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Jokes about farting under water.

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Unicorndance on Jan 23rd 2019 at 2:09:20 PM
Last Edited By:
Unicorndance on Jan 31st 2019 at 3:49:00 PM
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A lot of comedies seem to follow this rule: if farting is funny, then it's even funnier when it's underwater, the reason being that farting underwater produces a bubble.

The thing is, this bubble means that it's pretty hard to pretend you didn't fart, while on the flip side, if there is air in your swimsuit, it's easy to be mistaken for having farted. Also, it's clear who did it unless more than one person is in close proximity to the one who farted. Also, bubbles are sort of inherently funny anyway.

Common among people who fart a lot anyway and anyone boorish and/or slobby, but any character can be part of this gag.

Sub-trope of Toilet Humour. Compare Putting the Pee in Pool for another water-related potty joke.


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     Comic Books 
  • In Kids Are Weird, Oscar farts in the bath without realizing and says, "What was that horrible smell? Maybe it was those bubbles."
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) comic "Nightmare Rarity", according to Pinkie Pie, Rarity farted in the hot tub when she (Pinkie Pie) made a joke.

     Films - Animation 
  • In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Milo is embarrassed when he falls into a pool and air loudly bubbles out of his shorts, making it seem like he farted.
  • In Finding Nemo, a bunch of underwater mines explode, and a pelican mistakes another pelican for having farted because the explosion caused a bubble near the pelican.
  • A scene in The Lion King 1, Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa hang out in a pool of water that bubbles like a hot tub. When Pumbaa gets out, the bubbles disappear, implying they were all because of his farting.
  • Shrek:
    • In the first movie, Shrek farts in the bath and it smells so bad, a fish dies.
    • In Shrek Two, Shrek and Fiona fart in a mud bath, grossing out some fairies.

     Films - Live-Action 
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux: When President Benson and his team are scuba diving and an enemy boat appears overhead, the president does an enormous fart that stinks the enemy soldiers out so bad, that it actually kills them.
  • In The Legend of Johnny Lingo, when Tama and Mahana are playing in the water, Tama makes Mahana laugh by making fart bubbles.
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins: One of the penguins is named Stinky because he farts a lot. He once farts while in a tub of icy water.
  • In Nim's Island, Nim is worried that some tourists will bother her animal friends, so she tries to get Selkie the sea lion to fart next to the boat to put them off visiting the island.
  • In The Smurfs Two, the Smurfs are bathing in the sink and Grouchy farts, which disgusts Vanity.

  • In the Dirty Bertie book "Pooh, Is That You, Bertie?", Bertie is told off for farting in public, then says, "We all do it, but I do it best of all, especially in the bath!".
  • In the kids' book Farley Farts, Farley's sister is amused by Farley farting in the pool.

     Live-Action TV 
  • In The Stinger of the Good Luck Charlie episode "Battle of the Bands", Bob and Gabe use Bruce and Lucas's hot tub while Bruce and Lucas are away. Bubbles appear and Gabe asks how it was possible because he didn't put the setting on. Bob says that he didn't either, but with three trays of tacosnote , they're going to get bubbles.


     Western Animation 
  • A gag in The Critic has Jay in a jacuzzi. Some women want to join him, but then they realize it isn't turn on, but there are bubbles anyway.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Hot Buttered Ed", there's a scene where Ed is smiling while making fart bubbles in the ocean. Edd and Eddy glare at him.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Extra Large Medium", Meg and Stewie are forced to bathe together and entertain each other by farting in the tub. When Meg queefs, Stewie runs out screaming.
  • In the Kick Buttowski episode "Clean... to the Extreme", one of the deals in the Chain of Deals is providing the bubbles for Brianna's bath. Gunther does so by farting but Brianna doesn't seem to mind.
  • Implied in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Spa Day", when Buford is in a jacuzzi. He says it isn't plugged in, but it's bubbling anyway.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Ren farts in the bath in "Space Madness".
  • In The Simpsons episode "The Two Mrs Nahasapeemapetilons", Homer and Apu are sitting in a jacuzzi and Jasper offers to turn on the bubbles.

