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23rd Nov '16 9:42:01 PM beyondthesea
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->'''Gibbs''': Not as bad as you, DiNozzo.
-->--''Series/{{NCIS}}'', "S.W.A.K."

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->'''Gibbs''': Not as bad as you, DiNozzo.
-->--''Series/{{NCIS}}'',
Di Nozzo.
-->-- ''Series/{{NCIS}}'',
"S.W.A.K."
23rd Nov '16 9:19:11 PM beyondthesea
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->'''Tony''': If I get anthrax, how will you feel?
->'''Gibbs''': Not as bad as you, DiNozzo.
-->--''Series/{{NCIS}}'', "S.W.A.K."
23rd Nov '16 9:01:05 PM beyondthesea
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!!!!'''All Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''

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!!!!'''All !!!'''All Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
23rd Nov '16 9:00:44 PM beyondthesea
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One of the best ways to assure that people pay attention is to endanger a character they love. Sometimes, writers need to be able to put characters in a situation that could potentially result in the (apparently) impending death of multiple characters, but where they can be in a relatively peaceful environment and where death will take a while to befall them. This allows for {{Angst}} and life reassessment.

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One of the best ways to assure that people pay attention is to endanger a character they love. Sometimes, writers need to be able to put characters in a situation that could potentially result in the (apparently) apparently impending death of multiple characters, but where they can be in a relatively peaceful environment and where death will take a while to befall them. This allows time for {{Angst}} and life reassessment.CharacterDevelopment.



The infection usually advances CharacterDevelopment by causing the character to rethink their life. In television, typically the person who is infected is involved in a [[UnresolvedSexualTension relationship that seems likely to become romantic]], so you can usually expect a good [[ShipTease moment]] from that couple. This can result in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or, in the best-case scenerio, a LoveEpiphany. If the infected party is not a member of the [[OfficialCouple golden couple]], those two characters will also probably have a meaningful (and shippy) conversation about the fragility of life.

In television, this is most prevelant on crime and medical dramas, not surprisingly. The exposure/infection usually, but not always, happens to a leading character as opposed to a supporting character. A common exception occurs when a lead character's love interest is a supporting character. The goal is for the audience to be emotionally invested, so more often than not, the infected character is a fan favorite.

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The infection usually advances CharacterDevelopment by causing the character to rethink their life. In television, typically If one of the person who characters caught up in the ordeal is infected is involved in part of a [[UnresolvedSexualTension WillTheyOrWontThey storyline, you can expect that relationship that seems likely to become romantic]], so you can usually expect a good [[ShipTease moment]] from that couple.take a front seat]] when this happens. This can result in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or, in the best-case scenerio, a LoveEpiphany. If the infected party is not a member of the [[OfficialCouple golden couple]], those two Other characters will may also probably have a meaningful (and shippy) conversation poignant conversations about the fragility of life.

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In television, this is most prevelant on crime and medical dramas, not surprisingly. The exposure/infection usually, but not always, happens to a leading character as opposed to a supporting character. A common exception occurs when a lead character's love interest If it is a supporting character.suppoorting character, it will probably be EveryonesBabySister. The goal is for the audience to be emotionally invested, so more often than not, the infected character is a fan favorite.
23rd Nov '16 8:56:00 PM beyondthesea
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Enter the Contamination Situation, in which a main character is exposed to or infected with something very bad, usually potentially fatal and the exposure/infection is a main focus of the episode. In television, unless a character experiences a near-death revelation that completely changes them or dies, these episodes are typically not [[WhamEpisode wham episodes]], but are still usually a big deal. In most cases, we're talking about November/ May sweeps episodes, not season finales.

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Enter the Contamination Situation, in which a main character is exposed to or infected with something very bad, usually potentially fatal and the exposure/infection is a main focus of the episode. In television, unless a character experiences a near-death revelation that completely changes them or dies, these episodes are typically not [[WhamEpisode wham episodes]], Wham Episodes]], but are still usually a big deal. In most cases, we're talking about November/ May sweeps episodes, not season finales.
10th Jul '16 10:06:55 AM MsChibi
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* Used many times in early episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles''.
9th Dec '15 10:45:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a two-part episode of ''{{Castle}}'', he is exposed to a toxin after shadowing Beckett on a case in D.C. The two had recently become engaged, so the shipping aspect was there, but it mostly served to allow him to work with her despite no longer being under Mayor Welton's discretion (Well, he's dying anyway, might as well let him feel useful).

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* In a two-part episode of ''{{Castle}}'', ''Series/{{Castle}}'', he is exposed to a toxin after shadowing Beckett on a case in D.C. The two had recently become engaged, so the shipping aspect was there, but it mostly served to allow him to work with her despite no longer being under Mayor Welton's discretion (Well, he's dying anyway, might as well let him feel useful).



* In ''ResidentEvil3'', Jill Valentine becomes infected with the T-Virus. It makes her so ill that a second character becomes playable, and it is he who finds a cure.
* In ''TheLastOfUs'', two important characters become fatally infected with Cordyceps. Sam pulls the [[ZombieInfectee usual schtick]]; the other reveals her bite in a bid to guilt Joel into doing what she believes is right.

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* In ''ResidentEvil3'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'', Jill Valentine becomes infected with the T-Virus. It makes her so ill that a second character becomes playable, and it is he who finds a cure.
* In ''TheLastOfUs'', ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', two important characters become fatally infected with Cordyceps. Sam pulls the [[ZombieInfectee usual schtick]]; the other reveals her bite in a bid to guilt Joel into doing what she believes is right.
10th Aug '15 11:29:29 PM Duffan
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* In a two-part episode of ''{{Castle}}'', he is exposed to a toxin after shadowing Beckett on a case in D.C. The two had recently become engaged, so the shipping aspect was there, but it mostly served to allow him to work with her despite no longer being under Mayor Welton's discretion (Well, he's dying anyway, might as well let him feel useful).
10th Aug '15 11:25:32 PM Duffan
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** Cam and Arastoo have each been exposed individually in different episodes.
11th May '15 4:02:19 AM erforce
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* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."

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* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."
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