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List of fictional diseases

Name Source Symptoms Amoria Phlebitis The SimpsonsAmoria phlebitis is characterized by sharp, stabbing pains in the stomach, a shooting pain in the arm and temporary loss of vision. Airborne Clown Virus Ben 10: OmniverseA synthetic virus created by Zombozo to turn all of Bellwood into Zombie Clowns. Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome Star Trek: The Next GenerationA viral infection that causes an infected person to "de-evolve". Caused by a synthetic T-cell which mistakenly activated introns in one's DNA. Named for Lt. Reginald Barclay who first contracted the disease when he was administered the synthetic T-cell due to a genetic condition which when left on its own was inactive. Said synthetic T-cell caused all dormant introns to activate rather than the defective T-cell. Bendii Syndrome Star Trek: The Next GenerationA degenerative neurological illness that occasionally afflicts some elderly Vulcans. Symptoms include a gradual loss of emotional control and a telepathic influence on non-Vulcans to exhibit similar emotional volatility. Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan is diagnosed with this illness, so he preserves his memories through a mind-meld with Captain Picard. Sarek later dies from this illness while Picard is deep in Romulan space in search of his friend's son, Spock. Days after breaking the news to Spock of Sarek's passing, Spock and Picard meld so they can share Sarek's memories. Big Death JeremiahA supervirus which affects everyone on Earth over the age of puberty. It spreads quickly and is almost 100% fatal, although there are apparently some carriers who do not develop the disease. After the disease has run its course it disappears, allowing those then reaching puberty to survive, although there is a constant threat of it returning. Bliss Virus Doctor Who: GridlockAppeared around five billion years into the future on New Earth. It began when New Earthlings developed a new mood-drug called Bliss. The world became addicted to it and, in Novice Hame's words, "A virus mutated inside the compound and became airborne. Everything died. Even the virus in the end. It killed the world in seven minutes flat." Blue Shadow Virus Star Wars: The Clone WarsA lethal virus capable of killing a planet's entire population. Eradicated prior to the Clone Wars, it was recreated by the insane Separatist scientist Dr. Nuvo Vindi as a weapon against the Republic. Can only be cured with the root of the reeksa plant. Symptoms include muscular weakness, cough, and fainting, and if not cured in time, the victim will die. In its original liquid-bound form, it could kill a life-form almost instantly. Bone-itis FuturamaIn the "Future Stock" episode, "80's Guy" suffers from bone-itis and cryogenically freezes himself in order to sustain his life until a cure is found. Upon waking up, however, he neglects to have it cured, and dies suddenly as his bones contort horrifically. Not to be confused with osteitis. Bonerplasia Saturday Night LiveIn the October 4, 2008 episode, Bonerplasia is a fictional condition which is allegedly a kind of chronic priapism. A man (played by Jason Sudeikis) used it as a fake explanation for why he constantly got erections around a woman, Amber (played by Anne Hathaway), he was secretly attracted to though claiming to be gay. However, she honestly believed him, because she "read the Bonerplasia article on Wikipedia", only for the man to then reveal "I actually wrote that article". Bonus Eruptus The SimpsonsA likely made-up condition described by Dr. Nick Riviera in "22 Short Films About Springfield" where the victim's skeleton tries to leap out of the body through the mouth and run away. Bowden's Malady FireflyA degenerative disease that affects the bone and muscle, the only known treatment being a drug called Pescaline D. The disease is considered a "quirk" of planetary terraforming – the result of underground air mixing with a mine's ore processors. Chen-7 Doctor Who: The Girl Who WaitedAn airborne infectious disease that only infects species with two hearts. Also referred to as the 'One Day Plague', because its victims die within a day. Chickenpox Codename Kids Next Door ("Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E.") This is a fictional strain of common chickenpox; it is spread by contact with live chickens, and the boils on the victim's skin resemble live, cackling chicken faces. Otherwise, it is the same as regular chickenpox. Circusitis Futurama (Proposition Infinity)Circusitis is a disease that affects "children of all ages." Circusitis' symptoms include red nose, swollen feet, orange hair, extremely pale face, and sneezing handkerchiefs which make all look like a stereotypical clown. Cluckitis The Muppet ShowA victim of this highly contagious disease turns into a chicken; victims retain their true voices and mannerisms, but some develop chicken-like habits, like building nests. After almost every Muppet catches it, guest star Roger Miller (who claims to have had it once) assures Kermit that it goes away by itself in a few days. Also, because Gonzo doesn't catch it, and he tends to hang around chickens a lot, he likely has developed an immunity to it. Condiment Dysfunction Soyracha (TV Commercial)Condiment Dysfunction is the inability to salivate due to a lack of flavor. Cordilla Virus 24The Cordilla virus was a type 3 immuno-pulmonary virus that is similar to the Hantavirus. The incubation period of the virus was initially 14 hours but decreased significantly as a result of a weaponized variant added. The symptoms of the virus were nose-bleeds, hemorrhaging, skin abscesses and eventually death. Cosmic rust TransformersA disease which affects Cybertronians and possibly other mechanical lifeforms caused by a micro organism that feeds on metal. If left untreated an infected transformer eventually crumbles into a pile of rust. Croatoan virus SupernaturalA virus that is Demonic in origin. It creates an unnatural murderous rage in infected people. Cutie Pox My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicA magic-borne disease that causes ponies to sprout Cutie Marks all over their body and uncontrollably act out the talents that they represent. It disappears on its own, but can be quickly cured by consuming a flower sprouted from the Seeds of Truth. Apple Bloom accidentally infected herself with Cutie Pox when she used a magic plant called Heart's Desire to create a potion that would give her a Cutie Mark; she confessed to stealing the Heart's Desire from Zecora in order to sprout the Seeds of Truth and gain the cure. Cybonic Plague Transformers: PrimeA virus developed by Megatron as a biological weapon. Optimus Prime falls victim to the plague, and Bumblebee persuades Megatron to give him the formula, allowing Ratchet to develop a cure. Dave's Syndrome Black BooksA condition which is known to affect Manny, it is triggered by being exposed to a temperature of at least 88°F (31°C). While the exact effects of the disease are not described, a scene at the end of the episode shows the results – Manny is driven to madness and totally ransacks the area outside the shop, before using a hot water bottle as a loincloth, grabbing a flaming torch and painting "EAT ME" on his stomach, whilst jumping on the roof of an abandoned car. Bernard dismisses it as "attention-seeking rubbish" throughout the episode. Deep Space Disorder PlanetesA condition which is known to affect Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino after an accident in lunar orbit, on the dark side of the moon, during a solar storm which left him isolated in complete darkness. He is retrieved with negligible physical effects, but is diagnosed with Deep Space Disorder, a mental disorder that can cripple an EVA astronaut with severe hallucinations. Dermatemeculitis Drake & JoshA skin disease that causes the hands and feet of the body to turn a sickly green color. This can usually only be cured by a series of painful injections. A rumored alternate cure is to soak the hands and feet in buckets of a substance called zypholic acid, which can be found in lizard urine. The hands and feet must be soaked for no less than 45 minutes. Megan tricks Drake into thinking he has this disease because he ate a cookie that was hers, and later states, "You know, there's another cure: Next time, don't eat my big cookie." Desperation Disease Eureka 7A disease that strikes randomly and has no known vector of contagion. Individuals gradually become detached from the world until they are completely catatonic. The name of the disease does not come from the victims' state, who seem to be communing with something metaphysical, but rather, from their families who despair of trying to wake them. Dark Gundam Cells Mobile Fighter G GundamNanomachines from the Devil Gundam (Dark Gundam in North American dub) infect living organisms and undergo mitosis, allowing the Devil Gundam to control the victim. The victim will gain super-strength and self-recovery abilities and if inside a Mobile Fighter, will spread the cells to the Mobile Fighter and give it the abilities of the Devil Gundam, often mutating the Mobile Fighter into a stronger robot. If the cells have not reached the brain, the victim can be cured. Diminished Gluteal Syndrome (DGS) King of the HillA fictional genetic disorder characterized by a person being born without buttocks, forcing them to sit on their tailbone and cause pain in their back. The disease has no cure or treatment, although fake saline buttocks are able to relieve pain caused by sitting on the spine. Double Prison Plague (Shackelitis) Hogan's Heroes Episode: The Prisoner's PrisonerA fictional disease invented by Colonel Hogan. In the early stages, the victim's neck will swell but the victim will not feel any different. In the second stage, the victim's body heat will go up dramatically, followed by loss of movement in the legs and furious chills. Drafa Plague Babylon 5Destroys cells that produce neurotransmitters in the synaptic gap, thus inhibiting nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Without such signals from the brain, the organs lose their ability to function correctly, much like ALS in humans. It is only contagious among those alien species which used specialized cells to produce neurotransmitters, and among these species, it is 100% terminal within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. Initial symptoms include dizziness, numbness & tingling in the extremities, sore throat, followed by progressively worsening ascending paralysis, euphoria, memory issues, then death. Fortunately for most of the other sentient races in Babylon 5, their lack of such specialized neurotransmitter cells render them immune to the disease, save for the Pak'Ma'Ra, whose Green Cells were similar enough to the Markab Yellow Cells that a Pak'Ma'Ra died of it on the station. The disease caused the Markab to go extinct.

