This can also be used to indicate that a character isn't taking a conversation or issue seriously; they will blow and then pop a bubble during a conversation to draw attention to how casually they are taking the issue. It helps that bubblegum has something of a childish flair to it, meaning the chewer comes across as bratty or carefree.
- Averted in the American ad campaign for Hubba Bubba bubble gum that ran from 1979 to 1984. These television ads featured the Gumfighter in the Wild West. The Gumfighter would blow a fair-sized bubble that would pop...and then easily peel off from the face. The point of this ad campaign was to pitch to consumers that Hubba Bubba made big bubbles and would not stick to one's face.
- Averted in an early-to-mid 1980s TV commercial for Bubblicious parodying Risky Business - it even had four teens in sunglasses doing the "Risky Business" Dance. They all are blowing bubbles, but the commercial concludes with one teen blowing a bubble so big that it ends with bubbles coming out of the house's doors and windows! This gargantuan bubble isn't shown popping.
- In the first episode of the anime Blue Seed, Kome Sawaguchi debuts by blowing a fair-sized bubble as she looks over her new work location from outside. While not huge, her bubble breaks with a loud pop and covers the lower half of her face in gum. Kome comments on the bubble gum mess as being a lousy omen.
- Armitage III has the title character, Naomi Armitage (while wearing sunglasses), blowing and popping bubble gum as she's at a police briefing.
- Bubblegum Crisis is named after this trope, referring to the precarious moment when the bubble is at its peak and may either blow up, covering the blower's face in a sticky mess or deflate limply.
- During a hero seminar in One-Punch Man, Saitama annoys the hell out of the speaker by chewing gum and making a bubble so big it pops and covers his whole face (pictured above).
- In the Simple Samosa episode "Sumo Momo", one of the two little momos rooting for the wrestler Sumo Momo throws a paper airplane into the mouth of the other little momo, popping a bubblegum bubble he was blowing. The second momo isn't amused and promptly beats the first one up.
- One comic book story of Dexter's Laboratory involved Dexter concocting a special piece of bubble gum in his lab after losing a bubble gum blowing contest with his sister, Dee Dee. He tries to demonstrate the power of his new gum to Dee Dee and her friends—but his huge bubble bursts and covers most of the last panel (characters and scenery alike) in gum.
- In Robin Callie Evans starts lounging back and blowing bubbles with her chewing gum when Ives and Ariana start arguing about Shakespeare and freedom of speech. When Ari tries to get Callie to give her opinion on the matter she smirks and blows a bubble in response.
- Dominic And Claire: The second story of The Dominic & Claire Funnies has Claire blowing bubble gum as she listens to Dominic talking. Dominic pops her big bubble with his finger, leaving her in the next panel to peel the gum stuck in her quills.
- This was the character tic of She-Hulk supporting character Ditto, who worked for the same Occult Law Firm as her using his shapeshifting power to serve people subpoenas. He would approach in the guise of someone else, usually someone close to them, then reveal himself after serving them and popping his gum.
- In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin blows a bubble that pops and covers his face in gum. He remarks that "I think I blew my face inside out!"
- A Garfield Sunday comic has Jon blowing a bubble when Garfield pops it, leaving his face covered in gum. Jon tries to get back at Garfield by forcing him to chew gum and blow a bubble, but when he pops it, Jon ends up covered in gum instead. "It's all in the lips."
- In one strip, Lucy blows a bubble gum bubble during a baseball game. She floats past Charlie Brown and over the fence, and then her bubble pops and she lands behind the fence.
- In a similar strip, she does it while Charlie Brown is talking to her at her psychiatric booth, clearly not paying attention to him as she floats. When he notices it, the bubble pops; she tells him to relax, then gives him a piece of gum she's giving away free to customers.
- Frieda has a gigantic bubble explode in her face in the animated feature A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
- In a FoxTrot story arc, Jason and Paige try a new type of bubble gum whose special properties allow the user to blow unusually large bubbles. Unfortunately, both blow bubbles so big that the gum explodes in their faces, and worse yet, tethers them together... and the very properties that make such large bubbles possible also make the gum impossible to remove by normal means. The gum finally comes off when Jason and Paige realize that they may have to do things such as sleep and shower together, and their screaming causes the gum to fly right off. Unfortunately for Roger, it lands on top of his head.
- Averted in another FoxTrot strip, when Paige attempts to pop the gigantic bubble Jason has blown and is bewildered when the bubble not only fails to pop but fails to deflate despite the hole made by Paige's finger. Turns out it's because of their mother Andy's setting the thermostat low enough to freeze the gum (and Paige's hot beverage).
