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-> ''"In a fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hand on someone's face. That's why I like bathrooms -- lots of hard surfaces.''"
-->-- '''Michael Westen''', ''Series/BurnNotice''

The fictional bathroom can be a truly dangerous place. It is fraught with assassins, demons, and killer mutant creatures, to name a few. This is very possibly why NobodyPoops. A death or injury in the bathroom is a one-way ticket to a legacy of ignominy, and the prevalence of scary water-closet events seems to speak of a [[PrimalFear deeper human fear]] of vulnerability in this most private of places. Not to mention that some tricky assassins may exploit the assumed privacy and safety of the bathroom by CampingACrapper.

In this sort of situation, the phrase "MakeItLookLikeAnAccident" can take on [[PottyFailure disturbing subtext]].

This generally has nothing to do with AssKicksYou. See {{Swirlie}} for less injurious (hopefully) examples.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:{{Anime}}]]
* The first episode of ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has Panty getting sucked into a toilet by the MonsterOfTheWeek. Fortunately she's [[{{Immortality}} an angel]], so we [[TakeOurWordForIt hear her]] duking it out with the monster inside the pipes before being spewed back out of the toilet [[CoveredInGunge Covered In Poo]].
* In an episode of ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'', the Yorozuya crew and the Shinsengumi are dealing with a supposed ghost (which turns out to just be an alien fly-woman, but they don't find that out until the end of the episode), and Kondo has an encounter with said "ghost" in the bathroom. When Hijikata slams his stall door open, Kondo is in there... head-first into the toilet bowl.
-->'''Gintoki:''' How did ''that'' happen?
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* The short-lived CosmicHorrorStory CollectibleCardGame ''{{Hecatomb}}'' had at least one monster that was based around a killer toilet. Well, specifically, it was a carnivorous ooze-monster made from animated sewerage, which was depicted as having risen out of a toilet and eaten the unlucky cleaner.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' Rorschach kills two inmates who were trying to kill him using toilets, then [[BondOneLiner makes a crappy pun about disposing of waste in the toilet]].
* In "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" the Russian beats the ComicBook/ThePunisher with a toilet after he strikes him with [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl a chair]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' The Captain uses the toilet cleaner and the toilet itself to deliver a smackdown to a parody of Dormammu.
* At one point in the ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' Jackie executes a hit on a heavily guarded mob boss by sending [[CombatTentacles the Darkness]] through the plumbing. The mobster dies on the toilet and his guards are completly oblivious:
-->'''[[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Random security mook]]:''' [[TemptingFate You may dump in peace]].
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[[folder:FanFic]]
* The BigBad couple in ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'' keep their prisoners in a cell where the only water supply comes from a sewer pipe. At least one prisoner has died from drinking this water, in an [[{{Squick}} expectedly undignified manner]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Adam killed Zepp in the first ''Film/SawI'' film. Then in the [[Film/SawIII third film]]...
* The toilet bomb in ''Film/LethalWeapon2''
* Parodied in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1''. Nothing happens to the guy.
* In ''[[Film/MeetTheParents Meet The Fockers]]'', the cat (who knows how to use a toilet) flushes the dog.
* The ''Film/BoondockSaints'', wherein Connor [=McManus=] is handcuffed to a toilet as two Russian mobsters take his brother Murphy out to the alley to shoot him in the head. Connor, in a fit of UnstoppableRage, tears the toilet right out of the floor, carries up to the apartment building roof and proceeds to send the toilet crashing down upon the head of the guy about to kill his brother as he jumps down himself onto the back of the second goon.
* In the Creator/AndyWarhol film ''Lupe'', it is suggested that Mexican actress Lupe Velez was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl. May or may not be TruthInTelevision.
* [[Film/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]] once killed an enemy agent with a bathroom. Not just in, ''[[ImprovisedWeapon with]]''.
* The first victim of monstrous gigantic octopus that had taken over a cruise liner in ''Film/DeepRising'' is a woman who is hiding in a toilet. It is implied that she was ''forcefully sucked into the toilet'', complete with blood-spatters.
* ''Film/BlownAway''. Tommy Lee Jones uses the toilet bowl in his cell to create a shaped charge, which blows a hole through the prison wall.
