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"Thhhhhhpppppt! Thhhpppppt! Thhhhpppt!"
— General sound effect of the trope

When a character blows a raspberry at someone. Also called "giving someone the raspberry." Also known as the Bronx Cheer (and technically known as an "unvoiced linguolabial trill"), it is a mild taunting gesture that tends to signify immaturity in the user. Done by sticking one's tongue out, and usually placing each hand spread-fingered and thumb-in at the ears, and then blowing, making a "pthththt" sound. The origin of the term is Cockney Rhyming Slang: "fart" -> "raspberry tart".

If they also pull their eyelid down, then it's not this trope, it's Eyelid Pull Taunt.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Tubby does this after Lulu flicks him on the nose in Episode 8 of the Little Lulu anime.
  • Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars do this twice in one episode... much to the chagrin of their teammates. Cue sweat-drops.

    Comic Books 
  • A few examples from The Smurfs:
    • In the comic book story "Smurphony In 'C'" (and its Animated Adaptation counterpart), Harmony lures Gargamel out onto a ledge over a ravine with his turlisiphone and causes him to fall over, grabbing onto the log for dear life. When Harmony threatens to play the instrument to send Gargamel to his doom, Gargamel pleads for mercy, and Harmony remembers that Papa Smurf told him that he should never kick a Smurf when he's down, so he instead razzes the evil wizard.
    • In "The Smurf Not Like The Others" (also known as "Traveling Smurf"), the traveling Smurf does this to Azrael when being chased around Gargamel's house, thinking he has escaped the cat by hiding himself inside a bottle, but instead ends up taunting the cat into pushing the bottle off the shelf to break it.
    • In "The Smurfnapper", a Smurf blows a raspberry to taunt Azrael into jumping out of Gargamel's house through the window, after which through some quick maneuvering the Smurf closes up the window and locks it, preventing the cat from returning inside.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes at one point get into a long argument which just degenerates into the two of them blowing raspberries at each other.
    Calvin: Leave it to mom to interrupt our repartee.
    Hobbes: Just when I had you wriggling in the crushing grip of reason, too.
  • Bill the Cat does this in Bloom County, but it's more of a Verbal Tic than meant for rudeness (although sometimes it's meant that way). Tess of Tess Turbo and the Blackheads also does this for an album cover shoot in another strip.
  • Garfield once said that raspberries are a good way to tick someone off. The wetter, the better.
    • In one strip, he notes to the reader that he's having a hard time coming up with something that rhymes with the sound of a raspberry. (It was for a poem written as an ode to Monday.)
    • In another strip, he tries to teach Odie how to do this.
  • From the comic Li'l Abner, this is the pronunciation of Joe Btfsplk's last name. As artist Al Capp said, "How else would you pronounce it?"

    Fan Works 
  • Ask a Pony character Fluffle Puff communicates solely in these. As one segment proves (when she switches bodies with Queen Chrysalis), she's physically capable of speech, she just doesn't talk.

