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Barging into a subject like that while he's drinking? Really, Zii should know better.

[spits out water] "Why is it that I'm always drinking when a scene like that happens?!"
The Critic (reviewing Milk Money), The Nostalgia Critic

A Reaction Shot to an unexpected event that involves spraying food or, more commonly, drink from a character's mouth. In some cases, the character sprays their drink out of their nose instead of their mouth. It can be Truth in Television, as many people can attest, though in real life laughter is more likely than shock to induce such a reaction. The non-eating version is generally a "pfft".

Why surprising news or the punchline of a joke is so often delivered when a character has a full mouth can only be ascribed to Rule of Funny. May also be part of an I Ate WHAT?! reaction to the efforts of a Lethal Chef or Cordon Bleugh Chef.

A common Lampshade Hanging for this trope is when a character pauses to take a drink just so he has something to spit out in reaction.

See also: Double Take, The Take, Dramatic Drop, and Discreet Drink Disposal. Not to be confused with Spit Shake. Compare Spraying Drink from Nose, which is usually caused by laughter instead of surprise. Unrelated to Spit Shine.



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  • A 2011 commercial for the Hyundai Sonata had a deer doing this when seeing the (off-screen) car drive past.
  • An earlier Australian car ad had a car drop out of the sky and land safely in the front yard just as a bloke raised a can of beer to his lips.
  • A web banner ad for the game Rift shows a panda spitting out some soda after hearing the game is free-to-play.
  • In a late 90s Jack in the Box ad for their Ultimate Cheeseburger, a marketer presents the new burger to a focus group of men. The guys tell her it sounds great, but it would be even better if they got rid of the bun. The marketer spits out her coffee when she hears this, and Jack watching from the adjacent room spits out his coffee too.
  • In a Burger King commercial for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends toys, a little girl tells Bloo, who is drinking a glass of milk, that her older brother doesn't believe in imaginary friends. Bloo spits his milk out on the girl's older brother upon hearing this, and he says, "Okay, I believe!".
  • Happens at some point at the official trailer for EA's FIFA 2018.
  • In a GEICO ad featuring some gossiping meerkats in an office setting, one of the small creatures does a small-scale version by the water cooler when informed that Craig and Sheila broke up.

  • In one episode of Happy Heroes, Starshadow does a spit take all over Moondance when he realizes how close Careful S. is to their secret base.
  • Infinity Nado: In Season 3 episode 2, Eli is surprised to hear Chase mentioning going to find Cecilia, a well-respected Infinity Nado battler he likes, and spits the water he was drinking onto Dawn.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In Flying Island: The Sky Adventure episode 19, Paddi sees a rainbow acting weird and spits his drink all over Weslie's head. Then Weslie sees what's happening and does the same thing, making Paddi's head all wet.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You:
    • Karane does this at the water park when Rentarou mentions she was staring at Hakari and Nano's busts.
    • Nadeshiko does this with soda upon hearing that two of Chiyo's classmates are smoking (although she tries to cover this up by claiming that she can't stand soda).
  • Ah! My Goddess: Happens in the third episode of the anime. A little girl's mother treats Keiichi and Belldandy to lunch at a fast-food joint to thank Keiichi for helping the little girl out in the first episode, when she says, "Hey, mister, is that pretty lady your wife?" Cue spit-take from Keiichi. Then Belldandy (in a beautiful, elaborate goddess outfit, no less) replies with, "No, I am not Mister Keiichi's wife, I am actually—" Cue another spit-take from Keiichi. Belldandy is a goddess for whom Keiichi wished to stay with forever, and to maintain her power, she is forbidden from lying.
  • Bakuman。:
    • Moritaka Mashiro spits his coffee all over his manuscripts when his author Akito Takagi tells him that his fiancée's father wants to challenge them to a sparring match in order (which turns out to be a ruse to speak in private about his and Moritaka's uncle's love for Miho's mother) to win his approval for Akito and Kaya to marry.
    • He also gets one early on in the story when Takagi mentions his desire to go meet with an editor. Mashiro then explains that in order to do so, they'll need to bring a work to submit.
    • Takagi himself also does this the first time Miyoshi talks about them getting married, in Volume 2.
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo when Yoruchi says she's coming into the hot spring with him.
    • Rukia does one in an early episode when asked about her relationship with Ichigo.
    • Yumichika has a moment or so in the manga and anime from his laughing fit.
    • Princess Lurichiyo does one when Ichigo appears in front of her while she's at a tea party.
    • Ichigo, Renji and Kon when they saw Kirio Hikifune's slender form, which is revealed after cooking.
  • Stella Vermillion and Yuri from Chivalry of a Failed Knight do one in episode 7. Yuri, amusingly, spits her blood.
  • In the anime version of Chrono Crusade, Sister Kate makes the mistake of taking a sip of tea just before Azmaria declares she wants to be just like Rosette. Cue horrified spit-take.
  • Tomoya does one in CLANNAD after Nagisa, who by this point has spent about twenty episodes trying to re-establish her school's theater club, admits that she's never so much as seen an actual play. Better yet, he spits it right into the face of her father.
  • In Cowboy Bebop session #21, "Boogie-Woogie Feng Shui", Jet Black brings to the Bebop the teenage daughter of an old friend after they'd escaped some hitmen. Jet spits out his coffee when Ed asks the girl point-blank if she's his lover.
  • DearS: Takeya does one in episode 3 when Ren appears at his school.
  • Debusen: Mitsuru does one in Chapter 56, when Koyama tells him that Akira confessed to him (Koyama).
  • Dragon Ball Z has Gohan training with Videl and Goten; during a break they are shown eating some rice. ChiChi then asks when Gohan was planning to marry Videl, which prompts Gohan to spit rice across the table and all over Goten. Goten doesn't even blink, and cheerfully asks if this means Videl's going to be his sister.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's the Legend of the Sun King has Doraemon, Nobita, their usual gang of friends and their new buddy, the Prince Theo, traversing the Amazonian jungle. Reaching the Amazon River and thirsty for a drink, Doraemon then takes out one of his gadgets, which converts river water into fruit juice, making fresh beverages for everyone. But in the middle of enjoying their beverages, Gian, with a mouthful of river-water-turned-orange-juice, turns around and sees Nobita taking a piss upstream. PFFFT!
  • In Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta has an epic one in the episode "Heart of the Prince", when Bulma tells him she can help him become a Super Saiyan 4.
  • Dragon Ball Super. Goku says that he's promised Frieza that if the Seventh Universe wins the Tournament of Power, he will gather the Dragon Balls and wish Frieza back to life. When he hears this, Krillins spits out the liquid he's drinking.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Natsu and Happy both do particularly epic ones when Gajeel is about to sing on stage.
    • Makarov does one at the end of episode 10 of the anime when he learns one of the S-class mission posters has been taken. Made even funnier with him taking a sip while being told that, then several seconds pass and when he takes another sip, it's then when he performs a spit take. Almost as if he knew it'd happen.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: In the opening episode, Nanami brings Fujisawa dinner and tea, which the latter happily chows down. It's only then that Nanami brings up the matter of the bill. Fujisawa spits out the tea.
  • In Fly Me to the Moon, Tsukasa does one after Charlotte asks her if Nasa being a Nice Guy is why she likes him.
  • Franken Fran: In chapter 53, as Fran and Veronica are discussing the shapeshifting octopus creature. Fran tells her sister that it was made from her (Veronica's) genetic information, combined with an octopus'. Cue Veronica spitting her tea.
  • When discussing recent events with Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward spits out the coffee he was drinking (all over her puppy, Black Hayate) when Hawkeye bluntly asks "You love Winry, don't you?", thinking it as plainly obvious and a fact. Ed, however, seemed to think otherwise. Then again, Ed is the king of overblown reactions.
  • Full Metal Panic!: Two times with Tsundere Kaname. The first was when she found out the cop she was talking to is the same one who chased her and Sousuke a few episodes ago. The other was in the manga adaptation where Kaname's sister asked her how was her date with Sousuke (she hasn't told anyone she was dating him).
  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula 11, Hayato asks Kaga if it's a driver's racing talent when he can't reach Knight Shoemach's time with his Super Asurada AKF-11. This causes Kaga to spit out his coffee.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team:
    • First season episode 5. Taro, when Chief Security maid Konoe asks him why he doesn't sleep with Mariel.
    • La Vérité, episode 8. Konoe does one when her assistant Yashima Sanae asks her if she's in love with their master Taro.
  • Hanayamata: A variant of a surprise reaction usually involving the middle-schoolgirl heroines.
    • Yaya can't keep down the juice she just sipped, when her conversation in the school corridor with Naru is interrupted by the overly-energetic Hana pressing against the window from the outside. They're on the second floor and it's not a superhero saga.
    • The news that Naru, the lasting friend with a history of extreme shyness, did come out of the shell for a dance practice with Hana in a public place such as local shrine — catches Yaya at a bad time, having a drink in a fast-food restaurant.
  • Hellsing Ultimate: Pip comically sprays his beer on his television the moment he sees a news broadcast showing police forces surrounding the hotel Alucard and Seras are staying at.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Prussia does this when he finds out that Germany is not drinking beer as part of his new diet.
    • Iceland also does this when Denmark tells him that cows are flying through the sky during the 2011 April Fool's event.
  • Miyamura spits his apple juice all over Toru in chapter 80 of Horimiya when Hori sends him a text falsly claiming that he got her pregnant.
  • The iDOLM@STER 2: The World Is All One!! has a sick Hibiki do this in reaction to a television program she was supposed to be on using a cardboard cut out of her as a substitute.
  • In episode 34 of Jewelpet (2009), Ruby spits out her orange juice as a reaction to Amelie brainwashing a baby.
  • In chapter 138 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Kashiwagi spits out her tea when Kaguya calls her up and very bluntly asks her how long it took from her first kiss to have sex with Tsubasa.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise: When Kuroe comes home with her new makeover from Rairi, her pet dog Jumbo King is so shocked that he does this with his already profuse drool. It starts spewing out so much that it resembles a Vomit Indiscretion Shot.
  • In the anime version of Kekkaishi, Masamori teases Yoshimori while he is drinking tea about the latter's feelings for Tokine. Yoshimori promptly does a spit-take right into his cup which ends up splashing vertically, drenching himself in the process.
  • In K-On!, Ritsu tells her brother Satoshi not to interrupt her training session with Mio for the school play. Satoshi then asks what her role is, while chugging a soda bottle. He was not prepared for Ritsu's embarrassing response.
  • In Kore wa Koi no Hanashi, this is a rather standard occurrence for Shinichi. Usually when someone thinks he should be more open about his feelings for Haruka.
  • In Kotoura-san, Haruka does this in the first episode when Manabe sticks some chopsticks on his face in a really funny way. She does it again in episode 5 after Manabe gives an embarrassing picture of a young Hiyori in a photo promoting their dojo.
  • In Kurau Phantom Memory, every patron in an entire restaurant does this when Christmas, admiring a customer's baby, says that she wishes she knew where she could get one of her own.
  • In March Comes in Like a Lion, Rei reacts with a spit take when the first thing he sees is Nikaidou in Takahashi's taping of Rei's MHK Cup match.
  • In episode 7 of Mayo Chiki!, Jiro does this twice in one scene. The first is when Subaru calls him on his cellphone while he's hanging out with his sister and her two friends, who don't realize Subaru is a girl. She's wondering why he's taking so long buying drinks, and decides to come over to the shop, causing him to spit the water. He warns them not to come into the shop, but then Subaru informs him that they're already there, causing him to spit out some more water, and forcing him to come up with a Paper-Thin Disguise for her.
  • Monster Musume:
    • Chapter 26 has two of those. Rachnera does one when Lala sneaks up on her, telling her they got mail. Cerea also does this after hearing Kimihito refuse to allow Ren to be Rachnera's host again. She spits her coffee drink all over Miia.
    • Ms. Smith does one in chapter 5 when Kimihito blames her for the latest incident between Centorea, Miia, and Papi.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid: Ren does one after seeing giant Nagasumi in episode 11.
  • Uraraka from My Hero Academia does this without even drinking, typically due to laughing so hard. Notable examples are when she sees the upright and honest Iida trying to act like a victim as part of a test, then later on when All Might comes and invites Midoriya to lunch like a schoolgirl.
  • My Monster Secret: In Episode 3, Asahi does this when Shiragami informs him that she knew thanks to their teacher that he was coming over after school.Context 
  • In My-Otome Zwei, Sara Gallagher spits out her tea when she finds out that Arika is one of the hostages in the busjacking.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi likes these a lot:
    • Negi in particular has a great one after receiving an email containing some... potentially indecent photos of one of his students. For the record, she wanted to hook up with Negi's cousin Nagi (actually Negi magically aged up) so her friends KOed her, dressed her in a Playboy Bunny costume, took pictures, and sent them to Nagi.
    • Evangeline also does a good one at the beginning of book 4, when Asuna correctly guesses she was in love with Nagi Springfield, Negi's father.
    • Another one for Eva is when Albi... ahem, Colonel Sanders proposes to Negi to be his apprentice. Hilarity ensues and it turns out the Colonel was just trolling Eva; though you have to admit he made some good points on why Negi should be his apprentice....
    • Nodoka also gets a good one after she confesses her feelings to Negi, when Asakura, trying to learn more about the spoilered incident, asks if she slept with Negi.
    • A Mass spit take happens when Feitas transformed back into Fate, adding a rule that forbids being inside recreational facilities after 6 PM... and gives the three girls remedial classes... cue Mass spit-take.
  • In one episode of Nerima Daikon Brothers, three characters simultaneously spit-take using the ramen they were eating.
  • Nichijou has Mio and Yuuko do this during the episode when they and Mai are stuck on the elevator and start Corpsing for a silly reason. Strangely, neither had drunk anything beforehand what with the lack of beverages on the elevator; they presumably spit out saliva.
  • Nisekoi gets a lot of mileage of this trope. It's almost surprising when someone does manage to swallow!
  • No Game No Life: This is what happens when you offer a bibliophile 40,000 books from an alien planet while she's having tea. Seriously, with how much she drools, you'd think that 80% of that spit-take was spit.
    Jibril: The question is... what could you possibly offer me?
    Sora: ...40,000 books from another world.
    [spits ALL her tea in Shiro's face]
    Shiro: Disgusting...
    Sora: Now, now, Shiro.
  • Now and Then, Here and There, in the first episode, as part of setting up Shu's generic comedy protagonist home life.
  • In the first episode of Nyan Koi!, Jumpei does one when he hears Tama say that the preist is "just a smelly priest who frequents cabaret clubs".
  • One Piece:
    • Both Luffy and Usopp pull off one of these during the Alabasta arc. After having wandered in the desert without any water for a long period of time, the pair are in a bar where they order several barrels of water for them and the rest of the crew, unaware that sitting right next to them are Captain Smoker and his subordinate Tashigi, two high-ranking Naval officers that they had managed to outrun earlier on. Once the pirates do realize this, however, they effectively spit out two barrels worth of water at the Marine officers.
    • Some time later, in the tavern in Mock Town, Luffy and Zoro get mistreated by the ruffians inside (Luffy ordered Zoro not to retaliate that time). Later, new wanted posters arrive that reveal Luffy and Zoro had just been upgraded and now carry the two highest bounties on the island at present. Everyone starts getting scared until Jerkass Bellamy reassures them it must be a mistake. But then, Luffy is heard outside calling him out (because Bellamy and his crew had beat up some friends of his earlier) with a tone of incipient ass-kicking. Cue mass spit-take as the tavern goes into a panic again.
    • There's another one a few hundred chapters later, during the flashback that shows Luffy and Ace's past. The brothers are at Dadan's, enjoying dinner and talking about becoming pirates, when they see Dadan and all of the mountain bandits spit-take. Luffy and Ace look in confusion for a few seconds until someone behind them clears his throat. They have enough time to look nervous before turning around and seeing Garp standing there. They immediately do the same Spit Take... in spite of not drinking anything (which makes it, in a sense, a literal spit take).
    • In a scene of the anime, they discover that the old man that helped them earlier is Silvers Rayleigh, vice-captain of the Pirate King. Ussop then drinks a bit of juice just to immediately spit it out.
  • One-Punch Man: In the anime, first episode of season 2, as they are both playing a video game while sipping on orange juice, Saitama asks King out of the blue why he fled the rampaging robot that Genos is now fighting. King immediately spit-takes.
  • Aisha in Outlaw Star does a rather impressive spit-take lasting for a full second across the screen when she sees the rest of the team on TV as hostages of a mad bomber.
  • In The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Sorata spit outs his milk when "senpai" Misaki tells him Idiot Savant Mashiro is going to a Love Hotel with Jin The Casanova. Right in Misaki's face.
  • Prism: Hikaru does a spit take in chapter 2, when Megu asks if Hikaru's a lesbian with the question "Do you want to have sex with me?"
  • In The Promised Neverland, Ray spits out his cup of tea after hearing Cicero call Norman an Emperor upon asking what they think of him.
  • When Karou visits PANDRA's base in Psychic Squad, every PANDRA member does a spit-take as they see her, even one who's eating a popsicle.
  • Ranma ½:
    • In the manga, when Tatewaki Kunō informs Nabiki Tendō of his intention to woo the "fiery-haired pigtailed girl" (Ranma's female side, ignoring the truth), she spits out orange juice — right into his face. And she berates him next for making her do this.
    • This conversation occurs when quite a few main characters are discussing a robbery:
      Akane: Well, attacking with pantyhose though? That's just weird. [takes a sip from her drink]
      Happōsai: If it were your pantyhose, Akane, you could attack me anytime!
      Akane: [spit-take] That's disgusting!
  • Anita does this with milk in Read or Die the TV. In the English dub you can hear a classmate in the distance exclaiming, "That's nasty!"
  • In Reborn!, both Tsuna and Yamamoto, being shy virgins, do a spit-take when Lambo, after finishing his shower, tells them that "Bianchi, Kyoko, Haru, and I-Pin are bathing... right now in the shower, THERE ARE A LOT OF BOOBIES!!" Worse, Tsuna and Yamamoto were drinking hot tea, which scalds them when they spit it all over themselves.
  • Rebuild World:
    • Akira does this when his Virtual Sidekick tells him that it looks like he and Sheryl are on a date, which is part of Sheryl's plan to seal her legitimacy and safety as gang leader with a Fake Relationship to Akira.
    • Akira also spit-takes when his Eccentric Mentor Kibayashi tells him that the 5,000,000 aurum he’s been paying per bullet for anti-Deflector Shields rounds, is reduced to 500 each for rank 50 hunters. He's soon informed that the government inflate the prices to keep rounds enabling people to penetrate the Powered Armor of the military on a tight leash, despite guns being common
  • Sakura Trick: Yuu wasn't ready for her sister to ask about her love life.
  • In Sand Chronicles, Daigo does a hilarious one while drinking his cup during an otherwise intense moment where the Tsukishima siblings' mother Shizuyo's infidelity comes to light.
  • Shirokuma Cafe:
    • While out on a mixer with co-worker Handa, Kirino does this when he hears the fromer tell their dates what panda poop smells likenote  after they ask him to tell them more cute stuff about pandas.
    • Grizzly does one when his mother, who's there visiting, is at the cafe conversing and calls him by his Embarrassing Nicknamenote  for everyone there to hear.
  • Happens to Lina Inverse in Slayers when Gourry points out Lina is eating the bait worms together with the fish.
  • Squid Girl: When Eiko spots Squid Girl sneaking into her school, she does a spit-take, even though she wasn't drinking anything at the time.
  • In Star Driver, Wako does this when Sugata asks Takuto if he's had his first kiss.
  • In the anime of Strawberry Marshmallow, Miu says something funny while the others are having their post-sento milk, inducing this... and getting herself spit on in the process.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Yoko spits up half a glass of red wine all over Rossiu, when one of the Black Sisters asks her if the two little kids they picked up last episode (Gimmy and Darry) were hers (can't blame her; she's only fourteen).
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, this happens in an omake where Eto spits her coffee after seeing Nico's drawing of Tatara's face.
    • In the anime version of Tokyo Ghoul: re, Kaneki does this when Touka asks if he's a virgin.
  • In Toradora!, Ryuji and Taiga do a perfect synchronized spit take when Yusaku shows up with Ami. Taiga then shifts straight into a Dramatic Stutter so bad that she can't even finish Yusaku (Kitamura)'s name before he wanders over. "Ki-..! Kita-..! Kitamu-..!!"
  • In Utawarerumono special, Hakuoro watches Aruruu and Kamyu playing hide-and-seek when Kamyu found Aruruu hiding in Mukkuru's mouth, he did the Spit Take out of shock as he is drinking his tea.
  • Witch Craft Works: Just as Kagari's mom was admiring her mansion on top of the hill behind her office during sunset, BOOM!
  • Wasteful Days of High School Girls: When Baka noted the resemblance between Waseda and a love interest in an Otome Game Ota is playing, the latter, eating a hot dog, makes one so epic it launches the sausage directly into Baka's forehead and leaving a bruise, before hastily deflecting the point.
  • In episode 10 of Yuri!!! on Ice, Victor does this when Yuri says he couldn't even talk to Victor at last year's Grand Prix Finals banquet. The reason for this is because Yuri did talk to Victor; they danced together and Yuri even asked Victor to be his skating coach. However, Yuri was so drunk that night he doesn't remember any of that.
  • Zatch Bell!: Kyanchome and Umagon go over to a spring of water to drink and quench their thirst after a lot of tough battles. Moments later they see Gash relaxing in it naked (or in trunks in the edited American release). Cue spit take.

