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15th Mar '16 3:39:17 PM ObsidianFire
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* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Garulfo}}'': in order to get by unquestioned, the heroes (one of which is in the body of a frog) [[TotemPoleTrench wrap themselves in a moldy shroud]], shaking a clacker and moaning "Leper! Leper!". Then they meet a GenreSavvy guard, who knows better than to back away, and knocks off the hood... to see a pair of bulbous yellow eyes on a wizened green body. He runs, fast.

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* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Garulfo}}'': in order to get by unquestioned, the heroes (one of which is in the body of a frog) [[TotemPoleTrench wrap themselves in a moldy shroud]], shaking a clacker and moaning "Leper! Leper!". Then they meet a GenreSavvy smart guard, who knows better than to back away, and knocks off the hood... to see a pair of bulbous yellow eyes on a wizened green body. He runs, fast.
11th Mar '16 11:00:07 AM hullflyer
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* In Creator/FrederickForsyth's ''The Fist Of God'', a British soldier is undercover as a Kuwaiti hospital employee in downtown Kuwait during its occupation by Iraq in the Gulf War. He is stopped at a checkpoint, and gets away by whining that all of the samples in his trunk will escape into the air. He states that the samples are of cholera and smallpox.

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* In Creator/FrederickForsyth's ''The Fist Of God'', a British soldier is undercover as a Kuwaiti hospital employee in downtown Kuwait during its occupation by Iraq in the Gulf War. He is stopped at a checkpoint, and gets away by whining that all of the samples in his trunk will escape into the air. He states that the samples are of cholera and smallpox. This is also thanks to his observational skills, noting that the commander of the checkpoint has noticeable facial scarring that suggests he had smallpox when he was younger.
7th Mar '16 1:10:08 AM Doug86
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* In Sondheim's ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', this device is used twice; once to get the female love interest away from her owner by claiming that she has a terrible, deadly disease to which the protagonist, fortunately enough, just happens to be immune, and once when said owner, trying to avoid the irascible customer who has paid in advance for the girl, pretends to be a leper to keep everyone away. Sight gags involving fake limbs being thrown at people abound.

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* In Sondheim's ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', this device is used twice; once to get the female love interest away from her owner by claiming that she has a terrible, deadly disease to which the protagonist, fortunately enough, just happens to be immune, and once when said owner, trying to avoid the irascible customer who has paid in advance for the girl, pretends to be a leper to keep everyone away. Sight gags involving fake limbs being thrown at people abound.
5th Mar '16 10:32:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Cure'' has a rare case where the person pulling off the trick actually ''is'' ill: Joseph Mazzello's character, who is HIV positive from a blood transfusion, chases off an attacker by cutting himself and chasing the bad guy away while screaming "My blood is poison!"

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* ''The Cure'' ''Film/TheCure'' has a rare case where the person pulling off the trick actually ''is'' ill: Joseph Mazzello's character, who is HIV positive from a blood transfusion, chases off an attacker by cutting himself and chasing the bad guy away while screaming "My blood is poison!"



* In Sondheim's ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', this device is used twice; once to get the female love interest away from her owner by claiming that she has a terrible, deadly disease to which the protagonist, fortunately enough, just happens to be immune, and once when said owner, trying to avoid the irascible customer who has paid in advance for the girl, pretends to be a leper to keep everyone away. Sight gags involving fake limbs being thrown at people abound.

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* In Sondheim's ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', this device is used twice; once to get the female love interest away from her owner by claiming that she has a terrible, deadly disease to which the protagonist, fortunately enough, just happens to be immune, and once when said owner, trying to avoid the irascible customer who has paid in advance for the girl, pretends to be a leper to keep everyone away. Sight gags involving fake limbs being thrown at people abound.



* ''SwissFamilyRobinson'': while salvaging the shipwreck, the father chases off attacking pirates with a quarantine flag, explaining to his sons the flag means Black Death is aboard.

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* ''SwissFamilyRobinson'': ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'': while salvaging the shipwreck, the father chases off attacking pirates with a quarantine flag, explaining to his sons the flag means Black Death is aboard.



* Richard Adams' ''WatershipDown'' has one story of El-ahrairah wherein he uses the disease "Lousepedoodle" to steal a king's lettuce, and another in which he lies about the actual disease myxomatosis as part of a scheme to steal from a farmer.

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* Richard Adams' ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' has one story of El-ahrairah wherein he uses the disease "Lousepedoodle" to steal a king's lettuce, and another in which he lies about the actual disease myxomatosis as part of a scheme to steal from a farmer.



