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[[caption-width-right:350:"Now ''that'' is one big pile of shit."]]
Any comedy featuring animals, especially pets, is required amongst the typical gags to make at least one [[ToiletHumor poop joke]], regardless of how lame, or poor, or tasteless, or yes, ''[[{{Pun}} shitty]]'' it might be.

The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is a euphemism for horse manure.

If ''eating'' said Road Apples is involved, then the trope is IAteWhat

Often a subset of VulgarHumor.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Shows up at least three or four times in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', complete with raunchy noises taken out of the English dub (Digi-Sludge!).
* Even ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' cannot resist: One first-season episode involving a fossil dig has [[TheRival Gary]] discover a fossilised Pokemon dropping. And despite [[{{Bowdlerization}} what you're thinking]], this was the ''opposite'' and in the English dub only. It was an Ammonite-type creature in the original.
* In ''Kamikaze Girls'', Momoko's daydreaming is cruelly interrupted by the realization that she just stepped in some cow poop.
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Osaka goes to Yukari to ask a question, which Yukari initially assumes will be about exams, but it turns out to be about what would happen if all the members of an American family stepped in dog poop and got all the way home without realizing it, since there's no universal American protocol regarding wearing shoes inside one's own home. That'll teach Yukari to tell Osaka, "Ask me anything!"
* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' Manji's sister [[CloudCuckooLander Machi]] finds a 'bean cake' on the ground and gives it to him. It is (of course) horse shit. A few panels later Manji [[{{Squick}} absentmindedly takes a bite out of it]], but being the titular [[HealingFactor immortal]] it doesn't seem to do him any lasting harm.
* If there's a steaming pile on the ground, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' will step on it. That can be based on an accident MasashiKishimoto suffered when he was a child, where he fell on a huge heap of manure.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': There are a good number of gags involving Onizuka and his depositions. Once a teacher tried to punch him and Onizuka used like shield a cardboard box where he carried a sample of his feces to a medical examination. Cue the unfortunate teacher needing urgently a bath.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has a couple of these, typically delivered courtesy of [[CanisMajor Sadaharu]]. Amusingly, it's censored with {{Pixellation}} in most situations.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The first long trailer for the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' had an infamous scene involving coprophagy. Anyone with a pet probably already knows what this means; anyone else probably wouldn't want to know.
** The same director ripped off his own movie in his next one, ''Film/{{Hop}}''. The difference is that it's the Easter Bunny, he defecates jelly beans and a human eats the droppings (as nature intended).
* ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'' has a dog belonging to one of the heroes eat the keys they desperately need. They feed the dog laxatives and take him for a walk. The pooch just happens to "go" when a group of people looking to kill the heroes show up, and they're so disgusted by the man digging through (presumably runny) dog poop that they run off.
* In ''IceAge'', Sid accidentally steps on glyptodont poo. Then wipes it on two rhinos' salad. Then gets some on one of the rhino's face. You can't blame the rhinos for wanting to kill Sid after that.
* In the movie ''K-9'', Jim Belushi's character decides to teach the dog who's boss by locking him in a walk-in pantry overnight. Fast forward to the next morning, and it is discovered that the dog has [[ChewbaccaDefense won the argument in its own way.]]
* As seen in the image atop this page, ''Film/JurassicPark'' heaped a great big steaming pile of shit at the protagonists. Dr. Ellie Sattler went elbow-deep in it, too. The trike's excrement isn't really played for laughs, however--the animal's gastrointestinal distress is due to the poisonous plants and berries placed around its paddock, and is one of the first (of many) signs that the Park wasn't as well-designed as its creators thought.
-->'''Malcolm''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JFfN5pKzFU That is one big pile of shit.]]
** ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' has the protagonists going after a cellphone in a pile of dino dung (said phone was on one of the pilots that had gotten eaten).
* The chipmunk Pip in ''{{Enchanted}}'' lets one out when he sees the villain's henchman at a bar, lacking the benefit of [[BringMyBrownPants brown pants]] or for that matter any at all.
