Kryten: There's no such thing as a Brown Alert, sir.
Cat: You won't be saying that in a minute! And don't say I didn't alert you!
With all the monsters, world destroying psychopaths, and clowns out there, the world can be a pretty frightening place. Encounters with these things can weaken not only the resolve of the strongest of men and women, but their bladders and sphincters as well.
This is when somebody's response to a scare is to piss or crap their pants, though this may not always be shown. The reasons for using this trope vary, including robbing a particular character of his or her dignity, as a joke on the extent of their cowardice, or occasionally in an attempt to show just how frightening something is. Most often this trope is used for comedic purposes, but there are a few serious examples as well. Unfortunately, much like the Groin Attack, this trope is played for laughs so often and by itself is so absurd that it's nearly impossible to take seriously when played for drama. The character need not relieve themselves in their pants, but it happens in most of these examples.
Truth in Television as sudden urination or defecation is one of the possible reactions to extreme stress. Scientists are unsure if it is to lose weight before running or to distract the attacker with the smell of the puddle or both, but it can be found in a variety of species. While it happens especially to children and animals (who may lack social awareness of "public release" to begin with), it also frequently happens to adults when confronted with terrifying incidents such as kidnapping, hostage situations, torture or similar.
The title comes from the old joke about the captain who, before any battle, asks his porter to Bring My Red Jacket, so his crew won't see him bleed and therefore lose morale. Eventually, upon happening upon a battle that he has no chance of winning, his porter asks if he should get his red jacket. "Yes...", the captain says, and then, after a moment's hesitation, he adds, "...and bring my brown pants as well", the implication here being that he has, or is about to have an unfortunate case of bowel control loss.
Spontaneously defecating or urinating is likely a vestige of the primal "fight or flight" instinct, where some animals do this in the face of danger. This is why the color yellow is associated with cowardice in many cultures, as it insinuates that the person the insult is directed toward would piss themselves if confronted with a situation that required a level of courage; by extension a "yellow-bellied coward" being someone who would piss themselves and crawl through their own waste trying to escape.It is also the origin of the expression "scared shitless", due to sufficiently frightening things being enough to make people void themselves in sheer terror.
For a comedic metaphorical substitute, see Bowel-Breaking Bricks. Compare Potty Emergency, when a character has to go and is desperate to hold on, and Potty Failure, for when they fail. For something that usually comes after, see No Dead Body Poops.
This trope is Older Than Feudalism.
- In a commercial for the National Geographic Wild channel's reality show Snake City (about a husband and wife team who professionally catch and relocate dangerous snakes that get into peoples' homes), the husband at one point states that "if something goes wrong, I am going to need a change of underpants."
- In the Ai no Kusabi OVA one of the members of Riki's gang does this as he's being shot at.
- In chapter 27 of Akumetsu, a Corrupt Corporate Executive wets himself after Akumetsu deliberately misses a swing at his groin with an axe.
- It happens occasionally in the manga Arachnid and its sister series Caterpillar when characters believe they're about to die.
- Battle Angel Alita: Alita's team has finally (finally!) won the Tournament Arc but Big Bad Mbadi wants to incinerate them with his Kill Sat. What Mbadi doesn't know is that the rebellion-suppressing software implanted in his people has been hacked, so he's shocked that his prime minister doesn't want to do it. The man wets his pants in front of his superior but sticks with his feelings and is rewarded with a prompt neck-snapping. Fortunately the hacker also hacked the cameras...
- Jill from the Lost Children arc understandably pisses herself when she sees a tree turn into a monster and attack.
- Thomas from later in the same arc, the poor little boy that Guts uses as a lure for Rosine's Apostle-spawn "elves" on the end of his sword, wets himself in terror.
- When Nina is taken to Mozgus's torture chamber, by far the most nightmarish place in the entire Tower of Conviction, her entire body goes limp in sheer terror when she sees the horrors the others are being subjected to, and her bladder soon follows.
- Blade & Soul In episode 1 Alka is bathing in a pond (the viewer only sees her Shoulders-Up Nudity or Toplessness from the Back with Sideboob) when she notices a man peeping at her. So she reaches for her weapon underwater and leaps out of the water to attack him while fully nude. She doesn't kill him since his partner comes out and convinces her otherwise but she does end up scaring the peeper so much he pisses himself in fear.
- Blue Exorcist: Renzou Shima has a severe case of entomophobia (fear of bugs). Upon being faced with a literal moat full of caterpillars, well...
Shima: That's it! No more! Heheheheh... I've pissed my pants.
- Blue Gender: Yuji Kaido's reaction to his first sight of the Blue is to wet himself.
- In Chapter 14 of Cannon God Exaxxion (pictured above), a female Riofaldian guard is so deeply frightened by Reiko's powers that she makes an embarrassingly huge yellow puddle on the floor.
- In Chapter 70 of Claymore, Riful wraps Audrey in her tentacles and announces that she will start torturing her. Audrey wets herself in fear all over Riful.
Riful: (to Audrey) No... ew! Don't stain my body, please!
- In the Corpse Party Tortured Souls OVA, this understandably happens to Yuka when she's cornered.
- Cross Ange:
- In Episode 3, Ange wets her flight suit while facing a dragon that is about to kill her.
- Also, in Episode 23, Sylvia wets herself after Ange's Tough Love treatment.
- In one episode of Desert Punk, Punk is being fired upon by some bandits, and first comments that he crapped himself, and shortly afterward makes a comment about not needing a colonic.
- Happens a few times in early episodes of Dragon Ball: Bulma ends the first episode peeing herself when Goku's saves her from falling to her death by pinning her shirt to a cliff and Oolong pees himself when he first runs into Ox King. Bulma wets her panties in the first movie, The Legend of Shenlong/Curse of the Blood Rubies after she and Goku are shot out of a plane from a lethal height.
- The second chapter of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Boy, the prototype for Dragon Ball, features a scene with the heroes coming face to face with a giant robot. As Tanton, the dragon boy, fights the robot, the Princess constantly distracts him because she peed her pants and worries about her reputation and need for a bath.
- Nozomi from the manga version of Elfen Lied was abused by her father when she was a child (he wanted her to inherit the family business, she wanted to be a singer like her mom), which led to her getting a psychological trauma that makes her wet herself whenever she becomes too nervous. Being the kind of person that she is, this happened so often that she had to wear diapers.
- It happens to a kid in Eureka Seven. The eyes of the titular character, which are the same eyes as the monsters that murdered his entire city, frightens a mute child so deeply that he pees his pants and begins crying.
- Fist of the North Star: In the first chapter, after seeing Kenshiro fighting for the first time — and making his adversaries' bodies explode courtesy of the Hokuto Shinken — Bat pisses himself.
- In Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin, Hyena lets out a nice, steaming stream of urine when confronted by three ninja dogs.
- The poor Priestess in Goblin Slayer wets herself in the first chapter when she sees her fellow adventurers getting torn to pieces or raped by goblins and they're looking to do the same thing to her. Fortunately, this is about the time when Goblin Slayer shows up to clean house.
- And when she's alone with the Goblin Champion during the terrifying Chapter 22, poor Priestess is absolutely petrified, right down to wetting herself again.
- During the following chapter, in which Goblin Slayer proceeds to turn things around by strangling the Goblin Champion with the hair of one of the goblins' victims and ripping his eye right out, followed by menacingly heading toward the goblins wondering which of them will be next, one of the goblins is so utterly terrified of Goblin Slayer that he pisses himself in sheer terror, followed by the entire enemy horde turning tail and fleeing.
- In the dub of Great Teacher Onizuka, the title character finds out that a guy on a subway that he hit for harassing some woman is who will be interviewing him for a job and he says to himself that he might have just shit himself.
- How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno: During the skit where Ueno plans on putting her and Tanaka in a scary situation at school during the night, Yamashita turns out to be really bad with scary stuff when she pees herself before it even really begins.
- Hozuki-san Chi no Aneki: Gorou, most of the time when he sees something that deals with Horror.
- Ikki Tousen:
- In Dragon Destiny, Sousou is fighting an Emotionless Girl assassin named Koushaji. She spits a needle in his best friend Kakouton's eye; this sends Sousou into absolute rage, and he releases his dragon to fight her at full strength. After fighting for awhile, Koushaji produces a liquid from between her legs (even though some people claim she actually had an orgasm from fighting him, since there is another female fighter in the same series who did have quite the Orgasmic Combat)... and he follows this with crushing her head with his bare hands and then into a wall.
- In the manga, all the major beatdowns end with at least one or both of the girls having wet herself/themselves, throw up and bleed everywhere, subverting Beauty Is Never Tarnished hard.
- Mahiru wets herself in terror during a flashback in Kamisama Dolls. When you're a 7-year-old girl staring down a demonic doll with Mind Rape as it's main weapon...
- Kinnikuman: The title character and Kinniku Mantaro have a tendency to do this. Most notably in Kinnikuman's case is when soiling himself in fright saves his life when his opponent, Ramenman, is so disgusted by the act that he releases Kinnikuman from his deadly Camel Clutch hold (which he had used in a previous fight to rip his opponent in half) to let him change his pants.
- The titular character from Lotte No Omocha! does this due to the scares from a haunted house.
- Happens a number of times in Mad Bull 34:
- A female hostage wets herself when a thug aims his gun at her.
- Also in the manga, Lily loses control of her bladder after Black Tattoo informs her that he's going to kill her with an acidic bomb.
- In the second chapter of Magical Girl Apocalypse, we see after Tsukune leaves her hiding place that she's wet herself in fright of the invasion of monstrous magical girls and the Zombie Apocalypse they bring with them. It's not brought up after, but she doesn't actually get a chance to change until the seventh chapter.
- In Magical Witch Punie-chan, after Punie defeats her Enfant Terrible Creepy Twins sisters she prepares to punish the little usurpers and, knowing their sister, the young girls lose control of their bladders. However, she never does anything worse to them then spanking or some Tickle Torture.
- In Maris The Chojo, Maris is fighting a criminal gang in the opening scene. The gang's leader comes out in his armored suit, laughing nervously. That wasn't hydraulic fluid running down his leg. Maris is disgusted enough to throw him out into space.
- A 10-year-old Satoshi Batista did this in Michiko & Hatchin when a gang boss he'd tried to kill threatened to kill him if Satoshi didn't make him laugh before he finished his cigarette.
- In the 47th chapter of Naruto, Sakura wets herself when trapped under Orochimaru's spell.
- The Professor from Nichijou suffered a late-night Potty Emergency one stormy night and would've made it if not for a particularly fierce bolt of lightning.
- Noragami: In episode 8 of the first season, a bully wets himself after a boy tries to attack him with an x-acto knife.
- Osomatsu-san: In "It's a Birthday Party, Dajo", Jyushimatsu wets himself after witnessing two of the servants at Hatabou's house get shot in the head for a case of Mistaken Identity. Keep in mind, he already had to go, and the whole thing started because they were going to lead him to the restroom. They just made it easier for him.
- While One Piece never explicitly uses this trope, Usopp, the character most likely to do this among the main cast, actually includes a pair of brown pants in his standard outfit. After the Time Skip, his regular garb now has tan pants instead, possibly to symbolize how he's largely grown out of it.
- Oruchuban Ebichu: Ebichu pees herself at the end of Episode 5 when the delivery man returns and he finds out that she devoured somebody else's order of Camembert cheese.
"Ebichu was severely punished afterwards."
- Queen's Blade:
- In the first episode, when the heroine Leina is attacked by Psychopathic Manchild Melona at her castle she wets herself. The Blob Monster laughs and ridicules her for doing this.
- In the first Queen's Blade Grimoire OVA, Zara wets herself when she gets cornered by The Big Bad Wolf a second time. The wolf comments that it proves that she's afraid of him, and fear makes his prey taste better.
- Read or Die: Presidents of the United States have a very low bladder capacity in this universe. They exist solely to wet themselves at whatever Big Bad is currently Badding it up.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Kihei wets himself and passes out after being confronted by the real Battousai in the first volume.
- In episode 184 of Sailor Moon, the girls are freaked out after hearing a noise in the hallway in Usagi's house and Mako scares them by telling them about the horrible gory monster that was there. Seiya then tells them that he'll attack it on the count of three, but they all jump and trip on each other... only to find out that the figure was just Chibi-Chibi.
Ami: Don't scare us like that, Chibi-Chibi!
Usagi: Now I need to clean up again!
- This happens to a girl under attack in the first episode of Seikonno Qwaser, and is implied to have happened to Mafuyu later on.
- In Sengoku Otome, everyone is trapped by ghost samurai and not allowed to leave until they tell the ghosts 100 scary stories. When they are done, they find Mitsuhide, who had been freaking out the whole time, had passed out and wet herself. She embarrassingly carries her wet pants on a large stick when they leave.
- Seven Mortal Sins: Lucifer and Leviathan break into Astaroth's apartment to challenge her to a fight. Astaroth says their surprise entrance made her wet herself.
- The Severing Crime Edge: In Chapter 6/Episode 3, Iwai urinates herself in fear after an author of a sledgehammer killing good breaks in her mansion and tries to kill her.
- Happens to Satomi in Shadow Star, and with good reason - her Shadow Dragon, which she has a Psychic Link with, has just been cut down by a rotating blade. And not only she pees, but she also vomits and passes out.
- In episode ten of Squid Girl, Squid Girl sneaks into Takeru's room at night to leave a good luck charm hanging over his bed. Unfortunately, due to her... unusual art skills, when he wakes up and spots it, this scares him enough to wet his pants.
- Terraformars: In Episode 3, Eva Frost wets herself upon being approached by a Terraformar; it is NOT Played for Laughs... well, at least until she's later informed that she has to clean the mess up.
- In episode 7 of Texhnolyze one member of Organ pisses his pants when some of his fellow members are shot and killed by an Alliance member, who then shoots him.
- More in the novels than in the anime but Rimuru's Intimidate/Menace skill caused a very literal Mass "Oh, Crap!" when it was used in an attempt to make some would-be troublemakers back-off while waiting to be admitted to Dwargon in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.
- In Tokyo Ghoul, when Retired Badass Yoshimura finally steps onto the battlefield, several CCG Investigators facing him begin pissing themselves in terror. During the same battle, Cowardly Lion Takizawa Seidou does the same when confronted with Co-Dragons Tatara and Noro. Rather than coming across as pathetic, it shows the depths of his resolve when he decides to fight anyway.
- In Episode 2 of Visionary, this happens to Shiori when she first falls out of the skydiving plane.
- Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest:
- Kuroda takes a break from blowing up stuff (and students) to try to rape a girl named Noriko with his gun. When Kuroda announces these intentions, the target is so terrified (and with damn good reason) that she wets herself and cries to the point where her face is a mess. Fortunately, Inugami interrupts him before he can do so.
- Aoshika has a moment after glimpsing Inugami in his werewolf form.
- You Are Being Summoned, Azazel: Azazel to Beel (who are both terrified of Akutabe): "There's a beautiful rainbow between your legs!"
- Dave Allen may have been the first to tell the trope namer joke in the 1970s.
- George Carlin had this to say about when airlines tell you to put on the oxygen mask and "breathe normally".
"Well, I have no problem with that. I always breathe normally when I'm in a six hundred mile-an-hour uncontrolled vertical dive. I also shit normally. Right in my pants!"
- The late Graham Chapman discussed this trope during a lecture series later recorded as Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job, regarding adventures with the Dangerous Sports Club.
- Bill Cosby said it best when describing the course of events in an auto accident:
And mothers are always more interested in the condition of your underwear than your body if you're ever in an accident. And they tell you that. "I hope for my sake that if you're ever in an accident, you have on clean underwear!" Well, I thought that was what an accident was! Look, you're driving a truck. Here comes another truck, gonna hit you. Now, whether you hit the truck or not, you're going to have soiled underwear! Because first you say it, then you do it!
- Bill Engvall told the trope-naming joke during an exchange of them in the tail end of one of the Blue Collar Comedy movies. Engvall having the captain deliver the punchline with the same authoritative tone as "Bring My Red Jacket!" is what really sells it.
- Hugh Laurie has joked that while he was filming a movie in which there was a lion, the lion's handler told him that lions are fastidious and have very sensitive noses, and if he was ever faced with an angry lion, he should reach around behind himself, grab a handful of feces, and throw it at the lion's face so that the smell would drive the lion away. He asked what to do if there was no feces there, and was told "if you're facing an angry lion, don't worry, it'll be there."
- The Bad Eggs has Claude shitting on the ground in fear after Tee-Arr is about to eat him. Conveniently this happens after Claude was complaining about not being able to defecate during the day.
- Batman of all people got hit with this when Kevin Smith did his run on the character by having Batman himself hint that he actually wet his own pants during the scene in Frank Miller's Batman: Year One where he fire bombed the Gotham mafia, and having Batman admit this to a guy who's like a low rent blue collar knock off of himself. More specifically, Batman says he had a "bladder spasm" because he set off too many explosives to get the desired effect, at which point the other guy exclaims "No! You're saying you WET YOUR PANTS?!" Needless to say, many a Batman fan was angered by this less than tasteful joke from Smith, feeling it completely degraded and humiliated the character for the sake of a cheap laugh instead of humanizing the character.
- In Alan Moore's 80s run on Captain Britain Weekly, Captain UK, an alternate-reality version of Captain Britain, wets herself at the sight of the Fury, the cyborg monster responsible for killing all the superheroes of her home reality, after it has wreaked havoc on Captain Britain and his compatriots.
- In Empowered, a fat, ugly geek steals Emp's suit and puts it on, thinking it will grant him superpowers. He ends up grievously injured, wetting himself in the process. Also, Major Havok soiled himself when fighting The Caged Demonwolf.
- Judge Dredd: During the Total War arc, a citizen reports one of the thermonuclear devices hidden in his scrapyard by terrorists. The terrified cit loses control of his bladder when the Judges carefully remove the device to detonate it in the Cursed Earth, but one of the Judges assures him that fear of being incinerated is nothing special.
- Preacher: When the Saint of Killers returned from the dead, the first person he encounters is the ex-preacher who is part of the gang who killed him. The preacher wets himself in fear and starts uttering one last prayer before the Saint kills him.
And the preacher's faith returned in a rush of piss.
- In Volume 3 of Scott Pilgrim, when Scott and Todd are about to fight at Honest Ed's, and Wallace is giving Scott some advice on how to beat Todd. Scott's response: "If I peed my pants, would you guys pretend I got wet from the rain?" In the movie, Scott says that line after being thrown into the air by Todd. Ramona then says, "It's not raining."
- In Silverblade #5, two paparazzi are sneaking into the grounds of Shangri-La when they are confronted by Blackfeather in the form of a wolf:
That's not a German shepherd, Dave. That's a WOLF! I don't believe this, Lord! Who else would have a freakin' wolf for a watchdog!?? Dave...I just wet my pants!
- In Squadron Supreme, when the Institute of Evil tortures the Golden Archer, Foxfire says, "Good thing your pants are already yellow, huh, Archer?"
- New 52: In Superman #6, Supergirl saves an obnoxious reporter from falling out of the sky. When she brings him to the ground, Jimmy Olsen and the other reporters complain and order in a change of pants for him.
- The Ultimates: Bruce Banner was released during the battle with the Chitauri, becoming Hulk. Nick Fury was not in Mission Control duties but in the scene, and had no problem to admit that he was messing a decent pair of army pants...
- Advice and Trust: In chapter 8, Ritsuko pissed herself when Unit 00 went berserker and tried to kill her for third time.
- In The Bat and the Phoenix Dudley wets himself when the Joker shoots his father in the head.
- Dr. Brainstorm of Calvin and Hobbes: The Series is said to have done this as a child after a security guard startled him.
- Casey Steele: In the title character's backstory, when she accidentally Extra-Dimensional Shortcut-ed herself a mile in the air, she pissed herself.
- Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron: A good portion of Cornelia's troops, including the Knightmare pilots, wet their trousers when Voltron reveals himself in Zero's Return.
- Code Prime - R1: Rebellion: The opening chapter of R2 has this happen to several Britannian soldiers when they witness the Constructicons combine into Devastator.
- Happens to Fluttershy in several episodes of A Collection of Pointless Adventures.
- In the Total Drama fanfic, Courtney and the Violin of Despair, Courtney's premonition of death on the diving cliff leaves her in danger of soiling herself.
- Cycles Upon Cycles: After Shepard tells Joker he may actually need to make the Normandy dance, Joker says, "Then you'd better have a change of pants ready!"
- In A Daughter Not His Own, Wild Ride pees himself when Shining Armor slams him against the wall and shouts at him for killing his own little sister and calling her a "whiny brat" instead of taking care of her.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami: From Ultimatum: The implication is that Kivith's robes seem to have a urine stain on them:
Kivith's footsteps echoed through the hall as he hurried towards his master, his cheeks burning with shame. With every step, the wet cloth of his apprentice robes slapped against his shins, reminding him that it was stained with bright yellow liquid. Normally, he wouldnt have cared potion accidents happened but today, his master stood at the massive gilded table seating most of the Duchys highest nobles
- In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath And The Golden Magic Bird", Lord Balthazar wet his robes in terror when he found out that he was actually sent to Tartarus by a Smurf's wish. In "The High Cost Of Smurfing", Snappy Smurfling gets "smurfarrhea" and soils his pants after he eats too many glowberries, a Fantastic Drug that gives him hallucinations.
- Frequently in Farce of the Three Kingdoms.
- Fairly English Story: Invoked by name during the Priestess Full Moon.
- Implied in Girls und Panzer- International War Games. After Edo calls Suzki a "stupid whore" who doesn't know what real combat is, she claims that Edo "practically crapped (his) pants" during the last live-fire drill, so he doesn't have any right to talk to her about combat.
- In Harry Potter and the Daft Morons Dumbledore soils himself when a battleaxe-wielding Flitwick lunges at him.
- In Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path Cornelius Fudge soils himself when he sees Voldemort sitting at Fudge's desk.
- In Harry Potter and the Shadowed Light Lockhart wets himself when he sees the basilisk.
- In I Don't Want to Be a Hero Harry wets himself when he sees the possessed Quirrell drinking unicorn blood.
- In The home-trip., when Nat threatens Flash with a knife in his face, he pisses himself with fear. Peter suspected this happened and MJ later confirms it.
- In How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse, even being drugged to the gills can't protect someone familiar with the Nerima Wrecking Crew from the appropriate response to the news that Ranma Saotome is in town.
- Caboose in I Against I, Me Against You:
Caboose: That was the best battle I ever peed myself in!
- In the original version of The Immortal Game, Ponies Make War, Rainbow Dash loses control of her bowels and bladder while being tortured by Nihilus. Who then makes her lick it up off the floor.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, it is mentioned that Chekhov told Spock that some of his expressions "could make junior officers lose control of their bodily functions".
- Happens to Yamane Jun in Kyon: Big Damn Hero, when Kyon dangles him off the same window he tried to push Tsuruya off.
- Happens several times to Phanpy (and others) in Latias' Journey. Understandable because the end of the fucking world plays a huge plot role.
- In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Izzy soils herself in her terror during the phobia challenge.
- In Marionettes, when Mindwipe is finally cornered, Starlight Glimmer is disgusted when she looks down and sees a puddle form under him.
- In Chapter 4 of this (spoiler-laden) retelling of the Overlord DLC of Mass Effect 2, Paragon Shepard is so terrifying in her righteous indignation that Gavin Archer soils himself.
- During My Little Pony G3 vs Hatred, several ponies wet themselves when the cloud serpent shows itself. Considering said creature is the size of Ponyland, literally made of their nightmares, and hates their universe for existing, this is understandable.
- Neo Digimon Digital War: In chapter 6, Hikari's bad dreams get so intense that she both wets and craps her pants.
- Discussed in The Nightmare House, where Lynn Loud thinks Lincoln looks so nervous he may wet his pants.
- Referenced in chapter 6 of One Mistake Too Many, Elphaba sends the Wizard a written ultimatum for negotiations. In the post-script, she advises him to "wear brown trousers and a waistcoat the colour of blood."
- In Perfectly Natural, Dipper saves Ford from an alien killing machine but ends up wetting himself. Ford tell him he doesn't need to be embarrassed because it's natural response to dangerous situations and that he's brave for saving him despite his fear. Ford even admits to urinating himself in the past.
- Happens to Brock in Poké Wars: The Subsistence when he is confronted by an Ariados.
- Happens in Pony POV Series when one of the ponies wets themselves seeing the undead foal in Nightmare Whisper's chest. Considering the Body Horror involved, this is an understandable reaction.
- When a bunch of mooks gang up on Mrs. Parr in Chapter 32 of Rise of the Galeforces, Violet, in her Tyrannosaurus rex form, shows up. Her narration of the scene says it all: "I could smell that the poor lead guy had done something involuntary... and messy."
- Happens rather a lot in Robb Returns, with numerous characters noting that they wanted to piss themselves when seeing things like people being possessed by the Old Gods, evidence of the Others and wights, and a live direwolf. In terms of actual soiling oneself, Janos Slynt leaves a puddle on the floor when being interrogated by Stannis Baratheon, and leaves a "trail of slime" when being dragged to his execution, Blackfoot goes insane and loses all bowel and bladder control after being blinded by the Old Gods, and Walder Frey pisses himself when presented with a living (or at least animate) wight head, before suffering a fatal stroke.
- Oobleck manages to do this with a completely straight face in Ruby and Nora.
- RWBY: Scars: In the first chapter, a guard wets himself in fear right before Blake kills him.
- In the Sonic X fanfic Don't Keep Your Distance, one of these moments kicks off perhaps the first real action scene: Paint the Seedrian-Fox wets herself when she and her friends are ambushed in the forest by a giant robot, and is briefly teased about it later.
- Tales of the Canterlot Deportation Agency: In A Typical Day: One would-be conqueror fouled himself both ways at once when he found out how badly outmatched he was.
- In A Thing of Vikings, during the Battle Of The Sound Of Berk at the climax of Book I, one of Earl Godwin's personal guards has this reaction when he realizes that the fleet is facing a Night Fury without any place to hide on the open sea.
- In Thousand Shinji:
- Asuka's brutal fighting style has this reaction from a spectator:
She has collapsed to the ground, still clutching the wound on her arm, but now she is tainted with the harsh ammonia smell of urine and the unpleasant stench of tears mixing with mucus as she cries in terror.
- Subverted. In the epilogue, Touji and Kensuke are terrified after meeting the Chaos Gods, but some external force prevents them from staining their pants.
They were terrified, but they found themselves unable to act on their fear. Something from outside them was overriding their ability to act in even the most instinctive ways, which was a good thing for their pants.
- Asuka's brutal fighting style has this reaction from a spectator:
- In this crossover fanart, Reisen of Touhou Project fame does this upon seeing the titular Ao Oni (for very good reason), much to Inaba's delight.
- Turnabout Storm: Phoenix asks for one of these after Rarity finishes her little... err... rant about the post office and its lack of pens.
- In Two Shall Be As One Harry's uncle wets himself when Daniel throws a ball of white fire at him while controlling Harry's body.
- A Running Gag for Nick Stokes in the parody What If Our CSIs Were On Facebook? Nick S seems to wet himself at least once a chapter.
- Razzik from What Lies Beyond the Walls tends to wet himself whenever he's scared out of his wits. A more humorous and karmic example happens with Blackheart, who floods his trousers right in front of his troops upon realizing Urthquake and the Long Patrol are about to break into his fortress.
- In You're My Density Ron wets himself when he sees Voldemort's face on the back of Quirrell's head.
- April and the Extraordinary World: After nearly falling off the statue of Napoleon III, Julius comments that he might need to change his underwear.
- In Barnyard, Pip the mouse gets so nervous over the upcoming battle his bowels give away. Bonus points for being on top of Pig's head.
Pip: Sorry, man. It's just pellets. I'm nervous.
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Brent comments, "Glad I'm wearing a diaper," upon seeing the giant meatball-encrusted food device.
- In Finding Dory, Hank inks himself after a young girl pokes him in the touch exhibit at the Marine Life Institute. This helps play a crucial role in how Dory gets back to her parents.
- Finding Nemo has Pearl, one of Nemo's classmates, release a cloud of ink whenever she's scared (like when a Great White shark looms up behind her and asks for directions), as does her father.
- There is a running gag to this effect in How to Train Your Dragon. When he assumes he's going on a expedition to find the dragons' nest, Gobber remarks that he'll pack extra undies. Later, while preparing to fight at the dragons' nest, he remarks that it's a "good thing I brought my undies."
- Ice Age 2: The Meltdown: After a dodo walks past a geyser field—only to be shot up and fall to the ground, resembling a roasted chicken.
- There's a subtle (yet so blatant) hint at this in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Carl: Hey, Jimmy, my pants are almost dry.
