Blowing a Raspberry
aka: Bronx Cheer
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
Anime and Manga
- 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.
- Toy Story 3: Big Baby does this to Lotso after he throws him into the dumpster and turns on him.
- On a Missing Trailer Scene from Up, Carl blows a raspberry at the nursing home orderlies as his house floats away. In the final scene, he just says, "I'll send you a postcard from Paradise Falls."
- 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).
- The Powerpuff Girls Movie: Buttercup does this to Blossom.
- Monsters, Inc.: Boo blows a raspberry at Randall, whose door got destroyed by Sulley and Mike so he couldn't come back.
- In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, this is the extent of SpongeBob telling off Mr. Krabs for thinking he's still a kid.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Rattigan's appearance in the Royal Palace elicits Dramatic Gasps from the crowd, except one little kid, who just razzes him.
- 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.
- Chicken Little. At one point in Mutton Class, Abby razzes Foxy, who insulted Abby by calling her "Ugly Duckling."
- Flushed Away. During the chase scene, Rita razzes The Toad's henchrats (and also slaps her butt at them) in the Jammy Dodger.
- The Lion King. During the song "I Can't Wait to be King," when Young Simba is singing to Zazu, Young Nala is blowing a raspberry behind him.
- In the sequel, Simba's daughter, Kiara, razzes the crocodiles after she and Kovu escape them.
- In Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, one of the camp bullies razzes Charlie Brown and the gang a few times.
- 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.
- Surf's Up: Cody does this to his older brother Glen after Glen insults his surfing talents. Mrs. Maverick and Glen then chide Cody for doing this as it's very disrespectful.
- Ted: John and Ted finish the Thunder Song with raspberries.
- 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.
- "Der Fuehrer's Face" uses it after each "HEIL!"
- The BBC banned British artists from performing "Der Fuhrer's Face" live because they considered raspberry blowing obscene. The solution: kazoos.
- P!nk does this at the end of her song "So What."
- Spike Milligan first performed The Raspberry Song in one of his Q series in the early 70s. In 1978, he and The Goons recorded a slightly rewritten version, on what turned out to be their last ever reunion.
- A vital component of "The Old Sow Song", especially Anna Russell's version.
- Sam The Sham's recording of "I Couldn't Spell !!☆@!"
- Occurs during the Throw It In intro of The Hombres' "Let It All Hang Out".
- Used at the end of ''Ska Sucks" by Propaghandi.
- 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 Lil Abner, this is the pronunciation of Joe Btfsplk's last name. As artist Al Capp said, "How else would you pronounce it?"
- 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.