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A character takes a deep breath in order to draw various objects in along with the air, water, or whatever other substance they happen to be in. There are two sub-tropes to this trope:

In cartoons this typically appears as a comedic sight-gag, in which a lazy [[BigEater Big Eater]] consumes large amounts of food by sucking it into his mouth. This may be accompanied by the sound of a vacuum cleaner and/or have the character's mouth take the shape of a vacuum nozzle for added humor. Particularly common in animated depictions of elephants, aardvarks, and similar animals, whose trunks and elongated snouts often undergo DinnerDeformation to show what becomes of the consumables they've suctioned up.

This sometimes appears as an innate ability of a character. More often found in monstrous (or at least non-human) creatures with big mouths. In battle they suck in air to draw their opponent towards them, in an attempt to devour them directly or simply draw them in closer for an attack. However, the indiscriminate nature of this ability means that the user risks drawing in [[EatTheBomb unwanted items]] that may damage them in the process. In video game [[BossBattle boss fights]] the player on the receiving end of this often has to mash the control stick in the opposite direction to avoid being sucked in. Often a form of EatingTheEnemy and frequently leads to JustEatHim when used against main characters. Can be considered a type of BreathWeapon.

There is nothing stopping users of the superpower version from using it to justify the sight-gag version, as a form of MundaneUtility.

As the real life examples below show, this trick ''[[TruthInTelevision can]]'' in fact work in a liquid medium such as water. Many underwater predators use this as a method of catching their prey. In most fictional depictions, though, the suction is created by drawing in ''air''... which would "realistically" require a rather phenomenal lung capacity or a [[BiggerOnTheInside literal]] BlackHoleBelly to exercise any significant force at range, let alone keep the effect going for longer than a few seconds. Things like vacuum cleaners and jet engines work because they let the air pass straight through them instead of trying to hold it all in.

WeaponsThatSuck and TractorBeam are its artificial [[SisterTrope cousins]]. In both the user's mouth may stretch into a VolumetricMouth. SuperBreath moves in the opposite direction.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yammy Llargo from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' use this as an attack called "Gonzui" (literally "Soul Sucker") to devour at once the souls of tons of people in a very large area. It works only on the souls of weak people without special powers.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the Regal Mammoth uses one of his trunks as a vacuum to suck in his prey. He then uses the other one to expel the bones. Later, the mosquito-themed villain Grinpatch can do this with the help of his weapon, a giant straw.
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', Yakitori the giant anglerfish does this to Yaiba's friends to swallow them all up. Justified as he does it in the water.
* In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', Jotaro had Star Platinum suck up Enya Geil's Stand Justice, which had the form of a large fog, causing Enya to suffocate.
* In ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'', Reina Izumi is a "Phantom Eater", with the ability to defeat Phantoms by creating a vortex with her mouth that sucks them inside. Considering she [[BigEater consumes food at a staggering rate]], she probably has a BlackHoleBelly that powers it.
* Majin Buu eats the population of an entire city this way in ''Manga/DragonBall'', after [[BalefulPolymorph turning them into candy.]] Buu is something of a RubberMan, who can expand his body to improve his air intake, and [[SuperBreath expulsion]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/GoldKeyComics' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' story ''[[http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Planet_of_No_Return The Planet of No Return]]'', a.k.a. ''K-G, Planet of Death'', featured ''[[YouKeepUsingThatWord cannibal]]'' plants which could literally suck a landing party off their feet from a considerable distance.
* In the final Marvel issue of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse,'' "Survival Of The Hippest," our hero uses his own vacuum breath to counter that of a mysterious figure using a vacuum to suck the hipness out of popular late-night talk-show hosts. The P.R. medics tell Mighty Mouse that "the audience thought you really sucked!"
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Villain[=/=]Comic Relief[=/=]AntiHero SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}}, having essentially the opposite powerset of Superman, has Vacuum Breath instead of [[BlowYouAway Super Breath]].
* Pre-Crisis Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} has "Super-Suction Breath", which is a variant of her SuperBreath. Instead of expeling large amounts of air from her mouth she inhaled air with the purpose of cutting off someone else's oxygen supply. In ''Comicbook/ActionComics #270'' she knocks out people in her class by sucking out all the air so that she can perform heroics without risking her Secret Identity. In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'' #1 she sucks all the air of a vehicle in order to apprehend a criminal without harming him.