- The LEGO Batman Movie: During the chase scene, Robin tells Batman that he needs to go #1. When the Batwing keeps getting hit and losing engines, Robin states, "Good news. Our bathroom problem is solved."
- Mars Needs Moms: "When you're going to shoot a laser at someone, you should bring them a change of underwear!"
- President Hathaway in Monsters vs. Aliens: "Boys, set the terror alert to brown, because I need to change my pants."
- Also, "Don't scare Insectosaurus! He'll pee himself, and we'll all be in trouble!"
- In Over the Hedge, the animals make plans to pull off a big heist. During the briefing, RJ mentions the many traps the animals will have to watch out for. Verne is a little stunned.
RJ: You OK, Verne? Look a little green.
Verne: I blacked out for a second there, but... I get the idea: there's lights, traps and I might need to change my shell.Sid: I just did something involuntary...and messy.
- Rugrats Go Wild!: has a flying bird, Siri the Clouded Leopard, Angelitiki the Island Princess (Angelica Pickles), and the (female) giant squid either poop or release a cloud of ink (the squid) when frightened or defeated.
- In the party ending of Shrek 2, Shrek tries to crowd surf. Everyone gets out of his way, except a puppy, which pees itself before he lands on it.
- In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Kyle pees his pants when Terrance and Phillip are being electrocuted.
- Porky Pig wets himself in Space Jam after being frightened by one of the Mon-Stars.
- Storks: Junior bluntly admits that he peed on his seat out of fear while the plane fell out of the sky.
- Parodied in Toy Story 2; when the toys enter enter the luggage sorting room at the airport, Potato Head's rear compartment flips open and his accessories fall out.
- Walking with Dinosaurs: "They can smell fear! That's not fear..." "I think I just stepped in some "fear"..."
- In probably the most inane example, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain has one of Rocky's "friends" peeing himself because a goofy-looking doofus gives a barely-scary roar into his face.
- Defied in 9th Company. A bunch of young recruits are in boot camp in Afghanistan, and, as a drill, they have to lie in a shallow trench, let a tank roll over them and then throw a dummy Molotov's cocktail at it. One of them completes the assignment, but then it turns out that he'd wet himself from fear, much to the amusement of his comrades. However, Drill Sergeant Nasty immediately jumps all over them, explaining that nobody cares if you weep or call for your mommy or, yes, even wet yourself, just as long as you get the job done.
- In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace knocks on a door and says, "Hi, I'm looking for Ray Finkle." Ray's father aims a shotgun at his head, and Ace follows up with, "and a clean pair of shorts."
- All Quiet on the Western Front As in the book, an experienced soldier tells the new recruit that it happens to lots of people.
- Angel: After Jerk Jock Ric abducts Molly and threatens to rape her, she responds by firing a shot just his head and through the windscreen of his car, and then forcing him and his two buddies out of the car. As Molly drives off in Ric's car, his two buddies notice that Ric has wet himself.
- From the first Austin Powers movie, this is the title character's initial plan as he and Vanessa are being lowered into Dr. Evil's pool of mutant sea bass.
- Avengers: Endgame: Scott Lang is selected to be the guinea pig for Time Travel tests. Unfortunately, it results time going through him, turning him into an old man, a baby, and a kid. By the time he's reverted back to normal, he finds out that he had peed himself.
Scott: Somebody peed my pants. I don't know if it was baby me or old me... (Beat) or me me.
- The Babadook: When Sam is being terrorized by the possessed Amelia, he (understandably) wets himself. This gives Amelia something else to berate him about.
- While it's never said out loud in Bad Taste, one character certainly wishes his pants were a darker shade of brown.
- A very dramatic example here: In The Battle Of Shaker Heights, Kelly and his friends plot to take revenge on the bully Lance by dragging him out of his house at gunpoint and shouting at him in German accents. Lance bawls as he urinates out of fear.
- Also invoked in Brannigan (1975). John Wayne's character is targeted by a hitman who rigs up a Sawn-Off Shotgun behind his hotel room door. In case this fails the hitman plants a bomb in the toilet as well, knowing that a near-death experience would lead to this trope. Fortunately the Duke is smart enough to anticipate both traps.
- In the French war movie Captain Conan (1996), a parade is held to announce the signing of the Armistice ending World War One. The solemnity of this occasion is ruined by the large numbers of soldiers running off the parade ground to drop their pants as they're suffering from dysentery.
- Cool Runnings: "Sanka...ya dead?" "Yeah, mon." "Well...you can pee now." "Ohh...too late."
- Invoked in Cop (1988). The Cowboy Cop played by James Woods confronts a Dirty Cop about his involvement in a rape. After the requisite Perp Sweating, the Dirty Cop says that Woods has scared him so much he has to go to the toilet to clean himself off. Woods lets him go, but changes his position and has his gun ready when the Dirty Cop emerges from the toilet with a shotgun he had stashed there.
- The Corpse Of Anna Fritz: When Pau and Ivan are smothering Anna, she pisses herself.
- Referenced just before a major shootout in Deadpool:
Deadpool: WAIT! You might be wondering "Why the red suit?" Well, that's so bad guys can't see me bleed. (points to a Mook) This guy's got the right idea. He wore the brown pants!Deadpool: I should've worn my white pants.
- In Death Bell: Myung-Hyo wets herself when a body falls from the ceiling in the auditorium.
- In Dobermann, Dobermann and Nat terrify the armoured car guard to the point that he wets himself.
- The guinea pig in the Eddie Murphy Dr. Dolittle:
"You scared the crap out of me! See? There it is."
- In Dredd a perp attempts to resist a psychic interrogation, resulting in a Battle in the Center of the Mind. He loses spectacularly; upon cutting back to reality, a puddle forms beneath him.
- Ernest Scared Stupid is one example. See top of page.
- In Evil Dead (2013), Olivia is in the bathroom and suddenly starts to become possessed by a demon, proceeding to vacate her bladder onto the floor.
- The Exorcist where Regan wets herself while scaring everyone, most probably including herself.
- Non-comedic example: In Friday the 13th Part 2, Ginny is hiding from Jason Voorhees beneath a bed. A rat runs by her face, and Jason learns of her whereabouts when a rivulet emerges from beneath the bed. However, Word of God says otherwise, claiming it was the rat making the mess.
- One of the fresh arena fighters in Gladiator.
- In both the novel and film of The Green Mile, Percy Wetmore was grabbed and molested by "Wild Bill" Wharton, which caused him to piss himself in terror, much to Delacroix's amusement.
- The documentary Grizzly Man features real footage of two bears fighting, one of which, makes a pretty big mess during the scuffle and even slips in it.
- In The Grudge 2, Vanessa is alone in the locker room and sees Kayako, and she reacts by peeing on her legs. Serves her right, she's the one who brought Allison to the house and restarted the whole curse...
- Disney's The Haunted Mansion (2003):
Madame Leota: Evil and darkness have fallen this night. But now, to survive, you must gain new sight.Jim: I must first gain new underwear!
- In Highlander, after Connor says he is not afraid before riding into his first battle, his cousin Angus says that he "peed his kilt" before his first.
- Horrific: Rory wets himself when Calvin sits up after Faking the Dead in Crypt of the Undead.
- In Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, the animal trio are taken with their human masters to the airport for their trip to Canada. However, the animals break out. They try to stop their masters from taking off in the plane by sitting on the runway to get their attention. The airplane does not stop and just barely takes off over their heads. A puddle emerges from underneath Chance.
- In Innerspace, Tuck, a former pilot, gets into an argument with another pilot after drunkenly telling the story of landing a crippled plane in a storm.
Rusty: And give that crippled Tomcat story a rest, 'cause we've all heard it.Tuck: Gosh, Rusty... you're right, but at least when my moment of truth came I didn't take a dump down the leg of my flight suit.
- Anna in Intruders loses control of her bladder from her severe agoraphobia when forced outside by Perry.
- Happens to one of the Mooks in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life when he witnesses dozens of soldiers being killed by Shadow Monsters.
- In Let Me In the bullies attack the main character in a locker room, they proceed to hurt him until he loses bladder control.
- In The Long Kiss Goodnight, a teenaged boy is smoking a cigarette when he is surprised by Charlie the Spy coming up behind him with a big sniper rifle. He pees his pants.
- It was less a matter of him being surprised to see her with that big gun, and more a matter of her warning him that she'd use it on him if he told anyone she'd been there.
- Played for Drama in The Man Who Fell to Earth: When Thomas reveals his true Rubber-Forehead Alien form to his human lover Mary-Lou, the terror this instills in her leads to her wetting herself.
- Martha Marcy May Marlene has a rare (and particularly explicit) example where this isn't played for laughs.After flashing back to the time she helped prepare the next new female recruit for Patrick's sexual pleasure, Martha is shown from behind, sleeping the on floor next to the bed, as her nightgown gets wet; when she awakens afterward she takes it off and tries to hide it under the bedsheets. Later dialogue suggests the flashback was a dream she was having at that time.
- Sir Robin in Monty Python and the Holy Grail after seeing the rabbit for the first time, and he does it again after seeing what the rabbit is capable of. He's also described in his introduction as "Sir Robin Who Personally Wet Himself at the Battle of Baden Hill".
- In Orphan, Danny wets himself when Esther holds a knife to his crotch and threatens to cut his penis off.
- In Paul, Clive screams and passes out when he and Graeme first meet the eponymous alien. Then, as Graeme and Paul are about to pick Clive up, Paul tells Graeme that Clive peed his pants.
- A slasher piece titled Pieces has a scene with a college student cornered by a chainsaw-wielding killer. She pees her pants, which was added to the script because the actress really wet herself during a rehearsal take from being so close to a real chainsaw.
- The surreal time-travel/reincarnation film Racing Daylight has the present-day hero ask if you've ever been so terrified that you think "the next fart's gonna be liquid". He admits that's how he feels as he opens the Honey Cabinet of Doom.
- Used in Ransom when the protagonist's young son, now freed, recognizes the voice of his kidnapper. The protagonist sees the puddle he's making and gets clued in, then makes a valiant try at bluffing his way through his interaction with the villain — bluff checks are notoriously spotty when it comes to scenes like these.
- Happens to Will Graham's son in Red Dragon which gave him an idea on how to defeat Francis Dolarhyde.
- RoboCop (1987). Young corporate upstart Bob Morton mocks Corrupt Corporate Executive Dick Jones in the executive washroom, only for a stall to open and the subject of conversation emerge. Everyone else in the washroom immediately flees including the man Bob was talking to, who does up his fly before he's finished urinating in his eagerness to leave.
- In Rock of Ages, Dennis craps himself upon beholding the Z-Guyeezz performing not-so-live.
Dennis:' Oh my God, I just threw up.
Dennis: In my pants. Out of my ass.
- Happens to Inspector Lee at the end of Rush Hour 3 (he had been suffering from constipation for most of the film).
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World a major record producer named G-Man compliments Sex Bob-Omb on their set and the lead guitarist wets himself. The trope is subverted since it's not due to fear but overwhelming joy. Just so you don't miss it, it's pointed out for you on-screen.
- Slipstream (1989). After Buzzing the Deck and canyon dodging in his ultralight, Owens suggests that his passenger might need to change his pants, unaware that his passenger is an android who really doesn't have to worry about such things.
- Partially comedic example in Soldier. The commanding officer who has been setup as an Acceptable Target the entire movie is dragged down to face the soldier he had ordered dumped out of the ship like garbage at the start of the movie. As he begs for his life, a puddle forms at his feet.
- In the short Star directed by Guy Ritchie, a girl rocker with an attitude played by Madonna gets so scared by her driver's erratic driving that she wets herself. And the media gets pics.
- Starflight One (1982). A character has to go outside the hypersonic aircraft which is adrift in space and do some necessary repairs. He says he'll need a wire stripper, some nuts, "and a dry pair of pants when I get back."
- Stuart Little 2:
Stuart: Snowbell, are you all right?
- Stuart and Snowbell head out to a seedier part of town to find the whereabouts of the villainous Falcon, Stuart as intrepid as usual, and Snowbell in the need of a litter box. They meet up with Monte, who explains to the two how sinister the Falcon is. Snowbell is left terrified.
Snowbell: Yeah. In fact, good news. I no longer need a litter box.
Monte: Mop up on aisle three!
Snowbell: This is now officially a litter box!
- And in an early trailer, Snowbell gives this little hum-ding after falling down the side of a skyscraper:
- In The Substitute, Shale decides to interrogate a bad guy Jack Bauer-style. The bad guy becomes so terrified that he poops himself.
- Summer Camp Nightmare: One of the kids, Peter, ends up wetting his pants on the bus ride to Camp North Pines at the beginning of the film. The same kid also had an accident when he reports to Franklin about camp director Mr. Warren's "inappropriate actions" with him during a butterfly hunt.
- In Take Shelter, the hero wets himself during a particularly intense bad dream.
- Happens in Tango & Cash, during Requin's interrogation scene:
Tango: Do you think he's telling the truth?Cash: I don't know. But it's not raining, and he's standing in a puddle.Tango: Disgusting.
- A subtle example occurs in Teen Wolf, when Harold Howard tells his son's principal to step off, a nice little speech punctuated at the end by a low, bestial growl (the principal knows about the family legacy of lycanthropy). After a beat, both men glance down, and Harold, back to friendly, remarks, "I knew I could count on you." It is strongly implied that the principal has wet himself. This is made even funnier by the fact that Harold is at least a foot shorter than the principal.
- In the horrifying British film Threads, a nuclear attack hits RAF Finningley near Sheffield. As people are running around the streets screaming in terror as the mushroom cloud rises over the city, one woman can be seen just staring at it with urine streaming down her leg. Black Comedy at it's finest.
- Medieval-era Vincent's "personal problem" in Time Bandits, which reactivates as he's tied to a tree with his girlfriend Pansy.
Vincent: Oh no. The problem. The problem, Pansy! It's started again!Pansy: Oh! Oh, don't worry, darling!Vincent: Ohhh... ohhh...Pansy: I say!Vincent: I must have fruit!
- Toxic Avenger:
- Simon the poser in True Lies. Twice.
- Unforgiven. English Bob and his biographer W.W. Beauchamp walk onto the street to find themselves surrounded by a town's lawmen with guns pointed at them. When Beauchamp reaches into his pack for a book to prove his bona fides as a writer, cue Dramatic Gun Cock, and a shot of the urine flowing out of Beauchamp's trouser leg.
