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Growling Gut
aka: Stomach Groan

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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serleena's stomach can be heard doing this in the beginning of Men In Black 2 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.

    Literature 
  • 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", and "Spring Into Fun". As the seasons went on, BJ and Baby Bop got rumbly tummies too.
  • 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".

    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.
  • 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."

    Web Comics 


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