Loud Gulp

Step 1: Observe Oh, Crap! situation.
Step 2: Emit Loud Gulp.

A Reaction Shot where a character emits a clearly audible *Gulp!* Sometimes accompanied by a visibly-bobbing Adam's apple. Usually happens in an Oh, Crap! situation.

Very popular in animated works and Comic Books.

Also see Spit Take and Saying Sound Effects Out Loud. Not to be confused with Gigantic Gulp.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • A cheating student in Zits does this when her teacher suspects her of using a (fictional) cheating website, www.bootleg.com, in order to get better grades in school.

    Fan Works 
  • Phoenix Wright in Turnabout Storm reacts with this after hearing that dragons exist in Equestria and Twilight Sparkle's (the one responsible for him being dragged there) assistant Spike happens to be one.

    Films — Animation 
  • Appears in Spirited Away when Chihiro has to pick out which of the pigs are her parents
  • In Toy Story, Woody gulps loudly when he sees Buzz Lightyear for the first time.
  • In Chicken Run, all the chickens gulp in unison after Ginger tells them that the food they've been eating was to fatten them up for slaughter.
  • In Happy Feet, Noah gulps when he sees a helicopter for the first time.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Pleakley gives a very visible gulp after dodging a door-piercing Improvised Weapon thrown by Jumba (who was aiming at Stitch, but missed).
  • In The Road to El Dorado, Miguel and Tulio both do it when they have to play a ball game they've never played before against fifteen of the best players in the city, and are expected to win since they are gods.
  • In The Lion King, there's a group hyena gulp during the Simba/Scar confrontation at the end.
    Scar: Simba? Simba! Oh, I'm a little surprised to see you...alive? [glares at the hyenas]
    Hyenas: Gulp!
  • In Monsters, Inc., Randall does this when Boo defeats him and Sully tells him "Looks like you're out of the job."
  • The Were-Rabbit from The Curse Of The Wererabbit emits a Loud Gulp as Victor Quartermaine takes aim at him during the final fight scene.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Death Proof, Lee actually says "Gulp" when she realizes her friends have left her with mister Redneck Rapist.
  • In Fright Night (1985), Peter Vincent does one after finding out Evil Ed has become a vampire, thanks to Jerry Dandrige.
  • Episode 1 of Star Wars has the entire Gungan army do this when they see the droid army deploying their infantry. Captain Tarpals then tells Jar Jar "Ouch time."
  • After Ricky's crazy-button has been pressed in Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, his girlfriend lets out one as she realizes that Ricky is going to kill her next.
  • Scott Pilgrim does this in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World when he's about to be beat up by Lucas Lee's stunt doubles.
  • In Problem Child 2, Ben Healy Jr. (John Ritter) gulps audibly when asking nurse Amy Young (Amy Yasbeck) out on a date out of nervousness.
  • In Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Pee-Wee, when he learns that Large Marge is a ghost.
  • Gatsby does one in The Great Gatsby during tea time with Daisy and Nick, probably due to nervousness.
  • Done by Oscar's dog in ThanksKilling after it stumbles across the killer turkey.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ware House 13:
    • Claudia has an epic one when she offhandedly mentions a few major recent incidents at the Warehouse, and Mrs. Fredericks asks her to "debrief" her on them.
    • Claudia also has an absolutely adorable Double Gulp at the end of "Age Before Beauty", when her crush Todd makes a surprise appearance at the episode's end.
  • Done several times by Don Ramón in El Chavo del ocho, always while looking at the camera.
  • Several times throughout The Wonder Years, whenever Kevin had an Oh, Crap! moment, the narrator would simply say, "Gulp!"
  • On Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog does this at the prospect of eating a fly.
  • Sneaky version in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: While discussing the newly-found scythe in Season 7, they stumble upon an ancient name for it: "M question-mark." Giles points out that the "question mark" (ʔ) is actually a glottal stop in the International Phonetic Alphabet. What does "mʔ" sound like? The English word would be "gulp."

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    Video Games 
  • Happens in Brain Dead 13 when Lance is fighting the ghosts.
  • Quite a few in Tales of Monkey Island, actually:
    • In Chapter 2, Guybrush does this when he tries showing Morgan the Pyrite Parrot, and she says that since the parrot is cute, she'll take it as a souvenir after she kills Guybrush.
    • In Chapter 4, when Stan asks, "No hard feelings over all those various civil and criminal charges?" Guybrush replies, "Water under the bridge!" before raising his hook and continuing, "A bridge with a fast-talking shyster-slash-salesman dangling from it," causing Stan to gulp in fear.
  • Zero in Mega Man Zero emits one when he's riding Omega's missile and realizing he's about to get hit by an ICBM.
  • In the Subspace Emissary campaign of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Ice Climbers do this just as Meta Knight prepares to battle Lucario in a cutscene.
  • Happened in Sly 2: Band of Thieves when Bentley had to drive the Cooper Van which had a stick shift.

    Web Animation 
  • In Homestar Runner, the titular character (twice), 1-Up, Fightgar, Gunhaver, Silent Rip and Crackotage say it out loud. Often preceded with an "Mmmmmm".

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    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Big Gulp