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Some characters have enough elasticity in their stomach that it is possible to stomp on them like a trampoline. In this trope, a character uses the belly of a fat human or creature to bounce on it like a trampoline. Some do it for a practical use, like reaching a tall place they couldn't reach by themselves, or to save someone falling. Other just do it because it is fun. Whatever the use is, most likely, the person who is being bounced on will probably not be pleased.

As this can be potentially hazardous when applied to reality, no Real Life Examples please.

See also Tummy Cushion, Springs, Springs Everywhere, Gelatinous Trampoline, Wacky Waterbed, Cobweb Trampoline and Springy Spores.



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     Anime and Manga  
  • In My Neighbor Totoro, Mei bounces on the furry tummy of a sleeping Totoro; later, her sister Satsuki falls from the top of Totoro's tree and lands with a bounce on his stomach.
  • Pokémon

     Asian Animation  
  • At the beginning of the Simple Samosa episode "Sumo Momo", Vada uses Dhokla's tummy as a trampoline when he talks to Samosa from out his bedroom window.

     Comic Books  


     Film (Animated)  

  • The Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop. The book features two anthropomorphic bear cubs jumping on their father's belly, only for him to tell them "STOP You must not hop on Pop."

     Live Action TV  

     Video Games  
  • Happens to the exposed belly of an intoxicated legionary when Asterix looks for the Gifts of the Gods who was lucky enough to be asleep, and thus not participate in any of the one-sided skirmishes with the Gauls, but unlucky enough to have enough of a protruding belly to make for an excellent jumping point.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, you can do this with the eponymous enemies in the level "Double Header".
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe has this as a literal background gag. When getting launched back into the foreground by the first form of the final boss, Kirby uses an unconscious King Dedede's gut to break his fall.
  • Zorro, the 8-bit classic from 1985, involved getting a bottle of wine to intoxicate a drunkard, to trampoline to the top of the screen.
  • A key part of the gameplay of Papo & Yo is bouncing off Monster's big belly to reach greater heights.
  • Used in the Meat Circus level of Psychonauts, with a circus fat lady who otherwise just stares off into space...
  • Darun Mister from Street Fighter EX uses this trope as an attack. He has a super called the Super Indra Bash where he curls up backwards and leaps, utilizing his stomach as a springboard to launch his opponents into the air, setting them up for a combo (including a second and third Super Indra Bash if he has enough meter). He also has a normal Indra Bash that's a command throw, and it involves him grabbing his opponent by the arms, falling backwards to pull them on top of him and then bouncing them high into the air with his belly. There's also his Meteor Tag Combo with Pullum Purna (as seen here), where both Pullum and your opponent bounce off of Darun's midsection until Pullum kicks them down to the ground, where they're caught by Darun in a backbreaker. The only subversion is that Darun is actually in good shape.
  • Aladdin (Virgin Games) shows Abu bouncing on a guard's belly in early levels.
  • Snowy Cabins in Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos has polar bears whose only real purpose is to lie on the snow and provide Speedy with their bellies to bounce on.
  • In the mobile game Buddy And Me, the player character occasionally uses Buddy's stomach as a spring board in order to keep from falling in the game's many bottomless pits.
  • In a game based off Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, you do this with the bottom of the abdomen of a Giant Spider, after you defeat it, to reach a high ledge.
  • Pokémon, several of the Pokedex entries for Snorlax say that small children often climb on its belly to play while it's asleep.
  • The SNES game based on Rocko's Modern Life had Rocko able to jump on Heffer to trampoline up to higher ledges.

     Web Animation  
  • The Strong Bad Email "no loafing" ends with leaving a note about having an "appointment" to get to. Clicking that word yields him hopping from foot to foot his rotund brother Strong Sad, looking off and declaring, "I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you."

     Western Animation  


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