: He's sleeping. Dry Bones
: Boy, he sure is. The Big Boo
: Check those bubbles coming out of his nose!
Particular to Anime: When sleeping, a character whose primary thrust is comedic develops a bubble of snot from one nostril that inflates and deflates in sync with their breathing or their snoring. Basically the anime equivalent of the 'Zzz
' used in Western cartoons and comics. While usually considered a pretty gross concept
in the West, Japanese media tends to portray it as cute.
The bubble bursts upon awakening. In some cases, it is shown that you can awaken the character by popping it.
See also Catching Some Z's
for more universal version of sleep representation.
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- Louie in several episodes of Rune Soldier Louie.
- Chu-chu in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
- Tatewaki Kuno, his father Principal Kuno, and Genma Saotome are all shown asleep with snot bubbles during the fourth season of Ranma 1/2.
- Charmeleon/Charizard in Pokémon
- In one episode of Pokémon Black and White, when Ash battles Alder, Alder gets this when Alder falls asleep in the middle of the battle, which angers his Bouffalant, resulting in Bouffalant to knock out Alder instead of Ash's Pikachu.
- Throughout the series, some of the characters have this. In one epsiode, Ash's Pikachu gets this after falling asleep due to it being hit by a Hypnosis attack, and a Snorlax also gets one in a Pikachu Short.
- Also, in one episode of Pokemon Best Wishes Decolora Adventure!, a Metapod also gets one several times before evolution. Just look at this.
- Oro, one of the most powerful martial artists in the world of Street Fighter, taunts by temporarily falling asleep with a snot bubble.
- Common occurrence with Nobita in Doraemon.
- In the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Omake Tachicomatic Days, the Tachikomas often get snot bubbles, despite being completely mechanical and not having anything resembling a nose.
- In Digimon Adventure (episode eleven), Gomamon says that a snot bubble means that the digimon is easy to fool. He proceeds to throw a rock at it to pop it, rather than at the Digimon itself...
- Kotengu gets a snot bubble in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou OAV "Omoi no Arika". He wakes up when the bubble bursts.
- In Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, the titular character does this often, along with his pet chameleon Leon. He also falls asleep at the most inappropriate times. Colonnello also does this (it helps that he and Reborn knew each other when they were kids, well... before they became kids) and Tsuna does this occasionally.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Sloth drops off to sleep for a few seconds and instantly develops one.
- Mori in episode 13 of Ouran High School Host Club.
- One scene in Black Cat featured Creed using Shiki's insects as spy cameras to watch Train as he sleeps. As he's sleeping Train does this.
- Ginga did this in the earlier episodes of Metal Fight Beyblade.
- France does this when he fell asleep during an Allies meeting in Axis Powers Hetalia.
- Koizumi of Lovely Complex does this in episode 1 during the entrance ceremony.
- This trope's been in use for a long time. Happened in at least one episode of the 1960s Gigantor series.
- Many characters in One Piece, including Luffy.
- In the Enies Lobby arc, when Usopp as Sniper King, is trying to get the key from Jabra without waking him up, Jabra gets a Snot Bubble, and even when it pops, he still doesn't wake up.
- Nano from Nichijou, sometimes, despite the fact that she's a robot.
- Mojo Jojo has one of these in the second act of the second episode of Demashita!Powerpuff Girls Z. Momoko/Blossom pops it with a pin, causing him to wake up.
- The Super Mario World comic series that was featured in Nintendo Power during the 90s had Luigi make use of this phenomenon.
- Apple Bloom does this in one of the My Little Pony: Micro Series comic books.
- Koko and Jodo both does this in Koko the Blue.