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- Done in the Florian Triangle arc of One Piece by Thriller Bark, a massive pirate ship disguised as an island, to the Thousand Sunny. Yes, in the world of One Piece, it is not only possible to pull this one off, but to do it while pretending to be an island.
Films — Live-Action
- James Bond:
- The Spy Who Loved Me: The Big Bad Karl Stromberg has a device that can cause submarines to lose power and surface. He also has an oil tanker with a bow that can open and swallow up the helpless submarines. He uses them to capture three nuclear missile submarines (one Soviet, one American and one British) during the movie.
- You Only Live Twice: Ernst Stavro Blofeld has one of these, which he uses in False Flag Operations to kidnap US and Soviet space capsules to start World War III between them.
- The pirate spaceship from Space Truckers — again, a huge maw that swallows smaller ships.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The enormous Mechanical Lifeform V'Ger had a giant maw like this, which the Enterprise flew through in order to reach V'Ger's main processing center. It then closed, trapping the Enterprise inside.
- A hilarious variation could be the scene in Mars Attacks! where the US launches nukes, and the Martians deploy a tiny probe that sucks up the nukes into a balloon-like compartment, in which they explode harmlessly, the balloon probe containing everything. Then the Martians smoke the radioactive remains in some kind of space-bong that gives them Helium Speech.
- Star Wars:
- The opening scene of A New Hope features the Tantive IV's engines and weapons being disabled by a Star Destroyer, leaving it helpless as Darth Vader's ship tractors the corvette into its massive carrier bay.
- The Force Awakens: As Rey and Finn are escaping from Jakku in the Millennium Falcon, the ship is suddenly overridden and a large transport engulfs it. They're certain they've been caught by the First Order, but it's actually Han Solo and Chewbacca.
- Spaceball One eats Princess Vespa's spaceship in Spaceballs.
- Done by the good guys at the beginning of Serenity, when most of the crew is on the Mule running away from the Reavers. Wash warns Zoe that they're going to try a "barn swallow". Zoe turns the Mule around and heads straight for the Reaver ship, only for Wash to bring the Serenity in and pull off this trope.
- Lone Wolf: In The Deathlord of Ixia, Lone Wolf's ship is "swallowed" by a huge sea vessel shaped like a giant fish, and dry-docked inside. Then Zombie Drakkarim board it and slaughter the crew.
- In the Mortal Engines quadrilogy, most towns and cities (except those in Anti-Tractionist territories) have been converted into enormous tracked vehicles. In accordance with the philosophy of 'Municipal Darwinism', these settlements are fitted with 'jaws' that allow them to catch and dismantle other settlements and claim their resources; cities prey on towns, towns prey on suburbs, and "statics", non-mobile settlements, are the bottom rung of the food-chain and fair game for everyone else.
- Used by a ship pirate masquerading as a trader in House of Suns to trap the protagonist's starship inside a enormous world-ship.
- The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You. The Special Corps investigates the mysterious disappearance of a navy space station whose last message was: "THE TEETH!" He uses time travel to go back to the event and sees it swallowed by a planetoid sent by alien invaders, who carry the station back to their homeworld.
- Submarines are often equipped with these in the Russalka Chronicles. They allow for a ship to recover equipment, buoys or debris without stopping. It's explicitly mention it's never used to recover people due to the risk of people slipping in between the "jaws" and being cut in two when it closes. The heroine is naturally saved in this fashion at one point (they didn't think there were any survivors).
- In Babylon 5, Shadow Battlecrabs can absorb other ships into themselves, allowing them to abduct their pilots. Meanwhile, Commander Sinclair's unexplained (and temporary) disappearance at the Battle of the Line is revealed to be partly due to this, with a Minbari warcruiser using tractor beams to disable and pull in his ship.
- Crusade presented an inversion, combining this with Coming In Hot to rescue a disabled fighter while under orders not to stop for anything. The Excalibur simply swallowed the fighter with the hangar bay and brought the fighter to a relative stop with the emergency arresting gear. The pilot was not told of this plan beforehand, and didn't seem confident it would work.
- Lexx: The Lexx, a giant bioengineered insect/planet-destroyer can literally eat ships, provided they are roughly the size of a space shuttle.
- Star Trek:
- The "Wisp" spaceship from Star Trek: Enterprise has a huge maw that swallows the Enterprise.
- Star Trek: The Original Series: the Planet Killer, a giant ship that destroys planets. In an inversion, they deliberately flies a starship into its maw to destroy it from the inside out.
- Happens a couple times in Star Trek: Voyager:
- One race has a starship so large that they simply beam Voyager inside to capture them.
- In "Collective", a Borg cube draws one of Voyager's shuttles inside itself with a tractor beam. When the crew wake up, they're inside a vast chamber full of small spacecraft.
- This seems to be the primary assimilation tactic of the Borg Sphere, which tries to do it to Voyager twice (it succeeds in the finale, though it doesn't stick).
- The Seeker's semi-invisible spaceship does this to the Space Shuttle Odyssey in Odyssey 5.
- A seaQuest DSV episode has a large sub pulling this to capture UEO transport subs.
- One level of Crimson Skies: Highroad to Revenge has a giant zeppelin designed to eat other zeppelins.
- Happens in the intro of Battle Toads when the small spaceship of one of the Battle Toads gets captured by the large starship of their foe.
- In Full Throttle, the biker gang The Vultures drive a Jumbo Cargo Transport, a heavily modified cargo plane converted into a kind of truck capable of driving on highway-sized roads. While main character Ben battles the villain Ripburger on a semi, The Vultures assist by pulling up behind and swallowing the truck with their transport.
- Occurs at least once in the Homeworld series. In level nine of Homeworld 2, Captain Soban's frigate is swallowed up into the hanger bay of a Vaygr carrier.
- As a parody to the above James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me Fur Fighters has a massive submarine that eats an aircraft carrier.
- The first episode has the air pirates harassing a Khan cargo plane. As the plane ducks into a cloud bank to try and hide, they fly right into the Iron Vulture, the pirates' ship. It even has a mouth for such purposes.
- The rest of the series plays straight, subverts and explains why this trope isn't generally practical, especially if your target knows you're around.
- One one the story arcs on Rocky and Bullwinkle has them looking for the giant whale Maybe Dick, which turns out to be a ship Boris Badanov uses to swallow ocean lines so he can plunder them.
- The Pirates of Dark Water featured the Maelstrom, a massive pirate ship fashioned from the bones of a colossal sea monster. The jaws formed the ship's prow, resulting in a much more literal version of this trope than is usually seen whenever they opened to swallow a smaller ship.
- In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, a villain named "Lock Up" used a robotic truck to kidnap someone: the back opened up and two claws came out, snatched her car and dragged it inside.
- A villain in a Max Steel episode builds an enormous aerial fortress that does this to normal planes. The resident scientist points out that having something so large fly through air should be impossible or, at least, an engineering nightmare.
- The Gemini Augmented Target Docking Adapter, also known as the "Angry Alligator"◊ looks like this trope, but in fact the presence of the aerodynamic shroud that was normally jettisoned after launch prevented Gemini 9 from physically docking with it after matching orbit with it.