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Bowel Breaking Bricks

A Comedy Trope that also functions as a sort of Tension Breaker, in which a character is so shocked or surprised that they lose complete control of their bowels. Of course we don't actually see this happen, we instead get a quirky little visual metaphor to let us know what they mean. It's a subtle way of (wait for it) Getting Crap Past the Radar.

Bricks, due to the phrases "to shit bricks" and "to brick it," are especially popular.

When the joke goes the other way, then it's an Ass Shove.

Related to Potty Emergency (and especially its subtrope, Potty Failure), Dramatic Drop ... Ewww...


Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • In a rare non-comedy example, during High School Of The Dead episode 2, "Escape From The Dead", a student in the infirmary drops a push-broom in this manner when one of the victims they are tending to starts to reawaken as a zombie.
  • In one episode of Gintama, Kondo, the Shinsengumi Chief had a marriage match up(with a gorilla of all things), and he had a... Potty Emergency. So he politely wanted to step out and go to the bathroom. The gorilla didn't understand what he wanted, and followed him. On his way there, he ran into Gintoki and gang. This happened. (Makes Sense In Context, if not anywhere else).

    Comic Books 
  • It's simply the main function of the waste disposal robot in The Smurfs comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress": he eats garbage and he turns them into bricks which he ejects from his rear hatch. Surprisingly, he doesn't poop bricks when he sees that the queen companion Handy Smurf made for him when he became King Trash fell apart and a swarm of termites came out of her.

    Film 
  • Toy Story 2: Mr. Potato Head's rear compartment pops open spilling his accessories after seeing the luggage conveyor belt.
  • Finding Nemo: Nemo's classmate, Pearl the octopus, "inks" on two occasions.
  • In Shrek the Third, Gingy deposits a little gumdrop when he faces the palace guards.
    • And on Shrek Forever After, a goose spooked by Shrek lays an egg.
    • In the special Scared Shrekless, Gingy poops out jellybeans during the scarily revised Duloc song.
  • Rover springs an oil leak when intimidated by General Grawl in Planet 51.
  • In We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Elsa claims that when she first tried a hot dog, she was so mesmerized she "laid an egg." Her embarrassment of the feat makes it similar to soiling oneself. It gets awkward later when she claims she feels like "laying an egg" when she looks at Rex romantically.
  • In Robots, Fender lays an egg after facing a huge array of robots that want to recycle him/her. He looks in surprise, as s/he didn't know s/he could do that, since s/he only had the female legs for a short time.
  • In The Ice Pirates, the robots are being sent into battle. One of them drops oil and some included nuts and bolts before being shoved into the fray.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End , Pintel and Ragetti each grab a cannonball, planning to drop them on the bodies floating in the water while escaping Davey Jones' Locker. As they're about to, they see Tia Dalma standing there. The camera cuts to their lower bodies, as they drop the cannonballs in a way that resembles this trope.
  • In Monsters, Inc.: After nearly being discovered by Randall in the bathroom, we see a huge splash in the stall Sully, Mike, and Boo are hiding in. Boo sums it up best.
    Boo: Ew.
    • Subverted in the next scene, when we see an up-close shot of Mike's legs completely soaked, implying that he slipped and fell in, with Boo still understanding how gross that was.
  • Rio 2 has one of the "bird lays an egg" variety.

    Literature 
  • Referenced in 1635: The Cannon Law, one of the books in the 1632 series — which has a modern West Virginian town sent back in time to 1632 Germany by Alien Space Bats (long story). Don Francisco Nasi makes this observation regarding the American town's Protestant ally, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and his possible reaction to Mike Stearns's decision to approve political sanctuary for Pope Urban VIII and his clan. His wording makes it extra hilarious.
    Don Francisco Nasi: ... I think State will be responsible for the brick that will be found, come the morning, in the privy of Gustavus Adolphus."

