A character comes down with an illness (or alternatively, has broken a limb and has a cast on), and may be bedridden. This may be in order to pad out the season, to provide an excuse as to why that character isn't present when their skills or powers would wrap up the plot neatly in a few minutes, or to give the [[LoveInterests love interest]] an excuse to [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect nurse him or her back to health]]. In romances, the sickness is ''all about'' the worried, tender nursing. And in the comedies, they frequently end with the sick character now all healthy and looking forward to doing whatever... [[HereWeGoAgain only for their friend to start showing symptoms, almost nearly out of the blue.]] The latter may invoke CaretakerReversal if said friend was doing the nursing.

Cures for this illness can vary wildly by genre, and [[FindTheCure obtaining the cure]] may take up a small plot arc of its own. These illnesses are rarely, if ever, fatal. The illness also mostly never has lasting implications for the main StoryArc, though it's not beyond the pale for a MonsterOfTheWeek to be responsible for a character illness or find a way to exploit the opportunity.

The SickEpisode may also entail characters [[WorkingThroughTheCold having to work through their illness when they'd really rather be at home in bed with bowls of chicken soup]]. Or it may cover the remaining healthy characters scrambling to fill the hole left behind. In both of these cases [[HilarityEnsues hilarity sometimes ensues]].

If the sickness involved ''is'' discovered to be maybe life-threatening, you have a WhamEpisode instead.

If the illness is caused by contact with evil, that's AllergicToEvil. See also SoapOperaDisease for diseases which are ultimately fatal and may or may not be used as {{Filler}}. Compare HurtComfortFic.

A SuperTrope to:
* CaretakerReversal
* TheDentistEpisode
* FeverDreamEpisode
* RupturedAppendix
* NurseWithGoodIntentions
* TheTonsillitisEpisode
* WorkingThroughTheCold
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used in ''Manga/InuYasha'', when Kagome comes down with a severe cold. The main plot is put on hold while Kagome goes home to rest and the title character mixes up a disgusting "cure."
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** In the second season, the Sailors come down sick except [[TheDitz Minako]], who attempts to come to their aid as Nurse Venus. ''[[NurseWithGoodIntentions Be very afraid]]'' [[NurseWithGoodIntentions of Nurse Venus.]]
** Subverted in Super S: it ''looks'' like Mamoru is coming down with a very serious fever, [[spoiler: but it's actually due to the influence of the Black Moon Circus on Earth. He can't join the Senshi in the GrandFinale since he's bed-ridden, and only gets better when Nehelenia is defeated and sealed away.]]
* In the ''Anime/CardcaptorSakura'' episode "Sakura's Dizzy Fever Day", Sakura has a fever but tries to perform her school and MagicalGirl duties anyway. [[spoiler: She can only do it with Syaoran and Meiling's help (and [[{{Tsundere}} Syaoran]] [[AngerBornOfWorry even gets angry at her]] because she's not taking care of herself properly, and Meiling has to support Sakura physically so she can seal the Card). Then she totally passes out in bed. Good thing that Nadeshiko's ghost uses her own energy to help her a little.]]
* ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' has a chapter in which Nowaki was sick so of course Hiroki freaked out taking care of him. Slight subversion, however, because even though it was invoked for the cliche nursing tropes, the next day [[spoiler:Nowaki reveals he wasn't sick at all, just a little tired]].
* Otani gets a fever in a chapter/episode of ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', so Risa shows up to help him out. [[spoiler: And then they have an AccidentalKiss, when he passes out on her and their lips meet.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': An entire ARC arises from Nami getting ''seriously'' sick, which leads to the rest of the Straw Hats meeting the reindeer doctor Tony Tony Chopper, who eventually joins them.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'':
** Both Godai and Mitaka broke their legs, so there was a series of episodes set during their recovery both in and out of the hospital.
** Twin to an earlier episode, when Kyoko was down with a sprained ankle, and everyone tried to help her out (emphasis on "tried").
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** There was an episode where Brock gets sick, leaving Ash and Misty to do the jobs he'd usually do. It's much harder than he makes it look like, and by the end of the episode they've resolved [[AnAesop to be more grateful to him.]] Also crosses over with a FeverDreamEpisode as we're treated to scenes of what goes on in Brock's head during his illness.
** An Orange Islands episode left Ash and Tracey paralysed by a wild Vileplume's Stun Spore, and Misty had to race to [[FindTheCure find the Salveyo Weed cure]] before James and Meowth (Jessie had run into the exact same Vileplume).
** And a Sinnoh episode had Dawn's Pachirisu come down with a fever, though this was from an electricity buildup (Pikachu had something similar twice before).
** Previously, there's another episode where May's Munchlax and James's Chimecho both get sick and have to be taken care of by an old couple whom James lived with as a child. It's [[MoodWhiplash more serious]] [[TearJerker than usual]] since James, for all of his {{Camp}} and "LaughablyEvil" tendences, [[PetTheDog actually worries a LOT when Chimecho is sick]], and even ends up bonding with May over their common worries. [[spoiler: He has to leave Chimecho there, but then a Mime Jr. who's owned by the same old couple gets attached to him and joins him alongside the TerribleTrio.]]
** In another Sinnoh episode, Jessie is too sick to participate in a Pokémon Contest, so James [[DisguisedInDrag disguises himself as her]] and competes in her stead. And he even ''wins''.
** Kalos has a sick episode where Ash gets a fever from training in the water. When a trainer comes along who wants to battle him, Serena decides to [[SweetPollyOliver pretend to be Ash]] in order to get him to go away.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has an episode where Chrono comes down with a fever after exerting himself too much. Rosette runs all over town trying to find a fever represent that's "strong enough for a demon"--only to push herself so hard that ''she'' gets sick in the process. And then it turns out the only cure is [[spoiler:for Rosette to kiss him. Which she does.]]
* The pre-second-season OVA episode of ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' had Holo getting sick and Lawrence taking care of her, using different kinds of foods to balance her humors in true medieval fashion. This episode also featured an interesting variant on a usual SickEpisode trope: Holo collapses dramatically with a fever, but when she wakes up, the first thing Lawrence does is scold her angrily for not mentioning that she felt bad earlier. If she had done that while they were traveling, he explains, she could have died.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ranma gets a superpowerful mutation of the common cold after [[TricksterMentor Happosai]] gives it to him. How powerful? It makes his skin so hot it ''boils water instantly on contact''. Later on, it mutates again so that it ''flash-freezes'' any moisture, even from the air around him. At least he (or [[GenderBender she]], at the time) got to be coddled and babied around by his mother, Nodoka.
** There's another episode in which Happosai himself gets badly sick. It turns out that he's dying, and then everyone gets sick when he starts absorbing their LifeEnergy to hold on to life. Akane is the only one who doesn't fall ill, so she has to find the cure under the guidance of Mio, the local OracularUrchin.
** For one chapter in the manga, Ukyo is sick in bed with a cold. Ranma, Akane, and Konatsu work in the restaurant, until she's well again. This is also used in the anime, only without Konatsu [[AdaptedOut since he doesn't show up there.]]
* Tohru gets a cold in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', so Kyou takes care of her. He even cooks [[PickyEater his much hated leeks]] for her!
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'' Kagami gets sick with a cold and is bedridden for an episode. Konata even visits her... to ask for her homework so she can copy it. Later Konata claims to have a spring cold, but Kuroi-sensei doesn't buy it. [[CassandraTruth She's really sick.]]