** It's not terribly uncommon for the Super-folks to do this, and it isn't its own separate power. If you're strong enough to ''exhale'' with the ability to send anything flying ''away'' from you, then you can ''inhale'' with the ability to send anything flying ''toward'' you. It's the go-to method of dealing with things like poison gas. (Which means you'd better hope the villain didn't put something in it that could affect you too...)
** Bizarro is sometimes depicted as having "vacuum breath" instead of the usual super breath as part of his repertoire of inverted superpowers.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' does this in a comic. It entailed him sucking his food up because he didn't want to get out of bed.
* Jeremy from ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' has been known to do this, especially when going through a growth spurt.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' there's a character literally called the Vacuum Monster. It eats up everything, including itself.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'' movie has for main villain the "World Gobbler", a gigantic {{Dracolich}} whose main attack is a hurricane-strength Vacuum Mouth. As it's a skeleton, it certainly has no stomach; instead, everything blown into its mouth disappear in a vortex of white light. It threatens to do so to the protagonists several times; they're only saved by desperately clinging to its teeth.
* Oogie Boogie from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has this ability, which he uses to inhale more bugs (which turns out to be important, as [[spoiler:he is literally [[TheWormThatWalks made of them]]]]), as well as to prevent Sally and Santa Claus from escaping his lair, though he doesn't actually inhale them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' makes the Constructicon Devastator into one of these... with gravity wells.

* In ''Literature/FarRainbow'', the Charybdis are truck-like machines that "suck up" thermal energy, specifically the energy of the Waves. Their "funnels" are repeatedly compared to the mouth of the mythological monster they were named after.
* In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', the Azure Lion King can open his huge mouth to suck in whole armies. He has the not-so-bright idea of sucking in Monkey, who wreaks havoc in his insides.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One of Terry Gilliam's [[DerangedAnimation animations]] for ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' features a baby at a christening that sucks up everyone and everything in the room when its pacifier is taken out by [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom an old woman.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The final boss for ''VideoGame/AlienSyndrome'', which is implemented by six spiraling inward clouds.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The various worm monsters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' use this as a counterattack to swallow a party member after they suffer enough abuse. There's also the sea monster Geosgaeno, who uses the aquatic variation.
** The Sandworm boss in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' also does this, but only for the purpose of drawing you closer so it can body slam you. It presents a prime opportunity to get some free hits in on it, due to how sluggish the latter attack is.
** Then there's Atomos, a summonable monster who is pretty much nothing ''but'' a giant mouth. Used to horrifying effect in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' where Atomos attacks the city of Lindblum, sucking in the entire industrial district and killing a third of the population of the city.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' is one of the most famous examples of a character that can weaponize this. His most basic ability is to inhale enemies into his mouth before spitting them out with the force of a cannon or swallowing them to take on their abilities. In ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'', Kirby can become Hypernova Kirby, powering his inhale up to the point of becoming a walking black hole.
** King Dedede can do this as well. Although he lacks Kirby's ability to copy powers.
** [[PowerupMount Rick the Hamster]] could also do it in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' but in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' he just grabs enemies and shoves them into his mouth.
** [[WarmUpBoss Whispy Woods]], already known for his ability to blow [[BlowYouAway gusts of wind]] at Kirby, has apparently picked up the ability to do this, as well, starting with ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland''.
** Storo does this to eat a plate full of cupcakes in one of the mini-games in ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'', however, unlike other characters, he is never shown using it while fighting.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** An enemy by the trope name exists in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', in the second dungeon. Link must cross the room while avoiding being pulled into a bottomless pit surrounding the enemy.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Lord Jabu-Jabu accidentally inhales Link after Link gives him a fish, as he attempts to inhale the fish. It's implied that earlier he also sucked up Princess Ruto, and in Master Quest, ''cows''.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'':
** Birdo, with her large snout, can do this in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' and certain other spin-offs in the series. [[spoiler:Bowletta does this on the incapacitated Mario Bros. in the fight against her, leading to them having to defeat Cackletta's soul in her gut.]]
