Being sick is no fun for anyone. There's the fever, the aches and pains, the need to sleep, the runny nose, and a plethora of other unpleasant symptoms to contend with.

For [[MagicAndPowers magical or powered]] characters in fiction, particularly in animation, the above can come along with a Malfunction Malady. Regular symptoms of the common cold or other condition may be compounded by PowerIncontinence, or a form of it. Powered characters who come down sick may find their powers firing off uncontrollably with every sneeze.

Worse, when they attempt to use their powers intentionally, the result is a MagicMisfire - the effect they wanted affects the wrong target, inflicts a bizarre effect on some innocent bystander, fizzles, doesn't happen at all, or comes out completely random. Naturally, HilarityEnsues.

Worse yet, sometimes the effects are caused by something perfectly natural, like [[PubertySuperpower puberty]] or pregnancy.

If this wasn't all bad enough, there is almost never an easy cure. Usually the hapless victim of the malady wonking their powers has to wait it out, or their friends and teammates have to go on a FetchQuest for some strange, arcane, rare or mysterious item (perhaps a FlowerFromTheMountaintop) to get them over this disease and its dangerous side effects.

Use of this trope also tends to generate an AnnoyingPatient for any friend or family member nearby who isn't also sick or compromised by the sickness.

See also: PlotAllergy and HiccupHijinks.


[[folder: Anime ]]

* Negi from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' creates gusts of wind when he {{sneeze|OfDoom}}s. Said Wind seeks out and strikes [[ClothingDamage girls' clothing]] like a heat-seeking missile.
* ''Anime/EsperMami'' had the eponymous teenager's telekinetic powers disassemble items when she sneezed--thankfully she was lifting a truck, not a person, when she discovered this. Her teleportation also gets wonky when she's drunk.
* A variation found in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': female mages suffer a severe loss in power when it's "that time of the month".


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Having a cold or the flu can cause ComicBook/SpiderMan's 'spider-sense' to go on the fritz.
* In ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'', Hal Jordan once got food poisoning that caused weird things to happen whenever he tried to use his power ring.

[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* The ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' fanfic [[ "SWIMMING WITH SHARKS"]] points out the potential for such with [[BlindSeer Terezi]]'s abilities. She normally perceives the world synaesthetically, via smell and taste... But in the fanfic, she gets a cold, effectively making her blind and entirely debilitated.
* The ''{{Movie/Frozen}}'' fanfic [[ "Childish"]] has a chapter where Elsa gets a cold and every time she sneezes she coats everything within several feet in snow. Later in the fanfic she and Anna have a pillow fight and this happens again when a feather tickles her nose.
* This can happen to Bloodliners in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. For example, Jeanette sometimes accidentally uses Sweet Scent when she sneezes. And since [[FantasticRacism Bloodliners are heavily persecuted]], this can be very dangerous.


