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A character is getting ready for a date with a beautiful girl or a party with his friends. He has just finished showering and has just put on some cologne, but when it comes time to put on his clothes, he puts on his pants, but when he puts on his tuxedo, he finds that he is having problems trying to button it. Just when he finally gets the suit all buttoned, the buttons suddenly pop off after a few seconds and fly in different directions. Apparently, the character has either gained weight, or the suit is not as big as he remembered it to be.

This is a {{Comedy}} trope in which a character has trouble buttoning his shirt or pants, because he has either gotten too fat or the clothes are too small for him. Of course, there are also some cases where when the shirt is buttoned, the buttons don't pop off, but the shirt is completely stretched out at the buttons. It's also happened with belts as well as it also happening at the breasts. You can see this trope [[{{Pun}} pop up]] in most forms of media.

Can go hand in hand with either TemporaryBulkChange, BreastExpansion, HulkingOut or BalloonBelly.

Also TruthInTelevision.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* A few Subway commercials use a variant where burst shirts, pants, (chairs, etc.) (to the tune of the 1812 Overture) are used to imply overweight/obesity caused by [[TakeThat other fast foods]]. It's taken UpToEleven in the very last shot of one ad, with a driver being handed a bag of food by the person at the drive-through window and the car ''instantly'' blowing out its tires.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH7VOkmYaaE An old Lee jeans commercial]] had this happen to a father, whose jeans button popped off and ricocheted around the living room before eventually finding itself caught in the mouth by the family dog.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Happened to Tubby in the very first episode of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Ukraine's boobs cause a button on her shirt to pop off. She's later seen sewing it back on.
* In the 5th episode of ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'', Kiriko Aoi [[http://www.majhost.com/gallery/thunderpig/yepy/godannar2.gif does this]], and her shirt stays that way for the rest of the episode.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Oriana Thompson's shirt covers her large boobs with one button, and it pops off after she gets punched.
* In one chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Natsumi tries to brush off [[HollywoodPudgy having put on a few kilograms over the winter]] by pointing out to herself that [[LampshadeHanging it doesn't really show]]... then a button tears off her skirt as she's getting dressed. Cue Keroro discovering Natsumi doing aerobics in her room with the heater turned up.
* In an episode of Koma Theatre for ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', this happens to Olivier in an opening. She gets annoyed by this and demands that the show start.
* In ''Manga/DFrag'', Takao usually doesn't bother zipping her gym jacket up, due to her [[GagBoobs breast size]], but wanted to prove she wasn't just too cheap to buy a new uniform when she outgrew her old one. She managed (to great applause), but later popped the zipper with enough force to knock Kenji out.
* At the beginning of episode 6 of ''Seikon no Qwaser'', Tomo tries to squeeze her massive breasts into a maid outfit. All the buttons pop off and hit Miyuri right in the face.
* This happens to Kanako in Manga/MariaHolic [[http://www.dm5.com/m88230/#ipg139 Volume 7]] after gaining a lot of weight off of eating/drinking nothing but mayonnaise.[[note]] WARNING: Page is in Japanese, so to anyone who speaks Japanese, would you kindly make sure that this is a correct description.[[/note]]
* Balrog does this in ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie''(yes, with pure muscle) in response to Zangief's challenge.
* In ''LightNovel/AestheticaOfARogueHero'', Myuu has enormous breasts, and as a result, she often pops off her shirt buttons, which distresses her.

[[folder: Board Games]]
* The entire premise of "Pig Goes Pop!" The player who causes his belt to snap off is the loser!

