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Four colds in one TV show? That's a new record!

"I've got a cold in my nose."
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A character comes down with an illness, and may be bedridden. This may be in order to pad out the season, to provide an excuse as to why that character isn't present when their skills or powers would wrap up the plot neatly in a few minutes, or to give the love interest an excuse to nurse him or her back to health, often using bad-tasting medicine, a hot mug of whatever, and/or soup. In romances, the sickness is all about the worried, tender nursing. And in the comedies, they frequently end with the sick character now all healthy and looking forward to doing whatever... only for their friend to start showing symptoms, almost nearly out of the blue. The latter may invoke Caretaker Reversal if said friend was doing the nursing, but on the other hand, the "symptoms" might only be minor and lead to a Jumping-to-Conclusions Diagnosis, and if it's outright stated that the character isn't sick after all, that's a Shock-and-Switch Ending.

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Cures for this illness can vary wildly by genre, and obtaining the cure may take up a small plot arc of its own. These illnesses are very rarely, if ever, fatal. The illness also mostly never has lasting implications for the main Story Arc, though it's not beyond the pale for a Monster of the Week to be responsible for a character illness or find a way to exploit the opportunity.

The Sick Episode may also entail characters having to work through their illness when they'd really rather be at home in bed with bowls of chicken soup. Or it may cover the remaining healthy characters scrambling to fill the hole left behind. In both of these cases hilarity sometimes ensues.

If the sickness involved is discovered to be maybe life-threatening, you have a Wham Episode instead.

Sometimes, the character might deny being sick or claim they are less sick than they are. If the disease is serious and they do that, the trope is Definitely Just a Cold.

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If the illness is caused by contact with evil, that's Allergic to Evil. See also Soap Opera Disease for diseases which are ultimately fatal and may or may not be used as Filler and Victorian Novel Disease for when a Soap Opera Disease shows barely any symptoms. Compare Hurt/Comfort Fic. Contrast Plot Allergy which may cause symptoms but isn't really a sickness, Playing Sick (and its subtrope You Don't Want to Catch This) for when they're not really sick, just pretending, and Hypochondria (and Induced Hypochondria) for when they're not really sick, they just think they are. Also compare Injured Limb Episode, where a character's arm or leg (or wing or flipper, depending on the species) gets injured. May lead to, or be defied by, a Disease-Prevention Aesop.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Takes place twice in Ai Yori Aoshi:
    • Kaoru falls sick after running out into the rain to rescue Aoi, who has skipped on Miyabi.
    • Later in the series, Aoi herself crashes out with illness, and the group tries to cover for their resident Yamato Nadeshiko. It's harder than she makes it look.
  • Yomi is bedridden in an episode of Azumanga Daioh due to a fever. She misses out on a trip with the girls to a theme park because of it.
  • In Bakuman。, Mashiro gets hospitalized from overworking himself, resulting in Detective Trap taking a hiatus.
  • In Ben-To, Sen Yarizui spends episodes 11 and 12 sick.
  • Binbou Shimai Monogatari leaves this one for the finale. It is very Tear Jerking because unlike if this were done mid-season, there is a very real possibility that the sick sister actually dies. Thankfully, she doesn't. Cue Tears of Joy.
  • In the Cardcaptor Sakura episode "Sakura's Dizzy Fever Day", Sakura has a fever but tries to perform her school and Magical Girl duties anyway. She can only do it with Syaoran and Meiling's help (and Syaoran even gets angry at her because she's not taking care of herself properly, and Meiling has to support Sakura physically so she can seal the Card). Then she totally passes out in bed. Good thing that Nadeshiko's ghost uses her own energy to help her a little.
  • Chrono Crusade has an episode where Chrono comes down with a fever after exerting himself too much. Rosette runs all over town trying to find a fever represent that's "strong enough for a demon"—only to push herself so hard that she gets sick in the process. And then it turns out the only cure is for Rosette to kiss him. Which she does.
  • In Dear Brother, Rei catches a massive fever when she stays under a heavy and cold rain for hours after Fukiko tricks her into doing so. Nanako finds her and manages to bring her home after much struggle, and discovers her Roomfull Of Crazy. Later, Kaoru drops by and barely manages to keep her in bed so she can give her Intimate Healing via body heat. For worse, Rei is still ill and feverish few later... and it culminates with he trying to go through a Suicide Pact with Nanako, mistaking her for Fukiko.
  • Happens in Delicious in Dungeon to Marcille. After battling an angry undine, she runs out of mana and becomes very weak. She's bedridden for a while and the rest of Team Touden, plus others, have to find a cure. Their solution is to make the same undine into soup and let her drink it since undine are full of mana.
  • In Chapter 18/Episode 9 of Denki-gai no Honya-san, Hio-tan takes a day off due to illness, and she's visited by Director, Sensei, and Sommelier for various reasons.
  • Detective Conan:
    • Heiji's introductory episode happens when Conan/Shinichi has a massive cold. He shows up bringing a special Osakan moonshine as a gift for Kogoro... and tries to feed some to Conan since it's supposed to double as a folklore cure for colds, but he only manages to give him some sips before a horrified Ran interrupts. As the case goes, Conan's symptoms get worse and worse, and he collapses in pain. But it turns out that the chemical reactions within his ill body, caused by the brief alcohol consumption... are actually reversing his forced shrinking, which lets him become Shinichi and best Heiji while resolving the case of the week. Too bad the effects stop right after the case is done, leading to a brief Tear Jerker in which the shrinking Shinichi says he wants to stay older a bit so he can speak to Ran by himself...
    • More than one episode happens in hospitals as well. So do the arcs involving Ill Boy Eisuke Hondou.
    • The Whole Episode Flashback regarding a case that Shinichi solved in New York is framed as this: Ran collapses due to a fever after a case, and as she sleeps, she recalls what happened in there...
  • In the original Digimon series, Taichi is temporarily sent back home with Agumon, and they have to take care of his little sister Hikari who is sick in bed while their parents are out visiting their also ill grandma. Later Hikari has a relapse, this time with much more severe symptoms, and as Sora and Biyomon take care of her Taichi, Koushirou and their Digimon have to Find the Cure!. It's made even harder with MugenDramon chasing after them.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Early during the Android arc, Goku starts feeling the effects of the heart virus that kills him in Future Trunks' timeline. Fortunately, this time around the heroes have medicine to treat Goku with, though he's left bedridden for several days while he recovers, which allows the other heroes to contribute to the plot.
    • Dragon Ball Super has Goku develop a condition called "Delayed Onset Ki Disorder" in episode 43, which is caused by reckless use of one's ki. In Goku's case, it's because of his combining the Super Saiyan Blue form with the Kaioken.
  • The "Rainbow Sakura" Fairy Tail omake has Lucy coming down with a cold the day before the annual Blossom Viewing Festival where the leaves of the titular tree turn rainbow-colored at night, and is naturally unable to go. Natsu and Happy feel bad for her, so they uproot the tree and send it on a boat down the canal in front of her house that evening, allowing her to see it in all its beauty.
  • FAKE has two separate sick chapters, one in which Ryo is sick and Dee takes care of him, and a later one in which the roles are reversed and Ryo takes care of Dee.
  • In Final Approach when Ryo gets sick this leads to the heroines realizing the girl they really need to compete with is not each other but his sister Akane.
  • Tohru gets a cold in Fruits Basket, so Kyou takes care of her. He even cooks his much hated leeks for her!
  • In GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Namiko stays home with a cold, but most of it is about her friends coping with her absence and reacting to her texts.
  • In Gakuen Babysitters, Ryuuichi falls ill over the summer, leaving him in the care of his adoptive grandmother and his brother Kotarou.
  • Gintama has a Sick Episode where Tae, Gintoki, Kagura, Kondo, Ayame, and Hasegawa all get sick with the same alien virus, while Shinpachi has to tend to them all. This being Gintama, however, Katsura, of all people, eventually cures the entire gang while serving as a cross between "Ill Smith" and Barack Obama ("Yes, we can!" indeed.). Afterwards, everyone except Shinpachi accidentally turns into "Ill Smiths". To top it all off, the whole sequence was just part of a flashback within the real sick episode. Suffice to say, this series refuses to play its tropes straight.
  • Chapter 5 of Girl Friends had Akko being sick with a cold, leading to the first time that Mari hung out with her new circle of friends without Akko present. This led to Mari's realization that their friends considered Mari to be Akko's best friend, even though they've only met this year.
  • During episode three in Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Uguisu overworks herself drawing art for the game so much that she gets sick. Despite that, she even comes to school, though the others quickly have her rest and recover.
  • GUN×SWORD has not one but two such episodes, giving each member of the show's central pairing a chance to care for the other. At the end of the first Sick Episode, Van finally learns Wendy's name; in the second one, he opens up and talks about his past. Given that he's The Stoic, it's a pretty significant breakthrough.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers, one story has France teasing a bed-ridden England, only get worried when he realizes that the latter is really ill. America comes by later and tries to cure England by putting a hamburger on his head.
  • In Hidamari Sketch, Yuno gets a fever and has to stay in her apartment rather than go to school, though she initially thinks she can go despite the thermometer reading. Her well friends who live in the other apartments take care of her when they can, including bringing food and medicine, and, in Miyako's case, changing her pajamas. The anime adds Fever Dream Episode parts as she sleeps off the illness.
  • Hori catches a summer cold in chapter 20 of Horimiya, spending most of the chapter confined to her bed. That in itself isn't important. What is important is that it leads to Miyamura's Love Confession.
  • In How to Keep a Mummy, Sora gets sick, leaving Kaede and Mii-kun to take care of him. Due to Mii-kun spending the whole night acting as a cold towel for Sora's forehead, he ends up sick the next day. This leaves Sora terrified of the prospect of Mii-kun dying, until Mii-kun proves he can recover from illness by sleeping underground.
  • In I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying Kaoru spends most of episode 6 sick from a combination of overworking and smoking. After having Hajime take care of her, she starts crying since he's not acting like himself and she wants a smoke.
  • Used in Inuyasha, when Kagome comes down with a severe cold. The main plot is put on hold while Kagome goes home to rest and the title character mixes up a disgusting "cure."
  • The finale of season 1 of Is the Order a Rabbit? has Cocoa become sick and nursed by Chino, at the same time Sharo is sick and being nursed by Chiya, then Chino gets sick and is nursed by Cocoa. Truly it is the ultimate Sick Episode.
  • Junjou Romantica has a chapter in which Nowaki was sick so of course Hiroki freaked out taking care of him. Slight subversion, however, because even though it was invoked for the cliche nursing tropes, the next day Nowaki reveals he wasn't sick at all, just a little tired.
  • Chapter 79 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has Kaguya fall ill and get sent to the hospital suddenly. As she's loaded into the ambulance, it's stated that that she has the capacity for heart disease given her mother suffered from it. During a checkup at her doctor's office, it's revealed that it wasn't even clinical heart problems that caused her to faint in school this time; it was love sickness.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! has "Something to Sneeze At." Almost everyone in town gets sick, but King Dedede, the Waddle Dees and Kirby don't. Apparently, it's because idiotic people don't get sick. Believing this, Dedede intentionally gets himself sick to prove how smart he really is. Later, however, when he started suffering from the cold, he tried to pass it onto the Waddle Dees and then Kirby, but both attempts failed.
    • Caterpillar Thriller is a subversion. The beginning has the people in town sneeze constantly and think they are sick, but as Tiff, Tuff and Dr. Yabui point out, they just have a severe case of pollen-induced hay fever. And since the amount of pollen doesn't affect Kirby, Dedede orders the Island Sisters to summon Mosugaba the caterpillar, who soon becomes a cocoon and then a giant moth that spreads its allergy-inducing dust everywhere. It works, but Dedede also gets hay fever since he didn't have it before, either.
  • In Kitsune No Yomeiri, Ousake spends almost the entirety of Chapter 33 in bead with a bald cold and a fever. A number of his friends come to visit him when they hear about it, bringing their own remedies for him to try. Ousake also suffers from a number of fever dreams throughout the chapter that range from the surreal to a vision of his possible future wife and daughter.
  • Happens a few times in K-On!—first, Ritsu gets sick after a falling-out with Mio, and then after Mio and the others visit her, Yui catches her cold too, which very nearly ruins their upcoming live performance. The next time, Yui gets sick again, but she gets better quickly and her little sister Ui winds up catching the cold. This helps Yui learn An Aesop about appreciating what you have. When Sawa-chan gets sick, the girls visit her home without actually asking her and everyone but Mugi gets sick afterwards.
  • Otani gets a fever in a chapter/episode of Lovely Complex, so Risa shows up to help him out. And then they have an Accidental Kiss, when he passes out on her and their lips meet.
  • In Lucky Star Kagami gets sick with a cold and is bedridden for an episode. Konata even visits her... to ask for her homework so she can copy it. Later Konata claims to have a spring cold, but Kuroi-sensei doesn't buy it. She's really sick.
  • In March Comes in Like a Lion, Rei catches the common cold at the wake of the New Year, leading to the Kawamoto sister's bringing him into their home for a couple of days to take care of him.
  • Michiko & Hatchin: Michiko collapses while driving her scooter, and then tries to shrug off her fever by claiming she just has a very "hot body". Since she's on the run from the law, Hatchin has to enlist a shady back alley doctor/mystic to cure her.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • In chapter 42, Tohru nurses Kobayashi who has fallen sick from a cold.
    • Kanna takes care of Saikawa in a chapter of Kanna's Daily Life. She also attempts (and fails) to invoke a Caretaker Reversal.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam, there are a couple of episodes where Bright Noa is laid out in bed sick. Since he was the only senior officer aboard, the helmswoman, Mirai Yashima, takes over as captain, but quickly gets overwhelmed by the job, leading to White Base getting thrashed in a trap.
  • This trope sees unorthodox usage in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED in an episode where the Le Creuset team is on leave at the PLANTs. While everyone else is going about their business unaware, Rau himself is curled up in his room, laid out with a mystery affliction. He's still expected to work, and no one comes to help him—even if those who cared about him knew, they wouldn't be able to do anything for his sake, after all. Life just sucks like that when you're a clone.
  • In the My-HiME sound dramas, Natsuki comes down with a cold, which Nagi attributes to the shock of having to expose herself to get a ride. Shizuru wants to heal her with a leek to the ass.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto Shippuden has a filler episode in which Naruto gets a bad cold. Hilarity Ensues. (And Sakura ends up covered in white snot more than once.)
    • Episode 18 of Boruto is about Himawari having a fever. It's used as A Day in the Limelight episode for Himawari and a chance to focus on the relationship between Naruto and his kids. It also reused a short from Boruto: Naruto the Movie about Naruto's inauguration.
  • Two occur in Nurse Angel Ririka SOS:
  • One Piece: An entire ARC arises from Nami getting seriously sick, which leads to the rest of the Straw Hats meeting the reindeer doctor Tony Tony Chopper, who eventually joins them.
  • Episode 14 of Osomatsu-san had the Sextuplets get sick.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has a chapter in the manga where Tamaki is in bed with a cold. His fever also leads him to kiss Haruhi's forehead, mimicking what his father Yuzuru had just done. He says it's all right because he's Haruhi's father and drifts off to sleep. After recovering he doesn't remember doing it.
  • Patlabor:
    • One episode revolves around Izumi having a bad toothache, and having to work through it (including putting on her helmet).
    • The public bath episode, mentions that Kumagami is out sick (making Noa the only female SV-2 member).
  • Pokémon:
    • There was an episode where Brock gets sick, leaving Ash and Misty to do the jobs he'd usually do. It's much harder than he makes it look like, and by the end of the episode they've resolved to be more grateful to him. Also crosses over with a Fever Dream Episode as we're treated to scenes of what goes on in Brock's head during his illness.
    • An Orange Islands episode left Ash and Tracey paralysed by a wild Vileplume's Stun Spore, and Misty had to race to find the Salveyo Weed cure before James and Meowth (Jessie had run into the exact same Vileplume).
    • Also in the Orange Islands arc, Ash's unruly Charizard came close to death's door after a bout against a powerful Poliwrath, and Ash spent the entire night rubbing his hands raw to ensure that Charizard's flame didn't go out. This fact was not lost on Charizard, and he remains one of Ash's most staunch and powerful allies (at least, whenever he isn't Put on a Bus, anyway).
    • And a Sinnoh episode had Dawn's Pachirisu come down with a fever, though this was from an electricity buildup (Pikachu had something similar twice before).
    • Previously, there's another episode where May's Munchlax and James's Chimecho both get sick and have to be taken care of by an old couple whom James lived with as a child. It's more serious than usual since James, for all of his Camp and Laughably Evil tendences, actually worries a LOT when Chimecho is sick, and even ends up bonding with May over their common worries. He has to leave Chimecho there, but then a Mime Jr. who's owned by the same old couple gets attached to him and joins him alongside the Terrible Trio.
    • In another Sinnoh episode, Jessie is too sick to participate in a Pokémon Contest, so James disguises himself as her and competes in her stead. And he even wins.
    • Kalos has a sick episode where Ash gets a fever from training in the water. When a trainer comes along who wants to battle him, Serena decides to pretend to be Ash in order to get him to go away.
  • The Pretty Cure franchise in general has quite a few of these with the mascots (Mepple, Chiffon, and so forth) and some with the Cures.
    • HeartCatch Pretty Cure! had Tsubomi falling ill when she found out that the handsome Student Council President was really a girl. She pulls herself out of bed and into action when she gets turned into the Monster of the Week
    • Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Ellen ends up staying up all night the night before her first day of school, worried/excited over it and she promptly passes out barely into her day. It had two good things to it - it showed that the students there wanted to be friends with her when they saw her pass out and worried for her, and it allowed Hibiki and Kanade to maintain The Masquerade when Ellen earlier began blabbing about her world by saying she was sleep-deprived.
    • DokiDoki! PreCure had one where Mana overworked herself into a fever on the day of the school festival (however, it looked more like Rikka gave Mana a fever by knocking her over on purpose!). She still wants to attend the festival, but Aguri then tells her the story of The Happy Prince, and tells her she does not want her to suffer his fate.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Ranma gets a superpowerful mutation of the common cold after Happosai gives it to him. How powerful? It makes his skin so hot it boils water instantly on contact. Later on, it mutates again so that it flash-freezes any moisture, even from the air around him. At least he (or she, at the time) got to be coddled and babied around by his mother, Nodoka.
    • There's another episode in which Happosai himself gets badly sick. It turns out that he's dying, and then everyone gets sick when he starts absorbing their Life Energy to hold on to life. Akane is the only one who doesn't fall ill, so she has to find the cure under the guidance of Mio, the local Oracular Urchin.
    • In yet another episode, Akane catches a cold just as Ranma is accidentally cursed to hug anyone who sneezes. Hilarity Ensues.
    • For one chapter in the manga, Ukyo is sick in bed with a cold. Ranma, Akane, and Konatsu work in the restaurant, until she's well again. This is also used in the anime, only without Konatsu since he doesn't show up there.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In the second season, the Sailors come down sick except Minako, who attempts to come to their aid as Nurse Venus. Be very afraid of Nurse Venus.
    • Subverted in Super S: it looks like Mamoru is coming down with a very serious fever, but it's actually due to the influence of the Black Moon Circus on Earth. He can't join the Senshi in the Grand Finale since he's bed-ridden, and only gets better when Nehelenia is defeated and sealed away.
  • In Seitokai Yakuindomo, Takatoshi gets sick, and Shino presumes it's because he lent her his umbrella while it was raining, forcing him to go home without one.
  • The pre-second-season OVA episode of Spice and Wolf had Holo getting sick and Lawrence taking care of her, using different kinds of foods to balance her humors in true medieval fashion. This episode also featured an interesting variant on a usual Sick Episode trope: Holo collapses dramatically with a fever, but when she wakes up, the first thing Lawrence does is scold her angrily for not mentioning that she felt bad earlier. If she had done that while they were traveling, he explains, she could have died.
  • In an episode of Strawberry Marshmallow, Chika has a cold, and Nobue takes care of her part of the time. When she's gone, Miu pretends to be a doctor. When Nobue returns, Miu has her pretend to be a doctor while the girls who aren't sick take turns at pretending to be patients. Then Miu actually does get sick...
  • The third episode of the third Tenchi Muyo! OVA series has Sasami falling ill, leading to Noike to take over the duties she did.
    • A story in the manga had Tenchi falling ill after getting caught between another Ryoko/Ayeka scuffle. The girls get to work in trying to heal Tenchi.
    • Early in Tenchi Universe, Tenchi grows ill after walking through the snow to get more sake for some of the others. Since everyone is passed out drunk, it falls to Sasami to tend to him, who uses the sapling of Ryu-Oh to heal him, something that Azaka and Kamidake note shouldn't happen.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew has two, first Ichigo gets a bad cold, later Purin gets a fever from pushing herself far too hard. The girl's only 12, after all.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:
    • One episode revolves around Nate getting a yo-kai to help him play sick so he can stay home and play video games. In the end, he actually ends up sick for real.
    • Another episode has Jibanyan catches a cold, turning him into a new form.
  • In Yotsuba&!, Yotsuba gets sick the day her father was supposed to take her to a ranch to learn where milk comes from, leading to a meltdown and day spent in bed. No romantic hijinks, fortunately — just more TV than usual. She finally gets to go a week later.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes:
    • In episode 8, Big M. and Little M. catch a cold and spread it all across Planet Xing.
    • Season 3 episode 27 starts with Doctor H. actually being sick and going to the hospital, where he discovers Miss Peach is working as a volunteer nurse. After he recovers, Doctor H. feigns still being sick just to see her.
    • A later episode in Season 7 is focused on Happy S. falling sick. He purchases a mysterious "cure-all" from Big M. that is said to cure absolutely any sickness, hoping it will, y'know, cure him.
  • Episode 96 of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons is about everyone in the Green Green Grassland falling sick with the flu and having to be quarantined by Mr. Slowy's robots. Wolffy, after being separated from his wife Wolnie as a result of the quarantine, seeks to make himself sick to be with her.