    Films — Animation 
  • Toy Story 3: Big Baby does this to Lotso after he throws him into the dumpster and turns on him.
  • In a Missing Trailer Scene from Up, Carl blows a raspberry at the nursing home orderlies as his house floats away. In the final scene, he just says, "I'll send you a postcard from Paradise Falls."
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie: Buttercup does this to Blossom.
  • Monsters, Inc.: Boo blows a raspberry at Randall, whose door got destroyed by Sulley and Mike so he couldn't come back.
  • In The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, this is the extent of SpongeBob telling off Mr. Krabs for thinking he's still a kid.
  • Aladdin:
    • Aladdin's sidekick Abu does this taunting gesture to the head of the guards during the chase scene.
    • When Aladdin reneges or hesitates on his agreement to use his final wish to free the Genie, the ensuing argument ends with the Genie giving him a raspberry out of the lamp.
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Rattigan's appearance in the Royal Palace elicits Dramatic Gasps from the crowd, except one little kid, who just razzes him.
  • Chicken Little. At one point in Mutton Class, Abby razzes Foxy, who insulted Abby by calling her "Ugly Duckling."
  • Flushed Away. During the chase scene, Rita razzes The Toad's henchrats (and also slaps her butt at them) in the Jammy Dodger.
  • The Lion King: Simba does this during the song "I Can't Wait to be King" with Nala.
  • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Simba's daughter, Kiara, razzes the crocodiles after she and Kovu escape them.
  • In Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, one of the camp bullies razzes Charlie Brown and the gang a few times.
  • Surf's Up: Cody does this to his older brother Glen after Glen insults his surfing talents. Mrs. Maverick and Glen then chide Cody for doing this as it's very disrespectful.
  • In An American Tail, Fievel blows one at the cat gang he's being chased by when he thinks he's escaped. However, they end up catching him.
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The Joker after the following statement:
    Joker: Adios, Brucie. I guess I should salute you as a worthy adversary and all that, but the truth is I really did hate your guts.
  • The Fox and the Hound 2: Tod does this to Chief before he starts running to show Dixie his skills. Chief runs after Tod to try and catch him.
  • The Little Mermaid: Flounder blows a razz at Glut the shark when he and Ariel subdue him. Glut then snaps his jaws at him, frightening the fish.
  • The soundtrack appears on screen in Fantasia. His first emission is a Bronx cheer.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl: One of the students does this to prove that Max's story sucks and is just made up (though it really isn't).
  • Mrs. White in Clue gives a very demure and ladylike one to Wadsworth.
  • The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland features the Queen of Trash demanding 100 of these raspberries in a set time.
  • Parodied in Spaceballs: The villain exclaims, "There is only one man, who would dare give me the raspberry! Lone Starr!" after the hero has jammed the villain's spaceship's radar with... jam... raspberry flavored jam.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The French knight does this to King Arthur and his knights each time he meets them.
  • In the original version of Bedazzled (1967), blowing a raspberry ended the Devil's current fulfilled wish. And eventually it didn't, leaving Stanley turned into a nun and constantly blowing raspberries in a convent.
  • The Carry On characters often did this when they were mad — presumably in replace of a swear word.
  • In The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, Gollum blows a raspberry in response to Sam telling him about cooked food and "taters."
  • The title seal from the movie Andre is quite fond of doing this.
  • Ted: John and Ted finish the Thunder Song with raspberries.
  • In Pardon Us, Laurel and Hardy's first feature-length movie, the two get thrown into prison. Stanley's loose tooth makes it sound like he's blowing a raspberry at the end of every sentence. Their big scary cellmate gets one and laughs, complimenting his bravery. Ollie tries it and gets popped in the mouth.
  • In Let It Ride, Trotter does this to the members, and staff, of the Jockey Club after he gets kicked out.
  • In Overboard Joanna gives one to Dean and his sons as she sprays them with a hose to get even with them for making her do all of the work and squirting chocolate syrup all over her.
  • In Toothless Bobby blows one at the tooth fairy(played by Kirstie Alley) who in return blows one back at him.
  • In the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Howler Ron receives from his mother actually transforms into a moving mouth, complete with lips, teeth and a tongue. After berating him for stealing the flying car, it briefly stops to congratulate Ginny for entering Gryffindor and then blows a raspberry at Ron before shredding itself to bits.

  • Black the horse from Gunfighter's Ride does this constantly.
  • Peeves in Harry Potter is shown doing this to various authority figures, to accent his immaturity and trickster nature.
  • The title character from Amelia's Notebook often does this to Cleo, her bratty sister as Marissa Moss designed/illustrated the girl doing it on one of the books, published several times by Mattel (through their American Girls Collection book series), Simon and Schuster and Scholastic. The title character always does this (as her own taunt) to annoy her young sister (while writing and/or doodling in her notebook).

