Oh darn, I forgot to put in ten pounds of ice.
"45 gallons of bladder bustin' refreshment!"
There's been a bad day at the office, an extra-festive party or so on — a character needs a freaking coffee or a drink
. A popular visual gag is to have the character drink from a really
big cup. The Gigantic Gulp
is any drink that comes in a ridiculously large cup, barrel or bucket, usually with its size grossly exaggerated for comic effect. (Possibly even larger than the machine that dispenses the beverage, if a convenience store or similar place is involved, making it physically impossible.)
Often used in conjunction with the Potty Emergency
and Potty Dance
tropes; bonus points if the character feeds the liquid directly into his system with an IV tube. For extra irony, make it a diet
Also see Must Have Caffeine
, I Need a Freaking Drink
, and Cup Holders
for related tropes.
Not to be confused with Loud Gulp
, which is what bystanders seeing a Gigantic Gulp
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- At the end of Mahou Sensei Negima! Yue Ayase drinks a magical potion (with spells brewed into it) from a big ass flask (signed: 'For getting serious') before confronting Paio II.
- Astérix: Obelix drinks wine straight from the barrel more than once, and has drunk a whole pot of the magic potion. Him and large containers of drink go way back.
- A Running Gag in Warren Ellis' Nextwave is for Aaron "Machine Man" Stack to declare "My robot brain needs beer." Later in the series, he pulls out a man-sized barrel of something, and plugs it directly into his head with a tube...
- In Iron Man: Extremis, Stark's first request after being awakened at 6 AM is, "Coffee. A gallon jug of coffee. And possibly some form of intravenous drip..."
- In one issue of The Simpsons, Bart, Lisa, Martin and Milhouse find giant squishee cups the size of children while exploring the Kwik-e-Mart; Squishzilla. Apu later explains that they weren't used because they were so heavy when filled that no one could carry them away. Lisa ends up using it as a makeshift smock.
- In a Lil Lotta comic book gag, the title character drinks so much root beer that the soda jerk ends up feeding her straight from the barrel with a hose.
- The main characters in Bio-Dome are seen drinking Bladder Busters in a few scenes.
- All drink cups in the future of Idiocracy are super-sized mugs with bendy straws.
- Silent Movie. After director Mel Funn (Mel Brooks) discovers that the woman he's fallen in love with was ordered to seduce him, he starts drinking again. He ends up buying a giant bottle of wine almost as big as he is.
- Beldar drinks a giant mai-tai made for him by his wife in the Coneheads movie. (Before she approaches him in skimpy, sexy lingerie.
Live Action TV
- Cougartown has Big Joe, Jules' favorite drinking glass (and his replacement Big Carl, after Joe meets his untimely demise).
- While on vacation in Hawaii, Jules uses the large candleholders at the hotel as "Big Kimo".
- Near the end of the third season, Big Carl is broken when Ellie's son Stan throws it. Enter Big Lou.
- On NCIS, Perky Goth Abby's Trademark Favorite Food is a large serving of "Caf-Pow". It is usually presented to her in a styrofoam cup roughly the size of a Sonic Route 44. And said cups are available at the dispenser.
- In one episode Abby is devastated that Gibbs has brought her a mere small, thinking it's a sign that she's screwed up somehow, so she goes into overdrive trying to redeem herself. Gibbs later points out he only brought a small because it was the only size of cup left.
- In one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dr. Bashir mentions that he is feeling tense, so Quark begins to make a "Warp Core Breach", which is a multicolored, bubbling, smoking drink served in a fishbowl. Quark promised that after one sip, the doctor would be relaxed for the next three days.
- On "Parks and Recreation", the fast food places in Pawnee sell soda in ridiculously large cups, including a gallon-sized one.
- Drop the Dead Donkey. Henry Davenport is getting a belated award for his services to television reporting. Realising it's only a PR stunt, he turns up drunk at the ceremony, staggering up to his table holding a huge bottle.
- Dilbert: Dilbert begins carrying around a giant coffee cup on his back as a "will to live" substitute. He ends up experiencing Caffeine Bullet Time as a result.
- Played with occasionally in Garfield, as this strip demonstrates.
- Peter Fox drinks thirty-two-ple espresso when he needs to cram.
- In another strip, Roger is shown with a gigantic mug that takes multiple pots of coffee to fill. His wife Andy argues that their kids got him that as a joke, only for him to reply "You can't stand to see me so happy."
- In still another strip, Jason discovers that Fun-Fun Mountain sells 128-ounce Slurpees.
- In Zits, Jeremy buys two huge movie sodas for himself and his mother. When she exclaims about their "obscene" size, Jeremy calmly explains he got them for the free refills. Another scene shows Phoebe walking through the halls of the school with a latte nearly as large as she is on a dolly. When asked abut it, she replies 'Some days a venti just won't do.'
- On the famous Animaniacs short "Potty Emergency", Wakko drinks from a huge cup of soda labelled Abyss Boy at the movie theater. No wonder he has to go to the bathroom so bad afterwards.
- In the notorious "Dickesode" episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Shake gets a soda from Wongburger that's literally the same size as him(he's a giant cup). He claims he needs that much soda on a daily basis.
