Jeff: You planning to win the whole game camped on a crapper?When you gotta go, you gotta go, and everybody's gotta go sometime, so what better time to make someone take their final exit than waiting for them to evacuate? What's that? Needlessly cryptic? Fine. Let us spell it out: If you want to kill somebody, wait until they go to the bathroom. While this seems like a comedy trope, it's used in horror films, too... presumably because of the inherent vulnerability of a person using the toilet. If the toilet is used for the kill, then The Can Kicked Him; either way, it's an Undignified Death. If the "attack" is a relatively harmless prank, see Swirlie. Related to Searching the Stalls.
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- Panty tries this against Stocking (who responds by wearing diapers) when they were conducting full scale warfare while transformed into alien robots.
- The first episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex revolves around solving the mystery of what happened in the men's room of a restaurant that led to all the geisha robots to take a group of politicians hostage and almost kill one of the politician's assistants. The last thing the security records show is the assistant trying to flee from the men's room right before she suffered a severe head trauma.
Batou (With a Cheshire Cat Grin) "Heeeyyy."
- In one episode Batou breaks into a building through a bathroom window, but not before pulling the man inside out through the very same window and knocking him out cold. Batou being Batou of course turns this into a comedic example.
- The "Hanako" ghost from various manga and anime series is a girl who died in the toilet area. In Haunted Junction the fact that every single Japanese high school seems to have this legend is explained by the "fact" that every single high school in Japan has had this happen. One of the main characters is obsessed with collecting this particular kind of ghost.
- Possibly because the Haunted Junction version is a sexy, naughty schoolgirl.
- The Hanakos aren't the only high-school bathroom ghosts. There's also the handsome "Akamanto Kamen" (red mantle), the sexy "Aoi Hanten" (Akamanto Kamen's sister), the Yamikos (one of them being The Rival to Hanako)...
- In Mezzo Forte, the 'danger service agents' attempt to abduct a mob boss as he visits a toilet stall, and end up killing him.
- Some Red Ribbon Army mooks try to do this with Goku in Dragon Ball - riddling a bathroom door with gunfire. Fortunately, even young Goku was Immune to Bullets and the bullets only stunned him.
- In addition to the previously mentioned Hanako, Ghost Stories has Akagami-Aogami, who asks people using the toilet if they want red paper or blue paper. Saying red will result in a bloody death, while blue will result in death by suffocation (turning the victim blue). Don't even think about asking for a third color.
- There are two Hanako ghosts in Hell Teacher Nube —one who died during a school fire and had tried to hide in the toilets, and another, more gruesome one that provided a hilarious ending after the former was sent to heaven. Then there was also a water-borne demon who kept trying to drown Noriko...and magically sealed the toilet stall and filled it with water.
- In the Kyoto arc of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Konoka is kidnapped trying to use the toilet.
- In the Super Dimension Fortress Macross episode where the heroes board a Zentraedi ship, Max Jenius is separated from his squadmates and hides in a toilet stall. He steals the clothes off the first Zentraedi to enter and somehow dresses his Valkyrie to infiltrate the ship and rescue everyone.
- Done a wide scale in Vinland Saga, when the English launch a surprise attack on the Danes on the day they all bathe outdoors.
- Mentioned by Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan when he's attacked by two assassins. To paraphrase: "You can't even come up with a good murder plan. I consume drugs in every form 24/7 and spend four hours a day on the crapper! Murder me then!" and one of the assassins agrees with him, saying: "Bob, this really was a crappy plan."
- In Sin City: The Big Fat Kill, Dwight ambushes Jackie Boy in the bathroom to get him to leave Shellie alone. ("Yeah, well you already made a big mistake yourself. You didn't flush.")
- In The Punisher MAX # 42, Rawlins is cornered by a pissed-off Frank Castle in a Kabul International Airport restroom...with a machete.
- One issue of Planetary has Elijah subdue the guard of a facility run by The Four when he goes to the bathroom. Elijah has the power to freeze things on a molecular level. Guess what he does to make sure the guard can't move
- Detective Comics #475: The Joker ambushes Rupert Thorne in the bathroom and tells him to stop trying to kill Batman.
