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"Don't fight him, feed him! Somethin' spicy. Ya 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 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, 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 and Manga 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Tower of God, Ja Wangnan tried to shove a pokeball-shaped grenade down Lurker's throat.
  • Asuka and Shinji do this using a battleship set to explode against a giant fish Angel in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How Dazai and Chuya defeat Lovecraft in chapter 31 of Bungou 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.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • Averted by Matter Eater Lad/Tenzil Kem, who, being from the planet Bismoll, can eat anything, including the raw materials for a bomb, with no ill effects. Unless it's magic.
  • A shark accidentally swallows a mine intended for Tintin's boat in Tintin: The Red Sea Sharks (title is not Exactly What It Says on the Tin). We hear it hiccup for a while, then it culminates with a "hicBOOOOOOOOOMMMM".
  • In DC: The New Frontier, John Cloud jumps into the T-Rex's maw with live grenades in his hands.
  • Issue #4 of the Fantastic Four 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • In 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.
  • 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.
  • Angel and the titular character in 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future: This is how SpongeCog X is destroyed.


    Film — Animated 
  • How to Train Your Dragon 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yellow Submarine - the Dreaded Vacuum Monster swallows a cannonball which explodes inside it. Nothing happens.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Starship Troopers movie, Dizzy chucks a grenade into the non-gaping maw of a tanker bug, American football style.
  • 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!
    • Busted, unfortunately, by the MythBusters. While you can puncture an air tank, and the jet of air rushing out will make mincemeat out of a shark who has one wedged in its mouth, it's not going to explode unless you have a pyrotechnics team to rig it with remote-detonated C4 beforehand.
    • Referenced in Resident Evil 2, with a T-virus mutated, Sewer Gator taking the shark's place. Not necessary, mind; you can beat it like most bosses but since it's a Survival Horror game, it's the better, and cooler, choice of the two.
  • Darwin gets offed in this way in X-Men: First Class.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tom Cruise does this after being 'eaten' by the tripod in The War of the Worlds (2005), pulling the pins out of a belt of grenades then crawling back out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Aside from the Mutos literally eating nuclear bombs, Godzilla kills the female Muto by blasting his Atomic Breath straight down her throat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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").
  • 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.

  • In a story that's in the Apocrypha of The Bible, Daniel kills a dragon this way.
  • There's a similiar 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.

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • In 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.
  • In Ice!, by Tristan Jones, his 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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) 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.