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has a chapter in the manga where Tamaki is in bed with a cold. His fever also leads him to [[spoiler: kiss Haruhi's forehead, mimicking what his father Yuzuru had just done. He says it's all right because he's Haruhi's father and drifts off to sleep. After recovering he doesn't remember doing it.]]
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has a SickEpisode where Tae, Gintoki, Kagura, Kondo, Ayame, and Hasegawa all get sick with the same alien virus, while Shinpachi has to tend to them all. This being [[GagSeries Gintama]], however, [[spoiler:Katsura, of all people, eventually cures the entire gang while serving as a cross between "Ill Smith" and UsefulNotes/BarackObama ([[CatchPhrase "Yes, we can!"]] indeed.). Afterwards, everyone except Shinpachi accidentally turns into "Ill Smiths". To top it all off, the whole sequence was just part of a flashback within the ''real'' sick episode.]] Suffice to say, this series refuses to play its tropes straight.
* In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', Yotsuba gets sick the day her father was supposed to take her to a ranch to learn where milk comes from, leading to a meltdown and day spent in bed. No romantic hijinks, fortunately -- just more TV than usual. She finally gets to go a week later.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'':
** One episode revolves around Izumi having a bad toothache, and having to work through it (including putting on her helmet).
** The public bath episode, mentions that Kumagami is out sick (making Noa the only female SV2 member).
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' has two, first Ichigo gets a bad cold, later Purin gets a fever from pushing herself ''far'' too hard. The girl's only 12, after all.
* Takes place twice in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''
** Kaoru falls sick after running out into the rain to rescue Aoi, who has skipped on Miyabi.
** Later in the series, Aoi herself crashes out with illness, [[ADayInHerApron and the group tries to cover]] for their resident YamatoNadeshiko. It's harder than she makes it look.
* In ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'', Takatoshi gets sick, and Shino presumes it's because he lent her his umbrella while it was raining, forcing him to go home without one.
* Yomi is bedridden in an episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' due to a fever. She misses out on a trip with the girls to a theme park because of it.
* ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'': Michiko collapses while driving her scooter, and then tries to shrug off her fever by claiming she just has a very "hot body". Since she's on the run from the law, Hatchin has to enlist a shady back alley doctor/mystic to cure her.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' has not one but two such episodes, giving each member of the show's central pairing a chance to care for the other. At the end of the first SickEpisode, Van finally learns Wendy's name; in the second one, he opens up and talks about his past. Given that he's TheStoic, it's a pretty significant breakthrough.
* Happens a few times in ''Manga/KOn''--first, Ritsu gets sick after a falling-out with Mio, and then after Mio and the others visit her, Yui catches her cold too, which very nearly ruins their upcoming live performance. The next time, Yui gets sick again, but she gets better quickly and her little sister Ui winds up catching the cold. This helps Yui learn AnAesop about appreciating what you have. When Sawa-chan gets sick, the girls visit her home without actually asking her and everyone but Mugi gets sick afterwards.
* This trope sees unorthodox usage in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' in an episode where the Le Creuset team is on leave at the [=PLANTs=]. While everyone else is going about their business unaware, Rau himself is curled up in his room, laid out with a mystery affliction. He's still expected to work, and no one comes to help him--even if those who cared about him knew, they wouldn't be able to do anything for his sake, after all. [[spoiler:Life just sucks like that when you're a clone.]]
* In an episode of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Chika has a cold, and Nobue takes care of her part of the time. When she's gone, Miu pretends to be a doctor. When Nobue returns, Miu has ''her'' pretend to be a doctor while the girls who aren't sick take turns at pretending to be patients. Then Miu actually does get sick...
* ''{{Manga/FAKE}}'' has two separate sick chapters, one in which Ryo is sick and Dee takes care of him, and a later one in which the roles are reversed and Ryo takes care of Dee.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden'' has a {{filler}} episode in which Naruto gets a ''bad'' cold. HilarityEnsues. (And Sakura ends up covered in [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar white snot]] more than once.)
* In the ''MaiHime'' sound dramas, Natsuki comes down with a cold, which Nagi attributes to the shock of having to [[ShowSomeLeg expose herself to get a ride]]. Shizuru wants to heal her [[AssShove with a leek to the ass.]]
* In'' Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Mashiro gets hospitalized from overworking himself, resulting in Detective Trap taking a hiatus.
* In ''VisualNovel/FinalApproach'' when Ryo gets sick this leads to the heroines realizing the girl they really need to compete with is not each other but his [[BrotherSisterIncest sister Akane]].
* ''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari'' leaves this one for the finale. It is ''very'' {{Tear Jerk|er}}ing because [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt unlike if this were done mid-season]], there is a very real possibility that [[DownerEnding the sick sister actually dies]]. [[spoiler:Thankfully, she doesn't. Cue TearsOfJoy.]]
* In ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'', Namiko stays home with a cold, but most of it is about her friends coping with her absence and reacting to her texts.
* In the original ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Digimon]]'' series, [[spoiler: Taichi is temporarily sent back home with Agumon, and they have to take care of his little sister Hikari who is sick in bed while their parents are out visiting their also ill grandma.]] Later [[spoiler: Hikari has a relapse, this time with ''much'' more severe symptoms, and as Sora and Biyomon take care of her Taichi, Koushirou and their Digimon have to FindTheCure. It's made even harder with [=MugenDramon=] chasing after them.]]
* The "Rainbow Sakura" ''Manga/FairyTail'' {{omake}} has Lucy coming down with a cold the day before the annual Blossom Viewing Festival where the leaves of the titular tree turn rainbow-colored at night, and is naturally unable to go. Natsu and Happy feel bad for her, [[Heartwarming/FairyTail so they uproot the tree and send it on a boat down the canal in front of her house that evening, allowing her to see it in all its beauty]].
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', Rei catches a massive fever when [[spoiler: she stays under a heavy and cold rain for hours after Fukiko tricks her into doing so]]. Nanako finds her and manages to bring her home after much struggle, [[spoiler: and discovers her RoomfullOfCrazy]]. Later, Kaoru drops by and barely manages to keep her in bed so she can give her IntimateHealing via body heat. For worse, [[spoiler: Rei is still ill and feverish few later... and it culminates with he trying to go through a SuicidePact with Nanako, mistaking her for Fukiko.]]
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', Ryuuichi falls ill over the summer, leaving him in the care of his adoptive grandmother and his brother Kotarou.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei catches the common cold at the wake of the New Year, leading to the Kawamoto sister's bringing him into their home for a couple of days to take care of him.
* In ''LightNovel/BenTo'', Sen Yarizui spends episodes 11 and 12 sick.
* Chapter 5 of ''Manga/GirlFriends'' had Akko being sick with a cold, leading to the first time that Mari hung out with her new circle of friends without Akko present. This led to Mari's realization that their friends considered Mari to be Akko's best friend, even though they've only met this year.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Heiji's introductory episode happens when Conan/Shinichi has a '''massive''' cold. He shows up bringing a special Osakan moonshine as a gift for Kogoro... and tries to feed some to Conan since it's supposed to double as a folklore cure for colds, but he only manages to give him some sips before an horrified Ran interrupts. As the case goes, Conan's sympthoms get worse and worse, and he collapses in pain. [[spoiler: But it turns out that the chemical reactions within his ill body, caused by the brief alcohol consumption... are actually ''reversing his forced shrinking'', which lets him become Shinichi and best Heiji while resolving the case of the week. Too bad the effects stop right after the case is done, leading to a brief TearJerker in which the shrinking Shinichi says he wants to stay older a bit so he can speak to Ran by himself...]]