- Full Metal Jacket: Pvt. Leonard Lawrence (aka "Gomer Pyle," due to his ineptitude) turns the gun on himself while sitting on a toilet. This happens after Lawrence mentally snaps and kills Sgt. Hartman, following months of psychological torture.
- Julian's favorite theory of assassination in The Matador. Referred to by the lead as the 'Gotta Pee Theory'.
- In Unforgiven, Quick Mike, one of the two cowboys the protagonists are after, is being guarded inside a house. They wait until he leaves to use the outhouse to kill him.
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The Irish assassin Patty O'Brien waits until Austin is in a public restroom stall to try to kill him. The resulting battle between the two sounds like Austin is struggling with constipation: "Do...you...work...for...Number Two?!? Do...you...work...for...Number Two?!?" ("Who does Number Two work for?!? Who...does Number Two...''work for''?!?" in later DVD pressings).
- And in the sequel, Scott suggests that instead of going back in time to steal Austin's mojo, they should just go back and shoot him while he's sitting on the crapper.
- In The Pink Panther Strikes Again, two assassins get into bathroom stalls on either side of Clouseau's stall. He drops the toilet paper, reaches down to get it, and the assassins shoot each other.
- In Zombieland, one of Columbus's rules was "Avoid Bathrooms". Because if anyone ever got zombified in a bathroom, they'd pretty much just be stood there till someone came in and dropped their pants, making an easy target.
- Omar Epps gets stabbed in the head through a bathroom stall early on in Scream 2.
- Averted in The Professional. Little Miss Badass Mathilda tries to ambush Dirty Cop Stansfield in the DEA restroom. Unfortunately Stansfield is hiding behind the door, not sitting in one of the booths.
- In the first Bad Boys movie one of the protagonists is fighting desperately with a mook in the male toilets while his partner is blissfully enjoying the go-go dancers outside.
- Averted in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. A woman and her daughter go to a public bathroom and Michael Myers follows them in. After a tense scene in which the audience assumes he is going to kill them, he ends up stealing the woman's car keys instead.
- A nonfatal example happens in 3 Ninjas. One of the boys tricks one of the kidnappers into drinking a milkshake filled with laxatives. When the guy rushes to go use the bathroom, the kid pops back in and beats him with a toilet plunger.
- How The Bride captured O-Ren's secretary.
- In Snakes on a Plane, three different people get attacked in the airline's lavatory by the eponymous snakes: a man on the toilet who receives a Groin Attack, and a young couple in the Mile-High Club who suffer Death by Sex.
- A Spaghetti Western had a killer move the outhouse back a few feet, so that when the target went out for a late night constitutional, he fell in the pit and was shot while standing waist deep.
- The first of the hapless vacationers to be killed in scandinavian Nazi zombie flick Dead Snow is in the cabin's outhouse when it happens. Though she'd gone there for a quick fuck instead of the usual business.
- James Bond
- Don Price, the romantic rival of the protagonist Edward Bloom in Big Fish, dies of a heart attack while on a toilet.
- Vincent Vega meets his end on the can in Pulp Fiction.
- Due to a rampant T-Rex, lawyer Donald Gennaro abandons the two Hammond children in a vehicle to take shelter in a washroom in Jurassic Park. However, the bathroom is eventually destroyed around him, leaving a toilet-straddling Gennaro to become the first person eaten by CGI.
- In Fight Club, Tyler Durden and his mob corner a guy in a toilet cubicle and blackmail him by threatening to cut his testicles off.
- Psycho showed a toilet on film for the first time...followed shortly by the infamous shower scene.
- El Mariachi had a bathroom murder scene.
- Ghoulies promised this in its marketing, allegedly scaring lots of little kids. However this didn't actually happen until the second film.
- In X2: X-Men United, one of Magneto's guards is seduced, drugged, and injected with iron in a toilet stall. This leads to his death when Magneto extracts the metal from his veins. Ouch.
- Exploding toilets in the country club during one scene in The Goonies.
- Angela's Ashes features the death of an Ill Girl on a toilet.
- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: the TX and Ah-nold basically destroyed a row of toilet cubicles in the midst of one of their fights.
