's saying "Oh, Your Highness. You're such a tease."
  • In Toy Story 2, when Al is awakened by the television turning on by Stinky Pete to thwart Woody from getting his missing arm back, he jumps up screaming "No, officer! I swear!".

    Zzzzzz... Don't question me, Smithers, my Live-Action Films passed the math test! 
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as they're bringing Chekov out of unconsciousness, Kirk asks him his name and rank to see if he's all there. Slightly unfocused, he gives them "Pavel Chekov" as his name, then gets a big grin on his face and says, "Rank: Admiral..."
  • Bananas: As Woody Allen is roused after being knocked out, he's moaning " more Polish women!"
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has this little gem...
    Ron: [suddenly sits up awake in bed] Spiders... want me to tap-dance... I don't wanna tap-dance.
    Harry: [deadpans] You tell those spiders, Ron.
    Ron: Okay. [passes out]
  • In Hot to Trot, when Bobcat Goldthwait is being woken up, he mumbles, "I don't wanna go to school..."
  • Bandits has Billy Bob Thornton's character waking up shouting "Beavers and ducks!"
  • A Running Gag in O Brother, Where Art Thou? is that whenever Ulysses, who is somewhat vain and fastidious about his appearance, is woken up the first coherent thing he ever blurts out is "... My hair!"
  • Employee of the Month (2006) has the (ironically poor-sighted) vision center employee Lon (Andy Dick) being woken up early in the film, going "Jimmy Buffett. Who?" (The DVD shows alternate takes with different phrases.)
  • In BASEketball, play-by-play commentators Bob Costas and Al Michaels (playing themselves) are visibly exhausted after nine months of the BASEketball postseason. Al is passed out in the booth, and when Bob wakes him...
    Al: No, daddy, don't touch me there!
  • In The Man from Snowy River, one of Jim's fellow ranch-hands at Harrison's jolts awake with a shout of, "It was him or me!" Unlike most examples of this trope, it's very not played for comedy.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. After being injected with adrenaline a dying Holmes suddenly up and starts babbling about a nightmare involving Watson and Mary at the restaurant with a donkey wielding a fork.
  • Played with in Cold Mountain. Teague and his Home Guard come across several deserters hiding in the mountains. On being roused, the more simpleminded deserter says, "Where's Georgia?" causing the Home Guard to laugh. Which is just as well, as Georgia is actually the name of another deserter who's hiding nearby.
  • In Advise & Consent, an elderly spends all his time sleeping at his desk in the Senate chamber. When roused for a vote, or anything, he snaps to attention yelling "Opposed sir! Unalterably opposed!" In one case another Senator has to tell him that in this case he's actually for the bill. He then falls back asleep.
  • In Sister Act 2, Mary Clarence wakes up a dozing student in her class, who blurts out, "Paper or plastic?"
  • In the sequel to The Mighty Ducks, Don Tibbles gets hit by one of Fulton's slapshots; upon being revived, he asks for "a cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake."
  • In Spaceballs, Lone Starr and Princess Vespa are about to kiss when Dot Matrix's "Virgin Alarm" goes off, waking Barf.
    Barf: Abandon Ship! Women and Mawgs first!
  • The Mummy (1999). When the heroes are crossing the desert, they ride on through the night, some of them sleeping while still riding their camels. Mr. Hassan, the warden from the jail Rick O'Connel was imprisoned in, is snoring loudly, which disturbs one of his companions, who smacks him with their riding crop, causing him to snort awake, with the cry of, "No more goat soup!"
  • In Step Brothers after Brennan and Dale trash the house via their respective sleepwalking habits, Brennan's mother Nancy goes into their room in the morning to wake them up, only for the former to awaken and shout out "I'll kill you, Leonard Nimoy!" and the latter to cry out while waking "The clown has no penis!" This causes her to lampshade the weirdness of their dreams.
  • Shocker has someone exclaim "football practice!" as they wake with a start. Quoting this when a character on the screen wakes up became a running joke on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and later Cinemasins.
