Created By: AdbotApril 30, 2013 Last Edited By: AdbotMay 9, 2013

Sneeze Attack

A character can inflict injuries simply by sneezing.

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There have been a few examples of characters in media that are able to cause injuries, and perhaps even kill, with nothing more than a sneeze.

The reasons behind this can be varied. For example:
  • The character is capable of such feats of strength, that even the force of the air expelled by the sneeze has massive amounts of power behind it.
  • The mucus expelled by the sneeze is the basis for a Projectile Attack.
  • The sneeze triggers some form of Power Incontinence in the character, which causes injury.

Generally, this happens most often when superheroes or such catch colds, but it can be used in other methods, too.

Examples:

Live Action TV
  • In the Smallville episode Sneeze, Clark overworks himself cleaning up the city and develops what he thinks is his first cold. However, he soon discovers it is a new power - super breath!
  • On The Young Ones, Neil's sneezing fit unleashes projectile bogies that damage the house and knock Rik off his feet.

Video Games
  • Viki in the Suikoden series is a form of the Power Incontinence variant. Her battle animations in V involve her attacking the enemy by sneezing, which combines with her teleportation powers to accidentally throw furniture at the enemy.
  • The secret technique for Kim Pine in the Scott Pilgrim game is a projectile sneeze.
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 added the character Phoenix Wright, who has a sneeze as one of his more basic moves.
  • In Sonic Riders, Jet the Hawk's Level 1 attack is to go right up to an opponent and sneeze in his or her face.

Web Comics

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • April 30, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    A good page image for this trope would be this Brawl In The Family strip involving Kirby.

    http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/04/12/480-spicy-prank/
  • April 30, 2013
    Larkmarn
    One episode of Beast Wars had a character who sneezed energon. This was... not a good thing.

    Aang from Avatar The Last Airbender, as an airbender, can exhale at tremendous velocity. In a pinch, his sneeze was even more powerful.
  • April 30, 2013
    KZN02
    Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Phoenix Wright can use his sneezes offensively.
  • April 30, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    There is the Sneeze Of Doom, but that seems to be broadly used as "something bad happens when someone sneezes." A lot of examples could be copied into this, while others are as mundane as "sneezing blows someone's cover while they're trying to hide".
  • May 9, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • May 9, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    On The Flintstones, Fred once blew a hole in the picture tube of a TV set from a powerful sneeze. (In the 1960s, when The Flintstones ran, T Vs were quite expensive compared to today.)
  • May 9, 2013
    SharleeD
    • On The Young Ones, Neil's sneezing fit unleashes projectile bogies that damage the house and knock Rik off his feet.
  • May 9, 2013
    lexicon
    • In the Smallville episode Sneeze, Clark overworks himself cleaning up the city and develops what he thinks is his first cold. However, he soon discovers it is a new power - super breath!
  • May 9, 2013
    ZombieAladdin
    In Sonic Riders, Jet the Hawk's Level 1 attack is to go right up to an opponent and sneeze in his or her face.
  • May 9, 2013
    Adbot
    I've added several of the other examples listed in the replies to the main section. I'll need some more details for the Beast Wars example, though.

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