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Belly Mouth

A classic trope, the belly of a creature/character/machine actually has a mouth directly outside from its place in the body. Sometimes it's disguised and well hidden, other times it's used as an intimidation tool, or sign to state that the character in question is a Villainous Glutton, a Big Eater or somewhere in between when regarding the consumption of vast quantities in (usually) organic material, even going so far as to make it out to be a horrifying monster, or from time to time, a comical character.

Note: In some cases, the belly mouth is actually a symbiotic creature, or has a mind of its own, that uses the host's body to get about, while adding an additional passage to the stomach via which more consumables can enter.

For a much more Freudian, disturbing variation on the "mouth in the wrong place" theme, see Vagina Dentata.

Compare Cephalothorax, where the only mouth the creature has is, technically, on its belly.

Subtrope of Too Many Mouths.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • A recurring character in the Pop-Tarts commercials for some reason has a mouth on his abdomen.
  • Levis did it as well. Though in this case its a talking belly button and not an actual mouth.
  • Terry Crews has, among other features, an AAAAAAAAAAAABDOMINAL mouth with a mind of its own if Old Spice is to be believed.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Wyald of the Berserk manga has one at the level of his shoulders when he takes on his Apostle form.
  • Gluttony from Fullmetal Alchemist develops one of these in the manga when he gets angry enough.
  • In Gintama, one member of Shinpachi's fan club is an amanto that forms a mouth on its stomach and devours things when it gets excited.
  • In Kill la Kill (made by the same people that made Gurren Lagann), Senketsu has this as part of its design, which shows up as as a baring of the midriff for Ryuko.
  • Deidara from Naruto has mouths on his hands and chest, which he uses to produce an explosive clay in various shapes such as spiders and birds. He turns himself into a Fantastic Nuke if he eats the clay through his chest mouth. Technically it's where his heart is located, but it still counts.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • The Gurren Lagann, although this is because the chest and abdomen areas of the combined mech are Gurren's "face" when separated.
    • Also the implied case with Lazengann Lordgenome's Gunman, which has More Teeth than the Osmond Family, as well as several antagonists' Gunmen.
  • Some of the phantoms in Tokko have this.
  • In one manga chapter and anime episode of Urusei Yatsura, a bunch of fossils, put together into the approximate shape of a weird bird by Ataru, are animated by Lum using another piece of Oni tech. The resulting creature appears to have a belly mouth, as its "body" was the skull of some ceratopsian.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Taken to new levels with Zork, who not only has a mouth, but an entire dragon head and neck protruding from his...crotch.
  • Mashira, Meier Link's werewolf henchman in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, has an enormous wolf muzzle in his abdomen when he wolfs out.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 
  • No Face from Spirited Away.
  • One of the crew members on the ship in Treasure Planet appears to be a normal-looking human with dreadlocks at first... Before it's revealed that he's a Cephalothorax, with (large) face and mouth are on his (large) stomach, and that what looked like his head was another spider-ish crew member and the things that looked like dreadlocks are really his legs.
    Spider-guy: What are you looking at, weirdo?
    (Spider-guy crawls off, revealing himself to be a separate creature)
    Cephalothorax: Yeah! Weirdo!
  • The Snapping Turks in Yellow Submarine.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Subhumanoids in both sequels to Class of Nuke 'Em High have these where the bellybutton should be. They're small, regular human mouths, though, and not particularly monsrtous. Which, to some, makes it worse.
  • One of the cases of Devil Woman Doctor, a film of the infamous Guinea Pig series of Japan, is a man who has grown a face-shaped "tumor" on his belly. The "tumor" can talk, sing, bite, and seems to be a cool dude.
  • One of the vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn has it. On the surface it merely appears as an ugly, fat and nude female vampire creature before it's revealed it's bulging gut hides a monstrous shark-like mouth within. This vampire is briefly seen before it gets killed, but the scene in which it actually uses its Belly Mouth was cut. The vamp was dubbed the "Mouth-Bitch" during production and was infamous for how gruesome it was. So much so that screenplay writer/actor, Quentin Tarantino reportedly refused to go near it.
  • Professor Ragnar gets one at the climax of Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College!
  • One of the many ways in which the eponymous being in The Thing (1982) surprises the humans, and the first time it reveals its ability to take human form, is when a doctor trying to electrically resuscitate a collapsed comrade has his arms bitten off when the Thing opens its chest into a toothy maw before he can zap it further.
    • In The Thing (2011), one Thing diagonally opens its ribcage into a snapping mouth while attempting to kill a female protagonist.

    Gamebooks 
  • From the Lone Wolf series, Darklord Zagarna is described in the novelization as having a fanged maw in the belly, which is constantly feed some Giak or human flesh.

