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One of the worst possible times for a hay fever attack.

"Mom, I sneezed and blew my head off!"
Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

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." 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. Contrast "Aww"-choo for a very different sort of sneeze. Not related to Incurable Cough of Death.

May be connected to Plot Allergy. Very frequently results in So Much for Stealth.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ranma ½:
    • 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. 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 Negima! Magister Negi Magi 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.
    • Much earlier, however, in the Orange Islands episode "Misty Meets her Match," Team Rocket's submarine is teetering dangerously on top of a pillar and in order to keep it from falling, they have to try and keep it still. Unfortunately for them, the curly part of Jessie's hair tickles the exact area where Meowth's nose would be, and he sneezes and knocks the submarine into the water... and into a whirlpool. Cue them crying a variant of their "Team Rocket's blasting off again!" as they're eliminated for the rest of the episode.
  • 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.
  • Downplayed in Snow White with the Red Hair when Kirito sneezes on an impromptu camping trip while everyone present is trying to pretend to be asleep to give Shirayuki and Zen a moment together. The sneeze also cuts the camping trip that Kirito really wanted to go on short since Ryuu and Shrayuki realize immediately that he's getting sick.
  • 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.
  • Jewelpet Sunshine: Subverted. In episode 16b, the gang is trying to get past a security laser system to steal their summer vacation homework. Labra nearly sneezes, but Kanon's friend stops her... only for her to trigger the lasers herself in the process.
  • In one episode of Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura and her friends are trying to capture the Silence card, which will teleport them away if it hears any noises. They look to be going well on their third attempt- until one of them sneezes, which the Silence hears.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: Subverted in Season 13 episode 2. Happy S., Smart S., and Careful S. don bee costumes to infiltrate a hive of giant bees, and as they approach the hive a leaf passes by Happy S., making him sneeze and lose the head to his costume. Bee guards outside the hive notice the costume's head and think it's the cut-off head of an actual bee, too panicked to notice the Supermen who just beat them up and enter their headquarters.
  • Pongdybory of Noonbory and the Super 7 may as well be the posterchild (posterbory?) of this trope, due to his unfortunate allergies to pretty much everything.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 25, the goats are in the grass hiding from Wolffy, who is flying around in his bee costume to look for them. Paddi realizes there's a flower right in front of him and sneezes, which causes Wolffy to notice where the goats are.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Tintin:

    Comic Strips 
  • 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 off 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 a yet another one, Hobbes catches hay fever and becomes unable to stalk Calvin.
      Calvin: Hayfever season isn't all bad.
      Hobbes: You thig id's fuddy, bud id's dot.

