Toilet Teleportation
A character flushes himself down a toilet as a means of transportation (formerly Toilet Escape)
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Possible Alt titles: Flushed To Freedom, Toilet Transportation, U-Bend Express

There are plenty of ways to get from point A to point B. But what do you do when the doors are all locked or guarded, the windows are barred, and you need a quick and easy way in or out? Just use the toilet, the john, the commode, the can, the head, or even the crapper. Toilet Teleportation is when a character needs to escape or sneak in and flushes himself down a toilet, to reappear in another part of the plumbing network. It's (almost) always Played for Laughs. If it doesn't work expect someone to ask why anyone would think it would.

See also Bathroom Break-Out


Examples:

Comics

Film — Animated
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger Rabbit (accidentally) uses this trick.
  • Finding Nemo: The titular fish plays dead in the hope that he gets flushed back into freedom.
    • One of Gill's many escape plans involves being flushed down the toilet by playing dead. When Nemo tries this it doesn't work (the dentist was going to throw him in the trash), but he does get flushed down the drain of a different appliance in the dentist's office. In this case, it was a carefully developed plan and not Played for Laughs.
  • Flushed Away: An inadvertent one is how the plot starts.

Film — Live-Action
  • The Tooth Fairy: Derek Thompson uses shrinking paste to shrink himself down and then flushed himself down the toilet in order to escape mockery from his teammates while in the locker room.
  • [[Ghoulies Ghoulies II]]: A Ghoulie sneaks into a bathroom this way.
  • Men In Black: Parodied in the second movie, when Jay and Kay have to be "flushed" from headquarters. They're not flushed out through an actual toilet... just something that looks like one.
  • Critters: Subverted when one of the Crites attempts to escape from the bounty hunters via the toilet bowl. It's a bit too fat to fit, and can't squeeze down the hole before one of the hunters blows it (and the toilet itself) away.

Literature
  • Harry Potter: The Ministry of Magic is accessed by flushing oneself down a disgusting public pay toilet.

Live-Action TV
  • Chapelle's Show: Tyrone Biggums uses this to escape from a drug intervention.
  • TV Funhouse: Hojo, the turtle member of the "Anipals" segments on "TV Funhouse" would regularly opt to travel by being flushed down the pipes rather than walking with the rest of the gang. Sometimes this was to escape something, but usually just a means of transportation.
  • BBC's Robin Hood series has Robin and his gang escaping from Nottingham Castle via latrine pipes frequently.
  • The Carol Burnett Show: Inverted in a spoof of Jaws. The shark is in a toilet. The Quint character fishes for it through the toilet hole, and gets pulled in to his death.

Real Life
  • There's a slide in a Las Vegas water park called the Royal Flush. Guess what it does. (You slide down a steep, pitch black tube and then swirl around in a large, enclosed "bowl" before you fall out a hole in the center into a pool.)

Video Games
  • Paper Mario: Mario can use toilets as a means of warping around. This is necessary at one point in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door where Mario is chased into a restroom and needs to send himself down the toilet.
  • The extremely gross superhero Boogerman from the Sega Genesis/SNES game of the same name travels extensively by toilet, including in the opening cutscene. In-game, toilets provide access to secret levels.
  • In the Flash-game Abobo's Big Adventure, Abobo eventually gets trapped in a cell without doors, and wind up escaping through the toilet. Which, predictably, leads him into the water-level based mostly on Super Mario...
  • The classic LucasArts game Day Of The Tentacle has three characters (Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne) who end up in different time periods, and send items back and forth via a set of porta-potties to solve problems and save the world from a giant tentacle. Uh, I just read that sentence again... yeah, it's that kind of game.

Web Comics
  • Magellan: Vostok does this. It backfires when, due to the pounding the island is taking, the sewage treatment center is basically pulverized and he almost dies.
  • Achewood: At one point, this is how the characters get out of hell.
  • Schlock Mercenary: The titular Schlock travels by sewer on several occasion - mostly against his will, but on at least one occasion, he deliberately dives down a toilet in order to reach his destination stealthily. Justified in his case since he's basically a Blob Monster, and thus quite capable of fitting himself through the pipes.

Western Animation
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball and Darwin use this to get out of the bathroom when Gumball locks them in.
  • Futurama: After Bender gets rid of Nibbler by flushing him down the Toilet he tries to get him back by flushing himself piece by piece.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: This is generally how the characters make their escapes.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: When the penguins need to break Julien out of the vet office, and Julien suggets his personal escape route, pointing at the toilet. The penguins reluctantly get in the bowl, and that's when Julien shows them the real secret exit, a hidden door over the tank. "But, who am I to keep a penguin from water?", and flushes down the penguins before they get a chance to object.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: The episode "Operation: F.L.U.S.H." features the toilenator both arriving through the toilet, and being disposed of by the heroes in this fashion during the credits.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Subverted when Spongebob and Patrick pretend to be ghosts and haunt Mr. Krabs. They clogged all the toilets so he couldn't try to escape that way.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "A Pain in my Sidekick" Tuck does this to escape the opera house blowing up.
I flushed myself down the toilet, like anyone would.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Perry the Platypus used a secret toilet entrance to get to mission control HQ.
    • Subverted in the closing credits gag on Phineas and Ferb: "The Lake Nose Monster (parts 1 and 2)" has Doofenshmirtz trying to escape the same way Perry the Platypus did. He vanishes behind a door. The viewer hears a toilet flush sound and sees water coming from under the door. Doof moans "Oh, oh, oh, that didn't work at all. Now I really need to do the laundry."
  • Bonkers: One of the final shots of the opening sequence shows Bonkers D. Bobcat getting flushed down a toilet, essentially "exiting" the intro.
  • Kid Versus Kat: Kat flushes himself down the toilet in search of his latest invention in "Down The Drains".
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