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In a non-clothing example, ComicBook/GastonLagaffe once made a very stylish leather sofa with the covering held down by buttons. Unfortunately, he emphasized how taut the thing was by putting his hand on it, turning the sofa into a machine gun nest, buttons flying everywhere as the onlookers ducked for cover.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* In the teaser trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible has difficulty putting on his belt because of obesity. When he finally gets it buckled, it suddenly comes undone and rockets across the room. (This scene was not included in the actual film.)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Shrek The Third]]'' had Shrek's belt buckle pop off and hit Donkey in the face, leading to a [[DisasterDominoes very nasty chain reaction]].
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' when [[spoiler: Wallace]] turns into the Were-Rabbit.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': As Susan grows, her wedding garter snaps off and knocks out a poor bystander.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* This happens in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' when uncle Vernon's sister Marge comes to visit the family and she bullies Harry into jinxing her to bloat. Film adaption makes one of the popping buttons knock Dudley out.
* In ''Film/VillageOfTheGiants'' when the teens eat the substance that makes things grow, there is [[MaleGaze a close-up of the chest of one of the girls]] as the buttons pop off her sweater.
* Galactically stacked gravure idol (and later pornstar) Fuko has the breast version as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HF-HHVLE6M part of her repotoire.]]
* In ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', this happens to Violet when she turns into a giant blueberry (her belt pops off and the rest of her outfit is stretched out down to the buttons).
* In ''Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation'', Audrey has a dream where she's overeating from European meals and desserts. It ends with her chest swelling so much that the buttons pop off.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In Creator/BeatrixPotter's Literature/TheTaleOfTomKitten, the protagonist named Tom Kitten is seen trying to fit into his new clothes his mother made him. His mother tells him to suck up his stomach in order for his clothes to fit in fear of having one of the buttons popping off. However, one of the buttons does pop up resulting in his mother having to sow up another new button on his shirt.
* From a compendium of rude limericks:
-->There once was a girl from Darjeeling\\
Who danced with such exquisite feeling\\
That the only sound for miles around\\
Was of [[RagingStiffie fly-buttons hitting the ceiling!]]

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Maya is dating a ChubbyChaser and thinks he's fattening her up. Jack dismisses it until her pants button pops with such force it embeds itself to the wall.
* Referenced on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'':
-->'''Granny''': Ellie May done popped the buttons off her shirt again.
-->'''Jed''': Ellie May carries herself proud with her shoulders throwed back.
-->'''Granny''': [[GagBoobs It ain't her shoulders]] that have been poppin' these buttons.
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', a pregnant Gloria refuses to admit that she needs maternity wear, until her shirt pops open in public.

[[folder: Music Videos]]
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic bursts a few heavy-duty buckles when he shows his homies who's fat.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H73qFYp0jI8 Lei Fang's Ending]] from ''Videogame/DeadOrAlive 4''.
* In the DLC case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Norma de Plume's breakdown on realizing she was deceived by what she thought was Orla the orca attacking the victim involves all the buttons bursting off her coat at once, with her pudgy body jiggling for emphasis.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "Gruel And Unusual Punishment" had Baloo getting ready to go to the Pilot's Ball with Rebecca, but when he gets his old tuxedo all buttoned up, the button pops off and ricochets all over the room. [[spoiler: It was a sign that Baloo definitely needed to go on a diet]].
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa...?" has Koopa squeezing into a tuxedo only to have a button pop off and hit Mouser in the face.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay tries on some new clothes and makes [[http://youtu.be/DQY-kM91Q9M?t=10m15s a whole song]] about popping the buttons off of his shirt. ''I'm, too tubby for my shirt (pop), too paunchy for my shirt (pop), so bloated it huuuuuuurts (pop, pop).''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Just Desserts" the now fat Trixie's belt snaps off as she's eating a big cookie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheThreeLittlePigs'', when the Big Bad Wolf starts to huff and puff, he pops the buttons on his suspenders, causing his pants to fall down.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies'' short "WesternAnimation/DaffyDuckInHollywood", director von Hamburger puffs out his chest as he screens his movie, popping the buttons on his shirt.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'': In "Girlie Boys", Caitlin's skirt button pops off as she begins to put on weight—and this happens right after she says, "Can you imagine eating enough chocolate to gain twenty-five pounds?"
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'': In "New Shoes", Mickey, [[FreakyFridayFlip who is stuck in Goofy's body]], finds that he can no longer fit into his normal clothes, and one of the buttons on his shorts pops off and hits him in the face.