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11th Feb '17 6:37:04 AM maelleofthepumpkins
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* Chopin from ''Manga/Classi9'' has a terrible stage fright and fainted more than once while playing in public. He feels better when he's playing with someone, and usually performs duets with Liszt. TruthInTelevision as the real life Chopin gave around 30 public concerts and preferred private and cozy concerts in his home than big concerts.
1st Feb '17 9:37:32 AM eowynjedi
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* In one ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' story, Hornblower goes down in flames when he takes his examination for lieutenant before a board of three captains. They pose him a hypothetical shipboard disaster and he blanks out as they point out all the horrible things that would be happening in the real situation--and then the Spanish send a fire ship into the harbor. Hornblower helps steer it away from the fleet with one of the examiners, who makes a point of telling him afterward what a mercy it was because he was about to fail. (Hornblower's heroism does net him the promotion.)


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* The second ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' telefilm is appropriately titled "The Examination for Lieutenant" in the UK and "The Fire Ships" in America. Despite spending all his free time inside of a book (even when commanding a quarantined supply ship) Hornblower, as in the original story, can barely give his ''name'' correctly. It's compounded by the fact that he'd previously an angry exchange with one captain on the board who insisted on taking provisions before the quarantine was up. All interrupted by the fire ship, of course. Hornblower ends that particular episode still as an acting-lieutenant, but the official promotion comes down in the next.
31st Jan '17 11:18:49 PM Ninja857142
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** Fluttershy is extremely nervous about performing in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] play in Canterlot. Does not get better when Rarity tells her there might be thousands of ponies watching.
** "Hurricane Fluttershy" elaborates more on this fear. The episode revolves around Fluttershy having to help out in whipping up a tornado with the other pegasai, but is overcome by fear due to what she perceives as an inadequate flying abilities. This also only occurs when she's being observed by other ponies; she goes off to train with her animal friends and is fine when they are watching, but as soon as they don UncannyValley pony masks, Fluttershy falters.
** It happens ''again'' in "Filli Vanilli", where Fluttershy is too afraid of performing and as a result hides behind a curtain while another pony lipsynchs to her voice. When she accidentally knocks the curtain down and outs herself as the real singer, she has a nervous breakdown.

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** Fluttershy is extremely very nervous about performing in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] play in Canterlot. Does not get better when Rarity tells her there might be thousands of ponies watching.
** "Hurricane Fluttershy" elaborates more on this fear. The episode revolves around Fluttershy having to help out in whipping up a tornado with the other pegasai, but is overcome by fear due to what she perceives as an of her own perceived inadequate flying abilities.flight capabilities. This also only occurs when she's being observed by other ponies; she goes off to train with her animal friends and is fine when they are watching, but as soon as they don UncannyValley pony masks, Fluttershy falters.
** It happens ''again'' in "Filli Vanilli", where Fluttershy is too afraid of performing singing publicly, and as a result hides behind a curtain while another pony lipsynchs lip syncs to her voice.voice. To her credit, [[ItMakesSenseInContext she had a deep bass singing voice at the time]]. When she accidentally knocks the curtain down and outs herself as the real singer, she has a nervous breakdown.



** Sweetie Belle has an instance of this in "The Show Stoppers." Like Fluttershy, she has a good voice but is shy about singing in front of others, prompting her to do props and costumes for their show instead of singing, which goes to the HollywoodToneDeaf Scootaloo. She's clearly gotten past it as of "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Toils," when she writes, directs, and acts in a play.

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** Sweetie Belle has an instance of this in "The Show Stoppers." Like Fluttershy, she has a good voice but is shy about singing in front of others, prompting her to do props and costumes for their show instead of singing, which goes to the HollywoodToneDeaf Scootaloo. She's clearly She appears to have gotten past it as of "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Toils," when she writes, directs, and acts in a play.play, but she has yet to publicly sing.
21st Jan '17 7:28:41 PM Xtifr
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* TheBand, as quoted above, released an album named "Stage Fright." Fittingly enough, its title track is about a man who suffers from it.

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* TheBand, Music/TheBand, as quoted above, released an album named "Stage Fright." Fittingly enough, its title track is about a man who suffers from it.
13th Jan '17 9:35:34 AM LondonKdS
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* Actor Ian Holm suffered a catastrophic attack of anxiety during a performance of ''Theatre/TheIcemanCometh'' in 1976 and didn't do any live theatre for almost fifteen years.
* Meg White's increasingly severe phobia of live performance was the main reason for the end of Music/TheWhiteStripes.
16th Dec '16 8:09:46 AM Nikumubeki
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* This is actually what the [[http://www.granger-michel.com/project/le-trac-serigraphie-epreuve-pigmentaire/ front cover art]] to [[Music/JeanMichelJarre Jean-Michel Jarre's]] ''Equinoxe'' (1978) represents (original artwork by Michel Granger is indeed titled ''Le Trac'' (stage fright)). As ''Equinoxe'' was the follow-up to his 1976 breakthrough album ''Oxygéne'', Jarre knew that the new album was invariably going to be compared with its predecessor, which is why he chose the art piece about stage fright as the album cover.
28th Nov '16 6:53:45 PM yin_13147
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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': This is Yuuri Katsuki's FatalFlaw. He's genuinely a really good skater - the top in Japan - but he suffers terribly from anxiety and so tends to do much worse than usual at competitions. One of the main arcs of the anime is about teaching him to have confidence in himself as a skater, but episode 7 proves that even Viktor's encouragement or his recent successes can't cure anxiety completely.

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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': This is Yuuri Yuri Katsuki's FatalFlaw. He's genuinely a really good skater - -- the top male skater in Japan - Japan, even -- but he suffers terribly from anxiety stage fright and so consequently tends to do much worse than usual at competitions. One of the main arcs of the anime is about teaching him to have confidence in himself as a skater, but episode Episode 7 proves that even Viktor's Victor's encouragement or his recent successes can't cure anxiety completely.
25th Nov '16 5:16:11 PM ClockStopping
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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': This is Yuuri Katsuki's FatalFlaw. He's genuinely a really good skater - the top in Japan - but he suffers terribly from anxiety and so tends to do much worse than usual at competitions. One of the main arcs of the anime is about teaching him to have confidence in himself as a skater, but episode 7 proves that even Viktor's encouragement or his recent successes can't cure anxiety completely.
13th Sep '16 4:15:34 PM gemmabeta2
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** The Trier Social Stress Test, a common method used in laboratories to generate genuine stress in human subjects on short notice, is composed of speaking (usually, the question is framed as the "opening pitch" of a job interview, i.e. "Why should we hire you for X position?") in front of a panel of three stern-looking men and performing an tricky arithmetic task in front of them.
17th Aug '16 11:31:18 AM KidDynamite
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* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon wins an award, but is a nervous wreck because he has to give a speech (public speaking being one of his many phobias/quirks). He has a few drinks beforehand, but winds up getting so drunk he makes a total fool of himself.


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* Andy Partridge of Music/{{XTC}}. For years, his stage fright was kept under control by valium (he was prescribed for it as a teenager, but the doctor never took him off of it), but when his wife threw away the pills on him, his stage fright was so crippling the band had to cancel the rest of the tour they were on, and became a "studio-only" band.
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