- The Staring Kid on The Incredibles is in the midst of blowing a bubble when he sees Mr. Incredible lifting his car. The bubble pops in the middle of the awkward pause.
- In the convenience store scene from Open Season, Boog chews a piece of bubble gum then blows a bubble until it pops, as he gets covered up in gum while Elliot laughs at his expense. Boog responds by spraying cheese spray into Elliot's eyes.
- Happens to Frieda (the girl with the naturally curly hair) during a baseball game in the Peanuts movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire has Audrey Ramirez do this in front of Milo when first introduced to him when he's making a presentation about Atlantis ◊.
- Shrek the Third a girl Shrek meets at the school does this.
- Miracle on 34th Street: we don't see the popping though. Susan teaches Kris how to blow bubbles with bubble gum; we then cut to a shot of Kris in front of a mirror, picking popped bubblegum out of his beard.
- In the 1976 Freaky Friday, Barbara Harris blows quite a few bubbles including a rather big one that pops off-screen as she's doing laundry. When the camera goes back to her, she's got popped gum over one side of her mouth.
- Grease has Frenchy (Didi Conn) blowing up an enormous bubble during the "Beauty School Dropout" montage. It promptly gets popped by the finger of singer Frankie Avalon. Didi later said during interviews and documentaries that her bubble blowing was not originally in the script, but done on the spur of the moment.
- Lolita does this in the Stanley Kubrick adaptation to annoy Humbert.
Humbert: I never see you any more with your soda fountains and your—STOP DOING THAT!
- In The Three Stooges short Love at First Bite Shemp is chewing gum and starts blowing a bubble then Moe pops with a pin.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: During the trip to Cairo, the mood among the X-Men is quite solemn and no one is speaking, so when Quicksilver blows a bubble with his bubblegum which then pops, it provides a brief moment of levity for the audience. It's also a visual shorthand that he's immature.
- The Goosebumps book "Night of the Living Dummy" opens with Lindy popping her sister Kris' bubble because Kris wanted to prove she could blow a bigger one than Lindy.
- The covers on some versions of The Great Gilly Hopkins show the title character, a young girl, blowing a head-sized bubble on the front and the popped gum covering her face on the back.
- In Blubber by Judy Blume, Jill's mother decides to quit smoking and takes up gum chewing to keep her mouth busy. Jill tells us that her mother can blow the biggest bubbles she's ever seen. In one scene, Jill's mother is looking into the mirror trying to scrape gum off her face as she talks to her daughter.
- In another novel by Judy Blume, Iggie's House, the protagonist, Winnie, has a habit of cracking her gum as she chews it, and often does it on purpose to annoy people (particularly her mother). It's apparently chewing gum, not bubble gum, but is used for the same comedic effect as bubble gum.
- Played With in the episode "Dennis Has a Fling" from Dennis the Menace - Dennis loses his bubble gum in Mr. Wilson's bagpipes. Mr. Wilson then plays the bagpipes, blowing a huge bubble out of one of the pipes - the bubble bursts all over one side of his face.
- In the first Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers series, Kimberly, fresh off a gymnastics routine, absentmindedly blows a piece. So large it gets that it suddenly gets everyone's attention. Zack cruises in on the scene, directly in front of her. Both of them end up with the sticky stuff on their noses.
- In an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Moze realizes she has no female friends to do girly stuff like pedicures with and sets out to remedy that situation. She decides to choose a girl at random from a list of names to make friends with, and ends up picking a girl named "Sylvia Gumpopper." It doesn't take long to figure out why the girl in question has that name.
- Angel. Wesley gets annoyed when ditzy vampire Harmony keeps popping her gum while he's trying to sort out the Crisis of the Week, and calls loudly for someone to stake her. When she then wraps her gum in a page torn from a 1200-year-old Tome of Eldritch Lore, he has to be restrained from doing it himself.
- Danger 5. Ilysa has to go undercover on a school campus. She's popping gum when an obnoxious student hits on her. She blows her gum up to full size, then it somehow turns into a pink metal ball that she throws at the kid's groin. Presumably it was secret spy gum.
- In the musical Chicago, one of the murderesses killed her boyfriend because he kept popping bubblegum after she told him to stop.
I said, "You pop that gum one more time..."
And he did.
So I took the gun off the wall, and fired two warning shots...
...into his head.
- In Sid & Al's Incredible Toons, Sid will be Floating in a Bubble after eating bubblegum until his bubble is pricked with a pin. After he falls, he has to take a few seconds to free himself from the gum.