Similar to the Black Death and HIV/AIDS among Humans, the Drafa Plague bears a stigma among the Markab as a disease that the public felt was only caught by those considered sinful, immoral or unclean by Markab standards, and a punishment by their gods for committing such acts. The disease was named after an island on their homeworld where its inhabitants were wiped out by the disease, an island noted in Markab history for its decadence and immorality. The story of the island was eventually used to frighten small Markab children into behaving. Even accusing a Markab of being infected with the disease can bring shame, paranoia, fear, and an angry response from the accused, and Markab doctors would frequently certify someone's death from the disease as death by natural causes, so the family could avoid a scandal and the implied accusation that they or their family were unclean or immoral.

Ecola Spaceballs: The Animated SeriesE. coli and Ebola injected into a carbonated drink, creating a "deadly soda that will kill our enemies." Drinking the soda causes immediate and profuse vomiting, which then spreads the disease. Even plants can contract it. ElectrogonnorheaFuturamaAn STD humans can contract from robots. Called the "Noisy Killer". Electric flu PokémonA condition when an electric Pokémon builds up too much electricity in its body or makes contact with an electromagnetic field. Characterized by sparks coming from the Pokémon's cheeks, a red face, and uncontrolled bursts of electricity. Curable by having the Pokémon expunge the excess electricity. EpidemeRed DwarfAn intelligent virus, originally devised as a smoking cure. It was intended as a cure nicotine addiction, but in practice it rapidly consumes the host before hijacking the body, and then attempting to transfer itself to another suitable host via bites or saliva transmission. If no hosts are available, epideme can force its host into a state of hibernation, encasing the body in a tomb of ice-like material until it detects life nearby and thaws. Epideme steals the knowledge from every host it consumes, which has crafted it into an extremely smart, eccentric and deadly virus. European fluSurvivors(2008 TV series)A strain of flu based on the real Spanish flu, but has killed 99.9% of mankind. Fluvus Pestilentia Grimm (Quill)An enterobacteria affecting only Wesen, characterised by lack of inhibitions, strong affection, yellow boils, and, finally, psychosis. Fried Chicken Flu (KFC virus) The Fried Chicken Flu (Boondocks)Actually salmonella, but initially believed to be something far worse, causing the collapse of several governments before the real cause is revealed. Genie Flu Genie in the HouseA disease of Genies which causes them to change colours, become invisible and have squeaky voices. Geodermic granititis Look Around YouA disease that attacks the central nervous system, fooling it into calcifying the bodily tissue, eventually turning the victim into a pile of rocks. More commonly known as cobbles. Cyberbrain Sclerosis Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone ComplexA disease characterized by a hardening of the brain tissues precipitated by the cyberization process. It is described as being that century's cancer or tuberculosis. Cyberbrain Sclerosis is described as being extremely rare, enough so that it doesn't deter most people from being cyberized, but it is incurable once diagnosed. Ghost Sickness SupernaturalA sickness which is contracted from prolonged proximity with ghosts, which causes hallucinations, fever, chills and extreme fear. Dean Winchester contracted this disease from an evil ghost he encountered and became immensely afraid of every single thing he encountered, even being afraid of a cat. The vanquishing of the ghost defeated the disease. Groat's Disease Curb Your EnthusiasmA neurological disorder presumed to have a high mortality rate through a slow, painful process. Rob Reiner describes it affecting "kids and adults who have a tough time controlling their hyperactivity. It is as if you were on five cups of coffee at all times." It was named after the doctor who discovered it. Larry David, who writes the show, came up with the name of the disease when he thought baseball player Dick Groat's name sounded like the name of a disease and in the show Larry assumes it was named for Dick Groat, who he assumes must have had the disease because, as Larry says, "he didn't field very well because he was excited all the time." Hades Covert One: The Hades FactorA blood-borne/airborne virus that causes severe internal hemorrhaging and bleeding from every orifice. It has an incubation period of 12–24 hours. Kills within another 24 hours. Hate Plague TransformersBacterialspore of unknown origin transmitted by touch. Induces extreme paranoia and aggression in the infected, causing them to strike out against anyone or anything in an increasingly maddening desire to destroy. Symptoms include a deep reddish glow emanating from the infected. The only curative is intense logic and wisdom, which presumably counters the extreme irrationality the disease causes in its victims. First appearing during the Autobot-Decepticon wars (which necessitated the second resurrection of Optimus Prime), a relatively milder strain is seen again during the events of Beast Machines; Megatron triggers a pre-planted virus in Silverbolt, infecting him and the rest of the Maximals. The strain is cured, again, by intense logic and wisdom. Harvester Virus Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Armageddon Game" Described as a "nanobiogenic weapon", the Harvesters were developed by the T'Lani and Kellerun from a small synthetic virus that was, itself, very lethal; the deadly and much feared weapon used during their centuries-long war killed by disrupting the victim's genetic structure, and had completely devastated the entire population of T'Lani III. So feared was this virus, that even after peace was made and the harvesters were disposed of in a ten-year project, the two governments secretly made plans to assassinate the scientists who worked on the project, fearing what might happen if they were ever remade. Heart virus Dragon Ball ZIs a virus that affects one's heart, Goku acquired this virus from an unknown location and had to be bedridden for days. In an alternate timeline Goku dies from this virus leaving the rest of Earth's special forces to be killed by Androids 17 and 18, who were activated six months after Goku's death. Bulma creates a cure for this virus so that Trunks can take it back in time to save Goku and stop the androids. Head-go-boom-boom-itis SpongeBob SquarePants (Squid baby)A mental disorder that causes adults that receive a head injury to develop a brain tumor that causes them to exhibit infantile-behavior, while still possessing the physical traits of an adult. Head Pigeons Invader Zim (Dark Harvest)A disease that involves a pigeon nesting on one's head. Ms. Bitters also implied the disease was contagious, ordering Zim to leave before it spread to the other Skoolchildren, although this seems unlikely. The treatment entails visiting a nurse, or other trained medical professional. Eventually, the pigeon flies away, and the victim is deemed cured. Hepatitis V True BloodA virulent strain of hepatitis designed as a biological anti-vampire weapon. Instead of killing them, it causes them to enter a zombie-like state: they lose all sense and become feral and aggressive, feeding and killing constantly. Hinamizawa Syndrome When They Cry/When The Cicadas Cry/Higurashi no Naku Koro niA mental disease similar to schizophrenia. It is often referred to as "The Curse of Oyashiro sama" by the townspeople who have no knowledge of the disease and instead relate it to a supposed curse on the town by its guardian god, Oyashiro sama.Through history the villagers imposed rules to prevent the populous from becoming "demons" or in reality, stopping the symptoms from progressing. It causes paranoia-inducing hallucinations which progressively grow more threatening as the victim becomes more paranoid. In the case of the character Keiichi Maebara, it caused his friends' humored laughter to seem maniacal, and their tone of voice more threatening and sinister than it was. Eventually, he hallucinated a marker held by Mion Sonozaki to be a syringe, having heard that a murderer in the town was on drugs. This caused him to kill Mion, as well as Rena Ryuuguu, with a baseball bat. In most cases, the end result of the disease involves suicide, which Keiichi did by clawing his throat out. Rena also once attempted suicide from the syndrome by cutting her wrist with a knife. It is revealed later in the series that Hanyuu, the incarnation of Oyashiro, was responsible for some of the paranoia, mostly that one is being watched or followed. However, the disease was still mostly psychological. Holovirus Red Dwarf: QuarantineDiscovered, contracted and possibly created by viral researcher Hildeguard Lanstrom, this nasty condition can only be passed between holograms. It can be transmitted across radio-waves and drains the victim's life-force while endowing them with powers such as telepathy, telekinesis and hex-vision. The sufferer tends to go insane long before his or her demise.

