Created By: IndirectActiveTransport on July 3, 2012 Last Edited By: Bushranger on August 13, 2012
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Super Spit

To spit far or to spit abnormal material.

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Proposed Split from Beaming Grin(which used to be about lasers but has mutated to "breath weapon"). I don't know, seeing spitting examples on "Breath" just looks wrong.

Pretty much everyone can spit. Some of you can do so better than others. But can you spit one hundred meters? What about for miles? Wouldn't that be useful. What if you could spit copious amounts of liquid or corrosive materials? Or if your expectorations could ricochet precisely in unexpected directions with exceptional accuracy?

Well, if you can do that, that, that or that...that would be Super Spit.

The most common form of this trope is Bullet Seed. Related tropes are Breath Weapon and Make Me Wanna Shout.

Examples

Anime And Manga
  • Bit character Royakan, from InuYasha, could spit live wolves.
  • In One Piece the Younger Boa sisters can spit poison and Chief Warden Magellan spits bubbles that explode into toxic gas. One of Arlong's luitanants could break trees by spitting water at high pressure.
  • In Dragon Ball, Dabura's spittle turned things to stone.

Comic Books
  • X-Men foe Mammomax is an acid spitting man-elephant hybrid.

Film
  • Super Spit is a side kick power in Sky High, unless you can spit something useful like acid.
  • The evil owl from Rock-A-Doodle for some reason actually spews Lucky Charms out of his mouth.
  • Biollante spits out either acidic sap or a similarly corrosive effect more like a pollen spray, depending on which form she's in.
  • In the movie Shrek, when gazing at the stars, Shrek points out a constellation to Donkey - Throwback, the only ogre to spit over three wheat fields.
  • Beauty and the Beast: "In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston!"
    I'm especially good at expectorating.
  • Buckaroo Banzai. Red Lectroids can spit a small starfish-like alien that inflicts a lethal poison on the target. Not only that, but when the starfish hits, the victim can be Blown Across the Room.
  • The xenomorph in the Alien franchise has the ability to spit an extremely potent acid, starting with the third film, assumed to be its own acidic blood.
  • Starship Troopers. The giant Tanker Bug can spray a flammable substance from its mouth which is ignited by an electrical spark, thus making it a living flamethrower.

Literature

Live Action TV
  • On Alphas an Alpha had the power to spit acid. He used this to blind his opponents in an underground fighting ring.
  • Discussed in an episode of Seinfeld parodying Oliver Stone's film JFK, where Kramer & Newman think that Yankees player Keith Hernandez spit at them after a game.
    Jerry: According to your story Keith passes you and starts walking up the ramp. Then you say you were struck on the right temple. The spit then proceeds to ricochet off the temple striking Newman between the third and forth rib. The spit then came off the rib turned and hit Newman in the right wrist causing him to drop his baseball cap. The spit then splashed off the wrist, pauses - in mid air mind you- makes a left turn and lands on Newman's left thigh. That is one magic loogie.

