"Mom, I sneezed and blew my head off!"The sneeze is one of the most disastrous and powerful forces in the universe, up there with gravitation, electro-magnetism, the strong and the weak nuclear forces, the color force, Love, Friendship, Music, and of course The Force. It always happens at the most unfortunate moments, usually when everything is going so well. Have you managed to sneak into the Big Bad's fortress and you're now listening as he explains his evil plan? Atchoo! All the guards are after you now. Have you created a very convincing Totem Pole Trench and fooled everyone? Atchoo! The Disaster Dominoes start toppling, and you're in a world of trouble now, matey. The Sneeze of Doom rarely comes without warning — usually the unlucky sneezer will be shown inhaling air a few seconds before it happens. A Dead Horse Trope would be Anti-Sneeze Finger, which is holding one's finger under one's nose to "stop it." ...it might, for a few seconds. Still, it's not much help — once this starts, a Sneeze of Doom cannot be stopped by any means known to man. And that's not counting the rare cases where a character, for whatever reason, has the kind of sneezes that should come with their own hurricane warnings. Often caused by an allergy to the rarest substance known to man to which you will be exposed only at such a time, or something completely uncanny tickling your nostrils. And sometimes it comes with no reason at all—since people in real life sneeze at random moments all the time, the Sneeze of Doom can function as a universal Diabolus ex Machina. See Pepper Sneeze and Hiccup Hijinks. Sometimes the sneeze is dangerous because of Involuntary Transformation or Malfunction Malady. Not related to Incurable Cough of Death. May be connected to Plot Allergy.
— Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
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- In one of the Tab Clear adds, we're informed that World War I was caused by the Kaiser coughing after tasting a fizzy can of Tab Clear, re-arranging the army men on The Big Board so that divisions are instantly moved into battle.
- This 1998 M&Ms Minis commercial has the Minis attempting to evade Red and Yellow in someone's home by pretending to be a color-bars test pattern on a TV (complete with them all vocalizing a high-pitched "OOOOOOOOOOOH!") But then one of them sneezes, blowing their cover.
Anime & Manga
- Ranma ˝:
- The evening that Akane and Ranma are watching the house together alone is the evening when Ranma is cursed to hug anyone who sneezes, and Akane comes down with a cold. And wouldn't you know it, it's also the day she is given her first Hyperspace Mallet.
- When Ranma himself comes down with a fever, he catches it so badly he can instantly boil any water that comes in contact with his skin. Later on, the fever mutates into a head cold, and his sneezes freeze the humidity in the air into solid ice chunks.
- Dragon Ball:
- In the manga, one sneeze is enough to transform sweet, innocent and black-haired Lunch into her blonde, violent and gun-wielding alter-ego, dubbed "Kushami" by fans. Fortunately, this is reversed with another sneeze. This one is played for laughs, as Master Roshi and his students are scared as hell of "Kushami" and take cover when Lunch looks like she's about to sneeze. This is subverted at one point when what looks to be a coming sneeze turns out to be a yawn. It's also invoked deliberately on occasion by other characters, whenever they require help against terrorists or need someone to clear a path to the tournament front seats.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Beerus sneezes after waking up, and accidentally releases an energy blast that annihilates a nearby planet in an instant. Whis then chuckles and says that this isn't nearly as bad as the time Beerus did the same thing to the Sun. Whis had to rewind time to fix that one.
- Being a specialist in wind-magic, Negi Springfield's sneezes in Mahou Sensei Negima! have a lot of punch... and exquisite taste. Anytime he sneezes, it will, at the very least, blow up several skirts — and at most, shred clothes, underwear or both. Word of God says that if he were to sneeze after going through all of the training he's been through so far and learning Dark Magic, he'd "destroy half of the world's women's clothing". Turns out, he doesn't... but he goes Raiten Taisou. Yes, with a sneeze. In UQ Holder! his sneeze vaporizes the clothes of tens of thousands of people within his vicinity.
- Played with in Kamichu!. When the Mikos attempt a ritual to figure out Yurie's power, she sneezes strongly enough to knock them over.
- To Love-Ru has Ren/Run, who changes into a girl whenever he sneezes.
- Iris's Axew in Pokémon does this a lot while trying to use Dragon Rage, knocking out everyone within 10 feet.
- In My Neighbor Totoro, Mei climbs on the eponymous troll's stomach while he's sleeping. When she rubs his nose affectionately, it triggers a sneeze powerful enough to throw her to the wall near his feet.
- In an episode of Sgt. Frog, the Keronians play golf on a miniaturised golf course set up on Natsumi's body, leaving her temporarily paralysed from the neck down but receiving a great massage in the process. Hilarity Ensues when one of them hits a golf ball up her nose.
- Inverted in Irresponsible Captain Tylor. The crew of the Soyokaze are thrown into quarantine so they won't try and rescue their captain. They attempt a breakout, but are cornered by armed guards. During a Gun Struggle some overhead pipes spray fluid over them and the crew start sneezing, convincing the guards that they're infected for real. The guards promptly desert their commanding officer, who then decides he doesn't want to take the chance either.
- Every time Lala from Devil Man sneezes it messes up her face, she then fixes it with her matters conversion powers.
- Conversed by Lua in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's as part of his Heroic Self-Deprecation, when he says that he's the type of guy who'd be prone to this.
- This is a Running Gag in Pokémon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. Volcanion is allergic to the flowers that Magearna creates and his sneezes cause him to produce steam explosions. At the end of the movie Magearna uses this to wake up Volcanion when he seems to be dead.
