Vomit in television often has a surprising knack for avoiding the camera, usually from either actors running off-screen to be sick, the scene cutting away to something else spewing (like a burst pipe), or the character just dropping off camera when they double over. The Vomiting Cop
usually exhibits this behavior. More and more common in recent years is the Vomit Indiscretion Shot
Often done as a way of Getting Crap Past the Radar
, although ironically The Hays Code
that was in effect for Hollywood movies between 1934 and 1968 made no mention of vomiting or any other bodily functions. This was primarily because the censors took it for granted that filmmakers themselves found bodily fluids so disgusting that they wouldn't want to put them in their movies
. Well, some of these filmmakers did
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Anime and Manga
- Used in Dragon Ball Z. Gohan punches Cell in the stomach so hard that Cell literally vomits Android 18 out of his body. In the original Master Roshi vomits out the window offscreen when he finds out that he was watching a man undress through his spy camera.
- Elfen Lied: Episode 9 has Lucy vomiting because of the stress from everything that's happened thus far and from finding out that Kouta lied to her.
- Ah! My Goddess- Flights of Fancy. In Episode 2, outside of his home, Keiichi finds a very drunk Sayoko, who then tackles him. Before she could say anything further, she become blue in the face, then a cut of a long distance shot of the temple... followed by Keiichi screaming and Sayoko retching.
- In Episode 4, at a Christmas party she was holding on her estate, Sayoko tries to get Belldandy drunk... with enough booze to make even the strongest Hard-Drinking Party Girl keel over with alcohol poisoning! Sadly, Sayoko finds out the hard way that Belldandy Never Gets Drunk, and then cracks open a bottle of Spirytus, the world's most potent liquor that is "192 proof, 96% alcohol by volume". One whiff of it sends the drunk broad backwards onto her brother, Aoshima. Before she spews all over him and his tuxedo, a quick shot of the outside where the Christmas tree is seen... and Aoshima is heard screaming in the distance.
- Azumanga Daioh spoofs this by cutting to random shot of the show's logo during the actual act.
- Subverted in Mai-HiME, episode 7: After a night on the town with Nurse Yoko, a very toasted Midori stumbles into a potential fight between Nao (who was just caught using her Child for selfish purposes) and Natsuki. Just after she draws her weapon, she barfs all over Nao. Cut to a scene of the city skyline (and Nao's screams) and Nagi walking into the conflict. When the scene is shown again, the ground around Midori is dotted in technicolor vomit.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann creatively deals with this, when Simon is overcome by emotionally-charged nausea in a fight during his nervous breakdown over Kamina's death, by giving us a closeup on his face until the crucial moment and then cutting to an outside shot of Spiral Energy spewing from Lagann's mouth due to backflow. Later, after Lagann has gone berserk, run off, and ejected him into the rain, he is seen sprawled on the ground, coughing up the last of it. (Is it any wonder that Lagann ended up on the junk heap not long after? Not a fun cleanup job for Leeron.)
- In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni episode 17, Shion can be heard vomiting into the toilet, and we cut to her slumped over it. Considering that she had recently been tortured by having three of her fingernails torn out/off, her reaction was understandable.
- Pretty Sammy: This happens to Mihoshi in episode 2 of the OAV, after Chihiro, who was going in severe karaoke withdrawals, kicks her in the stomach. Before she vomits, it cuts to the next scene.
- Cromartie High SchoolIn the opening credits, Takenouchi has one of these. When vomiting on a bus, instead of his lunch coming out we get a miniature Kamiyama instead.
- Fullmetal Alchemist to an extent when Edward is digging up his supposed mother that he and his brother transmuted back to life five years ago. The attempt failed obviously, and Ed has to go check if the result really was his mother. Turns out it wasn't.
- Note that he vomited before digging it up, either the idea of it got to him, or he worked himself sick digging in the rain.
- When Spirit in Soul Eater is asked by his daughter Maka to spend a Saturday together (which was really because she lost a bet) he gets so over-excited that he starts vomiting, but it's censored by a big circle with a skull on it. Oddly, this made it look worse because the position of the circle (between his legs while he's facing away) makes it look like he's flashing his own daughter.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Maya does this twice in the anime, during Unit 01's destruction of Bardiel and when Unit 01 starts eating Zeruel.
- And again in End of Evangelion, when Unit 02 is being torn apart.
- Bleach: Happens to Loly in the manga, after Grimmjow kicks her in the stomach. And right before he kills Menoly, then rips off one of Loly's legs.