** More than one episode happens in hospitals as well. So do the arcs involving IllBoy Eisuke Hondou.
* The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise in general has quite a few of these with the mascots ([[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Mepple,]] [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Chiffon,]] and so forth) and some with the Cures.
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' had Tsubomi falling ill when she found out that the handsome StudentCouncilPresident was [[UnsettlingGenderReveal really a girl]]. She pulls herself out of bed and into action when she gets turned into the MonsterOfTheWeek
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', Ellen ends up staying up all night the night before her first day of school, worried/excited over it and she promptly passes out barely into her day. It had two good things to it - it showed that the students there wanted to be friends with her when they saw her pass out and worried for her, and it allowed Hibiki and Kanade to maintain TheMasquerade when Ellen earlier began blabbing about her world by saying she was sleep-deprived.
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' had one where Mana overworked herself into a fever on the day of the school festival (however, it looked more like Rikka gave Mana a fever by knocking her over on purpose!). She still wants to attend the festival, but Aguri then tells her the story of Literature/TheHappyPrince, and tells her she does not want her to suffer his fate.
* ''Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo'' is a picture book, in which a girl named Felicity Floo ignores the "Don't Pet the Animals" sign at the zoo and spreads her cold to them, covering them in gloopy snot in the process. It is meant to have AnAesop about blowing your nose, but due to considerable amounts of ArtisticLicence and {{Squick}}, it got lost along the way.
* ''A Sick Day for Amos [=McGee=]'' is a picture book about a zookeeper having a sick day.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', one story has France teasing a bed-ridden England, only get worried when he realizes that the latter is really ill. America comes by later and tries to cure England by [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext putting a hamburger on his head]].
* The finale of season 1 of ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' has Cocoa become sick and nursed by Chino, at the same time Sharo is sick and being nursed by Chiya, then Chino gets sick and is nursed by Cocoa. Truly it is the ultimate SickEpisode.
* In ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' Kaoru spends most of episode 6 sick from a combination of overworking and smoking. After having Hajime take care of her, she starts crying since [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness he's not acting like himself]] and she wants a smoke.
* In Chapter 18/Episode 9 of ''Manga/DenkiGaiNoHonyaSan'', Hio-tan takes a day off due to illness, and she's visited by Director, Sensei, and Sommelier for various reasons.
* The third episode of the third ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series has Sasami falling ill, leading to Noike to take over the duties she did.
** A story in the manga had Tenchi falling ill after getting caught between another Ryoko/Ayeka scuffle. The girls get to work in trying to heal Tenchi.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Yuno gets a fever and has to stay in her apartment rather than go to school, though she initially thinks she can go despite the thermometer reading. Her well friends who live in the other apartments take care of her when they can, including bringing food and medicine, and, in Miyako's case, changing her pajamas. The anime adds FeverDreamEpisode parts as she sleeps off the illness.
* During episode three in ''VisualNovel/ShoujotachiWaKouyaOMezasu'', Uguisu overworks herself drawing art for the game so much that she gets sick. Despite that, she even comes to school, though the others quickly have her rest and recover.
* Two occur in ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'':
** The first is episode 17, which has Ririka catching a cold.
** In episode 34 Seiya has [[AllergicToEvil an allergic reaction to evil]].
* In episode 9 of the ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' TV series, Ryohei has his leg injured, which causes to lose a lot of blood and he needs a blood transfusion, but his [[ABNegative blood type is rare]]. The situation is further complicated when transportations to the hospital are delayed by a typhoon, so Hayato has to take him to the hospital by using Asurada through ravaging waters. Fortunately, they make it to a hospital in a island just in time for the transfusion.
* Episode 14 of ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'' had the Sextuplets get sick.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Peter was always getting sick for an issue or two, but then his spider-strength would allow him to recover in record time. Unfortunately, he always [[RuleOfDrama happened]] to get this ''right'' when the MonsterOfTheWeek showed up.
** A special mention goes out to the Grim Hunt storyline, in which the villains actually plan their attack to take place when he's sick [[spoiler:using the precognitive abilities of Madame Web.]]
* ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' has a sick arc for Pizzazz. She [[spoiler:gets into a car accident]] and injures her larynx. She can't sing or scream, two things she's [[HairTriggerTemper known for]], and her bandmates have to find a temporary replacement (which turns out to be [[spoiler:Blaze]]). The arc ends with her picking herself up after the TraumaCongaLine of feeling useless combined with [[spoiler:her father not caring at all that she nearly died]] leaves her a sobbing mess.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' one-shot "It's Not Lupus" features Molly and Chase becoming inexplicably ill. This later turns out to be the result of Nico accidentally casting a spell on them.
* [[https://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=I+TL+1386-A One story]] in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse has Donald harassed by an anthropomorphic common cold that only he can see, able to counter medication by taking pills of his own. He manages to get rid of him after noticing machines can see him too, but since no story can end happily for Donald, on the last page he's greeted by an anthropomorphic ''headache''.
* In one of the ''My Little Pony: Friends Forever'' comic books, Ponyville's population come down with something which makes them sneeze, become tired, break out in red spots, have sore throats, and occasionally lisp or talk nonsense. [[spoiler: It turns out to be an allergy to a certain type of mold. Zecora ends up getting it too but everyone gets better]].
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[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* When Fluttershy comes down with [[RupturedAppendix appendicitis]] in ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn My Brave Pony II: Starfleet Magic]]''.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/StepByStep'' is about Kirk coming down with one of the few illnesses futuristic medicine can't cure -- a resistant strain of flu.
* ''Yakko's Sick Day'' is an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' fanfic that involves Yakko getting an illness that involves tired eyes (but no actual lack of energy) and sneezing. The illness is unconfirmed, but Yakko refers to it as "Whoopsie-Daisy Flu".
* In this ''TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' fanfic, ''[[https://www.wattpad.com/49797714-a-turn-of-events-brittany-and-mackenzie-fanfiction A turn of events]]'', Brittnay is the one who gets sick. It's also a HurtComfortFic.
* A user known as Meg Fonzarelli on Website/Fanfiction.net has written several fanfictions of ''Series/HappyDays'', including ''Arnold's'', ''Sick Blanket Cuddles'', ''Just Fluff'', ''When Fonzie Feels Cuddly'', ''Fonzie's Aggravation'', ''After Work'', ''A Day in the Rain is Worth a Few in Bed'' and ''The Fonz Does Not Get Sick''. All involve Fonzie getting a cold and his date (herself) "caring" for him. She sometimes invokes CatchYourDeathOfCold.
* ''Feeling Better'' is a fan fiction of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', that has Riley sick.
* ''Melt'' and ''Drip'' are two fanfics of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In both of them, a character gets a disease that normally only dragons get. In ''Melt'', it is [[BookWorm Twilight]] and in ''Drip'' it is [[TheHighQueen Princess Celestia]]. The illness has cold-like symptoms.