- Variation from the Silver Age: Superboy's sneezes were so powerful that he had to travel to a dead universe to actually let them loose, or they'd demolish galaxies. Keep in mind, the current Superboy in The DCU is an insane version of this one who isn't affected by kryptonite.
- In Tintin: Land of Black Gold, on two occasions Tintin sneezes loudly while trying to hide from baddies. The first sneeze comes when he is hiding behind the storage tanks, but Snowy acts as a Convenient Decoy Dog. The second sneeze is after Dr. Müller accidentally knocks over a box of sneezing powder, which leads to a sneeze-filled Fight Scene.
- Haddock does this in Tintin Tintin In Tibet, which ends up destroying Tharkey's overcrowded tent, right in the middle of a snowstorm.
- The Captain does it again in Tintin Prisoners Of The Sun, with even more dire consequences — his sneeze triggers an avalanche that buries everyone alive.
- An early example was Little Sammy Sneeze from the very early 1900s.
- A recurring gag in Garfield. His sneezes range from somewhat forceful (blowing his dish of cat food at Jon) moderately forceful (blowing a stack of pancakes all over Jon), to wicked (blowing himself, Jon, and the chair they're sitting in through the wall, out of the house). Jon's reaction each time is simply "Bless You".
- This◊ U.S. Acres strip has what Peter Paldrige called "the biggest sneeze to ever take place in comic history".
- Dog Eat Doug. "Myth confirmed: You can remodel your house by sneezing a mouthful of peas."
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- In one comic, Calvin lets out a sneeze so strong that it blows him out of the planet and sets him into orbit, but he luckily lets out another sneeze that sends him back to Earth.
Mom: God bless you!
Calvin: Oh, he does, Mom. He does!
- In another comic, Calvin sneezes and blows his head off. He tried to fool his mom with it, but she was not convinced.
- In one comic, Calvin lets out a sneeze so strong that it blows him out of the planet and sets him into orbit, but he luckily lets out another sneeze that sends him back to Earth.
- There is a fanfic of X-Men where Magneto has a cold and goes to a corner store. The results call the X-Men in... and a sneeze promptly wrecks their jet, too.
- In The Detective and the Diplomat, the plot is kicked off when Ponder Stibbons sneezes on the last syllable of a magical incantation.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic story Study Break, Twilight begins sneezing periodically after eating an apple from a tree in the Canterlot Palace Gardens. Each sneeze triggers random effects such as shrinking, invisibility, glowing, floating and "making me look like a badly used paintbrush." And that's just within a few hours - Twilight expects the effects to continue for two or three days.
- In the story Higher Flier Or My Little Blackbird, Dainty Dish starts propelling herself around the room with involuntary wing pumps during an allergy attack. The library ends up a complete mess in less than thirty seconds.
- In the story Universe 63 Twilight finds herself in an Alternate Universe where the timberwolves took over Equestria after the Nightmare Moon incident, and her alternate self tries to hide them both. Unfortunately, Twilight's allergies kick in at that moment, and she is forced to jump back to the first alternate universe she visited, taking #62 Twilight with her.
- In the story Follow the Melody, Lyle helps the Cutie Mark Crusaders with their plan to harvest the Zap Apples before Family Appreciation Day. Knowing how this turned out in the show, Lyle avoids the puddle that Sweetie Belle slipped in. But then a bee lands on his nose and refuses to budge, and he sneezes, causing him to let go of Sweetie's tail, catapulting the three Crusaders into the pigsty.
- In a sidestory to Mare of Steel (a Fusion Fic between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Superman), Rainbow Dash's super-breath causes her to freeze a butterfly that had refused to shift from her nose, and then Fluttershy after she takes the butterfly to her. Both are unharmed by the end. The first sneeze also strips several apple trees of apples and leaves.
- This Super Mario Bros.. fanfic A Sick Day has one scene where Luigi sneezes and Mario almost hits another car.
- Happens twice in a PAW Patrol fanfic called "Pups in Disguise", where the pups perform a Totem Pole Trench to sneak into an award ceremony that Ryder is attending.
- In Part 1, when they first encounter Ryder in their disguise, Chase (at the head) sneezes off his fake mustache. This is when Ryder discovers it's really the pups.
- In Part 2, while the pups are having an encounter with another person, Skye (in the middle) let's out a very audible sneeze. Fortunately, the guy doesn't act suspicious about it.
Films — Animation
- Tangled Ever After: Is about Maximus and Pascal trying to get back Flynn and Rapunzel's Lost Wedding Rings; they lost the rings at the beginning because Maximus sneezed in reaction to flowers (also Plot Allergy).
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: This trope is personified in the dwarf Sneezy, whose sneezes could produce gale-force winds, strong enough to send several dwarves flying across a room. He always seems to sneeze at the worst possible times, like ejecting Dopey from the top of a Totem Pole Trench, blowing Dopey's chance of getting a kiss from Snow White, and of course, put him and his brothers at risk of getting caught by a burglar. His voice actor, Billy Gilbert, was known in comedy movies for his exaggerated sneezes.
- Dumbo: The title character's large ears are folded discreetly behind his head when the stork first brings him to his mother, but his first sneeze shakes them loose, revealing them to everyone and starting a long period of Woobie-dom for him.
- Yellow Submarine: While the Beatles and Jeremy are in the Sea of Giant Heads, John lets out a big sneeze. This causes all the Heads in response to sneeze, which blows everyone into the Sea of Holes.
