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* The Firemen in "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met" segment of Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''. Their knees shake in fear before the whale who had transformed into a demonic figure.
* One of the pitchers in the "Casey at the Bat" segment of Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''. The narrator notes that the pitcher is nervous as his knees shake.

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The Firemen in "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met" segment of Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''.segment. Their knees shake in fear before the whale who had transformed into a demonic figure.
* ** One of the pitchers in the "Casey at the Bat" segment of Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''.segment. The narrator notes that the pitcher is nervous as his knees shake.



* Sebastian the crab from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. His multiple legs quake when Trident asks what has become of his daughter Ariel.
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''. Ichabod is absolutely terrified when traversing the woods due to the probability that the Headless Horse Man could appear. The smallest of sounds are enough to make his legs tremble like crazy.

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* Sebastian the crab from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1''. His multiple legs quake when Trident asks what has become of his daughter Ariel.
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''.''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''. Ichabod is absolutely terrified when traversing the woods due to the probability that the Headless Horse Man could appear. The smallest of sounds are enough to make his legs tremble like crazy.



* Mushu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' trembles at the knees in fear for his life when he accidentally destroys the Great Stone Dragon.

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* Mushu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'' trembles at the knees in fear for his life when he accidentally destroys the Great Stone Dragon.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''. In Episode 19, Huckleberry Hound takes the role of a lion tamer. The narrator states that once the lion notices any sign of fear in the lion tamer, it starts to make its pursuit. Consequentially, the camera pans to Huckleberry Hound's knees knocking together.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''. In Episode 19, one episode, Huckleberry Hound takes the role of a lion tamer. The narrator states that once the lion notices any sign of fear in the lion tamer, it starts to make its pursuit. Consequentially, the camera pans to Huckleberry Hound's Huck's knees knocking together.


* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' (she's the one from the picture above). The camera focuses on her knees knocking together when she is afraid to perform in front of a crowd in the episode "Black Widow". She was literally shaking in her boots!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig'' cartoon "The Case of the Stuttering Pig", Porky tells Petunia that he's not afraid, as the camera cuts to a close-up of his shaking knees.

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* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' (she's the one from the picture above).''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. The camera focuses on her knees knocking together when she is afraid to perform in front of a crowd in the episode "Black Widow". She was literally shaking in her boots!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig'' cartoon "The Case of the Stuttering Pig", "WesternAnimation/TheCaseOfTheStutteringPig", Porky tells Petunia that he's not afraid, as the camera cuts to a close-up of his shaking knees.


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* Karen from ''Characters/ShominSample''. Her legs start to shake when Kimito attempts to dominate her in regards to what clothes she wants to wear.

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* Karen from ''Characters/ShominSample''.''LightNovel/ShominSample''. Her legs start to shake when Kimito attempts to dominate her in regards to what clothes she wants to wear.


* Mushu from Mulan trembles at the knees in fear for his life when he accidentally destroys the Great Stone Dragon.

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* Mushu from Mulan ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' trembles at the knees in fear for his life when he accidentally destroys the Great Stone Dragon.


* Megumi from ''Manga/ShokugekinoSoma'' is known to always shake violently when anxious.

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In many forms of media, there are scenes that express a character's fear, whether it be from heights, or from entering an abandoned mansion. It is worth noting that at times, those characters will, as a result, tremble. Though it can be considered on the note of serious terror, once the sound effect of trembling is implemented, or once you notice that characters are shaking in the most exaggerated way possible, it seems as though those scenes are there for comedic effect. As a result, characters will often joke about the other character "shaking like a leaf", with the portrayal of one's teeth chattering or knees banging together adding to the comic relief (most prominent in ''Westernanimation/ScoobyDoo'').

