Created By: Unicorndance on July 7, 2015 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 2, 2016
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A character sneezes, coughs or "feels a bit funny" once and the other ones deem them sick, when all signs point that they are not.

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A character sneezes once, says they feel a bit funny, or coughs once and everyone else thinks that character is sick, the character does not show any illness signs except that one sneeze, cough or (which in reality is not a biggie) but nevertheless the other characters put him/her in bed, or they have to miss something fun or important or both. Often at the end of the episode another character "catches" the false illness by sneezing once and if there is an actual Sick Episode, at the end this trope often ensues in a second character, especially with coughing or sneezing. Perfect Health (where the characters never sneeze, cough etc unless they are sick) is a similar trope but in this one, the character shows no other symptoms over the course of the episode and therefore most likely is not sick.

All examples of this trope are when a character is assumed sick by one little "glitch", but doesn't show any other symptoms. Any instances where they do show any other symptoms over the course of the episode (fever, persistent unidentified cough, severe headache, wheezing etc) are Not an Example. Compare Logical Fallacies, Perfect Health, O.O.C. Is Serious Business (if that glitch was somehow out of character) and Sneeze of Doom. Contrast Deadly Nosebleed, Incurable Cough of Death and Definitely Just a Cold.


Examples

Film - Animated

Live-Action TV
  • Sesame Street: Madlenka is thought to have a cold but in reality she only sneezed once. Also Telly's joke "Knock Knock", "Who's There?'' "Atch" "Atch who?" "Sorry you're sneezing. Have you got a cold?"
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: When Data is practicing sneezing, Wesley Crusher asks if he has a cold. Which is strange as Data is an android and colds do not exist in the 24th Century.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • July 8, 2015
    Unicorndance
    • Blue Linked (Sick Episode x2, Perfect Health}.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Sorted examples by media and added media section titles.
      • Namespaced, italicized and Blue Linked work names.

  • July 8, 2015
    Unknown Troper
    Bones: In the first season Christmas Episode everyone is under quarantine in the Jeffersonian due to a possible outbreak of deadly Valley Fever, the first symptom of which is sneezing. At the halfway point of the show just before the commercial Brennan sneezes. She and Booth look at each other, aghast. After the commercial break she is quite insistant that she only sneezed because the air is dry.

  • July 9, 2015
    Arivne
    Compare:
  • July 9, 2015
    robinjohnson
    Also compare Deadly Nosebleed.
  • September 1, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Unicorndance, don't edit other people's ykttw replies. It overwrites their name and replaces it with your own. I can't imagine why you'd even have done that. Just make your own reply - except this is your ykttw, isn't it? You should edit the writeup rather than contributing that way.
  • September 4, 2015
    Unicorndance
    Sorry, I didn't know
  • September 5, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Name doesn't indicate the trope.
  • September 5, 2015
    Arivne
    One Sneeze Means Disease?

    Unknown Troper 45.117.37.158 decided to comment on my post by adding to it, which overwrote my name on it. If you want to comment on someone else's post, please create a new post.
  • November 1, 2015
    Unicorndance
    A possible Playing With setup:
    • Basic Trope: A character sneezes once and is thought to be sick.
    • Straight: Alice sneezes and Bob thinks she is sick.
    • Exaggerated: Alice sneezes and Bob calls an ambulance.
    • Downplayed: Alice sneezes and Bob asks if she's feeling OK.
    • Justified: Bob doesn't know much about sneezing or sickness but knows sick people often do sneeze.
    • Inverted: Bob thinks Alice is sick because she is NOT sneezing.
    • Subverted: Alice sneezes, Bob thinks she is sick but it is confirmed she is not.
    • Double Subverted: But then Carol, who heard the sneeze, thinks Alice is sick.
    • Parodied: A doctor says "Who's here just because someone sneezed once?".
    • Zig Zagged: Alice sneezes, Bob thinks she's sick, Alice says she's not, Carol thinks she is but Alice is given a clean bill of health from a doctor.
    • Averted: Alice never sneezes.
    • Enforced: The writers want to show how ignorant about health and medication Bob is.
    • Lampshaded: "Achoo". "You'd better rest."
    • Invoked: Alice has a Pepper Sneeze and is a hypochondriac.
    • Conversed: "Why do they always think that someone is sick when they sneeze?"
    • Played for Laughs: Bob's reaction is so crazy it's funny.
    • Played for Drama: Alice sneezes and is Mistaken For Dying.
    • They Plotted A Perfectly Good Waste: viewers boycott the show as it may teach viewers that sneezing means sickness.
    • Exploited: Alice is an Attention Whore and keeps pepper so she can be mistaken for sick by doing a Pepper Sneeze and get attention

  • November 2, 2015
    DAN004
  • November 2, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^I like the first one. Another possibility is One Sneeze Equals Sickness
  • November 2, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ except that it can be confused with someone who's really sick and sneezes once is correctly guessed as sick.