  • Please Stand By: When Wendy wakes up in the hospital after a bus crash, her first words are "Welcome to Cinnabon. Would you like a cinnabon?"
  • In Season of Miracles, a boy dozes off during church and mutters "Blue Kool-Aid" as he wakes up.
  • Subverted in Singles; when Cliff and Linda get into a car accident that ends up causing her Convenient Miscarriage, they both have to go to the hospital. Linda, coming out of it, mutters, "James" a couple of times, which confuses Steve, until she continues, "James Worthy is a star. X is just a player", which isn't a non-sequitur, as it refers to a discussion she and Steve were having before the crash.
  • Subverted in The Horse Whisperer; when Grace gets into an accident at the beginning of the movie, the first thing she says when she's waking up in the hospital is "Judith", the name of her best friend (who was killed in the same accident).
  • Early on The One and Only Ivan, Bob wakes with "I didn't touch the kibble! It wasn't me!"

    Zzzzzz... Just get the Literature out of the washing machine and we'll call it even! 
  • Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex has Foaly waking up after Holly knocked him out saying, "Not the stripy ones! They're just little babies." As soon as he realizes he's awake he asks Artemis if he said that out loud.
  • In Craig Shaw Gardner's Bride of the Slime Monster Doctor Dread wakes shortly after having fainted when he saw the monster that slimed him and his henchmen earlier.
    Doctor Dread: No, Mother, don't take my teddy—
  • In Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig has a crazy dream about "bottled wizards, all shouting his name", and shouts "Some of them were covered in jam!" as he's awakened by Mr. Pump. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has Mundungus Fletcher falling asleep during a meeting. After the meeting is over, he then wakes up, "Nhh... Are we voting? I 'gree with Sirius!"
    • The first book has another example: When Hagrid comes to the hut on the rock to pick up Harry, he announces his presence with loud knocks. Dudley is startled awake. "Where's the cannon?"
    • J. K. Rowling likes this trope. It happens to Ron a few times too; for example when Harry shakes him awake in one scene he randomly shouts something about Quidditch fouls.
  • In the Lord Peter Wimsey novel Clouds of Witness, Parker falls asleep in front of the fireplace while waiting for Wimsey. As Wimsey enters, Parker wakes up and says: "The glass-blower's cat is bompstaple". In the dream that Parker just had, this is the solution to the mystery. Awake, he can't even remember what "bompstaple" meant.
  • In book 7 of Ranger's Apprentice, Will wakes up after nearly dying of thirst to find Umar bent over him, pouring water down his throat. Struck by the man's physical appearance, all he can say is, "...That's a big nose."
  • Word Smart Junior has one scene where Barnaby, waking from a nightmare about his parents forcing him to take ballet lessons, starts muttering incoherently:
    Barnaby: Tights. Tight-fisted fish in a peddle of pickles. I said don't to be glimming my tulip, pilgrim. No and no again! Time to pay the spleen!

    Zzzzz... Please, Live-Action TV, I can get you more lipstick! 
  • ALF says, "Please... no more portly women!" after waking up from fainting when he reads about his cousin Blinky in the newspaper.
  • A Running Gag in As Time Goes By is Lionel's habit of doing this, and then not remembering what the dream was about when Jean asks what could possibly have prompted such a dramatic statement as "which is why I had no alternative."
  • In Better Off Ted, Dr. Bhamba wakes up and shouts "Crocodiles!" Though we do get an explanation...
    Dr. Bhamba: I was having a dream, and all I remember was a curious lack of crocodiles, so I began calling out for them.
  • Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory does this often:
    • In an episode, Sheldon is woken up in the middle of the night and immediately yelled "DANGER! DANGER!"
    • From another episode:
      Leonard Hofstadter: Sheldon, can I talk to you for a minute?
      Sheldon Cooper: [waking up] I want another cookie, Meemaw.
      Leonard Hofstadter: It's just me.
      Sheldon Cooper: But Meemaw was just making cookies.
    • When the gang must spend a whole night gluing felt flowers and singing tunes to keep the assembly line going, Penny notices Sheldon has dozed off. Upon waking him up, he starts singing "Sixteen Tons", most likely a song the rest of them were singing when he fell asleep.
