The Joy Virus is a highly contagious virus. It makes it`s first apperance in "The Joy"

Terminology Edit

The virus gets its name because it causes the infected person to become extraordinarily optimistic and ecstatic. The Joy Virus has not mutated in any way yet. The virus can spread by hugging and physical contact.

Cause Edit

The virus is triggered when a "Wonder Hug", a hug filled with all of the love and happiness in the world, is given. It is unknown if it affects the person who gives the hug, but the person(s) who gets hugged becomes "patient zero." The Wonder Hug will cause a rainbow-colored mushroom cloud to appear. 

  • Stage 1: Smiling and Heel Clicking The infected individual will start smiling uncontrollably. The face will remain this way, and any way to change it usually results with the face distorting itself in order to return to the smile. An alternative form is heel-clicking, but the heel-clicking will eventually become smiling.
  • Stage 2: Auto-Tuned singing, coughing, and laughing: The infected individual will then start to sing in an auto-tuned voice. The individual will then begin to laugh hysterically for short periods of time, and they will begin to cough up a rainbow-colored fluid.
  • Stage 3: Hallucinations: At this point, the individual begins to hallucinate. The individual's pupils dilate, which shows they are in the middle of the infection.
  • Stage 4: Hugging and Kissing: Shortly after Stage 3 occurs, the individual will feel a dominant need to hug and kiss people. This is how the infection spreads.
  • Stage 5: Final Moments: The individual will begin to laugh very hysterically, cough up rainbow fluid, then pass out for a short period of time, while they are unconscious their heart beat monitor plays a small song from the beeps and fills with rainbows.

When the subject wakes up, they are now fully infected, and are in a zombie-like state.

Huggers Edit

A hugger is any infected individual who has gone through all five stages of infection. They are mindless, zombie-like, and highly contagious. 

Physical traits Edit

These traits denote a hugger physically.

  • Smiling
  • The Rainbow Liquid
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Arms held out
  • Non-Stop laughter
  • Ripped Clothes

Mental traits Edit

These can denote a hugger mentally.

  • Huggers lose most of their intelligence and memory when they pass out. They remember basic skills, such as running and hugging, and have retained some memory, as when Gumball hugged (and infected) Penny, after kicking away Banana Joe.
    • They are easily fooled. If one acts like a hugger, the person can get through an entire horde with ease. However, they are attracted to yelling, discipline, and unhappiness, and will try to infect any depressed person.

A hugger hugs any individual in its sight. Any normal hugger is not very strong, yet an entire horde is enough to rip a room apart board by board.

Contagion Edit

A hugger infects people rather quickly. The more huggers, the quicker the infection will spread. Following this rule, one or two huggers can infect an entire school within five minutes. 

The infection for people hugged by a hugger is faster; the infection stages speed up greatly, causing a hugged person to be fully infected within five seconds, unless they are very miserable, like Mrs. Simian, which in that case the infection will take longer (up to 30 seconds).

Vaccine/Cure Edit

The Joy Virus vaccine is kind of like a camouflage. If you dress up multicolored, for example: Tobias, the infected will think that you are already infected. The only known possible cure is to play depressing music, such as Ed Sheeran`s "Photograph" (yes it is actually depressing)  Because of the music's dark and depressing nature, this combats the virus and forces huggers to flee. The hugger's pupils are no longer dilated and will return to its original look. It is unknown if prolonged exposure to this music can completely revert the effects of the virus. Though it is possible that it does not require prolonged exposure to cure a Hugger, as Principal Brown was seen at the very end of the episode waving a broom around, cured.

Symptoms of Joy Virus Edit

  • Happieness
  • Hugging
  • Kissing
  • Fever
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Smiling (uncontrollable)

People Infected Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Carrie, Ocho, Hector, Rob and Molly were some of the few students not infected. This is because Carrie, Ocho, and Hector were absent for the duration of the episode. As for Rob and Molly, they had been sucked into The Void. It is also probable that Sarah and Idaho managed to escape, as they were not seen being infected.
  • It`s unknown if the Joy Virus will ever make another apperance as a cameo or a major apperance.
    • Miss Simian managed to survive the first wave of the infection and even find the cure, but failed to completely neutralize it, and got infected by Gumball and Darwin when they ambushed her from behind.
      • It is possible that Richard was not infected, because he caused the epidemic via the "Wonder Hug."

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