    Comic Books 
  • One story in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe has Donald harassed by an anthropomorphic common cold that only he can see, able to counter medication by taking pills of his own. He manages to get rid of him after noticing machines can see him too, but since no story can end happily for Donald, on the last page he's greeted by an anthropomorphic headache.
  • In the Futurama comic "A Cure for the Common Cold", Fry catches a disease that's similar to a cold except with a few strange symptoms, the most noticeable being regressing to a primal state. He spreads it to everyone except Bender, Farnsworth, and Zoidberg. Eventually, everyone gets better but they sneeze up giant germs, except the mutants, who save the day by sneezing up giant antibodies.
  • Jem and the Holograms has a sick arc for Pizzazz. She gets into a car accident and injures her larynx. She can't sing or scream, two things she's known for, and her bandmates have to find a temporary replacement (which turns out to be Blaze). The arc ends with Pizzazz picking herself up after the Trauma Conga Line of feeling useless combined with her father not caring at all that she nearly died leaves her a sobbing mess. Blaze ends up a permanent member of the band.
  • In one of the My Little Pony: Friends Forever comic books, Ponyville's population come down with something which makes them sneeze, become tired, break out in red spots, have sore throats, and occasionally lisp or talk nonsense. It turns out to be an allergy to a certain type of mould. Zecora ends up getting it too but everyone gets better.
  • In the Robin Series (and others) during Batman Contagion Tim was infected with the Ebola Gulf-A virus and lay dying in the Batcave for the last five issues before a cure is invented.
    • During No Man’s Land Tim had a fight in the sewers with Ratcatcher that left him ill after ending up in the sewage with scratches and bites and having to deal with Mr.Freeze and Killer Croc while trying to get back on his feet.
    • Stephanie Brown (Spoiler) picked up a 24 hour cold in Robin #102 that left her struggling to be understood with a stuffy nose before Tim stops by with some chicken soup he made for her that help clear her sinuses.
  • The Runaways one-shot "It's Not Lupus" features Molly and Chase becoming inexplicably ill. This later turns out to be the result of Nico accidentally casting a spell on them.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Peter was always getting sick for an issue or two, but then his spider-strength would allow him to recover in record time. Unfortunately, he always happened to get this right when the Monster of the Week showed up.
    • A special mention goes out to the Grim Hunt storyline, in which the villains actually plan their attack to take place when he's sick using the precognitive abilities of Madame Web.
    • One comedic short had Spider-Man stopping a group of villains by not speaking, which is considered a massive Out-of-Character Moment for him, as it meant he was pissed. Actually, he had laryngitis this time.
  • Baker Street: "A Case of the Blues" is a short story that appeared in the 1989 Christmas special A Caliber Christmas. In it, Susan is forced to spend Christmas Eve in hospital and receives a string of visitors who sneak in after visiting hours.

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County has an extended series of strips in which various characters visit Steve Dallas in the hospital after he gets punched out by an irate Sean Penn.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • In one strip, Calvin is sick and his mom knows he's not Playing Sick because he says, "I know" when she tells him it's Saturday.
    • One strip involves Calvin's mom getting a cold.
    • In another strip, Calvin catches chickenpox.
  • One storyline in Peanuts has Charlie Brown checking into the hospital when he isn't feeling well (what was wrong with him was never officially stated), leaving all of his friends genuinely worried about him, even Lucy.

