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"You win again, you magnificent beast!"
Manny Rivera, after losing one of these to Zebra Donkey

Bob and Alice are in a competitive mood and ready to prove one's superiority over the other. Or maybe they're just hanging around on the couch with nothing to do other than drink lots of gassy beverages. In any case, they decide that there is a competition in order. How will they choose to match their skills? Playing a game of chess? Video games? Pistols at dawn? Nope. They'll just chug their drinks and belch. Loudest belch wins.

Basically, this is exactly what it sounds like. It happens in fiction, but clearly this is inspired by that timeless party game, most popular amongst the frat boy demographic but enjoyed by many children and adults around the world. This is a favored activity of the Gasshole, even if the person they challenge doesn't accept. It's generally limited to men, because Guys are Slobs, so a woman engaging in one is a sure sign that she's a Tomboy of some sort.


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    Fan Fic 
  • One occurs between Klein and Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
  • Another occurs in an Animaniacs fanfic in which characters from the show crashed a contest featuring newer Kids WB characters in what was possibly an attempt to gain back fame. All the notable characters appeared but not surprisingly Wakko won. Amusingly, Hello Nurse came in what appeared to be second.
  • A few stories by Major 144 include one of these:
    • A Shrek fanfic called Contest of Ogress deals with Fiona having to face Shrek's old girlfriend, Gwen, in three different ogre challenges for Shrek. The third chapter involves a burping contest that Fiona wins.
    • A belching contest also occurs in chapter three of the Shrek/Disney crossover, Cut Back Princesses between Fiona, Belle, and Ariel where, once again, Fiona wins.
    • Another Shrek fanfic, Ogre Family Feud, has Shrek's parents and brothers come to Far Far Away and in chapter three, they are eating dinner and get into an big arguement with Shrek over who dissapointed they are with how his life has turned out to be. His mother, Vile, then berates Fiona for not being a real ogre and just looking the part, so Fiona challenges her to a burping contest to prove her wrong and wins.
    • In chapter three of the Jimmy Neutron fanfic Chaotic Gas, Jimmy and Cindy decide to have a burping contest to prove who is better. Jimmy eventually wins, but that's only because he ate a small portion of the Belch Boy packet.
    • A Jimmy Neutron & Jackie Chan Adventures crossover, Burp Battle, involves Libby with her Burp Girl powers and Jade with her Wind Demon Chi powers getting sucked into another dimension and competing in a burping tournament that includes some of the dimension's inhabitants, known as burpoids (all of whom are gassholes and have the word "burp" as the first part of there name). With some effort, Libby and Jade use their powers to defeat their opponents and make it to the semi-finals. However, the tournament is then interrupted when Burpgus and Burpelecia, the son and daughter of the king and queen, Burpo and Burperly, invade the arena that they are in and use a machine to siphon burping energy from the audience. Jade and Libby end up having to combine their powers to destroy the device and win the tournament.
  • In the episode "Education For Femininity" of Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future, the Nicktoons end up competing with each other in one, much to the embarrassment of Tammy. It ends with Poof being the victor.
  • The Equestria Club: Early on, Ember reveals to Twilight and the others that as Dragon Lord, she spends a lot of time judging these. Due to her status, she can't really compete herself, since it wouldn't be fair to the other dragons.

  • One of the "outtakes" from Pixar's A Bug's Life had Tuck and Roll (the pillbugs) interrupting a scene to have themselves one of these. Until one of them rips one from the other end and Rosie the Black Widow quickly excuses herself.
  • A sort of burping contest happens in the 1959 version of Ben-Hur when Ben Hur is treated to dinner by the local sheik. After the sheik lets out a huge burp, he looks to Ben, who gives a blank look back until prompted by nonverbal cues by Balthasar to let out his own (smaller, but still audible) burp.
  • This also happens in Geek Charming. Josh and Dylan's father start a burping contest, but Dylan joins in and wins.
  • In Goodnight Mommy, twin brothers Elias and Lukas engage in one of these with each other early on in the story.
  • In summer camp movie Meatballs, camp counselor Tripper Harrison has a friendly belching contest with one of the campers.
  • Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have this in Princess Protection Program, showing how used Rosie has gotten to life as a "commoner" and as a sign of their comradeship on equal grounds.
  • In Revenge of the Nerds:
  • It happens in the first live action Scooby-Doo (2002) movie, between Shaggy and Scooby.
  • In The Florida Project, Halley suggests to her daughter that they have a burping contest at the diner where Ashley works. Interestingly enough, this is actually Played for Drama, as Halley convinces Moonee to do it to purposely humiliate Ashley (although, Moonee is unaware of that) in her own workplace for banning the two of them from seeing Scooty ever again, resulting in the deterioration of their friendship.
  • In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe have one of these to serve a very practical purpose: they need to release the gas they've ingested from Wonka's Fizzy Lifting Drinks in order to avoid floating to the ceiling and being sucked into an exhaust fan.
    • Parodied, as was the film itself, in the Family Guy episode "Wasted Talent", where they have to fart to get out of it.
  • In Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope have one early on at a bar, driving home the point that they are still best buddies after 6 years. Ralph wins the contest easily.

