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"Tummies. They're never satisfied."

An occurrence when a character’s stomach growls or grumbles. It’s usually an indication of hunger, indigestion, or a need to use the restroom. Often when this happens in animated or drawn mediums, the stomach ripples along with the sound.

Not to be confused with Guttural Growler.

Note: It's often Truth in Television, but please do not list Real Life occurrences on this page.


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    Audio Plays 
  • There's a segment in the 2X-L program, "Monsters, Myths & Dinosaurs", where 2X-L takes the listener to interview with a caveman. Towards the end of the interview, the caveman mentions his stomach growling for food.

    Comic Books 
  • This happens in one of the Bone comics in an issue of Disney Adventures. In this instance, Phoney Bone's stomach growls very loudly, he tells it to shut up, and it whimpers in response.
  • It happens to Dot in the Animaniacs comic series story Dot the Vampire Slayer where she goes to get a midnight snack, but finds out that she's hungrier than she thought.

    Comic Strips 
  • It happens to Broom Hilda in one strip.
  • In a Peanuts strip, Snoopy asks to get fed, but Charlie Brown tells him about the Daylight Savings hour change. However, Snoopy’s stomach argued back at Charlie.
  • Garfield:
    • The title character's stomach growls in a number of strips.
    • There's also a strip where this happens to Jon. He goes to the fridge only to discover that Garfield had totally cleaned it out leaving inside a snowman.
  • Happens to Buckles in one strip, which leads to a burp.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Babe's stomach growled in Babe: Pig in the City.
  • Happened in Cinderella Man to Russell Crowe when they ran out of soup.
  • This happened to Switchblade Sam in the 1993 film adaptation of Dennis the Menace after Dennis stuffed him up with beans.
  • In the Sex and the City movie, while the girls are vacationing in Mexico, Charlotte accidentally drinks some Mexican water while she’s taking a shower. Her stomach noisily gurgles as she rushes back to the hotel to use the bathroom. However, she can’t get in since the room is being cleaned, and as a result, ends up crapping her pants.
  • Ditto in Bridesmaids. Annie stupidly inflicts food poisoning on herself and the women, causing an industrial-sized toxic spill at the bridal shop.
  • This also occurs in Labyrinth, although it's not clear as to who it happened to. All that happens is we hear the growl, and then Sir Didimus responds, "Was that my stomach or your's, Ambrocious?"
  • Ian's stomach grumbles in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
  • In Lilies of the Field, Homer Smith suffered this when the nuns were praying.
  • Serleena's stomach can be heard noisily churning and sloshing with each step she takes as it digests the mugger she's just Swallowed Whole in the opening of Men in Black II.
  • Believe it or not, Violet's stomach (Or, maybe the juice that's going into her?) can be heard grumbling in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory during her transformation into a blueberry.
  • The movie, Stand by Me, shows a fine example of this trope when Gordie tells the story about Lardass Hogan.
  • In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Tuco's stomach growled when Angel Eyes invites him over for lunch.
  • This Happens 10 times in Bad Milo.
  • In Treasure Buddies, Budderball's stomach growls due to gas.
  • In Dumb and Dumber, this happens to Harry due to Potty Emergency.
  • The Dutch film Beyond Sleep does an interesting variation of this: in one scene, Alfred has a dream in which he climbs a hilly landscape while the faint sounds of breathing and heart beats can be heart. He walks over to a hole in the ground where he hears running water and begins digging, each strike of his pickax causing the ground beneath him to audibly slosh for some reason. The hilly landscape turns out to be a giant naked woman and the area where he was digging was her gurgling stomach.
  • In The Man (2005), Eugene Levy's characters stomach growls 4 times after eating red meat twice in Samuel L. Jackson's car and in the elevator at the end of the movie.
  • In A Million Waysto Dieinthe West, Charlize Theron's character tricks Foy into drinking a glass of scotch with laxatives. When he invites Louise to stay at his place, his stomach grumbles and goes to the bathroom. The next day, when he's about to face-off with Albert, Foy's stomach grumbles again, and uses a guy's hat to crap in it.
  • Are We Done Yet?: Nick's stomach growls due to a bellyache (according to him, thinking about Chuck is what makes his stomach hurt).
  • In White Chicks, Marcus (disguised as Tiffany) eats a whole tray of cheese appetizers. However, he's lactose intolerant, so the appetizers cause his stomach to growl due to a need to use the bathroom.

