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"I think most hiccup cures were really invented for the amusement of the patient's friends."
The hiccups. Everyone gets them, and everyone has a hare-brained cure for them. So you can expect a television show to have an episode or segment where a character gets the hiccups. The other characters will all have their own cure, from the mundane (drink some water) to the mildly unpleasant (drinking pickle juice) to the outright bizarre (pinch your ear lobe and breathe normally). They'll try everything except the one consistently proven successful cure in Real Life
of having an orgasm (like the censors will ever let that
happen!)—although simply breathing shallowly in a slow, controlled fashion also often helps.
After every remedy, the character will pause dramatically, then emit a "hic". Invariably, someone will finally suggest scaring them out of the sufferer. The next half of the episode will consist of all the other characters finding ways to freak the bejesus out of the character. At the end of the episode the sufferer will usually be cured, but suddenly another
character starts to hiccup. Here We Go Again
Used in a superhero plot, this is invariably followed by some sort of Power Incontinence
, like a super-strong hero hiccupping themselves through a roof, or shapeshifter bouncing between forms every time one slips out. The reason for it is anyone's guess, but most likely Rule of Funny
This trope has nothing to do with How to Train Your Dragon
, although Hiccup certainly has his fair share of hijinks.
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Anime and Manga
- Azumanga Daioh: Osaka gets the hiccups. Tomo, Chiyo and Yomi try remedy after remedy, including stuff like drinking water from a cup held with chopsticks in it. Sakaki proposes a number of esoteric cures, including one they don't try because it involved drinking water with boiled persimmons. Finally, she passes them to Chiyo. At which point they begin to do the same things to Chiyo, despite her protests. This also contains the famous "what causes hiccups anyway" part, leading to a display of gratuitous violence by Kagura (although in the anime this is relegated to Tomo).
- In one anime adaptation episode of Kochikame, officer Kankichi Ryotsu spends the entire episode with hiccups. Every curing technique fails and goes so far as trying to kill Ryotsu with military weapons to scare him.
- In the manga version of Tenchi Muyo!, Sasami develops her first case of the hiccups. Thanks to Mihoshi believing an old wives' tale, everyone believes she'll die if she reaches 100 hiccups. It turns into a heartwarming moment with how they "cure" her Tenchi admits that he loves her, the only time he's admitted that to any of the five!
- In Basilisk Oboro gets hiccups and worries about her upcoming meeting with the ninja clan leader Gennosuke.
- In Honey and Clover both Hagu and Rika get hiccups in an episode.
- Natsumi gets the hiccups in an episode of Keroro Gunsou.
- Mayo Chiki!: Kanade's admits hiccups are her major weakness in episode 11.
- In Eerie Queerie the main characters gets the hiccups and is told about the legend that if you hiccup a hundred times you die. After getting hiccups every night and having a ghostly voice count them, he eventually gets up to one hundred but is saved by his best friend/eventual boyfriend kissing him. It's revealed that this was all a prank from a ghost.
- In the album La frousse aux trousses (Fear On The tail), Spirou and Fantasio goes on an expedition to a war-torn Central Asian country, and reluctantly bring along a bunch of rich guys who are suffering from chronic hiccups. The idea is that the dangers they must face on this mission will eventually scare the hiccups out of them. It works, but only when they think Spirou and Fantasio have been killed.
- The Astérix album "Asterix and the Normans" mentions that among the Vikings, hiccups are incurable. (Because the usual cure is scaring someone, and Vikings are afraid of nothing...) Well, except for Cacofonix's singing.
- Marvel Universe has this trope spoofed in issue 34 of their What If? series, with Black Bolt.
- In the The Adventures of Tintin book Tintin The Red Sea Sharks, when a diver is ordered to plant a mine on the hull of a ship filled with ammunition, he drops the mine by accident and it's swallowed by a shark. It then gets a bad case of the hiccups, followed by... Well, you can guess.
Films — Animated
- Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has Dopey, who starts to hiccup out bubbles after swallowing a bar of soap. To make matters worse, no one comes to help him. Because he is unable to speak, it is unknown what he was feeling, though his facial expressions seem to show anger, fear, and even amusement at his situation.
- In the deleted soup scene, Dopey gets another case of hiccups after swallowing his spoon. This time, the other dwarfs notice and try to help him out. Happy eventually gives him a Literal Ass Kicking, and not only does the spoon fly out of Dopey's mouth as a result, but so does the aforementioned bar of soap.
Films — Live-Action
- The first "Prince Herbert" sequence in Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a guard hiccuping in the background all the way through, until the King angrily tells him to go get a drink of water — at which point his hiccups apparently stop.
- In Pappa ante portas by German comedian Loriot, this happens to a famous author during a reading from his poems. The protagonist manages to distract him (by asking about his lunch) and solves the problem. When the poet begins to read, the protagonist is struck by hiccup
- The entire plot of the picture book Hanna Hippo's Horrible Hiccups, part of the Animal Antics A to Z series.
- In Plato's Symposium Aristophanes gets an attack of hiccups just as its his turn to speak. He passes in favor of his couch-mate, a physician who gives him three 'cures' for hiccups. The reader must imagine Aristophanes gulping water, sneezing, etc. throughout his friend's speech.
- The Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na spinoff Moonlight Cradle has one extra scene in which Mia gets the hiccups. Sayaka, Tatsuya, Mai, and Feena all attempt to cure her, but without success. Jin cures her by causing Mia and Feena to faint by showing them a bug, and Mai gets the hiccups...
- In Planescape: Torment, The Nameless one can be afflicted with a magical curse of ETERNAL HICCUPS. However, it is possible to reverse the spell by threatening the one responsible with a MUCH nastier curse.
- Homestar Runner did it in "Halloween Fairstival", where The Cheat got hiccups on Halloween night and he, Strong Bad, and Strong Mad spent the cartoon trying to cure them. He only stops after being bribed into doing so.
- Penny Arcade: Gabe's cure for Tycho's hiccups was to cut off his right hand, leading to High-Pressure Blood spurting out as Tycho screams "AAAAHhicAAAAAH..."
- In Dumbing of Age, Joyce is so surprised that Dorothy is an atheist that she gives herself hiccups. When Dorothy tries to talk to Walky about this, he is so lovestruck with her that he can't speak. With Joyce hiccuping in the background, Dorothy says "I have to get out of this place. It's full of—I can't say it." Helpfully, the comic is titled Hicks.