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Basic Trope: A sleeping legendary or important figure, said to return someday for something.

  • Straight: The former king of Troperia, Arthur the Great is said to be sleeping, not dead, in his grave on Mount Tropos. Legends say that he will return at the kingdom's darkest hour.
  • Exaggerated: The legendary founder of the Troperian Empire, Arthur the Greatest is said to be taking a nap in his grave in Mount Giante, the highest known mountain known in the empire. Prophecies say that he will return at the end of the world.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Arthur died, but his soul is immortal.
    • A witch cursed Arthur to have a coma for years, and the only way to break it is to make a event happen.
    • Arthur accidently sealed himself.
  • Inverted: Sealed Evil in a Can
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Marcia, on their way to fight the Big Bad, hear about King Arthur's story. But when they find his grave, it turned out that he is completely dead and the legends of his returns were fake.
    • They revive him, thinking he was a hero...and he turns out to be an even Bigger Bad.
  • Double Subverted: Alice, using her spiritual powers, communicates with Arthur's soul and proves that he is really sleeping.
  • Parodied: The king turns out to be an ineffectual Royal Brat who was sealed away not to fight a great evil, but because he was insufferably annoying.
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  • Zig Zagged: King Arthur is said to be sealed away, awaiting the Darkest Hour. But Alice and Marcia find his tomb and a skeleton. Wait, that's not actually him, but one of the Knights that joined him. But the tomb is otherwise empty. Where is he? Evulz is only getting stronger. Worse, he just got a brand new Dragon...What do you mean, Evulz got to the tomb first? And that's when Evulz makes a public appearance, showing everyone that their prophesied savior is now his loyal slave.
  • Averted: King Arthur is completely dead, no exceptions.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Merlin told Arthur that he was going to be needed centuries later. Arthur agrees to a stasis spell to await that time.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz stabs King Arthur as soon as he learns of the myth.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
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  • Deconstructed: King Arthur is from a different time, and is unprepared to fight a modern war.
  • Reconstructed: King Arthur watched everything that happened in Troperia through his dreams. He has an informed plan of action by the time he wakes up.

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