Bullet Seed

Frequently seen in cartoons (static or animated), this is when a character spits a stream of small objects in such a way that the result looks like machine gun fire.

May tie in to Green Thumb since this is, of course, a plant based power.

A common form of Super Spit.

Compare and contrast Flechette Storm for a different spray of small projectiles.

Metaphorical Bullet Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Bleach: when Toshiro Hitsugaya and Momo are children, "Little Shiro" does this to Momo with watermelon seeds.
  • One Piece:
    • Chu/Chew uses this with bursts of water. Unique in that it's actually played realistically: Chu/Chew is a Fishman, so if he does this to you, you will actually die.
    • Usopp's Pop Greens are literal Bullet Seeds.
  • Digimon Savers: Lalamon's "Nuts Shoot" attack (dubbed as "Seed Blast").
  • Ranma ˝:
    • In an anime-only episode, Ranma and Genma get into a duel over watermelon slices where they start bouncing all over the place and strafing each other with torrents of spat watermelon seeds. They don't actually hurt each other with them, though, it's more of a contest to them.
    • And in the manga, the family is given a small plant meant to punish Oni by detecting their angry faces. At first, it spits out a small spray of seeds hard enough to sting. As it gets frustrated with the Saotomes and the Tendos, it moves on to destructive barrages of armor-piercing spitting.
  • In Slayers some Monsters can continuously spray lots of weak glowing bolts that resemble tracers from a bundle of machine guns.

  • When Dumbo has his flying down, he strafes elephants who've mistreated him, spraying them with peanuts.
  • Winnie the Pooh does this with bees.
  • Hugo the gargoyle does this with rock shards in the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • In An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island, Fievel fires off some seeds through a straw at some corrupt cops and Scuttlebutt while he and the others defend the Native American mice.
  • For a given value of "seed"... Shep the elephant shooting coconuts out of his trunk in George of the Jungle.
  • In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Sandy (in her superhero mode) spits peanuts out at Burger Beard.

Newspaper Comics
  • Garfield does this frequently with such items as raisins or watermelon seeds.

Real Life

Tabletop RPG
  • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dog RPG. The mutant power Missiles allows a mutant to fill his mouth with objects and spit them at opponents to do damage. If the mutant uses seeds or gravel a minor amount of damage is done.

Video Games
  • The Bullet Seed move in Pokémon, from where the trope takes its name; its original name in Japanese was even "Seed Machine Gun". Bullet Seed is a multi-strike move that may hit the target two to five times that has 100% accuracy, though its Power is rather low in Generation 3 and 4. From Generation 5 onward, it got its Power increased.
  • Yoshi can spit seeds repeatedly in Yoshi's Island, after eating a watermelon; enemy monkeys with watermelons can also do this to Yoshi.
  • The latter member of the Banjo-Kazooie pair can do this with a variety of eggs, as well as "lay" them to the rear and, in Banjo-Tooie, use a crosshairs and enter an FPS-style mode in select areas.
  • Chrono Cross has Neofio, with the move Pop Pop Pop.
  • The entire premise of the game Plants vs. Zombies, although more specifically the Pea Shooter and its offshoots (the Snow Pea, the Repeater, the Threepeater, the Split Pea, and the Gatling Pea).
  • In Hyrule Warriors, one of Manhandla's attacks is spitting rapid-fire seeds from all four of its heads which can stun-lock you if you get caught in it.
  • The "Creeper Plant" and other plant-type Heartless in the Kingdom Hearts series have this as their primary means of attack.

Western Animation

  • Anytime a cartoon character eats a watermelon, expect this trope to play out. This was a recurring gag in 1930's and 1940's cartoons, done in a manner and with an intention that makes them very uncomfortable viewing today. This sight gag played on the association of watermelons with black Americans.
  • One of shot of Tucker in My Life as a Teenage Robot shows him alternately eating/choking on a slice of watermelon and tears a flower to bits by spitting seeds at it.
  • Momo of Avatar: The Last Airbender spits out the seeds of a fruit he eats in rapid sequence.
  • Numbuh 4 in Codename: Kids Next Door, using chocolate balls.
  • Animaniacs, in which the ammunition was malted milk balls.
  • In one episode of Rugrats, Phil gained the ability to do this with spit, as "Spitball Boy".
  • Ratatouille: Remy's brother does this with grapes.
  • Frequently seen in old Disney cartoons, particularly with watermelon seeds.
  • In the Daffy Duck short Muscle Tussle Daffy faces a rival for his gal's affections. At one point his rival bites a chain, chews, and spits out a bunch of nails. Not to be outdone Daffy bites a chain, chews, and spits out his teeth.
  • Bounty Hamster. Casey is unimpressed when Marion fires a stream of cucumbers at her attacker.
  • In one episode of Futurama an army of Lucy Liu robots spit out popcorn at Fry and company in this manner.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • In the episode "Popcorn Panic," Rico does this with popcorn kernels to (literally) shoot out the lights.
    • He also did this in the Christmas short that went with the movie, using peppermints.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Happens in the episode "Snowball Effect" when Spongebob and Patrick are having a snowball fight.
    • Spongebob spits peas back at Plankton in the infamous episode "One Coarse Meal".
  • In Hero 108 the Air Force eats a mouthful of grapes each time they want to be able to spit the seeds out like a machine gun as a weapon for dogfighting.
  • KaBlam!: Henry and June use this with watermelon seeds in the pilot episode.
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Terror on Dinosaur Island!" Plastic Man does this with pieces of Grodd's loot when the need arises, which he hoped to keep for himself.
  • One of Popeye the Sailor's favorite techniques, usually involving nails, tacks, rivets, or other small metal objects.
  • In the animated Teen Titans, a child metahuman Extreme Omnivore named Teether can chew up and spit even metal with gunlike force.
  • Gatling from World of Quest has this as his signature... well, pretty much only attack.
  • In ThunderCats (2011) Lilliputian Plant People the Petalars employ bullet pollen due to their diminutive size, aiding their friends the ThunderCats against Scarily Competent Tracker pursuers.

Real Bullet Examples


Tabletop RPG
  • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dog RPG. The mutant power Missiles allows a mutant to fill his mouth with objects and spit them at opponents to do damage. If the mutant uses bullets, a serious amount of damage is done.

Western Animation
  • In two Looney Tunes shorts, Daffy Duck accidentally swallows some gun powder and buckshot, turning him into a living machine gun for desperate Porky Pig to use.
  • In the Popeye short, Pop-Along Popeye, after eating his spinach, Popeye takes the ranch foreman's ammo belt, and runs it like a belt-fed machine gun as he shoots the bullets from his pipe. As the bullets shave bits of wood from a fence post, the shavings fly into a bottle to make a ship.