- The Sword in the Stone: Merlin turns himself into a virus and enters the dragon body of Mad Madame Mim, making her sick with the made-up disease malignalitaloptereosis. When Merlin mentions the final symptom, sneezing, she emits fire from a monstrous sneeze that forces Arthur and Archimedes to duck and cover.
- Fun and Fancy Free:
- During the "Bongo" segment, Bongo sneezes while on his unicycle. The sneeze causes him to fly backwards to the edge of a cliff, and he almost falls to his doom.
- Also, in the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" segment, Mickey sneezes twice. The first time is when he gets peppered by Willie while he's in the sandwich; the second time is while he's in Willie's pocket trying to get the key. This sneeze was caused by a box of "snuff" that was in the pocket as well. The snuff gets in Willie's face and he, too, sneezes. It also helps that Willie is also voiced by Billy Gilbert, much like Sneezy.
- Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: Rabbit tries to cover up Pooh's rear end while he's stuck in his front door by first trying to make it into a hunting trophy, but he messed up the smile due to Pooh's giggling since the paintbrush was tickling him. Rabbit then tried to cover up the sloppy smile by placing a shelf on Pooh's legs and putting a lot of decorative items on it. However, just as he finished, Pooh was smelling some flowers that Roo gave him, which caused him to sneeze causing all of Rabbit's hard work to get destroyed.
Rabbit: Why did I ever invite that bear to lunch? Why, oh why, oh why?
- Pooh Bear also gets one in Springtime With Roo. But first he sings about it.
- Alice in Wonderland: While Alice is a giant and stuck in the White Rabbit's house, Dodo sends Bill down the chimney to get her out. Of course, this causes a ton of ashes to come out of the fireplace resulting in Alice sneezing, which ejects Bill out of the house.
Dodo: Well... there goes Bill.
Alice: Poor Bill.
- Return To Never Land: The scene where Tinkerbell covers Jane in fairy dust. The resulting sneeze is enough to propel Tink several meters, with her ricocheting off everything.
- Pinocchio: The famous scene of Pinocchio and Geppetto building a smoky fire inside Monstro the whale to make him sneeze them out. It works.
Jiminy Cricket: Gesundheit.
Films — Live-Action
- In Thunderbirds, Fermat gives them away by sneezing, but the children escape to the Thunderbird launch bays. Seemingly subverted at first, as Brains, one of The Hood's prisoners, manages to cover for him. Then Fermat mentions his allergies, so you know another one's coming...
- This trope appears in the silent 1927 film The General.
- In Mission: Impossible, everything is going smoothly, too smoothly. Right on cue, the character acting as support has his allergies messed with by nature.
- In The Matrix, the Gang is given away by Cypher while descending the wetwall to escape the agents. (May be a lampshade though as he intended to give them away.) Well, technically, this was a cough of doom, not a sneeze of doom.
- Done with a fly landing on Bob Hope's face in Road to Morocco.
- In Hancock, the superheroine explains the big hole in the wall of her house as one sneeze from Hancock.
- In Annie Hall, Alvy and Annie are offered cocaine by friends of theirs. Alvy is reluctant to do so, and as the guy is explaining that the stuff is $2000 an ounce, Alvy lets out a big sneeze that sends the stuff flying everywhere. Reportedly a Throw It In that is one of the film's Crowning Moments of Funny
- Averted in Face/Off. Upon being given Castor Troy's face, Sean Archer is warned by Dr. Walsh to be careful with the voice modification chip in his larynx that scrambles frequencies and transforms Archer's voice into Castor's voice, as even a sneeze could dislodge it, but it never happens.
- Amusingly averted in Winter's Bone, thanks to a possible Throw It In: During the hunting trip, Sonny sneezes at the exact moment Ree is telling them to keep quiet. This proves to have no detrimental effect on the trip whatsoever.
- In the 1966 Batman: The Movie, Commodore Schmidlapp sneezes causing all the people's DNA's to get mixed up delaying Batman's and Robin's chances of bringing the people back to life.
- The Little Rascals short had a mule that chases you if you sneeze and stops once it hears a sound of an alarm clock.
- During the climax of Quick, Myung-shik is attempting to defuse the bomb on the railway bridge. He is told to cut the blue wire, but sneezes at the wrong moment and cuts the red wire, which accelerates the countdown.
- In Ernest Saves Christmas, Ernest's sleigh driving has led to them floating in space above Earth. Right after Ernest says, "Nobody moves, nobody dies," one of the elves sneezes, sending the sleigh falling back to Earth. (They survive.)
- When the two partisans hide in the attic in The Ascent, one of them cannot prevent a sneeze which alerts the Germans and leads to their capture.
- In Star Trek Beyond, Scotty's assistant engineer Keenser is ill and sneezes out green acid. When the Enterprise crew is captured and imprisoned, he sneezes on the locks so Uhura and Sulu can sneak out and gather some intelligence.
- Older Than Radio: In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the sheriff sneezes while sneaking up on Injun Joe, alerting him.
- In The Emerald City Of Oz the Shaggy Man sneezes in the land of Miss Cuttenclip and her paper dolls, causing mass havoc.
- In Jurassic Park (the novel), Lex's coughing causes a second T-Rex chase at the river.
- In Ken Follet's World Without End a sneeze is the first sign of the plague. To some degree Truth in Television, just turned up to 11 - it's used completely ruthlessly; every character mentioned as sneezing develops the plague and they nearly all die of it.
- The children's book Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! is Chaos Theory for kids.
