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"Don't fight him, feed him! Somethin' spicy. Know what I mean?"

When a character is facing an enemy with a large mouth and a penchant for eating said character, and tries throwing a bomb into its mouth. The enemy eats it, you hear a "boom", and then the enemy will either die,note  or get SERIOUS indigestion. It never occurs to them to just keep their mouth shut and tail sweep/eye beam/claw/smush the character.

A Sub-Trope of both Stuff Blowing Up and Attack the Mouth.

Compare Eat the Bomb (when the bomb doesn't kill the Big Eater), Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth, Assimilation Backfire, Kill It Through Its Stomach, Insert Grenade Here (blowing up vehicles in a similar fashion).

Contrast Mooks Ate My Equipment (where it likes eating your stuff).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, this is how Rod Reiss's Titan form is defeated. Since, like the Colossal Titan, he puts out so much heat that humans can't approach him to cut the nape of his neck, they pack a bunch of explosive together and have Eren in his own Titan form cram it down Rod's throat. Then everybody cuts up all the fragments of Rod's Titan body, before the part containing his human body can regenerate the Titan form.
  • In the Bount arc of the Bleach anime, Ganju Shiba throws one of his fireworks bombs into the head of a monster made of water and blows it up. Unfortunately, it can easily reform itself and does so. Except the sparks from the firework bomb sizzled out the bottle caps that worked as the water doll's nucleus, killing the monster.
  • How Dazai and Chuya defeat Lovecraft in chapter 31 of Bungo Stray Dogs. Lovecraft had earlier devoured the cast on Dazai's arm, which secretly contained a bomb rather than his broken arm, so when Steinbeck lets slip that the only way to do long-lasting damage to Lovecraft is from the inside, Dazai detonates the bomb and lets Chuya deliver the final blow. It doesn't stick, but by the time Lovecraft recovers, there's no need for him to continue fighting.
  • This is how Super Buu kills Smitty in Dragon Ball Z. Namely, the bomb is Super Buu himself, who liquefies his own body, force-feeds himself to Smitty who balloons up and explodes.
  • One of Gluttony's more gruesome deaths in Fullmetal Alchemist is in this fashion.
    • In Brotherhood, Envy gets a good mouthful of fireballs during their one-sided encounter with Roy Mustang.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, Joseph uses his ignited headband to blow up Wamuu after tricking him into inhaling a load of flammable gas with his suction powers.
  • Chapter 49 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has Vivio showing a lot more presence of mind than most of her companions by immediately reacting to Fabian's giant bat devil with a Divine Buster into its mouth.
  • In Mazinger Z, Kouji and Sayaka do this to Mechanical Beast Dian N4. How do you defeat an enemy that is geared with a nearly impervious armor? You shove a giant missile down its throat, of course!
  • In Naruto, Sasuke defeats Danzo's summon, which sucks everything in a large area into its mouth, by shooting a huge fireball down its throat.
    • Later on, Killer Bee also does this by shoving his and Juubi's Tailed Beast Bomb down the latter's throat.
  • Asuka and Shinji do this using a battleship set to explode against a giant fish Angel in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Done a couple of times in Pacific Rim: The Black:
    • In the first episode, Ford and Brina fire a missile from their jaeger at an attacking Kaiju, but it knocks it back towards them and the children they're protecting. Fortunately, they manage to catch it in the jaeger's hand and shove their fist into the kaiju's mouth before the missile explodes.
    • Done in the last episode of Season 1 as well, when Ford and Brina's kids Taylor and Hayley fire a nuke from the same jaeger into the mouth of another kaiju.
  • This is how Homura kills Charlotte in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. But it's not that obvious for the characters in the scene, since they don't know her true power at the time.
  • Rebuild World: At one point, due to Akira not being able to damage a monster resilient enough to shrug off armor-piercing CWH rounds fired full-auto at its weak point, Akira fires a mini-missile down its throat to kill it.
  • Shuda in Rave Master can create explosions just about anyplace he wishes. However, when faced with an enemy who causes it to rain on their battlefield (dampening the power of those explosions) Shuda responds by creating one in his enemy's throat.
  • In one episode of Sonic X, Sonic and friends defeat a giant robot by dropping a bomb into its mouth. In the Japanese version, Sonic even exclaims, in Gratuitous English, "IT'S LUNCH TIME!". It's better than it sounds, particularly because the show's opening theme, "Sonic Drive", plays during the sequence.
  • In Tower of God, Ja Wangnan tries to shove a Pokéball-shaped grenade down Lurker's throat.

    Comic Books 
  • Animosity: The vulture is summarily executed this way, once he's restrained from flying via meathooks on his wings. As he's restrained, he argues that there can be no evil in eating people when it's in his nature, making their feeding him a grenade double as a Karmic Death.
  • In DC: The New Frontier, John Cloud jumps into the T-Rex's maw with live grenades in his hands.
  • Fantastic Four: Issue #4 featured the return of the Sub-Mariner. Namor, in a pique of anger leads a gigantic whale-like creature called Giganto to New York City. After a brief attack the giant creature falls asleep, allowing The Thing to strap an atomic bomb to his back and enter the sleeping beast. The nuke successfully kills the sea monster.
  • Justice (New Universe): One issue features minor superhero Captain Brooklyn, who had super-strength and steel-hard skin, but finds himself lethally out of his depth against Justice's enemy Seraph. Establishing that it's only his skin that's invulnerable, Seraph force-feeds the Captain a grenade and then clamps his mouth shut.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special: In the second story, Bugs Bunny disposes of the powerful but mindless monster Validus by shoving a giant dynamite cartridge disguised as a giant carrot into his mouth.
  • The Punisher once faced off against Ulik, whose arch enemy is the The Mighty Thor. As a Cave Troll Ulik is well out of Punisher's ability to hurt, even with rocket launchers and anti-tank weapons. So Punisher fed him a "pineapple" sandwich. Unfortunately for Frank, it's still not enough to put him down.
  • Tintin: In ''Tintin: The Red Sea Sharks', a shark accidentally swallows a mine intended for Tintin's boat. We hear it hiccup for a while, then it culminates with a "hicBOOOOOOOOOMMMM".
  • In Deadpool vs Carnage #1 at one point Carnage has Deadpool pinned down planning to impale him but Deadpool grabs a grenade from his belt and shoves it in his mouth, in the process he got a few fingers bitten off but they grew back due to his healing factor.
  • In Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom, the titular villainess gets rid of an enemy by picking one of his own flesh grenades and shoving it into his mouth.

