History Analysis / SickEpisode

22nd Jun '17 2:37:19 PM Unicorndance
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* In a science-fiction or fantasy setting, you ''normally'' don't have to worry if you're a robot, an android, a hologram, or some sort of creature with BizarreAlienBiology, superpowers or magic that makes you immune. However, try to avoid being the only one not infected with a disease ''besides'' one of those immune people.
** Related to the above, don't be the only person not infected unless you are one of those immune people.
15th May '17 12:51:10 AM Unicorndance
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* If you are in a setting where diseases that alter a person's personality exist, don't act wildly OutOfCharacter. A special mention goes to acting goofy (for example, singing, doing dance-like movements even though music isn't playing, saying nonsense words or [[NonSequitur sentences that don't make sense]], or being very jokey). Some writers use this behaviour as symptoms of a mind-altering disease even if doing this is not specifically out of character for them. (for example, someone who's never seen acting goofy but is not serious and has a slight jokester side). Avoid acting goofy in these settings unless you [[CloudCuckooLander usually do]], in which case, don't stop!
1st Apr '17 6:13:11 PM Unicorndance
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* Don't be a baby in a novel that takes place in the olden days.
23rd Feb '17 10:53:45 PM Unicorndance
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* Don't cough or sneeze! If an explanation (like dust), isn't given, it'll likely lead to illness.

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* Don't cough or sneeze! If an explanation (like dust), isn't given, it'll likely lead to illness.illness, however, there are exceptions.



* If it's a pro-vaccine work (or RealLife), get vaccinated!

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* If it's a pro-vaccine work (or RealLife), get vaccinated!vaccinated against any disease that has a vaccine and is mentioned.



* Don't stand up or sit down abruptly and say "Ouch", then when someone asks what's wrong, reply "I just had a sudden sharp pain"
* Don't suddenly make a pain noise and grab a part of your body.

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* Don't stand up or sit down abruptly and say "Ouch", then when someone asks what's wrong, reply with anything along the lines of "I just had a sudden sharp pain"
* Don't suddenly make a pain noise and grab a part of your body. You're probably safe if you do this after being hit in that part, but do ''not'' do it suddenly for seemingly no reason.


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* Don't put your hand on your forehead or have someone else put their hand on your forehead.
* If you must have plans or responsibilities at a time when disease is mentioned (although it's a risky business), don't say, "I can't get sick, I have [insert responsibility or plan here]!"
* Don't wake up complaining of a symptom on the morning of an event you plan to participate in.
* If an illness is spreading, don't be the main character's LoveInterest. Especially not if you don't love them back and the main character is trying to impress you and/or said character describes you in poetic terms.
16th Feb '17 10:31:36 PM Unicorndance
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* Don't stand out in cold or rainy weather without appropriate clothes on, or you'll CatchYourDeathOfCold. Note: This rule only applies if the people you regularly interact with think that the weather can make you sick. If your main social circle consists of people who are out in all sorts of weather and claim it's good for the soul, and if they're regular characters who we get to see and who are ''not'' known for being wrong all the time, go ahead and take a walk in a downpour. Just don't be surprised if you have to wring your clothes out.

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* Don't stand out in cold or rainy weather without appropriate clothes on, or you'll CatchYourDeathOfCold. Note: This rule only applies if the people you regularly interact with think that the weather can make you sick. If your main social circle consists of people who are out in all sorts of weather and claim it's good for the soul, and if they're regular characters who we get to see and who are ''not'' known for being wrong all the time, [[HappyRain go ahead and take a walk in a downpour. downpour.]] Just don't be surprised if you have to wring your clothes out.



* If you're on ''Series/StarTrek'' and there's apparently a disease about, don't fall down and have one of the doctors scan you.

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* If you're on ''Series/StarTrek'' and there's apparently a disease about, don't fall down and have [[TheMedic one of the doctors doctors]] scan you.


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* If a disease is going around, don't start showing symptoms. If, however, you do, and someone says, "Oh, [person], not you too", you're probably doomed already, but to be less doomed, don't [[TemptingFate outright state that you're not sick]].
** Don't exhibit a mundane symptom (like a mild itch) that's said to be the first symptom.
13th Feb '17 11:20:48 AM Unicorndance
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* If it's a pro-vaccine work, get vaccinated!

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* If it's a pro-vaccine work, work (or RealLife), get vaccinated!


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* Watch out if someone says that a disease is going around and it "mainly affects/is especially bad for X", and you're an X.
6th Feb '17 12:03:13 PM Unicorndance
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* Don't stand out in cold or rainy weather without appropriate, or you'll CatchYourDeathOfCold. Note: This rule only applies if the people you regularly interact with think that the weather can make you sick. If your main social circle consists of people who are out in all sorts of weather and claim it's good for the soul, and if they're regular characters who we get to see and who are ''not'' known for being wrong all the time, go ahead and take a walk in a downpour. Just don't be surprised if you have to wring your clothes out.