- In Problem Child 2, Junior throws dynamite down a toilet, causing all the toilets to explode, including one his teacher is using. The teacher wears a diaper for the rest of the film.
- Several of Jim Carrey's movies have bathroom moments like these:
Fletcher: I'm kicking my ass! Do you mind?!
- In Ace Ventura: "Do not go in there!" (though it's not in the actual bathroom, but Ace has to fake it is).
- In Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd gets assaulted in the bathroom stall by the truck driver met earlier in the film. Lloyd happens to be in the stall in the exact time and day of the "manly love" request written there.
- In The Cable Guy, Jim Carrey's character disguised as the bathroom attendant attacks Owen Wilson's character while entering the stall.
- A funny moment in Liar Liar when Fletcher beats himself up in the restroom.
- Dreamcatcher. Perhaps the most ignoble death in film history - the character is trying to keep a sentient alien intestinal parasite from bursting out of a toilet by sitting on the lid, but has a habit of chewing toothpicks when he's nervous - and the first time he went for his package of toothpicks, the critter banged the lid and made him drop them out of his reach. That's right. The poor, neurotic schmuck died because he tried to pick up a toothpick.
- Stephen King acknowledged in interviews that he did this on purpose. He's said that for a lot of people, the first sign of their body turning on them is seeing blood in the toilet bowl, and he wanted to capture that moment of terror.
- In Our Man Flint, Derek Flint goes into the bathroom for some reason, and a Galaxy agent comes in to kill him. A fight ensues, which eventually goes into a stall, where the real dirty work happens just off-camera. Galaxy agent dies on the toilet, with his own knife in his chest.
- In Young Guns a bounty hunter out to kill our heroes retreats to a toilet. From where he shoots Charlie Sheen dead, though he's...ventilated...shortly thereafter.
- In Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, one of the assassinations pulled off by the titular Ghost Dog is, in reference to a famous Japanese historical assassination, pulled off by hiding in the cellar directly beneath his target's toilet, drilling a hole in the ceiling, and shooting the target when he sits down to use said toilet.
- In Doom, the Jerk Ass member of the team gets eaten by an Imp while hiding inside a toilet stall. In the actual game, you can often find corpses who were apparently killed while in or even on the loo.
- In the Slasher Movie Gutterballs, one character is killed in the ladies' room, then when another goes to check on her, she's dragged under the stall door and killed too.
- The Assignment. When a terrorist accidentally encounters the fake Carlos at London airport, he leads him at gunpoint into a toilet to be interrogated. Fortunately the Mossad chief sees this and follows him in, leading to a fatal shootout between the two men.
- Shoot 'em Up. Mr Smith is pursued into a public restroom and accidentally drops his pistol into a toilet. He has to field-strip and dry the weapon using the hand dryer before it will fire again.
- Hostel. In a Crowning Moment of Awesome, Paxton corners in a toilet stall the guy who tortured and killed his friend, cuts his fingers off, dunks his head in the toilet, brings him up so he can see he who his attacker is, and then slashes his throat.
- Frank in Maniac follows one of his victims into a subway bathroom and kills her there.
- People being killed in outhouses or bathrooms seems to happen a lot in Clint Eastwood movies. A few examples below:
The Schofield Kid: "I shot that fucker three times. He was takin' a shit. He went for his pistol an' I blazed away..." note
- In Unforgiven, one of the cowboys sought by the bounty hunters is shot to death while in an outhouse.
- Firefox. Clint Eastwood's character starts having Vietnam flashbacks due to stress and takes refuge in a public toilet; unfortunately a KGB agent hears him and starts banging on the door, insisting on seeing his papers. Clint panics when the KGB man (falsely, as it turns out) claims there's something wrong with his papers, and kills him.
- Also happens in The Outlaw Josey Wales, as he's shooting up the Union Army camp, catching one soldier in the latrine.
- In Critters one of the Vorpal Bunny aliens is chased into a bathroom and tries to flee down the toilet. The pursuing bounty hunter blows both Crite and toilet to smithereens.