    Fan Works 
  • Fallout: Equestria: Littlepip throws all her grenades down a dragon's throat when she runs out of other options. It's only at the last second that she realizes that maybe throwing fire bombs down the throat of the fireproof dragon won't do much. It does work, but mostly by accident. The dragon already had a serious wound on his side; the fire did nothing, but the concussive force ripped the wound open further and killed him.
  • Fates Collide: Yang Xiao Long deals with Cleopatra's snake summon by throwing a grenade Kairi Sisigou had given her into its mouth. The explosion doesn't destroy it, but weakens it enough for Yang and Mordred to defeat.
  • The Gunslinger Hero: Flintlock: Toru does this against the Nomu in the USJ attack.
  • Ice and Fire (Minecraft): Dropping a TNT block near a death worm will cause to eventually eat it, whereupon the TNT will explode and kill the beast.
  • Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future: This is how SpongeCog X is destroyed.
  • Unconventional Harry by kb0: Harry Potter uses a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher to kill the dragon from the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. The dragon obligingly tries to eat the rocket. Its head explodes.
  • Xendra: Angel and Xendra kill the Beast by cracking his armor and stuffing a grenade inside him. Said armor keeps the explosion contained within the Beast, basically liquefying his insides.

    Film — Animated 
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010) shows what happens when one dragon breathes fire into another's mouth. Subverted in that it doesn't actually kill the other dragon, just makes it very uncomfortable and provides a good distraction.
  • Happens to an overly confident pterosaur in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. At first, the pterosaur flies with his pack to follow Crash and Eddie near Lava Falls. When they’re in the canyon, the possums ahead use highly explosive gas berries to get rid of a few predators. Being one of the remaining few left, he decides to fly up to the twins to intimidate them with a loud screech. But with his mouth wide open, Crash and Eddie use this opportunity to launch one last gas berry down his throat. Ending his pursuit while gases shriek out of his nostrils.
  • A deleted scene from The Little Mermaid (1989) that was supposed to happen toward the end of the film, during the wedding of Eric and Vanessa, right before all of the animals discover that Vanessa is actually Ursula in disguise and attack her. Glut, the shark that attacked Ariel earlier in the film actually comes back to have his revenge; Flounder and Scuttle then immediately dispatch him by tricking Glut into biting into a barrel of gunpowder, causing him to explode.
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: Sinbad tricks Cetus into eating a lit keg of gunpowder and tells everyone to get ready for some sushi, only for the sea monster to just vomit up some smoke and a sailor it had eaten earlier.
  • In Transformers: The Movie, Bumblebee and Spike try to stop Unicron by rigging moon base 2 with explosives which would detonate as Unicron ate the moon. The explosives detonate, and... oh, shit.
    Spike: It isn't even dented!
  • Yellow Submarine - the Dreaded Vacuum Monster swallows a cannonball which explodes inside it. Nothing happens.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Iron Man's solution when he has trouble piercing the armor of a Leviathan in the final battle of The Avengers is to let the Leviathan swallow him and then shoot it from the inside. It ends up working, but also damages the Iron Man armor pretty badly.
  • In the first Critters movie Bradley sees that one of the Crites is about to kill his sister April moments after it had killed her boyfriend. He then tosses it a firecracker and it picks it up and eats it, we then see the Crite's stomach inflate from the explosion, burp and fall over dead.
  • In Freaked, the Big Bad's right-hand man is defeated in this way: he's a toad-man with a prehensile tongue, and they toss him a lit stick of dynamite when he's unleashing it, forcing him to swallow the dynamite and explode. It's also the only time in the entire film that he says something (namely, "Oh shit").
  • Towards the end of Friend of the World, a bit part character crafts a bomb, sticks it in its mouth and lights it. It explodes. This is the only time you see this character.
  • Godzilla
    • Godzilla (2014):
      • The plan to get rid of all three monsters consists of taking an armed nuke out in the ocean and letting one of the Mutos eat it, which will rip it to shreds. It doesn't end up working out this way when the Mutos steal the armed nuke to feed their future offspring instead of eating it, and worse yet, their nest is in the centre of downtown San Francisco.
      • Aside from the Mutos literally eating nuclear bombs, Godzilla kills the female Muto by blasting his Atomic Breath straight down her throat.
    • Godzilla Minus One: Godzilla's scaly hide is too thick for most weapons to penetrate, never mind damage, but his less armoured mouth proves to be more vulnerable when the protagonists push a sea mine into it, blowing off part of Godzilla's face (although it quickly regenerates). This is used as the finishing blow in the final battle, with Shikishima flying a bomb-laden fighter plane into Godzilla's mouth as he's charging up his Atomic Breath (Shikishima survives by ejecting at the last second), blowing up the monster's head.
  • Chief does this against a Hunter in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn by jumping onto its back and ramming a frag grenade into its exposed midsection (as Hunters are just giant sentient worm colonies). The Hunter has an Oh, Crap! moment before exploding from the inside out.
  • At the end of Hellboy, HB yanks the pins out of an entire belt of grenades just before he and the belt are swallowed by a betentacled monster. Hellboy is fireproof; the monster isn't.
    Hellboy: Gonna be sore tomorrow.
  • House Shark: Ulysses tries to kill the shark by feeding it a live grenade. This tactic doesn't work.
  • A variant in Jack the Giant Slayer. At the climax of the movie, as the Big Bad giant is about to eat Jack, he throws a magic bean down his throat. Once it hits the liquid of his stomach it instantly grows into a giant bean-stalk, which has the same effect of having a bomb explode.
