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"Don't you just hate it when your boogers freeze?"
Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

A character sneezes from being cold. Maybe he's outside in a blizzard or in an arctic setting, or maybe has been trapped in a freezer. Maybe the character has been walking in the rain. He might also have been pushed into a fountain, pool, etc. and his clothes are completely soaked and he's standing there shivering. This may or may not mean the character is getting sick; he might start sneezing in the cold environment but then stop once he warms up.

See also Catch Your Death of Cold, for the durable old wives' tale that going out in the cold makes you catch a cold.

Truth in Television.



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    Anime & Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 10 episode 23 of Happy Heroes, the first thing Careless S. does when the Supermen enter the Slippy-Slidey Ice World is sneeze.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In Pleasant Goat Fun Class: The Earth Carnival episode 7, when the gang arrives at the mesosphere, the drop in temperature is enough to make Wolffy sneeze and shiver.

    Comic Books 
  • In Tintin in Tibet, Captain Haddock sneezes with enough force to rip open the overcrowded tent.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • At the end of Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Peaches sneezes from a snowflake that she catches in her trunk.
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle's father Maurice sneezes after coming into the castle out of the rain.
  • Pinocchio: Geppetto and Figaro both sneeze while in the cold, wet belly of Monstro the Whale, as does Pinocchio when he joins them there. Of course soon afterward, they escape by inverting this trope and making Monstro sneeze from a smoky fire.
  • An American Tail: Fievel sneezes when he first washes up on shore, soaking wet, after being Lost at Sea.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Pride & Prejudice (2005), when Jane is made by her mother to visit Mr. Bingley via horseback, in the rain, she sneezes as soon as the doors are opened for her. This leads to us learning that she became ill because of the journey.
  • Chunk of The Goonies briefly sneezes as he's stuck inside the Fratellis' freezer; Ma Fratelli blesses him on her way out of the room.
  • In The Great Muppet Caper, Miss Piggy starts sneezing after she soaks herself in the fountain at the fashion show. The villainous Nicky takes the opportunity to bring her coat to warm her up... just after he slips Lady Holiday's stolen necklace into said coat's pocket to frame Piggy for the theft.
  • In Madeline, Madeline has a sneezing fit after being rescued from drowning in the Seine. It's not clear if it's just this trope or Catch Your Death of Cold, since Miss Clavel puts her to bed and makes her stay home from the girls' next walk, but she doesn't show any other symptoms.

  • Johnny Desmond's 1955 rendition of "Sleigh Ride" humorously ends with this trope.
    Chorus: Gesundheit, John!

    Video Games 
  • Heavy Rain: one of the idle animations in scenes set in the rain.
  • Luigi's Mansion: the shower ghost does this after Luigi turns her shower to cold. Averted in the sequel despite it having snow and ice areas, since it was developed by a North American company and has less Japanese tropes than the original.
  • In Zack & Wiki. Zack, who wears an open sleeveless coat with no shirt and shorts throughout the game, shivers, sneezes and huddles for warmth whenever he's not doing anything in the Ice World.
  • Also happens to Link in some of the later The Legend of Zelda games.
  • Happens to Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. When he's sneaking around inside the chilly portion of Arsenal Gear, he can contract a cold and start sneezing, alerting the guards to his presence. A medicine capsule he can find in the locker after getting out of his restraints can counteract this condition.
    • Also to Snake himself in the first Metal Gear Solid, if you stay too long out in the snowy parts. This might just be part of the Twin Snakes remake, though.
      • It's not, albeit it's done in a different way. In the original PS1 game, after you break out of the torture chamber, Ocelot's stripped you of all your gear, leaving you shirtless. If you waste too much time before recovering your equipment, Snake can catch a cold and start sneezing all over the place, which can get you caught easily. The medicine to counter this is in one of the cubicles in the big office before the room where you fight Psycho Mantis.
  • In Yume Nikki, when Madotsuki uses the Towel effect (which huddles her up in a towel in a manner similar to a cozy blanket) she sneezes.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, your partner sneezes from the cold on the way to Frosty Forest.
  • In Pokemon Platinum, you run into Maylene outside Snowpoint City, which she has apparently walked to from Veilstone, in bare feet and in her usual outfit. Unsurprisingly, she sneezes, although she tries to brush it off, claiming she isn't cold at all. She's later seen shivering in the Pokemon Center.
    • Cubchoo has a large teardrop-shaped frozen snot drip from its nose. After it evolves into Beartic, it forms a beard of ice.
  • Lynne from Ghost Trick does this in the rain, and it's adorable. She gets another one during the submarine chapter if the water starts to catch up with them.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs: In the song "What Are We?" Dr. Scratchensniff sneezes from the cold when the Warners briefly turn themselves into penguins and his office into the South Pole.
  • Chilly Willy is MADE of this trope.
  • In an old Merrie Melodies cartoon starring a dog and a skunk, both characters catch a cold from being in freezing cold water. The cartoon ends when both characters share the same bed because they're both so stuffed up (and sneezing) that the dog can't smell the Skunk's stench.
  • Happens to Karen on the Rankin-Bass Frosty the Snowman Christmas Special.
  • In the Evil Con Carne episode Bring Me the Face of Hector Con Carne; when the main characters go to Antarctica to find Con Carne's missing face (it makes sense in context), General Skarr curses the cold weather and then sneezes from it. The weather is cold enough to freeze the resulting spray in midair.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 160, it's snowing outside and Mr. Cat starts sneezing from the cold. A couple of scenes later, he's perfectly fine.
  • In the The Powerpuff Girls Powerpuff Girls titled "Power Lunch," Ace from the Gangreen Gang gets ice powers from the girls' heat vision after eating frozen treats at the mini-mart; he shivers and then sneezes, blowing out a gust of icy wind that completely frosts over a nearby garbage can.
  • On an episode of The Simpsons, Lisa is pushed into a freezer to get a carton of ice cream that Homer can't reach; she sneezes and then gets sick.
  • It also happens to Dick Dastardly on Wacky Races, near the end of "The Ski Resort Road Race".
  • In the Madeline episode Madeline and the Forty Thieves, the girls' miserably cold, windy day at the zoo includes this Call-Back to the original book and special:
    Narrator: And to the tiger, turning blue, Madeline could only say...
    Madeline: Achoo!
  • In the Steven Universe: Future episode "Snow Day", Steven gets a runny nose and sneezes a few times from being outside in a winter storm without a coat. It stops as soon as he puts the jacket on.


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