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18th Aug '17 5:09:53 AM StarTropes
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* Deeks from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. One smallpox vaccine and he goes down for the count.
13th Jul '17 4:30:28 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* In {{Animorphs}}, the Andalite Ax mentions that he's not afraid of needles. He denies it so quickly that while it doesn't raise the [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial suspicion]] he really does have the phobia, it sounds like some members of the Andalite race have the phobia (despite, or maybe because, each Andalite has an AbsurdlySharpBlade on its tail). And it would be shameful for a warrior to have this phobia, but it's not necessarily rare among them.
13th Jun '17 3:34:50 PM StFan
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* Nico from {{Nanbaka}}, to the point that he breaks out of jail in order to avoid medical injections.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In one episode, Ranma crash-lands in front of the Cat Café after another [[MegatonPunch trip to sub-orbit]], and a kindly wandering salesman, who had originally intended to sell to the Amazons (currently out on business) tends to his scrapes with disinfectant. This leads to the {{Made of Iron}} martial artist hissing and wincing in pain, leading to the page quote. Somewhat disconcerting, given the sort of abuse Ranma has stoically endured in the series -- and while he has complained at medical treatment before, that's been due to the treatment itself being painful (Tofu brutally snapping Ranma's joints back into place and proper rotation, being burned with the counter-moxibustion, etc.).

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* Nico from {{Nanbaka}}, ''Manga/{{Nanbaka}}'', to the point that he breaks out of jail in order to avoid medical injections.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In one episode, Ranma crash-lands in front of the Cat Café after another [[MegatonPunch trip to sub-orbit]], and a kindly wandering salesman, who had originally intended to sell to the Amazons (currently out on business) tends to his scrapes with disinfectant. This leads to the {{Made of Iron}} MadeOfIron martial artist hissing and wincing in pain, leading to the page quote. Somewhat disconcerting, given the sort of abuse Ranma has stoically endured in the series -- and while he has complained at medical treatment before, that's been due to the treatment itself being painful (Tofu (Tōfū brutally snapping Ranma's joints back into place and proper rotation, being burned with the counter-moxibustion, etc.).



* Beast Boy from the Comicbook/DoomPatrol and later ComicBook/TeenTitans has this problem. Thankfully, his powers give him universal immunity, but that doesn't stop the writers from forcing him to take shots anyway.

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* Beast Boy from the Comicbook/DoomPatrol ComicBook/DoomPatrol and later ComicBook/TeenTitans has this problem. Thankfully, his powers give him universal immunity, but that doesn't stop the writers from forcing him to take shots anyway.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Used as the punch line in one strip of ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''. The high school is doing vaccinations. A student with tons of tattoos and piercings faints at the sight of a needle, and the improbability of this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the nurse.
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. The doctor gets out various non-needle instruments (stethoscope, tongue depressor, etc.), with Calvin frantically yelling, "What is that?! Will it hurt?!" and the doctor saying no. Then the doctor gets out the device for looking into people's ears, Calvin says it again, and the doctor snarks:
--> '''Doctor:''' It's a cattle prod. It hurts a little less than a branding iron. [''Calvin faints.''] Little kids have no sense of humor.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has a Sunday strip where Garfield and Odie are at the vet to get shots. Garfield exaggerates the details, saying that the needles are massive, sharp, and terrifying, making Odie nervous. When his is done, it's Garfield's turn. The needle Liz carries under her arm for Garfield is massive, sharp, and terrifying.
-->'''Garfield:''' ''[completely deadpan look on his face]'' Inside, I'm screaming.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Linus is not only afraid of getting shots, he's scared when he has to get a sliver taken out of his finger with a needle or tweezers. (For the latter, Charlie Brown gave some advice, telling him to pretend he was being tortured by pirates who wanted him to tell them where the gold was buried. After having his mother remove the sliver -- indicated by an off-panel scream from Linus -- he came back and said, "I told them where the gold was buried!")
** In one arc, Lucy and Peppermint Patty wanted to get their ears pierced, [[SarcasmMode and Marcie was a big help]], telling them about all the dangers of getting that done by an unskilled amateur; Patty almost freaked when Marcie mentioned a penicillin shot. Eventually they decided to go the safe route and have a doctor do it, but Lucy chickened out and ran after hearing Patty overreact to it.
** One strip shows ''the entire cast of the strip'' trying to pry Snoopy off of a tree, with Snoopy pleading, "I don't ''want'' another rabies shot!" (Fortunately, he got it.)
* Roger from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is afraid of needles, which is why the family was surprised when he donated blood after 9/11.
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* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}'', Fly can blast his way through alien monsters and swim through toxic goo with few reservations. He needs to work up the nerve to give himself injections and fight off the excuses not to.