    Live-Action TV 
  • All in the Family: Archie Bunker has this as his Catchphrase. Mike (Meathead) takes a page out of his book and gives one to God in one episode. Archie doesn't take it well.
  • Frequently done on Are You Being Served? in conjunction with the Two-Finger Salute.
  • Lily Tomlin's little girl character, Edith Ann, had it as part of her Catchphrase: "And that's the truth. *pthbt*"
  • Doctor Who: In the Series 5 episode, "The Lodger", The Eleventh Doctor does this while dealing with a very rude client while covering for Craig Owens. Craig is HORRIFIED!
    The Doctor: If that's your attitude, Mr. Lange, then I suggest you take your business elsewhere. PPPBBBTTHHHHHTTT!!!
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • A psychiatrist gets a lecture from a man dressed like Napoleon Bonaparte about speaking predictably. When the psychiatrist does it again, the man blows a raspberry.
    • The Party at Oscar Wilde's sketch pulls a raspberry at the end when Wilde cannot explain an insult to the Prince of Wales credited to him.
  • Mork & Mindy once featured a character from Mork's planet whose name was pronounced by blowing a raspberry.
    Mork: We Promise we'll write Mindy: Yeah, as soon as learn how to spell Pppbbbthhhttt!
  • Sesame Street.
    • Baby Natasha is known for her fondness of blowing raspberries.
    • In a 1993 episode, Gina and her then-boyfriend, Savion, suggest blowing a raspberry as an effective way to deal with prank/hate callers, shortly after the store gets one, objecting to a mixed-race relationship (which Gina (white) and Savion (black) were.
  • In The Two Ronnies serial The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town, the Prime Minister and the leaders of the Commonwealth are meeting to discuss the threat of the Phantom. Who drops in uninvited, and blows a raspberry at them that's powerful enough to make the Queen's portrait blush and bring the chandelier down.
  • Friends: Rachel blows a raspberry at Ross out of jealousy about him getting married and offended at him encouraging her to "hang in there".
    Ross: Did you say something?
    Rachel: No I was just singing. La La Plhorr La La Phll.
  • On Hee Haw, they throw one in at the end of the "Where O Where Are You Tonight" song.
  • In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Klink takes issue with Hogan about his men directing this noise at him. Hogan convinces him that the Bronx cheer is actually an American gesture of respect and admiration. Subsequently, when the prisoners again blow a raspberry, Klink beams with pride.
  • In Community, Leonard often does this.
  • In the first season The West Wing episode "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics", Joey Lucas does this to Josh twice - in the Oval Office. and in the third season episode "Gone Quiet" Donna blows raspberries to disapprove of Josh's ideas.
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gina does this when she disapproves of the other's ideas
  • In Full House episode "The King and I", Becky does this to Jesse when he tells her to leave him alone, she also blows one at a bratty boy who insults Michelle in episode "Michelle a la Carte"
  • In Jessie, Jessie blows one at Mrs. Chesterfield when she doesn't invite her and the kids to her halloween party in episode "Ghost Bummers"
  • In Last Man Standing episode "Mother Fracker" Vanessa blows one to show Mike how she "bombed" her presentation at Eve's school and Kristin blows one at Mandy because she is too young to drink wine in episode "Thanksgiving"
  • In Laverne and Shirley episode "Bowling for razzberries" Laverne vows to beat her enemy Karen in a bowling game so she can blow a raspberry in her face but she ends up getting sick and can't do it so Shirley calls Karen on the phone and blows her a rasspberry
  • In Boy Meets World episode "The Honeymoon is Over" Topanga blows one at Mr. Feeny
  • In Silver Spoons episode "Summer Romance Part 2" Kate blows one at Edward after he kisses another woman and gives her a bad reason why he did.
  • On SCTV Catherine O'Hara blows one at Rick Moranis during "The Brooke Shields Show" Skit.
  • In Series/Differ'ntStrokes, Kimberly blows one at Arnold in the episode "The Squealer" when he beats her in Scrabble and in the pilot episode Arnold blows one at Willis when he tells him to quit talking.
    Willis: Not one word from you, Arnold. NOT ONE WORD!
    Arnold: Willis, does this count as a word? [blows raspberry].
  • In New Girl Nick and Jess blow eachother raspberries while fighting in episode "Kids"
  • In Highway to Heaven A young boy played by Wil Wheaton razzes an elderly man who tells him to quit making a bunch of noise at the hotel.
  • In Saved by the Bell Lisa and Tori blow one at Zach for getting them in detention.
  • In a SCTV skit Brooke Shields(Played by Catherine O'Hara) blows one at Rick Moranis's character after telling him that she's not his daughter, she's his ticket to ride.
  • In a Saturday Night Live skit a woman (portrayed by Victoria Jackson) responds to her husband (portrayed by Kevin Kline) by blowing raspberries more than speaking.
  • In The Waltons Mary-Ellen and Elizabeth razz a snobby girl after she tells them she went to the carnival in town and then rubs it in their face saying that they are too poor to go to the carnival.
  • The "Fresh Fruit Song" skit from Spike Milligan's show Q.