Suggested treatment: A remote link to the hologram disk projection system, a detachable power transfer adapter capable of holding spikes of up to five million volts, and a B47/7RF resistor. Plus confiscation of equally deranged penguin glove-puppet

Hopper virus Doctor Who: Orphan 55A macroscopic virus able to be transmitted both biologically and through computers. In humans, symptoms include wiggling of the fingers, temporary paralysis of the lower half and hallucinations of bats. In computers, the virus wrecks the hard- and soft-ware. It can be cured in humans by pinching the ear of the infected, causing them to sneeze the virus out, and in computers using a debug script. Hopping Cough The SmurfsA plague created by the smurfs' enemy Gargamel to use as a biological weapon against them; a victim of this contagious disease coughs violently and leaps very high into the air with each cough. Irumodic Syndrome Star Trek The Next GenerationA neurological disease caused by a defect in the brain's parietal lobe. It can take years for the illness to actually develop. In one potential alternate reality, Jean-Luc Picard had this defect and developed the syndrome over a 25-year period. Imminent Death Syndrome Mr. ShowA terminal disease in which the affected individual may experience death at any given time, usually within 80–100 years. Jelly measles Jelly Jamm (Musical Aurora) A Jammbonian illness. Symptoms include an pitched-up voice, itchy spots, increased body weight (?), and a fever so high it causes one to walk on the walls. The only cure is a spoonful of terrible-tasting medicine. Johnny-itis The Johnny Test episode of the same name A condition caused by drinking an unnamed fictional substance only described as "an unstable isotope." Symptoms may include red spots on the skin and a purple tongue, followed by violent bloating and then an explosion. Joy Virus The Amazing World of Gumball (The Joy) A virus that is caused by a "wonder hug". Its early to later symptoms include heavily dilated pupils, the victim hallucinating the world around them as happy and cute, a huge open-mouthed smile, and vibrant rainbow-colored drool, and its final stage causes the victim to die of happiness and be reanimated as a happy zombie-like creature. The virus spread throughout the school via hugging or by touching . Those infected were dubbed "huggers" by the character Miss Simian. The cure was hearing anything depressing like the song "Moonlight Sonata". Jungle Worms iCarlyA disease that causes fever, sweating, and vomiting. The disease itself only appears a few times in the show. Carly contracts the disease several times in her life, however, she is declared a healthy carrier, causing a doctor to advise her to avoid contact with other infected persons and cute boys. She later inadvertently infects someone via an infected glass of water. Kalavirus 12 MonkeysKalavirus, also referred to as M5-10, is a plague that kills ninety-eight percent of the world population. Although not released directly by the Army of the 12 Monkeys, their guiding hand and influence in its creation and release is undeniable. Lackadaisy-Cathro Disease Ed, Edd n Eddy (A Case of Ed) Main symptoms include "rationalising of mundane circumstances, habitual cleanliness and an abnormal fixation to head-wear. Other symptoms include mumbled words and "weakness in the lower extremities". The character Edd was falsely diagnosed with it by his friends. Lazar's Disease Doctor Who: TerminusA leprosy-like disease, the only cure is a dose of radiation. Luck Virus Red DwarfA positive viral strain that makes the infected person lucky for a temporary time. Lurgy (The Dreaded Lurgi) Goon ShowThe Goon ShowA disease that causes anyone who catches it to say nothing but 'Eeee-yakkaboo!'. "Lurgy" has become a British slang for "fictional disease du jour." Macrovirus Star Trek: VoyagerAn airborne pathogen-by-proxy that infects endothermichumanoids with a virus, causing the host to become lethargic and produce more macroviruses until the host wastes away and dies. When some of the bugs invaded Voyager, the EMH was able to synthesize a cure. Mad Snail Disease SpongeBob SquarePants (Once Bitten)A psychosomatic disease that is supposedly spread by an infected snail's bite. The imagined symptoms are as follows. In the first stage of the disease, toxins enter the body through the bloodstream, moving through the host until the host's body is taken over. Symptoms include: bloodshot eyes, messy pants, untrimmed toenails, ticklish ribcage, and loss of balance. After final stage, the host becomes a "zombie". In the episode "Once Bitten", Gary bites Squidward and most of the citizens of Bikini Bottom. Due to misinformation over the disease, they believe they are zombies and chase SpongeBob until Dr. Gil Gilliams, SDE, SE (Snail Disease Expert and Snail Expert) informs them that "Mad Snail Disease" is nothing more than an urban legend. Its name is a reference to prion diseases like Bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. Infected snails show rabies like symptoms, including irritability, foaming at the mouth and aggression, which in reality was caused by a splinter Gary had after Squidward tried to make the area around his house snail-proof. Mad Cow Disease/Mad Zombie Disease The SimpsonsBoston LegalSimilar to the virus shown on Zombieland this plague is non-canonical in The Simpsons universe but nonetheless appears in Treehouse of Horror XX. Similar to Zombieland, it is transmitted through cows. In this segment, Krusty develops a new burger from cannibalistic cows and the effects of this mutate into a virus which turns the victim into a zombie in a matter of seconds. Symptoms include drooling saliva at the mouth, blackened bags under the eyes, pale skin, and psychotic behavior like paranoia. The virus can be transmitted through biting. The only known cure is Bart Simpson, as he ate one of the infected burgers but was immune. On the David E. Kelley series Boston Legal, William Shatner as Denny Crane blames his outré behavior on Mad Cow Disease. Magnus Oblivio Falicitus Upright Citizens BrigadeAlso known as "Little Donny Disease". Eponymously named for the character Donny, from the sketch comedy TV series Upright Citizens Brigade. Donny was oblivious to the fact that he had an "enormous penis". Monkeynucleosis Hey Arnold!A disease that is caused if a person is touched by a monkey. Helga thinks she had this disease when a monkey trainer's monkey kissed her on the arm. It seems that the disease leads to death (or, as said in the show, "expiration") There are four symptoms: puffy rash where infected, sweaty palms, loss of appetite, and irritability. On the show, monkeynucleosis is said to have been long debunked by modern science. Mono Orangosis Wizards Of Waverly PlaceA disease Max made up to get sympathy from a girl. It makes the infected person unable to hear, see, taste, smell anything orange. Motaba The PretenderThe "A Virus Among Us" episode borrows its center plot disease from the film Outbreak. Narrow Urethra King of the HillA medical condition that prevents a male from having a normal sperm count, due to their urethra being smaller than an ordinary man. It can pass genetically, yet it is known to skip a generation. There are several techniques to assist in temporarily relieving this problem; however, they are not proven to work. Narvik HelixThe Illaria Corporation were responsible for the development of the Narvik virus which came in two forms: Narvik-A, a fatal virus with no current cure and Narvik-B, turning those infected with the virus into violent, zombie-like vectors who spread the infection to others. Narvik-B is treatable to some degree if treated. Pararibulitis Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (TV series)Todd's sister Amanda suffers from pararibulitis, a hereditary disease invented for the show that causes her to suffer vivid and painful hallucinations Pentapox Avatar: The Last AirbenderA fictional disease. "Symptoms" include purple spots on the skin (actually sucker marks left by a Purple Pentapus). The inhabitants of Omashu pretended to be infected with Pentapox to escape the Fire Nation-occupied city. Petrifold Regression Doctor Who: New EarthA condition that causes the sufferer to turn to stone (similar to petrification). Unknown origins. PhageThe PhageStar Trek: VoyagerA necrotizing plague that affects members of the Vidiian species. Organ transplants are required for survival. Klingon DNA seems to be highly resistant to the phage. It was cured by the Think Tank. "Pinkeye" Pinkeye (South Park)An infection caused by the accidental combination of embalming chemicals and Worcestershire sauce (originally Dr. Pepper according to Trey and Matt, the creators from show). It results in a zombie apocalypse within South Park. Its initial host is Kenny. To be cured, the initial host must be killed, in a similar fashion to vampire-based folklore. Its symptoms are greenish pale skin, a craving for human flesh, and several other zombie-like behaviors and characteristics. Polaris extremis Hogans Heroes Episode: Up In Klink's RoomA rare disease found only among Eskimoes. Symptoms are pains in nerve endings in fevers, craving for greens in the diet, and articular