"Thhhhhhpppppt! Thhhpppppt! Thhhhpppt!"
—General sound effect of the trope
When a character blows a raspberry at someone. Also called "giving someone the raspberry." Also known as the Bronx Cheer (and technically
known as an "unvoiced linguolabial trill
"), it is a mild taunting gesture that tends to signify immaturity in the user. Done by sticking one's tongue out, and usually placing each hand spread-fingered and thumb-in at the ears, and then blowing, making a "pthththt" sound. The origin of the term is Cockney rhyming slang
: "fart" -> "raspberry tart".
If they also pull their eyelid down, then it's not this trope, it's Eyelid Pull Taunt
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Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In The Smurfs comic book story "Smurphony In 'C'" (and its Animated Adaptation counterpart), Harmony lures Gargamel out onto a ledge over a ravine with his turlisiphone and causes him to fall over, grabbing onto the log for dear life. When Harmony threatens to play the instrument to send Gargamel to his doom, Gargamel pleads for mercy, and Harmony remembers that Papa Smurf told him that he should never kick a Smurf when he's down, so he instead razzes the evil wizard.
- The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl: One of the students does this to prove that Max's story sucks and is just made up (though it really isn't).
- Mrs. White in Clue gives a very demure and ladylike one to Wadsworth.
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland features the Queen of Trash demanding 100 of these raspberries in a set time.
- Parodied in Spaceballs: The villain exclaims, "There is only one man, who would dare give me the raspberry! Lone Starr!" after the hero has jammed the villain's spaceship's radar with... jam... raspberry flavored jam.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The French knight does this to King Arthur and his knights each time he meets them.
- In the original version of Bedazzled (1967), blowing a raspberry ended the Devil's current fulfilled wish. And eventually it didn't, leaving Stanley turned into a nun and constantly blowing raspberries in a convent.
- In The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, Gollum blows a raspberry in response to Sam telling him about cooked food and "taters."
- The title seal from the movie Andre is quite fond of doing this.
- Ted: John and Ted finish the Thunder Song with raspberries.
- In Pardon Us, Laurel and Hardy's first feature-length movie, the two get thrown into prison. Stanley's loose tooth makes it sound like he's blowing a raspberry at the end of every sentence. Their big scary cellmate gets one and laughs, complimenting his bravery. Ollie tries it and gets popped in the mouth.
- Black the horse from Gunfighter's Ride does this constantly.
- Peeves in Harry Potter is shown doing this to various authority figures, to accent his immaturity and trickster nature.
- Archie Bunker had this as his Catchphrase. Mike (Meathead) takes a page out of his book and gives one to God in one episode. Archie doesn't take it well.
- Frequently done on Are You Being Served? in conjunction with the Two-Finger Salute.
- Lily Tomlin's little girl character, Edith Ann, had it as part of her Catchphrase: "And that's the truth. *pthbt*"
- Dinosaurs. Baby Sinclair does this occasionally.
- "Doctor Who": In the Series 5 episode, "The Lodger", The Eleventh Doctor does this while dealing with a very rude client while covering for Craig Owens. Craig is HORRIFIED!
The Doctor: If that's your attitude, Mr. Lange, then I suggest you take your business elsewhere. PPPBBBTTHHHHHTTT!!!
- Monty Python's Flying Circus. A psychiatrist gets a lecture from a man dressed like Napoleon Bonaparte about speaking predictably. When the psychiatrist does it again, the man blows a raspberry. Watch it here, 0:55-1:55.
- The Party at Oscar Wilde's sketch pulls a raspberry at the end when Wilde cannot explain an insult to the Prince of Wales credited to him.
- Mork and Mindy once featured a character from Mork's planet whose name was pronounced by blowing a raspberry.
- Sesame Street. Baby Natasha is known for her fondness of blowing raspberries.
- In The Two Ronnies serial The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town, the Prime Minister and the leaders of the Commonwealth are meeting to discuss the threat of the Phantom. Who drops in uninvited, and blows a raspberry at them that's powerful enough to make the Queen's portrait blush and bring the chandelier down.