    Literature 

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    Myths & Religion 
  • Blemmyae and anthropophagi lacked heads and had their faces on their torsos instead. They were supposed to be cannibals.
  • Kabandha of Hindu Mythology was cursed to become similar to these.
  • Also Xing Tian in Chinese Mythology, after his head was lost in battle.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One episode of Doctor Who involves a time paradox caused by Rose going back in time with the Doctor to prevent her father's death, the creatures sent to deal with the paradox, who were never named on screen but called "Reapers" only had mouths on their stomachs, and claws which they used to shove victims down their throats.
  • Back in The Nineties, Nickelodeon ran a series of live-action shorts featuring characters that consisted of talking belly buttons. They even managed to make one of these shorts basically an anti-smoking PSA.
  • Power Rangers

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • In 3.5 Edition, the Klurichir demon is a massive monster with more mouth than stomach for a belly, even though it has a boar head just above it.
    • Monsters of Faerun describes the Tomb Tapper, a giant humanoid made of stone, which has the mouth on its belly too. Somewhat necessarily, since it's also The Blank and has no facial features whatsoever.
    • Pathfinder introduces the scanderig forgefiend.
  • Lord Chompy Bits from Malifaux.
  • Early models for the Great Unclean One, Greater Daemon of Nurgle from Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, were a giant diseased hulk that had a grinning mouth in its belly.

    Toys 
  • Mongroid from the Tortured Souls line. He's not so much a creature with a Belly Mouth as he is a giant walking mouth with a head and limbs sticking off the sides.

    Video Games 
  • Bishamon of Darkstalkers series fits.
  • The Fallen from Devil May Cry 3 normally appear to be angels with six wings; two on their back, outstretched, two covering (or acting as) their legs, and two acting as arms, the latter wings hold a divine sword and act as a shield, protecting the Fallen from attacks. Dante can break their shield wing to reveal a grotesque Belly Mouth, which, aside from looking pretty horrifying, also serves as the angel's weakspot.
  • Ghom, a minor boss in Diablo III sports such a mouth. A voracious eater it is implied that captured soldiers were either eaten by Ghom or feed to others to fatten them up before Ghom eating them.
  • The One-Winged Angel form of Necrosaro/Death Psaro, the final boss in Dragon Quest IV, which looks a bit similar to Satannish above.
  • The Zodiac Demon Cuchulainn in Final Fantasy Tactics.
  • Elvis's One-Winged Angel form in God Hand.
  • The Big Bad of Holy Umbrella has one of these. During his short stint as a playable character, you can shoot powerful flame attacks from it. Taken Up to Eleven by the final boss, who not only sports one, but his body is made entirely out of interlocked metallic faces.
  • Half-Life
    • The series's regular zombies have their torsos ripped open. They are known to stuff food into their chest "mouths".
    • The fast "Species X" zombies from Opposing Force as well.
  • The Ducky Goose and Drak Quack dream eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D have a very prominent one, from which they generate various party toys and fireworks to attack with. The former's Japanese name (Haraguchi Ahiru) even translates literally into "belly mouth duck". However, the way their heads hang back limply when they run, coupled with the suspiciously eye-like markings above their belly mouths can make one question whether or not they're really just waddling heads with a fake head on top.
  • In Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, when Dark Matter possesses King Dedede, the King gains a huge gaping belly-mouth that shoots Dark Matter pellets at you.
  • The Chocobo/Earth Eater monsters in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII have one. They use it to unleash their strongest attacks, though their weak spot is also concealed within it.
  • Dusknoir in the Pokémon games. According to its Pokédex entry, the mouth leads to the Underworld.
  • In Serious Sam, one monster has no head, but a big eye and mouth on its torso.
  • Nightmare from the Soul Calibur series has a mid-section completely compromised of a mouth and teeth.
  • Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts: In stage 6, bosses Asutaroto, Nebiroth, and Sardius(the final boss) all have belly mouths. The former two spit out fire while the latter spits out platforms for arthur to stand on in order to attack Sardius. Mid-boss Lucifer in Ghouls 'n Ghosts also has eyes on his torso and a mouth on his abdomen.
  • The Belly Juju from from Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams. Also, the Belly Mouth is competent, can speak, and demands candy as payment for help. Meanwhile his actual head is...less so.
  • Tekken 5 boss Jinpachi Mishima, in his Devil mode.
  • Tech Romancer final boss Goldibus has this in his second form. Which is ironic, since there's no mouth on his actual head.
  • The eponymous character in the fighting game Tongue of the Fatman has one of these.
  • The Outland version of Doomguard demons in World of Warcraft, such as Omor the Unscarred, have a face with a gaping mouth on their chest. Some of them can breathe fire from it.
  • One of the bosses you fight in Dark Souls is the Gaping Dragon, a corrupted glutton whose insatiable appetite has, among other things, caused its entire upper torso to split in half vertically and become an immense snapping mouth.

    Web Comics 
  • Johnny Wander features the Maws, crow demons with mouths on their stomachs instead of their beaks.
  • Mochi from Crazy Sunshine is this for Daifuku.

    Western Animation 
  • The minor Ben 10: Omniverse villain Tummyhead. Interestingly, the face in his stomach is the only one of the two that speaks.
  • On Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter meets an elephant-like alien that wants to eat him. Dex points out that he can't possibly fit through the alien's tiny snout... and then the alien opens its real mouth.
  • The Piper in Extreme Ghostbusters has one, where he stores his army of ghosts.
  • Shushu General Anathar from Wakfu has a maw surrounded by crustacean-like pincers hidden in the belly. Although he describes "eating" what he puts there, it seems more to act as imprisonment.
  • Venom in The Spectacular Spiderman.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987). Insofar as a brain in a mech suit counts as a stomach.
    • Ch'rell also, when in his Shredder suit. In a Bad Future where he manages to take over the world, he occupies the head area of the mech instead, though.

    Real Life 
  • Mollusks, such as slugs and octopi.

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