Rip Van Tinkle

Fry: Hey, I was frozen! I know what people want to hear when they wake up.
*Walks up to a newly unfrozen Human Popsicle*
Fry: Bathroom's that way. *Guy gives a grateful look and runs off*

One of the first actions most people undertake upon awakening is to relieve themselves. If your bladder is full after a night's sleep, just think how much worse it would be after a sleep of hundreds or thousands of years. Writers will sometimes milk this for comic potential by having a character be awoken from, say, a magical sleep lasting a hundred years, or even being dead, be in desperate need of a bathroom.


Abridged Series
  • Related but squicky example in Dragon Ball Abridged. After spending a month on a spaceship with Bulma walking around in her underwear the entire time, Krillin has had no opportunity to... relieve himself, especially because the toilet keeps screaming at him. Once they finally land on Namek, Krillin excuses himself and heads into a nearby cave to "take care of business", then leaves with Gohan. Then Bulma goes into the same cave to set up camp and... "OH GOD, IT'S EVERYWHERE!"

Anime and Manga
  • A slightly more realistic example, but similar-Detective Conan: One case featured Conan, Detective Takagi, and the kids trying to prove the innocence of a man who was handcuffed with Sato in an abandoned building ready to be demolished. When the case is solved and Sato is freed, the first thing she does upon free is desperately ask for a toilet (she was cuffed for an evening, overnight, and morning). How ironic! Sato and her suspect were cuffed to a (non-functioning) toilet the entire time.

Comic Books
  • Ironwood begins with Dave being rescued after spending three days hanging upside down in a snare with a boulder tied around his neck. His first act on being rescued is to dart into the bushes to empty his bladder.
  • Deadpool is cocooned in Duct Tape by other Marvel Heroes to keep him out of the picture, he quickly comments that he needs to pee. Upon being freed he goes to the bathroom for a whole page.


  • In Good Omens, Crowley says that he slept through the entire nineteenth century and only woke up to use the bathroom.

Live-Action TV
  • In Sleepy Hollow, Lieutenant Abbie Mills asks if Ichabod ever needed to get up to pee during his ~250 year sleep. Apparently he did not.
  • In one segment of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Ryan Stiles has to play a defrosting Neanderthal. The first thing he does after regaining full control of his body is to turn away from the camera, widen his stance, and make relieved-sounding groans... we know what he's doing. (Well, what he's pantomiming.)

Web Comics
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Upon awakening from a 300 year sleep, this is Lari the Ninja's first thought. When his siblings wonder if the strange modern world is the afterlife, he disagrees because "I don't think the dead pee."

Western Animation
  • Tutenstein: Tut's first act after being brought back from the dead is to run to the bathroom.
  • Happens in Futurama, after Fry, Leela and Bender are fired from Planet Express and Fry goes to work at Applied Cryogenics (where he was frozen and where Leela worked in the pilot). See the quote at the top of the page.
  • Happens in Avatar: The Last Airbender in the second half of the season one two-parter "Winter Solstice", after Aang rescues Sokka from the Spirit World.
    Katara: You were trapped in the Spirit World for twenty-four hours! ... How do you feel?
    Sokka: Like I seriously have to use the bathroom! *runs off*
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: The episode "The Demon Behind" ends with Finn rushing to a restroom now that he's free. He wasn't unconscious, but he did have a sentient Japanese mask fused to his rear end that was controlling his body the whole episode.
  • Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist: When the series Big Bad Syrrus awakens from a centuries long hibernation, he ponders what his first act should be. After a few seconds thought, he decides it should be to find a bathroom.
  • American Dad! had a variation: This trope isn't mentioned or implied when a "statue" of a Walt Disney expy turns out to be the actual man, frozen. But when he refreezes himself at the end, he realizes at the last second that he forgot to go to the bathroom. The new "statue" is holding its crotch in agony, implying that this trope will come into play if he is ever unfrozen again.
  • When Dave the Barbarian plays the gargle pipes loudly enough to wake the God of Evil Washmir, Washmir temporarily pauses in the middle of his declaration of destruction to say he needs to use the restroom because he's been holding it in for thousands of years.

Real Life
  • Sometimes people experience this when they wake up after major surgery. If they're expected to be incapacitated for a while, they'll usually be hooked up to a catheter.