Hooked on Phobics is an episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters from the 4th season.

Hooked on Phobics
Episode 94 (Season 4, Episode 9B)
Airdate November 8, 1997
Directed by Jeff McGrath
Rick Bugental
Written by Kat Likkel
Steve Skrovan
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
"Side by Side"
"Spy vs. Monster"

Characters present


Ickis discovers as easy way out of getting his homework done. By tapping into humans' phobias, he is able to bring scare after scare to class with little or no effort. That is, until The Gromble sends him to a phobic-free human to scare.


Ickis attempts to scare a couple kissing inside a car, but ends up getting his foot crushed by the front tire. When this is shown on the viewfinder, the other students laugh at this and The Gromble chastises them for laughing at Ickis' pain. As punishment, he has everyone (excluding Ickis) running a lap around the sewer as Ickis thanks Gromble for sticking up for him.

Ickis, with his foot in a cast, walks gloomily to his dorm room. He attempts to pack his things to leave the academy when he comes across a book with easy scares that relies on tapping into humans' phobias. So Ickis takes the air conditioner vents through the Power Lifting Championship building and scares a weightlifter named Alexi Korbu Tokov with a spider dangling over him. He then scares a co-pilot named Mississippi Smith out of the biplane with a snake, causing him to land into the lake. Ickis also scares a germaphobic woman by putting a handful of germs in her bed and a couple with hagiophobia by dressing as Santa Claus.

When the scares are shown in the viewfinder back at the academy, Gromble tells him that the scares don't count since phobic scares aren't monsterous. He adds it's a shoutcut and Ickis is too good for that. So in order to show Ickis the hard way, Gromble has him go to a local circus scare a man named Farfegnuton, who is devoid of any phobias.

At the circus, Ickis uses all of the things from the phobia kit to scare Farfegnuton, but the lion tamer makes no reaction to any of those things a mouse and snake, and when Ickis dresses up as Santa Claus, Farfegnuton sees through his disguise and is convinced that he is an Easter bunny. So he tosses Ickis into the wide-opened mouth of the lion. But the young monster is narrowly saved by Oblina, who grabs him and swings through the trapeze to safety land onto the overhead catwalk. Oblina and Krumm had been sent to the circus by Gromble to look after Ickis and the three monsters exit the circus.

Ickis goes to the Monster Novelty Store to search for a new phobia to scare Farfegnuton. But the monster owner of the store tells him that Farfegnuton is not one of the humans with a phobia and mocks Ickis when the latter says that he won't fall for his swindles ever again. When the seller continues to mock him, Ickis looms into size and the seller tells him that he is too good for the phobia materials.

Back at the circus, Ickis looms into size and scares away Farfegnuton and the lion, as well as all the other acrobats and circus animals. His scare is shown on the viewfinder and Gromble tells him that he didn't need any shortcut to take the easy way out; Ickis had the potential all along. The seller is then seen introducing the other students to a balloon known as "The Ickis Pump." When he inflates the balloon, it suddenly deflates and the string ties around the seller, sending him flying out of the building. All that is heard at the end is Ickis' high-pitched chuckle.


  • Krumm only has one line in this episode and although Oblina is heard laughing along with the other students, and third time she does not have any speaking lines.
  • Krumm's only line is "The Gromble sent us to look after you."