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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' episode "Best Before Date" is about Entree finding a barcode on his butt that when scanned, says he has 24 hours until his "best before" date comes. HilarityEnsues as he tries everything he can to stall his expiration date, including convincing his best friend Peri that he is Entree to expire his place. [[spoiler:The date arrives, but rather than dying, Entree grows hairy mould on his head that he treats like real hair.]]


* ''Disney/PoohsGrandAdventure'': After Pooh gets separated from his friends in Skull Cave and they hear his screaming in the distance, they believe he was eaten by the Skullasaurus.

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* ''Disney/PoohsGrandAdventure'': ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'': After Pooh gets separated from his friends in Skull Cave and they hear his screaming in the distance, they believe he was eaten by the Skullasaurus.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo plays dead so he won't have to be given to Darla, but when madness caused by Nigel ensues and the dentist drops Nemo onto the dental tray, Marlin and Dory get one look at Nemo and believe he actually ''is'' dead.


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* ''Disney/PoohsGrandAdventure'': After Pooh gets separated from his friends in Skull Cave and they hear his screaming in the distance, they believe he was eaten by the Skullasaurus.


* ''WebAnimation/MyStoryAnimated'''s story "I Heard My Parents Saying I'm Not Going To Live Long" is about a girl who overhears her parents and thinks that she's SecretlyDying. The actual thing she overheard her parents say is that [[ObliviousAdoption she's adopted]] and her biological mother wants her back.

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* ''WebAnimation/MyStoryAnimated'''s story "I Heard My Parents Saying I'm Not Going To Live Long" is about a girl who overhears her parents one night and thinks that she's SecretlyDying. The actual thing she overheard her parents say is that [[ObliviousAdoption she's adopted]] and her biological mother wants her back.


* In the last fight between Haku, Sasuke and ''Anime/Naruto'', Sasuke was beaten up so hard by Haku that he was aswoon for the most of the fight while Naruto thought that he actually died.

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* In the last fight between Haku, Sasuke and ''Anime/Naruto'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sasuke was beaten up so hard by Haku that he was aswoon for the most of the fight while Naruto thought that he actually died.


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* ''WebAnimation/MyStoryAnimated'''s story "I Heard My Parents Saying I'm Not Going To Live Long" is about a girl who overhears her parents and thinks that she's SecretlyDying. The actual thing she overheard her parents say is that [[ObliviousAdoption she's adopted]] and her biological mother wants her back.

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Not to be confused with MistakenForDyed.


* Another example of "mechanic's report mistaken for doctor's diagnosis" occurs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', where Cyril Sneer is ill and his pig servants, overhearing the doctor on the phone about his clapped-out car, mistakenly think Cyril "only has a few days to live". At first, Cyril also believes this "diagnosis", but, on learning that he only has a cold, keeps up the pretence in an attempt to force the Evergreen Standard(which needs a new printing press) out of business. However, Bert Raccoon thinks of a way he and his friends can both commemorate Cyril and save their paper - a memorial printing press.

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* Another example of "mechanic's report mistaken for doctor's diagnosis" occurs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', where Cyril Sneer is ill and his pig servants, overhearing the doctor on the phone about his clapped-out car, mistakenly think Cyril "only has a few days to live". At first, Cyril also believes this "diagnosis", but, on learning that he only has a cold, keeps up the pretence in an attempt to force the Evergreen Standard(which Standard (which needs a new printing press) out of business. However, Bert Raccoon thinks of a way he and his friends can both commemorate Cyril and save their paper - a memorial printing press.


--> Woman: I wish I hadn't let you do me, now.
--> Man: Charming..

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--> Woman: I wish I hadn't let you do me, me now.
--> Man: Charming..[[SarcasmMode Charming.]]


Compare {{Hypochondria}}, NoLongerWithUs, LastDayToLive, DisneyDeath.

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Compare DisneyDeath, LastDayToLive, {{Hypochondria}}, NoLongerWithUs, LastDayToLive, DisneyDeath.MistakenForUndead and NoLongerWithUs.


'''Mimi''': Not dying - but moving on...to a better place. There's a ''convent'' over that hill!

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'''Mimi''': Not dying - dying... but moving on...giving up my life. I'm going to a better place. another world!... There's a ''convent'' convent over that hill!

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* One of the ''Literature/DonCamillo'' stories has Peppone, who's been feeling poorly for a while, getting X-rays done. Unbeknownst to him (and everyone else), there's a mix-up and he ends up getting told he has two months to live. He [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces death with dignity]], and the conversation he has with [[VitriolicBestBuds Don Camillo]] before leaving for the sanatorium is probably one of the most sincere and genuine in the 300+ stories. (He comes back two days later healthier than ever and they're soon back on their regular snark.)


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* In the second "era" of ''Series/LesPetitsMeurtresDAgathaChristie'', Alice has a scooter accident at the start of an episode and has to spend most of it in a hospital with her leg in a cast. At some point, her doctor gets her file mixed up with that of a cancer patient, and tells Marlène and Laurence (her next-of-kin) that she's not long for this world. Them taking it badly is both PlayedForLaughs and [[PlayedForDrama for drama]].

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* In the last fight between Haku, Sasuke and ''Anime/Naruto'', Sasuke was beaten up so hard by Haku that he was aswoon for the most of the fight while Naruto thought that he actually died.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', "Dying for Pie": Squidward thinks Spongebob has eaten an exploding pie, and does everything he wants for a day.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', "Dying for Pie": Squidward thinks Spongebob has eaten an exploding pie, and does everything he wants for a day.



