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Frequently seen in cartoons (static or animated), this is when a character spits a stream of small objects (often watermelon seeds) in such a way that the result looks like machine gun fire.

May tie in to Green Thumb since this is, of course, a plant based power.

A common form of Super Spit.

Compare and contrast Flechette Storm for a different spray of small projectiles.

Metaphorical Bullet Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach: when Toshiro Hitsugaya and Momo are children, "Little Shiro" does this to Momo with watermelon seeds.
  • One Piece:
    • Chu/Chew uses this with bursts of water. Unique in that it's actually played realistically: Chu/Chew is a Fishman, so if he does this to you, you will actually die.
    • Usopp's Pop Greens are literal Bullet Seeds.
  • Digimon Savers: Lalamon's "Nuts Shoot" attack (dubbed as "Seed Blast").
  • Ranma ½:
    • In an anime-only episode, Ranma and Genma get into a duel over watermelon slices where they start bouncing all over the place and strafing each other with torrents of spat watermelon seeds. They don't actually hurt each other with them, though, it's more of a contest to them.
    • And in the manga, the family is given a small plant meant to punish Oni by detecting their angry faces. At first, it spits out a small spray of seeds hard enough to sting. As it gets frustrated with the Saotomes and the Tendos, it moves on to destructive barrages of armor-piercing spitting.
  • In Slayers some Monsters can continuously spray lots of weak glowing bolts that resemble tracers from a bundle of machine guns.
  • Episode 40a of Tamagotchi takes place on a fruit-themed island that Mametchi, Memetchi, Kuchipatchi, and Princess Tamako are visiting. The island holds a contest which involves eating a watermelon and spitting the seeds out. Mametchi and Memetchi can barely do it and Kuchipatchi consumes his watermelon completely, including the seeds, but Princess Tamako demonstrates some pretty impressive seed-spitting skills, being able to not only spit them right into the sky, but create pictures with them (including in a cloud).

  • When Dumbo has his flying down, he strafes the elephants who've mistreated him, spraying them with peanuts.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Pooh does this with bees during "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree."
  • Hugo the gargoyle does this with rock shards in The Hunchback of Notre Dame — and makes sparks when doing so!
  • Ratatouille: Émile does this with grapes.
  • In An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island, Fievel fires off some seeds through a straw at some corrupt cops and Scuttlebutt while he and the others defend the Native American mice.
  • For a given value of "seed"... Shep the elephant shooting coconuts out of his trunk in George of the Jungle.
  • In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Sandy (in her superhero mode) spits peanuts out at Burger Beard.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Garfield does this frequently with such items as raisins or watermelon seeds.
  • One FoxTrot strip had Jason spitting his watermelon seeds at Paige...who responds by spitting a peach pit at him.

    Real Life 

    Tabletop RPG 
  • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dog RPG. The mutant power Missiles allows a mutant to fill his mouth with objects and spit them at opponents to do damage. If the mutant uses seeds or gravel a minor amount of damage is done.

    Video Games 
  • The Trope Namer is the "Bullet Seed" move in Pokémon; its original name in Japanese was even "Seed Machine Gun". Bullet Seed is a multi-strike move that can hit between two and five times, though its power per hit is rather low prior to Generation 5, when it got a significant buff.
  • The Plant species from the Monster Rancher series also has a similar attack as the Pokémon example featured above called "Seed Gatling/Machine Gun" (depending on the version of the game) and actually predates the Pokémon move a few years prior to the release of the Generation III era. However, it does not deal successive damage so it must be repeated manually by the trainer's command.
  • Yoshi can spit seeds repeatedly in Yoshi's Island, after eating a regular watermelon; enemy monkeys with watermelons can also do this to Yoshi. An intact melon gives Yoshi 30 seeds to fire, while melons stolen from monkeys contain 10; the S-watermelon inventory item grants.
  • The latter member of the Banjo-Kazooie pair can do this with a variety of eggs, as well as "lay" them to the rear and, in Banjo-Tooie, use a crosshairs and enter an FPS-style mode in select areas.
  • Chrono Cross has Neofio, with the move Pop Pop Pop.
  • The entire premise of the game Plants vs. Zombies, although it applies best to the Peashooter family, the Guacodile, and the A.K.E.E..
  • In Hyrule Warriors, one of Manhandla's attacks is spitting rapid-fire seeds from all four of its heads which can stun-lock you if you get caught in it.
  • The "Creeper Plant" and other plant-type Heartless in the Kingdom Hearts series have this as their primary means of attack.
  • In Board Game Online, eating a watermelon gives you 3 Seed Salvo's that knocks any living player within close proximity (10 spaces) back 1 or 2 spaces.