    Fan Works 
  • Played with in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfic A Cold is a Very Human Experience. Data is an android, so he doesn't get a cold per se, but some aliens gave him the symptoms of one as an experience.
    • In Data Catches the Common Cold, Geordi, Riker, and somehow Data, all catch colds.
  • Enterprise Enquirer has Hoshi Sato from Star Trek: Enterprise get food poisoning.
    • Hoshi's Box has the same character be dealing with "the tail end of a head cold".
    • Pre-Existing Conditions are Not Covered has Hoshi get a headache from Xindi parasites in her brain. Trip then gets infected with something that induces PMS-like symptoms, despite the fact that he's a guy.
  • In Everybody Needs a Sick Day, Hermione Granger from Harry Potter gets sick.
  • Feeling Better is a fan fiction of Inside Out, that has Riley sick.
    • Inside Infected has the emotions somehow get sick.
  • The Laverne & Shirley fanfiction K-S-M: Kiss Me has Laverne sick in bed with an illness which she claims is a cold but Shirley claims is the flu.
  • In Look After You, which is a fanfic of The X-Files, Scully gets the flu and it even makes her pass out.
  • A user known as Meg Fonzarelli on Fanfiction Dot Net has written several fanfictions of Happy Days, including Arnold's, Sick Blanket Cuddles, Just Fluff, When Fonzie Feels Cuddly, Fonzie's Aggravation, After Work, A Day in the Rain is Worth a Few in Bed and The Fonz Does Not Get Sick. All involve Fonzie getting a cold and his date (herself) "caring" for him. She sometimes invokes Catch Your Death Of Cold.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Melt and Drip are two fanfics of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In both of them, a character gets a disease that normally only dragons get. In Melt, it is Twilight and in Drip it is Princess Celestia. The illness has cold-like symptoms.
    • Another My Little Pony fan fiction called A Zebra In the Bed has Zecora get a disease called Trio Cold, which is a nasty kind of cold that lasts for three days no matter what you do, and the second day is the worst. Applejack disapproves of Zecora having to sleep in her bed. Applejack then catches Zecora's cold.
    • In Doctor Whooves – The Series, Along Came A Spider has Zecora get a would-be-fatal disease from a spider bite. Symptoms include bleeding green, being weak and tired, losing the ability to rhyme, and being dehydrated.
    • Fluttershy's Sick Day is a fanfiction where Fluttershy gets a flu-like illness and makes attempts at Working Through the Cold, which her husband Troy tries to stop. Troy ends up catching it. note .
    • In Zecora's Tears, Zecora becomes very weak and sick due to a curse. She eventually dies.
    • There's also Twilight is Sick.
    • Cold Denial has Applejack catch a cold.
    • Pound and Pumpkin Cake's Adventures (and Misadventures) in Potty Training has Sunburst get the flu, then Starlight gets the horn flu, then Pound Cake gets the feather flu.
    • When Fluttershy comes down with appendicitis in My Brave Pony II: Starfleet Magic.
  • In NUMB3RS story All's Well has Don and Charlie coming down with the flu and being taken care of by Alan.
  • Several of Sarah Girl 1998's fanfics are these. And given that she has a sneezing fetish, lots of sneezing can be found in pretty much all of them.
  • In Sick Days, which is a fan fiction of Happy Days, first Howard and Marion appear to get sick, but it turns out they're fine, Ralph, Joanie, one of the girls, and Richie get colds, Potsie and Fonzie get colds later on in the story, and it is implied Arnold has one too. Arnold, Joanie, Ralph, the girl, Richie, and Potsie all get better, but Fonzie's still sick at the end.
  • The Phineas and Ferb collabfic Sick in Bed, where Phineas and Isabella catch a virus, and are bedridden together for the whole story. On the same bed. Shipping ensues.
  • The Somewhat Cracked Mind Of Uchiha Itachi: Chapter 7 is one for Konoha, in which the flu is particularly contagious this year.
  • The Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Step by Step is about Kirk coming down with one of the few illnesses futuristic medicine can't cure — a resistant strain of flu.
  • Chapters 14 through 16 of Sucker for a Cute Face is one for Adagio Dazzle.
  • In the Doctor Who fanfic Time Lords Never Get Sick, the Doctor tells Rose that Time Lords (his species) don't get sick, but then he catches a cold. He hides in the TARDIS for three weeks of illness, but at the end, it's implied that he's caught another cold.
  • In the Mork & Mindy fanfiction Together, Mindy gets what's thought to be a cold but turns out to be flu, then Lily the neighbour gets appendicitis and Mork gets hypoglycemia. Later, Lily gets laryngitis.
  • Tommy Pickles: The Terrible Twos is a fanfic set a year after the events of Rugrats. In chapters "Another Family Reunion" through "Visiting Uncle Ben and Aunt Elaine", Cousin Tony has a cold, which Tommy catches, then Phil and Lil catch it.
  • In Rugrats and the Gray Plague, Tommy gets a serious flu known as the "gray plague", ostensibly from a homeless boy named Chongo.
  • In this The Most Popular Girls in School fanfic, A Turn of Events, Brittnay is the one who gets sick. It's also a Hurt/Comfort Fic.
  • In a fanfiction of The Addams Family, entitled Wednesday and the Chicken Disease, Wednesday catches the chicken pox, then Pugsley and Gomez.
  • Yakko's Sick Day is an Animaniacs fanfic that involves Yakko getting an illness that involves tired eyes (but no actual lack of energy – he is Yakko Warner, after all) and sneezing. The illness is unconfirmed, but Yakko refers to it as "Whoopsie-Schmoopsie Flu".
  • In this unnamed Mork & Mindy fanfiction, Mork gets sick with what's apparently a cold.
  • This fan art for The Loud House, Lucy catches the flu because she is afraid that getting the vaccine would cause her to flush and therefore lose her paleness.
  • This Splatoon fic involves Callie coming down with Squid Flu.
  • Marmalade Boy is an Edd/Eddy comic where Edd takes care of a feverish Eddy.
  • Memories of Him is a Rebel Without a Cause fic that has Jim sick in bed soon after the film's events, giving him ample time to grieve (and realize the depth of his feelings) for the deceased Plato.
  • Junior Officers:
    • In "Midnight Emergency", a younger Ichiro has what seems to be a cold.
    • The Kelp Forest arc has Shellington taken out for the majority of the arc with a stomach flu.
  • Two of them occur in In Which Mistakes Are Made And Nagisa Is Made Fun Of; Chapters 15 and 16 have the sun and moon Cures, along with others, deal with a flu outbreak, while Chapter 18 has the Kirakira gang sick due to food poisoning (except Yukari; she knew better).
  • In this Danganronpa story, Kyoko comes down a fever and a stuffy nose after getting caught in the rain. After cuddling with her, her daughter ends up catching it as well.

