Created By: Hisaishi on December 2, 2011 Last Edited By: Hisaishi on February 7, 2016

It's A Medical Condition

The body goes awfully wacky and the only way you can justify it is by saying its a medical condition

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Be it an act of self defense, a reaction to trauma, an explanation for humans regarding a fantastic sapient species, a Running Gag or a Blatant Lie; the body will do crazy things. A limb falls off. The heart shuts down but doesn't kill the person. The persone is immune to something basic like intense cold or heat. Things you just cannot explain in the anatomical sense (especially if the person's nonhuman). Unless you give that glorious reason. It's a medical condition. Once you say it, there's no need to look into it. You might need to go to the hospital, sure, but no one needs to know why this happens.

It just is.

Literature
  • Neil Gaiman's American Gods had a zombraic character named Laura who had to explain the appearance of decomposing flesh.
    "...skin condition. It looks worse than it actually is."

Live-Action TV
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "First Contact", Riker plays a strange human version when he visits an alien hospital. He explains to doctors that his human anatomy is a congenital condition.
    • In Star Trek, Kirk and Spock must explain the latter's ears in the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever".
    Kirk: My friend is obviously Chinese. I see you've noticed the ears. They're actually easy to explain.
    Spock: Perhaps the unfortunate accident I had as a child?
    Kirk: The unfortunate accident he had as a child. He caught his head in a mechanical... rice picker.
  • The Forever Knight character Nick says he works the night shift and is never seen eating because of light sensitivity and food allergies. In truth, he is subject to vampirism.

Web Comics
  • Sam and Fuzzy once had Fuzzy (who is a teddy bear-like creature) pass himself off as "a little person with hypertrichosis and Acute Ursus Facial Syndrome" and became a national television star. Before he became famous, he managed to get by with no explanation at all.

Western Animation
  • In the show Invader Zim, Zim explains his green pigmentation is the result of a skin condition.
  • The 2011 film Rio had the bulldog Luiz constantly slobering. Jewel points this out, thinking Luiz wants to eat Blu. Luiz doesn't want to eat the parrot, it's just said trope.
  • The Adventure Time episode "Jake vs. Me-Mow" had Wildberry Princess explode her body into a bunch of smaller pieces to prevent an attack from Me-Mow, leading to the latter's "death". She explains afterwards to Finn and Jake that she's not naked. It's just a medical condition and she painfully walks off with the two to find a hospital.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • December 3, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    In the ST:TNG episode "First Contact", when Riker was hospitalized on an alien world, he tried to pass off his human anatomy as a congential condition.

  • December 4, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • In Forever Knight Nick claims he has light sensitivity and food allergies which is why he only works the night shift and isn't seen eating. Which is true, From A Certain Point Of View. (He's a vampire.)
    • Subverted(?) in an episode of Quincy when a teen is beaten to death by some other guys because his Tourettes Syndrome makes him spew insults.
  • December 4, 2011
    Desertopa
    In Sam And Fuzzy, Fuzzy (who is really some kind of bizarre teddy bear-like creature) passes himself off as "a little person with hypertrichosis and Acute Ursus Facial Syndrome" when he becomes a national television star. Before he became famous, he managed to get by with no explanation at all.
  • December 4, 2011
    Oreochan
    • In Invader Zim, Zim passes off his green skin as a skin condition.
  • December 8, 2011
    Met
    In the Star Trek episode The City on The Edge of Forever, when Kirk and Spock go back in time to 1930's Earth, Kirk explains Spock's ears by saying he got them caught in a mechanical rice picker as a child.

    Kirk: My friend is obviously Chinese. I see you've noticed the ears. They're actually easy to explain. Spock: Perhaps the unfortunate accident I had as a child? Kirk: The unfortunate accident he had as a child. He caught his head in a mechanical... rice picker.
  • December 9, 2011
    MorganWick
    If this is intended to be a Stock Phrase, it shouldn't be.
  • December 9, 2011
    aurora369
  • December 18, 2011
    Seraph108
    In American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Laura passes off her undead state as a "skin condition. It looks worse than it actually is."
  • December 18, 2011
    CaveCat
    In Rio, this is what Luiz says when Jewel points out his drooling.
  • December 31, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Anime and Manga:
    • In Nightwalker, Riho refers to Mr. Shido's vampirism as a medical condition.

    Western Animation:
    • In an episode of The Venture Brothers, Brock Sampson encounters Bigfoot. He shaves him, dresses him in boxer shorts, and passes him off as an soldier who has just been through extreme survival training and is in need of medical attention.
  • December 31, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In World Of Darkness the Tremere vampires actually engineered a genetic fault in some humans that resulted in sunlight alergy, eating problems and an occassional bloodthirst or fits of rage, just so their allies could use it as an excuse when upholding The Masquerade.
  • December 31, 2011
    FastEddie
    Please see Naming A Trope
  • December 31, 2011
    aznemesis
    In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Older and Far Away," the loose, floppy skin of the demon Clem is described as a "skin condition." This is meant to explain his appearance to humans who are unaware of the demon world.
  • December 31, 2011
    scatterclubs
  • January 1, 2012
    Zsuzsa
    In Animorphs, a fast food worker catches Marco in the bathroom halfway through morphing into an osprey. Jake explains that Marco is his little brother who has a medical condition that causes a growth in the shape of a beak and manages to make the fast food worker feel bad for saying anything about it.
  • February 7, 2016
    DAN004
    Is stock-phrasey title a medical condition?
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