  • Chief Brody does this in Jaws. After the shark gets an air tank wedged in its mouth, Brody shoots at it and ruptures it, causing a titanic explosion that blows the shark's head to bits.
    Brody: Smile, you son of a bitch!
  • In Kong: Skull Island the flashbulb on Randa's camera shorts and starts strobing right before he's Swallowed Whole by a Skull Crawler, and the light is visible through its skin, and the fog it was using to hide. Later, Cole attempts to feed himself to the Alpha Skull Crawler while wearing a belt of explosives and holding up two grenades with pins pulled, but it smashes him aside with its tail instead.
  • In The Lair of the White Worm Peter Capaldi's character kills the eponymous Great Serpent by tossing a hand grenade into its maw.
  • Peter Weller's character takes out the eponymous Leviathan (1989) this way, complete with a wonderfully cheesy Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
  • In Men in Black, after the Bug has eaten the BFGs, K goads it into eating him. He survives being swallowed, finds the gun and fires it, resulting in the Bug's abdomen being split open, letting K out.
  • Monster Hunter (2020):
    • When Steeler is grabbed by the Diablos, he pulls the pin on one of the grenades on his bandolier, turning it into and improvised suicide belt that detonates as the Diablos is trying to swallow him. Subverted in that the grenades miss and detonate on its face, failing to penetrate the creature's hide.
    • This is also used to kill the Rathalos in the finale. In this case, they have to use multiple bombs, one to cause some injuries and a second, bigger one to finish the job.
  • In Nope, the UFO is dealt with by luring it into eating the Kid Sheriff mascot balloon from Jupiter's Claim, exploding it from the inside.
  • In Reign of Fire, the plan to kill the male dragon is to shoot an explosive crossbow bolt into its mouth. Unfortunately, the dragon destroys the first bolt in flight with a fireball. It then picks up the Villain Ball by patiently waiting for the protagonist to successfully repeat the shot.
  • In Return to Oz, it's established that chicken eggs are deadly poison to Nomes. At the climax, the Nome King has transformed himself into a giant claymation rock-monster and is dangling Jack Pumpkinhead over his gaping maw. Guess what falls out of Jack's hollow head... the result is more of an implosion, but it's still impressive.
  • In a b-movie called Spiders, the mightiest of the Giant Spiders is heavily armored, able to resist bullets and explosives. It is finally beaten when a bazooka is fired into its mouth.
  • In Spiders II: Breeding Ground, Alexandra throws a grenade into a giant spider's mouth.
  • Starship Troopers: Dizzy chucks a grenade into the non-gaping maw of a tanker bug, American football style.
  • Swamp Shark: Attempted by the protagonists. Jason hypothesizes that, since the shark is from a deep-sea high-pressure environment, necessitating the need for its thick armor-like skin, the insides must be its weak point. To that end, he suggests they make it eat something explosive to kill it. The protagonists smear blood on a propane tank to attract the shark to it, and wrap it in a boueyed net to keep it afloat, and then throw it in the water. When the shark grabs it in its mouth, one of the protagonists shoots the tank. Instead of exploding, the escaping propane gas propels it out of the shark's mouth and off into the distance.
  • The Thing (2011). The heroine is about to be assimilated by the alien monster when she throws a grenade down its toothy maw. She then has the opportunity to run for cover while it's trying to regurgitate the foreign object.
  • Near the end of Tremors, one of the Graboids is killed by tricking it into swallowing a homemade pipe-bomb with a lit fuse, blowing it to bits. They then try it on the last Graboid, only for it to spit it back at them.
  • In Tremors 2: Aftershocks, this has become the "standard" solution for killing Graboids: send out a toy remote-controlled car with some dynamite strapped to it ("2 pounds of C4 may be a little... excessive"). When a Graboid snags the car, trigger the detonator remotely from a safe distance. This works quite well, until the Graboids all start hatching out Shriekers.
  • Played with in Underworld: Awakening: Selene kills the uber-Lycan by placing a grenade inside a stomach wound before it closes thanks to his Healing Factor.
  • Ray Ferrier does this after being 'eaten' by the tripod in War of the Worlds (2005), pulling the pins out of a belt of grenades then crawling back out.
  • Darwin gets offed in this way in X-Men: First Class, despite the fact that it should not work on him because of his powers.
  • A similar variant was used in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, when the bomb-tossing pirate had one of his own explosives stuck into his abdominal space in his skeletal form, then was shoved out of the moonlight so his flesh reappeared and sealed it in. He has just enough time to grope at his belly, then whimper "No fair!" before it blows.

  • In a story that's in the Apocrypha of The Bible, Daniel kills a dragon this way.
  • There's a similar Polish folktale about a hero named Krak who builds a rudimentary explosive and feeds it to a dragon that's been terrorizing the land. (According to canonical version it was a lamb stuffed with sulfur. Eating it made dragon drink a lot of water, and eventually burst.) The Polish people are so grateful they name the city of Krakow after him.
    • In another version it was Dratewka the shoemaker who killed the dragon, while Krak was already the ruler.
  • A similar story is told about the Dragon of Brno, which terrorized the land until a butcher killed it by feeding it an ox-skin sack filled with burnt lime. It's been stuffed and hung at the entrance of the town hall, where it can be seen until this day. (It's a crocodile.)
  • There's also an English folktale (The Mordiford Wyvern) about a man killing a dragon by covering a barrel in spikes and hiding inside it. The dragon swallows the barrel and suffers fatal wounds from the spikes. Of course the man dies too as getting swallowed by and bled on by a dragon is not good for your health.
  • The Chimera of Greek Mythology was defeated when Bellerophon rammed a big chunk of lead on a stick down its throat, which melted when the chimera tried to breathe fire at the hero.