* Justified in ''Brannigan'' (1975). JohnWayne is targeted by a hit-man who rigs up a SawnOffShotgun behind his hotel room door. In case he dodges the first BoobyTrap, the hit-man plants a bomb in the toilet, knowing that a near-death experience would lead to a BringMyBrownPants moment. Fortunately the Duke is smart enough to dodge both traps.
* A prostitute has her head bashed against a toilet until it breaks (not her head, ''the toilet'') in ''Film/DreamHome''.
* The AlphaBitch in ''Bad Reputation'' is beat against, then drowned in, a toilet. She had previously vomited in it.
* A girl is knifed in the back, then dunked in a filthy, leech-infested outhouse until she dies in ''Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers''.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Bond's first kill (of two needed to earn 00 status) takes place in a bathroom. After much smashing of mirrors and porcelain, he drowns the guy in the sink. The {{mook}} was PlayingPossum, however, and when Bond turns his back to retrieve his gun, the man leaps back up - and also ''cries out'', giving Bond enough warning to spin around and shoot him. Cue opening credits.
** ''Film/GoldenEye'' has Bond knocking out his first mook this way. "Beg your pardon. Forgot to knock."
* In the first ''Film/AustinPowers'' film, an assassin tries to kill Austin while he's on the toilet. Austin turns the tables on him and kills him with a swirlie. In the second film, Scott tells Dr. Evil that if he has a time machine, [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim he should just kill Austin while he's in the crapper and be done with it]].
** Likely a homage to a similar scene in the 60's spy-spoof ''Film/OurManFlint''.
* Two very long scenes in ''Film/{{Copycat}}'' take place in a large public bathroom. Traumatic is the word.
* In the film version of ''Film/JurassicPark'', Donald Gennaro [[DirtyCoward abandons the Hammond children in the car with the door open to save his own ass]] when the Tyrannosaurus Rex shows up, hiding in an outhouse building. He gets the ignominious honor of being nommed on the can when the T-Rex knocks the building down and finds him.
* Variation: in ''[[Franchise/{{Scream}} Scre4m]]'', [[spoiler:Dewey]] gets clocked in the head with an (unused) bedpan.
** In ''Scream 2'', [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Phil Stevens]] is stabbed in the head through a toilet partition while listening to a conversation in the adjacent stall.
* In ''Film/NinjaAssassin'' Raizo's first kill is conducted in a bathroom.
* This happens in Watchmen. Rorschach electrocutes a guy in his cell and then smashes his head into a toilet, while giving this awesome quote. "Hm. Never disposed of sewage with a toilet before. Obvious, really."
* Second time in Watchmen. After Rorschach's rescue from prison, he corners a thug in the men's room while Night Owl and Silk Spectre wait. "Need to visit men's room." You see the thug hiding by the toilet as Rorschach goes in and can see brief images of him while the door swings back and forth. Then you hear a toilet flush, Rorschach walks out, and a big pool of blood flows from under the door. You don't get to actually SEE what happens, and that makes it even more awesome.
* In ''Film/{{Critters}}'', one of the Krites attempts to escape the bounty hunters by trying to squeeze itself down the hole in the bottom of the toilet. It can't quite fit, and the bounty hunter's weapon annihilates [[NoKillLikeOverkill the Krite, the toilet, and most of the surrounding fixtures]].
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', when Vincent opens the door to the bathroom as he's about to leave, Butch mows him down with a sub-machine gun.
* In ''Film/Unforgiven,'' one of the cowboys is assassinated while in the outhouse.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* One of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books describes death via red-hot pokers coming up through the privy hole. Kings live dangerous lives, sadly.
* DeanKoontz's novel ''The Face'' describes the death of the protagonist's ex-friend, gangster Duncan "[[PunnyName Dunny]]" Whistler. He owed some guys money, so they sent a couple of thugs around, who submerged his head in a toilet for long enough to put him into a coma and eventually kill him.
* Ender of ''Literature/EndersGame'' fights a bully in a shower room, using its unique properties to his advantage. Though he doesn't find out until much later, this had fatal side effects.
* In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'', a character is killed by holding his face in a toilet until he drowns.
* In Michael Slade's ''Ripper'', the toilet is one of many, many fixtures in the mansion which the serial killers Skull and Bones have turned into a DeathTrap.
* In ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' Moaning Myrtle was killed in the bathroom and thus became the bathroom ghost.
* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm of Swords]]'', Tywin Lannister is killed by his son Tyrion while in the lavatory. This is followed by a BrickJoke that "[[NoDeadBodyPoops In the end, Tywin Lannister did not, in fact, shit gold]]."
* In ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'', Homi Catrack is killed while on the toilet.

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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* There was an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' where someone rigged a toilet to explode. It was an attempt by Cowboy to kill Henry Blake.
* In Episode 2 of ''[[FlashForward2009 FlashForward]]'' viewers discover one of the Blackout victims was on the toilet and afterward had to resuscitate a coworker whose blackout had left him drowning in the urinal. [[{{Squick}} Ewwww.]] CleanPrettyReliable CPR disgustingly [[AvertedTrope AVERTED!]]
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Tywin Lannister pushes his son Tyrion too far, the result is being cornered on the privy and two crossbow bolts to the chest.
* George is killed by a space station's toilet seat in the series premiere of ''DeadLikeMe''. She's referred to in the Grim Reaper community as "Toilet Seat Girl," and try as she might, she can't escape the connection.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' does this at least once- one girl holds another's head in a toilet until she drowns.
* In ''{{Frasier}}'', Roz tells the following story:
-->Lupe Velez, the movie star in the '30s. Well, her career hit the skids, so she decided she'd make one final stab at immortality. She figured if she couldn't be remembered for her movies, she'd be remembered for the way she died. And all Lupe wanted was to be remembered. So, she plans this lavish suicide - flowers, candles, silk sheets, white satin gown, full hair and makeup, the works. She takes the overdose of pills, lays on the bed, and imagines how beautiful she's going to look on the front page of tomorrow's newspaper. Unfortunately, the pills don't sit well with the enchilada combo plate she sadly chose as her last meal. She stumbles to the bathroom, trips and goes head-first into the toilet, and that's how they found her. ...Will you ever forget that story?
* ''Series/CSINewYork'' had an ep where a guy died after getting locked in a high tech prototype public toilet. Water filled it and drowned him.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' provides this page's quote, lampshading how and why this trope can be very effective, even in RealLife.
* In one of {{ER}}'s most frightening scenes, Dr. Mark Greene is viciously beaten up in the bathroom by an unknown assailant.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Grimtooth's Traps Too'' has the "Cranequin Goose" trap (a pressure-triggered crossbow hidden down the privy) and calls it "A fine way for a high and mighty hero to die."
* During the part of the play test for D&D Next that was open to the public, there was a Tomb of Horrors inspired adventure called The Mines of Madness. Outside the mines was an outhouse. If you attempt to use it, you'd likely be eaten by a wurm that could be encountered later in the mines.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''TheRealGhostbusters'' toyline had Fearsome Flush, a "haunted" toilet that, when pushed forward, would sprout menacing eyes, teeth, and tongue.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Deathmatch''. You have a gravity gun that can launch heavy objects at lethal velocity. Most of the maps have toilets that can be picked up with this gravity gun. Needless to say, this is an iconic combat technique, so much so that not only is the kill icon for thrown objects a flying toilet, it's also in the title screen for the game. There's also an achievement in the standard game for killing an enemy with a toilet. It's aptly named "Flushed".
* In the opening of ''SplinterCellConviction'', [[PapaWolf Sam]] can [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique make a hit man very well-acquainted]] with several different toilets and sinks in a filthy public restroom.
* In ''MadWorld'', you can give your enemies lethal swirlies, though they're not so much swirlies as just dunking their heads into the toilet and waiting for them to explode into tiny chunks.
* You can't kill ''anyone'' in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', but a swirlie is still a knockout if you can drag your enemy to the toilets and flush 'em.
* The Hanako ghost also exists in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''. It consists of a mobile toilet from which a gruesome demon peeks out and lashes out at the party... and [[DemonicSpiders it knows]] [[OneHitKill Mudoon]].
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'', one of the [[NintendoHard many,]] ''[[NonStandardGameOver many]]'', '''''[[HaveANiceDeath many]]''''', [[TheManyDeathsOfYou ways]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou to]] [[YetAnotherStupidDeath die]] involves ''flushing a backed-up toilet.'' [[GuideDangIt Of course, you're required to use the toilet for]] OneHundredPercentCompletion, [[GuideDangIt and one would instinctively flush it for more points.]]
