Growling Gut

An occurrence when a character’s stomach growls or grumbles. It’s usually an indication of hunger, indigestion, or a need to use the restroom.

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    Audio Cassette Tapes 
  • There's a segment in the 2X-L program, "Monsters, Myths & Dinosaurs", where 2X-L takes the listener to interview with a caveman. Towards the end of the interview, the caveman mentions his stomach growling for food.

    Comic Books 
  • This happens in one of the Bone comics in an issue of Disney Adventures. In this instance, Phony Bone’s stomach growls very loudly, he tells it to shut up, and it whimpers in response.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Happened in Cinderella Man to Russell Crowe when they ran out of soup.
  • This happened to Switchblade Sam in the 1993 film adaptation of Dennis the Menace after Dennis stuffed him up with beans.
  • In the Sex and the City movie, while the girls are vacationing in Mexico, Charlotte accidentally drinks some Mexican water while she’s taking a shower. This caused her stomach to gurgle, and she rushed back to the hotel to use the bathroom. However, she couldn’t get in since the room was being cleaned, and as a result, she had an accident.
  • Ditto in Bridesmaids. Annie stupidly inflicts food poisoning on herself and the women, causing an industrial-sized toxic spill at the bridal shop.
  • This also occurs in Labyrinth, although it's not clear as to who it happened to. All that happens is we hear the growl, and then Sir Didimus responds, "Was that my stomach or your's, Ambrocious?"
  • Ian's stomach grumbles in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
  • In Lilies of the Field, Homer Smith suffered this when the nuns were praying.
  • Serleena's stomach can be heard doing this in the beginning of Men in Black II due to digestion after eating a mugger.
  • Believe it or not, Violet's stomach (Or, maybe the juice that's going into her?) can be heard grumbling in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory during her transformation into a blueberry.
  • The movie, Stand by Me, shows a fine example of this trope when Gordie tells the story about Lardass Hogan.
  • In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Tuco's stomach growled when Angel Eyes invites him over for lunch.
  • This Happens 10 Times in Bad Milo.

  • This happens quite often in a few of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books including “The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight” and “Go Eat Worms”.
  • Happens throughout the Shivers title: "Curse of the New Kid"; every time Luke got bullied, his stomach would roil increasingly strong, loud and painfully, and something terrible happened to the person picking on him.
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood has a few examples as well—since Ward's vampires need food as well as blood. Phury's is most frequent at first as I recall; being a whacked-out drug addict he frequently forgets to eat.
  • In Dinoverse, this accompanies the first time the kids-in-dinosaur-bodies feel hunger.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • It happens to Broom Hilda in one strip.
  • In a Peanuts strip, Snoopy asks to get fed, but Charlie Brown tells him about the Daylight Savings hour change. However, Snoopy’s stomach argued back at Charlie.
  • Garfield:
    • The title character's stomach growls in a number of strips.
    • There's also a strip where this happens to Jon. He goes to the fridge only to discover that Garfield had totally cleaned it out leaving inside a snowman.
  • Happens to Buckles in one strip, which leads to a burp.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Only happens very little in Barney & Friends when the purple dinosaur experiences rumblies in the tumblies in "Hoo's In The Forest", "Going on a Bear Hunt", "Circle of Friends", "Birthday Ole" and "Spring Into Fun". As the seasons went on, BJ and Baby Bop got rumbly tummies too. BJ in "Play for Exercise" and "BJ's Snack Attack". Baby Bop in "Way to Go: A Travel Adventure".
  • Happens to Theo in a rather twisted episode of Between the Lions, "Huff and Puff", in which Leona runs off to write a second half of a story and tells her father Theo to stay put until she gets back. As a result of having no lunch yet, his tummy begins to rumble.
  • In the Fraggle Rock episode, "Fraggle Wars", we hear a stomach gurgle from one of the evil Fraggles, and he claims it to be his lunch digesting.
  • Happens to the loveable yet full of questions Horace in the PBS hit tv show "Wimzie's House" about 2 times in the series, once in the episode "I Don't Like Chores!" and another time in "Growing Up Is Hard To Do".
  • Happens to Uma once in the beginning of the Oobi episode "Make Pizza." The growling noises were done by her puppeteer.
  • Mutt & Stuff is the first Sid & Marty Krofft TV series to own this trope. Happens to Stuff in "Doggy Dino". Not only it happens to Stuff in "Cleo Kibble", but it happens to the other dogs as well. It happens to Stuff again in "Sherdog Bones".

    Web Animation 
  • In Bee and Puppycat, Bee's stomach growls from hunger which she realize that she has no money to buy food. Puppycat guards his food from Bee but she assures him that she's not gonna eat his food.
    Bee: Crap! I ran out of food money!
    (Puppycat guards his food)
    Bee: Relax, man. I'm not gonna eat your food.
  • In the flash cartoon, Metal Gear Awesome, Snake asks one of the guys communicating with him why he hears a helicopter in the background, and he responds, "It's my stomach. I'm hungry."
  • In one episode of The Bedfellows has Sheen eating a ton of bubble gum in an effort to make a viral video. He turns the camera on his moaning stomach and we Gilligan Cut to him in a hospital bed having just had his stomach pumped.
  • In Chapter 1 of Volume 3 of RWBY, just after their fight, Ruby asks if anyone else is starving. Blake mentions that she 'may have worked up an appetite,' at which point her stomach growls loud enough to startle all four of them.

    Web Comics 
  • In Impure Blood, when the meal was not large enough.
  • It's the punchline for strip #458 of The Order of the Stick.
  • Sometimes with Dawn and Mantell, the heroes of Dawn of Time. And Blue the triceratops, once.
  • Freefall: In this strip, Florence Ambrose's stomach growling is misinterpreted by a bystander as a regular wolf growl, and accordingly makes himself scarce in spite of Florence's yelled (and ultimately futile) reassurance that it was just her stomach growling.
  • Housepets!: Truck the raccoon manages to play music on his growling stomach during arc #66.
  • The increasing volume of Sidney's growling stomach is used as a gag in this strip of Grrl Power. It starts off as a humble chihuahua growl, before progressing to a more imposing bear growl. After it continues to a Godzilla growl, Sydney states "At least it can't get any louder than..." before being interrupted by a full-blown Fus Ro Dah!
  • In one El Goonish Shive strip, Elliot and Ashley are on a date at the mall, and are discussing whether to go directly to the food court, or to wander around a bit first. Both mistakenly assume that the other is not hungry, and suggest looking around a bit, before being interrupted by simultaneous stomach growling. Needless to say, they immediately go get food.

Alternative Title(s): Stomach Groan