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Playing With: Potty Dance
Basic Trope: A character holds his/her crotch to hold the pee.
  • Straight: Alice is having a Potty Emergency, and dances trying to hold it in.
  • Exaggerated: Alice realizes she has to pee and immediately breaks into an energetic and impressively skillful tap dance.
  • Downplayed: As her Potty Emergency grows more severe, Alice is briefly seen bouncing back and forth.
  • Justified: Alice is really struggling to hold it, and she either thinks she's alone or isn't easily embarrassed.
  • Inverted: Alice is dancing at a nightclub, but stops when she notices she has to pee.
  • Subverted: Alice is seen dancing like this, but it turns out she's just on stage at a talent show.
  • Double Subverted: Afterwards she reveals that she really does need to use the bathroom, and does the exact same dance backstage.
  • Parodied: As soon as Alice starts potty dancing, music plays and everyone nearby breaks into Spontaneous Choreography.
  • Zig Zagged: It's too hard to tell if it's just a dance or Alice actually needs to use the bathroom.
  • Averted:
    • Alice doesn't have to go to the bathroom.
    • Alice has to go to the bathroom but gives no indication of it.
  • Enforced: The writers want to make Alice's Potty Emergency more obvious without adding extra dialogue.
  • Lampshaded: Alice exclaims she is embarrassed doing her "dance."
  • Invoked: Bob gives Alice a Gigantic Gulp while she's watching her favorite movie, and locks the bathroom door afterward.
  • Exploited: When Alice drinks a Gigantic Gulp and announces that she's going to the bathroom, Bob turns on his webcam and starts filming her.
  • Defied: Alice does not do a dance, as it would embarrass her.
  • Discussed: "Are you doing the bathroom dance?"
  • Conversed: "Why do characters dance when they have to go?"
  • Deconstructed: Someone video tapes her "dance" and uploads it to YouTube. It becomes an internet meme in an instant.
  • Reconstructed: After her friends see the video, they decide not to talk about it.
  • Played For Drama: Alice becomes a laughing stock after friend see the "dance" she is doing.

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