motary vascular spasms. Hogan faked contracting the disease to gain entry into a Nazi hospital operated by Doctor Ernst Klaus, a specialist in Eskimo diseases, so that he could obtain information on Kriegsmarine battle plans from a deep-cover agent. Progressive Aging Syndrome 2030 CEA widespread disease which limits the human lifespan to thirty years. One character is known to have survived it, albeit in a coma. Protomolecule The ExpanseA highly-infectious extraterrestrial agent created about two billion years ago that infects life forms upon contact and causes unpredictable changes over a period of time. Proxyglossariasis DuckmanA condition which causes someone, while speaking, to occasionally use the next word in the dictionary instead of the one they wanted. Appeared in the episode "Research and Destroy". Purity X-FilesAn alien virus that thrived underground on Earth, in petroleum deposits. The virus is capable of entering humanoids and assuming control of their bodies. It has sentience and is capable of communicating. It was revealed to be the "life force" of the alien colonists, which they seemingly used to reproduce their kind, as well as infect other alien races in order to conquer the universe. Polywater intoxication Star Trek: "The Naked Time", Star Trek: The Next Generation: "The Naked Now" A mutated form of water from the planet Psi 2000 that spreads by perspiration (or small cuts in the skin) and causes its victims to act in a way similar to intoxication. However, the effects do not wear off and eventually will cause victims to make foolish and dangerous decisions. Dr. Leonard McCoy isolated an antidote, and once it was administered, patients had to be forced to use willpower to combat the symptoms. Several decades later, the crew of new Enterprise is infected by what seems to be the same disease, and in this instance, it proves spreadable by mere touch and is able to infect Data, an android. While Commander Riker is able to learn about the previous incident from the ship's records, McCoy's cure proves ineffective this time, Dr. Crusher believing it may be "mutated". Despite falling victim to it herself, she manages to modify the old antidote into a new one that cures the affliction and administer it to the rest of the crew. Random Pavarotti Disease Rex the RuntA condition that causes the victim to randomly sing operatic tunes, à laLuciano Pavarotti. The character Vince develops this after swallowing an experimental tablet, and has it for the rest of the show. Re-vitiligoBoondocksThe BoondocksA disease that turns a white person's skin black over time. Uncle Ruckus claims to have it, though every flashback in which he appears features him as black as he is in 2005–2008. He regards Michael Jackson as a "lucky bastard", as his skin turned from black to white. Red Flu The Last Ship(TV series)A virus that wipes out over 80% of the world's population, leaving the crew of an unaffected U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity. Rigellian Fever Star Trek: "Requiem for Methuselah" A disease originating from the Rigel system, the only known cure for which is the rare mineral ryetalyn. Rooze Star Wars: DroidsA deadly germ used by forces of the Galactic Empire during the Maavan Conflict. Victims die in three days. It will not spread as fast if the victim lies still and calm. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, and temporary disappearance of extremities. After three days, a victim simply vanishes. Governor Koong of Tawntoom uses an aerial form of the virus to devastate the rebellious province of Umboo, but a leak in his ship's containers results in his becoming infected. Umboo healer Nilz Yomm devises a cure, but Koong dies of the virus after his deal with the Empire falls through. Kobaks are immune to the disease. Sexual Magnetism Virus Red DwarfA positive viral strain that makes the infected person irresistible to the opposite sex. Shanti Virus HeroesA virus that only affects individuals with superhuman abilities or powers, deactivating those powers and slowly killing the infected. At least one strain exists which affects humans without superhuman powers, which is shown to have killed 93% of the world population in a possible future. Singeritis Noonbory and the Super 7 (Singeritis!) A condition that causes its victims to sing everything that comes out of their mouths. Smurfy Pink Plague The SmurfsVictims of this rare disease experience pink, itching rashes; if untreated, the disease causes high fever, weakness, and eventually death. While the disease presumably does exist, the outbreak was fraudulent, caused by Jokey Smurf – using pink paint on the other smurfs – in an attempt to bolster Dabbler Smurf's confidence as he tried to be a doctor. Sneezles Blaze and the Monster MachinesA sickness that Monster Machines catch that makes them sneeze uncontrollably. Can be cured with Gabby's medicine oil. Space Mumps Red Dwarf: JusticeAn unsightly, disfiguring ailment that swells the sufferer's head with red and yellow mucus. Resulting impression is that, on a double date with the Elephant Man, John Merrick would be the looker. Suggested treatment: After approximately three weeks the swelling will burst – so maybe an umbrella for those in the vicinity? Spectrox Toxaemia Doctor Who: The Caves of AndrozaniA fatal condition caused by touching the raw form of Spectrox, a residue from the saliva of bats found on the planet Androzani Minor, that contained a chemical similar to nitrogen mustard. The lifespan of the sufferer is then reduced to between two and three days; symptoms include a rash and/or cramp, followed by spasms, paralysis and finally Thermal Death Point. The only known cure was the milk of the Queen Bats. Spiderpox The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Spidermandy) A disease that can be spread to humans from spiders and once they have it, they will become highly aggressive spider-like creatures with human heads sporting the spots seen in spider victims and they will become very hostile towards others. The cure is magic spider venom. Spontaneous Dental Hydroplosion The Office: "Health Care" A disease that makes one's teeth turn into liquid and then drip down one's throat. Squid's disease SpongeBob SquarePants (Squiditis)A disease invented by Squidward so he did not have to go to work, later became "true" (SpongeBob takes the fake disease literally) over the course of the episode. The Suds SpongeBob SquarePants (Suds)The Suds is an illness that only sponges can catch, causing constant sneezing of bubbles and whitened skin tone. It is essentially a common cold. The Suds can be cured by washing the sponge and using it to clean various things, as shown in the episode "The Suds." Super AIDS South ParkA disease invented by Mr. Stotch to scare Butters from being grounded. Super Diarrhea American Dad!Francine experienced this disease while on a good-will mission to India. Thornburg Virus PsychA virus whose symptoms include headache, weakness, and bleeding from the eyes. Thornburg virus is seen in the episode "Death is in the Air". Thripshaw's Disease Monty Python's Flying CircusFrom Season 3, Episode 10, a disease in which a person says words in the wrong order, or sometimes says the wrong words.[15]Three Stooges Syndrom The SimpsonsIncredibly rare condition where the victim suffers from every disease known to man (including diseases that are biologically impossible for the specific victim due to gender or age) and only survives because they all cancel each other out. Mr. Burns is the only known sufferer. Tooba-Achoobas Noonbory and the Super 7 (Tooba-Achooba!) Plant-based illness similar to a cold, but with the bizarre side-effect of the victim losing their superpowers until cured. Torsonic Polarity Syndrome (TPS) South ParkA genetic condition which causes humans to be born with a set of buttocks over their facial organs. TPS is seen in South Park How to Eat with Your Butt. Over 11 people worldwide are affected of this condition. Toxic Junk Food Syndrome The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (Billy's Growth Spurt) A condition Billy had developed from eating too much junk food. Toxins developed into a parasite as a side effect of a home remedy made by Grim's grandmother. Tree-Rush One PieceA virus which had almost destroyed the Shandian Tribe 400 years ago. The disease causes black spots to appear all over the victims body and eventually results in death. The disease was cured by Montblanc Norland by using a substance known as Connie from the Kona Tree. Tarellian Virus Star Trek: The Next GenerationA deadly and believed incurable plague that was believed to have completely wiped out the Tarellian species until a ship holding survivors was discovered. Details are unknown, but even brief contact causes infection, resulting in any known infected areas being interdicted. The RainA virus created by Apollon. Intentionally a cure for cancer, but later it was used as a deadly bioweapon instead, wiping out the population of Denmark and South Sweden. It seemingly causes seizures with convulsions and vomiting, and after that, an infected person dies, though not immediately. The virus was present in the rain for 6 years, but later the rain became safe again.