     Live Action TV  
  • A regular tenet of the annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is the celebrity burp-off, which is exactly what it sounds like. Winners have included Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Jackman, and the penguins from Madagascar.
  • This sketch from Good Night Burbank, unusual in that both contestants are female.
  • An episode of ALF had the title character inviting a blind friend of his over to dinner. He then challenges her to a game of "guess the belch". Alf belches, and his friend chastises him with a cry of "Alf!" He replies with "No, no! You don't guess who belched, you guess what they ate!"
  • Attack of the Show!: Candace challenges Sara to one in Attack of the Show's 2011 Burp-a-thon, where Sara wins.
  • In the Merlin episode "The Hunter's Heart", Merlin hides out of sight and magically causes Arthur to burp in order to embarrass him in front of Princess Mithian. Mithian responds by one-upping him with an even louder burp.
  • Game of Thrones. In an unusual variant, one of the whores in Mole's Town belches the tune of a song, and the men playing try to guess what the song is.
  • In Brazilian telenovela I Love Parais√≥polis, once a woman accidentally belches with a cocktail, her table partner decides to order a soda and do a burping contest. The Corpsing reveals nothing is dubbed, and considering one of them is Proper Lady Maria Casadevall...
  • In the Mr. Young episode "Mr. Heart", when Adam and Derby are in Echo's stomach, Derby pops a gas bubble, causing Echo to burp accidentally. Slab interprets this as a challenge, and lets out a massive belch that blows Echo's hair straight back and leaves her with a Thousand-Yard Stare.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • One comic in Baby Blues features Hammie and Wren having one of these. Wren wins and almost blows her brother away when she rips a big one.
    Hammie: "My little sister is like a brother to me."
  • Garfield and Jon have one in this Garfield strip. Garfield wins with a burp so loud that it knocks Jon out.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • At the 2003 Badd Blood pay-per-view, Steve Austin and Eric Bischoff had one as the first event of the Redneck Triathlon. In reality, they used pre-recorded belches.


     Video Games 
  • One of the minigames in Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2. The Rabbids' burps destroy cities.
  • In Fallout 2, The Chosen One can challenge a tanker vagrant to one. And lose. Gracefully.
    Badger: (spits forth a horrific belch that defies the very heavens in its volume and depth)
    Chosen One: (applauds)
  • In Mass Effect 3, Eve, a female krogan, reveals that newborn krogan are named by all the men in the clan getting drunk and having burping contests. Whatever happens to sound like a word becomes a name.