    Literature 
  • Tom Sawyer gets the measles at one point in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Amelia Bedelia:
    • At the end of "Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia", Mr Rogers gets chicken pox.
    • At the beginning of "Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild", Amelia has the flu. However, she gets better before the main plot kicks off.
    • In "Amelia Bedelia Ties the Knot", Mrs May is said to have food poisoning, but that book was set twenty years before the main series, so she's fine now.
  • Played for Drama in Animorphs—Ax gets an Andalite appendicitis-like condition called yamphut, which will kill him if he doesn't get surgery on an organ located very close to the brain. It spreads to the rest of the team, bar Cassie, giving them a non-fatal but fairly severe fever. This leaves Cassie alone to do a very dangerous mission—rescuing Aftran from the Yeerk pool (as in the pool itself)—while then doing brain surgery on Ax.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Most notably Stacey's Emergency, Get Well Soon, Mallory, and the subplot to Dawn's Wicked Stepsister.
  • Bear Feels Sick in Karma Wilson's Bear series.
  • Berenstain Bears:
    • In "Go to the Doctor," the cubs are healthy and just visit Dr. Grizzly for a checkup, but Papa Bear keeps sneezing throughout the book, all the while insisting that he never gets sick. Of course in the end, it turns out he is sick.
    • In "Trouble At School," Brother Bear catches a cold and doesn't bother to do the homework his teacher sends him, causing him to fall behind in school when he goes back. Sister also gets sick later on.
    • In "Sick Days", Sister Bear gets a 24-hour bug that she inadvertently spreads to Mama.
  • Blue's Sniffly Day, which is a book of Blue's Clues, has Blue catch a cold.
  • In chapter 22 of The Cold Moons, all but five of the adult badgers fall ill with pneumonia after being stuck all day in a blizzard.
  • In Daisy and the Trouble with Life, the title character is ill with a stomach upset caused by eating a discarded sweet which she picked up off the pavement. What's more, as punishment for doing something so unhygienic, she is not allowed out to play for a whole day, even though she starts to feel better towards the end.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Eight is put out of action this way in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street (in the Eighth Doctor Adventures) for quite a while. Unlike Ten below, he's physically incapacitated for about two months and coughs up black bile.And he has horrible hallucinations, his eyes eventually get black, cloudy stuff on them, and everyone thinks he's going to die. Although his illness rather ruins his own wedding, he doesn't die... no, Anti-Villain Sabbath kicks the dog rather a bit by saving his life by means of Meatgrinder Surgery, ripping his heart out bare-handed, mostly because he thinks it'll be useful.
  • Felicity Floo Visits The Zoo is a picture book, in which a girl named Felicity Floo ignores the "Don't Pet the Animals" sign at the zoo and spreads her cold to them, covering them in gloopy snot in the process. It is meant to have An Aesop about blowing your nose, but due to considerable amounts of Artistic License and Squick, it got lost along the way.
  • Fox in Socks: Six chicks and six bricks are shown sick in bed.
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Planet Plague is a Tash-focused book. Her brother spends most of it sick with a bad case of the flu, either running around denying that he's ill, lying half-conscious at best with a high fever, or floating in a bacta tank feeling better but bored.
  • Gangsta Granny: The Granny gets cancer towards the end.
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid has "Sonata for Unaccompanied Achilles," a dialogue for one in which Achilles is telephoned by the Tortoise, who is apparently suffering from a headache. (The readers only get Achilles' side of the conversation.)
  • I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew has the camel get sick with a disease called Gleeks which involves hiccuping bubbles and the only cure is twenty weeks in bed.
  • In one of the Just books, Andy deliberately makes himself sick to avoid being cast as a woman in a play. However, he gets better in three days or so by "eating lots of fruit and thinking healthy thoughts".
  • Chapter 15 of the second book in the Little House on the Prairie series has the entire family, besides Carrie, coming down with malaria.
  • Little Racoon: One book ends with the title character with a cold.
  • Played VERY seriously in Little Women:
    • Robert March fell sick while still at war and that threw a big wrench in the family dynamics since Marmee had to go there and leave the girls alone.
    • And for worse, Beth contracts scarlet fever (an illness that was VERY serious back then). She recovers, but is much weaker from then on. Years later, lingering complications cause her early death.
    • Besides these two serious cases, the characters also occasionally catch colds: for example, Laurie in Chapter 5, Amy at the start of Chapter 8, and Jo in Chapter 17.
  • Llama Llama Home With Mama has Baby Llama get an ambiguous disease (presumably a cold or the flu) which involves sneezing and sore throat. Mama Llama also gets it. Preview material for the upcoming Animated Adaptation of the series indicates that this story has been adapted for it.
  • In the children's book Marsha Makes me Sick, first baby Marsha, then her big sister Lulu, get the chicken pox.
  • In the first Mary Poppins book, Jane gets an earache.
  • One children's book is titled Melanie's Marvelous Measles, in which Melanie (and later her classmate Jared) have what's allegedly a serious case of measles, although they were both still active, their spots didn't even itch, and they'd been vaccinated.
  • The Midnight Gang has a girl called Sally, who has a Soap Opera Disease that may be cancer but is not revealed.
  • Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten.
  • Nicky is mentioned to have a cold in the Mog book "Mog and the Baby", but he seems active enough to play with Mog.
  • Mr Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold has an old man named Mr Putter catch the cold.
  • Baby Gonzo Has a Cold is a book based on Muppet Babies (1984), where Baby Gonzo catches a cold when he plays outside with his friends. By the time he recovers, Baby Kermit catches a cold.
  • Poor Monty is a story where a boy whose mother is a doctor describes a disease whose symptoms include having a sore throat, a headache that feels like "little men in steel boots are walking on my head", and a rash. It's chicken pox.
  • At one point in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona catches the stomach flu and throws up in class. This mortifying incident made it into both media adaptations, the '80s Canadian TV series and Ramona and Beezus.
  • In Tommy Catches a Cold, which is a book based on Rugrats, Tommy catches a cold which lasts for three days.
    • In Candy Soup, Kimi gets sick on Halloween.
  • Sesame Street books:
    • The Day Snuffy Had the Sniffles is a Little Golden Book about Snuffy getting the sniffles, and Big Bird's friends giving him various things to help Snuffy feel better. As it turns out, Snuffy just wants to spend some time with Big Bird.
    • In Nobody Cares About Me!, Ernie is sick, and Big Bird is jealous when his friends pay more attention to Ernie than to him, so he pretends to be sick. His plan works, and Little Bird helps take care of him. By the time Ernie recovers, Big Bird really does become sick, and he soon learns that being sick for real isn't as fun as he thought it would be.
    • In It's No Fun Being Sick, Herry's sister Flossie gets sick and he gets jealous of her for getting all the attention, but then he gets sick and learns it's no fun.
  • Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", where Holmes apparently catches yellow fever. At least until the Reveal that he was faking it.
  • In the children's book The Sick Bug, a girl named Tess gets sick and her mother claims that Monstrous Germs are inside her body.
  • In the children's book Sick Simon, a boy named Simon gets a strange kind of cold that has throwing up as a symptom and spreads it to Ms. Lowinski the teacher.
  • In the kids' book Sometimes, You Barf, a little girl remembers the only time in her life she threw up was when she got a flu bug and tells the story of it.
  • Stuart Little: Stuart has bronchitis the day he meets Margolo the bird.
  • In chapter ten of Tailchaser's Song, Tagalong Kid Pouncequick catches a cold from having had to walk in the rain. In his case, it's more serious than most colds. Tailchaser had previously been annoyed by him, but suddenly he realizes how important Pouncequick is to him and how he doesn't want to be alone. Pouncequick recovers in the next chapter after he is taken to the "city" of First Home.
  • Thursdays With The Crown: Towards the end, Celie, Rufus, Lilah, Rolf and to a lesser extent Celina and Pogue get a plague from poisoned water that made them sleepy, blistered and disoriented. It would have been terminal, but luckily, Celie, Rolf and Lilah's big brother Bran had a cure.
  • Tomcat Blue Eyes' Diaries: Lil' tomcat Blue Eyes eats "ew stuff" in chapter four and gets very ill. He's taken to the vet, but he always spits his medicine. His human is really sad and Blue Eyes decides to die. Eventually, he's so sick that he doesn't care what happens to him and lets the human put the pill deep in his throat. He figures it doesn't taste so bad that way, and after a time he gets well.
  • In The Velveteen Rabbit, the Boy gets scarlet fever at one point. He recovers, though. Unfortunately, all the toys he had in bed with him need to be burned.
  • In Warrior Cats, most of ThunderClan became ill in Long Shadows with the deadly disease greencough (pneumonia); we see the healthy cats attempting to keep up with all the patrols and hunting, and cat after cat becomes sick.
  • In Winter Holiday, Captain Nancy gets sick with the mumps. She gets better. The other children see it as an opportunity to pretend she has the plague and skip school.
  • At one point during The Witch Family, the two girls Amy and Clarissa catch colds.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family:
    • In "Uncle Fester's Illness", Uncle Fester gets a mysterious ailment and Wednesday suspects Thing to be sick too. Fester is cured by eating a thermometer and Thing wasn't sick, just sad.
    • Subverted in "Cat Addams". Kitty Cat was thought to be sick as he didn't eat, but he was actually just not hungry.
  • In the Adventures in Wonderland episode "For Better or Verse", a disease called "rhyme-itis", whose only symptom is speaking in rhyme, spreads.
  • "Soul Purpose" has Angel lying in bed the whole time hallucinating after being attacked by a parasitic demon, as David Boreanaz was recovering from surgery at the time.
  • "A Picture of Health" from Barney & Friends has Hannah's allergies and Scooter Mcnutty's cold leading the group to a discussion of health and ways to keep healthy. Barney shows the kids how healthy foods, exercise, and even laughter can improve and maintain your health.
  • Benson had an early episode where the title character is the only staff member who isn't sick... except thaty the Army has called to tell him he might have been exposed to a biological weapon during his service. In the end, it turns out he wasn't exposed to the weapon, but he did contract the cold that the others caught.
  • Episode "The Pancake Batter Anomaly" of The Big Bang Theory deals with the guys avoiding by all means a sick Sheldon as he's more unbearable than usual. Penny (to her own dismay) ends taking care of him.
  • In The Big Comfy Couch, the episode "Gesundheit" has Loonette infected with a bad case of a monster sneeze called "nosus kaboomis". It soon turns out that she isn't sick, though: it's just a dust allergy, and the sneezing stops after she vacuums.
  • Brennan gets sick and tries to work from home during it in Bones despite Booth urging her to rest. Angela sends over a reiki healer, and Brennan refuses to believe it played a part in her feeling better.
  • The Brady Bunch:
    • Subverted in "Kachoo": At first, Carol and Alice think Jan's sneezing means she has a cold and put her to bed, but it turns out to be a Plot Allergy.
    • "The Voice of Christmas": Carol develops laryngitis just before she's supposed to sing at church on Christmas Day.
    • "Is There a Doctor in the House?": All six kids come down with the measles and the parents need to decide which doctor to use, the girls' female doctor or the boys' male one.
    • "Coming-Out Party": Both Carol and Cindy come down with tonsillitis just as the family is about to go on a boat trip.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "Nine Days." Peralta tries to distract Holt from the absence of his husband by getting him involved in a cold case... which results in them contracting mumps. Peralta decides to spend the nine days in quarantine with Holt so that a, he won't be alone, and b, they can still work the case. Between the fever and the eventual claustrophobia, the investigation gets interesting.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 episode "Killed By Death". Buffy passes out while fighting due to a flu, and she goes to the hospital, where she fights a monster that preys on sick children.
  • The Charmed season 2 episode "Awakened". Piper comes down with a serious disease and her health slowly deteriorates throughout the episode.
  • El Chavo del ocho has an episode of Quico getting the flu, and he's forced to take a bunch of awful-tasting medicines. He tries to get Chavo and Chilindrina to throw them away so his mom believes he took them, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Clarissa Explains It All:
    • In "Sick Days," Clarissa catches a cold and is forced to miss her school's Ancient Greece Day (though she attempts an unsuccessful Zany Scheme to go anyway). In the end she gets well, but her parents, Ferguson, and the teacher in charge of Ancient Greece Day all get sick.
    • In "The Flu," Janet and Marshall both get sick, forcing Clarissa and Ferguson to take care of them and the house. This episode also has the classic HereWeGoAgain/CaretakerReversal ending, as Clarissa and Ferguson catch the flu just as their parents get well.
    • The B-plot of "Janet and Clarissa, Inc." revolves around Ferguson and Marshall both needing their tonsils removed.
  • The 8th season CSI episode "Grissom's Divine Comedy" has Grissom come down with the flu. His rest is interrupted by a case on which the grand jury indictment of a gang leader hinges. Oh, and the flu is getting around to the others on the team too.
  • Dead Gorgeous: The plot of "Grendel's Cold" involves most of the school becoming infected by Grendel's ghostly cold.
  • Occurs in a season one episode of Death in Paradise, wherein Richard comes down with a serious fever and spends most of the episode in bed, on and off delirious. But with Dwayne and Fidel sending him updates, he still manages to solve the case.
  • Doctor Who: Regeneration is a violent process, so the first episode for many Doctors was nine parts disorientation and horizontality.
    • The Tenth Doctor spends most of "The Christmas Invasion" unconscious in bed at Rose's house while he recovers from the recent physical trauma of his regeneration, occasionally gasping up wisps of yellow energy. Which apparently inconveniently attracted an alien invasion. It's interesting to note that this is Tennant's debut episode and he spent most of it unconscious. Ten's the most dramatic case, but he's not the only one...
    • Three falls out of the TARDIS and into a coma. While still in hospital he's kidnapped and escapes, only to be shot in time for the cliffhanger.
    • Five nearly didn't regenerate at all, and spends most of his first three episodes talking in non-sequiturs and falling over on people.
    • Six is physically fine, and mentally homicidal (which rather biased fans against his character, though he's back to himself by the end).
    • Eight has amnesia. This, however, will prove to be congenital.
    • And Twelve, who really shouldn't be alive, keels over on arrival and spends the first third of his episode in bed.
  • Episode 8 of Downton Abbey Season 2 deals with the 1918-1919 flu pandemic; several characters get sick: Lavinia, Cora, and Mr. Carson. Mr. Carson has a mild case, Cora is desperately ill but pulls through, and Lavinia seems okay until she suddenly goes into respiratory distress and dies in what seems to double as a Death by Despair after having found out that Mary and Matthew are in love with each other.
  • The Frasier episode "Frasier Crane's Day Off", in which Frasier overdoses on flu medication and becomes convinced Niles (who agreed to stand in for him despite disapproving of radio psychology) is plotting to steal his show. It's one of the funniest moments of the series.
  • Friends: "The One With Rachel's Sister". The episode's b-plot revolves around Monica being sick and, being the control freak that she is, refusing to acknowledge it.
  • The Golden Girls:
    • There was one episode where Dorothy had what was eventually diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome. This wasn't done for laughs so much as it was to spread awareness about what was then a very misunderstood condition, but it counts because by the end of the episode she was medicated and feeling better, and the issue was never raised in the series again.
    • There's also "The Flu", where they all get sick and spend most of the episode arguing.
  • The Good Guys: Episode 3! Possibly the show with the earliest episode for this to occur. Dan Stark starts the episode with a potent flu, and by the end of the episode, not only his partner, but practically the entire force, as well as the bad guy. Bonus points for handcuffing himself to the bad guy before passing out while he was being strangled.
  • Grey's Anatomy had Meredith in bed for a few weeks to recover from surgery, as her alcoholic father needed a liver transplant and she was his donor. In reality, it was because her actress' pregnancy.
  • Played Straight, averted and Played With in Hannah Montana where illnesses have been used seriously, mocked, faked and lampshaded.
  • Happy Days.
    • In one episode, Howard gets his tonsils removed.
    • Another episode "Kiss Me Sickly" has Richie worry that he has caught mono off his girlfriend. He hasn't.
    • In "The Cunningham Caper", Richie has actually recovered from his flu, but Marion was acting as though he was still sick.
    • At the end of one episode, Howard says he "feels a cold coming on".
  • In one Christmas episode of How I Met Your Mother, Barney gets sick affecting his usual pick-up routine by sneezing at a girl. He tries to deny it saying that "Whenever I start feeling sick, I stop being sick and be awesome instead. True story." until Robin forces him to stay in Ted's apartment for while where she would take care of him. Then he complains about how miserable he is because he's wearing sweatpants instead of his suit. So, Robin decides to spike his tea just to put him into sleep.
  • In an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Frank starts quarantining members of the gang in the bar's bathroom when he suspects that they're getting the flu. The longer they stay stuck in the bathroom, the sicker they get. In the end, it's discovered that none of them have the flu. Their symptoms were caused by alcohol withdrawal. They're all apparently raging alcoholics.
  • In the Key West episode "The Great Unknown", the entire town of Key West (with the significant exceptions of Savannah, JoJo, and Sheriff Cody) succumb to a flu epidemic. At first, it seems Seamus O'Neill is likewise immune, but in the end he gets so sick he almost dies. He doesn't die, but when his fever finally breaks he brings back a message for Gumbo from his late wife, Fifi.
  • Laverne & Shirley:
    • Shirley gets appendicitis in "Shirley's Operation".
    • Laverne gets a cold which fluctuates in severity in "Bowling for Razzberries".
  • Al and Kelly of Married... with Children fake being sick to get out of visiting Peggy's family. Naturally, Kelly gets sick anyway, and Al has to babysit her back to health. Which he does - just in time to get sick himself.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • An episode has the 4077th staff succumbing to the flu one by one, leaving Hawkeye to run the O.R. practically by himself.
    • A later Thanksgiving Episode has most of the characters falling ill from food poisoning after consuming bad turkey.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) is sick with a cold during season 3's tripart opener, "A Friend In Need". She has to stay behind resting while the other Rangers travel to Edenoi. However, Zedd and Rita send down a monster, forcing Kimberly to fight in spite of her illness. It's a tough fight, but the monster catches her cold and has to return to the moon so that Finster can cure it.
  • Monk: "Mr. Monk Stays in Bed". And still has to solve the murder of the week and has a musical Get Well card that just won't stop.
  • In an episode of My Name Is Earl, Earl obtains a hot tub for Joy, because he accidentally ruined her chance to get one as a reward for trade-show modeling note . He gets the hot tub from the side of the road, with a homeless man living underneath it. Meanwhile, Joy has an ingrown toenail ... and the homeless man was infected with a flesh-eating strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Predictably, Joy winds up with a godawful toe disease ... and Darnell becomes Terrified of Germs.
  • My Wife and Kids: In "Outbreak Monkey," Michael gets tickets to see a basketball game with LeBron James, but his entire family gets sick with the flu. Michael tries all sorts of ways to avoid catching the flu, but catches it near the end when he takes his daughter to the doctor's office. He goes to the basketball game anyway, but shakes LeBron's hand, causing LeBron to sit the game out due to catching the flu and the entire audience to boo Michael.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide had the episode "Sick Days" where a flu outbreak spreads around the school. Cookie is horribly sick but refuses to go home and ruin his perfect attendance record, Moze tries to get sick so she can go home before she has to give a speech in class, and Ned tries to avoid getting sick so he doesn't miss a meet-and-greet with stunt biker Matt Hoffman.
  • Odd Squad is fond of this type of episode, with many having Find the Cure!-style plots.
    • In "Skip Day", Olive contracts the Skips from the town baker, which makes one skip both in gait and in following steps. While she is unaware that she has the disease and goes to complete things on her to-do list, Otto is fully aware of her illness and must use his own copy of the to-do list to track her down and bring her back to Odd Squad. He eventually does save her from falling to her death after she jumps out of a plane without a parachute, using a Jet Pack to catch her in mid-fall.
    • "The Odd Antidote" has Ms. O get sprayed by Mr. Greenjeans, her plant, which causes her to turn into a Mix-and-Match Critter with bug antennae, a large ear, wings, a lion's tail, and bushy red eyebrows. Olive and Otto are forced to gather the ingredients for Dr. O to make a cure while simultaneously keeping their boss's symptoms a secret from her, as the effects of the illness can speed up if the affected person grows panicked.
    • In "Odd Outbreak", an epidemic of agents making odd noises spreads across Precinct 13579, and Dr. O works with Odell, another Odd Squad Doctor, to track down the source of the problem. Said source turns out to be Oscar giving everyone who returns a gadget to him a Noisemaker chocolate, made by a villain named the Noisemaker.
    • The Season 2 episode "A Case of the Sillies" has Dr. O becoming sick with the eponymous disease, which causes her to become more nonsensically silly over time. While Olympia and Otis work together to keep her under control, Oona and Ocean work together to make a cure for her before she permanently loses the ability to stay rationally sane.
    • In the OddTube episode "Otis Fills In", Olympia falls ill to polka-dot-itis and can't host the show, so Otis does so for her.
    • Season 3 has "Into the Odd Woods", where Omar becomes sick with Clown-itosis, a disease similar to the aforementioned Sillies. However, Clown-itosis is contracted from hanging out with clowns, progresses much faster, and gives those infected with it an urge to run away and join the circus. While Orla attempts to keep her partner from leaving the van, Opal and Oswald venture into the titular Odd Woods to retrieve ingredients and mix up a cure.
  • The Parks and Recreation episode "Flu Season". April ends up in the hospital and uses being Ann's patient as an excuse to torment her. Chris becomes obsessed with not getting sick, but comes down with the flu anyway. Leslie keeps working and insisting that she is not sick, despite being obviously ill to the point of having fever hallucinations.
    • Subverted in "Flu Season 2" when another flu outbreak starts (Jerry and Andy are sick) and Leslie starts to feel sick as well, but takes a swerve when Leslie learns her symptoms are from pregnancy.
  • Perfect Strangers had an episode where Larry gets sick just before a date, so Balki mixes up a Myposian cold remedy. However, Larry takes too much, but the remedy completely cures him...after knocking him out for three days.
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack: In the Season 1 episode "Cold Day in Paradise Valley," Alex catches a cold and her powers go haywire as a result.
  • Schitt's Creek has an episode where Alexis catches a cold and the un-maternal Moira tries her hand at hands-on parenting with mixed, but endearing results.
  • In the Shining Time Station episode "Achoo", Mr. Conductor catches a cold, but still wants to go to the South Pole and visit his penguin friends. Because he's sick, his magic causes glasses of water to change people's voices, and a balloon to talk and fall in love with Schemer.
  • Sleepy Hollow had an episode in which a small boy traveling forward in time brought with him an ancient plague — which quickly infected Ichabod, who spent much of the episode in a quarantine bed or staggering weakly after Abbie in an effort to save the day.
  • Smallville has two of these:
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode Nemesis, the character Daniel Jackson has his appendix removed and sits out the episode while the others save the Earth from the Replicators. The reason for this is the actor Michael Shanks had his appendix removed and the writers/producers thought "Why not throw it in, easiest explanation".
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • In "Babel", everyone (except Odo and Quark, who are immune) get a virus that makes them talk gibberish.
    • In "Fascination", several characters get crushes on random people note  which turned out to be due to a disease Ambassador Troi had, which basically means emotions are contagious, and she was flirting with Odo the whole time.
    • "The Quickening" is about Bashir trying to cure a disease so-called because it is said to "quicken" before its victims die.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise.
    • Malcolm catches a cold in one episode, and Hoshi remarks that he's lucky that he can't smell the inside of a Klingon ship.
    • Hoshi and Trip get sick with a nasty silicon-based virus in "Observer Effect".
    • Porthos the dog gets a nasty illness in "A Night in Sickbay".
    • T'Pol gets a virus that triggers an artificial Pon Farr in "Bounty".
    • During several episodes, T'Pol has a mind-meld-induced disease.
    • Phlox mentions there is a virus going around in one episode, though no characters catch it.
    • In "Extinction", Archer, Hoshi, and Malcolm get a virus which turns them into aliens.,kl
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In "Angel One", Wesley, Picard, Geordi and Worf get a weird virus.
    • In "Genesis", the characters get a virus which causes them to de-evolve.
  • Star Trek: Voyager
    • The Doctor programs himself with flu symptoms because he wants to understand his patients who keep griping about their aches and pains. He's still the same Dr. Jerk he always was, until an apparent malfunction means his symptoms don't go away when they're programmed to, throwing him into a panic. Then Kes reveals she tweaked the program so it would last a bit longer than expected to teach the Doctor some proper empathy.
    • In "Imperfection", one of Seven of Nine's Borg parts is malfunctioning and it's treated as a disease by the Doctor.
    • In "Macrocosm", the whole crew (sans the Doctor and Janeway) get infected by giant viruses that sting people. Once stung, a person goes all queasy and sweaty, then they become dozy, then they go unconscious. Rather than this trope however, it's more an Excuse Plot so Captain Janeway can go Sigourney Weaver on the giant viruses to establish her Action Girl credentials.
    • The Vidiians were a recurring species that appeared in several episodes. They were Humanoid Aliens suffering from a terrible disease called the Phage.
  • One episode Top Gear features the presenters trying to carry on with the news as usual even though Jeremy Clarkson has lost his voice, James May has a nasty eye infection, and Richard Hammond... has a spot on his face.
  • Supernatural
Played for Laughs in A Hero's Journey when Sam comes down with a cold due to him and Dean losing their plot armor.
  • The Torkelsons:
    • "A Sigh Is Just a Sigh" of Season 1 has Dorothy Jane (normally the protagonist) in bed with the flu for the entire episode, so that Steven Floyd can have most of the episode dedicated to his storyline.
    • "Girls and Boy" of Season 2 has Brian sick on the couch and ordering Millicent around to take care of him, until she stands up to his misuse of her.
  • The episode "Over My Dead Body" of Tropical Heat. Nick spends most of the episode lying in hospital while Sylvie and Spider worry about him.
  • The appropriately titled episode "Sick", from The Young Ones. Given that the normal state of affairs was the four housemates being grotesquely unpleasant to each other, the additional unpleasantness caused by them all being ill really cranks things Up to Eleven.
    Vyvyan: You know, it's funny, but being ill makes me lose my usual tolerant and easy-going approach to communal living. (Chucks a Molotov cocktail)
  • Two episodes of Thumb Wrestling Federation focus on Sick Vick who won two matches
  • The episode "Tori Gets Stuck" of Victorious involves Robbie getting hospitalized because of a toy car he swallowed when he was younger shifting in his body and threatening to cut up his guts. The doctors need someone with O Negative blood type to donate a pint before they can operate. Tori volunteers to do this, but Jade sabotages this so that Tori has to donate more, and will too weak to perform in the school play.
  • In the Yo Gabba Gabba! episode "Doctor", Toodee gets sick and has to rest. Doctor Tony (played by the late Anthony Bourdain) visits and everyone helps Toodee feel better.