  • Pretty common in Fighting Fantasy.
    • The Pit Fiend in Deathtrap Dungeon can be disabled by throwing a Monkey Bone Charm into it's throat as it tries to chew up the heroes. A successful throw and the Charm immediately expands in size choking the Pit Fiend, allowing the players to flee without fighting.
    • The Toroid from Space Assassin, described as a "giant donut with teeth", can be defeated by feeding it a Gravity Bomb.
    • In another sci-fi adventure, The Rings of Kether, the asteroid route has a giant monster called an Arcturan Vanque, which the player can defeat by throwing a sample of Satopphil-D drug into its maw. The drug will disorientate it so much that the monster ends up falling into a nearby chasm to its death.

  • Ciaphas Cain: In The Last Ditch, Cain dispatches a Tyranid burrower by tricking it into eating a bag of grenades hidden in a cluster of fuel drums.
  • Gotrek & Felix: In Daemonslayer, Boneripper II meets its end through an accidental case of this — Felix tosses a bomb at it while it's chasing the wagon he's in, Boneripper swallows it by mistake, and the explosion takes off its head.
  • The Great Zoo of China: How CJ ultimately deals with Red Face, lobbing a grenade down its throat. The results are described graphically.
  • Hungry as a Wolf: Wolf Cowrie defeats the Wendigo by cramming a bundle of dynamite into its mouth and then running like hell, yelling for his ally Hartford to set it off from outside the mine.
  • Ice: Tristan's boat is frozen into the ice and he is attacked by a polar bear. He gets rid of it by firing a signal flare down its throat.
  • Repairman Jack: In Gateways, a two-headed alligator snapping turtle chomps and swallows anything that moves near her. This proves unwise when Jack fends off her attacks by tossing a grenade.
  • The Ring Of Winter had a hungry monster gobbling up a magical journal. That's basically a Bag of Holding storing attached pages. Which works fine as long as it's not chewed too much — at which point magic fails, immediately and forcibly unloading a cartload worth of paper.
  • Secret City's Hierarchs of Kadath are former humans after a directed mutation which turned them into large monsters with impenetrable hide, save for one random weak point (a precaution in case they turn on their master). The largest one, Gomori the Silent, has his weak point inside his maw, and only opens it when absolutely necessary, hence the nickname "Silent". The heroes' plan to bring him down involves knocking him unconscious with an obscene amount of explosives and showing a lava grenade down his throat. Unfortunately, after the massive blast, some mooks the heroes used as hired muscle believe Gomori is already dead, and swarm him trying to pry his teeth out as trophies, preventing Artyom from getting the bomb in before the monster wakes up and spits it out, right onto the mooks. Fortunately, one of the "dentists" has managed to jam his yatagan between Gomori's teeth, preventing him from fully closing his mouth, and forcing him to fully open it to pull it out. As soon as he does, Inga enacts the backup plan by shooting him in the mouth with a lava grenade-tipped crossbow bolt.
  • Space Captain Smith: In Wrath of the Lemming Men (Vol. 3 of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith), Captain Smith does this to defeat the Ghast (Giant ant man) Number 8, ramming its own grenade down its throat, and gets his arm bitten off for his troubles. (He gets better.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Chapter 4 of The Book of Boba Fett, Boba returns to the Pit of Carkoon years after he burned his way out of the Sarlacc's stomach. Somehow, the Sarlaac is still alive and nearly swallows his ship whole. Fennec Shand drops a seismic charge into its stomach, blowing it up and finally putting it down.
  • One skit on The Ed Sullivan Show (based on an old IBM training video) was about a Cookie Monster-lookalike taking a machine apart piece-by-piece and eating it. The skit ends with the machine warning the monster that destroying all of the components of said machine will cause it to perform its primary function as the most powerful explosive weapon known to man; as a result the monster combusts.
  • Mentioned in a story of the Unification War in Firefly. The Alliance once hid miniature pressure-sensitive bombs in a crate of apples that was sent to the starving Independents. This gave Mal and Zoe the habit of cutting their apples before eating.
  • Done once, figuratively, in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (against Pudgy Pig, who was fed a spicy radish) and once literally in Power Rangers Turbo (against Goldgoyle). Goldgoyle deserves special mention, as he had just destroyed both of their Megazords single-handed, and it was clearly a last resort weapon from the Rangers.
  • Subverted in the last season of Stargate SG-1, when Teal'c tried to get rid of the Sangraal's guardian, a dragon, by throwing C-4 into its mouth. It doesn't do much more than give it a burpy tummy; the look on Teal'c's face is hilarious. Daniel gets rid of it by shouting the Ancient name of its master, Morgan le Fay, at it, whereupon it vanishes courtesy of being a technological illusion.
  • Used twice in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Doomsday Machine" by first flying a shuttle into the maw of the machine and detonating the engines, having only a small effect. Then flying the wreckage of a starship into the machine and detonating the impulse engines destroying the machine's insides but leaving the hull intact. A dubious-canon EU novel, Before Dishonor, indicates that even the internal detonation didn't physically damage it. Rather, it had an organic "pilot" psychically interfaced into its crystalline control system, and the radiation from explosion killed that "pilot" rendering it inert. Inserting a new "pilot", 7 of 9, was all that was needed to reactivate it.
  • A few Ultra Series examples:
    • Return of Ultraman have Ultraman Jack battling the insect monster King Maimai, who managed to get Jack entangled in it's webbing. Jack's response to the situation is to transform his Ultra Bracelet into a bomb and chuck it into the monster's mouth. A fiery explosion in the gut follows.
    • Ultraman Taro have the ZAT battling against Reconstructed Bemstar, who is impervious to all attacks... until the ZAT managed to launch a warhead into Bemstar's Belly Mouth. A follow-up missile detonates said warhead and blows up Bemstar.
    • Subverted in ''Ultraseven, when the TDF have to deal with the rampaging robot monster called Crazygon, who is being piloted by the Banda aliens and gobbling up entire chunks of the city. The bomb trap they fed Crazygon goes off successfully, killing the Banda aliens, but Crazygon is on autopilot and Ultraseven needs to personally fight the monster afterwards.

