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This character is frequently seen as a sidekick to the lead, and will be a {{Hollywood Nerd}}ly type. Think of them as the person who will grow up to be a neckbearded, basement dweller. 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 [[IllGirl 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, PlayingSick.


[[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.

* 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 ''Franchise/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.
* Melman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''. The first thing he does after finding out that he and the gang are leaving N.Y. is to panic over his health treatment.

* 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 ''Literature/{{IT}}'', courtesy of his [[MyBelovedSmother mother's]] apparent case of Munchausen by Proxy.

[[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}}.
* [[Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide Lisa Zemo]], who started off with {{braces|OfOrthodonticOverkill}}, 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.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Howard Wolowitz. He is asthmatic, allergic to peanuts, almonds, and walnuts, prone to canker sores and pink eye, succumbs to seasickness, has an incredibly high genetic risk of heart illness, and has transient idiopathic arrhythmia.
** Leonard Hofstadter, on top of having NerdGlasses (which he is BlindWithoutEm) and asthma, is also lactose intolerant and has a deviated septum.
** Sheldon Cooper is usually healthy due to his highly regimented lifestyle, but succumbs very easily to illness (and becomes [[InsufferableGenius even more insufferable than usual]] when he does). Any deviation from his dietary routine results in serious intestinal distress.
** In one episode, Penny lampshades this trope when she asks Amy if there was any part of her body that was working properly.
* Cyrus from ''Series/AndiMack'' complains of low blood sugar, needs an inhaler in order to participate in physical activity, and becomes nauseous to the point of vomiting from motion sickness... ''riding a merry-go-round''.

* The eponymous character in ''The Nerd'' is like this.
* William Barfée in ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee''. Among other things, it's mentioned that a severe allergic reaction forced him out of the previous year's bee. He also has a "rare mucus membrane disorder" that produces chronic nasal congestion, and is sensitive about his personal space (among many other problems of socialization).
* 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.)

[[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.
* Lester Crest, the geeky MissionControl from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. Justified since he actually has a wasting disease, and needs a cane to walk short distances.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Judith Dinsmore, Rachel Tice's BestFriend, from ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool''. For starters, she can't have gluten; she'll throw up red blood.
* Cody from ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' during his [[CharacterizationMarchesOn early appearances]], down to the long list of pills he has to take for his medical conditions.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron''
* Macie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''
* In ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
* Tino's cousin in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' is a subversion: when they were younger his health problems were so demanding that he slept with a humidifier ''and'' dehumidifier on for each nostril, 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': He's even allergic to ''his own tears''.
* Arnold from ''Literature/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 ''WesternAnimation/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..."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'': Being an {{expy}} of Filburt, Samson is naturally this, having to resort to his "health buddies" once an hour.
* 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.
** Also, [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Brainy]].
* Harold of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''.
* Gordy Rinehart from ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda''.
* Subverted by Gretchen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. She has the nasal voice, but otherwise doesn't have any known illnesses. Although she did catch a cold in the episode where Gus [[CompressedVice became]] TerrifiedOfGerms.
* ''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!'']]