- Happens a few times during the course of Fruits Basket. Once while Tohru is chasing after transformed Kyo, the smell of his monstrous flesh forcing her to vomit, and another notable time in one of the last dozen or so chapters, where Kyo, on his way back from talking to his crazy father, he lets loose while coincidentally walking past Hiro and Kisa. He claims it's because he let so much out of the tank just a few minutes prior. The author plays with this, censoring out the area he would vomit in a Bishie Sparkle cloud and the words "Censored for the audience."
- In the anime (or at least the English dub), the shot of Tohru vomiting is so discrete, it's not hard for the viewer to think she's just crying really hard.
- Black Butler: Ciel in episode 5 of the second season after being swarmed with forgotten memories.
- As well as episode 5 of the first anime, after seeing the mangled corpse of the prostitute that Madam Red and Grell as Jack the Ripper murdered.
- Does not apply to the manga, however.
- In Future GPX Cyber Formula Double-One, This happens to Hayato after he drove recklessly in a test drive with his new Super Asurada AKF-11.
- In EP 9 the TV series, Asuka gets seasick and she throws up over the side of the ship.
- Full Moon o Sagashite: It is hinted that Mitsuki and Wakaouji get sick off screen from Ooshige's bad miso soup. In episode 48, Takuto turns his back to the camera and retches off-screen after Mitsuki gives him an energy drink to help him feel better — ironically.
- In Pokémon Special, Ruby is seasick, but doesn't vomit at first... Then a wild Crawdaunt attacks him, and his strategy involves his Skitty spinning in circles very fast. After the battle, we see the both of them hurling over the side of the boat.
- In episode 8 of Ouran Highchool Host Club, Haruhi throws up in a sink after eating rich lobster. We see her say she'll throw up, then cut to her rinsing her mouth out complaining what a waste it was.
- In one of the related fanfictions, the American-born Kaori pukes after eating too many rich cheesecakes.
- When Haruka of Kotoura-san had a Heroic BSOD after knowing what Hiyori thinks in Episode 2, she covers her mouth as the screen turns dark to hide the horror that prompts a student to exclaim with understandably surprising disgust since the Trigger wasn't apparent to anybody else. This moment is pictured above.
- A variation is used in the anime of No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular, episode 2. Tomoko is seen vomiting with a Censor Box used to cover it.
- In Sangatsu no Lion, Rei only barely throws up his alcohol off-panel during his flashback of his first meeting with Akari.
- Happens frequently in Tokyo Ghoul, since any human food the titular Ghouls consume must be vomited up to prevent illness. The first episode has an extended sequence of these, as newly Half-Ghoul Kaneki attempts to eat everything in his apartment and gets sick with every attempt.
- Amelia Rules's legendary "Sneeze Barf Incident." All you see is reaction-shot, and it's enough.
- In Avengers: The Children's Crusade Vol. 1 Speed uses his powers to vibrate Billy and Teddy's molecules to phase them through a wall. On the other side Billy complains "I'm d-d-definitely going to be s-s-sick.". In the very next panel we see him turning towards the rest of his team and talking to them... with the tiniest bit of puke hanging off the corner of his mouth.
- In the Legion of Superheroes Comic book adaption of the animated series, the Legion were returning from Rawl and a running gag had new recruit Timber Wolf experiencing space-sickness that at first started as nausea until Brainiac 5 made the suggestion that Timber Wolf should be let off the ship. Just in time too as he threw up (we don't see anything, fortunately just his head ducking down and a green 'BLAAARGH' sound effect) as Saturn Girl and Superman showed up to see how he was.
Films — Animated
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Earl hugs his son Cal, who just woke up from a food coma (brought on by too much junk food), and Cal vomits down his dad's back, which is hidden from the camera by Earl's head.
- In Toy Story Rex averts his face and makes retching noises when seeing Buzz's severed arm. Despite Rex being a toy dinosaur who lacks a stomach, Pixar has confirmed he was actually throwing up.
- A Goofy Movie: When Goofy lets Max picks the stops on the road trip, one involves a roller coaster. We see Goofy turn green and lean over the side of the coaster car...Cut to him walking out of the men's room. And of course, Max immediately offers him a plate of greasy carnival food which makes him rush right back in.
- In Atlantis The Lost Empire, Milo is shown ducking below the camera to puke off the side of a ship. Even though about half of the movie takes place in or on water, his sea-sickness is never mentioned again. Vomit Line: * in Whitmore's mansion* I'm so excited, I can't even hold it in! * Cut to barfing off the ship*
- Linguini in Ratatouille hurls out a window after he takes a sip of his own soup.
- In "The Rugrats Movie" during the song "Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Yum" as they sail down the river in the Reptar wagon Chuckie leans over the edge to vomit several times.
