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A SubTrope of {{Hypochondria}}. Compare MunchausenSyndrome By Proxy, which involves actually ''making'' someone sick in order to get positive attention from others for taking care of them.

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A SubTrope of {{Hypochondria}}. Compare MunchausenSyndrome By Proxy, which involves actually ''making'' someone sick in order to get positive attention from others for taking care of them. See also FakingAnotherPersonsIllness, in which the goal is to persuade a third party.


** "Hare Tonic" has Bugs convincing Elmer he has "Rabbititis", and does this by making him "see spots" by painting the entire living room and tricking him that he's turned into a rabbit by [[MirrorRoutine removing the mirror glass and mimicking Elmer's movements]].

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** "Hare Tonic" "WesternAnimation/HareTonic" has Bugs convincing Elmer he has "Rabbititis", and does this by making him "see spots" by painting the entire living room and tricking him that he's turned into a rabbit by [[MirrorRoutine removing the mirror glass and mimicking Elmer's movements]].


* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Little Big Mom", Lisa is angered by Bart and Homer's slovenliness and convinces them they have leprosy to teach them a lesson.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Little Big Mom", Lisa is angered by Bart and Homer's slovenliness and convinces them they have leprosy to teach them a lesson. [[TooCleverByHalf It backfires big]]: when Lisa tries to convince them that the only cure for leprosy is to clean their home, they [[AnythingButThat absolutely refuse]] and instead go ask Ned Flanders for help, and Ned sends them to a leprosy clinic in Hawaii, which is a very nice resort if not for ''the literally tortuous therapies''.


* Played straight and simultaneously inverted in an episode of ''Series/ElChapulinColorado''. Two crooks are in a hospital after a shot-out with the police, one of them fully recovered, while the other is not expected to make it past the night. El Chapulín however switches the medical records of both and starts messing with them, telling the healthy one to just lie down and die peacefully and trying to get the agonizing one to eat and do exercises. [[spoiler: At the end, El Chapulín reveals he intentionally changed the records so as to convince the dying crook that he was healthy so he would get healthy for real. It worked, but unfortunately, the healthy crook ended up convinced himself that he was dying, and he ends up dying for real too.]]

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* Played straight and simultaneously inverted in an episode of ''Series/ElChapulinColorado''. Two crooks are in a hospital after a shot-out with the police, one of them fully recovered, while the other is not expected to make it past the night. El Chapulín however switches the medical records of both and starts messing with them, telling the healthy one to just lie down and die peacefully and trying to get the agonizing one to eat and do exercises. [[spoiler: At the end, El Chapulín reveals he intentionally changed the records so as to convince the dying crook that he was healthy so he would get healthy for real. It worked, but unfortunately, the healthy crook ended up convinced himself that he was dying, and he ends up dying for real too.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one of the Crime Spree sidequests is to get the jeweled sword from a lady knight who's currently shopping. You can opt for just a straight pickpocketing if your skill is high enough, or you can bluff her into thinking she's got a potentially deadly disease that will kill her if she's wearing too much clothing and not breathing hard enough, causing her to strip down to her underwear and hyperventilate until she passes out right in the store.


* The Trickster class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' cause StandardStatusEffects through illusion and manipulation. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In terms of gameplay]], these are identical to the regular effect, sometimes more plausibly than others ([[IShaultTaunt taunting]] to induce Berserk makes perfect sense, using suggestion to [[BalefulPolymorph turn them into a toad]] not so much). The one the inflicts poison is even named "Hypochondria".

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* The Trickster class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' cause StandardStatusEffects through illusion and manipulation. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In terms of gameplay]], these are identical to the regular effect, sometimes more plausibly than others ([[IShaultTaunt ([[IShaultTauntYou taunting]] to induce Berserk makes perfect sense, using suggestion to [[BalefulPolymorph turn them into a toad]] not so much). The one the inflicts poison is even named "Hypochondria".


* There's a variant in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' wherein you can trick a slavemaster into thinking one of his slaves has a disease (made-up and named after your character.) Symptoms include shiftlessness and unwillingness to follow orders. It's highly contagious, so he'd better hand that slave over to you before it contaminates the rest.
** Can also be done while bartering for some slaves (to free them of course!) in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas

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* The Trickster class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' cause StandardStatusEffects through illusion and manipulation. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In terms of gameplay]], these are identical to the regular effect, sometimes more plausibly than others ([[IShaultTaunt taunting]] to induce Berserk makes perfect sense, using suggestion to [[BalefulPolymorph turn them into a toad]] not so much). The one the inflicts poison is even named "Hypochondria".
* There's a variant in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' wherein you can trick a slavemaster into thinking one of his slaves has a disease (made-up and named after your character.) Symptoms include shiftlessness and unwillingness to follow orders. It's highly contagious, so he'd better hand that slave over to you before it contaminates the rest.
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rest. The same can also be done while bartering for some slaves (to free them of course!) in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.