    Music 
  • In the Gayla Peevey song "Got a Cold in the Node for Christmas", the singer has a cold on Christmas.
    • The songs "I Got a Cold for Christmas" and "I'm Giving You My Cold for Christmas" also focused on colds on Christmas.
  • One kids' song is called "A Cold in My Nose", which is about just that.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Allegra's Window:
    • In "Lots of Turkey Pox", Allegra comes down with a case of the Turkey Pox, and is upset that she has to miss the big craft project at daycare. Luckily, Lindi goes back and forth since dogs can't catch the disease, and tells her how to participate from home.
    • In "Stop Making Sense", Rondo is sick with a cold, so Allegra gets some things for him and tries to cheer him up.
  • The title character of Bear in the Big Blue House gets a cold in the episode, "Need a Little Help Today".
  • The Book of Pooh:
    • In "The Words are Out", Piglet gets a case of laryngitis.
    • In "Pooh's 24-Hour Bug", Pooh catches the 24-hour Sneezle Bug. This also makes it hard for Pooh to hear, and Pooh believes that all his stuffing will come out of his ears in 24 hours. His friends, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit take this very seriously, and go on a mission to get the ingredients for a special tea in order to cure Pooh before the 24 hours are up.
  • Dinosaurs:
    • Baby gets sick in "Germ Warfare" when Earl gives him a dirty pacifier. A high-priced doctor charges a fortune for modern medicine, which only makes Baby sicker, so in desperation, the Sinclair family follow Ethyl's time-tested advice and take Baby to visit the traditional witch doctor in the forest who invents penicillin.
    • Fran gets sick on Charlene's birthday in "Getting to Know You", leaving Earl to throw Charlene a disastrous birthday party, which includes inviting his co-workers, playing poker, and giving Charlene presents that she doesn't really want.
  • Fraggle Rock
    • In "Pebble Pox Blues", Gobo comes down with the highly contagious Pebble Pox, leaving the germaphobic Boober to go out and look for a cure, but he starts to panic when Wembley, who came along with him, starts to get sick as well.
  • Lamb Chop's Play-Along has "Too Sick to Go to the Circus" (Lamb Chop has a cold, which inspires Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy to play sick too), "Lamb Chop's Cold" (Lamb Chop has a cold again, leading to a flashback to a cold she had as a baby), and "Chicken Pox" (first Lamb Chop and then Charlie Horse catch the chicken pox).
  • The Muppet Show:
    • In the episode with Roger Miller, there was an outbreak of "Cluck-Itis": a disease in which when somebody sneezes, they turn into a chicken.
    • In the episode with Nancy Walker, Kermit is home sick with the swine flu, so Fozzie has to fill in for him as the show's host. Hilarity Ensues.
    • In the episode with Dizzy Gillespie, Statler was an Absentee Actor because he was sick. (Kermit: "That's too bad. The flu?" Waldorf: "No, the show! He's sick of it!") But his sidekick Waldorf's wife Astoria used Statler's theater ticket to sit with her husband in the balcony.
  • Oobi: "Uma Sick" has Uma come down with a fever when Oobi and Kako want to play, they decide to entertain her with singing so that she can feel better, but it dosen't work, so the boys get Grampu for help, he tells them that Uma needs rest, so they sing her to sleep with a lullaby. When she wakes up, she is better and ready to play.
    • This episode's title does not have an exclamation point at the end, given that it's about sickness, which isn't that fun.
  • Sesame Street:
    • In the direct video, Sesame Street Home Video visits The Hospital has Big Bird suffering from Pneumon-tweet-itis-carnaria (the pneumonia for big yellow birds).
    • In the season 27 episode, Big Bird suffers from Birdy-Pox (The Chicken pox for big yellow birds), except the spots are green, and it goes away at Midnight.
    • In the season 28 episode, Telly Monster suffers from Triangle-Sneeze-Itis (A Monster sickness that causes a monster to sneeze if they go near a triangle).
    • In the season 27 episode, Prairie Dawn has a flu on the day of her pageant. But then, Everybody decides that why not have Bob fill in for Prairie Dawn. And it was pageant about being sick.
    • In the 2007 episode, There was an outbreak of "Mine-Itis": a disease in which a person thinks the world is for them and does not want to share. The symptoms starts with them getting wildly itchy, They then hop like a kangaroo uncontrollably, They do a twirl uncontrollably, Then they start taking it seriously and chants MINE! MINE! MINE!.......And it gets reported by Brian Williams.
    • In one episode Maria goes to a hospital with a stomach virus.
    • In another, Gabi gets sick with a mild case of the flu on her birthday.
    • In another episode, Gina gets a nasty bug that involves staying in bed, so Savion has to do her job.
    • Snuffy gets a disease that involves sneezing and a tummyache in an episode.
    • In "Oscar Tries to Make Somebody Angry", a background character has a cold, making him unable to hear
    • In another episode, both Big Bird and Zoe are sick on their playdate.
    • In one classic Bert and Ernie sketch, Ernie has heard that someone in the neighborhood has a cold and tries to figure out who it is... while completely ignoring Bert's obvious symptoms right in front of him.
    • In the classic Monsterpiece Theatre sketch: The Sun also rises, The rooster could not crow because he has a laryngitis. The daughter (Ruby Monster) told The father/farmer (Grover) that even if the rooster is too sick to do the job, The sun still rises. At the end, Alistair Cookie gives a medicated cookie to the rooster (who is still coughing). And then Alistair Cookie remarks to the rooster to cover his beak.
    • In "Elmo Visits the Doctor", Elmo gets an earache. Many background characters also fall ill, including a goat with a fever, Bert and Baby Bear who have colds, and a girl who gets the flu in the featured song "You've Got to be Patient to Be a Patient".
    • In one episode, Abby gets Sparkle Speckle Fairy Freckles, a disease whose only symptom is that her freckles fall off.
    • In one episode, Oscar's niece Irvine gets the Grouch Flu, which flips her personality. Oscar then gets the same flu.
    • In one episode, Oscar gets a disease called "kind-itis" which makes him act kind and speak in rhyme.
    • In one episode, Cookie Monster gets the "cookie flu" which makes him sneeze whenever he thinks about cookies.
    • In Episode 2089 (part of Season 22), The Count catches the Counting Flu, wherein he becomes dizzy and faints every time he tries to count, and the only cure is for him to go a day without counting.
  • Under the Umbrella Tree has several Sick Episodes, including "Hanky Panky" (Gloria, Iggy and Jacob all have colds), "Gloria Iguana" (Iggy has a cold, so Gloria disguises herself as him for a special event), "The Circus" (Gloria has a cold and can't go to the circus), and "Speak Up!" (Holly has a sore throat and loses her voice).
  • In the The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss episode, "A Bird's Guide to Health", Little Cat Z gets sick, and Terrence McBird is afraid he'll catch his cold. It's up to the Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats to show him how to stay healthy.

    Theatre 
  • The second act of She Loves Me begins with a pair of scenes showing Mr. Maraczek in the hospital recovering from a self-inflicted wound (Arpad takes advantage of this and obtains a promotion to sales clerk), and one of his employees, Amalia, in her bed, supposedly sick until Georg approaches her.

    Video Games 
  • The premise of Cold And Flu Invasion is curing a large group of people of colds and flu. Failing makes the player character catch a cold.
  • At some point in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Makoto Naegi comes down with a fever and has to stay in bed so he can recover. And then he gets attacked by a Malevolent Masked Man.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • [1]:
      • The supports between Sain and Fiora have him at first flirting as usual and being rebuffed, but later (by the B support time) she sees him collapse and realizes that he's been protecting her despite being afflicted with a fever. Their A support has her worried for his health and recovery - by that time, Sain and Fiora are pretty much a couple, as said A support unlocks their shared ending in which they get married.
      • A platonic version happenswhen Ninian's younger brother Nils passes out in a fortress near the desert... and then an enemy group attacks the crew. The following mission has Eliwood's/Hector's group protecting the collapsed kid alongside the fortress for at least 14 turns; if he gets ambushed and killed, it's a Non Standard Game Over.
    • Happens off-screen in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. The supports between Kyle and Ephraim mention that, in the time between their B and A-level talks, Kyle was severely injured and Ephraim personally made sure he was well taken care of.
    • Fire Emblem Fates has more than one example:
      • The supports between the Dark Magical Girl Rhajat and her prospect mothers center on this trope. There has been an illness outbreak in a nearby town and the villagers think Rhajat caused it with her curses, so her mom is caught between helping the village and believing in her Creepy Child daughter. As it turns out Rhajat not only did NOT cause such a mishap, but was actually trying to help the people with protective spells (though sadly, they were casted a bit too late)... and then she decided to Find the Cure! without telling anyone. Rhajat's mother is so moved and proud that she hugs her daughter and cries Tears of Joy.
      • In the Hoshido/Birthright route, Prince Takumi comes down with a severe fever and his White Magician Girl sister Sakura doesn't have the herbs she needs to make him a cure. For worse, this happens when they're stuck in enemy territory. Felicia's older twin sister Flora helps them to obtain said cure, but this turns out to be foreshadowing of her unwilling Face–Heel Turn.
      • In the Nohr/Conquest route Princess Elise falls severely sick, and for worse it also happens in the vincinity of the enemy troops. Logically, Prince Ryoma refuses to give help since Elise is an active member of the opposite army, and that sparks a fight.
      • In all routes, the not-family supports between Midori and a Female Kana center on Midori taking care of Kana and making her medicine when she has a sore throat. It turns out to not be easy since Kana is a Half-Human Hybrid girl so her body reacts differently to each medicine Midori makes.
  • This occurs in a couple of Harvest Moon titles:
    • In Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, a cutscene involves the player being unwell and their child looking after them.
    • In Harvest Moon DS Cute, your husband will spend a day in bed ill if you ignore him for a certain amount of time.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Emi Ibarazaki and Rin Tezuka's paths share an event under the rain. Both girls get sick, and in each case Hisao will visit each of them. In Emi's path, Hisao will put her to bed and have his Love Epiphany, then will see Emi cry in her sleep as she has Past Experience Nightmares about her Disappeared Dad; in Rin's, she will give him a "Shut Up" Kiss while under the effects of too-strong medicines, but he'll be Above the Influence and put her to bed too, leaving before she wakes up.
  • The entire plot of King's Quest IV revolves around this.
  • Amnesia: Memories has the heroine get sick from being soaked in the rain and fainting in Spade World. Taking up her boyfriend Ikki's offer to take care of her while sick gives several points to get closer to the Good Ending of his route and a CG, where Ikki confesses how much he likes the heroine.
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • Lady Goo Goo appeared sick when you clicked on her at one point, but it was later subverted as it turned out a robot duck had stolen her voice.
    • Judder catches the flu in the mission "Kick Some Asteroid". He gets cured by chicken soup.
    • In the mission "Candy Catastrophe", the Scummi Bears, Lolliplops, and Barfmellows make the monsters sick.
    • Elder Furi gets a disease called Glumps in "20,000 Leagues Under the Fur", which means he had actual glumps in his body.
    • In "Art-Choo", a comic in one of the magazines, Splatter gets flu.
  • Neopets: The pets can get diseases known as Achy Head, Bloaty Belly, Bloaty Feet, Blurred Vision, Bubbles note , Chickaroo note , Cricky Neck, D'achoo note , Doldrums note , Floppy Tongue, Fuzzitis note , Fuzzy Fungus, Grumbles note , Hoochie Coochies, Itchy Scratchies, Jitters, Kikoughela note , Lumps, Neezles, Neggitus, Neoblues note , Neoflu, Neogitus, Neomites, Neomonia, Neophobia note , Neopox, Neowarts, Pollenitis note , Reprillioritis, Shaky Flakys, Shock-a-lots, Sneezles, Spyder Bite, Ugga-Ugga note ], and Watery Eyes. These diseases can be cured by various cures such as Herbal Scrambled Eggs, Medicinal Toothbrushes, and Step-Out Shoes. They can also be cured by visiting Marina at the Healing Springs.
    • One April Fools' prank involved everyone's pets getting a nasty disease called the Scourgies. Another prank involved the Shop Wizard getting sick which made him give random results instead of his usual results.
  • In Resonance of Fate, one of the three playable characters, Leanne, spends all of Chapter 6 bedridden with a cold while the other two protagonists try to retrieve cold medicine for her. Since the cold medicine is stored inside a permanently frozen wasteland dungeon, this is harder than it sounds.
  • In Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, this is what Shinjiro's date with Ratchet Altair quickly becomes, mainly because of Shinjiro standing out in the cold waiting for her for too long.
  • Super Robot Wars V:
    • Ange catches a cold just like in Episode 7 of her home series. Her portrait even changes to reflect this.
    • In a DLC scenario, Otto Mitas catches a fever because of the stress the Shangrila teens put him through. As a result, Beecha, Mondo, and Mihiro take command of the Nahel Argama and fight off Angelo Sauper and his Neo Zeon forces. When Otto recovers, he reprimands Beecha for potentially putting them in danger even though Beecha saved their lives that day.
  • Super Sized Family has the kids get sick randomly, or all at once when the bathroom is dirty. You need to give them medicine to cure them.
  • Tokimeki Memorial:
    • Letting your Stress stat get too high results in a week of illness, during which a character who's in love with you will pay a visit to check up on you.
    • In Tokimeki Memorial 2, this Event was ramped up a notch for Kaori Yae, becoming a full-blown Special Event with a special CG, where she prepares and feeds you mikan lumps. This Event occurs only after she's out of her Heroic BSoD.
    • In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, this is an Event for Kazuma Suzuka and includes a CG of him in his pajamas when the heroine drops by for a sick visit. He's surprised that she'd come over for something minor, and gives a Longing Look to the heroine, then insists that he wasn't watching her.
  • Each of the girls fall ill on a rainy or snowy day when you reach a certain level of relationship with them.
  • In True Love Junai Monogatari, if the Player Character has high Art by the day the swimming race takes place and has spoken to Miyuki Tanaka aka the local Ill Girl before, she will show up at the beach to paint the scene... and then pass out right before the event begins. But the PC can't take care of her since he has to compete, so the one who raises to the challenge is his Patient Childhood Love Interest Mikae Morikawa, who doubles as Miyuki's best friend.
  • Ensemble Stars!: the story Greek Legends involves Souma falling ill and making it worse when he overworks himself rather than ask for help. Ultimately, Adonis, Arashi, and Mitsuru take care of him and teach him An Aesop that he has friends who will be there for him when he needs them.
  • Harvest Moon 64:
    • If you go to bed with max fatigue, you'll end up sick the next day.
    • One of the Heart Events for each bachelorette involves them falling ill.
    • On a random day when your child is in the crawling stage, he'll fall ill with the measles.
  • In Persona 3, overexerting yourself in Tartarus will result in you getting sick, thereby reducing your performance in battle until you recover by resting. In September, the main character gets caught in a typhoon on the way home from school and ends up being bedridden for days.
  • In Persona 4, Golden has the main character come down with a cold shortly after New Year's, thereby spending most of Winter Break in bed, and forcing the group to reschedule the skiing trip. During this time, the main character dreams about Marie, who's gone missing.

