->'''Subordinate:''' Hey boss, if you're trying to infiltrate a hospital, you should just go in as a patient!\\
'''Bang:''' That's an excellent idea, but I've never been sick. I don't even know how to ''get'' sick...

A common superstition in Japanese culture: stupid people are immune to colds.

When invoked, may lead to a DelayedReaction of "''did you just call me an idiot?''"

This has an equivalent in French, where Coryza is commonly known as "Rhume de cerveau" (brain cold), which people without a brain obviously can't catch. The English phrase "too slow to catch a cold" may or may not be related. If there is any RealLife explanation, it may be that idiots are [[AchievementsInIgnorance too stupid to realize they even have a cold]], then ignore it until it goes away. Another possible explanation; only an idiot would do the things that Japanese conventional wisdom says cause colds; when they don't catch the cold they should have, [[CircularReasoning it's because they're idiots.]]


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* When Kagami has the flu in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Konata [[LampshadeHanging mentions]] off-handedly that since she's an idiot, she's not afraid of catching a cold. After some [[ConversationalTroping discussion]] on whether the flu is an upgraded version of a cold, Konata acts disappointed that she hadn't been contradicted on the "idiot" part. She actually does get a summer cold not long after.
** There was some more discussion of that in later manga, when Kagami got the flu the second time-- Miyuki mentioned the other variation of this trope: ''idiots catch colds in summer''. Of course Miyuki quickly apologized.
** In the manga, Kagami points out that [[TheDitz Tsukasa]] never seems to get sick.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': Miyako invokes this (referring to herself) when Yuno falls ill, and even remarks on how unusual it is for her to catch a cold even though she she claimed she's an idiot while being interviewed for admission to this very prestigious high school.
** In the same chapter, it was found out that all the ''eight'' students sitting next to Miyako fell ill with the 'flu. That said, like the Konata example above, Miyako is more a DitzyGenius than a real idiot.
%%* ''Manga/PaniPoniDash''
* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield21}}'', Otawara is the only one of the Ojou White Knights to never miss a single practice, because, well, idiots don't catch colds. In second place is [[TheStoic Shin]], and only because he broke the ticket machine at the airport.
* ''Manga/{{Kanon}}'' twists this into "Uguu~ never gets sick,"
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' when Ataru gets sick.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': A sick Luna told Artemis that he was safe because idiots don't catch colds. He was offended.
* In the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga, Iwata catches a cold at some point and Sumiyoshi says something like "so idiots do catch colds!"
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' when Kuno tries to get rid of his cold by passing it onto Ranma, Ranma remarks that he thought Kuno was too stupid to ever catch one in the first place.
* An episode of the ''Anime/{{Kirby|Right Back At Ya}}'' anime revolves around this when King Dedede is the only one in the land not to catch a cold, and desperately tries to to prove he's not an idiot. That episode had a few Japanese things that outsiders would find weird, such as everyone who got sick wearing a medical mask.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', after Ichigo [[spoiler:defeats Grimmjow]] he asks [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Orihime]] if she's ok. She responds "Well I'm pretty tough too! When I was a kid I never caught colds."
* Also used in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''.
* Doumeki from ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' once tries to coax Watanuki out of the rain by assuring him that the "Fools can't catch colds" clause doesn't apply to dumbasses.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', after Nami (the smartest Straw Hat at the time) gets sick, Luffy asks Usopp and Sanji if being sick is unpleasant, and both respond that they have never been sick before.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': America hasn't even HEARD of colds, so...
** Apparently retconned, though, to represent the current recession. Worse, America's "cold" is so bad that it ''spreads''.
* Hanajima says this about herself in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* Mentioned on ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' when Rin catches a cold. Daikichi mutters to himself that he's lucky he's an idiot.
* Seto Kaiba says this to Jonouchi on one occasion in ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
* Kengo's older sister Mayu in ''Monochrome Factor'' is joyous when she catches a cold, proving that she is not an idiot (though her actions say otherwise).