** Bowser unexpectedly gaining this ability is responsible for much of the events in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', subjecting the Bros. and numerous Mushroom Kingdom citizens to a FantasticVoyagePlot after he accidentally sucks them up. Later in the game, Bowser gets the Vacuum Block, which lets him control this power and unleash it in battle, allowing him to suck up small or flying enemies that he can't deal with in order to let Mario and Luigi handle them.
** Bowser retains this ability in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', where he uses it to [[spoiler:merge with the shattered Dream Stone for the final boss fight]].
* Several creatures in the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' series can pull this out, notably the Fiery Blowhog fought in ''Hey! Pikmin'' and theElectric Cottonade.
* One of the bosses in ''Videogame/ParasiteEve2'' uses this as one of his main weapon, since he himself moves really slow. Getting sucked close enough to his teeth gets you [[{{OneHitKO}} instantly killed]].
* In ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'', the mosquitos can inhale and spit out enemies a la Kirby. An achievement is unlockable after inhaling 50 enemies, called "Vacuum Snack". In the same game, small buzzing insects with funnel-shaped mouths can inhale Rayman to shrink/enlarge him.
* Chaos 6 in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' may attempt to inhale Sonic/Knuckles during the battle, but also has the unintended side effect of sucking in any deactivated ice bombs lying around the arena.
* In ''VideoGame/DynamiteHeaddy'', one of the heads that can be obtained is a giant vacuum that eats all the on-screen enemies.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'':
** This is one of Pandora's attacks. One of the monsters has this as its attack too.
** [[spoiler: Hades]] does this in the beginning of [[spoiler: chapter 23]] to [[spoiler: suck up Pit]]. SwallowedWhole follows soon after.
* ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'':
** Amusingly Wario himself can do this, however it doesn't work on enemies. Instead it can be used to gather coins more quickly.
** The Dual Dragon boss also utilizes this but instead of trying to suck Wario up directly, they release numerous Glue Globes that Wario can get stuck to and suck ''those'' up instead.
* One of the primary feeding/attack methods used by the Gobul in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Tri''.
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Ursula uses this in second fight against her to draw you close for a biting attack.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'', the Jestabocky dream eater and its relative, the Ghostabocky, use this as a painful (And as enemies, very annoying) attack, chewing on the victim briefly before spitting them out. Their Ghost Vacuum link attack is a multi-target version.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy''
** The main villain, Mashtooth, inhales his victims -- through his ''nose''. Usually seen only in cutscenes, he uses the ability during his final battle in an attempt to inhale Starfy.
** One of the bosses in ''Densetsu no Stafy 2'', Numan, also has this as her main attack, where she will suck up the water Starfy is in to pull him into her mouth, eat him and spit him out.
* The mobile game [[http://twolivesleft.com/Crabstarter/ Crabitron]] gives a powerup called the "Super Suckatron", that allows the player's GiantEnemyCrab to suck in pretty much everything on the screen.
* One of Kaptinn Bluddflagg's abilities in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar Retribution'', reducing the enemy's armor thanks to his bad breath. Exactly how it can work (Bluddflagg is maybe twice the size of a SpaceMarine, still nowhere near enough lung capacity for that) isn't explained, and it's not a standard ability for orks either.
* In ''Rolo to the Rescue'', Rolo gains this power from vacuum cleaners.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nihilumbra}}'': The Shyphonith enemies. Apparently they don't have a gut, just a portal straight to the Void.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}'':
** In the [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]] version, during the battle against Itamor, Itamor will attempt to inhale Ristar after freezing him with his ice breath. If Ristar does manage to break free from the ice, he can use Itamor's attack to his advantage, as it makes it easier for him to [[FeedItABomb toss the pizza the mini-boss brings him in his mouth]].
** In the UsefulNotes/GameGear version, the boss of Planet Terra will attempt to inhale Ristar. Like with Itamor in the Genesis version, Ristar can use this attack to his advantage, as it makes it easier for him to [[TennisBoss hit the boss with the pillows he tosses at him]].