- The Salvadorean film Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) has a scene where an army unit goes into a middle school to pick up a fresh batch of draftees to fight the Marxist guerillas. As the students stand in attention to see if their name is called, the camera focuses on a boy who creates a large puddle of urine around his feet.
- Subverted in Jack Neo's film We Not Naughty, the third film in his I Not Stupid trilogy. After seeing a wet spot on the car floor, Weijie and Jianren believe that Mrs. CK had wet herself in fright, due to Jianren's erratic driving , however, instead, she is about to go in labor.
- In the movie White Squall, a character who is afraid of heights is forced to climb up into the ship's rigging. He pees his pants.
- Happens to Columbus at the beginning of Zombieland. One of his rules is "beware of bathrooms" and trying to use the john at a gas station leads to an extended zombie chase.
Columbus: At least I found a place to do number two...
An old married couple no sooner hit the pillows when the old man passes gas and says, 'Seven Points.'
His wife rolls over and says, 'What in the world was that?'
The old man replied, 'It's fart football.'
A few minutes later his wife lets one go and says 'Touchdown, tie score.'
After about five minutes the old man lets another one go and says, 'aha. I'm ahead 14 to 7.'
Not to be outdone the wife rips out another one and says, 'Touchdown, tie score.'
Five seconds go by and she lets out a little squeaker and says, 'Field goal, I lead 17 to 14.'
Now the pressure is on the old man.
He refuses to get beaten by a woman, so he strains real hard. Since defeat is totally unacceptable, he gives it everything he's got, and accidentally shits in the bed.
The wife says, 'What the hell was that?'
The old man says, 'Half time, switch sides.
An airline pilot starts making a routine announcement over the PA system, then suddenly screams at the top of his lungs. A moment later, he says, "Sorry about that, ladies and gentlemen. No cause for alarm, I just knocked a hot cup of coffee onto my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" Hearing this, a passenger says, "That's nothing, you should see the back of mine!"
- Old Joke (At least an Ur-Example, if not the outright Trope Namer):
Lord Nelson is getting ready for the Battle of Trafalgar. The faithful Hardy is laying out his uniform.Lay out my red frock-coat, Hardy, so if I'm hit, the sailors will not see me bleed and thus get disheartened.Very good, sir. Very wise. Apparently there are fourteen French warships heading straight for us.Nelson pauses for a moment.Hardy?Yes, sir?In that case... lay out my brown trousers.
- In Age of Darkness: Forgotten Sons, this is described as a symptom of "transhuman terror," a common reaction that mortals have to seeing Space Marines in action.
- There is a scene from All Quiet on the Western Front where a new soldier soils himself when bombs go off nearby. The other soldiers merely tell him it happens and to just throw his underpants away and move on.
- In "The Change", Tobias and Ax apparently wet themselves when Jara Hamee slices his own head open to prove he's not infested with a Yeerk.
- In "The Illusion", where Tobias is captured and tortured by the Yeerks, the author is kind enough to draw the reader's attention to the exact point in time where the pain becomes intense enough to invoke this trope (though he is a bird at this point). You know, for kids!
- In Ash: A Secret History, several characters piss or soil themselves on the field of battle or in other horrifying situations.
- In the novelisation of Batman (1989), when Batman attacks a criminal at the beginning, it's said that "all he could do was piss in his pants."
- The Bloody Road to Death by Sven Hassel. A Dirty Coward of a Nazi officer is caught by shelling on his way back to headquarters and soils himself, quickly getting rid of the evidence. Porta chooses that moment to come along and naturally draws attention to the event as loudly as possible.
"Are you injured, sir, seeing as you just had to dispose of your pants, sir?! A shot in the arse, sir, is a very dangerous thing, sir! Shall I call an orderly to dress it, sir?!"
- In Bryony and Roses by Ursula Vernon, Bryony's first encounter with the Beast, raging over her taking the enchanted rose, ends with her fainting; when she wakes up, she's mortified to realise that she's also wet herself.
- This happens to the eponymous character in the novel Crabbe when he's attacked by a bear.
- An American officer in WWII does this in Cryptonomicon, where his incontinence is contrasted to General MacArthur's coolness.
- There's a serious example in the Culture novel Matter where Prince Ferbin, a good-hearted Upper-Class Twit, defecates in his pants after seeing the general next to him in battle being cut in half by enemy rounds.
- In Lene Kaaberbol's Dina at the Dragon Fortress Dina, a 13 years old girl, is caught between two dragons:
"It would be wonderful if I could say that I looked at the dragon calmly and fearlessly. But I didn't. Instead, I wet myself."
- Discworld Examples:
- In Monstrous Regiment, just before Corporal Strappi runs away.
- In Feet of Clay, when Colon is hanging off the edge of a roof.
- Unseen Academicals also mentions that Rincewind costs the Unseen University money due to an above-average amount of soiled pants. Archchancellor Ridcully, however, feels it's worth the price since Rincewind's status as a Cosmic Butt-Monkey keeps it from having to be anyone else.
- Thief of Time has a trainee History Monk who doesn't realize he just challenged Lu-Tze to a duel. Once he does, he's prepared to give up his belt (symbolizing his current martial-art rank) to get out of the fight.
Lu-Tze: No, no, we don't need that. ... And we would not want his trousers falling down at a time like this, would we? Especially at a time like this.
- This is so common in Discworld that it nearly hits Running Gag status. Nearly every instance of extreme fright will be followed by a mention of dampness or the need to do laundry.
- In Men at Arms, one of a gang of criminals facing Carrot (six foot of muscle with a very sharp sword) and Angua (in wolf form) mutters to the gang leader that he has a weak heart. When Carrot throws a loaf of dwarf bread and it embeds itself in a cart inches from his face, the Lemony Narrator notes that he also has a fragile bladder.
- Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
- From the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Ancestor Cell, after the humanoid TARDIS seriously malfunctions, crashlands in a horrible spooky place, and spits out everything inside her, including the Doctor and his companion Fitz, who admits to farting with terror:
The Doctor: "[...]There's a stench of decay here.""Sorry." Fitz smiled and wafted with his hands. "That would be me. Well, I was very frightened."
- Fitz also once either pissed himself or came very close when trying to rescue the Doctor from the living personification of Future Me Scares Me, or possibly just the Doctor's own paradoxical and terrifying future self, in what he describes as a "surrealist hell". True to this trope, he was quite happy about the fact he was too soaked for anyone to notice. Under the circumstances, it just makes him all the more sympathetic and admirable.
- In the Doctor Who Missing Adventures novel State of Change, Peri speaks of having an 'accident' out of terror while Strapped to an Operating Table in Vengeance on Varos.
- From the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Ancestor Cell, after the humanoid TARDIS seriously malfunctions, crashlands in a horrible spooky place, and spits out everything inside her, including the Doctor and his companion Fitz, who admits to farting with terror:
- Discussed in Dragonseye, between B'nurrin and K'vin about the prospect of facing the first Threadfall in two hundred years (they're at the end of the first Interval, about to face the Second Pass). K'vin's Weyrwoman, Zulaya, surprises him by admitting she's concerned about needing to change pants during Fall herself.
- This happens twice to Leresy Cadigus in the Dragons of Requiem trilogy The Dragon War, most notably after Valien nearly executes him. A jailor named Halfhead also wets his pants in Dawn of Dragons after Tanin threatens to "curse" him into becoming a dragon.
- The Dresden Files: In Battle Ground Rudolph is reduced to a blubbering mess in a pool of his own urine when Harry comes gunning for his blood for killing Murphy.
- The English Dragon: Played straight. Oliver wets himself while panicking about Ben's disappearance.
- Everworld: David wets himself when Loki (in giant form) grabs him and yells at him like a hurricane. It doesn't help his massive self-image problems due to being raped as a child. Loki, Jerkass God that he is, tells his mooks to "kill the cowardly one slowly".
- Family Skeleton Mysteries: Haunted house attractions are noted for having caused this in a few people, including the man who tried to molest a six-year-old Georgia (though Sid's revival also played a part), and at least one of the people attending McHades Hall.
- In Feed, as Shaun and Georgia find they're in the middle of a bunch of zombies:
Shaun: "Holy —"
Georgia: "We're past saying it and all the way to doing it."
- Flashman farts his way down the Valley of Death during the Charge of the Light Brigade, as he hasn't eaten for days and so has no solid matter to 'release'.
- Flowers for Algernon: In his youth Charlie tended to 'make' in his pants whenever he got scared, which, considering he's mentally disabled, happens rather often. Then his mother Rose makes it worse by spanking him for soiling himself, thinking that will stop him from doing it/being mentally disabled.
- Foundation Series's Foundation's Fear: While Hari Seldon and Dors Venabili are training to pilot a tiny spaceship through a tiny "wild worm", he notices that the apparently risk-loving pilots have memorial plaques on their urinals, rather than public memorials or gravestones. They record their use of the place to "relieve" themselves, rather than their death. As you might expect, he shit himself on the first training run.
In the men's room, above the urinal he used, Hari saw a small gold plaque: Senior Pilot Joquan Beunn relieved himself here Octdent 4, 13,435.
Every urinal had a similar plaque. There was a washing machine in the locker room with a large plaque over it, reading The entire 43rd Pilot Corps relieved themselves here Marlass 18, 13,675.
Pilot humor. It turned out to be absolutely predictive. He messed himself on his first training run.
- The first Franny K. Stein book, Lunch Walks Among Us, had a running gag where one kid at Franny's school kept wetting his pants. The last instance has him wetting himself when he and the other children watch in horror as Franny uses the lunch meat from the kids' sandwiches to create a Frankenstein's Monster.
- A Girl Named Disaster: The first time she sees a landmine go off, Nhamo wets her pants.
- Going After Cacciato - This is why most of the book's plot even exists.
- In the first Gord The Rogue novel (a D&D World of Greyhawk tie-in), Gord pees himself during a beginning of the book encounter with a street gang. After leveling up big time, Gord heads back to that neighborhood at the end of the book specifically to make the gang leader both piss and crap his pants.
- Happens in Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson, due to the castor oil lubricant used by World War One aircraft. Another pilot recommends drinking Scotch to solve the problem, which also solves another trope.
- Just about every single Gotrek & Felix novel involving skaven (Rat Men with Dirty Coward as one of their biggest hats) will contain a reference to a skaven spraying/spurting/releasing "fear musk".
- In the more recent books of the Honor Harrington series, high-ranking Solarian officers frequently make snide comments about how the opposing Manticoran commander must be suffering from this. Then the Sollies wonder why the Manty commander isn't backing down. Then a Manticoran Missile Massacre gets launched.
- Lampshaded and averted in The Hunt for Red October, when Jack Ryan - in a nervous spot - congratulates himself for having gone to the toilet prior to the scary bits.
- The Imperial Radch trilogy: Invoked by Tisarwat, who makes a deliberately inept attempt to infiltrate an enemy spaceship, then breaks down sobbing and wets her pants as soon as she's captured. The display distracts the enemy leader from the fact that Tisarwat has the top-level access codes to take control of the spaceship AI, which she quickly does.
- In The Incredible Hulk novel What Savage Beast, a villain soils himself after Banner Hulks out (the villain had inadvertently destroyed the Applied Phlebotinum that was keeping Banner from turning into the Hulk while attacking him).
- Jurassic Park: PR representative Ed Regis, when he realizes that the electric fences don't work and that T. rex is about to escape her enclosure, wets his pants, runs out of the car, and leaves Lex and Tim to their fate.
- A number of Stephen King works feature this. The Shining, The Stand, Gerald's Game to name a few...
- In Life Is A Road, author Daniel Meyer tells a tale of a young boy who's friends had knocked over Daniel's motorcycle. The young boy tried to right it but failed, and waited for the owner to help him—who happened to be a 300-pound Badass Biker. The boy wet himself and nearly fainted, but still didn't run, and thus Daniel deemed this kid—wet crotch and all—a man.
- After Mugging the Monster in The Man Who Controlled Metal, Bert loses bladder control when his own knife cuts into his throat by the title character's power.
- The titular main character of "The Misadventures of Max Crumbly" states that he has bladder issues that flare up when he gets scared or anxious.
- In the novelization trilogy of Mobile Suit Gundam one Newtype pilot has the unfortunate chance to both evacuate their bowels and bladder at the same time.
- In Norman Mailer's World War II novel, The Naked and the Dead a young soldier named Hennessey soils himself during an attack. He wants to clean up, so he climbs out of his foxhole, and soon killed by an artillery shell.
- In the obscure novel No Refuge, a wedding party is taken at gunpoint and the groom breaks down and poos in his pants when threatened. Later, in a brutal subversion of Beauty Is Never Tarnished, the lead bridesmaid has her face pushed into boiling fat as punishment for an escape attempt and she wets herself in terror when she realises what's going to happen.
- Villain William Hamleigh does not make a good end as he is marched to the gallows in The Pillars of the Earth.
- In The Pirates Covered in Fur, Captain Lyle Krinkor shits himself after Michum cuts off his paw and starts torturing him.
- In Point Of Impact by Stephen Hunter, the character Jack Payne's most embarrassing memory was soiling himself in front of his fellow soldiers when he was charged by a Viet Cong soldier.
- There was mention of "panic shit" in Raptor Red, when an animal was attacked.
- The Reynard Cycle: Chanticleer soils himself when he is put into a pit with two chimera.
- In The Lords of the North, third installment in Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories, this happens to minor character Balthi when he witnesses Uhtred kick seven kinds of shit out of Sven Kjartansson and a group of his men. Uhtred observes that he knows Balthi has lost bladder control because "I could smell it, and hear it dripping".
- In Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out So I Teamed Up With A Mythical Sorceress! Nadine faces against Katherine, a surprisingly talented mage, during the match between Lilium and Tanya's former party. Katherine is such a formadable opponent that Nadine finally shows her true colors as a former Assassin and is able to grab Katherine and put a knife at her throat, coldly telling her she can either forfeit or die. Sure enough, Katherine's fright is so great that she actually wets herself in front of the entire audience.
- In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen's skyship maneuvers wreak havoc on the younger and less hardened people unfortunate enough to be on board.
- In Sheep's Clothing Doc's narration mentions obliquely that he pisses himself while a vampiress is attacking him.
- Characters in A Song of Ice and Fire crap their pants frequently when they become afraid. Several examples being Maester Luwin after being threatened by Tyrion with execution, Samwell Tarly several times due to his cowardice, and a boy who Arya beats with a stick for messing with her.