    Web Animation 
  • DC Super Hero Girls : In "Cold Blooded", Frost comes down with a cold, and she keeps accidentally freezing things every time she sneezes. Later on Batgirl, Ivy, and Bumblebee spend all night trying to make her feel better. In the morning, she thanks them for helping her feel better, at which, they become sick .
  • The Grossery Gang webseries arc "Get Well Spewn" has Pizza Face sick with a cold.
  • Homestar Runner had a short cartoon called "Sick Day", where everyone (including The Paper) was sick.
  • Jaiden Animations: "Injuries and Being Sick" is all about illness, in addition to getting injured. Jaiden was actually sick when she made it but got better for the end card.
  • Star Trek Logical Thinking:
    • In the video about the Argumentum ad Ignorantum, a woman is seen with a cold.
    • In the video about false dichotomies, a tellarite ensign has a disease called colic.
  • Story Bots:
    • In "The Cold Song", one of the robots somehow catches a cold.
    • A robot is briefly seen with a cold in "Grumpy as a Grizzly Bear".

    Webcomics 
  • One story from My Milk Toof was all about ickle caring for Lardee while he was sick, bringing him soup and reading a bedtime story to him.
  • The Shufflers: Hiddenite falls ill in “Under the Weather”, leaving him feeling weak and lethargic with a cough.
  • The Petri Dish:
    • Zigzagged for the strip where iBall gets pinkeye. It disables him like a disease, but it's never revealed if it's the infectious kind or not.
    • In one strip, Dr. Thaddeus Euphemism gets the flu.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Yokoka has a fever through chapter 4, so she has a lesser role while Yfa takes the lead in trying to Find the Cure! together with his sister Raya.

