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8th Dec '17 11:55:51 PM jamespolk
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', coughing=having Captain Tripps (the "superflu" which all but wipes out humanity)

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', coughing=having Captain Tripps Trips (the "superflu" which all but wipes out humanity)



* [[spoiler:Eazy-E]] in ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'' begins coughing when he [[spoiler:fires Jerry Heller for embezzling money from his group. It turns out his coughing is {{foreshadowing}} his HIV/AIDS diagnosis]].

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* [[spoiler:Eazy-E]] Eazy-E in ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'' begins coughing when he [[spoiler:fires Jerry Heller for embezzling money from his group. group]]. It turns out his coughing is {{foreshadowing}} his HIV/AIDS diagnosis]].diagnosis.
3rd Dec '17 1:27:13 PM Malady
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* In {{Tombstone}}, [[spoiler:Doc Holliday's cough marks his eventual death by tuberculosis, much like the real Doc Holliday]]

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* In {{Tombstone}}, Film/{{Tombstone}}, [[spoiler:Doc Holliday's cough marks his eventual death by tuberculosis, much like the real Doc Holliday]]
28th Nov '17 12:30:05 PM lillolillo
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* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has few of these too. Most of them happen during serious fights (and usually only bad guy dies afterwards), but there's actual example too. Since killing off Okita Sougo (a character loosely based on Okita Souji) would've completely messed up the comedic nature of the series, mangaka twisted things a bit - instead of Sougo having tuberculosis, it was his sister Mitsuba who suffered from illness... and she lasts for about two episodes. Among fans the arc is considered to be a big TearJerker.

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* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has few of these too. Most of them happen during serious fights (and usually only bad guy dies afterwards), but there's actual example too. Since killing off Okita Sougo (a character loosely based on Okita Souji) would've completely messed up the comedic nature of the series, mangaka twisted things a bit - instead of Sougo having tuberculosis, it was his sister Mitsuba who suffered from illness... and she lasts for about two episodes. Among fans the arc is considered to be a big TearJerker.



** Uchiha Itachi dies from one of these. Apparently, he had been keeping himself alive with all sorts of medicine so he could [[spoiler: be killed by Sasuke]]. Then we find out ''why''. On the whole, it comes off as a huge TearJerker.

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** Uchiha Itachi dies from one of these. Apparently, he had been keeping himself alive with all sorts of medicine so he could [[spoiler: be killed by Sasuke]]. Then we find out ''why''. On the whole, it comes off as a huge TearJerker.



* Strangely averted in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', when it is revealed that [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Vic Sage]] knew he was dying of lung cancer since before the start of the series, but the only hint of that is him disapproving of his protégées smoking, and that is treated like a RunningGag more than anything. Of course, once the cat is out of the bag, his symptoms starts to show. ''[[TearJerker Fast.]]''

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* Strangely averted in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', when it is revealed that [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Vic Sage]] knew he was dying of lung cancer since before the start of the series, but the only hint of that is him disapproving of his protégées smoking, and that is treated like a RunningGag more than anything. Of course, once the cat is out of the bag, his symptoms starts to show. ''[[TearJerker Fast.]]''''Fast.''
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'': During the [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle's run]] ComicBook/LanaLang was often shown coughing or vomiting blood. She managed to keep it from Kara for a while until the Girl of Steel finally found out. A quick XRayVision scan indicated a strange organism was mixing with the cells around it. Later it was revealed that [[spoiler:villain Insect Queen was taking over Lana.]]
17th Nov '17 10:30:42 AM VelvetPierrot
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*** So far, Hayate's cough is the only actual sign of a disease we've seen in-universe. And we don't even actually know what it is.



** Hayate also appears to have this, though [[spoiler:he dies by other means]].
** So far, this is the only actual disease we've seen in-universe. And we don't even actually know what it is.
17th Nov '17 1:00:02 AM Mareon
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* In the very first scene of ''Series/TheCrown2016'', [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseofWindsor King George VI]] violently coughs up blood into the toilet, before assuming a stiff upper lip and going into preside over Prince Philip's investiture ceremony. Given that the focus of the series is about George's daughter [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]]'s early years on the throne, it's not hard to guess what's coming.

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* In the very first scene of ''Series/TheCrown2016'', [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseofWindsor King George VI]] violently coughs up blood into the toilet, before assuming a stiff upper lip StiffUpperLip and going into preside over Prince Philip's investiture ceremony. Given that the focus of the series is about George's daughter [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]]'s early years on the throne, it's not hard to guess what's coming.
31st Oct '17 10:58:26 AM Miruka
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** In the Sternritter arc this is actually explained: [[spoiler:Ukitake was going to die from a real cough of death, but his parents sent him to a shrine and prayed for the entity to heal him, and he did by possessing Ukitake. Of course, no one knows about that until the moment the plot needs that convenient entity. ]]
** We don't have any idea what killed Hisana Kuchiki aside from the fact it was some kind of sickness. She didn't survive the end of winter with it and the anime gave her an Incurable Cough Of Death to emphasise her weakening condition.

