"Don't fight him,
feed him! Somethin' spicy. Ya know what I mean?"
When a character is facing an enemy with a large mouth and a penchant for eating said character
, and tries throwing a bomb into its mouth. The enemy eats it, you hear a "boom", and then see the enemy die note
. It never occurs to them to just keep their mouth shut
and tail sweep/eye beam/claw the character.
See also Eat the Bomb
when the bomb doesn't kill the Big Eater
Subtrope of Stuff Blowing Up
. When the hero himself
is Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth
, see... that trope.
Contrast Mooks Ate My Equipment
(where it likes
eating your stuff). For blowing up vehicles in a similar fashion, see Insert Grenade Here
. Compare Assimilation Backfire
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Anime and Manga
- In the Bount arc of the Bleach anime, Ganju Shiba throws one of his fireworks bombs into the head of a monster made of water and blows it up. Unfortunately, it can easily reform itself and does so. Except the sparks from the firework bomb sizzled out the bottle caps that worked as the water doll's nucleus, killing the monster.
- In Mazinger Z Kouji and Sayaka do this to Mechanical Beast Dian N4. How do you defeat an enemy that is geared with a nearly impervious armor? You shove a giant missile down its throat, of course!
- In Naruto Sasuke defeats Danzo's summon, which sucks everything in a large area into its mouth, by shooting a huge fireball down its throat.
- Later on, Killer Bee also does this by shoving his and Juubi's Tailed Beast Bomb down the latter's throat.
- In Tower of God, Ja Wangnan tried to shove a pokeball-shaped grenade down Lurker's throat.
- Asuka and Shinji do this using a battleship set to explode against a giant fish Angel in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- One of Gluttony's more gruesome deaths in Fullmetal Alchemist is in this fashion.
- In one episode of Sonic X, Sonic and friends defeat a giant robot by dropping a bomb into its mouth. In the Japanese version, Sonic even exclaims, in Gratuitous English, "IT'S LUNCH TIME!". It's better than it sounds, particularly because the show's opening theme, "Sonic Drive", plays during the sequence.
- Shuda in Rave Master can create explosions just about anyplace he wishes. However, when faced with an enemy who causes it to rain on their battlefield (dampening the power of those explosions) Shuda responds by creating one in his enemy's throat.
- This is how Homura disposes Charlotte in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. But it's not that obvious for the characters in the scene, since they don't know her true power at the time.
- Chapter 49 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has Vivio showing a lot more presence of mind than most of her companions by immediately reacting to Fabian's giant bat devil with a Divine Buster into its mouth.
- Averted by Matter Eater Lad/Tenzil Kem, who, being from the planet Bismoll, can eat anything, including the raw materials for a bomb, with no ill effects. Unless it's magic.
- A shark accidentally swallows a mine intended for Tintin's boat in Tintin The Red Sea Sharks (title is not Exactly What It Says on the Tin). We hear it hiccup for a while, then it culminates with a "hicBOOOOOOOOOMMMM".
- In DC: The New Frontier, John Cloud jumps into the T-Rex's maw with live grenades in his hands. He provides the current Dying Moment of Awesome page picture.
- Issue #4 of the Fantastic Four featured the return of the Sub-Mariner. Namor, in a pique of anger leads a gigantic whale-like creature called Giganto to New York City. After a brief attack the giant creature falls asleep, allowing The Thing to strap an atomic bomb to his back and enter the sleeping beast. The nuke successfully kills the sea monster.
- In Deadpool vs Carnage #1 at one point Carnage has Deadpool pinned down planning to impale him but Deadpool grabs a grenade from his belt and shoves it in his mouth, in the process he got a few fingers bitten off but they grew back due to his healing factor.
- In a story that's in the Apocrypha of The Bible, Daniel kills a dragon this way.
- There's a similiar Polish folktale about a hero named Krak who builds a rudimentary explosive and feeds it to a dragon that's been terrorizing the land. (According to canonical version it was a lamb stuffed with sulfur. Eating it made dragon drink a lot of water, and eventually burst.) The Polish people are so grateful they name the city of Krakow after him.
- In another version it was Dratewka the shoemaker who killed the dragon, while Krak was already the ruler.
