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
- In one episode of Staflik a Spagetka, it was done inside a monocular.
Film — Live Action
- Happens in The Nightmare Before Christmas when objects (such as Santa Claus) go down the pipe to Oogie Boogie's lair.
- In a rare variance of this trope, Santa's transport causes bolts to pop out of the pipe. This is because the transport system wasn't designed to accommodate something as large as Santa. But, as the trick-or-treaters say, if he can fit down a chimney...
- In Horton Hears a Who! (the Jim Carrey version), this happens when Horton's voice first travels down the pipe to the mayor's office.
- The Thief does this extensively while trying to sneak into the castle in The Thief and the Cobbler.
- 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.