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Narrator: "Today, he had to stay inside, because he had caught a cold and was under the weather."
Crawford: "Actually, right now I'm under this little blanket."
Crawford's Corner, "Crawford is a Sneezer Pleaser"
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Picture this: you're a cartoonist, and someone asks you to draw a sick person. Do you draw them wrapped up in a blanket? Well, that's what this trope is about.

Like eating soup and messy hair, being wrapped up in a blanket is something that's relatively normal unless the weather is hot but is often associated with disease in fiction. In fact, fiction sometimes acts as if the only reason to be wrapped up in a blanket and not in bed (barring hypothermia, blizzards, being a baby or small child, and occasionally when watching TV) is being sick. So strong is this association that occasionally, being wrapped up in a blanket (along with an "out-of-it" look) is the first sign that something ain't right with a character, and a sick character might be wrapped up in a blanket even if it's summer.

There is a bit of Truth in Television to this: in the early stages of a fever (i.e. while the body's raising its temperature but hasn't yet reached its peak), homeostatic systems across the body determine that it's colder than it needs to be, which brings the illusion of being cold. There's also a false but persistent bit of "conventional wisdom" that states that the best way to treat a fever is to "sweat it out" with blankets. Additionally, many illnesses make the sufferer feel tired to the point of needing to sleep wrapped up in a blanket; pneumonia is one such example, with electric blankets typically being used in tandem with humidifiers to keep the afflicted individual comfortable.

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While the Ill Girl may usually be seen in bed, sometimes they may be seen swaddled in a blanket.

This does not include instances where the sick person is in bed, as if you're in bed, you're likely to be wrapped up in a blanket anyway unless the weather is really hot.

