History Main / LittlestCancerPatient

11th Sep '17 7:07:24 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Often we find Littlest Cancer Patients to be WiseBeyondTheirYears. Occasionally they are used to give a PetTheDog moment to TheBigGuy, TheLancer, or sometimes even a DirtyCoward. Another common use is for an athlete to swear to win a game or match for the sake of this poor, sick child, never taking to mind the possible repercussions if they ''failed'' to do this. Nowadays, though, you can expect cruel subversion for that. ([[http://www.pbfcomics.com/150/ Hilarious subversions work too.]])

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Often we find Littlest Cancer Patients to be WiseBeyondTheirYears. Occasionally they are used to give a PetTheDog moment to TheBigGuy, TheLancer, or sometimes even a DirtyCoward. Another common use is for an athlete to swear to win a game or match for the sake of this poor, sick child, never taking to mind the possible repercussions if they ''failed'' to do this. Nowadays, though, you can expect As this trope developed, cruel subversion for that.subversions became common. ([[http://www.pbfcomics.com/150/ Hilarious subversions work too.]])
4th Aug '17 9:03:29 PM karstovich2
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* The title character of Conor Oberst's song "Danny Callahan" (on his self-titled album) is a Littlest Cancer Patient. Subverted: "Even Western medicine/It couldn't save Danny Callahan/Bad bone marrow, a bald little boy." Ouch.

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* The title character of [[Music/BrightEyes Conor Oberst's Oberst]]'s song "Danny Callahan" (on his 2008 self-titled album) is a Littlest Cancer Patient. Subverted: "Even Western medicine/It couldn't save Danny Callahan/Bad bone marrow, a bald little boy." Ouch.
22nd Jul '17 9:41:47 AM Siempie
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has Maria, a twelve year-old girl suffering from a fictional auto-immune disease called [=NIDS=]. [[UltimateLifeform Shadow]] was created to help find a cure for her. Shadow and Maria became LikeBrotherAndSister and [[spoiler: during the GUN-raid, Maria was shot and killed while helping Shadow escape to Earth]].
10th Jul '17 10:36:20 AM xcountryguy
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* A surprisingly well-done and heartbreaking case in the ''Manga/NaruTaru'' manga, [[spoiler: ActionMom Jane Franklin teams up with Shiina to rescue her son Robert, the LCP of the story, who is also a Dragon Bearer, and who's been kidnapped by the Japanese government so they can use him for their purposes. The child even dies in her arms peacefully after they rescue him.]]

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* A surprisingly well-done and heartbreaking case in the ''Manga/NaruTaru'' manga, [[spoiler: ActionMom [[spoiler:ActionMom Jane Franklin teams up with Shiina to rescue her son Robert, the LCP of the story, who is also a Dragon Bearer, and who's been kidnapped by the Japanese government so they can use him for their purposes. The child even dies in her arms peacefully after they rescue him.]]



* Yuuya, the cute IllBoy from the seventh and eighth volumes of CLAMP's ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' qualifies, although he has a rare kidney disease rather than cancer. Not only does he rack up massive Moe points with the audience, he's also [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom the indirect cause]] of [[spoiler:Seishirou's eye being destroyed]], as his mother [[spoiler: crossed the DespairEventHorizon, then [[LoveMakesyouCrazy went batshit crazy]] and tried to tear Subaru's kidney out, and instead ended up gouging his Seishirou's eye out right in front of him]]... resulting in even more [[BreaktheCutie angst and woe]].
** For worse, [[spoiler: Yuuya had a twin sister named Maya. She was this in the past, and then she died.]]

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* Yuuya, the cute IllBoy from the seventh and eighth volumes of CLAMP's ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' qualifies, although he has a rare kidney disease rather than cancer. Not only does he rack up massive Moe points with the audience, he's also [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom the indirect cause]] of [[spoiler:Seishirou's eye being destroyed]], as his mother [[spoiler: crossed [[spoiler:crossed the DespairEventHorizon, then [[LoveMakesyouCrazy went batshit crazy]] and tried to tear Subaru's kidney out, and instead ended up gouging his Seishirou's eye out right in front of him]]... resulting in even more [[BreaktheCutie angst and woe]].
** For worse, [[spoiler: Yuuya [[spoiler:Yuuya had a twin sister named Maya. She was this in the past, and then she died.]]