Films — Live-Action
- Mr. Green in Clue (The Movie). Vomit Line: "And monkey's brains, while popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington, DC." "Is that what we ate?"
- Animal House uses this to great comedic effect after several of the prominent Delta house members (Bluto, D-Day, etc.) have been informed that they've been expelled from Faber (something Dean Wormer has made the local draft boards well aware of.) Faced with this charming combination, Flounder starts having a panic attack that culminates in him throwing up
in front of on Wormer. However, when Flounder starts to retch, we cut to the secretary at her desk, who glances up at that strange splashing noise. Vomit Line: "Out with it!" (Well, he did ask...)
- Later: Flounder: I can't believe I threw up in front of Dean Wormer.
Eric: Face it, Kent [Flounder's real first name]. You threw up on Dean Wormer.
- Strangely, this film has no problem with showing a close-up of horse poop, which is arguably only slightly less disgusting.
- Love and Honor does this twice in a row, yet almost elegantly: When he receives a warning that there's poison in his food, the lord immediately sticks a finger down his throat and then, following the clerk, the camera pans to the food taster collapsed and gagging and then into the kitchen to the horrified cooks.
- In the movie adaption of The Outsiders.
- Heathers uses the "drop below screen" version when Veronica throws up at a Wild Teen Party after drinking too much.
- Ramona Quimby: Ramona and Beezus has one when Ramona gets sick.
- In Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue, when Tink's friends make a boat to find her, Clank feels whoosy and when Fawn announced they were going over a waterfall, it shows Clank leaning over the boat. He does this two more times.
- In How to Eat Fried Worms, the kids end up doing this a total of three times.
- In Almost Famous this happens to the main character after their plane nearly crashes. He does it into a nearby trashcan.
- Subverted in Barton Fink; after seeing Audrey's body, Charlie goes to the bathroom to throw up. However, when he comes back, he has something a little too thick to be saliva hanging from his chin.
- Razor in Flight of the Intruder is considerate enough to ask before hurling in the back of a taxi: Hey, you got room in there for a six-pack and a pizza?
- Pacific Rim. A scientist suffers from an attack of nausea after Mind Melding with a kaiju brain, so he staggers to a conveniently nearby toilet and throws up. Played for Laughs in that the toilet was lying in the rubble left by the kaiju's rampage unconnected to any plumbing, so there was no reason to vomit there as opposed to anywhere else.
- Averted in Serenity, when, just after learning the Federation was responsible for the creation of the Reavers, River vomits (albeit slightly) to the side. When her brother attends to her, she tells him "I'm alright," and she means that, now the secret that she didn't even know she carried is out, her mind is finally able to deal with it.
- Elysium: The remaining shots of Max throwing up aren't shown directly, as he pukes in a toilet and the camera's from behind.
- Happens in Braindead when Mrs. Matherson sees Lionel's mostly zombified mother eat her own ear after it fell into her custard.
- Only Stwpd Cowz Txt N Drive: This driver safety Public Service Announcement, infamous for a graphic four-minute crash scene (which results from one of the girls texting while driving on a highway), had some comedic moments prior to the crash scene. One of them was where the trope kicks in: Not long before the girls take off work to go on their day-long adventure (which ends tragically), they are asked to clean up a customer's vomit. One of the girls gets sick at the sight of the mess begins to gag; her vomiting is heard on camera but is out of the viewer's sight.
- In the Warrior Cats book Rising Storm, Fireheart and Cinderpelt are helping a pair of very sick cats. They bring them food, and after a little bit, the two ill cats stumble away into the bushes, and Fireheart can hear them vomiting.
- Happens twice in the Redwall series, to Dingeye and Thura in Salamandastron and Fleetscut in Lord Brocktree, both times as a result of overeating and having to be forced into taking "fizzick" ("physick").
- In Strands of Sorrow, Faith goes to town on a horde of zombies in an M-1 Abrams tank equipped with M1028 rounds (canister rounds, think "120mm shotgun") that's shooting and running over many thousands of zombies. At "The Hole", the secure military facility outside of Omaha where the acting President is located, where they're watching the video take from an orbiting helicopter with a camera, it's said that the air carries "a very distinctive odor of vomit", and the acting president is shown lowering a waste basket, with the context of having just used it to catch his own vomit.
- Growing Pains: In one episode, Mike's buddy Boner gives a highly offensive report in a public speaking class about female anatomy. So offensive (the report included a poster of a bikini-clad model) that, at the end of the report, one of the girls is seen holding her mouth while she rushes out of the classroom.