Surprisingly, no relation to smallpox blankets, which would be more aptly called an illing blanket.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Spoofed in SSSS.GRIDMAN, where Hass wears a blanket along with a white mask over her mouth. According to Rikka in one episode, Hass is not sick, she just wears those items for fun.
  • In Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Ryu swaps bodies with Shiraishi (who caught a bad cold) and spends most of the chapter with a blanket wrapped around himself.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 96, the sun, upon becoming sick with the flu, grabs a cloud and uses it as a blanket as it sleeps.
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    Comic Books 
  • On the cover of Futurama 11, a sick Fry is wrapped in a blanket and has his feet in a basin of hot water. Averted in the comic itself, however.
  • Near the end of the The Simpsons comic "One Flu Over Springfield," after nearly the entire town comes down with influenza, a feverish Mr. Burns is shown swaddled in a blanket.
  • In issue #13 of the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers comic book, Dale is wrapped in a blanket and given a hot drink when he catches a cold after nearly drowning in a gutter.
  • In "Wash Day Blues" (the first story of the third issue of the UK Rugrats comic), Chuckie starts the story wrapped in a blanket after having thrown up from eating crayons.
  • In the Lucky Luke story "The Daltons Escape", the Daltons wrap themselves in blankets when they get sick from eating soup that Lucky Luke drugged.
  • Jackpot:
    • In one story of the comic "Terry and Gavin's Funtastic Journey", the boys and their Professor friend accidentally cause a Batman Expy to crash into a lake and catch a cold. They fish him out and wrap him in a blanket (as well as giving him a Foot Bath Treatment).
    • In one story from fellow comic story "Marathon Mutt", the hero Henry Bono is caught by his rivals and shipped to an army base at the North Pole. When found, he's frozen solid, so the army men wrap him in a blanket and give him a Foot Bath Treatment and some soup.
  • In one Uncle Wiggly comic story, Wiggly takes some carrot soup to his sick friend Mr. Twistytail. When he arrives at Twistytail's house, Twistytail is sitting wrapped in a blanket with his feet in a Foot Bath Treatment.
  • In one Looney Tunes comic story, Bugs Bunny is dropped off at the North Pole as part of an experiment to see how rabbits adapt to the cold. By the time Porky Pig comes to rescue him, he's so cold that he has to be wrapped in a blanket for the return trip.
  • In Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Marigold gets a unicorn disease called "sparkle fever", and spends one strip lying on the sofa under a blanket.
  • The Beano: At the end of one Bash Street Kids comic, Teacher catches a cold and is wrapped in a blanket while giving himself a Foot Bath Treatment.
  • In the Benoit Brisefer story "Madame Adolphine", Benoit is wrapped in a blanket after catching a cold.
  • In the comic story "The Little People: Happy Holidays", Chub of the Little People sits in front of the fire wrapped in a blanket and gives himself a Foot Bath Treatment after catching a cold.
  • Robin (1993): When Tim brings Stephanie soup while she's sick she's hanging around at home wrapped in a blanket.
  • In the Santa Claus Funnies comic story "The Woodchuck that woke up for Christmas", Mr. Woodchuck wraps the rabbit twins in a blanket and sits them in front of his hot stove after pulling them out of the frozen brook.
  • In one Jiminy Cricket comic story, Mole and Rat give themselves a Foot Bath Treatment and wrap themselves in blankets after falling into the river. Jiminy joins them near the end of the comic.