Feedback: 14 replies

Jan 23rd 2019 at 3:44:32 PM

The Finding Nemo example could use a little clarification of the cause-and-effect. The underwater sea mines explode, causing some bubbles to float up and pop next to one of two pelicans. The other pelican mistakes the first one for having farted and flies off in disgust.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 4:50:37 PM

  • In The Legend Of Johnny Lingo, when Tama and Mahana are playing in the water, Tama makes fart bubbles in the water and Mahana laughs.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 5:42:12 PM

  • Family Guy: In "Extra Large Medium", Meg and Stewie are forced to take a bath together and entertain each other by farting in the tub. Then Meg queefs, and Stewie runs out screaming.
  • The Ren And Stimpy Show: In "Space Madness", Ren farts while taking a bath.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 6:32:05 PM

Animated Films

  • In The Lion King One And A Half, there's a scene where Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa relax in a pool of water bubbling like a hot tub. When Pumbaa gets out, all the bubbles vanish.

Live Action TV

  • In The Stinger of the Good Luck Charlie episode, "Battle of the Bands", Bob and Gabe relax in the hot tub of Bruce and Lucas' house while they're away. At one point, bubbles appear in the hot tub, and Gabe asks Bob how that's possible when he didn't turn the setting on. Bob tells him that he didn't, but with three trays of tacos, they're gonna get some bubbles.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 9:14:55 PM

^ That reminds me of a My Little Pony Friendship is Magic fanfiction, if only I could find it. Pinkie Pie and Rarity share a hot tub, Pinkie Pie is in there to soothe her tummy ache from eating too much black licorice, and only too late does Rarity notice the "Out of Order" sign. When Rarity realizes exactly where the bubbles are coming from, she has a Freak Out and gets hauled away in a straitjacket.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 10:32:50 PM

^ I'm not sure about that fanfic, but it's probably based on Nightmare Rarity. Pinkie Pie says that she told a joke while she and Rarity were at the spa, embarrassing Rarity when she made bubbles. Later, Pinkie Pie recalls the experience when she has to remember something she loves about Rarity.

Jan 24th 2019 at 12:16:35 PM

The above mentioned Shrek example is from Shrek 2. Shrek (the first movie) also features this gag, where Shrek farts while taking a bath, killing a fish with its stench.

Jan 24th 2019 at 12:50:31 PM

  • In Atlantis The Lost Empire, Milo embarrasses himself when he gets in a water pool and the air in his shorts bubbles loudly, making it look like he farted.
  • A Cutaway Gag on The Critic shows Jay in a bubbling jacuzzi. Some women are interested in joining him, until they realize the jacuzzi isn't turned on.

Jan 31st 2019 at 7:27:38 AM

Found a couple examples from the YKTTW entry Gas-Powered Jacuzzi:

  • In the Phineas And Ferb episode "Spa Day", Buford is seen in a bubble jacuzzi, and he remarks that that it isn't plugged in.
  • In The Simpsons episode "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" Homer and Apu are relaxing in a jacuzzi. Widen to reveal Jasper on the other side, who offers to turn on the bubbles.
  • Kick Buttowski: In "Clean... to the Extreme" part of the Chain Of Deals is providing bubbles for Brianna's bath. Gunther provides the bubbles. In a rare case for this trope, she doesn't seem to mind.
  • A round of "Good News, Bad News" on Im Sorry I Havent A Clue includes this exchange:
    Tim: Good news! I've got a new Jacuzzi.
    Willie: Bad news! It wasn't a Jacuzzi when I got in.

Jan 27th 2019 at 10:51:42 PM

  • Hot Shots Part Deux: Combines this trope with Fartillery; at one point, President Benson and his team are scuba diving, when an enemy boat appears overhead. The president lets loose a visibly BIG fart, that floats up to enemy boat above, and, with the stench still in the bubbles, kills the enemy soldiers on the spot!

Jan 30th 2019 at 9:31:28 PM

^^ That's not a link to Gas-Powered Jacuzzi, that's a link to Telephone Song.

Jan 31st 2019 at 5:10:06 AM

  • Ed Edd N Eddy: In the Beach Episode "Hot Buttered Ed", there's a scene where Ed makes fart bubbles in the water. He smiles while Edd and Eddy glare at him.

Jan 31st 2019 at 3:49:00 PM

Hope to launch tomorrow.