Richard: Northwestern, I am the shit.Sometimes people want revenge on someone or to cheat in a contest. One thing they do is just put laxatives in their drink or food. Why laxatives? Because ideally for them one of two things will happen:
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- They will suffer a Potty Emergency and forfeit the contest/run away to use the bathroom.
- They will soil themselves and completely embarrass themselves. Even better if it's in a stadium, especially with something like the Jumbotron.
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- Futaba-kun Change! — In a beauty contest, The Rival puts laxatives in a tea given to the heroine to calm her. Unfortunately for the rival, some of the other contestants drink it to annoy her. Hilarity Ensues, and you can guess happens after they drink it.
- Earlier in the series, an extremely underhanded character uses a batch of spiked drinks clear the field in the completely ludicrous Martial Arts and Crafts tournament held to determine what club the heroine would join.
- In Dragon Ball, Bulma does this to Oolong when he refuses to cooperate with her in helping find the Ox-king. She gives him a candy that he thinks is delicious, but really it's a laxative, and every time she whistles (or yells "piggy", in the English dub), he will have an emergency. Goku takes advantage of it to manipulate Oolong, too.
- In a filler episode, Goku is given laced food so he would lose in a tournament, the laxative takes effect in the middle of the fight but Goku manages to defeat his opponent before running away desperately.
- In the Cotton Drifting arc of Higurashi: When They Cry, Satoko uses this as part of an elaborate prank against some punks who are trying to take advantage of Shmion during the Angel Mort dessert fest.
- In Trigun, it's implied that Kaite does this to Vash in episode 7 "B.D.N."
- Attempted by the King and Rosario in Dragon Half to get Mink out of the tournament, in the form of an "energy drink." Lampshaded by Mink's friends, but ignored by Mink... who then proceeds to give it to Dick Saucer, who is thus unwittingly victim to this (and who blames Mink for it, naturally).
- Gamble Fish has the character Tsukiyono getting a cow laxative put in her drink, so the main character has no help in the tournament.
- In Hunter × Hunter, Tonpa tries to get several characters to forfeit the Hunter's Exam by offering them laxative-spiked juice. It utterly fails, as Killua has Acquired Poison Immunity, Gon immediately spits the juice out when he notices that it tastes weird (despite the drug being odorless and tasteless), and everyone else either refuses the drink outright or gets rid of it once they see Gon's reaction.
- In the Black Butler manga, Ciel has Sebastian slip laxatives into a meat pie and feed it to the opposing team before a cricket match.
Film - Animated
- In The Iron Giant, Hogarth tricks Kent Mansley into eating a chocolate-flavored laxative-laced sundae to get away from him.
Hogarth Hughes: First, you take a chocolate bar. Any bar'll do. Do you mind if I...?
Kent Mansley: No, knock yourself out, skipper.
Hogarth Hughes: [crumbles up coca-lax] You crumble up the chocolate into little pieces. [stirs the ice cream] Then you kind of just stir it into the ice cream. See?
Kent Mansley: Yes, I see. What do you call this again?
Hogarth Hughes: Landslide. It's new. Very new. [drops the coca-lax wrapper in the garbage]
Kent Mansley: Mmmm. Landslide. Topnotch. Mmmm. [while Hogarth makes himself a Landslide with a chocolate bar] You know, Hogarth, we live in a strange and wondrous time: the Atomic Age. But there's a dark side to progress, Hogarth. Ever hear of Sputnik?
Hogarth Hughes: Yeah, first satellite in space.
Kent Mansley: Foreign satellite, Hogarth, and all that implies. Even now it orbits overhead - Boop! Boop! - watching us. We can't see it but it's there, much like that giant thing in the woods. We don't know what it is or what it can do. I don't feel safe, Hogarth. Do you?
Hogarth Hughes: What are you talking about?