- A similar story is told about the Dragon of Brno, which terrorized the land until a butcher killed it by feeding it an ox-skin sack filled with burnt lime. It's been stuffed and hung at the entrance of the town hall, where it can be seen until this day. (It's a crocodile.)
- There's also an English folktale (The Mordiford Wyvern) about a man killing a dragon by covering a barrel in spikes and hiding inside it. The dragon swallows the barrel and suffers fatal wounds from the spikes. Of course the man dies too as getting swallowed by and bled on by a dragon is not good for your health.
- The Chimera of Greek Mythology was defeated when Bellerophon rammed a big chunk of lead on a stick down its throat, which melted when the chimera tried to breathe fire at the hero.
- In Wrath of the Lemming Men (Vol. 3 of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith) Captain smith does this to defeat the Ghast (Giant ant man) Number 8, ramming its own grenade down its throat, and gets his arm bitten off for his troubles. (He gets better.)
- In Gateways, a two-headed alligator snapping turtle chomps and swallows anything that moves near her. This proves unwise when Jack fends off her attacks by tossing a grenade.
- The Ring of Winter had a hungry monster gobbling up a magical journal. That's basically a Bag of Holding storing attached pages. Which works fine as long as it's not chewed too much — at which point magic fails, immediately and forcibly unloading a cartload worth of paper.
- In Ice!, by Tristan Jones, his boat is frozen into the ice and he is attacked by a polar bear. He gets rid of it by firing a signal flare down its throat.
- Used twice in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Doomsday Machine" by first flying a shuttle into the maw of the machine and detonating the engines, having only a small effect. Then flying the wreckage of a starship into the machine and detonating the impulse engines destroying the machine's insides but leaving the hull intact.
- You encounter another in Star Trek Online. The only way to defeat it is by shooting special torpedoes into its mouth - right after it blasts at you.
- Subverted in the last season of Stargate SG-1, when Teal'c tried to get rid of the Sangraal's guardian, a dragon, by throwing C-4 into its mouth. It doesn't do much more than give it a burpy tummy; the look on Teal'c's face is hilarious. Daniel gets rid of it by shouting the Ancient name of its master, Morgan le Fay, at it, whereupon it vanishes courtesy of being a technological illusion.
- One skit on The Ed Sullivan Show (based on an old IBM training video) was about a Cookie Monster-lookalike taking a machine apart piece-by-piece and eating it. The skit ends with the machine warning the monster that destroying all of the components of said machine will cause it to perform its primary function as the most powerful explosive weapon known to man; as a result the monster combusts.
- Done once figuratively in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (against Pudgy Pig) and once literally in Power Rangers Turbo (against Goldgoyle). Goldgoyle deserves special mention, as he had just destroyed both of their Megazords single-handed, and it was clearly a last resort weapon from the Rangers.
- Mentioned in a story of the Unification War in Firefly. The Alliance once hid miniature pressure-sensitive bombs in a crate of apples that was sent to the starving Independents. This gave Mal and Zoe the habit of cutting their apples before eating.
- As of the Sixth Edition of Warhammer 40,000, grenades now have a separate strength-stat that is used when fighting Monstrous Creatures; that's right, even the Mighty Carnifex can be taken down by a unit of humble Tactical Space Marines, all tossing a once-humble (Strength 6) Krak Grenade down its Toughness 6 throat.....
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Dodongo in many games are giant dinosaurs who when fed Link's bombs will damage it or make it susceptible to attack from his sword. There's also the imaginary relative called the Dodongo Snake in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Oddly, in the original The Legend of Zelda game, it is more effective to let a bomb explode in front of the Dodongo. This stuns it and lets you kill it in one shot (and one bomb), while it has to swallow three bombs to kill it that way.
- King Dodongo from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the boss from the second dungeon (shown in the title picture), is defeated by throwing bombs into his mouth while he's inhaling. Admittedly, he's charging up his fireball breath attack, so his open mouth is justified.
- Several games in the series also feature enemies that inhale as part of their attack, and most of the time a well-timed bomb thrown into their gaping maw is the most effective - sometimes the only - way to defeat them.