- Somewhat relatedly, he's also occasionally seen to drink the water out of Carl's pool (with his straw).
- The episode "The Vacation" of Chowder featured one of these - Mung asks Chowder if he's ready to head off to the beach. Chowder says he will be just as soon as he finishes his bottomless soda. It was your average sized soda cup, but it was very long. He just continued to pull an endlessly long cup out of Hyperspace until Mung got fed up with the joke.
- On one episode of Family Guy:
Lois: Brian, you're really enjoying your wine lately.
Brian: It's only my second glass. (picks up a Big Gulp cup and continues drinking)
- Billy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy ordered a giant cup of punch at a Renaissance fair; it later resulted in a Potty Emergency.
- One episode of The Simpsons (season 12's "The Great Money Caper") features the Simpsons at a restaurant featuring a magic show. Marge is given a Long Island Iced Tea (served in a tall glass). She decides to nurse the drink but ends up drunk.
- In the episode "A Star is Burns," Barney wins a film contest and swears that he is giving up alcohol. The curtain behind him is then pulled away to reveal is prize: a lifetime supply of Duff beer (in a semi-trailer truck).
Barney: (tearing away his sleeve) JUST HOOK IT TO MY VEINS!!
- And let's not forget Homer's alcoholic exploits in Australia:
Homer: Hey! Give me one of those famous giant beers I've heard so much about.
(Bartender places a can of beer the size of a keg on the counter, Homer is visibly upset)
Bartender: Something wrong, yank?
Homer: No. It's pretty big...I guess.
- This is Krystal's preferred style of drink in Squidbillies.
- In an episode of Angela Anaconda, Gina Lash gets a very large drink at the movies. On learning that refills are free, she slurps the whole thing down in seconds, then asks for a refill.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "April Fool's Day", Spongebob proclaims that he's thirsty, pulls out a huge pitcher of lemonade and says "this is an EXTREME thirst!". He then divides it into what looks like about 50-60 smaller glasses.
- At the start of Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Beast Boy is drinking a "Mondo Gulp" as the team is flying across the Pacific. When Cyborg and Robin stop to argue which direction to go, Beast Boy is doing the Potty Dance. Fortunately, the whole team had to go shortly after, but BB had to turn into a dog and use the tree.
- An example that includes the Trope Namer: 7-11 Double Big Gulp Holds 200% More Than the Average Adult Human's Stomach. There used to be an Extreme Gulp which was even bigger.
- Primat and Melchizedeck winebottles, they contain 27 and 30 litres — that is 36 to 40 times the amount of a normal bottle.
- In parts of Canada you can buy 3000ml bottles of alcohol called a "Texas Mickey" ironically not available in Texas.
- Similarly, a chetvert (an old Russian style vodka bottle, literally translated as "quarter", as in one quarter of a bucket) holds three liters of the stuff, equal to six normal vodka bottles. Vodka is no longer bottled in chetverts, and surviving bottles are used mostly for moonshine, which is even stronger stuff.
- For April Fool's 2010, Starbucks introduced the Plenta, a 128-ounce cup for really thirsty drinkers.
- In contrast to Starbucks, Tim Hortons used to sell a real 64 oz travel mug. The item is no longer sold by the company, however, some can be found on eBay.
- The Lambert's Cafe restaurants (where they throw rolls across the room to you if you ask for one) have very large cups that they put your drinks in.
- A Yard glass is a yard tall, and holds roughly two and a half pints of beer. Though it's not uncommon for someone to down more than two pints, yard glasses are typically reserved for drinking games rather than casual drinking (on top of being huge, they're also very fiddly to drink out of without spilling).
- The website Vat19 sells a glass capable of holding a six-pack of beer. Also available is a glass that can hold an entire bottle of wine (5 glasses will empty a standard box of wine in one go).
- California's Stone Brewing Company is most famous for producing the "Arrogant Bastard Ale", an extremely hoppy American Strong Ale that basically caters to all of the things American beer snobs love (including high alcohol content, intense hoppiness, and dark, rich color and flavor) and everyone else hates (hence the name). Although Arrogant Bastard comes in standard beer sizes, it also a 3-liter bottle of beer that is so big, the company had to invent their own manufacturing machines and complete the bottling process by hand.
- A pizzeria in Baltimore's Inner Harbor food court had this as a gimmick. You could buy a 1-gallon soda (which was basically a small bucket with a straw through the lid) and advertised free refills. By all accounts, a large portion of their business was tourists stopping in for their novelty bucket of soda.
- New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg quite infamously attempted to defy this trope and ban sodas larger than 16 ounces, viewing them as a public health problem and a contributor to obesity. The law was struck down by the courts... but not before getting mercilessly mocked by Jon Stewart and various blogs.
- The Hardees/Carl Jr's fast food chain have made a habit of super-sizing their drink sizes by default for years. What is considered a Regular drink size to them is what nearly every other fast food chain in the industry considers a Large. What they consider a large.. well the drink straw only sticks 1/8 of an inch out of the cup lid when you slide it all the way to the bottom.