    Fan Works 
  • 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, 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.
  • A lot of Sarah Girl 1998's fanfics have this happen, on account of her having a sneezing fetish. For example, a majority of her Happy Tree Friends fanfiction have Lumpy (her favorite character) sneezing a lot.
    • "The Sneeze Bombs" fanfic has several characters do this, due to someone throwing Sneeze Bombs onto the forest. And unsurprisingly, Lumpy is one of the sneezers.
      • It also has a scene where Lumpy gets one of the Sneeze Bombs, and Splendid arrives in an attempt to save Lumpy from it. But he ends up failing in exactly the same way Captain Rescue failed to save Sonic from the Sneeze Bomb, with the same effect happening to Lumpy.
    • Lumpy's Sneezy Adventure is full of this. In the first chapter, Lumpy smells an unusual-looking flower despite having hay fever, and ends up sneezing loudly and strongly for the rest of the fanfic. It turns out that his sneezing is due to the flower itself, rather than just his allergies.
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Bolt issues a few explosive and splattery sneezes in these stories.
    • In "The Mall," the dog has a bad cold and frequently sprays his friends as a result.
      • Rhino complains that the dog is getting mucus all over the floor, and that he's happy to be in a plastic ball at this point.
        Bolt: [sneering peevishly] Very fuddy! Veeeery fuddy! Dod’t bake fud of be, or I’ll… I’ll… ahh-ahh-ahh-CHOO!... I’ll sdeeze all over you! That’ll show you!
        Rhino: [chuckling] Lotsa luck with that, pal. I've never been happier to be rolling around in a plastic ball than I am right now.
      • Mittens gets covered in flying dog snot a couple times which elicits copious snark from the cat.
        Bolt: [shouting joyfully] Bittens! Bittens! I… I… ahh-ahh-ahh-CHOO!... I bissed you, Bittens! I bissed you!
        Mittens: [laughing while cleaning off her face] Actually, you didn’t. But I’m happy you’re here just the same.
        Bolt: I’b so glad I… glad I… ahh-ahh-ahh-CHOO!... glad I foud you! Thang dog you’re here! We were so… so… ahh-ahh-ahh-CHOO!... so worried aboud you!
        Mittens: [thinking] Sheesh! When did the weather forecast change from partly cloudy to scattered showers? Somebody really needs to get Mr. Sneezy-face an antihistamine or something.
    • In "The Imaginary Letters," a fellow bleacher-seat fan at a Cubs baseball game keeps trying to get Bolt to drink some of his beer from a cup. The fumes make the dog sneeze explosively into the glass, calling a halt to the man's attempts to interest the pooch in his beer.
  • In Timing is Everything Harry sneezes while hiding in a hollow tree from Dudley and his gang.
  • In Love Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry Ron sneezes while he and Harry are under the invisibility cloak spying on what Snape does during Saturday evenings.
  • In Let Me Warm Your Heart, Narcis is a very ugly sneezer, which he finds highly embarrassing. Near the end of the story, one of these sneezes nearly knocks Heike off the bed.
  • In this fancomic for Turning Red, Jesse is prevented from sneeze due to claims from the other 4*Town boys that he's developing a "dad sneeze", which Aaron Z. claims will blow the wheels of their tour bus. Jesse initially denies this, until a cat that Tae Young had brought on board prior crawls into his bed late at night. Smash Cut to the back of the bus being completely blown out.

    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 Foothills of the Headlands, they come across a strange dust which Jeremy deduces as pepper. It makes John and George let 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:
    • 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: Invoked and exploited in 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.
  • Frozen Fever ends with a sick Elsa sneezing while trying to blow a huge Bugle horn, launching a giant snowball all the way to the Southern Isles (where, yes, it lands on Hans, who is reduced to menial labor as punishment for his actions). Her other sneezes also create tiny snowmen, or "snowgies," who proceed to make mischief.
  • Played for Laughs in Monsters, Inc. when a monster reading a newspaper sneezes fire on it, destroying it before he could finish reading. He grumbles "Aw, nuts!"
  • In Balto, Butt-Monkey Star sneezing at the worst possible moment nearly buries the sled team in an avalanche.
  • In the 1973 Russian animated version of The Nutcracker, this is the evil mice's Weaksauce Weakness: if they sneeze, they explode. In the Nutcracker Prince's backstory, his father the king kills the Mouse Queen this way by dousing her with pepper (unfortunately, not before she casts the spell that turns the Prince into a nutcracker), and later, after her Overlord Jr. son the Mouse King explodes when his Soul Jar crown is shattered, his soldiers also explode when they all inhale his vaporous remains and sneeze.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Tom and Huck: Tom accidentally sneezes while trying to take the map from a sleeping Injun Joe, waking him up. He and Huck barely manage to hide before Joe can spot them.
    Huck: Ya had to sneeze, didn't ya?
  • In the 1966 Batman: The Movie, Commodore Schmidlapp sneezes, causing the dust of the dehydrated people to get mixed up, delaying Batman and Robin from rehydrating them.
  • The Little Rascals:
    • A short has a mule that chases you if you sneeze and stops once it hears a sound of an alarm clock.
    • Another example is in the 1937 short "Rushin' Ballet", where after Spanky and Alfalfa incur the wrath of the neighborhood bullies, Butch and Woim. They manage to hide in the basement of a ballet studio disguised as mannequins, and while the two bullies are looking in the laundry basket for them, Alfalfa sneezes and almost gives them away, but Spanky throws a shoe at the clothes rack and temporarily distracts them.
  • 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 (1977), 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.
  • Subverted in Babe: When Babe and Ferdinand are trying to steal the Hoggetts' alarm clock without waking Duchess the cat, Ferdinand (who is allergic to cats) almost sneezes – and this makes Babe so anxious that he drops the alarm clock and it rings, which is what wakes the cat. We only hear Ferdinand finally let the sneeze out offscreen after chaos ensues.
  • A variation in Greyhound. The Talker (the sailor who relays messages sent via the sound-powered telephone) pauses to sneeze as they're closing in on a U-boat, and so has to ask for a message from the sonar operator to be repeated. His superior is not amused and he's warned he'll be relieved of duty if he does that again.
  • CIA operative Bradley Fine in Spy is holding the Big Bad at gunpoint trying to figure out where he hid the stolen nuclear warhead, with his finger on the trigger, then suddenly sneezes with predictable results.

