Created By: LeastSquare on February 5, 2012 Last Edited By: DAN004 on April 17, 2015

Belly All Along

The room someone is in is revealed to be a stomach of some kind of being

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Alt title: Stomach Room Reveal


This is when characters are in a place that seems to be something other than a stomach and then it is revealed to be a stomach.

There are multiple scenarios on how this happen:
  • The characters mistook the place for a cave, especially if they didn't notice that it has a Cave Mouth.
  • The insides of the stomach is made into looking not like a stomach, either by technological, magical or mundane means.
  • The building is actually a living being.

Can lead to Kill It Through Its Stomach. Subtrope of Womb Level and related to Artificial Outdoors Display. Compare That's No Moon!.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Dragon Ball Z. Princess Snake tries to keep Goku in her house as long as possible then after excusing himself multiple times, she becomes indignant and reveals that she is a giant snake and that he is deep inside her stomach.
  • This happened in InuYasha. InuYasha and the gang had been walking through the various tunnels and caves of Mt. Hakurei, only to discover they had been inside Naraku the whole time.
  • One Piece. The inside of Laboon's stomach is painted as a sky. There's also an island with a house built on it. The Straw Hats think they are dreaming when they see this.
  • In Naruto, Jiraiya transforms a giant toad into a pub that he uses to lure 2 Rain Village ninjas in for him to interrogate. As soon as the ninjas got enough drunk, Jiraiya transforms it back into a toad, turning the insides of the pub into flesh.
  • The lead characters of Mind Game are swallowed by a huge tidal wave and subsequently find themselves in a dark, water world. They meet an old hermit who eventually reveals to them that they are inside a giant whale.

Film
  • The Empire Strikes Back. The Millenium Falcon flies into a cave on an asteroid and lands. Later on, much to their surprise, the crew discovers that they're inside a giant space worm's stomach. They end up escaping the worm by the skin of its teeth (literally).

Literature
  • Happens in the beginning of the showdown of Walter Moers's book Ensel And Krete. ZCE
  • The first Nightside book has them enter a house that is actually an otherworldly creature that just looks like a house, until they work it out. Then it does the fleshy walls, dripping digestive acids thing.
  • In Simon R. Green's (the same author of the Nightside series above, and like the Nightside version is a retooled version) Forest Kingdom book Blood and Honour a castle is slowing transforming into an Eldritch Abomination (It Makes Sense in Context) and one of the changes is a suite of rooms containing a family is turned into a stomach. Sadly the heroes arrive in time only to avenge them.
  • Innocuous example: In the New Jedi Order series the Yuuzhan Vong use Organic Technology exclusively. Their buildings are really bioengineered creatures called "grashal", so this trope is in effect when you're inside one.
  • In Nomads of Gor Tarl is forced by the bad guy to enter the legendary "Yellow Pool of Turia," where he assumes an aquatic animal is going to attack him. But no; the pool itself is alive, and it digests its victims once they're in it.
  • In The Light Fantastic, Herrena sets camp in a cave with her captives Rincewind and Twoflower. They notice that there's wind in the cave, sometimes blowing outwards, sometimes inwards. Then they realize that they are in the mouth of a gigantic troll (which, on Discworld is a creature made of stone), which they mistook for a mountain.

Live-Action TV
  • In one episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the crew are trying to navigate the ship through a rather rough region of space — which is actually the insides of a gigantic spaceship-eating monster that is manipulating them psychologically. A small child who doesn't share the crew's dream of returning to Earth (and is thus unaffected by it) likens the monster to a pitcher plant.
  • In the episode "The Beast Below" of Doctor Who, The Doctor and Amy Pond fell down a garbage chute into what turned out to be the stomach of a space whale.
  • In Knightmare, one of the recurring dungeon rooms was the stomach of a monster. The team typically had to escape by using one of their items to irritate it in some way.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons module EX1 Dungeonland. If the PCs enter the house of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, it will suddenly change into a giant caterpillar with the PCs inside its stomach. Digestive fluid will pour from the walls, doing increasing damage for 10 combat rounds. If the PCs survive, the caterpillar will change back into a house and they can leave. If not, their remains will be tossed out the back door.