Kent Mansley: What am I talking about? (loses patience) WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?! I'm talking about your goddarned security, Hogarth! While you're snoozing in your widdle jammies, back in Washington we're wide awake and worried! Why? Because everyone wants what we have, Hogarth! EVERYONE! You think this metal man is fun, but who built it? The Russians? The Chinese? Martians? Canadians? I DON'T CARE! All I know is we didn't build it, and that's reason enough to assume the worst and blow it to kingdom come! Now, you are going to tell me about this thing, you are going to lead me to it, and we are going to destroy it before it destroys us! (his stomach gurgles)...Hold that thought and stay right there!
(Kent rushes to the restroom...; as soon as he leaves, Hogarth rushes out the door)
Film - Live-Action
- American Pie has this cruel prank played on Finch.
- Mr. Bean did this to a security guard in Bean, along with mixing up the key to the bathroom with a bunch of other keys, giving Mr. Bean a chance to fix the painting of Whistler's Mother that he accidentally screwed up.
- Lloyd Christmas does it to Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber as revenge since he supposedly stole Mary Swanson from him.
- Used in the first Mission: Impossible movie as part of a distraction to infiltrate Langley, albeit with an emetic, rather than a laxative.
- In The 51st State or if you live in the US, Formula 51''. In a choice between blue pills and red pills, a gang of skinheads are tricked into eating the red pills (Elmo claims that the red pill is the stronger version), which is a powerful laxative. You can guess what happens next when the drug take effect.
- John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) does to Sack Lodge in Wedding Crashers.
- In Van Wilder, one character does this to her Jerk Ass soon-to-be-ex boyfriend by pouring what appeared to be half of a large bottle of "Colon Blow" into a special shake. This goes careening into Comedic Sociopathy when you see him race through his med school test (utterly failing) and when he gets stopped by his professor and introduces him to his future bosses, he's forced to drop trou and defecate in his professor's wastebasket.
Richard Bagg "I'm bleeding!"
- This is one of the ways the 3 Ninjas defend themselves against a trio of bumbling kidnappers. Not exactly what you expect from "ninjas," but this is an early 90s kids' movie, so there we are.
- Then again, ninjas were historically known for Combat Pragmatism.
- In Major Payne, the recruits try to do this with Payne's cupcake. It backfires. Literally.
- Done in The Movie of Man About the House. When the property developer is wining and dining Chrissie in an effort to get her to sign over her lease to him, Robin, Larry and the chef doctor his food with syrup of figs, castor oil and epsom salts.
- In A Million Ways to Die in the West, the day before a duel with Albert over Louise, Albert's ex-girlfriend, Anna spikes Foy's drink with laxative and then bets that he can't finish his drink faster than she can finish hers. He suffers a sudden potty emergency later that night while in bed with Louise. The next day, Foy is late to the duel and staggering as if he's about to faint. He defecates into his own hat and then into another man's hat that he swiped immediately after. Albert quits the duel before it even begins anyway when he realizes that a relationship should be a two-way street and that Louise is a nice girl, but a gold-digger nonetheless.
- Done seriously in A Song of Ice and Fire - Tyrion is too busy trying to save the city to struggle with Cersei's schemes so he uses a mild poison to get her out of his hair for one day.
- In The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, Malicia puts laxative powder in the Rat Catchers' tea, then tells them they've been poisoned and holds the antidote hostage until they do as she says. The "antidote" is laxative powder too.
- In Jean Shepherd's short story "A Fistful of Fig Newtons", originally published in Playboy, a scrawny college student challenges a Big Eater football player and several fellow college students to a laxative-off. They each took one piece of Brand X Ex-Lax stand-in Boomo-Lax every 5 minutes, and whoever has a Potty Emergency first loses. The Big Eater figured he'd have no problem, but he ended up heaving half his insides out while the little guy wins, having built up an immunity in the past.
- The Russian book The Poisoning has a pharmacist do this to save the life of their friend. To explain, a pair of Star-Crossed Lovers were planning to commit suicide together, and the girl was trying to buy sleeping pills pretending they were to sleep better. The suspicious pharmacist replaced them with laxatives instead, and the suicide went... unexpectedly. Both survived, though in agony.