- On Hee Haw, they throw one in at the end of the "Where O Where Are You Tonight" song.
- In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Klink takes issue with Hogan about his men directing this noise at him. Hogan convinces him that the Bronx cheer is actually an American gesture of respect and admiration. Subsequently, when the prisoners again blow a raspberry, Klink beams with pride.
- In Community, Leonard often does this.
- In the first season The West Wing episode "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics", Joey Lucas does this to Josh twice - in the Oval Office.
Josh: You see that? That's what I've been dealing with all week.
- Calvin and Hobbes at one point get into a long argument which just degenerates into the two of them blowing raspberries at each other.
Calvin: Leave it to mom to interrupt our repartee.
Hobbes: Just when I had you wriggling in the crushing grip of reason, too.
- Bill the Cat does this in Bloom County, but it's more of a Verbal Tic than meant for rudeness (although sometimes it's meant that way).
- Garfield had said that raspberries are a good way to tick someone off. The wetter, the better.
- From the comic Li'l Abner, this is the pronunciation of Joe Btfsplk's last name. As artist Al Capp said, "How else would you pronounce it?"
- In Chicago Roxie Hart blows one when Velma Kelly asks for her opinion of Velma and her sister's double act in "I Can't Do It Alone".
- Done by one puppy to another in this Lolcats page.
- In the Smosh episode "If Movies Were Real," Anthony, playing Carl Fredricksen in a spoof of Up, blows a raspberry before the house flies into the air (even though it doesn't).
- In her Death Battle against Starscream, Rainbow Dash pulls off two of these.
- Ask a Pony character Fluffle Puff communicates solely in these. As one segment proves (when she switches bodies with Queen Chrysalis), she's physically capable of speech, she just doesn't talk.
- Veggie Tales. The French Peas blow raspberries sometimes.
- In The Lord of the Rings parody, they go through the Razzberry Forest, inhabited by ent spoofs. It turns out to be aptly named.
- Spongebob Squarepants goes to Rock Bottom, where everyone speaks in raspberries. When he asks for directions, a Rock Bottomite can't understand his "accent" until SpongeBob starts adding raspberries between words.
- In the Family Guy episode "Hell Comes to Quahog" Peter blows a raspberry every time Meg's name is mentioned, prompting Chris to then repeat Meg's name over and over again until Lois tells him to stop.
- Mickey Mouse used to do this all the time in his early cartoons, all the way back to Steamboat Willie.
- Jade from Jackie Chan Adventures does this on occasion. And in the episode where she is infused with the powers of the 12 talismans, her raspberries temporary contain the dragon blast power.
- Screwy Squirrel does this over a pay phone in the Tex Avery short "Screwball Squirrel" when trying to get a dog that only chases birds angry enough to chase him.
- Kim Possible. Sometimes Rufus blows raspberries.
- The Powerpuff Girls. Grubber of the Gangreen Gang does this when he talks. The Powerpuff Girls and many other characters (such as Princess Morbucks) also blow raspberries at one point in episodes.
- Kung Fu Panda Holiday. Po blows a raspberry at one point when talking to Shifu.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. In the episode "Birth of a Salesman," Cindy razzes Jimmy after saying that Libby will win at being the best salesman.
- In one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rainbow Dash blows one at Applejack.
- Diamond Tiara blows one at the Cutie Mark Crusaders after she gets her comeuppance in Ponyville Confidential.
- In one episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jade blows one at Monkey King when he said he's never going back to being a puppet so that Jackie will turn back to normal.
- Mr. Bogus did this on some occasions, as did his younger cousin, Brattus.
- In The Smurfs episode "Sister Smurf", Smurfette does this to one of the Smurfs who fails to compliment her on her new dress (namely Vanity, who compliments himself for his looks), after she says, "I could think of a few more words, but I'm a lady!"