Created By: Lavalyte on February 1, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on December 8, 2012

Courage Improves Your Health

Character with some sort of chronic ailment has ailment disappear when he becomes couragous.

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When the nerdish super-alergic guy is forced to man up and become the hero, he is often miraculously cured of his allergies or other aliments normally associated with the bookish, possibly because they were psychosomatic in the first place.

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  • February 1, 2011
    Ghilz
    Daniel Jackson, through the 10 seasons of Stargate SG 1, ends up Taking A Level In Badass. His allergies (Big part of The Movie) are only mentioned in the pilot, and in one other episode in season 2 where his medication makes him immune to the disease of the week. His allergies are never brought up after this.
  • February 1, 2011
    AFP
    That episode (Broca Divide), was in the first season, IIRC. Also, it featured one of the earliest (and least subtle) examples of Carter/O'Neil Ship Teasing. It's worth noting that his allergies didn't seem to be related to any particular allergen, but rather were something that he was stricken with whenever traveling, so it's possible that they were ultimately all in his head to begin with.
  • February 1, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • In Equal Rites, Simon is described as, essentially, being allergic to everything ("For Simon, the pollen count always went to infinity") until after he and Esk defeat the Things From the Dungeon Dimensions, at which point they seem to get left behind with his stutter.
  • February 2, 2011
    Lavalyte
  • February 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Angel heroism cured Wesley of needing glasses. Close enough?
  • February 6, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Could be broadened to Heroism Cures.

  • February 6, 2011
    TBTabby
    Mikey throwing away his inhaler at the end of The Goonies springs to mind.
  • February 6, 2011
    Ghilz
    I do like that "Heroism Cures"
  • February 6, 2011
    Prophet
  • February 6, 2011
    KingZeal
    In Tales Of The Abyss, Guy Cecil isman who is deathly afraid of being touched by women (for a very good reason involving a Dark And Troubled Past). However, when one of the female party members is facing death, he acts to save her without thinking, grasping her hand to stop her from falling to her death. Later, the realization of what he did hits him hard, but the characters note that it's a very big step towards improvement.
  • February 6, 2011
    HieronymusII
    Fairly Odd Parents: "I can breathe... I can Fight!"
  • February 7, 2011
    Hertzyscowicz
    If you're going with the broader Heroism Cures, Spiderman features Peter's eyesight getting better when he gets his powers.
  • February 7, 2011
    Lavalyte
    I think the point of Heroism Cures is that it's only after the heroism that the curing takes place (or is noticed). Peter Parker's eyesight gets better after he gets powers but before he becomes heroic, so it doesn't count.
  • February 9, 2011
    Lavalyte
    any other examples?
  • February 9, 2011
    madmerry
    Eddie Kasprak in Stephen King's "It" his asthma is psychosomatic and in the book he must overcome this asthma in the sewers to save his friends. Notable distinction his asthma returns afterwards but they also all forget as it's part of It's curse.
  • February 9, 2011
    Fanra
    Gladiator-At-Law is a satirical science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth. At the beginning of the novel Norvell Bligh has to wear a hearing aid, but as he grows as a human being, he suddenly finds that he doesn't need it at all.
  • February 9, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    It's contagious at one remove, too. Emma in The Saint has a heart problem she needs pills for. She needs them before she has sex with Simon (Thomas More at that moment in time) the first time. And after they get kidnapped. But by the end of the movie she can sprint 1000 yards without them and never needs them again.

  • February 10, 2011
    Earnest
    I'm not sure Heroism Cures is the best name, I initially thought this YKTTW was for ways to cure people of being too heroic. Maybe Heroism Cures Ailments?
  • February 11, 2011
    Lavalyte
  • February 18, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Any more examples, and are we all happy with Heroism Cureall?
  • February 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    Technically the Fairly Odd Parents example is an inversion; getting glasses (i.e. curing his bad vision) was the cause of his heroism.
  • February 25, 2011
    EponymousKid
    I Thought It Meant a "cure" or remedial treatment for Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • April 6, 2011
    Lavalyte
    bump
  • April 9, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Something like this happened to Jherek from The Threat from the Sea. He was already immune to nearly everything (as a paladin), so he got rid of his pirate Embarrassing Tattoo. Justified in that Lathander officially claimed the guy and as such made a point of demonstratively removing the sign of a previous claim.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump. I'm seeing a real idea for a trope here, but it needs a lot of work. Could someone take this please?
  • February 18, 2012
    SKJAM
    Up: Carl struggles along with a walker at the beginning of the film. Several heroic moments later, he is fully capable of moving by himself and does not revert after the adventure.
  • February 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Bubba Ho Tep Elvis Presley is up against an Egyptian mummy and finds bot inner and outer strength.
  • February 19, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Jimmy Neutron: Jimmy does something to all the Wheezers and they become superheroes because their bodies are no longer hindered by their host of ailments.
    • The first of the Spider-Man movies: Peter goes from scrawny to buff overnight, and no longer needs his glasses. When his powers fail him in the second movie, he goes back to being scrawny and needing his glasses.
    • Captain America is an invoked example. He was not only the proverbial 98 pound weakling, he was in every other way 4F. The super soldier serum fixed everything wrong with him and made him into the perfect specimen of a human adult male.
    • Related to Adrenaline Makeover: Emma falls in love with The Saint and goes from needing her heart medicine just to make love with him to being able to do a 100 yard dash without a problem, and by the end of the movie -- she doesn't need them anymore at all. This apparently was a response to test audiences not liking that her heart gave out and died in a previous, test screen version of the movie.
  • February 19, 2012
    Generality
    In the case of Daniel Jackson, this happened because the allergies were an artifact of the film character, and the show's producers wanted to take him in another direction. The allergies, along with a number of other traits, got carefully worked out of the show.
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    This isn't about medical treatments and magic and superpowers. Maybe I should change the title again.
  • February 19, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    So this is not about anybody becoming heroic and getting over their sicknesses through whatever method gave them their ability to do the heroic deeds?
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    No, it is about someone suddenly overcoming a chronic ailment like asthma, needing a walker, allergies, stuttering, etc for no apparent reason at all, just by being courageous.
  • February 19, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Sherlock Watson loses his limp and stops shaking (both implied to be psychological) the moment he has a chance to do something other than sit around.
  • February 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Zeroth Law: In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar one of the conspiritors comes in sick, only to shake it off.
    Ligarius: Vouchsafe good-morrow from a feeble tongue.
    Brutus: O, what a time have you chose out, brave Caius, / To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick!
    Ligarius: I am not sick, if Brutus have in hand / Any exploit worthy the name of honour.
    Brutus: Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius, / Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.
    Ligarius: By all the gods that Romans bow before, / I here discard my sickness.
  • February 20, 2012
    pawsplay
    This seems somewhat related to the real-life phenomenon of anxiety-based or -aggravated conditions, which do in fact include chronic pain, asthma, allergies, and stuttering.
  • July 30, 2012
    Lavalyte
    Hats aside, I think this has enough examples to consider launching.
  • October 24, 2012
    Lavalyte
    bump
  • December 8, 2012
    Ghilz
    Bump
  • December 8, 2012
    DracMonster
    This would be a Sub Trope of Heroic Resolve, I think. Or very related anyway.
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