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  • One of Mazinger Z's best attacks, the Rust Hurricane. Mazinger blows a jet of particle-charged wind from its mouth grill that corrodes the enemy into nothingness. Its successor Great Mazinger has the Great Typhoon, which is the same thing but without the rust effect, while Super Prototype Mazinkaiser has the Rust Tornado, an Up to Eleven version of Mazinger's attack.
  • Pokémon: This is one of the most common ways for moves that don't revolve around physically battering an opponent are depicted like: when a Pokémon uses a move such as Hyper Beam, Flamethrower, Dragon Breath or Solar Beam, it's almost always depicted as a beam of energy or fire coming out of its mouth.
  • Dragon Ball Z, but villains most times. Notably Nappa, Piccolo and Cell (whose use of this trope inspired the Internet memes "IMMA FIRIN' MAH LAZER", "SHOOP DA WHOOP", and Dr. Octagonapus).
    • Frieza, the ultimate Big Bad, also used a variant of a breath weapon to gain access to Saichourou/Guru's hut before Nail distracted him & lured him away to fight.
    • Any Saiyan in their humongous were-monkey form. Dragon Ball GT also gives them fire-breathing powers for some reason.
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    • Taken to the logical extreme with Recoome from the Ginyu Force and his Eraser Gun, who gets shut down (literally) by Krillin upon attempting this on a wounded Vegeta and blows up nearly all his teeth in the process. It doesn't slow him down but it did give Gohan a chance to save Vegeta.
    • In a technological variant, Sergeant Metallic (aka Major Metallitron) has a missile launcher in his mouth.
    • And in a particularly hilarious example, Super Buu uses a mouth beam to badly scorch Gotenks, and laughs at him. He's shut up rather quickly when Gotenks opens up wide and delivers the same attack back at him.
    • Ironically, the most horrifically dangerous breath weapon in the series is used by Dai-Kaioshin (the highest of all the Kaioshins), described as one of the cheeriest and most benevolent beings to ever live. If hit by it, the recipient is immediately diced and then blown up. In the dub, Kaioshin notes that that attack would be a One-Hit Kill on anyone other than Buu, who can regenerate indefinitely. Beware the Nice Ones indeed...
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  • Several of the Boomer robots from Bubblegum Crisis had beam cannons hidden in their mouths.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam had the Zeong. This attack was the one that finally did in the titular mecha, the Gundam.
    • Many subsequent series also had MS capable of shooping the whoop, such as Gundam ZZ's Zaku III & the Destroy Gundam from GundamSEEDDestiny. The original series also had the Zakrello, but we don't talk about him...
    • The F91 and Crossbone Gundams have a heat vent in place of a "mouth", usually covered by the faceplate. It isn't really intended as a weapon, but if their "overheat" mode activates at point-blank range, the sudden blast of intense heat from the mouth has been shown to damage mobile suits.
  • The Menos Grande and some of the Arrancar of Bleach do this with their Cero attacks. Nnoitra has a slightly creepy variant: he fires his from the tip of his very long tongue. Ew.
    • Nelliel can eat Ceros and fires them back with the combined force of her own Cero, this technic is called Cero Doble.
    • Taken further by the Espada Baraggan Louisenbairrn, whose "Respira (Death Breath)" will cause anything it touches to rot into nothingness.
  • Several Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters do this, especially Dragon-Type Monsters are fond of doing it
    • Parodied with Exodia in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
    • There's also the well-known Burst Stream of Destruction / White Lightning from Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and the Giga Mega Flare of Red-Eyes Black Dragon.
    • Slifer the Sky Dragon has two Breath Weapons, one for each mouth. His first mouth fires the yellow Thunder Force (the Japanese name is Chō den dō wa - Thunder Force/Super Electrical Conduction Wave - Thunder Force), aiming for attacking. His second mouth fires the blue Lightning Blast (the Japanese name is Shōraidan/Summon Thunder Bullet), aiming for reducing the ATK or DEF of the opponent's new summoned monster by 2000 points.
  • Piyoko has her Upchuck Bazooka attack to counter Di Gi Charat's Mekara Beam (which she shoots from her eyes).
  • Bellcross from Heroic Age does this several times, being sure to clean up the local space of annoying bug-aliens by using their own life force and energy to power it.
  • Some Zoanoids in Guyver have this; Derzerb of the Hyper-Zoanoid Five could breathe napalm, and the Zoalord De Galenos fires energy blasts from his mouth.
  • In the final episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist, a cyborg produces a number of guns from surprising places, including a tiny ball turret in his mouth.