- The episode "Hyde School Reunion" opens with Piper flushing the toilet, exiting the bathroom, and saying "I don't remember having morning sickness this bad with Wyatt." A few minutes later, there is the sound of her stomach gurgling, and she grabs her belly and runs to the bathroom.
- A variation of this trope is used in "The Eyes Have It". While in the hospital, Piper's morning sickness gets the better of her, and she quite clearly throws up in her mouth.
- The "Fear Factor Chuck Bucket". In a Behind The Scenes special, it was noted that the show was specifically not allowed to show someone vomiting on camera.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus I
- Constable played by Graham Chapman in the "Crunchy Frog" sketch. Vomit Line: "Ram's Bladder Cup!"
"Constable Parrot et
one of those!"
- In the live version at the Hollywood Bowl, we actually see Terry Gilliam vomiting into his police helmet (he filled his mouth with cold beef stew earlier). Which his boss makes him put back on. Eeewww.
- The Royal: Subverted in this British period medical dramedy. Aman in a suit is inspecting the hospital he stops to ask the nurse about the patient at hand. Pan to the patient, who throws up in a discretion shot. Pan back over to the man in the suit, standing stock still with vomit all over his top, several feet away from the patient. The nurse then notes how projectile vomiting is one of the symptoms of the illness.
- On You Cant Do That On Television, Barth's Diner usually has the kids puking into buckets provided by Barth himself over a wall. Vomit Line: "What do you think's in the burger?"
- Parodied on The Colbert Report when Stephen, who has just broken his wrist, sees a clip of The Departed in which a man's wrist cast is smashed with a hammer. Cut back to the desk where Stephen is throwing up into a vase he's holding behind his desk, his face hidden by the flowers; when he puts the vase down we see that it is a. transparent and b. completely vomit-free.
- The Suite Life on Deck: Something of a Running Gag. To wit:
- In the episode "The Wrong Stuff," Woody's off-screen projectile vomiting is implied to be quite profuse when Cody holds up an umbrella at the edge of the frame to protect himself and London, having to reposition the device several times.
- In the episode "International Dateline," in each iteration of the "Groundhog Day" Loop, a different person vomits on Bailey's shoes after eating the bad shrimp.
- In the episode "The Spy Who Shoved Me," Smith must manipulate Zack and Cody into doing his bidding, being stuck in the head in Zack's cabin. The noises he makes in there constitute Nightmare Fuel.
- Star Trek: Enterprise: Our heroes are on a rather turbulent shuttle ride. Malcolm mentions feeling queasy, and Phlox hands him an airsick bag. A few shots later, we find Malcolm sealing the bag.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had a few of these.
- Little Molly O'Brien takes a little too much candy from Lwaxana Troi in "Fascination" and gets sick—very noisily—all over her father and his uniform just off camera.
- Ezri Dax regularly gets motion sickness—off-camera—from space travel. In one scene, she's apologizing to several other characters for making a mess they've apparently just finished cleaning up.
- The X-Files:
- In "Three of a Kind", Scully is doing an autopsy in front of Langley, and because she's none too happy about being called out to Las Vegas to work with the "Three Stooges", Scully doesn't make it easy for him. Langley runs out of the room to throw up after she peels open the corpse's chest and asks him to bring her the Stryker saw.
- "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose": Mr Bruckman the psychic runs out of the room and throws up after seeing a vision of the murder (in which the victim had their eyes gouged out), a sign that his visions are a bit more authentic than those of his predecessor, the Stupendous Yappi.
- "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'": A conspiracy nutter eagerly videos what he thinks is an alien autopsy — until it turns out to be a Man in a Rubber Suit, whereupon he puts his hand over his mouth and runs out the door.
- MythBusters: From a Q&A with Adam Savage, the show may have actually gone with this (instead of the far more common Indiscretion Shot) once. They were given two rules when they wanted to film part of the Moon Landing episode on the zero-G plane: 1) Do not refer to the plane as the "Vomit Comet" on camera, and 2) Do not show anyone vomiting during the flights. To quote Adam, "We didn't, and we didn't."
- ER: On a show that otherwise loved its Indiscretion Shots it also had several of the discreet variety, usually involving the medical staff. Notable examples include Carter's leaning over the ambulance-bay trash can in the pilot, and Weaver quietly excusing herself from a mass-casualty involving burned sweatshop workers.
- Firefly: Simon and River take a drug that will make them appear dead so that they can be snuck into an Alliance hospital. When they're given the antidote and wake up, River just sits up gracefully, but Simon doesn't fare as well. The camera shows him hunched over on his stretcher, coughing violently, then moves up to show Jayne's face as he vomits. And as soon as Jayne comments that River seems to be doing fine, cue her violent off-screen retching and splashing.