  • At the end of the Donald Duck comic story "Duck Luck", Donald is wrapped in a blanket and given a Foot Bath Treatment after being pulled out of a raging river.
  • In A Garfield Guide to Safe Downloading, a sick Nermal lies on the sofa under a blanket.
  • In Asterix and the Griffin, Getafix's first appearance in the story has him wrapped in a blanket after catching a cold.
  • In the Looney Tunes comic story "Devil With a Blue Dress On", Taz lies on the sofa under a blanket after getting sick with a cold.
  • In the Captain Marvel comic story "Captain Marvel and the Time He Didn't Show Up", Billy spends the first two pages of the story wrapped in a blanket after getting sick with a throat condition.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Loud House fanfiction One Flu Over the Loud House - Alternate Ending, the picture shows all the sick people wrapped up in blankets, except Lily. This is in contrast to the actual episode it was based on, wherein only Rita was wrapped in a blanket.
  • In this unnamed Mork & Mindy fanfiction, when Mindy finds Mork the alien sick, he is wrapped in a blanket.
  • Simple Gifts: Watson cocoons himself in a blanket during his bout with influenza.
  • In this Steven Universe fanart where the Gems also get periods, Amethyst is all wrapped up in a pink blanket.
    Amethyst: I need another blanket...
  • In Horvack, Can You Spare Some Slime?, Slickis wraps Ickis in a blanket when the bonsty is sick.
  • In the second chapter of Seeing Isn't Always Believing, Frodo is wrapped in a blanket by Gandalf after falling through the ice and getting sick.
  • In The Second Older Brother, a sick Dot has a blanket draped around her shoulders when she enters the story.
  • In The Vigil, Wormmon clumsily drapes a blanket over a sick Ken, who is currently lying on the floor.
  • In Splashing and Spluttering, Pippin is wrapped in blankets after falling in the river and catching a chill.
  • In Baggins of Hobbiton, Frodo is wrapped in numerous blankets in order to help him warm up after he falls through the ice on the pond.
  • In Fairytis, Wanda spends the majority of the second chapter wrapped in a blanket until Timmy finds the cure for her illness.
  • In Crystal Clear, Luigi is wrapped in blankets at several points throughout the story after he falls into an icy lake.
  • In Sniffles, Ratbat is wrapped in a chain-mail blanket during his sickness.
  • In to be cared for, a sick Jungkook is bundled up in a blanket while watching a movie with the others.
  • In My Greatest Mistake, Starscream wraps a blanket around Megatron when the latter catches a virus.
  • In J-WITCH Season 1, the events of "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity" ends with Valmont catching cold, thus requiring him to be wrapped up in a blanket and drink hot chocolate.
  • In Home Sick (NoonboryKedabory), Disco Kid wraps Aran Ryan in a blanket after learning he has a fever.
    • Sister story Let Me Warm Your Heart has Heike Kagero bundle Narcis Prince in blankets to warm him up after he comes down with hypothermia.
  • In this piece of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) fanart, a sick Michelangelo is wrapped in a blanket and fed soup by Leonardo.
  • In this piece of Transformers: Animated fanart, a sick Optimus is wrapped in a blanket with a thermometer in his mouth and an ice pack on his head.
  • In this Sonic the Hedgehog fanart, a sick Shadow is wrapped in a green blanket.
  • In The Panda Chronicles, a fanfic based on Turning Red, there are two chapters involving a sick character wrapped in a blanket (both involving 4*Town):
    • In "Sick Day", the boys are bundled into blankets while all hanging out on the couch together.
    • In "Hard to Stomach", after realizing it was juice containing an allergen (pineapple) that made him sick, Robaire wraps Jesse up in a blanket, since he'll be stuck on the couch for a while.

