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This character is frequently seen as a sidekick to the lead, and will be a {{Hollywood Nerd}}ly type. He will likely speak as though his nose is constantly congested, have myriad absurd allergies (and it usually ''is'' allergies, unless he needs a NerdyInhaler for his asthma) and go to equally absurd lengths to avoid any further ailments. Expect him to talk about his long list of medical issues openly and graphically whether he's asked to or not. His health issues are often implied to be psychosomatic, or {{Hypochondria}}: If this character [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]], expect them to clear up pronto.

Whatever the actual level of ill health, it will be a sign of physical incompetence and social awkwardness - or at least, that's what everyone will assume.

Compare JewishComplaining, DramaQueen.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Joe from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', although it's mostly just [[{{Flanderization}} played up]] in the dub. In the original, he comes over as the more mature and rational member of the group.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Nick Szalinski from ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''
** Who is almost a carbon copy of his father, Wayne.
* Georgette in ''Film/{{Amelie}}''
* Daniel Jackson from the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie. His allergies act up while ''traveling''. Daniel's allergies play as a plot point sometimes in the [[Series/StargateSG1 spinoff series]].
* Cameron from ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''
* There's one in ''NationalLampoon's Film/VanWilder: Party Liaison''; He just goes by the name of "Sick Boy" most of the time.
* Matt Farrell in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''. He spends most of the movie complaining about his asthma and blood sugar levels to John [=McClane=] but later becomes a BadassBookworm.
* Creator/WoodyAllen in practically ''everything'' he's been in.
* Joel Glicker from ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family Values]]''.
* Among the four geeky leads in Film/{{Fanboys}}, Windows is this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Joly from ''Literature/LesMiserables'', who is a hypochondriac, though due to the large cast of characters, isn't actually a sidekick. He aligns his bed to fit with the magnetic poles!
* Eddie in Creator/StephenKing's ''{{IT}}'', courtesy of his [[MyBelovedSmother mother's]] apparent case of Munchausen by Proxy.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Felix from ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', especially the TV series which {{Flanderized}} his allergies.
* All of the Dorfmans from ''Series/ICarly'', also Jeremy. Freddie's mom treats him as though he is; this has gotten more and more ridiculous as his actor has gotten bigger and her character has gotten {{Flanderized}}.
* [[NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide Lisa Zemo]], who started off with [[LisaNeedsBraces braces]], NerdGlasses, and a perpetually stuffy nose. Subverted, however, because a season or two later she [[BeautifulAllAlong comes back looking less nerdy]] and on a new allergy medication. One episode has her temporarily revert to this, as she had allergies again and had to wear hypoallergenic clothing and glasses. This time without the curly hair and braces, though.
* Howard Wolowitz in TheBigBangTheory.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The eponymous character in ''The Nerd'' is like this.
* William Barfee in ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee''. Among other things, it's mentioned that a severe allergic reaction forced him out of the previous bee.
* The eponymous character in the several versions old Yiddish play ''The Two Kuni-Lemls'' is like this--limps, thick glasses, easily confused. Has a long speech about his health problems, including "I get indigestion when I walk." (The first version was a satire of Hasidism. He's an "ancestor" of the Jerry Lewis character.)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[TheSmartGuy Bentley]] from ''Franchise/SlyCooper'', at least until he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] in the sequels.
* {{Adorkable}} Communication Specialist Samantha Traynor from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': "I'm allergic to dust. And cats. And public speaking. And I take a proton pump inhibitor for my stomach. And an inhaler for asthma." She also takes what Shepard informs her is a placebo for headaches.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Carl from ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron''
* Macie from ''AsToldByGinger''
* Melman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''
* In ''RubyGloom'' Misery's cousin Malady (an occasional guest character) will always treat the phrase "How are you?" as a cue for an epic description of her ailments, usually finishing with something like "...it's a scrape. I'll be fine."
* Kyle Brovlofski's cousin Kyle in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
* Chuckie and his dad from ''{{Rugrats}}'' and ''AllGrownUp''.
* Tino's cousin in ''TheWeekenders'' is a subversion: he was a this when they were younger, and Tino dreads hanging out with him because of it. Once he finally lets his cousin get a word in edgewise, though, it turns out that he's now both healthy and cool.
* Dr. Mendel Craven from ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''. He's got allergies to ''everything''.
* Milhouse from ''TheSimpsons''
* Arnold from ''TheMagicSchoolBus'', though his claims of illness/allergies ''could'' be a desperate attempt to avoid being taken on the (frequently bizarre and sometimes ''very dangerous'') field trips that Ms. Frizzle seems to be so fond of.
* Filburt from ''RockosModernLife'' who becomes physically ill even from the most mundane of tasks. [[OverlyLongGag "I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous..."]]
* In a creepy example, Cousin Arnie from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. He's pale and has postnasal drip/sinus problems, and he's also a creepy sociopath with some kind of AmbiguousDisorder.
* Harold of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''.
* Gordy Rinehart from ''AngelaAnaconda''.
* Subverted by Gretchen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. She has the nasal voice, but otherwise doesn't have any known illnesses.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is occasionally implied to be this. He's certainly pretty geeky to begin with (wears a button-down shirt tucked into his pants and a tie, has dorky interests, etc.) When he gets too [[DramaQueen worked-up]] about something, he'll start wheezing loudly. Mr Krabs also implied in one episode that Spongebob takes allergy medication. In the first Christmas episode, he's so shocked to see Santa Claus that he basically has an extremely happy, excited asthma attack and then faints.
-->'''Spongebob:''' [[OverlyLongGag S-S-S-S-S-SAAA- ''wheeze!'' S-S-S-S-S-SAAA- ''wheeze!'' S-S-S-S-S-S-S-SAAA- ''wheeze!'' S-S-S-S-S-S-SAAA- ''wheeze!'']]

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