    Literature 
  • This happens quite often in a few of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books including “The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight” and “Go Eat Worms”.
  • Happens throughout the Shivers title: "Curse of the New Kid"; every time Luke got bullied, his stomach would roil increasingly strong, loud and painfully, and something terrible happened to the person picking on him.
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood has a few examples as well—since Ward's vampires need food as well as blood. Phury's is most frequent at first as I recall; being a whacked-out drug addict he frequently forgets to eat.
  • In Dinoverse, this accompanies the first time the kids-in-dinosaur-bodies feel hunger.
  • There is a children's book called 100 Hungry Ants about an army of ants marching towards a picnic. As they are marching, their tummies make hungry sounds that keep getting progressively louder as the book continues.
  • There's a book call "Grumble! Rumble!" where the character Little Roo thinks there's a monster in her tummy.
  • In Chapter 3 of the My Little Pony book "Applejack and the Honest-To-Goodness Switcheroo", Applejack's tummy rumbled.
  • In the book "Word World: Bear The Pizza Tree", Bear was woken up by the sound of her tummy rumbling.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Only happens very little in Barney & Friends when the purple dinosaur experiences rumblies in the tumblies in "Hoo's In The Forest", "Going on a Bear Hunt", "Circle of Friends", "Birthday Ole" and "Spring Into Fun". As the seasons went on, BJ and Baby Bop got rumbly tummies too. BJ in "Play for Exercise" and "BJ's Snack Attack". Baby Bop in "Way to Go: A Travel Adventure". Some of the kids' stomach growled as part of the story "Three Billy Goats Gruff" in the episode "Stop! Go!"
  • In ''Bear in the Big Blue House, Ojo's stomach growled in the episode "Woodland House Wonderful".
  • Happens to Theo in a rather twisted episode of Between the Lions, "Huff and Puff", in which Leona runs off to write a second half of a story and tells her father Theo to stay put until she gets back. As a result of having no lunch yet, his tummy begins to rumble.
    • Someone's stomach growled on the episode "Lionel's Great Escape Trick".
  • In the Fraggle Rock episode, "Fraggle Wars", we hear a stomach gurgle from one of the evil Fraggles, and he claims it to be his lunch digesting.
  • In the episode "Rumble Rumble" of Mopatop's Shop, Puppyduck's stomach rumbled a couple of times on the episode.
  • Happens to the lovable yet full of questions Horace in the PBS hit TV show Wimzie's House about 2 times in the series, once in the episode "I Don't Like Chores!" and another time in "Growing Up Is Hard To Do".
  • On Sesame Street, it happened to Davy the monkey on episode 3,071, Baby Bear on episode 3,998 and Telly on episodes 3,689 and 3,778.
  • Happens to Uma once in the beginning of the Oobi episode "Make Pizza." The growling noises were done by her puppeteer.
  • Mutt & Stuff is the first Sid & Marty Krofft TV series to own this trope. Happens to Stuff in "Doggy Dino". Not only it happens to Stuff in "Cleo Kibble", but it happens to the other dogs as well. It happens to Stuff again in "Sherdog Bones".

    Web Animation 
  • In Bee and Puppycat, Bee's stomach growls from hunger which she realize that she has no money to buy food. Puppycat guards his food from Bee but she assures him that she's not gonna eat his food.
    Bee: Crap! I ran out of food money!
    (Puppycat guards his food)
    Bee: Relax, man. I'm not gonna eat your food.
  • In the flash cartoon, Metal Gear Awesome, Snake asks one of the guys communicating with him why he hears a helicopter in the background, and he responds, "It's my stomach. I'm hungry."
  • In one episode of The Bedfellows has Sheen eating a ton of bubble gum in an effort to make a viral video. He turns the camera on his moaning stomach and we Gilligan Cut to him in a hospital bed having just had his stomach pumped.
  • On Fizzy's Lunch Lab, Avril's stomach growled on the episode "Something Fishy."
  • In Chapter 1 of Volume 3 of RWBY, just after their fight, Ruby asks if anyone else is starving. Blake mentions that she 'may have worked up an appetite,' at which point her stomach growls loud enough to startle all four of them.
    • Chibi - A Slip Through Time and Space Pt.2
    • Volume 2, Chapter 9 Search and Destroy
  • Happy Tree Friends
    • Lumpy gets these in the episodes "A Hole Lotta Love" and "Snow Place To Go".
    • Giggles's stomach growls in "Dunce Upon A Time" due to hunger.
    • Nutty gets this in "Chew Said a Mouthful", and "Going Out With A Bang".
    • Russell in "Snow Place To Go" while he and his pals were stranded on a snowy area and he was hungry.
    • Cro-Marmot apparently had this happen to him (as indicated by a picture of a lion on his belly) in "Dino-Sore Days".
    • Flaky suffered a stomach gurgle in "Royal Flush" when she ate a sandwich with Mr. Pickels inside it.
    • Disco Bear's stomach rumbled in "Ipso Fatso".
    • Lifty's stomach rumbled in "Buns of Steal".
    • Splendid's stomach gurgles in "Breaking Wind", due to gas building up.
  • On Lastman, Siri's stomach growled on episode 5.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls shorts, It happens to Pinkie Pie in "Friendship Math and Pinkie Pie: Snack Psychic."
  • Talking Tom and Friends
    • Hank's stomach gurgled after eating a lot of hamburgers in "Hank The Millionaire" and it happened to him again in "Angela The Cheerleader".
    • Ben's stomach starts making noise in "Doc Hank".
    • Tom's stomach growled after he sees some pizza in "Friends Forever".
    • Jeremy the Germ stomach growled in "Germinator 2: Zombies".
    • Angela's stomach growled a couple of times on the episode "Funny Robot Galileo" and at the end of "A Secret Worth Keeping: Part One" after eating a lot of ice cream.
  • Smosh Babies:
    • Anthony's stomach bubbles in "Potty Training".
    • Isla had this in "Learning about the Birds and the Bees" because she skipped breakfast.
    • Vida gets a gut feeling in "Ian Speaks Spanish".

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    Web Original 
  • In the RedLetterMedia review of The Force Awakens, Mr. Plinkett's growling gut is likened to the roar of a Wookiee, before erupting into explosive diarrhea.

Alternative Title(s): Stomach Groan

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