Created By: CaveCat on March 9, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on August 16, 2013
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Belly Flop Crushing

A small character gets flattened against a larger character's stomach.

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Allow me to make amends by...what? BLOATING TO GARGANTUAN SIZE AND SQUASHING YOU LIKE THE INSIGNIFICANT BUG THAT YOU ARE!
--Sir Raleigh, Sly Cooper

Consider yourself belly-flop-crushed.

This is where a small character will get flattened by a larger character, leading to the smaller character getting Squashed Flat against the big character's stomach. This may be preceded by a Shadow of Impending Doom, before the big character falls onto the small character.

This would also count if a Body Slam is used by the bigger character on the smaller character.

Compare: Butt Sticker and Ass Kicks You

Contrast: Marshmallow Hell


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, when Ed and Al go to Dr. Marco's house to study alchemy, Ed quickly finds the loving affection of a dog named Alexander. Alexander's shadow was the last thing he usually saw before the giant dog ever-so-lovingly crushed him underneath.
  • Jessie and James got flattened under a Snorlax's belly in one Pokémon episode. Its trainer woke it up and it ate a pile of thorns,then went back to sleep and rolled on them.

Film
  • In The Happiness Of The Katakuris, a Japanese live action movie about a family run hotel where every guest who checks in dies in an unexpected way, includes a sumo wrestler who has a heart attack on top of his girlfriend, causing them both to die. He didn't jump on her though.
  • The end of Shrek 2, where Shrek attempts to body-surf the crowd, the crowd runs like hell, and the little dog is left underneath...
  • The flashback to the cheerleading tryouts in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, when the fat chick squashes Justin Long's character.
  • During Po and Tai Lung's final fight in Kung Fu Panda, the latter launches himself to attack the former, but Po (to quote himself: THE big fat panda) simply does a belly thrust and then bounces Tai Lung up high.

Professional Wrestling
  • Two major acts on the old British professional circuit were the superstar, super-mega-heavyweights, "Big Daddy" and "Giant Haystacks". Both were large imposing men who stood way over six feet and weighed in at around 30-35 stone. (350-400 pounds). Each. Big Daddy's signature play was exactly this - the belly flop crush. Billed as deadly enemies, a fight between the two necessitated a specially built ring capable of taking the impact. Big Daddy was billed as a patriotic Yorkshire Englishman and good guy: Haystacks was the baddie, an Irish Traveller who played on prejudices both against the Irish and gypsies (this was the 1970's, the height of the Irish terrorist bombing campaign). The fights were necessarily short, as both wrestlers lacked stamina for long bouts.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • The iconic image would be hippo and alligator ballet from Fantasia.


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Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • March 14, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    I keep seeing this being bumped up because nobody's giving examples. I'll give you some feedback; this is tropeworthy. And it would be a sister trope to This YKTTW.

    And I've seen this a million times; but I can't really think of any examples.
  • March 15, 2013
    Knight9910
    I think it needs a new title. Stomach Squashing makes it sound like it's the character's stomach getting squashed, rather than squashing someone else with their stomach. Maybe Belly Flop Crush?
  • March 19, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I think you should broaden the description so that it covers body slam as a form of attack (now it sounds pretty much a comedy specific trope only).
  • March 19, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • In Fullmetal Alchemist, when Ed and Al go to Dr. Marco's house to study alchemy, Ed quickly finds the loving affection of a dog named Alexander. Alexander's shadow was the last thing he usually saw before the giant dog ever-so-lovingly crushed him underneath.
  • March 20, 2013
    Surenity
    • This was pro wrestler Yokozuna's specialty.
  • March 20, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^ You need a lot more context than that for the Yokuzuna entry.
  • April 14, 2013
    1810072342
    Compare Ass Kicks You?
  • April 22, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    • In the first Sly Cooper game, this is Raleigh's primary form of attack; that is, he inflates himself and bounces around the arena, trying to crush you.

    Actually, I think he has one line that could work as a page quote:

    Allow me to make amends by...what? BLOATING TO GARGANTUAN SIZE AND SQUASHING YOU LIKE THE INSIGNIFICANT BUG THAT YOU ARE!
  • May 4, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
  • May 19, 2013
    GKaiser
    How about [1] for an eventual page image? Relatedly, Snorlax seems to be a common user of this trope.
  • May 22, 2013
    herbides
    Western Animation
    • The iconic image would be hippo and alligator ballet from "Fantasia"

    Does it have to be part of a flying glomp to count?