- The Goosebumps 2000 book Be Afraid: Be Very Afraid! features this. When Connor and his friends are hiding in a haystack from monsters, the three are quickly swarmed by bugs, seemingly intent on forcing them out of their hiding place. When one crawls up Connor's nose, he sneezes and gives them away.
- This is the whole premise of A Malady Of Magicks. The wizard Ebenezum becomes violently allergic to magic in all its forms, and being a great wizard produces great wizardly sneezes.
- The Edward Eager book Magic By The Lake actually acknowledges this trope when the children are hiding from pirates. "Katharine, like so many heroines in other stories, chose this time to sneeze".
- One of Andy Griffiths' short stories has Andy and Danny competing to see who can fit the most marshmallows in their mouth. They are tied at 20 when Andy's crush Lisa declares (based on a palm reading book Andy had given her for her birthday) that Andy is her soul mate. Andy is suddenly showered with glitter and called on to kiss Lisa. Unfortunately, the glitter gets up his nose, and he sneezes, spraying marshmallows all over the floor, and seemingly ruining his chances with Lisa (until she challenges him to the same competition).
- Used once in Morris Gleitzman's Teacher's Pet, (surprising, as the main character is allergic to cats). Ginger climbs a tree to escape from what she thinks is a savage dog (it isn't) but ends up with her nose too close to a fig flower. The resulting sneeze causes her to fall off the branch landing flat on her back.
- Inverted in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry and Ron are sneaking out of bed, and Ron stubs his toe near Professor Snape. Snape happens to sneeze as Ron swears in pain, so they avoid detection.
- Nancy Drew, while hiding in a closet in The Secret Of the Old Clock, ends up sneezing and alerting the bad guys to her presence. She is then locked in said closet.
- The children's book "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze," is all about an elephant who riles up the local wildlife around him and makes them fearful of him when he's about to sneeze when a mouse pops up and stops him from sneezing. Instead, the elephant laughs, which causes the same amount of havoc upon the wildlife as his sneeze would have done.
- Another children's book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, supposedly tells the classic take from the wolf's point of view, and according to him, the reason he blew down the straw and stick houses was this trope, by accident, on account of having a very bad cold.
- Our Miss Brooks: Mr. Conklin has some whoppers. The T.V. version of the sneezes had powerful fans blow stuff all over the set, i.e. "Here is Your Past" and "The Magic Tree".
- In the episode "Ms. Hellfire", Phoebe's sneeze gives them away.
- And in a later episode, Paige begins to orb every time she sneezes after catching a cold.
- Subverted on Even Stevens. After Ren ruins one school picture, she nearly sneezes during her retake photo, but this time the finger under the nose works.
- Doctor Who:
- Subverted in "The Space Museum" when Vicki does indeed sneeze at the wrong moment—but it turns out not to matter, as nobody can see or hear them anyway.
- Played straight in "Delta and the Bannerman" at the end of the first episode.
- In "The Power of Three", Amy, Rory, and The Doctor are hiding under King Henry VIII's bed when.......The Doctor Sneezes.
- In Smallville, Clark catches a cold and discovers his super-breath power, when he sneezes the barn door down the road.
- In the old TV series Rentaghost, one of the ghosts for hire had the power to teleport when she wrinkled her nose. Consequently, there was a Running Gag was that she vanished elsewhere any time she sneezed...
- Used on Mystery Science Theater 3000: when Frank was having difficulty sneezing into his "Nothing to sneeze at" tissue, Dr. F gives him fresh pepper. The resulting sneezing fit is "in SenSurround," causing the screen to shake and debris to fall from the ceiling.
- Surprisingly averted in Stargate SG-1 for several seasons while Daniel's allergies were a major reoccurring theme.
- The Benny Hill Show: Benny takes one pinch of snuff and spends the rest of the sketch sneezing women's clothes off, sneezing down fences, etc. Oh, and it was an end sketch, and we know what that means...
- This happened in a couple episodes of I Love Lucy.
- In one episode, Lucy sneezed while she and the other main three were in a cabin. They think that the sneeze will cause an avalanche, but it doesn't. Lucy goes outside to check: when she comes back inside she slams the door, which does cause an avalanche.
- In another episode, Ricky almost sneezed, which would have ended up disorganizing papers that Lucy was putting together; his sneezed was stopped, but then Lucy ended up sneezing.
- In Lois and Clark Lois and Dr. Hamilton are hiding in a closet from the cloned gangsters he created. Bonnie Parker's perfume sets off Hamilton's allergies and he gives them away.
- When the lads were all ill on The Young Ones, Neil's gale-force sneezes knocked over furniture and other characters, accompanied by disgusting sticky blasts of green snot.
- Adventures in Wonderland:
- There is one episode where the Mad Hatter could not stop sneezing. At first, he thinks he's allergic to Hare, but he still keeps sneezing. Eventually, it's discovered that he's actually allergic to a bouquet of undiscovered flowers that the Queen had, and he finally stopped sneezing after letting out a monster sneeze, which blew the flowers up into the sky.
- A mirrored version of this trope happened in another episode where the Queen had a goofy nose glued onto her real nose and couldn't get it off. At the end of the episode, she tried to hide the nose from a photographer with a bouquet of flowers, but those caused her to sneeze, which blew off the fake nose, and there was much rejoicing.
- Lampshaded in an episode of Chuck.
Sarah: If you get us caught because you sneeze, we are officially the worst spies in the world!
- Blake's 7. In "Ultraworld", Dayna sneezes causing a Menial to turn to face her... only to do nothing, even when she waves her hand in front of his face.