- In Overwatch, one of D.Va's Highlight intros is her casually lounging on her Mini-Mecha, popping bubblegum, to highlight how cavalier she is about the war she's fighting.
- Neon's idle animation in Open Surge is this.
- Cassie Cage's trademark. One of her intros in Mortal Kombat 11 has her blowing a bubble and saying 'sup?' while sliding upside-down down a rope.
- She also does it during the pre-fight banter with other characters in Mortal Kombat X. She even uses bubble gum in one of her fatalities, where she shoots the opponent in the head and then places her gum over the hole. The blood spurting out blows a bubble which then pops in a shower of blood.
- In Ninjala this is one of the attacks.
- In Injustice2 Harley Quinn blows and chews gum a couple times in cutscenes.
- In Street Fighter V Birdie has an attack called "Chewing Time" where he gets some gum, chews it, and blows a bubble at his opponent damaging them.
- Moze from Borderlands 3 likes to chew and blow bubble gum.
- Rampart from Apex Legends likes to do this even with gum she got off the bottom of her shoe !
- Vector from Sonic Heroes can use bubble gum to glide around.
- The Bubble Monkey in EarthBound has the ability to levitate himself with bubblegum.
- The Curse of Monkey Island has a puzzle whose solution is to inhale a helium balloon and then chew some bubble gum so that it floats out of a window. Besides this being physiologically impossible without Guybrush passing out from lack of oxygen, one wonders how both helium and bubble gum were accessible in the 17th century.
- Guybrush is famously capable of holding his breath for a very long time.
- Canadian studio, Fresh TV is very fond of this trope.
- Caitlin does a really big bubble in the shows opening titles. She also does a couple of bubbles in the episode, The Slow and the Even-Tempered.
- In Enter the Dragon, Kristen does one bubble blow.
- Jude does several bubbles in Fish and Make Up.
- Jen blows three bubbles during Opposites Attack.
- Total Drama: During Total Drama Island's 25th episode, I Triple Dog Dare You, Owen attempts to blow a huge bubble by using Harold's old gum.
- Yes, even Stōked had these. Emma did two really big bubbles, bigger than the size of her head in the season 2 episode, Will the Real Broseph Please Stand Up?
- Bugs Bunny deals with his foes this way on two occasions.
- In "Devil May Hare", Bugs feeds the Tasmanian Devil a chicken made from gum and baking soda. The baking soda gives Taz hiccups, and every time he hiccups the bubble gets bigger until Bugs blows it away, dragging Taz away with it. It floats until Bugs hits it with a slingshot, leaving Taz hanging from the trees.
- In "Rabbit Every Monday", Bugs plugs Yosemite Sam's rifle with bubble gum. When Sam fires, he is suddenly trapped inside a bubble. Again, Bugs blows it away, and it drops down a cliff. Sam manages to blow into the bubble so that it flies back up, but that is when Bugs pops it.
- In the Tom and Jerry cartoon "The Bodyguard", Spike the dog comes to Jerry's rescue every time he whistles. Tom tries to stop him by feeding Jerry bubble gum so that he can't whistle. Jerry eventually blows a huge bubble while trying, and when it pops, the whistle is so loud and hard it nearly blows Tom away.
- In one Title Card on Arthur, Binky blows a bubble so big it pops, leaving him stuck to the sides.◊
- The episode "Muffy Gets Mature" opens up with the local kids doing all kinds of fun kid stuff, including Sue Ellen and Francine having a messy bubble gum blowing contest while sitting on swings.
- One episode called "Showdown at Teeter Totter Gulch" had Tommy and Chuckie face-to-face with a gum-chewing brunette bully whose most common form of punishment was getting gum into the other children's hair, forcing them to have to get it cut. Tommy later gives this bully a taste of her own medicine by popping her bubble as she's blowing it up. When the bully reappears at the end of the episode, she's shown to have had her hair cut, is more soft-spoken and kinder to the other playground kids, and has taken up eating carrots instead of candy and other assorted junk foods.
- It occurs again in the episode "Acorn Nuts and Diapey Butts". During a montage where Chuckie's father, Chaz Finster, is shown dating a variety of quirky women, one of the ladies blows up a giant bubble — but it bursts on Chaz rather than her.
- In the opening intro, Gus blows a gum bubble until it pops, leaving him all covered with gum.
- In the show proper, the plot of "Bad Hair Day" is kicked off with Mikey blowing an enormous bubble gum bubble as the other kids cheer him on, only for the bubble to get popped by a kindergartner who couldn't resist touching the bubble, completely covering Mikey from head to toe in bubble gum gunk.