  • In The Fallen Gods, Tuatha shoves a Chromatic Orb spell down the mouth of a dire wilve to deal a large amount of poison damage to it.

    Tabletop Games 
  • As of the Sixth Edition of Warhammer 40,000, grenades now have a separate strength-stat that is used when fighting Monstrous Creatures; that's right, even the Mighty Carnifex can be taken down by a unit of humble Tactical Space Marines, all tossing a once-humble (Strength 6) Krak Grenade down its Toughness 6 throat.

    Video Games 
  • In ANNO: Mutationem, during the boss battle with the giant slug in the sewers, after its armor has been depleted, Ann can toss a grenade in the mouth while its stunned, allowing a piercing attack to take much of its health.
  • Aquaria: One of the bosses can only be defeated by luring the mooks that he spawn into a gas vent and dragging the resulting gas-bloated explosive mooks into his mouth when he tries a vortex attack.
  • In Astro Marine Corps, the only way to get past the Lasaarc is to drop several grenades into its gigantic mouth.
  • Banjo-Tooie: Weldar the visually-impaired welding torch is defeated by using grenade eggs when he tries to suck the player up. You can also use Fire Eggs, cause hey, he's full of gas.
  • In Bik A Space Adventure, this is the way to defeat a monster on planet SET. Basically, you feed it a grenade taped to a stick, but the grenade won't go off until you shoot it with your blaster. The current Player Character Ammut even quotes Chief Brody from Jaws minus the "bitch" part.
  • The Binding of Isaac:
    • Chub and her variants all make use of this. If you put a bomb in front of her while she's charging, she'll eat it and take massive damage when it explodes. The same applies to C.H.A.D.. The Carrion Queen is also vulnerable to this, but starts moving diagonally at low health, making it harder to perform. Also, trying to use this on The Matriarch results in her spitting the bomb back out at the player.
    • You can feed bombs to Big Horn while he's doing his bouncy ball attack. It's pretty effective since it not only does significant damage, but it also stuns him, preventing from ducking underground. The trade-off is that getting a bomb in his mouth is fairly difficult since he's mostly a Stationary Boss and bombs don't have much momentum without using Dr Fetus. The Forgotten's bone club, however, makes the trick a lot easier.
  • In Blinx, the best way to kill Keroppers (frog monsters who swallow anything fired at them from the front whole) is to shoot bombs at them.
  • A Boy and His Blob: In the Wii version, the only way to kill the frog mooks is to turn Blob into a coconut and roll it near to them so they'll eat him... and then call him back so he will burst out from inside of them.
  • In Bomberman 64, chucking a bomb into the mouth of the Leviathan boss in Blue Resort nets the player a Gold Card. It also deals twice the damage the bomb would've normally done. This isn't required to defeat the boss, though.
  • In Borderlands you can land a critical hit by shooting enemies in a certain weakpoint for massive damage in the case of Skag type enemies a critical hit occurs when the player lands an attack when the creatures open their mouth and roar or spit depending on type. Lampshaded in a Loading Screen tip in Borderlands 2.
    "Shoot a skag in the mouth when it opens it to roar. It'll do extra damage, and make the skag feel really stupid."
  • The Great Mighty Poo in Conker's Bad Fur Day is defeated by flinging giant rolls of toilet paper into its mouth as it sings.
  • Darius: Many of the Humongous Mecha fish bosses can only be damaged by shooting into their mouth when it opens.
  • Dark Forces Saga: The only way to kill the sandworms in an early mission of Jedi Academy is to lob a thermal detonator with the timer going on the sand and hope they eat it — the AI and object collision detection make this a bit of a spotty proposition, but they're at least distracted by it.
  • Donkey Kong Country series:
    • The final boss of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is damaged by tossing cannonballs into K. Rool's blunderbuss when it's trying to suck you in, causing it to backfire on him.
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! has Belcha, the first boss. He is defeated by throwing the beetles he spawns into his open "mouth", causing him to crunch them up and then burp so hard he is blown backwards and ultimately falls into a pit on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • In Doom Eternal, firing a grenade at a Cacodemon will result in it gulping it down and blowing up inside it, thus putting it in a stunned state for you to Glory Kill.
  • Farpoint has the valley's boss, a spaceship-sized arachnid monster with a blatantly-glowing organ in it's mouth when it tries blasting acid at you. It even stops to aim at you, allowing you to feed it rockets via Rocket Launcher.
  • In Gears of War 2, you fight a giant fish who likes to chomp down on your boat. He's defeated by moving into his mouth and chucking grenades into his throat.
  • Half-Life 2's Barnacles, which cling to ceilings and dangle fly-paper-like tentacles to nearly floor level to catch prey (usually you), can be killed in a manner similar to this if there is an Exploding Barrel nearby: Just shove the barrel towards its tentacle, then hit it with two pistol shots to set it on fire and cause it to explode after a few seconds — just when it reaches the top. The first few cases where you can do this, you can take out every one in the area at once if you aim the barrel just right.
  • House of the Dead 4: A boss is a four-armed zombie with a large tongue. You can deal massive damage to it by throwing grenades in its mouth.
  • Ittle Dew: Inverted. Some enemies will eat bombs without harm, and you have to prevent them so you can blast what you want.
  • Kameo: Elements of Power: The demon-tree boss thing can only be killed by throwing enough rocks into its mouth when it's gloating in laughter.
  • The Last Story: The boss of Chapter 24, the Queen of the Abyss, is fought by throwing bombs at her mouth while she is stunned.
  • Last Train Outta' Worm Town: One of the most effective ways of dealing with the Worms is to trick them into eating dynamite. It doesn't even need to be lit beforehand, instantly igniting the moment it's in their mouth. However, the Worm then has a chance to attempt a Taking You with Me by trying to ensure that any nearby Pardners get caught in the blast radius. And while Death Is a Slap on the Wrist for Worms, Pardners only get one potential resurrection before they're Killed Off for Real.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Dodongos, a recurring boss and enemy type, are giant dinosaurs who must be fed bombs to damage them or to make them susceptible to attacks from Link's sword.