  • From Potemayo, the things on the sides of Guchuko's head shoot a charring variety of beam.
  • The God Warriors in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
  • Friedrich from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers, being a dragon, has his Blast Flare and Blast Ray attacks.
  • If mecha count, you can include pretty much any Zoid with a Charged Particle Beam. 9 times out of 10, the cannon fires from the mouth (with the exception of the Death Stinger).
  • Kero of Cardcaptor Sakura gained the ability to breathe fire once Sakura managed to capture The Firey.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has several dragons (including one that breathes Razor Wind), in addition to a number of robots with mouth-mounted stripper rays.
  • The Bijuus in Naruto are all capable of firing highly destructive balls of pure chakra from their mouths. Several of them also have other breath attacks, such as Shukaku's balls of concentrated air and the Nibi's fireballs.
    • Unlike the typical example of this trope, Breath Weapons are more commonly used by the heroes; Shizune can breath out poison mist, the Fifth Mizukage can spit acid mist and lava, the Sarutobi clan can all breath fire, Jiraiya and the toads can spit oil, etc. Which isn't to say that the antagonists don't get in on the action; for example, Danzo can fire wind bullets, while the Uchiha antagonists are all fire-breathers as well.
    • Parodied when Naruto tries to do this while (consciously) using his Bijuu's power. The Hachibi describes it as sort of like vomiting, prompting Naruto to actually try and make himself vomit, which works about as well as you'd think (he wasn't in the right form anyway).
  • Many Digimon have breath weapons, at least until the higher evolutions when they usually grow actual cannons.
  • One Piece's Bartholomew Kuma had a mouth beam built into him to add on to his other powers. The Pacifista modeled after him likewise have a mouth beam built in them.
    • Franky on the other hand is equipped with both a flamethrower and built in nailgun.
    • A giant bird in the Skypiea arc had a flame-dial in its beak and both Buggy and Kidd had firebreathers in their crews.
    • Before any of these examples was Mr. 5. Using the Bomb-Bomb Fruit, he's able to make any part of his body explode, including his breath, which he loads into a gun.
    • In the first movie, the main antagonist ate the Goe Goe no Mi, which gave him this ability.
    • Kaido in his dragon mode has this ability. It is more powerful than anyone mentioned above, as his Breath Weapon disintegrated Oden Castle to nothingness.
  • Dr. Slump's Arale and her deadly N'cha! Beam.
  • Sgt. Frog has Tamama's signature move, the "Tamama Impact".
  • A common attack of Let and Julia's in Rave Master. There's also a Blue Gaurdian member with a Dark Bring that grants him one.
  • Natsu and all of the Dragon Slayers from Fairy Tail sport this ability, called the "[Element] Dragon's Roar", which ranges from shooting fire, metal, lightning, wind, poison, light, and shadow. Of course, dragons do this, too. Acnologia's Breath Weapon is eventually revealed to be pure Magical energy shot from his mouth.
    • Two of the three known God Slayers use a similar technique, though its called a "Bellow" against a Dragon Slayer's "Roar".
    • Devil Slayers have a technique with "Rage" in place of "Roar".
  • Demon King Daimao has Peterhausen, a dragon who can shoot drills from out of his mouth.
  • Flame Convoy in Transformers: Galaxy Force has this as part of his Force Chip Ignition power.
  • Zatch/Gash, in his namesake series Zatch Bell!, gets a series of spells that short bursts of lightning out of his mouth, and in one of the more powerful spells, the lightning forms into a dragon. Not to mention he's also a demon, although he looks exactly like a human child except for the lines down his cheeks and the horn hidden in his hair.
  • Kumo, Kiri, and most probably all other Mystarians in Final Fantasy: Unlimited.
  • Most dragons in Slayers just use old-fashioned fire breath, but gold dragons have laser breath.
  • The RahXephon has this as a Wave Motion Gun. And now everyone after me: RRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!
  • Chikuma Koshirou from Basilisk can create little vacuums that rip his enemies to shreds merely by breathing.
  • Rurouni Kenshin has a character who tries to pass himself off as this, though he is revealed to have a bag of gasoline in his stomach that allows him to use flame as a weapon.
  • Free's Magic Eye Cannon from Soul Eater (despite the name) has him firing a huge laser from his mouth.
  • Flau, a youma from Sailor Moon, was shown to fire lasers from her mouth.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Walpurgisnacht is able to breathe fire. At one point, she even sets a building ablaze after tossing it at Homura.


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