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When you've got to go, you've got to go.

The convenience. The smallest room. The privy. The head. The jakes. The cloakroom. The khazi. The water closet. The john. The loo. The dunny. The necessary room. The ladies' or gentlemens' room. The restroom. The little girls' or boys' room. The can. The pot. The jacks. The crapper. The bog. The shithouse. The meeting room for the brown masses. And last but not least- the thunderbox.

It has many names. And while fiction might seem to spend most of its time pretending they don't exist, there are still plenty of tropes relating to bodily functions and the rooms we set aside for them.

  • No Periods, Period: A female character's period doesn't impact the story, even when it probably should.
  • Nobody Poops: A work flat out ignores that living creatures excrete waste in any way.
  • Only Useful as Toilet Paper: When literary writing is seen as such poor quality that it's only fit to be used as toilet paper (or similar undignified uses).
  • Overturned Outhouse: Outhouses or port-a-potties getting tipped over or destroyed, usually while someone is using it.
  • Plumber's Crack: What you might see as your bathroom fixtures are being repaired. When the upper part of somebody's buttcrack protrudes above the top of their lower clothing as they bend over, stereotypically associated with plumbers.
  • Potty Dance: When a character (especially a young child) needs to go very badly, they will jump around a little bit.
  • Potty Emergency: A character needs the toilet now.
  • Potty Failure: The inevitable result of a Potty Emergency that goes unresolved for too long.
  • Putting the Pee in Pool: Did this water just get warmer? If it did, maybe someone peed in it.
  • Rip Van Tinkle: After prolonged inactivity, someone needs a bathroom right now!
  • Searching the Stalls: Hunting for someone hiding in a bathroom stall.
  • Shy Bladder: A character just can't use the restroom because someone might be watching or overhearing them
  • Swirlie: A character sticks another character's head into the toilet. Flushing is optional. Also known as bog washing.
  • Tinkle in the Eye: When a human baby pees on somebody.
  • Toilet-Drinking Dog Gag: Jokes about dogs drinking from toilets.
  • Toilet Horror: Bathrooms as a setting for horror.
  • Toilet Humour: Disgusting bodily functions played for comedy.
  • Toilet Training Plot: A plot that focuses on someone being toilet trained.
  • Toilet Paper Substitute: No paper? How about $100 bills?
  • Toilet Paper Trail: Somebody leaves the bathroom and a sheet of toilet paper is stuck to their foot.
  • Toilet Teleportation: Flushing yourself down the toilet to escape to somewhere.
  • Urine Trouble: A character/object is urinated on by an animal, usually for comedic purposes.
  • Warm Water Whiz: Sticking a sleeping person's hand in warm water makes them wet their pants.
  • "Which Restroom?" Dilemma: A character can't tell the men's and ladies' rooms apart.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: In fiction, the ladies' room takes on a kind of mystique.