- In Oz after Adebisi was rejected by Shirley and called a racist term, he becomes so upset that he trashes his room, smokes pot, and crawls over to his toilet where he vomits, but we don't see it.
- An episode of Good Luck Charlie has Charlie get sick off bad fishsticks as Teddy uses her in a book report presentation to her class. Teddy's best friend likewise gets sick. The former is offscreen, but the latter is onscreen, just using a handy container to vomit into. This triggers a chain reaction of everybody in the class barfing into their backpack, hat, hood, etc.
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Body" straddles the line. Buffy throws up shortly after finding her mother's dead body, ducking out of camera range, but then she puts a paper towel over it and we get a quite disgusting close-up of the vomit being absorbed.
- Waterloo Road: Lindsay James (played by Jenna Louise Coleman) arrives for her first day after transferring from another school. As she enters the school she rushes into the toilets and throws up - the vomit isn't actually visible but the sound effects are very realistic.
- Zoey 101:
- Disc Golf, at the first scene the kids are jogging laps, and one girl, Nicole, comes back on camera after throwing up. Zoey puts her finger on Nicole's shirt saying she spilled oatmeal on it, but Nicole responded by saying that it wasn't oatmeal, it was vomit. That joke is used two more times in that episode. Though the mess on Nicole's outfit would kinda count as a Vomit Indiscretion Shot.
- Played straight in a later episode, when Lola runs into the hallway to vomit. We only hear Stacey's reaction after Lola vomited on her.
- Also in one of the final season episodes "Michael Loves Lisa", Michael was so nervous after developing a crush on Lisa, which causes him to throw up on Lisa and another guy at the Open Mic Night while trying to sing a song.
- Angel: Angel does this once, while temporarily human. He throws up off-camera at the sight/smell of a demon's gory victim, then explains to Doyle: "It's the blood."
- On Heroes, Mohinder staggers outside and doubles over puking, partially obscured by the front of his car, when he discovers the mutilated corpse of Dale, after Sylar kills her and steals her Super Hearing.
- M*A*S*H: "Welcome To Korea," has Hawkeye, B.J. and Radar and a group of U.S. soldiers attacked by enemy fire. Hawkeye is doing what he can, but when B.J. turns a dead soldier over and sees his front, he does the Technicolor yawn. A judicious camera angle keeps us from seeing anything coming out.
- Eretz Nehederet: A running gag on the sixth season, there was a series of skits titled "Mai's Blog", consisting almost entirely of the vain teenage girl Mai's vlog entries, featuring two of her close friends. A running gag in those skits would include Mai mocking one of said friends for being allegedly fat (she is played by a grown man, but he certainly isn't fat; Mai is played by a grown woman with a waist slimmer than his), followed by said friend saying, "Excuse me for a sec," and vomiting aloud into a paper bag.
This was eventually turned Up to Eleven on the last episode of the season and the final skit in the series, when Mai had to see her much dreamed of prom dwindling in front of her eyes (she lost the title of prom queen to her worst enemy, said worst enemy got together with the boy she was into, and her own mother took a very unpopular boy's virginity). When vomit-girl asked her how she felt, Mai went overboard and said something to the effect of, "Just imagine all the hamburgers, all the pizzas, all the shawarmas and lafot you've ever gobbled down just came up against you!" The result? A huge amount of vomit just gooshing out and utterly destroying her prom dress.
- Kids' shows are even more unlikely than TV for adults to show the act of vomiting. Horrible Histories, for example, has a sketch all about a bunch of pirates who actually escaped capture because they had stolen a herd of cows, and their ship was so disgusting that the Navy couldn't bear to take it... but the sketch cuts away from them vomiting and then back to show their clothes covered with it. Even Dick & Dom in da Bungalow, which featured tasteful games like "Make Dick Sick" (and once or twice was gross enough to make a contestant actually throw up) was careful to cut away from the act.
- A particularly nasty one in "The National Anthem", the first episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, immediately after the Prime Minister is forced to engage in bestiality to save the life of a much-loved member of the Royal family. The sound effects are stomach-turning.
- A part of most eating tasks on The Amazing Race. Occasionally a Vomit Indiscretion Shot (or, at times, as close as it could get without trying to cram the cameraman into the bathroom stall with the racer).
- In Fawlty Towers, the Vomit Discretion Shot is so discreet it's confusing. In "Gourmet Night", Basil is asking inebriated chef Kurt how to prepare the mullet ("do we fry it? Just go 'ungh'"). We barely see Kurt's head move, the camera cuts to Sybil, while the audience howls with disgust. According to the director's DVD commentary, Kurt vomited on the plate, but the BBC wouldn't even let them show enough to properly suggest it.