- Suzy Lu from Storm Hawks seems to enjoy blowing up and popping bubble gum bubbles. In fact, one episode has an annoyed Piper bursts Suzi's bubble with a finger when it appears that she's not taking an impending disaster seriously.
- The Dexter's Laboratory episode "Now That's a Stretch" has Dee Dee blowing two head-sized bubble gum bubbles while sitting on the couch as Dexter looks on. Both bubbles burst, with the first pop leaving Dee Dee's face covered in gum and the second one having her whole head covered in popped gum.
- This trope pops up twice (no pun intended) in Totally Spies! Seeing as how this special bubble gum is among their gadgets issued around the start of both episodes, this also serves as an example of Chekhov's Gum.
- In the episode "Mommies Dearest", Alex pops a small piece of WOOHP brand bubble gum into her mouth as the spies are trapped inside a sauna and blows a monstrous-sized bubble. The bubble explodes, freeing the girls from the sauna but leaving them stuck for a bit in strands of popped gum.
- The other occurrence happens in "Halloween Is Like So Pagan" where Sam blows three colossal bubbles throughout the episode—each from a small gumball. The huge bubbles result in huge pops with shockwaves and sticky gum temporarily stopping the zombies pursuing the spies.
- The Doug episode "Doug Battles the Rulemeister" has Beebe Bluff blowing up and popping a giant bubble in a Saturday detention.
- Huey blows and pops a giant bubble (from a small piece of gum) in the episode "Time Teasers". He then peels the mess off his entire face to hamper the actions of a baseball player he froze in time.
- In the episode "Top Duck", Launchpad's little sister, Loopy McQuack, makes a huge bubble as she's flying. It bursts loudly, the bubble shown ripping apart.
- Another episode, "The Big Flub", centers around a new gum Gyro invented involving helium so that blown bubbles could float the gum-chewer like a balloon.
- In American Dad!, Steve and Stan go on a road trip to find a spare part for a DeLorean that Stan was building. Along the way, Steve teaches Stan how to blow a bubble. Stan finally gets it, but he blows it too large. It pops and covers his eyes, and they almost end up driving over a cliff as a result.
- A Halloween Episode of the 1980s Ruby-Spears cartoon Marmaduke (based on the comic strip) has the dog going trick-or-treating. Marmaduke gets a small piece of bubble gum among his treats and blows a giant bubble with it, causing him to lift off the ground. His flight is cut short by a VERY SHARP weather vane.
- Mr. Bogus:
- Bogus does this twice in the second act of the episode "Museum Madness". The first time, he blows a gum bubble as a means of transportation when the Dirt Dudes show up, before popping it. The second time was when he does this as a tactic to keep the Doberman sidetracked momentarily, giving Bogus a chance to escape.
- In the episode "Lights, Camera, Bogus", Bogus blows bubble gum after emerging from Tommy's camera, before the gum pops all over his face. He later uses this tactic to short circuit the robot dinosaur in order to save Brattus.
- A claymation short used near the end of the episode "Bookstore Bogus" had Bogus find a piece of bubble gum in a cupboard in the attic, so he chews it, then blows a big bubble until it pops, leaving Bogus all covered with bubble gum.
- In the episode "Bogus to the Rescue", Brattus chews bubble gum then blows a bubble as a tactic to ward off Baddus and his meteor goons. The bubble doesn't pop, as it just causes Baddus and his Mooks to rebound up into the sky, but it's when Bogus starts patting the giant bubble after that's over that it does pop, leaving Bogus all covered with gum.
- An episode of the 1980s Ruby-Spears cartoon "Dingbat and the Creeps" had the title characters dealing with an obnoxious kid named Sonny in a department store. After seeing Sonny pop bubble gum, the vampire dog Dingbat blows a bubble big enough (from a single piece of gum) that he and his two companions are trapped in a giant yellow bubble. Sonny bursts the bubble, leaving the three Creeps covered in gum.
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
- The episode "The Old Switcheroo" had Tigger and Roo chew bubble gum while playing in the mud before they both blow big bubbles. The scene then switches to Pooh, who is walking through the forest, before a loud explosion is heard. After that, we then cut back to Tigger and Roo, who are stuck in a web of popped gum.
- Tigger seems to enjoy this trope — he also does it in "Balloonatics", claiming he's found Christopher Robin's balloon (which the animals think is broken). The 'balloon' turns out to be bubble gum, and Tigger blows an immense bubble that pops all over him, Rabbit, and Piglet, leaving them covered in a sticky mess.