* In ''VideoGame/McDonaldsTreasureLandAdventure'', each of the four end-of-world bosses have the ability to suck one of the magic gems from Ronald's life bar. However, Ronald can use their attack to his advantage, as the magic of the gems temporarily makes the boss vulnerable to his attacks. Ronald does have to mind his health bar, but he can collect health power-ups by defeating the boss' minions.
* In the Activision UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} game ''VideoGame/{{Oink}}'', TheBigBadWolf's BreathWeapon becomes part of this when his breath touches one of the three pigs.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* One Strong Bad Email from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had the King of Town consume an entire mound of salt (even the shakers) this way.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Ace Dick, Fiesta Ace Dick, and Mobster Kingpin all do this in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''.
* Pretty much the main theme, and specialty of all the monsters, in the furry comic ''Webcomic/WorkSucks''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Walfas program ''[[http://www.walfas.org/flash/create.swf Create.swf]]'' has a background called "DEATH BY YUYUKO", featuring a large [[BigEater Yuyuko]] [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Saigyouji]]. Click on her mouth and she will suck up any character standing before her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Patrick did this in three episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. First in the episode "Grandma's Kisses", when he sucks up a bunch of cookies offered by Spongebob's grandma, the second time in the episode "Club Spongebob" when he sucks up a sandwich that was on a table, and the third time in the episode "Pat No Pay" when he sucks up a whole bunch of Krabby Patties that were stacked on top of each other.
* This is also akin to cartoon anteaters and aardvarks, such as in ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'', where the eponymous Aardvark will use his mouth to suck up the ant, complete with the sound of a vacuum cleaner.
* The ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' episode "The Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core" had Scooby use this technique with popcorn.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'':
** Bogus does this in the third act of the episode [[Recap/MrBogusS2E2BabysittingBogus "Babysitting Bogus"]] with a straw to suck up a glass of chocolate milk, a whole turkey, a slice of cake, a slice of pie, a bowlful of chili peppers (though accidentally), and an entire pitcher of fruit punch.
** Bogus does this with cotton candy at the beginning of the episode [[Recap/MrBogusS3E3WaterboyBogus "Waterboy Bogus"]]. His head taking the shape of a genuine vacuum head as he does it.
** He does this again at the beginning of the episode [[Recap/MrBogusS3E9TheBogusInvasion "The Bogus Invasion"]], with cheese casserole.
* On the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon ''Donald's Cousin Gus'', Gus takes a straw and sucks up a line of peas across the dinner table. Donald takes a straw of his own and tries to suck up the last pea, and the two engage in a tug-of-war until Gus traps the pea in a teapot.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "Jerry and Jumbo", a baby elephant Jerry is hiding sucks up peanuts with his trunk from across the room.
* Igôle from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the RightHandAttackDog of BigBad Nox, uses this power to capture and imprison his targets.
* From ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', Experiment #606 (Nicknamed Holio) can do this but can take it UpToEleven as he can turn into a ''black hole''.
* In the opening sequence of ''WesternAnimation/TinyPlanets'', one of the protagonists eats a meal like this before setting out on the day's adventure.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurse_shark Nurse Shark]] will invariably suck up any prey that it finds on the ocean floor.
** The Carpet Shark or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wobbegong Wobbegong]] is another good example of this trope. They hide on the ocean floor [[WallMaster resembling]] mats of seaweed until prey gets within range, then they open their huge mouth and suck nearby fish inside.
* Several aquatic or amphibious animals such as fish and turtles catch prey this way. By opening their mouth very quickly they create a vacuum that sucks water in, along with any small fishes that get too close.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornate_sleeper-ray The ornate sleeper-ray]] was even named ''Electrolux'' because of this.
* Subverted by drinking elephants, who collect water by suctioning it into their trunks, but must then (cartoon depictions to the contrary) squirt it into their mouths for swallowing.
* This is how most baleen whales feed. Rorqual whales like humpbacks and blue whales have large throat pleats that allow them to practice what's known as lunge feeding. The whale approaches a bait ball of food and opens its mouth while swimming forward. In some species, the whale may even intake volumes of water greater than the animal's size. And when you consider that this family of whales includes the largest animals to have every lived...