Video Games
  • Never Dead. Sullivan takes Nikki and then reveals to Bryce that he is actually a demon working for Asteroth. The boss battle ensues as this room in the building is revealed to be Sullivan's stomach and (somehow) begins flipping around in ways that would make you think Sullivan is a really huge giant doing extremely slow somersaults in random directions. Strangely enough Sullivan is also inside of his own stomach fighting you.
  • In one Deadlands module there is a scene where the characters explore a cave and suddenly realize they are in a rattler's mouth/esophagus/whatever. Cue Fright Checks.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog. A temporary enemy who becomes a friend at the end of the episode "The Ulcer" who is both literally and metaphorically an ulcer within his own stomach who kills uninteresting people with his stomach acid.
  • Spongebob Squarepants. The Alaskan bull worm. What Sandy thought was the worm was the worm's tongue. The "cave" turned out to be the mouth of the worm.
  • In the 1959 Warner Bros. cartoon "The Mouse that Jack Built", a mouse expy of Jack Benny tries to take his girlfriend Mary out to a new, cheap nightclub called "The Kit Kat Club". They discover after they enter that the "club" is the mouth of a real cat, disguised with doll-furnature chairs and tables.
  • The premise of the early Adventure Time episode "Belly of the Beast". Basically, Finn and Jake find a group of bears oblivious to the fact that they are partying in a monsters stomach.
Community Feedback Replies: 48
  • February 6, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module EX1 Dungeonland. If the PCs enter the house of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, it will suddenly change into a giant caterpillar with the PCs inside its stomach. Digestive fluid will pour from the walls, doing increasing damage for 10 combat rounds. If the PCs survive, the caterpillar will change back into a house and they can leave. If not, their remains will be tossed out the back door.
  • February 6, 2012
    aurora369
    In one Deadlands module there is a scene where the characters explore a cave and suddenly realize they are in a rattler's mouth/esophagus/whatever. Cue Fright Checks.
  • February 6, 2012
    shaduf
    • This happened in 'Inu Yasha'. Inu Yasha and the gang had been walking through the various tunnels and caves of Mt. Hakurei, only to discover they had been inside Naraku the whole time.

  • February 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Empire Strikes Back. The Millenium Falcon flies into a cave on an asteroid and lands. Later on, much to their surprise, the crew discovers that they're inside a giant space worm's stomach. They end up escaping the worm by the skin of its teeth (literally).
  • February 7, 2012
    Octagon8
  • February 7, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Web Original
  • February 7, 2012
    thewriter
    Probably leads to Kill It Through Its Stomach.
  • February 7, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Shoulf find a better title, this sounds too much like a sentence, and I'm not sure this's still accepted.
  • February 8, 2012
    LeastSquare
    Thanks, I forgot to mention that. Any suggestions for titles would be appreciated because I don't really like this one. It could do with a pun or a strong reference to a well known example.
  • February 9, 2012
    Arivne
  • February 9, 2012
    Stratadrake
    That's No Cave?

    (Apparently the exact lines from The Empire Strikes Back actually were "The cave is collapsing!" "This is no cave.")
  • February 9, 2012
    Irrisia
    The first Nightside book has them enter a house that is actually an otherworldly creature that just looks like a house, until they work it out. Then it does the fleshy walls, dripping digestive acids thing.
  • February 9, 2012
    CrypticMirror
    In Simon R Green's (the same author of the Nightside series above, and likey the Nightside version is a retooled version) Forest Kingdom book "Blood and Honour" a castle is slowing transforming into an Eldritch Abomination (It Makes Sense In Context) and one of the changes is a suite of rooms containing a family is turned into a stomach. Sadly the heroes arrive in time only to avenge them.
  • February 9, 2012
    Stratadrake
    • In one episode of Star Trek Voyager, the crew are trying to navigate the ship through a rather rough region of space -- which is actually the insides of a gigantic spaceship-eating monster that is manipulating them psychologically. A small child who doesn't share the crew's dream of returning to Earth (and is thus unaffected by it) likens the monster to a pitcher plant.
  • February 12, 2012
    CrypticMirror
    Are we limiting this just to caves then with Not A Cave title? We'll need to take out the Simon R Green examples if it is.

    And a couple of the others too.
  • February 12, 2012
    LeastSquare
    I don't think it should be limited to just caves. How about "Actually a Stomach"? If anyone can suggest a title that pinpoints the idea with a short phrase, then that would be helpful.
  • February 12, 2012
    Ryusui
    Belly Of The Beast? Belly Of The Boss? Belly Of The Boss Fight?

    EDIT: Huh. Belly Of The Beast isn't taken already? I vote for that one. :3
  • February 13, 2012
    CrypticMirror
    If we aren't making it a narrowly defined trope, then we really shouldn't be giving it a narrow title. So calling it Not A Cave should be out.
  • February 13, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Belly Of The Beast sounds ... kinda blase. A little too close to Swallowed Whole for comfort, even.
  • February 13, 2012
    captainsandwich
    In Naruto jiraiya basically turns at the very least several connecting hallways into a stomach. you see him do it though
  • September 11, 2014
    Noah1
  • September 11, 2014
    DAN004
    How would this relate to Womb Level?
  • September 12, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
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      • Changed the work name "Blood and Honour" from quotes to italics as per Welcome To TV Tropes - Editing Articles.

