Human fingernails can be remarkably powerful. They assist grip, and protect the soft skin under them.

Unfortunately, they can also be turned into a tool for SelfHarm.

Scratching one's throat is often the result of SanitySlippage and is often done in an absent minded way. The character scratching their throat may have an [[BrokenSmile unfocused gaze]] or HiddenEyes. Their voice may have dropped to a [[CreepyMonotone monotone]] level, if the character is still capable of talking after causing a lot of damage to their throat.

If the character is in serious danger of killing themselves, there will always be blood.

Clawing your throat would cause a lot of damage, but is a very slow method of suicide, so suicide by clawing the throat is not very common.
{{Yandere}} characters often do this, but rarely end up dying from it.
This trope is almost always played for drama, and is frequently a major source of NightmareFuel.

Lastly, it's not always played for self-harm: It's also a frequent reflex for characters that are strangled or [[Franchise/StarWars force-choked]].


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: advanced stages of the HatePlague infection manifest themselves in the infected]] clawing at their own skin, particularly the throat. Tomitake is repeatedly found having clawed his own throat out. In Onikakushihen, [[spoiler: Keiichi kills himself by clawing at his throat after killing Mion and Rena]]. In Tsumihoroboshi, Rena starts to scratch at her own throat [[spoiler: but Keiichi manages to stop her from killing herself.]] In the DS and [=PS3=] adaptation of Meakashi-hen, there is a "Bad Ending" ([[spoiler:though on net, fewer people actually die in it than the "Good" Ending]]) where [[spoiler:Keiichi correctly guesses that the "Mion" preparing to torture him is actually Shion]], and then she promptly claws her own throat out. And in Someutsushi-hen (a DS and [=PS3=]-only adaptation of the manga-only Onisarashi-hen), [[spoiler:Natsumi]] claws her throat out after Akira resists her [[spoiler:attempted double suicide with him]].
* Played for laughs in the anime adaptation of ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', where, during a teasing session between Akio and Tomoya regarding the fact that they're now in-laws, both of them jokingly mimic the action as an expression of extreme disgust.


[[folder: Audio Drama ]]

* In ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' play "The Shadow of the Scourge", the eight-dimensional alien invaders have a voice that will compel humans to do anything, however suicidal. And the Scourge like to kill.
-->"Now put your fingers to your neck. And push..."


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/FinalDestination1'' has this because the person gets a rope wound around their neck and is clawing at their throat to try to get it off.
* A character is manipulated into killing herself this way in ''Film/HellraiserHellworld''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons the terminal madness the titular planetary defense system induces in intruders makes this the least you do to yourself.
* In ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', [[spoiler:this is how Joffrey Baratheon meets his end]] when the character drinks poison that prevents them from breathing. In a desperate attempt to breathe, the character claws at their own neck. It just kills them faster.
* Creator/RobertSheckley's story "The Humours", later expanded into the novel ''The Alchemical Marriage of Alistair Crompton'', has the protagonist try this upon [[spoiler: realizing that the recovered portions of his personality don't integrate into his own - rather, all of them together reintegrate into something new.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The [[ suicide sequence]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' seems to imply that the player character strangles himself.
* The original ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' has [[spoiler: Ayumi die from this if Yoshiki saves her from the anatomical model in the Science Lab.]]