    Film - Animated 

    Literature 
  • The Berenstain Bears: In "Sick Days", Sister Bear watches TV while wrapped in a blanket as she recovers from her ambiguous disease.
  • Books of the Raksura: Moon attends a tense meeting at a rival Raksuran Court while recovering from nearly dying when someone tried to poison him. He becomes very embarrassed when the Queen interrupts the meeting to order him an extra blanket.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In "The Last Straw", Greg gets sick, and he's illustrated sitting on the couch in a blanket with a thermometer in his mouth.
  • Parodied in Saturnin: the narrator says that Aunt Katerina's solution for everything (even getting rained on, having soot on one's eye, and getting locked in a room) is wrapping the person up in a blanket.
  • In the book Spongebob Goes To The Doctor, based on the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Suds", Spongebob is seen on the cover wrapped in a blanket sick with a disease called the suds. In the episode the book is based on, however, Spongebob did get the suds but he didn't wrap himself in a blanket.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • In one Valentine's Day Episode, Sheldon and Penny catch the flu so they have to stay at home instead of going to Switzerland with Leonard. They are seen in the living room wrapped in heavy blankets, eating soup.
    • Leonard once pretends to be sick to avoid going to a party with Penny. When Penny video-calls him, he wraps himself in a blanket to make him look sicker.
  • Big Time Rush: When their mother is feeling sad about Kendall no longer needing her help, Katie decides to fake being sick to make her feel needed. She then wraps Katie up in so many blankets she can't move.
  • In the Murder, She Wrote episode "Reflections of the Mind", Jessica's plan involves the local sheriff standing outside while she attempts to trick the perpetrators into confessing. This happens during a stormy day and at the end of the episode, he is sitting by the fire in a blanket and worried that he's catching a cold (although we never find out if he really does catch one).
  • The episode of The Brady Bunch titled "Dough Re Mi" has Peter's voice changing just as the kids are scheduled to record a song, so he is wrapped in a blanket while being steamed to try and keep his voice from changing.
  • Rare (semi) reality game show example from series 1 of Raven: One warrior, Kefra, is wrapped in a blanket at the beginning of day 2 of week 2 after first falling ill at the end of day 1. She then leaves the tournament as a result of being too ill to continue.
  • The Granada version of Sherlock Holmes: In "The Musgrave Ritual", the great detective has a blanket wrapped around his shoulders when he and Watson arrive at Musgrave's mansion as he's feeling sick. In "The Devil's Foot", Watson brings Holmes to Cornwell for a holiday to help him recover his health and Holmes is usually wrapped in a blanket.
  • In the War of the Worlds (1988) episode "Night Moves", one of the Morthren soldiers is wrapped up in one to keep them alive after they ate food that was poisonous to the Morthren.
  • In The Sooty Show episode "Messing About in Boats", Matthew falls into the river and ends the episode covered in a blanket and with his feet in a basin of hot water.
  • In one episode of Sesame English, Tingo comes down with a cold, and spends almost the entire episode lying on the sofa under a blanket.
  • In The Riddlers episode "At the Hospital", Mossop, who has a bad case of diarrhoea, is wrapped in a blanket as Marjorie carries him into the hospital.
  • In the Odd Squad episode "Oscar Strikes Back", Odelia, Odie and O'Terry are shown holding cups of water with a single blanket wrapped around them once they are freed from Obbs' mind control. Two other Scientists are also shown wearing blankets after the incident as they are being interrogated by an Investigation agent.
  • In the Gullah Gullah Island episode "Natalie's Sick", Natalie lies on the sofa under a blanket after coming down with a cold.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In one Adam@home strip, Clayton gets sick and wraps himself in a blanket and stuffs tissues up his nose.
    • In another strip, Adam wraps himself in a blanket after getting a cold.
  • In one The Flintstones comic strip, a sick Fred is shown wrapped in a hooded blanket and giving himself a Foot Bath Treatment.
  • In one For Better or for Worse strip, Ellie gets sick and lies on the coach wrapped in a blanket.
  • In The Moomins comic story "Moomin the Colonist", after throwing a bucket of water over the squabbling Council, Moominmamma wraps them in blankets and gives them hot coffee to stop them from catching cold.
  • The Outbursts of Everett True: At the end of the story arc where Everett tries and fails to clean the house, he wraps himself in a blanket, puts an ice pack on top of his head and gives himself a Footbath Treatment after exhausting himself.
  • In one Robotman and Monty strip, Sedgwick comes down with a cold, and has himself wheeled to the dining table in a wheelchair while wrapped in a blanket with an ice pack on top of his head.
  • In one story arc of Stone Soup, Val, Alix and Holly all get stomach flu, and one strip depicts them sitting on the sofa wrapped in blankets.
  • In this unnamed comic, the doctor's patient is sitting in a chair wrapped in a blanket.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Call of Cthulhu, the "Shadows of Yog-Sogoth" adventure "The Worm That Walks" has Mr. Edwin having been infected with a mysterious disease that confined him to a wheelchair. He has a blanket to protect him from the chill.