* ''All three'' of the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films have at least one scene where a villain ends up covered with manure. (It was a RunningGag for the franchise.)
* ''ProblemChild 2'' has Nippy, Big Ben's dog, being snapped out of Junior's botched trance by a brand new dog food known as Chow Down. Its main side effect is Nippy leaving behind a ''very'' big turd afterwards.
* ''AmericanWedding'' has Stifler following a dog, picking up some turds, pretending they're truffles, and eating them to cover the fact he lost the wedding ring.
* In ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'', an electronically rehabilitated Woody Allen is oriented to his new futuristic home, including a robotic Scottie dog ("Woof, woof! Hello, I'm Rags!"). Allen asks "Is he housebroken, or is he going to leave little batteries all over?"
* The chimps Phil and Mason on ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' talk about going to Lincoln Center to fling poo at Tom Wolfe.
* In ''JoeDirt'' Joe describes to a DJ host about his travels where at one point he found what he thought was a meteor that had crashed near him. He pulls it along his travels, even eating off it at one point before taking it to an astronomer to confirm its real. Unfortunately for him he finds out its not a meteor but a big turd ball from an airplane that froze during is waste descent.
* ''TheShawshankRedemption'' has a scene where the supporting characters are searching for rocks that Andy can carve. One brings one up and asks what kind of stone it is, only to be told it's petrified horse dung.
* ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' ends with a notable example of this. [[NauseaFuel Using real dog feces.]]
* In ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'', Tevye steps in something in the barn at the end of his dance for "If I Were A Rich Man". He casts a reproachful look at the heavens, presumably thinking that {{God}} decided to take him down a peg.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', Grouchy lands in a candy dish full of blue M&Ms which he thinks are "Smurf droppings" before he eats them.
* Jar Jar Binks steps into "icky-icky poo" when arriving to Mos Espa in ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''[[ThePhantomMenace Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]''.
* In ''Film/{{Caveman}}'' [[spoiler: GoldDigger Lana is dumped by DoggedNiceGuy Atouk into a big pile of Dinosaur crap]] at the end.
* 'There's a scene in the '90s ''Literature/BlackBeauty'' film where he's brought into his owner's house so she can paint a picture of him. He poops in the house.
* In ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', Lyle faceplants in a large pat of elephant dung, prompting his native guides to engage in a contractually-obligated round of hearty laughter.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* StephaniePlum has a dog, Bob. He eats everything. Stephanie has a mortal enemy, Joyce. Joyce has a lawn. Joyce is not amused.
* This trope forms the entire plot of the children's book ''The Mole Who Knew it was None of his Business'', as the titular animal questions everyone from beetles to birds to horses to find out who accidently did their "business" on his head. Surprisingly, for a picture book about poop it restrains from vulgarity and is pretty damn funny. Now available in a "plop-up" edition.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, in Leona the Unicorn Fairy's book, a goblin falls into a pile of horse manure at a stable and sprains his ankle.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has Colonel Potter's introduction to his horse end with a "tiptoe through the tulips".
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Safe" sees the crew smuggling a "cunningly concealed herd of cattle" to another planet, with Simon stepping in a cow patty on his way out of the ship. Later, Mal mutters as he is stepping around the cow patties, "This is the last time...last time with cows..."
** 'Hear there was an idea regarding beagles? They have smallish droppings?'
* TruthInTelevision: A certain well-known incident involving a baby elephant in the ''Series/BluePeter'' studio.
* In a famous episode of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'', Garry Moore literally had a mess on his hands when a guest brought an armadillo into the studio.
* On ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Andy and Angela are touring Dwight's farm in the hope of staging their wedding there. Andy steps in animal dung in the barn, which is to be expected, and then steps in some more ''in Dwight's kitchen.''
* A famous TV blooper has Red Skelton on his live show doing a bit with a cow, who lets go on camera - for a long time. Red quips "No ad-libbing!" to her.
