troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Super Spit
Expectorate the rainbow

Pretty much everyone can spit. Some of you can do so better than others. But can you spit one hundred meters? What about for miles? Wouldn't that be useful. What if you could spit copious amounts of liquid or corrosive materials? Or if your expectoration could ricochet precisely in unexpected directions with exceptional accuracy?

If you could do one, or even all, of those things, you'd have Super Spit.

The most common form of this trope is Bullet Seed. Related tropes are Breath Weapon and Make Me Wanna Shout. Supertrope to Zombie Puke Attack.


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime and Manga 
  • Bit character Royakan, from InuYasha, could spit live wolves.
  • The Mazinger series: Many Robeasts from Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer could spit gallons of acid, poison and other corrosive fluids. Sometimes it was a kind of gluey substance to paralyze or hinder the enemy. Examples abound: Mechanical Beasts Baras-K9, Gusios-β3... many of the War Beasts of the Mykene Reptilian army...
  • In One Piece the Younger Boa sisters can spit poison and Chief Warden Magellan spits bubbles that explode into toxic gas. One of Arlong's luitanants could break trees by spitting water at high pressure. This probably also applies to Mr. 5, who could turn any part of his body into an explosive, but he usually just relied on his boogers.
  • Giran's super hard gum in Dragon Ball, Dabura's spittle turned things to stone.
  • Nel in Bleach can heal wounds with her saliva, though she drools it instead of spitting.
    • Actually that wasn't spit it was her vomit.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men foe Mammomax is an acid spitting man-elephant hybrid. Zeitgeist also has the ability to vomit acid, which he discovers after getting drunk and disfiguring a girl by accidentally barfing on her.
  • Red Lanterns from DC Comics are primarily known for vomiting acid blood.
  • One scene from a Crossed comic has one of the eponymous Technically Living Zombies spit infected blood into a soldier's face.
  • Superman once spit a logie clear through the head of a Humongous Mecha.
  • ElfQuest. If a creature is completely covered by the "wrapstuff" spit out by Preservers, they're put into a state of suspended animation indefinitely.

    Film 
  • Super Spit is a side kick power in Sky High, unless you can spit something useful like acid.
    Boomer: Super spit? Sidekick...
    Kid: [taps his shoulder and points to a dissolving column]
    Boomer: Acid spit. Hero!
  • The evil owl from Rock-A-Doodle for some reason actually spews Lucky Charms out of his mouth.
  • In Godzilla vs. Biollante, Biollante spits out either acidic sap or a similarly corrosive effect more like a pollen spray at Godzilla, depending on which form she's in.
  • Copenhagen monster Reptilicus spits corrosive slime from his stomach...one of the grosser giant monster powers.
  • In the movie Shrek, when gazing at the stars, Shrek points out a constellation to Donkey - Throwback, the only ogre to spit over three wheat fields.
  • Beauty and the Beast: "In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston!"
    I'm especially good at expectorating.
  • Buckaroo Banzai. Red Lectroids can spit a small starfish-like alien that inflicts a lethal poison on the target. Not only that, but when the starfish hits, the victim can be Blown Across the Room.
  • The xenomorph in the Alien franchise has the ability to spit an extremely potent acid, starting with the third film, assumed to be its own acidic blood.
  • Starship Troopers. The giant Tanker Bug can spray a flammable substance from its mouth which is ignited by an electrical spark, thus making it a living flamethrower.
  • The X-Men film shows Toad spitting some gunk out that seems to harden quickly in order to blind a foe.
  • Prince of Darkness. When a human becomes a zombie after ingesting the green liquid from the cylinder, they can spray the liquid into the mouths of other humans and turn them into zombies too.
  • Jurassic Park. The Dilophosaurus dinosaur that killed Dennis Nedry could spit poison at its victims.

     Literature 

     Live action TV 
  • On Alphas an Alpha had the power to spit acid. He used this to blind his opponents in an underground fighting ring.
  • Discussed in an episode of Seinfeld parodying Oliver Stone's film JFK, where Kramer & Newman think that Yankees player Keith Hernandez spit at them after a game.
    Jerry: According to your story Keith passes you and starts walking up the ramp. Then you say you were struck on the right temple. The spit then proceeds to ricochet off the temple striking Newman between the third and forth rib. The spit then came off the rib turned and hit Newman in the right wrist causing him to drop his baseball cap. The spit then splashed off the wrist, pauses - in mid air mind you- makes a left turn and lands on Newman's left thigh. That is one magic loogie.
  • One Arabian Nights miniseries featured a Shapeshifter Showdown between dijin who transformed into camels and elephants to counter a dragon's fire breath.
  • In My Hero, George can send away for additional powers. One of these is "miracle spit". A single loogie fired into a plant pot causes a green shoot to instantly grow to a great height.

