This character is frequently seen as a sidekick to the lead, and will be a Hollywood Nerdly
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 Nerdy Inhaler
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 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.
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Anime and Manga
- Joe from Digimon Adventure, although it's mostly just played up in the dub. In the original, he comes over as the more mature and rational member of the group.
- Joly from Les Misérables, 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 Stephen King's IT, courtesy of his mother's apparent case of Munchausen by Proxy.
Live Action TV
- Felix from The Odd Couple, especially the TV series which Flanderized his allergies.
- All of the Dorfmans from 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.
- Lisa Zemo, who started off with braces, Nerd Glasses, and a perpetually stuffy nose. Subverted, however, because a season or two later she 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 The Big Bang Theory.
- The eponymous character in The Nerd is like this.
- William Barfee in The25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 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.)
- Bentley from Sly Cooper, at least until he takes a level in badass in the sequels.
- Adorkable Communication Specialist Samantha Traynor from Mass Effect 3: "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.
- Carl from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron
- Macie from As Told by Ginger
- Melman from Madagascar
- In Ruby Gloom 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 South Park
- Chuckie and his dad from Rugrats and All Grown Up!.
- Tino's cousin in The Weekenders 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 Godzilla: The Series. He's got allergies to everything.
- Milhouse from The Simpsons
- Arnold from The Magic School Bus, 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 Rocko's Modern Life who becomes physically ill even from the most mundane of tasks. "I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous..."
- In a creepy example, Cousin Arnie from Hey Arnold!. He's pale and has postnasal drip/sinus problems, and he's also a creepy sociopath with some kind of Ambiguous Disorder.
- Harold of Total Drama Island.
- Gordy Rinehart from Angela Anaconda.
- Subverted by Gretchen from Recess. She has the nasal voice, but otherwise doesn't have any known illnesses.
- SpongeBob SquarePants 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 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.