** It was also done on other shows, most famously ''I've Got a Secret''. The week after, however, is another story.
*** "...about 6,000 people in the audience began to go... (mooing noises) 'Hey Garry, where's your cow?'"
* In one episode of ''Series/TheSopranos'', Ralph purchases a racehorse. His mistress, Valentina La Paz, tricks him into stepping into horse manure; partly as a prank to make her and the others laugh and partly because according to superstition, accidentally stepping in horse dung is a sign of good luck.
* Creator/MarkEvanier relates a hilarious story of his experience as head writer for the ill-fated variety series ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff''. He realized that he could ask the producers for anything for a sketch and they would get it for him, so he went a bit crazy and asked for a live elephant. Long story short, the elephant did a little improvising during the taping, to general hilarity. Read it [[http://www.povonline.com/cols/COL226.htm here.]]
* Even the sober-toned ''Planet Earth'' documentary series couldn't resist showing its cave episode's film crew, marveling at how they've just spent ''days'' filming the world's largest pile of bat poop.
* Mucking the stables is close to being a OnceAnEpisode thing on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
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[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* This is OlderThanPrint. Medieval people believed in a creature called the bonnacon, which could...[[http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/HistSciTech/HistSciTech-idx?type=turn&id=HistSciTech.Bestiary&entity=HistSciTech.Bestiary.p0039 just read it, okay?]]. This creature appears as an enemy in ''VideoGame/LaMulana''.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The primary duty of the stablehands is a RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The "Joe's Diner" mode from ''Pinball/TheFlintstones'' ends with a large pterodactyl flying overhead and releasing a giant dropping that engulfs the diner.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* It seems that Some are involved in the certain later levels in an Xbox360 Indie game ''Maid_San's Caving Adventure''
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has more than a few jokes about animal feces, even if you don't count the Great Mighty Poo as an animal.
** One level has you turned into a vampire bat and you can only fight by pooping on things. It's described as the end result (heh) of all the antigravity chocolate you'd eaten previously.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', one of the items you can get is a 'cowpat'. When you 'use' the item, it says "Hero grips the cowpat tightly. Hero deeply regrets his decision."
** These have actually appeared as useless items since VideoGame/DragonQuestIV. In the NES version of that game they were actually ''called'' Road Apples, although this was mainly due to Nintendo's censorship policies that prevented them from calling them anything else.
** In VideoGame/DragonQuestIX, you can throw a "cowpat" on some poor guy's fire. Needless to say, he doesn't appreciate it.
* Similarly, in ''AnimalCrossing'', fossils can be dug up, such as trilobites, the Peking Man, a dinosaur track, a dinosaur egg, and... dino droppings. So close...
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a reference to the ''Gone in 60 Seconds'' bit above, where you have to lead a felhound around and kill demon pigs, then rummage through the...leftovers... to find the keys to a [[PoweredArmor shredder]].
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' loves to do this. Three different quests involving handling or looking through poop, and there's another where you eat seeds that are supposed to be planted in a farmer's field. Guess how you get them back.
*** It's implied at the end that you're [[{{Squick}} not the first player to go through this process.]], both a jab at the absurdity of players doing the same quest multiple times, and another one of blizzard's lovely gross out gags.
** As of ''Cataclysm'', monkey pets, gorilla [=NPCs=], and '''Ogres''' have an attack called "Fling Filth". It's exactly what it sounds like, and the spell description ends off with "How rude."
* ''Dinosaur King'' has dinosaur feaces (yes, it's called that in game) as something you can dig up. [[VendorTrash They sell for a very high price]].
** ''VideoGame/FossilFighters'' also has fossilized droppings, but they're so worthless they barely even qualify as VendorTrash.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' actually has a variant of this as an integral part of a Game Plot fetch-quest chain.
