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Kristoff: Have you had a meal with him yet? What if you hate the way he eats? What if you hate the way he picks his nose?
Anna: Picks his nose?!
Kristoff: And eats it.
Anna: Excuse me, sir, he is a prince!
Kristoff: All men do it.

Jokes about boogers and/or snot. Used often for the sake of grossout and/or immaturity. 'Snot that hard to write a joke about all things mucus-related, so you shouldn't have to dig that deep to pick out a good example of this joke. Subtrope of Paste Eater. See also Nose Shove, Toilet Humour, Snot Bubble.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • A Doraemon story, "Bad Habits Magnifying Gas" have Nobita being reprimanded by his parents Nobisuke and Tamako for picking his nose while watching TV, only for Nobita to retort his parents have bad personal tics of their own as well (namely, Nobisuke shakes his body after sitting cross-legged for too long while Tamako have a tendency to lick her lips at random). Cue Doraemon bringing out the titular gadget to amplify their habits, which he instinctively uses on Nobita much to the latter's protest; later on Nobita randomly picks his nose only to produce a melon-sized booger.
  • Just one of the many flavors of Toilet Humor present in Gintama. Among other things, Gintoki has a habit of picking his nose when he's idle, and episode 194 centers entirely on Hijikata trying to get rid of some snot dangling from Kondo's nose without him noticing.
  • One Piece
    • Many characters frequently pick their noses. During the Baratie arc, Luffy taints Zoro's drink with his snot, which Zoro then forces Luffy to drink. And then we have Mr. 5, who with his "Nose Fancy Cannon" flicks explosive boogers at his opponents...
    • Trebol, a villain from the Dressrosa Arc, has his disgusting but very dangerous Beta Beta no Mi Devil Fruit power, making his mucus a weapon. He constantly produces it in excess, and can use it as a powerful adhesive (using it offensively on opponents, or on himself to stick to walls or make himself slippery), use it like a grapple, and fire off lethal snot-bullets. It's also flammable, enabling him to use his nose like a flamethrower.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt had a Snot based Monster of the Week. That's par for the course of this show.
  • Takasu from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds had this habit, and the worst part about it was, it wasn't even close to being his worst trait. (The dub version edited the nosepicking out, one of the few things that fans didn't blame the dubbers for.)

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls played this hilariously when Ace is making a long snort displaying his affection to the chief. They exit the hut laughing with snot all over their faces. Including Ace himself.
  • Bedtime Stories: One of the stories involves a flying, green blob called the "Booger Monster".
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In the first movie, just like in the book, Fregley (possibly due to a sugar high) chases Greg with a booger on his finger and then sends it to him on a piece of paper.
  • Doctor at Large: The dustman picks his nose during his conversation with Sir Lancelot.
  • Ghostbusters (1984): When Peter Venkman first sees ectoplasm, he jokes that it looks like snot.
  • In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo is trying to sneak around three trolls. As he tries to burgle a blade off one of them, the troll suddenly reaches over for a handkerchief, and grabs Bilbo instead. Snot ensues. Even better, he thinks poor Bilbo came out of his nose.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: When he and the rest of the kids are shrunk, Ron says that they're "the size of boogers".
  • Jurassic Park: In the scene where the main characters are in a tree petting the brachiosaurus, said dinosaur sneezes on Lex, covering her in snot.
    Tim: God bless you!
  • At the end of Money Train, the two brothers get even with a Jerkass who spat at Wesley Snipe's character by simultaneously punching him out and then firing off two snot rockets at him while he's down.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire: Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams), while disguised as his British nanny persona, refers to his children as "little nose-miners."
  • Nanny McPhee: When the children are making rude names for themselves, Tora calls herself "Booger McHorsefanny".
  • Revenge of the Nerds had a character named Booger, who had a fascination with the topic...
  • Spice World: The tabloid editor McMaxford is caught in the act by the photographer whom he hires.
    McMaxford: How do we know you're any good?
    Damien: You in the lift, picking your nose, another bogey breakfast.
    McMaxford: He's good.
  • From Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:
    Mrs. Teevee: I think I'm going to be seasick."
    Mr. Wonka: Here, try one of these.
    Mrs. Teevee: What are they?
    Wonka: Rainbow drops. Suck 'em and you can spit in seven different colors.
    Violet (picking her nose): Spitting's a dirty habit.

  • A German one: A man sits in the tram, almost obsessively rubbing the tip of his index finger against the tip of his thumb. A stranger approaches his and asks, "Sorry Sir, do you have that from the war?". The man replies, "Nah, my nose."
  • "How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it."
  • "What's the difference between boogers and broccoli? Kids won't eat broccoli."
  • "What do boogers and apples have in common? They're both green and ready to be picked."

