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* Subverted in the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine"]] - an Edwardian man meets with his lover at the railway station, his cough getting worse with each day, despite his insistence that "it's just a cough". Then one day, the woman gets off the train, and finds him gone … only for him to enter perfectly healthy. Confused, she says she thought he had TB. Surprised, he says he certainly would have mentioned something like that. No, it was actually just a cough.

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* Subverted in the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine"]] - an Edwardian man reguarly meets with his lover at the railway station, his cough getting worse with each day, despite his insistence that "it's just a cough". Then one day, the woman gets off the train, and finds him gone … gone… only for him to enter perfectly healthy.in perfect health. Confused, she says she thought he had TB. Surprised, he says he certainly would have mentioned something like that. No, it was actually just a cough.


* Subverted in the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine"]] - an Edwardian man meets with his lover at the railway station, his cough getting worse with each day, despite his insistence that "it's just a cough". Then one day, the woman gets off the train, and finds him gone … only for him to enter perfectly healthy and explain that it wasn't TB, it was actually just a cough.
-->'''Woman:''' I wish I hadn't let you do me, now.

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* Subverted in the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine"]] - an Edwardian man meets with his lover at the railway station, his cough getting worse with each day, despite his insistence that "it's just a cough". Then one day, the woman gets off the train, and finds him gone … only for him to enter perfectly healthy and explain that it wasn't TB, healthy. Confused, she says she thought he had TB. Surprised, he says he certainly would have mentioned something like that. No, it was actually just a cough.
-->'''Woman:''' I wish Right. Wish I hadn't let you do me, now.


* During the third book of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[spoiler:Thom Merrilin]] starts coming down with a dreadful cold from hard traveling and being caught in awful weather during his rescue mission with Mat. He insists that it's nothing, but his one-time apprentice is wary enough to bring him to a local healer because [[spoiler:Thom]] is rather old and he had recently expressed a worrying death wish after his [[spoiler:lover was assassinated]] in the previous novel. Thanks to this, [[spoiler:Thom]] winds up surviving, but he is incapacitated for the rest of ''The Dragon Reborn'', leaving Mat to save his friends alone [[RuleOfDrame without his skills or expertise.]]

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* During the third book of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[spoiler:Thom Merrilin]] starts coming down with a dreadful cold from hard traveling and being caught in awful weather during his rescue mission with Mat. He insists that it's nothing, but his one-time apprentice is wary enough to bring him to a local healer because [[spoiler:Thom]] is rather old and he had recently expressed a worrying death wish after his [[spoiler:lover was assassinated]] in the previous novel. Thanks to this, [[spoiler:Thom]] winds up surviving, but he is incapacitated for the rest of ''The Dragon Reborn'', leaving Mat to save his friends alone [[RuleOfDrame [[RuleOfDrama without his skills or expertise.]]

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* During the third book of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[spoiler:Thom Merrilin]] starts coming down with a dreadful cold from hard traveling and being caught in awful weather during his rescue mission with Mat. He insists that it's nothing, but his one-time apprentice is wary enough to bring him to a local healer because [[spoiler:Thom]] is rather old and he had recently expressed a worrying death wish after his [[spoiler:lover was assassinated]] in the previous novel. Thanks to this, [[spoiler:Thom]] winds up surviving, but he is incapacitated for the rest of ''The Dragon Reborn'', leaving Mat to save his friends alone [[RuleOfDrame without his skills or expertise.]]

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* The second season of ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'' has Phil's brother Mike track him down after finally leaving the International Space Station. But while staying with the group, he starts to show signs of illness. It's hinted that he's not immune to the virus that killed off most of the population as previously thought. When he coughs up blood, he takes it as a sign that his days are numbered and goes back to Tucson to live out the rest of his days. [[spoiler:Subverted as he makes a full recovery offscreen and later tracks the group to Mexico.]]

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** In the episode "And Maggie Makes Three", Homer bids goodbye to Little Joey, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a Depression-era shoeshine boy that works at the bowling alley with him]], saying that they'll "get to California some day". Joey, wistfully, humors him, then begins coughing into his rag.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{TP}}'': The old roll of toilet paper has a cough from his first line, and is pretty much on his last few strips by the time we see him. Soon enough, Earl comes along and finishes him off.
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* ''Film/DarkWaters:'' Tennant, once ‘’he’’ gets cancer from the water.


* Played straight then subverted in ''Series/BreakingBad''. The protagonist develops lung cancer at the start of the show and his first symptom is a cough. He becomes a drug dealer to make money fast for his family before he dies In the episode where he starts coughing badly and even spitting up blood, he assumes he has little time left, kicking off a rather dark take on LikeYouWereDying. It turns out it's just a reaction he's having to the medication, and the blood is from a slight tear due to all the coughing--he's actually in remission.

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* Played straight then subverted the played straight again in ''Series/BreakingBad''. The protagonist develops lung cancer at the start of the show and his first symptom is a cough. He becomes a drug dealer to make money fast for his family before he dies In the episode where he starts coughing badly and even spitting up blood, he assumes he has little time left, kicking off a rather dark take on LikeYouWereDying. It turns out it's just a reaction he's having to the medication, and the blood is from a slight tear due to all the coughing--he's actually in remission. In the final season, his cancer comes back and he starts coughing again.


