Created By: Goldfritha on October 5, 2012 Last Edited By: Goldfritha on October 8, 2012

Bringing The Cure

A scene to cure a long-standing medical problem.

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Just because you didn't collapse at once and have the After-Action Healing Drama, or even the After-Action Patch-Up doesn't mean that the wound isn't the Wound That Will Not Heal, or won't kill you in the end. Sickness can last a long time, too, and still end up fatal.

But with these scene, you can get the Magic Antidote, or have someone lay on the Healing Hands, and recover.

This can be, but does not have to be, time critical; you could linger for weeks if you didn't get it, or die within minute because you are having a crisis. Either way, however, it is a scene of high drama because of your recovery. If it is not unnaturally swift, you will still give unmistakable signs of improvement, if only falling into a more natural sleep.

Examples

Film
  • The Land Before Time This is what has to happen in the fourth movie, Journey Through The Mists; the kids have to find the flowers that can cure Littlefoot's grandfather.
  • Balto the whole plot led up to this sort of scene, bringing in the antitoxin to save the sick kids.
Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Merlin Merlin gets poisoned in The Poisoned Chalice, and *Arthur goes to find the cure. Gwen smuggles it to Gaius,who actually gives it to Merlin Then it sort of gets flip flopped in 'The Death of Arthur';Merlin had to bring the cure for Arthur after figuring out how to get it without sacrificing himself.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has this, with Angel feeding Buffy the demon heart-based potion to cure her telepathy that was driving her insane.
    • Angel feeding off Buffy to cure his condition might count as well.

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  • October 5, 2012
    chicagomel
    Merlin Merlin gets poisoned in The Poisoned Chalice, and *Arthur goes to find the cure. Gwen smuggles it to Gaius,who actually gives it to Merlin Then it sort of gets flip flopped in 'The Death of Arthur';Merlin had to bring the cure for Arthur after figuring out how to get it without sacrificing himself.
    • Buffy The Vampire Slayer has this, with Angel feeding Buffy the demon heart-based potion to cure her telepathy that was driving her insane.
      • Angel feeding off Buffy to cure his condition might count as well.

    The Land Before Time This is what has to happen in the fourth movie, Journey Through The Mists; the kids have to find the flowers that can cure Littlefoot's grandfather.

    Balto the whole plot led up to this sort of scene, bringing in the antitoxin to save the sick kids.
  • October 6, 2012
    tardigrade
    Lucifer heals the eponymous Constantine's lung cancer, to prevent him going to heaven.
  • October 6, 2012
    Goldfritha
    What genre is Constantine in?
  • October 6, 2012
    DracMonster
    Time Critical Cure?

    EDIT: Never mind, didnt see the "not time critical" part. Delivering The Cure is another candidate if this is about it having to be brought in from elsewhere. If this is just "someone who needs healing gets healed", that seems like chairs territory. If the healing requires a Fetch Quest or Escort Mission, that would be tropable. (Questing For The Cure?)
  • October 7, 2012
    Goldfritha
    The Fetch Quest or Escort Mission would in fact be outside the scope of this. This is a scene, not a plot.
  • October 7, 2012
    Koveras
    • Subverted in the Labyrinths Of Echo story "Sweet Reveries of Gravvy": in the end, while Max psychs out about whether the cure he and Sir Kofa acquired for Melifaro's eponymous affliction would really work, Sir Kofa just goes ahead and cures Melifaro off-screen.
    • Played straight in Dragon Age Origins at the conclusion of the Urn of Sacred Ashes quest line, when the eponymous ashes cure Arl Aemon who has spent half the game slowly dying from poison.
  • October 8, 2012
    DracMonster
    @Goldfritha: I'm having a little trouble parsing this from the title and description. I thought it was like Find The Cure at first. Is it just "healing someone who needs healing"? Most of the examples seem like Find The Cure, so if its not that I'm not really seeing a unified theme here, other than than someone needs to be healed.

    EDIT: Actually, I did some searching, I'm actually not seeing an "injured patient awaits healing" trope. Might be workable if thats what you were going for. It probably needs a title that looks less like Find The Cure, though. Awaiting Healing might be better.

    Also, we could use a healing and curing index.

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