    Web Videos 
  • In Kid Time Storytime, the video for Dragons Get Colds, Too has Doug the dinosaur/dragon hybrid with a cold.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In "Bowser Junior's Sickness", Bowser Junior catches a highly contagious cold, but still wants to play with his friends, Joseph and Cody, when they come over.
    • In "Chef Pee Pee Gets Sick!", Chef Pee Pee is sick and unable to perform his cooking duties, so Bowser Junior takes over for him, with the help of Chris the Cucumber.
    • Jackie Chu is revealed to be sick in "Substitute Teacher!", and Judy is revealed to be the substitute teacher.
    • Chef Pee Pee gets sick again in "Chef Pee Pee's Bucket List!". After Dr. Brooklyn T. Guy does some tests on him, Brooklyn jumps to the conclusion that Chef Pee Pee has feline leukemia and only has 24 hours to live. It is later revealed that Brooklyn accidentally mixed up Chef Pee Pee's test results with a cat's, and that Chef Pee Pee just had the flu.
  • Several web videos on E.S.L. have songs or skits where a character is sick to teach phrases about illness.
  • This kids' song is about keeping yourself entertained when you're sick and the kids act sick for the song...although they appear a bit bored.
  • Andrew Rea recorded the Binging with Babish episode recreating Kenan & Kel's Cold Cure while he was sick with suspectednote  COVID-19.
  • Tamara's Never Seen: Tamara was quite sick during her review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, so she was very bitter towards the titular character for playing sick just to get out of school.
  • StacheBros: In "Super Donkey Kong Bros", Koopa spreads his illness to Mario and Luigi during one of their princess rescuing adventures, leaving them sick in hospital beds. With them out of commission, Toadsworth gets the idea to have Donkey Kong and Diddy rescue Peach in their places.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • The episode "Storytelling," Jake comes down with a flu-like illness, and sends Finn on a mission to go on an epic adventure, for the purpose of gathering material for an epic story to tell bedridden Jake. At the end, this results in Caretaker Reversal, when Finn catches Jake's sick.
    • "What Have You Done?" had all of the Candy Citizens coming down with the Freezer-Burn Flu.
    • In "Simon and Marcy," Simon had to search for chicken soup on post-war Earth to feed to a young, sick Marceline.
    • "Wizards Only, Fools" has Starchy sick in bed with a cold, and Princess Bubblegum going to Wizard City to obtain a cure.
    • The shorts "Rats Well That Ends Swell" and "Have You Seen The Muffin Mess" have Finn sick after kissing a rat bite on BMO's finger in the former.
  • Invoked in the The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode, "Journey to the Center of Carl". Jimmy invents the Neutronic Sick Patch to make him and his friends sick enough to miss school, but remove when their parents aren't looking so they can have fun. Unfortunately, the sick patches dissolve into their skin, prompting Jimmy and Sheen to shrink themselves down to microscopic size and travel inside Carl's body to extract mitochondria from the virus and make a vaccine.
  • The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: In "Tweeg Gets The Tweezles", Tweeg catches the titular disease, which turns him pink with blue spots, and L.B. has to ask Teddy, Grubby, and Gimmick to try to help him (since there are no doctors around). Subverted, in that he isn't actually sick, the strange coloration was actually caused by drinking water from the Rainbow Falls.
  • Aladdin: The Series: In "Sneeze the Day," Genie catches a cold, leading to Power Incontinence and forcing Aladdin to go on a Find the Cure! quest for him. In the end he gets well, but Aladdin gets sick.
  • In an episode of Angelina Ballerina, called "Angelina in the Wings", several students are unavailable, and are said to have the "mouse pox".
    • In a later episode, Gracie and Alice come down with an ambiguous disease called "The Sniffles".
    • In "Angelina Visits the Palace", Miss Lily catches a cold.
  • Arthur:
    • In "Arthur's Chicken Pox", Arthur, and eventually D.W., get the chicken pox.
    • Downplayed in "Vomitrocious". Francine throws up, but she doesn't have a fever or any other symptoms and is fine the next day. The nurse thinks maybe it was a 24-hour bug, and the focus is on the humiliation of what happened, not the sickness itself. George also has a nosebleed in that episode.
    • Also downplayed in "Castles in the Sky". Brain believes to have a cold as he was sneezing and coughing, but it is unknown if he actually had a cold or if he was mistaken, and it wasn't part of the main plot.
    • Mrs. MacGrady gets a mild case of cancer in "The Great MacGrady".
    • In "Arthur's Knee", it is defied: Arthur is told that his injury may get infected so he goes to the doctor and it doesn't.
    • In "Buster's Breathless", Buster is diagnosed with asthma.
    • In "Double Tibble Trouble", the Tibble twins get sick.
    • In "Sick as a Dog", Pal gets ill from eating the wrong food.
    • In "Is There a Doctor in the House?", Jane and David (the parents) get sick. Chaos ensues. At the end Arthur sneezes, implying that he's getting sick too.
    • Mr Ratburn gets laryngitis in "Substitute Teacher Trouble".
    • Kate has an illness which involves red cheeks at the beginning of "Cast Away", however she gets better by the next scene.
    • In "Operation: D.W.!" D.W. starts having trouble hearing and needs an operation to drain fluid from her ears.
  • As Told by Ginger not only has a sick episode, but in that episode, Ginger is bedridden and hospitalized by appendicitis.
  • Atomic Puppet: The very first episode of the show was "Sick Day", in which Joey gets a nasty cold from mutant viruses created by Mookie to keep Atomic Puppet bedridden and allow Mookie to play "hero".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In the Season 1 Episode "The Blue Spirit", Sokka and Katara become seriously ill after being exposed to the storm in the previous episode, and Aang goes out to find a cure for them.
    • After the Lake Laogai incident, Zuko falls ill in "The Earth King". Iroh eventually reveals that the cause of his illness is because of the conflicts in his mind at the moment.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Batman has a cold during episode "Heart of Ice", the first that features Mr. Freeze, ironically. Although the chicken soup that Alfred gaves him turns out to be very handy at the end.
  • Ben 10:
  • Berenstain Bears: In "Trouble at School", first Brother, then Sister, get the flu.
  • Betty Boop: In "Betty Boop's Ker-Choo", the title character gets a cold, but her only notable symptom is sneezing... which leads to her winning an auto race by sneezing so hard that she makes all the other cars crash.
  • Bob the Builder: In "Wendy's Busy Day", Bob has a very bad cold so Wendy takes over the day's job for him. At the end of the episode, Muck starts sneezing.
  • "Steve Gets the Sniffles" in Blue's Clues. However, said "sniffles" are his only symptom and they go away after eating vegetable soup.
    • The reboot's remake "Getting Healthy with Blue" has Josh having the the same thing and eating vegetable soup.
  • Boo Boom! The Long Way Home: Episode 17, Boo-Boom gets sick after falling into a river, forcing his animal friends to try and steal some medicine from a group of German soldiers. When that fails, they are forced to alert a German medic to Boo-Boom’s presence instead in hopes that he can, and will, help him.
  • Caillou: In "Caillou is Sick", the title character gets chicken pox.
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Garbage Ballet", Paige is sick and thinks there are rats inside their home and tries to kill any while Cole tries to stop her. While trying to stop his mom, Cole eventually catches her illness. When Paige and Cole are in the basement, they see a swarm of rats eating their food and they run back upstairs. It turns out they imagined it when Owen reveals that he and the exterminator never found any rats down there.
  • Charlie and Lola: "I'm Really Ever Not So Well," in which Charlie has to try to cheer up Lola when she has a cold and then he gets it. It was also adapted as a book.
    • Lola gets chicken pox in "I am Going to Save a Panda".
  • Charlies Colorforms City: Charlie gets sick in the episode "Sick Charlie".
  • Cleopatra in Space has an episode called "The Flu" , where Cleo has a mysterious illness that can be cured with quarantine. She thinks it's nonsense, but then everyone at school gets sick.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: In "Get Well", Emily gets a cold.
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door episode, "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G.", Nigel (Numbuh 1) has a cold during a snow day and to make things even worse, fourth grade president Jimmy is forcing everyone to go back to school for a special assembly to crown Lizzie as his queen.
    • Also towards the end of the next episode "Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E.", Abigail (Numbuh 5) ends up having chicken pox from her sister Cree with a chicken-pox gun, and then she and the teenagers catch it too from a cannon that fires the said ailment.
  • Craig of the Creek: In "Fort Williams", Craig contracts pink eye, rendering him unable to join his friends Kelsey and J.P. at the creek. To cheer him up, his mother helps him build an elaborate Blanket Fort for them to play in until he recovers.
  • Crawford's Corner: In "Crawford is a Sneezer Pleaser", Crawford gets a cold.
  • In the Cupcake & Dino: General Services episode "Everybody loves Kattycorn", Cupcake catches a cold, which he has most of the episode. By the time he gets over it, he's passed it to Dino.
  • In the Animated Adaptation of Curious George episode "Monkey Fever", The Man with the Yellow Hat gets a cold leaving George to take care of him. In another episode, called "Inside Story", George is the one to come down with a cold.
  • Dan Vs.: "The Common Cold" revolves around the title character, who has come down with a cold himself, going to the DCD to rid the whole world of the common world.
  • Doc Mcstuffins: Doc gets the flu in "Doctoring the Doc".
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: "Daniel Has a Cold / Mom Tiger is Sick". Daniel and Mom Tiger also both get a cold in "Daniel's Neighbors Help."
  • Danny Phantom has a different take on the sick episode plot in that everyone but the hero (and his friend, but that's due to his Day in the Limelight position) is sick with a cold. Danny and Tucker end up catching it in the last stretch of the episode anyway.
  • An episode of Daria features Daria being hospitalized due to a mysterious rash (which is caused by thoughts about her then-love interest Trent).
  • Ed Eddn Eddy:
    • Sarah comes down with a cold and Ed and Jimmy constantly bicker over who gets to take care of her, much to Eddy's annoyance.
      Eddy: *as Ed uses a vacuum cleaner to clean Sarah's nose* What a sap! We're wasting the whole day!
    • The episode "A Case of Ed" is a subversion, as Double-D only believes himself to be ill. Double-D, a hypochondriac, worries himself sick by obsessively reading an encyclopedia of rare diseases- and Eddy and Ed join in the fun and tell Double-D how awful he looks. He believes he has the symptoms of "Lacadaisy-Cathro Disease," and automatically becomes pale, weak, and sickly.
    • Then there's "Laugh Ed Laugh", where the entire neighborhood, sans the three Eds, come down with chicken pox. With no kids to scam, Eddy goes insane.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • One of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, "The Fairy Flu", was all about Cosmo and Wanda getting an illness that causes them to lose control of their magic.
    • In the B-plot of "Presto Change-O", Mama Cosma comes down with a nine-hour flu, which makes her delirious and causes her say nice things about Wanda, whom she normally despises. Wanda takes advantage of the situation and has Cosmo take care of them both, much to the latter's horror.
    • "Open Wide and Say Aaagh!" starts with Timmy getting a sore throat, which makes his school day horrible, and proceeds into him going to the hospital for a tonsilectomy.
    • "Chicken Poofs" is about Poof catching the titular ailment that turns whomever he sneezes on into chickens.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum has the episode "Chicken Pox", in which Kyle has a magical version of the titular ailment, and Fanboy and Chum Chum are Nurses With Good Intentions. Then there is "Cold War", in which Fanboy and Chum Chum have, well, colds.
  • Fireman Sam:
    • In "Lost Ring", Station Officer Steele is absent as he has got the flu so Sam must cancel his afternoon off.
    • In another episode, "Wicker Bear", James is unable to attend a Pontypandy Pioneers trip due to a cold.
  • Franklin combines this with Halloween Episode where Bear suddenly has a cold and is sneezing on the day of Halloween. Unfortunately, he thought he could make it to the party and the haunted house that night, but he was feeling too sick to go.
  • The "Frozen Fever" short is both this and a Birthday Episode. Elsa ends up sick on Anna's 19th birthday but despite her fever Elsa tries to make this Anna's best birthday ever.
  • Futurama, "Cold Warriors". Fry comes down with a cold. No big deal, except that the common cold had been eradicated 500 years before, leading to a mass quarantine and a frantic search for a vaccine.
  • In the Gravedale High episode "Long Day's Gurney into Night", Sid has a nasty cough and since there are no nurses at the school at the time, there's no choice but to take him to a human hospital, where it's revealed that he has tonsillitis. The other teenagers are worried about Sid and can't go to that hospital, but Max Schneider coerces them to go by faking being comatose. As a result, the teens seem to like the hospital.
  • The debut episode of The Hair Bear Bunch, "Keep Your Keeper," had the bears fooling head zookeeper Mr. Peevly that he had a disorder called "zoolirium" and that he had to take a six-month vacation.
  • Handy Manny: Manny, and eventually Dusty, get colds in "Manny's Sick Day".
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs has "Achoo", where most of the characters get sick. The strange thing is each character had a different disease which they caught off each other.
    • Harry:: Common cold.
    • Taury: Itchy spottitis (purple spots all over his body, they itch)
    • Sid: Heliumnes Ballonis (inflation and levitation).
    • Trike: A horn ache.
    • Pterance: Thermomoburstiosis (a high fever)
    • Patsy: Her neck grows twice as long.
    • Steggy: Doesn't get sick, but he has something of hypochondria through the whole episode.
  • In the Hello Kitty episode "Changing Our Clothes", Mama White catches a cold, which makes for a minor subplot.
  • The Hero Elementary episode "An Uphill Task" has Sara Snap get sick on the day of an invention fair that AJ is taking part in. He has a robot so that she can take part without leaving the episode.
  • Hey Arnold! has one, where Helga gets hysteria after reading a quack book on diseases (she fears she's caught Monkey-Nucleosis after being kissed by a weird organ grinder's monkey). She think she's going to die, and forgives all her friends on her "deathbed" and is about to confess her love to Arnold... until Pheobe corrects her.
  • How to Catch a Cold:
    • Exaggerated in the original short where the main man is sick with a cold, plus he's also infected his wife, son, and five coworkers, his wife has infected three of her friends, his coworkers and his wife's friends have infected their families, and his son has infected six classmates. In addition, a businessman, a paperboy, and a two men on the bus are also seen with colds and the "ABC" segment shows three children with colds.
    • In the live-action version, Jeff the boy has a cold, but he's the only one sick (his brother had a cold last week, but he's better now). So Goofy taught him how colds are caused and how to stay healthy.
  • In one episode of Ivick Von Salza: The Little Lumberjack, Ivick falls ill and Vigoras calls a doctor. The ribbiting crocodile, seeing this and seeing an opportunity to make money, jumps the doctor and takes his clothes. After curing Ivick and getting paid, the crocodile then reveals that he caught Ivick's sickness. After being visited by the doctor he jumped, the crocodile has to pay him the money that he got from Vigoras.
  • Kaeloo: The episode "Let's Play Doctors and Nurses" had Stumpy fall sick and ask Kaeloo and Mr. Cat to help him. Of course, they callously ignore him and focus on giving medical treatment to Quack Quack, who is perfectly fine.
  • Katie and Orbie has "Sore Throat," where Katie catches tonsillitis, and "Chicken Pox Party," where she catches the chicken pox on Halloween.
  • Kim Possible: In the half-length episode "Sick Day", a bad cold goes around. It starts with the Tweebs, then Kim catches it, then she passes it to Shego while they're fighting, so Shego catches it...by the end of the episode, pretty much the entire cast is in bed.
  • In one episode of The Koala Brothers, Ned catches a cold (which is his first one) and then Mitzi catches it.
  • Puppy Dog Pals: In "ARF-Choo!", ARF contracts a "Robo-Cold" due to not completing a reboot. In "The Soup Search", Bob gets a cold.
  • Sarah in Liberty's Kids gets smallpox for some time.
  • Little Bear: "A Flu" (Little Bear gets the flu), "Between Friends" (Little Bear and Emily get the mumps), "Doctor Little Bear" (Mother Bear gets a cold), "Frog In My Throat" (Little Bear gets a sore throat and loses his voice), and "Pillow Hill" (Little Bear gets a cold). Also at the end of "Little Bear's Sweet Tooth", Little Bear gets a tummy ache from eating too much sugar.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "One Flu Over the Loud House", Lori comes down with the flu, which quickly spreads to the rest of the family. Lincoln and his uninfected sisters (save for Leni, who realizes her family simply wants and needs care while they're sick) treat the situation like a Zombie Apocalypse. By the end of the episode, every member of the Loud family has the flu (except Lana's pets), and Clyde comes over to take care of them while wearing a Hazmat Suit for protection.
    • In "Sister Act", Lola and Lana decide to dress up as each other so the former can get out of going to a doctor's appointment and the latter can get out of a dentist's appointment. This backfires, because the next day, Lola catches a cold, rendering her unable to participate in a pageant, while Lana gets an abscessed tooth that hurts when she tries to eat the sundae she won from a recycling contest. Neither of those things would have gotten as bad as they did if Lola and Lana actually went to their respective appointments, because the medical professionals could have caught the early warning signs of their respective ailments and have immediately treated them before they got worse. This incident also ends up forcing the twins to confess what they did to their parents since Lynn Sr. and Rita initially thought that the doctor and the dentist failed to notice their obvious medical problems, and they end up having to do the appointments they were trying to avoid in the first place so they can both get healthy again.
  • On Madeline:
    • "Madeline and the Costume Party" has Madeline and all her friends catch the chicken pox, and to anybody who gets uneasy around chicken pox or mercury thermometers, this episode could practically SCREAM “Nightmare Fuel” for them.
    • Also, "Madeline's Christmas" had all of them (and Miss Clavel, and a mouse, and the doctor himself) except Madeline herself sick with a bad cold.
    • And of course the first special, based on the first book, had Madeline go to the hospital with appendicitis.
  • What does Ms. Frizzle of The Magic School Bus do when one of her students (Ralphie) comes down sick? Why, take the class on a field trip into his body to learn about the immune system!
  • Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies has "Healthy Habits" - Mama Mirabelle's son, Max, catches a cold and learns that it's important to rest when not feeling well and that everyone gets sick sometimes, even if they follow the healthy habits described in the episode's title.
  • Martha Speaks:
    • In "Martha in Charge", Helen gets a severe case of laryngitis.
    • In "The Trouble With Teddy", Teddy eats a rock which makes him sick and he needs surgery.
    • In "Nurse Martha", Butterscotch gets sick and also requires surgery because he ate a sock.
  • Meg and Mog:
    • Mog gets the mumps in "Mog's Mumps".
    • Mog and Owl catch colds in "Mog's Sneeze".
  • In the Metalocalypse episode 'The Revengencers' (aka Sickklok), Nathan's suffering from a summer cold, which he gives to the rest of the band. They try some...unorthodox methods to get rid of it after the on-site doctor just advises them to relax.
  • In Milly, Molly, Milly gets chicken pox on her birthday in "Spots and Stripes", Pepper the horse gets a fever in "Goodbye, Alf", Aunt Maude and the title characters get measles in "Biddy Bid", and several people get sick in "Aunt Maude". Downplayed in "Dog Walking Service". Humphrey gets chicken pox, but it's not a huge part of the plot.
  • Milo has "Milo's Indigestion", where Milo gets indigestion from eating too many berries, too fast.
  • Muppet Babies (1984) has "Scooter's Uncommon Cold," where the kids imagine themselves going into his body and learning about the immune system (similar to the above-mentioned Magic School Bus episode), and "Slipping Beauty," where Piggy catches the chicken pox and the others cheer her up by telling her the story of Sleeping Beauty. They hooked her up with a walkie-talkie so they could communicate with her since she was quarantine from everyone else.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Three's a Crowd", Discord fakes having a strange kind of flu to get attention. He ends up getting another kind of illness for real by the end.
    • In "Hurricane Fluttershy", several background pegasus ponies, including Thunderlane, get "the feather flu".
    • In "Hearts and Hooves Day", a background stallion has a cold, but he is only seen for about a second, during the song The Perfect Stallion.
    • Subverted in "A Bird in the Hoof". Philomena seems sick but it turns out that she's a phoenix and on her shedding cycle.
    • In one of the comics, Rainbow Dash gets the "pony flu", which is similar to chicken pox.
    • In another comic, all the ponies and Zecora get infected with a fungus, but Spike cures them.
    • In "The Cutie Pox", Apple Bloom gets a disease called cutie pox which involves sprouting random cutie marks all over her body and compulsively performing the talents associated with them.
    • In "A Flurry of Emotions", a class of background foals get "the horsey hives".
    • The whole of "A Health of Information" revolves around Zecora getting sick with swamp fever, and Fluttershy in the role of the caregiver. Unlike previous such episodes, this one disease is quite nasty in that it can prove fatal, it has no known cure, and is quite contagious. Even Fluttershy herself gets sick.
    • Coco Pommel spends "The Saddle Row Review" battling a nasty cold.
  • In the Nature Cat episode "Fall for Hal", Hal gets sick with a cold on his favorite day of the year, the first day of fall (the day he always goes on his First Day of Fall Scavenger Hunt). So Nature Cat, Squeeks, and Daisy plan to bring fall, and all the items on his scavenger list, to him.
  • In the Numberjacks episode "The Dreaded Lurgi", Four, Six, and eventually Three, catch a disease called "lurgi" which means they feel bad and can't jump very high.
  • PAW Patrol:
    • "Pups Save A Show": Chase has a cold and has to miss out on the titular show. Marshall takes his place with predictable results.
    • The official one is "Pups Save A Sniffle", where all of the pups catch cold one by one. By the end, Rubble and Ryder are the only healthy ones left. Then Ryder starts sneezing...
    • "Parroting Pups" mixes this with Lost Voice Plot. Rocky loses his voice, so the pups have to train a parrot to operate his voice-activated Pup-Pack.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Popcorn Panic" ended with much of the animals and the penguins themselves getting sick from eating much popcorn in the zoo.
  • Peppa Pig has "George Catches a Cold" (where George, well, catches a cold), "Pedro's Cough" (where first Pedro, then the others, have a vaguely-defined illness whose only symptom is a cough and it goes away instantly upon having some medicine which Tastes Like Feet), and "Not Very Well" (where Peppa gets a rash).
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • One episode had Candace bedridden due to a flulike illness, despite the series taking place in the summer. Her best friend Stacy takes Candace's usual role in the show of trying to bust the title characters, but gets sidetracked by how much fun she's having with them. Stacy ends up getting the same bug Candace has at the end of the episode.
    • The B-Plot of "My Fair Goalie" is about Dr. Doofenshmirz being so sick (again with a flulike illness) he can barely fight Perry.
    • Another episode has Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet, and Isabella all bedridden and playing the world's best video game. Buford wasn't really sick at the time, though, he was just lazy. He gets sick at the end anyway.
  • Pororo the Little Penguin: "Crong's Stomach Pain" has Crong get food poisoning. In "Get Well Soon, Loopy", Loopy gets a cold. It's a pretty strange sort of cold. Fainting is a symptom and she got it from being drenched in water.
  • Postman Pat: Julian and Pat get sick in the one where Jess breaks his leg. Everyone gets chicken pox in "A Spotty Situation".
  • Raw Toonage: In the Marsupilami short "Jungle Fever", Marsupilami tries to cure his sick purple gorilla friend, Maurice. And Maurice's sneeze blows Marsupilami to a lion who lies in a hammock. In the end both Marsupilami and the lion get sick.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • In the episode "Endless Summer", Carrot catches a cold and is unable to work on his and Celery's Earth report on summer activities. It's up to Mindy to take care of him.
    • In the episode "Sean Has a Cold", Sean is sick and Sunspot takes care of him.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: in the episode "Nurse Stimpy" Ren falls ill, and it's up to Stimpy to take care of him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Rob the Robot: In "Space Virus Blues", TK is sick, so the gang brings her to the Fix-it Planet. Eventually, Orbit and Rob succumb to the virus and get sick as well.
  • Rocko's Modern Life has "Flu-in-U-Enza" in which the titular wallaby suddenly comes down with the flu after waking up in the morning and the Enchanted Upchucks {who appear as half-eaten Anthropomorphic Food who Rocko puked out inside a toilet halfway through the episode) come up with a rather hot cure for Rocko.
  • Rolie Polie Olie: Olie and Zoe somehow get sick in "The Poly Pox" despite being robots.
  • Rugrats:
    • In "Slumber Party", Tommy gets sick when Angelica leaves the window open during a sleepover, to the point he briefly hallucinates that his family members are figurines from his mobile. It even premiered the same day as the Ren and Stimpy episode "Nurse Stimpy" did!
    • In "Autumn Leaves", Chuckie is not actually sick, but apparently he was sick recently and he also believes the trees, which are changing their leaves, to be sick.
    • In "All's Well That Pretends Well", Angelica is a bit sneezy (she may have a cold, that is left unclear), and she tries to make the babies seem sick.
    • In "Chuckie's a Lefty", Dill has a runny nose, believed by Didi to be a cold, but it is not part of the main plot.
    • In "Chicken Pops", the babies all get a rash, which Lou diagnoses as chickenpox. This leads Angelica to lie that it will turn them into chickens.
    • In "No Place Like Home", Susie undergoes The Tonsillitis Episode, which leads to her having a dream parodying the Wizard of Oz.
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series has Sabrina get sick with a disease called Witch-itis which involves green tongue, coughing, sneezing, and Power Incontinence. If untreated, it can lead to Hypo-germ-ia, which is giant germs attacking you.
  • The Simpsons has had several, being a Long Runner:
    • "Bart's Dog Gets an F" has the subplot of Lisa catching the mumps.
    • In "Lisa Gets an A", Lisa catches a cold and gets addicted to one of Bart's video games, causing her to neglect her homework. She winds up cheating on the test.
    • "Selma's Choice" had Homer getting food poisoning from a rotten subway sandwich (which he still keeps trying to eat even afterwards), leaving only Selma to take the kids to Duff Gardens.
    • "Milhouse of Sand and Fog" has Maggie contract chickenpox, leading Homer and Marge to throw a "pox party" to help other children gain their childhood immunity... only Homer never gained an immunity, concerning Marge because the disease is much more dangerous in adults. Despite his best efforts, he ends up getting it.
  • In The Smurfs episode "The Sky Is Smurfing! The Sky Is Smurfing!", Papa Smurf comes down with an illness, and Brainy tries to take care of him, thinking that he just came down with the cold. As it turns out, Papa Smurf was having an allergic reaction to ash coming from a volcano that was about to erupt.
  • South Park: In the episode "Death", Kenny comes to school despite having stomach flu and gives it to Mr. Garrison. The rest of the adults don't realize they caught it from him until they're in New York City protesting Terrance and Phillip. This works in their favor as the president of Cartoon Central gives in due to the stench of their diarrhea.
    • The episode "Chickenpox" starts with Shelly having, well, chicken pox. When the boys' parents learn the risks are higher for older kids, they decide to get their kids sick while they're still young, setting up a sleepover with the infected Kenny. Stan and Cartman get chicken pox, and when they learn of their parents plot, they get back at their parents by infecting them with herpes. It also ends, naturally, with Kenny dying of chicken pox.
    • The subplot of "Cartmanland" has Kyle suffer from a fatal hemerrhoid, while "Cherokee Hair Tampons" has him suffer kidney failure. He also has a cold in "The Snuke" but this is barely plot relevant.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The episode "Suds". SpongeBob comes down with a bad case of "The Suds," the sponge equivalent of the common cold. Not much fun for poor SpongeBob, who's feeling terrible throughout the whole episode, but Hilarity Ensues anyway, as expected.
    • "Karen's Virus" has SpongeBob and Plankton attempt to get rid of a computer virus that Karen caught.
  • Stanley — "Sick Day Stanley", in which Stanley has a cold and can't go out to play baseball. He learns about the importance of getting rest when you're sick.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series: In one episode an alien blames Dr. McCoy for spreading a plague which killed his people. The symptoms of the plague were turning blue, then green, fainting, talking slowly and death. Then, another alien, along with all of the crew except McCoy, get the plague and McCoy finds out it's because of the aurora and cures them.
    • In Pirates of Orion Spock is seriously ill with choriocytosis, and spends most of the episode comatose in the sickbay after he collapses on the Bridge.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "The Deserter", Captain Rex gets shot in the chest and has to recuperate at a farm.
  • The first episode of the Street Fighter American cartoon mixes this and Hostage Situation, since the Street Fighter group is tasked with rescuing some kidnapped scientists (including Guile's Canon Foreigner ex-girlfriend Cindy) who are working on the cure to a nasty virus... and then Ryu and other people contract the virus itself. But when Blanka gets hit with the virus and nothing happens to him, Cindy realises that his mutation made him immune and uses some of his blood to finally make the cure, saving Ryu and the other victims.