     Theatre 
  • Two examples in the original production of Les Misérables:
    • Late in Act II, Marius has a blanket around his shoulders as he recovers from his gunshot wound (and, going by the novel, resulting infection and fever) from the barricade.
    • Likewise, in the final scene, the dying Jean Valjean is wrapped in a blanket. After his death, he rises from his chair as a spirit, leaving the blanket behind to represent his body.

    Visual Novels 
  • When the protagonist of Melody is caring for the sick title character at her house, she eventually falls asleep. There’s an option to wrap her up in a blanket.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Jaiden Animations video "Injuries and Being Sick", whenever Jaiden draws a sick person who isn't in bed, they're wrapped in a blanket.

    Web Comics 
  • Angel Down Happens often when a character is under emotional distress, such as when Ariel first used her mark.
  • Batman: Wayne Family Adventures: When Jason's PTSD and a triggering sound give him a flashback to his murder at Joker's hands Tim grabs him a weighted blanked to help ground him in the present which Jason wears for most of the rest of the episode.
  • Breaking Cat News: In one strip where the Man and the Woman both have colds, the Woman burrows so deeply into a blanket that Puck believes she is "morphing into some kind of babushka... or nesting doll."
  • In El Goonish Shive, this is Played With. When Dan is sick he portrays himself bundled up in his own tail.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: After Kat's Love Interest Aly hurriedly breaks things off, she finds him swaddled in a blanket and fears he might be sick. Subverted since he's just Metamorphosing into a bird.
  • Lemonhead and Lollipup:
    • In this strip, a sick Liz lies on the sofa under a blanket, cuddled up next to Lollipup.
    • When Lemonhead gets sick, she also lies on the sofa under a blanket.
    • In this strip, Lollipup is wrapped in a blanket after she catches a cold from being out in the rain.
  • This is shown occasionally in Milk And Mocha, such as when Mocha is sick with flu, or when Milk is ill with an unidentified sickness. In one case, Mocha even decides to wrap Milk in a blanket before they're confirmed sick, just to be safe.
  • My Milk Toof: In the "Sweet Wilting Tree" story, one of Lardee's methods to help cure the sick plant is to wrap it in his favourite blanket.
  • When Thaddeus Euphemism from The Petri Dish has the flu, he wraps himself up in a blanket.
  • In this Scandinavia and the World comic, all the Nords (except Iceland) are wrapped in blankets while suffering from the flu.
  • In this Tubby and Tummy comic, Tubby wraps Tummy in a blanket upon learning that she's having her "time of the month".
  • Wilde Life: Oscar walks around with a blanket while under Lorelei's spell in Chapter Seven.

