Created By: StevenT on March 16, 2012 Last Edited By: hbi2k on September 17, 2014
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Putting the Pee in Pool

Someone relieves themselves in a swimming pool.

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Someone urinates (or, occasionally, defecates) in a swimming pool, either by accident or on purpose. If it's an accident, it's also a Potty Failure. Usually in cases of urinating on purpose, they believe because the water is chlorinated it will clean itself... or they're that much of a jerkass that they just don't care. This is almost always Played for Laughs, but it can be Played for Drama if needed. This is one way to put some Toilet Humor in a work.

Compare Urine Trouble.


Examples:

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     Advertising 

     Film 
  • Subverted in Caddy Shack. When a child throws a chocolate bar into the pool, everyone assumes that it is a large turd, causing a major overreaction from everyone.
  • In Grown Ups, Eric causes chaos at a waterpark when he discovers that they really do put a chemical in the water that turns urine blue.
  • The pre-title sequence of the Australian comedy You and Your Stupid Mate culminates with one of the two heroes relieving himself in the pool. The lifeguard yells at them both, delivering a Title Drop in the process.

     Literature 
  • Bud Not Buddy: At the YMCA, one of the employees announces that the pool has been treated with a chemical that turns urine red and burns the user as a punishment. Bud is offended that the employee would even assume that he would pee in the pool in the first place.
  • In one of Dave Barry's books, he mentions the fact that people pee in pools. Paraphrased:
"Okay, I haven't done so, and you probably haven't either, but somebody does, which leads to bacterial growth, and chemicals to combat said bacteria. Eventually, it'll get to the point that there's no actual WATER in the pool, just urine, bacteria and chemicals. This is why you never see the owner of the pool swimming."

     Live-Action TV 
  • In one Crank Yankers sketch, Special Ed calls up a health club and tearfully apologizes to the manager for having peed in the pool.
  • Implied (but probably not actually done) in this prank from The Jamey Kennedy Experiment.
  • On Friends Monica was once making out with Richard when she blurted out "I can't believe I'm kissing the man whose pool I once peed in." This gets a Too Much Information response from him.
  • In one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jonathan Levinson admits to peeing in the swim team's pool.

     Music 
  • Singer-songwriter Jim Croce mentions this between songs on a live concert recording (Jim Croce Live The Final Tour from Saja Records): "It's like peein' in the pool. Everybody's done it."

     Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: When Calvin refuses to allow Hobbes to share his swimming pool, Hobbes retaliates by deliberately shedding fur in the water, prompting Calvin to get out in disgust. Hobbes' victory is short-lived when Calvin implies he invoked the trope before getting out.

     Urban Legends 
  • There is a legend of a chemical that turns pee red when mixed with it, pointing out the offender to the pool owner and the other patrons.

     Video Games 
  • One of many ways to mess with your Sims is to put them in a swimming pool, delete the ladder that the game treats as the only possible exit, and leave them there until they wet themselves and/or starve or die of exhaustion.

     Webcomics 
  • In this Penny Arcade, the two main characters are in a swimming pool with children, and one of them ponders just how much of the swimming pool's water is actually baby pee. The other responds that they're actually in a play structure.

     Western Animation 
  • In the American Dad! episode "An Incident at Owl Creek" Stan cannonballs into a pool and accidentally craps himself in front of everyone.
  • South Park:
    • A water park is thrashed by a tidal wave of urine when the pool is peed on one time too many.
    • In an earlier episode, Cartman is forced to take swimming lessons with first graders, and he complains because he says that they'll pee in the pool. True to his prediction, whenever Cartman must pass by them, the water turns yellow as the children pee in the pool. Many "Oh, weak!" comments from Cartman ensue.
  • An early episode of Beavis And Butthead has Beavis accidentally fall into a pool of sharks. He pees in the pool, setting off an alarm, ensuring he'll be rescued before the sharks eat him. Later, Butt-Head asks Beavis if he peed because he was smart or because he was scared. Beavis says he did it because it feels good. Butt-Head agrees; "That's why I pee in the pool!"
  • Total Drama:
    • On Island, Izzy pees in the resort pool, justifying it by stating that the water is chlorinated.
    • Owen does this at least once in World Tour.
  • Occurs in two consecutive scenes in the Futurama episode The Deep South. In the first, the mermaid swimming next to Fry remarks "did the water just get warmer?", and later, while next to a volcanic vent, she remarks "did the water just get cooler?"
Community Feedback Replies: 73
  • March 16, 2012
    SharleeD
    If you mean for this to cover both urination and defecation, the description should cover both possibilities.
  • March 16, 2012
    StevenT
    The word 'defecate' covers both.
  • March 16, 2012
    Aries
    Not in my vocabulary it doesn't. I thought deficate specifically meant to shit.