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** In the Sternritter arc this is actually explained: [[spoiler:Ukitake was going to die from a real cough Cough of death, Death, but his parents sent him to a shrine and prayed for the entity to heal him, and he did by possessing Ukitake. Of course, no one knows about that until the moment the plot needs that convenient entity. ]]
** We don't have any idea what killed Hisana Kuchiki aside from the fact it was some kind of sickness. She didn't was unable to survive to the end of winter with it it, and the anime gave her an Incurable Cough Of of Death to emphasise her weakening condition.
31st Oct '17 10:56:26 AM Miruka
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Juushirou Ukitake subverts the death aspect.. sorta, with a particularly terrible, bloody cough from an unnamed illness he's had from childhood. As a noble-ranked shinigami, he was born in Soul Society (the afterlife) but spirits are still capable of dying and even breathe. Usually, he's either laid up in bed or his activities will be interrupted by a violent coughing fit that will lead to him coughing up blood. Fans popularly conclude he has tuberculosis but the story itself has never confirmed the nature of the disease only that he obtained it in childhood and the shock of being diagnosed with it [[LockedIntoStrangeness turned his hair]] [[DiseaseBleach white.]]
** In the Sternritter arc this is actually explained: [[spoiler: Ukitake was going to die from a real Cough of death, but his parents sent him to a shrine and prayed for the entity to heal him, and he did by possessing Ukitake. Of course, no one knows about that until the moment the plot needs that convenient entity. ]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Juushirou Jushiro Ukitake subverts the death aspect.. sorta, with a particularly terrible, bloody cough from an unnamed illness he's had from childhood. As a noble-ranked shinigami, he was born in the Soul Society (the afterlife) afterlife), but spirits are still capable of dying and even breathe. Usually, he's either laid up in bed or his activities will be interrupted by a violent coughing fit that will lead to him coughing up blood. Fans popularly conclude he has tuberculosis but the story itself has never confirmed the nature of the disease disease, only that he obtained it in childhood and the shock of being diagnosed with it [[LockedIntoStrangeness turned his hair]] [[DiseaseBleach white.]]
** In the Sternritter arc this is actually explained: [[spoiler: Ukitake [[spoiler:Ukitake was going to die from a real Cough cough of death, but his parents sent him to a shrine and prayed for the entity to heal him, and he did by possessing Ukitake. Of course, no one knows about that until the moment the plot needs that convenient entity. ]]



* In the ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga, it is revealed that Tohru's father Kazuya died of a badly treated pneumonia.

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* In the ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga, it is revealed that Tohru's father Kazuya died of a badly treated pneumonia.



** [[spoiler: Hohenheim later cures her Incurable Cough Of Death. He cannot bring her organs back, but via an alchemical punch to the gut he can permanently stop the bleeding and the cough. Ironic, no?]]

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** [[spoiler: Hohenheim [[spoiler:Hohenheim later cures her Incurable Cough Of Death. He cannot bring her organs back, but via an alchemical punch to the gut he can permanently stop the bleeding and the cough. Ironic, no?]]



*** In the same movie it's revealed Izumi eventually died due to her IncurableCoughOfDeath.

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*** In the same movie movie, it's revealed that Izumi eventually died due to her IncurableCoughOfDeath.cough.
28th Oct '17 12:29:33 PM OlmoJV
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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', Lianne's mother is gravely ill when she's introduced. She coughs so violently at one point that her handkerchief is bloodied. She deliberately hides it, but Shen spots it. [[spoiler:She dies in the next chapter.]]

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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Lianne's mother is gravely ill when she's introduced. She coughs so violently at one point that her handkerchief is bloodied. She deliberately hides it, but Shen spots it. [[spoiler:She dies in the next chapter.]]
2nd Oct '17 11:59:03 AM Triscon42
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** That said, [[HiromuArakawa Hiromu Arakawa's]] signature [[MoodWhiplash sense of humor]] manages to make even ''this'' trope funny. Such as when she was introgating a thug while looking for the Elrics.

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** That said, [[HiromuArakawa Hiromu Arakawa's]] signature [[MoodWhiplash sense of humor]] manages to make even ''this'' trope funny. Such as when she Izumi was introgating caught a thug while looking for the Elrics.
2nd Oct '17 11:58:15 AM Triscon42
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** That said, [[HiromuArakawa Hiromu Arakawa's]] signature [[MoodWhiplash sense of humor]] manages to make even ''this'' trope funny. Case in point:
-->Paraphrased
--> '''Izumi''': "Alright, tell me where are the Elrics are!"
--> '''Thug''': "Or what?"
--> '''Izumi''': "Or I'll do ''this''!" ([[{{Squick}} pukes blood all over him]])
--> '''Thug''': '''''[[CrossesTheLineTwice EEEEHUGHHH!!!]]'''''

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** That said, [[HiromuArakawa Hiromu Arakawa's]] signature [[MoodWhiplash sense of humor]] manages to make even ''this'' trope funny. Case in point:
-->Paraphrased
--> '''Izumi''': "Alright,
Such as when she was introgating a thug while looking for the Elrics.
-->"If you don't
tell me where are the Elrics are!"
--> '''Thug''': "Or what?"
--> '''Izumi''': "Or I'll do ''this''!" ([[{{Squick}}
they are..."
-->"So? What happens if I don't tell you?!"
-->"I'll give you ''this!''" ''([[BloodFromTheMouth
pukes blood all over him]])
--> '''Thug''': '''''[[CrossesTheLineTwice EEEEHUGHHH!!!]]'''''
blood]] [[{{Squick}} in his face]])''
-->[[CrossesTheLineTwice "NO YEEAKH UGH AAAH!!!!"]]
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