  • In the album Big Funny (repeated in The Blue Collar Comedy Tour), Jeff Foxworthy relates an anecdote from when the family women were trying on swimsuits.
    Jeff's daughter: "Gamma, you shouldn't draw on your legs with a blue magic marker."
    Jeff: Needless to say, I had to mop up the milk I had been drinking... [audience laughs] ... 'cause it was on the other side of the room... [more laughter] ... which is pretty good distance through your nose! [yet more laughter]

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: In "The Laurel Wreath", Asterix spits out his food when chief Vitalstatitix announces that they're going to cook a stew with Caesar's laurel wreath as ingredient.
  • The DCU:
    • Birds of Prey: Huntress can't hold her beer when she hears Lady Blackhawk, a time-displaced WWII pilot, complain that no one will honor her AARP discount.
    • The Life Story of the Flash: Iris recounts how, on one date, she told Barry how sexy she thought his analytical nature was; Barry's reaction was to cough an entire lemonade through his nose.
    • Superman:
      • Lois Lane when Cir-El appears and calls her "mommy" because she believes to be Clark and Lois's daughter from the future.
      • The Killers of Krypton: When Krypto comes to Supergirl's help by bursting through a bar's ceiling, one of the patrons is so shocked and frightened that he spits his drink out.
      • Supergirl (2005): In the arc "Girl Power", the villain Calculator is spying on Supergirl. He spits his coffee out when she looks straight at the camera and he knows intuitively that she has spotted him.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Champions (2016): In Issue #8, after Amadeus mentions he wants to talk to Viv, the latter bluntly asks if this is about the time they made out earlier in the comic. As Amadeus was in the middle of drinking soda at the moment, this ends up with him spraying the beverage out of his nose and mouth.
      Amadeus Cho: ... if you think nothing hurts a Hulk... watch him cough soda through his nose...
    • She-Hulk: In one comic, the news of the marriage of She-Hulk and John Jameson causes a dozen characters to do a spit-take. Every one of them has a different drink that they're spitting out.
    • Stature responding to Reed Richards claiming to know more about Pym Particles than Hank Pym does. (Pym's response, on the other hand, went "It's on, bitch.")
    • X-Factor has a double example in #14. Madrox and Rictor are having a drink and catching up, and Rictor makes Madrox spit out his drink when he jokes about sleeping with Quicksilver; Madrox gets his revenge by mentioning that Shatterstar would be jealous.
  • The Smurfs: In "The Jewel Smurfer", Ganelon does this when he watches a play put on by the Smurfs and sees one of the Smurfs impersonating him, possibly revealing him to be a traitor to the duke of Abelagot.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Star Wars Tales: "Force Fiction", in #7, has Yoda doing a spit-take when he learns that Mace Windu plans on giving Qui-Gon's lightsaber to Anakin Skywalker.
    • X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The arc "In the Empire's Service" has Wes Janson do one of these when he hears that they're flying against the 181st Imperial Fighter Group, led by Ace Pilot Baron Soontir Fel.
  • Tintin: In The Castafiore Emerald, Captain Haddock does a spit-take when Tintin announces to him that Bianca Castafiore is coming to Marlinspike... today.
  • XXXenophile has the "squirt through the nose" version when a sexy but innocent girl without social experience asks the main character out of the blue when they will have sex.
  • Y: The Last Man: At one point, Yorick hears some surprising news and wishes he had a mouthful of liquid so he could do a spit-take.

