A character wakes up in a strange location/situation/costume, unsure of how they got there.
Might be a Noodle Incident where not even the characters know or remember what happened. Often, but not always, involves drugs or alcohol. Strictly speaking, it doesn't have to be a night. It can be any alcohol- or drug-induced craziness plus memory block.
The character wakes up confused in a compromising position, and then utters in confusion: "What did I do last night?" As they learn more about what happened they repeat themselves, only this time in horror: "What did I DO last night?!" Often the episode become a quest to learn the truth. Usually in comedy it's a Not What It Looks Like situation, but in drama it often is what it looks like, resulting in a Wham Episode and an Aesop about not drinking. In Mystery Fiction, it's occasionally used to set up a Whodunnit where the protagonist himself has no alibi and may not be certain they did not, in fact, commit the crime.
This is a common romance comedy trope, sometimes used as a Ship Tease. For example, have two people end up in bed whom the fandom have been pairing up (despite their hating each other in canon). Have them freak at the thought that they might have had sex. Maybe have them sort of try out a "relationship" only for it to be "The Masochism Tango", but by the end of the day they figure out that no sex occurred, happily resulting in a Snap Back.
Another version can occur where everybody else does know what happened last night, but decide to conceal it so as to have some fun with the poor guy who can't remember. If the audience gets to see the poor drunk's patchy memories of the evening, they may be portrayed via Binge Montage.
Can also be related to Missing Time, although this doesn't usually involve alcohol. Depending on the case, it can be Truth in Television, although the amount of alcohol you must consume to lead to Real Life memory loss is pretty close to how much you need to die from alcohol poisoning.
How did these examples get here?
- Jake has these experiences in the AXE shower gel commercials.
- In a Norwegian commercial, a woman wakes up in a bed in a huge hotel room with wedding stuff thrown all around. Her confusion becomes complete when George Clooney enters the room. Turns out she married THE George Clooney while she was drunk.
- "Wake up with The King."
- A now banned TV advert for sanitising mouthwash shows a hungover man, very much the worse for wear, coughing, gagging, and then vomiting up a very alive and very scruffy dog - the message being that morning-after breath is not nice to smell. The ad was discontinued after protests.
- "Get High, Get Stupid, Get AIDS" Public Service Announcement.
- On a similar vein, a "Get High, Get Stupid … " PSA warns against drug abuse. One memorable one had a young man, who had gotten high (or drunk) the night before, awaken by a call informing him he was responsible for some heinous action. Said act is never stated outright, but it is implied it involves a woman and that she is not OK. "So we're OK, dude?" the guy cluelessly asks before the caller hangs up.
- Aggressive Retsuko: At the end of the Netflix episode "The Duel", Retsuko's Mean Boss Director Ton drops a diss track on her during a company party, and she retaliates with a burst of death metal calling out Ton for being a "shitty boss". Fortunately, the morning after everyone is too hung-over to properly remember the events of that night, so Retsuko avoids getting into too much trouble.
- Azumanga Daioh: While Minamo Kurosawa doesn't wake up in so much of a compromising situation as in the throes of a headache, she has no idea what she did, even (especially?) when Chiyo asks what (cue the gentle string music) means, and Sakaki can't look her in the face, and the other girls thank her for her education, and when she asks where Chiyo heard about things like that, Yukari tells her that she herself was the source. (She had just talked about how "pervy" relationships can get.)
- The OVA for Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid is essentially about this happening to Tessa (thanks to Melissa Mao), and her struggles to figure out (without tipping off people who don't know about it) how she ended up waking up half naked in her commander's chair. Very Moe.
- In Gintama, Gintoki ends up assisting a ninja, almost married and the target of a stalker (all the same person, Sacchan) due to one of these.
- Later on: Otose, Tae, Kyuubei, Sacchan, Tsukuyo, and Madao. Subverted in that it is a prank to get him stop drinking, then double subverted in that it turns he DID sleep with Madao. Both of them promptly try to get drunk enough to forget that ever happened.
- The Nordics have a meeting in Hetalia Bloodbath 2010 to figure out what happened to them after they got knocked out by the shadowed figure.
- This was Netherlands' reaction when he wakes up on the ground to find his clothes torn and a similarly disheveled Spain sleeping on top of him.
- In I'm at End of Your Sight Dong-ha gets very drunk waiting for Je-Hyung (who doesn't have a telephone) and repeatedly vomits around his house. He wakes up wondering why his trousers had been taken off. He wondered if it was because Je-Hyung wanted to drive him out of the house naked.
- In Koimoku editor-in-chief Juumonji has a moment like this◊ after waking up only with her bra on on top of a pile composed of 1 man and 3 women (all of them dead drunk) without any specific memory about what happened after they started drinking last night.
- Maison Ikkoku: Godai gets drunk, loudly and publicly announces his love for his Love Interest (who is embarrassed), then sweeps the afore said Love Interest off her feet and carries her to bed, where he promptly passes out. In the morning he wakes and tries to figure out what happened. His roommates are a bunch of Jerkasses so when he asks what happened they tell him two different versions:His Love Interest hates him because was teasing her and didn't put out, and his Love Interest hates him because he stripped and danced nude for her. The third roommate tries to give him a third version (also suitably horrific), but at this point he is so horrified that he runs away screaming. Trying to piece everything together with some other clues he concludes that he has to go and apologize to his Love Interest. Of course she interprets this as Godai retracting his confession of love.
- Another version of this takes place in the Wham Episode when Mitaka gets drunk (with Godai when their plan for fisticuffs doesn't pan out) wakes up and finds breakfast already made for him. Asuna had spent the night at his place taking care of him. Mitaka is worried that something happened between them, so he finds her and asks her if he did "something indecent". She responds, "Please don't worry, I don't mind a thing", referring to a drunken kiss. Mitaka assumes she meant something else. (The look on his face was priceless!) It doesn't help when she adds: "I won't forget, because I'm a woman." Then she comes to tell him that her dog is pregnant and his dog is the father. Well... guess what he (and everybody else who overhears) thinks she is referring to? Before you know it he's married- and then discovers the truth. This allowed the use of both the comedic version and the dramatic version at the same time, while providing an anvilicious aesop on not drinking, that is nonetheless perfectly acceptable because of the Rule of Funny.
- Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid starts off this way, with Kobayashi discovering that she had climbed a mountain during a drunken bender, saved a dragon's life, and invited the dragon to be her live-in maid. Although, she actually woke up in her own bed with nothing more than a hangover (nothing unusual there), and didn't find out about the events of the previous night until she opened the front door to leave for work. We get a Whole Episode Flashback later on that fills in some of the details.
- In volume 2 of Moyashimon, Hasegawa ends up getting drunk in Misato's room and passing out. Sawaki, Misato and Kawahama avoid the backlash by making things look even worse: Misato puts a pot on his head with his face painted on, and Kawahama and Sawaki strip naked, with Sawaki hanging from the ceiling upside-down with "baka" painted on his back. Hasegawa leaves without incident, not wanting to remember what she was doing last night.
Kawahama: Making your enemy more confused than yourself is the best way to overcome panic.
- The titular protagonist of Psychometer Eiji has the ability to read psychic imprints left on objects by their owners, generally images of significant events from the owners' recent past. He also likes to party hard. This combination is put to use in several Filler chapters as a break from the rather dark main plot.
- Also happens with Oikawa and Muto sampling some of Itsuki-sensei's aphrodisiac chocolates, getting roaring drunk, and Oikawa waking up naked next to Muto.
- In the manga Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, Ritsu gets drunk and ends up partially-confessing and sleeping with Masamune (his current boss and former boyfriend). He does not remember any of it the following morning, despite waking up in his bed and feeling very, er, sore, afterwards. He suspects but is in complete denial, much to the great annoyance of Masamune, who has been trying to get him to admit that he likes him for months. Yes, Ritsu has a lot of blank spots in his memory... and Masamune was probably justified when he called him a bastard for not remembering.
- In the European Vacation storyline in Gen¹³, Sarah Rainmaker and a shirtless Bobby "Burnout" Lynch wake up in bed together after getting drunk and realize that they "did". Made more awkward by the fact that Rainmaker is a lesbian and Bobby is still massively crushing on her.
- The Sin City story "Just Another Saturday Night" has Marv coming to his senses with dead bodies and a wrecked cop car nearby. The rest of the story consists of him trying to piece together how he got there. As he says, "When you've got a condition, it's bad to forget your medicine."At the end of the story he has pieced together everything that led up to this current situation, but realizes that he has forgotten what he was doing before all that started and needs to start all over again.
- Iron Man: Tony Stark is one of the worst drunks in existence, real or fictional. In one particularly memorable case (mentioned in IIM v5 #26), he was once invited to a party at Hugh Hefner’s mansion. Two days later, he awoke in Monte Carlo. With three women. None of whom spoke the same language, and none of those languages were English. He had destroyed a suite at a hotel whose name, as part of the settlement, he is to this day not legally permitted to say out loud. He had sold his passport at some point—somewhere—to someone who sold it to someone else later intercepted at De Gaulle with three kilos of cocaine. Also his tuxedo shirt was covered in blood. Not his. And before Hef banned him for life from the mansion... He made an incredibly sloppy pass at Pepper Potts, and when she threw a drink at him, he yelled some stuff at her. May have insinuated he was owed certain things. And then Jim Rhodes came in and he took a swing at him. He fired them both, crashed his car into Hef’s mailbox, and stole a motorcycle. Of this, he only remembers arriving at the mansion.
- So! Remember, fans, the whole Civil War business? Was NOT the first time Tony Stark has done things he clearly thought were amazing at the time only to come to and find he'd actually laid his life(and an unknowable number of other lives) to waste. This is one drunk who needs a fucking Shock Collar. One not controlled by someone even worse than him, please.
- Yankee from the German comic Lula und Yankee apparently painted all over his girlfriend's backside. And his buddy's face. Good thing it was not a real tattoo.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 opens with Buffy waking up in a trashed room thinking:
"God... What have I done? Also, why did I do whatever it was I've done? Also, where am I?"
- Willow's there with her, and Buffy thinks they slept together. Willow does nothing to dissuade the idea. Turns out she ends up preggers. Apparently the Slayer had so much to drink and partied so much she can't remember who knocked her up. Then subverted when it turns out Andrew had built another Buffybot, had it switch brains, and sneaked the real Buffy out of town thinking she was a suburban single woman when a psychotic Slayer tried assassinating her. False positive pregnancy test was a result of not-properly adjusted robot body fluids.
- Knights of the Dinner Table: This is the end result of drinking Mojo Dave's mojo juice.
- In an issue of New Warriors, Namorita gets plastered and has sex with (she thinks) a random guy from a bar. It turns out that he's a super-villain and uses the opportunity to steal all the team's secrets, leading to the death of one of their grandmothers.
- Transmetropolitan has Spider and Yelena wake up in bed together after spending a night so wasted that they can't remember what happened (and considering how many substances Spider is on at any given time, that is saying something). Yelena insists that they absolutely didn't do it, but unfortunately for her Spider's glasses automatically take pictures in any situation where it seems like he is being "attacked", and these confirm they the two did the deed.
- Starman: The Shade's origin begins like this. Nobody knows what happened, he just stumbled out of the night into Victorian London with the knowledge he'd just seen some sort of ritual. A lion was involved. However, he also got a bad case of amnesia, got involved with a band of murderous accountants, discovered he'd gained shadow powers and it turned out the ritual had involved the death of several dozen people. It's implied the ritual involved opening a gateway into the home of an Eldritch Abomination.
