Fun with Flushing

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Babies are naturally curious about a lot of things, and at some point or another, they'll want to know about the toilet. However, they won't really know what it does — at least not at first. They find more enjoyment in flushing stuff down the toilet, no doubt losing some of your precious possessions if it's within reach of the baby — or perhaps clogging it up and overflow... or both! This is Truth in Television for anyone taking care of a small child or baby.

However, several other scenarios can also happen from this as well, say, for example, a character decides to pull a plug in the earth, draining the ocean and turning it into a whirlpool. Other times, it may lead to strange worlds after getting sucked in.

For an extreme version, compare Mega Maelstrom.

Do not confuse with Down the Drain, as it covers underwater sewer levels in Video Games. Also don't confuse with someone having fun causing Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • An old Pepsi commercial had two kids with a pet goldfish who would play dead, where it was given a drop of Pepsi that the fish would jump out of. When the father thinks the fish is dead, he flushes it down the toilet by accident.
  • Several commercials for cleansers, plumbing services, or household repair have depicted toddlers flushing their toys down the toilet. The resulting blockage and/or flood are generally implied by blocked-plumbing sounds, not shown.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Early in Dragon Ball, Master Roshi got accidentally flushed down the toilet while using a shrinking gadget to peep on Bulma.
  • The first episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt involved a ghost who flushes people down toilets whenever they're used. This happens to Panty midway through the episode, though she breaks free. In a later episode, they travel underground by getting flushed down a toilet to discover a ghost machine they need to destroy.
  • In Heaven's Lost Property, Tomoki is chased by a bunch of angry girls who want to beat him up for being a pervert. When they corner him in the bathroom, he escapes by flushing himself down the toilet.

    Comic Books 
  • When Gorsky and Butch do The Matrix parody, the party is cornered by police in a disused toilet. They escape down the drain, all except Morphinius (Gorsky) who has to stay behind to flush them.

    Films — Animation 
  • Finding Nemo: Nemo's escape plan is to play dead and get flushed, because "all drains lead to the ocean". Many have pointed out that in reality, a fish would not survive the trip as it would be ground up during the sewage treatment process, leading some to joke that the title should have been "Grinding Nemo".
  • This happens to Roddy in Flushed Away.
  • In Monsters, Inc., Sulley gets some of Boo's toys tangled up on him when he reenters the monster world. He tries to get rid of them by flushing them down the toilet, but it gets clogged up and overflows. He then has to dump them in someone's locker, where they reappear later as a Brick Joke.
  • In The Thief and the Cobbler, the titular thief's first attempt to break into King Nod's palace bring him in the royal toilet. While trying to get out he accidentally pulls the rope and is flushed back into the castle moat.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: While trying to sneak into the Acme factory, Roger falls on the toilet and gets flushed down. He later comes out a drain pipe in the factory floor for a (failed) Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks has Theodore overflowing the toilet.
  • Clumsy Smurf in The Smurfs almost gets flushed down the toilet, but is saved by being stuck inside a wad of wet toilet paper.
  • Weaponized in the Polish comedy Kingsajz, where the hero (a leprechaun) uses the toilet to flush the Big Bad and his cronies.

    Literature 
  • Love You Forever: A baby boy flushes his mom's watch down the toilet.
  • In Carl Hiaasen's Flush, Noah and his sister flush dyes down a polluting ship's toilets in attempt to expose them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: In the episode on digestion, every time Bill says "all the way" a toilet flushes off-screen.
  • Dinosaurs had a Very Special Episode where baby learned to use the toilet which had some of this.
  • In the Good Luck Charlie episode, "Let's Potty", as Bob teaches Charlie about the toilet, Charlie flushes her toys down it, clogging it up. When Bob tries to fix the clog himself, he hits a water pipe that sprays the fusebox, causing a blackout.
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack had the title character travel through plumbing pipes in puddle form.
  • This was a Running Gag on All in the Family; the Bunkers' upstairs toilet had a really loud flush that could be heard anywhere in the house.