  • Older Than Feudalism: In Anabasis, just after the Ten Thousand's original leaders are captured and killed by the Persians, they decide to hold a meeting to decide what to do. After some panicking, somebody sneezes. Everyone immediately drops to the ground in supplication (the Greeks considered a sneeze to be a sign from the gods). They then got up, elected new officers, and decided to march back to Greece. Because of a sneeze.
  • 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.
  • Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories: Horton sneezes after the Kwuggerbug shoves the beezlenut shells into his trunk, blowing said Kwuggerbug so far away he never manages to get back to the Beezlenut tree.
  • Happens occasionally in Goosebumps.
    • In The Horror at Camp Jellyjam, Wendy secretly follows the camp counselors to their hideout in the woods, and spies Buddy mind controlling the rest of the counselors to serve King Jellyjam. Then after it's finished, Wendy suddenly sneezes. She tries to hold it in, but it comes out anyway. This causes Buddy to point in her direction, alerting the other counselors, and she is forced to hide someplace else. It turns out that the place she chose to hide into is the passageway to King Jellyjam's lair.
    • In The Blob That Ate Everyone, Zackie and Alex sneak into an empty and destroyed antique store, and come across a typewriter. Zackie wants to take it with him, but then the owner of the store comes in looking for them. The two are forced to hide, and they wait there in the darkness, soon wondering if the coast was clear. But then Alex sneezes, which alerts the store owner to their hiding place, and she grabs them.
    • The Series 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.
  • The panda cub in Neil Gaiman's picture book Chu's Day and sequels is prone to these.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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".
  • Charmed:
    • In the episode "Ms. Hellfire", Phoebe's sneeze gives them away.
    • 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.
  • 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 & 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.
    • Played straight in "The Keeper". Vila hides in a rocky crevice, but sulfur fumes emitting from the crevice make him sneeze, drawing the searchers down on him.
  • Bottom: Eddie Hitler's sneeze during the Halloween episode is so strong it demolishes the conservatory and sets little Dave Hedgehog on fire.
  • Inverted in F Troop according to the Expository Theme Tune — Wilton Parmenter became the hero of the day by sneezing at just the right moment to change a bugle-call signal from a retreat to a successful charge.
  • Batwoman (2019). Batwoman is sneaking around Magpie's hideout, which is a temperature-controlled room that will explode if it detects her body heat or she even breathes. Batwoman has the batsuit lower her temperature and holds her breath...until she opens a drawer and releases a bunch of feathers that make her sneeze, whereupon she has to do a Super Window Jump to avoid getting blown up.