- Spike Jones's "The Sneezing Bee" performances are always doomed by these:
- Magellan of Eureeka's Castle has been known to cause the whole castle to shake whenever he sneezes. Justified seeing that he's a dragon and much larger than most of the other characters. Luckily for everyone, he doesn't appear to be of the fire-breathing variety.
- In the Leo Sayer episode of The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy attempts to do a dramatic recitation of "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth. However, the flowers make her sneeze so strongly that she blows Rowlf and his grand piano off the stage.
- In one episode of Under the Umbrella Tree, Holly and her friends were working on a project, which was making a totem pole based on themselves. During the process, Gloria held Iggy on her shoulders while Holly sketched them. Unfortunately, Gloria sneezed causing the two of them to fall.
- At the very end of Guys and Dolls, Nathan, all set to marry Adelaide, loudly demonstrates that there's more than one way a person can develop a cold.
- In The Matchmaker (and Hello, Dolly!), Mrs. Levi is able to reassure Vandergelder that there isn't a man hiding in the closet of the hat shop, despite Minnie seeing one there. But when a tremendous sneeze comes from inside the closet, she has to bow to the inevitable and admit that there is one.
- In Captain EO, a show that played at the Disney theme parks (and currently plays in some of them), while the crew is searching for the Supreme Leader, Hooter sneezes, which puts them at risk of getting caught, but luckily, they didn't.
- In the first level of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, if you stay out in the rain too long before finding your way inside (or, once inside, you hang around in a cloud of fire extinguisher dust or flour), you'll catch a cold and will sneeze at the worst possible times. Right near the end, when you're naked inside a specially cooled room, you can also catch a cold - but, to add some variation, it's a hacking cough.
- This was actually parodied in a trailer for the game, where Snake has the misfortune of sneezing while sneaking behind several dozen soldiers. "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" "!" ...
- Hell, in the first game, Snake gets a cold from the guard after his time in the Maximum Fun Chamber, and any sneezes will instantly alert the guards (good thing we have the box). For funny bonus points, even his voice changes to a very miserable-sounding, stuffed up sniffly tone until you get the cold medicine.
- Dante's sneeze in the Mission 2 cinematic of Devil May Cry 3 brings down the entire front of his shop. Whether it was a gale force sneeze or a normal one that was just too much for the fragilized structure to take is anyone's guess.
- In Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Angela sneezes while sneaking around the Thugs-4-Less ship, getting herself captured and necessitating a rescue mission (she also attempts to pass her sneeze off as a cat, but this doesn't work, even if she does bear a resemblance to one).
- In Final Fantasy VI, the hideous pink puff Chupon (Typhon in the new translations,) Brachosaurs, and the Great Malboros have a skill named "Snort," an unblockable sneeze attack which will instantly eject a character from the battlefield regardless of HP or defenses. Although it can be useful at times (a character that has been Snorted away is still, technically, alive, so you'll only be returned to the world map if the other characters are killed) the enemies tend to use it on your most powerful character.
- Viki from Suikoden is a powerful teleportess (a very rare skill in the Suikoden world) but an extremely clumsy one. She has successfully teleported herself across time and space by the simple act of sneezing. On one memorable occasion she managed to teleport in another version of herself from the past (or future, we're not really sure). People who know her tend to run the moment her nose twitches.
- In The Last Blade 2, Juzoh has a special attack in which he sneezes. Not only does it knock his opponent over, it deals damage. Yes, you could be defeated by getting sneezed on.
- Psychonauts: NPCs sneeze their brains out.
- While Jak and Daxter are eavesdropping on a conversation between Erol and Baron Praxis in the second game, Daxter sneezes.
- Although it is incredibly rare, happening once every few games, it is possible for either Toe Jam or Earl from the game of the same name to sneeze. It may be harmless in some cases, but if there is a sleeping enemy on screen, or if the player is sneaking up on Santa Claus, all of your sneaking goes to waste.
- In Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure, one of Buster's three helpers is Sneezer. In some levels in the game, Buster uses him to blow away all the enemies on the screen using his extreme sneeze.
- At one point in the Tsuta Ruins in Ōkami, Issun sneezes, causing the walkway you're currently on to start crumbling away.
- In American McGee's Alice the Dutchess sneezes till her head explodes.
- The ending of Cave Story shows Sue and Itoh returned to their human form. Unfortunately, their ill-timed sneezes turn them back into Mimiga shapes.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, if the player contracts Porphyric Hemophilia and begins to turn into a vampire, one of the horrifying dreams they experience is as follows:
A warm, gentle breeze causes a tickle on your face, but as you go to brush it off, you find you cannot move your arms. Looking at your skin, you realize that it has turned to a brittle, green glass. Standing perfectly still, you breathe in shallow gulps of air, knowing that moving would cause your skin to shatter into thousands of pieces. The tickle on your face worsens, and you know that you are about to sneeze. As your skin shatters, you wake up sweating.
- In Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Phoenix Wright uses this as a normal attack.
- This is Luigi's Annoy Mode taunt in Mario Party 6 and 7.
- In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Starlow can tickle Luigi's nose while he's sleeping, causing him to sneeze which creates gusts of wind in his dream. Luigi also sneezes when climbing Mount Pajamaja in the real world, which ends up waking up Mammoshka (the guardian/boss of the mountain). Cue Boss Battle.
- Hopeless Masquerade has Koishi sneezing as part of her standard combo, and it seems to work just as well as a kick in the face.
- One of the possible combat skills your hero can learn in Godville is "Powerful Sneeze".
