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Tampon Run
(permanent link) added: 2010-05-25 22:24:58 sponsor: youngcosette (last reply: 2010-05-25 22:24:58)

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Alice just started her period and has run out of tampons. She is busy so she nonchalantly asks Bob, her boyfriend to get them for her. Bob just stares in horror. Alice explains that she can't go, but she needs them as soon as possible so he would have to get them. Bob freaks out as he embarks on the most horrifying journey to the store that he will EVER have to face: the Tampon Run.

Played for Laughs, this trope exemplifies just how much of a big deal men stereotypically make out of the period. For whatever reason, this naturally occurring event and the purchasing of products to ease the process is this most terrifying thing in the world for individuals with the Y chromosome. They may be seen talking to himself, shouting to nobody in particular upon finding out that "they come in sizes?!?!?!", and trying to hide it. Men might try to play it off by asking if they come in larger sizes. Bonus points if he sees another guy in the same boat or if the sales clerk calls for a price check effectively announcing to the whole store that Bob is buying tampons.

Compare to Wacky Cravings where it is also often exaggerated by the husbands or if the writers are guys and to Menstrual Menace where the poor unfortunate guy is being sent on the errand because his female counterpart is an evil conniving bitch.


  • As many men can tell you, this is quite common in Real Life.
  • Averted brilliantly in this commercial for Libra Tampons.
  • South Park when Stan's sister made them go get her some tampons when they were trying to watch "Russell Crowe Fighting 'Round the World" in order to see the trailer for the new Terrence & Philip movie.
  • Blossom did it to herself when she had to go buy tampons for the first time. She chickened out when she saw that a Cute Boy from school was the clerk.
  • In The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, Bullock says a line something like "If you don't go along with this, everything you've been through, all those late-night tampax runs, will have been for nothing."
  • King of the Hill, Hank is forced to do this for Connie, the next-door-neighbor girl because her parents and his wife are away.
  • Bill Engval did a routine about getting pads for his daughter, since his wife couldn't get them that day. Of course Hilarity Ensued.
  • Ubykotex lampshaded this in a recent commercial found here where men would rather watch her bike than buy her tampons.
  • Jeff Dunham made a joke about this once.
    I'm coming down the stairs and I find a large box. I recognized this box because I had been forced to purchase it. And at the time, I bought the largest one I could possibly find, so that I wouldn't have to go through that again any time soon. In fact, if they had a silo full of those suckers, I would have dragged that home behind the truck. Big pink silo: Always.
  • This happens in the French movie L'enqueteCorse, in which one of the insurgents needs a tampon to make a fuse. So he goes in the pharmacy, blushes and stutters his way to asking the counter girl for a box of tampons, then she asks if he needs regular or super-absorbing. Of course he's made even more nervous and finally lets out that it's for a slow-burning fuse, at which point she tells him which one to use. (This being the Theme Park Version of Corsica, where dropping non-fatal bombs for independance is a daily occurence and can identify, by sound alone, where a bomb went off, how much and what kind of explosive was used.)
  • A fancomic by Black Lillian on DeviantArt depicts members of Organization XIII at the supermarket and demonstrates this trope quite nicely with a little spin to include condoms as well.
  • In this scene from Ten Inch Hero, Priestly at first humorously demonstrates this trope, but then recovers quite nicely when confronted by other guys.
  • A Dr. Pepper commercial, set to I Will Do Anything For Love, had this among a montage of embarrassing things the guy would do for his girlfriend. For the curious: The "But I won't do that" part was sharing the soda with her.
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