* Subverted in Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub in a (manga-only) particularly memorable arc when resident IdiotHero [[{{Keet}} Tamaki]] [[{{Bishonen}} Suoh]] gets a fever, much to everybody's shock, gets delirious, and ends up kissing [[{{Bifauxnen}} Haruhi]] on the forehead as a gesture of [[ObliviousToLove 'parental affection']]. He, of course, forgets the entire exchange when he gets better.
* In Manga/KyouNoGoNoNi Ryota has all the symptoms, but has to be told by someone else that he has a cold, leading the others to speculate that the saying actually means that an idiot wouldn't realize if he caught a cold.
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' Furuichi says these exact same words to Oga after the latter sneezes and wonders if he has caught a cold.
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, Tsubaki comes across Black☆Star thinking outside at night and expresses concern: "You'll catch a c... well, no, you probably won't, but aren't you cold?"
* In the second season of ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', Yoshika reveals to the doctor during her physical that she's never had a cold before.
* In ''Manga/SkipBeat'', Ren denies that he's coming down with a cold and brags that he's never been sick. Before the arc's over he's sick as a dog, proving his only stupidity deals with his romantic feelings. His unawareness of this trope is nice foreshadowing of [[spoiler: his having not grown up in Japan]].
* This trope is hilariously played with in one episode (165) of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' when everybody (save for Shinpachi who's forced to take care of them) is sick with colds. When the air in his home is polluted by Hasegawa who's ''wearing'' numerous viruses, arrives the biggest idiot of them all, [[CloudCuckooLander Katsura]]. Yet somehow he doesn't even look like Katsura anymore. He has turned into Obama look-a-like "Ill Smith" for no apparent reason, who repeats the YES WE CAN at the end of his sentences and he can suck the diseases from everybody in a blink of an eye. He cures their colds, a MessianicArchetype has arrived! [[spoiler: Until Kondo jabbed him in the ass and all the viruses he had adsorded flooded out. Gee, thanks Kondo!]]
-->'''Gintoki''': "That damn Zura...I always thought he never caught colds because his body resisted viruses, but it's the opposite! His body absorbs viruses, which means his immune system was strengthened to a point when he can never catch colds!"
** Also in earlier episode when Gin is sick, Kagura gets jealous of him, claiming that she wants to be genius as well and he shouldn't get cocky just because he has a cold and she doesn't. Gintoki deadpans "an idiot. This girl truly is an idiot" to no one in particular at this comment. Several times. By the end of episode though, she and Shinpachi have caught colds too.
* Used as an early gag in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}''. Subverted when, after invoking this trope, Yaiba still catch a cold for playing in the snow.
* While it wasn't alluded to in-sries, it is worthy to note that the titular ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' caught a cold once. It feeds the EpilepticTrees and makes you wonder if Tylor really is an idiot or a brilliant man.
* Sugi acted surprised in ''Manga/GirlFriends'' when she learned that Akko caught a cold. Sugi thought that the BookDumb GenkiGirl was immune to colds.
* Unspoken in ''Manga/PrunusGirl'' when only Maki catches a cold after getting caught in the rain with Aikawa.
* In Manga/{{Sekirei}}, [[BoisterousBruiser Sanada]] proudly declares that he's never caught a cold once. [[SpoiledBrat Mikogami]] responds by [[DiscussedTrope pointing out]] the belief that idiots don't catch colds.
* Kotetsu from ''UrayasuTekkinKazoku''. An idiot protagonist with bad grades never catches colds or allergies. An early chapter had him being the only few in school to not catch the flu. Until the remaining ones catch it, it leaves him the only one in school.
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Etotama}}'', when Nya-tan is one of only two Eto-musume who are unaffected by the random effects being caused by a sick Takeru. She assumes it's because she's healthy and lives well, everyone ''else'' assumes it's this trope. In fact, she actually ''was'' sick and giving Takeru her divine cold is the reason he was sick in the first place.
* In an early chapter of ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', Asahi notices that Youko isn't in class and worries that her [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire secret]] was discovered. He asks the teacher, who explains that "The rest of us aren't idiots, so we catch colds!"; to Asahi's annoyance, all his classmates nod in agreement.[[note]]Of course, Youko actually '''is''' [[TheDitz kinda dumb]], but at that point in the story her classmates don't realize it because she projects the image of a "cool beauty" in order to hide her secret.[[/note]]
* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Teekyuu}}'' when all the girls go to an outdoor pool while it's raining. The only one who doesn't get sick is [[OnlySaneMan Yuri]].