- Every other boss in The Legend of Zelda Oracle games involves Link throwing bombs in its mouth, such as the aforementioned Dodongo, and other bosses like the giant spinning Head Thwomp and the frequent mini-boss Facade.
- In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the enemies called Armos Knights and the boss Gohdan are defeated this way.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has a giant frog Mini-Boss in the Lakebed Temple that stuns itself when it falls from the ceiling. However, when it opens its mouth, you can toss a bomb in there to stun him again, thus preventing most of its attack pattern. There are also carnivorous plants in the Forest Temple which can only be killed by lobbing Bomblings into them. A bigger-than-usual Deku Baba houses a carnivorous plant as well, and can only be bombed once the Baba is killed.
- What seems like every other enemy in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is defeated this way. Some enemies actually try to suck you up to digest you - little do they know that you've got your explosive charges ready.
- It occurs at least once in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, with the Fire Babas: fireball-spitting, Link-eating plants that can swallow bombs if you throw them with the proper timing. This kills them in one hit, which is good, since the usual method of fighting them (with your sword), can be quite tedious, and runs the risk of you getting swallowed and taking a fair amount of damage.
- Scaldera in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword requires this strategy as well. And, while it's far from the only way to kill them, throwing a bomb at a Deku Baba or Quadro Baba will cause them to instinctively grab it with their mouth, at which point all you have to do is sit back and wait for it to explode.
- Several enemies and bosses in the Metroid Prime series require you to morph into a ball, get swallowed, and lay bombs inside the enemy's stomach to damage them. These include the Stone Toad from the very first Prime game and Amorbis from Metroid Prime 2.
- One enemy in Prime, the Triclops (and the robotic Mechlops in Prime 2), willingly eats Morph Ball Bombs laid in front of them.
- Also, the Metroid Queen from Metroid II; you don't have to do it to beat the Queen, but it's generally faster and healthier (for you) than the alternative. In Other M, you kill the Queen in this very fashion with much more potent ordinance.
- A variant occurs in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. One boss is a huge mining machine with two settings, cutting laser and vacuum. The only way to harm it is to blast some Mook enemies while it's in vacuum mode, so their bodies get sucked inside to jam the laser. In another part of the game, in one of the deep pits you have to jump into on Phaaze, there's a creature that grabs Samus while she's in Morph Ball form; you have to use the Hyper Ball to kill it (if you don't move to the side to keep it from grabbing you).
- A boss from Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! runs this way. You have to "feed" it three times, then get out of the way before it gives off an explosion, and only then can you deliver a blow that will actually hurt it.
- Psychonauts has the same effect on a boss with boxes of iron nails. The game also features Nightmares who can only be defeated by shooting their heads off and throwing one of their own bombs down the resulting neck stump.
- The rancor in Knights of the Old Republic. Although you actually sneak it into its food, rather than tossing it into its mouth. Check Calo Nord's journal in Davik's mansion. Calo played it straight, chucking grenades into a rancor's mouth WHILE RIDING ON ITS SHOULDERS. Also, the defeat of the Krayt Dragon on Tatooine parallels this trope, even if it's not QUITE a matter of eating mines.
- The Chaos 6 boss from Sonic Adventure tries to suck you into its mouth. You defeat it by getting it to suck in the freeze bombs (Chaos is a sentient, shapeshifting water creature) that Robotnik keeps chucking at you and then smashing it when it freezes; rinse, repeat.
- Weldar, the visually impaired welding torch from Banjo-Tooie is defeated by using grenade eggs when he tries to suck the player up. You can also use Fire Eggs, cause hey, he's full of gas.
- Andross from the Star Fox series is a well-known example. Firing a bomb in his mouth stuns him briefly, leaving his weak points wide open. Except in the original where it does...nothing. But since there's no enemies after this point, might as well use your bombs for something visually appealing.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Wart, the antagonist and final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2, can only be killed by Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad throwing six vegetables into his mouth.
- The Chain Chomp in Super Mario 64 could be stunned by throwing it a Bob-omb on the face.
- In Super Mario Sunshine, King Boo dislikes spicy things, so Mario must stun him by throwing a spicy pepper into his mouth. The Piranha plants in this game also need to be sprayed in the mouth with water. They always open their mouth for no reason.
