Created By: KoverasJanuary 10, 2013 Last Edited By: KoverasJanuary 26, 2013
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Ideal Illness Immunity

The character's body has perfect immunity to every known and unknown disease.

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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.

STD Immunity and We Will Have Perfect Health In The Future are subtropes.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes once fought a villain named Immune whose sole superpower was resistance to all forms of disease.

Literature

Tabletop Games
  • In Dungeons And Dragons:
    • Characters of The Paladin class are immune to all forms of sickness, thanks to their piety and favor with the gods. Consequentially, if they Fall, their immunity to disease is revoked with all the other bonuses.
    • In the 1st Edition, the several monster types were immune to disease, such as hollyphants, shades, and werebears.
  • One option for the "Life Support" power in Champions is Immunity to All Terrestrial Diseases, 5 points. Or you can just buy Immunity to a specific disease, but if you want multiple immunities it's cheaper to just buy the whole thing.
  • In Warhammer 40000:
    "They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them."
    • Averted by the Death Guard legion, who have sold themselves to the service of Nurgle, the god of pestilence and decay, after they were infected with a plague (created by Nurgle himself) so virulent even their enhanced immune systems couldn't cope with it and selling their souls was the only way to survive.
  • Dark Heresy and the other WH40K RPGs have a few traits that make a being immune to diseases (among other things), most notably "machine" (commonly found on machines, but also on techpriests and other heavily cyberneticized beings) and "stuff of nightmares" (usually associated with things like Daemons; gives the being, as stated by the rulebook, "an appalling list of immunities"). Dark Eldar Haemonculi and their fleshcrafted minions also have a trait that makes the immune to poisons and diseases.
  • GURPS 3E had the Advantage called Immunity To Disease, which gave complete immunity to all diseases. The Advantage called Immortality included Immunity To Disease.

Video Games
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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.
snip
Burns: So what you're saying is, I'm indestructible!
Doctor: Oh, no, no, in fact, even slight breeze could --
Burns: Indestructible.

Will go under Speculative Fiction Tropes and Indexitis.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • January 10, 2013
    Antigone3
    Tabletop Games: One option for the "Life Support" power in Champions is Immunity to All Terrestrial Diseases, 5 points. Or you can just buy Immunity to a specific disease, but if you want multiple immunities it's cheaper to just buy the whole thing.

    (psst -- it's spelled "disease", not "decease")
  • January 10, 2013
    StarSword
    Video Games:
    • 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.
  • January 10, 2013
    randomsurfer
    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.
    snip
    Burns: So what you're saying is, I'm indestructible!
    Doctor: Oh, no, no, in fact, even slight breeze could --
    Burns: Indestructible.
  • January 10, 2013
    Koveras
    ^^^ Ouch, thanks for pointing that out. -__- S-Stupid English language...
  • January 10, 2013
    aurora369
    Tolkien's elves are unaffected by diseases.
  • January 10, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Isn't this Perfect Health?
  • January 10, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ I thought so, too, but Perfect Health turned out to be a misleading title. It actually refers to characters never falling sick except for dramatic reasons, without any in-universe justification for it.
  • January 10, 2013
    MrRuano
    • The Space Marines of Warhammer 40000 are all immune to illness by designs of their maker, the Emperor of Mankind.
      • Averting this is the Death Guard legion, who have sold themselves to the service of the god of pestilence and decay. Then the perfect health business becomes hokey.
    "They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them."

  • January 10, 2013
    Koveras
    I am pretty sure that a bunch of comic book superheroes are immune to diseases, like the DC's Kryptonians and Marvel's Asgardians, but I read too few comics to confirm that... Help?
  • January 11, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • GURPS 3E had the Advantage called Immunity To Disease, which gave complete immunity to all diseases. The Advantage called Immortality included Immunity To Disease.
  • January 11, 2013
    MokonaZero
    In Skyrim being a werewolf makes you immune to all diseases.
  • January 11, 2013
    StarSword
    The Elder Scrolls:
    • In all games of the 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). In Morrowind you can still catch blight diseases, but those are explicitly magical in nature.
  • January 11, 2013
    Nomic
    Technically Space Marines aren't quite immune to diseases; the whole reason the Death Guard legion turned to Chaos was that they were infected with a plague so virulent even their enchanced immune systems couldn't cope with it and selling their souls to Nurgle was the only way to survive.
    • Dark Heresy and the other 40k RP Gs have a few traits that make a being immune to diseases (among other things), most notably "machine" (commonly found on machines, but also on techpriests and other heavily cyberneticed beings) and "stuff of nightmares" (usually associated with things like Daemons; gives the being, as stated by the rulebook, "an appalling list of immunities"). Dark Eldar Haemonculi and their fleshcrafted minions also have a trait that makes the immune to poisons and diseases.
  • January 11, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Given Nurgle's involvement, I'd say it's safe to assume that plague was probably magical in nature so the normal rules don't apply. Reference the second Space Wolf book, where Ragnar and company are sickened by mere proximity to an Unclean One.

    Also, have a hat.
  • January 16, 2013
    Koveras
    Examples, write-up suggestions, hats?
  • January 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • <Paladin example>
      • In 1st Edition the following monsters were immune to disease: hollyphants, shades and werebears.
  • January 25, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • This serves as a minor plot point in Star Ocean The Last Hope When Reimi contracts an alway-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.
  • January 25, 2013
    OmarKarindu
    Comic Books
    • The Legion Of Super Heroes once fought a villain named Immune whose sole superpower was resistance to all forms of disease.
  • January 25, 2013
    MetaFour
    Would characters with a Healing Factor that grants immunity to disease count?
  • January 26, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ I don't see why not. Healing Factor is usually used in terms of trauma recovery, not illness immunity, so these two tropes are distinct enough for specific examples to count as both.

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