* Also happened in the ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', where Randy reads an email to Mendel, saying that "his virus is fatal". Little did he know that the email was about a mummy Mendel examinated beforehand.

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* Also happened in the ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', where Randy reads an email to Mendel, saying that "his virus is fatal". Little did he know that the email was about a mummy Mendel examinated examined beforehand.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/103810/ The Death of Eric Cartman]] combines "mechanic's diagnosis mistaken for doctor's diagnosis" with the other kids coincidentally getting so angry with him they decide to ostracize him. The result is Cartman believing himself to be already dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has an episode [[spoiler: where Captain Hero hits his arch nemesis with a car, and decides to take care of him on his death bed. However, it's just an elaborate ploy to get CH to wash his balls, a recurring theme between the two.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/103810/ The "The Death of Eric Cartman]] Cartman"]] combines "mechanic's diagnosis mistaken for doctor's diagnosis" with the other kids coincidentally getting so angry with him they decide to ostracize him. The result is Cartman believing himself to be already dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has an episode [[spoiler: where Captain Hero hits his arch nemesis with a car, and decides to take care of him on his death bed.deathbed. However, it's just an elaborate ploy to get CH to wash his balls, a recurring theme between the two.]]



* Variation/subversion in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. After the kids find a cootie-catcher and discover that the predictions made with it are coming true, Gus believes he will die the next day, as predicted. So, he decides that if he's going to die, he might as well do everything he was too afraid to do before...including trapping and humiliating the bully he attacks him all the time. After the good fortune everyone had runs out and they realize Gus ''won't'' die, they arrive to tell him this just as the bully is about to get trapped in a net. There is a subversion however, as Gus doesn't regret doing what he did, and ''the bully'' becomes terrified because he realizes that [[BewareTheNiceOnes Gus nearly pulled one over on him and wonders who else might do that.]]

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* Variation/subversion in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. After the kids find a cootie-catcher and discover that the predictions made with it are coming true, Gus believes he will die the next day, as predicted. So, he decides that if he's going to die, he might as well do everything he was too afraid to do before...including trapping and humiliating the bully he attacks him all the time. After the good fortune everyone had runs out and they realize Gus ''won't'' die, they arrive to tell him this just as the bully is about to get trapped in a net. There is a subversion subversion, however, as Gus doesn't regret doing what he did, and ''the bully'' becomes terrified because he realizes that [[BewareTheNiceOnes Gus nearly pulled one over on him and wonders who else might do that.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurf Me No Flowers", Brainy assumes from overhearing Papa Smurf in his laboratory talking about Vanity's plant that Lazy's insomnia is a prelude to his fellow Smurf's soon departure from life, and so he gets his fellow Smurfs to hold a final party for Lazy to comfort him in his final days without letting him know. Of course, Brainy ends up spilling the beans about it, and Lazy decides that he's going to do some daring deeds in his final days -- including a bull fight, which makes his fellow Smurfs fearful for him.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Monkey Business" after Helga gets a rash from being licked by an organ grinder's monkey and mistakenly checks out a book on fictionous diseases causing her to believe she has contracted a disease called "monkeynucleosis" in which she will turn into a monkey and die, since she displays all the symptoms in the book she decides to hold a funeral for herself and give up her possessions to her classmates, her friend Phoebe eventually tells her that the disease doesn't really exist just as she's about to confess her love to Arnold, once she finds out she continues to treat him like crap as she usually does.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurf Me No Flowers", Brainy assumes from overhearing Papa Smurf in his laboratory talking about Vanity's plant that Lazy's insomnia is a prelude to his fellow Smurf's soon departure from life, and so he gets his fellow Smurfs to hold a final party for Lazy to comfort him in his final days without letting him know. Of course, Brainy ends up spilling the beans about it, and Lazy decides that he's going to do some daring deeds in his final days -- including a bull fight, bullfight, which makes his fellow Smurfs fearful for him.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Monkey Business" after Helga gets a rash from being licked by an organ grinder's monkey and mistakenly checks out a book on fictionous fictitious diseases causing her to believe she has contracted a disease called "monkeynucleosis" in which she will turn into a monkey and die, since she displays all the symptoms in the book she decides to hold a funeral for herself and give up her possessions to her classmates, her friend Phoebe eventually tells her that the disease doesn't really exist just as she's about to confess her love to Arnold, once she finds out she continues to treat him like crap as she usually does.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "Tip of the Zoidberg", Prof. Farnsworth believes that he's dying of a rare condition that he contracted from a yeti years ago, but it turns out that it was a near-identical condition that instead causes him to [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent turn into a yeti himself]].


* A ''Gil Thorp'' plotline from several years ago involved student Brynna thinking she'd overheard that her coach had breast cancer. Without checking on whether or not it was true, she wound up shaving her head as a show of support...only to learn this was not the case and embarrassing herself. However, this ''did'' lead to the other girls on the team either shaving their heads or simply cropping their hair extremely short to support breast cancer research.

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* A ''Gil Thorp'' ''ComicStrip/GilThorp'' plotline from several years ago involved student Brynna thinking she'd overheard that her coach had breast cancer. Without checking on whether or not it was true, she wound up shaving her head as a show of support...only to learn this was not the case and embarrassing herself. However, this ''did'' lead to the other girls on the team either shaving their heads or simply cropping their hair extremely short to support breast cancer research.

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