"If you have any poo, fling it now."The art of combat with excreta, first employed by humanity's simian ancestors. It is almost Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a combat technique based on the throwing of feces. For some reason the verb used for the action is almost always "fling" (rather than a synonym like "throw" or "hurl"), particularly when performed by monkeys. Compare Urine Trouble, Fartillery, Excrement Statement. A subtrope of Toilet Humor (in most cases, this is rarely if ever Played for Drama) and a member of the Fu family.
— Mason the Chimp, Madagascar
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- In Digimon, Sukamon and Numemon are masters of this trope.
- The aptly named card game Poo is all about this. The players are angry monkeys in a zoo hurling poo at each other.
- Marvel Comics villain Bullseye was once given an all-liquid diet while in prison, because his jailers were afraid that he could turn solid waste into a deadly projectile. Since Bullseye's m.o. is turning anything he throws into a deadly projectile, this isn't that far-fetched, and he admits he probably would try.
Bullseye: They have me on stool softeners and liquid food because they're afraid that if I have a solid bowel movement I'd kill someone with it. And I would, too.
- He claims to have tracked an Inuit victim several days over the ice and stabbing him with a shiv made of frozen shit.
- The Savage Dragon has a foe called Dung who shoots hot feces from his arm cannons.
- The Swedish comic book character Krystmarodören is an anarchic superhero with the power of super-pooping. He is once challenged by a copycat, Kung Kisstank, who uses technology to duplicate his powers and fires synthetic poop.
- Ruben Bolling's Tom the Dancing Bug comic strip has recurring character Charlie the Australopithecine, who tries to fit in with modern society, but often reverts to aggressive dung-flinging.
Films — Live-Action
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the French soldiers atop Castle Arrrrgh pour a chamber-pot on King Arthur's head.
- In War for the Planet of the Apes, as part of the apes' plan to escape the Alpha Omega base, Rocket throws his poop at a human guard so that he'll enter the apes' prison and threaten to shoot him. Once the guard is standing on the right spot, Maurice and Bad Ape drop him into the underground tunnels to steal his keys and gun.
- In Animorphs 28 - The Experiment, the Yeerks are tampering with human food and the team end up morphing chimpanzees to infiltrate one of their labs. Unfortunately, Visser 3 drops by to check on things by sheer bad luck, and orders the test chimps killed now that they've served their purpose. Marco, of course, is the one to suggest "Poop him!", getting him out of the room long enough for them to plan an escape. This is one of the books told from the point of view of Ax, which makes it even funnier.
- In one The Dresden Files novel, Harry rescues some temple dog puppies from monkey demons. Flying monkey demons. Since Harry cannot catch a break, they chase him by flinging flaming monkey demon poo at him.
"The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault."
- The Star Trek novel Ex Machina opens with a young farmer throwing a handful of animal dung at his planet's leader.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Riot of King's Landing is triggered when an angry peasant throws a cowpie at Joffrey, who orders the entire crowd put to death in response.
- In Simon R. Green's Beyond the Blue Moon, a hermit who's sick of peasants assuming he's some sort of holy prophet throws mud and deer scat at would-be supplicants so they'll leave him alone.
- In Another Fine Myth Skeeve uses his magic to fling dragon-dung at a gang of attacking muggers.
- In The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You humans infiltrate aliens' base in an allosaurus-like robot with a bazooka under its tail. Guess how the charges were disguised.
- In the last section of Aztec, some of the Mexica (the women and the elderly, not the warriors) flung anything they could get their hands on at the invading Spaniards during the siege of Tenochtitlan. That includes feces, rocks, and rotting food.
- In the short story "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" by Elizabeth Bear, a female explorer on Venus is attacked by a tiger-like creature that chases her up a tree. Lacking other options, she unseals her powered-suit and urinates on the creature to drive it off.
- During the battle between the Flealess and the Wild Ones in The Wild Ones, some of the birds attack the Flealess by flying over them and pelting them with droppings.
- A martial arts manual, noting the Bring Me My Brown Pants trope and the tendency of their practitioners to wear baggy pants, suggested tongue-in-cheek that you could take a crap during a fight, let it run down your leg and then kick it into your opponent's face.
- A medieval German Aesopoem states that you should not throw (metaphoric) shit. Because even if you win, you are (metaphorically) full of shit. Centuries before teh Internets...
- On one episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had Professor Bobo do this to The Observer. Luckily it was never shown on screen. In fact, it's a Running Gag on both MST3 and Spiritual Successor RiffTrax that anytime a primate is on screen, a riff about it throwing poo will soon follow. Up to Eleven in RiffTrax's riffed short One Got Fat.