A common feature for a NervousWreck. Compare SecurityCling.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A '90s Little Caesar commercial depicted a class getting ready to take an exam, and one of the kids was shaking rapidly when he was about to take it.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Usopp in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Even though he claims that he is not afraid, his shaking legs always tend to give it away.
* Cirno from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', after realizing the stakes at hand when Yuuka confronts her to battle.
* Monaka in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. He is so terrified to fight Hit that his teeth chatter and his knees shake.
* Keith from ''Manga/ZatchBell''. After [[spoiler:losing the fight between Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell in chapter 196]], his legs shake so hard that he notes that they are practically laughing at him.
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' subverts this trope in the episode "The Cursed Warrior". He tries to convince Lady Tsunade that he isn't scared of ghosts, but his knees are visibly trembling in front of her.
** Ino from Naruto experiences this is as well due to being afraid of helping Sakura fight [[spoiler:the sound village]] in Naruto Episode 32.
* Shio Ogura from "Nobunagun". In the very first episode, she experiences a life-threating situation that causes her knees to knock together in fear. She tries to stop them from knocking by holding them, but it doesn't work.
* All Might from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. All Might tries to stop his legs from shaking due to the trauma of training with his past teacher.
** Izuku Midoriya also subverts this trope on a couple of occasions, mainly whenever he is nervous to fight and his legs won't move.
* In ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade'', the camera points to Kei Amemiya's legs shaking when she is confronted by Fuse in the sewers.
* Megumi from ''Manga/ShokugekinoSoma'' is known to always shake violently when anxious.
* Shino Amakusa from ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo''. She is afraid of heights, and her shaky knees portray that. However, she tries to cover it up by saying she's shaking with excitement.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Clefairy and the Moonstone" the professor tries to protect the Clefairy from Team Rocket, but Team Rocket note that his knees are shaking, thus making a loud noise.
* Karen from ''Characters/ShominSample''. Her legs start to shake when Kimito attempts to dominate her in regards to what clothes she wants to wear.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* The Firemen in "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met" segment of Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''. Their knees shake in fear before the whale who had transformed into a demonic figure.
* One of the pitchers in the "Casey at the Bat" segment of Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''. The narrator notes that the pitcher is nervous as his knees shake.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'', Jeremy's knees are knocking loudly as he drops Mrs. Brisby off at the entrance to the Great Owl's lair.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Twilight Sparkle's human legs quiver in fear due to being the goalie against Rainbow Dash in a soccer game.
* Sebastian the crab from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. His multiple legs quake when Trident asks what has become of his daughter Ariel.
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''. Ichabod is absolutely terrified when traversing the woods due to the probability that the Headless Horse Man could appear. The smallest of sounds are enough to make his legs tremble like crazy.
* Woody from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' when he encounters Sid's horrifying house.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScaryGodmother'' when the kids get spooked by Scary Godmother's crew in the haunted house.
* Mushu from Mulan trembles at the knees in fear for his life when he accidentally destroys the Great Stone Dragon.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Eddie and Roger are at Maroon Studios to talk to R.K. Maroon about [[spoiler:the sale of the studio to Cloverleaf]]. Eddie accuses Roger of wanting to leave because he's too scared. Roger says "Me, scared? Don't be ridiculous!", followed by him chattering his teeth in an exaggerated manner appropriate for a cartoon character like him.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the main cast trembles comedically when facing the Wizard.
* In the opening sequence of ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' when the male character confronts a bug.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 1
-->'''Ophelia''': Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other; And with a look so piteous in purport As if he had been loosed out of hell To speak of horrors, he comes before me.
* ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''. The pitcher was so nervous his knees begin to shake.
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[[folder:{{Music}}]]
* In the Music Video for "Not Your Fault" by AWOLNATION, a guy's legs shake either from the cold or from being in a spooky cave.
* Third lyric in the first song of [[https://youtu.be/XWvBuZCHnKU Deadpool the Musical 2]] followed by a grunt [[PottyFailure pissing himself out of fear.]]
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* {{Theatre/Coppelia}}. A ballerina is pressured to check what's behind the closet. After seeing Coppelia in there, she hides and makes her legs tremble in an exaggerated manner.
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[[folder:{{Video Games}}]]
* ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheBurningSea'' has a cower emote that consists of this.
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' includes a nervous emote that consists of this.
* ''Videogame/FreeRealms'' includes a cower emote that consists of this.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'': Luigi's legs shake in a comedic fashion when [=UFOs=] attack the Mushroom Kingdom.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' sort-of-inverts the trope [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/Some_kissing_lessons here,]] when Ruby's knees shake due to lust rather than fear.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Scooby and Shaggy from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. It's so prominent in the series that the theme song of Scooby Doo notes that we can see how Scooby shakes and shivers.
* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' (she's the one from the picture above). The camera focuses on her knees knocking together when she is afraid to perform in front of a crowd in the episode "Black Widow". She was literally shaking in her boots!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig'' cartoon "The Case of the Stuttering Pig", Porky tells Petunia that he's not afraid, as the camera cuts to a close-up of his shaking knees.
* Andy from ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel'' experiences this when he tries to hit on Esmeralda in the episode "The Letter".
* In ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'', best friends Carla and Melanie's legs shake while being frightened in Creepie's house in the episode "Night of Fright".
* In episode 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', Mrs. Pipe stands on top of a couch with her knees shaking because of her fear of mice.
* ''WesternAnimation/CoalBlackAndDeSebbenDwarfs''. When Coal Black gets startled by the voices of the sebben dwarfs, her knees are shown knocking in rapid succession.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. In the episode "Crushed", Mandy has an ''Main/OutOfCharacter'' moment where she falls in love. The side effect included sweaty palms and weak knees.
* In the 1938 short "Ferdinand", everyone was afraid of Ferdinand, and the matador is portrayed with his knees knocking against each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''. Tom's knees bang together from behind the blankets while being told a scary story in the episode "Fraidy Cat".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''. In Episode 19, Huckleberry Hound takes the role of a lion tamer. The narrator states that once the lion notices any sign of fear in the lion tamer, it starts to make its pursuit. Consequentially, the camera pans to Huckleberry Hound's knees knocking together.
* In "What Makes ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'', Daffy's legs tremble in quick succession when hiding from duck season.
* Fluttershy from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' tends to get in a nervous wreck where she trembles, hence her name.
* In 3-2-1 Penguins!, a musical segment told the story of Galaxy Gus. When high noon was approaching and the town of Gamma Gulch ran off. Galaxy Gus starts to shake in his boots, chatter his teeth and bite his gloved hand as the outlaw Honcho Villa approaches him for a showdown.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In "Where There's a Well, There's a Way," DM and Penfold are traversing a dark cavern when DM hears some rapid knocking. Penfold (as he describes as it's pitch black except for the heroes' eyes) lowers his head and the knocking stops. He's got his head between his knees to keep them from knocking together.
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'': Mickey's legs are shown shaking on multiple occasions in the 1929 Haunted House episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRaggyDolls'': In the episode "Ghosts", every time Lucy gets scared her knees start knocking.
* ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'': In Tracker Joins The pups, Marshall, Skye, Rubble and Tracker joins hear a knocking sound coming from the cave. Then it's revealed that it was Marshall's shaking legs that were making the sound.
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