Created By: oneuglybunny on February 2, 2013 Last Edited By: oneuglybunny on June 2, 2013
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Made Of Bologna

Cartoon characters are composed of sentient bologna.

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An occasional hazard of cartoon characters is being cleaved in two, lengthwise or crosswise. Chainsaws, buzzsaws, battle axes, laser beams ... something will turn one whole character into two half-characters.
Of course, depicting all the myriad structures and tissues in a living body violates the Law of Conservation of Detail and would also look mighty gruesome. Therefore, cartoon characters are made of a bologna-like substance that doesn't bleed and has no annoying details. Hacking a character to pieces becomes bloodless, and qualifies as Amusing Injuries rather than Squick.

Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
  • One Piece: A fan once asked Eiichiro Oda why Buggy the Clown doesn't bleed when he uses his Detachment Combat ability. The answer was more or less: this is still a kid's show.
  • During a showdown between Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza in Dragon Ball, Frieza launches two Destructo Discs at Goku and misses. Goku distracts Frieza so that Frieza fails to catch a returning disc, which cuts him into pieces. Some blood spills and Frieza's red bologna innards are seen. Frieza survives this wound due to his Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • The stinger to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has angel Anarchy Panty cut into 666 pieces by Stocking's katana. Each piece seems to be made of pink bologna.
  • Gamaran employs this trope, as despite much wielding of katanas, no innards are seen nor do internal organs spill out. One glimpse of brains occurs when a random passerby's skull is struck by Jaki's Epic Flail.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
  • The opening animations from Tom and Jerry: The Movie include one where Tom and Jerry are dueling with fencing swords. Jerry makes several rapid vertical slashes at Tom, who thinks he came away unscathed. Tom then falls apart in slices like a bologna loaf.
  • In Gamera Vs Guiron, Guiron kills and dismembers the monster Gyaos, then starts chopping the body into sections. Gyaos is apparently composed of solid tissue without bones.
  • The three mooks that harass Taarna in the bar get their heads cut off in two deft strokes. The 1981 film Heavy Metal shows one mook's headless body falling prone, revealing green bologna with a spinal bone and a universal conduit, and nothing else besides green blood.
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[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
  • In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, The Chosen One punches a mook in his torso so hard that a circular chunk comes out the other side. This is lampshaded by the narrator.
  • Al Yankovic's UHF has a promo for the TV series Conan the Librarian where Conan splits a teen in half lengthwise for returning a borrowed book late. The shot is brief, but reveals only reddish meat within the victim.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
  • In the Torchwood episode "Meat," a giant space whale beached on Earth is being harvested for its meat. No blood vessels or bones or anything like that are seen, just nice slabs of steak.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
  • In the role-playing game GURPS, there is a powerful Advantage called "No Internal Organs." This means a character never suffers from complicated medical problems, because their interior becomes uniform undifferentiated tissue.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
  • Mad scientists who are killed by 'Splosion Man become steaks, hams and doughnuts.
  • In Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, every foe Raiden faces can be bloodily dismembered, but the innards shown are rarely more detailed than a dark red texture, sometimes with bones visible. The boss Monsoon can split his body into segments that evoke this aesthetic.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
  • Played with in The Simpsons show-within-a-show, Itchy and Scratchy. The titular characters are sometimes depicted made solely of red bologna, sometimes made of red bologna that can bleed, and sometimes actual organs are shown. This depends on how gruesome the scene was scripted.
  • Chuck Jones' Merrie Melodies short "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" has a little boy daydream that he's a deep sea diver. While underwater, he's attacked by a tiger shark. He cuts it in half with a knife and it appears to be solid tissue inside.
  • Occurs in the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Touché, Pussy Cat." Tom gets cleaved from head to crotch by a falling battleaxe, revealing Tom's blue-grey interior.
  • The 1955 Sylvester cartoon "Tweety's Circus" has Sylvester tease a circus lion. The lion takes a swipe at Sylvester, who walks away, falling to pieces as he goes. Sylvester seems to be composed of grey bologna.
  • The 1955 Looney Tunes cartoon "Sahara Hare" shows Riff Raff Sam attempt to breach a fortress occupied by Bugs Bunny. Sam climbs up a plank toward the battlements, but Bugs uses a maul to cleave the plank lengthwise. Sam also cleaves lengthwise, exposing his beige interior.
  • The 1958 Foghorn Leghorn cartoon "Weasel While You Work" has Barnyard Dog douse Foghorn with a bucket of water in mid-winter, which is Instant Ice, Just Add Cold. A hungry weasel cleaves the ice block with an ax, Foghorn mentions a splitting headache, then his body splits lengthwise, revealing ice-blue bologna interior.
  • Spongebob Squarepants is often sliced and diced on his show. In his case, it's a Justified Trope, as real sponges have no organs and can regenerate tissue. However, he can show organs inside in accordance to Rule of Funny, such as when his brain is left exposed in "Scaredy Pants."
  • Occurs in the Darkstalkers series when characters are cut in half.
  • Whenever the titular character Cattivik is sliced open, his insides appear as solid tissue.
  • The 1951 MGM cartoon "Daredevil Droopy" shows Droopy Dog performing the old saw-a-person-in-half trick, with Spike as the one in the box. When Spike emerges from the box, his two halves go in opposite directions. Spike's lower half is featureless, uniform tissue.
  • The Woody Woodpecker cartoon "Operation Sawdust" has Buzz Buzzard cut lengthwise, showing Buzz to be hollow. A subversion, in that the hollowness is a reflection of Buzz's anti-hero character in this cartoon.
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Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • February 2, 2013
    aurora369
    Played with in the Simpsons show-within-a-show, Itchy and Scratchy. The titular characters are sometimes depicted made of just red bologna, sometimes made of red bologna that can bleed, and sometimes actual organs are shown. Depends on how much shocking is the show intended to be.
  • February 2, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film-Animated
    • The opening animations from Tom and Jerry The Movie include one where Tom and Jerry are dueling with fencing swords. Jerry makes several rapid vertical slashes at Tom, who thinks he came away unscathed. Tom then falls apart in slices like a bologna loaf.
  • February 3, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Anime and Manga
    • During a showdown between Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza in Dragon Ball Z, Frieza launches two Destructo Discs at Goku and misses. Goku distracts Frieza so that Frieza fails to catch a returning disc, which cuts him into pieces. Some blood spills and Frieza's red bologna innards are seen.
  • February 4, 2013
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Chuck Jones' Merrie Melodies short "from A to Z-Z-Z-Z". A little boy daydreams that he's a deep sea diver. While underwater he's attacked by a dread sabre-tooth tiger shark. He cuts it in half with a knife and it appears to be solid tissue inside - no organs, cartilege skeleton, or blood.
  • February 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime and Manga
  • February 4, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • In Kung Pow Enter The Fist, The Chosen One punches a mook in his torso so hard that a circular chunk came out the other side. This is lampshaded by the narrator:
      Narrator: Like, crap man, look at that. That's like his stomach plug, on the ground back there. You don't see that every day. I mean that doesn't even seem possible if you think about it, with body organs and cartilage and bones. I mean I'm no doctor or nothin' but that was like one clean chunk.