    Movies
    • In "The Happiness of the Katakuris", a Japanese live action movie about a family run hotel where every guest who checks in dies in an unexpected way, includes a sumo wrestler who has a heart attack on top of his girlfriend, causing them both to die. He didn't jump on her though.
  • May 26, 2013
    BearyScary
    This is totally tropable. I support Belly Flop Crush as a name, and I like the Snorlax image linked above. But if it's from deviantart, we'll need the artist's permission to use it, won't we?

    I also seem to recall Po using a move like this in Kung Fu Panda, but I can't recall if it was in the movies or the TV series, Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness or not.

    Wouldn't this trope belong in the High Fat Index?
  • May 26, 2013
    herbides
    Would it be considered a separate trope if the character falling isn't bigger than the one being landed on?

    There are quite a few anime that begin with a woman or girl (especially a magical girl) falling out the clear blue sky and landing on the male protagonist--usually knocking him senseless or temporarily stunning him with her boobs and/or behind.

    Alternatively there is the guy who trips in a crowded place and inevitably lands on a cute girl in a compromising position. This usually also involves an accidental boob fondle or an unintentional peak at her panties.
  • May 26, 2013
    BearyScary
    There is a picture of the belly flop part of Bob's Giga Meteo from SFxT. I got it from Fighter's Generation. Would it work as a page image or image link?
  • May 26, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^That image is too small.
  • June 16, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    There's another one I almost forgot:

    • In Paper Mario, this is one of Sushie's attacks (appropriately called 'Belly Flop').
  • June 20, 2013
    robbulldog
    The end of Shrek2, where Shrek attempts to body-surf the crowd, the crowd runs like hell, and the little poodle is left underneath...

    The flashback to the cheerleading tryouts in Dodgeball, when the fat chick squashes Justin Long's character.
  • June 20, 2013
    X2X
    Video Games
  • June 24, 2013
    DRCEQ
    That Yokozuna example is still a Zero Context Example.
  • June 24, 2013
    chicagomel
    Jessie and James got flattened under a Snorlax's belly in one Pokemon ep I think...its trainer woke it up and it ate a pile of thorns,then went back to sleep and rolled on them.
  • July 1, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    @Sponsor: I hope you checked that Pokemon example before you added it. Because examples that include the words "I think" are a bit problematic to say the least.
  • July 2, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 17, 2013
    BearyScary
    Video Games example:
    • The incredibly muscular Dwarf in Dragons Crown can crush enemies with a belly flop attack.
  • July 26, 2013
    DAN004
    Dunno if this counts, but...
    • During Po and Tai Lung's final fight in Kung Fu Panda, the latter launches himself to attack the former, but Po (to quote himself: THE big fat panda) simply does a belly thrust and then bounces Tai Lung up high.
  • July 30, 2013
    Debatra
    In addition to Sly Cooper's Sir Raleigh mentioned above, the sequels allow you to do this with Murray's "Thunder Flop".
  • August 1, 2013
    Abodos
    • A more indirect attack of this manner is seen with the Snack Basket ability in Mario And Luigi Bowsers Inside Story. After fattening up, Luigi gets hurled into the air by Mario before slamming down on the ground to make a shockwave that barrels through ground-based enemies.
  • August 1, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 13, 2013
    AgProv
    Professional Wrestling two major acts on the old British professional circuit were the superstar, super-mega-heavyweights, "Big Daddy" and "Giant Haystacks". Both were large imposing men who stood way over six feet and weighed in at around 30-35 stone. (350-400 pounds). Each. Big Daddy's signature play was exactly this - the belly flop crush. Billed as deadly enemies, a fight between the two necessitated a specially built ring capable of taking the impact. Big Daddy was billed as a patriotic Yorkshire Englishman and good guy: Haystacks was the baddie, an Irish Traveller who played on prejudices both against the Irish and gypsies (this was the 1970's, the height of the Irish terrorist bombing campaign). The fights were necessarily short, as both wrestlers lacked stamina for long bouts.

    Consider yourself belly-flop-crushed
  • August 13, 2013
    AgProv
    http://youtu.be/TtIl0dHUSds - when two huge bellies try to crush each other simultaneously.

    http://youtu.be/bk_6EEroDYo - witness the BFC at 4:15. otherwise... grotesque, isn't it?

  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^ That pic only shows 2 fat wrestlers, not the actual belly flop. :P
  • August 13, 2013
    AgProv
    @DAN 004:

    point accepted!

    Taken from this video at 7:49...

    some caption text

  • August 14, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I guess only the middle picture is necessary. With the caption "belly flopping in 3, 2, 1..."

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