    Web Original 
  • This vector art of a sick Santa Claus depicts two instances of the trope - one where Santa is lying on the sofa under a blanket, and one where he's wrapped in a blanket giving himself a Foot Bath Treatment.

    Western Animation 
  • Aladdin: The Series
    • In "Sneeze the Day", Genie is wrapped in a blanket after he catches a cold. He later does the same for Aladdin when the latter gets sick at the end of the episode.
    • In "Egg-stra Protection", Genie gives both Aladdin and Jasmine chicken soup when they break their ribs.
    • At the end of "Smolder and Wiser", Abis Mal is duped into thinking he has the flu, and his last scene shows him wrapped in a blanket and giving himself a Foot Bath Treatment while Haroud brings him soup.
  • Atomic Puppet: In "Sick Day", Joey lies on the sofa under a blanket while sick with the flu.
  • In the Belle And Sebastian episode "Sick as a Dog", a sick Belle lies in front of the fire covered with a blanket.
  • In the Bob's Burgers episode "Mom, Lies and Videotape", a sick Linda lies under a blanket on the couch.
  • In The Busy World of Richard Scarry episode "Be My Valentine", both Lowly and Hilda are wrapped in blankets and given both Foot Bath Treatments and hot cocoa after being pulled out of an icy pond.
    • In "The Biggest Storm Ever", Mr. Gronkle and the beggars are wrapped in blankets and given hot cocoa (and a Foot Bath Treatment in Mr. Gronkle's case) after being rescued from the flood.
    • In "Grouchy Mr. Gronkle", Mr. Gronkle is wrapped in a blanket and given a Foot Bath Treatment after being pulled out of the frozen lake.
  • In the Central Park episode "Garbage Ballet", a sick Paige lies on the sofa under a blanket. She later wraps Cole in a blanket when he gets sick.
  • In Cinderella (Golden Films), Cinderella wraps herself in a blanket and sits by the fire when she catches a cold after being forced to carry her stepfamily's purchases in from the rain.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood:
    • In "Mom Tiger is Sick", Daniel's mother has a cold and takes a nap on the couch wrapped up in a blanket. The episode's song also depicts Katerina wrapping Henrietta (who's implied to be sick) in a blanket.
    • In "Daniel's Neighbors Help", Mrs. Tiger has a cold again and is wrapped in the same blanket on the couch (although she's not taking a nap).
  • In The Fungies! episode "Sick Day", Seth and Pascal lie on the sofa under a blanket after getting sick.
  • Near the end of the Gadget and the Gadgetinis episode "Bye Bye Business", Fidget and Digit are both wrapped in a blanket after being pulled out of the river.
  • In the God, the Devil and Bob episode "There's Too Much Sex on TV", Donna lies on the sofa under a blanket after getting sick.
  • In the Grossology episode "Yack Attack", Abby gets sick from drinking contaminated water, and lies on the sofa under a blanket while Petunia brings her a cup of tea.
  • At the end of the Inspector Gadget episode "Gone Went the Wind", Gadget, Brain and Penny are wrapped in blankets (and Gadget and Penny are giving themselves Foot Bath Treatments) after catching colds while at the North Pole.
  • Jem: In the Misfits music video "We're the Misfits in Hawaii", Pizzazz gets sick from being out in a tropical storm, and is wrapped in a blanket and given a Foot Bath Treatment.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Sick Day", Kim sits at the kitchen table wrapped in a blanket while eating soup. Later, both she and Ron are sitting in the living room with blankets draped over them.
  • Little Princess: At the end of "I Don't Want a Cold", the Princess thinks the adults have caught her cold and wraps the General and Chef in blankets (but not the others).
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012): In the episode "Sunil's Sick Day", Sunil lies on the sofa under a blanket while pretending to be sick.
  • Downplayed in The Loud House episode "One Flu Over the Loud House". All the Louds get sick, but only the mother Rita is wrapped in a blanket.
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart: At the end of the episode "Sick Days", Mao Mao, Adorabat and Badgerclops sit on the sofa wrapped in blankets after getting sick.
  • My Little Pony Tales: In "Too Sick to Notice", Bon Bon lies under a blanket on the sofa while pretending to be sick. At the end, the rest of her family either lie on the sofa or sit in a chair with a blanket draped over them.
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "Put That Putter Away", Candace is sick and sneaks out of bed with a blanket wrapped around her.
  • Pingu: In "Pingu's Grandfather is Sick", Pingu's grandfather, who is suffering from measles, sits in an armchair covered in a blanket.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Endless Summer", Carrot has a cold and is shown wrapped up in a blanket later on in the episode.
  • Invoked in the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Hassle in the Castle" - Scooby uses this, as well as a Foot Bath Treatment, to pretend that he has a cold so that he won't have to sniff out the Phantom. The others aren't fooled in the slightest.
  • Shazam: In "Star Master and the Solar Mirror", Uncle Dudley, Mr. Tawny and special guest stars Glorious Gal, Rex Ruthless and Weatherman are thrown into icy water, and spend the next scene wrapped in blankets and sitting before a roaring fire. Dudley also gives himself a Foot Bath Treatment.
  • In the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power episode "Huntara", Hordak collapses, and wakes up to find Entrapta has wrapped him in a blanket.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Selma's Choice", Homer is wrapped in a blanket after getting sick, although this doesn't last long as he spends the rest of his illness in bed.
    • In "A Star is Torn", the entire family (except Lisa) sits on the couch wrapped in blankets after getting sick from eating organic food.
    • In "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes", a sick Rod and Todd lie on the sofa under a blanket.
    • In "Marge in Chains", after getting the flu, Bart lies on the sofa under a blanket. Todd also lies under a blanket on the sofa while Maude wraps herself in a blanket and gives herself a Foot Bath Treatment.
  • In The Smurfs (1981) episode "A Little Smurf Confidence", Weakling Smurf wraps himself in a blanket while giving himself a Foot Bath Treatment after being fished out of a river.
  • Invoked in the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Squidward's Sick Daze" - Squidward wraps a blanket around himself while pretending to be sick.
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Just Ducky," Tom is wrapped in a blanket by Jerry after falling into a pond and catching a cold.
  • Total Drama:
    • After being locked in a freezer the previous episode, Heather starts the day in "Who Can You Trust?" sneezing but wrapped in a cozy blanket.
    • Topher yells in triumph in an avalanche-sensitive area and gets his team buried in snow in "Three Zones and a Baby". This, in turn, causes the Pimâpotew Kinosewak to lose. At the elimination ceremony, the four of them sit at the campfire wrapped in blankets to keep any sickness at bay.
  • In the Unikitty! episode "Sick Day", Puppycorn wraps a blanket around a sick Dr. Fox.
  • In "Varokaa heikkoa jäätä!", a bear falls into icy water and is wrapped up in a blanket and given a Foot Bath Treatment and Hot Drink Cure after being rescued.
  • Yin Yang Yo!: Yin is wrapped in one on the title card for "Woo Foo Flu." Averted in the episode proper, though, since she sends most of her time in bed.

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