  • Spike Jones's "The Sneezing Bee" performances are always doomed by these:
    • An audio recording of "Flight of the Bumblebee" is played by a trombonist with hay-fever.
    • A film of a live performance has the pianist instead of the trombonist sneezing. Near the end, the trombonist uses the Anti-Sneeze Finger on himself to avoid sneezing.
  • The Inciting Incident of On Top of Spaghetti is somebody's sneeze dislodging a meatball from a plate of spaghetti with enough force to send it rolling out the door and into the garden.

    Puppet Shows 
  • 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.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Snuffy's sneezes tend to blow things around due to his size and the length of his nose. This actually had an advantage in the 1998 "Slimey to the Moon" arc: a sneeze from Snuffy gave the worms' space shuttle just the boost it needed to launch into space.
    • In one classic Ernie and Bert sketch from 1969, Bert sneezes his nose off. Ernie proceeds to stick it back on in various wrong places.
    • Narrowly averted in 2004's "A Magical Halloween Adventure": when magicians Gilda the Great and Murray the Mediocre are hiding in a closet from the Sesame Street monsters because they think all monsters are mean and scary, Murray almost sneezes, but Gilda stops it by magicking his nose off of his face.
  • 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.

    Theme Parks 
  • In Captain EO, a show that played at the Disney theme parks, while the crew is searching for the Supreme Leader, Hooter sneezes, which puts them at risk of getting caught, but luckily, they didn't.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
    • This mechanic was actually introduced back in the 2D era of the franchise, in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, where taking the underground canal shortcut too many times gives Snake a cold. Unlike in later games, it will NOT eventually heal on its own, and the only way to stop Snake's sneezing is to find and use the medicine item.
  • Dante's sneeze in the Mission 2 cinematic of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening 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. In the Coliseum, if you bet an item that the game doesn't have a reward for, your opponent will always be Chupon/Typhon, who will always immediately use Snort to blow you out of the fight.
  • 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.
  • In Psychonauts, Dr. Loboto steals brains by making their owners sneeze it out.
  • In Jak II: Renegade, when Jak and Daxter are eavesdropping on a conversation between Erol and Baron Praxis, Daxter sneezes.
  • In Toe Jam And Earl, it's possible for either Toe Jam or Earl to sneeze, though it's incredibly rare, happening once every few games. 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 Duchess sneezes until 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.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • In 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 Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online, a book titled "The Year 2920, Vol. 21" details Redoran Turala giving away her party's location after a bunch of hostile Orcs trigger her allergies.
      Roaring with delight at the horse and its confused state, they hastened past the timber where Cassyr, Turala, and Bosriel hid. The wildflowers flew into the air at their stampede, powdering the air with seeds. Turala tried to hold back a sneeze, and thought she succeeded. One of the Orcs heard something though, and brought another with him to investigate.
  • In Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Phoenix Wright uses this as a normal attack. Not just any attack, either - it's his Launcher Move, so most matches with Phoenix Wright will see him sneeze on a regular basis.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Both Mario Party 6 and 7 introduce a feature called ‘Annoy Mode’ which can be used to taunt other players. Luigi’s Annoy Mode taunt has him sneeze loudly and then apologize afterwards.
    • 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.
  • Touhou Shinkirou ~ 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!".
  • In Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo, when you first arrive at the Arctic Land, Putt-Putt tries to advance, but reaches a large hill of snow. He warns Pep to be quiet, or they might cause an avalanche. Not long after this, Pep starts to sneeze, but Putt-Putt uses the equivalent of an Anti-Sneeze Finger to stop it, which works. "That was a close one!" But then Putt-Putt sneezes, causing said avalanche.
    PeanutButterGamer: Putt-Putt, you had one job!
  • In Bug Fables, when Team Snakemouth returns Kali her stolen silk, she rewards them and then sprays them with her healing pheromones. Unfortunately, this causes the allergic reaction from Vi, and she sneezes, flying across the room right into her vase, shattering it into pieces. This angers Kali and prompts her to spray the team with another set of pheromones to take control of Kabbu and force him to beat Vi and Leif to death. Cue Boss Battle.
  • Inverted in Death Road to Canada. One random event dictates that a survivor feels a big sneeze coming, but if you simply let it, the sneeze goes away. The "of Doom" part is that the lost sneeze is annoying enough for the survivor to lose a point of moralenote , which can indeed doom the party with a Despair Event if morale is low; to prevent the morale loss, the sneeze has to be forced somehow.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • In RWBY, when Ruby and Weiss first meet, Ruby has a massive Dust-empowered sneeze that covers Weiss in ash. Weiss is unamused.
  • In Inanimate Insanity, Tissues sneezes a lot. He shoots out snot almost every time he does as well, leading to a running gag of him sneezing snot on someone. He could as well be the king of the trope.
  • 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.
    • In "Get Whale Soon", Lumpy and Russell are trapped inside of a whale, so they try building a fire. Russell struggles to light the last match they can find, but when he finally does so, Lumpy accidentally sneezes and blows it out. Judging by his reaction, Russell isn't amused.
    • An episode of the TV series, "Dunce Upon A Time", has Cuddles hiding inside of a pepper grinder to get away from the giant Lumpy. Naturally, the pepper causes Cuddles to sneeze, giving himself away and leading to Lumpy killing him.


