Ill Girl / Comic Books

Female Examples

Male Examples

  • X-Men:
    • James Howlette aka Wolverine was this as a boy, due to poor Victorain era medicine and Logan's own trouble with his mutant powers and was bedridden as result. After running away after killing his father, Logan's sickness wore off and his Healing Factor made any possible diseases he could get almost non-existent and made him near immortal. Ironic considering how weakly he was starting off.
    • Abraham Kieros was a Vietnam War veteran who ended up horribly crippled and abandoned in an hospital. Then, he takes a Deal with the Devil from Apocalypse and becomes his follower, War I. After the group is disbanded, Kieros is again paralyzed, but later he was healed by his ex-fellow Horseman Archangel.
  • NYX: Bobby Soul aka Felon's little brother, Lil' Bro, is severely autistic, and he has been using his powers for shady jobs to raise the money to get him out of District X and into a school where he can receive the care he needs. The only reason Felon takes on Zebra Daddy's job to track down a runaway prostitute is because Daddy offers to not only pay him the rest of what he needs, but a substantial additional bonus. The sequel suggested that Lil' Bro was not actually autistic, but had become catatonic as a result of severe sexual abuse by their mother's boyfriend, which is also why Bobby was raising the little guy on his own — he'd completely lost trust in their mother.
  • Supergirl:
    • In a classic issue, Kara's professor Allan Forsyte has an obscure brain malady for which there is no cure.
    • In Young Love, Supergirl's childhood crush Dick Malverne wants to see Linda one last time because he is dying from cancer.
  • The Death of Clark Kent: Downplayed with Conduit, aka Kenny Braverman. He was irradiated by Kryptonite when Clark's shuttle flew over his pregnant mother. His frequent bouts of poor health prevented him from excelling to quite the same degree as Clark.