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* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}'', ''Literature/{{Doom}}'', Fly can blast his way through alien monsters and swim through toxic goo with few reservations. He needs to work up the nerve to give himself injections and fight off the excuses not to.



* In the Literature/LeftBehind book ''The Mark'', David Hassid tries to use this as an excuse to prevent Chang Wong from receiving the MarkOfTheBeast. Unfortunately, it fails.

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* In the Literature/LeftBehind ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book ''The Mark'', David Hassid tries to use this as an excuse to prevent Chang Wong from receiving the MarkOfTheBeast. Unfortunately, it fails.



--->'''Kendra Frank''': Stork was completely phobic about needles. He was the only roadie I've ever met that didn't even have ''one'' tattoo! I mean he missed a whole South American tour last year because he wouldn't get vaccinated!

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--->'''Kendra Frank''': Frank:''' Stork was completely phobic about needles. He was the only roadie I've ever met that didn't even have ''one'' tattoo! I mean he missed a whole South American tour last year because he wouldn't get vaccinated!



* ''Series/{{Oz}}'': Neo-Nazi inmate Robson hates needles, so he insists on laughing gas while getting his receding gums replaced. This has serious consequences for him when he racially insults his Middle Eastern dentist while high; in revenge the dentist implants him with the gums of a black man, then lets everyone in prison know about it. After which needles become the least of Robson's worries.

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* ''Series/{{Oz}}'': Neo-Nazi inmate Robson hates needles, so he insists on laughing gas while getting his receding gums replaced. This has serious consequences for him when he racially insults his Middle Eastern Middle-Eastern dentist while high; in revenge the dentist implants him with the gums of a black man, then lets everyone in prison know about it. After which needles become the least of Robson's worries.



* The various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series use hyposprays, which are supposed to be painless and which don't pierce the skin. Nevertheless, many recipients wince when the spray is "injected." Possibly justified if the ''medication'' is of a kind that stings when it enters tissue.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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The various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series use hyposprays, which are supposed to be painless and which don't pierce the skin. Nevertheless, many recipients wince when the spray is "injected." "injected". Possibly justified if the ''medication'' is of a kind that stings when it enters tissue.



-->'''Jack''': [''To the nurse''] Do me a favour, really try and [[SarcasmMode jam it in there this time, will you]]?

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-->'''Jack''': [''To -->'''Jack:''' ''[to the nurse''] nurse]'' Do me a favour, favor, really try and [[SarcasmMode jam it in there this time, will you]]?