- The Ultimate Fighter involves one of the fighters pranking the others by something he calls an "upper deck," involving his defecating in their toilet-tank.
- On Friends Ross says that he had a fight with his pet monkey Marcel. "I said some things and he threw some feces."
- On The Big Bang Theory, Dr Amy Farrah-Fowler was briefly suspended from working with experimental primates for "unprofessional behaviour". During her studies in addiction in apes, her experimental animals, outraged at being deprived of cigarettes and alcohol, flung feces at her. Amy ruefully accepted that flinging it back was probably not the most professional behaviour for a scientific researcher.
- CSI: During a Prison Riot in "No Humans Involved", the prisoners make an Excrement Statement by defecating on the floor, and then throw the excrement at the police officers who enter to break up the riot.
Myths & Religion
- The bonnacon fends off its pursuers by ejecting flaming dung.
- Greek Mythology: This is one of the hazards Hercules faced in confronting the Stymphalian birds, whose feces were deadly-poisonous to touch.
- The rulebook for Warhammer 40,000 references this in the writeup for the "Moral Support (Get 'Im, Boss!)" melee combat rule. In the scenario, Gabriel Seth is challenged by an Ork Nob accompanied by a group of Boyz:
Drakka issues a challenge and Seth accepts. As Seth has no unit of his own to back him up, the Orks are busy cheering their boss on, throwing dung at Seth, and generally being off-putting.
- One of the explanations behind the Player Tic tea-bagging (squatting repeatedly on your kill's corpse) is the tea-bagger miming the action of taking a dump on the downed victim.
- Poshul, the time-traveling dog character in Chrono Cross, and one of her attacks which consists of kicking up a storm of "doggy doo."
- Ōkami has the Brown Rage technique, which explodes! There's also Golden Fury, its urine counterpart.
- There are a lot of different attacks based on this in Digimon World. In fact, there's a whole Trash type of Digimon specializing in this kind of combat, consisting primarily of sentient piles of dung and slime.
- One of the enemies' enemies from Redneck Rampage was the Turd minion. Take three guesses on how it attacks.
- The Great Mighty Poo in Conker's Bad Fur Day lobs the stuff he's made of at Conker, who returns fire with toilet paper.
- In The Sims 2, a bad date will result in a "Flaming Bag Of Poo" left on your doorstep.
- In the Nintendo 64 version of Space Station Silicon Valley, the primary attack of the playable rat character is poo that explodes 3 seconds after being laid.
- Dark Souls has a Dung Pie item. Throwing it at an enemy is one of the few ways to inflict the ultra-damaging Toxic Standard Status Effect, making it something of a Lethal Joke Weapon. Throwing a Dung Pie, however, also builds up the players Toxic Meter, making it dangerous to spam repeatedly... mostly. It inflicts the toxic status effect, but drains health only three-tenths as fast as the toxic caused by Blowdart Snipers and you can only be affected by one type of toxic at once, so people going through Blighttown sometimes intentionally toxify themselves with Dung Pies.
- Dark Souls III introduces the Rope Dung Pie, which has you throwing it backward or dropping it on the ground.
- The Monster Hunter games have Dung Bombs that the player can throw at various monsters to ward them. It is typically best used when a Qurupeco is trying to imitate a call, or when another monster has you pinned - nobody likes having a monster chew their faces off. The monster Congalala is also able to throw its own dung at a hunter, inflicting a "soiled" status effect that temporarily prevents consumption of food or drink - your most reliable means of healing.
- In Live A Live, prehistoric chapter's main character's gorilla partner has an attack that makes him throw his own ones at the opponents. It creates poison fields.
- This is the Bullshit Man's main weapon in The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures. It's weirdly effective, too.
- Final Fantasy XIV has a giant gorilla in Hullbreaker Isle that has the ability "Stool Toss" as its ranged attack.
- In Resonance of Fate, one "grenade" type weapon is a dog turd you throw at an enemy. It notes the damage is "mostly psychological".
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth, Shit Nuggets can be hurled at enemies to deal the Grossed Out status effect (basically Poison). Bonus points if it's taken from a toilet you took a dump in.
- In Mother Russia Bleeds, Boris' taunt is to shit into his hand and fling it.
- The now defunct MMO Earth And Beyond had as one of its most powerful missile launchers, the Dung Flinger, as well as the less powerful but easier to acquire Dung Cannon. Both used the same ammo, missiles manufactured from, you guessed it, Giant Space Flea droppings.
- One of the possible assassination methods in Crusader Kings II involves filling a building's basement with manure that then explodes. (This is Artistic License – Chemistry: Manure explosions in real life are believed to be due to factory farming practices that didn't exist until the 21st century. The explosion is due to methane from decomposition, but without the foam that sometimes collects due to current hog feeds the methane normally dissipates into the atmosphere.)