- In Faye Kellerman's Stalker, Cindy is kidnapped by Tropper who is taking her to the woods to be killed. Cindy keeps herself from panicking out of fear she'll soil herself. When Tropper stops the car, Cindy realizes she's going to die and wets herself.
- Robert R. McCammon's Stinger featured a shell shocked war veteran Sarge Dennison being among the victims of a small town to be kidnapped by an alien invader and when Sarge gets a good look at the alien he's so terrified that he wets his pants.
- The Stormlight Archive:
Adolin: "So yes, I Adolin Kholin cousin to the king, heir to the Kholin princedom have shat myself in my Shardplate. Three times, all on purpose."
- Defied in The Way of Kings. The Decoy Protagonist, a newly conscripted soldier, is told at the start of a battle to intentionally piss himself now if he needs to go, because otherwise he'd be distracted either by a full bladder or accidentally pissing himself out of fear.
- Discussed in Words of Radiance. Adolin admits that since Shardplate requires help to remove, he can't just take it off once it's on, so if he has to go, he goes right there. He admits this on the first date with his fiance, at her prompting.
- In chapter 4 of Tails of Fame, Rast pisses his pants after he's nearly shot to death by Doug.
- Temeraire - Temeraire is annoyed by soldiers' tendency to do this whenever he performs any sort of minor aerial maneuver while he carries them. He thinks that he'll have to bathe for a week before feeling clean again.
- Theatrica features someone urinating themselves just before standing trial. The trial procedure is severe, and the punishment system rather brutal.
- A young member of a bomber crew wets himself while flying a mission in Under an English Heaven. He's too embarrassed to tell anyone he's now soaking wet below the waist, and due to the extreme cold inside the cabin, ends up losing both his legs.
- Warhammer 40,000 - Commissar Ciaphas Cain, Hero of the Imperium, remarks on several occasions that he may seem brave at this moment, but he really, really needs to change his pants.
- Cain gets to help deliver one of these in The Traitor's Hand. He and an Arbite are tag-team interrogating a smuggler who hadn't realized he was working for a Chaos cult. Once this gets explained to the smuggler, Cain comments that he now understands why the interrogation chamber has a floor drain.
- Whateley Universe:
Negator didnt say anything, he just hid in the bushes and created yellow snow.
- The Second Book of Jobe: (Part 1), said by Jobe regarding Negator, after Counterpoint attacks Jobe when near Negator:
Now she had two sets of memories of what had happened. The thoughts and images were too much. With a cry of despair, she toppled off her feet. She realized with shame that she hadnt even been able to keep control of her bladder.
- Happens to two out of three bad guys in "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy".
- Jade, after she cleans out the magically dangerous sewers, in Jade 3: Being a Girl:
Christ! Stan muttered, sounding more like his normal easy-going self. The kid pissed herself.
- The Witchlands: In the first book, Leopold has a tense meeting with the Empress of Marstok, during which she uses her magic to aim three knives at his face, neck, and heart. He remains unflappable through the rest of the meeting, but his first order upon returning to his ship is for the commander of his personal guard to fetch him a clean pair of breeches.
- In World War Z, Todd Waino describes this happening to him and his fellow soldiers (both literally and metaphorically...maybe) in every section he's interviewed in except the final one.
- Fernando Oliviera, the black-market transplant surgeon, wets himself as he shoots a zombie.
- The universe seems determined to make Raymond Gunt of Worst. Person. Ever. crap himself. Its most spectacular moment comes after witnessing an atomic bomb detonate in the Pacific Trash Vortex. The plane cartwheels, leading Ray to understandably void his bowels. Like every other humiliating act in the story, it's rubbed in his face.
- In the 2 Broke Girls episode, "And the Hold-Up", Caroline is so scared during the title incident that she pees all over the floor, ruining Oleg's chance to play the hero. Later, Han, who did play the hero by pulling a gun no one had suspected he had on the robber, wets himself when confronted by an usher at a movie theater and being unable to find his ticket.
- This happens to one of a group of African kids in 24: Redemption when a group of soldiers ambush a football game to conscript the children playing into joining the General Juma's coup d'etat.
- 30 Rock - Liz outs a randy, ditzy female writer as a formerly intellectual standup comic, who angrily explains she'd changed her identity to escape an abusive husband. Lutz gallantly vows to protect her, but a second later, when an entering UPS man is mistaken for her husband, he promptly surrenders her up and wets himself.
- American Horror Story: Murder House: A girl caught in the middle of a school shooting pisses herself while hiding from the shooter.
- Angel. In "You're Welcome", Lorne finds out that the arterial blood of a demon is required for a spell, and asks if urine could work instead after Gunn produces a knife.
- In Bangkok Hilton, Mandy wets herself as she faces the firing squad.
- Merton Dingle from Big Wolf on Campus has wet himself when facing various forces of evil. At one point, he even recites a haiku in which he mentions that he soiled himself and feels shame for doing so.
- In The Blue And The Gray TV miniseries, Malachi wets himself while going into his first battle of the The American Civil War. He whispers the fact to his brother and says that everyone is going to notice. His brother then mentions that everyone had just crossed a deep creek.
- In one episode of Boston Legal, Alan Shore, who has had an intense fear of clowns since childhood, gets stuck in a case involving a professional clown, who to his horror shows up in the courtroom in uniform. He refuses to cross-examine him and spends the whole case awkwardly trying to avoid looking at him. As he later confesses to Denny Crane, he sincerely fears he might wet himself the whole time, though he does not actually do so.
- In the final episode of Bottom, Eddie fills his pants twice, once for each time the police call.
- Breaking Bad: Mike recounts a story in which he threatened a chronic wife beater with his life if the latter continued in his ways. The wife-beater, according to Mike, "was crying, going to the bathroom all over himself." The beater eventually kills his wife, and it is implied Mike made good on his promise.
- In one sketch by Rory Bremner, Bremner portrayed David Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time. Early on, he makes a Blind Mistake which almost leads to an accident:
Blunkett: (sniffs) Has the dog dropped one?Interviewer: Actually, that was me.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Chosen", as the cast march into Sunnydale High for the final battle, Xander tells the Potentials where the bathrooms are. If they don't have to go, he suggests they picture what they're about to face - an army of Ubervamps under the Hellmouth. "Better to go now."
Alexis: Weren't you scared?Castle: Me? Scared? No way, come on. Now excuse while I change my shorts.
- In Coupling, one episode involves Jeff's rather kinky interactions with his girlfriend, who ends up Chained to a Bed after he accidentally swallows the handcuff key. Earlier in the episode, he references buying laxatives in order to retrieve the key, but after he gets threatened by the girlfriend's psycho ex-boyfriend, he remarks that that will no longer be a problem.
- Very grim example: An Unsub on Criminal Minds slaughters a teenage boy's family, and the young man hides in a closet to call 911. When the killer pauses outside the closet door, the terrified teen wets himself, and the puddle of urine seeps under the door and betrays his presence. The Unsub leaves the teen unharmed, because the culprit wants to punish him for his bullying ways by stripping him of both his family and his courage.
- CSI had a reference in Paper or Plastic?. Catherine was talking to a guy who witnessed a robbery and shooting in a grocery store. The guy is acting nervous and when Catherine asks if he has someplace he has to be, he replies that he has to go change his pants.
- Doctor Who
Rory (after one robot shoots Brian): I will take you apart cog by cog and melt you down when all this is over!
- A variation involving robots in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship":
Robot: Oh, Im so scared! Actually, I might be. A little bit of oil just came out.
The Doctor: Let him go, 'cause you do not want those words to be your last ones!
- Averted in "Last Christmas". A woman has to enter a room holding several alien monsters, and says she has to pee first. The others are monitoring her life signs, however, and know she's just stalling.
- To the Thirteenth Doctor, in "It Takes You Away". Graham insults Ribbons saying he smells like wee. He responds "That's not my wee.." at which point the Doctor threatens him to shut up!
- On Everybody Loves Raymond, Frank startles Ray by showing up out of nowhere.
Ray: Where'd you come from?Frank: The laundry room.Ray: How long you been hiding in there?Frank: Long enough to know you could use some new underwear.Ray: Yeah, well I could use some now!
- Family Feud: One of the questions early in the 2013-2014 season asked was to name color of underwear a man buys "because it hides dirts and stains." Brown actually was the No. 2 answer, with black being the top response; FWIW, gray and blue were Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
- Game of Thrones:
Davos: You think they ever met a pirate who didn't tell them that joke?
- King Robert is reminiscing about his first kill, and says that the minstrels never sing about how people shit themselves when they're mortally wounded.
- The Mountain is choosing a random prisoner to torture and kill. After Hot Pie is passed over and another prisoner is chosen, the camera zooms out to reveal he wet himself.
- Later on, Salladhor Saan is telling two prostitutes a variation on the Trope Naming joke, about a merchant captain who asks for his red shirt when fighting off one and then two pirate ships, but then asks for his brown pants when confronted with ten pirate ships, only for both of them to shout out the punchline simultaneously.
- During the election for Lord Commander, Sam mocks Janos Slynt for hiding in a pantry during the recent Battle for Castle Black, saying, "I found him there after the battle was over... in a puddle of his own making." The joke lands with his audience, one of the rare times when Sam receives approval from the men.
- After Pycelle has spent a few minutes insulting Ser Robert Strong, he quite audibly shits himself when he realizes the knight in question is standing behind him.
- During post-battle celebrations, Tormund Giantsbane jokes, "Which one of you cowards shit in my pants?"
- In the first episode of The Grand Tour, the McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar causes its drivers to have this reaction on occasion, with its fearsome speed and acceleration and touchy handling:
Richard Hammond: I didn't think it was possible to shit yourself to death!
- Horrible Histories:
- After being intimidated by a Viking warlord online, Ethelred the Unready decides he might as well go clothes shopping as well... and posts an order for brown leggings.
- Henry VIII bursts in on the matchmaking consultation of the Earl of Arran and the infant Mary, Queen of Scots, and declares war on Scotland. One of the dating agency employees notes that someone needs changing and she doesn't think it's the baby.
- When Cutlass Liz pulls a five-barreled pistol and robs her partner on the Pirate Shopping Network, she says she doesn't want his coat as it is covered in poo. He then says that she won't want his trousers either.
- How I Met Your Mother: Twice to Barney.
-Fluffernutter peed all over my pants!
- In "Arrivederci Fiero", as a result of slowly crashing the Fiero in a bush, during a driving lesson.
- He wets himself in front of Robin's intimidating dad in "Band Or DJ" and blames it on the rabbit.
- The iCarly/Victorious crossover episode iParty With Victorious has Sikowitz literally scaring the pee out of Tori with a trumpet.
- At the end of the second series of The Inbetweeners, Will gets incredibly stressed out about his final exam. In order to get as much study in as possible, he starts drinking large amounts of energy drinks, which end up loosening up his bowels. In spite of the fact that he gets excused to go to the toilet twice during the exam, he shits himself and has to be taken to the school nurse to get his heart rate down. When he gets to the pub later, he doesn't even bother trying to deny it and is remarkably calm about the whole incident, especially after chugging a few pints. This leads to a Running Gag in series 3 where new characters ask him if he's the kid who shit himself in an exam.
- In The Jeff Corwin Experience, Jeff admitted that the curry and animals of India were not very kind to him.
- His exact words when a dozen or more adult tigers were circling around him at a Buddhist monastery: "I'm trying to look cool, but I'm this close to having to change my underpants."
- The Key & Peele sketch parodying The Wire, as seen here here.
- In an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a little girl who was raped wets herself when she's approached by a man, causing Olivia to realize that the man is the rapist.
- The Magicians:
- After mostly comical uses of guns throughout the series, such as breaking into stores, Phil #2 threatens Tandy with a real gun. Tandy needs new pants, underwear, and shoes.
- Referenced when Karl is about to be shot dead by Phil, and mentions that he wore brown underwear for obvious reasons.
- Referred to in the M*A*S*H episode "The Army-Navy Game":
Frank Burns: There's an unexploded shell out there.Hawkeye: We know, Frank, we know.Frank Burns: We've got to evacuate immediately!Hawkeye: I think I did.
- In the "Michael Ellis" episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, an old lady running a poetry reading has this to say:
''I'd like to ask one or two of you at the back not to soil the carpet. There is a restroom upstairs if you find the poems too exciting.
''Talking of filth, I *have* asked you once about the carpet. Now, I do appreciate that last poem was very frightening, but please!
- Later, after a particularly upsetting poem:
- In a Mr. Show sketch during a Hilarious Outtakes montage (for a news program), a man is holding an animal. You expect the blooper to be that the animal wet itself, but it turns out to be the man himself.
- Robert Lee claimed this was necessary after a MythBusters small-scale test literally blew up in Adam's face.
Rob: Fresh underwear for Mr Savage.
Adam: It was absolutely the scariest thing I have ever done on this show. 10 on the brown pants index.
- Another one, in "Inverted Underwater Car":
Tori: Shall we try it again?Grant: Maybe after I get some new underwear.
- Also Grant, after the experiment with the non-dairy creamer cannon caused an enormous fireball:
- On NCIS, Gibbs' team have made bets on whether or not (or in which order) the suspects being questioned will wet or soil themselves.
- A Halloween episode of Night Court has Judge Stone spook a group of kids. The next shot has one of the kids wearing a pair of Bull's pants (with the pants going up to his neck).
- It was referenced often on Reaper.
- Red Dwarf loves this joke:
- In the second episode, "Future Echoes", Holly makes a remark about the inherent difficulty in lightspeed travel.
Holly: "We're traveling faster than the speed of light. That means, by the time we see something, we've already passed through it. Even with an IQ of 6000, it's still brown-trousers time".
- In "The Last Day", when Kryten's would-be replacement announces that Rimmer (though a hologram) is a viable target, Rimmer comments "Well, it's been a few years since I did that."
- From "Back in the Red":
Kryten: We must take action. Be bold, positive, decisive. Suggest we move from blue alert to red alert, sir.Cat: Forget red! Let's go all the way up to brown alert!Kryten: But there's no such thing as brown alert, sir.Cat: You won't be saying that in a minute. And don't say I didn't alert you!
- In "Demons and Angels", Kryten meets up with Cat and Rimmer who are chasing down their Evil Twins called Lows (a physical manifestation of their inner demons, It Makes Sense in Context) and then this conversation happens:
Cat: I found Goalpost Head [Rimmer], no sign of Dormouse Cheeks [Lister], though.Kryten: Sir, I was so worried! What happened?!Rimmer: We were ambushed by a platoon of Lows. I was leading a valiant rear-guard action.Rimmer: It was a tactical maneuver to outfox the enemy.Cat: As was using his uniform as a temporary latrine.
