It's childish. It's wasteful. Yet it happens anyway. Every so often someone will wrap a tree or other structure in toilet paper. This tends to happen most often around Halloween, but that's no guarantee some mischievous prankster won't pull it some other time of year. It's done in part because it's easy to drape items in toilet paper, traditionally done by throwing the roll up and over, but the toilet paper is difficult to remove, particularly if it gets wet, as the individual sheets shred and separate.
This trope is most often done by children, although it could be pulled by a Man Child
as well. In any case, it's associated with immaturity.
This is a Practical Joke
trope. Compare There Will Be Toilet Paper
and Toilet Paper Trail
- A TV commercial shows a woman inspecting some TP'd trees. She is absolutely elated by how soft the paper is. Two boys, apparently the perpetrators, are hiding behind some other trees; the woman asks one of them what brand of TP his mother buys, and he answers, "Quilted Northern Ultra Plush". The last scene has her excitedly taking armfuls of the paper home.
- In the Back to the Future fanfic True Hero, Needles does this to Doc's house every year. He presumably gets away with it because of Doc's bad reputation.
- Near the beginning of Donnie Darko, Donnie's mother asks him if he toilet-papered a neighbour's house the night before, and he angrily exclaims that he'd stopped doing that in the sixth grade.
- In Off The Black, a young boy gets caught doing this, among other acts of vandalization, kicking off the plot.
- In the Babymouse Halloween story, Babymouse gets peer-pressured into covering a neighbor's tree in toilet paper by the popular girls. She's the only one who gets caught.
- In one episode of Cougar Town, Jules yells at some skateboarders, and the next day she finds her car TP'ed to look like a shark. To get even, she goes to what she thinks is the skater's house and TP's it. The house was actually one of the homes Jules was selling. It was all a ruse to get a romantic proposal from Grayson.
- In one episode of Hannah Montana, Miley's father mentions that the house is going to be papered because all the candy was eaten and he has no "treats" to stop the "tricks."
- In one Halloween Episode of The Middle, Frankie leaves her elderly aunts to hand out candy while she and the family go out. The aunts forget to hand candy, and when Frankie returns, the whole house is covered in toilet paper.
- In a Halloween episode of Step by Step, the nerdy Mark gets caught doing this by a police officer and brought home to his parents to face the music. When he comments he'd rather go to jail, the officer replies that's exactly why they bring the kids home instead.
- One AdamTwelve episode has the officers called to one that leads later to a bigger fight...and a stabbing.
- The boys pull this on the girls'dorm at the beginning op "Prank Week" in Zoey 101.
- Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin remarks on his dad's enjoyment of Halloween. It turns out he likes to "sit in the bushes with the hose and drench potential tp'ers."
- In an episode of The Fairly Oddparents, when Adam West (as his superhero alter-ego Catman) wishes to be a kid again, he decides to skip school and T.P. Mr. Crocker's house. He mentions that he doesn't mind wasting paper because he uses a litter box.
- Gravity Falls: After Grunkle Stan fails to scare two jaded kids on "Summerween", they toilet-paper the Mystery Shack and then go inside to look for candy.
- An episode of Rocket Power had the gang TP a property on Mischief Night. They're forced to wear matching pumpkin Halloween costumes in public the next day as Cool and Unusual Punishment for it.
- One episode of South Park was all about this. In typical fashion, it was treated as a Felony Misdemeanor.
- In Super Best Friends Forever, Supergirl wants to use Wonder Woman's invisible jet to TP Lex Luthor's mansion.
- On As Told by Ginger, Ginger and her class are tormented by a sadistic substitute teacher, leading them to vandalize her house with TP and eggs. Ginger bails on their plan after hearing about using the latter, causing her to shield the sub from the eggs thrown at her. The sub doesn't care about what the kids think of her either way.
- One episode of Detentionaire has Lee in need of a distraction to divert the attention of a mall employee, so he calls the skaters, who ride by the store and chuck toilet paper rolls inside to get the store worker to chase them.