      • The Legend of Zelda: The usual method of killing Dodongos is introduced in this game. It's also possible to beat them by detonating a bomb near them instead of having them eat it, since it stuns them and lets you kill them with one hit from your sword (much harder to pull off, but takes half as many bombs)note . As the old sages say, "DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE".
      • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: The Dodongo Snakes are paired minibosses fought this way, as they blindly crawl their way around their chamber while gulping down anything in front of them and can only be damaged by feeding them bombs. The Switch remake has them be reluctant to open their mouths for their next few movements after a blast, refusing to eat any bombs for a bit, but they get over it quickly enough.
      • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time provides the page image. King Dodongo, the boss from the second dungeon, Dodongo's Cavern, is defeated by throwing bombs into his mouth while he's inhaling, then he is stunned long enough to slash at him with your sword. Admittedly, he's charging up his fireball breath attack, so his open mouth is justified.
    • Several games feature enemies that inhale as part of their attack, and most of the time a well-timed bomb thrown into their gaping maw is the most effective — sometimes the only — way to defeat them.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games: Every other boss involves Link throwing bombs in its mouth, such as the aforementioned Dodongonote , and other bosses like the giant spinning Head Thwompnote , and the frequent mini-boss Facade.
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: The only way to defeat Armos Knights is by throwing a bomb onto their mouths. They'll move erratically out of desperation before exploding. Gohdan, which is their King Mook, is defeated this way as well, though it requires three bombs instead of just one (as well as disabling its eyes and hands beforehand to fully stun it and open its mouth).
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has a giant frog Mini-Boss in the Lakebed Temple that stuns itself when it falls from the ceiling. However, when it opens its mouth, you can toss a bomb in there to stun him again, thus preventing most of its attack pattern. There are also carnivorous plants in the Forest Temple which can only be killed by lobbing Bomblings into them. A bigger-than-usual Deku Baba houses a carnivorous plant as well, and can only be bombed once the Baba is killed.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: Multiple enemies are defeated this way. Some enemies try to suck you up to digest you — little do they know that you've got your explosive charges ready.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: Fire Babas are fireball-spitting, Link-eating plants that can swallow bombs if you throw them with the proper timing. This kills them in one hit, which is good, since the usual method of fighting them (with your sword), can be quite tedious, and runs the risk of you getting swallowed and taking a fair amount of damage.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: While it's far from the only way to kill them, throwing a bomb at a Deku Baba or Quadro Baba will cause them to instinctively grab it with their mouth, at which point all you have to do is sit back and wait for it to explode. Scaldera must be defeated that way, since its attack pattern is basically the same as the aforementioned King Dodongo.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D: Gyorg's second phase requires you to disconnect aquatic mines chained to the floor of the flooded arena when it attempts to inhale you.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
      • The Rock Octoroks on Death Mountain will dive underground when approached directly or when Link pulls out an arrow in their line of sight. The easiest way to deal with them is to throw a round bomb towards them when they inhale before spitting their magma bombs and then detonating them to get rid of them
      • Moldugas track Link by the vibrations of his footsteps, and can be tricked into swallowing bombs thrown onto the sand. If the bomb is detonated after the Molduga swallows it, the beast will receive a bit of damage and remain incapacitated for a while, allowing Link to attack it.
      • During the battle with Fireblight Ganon, one way to get past the barrier it puts up during the second half of the fight is to trick it into sucking up a remote bomb when it starts charging its fireball attack.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: Froxes have an attack where they try to suck in Link into their massive maw. If he throws a bomb in there before he gets swallowed, it'll get stunned, leaving Link to attack the ore deposits on its back.
  • Luigi's Mansion:
    • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon:
      • Downplayed for the monster plants. Luigi can feed them prickly fruits (or, in one case, a flaming roast chicken), which will cause them to disappear.
      • Once the defenses are broken, the Shrewd Possessor's icy host is destroyed in this way.
    • Luigi's Mansion 3: Captain Fishook is defeated by rolling ignited gunpowder barrels into his mouth as his face slides across the possessed ship's deck.
  • Mega Man X6: When Sigma opens his mouth to fire his huge mouth laser, feed him a giant rock for massive damage.
  • McPixel: A common solution to levels is to force the stage's bomb down someone's or something's throat. The most common end result is part of their body (head, breasts, butt) will expand to ridiculous proportions and then deflate.
  • Metal Gear:
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, this is the best strategy for fighting Metal Gear Rays. One missile to the knee will make them shriek with pain, allowing a follow-up shot into their now-open mouth for massive damage.
    • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: This is an extremely easy way of farming gavial meat. Cock a grenade and wait until the gavial yawns. Another example occurs when one boss (The Fear) looks for food when he runs low on stamina. By leaving rotten or poisoned food lying around, you can make him vomit to death, for which you are rewarded.
  • Metroid:
    • Several enemies and bosses in the Metroid Prime Trilogy require you to morph into a ball, get swallowed, and lay bombs inside the enemy's stomach to damage them. These include the Stone Toad from Metroid Prime and Amorbis from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
    • One enemy in Prime, the Triclops (and its expy, the robotic Mechlops in Prime 2), willingly eats Morph Ball Bombs laid in front of it.
    • Also, the Metroid Queen from Metroid II: Return of Samus; you don't have to do it to beat the Queen, but it's generally faster and healthier (for you) than the alternative. In Other M, you kill the Queen in this very fashion with much more potent ordnance.