In Season 2, it is mentioned that the virus constantly mutates. It is now visualized as some sort of a black gas; it can infect plants and trees; hosts, such as Rasmus and Sarah, have connection with the infected plants, and the hosts can release the virus upon being irritated, angered, scared, or if there is a threat to the virus. Virus is in symbiosis with the host, so if a host is cleared of the virus, he will die.

Turtle Pox Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)A disease the turtles suffer from in "The Making of Metalhead".[16]Tumorsyphilisitisosis Family Guy, (If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin') A fictional disease, the symptoms of which include the growth of extra nipples. It was made up by Peter to defraud a charity organization. Uromysitisis Poisoning Seinfeld: The Parking GarageA condition that occurs when one doesn't relieve themselves. If said person doesn't relieve themselves, they will die. Vegimal pox The Octonauts (The Mimic Octopus) An illness specific to the Vegimals' species. The symptoms are red spots, sneezing, and bouncing. The cure is red algae. V virus Bakugan: Battle Planeta virus who turns hearts f humans bakugan and core cells evil, used by tiko Worry Warts The SmurfsThis disease, contracted by Papa Smurf in one episode, is caused by extreme stress. Its symptoms include ugly green warts and the inability to make decisions. To cure the malady, a victim must speak a short incantation while touching the horn of a wart monger, which cures the decision-making problem completely and transfers the warts to the wart monger. Xenopolycythemia Star Trek (The Original Series)From Season 3, Episode 10 (For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky), the USS Enterprise's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Leonard McCoy, is diagnosed with this disease, which is rare, incurable, and fatal. A cure is eventually found (same episode) by the Enterprise's First Officer/Science Officer, Spock, when he finds vast amounts of medical knowledge that had been preserved on an ancient Fabrini computer. Xenopolycythemia is also mentioned on Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 19 (Judgment) and was used as a ploy against the Klingons when Dr. Phlox claimed that the disease was contagious.
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What Is Hanahaki Disease, Fandom’s Favorite Fictional Ailment?

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There are many common tropes in fandom that are easily relatable to non-fandom friends. Everyone can grasp enemies to lovers, or taking Star Wars characters and putting them in a coffee shop, or what might happen when there’s only one bed left for two people to share.

Yet there is one trope that is rather unique and has developed into ubiquitousness in fan circles while remaining unknown otherwise. This is Hanahaki Disease, an illness that is fictional and fantastical in nature. Although it doesn’t exist, you can find it in narratives across every kind of fandom.

Details about how Hanahaki Disease impacts its sufferers can vary based upon the story, art, video, poem, or cosplay. But the basic concept is that it is a physical manifestation of unrequited love that kills if it is not cured. What makes Hanahaki Disease so fascinating is that its medium is as lovely as it is deadly. A character who comes down with Hanahaki Disease begins coughing up flower petals. This is the first sign that they are in love with someone that they believe does not return their feelings.

In most fanworks that use Hanahaki Disease, the sufferer hides the symptoms at first, and as the disease progresses, so does its floral affliction. Flowers grow in the character’s body, usually blossoming in the lungs or heart and causing immense pain. Whether depicted as a lingering or fast-moving illness, we know things are getting serious when the character starts coughing up entire flowers instead of just the petals. By then their life is in serious danger.

There are generally only two methods of “treatment.” Happily, Hanahaki Disease is instantly cured if it turns out that the object of the sufferer’s affection does indeed love them back. This lends itself to the staging of dramatic love confessions or sudden realization from the beloved once they see how sick the Hanahaki-diseased person is.

If there is no hope of love requited, however, a sub-trope has developed that surgery can help the afflicted to remove the flowers and survive. The catch is that they will then emerge with no memory of the person that they are in love with. While some plots take this angsty route, others veer further into tragedy by having the character refuse treatment because they would rather die than forget about the person that they adore. This is “dying for love” writ on a level of personal suffering and self-sacrifice.

Some narratives skip requited love or surgery and go straight for the angstiest outcome: Hanahaki Disease finally kills its sufferer. But if you have to go out, what a poetic way to do so, leaving heaps of flower petals or blooms in the mouth. It’s an intermingling of body horror and beauty, an ailment that is at once grotesque and yet rooted (sorry) in objects that are considered the epitome of visually attractive and given as tokens of appreciation.

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“This trope is popular because it has a lot of melodramatic angst-potential, while also being pretty. Death by Hanahaki Disease is tragic but beautiful,” TV Tropes notes in its entry on the fictional phenomenon. “The victim is killed from within by something as beautiful as flowers […] They’ll leave behind trails of bloody flowers, which are both horrific and aesthetically pleasing.”

Where did Hanahaki Disease originate? While its ultimate origins are somewhat unclear, Fanlore provides some background:

The term hanahaki comes from the Japanese words hana (花), which means “flower“, and hakimasu (吐きます), which means “to throw up“.

The Hanahaki Disease trope was popularized with the Japanese shoujo manga,「花吐き乙女」(Hanahaki Otome), or The Girl Who Spit Flowers by Naoko Matsuda (松田奈緒子), which was released in 2009. The symptoms of the disease are summarized to strong pain, having flowers blooming in the heart and lungs, and then throwing them up.

However, among East Asian (Japanese and Korean especially) fans and creators, the concept of flower regurgitation due to unrequited love dates to before Hanahaki Otome’s release. Its true origins are currently unknown.

Hanahaki Disease intrigues me because it’s a largely fandom-based idea that has been widely accepted and adopted, yet it has no corresponding basis in reality. Many of its elements help explain why it has proved popular. First, of course, it instantly sets the stage for a high-drama story with a (usually) happily romantic ever-after. It enables people to explore themes of sickness and mortality without having to engage with actual illnesses, which can be fraught territory for both creator and consumer. And it utilizes a natural signifier of beauty that is all but universal. Flowers have a rich symbology worldwide, which further allows for deeper meaning based on the types used in the narrative.

And though flowers are often celebratory and loving symbols, they are also associated with death and grieving, and we have some horror-based associations bound up in snaking tendrils. There are many legends of carnivorous plants and trees that devour unsuspecting people, and there are many real flowers that are disturbing in appearance or smell and are capable of killing animals and insects.

Deadly poisons often derive from plants, and monstrous plants and pollens lurk in movies like Little Shop of Horrors, The Happening, Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and, well, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. As much as we might admire plant life, we’re also somewhat conditioned to fear its potential poisonous and ill effects on our bodies, and the idea of flora acting invasively on us is deeply unsettling.

In fandom, Hanahaki Disease has carved out a distinct mode of storytelling. My takeaway from the trope is that love is such a powerful force it’s easy to imagine it as a tangible, living thing, capable of being both beautiful and terrible as it grows.

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What is Hanahaki Disease?

The Hanahaki Disease is an illness born from one-sided love, where the patient throws up and coughs up flower petals when they suffer from one-sided love. The infection can be removed through surgery, but the feelings disappear along with the petals.

Hanahaki Disease Definition

The Hanahaki Disease is an illness born from unrequited love, where the patient’s throat will fill up with flower, they will then proceed to throw, and cough up the petals, (sometimes even the flowers).

One of the only ways for the disease to ‘disappear’ is if, the said person returns the feeling (it can’t be resolved with friendship, it has to be genuine feelings of love).

The infection can also be removed through surgery, though the feelings disappear along with the petals. If they choose nether options, or the feeling is not returned in time, then the patient’s lungs will fill up with flowers, and will eventually suffocate.

There is no specific flower for the disease, but it’ll either be the crushes favourite type of flower, or their favourite colour. We can only hope for the patients and pray that the crushes favourite flower isn’t a type of rose.

(The length of the disease varies with each person. But on an average, it will last up to 2 or 3 mouths, but sometime it’ll only last, a couple weeks).

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The sight was sickening, the body lay limp on the carpet. stained petals, and flowers surrounding them, swirling in a pool of their own blood. I took a deep breath. Then turned to the rest of the group, keeping my head low. ‘Who said love couldn’t kill?’ I let out a low laugh.

“Darn you, Hanahaki Disease,” I curse under my breath. Tears threatening to fall.

Is the Hanahaki disease real? Facts in 2021

No. It is a fictional illness that occurs when the person who loves you doesn’t love you back. Often seen in characters in fan fiction, someone infected with Hanahaki disease will have a throat that fills up with flowers and they cough out the petals.

If the person’s love is returned then the disease is cured. The other “cure” is surgical removal, and along with the flowers, the feelings are removed as well. If left untreated it is said that the flowers will suffocate the lungs and the lovesick person will suffocate and die.

While certainly a dreadful faux demise, I would recommend googling Hanahaki and looking at the images as the illustrations are quite fascinating! It is actually just a fictional disease that is born from one-sided love.

The patient/victim is effected because their crush/attraction hasn’t returned their feelings. The Hanahaki Disease has the victim coughing up bloody flower petals because the disease takes place in the lungs. The disease can be cured but the feelings for that person disappear. The person can return the feelings and the disease would stop affecting the person.

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Hanahaki disease is not real. Just like we have the titular virus in Dan Brown’s novel, the Inferno, the Hanahaki disease is a work of fiction. We could call it lovesickness because it has to do with love and romance.