    Web Original 
  • In the Glove and Boots episode "Ten Reasons Why Time Travel is No Good", #5 is "You'll Kill Everybody, or They'll Kill You". Fafa explain that time travelers can catch diseases from the future they're not immune to (demonstrated by a future version of Fafa sneezing on Mario and causing him to keel over and die), or spread diseases people in the past aren't immune to (demonstrated by Mario sneezing on a past version of Fafa with similar results).

    Western Animation 
  • 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 chimney. However, the second after their tower 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.
    • In "He Followed Me Home", a baby elephant the pups are trying to take care of ends up letting out a monster sneeze that sends the pups and Spot flying and crashing against the side of a farm silo.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: The "Over the Hill Hero" episode begins with Scratch and Grounder dropping Sneeze Bombs on a town. And once they explode, they cause everybody around them to sneeze. When Sonic himself gets one of the Sneeze Bombs, Captain Rescue arrives (albeit rather clumsily) and tries to save Sonic from the Bomb. But all he does is put a bell over Sonic while he's still holding the Bomb, allowing the bomb to explode anyway. After inhaling three times, Sonic then lets out a huge sneeze with enough force to blow the bell up into the air like a rocket. He then proceeds to have a sneezing fit. During Sonic's inhales before his first sneeze, Tails realizes that Sonic is going to sneeze and runs away while Captain Rescue doesn't move a muscle and gets blown out of the way when the sneeze is released.
  • 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.
  • 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.) It turns out he had a feather tickling his gills, which is what was causing the violent sneeze attacks.
  • 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 than that.
  • The Backyardigans: In the episode "Monster Detective", Uniqua accidentally 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.
  • The Beatles: Ringo's sneeze in the cartoon "Misery" gives the boys away to Count Dracula, who is haunting a wax museum.
  • Sneezly of Breezly and Sneezly is personified in this trope. He suffers from a cold, and frequently lets out sneezes with devastating power.
  • 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!"
    • Bugs takes a whiff of Napoleon Bonapart's snuff which a sneeze strong enough to upset Napoleon's battle plans as well as Napoleon himself ("Napoleon Bunny-part").
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • 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.
    • In the Goofy short "The Big Wash", Dolores the elephant can't stop sneezing from the soap flakes, which proves to be a problem for Goofy trying to wash her.
  • Cow and Chicken: In one episode, 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.
  • The Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines 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.
  • Dennis the Menace:
    • In "Dennis in Venice", Dennis and Gina follow a pair of art thieves to their hideout. Gina blows their cover with a sneeze.
    • Zig-Zagged in "Strike Up the Band"; Henry and Mr. Wilson chase a purse snatcher who hides from them in a department store by posing as a mannequin. He sneezes twice, but Henry and Mr. Wilson assume the other sneezed instead. The purse snatcher gives himself away with a "Thank you!" instead.
  • 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.
  • Doug: This kicks off the plot of "Doug on the Trail." When the Bluff Scouts are heading out on their camping trip, Doug carries both the navigational computer and a pepper mill, but the pepper makes him sneeze and he drops and breaks the computer. This forces Mr. Dink to leave the camp to go get the spare computer, leaving Roger in charge.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In one of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, Cosmo catches the Fairy Flu, which causes his sneezes to transform things and teleport objects.
    • In the series proper an episode dealt with Poof having a case of chicken poofs, which turned him into a chicken. Anyone he sneezed on became a chicken as well, something that became a problem at the climax when he sneezed on an entire stadium of people just as Doug Dimmadome was lamenting the loss of his supply for his fried chicken restaurant.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Here Comes the Grump: This is the signature trait of the Grump's dragon. Guess who gets the Ash Face when it happens?