- In All-New X-Men #30, X-23 wakes up at one of teen Warren's family retreats, with no memory how she ended up there. Cue flashback of a wild night partying and getting into a fight at a club as Warren reminds her what happened. All the more impressive considering Laura's healing factor gives her an incredibly high tolerance for alcohol.
- In "The Broken Ear" Tintin is framed as a revolutionary, sentenced to be Shot at Dawn and shares a bottle with the officer in charge of his Firing Squad to steady his nerves. He's rather confused when he wakes up the next day a colonel on the staff of General Alcazar, who has seized control in a coup. As an apparently loyal supporter of the revolutionaries, he's been freed and rewarded with the position of aide-de-camp to the new ruler.
- In the Stargate/X-COM crossover XSGCOM, the Commander of X-COM wakes up after his bachelor party on another planet, with no recollection of how he got there.
- In Of Love and Bunnies, this happens twice: once when the Rangers drink Aquitian water, and the other after the Ranger Kegger. Tommy really can't remember the second.
- In the pro wrestling fic Worst Nightmare, Molly Holly wakes up one morning to find out she lost her virginity to Road Dogg.
- There is a series of Harry Potter fanfics, the premise of which was started as a challenge by an author by the tag of Bloody Brandy, in which after a Vegas bender Harry wakes up next to a woman he married the previous night.
- In the Street Sharks fanfiction Street Sharks Redux, the protagonists wake up in a sewage pipe with no memories of how they got there or where their father is. After they mutate into sharks, it slowly comes back to them that their father's evil assistant kidnapped and mutated them.
- In the Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine fanfic Misfits the passed Aspirants are welcomed to the brotherhood with a beer bash. The last thing the POV character remembers is a power armor helmet full of beer before waking up on the transport.
- Used almost word for word in this Axis Powers Hetalia kink meme fill, after England drunkenly crashes an American Revolution re-enactment and America has to drag him home.
- This is the main plot in the Avengers fic, It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time. It features Clint and Tony getting into drunken shenanigans and finding out the next morning.
- In the A Certain Magical Index fic Clash of the unlikely lovers, Accelerator and Vento of the Front wake up and find that they are now married.
- This is the premise of the Death Note fic Christmas In July in which Light and L deal with the aftermath of a college frat party.
- Right down to the title, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic About Last Night... is about Twilight and Applejack waking up from a night of drinking in the same bed, wearing wedding rings and a legally binding contract.
- Rare noncomedic version in Home is Where the Heart Is. While the Alternian ship was en route to Earth, the sedatives that had been keeping everyone calm ran out, and half the highbloods on the ship promptly went into homicidal rages — several of the main characters included. When one of them wakes up in the medical ward later, he is covered in other people's blood and has no idea how it got there; this is one of the only times that particular character seems terrified and remorseful about something he did to people not connected to him.
- A Trail a Mile Wide. Taking place a short time after the end of the second Mass Effect game, the crew-members of the SSV Normandy SR2 find themselves Banned From Argo (yes, same name as the famous Filk Song) after a truly epic shore leave. The story is told from the perspective of a very hungover FemShep as Garrus gleefully recounts some of night's highlights.
- This is the plot of RWBY's Every Mistake Humanity Has Ever Made +1. Ozpin wakes up next to Cinder, a terrorist who's tried at least once to blow up the school he owns. (They later decide to invoke That Didn't Happen.)
- In the Star Wars / Harry Potter crossover Harry Tano, the bonus chapter reveals that the greatest achievements of the Founders were actually accidents or occurred when the Founders were drunk/stoned out of their minds.
- In Who's Been Lying In My Bed, Yang gets drunk after her shift and, at some point, decides to crash at her ex-girlfriend's apartment. She wakes up in a completely different building, three stories up, with a strange woman pointing a sword at her. Even after deducing the above, she still doesn't remember exactly what happened.
Woman: How did you get up here?
Yang: Fire escape, probably.
- Twice in the RWBY fic The Trio Of Festivals, since it revolves around three nights of festivals that involve getting completely wasted. The first time involves Neptune waking up in bed with Weiss and Yang, and the next night Sun wakes up in bed with Blake and Yang. Both times, Yang is the only one who actually remembers any of what happened, and she doesn't say much, except that for the first time Neptune had stamina, and the second time the whole thing was Blake's idea.
- In Hunting the Unicorn, Nick of the Warblers ends up needing three of his friends—Jeff, Thad, and Trent—to help piece his own Coming-Out Story together, since he got stoned and THEN drunk. He himself only remembers getting high to piss his mother off, going to Trent's house, and then waking up in Jeff's room with glass in his boots.
- In Celestia Takes a Vacation, Princess Celestia is summoned by Louise in her sleep. Upon waking up she wonders if she got drunk, used the magic mirror, then broke said mirror. She then notes that if such truly happened, no one could ever say she didn't know how to party.
- Ultra Fast Pony:
- In "Chickens! Run!", Sweetie Belle tries to explain to Rarity why the boutique is completely trashed:
Sweetie Belle: So, me and my band tried to patch things up the other night. Yeah, didn't go very well. [...] Also, don't go in the bathroom. Someone vomited blood in there, and it might have been me. Details are a little bit fuzzy.
- In "Pirate Shipping", Cheerilee and Big Mac wake up on a mattress, at the bottom of a deep hole, with a bridal veil on Cheerilee's head, and neither of them has any idea how they got there. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are nearby and more than happy to explain exactly what Cheerilee and Big Mac did last night.
- In "Chickens! Run!", Sweetie Belle tries to explain to Rarity why the boutique is completely trashed:
- In Can Ponies Get Drunk? The Rainbooms all go to a party and unknowingly drink spiked punch, except for Sci-Twi. The next morning all of them are hungover and can't remember anything they did. The list of embarrassing things they did while drunk includes: Fluttershy dancing with several boys, Sunset complaining no-one will ask her out and confessing to wanting a three-way with Princess Twilight and Flash, Pinkie complaining that no guy is attracted to her and the guy she really wants, Cheese Sandwich, only sees her as a rival, Rainbow throwing up rainbow vomit in the toilet, and Applejack and Rarity making out in a bedroom.
- Princess Twilight also tells them a few stories via the magical journal of one time she got drunk shortly after moving to Ponyville. She doesn't remember much, but before she was done with her first drink she was dancing around saying she would quit being Celestia's student, then woke up the next day in the barn next to a pig.
- A Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords story called "Juma" opens with Mical the Disciple waking up with his first hangover and vague memories of the previous night. Atton cheerfully admits he introduced Mical to juma, and recounts that he teamed up with a stranger auditioning dancers for the local Hutt to have Mical dance with a Zeltron woman for the amusement (and tips) of the entire cantina. Subverted because Atton was merely being a Troll. Mical actually passed out after the stuff snuck up on him.
- In the Community fanfic While We Still Have Time, Jeff has been struggling to confess his feelings for Annie for months, and then they both get completely wasted at a party he's hosting and wake up the next day naked in bed together. While they avoid talking about it, it's clear they are both pissed at the cruel irony of finally hooking up only to not even remember it. Annie decides that the only way to jog their memory is to have sex again. When that doesn't work, they try again. A lot. Luckily (for a certain definition of the word), Troy and Abed overheard enough to help piece together what happened.
Jeff: Are you guys sure that we... You know...
Troy: Well, we didn't actually see anything, if that's what you're asking. But it definitely sounded like you were getting lucky. There was a lot of grunting and moaning and bounce-y mattress sounds and Annie kept yelling your name. So unless you guys were moving your furniture around and she really liked the job you were doing, I'm pretty sure you were doing it.
- Dirty Little Secrets opens with Shinso finding out that he's Missing Time due to a classmate's Quirk. This becomes a problem when he realizes that during this period, he may have used his Mind Control ability in a way that led to Mineta disappearing...
- The Boy Behind The Mask: After drinking a particularly strong mead at Trader's Isle, Hiccup and Karla wake up the next day naked in the same bed post-coitus with two raw, noticeable tattoos on their backs.
- Played with in the Superman fic "Working Backwards" by Starlightify. Clark wakes up in bed next to Lois the morning after a party to celebrate a big scoop, with no clear memory of how he got there. He's not much worried about what they might have done, because he knows they weren't drunk, just falling-down exhausted from two weeks of non-stop journalistic intrepidity. Instead, what worries him is that he doesn't remember whether he was being Superman or Clark Kent when Lois invited him to stay the night, and therefore who she's going to expect him to be when she wakes up.
- At the end of Tangled, Flynn jokes that the party to celebrate Rapunzel being reunited with her parents "lasted an entire week, and honestly I don't remember most of it."
- Dumbo: Timothy and Dumbo drink from a barrel of rain water, unaware that a bottle of champagne had fallen inside. After the infamous Pink Elephants Disney Acid Sequence, they are woken up by the crows...
Timothy: Wake up, Dumbo! Don't look now, but I think we're up in a tree!
- Auntie Mame: After going out to "live" with her employer's male friend, Agnes is unable to remember the night before, except that they went to a movie with a wedding scene. Shortly thereafter, it's discovered that she's pregnant. Fortunately, she later finds out that it wasn't a movie; it was her wedding, and the man who got her pregnant was chivalrous enough to marry her before sleeping with her (although he believed that she was rich, and so may have had an ulterior motive).
- Dude, Where's My Car? starts out with this, and the rest of the plot is about what happened to the stoners and their aforementioned car. We never really find out what happened that night besides the following: they got incredibly drunk, won a mini-golf competition, stole some money from a lap dancer (bought a car, clothes, got tattoos and a dove), made several people angry, and got an incredibly powerful weapon from some aliens.
- Also the plot of The Hangover, and we do find out (more or less) what happened that night as the bachelors retrace their steps. The sequel(s) are basically the same thing.
- A classic Hollywood example in The Philadelphia Story, after Tracy and Mike's drunken evening ending with a late night swim (with a bit of Did They or Didn't They? thrown in).
- Memento is a full-length version of this trope, although with a different mechanism than many of the above.
- Up in the Air: Natalie has a moment of it.
- Near the end of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a night of drug binging results in Duke waking up to find his hotel room completely trashed and his friend Dr. Gonzo completely freaking out in his own drug haze.
- Happens a couple of times in City Lights, where an important plot point is that the Millionaire is a party animal (and the Tramp's best friend) while drunk, but doesn't remember anything or recognize his friend while sober. After one wild party, the camera cuts to the Tramp and the Millionaire asleep in the Millionaire's bed. After the Tramp gets up to get a glass of water, the Millionaire awakens and begins looking around in confusion... and then the Tramp calmly climbs back into bed with him.
- Played moderately well in the early Keanu Reeves vehicle The Night Before.
- Hannibal shows a good reason not to be drinking buddies with a psychopath: "Here, why don't you cut off your face?". Said drinking buddy notes: "It seemed like a good idea at the time." (The amyl nitrate and other fun chemicals also being consumed probably made this seem like a better idea.)
- In Designing Woman, Mike doesn’t remember his wild night when he won $1200: he met Mirella, they wrote his sports article together, and he paid her $700 for it.
- In Sixteen Candles, the nerd wakes up in a girl's pink convertible and has to ask her if they had sex last night or not. She's fairly sure they did, but neither can remember the specifics - except she has this funny feeling that she enjoyed it...
Nerd: Did I do that to your hair? (a big chunk is missing from the back)Girl: At this point anything is possible.