- In Threads one man is shown sitting on the john with his pants around his ankles when he hears the sirens go off signaling that World War III has just broken out. A literal Oh Crap! moment.
- Inverted in Young Guns, where a bounty hunter uses an outhouse as cover and shoots a man from inside it.
- In Witness, McFee and Fergie kill their victim in the train station men's room while he's washing his hands at the sink. Said witness is an Amish boy using one of the stalls.
- One of the mob guys the main characters try to kill happens to be in the bathroom when they raid the card game at his house in The Boondock Saints. Subverted in that he calmly finishes his business, then emerges amid the shooting and, despite being shot, angrily throws himself on his attackers before finally being killed.
- In the opening of Wild Geese II, a Palestinian terrorist tries to stab Scott Glenn's character with a switchblade as he uses a public urinal.
- Street Kings: In the opening detective Ludlow executes a group of sex slavers during arrest, including shooting one criminal who's seated on the toilet. His colleagues later tease him about it, saying that shooting a man like that is like shooting a man in church.
- Averted in The Yakuza (1974). Several Yakuza thugs follow Ken into the men's room of a nightclub. He's waiting for them behind the door, but they only want to talk business.
- In Species, Sil kills the woman in the club by busting through the back wall of the toilet stall and ripping out her spine.
- Invoked in True Lies. Harry baits Islamic terrorist Salim Abu Aziz and two of his mooks into following him into a mall restroom to kill him, whereupon he rapidly turns the tables on the mooks and then pursues Aziz.
- Soldier of Orange: Alex goes to fight on the eastern front with the Waffen-SS. He's killed when he's busy taking a dump in an outhouse and a Russian boy throws a grenade through the window.
- In Real Life games of Assassin and Humans vs. Zombies (essentially glorified games of tag with Nerf guns), this is also a very useful tactic. Although most sets of rules designate the bathroom itself as a safe zone, it's easy to ambush someone entering or exiting. It had to be modified to make the bathroom a safe zone after people abused the rules making nudity itself the safe zone. By running around naked. A lot of other games have avoided this potential craziness by simply banning all indoors play altogether.
- According to Harpo Marx's autobiography, he was in a game of Murder — where the assassin tells the victim "you are dead" and they must fall down dead at that spot — and he wrote "you are dead" on a sheet of toilet paper, so the person was trapped there until somebody else had to use that particular bathroom. But once the body was found it was easy to find the killer because Harpo (who had less than a full 2nd grade education) had written "you are ded."
- The whole murder plan of Dead Famous by Ben Elton hinged around this. Geraldine the producer realised that at least one girl would leave the cabin to go to the bathroom, allowing her to be murdered.
- Though unfortunately for Geraldine, she'd left far too much booze out and Kelly had actually gone there to be sick. The fact that the state of the bathroom doesn't quite correspond to how it should have been according to the tapes is a big clue that not all is how it seems.
- Book of Judges - one of the judges assassinated a king while he was on the can. The assassin slipped out because the guards assumed the king was taking a really long dump and didn't want to intrude.
- Averted later. King Saul chases David, enters a cave - alone, where David happens to be hiding. However, while Saul is... distracted, David only uses the opportunity to cut off a piece of his clothes.
- In The Sword of Truth, a general tells he once crushed a rebellion with vastly inferior forces — using the fact that most of the rebels were literally with their pants down. More than one army has been killed by an opposing force due to a typhoid or cholera epidemic.
- In Robert Aspirin's Myth Adventures series, Skeeve's various bodyguards have made it a point to state that people have often been killed going to the can or on the can. Thus they always precede him into and out of the can, and only leave him alone there if they're very confident.
- Subverted in Battle Royale, when Sho Tsukioka attempts to ambush Kazuo Kiriyama coming out of the toilet where he can be heard taking a leak. The clever Kiriyama, however, has rigged up a water bottle to simulate the sound of urination, and Tsukioka meets his end as the zone becomes a forbidden area, and his collar detonates.
- Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter died in a girls' bathroom and now lives in the toilets. While she primarily lives in the bathroom where she died, she can move throughout the plumbing at Hogwarts and sometimes spies on good-looking students when they bathe.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire Tyrion Lannister murders Tywin while he is on the privy, giving us the immortal line: "Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold".
