Created By: ThreeferFAQMinorityChick on June 22, 2012 Last Edited By: MysteriousMrX on August 28, 2014

Raspberry Kiss

Someone puts their mouth on a soft part of someone else\'s body and blows a raspberry on it

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Usually done between family members to show how close and strong a bond they have. If the two people involved are not blood or adopted relatives, then this either signifies an honorary family bond between them or else is there to show how puerile and silly the kisser is. Compare Affectionate Gesture to the Head.

Subtrope of Friendly Tickle Torture.

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  • Bambi II features a quick father and son bonding moment between Bambi and his dad, The Great Prince, when the latter blows a raspberry on Bambi's belly while they are rough-housing.
  • Scrooged: When the Ghost of Christmas Present is showing Frank Cross what his employee Grace Cooley's family life is like, Grace Cooley pulls up the shirt of one of her children and gives him one of these on his belly. The Ghost of Christmas Present then does this herself to Frank Cross, who is initially resistant, but is eventually laughing and saying, "More, more, more." Frank Cross later pulls up Eliot Loudermilk's shirt and does this himself.
  • The Simpsons Movie: Homer does this to Spider-Pig/Harry Plopper's stomach.
  • In Treasure Planet, a younger Jim Hawkins gets one from his mother in the prologue.

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Web Original
  • Commonly seen in the genre of "cute little kid" videos. This usually involves the child in question getting zrbtted.

Western Animation
  • Francine does this to Stan in an episode of American Dad!.
  • In Drawn Together Spanky blows a raspberry on Foxxy while trying to explain to her why she couldn't get in a Talent Show. It has some success.
  • Family Guy:
    • Lois does this TWICE to Stewie. At first after Stewie returns from being shrunk down from entering Peter's body. Second when she was drunk and partying with the gang's other wives, then she throws up all over him.
    • Happens once to Peter when the mother of another family that moves in after the bank tries to repossess his family's house. She gets him later again at the end of the episode.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons Marge does this to Maggie while playing Peek-a-boo with her.
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • June 22, 2012
    We don't do Trope Namers much anymore, but I have seen this before. Someone blows a raspberry on a baby's tummy...
  • ^ In real life or in a work? I've seen someone blowing a raspberry on a baby's feet in real life, myself.

    I think in this case, it's appropriate to use the term "Zrbtt" and credit The Cosby Show for its coinage. From what I've read of the Trope Namers page, the part of the practice that is unwanted is mainly naming a trope after a work or character that isn't universally familiar. Some examples of tropes on the wiki with Namers (but aren't necessarily named in the vein of the discontinued practice) are No Matter How Much I Beg and No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me.
  • June 25, 2012
    Calvin And Hobbes: Calvin does this once to Hobbes's tummy while he was sleeping. Hobbes wakes up and mauls him.
  • June 26, 2012
    In my family, this was known as a "blow hug," although I think "Zrbtt" would be a more fitting title.
  • June 27, 2012
    They actually said "Zrbtt" in The Cosby Show? How did they pronounce it?
  • June 27, 2012
    ^^^Could you provide a link to that strip? I can't seem to find it
  • June 29, 2012
  • June 29, 2012
    "Zrbtt" might not be the best name, since it's not at all clear (some people, unfamiliar with Cosby, might think it's an alien's name, or maybe even a fart sound). Why not just call it Raspberry Hug?
  • July 1, 2012
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  • July 2, 2012
    Western Animation: in Family Guy Lois does this to Stewie. At first. Then she throws up all over him.
  • July 2, 2012
    This link has more information about the Calvin and Hobbes example.
  • July 4, 2012
    And why is this tropeworthy? What does it mean?
  • July 5, 2012
    ^ It's a playful sort of a kiss, usually done by an adult to a child.

    I second Raspberry Kiss.

    We already have Blowing A Raspberry as a related trope.
  • July 5, 2012
    My parents always called them "Belly Sugar" though I don't know why. I passed this name onto my own kids.
  • July 5, 2012
    This troper knows them as "burples", etymology also unknown. There's probably as many names for it as there are families, but Raspberry Kiss should get the point across well.
  • July 5, 2012
  • I know a family that calls these "blubber blows."
  • July 6, 2012
    ^^ sounds like an onomatopoeia

    Raspberry Kiss Of Family Love?
  • I think Raspberry Kiss will suffice, especially since it's not always done exclusively between family members.
  • July 9, 2012
    ... That's all very nice (my daddy did this to us all the time, and taught us how to do it back), but what's the narrative significance of such an act? As it is, I feel it's so common it's People Sit On Chairs.
  • July 9, 2012
    ^, ^ x 9: As stated in the first sentence of the description:

    "Usually done between family members to show how close and strong a bond they have."

    It's also done between non-family members as a sign of playfulness and/or immaturity, as in my Scrooged example.
  • Could also be done between non-family members to show an honorary familial bond or to show that the giver of the Raspberry Kiss is a bit weird.
  • July 10, 2012
    In Treasure Planet, a younger Jim Hawkins gets one from his mother in the prologue.
  • July 29, 2012
  • July 30, 2014
    • In The Simpsons, Marge blows a raspberry kiss on Maggie's tummy in one episode.
  • July 30, 2014
    Is this the same as giving a hickey?
  • July 30, 2014
    ^ No, this is not the same as giving someone a hickey. Parents often give these to their children to put it in context. It's a way of tickling.

    • In The Office US, Michael related a story in which his mother tried to give him a rasberry on his back but somehow ended up planting her lips on his butt.
  • July 31, 2014
    I reallly appreciate that Mysterious Mr X copied examples and updated the draft, but please, pretty please, don't use "x does this to x" in every other example. It's Word Cruft and frown-upon not actually allowed.
  • August 2, 2014
    added Drawn Together example
  • August 28, 2014
    added Bambi 2 example
  • August 28, 2014
    There is also the Office example above.