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: In "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!"
  • 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.
  • Inspector Gadget: Both the inspector 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.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Doctors and Nurses", Stumpy sneezes powerfully after catching a cold.
  • Kidd Video has the fairy character Glitter gain 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.
  • Kim Possible: This is how a cold bug got around the cast in the aptly named 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.
  • The antagonist in the 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon "The Sneezin' Weasel" goes into a sneezing jag after a baby chick who has a cold sneezes on him, giving the weasel his cold.
  • 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 Monster by Mistake!, Warren Patterson is accidentally cursed to transform into a monster and back whenever he sneezes. Naturally, he has really bad allergies.
  • In The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Stubborn has very powerful sneezing when he gets sick (even though he denies being sick).
  • Muppet Babies (1984):
    • In one episode, while the gang is using their imagination, Gonzo magically makes a rainbow bridge across a ravine 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 down the ravine.
    • In another episode's "Piggy in Wonderland" sequence, there's a parody of Humpty Dumpty featuring Rowlf sitting on a giant piano, which goes like this:
    Rowlfy Wowlfy sat on the keys
    Rowlfy Wowlfy made a great sneeze
    (he sneezes so hard that he propels himself end-over-end across the keyboard, smashing it to pieces)
    All the king's Muppets and all the king's men
    Couldn't put the piano together again
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n Friends:
      • In "The Glass Princess, Part 4", when sneaking through Porcina's castle, Gusty discovers an allergy to pigs — such as Porcina herself. Her first sneeze is interrupted before it can wake Porcina, but the second blows out Megan's torch and the third gives them away when they're trying to hide.
      • In "The Quest of the Princess Ponies, Part 2", when the heroes are sneaking around the walls of Lavan's chambers, the bushwoolies' sneezing alerts Lavan to their presence and allows him to find and defeat them.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • "Owl's Well That Ends Well": At the beginning, Spike dusts off a book Twilight sent for him to get. The dust caused him to sneeze out fire, which ends 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.
      • In "Triple Threat", Ember's sneezes trigger uncontrolled fire-breathing, which can be somewhat destructive. It doesn't help that she claims to have an allergy to feelings. At the end of the episode, such a sneeze melts the celebratory ice statues. She comments they should make more things out of rocks.
      • In "A Matter of Principals", the dragon-sneeze tree makes a return. Smolder has the same allergic reaction to it that Spike did, sneezing uncontrollably and blasting dragon fire everywhere.
      • In the short "Ail-icorn", the sick Twilight's sneezes cause blasts of Power Incontinence from her horn, putting wheels on Rarity's hoof, encasing Fluttershy in ice, making Applejack float and making Rainbow Dash speak in sound effects.
  • 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 "Mighty Pups", Everest sneezes, releasing a stream of ice that freezes the fallen meteor, discovering that she has ice powers.
  • 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 the Ready Jet Go! episode "Endless Summer", Carrot gets sick, and his sneezes are practically deadly.
  • ReBoot: In the Season 1 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.
  • In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948), Rudolph starts out trying to evade the other reindeer who tease him by hiding inside a Christmas tree, disguising his nose as an ornament. But when one reindeer sees the "ornament" moving and realizes what it really is, he tickles it with a sprig of pine needles, making Rudolph sneeze and revealing him to everyone.