- In Father Goose Miss Freneau thinks she's been bitten by a poisonous snake (she wasn't), and Mr. Eckland gives her whiskey to ease the pain. She wakes up the next morning not remembering anything.
- In The Pink Panther (1963), Sir Charles lures Princess Dallah to his room and she gets drunk on champagne. She passes out and he puts her into his bed. She wakes up the next morning not remembering anything.
- In the film version of Valley of the Dolls, Neely O'Hara gets high on the titular dolls and wakes up in a sleazy room with a strange man looking through her purse. She's lying in bed, and it's heavily implied they slept together.
- 28 Days starts out with two characters coming home completely trashed and accidentally setting a bra on fire. When they wake up in the morning neither of them remembers why the bra is charred, or much else.
- Carry On
- Near the end of Carry On at Your Convenience, following an uncharacteristically wild party, W.C. Boggs (Kenneth Williams) wakes up in bed with his secretary (Patsy Rowlands). When he asks her, rather nervously, whether they... you know, she looks smug and says that if he doesn't remember, she's not going to tell him.
- This phrase is spoken word for word by Sgt. Bung in Carry On Screaming! the morning after his nocturnal rampage as Mr. Hyde.
- In High Society, after a night of drinking, Tracy wakes up and freaks out that she might have slept with Mike. Her fiance is understandably upset, given that they're meant to be getting married today...
- Darkly invoked in The Godfather Part II. Senator Geary is given a room at a Mafia-run brothel and plied with booze and god knows what else. When he wakes up, there's a dead prostitute in his bed and blood everywhere......and that nice Tom Hagen is there to promise Geary that Michael Corleone will make his problems vanish, and they can be friends. And if he should see fit to drop a federal investigation into the Corleone family, that'd make them even better friends.
- There's a scene of Al Neri washing his hands afterwards, which implies that Geary was drugged and Neri was responsible for carrying out the hit.
- The first Mission: Impossible movie references the Godfather scene above, as its cold opening features a crime boss in a room with a dead prostitute. Already horrified by his actions, he's even more so when his Dirty Cop associate tells him that the girl is a favorite escort of a rival crime boss. The cop demands information from him in exchange for protection. After he's whisked away, it's revealed to the audience that the cop is really Ethan Hunt in disguise and the "dead" girl is a fellow agent.
- The Quick and the Dead. The Lady wakes up on a bed in the Kid's gunshop and the Kid says he won her in a poker game. The Lady isn't fooled, saying the last thing she remembers is the Kid passing out from too much booze.
- Happens in X-Men: Days of Future Past with Mental Time Travel. When Wolverine returns to 1973, he has no idea where he is, or who the woman is that he had just had sex with (most probably, he just can't remember). When he wakes up in the Alternate Timeline, he has no clue about anything he had been doing for the last 5 decades. It makes for some nice symmetry considering Logan has had amnesia since before the first film.
- In the 1988 remake of D.O.A. the protagonist is horrified when he wakes up in a bedroom of a pretty young student (he's a teacher). She yanks his chain by telling him it was the best sex ever and not to worry, as he's not going to jail because she's of legal age; before admitting that, although drunk, he did refuse to have sex with her for entirely ethical reasons. The subject becomes more serious when he finds he was given a fatal poison some time the previous day.
- In The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944), local good time girl Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) goes out for a night of partying to entertain the troops heading overseas. She only has a vague memory of the night before where she may (or may not) have gotten married to a soldier who may (or may not) have been named "Ratzkywatzky". She is, however, pregnant and winds up marrying a local loser to cover it up.
- Used for a murder mystery in The Morning After (1986). Jane Fonda's character wakes up next to a corpse after a drunken one-night stand. Is she the murderer or the potential next victim?
- Sir George (and presumably the other blackmail victims) in The Woman in Green. He is hypnotized into forgetting the events of the night before, and then wakes up in a cheap flophouse with a dead woman's finger in his pocket, and is led to believe that he is the Jack the Ripoff murderer who is terrorizing London.
- The Chinese comedy Girls vs Gangsters (2018) has said girls waking up after a drunken party naked on a beach attached to a Handcuffed Briefcase. While trying to retrace their steps they become the target of said gangsters.
- According to The Salmon Of Doubt, a posthumous collection of some of his miscellaneous writings, this happened to Douglas Adams fairly often.
- He came up with the idea of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy after waking up in a field, looking at the stars.
- The science fiction novel Golem100 by Alfred Bester has a scene where two characters take drugs. The next ten pages or so are bizarre full-page illustrations with minimal text. Then the regular text is restored, and a policeman explains to them just what they were doing that time (each illustration represents about an hour of debauchery, such as streaking an entire city block).
- In Death and Diplomacy, Jason and Bernice are trapped together for an extended period of time, get drunk, accidentally trigger each other's childhood traumas, get really drunk... and nine hours later Benny's rather dazed POV is pointing out that usually, when one wakes up plus one drinking partner and minus chunks of one's memory, the most that happened is a little half-hearted groping before both parties passed out, before going on to mention that this time around, "half-hearted" feels somewhat less likely than "ferocious, violent, convulsive, and multiple."
- This is the main theme of Henry Kuttner's Galloway Gallegher stories, collected in Robots Have No Tails. Gallegher is explained to be a super Spark inventor, but his spark only gets sparky when he's very drunk. Thus almost every story starts with him waking and spending the rest of the story trying to figure out just how the crazy invention he made last night works.
- In Lonely Werewolf Girl this question is asked by Thrix after a night of Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows. The answer is, her sister's boyfriend.
"Most people, on waking up, accelerate through a quick panicky pre-consciousness check-up: who am I, where am I, who is he/she, good god, why am I cuddling a policeman's helmet, what happened last night?
- Rincewind experiences this in The Science of Discworld II after the wizards spend the night drinking with William Shakespeare.
- A lovely paragraph from Witches Abroad:
- In the Ellery Queen novel Ten Days Wonder, Howard Van Horn suffers blackouts. He will wake up days or weeks later with no idea where he is or what he has done in the meantime. Very definitely not Played for Laughs.
- From the 13th century Saga of the Jomsvikings: After getting utterly wasted at a banquet at King Svein's of Denmark, Sigvaldi, chief of the eponymous Viking band, makes a solemn, public vow to conquer Norway. When he wakes the next day, he remembers nothing.
- The Red Dwarf novelizations retcon Dave Lister's means of joining the Jupiter Mining Corps into this (in the show he was intentionally working to buy a farm on Fiji). For his birthday he decided to go on a pub crawl on earth with his friends, based on visiting every location on a Monopoly board. After hitting a few places and getting confused, he stepped out to buy a game board, and woke up some time later on another planet wearing women's clothing and in possession of a fake passport. In this continuity, the job serves as his way of getting back home.
- In Dorothy L. Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon, Lord Peter Wimsey observed that it is a gentleman's first duty to remember who is in bed with him.
- In Scott Lynch's story "A Year And A Day In Old Theradane", the heroine Amarelle Parathis is the former leader of a Caper Crew who lives in a city state ruled by feuding wizards. While drinking with her friends, one of the spells used by the (female) wizard Ivovnandas damages the tavern, prompting an angry and very drunk Amarelle to go to Ivovandas' manse to give her a piece of her mind. The next morning, Amarelle wakes up in a bed dressed in one of Ivovandas' silk night gowns, and Ivovandas tells her she was marvelous last night. Shortly afterward, Ivovandas clarifies that she means that Amarelle was amazing both in daring to disturb her and in terms of the vehemence of the abuse Amarelle flung at her. She then gives Amarelle An Offer You Can't Refuse to steal something for her or else face a messy, painful death for those insults.
- This is how the unnamed narrator of Hear the Wind Sing meets the nine-fingered girl. He found her passed out at the bar, took her home, and spent the night making sure she was okay.
- In the Masters of Rome novel Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra tells Mark Antony (who had been ill and drunk) that he had made a holy vow to conquer the Romans for Cleopatra, invoking the name of three gods an Egyptian such as Cleopatra would not likely know of. Even Antony (who is deeply in love with Cleopatra) is a little suspicious of this. Played for Drama: while never outright revealed, it seems likely that Antony said nothing of the sort, and Cleopatra had learned of these vows and lied to Antony about it. Cleopatra had manipulated Antony this way on other occasions, such as watering his wine with bitter water so that Antony would drink the wine "straight" and get drunk.
- The fourth volume of The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign has main character Kyousuke wake up in this fashion... to discover the White Queen next to him. His immediate reaction is to grab anything in reach and attempt to kill the Queen. She knocks him out, then mentions that this is the forty-fifth time this has happened. Eventually, Kyousuke manages to wake up without immediately resorting to violence, and then has to figure out exactly what happened for him to be in bed with his archenemy.
- In the Magic Ex Libris novels, the main character once used his Libromancer powers to acquire a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. He's not sure what happened after that. All he knows is that two days later he found himself in Ontario dressed in a 19th-century Mountie uniform, with no knowledge of how he got there, where he got the outfit from, or why he was wearing it.
- Eril, the titular knight of the Crouching Knight, Hidden Dragon begins his life-changing adventure waking up with a splitting headache and discovering he has signed a dragon-slaying contract last night.
- In Renegadepress.com's "Getting It Right", after a wild party on the weekend, Zoey comes back to school on Monday not really sure of what she did or what happened throughout the night.
- Blossom twice featured this involving eldest brother Tony Russo, a recovering drug addict who has often had gaps in his memory, due to blacking out while doing stupid things when high. Most of these instances are only referred to; for instance, he once forgot that he went to college and realized it while he was wearing the sweatshirt.
- The "what did I do" plot was central to the Season 4 episode "Big Doings," where Tony goes to Las Vegas, and after a night of drinking and gambling, marries a complete stranger named Shelly. In the real world, they could have the wedding annulled, and in fact it is briefly discussed later in the episode. However, as they get to know each other, Tony and Shelly realize they have real attraction for each other... and remain married as of the series finale a year later; they even have a son, Nash Metropolitan, about a year later.
- Played serious in the "Hangover" episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, where a binge-drinking executive (Tony Randall) eventually finds out he killed his wife.
- The last season of Cheers had an episode where the entire gang got drunk on the lethal drinks Carla made.
- When Norm woke up the next day, he said his wife made him breakfast in bed and called him "Mr. Two Times". He prefers not to think about it.
- Carla remembers having sex with one of the guys, but doesn't remember which one. She later finds out it was Paul.
- Cliff and Norm try to reconstruct the events of the previous night by emptying their pockets and looking over the receipts. Most notable among them was one from a tattoo parlor.
- Degrassi: The Next Generation:
- The seventh season opener does this to set up a particularly convoluted Twist Ending, where the two drunk people waking up in bed together didn't have sex...but a ton of much, much creepier stuff did happen.
- In the season twelve opener, Drew wakes up hungover in his basement after a Wild Teen Party, with "Nice Bum" written on his backside. He then finds out that he had sex with his ex-girlfriend Katie.
- In season 13, Zoe wakes up naked in Miles' poolhouse after a Wild Teen Party. Pictures of her are all over social media, but she has no clue what happened. It's revealed that she was raped by members of the basketball team.
- In season 16, Miles wakes up outside school with no pants, no wallet, a hangover and no clue of what had happened the night before. He and his new friend Esme went on a full night drug and alcohol binge.
- Apparently this happens to the alcoholic Fun Bobby all the time. As Phoebe puts it when describing a typical Fun Bobby story, "So I wake up, and I'm in this dumpster in Connecticut..."