** In ''[[{{Redwall}} Martin the Warrior]]''. Martin, Felldoh, and Brome pretend to have a fever when in the prison pit, to prevent the guards from climbing down and checking on them. Keyla the otter sings to attract the attention of Rose and Grumm, who are outside the fortress, and when questioned by a guard claims to have been singing a charm against fictitious diseases such as the dreaded "flurgy twinj". Brome even manages to mix rhymed directions for digging them out in his faked screams of pain.

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** In ''[[{{Redwall}} ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Martin the Warrior]]''. Martin, Felldoh, and Brome pretend to have a fever when in the prison pit, to prevent the guards from climbing down and checking on them. Keyla the otter sings to attract the attention of Rose and Grumm, who are outside the fortress, and when questioned by a guard claims to have been singing a charm against fictitious diseases such as the dreaded "flurgy twinj". Brome even manages to mix rhymed directions for digging them out in his faked screams of pain.



* In CarolineLawrence's ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' Flavia fakes the plague to distract some slavers. They see through it, but it works long enough to hide what it was meant to hide.

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* In CarolineLawrence's Creator/CarolineLawrence's ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' Flavia fakes the plague to distract some slavers. They see through it, but it works long enough to hide what it was meant to hide.
9th Jan '16 11:32:25 AM jamespolk
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* In one of the ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies (''Another Thin Man''), Nora is surrounded by admirers and Nick wants to have a word in private with her.

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* In one of the ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies (''Another Thin Man''), ''Film/AnotherThinMan'', Nora is surrounded by admirers and Nick wants to have a word in private with her.



--> Everyone around them makes excuses and leaves.

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--> Everyone (Everyone around them makes excuses and leaves.)
5th Jan '16 4:08:18 PM jamespolk
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* In one of the ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies, Nora is surrounded by admirers and Nick wants to have a word in private with her.

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* In one of the ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies, movies (''Another Thin Man''), Nora is surrounded by admirers and Nick wants to have a word in private with her.
3rd Jan '16 1:41:47 PM vifetoile
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' used the vaporizing flu [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0387.html in this comic]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' used the vaporizing flu [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0387.html in this comic]]. One of the guards asks if it's contagious, and Elan says, "Yes, but oddly enough only if you stand around in places where a previous victim has died and ask questions."
1st Jan '16 5:21:10 PM nombretomado
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* In the third ''{{Slayers}}'' novel, Lina and Gourry are captured by bounty hunters. When the guards start getting lecherous, Gourry very sternly warns them not to lay a finger on Lina, or ''they'll catch what she's got''. The guards immediately back off, but Lina is ''not'' happy.

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* In the third ''{{Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' novel, Lina and Gourry are captured by bounty hunters. When the guards start getting lecherous, Gourry very sternly warns them not to lay a finger on Lina, or ''they'll catch what she's got''. The guards immediately back off, but Lina is ''not'' happy.
30th Nov '15 4:26:14 PM SteveMB
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* In "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", Literature/SherlockHolmes pulls this on Dr. Watson, in order to lure the person who tried (but failed) to infect him with a lethal virus into a trap. Watson, not being a particularly good liar, wouldn't have been convincing enough if he knew what was really going on, so Holmes has to keep him from getting close enough to discover that he's only feigning illness.

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* In "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", Literature/SherlockHolmes pulls this on Dr. Watson, in order to lure the person who tried (but failed) to infect him with a lethal virus into a trap. Watson, [[BadLiar not being a particularly good liar, liar]], [[WeWouldHaveToldYouBut wouldn't have been convincing enough if he knew what was really going on, on]], so Holmes has to keep him from getting close enough to discover that he's only feigning illness.
24th Nov '15 3:16:26 PM PaulA
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* In the ''CornerGas'' episode "Contagious Fortune," Hank refuses to hang out at the gas station because he's afraid of catching pinkeye from Wanda. When Wanda tells him her pinkeye has cleared up, he says, "I guess I can hang out here then." Wanda never really enjoys him hanging around the gas station, so she tries to get rid of him by claiming that she now has "a bad case of tubercu-leprosy."

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* In the ''CornerGas'' ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Contagious Fortune," Fortune", Hank refuses to hang out at the gas station because he's afraid of catching pinkeye from Wanda. When Wanda tells him her pinkeye has cleared up, he says, "I guess I can hang out here then." Wanda never really enjoys him hanging around the gas station, so she tries to get rid of him by claiming that she now has "a bad case of tubercu-leprosy."
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