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This list of Adrian Monk's phobias is by no means comprehensive, especially since there is no definitive number attributable to his phobias. All phobias are listed in alphabetical order.

Greatest FearsEdit

  1. Fear of germs (mysophobia, verminophobia, germophobia, germaphobia, bacillophobia, or bacteriophobia)[1]
  2. Fear of needles (trypanophobia or aichmophobia)
  3. Fear of dentists (dentophobia) (heightened by his encounter with Dr. Bloom in Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist)
  4. Fear of milk (galaphobia, lactaphobia or lactophobia)
  5. Fear of death (thanatophobia; also known as death anxiety)
  6. Fear of snakes (ophidiophobia or ophiophobia)
  7. Fear of lightning (astraphobia, astrapophobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia)
  8. Fear of mushrooms (mycophobia)
  9. Fear of heights (acrophobia)
  10. Fear of crowds (enochlophobia, ochlophobia, or demophobia)
  11. Fear of elevators (possibly a subtype of claustrophobia or a variation of agoraphobia)

Other FearsEdit


  • Fear of airplanes (aviophobia)[2][3]
  • Fear of animal exhaust (possibly a type of zoophobia)


  • Fear of bedcover (possibly a subtype of claustrophobia or clinophobia)
    • only suspected of Monk, because he did not sleep for a while
  • Fear of bees (melissophobia or apiphobia)[4]
    • Fear of bees in blenders
  • Fear of births (tokophobia)[5]
  • Fear of blankets (possibly a subtype of claustrophobia)
  • Fear of blenders (possibly a subtype of mechanophobia; also unofficially (comedically) referred to as "blenderphobia")
  • Fear of boats (naviphobia)[1][6]
  • Fear of bridges (gephyrophobia)[7][6]
  • Fear of bullies[8]
  • Fear of buses (trochophobia)[9][3]


  • Fear of cats (ailurophobia, felinophobia, or elurophobia)
  • Fear of caves (possibly a subtype of claustrophobia or cleithrophobia)[10]
  • Fear of chalk (calxophobia)[11]
  • Fear of change (metathesiophobia)[1]
  • Fear of charcoal[12]
  • Fear of coughing (tussaphobia, or pertussphobia)
  • Fear of clouds (nephophobia)
  • Fear of clowns (coulrophobia)[13]


  • Fear of darkness (scotophobia or lygophobia)[14]
  • Fear of decaffeinated coffee[6]
  • Fear of dirt (rupophobia)[15]
  • Fear of dirty hands (possibly a subtype of mysophobia)
  • Fear of disappointing his father[16]
  • Fear of disorder (ataxophobia)
  • Fear of dogs (kynophobia)
  • Fear of driving (vehophobia)
  • Fear of dryer lint
  • Fear of dust (amathophobia)[3]



  • Fear of fear itself (phobophobia)[16]
  • Fear of feet (podophobia)
  • Fear of fire (pyrophobia)
  • Fear of frogs (ranidaphobia or batrachophobia)[18] (ranked equally to possums, soccer riots, and hailstones)


  • Fear of germs (mysophobia, verminophobia, germophobia, germaphobia, bacillophobia, or bacteriophobia)
    • This is likely the most recurrent phobia that appears in Monk, shown through Monk's hesitation or outright refusal to shake hands or touch the floor (among others) and his constant use of wipes.
  • Fear of glaciers[19]


  • Fear of Heights (Acrophobia)
  • Fear of hailstones (grandophobia)[18] (ranked equally to possums, soccer riots, and hailstones)
  • Fear of harmonicas
  • Fear of hornets
  • Fear of hospitals (nosocomephobia)[20]


  • Fear of imperfection (atelophobia)
  • Fear of infections (germaphobia or germophobia)




  • Fear of kissing (philemaphobia)


  • Fear of ladders (stepnophobia)[21]
  • Fear of ladybugs (coccinellidaephobia)
  • Fear of lasers[19]
  • Fear of lepers[22]
  • Fear of leprosy


  • Fear of mice (musophobia, murophobia or suriphobia)[23]
  • Fear of monkeys (pithecophobia)[24]
  • Fear of milk (galaphobia, lactaphobia or lactophobia)[19]
  • Fear of mixed vegetables (brumotactillophobia)[25]