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County:
    • When Mike Binkley tries to wean his father Tom off cigarettes, he first serves him breakfast in bed, then sets up a large poster and narrates: "Here, of course, is a life-size photograph of a cancerous lung. In color." His dad's breakfast ends up all over the blanket.
    • Steve Dallas does this upon learning about Milo's Parking Payback wrecking Steve's car.
  • FoxTrot: Jason's throwing a birthday party for Quincy, his iguana, and talks his mother into baking a cake. When Roger comments that he didn't know iguanas even ate cake, she tells him that she threw some mealworms into the batter, just as Roger's sneaking a taste of it. She gets a face full of batter before she can tell him she was joking.
  • Garfield:
    • Garfield and Jon are eating at the diner in one strip when Irma tells them something very unpleasant about what they're eating. Garfield looks at Jon: "Spit take on three..."
    • One was caused by Jon's love life (though the spitting isn't shown).
    • Also happens in this strip, when Jon wears a shirt with Snoopy on it.
  • Mafalda: The title character proves to Miguelito that a newspaper article had nothing to do with chess by asking her mom about it and watching the ensuing spit-take.
  • Baby Blues: Darryl MacPherson once did a spit-take when he learned that Zoe, after paying the coffee vendor the money, allowed the same vendor to keep the change as a tip.
  • Curtis: The title character does a spit-take when he learns that his mom is leaving for a parent-teacher conference involving his teacher.
  • Pooch Café: In the strip for November 2nd 2013, Poncho paints "Garbacge Truck" on the side of the family car and fills it with garbage. He tells Carmen that he always dreamed of doing so and tells her that Chazz (his master, her husband) always told him to follow his dreams. She goes into the kitchen and yells "You told him to follow his dreams???" behind Chazz, causing him to spit out what he was drinking.
  • Weird Pete does one — spraying his beer into Stevil's face — after learning that his character had been drinking owl bear urine in Knights of the Dinner Table.
  • U.S. Acres: Roy places his feet in Orson's slop, prompting the latter to do a spit take on him.
  • Liō read a book titled Perfecting Your Professional Spit-Take. And demonstrated success.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: In chapter 4 Asuka does this when Rei tells that she already has a bond with Shinji.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji very nearly spat out his drink when he read a newspaper was spreading rumours that Rei and he were dating. In chapter 4:
    With the last of breakfast done, he took a seat at the table, took a sip of water, unfolded the morning paper, then nearly spat his drink out.
  • Child of the Storm has Steve performing a Spit Take straight into Tony's face becoming a Running Gag. The first time was accidental. The second time, on the other hand, was thanks to a very carefully timed remark.
  • Once More with Feeling: Misato spat her coffee, nearly ruining the equipment around her, when Shinji did a double entendre.
    You're three for three Shinji; you really have some nice moves, you know" Akagi spoke up from behind her glasses, looking down her clipboard as she studied raw columns of numbers that were utter gibberish to anyone but her and her staff...
    "Yeah that's what she said last night" Shinji smiled back with a jerk of his head towards Misato.
    The poor Captain damn near sent the coffee she had been sipping back out over the very expensive equipment around her; an expression of shock and utter stunned amazement crashing onto her face as Shinji's casually offered comment echoed across the room.
  • In a One Tree Hill Fanfic, Brooke Davis does this when she overhears Julian say he wishes she were dead.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality:
    • Comed-tea is designed so that if there is any near you, you will feel an impulse to drink it when something shocking or funny is about to happen, causing a spit-take. Harry is bothered for a month trying to figure out how it works. The one time he deliberately ignores the urge to drink it, he inhales his own saliva and has a coughing fit at Dumbledore unexpectedly drawing everyone's attention to him for his views on Quidditch.
    • Harry also gets a coughing fit — twice — while trying to drink water when Professor Quirrell guesses he's a Parselmouth.
  • In All You Need Is Love, Naomi sprays her coffee, repeatedly, when her son Duck is asking about his parentage... and suggests that he really wanted Ryuk to be his father.
  • A Running Gag in Bridge to Terabithia 2: The Last Time, an LDD-fanfic written by ElleFred.
    • ElleFred really likes this trope, using it in the dinner scene when Maybelle jokes about if her big sister Ellie is pregnant (she is) and a scene when Leslie found out her friend, Amelia, tried to convince Jess into having sex with her, innocently unaware that Leslie still have feelings for Jess.
    • In the Distant Epilogue more than twenty years later, Jess spat out his drink after finding out his daughter had a crush on the son of Scott Hoager, his former childhood bully. His wife Leslie on the other hand only raises an eyebrow.
  • Equestrylvania:
    • Rainbow Dash nearly chokes on her pizza when Scootaloo reveals she ships her and Shatterstorm.
    • Soma sprays his tea three times in his first scene. He lampshades it, wondering why he keeps drinking tea just as someone says something shocking.
  • In Trunks' New Look, he spits out his beer when Goku, ChiChi and Gohan walk in while he's dressed as a Playboy Bunny. Shame that it caused him to waste a perfectly good gulp of beer.
  • Ryo in the Tamers Forever Series does a truly epic one when he finds out that Takato kissed Rika. Bonus points for the fact that he wasn't actually drinking anything at the time!!
    Ryo: How are you still alive!?!??!?!!?!!
  • Happens several times in Diaries of a Madman. Cadance seems to be a particular target.
  • Bring Me All Your Elderly!: Zuko sprays his tea twice in the first chapter.
    Toph: But then again, we're characters in a cartoon.
    Zuko: [spits out his tea] We're WHAT?
    [a few lines later...]
    Sokka: Clearly we are all stuck in some fanfic parody with no real logical basis to it at all.
    Zuko: [spits out his tea] We're in a WHAT?
  • In The Hill of Swords, when Shirou mentions his arsenal includes several hundred Noble Phantasms, both Louise and Derflinger do this, which is remarkable in that Derflinger is a sword and couldn't even drink.
  • The Wrong Reflection has Eleya lose a mouthful of springwine when her father out of nowhere asks when she and Gaarra are getting married.
  • Nightmare Night and Nyx: When Twilight finds out that Celestia set her and Ink Spot up, she gets even by trolling Celestia into thinking that Ink Spot's gotten her pregnant, saying it just as Celestia is taking a drink of champagne. Celestia spit takes so hard that the cup actually vaporizes.
  • Twilight attempts to defy this in The Demesne Of The Reluctant Twilight Sparkle when she learns that her new assistant Golden Retriever technically works for Spike as well. Then she sees the cheque Luna sent for her royal funds. She makes sure to aim away from the paperwork.
  • In Only A Boy, Snape spits out his pumpkin juice when he finds out the rumor floating around Hogwarts is that he and the new student Merlin are father and son.
  • TD's sister Kristen does one of these in The Non-Bronyverse fic TD's Little Rarity once he tells her he spent two months in Equestria.
  • In The Snitch Effect, Harry does it when the barman at the Leaky Cauldron mentions that Snape was a Death Eater.
  • In The Curious Case of Romulus Lestrange Arthur does it twice, once when he spots Romulus' resemblance to Bellatrix and again when Sirius reveals that Romulus is the birth identity of a formerly glamour-charmed Harry.
  • In Veela heart Draco does it when Ron mentions that Harry could have been sorted into Slytherin.
  • In Dating a Team Magma Grunt, the Team Aqua Grunt has this reaction when she witnesses the Team Magma Grunt trip and face-check the Pokémon Contest stage platform before her round even begins.
  • In Founders Heir Dumbledore does it when he reads a Daily Prophet article stating that all of his spells on Harry, Snape and Voldemort were removed in a goblin cleansing ceremony.
  • In Harry Breaks Free Ron does it when Harry announces that he's scheduled the Final Battle on the day before his birthday.
  • In Wait, What? Harry does it when his name comes out of the Goblet of Fire.
  • Happens a number of times in This Bites!:
    • In Chapter 24, Yasopp spits out his grog when he hears on the SBS that Usopp has joined Luffy's crew.
    • In Chapter 31, Robin spits out the jerky she's chewing on when she realizes it came from Nami kissing her, who got it from kissing Cross.
    • In Chapter 32, Sanji chokes on his cigarette when Cross tells him he's glad he's part secret agent.
      • And he does it again in Chapter 43 when Cross talks about sibling relationships.
    • In Chapter 38,
      • The entirety of the Red-Haired Pirates do this (Shanks twice) when Cross succeeds in starting the SBS, recognizing from the previous times he did that that what happens next is likely to be fraught with trouble.
      • Ace also gets this reaction when he learns that the Straw Hats just broke down the gates of Enies Lobby.
    • In Chapter 41, Cross does this when Vivi says she unlocked a version of Conqueror's Haki.
    • In Chapter 43, Robin does a full one (with drink this time) when Cross tells her just what he would've done to save Merry. Photographed for posterity, too.
  • And the Giant Awoke: When Dellyne is explaining his backstory to Tyrion, he deliberately waits until Tyrion is taking a drink before mentioning the bit about sleeping with both of his father's mistresses, provoking this response.
  • I Dub Thee: Invoked by Fu Dog. When he hears the Dragon Council is offering a knighting trial, he says "if I was drinking something right now, I would’ve sprayed it everywhere in astonishment!".
  • In Riddle and the Ancient Contract Minister Fudge does it when he spots a Daily Prophet headline stating PENSIEVE MEMORY PROVES YOU-KNOW-WHO IS ALIVE.
  • In Talk the Talk Sirius does it when Harry asks Tom to teach him dark magic.
  • In Cold Blood Dean does it when Viktor mentions having been sent used underwear and indecent proposals by female fans.
  • In Chapter 22 of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Misty has one when Iris asks her about her relationship with Ash.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
    • In Episode 10, when Norlock tells the Tallest about the crashed Meekrob ship, Purple chokes on a mouthful of fries and Red spits out his soda.
    • In Episode 17, when Zim reveals that he has the whole Meekrob crystal, Red chokes on a doughnut.
  • In Fates Collide, when Jaune Arc and Pyrrha Nikos talk about Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon, weapon fanatic Ruby Rose spits her milk into Jaune's face.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • Sephiria, who has an unrequited crush on Caleb, chokes on her wine when Drake refers to Cornelia as the girl Caleb loves.
    • Jade starts choking on her soda when Irma teasingly asks if there's any boys she likes.
  • In The Berserkers Bride, everyone in Berk's great hall does this when Dagur casually slips Hiccup's pregnancy.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku barely keeps himself from spewing his tea all over the table when All Might tells him that he couldn't find anything on Izuku's spaceship even with his connections. After the U.A. Entrance Exam, Izuku has a full one after All Might reveals that U.A. already knows Izuku's identity as an alien.
    Izuku: Oh, wait, this stuff and the other stuff reminds me: do all the teachers know about your injury?
    All Might: They know the basics of my Quirk and injury, but only the principal and Recovery Girl know the specifics of One for All and my fight from six years ago. Naturally, they also don’t know that we have any sort of pre-existing relationship.
    Izuku: I guess that makes sense. [takes a sip of tea]
    All Might: Also naturally, they know about you being an alien.
    Izuku: [spews his tea across the table] Th-Th-They what?!
  • Infinity Crisis: In Tomorrow's Guardians, Snart nearly chokes on his drink when he learns that his Earth-2 counterpart was the Commissioner of the Central City Police Department.
  • This human AU of Steven Universe has White Diamond spitting out her coffee when Pink Diamond asks her how she got inside of her mother's belly.
  • Date A Live: Altered Timeline: Mana has this reaction when she sees Shinji walking past Danny's, while she and her friends are eating there, with Tohka.
  • In Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path Snape spits out his tea when he sees a newspaper article about Lily Potter's unexpected revival.
  • In Harry Potter and the Four Heirs Neville does it when Harry wonders whether he can convince the Queen to give Madame Bones and Neville's grandmother a knighthood.
  • The Rigel Black Chronicles: You'd think that a millennia-old sentient magical artefact would have Seen It All, but Harry gets Dom to choke on his (illusory mental construct) tea by telling him about the advertised prize for winning the Triwizard Tournament.
    Dom: The Rod of Zuriel? They're giving that hunk of self-important rock to the winner? Why not simply kill them and enslave their will in the spectral plane right off? It would certainly involve less oration.
  • For the Glory of Irk: Invoked in Chapter 51. When Zim says that he can be subtle, Therron goes out of his way to grab a drink and swallow a mouthful before allowing himself to burst out laughing at the notion, spitting the liquid all over everyone nearby.
  • Parodied by Eda in The Silver Raven. When Lilith confirms to her that she is a mother and the kid that she had just been talking to was her nephew, she reaches into her hood, pulls out a flask, takes a swig from it, and then spits it out, either accidentally or purposefully hitting a random bystander.
  • In Ranma's Sudden Wedding, Ranma does one when Nabiki (or rather the doll possessing Nabiki's body) cuddles up to him.