- The Shlurp family of enemies in Super Paper Mario has unlimited defense on the outside so it can only be killed by feeding it a bomb.
- In Super Mario Galaxy 2, if Yoshi swallows a Bullet Bill (which he uses to smash open glass cages upon spitting it out) and it stays in his mouth too long, then after a few seconds the Bill will explode and cause both him (and Mario) to take damage.
- The Piranha Plant boss of Mario Party DS is defeated by grabbing one of the Bomb Seeds it pulls down and shoots at you, then throwing it back when it starts inhaling to get more.
- When Sigma opens his mouth to fire his huge mouth laser in Mega Man X6, feed him a giant rock For Massive Damage
- The only way to kill the sandworms in an early mission of Jedi Academy was to lob a thermal detonator with the timer going on the sand and hope they ate it—the AI and object collision detection made this a bit of a spotty proposition, but they would at least be distracted by it. That's right; they included an enemy even a lightsaber couldn't kill.
- The final boss of Pikmin is a lot easier if you feed it bombs like this. The same boss in Pikmin 2 has a similar weakness, but has to be lured into eating bombs already lying on the ground. The Sandbelching Meerslug in Pikmin 3 can be harmed this way optionally.
- In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, this is the best strategy for fighting Metal Gear Rays. One missile to the knee will make them shriek with pain, allow a followup shot into their now-open mouth for massive damage.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has this as an extremely easy way of farming gavial meat. Cock a grenade and wait until the gavial yawns. Another very, shall we say, "unique" example in MGS3, where one boss looks for food when he runs low on stamina. By leaving rotten or poisoned food lying around, you can make him vomit to death, for which you are rewarded.
- Early on in The Neverhood, you have to feed a statue of yourself made of TNT to a Giant Enemy Crab, which then explodes violently in a cutscene. Your cousin then begins eating its now-cooked remains, something that's a good bit funnier than it sounds.
- One of the bosses in Aquaria can only be defeated by luring the mooks that he spawn into a gas vent and dragging the resulting gas-bloated explosive mooks into his mouth when he tries a vortex attack.
- In Bomberman 64, chucking a bomb into the mouth of the Leviathan boss in Blue Resort nets the player a Gold Card. It also deals twice the damage the bomb would've normally done. This isn't required to defeat the boss, though.
- In Gears of War 2, you fight a giant fish who likes to chomp down on your boat. He's defeated by moving into his mouth and chucking grenades into his throat.
- In Wario Land Shake It, this is the only way to defeat both the man eating treasure chests in Boogie Mansion and the boss Large Fry in world 5.
- Space Quest IV features Roger in a battle with a giant Sea Slug, which he won in the nick of time with an oxygen tank, his clever thinking, and his, uh... cleverness.
- World of Warcraft makes multiple uses of this trope.
- The Un'Goro Crater zone has a direct Shout-Out to the original Zelda example in the form of a kodo named Dodonga. You don't actually feed it a bomb, though.
- Several quests involve feeding bombs to various creatures in order to blow them up — most notably, some worms in Dragonblight, Storm Peaks, and the Molten Front. In some of those, you subsequently collect the tasty meat that is now scattered across the snow.
- TimeSplitters: The second time you fight 'Princess', 'she' has a propane tank in her mouth.
- A boss in House of the Dead 4 is a four-armed zombie with a large tongue. You can deal massive damage to it by throwing grenades in its mouth.
- U8 in Resident Evil 5 is especially weak to this. Once its limbs are hit enough, its head falls on to the platform after which an input-action to throw a grenade into its mouth (with obligatory cheesy action movie one-liner to boot) and leap out of the way appears. Definitely the easiest way to defeat it.
- In Borderlands you can land a critical hit by shooting enemies in a certain weakpoint For Massive Damage in the case of Skag type enemies a critical hit occurs when the player lands an attack when the creatures open their mouth and roar or spit depending on type. Lampshaded in a Loading Screen tip in Borderlands 2.
"Shoot a skag in the mouth when it opens it to roar. It'll do extra damage
, and make the skag feel really stupid."