  • In one episode of Boy Meets World, Cory says "No clown! No!" when Shawn wakes him up from a nap. This joke was later reused in another episode several seasons later when Topanga wakes up Shawn.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In an early episode, Willow has been sleeping over an open book and suddenly bolts upright, crying, "Don't warn the tadpoles!" When Giles expresses surprise, she sheepishly admits, "I... I have a frog fear."
    • In the last episode, during Buffy's tense talk with the First Evil, a sleeping Spike suddenly calls out "I'm drowning in footwear!" After the First vanishes and Spike has a few seconds to realize where he is, he comments that that was a really weird dream.
  • During the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, correspondents at The Daily Show were working around the clock to keep up with what was going on. Stephen Colbert, caught napping at the desk: "If ifs and ands were pots and pans, there'd be no work for tinkers!"
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "Robot", the Fourth Doctor's first words are "Sontarans! Perverting the course of human history!" Amazingly, this does have context: it's a Call-Back to "The Time Warrior".
    • This was later repeated by the Twelfth Doctor twice, the second time after almost regenerating.
    • At one point in "The Deadly Assassin", Four wakes up beside a machine that just burned out and says "Do you mind? This is a non-smoking compartment."
  • When El Chapulín Colorado is suddenly woken up after he fainted, he says each one of his Catch Phrases (of which there are lots) in quick succession.
  • For a while, Everybody Loves Raymond had this as a Running Gag, with Raymond being woken and blurting out things like "There's pudding everywhere!" or "It's all squishy!"
  • In The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin Uncle Jimmy, who had previously been complaining about the shortcomings of public transport on the island of Malta, is awakened from a doze and shouts: "Well, why don't you have Red Rover ticketsnote , you Maltese fool?" It was made worse because he was in church at the time. At a funeral service.
  • Late in the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Mal is drugged and passes out. When Simon and the rest of the crew revive him, Mal's first words are to ask if it's Christmas.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    • In the episode "Boyz in the Woods", Will, Carlton, and Uncle Phil are forced to sleep in a cave during a blizzard. When Uncle Phil is shook awake the next morning, he jumps up yelling "Vivian, I'm not a machine!"
    • In the episode "Clubba Hubba", Carlton, Uncle Phil and Geoffrey are all teaching Will how to be a gentleman and everyone except him has fallen asleep waiting for him to pick out the correct fork. As Carlton wakes up Geoffrey after Will got the right answer, he cries out to him "Get your own Geisha!"
  • Alan Partridge usually says something odd when waking up from his... well, just watch I'm Alan Partridge.
  • The Jack Benny Program: Jack asks Rochester a question (while Rochester is driving), and Rochester is startled awake and yells, "Put the coffee on honey!".
  • Kaamelott: At the end of episode "L'Ivresse" ("Drunkenness"), Perceval, after passing out drunk on a tavern table, suddenly raises his head and shouts "Independent Wales!" at the top of his lungs. And after that...
    Perceval: Fuck, I have a woodpecker in my head, is that normal?
  • Lucifer: In the season 4 episode "Orgy Pants To Work", Lucifer falls asleep on a stake-out after his hedonistic lifestyle starts to take a toll on him and when Chloe wakes him up he jerks awake with a startled "Fetch me the goat!".
  • Grandma Ida from Malcolm in the Middle proves to be a self-centered old bitch even in her dreams by shouting, "Take the children! Just let me live!" after being roused awake by Lois.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • In an episode, Radar tries to wake up Klinger, who mutters, "Ma, I don't wanna go to school today, I've got a headache." Radar identifies himself, to which Klinger replies, "Radar, I don't wanna go to school today!"
    • In another episode, Major Burns is trying to wake Radar to begin the morning assembly. While still asleep Radar appears to think he is back on his family farm in Iowa by saying "Yes Ma, feed the chickens and slop the pigs Sooey!"