* Yes, one showed up in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''. Yes, the title character gets sent over by the local "Make-A-Wish" people. Yes, he always wanted to be a supervillain. [[spoiler: Yes, he actually becomes one.]]

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* Yes, one showed up in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''. Yes, the title character gets sent over by the local "Make-A-Wish" people. Yes, he always wanted to be a supervillain. [[spoiler: Yes, [[spoiler:Yes, he actually becomes one.]]



* Part of a plot device in JLA Watchtower. A fund-raiser for a San Francisco children's hospital had some rare Titans action figures and memorabilia up for sale, with her heroes themselves guarding the memorabilia and interacting with fans. One of the action figures goes missing [[spoiler: turns out it was the older brother of Littlest Cancer Patient, trying to get the ultimate Christmas gift for what was likely to be her last Christmas]].

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* Part of a plot device in JLA Watchtower. A fund-raiser for a San Francisco children's hospital had some rare Titans action figures and memorabilia up for sale, with her heroes themselves guarding the memorabilia and interacting with fans. One of the action figures goes missing [[spoiler: turns [[spoiler:turns out it was the older brother of Littlest Cancer Patient, trying to get the ultimate Christmas gift for what was likely to be her last Christmas]].



* Parodied in ''Film/CecilBDemented'', where the adorable cancer patient at a benefit is shown to be an annoying little jerk who probably deserves to die. [[spoiler: He does, a few minutes later, when the charity worker he was tormenting shuts off his respirator while everyone else is distracted by Cecil's kidnapping of a Hollywood star present at the benefit.]] Then again, did you expect anything less from John Waters?

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* Parodied in ''Film/CecilBDemented'', where the adorable cancer patient at a benefit is shown to be an annoying little jerk who probably deserves to die. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He does, a few minutes later, when the charity worker he was tormenting shuts off his respirator while everyone else is distracted by Cecil's kidnapping of a Hollywood star present at the benefit.]] Then again, did you expect anything less from John Waters?



** The Wish-a-Wish lady [[spoiler: grants his wish.]]

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** The Wish-a-Wish lady [[spoiler: grants [[spoiler:grants his wish.]]



* Cruelly twisted in the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Sick", their RippedFromTheHeadlines take on the second round of child molestation allegations against Music/MichaelJackson. After the detectives begin investigating the Jacko-surrogate (who has bribed a family of a victim, a now-dangerously disturbed boy, to shut up), one of these comes forward saying she was also molested at a charity gathering. It turns out that first, [[spoiler: she was not molested, but forced to say this by her grandmother/guardian so they could get a similar settlement so the girl could live.]] Second is even worse: [[spoiler: she doesn't have cancer; her grandmother is secretly ''poisoning her'' to profit off her ill state]]. What's really sad is that this is TruthInTelevision, and [[spoiler: known as Munchausen by Proxy -- making someone in one's care intentionally sick to garner respect, sympathy, and money; while this is intended as the grandmother's defense, she is told that no one will be "that stupid" as to believe it -- she's just greedy. Indeed, Novak decides to prosecute her for fraud for all the hundreds of thousands of dollars she's scammed off of people for the "sickness."]].
* A related story from ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', "Faith", has similar motivations: The Littlest Cancer Patient whose blogs, phone interviews and autobiography brought the nation to tears [[spoiler: turned out to be a complete hoax: her GenreSavvy "guardian" wrote the book and blog herself, faked the phone calls, and even accepted donations of home medical equipment to stockpile for future sale on eBay. The truth only came out when a would-be benefactor insisted on meeting the girl in person]].

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* Cruelly twisted in the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Sick", their RippedFromTheHeadlines take on the second round of child molestation allegations against Music/MichaelJackson. After the detectives begin investigating the Jacko-surrogate (who has bribed a family of a victim, a now-dangerously disturbed boy, to shut up), one of these comes forward saying she was also molested at a charity gathering. It turns out that first, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she was not molested, but forced to say this by her grandmother/guardian so they could get a similar settlement so the girl could live.]] Second is even worse: [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she doesn't have cancer; her grandmother is secretly ''poisoning her'' to profit off her ill state]]. What's really sad is that this is TruthInTelevision, and [[spoiler: known [[spoiler:known as Munchausen by Proxy -- making someone in one's care intentionally sick to garner respect, sympathy, and money; while this is intended as the grandmother's defense, she is told that no one will be "that stupid" as to believe it -- she's just greedy. Indeed, Novak decides to prosecute her for fraud for all the hundreds of thousands of dollars she's scammed off of people for the "sickness."]].
* A related story from ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', "Faith", has similar motivations: The Littlest Cancer Patient whose blogs, phone interviews and autobiography brought the nation to tears [[spoiler: turned [[spoiler:turned out to be a complete hoax: her GenreSavvy "guardian" wrote the book and blog herself, faked the phone calls, and even accepted donations of home medical equipment to stockpile for future sale on eBay. The truth only came out when a would-be benefactor insisted on meeting the girl in person]].



