Rapid-Fire Nail-Biting
A character bites their nails rapidly in nervousness, resulting in a bunch of flying nail clippings.
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A Comedy trope. A character, nervous at the sight of something, will begin to bite their nails really fast in order to try to calm themselves. In Western Animation, this will more often than not result in a flurry of nail clippings due to the sheer rapidness of the nail-biting. This trope is often used by a Cowardly Lion, Lovable Coward, or a Nervous Wreck.

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  • In Hercules, Pegasus actually does this with his front hooves, during the "One Last Hope" number when Hercules goes through the dangerous obstacle course that Phil set up as part of his training to save a damsel in distress.
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  • In the third act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Bogus Private Eye", Bogus and the family bulldog both do this while watching a detective movie on TV.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Magic Duel". While Twilight is testing a magic spell on some animals, Fluttershy goes into overprotective mother mode and bites her hooves for the duration of the test.
    • Rarity bites her hooves as well in "Secret of my Excess".
  • On the Goofy cartoon "Californy Er Bust", a horse startled by a stagecoach starts biting on its horseshoe nails.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Graveyard Shift". As he listens to a scary story, Spongebob goes from biting his nails to eating his own arms, which then grow back and are eaten again. He then goes to eating arms out of a bucket like popcorn.
  • Spoofed in the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Nowhere To Hyde", where Shaggy does this after Velma calls him out for being scared, but he's actually biting Scooby's nails.
    • Scooby Doo has also rapid-fire bitten his own nails in the Scrappy Doo episodes.
  • Used in one episode of The Magic School Bus when Arnold, as per usual, gets nervous about the Wacky Field Trip of the Week. Ms. Frizzle snarks:
    "In accordance with federal regulations, we would like to remind you that this is a non-fingernail-biting flight."
  • An episode of Garfield and Friends had Jon being a nail biter, to find out such habits turned off a potential employer.
  • In Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, Olive bites her nails like a typewriter.
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