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Basic Trope: A character gets ill or poisoned. The others look for a cure.

  • Straight: In one episode of Mysteries of Troperia, Molly is poisoned by Dracone. Her allies, Hiro, Lance, Mana, and Ichigo, look for the antidote.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every episode of Mysteries of Troperia is about Hiro's team finding some sort of cure for Molly.
    • The entire series Mysteries of Troperia is about Hiro's team trying to find the cure for a mysterious illness that spreads across Troperia.
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  • Downplayed: In one episode, Molly is ill, but the cure is found easily, so it's not even the main plot of the episode.
  • Justified: The cure is rare or unknown, so of course they have to spend a lot of effort finding it.
  • Inverted:
    • Dracone is mortally ill. Hiro tries to keep him from finding the cure.
    • Molly is recovering from a physical illness she's had for a long time. Dracone looks for a way to negate her recovery.
  • Subverted:
    Ichigo: So Molly's poisoned. Do we have to go find an antidote somehow?
    Lance: No, taking her to a doctor makes more sense.
    • Molly has had the Distress Ball one time too many. Hiro tells her that they'll do their best to find the antidote, but as soon as they get away from Molly, Hiro tells his team that he's not going to save her one more time.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Then the doctor tells the heroes that they have to find an antidote.
    • But Mana, Ichigo, and Lance agree that even though Molly isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, it doens't mean that she deserves to die. Cue What the Hell, Hero?.
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    • The "heroes" do abandon Molly, but she's badass enough to seek the cure herself.
  • Parodied:
    • In the first episode of Mysteries of Troperia, Dracone turns everyone in Molly's team into birds. The transformation never becomes irreversible, and the heroes know it. The series is about them trying to reverse the transformation, but because they don't think being birds is that bad and because they know that it doesn't matter if they take the antidote today or tomorrow, they spend most of the time goofing around.
    • After watching a horror film (obviously without their parents' permission), Alice and Bob become too terrified to leave the house. Clara and Donald have to get them Brain Bleach before any parents find out.
    • Dracone tries to poison Hiro and his team, but all he manages to do is cursing them with the inability to play video games well. They spend several seasons trying to get rid of the curse.
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    • Molly catches a cold at a time when it doesn't really matter. The rest of Hiro's team searches for a cure for her cold, and when she recovers from it, she joins the search.
    • They try to find the antidote, but to no avail. They think Molly is going to die... then she remembers that she's a witch and uses the powers she forgot about to heal herself.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: A character that gets ill or poisoned is hospitalized. The rest of the team continue doing their duties as usual, or nobody gets sick.
  • Enforced: The producers want to write an episode that doesn't feature Molly while showing how much the others care about her.
  • Lampshaded:
    Mana: Why isn't there a pharmacist that keeps those cures and antidotes, so we wouldn't have to to through all this?
    Ichigo: Because if we could just get them from a pharmacist, it would be very boring for the viewers.
  • Invoked:
    • Dracone poisons Molly, knowing that the heroes will look for the cure, which gives the Big Bad some time alone to work on his plans.
    • Dracone himself is poisoned and too lazy to search for the cure himself. He poisons Molly to get the heroes to find the antidote for them, planning to steal it once they find it.
  • Exploited: When the heroes are busy looking for the antidote, the Big Bad advances his plan.
  • Defied: Before Dracone poisons Molly, he makes sure to destroy anything that might cure her.
  • Discussed: "So Molly is poisoned? Do you think her allies have to go on a dangerous journey to find an antidote for her?"
  • Conversed: "Why don't they just find those antidotes before the need for them is urgent?"

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