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* Don't stand out in cold or rainy weather without appropriate, appropriate clothes on, or you'll CatchYourDeathOfCold. Note: This rule only applies if the people you regularly interact with think that the weather can make you sick. If your main social circle consists of people who are out in all sorts of weather and claim it's good for the soul, and if they're regular characters who we get to see and who are ''not'' known for being wrong all the time, go ahead and take a walk in a downpour. Just don't be surprised if you have to wring your clothes out.out.
** Don't be wrapped up in a blanket while eating or drinking something hot after getting cold and/or wet, as that's a surefire way to have someone diagnose you with a cold.
6th Feb '17 12:01:47 PM Unicorndance
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** Also, unless you have a BlackHoleBelly, don't [[EatingContest compete in eating]]. Especially not if your opponent is a BigEater as-is. If you are a BigEater, you are less likely to get sick from an EatingContest, but don't say we didn't warn you.



* If someone is already sick, don't say you won't catch it.

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* If someone is already sick, don't [[TemptingFate say you won't catch it.]]
5th Feb '17 11:05:58 PM Unicorndance
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When the Sick Episode is played for drama, the character is usually in danger of either dying or paying a very serious price like going blind. They might have to go to hospital and it might be some sort of sci-fi or fantasy disease. Expect a FetchQuest to FindTheCure.

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When the Sick Episode is played for drama, the character is usually in danger of either dying or paying a very serious price like going blind. They might have to go to a hospital and it might be some sort of sci-fi or fantasy disease. Expect a FetchQuest to FindTheCure.



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[[folder: How Not to Fall Victim to a Sick Episode]]
* Don't stand out in cold or rainy weather without appropriate, or you'll CatchYourDeathOfCold. Note: This rule only applies if the people you regularly interact with think that the weather can make you sick. If your main social circle consists of people who are out in all sorts of weather and claim it's good for the soul, and if they're regular characters who we get to see and who are ''not'' known for being wrong all the time, go ahead and take a walk in a downpour. Just don't be surprised if you have to wring your clothes out.
* Don't eat too much, ''especially'' if someone has told you not to.
* If someone else is sick and the sick person needs to be "cared for", have the whole household care for them equally. If you are the sole carer or the main carer for the sick person, you'll likely [[CaretakerReversal get sick too.]]
* Don't cough or sneeze! If an explanation (like dust), isn't given, it'll likely lead to illness.
** If you do cough or sneeze, don't say you're not sick because you'd be TemptingFate.
* Never, under any circumstances, say you or a group of people you belong to don't, won't or can't get sick!
* Unless you're a kid on a routine checkup, never have someone take your temperature.
* Never have someone look at you and say something along the lines of "oh dear" and/or shake their head, particularly if they've just taken your temperature and/or someone else was sick.
* If it's a pro-vaccine work, get vaccinated!
* Don't groan, speak with a low throaty voice, speak in sentences of only one or two words, or a combination. Unless of course, you're [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]], then go right ahead.
** Especially no groaning when you first wake up!
*** More especially not if someone wakes ''you'' up.
* Unless you've just eaten or someone has offered you [[DoesNotLikeSpam food you don't like]], don't refuse food.
* If you're on ''Series/StarTrek'' and there's apparently a disease about, don't fall down and have one of the doctors scan you.
* If you fall down and someone asks if you're okay, don't groan, say "Where am I?" and close your eyes.
* Don't stand up or sit down abruptly and say "Ouch", then when someone asks what's wrong, reply "I just had a sudden sharp pain"
* Don't suddenly make a pain noise and grab a part of your body.
* Don't say, "I don't feel well" very slowly.
* If someone tells you not to do X or you'll get sick, don't do X!
* Don't [[PlayingSick fake being sick]] or you'll get sick out of karma. Unless, of course, it's part of a plan against the villain.
* If someone is already sick, don't say you won't catch it.
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26th Jan '17 6:34:39 PM Unicorndance
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* If it's a cold, expect them to be talking funny and wrapped in a blanket.

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* If it's a cold, cold expect them to be talking funny and wrapped in a blanket.



When the Sick Episode is played for drama, the character is usually in danger of either dying or paying a very serious price like going blind. They might have to go to hospital, and it might be some sort of sci-fi or fantasy disease. Expect a FetchQuest to FindTheCure.

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When the Sick Episode is played for drama, the character is usually in danger of either dying or paying a very serious price like going blind. They might have to go to hospital, hospital and it might be some sort of sci-fi or fantasy disease. Expect a FetchQuest to FindTheCure.FindTheCure.
Common tropes that apply when sick episodes are played for drama include IllGirl, SoapOperaDisease, and IncurableCoughOfDeath.
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