    Other Sites 
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-647 ("Hungry Box"). If SCP-647 is blocked from relocating it will spray its digestive juices over whatever is blocking it, causing the blockage to dissolve in 15-20 minutes.
    • SCP-955 ("Mr. Sillybug"). If an example of SCP-955 is startled or feels threatened it will spit out a highly caustic mucus that contains a pain-causing neurotoxin up to several meters away.

    Pinball 
  • In the Jurassic Park pinball, the "Spitter Attack" mode has Nedry attacked by a Spitter dinosaur.

     Professional wrestling 
  • Brought to the business by the Great Kabuki, The Asian Mist (known as the poison fog in Japan) is a move in which a wrestler puts a liquid in their mouth either before or during a match and spray-spits it into their opponent's eyes. It's notable that this is based on a practice in some actual martial arts, where the liquid would be based on some spicy food that is tolerable in the mouth but not in the eyes. Many wrestlers who use it make a show of rubbing their throat before spitting the liquid, as if it is a venom extracted from some secret, extra gland.
    • Commonly color-coordinated: green blinds, red burns, blue knocks out, yellow paralyzes, black (the rarest) is able to kill a person and purple (most recent variation) causes memory loss. This is not always followed, though. In WWE, black just blinds longer and is harmless anywhere but the eyes, while in Ring Of Honor red is a poison that constricts the airway.