- The story "Heroic Proportions" has a dictator assassinated while sitting on the toilet. He actually died in his sleep, but a janitor placed his corpse on the toilet and shot it so that, even if he was a Karma Houdini in life, he'd be a mockery in death.
- A rather drawn-out assassination scene happens in an airport bathroom in William Goldman's Marathon Man.
- In Proven Guilty, the first victim of the phages
dieswas attacked in a bathroom, probably in explicit recognition of this trope. Subverted in that he managed to physically and mentally survive.
- Corran Horn in The Bacta War mentions that the refresher would be an...inglorious place to die. However, it's the best way to get upstairs (after some light-saber-induced ceiling modifications) so he can ambush a group of stormtroopers.
- Quiller's Run by Adam Hall. Quiller is being stalked by an assassin who always uses the garrote. He tries to lure him into attacking by hanging out on a darkened lawn, but the assassin sees the trap and instead waits in the nearest toilet, knowing Quiller will eventually become thirsty in the warm night air and head for the nearest tap. Quiller just misses getting his head taken off by piano wire, and after a tense struggle kills the assassin with broken glass from the toilet mirror.
- While in communist Poland, Quiller hides from a search in a train station restroom. When the search has been completed, he slips out the door only to run into a secret policeman returning to the restroom for its intended purpose, leading to a brutal hand-to-hand combat scene.
- In Ender's Game, Ender Wiggin is cornered in the bathroom by Bonzo Madrid and a gang of bullies. Ender is in the shower, naked and dripping, without any help or escape route. He uses this to make himself seem pathetic, and imply that Bonzo is scared to take on some naked little kid alone. Bonzo is goaded into making it a one-on-one battle, which doesn't end well for him.
- The President of the United States in The Buck Passes Flynn
- Within the first 10 pages of Tom Clancy's "The Teeth of the Tiger", a Mossad courier is killed while at the urinal.
- In Angela's Ashes, Patricia Madigan dies in the bathroom when her illness got the better of her. The narrator comments what a pity that someone so lovely had to die in such an undignified setting.
- Assassins try to get to the drop on Waxahachie Smith this way in Cure the Texas Fever by J.T. Edson. Wax turns the tables on them by leaving behind his boots and pants, which is all of him they can see, and sneaking up behind them.
- The Stand: Larry tries to make a stop only to find a dead flu victim already inside. He thinks of it as "the dark sweet treat".
- The attempted murder method in the short story "The Guy with the Cough."
- One of the Horrible Histories books about Britain during WWII pointed out that people could be killed literally anywhere during the Blitz, illustrated with a cartoon of a memorial plaque in a toilet where someone died during a bombing.
- In the Stephen King short story "Sneakers", the men's room is haunted by a drug dealer who was murdered in one of the stalls.
- Able Team try eating the food in Sri Lanka and all three end up straining on the toilet. That night a hit team tries to kill them in their beds, only to find all three men awake and very pissed off on the john.
- In Feet of Clay, Vimes is in the bathroom shaving when an Assassin tries to shoot him. It doesn't work; Vimes can see the shot coming in his shaving mirror and ducks.
- Not a toilet, but during Caves of Ice one of the ork scouts is caught in the middle of relieving himself by Corporal Magot, who isn't about to pass up an easy kill like that.
- Trope Namer is Jeff's analysis of the girls' paintball strategy in the Community episode "Modern Warfare".
- And in season two's paintball episode, Pierce becomes something of a Cattle Baron when he hides in a bathroom, and discovers people are willing to exchange their ammunition to use the facilities.
- In The Goodies episode "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express", the Shafts are killed when the lavatory on the train blows up while they using it.
- As a T-1000-like Terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Shirley Manson disguises herself as a urinal, then kills the man who intended to urinate into her, with a Bond One-Liner: "Sorry I piss you off Mr. Tuck"
- On Boardwalk Empire Owen Sleater waits till his target goes to the bathroom before following the man into the bathroom and killing him with a garrote.
- The Big Bang Theory: A plan suggested but not executed by the guys during a paintball game.