- And even a musical example in the "Tongue-Tied" song:
You make me tongue-tied (tongue-tied),Whenever you are near me.Be-dobby-durble (dobby-durble), durby-dobble (durby-dobble),Whenever you're in town (in town),My trousers, they go brown, girl.
- In the second episode, "Future Echoes", Holly makes a remark about the inherent difficulty in lightspeed travel.
- Rome. Before the battle of Philippi, Marc Antony can't resist getting in a jab at the youthful Octavian, an excellent politician but an inexperienced battle commander.
Antony: If you need to urinate, now would be the time.Octavian: (testily) I'm fine, thank you.Antony: Sure? (Octavian ignores him)
- In an episode of Son of the Beach, main character Notch Johnson tells of his father (Corbin Bernsen), who died in the surf. Later, Notch dons his father's trunks, which have a conspicuous brown stain down the back. Seeing this, Kimberlee says, "Was your father scared when he died?"
- The Sopranos:
- In "Meadowlands", Christopher "does a number two in his pants" as girlfriend Adriana puts it, when he is mock executed by a pair of Russian gangsters.
- In "Fortunate Son", Jackie Jr. pees himself in a car seat when Christopher and another mobster rob a benefit concert.
- And then there was a "businessman" who wet his pants as he was dragged into a dark room so a bunch of mobsters could bash him up.
- In the Southland episode "Wednesday," Sammy Bryant loses control of his bladder when a man with a shotgun shoots up the station.
- Space: Above and Beyond: R. Lee Ermey's Drill Sergeant Nasty gives his officer candidates the rundown on how their spacesuits work, including that a yellow light on their waste collection system "indicates full capacity". Guess what happens to Pags while they're exploring a crashed Chig fighter.
- Woolsey is implied to have pissed himself in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Shroud" after he's pinned to the wall by an annoyed Daniel, who is currently a Prior of the Ori. After being beamed down to the SGC, he starts to look down at himself before being distracted by Jack O'Neill being beamed away. According to Michael Shanks, they were going to include a shot of the actual act, but it was cut for being unnecessary and crude.
- In an episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Catherine Weaver's daughter Savannah wets herself when her mother (who was really not her mother, but a T-1000 who took her form) told her somewhat sternly to sit down beside her during a photo shoot promoting her company, Zeira Corp. The child supposedly knew something was "off" about "her mother".
- The Thick of It - Malcolm Tucker invokes this at one point when summoning Nicola to his office.
Might be an idea to wear brown trousers and a shirt the colour of blood.
- In Threads, the city of Sheffield comes under nuclear attack. One particularly memorable shot is simply a woman's leg, wearing heeled shoes and trousers. A stream of yellow liquid is coming out of the trouser leg. It's insanely horrible. However it did lead to one of the saddest and funniest IMDB profiles ever.
- In the pilot episode, Tommy pees himself when they find out Dad's not dead, and he's standing behind them. Almost unnoticeable, unless you're looking for it. Mentioned in the episode's DVD commentary.
- In the courtroom episode, it's revealed Tommy wet himself when Titus' mother shot her husband. Later, she takes the judge hostage, but he gets free when Ken goes in to talk to her. Upon seeing evidence of how the judge handled the situation, Tommy gloats, "Oh, look! The Judge wet himself!"
- Top Gear: When things pass from "not gone well" to "dangerously wrong", expect Clarkson to claim "Some poo's come out!" For example, after nearly crashing his sports car-cum-train into an actual train facing the opposite way on the same track. Hammond will also claim to have "had a wee" from time to time.
- The tradition continued when the trio switched over to The Grand Tour During the cable car challenge of the Namibia special Jeremy declares that his "rectum has just opened like a set of theatre curtains" while Hammond suggests that brown leather would have been a better upholstery choice after an acceleration/braking challenge in a classic Jaguar with the end of the track being a very high cliff.
- In True Blood, an unfortunate police officer wets himself after a close call with Bill.
- In The Tudors, Catherine Howard wets herself at the sight of Lady Rochford's death.
- Two and a Half Men: After Walden apologises for nearly killing them with his reckless driving, Alan apologises for peeing on his car seat.
- Van Helsing (2016): In "Wakey, Wakey", a teenage Scarlett Harker pulled a knife on a boy who wouldn't keep his hands to himself, and he wet himself.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? - This is said almost word-for-word by Colin when the Scene From The Hat was Confusing Battle Cries.
- In The Young Ones episode "Flood" Mike happens to mention that there's a lion tamer in his bedroom. Neil, not knowing this, opens the door to Mike's room. When he sees the lion there's a loud squelch.
- It happens to him again in the second series episode "Time". A light bulb in the ceiling decided to leave to get away from Neil's BO (Vyvyan was holding him over his head to use as a weapon while fighting with Rick), and Mike, Vyvyan, and Rick are preparing to jump off a ladder and onto one end of a seesaw to propel Neil toward the ceiling to put in a new light bulb. As they count down to the jump, there is a loud squelch. Mike tells Neil not to worry, as that shouldn't affect his overall weight in their calculations.
- Rik also has this happen to him in "Bambi" when he tries to kill himself with laxative pills.
- Mitch Benn's song "Credit Crunch" (which describes the global financial crisis In the Style of... a cereal advertisement) includes the spoken line "And remember, kids, Credit Crunch is so worrying it even turns your trousers brown!"
- Music/Elvira's "Haunted House" claims "you get so nervous that you nearly mess your underwears" upon not knowing if that "Was that just the wind or someone creepin' up the stairs".
- The Lonely Island's "Trouble on Dookie Island" is about two thieves shitting their pants repeatedly (and rapidly) while getting away from cops. Eventually they produce so much shit that their legs get stuck in a mountain of it, causing them to be killed graphically in the shootout.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd in the song Gimme Three Steps:
Well the crowd cleared away, and I began to pray, as the water fell on the floor; I'm telling you son, it ain't no fun, staring straight down a forty-four.
- In the video clip of Rammstein's "Ich Will", Paul advances on a security guard while dragging a terrified woman behind him. The shot changes and suddenly the woman is lying motionless on the floor behind him while Paul keeps coming undeterred — and the guard pees his pants.
- From the Prose Edda: The clay giant Mökkurkalfi, who is supposed to aid the giant Hrungnir in a duel with Thor, wets himself when he sees Thor approaching.
...he was sore afraid, and it is said that he wet himself when he saw Thor.
- In some translations of The Bible in the Book of Daniel, when King Belshazzar of Babylon saw the hand writing the Portent of Doom on the wall when he and his royal court where having a drinking party with the vessels from the Temple of God, the king was so frightened that he urinated in his robes.
- Sycho Sid crapping his pants in the middle of his WrestleMania 13 match against The Undertaker is one of the most enduring tales in the Professional Wrestling fandom. Unfortunately for Sid, he managed to live it down, by replacing that image with his horrific leg break in 2001.
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pulling a "BANG!" flag gun on Vince:
Austin: "McMahon 3:16 says 'I just pissed my pants!'"
- Possibly because of the Vince incident mentioned above, anytime a non-wrestling persona is in the ring with a wrestler, under the implication he's going to get his ass kicked, the ring announcers always say something to the extent of "Good thing he's wearing dark pants."
- Jim Cornette shat himself when Boogeyman debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling. This was actually a case of Cornette failing to control his temper due to anger rather than fear, but we only learned that in hindsight since at the time he was telling everyone Boogeyman was the dangerous individual he had warned them about earlier and were supposed to be running from(Boogeyman had accidentally injured a fan by snapping some railing in an attempt to intimidate a wrestler who had missed his cue to flee).
- In the 2011 revival of WWE Tough Enough, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin admitted that very early in his career, he shat himself in the middle of a match, but simply continued.
- Stephanie McMahon may have followed in Daddy's footsteps at the 2014 PPV Payback. After getting slapped hard by Brie Bella, some keen-eyed viewers noticed a dark streak on the back of Steph's dress when she was fleeing the ring. It's debated whether she did indeed accidentally wet herself when Brie slapped her (the slap was probably scripted, but Stephanie might not have expected it at that exact moment and the speed and strength of it might've literally knocked the piss out of her) or if the "stain" was actually a part of the dress itself underneath the top layer that happened to hit an unfortunate camera angle.
- At Survivor Series 2018, Drake Maverick peed himself when Big Show was about to attack him.
- At the end of the "And All That Jazz" number in Chicago Roxie shoots Fred and then announces "I gotta pee!"
- Happens regularly in Aristophanes' plays, an example from The Frogs (Dionysos' slave Xanthias has just described to him a horrible monster that may or may not have existed) :
Dionysos: How I went pale at this sight!Xanthias: (points at Dionysos' robe) And this, out of fright, went brown for you.
- In A Very Potter Sequel, right before they travel back in time, says something along the lines of, "I hope you're all wearing your diapers." After the time travel, Ron asked, "Why did I just shit my pants?"
- In Battlefield: Vietnam, the player character would whimper and then proceed to defecate if you let yourself fall without using a parachute for a long enough time.
- If you enter a room in The Binding of Isaac with only half a heart your character will leave a yellow puddle next to the door, even if you're playing as a ghost, demon, or angel of destruction. However, if you play as Eve she will leave a bloodstain instead.
- In Black Mesa, the scientist hiding in the dumpster soils himself when a headcrab leaps at him, explaining why he can't come with Gordon which was unexplained in the original Half-Life 1.
- A recurring theme in BlazBlue:
"A thousand pardons, for you and your excrement both.
- In Calamity Trigger Reconstructed, we have a moment when Rachel teleports right in front of Ragna.
- Shows up twice in in Continuum Shift Extend:
- Hazama cops to nearly peeing himself when Makoto sends his local plans down in flames during Slight Hope.
- In Valkenhayn's Joke Ending, after Valkenhayn tells a legend of a creature that makes even Hakuman pee himself (ignoring the Fridge Logic of him being Animated Armor). Ragna comments "You're gonna make me pee." Taokaka then admits that she just did.
- In the opening scene of Breath of Fire 3, one of the miner claims to have wet himself in fright of the main character Ryu (in dragon form) running wild through the mine, spreading panic to all the workers.
- In the Thieves' Forest area of Castle Crashers, there are instances where an owl, a deer, and even a bear, soil themselves in fright at some creature stomping around the woods. In the Abandoned Mill immediately following, you see the huge creature firsthand, and have to ride one of the deer to safety. The deer may or may not have the runs as it runs.
- Played for Laughs in the ending to De Blob 2 when the hero defecates red paint onto the Hypno Ray dish at sight of the black hole.
- Can be invoked and weaponized in Diablo III if you are equipped with the Legendary pants Pox Fauldsnote . If at least three enemies are nearby, you trigger the Stinky status buff, which generates a toxic cloud that deals significant (450-550% weapon damage per second) poison damage for several seconds. These can easily dispatch a mob of low-level Mooks without even making any other attacks.
- Happens occasionally in Disgaea:
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories:
- Tink voids himself in anticipation of summoning Tyrant Overlord Zenon.
- An encounter in the Item World has the player ending up in a bonus room full of cockatrices to initiate a fight. The cockatrice the player talks to claims to wet his feathers in surprise.
- During Laharl's anime-rific cutscene, Taro pees down his leg in fearsome awe.
- Several characters soil themselves at the mere mention of Tyrant Overlord Baal in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice.
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten- Fuka worries about wetting her bed when she gets scared at one point.
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories:
- Referenced in the Dragon Age games a number of times:
- In Dragon Age: Origins:
- Before the battle of Ostagar, Alistair and the Player Character are sent to go ready a signal fire. If you ask Duncan what you should do if the archdemon appears on the battlefield, Alistair quips "We soil our drawers, that's what."
- If you run into a dragon, Zevran may say "I, I may have just browned my drawers, no? Phew! Ha, ha..."
- In Dragon Age II:
- Viscount Dumar sums up the escalating racial / religious tension with the Qunari thusly, "I'm preparing for the worst. The very worst. This may require absorbent linens."
- Also if you bring Isabela on the "Haunted" companion quest at Bartrand's estate, "I really should have visited the privy before coming here."
- In Dragon Age: Origins:
- In Eternal Sonata, the party is about to cross the unstable-looking Cabasa Bridge. Beat thinks he's going to wet himself. After they cross, Allegretto asks if he did, and Beat denies it nervously.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, after the opening siege mission, one member of SeeD claims he wet himself on the battlefield.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, in Sully and Stahl's S support, Stahl admits that he's so nervous at the prospect of asking Sully to marry him that he almost feels like soiling his pants.
- Five Nights at Freddy's: When you complete a custom night in Games 1 and 2, you get fired for "Tampering with the Animatronics. General Unprofessionalism. Odor."
- Used as a joke by Lt.-Cmd. Snipes in FreeSpace 2, during a recon mission far behind enemy lines with only a very small time window before they get left behind by the rest of the Allied fleet. His wing of starfighters exits from the subspace node the exact moment a Shivan Sathanas-class Juggernaut accelerates to full speed to enter it.
Snipes: That was a little too close. Now we gotta wait 15 minutes before we can change our shorts.
- In one cutscene of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy enters Rosenberg's office while the lawyer is asleep on the couch and slams the door hard enough to scare Rosenberg out of his sleep, followed by this line by the latter.
Rosenberg: Aw jeez! I'm going to need new pants!
- A mission in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony involves intimidating a man harassing Gay Tony by tossing him from a helicopter at high altitude, then skydiving out to catch him and carry him to the ground via parachute. When you release him on the ground, he staggers away with diarrhea streaming out of his shorts.
- Face a foe in Hyperdimension Neptunia who's a significant number of levels above you and Nep-Nep might start the fight by requesting a change of underwear.
- In indie game Investigate This: Scarecrow, female private investigator Hannah remarks that she needs a "change of undies" after crashing into the titular Scarecrow.
- The aftermath of your first encounter with a Clicker in The Last of Us has Ellie mentioning that she shat her pants.
- The cat toy in Little Inferno does this when it's set on fire. Producing a pile larger than the cat is.
- One of the things a classmate will say to you in Lollipop Chainsaw upon being rescued is, "Don't worry about the smell. I just shit myself."
- Mass Effect 2 -
- "Be still, Mouse. You can change your pants in a moment." Comes after two Oh, Crap! lines in quick succession, no less.