    Tabletop games 
  • In Warhammer the Trolls have stomach acid strong enough to dissolve stone and steel, and will not hesitate to "pre-digest" you in battle. Most Trolls use this as a melee attack, which seems reasonable; then there's the Troll King, whose attack has the same range as a throwing axe. Projectile vomit, anyone?
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Many Tyranids sport bio-plasma attacks, which are basically vomiting hellfire.
    • Some Daemons and Daemonhosts literally vomit hellfire. And if the Deamons are aligned to Nurgle, they just vomit. Of course their vomit is highly corrosive and will probably infect you with every nasty disease know to man (and a few we missed), but in the end of the day you died because a Daemon puked on you.
    • Ork Weirdboyz sometimes do this, vomiting a stream of pure orky psionic energy that makes Your Head A Splode.
    • Technically the Space Marines have this too; namely one of their various glandular implants makes their saliva highly acidic, and can be used either as a weapon or just to help break out of a place. Rarely represented any more in actual game mechanics, there are at least a couple of chapters whose glands mutated over the millenia to either let them spew out a full-on spray of the stuff, or whose saliva forms something other than acid (such as chemicals which, when mixed and spit, of course catch on fire).
  • Dungeons & Dragons really liked this trope.
    • Spit acid: anhkheg (30 feet), black dragon (60 feet), copper dragon (70 feet), dracolisk (30 feet), giant slug (60 feet), hordling (10 feet), thessalhydra (30 feet).
    • Spit lethal poison: giant spitting snake (30 feet), guardian naga (30 feet)
    • Blinding spittle: camel (lasts 1-3 minutes), Cat Lord (until magically cured), krakentua (100 feet, lasts 24-72 seconds, OA7 Test of the Samurai), muckdweller (squirt stream of muddy water 10 feet), nereid (20 feet, 2-12 minutes).
    • If it hits a hard, cold surface, a gibbering mouther's spittle will create a bright flare of light that can blind opponents for 1 minute.
    • Soldier termites could spit an irritating substance similar to kerosene up to 10 feet away which could blind any creature for 5-20 minutes. If the fluid was ignited it could burn the target as well.
    • Dragon magazine
      • #55 article "The Missing Dragons". The orange dragon could spit out a stream of liquid sodium. This was bad enough as is (it burst into flames when exposed to air), but if it was sprayed into water it caused a devastating explosion.
      • #91 article "Nine Hells Revisited". The greater devil Rumjal can spit a substance that will do 2-8 Hit Points of corrosive, tissue-eating damage to already-open wounds. He can only do so once in a three day period.
      • #184 article "Magic With An Evil Bite". The neogi spell "Spider Gout" allows the caster to spit out a glob of spider venom up to 10 yards away. Any creature struck by the glob takes 2-8 Hit Points plus 1 Hit Point per level of the caster up to ten.
      • #223 article "Dragons's Bestiary". The Spouter Gargoyle can spit acid with 5 foot range that does up to 40 Hit Points damage.
      • #223 article "Primal Rage" (based on the Video Game Primal Rage). The monster Vertigo can spit a glob of poisonous acid up to 100 feet away. It affects a circular area with a radius of 20 feet, and causes up to 150 Hit Points of damage.
    • There is a spell in D&D that allows a druid to blind her opponents with caustic goo. There are also two spells that allow the user to spit vipers.
    • Spit poison: Ravenloft supplement Chilling Tales, adventure "The Surgeon's Blade". The Mad Scientist Emil Bollenbach created a hybrid monster with the body of a hog and the head of a snake. It can spit poison up to 30 feet.
    • Some dragons' Breath Weapons come closer to this - for instance, Iron Dragons "breathe" molten iron.
    • 4th edition dragon breath weapons are technically vomit weapons. The edition also adds the Dragonborn as a core Player Character race, who possess their namesakes' signature attack.
    • More specifically, the Draconomicon teaches that the magical energy of a D&D dragon's breath weapon is stored in the stomach, not in the lungs; this is what is meant by "vomit weapon". The expelled effect is explicitly magical, though—it is mystical energy, and not a biological by-product as found in some other D&D creatures.
    • Original D&D
      • Supplement I Greyhawk had a Symbiotic Dragon that could spit out Jellies, Oozes, Puddings and Slimes (Ochre Jelly, Gray Ooze, Black Pudding, Green Slime, etc.).
      • Supplement IV Gods, Demigods and Heroes. In the Egyptian mythos section, the Winged Serpent can spit a contact poison that will go through armor up to 30 yards away.
    • Greyhawk setting. The deity Iuz can take the form of an old man. While in that form he can spit at creatures within 10 feet. If the spittle hits, it causes the victim to age 1-6 years and numbs the target area, rendering it unusable for 2-5 minutes. Clerics of Iuz can cast the spell Spittle, which allows the caster to spit a substance that has the same numbing effect on the area hit (but not aging).
    • Mayfair Games' Role Aids supplement Dark Folk
      • The troll deity Lirabyth can spit a deadly poisonous stream that paralyzes the victim as well as doing 10-80 Hit Points of damage due to its caustic acid base.
      • The goblin deity Cheliatara the Venomed One can spit a concentrated venom that kills instantly if it hits.
  • Gamma World
    • Adventure GW6 Alpha Factor. The monster known as the Bu'daan can spit a ball of phlegm at a target or group (an area effect attack up to 15 meter radius). Depending on the success of the attack the ball can knock the victim(s) down, stun them, entrap them or entrap and suffocate them.
    • Dragon magazine #96 article on mutant body parts. One of the new body parts was an acid pump attached to the digestive system that allowed the mutant to squirt hydrochloric acid out its mouth at targets up to four meters away.
    • Dragon #108 article "Mutant Manual I".
      • The Dragun can collect up to 4 large stones in its gizzard and spit them out at opponents. A stone weighs 4-16 lbs., can be spit up to 40 yards away and does 6-36 Hit Points when it hits.
      • A Firebug can spit a glob of flammable liquid up to 8 meters away. The glob ignites on contact with air, doing 2-12 Hit Points of damage per Action Turn for five Action Turns.
  • In Nomine. One of the Numinous Corpus songs is Acid, which allows the user to spit acid up to 6 meters.
  • Lejendary Adventures
    • The noosedrake can spit out strands of saliva that entangle and draw opponents to its mouth.
    • The slimedrake spits an acidic mucus that damage its target.
    • Some giants can spit a poison that damages the target.
    • A Cave/Barrens Trollkin/Weirdwife Queen can spit damaging acid up to six feet away.
  • Paranoia XP. The mutant power Acid Spit allows a clone to well, spit acid. If the power works, that is.
  • Chaosium's supplement All the World's Monsters
    • The culverin is an animated stovepipe that can spit stones. No, really. There's a 25% chance that the stone will knock the target unconscious.
    • The Spitting Toad can spit poison that does 4-32 Hit Points of damage.
  • Carcosa: Weird Science-Fantasy Horror Setting
    • Hex 0104 has a group of 3 mutant Red Men. One of them can spit acid twice a day that does 2 dice of damage.
    • Hex 0302 has a giant blue mutant spider that can, three times per day, spit a foam that hardens on any target hit.
    • In hex 1012 there's a Sorcerer that can spit jale slime up to 20 feet away, 3 times per day.
    • Hex 1213. A giant snake can spit its venom up to 30 feet.
    • Hex 1302 has an altar. If a human male is killed on the altar by a bite from a poisonous snake, that snake will grow to giant size and can spit its venom up to 30 feet. This is the source of the snake in hex 1213.
  • Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters. The adventure seed "Sins of the Father" has huge lizards that can spit a fiery acid.
  • Hollow Earth Expedition supplement Mysteries of the Hollow Earth. Lizardman characters have poisonous saliva. They can learn the Venom Spitting skill, which allows them to spit their saliva up to 10 feet away.