  • February 4, 2013
    miru
    The Darkstalkers series does this when characters are cut in half.
  • February 4, 2013
    TonyG
  • February 4, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Ooh, nice examples everyone. Extra kudos to Larkman for Kung Pow Enter The Fist, since I didn't think this trope could work in live action. I'm delightedly wrong.

    Anime and Manga
  • February 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In UHF we see a commercial for the live-action tv series Conan the Librarian where Conan splits a teen in half lenghwise for returning a book a little late. It's a brief shot, but all we see inside is meat.
  • February 9, 2013
    Onitatsu
    Bologna is also a type of meat? I thought it was a city! Anyway, aside from this confusion:
    • Cattivik whenever the titular character is sliced, his insides appears like this.

  • February 9, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
  • February 9, 2013
    MetaFour
    Another live-action film example:
    • In Gamera Vs Guiron, Guiron kills and dismembers the monster Gyaos, then starts chopping the body into cross sections. Gyaos is apparently completely solid, and doesn't even have bones.
  • February 9, 2013
    Desertopa
    "Bologna is also a type of meat? I thought it was a city!"

    The food is named after the place. It's pretty common, like Champagne, Cognac, Cheddar, etc.

    Technically it's Bologna sausage, but nobody actually calls it that.
  • February 10, 2013
    Onitatsu
    ^Ok, did the research. Specifically it seems to be named after this deli rather than after the place itself. Anyway...

