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    Terminal Illness

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    A terminal illness is a sickness or disease with no cure. Barring a miracle, the afflicted will die because of it.

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    Terminal illnesses are diseases or illnesses that either have no known cure or that have progressed beyond the stage of being treatable. Barring a miraculous recovery, such a disease is certain to end a sickened individual's life, though treatment options may still allow the afflicted to live longer than they might have without treatment.

    Examples in Video Games

    Metal Gear Solid

    In the Metal Gear Solid series, Solid Snake becomes an unwitting carrier of a disease called FOXDIE. This scientifically engineered disease is programmed to attack targets with specific DNA patterns and mimics the symptoms of cardiac arrest. It is otherwise harmless to people whose DNA are not programmed targets. Numerous characters in Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 4 fall victim to the disease. Snake himself was also an intended target, but Naomi Hunter had modified the strain injected into his system to allow him to live longer, though how much longer is not known.

    Eternal Sonata

    The premise of Eternal Sonata is based on the final dreams of Frederic Chopin as he lays dying in bed of tuberculosis. Within his dream, he encounters a girl named Polka who is in a similar state and suffering from a terminal illness of her own. However, in Chopin's dream world, those afflicted with such maladies are imbued with great magical power.

    Visual Novels

    Terminal illness is a fairly common trope in the Visual Novel genre, particularly the "Nakige" ("Crying Game") sub-genre. Various games in this sub-genre feature a character, often a tragic heroine, suffering from a terminal illness. Examples include Kana: Little Sister and Clannad.

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