    • A variant occurs in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. One boss is a huge mining machine with two settings, cutting laser and vacuum. The only way to harm it is to blast some Mook enemies while it's in vacuum mode, so their bodies get sucked inside to jam the laser. In another part of the game, in one of the deep pits you have to jump into on Phaaze, there's a creature that grabs Samus while she's in Morph Ball form; you have to use the Hyper Ball to kill it (if you don't move to the side to keep it from grabbing you).
    • Metroid: Samus Returns:
      • The Diggernaut will try to suck Samus up after one of its arms is fried; firing missiles into the vortex does nothing, but dropping bombs for it to inhale will damage and eventually daze it, allowing Samus to inflict further meaningful damage.
      • Bombing the Queen is now part of a special counter sequence where Samus rolls into her and effectively nukes her innards with a Power Bomb.
    • In some cases, the bombs aren't required, but are used to get Samus free of an enemy when it tries to take a bite out of her. For example, the titular Metroids aren't actually hurt by the bombs—you need to freeze them and then hit them with missiles—but if one latches on to Samus then you have to fold up into the Morph Ball and lay down the bombs to get it off her.
    • In Super Metroid, the Metroids will die if you hit them with three Power Bombs, however. A few other enemies in the game can also be damaged/killed if they're hit with enough Power Bombs.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • Monster Hunter Portable 3rd: Nibelsnarf is a Leviathan-class monster, giant sand fish/worm/toad thing. One of the easiest ways to deal damage to it is to plant some bombs or Shock Traps and make him chase you into them with its mouth open. Once they go off, it'll stagger him, giving an opening. Another thing is that the most vulnerable part of him is his Uvula.
    • Monster Hunter: World: Dodogama is a monster that likes to attack by swallowing rocks, which mix with its saliva to create a powerful explosive that it spits at your hunter, dealing damage and inflicting the Blastblight effect. One way to deal with it is to attack its mouth at the right time (either by a melee or ranged attack, or shooting it with a Bomb Pod or Crystalburst from your slinger) to set off the explosive rocks, doing damage and stunning Dodogama.
  • One of Cyber Smoke's Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 3 has him dropping a bomb down his defeated victim's gaping mouth. Not exactly forcing, they look up and scream at the sight of it and do nothing to stop Smoke dropping it in there.
  • The tie-in video game of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor have Emperor Han unleashing his Kirin form, which you must weaken by way of gunfire before defeating it by flinging at least three grenades into his mouth. Note that this happens only in the game, and not the movie it's based upon.
  • Early on in The Neverhood, you have to feed a statue of yourself made of TNT to a Giant Enemy Crab, which then explodes violently in a cutscene. Your cousin then begins eating its now-cooked remains, something that's a good bit funnier than it sounds.
  • In NieR, the most effective way to deal with the final form of the Junk Heap boss is to toss bombs into its mouth when it fires its laser, a fact Weiss is quick to lampshade.
  • Nioh 2: "The Tengu's Disciple" DLC introduces a youkai known as the Nuppeppo that can try to inhale you into its many-fanged mouth. Throwing a bomb or a cannonball into its mouth during this attack will stun it and give you an opportunity to deal major damage.
  • Overlord: The only way to defeat the Sand Worms is to lure blaster beetles over the sands where they live and trick the worms into eating the beetles, causing both to explode.
  • Pikmin:
    • Pikmin (2001): The final boss, the Emperor Bulblax, is a lot easier if you feed it bombs like this, though having a Pikmin manually toss a bomb into its open mouth stuns it longer then having a bomb-carrying Pikmin be eaten. It retains this weakness in Pikmin 2, but has to be lured into eating bombs already lying on the ground. In Pikmin 4, the player character can carry and throw Bomb Rocks at the player's leisure, and hitting an Emperor or Sovereign Bulblax's tongue with a bomb is pretty easy to do (and one of the best ways to stun one long enough to get some good damage in.)
    • Pikmin 3: The Sandbelching Meerslug periodically creates an antlion-like sand pit in an attempt to draw your squad into its mouth. When it does this, it's possible to toss in a bomb-rock and let the Meerslug swallow it. It will detonate in its mouth and blow it onto the surface, where it will lay stunned and vulnerable to attack.
    • Hey! Pikmin: The Fiery Blowhog must be thrown a bomb while he is sucking air to throw fireballs at Olimar, which it will then inhale before it explodes.
  • Psychonauts has the same effect on a boss with boxes of iron nails. The game also features Nightmares who can only be defeated by shooting their heads off and throwing one of their own bombs down the resulting neck stump.
  • Resident Evil:
    • U8 in Resident Evil 5 is especially weak to this. Once its limbs are hit enough, its head falls on to the platform after which an input-action to throw a grenade into its mouth (with obligatory cheesy action movie one-liner to boot) and leap out of the way appears. Definitely the easiest way to defeat it.
    • In the Resident Evil 2 (Remake). Grenades can be used as a counter defensive weapons on enemies such as Lickers, G-Spawns and zombies as long as they are equipped. Doing so for the first time nets the player an achievement, and an in-game record entry.
    • The Resident Evil (Remake) also gives Chris this option with his unique self-defense item, flash-bang grenades. Since the light and sound alone wouldn't be very effective against the enemies he faces, Chris will stuff the grenade into a Zombie, Cerberus, or Hunter Alpha's mouth and let the concussive force of the small-but-powerful explosion blow off most of their head for a One-Hit Kill.
  • The huge Leviathan boss in Resistance 2 can be harmed by firing rockets into its mouth.
  • In Ristar, the boss of Planet Freon is Itamor. To defeat him, Ristar must toss hot pizzas in his mouth, which the mini-boss brings him after his defeat in a Snowball Fight.
  • In Saints Row: The Third this is one of the Finishing Moves you have to use on Brutes or else they will get up and continue attacking.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • This happens to Bean in Sonic the Fighters if he is hit by an opponent related throw.
    • The Chaos 6 boss from Sonic Adventure tries to suck you into its mouth. You defeat it by getting it to suck in the freeze bombs (Chaos is a sentient, shapeshifting water creature) that Robotnik keeps chucking at you and then smashing it when it freezes; rinse, repeat.
  • Space Quest:
  • Splatoon:
