Whenever a character becomes upset at another character in a comedy, they'll usually lock themselves in the bathroom. Alternately, a character may lock themselves in the bathroom while being pursued to "escape" from their pursuers. The other characters will usually try [[DiscussionThroughTheDoor negotiating with them to convince them to come out]]. Things usually get interesting if another character needs to use the bathroom.

In RealLife, the latter case is unlikely to offer the pursuee any protection depending on the reason he's being chased. Bathroom doors aren't meant to be much of a physical barrier and can be broken down with very little force. Plus, home bathroom doors usually have locks ''designed'' to be defeatable from the outside, by use of a small screwdriver, to prevent locking oneself out of the room. But on TV, the bathroom door is an impenetrable barricade. Once that door is closed, it can only be opened from the inside.

In a less dire case, such as a child having a tantrum, an effective solution would be to leave the upset individual alone and they'll get bored and come out eventually. Opening the door with an [[SkeletonKeyCard expired credit or gift card]] could also work if a more immediate solution is desired. But banging loudly on the door and shouting is way more fun!

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* One promotional {{NASCAR}} on ESPN commercial in 2011 says Jimmie Johnson will do ''anything'' to win. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puPegYzK9Vc He'll even lock Kasey Kahne in the port-a-potty]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and then go eat a steak sandwich]].

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* In a chapter of the ''KeroroGunsou'' manga, Keroro locks himself in the toilet to escape the wrath of Natsumi for messing with her favorite shirt.
* ''Manga/{{Hiyokoi}}'': It happens in the OVA during a sad panty shot incident during class. She (Hiyorin) felt so sad and embarrassed that she ran into the washroom. The poor girl!

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* ''FanFic/{{Override}}'': Kamui tries to get Aichi to come out on a ClosedDoorRapport after losing to Minami in the Chapter 7.

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* ''TheIronGiant'': Hogarth hides the giant's lost hand in the bathroom from his mother and Kent. After he gets it out the window, he pretends to be in the toilet when Mom and Kent force open the door.
* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Johnny locks himself in the bathroom after his birthday party when he discovers his girlfriend and best friend have been having an affair.
* In NeilSimon's ''PlazaSuite'', a bride with cold feet locks herself in the hotel bathroom on her wedding day.
* In ''The Kid, TheMusical'' of the book by Dan Savage, the song "Terry..." is an attempt to coax Terry out of the bathroom after a fight.
* In a cross between this and LockedInARoom, in ''CantHardlyWait'' Kenny (Creator/SethGreen) and Denise (Lauren Ambrose) lock themselves in the upstairs bathroom...and can't get out because the door's broken.
* ''Film/TheShining'': Wendy locks herself in the bathroom to hide from the now (literally!) AxCrazy Jack. The lock holds. The door doesn't.
* ''Film/GoingOverboard'': Dickie Diamond locks himself in a bathroom because he felt like he's going to puke. After that, he just stays there locked, but later on, the door opens and Dickie is so happy to reclaim his job as a comedian.

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* ''LetsPlay/DeliciousCinnamon'': The gang theorizes that Dubz accidentally locked himself in Bert's bathroom during the Paper Mario stream.

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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Komarr'', Nikki locks himself in the bathroom and refuses to go to school the morning after he learns that he's a mutant; Miles ends up talking him out.
* ''Literature/JunieBJones'': In ''Yucky Blucky Fruitcake'', Junie B. locks herself in the bathroom to pretend throwing sponges at her principal at the school's carnival. She actually throws them at the toilet, but then they get stuck in the drain, causing the toilet to flood the bathroom by accident.

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* In ''ThreesCompany'', Jack's date locks herself in the bathroom while Jack is having a food critic over for dinner. Mr. Furley, the landlord, arrives, announces himself as the manager of the building and demands that she open the door. When she refuses, Mr. Furley attempts to unlock the door with his [[SkeletonKeyCard credit card]], which she takes when he pushes it through the crack.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever," Stottlemeyer uses a set of handcuffs to lock Agent Grooms in the witness protection cabin's bathroom so Grooms cannot interfere while Monk, Natalie and Stottlemeyer leave to investigate a potential murder.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': In [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E20TheDevilYouKnow "The Devil You Know"]], Sam does this to Dean so he can slice on Brady.
* In Danish series ''Series/{{Klovn}}'', when Frank by accident doodles on Mia's croquis drawings, she gets unusually upset and locks herself into the bathroom. Frank [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] by saying that [[AluminiumChristmasTrees he didn't know women may actually lock themselves into the bathroom in real life when they are upset]].

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* In one ''CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, Calvin takes Rosalyn's science notes when she is babysitting him and locks himself in the bathroom with them, threatening to flush them down the toilet. [[spoiler:Rosalyn ignores Calvin for a while and, thinking she has gone to call the fire department to axe open the door, he comes out to see the fire trucks.]]
* Lizzie locked herself in the bathroom once in ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' when she was very young.

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* In ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'', the trip to Atlanta is delayed when a worker gets trapped in a porta-potty. Red and Ted help blast him out with explosives.
-->''***BOOM!***'' '''Ted:''' "See, that didn't hurt a bit."


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball and Darwin literally get locked in the school bathroom. They decide to tell each other a secret they'd been keeping, but they're rescued by the janitor before Dawin can tell his. Gumball spends the rest of the episode being driven crazy by not knowing the secret, until Darwin tells him that he was only going to tell him because it looked like they were going to die. So, Gumball locks them in the bathroom again, only to find out that the secret Darwin had been keeping was that he didn't like some food Gumball made. They get out this time by flushing themselves down the toilet, arguing the whole way, finally ending by angrily yelling that they love each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/FetchWithRuffRuffman'': Happens to Ruff, Blossom and Chet in a Season 3 episode where Ruff's cousin, Roxie, lets a giant herd of sheep burst into the doghouse and stay[[note]]Ruff assumed he was only taking care of one sheep instead of a humongous herd[[/note]]. This trope lasts for the majority of the episode.

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