Super Mega FearEdit

  • Dentist (Note: was implied that the fear was heightened after he was kidnapped and tortured by Dr. Bloom and his assistant in Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist).

Greatest FearsEdit

In order of priority, Monk's greatest fears are:

  1. Dentists (dentalphobia)
  2. Germs (mysophobia)
  3. Needles (trypanophobia)
  4. Milk (lactophobia) (Implied that it started after having milk spilt on his shirt seen in Little Monk and the Rubber Ball)
  5. Death (necrophobia)
  6. Snakes (ophidiophobia)
  7. Mushrooms (mycophobia)
  8. Heights (acrophobia)
  9. Crowds (enochlophobia)
  10. Elevators (liftophobia)

The "miracle of birth" (Mr. Monk and the Very Very Old Man), (Mr. Monk and the Red Herring)

Other FearsEdit

Monk's other fears, in no particular order, include:



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Mr Monk in a Hot Air Balloon, even though he is scared of heights. (Mr Monk and the Leper)

Vehicles and MachinesEdit

People and CitiesEdit


This list is not comprehensive, especially since it is constantly being added to. Monk's assistant, Natalie Teeger is required to carry around a list and make additions when prompted. (Mr. Monk Is at Your Service).

It is also possible that the ranking of Monk's fears shifts around constantly. In "Mr. Monk's 100th Case," Randy Disher guesses that Monk's fear of naked people (gymnophobia) is ranked immediately below his fear of death. Likewise, in "Mr. Monk and the End, Part 1," Monk seems to prefer dying quickly if it means not having to vomit before he dies.

Interestingly, one fear that Monk does not seem to share is his brother Ambrose's agoraphobia (fear of wide, open spaces). However, psychologists often classify a fear of crowds as an offshoot of agoraphobia

Background Information and NotesEdit

  • In "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy," Monk cures himself (and Harold Krenshaw) of claustrophobia.
  • Also, in "Mr. Monk and the End, Part 2," he seems to have at least partially conquered his fear of needles.
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Daredevil", Monk copes with his fear of heights to save Natalie when they are fighting against Joey Krenshaw on a hospital's helicopter landing pad.
  • Monk's gymnophobia was alluded to in Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy when he was reluctant to even open an issue of Sapphire Magazine to page 53 (where a murdered accountant for the magazine's portfolio was located), causing the accountant's maid to wonder if Monk was religious; also when he had to go to a nude beach
  • Monk once inadvertently invented a new phobia, the fear of pillows.[1]Fear of driving.
  • At one point, Monk made a list of phobias he had, totaling 103 (although he claimed he had more).[2]
  • At another point in time, he established that he had 312 phobias.

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink
  2. Mr. Monk and the Astronaut