  • Super Noobs: This trope is exaggerated in this show as most of the episodes in the series are technically sick episodes. This is because of an organism called the virus, which causes people and animals to turn into rampaging monsters once infected, technically making its hosts sick. Only special elite warriors called Virus warriors, which include the main characters can defeat the monsters and cure the virus hosts
    • The episode "License To Noob" has the Noobs' alien tutors, Memnock and Zenblock, come down sick with Swink eye, which is a highly contagious space oriented eye infection that causes near blindness until cured with special eye drops and forced Memnock and Zenblock to cancel their training session with the Noobs for that day and treated their condition like the common cold as they tried to make tea to alleviate their symptoms. The noobs had to get the eye drops for Memnock and Zenblock and its heavily implied that Memnock and Zenblock caught this illness through an intergalactic outbreak that started on the hive planet, where its queen and her entire people also had the illness at the same time.
    • Also in "Noobie Mama", Kevin admitted that he came down with the flu a month before, even going as far as showing a picture of himself with it, grossing everyone out.
  • Tak and the Power of Juju: in "Bad Medicine" after Jibolba fails to cure the seasonal flu like he usually does Tak adds some Juju powder to the mixture, which cures the other villagers but instead leaves Tak with some unexpected results.
  • Taz-Mania: "Feed a Cold". Allowing the Platypus Brothers to attempt to cure you is a spectacularly bad idea.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • In "Henry Spots Trouble", Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren, Stephen and Bridgett come down with a case of chicken pox. This causes Henry to worry about if engines can get it as well. He freaks out when he sees Thomas, Paxton, and Gordon with spots on their faces, which are revealed to be mud, dust, and paint, respectively. Towards the end of the episode, Sir Topham Hatt informs Henry that only people can catch chicken pox, but most people get it when they're young and get better quickly.
    • Sir Topham Hatt catches a cold in "Dowager Hatt's Busy Day", leaving Dowager Hatt to run the railway for him. Hilarity Ensues when she doesn't know what job to give what engine, and misnames the engines.
  • The Tick: Tick has a cold in 'The Tick vs. the Uncommon Cold', despite being nigh invulnerable. He gets over it, but ends up sharing it with poor hapless Arthur.
  • In Time Squad, Otto gets sick with a cold, leaving the two incompetent time cops Buck Tuddrussel and Larry to help Benjamin Franklin. When they do find Ben Franklin, they help him invent the light bulb. Realizing that didn't help at all, they go back home to tell Otto what happened. Furious, Otto tells him that Edison was the one who invented the lightbulb and to quickly destroy the one they helped build, and that the mission was clearly about getting Franklin to help write the Declaration of Independence. They end up dragging the kid out of bed to recite the first paragraph of the Declaration to the founding fathers, right before passing out.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the episode, "Acme Cable TV", Buster and Babs come down with a case of the "Tiawan Flu", thus cancelling their original plans for the episode. They spend the entire day watching television, as Babs' parents have Acme Cable, and by the time they recover, they end up turning into couch potatoes.
    • Daffy Duck is revealed to be sick in the episode, "Henny Youngman Day". Although Daffy is never actually seen in the episode, Henny Youngman becomes his substitute while he's sick, and bores the entire class (except for Hamton) to the point of them leaving him.
    • In the episode, "Grandma's Dead", Duncan Duff, Elmyra's younger brother, catches a cold and is forced to stay home from school. To pass the time, he watches a parody of Rear Window on his TV. Thanks to some shenanigans with one of Elmyra's pet hamsters, Duncan is under the impression that his next-door neighbor, Mr. Bump, killed his grandmother. Grandma isn't even dead in the first place.
  • In the Tom and Jerry short "Polka-Dot Puss," Tom fakes being sick so Mammy Twoshoes won't put him outside. Jerry takes advantage of this by painting red dots on Tom's face and making him think he has the measles. When Tom catches on to the scam, he's ready to throttle Jerry—who was actually coming down with the measles.
  • Total Drama:
    • "One Flu Over the Cuckoos" starts with a challenge themed around medical movies, but the contestants (barring Leshawna and Duncan) soon appear to come down with a deadly disease for real. However, this turns out to be a subversion- their symptoms came from staying up all night studying a medical textbook for the challenge and eating pizza laced with itching powder and laxatives.
    • An earlier Action episode, "3:10 to Crazytown," had Gwen sick with a cold, though this is largely irrelevant to her plot. Similarly, DJ had a nasty cough in the World Tour episode "Newf Kids on the Rock," though this was a bit more relevant as he's convinced drinking apple vinegar (part of their challenge he was otherwise trying to throw) will cure it.
    • The Spin-Off Babies show Total DramaRama has the more traditional "Germ Factory." Leshawna is absent from daycare because of a cold, so the other children try to get sick to skip school, barring Courtney who desperately tries to avoid getting sick so she won't miss school. Of course, Courtney does get sick at the end when Bridgette sneezes on her.
  • Transformers: Prime: In "Sick Mind," Optimus Prime comes down with "cybonic plague," an engineered virus that will kill him unless Bumblebee gets the cure from Megatron's mind.
  • In the True and the Rainbow Kingdom episode "Cosmic Sneeze", the Rainbow King falls ill with an illness known as the "Wachoogieboogies", where every sneeze causes the colors of the Rainbow Kingdom to change, and eventually fade. Thus, True and Bartleby must go on a quest to Find the Cure!.
  • U.S. Acres had two episodes in its animated adaptation, "Swine Trek" and "Bad Time Story". Besides those episodes, the comic was chock-full of sneezing comics, and Roy has a dust allergy in the storybook "Wade's Haunted Halloween".
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: in Sickness, the Yogmans give Robot Jones a computer virus.
  • In the first episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Velma comes down with a cold during the gang’s stay at a ski resort and sneezes throughout the episode. Scooby later uses her sneezes to trap the culprit in an avalanche when the culprit attempts to flee.
  • We Bare Bears: In "Bear Flu", Chloe struggles to take care of the bears when they get sick from swimming in a polluted lake. Grizzly stubbornly insists he's not sick even as his condition worsens to the point he can't stand up straight, and Panda starts a minor panic that results in the CDC swarming the bears' cave when he becomes convinced he has the eponymous (and imaginary) "bear flu".
  • The Wild Thornberrys has Eliza get appendicitis on the episode "Valentine's Day".
  • One episode of Wonder Pets! started off with Linny sick with a cold. When the Wonder Pets get the usual call for help, Tuck and Ming-Ming had to leave Linny behind, not sure of how to help the subject without her leadership. Conveniently, the subject happened to reside in the attic of the school the Pets live in, so Linny was able to guide them along somewhat.
  • WordGirl: "Chuck E. Sneeze". Becky/WordGirl has a nasty cold, and Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy tries to avoid getting sick. However, he catches it when she sneezes on him. Fittingly, the episode teaches the words "avoid" and "contagious."
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: In the final episode titled "Woozy Walden", Wubbzy, Daizy, and Widget find the said character home sick with the case of chicken-its (a fictional disease that makes him unable to talk, but can only cluck). Hilarity Ensues. But in the end, Doctor Flooey tells them that Walden just needs some rest, making Wubbzy and Daizy realize what Walden was trying to say the whole time.
  • X-Men has two of these:
    • A two-parter deals with the Legacy Virus and how it spreads among mutants. Cable has to figure out how to stop it. Like in the Street Fighter case, if someone immune gets hit, their blood will be the key to make a cure: in this case, that character is Wolverine.
    • The Christmas Special has a subplot where the youngest of the Morlocks, Leech, falls very gravely ill and the X-Men have to convince Wolverine to give him a blood transfusion.
  • X-Men: Evolution has Kurt and Kitty both sick with the flu in “Sins Of The Son”. Kurt has Power Incontinence as whenever he sneezes he teleports and Kitty, unwillingly, gets dragged along for the ride.
  • The X's: In "You Only Sneeze Twice", all of the family get sick after going on a mission in sub-zero temperatures, except for Tuesday, who was the only one who bothered to wear a snowsuit.
  • Yin Yang Yo!: The "Woo Foo Flu" episode. Yin comes down with the aforementioned flu, and Yang has to take care of her while Master Yo works on a cure. But when Carl captures Yin and exploits her reality-bending sneezes, Yang gets himself sick with the Woo Foo Flu in order to save Yin. Master Yo gets the Woo Foo Flu at the end.

 
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When Clark becomes sick, his sneezes become a problem as they accidentaly activate his super breath.

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