Created By: WhaleShark on May 31, 2012

Needs an inhaler

An astmhatic character needs his/her inhaler,usually during fear,excitement,or infatuation.

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"I need my inhaler!" -Milhouse Van Houten from The Simpsons

Usually, in Real life people who suffer from asthma will need his/her inhaler but that's usually for emergencies. A trope prevalent in Western animation (Mostly in the Dark age of animation) and is almost Always male and is often used with nerds.


  • From the page quote above, Milhouse van Houten from the Simpsons is commonly seen using his inhaler, usually in moments involving Lisa and being bullied.

  • Another example from the Simpsons, the other nerds (Martin Prince and the AV Club) are prone to this trope.

  • From My gym partner's a monkey, Woobie and/or Jerkass (depending on the writer) Henry the Armadillo is also prone to this.

  • Despite popular belief not every person with asthma needs his/her inhaler that much (Also, not every asthmatic person is a nerd, for example, Theodore Roosevelt, Leader of the Rough riders, future president, and all around badass had asthma as a kid, He got better) unless it's a very, VERY severe case this is'nt likely to happen.

Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • June 1, 2012
    • Scott Shelby from Heavy Rain is an asthmatic, which usually gets to him during action or dramatic scenes. Likewise, Norman Jayden is addicted to triptocaine, so he regularly needs inhalations at the most inopportune moments.
  • June 1, 2012
    Some previous YKTTW's related to this - some may have examples you can use.
  • June 1, 2012
    • Piggy from Lord Of The Flies was asthmatic. The other children weren't very sympathetic to him.
  • June 1, 2012
    Weyland in Alien Vs Predator needed an inhaler quite often.
  • June 1, 2012
    It's been a while since I saw the movie, but I think the kid from Signs used an inhaler a lot. Could someone who knows the movie better provide elaboration?
  • June 1, 2012
    Nerdy Inhaler was launched, and probably covers this adequately.
  • April 12, 2017
    Are there any female examples?