- In his short story "The Fly", humorist Patrick McManus tells of being a night janitor in college, and the steps that the department secretaries took to keep the janitors from pilfering their desk goodies:
"A secretary over in Sociology loaded a massive charge of chocolate-flavored laxative into a choice morsel and almost wiped out Charlie Fisk.""That's terrible," I said."Yeah. And poor Charlie wasn't even the one who ate it. He was just an innocent bystander."
- Played straight in Charles Stross' Glasshouse: Reeve spikes Fiore's coffee to give herself time to take an impression of his key to the special room in the library.
- An apparently rare serious use of this in The Regulators, by Stephen King (under the Richard Bachman pen name). Seems Tak doesn't like being in a host body while that body is defecating, so Seth gets Audrey to put Ex-Lax in his chocolate milk to get Tak out of him long enough to carry out his plan to permanently solve that problem.
- In V. C. Andrews' The Casteel Series:
- In Dark Angel, Heaven's Rich Bitch classmates spike her punch with a laxative, then ask every boy present at the party to dance with her—ensuring that she can't get away—then locking all bathroom doors. She's able to relieve herself in a garbage can, then dumps the waste bag down a laundry chute, and managers to entice the clueless Alpha Bitch leader into going down the chute (daring her to prove that she's brave enough to do it), thus doling out some severe Laser-Guided Karma.
- There's a darker example in Gates Of Paradise, where Heaven's daughter Annie has been paralyzed. Her sadistic nurse spikes her food with a laxative, then refuses to help her when she soils herself (angry because Annie refused to eat the food she prepared and asked for something else).
- The Bloody Road To Death by Sven Hassel. Black marketeer Joseph Porta thinks it's his lucky day when a British parachute drop of Darjeeling Tea falls from the sky, so he sells it to the German General Staff. Unfortunately the nefarious British have put a strong laxative in the tea. Hilarity Ensues.
- A number of Don Camillo short stories reference the Fascist signature practice of forcing their political enemies to drink castor oil. One story features Dario Camoni, who back in the days had forced both young communist Peppone and young cleric Don Camillo to drink a glass of castor oil each; then, when Dario Camoni makes a reappearance after the way, Peppone tries to get his own back... In another story, when two Maoists bad-mouth Peppone, his son Michele becomes incensed that he forces them to drink a glass of ... cod-liver oil each. Peppone is almost relieved: "God be praised, at least they can't say I raised a fascist son!"
- Done on an epic scale in the original Mistborn trilogy; Breeze puts laxatives in an entire *army's* water supply to delay them (which Tagalong Kid Spook finds amusing, as expected). Later deconstructed when the same army does it right back to some of the wells in Luthadel, resulting in fatalities.
- Inverted in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Fred and George come up with U-No-Poo: "The constipation sensation that's gripping the nation."
Live Action TV
- In Hollyoaks, India eats a pizza that Hayley has spiked with laxatives. She wins a contest for a car where the last person to leave the car wins after she soils herself and everyone else runs out because they can't stand the smell.
- Once subverted in MythBusters, when Kari gave Tory and Grant a placebo to see how it would affect their driving.
- This is one of the many pranks that the Janitor plays on J.D. in Scrubs. The Janitor attempts to give J.D. some pie that he refuses to eat, though The Todd does. Todd experiences what J.D. says is "what can only be described as 'epic diarrhea'". Later, the Janitor convinces J.D. to eat the pie anyway by eating it himself. They both experience the effects of the laxative.
J.D.: Who would do this to themselves?Janitor: Totally worth it.
- A bit of reality ensues for The Todd, who ends up admitted as a patient and put on an IV drip after said bout of epic diarrhea.
- House: In one of the petty battles between Cuddy and House, Cuddy replaces House's Vicodin with laxatives. Being House, he finds a way to amp up the stakes:
House: I know when my Vicodin isn't Vicodin. Do you know when your birth control pills aren't birth control pills?
- In the episode "Dine and Dash" from That '70s Show, the rest of the gang split out of a meal early and leave Donna and Eric with the check. To "show that they're good sports", Donna and Eric make a batch of special brownies. Afterwards, they reveal that the special ingredient wasn't marijuana but Chocolate Super Lax.