- The "slingshot" weapon from Battle Bears Zombies has jackalope dung being the projectiles thrown at enemies.
- Schlock Mercenary has a character who was illegally genetically modified so that his bodily fluids and excretions were explosives. He is given privacy by the narrator in order to "Plant a Shaped Charge".
Major: It's as if the madman who modified him wanted to create not only an extremely dangerous mole agent, but also a perfect pun on the phrase "Secreted Weapons".
- In Flaky Pastry, the gang gets to fight an elemental Extrementor. "How can something made of feces move so fast?" "Diarrhea?"
- Yellow Dwagons bombard enemies with "acidic battlecrap." They're not kidding about the "acidic" part, either.
- Also, Dirtamancers can create "crap golems," made from... go on, guess.
Sizemore: Well. You know. When life gives you crap, make Crap Golems, right?
Bogroll: If only I could, sir. Believe I'd have a legion.
- In one webcomic (does anyone remember the title?) the main character ridicules the newest Pokémon edition for giving the protagonist a flaming monkey as a starting "fire" choice... and gets bombarded with flaming turds by the insulted mon.
- In San Three Kingdoms Comic, Dian Wei executes his famous Last Stand in Wan Castle by fighting with his dung buckets. It kinda explains why nobody wanted to get past him afterwards, because he stunk so much as a result.
- Happens as a one-shot gag in Dominic Deegan — Melna punishes the elemental changeling Neilen by giving him a humiliating assignment—"find out if fire monkeys are a hazard."
- In this Nodwick, the villains are building an underground lair in an Absurdly Spacious Sewer. The protagonists defeat them by flooding the lair with sewage.
- In this one, a besieged town uses feces for catapult ammunition.
- Mentioned repeatedly (but thankfully never shown) by the chimps Mason and Phil on Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar.
- South Park:
- While Butters is asleep, Cartman gives him a "Dirty Sanchez."
- Cartman also farts on the Son of Satan, whom the others shun by saying "you smell like a fart."
- Mr. Hanky is an expert at Dung Fu — he has a brown belt.
- In the Mars University episode of Futurama, when Fry releases Gunter the intelligent monkey's parents on a fancy party:
Leela: What's that they're flinging at people?
[splat noises are heard off-camera]
Gunter: Oh God!
- Referenced in The Fairly OddParents! movie "Abra-Catastrophe" during the part when the world becomes ruled by monkeys.
Wanda: (after having something brown thrown at her face) Please be mud!
- In one episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Sandy's simian bosses ask her to build an automatic poop throwing machine.
- Referenced as a literal way of Getting Crap Past the Radar in Young Justice when Superboy is told he should be thankful that a monkey only threw a protein bar at him.
- British satirical TV show Spitting Image ran a parody of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In this animation, the creatures living in a sewer and granted life by contact with radioactive waste became The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turds. Their preferred method of attack? Read the page title.
- This is the Flea's Signature Move on ˇMucha Lucha!.
- Horat from The Nutshack likes to do this when he's annoyed.
- Monkeys. Yes, they DO fling poo., and anything else they can get their hands on. Their poo-hurling habit became infamous in the days when zoo animals' exhibits were plain concrete boxes, offering them no alternative ammunition.
- "Dung showering" by hippopotamuses.
- The Second Defenestration of Prague, though it likely was more intended for the victims to die than to land in a pile of manure.
- Steven Seagal used something like this technique in a real fight backstage against Judo-expert Gene LeBelle: but involuntarily, when Gene choked Seagal unconscious, causing Seagal to evacuate in his pants.
- The Garbage Post Kid often likes to do this online, albeit with images of the substance in question.
- At least some prisoners in highest-security prisons. (That's the only kind of weapon you can't take away from them.) Being a guard there sure ain't no fun job. Prisons in Northern Ireland were the venue for "dirty protests", in which human excrement was used as a weapon against guards by Republican prisoners protesting against prison rules and regulations.
- This "corrections cocktail" behavior is specifically codified as a crime in every U.S. state.
- Human feces have been used to poison weapons throughout history. This was done mostly out of an accidental find instead of actual understanding (until decades later) that its main substance, methane, kills in about four hours from contact with bloodstream.
- In Medieval Europe, archers in battle would stick their arrows into the ground rather than leave them in a quiver, preferably where they've done their business previously.
- Ninja may well have stood shuriken in sewage to ensure that any wound they inflicted would get horribly infected.
- So did the Viet Cong with their infamous bamboo "punji" sticks.