* Used with a twist in ''Series/StrongMedicine''. A little girl needs a marrow transplant and the mother isn't compatible, so [[JerkSue Lu Delgado]] tries to convince the ([[TheUnfairSex as always]]) JerkAss father to donate (he had left them because he believed the girl wasn't his daughter and the wife had cheated on him, ''despite'' knowing the LCP was sick). After [[strike: bullying]] [[strike: guilt-tripping]] convincing the dad into trying anyway, Lu finds out that he's ''really'' not compatible either. And after snooping around some more, it turns out [[spoiler: the kid had been a victim of a TwinSwitch after her birth, hence why the "parents" weren't able to donate: she wasn't ''their'' daughter to start with.]]

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* Used with a twist in ''Series/StrongMedicine''. A little girl needs a marrow transplant and the mother isn't compatible, so [[JerkSue Lu Delgado]] tries to convince the ([[TheUnfairSex as always]]) JerkAss father to donate (he had left them because he believed the girl wasn't his daughter and the wife had cheated on him, ''despite'' knowing the LCP was sick). After [[strike: bullying]] [[strike: guilt-tripping]] convincing the dad into trying anyway, Lu finds out that he's ''really'' not compatible either. And after snooping around some more, it turns out [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the kid had been a victim of a TwinSwitch after her birth, hence why the "parents" weren't able to donate: she wasn't ''their'' daughter to start with.]]



* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3'' had Mamoru, the Littlest Heart Disease Patient as part of an arc. In a bit of a subversion, [[spoiler: it's implied that he is actually in control of the BonusBoss, Serenade.EXE - the only other character that can match [[PsychoForHire Bass.EXE]], [[TheRival Protoman.EXE]], and [[TheHero MegaMan.exe]].]]
** [[spoiler: And owns the very shady Undernet, to boot.]]
** [[spoiler: Hub/Saito "Mega Man" Hikari, anyone?]]

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3'' had Mamoru, the Littlest Heart Disease Patient as part of an arc. In a bit of a subversion, [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's implied that he is actually in control of the BonusBoss, Serenade.EXE - the only other character that can match [[PsychoForHire Bass.EXE]], [[TheRival Protoman.EXE]], and [[TheHero MegaMan.exe]].]]
** [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And owns the very shady Undernet, to boot.]]
** [[spoiler: Hub/Saito [[spoiler:Hub/Saito "Mega Man" Hikari, anyone?]]



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1kcymJUjWU This little animation]] features an ill boy who is approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation lady, saying that he can have anything he wants, as he is dying. What does the kid want? [[spoiler: A blowjob. He is shot to death for his troubles.]]

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1kcymJUjWU This little animation]] features an ill boy who is approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation lady, saying that he can have anything he wants, as he is dying. What does the kid want? [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A blowjob. He is shot to death for his troubles.]]



* Dot played this type of character in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' movie ''Film/WakkosWish''. And she was such a cute little terminally ill kid! [[spoiler: Unsurprisingly subverted, given the source material. It turns out she was just acting the entire time, and the "surgery" she was trying to get the entire film was having a beauty mark added.]]

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* Dot played this type of character in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' movie ''Film/WakkosWish''. And she was such a cute little terminally ill kid! [[spoiler: Unsurprisingly [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly subverted, given the source material. It turns out she was just acting the entire time, and the "surgery" she was trying to get the entire film was having a beauty mark added.]]
5th Jul '17 1:13:47 PM ironballs16
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* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', the anti-smoking MoralGuardians attempt to use "Cancer Boy" as a trump card in a television appearance against tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor. It backfires, after which Senator Finistirre complains to his aide that the Littlest Cancer Patient they picked wasn't sick enough. (Specifically, it backfires because Naylor claims the MoralGuardians want Cancer Boy dead while the tobacco industry doesn't want to lose a valuable customer.)