  • 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 
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Dodongo in many games are giant dinosaurs who when fed Link's bombs will damage it or make it susceptible to attack from his 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".
    • There's also the Dodongo Snake in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
    • King Dodongo from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the boss from the second dungeon (shown in the title picture), is defeated by throwing bombs into his mouth while he's inhaling. Admittedly, he's charging up his fireball breath attack, so his open mouth is justified.
    • Several games in the series also 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.
    • Every other boss in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games involves Link throwing bombs in its mouth, such as the aforementioned Dodongo, and other bosses like the giant spinning Head Thwomp and the frequent mini-boss Facade.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the enemies called Armos Knights and the boss Gohdan are defeated this way.
    • 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.
    • What seems like every other enemy in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is defeated this way. Some enemies actually try to suck you up to digest you - little do they know that you've got your explosive charges ready.
    • It occurs at least once in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, with the Fire Babas: 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.
    • In 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.
    • In 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.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Moldugas can be fooled into eating a bomb that will briefly incapacitate them. Also, you can trick the Octoroks on Death Mountain into sucking up bombs and then detonating them to get rid of them. 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.
  • 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; 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 ordinance.
    • 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).
    • The Diggernaut from Metroid: Samus Returns 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Splatoon: The weak point of the Ravenous Octomaw, the fourth boss of the Octo Valley story mode, 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.
  • In Splatoon 2, the Maws enemy tries to eat Inklings for a One-Hit Kill. Put a bomb where it's going to emerge, and it will eat the bomb and explode instead.
  • 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.
  • The rancor in Knights of the Old Republic. Although you actually sneak it into its food, rather than tossing it into its mouth. Check Calo Nord's journal in Davik's mansion. Calo played it straight, chucking grenades into a rancor's mouth while riding on its shoulders. Also, the defeat of the Krayt Dragon on Tatooine parallels this trope, even if it's not QUITE a matter of eating mines.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog games:
    • 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.
  • Weldar, the visually impaired welding torch from Banjo-Tooie 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.
  • 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.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Wart, the antagonist and final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2, can only be killed by Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad throwing six vegetables into his mouth.
    • The Chain Chomp in Super Mario 64 could be stunned by throwing it a Bob-omb on the face.
    • In 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.
    • The Shlurp family of enemies in Super Paper Mario has unlimited defense on the outside so it can only be killed by feeding it a bomb.
    • 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.
    • The Piranha Plant boss of Mario Party DS is defeated by grabbing one of the Bomb Seeds it pulls down and shoots at you, then throwing it back when it starts inhaling to get more.
  • When Sigma opens his mouth to fire his huge mouth laser in Mega Man X6, feed him a giant rock for massive damage.
  • The only way to kill the sandworms in an early mission of Jedi Academy was to lob a thermal detonator with the timer going on the sand and hope they ate it—the AI and object collision detection made this a bit of a spotty proposition, but they would at least be distracted by it. That's right; they included an enemy even a lightsaber couldn't kill.
  • The final boss of Pikmin 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. The same boss in Pikmin 2 has a similar weakness, but has to be lured into eating bombs already lying on the ground. The Sandbelching Meerslug in Pikmin 3 can be harmed this way optionally. Hey! Pikmin's Fiery Blowhog must be through a bomb while he is sucking air to throw fireballs at Olimar, too.
  • 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, allow a followup shot into their now-open mouth for massive damage.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has this as an extremely easy way of farming gavial meat. Cock a grenade and wait until the gavial yawns. Another very, shall we say, "unique" example in MGS3, where one boss 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.
  • 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.
  • One of the bosses in Aquaria 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Done in Space Quest I, by getting a monster to eat some dehydrated water. Space Quest IV features Roger in a battle with a giant Sea Slug, which he won in the nick of time with an oxygen tank and his clever thinking.
  • World of Warcraft makes multiple uses of this trope.
    • The Un'Goro Crater zone has a direct Shout-Out to the original Zelda example in the form of a kodo named Dodonga. You don't actually feed it a bomb, though.
    • 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.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect: The second time you fight 'Princess', 'she' has a propane tank in her mouth that must be shot.
  • A boss in House of the Dead 4 is a four-armed zombie with a large tongue. You can deal massive damage to it by throwing grenades in its mouth.
  • 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.
  • 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 huge Leviathan boss in Resistance 2 can be harmed by firing rockets into its mouth.
  • One of the bosses works this way in Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel. Bonus, because you have to transmute said bombs while avoiding attacks. And it heals itself.
  • Something like this in 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.
  • 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.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • Nibelsnarf is a Leviathan-class monster, giant sand fish/worm/toad thing, introduced in Portable 3rd and 3 Ultimate. 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.
    • Dodogama from Monster Hunter: World 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Many of the Humongous Mecha fish bosses in the Darius series can only be damaged by shooting into their mouth when it opens.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A probable, and often successful, solution to levels in McPixel 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.
  • The only way to defeat the Sand Worms in Overlord is to lure blaster beetles over the sands where they live and trick the worms into eating the beetles, causing both to explode.
  • In Astro Marine Corps, the only way to get past the Lasaarc is to drop several grenades into its gigantic mouth.
  • 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.
  • The boss of Chapter 24 in The Last Story, the Queen of the Abyss, is fought by throwing bombs at her mouth while she is stunned.
  • 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.
  • Inverted in Ittle Dew: Some enemies will eat bombs without harm, and you have to prevent them so you can blast what you want.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Wii version of A Boy and His Blob, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Marco and 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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  • 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.

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


Fishook's weakness

Fishook can be fed an exploding barrel while possessing his ship.

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