Created By: Omny on August 26, 2012

Bad Black Barf

Where someone starts drooling or vomiting black goo.

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Maybe you're infected by a zombie virus. Perhaps an alien's made a home in your intestines. Or that demon you were trying to summon got a little too close for comfort. Either way, one of the symptoms is Bad Black Barf. Black Barf, as the name implies, takes the form of a thick black goo that issues from the victim's mouth, which they will cough up frequently in varying amounts. Sometimes it may ooze out from the nose, ears, or even the eyes (or some other, less savory orifices). Color might vary slightly, from dark brown to burgundy, but it's mostly black. In some cases the stuff might even be acidic, poisonous, or just smell really bad. Besides the obvious gross-out factor of seeing someone puking, the human body doesn't really produce black-colored fluids, and there are very, very few diseases that cause black discharge of any kind, so combining the two informs the audience that anyone with Bad Black Barf is not just sick, but sick with some unearthly, unholy, or just downright unnatural disease.

  • Wikus from District9 starts coughing up black fluid as a result of transforming into a Prawn.
  • Both instances where a boar is turned into a demon in Princess Mononoke, they start to bleed and drool dark purple/black slime. In addition, the Forest Spirit starts releasing massive gobs of toxic black glop that instantly kill everything they touch.
  • Noh-Face from Spirited Away starts coughing and drooling black barf (among other things) after being given medicine from Chihiro.
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