  • Angela Nicely:
    • In “Miss Skinner’s Wig!”, Miss Skinner tells Bertie to wipe his nose, then adds, “Not on Darren!”.
    • In “Blooming Gardens!”, Bertie is illustrated with a finger up his nose.
  • The Booger That Escaped is a children's book focusing on a sentient booger that escapes out of a girl named Clara's nose and is pursued by Clara and her parents, until they and her baby brother get sick.
  • Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1 and Part 2. Melvin Sneedly accidentally turns himself into a cyborg monster made out of snot after an accident with an invention that merges stuff together, but finds he likes his new form. After Captain Underpants defeats him and Melvin is restored to normal, the mechanical parts and snot then form a trio of monsters dubbed the Robo-Boogers.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: One song mentions that chewing gum is almost as bad as nose-picking.
  • Dave Barry absolutely cannot resist booger jokes. He even lampshaded the trope by calling a volume Boogers Are My Beat.
    • Another Dave Barry example: the Round Robin book Naked Came the Manatee was instigated by Barry, who named the eponymous manatee "Booger." The rest of the authors then had to roll with it.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • The first book has Fregley, apparently under a sugar high, chase Greg with a booger on his finger and then put the booger on a piece of paper for him.
    • The "Do it Yourself" book has Greg wondering where a booger went on School Picture Day.
  • Dirty Bertie has a boy named Bertie who likes to pick his nose.
  • The titular character of Disgusting McGrossface apparently keeps used tissues and uses his boogers to hang posters on the wall.
  • In Don't Do That, a girl named Nellie picks her nose despite being told not to and ends with it stuck up her nose.
  • Fungus the Bogeyman:
    • The word "bogeymen" is a portmanteau of "bogey" (meaning a lump of snot) and "boogeyman".
    • When Bogeymen are highly emotional, they don't cry but their noses run.
    • One of Fungus's pets (either the cat or the skunk) is named Mucus.
  • The Grossest Picture Book Ever features a man who lives in a house made of his own snot.
  • Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans in Harry Potter have 'bogey' among their varieties. That is, of course, British English for 'booger'.
    • And Ron jams his wand up the troll's nose in the first book, with disgusting results.
  • Horrible Histories: One book mentions pirates really did use hankies as hats, but you must wear a clean one because "snot very nice otherwise".
  • In The Ickabog, Daisy and Bert laugh at how their teacher picks his nose when he thinks they're not looking.
  • Johnny Catbiscuit had the Abominable Snotmen, Yeti-like creatures who sneeze neon green snot on you which makes you go mad, then puts you to sleep.
  • In Matilda, there is mention of the boy down the road who picked his nose without realising he had Superglue on his finger, with disastrous results.
  • The May Bird series has occasional humor about nosepicking. Both Pumpkin and some of the Dark Spirits pick their noses to reflect how ditzy or dull-minded they are. May Bird also freaks out when she realizes Pumpkin has been watching her in her room her entire life because that means, among other things, he's seen her all the times she picked her nose.
  • Peek-a-Boo Poo: Apparently, snot is commonly seen running down Heidi's face.
  • Ratburger has a joke about a guy pretending snot is candy. It also says that covering the headmaster in snot is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen at school.
  • Roys Bedoys:
    • In “That’s Bad Manners, Roys Bedoys!”, “Go to Sleep, Roys Bedoys!”, and “Put on Your Thinking Cap, Roys Bedoys!’, Roys picks his nose.
    • In “That’s Dirty, Roys Bedoys!”, Roys is seen with a booger on his face.
    • In “Get Well Soon, Roys Bedoys!”, Roys is sick, which gives him a runny nose, so he wakes up covered in snot and then sneezes on Loys.
    • In “Stay at Home, Roys Bedoys!”, Roys gets a booger in his nose (which causes him to worry that he's contracted Covid-19).
    • In “You Have No Friends, Roys Bedoys!”, it’s revealed that the whole reason Roys’s friends were avoiding him was because he flicked his boogers.
    • In “Don’t Hog All the Attention, Roys Bedoys!”, Loys picks his nose, amusing Roys’s friends who were video chatting with him.
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee: Due to his allergies, the rhinoceros always has a runny nose.
  • Stephen King loves boogers. Often he describes crying characters as having boogers hanging from their noses. In one of The Dark Tower novels, a particularly unpleasant character picks and wipes a huge green gobber on an intercom box to show his contempt for his leader.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Dick & Dom in da Bungalow had a filmed segment called Bogies, where the hosts competed to shout, well, "bogies" in a public place. Complete with Snotometer on screen to show the volume reached.
  • In the new Doctor Who series episode "Curse of the Black Spot" The Eleventh Doctor explains to the party that the aliens found in the abandoned ship died of the common cold. Then he proceeds to accidentally put his hand in something particularly nasty.
    The Doctor: Eww!
    Amy: What?
    The Doctor: Sneeze! Eww, Alien bogeys -wipes sneeze on Amy's jacket-
  • Double Dare (1986) has the "Pick It" obstacle where the contestant picks a giant nose in search of a flag. Harder than it looks.
  • In at least two episodes of House, it's a minor plot point that a patient picks their nose (in one, House thinks it's a symptom; in another, Wilson deduces it's the cause of some other symptom).
  • On My Name Is Earl, Randy is about to be reunited with his first love to share that kiss they never got to have as kids because Earl split them up. What he doesn't know is that the pink-haired girl known as "Pinky" that he's been pining for all these years is actually his ex-sister-in-law. He asks Earl if he has any boogers, to which Earl responds: "Three mediums and a large."
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Pick", Jerry's girlfriend breaks up with him, after seeing him picking his nose (he was actually only scratching it).
  • Sesame Street: In one "Abby's Flying Fairy School" segment, the kids are trying to make up a "magic sneeze word", that is akin to "bless you" but can do magic. Blogg thinks of "abra ca-booger", while Gonnigan thinks of "hocus mucus".
  • In the Supernatural episode "The Executioner's Song" (S10, E14), a serial killer thrusts a twisted tissue up his nose as he taunts the guard about how he would kill his wife.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - "Gotta Boogie". ("Gotta boogie on my finger and I can't shake it off!")
  • Biz Markie - "Pickin' Boogers". ("So go up your nose with a finger or two / And pull out one or a crusty crew!")
  • Die Ärzte with their song "Nasenkotelett" (nose cutlet).
  • Steve Goodie has a song called "Brown Booger." It involves eating them.
  • The popular Spanish playground song "Tengo un moco (I have a boogey)" describes the removal, sculpture and eating of a piece of snot. It doesn't taste of much, so the singer reaches for another and starts again: "I have a boogey..." (Subsequent repetitions often change all vowels to "a", then to "e", and so on.)
  • Songdrops had a song about "If I Were a Nose Nugget, I'd Pick You First", and also "I've Got Issues With Your Tissues" (about how the narrator has problems with another person throwing used tissues on the floor).
  • The children's songwriter Judy Pancoast had a song "Seven Words That Make Kids Laugh", where each word is not said, but (with the exception of the seventh, which is not revealed) implied by having a Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion, namely not finishing sentences. One of the words is implied to be "booger".
    Now, you can try hard not to laugh because you're sweet as sugar, but why is your finger up your nose? Are you looking for a—
  • Koit: One of the scientist's alternate forms in "Time in Space" is a sentient booger.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin walks outside in the cold, then wrinkles his nose before making an Aside Glance and saying, "Don't you hate it when your boogers freeze?" Lampshaded in an anthology, where Bill Watterson wrote, "I hope some historian will confirm that I was the first cartoonist to use the word 'booger' in a newspaper comic strip."
  • Sadly, Berkley Breathed had Bill Watterson beat by 5 months. ("Booger Head!")
  • In a For Better or for Worse strip, Michael and John play a game called "Booger Beasts," where you can play on the "slimer" team or the "crust" team.
  • There's a Garfield strip where he spends the first panel picking his nose. After a Beat Panel, he looks out to the viewer and says, "I'm on, aren't I?"