  • "Der Fuehrer's Face" uses it after each "HEIL!" The BBC banned British artists from performing "Der Fuhrer's Face" live because they considered raspberry blowing obscene. The solution: kazoos.
  • P!nk does this at the end of her song "So What".
  • Spike Milligan first performed The Raspberry Song in one of his Q series in the early 70s. In 1978, he and The Goons recorded a slightly rewritten version, on what turned out to be their last ever reunion.
  • A vital component of "The Old Sow Song", especially Anna Russell's version.
  • Sam The Sham's recording of "I Couldn't Spell !!☆@!"
  • Occurs during the Throw It In! intro of The Hombres' "Let It All Hang Out".
  • Used at the end of ''Ska Sucks" by Propaghandi.
  • A throwaway gag (which actually continues an existing gag) on The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief album:
    Announcer: Before the next joke, there will be a short raspberry. [blows a quick one] And you'll be able to hear that again...
  • Art Fleming gives one to "Weird Al" Yankovic before the latter is dragged off the stage in the music video for ''I Lost On Jeopardy."

    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs. Baby Sinclair does this occasionally.


  • In Chicago Roxie Hart blows one when Velma Kelly asks for her opinion of Velma and her sister's double act in "I Can't Do It Alone".

    Video Games 
  • The Batman: Arkham Asylum game has this gem in reference to Return of the Joker:
    The Joker: I salute my fallen enemy! [blows a raspberry, then falls over]
  • In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, Defendant Guybrush does this when Defense Attorney Guybrush tries asking him(self), "What's your impression of the plaintiff's case?"
  • Brain Dead 13:
    • Lance does this while taunting Moose from the top of the basketball net:
      Lance: [shouts] Hey, looking for me, stitch-lips? [blows a raspberry with his tongue]
    • This also occurs in one death scene in the acid fountain when he dodges the spray of acid and acts all "Missed me!" as he blows a raspberry... before another spray of acid hits his face.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, the much revered and millennia old Voice of the Divine Dragon, Tiki, does this in her B support with Say'ri.
  • This occurs in one of Catherine's endings. In Katherine's True Ending, when she and Vincent finally tie the knot, it is revealed in the credits pictures that the unwilling MC, Boss, appears to have a made a wedding cake shaped like the towers from the Nightmares. Vincent notices this reference and confronts him over it, but Boss responds with this Trope.
  • Moshi Monsters: In the Food Factory pizza-making game, you hit the creatures that pop out of the dough. These creatures sometimes blow raspberries.
  • Team Fortress 2 has this as one of the Scout's jeering responses, either triggered by the player or if the game goes to sudden death.
  • Angry Birds 2: The pigs sometimes blow raspberries.
  • Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition practically has this as her catchphrase.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Done by one puppy to another in this LOLCats page.
  • In the Smosh episode "If Movies Were Real," Anthony, playing Carl Fredricksen in a spoof of Up, blows a raspberry before the house flies into the air (even though it doesn't).
  • When Trent Hamilton is demonstrating the Frumpet vs. the Mellophone by playing The Debutante, one passage has a note he can't play on the mellophone, so he does this instead.