    Anywho...
    • This is subverted in Caddy Shack. When a child throws a chocolate bar into the pool, everyone assumes that it is a large turd, causing a major overreaction from everyone.
  • March 16, 2012
    MiinU

    Comic strip

    • Calvin and Hobbes: One strip featured the epynomous pair fighting over an inflatable pool. Calvin refused to share the pool, so Hobbes retaliates by deliberately shedding fur in the water, prompting Calvin to get out in disgust. Hobbes' victory is short-lived when Calvin implies he invoked the trope just before getting out!
  • March 16, 2012
    TonyG
    On South Park, a water park is thrashed by a tidal wave of urine when the pool is peed on one time too many.
  • March 16, 2012
    MyTimingIsOff
    (edited out due to posting after the point was already made)
  • March 16, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Music: Singer-songwriter Jim Croce mentions this between songs on a live concert recording (Jim Croce Live The Final Tour from Saja Records): "It's like peein' in the pool. Everybody's done it."
  • March 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Possible page image: [1]
  • March 16, 2012
    cygnavamp
    An early episode of Beavis And Butthead had Beavis accidentally fall into a pool of sharks. He pees in the pool, setting off an alarm, ensuring he'll be rescued before the sharks eat him. Later, Butt-Head asks Beavis if he peed because he was smart or because he was scared. Beavis says he did it because it feels good. Butt-Head agrees; "That's why I pee in the pool!"
  • May 21, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    According to this Not Always Right anecdote, some people don't even have a problem with it.
  • May 21, 2012
    nman
    In this Penny Arcade, the two main characters are in a swimming pool with children, and one of them ponders just how much of the swimming pool's water is actually baby pee. The other responds that they're actually in a play structure.
  • May 21, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    In Grown Ups, Eric causes chaos at a waterpark when he discovers that they really do put a chemical in the water that turns urine blue.

    In one Crank Yankers sketch, Special Ed calls up a health club and tearfully apologizes to the manager for having peed in the pool.

    Occurs in This commercial for tax preparation software, following a metaphor-laden Potty Emergency.

    Also, would someone happen to know what this is from?
  • May 22, 2012
    ayjazz
    Urban Legends
    • There is a legend of a chemical that turns pee red when mixed with it, pointing out the offender to the pool owner and the other patrons.

    Literature
    • Bud Not Buddy: At the Y, the one of the employees announces that the pool has been treated with a chemical that turns it red and burns the user as a punishment. Bud is offended that the employee would even assume that he would pee in the pool in the first place.
  • May 22, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    And then there's this old joke:

    Lifeguard: <blows whistle> "Hey, you!! stop peeing in the pool." Man nearby: "What's the big deal, sir? Everybody pees in the pool." Lifeguard: I know, but... (points in disgust) not off the diving board!
  • May 22, 2012
    RedneckRocker
    In one of Dave Barry's books, he mentions the fact that people pee in pools. I don't have the exact passage, but basically, it's

    "Okay, I haven't done so, and you probably haven't either, but somebody does, which leads to bacterial growth, and chemicals to combat said bacteria. Eventually, it'll get to the point that there's no actual WATER in the pool, just urine, bacteria and chemicals. This is why you never see the owner of the pool swimming."
  • May 23, 2012
    MorganWick
    The ads for Grown Ups showed a scene that related to this.
  • May 23, 2012
    TBeholder
    I see a lame pun, but where's the trope? Because "X happened" as such isn't a trope.
  • May 23, 2012
    TrustBen
    On Friends Monica was once making out with Richard when she blurted out "I can't believe I'm kissing the man whose pool I once peed in." This gets a Too Much Information response from him.
  • May 23, 2012
    Tiiba
  • May 28, 2012
    EnragedFilia
  • May 28, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    On Benny Hill, the host was in one of his conversational routines. He describes someone mentioning a psychologist (pronounced "psi-chologist"), but then corrects him by pronouncing the word correctly, and that the "P" is silent. The other guy says something like "The 'P' is silent. Like in swimming pool... Think about it. (audience laughs)"
  • May 31, 2012
    NightNymph
    Another South Park example: In one South Park episode, Cartman is forced to take swimming lessons with younger children (I think First Graders), and he complains because he says that they'll pee in the pool. True to his prediction, whenever Cartman must pass by them, the water turns yellow as the children pee in the pool. Many "Oh, weak!" comments from Cartman ensue.
  • May 31, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
  • May 31, 2012
    AgProv
    Oop North comedian and radio presenter Mike Harding relates a tale of how he was barred from Salford's public baths for this sort of misdemeanour. His outraged father dragged him back to the swimming pool for an argument with the lifeguard.
    (Harding senior) you mean he's been barred just for having a piss? i'm not having that, everyone does it, and you're singling out our lad for punishment? Every bugger does it!
    (Lifeguard) Aye, lots of people do it, but usually not from 'top of 'high diving board, they don't!
  • May 31, 2012
    AgProv
    Western Animation: the episode of American Dad where Stan Smith, after eating a dodgy burger at a barbecue, is moved to "cannonball" into the swimming pool from the top board. His stomach is gurgling and telling him this is not a good idea.. but the shock of dropping into cold water opens his bowels and the inevitable happens. The Man Who Shat In The Swimming Pool becomes a viral internet sensation...
  • May 31, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    When this launches, the new Bathroom Tropes index will be a good spot for it, by the way.
  • June 4, 2012
    Noah1
    • In the early episode of South Park titled "Summer Sucks", Cartman has trouble with swimming lessons because of First-Graders constantly doing this.
  • June 6, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    The pre-title sequence of the Australian comedy "You and Your Stupid Mate" culminates with one of the two heroes relieving himself in the pool. The lifeguard yells at them both, delivering a Title Drop in the process.
  • June 9, 2012
    TropeEater
    How about "Warm Spot", which is what they are called in real life, in informal situations?
  • June 9, 2012
    Sylviagrace
    In one episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Jonathan Levinson admitted to peeing in the swim team's pool.
  • June 10, 2012
    peccantis
    Again, WHERE is the trope???