  • Matilda: When Matilda dyes her father's hair green, he tries to lie that it's Green Hair Day, meant to celebrate green things. He then adds, "Like lettuce, and, um... snot?"

    Video Games 
  • Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • Gobtron has your weaponize snot. You click and drag a Snot Bubble hanging from a giant monster's nose, and launch it at his foes to splat and eat them. Other methods of using snot are a targeted cannon from its other nostril.
  • Hobo:
    • One of Hobo's idle animations has him pick his nose and swallow the resulting snot.
    • Weaponized with the S-S-A combo introduced in the first game, which has Hobo use his snot against enemies.
  • Zill from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a trail of snot dangling from his nose that's at least as tall as he is.
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • The game has a mission with a "Fantastic Voyage" Plot where you have to dodge "snot goblins" while in someone's nose.
    • Zigzagged for the Great White Furi. It's said to snow when he sneezes, but it's unclear if the substance is white snot, he sneezes out frozen water, or if his sneezes freeze the clouds.
    • Sometimes if you put wallpaper with a green slime pattern up, the monster would say, "Now no one can tell where I've sneezed".
    • Troll snot is an ingredient in the shrinking potion.
  • Putty has the Snot Goblin, who shoots snot missiles out of his nose.
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$: While every WarioWare game has a microgame that involves picking a nose, in this game there's one microgame has you helping a young woman retract snot back into her nose by spinning the control pad.
  • In Yokai Watch there are a kind of yokai that are the picked boogers of children incarnated as goblin like creatures picking both nostrils at once.

