Launching on Sunday, January 27 unless someone gives me an actual reason for withholding their hats.
In Real Life
, diseases are a constant and major threat to survival, even for individuals who lead less adventurous lives. And while the human immune system can perform amazing feats of self-preservation at times, no one is truly safe in the face of new, hitherto unseen virus strains and bacteria mutations (not to mention cancer
In fiction, however, illness mainly happens for dramatic reasons
, and some speculative fiction authors even go as far as to invent fantastic means to prevent characters from getting sick in the first place. This trope is about such characters.
and We Will Have Perfect Health in the Future
- The Legion of Super-Heroes once fought a villain named Immune whose sole superpower was resistance to all forms of disease.
- The vorcha in Mass Effect are immune to all diseases, which allowed the mostly vorcha Blood Pack mercenaries to try and take over Omega's slums when the Collector plague hit in Mass Effect 2.
- In all games of The Elder Scrolls series save Arena, being a vampire renders you immune to disease, which is a little ironic considering you become one by contracting a disease (variously known as vampirism, porphyric hemophilia, or sanguinare vampiris depending on the game).
- The Corprus disease in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind grants the infected immunity to all other diseases--at the cost of major case of insanity and Body Horror. If the player follows the storyline, however, they will contract Corprus and be healed of its negative effects in short succession--while retaining the nifty perk of perfect immunity to everything.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, being a werewolf likewise makes you immune to all diseases.
- This serves as a minor plot point in Star Ocean The Last Hope when Reimi contracts an always-fatal disease from the local inhabitants of a foreign planet. Eventually she has no choice but to reveal that she was genetically engineered to resist all diseases. Within time, the petrification of her left foot disappears.
- On The Simpsons Mr. Burns has every known disease and a few new ones.
Burns: This sounds like bad news.
Doctor: Well, you'd think so, but all of your diseases are in perfect balance.
Burns: So what you're saying is, I'm indestructible!
Doctor: Oh, no, no, in fact, even slight breeze could --
Will go under Speculative Fiction Tropes