- The definitive one on that show has to be when Ross and Rachel accidentally get married in Las Vegas, however. Full story: after Ross doodles on Rachel's face on the plane in apparently indelible ink, he atones by "bringing Vegas to [them]" and playing cards with her in the room and drinking everything in the minibar. Ross then suggests it would be funny to eat a lot of grapes, and Rachel compromises by suggesting they get married and then eat a lot of grapes. The next morning, neither of them remember a thing and have to be reminded by their friends.
Ross: They would not let us get married when we were that drunk!
Joey: They let you get married when you're drunk! Most people who get married in Vegas are drunk!
- Also happens to Ross when he sleeps with Chloe, the copy girl, after deciding to "take a break" in his relationship with Rachel.
- Chandler does one of these a few times: once when he sleeps with his annoying ex-girlfriend Janice on Valentine's Day after being accidentally set up, and another time when he makes out with one of Joey's many sisters at a party. He doesn't know which one.
- Gilmore Girls:
- Lorelai's drunken rant at Lane's wedding.
- Also, Luke and Lorelai go out for an evening and drink too much, and the next morning Lorelai is disturbed to realize that they didn't use protection when they had sex, leading to a But I Can't Be Pregnant! subplot. She's not.
- Brandy in the Noah's Arc movie wakes up after a drug-fueled night in a total state of confusion.
- The whole premise of the Psych episode "Last Night Gus", which begins with Shawn on the floor wearing sandals that aren't his, Gus also in an awkward position, Lassie with a black eye on the couch with Woody the Coroner, Lassie's gun having fired three bullets, and Gus's car is trashed. And everybody seems to be pissed off with them and a murder victim got killed by three shots.
- In the episode "Hunting", Cameron does not forget, per se, but she does regret it.
- Played rather cruelly in the fifth season finale: House wakes up after spending the night with Cuddy and finds little clues of their liaison all around the house, like her lipstick... except she didn't spend the night at all, he hallucinated everything. The moment when he realizes that it was all in his head is terrifying and sad.
- Also played very seriously in "House's Head"/"Wilson's Heart", the medical mystery of which revolves around House desperately trying to remember the events which led up to him waking up in a strip club mid-lap dance, bleeding from his scalp.
- In "The Choice", House wakes up in an underage neighbor boy's bed after a night of binge drinking. While still creepy, it's not nearly as bad as it sounds—it was meant to show House was having problems with his sobriety.
- How I Met Your Mother:
- In one episode, Ted woke up one night to find he'd hooked up with a woman, sprained his ankle, gotten his coat burned, had a phone number he didn't know written on his arm, and for some reason had a pineapple on his night stand. Almost everything was explained through a series of flashbacks, except the pineapple, which remained a Riddle for the Ages.
- A later episode also uses this trope, only this time Ted wakes up with a butterfly tattoo just above his butt (referred to by everyone as a "tramp stamp").
- Robin, getting ready to become naturalized as an American, decides to make a stop at her favorite bar, a pub for Canadian expatriates called "The Hoser Hut." Barney finds her the next day hungover and confused in a Toronto hotel.
- Red Dwarf:
- It's how Lister ended up leaving Earth, according to the novel.
- In the second-season episode "Thanks for the Memory", Lister wakes up after a drunken party with one foot in a cast and no idea how it happened. (It turns out that alcohol was not in fact the cause of his amnesia. This time.) It was so embarrassing they voluntarily wiped their own memories
- In the third-season episode "The Last Day", following another drunken party:
Lister: We're on a mining ship, 3 million years into deep space. Can someone explain to me where the smeg I got this traffic cone?!
Cat: Hey, it's not a good night unless you get a traffic cone. It's the policewoman's helmet and the suspenders I don't understand!
- The climax of of the episode "Parallel Universe". Lister and a female version of himself try to determine how they ended up in bed together:
Lister: I remember bettin' ya I could climb the disco wall using only me lips...
- Three's Company:
- An episode has Jack waking up after a wild party, finding Mr. Roper sharing his bed. While Jack's pretty sure this is Not What It Looks Like, Roper freaks out and invokes the trope.
- In another episode Jack gets drunk with his old navy buddies and they give him a tattoo. He goes to the hospital for an operation to remove it while Janet tries to convince him not to go because she thinks the operation is a vasectomy.
- Even worse: in that same episode, Mr. Furly thinks Jack is going into the hospital to have a sex change.
- The NSFW Britcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps resolves the question very quickly when two of the main characters wake up in bed together with hangover amnesia:
GAZ: Stay calm, stay calm, I am sure we did not do anything, let's examine the evidence.JANET: Lambrini, candles, your cock is still in me.
- A non-humorous example: The first episode of Veronica Mars has Veronica waking up from a party in bed without her underwear after being roofied at a party. It takes until the end of the season (and more than a year of in-show chronology) until she figures out exactly what happened that night.
Veronica: You wanna know how I lost my virginity? So do I.
- A Will & Grace two-parter had Will and Jack get badly drunk on Karen's yacht and wake up in bed together. Naked. They are both horrified. Nothing happened, though.
- In The Young Ones episode "Time" Rick wakes up and finds a girl (Jennifer Saunders) in his bed. Being a randy little devil, he naturally assumes they had sex. Hilarity Ensues, until she tells everyone she just needed a place to crash and got into Rick's bed after he fell asleep.
- A variation is done in the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds"; after Saffron shows up on the ship and explains her "marriage" to Mal, he initially laughs it off and insists that there's no way he'd get married until Shepherd Book agrees with Saffron and says that Mal is in fact married to her. A slightly panicked Mal asks Jayne just how drunk Mal was at the big celebration the night before, on the theory that obviously he's missing something... turns out Jayne doesn't know, he passed out.
- In "Jaynestown", Simon and Kaylee get drunk in a bar and are woken up the following morning by Mal, who finds them in a compromising position. Later, Kaylee is talking about when they made love, causing Simon to burst out with a panicked "When we did what...?!". It turns out Kaylee was teasing him — nothing happened between them that night.
- In a MADtv skit, a man wakes up with a hangover to learn that he had been elected US president while drunk. His presidency was highly successful and popular (he's in the middle of his second term when he wakes up), he annexed three new states to the US (Cuba, Saskatchewan and Germany) and even managed get the cure for cancer discovered (by gathering the CEOs of the world's biggest companies and "infecting them with cancer").
- He's also married to Winona Ryder.
- Exact words used in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 sporking of the short "The Chicken of Tomorrow"... to describe the stumblings of a newly-hatched chick. Made even funnier in the short "Keeping Clean and Neat," where a ten-year-old boy struggles to drag himself out of bed.
- One episode of Black Books does this. Bernard is trying to figure out why some friends of his are so angry with him. Unlike some other examples, the only clue he's got is that he's incredibly hungover (nothing new for him). Turns out he had taken a dump in their wicker clothes basket. Then suggested that their six-year-old son was doing drugs, and claimed that he had the cold, dead eyes... of a killer. He falls and breaks his arm when leaving in a huff because they refused to apologize for blanking him. Their son's face is locked in a mask of horror, which Bernard brushes off as "He's a kid. Everything's new to them."
- In Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Neville wakes up after a night on the town in Dusseldorf with a strange woman's name tatooed his arm. He spends the rest of the first series worrying about how he is going to explain this to his wife when he returns home.
- 30 Rock:
- Liz Lemon, having gone to the dentist for some surgery, naturally undergoes anesthesia that evidently affects her... strongly (as in, put a waffle in her DVD player and thought that it was the best movie ever). When she goes back to work, she finds an entry marked "Future Husband" in her contact list. This kicks off a sort of mini-arc.
- She also takes her recovering alcoholic former boyfriend out to dinner before his wedding. He orders salmon, and seems to be getting rather tipsy somehow. Seems the sauce contains whiskey, the alcohol of which would normally burn away while cooking. However, he unknowingly ordered the sauce on the side, and gets drunk. The next morning he complains of lower back pain, and doesn't notice that he somehow ended up with a tribal tattoo.
- My Name Is Earl features this, when Earl wakes up one morning with a hangover and a married woman married to him who is six months pregnant.
- On the Panel Show Would I Lie to You?, panelists will often attempt to justify unusual claims by saying that they were very drunk at the time.
- Mad Men:
- After several rejections, Roger Sterling ends up hiring Don Draper after the two share plenty of drinks one night. When Don shows up the next day, Roger doesn't remember anything of it.
- Don has a very extreme case of this when he wins a Clio Award; the blackout lasts from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, during which Don makes a pitch to Quaker Oats for Life cereal that succeeds in the worst possible way, hooks up with an adwoman who had been actively seeking him out since the ceremony, then hooks up with an entirely different woman (apparently the waitress from a nearby diner), who calls him Dick when he wakes up in the morning. Oh, and the reason that the pitch succeeds in the worst possible way? He has to hire an incompetent relative of Jane Sterling's as a copywriter. Peggy was pissed.
- Two and a Half Men: Charlie. A lot. But one example in particular had him wake up the next morning finding out he tried to mail his pants back to the manufacturer because he snagged himself zipping up.
- They had a blatant rip-off of The Hangover after Clark and Lois co-joined Bachelor/Bachelorette party in season ten. It involved charmed champagne from a magic-wielding ally, a complete black-out after the first sip, a stolen money transport in the barn, the resident Straight Man turned Elvis Impressionist, a wedding-dressed Chloe in Clark's closet and one half of a signed marriage licence.
- A subversion in "Freak": when Chloe asks Daniel what happened last night, he somewhat apologetically asks if they had sex because he was really drunk and didn't remember anything. Turns out he has his memory at Lex's secret lab wiped and the same happens to Chloe later. Although considering the pain and humiliation she went through in Lex's hands, it's probably for the best.
- Happens occasionally on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit when a victim is dosed with Rohypnol or similar. Played straight in the episode "Hammered," in which a man genuinely doesn't remember raping and murdering a woman while drunk.
- Erin in the first episode of Crownies when she wakes up at home after the office Christmas party, still dressed but missing one stocking, and having no memory of how she got there. She later discovers her bra hanging on the conference room doorknob.
- An entire plot thread of the Warehouse 13: episode "Love Sick" involves Pete and Myka waking up in bed together and trying to figure out what they did the previous night. It eventually comes out that they deliberately engineered the situation so that they would be able to retrace their footsteps and rescue Jinks.
- In Being Human, a vampire's dependency on blood is treated like an alcohol addiction. As a result, there are a few scenes of when Mitchell drank the blood of lots of women in the seventies and woke up, completely disoriented, covered in blood, and surrounded by broken furniture and dead bodies.
- A much less humorous variation occurs in an episode of CSI, which focuses on a teenage boy who died during a drug trip. His friend desperately wants to remember what happened that night to catch his killer. The friend experienced extreme sensitivity to sounds during his trip and strangled the victim to quiet him.
- A similar case on CSI NY involving booze spiked with LSD finally resulted in the newly 21-year-old suspect being tasered by a cop after running through the streets with a bloody axe. Turned out the kid was completely innocent, and the killer of his two friends and two girls they picked up was after the girls for looting from his drug supply.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Sheldon Cooper, the man who didn't even want to drink coffee because it is technically a drug, has one of these. Penny offers him alcohol to ease his nerves about giving a speech. As it happens, he's very nervous. The next morning, he rewords the title of the trope in his own Sheldon-esque way.
Sheldon: Penny, Leonard. Would you be able to answer some questions I'm having about the events of last night?
Sheldon: Question one: Where are my pants?
Leonard: You might want to check YouTube.