    Guess Mistaken For Ill would be the better choice - and in fact, can cover non-sneeze cases.
  • November 2, 2015
    BKelly95
    Advertising
    • Commercials for Airborne, a cold remedy, have Barry Williams (from The Brady Bunch) in an elevator with another person. The other person sneezes and Barry lets out a Big No.
  • November 2, 2015
    randomsurfer
    ^Minor correction: Airborne isn't a cold remedy, it's an herbal supplement advertised as giving your immune system a boost in helping to prevent colds
  • November 2, 2015
    69BookWorM69
    Television example:
    • In an episode of Ellery Queen, this becomes a running gag throughout the episode as other characters Ellery and his father meet offer home remedies after Ellery sneezes once during their interviews. These run the gamut from chichen soup to poultices to a garlic necklace to a new-fangled penicillin shot. After the crime is solved at the end of the episode, Inspector Queen sneezes once and Ellery offers his own home remedy advice.
  • November 11, 2015
    Unicorndance
    Can I launch as Diagnosed by One Sneeze?
  • November 11, 2015
    Unicorndance
    Not meaning to be rude but I am a relatively new troper and this whole "It overwrites their names" business makes me feel guilty, what should I do?
  • November 11, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ After you clicked the pencil icon to copy the markup of ppl's comment, whne you're done, click the pencil button again and NOT the "enter changes".

    And no, don't launch this yet.
  • November 13, 2015
    Unicorndance
    When can I?
  • November 13, 2015
    Unicorndance
    You said "whne"
  • November 13, 2015
    Unicorndance
    Quote: "Achoo. I'm finally ill"- Steggy, Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs.
  • November 14, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^^When you get five hats.

    This description needs work. Is it necessary to the trope that the character not actually end up as sick? Is it like, they sneeze once, characters force them into bedrest but they never end up being sick and it's a complete false alarm, or is it like they sneeze, characters force them into bedrest even when they don't feel bad yet, but they actually do end up being sick? Or is the whole of the trope just a character sneezes and someone suggests they might be sick, regardless of what else they do or whether they actually are sick or not?

    And compare Catch Your Death Of Cold and Sneeze Cut.
  • November 14, 2015
    DAN004
    "is it like they sneeze, characters force them into bedrest even when they don't feel bad yet, but they actually do end up being sick?"

    That'd be subverted
  • December 7, 2015
    Unicorndance
    Real Life example: In a history book, it says Pedro the Second "was equipped with doctors in case he coughed or sneezed."
  • December 7, 2015
    Unicorndance
    An illustration in a book of N.Z history depicts a man in ship arriving and sneezing and a native saying "I don't like the sound of that."
  • December 7, 2015
    Unicorndance
    • Defied: There is a doctor in the house.
    • Deconstructed: The show is unrealistic because of it, so viewers boycott it, Alice gets insufficient exercise because of Bob's thinking she's sick when her allergies play up and making her rest, and Bob has to go back to school to learn about how diseases work.
    • Reconstructed: But after that, he's educated and Alice gets back in shape, viewers watch it again and thinking-someone-is-sick only comes up once in a while by a Villiage Idiot and is quickly stubbed.
  • December 7, 2015
    DAN004
    So can be called Mistaken For Ill already?
  • December 8, 2015
    Unicorndance
    Another example is the story Hunt the Snorry where a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits is hunting for the legendary Snorry. At the end they sneeze. It is revealed that a snorry is just what the natives of the swamp they are hunting in call a cold, which a native assumes they have caught.
  • February 8, 2016
    Unicorndance
    Why do people want to delete my trope!!?
  • February 8, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ Because you haven't fixed the issues yet?
  • February 10, 2016
    Arivne
  • February 9, 2016
    dalek955
    Title suggestion: One Sneeze Disease

    (Edit: looks like the site update broke redlinks. That link shows up blue, but there's nothing there)
  • February 10, 2016
    Unicorndance
    What issues? Just tell me the issues and I'll fix them.
  • February 10, 2016
    DAN004
    First and foremost: the title.

    Change it to Mistaken For Sick plz.
  • February 14, 2016
    Unicorndance
    That title was too ambiguous, but I made it more specific, what now?
  • February 14, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ If that sounds ambiguous for you, it's because I wanna potentially broaden this.

    Basically, this is mistaking someone for being sick because of one sneeze, right? I believe there are also other ways of mistaking someone as sick.
  • February 17, 2016
    Unicorndance
    But this trope is not ABOUT the other ways, and sometimes in this it is never brought to light that it was a mistake, despite it being one.
  • February 17, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ then let's make this count those other ways.
  • February 18, 2016
    TimG5
    I also it think it would be a good idea to count those others. Unless you're clearly trying to distinguish a new trope from a closely related one, you don't want to make the requirements TOO restrictive as that can discourage examples. The last thing you want is for people to deem it Too Rare To Trope.
  • July 14, 2016
    Unicorndance
    Okay, done that. Now what?
  • July 14, 2016
    DAN004
    Logical Fallacies is only tangentially related to this.
  • August 2, 2016
    ambessalion
    Big Bang Theory: Sheldon refuses to let Raj sit with the group when he sneezes. Sheldon walks off a few minutes later, when Raj sneezes again after sitting with Leonard and Howard, they move to another table.
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