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"I picked them myself."

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 and Manga 
  • 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.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt had a Snot based Monster of the Week. That's par for the course of this show.
  • 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, takes it Up to Eleven, 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.
  • Takasu from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's 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.)

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Revenge of the Nerds had a character named Booger, who had a fascination with the topic...
  • Jurassic Park, the scene where they're in the tree petting the brachiosaurus, and it sneezes on the girl, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire: Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams), while disguised as his British nanny persona, refers to his children as "little nose-miners."

  • 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."

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Bertie has a boy named Bertie who likes to pick his nose.
  • 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.
  • Ratburger has a joke about a guy pretending snot is candy.
  • 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 titular character of Disgusting McGrossface apparently keeps used tissues and uses his boogers to hang posters on the wall.

    Live-Action TV 
  • WKRP in Cincinnati - "BOOGER!"
  • 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).
  • 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-
  • 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.
  • 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 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—

    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!")
  • 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?"
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • 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.
  • While every WarioWare game has a microgame that involves picking a nose, in the first game, one microgame has you helping a young woman retract snot back into her nose by spinning the control pad.
  • 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.
  • Putty has the Snot Goblin, who shoots snot missiles out of his nose.
  • 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.
  • Moshi Monsters has a mission with a "Fantastic Voyage" Plot where you have to dodge "snot goblins" while in someone's nose.


    Western Animation 
  • The Trope Namer is an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar, 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 Ren & Stimpy, Stimpy had a booger collection in one episode.
    • Yes, 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.
  • Derrick from Mega Babies 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Several of Chowder's Gross Up Close Ups on the title character feature strings of snot hanging off his nose.
  • The Simpsons: "I found a moon rock in my nose!"
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes has Jimmy noting how gross a Bedsheet Ghost looked, then turning around and seeing Beezy picking his nose.
  • Beetlejuice referenced boogers quite a few times—for example, a literal "pick-it line" in front of City Hall to protest road construction.
  • 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.
  • Snott from Earthworm Jim is a sentient green glob of mucus.
  • 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 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.
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Loud House: Lana Loud, being a tomboy into Filthy Fun and gross-out, has a habit of picking her nose.
    • All the Loud brothers in "One of the Boys" also pick their noses, sometimes with their feet!

For God's sake, get a Kleenex.

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