    Films — Animation 
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire:
    Sweet: Now I'm gonna need you to fill these [two beakers] up.
    Milo: [spits out his thermometer] With what?!
  • Balto: In the first movie: "I'm not watching the race, I'm running it." [Boris spits out the soap flake he accidentally ate] "You say what?!"
  • Batman:
  • Brother Bear: While the moose Rutt and Tuke were grazing, they spot Kenai's brother Denahi, who has believed that Kenai was the bear that he thought killed him, and Rutt spits out his grass.
  • Cars: When Lightning discovers Doc Hudson is a retired racer, he tries to tell the other residents of Radiator Springs that they're a famous racer who "won three Piston Cups". Mater apparently misheard Lightning, as he spits out the oil he was drinking and shouts "He did what in his cups?!"
  • The Emperor's New Groove: Pacha ends up choking on his literal grub when he overheard Yzma and Kronk discussing their plot to kill Kuzco.
  • Flushed Away: As Roddy is angrily drinking from a bottle, Sid tells him to go easy else he'll miss halftime on the soccer game, which makes Roddy spits out his whole drink reaching the television as he realizes the full extent of The Toad's plan.
  • A Goofy Movie: Pete pulls one when he sees Max and Goofy at the concert that he's watching on TV.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: When drunk henchman Bartholomew calls his boss Ratigan a rat.
    Ratigan: What did you call me?!
  • In Hotel Transylvania 2, Dracula spits his drink (which looks like blood) in shock all over Linda when he hears that Mavis invited his father Vlad to Dennis's fifth birthday.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Frollo spits his wine when Quasimodo unwittingly says "festival" for the letter F while reviewing his alphabet.
  • Inside Out: From Fear when the dog in Riley's dream breaks apart (which was actually Joy and Sadness in a two-part costume).
  • Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus: Purple has an epic one when Zim first calls the Tallest after his long absence and reveals he's alive. He spits a stream of soda into Red's face, pauses to eat a doughnut, and then spits another stream of soda into a service drone's face and keeps going until it pushes them off the platform they're on. And he didn't have a single sip of drink before or during the epic spit take; the soda just seems to come out of nowhere.
  • Played for Drama in Luca, where Luca accidentally spits water all over Alberto, which causes Alberto to turn back into a sea monster. Luca then has to dry him off before anyone notices.
  • Madagascar:
    • Alex, Gloria and Melman sing a birthday song to Marty with the line "You look like a monkey, and you smell like one too". Mason, a monkey, takes offense to this.
      Mason: [spits out tea] I say!
      [Phil, his friend, sniffs his armpit and faints from the smell]
    • Invoked in a later scene. While on the island, Marty serves a drink to Alex, but he spits it out when it turns out it's sea water; Marty tell him that he wasn't supposed to drink it, just spit it out. (it's just temporary until the plumbing comes in). At the end, everyone has a Spit Take-fest.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: Gallaxar spits out his tea because it's too hot. Thing is, he drank it through his ear.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • Equestria Girls: Applejack spits out fizzy apple juice upon hearing that Twilight will be competing against Sunset for princess of the Fall Formal.
    • Sunset's Backstage Pass: Fluttershy spits orange juice when Applejack makes a joke about a chicken coop, since it had animals in it. Unfortunately for Applejack, she's right in front of Fluttershy when this happens.
  • Pinocchio: When Pinocchio tells Stromboli that he will come back in the morning after he goes home to his father, Stromboli is drinking a bottle of wine and spits it out when he hears this and starts laughing because of how ridiculous it sounds.
  • The Polar Express: An example that doesn't need any spoken preamble — when the nameless hero boy first encounters the mysterious ghost hobo, the hobo offers him "a nice hot cup of Joe" from the pot above his fireplace. The boy already reluctantly accepts the offering, but it's not after he's drinking it that the hobo pulls his dirty socks from out of the pot that he nopes out.
  • Ratatouille: Defied by Anton Ego: after nearly spitting out his mouthful of wine, he pauses to check the label on the bottle and apparently decides it's too good to waste, forcing himself to swallow. Zooming in on the label reveals that it is indeed a real wine (a very rare one at that), and way too good (and expensive) to spit out.
  • Robots: When Bigweld enters his company after a long absence, two robots by the water cooler spit-take — as well as the water cooler itself.
  • The Simpsons Movie: Lisa gets the citizens of Springfield to clean up the polluted lake by spiking their drinks with water from the lake, and everyone does this when she tells them.
    Moe: See, this is why we should hate kids!
  • Sleeping Beauty: King Hubert pulls one after King Stephan ends up implying that Phillip and Aurora's arranged marriage might not end well.
  • The Sword in the Stone: Sir Ector does this when Sir Pellinore tells him that the winner of the New Year's events wins the throne of England.
  • Tangled: During the "I've Got a Dream" song, Big Nose Thug (singing about his notoriously ugly appearance and how he'd wish people would see past that) sings "Though my face leaves people screaming..." And during this line another thug, who's drinking out of a mug of beer, violently spits the beer out of his mouth (or if you interpret it worse, vomits up his stomach contents) in reaction to Big Noses face's proximity to him — just to spell it out how harshly people react to Big Nose's appearance...
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • Whilst attending the Bad-Anon meeting, Ralph mentions he doesn't want to be a bad guy, causing all of the other members to go into shock, and Bowser to spit fire.
    • In the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Surge Protector spits out his coffee when Sgt. Calhoun offers to adopt all of the displaced Sugar Rush racers, who immediately start wreaking havoc on her and Felix's house.
  • Zootopia: An elephant customer at the ice cream shop spits out his ice cream when Judy asks the vendor about the snot and mucus in the food (one of the workers is seen serving ice cream with the trunk).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • This is at least as old as Silent Films, making this trope Older Than Television. Fatty Arbuckle does this in The Knockout (1914), when Fatty, playing an amateur boxer, sees the tough professional he has to fight.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, after securing Minas Tirith at heavy cost Aragorn and company debate how best to aid Frodo's quest with their battered forces. Aragorn suddenly suggests marching directly on the Black Gate of Mordor (where they'll be outnumbered more than 10 to 1), causing Gimli to cough up and choke on the smoke from his pipe.
  • In Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold does this after Freakshow's wife asks if they're going to fuck her.
  • House Shark: When someone in a diner sees the headline for an article in his newspaper about Frank thinking he has a shark in his house, he spits his coffee right onto the paper.
  • In The Monster Squad, Sean needs to find a virgin to complete a spell that will seal away the bad guys. So, he asks local cool kid Rudy if he knows any virgins, prompting a spit-take from Rudy. Not much later in the film, Rudy does another spit-take after finding a naked photo of Patrick's sister among the photos on the Monster Squad's camera.
  • A spit-take is surprisingly (or disgustingly) avoided in the second Austin Powers movie, where the agency (?) Austin works for has taken some of Fat Bastard's... err... stool for analysis. Austin spots a pot of what looks like coffee and pours himself a cup. After a bit of conversation...
    Austin: Cor! This coffee smells like shit.
    [Basil looks at the "pot" Austin got it from, noticing it is labeled Fat Bastard Stool Sample]
    Basil: It is shit, Austin.
    Austin: Oh, good then it's not just me. [takes a drink, then smacks his lips] It's a bit nutty.
In the TV version, Austin spits the stool sample after realizing what's in his cup. For some reason, the stool sample and the coffee pot were right next to each other.
  • In Coming to America, Arsenio Hall's character Semmi does one after being hit on in a bar by a Creepy Crossdresser... that wasn't supposed to be a crossdresser. "She" was played by Arsenio Hall, hitting on himself.
  • Ode to Gallantry has a scene where Grandmaster Ding questions the film's protagonist of his name, only for the protagonist freely admitting that his name is "Bastard". Cue the Grandmaster spitting his tea.
  • The Nickelodeon movie Snow Day uses this slightly differently when the Principal of the school is brushing his teeth over the morning radio announcements of weather-related closings. Everything except the schools are closed, and he laughs smugly... but apparently the radio host has "missed one" and announces that all schools are closed for a snow day — cue toothpaste running down the Principal's chin in shock, anger, and disbelief.
  • Blazing Saddles: The Waco Kid, after Sheriff Bart reads the note from Lili Von Shtupp inviting Bart to her "dwessing woom".
  • Happens in Godzilla: Final Wars, when one of the guys stationed at Godzilla's Antarctic prison hears of Captain Gordon's plan to release Godzilla.
  • The Hairy Bird: Frosty spits out his Coke when Verena asks him if he wants to go up to her dorm room, as he thought boys weren't allowed in the dorms at her all-girls school.
  • Happens to John Anderton (Tom Cruise) in Minority Report. After getting (very) amateur eyeball replacement surgery, he is left in the "doctor"'s house to recover; seated on the couch, one length of rope leads to the bathroom, the other to the fridge in the kitchen, where he was told a sandwich and some milk awaited him if he got hungry. He finds his way to the kitchen... only to find out there's another sandwich/milk combo in there, and they are disgustingly spoiled. Guess which one he gets his hands on...
  • The Mummy:
    • Jonathan is getting drunk in the camp battle; Beni runs up and takes a heavy swig of the Glenlivet, and then spit-takes it onto Jonathan as Ardeth Bay rides up behind them.
    • All the characters in the bar do spit-takes when they realize the water has turned to blood.
  • A thug does this in Ichi the Killer when Karen tells him that she once strangled her neighbor's dog.
  • Happens in Hot Fuzz when Danny describes to Nicholas Eve Draper's sexual history.
  • Used several times in Airplane!:
    • Hilariously when Elaine is visiting Ted in the hospital Flashback sequence.
    • In Airplane II: The Sequel, Ted does it when the psychiatrist tells him that Elaine is getting married.
  • Spaceballs has Dark Helmet do this in the Mr. Coffee/Mr. Radar scene, although in this case it's not a surprise that causes it but the fact that the coffee is too hot.
    Dark Helmet: Hot... too hot! [his mask falls down just at he is spitting, so the coffee winds up all over the inside of the mask]
  • Speaking of coffee, this scene from Look Who's Talking. James steals some of the milk from Mikey's bottle for his coffee.
    James: Ah, coffee regular... [drinks coffee]
    Mollie: You know, that's breast milk.
    [cue spit-take]
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has a cute example when Harry and Harmony are in a bar and poking fun at the wannabe movie stars around them. He gets in a good one and she promptly sprays beer right in his face; he just casually dabs it off and keeps talking while she struggles to get her laughter under control.
  • Back to the Future (Part I) has the scene with Marty sitting in a parked car with Lorraine, his future mom. She pulls out a bottle of liquor and takes a drink (both she and Marty are underage at this point), and Marty confiscates it, saying she shouldn't drink, because she might regret it later in life (she's an alcoholic in Marty's present). She calls him a square. He shrugs and takes a swig himself — just as she lights up a cigarette... A much more powerful spit-take happened during an outtake as Michael J. Fox was unaware that the prop drink contained real alcohol, and subsequently spilled it all over himself, then burst out laughing. The "outtake" might not have been an actual outtake, but might have actually been used, with the cut occurring just before Fox went off character.
  • Stephen, from the supernatural-horror movie Bewitched (1981), was unfortunate enough to be the victim of a curse from a Thai voodoo charm he picked up. After witnessing a bunch of supernatural events in the day, Stephen returns home that night, and tries calming his frazzled nerves by drinking tea. But then the Thai voodoo amulet shows up in the bottom of his teacup, right when he's least expecting it.
  • In Kangaroo Jack, when Charlie wakes up with a goose egg on his forehead, Jessie (who punched him) gives him a concoction:
    Jessie: Drink this, it'll reduce the swelling.
    Charlie: Okay. [drinks, grimaces]
    Jessie:' It'll also make your testicles fall off.
    Charlie: [vigorous spit-take]
    Jessie: I was kidding!
    Charlie: Oh, okay. [drinks, grimaces again]
    Jessie: It won't reduce the swelling.
    Charlie: [even more vigorous spit-take]
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The "Rodrick Rules" film version has Greg, Rodrick, and their grandpa playing a game of Gutbusters at Leisure Towers. Greg reads the joke card during the game, resulting in Rodrick to spit milk all over him.
  • Dumb and Dumber: Right when an endangered owl was killed by a shooting champagne cork.
  • (500) Days of Summer: "They used to call me anal girl." Cue spit-take from Tom. (For the record, she was really neat and organised.)
  • American Pie: "This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute in my pussy."
  • The Big Lebowski: When the Dude learns he's been used as a sperm donor for Maude, he manages to do a double spit take. Somehow.
  • This happens at the end of Saving Face when Wil's middle-aged and pregnant mother inquires when Wil and her girlfriend Vivian will be begin planning to have kids of their own, right in the middle of Wil having a drink of champagne, resulting in Wil spitting the champagne from her mouth in surprise.
  • Tightrope (1984): Clint Eastwood's character is driving his daughters to school when the youngest asks out of the blue: "Dad, what's a hard-on?" Cue Clint and his eldest daughter spewing their soft drinks onto the windscreen.
  • Tom Canboro (Gary Busey) does this in the Apocalypse film series movie Tribulation, when he tries to drink bad coffee in the hospital.
  • Mystery Team: "You're the guy who likes squirting milk up his butt!"
  • In Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu, 1981), the protagonists come upon an abandoned camp from another tribe. Starving, one of the Cro-Magnon finds some leftover bones in the campfire and began eating the scraps of meat clinging to it. Until one of his companion find a human skull amongst the ash, revealing that this was a camp of cannibals. Cue the disgusted caveman spitting out as much as possible.
  • In The Phantom Menace, Jar-Jar Binks, out of curiosity, attempts to eat a Gorg. Gragra then informed him that the meal costs seven wupiupi if he's going to eat it. Jar-Jar then ends up spitting it out in shock at the cost. This only gets him into further trouble than before, as the Gorg he spat out lands in Sebulba's soup, ruining it, and thus results in a very angry Sebulba attacking Jar-Jar in retaliation before Anakin breaks the fight up.
  • In Hocus Pocus, Max does this in the Yabbos Scene, when his little sister Dani attributes to him the term "Yabbos."
  • Death Proof: After being shot by one of the girls he tried running off the road, Stuntman Mike sterilizes the wound with some liquor, screaming as he does so. Then he drinks from the bottle to calm his nerves. Cue spit take when he sees the girls in their car speeding up in his rearview mirror, intent on revenge.
  • In American Beauty, Lester Burnham spews his drink after his daughter announces her hot friend that he's fantasizing about is sleeping over.
  • Gibbs ends up spitting his rum back into the mug he's drinking from in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when Jack tells him he's going after the Black Pearl.
  • A very hilarious (and much-anticipated) take occurs during lunchtime in Little Monsters. Brian had watched what Maurice had done last night, so he knew that wasn't apple juice in the bully's bottle.
  • The Professional: It's a frequent Running Gag for Leon to spit out milk (his favorite drink).
  • One Night at McCool's: Randy does one of these after he's just offered the sultry Jewel some water, and she reveals that her favorite thing in the world is sex.
  • In Shampoo, a very drunk Jackie (Julie Christie) is at a party with her ex-boyfriend George (Warren Beatty), and they're sitting next to each other at a table. The other person sitting next to her offers to give Jackie anything she wants, and she tells him, "I want to suck (George's) cock." George immediately spits his drink all over himself.
  • In Cockneys vs. Zombies, Davey starts drinking bottled water as his associates speculate about where all the zombies came from. Then he spits the whole thing out when the suggestion is made that it's "something in the water".
  • Frida: Diego draws a pistol when Siqueiros insults him, so Frida defuses the Testosterone Poisoning by saying she'll dance with the man who takes the biggest swig from a bottle. Diego looks like winning until Siqueiros makes funny insult, causing Diego to spit out the drink and start laughing.
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action: Chief scientist Mother starts drinking a bluish fluid from a chemistry flask when DJ Drake asks her about the Blue Monkey. Mother spits out the fluid in Drake's face, flummoxed that he knows about this secret item.
  • No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Scott's dinner date with his Vietnamese fiancee, Sulin, had him realizing the dishes to be her father's favorites: fried crickets, roasted lizards, boiled cicadas, animal testicles and a whole lot of Foreign Queasine. Trying to maintain a straight face, Scott takes a mouthful of what he assumes to be Chinese beancurd stew.
    Scott: "Wow, beancurd! I love these! I have these in Chinese restaurants all the time..." [takes a mouthful]
    Sulin: "Actually, those are stewed monkey brains." [Cue Scott spitting out his food with a horrified look on him]
  • In Dragon Blade, after fighting Cold Moon, Huo An (Jackie Chan) brings her back her veil, which he ripped off accidentally during the fight. Whet he doesn't expect, though, is that her tribe seems to follow Best Her to Bed Her and she now considers herself his wife. As he takes a swig of alcohol, by the time he turns back she has already stripped naked. Huo An spit-takes into a brasero, promptly putting the spirit on fire.
  • In Eddie the Eagle, Bronson sprays his beer everywhere when Eddie announces, live on TV, that he'll be competing in the 90 meter jump.
  • In Fast & Furious 6, Tej sprays his drink when Hobbs arrives at a barbecue and answers Roman's "[We] better hide the baby oil!" with a deadpan "You better hide that big-ass forehead". Dwayne Johnson ad-libbed Hobbs' line, so the spit take was a genuine reaction that the directors decided to keep.
  • Done off-screen in Ant-Man, when Scott — an ex-convict — turns up uninvited at his ex-wife's house for their daughter Cassie's birthday party.
  • The Night They Knocked: A conversation the girls have over one of their friends having a Pregnancy Scare to assure Jess that hers is probably nothing leads to this when asked about the results of that particular story.
She had triplets.
Spits back into the mug she was drinking out of.
  • Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet: When Shau, an alien from another planet, tastes champagne for the first time in her life. Being unused to the taste of alcohol, this is her immediate reaction.
  • Ultraman Saga: A recovering Taiga spat out his drink when hearing that Ultraman Zero is using his body as a vessel.
  • Vault of Horror: In "Midnight Mess", Harold spits a mouthful of soup across the table when the waiter tells him he is drinking blood.
    Cassie: [cheerfully] Mommy's so happy you're here, she choked on her drink!
  • In A Man with a Maid, Jack is taking tea with Alice when he sees Samson and Fanny romping naked behind her back, resulting in him spraying a mouthful of tea over Alice.