** Another My Little Pony fan fiction called ''A Zebra In the Bed'' has Zecora get a disease called Trio Cold, which is a nasty kind of cold that lasts for three days no matter what you do, and the second day is the worst. Applejack disapproves of Zecora having to sleep in her bed. [[spoiler: Applejack then catches the cold]].
** In ''Fanfic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries'', ''Along Came A Spider'' has Zecora get a would-be-fatal disease from a spider bite. Symptoms include bleeding green, being weak and tired, losing the ability to [[RhymesOnADime rhyme]], and being dehydrated.
** ''Fluttershy's Sick Day'' is a fanfiction where Fluttershy gets a flu-like illness and makes attempts at WorkingThroughTheCold, which her husband Troy tries to stop. [[spoiler: Troy ends up catching it]]. [[note]] During this fanfiction, Fluttershy keeps on flying into the forest. Possibly to visit Zecora. [[/note]].
** In ''Zecora's Tears'', Zecora becomes very weak and sick due to a curse. She eventually [[CharacterDeath dies]].
** There's also ''Twilight is Sick''.
* In ''Everybody Needs a Sick Day'', [[BookWorm Hermione Granger]] from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gets sick.
* In ''Sick Days'', which is a fan fiction of ''Series/HappyDays'', first Howard and Marion appear to get sick, but [[spoiler: it turns out they're fine]], [[ThePrankster Ralph]], Joanie, one of the girls, and Richie get colds, [[BigEater Pots]][[TheDitz ie]] and [[BadButt Fonzie]] get colds later on in the story, and it is implied Arnold has one too. Arnold, Joanie, Ralph, the girl, Richie, and Potsie all get better, but Fonzie's still sick at the end.
* ''Tommy Pickles vs The Terrible Twos'' is a fanfic set a year after the events of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. In chapters ''Another Family Reunion'' through ''Visiting Uncle Ben and Aunt Elaine'', Cousin Tony has a cold, which Tommy catches, then Phil and Lil catch it.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' has this in the form of the book "The Sickness". Ax gets an Andalite appendicitis-like condition called Yamphut. The rest of the gang get flu-like symptoms and get put out of commission one by one--until only Cassie is left to carry out the rescue the team was trying to accomplish to free a Yeerk Peace Movement ally who was about to be executed by Visser Three as a traitor. Once Cassie returns with Aftran, the Yeerk must go inside Ax's head to direct Cassie as she does brain surgery to remove Ax's ready-to-burst tria gland.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': Most notably ''Stacey's Emergency'', ''Get Well Soon, Mallory'', and the subplot to ''Dawn's Wicked Stepsister''.
* In ''Tommy Catches a Cold'', which is a book based on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', [[TheLeader Tommy]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin catches a cold]] which lasts for three days.
** In ''Candy Soup'', [[CheerfulChild Kimi]] gets sick on Halloween.
* ''Blue's Sniffly Day'', which is a book of ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', has Blue catch a cold.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', most of [=ThunderClan=] became ill in ''Long Shadows'' with the deadly disease greencough; we see the healthy cats attempting to keep up with all the patrols and hunting, and cat after cat becomes sick.
* ''Poor Monty'' is a story where a boy whose mother is a doctor describes a disease whose symptoms include having a sore throat, a headache that feels like "little men in steel boots are walking on my head", and a rash. [[Spoiler: it's chicken pox.]]
* ''SherlockHolmes'' in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", where Holmes apparently catches Yellow Fever. [[spoiler: At least until the Reveal that he was faking it]].
* In ''Literature/WinterHoliday'', Captain Nancy gets sick with the mumps. She gets better. The other children see it as an opportunity to pretend she has the plague and skip school.
* Tom Sawyer gets the measles at one point in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Planet Plague'' is a Tash-focused book. Her brother spends most of it sick with a bad case of the flu, either [[AnnoyingPatient running around denying that he's ill]], lying half-conscious at best with a high fever, or floating in a bacta tank feeling better but bored.
* Played VERY seriously in ''Literature/LittleWomen'':
** Robert March fell sick while still at war and that threw a big wrench in the family dynamics since Marmee had to go there and leave the girls alone.
** And for worse, Beth contracts scarlet fever (an illness that was VERY serious back then). She recovers but has been much weaker since then. [[spoiler: Years later, it causes her early death.]]
* ''Literature/GodelEscherBachAnEternalGoldenBraid'' has "Sonata for Unaccompanied Achilles," a dialogue for one in which Achilles is telephoned by the Tortoise, who is apparently suffering from a headache. ([[NewhartPhonecall The readers only get Achilles' side of the conversation.]])
* [[TheNthDoctor Eight]] is put out of action this way in ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'' (in the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'') for quite a while. Unlike Ten below, he's physically incapacitated for about two months and coughs up black bile. ''And'' he has horrible hallucinations, his eyes eventually get black, cloudy stuff on them, and everyone thinks he's going to die. Although his illness rather ruins his own wedding, he doesn't die... no, AntiVillain Sabbath [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] rather a bit by saving his life by means of MeatgrinderSurgery, [[HeartTrauma ripping his heart out]] bare-handed, mostly because [[OrganTheft he thinks it'll be useful]].
* ''Literature/TomcatBlueEyesDiaries'': Lil' tomcat Blue Eyes eats "ew stuff" in chapter four and gets very ill. He's taken to the vet, but he always spits his medicine. His human is really sad and Blue Eyes decides to die. Eventually he's so sick that he doesn't care what happens to him and lets the human put the pill deep in his throat. He figures it doesn't taste so bad that way, and after a time he gets well.
* ''[[Literature/MissBindergarten Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten]]''.
* Chapter 15 of the second book in the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' series has the entire family, besdes Carrie, coming down with malaria.
* ''Bear Feels Sick'' in Karma Wilson's ''Bear'' series.
* Nicky is mentioned to have a cold in ''Mog and the Baby''.
* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''.
** Greg and background character [[TheCassanova Evan]] get the chicken pox in ''The Third Wheel''. [[CheerfulChild Rowley]] and [[LoveInterests Abigail]] are thought to have it too, but really they just had pimples.
** Greg gets sick in ''The Ugly Truth'' and ''The Last Straw''. It is unknown what he had, but both times had him weak, with a runny nose and a fever.
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* ''Series/HappyDays''.
** In one episode, Howard gets his tonsils removed.
** Another episode ''Kiss Me Sickly'' has Richie worry that he has caught mono off his girlfriend. [[spoiler: He hasn't.]]
** In ''The Cunningham Caper'', Richie has actually recovered from his flu, but Marion was acting as though he was still sick.
** At the end of one episode, Howard says he "feels a cold coming on".
* Occurs in a season one episode of ''Series/DeathInParadise'', wherein Richard comes down with a serious fever and spends most of the episode in bed, on and off delirious. But with Dwayne and Fidel sending him updates, [[AwesomeByAnalysis he still manages to solve the case]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has two of these:
** "Fever": Clark is sick from a {{kryptonite|IsEverywhere}} virus and Chloe visits him when he is unconscious. Leads to the biggest [[{{TearJerker/Smallville}} tear jerker]] in season two.
** "Sneeze": Clark gets HeroicFatigue from trying to fix an entire ruined Metropolis. Chloe doesn't want him into action alone now that most of his powers are drained, but [[MoreHeroThanThou Clark leaves anyway because he can't guarantee her safety now that he is weakened]].
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 2 episode "Killed By Death." Buffy passes out while fighting due to a flu, and she goes to the hospital, where she fights a monster that preys on sick children.
