An occasional hazard of cartoon characters is being cleaved in two, lengthwise or crosswise. Chainsaws, buzzsaws, battle axes, laser beams ... something will turn one whole character into two half-characters.
Of course, depicting all the myriad structures and tissues in a living body violates the Law of Conservation of Detail
and would also look mighty gruesome. Therefore, cartoon characters are made of a bologna-like substance that doesn't bleed and has no annoying details. Hacking a character to pieces becomes bloodless, and qualifies as Amusing Injuries
rather than Squick
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Anime and Manga
- One Piece: A fan once asked Eiichiro Oda why Buggy the Clown doesn't bleed when he uses his Detachment Combat ability. The answer was more or less: this is still a kid's show.
- During a showdown between Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza in Dragon Ball, Frieza launches two Destructo Discs at Goku and misses. Goku distracts Frieza so that Frieza fails to catch a returning disc, which cuts him into pieces. Some blood spills and Frieza's red bologna innards are seen. Frieza survives this wound due to his Bizarre Alien Biology.
- The stinger to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has angel Anarchy Panty cut into 666 pieces by Stocking's katana. Each piece seems to be made of pink bologna.
- Gamaran employs this trope, as despite much wielding of katanas, no innards are seen nor do internal organs spill out. One glimpse of brains occurs when a random passerby's skull is struck by Jaki's Epic Flail.
Film - Animated
- The opening animations from Tom and Jerry: The Movie include one where Tom and Jerry are dueling with fencing swords. Jerry makes several rapid vertical slashes at Tom, who thinks he came away unscathed. Tom then falls apart in slices like a bologna loaf.
- The three mooks that harass Taarna in the bar get their heads cut off in two deft strokes. The 1981 film Heavy Metal shows one mook's headless body falling prone, revealing green bologna with a spinal bone and a universal conduit, and nothing else besides green blood.
Film - Live Action
- In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, The Chosen One punches a mook in his torso so hard that a circular chunk comes out the other side. This is lampshaded by the narrator.
- Al Yankovic's UHF has a promo for the TV series Conan the Librarian where Conan splits a teen in half lengthwise for returning a borrowed book late. The shot is brief, but reveals only reddish meat within the victim.
- In Gamera Vs Guiron, Guiron kills and dismembers the monster Gyaos, then starts chopping the body into sections. Gyaos is apparently composed of solid tissue without bones.
Live Action TV
- In the Torchwood episode "Meat," a giant space whale beached on Earth is being harvested for its meat. No blood vessels or bones or anything like that are seen, just nice slabs of steak.
- In the role-playing game GURPS, there is a powerful Advantage called "No Internal Organs." This means a character never suffers from complicated medical problems, because their interior becomes uniform undifferentiated tissue.
- Mad scientists who are killed by 'Splosion Man become steaks, hams and doughnuts.
- In Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, every foe Raiden faces can be bloodily dismembered, but the innards shown are rarely more detailed than a dark red texture, sometimes with bones visible. The boss Monsoon can split his body into segments that evoke this aesthetic.
- Occurs in the Darkstalkers series when characters are cut in half.
- Played with in The Simpsons show-within-a-show, Itchy and Scratchy. The titular characters are sometimes depicted made solely of red bologna, sometimes made of red bologna that can bleed, and sometimes actual organs are shown. This depends on how gruesome the scene was scripted.
- Chuck Jones' Merrie Melodies short "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" has a little boy daydream that he's a deep sea diver. While underwater, he's attacked by a tiger shark. He cuts it in half with a knife and it appears to be solid tissue inside.
- Occurs in the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Touché, Pussy Cat." Tom gets cleaved from head to crotch by a falling battleaxe, revealing Tom's blue-grey interior.
- The 1955 Sylvester cartoon "Tweety's Circus" has Sylvester tease a circus lion. The lion takes a swipe at Sylvester, who walks away, falling to pieces as he goes. Sylvester seems to be composed of grey bologna.
- The 1955 Looney Tunes cartoon "Sahara Hare" shows Riff Raff Sam attempt to breach a fortress occupied by Bugs Bunny. Sam climbs up a plank toward the battlements, but Bugs uses a maul to cleave the plank lengthwise. Sam also cleaves lengthwise, exposing his beige interior.
- The 1958 Foghorn Leghorn cartoon "Weasel While You Work" has Barnyard Dog douse Foghorn with a bucket of water in mid-winter, which is Instant Ice, Just Add Cold. A hungry weasel cleaves the ice block with an ax, Foghorn mentions a splitting headache, then his body splits lengthwise, revealing ice-blue bologna interior.
- Spongebob Squarepants is often sliced and diced on his show. In his case, it's a Justified Trope, as real sponges have no organs and can regenerate tissue. However, he can show organs inside in accordance to Rule of Funny, such as when his brain is left exposed in "Scaredy Pants."
- Whenever the titular character Cattivik is sliced open, his insides appear as solid tissue.
- The 1951 MGM cartoon "Daredevil Droopy" shows Droopy Dog performing the old saw-a-person-in-half trick, with Spike as the one in the box. When Spike emerges from the box, his two halves go in opposite directions. Spike's lower half is featureless, uniform tissue.
- The Woody Woodpecker cartoon "Operation Sawdust" has Buzz Buzzard cut lengthwise, showing Buzz to be hollow. A subversion, in that the hollowness is a reflection of Buzz's anti-hero character in this cartoon.