- In an episode of My Name Is Earl, Darnell hides in the plumbing while Chubby Jr. goes to use the toilet, in order to obtain a pubic hair from him for DNA testing.
- In Game of Thrones, much like in the book it's based on, Tywin Lannister is murdered by his son in the privy.
- One episode of CSI featured a toilet which exploded (though without fatality) due to dry ice flushed away.
- The first season of 24 had someone garroted while using the urinal.
- In Scrubs. JD has a medical condition where when he uses the toilet he collapses unconscious.
- The X-Files
- In one episode it looks like killer cockroaches swarm a man using the bathroom and he dies on the bathroom floor. It turns out that the man died of an aneurysm from pushing too hard.
- The Flukeman ("The Host" 2x02) hides in a portajohn.
- The sea monster from "Agua Mala" attacks a couple of people from the toilet.
- Subverted rather hilariously in "Tooms" when the putative victim shuts the toilet lid, then goes, "Oh, nearly forgot," and returns to flip the safety locks.
- Burn Notice
- In the pilot, Michael explains that he likes fighting in bathrooms because there are so many hard surfaces.
- Pointed out in season 4 when they kidnapped a mobster while he was about to use the can.
- In an episode of The Job, Mike McNeil gets held hostage in the bathroom.
- The classic satirical Israeli sketch show The Chamber Quintet had a sketch in which a man described the Yom Kippur War as a ‘shitey war’, and mentioned he’d been shot to death in a very non-glamorous way: shot between the eyes while he was sitting on the toilet.
- This trope was actually invoked on the first season of the classic kids game show Family Double Dare for their new version of the William Tell physical challenge. They would make one member of the family sit on a prop toilet with an apple on her head while the rest of her family shot arrows at her (really plungers at a plexiglas shield). After three bullseyes she would pull on a card causing her to be Covered in Gunge. In case you are wondering why they put her on a toilet in the first place the answer is probably Rule of Funny.
- CSI: NY had an episode with a guy who died in a high-tech porta-potty.
- Actually comes up twice in The Pacific. In Part 2 Runner has a bad case of diarrhea on Guadalcanal and is out squatting over a log. Cue bombardment by a pair of Japanese battleships and a mad scramble back to his shelter. Later in Part 7, D'Leau goes into a cave to relieve himself and is nearly killed by Japanese soldiers hiding inside, leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- King Edmund II's Stupid Death in Horrible Histories - killed by a sword up the rear from a Viking hiding inside his toilet itself.
- They also point it out as one of the many horrors that a WWI trench-dwelling soldier would encounter: any attempt to use a latrine in the open would quickly make it a far too tempting target for enemy artillery. This compounded, of course, with the likelihood of getting the runs from poorly prepared food and water.
- Fargo: In "The Heap", Lorne Malvo kills the cop guarding Wrench's hospital room by hiding in the bathroom till the cop has to go, them ambushing him and strangling him.
- The very first death in Penny Dreadful is a woman who'd got up in the night to use the tenement commode.
- There's a Far Side cartoon depicting a hunter near a toilet with a picture of a deer on it, with the caption, "He only had to wait. The deer would come. The deer would come."
- WWE: The Big Show was "pwnd" by Eddie Guerrero after Show stole Eddy's bag full of burritos. The burritos were spiked with Ex-Lax. To make it worse, Eddie also stole all the toilet paper from the bathroom.
- Chris Masters tried to jump Triple H in a stall, but failed.
Shawn Michaels: Holy cow, you crapped a Masterpiece!
- During one particular match between Raven and Taz, Taz was given a yellow swirlie.
- In Breath of Fire II, one of the recruitable characters for your town is "Hanako," who is found in a toilet. This seems to be a variant of the Hanako ghost legend mentioned above under anime and manga.
- This is one of the ways you can ambush other players in the Source Game Mod The Ship Murder Party.
- A lot of multi-player FPS games, especially the ones based in smaller locations like Counter-Strike and such, you can often surprise someone doing this.
- The Global Offensive version of de_vertigo has numerous port-a-johns that you can hide in to come out of and attack enemies from. Not very effective because you can't see them either and going by sound could easily result in popping out right into their gunsight, but funny as hell when it works.