- In Street Fighter V, Birdie's V-Reversal has him sneezing in the opponent's face. Besides fitting in with his rather comedic fighting style, this is possibly a nod to how his sudden Race Lift between his first and second appearances was Hand Waved; "Oh, what? ...Before? I looked pale because I was sick!".
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
- At one point, Maya sneezes and sets off Lotta's camera, wasting another roll of film.
- In Justice For All, Bat was injured by a lion sneezing while his head was in its mouth.
- Gloomy bookworm Touko Fuwaka in Danganronpa can either see blood or sneeze to cause her to transform into her serial killer split personality Genocide(r) Shou/Syo/Jack/Jill.
- In RWBY, when Ruby and Weiss first meet, Ruby has a massive Dust-empowered sneeze that covers Weiss in ash. Weiss is unamused.
- In Happy Tree Friends, Giggles sniffs a bouquet of roses before realizing that she's allergic to pollen, and eventually sneezes so hard her brain flies out of the back of her head.
- El Goonish Shive:
- While it isn't quite the sneeze itself, the one Ellen lets loose in one strip ends up having hilarious repercussions.
- The previous night, Nanase tries to wake up Ellen by rubbing her nose with her fairy tail. The resulting sneeze is off-panel, but was apparently messy enough for Nanase to need a bath in the sink.
- In this Wapsi Square, Monica sneezes her bra off (without destroying her shirt, no less).
- Chloe in Eerie Cuties unleashes one that covers the whole school in succubus pheromones.
- In Slightly Damned, Kieri (AKA "Snowy" to those who can't pronounce her name) turns into a snow bunny whenever she sneezes.
- In Sinfest, Jesus turns Hell into a lovely garden paradise. Blue is about to learn that Good Feels Good, but when someone hands her a blue rose, it triggers an allergy, and her sneeze of doom ruins everything.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang has been shown (involuntarily?) airbending when he sneezes.
Sokka: You just sneezed... and flew ten feet in the air.
Aang: Really? It felt higher that that.
- Teen Titans:
- Subverted in the episode "Apprentice: Part 1". Cyborg is trying to delicately defuse a bomb when Starfire starts to sneeze, then Raven makes a force field around Starfire's head... just leaving Starfire herself to have frizzled hair as a result of her sneeze being entrapped and forced back at her. Yes, Starfire's sneezes in this case tend to be explosive. Doubly subverted when Starfire happens to be allergic to a rare mineral the bomb is made out of and is used to find its location.
- Played straight in episode "Revved Up": Raven sneezes while she and Starfire are on a bus full of two bit villains, and Starfire's alien version of "Bless you" gets them found out. Avoided in that the two have no trouble taking over the bus thereafter.
- Sneezer in Tiny Toon Adventures; a cute little toddler mouse who's sneezes produce hurricane-force winds. "Ah-TOOOO!"
- Bugs Bunny :
- In the cartoon "Frigid Hare", Bugs and an Eskimo are stuck in an ice ledge that breaks with every noise they make. At one point the Eskimo starts to sneeze, and Bugs stifles it just in time... but then sneezes himself, sending the ledge completely vertical and on the brink of plummeting.
- In another cartoon, "Knighty Knight Bugs", the Black Knight — played by Yosemite Sam — has a dragon that has a habit of sneezing fire (it caught cold for letting its fire get low), often inadvertently scorching Sam in the process. Near the end, Bugs traps them inside a tower full of explosives:
[dragon starts to sneeze]
Sam: [trying to stop dragon from sneezing] No, no! Don't sneeze, ya stupid dragon! Or you'll blow us to the moon!!
[dragon sneezes anyway and the tower, with Sam and the dragon in it, shoots into the sky like a rocket]
Sam: Dragons is so stupid...
- In "Beanstalk Bunny", Bugs and Daffy are fleeing from giant Elmer, dropping into the pocket of a coat on a rack. Bugs hides in a snuff box and gives himself away with a sneezing fit. Daffy gives himself away with a "Gesundheit!"
- This is how a cold bug got around the cast in the aptly named Kim Possible episode "Sick Day". The episode also features a variation on the trope: Drakken and Shego take advantage of Kim's sneezing to sneak in; however, Kim catches them before they can sneak back out.
- A subversion occurs in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. A character hiding rather transparently in a villainess' fortress sneezes on purpose to create a diversion.
- PAW Patrol:
- Chase is infamous for doing this frequently in the series being that he's allergic to cats and birds.
- In "Pups and the Pirate Treasure", Skye sticks her head in a knothole only to discover it's full of dust. This causes her to sneeze, which makes her fly backwards.
- At the beginning of "Pups Get Growing", Mr. Porter is working with Ryder and some of the pups on making the world's largest pizza. When Skye opens a sack of flour, it causes her to let out a big sneeze blowing flour all over everyone. Mr. Porter then has everyone sneeze all at once, and this blows the flour off everyone.
- In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, the sneezes of Mr Socrates, a computer who was allergic to dogs, were powerful enough to blow the team out of the lair.
- Junko from Storm Hawks is allergic to Murk Raiders. Who just so happen to use incredibly sensitive sound detecting equipment to hunt their prey.
- In the animated TV version of Dilbert, Loud Howard's sneezes are capable of stripping all the flesh from a person's body. The rest of the team use this to get rid of people in marketing.
- In Monster by Mistake!, Warren Patterson is accidentally cursed to transform into a monster and back whenever he sneezes. Naturally, he has really bad allergies.