    Western Animation 
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In the episode, "Busted" Bloo accidentally breaks Mr. Herriman's bust of Madame Foster after Mr. Herriman scares him into following very specific rules. He enlists Mac, Wilt, Coco and Eduardo to help him find a solution to repair it. After several failed attempts, such as tape and glue, they decide to enlist the real Madame Foster herself to stand on the pedestal and pretend to be the bust. Mr. Herriman walks by, and believes it is the bust, and does not know it is the real Madame Foster. He talks to what he thinks is the bust, talking to it as if it is representing Madame Foster and calls Frankie, who is her granddaughter, a slacker, and asks how the two are related. Naturally offended for her granddaughter, Madame Foster is unable to stand still, loses control of her emotions and sticks out her tongue and blows a loud raspberry at him. Mr. Herriman mistakes it for Bloo farting and after allowing Bloo to say "Excuse me", gives him a warning.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Katara and Toph pull this on a guard who has denied them entry to Ba Sing Se's palace. This kind of behaviour is expected from Toph, but Katara joining in as well is adorably hilarious.
  • VeggieTales:
    • The French Peas blow raspberries sometimes.
    • In The Lord of the Rings parody, they go through the Razzberry Forest, inhabited by ent spoofs. It turns out to be aptly named.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants goes to Rock Bottom, where everyone speaks in raspberries. When he asks for directions, a Rock Bottomite can't understand his "accent" until SpongeBob starts adding raspberries between words.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Hell Comes to Quahog" Peter blows a raspberry every time Meg's name is mentioned (he lost his job because of the superstore she works at), prompting Chris to then repeat Meg's name over and over again until Lois tells him to stop.
  • Mickey Mouse used to do this all the time in his early cartoons, all the way back to Steamboat Willie.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Jade does this on occasion.
    • In the Monkey King's first episode, Jade does it to him when he said he's never going back to being a puppet so that Jackie will turn back to normal.
    • In the episode where she is infused with the powers of the 12 talismans, her raspberries temporarily contain the dragon blast power.
  • Screwy Squirrel does this over a pay phone in the Tex Avery short "Screwball Squirrel" when trying to get a dog that only chases birds angry enough to chase him.
  • Kim Possible. Sometimes Rufus blows raspberries.
  • The Powerpuff Girls. Grubber of the Gangreen Gang does this when he talks. The Powerpuff Girls and many other characters (such as Princess Morbucks) also blow raspberries at one point in episodes.
  • Kung Fu Panda Holiday. Po blows a raspberry at one point when talking to Shifu.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. In the episode "Birth of a Salesman," Cindy razzes Jimmy after saying that Libby will win at being the best salesman.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In one episode, Rainbow Dash blows one at Applejack.
    • At the end of "Ponyville Confidential", Diamond Tiara, who has been forced into janitorial duty as punishment for her abuse as editor of the school's newspaper, blows one to the Cutie Mark Crusaders when they laugh at her after she slips on some ink.
  • Mr. Bogus did this on some occasions, as did his younger cousin, Brattus.
  • In The Smurfs episode "Sister Smurf", Smurfette does this to one of the Smurfs who fails to compliment her on her new dress (namely Vanity, who compliments himself for his looks), after she says, "I could think of a few more words, but I'm a lady!"
  • In The Fairly OddParents! episode "Timmy's Secret Wish", Poof does this to Foop after Foop gloats about how he won the court case and Poof has to be erased. However, Foop realizes that since he is Poof's Anti Fairy counterpart, he finds out that he has to get erased along with Poof.
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: Muttley blows a raspberry at Dick Dastardly (in the Magnificent Muttley installment "Muttley On The Bounty") after being awakened on duty and given his orders.
  • In Moral Orel Joe does this so often it's practically a Character Tic. When he reunites with his mother Nurse Bendy they bond by doing this to each other. It's actually pretty heartwarming.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: In the season 1 episode "Riva Ras Regas", stage magician Rufus Raucous is believed dead; rival (and considerably less talented) magician Mr. Wackypants, when he hears the gang thinks Raucous is still alive, blows one at them.
  • Gravity Falls: Mabel Pines does this with some frequency.
  • Arthur: Francine blows one at her sister Catherine in the episode "Is that Kosher?" and blows one at a neighbor she doesn't like in "Francine Goes to War."
  • Recess: Spinelli razzes the Ashleys after she beats them in a beauty contest in "The Beauty Contest."
  • The Replacements: Riley blows one at the Sierra when she sells more jerky than her in "Jerky Girls."

    Real Life 
  • The Golden Raspberry Award, a sort of inverted Oscar, is named after this.
  • During the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I, a young aristocrat inadvertently let out an involuntary raspberry. He was so embarrassed that he did not go near the Court for thirty years. He was invited back after the Spanish Armada, in which he distinguished himself in battle; the Queen awarded him with a peerage, promoted him to Admiral and gave him a medal, and as she was pinning it on she announced, in her characteristic loud booming voice, "FEAR NOT, MY LORD, WE HAVE QUITE FORGOT THE FART!"

Alternative Title(s): Bronx Cheer


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