[[folder: Film]]
* In the short film ''Disney/FrozenFever'', the basic premise is that [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] has this happen to her when she gets a cold.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', The Librarian at Unseen University catches a cold and turns into something new every time he sneezes, thanks to his "morphic field" being weakened by his original transformation from a human into an orangutan.
* The entire plot of ''Literature/TheExploitsOfEbenezum'' (and further sequels Literature/TheWanderingsOfWuntvor) by Craig Shaw Gardner revolves around this. Ebenezum, a talented hedge wizard, accidentally summons a demon and is somehow cursed by the Netherhells while sending him back. This causes him to develop an "allergy" to magic, interrupting every one of his spells with a thunderous sneeze. At first this is thought to be the work of said demon, but later even he proves unable to reverse it. So his bumbling apprentice Wuntvor has to help him get from one place to another looking for a cure. In case it wasn't obvious, this is a quite funny modern fantasy parody.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Rachel suffered this after scanning an animal she was apparently "allergic" to. This caused her to randomly assume her various animal forms and only ended with her expelling the new shape by [[{{Squick}} vomiting up an entire alligator]].
* In ''[[Literature/YoungWizards So You Want To Be A Wizard?]]'', Nita and Kit unintentionally transport [[SomeCallMeTim Fred]] the sentient white hole to them. White holes emit stuff - usualy energy. Most of his mass and energy is stored in a [[{{Hammerspace}} temporal-spatial pocket]] so that he can travel at all, and the act of traveling has made him a bit woozy - it gives him a bad case of the hiccups. When he hiccups, he emits stuff. And by stuff...good luck trying to explain the Learjet that just appeared in the middle of the field.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' Elayne Trakand becomes pregnant, and the Aiel Wise Ones inform her that she will occasionally be unable to channel.
** Similarly, it's commonly believed in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' universe that female mages can't cast spells while pregnant. [[SubvertedTrope The brother of a very sorceress pointed out that he knew several people who put this to the test and didn't live to admit that they were wrong.]]
* In the ''Literature/WildCards'' novels, Peregrine is shocked to discover that she loses her ability to fly while she is pregnant.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'': Jeannie coming down with a cold would cause "blink" effects and random things showing up that Tony had to get rid of.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'': The same thing happened with the witches and warlocks in Samantha Stevens' family. It happened to Samantha, Serena, and Aunt Clara on separate occasions.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': Alex got bubble hiccups, sneezed herself into a puddle, and lost control of her electricity. Exposure to several chemicals in other episodes reacted with the [[SuperSerum GC-161]] and made her sick in ways like: parts of her body randomly morphing into water, out of control aggression, and static electricity.
* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}},'' "Plato's Stepchildren": One of the Platonians (or whatever they were called) was sick, and since they had telekinetic powers, that made furniture fly around as if there was a hurricane. Dr. [=McCoy=] cured him, and they showed their gratitude by forcing the Starfleet officers to star in a [[KissingUnderTheInfluence sadistic puppet show]].
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' used it at least twice. One was when Sabrina caught spellfluenza, which is a 24-hour sickness that causes one's powers to be transferred to the nearest person when one sneezes. Assuming they are the nearest person again during the next sneeze, the powers come back. Surprisingly, the person who got her powers was Ms. Quick. The other was when Hilda caught punitis, a disease in which everything she said resulted in a bad VisualPun occurring (for example, when she asked for some ice cream, a screaming disembodied eye appeared in the freezer).
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', witch pregnancy seems to result in a lot of unusual and uncontrolled magic effects, though this is explained more as the magical fetus messing with things than the mom's magic going haywire as a result of pregnancy.
** Another example occurs in "Centennial Charmed" when Paige gets a cold and accidentally teleports whenever she sneezes.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Clark Kent discovers his super breath when he catches a cold, sneezes, and blows the barn door off its hinges and across the entire county, almost decapitating Lois. Much of the episode is spent trying to come up with believable reasons why the Kent barn door appeared in the middle of nowhere.
* In ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', when Raven becomes ill with the flu, she reads people's minds.
* ''Series/{{Rentaghost}}'': Nadia Popov would teleport whenever she sneezed. As she suffered from allergies, this tended to happen quite a lot.
* ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'': When Jambi the Genie comes down with "Meka-Leka-Hi-Meka-Hiney-Itis" (read: genie burnout), his powers don't work ''at all'', and the magic rings that emanate from his turban come out slightly wibbly.