  • The Day Santa Stopped Believing In Harold: When Harold's dad sees Santa, he spits out coffee.
  • Discworld:
    • In Feet of Clay, Nobby gets told by a cadre of nobles that they want him to become king.Explanation  Since he's gulping down brandy, smoking a cigar, and sitting in a chair with wheels at the time, the result is a rocket-powered spit-take.
    • Near the end of Snuff, Commander Vimes gets a much-needed cup of coffee, only to spit it all out when he's told by a Quirmian guard the goblin slaves from the Wonderful Fanny have been put on a boat to Howondaland.
      Never in the field of coffee-making had so much of the stuff been sprayed so far and over so many.
    • Invoked in Moving Pictures, when Gaspode suggests that Victor ask Dibbler for a percentage of the gross of the film they're making when the time is right... specifically when Dibbler has a mouthful of food.
  • Harry Potter:
  • Lori does one of these when Jinks the jester vaults over her garden wall to introduce himself in Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon.
  • In Belgarath the Sorcerer, Belgarath describes the sight of seeing a bird suddenly turn into Beldinnote ... while he was drinking, leading to an extended coughing fit.
  • In Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, Amelia Bedelia's mother does this after Amelia Bedelia suggests that she could have twins.
  • In the Sword of the Stars novella The Deacon's Tale, this is Kliggerman's reaction to seeing a Morrigi Colony Trap in action.
  • In 1635: The Dreeson Incident, Chad Jenkins, politically relatively conservative in the up-time US sense, winds up spewing his coffee clear across the table he was sitting at when he finds out that the town he represents will essentially be the "hippie district" in the State of Thuringia-Franconia's Senate, with the state capital moving from Grantville to Bamberg, but leaving behind most of the education and technology centers.
  • In A Civil Campaign, specifically during that dinner party, an idle comment about Aral Vorkosigan's adopted son taking Clement "Kou" Koudelka's youngest daughter to the Betan tourist attraction called the Orb of Unearthly Delightsnote  is made while Kou is having a glass of wine. The narration refers to an aerosol arc shortly after.
  • In the Dirty Bertie story "Boast", Bertie spits out mash after hearing he will be in a concert after his mother lies that he can play the trumpet.
  • In The Impossible Virgin, a Modesty Blaise novel, Modesty and Willie are discussing what to do about the villain over a glass of wine. Their friend Giles (an amiable fellow without a mean or fighting bone in his body) casually offers to help dispose of the body just as Willie takes a sip, causing a spray of wine and an impressive display of choking from Willie.
  • A Piece in the Game of Gods: When a new level of power is unveiled in Part 38:
    Lauren nearly spat out her coffee while Cassandra gasped, “What the fuck does that mean?”
  • Seven Stars: In the chapter "The Mummy's Heart", Charles discusses his case with a colleague over a friendly glass of brandy. When he mentions the involvement of the notorious sorcerer Declan Mountmain, he prompts a spit-take from his colleague.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The spit-take was raised to an art-form by The Danny Thomas Show, which is where the term originates. In fact, "doing a Danny Thomas" is a synonym for spit-take in some circles.
  • Our Miss Brooks: The series had several examples. The very first television episode, "Trying to Pick a Fight", sees Miss Brooks do a spit take with coffee. Still, Miss Brooks shows good manners by immediately using a linen napkin to wipe her face.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: In the "Notes" episode, Ned borrows a cup of water from a kid passing by in the hall just to do this after Moze tells him that she thinks the love letter she got came from Loomer, the school bully.
  • During the Castle episode "Nikki Heat", Beckett sprays her coffee when Natalie asks her "Is Castle Gay?"
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
    • One of Jon Stewart's funnier stock gags is, after watching a particularly shocking piece of video, to calmly take a sip of his coffee (or, occasionally, something a little stronger) and then do a shocked spit-take.
    • After twelve years, the show finally had a genuine spit-take. But it wasn't Jon — it was Steve Carell, responding to one of Jon's jokes! (For those who missed it, Jon said Steve Carell's success was because he "will f*** Anything That Moves.")
    • Subversion: Jon announces he's going to take a long sip of coffee before a book reveals "shocking" secrets of the 2008 campaign. When it's revealed that John McCain never vetted Sarah Palin before choosing her as his Vice Presidential candidate, Jon just continues easily drinking from his mug.
    • Discussed when he applauds President Obama for taking a drink and not doing a spit-take when the person he was talking to tells him his name is "Dick Swett". He then demonstrates how he would react by replaying the clip with different funny names dubbed over each, spitting out water, cereals, and skittles. He'd later do a spit take with a cup of hot coins.
    • Subverted in a bit about water pollution in West Virginia. Jon does what seems to be a long buildup for this: he explains how he likes his water flown in from West Virginia, then starts drinking. A news clip plays about how a chemical spill contaminated the drinking water in West Virginia. The camera switches back to Jon, who looks like he's going to spit... then swallows the water, and says: "I'm sorry, I was enjoying this delicious water so much, I missed what they were saying."
    • Subverted again when taking a long sip of water just before hearing "news" of Toronto mayor being caught smoking crack again. Then spitting at the subsequent news that Rob Ford is entering rehab.
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:
    • Jon carried this Running Gag over to his pre-Election 2016 appearance on The Late Show, unleashing a Spit Take of water into Stephen Colbert's face twice when informed that Donald Trump was one of the candidates. Apparently, the very concept refuses to stay in his head for longer than a few seconds, and shocks him into a Spit Take every time he's reminded of this.
    • Stephen himself gets a spit-take in the October 12th 2017 show. He gets a sore throat in mid-monologue and is tossed a bottle of water, just before launching a comment by Donald Trump. When the president talks about "the remaining seven years" of his administration, Stephen spit-takes in shock.
      Stephen Colbert: "Remaining years"? It hasn't been seven years already?
    • Stephen has an spit take in his show of 2018-07-30, in which he addresses sexual misconduct allegations against CBS's Les Moonves (his own boss), when he hears that the article about the allegations was written by Ronan Farrow, the guy who had previously exposed Harvey Weinstein.
  • In episode 59 of Mimpi Metropolitan, Juna spits the water he drunk in surprise when Bambang says that Melani is the one who asked Bambang to be her boyfriend rather than the other way around.
  • On the Sanford and Son episode "Pops 'N' Pals":
    Fred Sanford: [sipping sangria at a Mexican restaurant] Say, what does sangria mean?
    Julio: It means "blood".
    Fred Sanford: [spews out most of his glass, his face seemingly turned inside-out]
  • Slightly subdued instance on The X-Files, episode "Chinga": Mulder pulls a bottle of orange juice out of his refrigerator (it was the sole occupant) and takes a gulp directly from the bottle, then grimaces and looks at the expiration date. The date is at least four months prior to the original airing of the episode. He spits the juice back into the bottle, and then puts the bottle back in the refrigerator. Understandably, he lives alone.
  • Only Fools and Horses has this:
    Raquel: My husband was a policeman.
    Del Boy: [chokes on tea]
  • The Golden Girls:
    • In one episode, Rose says, "Guess what I did!" Dorothy guesses, "A Danny Thomas spit-take?" When Rose answers in a surprising manner what she really did, Sophia actually does a Danny Thomas spit-take.
    • Another episode had Blanche doing this with her soda all over a Russian emissary. He quipped that back home he has to stand in line for two hours to get half as much.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    • One episode features the audience suggestion drawn from a hat: "Things that will cause a Drew Carey spit-take." Drew poised expectantly with his mug, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie marched onto stage and kissed, Drew spat.
    • A more unexpected example can be found here after a great Colin Mochrie one-liner.
    • Brad Sherwood does this once when Drew announces "1,000 points apiece for keeping it clean" after a particularly vulgar game of Props.
  • In the Taiwanese period drama, Princess Huai Yu, the Plucky Comic Relief Eunuch Tu was drinking tea when he's informed, out of the blue, of the High Queen's arrival.
  • Episode 10 of the Korean Drama Full House using tea.
  • Another Korean Series, Oh My Lady: Gae Hwa does this with wine when Ming Woo makes a suggestive comment. Luckily it gave us an excuse for a Shirtless Scene with the leading man.
  • 2012 Korean Drama Must've been a love was made popular on the internet almost a year later when this amazing spit take scene was rediscovered.
  • The Blake's 7 episode "Gambit". Avon spits the (ice cream?) he's eating when Vila (who has been drugged) is lead onto the casino stage to play the Klute at speed chess, thereby risking both his life, if he loses, and their substantial winnings.
  • An episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip sees the comedians competing to see who can do the best spit-take — and contracting colds as a result.
  • Saved by the Bell
    • Lisa does one when Kelly reveals that she has a thing for Screech.
    • Slater, Lisa, Kelly, and Jessie do this in unison in one episode when Zack suggests holding a birthday party for Screech in Mr. Belding's office.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • An episode features a Steve Reeves film where Hercules loses his memory and Ulysses is trying to get him to remember who he was. In the film, Ulysses gives Hercules a cup of wine and says "You're Hercules." The Bots provide the sound effect of a spit-take.
    • The "Torgo's Pizza" sketch from the Manos episode has a spit-take from the characters when they consider that the pizza, despite being delivered two hours late, is still warm.
    • One Joel sketch was devoted to demonstrating the many forms of the take, from thin streams to sputtered clouds, each with an appropriately shocking line.
  • On an episode of All-American Girl, Margaret hears a piece of shocking news, but, being sans anything to spit, calmly walks from the living room into the kitchen, fills a glass of water, walks back to the living room, takes a sip, and determinately spits it out again.
  • In Mock the Week, when the contestants where commenting on how Dara has lost weight: "He's only lost weight because he was on the Irish version of Big Brother set during the potato famine." Cue Dara to take a gulp of water, a Double Take and then spit to the side.
    • Ed Byrne also does one in Mock The Week (Season 13 Episode 1, to be precise) when Dara announces "This week's winners are Ed Byrne, Hugh Dennis and Milton Jones!". He takes a sip of what looks like extremely milky tea, the winners are announced, and the camera zooms in to him spitting out the tea.
  • Doubled up in Skins during a Two Scenes, One Dialogue bit.
    Freddie: [swigs] Jesus, what is this stuff? [swigs again]
    JJ: It's Dad's potato moonshine. He went on a "distill anything" course. We use it for weedkiller, mainly.
    [Freddie spits; angle on Freddie, JJ, Katie and Emily]
    JJ: What's it like?
    Katie: [swigs in distance, spits] Eurgh! Shit! Urgh! Fuck! [sniffs, swigs some more]
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Done by Urataros in Kamen Rider Den-O when he Ryotaro offers to let another Imagin join the team. Made more impressive by the fact that as an Imagin, Ura doesn't have an articulated jaw (animated gif here).
    • Shotaro Hidari, from Kamen Rider Double, wastes a cup a coffee this way when his (late) boss' daughter comes announcing she's now in charge of his agency... and that she's evicting him.
    • Shigeru Wajima spits out his drink after being told that Haruto Soma/Kamen Rider Wizard was arrested.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Late in the series, Chase (who's trying to understand human emotions) asks Shinnosuke if he's in love with his Fair Cop partner Kiriko; Shinnosuke has an epic Spit Take before launching into a vehement denial. A few episodes later, Chase asks Kiriko the same question, and gets exactly the same reaction; he's smart enough to realize what it means. View here.
    • The direct-to-DVD movie Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Chaser takes it up another level when Chase enters the cafeteria, actually displaying human emotions. Shinnosuke and Kiriko have simultaneous Spit Takes...pointed at Gou. And for good measure, Mr. Belt (who is a sentient belt) gets in on the action too. Link.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost: Onari asks Akari who saved her in the Ganma attack earlier. Akari answers it was Takeru. Takeru corrects her that it was iguana. Cue Akari spitting tea at Onari across the table.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid has significantly subtler example than most of those above. Taiga Hanaya and Nico Saiba watch an announcement by current Genm Corp CEO, who drops the big truth that players who got Game Over in Kamen Rider Chronicle can be revived. Cue Taiga spitting popcorn on the computer and Nico.
  • In Ultraman Geed, Moa Aizaki is shown doing a spit take right in the Opening Credits.
  • An episode of The Nanny has C.C doing this all over Gracie when she and Niles announce that "Miss Fine" was pregnant by "Mr. Sheffield". They were actually talking about Gracie's hamsters.
  • Noah's Arc: Noah has a small one when Wade describes a guy he'd sleep with (as a perfect description of Noah).
  • British panel show Would I Lie to You? provided a masterful triple synchronized spit-take from one team at the punchline to one of Angus Deayton's lines.
  • Hannah Montana:
    • Miley has to call up Amber to tell her she is going to be on TV with her, but waits until she has a mouthful of food before pressing send.
    • Much later Miley does a spit-take when Lilly announces she's going to tell Oliver that she loves him. Lampshaded by Miley (who had a dry mouth due to too many biscuits) that "at least I can spit now."
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • Andy and April are left alone in the office with nothing to do while the rest of the gang goes hunting, and amuse themselves by practicing spit-takes. April is quite good at coming up with fake revelations to make Andy spit ("I'm pregnant...with Josh Groban's baby!") but Andy can't seem to think of anything shocking to say to April, instead just saying boring facts about himself.
    Andy: What do you mean the squirrel... took the... nuts outta the... outta that kid's backpack... and ate 'em?
    April: (with a mouthful of soda) You have to give me a reason to spit.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place:
    • When Alex announces that her uncle Kelbo has agreed to be her Wizard teacher, Kelbo teleports elsewhere to get a drink, drinks it, and THEN spit-takes.
    • All of them did it when Max said, "I'm so relieved that I told Nancy that I'm a wizard."
    • Justin and Jerry do this a lot.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Brilliantly done after Ted reveals he is in the middle of a 57-day dry spell; Barney nonchalantly asks to borrow Ted's water, reaches over the table to get it, before doing a spit-take, exclaiming "57 days!".
    • Ted's cousin also does one of these when her son asks her what a "'grinch" is.
    • This is Barney and Ted's reaction to the hilariously innuendo-heavy Robin Sparkles video which contained the line "How's your beaver?"
  • iCarly:
    • One of the skits on is "The Spit Take".
      Sam: Hey Carly, remember at lunch when you asked me to put ketchup on your fries?
      Carly: [drinking grape juice] Mm-hmm?
      Sam: It was really chicken blood.
      [called a spit-take from Carly]
    • Sam had one that was really a Jaw Drop done when drinking from a water bottle in the episode "iOwe You" when Freddie told her how much she owes him and Carly in dollars.
    • Freddie had a similarly one similar to the above involving cookies in the episode "iSaw Him First" when he learned that Sam made said cookies. His reason?
      Freddie: When was the last time Sam washed her hands?
    • At the end of "iFight Shelby Marx," Carly, Sam, and Shelby spit take in unison and slow motion for the camera to show the audience that they've become close friends.
    • In the episode "iStart a Fan War," Sam takes a sip of diet root beer then spits it out, complaining about the taste; Carly tells Sam that it was diet and told her to go get a sponge afterwards.
    • In the episode "iBelieve in Bigfoot," Sam pulls a bottle of Spencer's root beer out of the fridge and bangs it open on the table, taking a sip and saying it tasted like diet; Sam throws the bottle into the trash and it breaks.
  • Victorious: Tori's sister Trina spits out milk when Robbie kisses her.
  • In the Pilot of Friends, when Monica's date reveals that he's been impotent since his last girlfriend left him, she spits her wine over him in shock.
  • Leverage: In one episode, the gang cons a reporter into covering a fake story about the U.S. water supply being poisoned. When the reporter announces it on the air, a studio employee with a water bottle does a spit-take.
  • Laurel and Hardy: In the episode "Twice Two", Laurel spits his soup after Hardy reveals that he knows about the surprise that Laurel himself (without realizing) told him earlier!
  • Judge Jeannine Pirro (as portrayed by Cecily Strong on Saturday Night Live) does a big spit take into Colin Jost's face when he gives her some shocking news. Wisely, the next time he has to impart news he waits for her to finish drinking first. (She simply flings the rest of the drink in his face out of shock instead.)
  • Will & Grace:
    • Grace does one of these when Will matter-of-factly states that he wants to have a baby with her.
    • Will gets one in the final season when Grace blurts out that Karen's ex-husband Stan, who faked his death, is still alive. Made better by the fact that it was a live episode.
    • Grace does it with a doughut in the ninth season when Larry tells her he is in love with Will.
  • The Latest Buzz:
    • Everyone but Amanda does this upon seeing that Amanda's date looks exactly like Wilder, though it takes Wilder meeting him a couple of times.
    • The show's full of those. In one episode Rebecca, Amanda, Noah and Wilder all spit-take at the same time when Michael announce he had a girlfriend. Twice. And that's just the intro!
  • In The Mighty Boosh, the Crack Fox offers Vince a "goblet" (really a half of a tennis ball) full of wine. Vince asks what sort of wine it is, then takes a sip. The Crack Fox replies "blood from a cat's face". Vince does a spit-take, and the Crack Fox seems quite proud of his joke.
  • Lister does a spit-take on Red Dwarf when he's told that his tea has dog's milk in it.
  • Sue White on Green Wing does a spit-take that goes on for about 10 seconds upon finding out about the sex tape with Guy and his mother. Sue White is completely insane.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Penny does this when she hears that Sheldon and his "not-girlfriend" Amy are considering having a child together.
    • At the end of the episode "The Irish Pub Formulation", Leonard does this when he found out the flavor for Sheldon's snow cone is Mango Caterpillar.
    • When Priya reveals to Leonard (who was brushing his teeth) that Raj is having a big crush on Bernadette, he spits out the toothpaste all over the bathroom mirror.
  • Marlo Thomas, daughter of spit-take expert Danny Thomas, demonstrated the technique on a talk show. The host set up the joke by asking, "Hey, aren't you married to Geraldo?"
  • Done on Monk when Adrian's nemesis Harold is trying to find out the name of Monk's new psychoanalyst. They're waiting for the elevator.
    Monk: Okay, fine, fine. His name... is Doctor... [glances at the elevator] Door.
    Harold: [follows Monk's look] Doctor Door? Is that the best you could do? I suppose if we were standing over there by that alarm you would have said "Doctor Bell"!
And Natalie does a spit-take all over Harold, because the analyst's name actually is Doctor Bell!
  • 30 Rock:
    • Lampshaded when Jenna tells Liz that she wants to have a baby and Liz spits.
      Liz: I wasn't even drinking anything!
    • Used when Jack told Liz she was getting a talk show based on her book:
      Liz: Spit take! Are you serious?
  • In Sons of Anarchy, Clay spit-takes when a girl says that Happy seems like a "nice guy".
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A different version of this trope happens in "The I in Team" when Anya mentions during a poker game that she and Xander have spanked each other, whereupon Xander's cards go flying into the air.
    • And of course Xander going softdrinkio praecox when seeing Anya naked for the first time in "The Harsh Light of Day".
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • In "Avenger 2.0", SG-1 fanboy Dr. Felger does a spit-take when Major Carter announces to him that they'll work together on his new project.
    • In "Ripple Effect", Colonel Mitchell gets into a rather animated conversation (with himself) about "the spit-take of all spit-takes."
  • Merlin: Merlin once spits soup in Gaius's face after hearing this:
    Gaius: You have to remember not all masters are as good to their servants as Arthur.
  • Combined with a bit of Enforced Method Acting on David Letterman, when substitute bandleader Warren Zevon is shown the ropes of the regular gag.
    Letterman: Oh by the way, Warren, thank you very much for coming, I don't know if we're going to be able to pay you...
    Zevon: [massive spit-take]
  • A frequent reaction during the "Historical Master Chef" segments on Horrible Histories.
  • In the Lost Girl season 2 finale, Token Evil Teammate Vex has the misfortune to be drinking local bartender Trick's whiskey when he learns that Trick is the ancient Blood King of the Fae.
  • That's Just Me:
    • In the episode 'Welcome to the World Festival', Elizabeth visits the Russia table at her school culture event. She's excited to try the vodka and takes a huge drink, despite the table owners' pleads to stop. She finds it too strong for her and promptly spits it out. Onto the camera.
    • She does this in another episode when she learns about the 8th graders' terrible behavior. She's drinking from the water fountain and upon hearing the announcement that the 7th graders are ahead in a good behavior contest, she spits out the water onto the wall and comments that that was perfect timing. Some versions have it as a waterfall puke instead, with her in anime form.
    • "Was This Really Worth It?" has her spitting out a cookie in surprise when she wins an award she never thought she'd win.
  • After Chumlee broke the coffee maker in Pawn Stars, he bought a new one with some very expensive coffee. Rick and the Old Man drank some of the coffee and Chumlee revealed that the new coffee is civet coffee. Rick spit it out and explained that civet coffee is made from Kopi Luwak droppings. The Old Man kept on drinking it.
  • The Good Wife: Eli does one right at the end of "The Decision Tree" after Marilyn says she's naming her baby after Peter. Comes right the heck out of nowhere: It's literally line, spit take, and then the episode cuts to credits.
  • Frasier: This is Niles' reaction when Frasier bluntly asks him, "Are you in love with Daphne?"
  • On an episode of Sports Night, Natalie decides to test Dana's claims that she's not edgy after hearing some bad news:
    Natalie: Anybody know which of these coffees is mine?
    Jeremy: They're all the same, aren't they?
    Natalie: No, I spit in mine. [Dana spits her coffee out] That was a little test to see if you're edgy.
  • Babylon 5: This is G'Kar's reaction when he meets Ko'Dath, his very stiff and over enthusiastic new attache, who finds him enjoying drinks in a Bikini Bar. G'Kar was having a drink with Londo Mollari, who is Centauri Ambassador.
  • Crusade: At dinner, Elizabeth Lochley tells Matthew Gideon that she was once married to a "total loser." "This loser have a name?" "Uh huh; John Sheridan." *spit* (Sheridan was, at the time, the President of the Interstellar Alliance - the highest-ranking position in known space, and Gideon's self-admitted hero.) Gideon then accuses her of waiting until he was taking a drink before telling him that.
  • In an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos Tom Bergeron was describing a spit take on screen with a member of the audience when the woman he is interviewing participates by reading a line from the Teleprompter just as Bergeron is drinking from a glass of water.
    Woman: Don't drink that! That's my specimen!
    [Tom spits; the woman and the rest of the audience laugh]
  • On an episode of M*A*S*H, when Potter has been in Seoul and Winchester is temporarily in charge of the camp, Klinger is ironing Winchester's jeans and has just taken a drink from a bottle of water when Potter walks in. Klinger is so surprised he spits the water on Potter.
    Col. Potter: A simple "welcome home" would suffice.
  • MythQuest: When Alex visits Camelot and tries to keep Lancelot and Queen Guinevere from getting romantically involved, this scene happens: Lancelot asks for Guinevere's favor for a hunt, and in front of the whole court she whispers, "May you find the hart you seek." Cleo, watching from the real world, spits out her soda.
  • Happens in an episode of Cheers when Carla reveals to Norm, that she sometimes spits in a customer's drink if she doesn't like their attitude. Remembering the argument he had with her the other day, Norm decides to switch beers with Cliff when he isn't looking. He ends up performing a spit-take when he's trying to take a sip of the beer and Cliff apologizes to Carla for calling her a "sawed off witch" that morning.
  • Drake & Josh: In "Battle of Panthatar", Thornton whose 16th birthday party Drake and Josh just got invited to, tells Josh that he's dating a girl named Maria. Josh spits out his drink, because he knows that Drake is on a date with that very Maria right behind him.
  • Downplayed in Healer when Jung Hoo chokes on his drink when his trying to figure out just how much trouble he may have gotten Young Shin in by being seen with her after being framed for murder and Min Ja asks him if Young Shin is really so pretty that he'd be dumb enough to stick around and possibly get caught just stick close to her.
  • In the episode "My Left and Right Foot" from Full House, Joey grabs some ice cubes from a bucket of ice water and puts them in his drink and takes a sip, only to spit it out after being told that Michelle was soaking her feet in the bucket.
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: In "We're Going to the Catskills!" Susie spits out a large swig of water when Midge reveals that her summer vacation to the Catskills (during which she won't be able to do gigs in Manhattan) will be two whole months, not a short week.
    Susie Myerson: Geez, I almost did a spit take.
    Midge Maisel: Almost? That was a fucking spit take!
    Susie Myerson: You're going to the Catskills for two months?
    Midge Maisel: I told you a million times I was going to the Catskills.
    Susie Myerson: Yeah, but I figured it was five days, tops, not two fucking months!
    Midge Maisel: I think you got the guy in back of me, too.
  • In the Broad City episode "Philadelphia," Ilana spits orange juice on Abbi's dad when he tells the two that Alice Ackerman bought her mansion from Will Smith's mom.
  • The Weekly with Charlie Pickering: During his segment on aged care, Luke states how much money the government has pledged to invest in the sector and then takes a sip of beer. When the pensioner next to him asks if it that is enough to solve the problems, Luke spits out the beer in disbelief before saying it is nowhere near enough.