    Music 
  • Keith Moon of the band The Who had a documented habit of flushing firecrackers down the toilets of hotel bathrooms.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin has an elaborate strip where he flushes a toy boat down the toilet. In another one, he and Hobbes dip the dangling paper from the roll into the toilet and flush it. At one point, Calvin himself got into the toilet bowl, flushed himself around in circles, and then informed his mother that he'd finished his "bath."
  • In For Better or for Worse, April flushed something, probably a toy boat, down the toilet when she was a toddler. It was the punchline of a strip where they define the word "goomby" or something similar (that's what April says upon flushing it; rhymes with "good-bye"). The following strip shows the father with a plunger, and eventually picking the commode up off the base, saying "Whoever called that thing a convenience never had small children!"

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Jeff Foxworthy mentions this in the skit "I Love Being a Parent" on Games Rednecks Play:
    "Our oldest child has discovered the little silver handle on the back of the toilet. She's making more stuff disappear than David Copperfield! My wife's lost three combs, I lost my good sunglasses. We're pretty sure she's flushed the remote control, 'cause every time we go to the bathroom, the TV comes on!"

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • Toilet Kids: In this Japanese only Shoot 'em Up, for the Turbografx 16, a boy gets sucked into the toilet to battle all sorts of poo related enemies.
  • The Adventures Of Willy Beamish: Weaponized in finale. Willy gets rid of the two antagonists by flushing them down a giant toilet full of sludge.
  • MadWorld: One of the ways your enemies can be defeated is by stuffing or throwing them in the toilet. They get flushed seconds later.
  • A stage in Clay Fighter 63 1/3 took place above a toilet where it was possible to knock your opponent into.
  • The NES Tom and Jerry Licensed Game had a stage where Jerry had to navigate a drain pipe maze to get to the kitchen sink while dodging flows of water.
  • Boogerman: This platformer had the title character flush himself down toilets to enter a sewer loaded with powerups and enemies. It's also how the Big Bad is defated-Boogerman burps him into the toilet and he's flushed away.
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, after turning the pair into a pumpkin, you can go into a haunted house through a window and then flush yourself down the toilet to reach a secret room where you'll find a Jiggie.

    Web Animation 
  • One Strong Bad Email from Homestar Runner has Bubs turn into a large Godzilla-like monster after accidentally flushing himself down the toilet while shaving.
  • A Pucca episode has Pucca pull a drain under the lake after saving Garu from a shark. They get stuck in the pipes and Dada inadvertently saves them while unclogging one of the toilets, freeing them both.