    Someone pees in a pool = PSOC
  • June 11, 2012
    SKJAM
    • Evoked in a four-koma manga (which alas I don't remember the title of...) Character enters the pool on a really hot day and a yellow puddle expands around him--because he's made of butter, and was melting.
  • June 12, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    @peccantis Really? Are pools designed for peeing in now? Does a character who gets in a pool do so in order to pee in it unless specified otherwise? If someone gets in a pool and doesn't pee in it, is that significant in some way?

    Peeing in a pool is a trope because when it happens it's significant. That alone rules out PSOC

    edit: sorry about that
  • June 12, 2012
    SKJAM
    @Enraged Filia: I think you may be responding to peccantis.
  • June 13, 2012
    peccantis
    ^^ Ok I buy argument #2 and #3, but the description needs to specify what that significance is. It cannot just say "it means something, we swear".
  • June 13, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    Okay, fine. It can be used to create drama between characters, as in the South Park episode "Pee." It can be used to show that a character is childish or immature, as in Grown Ups. And most obviously, in addition to all of that, it can be played for Toilet Humor, as in the Penny Arcade example and most others. Are you suggesting that we split this into three incredibly similar tropes, or do you think people will be able to figure any of this out for themselves!?

    I'm getting a little sick of this sort of thing. Yes, alright, if someone is trying to push an uninteresting list of things that happens and label it a "trope," drop the "where's the trope?" bomb on them. But if we're gathering steam and examples and there are clearly a number of iconic scenes from half a dozen media that involve something, then it's a storytelling tool and we can catalog it, whether the OP laboriously listed all of the potential implications and uses in the writeup or not. Now quit being a pedant and contribute.
  • June 13, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    I agree that the description could use more detail, particularly to point out that it's usually Played For Comedy.
  • April 24, 2013
    Noah1
  • May 28, 2013
    ryanasaurus0077
    One of many jokes about Pi's full first name, Piscine ("No pissing in the pool!"), in Life Of Pi.
  • May 28, 2013
    TMOverbeck
    I like the trope, but does "Pee" need to be spelled out?
  • May 28, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Animorphs: Marco recalls a prank involving a floating candy bar that got him banned for life from a girl's house. In his defense, he was young enough to think it was funny.
    • Old joke: A lifeguard yelling at a guy for peeing in the pool. "But everyone does it!" "Not from the diving board!"

