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14th Aug '17 4:05:26 PM ngh93
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In some cases, the character starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.

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In some cases, the character starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.still receive the special treatment.
13th Aug '17 3:34:32 PM Snowsky
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Fred and George Weasley's "Skiving Snackboxes". One end of the candy will make you graphically ill (nausea/vomiting, nosebleeds, rashes, etc.); upon being excused from your class, you eat the other half, which restores you to perfect health.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Fred and George Weasley's "Skiving Snackboxes". One end Eating one half of the candy will make you graphically ill (nausea/vomiting, nosebleeds, rashes, etc.); ill; upon being excused from your class, you eat the other half, which restores you to perfect health.health. There are different varieties that make you throw up, faint, have a nosebleed, or come down with a fever and break out in massive, pus-filled boils.
12th Aug '17 12:25:50 PM ngh93
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12th Aug '17 12:24:24 PM ngh93
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In some cases, the patient starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.

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In some cases, the patient character starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.
12th Aug '17 12:23:07 PM ngh93
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In comedy, [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin this almost never works]], with the ruse either being readily discovered or backfiring on the character. A backfire might be whatever they were trying to avoid being moved to a day not covered by their ploy; it's also common for the character to end up missing out on something fun. Another risk is that the character may be compelled to take medicine or otherwise submit to medical treatment, as unpleasant and counterproductive as such things may be for someone who is not in fact sick. For added irony, it is rather common for someone who's playing sick to ''actually'' get sick somewhere along the way. This is often depicted as LaserGuidedKarma.

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In comedy, [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin this almost never works]], with the ruse either being readily discovered or backfiring on the character. A backfire might be whatever they were trying to avoid being moved to a day not covered by their ploy; it's also common for the character to end up missing out on something fun. Another risk is that the character may be compelled to take medicine or otherwise submit to medical treatment, as unpleasant and counterproductive as such things may be for someone who is not in fact sick.

In some cases, the patient starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.

For added irony, it is rather common for someone who's playing sick to ''actually'' get sick somewhere along the way. This is often depicted as LaserGuidedKarma.
LaserGuidedKarma.

2nd Aug '17 5:53:12 AM Andyroid
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* On an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', younger Pete fakes food poisoning by pudding to get out of school for a day, and breaks cardinal rule number one, "Don't leave the house", in the second season finale of ''The Adventures of Pete and Pete''. (Yes, it's the one where [[MemeticMutation he sticks President Martin Van Buren up his nose]].)

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* On an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', younger ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'': In the season 2 finale "Sick Day" (the one where [[ItMakesSenseInContext Little Pete sticks President Martin Van Buren up his nose]]), Little Pete fakes food poisoning by tapioca pudding to get out of school for a day, and breaks cardinal rule number one, "Don't leave the house", in the second season finale of ''The Adventures of Pete and Pete''. (Yes, it's the one where [[MemeticMutation he sticks President Martin Van Buren up his nose]].)house".


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': In "Fakin' It", Norbert fakes sick to get out of re-twigging the dam on a wet day, going so far as to feign "the Beaver Gargle of Ache". Dagget runs himself ragged trying to care for Norbert, and when he gets sick too [[CaretakerReversal Norbert feels bad and tries to care for Dagget]]. [[spoiler: Then it turns out Dagget was also faking sick to get back at Norb.]]
8th Jun '17 7:24:38 AM jormis29
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* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Scofflaw", Jerry learns that his friend Gary Fogel (played by Jon Lovitz) had only pretended to have cancer in order to, according to Jerry, "get some free hair" (Jerry had bought him a hair club membership).

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* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Scofflaw", Jerry learns that his friend Gary Fogel (played by Jon Lovitz) Creator/JonLovitz) had only pretended to have cancer in order to, according to Jerry, "get some free hair" (Jerry had bought him a hair club membership).
31st May '17 6:08:53 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[YoungWizards Deep Wizardry]]'', Dairine does this for her ''sister's'' benefit.

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* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[YoungWizards ''[[Literature/YoungWizards Deep Wizardry]]'', Dairine does this for her ''sister's'' benefit.
29th May '17 8:46:01 PM Nakuyabi
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--> "The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a god non-specific symptom, and I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, ah...you get a nervous mother, and you could end up in the doctor's office, and that's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and while you're bent over moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then again, so's high school."

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--> "The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a god good non-specific symptom, and I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, ah... you get a nervous mother, and you could end up in the doctor's office, and that's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and while you're bent over moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then again, so's high school."


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** A bonus scene in the 20th Anniversary Edition has him also very convincingly pretending to throw up on the phone to make his mother let him get back to taking care of E.T. after she calls to check on him.
25th May '17 2:59:06 PM AgProv
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* A prisoner in a British jail once attempted to fake jaundice so as to get a transfer to a prison hospital. He chose to industriously apply neon-yellow highlighter pens to his entire body to fake the classic skin discolouration. Medical staff were not deceived as his skin went such a vivid yellow colour that anyone with ''that'' degree of jaundice would be dead on the spot. But they gave full marks for creative imagination.
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