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* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat for President''. [[OutlawCouple Jim and Angelina steal a spaceship]] by pretending to be a doctor/nurse tracking down a rare disease that makes the victim act like a dog. Sure enough one of the crew starts growling and barking...because Angelina drugged him with the throat swab used to test him. This gives them an excuse to quarantine the rest. However the plan goes wrong when [[IHaveYourWife Angelina gets captured]]. Jim surrenders himself but is able to scratch the BigBad with his fingernails, infecting him with a 'deadly virus' that [[PoisonAndCureGambit only he has the antidote for]]. The plan works and they are both released in exchange for the antidote, which is just water, as the virus is only a mild toxin that wears off.


* In the 1937 movie ''Film/Shall We Dance'', Peter Petrov talks his nagging manager into becoming seasick so he can go on a date without interference.

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* In the 1937 movie ''Film/Shall We Dance'', ''Film/ShallWeDance'', Peter Petrov talks his nagging manager into becoming seasick so he can go on a date without interference.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Total Drama Action}}'' episode "One Flew Over The Cuckoos", Chris convinces the campers that they are all expiring from a fatal disease during a medical-themed challenge by forcing them to spend all night reading a medical book and putting itching powder and laxatives in their pizza. Duncan and Leshawlna are the only ones who aren't fooled because they didn't study and eventually expose the illusion to the falsley diagnosed campers.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Total Drama Action}}'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'' episode "One Flew Over The Cuckoos", Chris convinces the campers that they are all expiring from a fatal disease during a medical-themed challenge by forcing them to spend all night reading a medical book and putting itching powder and laxatives in their pizza. Duncan and Leshawlna are the only ones who aren't fooled because they didn't study and eventually expose the illusion to the falsley diagnosed campers.


* In an episode of ''Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch!", the bears convinced the zookeeper, Mr. Peevely, that he had "zoo-lirium" and had to take a vacation from the Wonderland Zoo.

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* In an episode of ''Help! ''[[WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch Help!...It's the Hair Bear Bunch!", Bunch!]]'', the bears convinced the zookeeper, Mr. Peevely, Peevly, that he had "zoo-lirium" and had to take a vacation from the Wonderland Zoo.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Total Drama Action}}'' episode "One Flew Over The Cuckoos", Chris convinces the campers that they are all expiring from a fatal disease during a medical-themed challenge by forcing them to spend all night reading a medical book and putting itching powder and laxatives in their pizza. Duncan and Leshawlna are the only ones who aren't fooled because they didn't study nor eat the pizza and eventually expose the illusion to the falsley diagnosed campers.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Total Drama Action}}'' episode "One Flew Over The Cuckoos", Chris convinces the campers that they are all expiring from a fatal disease during a medical-themed challenge by forcing them to spend all night reading a medical book and putting itching powder and laxatives in their pizza. Duncan and Leshawlna are the only ones who aren't fooled because they didn't study nor eat the pizza and eventually expose the illusion to the falsley diagnosed campers.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "The Money Vanishes", the Beagle Boys steal Gyro's latest invention by convincing him he has Inventoritis from being too sedentary, and needs to start jogging... right this instant. He jogs away and they have the run of the laboratory.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "The Money Vanishes", the Beagle Boys steal Gyro's latest invention by convincing him he has Inventoritis from being too sedentary, and needs to start jogging... right this instant. He jogs away and they have the run of the laboratory.


* In one episode of ''GummiBears'', Cubbi and Gusto end up captured by Toadwart and a pair of ogres. They convince the ogres that they have "gummioleosis", a highly-contagious disease. For added points, they give the ogres a "cure" that involves bathing (anathema to ogres) and scrubbing their chicken pox-like spots (paint) with "one small ogre"...and the two ogres run off chasing after Toadwart.

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* In one episode of ''GummiBears'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', Cubbi and Gusto end up captured by Toadwart and a pair of ogres. They convince the ogres that they have "gummioleosis", a highly-contagious disease. For added points, they give the ogres a "cure" that involves bathing (anathema to ogres) and scrubbing their chicken pox-like spots (paint) with "one small ogre"...and the two ogres run off chasing after Toadwart.

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