Okay, now you know quite well that the Hanahaki disease is not real and never would be. But I wrote a little more on this fictitious disease, which I think you would find interesting. Continue reading!

When one develops this fictitious disease called Hanahaki, a lot of things can happen. It is reported that people who suffer from this disease cough up flower petals.

Now the factor responsible for this sickness is unrequited love. It simply means loving someone and not getting loved in return.

Let me use John (a man) and Janny (a woman) to demonstrate the meaning of this disease. Assuming both of them (Peter and Jane) are close. John loves Janny to the point that he can take a bullet for her.

Unfortunately, the relationship is one-sided. John loves Janny, but Janny doesn’t love or feel the same way.

According to the Hanahaki disease, John may develop this disease due to unrequited love. In this case, his lungs will become filled with flowers and their roots, growing in his respiratory tract.

The only way John can become better is for Janny to return his love. The disease can also be removed via surgical operation. But if urgent action is not taken, the victim may die.

What are some fictional diseases like Hanahaki Disease?

Hanahaki isn’t the only fictional disease we have heard of and won’t be the last. The entertainment industry and fictional writers are always cooking up things to inspire their audience.

So we would see more of the Hanahaki-type of diseases as time progresses. I would also like to say that there are tons of other conditions that are similar to Hanahaki. They are fictional diseases that are not real.

But let me tell you something, almost all the fictitious diseases out there have a real-world equivalent. In other words, their creation was inspired by the real-life illness itself.

Mad Snail Disease

Let’s go over the different diseases:

Mad Snail Disease

Remember the widespread mad cow disease that hit the news now and then? The illness gave birth to the Mad Snail Disease. The Mad Snail disease isn’t real. The term was used in the popular cartoon program, SpongeBob.

This disease, as acted in the cartoon, developed following a bite from an infected snail. And once bitten, the victim develops messy pants, bloodshot eyes, loss of balance, and untrimmed toenails.

Mad Zombie Disease

Have you watched Zombieland, or Walking Dead? These are movies where humans were portrayed as brain-eating monsters. The Mad Zombie disease is also a work of fiction. There is nothing real about it.

According to those behind the idea of the Mad Zombie Disease, it is said that one bite transforms an individual. Now guess the real-world equivalent of this disease. Well, it’s the mad cow disease once again!

Ancient virus:

The ancient virus is a rare viral strain found in Queen ant genes. Discovered by ‘Alexia Ashford’ when she was studying ants. When combined with the progenitor virus it creates the powerful t-Veronica virus.


Sexually transmitted diseases exist. They can also move from one human to another. Now, what about the interaction between a human and a robot? Don’t you think a sexually transmitted disease when humans have intercourse with robots can occur?

Well, with all the numerous sex dolls coming from Japan and the rate at which people are patronizing them, a day would come when diseases like this can manifest.

But I hate to break it to you that Electrogonorrea isn’t real. And it never existed, which is good news for sexually active toasters out there.

Hanahaki Disease

Angel toxicosis:

causes the victim to eventually lose the ability to taste, sleep, cry, feel pain, and talk. It also increases the victim’s hearing, strength and sight abilities.

As well as eliminating the need to eat and sleep. In the early beginnings, it allows victims to gain crystal-like wings and fly until the disease is destroyed. The final stage of this disease causes the victim to give up his/her heart and memory.

Bendii syndrome

Another disease you may be hearing for the first time is “Bendii syndrome.” It’s also not a real disease like Hanahaki. But the concept looks scary, and yes, it has a real-world equivalent.

The Bendis syndrome, according to those behind the idea, is a generative neurological illness. It affects the elderly Vulcans – a group of fictional extraterrestrial humanoid species from outer space. The disease is believed to cause fever, weakness, fatigue, and emotional control.

Now the real-world equivalent of this disease is Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s a disorder that can cause the brain cell of humans to waste away. That is, degenerate and die. Alzheimer’s disease destroys one’s memories, including other forms of mental functions.



If you haven’t read any of Dan Brown’s novels, the Inferno should help change to your mind. But Dan isn’t new in the game. He has written several books, including The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and a host of others.

However, the Inferno is his latest mystery and detective fiction book. In the book, Dan wrote about the titular virus, which isn’t real, though.

The titular virus, according to the book, renders its victims infertile and is waterborne. But the villain in the book wanted it to destroy many people’s lives and decided to make the virus airborne.

One amazing thing you need to know about this titular virus is that it has a real-world equivalent, and it’s called the “Infamous Black Plague.”

Can You Catch HanaHaki Disease?

It looks different for different people. The trick is to try out different methods and do plenty of self-reflection. That’s how you can figure out what works for you.

For many people, pausing and taking a few deep breaths helps them manage their emotions. Others find it helps to listen to music, read a book, or exercise.

HanaHaki Disease

Stepping away from a difficult situation helps many people manage their emotions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by emotion, try taking a break.

Cook and eat a meal. Go for a long walk. Do something you enjoy to get your mind off of it. When you come back, you’ll probably feel more able to handle the issue—and your reaction to it.

You may not really be at risk of catching HanaHaki Disease, but heartache itself can certainly feel like an illness. Have you ever found yourself nursing a broken heart?

We hope not! If it ever does happen, try out a few of the strategies we talked about. You may be surprised how much better you feel.

Find a friend or family member who can help you with these activities!

Everyone has their own way of regulating their emotions. Talk to an adult you know, like a family member, teacher, or doctor. Ask them how they regulate their emotions. Can they offer you strategies to try? What works best for them?

HanaHaki isn’t the only fictional disease out there. Read about a few others, like Dragon Pox or Hawaiian Cat Flu. Do you think either of these illnesses could have had real-world inspiration? Discuss with a friend or family member.

Think about the last time you felt a very strong emotion. Why were you feeling the emotion? How did you feel physically? What were you thinking about? How did you react to how you felt? Write a short personal narrative about what you felt and how you reacted to it.

Final words:

Hanahaki Disease is an illness born from one-sided love, where the patient throws up and coughs up flower petals when they suffer from one.

Hanahaki Disease (花吐き病 (Japanese); 하나하키병 (Korean); 花吐病 (Chinese)) is a fictional disease in which the victim coughs up flower petals when they suffer from one-sided love. It ends when the beloved returns their feelings (romantic love only; strong friendship is not enough), or when the victim dies. It can be cured through surgical removal, but when the infection is removed, the victim’s romantic feelings for their love also disappear.

The trope was popularized in East Asian fandoms (Korean, Japanese, Chinese) before it was used by Westerners. In fandom, it appears most frequently in relation to BL pairings.

The Hanahaki Disease trope is not used exclusively within fandom – many people have become intrigued by the concept and created non-fannish artwork, poetry, songs, music videos, and other creative works based around the concept. However, Hanahaki Disease is particularly popular within fandom due to its potential for angst, hurt/comfort, pining, and general romantic tension.

There is no set time for how long this disease lasts but it may last from 2 weeks to 3 months, in rare cases up to 18 months, until the victim dies unless the feelings are returned or the plants are surgically removed. There is also no set flower that blossoms in the lungs but it may be the enamoured’s favourite flower or favourite colour.

HanaHaki Disease

Hanahaki can be cured through surgical removal of the plants’ roots, but this excision also has the effect of removing the patient’s capacity for romantic love. It may also erase the patient’s feelings for and memories of the enamoured. It can also be cured by the reciprocation of the victim’s feelings.

These feelings cannot be feelings of friendship but must be feelings of genuine love. The victim may also develop Hanahaki Disease if they believe the love to be one-sided but once the enamoured returns the feelings, they will be cured.

In some literature, other symptoms can be fever, uncontrollable shaking, loss of appetite, low body temperature, and hallucinations. Even after curing, with or without surgery, there can be irreversible damage to the lungs and, although very rare, in some cases the disease cannot be cured.


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The Hanahaki Disease is an illness born from unrequited love, where the patient’s throat will fill up with flower, they will then proceed to throw, and cough up the petals, (sometimes even the flowers). One of the only ways for the disease to ‘disappear’ is if, the said person returns the feeling (it can’t be resolved with friendship, it has to be genuine feelings of love). The infection can also be removed through surgery, though the feelings disappear along with the petals. If they choose nether options, or the feeling is not returned in time, then the patient’s lungs will fill up with flowers, and will eventually suffocate.
There is no specific flower for the disease, but it’ll either be the crushes favourite type of flower, or their favourite colour. We can only hope for the patients, and pray that the crushes favourite flower isn’t a type of rose.

