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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. Usually Played for Laughs.


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    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 
  • Hercules: Subverted. The Hydra eats Hercules and burps when done, but Hercules escapes by slashing his way out of the monster's throat and cutting its head off.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Felicia burps after eating Bartholomew. Ratigan had fed him to her for disrespecting him.
  • Shrek: Combined with Spit Out a Shoe (crown) after the Dragon eats Lord Farquaad alive, she burps up his crown.
  • Beauty and the Beast: During the villagers' fight with the servants at the Beasts' castle, the baker falls into a blue chest, which snaps shut, licks its lips and burps.

    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 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.

    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: 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 
  • The music video for "Panic" by the Czech band Lucie has the singer serenading a giantess in a red dress and heels. After he marries her she devours him and pulls his guitar out of her mouth before looking into the camera and loudly belching.
  • In the video for "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" by Panic! at the Disco, the Literal Maneater belches after devouring Brendon Urie's character.

  • 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.

    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.
  • 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

  • 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.

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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 where he 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.


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