Tabletop Games
  • In Warhammer the Trolls have stomach acid strong enough to dissolve stone and steel, and will not hesitate to "pre-digest" you in battle.
    • Most Trolls use this as a melee attack, which seems reasonable; then there's the Troll King, whose attack has the same range as a throwing axe. Projectile vomit, anyone?
  • Many Tyranids from Warhammer 40,000 sport bio-plasma attacks, which are basically vomiting hellfire. Some Daemons and Daemonhosts literally vomit hellfire.
    • And if the Deamons are aligned to Nurgle, they just vomit. Of course their vomit is highly corrosive and will probably infect you with every nasty disease know to man (and a few we missed), but in the end of the day you died because a Daemon puked on you.
    • Ork Weirdboyz sometimes do this, vomiting a stream of pure orky psionic energy that makes Your Head A Splode.
    • Technically the Space Marines have this too; namely one of their various glandular implants makes their saliva highly acidic, and can be used either as a weapon or just to help break out of a place. Rarely represented any more in actual game mechanics, there are at least a couple of chapters whose glands mutated over the millenia to either let them spew out a full-on spray of the stuff, or whose saliva forms something other than acid (such as chemicals which, when mixed and spit, of course catch on fire).
  • Dungeons & Dragons really liked this trope.
    • 1st/2nd Edition
      • Spit acid: anhkheg (30 feet), dracolisk (30 feet), black dragon (60 feet), giant slug (60 feet), hordling (10 feet), thessalhydra (30 feet)
      • Spit poison: guardian naga (30 feet), giant spitting snake (30 feet)
      • Blinding spittle: Cat Lord (until magically cured), nereid (20 feet, 2-12 minutes), muckdweller (squirt stream of muddy water 10 feet).
      • If it hits a hard, cold surface, a gibbering mouther's spittle will create a bright flare of light that can blind opponents for 1 minute.
      • Soldier termites could spit an irritating substance similar to kerosene up to 10 feet away which could blind any creature for 5-20 minutes. If the fluid was ignited it could burn the target as well.
    • There is a spell in D&D that allows a druid to blind her opponents with caustic goo. There are also two spells that allow the user to spit vipers.
    • Spit poison: Ravenloft supplement Chilling Tales, adventure "The Surgeon's Blade". The Mad Scientist Emil Bollenbach created a hybrid monster with the body of a hog and the head of a snake. It can spit poison up to 30 feet.
    • Some dragons' Breath Weapons come closer to this - for instance, Iron Dragons "breathe" molten iron.
    • 4th edition dragon breath weapons are technically vomit weapons. The edition also adds the Dragonborn as a core Player Character race, who possess their namesakes' signature attack.
      • More specifically, the Draconomicon teaches that the magical energy of a D&D dragon's breath weapon is stored in the stomach, not in the lungs; this is what is meant by "vomit weapon". The expelled effect is explicitly magical, though—it is mystical energy, and not a biological by-product as found in some other D&D creatures.

Video Games
  • Besides Pokémon's Bullet Seed, there's Gastro Acid, which, as its name suggests, involves spitting stomach acid at the opponent. Acid Spray is quite similar. Spit Up involves spitting up whatever the Pokemon swallowed and shooting it at the opponent, often after the move Stockpile.
  • In Mortal Kombat, Reptile uses an Acid Spit move for his projectiles.
  • One of the basic weapons in Spore's creature stage allows spitting, the only ranged attack available.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • Ben 10 has Upchuck, who can swallow and spit back virtually anything he can get hit with.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, Boomer can spit the best out of the three Rowdy Ruff Boys, to the point it's considered his special ability, comparable to Butch's force field or Brick's lack of one.

Real Life
  • Llamas and alpacas are well-known for their prowess at spitting.
    • So are camels.
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • July 4, 2012
    aurora369
    Real Life: camels are famous for their spitting abilities.
  • July 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Discussed in an episode of Seinfeld parodying Oliver Stone's film JFK, where Kramer & Newman think that Yankees player Keith Hernandez spit at them after a game.
    Jerry:According to your story Keith passes you and starts walking up the ramp. Then you say you were struck on the right temple. The spit then proceeds to ricochet off the temple striking Newman between the third and forth rib. The spit then came off the rib turned and hit Newman in the right wrist causing him to drop his baseball cap. The spit then splashed off the wrist, pauses - in mid air mind you- makes a left turn and lands on Newman's left thigh. That is one magic loogie.
  • July 4, 2012
    Koveras
  • July 4, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • In the movie Shrek, when gazing at the stars, Shrek points out a constellation to Donkey - Throwback, the only ogre to spit over three wheat fields.
  • July 4, 2012
    planswalker
    You might want to seed your examples by stealing ones from the Beaming Grin page which fit this trope, assuming the consensus is that this trope isn't just The Same But More Specific to Beaming Grin.
  • July 4, 2012
    BOFH
  • July 4, 2012
    TonyG
    Related to Bullet Seed.
  • BOFH, I'm going to need more details.
  • July 7, 2012
    Generality
    One of the basic weapons in Spore's creature stage allows spitting, the only ranged attack available.
  • July 7, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    I'm surprised we don't have this.

    In Mortal Kombat, Reptile uses an Acid Spit move for his projectiles.
  • July 8, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Buckaroo Banzai. Red Lectroids can spit a small starfish-like alien that inflicts a lethal poison on the target. Not only that, but when the starfish hits, the victim can be Blown Across The Room.