    • Splatoon: The weak point of the Ravenous Octomaw, the fourth Octo Valley boss, is revealed by throwing a Burst Bomb or Splat Bomb into its mouth after shooting off enough teeth to get one in there, while it's standing still smiling at you.
    • Splatoon 2 introduces the Maws, a Boss Salmonid that tries to eat Inklings for a One-Hit Kill by erupting from the ground. Drop a Splat Bomb where she's going to emerge, and she will eat the bomb and explode instead.
    • Splatoon 3:
      • In Shiver's boss fight, this is the only way to force her mount Master Mega into stranding itself, giving you a window to shoot it without worrying about any retaliation.
      • Mudmouths, a wave-specific Boss Salmonid, can only be defeated by throwing multiple Splat Bombs into their mouths.
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!: In the pre-level cutscene for Zephyr, a Land Blubber is seen attempting to shoot down a Breezebuilder Chick, until a Breezebuilder Soldier turns him around and shoves a bomb down his throat. Even after it explodes, though, the Land Blubber seems relatively unharmed, merely burping after the fact. This was changed in Reignited Trilogy to have the Breezebuilder Soldier stuffing the bomb underneath the Land Blubber's helmet, resulting in an Iris Out before the explosion.
  • Andross from the Star Fox series is a well-known example. Firing a bomb in his mouth stuns him briefly, leaving his weak points wide open. Except in the original where it does... nothing. But since there's no enemies after this point, might as well use your bombs for something visually appealing.
  • A Doomsday Machine is found in Star Trek Online. The only way to defeat it is by shooting special torpedoes into its mouth - right after it blasts at the player.
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: You can sneak a bomb into the rancor's food, rather than tossing it into its mouth. Calo plays it straight, chucking grenades into a rancor's mouth while riding on its shoulders.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Super Mario Bros. 2:Wart, the antagonist and final boss of the game, can only be killed by Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad throwing six vegetables into his mouth.
    • Super Mario 64: The Chain Chomp can be stunned by throwing it a Bob-omb on the face.
    • Super Mario Sunshine: King Boo dislikes spicy things, so Mario must stun him by throwing a spicy pepper into his mouth. The Piranha plants in this game also need to be sprayed in the mouth with water. They always open their mouth for no reason.
    • In Super Mario Galaxy 2:
      • If Yoshi swallows a Bullet Bill (which he uses to smash open glass cages upon spitting it out) and it stays in his mouth too long, then after a few seconds the Bill will explode and cause both him (and Mario) to take damage.
      • Squizzard opens his mouth after throwing so many spike balls at Mario, leaving you free to grab one of the conveniently placed Fire Flowers in the arena and throw fireballs into his mouth.
    • Super Paper Mario: The Shlurp family of enemies has unlimited defense on the outside so it can only be killed by feeding it a bomb.
    • Mario Party DS: The Piranha Plant boss is defeated by grabbing one of the Bomb Seeds it pulls down and shoots at the player's character, then throwing it back when it starts inhaling to get more. After each hit, the Plant will inhale air with greater strength than before to attempt to swallow the player, which requires extra effort to avoid being eaten.
    • Mario Party 10: In Petey's Bomb Battle, whenever Petey Piranha opens his mouth, any bombs thrown at him will land in his mouth, but the players want to avoid doing this, as he will harmlessly swallow them, before spitting them back at whoever threw them.
  • In Super Robotnik Land, Robotnik must defeat HUNGRYMAN by knocking a bomb onto his tongue when he sticks it out. After doing so several times, HUNGRYMAN will eat Robotnik, sending him into the next level, which takes place inside his body.
  • The player can be vulnerable to this in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby, Dedede, and Wario can each swallow explosive items. While this causes about 5 damage, it's most likely a LOT more preferable to what most explosives do when they go off. Wario is unique in that he actually hurts anyone touching him when he eats a bomb.
  • TimeSplitters Future Perfect: The second time you fight 'Princess', 'she' has a propane tank in her mouth that must be shot.
  • Both Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break and Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! have levels where Dizzy Devil is the boss in the Acme Looniversity cafeteria, and in order to defeat him, the player must feed Dizzy enough food to make him fall asleep. Babs' Big Break has urchins as hazards, and Buster Busts Loose has Dizzy spinning and breaking through the conveyor belts every so often.
  • A boss from Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! runs this way. You have to "feed" it three times, then get out of the way before it gives off an explosion, and only then can you deliver a blow that will actually hurt it.
  • In Wario Land: Shake It!, this is the only way to defeat both the man eating treasure chests in Boogie Mansion and the boss Large Fry in world 5.
  • World of Warcraft: Several quests involve feeding bombs to various creatures in order to blow them up — most notably, some worms in Dragonblight, Storm Peaks, and the Molten Front. In some of those, you subsequently collect the tasty meat that is now scattered across the snow.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Marco & the Galaxy Dragon, the heroines' plan to divert the Nudo—a planet-eating Space Whale—away from Earth is to fly inside it with their ship and plant some bombs in its stomach. They’re forced to change plans after a sapient cancer cell knocks the detonator into a pool of stomach acid.

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    Web Original 
  • In the Aldo Jones spoof of the Rogue One trailer, a rebel soldier fires an anti-armor missile at an AT-AT walker, which swallows the missile, then spits it back and blows up the rebel.
  • The very first Homestar Runner cartoon, Marshmallow's Last Stand, had Strong Bad attempt this during his tag team match with Homestar. He shoved a Cartoon Bomb down Homestar's throat, and then punched him in the gut for good measure. Unfortunately for him, Homestar was still full of marshmallows from the first scene, and the gut punch made him throw up... onto Strong Bad, who ran around in panic with the bomb stuck to him until it exploded.
  • RWBY: In Episode 8 of Volume 1, Yang jumps into the Nevermore’s mouth, wedges herself in its beak, and begins force-feeding the concussive blasts from her gauntlets down its throat.

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Alternative Title(s): Throw A Bomb In Its Mouth, Feed It With Bombs, Dodongo Dislikes Smoke



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