    Western Animation 
  • Anytime a cartoon character eats a watermelon, expect this trope to play out. This was a recurring gag in 1930's and 1940's cartoons, done in a manner and with an intention that makes them very uncomfortable viewing today. This sight gag played on the association of watermelons with black Americans.
  • One of shot of Tucker in My Life as a Teenage Robot shows him alternately eating/choking on a slice of watermelon and tears a flower to bits by spitting seeds at it.
  • Momo of Avatar: The Last Airbender spits out the seeds of a fruit he eats in rapid sequence.
  • Numbuh 4 in Codename: Kids Next Door, using chocolate balls.
  • Animaniacs, in which the ammunition was malted milk balls.
  • In one episode of Rugrats, Phil gained the ability to do this with spit, as "Spitball Boy".
  • Frequently seen in old Disney cartoons, particularly with watermelon seeds.
  • In the Daffy Duck short Muscle Tussle Daffy faces a rival for his gal's affections. At one point his rival bites a chain, chews, and spits out a bunch of nails. Not to be outdone Daffy bites a chain, chews, and spits out his teeth.
  • Bounty Hamster. Casey is unimpressed when Marion fires a stream of cucumbers at her attacker.
  • In one episode of Futurama an army of Lucy Liu robots spit out popcorn at Fry and company in this manner.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • In the episode "Popcorn Panic," Rico does this with popcorn kernels to (literally) shoot out the lights.
    • He also did this in the Christmas short that went with the movie, using peppermints.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Happens in the episode "Snowball Effect" when Spongebob and Patrick are having a snowball fight.
    • Spongebob spits peas back at Plankton in the infamous episode "One Coarse Meal".
  • In Hero: 108 the Air Force eats a mouthful of grapes each time they want to be able to spit the seeds out like a machine gun as a weapon for dogfighting.
  • KaBlam!: Henry and June use this with watermelon seeds in the pilot episode.
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Terror on Dinosaur Island!" Plastic Man does this with pieces of Grodd's loot when the need arises, which he hoped to keep for himself.
  • One of Popeye the Sailor's favorite techniques, usually involving nails, tacks, rivets, or other small metal objects.
  • The Steven Universe episode "Watermelon Steven" starts with Steven and his dad having a contest on who can spit watermelon seeds out in the coolest way. Steven wins with a move like this.
  • In the animated Teen Titans, a child metahuman Extreme Omnivore named Teether can chew up and spit even metal with gunlike force.
  • Gatling from World of Quest has this as his signature... well, pretty much only attack.
  • In ThunderCats (2011) Lilliputian Plant People the Petalars employ bullet pollen due to their diminutive size, aiding their friends the ThunderCats against Scarily Competent Tracker pursuers.
  • The short "The Tom and Jerry Animation Kit" involved as its first gag a watermelon. While Jerry used it to spit out seeds in the regular machine-gun fashion to annoy Tom, Tom answered by eating the remains of the watermelon, transforming his head into a cannon, and chasing after Jerry while spitting out shotgun blasts.
  • In Sahara, Saladin's miscreant friends gladly pelt Ajar and Pitt with watermelon seeds at Saladin's command.

Real Bullet Examples

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    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: In "Witch", as the docs ride the flying broomstick, Fat Doc scoops up some grapes from a bowl, eats them, and spits their seeds at Lamput.

  • The Mask villain Dorian Tyrell uses this to return the favor when he's shot repeatedly, killing his boss, Niko. To elaborate, Niko shoots at him while he's wearing the mask. His body soaks up the bullets, then he spits them back (as if they went out of a machine gun) at Niko and kills him.
  • In an action-movie-parody section of "Weird Al" Yankovic's UHF, Weird Al catches a bullet (including cartridge) in his teeth, chews it up, and spits it out a la this.
  • In the climactic battle of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, an animated suit of armor responds to being shot by a German soldier by spitting the bullets back at him out of its helmet.
  • The third Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf movie features the Gourd King and his minions as antagonists. One of the minions is a watermelon boy who can spit watermelon seeds as an attack.

    Tabletop RPG 
  • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dog RPG. The mutant power Missiles allows a mutant to fill his mouth with objects and spit them at opponents to do damage. If the mutant uses bullets, a serious amount of damage is done.

    Video Games 
  • In Puyo Puyo, Donguri Gaeru is shown attacking by shooting acorns (oak tree seeds) out of his mouth in a variant on the trope.

    Western Animation 
  • In two Looney Tunes shorts, Daffy Duck accidentally swallows some gun powder and buckshot, turning him into a living machine gun for desperate Porky Pig to use.
    • Bully for Bugs has a scene where the bull accidentally swallows a rifle, only to fire bullets from his horns when he twitches his tail.
  • In the Popeye short, Pop-Along Popeye, after eating his spinach, Popeye takes the ranch foreman's ammo belt, and runs it like a belt-fed machine gun as he shoots the bullets from his pipe. As the bullets shave bits of wood from a fence post, the shavings fly into a bottle to make a ship.


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Characters will spit seeds like Gatling guns after eating a watermelon.

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