- The huge Leviathan boss in Resistance 2 can be harmed by firing rockets into its mouth.
- One of the bosses works this way in Fullmetal Alchemist: Broken Angel. Bonus, because you have to transmute said bombs while avoiding attacks. And it heals itself.
- Something like this in Kameo: Elements of Power. The demon-tree boss thing can only be killed by throwing enough rocks into its mouth when it's gloating in laughter.
- The final boss of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is damaged by tossing cannonballs into K. Rool's blunderbuss when it's trying to suck you in, causing it to backfire on him.
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! has Belcha, the first boss. He is defeated by throwing beetles when his "mouth" is open.
- Nibelsnarf, a giant sand fish/worm/toad thing classified as a Leviathan, from Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and 3 Ultimate. One of the easiest ways to deal damage to it is to plant some bombs or Shock Traps and make him chase you into them with its mouth open. Once they go off, it'll stagger him, giving an opening. Another thing is that the most vulnerable part of him is his Uvula.
- In Blinx, the best way to kill Keroppers (frog monsters who swallow anything fired at them from the front whole) is to shoot bombs at them.
- The player can be vulnerable to this in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby, Dedede, and Wario can each swallow explosive items. While this causes about 5 damage, it's most likely a LOT more preferable to what most explosives do when they go off. Wario is unique in that he actually hurts anyone touching him when he eats a bomb.
- This happens to Bean in Sonic the Fighters if he is hit by an opponent related throw.
- In NieR, the most effective way to deal with the final form of the Junk Heap boss is to toss bombs into its mouth when it fires its laser.
- Many of the Humongous Mecha fish bosses in the Darius series can only be damaged by shooting into their mouth when it opens.
- The Great Mighty Poo in Conkers Bad Fur Day is defeated by flinging giant rolls of toilet paper into its mouth as it sings.
- When you're fighting Chub (and his variants) in The Binding of Isaac, if you put a bomb in front of him while he's charging, he'll eat it and take massive damage when it explodes. The Carrion Queen is also vulnerable to this, but starts moving diagonally at low health to make it harder to perform.
- A probable, and often successful, solution to levels in McPixel is to force the stage's bomb down someone's or something's throat. The most common end result is part of their body (head, breasts, butt) will expand to ridiculous proportions and then deflate.
- The only way to defeat the Sand Worms in Overlord is to lure blaster beetles over the sands where they live and trick the worms into eating the beetles, causing both to explode.
- In Astro Marine Corps, the only way to get past the Lasaarc is to drop several grenades into its gigantic mouth.
- In Saints Row: The Third this is one of the Finishing Moves you have to use on Brutes or else they will get up and continue attacking.
- The boss of Chapter 24 in The Last Story, the Queen of the Abyss, is fought by throwing bombs at her mouth while she is stunned.
- In Bik A Space Adventure, this is the way to defeat a monster on planet SET. Basically, you feed it a grenade taped to a stick, but the grenade won't go off until you shoot it with your blaster. The current Player Character Ammut even quotes Chief Brody from Jaws minus the "bitch" part.
- Exterminatus Now here.
- Brawl in the Family has the phrase in Ode to Minions
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, in the Bad Future, this is Mitzi and Dan McNinja's Dying Moment of Awesome. To kill the Horrorsaurus, Mitzi allows it to swallow her while she's got explosives strapped to her chest. Dan follows, because "You didn't pack enough."
- In Beyond the Canopy, a bloompod monster attacks a Cascadian soldier, eating his water-lance and the fish inside it. The fish then turns itself into fire, explodes the monster, and returns to his owner unharmed.
- In Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, the Fedork starship Glorious Undertaking is about to be devoured by a planet eater. Quentyn dispatches it by launching the ship's antimatter core down the planet eater's throat— and then detonating it with a couple of photon torpedoes.
- Aldran in Anti HEROES kills a druid by tricking him into swallowing berries that have been enchanted with an Explosive Runes spell.
- In Unconventional Harry by kb0, Harry Potter uses a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher to kill the dragon from the second task of the Triwizard Tournament. The dragon obigingly tries to eat the rocket. Its head explodes.