Created By: batgirl1 on June 8, 2011 Last Edited By: batgirl1 on June 10, 2011
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Working Through The Cold

Hero--achoo--is sick but--achoo--still has to go kick a--A--ACHOO!!!! ...Excuse me.

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The Hero may be sick, but that doesn't mean the action is going to stop. Either they are just that dedicated to their job, or fate is being extra cruel by throwing them a situation only they can handle, healthy or not. Other characters may try to keep this person in bed, but it's all in vain.

Naturally, this tends to put the hero at a handicap. If the mission involves stealth, he may find himself in need of an Anti-Sneeze Finger. Malfunction Malady could be invoked if the hero has powers or magic.

Compare I Can Still Fight, for the Serious Injuries version.

Sub-Trope of Sick Episode.

Examples

(Some of these are from the Sick Episode page)

Anime/Manga
  • In the Cardcaptor Sakura episode "Sakura's Dizzy Fever Day", Sakura has a fever but tries to perform her school and Magical Girl duties anyway. she can barely do it with Syaoran and Meiling's help, and then passes out in bed. good thing that Nadeshiko's ghost uses her own energy to help her a little.

Comic Books
  • Frequently happens to Spider-Man in the comics, most notably during the famous story in which Gwen Stacy dies.
  • Not even Superman is immune to this trope. He gets unexpectdly sick for a number of issues starting with a bad cough. The Parasite drains his powers and catches the infection too. Towards the end he develops a sickly green glow as he gets sicker but he doesn't have time to rest since Lois ends up missing. Turns it he was infected with some sort of kryptonite virus

Live Action TV
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Kimberly is sick with a cold during season 3's tripart opener, "A Friend In Need". She has to stay behind resting while the other rangers travel to Edenoi. However, Zedd and Rita send down a monster, forcing Kimberly to fight in spite of her illness. It's a tough fight, but the monster catches her cold and has to return to the moon so that Finster can cure it.
  • The Parks and Recreation episode "Flu Season". Leslie keeps working and insisting that she is not sick, despite being obviously ill to the point of having fever hallucinations.

Western Animation
  • On The Simpsons, a Japanese worker goes to work despite having the flu, and coughs inside a box that's bound for Springfield.
  • Batman the animated series: Batman comes down with a cold after being exposed to Mr. Freeze's ice ray. Still he has to go out and stop the villain (after all he's the God Damn Batman!) Alfred makes him take a thermos of chicken soup with him -which ultimately saves the day as Batman defeats Freeze by using the thermos to smash his containment suit's helmet.
  • Kim Possible had an episode where both heroes and villains work through the cold. Kim, Draken, Ron, Shego and Duff Killigan all end up with colds as they take turns stealing an experimental ray back and forth from each other -none of them knowing what it does. Ultimately the ray gun gets destroyed and ironically it turns out it was designed to cure the common cold.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • June 8, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    • Frequently happens to Spider-Man in the comics, most notably during the famous story in which Gwen Stacy dies.
  • June 9, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    The Simpsons did it: A Japanese worker goes to work despite having a cold, and sneezes inside a box, which infects Marge, when she buys the product and opens it. She than goes shopping but is so distracted by the fever, she ends up picking wrong things until she gets arrested for shoplifting.
  • June 9, 2011
    Rolf
    May involve Anti Sneeze Finger.
  • June 9, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Batman the animated series: Batman comes down with a cold after being exposed to Mr. Freeze's ice ray. Still he has to go out and stop the villain (after all he's the God Damn Batman!) Alfred makes him take a thermos of chicken soup with him -which ultimately saves the day as Batman defeats Freeze by using the thermos to smash his containment suit's helmet.

    Kim Possible had an episode where both heroes and villains work through the cold. Kim, Draken, Ron, Shego and Duff Killigan all end up with colds as they take turns stealing an experimental ray back and forth from each other -none of them knowing what it does. Ultimately the ray gun gets destroyed and ironically it turns out it was designed to cure the common cold.
  • June 9, 2011
    Generality
    • Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear once did a car review (Ford Fiesta) with a cold. It got more surreal and off-the-wall as it went on. After the piece had aired, Richard Hammond demanded to know how much Night Nurse Clarkson was taking.
  • June 9, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    May also invoke Malfunction Malady if the hero has powers or magic.
  • June 9, 2011
    kentdyson88
    Not even Superman is immune to this trope. He gets unexpectdly sick for a number of issues starting with a bad cough. The Parasite drains his powers and catches the infection too. Towards the end he develops a sickly green glow as he gets sicker but he doesn't have time to rest since Lois ends up missing. Turns it he was infected with some sort of kryptonite virus
  • June 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Correction to Moz's Simpsons example:
    1. it was the flu not a cold
    2. he coughed into the box (& apparently all the other boxes sent to Springfield purchasers of the Juice-Loosener)
    3. Marge doesn't get sick; she's at the store buying a bunch of stuff for Homer, Bart & Lisa (all of whom are sick) and accidentally forgets to pay for a bottle of cough syrup/alcohol she put in her pocket when she ran out of room in the hand basket she was using.

    Other than that though, the example is spot on.
  • June 10, 2011
    MrNekomata
    I'd say the informant character of the game Snatcher, who has that while to gag effect when you encounter him in multiple jobs.
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