    Pro Wrestling 
  • Triple H always spits out the contents of his water bottle during his entrance, so he often spit-takes onscreen.
    • When he was named to switch brands in the WWE's 2004 draft, he immediately spit out the water he was drinking.
    • When DX were questioned over running down "Stone Cold" Steve Austin Road Dogg gave his real name as Dees Nuts, causing Trips to spray out his water as he laughed.
    • During the 2009 Bragging Rights DX promo where they bashed Smackdown's team. Triple H once again spits his water out when Shawn whispers to him, he blurts out what he says right after: "He's banging Vickie Guerrero?!"
  • Then there was "One Night Stand 2005", where Paul Heyman namedrops Matt Hardy in front of Edge — who had recently yoinked Matt's girlfriend Lita (in real life, not kayfabe) — and Edge spits out the beer he's drinking.
  • When Mick Foley was the commissioner he once told Al Snow that he was giving him a title match. Al responded with "I have a match against The Rock for the WWF Title?!" Cue spit-take from Foley, who proceeded to explain that he was talking about the Hardcore title.
  • This was how Santino Marella won a match against Jack Swagger. Beaker came down to the ring and gave him a potion which supposedly gave speed, power and agility to those who drank it... only for Santino to promptly be surprised by Swagger and spit it in his face.
  • David Otunga actually managed two of these in one night.
    • First was when he was told that he would be facing a returning Great Khali. This spit take went straight into the face of one Natalya Neidhart.
    • When Otunga went on to mock Natalya, she promptly proceeded to slap Otunga across the face, making him spit more coffee all over a VERY unamused Teddy Long.
  • This tends to happen to those on the business end of a Stone Cold Stunner while drinking some beer (usually provided by Austin in the first place).

  • Our Miss Brooks: Mr. Boynton does one with chili in "Weekend at Crystal Lake".
  • This is the entire premise of Innuendo Bingo on Radio 1, where guests fill their mouths with water before listening to Double Entendre-laden clips sent in by listeners.
  • The Goon Show: In The Fear of Wages, this is done with loose change (Grytpype and Moriarty are Stealing from the Till at their job in the Army pay corps, and Moriarty has the money hidden in his mouth).

  • The Play Within a Play in The Drowsy Chaperone has one scene that consists of nothing but Spit Takes. This is because, according to the Man in the Chair, plays and musicals would have smaller, often meaningless scenes that could allow the crew to ready the stage for the next musical number. His reasoning is that in musicals - like in pornography - the plot takes a backseat to the "production numbers", and so an utterly meaningless scene consisting of only spit takes is placed to bridge two musical numbers.
    • Later, in the number Love is Always Lovely (In the End), Underling (who was the recipient of the spit-takes of the above scene) got to give one to Tottendale (who was doing the spitting) when she confesses her love for him. The Man in the Chair notes that the song's title always reminded him of anal sex (love in the end - as in rear end, get it?), leading the audience to wonder why he associates sex and spitting.
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company covers Hamlet in their performance, where Ophelia's death scene is some screaming followed by a spit-take in reverse. As a result, when they do the whole play backwards at the end, the spit-take is executed normally - and to hilarious effect.
  • Happens the first time one of the cast takes a swig of white spirit instead of whiskey (and multiple times thereafter) in The Play That Goes Wrong.

    Video Games 
  • Crash of the Titans: Dr. N. Cortex overdoes it (spit-take, followed by throwing the cup, followed by a second spit-take) and Dr. N. Gin hangs a lampshade on it ("Aw, c'mon! He didn't even have a cup!").
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Episode 204: Chariots of the Dogs actually requires Sam and Max to get another character to perform a spit-take, so they can use the DNA from his spit. To be fair, that particular character's spit turns out to be a red herring. The spit Sam and Max really need is taken from an envelope.
    • Sam later mentions that he wants to do one when he learns that Brady Culture likes being in Hell, but his mouth is too parched, so he settles on a Big "WHAT?!".
  • Used to hilarious effect in Persona 4, to illustrate just how mind-bendingly awful a particular batch of curry is, when immediately followed by keeling over sideways onto a picnic bench. Zero to horizontal in .1 seconds.
    "Sure enough, one strike."
  • Toontown Online has this as one of the many "Squirt Gag" weapons.
  • The Armor Games' Web Game In3structotank! during the introductory sequence. A Red Alert goes off while Dirk Danger is drinking coffee and he spits it out.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has a variation: Solid Snake is about to smoke his cigarette after asking why Liquid wants the original when a duplicate would work just fine (referring to Solid and Liquid's DNA) in regards to hacking the system. When he hears from Naomi that its because they aren't identical to Big Boss, he then chokes on his cigarette smoke.
  • In Halo 2, when the crew of the In Amber Clad finds a second Halo installation, Sergeant Johnson does the same as above with his cigar.
  • In this trailer for Street Fighter X Tekken, Zangief has two massive spit-takes.
  • In Office Jerk, the Jerk spews coffee if he takes a drink after you've landed something in his mug.
  • In Delicious 7: Emily's True Love the title character does one when her best friend Francois mentions that her sister's husband-to-be "volunteered" her cooking skills and restaurant for the wedding reception.
  • This is Octogeddon's reaction to the theater play making fun of octopi. Immediately followed by a Roaring Rampage of Revenge upon the Sydney Opera House.
  • At the end of the Legion expansion of World of Warcraft, Saurfang and Baine are pondering over Trade Prince Gallywix's latest scheme. When Baine mentions Gallywix is sending his goblin teams to Silithus, Saurfang chokes on his mug of beer, growling out that nothing good has ever come out of Silithus (best known as the prison of the Old God C'thun).
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Dr. Nefarious spits out his drink after finding out his dimensional counterpart plans on conquering his and Ratchet's world.
  • Disgaea 5: Seraphina's tea break turns into this upon hearing her Prinnies got stomped fighting The Lost.

    Visual Novels 
  • Elcia from Area X does this in the Middle Ages when Pedoe tells her he wants her to be his 44th wife.
  • Gian from Lucky Dog 1 does this multiple times when he meets Rosalia in Ivan's route. First when she reveals she's a high ranking mafia member's granddaughter, second when she says Ivan is invited to lunch with the mafia member and third when she reveals she's Ivan's fiancée.
  • Hisao in Katawa Shoujo gets a few: once when Kenji describes books as "the medium our ancestors used to view porn" (ruining a library book in the process, to his horror), and another when Lilly's sister Akira casually reminds Lilly to use contraceptives... right in front of Hisao.
  • Godot does this often in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations whenever Phoenix discredits one of his witnesses' testimony. Parodied in some cases where Godot will actually go through the motions of receiving his coffee, sniffing it, guzzling it down, and then spitting it out. In one instance Godot took two drinks. It's usually "symbolic" to the progress you've made, too, since Godot will only ever have 17 cups of coffee in one case, meaning if he's just spitting out coffee, he's coming to an end. Or if he's chugging them down, he's coming to an end for his benefit. To emphasize the whole parody he does in the game, it should be pointed out that he was Going Through the Motions in the very first instance of this trope in the game ever. Even further lampshaded by Maya at one point.
    Godot: I've been made to eat my words once again!
    Maya: Actually you've been made to do a spit-take... with a cup of coffee.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • It's a Running Gag at Fark that posting something sufficiently funny will induce this reaction in whoever sees it, resulting in a drink spit all over the keyboard, ruining it.
  • This is a pretty common phenomenon on many Webcomic forums. One reader said that he took to sipping Windex so he could clean his monitor while reading. That forum has had numerous claims of ruined keyboards.
  • Also common in Usenet newsgroups. Some have standard abbreviations to warn readers that a post might lead to keyboard/monitor endangerment.
  • A Running Gag on Twitter as of 2017 was to refer to a particularly surprising or bizarre news story with a formation like "Well I've just [done something that they wouldn't have done if they knew about it], now to take a large sip of water and check the news."