    Live Action TV 
  • In the Courtney Cox series Dirt, the slimeball producer is having a hot work affair with a young intern who makes him wear a butt plug to work one day. It so happens that this is the day that an unhinged gunman takes the staff hostage, and when he turns the gun on the producer, the plug falls down the leg of his pants and rolls away.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O introduces us to Deneb, a benevolent demon who randomly distributes candy, which he sometimes keeps in his pants - one day he gets such a huge shock that candy starts dropping out of his robe.
  • The opening of the pilot for New Girl has Jess doing a surprise striptease for her boyfriend only to discover he's been cheating on her. We cut to a shot between her legs of a bow hitting the floor. Where that was originally is anybody's guess.
  • In an early episode of Scrubs, Elliot did this in one of J.D.'s fantasy sequences.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • A Far Side cartoon that showed a spider dropping silk after a fright.

    Video Games 
  • Ratchet & Clank: When Clank is confronted by a robot commander, he jumps to a fighting stance. A smaller robot drops out of the back of the commander and he legs it.
    • In the third game, there is mention of Captain Quark using "Emergency Defense Plan Number 2" before retreating to a bathroom.

    Webcomics 
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    Thurl: The metaphor monitor indicates that Ennesby has vented his virtual bowels.
    Kevyn: I can see that, but where'd the virtual bricks come from?
    Narrator: Goodnight, kids!
    • In another strip, in a conversation with King Xinchub in his bathroom:
      Petey: [...] I was going to employ Tagon and company to extract you, but they declined. Apparently they'd rather see you dead.
      Petey: You look like you're thinking maybe the plumbing in here needs to accommodate flushed bricks.

    Web Original 
  • Optimus Prime lost a considerable deal of oil after seeing The Terminators of Terminator Salvation in this review.
  • Despite being typically vulgar on his show, The Nostalgia Critic invokes this after watching a scary scene of the Care Bears movie.
    (thump) That was a brick. That was really a brick.
    • Also mentioned in Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments about the scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit where Judge Doom reveals that he's a Toon.
      Nostalgia Critic: Though the best scene comes in the very end where he transforms himself into a Toon psycho and you can't count the bricks we shat after seeing this scene.

    Western Animation 
  • In one episod of Avatar: The Last Airbender , (The Fortuneteller) a scared Platypus-bear spontaneously lays an egg. Then a hungry Sokka picks it up and sniffs it.
  • At the beginning of one episode of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, a trigger-happy hick in a mech was about to vandalize the Lincoln Memorial, until Big Guy showed him his "Mag Popper." The pilot then surrendered and ejected out of his mech's rear end.
  • In one episode of The Fairly OddParents, Timmy's dad becomes an astronaut. Built into their spaceship is a compartment that you can go to the bathroom through. When you go about your business, it makes a beeping sound. When a monkey is told that he has to go on a mission all by himself, his spacesuit makes the beeping noise.
  • As pictured in Futurama this happens whenever Bender is frightened and he literally shits bricks. Something of a Running Gag.
    • Or when he eats chips with Olestra in them.
    • The writers got quite a bit of shit bricks past the radar in Lethal Inspection when Bender suggested everyone get brickfaced.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: When Pinkie Pie (wearing a chicken costume) is frightened by Princess Luna in "Luna Eclipsed," she bolts, leaving behind an egg.
  • Several times during Reboot, a baby binome is shown with a suddenly expanding diaper whenever something startling happens, such as Megabyte unveiling his latest scheme to take over Mainframe or a massive portal to the Web opening in the sky.
  • An obscene storyboard drawn as a joke by Rugrats artists shows Tommy flapping around on the floor and dropping "malt balls" after Stu hits his wife, verbally abuses Tommy and takes his juice, demanding tribute as the "Alpha Male."
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: "Chocolate With Nuts" After being cornered by "The Chocolate Maniac," who reveals that he wants to buy all their chocolate. A pile of chocolate bars fall out of Patrick's pants and is crowned by a tiny chocolate kiss.
  • From Garfield and Friends: "If he lays an egg, I'm out of here!"
  • Whenever Scarecrow from The Magic Adventures Of Mumfie falls from a high distance, he poops straw.

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