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Used as the punch line in one strip of ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''. The high school is doing vaccinations. A student with tons of tattoos and piercings faints at the sight of a needle, and the improbability of this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the nurse.
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. The doctor gets out various non-needle instruments (stethoscope, tongue depressor, etc.), with Calvin frantically yelling, "What is that?! Will it hurt?!" and the doctor saying no. Then the doctor gets out the device for looking into people's ears, Calvin says it again, and the doctor snarks:
--> '''Doctor:''' It's a cattle prod. It hurts a little less than a branding iron. [''Calvin faints.''] Little kids have no sense of humor.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has a Sunday strip where Garfield and Odie are at the vet to get shots. Garfield exaggerates the details, saying that the needles are massive, sharp, and terrifying, making Odie nervous. When his is done, it's Garfield's turn. The needle Liz carries under her arm for Garfield is massive, sharp, and terrifying.
-->'''Garfield''': {''Completely deadpan look on his face''] Inside, I'm screaming.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Linus is not only afraid of getting shots, he's scared when he has to get a sliver taken out of his finger with a needle or tweezers. (For the latter, Charlie Brown gave some advice, telling him to pretend he was being tortured by pirates who wanted him to tell them where the gold was buried. After having his mother remove the sliver -- indicated by an off-panel scream from Linus -- he came back and said, "I told them where the gold was buried!")
** In one arc, Lucy and Peppermint Patty wanted to get their ears pierced, [[SarcasmMode and Marcie was a big help]], telling them about all the dangers of getting that done by an unskilled amateur; Patty almost freaked when Marcie mentioned a penicillin shot. Eventually they decided to go the safe route and have a doctor do it, but Lucy chickened out and ran after hearing Patty overreact to it.
** One strip shows ''the entire cast of the strip'' trying to pry Snoopy off of a tree, with Snoopy pleading, "I don't ''want'' another rabies shot!" (Fortunately, he got it.)
* Roger from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is afraid of needles, which is why the family was surprised when he donated blood after 9/11.
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* ''Videogame/MassEffect3'': [[MadDoctor Mordin]] claims this about [[TheBigGuy Wr]][[ProudWarriorRaceGuy ex]] when he's eager to leave his lab and donate tissue samples later. It may or may not be true, but either way it's hilarious. But when he finally gets around to it...
-->'''Wrex''': Let's just say no scalpel should cut [[GroinAttack where he cut.]]

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* ''Videogame/MassEffect3'': ''Videogame/MassEffect3'':
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[[MadDoctor Mordin]] claims this about [[TheBigGuy Wr]][[ProudWarriorRaceGuy ex]] when he's eager to leave his lab and donate tissue samples later. It may or may not be true, but either way it's hilarious. But when he finally gets around to it...
-->'''Wrex''': --->'''Wrex:''' Let's just say no scalpel should cut [[GroinAttack where he cut.]]



-->'''Shepard''': After Cerberus, I'm not much on medical exams... No needles, right?\\
'''Dr. Michel''': You get shot twenty times a day and a little pinprick makes you nervous?

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-->'''Shepard''': --->'''Shepard:''' After Cerberus, I'm not much on medical exams... No needles, right?\\
'''Dr. Michel''': Michel:''' You get shot twenty times a day and a little pinprick makes you nervous?



-->'''Abel''': Dan here needs to take the placement test, but can you bypass the needle part?\\
'''Dan''': Needle pa--\\
'''Doc''': Abel, I'm hurt. My needles are the gentlest thing since [[spoiler:jumper cables.]]\\
'''Dan''': [''THUD'']
* In ''Webcomic/CharCole'', Cole faints due to this. [[http://charcole.kyrio.net/?comic=charcole222-falling-in-pieces It didn't go unnoticed]], as Pokémon hardly ever have phobias.
** It also leaves him as a deer in the headlights when charged by a Nidoran.