- Downton Abbey bizarrely combines this with a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, when Mary is caring for an injured, drugged, and distraught Matthew. He's shocked that the rather selfish Mary would want to be around him when he's " crippled, impotent, and stinking of sick."
- On Night Court, Christine was so stressed out over whether she should accept a marriage proposal that she threw up in Dan's briefcase - we don't see it, but Bull figured out how to use his instant camera right then and captured it.
- Scorpion: Paige does this in the pilot episode. After her close encounter with a passenger jet in the sports car, she leans out of the car and can be heard retching.
- The Prisoner - in "The Girl Who Was Death" that plays out like a loopy spy movie, #6, looking for his adversary at his local pub, drinks a pint, and sees a message at the bottom of the glass that gradually reveals: "You have just been poisoned". He then orders and tosses back, in quick succession, brandy, whiskey, vodka, Drambuie, Tia Maria, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier. The barmaid protests "Sir, you'll make yourself sick!" He smiles queasily and hurries into the lavatory.
- In Blackadder II, a character runs into the room and vomits into the fireplace. The man has his back to the camera so we don't see the vomit. At least, that was the intention; it turned out the angle was not perfect for this and it's obvious that the actor is not really vomiting at all.
- The Women combines this with Vomit Discretion Language when Edith, suffering from Morning Sickness, suddenly rises to exit, saying, "Oh, I have got to unswallow."
- In Street Fighter II, certain grievous blows will cause the target to vomit if they take them. The — uh — "hurk"... does not ever fall past a few in-game inches (such it does not put excessive load on the game hardware and gross out the players too much by just staying on the ground or getting all over one the the characters, no doubt), but we do not see the tail end of what does come out.
- In Silent Hill 2, the first cutscene featuring Eddie Dombrowski involves him vomiting (seemingly endlessly) into a toilet in the bathroom of Apt. 101 in the Woodside Apartments. There's no visible gunge, but the sound of him vomiting is audible in adjoining rooms.
- In Bully, one mission entitled "That Bitch" has your character plant a stink bomb in head cheerleader Mandy's locker when you steal some lab notes. After the bomb has gone off, if you go into the cubicles you can watch Mandy throwing up - realistic sound effects but you don't see the vomit, only Mandy leaning over the toilet.
- Alan Wake: Alan and his Plucky Comic Relief sidekick Barry wake up in a jail cell after a heavy night of drinking moonshine. Barry murmurs about how horrible he feels, then leans over and makes a vomiting sound, but there is a conspicuous absence of...anything at all.
- In the remake of Resident Evil, the player character vomits in the toilet after being attacked by the zombie in the bathtub.
- Dungeon Keeper 2: One of the cutscenes has a bile demon turning away from the camera to vomit after a fairy constantly flies around him.
- Persona 4; During the camping trip after a brief action of stupidity by Yosuke, the Protagonist, and Kanji, they were knocked into the river. It may not seem so bad to them, but then you hear Morooka puking further upstream. Hits it even further home by adding this: "You feel as though a million showers will never get you clean..."
- Adachi's introduction has him running off-screen to throw up, followed by sound effects. Possible subversion as he may have been faking it.
- In Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria, Alicia vomits from fatigue, but is not shown.
- In Grim Fandango, one of the (less logical) puzzles involves tricking Glottis into drinking a huge keg of gelatinous liquid, then having him vomit all over the room. The actual process is obscured from the player, who only gets to see Glottis on his knees, with his head off-screen. The sounds, however, are there. And, of course, you get to see the results, with some commentary from Manny...
- In the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim expansion Dragonborn, you can agree to have an experimental spell cast on you, which has the unintended side effect of turning your eyes into tentacles. You can't see anything - the screen is entirely black, as your character is blind - but you can hear the wizard's apprentice retching in the background after commenting that he's going to be sick.
- In RuneScape, during the quest Let them Eat Pie, Rolo the Stout eats a bad pie, and vomits from it. Only the sound is heard as your character is down the stairs. Jagex decided to give the listener the option of listening to the vomiting sound effects.
- In Max Payne 3, during the opening sequence of the game, Max vomits into his kitchen sink after drinking too much. The camera is angled on Max's face, so we don't see the vomit going into the sink. Either Rockstar couldn't animate convincing vomit, or they didn't want to show the vomit as its grossness would detract from the drama of the scene, or it was in keeping with their habit of not showing insert shots of action in a scene that's secondary to the characters. An example of this tendency being the lavish party scene at the beginning of the game, when Max points out the irony of being able to see the favela, symbolic of extreme poverty, we see no clear shots of it, and only ever see it with Max and Passos standing in front of it, obscuring it.
