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Burp of Finality

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(A giant frog chews and swallows Danny's golf ball)
Danny: Don't burp.
Frog: *burp*
Danny: I hate you.
Arin: How else would you know a cartoon character just ate food if he didn't burp?
Game Grumps playing The Wacky World of Miniature Golf

So a monster just ate someone, maybe even without chewing, or things cut away just before things got...messy. But how to make it clear the victim is gone for good, without getting gory?

Easy, just have the monster burp! Bonus points if it politely apologizes for bad table manners.

Spit Out a Shoe without the need for clothing, though the two tropes often overlap. Usually Played for Laughs. Thankfully, there are non fatal cases of this trope.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • Subverted in Season 2 episode 50 of Happy Heroes. The flying shark burps after eating Careful S. and his duplicates alive, but spits him out along with everyone else he consumed after Happy S. hits him in his weak spot.

    Comic Books 
  • Mystic has a human example of this in issue #36: After the Guild Master of the Dark Magi Guild defeats would-be usurper Tancred, to get around his magically binding vow not to kill him, he hands Tancred over to Vashua, Guild Master of the Tantric Guild. She casts a spell, kisses Tancred on the lips - and proceeds to inhale him whole like Mileena. The next panel depicts her with cheeks puffed up and a speech bubble with "<urp>" in lowercase coming from her lips, a graphical depiction of a genteel belch.
  • The Marvel gag comic "What If? Spider-Man married Black Widow?" note  cements Black Widow's depiction as a Literal Man Eater by having a speech-bubble with "burp" in it coming from her mouth as she picks her teeth clean with one of Spider-man's bones.
  • One strip of Garfield has Jon sit down to watch a video cassette that turns out to be an Apocalyptic Log recorded by his rare and expensive talking parrot.
    Taped!Parrot: AIEEEE!
    Taped!Garfield: BURP!
    Jon [sporting a Volumetric Mouth]: GARFIELD!!!!!!

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Men In Black 2: It's a little hard to hear amidst all the other sounds going on, but when Serleena swallows the mugger alive she gives a slight, low burp as she finishes.
  • In Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Jade is fed to a monster carving in the wall by Shao Kahn for failing him. The carving gives out a great big burp when it's done with her.
  • In the climax of My Favorite Martian, Lizzie uses some alien tech to turn into an alien monster and take out two thugs beating up Ted. After gulping one of them down whole she lets out a loud burp, complete with an embarrased look afterward.
  • Return of the Jedi: After the bounty hunter Boba Fett slides into the Sarlacc's mouth, it burps to show he's started to (to quote Jabba the Hutt) find a new definition of pain and suffering" as he's "slowly digested over 1,000 years". It's revealed in The Mandalorian, set five years after Return of the Jedi, that Boba escaped the beast's belly (which is then shown in The Book of Boba Fett), but not before getting horribly scarred by its stomach acid.
  • In The Little Shop of Horrors, the giant carnivorous plant Audrey Junior tends to burp after eating a whole person.
  • In the The Three Stooges short You Nazty Spy! the trio are rulers of a fictional country, Moronica (what else?). When the people revolt, the Stooges run to hide and wind up in a pit with three lions. They run into an opening, followed by the lions. One by one, the lions emerge wearing the Stooges' accoutrements, and one of them licks his lips and burps.
  • Creepshow 2: at the end of the segment "The Raft", the mysterious blob monster lets out a burp after it has devoured all four protagonists.
  • The climax of Hook ends with the thought-to-be-dead crocodile falling on top of Hook and killing him, then inexplicably letting out a burp.
  • Innerspace has Igoe and Tuck fighting inside Jack's stomach and Tuck compromises Igoe's suit, exposing him to stomach acid. Tuck exclaims "Congratulations Jack, you just digested the bad guy!" and the next shot is Jack giving a satisfied burp.
  • Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell has this early in on the film when one of the Graboids bursts out of the ground to eat a woman before going back under, burping loudly and spitting up one of her arms in the process.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "Rose", a Nestene construct in the shape of a wheelie bin burps after swallowing Mickey. However, it hasn't eaten him, only captured him, and he turns up again alive and well later.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981): At the end of the animated Guide entry on Vogon Constructor Fleets, when a Vogon grandmother is eaten by the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, it burps.

    Music Videos 

  • In Into the Woods, the Baker comes across Grandma's house after the wolf disguised as Grandma eats Little Red Riding Hood. He quickly puts together what happened when he hears "Grandma" let out a really loud belch.
  • In Little Shop of Horrors, after Seymour climbs into Audrey II's mouth to kill it from the inside, his attempt failing is telegraphed when Audrey II burps after eating him.