    Web Original 
  • The Wiiviewer tries in vain to flush Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz down the toilet to avoid reviewing the game, which he ends up doing after it continues to pop up all over the house.
  • Super Mario Logan:
    • In "Bowser Junior Gets Potty Trained!", as Toad teaches Junior how to use the toilet through a rap song, he puts the diaper Bowser forced Junior to wear in the toilet, and at the end of the episode, he and Junior flush the diaper down the toilet.
    • In "Bowser Junior's Annoying Toy!", Bowser Junior annoys everyone by playing with a ball popper toy. Fed up with this, Black Yoshi takes the balls out of Junior's ball popper and forces Junior to flush them down the toilet.
    • In "Bowser Junior's Broccoli Problem!", Junior gets rid of the broccoli Chef Pee Pee makes him eat by flushing it down the toilet. It only worsens the problem, as the broccoli lands in the mouth of a crocodile who lives in the sewers, who infiltrates Junior's house in search of more food.
    • In "Bowser's Goldfish!", Junior plays with Bowser's pet goldfish, Charleyyy Jr., in the bathtub, until Toad arrives and tells Junior that they could take CJ on a water slide. Toad's idea on water slides for fishes, however, is flushing them down the toilet. Junior is against this, but Toad tells him that all toilets have a mechanism in them that keeps fish from getting flushed down. When Junior can't bring himself to flush the toilet, Toad does so, flushing CJ down it. When CJ doesn't come back out, Toad blames Junior for not having a toilet with a fish-catching mechanism. At the end of the episode, CJ comes back up the toilet, having grown massively in size, wanting revenge on Junior for flushing him.
    • In "Jeffy's Stupid Home Video!", Jeffy thinks he's trapped inside Mario's camera after Mario shows him a video he filmed of him swinging from the ceiling fan. In an attempt to get himself out of the camera, he flushes it down the toilet, destroying the camera as a result.
    • In "Cody The Magician!", when Bowser Junior and Joseph repeatedly misunderstand Cody's card trick, a frustrated Cody tells them to do anything other than show him or tell him what it is. Junior takes the 6 of Clubs card and flushes it down the toilet, but it gets stuck in the hole. When Junior gets back to Cody, Cody somehow has the 6 of Clubs card with him.
  • At the end of The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of the The Karate Kid, the Nerd flushes his copy of the game down the toilet.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • This happens to Gumball at the beginning of "The Curse" when he slips on a bar of soap while taking a shower.
    • Penny's pet tarantula, Mr. Cuddles was accidentally flushed down the toilet by her father in "The Date". However, it's subverted as he hid under the toilet seat, and Gumball finds it and returns it to Penny, but not before getting bitten mutliple times in the process.
    • Darwin and Gumball flush themselves down a toilet in "The Secret" to escape from the boys bathroom in school when they're locked in. They return home through a pipe leading to their toilet at the end of the episode.
  • In the Arthur episode, "Staycation", when Arthur and D.W. change Kate's diaper, D.W. disposes of the dirty diaper by flushing it down the toilet. This clogs the toilet up and creates a flood that leaks onto the bathroom floor.
  • Baby Looney Tunes: The main characters wonder about the toilet in the bathroom and form their own theories about how dangerous it is, while Petunia assures them nothing is wrong. In the process, they panic when Petunia accidentally flushes it, and puts toilet paper to "Feed the monster," clogging it up. They accidentally leave her in and she comes out wet with toilet paper on her. When Granny shows her what the toilet is really for, and Petunia tells them, they don't believe her.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Spirits from the dead hold Dee Dee hostage unless the dead Goldfish is flushed down the toilet.
  • Family Guy: In a cutaway gag, this was used as an explaination for the Lindburg Baby kidnapping.
  • In Fish Hooks, swimming in a flushing toilet is an extreme sport.
  • Futurama: Bender finally got fed up with (or more accurately, jealous of) Nibbler and flushed him down the toilet. This prompted them to install a chip that forced him to feel Leela's emotions, causing him to flush himself (in pieces) so he could rescue it.
    • And El Chupanibre was defeated by being flushed down a giant toilet into the sub-sewer.
  • In the The Loud House episode, "Sleuth or Consequences", Lincoln is revealed to have flushed many items down the toilet, such as his liverwurst-loaf dinner, an embarrassing sweater his Mom made him for Christmas, and his Dad's CD collection for karaoke night. When a Princess Pony book clogs up the toilet, he is automatically blamed for it, so he tries to find out who the real culprit is to clear his name. Towards the end of the episode, it is revealed that Lucy is a fan of Princess Pony, and doesn't want anybody to know, given her goth reputation. She hid the book in the toilet, but Lincoln flushed it down, not knowing it was there.
  • The Magic School Bus: Happens twice in two episodes, one where they go through the water cycle and travels through drain pipes to reach the girls bathroom where the water overflows, and in another episode, they cross over an open toilet bowl which has an alligator swimming in it.
