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When a creature apparently has the ability to instantly digest anything it eats, allowing it to eat things several times its size with no change to its own shape, or swallow living creatures (again, often larger than itself) with no resistance from within. Such a creature can swallow a sword wielding knight or a live velociraptor, but there's no problem since they seem to instantly dissolve the second they enter the stomach.
There are some stories where the characters
seem to believe this, and thus make no effort to rescue someone who just got swallowed alive, writing him off the second he goes down the monster's gullet. They probably have at least a few minutes to cut him out before the digestive juices go to work (assuming he didn't just get crushed in the esophagus). Sometimes, they may not even attempt to cut him out after they kill the monster!
Eat the Bomb
may depend on this. If one is able to regurgitate any of the items they ingested, they may possess a Stomach of Holding
. Compare Hyperactive Metabolism
and Nobody Poops
. Almost any character with a Black Hole Belly
is a Big Eater
. Contrast Balloon Belly
(where a consumed object visibly deformed the eater, usually for comedy) and Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth
(where a character attempts to eat another but ultimately rejects the latter).
Anime and Manga
- Gluttony in Fullmetal Alchemist. Justified as he really does have a pocket dimension in his maw.
- Similar to Gluttony, Vanilla Ice from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure uses his Stand to eat anything and everything in its path. The devoured matter is said to enter a dimension that not even he knows where it is.
- America from Axis Powers Hetalia really should not be able to eat a stack of hamburgers half his height in less than ten seconds, but...
- Digimon Frontier has the heavyset Junpei (J.P.) attempt to win an eating contest in episode seventeen. He's leaning back in his chair with a noticeable bulge in his stomach while Izumi (Zoe) has over forty clean plates in front of her and is demanding more. Takuya lampshades it in both languages.
- In the Pokémon anime, Ash's Gible takes this to ridiculous extremes on multiple occasions, most notably managing to completely devour some of Team Rocket's gigantic mechas without putting on any visible weight, despite being a diminutive two foot tall land shark. Thankfully, it doesn't have any interest in eating anything other then inanimate objects.
- Audrey II of Little Shop of Horrors. Much like Kirby, there's really no place for the bodies to go.
- Truth in Television: Audrey is a carnivorous plant. While it has the "mouth" characteristic of a Venus Flytrap, it must also share traits with a "pitcher plant," which traps and dissolves unsuspecting bugs in its juices. Gnawing up human flesh breaks it up and makes it easier to dissolve.
- Conversed in the song Peth Hai Ya Black Hole (Stomach or Black Hole?) from The Return of Hanuman, describing Maruti being a Big Eater.
- Trolls from Warhammer, thanks to having stomachs full of Hollywood Acid.
- While most monsters from Dungeons & Dragons do have rules for swallowed creatures fighting their way out, some cause pretty much instant death, from either acid or intense heat. There is also the hellworm, a normal earthworm turned into a demonic Sand Worm by a literal gate to hell conjured inside its maw, which tries to deaden the constant pain by stuffing itself with anything too slow to get out of its way.
- Magic: The Gathering gives us atogs, which can eat machinery, forests, corpses, enchantments, cards in hand, or even time. There's also Atogatog, which eats other atogs. Anything you feed an atog boosts its stats.
- Kirby, of course. Especially since he's about a foot tall. One game actually has usage of his interior as hammerspace as a gameplay mechanic, and it looks like a frikken universe in there.
- The Hypernova/Big Bang ability in Kirby Triple Deluxe takes full advantage of this by powering up Kirby's inhale, allowing him to devour practically anything that gets in his way, regardless of how big it is.
- In Super Smash Bros Brawl, aside from Kirby himself, King Dedede and Wario of all characters (Despite never having this quality in any of his games) also possess this, being able to eat almost any item using their neutral special attack. They'll become deformed if they eat something huge like a crate or party ball, but will return to normal a few seconds later.
- Yoshi can swallow most anything, especially in his original appearance where he can gulp down car-sized Mega Moles. Later games have him process the corpses into eggs, but he can still do it instantly.
- On the villainous side, there are two: Super Mario RPG gives us Belome, who eats a character, spits him (or her) out, and creates a clone. Before that, or even Yoshi, though, there was Boss Bass, who could swallow even big Mario whole.
- Pac-Man, naturally.
- Bow-Wow from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a tiny Chain Chomp who can eat giant carnivorous flowers (and any other enemy in the game) in one bite.
- Any game where you restore hit points by eating food. If you have to restore a lot of points with cheap, weak food items, you may have to chow down a lot.
- Aylee from Sluggy Freelance. People she eats just seem to vanish the minute she swallows them.
- Molly and Golly from The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! can eat vast amounts of food without ill effect. Once, after practically emptying a walk-in refrigerator full of food, their bellies were a little distended for one panel; then they were instantly back to normal.
- Nibbler from Futurama, who is even smaller than Kirby as well as his species, the Nibblonians. Lrr is a less extreme example.
- Presumably, Nibbler compresses everything he eats into hyperdense Dark Matter, which is what he excretes. That doesn't explain how he was able to eat himself to escape the universe, though.
- Rico the psychotic penguin from the The Penguins of Madagascar series. He uses his black hole of a stomach for storage.
- Rico's stomach isn't a black hole, it's just much Bigger on the Inside. How big? Mort had to ride an elevator down to the lower levels of Rico's stomach!
- Shaggy and his canine buddy Scooby-Doo manage to do this in some incarnations of the franchise, often with a massive Dagwood Sandwich.
- Experiment 606, AKA "Holio", from Lilo & Stitch: The Series was designed for this to the point where he literally becomes a black hole.
- Dizzy Devil from Tiny Toon Adventures once ate a stealth bomber with little trouble.
- Like his original videogame depiction, Pac-Man is this in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.