- Often done by the crew on Hustle to temporarily incapacitate someone for the purpose of a con.
- In the pilot episode of the 2011 version of Charlie's Angels, Abby does it to a pair of Rich Bitches.
- Done in '80s Aussie Prison-Soap Prisoner Cell Block H with a massive bar of chocolate-laxative, only it goes a bit wrong and the wrong person gets it. A Potty Emergency is a serious thing when your locked in a cell with no toilet facilities, a hose is required for a start.
- Investigating a death during a high-stakes poker game, the heroes of CSI discover that the waitress put eyedrops in the victim's drink as payback for him being a lousy tipper. She'd meant to give him diarrhea and force him to leave the game early, but he died before they kicked in.
- An episode of The Pretender had Jarod as a school teacher. To help a student who was being bullied, they prepared an laxative brownie, knowing the bully would take it from the kid and eat it. They also locked all but one of the porta-johns on the playground except one, so the bully would have to use that one - which they had rigged so the door would fall off while he was in there.
- In Weeds, Celia gives Isabelle laxatives, making her publicly soil herself, but she does it to make her lose weight, not as a prank. Isabelle retaliates by given Celia anti-laxatives.
- In 1000 Ways to Die, in "S**t Canned," where one person tries to do this this to the bride in a wedding. As karma would have it, he takes the spiked drink instead. A Karmic Death as usual in this show ensues.
- The Middle: Axl does this to Sue in "Foreign Exchange", just before the family takes a long car trip.
- Mr & Mrs Murder: This was done to a body builder in the episode 'Atlas Drugged'.
- In one episode of Amazing Stories, a pair of troublemaking kids do this to one of their babysitters, disguising it as hot chocolate. She leaves the house on an ambulance stretcher, but it's still played (mostly) for laughs.
- Done in The Nanny, although this wasn't done as a prank. Fran was taking care of C.C.'s dog Chester, when they were both kidnapped and held for ransom. Fran gives both the kidnappers some chocolate laxatives she had been given by Yetta earlier so she could escape while they ran across the street and wrestled construction workers out of a nearby Port-A-Potty.
- On My Name Is Earl, Joy does this to Catalina (swapping out the rat-poison in the infamous Poison Cookie recipe that she once attempted to use on Earl to get his lotto money), to get revenge on Catalina for taking an embarrassing photo of Joy dealing with a Potty Emergency. Catalina gets onstage after enjoying some of the cookies, only to have to quickly leave the stage.
- Used by Eli's son Willie on an obnoxious bully of a college classmate in Boardwalk Empire. The trope is subjected to a vicious deconstruction when said classmate is shown as having died graphically as a result, (perhaps as a result of a bowel rupture) and in the next episode Willie is in danger of going to jail and facing criminal charges.
- Xena: Warrior Princess: In "Takes One to Know One", Gabrielle attempted to do this to the bounty hunter Ravenica by lacing her water bottle with gravy made to Lethal Chef Joxor's recipe in order to give her the runs. However, Raveinca was smart enough not to drink it.
- In Spellbinder, Paul does this to Ashka as a means of distracting everyone while he goes off to save Riana.
- In American Horror Story: Murder House, Constance bakes Violet cupcakes tainted with syrup of ipecac. Luckily, it's eaten by an invading Jack the Ripoff.
- In the World War II episode of The Supersizers Eat, Giles bakes a cake with paraffin instead of lard as a prank on the American guests. Unfortunately, Sue eats the cake and is miserably ill thereafter.
- Invoked and Subverted in an episode of Stacked. The prank is mentioned, and an elderly professor (played by Christopher Lloyd) who frequents the titular bookstore says he put laxatives in Albert Einstein's ice cream once. When asked why, he responds that Einstein asked him too.
- Father Brown: In "The Time Machine", a girls spikes her sister's water bottle in an attempt to cause her to lose a race. Unfortunately, this act coincides with her sister keeling over from a dose of strychnine.