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' season 2 episode "Awakened." Piper comes down with a serious disease and her health slowly deteriorates throughout the episode.
* The 8th season ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Grissom's Divine Comedy" has Grissom come down with the flu. His rest is interrupted by a case on which the grand jury indictment of a gang leader hinges. Oh, and the flu is getting around to the others on the team too.
* "Mr. Series/{{Monk}} Stays in Bed". And still has to solve the murder of the week and has a musical Get Well card that just won't stop.
* Played straight, averted and played with in ''Series/HannahMontana'' where illnesses have been used seriously, mocked, faked and lampshaded.
* Regeneration in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a violent process, so the first episode for many Doctors was nine parts disorientation and horizontality.
** The Tenth Doctor spends most of "The Christmas Invasion" unconscious in bed at Rose's house while he recovers from the recent physical trauma of his regeneration, occasionally gasping up wisps of yellow energy. Which apparently inconveniently attracted an alien invasion. It's interesting to note that this is Tennant's ''debut episode'' and he spent most of it unconscious. Ten's the most dramatic case, but he's not the only one...
** Three falls out of the TARDIS and into a coma. While still in hospital he's kidnapped and escapes, only to be shot in time for the cliffhanger.
** Five nearly didn't regenerate at all, and spends most of his first three episodes talking in non-sequiturs and falling over on people.
** Six is physically fine, and mentally homicidal (which rather biased fans against his character, though he's back to himself by the end).
** Eight has amnesia. This, however, will prove to be congenital.
** And Twelve, who ''really'' shouldn't be alive, keels over on arrival and spends the first third of his episode in bed.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'':
** There was one episode where Dorothy had what was eventually diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome. This wasn't done for laughs so much as it was to spread awareness about what was then a very misunderstood condition, but it counts because by the end of the episode she was medicated and feeling better, and the issue was never raised in the series again.
** There's also the episode The Flu, where they all get sick and spend most of the episode arguing.
* In the ''Series/KeyWest'' episode ''The Great Unknown'', the entire town of Key West (with the significant exceptions of Savannah, JoJo, and Sheriff Cody) succumb to a flu epidemic. At first, it seems Seamus O'Neill is likewise immune, but in the end he gets so sick he almost dies. He doesn't die, but when his fever finally breaks he brings back a message for Gumbo from his late wife, Fifi.
* The ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode "Flu Season". April ends up in the hospital and uses being Ann's patient [[AnnoyingPatient as an excuse to torment her]]. Chris becomes obsessed with not getting sick, but comes down with the flu anyway. Leslie [[ICanStillFight keeps working and insisting that she is not sick]], despite being obviously ill to the point of having fever hallucinations.
* Al and Kelly of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' fake being sick to get out of visiting Peggy's family. Naturally, Kelly gets sick anyway, and Al has to babysit her back to health. Which he does - just in time to get sick himself.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers:'' 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.
* ''Series/TheGoodGuys:'' Episode 3! Possibly the show with the earliest episode for this to occur. Dan Stark starts the episode with a potent flu, and by the end of the episode, not only his partner, but practically the entire force, as well as the bad guy. Bonus points for handcuffing himself to the bad guy before passing out while he was being strangled.
* One episode ''Series/TopGear'' features the presenters [[http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/hospital-news-uncut trying to carry on with the news as usual]] even though Jeremy Clarkson has lost his voice, James May has a nasty eye infection, and Richard Hammond... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has a spot on his face.]]
* Episode 8 of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' Season 2 deals with the 1918-1919 flu pandemic; several characters get sick: Lavinia, Cora, and Mr. Carson. Mr. Carson has a mild case, Cora is desperately ill but pulls through, and Lavinia seems okay until she suddenly goes into respiratory distress [[spoiler:and dies in what seems to double as a DeathByDespair after having found out that Mary and Matthew are in love with each other.]]
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' had Meredith in bed for a few weeks to recover from surgery, as her alcoholic father needed a liver transplant and she was his donor. In reality, it was because her actress' pregnancy.
* "Soul Purpose" has Series/{{Angel}} lying in bed the whole time hallucinating after being attacked by a parasitic demon, as the actor was recovering from surgery at the time.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode Nemesis, the character Daniel Jackson has his appendix removed and sits out the episode while the others save the Earth from the [[spoiler: Replicators]]. The reason for this is the actor Michael Shanks had his appendix removed and the writers/producers thought "Why not throw it in, easiest explanation".
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in Angel One, Wesley, Picard, Geordi and Worf get a weird virus.
** In ''Genesis'', the characters get a virus which causes them to de-evolve.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The Doctor programs himself with flu symptoms because he wants to understand his patients who keep griping about their aches and pains. He's still the same DrJerk he always was, until an apparent malfunction means his symptoms don't go away when they're programmed to, throwing him into a panic. Then Kes reveals she tweaked the program so it would last a bit longer than expected to teach the Doctor some proper empathy. Also in one episode, Captain Janeway and Chaotay get a virus and need to be in stasis.
* ''{{Series/MASH}}'':
** An episode has the 4077th staff succumbing to the flu one by one, leaving Hawkeye to run the O.R. practically by himself.
** A later ThanksgivingEpisode has most of the characters falling ill from [[TheFoodPoisoningIncident food poisoning]] after consuming bad turkey.
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' is stricken with appendicitis in the episode "Ouch," and the thought of being operated on frightens her to tears.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'' had an episode in which a small boy traveling forward in time brought with him an ancient plague---which quickly infected Ichabod, who spent much of the episode in a quarantine bed or staggering weakly after Abbie in an effort to save the day.
* The ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "Frasier Crane's Day Off", in which Frasier overdoses on flu medication and becomes convinced Niles (who agreed to stand in for him despite disapproving of radio psychology) is plotting to steal his show. It's one of the funniest moments of the series.
* The epsiode "Over My Dead Body" of ''Series/TropicalHeat''. Nick spends most of the episode lying in hospital while Sylvie and Spider worry about him.
* In an episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Frank starts quarantining members of the gang in the bar's bathroom when he suspects that they're getting the flu. The longer they stay stuck in the bathroom, the sicker they get. In the end, it's discovered that none of them have the flu. Their symptoms were caused by alcohol withdrawal. They're all apparently raging alcoholics.
* In an episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl obtains a hottub for Joy, because he accidentally ruined her chance to get one as a reward for trade-show modeling [[note]][[ContinuitySnarl (despite his resistance to doing so in an earlier episode)]][[/note]]. He gets the hottub from the side of the road, with a homeless man living underneath it. Meanwhile, Joy has an ingrown toenail...and the homeless man was infected with a flesh-eating strain of ''Staphylococcus aureus''. Predictably, Joy winds up with a godawful toe disease...and Darnell becomes TerrifiedOfGerms.
* In the ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' episode, "Achoo", Mr. Conductor catches a cold, but still wants to go to the South Pole and visit his penguin friends. Because he's sick, his magic causes glasses of water to change people's voices, and a balloon to talk and fall in love with Schemer.
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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow:''
** In the episode with Roger Miller, there was an outbreak of "Cluck-Itis": a disease in which when somebody sneezes, they turn into a chicken.
** In the episode with Dizzy Gillespie, Statler was sick of the show (and not the flu as Waldorf had confirmed) and was unable to attend ([[CausticCritic because of how sick of he was]]). But his sidekick Waldorf's wife Astoria used Stalter's theater ticket to sit with her husband Waldorf in the balcony.