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     Western Animation  
  • In an episode of Bump in the Night that revolves around Mr. Bumpy repeatedly travelling back through time to try and prevent himself from hurting Squishington's feelings, one of the ways in which he chases off his past-time duplicate is by winning one of these. The winning belch actualy blows his opponent right off of the desk.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "For The Ed, By The Ed", Ed and Eddy have one of these while emptying bottles of soda to pawn. Eddy urges Edd to join in, but Edd seemed incapable of letting out a single belch, until he lets out a huge one during one of his sentences.
    Ed: An angel just got its wings, Double-D.
  • Happened twice on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. In one episode, Manny and the Zebra Donkey have one of these at an ice cream shop, and in another, Manny and Frida try to out-burp each other in the name of science. Their teacher doesn't buy it.
  • In Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Bloo and a snobby imaginary friend named Blake Superior have a musical contest involving different bodily functions. Bloo hiccups and Blake burps. In the end, they both lose to an imaginary friend who made fart noises with his armpits.
  • In Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, the Cortez Brothers have one in an effort to gross out Agura. She joins in.
  • According to her bio, Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. likes to participate in these, though it's never come up in the series.
  • Coop and Jamie had one in one episode of Megas XLR. The winner was supposed to get the comfy chair.
  • One Muppet Babies episode featured a burping contest between rocks.
    • And one between Animal and Piggy's doll. The doll wins.
  • Purple & Brown has a short of them making a farting and belching contest.
  • One episode of Sidekick involved Eric and Trevor repeatedly going back in time and changing the present (trying to fix what they screwed up the first time, of course). Upon returning to the present after one of these trips, they find out that Vana and Kitty have become anthropomorphic turtles, who promptly start up a burping contest for no reason. Eric immediately sends him and Trevor back in time again, while Trevor complains that he wants to stay long enough to see who wins. The next time they come back to the present, they find that Vana and Kitty are still turtles, only this time they get into a farting contest instead.
  • One of the SKWOD shorts features one of these between Jax, Kick, and Logan with a pile of snacks as the prize. Jax is about to claim her winnings when a tremendous belch echoes throughout the halls. It came from Seth, who shows up and asks what everyone else is doing before spying the snacks and digging in.
  • In Super Dinosaur, Derek and SD have one during the dinner with the Kingstons in "Under the Dome", SD winning with a killer belch that rattles the whole Dynamo Dome. Near the end of the episode, the Kingstons start one themselves, to which even Dr. Dynamo joins in.
  • In the Stōked episode "Brofinger", between Fin, Johnny, and surprisingly Lo. Later Reef joins in.
  • Octus (as Newton) and Meat have one in Sym-Bionic Titan. Being a Ridiculously Human Robot, Octus wins quite easily.
  • Kuzco has one with a manatee in The Emperor's New School. Kuzco accuses the manatee of cheating because "Burps can only come from the mouth, right?". Later in the episode, Kuzco and an angry Malina have a similar conversation to the one Homer and Marge have in the Simpsons example above.
  • At the end of an episode of The Fairly Oddparents, Timmy utterly dominates a burping contest. Shortly afterwards, Cosmo notes that a farting contest is coming up, and advises Wanda to start cooking again.
  • In the The Legend of Korra episode "The Spirit of Competition" Korra and Bolin get into one on their date, much to the horror of the other patrons in the restaurant. Korra seems to come out on top.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: The Wildlife Commentary Spoof "Lair of the Lummox" features two male Lummox getting into a burp-off to win the heart of a female. The "Booger Red" Lummox belches the letters A through G, but his rival the Tree Lummox counters by belching the word "Jugular". Booger Red manages to come out on top by belching the opening lines of the Gettysburg Address.
  • One episode of the Timon & Pumbaa spin-off series had Pumbaa competing against a barnyard pig in a contest that would determine who was the piggiest of them all. One of the trials consisted of this.
  • The The Loud House episode "Come Sale Away" has a flashback showing the kids having a burping competition. Lola of all people won!
  • Homer Simpson had one with Jay Sherman in their crossover episode. In fact the only other person who can come close to Jay's skill is author Eudora Welty.
    Krusty: Coming, Eudora!
    • One of the original Tracey Ullman shorts featured one between Bart and Lisa, with late entries from Maggie and Homer, and Marge trying to put a stop to the whole thing.
    • Then there's this bit of dialogue after Homer becomes an artist, something that Marge had always dreamed of becoming herself but could never manage to succeed.
      Marge: How would you feel if I won a... a belching contest?
      Homer: Actually, I'd be kinda turned on.
  • In one of the New Teen Titans short cartoons from DC Nation, Raven is annoyed because the other four Titans burp continuously as they eat their pizza. Eventually, she gets fed up and retaliates with a massive belch of her own, making the entire city rumble (!!) and leaving her friends covered in soot as if they'd been caught up in an explosion.
    Cyborg: You should see a doctor.
  • In Total Drama, the teams are divided into boys and girls for a one-off "battle of the sexes", and the boys bond over music and soda before the challenge. They proclaim Geoff the team captain after he emits a truly thunderous belch so powerful it fells trees.note 



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