  • In Boy and Dog, Rowan gets a stuffy nose at one point.
  • The Petri Dish has a strip of Thaddeus studying his boogers, a strip where Thaddeus has a booger while giving a lecture, and a strip where a flu-ridden Thaddeus sneezes under a blanket.
  • Danielle Corsetto, creator of Girls with Slingshots, wrote an autobiographical strip called Stuck at 32. In one strip, she's sitting at a desk drawing when she picks her nose and absently wipes the booger on the furniture. Then she pauses and says "Oh my god I don't live here," and reaches down to wipe it off again.

    Web Original 
  • Neopets:
    • The Snot Paint Brush can make Neopets appear to be made out of snot.
    • Some foods are made out of snot.
    • There is a recurring character named Meuka, who is a meerca made of snot.
  • Story Bots: In one song about having a cold, a lyric is "You use about a million zillion tissues when you're sick, and the gunk you blow is gooey, green and thick. Ooh, ick!".
  • Translations Gone Wrong: In the cover of "Babs Seed" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, one lyric is "Our hooves give snot". The word 'snot' is written in green.

    Western Animation 
  • Beetlejuice referenced boogers quite a few times—for example, a literal "pick-it line" in front of City Hall to protest road construction.
  • The Casagrandes: In "Silent Fight", when Frida is singing her cold-ridden baby son Carlitos to sleep, she sings that "In Dreamland, there's no coughing or noses leaking ooze".
  • Several of Chowder's Gross Up Close Ups on the title character feature strings of snot hanging off his nose.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has a villain called the Common Cold who can use his snot as a weapon. (Fortunately, they only had to fight him once, unless you count cameos.)
    • Initiation into the KND involves a recruit submitting a booger for biometric identification, and this same method is used to access various high-security locations and computer systems.
  • Dragon Hunters: in the episode Child's Play, the Dragon du jour is a colossal monstrosity which pretends to be a floating island rich in gold. Chased by the monster's Combat Tentacles and its mouth, the heroes find a cave in a suspicious rock formation which is revealed to be the Dragon's nostril. They then proceed to use the many lumps of snot to close the nose opening and the mouth, suffocating the beast.
  • Snott from Earthworm Jim is a sentient green glob of mucus.
  • In the Family Guy episode "North by North Quahog" Meg complains to Brian that Chris keeps picking his nose and trying to touch her with the snot. Chris responds, "What good is mining nose gold if I can't share it with the townspeople?"
  • Generation O!: In "Girls Rule, Boys Drool", Buzz pranks Molly by editing her website so that she appears to have a runny nose and say, "Wanna play with my snot?".
  • There are a lot of jokes about this in an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy where the antagonist is a nasalmancer, a wizard who practices nose magic. ("It's not a very popular school of wizardry", according to Grim.) Grim comments in the episode that nosepicking is one thing that mortals do that he thinks is really stupid.
  • The Hollow: Toros lets loose a stream of snot onto Kai, who's about as disgusted as you'd expect from someone who was sneezed on by a man-eating minnotaur.
  • Horrid Henry: In "Henry's Sick Day", Henry imagines his sick mother and brother sneezing out a ridiculous amount of snot.
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes has Jimmy noting how gross a Bedsheet Ghost looked, then turning around and seeing Beezy picking his nose.
  • Lilo & Stitch franchise:
    • In Stitch! The Movie, while Stitch is bonding with Experiment 221 (Sparky), he picks his nose with his tongue just like in the first film (mentioned in the Animated Films folder above) and 221 does the same in response.
    • In Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Snooty is an experiment that was programmed to mine a rare mineral, which turns out to be chemically the same as human mucus. It's great for clearing up sinuses chronically clogged by allergic reactions.
      • Stitch picks his nose with his tongue several times in the show, again just like that one time in the original film. Notably, in the episode "Angel", he does so in front of X-624/Angel while they are sitting on the Pelekais' hammock, but then realizes what he was doing and excuses himself for it... only for her to pick her own nose with her tongue afterward, which delights him.
  • The Loud House:
    • Lana Loud, being a tomboy into Filthy Fun, has a habit of picking her nose. She also keeps a "lucky booger" that she's had since preschool.
    • All of the Loud brothers from "One of the Boys" also pick their noses, sometimes with their feet!