* ''Series/SesameStreet:''
** In the direct video, ''Sesame Street Home Video visits The Hospital'' has Big Bird suffering from ''Pneumon-tweet-itis-carnaria'' (The pneumonia for Big yellow birds).
** In the season 27 episode, Big Bird suffers from Birdy-Pox (The Chicken pox for big yellow birds), except the spots are green, and it goes away at Midnight.
** In the 2007 episode, There was an outbreak of "Mine-Itis": a disease in which a person thinks the world is for them and does not want to share. The symptoms starts with them getting wildly itchy, They then hop like a kangaroo uncontrollably, They do a twirl uncontrollably, Then they start taking it seriously and chants ''MINE! MINE! MINE!.......''And it gets reported by Brian Williams.
** In one episode Maria goes to a hospital with a stomach virus.
** In another, Gabi gets sick with a mild flu ''on her [[BirthdayEpisode birthday]]''.
** In another episode, Gina gets a nasty bug that involves staying in bed, so Savion has to do her job.
* In the ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' episode, "A Bird's Guide to Health", Little Cat Z gets sick, and Terrence [=McBird=] is afraid he'll catch his cold. It's up to the Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats to show him how to stay healthy.
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* The second act of ''Theatre/SheLovesMe'' begins with a pair of scenes showing Mr. Maraczek in the hospital recovering from a self-inflicted wound (Arpad takes advantage of this and obtains a promotion to sales clerk), and one of his employees, Amalia, in her bed, supposedly sick until Georg approaches her.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'', one of the three playable characters, Leanne, spends all of Chapter 6 bedridden with a cold while the other two protagonists try to retrieve cold medicine for her. Since the cold medicine is stored inside a permanently frozen wasteland dungeon, this is harder than it sounds.
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial'':
** Letting your Stress stat get too high results in a week of illness, during which a character who's in love with you will pay a visit to check up on you.
** In ''Tokimeki Memorial 2'', this Event was ramped up a notch for [[DefrostingIceQueen Kaori Yae]], becoming a full-blown Special Event with a special CG, where she prepares and feeds you mikan lumps. This is a ''massive'' CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, as this Event occurs only after [[HesBack she's out of her]] HeroicBSOD.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon 64'':
** Each of the girls fall ill on a rainy or snowy day when you reach a certain level of relationship with them.
** This occurs in a couple of other entries to the series, too; in ''Animal Parade'', a cutscene involves the player being unwell and their child looking after them, and in ''DS Cute'', your husband will spend a day in bed ill if you ignore him for a certain amount of time.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'':
*** The supports between [[OppositesAttract Sain and Fiora]] have him at first flirting as usual and being rebuffed, but later (by the B support time) she sees him collapse and realizes that he's been protecting her ''despite'' being afflicted with a fever. Their A support has her worried for his health and recovery - [[RelationshipValues by that time]], Sain and Fiora are pretty much a couple, as said A support unlocks their shared ending in which they get married.
*** A platonic version happenswhen Ninian's younger brother Nils passes out in a fortress near the desert... and then an enemy group attacks the crew. The following mission has Eliwood's/Hector's group protecting the collapsed kid alongside the fortress for at least 14 turns; if he gets ambushed and killed, it's a NonStandardGameOver.
** Happens off-screen in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. The supports between Kyle and Ephraim mention that, in the time between their B and A-level talks, Kyle was severely injured and Ephraim personally made sure he was well taken care of.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has more than one example:
*** The supports between the DarkMagicalGirl Rhajat and [[spoiler: her prospect mothers]] center on this trope. [[spoiler: There has been an illness outbreak in a nearby town and the villagers think Rhajat caused it with her curses, so her mom is caught between helping the village and believing in her CreepyChild daughter. As it turns out Rhajat not only did NOT cause such a mishap, but was actually trying to help the people with protective spells (though sadly, they were casted a bit too late)... and then she decided to FindTheCure without telling anyone. Rhajat's mother is so moved and proud that she hugs her daughter and cries TearsOfJoy.]]
*** In the Hoshido/''Birthright'' route, Prince Takumi comes down with a severe fever and his WhiteMagicianGirl sister Sakura doesn't have the herbs she needs to make him a cure. For worse, this happens ''when they're stuck in enemy territory''. [[spoiler:Felicia's older twin sister Flora helps them to obtain said cure, but this turns out to be foreshadowing of her unwilling FaceHeelTurn.]]
*** In the Nohr/''Conquest'' route Princess Elise falls severely sick, and for worse it ''also'' happens in the vincinity of the enemy troops. Logically, Prince Ryoma refuses to give help since [[WhiteMagicianGirl Elise]] [[ShootTheMedicFirst is an active member of the opposite army]], and that sparks a fight.
*** In all routes, the [[spoiler: not-family]] supports between Midori and a Female Kana center on Midori taking care of Kana and making her medicine when she has a sore throat. It turns out to not be easy since [[spoiler: Kana is a HalfHumanHybrid girl so her body reacts differently to each medicine Midori makes.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Emi Ibarazaki and Rin Tezuka's paths share an event under the rain. Both girls get sick, and in each case Hisao will visit each of them. In Emi's path, [[spoiler: Hisao will put her to bed and have his LoveEpiphany, then will see Emi cry in her sleep as she has BadDreams about her DisappearedDad]]; in Rin's, [[spoiler: she will give him a ShutUpKiss while under the effects of too-strong medicines, but he'll be AboveTheInfluence and put her to bed too, leaving before she wakes up.]]
* At some point in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', Makoto Naegi comes down with a fever and has to stay in bed so he can recover. [[spoiler: And then he gets attacked by a MalevolentMaskedMan.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove So Long, My Love]]'', this is what Shinjiro's date with Ratchet Altair quickly becomes, mainly because of Shinjiro standing out in the cold waiting for her for too long.
* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'' revolves around this.
* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', if the PlayerCharacter has high [[spoiler: Art]] by the day the swimming race takes place and has spoken to [[spoiler: Miyuki Tanaka aka the local IllGirl]] before, she will show up at the beach to paint the scene... and then pass out right before the event begins. [[SubvertedTrope But]] the PC ''can't'' take care of her since he has to compete, so the one who raises to the challenge is [[spoiler: his PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Mikae Morikawa, who doubles as Miyuki's best friend.]]
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a short cartoon called "Sick Day", where everyone (including [[AnimateInanimateObject The Paper]]) was sick.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* One story from ''MyMilkToof'' was all about ickle caring for Lardee while he was sick, bringing him soup and reading a bedtime story to him.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan:''
** In "Bowser Junior's Sickness", Bowser Junior catches a highly contagious cold, but still wants to play with his friends, Joseph and Cody, when they come over.
** In "Chef Pee Pee Gets Sick!", Chef Pee Pee is sick and unable to perform his cooking duties, so Bowser Junior takes over for him, with the help of [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Chris the Cucumber]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The episode "Storytelling," Jake comes down with a flu-like illness, and sends Finn on a mission to go on an epic adventure, for the purpose of gathering material for an epic story to tell bedridden Jake. At the end, this results in CaretakerReversal, when Finn catches Jake's sick.
