Mostly found in animated and CG media, the Traveling Pipe Bulge is a phenomenon that occurs when an object moves through a pipe or hard tube, creating a bulge
to tell you where it is
. Bonus points if the fittings do not contract after the object passes through them.
to Worm Sign
, Dinner Deformation
and Balloon Belly
Anime & Manga
Eastern European Animation
- In Soul Eater, a bulge is shown with the metaphorical representation of Tsubaki's soul getting captured by Youtou by a vacuum cleaner.
Film — Animated
Film — Live Action
- In one episode of Staflik a Spagetka, it was done inside a monocular.
- Happens in Deep Rising when the worm monsters pass through pipes.
- A somewhat brief, but gruesome example in the remake of The Blob, when the monster yanks a kitchen worker bodily through a sink drain.
- Several recent Super Mario Bros. games have this (but not the NES or SNES games).
- Happens in Tales of Monkey Island, Chapter 3. Although in this case it's a bile tube, not a pipe.
- The plumbing in Nightmare Ned does this as Ned moves through them.
- Many tubes in Loco Roco are very flexible, allowing to stretch so a locoroco could traverse pipes and other things in one piece.
- In the DS version of Sonic Colors, there are a few elevators in Tropical Resort which bulge when Sonic enters them.
- In Generation 1-3 Pokémon Cable Link trades.
- When Kirby goes behind the background in Kirby's Epic Yarn, it bulges, as do cannons when he's inside them.
- Spellbound Dizzy has a few pipes that lead to new areas. One of these is actually a man-eating flower.
- In The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, these show up whenever Bugs enters a pipe.
- In Stage 6 of Sparkster(the SNES version),this happens when you go inside the trumpets.
- Happens in the Darkwing Duck episode "Dry Hard", when The Liquidator is passing through the pipes of the city waterworks. ("Followwwww that piiiiipe!")
- Fanboy and Chum Chum has their straws showing bulge of Frosty Freezy Freeze as they suck it from the source.
- In the 1935 Looney Tunes short "Billboard Frolics", a cat traps a dog in a piece of pipe, which bulges where the dog thrashes around inside.
- In one of Chuck Jones' Tom and Jerry cartoons, Jerry escapes into a gutter; when Tom follows, there's a noticeable bulge.
- Also, any time Jerry (or tar/air/etc) goes through a garden hose.
- Felix the Cat: "Felix Doubles for Darwin" short has a whole scene of Felix traveling through the entire transatlantic cable and then back again, pursued by apes.
- Mario and Luigi in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.