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[[caption-width-right:300: [[MemeticMutation Bricks have been shat.]]]]

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

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 AssShove.

Related to PottyEmergency (and especially its subtrope, PottyFailure), DramaticDrop [[FridgeLogic ...]] [[{{Squick}} Ewww...]]

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Inverted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7SMo2xDaK8 this ad]]. The person WANTS the bricks out...
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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In a rare non-comedy example, during ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'' 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 ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'', Kondo, the Shinsengumi Chief had a marriage match up(with a gorilla of all things), and he had a... PottyEmergency. 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. (MakesSenseInContext, if not anywhere else).
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* It's simply the main function of the waste disposal robot in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Mr. Potato Head's rear compartment pops open spilling his accessories after seeing the luggage conveyor belt.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo's classmate, Pearl the octopus "inks" near the beginning of the film. [[BookEnds Her father also does it near the end]].
** [[TruthInTelevision This is actually the default reaction for ink-producing mollusks when faced with a dangerous or stressful situation - they do this to use the ink as cover/an irritant and swim away.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', 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 [[{{Metaphorgotten}} gets awkward later]] when she claims she feels like "laying an egg" when she looks at Rex romantically.
** Or maybe [[SomethingElseAlsoRises she means something else]] by laying an egg...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': 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.
* ''Film/{{Rio 2}}'' has one of the "bird lays an egg" variety.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheIcePirates'', 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 ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd '', 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 ''Film/TheMask'', an animated alarm-clock spews cogs and springs just before The Mask smashes it with a giant hammer.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Referenced in ''1635: The Cannon Law'', one of the books in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series -- which has a modern West Virginian town sent back in time to 1632 Germany by AlienSpaceBats (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."
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[[folder: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 [[AssShove 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 [[BringMyBrownPants falls down the leg of his pants]] and rolls away.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' introduces us to Deneb, a benevolent demon who randomly distributes candy, [[UnfortunateImplications which he sometimes keeps in his pants]] - one day he gets such a huge shock that [[UnusualEuphemism candy starts dropping out of his robe]].
* The opening of the pilot for ''NewGirl'' 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 ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Elliot did this in one of J.D.'s fantasy sequences.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A ''FarSide'' cartoon that showed a spider dropping silk after a fright.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'': 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.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
-->'''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''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Goodnight]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} kids!]]
** In [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-06-10 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.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] lost a considerable deal of oil after seeing The Terminators of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRhCOSseP6Y this review]].
* Despite being typically vulgar on his show, The Nostalgia Critic invokes this after watching a scary scene of the CareBears movie.
--> (thump) That was a brick. That was really a brick.
** Also mentioned in ''Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments'' about the scene in Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit where Judge Doom [[spoiler: reveals that he's a Toon]].
---> '''Nostalgia Critic''': Though the best scene comes in the very end where he [[spoiler: transforms himself into a Toon psycho]] and you can't count the bricks we shat after seeing this scene.
* A terrified BLU Spy drops an entire cinderblock after he upsets a RED Heavy by stabbing his Medic in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivy7tvc2fyQ this]] VideoGame/GarrysMod animation by [[Machinima/TheGModIdiotBox Das Bo Schitt]]. Due to ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s style, the breeze block is notably wider in some dimensions than the Spy is.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episod of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', (The Fortuneteller) a scared Platypus-bear spontaneously lays an egg. [[{{Squick}} Then a hungry Sokka picks it up and sniffs it.]]
** Later he get so angry, he loses hold of the egg and it lands on his head. That's sort of a FridgeLogic way of [[CrossesTheLineTwice Crossing the line twice.]]
* At the beginning of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' this happens whenever Bender is frightened and he literally shits bricks. Something of a RunningGag.
** Or when he eats chips with Olestra in them. Olestra is an ingredient notorious for causing loose stools.
** The writers got quite a bit of [[strike:shit]] bricks [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar past the radar]] in ''Lethal Inspection'' when Bender suggested everyone get [[TheAlcoholic brickfaced]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': When [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie]] (wearing a chicken costume) is frightened by Princess Luna in "Luna Eclipsed," she bolts, [[RuleOfFunny leaving behind an egg]].
** In "Bloom & Gloom," Apple Bloom scares the family rooster off the windowsill, causing it to lay an egg.
* Several times during ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'', a baby binome is shown with a suddenly expanding diaper whenever something startling happens, such as [[BigBad 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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."
** [[http://i.imgur.com/nHNmY.png Behold.]]
** Oh my God... [[{{Squick}} the last two panels!]] [[BrainBleach Oh my God!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': "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 ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': [[ComicStrip/USAcres "If he lays an egg, I'm out of here!"]]
* Whenever Scarecrow from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' falls from a high distance, he poops straw.
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