  • Saturday Supercade: In the Donkey Kong Jr. cartoon "Sheep Rustle Hustle", 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.
  • 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 features a man in "The Sneezing Song". Throughout the whole song, whenever he sneezes it causes a building to collapse until he covers his nose. After he comes back home, his pet dog sneezes and his house collapses.
    • There's also a segment called "The Sneezing Snerd", which demonstrates what you should do if you have a cold.
  • Shezow's sneezes are powerful enough to blow him/her into outer-space.
  • Tails in the pilot episode of Sonic the Hedgehog (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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The episode "Suds" has SpongeBob catch the Suds (a cold), and then Patrick plugs his holes up with corks in an attempt to cure him (he didn't want to go to the doctor thanks to a story Patrick told him). But SpongeBob then begins stifling sneezes until he ends up becoming a giant ball and rolls toward the Krusty Krab. He manages to stop before he can crash into it and screams in agony, and then he sneezes so strongly that the Krusty Krab explodes.
    • In "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic", Kevin C. Cucumber secretly tries to trick SpongeBob into getting stung by the jellyfish by smearing jelly on his face so the jellyfish can lick it off; however, they tickle his nose instead, causing SpongeBob to sneeze the jellyfish right off his face and into Kevin's eyes, stinging them.
  • Storm Hawks: Junko is allergic to Murk Raiders, who just so happen to use incredibly sensitive sound detecting equipment to hunt their prey.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!:
    • In the Jack and the Beanstalk parody episode, 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 and into the yard, where they grow into the beanstalk.
    • Luigi just barely averts one in another episode to avoid getting caught by Mouser.
  • Taz-Mania: A Running Gag in "Feed a Cold" where the force of Taz's sneezes is enough to lift the roof off the Platypus Brothers' house.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): April O'Neil got caught by the villains on more than one occasion because her sneezes gave away her hiding place.
  • 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.
  • Thomas & Friends: In the second half of "Whistles and Sneezes", the windows of Henry's coaches are destroyed by three boys who toss stones at them. As retribution, Henry builds up ashes in his smokebox, and when he and the boys next meet, Henry sneezes at them, covering them from head to toe in soot.
  • The Tick: The hero-in-training Gesundheit's super power is this.
  • Sneezer in Tiny Toon Adventures; a cute little toddler mouse whose sneezes produce hurricane-force winds. "Ah-TOOOO!"
  • Tom and Jerry: In "Mouse In Manhattan", Jerry's excursion into New York City has him landing in a puddle within an alley. His subsequent sneeze attracts a pack of hungry alley cats.
  • Totally Spies!: In "Wild Style", the girls infiltrate the lair of an evil fashion designer who is turning people into animals to make coats from. Unfortunately, they do this while Clover is turning into a feline, and Alex happens to be allergic to cats.
  • No-Zone of the Toxic Crusaders had a powerful sneeze as his super power.
  • Wacky Races: In "Wacky Race to Ripsaw", Peter Perfect's car falls apart because of his sneeze. Then again, his car falls apart Once per Episode.
  • 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.
  • Wunschpunsch: The episode "Achoo!".
  • 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.
  • Yin Yang Yo! has the Sick Episode "Woo Foo Flu," where Yin catches said flu and bends reality every time she sneezes. At first, Yang has to take care of her and not let her sneeze by order of Master Yo, but then Carl captures her and exploits her sneezing in an attempt to Take Over the World. The episode climaxes with Yang infecting himself with Yin's Woo Foo Flu, and his as well as Yin's sneezes send him, Yin and Carl into multiple realities until everything is back to normal. At the end, it's revealed that even though Master Yo has to take care of both Yin and Yang, he at least cured their magical sneezing... but then he sneezes. "Aw, pellets..."


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