- Admiral Han'Gerrel views one of his fellow admirals as such a coward that Han'Gerrel calls him "suit-wetter". They are quarians, and always clad in environmental suits.
- The Citadel DLC of Mass Effect 3 has this occur if one has Liara and Tali in their party while infiltrating the hijacked Normandy. In response to Liara asking "Are you ready?", Tali remarks that she has to use the bathroom... and casually does so right then and there. It can be seen here.
- In Medal of Honor: Allied Assault at the end of the Norway campaign, "Scuttling the U-529", one of the escort ally soldiers quote, "I think I wet myself".
- In Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, during the course of the "Flyboys" mission, your teammate Frank Minoso will mention he's "low on ammo, and needs to change his shorts".
- A Running Gag in the Metal Gear series. Whenever a member of the Emmerich family shows up, expect them to wet themselves in fear at some point.
- The first Metal Gear Solid has Otacon peeing his pants when confronted with an insane cyborg ninja. This gets mentioned in the Tanker chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2, where if you hide in a locker, Otacon will note that this is like when he and Snake first met, only reversed. Snake will then add, "Not unless I wet my pants."
- Happens to Otacon's sister as well in Metal Gear Solid 2. One of the elderly hostages in the Plant mission will also wet herself upon you mistaking her for Jennifer.
- In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Sokolov — though not an Emmerich, but still kind of a stand-in since he is resident scientist of the story — wets himself when Ocelot decides to play Russian Roulette with him while juggling three pistols. Snake also does this while being tortured by Colonel Volgin, but only because the electrical surges caused him to lose bladder control.
- This happens to Johnny Sasaki in every game he's been in. And if he doesn't crap his pants in a scene, he comes very close. Best example: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, he shits his britches in the midst of a fight with Liquid's Haven Troopers, much to the disgust of everyone else.
- And in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Otacon's father Huey wet himself when Skull Face pushed him down a flight of stairs. It definitely runs in the family.
- The Dragoon Sidequest in Ogre Battle 64 has the player searching for a legendary dragon name the Grozz Nuy. In the process of finding it, the player must track down a series of equipment pieces, all of them take some investigation all over the game's world. Searching for the Dragoon's sword has the player locating a barkeep- a man who claims he saw the dragon, peed his pants, then passed out in the snow.
- Case 3 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations, when Phoenix had to confront Furio Tigre in court.
Phoenix Wright: *gulp* Maybe I should have brought a diaper with me today.
- In Planescape: Torment, a very stuck-up lecturer in the Sensorium is giving a rather uninformed and overall bad talk on the Blood War. One of the main character's possible responses to this is to literally scare the crap out of him.
- Tagline for Plants vs. Zombies: "Be prepared to soil your plants!"
- Can't blame Derek Badger for doing this in Poacher, when he's first introduced to the Barghest, a ten foot tall Killer Rabbit and the first proper boss of the game. Still manages to be an Unfazed Everyman in spite of it.
"I've just cacked me pants."
- Some of the Mooks in The Punisher will say they've wet or soiled themselves after Castle gruesomely kills a fellow Mook in front of them. There is also a hostage who will say he crapped his pants after Castle forces a Mook to disarm a bomb he had strapped onto his body.
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal: When Captain Qwark first encountered the ameboids he immediately executed emergency response plan "number 2".
Qwark: Hey! Wait just a minute.
- After the Cat Scare — well, Mannequin Scare really — in the upstairs bathroom from Return To Ravenhearst, you can click on the (disgusting) toilet, triggering a captioned comment from your character that suggests you've just invoked this trope:
"No thanks, I just went."
- Capcom's Shadow of Rome: The player has the ability to scare opponents into peeing themselves. In fact, it's one of the game's side goals.
- The Sims -
- Sometimes happens to Sims when they see ghosts.
- Vampires in The Sims 2: Nightlife can also inflict this on other sims with the "bleh!" interaction.
- Used several times during the Space Quest series:
Space Quest I (after crash landing an escape pod): That is the seat. It may be slightly moist after that landing.
- Since Stacking takes place in a world populated by Russian matroyshka dolls, scared people leave behind sawdust.
- In the beginning of Tony Hawk's Underground 2, the skaters are kidnapped and taken to a dark room by two guys in hockey masks (really Tony and Bam), the guy in the hockey mask (Bam) attempts to cut Eric Sparrow with a chainsaw. Eric screams in terror and is revealed to have pissed and shat himself at the same time.
- In the Death Knight starting area in World of Warcraft, one of the enemies you face, the Scarlet Peasant, will sometimes on being attacked say "ungh... I... I think I pooped..."
- Dr. Havoc's Diary: In Episode 13, it's revealed that a lot of Ally Havoc's dates piss themselves thanks to you-know-who on their tails.
- Happy Tree Friends: A group of characters are riding on a school bus around a perilous cliff. Petunia the skunk has been drinking a lot of cherry juice and needs to visit the washroom. Chaos ensues, and soon the bus is headed for the edge of a cliff. Petunia puddles the floor (the puddle is strangely coming out of her feet rather than her crotch), then later dies.
- Homestar Runner:
- In the Strong Bad Email "the process", Strong Bad urges "the faint of heart or the faint of butt" to leave the room before he explains how to write a Strong Bad Email.
- Happens to Coach Z in an Easter egg in "alternate universe", after he and Homestar Runner somehow end up in the Black Lodge.
Coach Z: I dunno what's goin' on, Homestar, but I'm not at liberty to discuss what I just did in my pants!
- In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: 8-Bit is Enough, if you try to leave the house without talking to Strong Sad he'll say "Where are you going? You can't take on Trogdor without calling product support first! You'll void your warranty! And maybe your bladder!"
- Dada of Pucca pees himself on almost all episodes (or just every one), leaving a nasty yellow puddle behind. He pees himself every time he gets scared or tense, than happens to be every time anyone confronts him, or even talks or looks at him...
- Red vs. Blue:
- In Revelation episode 19, after the Reds and Blues crash-land a Pelican in Avalanche:
- In the previous season, Epsilon!Church is in a Monitor body, and he tries to figure out how to use his laser face. Tucker and Caboose give him suggestions about emotions causing the laser to activate, leading to the use of a variation of this trope.
Tucker: Maybe mad makes a red laser, and depressed makes a blue laser.
Caboose: Well, I hope we don't find out what makes a brown laser...
- In "Last Words", Doc sits in an out-of-control jeep. When it finally stops, he tells the others that the seat will need a thorough cleaning.
- Zero Punctuation: Yahtzee refers to the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent as being "almost unmatched as a constipation aid." He also praises Condemned: Criminal Origins as providing the sort of immersion that launched an unexpected cat right back off his lap with a reflexive jet of pee, where its sequel filled his pants "with unrelenting grit and terrified wee."
- Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater somehow manages to do this to Thief's pants, while the latter is wearing them.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
- Martin the Monster makes a bad guy flunky do this.
- Earlier in the comic, we get this delightful quote from a ninja on the bad end of the Inverse Ninja Law:
"I can't stop peeing my pants. I'm out of urine, but I'm peeing my pants with blood now because of my body's biological need to pee my pants from the terror I'm experiencing"
- And again in this strip.
- In The Adventures of Sue and Kathryn!, this is the response of some of the neighbors to Sue's invitation to a cookout.
Neighbor Kid: My pants are full of fear!
- Bonnie in one Allen the Alien strip when she notices an alien ship.
- Riley from Angel Moxie wets herself when a giant monster grabs her, prompting the monster to hope that it's sweat. It's confirmed otherwise when Alex teases Riley about it.
- In the webcomic Beatriz Overseer, the character of the same name apparently craps her pants after being attacked by a trio of assassins, she manages to kill all three assassins despite this, though.
- Camp Calomine has the usually cool-headed Charles ask for brown shorts when he learns of a serial killer on the loose.
- Regina Darkblood in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures had this kind of reaction, when she discovered that Dan had awakened as an Incubus since she last fought him.
- In Dead Winter, this happens to a soldier when he's almost crushed between the van he fired at and the wall behind him. Bonus points for the advertising billboard nearby: "That was a close shave!"
- Doc Rat sees this happen to snake medical intern Roy when she ends up tasked with assisting Melanie, a rhino, in giving birth while stuck in a hospital elevator. She ends up in a puddle.
Daniella: I hope thats sanitiser.
Roy: (visibly frowning behind her surgical mask) So do I.
- Exterminatus Now:
- Eastwood wets himself when the gang is stuck in the Collapsing Lair of his Arch-Nemesis Morth. It mostly seems to have been used to lighten the mood of what would otherwise be a genuinely serious, sombre scene.
- Morth himself, after he finally became a daemon prince, only to be cornered by the greater daemon of War whom he royally cheesed off not an hour ago:
Morth: Hm... I think I'm learning a lesson about hubris. And about the waste functions of my new anatomy.
- This is how Zintiel's confrontation with her brother Tares ended in this strip of Flaky Pastry.
- In FreakAngels, after Arkady catches Luke mind-controlling a girl, she hits him with a psychic Brown Note to this effect.
- Arkady: Do you know what that was Luke? That was exactly one second of my overdose experience when we were fifteen. If you ever do something like this again, I am going to give you five minutes of that.
- When Sam tries out the JATO truck in Freefall, he expresses a need for a change of clothes.
- Stew from Fur Will Fly reacts poorly to Brad's arrival in this◊ strip.
- In Kevin & Kell, a minor rabbit character reacts this way to an attempted attack by a lion. Also happens to a rodent extra when Rudy catches it trying to eat one of his plants.
- Edgar also refers to the trope during an early encounter with his girlfriend's father.
- Implied in this MegaTokyo strip.
- Modern MoGal: Dino accidentally scares two kids into soiling themselves when trying to join them as they play with his wife.
- In a moment from Nodwick parodying The Blair Witch Project:
Nodwick: Well this is ominous...
Yeagar: If "ominous" means "something that makes you need to change your shorts", then I've learned a new word today.
- Gabe from Penny Arcade wets himself when Tycho sneaks up on him while he's playing F.E.A.R.. Gabe tries to pass it off as a spilled drink.
- When Thaddeus J. Euphemism shrinks down to a microbe world in The Petri Dish, one microbe poops on the floor when scared.
- In Questionable Content: it's mentioned (though not shown) to have happened to Marten, though as he puts it, "You try being used as a human shield by a scimitar-wielding monk and see how well your bladder holds up!"
- Randy makes Yelling Bird shit himself with fear.
- Schlock Mercenary: Howard Tayler has a lot of fun with this gag. He's used it probably several dozen times since the beginning of the strip.
- Happens in Selkie, when Selkie scares Georgie.
- Sluggy Freelance has used it a few times. Here's one from a pirate captain, no less (in fairness, he just realized that Bun-bun and his crew are rushing in for the kill):
Pirate Captain: Mate, we need something white to wave for surrendering!Mate: Your bloomers?Pirate Captain: A minute too late for that, mate!
- Sonic and Pals. Used so much that it's become a Running Gag.
- Happens in Stage Select when This Banana is Armed makes itself known.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: Kitty, the Evil-Detecting Kitten has this reaction along with very loud meowing to the ghosts attacking in Chapter 10.
- Hunter of Suicide for Hire once cornered a Depraved Homosexual Stalker with a Crush and managed to frighten him into both soiling himself and deciding it was in his better interests to leave Hunter alone.
- Super Stupor: "I don't wanna be a villain anymore! I just wanna go home! And maybe wear pants without feces in them!"
- In this Trigger Star strip, after watching Hash Brown's run-in with Saurkraut, Avocado comments, "Hey, I didn't know your pants could change color."
- AJ in User Friendly here.
- Happens here in Wapsi Square due to a case of Mugging the Monster.
- The Whiteboard: The Fire Dept. captain mentions a need to change his pants after running into Jinx while he was Hulked up by a batch of Doc's weapons-grade Mountain Dew, which turned him from a three foot tall arctic fox kit a feral-looking giant that's taller than even Doc, and has a rather unhappy expression to boot.
- Lupis from the rebooted Darwin's Soldiers Furtopia RP wets himself out of fear several times. Luckily, he spends a fair portion of the RP in diapers. Justified by the fact that he is four years old and not fully toilet trained.
- Most of the characters in Farce of the Three Kingdoms, at one point or another.
- Sometimes, during General Secura's let's plays, when a Jump Scare happens, he'll ask the viewers, "Does anybody else need to change their pants?"
- In Gold Tongues, Petrol pisses his shorts when he realizes a mutant drifter is about to murder him.
- The Literal Video version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" features the line "Get out of my way, I've gotta pee!" After one of the possessed kids leaps at her, she sings "Never mind, I just went on the floor! Now I need to find a mop!"
- The Neverkind Saga:
- Nights In Lonesome Arkham has James Harmond wetting himself when he discovers that the man he's doing a deal with is in fact Lucifer himself.
- Gregory Haines from Under The Cold Moon pisses himself after he finds out Erin killed the werewolf Kieran and she pulls a gun on him and nearly shoots him.
- The Wolves of War has Dr. Kurt Sindermann pissing himself while he's desperately trying to flee from Adam and being subjected to Xi'Acerbia for eternity.
- Over High Seas has Robert Maynard peeing his pants when he's nearly killed in a fierce swordsfight with Edward Thatch.
Harry: Expecto! Expcecto!Bill Corbett: Expecto need a change-a pants after this!
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as Harry is desperately trying and failing to summon his Patronus:
Mike Nelson: Well that was kind of scar-... Kevin what happened?Kevin Murphy: I spilled water in my lap.Mike: But you weren't drinking any-Kevin: I spilled my water!
- The Grudge, after Yoko is attacked by Kayako.
- A Scotsman in Egypt: Several commanders piss themselves when they see just how screwed they are.
- Nick from Smirvlak's Stone shits his pants after he comes across Stilyk's corpse
- The very first thing that Jimmy Brennan of Survival of the Fittest v4 does once he wakes up on the island is... wet himself. Then he starts crying and running around screaming throughout the forest, eventually shouting out that "Craig Hoyle will rape you and wear your skin as a coat!"
- Tabi Gweneth similarly wets herself (and passes out) soon after waking up on the island...notably, she still doesn't realize that she is in fact on Survival of the Fittest. Possibly a natural reaction to being threatened with an umbrella, but it still makes you wonder about her every-day life.
- Tails Series:
- Rast Racklyn in Tails of Fame wets his pants after Douglas nearly kills him in chapter 4.