    Will likely involve an X Days Since sign (also Truth In Television).
  • May 28, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^^ I don't think so. I think Put The P In Pool is enough, IMHO, and we can set up redirects for the Pee version.
  • May 30, 2013
    Kinswaous
    In an episode of Bobs Burgers, Louise leaves something that looks like a turd in the pool to make sure the pool gets emptied. Making a direct reference to Caddy Shack, Bob assumes it's really a chocolate bar, just like in that movie. It's not.
  • August 22, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • December 16, 2013
    MoPete
    Real Life: "Welcome to our 'ool. Please notice there is no P in it. Please keep it that way."
  • March 13, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    Referenced in The Simpsons "Dangerous Curves".
    Patty: I can't believe Homer ruined another family picnic.
    Homer: Hey, everybody pees in the pool.
    Selma: Not from the diving board.
  • March 13, 2014
    JonnyB
    Not specifically defecation, but I think it counts: In The Lion King 1 1/2, Simba, Timon and Pumbaa are seen relaxing in what appears to be a hot spring, with bubbles constantly coming to the surface. When Pumbaa gets out, the bubbles suddenly cease, causing Simba and Timon to grimace in disgust and also quickly get out. (The bubbles are implied to be Pumbaa's flatulence.)
  • March 13, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ That would better fit another YKTTW: Gas-Powered Jacuzzi.
  • March 16, 2014
    mimitchi33
    The Bryant Oden song "Please Don't Pee In The Pool" is about this.
  • March 17, 2014
    JesseMB27
    Live Action TV
    • Mostly True Stories Urban Legends Revealed: In one urban legend that is told, a man is at a pool party and after seeing the long line to the restroom and lack of a private area to use outside, decides to covertly relieve himself in the pool... only for a chemical in the pool to expose him.
  • March 17, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Live Action TV
    • Seinfeld has a variation of this, while it doesn't happen in the pool, George was once caught peeing in the shower at the healthy club, because he had to go, and he was already there, and figured peeing in the drain would be no big deal.
  • March 18, 2014
    DAN004
    @ pic: where's the pee?
  • March 18, 2014
    Chabal2
    An old joke: A lifeguard starts yelling at a man for peeing in the pool. "But everyone does it!" "Not from the diving board!"
  • March 18, 2014
    Antigone3
    Alluded to on Myth Busters when they were testing ways of getting out of a sinking car. Jamie's primary instruction to Adam (who was playing "the driver who just went off the road") was "Don't pee in the pool, I'm in there too."

    (Probably not an exact quote, I'm going off memory here.)
  • March 18, 2014
    XFllo
    The pic is not illustrative at all.
  • March 19, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    In Peep Show Jeremy, who has "always wanted to poo in a pool", does so in an attempt to frame a gym employee and get him fired.

    There's an achievement in Plants Versus Zombies called "Don't Pea in the Pool", for completing a water level without pea shooters.
  • March 21, 2014
    MrL1193
    Could we change "Pee" to just "P" in the title? I think it's clear enough to use just the letter (which is also the normal way to phrase it), and there's no P-E-E in the word "pool" anyway.
  • March 21, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ that's the goddamn joke. :P
  • March 21, 2014
    MrL1193
    The joke works fine with just the letter (better, if you ask me).

    Also, I see I'm not the first person to raise this point.
  • July 19, 2014
    foxley
    The Worst Year Of My Life Again: The urban legend about public pools adding a chemical to the water that turns purple in the presence of urine gets used. After Samantha dumps a glass of juice on Simon's head, he is surrounded by a spreading pool of purple liquid and is unable to convince people that he has not just peed in the water.
  • July 20, 2014
    Omeganian
    There is an old joke (normally told about the sea rather than pool, though) that "The water was so cold that day that there was a queue to the toilets".
  • July 20, 2014
    triassicranger
    Live Action Television
    • In the first episode of Little Britain USA, Andy tells Lou that he needs the toilet, but Lou cannot take Andy as he is busy getting both of them checked into the motel they will be staying. While Lou is busy speaking to the receptionist, Andy gets up from the wheelchair he is sitting in and goes to urinate into the pool. He ends up urinating on someone in the pool.

    You might want to cut that last sentence out.
  • July 22, 2014
    MrL1193
    Kelnius, why did you discard this? Five hats is usually a sign that the YKTTW is almost ready to be launched, not discarded. If you think there's a problem, say so, so we can discuss it. Or, at the very least, you could mention why you felt the need to throw away the entire YKTTW.
  • July 22, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ he missed the "launch" button. :P
  • July 22, 2014
    Someoneman
    I think the picture alone is not illustrative, as the pee looks more like the kids' shadows. I think this is a case where a caption would help explain what;s going on, but it might go into Just A Face And A Caption.
  • July 22, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    ^ Perhaps the image could simply be edited to turn the pee red, since versions of the urban legend use red as the color.

    While we're at it, we should mention that such a substance doesn't exist. While scientifically possible, it would be difficult to make the chemical react with only urine and not other materials in the water.
  • July 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Perhaps don't use an image at all. Would you rather like to see someone peeing right at the pool?
  • July 23, 2014
    MrL1193
    ^Nah, I'm sure something animated could illustrate it well enough. The current image certainly isn't helping, though; I'd suggest removing it for now and finding a suitable image later, perhaps via Image Pickin'.
  • August 28, 2014
    SWFMax
    In Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Greg mentions that he used to just go in the kiddie pool when the lifeguard called the kids out of the regular pool, but stopped when he found out that little kids peed in there.
  • August 28, 2014
    hbi2k
  • August 28, 2014
    Exxolon
    I'd say if this ever gets launched it should be a No Real Life Examples Please trope with the same reasoning at Potty Failure : Too squicky and far too many examples.
  • August 28, 2014
    SWFMax
    I agree with Exxolon.
  • August 28, 2014
    DAN004
    Change the trope image plz.

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