** Hinata Hyuga nearly avoids this. She acquires exponential damage to her body's chakra system and heart from facing her cousin, Neji Hyuga, in the preliminaries. She is still feeling the affects of such a strain on her body that she breaks out in a violent coughing fit during the fight between Neji and Naruto a month later and subsequently passes out. Kiba Inuzuka finds an ANBU overlooking the final Chunin matches [[spoiler: It's really Kabuto Yakushi in disguise]] and has him heal her with his medical ninjutsu.

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** Hinata Hyuga nearly avoids this. She acquires exponential damage to her body's chakra system and heart from facing her cousin, Neji Hyuga, in the preliminaries. She is still feeling the affects of such a strain on her body that she breaks out in a violent coughing fit during the fight between Neji and Naruto a month later and subsequently passes out. Kiba Inuzuka finds an ANBU overlooking the final Chunin matches [[spoiler: It's really Kabuto Yakushi [[TheMole Kabuto]] [[DeadlyDoctor Yakushi]] in disguise]] and has him heal her with his medical ninjutsu.



** [[spoiler: Whitebeard had it, too. Considering [[RasputinianDeath everything else he went through]], though, it's easy to forget.]]

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** [[spoiler: Whitebeard had it, too. Considering [[RasputinianDeath everything else he went through]], though, it's easy to forget. Though it's indicated that if not weakened by disease, all the punishment he took in his final battle ''still'' [[MadeOfIron wouldn't have been enough to kill him]].]]


* Subverted in the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine"]] - an Edwardian man meets with his lover at the railway station, his cough getting worse with each day, despite his insistence that "it's just a cough". Then one day, the woman gets off the train, and finds him gone … only for him to enter perfectly healthy and explain that it wasn't the TB, it was actually just a cough.

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* Subverted in the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine"]] - an Edwardian man meets with his lover at the railway station, his cough getting worse with each day, despite his insistence that "it's just a cough". Then one day, the woman gets off the train, and finds him gone … only for him to enter perfectly healthy and explain that it wasn't the TB, it was actually just a cough.


** Izumi Curtis does this, although she isn't the usual character type. And there's a darker reason for the cough than just illness. [[spoiler:A failed attempt to transmute her stillborn infant son back to life caused the destruction of her internal reproductive organs.]] The hemorrhaging gets much worse during periods of extreme stress or guilt, causing her to cough up a truly frightening amount of blood. In spite of this, she still [[spoiler:outlives nearly every major character while enduring heavy combat]]. In the [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist manga]], [[spoiler:Hohenheim later cures her Incurable Cough Of Death. He cannot bring her organs back, but via an alchemical punch to the gut he can permanently stop the bleeding and the cough.]] Ironic, no? In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], [[spoiler:she survives the series but diss of her injuries off-screen by TheMovie]]. That said, [[Creator/HiromuArakawa Hiromu Arakawa's]] signature [[MoodWhiplash sense of humor]] manages to make even ''this'' trope funny. Such as when Izumi was caught a thug while looking for the Elrics.
-->"If you don't tell me where they are..."
-->"So? What happens if I don't tell you?!"
-->"I'll give you ''this!''" ''([[BloodFromTheMouth pukes blood]] [[{{Squick}} in his face]])''
-->[[CrossesTheLineTwice "NO YEEAKH UGH AAAH!!!!"]]

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** Izumi Curtis does this, although she isn't the usual character type. And there's a darker reason for the cough than just illness. [[spoiler:A failed attempt to transmute her stillborn infant son back to life caused the destruction of her internal reproductive organs.]] The hemorrhaging gets much worse during periods of extreme stress or guilt, causing her to cough up a truly frightening amount of blood. In spite of this, she still [[spoiler:outlives nearly every major character while enduring heavy combat]]. In the [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist manga]], [[spoiler:Hohenheim later cures her Incurable Cough Of Death. He cannot bring her organs back, but via an alchemical punch to the gut he can permanently stop the bleeding and the cough.]] Ironic, no? In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], [[spoiler:she survives the series but diss dies of her injuries off-screen by TheMovie]]. That said, [[Creator/HiromuArakawa Hiromu Arakawa's]] signature [[MoodWhiplash sense of humor]] manages to make even ''this'' trope funny. Such as when Izumi was caught a thug while looking for the Elrics.
-->"If --->"If you don't tell me where they are..."
-->"So?
"\\
"So?
What happens if I don't tell you?!"
-->"I'll
you?!"\\
"I'll
give you ''this!''" ''([[BloodFromTheMouth pukes blood]] [[{{Squick}} in his face]])''
-->[[CrossesTheLineTwice
face]])''\\
[[CrossesTheLineTwice
"NO YEEAKH UGH AAAH!!!!"]]


* Papillion from ''Manga/BusoRenkin'' has such a cough, and escapes his inevitable death by becoming a homunculus. However, his transformation was incomplete, so though he has an immortal, super-human body, his illness wasn't cured like it should have been and his cough carried over.

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* Papillion from ''Manga/BusoRenkin'' has such ''Manga/BusoRenkin'': The reason that Papillon wanted to become a cough, and escapes [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent humanoid homunculus]] was due to his inevitable death terminal illness, shown by becoming him having coughing fits that would bring up quite a homunculus. However, bit of blood. Due to the interference of his brother, however, his transformation was incomplete, incomplete so though that although he has gained an immortal, super-human body, his illness wasn't cured like it should have been and his cough carried over.bloody coughing fits continued.

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* ''VideoGame/TheBlackpineOutbreak'': The VoiceWithAnInternetConnection can be heard coughing over the radio, showing that he is infected. [[spoiler:By the time you reach him, he's dead.]]

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