* The TARDIS is prone to this in ''Series/DoctorWho'', from giving its passengers a battery of incomprehensible warnings in "The Edge of Destruction" to suffering from Huon particle-induced indigestion in "The Runaway Bride."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', the Yin/Yang enhancement enables a nova with Mega-Appearance to switch between male and female forms. If the nova gets pregnant (a rare event), this enhancement will shut down at a certain point in the pregnancy, locking the nova in female form.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SuperheroGirl'' has a GenreSavvy roommate who expects the Malfunction Malady in [[ this comic]].
* ''Webcomic/KarinDou4koma'': When allergy season hits, Tamaryu -- a dragon -- sneezes ''fire''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Ultra Man of the ''[[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' caught the flu, and during a sneeze nearly burned down a building with his heat vision. He also lost track of how much of his SuperStrength to use while sick, and was constantly crushing objects or shattering them in his hands.
* [[StreetFighter "Hello, Ryu !"]] [[ "Heddo, Ken!"]]
* In ''Toys/MonsterHigh'', Frankie is shown to inadvertently release electricity when she sneezes. And Abbey releases a burst of frosty air that can freeze things with her sneezes. But topping them both is Operetta, whose voice can reach supersonic levels, meaning supersonic sneezes. One sneeze from her shatters several windows and sends a few unlucky students flying out the door.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' had an episode like this.
* Yin in ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' came down with the [=WooFoo=] Flu which caused inanimate objects to come to life. She was the AnnoyingPatient for her brother Yang. Until he came down with it, and put Yo in the position of caretaker to the sick sibs.
* This happened in a first season episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. [[AngryGuardDog Wildmutt]] was effectively blind[[note]]Wildmutt's vision is [[TheNoseKnows based around smell]] so by having his "nose" filled with mucus, he couldn't "see"[[/note]], [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Fourarms]] was more disgusting and clumsier, and [[PlayingWithFire Heatblast]] became AnIcePerson.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** When Beast Boy got a cold, every sneeze caused involuntary morphing.
** When Starfire went through Tamaranian puberty, she developed a number of strange and unattractive features before returning to normal and having the ability to fire starbolts [[EyeBeams out her eyes]].
** Starfire's allergy to metallic chromium also causes her to sneeze rather explosively.
** Cyborg got a computer virus. It affected his perception and personality such that he became obsessed with Waffles, and perceived everything as food. Including inappropriate and dangerous things.
* It was used as a gag in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' that when Kurt had a cold he would teleport everytime he sneezed.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'', Cosmo's Phygigly Gland (which controls a fairy's transforming powers) starts acting up, necessitating a transplant from Cosmo's EvilTwin Anti-Cosmo.
** A much earlier episode had Cosmo catching the "Fairy Flu", which caused him to randomly lose control over his powers every time he sneezed (one sneeze summoned a merry go round, another transported the house to the moon, etc.). For [[RuleOfFunny some reason]], feeding him lots of sauerkraut cured him.
* Genie in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' also caught a cold that caused random objects to appear every time he sneezed, with the objects becoming more dangerous as the disease progressed.
* Katara the waterbender gets sick like any ordinary person, but airbender [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang's]] sneezes launch him ten feet into the air; though that may be Aang being playful.
* In ''{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', [[TheStarscream Tarantulas]] infects [[GeniusBruiser Rhinox]] with a virus that makes him hiccup destructive bolts of electricity in the first season episode, "The Low Road." The episode plays pretty straight to the trope, with the other Maximals alternately nursing their new AnnoyingPatient and running on a FetchQuest for the antivirus.
** The plan ultimately turns on the Predacons when Rhinox gets sick of being an AnnoyingPatient and decides to [[ inflict himself on them]]... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny much to Megatron's misfortune]].
* It's either an inversion of this trope or CursedWithAwesome, but every time Glitter the sidekick fairy sneezed in ''WesternAnimation/KiddVideo'', she temporarily gained super strength.
* In one episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'', Funshine got a case of Bubbles, which made him cough up bubbles every time he hiccuped and start floating away.
* Somewhat similar to the above example, in the [[YouMeanXmas Great Giving Day]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'', Tenderheart learns how to teleport to help Great Giving Bear deliver gifts. However, Tenderheart ends up getting the hiccups, which cause him to disappear and reappear in random places.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'', the title character is struck down by a computer virus in one episode, which presents itself similarly to a human cold (with Robot Jones sneezing oil everywhere).
* Underbite is a recurring villain from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' who gets stronger when he eats metal. Unfortunately, once, that metal was part of a [[PortalNetwork space bridge]]. He spent the episode randomly teleporting [[ContinuityCavalcade to past locations]] every time he hiccuped.