  • íMucha Lucha! had Ricochet, Buena Girl and the Flea fight a masked toilet twice in the series. Also, The Flea swam in it at one point.
  • In one episode of Muppet Babies, an Imagine Spot ends when Animal pulls the plug out of the bathtub (which the kids have imagined is the ocean), resulting in everyone except Animal getting sucked down the drain. Animal, thinking it actually happened, waved bye-bye down the drain, only for Gonzo to tell him that they were outside the tub getting dried off.
  • Phineas and Ferb had Perry go to his lair by flushing himself down a toilet in one episode.
  • On The Powerpuff Girls, the class hamster gets flushed down by Mitch, the schoolyard bully. In the sewer, the hamster gets exposed to chemical waste and comes back a mutated monster out for revenge.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Rocko's pet goldfish is accidentally flushed down the toilet, and gets stuck in the drain pipe for few years, clogging it up.
  • Rugrats:
    • The pilot episode had Tommy inspecting the toilet to find out what it does. He accidentally ends up flushing some toilet paper and making a mess in the bathroom, causing the toilet to overflow.
    • In "Ruthless Tommy", he also flushes jewels down a toilet while he was kidnapped by robbers.
    • "Chuckie vs. the Potty" had a nightmare-sequence example, wherein Chuckie is a prisoner sent to "The Chair", which is revealed to be a giant toilet. Angelica flushes him down it, and as an added bonus, the viewers even to see him go through the pipes, screaming the entire time.
    • "Down the Drain" had Angelica scaring Tommy and Chuckie by saying they'll get sucked down the drain (After an incident where Tommy accidentally loses one of his toys this way) whenever they take a bath, and throughout the episode they try to find ways to get out of it, which includes flushing anything bathtime related down the toilet. Ironically, she accidentally flushes her own doll, Cynthia, down the toilet. The plumber recovers it, but the doll is ruined.
    • In "The Big Flush", the parents take the kids to the pool, which they assume is a giant toilet. The whole episode revolved around them trying to find the flusher, and trying things such as the high dive and the sauna thermostat (when they do the latter, they accidentally lock the moms inside).
    • In "Day of the Potty", Chuckie puts his broken toy airplane down the toilet only to break the toilet by repeatedly flushing it until it overflows.
  • The Simpsons:
    • A Flash Back episode had baby Bart flush Homer's wallet, then his keys down the toilet - but he knew exactly what he was doing.
    • "The Crepes of Wrath" had Bart flushing a cherry bomb down a toilet, which blows Principal Skinner's mother off of her seat while she's using it and prompts Skinner to make Bart a foreign exchange student just to get him out of his hair for a while.
      • In the MythBusters Simpsons Special, the team tried to replicate the fountains of water that act was shown to cause. Result? Busted. While water may spray feet into the air, so do ballistic shards of porcelain.
    • "Deep Space Homer" featured a literal toilet joke and a jab at Married... with Children rolled into one.
  • An episode of SpongeBob SquarePants has SpongeBob and Patrick hearing a story about a drain that two kids pulled long ago and that flushed away all of Bikini Bottom. They become obsessed with finding "The Main Drain" and making sure no one pulls it again. They do pull it, of course, but then it turns out to have been All Just a Dream.
    • In another episode, SpongeBob decides to see what can flush down the Krusty Krab toilet at Squidward's request. After flushing down the safe holding the Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and Squidward have to flush themselves down into Bikini Bottom's Absurdly Spacious Sewer to find it.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Royal Pain", Star claims that the bathroom is the most magical place in Diaz household to her father. When he finds the toilet, King Butterfly decides to stuff as many things as he can into it to try the flush action. Unsurprisingly, they cause the drain to back up, soaking Marco's socks.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • In the short, "The Potty Years" (part of "Henny Youngman Day"), a baby version of Plucky Duck is learning how to use the toilet for the first time. He gets a lot of enjoyment flushing various items down it, such as toilet paper, Furrball, his toys, even his own diaper! He even climbed into it himself and tried to flush himself down the hole! The toilet gets clogged up as a result.
    • This gag was repeated in two more episodes, which consisted of a trip to the mall where he plays with the elevator controls, and a miniature golf course with Plucky struggling to knock the ball in, going as far as to cheat (He gets better at it, though). It was also done in several Animaniacs episodes whenever he made a cameo.
    • "The Undersea World Of Fifi" had Elmyra searching for sea monkeys, and it ends with her draining it and having her say the exact same line as baby Plucky did.
    • The "Kon Ducki" episode had Plucky flushing a boat down the toilet as part of the "special effects" during the behind the scenes portion of the episode.

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