    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons really liked this trope.
      • 1st/2nd Edition
        • Spit acid: anhkheg (30 feet), dracolisk (30 feet), black dragon (60 feet), giant slug (60 feet), hordling (10 feet), thessalhydra (30 feet)
        • Spit poison: guardian naga (30 feet), giant spitting snake (30 feet)
        • Blinding spittle: Cat Lord (until magically cured), nereid (20 feet, 2-12 minutes), muckdweller (squirt stream of muddy water 10 feet).
        • If it hits a hard, cold surface, a gibbering mouther's spittle will create a bright flare of light that can blind opponents for 1 minute.
        • Soldier termites could spit an irritating substance similar to kerosene up to 10 feet away which could blind any creature for 5-20 minutes. If the fluid was ignited it could burn the target as well.
  • July 8, 2012
    Telcontar
    This one isn't about distance or using it as a weapon, but I think it's an example. The picture could be the page image, though short wide images aren't my favourite on articles.

  • July 8, 2012
    GeminiSparkSP
    One of the freshmen in Sky High has this ability.
  • Okay, now we have more than the required number of examples, lets talk about the proposed split.

    Originally Beaming Grin described the ability to shoot lasers or energy beams from your mouth, the name partially based on the "Firin My Laser" "Shoopdawoop" meme from Dragon Ball. It's then mutated into anything at all coming from anyone's mouth and got renamed to "breath weapon". Make Me Wanna Shout and Bullet Seed were deemed different enough to be split off, is this?
  • July 8, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    • In Dragonball Z, Dabura's spittle turned things to stone
    • There is a spell in D&D that allows a druid to blind her opponents with caustic goo. There are also two spells that allow the user to spit vipers.
  • July 8, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    • In One Piece, one of the Gorgon Sisters can spit corrosive poison in her half-snake form. Chief Warden Magellan spits bubbles that explode into toxic gas. One of Arlong's luitanants could break trees by spitting water at high pressure. (I think Franky can attack by spitting rivets. Could someone confirm?)
  • July 10, 2012
    amiavamp
    The xenomorph in the Alien franchise has the ability to spit an extremely potent acid, assumed to be its own acidic blood.
  • July 10, 2012
    amiavamp
    There are several units in [[Warcraft Warcraft 3]] and Starcraft 2, like the Roach, that have the ability to spit corrosive substances as their primary attack.
  • July 12, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Starship Troopers. The giant Tanker Bug can spray a flammable substance from its mouth which is ignited by an electrical spark, thus making it a living flamethrower.
  • July 13, 2012
    Cider
    • In Powerpuff Girls, Boomer can spit the best out of the three Rowdy Ruff Boys, to the point its considered his special ability, comparable to Butch's force field or Brick's lack of one.
  • July 17, 2012
    chicagomel
    Pokemon: Besides Bullet Seed, there's Gastro Acid, which, as its name suggests, involves spitting stomach acid at the opponent. Acid Spray is quite similar. Spit Up involves spitting up whatver the Pokemon swallowed and shooting it at the opponent, often after the move Stockpile or Swallow. I'm not sure if moves like Flame Thrower count or not.
  • July 17, 2012
    Blubble
    comic book
    • Zeitgeist from X-Men has the ability to vomit acid on his enemies. He discovers his ability after getting drunk and disfiguring a girl by accidentally barfing on her.
  • August 6, 2012
    Nomic
    One of the implants Space Marines in Warhammer40000 receive is a gland thta lets them generate acid spit. The Fantasy Flight Games RPG has rules for using it as a close range shooting attack.
  • August 6, 2012
    IndirectActiveTransport
    All my attempts to add to the examples end with everything under literature deleted...help.
  • August 6, 2012
    MrRuano
    Ben10 has Upchuck, who can swallow and spit back virtually anything he can get hit with.
  • August 6, 2012
    dalek955
    • The trope namer would be Sky High.
      Boomer: Super spit? Sidekick...
      Kid: [taps his shoulder and points]
      Boomer: Acid spit. Hero!
  • August 7, 2012
    Bushranger
  • August 8, 2012
    chicagomel
    I screwed up that Pokemon one. Stockpile comes first, *then* either Spit Up (this trope) or Swallow (regains health).
  • August 9, 2012
    beamerpook
    In Rogues to Riches, a pair of rogues stage a spitting contest as a distraction to get them out of a rather uncomfortable situation.
  • August 9, 2012
    Bushranger
    I believe this is go for launch.
  • August 11, 2012
    nielas
    • On Alphas an Alpha had the power to spit acid. He used this to blind his opponents in an underground fighting ring.
  • August 13, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Spit poison: Ravenloft supplement Chilling Tales, adventure "The Surgeon's Blade". The Mad Scientist Emil Bollenbach created a hybrid monster with the body of a hog and the head of a snake. It can spit poison up to 30 feet.

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