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A character is working very hard to achieve something, be it preparing for a concert or an event, and tries to stay up all night or spend most of their day working on it. But on the day of the actual even they are preparing for, they wind up fainting or wake up with a fever.
Unfortunately, this trope is Truth in Television: stress is known to be a factor that can increase one's risk of illness and exacerbation of illness. Immunosuppression is a natural part of the stress process, as it allows the body to put more energy into forming a "fight or flight" response; prolonged stress means prolonged immunosuppression, and therefore a considerable period of time forms in which one is more likely to get sick.
- In the 32nd episode of Doki Doki Pretty Cure, Mana overworks herself for the school culture festival and faints before it even begins. She still wants to attend, but Aguri tells her the story of The Happy Prince to try and teach her that her health is more important.
- In the 13th episode of THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, Minami gets this after practicing for the Idol Festival, but decides to join the girls after realizing what she means to the group. Zero-Context Example — what are the symptoms of her illness?
- In the 11th episode of Love Live!, Honoka overworks herself for a school festival performance, and doesn't feel well on the morning of the festival. She's still determined to attend, but collapses at the end of the first song.
- In one of the episodes of the drama adaptation of Boys Before Flowers, Geum Jan Di gets sick and passes out from stress combined with working too much.
- In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Scroogerello", Scrooge wakes up with a fever after working too hard.
- In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where Krusty Krab opens for 24 hours, the restaurant receives an order of 10000 Krabby Patties, causing Spongebob to work nonstop to make said amount. A few days later, Spongebob starts to hallucinate as he sees people as walking, talking Krabby Patties, forcing Mr. Krabs to tell Spongebob to go see a psychiatrist.
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