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* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', the anti-smoking MoralGuardians attempt to use "Cancer Boy" as a trump card in a television appearance against tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor. It backfires, after which Senator Finistirre complains to his aide that the Littlest Cancer Patient they picked wasn't sick enough. (Specifically, it backfires because Naylor claims the MoralGuardians want Cancer Boy dead [[InspirationalMartyr because it'd help their cause]], while the tobacco industry doesn't want to lose a valuable customer.)
25th Jun '17 9:03:59 PM MerePeahen
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* RyanDan's song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg4zxY1vF1w "Tears of an Angel"]] is a poignant tribute to [[AdultFears their four-year-old niece]], [[LittlestCancerPatient who died of leukemia]] while they were recording their 2007 album.
14th May '17 4:31:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''BreathOfFireIII'' has an enemy tournament participant claim falsely that his daughter is ill and needs the prize money for an operation. The heroes try to beat him anyway. After the TimeSkip, you learn his daughter's still embarrassed about it.
* ''TraumaCenter Second Opinion'' has Tyler's younger sister who is afflicted by a rare disease caused by the GUILT, as parodied by the WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries.

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* ''BreathOfFireIII'' ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' has an enemy tournament participant claim falsely that his daughter is ill and needs the prize money for an operation. The heroes try to beat him anyway. After the TimeSkip, you learn his daughter's still embarrassed about it.
* ''TraumaCenter ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter Second Opinion'' has Tyler's younger sister who is afflicted by a rare disease caused by the GUILT, as parodied by the WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries.
29th Apr '17 5:58:37 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In one episode of ''{{Anime/Vandread}}'', while tending to one planet where the residents are largely ill due to bad conditions in their atmosphere, Bart strikes an InterGenerationalFriendship with a little girl named Shirley who loves to hear his exaggerated tales of what they've gone through up till this point. She is happy to hear all that, and begins working on a doll bearing his resemblance, which lets people know they existed and left something behind. When a Harvester Fleet shows up to try and kidnap some of the population, Bart goes into PapaWolf mode and does a YouShallNotPass on them. Unfortunately, Shirley dies from her illness while he was protecting the planet, and was never able to sew the doll's hair on... so Bart instead [[ImportantHaircut shaves his head]] [[BaldOfAwesome bald]] to match the doll she made.

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* In one episode of ''{{Anime/Vandread}}'', while tending to one planet where the residents are largely ill due to bad conditions in their atmosphere, Bart strikes an InterGenerationalFriendship with a little girl named Shirley who loves to hear his exaggerated tales of what they've gone through up till this point. She is happy to hear all that, and begins working on a doll bearing his resemblance, which lets people know they existed and left something behind. When a Harvester Fleet shows up to try and kidnap some of the population, Bart goes into PapaWolf mode and does a YouShallNotPass on them. Unfortunately, Shirley [[TearJerker dies from her illness illness]] while he was protecting the planet, and was never able to sew the doll's hair on... so Bart instead [[ImportantHaircut shaves his head]] [[BaldOfAwesome bald]] to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming match the doll she made.made, which he subsequently wears around his neck as a charm]].
10th Apr '17 11:01:06 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Little Orphan Angry", a young con artist kept on pretending to be ill, faking his death, and changing his identity and disease to constantly get free stuff from the Make a Wish Foundation. He eventually gets his comeuppance by being eaten by a shark.

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* In the ''{{Sealab ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Little Orphan Angry", a young con artist kept on pretending to be ill, faking his death, and changing his identity and disease to constantly get free stuff from the Make a Wish Foundation. He eventually gets his comeuppance by being eaten by a shark.
2nd Apr '17 9:54:51 AM Sark0TAG
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* Sierra's ''VideoGame/LighthouseTheDarkBeing'' has Lyril, guardian of the Temple of Ancient Machines. She's been bound to a life support chair since the age of four due to a mysterious accident that required amputation of her legs. Worse, her companions, the temple's priests, had failed to return from a mission some time before your arrival in her world, and her life support has started to fall into disrepair, [[RepetitiveAudioGlitch hindering her speech]]. But Lyril was also trained in memorizing histories, and does provide a fair amount of explanation for what's going on in her world.
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