** Specifically, you have to be knocked out, go to the dream world where the fairies live, run out monsters who have invaded their homes...for which you receive a fresh, steaming "Fairie Drop" as a reward (complete with aforementioned fairie ''relieving hirself in the bushes to give it to you'' and even saying at the end "Wow, that was a big one!" Ewww...) This is so that a broken sword can be reforged (the fairie poo is a magical component) and a party member can be sprung out of prison. (And yes, the DrunkenMaster of the party even explicitly ''states'' in horror that you're carrying around ''a piece of fairie shit''.)
* In the world of ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', racing on giant cats is a celebrated sport (much like horse racing), and the player gets to visit a cat race track in Rubacava...and discover the giant cat litterbox behind it.
* In ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'', there is a race of enemies called the Poo Snake. Three guesses what they look like. A large one of them even uses a flatulence attack.
** There's a Mecha-Dinosaur boss that has a large one of these as a minion in the boss fight. If said poo snake dies, the dinosaur...umm...[[{{Squick}} replaces it]].
** Enemies will also sometimes leave behind droppings when they are defeated, and the heroes can actually search through it to find treasure.
* ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'' requires you to collect horse farts and pick up a cow patty. It's a Creator/{{Sierra}} game by AlLowe, what did you expect?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' you can drop a weaponized goddesspat.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Glitch}}'', piggies and batterflys produce dung, though it's generally useful.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' features the return of Guays, previously seen in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask''. However, in this game, instead of dive-bombing you to attack they... take craps on your head. Huh.
* Used in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' {{DLC}} ''Mark of the Assassin''. During the Wyvern Hunt, Hawke can examine wyvern dung to aid in the quest.
-->'''Fenris:''' Aww, Hawke stepped in the poopy.
* ''VideoGame/DontStarve'' has manure and guano, which are occasionally dropped by various creatures. They're actually incredibly useful items, serving as both fuel for campfires and fertilizer for gardens.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Done frequently with Kiki in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', and [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090504 occasionally with Bun-Bun]].
* How do you decide whose turn it is to clean the cat box? [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=81803 Trial by Combat!]]
** Later, Lee III celebrates coming of age by accepting [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=202763 adult responsibilities.]]
* An example featuring the Shetland Pony provides the page quote for HarkAVagrant!
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Low End Mac website uses [[http://www.lowendmac.com/roadapples/ "Road Apple"]] for the worst AppleMacintosh models. Bought a Performa 6200? It's no better than horse excrement.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has done a couple.
** Aang doing it in his pants while in the Spirit World in the episode ''The Avatar and the Firelord''.
** Sokka buys a Messenger Hawk and names it Hawky. When Sokka spots Toph's wanted poster he says, "This is bad," and looks to his bird for an opinion but the hawk poops on him as a response.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' occasionally does poop jokes - not surprising, considering it's about a school for animals. Examples are Jake eating bat guano, Mr. Hornbill (a rhinoceros) offering the lunch lady a "rhino pie" he made himself, and the Animas Rock from the YouMeanXmas episode "Have a Joyous Little Animas".
* In Creator/ChuckJones' "[[WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck Drip Along Daffy]]", Western Hero Daffy ends up declaring, "I told you I'd clean up this one-horse town!" and we see he's been made the town street cleaner. Sidekick Porky (who's been made sheriff) tells us, "Lucky for him it ''is'' a one-horse town!". This last line gets cut from TV syndication nowadays.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': The very polite and well-spoken chimp Mason is still keen to fling faeces at people in one episode, claiming it's "traditional". He also mentioned doing so in the original movie, ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''.
* When WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim gets his supersuit cleaned, he comments that it's as clean and fresh as a country road. Peter Puppy replies, "Evidently, you've never been to the country. Does the term "Horse apples" mean anything to you?
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The most expensive coffee in the world, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak Kopi Luwak]], is made from beans that have been eaten and excreted by Asian Palm Civets.
** Thinkgeek sells this [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/d60c/ coffee]], but doesn't even try to cover up where it comes from, possibly to avoid IAteWhat
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