* In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', [[ActionGirl Yuri Aso]] comes to this conclusion after Otoya Kurenai uses the IXA System without suffering the detrimental side effects it demonstrated on its previous user. In fact, he's well enough to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny dance around]] in a ShoutOut to the actor's musical past.
* During the case of the aptly named [[spoiler:Virus]] dopant in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', Akiko is sick with a cold during the whole two episodes and uses this excuse for why she didn't cover her mouth when she sneezes at Shoutaro. It of course leads Phillip to a WikiWalk about the origins of the phrase. At the end of the arc, Shotaro sneezes, causing both Akiko and Phillip to re-evaluate their past comments.
* ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'' has an episode where a flu epidemic affected so many students (and teachers) that classes were merged, with several honors students now sharing a classroom with the Sweathogs. By the end of the episode, the only student who wasn't out sick was Horshack.
* During the [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Gekiranger]] / [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] teamup, Mele mentions that the MonsterOfTheWeek gets sick the least out of all their troops. He's also ''very'' sensitive about being called an idiot.

* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Cirno is doubly protected against colds by being 1.) [[AnIcePerson an ice fairy]], and 2.) the resident Baka. Naturally, numerous {{Fanworks}} have [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded this trope]].
*** She once got a cold due to excessive heat. Intentionally in fact, [[DefiedTrope to prove that she's not an idiot]].
** [[Literature/CuriositiesOfLotusAsia Rinnosuke Morichika]] is a KnowNothingKnowItAll, and also claims that he never gets sick as a result of his [[HalfHumanHybrid half-youkai]] physiology.
** In {{Fanworks}}, PlagueMaster Yamame Kurodani also tends to lampshade about the immunity of idiots.
* A character accuses Moses Sandor from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' to be "too stupid to catch a cold" when someone comments on his rather light choice of clothing regardless of where they go, cold places and all.
* In a "Teach me, Miss Litchi!" segment in ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'', [[StalkerWithACrush Bang]] is planning to infiltrate Litchi's clinic so he can get closer to her. One of his subordinates suggests going in as a patient, but Bang is an IdiotHero... see the quote at the top of this page.
* Referenced by Kyrie in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' after her IdiotHero sister somehow managed to resist the virus she gave her.
--> '''Amitie''': I didn't get an antidote.\\
'''Kyrie''': But... the virus! \\
'''Amitie''': Things like that... Can be taken cared of by Fighting Spirit!\\
'''Kyrie''': Fighting Spirit...?\\
'''Amitie''': Fighting Spirit! With it overflowing from my body, a mere virus won't beat me!\\
'''Kyrie''': That's the same as the saying "Idiots don't get colds"!
* In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', after the typhoon has passed, if you talk to Junpei, he'll make this comment:
--> '''Junpei''': They say that idiots never get sick. Since you got sick, that means you're smart, and since I didn't...Well, what do they know, anyway?
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', the resident CloudCuckoolander mentions he doesn't want to get a cold from being caught in the sprinkler system. One of his classmates cheerfully assures him that thanks to this trope, he'll be fine, and is somewhat disconcerted when he agrees with her.

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' was set in Japan. In one scene, a Japanese schoolboy is taunted by other children by stealing his hat. The head bully says "You can't catch us! You can't even catch a cold!"
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny tells off a snowman effigy of Elmer Fudd in "Fresh Hare" (1942, Freleng):
-->'''Bugs:''' You call yourself a Mountie? Why, you can't catch me! You can't even catch a cold!