(The length of the disease varies with each person. But on an average, it will last up to 2 or 3 mouths, but sometime it’ll only last, a couple weeks).

The sight was sickening, the body lay limp on the carpet. stained petals, and flowers surrounding them, swirling in a pool of their own blood. I took a deep breath. Then turned to the rest of the group, keeping my head low. 'Who said love couldn't kill?' I let out a low laugh.

"Darn you, Hanahaki Disease," I curse under my breath. Tears threatening to fall.

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Hanahaki disease is a fictional sickness where a victim of unrequited love or one sided love will have a plant growing inside their lungs. Symptoms of said illness will result in said victim coughing up blood and flowers or flower petals. The disease can only be cured if the two form a mutual love or a two sided love or if said victim undergoes surgery to remove the plant. Losing the plant means you can lose your affection or ability to love the person that you adored at one point. It is commonly used in anime fanfiction

Well Hanahaki Disease is fictionalso there aren't really any examples

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The Hanahaki disease is a fictional disease that makes you throw up flowers or flower petals. There is no chosen flower type, it only depends on the victim's favorite color or type of flower. It starts with someone loving another person but, The other person already loves someone. Then the victim starts to throw up, the victim expecting barf, but no. It's flower petals or flowers. The flowers and petals stay in the victim's lungs until the crush says they love them. But if the crush does not say they love the victim in time, The victims lungs will fill up with more flowers and petals until they suffocate and die.

I ran home. Covering my mouth, I unlocked the door and tried to run to the upstairs bathroom. But I started coughing a lot. I knew I had to clean my barf up. I opened my mouth and closed my eyes. I felt something touching my hands lightly. I opened my eyes and noticed it was a single flower and flower petal swirling in my blood. This was the fifth time this month. The Hanahaki Disease... I suddenly dropped to the floor and started choking. There was no one in the house. I felt my lungs filling up with flowers and flower petals. My vision got blurry and I had a vision of my crush. 'heh, who said love couldn't kill?' I said slightly. My eyes closed slowly. 'I love you.' I whispered slightly.

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hanahaki disease, where one who deeply loves another will throw up petals, and maybe the whole flower, but covered in blood. to get rid of this disease is for your lover to return their love to you, and truly mean it. but the second option is too get the surgery, but you will lose all love and feelings for the other. If after a few days you don't confess or get the surgery, you will meet your end.

I had the sudden urge to throw up as I run to the bathroom. I get a metallic feeling in my mouth as I throw up in the sink. With a sore throat I look down, only to notice blood, and small blue sheets of something. With closer examination, I notice they are petals. My eyes widen, only to notice what was going on. My feelings were growing more, dangerously more. Hanahaki disease.

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Hanahaki Disease

Hanahaki Disease (花吐き病 (Japanese); 하나하키병 (Korean); 花吐病 (Chinese)) is a fictional disease in which the victim coughs up flower petals when they suffer from one-sided love. It ends when the beloved returns their feelings (romantic love only; strong friendship is not enough), or when the victim dies. It can be cured through surgical removal, but when the infection is removed, the victim's romantic feelings for their love also disappear.

The trope was popularized in East Asian fandoms (Korean, Japanese, Chinese) before it was used by Westerners. In fandom, it appears most frequently in relation to BLpairings.

The Hanahaki Disease trope is not used exclusively within fandom - many people have become intrigued by the concept and created non-fannish artwork, poetry,[1] songs,[2] music videos,[3]documentaries and other creative works based around the concept. However, Hanahaki Disease is particularly popular within fandom due to its potential for angst, hurt/comfort, pining, and general romantic tension.


The term hanahaki comes from the Japanese words hana (花), which means "flower", and hakimasu (吐きます), which means "to throw up".

The Hanahaki Disease trope was popularized with the Japanese shoujomanga,「花吐き乙女」(Hanahaki Otome), or The Girl Who Spit Flowers by Naoko Matsuda (松田奈緒子), which was released in 2009. The symptoms of the disease are summarized to strong pain, having flowers blooming in the heart and lungs, and then throwing them up.

However, among East Asian (Japanese and Korean especially) fans and creators, the concept of flower regurgitation due to unrequited love dates to before Hanahaki Otome's release. Its true origins are currently unknown.

In 2017 the Korean webtoon Spring in the Heart by Bboong was canceled and disqualified as the 2nd Prize winner of Lezhin's 3rd World Comic Contest due to using the Hanahaki disease trope. According to a translated statement from Bboong, "I did not know that the Hanahaki disease was a fictional concept with property rights owned by the original creator." This apparently referred to Hanahaki Otome.[4]


This trope has several variations, and is used in both happy and tragic stories. It often develops over months or even years, beginning with coughing up a few petals and growing in intensity (and pain) until the victim is vomiting entire flowers, by which point the disease has entered its final stages.

The happy ending version is when the object of the victim's love returns their affections, thus making the love no longer unrequited. The victim is then cured of the disease. This may happen spontaneously when the object of affections realizes his (it's usually a him) love, or the disease may require the object to persuade the victim that their love is mutual. If the victim cannot believe that his beloved returns his love, he will die.

Another popular version is when the victim's lungs get filled with the flowers and roots grow in their respiratory system. They choke on their own blood and petals, and die. It is popular due to the angst that comes with character death.

There are also works where the flowers are surgically removed, as are the victim's feelings of love, meaning they can no longer love the person they once loved. Sometimes this also removes their memories of the former beloved, or the victim's ability to ever love again. Often, the one suffering the disease will refuse the surgery, preferring to die rather than losing their feelings.

Many artists and authors tend to use cherry blossoms as the flower of the petals that characters cough up, although it's not uncommon for the flower to be something significant to the characters. Flower symbolism is also popular in western fandom, for example to represent the victim's affections or personality, or that of their loved one.

Few people match this disease with Sporotrichosis and Lovesickness. But these are not the same. Hanahaki disease is a fictional disease, on the other hand, sporotrichosis is a real disease. This is known as rose gardener disease. Lovesickness is a disease recognized by medieval physicians.[5]


"You made flowers grow in my lungs and, although they are beautiful, I cannot breathe." --Unknown[6]


Killua from "Words that Water Flowers" by yuki-carnation
  • Words That Water Flowers by DecemberCamie: Hunter X Hunter fic with Killua and Gon as high school students and best friends; includes flower crowns and the threat of surgery - Killua's family will not allow him to die. Several fanartists drew pictures of the scenes within the story, and links are included.
  • Red As Carnations by v_larr: Yuri!!! on Ice, Yuri Katsuki/Victor Nikiforov. Yuuri has the disease for many years after seeing Viktor perform - Yuuri's love of the ice itself is enough to cause him to fall in love with a master skater without even meeting him.
  • Blooming by Oonymay: EXO fic; the story begins when Suho has begun to cough up entire flowers, signifying he has only one week for either Kris to fall in love with him, or die.
  • petals and blood by NikeScaret: DC Comics fic where Jonathan Kent is in love with Damian Wayne and gets help and advice from Lex Luthor; in this, it's hardly a rare disease at all. Damian's been warned by his mother that he'd be very susceptible so he must promise never to fall in love - she did, but had her flower surgically removed.
  • I Bloomed For You... by Meanie_Beanie_nim: BTS fic, Kim Taehyung/Jeon Jungkook. Jeon Jungkook develops the condition after finally meeting his soulmate Kim Taehyung, only for his other half not to recognize him as such. Jungkook is determined to hide his illness from the rest of his friends and from Taehyung, but he finds himself quickly running out of days.
  • Pollen Warning, a Persona 5Akira Kurusu x Reader fic. In this version of the trope, victims of Hanahaki Disease are immediately consumed by the flowers if they are rejected by their love interest. The fic's multiple endings explore different possible outcomes for the disease.
  • The High Stakes of Lilies by kathium: The Old Guard fic set after Joe met Nicky but before they get together, where Joe dies multiple times from the disease before Nicky finds out.
  • Blood-Red Rose by I_Gave_You_Fair_Warning: Star Wars fic where Obi-Wan Kenobi loves Anakin Skywalker with all his soul, though he knows Anakin cannot reciprocate.