    • An assumption of this leads to the entire plot of the episode. Radar asks Klinger where Margaret Houlihan is, and despite his grogginess, he gives a relatively accurate, if imprecise, answer. But he's so out of it that Radar assumes his answer (which doesn't quite make sense with the information Radar has) is one of these and irrelevant to the question, especially given that he then blurts out another non-sequitur ("let's get back in the front seat, here come the cops") and immediately goes back to sleep. (It does beg the question of why no-one thought to question Klinger again after he woke up.)
    • In a late season episode, the 4077th has run of anesthetic gas for the patients so they resort to old fashioned ether to knock the patients out. At one point, Major Houlihan faints dead away from all of the fumes and the doctors have to revive her. When she begins to come around she starts trying to push the oxygen mask away while muttering "Keep your hands to yourself, general."
  • A running gag on Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured a riffer shouting "Football practice!" when someone wakes up abruptly.
  • Red Dwarf has possibly the best take on the "I don't want to go to school today" version of this trope:
    Lister: Rimmer, you awake? Rimmer, you awake?!
    Rimmer: (wakes up) What? Yes, Mum, I'm just packing my satchel!
  • In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem blurts out "GLEE CLUB!" when he's woken up.
  • On Scrubs, J.D. regularly do these when he zones out and has an Imagine Spot. The Todd lampshades it at one point, finding it annoying.
  • Played straight in the second season of Sea Patrol. During the course of her duties, the XO of HMAS Hammersley was surreptitiously dosed with Rohypnol by a fisherman/murderer. After Hammersley saves the day, the Captain came down to her cabin to check on her condition; she didn't wake up when he arrived, and he was greeted with "I don't believe in pre-marital soy sauce!"
  • Sonny with a Chance: In the episode "Chad Without A Chance", Chad gets knocked out by Zora during her karate training. After he wakes upnote  to Tawni shouting at him "What did you do?!", he says "I drew on the wall with crayons, mommy!".
  • An episode of Spaced opens with a montage of everyone in the house sleeping peacefully, when the silence and a window are shattered by Amber throwing her suitcase, everyone jolts awake:
    Daisy: I'm sorry!
    Mike: I'm hit!
    Brian: [wearing a sleep mask] I'm blind!
    Tim: Buffy!
  • In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Two Days and Two Nights", when Dr Phlox is prematurely woken from hibernation he first starts shouting in Denobulan, then adds "I don't care what it tastes like!"
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Visionary", O'Brien is thrown into the future where he finds that his future self has died; when he questions Bashir about the circumstances, Bashir says he tried everything but O'Brien's body "just gave up", which O'Brien becomes indignant upon hearing. Before he can argue the point, he's returned to his own present where he passes out; he wakes up an hour later muttering, "I haven't given up... I won't give up..." Fortunately, the problem is correctable thanks to the advance warning O'Brien provides, so it doesn't come to that.
  • A late episode of That '70s Show had Donna shout "Don't kill them, Santa! Please don't kill them!" when she woke up. This is also a rare example where we actually get the context: Donna had a dream where Santa Claus gave her some advice, and when she said "Thanks, Santa! And to think people say you aren't real," he angrily growled "Who says that?! I'll kill the little bastards!" before performing a Verbal Backspace.
  • Once on White Collar, Mozzie woke up saying, "Let me see your warrant!"

    Zzzzzz... Get your own Video Games, Captain, mine have chocolate! 
  • In the Animal Crossing series, sometimes Gulliver will sometimes spout a non-sequitur when the player wakes him up on the shoreline, such as protesting about not wanting to go back to outer space.
  • In Assault Android Cactus, Starch is asleep on her character select screen. When you select her, she jolts awake and yells "Pineapple!"
  • In the Discworld game, characters recovering from unconsciousness say "Did anyone get the number of that donkey cart?" One puzzle requires you to actually get the number of a donkey cart and tell it to a semi-conscious assassin.
  • Companions in Fallout: New Vegas sometimes say these after they get up from being incapacitated. Some of them are hilarious.
    Arcade Ganon: Thursday! ...Wait, what?