** "What Have You Done?" had all of the Candy Citizens coming down with the Freezer-Burn Flu.
** In "Simon and Marcy," Simon had to search for chicken soup on post-war Earth to feed to a young, sick Marceline.
** "Wizards Only, Fools" has Starchy sick in bed with a cold, and Princess Bubblegum going to Wizard City to obtain a cure.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina'', called ''Angelina in the Wings'', several students are unavailable, and are said to have the "mouse pox".
** In a later episode, Gracie and Alice come down with an ambiguous disease called "The Sniffles".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** In ''Arthur's Chicken Pox'', Arthur, and eventually D.W., get the chicken pox.
** Downplayed in ''Vomitrocious''. Francine throws up, but it is unknown why, the nurse thinks maybe she has a 24-hour bug but she doesn't have a fever and it is unknown why she threw up. George also has a nosebleed.
** Also downplayed in ''Castles in the Sky''. [[TheSmartGuy Brain]] believes to have a cold as he was sneezing and coughing, but it is unknown if he actually had a cold or if he was mistaken, and it wasn't part of the main plot.
** Mrs. [=MacGrady=] gets a mild case of [[VerySpecialEpisode cancer]] in ''[=The Great MacGrady=]''.
** In ''Arthur's Knee'', it is averted: Arthur is told that his injury may get infected so he goes to the doctor and it doesn't.
** In ''Buster's Breathless'', Buster gets asthma.
** In ''Double Tibble Trouble''', the Tibbles get sick.
** In ''Sick as a Dog'', Pal gets ill from eating the wrong food.
** In ''Is There a Doctor in the House'', Jane and David get sick. ChaosEnsues. [[spoiler: At the end the children sneeze, but it is unknown if they are actually sick]].
** Kate has an illness which involves red cheeks at the beginning of ''Cast Away'', however she gets better by the next scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' not only has a sick episode, but in that episode, she is bedridden and hospitalized by [[RupturedAppendix appendicitis]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Sokka and Katara become seriously ill after being exposed to the storm in the previous episode, and Aang spends an episode trying to find a cure for them.
** After the Lake Laogai incident, Zuko falls ill in ''The Earth King''. Iroh eventually reveals that the cause of his illness is because of the conflicts in his mind at the moment.
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'':
** In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' episode "[[Recap/Ben10S1E12SideEffects Side Effects]]". Not only is Ben sick, but all of his alien forms [[MalfunctionMalady are also affected by the cold]].
** This is continued later on in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' where Ben once more gets a cold. [[spoiler:Vilgax contracts it at the end.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'': In ''Betty Boop's Ker-Choo'', the title character gets a cold, but her only notable symptom is sneezing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'': In ''Caillou is Sick'', the title character gets chicken pox.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndLola'': "I'm Really Ever Not So Well," in which Charlie has to try to cheer up Lola when she has a cold and then he gets it. It was also [[RecursiveAdaptation adapted as a book.]]
** Lola gets chicken pox in ''I Am Going To Save a Panda''.
* In the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'' The Man with the Yellow Hat gets a cold leaving George to take care of him. In another episode, George is the one to come down with a cold.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'': "Daniel Has a Cold / Mom Tiger is Sick" Daniel and Mom Tiger also both get a cold in "Daniel's Neighbors Help."
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has a different take on the sick episode plot in that everyone but the hero (and his friend, but that's due to his DayInTheLimelight position) is sick with a cold. Danny and Tucker end up catching it in the last stretch of the episode anyway.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' features Daria being hospitalized due to a mysterious rash (which is caused by thoughts about her then-love interest Trent).
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy''
** Sarah comes down with a cold and Ed and Jimmy constantly bicker over who gets to take care of her, much to Eddy's annoyance.
---> Eddy: [[RuleOfFunny *as Ed uses a vacuum cleaner to clean Sarah's nose*]] What a sap! We're wasting the whole day!
** The episode "A Case of Ed" is a subversion, as Double-D only believes himself to be ill. Double-D, a hypochondriac, worries himself sick by obsessively reading an encyclopedia of rare diseases- and Eddy and Ed join in the fun and tell Double-D how awful he looks. He believes he has the symptoms of "Lacadaisy-Cathro Disease," and automatically becomes pale, weak, and sickly.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' has the episode "Chicken Pox", in which Kyle has a magical version of the titular ailment, and Fanboy and Chum Chum are [[NurseWithGoodIntentions Nurses With Good Intentions]]. Then there is "Cold War", in which Fanboy and Chum Chum have, well, colds.
* ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' combines this with HalloweenEpisode where Bear suddenly has a cold and is sneezing on the day of Halloween. Unfortunately, he thought he could make it to the party and the haunted house that night, but he was feeling too sick to go.
* The ''Disney/FrozenFever'' short is both this and a BirthdayEpisode. Elsa ends up sick on Anna's 19th birthday but despite her fever Elsa tries to [[TheAtoner make this Anna's best birthday ever]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Cold Warriors". Fry comes down with a cold. No big deal, except that the common cold had been eradicated 500 years before, leading to a mass quarantine and a frantic search for a vaccine.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' episode "Long Day's Gurney into Night", [[{{Invisibility}} Sid]] has a nasty cough and since there are no nurses at the school at the time, there's no choice but to take him to a human hospital, where it's revealed that he has tonsillitis. The other teenagers are worried about Sid and can't go to that hospital, but [[TokenHuman Max Schneider]] coerces them to go by faking being comatose. As a result, the teens seem to like the hospital.
* ''Literature/HarryAndHisBucketFullOfDinosaurs'' has ''Achoo'', where most of the characters get sick. The strange thing is each character had a ''different'' disease which they caught off ''each other''.
*** '''Harry''': Common cold.
*** '''Taury''': Itchy spottitis (purple spots all over his body, they itch)
*** '''Sid''': Heliumnes Ballonis (inflation and levitation).
*** '''Trike''': A hornache.
*** '''Pterance''': Thermoplatsy (a high fever)
*** '''Patsy''': Her neck grows twice as long.
*** '''Steggy''': Doesn't get sick, but he has something of {{hypochondria}} through the whole episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has one, where Helga gets hysteria after reading a quack book on diseases (she fears she's caught [[{{Pun}} Monkey-Nucleosis]] after being kissed by a weird organ grinder's monkey). She think she's going to die, and forgives all her friends on her "deathbed" and is about to confess her love to Arnold... until Pheobe corrects her.
* There was a half-length episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' call "Sick Day" where Shego had to call in sick. It actually started with the Tweebs, then Kim caught it, then she passed it to Shego while they were fighting, so Shego caught it...by the end of the episode, pretty much the entire cast was in bed.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheKoalaBrothers'', Ned catches a cold (which is his first one) and then Mitzi catches it/
* Sarah in ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' gets smallpox for some time.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleBear'': "A Flu (Little Bear gets the flu), Between Friends, Doctor Little Bear (Mother Bear gets a cold), and Pillow Hill (Little Bear gets a cold)". Also at the end of ''Little Bear's Sweet Tooth'', Little Bear gets a tummy ache from eating too much sugar.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'', "Madeline and the Costume Party" has Madeline and all her friends catch the chicken pox. Also, "Madeline's Christmas" had all of them except Madeline herself sick with a bad cold. And of course the first special, based on the first book, had Madeline go to the hospital with appendicitis.
* What does Ms. Frizzle of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' do when one of her students (Ralphie) comes down sick? Why, take the class on a field trip [[FantasticVoyagePlot into his body]] to learn about the immune system!