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-->'''Abel''': -->'''Abel:''' Dan here needs to take the placement test, but can you bypass the needle part?\\
'''Dan''': '''Dan:''' Needle pa--\\
'''Doc''': '''Doc:''' Abel, I'm hurt. My needles are the gentlest thing since [[spoiler:jumper cables.]]\\
'''Dan''': '''Dan:''' [''THUD'']
* In ''Webcomic/CharCole'', Cole faints due to this. [[http://charcole.kyrio.net/?comic=charcole222-falling-in-pieces It didn't go unnoticed]], as Pokémon hardly ever have phobias.
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phobias. It also leaves him as a deer in the headlights when charged by a Nidoran.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Poof catches the "Chicken Poofs" in the episode of the same name (meaning he turns into a chicken and whatever he sneezes on does too). When taken to get treated, Poof runs at the first sight of the doctor taking a oversized needle out to give him the medicine, leading to the main cast chasing after him as he causes chaos with his disease. When they finally catch Poof, the doctor reveals the needle is actually a carrying case for the medicine and he could've just gave Poof a little sippy cup to cure him. Wanda is less then amused when she finds this out.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Poof catches the "Chicken Poofs" in the episode of the same name (meaning he turns into a chicken and whatever he sneezes on does too). When taken to get treated, Poof runs at the first sight of the doctor taking a oversized needle out to give him the medicine, leading to the main cast chasing after him as he causes chaos with his disease. When they finally catch Poof, the doctor reveals the needle is actually a carrying case for the medicine and he could've just gave Poof a little sippy cup to cure him. Wanda is less then amused when she finds this out.



** TruthInTelevision; see Real Life below.



** Ditto for Music/TaylorSwift.

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** * Ditto for Music/TaylorSwift.



9th Apr '17 1:17:53 PM nombretomado
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* The title character of ''{{The Saga of Tuck}}'' also has a fear of needles. And doctors. And psychiatrists. And hospitals. Childhood asthma with recurrent bouts of pneumonia will do that to you.

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* The title character of ''{{The ''Literature/{{The Saga of Tuck}}'' also has a fear of needles. And doctors. And psychiatrists. And hospitals. Childhood asthma with recurrent bouts of pneumonia will do that to you.
17th Mar '17 9:18:07 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In one episode, Stumpy claims to not be afraid of needles [[ImmediateSelfContradiction before fainting out of fear and proving that he is.]]
4th Feb '17 12:33:47 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "This Won't Hurt an Ed", Eddy learns that Kevin is afraid of needles and uses this to torment him by convincing everyone it's Booster Shot Day. Though by the end of the episode, Kevin overcomes his fear of needles and it turns out that Eddy has to get a shot, providing a very lulzworthy ending.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "This Won't Hurt an Ed", Eddy learns that Kevin is afraid of needles and uses this to torment him by convincing everyone it's Booster Shot Day. Though by the end of the episode, Kevin overcomes his fear of needles and [[LaserGuidedKarma it turns out that Eddy has to get a shot, providing a very lulzworthy ending.shot]].
23rd Jan '17 11:34:37 PM tropicalbeaches
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* Roy Harper from ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is afraid of needles, most likely as a MythologyGag to him being an addict in the comics. Or subtle {{Foreshadowing}}to him getting injected with Mirakuru in the episode "Three Ghosts".

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* Roy Harper from ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is afraid of needles, most likely as a MythologyGag to him being an addict in the comics. Or subtle {{Foreshadowing}}to {{Foreshadowing}} to him getting injected with Mirakuru in the episode "Three Ghosts".
23rd Jan '17 11:26:59 PM tropicalbeaches
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* Logan Cale from ''Series/DarkAngel'' admits he doesn't like needles in the episode "Female Trouble" when he tries to undergo therapy to prevent him from ending up back in a wheelchair.
* Roy Harper from ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is afraid of needles, most likely as a MythologyGag to him being an addict in the comics. Or subtle {{Foreshadowing}}to him getting injected with Mirakuru in the episode "Three Ghosts".
** Felicity Smoak has also admitted to being terrified of needles "[[BuffySpeak and pretty much all pointy things]]".
30th Dec '16 2:01:44 AM BlacKat
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* Not only is he afraid of needles, but Yogi from ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' utterly fears being anywhere ''near'' Doctor Akari, which provides humor for the readers insofar (though there could be more to it). Gareki is probably correct to guess that it's the after-effect of a traumatic surgery done or headed by said doctor.
14th Dec '16 6:06:52 AM TexasBard
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Medically speaking, this condition is called Aichmophobia.
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