    • In "One Flu Over the Loud House" Luan says, "It's snot what you think!", and Lucy gets infected by Lily's snot bubble.
    • In "Put a Sock in It", Lily cries because Lana stole her booger.
    • In "How Double Dare You", when Lincoln wants to be "slimed" (i.e. Covered in Gunge) on a game show, Lana offers to "slime" him with her snot.
  • Mega Babies:
    • Derrick is almost always seen with a mucus dripping from his nose and much of his abilities revolve around his boogers (Meg and Buck do this sometimes as well).
    • There's also a show in the Mega Babies universe that Derrick loves to watch called Booger Ranger, about a cowboy with hideous snot powers.
  • Lunk and Glomp from Mixels both have horrible runny noses (Lunk's due to allergies, Glomp's due to a constant cold)...and they both weaponize them. Lunk's snot is frozen into icicles thanks to his elemental ability and his sneezes can freeze Nixels solid. Meanwhile, Glomp's nose is big enough to store things in (he has to hork back to get them, though) and his slime-like snot can propel him to higher heights.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • The Trope Namer is an episode where King Julien gets trapped in Burt the elephant's trunk. When he finally gets out, he says that his life "and many nose nuggets" flashed before his eyes.
    • In another episode, a one-shot walrus named Rhonda moves into Marlene the otter's habitat. Rhonda has a sinus problem, which causes Marlene to get covered in snot at least twice.
    • When Private is dosed with Truth Serum and starts revealing the secrets of all the other animals, he announces that Julien picks his nose. Cut to Julien, two knuckles deep in his nostril in front of all the other zoosters. He yanks his finger out and yelps, "Aah! My secret gold-digging shame exposed!"
    • In one episode, Julien examines his snot and wonders if he's sick.
  • In Ren & Stimpy, Stimpy had a booger collection in one episode. They were his magic Nose Goblins; Stimpy picked them himself. He even spoke to them in another episode to ask of the whereabouts of his missing flatulence, which the boogers thought was just crazy.
  • Mr. Dupette in Rocko's Modern Life is known to pick his nose a lot. It even shows in the Static Cling special that he managed to make a jar full of collection of his own nose nuggets.
  • Rugrats (1991):
    • In "Tommy and the Secret Club", Angelica composes rude poems about the babies and has them recite them. Lil's starts with, "My name is Boogery Lil. I give all my boogers to Phil. They're yucky and green, you know what I mean."
    • In "Chuckie's a Lefty", when Dil has a cold, Angelica nicknames him "Goo Boy" and advertises him as the "ickiest baby in the world". When Timmy and Teddy McNulty see him, they are less than impressed.
      Timmy: That's just a baby!
      Teddy: Hey, my nose runs too!
    • In "All's Well That Pretends Well", when Didi sees the babies with vanilla ice cream on their faces, she mistakes it for snot.
    • In the Snow White parody from the "Tales From the Crib" series, Angelica names Lil's dwarf counterpart Icky because she is picking her nose.
  • The Secret Show: The episode "Bogie Ball" centers around bogies and how they're made into weapons, with T.H.E.M. using a machine to make them highly explosive. They plan to use Alphonse's giant ball of bogies as a weapon akin to something like an atomic bomb.
  • The Simpsons:
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The episode "Battle of Bikini Bottom" has Patrick picking his nose (that suddenly grew on his face for this purpose) and trying to fling boogers at SpongeBob, the latter runs into the Krusty Krab, yelling, "Look out! Patrick's digging for gold!" Mr. Krabs hears this and excitedly follows them into the kitchen, only to come out seconds later, looking unnerved.
      Squidward: (deadpanned) Did you get any of Patrick's "gold"?
      Mr. Krabs: He's not digging for any gold I'm looking for.
    • One episode had a cop mistaking Plankton, who was up SpongeBob's nose, for a booger, since Plankton is green.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Fusion Cuisine" Steven is deciding which of the Gems to bring as his mom for dinner with Connie's parents. He then asks if moms can be gross when he sees Amethyst picking her nose pulling out a large glob of snot.
  • What's with Andy?: In "Emergency Spew Relish", Andy notes to Danny that one fake disease name he had thought of for his You Don't Want to Catch This gambit was "multi-snotty-osis".

For God's sake, get a Kleenex.


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While waiting for Pumbaa to grab some snacks, Timon picks his nose (which he dubs as if he "had an itch on the inside") and tries to hide his snot.

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