    Video Games 
  • In the original Killer Instinct, Riptor's Ultimate consisted of her devouring the opponent whole - the nasty bits aren't shown, though, so there's a cut to black as she pounces and when the image comes back, Riptor suddenly has a Balloon Belly while letting out a belch.
  • In King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, the Gate leading to the Lord of the Dead will do this after devouring Alexander unless he interacts with it correctly. Failing to correctly answer the riddle it poses him afterwards will lead to the same fate.
  • In a scene of LEGO Batman 3 : Beyond Gotham where the heroes and villains band together, Batman asks where Robin is, the group then spot Killer Croc chewing Robin’s cape. Joker has Croc spit the Boy Wonder out by tickling him in the belly, along with a bunch of fish bones and Dr. Fate's Helmet. Robin picks up the helmet and asks who does it belong to, Croc says it's "Yesterday’s lunch" before burping loudly in front of Robin’s face.
  • Love At First Bite stars a nervous girl who is stress eating in order to ask her crush to be her girlfriend. In the first ending she succeeds, but in the hard mode ending she gets dazed by hallucinogenic candy bars and accidentally eats her crush, letting out a huge burp as she looks around in confusion wondering where she went.
  • Warcraft III: When the Devour ability reaches its inevitable conclusion, it's signaled by the devouring creature letting out a loud burp.
  • In Tribal Hunter, the main character Munch has the ability to inhale and devour defeated enemies, swallowing them whole. After each one he eats, he pats his belly and lets out a satisfied belch. He can also be on the receiving end of this though if he isn’t careful.

  • Routinely occurs in Bill Holbrook's webcomic Kevin & Kell, where predation is both normal and an industry.
    • Little Coney yields a burp after devouring a grown tiger who was poised to expose her mother's affliction with domestication, which would've gotten Kell fired.
    • The Jerry Springer Spaniel Show tried to stir up trouble between Kevin and Kell over an online affair. The last panel of the Thursday 28 May 1998 strip has Kell give a burp while speaking to her husband; Jerry Spaniel is suddenly gone, his microphone lying on the set floor.
    • R.L. did this after eating his Doppelgänger, who was unwilling to let go of being in prison where he was adored as the person he was a body double for.

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    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The Porky Pig cartoon "Who's Who In The Zoo" (1942) concludes with an ice cream truck and its vendor being flagged down by a zoo's lion who presumably wants an ice cream bar. The vendor walks out of the scene towards him. We hear the lion roar, then we see the lion with a Balloon Belly and the vendor's hat, licking his lips and giving out with a very satisfied hiccup.
    • 1943's "Puss 'N' Booty" starts off with house cat Rudolph hiccupping out the feathers of the last bird he ate. At the conclusion, when Rudolph turns up missing, his owner asks new bird Dickie Bird if he knows where Rudolph is.. He says he doesn't but then he hiccups out Rudolph's ribbon.
  • Discussed but ultimately subverted in the Adventure Time episode "The Enchiridion". The giant ogre that swallows Jake lets out a big belch when Jake finally falls into his stomach and assumes that he killed him, only for Jake to emerge unscathed after a Groin Attack makes the ogre barf him back out.
  • Towards the end of A Matter of Loaf and Death, an unseen crocodile's belch confirms that Piella was Eaten Alive offscreen.
  • The Beast Wars episode "Double Dinobot" ends with Dinobot revealing that he ate his clone, then picking a piece of that clone from his teeth before burping.
  • Earthworm Jim: In the episode "Sidekicked" the title character was eaten by a mutant alligator mother, and she burped twice after eating him.
    Narrator: "Oh the horror! The humanity! And other big H-words! Will Jim be eaten alive by the ferocious mutant alligator?"
    Alligator: *Eats him in one bite*
    Narrator: "Well, that answers that. Man, how's he going to get out of this one?"
    Alligator: *Belches*
    Narrator: "Stay tuned to find out!"
    The scene then fades out. It then fades in to the gator lounging next to a tree.
    Narrator: "Meanwhile, Jim has been eaten by a mutant alligator! But surely this cannot be the end of our mighty hero!"
    Gator: *belches*
    Narrator: "Okay, maybe it can."



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Han accidentally triggers Boba Fett's jetpack and causes him to fly into the Sarlacc's maw. As the Sarlacc swallows poor Fett, it belches.

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