Created By: Earnest on April 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Earnest on July 16, 2011
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Undead Miracle Cure

Got an incurable ailment? Give undeath a try!

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(Scope of the OP has been changed, it used to be about an undead trying to sell undeath as a good thing)

Despite the obvious downsides, undeath has the palpable upside of curing one or more incurable ailments of the people who are turned. This usually becomes the "blessed" part of Blessed with Suck, while the recently converted character may lament lacking a life, they can at least celebrate being cured of their Incurable Cough of Death (which appropriately enough was cured with undeath). Anyone trying to hype undeath as better than life may use this cure as the selling point above and beyond the power and immortality. Got AIDS? Not an issue if you can't get sick. Missing a limb? An undead could grow it back (or attach a new one!). Blind? The undead don't need biological eyes to see with.

A character considering giving themselves or another an Emergency Transformation usually have this trope in mind, though if they plan to do this well before the sick character's deathbed then it verges more on either Muggle Power or Transhuman Treachery.

Comic Books
  • The comic book Blood + Water has two vampires turn a friend dying of Hepatitis C for this reason. The change even completely undoes all of the physical damage he had suffered over the years of the disease. Interestingly, he confronts them over waiting those years before turning him, and they reveal it was because their Spider-Sense warned them doing so would have a dark consequence. In this case, awakening the ancient Food Chain of Evil that were prehistoric super vampires. They had chosen to ignore it because they cared too much about him to continue to watch him suffer.

Film
  • In Corpse Bride, while being dead isn't exactly a picnic what with the gradual decomposition the dead suffer, it has it's upsides. Mainly that any pains felt in life are completely gone. Mayhew, who died of a coughing related illness, actually was fairly happy at the turnaround.
    Victor: Mayhew! How nice to see... [notices he's dead] I'm so sorry.
    Mayhew: Oh, yeah. Actually, though, I feel great.

Literature
  • One of the Night World books is about a girl with cancer whose vampire boyfriend offers to turn her to save her life.

Live-Action TV
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Lie To Me," a childhood friend of Buffy's sells her out to some vampires in exchange for being turned into a vampire to cure his fatal brain tumor. Buffy was quick to point out that the vampires in her 'verse don't have the Soul of the human the body belonged to; his body would move around, and a demon might have his memories, but "he" would still die.
  • In one episode of Forever Knight a blind woman regains her sight after being turned.
  • Moonlight: Beth asks Mick to do this for her fatally wounded fiance. He refuses. He musta seen that ep of Forever Knight.

Tabletop RPG
  • The whole point of worshipping Nurgle in Warhammer40000, if you are already covered in diseases and rotting flesh, you can't get old, and you won't feel pain. You also have a the patronage of the only kind god in the entire galaxy.

Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • April 27, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    Does This Count? There's no offer being made by an undead--the character thought of it himself, but it's still coolly premeditated instead of an emergency.

    • In the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "Lie To Me," a childhood friend of Buffy's sells her out to some vampires in exchange for being turned into a vampire to cure his fatal brain tumor.
  • April 27, 2011
    bluepenguin
    One of the Night World books is about a girl with cancer whose vampire boyfriend offers to turn her to save her life.
  • April 27, 2011
    Augustine
    The whole point of Nurgle, if you are already covered in diseases and rotting flesh, you can't get old, and you won't feel pain. You also have a the patronage of the only kind god in the entire galaxy.
  • April 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • April 28, 2011
    arromdee
    If they're fatally wounded it's Emergency Transformation.

    I do recall one blind woman on Forever Knight who became a vampire and could see, though.
  • July 12, 2011
    Earnest
    In Corpse Bride, while being dead isn't exactly a picnic what with the gradual decomposition the dead suffer, it has it's upsides. Mainly that any pains felt in life are completely gone. Mayhew, who died of a coughing related illness, actually was fairly happy at the turnaround.
    Victor: Mayhew! How nice to see... [notices he's dead] I'm so sorry.
    Mayhew: Oh, yeah. Actually, though, I feel great.
  • July 12, 2011
    JoeG
    • In one Kitty Norville book, Kitty offers to turn her mother into a werewolf in order to save her mother's life. Her mother refuses.
  • July 15, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    Isn't this exactly how Edward Cullen became a vampire? He had polio (don't quote me on that, but it was some such disease) or something, so Carlisle turned him to save his life?
  • July 15, 2011
    arromdee
    This can be related to Emergency Transformation, although not all examples of it are emergencies (such as curing the blind).
  • July 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the Back Story to Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel Darla was a prostitute dying of an STD when the Master turned her. Much much later, after Vamp!Darla has been killed and then Human!Darla is brought Back From The Dead, she's dying of the disease again and so wants someone to turn her, ideally Angel but she'll take anyone.

    Where did you get that info re Forever Knight and a blind person? That's not the same as my example - which is fine, except it makes the snark in the Moonlight example make no sense.
  • July 16, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In one Mercedes Thompson book a werewolf talks his father into getting infected, to save him from cancer. It does cure the disease but the father fears his werewolf side, which ironically only gets him more unstable (since he doesn't even try to get in tune with his animal side, he can't control his rage)
  • July 16, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    The manga One Piece has an interesting version of this trope. Brook ate the Yomi Yomi no Mi, which meant that when he died, he'd be able to come back and live a second life. It took him a year to find his body, by which time it was a skeleton.
  • July 16, 2011
    StFan
    Xykon from The Order Of The Stick. It is revealed in the prequel Start Of Darkness that he became a lich, under Redcloak's suggestion, to escape a magical disease that was preventing him from using his sorcerer magic. Also, they were prisoners of a powerful druid and had little other options for escaping.
  • July 16, 2011
    JohnDiFool
    Wow, no mention yet of Claudia from Interview With A Vampire? Louis and Lestat find her almost dead of the plague; they turn her into a vampire.

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