- Mid-1970s Hanna-Barbera character Great Grape Ape had such a disastrous allergy to grapes. It used to be a major plot point in early episodes. Later on, grapes turned into the one food Grape Ape enjoyed more than any other in the world, much like Sonny and Cocoa Puffs or Scooby Doo and Scooby Snacks.
- In the season 1 ReBoot episode "The Great Brain Robbery" Mouse, Hack and Slash get miniaturized by Megabyte ala Innerspace. But instead of ending up in Bob's body they wind up in Enzo. After a mad rush to Enzo's nose he lets out a massive sneeze, ejecting a rapidly expanding modified ABC.
- Anne Chan falls victim to this in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan episode "The Greek Caper" when she, Alan, Tom and Suzie are being chased by a masked stranger in a museum and disguise themselves as statues. Alan tries to stifle it with his finger and it works...for about half a second.
- Happens to Gina in Dennis the Menace (US) when she and Dennis follow a pair of art thieves to their hideout.
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show:
- Princess Toadstool reveals that she's allergic to garbanzo bean seeds when Mario shows them to her. Her sneeze blows them right out of his hand.
- Luigi just barely averts one in another episode to avoid getting caught by Mouser.
- In the first episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, the gang solve a mystery of an ice monster terrorizing a ski resort, where Velma gets a nasty cold. Near the end of the episode, as the villain controlling the monster robot is getting away, Scooby redirects Velma to sneeze towards the mountains, causing an avalanche and catching the bad guy. This was a Running Gag in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! show. While hiding from the Monster of the Week, Shaggy or Scooby would start readying himself to sneeze, only to be stiffled by the other, who immediately proceeds to sneeze himself, blowing their cover.
- Shezow's sneezes are powerful enough to blow him/her into outer-space.
- Animated segments on Sesame Street:
- "One, Two, Three Dogs", which shows three dogs trying to do impressive stunts on unicycles. In one of the stunts, the three dogs are shown piled up on each other's shoulders while on one unicycle. They end up collapsing when the female dog in the middle sneezes.
- Another featured a man in "The Sneezing Song". Throughout the whole song, Whenever he sneezes it caused a building to collapsed until he cover his nose. After he came back in the house, His pet dog sneezes and his house collapsed.
- There's also a segment called "The Sneezing Snerd", which demonstrates what one should do if they had a cold.
- In The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Stubborn has very powerful sneezing when he gets sick (even though he denies being sick).
- In an episode of Futurama, Amy's allergy gives her and Nibbler's position away when they spy on the evil cats' sinister plan.
- In an early episode, Leela is exposed as a human (while impersonating a robot on Chapek IX) when she sneezes in response to a kicked up cloud of dust.
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series
- In the episode "Home Is Where the Bark Is", Lucky, Cadpig and Rolly make many attempts to escape from their old house (which they are trapped inside). In one of these attempts, they form a Human Ladder to get out through the chimeny. However, the second after their totem was formed, Lucky (at the top) loosened some soot, which got into Rolly's nose, and his sneeze caused the totem to collapse.
- In another episode, "Goose Pimples", while Pug and Spot are hiding from Lock Jaw, Pug mentions this trope to Spot and tells her not to do it, but he ends up doing it.
- Goofy's Classic Disney Short episode "The Big Wash" shows the Dolores the elephant sneezes from soap proves to be the problem for Goofy trying to wash her.
- Odie does this in Garfield's Halloween Adventure while he and Garfield are hiding in a cabinet from some pirate ghosts. The sneeze is not only loud enough to attract the ghosts' attention, but it's powerful enough to blow the cabinet doors right open. With sheepish grins, Garfield and Odie close the doors again, and Garfield says, "Maybe they didn't see us..." Cue the Scare Chord as the pirate ghosts come through the cabinet!
- On an episode of Cow and Chicken, the Red Guy sprinkles pepper in Cow's nostril so that she would sneeze out a fly that she's holding captive in her mouth. Cow tried as hard as she could to hold in her sneeze, but she failed.
- In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "The Ride Stuff", Ami and Yumi try to sneak Kaz onto a ride that he's too short to ride with Yumi standing on top of Kaz disguised as a tall British lady. Just as they were walking onto the ride, Kaz sneezed because he was allergic to the fabric of the disguise, but fortunately, the guy working at the ride didn't act at all suspicious about it; he just said, "Bless you, tall British lady's knees!"
- On an episode of Muppet Babies, while the gang is using their imagination, Gonzo magically makes a rainbow bridge across two mountains and claims it to be "his nose". Unfortunately, as the other babies were walking across it, Gonzo let out a sneeze, and the sneeze caused the whole bridge to disappear causing everyone to fall to their doom.
- The Dastardly & Muttley episode "Stop That Pigeon" (which was the show's original working name) climaxed with a missile Klunk makes that tracks down and explodes upon anyone who sneezes. The Squadron fires a pepper shell at Yankee Doodle Pigeon who sneezes but outwits the missile by hiding in his satchel. Muttley fires another pepper shell but it hits Dastardly. Klunk holds Dastardly's nose, Zilly holds Klunk's nose, and Muttley holds Zilly's nose, but there's nobody to hold Muttley's nose. He sneezes and the Squadron is on the receiving end of the exploding missile.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- At the beginning of the episode "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Spike dusts off a book Twilight sent for him to get. The dust caused him to sneeze out fire, which ended up burning and disintegrating the pages.
- In "Putting Your Hoof Down", Fluttershy locks herself in her home out of shame for lashing out at ponies in an attempt to be more assertive, when the motivational speaker minotaur Iron Will shows up to collect the money Fluttershy owes him for the seminar she attended. Pinkie Pie and Rarity try to stall for time by convincing Iron Will that Fluttershy isn't home, but she gives herself away with a sneeze.
