Playing With / Toilet Humour

Basic Trope: Toilets and related bodily functions used as a source of (usually lowbrow) humor.
  • Straight: Bob farts.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob makes a fart joke, though no actual farting is shown.
  • Justified: Bob suffers from flatulence issues.
  • Inverted: Detectives find a dead woman in the bathroom; the bathroom is there, but the humor is not.
  • Subverted: Bob's farting is treated more as a Moral Event Horizon crossover.
  • Double Subverted: But then becomes a funny anecdote later on.
  • Parodied: Bob's fart is so bad, it manages to kill someone.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Not great, just what we DON'T need: a fart joke."
  • Invoked: Bob farts, and everyone starts laughing at him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Nobody laughs at bodily functions, and the people who carry out said bodily functions leave the room to do so.
  • Discussed: "You don't seriously find fart jokes funny, do you?"
  • Conversed: "Fart jokes: they've been done to death!" "Maybe so, but they're funny!"
  • Implied: Bob eats several burritos. It's never shown, but it's implied that the results weren't pretty.
  • Deconstructed: After age 7 or so (perhaps earlier for girls, who are expected to be more polite and refined than their Spear Counterpart), this sort of stuff is seen as immature, rude, and disgusting.
  • Reconstructed: There are times when it's OK to joke about this stuff, and times when it's not. As long as everyone knows which it is, no one will be offended.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob farts a tune of some sort, and the entire elevator starts singing along, only to keel over from the gas.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob gets a kick out of farting for people's amusement, but it embarrasses and disgusts his girlfriend, Alice. He must choose between his love or the attention she gets.
    • Potty Emergency of which Potty Failure would be a particularly embarrassing result, like say, at work.

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