List of fictional diseases

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This article is a list of fictional diseases, disorders, infections, and pathogens which appear in fiction where they have a major plot or thematic importance. They may be fictional psychological disorders, magical, from mythological or fantasy settings, have evolved naturally, been genetically modified (most often created as biological weapons), or be any illness that came forth from the (ab)use of technology.

Prince Prospero flees the Red Death.The Masque of the Red Death, picture by Roger Corman, 1964.

Items in this list are followed by a brief description of symptoms and other details.


  • 1 In literature
  • 2 In film
  • 3 In television
    • 3.1 Doc McStuffins
  • 4 In video games
  • 5 In role playing games
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 Further reading

In literature[edit]

In film[edit]

In television[edit]

Doc McStuffins[edit]

Each episode has Doc invent at least one new name for a toy disorder and spends the episode treating it. She creates an illustration for it in the Big Book of Boo Boos.

  • I-want-a-boo-boo syndrome (Lambie in “Disco Dress Up Daisy”)
  • Stickyitis (Sam in “Serpent Sam Makes a Splash”)
  • Stuffedfulliosis (Gustav in “Gulpy, Gulpy Gators”, referenced again in “Don’t Fence Me In”)
  • The STGBs (the Scared To Go Backs, Hallie in “Hallie Halloween”)

In video games[edit]

In role playing games[edit]

See also[edit]

  • List of fictional medicines and drugs
  • List of fictional toxins


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  • Further reading[edit]

    • Disease in Fiction. Its place in current literature Nestor Tirard, 1886.
    • Vital Signs Medical Realism in Nineteenth-Century Fiction Lawrence Rothfield, 1992. ASIN B000J0QZSC
    • Les malades imaginés: Diseases in fiction René Krémer. Journal: Acta Cardiologica, 2003.
    • No Cure for the Future: Disease and Medicine in Science Fiction and Fantasy Gary Westfahl & George Slusser, 2002. ISBN 0-313-31707-0
    • Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Contagion Allan Conrad Christensen, 2005. ISBN 0-415-36048-X
    • The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases Jeff VanderMeer & Mark Roberts (ed). ISBN 0-553-38339-6