- It also happens to the other guys. Raj wakes up in the morning next to the blonde who took him home drunk the previous night. She is middle-aged and possibly eighty pounds overweight. After one drunken night he wakes up in bed with Penny.
Penny: Raj. THIS. NEVER. HAPPENED. Okay?
[Raj nods quickly]
Penny: Really? You still can't talk to me?
- Apparently Howard and Raj once got drunk at ComicCon and ended up in an intimate threesome with a three hundred pound Sailor Moon cosplayer.
- Sheldon Cooper, the man who didn't even want to drink coffee because it is technically a drug, has one of these. Penny offers him alcohol to ease his nerves about giving a speech. As it happens, he's very nervous. The next morning, he rewords the title of the trope in his own Sheldon-esque way.
- This clip from the Criminal Minds episode "Snake Eyes". Garcia wakes up one morning after having way too much wine and the only thing she remembers is having a huge fight with her boyfriend Kevin.note So she was freaked out when she saw Morgan stepping out of her shower, in only a towel. Nothing happened between them. She invited Morgan over, they watched a movie, he slept on the couch. It would be out-of-character for Morgan to take advantage of her like that.
- Invoked in Burn Notice, when a con-man is drugged in the course of a drinking session with Sam, and set up to think he's spent a ridiculous amount of money, the idea being that he'll reveal where he keeps his accounts. When this plan doesn't work, they do it again to make him think he's murdered a mark.
- A similar trick is done in an episode of Leverage with Parker playing the role of the dead girl.
- In the Ever Decreasing Circles episode "One Night Stand", the prudish Martin Bryce is targeted by a prank-loving colleague who gets him drunk and arranges for a local girl to be in his room when he wakes up the following morning. The horrified Martin assumes he has cheated on his wife, Ann, even though he cannot remember a single detail of his "indiscretion".
- The M*A*S*H episode "Mr. And Mrs. Who?" has Charles returning from R-and-R in Tokyo with the mother of all hangovers and is trying to sleep it off when Klinger tells him that "Mrs. Charles Winchester" is waiting for him on the compound. It turns out in drunken revelry, Charles wanted to marry the lady he met, and she agreed if only to quiet him down. The "wedding" was performed, as it turns out, by a bartender. At the conclusion, a ceremony to dissolve this ersatz wedding was held in the mess tent, with B.J. presiding with a Sad Sack comic book instead of a Bible.
- Modern Family: In "Heart Broken", Mitchell has too many cocktails at a 'Lonely Hearts' party he and Cam threw for their single friends. He wakes up the next morning to find that he has dyed the cat pink, stolen the neighbour's Christmas decorations and invited Dylan to live with them. It actually turns out Cam did that last one.
- Carnivàle: Happens in the episode "Babylon", where Ben gets drunk, staggers out of the saloon and wakes up deep in Bayblon's silver mine. which had collapsed thirteen years before.
- General Hospital. The newly rebellious Karen (reacting badly to memories of being molested by her mother's boyfriend) dresses like a tramp then goes to an underground rave. Her drink is spiked with Ecstasy. The next episode begins with her waking up in a strange man's apartment, but he (truthfully) assures her that nothing happened, that he in fact rescued her from the guys who drugged her before they could do anything and merely brought her home to sleep it off.
- ER: Abby falls off the wagon and goes out drinking with her co-workers. The next thing she remembers is waking up in her boss's apartment, wearing nothing but her underwear, while he's shirtless. She freaks and runs out. Although she's clearly hoping that he merely took her home to sleep off her alcoholic binge, flashbacks reveal that they did in fact sleep together.
- Surgical Spirit: Sheila and Jonathan get engaged and throw a huge party. Everyone gets blitzed and the next episode has everyone recovering from the chaos. As it turned out, Jonathan ended up sleeping on the couch of a coworker. Sheila ended up sleeping with a male friend of hers. She and Jonathan break up very quickly once she admits it.
- Farscape. In "Scratch 'N Sniff" Cricthon and D'Argo wake up after a night partying with a pair of hot alien babes on a Pleasure Planet to find the girls spiked their drinks, robbed them, and left them in a shop window being gawped at by amused onlookers. Crichton then realises he's wearing black lacy stockings, Screams Like a Little Girl and runs off.
- In the Royal Pains episode "The Hankover", Hank, Evan, Divya, and Jill all get drunk (Evan and Hank were throwing a bachelor part, while Jill and Divya had gone clubbing), resulting in Divya and Jill waking up in the back of a taxi, and Evan believing that he's accidentally killed Divya's fiancée.
- The Sam & Cat episode "#MotorcycleMystery" has Cat drinking too much special tea and everyone finding her passed out on the couch with her handcuffed to a small angry foreign man, her hair dyed blue, and Sam's motorcycle missing. Since Cat can't remember anything that happened, the episode focuses on trying to find out what Cat did in order to find Sam's motorcycle.
- The short-lived series Missing Persons used the fake-dead hooker trick too. A girl is missing and her rich-kid boyfriend is suspected of murdering her. A cop poses as a pimp and sells him a hooker for the night, only to wake him up the next day screaming in his face that he's killed her with rough sex. Faced with the Disposing of a Body problem and a Scary Black Man roughing him up, the kid blurts out a good place to dump her corpse. The cop goes there and sure enough finds the dead girlfriend, which he reports to the police in an 'anonymous' tip.
- On QI, Alan told a story about seeing some pictures from a party he'd been at that showed people playing with sparklers, and he thought he must have been in the bathroom or something since he didn't remember sparklers being there. The next few pictures showed him lighting them and handing them around.
- The opening few episodes of Castle Season 7 are a doozy of an example. On the way to his wedding, Castle get run off the road by a black SUV. He gets dragged from his burning car, then a few hours later he pays for the car to be crushed. He then disappears entirely, only to resurface two months later in a small dinghy (with gunshot holes in it) off the coast of Delaware. During those missing months he contracted dengue fever (which is only found in the tropics), got shot and recovered, and spent some time in Montreal for God alone knows what reason. Then he asked for his memories to be erased, and gave the people who did it a Trust Password so that they could prove he asked to lose all the memories. What the hell was he up to during those months?
- New Tricks: Happens to Gerry's son-in-law-to-be after his stag night in "The Queen's Speech". He wakes up on his couch looking considerably worse for wear and clutching a traffic cone covered in tinsel. This is entirely Gerry's fault as his friends had planned a fairly sedate evening, and Gerry decided he deserved a proper stag night.
- Not Going Out: Lee and Frank's reactions when they wake up in a police cell after a night of misadventures on Lee's stag night. A police officer comes in speaking Spanish - then reveals it's only a prank.
- Relic Hunter: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel makes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an Adorkabale attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.
- Lucifer. Chloe gets drunk after being dumped by her boyfriend, goes to Lucifer and throws herself at him despite being the one woman immune to his charms. To Lucifer's immense surprise, he proves to be Above the Influence and just hugs her until she passes out. This doesn't stop him trolling her the next day when she wakes up naked in his bed and draws the obvious conclusion.
Chloe: Please tell me, we didn't...
Lucifer: Oh, did we ever. And I'm pretty sure we made Rosemary's Baby. Oh detective it was extraordinary; the heat, the gymnastics! I mean, you had moves that made even the Devil blush!
- Played for Laughs in Doctor Who with Jack Harkness remarking on a particularly crazy Noodle Incident, even by Jack standards.
Jack: The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered four hyper-vodkas for my breakfast. All a bit of a blur after that. Woke up in bed with both my executioners. Lovely couple. They stayed in touch! Can't say that about most executioners.
- Stranger Things: Nancy is getting frustrated about not being allowed to tell Barb's parents about what happened to her, and belittles Steve and implies that she doesn't love him. Steve, heartbroken, leaves Nancy alone, and Jonathan steps in to take Nancy home and tuck her into bed. The next day, when Nancy approaches Steve at school during his gym class, he tries to question her recollection of what she said:
Nancy: Where were you this morning? I missed first period!Steve: I was assuming Jonathan would take you.Nancy: What are you talking about?Steve: Jesus, you can't really handle your alcohol. Uh, you remember going to Tina's party last night, right?Nancy: Yes.Steve: And then what?Nancy: I remember dancing, and...spilling some punch, you got mad at me because I was drunk, and then you took me home.Steve: Nah. You see, that's where your mind gets a little bit fuzzy. That was your other boyfriend. That was—that was Jonathan.Nancy: I don't understand.Steve: Pretty simple, Nancy: you're just telling it like it is.Nancy: What?Steve: Uh...apparently, "we killed Barb, and I don't care 'cause I'm bullshit, and our whole—our whole relationship is bullshit, and"—I'm pretty sure everything's just "bullshit, bullshit, bullshit." Oh, yeah! Also, you don't love me.Nancy: I was drunk, Steve! I don't remember any of that!Steve: So that makes everything that you said—what, it's just bullshit, too?!Nancy: Yes!Steve: Then tell me!Nancy: Tell you what?Steve: You love me!Nancy: [looking at Steve like he's grown a second nose] Really?
- The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Stopover In A Quiet Town", a married couple tries to drive home after having a few too many drinks, and wind up waking up in a deserted town. It's revealed that they were abducted by a race of giant Human Aliens and are now trapped in a giant dollhouse town as Human Pets.
- A guy wakes up at home with a terrible hangover. All he remembers from the night before is the address where the party was and using a large brass toilet with buttons on it. In an attempt to remember what he did the previous night, he goes to the house and knocks on the door. A woman answers. "Excuse me, but was there a big party here last night?" "Boy, was there ever!" the woman says. The guy asks "Do... you have a big brass toilet with buttons on it?" The woman leans back into the house and yells "Harry! The guy who shat in your tuba is here!"
- A man wakes up in his bed remembering nothing of the party he went to the night before. He sits up in bed with a splitting headache and notices his robe and slippers are sitting out for him, and there two aspirin on his bedside table with a glass of water. Puzzled, he takes the aspirin and goes downstairs. He finds a pot of coffee brewing and his wife making a huge breakfast for him. "What happened?" He asks. His wife says "You came home completely drunk last night, puked on the neighbors lawn and then passed out on our yard, wetting yourself." "Well..." he says "So the nice treatment?" His wife says "Well, when I was grumbling and trying to get you out of your clothes last night, you came to long enough to say 'Get off me, woman! I'm a married man!'"
- A guy wins $5000 on an instant lottery ticket. He collects his money, then stops at a bar for a celebratory drink. That's the last thing he remembers before waking up in a nearby alley the next day, his money all gone. He goes back to the bar and asks the bartender if he knows what happened to his money. "You spend the whole lot here", said the bartender. "You got wasted and bought drinks for everyone, danced around, passed out a couple of times...everybody had a great time". "That's a relief!" says the guy. "I was afraid I'd squandered it!"
- Abraham Lincoln yelling at his secretary after a 3-day drinking binge: "Who do you say I set free!?"
- Amanda Marshall's "Sunday Morning After":
Oh my God, I woke up with a snake tattoo...
Oh my God, and I think that my tongue's pierced too,
It's the Sunday morning after,
And baby, who the hell are you?
- Britney Spears' "Blur".
- Sublime's "What Happened"
What I am doing here?
Who is this girl in my bed?
What is this shit on my face?
My god what is that awful smell?
- Katy Perry's "Waking Up In Vegas"
There's a stranger in my bed,
- "Last Friday Night":
There's a pounding my head
Glitter all over the room
Pink flamingos in the pool
I smell like a minibar
DJ's passed out in the yard
Barbie's on the barbeque
This a hickey or a bruise?