     Video games 
  • Metal Gear Ray spits a beam of high-pressure water with enough force to cut ship hulls and tank armor.
  • Kirby's main form of offense, puzzle solving and obstacle removal from his first game was sucking up and spitting out objects.
    • The boss Acro attacks mainly by spitting objects at Kirby, from skulls, to baby whales to torpedoes!
  • Spyro the Dragon can launch chunks of earth if he scoops them up in his mouth beforehand. It's not a breath weapon, it's just spitting.
  • There is an interesting variant in Psychonauts. The Giant Lungfish boss attacks by belching some boxes, anchors(!) and other heavy stuff at you and then by sucking the air in an attempt to swallow you (temporarily).
  • Besides Pokémon's Bullet Seed, there's Gastro Acid, which, as its name suggests, involves spitting stomach acid at the opponent. Acid Spray is quite similar. Spit Up involves spitting up whatever the Pokemon swallowed and shooting it at the opponent, often after the move Stockpile.
  • In Mortal Kombat, Reptile uses an Acid Spit move for his projectiles.
  • One of the basic weapons in Spore's creature stage allows spitting, the only ranged attack available.
  • There are several units in Warcraft 3 and StarCraft II, like the Roach, that have the ability to spit corrosive substances as their primary attack.
  • Features in a few puzzles in the Monkey Island series.
  • In Reality On The Norm, the local superhero Phil "Llamaman" Nihilist has the power of corrosive spit.
  • The lizard-like Enforcers from Duke Nukem 3D have a spit attack which, apart from doing damage, also colors the screen green and blinds the player for a moment.
  • The final boss of Serious Sam belches huge chunks of molten lava.
  • Bug has Spit Wads. These allow bug to do a medium-range spit. While green spit wads give him a normal spit move, red ones give him a double shot, orange/purple ones give him a bouncy shot, and blue ones give him rapid-fire capability.
  • Half-Dragons from ADOM can vomit acid at the cost of Satiety.
  • The aptly-named Spitter from Left 4 Dead 2 spits a long-range gob of acidic goo that becomes a deadly puddle, in order to nail a group of survivors. Obviously, it's not a good idea to stand in that stuff. The Boomer from both games has Super Vomit, spewing bile that marks whoever it hits as a target for his fellow zombies.
  • Spitters in Dead Space hurl acid at you, that, if it hits, slows Issac and is shown as attempting to dissolve his suit.
  • The Elder Scrolls, a result of a 'blessing' from Peryite, the Daedric god of plague, the Afflicted have weaponized projectile vomit.
  • The Legend of Zelda. The land-dwelling octopus-like creatures known as Octorocks spit rocks that can do damage.
  • In the Xenophobe arcade game the adult Xenophobe Warrior can spit a green acid across a room at the PC.

     Web comics 
  • In Schlock Mercenary, the "Magic Cyrokit" - containing the personality of the company's deceased Mad Doctor - rebuilds Doythaban after a Schlock-induced decapitation with a variety of secreted weapons, including explosive saliva, acid urine, and even "shaped charges".
    • It's an usual way to use weaponized nanomachines — since they aren't very durable on their own, motile "nannies" are easily detected and fried, thus a swarm is produced inside some living host (not necessarily willing) and then projectively vomited toward the target from close range. So far this happened twice on-screen, and it looks about as bad as it sounds.
  • Aisha from Slimy Thief can spit out acid.

    Web Original 
  • Worm: Among the many highly deadly abilities of the supervillain Crawler is his caustic saliva.
    • Spitfire can spew a liquid from her mouth that ignites on contact with the air.

     Western Animation 
  • Ben 10 has Upchuck, who can swallow and spit back virtually anything he can get hit with.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, Boomer can spit the best out of the three Rowdy Ruff Boys, to the point it's considered his special ability, comparable to Butch's force field or Brick's lack of one.
  • C-Rex from Godzilla: The Series can spit tar.
  • Spider Bytez from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) can spit webbing and acid.
  • Gumby's pal Goo spits orbs of blue liquid and sometimes bolas. Denali the mastodon can shoot cubes of ice at high velocity from his trunk. Pickle the dragon has a Breath Weapon and all three have Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • The Flightmare from Dragons: Riders of Berk can spit a liquid that paralyzes it's target in fear.

     Real life 
  • Flies spit digestive fluids onto things then scoop it all back up. No chewing required.
  • Spitting Cobras can spray their venom into the eyes of predators, blinding them. Unlike many of the fictional examples above, the poison-spit is a purely defensive attack; when hunting, it bites like a standard cobra.
  • Vultures and certain seabirds spew their acidic gut-contents at enemies as a defense mechanism.
  • Llamas, alpacas, and camels are well-known for their prowess at spitting. The movie Road To Morocco features a classic Throw It In example.
  • Archerfish, fish that hunt insects and small land animals by spitting water at them, knocking them into the water.
  • Sea cucumbers gob up their entire digestive tracts when threatened.

Spider LimbsAnatomy ArsenalSwiss Army Appendage
Rolling AttackNatural WeaponTail Slap
Super SpeedStock SuperpowersSuper Strength
Griping About GremlinsImageSource/LiteratureFluffy Tamer
Super SoldierAdded Alliterative AppealSuper Strength

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
47261
36