    Web Videos 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • The Nerd has a spit-take when Bugs Bunny first appears into his house. The rest is history.
    • He also does this again in "Schwarzenegger Games", when first seeing the Predator game's "Big Mode".
  • JonTron: While reviewing one of the many Phantom Menace games, Jon has a spit-take when hears the objective of Gungan Frontier is to create a new home for species on their moon.
  • In Mirai Nikki The Abridged Series, Yuki has this reaction to Hinata telling him she wants to be his friend in episode 8.
    Hinata: Hey, Yuki.
    Yuki: Huh?
    Hinata: From now on, we're friends.
    Yuki: [spit-take] WE ARE?
    Hinata: Yup.
    Yuki: Yay!
  • Lazy Game Reviews: While trying out some Software Evolution shareware discs. Clint made the mistake of taking a sip of coffee right as the intro for True Blood started playing.note  He almost ended up choking on it.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • The Critic has TWO spit-takes in the same episode reviewing Tom and Jerry: The Movie. Particularly about how the duo are suddenly talking. A LOT. The first time, it's just water, but the second time, while he's in denial of hearing them talk...
      Critic: No. No, no, no, it's gotta be a mistake, I gotta be hearing things. I'm gonna just go ahead and eat my customary three-pound watermelon and drink my traditional pitcher of Sangria at the same time, while I confirm how wrong I was about this ridiculous misunderstanding.
    • He does it again in his review of The Room, in response to Johnny's "Anyway, how is your sex life?" line.
    • And again in the Commercial Special during the innuendo-filled Wet Banana ad.
    • And again in his review of Milk Money when a kid asks, "Was Mom a virgin when you married her?" The page quote is the Critic lampshading this trope.
    • Subverted in his review of Star Trek: The Motion Picture where he nearly spit takes but manages to keep it down. Double subverted a few seconds later thanks to The Room again.
    • Doug and Rob did a genuine spit take simultaneously in the Brad Tries... crossover, "Brad Tries Pizza Beer".
    • In "Dawn of the Commercials", he demonstrates step-by-step how a spoonful of KIX is less and less enjoyable. The first bite is tasty and nice, the second is less pleasant, the third gives a "Oh God, what have I done?" feeling, and the fourth one is just plain spitting the cereal out.
    • Subverted in his review of the pilot for DuckTales (2017):
      Critic: I will now celebrate this perfectly serviceable ending by drinking out of my favorite and most expensive champagne glass, with my favorite and most expensive champagne inside, as I will do now!
      [cut to Dewey examining a painting in the attic. "Mom?"]
      Critic: [still holding the glass, full and unbroken] Do you realize how close I came to dropping that?
    • As a Call-Back to The Room, in his review of Best F(r)iends, Greg Sestero, disguised as Tommy Wiseau, makes the Critic spit-take after the former said the "sex life" line. Even when the latter wasn't seen drinking anything.
  • A Vodka Movie by Zach Galifianakis, Tim, and Eric (Part 2) has a ten-second dual spit-take when Zach reveals why he has body image issues.
  • The opening of this Olde English sketch. No fewer than three takes from one drink.
  • PJTV's Trifecta episode regarding Madonna's flashing a boob during a performance at Turkey had Bill Whittle and Stephen Green spitting their coffee out after showing the titular clip.
  • In Phelous's review of Janis the Little Pig from Dingo Pictures, this is his reaction to Janis suckling from the male-sounding cow's udder. And with a Ghostbusters holiday mug.
  • In the fifth season of The Guild, Bladezz's reaction when he spots Codex and Tink's Fake-Out Make-Out.
  • The Fine Brothers original YouTube series MyMusic has this as something of a running gag. The first time the group learns that Metal has a 15-year-old daughter, Indie spit takes before the news is even revealed. Once the news is actually revealed, everyone in the group spit-takes simultaneously.
    Indie: Sorry, sorry. I anticipated you were going to reveal something surprising, and I jumped the gun.
  • In the first half of the Khnum and Thoth mini-arc of Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Joseph does one with the poisoned tea upon spotting Iggy in Midler's soup.
  • Flander's Company:
    • Caleb spits his coffee after adding to it what he thought was sugar, but is in fact vampire ashes.
    • Hippolyte spits his water with aspirin, right in Déborah's face, when surprised by the first return of Kevin in Season 2. She calls hims a "little spitting llama" afterward.
  • In Josh Scorcher and The Mysterious Mr. Enter's collab review of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Putting Your Hoof Down", Josh says that he isn't bothered by the infamous scene of Fluttershy viciously ridiculing Rarity and Pinkie Pie. This causes Mr. Enter to spit out some water because he despises that moment.
  • In his After Dark review of Bayonetta 2, the Wiiviewer spits out the bottled Coke that he drank from the wine glass, saying that it must be moldy.
  • One of Magicalgiraffe's videos, Stealing in Animal Crossing, includes a scenario where Magicalgiraffe is talking to Maya, one of her friends. The animation shows Magicalgiraffe drinking a coffee from the Roost, and when Maya tells Magicalgiraffe that someone stole from her, her reaction is to do this, followed by a declaration for revenge, having been stolen from many times in the past herself.
  • Sidemen:
    • Behzinga and Miniminter hold a Try Not to Laugh Challenge where they hold water in their mouths trying not to laugh at Zerkaa's chosen funny videos. The result is a stream of spit takes.
    • TwoSetViolin does the same but with viola jokes (it's a classical music thing)...
  • In one Achievement Hunter gameplay video in Trouble in Terrorist Town, Gavin the Phantom is killed and resurrected multiple times. After the third time he's resurrected, he's killed again by Fiona. Jack was drinking from his water bottle and witnesses the exchange, and proceeds to spit out a massive amount of water all over himself.
  • In Professor Juice's Um Jammer Lammy review, Rosie spits out her water when she thinks she hears the words "what the fuck" in the song "Fire Fire!!"note .
  • Scott The Woz:
    • Often lampshaded whenever it happens. An example from the episode "Physical vs. Digital Games":
      Scott: Now if you'll excuse me, before I reenact what checking the prices of PlayStation Now was like back in 2015, I need to take a hearty gulp out of my hourly bottle of water.
      [Scott notices the price of rent for Final Fantasy XIII-2 and spits out the water]
      Scott: God, that's such tart water! And what gross prices!
    • It's also made into a Running Gag in "Cloud Gaming", in which Scott spits out some water whenever Google Stadia's name is mentioned, until he can't do it anymore because he "ran out of fluids".
  • The Warp Zone video "Captain America's Life After Endgame": Steve Rogers explains in details to Peggy Carter that he can't tell her anything about the future, least it create new alternate timeline. Then, as she's reading the newspaper she offhandedly comments "Oh, JFK is coming to Dallas over the weekend..." (it's 1963). Steve, who is drinking a glass of water, spit-takes and coughs.
    Steve Rogers: [coughs] Well, I'm sure that will be a very uneventful weekend. [sniffs]

