Created By: InsomniacWeasel on July 25, 2011
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The Topic of Cancer

One disease is worse then the rest of them.

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There are all manners of horrible diseases out there, but few get as much publicity, in the world of fiction as the very least, as the dreaded cancer. The mere mention of the term can turn any instance of biological horror scarier, any theoretical scientific experiment more forbidden, any associated superpower far more evil. In fact, even in real life it is terribly common to compare any evil, spreading, corrupting thing to cancer. It's like the Hitler of diseases. A madness of the flesh, the body's rebellion against itself, a perversion and a mockery of all that is fertile and alive. It's very easy to understand people's fear of this specific disease. Monsters entirely or mostly made of cancer, and other "living tumors" are almost a trope of their own.
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  • July 25, 2011
    Koveras
    • Scully almost died of alien-induced cancer in The X Files. Other abductees weren't that lucky.
  • July 25, 2011
    KamenZero
    In medical tv shows, Scrubs for example, while cancer -is- often shown to be horrible, other types of diseases can be shown to be just as bad at times.
  • July 25, 2011
    InsomniacWeasel
    I can, right now, think of three different Tabletop Roleplaying games that have cancer themed monsters (Promethean The Created, D 20 Modern and D&D). Also, I now recall the Chrysalis, the biotechnological macguffin from Oni being often compared to a cancer. Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen gives people cancer over time by proximity or does he?.

    A cancer is often killing the Ill Girl, as well as, obviously, the Littlest Cancer Patient, and has a high chance of being the reason the Dead Little Sister is such.
  • July 25, 2011
    c0ry
    I would say that cancer is not tropeable. Cancer creatures, if numerous enough to deserve their own tropes, might be subtropes of some sort of Humanoid Abomination or similar monster trope.
  • July 25, 2011
    NerdaRena
    An episode of Arthur had the school's lunchlady reveal that she had cancer. Significant, I think, in that a kids' show addressed it so openly.
  • July 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Watchmen: Ozymandius purposely gave cancer to a bunch of people that Dr. Manhattan used to be involved with in order to frame him.
    • The Incredible Hulk: Just before the first Secret Wars Banner developed what he thinks might be a cure for cancer, but it needs testing. While he's gone an unscrupulous businessman (who had cancer) uses it to cure a bunch of people; but it turns out the cure isn't perfected and the businessman becomes a living cancer cell monster.
  • July 26, 2011
    BOFH
    Literature
    • Tuf Voyaging has a "cancer creature/living tumor" example in the "Meatbeast" that Haviland Tuf proposes as a temporary solution to S'uthlam's overpopulation induced food shortage.
  • July 26, 2011
    Tetraploid
    [[Comics]] In the [1] arc "Dangerous Habits", the titular character is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and spends the rest of the arc trying to find a supernatural cure. He ends up [Spoiler] selling his soul to three rival demons, and slitting his wrists, leading them to save his life from both afflictions while they figure out what to do.
  • July 26, 2011
    Tetraploid
  • July 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Click the pencil icon to fix the formatting of a ykttw reply. While you're there, fix the spoiler: it should be [[spoiler:whatever the spoiler is]].
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