    Raul: GAH! PETRO-CHICO BOY! Petro-Chico Boy is here after my chicharrones! Oh... Just a dream... Just a dream...
  • In Kings Quest (2015), at the start of “Snow Place Like Home”, which takes place during a flashback, when Valanice wakes up Graham to take care of their two babies in the middle of the night, he jolts up and says, “Pizza-flavored jelly beans!”
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: Admiral Bobbery does this when he's woken up under the misconception that he's dead. A hammer to the head has him shouting "Pirates! Where are those pirates?!"
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: Clank's being held captive and tortured by the Thief. When Ratchet rescues him Clank's saying "The final digit of Pi is..."

    Zzzzz... Call the FBI, Web Animation stole the zoo! 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In "Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig", Homestar awakens a half-buried, unconscious Strong Sad, who mumbles "mineral water... wha?" as he awakens. Similiarly, whenever Strong Bad is awoken from sleep (usually by Strong Sad), he will mutter the names of video games.
    • In the Strong Bad Email "ladying", Strong Bad puts on a crappy "early" SBEmail about "lady-ing" for senders Lorenzo and Filbert. At the end of the cartoon, it's show the old cartoon has put Strong Bad to sleep, and when he wakes up he seems to have forgotten who he was talking to and what he was talking about.
      Strong Bad: Boy, those old cartoons still pack a whallop. Uh, so yeah, Danny. Now's a great time to plant cucumbers. Stocks are up, stipes are down. And old Strong Bad's got a date with a bowl of creme brulée ice creme. Cream.
    • In the "Record Store Day" cartoon, Strong Sad shouts "Watch out, Julian Casablancas!" when Strong Bad wakes him up.

    Zzzzzz... How many Web Comics until the pumpkin takes off? 

    Zzzzzz... Mommy, the Web Videos ate the tomatoes! 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall:
    • After Missingno suicides the now-unpossessed 90s Kid is heard singing the theme song to Care Bears.
    • The same character, recovering from being blasted in a later storyline: "Don't worry, Funshine Bear... we'll stop No-Heart..."
    • When Linkara revives after being rescued from Lord Vyce, he groggily mutters that he doesn't want to buy Tandy Computer products.
  • Critical Role:
    • In the Darrington Brigade one-shot, after being revived from unconsciousness, The Owlbear (a Captain Ersatz of Batman) is heard mumbling "Evil. Crime."
  • Unskippable, much like MST3K, is fond of shouting "I'm late for class!" when a character wakes up suddenly.
  • Game Grumps:
    • During their playthrough of Super Mario 64, Danny relates a story of his fellow Steam Train host Ross falling asleep due to a bad sleep schedule, after being told not to fall asleep. According to Dan, when he woke Ross up and asked when he had to say for himself, Ross gives us this gem before immediately falling back to sleep:
      Ross: Do you think, um, do you think if someone was afraid of Obama they'd be called Baracknophobic?
    • On an episode of Donkey Kong Country 3 released the very same day on Grumpcade, Ross gives his perspective on the story. That train of thought came from hearing Kevin talk about his fear of bugs while he was feeling super sleepy.
  • In a Brazilian review channel specialized in horror movies, the video on Seconds Apart, the co-host states that while his girlfriend asked his just awakened self what the movie was about, his response was "Gilberto Gil". (this is brought back at the review's end, where the other host notes the movie Broke the Rating Scale - "'Sleep-inducing' is too harsh, 'Average' is too complimentary" - and the guy decides the best category for the film is 'Gilberto Gil')

    Zzzzzz... How dare you, my Western Animation sings like a donkey! 
  • The waking up version appears in the pilot episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender as the title character's first line: "I need to ask you something... will you go penguin sledding with me?" He gets to do it not long after, but at the time there was no reason to say it.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show", Grandpa Simpson claims he slips into and out of comas all the time, then promptly falls asleep on his feet. He awakens just as suddenly, muttering "French toast, please!"
    • Bart, in the "Bartificial Intelligence" segment of "Treehouse of Horror XVI" episode, shouts "COWA--" just before knocking himself into a coma. After a Catapult Wake-up, he cries "--BUNGA!"