- An attempt at this is made on Travis at the end of No More Heroes. Luckily, Henry saves him. Supposedly this is why in the sequel, he keeps his various beam katanas at the ready on his belt.
- In Mass Effect 3, during the Cerberus assault on the Citadel, Shepard comes across several officers executed in a bathroom. Shepard's squadmates react with disgust that the attackers were willing to use such tactics.
- In the Hitman series, if there's an available bathroom, it is almost always the best place to hide a body, and within the bathroom, toilet stalls are the best place to put them. Oddly, random people tend to look into large body-sized containers with regularity, but will not consistently open an unlocked toilet stall door blocked by a corpse. This is enhanced even further because pretty much everybody has to go sooner or later and a person standing in a room by themselves with their face against the wall just screams "Easy kill!" Even if your primary target doesn't take bathroom breaks, odds are his personal bodyguards will so you can easily get their clothes and go anywhere you like.
- At one point early on in Max Payne, you can do someone like Vincent, blowing him away with his own MAC-10 as he comes out of the bathroom.
- The developers of Splinter Cell want you to do this, as it feels like every game has some poor sap calling on nature near you.
- Metal Gear Solid: "One C4 disposed of. The ceiling of the women's bathroom was set to blow!" The toilets can be used to store dead bodies, etc. Probably the nastiest thing the series has ever done in a toilet is presenting a soldier, busily using a urinal with his back to you. If you have no soul, you can sneak up behind him and snap his neck as he relieves himself.
- Like with the MGS example above, in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the last mission of the first area has you sneaking into a warehouse...through the sewer systems. When you come up to ground level, you're directly across from a bathroom where one of the guards is taking a leak. If you're stealthy enough, you can sneak up on him and kill him silently.
- The start of the Facility stage from GoldenEye (1997) has you taking out a guard with your silenced PPK as he's using the bathroom in a Shout-Out to the scene from the movie. In addition, there's one in another stall, another by a urinal, and if you wait long enough, a fourth guard will eventually show up there.
- GoldenEye Wii: The Wii remake has a scene, kept true to the original movie with a quick-time event to knock the guard's lights out.
- Doom 3 has some particularly dangerous bathrooms, complete with spooky mirrors and impatient zombies.
- The murder in Fahrenheit occurs in the bathroom of a Greasy Spoon diner (three tropes for the price of one!).
- Troopers in Duke Nukem 3D can sometimes be encountered in bathroom stalls. They're even considerate enough to flush before attacking.
- The TV studio mission in Champions Online at one point has you cornering several of Foxbat's mooks in the studio bathroom.
- Averted in Dead Rising. The bathrooms double as Save Rooms so zombies will almost never spawn inside, making them some of the safest parts of the mall.
- Inverted in BioShock: One of the first restrooms you enter has a splicer locked in one of the stalls, waiting for you to go to the far end of the room for an item pickup and ambush you on the way back out.
- An example in Tomb Raider: When Lara approaches a group of mooks by stealth and waits long enough, one might go off into the bushes or a private corner to relieve himself, allowing her to kill him while he's taking a leak. There's even a urine stream.
- In BioShock Infinite you can get into a shootout with a couple mooks in a bathroom at Soldier's Field.
- In Borderlands 2, Roland, one of the Vault Hunters from the first game, is taken captive by the Bloodshot gang. Once you rescue him, he explains they ambushed him while he was taking a piss.
- In Resident Evil 4, an optional enemy can be found in the bathroom on the lower level of the village chief's house.
- Agent G makes a discovery in The House of the Dead: OVERKILL that mutants use the toilet like normal people and mentions it'll go in his report as a "potential weakness". Washington is less impressed and just shoots him.
- One of the many ways to kill a rival or an Incriminating witness in Yandere Simulator.
- Ctrl+Alt+Del: During the Game Games Bowl short story, Ethan is wary about using the port-a-potty in case someone is trying this. His fears are unfounded. However, the toilet is booby trapped as part of the game.