    Western Animation 
  • In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Comedy of Errors", Midgel spits out his drink when Jason reveals his embarrassing secret just to make people laugh.
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Jake vs Me-Mow", Finn & Jake are eating meat pies when told by Wildberry Princess someone's trying to kill her. Their response is to spit-take meat into each others' mouths.
  • American Dad!:
    • Deputy Director Bulloch is talking about the escaped alien (Roger), and what they're planning to do to the person harboring him, causing Stan to repeatedly spit out his piping hot coffee onto people off-screen, indicated by their screaming, until Bulloch says, "Would someone take away Smith's coffee?"
    • Another when Steve said to his friends he's dating an older woman (she's 80).
    • Subverted in another episode where Francine tells Stan that she's become their gay neighbors' surrogate mother as he's pouring himself a beer. She drops the bomb before the beer reaches his lips, so instead he smashes the mug on the desk.
    • In "Stan of Arabia, Part 2" a camel does this when Francine strips down to her underwear while singing about how much she hates living in Saudi Arabia.
    • In "G-String Circus" Stan does one when Hayley announces she's taking a semester off, but he didn't hear her. Turns out he was listening to an audio book on how to do a Spit Take. He tries to do a Spit Take again, but ends up dribbling.
  • Angry Kid: An off-screen spit-take (courtesy of the sound effects) happens in the short "Curious" when the titular Angry Kid asks his dad "What's a butt plug?" after inquiring about some "strange noises" he heard from his mum and dad the night before.
  • Archer, "Drift Problem":
    Archer: Somebody stole my birthday car.
    Lana: Okay, I'm gonna drink some of this, and then I'm gonna do a huuuge spit take on ya.
    [jump cut to Archer in the bathroom, dealing with his drink-soaked shirt]
    Archer: What the shit, Lana?!
    Lana: I told you I was gonna do it.
  • In the Arthur episode "Arthur's Underwear", while Arthur was having dinner with his family, his mom asks Arthur how school was that day. He then does a spit-take and starts abruptly laughing before choking, because earlier when Binky Barnes was writing on the board he tried to pick up chalk he accidentally dropped and ended up ripping up his pants, something Arthur found hilarious even after the fact.
  • As Told by Ginger: Dodie does this while drinking the girls' traditional "pre-country fair lemonade" after Ginger breaks the last-minute news that she invited Darren to go to the fair with them.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In "The Painted Lady", we get this:
      Sokka: [gets a sly look on his face] I got it, how's this from now on, we'll take food breaks and potty breaks at the same time.
      [Aang does a spit-take in the background]
      Aang, Katara & Toph: Ewww!
      Sokka: Hey, it might be gross, but it's efficient.
    • In "Nightmares and Daydreams", Aang yells at Toph to stop drinking water and she immediately spit-takes in surprise, all over Katara (who subsequently waterbends to dry herself). When asked why, Aang explains he just had a dream where they all died because of Toph's Potty Emergency, and thus it's important that she avoids drinking in the future....
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, Bruce pulls one of these when his friend Harvey Dent tells him he's planning on proposing to Pam Isley (not knowing she's evil yet).
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    • A recurring gag would have Beavis doing a spit-take as a reaction to a horribly bad music video coming on the TV, usually with his regurgitated soda ending up on Butt-Head's face.
    • Also happened when Beavis tried the "near-beer" they had just bought on the episode "Buy Beer".
  • The Chowder episode "Chowder's Girlfriend" has a thirty-second-long spit-take that appears to span nearly half a day; Chowder even takes time in the middle of said take to brush his teeth and go to sleep, and the moon and sun in the sky even get into it. He finally stops the next morning.
  • In a Codename: Kids Next Door episode, after the team secures President Jimmy to the school, they celebrate their victory at their drinking spot watching the news unfold. Jimmy then declares to alter the school rules, starting with changing the dismissal time... to 8:25 PM, hearing this makes Number 4 spit his drink out in shock.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy Christmas special "Jingle, Jingle, Jangle" when Nazz points out she's standing under the mistletoe she tells Eddy that he has to kiss her, he gets so excited and he happens to be drinking egg nog at the time which causes him to spit it all over her, she then kicks him out for it.
  • Parodied several times on The Fairly OddParents:
    • In the No-Dialogue Episode "Pipe Down", whenever someone would "say" that a meteor was about to hit Dimmsdale, they would take a sip of coffee just to do the spit-take. For the fairies, they would actually summon a cup of coffee just so they can do the spit-take. The three times Cosmo does it, he spits his coffee all over Wanda (and Timmy the third time). And the third time was after the meteor's been dealt with.
    • It is also used as a running gag in the episode "Dream Goat".
    • Averted (or subverted?) in "Dog Day Afternoon". Wanda and other fairy godmothers are drinking tea and talking about how their godkids wished to switch places with animals; one of the other fairies takes a sip just as Wanda points out the school is doing dissections the day her goddaughter switched places with a frog, but the spit-take doesn't happen.
    • Played straight in A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!: Timmy spits out his Slushee upon hearing Tootie state her name in defiance against the film's villain.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Peter's Got Woods", Peter does this twice on Meg at the dinner table when Brian tells the family that he's dating Shauna, a teacher he met at the PTA.
    • Brian does a spit-take when Peter tells he's gotten a raise when his job at the toy company is taken over by the tobacco company in "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington". According to the commentary, they planned to have Brian do this without actually drinking anything (as in, just blowing really hard in surprise), but decided nobody would get the joke.
  • In the Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "Fangboy", Dr. Acula does this when Fanboy tells him he's a vampire.
  • Exaggerated to hilarious extremes by Freakazoid! in "And Fanboy Is His Name", where he splurts fifteen times upon meeting Fan Boy, with an amount of juice probably in excess of what he had imbibed — although there are plenty of empty juice containers next to him.
  • In Frisky Dingo, when billionaire idiot Xander Crews hears a surprising piece of news, he says, "Uh... spit-take!?"
  • Futurama:
    • In "Bender Gets Made", after realizing that the ship the Robot Mafia is going to attack is none other than the Planet Express Ship, Bender does a full ten second spit-take after drinking some oil up until the commercial break. On the DVD commentary they say that if they had been able to they would have still had him doing it after coming out of the commercial break.
    • When Dr. Zoidberg does one in "That's Lobstertainment", the water doesn't just come out of his mouth.
    • Bender does a double spit-take in "The Cyber House Rules" by alternating between two glasses that are constantly refilled. After the first spit-take, he picks up the other glass and does a second.
    • In "Fry and the Slurm Factory", when Fry, Leela and Bender won a tour of the Slurm factory, only to find out that Slurm's only ingredient is a semi-liquid discharge from the tail of a giant slug queen. There are several exchanges of Fry drinking from a can of Slurm, Leela reminding him what it is, Fry spit-taking, and going right back to drinking (it is highly addictive, after all.)
    • In "Mars University" (an odd one because Fry didn't have the cup when he was walking back to his dorm):
      Gunter: [a talking monkey] But the Professor has been like a father to me!
      Leela: But he's not your father. That monkey in the punch bowl is.
      [Fry takes a sip of said punch; cue spit-take]
    • And AGAIN in "A Leela of Her Own" when Fry spits out some "Crushed Rat Whine" into Bender's face, who then spits it back out into Fry's face with the same force.
    • ALSO while watching Cop Department:
      Leela: Hey Bender, I thought you said you were in this episode.
      Bender: Nah, this week I'm on Caught on Tape 3 because of what I did in the coffee pot.
      [cue spit-take by Fry]
    • In "The Prisoner of Benda", Bender-in-the-Robo-Hungarian-Emperor's-body does this with jewels.
    • AND AGAIN in "A Clockwork Origin" where The Professor spits out his drink as well as his false teeth. Talk about a show that loves doing spit-takes.
    • A "solid" example. In "Overclockwise", Bender gets very intelligent after Cubert overclocks him.
      Bender: There's 3,018 jelly beans in that jar.
      Cubert: Oohohoho. Damn, I'm good. [picks up and eat a handful from the jar]
      Bender: I mean 3,018 rat kidneys.
      [cue spit-take]
    • In the opening to "My Three Suns", when Bender cooks for the Planet Express crew, he adds an almost-lethal (literally: according to him, it was 10% below a lethal dose) amount of salt to the food. After taking their first bite, the Planet Express crew desperately reach for their glasses of water - only to immediately spit the water out again when they realise that it's salt water (or, as Bender puts it, salt with water in it).
  • Gargoyles: In the Goliath Chronicles episode, "For It May Come True," Goliath does this (in human form, no less) in his dream when he finds out that he and Elisa now have kids.
  • Rex gets one in the Generator Rex episode "Outpost" upon being told that the drink he is imbibing is made from rice that has passed through the digestive tract of a monkey.
  • Gravity Falls likes to play with this trope:
    • Parodied hilariously in "Headhunters" after Dipper finishes solving the mystery of who "murdered" Wax Grunkle Stan, Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland pull up next to the Mystery Shack in their cruiser. Blubs mockingly asks the kids if they've solved the mystery before saying "I’m so confident you’re going to say no that I’m going to take a long, slow sip from my cup of coffee", which he proceeds to do. Dipper tells them that they did indeed solve it. And then... this happens.
    • In "Boyz Crazy", Dipper plays a tape by Robbie very slowly, expecting to hear a hidden message. Grunkle Stan takes a drink to have a spit take at the ready. Nothing happens.
      Stan: That's not spit-worthy. What gives?
      • Then Dipper eventually realizes he has to play it backwards. Upon doing so, he and Stan discover a hidden message. Cue the spit take then.
        Stan: Wow! Now there's your spit take!
    • In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", the Monster of the Week is turning the party's guests into wood, including a woman who gets frozen in mid-spit (even the liquid turns to wood!).
  • In Billy and Mandy Save Christmas, Billy does this three times as Mrs. Claus explains what happened to Santa.
    • He spit-takes when she mentions mending Santa's underwear...
      Billy: [spits] Santa has underwear?!
    • And then she mentions cleaning Santa's spare hat...
      Billy: [spits] Santa has a spare hat?!
    • And then Mrs. Claus mentions she waxed Santa's sleigh...
    • And the gag ends when Mrs. Claus mentions treating Donner's irritable bowels, where Billy calmly sips his cocoa and suggests that the reindeer needs more fiber.
  • In an episode of Home Movies, Brendon's mother reacts this way to Brendon asking to go to the library — multiple times. The first time she does it is out of legitimate shock, but then she keeps doing it, seemingly just to annoy Brendon.
  • Done by Samy on Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Beezy approaches him wearing a Paper-Thin Disguise of Lucius.
  • Subverted in an episode of Johnny Bravo, where Suzie says that, according to a letter he just received, Johnny never graduated from school properly. Johnny spits out the water he's drinking... because it tasted hideous.
  • Kim Possible:
    • In the Grand Finale, just as Kim takes a sip of her soda, Ron freaks out. Cue Ron getting it in the kisser.
    • Also, when she learns that during the weekend, she has to meet up with Larry, she ends up spitting out her orange juice and choking.
    • In "Emotion Sickness" Wade calls just as Kim gives Ron a (Moodulator-induced) kiss. He does a spit-take and falls out of his chair.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Dale, Bill and Boomhauer do a synchronized spit-take after Hank comes to the realization that the beer they've been drinking has been tainted, and was the cause for their earlier diarrhea and vomiting. When Hank realizes that Peggy knew all along, Bill does this a second time.
    • Hank also subverts this in one episode, almost doing a spit-take, but managing to avoid it. Hank then says, with all seriousness, "I came very close to spitting out beer."
    • He does play it straight in an earlier episode, however — he spits beer when he hears Peggy yelling out "VAGINA!" (It Makes Sense in Context.)
    • A minor one when Bill is using his house to rehabilitate alcoholics, he asks his friends nicely that they can't drink in the alley. Dale spits out beer in reaction.
  • The Legend of Korra, "A Leaf in the Wind". A White Lotus guard does this right into the face of another when the pro-bending announcer on the radio reveals that Korra — whom they were supposed to be guarding — is playing in a match.
  • Let's Go Luna!:
    • At the beginning of "Windy Washi", Senor Fabuloso does a spit take when he notices that there's literally nothing in the newspaper, not even an ad for the Circo's latest show.
    • The gang does this with their tea in "Mukandi's Farm" when the animals enter the house.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the classic cartoon "Ballot Box Bunny", while drinking from a can of carrot juice, Bugs Bunny is listening to mayoral candidate Yosemite Sam give his stump speech:
      Yosemite Sam: ... and I'll keep my promise to rid this country of every — last — rabbit!
      [Bugs spews carrot juice]
      Bugs: Last rabbit!?
    • "Tortoise Beats Hare". The cartoon starts with Bugs reading the opening credits while eating one of his characteristic carrots. When he reads the title and notices that it is "Tortoise Beats Hare"... cue spit-take.
    • And in "8 Ball Bunny", when he's drinking a carrot martini then realizes that the ship he sent the penguin on was heading for Brookyln.
    • Porky does this near the beginning of the Larry Doyle-produced short "My Generation G... G... Gap" when he sees his daughter on TV. And he does it for quite a while, too.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: In "Eligible Bachelors", Daffy sprays hot tea across Granny's attic upon learning that she is a Retired Badass.
  • Done as an Overly Long Gag on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Flapjack and K'nuckles startle the Club for Easily Startled Men, resulting in several seconds of spit-take.
  • Done a few times in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Subverted in "A Bird in the Hoof", where upon hearing Princess Celestia has to leave a party on official duty, Twilight Sparkle begins to spit-take, only to shove her hoof in her mouth to stop herself.
    • In "Party of One", Rarity spits punch all over Pinkie Pie (who doesn't seem to notice or care) when she notices the alligator in the punch bowl.
    • Enforced by Pinkie Pie in "Magical Mystery Cure" upon the Mane Six being told by Princess Celestia that Twilight has become a princess. She even picks a glass of water out of hammerspace and drinks it to pull off the effect.
    • In "Sweet and Elite", Rarity accidentally spit-takes directly into the faces of Jet Set and Upper Crust.
    • In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Flim spits his cider in his brother Flam's face when he hears they no longer have the upper hand in the cider-making contest.
    • Rainbow Dash does a spit-take in "Daring Don't" after Twilight tells her that the new Daring Do book has been delayed for two more months.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In "My Hero", Piglet does a spit take during a meeting on who saved what, when Owl mentions Tigger is still Piglet's servant.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: In "Big Reveal", K.O. spits out his oatmeal when he asks his mom Carol who his father is and Carol casually answers it was her old partner Laserblast.
  • Kowalski keeps doing these as a running gag in the The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Mr. Tux". During the climax, he does it in an attempt to extinguish the penguins' overloading nuclear core, but it fails. The other penguins do this sometimes too.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In "Tree to Get Ready", Dr. Doofenshmirtz has a Delayed Reaction when he finds Perry the Platypus in his lair, and spits out his drink in shock.
    • Lampshaded in "Bad Hair Day". Candace cuts her own hair using online how-to videos, ending up in a truly horrendous outcome. Phineas and Ferb walk in and do a spit-take, much to Candace's displeasure...
      Phineas: What do you think? We've been working on our spit-takes all morning!
      Candace: Yeah yeah, you're hilarious...
    • Perry does this in the episode "Bullseye!" when he sees Lawrence has accidentally entered to be the next head of L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.
    • In "Journey to the Center of Candace", Candace sprays out a massive amount of cereal when Jeremy calls to ask her out.
  • Princess Natasha: The narrator's first line in the intro is "There's something rotten in the Kingdom of Zoravia", prompting a character to spit the boofer fruit he's eating but the narrator adds "No, not that". The episode "Something's Rotten in Zoravia" features a repeat of the take but this time it's because Lubek is sabotaging the crops.
  • Alfe in The Problem Solverz does this a lot, mainly when attacking. He also does it after trying the "slightly off" root beer and pizza pancakes in "Fauxboro".
  • In the Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja episode "Gossip Boy", Randy spits his drink all over Heidi, who does not seem to know, when Howard almost reveals to her that Randy was the ninja.
  • Recess:
    • The Secretary of Education (most likely not Philium Benedict) ends up pulling one of these when he learned that the test scores had sunk even further than before as a result of his cancelling Recess.
    • Ms. Finster herself does a spit take when Gretchen Grundler revealed that she actually finished the Arkansas Achievement Test in less than five minutes.
    • In "Nobody Doesn't like T.J," Gordie spits out the brownie T.J offers him after finding out that it has nuts in it, which Gordie is allergic to.
    • In "The Voice," Spinelli does one after Mikey admits that he's in love with his music teacher.
  • Rugrats: In "Grandpa's Teeth", Lou does this when Didi catches him eating Jell-O without his dentures. Stu later does this after Lou asks Didi to check the bucket of fried chicken in case he dropped his dentures in it.
  • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, "Bad Day on the Moon": Sam sees a giant cockroach do a spit-take, and describes it as "the universal sign of surprise and alarm".
  • In the first episode of Sanjay and Craig, Sanjay does one that also shoots out of his nose and ears.
  • In "Train Bandits" from Sheriff Callie's Wild West, Peck does one with his milk upon learning that the train bandits are conducting a "sticky-up" in the next car.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Parodied in "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" when Homer checks the price tag on a computer, doesn't react, then pours out a cup of coffee and reads the tag again while drinking it. Cue spit-take.
    • While trying to get Maggie to eat spinach, Homer somehow managed to do a spit-take from the mouth of a sock puppet on his arm.
    • Averted in "The Sweetest Apu" when Marge finds out Apu is cheating on his wife. Homer insists that they tell Krusty, because "that guy's hilarious!" Homer then tells Krusty right as he's drinking a big mug of coffee. Krusty reacts by... swallowing the coffee, and saying "That's sad. All those kids..." Marge later reminds Homer that off-camera, Krusty is "a desperately unhappy man."
    • Homer does this in early episodes when he spits mouthwash on the mirror.
    • Mr. Burns once did a spit-take that was implied to have also drained him of vital bodily fluids and thus dehydrated/seriously wrinkled him which required himself to be sprayed to regain the lost bodily fluids.
    • Subverted in the episode "Dude Where's My Ranch". Homer and Bart don't do anything when they find out they're drinking bear urine, but they do the spit-take when they find out they're actually drinking Fresca.
    • Marge done this with wine in "The Last Temptation of Krust" soon after Janeane Garofalo said "I got my period today" while at the comedy festival.
    • Exaggerated in "Lisa's Date With Density" when Lisa reveals to Milhouse that she has a crush on Nelson. He's so shocked he forgets to even pull his mouth away and blows into his milk carton, making it explode.
      Nelson: Way to drink, poindexter!
    • In "Flaming Moes", Moe refuses to sell the drink citing the blood and sweat he put into it. When everyone at the bar spits their Flaming Moe, Moe points out it was just a figure of speech.
    • In "Mr. Plow", when Homer is watching Barney's Plow King ad, once hears that the song in the ad calls him a "boozer", he spits out his beer in shock.
  • Invoked in Skylanders Academy:
    Mabu: Kaos is attacking the Skylanders!
    Spyro: What?! Hold on. [pulls out a soda cup] What I meant was... [takes a sip, spits] WHAT?!
    Mabu: Oh, that's much better. That really conveys the urgency.
  • In The Smurfs (2021) episode "Smurfs In Disguise", Hefty and Scaredy do this when they hear Papa Smurf wishing them (as girl Smurfs) good luck at the Iron Smurf Girls tournament.
  • In the South Park episode "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", Paris Hilton offers to buy Butters from his parents, who refuse. She then tells them she'll pay 200 million for him, causing his father to spit-take his cocoa and ask her to repeat herself. She does, and he spit-takes again, as does his wife.
  • In one episode of the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Space Ghost does several spit-takes in a row directly onto the camera lens. The first few are coffee, but the last one is comprised entirely of blood, eliciting gasps of horror from the (nonexistent) studio audience. Whoops.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Tentacle Vision", this trope is subverted when Squidward attempts a spit take with his coffee after finding a favorite show of his cancelled, only to realize that he hadn't actually made his coffee yet. Played straight a moment later when he notices what his show was replaced by.
    • In "The Algae’s Always Greener", Plankton does one after Karen suggests using the "Switch-Lives-Just-To-Know-What-It’s-Like-O-Magrifier" to switch lives with Mr. Krabs.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Mr. Candle Cares", Marco gets this reaction from the eponymous guidance counselor when he claims to be "smooch buddies" with Star, all in order to mess with Star's demonic ex-boyfriend Tom, who has been using Mr. Candle as part of his latest ploy to get himself and Star back together.
  • Steven Universe
    • In "Steven's Birthday", Connie does a spit-take with a juice box upon learning that it's Steven's fourteenth birthday as opposed to, say, twelfth. She doesn't spit out juice, instead she spits the juice box out of her mouth with the straw.
    • In "Last One Out of Beach City", Pearl is in a rebellious mood and tries drinking... apple juice (which is a big deal for her, because while Gems can eat and drink they don't need to, and Pearl doesn't much enjoy the sensation). Then she sees Mystery Girl walk into the Big Donut and spits out her drink.
  • Reef does one (with a mouthful of hot dog) after Lo tells him that he is going vegetarian in Stōked.
  • Superfriends 1973/74 episode "The Androids". Dr. Rebos and his assistant Loco are in their laboratory toasting their mission to stop the U.S. space program. Dr. Rebos spits out what he's drinking as he looks up and sees the Super Friends, who have just entered the room.
  • In the Thomas & Friends episode, "Ryan and Daisy", Sir Topham Hatt is drinking tea and spits it out on Winston's windshield when he sees Ryan pulling his passenger coaches and pushing Daisy's mail coach at the same time.
  • El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera:
    • Parodied twice. In one episode, Grandpapi is drinking coffee when he hears alarming news. He spit-takes all over Rodolfo, calmly takes another sip, and sprays that all over Rodolfo too. In another episode, Rodolfo performs the excessive, hose-like spray variety, prompting Grandpapi to demand, "Why must you take such big sips?!"
    • Done another time by El Tigre himself in "Fool's Goal" when he drinks out of a water bottle and does a spit take right in Frida's face.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Acme Looniversity actually offers a class on this.
    • "Milk, It Makes a Body Spout" had Buster and Plucky compete to be the first to make Hampton laugh so hard milk comes out his nose.
  • Total Drama:
    • Heather spits a long stream of orange juice into Trent's face in "Phobia Factor" when Chris informs her that she has to battle a sumo wrestler.
    • In "Celebrity Manhunt's TDA Reunion Show", Chris spits all of the latté Noah just brought him out into his face because it's cold. He also fires him.
    • Sam only needs to take one bite of gruel in "Ice Ice Baby" to know it's not for him. He spits it out in shock over the foul taste, right into Scott's face. Scott throws his bowl back in revenge.
    • Chris promotes Chris McLean Instant Coffee during the episode introduction speech in "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean". He takes one gulp and can't keep it down, spitting it out violently as he struggles to continue praising it and simultaneously get rid of it.
    • In "Sundae Muddy Sundae", Mike and his alternate personalities locate Vito in a theater, where he's forced to perform a ventriloquism act with a Mal dummy. As Vito drinks a glass of water, Mike explains that he is needed to help defeat Mal. The dummy answers that's not possible, causing Vito to spit the water right back out because he isn't making the dummy say that. It's Mal who's possessing the dummy.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy:
    • Kitty Katswell does this when she notices that Dudley Puppy used the water fountain she was drinking from as a bathroom.
    • Also done with Dudley's date actually the Chameleon in disguise when she notices that she and Dudley are drinking toilet water. Dudley thinks this is a French custom and does the same.
  • In the VeggieTales episode "Dave and the Giant Pickle", King Saul (Archibald Asparagus) does one after Dave (Junior Asparagus) triumphantly says he'll fight Goliath.
  • Wakfu:
    • Done by Ruel in episode 10, all over his friend Calben, from Amalia's yell surprising him.
    • Done be Evangelyne in season 2 episode 2, straight at the "camera", when she hears Sadlygrove's voice in the forest.

    Real Life 
  • We've all gagged on our food/drink at least once in our lifetimes because someone told us something outrageous/funny (possibly deliberately) while our mouths were full.
  • "Spit take" is a popular improv comedy game with some troupes. All you need are several players, more bottles of water, and a scene that provides plenty of "surprises". Hilarity Ensues, as well as a pause to clean the stage afterwards.
  • BBC radio station Radio 1 came up with a game called "innuendo bingo" which is basically seeing who can avoid spit-taking faced with some rather out-of-context audio clips. They filmed it and there are several episodes on YouTube
  • This YouTube video has a glorious spit take from an I Ate WHAT?! moment

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