- Luke Bryan's All My Friends Say
...so I started calling around
And all my friends say I started shooting doubles when you walked in
All my friends say I went a little crazy seeing you with him
You know I don't remember a thing
But they say I sure was raising some cain
I was a rock star, party hard, getting-over-you comeback kid
Hey I must have did
What all my friends say
- Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" —
...I don't know the reason
I stayed here all season,
Nothin' to show but this brand new tattoo,
But it's a real beauty
A Mexican cutie
And how it got here, I haven't a clue.
- Buffett uses this trope again in is song: Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling.
- And again in his version of Lord Buckley's God's Own Drunk.
- Seems to be a favorite of his, as he employs the trope yet again in Semi-True Story.
- Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night"
The constant breeze and flashes, why, I don't really have a clue
No one to tell us who was touching me or exactly what I should do
My throat was dry, my hopes were high, but nothing really ever got said
Who was in my room last night? Who the hell was in my bed?
- Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy"
...Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk
I didn't mean to call you that
I can't remember what was said or what you threw at me
Please tell me
Please tell me why
The car is in the front yard
And I'm sleeping with my clothes on
Came in through the window last night
And you're gone, gone
- "Blackout" by Scorpions:
I realize I missed a day
But I'm too wrecked to care anyway
I look around and see this face
What the hell, have I lost my taste?
Don't want to find out
Just want to cut out
- "What I Did Last Night" by Catherine Britt:
Mama says I gotta start acting like a lady
Daddys just worries about his baby
How am I supposed to straighten up and fly right
When I don’t even remember what I did last night
- "Veins" by Blue Öyster Cult
I open my eyes
From a dreamless night
With a sense of dread
You could cut with a knife
So I'm thinking that
Maybe I killed somebody
You never know - you
never know when
You might have killed somebody
- "Dagen Derpå" by Jim & Stian, is Norwegian for "The Day After". When translated into English the lyrics are:
Have you ever woke up with a girl, you don't know who is?
Was she fat, and pale as the snow, and was she laying there naked?
You stand up with messy hair, and think to yourself
What the hell did I do last night?
The day after, you don't remember what happened
You only have distant memories from a bottle of bad homemade liquor
It sucks to wake up the day after
To smell the scent of a woman
That does not want to leave.
- Panic! at the Disco's "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time"
Who are these people?
I just woke up in my underwear
No liquor left on the shelf
I should probably introduce myself
You shoulda' seen what I wore
I had a cane and a party hat
I was the king of this hologram
Where there's no such thing as getting out of hand
Memories tend to just pop up
Drunk pre-meds and some rubber gloves
Five-thousand people with designer drugs
Don't think I'll ever get enough
- Faith No More - The Morning After. Although as it's Mike Patton, it's not exactly straightforward.
- Last Name, by Carrie Underwood.
And I don't even know his last name
Oh, my mama would be so ashamed
It started off "Hey cutie, where ya from?"
And then it turned into, "Oh no, what have I done?"
And I don't even know his last name
- After the singer reveals that she's waking up in Las Vegas with a ring on her left hand that wasn't there before, the chorus changes to "And I don't even know my last name."
- Sting/The Police's "Shadows in the Rain"
Woke up in my clothes again this morning
Don't know exactly where I am
I should heed my doctor's warning
He does the best with me he can
- Smile by Avril Lavigne.
"Last night I blacked out I think
What did you- what did you put in my drink?
I remember making out but then - ooh ooh
I woke up with a new tattoo.
Your name was on me and my name was on you.
- "Will I Make it Through the 80s?" by Julie Brown
Time to get up, but I can't move
What did I do last night?
Am I home, are these my clothes
I hope my car's alright
At least it's Sunday — no, it's Monday
I better call in dead
Well, I might get by, but I'm so burnt
I can't get out of bed
- "Last Night" by Good Charlotte.
- Billy Joel's song and video "Big Shot".
- "Musta Had A Good Time" by Parmalee.
Now I'm pickin' up beer cans, what a mess, oh man, who's that passed out in the yard?
All that's left in the fire pit is one of my lawn chairs and a piece of siding on my barn.
Somebody doin' donuts must've hit the mailbox, 'cause it's layin' out there in the road.
There's a flood in the bathroom, a hog in the kitchen, a dude on the couch with a bloody nose.
I guess we used the tabletop for a game of beer pong, and the back porch for a dance floor.
Somebody took the shower rod, turned it to a stripper pole; man, there's a hole bust through my door!
I dunno what the hell went on 'round here last night, but we musta had a good time!
- The opening to the 6-minute clip for LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" implies a hangover (from all that party rockin', no less) that lasted 28 days.
- "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", written by Randy Newman and popularized by Three Dog Night.
- Sailor's hit One Drink Too Many:
Well, the table is set,the candles are lit,And there's the knock on the door.Boy! She's looking pretty,all dressed up,Now who could have wished for more.Yes,we wined and dined and all was fine,Knowing that she was game;But then I went and really spoiled it all,By filling up my glass again....(For) one drink too many took the smile right off of her face;One lousy drink too many took the girl right out of my place;Well, I tried to talk her out of going home,But instead I fell flat on the floor;And all I remember is a great big bang,I guess she must have slammed the door....
- "Johanna's Chopper," on Gilby Clarke's solo debut Pawnshop Guitars, includes the line "and I can't remember last night."
- Bo Burnham has a song named after the trope, consisting of the one line "I cried myself to sleep!"
- The Star Trek Filk Song Banned from Argo lists what exactly happened last night (Actually a four-day shoreleave on the planet). Highlights include the first officer getting so bombed on "something green" he reprogrammed the bridge computer to swear, the communications officer hacking the planet's comm net to omit the clothes of anyone using a video phone, and scaring a group of Klingons into running away like little girls.
- Annett Louisan's "Das alles wär nie passiert": How did I get home? Why am I pierced? And who the Hell are you?
- "Jose Cuervo" by Shelly West.
- Arctic Monkeys visit this trope often. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not has "From the Ritz to the Rubble", and AM has "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"
- In "Party Crowd" by David Lee Murphy, the narrator goes out to drown his sorrows after a breakup and admits that he'll probably wake up tomorrow wondering where the heck his truck is.
- "Wanted Man" by Johnny Cash:
Then I went to sleep in ShreveportWoke up in AbileneWonderin' why the hell I'm wantedAt some town halfway between
- Red Vox has "Reno", which begins with the speaker waking up in the desert near Reno, Nevada extremely hungover.
- Pathfinder has Cayden Cailean, a Boisterous Bruiser who was drunk off his ass when somebody bet him that he could survive the Cathedral of the Starstone. Three days later, when he sobered up, he was the god of Freedom, Bravery, and Alcoholic Beverages, with no memory of the intervening period.
- Shadowrun has a magical drug designed to do this, Laes. It's actually illegal to have because it's so powerful. Want to kidnap someone, torture them for information, heal them up, and then make them forget everything in the last 12 hours? Done.
- In Can-Can, the first act ends with protagonist Aristide being dramatically rejected by the woman he loves and his career being derailed by a manufactured scandal. The second act begins with him waking up in an unfamiliar bedroom wearing unfamiliar nightclothes, with a hangover and no memory of the intervening period. The artists whose bedroom it is explain that they rescued him after he got blind drunk and picked a fight with an entire nightclub full of people who already had a grudge against him.
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings:
- The "Hungover" sidequest revolves around trying to work out what Geralt did last night... And how to get rid of a tattoo.
- Getting rid of the tatoo is an optional quest, which is available during Act 1 and most of Act 2, but if you don't figure out how to finish it by the middle of Act 2, the person who offered to remove it for you goes away and you'll have to spend the rest of the game with a drawing of a naked lady on a horse on your neck.
- This is basically the plot of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Conker wakes up after a night of drinking, has no idea where he is, and has to get home. Somehow.
- An apparently rare bug can cause this for the player in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn by skipping over the "last night" romance dialogue and right into the "morning after" one.
- GTA Radio used this as an ad for "Bounce FM".
- If the player loses the drinking contest with Gemli in part 2 of A Dance with Rogues or drinks too much before going upstairs with Pia in the first part, she will have no memory of her experiences.
- In Chrono Trigger, Lucca gets drunk on "soup" and then...
"Liar! I was a perfect lady last night! But why does my tummy hurt so?"
- One quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim starts innocently enough with a drinking contest with a random gentleman in a random bar...you then blackout and wake up on the other side of Skyrim in Markarth, being yelled at by a priestess of Dibella for trashing the local temple. What follows is a string of goat selling, monster proposing, and other debauchery you can't remember. It can potentially be worse if the girl who you borrowed the wedding ring from was your wife. Turns out your drinking buddy was none other than Sanguine, Daedric Prince of Debauchery and Hedonism, out looking for a good time. And on top of that, Sanguine had so much fun with you that in memory of the hilarity, he gives you an artifact staff that summons Dremora Lords on command.
- Content Dummied Out from Fallout: New Vegas when the game still had Romance Sidequests involved a male (or lesbian) Courier and Rose of Sharon Cassidy going out drinking in New Vegas and waking up next morning to discover you'd gotten married while drunk. Naturally, The King oversaw it.
- In World of Warcraft, one of the Grummle Stop Poking Me! lines riffs on this.
"I once smelled a luckydo so powerful, I woke up with a hangover."
- In Mass Effect 2 it's possible to go to a bar and order drinks. When you get to the Krogan Liquor, Shepard blacks out and wakes up in a bathroom.
Traynor: So, last night. I didn't... do anything, did I? I've been checking the extranet. No hits yet, so maybe I just imagined that last part. I'm almost sure someone was recording us though.... It's not my fault, I was overserved!
- There's also a very hungover Samantha Traynor after the party in the Citadel DLC:
Tali: I... am going... to die. I didn't know you could go through that many toxin filters in one night.... Do I have a tattoo? I remember something about a tattoo....
- And, of course, Tali.
Grunt: I don't remember much after I ate the lamp.
- Grunt as well.
- Dragon Age: Origins has several for if you ask the propieter of The Pearl (a whorehouse) to surprise you:
- You can wake up with two nugs who are desperately trying to look busy.
- You can find yourself talking to a cross-dressing dwarf (referenced in Dragon Age II).
- You can wakes up staring at the floor and wobbling a bit. By the bed is a two handed maul labeled "Magic Wand" which, whn you click on it produces the message, "You're not sure if you want to remember what happened last night."
- And, perhaps the strangest, you can wake up in a room filled with flower pots, scarecrows, a dragon egg, some bottles of unknown fluid, a whip, a trellis or monkey bars, and a ring of practice dummies with a wooden fish statue in the middle. Your character paces around, looking paranoid or utterly confused.
- In Quest For Infamy, Roehm can get himself drunk at the local pub. If it happens, he wakes up some hours later in a nearby farmer's barn. As he pats down himself, he is relieved to find out he hasn't got any stab-wounds this time, and also notices that his purse is a few coins lighter and for some inexplicable reason there is a modern day traffic cone (in a medieval-esque fantasy setting) in his inventory. Roehm notices that he has no idea what the thing is and how the hell he got his hands on it.
- Kingdom of Loathing has you go through these if you lack enough common sense to avoid adventuring drunk. On St. Sneaky Pete's Day, though, you can get a special tattoo if you get really overly drunk.
- In Sunset Overdrive, the fast travel system is done in this fashion. You select a location, your character takes a swig from a bottle of spirits and passes out and is seen later stumbling out of a port-a-potty near where you want to go.