    • The fifth season episode "Marge on the Lam" featured lawyer Lionel Hutz babysitting the Simpson kids. When Bart and Lisa wake him from a nap, he immediately jumps up waving a switchblade, screaming "Don't touch my stuff!" After realizing where he is, Hutz calms down, saying "Hey, this isn't the YMCA..."
  • In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, The Mayor is startled awake and shouts, "My life is a lie!"
  • Rugrats (1991):
    • In "Grandpa Moves Out", Tommy and Angelica wake up a sleeping old man at a retirement center by throwing water in his face. As he awakens, he shouts "Don't submerge, Admiral! I'm still on deck!" He then takes one look at Tommy and Angelica and adds "Hey, you're not the admiral."
    • In "Game Show Didi", Didi ends up falling asleep on the table in exhaustion after cramming for a game show, and when woken up impulsively says "Triskaidekaphobia, Allen!"
    • In "A Visit from Lipschitz" the Pickles family is having dinner with the famous Dr. Lipschitz, but Stu has fallen asleep from boredom. When Didi tries to wake him he exclaims, "I'm up! I'm up! I'll make breakfast."
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Patrick is prone to this, saying things like "FINLAND!" or "Hot wings."
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In "The Secret of Success", Candace awakens her friend Stacy, who's nodded off at a leadership seminar, and Stacy says "Guh... it's not my ferret!"
    • In "Magic Carpet Ride", Perry enters his lair to find Monogram all disheveled and asleep. When he wakes up, he yells out, "Wrong pants!"
    • In "Candace's Big Day", when Dr. Doofenshmirtz falls asleep after eating too much junk food: "What, who am I!? Oh, it's me."
  • When disturbed in his sleep, Stewie from Family Guy used to mutter his half of a conversation that apparently involved dining out with persons unknown, going by his comments such as "Mm, I only had soup, I don't see why we should split the bill evenly..."
  • In the Looney Tunes short "Falling Hare", Bugs gets clobbered by the Gremlin.
    Gremlin: What's the matter, bunny rabbit? Speak to me! Why don't you say something?!
    Bugs: [childish voice] I'm only thwee and a half years old! Blblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblblbl...
    Gremlin: I like him. He's silly.
  • From The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Nighty Night Ninja":
    Kowalski: I want my binky!
  • In the Animaniacs short "Bumbie's Mom", Slappy and Skippy are watching a film parody of Bambi, and Slappy falls asleep just before the scene where Bumbie's mommy is shot. When Skippy starts crying, a startled Slappy blurts this out:
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "Castle Sweet Castle": After falling asleep in her breakfast, Twilight Sparkle wakes up with a pancake stuck on her horn, hanging over her face, and blurts out "I'm pancake— I mean, awake!"
    • In "Princess Spike", Twilight is getting some much-needed rest after staying up for three straight days. When Spike tries to wake her for some advice, she tells him not to worry and that he should "just put the hay in the apple and eat the candle."
    • In "A Health of Information", Twilight Sparkle is awoken from a nap by Fluttershy, and shouts "Non-stick pans!"
  • In a short of The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show, after realizing that Shaggy has been abducted, Scooby frantically shakes Scrappy awake. Scrappy responds, "Huh? No more marshmallows Uncle Scooby, I'm stuffed..."
  • In one episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle where Boris is trying to hypnotize Bullwinkle, he falls victim to his own hypnotism and falls asleep. Fearless Leader then beats him awake, to which Boris groggily says "Please Mama, not in the head".
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In one episode, when Garfield is taking a nap, Odie slurps him, causing Garfield to wake up shouting "Lifeguard, help! I'm drowning!"
    • A similar gag happens when Odie licks Jon awake in another episode.
  • In an episode of Camp Lazlo, the campers prepare for a inspection from Commander Hoohah, who threatened to revoke their underwear rations if they failed. The next morning, Slinkman wakes up Scoutmaster Lumpus, who shouts "Don't take my underwear! IT'S BLEACHED!".