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Fannish Resources


  1. ^Hanahaki disease by Elyciren, Hello Poetry. Published October 13, 2017 (Accessed January 27, 2018).
  2. ^【Fukase English】 Hanahaki 【Original Vocaloid Song】 by Egg, YouTube. Published March 5, 2017 (Accessed January 27, 2018).
  3. ^花吐き病 hanahaki byou by toiletteregina, YouTube. Published September 1, 2015 (Accessed January 27, 2018).
  4. ^Announcement, Archived version
  5. ^[1] Hanahaki Disease.
  6. ^This quotation appears frequently on Hanahaki Disease fanworks as a title, prompt or tagline, but its exact origins are difficult to identify. Its origins may not directly be related to Hanahaki Disease, but instead the phrase has just come to be used alongside the trope. It's sometimes worded as "You made flowers grow in my lungs and although they are beautiful I can't fucking breath(e)". This Yahoo! Answer about the phrase's origins doesn't suggest any connection to Hanahaki, but instead implies that the phrase is a metaphor for how love can be both beautiful and also hurtful and suffocating.
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Think of a time when you felt a very strong emotion. Was it excitement? Gratitude? We hope it was an emotion that made you feel good, like love or joy. Now, think about how you felt physically when you experienced that emotion. Did you feel warm? Maybe you felt butterflies in your stomach. Perhaps you were so happy that your fingertips tingled. 

Many people find that emotions affect them physically. And it’s not always a good feeling! Some people shake when they become very angry. Others have a knot in their stomachs when they’re nervous. A few people even throw up flower petals when they experience heartache. 

Wait. That last one sounds a little odd, doesn’t it? That’s because it’s not real! That’s a symptom of a fictionalillness called HanaHaki Disease. Its name comes from two Japanese words. “Hana” means “flower” and “hakimasu” means “to throw up.” Put them together and they describe HanaHaki Disease pretty well.

The fictional HanaHaki Disease is common in stories from eastern Asia. They’re especially well-known by readers of Japanese graphic novels, called Manga. A character catches HanaHaki Disease when they experience unrequited love. That means they have a crush on a person who doesn’t like them back.

There are two cures for HanaHaki Disease. First, the illness goes away if the other person changes their mind. If they have romantic feelings for the afflicted person, then that person gets better. The second cure is surgery. Fictional doctors can remove the flowers. This also takes away the romantic feelings the character felt.

Real people can’t catch HanaHaki Disease. But they can experience heartache. And heartache often causes physical symptoms, like nausea and low energy. It may not be HanaHaki Disease, but it certainly doesn’t feel good. What can real people do to feel better?

The best thing people can do is learn to regulate their emotions. Everyone will go through heartache, anger, or sadness in their lives. It helps to be able to manage those difficult emotions. This can make a huge difference and help you feel better sooner.

How does emotional regulation work? It looks different for different people. The trick is to try out different methods and do plenty of self-reflection. That’s how you can figure out what works for you. For many people, pausing and taking a few deep breaths helps them manage their emotions. Others find it helps to listen to music, read a book, or exercise. 

Stepping away from a difficult situation helps many people manage their emotions.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed by emotion, try taking a break. Cook and eat a meal. Go for a long walk. Do something you enjoy to get your mind off of it. When you come back, you’ll probably feel more able to handle the issue—and your reaction to it.

You may not really be at risk of catching HanaHaki Disease, but heartache itself can certainly feel like an illness. Have you ever found yourself nursing a broken heart? We hope not! If it ever does happen, try out a few of the strategies we talked about. You may be surprised how much better you feel!

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Hanahaki Disease is a fictional disease where someone begins coughing up flower petals because they have unrequited feelings for someone. The flowers can grow in the stomach, lungs, or heart, though it is traditionally in the lungs. Hanahaki Disease is a painful, slow disease that often develops over months, if not years, and begins with coughing up a few petals, and grows in intensity and pain until the victim is coughing up entire flowers, at which point the disease has reached its final stages. If not treated, the disease is fatal. It's primarily an online phenomenon that appears in Fan Works, but it has appeared in original works as well.

Hanahaki Disease originates from Japanese works. The word hanahaki is a fusion of the Japanese words hana ("flower") and haku ("throw up"). The first usage of the trope is unclear, but it was popularized in Japanese Yaoi Genre fandoms before spreading to Korean fandoms and then other international fandoms.

This trope is popular because it has a lot of melodramatic angst-potential, while also being pretty. Death by Hanahaki Disease is tragic but beautiful. The victim is killed from within by something as beautiful as flowers. Haunted by their unrequited love, the person usually tries to cover up their illness. They'll leave behind trails of bloody flowers, which are both horrific and aesthetically pleasing. Flower Motifs are often used, which adds to the symbolism. The flowers are frequently associated with their unrequited love interest: it could be their favorite flower, their favorite color, a flower they're named after, or something along those lines. (So, for example, if Bob is in love with Sakura, he might cough up cherry blossoms.)

Despite how deadly Hanahaki Disease is, it can be instantly cured if it turns out the other person likes the dying person back. It can also be cured by surgery, but this cure often means that the person will lose their feelings for the person they love (a double-edged sword which amps up the drama). If, for some reason, it can't be cured, it sometimes can be managed with medication (though this is not seen too often), but it never fully goes away.

Sub-trope to Incurable Cough of Death, Hopeless Suitor, Flowers of Romance, and All Love Is Unrequited. Related to Body Horror and Victorian Novel Disease. If the LGBT character coughs up relevant flowers, see Queer Flowers.


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    Anime and Manga 

  • The Trope Codifier is the 2009 Shoujo manga Hanahaki Otome, or "The Girl Who Spit Up Flowers", by Naoko Matsuda, which is about a girl with unrequited feelings who begins spitting up flowers. The symptoms are: strong chest pains and flowers coming from the heart or lungs, and then throwing them up.
  • The cover of chapter 45 of Tokyo Ghoul:re shows Kanae vomiting and choking on rose petals. This is two chapters after Eto tortures him with a manipulative Breaking Speech that exploits his unrequited love towards Tsukiyama.

    Fan Works 

  • In the Warrior Cats fic Bluebells, Leafpool gets the disease because of Mothwing. She initially thinks it's greencough/pneumonia, but she begins coughing up flowers alongside blood. Eventually Leafpool begins sprouting flowers out her chest. Right before she dies, she confesses to Mothwing, who says that she likes her back. This cures Leafpool of her Hanahaki Disease. There is also a Multi-Animator Projectbased off of the fic.
  • Petals, a Danganronpa twoshot, is about Mukuro having hanahaki disease from being in love with Sayaka. The disease ends up killing her instead of the Spears of Gungnir.
  • The Taste of Dirt is a Riverdale oneshot where Archie and Veronica begin vomiting and coughing up flowers because they're in love with Jughead and Betty respectively.
  • Sonic the HedgehogSlash FicHanahaki Disease is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, about Sonic coughing up pink rose petals because of his crush on Shadow.
  • The Splatoon oneshot i'm so full of love i can hardly breathe is about Pearl suffering with the disease because of her feelings for her best friend Marina.
  • In this Gravity Fallsfanart, After Wendy tell him that she's not interested, a heart-broken Dipper begins having flowers growing out of his eye until Pacifica begins showing him her feelings for him.
  • The Good Omens fanfic, Somebody to Love embraces all the Unfortunate Implications of the trope and turns it into something horrific. It is a curse placed on all the demons by Satan and the whole "requited love cures the condition" is more of a loophole rather than the standard. The murder flowers issue is also triggered by all kinds of love, not just romantic love. Which means that even feeling some form of affection for the nice angel that Crawley met on the walls of Eden was enough to start the process.
  • The long The Owl House oneshot if this is love, please don't break me has Amity suffering this illness after realizing she's in love with Luz, who tries to reciprocate the former's feelings throughout.
  • The Vocaloid fanfic Rotting Camellias turns it on its head, having the infected slowly turn into petals as they become more depressed and in despair.

    Web Animation 

  • When The Flower Blooms is an animesque original short based on this trope. It's about a teenage girl who becomes sick with the disease. She begins coughing up bloody cherry blossom petals. It turns out that she's dying of a known terminal illness that comes with unrequited love. She's cured when her Love Confession is accepted, however her best friend gets sick with the disease.

    Web Comics 

  • Wonderlab: There is an Abnormality based on this concept, known as the "Staining Rose". The rose desires only one specific person that satisfies the conditions to manage it to "resonate" with it. If anyone besides that person manages it, or if that person neglects it for a certain period of time, the rose will inflict those outside of its Containment Unit with a contagious disease that makes the infected cough up red rose petals until they die. Word of God states that Staining Rose is not based off of Hanahaki Disease, but the side effects from managing it improperly resemble this trope.

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Sours: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HanahakiDisease

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