* Similar to the Fearsome Flush example below, ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' has a Cursed Artifact in the form of an absolutely ''disgraceful''-looking toilet. When you collect it, your HUD reads: "This toilet is making frightening noises...is someone drowning?" Turns out the thing has a bloodthirsty demon bound to it, and was involved in an assassination many years ago.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', this is one of the weapons for fighting with at Murderbrawl XXXI.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'' features a GiantMook as a WarmupBoss at the beginning of the game. After the fight goes into the men's bathroom, Drake defeats the guy by smashing a toilet cistern into his face.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series:
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. There are numerous traps in the game, but one the most sinister takes the form of a toilet rigged to explode whenever somebody uses it, which in your case is drink from it. Some toilets also have mines placed in the bowls or tanks.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' one sidequest involves a cave under a toilet in Modoc. It is blocked by rocks that can be cleared with explosives, but that causes methane to explode. If you aren't quick enough, you may get killed and get a NonStandardGameOver, something like "your stinking body flew far away, the locals were too disgusted to bury it". If your party is wounded by the explosion, they may attack you.
** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', one opportunity to assassinate Papa Khan is when he goes to use the outhouse. Bonus points if carried out with explosives.
* One of the Cannith Challenges in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', is called Moving Targets, where you have to kill a bunch of mobsters in their mansion. In this one though, they randomly teleport around the place, sometimes going to the toilets. One optional objective in this challenge is to actually kill a boss while he is in the toilets, making it an EnforcedTrope.
* In ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly 2'', the toilet at the start sucks you into an inescapable death trap.
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[[folder:VisualNovels]]
* Going into the bathroom in any of the ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'' games is a bad idea. They have a high mortality rate.
** The [[FanSequel Fan Game]] ''VisualNovel/CorpsePartyCrossFear'' delibrately rachets up the paranoia by putting a set of bathrooms on every floor.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'': When Sayaka Maizono's attack on Leon Kuwata failed, she attempted to hide in Makoto Naegi's shower. It failed and Leon stabbed her to death there.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Reversed in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. Kevin resorts to a loan shark who shows up via his toilet. The next strip shows little Coney in potty training on the same toilet, and the results: One dead loan shark, one full bunny. When asked about the effects of the shark would be on the young girl, she shows in a later panel what results: she visits the bathroom with a fishing rod.
* [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF213-Mario_Too.jpg This strip]] of ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' where "Mario" apparently drowned himself in a toilet.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Clyde's mother in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Reverse Cowgirl" constantly harps on him for leaving the toilet seat up, insisting that she might fall in. Guess how she dies later in the episode?
* In an episode of ''RobotChicken'', Venus di Milo from ''[[NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation]]'' is shown to have committed suicide by trying to flush herself down the toilet.
-->'''Cop 1:''' Ironically when she died, she [[NoDeadBodyPoops crapped herself]].
-->'''Cop 2:''' Is that ironic, or just funny?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'': In "Pink", a mole-ster pretending to be Entree's conscience (ItMakesSenseInContext) hits Entree over the head with a toilet hard enough to shatter the toilet.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'', Yumi's [[AIIsACrapshoot malfunctioning security system]] causes everything in her room to attack her, including the toilet. ("No ''way''," she says, when it does so.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "I Second That Emotion", Bender gets angry at Nibbler and flushes him down a toilet. This leads to Professor Farnsworth installing an empathy chip in Bender's head, which leads to Bender feeling sorry for Nibbler, taking himself apart and flushing ''himself'' down the toilet to look for him. Both are subversions, as they survive, but it leads to a meeting with the sewer mutants, and then Leela being left as a VirginSacrifice for a monster called El Chupanibre (ItMakesSenseInContext, honest) which is defeated by being flushed down a ''giant'' toilet.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', when discussing how Timmy's "Super X" wishes tend to go south, Wanda brings up Super Toilet, which immediately causes Cosmo to freak out. This gets a BrickJoke a few seasons later, when Cosmo meets Super Toilet and then seem to make amends... then the toilet slams its lid, knocking him in and flushing him.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* In extremely rare cases, this trope can be literal. Most bathroom fixtures are held in place by only a couple of bolts or brackets, often attached directly to brittle porcelain. If water pressures are excessively high, such as in a newly constructed building still fine-tuning its plumbing, the act of flushing can cause the fixture to break loose and rocket upward on a stream of water. (If its any consolation, it will at least be a stream of ''clean'' water.) Urinals in particular have been known to be prone to this.
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