  • Fear of nature (biophobia)
  • Fear of new places (neophobia)[26]
  • Fear of nudity (gymnophobia)[27][6]




  • Fear of pills (possibly a subtype of pharmacophobia) (especially regarding multi-colored pills)
  • Fear of possums (didelphiphobia or didelphophobia)[18] (ranked equally to possums, soccer riots, and hailstones)
  • Fear of public speaking (glossophobia; also known as speech anxiety)[19][28]
  • Fear of puppets (pupaphobia)


  • Fear of questions


  • Fear of rabbits (leporiphobia)[6]
  • Fear of rats (musophobia, murophobia or suriphobia)
  • Fear of risks
  • Fear of rivers (potamophobia)
  • Fear of rodeos[19]
  • Fear of round objects
    • In Mr. Monk's Favorite Show, it is stated that Monk's favorite snack consists of ten round crackers and a glass of apple juice, which is odd considering that he is supposed to be afraid of round objects.


  • Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)[6]
  • Fear of spitting (queunliskanphobia)[29]
  • Fear of slime (myxophobia or blennophobia)
  • Fear of soccer riots[18] (ranked equally to possums, soccer riots, and hailstones)

T Edit

  • Fear of touching foods ( possibly fotoserphobea)
  • Fear of taxis (possibly a subtype of motorphobia) Still, he takes a taxi a total of four times throughout the series.[30]
  • Fear of tigers[31]
  • Fear of touch (haphephobia, aphephobia, haphophobia, hapnophobia, haptephobia, haptophobia, or thixophobia)
  • Fear of trains (siderodromophobia)[3]
  • Fear of trucks (possibly a subtype of motorphobia)[3]
  • Fear of tsunamis (possibly a subtype of cymophobia) [1]
  • Fear of tunnels[6]


  • Fear of underwater
  • Fear of underwear[32]


  • Fear of vomiting (emetophobia)


  • Fear of wind (ancraophobia or anemophobia)[6]






  • Fear of zoo's ( possibly Zoophobia)


  • Monk once inadvertently made up the fear of pillows.
  • While claiming to have a total of 103 phobias in one episode, he claims to have 312 in another. This list has a total of 88 phobias.
  • Monk's ranking of his phobias shifts constantly. In Mr. Monk's 100th Case, he tells Randy Disher that his fear of nudity is ranked immediately below his fear of death. Similarly, in Mr. Monk and the End (Part One), he states that he prefers dying to having to vomit.
  • Natalie Teeger is required to carry around a list of his phobias at all times and make additions when prompted.[18]
  • Interestingly, Monk doesn't seem to share his brother's fear of wide space (agoraphobia).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mr. Monk, Private Eye
  2. Mr. Monk and the Airplane
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Mr. Monk Is on the Run (Part One))
  4. Mr. Monk Bumps His Head
  5. Mr. Monk and the Very Very Old Man and Mr. Monk and the Red Herring
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Mr. Monk's 100th Case
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mr. Monk and the Other Detective
  8. Mr. Monk and the Bully
  9. Mr. Monk Visits a Farm
  10. Mr. Monk Gets Married
  11. Mr. Monk Goes Back to School
  12. Mr. Monk Joins a Cult
  13. Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival
  14. Mr. Monk and the Candidate and Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing
  15. Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy
  17. Mr. Monk vs. The Cobra
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Mr. Monk Is At Your Service
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Mr. Monk and the Astronaut
  20. Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital
  21. Mr. Monk Bumps His Head
  22. Mr. Monk and the Leper
  23. Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage
  24. Mr. Monk and the Panic Room
  25. Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door
  26. Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever
  27. Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy, Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame, Mr. Monk and the Naked Man, and Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized
  28. Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater
  29. Mr. Monk Gets Drunk
  30. Mr. Monk Stays in Bed, Mr. Monk Is Up All NightMr. Monk Gets a New Shrink, and Mr. Monk and Sharona
  31. Mr. Monk Joins a Cult
  32. Mr. Monk and the Three Julies
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