- In The Order of the Stick, Crystal mentions she assassinated someone while they were on the toilet, and got to keep their newspaper as a bonus. She later ends up getting ambushed and killed by Haley after coming out of the shower.
- The Onion: "Osama bin Laden killed while sitting on the toilet, Nation likes to imagine"
- Several Roman Emperors were assassinated this way, the most certain being Elagabalus.
- In Viking-era Iceland, where the common punishment for murder was paying a fine to the victim's family, killing someone on the can was considered to be an unpardonable crime which could only be punished by death.
- Famously, Elvis Presley was found dead on the can. The stock response to conspiracy theories about how he's really alive and living in ______ is, "If you were going to fake your own death, would you have picked that?"
- Don Simpson was found dead in the toilet room.
- Catherine The Great had a stroke on the toilet and later died in her bed. A poem by Aleksandr Pushkin popularized the notion that she died on the toilet with an ambiguous final line. Yet, that's still tamer than the rumors the French spread about her death...
- In the 1980s the IRA planned to cause carnage at the busy London Bridge Station by planting a bomb in a men's toilet on the platform. Luckily there was nobody inside when the bomb detonated, and the thick walls absorbed most of the blast.
- Several Japanese generals, Uesugi Kenshin being the most notorious of them, were assassinated on the toilet during the feudal era. Traditional sword arts prescribe fully removing one's pants and keeping one's sword on hand when on the pot.
- George II of Great Britain died of a stroke on the toilet.
- Some medieval sources make the controversial claim that his predecessor Edmund Ironside was murdered by a viking in 1016 while visiting a cesspit. The chronicler Henry of Huntingdon wrote that "one night, this great and powerful king having occasion to retire to the house for receiving the calls of nature, the son of the ealdorman Eadric, by his father’s contrivance, concealed himself in the pit, and stabbed the king twice from beneath with a sharp dagger, and, leaving the weapon fixed in his bowels, made his escape".
- Prison inmates know to keep one leg out of their pants when going to the bathroom because they are otherwise vulnerable to assault (physical and/or sexual) there.
- While he didn't die on the crapper, a famous Mexican bandit during The Mexican Revolution nicknamed The Tiger of Santa Julia was captured (and later executed) when he was crapping on some cactus. Because of such incident, the Mexican phrase They caught me/them just like The Tiger of Sta. Julia! is used for describing such kind of event.
- Jaromir, Duke of Bohemia, once a reigning member of Přemyslid dynasty, had a difficult, awful life and unspeakably horrible death. His own brother had him castrated and he was also blinded, and later imprisoned. As if that wasn't enough, he was murdered while he was moving his bowels, and the account says it happened either from behind or from below.
- Fainting on the toilet is depressingly common, caused by a well-known medical phenomenon known as vasovagal syncope. In short, an increase in intra-thoracic pressure (such as generated by bearing down to pass urine or stool) causes heart rate to slow dramatically, resulting in a sudden loss of blood flow to the brain followed by loss of consciousness. Depending on the victim's position and proximity to other objects in the bathroom, trauma from the sudden fall can actually be more harmful than the syncopal episode itself, which in healthy people will usually spontaneously resolve in a minute or so. The vagus nerve works both ways, too: severe cardiac insult, such as caused by a massive heart attack or a ruptured aortic aneurysm, can cause a sudden overwhelming urge to pass a bowel movement. For this reason, experienced medical personnel know to be very, very afraid when cardiac patients suddenly start demanding use of the bathroom or bedpan.
- Apparently a volcano did this to a group of dinosaurs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25126333
- Many Russian / post-Soviet LARP rules expressly forbid this move, among many other dirty tactics. Players that go to the loo are considered "not playing", and attacking them is penalized the same way as dirty moves in combat: death of the offender's character.
- Many LARP rules don't explicitly forbid it, but it is considered bad style to attack people on the way to or out of the bathroom, respectively. Especially in fantasy LARP, where the bathroom is not considered part of the game, as it is usually much more modern than fits the setting, and people in elaborate costumes cannot even think of taking their weapons with them into a tiny bathroom stall.
- The venomous Redback Spider has a tendency to seek out cool, dark, damp places to nest; for example outhouses and public toilets in rural areas...