- In the last scene of the Reba episode "The Blonde Leading The Blind" Reba bakes cookies for Van to show him that she forgives him for telling Barbara Jean to check up on her after her her laser eye surgery left her temporarily blind, despite her making it very clear that she wants to be left alone. Little Jacob walks through the front door and a suspicious Van insist that he have a cookie, which he does, convincing Van that they're safe. Jacob arrives in the kitchen where he tells Reba that he took the cookie she told him to. Van is then shown holding his stomach and walking quickly out of the living room.
- Mr. Belvedere's vengeful brother does this to him—-while he's laid up with a broken leg. The next morning, Wesley mentions having heard him "stumble to the bathroom a million times". This is played for laughs, of course, but considering Belvedere's already injured state, it's actually pretty cruel.
- In one of the "I Believe..." skits that cap off the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Jeff Foxworthy said that he believes that, if a 16-year-old shows up at your door trick-or-treating without a costume, it should be perfectly acceptable to give them Ex-Lax. Larry The Cable Guy then pipes up that he's been on both sides of that particular prank.
- Not exactly a prank, but Jeff also had a bit that mentioned how, when he turned 50, he had to have his first colonoscopy, and how the prep for the procedure is to take a sizable amount of laxatives in order to clean out your system for the camera. Since he was goofing off during the consultation, he didn't hear the doctor say you're supposed to take them over a period of four hours, and instead took all of them in less than ten minutes. He said his gut started to sound like the house in The Amityville Horror.
- Required in Enhanced.
- In one level of Hitman: Contracts you can poison some soup with laxative to help lure your target to the toilets. That or to get rid of his bodyguard, who he makes tastes his food.
- The early Airline Tycoon games use this trope, as you can use "bacteria in the coffee" to incapacitate one of the three AI players.
- The Discworld point and click game features a variation. A Fisherman has a golden item that you need which happens to be his belt buckle.So you'll have to lure him to the toilets by putting prunes in the caviar he's eating.
- In Monster Basement 2, the player must slip laxatives into a guy's glass of water, so that he'll leave the kitchen and allow the player to obtain several necessary items. After the guy is done using the outhouse, the player must use a magnet to shift through the...end results and get the magnetic bones from a monster the guy had been eating. Erm...yeah.
- In the second game of the Trapped Series, you need to feed a dog rotten lettuce mixed in with meat to force it to crap out a key it ate.
- The College Roomies from Hell!!! / Joe Average / Life at Bayside crossover.
- A Shortpacked! strip has Mike handing out candy to people in return for them irritating Ethan by repeatedly telling him about Star Wars Transformers (which had already been out for some time). The "candy" comes from a box marked "Lax-O".
- Both Played for Laughs and deconstructed in Penny and Aggie. The title characters and their friends agree to spare The Sociopath Cyndi's reputation if she helps them humiliate the bully ringleader Karen by spiking the alcohol popsicles at her party with toothpaste, to make them taste bad. Instead, Cyndi spikes them with laxative. While most of the party guests undergo minor, though embarrassing and uncomfortable, potty emergencies, Samantha consumes enough spiked popsicles to necessitate a trip to the emergency room.
- Sgt. Coffman of Air Force Blues does this to Capt. Dahl's coffee on a daily basis. Lt. Willows develops a taste for it after losing several pounds when she accidentally drank a cup.
- Coffman also denies using eyedrops for this, saying they cost too much to waste on a prank ($30 for a very small bottle). Ex-lax, on the other hand....
- Total Drama Island:
- Heather does this in the fake finale of the first season. She offers Gwen a laxative-spiked cupcake. Unfortunately for everyone wanting Owen to win, Owen eats the cupcake instead...
- In the second season, the pizza they all (well, everyone but Leshawna, because "dairy and [her] do not agree.") eat is laced with itching powder and laxatives.
- The Simpsons: Dr. Nick Rivera has an Infomercial about a suntan lotion that's also a laxative. Troy Mclure demonstrates it by putting it on a moment before Dr. Nick mentions that it's a laxative.