- Bobby's older sister Kelly does this in an episode of Bobby's World. On a car trip to Aunt Ruth's, Kelly blows up a bubble bigger than her face — which predictably bursts and covers said face. Derek and Bobby react by being grossed out.
- The season 4 premiere of Winx Club has Clarice blow a piece of bubblegum, right in front of Alice.
- It's spin-off Pop Pixie also managed to do this twice in "Amore and the Quarreling Dragons".
- The 1952 Woody Woodpecker cartoon "The Great Who Dood It" starts off with a bubble gum blowing Woody visiting Buzz Buzzard's medicine show. Woody's gum popping interrupts Buzz, prompting the swindler to burst Woody's next big bubble with a cane.
- The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Mystery of the Missing Hi-Tops" has Sonic fangirl Sonette keep a chewed piece of bubble gum on her mouth, allegedly chewed by Sonic himself. Sonette uses the bubble gum later against Coconuts by popping it all over him.
- Debbie in The Wild Thornberrys blew bubble gum throughout the series. One notable example of this trope was an episode where the family was out in the desert with little water. Debbie gives Donnie some of her bubble gum to chew so his mouth won't go dry. Donnie blows a gigantic bubble that breaks all over both of them.
- In the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "Mind Your Cheese and Q's", the rangers pose as gangsters to infiltrate a rat's cheese monopoly racket. Gadget poses as a gangster's moll named Bubbles, which leads her to blow up and burst bubble gum.
- The Simpsons:
- In the episode "Hurricane Neddy" Homer is asked by a psychiatrist to attempt to irritate Ned Flanders, who has been committed to an insane asylum for repressing his anger. During his explanation, Homer blows an increasingly large bubble. As the psychiatrist asks, "Homer, do you think you can be that annoying?" the bubble pops all over the doctor's face.
- In "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase", Selma blows up a face-sized bubble gum bubble during the Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour Segment. It gets popped by Smithers' whip of licorice, leaving her face covered in gum.
- An episode of Little Bear called "Balloon Heads" has Little Bear blowing bubble gum and giving gum to Owl and all four Otters. Owl accidentally blows up a giant bubble towards the end, misunderstanding Little Bear's instructions, and it pops all over him, leaving a big mess. The Otters say they can do better and all four blow giant sized bubbles which burst in another mess at the end of the cartoon.
- Donna, a One-Episode Wonder from Kissyfur, introduces herself to Kissyfur and the other boys of the swamp this way. She blows up and pops a gigantic bubble, bigger than herself; this amazes Kissyfur and friends.
- On Clue Club, team leader Larry does this.
- Kaeloo: In Episode 95, this happens to Kaeloo when she tries blowing bubblegum during a baseball game.
- Miraculous Ladybug:
- Chloe has done two bubble gum popping scenes. First was in part 2 of the Origins episode, where she blows one in front of Alya.
Chloé: Ugh, so I'm the one who broke Sabrina's dad's arm, am I? Just because your footage of those lame superheroes was shown on TV, doesn't mean you have to get so high and mighty. [blows a small white bubble gum at her]
Alya: You little...
- She also does another one in "Animaestro", while she and Marinette were planning to split Kagami and Adrien at the movies.
Chloé: Listen, Marinette! If we don't sacrifice a few macarons now Adrien is going to be eating sushi for the rest of his life! [Chloé blows a bubble with her gum before spitting the gum into the ladle] You better not screw this up, Dupain-Cheng.
- Chloe has done two bubble gum popping scenes. First was in part 2 of the Origins episode, where she blows one in front of Alya.
- Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater: The episode "Robin Hood Penguin" based on Robin Hood involves My Melody, Chip and Grandpa Kitty blowing up giant size bubbles that allow them to fly and then are burst against their enemies, leaving them Covered in Gunge.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Bubble Buddy", a mob of beachgoers confront SpongeBob about the trouble his new friend Bubble Buddy has been causing, and Pearl blows on a piece of bubblegum to illustrate what they plan to do to him.
Larry: SpongeBob, that bubble's gotta go.
SpongeBob: Oh no, he already took care of that. But thanks for your concern.
Pearl: No! Go, as in... [blows a bubble until it pops]
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "For Your Ed Only", Edd develops a formula for "inordinate bubblegum" that Ed blows on and whisks him into the air (with Eddy, Johnny, and Plank in tow) until Kevin pops it with a baseball. Later, when Sarah is chasing the Eds for stealing her diary and has them cornered, Edd tries to use his gum to carry them away, but because he can't chew it fast enough, Ed blows into his mouth and causes his hat to inflate.