* ''WesternAnimation/MamaMirabellesHomeMovies'' has "Healthy Habits" - Mama Mirabelle's son, Max, catches a cold and learns that it's important to rest when not feeling well and that everyone gets sick sometimes, even if they follow the healthy habits described in the episode's title.
* In ''Literature/MillyMolly'', Milly gets chicken pox on her birthday in ''Spots and Stripes''. Pepper the horse gets a fever in ''Goodbye, Alf'', Aunt Maude and the title characters get measles in ''Biddy Bid'', and several people get sick in ''Aunt Maude''. Downplayed in ''Dog Walking Service''. Humphrey gets chicken pox, but it's not a huge part of the plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** In one episode, Discord fakes having a strange kind of flu to get attention. [[spoiler: he ends up getting another kind of illness.]]
** In ''Hurricane Fluttershy'', several background pegasus ponies, including Thunderlane, get "the feather flu".
** In ''Hearts and Hooves Day'', a background stallion has a cold, but he is only seen for about a second, during the song The Perfect Stallion.
** Spike catches a cold in ''Winter Wrap Up''.
** In one of the comics, Rainbow Dash gets the "pony flu", which is similar to chicken pox.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Penelope}}'': In ''Penelope Catches Cold'', Penelope gets her first cold. It was a bit ArtisticLicence. Her symptoms included dizzy spells as well as the usual fever, sore throat, and runny nose. It was also acquired from [[CatchYourDeathOfCold going out in the rain.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** One episode had Candace bedridden due to a flulike illness, despite the series taking place in the summer. Her best friend Stacy takes Candace's usual role in the show of trying to bust the title characters, but gets sidetracked by how much fun she's having with them.
** Another episode has Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet, and Isabella all bedridden and playing the world's best video game. Buford wasn't really sick at the time, though, he was just lazy. [[spoiler:He gets sick at the end anyway.]]
* ''Animation/PororoTheLittlePenguin'': ''Crong's Stomach Pain'' has Crong get food poisoning. In ''Get Well Soon, Loopy'', Loopy gets a cold. It's a pretty strange sort of cold. Fainting is a symptom and [[CatchYourDeathOfCold she got it from being drenched in water.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'': In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Marsupilami}}'' short "Jungle Fever", Marsupilami tries to cure his sick purple gorilla friend, Maurice. And Maurice's sneeze blows Marsupilami to a lion who lies in a hammock.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': in the episode "Nurse Stimpy" Ren falls ill, and it's up to Stimpy to take care of him. HilarityEnsues.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** In ''Slumber Party'', Tommy dreams that his family are shaped like his mobile. During the dream, the mobile-people are acting like he's sick.
** In ''Autumn Leaves'', [[LovableCoward Chuckie]] is not actually sick, but apparently he was sick recently and he also believes the trees, which are changing their leaves, to be sick.
** In ''All's Well That Pretends Well'', Angelica is a bit sneezy (she may have a cold, that is left unclear), and she tries to make the babies seem sick.
** In ''Chuckie's a Lefty'', Dill has a runny nose, believed by Didi to be a cold, but it is not part of the main plot.
** In ''Chicken Pops'', the babies all get a rash, which Lou diagnoses as chickenpox. This leads Angelica to lie that it will turn them into chickens.
** In ''No Place Like Home'', Susie undergoes TheTonsillitisEpisode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Sky Is Smurfing! The Sky Is Smurfing!", Papa Smurf comes down with an illness, and Brainy tries to take care of him, thinking that he just came down with the cold. As it turns out, Papa Smurf was having an allergic reaction to ash coming from a volcano that was about to erupt.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Suds". [=SpongeBob=] comes down with a bad case of "The Suds," the sponge equivalent of the common cold. Not much fun for poor [=SpongeBob=], who's feeling terrible throughout the whole episode, but HilarityEnsues anyway, as expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'' - "Sick Day Stanley," in which Stanley has a cold and can't go out to play baseball. He learns about the importance of getting rest when you're sick.
* The first episode of the ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'' American cartoon mixes this and HostageSitation, since the Street Fighter group is tasked with rescuing some kidnapped scientists (including Guile's CanonForeigner ex-girlfriend Cindy) who are working on the cure to a nasty virus... and then Ryu and other people contract the virus itself. [[spoiler: But when Blanka gets hit with the virus and nothing happens to him, Cindy realizes that his mutation made him immune and uses some of his blood to finally make the cure, saving Ryu and the other victims.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperNoobs'': This trope is exaggerated in this show as most of the episodes in the series are technically sick episodes. This is because of an organism called the virus, which causes people and animals to turn into rampaging monsters once infected, technically making its hosts sick. Only special elite warriors called Virus warriors, which include the main characters can defeat the monsters and cure the virus hosts
** The episode "License To Noob" has the Noobs' alien tutors, Memnock and Zenblock, come down sick with Swink eye, which is a highly contagious space oriented eye infection that causes near blindness until cured with [[MagicAntidote special eye drops]] and forced Memnock and Zenblock to cancel their training session with the Noobs for that day and treated their condition like the common cold as they tried to make tea to alleviate their symptoms. The noobs had to get the eye drops for Memnock and Zenblock and its heavily implied that Memnock and Zenblock caught this illness through an intergalactic outbreak that started on the hive planet, where its queen and her entire people also had the illness at the same time
** Also in "Noobie Mama", Kevin admitted that he came down with the flu a month before, even going as far as showing a picture of himself with it, grossing everyone out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': "Feed a Cold". Allowing the Platypus Brothers to attempt to cure you is a spectacularly bad idea.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode, "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS19E4HenrySpotsTrouble Henry Spots Trouble]]", Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren, Stephen and Bridgett come down with a case of chicken pox. This causes Henry to worry about if engines can get it as well. He freaks out when he sees Thomas, Paxton, and Gordon with spots on their faces, which are revealed to be mud, dust, and paint, respectively. Towards the end of the episode, Sir Topham Hatt informs Henry that only people can catch chicken pox, but most people get it when they're young and get better quickly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', Otto gets sick with a cold, leaving the two incompetent time cops Buck Tuddrussel and Larry to help Benjamin Franklin. When they do find Ben Franklin, they help him invent the light bulb. Realizing that didn't help at all, they go back home to tell Otto what happened. Furious, Otto tells him that Edison was the one who invented the lightbulb and to quickly destroy the one they helped build, and that the mission was clearly about getting Franklin to help write the Declaration of Independence. They end up dragging the kid out of bed to recite the first paragraph of the Declaration to the founding fathers, right before passing out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': In "Sick Mind," Optimus Prime comes down with "cybonic plague," an engineered virus that will kill him unless Bumblebee [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind gets the cure from Megatron's mind.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/USAcres'' had two episodes in its animated adaptation, "Swine Trek" and "Bad Time Story". Besides those episodes, the comic was chock-full of sneezing comics, and Roy has a dust allergy in the storybook "Wade's Haunted Halloween".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' has Eliza get [[RupturedAppendix appendicitis]] on the episode "Valentine's Day".
* ''* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wordgirl}}'': Chuck E. Sneeze.
* WesternAnimation/TheXs'': in "You Only Sneeze Twice", all of the family get sick after going on a mission in sub-zero temperatures, except for Tuesday, who was the only one who bothered to wear a snowsuit.
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