Fry: Hey, I was frozen! I know what people want to hear when they wake up.
: 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.
- 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!"
- 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 cacooned 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.
- 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.)
- 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."