- Todd in the Shadows at the end of "The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2009, Pt. 2".
- The Nostalgia Critic: After bearing witness to the freaky Ahnuld baby scene from Junior, The Critic Screams Like a Little Girl before retreating to the bathroom to violently throw up offscreen. Which reportedly descended into "twenty straight hours of marathon projectile vomiting."
- Demo Reel: Donnie makes sure he pukes up behind a tree after he's hungry enough to eat toothpaste, even though he knows he's the only one in the forest.
- Maggie Nettles strikes again folks! She made a surprise picture for the editor in FurAffinity about Bomberman vomiting! Even Dani Bowman made these pics with him on there, too! Not even made to the artists, even the editor herself made several pics of characters throwing up off-screen.
- Stuart Ashen has two instances of this: one with finding a maggot (actually fake, planted in there) in some nasty-tasting chocolate, another with consuming a portion of a century-old egg. In both cases, we're treated to a "TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES PLEASE STAND BY" transition with a vomiting cartoon Ashens.
- What If?: The author would really rather draw a squirrel than somebody vomiting up a gallon of blood, or even a pint.
- The Simpsons has displayed much emptying of the stomach contents through esophageal means. One example:
- As the Safety Salamander, drunken Homer feels the need to vomit. Unable to leave the room, he vomits where he stands, but conceals his mouth in the costume first. Not unlike the phenomenon that makes bleeps funnier than expletives, the simple "hurr-maah" sound he makes is priceless.
- The most ridiculous example is when everyone eats contaminated wheat Krusty Burgers since everyone is vomiting into all the toilets in the house Homer vomits into Lisa's saxophone but it looks completely clean, in reality it would probably shoot or leak from the pipes.
- Another example is in "Lost Our Lisa", when Lisa tries to hitch a ride with Cletus. He holds up a skunk, saying "Sure, but they still goes off even when they's dead." Lisa runs off, both hands over her mouth, presumably to vomit.
- Another ridiculous example is where Homer is Lisa's soccer coach at one point he vomits into a traffic cone, which should be leaking out the other end.
- Cute example from Avatar: The Last Airbender when Toph is feeling seasick (underseasick, actually) and the boy sitting next to her offers her his helmet to vomit in. He's later shown washing it out.
- King of the Hill mostly follows this but on a few occasions vomit has been shown on screen such as when Hank grabs a drunk teenager and he vomits over a railing.
- In an episode where transfat is banned Dale and Boomhauer get sick from eating oysters and they vomit with their back to the camera, we get a clear view in front of them but we see nothing.
- In the gas convention episode, Hank drunkenly gets on stage and at the end of his profanity-coated rant, vomits in this manner.
- In Rugrats when Didi becomes pregnant with Dil she vomits off screen at least four times, once it makes it look like vomit but as it turns out it's apple sauce being made for Tommy. And in the second movie, Dil himself vomits on Coco's dress after her sort-of failed attempt to stop his crying.
- Batman Beyond: After Inque attempts to suffocate Terry by forcing herself down his throat (she's made of goo, if that makes the mental image any less horrible), he throws up with his head off camera, meaning all that can be seen is his lower body and the blobs of black goo falling to the ground.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Evidently happens to Harley Quinn in one episode after nearly meeting the same fate as the Joker did in Batman. (See about 8:10 of this.) Batman catches her falling and she mentions she, "Made a mess on your (his) cape."
- Word of God has it that the animators were forced to depict Harley making a "barfing face" immediately after delivering this line, because the censors were afraid viewers would otherwise think that she'd urinated on his cape.
- In the episode "The Laughing Fish", Harley takes a bite of the fish that Joker was selling on TV with expected results, being slightly allergic to fish.
- The Batman: In the episode "Vertigo" Robin ducks off screen to throw up into the river due to dizziness caused by count Vertigo.
- Justice League: Even Batman himself did this. Ace was warping Batman's perception of reality so severely that you see him jerk his head down, make a coughing noise, and then wipe his mouth when his face re-appears on camera.
- Hey Arnold!: In the Valentine Day episode, Helga (posing as Arnold's penpal Cecile) runs to the bathroom and vomits into the toilet multiple times after she eats "calf's brains and eggs".
- Family Guy: Brian vomits into a toilet after a night of heavy drinking in one episode, while Stewie and Frank Sinatra Jr. hold his ears back on the episode "Brian Sings and Swings."
- American Dad! zigzags between showing vomiting and being discreet, though at least 80% of the shots are of the latter variety.