    • Gamaran seemingly employs this trope, as even if we had many nasty mutilations and bisections (including chests, bellies and heads alike) we have yet to see innards or internal organs spilling out. The only time we get a glimpse of brains is when a random passerby's skull is hit by Jaki's Epic Flail.
  • February 16, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Trope is confusing, and I don't get the point. Might do a big edit and see if that helps.
  • February 17, 2013
    Chernoskill
    I would really like to include Pizza the Hutt from Spaceballs, but I don't know if he is spineless or not (pun intended), and he's not made of bologna but of pizza.
  • February 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the Torchwood episode "Meat" a giant space whale beached on Earth is being harvested alive for its meat, but we never see any blood vessels or bones or anything like that, just nice slabs of steaks. (I believe - I only saw it once several years ago. If anybody comes along to correct me they're probably right.)
  • February 21, 2013
    Ryusui
    @spacemarine50: The trope is simple, though it needs a better name.

    Basically, when characters get dismembered/dissected/mutilated/chopped up or whatever, the cross-section of their innards is solid red and detail-free - except maybe for a bone on occasion.
  • February 24, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    For the record, I chose "Made Of Bologna" under the Brevity Is Wit principle, and that bologna is a reddish meat product of uniform consistency that slices easily and doesn't bleed. Is there something better, more indicative of this concept?

    Film Animated
    • The three mooks that harass Taarna in the bar get their heads cut off in two deft strokes. The 1981 film Heavy Metal shows one mook's headless body falling prone, revealing green bologna with a spinal bone and a universal conduit, and nothing else besides green blood.
  • February 24, 2013
    khayankh
    In the role-playing game GURPS, this is a powerful Advantage called No Internal Organs that means a character never suffers from complicated medical problems, because their interior parts are uniform goop/sausage/pizza/whatever. That might be too non-specific for this trope, though.
  • February 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I recommend the quote from Kung Pow Enter The Fist as the page quote: "Narrator: I mean, CRAP MAN. Look at that! That's, like, his stomach-plug, on the ground back there, you don't see that every day!... Tha- that doesn't really seem possible when you think about it. I mean with body organs and cartilage and stuff. I mean I'm no doctor, but that was like one clean chunk!"
  • March 3, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The 1951 MGM cartoon "Daredevil Droopy" shows Droopy performing the old saw-a-person-in-half trick, with Spike as the one in the box. When Spike emerges from the box, his two halves go in opposite directions. Spike's lower half is featureless, uniform tissue.
  • March 3, 2013
    spacemarine50
    @Ryusui: Name keeps making me think of a Show Within A Show character in Rockos Modern Life called Wacky Delly, that could be a Trope Namer, and is simply a sentient piece of meat. It's not what this is about.
  • March 12, 2013
    Knight9910
    The name is a bit confusing. Looking at just the name I expected this to be about that one Invader Zim episode.
  • March 17, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The 1955 Looney Tunes cartoon "Sahara Hare" shows Riff Raff Sam attempt to breach a fortress occupied by Bugs Bunny. Sam climbs up a plank toward the battlements, but Bugs uses a maul to cleave the plank lengthwise. Sam also cleaves lengthwise, exposing his beige interior.
  • March 18, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The Woody Woodpecker cartoon "Operation Sawdust" has Buzz Buzzard cut lengthwise, showing Buzz to be hollow. A subversion, in that the hollowness is a reflection of Buzz's anti-hero character in this cartoon.
  • April 25, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    I can't think of any further examples, nor can my friends at The Big Cartoon Database. At this point, all I can do is Bump For Hats. Am I missing something? I'm very certain this is a Trope. Animators use it to avoid meticulous detail; audiences prefer it to seeing moist, organic innards; and this is routinely Played For Laughs.
  • April 25, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    I like what I see. I guess I missed this in the listings while I was here, but now you get a hat.
  • April 25, 2013
    arbiter099
    Video game example: scientists who die in Splosion Man explode into steaks and hams
  • May 3, 2013
    Ryusui
    I just thought of a perfect name for the trope. Cartoon Cross Section.

    • In Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, every foe Raiden faces can be bloodily dismembered, but the innards shown are rarely more detailed than a dark red texture, sometimes with bones visible. The boss Monsoon comes pre-dismembered: he can split his body into segments that evoke this aesthetic.
  • May 7, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Fixed many dead-end links, so that entries now point to the correct page ... mostly. Needs a little more tweaking, but I'm getting the hang of this tropes thing, so I expect to launch this by the end of May. Ideally. I hope.
  • May 9, 2013
    Bobchillingworth
    The Bloom County comic strip used this on a few occasions, although I don't have links to specific panels on hand.
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