  • In the Uncle Grandpa episode "Mystery Noise", the title character wakes up yelling "Spaghetti!"
  • In "Helping Paws" from Clifford's Puppy Days, Clifford shouts "not it!" upon being woken up by Daffodil after she relives him from babysitting so he can take a nap, as if he thought they were playing tag.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: After the Eds accientally knock down Johnny's house in "Rent-A-Ed", Jimmy emerges from the rubble muttering "Rubber baby buggy bumpers..."
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela", a Season 6 episode of Futurama, had a scene where Kif wakes Zapp Brannigan out of a nap, causing him to immediately exclaim "I surrender and volunteer for treason!"
  • In one episode of DuckTales (1987), Scrooge blurts out "sell all my soybean futures!" when he's awakened from a nap.
    • The second episode combines this with Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking. When Flintheart Glomgold and El Capitan set off the homemade alarm and wake everyone up, Scrooge cries out, "Robbers! Thieves! Politicians!"
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode "Nano", the Turtles are staking out/sleeping over at April's to catch a potential thief. When Leo hears a noise (Casey fighting the thief), he goes to wake up Mikey. Mikey asks "Can I have another s'more?" as he wakes up. This is out of no where, because the turtles had clearly been eating pizza...
  • Total Drama: A few characters don't wake up well from their injuries.
    • In "Suckers Punched", after Scott is mostly knocked out by Fang, Gwen helps carry him away from the ring. She wonders aloud if Scott ever washes his feet and in a semi-lucid moment Scott answers, "You cannin' the toe jam already, Cletus?"
    • After being beaten up by Fang in "The Bold And The Booty-Ful", Scott wearily asks his grandmama if it's time for his bath when Mal picks him up. With the Flush of Shame in mind, Mal answers affirmatively. Later, when Mal brings Scott back to the campsite, the still heavily dazed Scott goes for another family-oriented ramble when he tells pappy that he would've retrieved the shiny rock if only the sea-pig hadn't eaten it.
  • Workit Out Wombats: In "Crab Quakes," Mr. E is asleep at the counter of the Everything Emporium, and when he's woken up, he says "Clean up on aisle 2?"
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: In "Chez Beezy", Beezy is abruptly woken up by Sammy while asleep in the restaurant foyer, and exclaims "Monkey heads for feet!". Jimmy says the same thing after being woken up in time for the "Everybody Laughs" Ending.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: In one episode, Eustace is suffering from an unpleasant itching on his foot, disturbing his sleep to the point that he wakes up screaming "No, no, wool socks!!". And promptly kicks Courage off the bed, blaming him for his discomfort. Eustace is actually in the early stages of an extremely agressive, and sentient, foot fungus infection known as the Clutching Foot.

    Zzzzzz... If I wanted Real Life, would I be in this tutu? 
  • Very much Truth in Television. In the time between being asleep and fully awake, the line between dreams and reality can be blurred, causing you to try and continue a conversation with someone present in the dream.
  • Mel Blanc:
    • When he was in a coma following his near-fatal car accident on Dead Man's Curve, the doctors tried everything they could to bring him out of it. Eventually one of them says "Paging Mr. Bugs Bunny, are you there?" and he responds "I'm right here, doc!" in Bugs's voice.
    • Once, when Blanc fell asleep while recording an episode of The Jetsons, he shouted Mr. Spacely's "JET-SON!" catchphrase upon being awoken by the recording director.
  • When Sir Terry Pratchett had heart surgery, he started shouting about sandwiches. When the surgeon asked him about this afterwards, he said he thought there was a man in the corner of the room selling sandwiches, but he couldn't get to him. He later joked that wherever it is you go, apparently it's a long enough trip that you need a snack, and he wished he'd been able to find out what kind they were — cheese and pickle is fine, cucumber probably means you're going to the bad place.


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Don't Submerge, Admiral!

While in a retirement home, Tommy and Angelica try to wake up one of the residents, with Angelica deciding to give him 'a cold shower', resulting in the senior, a retired Marine, waking up thinking he was on a submarine.

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