- Teen Titans: While the Titans are battling Control Freak in a video store, an army of evil candy attacks Cyborg. After struggling with the possessed candy for a while, he starts eating it to scare the rest off. Naturally, he gets sick to his stomach and sprints out of the store to throw up. After they've beaten Control Freak and brought home a movie to watch, Starfire offers Cyborg some candy, with predictable results. "Make it go awa-a-a-ay..."
- Happens on Nightmare Ned after a doll-sized Ned gets spun around in an RC car.
- In Billy and Mandy's Big Boogie Adventure, Boogie places a sleep spell on Mandy that causes her to be trapped in a long series of nightmares, later prompting Irwin to kiss her and snap her out of it. At first, she thought the kiss was part of another bad dream; Irwin tells her otherwise. Both this and his subsequent line "I...am the god...of love!" cause Mandy to feel very nauseous.
- The Sabrina: The Animated Series episode "Strange New World" had Slugloafe eat a moldy sandwich. He vomits off-screen...right on Sabrina. This leads to her having her clothes changed for the remainder of the episode.
- SpongeBob SquarePants had a fish vomiting off camera when she ate Plankton's chum.
- The Powerpuff Girls
- In any Warner Bros. or MGM cartoon whenever a character is about to vomit they turn a pale shade of green and usually lean over a railing, port, or barrel sometimes making retching sounds.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Applebuck Season", Pinkie Pie and another pony also go from pink to green before losing it into buckets, after unwittingly partaking of Applejack's worm-ridden "baked bads." In another episode, Rarity mumbles, "I have to go," and rushes offscreen, cheeks bulging, after shoving her face into a garbage can. Another episode has Spike vomiting, but it turned out to be fire. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Applebuck Season's example is notable for being the first time the My Little Pony franchise has been brave enough to make reference to vomiting, or, in fact, any sort of unpleasant bodily function in any way.
- Then in "Hearts and Hooves Day", Apple Bloom throws up in her mouth at the sappy dialogue between her big brother, Big Macintosh, and her teacher, Cheerilee.
- BEAUTIFULLY and DISGUSTINGLY averted, on every occasion, in Adventure Time. This show seems to really love seeing characters projectile-vomit.
- In the episode "Proteus: Part 2" of the X-Men animated series, Wolverine can be heard retching as he recovers from Proteus' Mind Screw in the last episode.
- One episode of A Kind of Magic had Cindy babysit a baby girl. At some point, she calls Tom for help...and the baby's face inflates and turns green. As Cindy looks at the baby, the baby vomits and the screen cuts to Tom right at that point.
- In the Animaniacs episode "O Silly Mio" at one point during the soprano's performance the Warner siblings eat some sandwiches and show her their chewed up food, she covers her mouth and runs off to vomit.
- In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Lifestyles of the Sick and Twisted" features a scene where Scratch and Grounder watch their favorite cartoon "Bart the Barfy Bumblebee" he coughs and says "I don't feel so good!" and leans over to barf, it cuts to Dr. Robotnik's reaction to it.
- Tygra from Thundercats 2011 ran to the railings while Cheetara and a fishman watched from a respectful distance. Way to impress the ladies there, Tygra.
- Happens in an early episode of Arthur when Arthur and Buster ride a screaming swing type of ride called "The Hurl-A-Whirl" which is designed to make the riders vomit and it came with free barf bags, inside the ride it shows them turning green and leaning their mouths over the bags. This also happens to Francine Frensky in the episode "Vomitrocious" when she has that embarrassing incident in the school cafeteria.
- Daria lets fly in the episode "Malled" due to the smell of Brittany's perfume. The 'camera' is facing her, but she dips her mouth just below the frame when she heaves to keep the audience from seeing anything.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?, Candace (who is in Perry's body) eats the food that they usually feed Perry. Upon finding out that it's made of worms, it cuts to an outside shot as we hear Candace vomiting all over the floor.
- Bolin from The Legend of Korra "tosses his noodles" during a Pro-Bending match after a night of eating nothing but noodles resembling that of binge-drinking due to heart break.
- Meelo does the same thing in "The Calling" when he eats some bad berries. His lemur Pokey, however, does it on-screen like a sick cat or dog.
- In the As Told by Ginger episode "Gym Class Confidential", Courtney vomits on Miranda's shoes while the camera focuses on the other girls' reaction to a childbirth scene (also offscreen).
- Happens constantly in Archer, with Archer (who vomits pretty much whenever anyone mentions Malory's sex life) ducking out of camera range to throw up.
- Ron from Kim Possible vomits in the episode "Homecoming Upset" while riding in a boat.