- Grand Theft Auto V: Letting Trevor roam on his own for a time and then switching to him has a decent chance of showing him in bizarre situations, usually holding a bottle.
"A less rational man might think he was abducted by aliens."
- The introductory mission for Daisy in Agents of Mayhem has her wake up in a shipping container with a massive hangover, then try to piece back what she'd done the night before so that she could remember the important intel she'd discovered. It starts with a Sepia Tone flashback of her drunkenly trying to force a sushi restaurant's cartoon squid mascot to give her a deep-dish pepperoni. And things go downhill from there.
- A minor point in the first Discworld game. Rincewind tastes Counterwise wine, but doesn't feel anything. Then the barman asks if he remembers last night. Surprised Rincewind admits that he can't remember anything. That's the way this wine works. Later Rincewind travels to yesterday night and finds himself passed out on a park bench. Yet he starts the game in his own bed in the Unseen University, which means he somehow got there from the park.
- Part of the main plot of One Night Stand. Robin is able to help you put some pieces together, but some parts remain a mystery.
- This happens in Freeman's Mind when he wakes up in the trash compator having completely forgot everything that had happened before, the aliens, the gunfights, everything — vaguely remembering that he had killed people in his dream... and a midget was involved...
- This happens at the start of Chell's Mind when she wakes up.
- Getting drunk and waking up naked in strange situations is a common occurrence in Petera Dzive, often triggered by drinking "the brew," some unspecified hard liquor.
- Homestar Runner: In "Best Caper Ever", Strong Bad and The Cheat somehow set off a chain of events that started with The Cheat peeing in Homestar's melonade and ended with the two of them watching a satellite feed of Homestar drifting on a tiny ice floe in the Arctic Ocean.
- In PK Comic after night of heavy drinking Jake finds out that he hooked up with Roberta, a drag queen in this strip
- Although he seems to remember sleeping with a giant fish on the same night in this strip.
- In College Roomies from Hell!!!, the boys later discover while they did while drunk: Most notably, they were featured in a cheap porn film.
- Kid Radd invoked the gag by having the real reason the two guys are in the same bed be a prank by two of the girls moving one of them. Synchronised loud screams of horror follow.
- A story arc in Misfile. After Ash and Vashiel wake up in the same bed with no memory of their alcohol-fueled night, Ash delivers the classic line quoted on the quotes page. For full context: Ash is a guy in a girl's body, Vashiel is the Incorruptible Pure Pureness angel who longs for Ash unaware of the situation, and all that happened was they passed out, so Rumsiel tucked them in the same bed. Ash has since sworn off alcohol.
- Questionable Content, Faye does it here. Also in strip #1081. Faye wakes up after having hooked up with Sven between #1079 and #1080. For some reason, it's always Faye. Ultimately Played for Drama when she realizes she's an alcoholic.
- Happens when Torg goes out drinking with Sam the Vampire in Sluggy Freelance.
- Shortpacked!: Robin eats a bowl of Cadbury cream eggs, blacks out, and wakes up to find out she's been elected to Congress.
Amber: We did not do this!Mike: You kidding? It was your idea.Amber: Your facts have no effect on me!
- In a rare variation where the reader gets to actually see it in action, Leslie gets the previously fired Shortpacked gang their jobs back after getting a contact sugar high from Robin licking her neck. Immediately afterwards, she comes down from it with no memory of what she just did.
- The second time Robin eats Cadbury egg cereal, she wakes up in a cardboard box on the street, having passed a law creating a utopia, banged a guy, made a sex tape which got leaked onto the internet, and been dumped and kicked out.
- Intentionally invoked by Mike. Amber and Ethan (who is gay, but slept with Amber years ago before he discovered this) wind up at a bar together and get drunk. What follows looks like a Bedmate Reveal showing that they slept together. The end of the strip, however, reveals that they both slept (separately) with Mike, who did it to drive a wedge between them. Also, a sensual oil massage from Faz may have been involved at some point.
- This strip reveals that even Cybertronians are not immune to this trope.
- Used in VG Cats with Samus Aran at a Christmas party. She realizes to her horror that she had sex with Master Chief. Samus promptly flees his begging for another round and douses herself in a cold shower.
- The fictional band Owns Big Mecha in Sordid City Blues has the song "What The Hell Did I Do Last Night" in their repertoire. Which, in turn, leads into this moment at the opening of one of their shows:
- And then there's this Schlock Mercenary, in which Kevyn couldn't remember the past month due to being temporarily dead.
- Outside Interference: After deciding, while drunk, to kiss Kate at a New Year's party, Gina is relieved to find out, in the next strip, that she chickened out.
- Steve and Mark in Khaos Komix starting here. Also Tom (Maria back then) here.
- This page in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
Dr. McNinja: Did I discover time travel?
- One particularly geeky example was provided by Full Frontal Nerdity. The main characters went to a New Year's Eve party at the "Goblin Hole" and look through their pockets to figure out what they did while under the influence of "Klingon War Nog". Frank finds a character sheet for the elf ranger from the D&D movie, Lewis finds a receipt for the Everquest sourcebooks, and Nelson (who hates anime) found Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
- Sam, of The Space Between, has this happen to her a lot.
- Out There establishes the use of this trope early in its run. On the first night they meet, Miriam and John end up spending the night in a hotel together after she ties one on (nothing happens, except a REALLY good dream). In another arc about a year later, Miriam and Sherry go out drinking and the next day Miriam's memory of the night is so spotty that she can't remember if she cut her own hair (she didn't; Sherry cut it while she was sleeping). Another time, a hung-over Miriam thinks she remembers Sherry sabotaging her one-night stand, and assumes she must be remembering wrong (she isn’t). Not long after, Miriam and Clayton end up in bed together, and Miriam needs a recap the next day to find out what happened. Later, while touring with Steven's band, Miriam gets drunk at a party and and is later surprised to find a phone number written on her belly in indelible ink. Still later, Miriam wakes up on Araceli's couch and has trouble remembering what they did the night before, but she figures it out on her own, confirming (in her own mind) that she doesn't have a drinking problem, after all.
- Rhapsodies: Paul wakes up alone in Nancy's bedroom.
- After Quentyn and his friends celebrated his becoming a Questor in Tales of the Questor they woke up in a workshop with no memory of what they'd been doing, and apparently they bought a bunch of junk too.
- Ménage à 3:
- This happens several times to Sandra. She even repeats the trope title in strip #302 (May 17, 2010, NSFW). Other characters in the comic also occasionally come round from binges with dim and worrying memories of what they did the night before.
- Subverted in another instance: after a successful gig, Zii is horrified to wake up naked with both her bandmates — who happen to be her ex-girlfriend and a woman she has a crush on but thinks is taken. Then she smells chlorine on their clothes and remembers they just got drunk, jumped in the pool and went to bed. By the time she runs back to tell the others, they've started having sex ANYWAY.
- Prequel has been there◊ a few times. It Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.
- In Lackadaisy, Zib and Mitzi's musical band has apparently had a large number of crazy drunken adventures, none of which they can remember
- The comic Dubious Company starts with "Ow! My head... What the hell did I do last night?" Stowed away on a pirate ship, as it turns out..
- Not an uncommon occurance in S.S.D.D, the fourth comic actually had the "traffic cone" gag. And Norman takes it further with a traffic light.
- An entire arc started this way, with Richard lampshading how the trope usually works, and then takes a more serious turn.
- Most people don't remember that this was how the protagonists of MegaTokyo originally got stranded in Japan in the first place.
- In Wizard School, Graham wakes up in a room after a drunken bender to find two schoolchildren (and a goat) in the room with him. His first questions are "What's a little girl doing in my bedroom?" and "What's the goat doing?".
- In Sinfest,
- Scandinavia and the World: Sweden after a night drinking cheap Danish beer.
- Dangerously Chloe at the start of "Chapter 2: Demon In Bed".
- Sandra on the Rocks inflicts the trope briefly on Sandra and especially Gary here.
- A non alcohol-induced version occurs in Lucid Spring the morning after Pacem and Viktor meet. In her daze as she wakes, Pacem completely forgets that Viktor, in fact, existed at all, until she sees him lying on her couch.
- Two Guys and Guy has this be a recurring problem for Wayne. In one strip, he wakes up next to a blow-up doll, and the doll is the one who is embarassed!
- This is pretty much the inevitable result of drinking bearshine in Mountain Time.
- Non-alcoholic example, but when Max from Younger Days tries what turns out to be coffee for the first time, he suddenly feels the need to go do "something." The next strip has him waking up in bed with no idea of what happened the day before. Fortunately, Sam has pictures to help jog his memory. Apparently he felt the need to go swimming in mud in his undies.
- Repeated again when Max and Sam drink more coffee thinking it's hot cocoa. They have no idea what happened afterward, but Mom made sure to get video evidence this time.
- This Bash quote. Oh gods.
- A deadly serious version is used in Against Ill Chances. The narrator wakes up, is acting differently, and things are VERY weird. What happened yesterday at powers testing?
- This disturbingly plausible Satirewire story.
- That Guy with the Glasses:
- The Crosses the Line Twice "Spooning with Spoony" series features first Nostalgia Chick and then The Nostalgia Critic waking up in bed with a Depraved Bisexual version of Spoony. Of course there the implication isn't so much that they got drunk as that they got roofied.
- And then inverted in "Linking Up with Linkara", where Linkara is happy to find out he's had amazing wild sex with Nostalgia Chick and Marzgurl while drunk... he just wishes he could remember it. And they tell him it was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime event that could never be repeated. Of course they're just messing with his head.
- Later, Nostalgia Chick and BFF Nella play a Hercules drinking game, and wake up surrounded by bunnies, with a third friend dressed like Spider Woman and hanging from a bar by her feet while sleeping, with a strange man in front of the couch making omlets on a hot plate, and Nella's mouth smeared with unfamiliar lipstick. This is capped with the words "based on a true story". The lipstick is partly explained... It was the Makeover Fairy! "They're gonna look so pretty!"
- Two examples from Demo Reel.
- In Lost in Translation: Bromance Version, Donnie spends the night drinking and probably more with Uncle Yo. After Yo starts asking personal questions, Donnie leaves, making his way to a bar where he meets Egoraptor. The next scene he wakes up lying in bed with a bottle in his hand and more on the table and floor, and when he looks over and sees Egoraptor instead of Uncle Yo, he groans like this has happened before.
- In a slightly funnier version, in the episode (fittingly enough) The Blair Witch Hangover, Rebecca and Tacoma wake up to find the studio trashed, both of them scruffy and hungover, and Tacoma in a Disney Princess dress, and spend the rest of the episode trying to figure out what they did the night before.
- This thread, entitled 'I played Oblivion blacked-out drunk and here's what happened (via picture story)'. Basically a few days after a night of heavy drinking (of which he remembers little), he loads up Oblivion to find that he had played it for about four hours while drunk. In that time, he managed to, in his words:
- Murder 131 people
- Assault 65 people
- Steal 198 items
- Build up a bounty of 99575 coins
- Build up an infamy of 140 points
- Steal 1 horse
- And create an enchanted sword called 'fcuk you UP!'
- Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG: One Mr. Welch rule is "The party doesn't need to know about the time I woke up duct-taped to the back of a Drow Matron-Mother."
- The Cheap-Arse Film Critic has one of these at the beginning of his Flesh Gordon review.
I woke up this morning and my room has been completely trashed...and I think I'm wearing a chicken suit!