- One episode had Homer sabotaging a youth group's candy sales by adding laxative to the candy. The youth group still managed to the sell the most candy, by selling it to the constipated residents of the old folks home.
- South Park: "Bass To Mouth" has Cartman give Jenny Simons a laxative-laced cupcake, to distract the school from Peter Melman's recent Potty Failure, as they do not want him to commit suicide, as Cory Duran did when this happened to him. Cartman's plan backfires when the obvious ensues, and Jenny ends up attempting suicide. Cartman's way of fixing everything? So nobody gets singled out, the staff and Cartman attempt to give the students laced Pizza Hut pizza, so everyone will crap themselves.
- At the end of the episode, Cartman gets thrown in front of a school bus by the school staff and was declared that he committed suicide. Cartman gets back at the staff with certain cupcakes...
- During the strike episode of Stoked!, Bummer has Wipeout offer the strikers laxative dosed doughnuts.
- In Beavis And Butthead, after apparently dying Beavis is sent to St. Peter who reads through a book of his life. He mentions that Beavis once passed out chocolate laxatives to his kindergarten class.
Beavis: Yeah, that was really cool.St. Peter: No, Beavis, that also sucked.Beavis: What do you know, asswipe?St. Peter: I know everything, buttmunch.
- In King of the Hill, Hank was suffering from constipation. So his wife tried to help by secretly giving Hank and ice cream sundae with chocolate laxative syrup. However Bobby lets it slip causing Hank to get angry and not eat it. Doesn't stop Bobby from helping himself.
- In one episode of Hey Arnold!, Arnold's grandpa puts laxatives in his visiting sister's yams but she slips these yams onto his own plate when he's not looking and Grandpa ends up being the one repeatedly flushing the toilet for a while afterwards.
- In one episode of The Fairly Oddparents Timmy complains that he's tried every ingredient, but he still can't figure out how to make a lemonade good enough to compete with his evil babysitter Vicky. The ever-clueless Cosmo says "So... that would be a no on the chocolate laxatives?"
- In the Freakazoid! episode "The Freakazoid", the montage of the Lobe freely committing crimes after tricking Freakazoid into believing that he has to leave the Lobe alone at one point shows him dumping triple-strength laxatives into the water supply.
- For the record, laxatives usually don't work this way in real life anyway, because there are of course many types of laxative. Most laxatives don't actually make you have to go; they loosen the stool and/or the bowel muscles, usually by adding water or other matter to the stool or by causing a chemical reaction of some sort, all with intent to make the stool easier to pass. Stimulant laxatives, the kind that would actually induce the sort of reaction Hollywood depicts, are of course dangerous to use as described above.
- Before the the Fascists came to power in Italy, their paramilitary wing, the Squadristi or Blackshirts, liked to force their political enemies to drink castor oil, sometimes in doses that turned out to be lethal.
- Alfred Hitchcock did this to one of his cameramen in Real Life.
- The vomiting variant of this (as well as its use in the eating disorder bulimia) is why syrup of ipecac is no longer produced or sold at least in the US. Originally intended as a poisoning antidote, ipecac turned out to be almost worse than useless for that, and unfortunately very useful to bulimics and pranksters. The only problems were that ipecac itself was cardiotoxic, and the vomiting it induced was often so violent it frequently produced Mallory-Weiss tears with severe internal bleeding as the result. Ipecac got removed from the market around 2009, none too soon.
- This is actually what got the Marquis de Sade sent to prison. He was trying to get prostitutes to fart on him, messed up the dose, and poisoned the women.
- This happened to John Barrowman back when he was doing musical theater in Nashville. His understudy spiked his drinking water before he went out on stage. Where he had to sing and dance. In white polyester.
- An urban legend implies that it is a classic prank for a student give a teacher brownies or cupcakes with containing laxatives or by spiking their morning coffee with eyedrops. This is usually stated to be revenge against a particularly nasty teacher or as a way to get out of an assignment. Numerous students have been arrested and charged for deciding to live out this urban legend. The moral of this story is no, for real, seriously, Do Not Do This Cool Thing.