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]].
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', [[spoiler: advanced stages of the HatePlague infection manifest themselves in the infected]] clawing at their own skin, particularly the throat. 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.]]

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[[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..."

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[[folder: Film ]]

* One of the ''Film/FinalDestination'' movies 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''.

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[[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.
* [[spoiler: King Joffrey II Baratheon]] does this in ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm of Swords]]''. He really had it coming though.
* 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.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8f7DUfxPfc suicide sequence]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' seems to imply that the player character strangles himself.
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