    (Spongebob Squarepants. The Alaskan bull worm.) is a Zero Context Example.
  • September 15, 2014
    aurora369
    In at least one Deadlands adventure, exploring some kind of cave leads to the revelation that it's not a cave but the stomach of a Rattler (giant worm monster).
  • September 15, 2014
    DAN004
    Is the OP there, I wonder?
  • November 3, 2014
    GM_3826
    I don't think so. Is it still possible to add this? I KNOW it's a trope, so it should be added. Oh, and the Alaskan bull worm was part of the episode "Sandy, Spongebob, and the Worm". Basically, it ate Sandy's tail, and in fact pretty much at least one thing for every character in that episode, so naturally Sandy was angry, took Sponge Bob, and went looking for it. Sponge Bob supposedly found the worm, and tried to defeat it, but it turns out it wasn't a cave they were in. The worm was the real worm's tongue.
  • November 3, 2014
    DAN004
    Aye, might wanna grab this later.
  • November 3, 2014
    zarpaulus
    Why's Deadlands listed under Video Games?
  • November 3, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Really needs a better name. The current is really non-indicative.

    Description needs work, too. It's written as example as a thesis.

    Pulling a hat.
  • November 4, 2014
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Naruto, Jiraya ambushes some Rain ninja by summoning a giant toad, which shapeshifts into an inn.
  • November 4, 2014
    johnnycache
    • In the 1959 Warner Brothers cartoon "The Mouse that Jack Built", a mouse expy of Jack Benny tries to take his girlfriend Mary out to a new, cheap nightclub called "The Kit Kat Club". They discover after they enter that the "club" is the mouth of a real cat, disguised with doll-furnature chairs and tables.
  • November 4, 2014
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • Innocuous example: In the New Jedi Order series the Yuuzhan Vong use Organic Technology exclusively. Their buildings are really bioengineered creatures called "grashal", so this trope is in effect when you're inside one.
  • November 5, 2014
    Snicka
    Compare Thats No Moon.
  • November 5, 2014
    MetaFour
    The current name could be easily confused with Belly Of The Whale.
  • November 5, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Of course, I'm gonna change it later.
  • November 5, 2014
    Snicka
    How about Belly All Along?
  • November 6, 2014
    FossilsDaDaDa
    Shoudn't the laconic say something more along the lines of "The room a character is in turns out to be a stomach"?
  • November 23, 2014
    JonnyB
    There was an episode of Doctor Who where The Doctor and Amy Pond fell down a garbage chute into what turned out to be the stomach of a space whale.
  • November 23, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ The episode in question is called "The Beast Below".
  • December 23, 2014
    sigh824
    The premise of the early Adventure Time episode "Belly of the Beast". Basically, Finn and Jake find a group of bears oblivious to the fact that they are partying in a monsters stomach.

    Speaking of which, can I start a notion to name this trope Partying In A Monsters Belly?
  • December 23, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ no.
  • December 23, 2014
    sigh824
    Oh.

    Is it that bad?
  • December 26, 2014
    eroock
    Anime & Manga:
    • The lead characters of Mind Game are swallowed by a huge tidal wave and subsequently find themselves in a dark, water world. They meet an old hermit who eventually reveals to them that they are inside a giant whale.
  • December 27, 2014
    Snicka
    • In The Light Fantastic, Herrena sets camp in a cave with her captives Rincewind and Twoflower. They notice that there's wind in the cave, sometimes blowing outwards, sometimes inwards. Then they realize that they are in the mouth of a gigantic troll (which, on Discworld is a creature made of stone), which they mistook for a mountain.
  • January 13, 2015
    randomsurfer
    In Nomads of Gor Tarl is forced by the bad guy to enter the legendary "Yellow Pool of Turia," where he assumes an aquatic animal is going to attack him. Bu no; the pool itself is alive, and it digests its victims once they're in it.
  • February 19, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
  • February 19, 2015
    Bisected8
    • In Knightmare, one of the recurring dungeon rooms was the stomach of a monster. The team typically had to escape by using one of their items to irritate it in some way.
  • March 2, 2015
    GM_3826
    -Needs A Better Description. In fact, let me just say that there are a few examples of a similar trope where there's not necessarily any reveal that it's a stomach, it's just a stomach they're going in. One could say that was Womb Level, but womb level isn't necessarily inside their stomach, and this trope HAS been invoked: (Maze Runner uses imagery here when they're getting out of the Maze, and a quick look at the page for Womb Level would tell you that occasionally people go inside stomachs on purpose, even outside of games.) Basically, while I hate to say it (and so do you), the generic "inside the stomach of a monster" is a massive case of How Did We Miss This One?

    -The title we have I think actually makes less sense than the last one. If we just broadened the trope into "characters inside the stomach of a beast" instead of making it needlessly specific, then the trope would be much better off in general. Belly of the Whale would be a subtrope of this one. Which would make it a subtrope of a subtrope. The way this trope and it's errata is set up right now is... complicated.

    Edit: In other words, it's a case of a Missing Supertrope.

    Edit2: I've decided to create the Missing Supertrope. This trope can be a subtrope of that.
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