- In "It's About Time", Spike subjects Twilight to Tickle Torture with her quill while she's trying to stand still for the next several days in the hopes that she won't cause the disaster her future self tried to warn her about. After he tickles her nose, she sneezes, with the result that her horn lights up and her telekinesis activates and slams him into a wall. Spike in turn accidentally blows fire in her direction, giving her a mane-cut that resembles Future Twilight.
- In "Princess Spike", a series of events caused by Spike making careless decisions in Twilight's name leads to a meeting hall being flooded. Just as Spike observes that a priceless statue survived the damage to the hall, the blossoms from a dragon-sneeze tree cause him to sneeze violently, knocking the statue over ("Ah, bless me"). At the end of the episode, someone hands Spike a whole bouquet of dragon-sneeze blossoms, and the episode ends just as Spike is about to sneeze the statue over again.
- In "The Crystalling", Baby Flurry Heart creates large, destructive beams of energy from her horn whenever she sneezes. At least, until Sunburst provides a Power Limiter spell that curbs her magic surges.
- There's an episode of the G1 My Little Pony series where Megan and some ponies are sneaking through a castle. Gusty sneezed a few times, which caused numerous problems for the group such as their torch blowing out and of course, getting caught.
- Both Inspector Gadget and his kid Expy Gadget Boy's gadgets have a tendency to pop out and cause mischief when they sneeze. Not that their gadgets don't normally act up anyway.
- In the Donkey Kong Jr. cartoon "Sheep Rustle Hustle" of Saturday Supercade, Junior's partner Bones has sneaked into the rustler's truck disguised as a sheep. They hear him come in and investigate; they suspect nothing until a sheep tickles Bones' nose causing him to sneeze and blow his disguise off.
- A Running Gag in the Taz-Mania episode "Feed a Cold" where the force of Taz's sneezes is enough to lift the roof off the Platypus Brothers' house.
- Pound Puppies (2010):
- The episode, "Pound Preemies" opens with Rebound at the vet letting out sneezes so powerful that they cause earthquakes.
- Also, in the episode, "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine", the dogs make an attempt to cease an agent who is about to destroy Shelter 17. Lucky, Cookie, Niblet and Squirt put whipped cream on their faces to make it look like they have rabies. The plan works at first, but it unfortunately backfired when Niblet sneezed off the cream on his face. This made the agent realize this would make the dogs' fur coats cleaner and calls McLeash a genius for the idea.
Cookie: At least we'll have shiny new coats.
- in Kidd Video, the fairy character Glitter gains super strength whenever she sneezes. Unfortunately, she genuinely has to sneeze to activate it, meaning she and her friends have to look for something to use as an irritant (like pepper, pollen, or flour) if it's needed. It wears off after a short while.
- In The Backyardigans episode Monster Detective, Uniqua accidently exposes herself and Detective Tyrone to "Soccer" Monster Pablo by sneezing. Of course, rather than chase them (at first), he simply offers her a tissue.
- Wacky Races: In "Wacky Race to Ripsaw", Peter Perfect's car fell apart because of his sneeze. Then again, his car falls apart Once per Episode.
- Wunschpunsch: The episode "Achoo!".
- April O'Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) got caught by the villains on more than one occasion because her sneezes gave away her hiding place.
- Tails in the pilot episode of Sonic SatAM happens to sneeze just as he and Sonic are camped out in an Air-Vent Passageway above Robotnik. Not only does the noise give them away, the force of the sneeze is enough to knock the pair of them out of the vent and into the open.
- Sneezily of Breezly and Sneezly is personified in this trope. He suffers from a cold, and frequently lets out sneezes with devastating power.
- In Xiaolin Showdown, Dojo the dragon's Shen Gong Wu senses sometimes manifest themselves as physical afflictions. In "Shen Yi Bu", he gets a nasty allergy, and when he finally lets a sneeze loose, it also dislodges a fireball. The recipient of this sneeze? Jack Spicer.
Jack: Bless you.
- The Amazing World of Gumball: Darwin has what is initially thought to be an increasing allergic reaction to stupidity. It starts off with sneezes that sound, as Gumball puts it, "Like the world's angriest baby." but ends up with ones powerful enough to push the entire planet hundreds of feet. (He sneezes downward and the ground disappears for a moment, all the loose objects remaining in place, and then they fall.)
- In Monster Buster Club, Cathy is an alien with Rubber Man powers. The one time she catches an Earth cold, it causes her head to occasionally become huge, and then sneeze with enough strength to send everybody tumbling in a good radius. At first it's an inconvenience threatening to ruin her cover, but then she weaponizes it against an hostile alien.
- In the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon Brave Little Tailor, Mickey tries to hide from the giant in a haystack, but when the giant rolls up the hay and lights it as a cigar, the smoke makes Mickey sneeze, exploding the cigar and revealing him. His sandwich-exploding Pepper Sneeze in the later Mickey and the Beanstalk (mentioned above under Films — Animation) is a bit of an obvious Shout-Out to this one.
- No-Zone of the Toxic Crusaders had a powerful sneeze as his super power.
- In the Kaeloo episode "Let's Play Doctors and Nurses", Stumpy sneezes powerfully after catching a cold.
- In the Canadian short Hot Stuff, the first man is shivering and freezing due to the cold weather of prehistoric Earth to the point that he sneezes violently. This is what causes the gods to take pity on him and give him fire.