- This is how the series Husbands begins. Cheeks and Brady wake up from a drunken night in Vegas and find out they're married (and they haven't been dating for long). They also can't find their friend, Haley.
- In Pay Me, Bug!: Grif Vindh has, on one job, earned more than most independents make in their lifetime. So, naturally, he and his crew go on an all night bender with some other crews that they're friends with. The next morning, they have a little trouble remembering what happened during the party. This isn't the first time this has happened, either: They've had to institute The List, a computer record of everyone's possessions that they had entered the party with, bets that were made, and the winners and losers of those bets.
- Drunk Fortress has this happen every so often, but a particularly memorable incident:
Wrex: Everything is fire and tantrums. I have an empty bottle of everclear, absinthe, and Blue Curacao. I have no idea what happened. FPS is like 3. let's just start a new fortress. I have no idea what happened, and can only surmise the lava cannon backfired horribly. I can upload the save if someone wants to look at it, but Christ, it's a mess. I hope it doesn't become a tradition that fortresses blow up when I take control.
- The CollegeHumor parody of I Gotta Feeling. The guy breaks his leg, antagonizes his girlfriend, and sleeps with an unattractive girl. In the end he decides that it was worth it, since he got in a nice fight and even better, now has an awesome kite.
- Exaggerated by DeviantArtist xaiGatomon with "The Worst Hangover": Skye Davis went out drinking with friends and woke up with a snake tail.
- This article in The Onion features a man who apparently had a very productive weekend while blackout drunk.
- Thrilling Intent: Occurs with Ashe after she gets totally smashed with Xin.
Ashe: Horaven, I think I got drunk last night!
- Happens a lot in Family Guy during assorted cutaway gags.
- Timmy once attended a party—and then is made to forget about it—in The Fairly OddParents!. He apparently got a tattoo on his stomach of some girl he can't remember meeting. (Later revealed to be a grown woman who had a similar tattoo with his name).
- The Simpsons:
Barney: Uh oh! Not again!
- Parodied in "Boy Scouts 'N The Hood". Bart and Milhouse ask Apu for a Squishee made with nothing but syrup. It's so much that they go on a psychedelic trip. Bart wakes up and finds that while drugged out, he... joined the Junior Campers! Meanwhile, Milhouse has a dirty word shaved into the back of his head (which offends Principal Skinner to the point that he tells Milhouse he's going to shave him bald) and Barney (who also tried the Squishee) wakes up in a Greek cargo ship wearing a sailor outfit:
Homer: I need you to pick me up. I think I'm in Chinatown. Not our Chinatown.
- In "Viva Ned Flanders", Homer and Ned wake up from a Vegas bender to discover they've married cocktail waitresses.
- In "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", after Homer gets drunk and trashes Springfield Elementary, his attempt to remember what happened the night before takes the form of a silent film with missing reels, which cuts abruptly from Homer having a beer at Moe's, to dancing around a maypole while wearing a toga.
- Also happens to Homer in "Little Big Girl".
- This made up most of the plot of "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind", where Homer wakes up in the snow on the other side of town and must remember why Marge and the kids aren't home. He deliberately gave himself a blackout to unruin a surprise birthday party.
- A non-beer related one happened in "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)", when Homer was trying Wiggum's "Insanity Pepper" chili, managing to counteract the spiciness by pouring wax in his mouth and swallowing the peppers whole. However the effects of the peppers take hold and his finds himself having a strange vision, with a talking coyote urging him to find his soulmate. When he comes to he finds himself on on golf course the next morning in the middle of a sand trap.
- In the second part of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", Smithers, whose been in a drunken stupor after being fired, awakens and has no recollection of what happened the previous night. Leading to him thinking he shot Mr. Burns. Turns out he didn't, but did shoot Jasper who was trying to restrain him. Luckily he just hit his false leg, so it's all good.
- Barney decided to sober up when he realized this had become a recurring problem for him, to the point where he couldn't remember celebrating his last birthday until the Moe regulars showed him a video tape of the party, where he made an absolute ass of himself (among other things, he drank spilled beer out of the carpet and put on Marge's clothes).
- Used as a side joke in Futurama, "The Sting". "Why am I sticky and naked? Did I miss something fun?"
- No drunkenness, but "Time Keeps on Slippin'" does this with time skips. The cast acts normally during the skips, but afterward can't remember what happened. During once such skip, Fry inexplicably got Leela to marry him. She accuses him of tricking her somehow, and he spends much of the episode desperate to find out what he did right. In the end, it turns out he used a powerful gravity gun to spell out a message of love with actual stars, but alas they are sucked into a black hole before he can show Leela.
- In The Venture Bros. episode "Showdown at Cremation Creek", #21 and #24 wake up hungover from the bachelor party of the previous night and to their horror find the Venture family locked in their holding cells on the one time they had specific instructions not to mess with them:
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "Hearts and Hooves Day", Cheerilee has this reaction after the effects of a love potion wear off after she and Big Mac (also affected) have fallen into a hole.
Cheerilee: Am I wearing a wedding veil?
Big Macintosh: Eeyup.
Cheerilee: Are you sitting on a feather bed in a hole in the ground?
Big Macintosh: Eeyup.
Cheerilee: Girls! Can you explain why it looks like I'm getting married at the bottom of a pit?
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "The Algae's Always Greener", after Plankton used his life-switching machine to switch places with Mr. Krabs, he wakes up dazed in Mr. Krabs' office and says "Great Neptune above, what happened last night?"
- Adventure Time:
- In the episode "Return to the Nightosphere", Finn and Jake wake up in a cage in a pile of bananas, and this is pretty much Finn's reaction.
Finn: What did we do last night?
Jake: Mayhaps we drank juice of the elder toad?
- Also happens to Finn in "Hug Wolf" when he ends up turning into a hug-wolf and wakes up in a ditch the next morning.
- In the episode "Return to the Nightosphere", Finn and Jake wake up in a cage in a pile of bananas, and this is pretty much Finn's reaction.
- The Archer episode "Crossing Over" opens with the titular spy waking up with a rare hangover, his apartment disheveled, a blow-up doll carelessly strewn on his couch, and the vague memory of a trail of debauchery that ended with him having the best sex of his life... with his portly coworker Pam.
- The Dude, That's My Ghost! episode "The Sleepover" starts with no one remembering what happened during the titular sleepover. When they see what horrible stuff happened, they try to fix it.
- An alcohol-free example occurs in the Gravity Falls episode "Carpet Diem" when Mabel wakes up after a sleepover with her friends to find someone has written "PARTY GURL" on her face, Candy has been taped to the ceiling, and Grenda was making out with an unknown entity in the closet. Of course, someone could have broken out the Smile Dip...
- This was the trigger of Dexter's Laboratory episode "Valhallen's Room", where the god of rock lost his musical axe, the source of his power. Somehow, it ended up inside his goat.
- The Powerpuff Girls (2016) episode "The Stayover" starts like this with Blossom and Buttercup recovering from a candy-induced sugar rush hangover and trying to find Bubbles.
- Mission Hill had an episode where Andy comes home drunk and ends up drunkenly bonding with Kevin. The next day at work, Andy is trying to sleep off the hangover when Kevin calls him up to confirm their "brotherly bonding time" at the movies. Of course, this is also the day that Andy's Bad Boss Ron has started putting peoples personal calls on the intercom.
Ron: Hey everybody! Andy has movie date with some guy! Smoochie-smoochie!
- The Rick and Morty episode "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" revolves around this: Morty drags Rick along into helping the Vindicators, a stereotypical Five-Man Band, defeat one of their enemies and Rick ends up getting drunk and defecating all over their conference table. When Rick, Morty, and the Vindicators go to fight the villain, it turns out that during his bender, Rick beat them to it and devised a series of challenges for the Vindicators that end in most of them dying. In the end, he also apparently set up a huge party.
- Texts From Last Night is full of examples of this trope. This one is particularly nice.
- Darker and Edgier, with a Downer Ending, one French International rugby player woke up one morning in a police cell with no recollection of the previous night's events... Only to find that he had murdered his wife.
- Another one with a Downer Ending, rapper Big Lurch smoked PCP with a friend one night, waking up the next morning... to find he was covered in blood and with no memory of gutting his friend's girlfriend with a knife, or of the knife breaking and him using his nails and teeth to make a hole in her chest and eat a large portion of her lungs.
- The Persian Capital Persepolis was burned when Alexander and his men captured it. Standard pillage and burn tactic of the ancient world? No, just a drunken boast from Alexander that got out of hand.
All to impress one of his courtesans, to boot."Alexander took the lead, setting fire to the palace, followed by his drinking companions. Such was the end of the palace that ruled all of the East. Macadonians were ashamed that a city of such distinction had been destroyed by their king during a drunken orgy. As for Alexander, it is generally agreed that when sleep had brough him back to his sences after his drunkern bout, he regretted his actions.""Like many happenings at very successful parties, it seemed like a good idea at the time" — Mary Renault
- A man named William Nixon (no relation) turned himself in to the police after learning he'd robbed a gas station in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland while drunk.
- From the Norwegian version of Big Brother: On the first morning of the first season one of the participants walked into the living room and found two of the others (opposite sex) sleeping on the couch, tightly embraced. They later denied the whole thing.
- The reason Ozzy Osbourne gave up drinking and drugs was that he had this happen to him regularly - the last time it happened, he woke up in prison, and when he jokingly asked what he'd done, he was stunned to hear that he'd tried to murder his wife Sharon, almost strangling her to death. A happy ending, actually, since it made him get off the drugs and it helped him change his (already abusive) relationship with Sharon into a healthy marriage.
- John Larroquette once woke up on a plane... with no idea where it was headed. Too embarrassed to ask, he found out when they landed in his hometown of New Orleans.
- A popular Facebook meme in 2011 was to post something on your status to the effect of "You and I wake up (in prison/in the back of a car/covered in shaving cream/or any odd circumstances). What are the first three words out of your mouth?" And then see what other people would say.
- A lot darker, but in most situations this is considered rape because you need to be Safe, Sane, and Consensual. Being too drunk to even remember what happened is considered a very, very bad thing.
- Sleepwalking, there have been documented cases where people have got into their car and started driving (and making it to their destination safely), made whole meals, shopped for groceries, committed armed robbery, rape, and murder, all while fast asleep.
- A 19-year-old British man woke up in a toilet stall in Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport after a night of drinking in Manchester. He was using his passport as an ID and had to wait out an entire day in the city before returning home.
- At the end of the Russo-Japanese War, someone drunk too much sake celebrating the victory and ended up sinking their flagship.
- A longer-term version of this happened with Stephen King - during one of his heavy substance abuse periods, he wrote Cujo. He admitted in his biography that he can't remember a single point of its creation.
- Similarly, David Bowie remembers absolutely nothing from the time he was making Station to Station, due to the sheer amounts of cocaine he was on at the time (along with the general Creator Breakdown he was undergoing at the time).
- Voice Actors Travis Willingham and Monica Rial duelled in a tequila shot drinking contest at a convention in 2004. After the duel left them drunk they then went to an 18+ panel which involved Travis chugging a whole litre of alcohol.
- A saying among Baby Boomers (the post-World War II generation) is "If you remember the 60's, you weren't there."
- Having this happen frequently is a tell-tale sign of alcoholism.
- It was one time considered a rite-of-passage for a college fraternity member to wake up naked in a strange room in a Spring Break party town with no memory of how he got there. Given the high-profile issues that have occurred with college-age drinking in recent decades, this is no longer looked upon in nearly as positive a light.