- Tails of the Bounty Hunter has an anthro pissing himself after Rellis Rottili puts a pistol in his mouth and pulls the trigger, only to reveal afterwards that the gun is empty. Later on, Stollar craps his pants during a stressful gunfight in chapter 16.
- In Tails of the Space Gladiators, a prisoner named Marty Gonlit wets himself after he sees another prisoner's Explosive Leash blowing up in front of him.
- In the classic 1999 flash movie "Tales for the L33t: Hamlet", Marcellus' response to seeing the ghost is to "siht" his pants. This becomes a running gag throughout the film.
- Kaya Seratin from To Welcome Oblivion pees her pants after running into Rhett Talbot, and discovering that he just massacred a restaurant full of people.
- Nash, Film Brain and Linkara have this to say in the failed TV Pilot for Wonder Woman is about to hurt someone: PANTS TO BE DARKENED!note Also happens when JesuOtaku catches the other boys doing a review while he waited four hours to meet Gary Larson.
- Analyst Bronies React: Even with the invisibility spell protecting Trixie from being found by the changelings, Midnight Sonata notes that Trixie surely would have wet herself in fear.
- The Cinema Snob often brings this up, given his pechant for reviewing horror movies. One particularly scary performance had him say "The shit in my pants just shit their pants!"
- Garlic Jr. is definitely in need of brown pants in the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of the first movie, Dead Zone, after summoning the dragon and getting ranted at before his wish is granted.
Krillin: YES GOHAN! I KNOW! On the bright side I no longer have to use the bathroom! ...I'm gonna go get changed.
- Krillin when he and Gohan first learn about Freeza.
- Freelancers: In "Karate", during a masked Devin's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of the similarly masked boys, whom she mistakes as the people who messed up her Scooter, she is particularly ruthless with Owen, who lost "full control" during the attack.
Owen: Full control Devin! I LOST FULL CONTROL! That alleyway is a health hazard now!
- Happens in High Rollers. Cam's reaction to the group theorizing that they're either dealing with a reawakened god or a powerful magician that has made the Ancient Tomb they're in his new stomping ground, is to piss himself.
- The Hire. An obnoxious celebrity forces her way into the Driver's car and demands he take her to the venue. At first he drives very slow to piss her off, then Drives Like Crazy, tossing her about in the seat like a pinball. By the time she gets dumped at the feet of a horde of paparazzi, she's got an embarrassing stain around her crotch. This is implied to be a result of spilling the coffee mug she was holding between her legs at the start, but that's Not What It Looks Like.
- After driving a tank in the series "Jason Drives", Jason comments:
[to the tank's owner] Seriously, that was a lot of fun. And I'm more covered in mud that I usually am at these shoots.[to camera] It's fine, though, because it hides the other stains.
- The Nostalgia Critic does it during the "Top 11 Nostalgic Mind Fucks" countdown, then again in the "Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuck-Ups" countdown, when the Critic wets himself when the Banshee from Darby O'Gill and the Little People is brought up.
- When Outside Xbox find a ghost in the bathroom in the Silent Hills PT:
Jane: I hope you don't need the bathroom.
Andy: I do now!
- Suburban Knights has one of these once the members of That Guy with the Glasses realize the Cloaks aren't just confused LARPers, but actually scary magic people.
Todd in the Shadows: Wet yourselves and run!
- During the fight with Illfang the Kobold Lord in Sword Art Online Abridged:
Illfang: Massive roar
Pop-up appears that reads "Bonus Item: Soiled Pants"
Random Player: Hey! Rare drop!
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
''That ghost didn't scare me, even if I did just s*** my pants!
"I guess I wet my pants for nothing!"
"...I don't have to pee-tinkle anymore."
- The Addams Family (1992) hinted at this trope in the episode "Puttergeist" when Norman Normanmeyer talks about how people reacted to seeing him dressed as the Puttergeist.
Norman: Well, let's just say it was good for the underwear business.
- In Adventure Time, after Marceline's dad throws him an off-screen Nightmare Face, this is implied to occur to the Ice King.
Ice King: A-OHHHHHHH! I've soiled my tunic. Completely by choice!
- Used as a Running Gag on Almost Naked Animals, where Octo (an octopus) "inks" himself when scared.
- American Dad!:
- In the Halloween episode "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", Francine pees herself while visiting Buckle the Mountain Man's haunted house. In the same episode it's revealed that this happens every single Halloween...
- In another episode, Stan participates in an illegal car race, and is so excited that he looks down and finds his crotch is wet.
Stan: I hope this is sweat.
- Invoked in the episode "Kloger" when Steve intentionally craps himself to get out of a fitness test at school.
- In the half episode "Fu Dog Takes A Walk", American Dragon: Jake Long has Fu Dog falling into a pool of growing green goo. Luckily, the title character snatches him out of the air.
Jake: Scared you, didn't I?
Fu Dog: Nah, I'm always this damp.
- A very rare instance where the character doesn't wet themselves occurred in the Animaniacs cartoon "The Girl With The Googily Goop", when Wakko has to go to the bathroom after being scared by the scenery in the cartoon. Dot says that in the kind of cartoon they're in (a cartoon where inanimate objects come to life a la old Disney cartoons), the toilet comes to them. However, the toilet says that he is "going to Flushing", and a fire hydrant agrees with him. Dogs then run them over, and they forget about it. This could have been a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
- Before "The Girl With The Googily Goop", the same thing happened in "Hello Nice Warners". When Mr. Director sees a scary monster in an Indiana Jones spoof, he says he has to use the bathroom, but before we can see the outcome, he uses a rope to lasso the monster and rocks fall on him instead.
- Mentioned in Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Azula gave a very threatening speech to the Dai Li, staring down one agent in particular who Mai later said looked like he was going to pee his pants.
- In the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episode "Party Like It's 1899", Daphne is frightened by the Headless Count trying to kill her and Fred with a sword and comments that she thinks she's "decreed" her pants.
- The Boondocks:
- Uncle Ruckus is mopping a hospital floor when he's suddenly confronted by three gun-toting thugs demanding to know where Gangstalicious is. Ruckus' (surprisingly even-toned) reply: "Could you repeat that again? I couldn't hear you over the sound of me shitting myself."
- Ed Wuncler III claims in the first episode that, after shitting himself over a dozen times in Iraq, and running out of toilet paper and having to use his thumb after the second time, he was nicknamed "Stinkbomb" and no longer taken on patrol for fear of the stench alerting enemies.
- In the Carmen Sandiego episode "The Opera in the Outback Caper", right after the rocket launch is aborted with 2 seconds left, Ivy remarks "Number 2? I just did that in my pants!"
- When the women are attacking the skyscraper in the first episode of City Hunters, one of the men has a yellow puddle form around his feet.
- Family Guy:
- When Peter has a near-death experience Death tries to show him that he needs to appreciate Lois more. When Peter doesn't get it, Death has him return to his body.
Death: The revelation, jackass! It could have helped you save your marriage. But too late. And by the way, when the lightning hit you, you soiled yourself. Enjoy.
- Also in "Brian and Stewie" when Stewie ends up soiling himself, saying that he got scared when the door of the bank closed shut.
- When Peter has a near-death experience Death tries to show him that he needs to appreciate Lois more. When Peter doesn't get it, Death has him return to his body.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends example: Terrence does this at the end of Eddie Monster, after being electrocuted by an electric bunny-like imaginary friend.
- In the Futurama episode "War is The H Word", Fry and Bender join the army to take advantage of a military service discount at a 7/11 to get cheap gum. However, war is declared, and they are forced to fight an intergalactic battle against a bunch of bouncing balls. At one point, Fry is charged with providing covering fire for his unit when the balls mount a huge offensive. Fry chickens out and blasts a hole in the ground to hide in. Later, Zapp berates him saying "While other soldiers were fighting and dying pointlessly, he was hiding in a hole in a pool of his own cowardice." Fry's response? "That wasn't cowardice!"
- Every time bricks fall out of Bender.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
- In an episode, Billy hops into Grim's arms, prompting him to remark, "That better be sweat drippin' down your leg."
- Irwin appears to wet himself a bit. When Mandy blasts him with a fire hose, she quips, "Looks like you wet yourself again," and Irwin is shocked that someone noticed.
- At the end of "Mandy Bites Dog" Mandy's dog Saliva has finally had enough of Mindy insulting him so he snaps and starts acting viciously, Mindy reacts in fear and can audibly be heard wetting herself.
- A Parody Commercial on Jimmy Two-Shoes has a Ghost-In-A-Box scaring a baby, who quickly fills his diaper.
- Alluded to in a episode of Justice League Unlimited where minor villain Plastique is being pop quizzed on what she would do if she unexpectedly ran into Superman in a infiltration mission to the Justice League base; her reply is, "...Before or after I change my shorts?"
- King of the Hill:
- When the depressed and drunk Bill steals a tank and ends up driving it onto a live-fire artillery range, Dale Gribble reacts thusly to a shell exploding nearby: "Gentlemen, the crap has literally been scared out of me..."
- In another episode, "Gone with the Windstorm", Bobby has to deal with a strange bully at school that jumps out of weird places to scare Bobby. One scene, Bobby comes home from school wearing a pair of effeminate pair of track pants. Bobby explains the bully scared him into soiling his regular clothes..
- During the Equalist raid of the Pro-Bending Tournament in The Legend of Korra "And the Winner Is...", the (very dedicated) announcer covers an Equalist trespassing into his booth, aiming a lightning-bending device at him at point-blank range and the wetting of his own pants.
- In LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles , C-3PO says he "oiled himself" after one scary chase sequence.
- In an episode of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, after being terrorized by Dr. Barber Cap'n K'nuckles asks "Do you have anywhere I can swab my poopdeck?"
- Men In Black: The Series:
- Frank swallows a device armed to create a black hole. The agents get it out of him by scaring it out- threatening him with
a painful surgical procedurean axe.
- In another episode a bomb is discovered in MIB headquarters. Someone suggests evacuating the building and Jay remarks "I'm evacuating as we speak".
- Frank swallows a device armed to create a black hole. The agents get it out of him by scaring it out- threatening him with
- Mixels:In the Moon Madness Special, Rokit tells Nurp-Naut a story about the Glowkies which scares him.
Nurp: Eep! Scary story! (Switches to Naut)
Naut: I just made a meteor in my spacesuit!
- Murderface pees himself after Nathan crashes into a pole, knocking him into the street and injuring him.
- The B-plot to "Bookklok" involves most of Dethklok playing with a defibrillator. When someone gets shocked with it, they usually pee themselves.
Murderface: How can I pee on myself when I'm right here?
- Phineas and Ferb: Buford and Baljeet are the usual victims of this.
Buford: (on a sinking ship, dressed as Cupid) Well, that's the end of that diaper.
Buford: (on a roller coaster and a musical) I'm glad I'm wearing boxers that are already brown!
Baljeet: (about to perform) I'm about to let my feelings out through these pleather pants!
Doofenshmirtz: Say goodbye to this pair of lederhosen...
- Suggested in this exchange from the Planet Sheen episode "A Well-Oiled Fighting Ma-Sheen" when Doppy and Mr. Nesmith are shocked that the Londar's cocoon is hatching.
Doppy: And...I glooped.
Mr. Nesmith: I believe I have as well.
- The Powerpuff Girls (2016): While Bubbles is being chased by a sabertooth tiger in "15 Minutes Of Fame":
Bubbles: I'm glad I wore that diaper, for two reasons.
- Mentioned in a couple of Robot Chicken sketches:
- One where the Keebler Elves are being attacked by Cookie Monster.
- Another where Skeletor and gang accidentally succeed in killing He-Man and the power of Castle Greyskull goes to Orko.
Orko:: I HAVE THE POWEEERRR!
Skeletor: I have crapped my pants!
- In one episode, Cortez kills Cheif Montezuma, whose ghost appears as a huge, ghastly face screaming "REVENGE!!!" Cortez promptly shits his drawers. This goes on to be a running gag for the episode, culminating in him destroying the shorts of a bunch of drivers trapped in a traffic jam. This is a play on the illness "Montezuma's Revenge," which is brought on due to gringos drinking Mexican tap water and getting the trots from it.
- Done lots of times in The Simpsons:
- In "Simpsons Bible Stories", when the Simpsons sleep through church and wake up to find that the Armageddon has begun:
Marge: Are you kids wearing clean underwear?Bart: Not anymore.
- When learning how to pilot a helicopter, Barney has his helicopter thrown into a tail spin. After the instructor corrects the flight and apologizes to his teacher he's told not to worry, that's what the diapers are for.
- In "Treehouse of Horror III", Bart says he has a story so scary you'll wet your pants. Grandpa tells him he already did.
- In ''Treehouse of Horror IV", Bart awakens from a frightening dream. His first words after calming down are "I hope this is sweat."
- In "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", the children of Springfield sneak into a horror movie called The Bloodening, about children with psychic powers (parodying Village of the Damned). During a showdown with an angry mob with Torches and Pitchforks, they start revealing the secrets of the town by reading their minds. Just before the cutaway, the thought they reveal is "Now you're thinking 'I hope that's Shepherd's Pie in my knickers...'."
- In "The Fat and the Furriest", Homer prepares to face off against a grizzly bear by constructing a makeshift suit of armor...without a seat. He explains that this is in case he gets extremely frightened, because he doesn't want to ruin the suit.
- And subverted in another episode. In "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", when Sideshow Bob has hijacked a nuke, Marge calms herself down knowing the kids have clean underwear. Cut to Bart's room, where his underwear is on his bed with sting chords as it zooms in on it.
- While Maggie, as a baby, is more prone to Potty Failure, the episode featuring her first birthday showed her absolutely terrified of everyone getting close to her and the fire on the birthday candles. Cue someone asking "What's that smell?"
- In "Insane Clown Poppy", Krusty the Clown announced that he "seltzered" himself when he's introduced to his daughter.
- In "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story", when Homer was stuck in the ceiling of a cavern, he says "I'm stuck and I have to pee!" Then, after a pause, adds "Now, I'm just stuck."
- Averted in "Lisa the Skeptic": when the whole "Day of Judgement" thing is revealed, Ralph Wiggum is too scared to wet his pants.
- In "Simpsons Bible Stories", when the Simpsons sleep through church and wake up to find that the Armageddon has begun:
- South Park:
Cartman: Oh, my God. I crapped my pants! H-heh heh! Hey-hey you guys, check it out!
- In a short produced for the MTV Movie Awards, the cast of South Park is dropped into the Coliseum scene from Gladiator, and Cartman's reaction is "You guys, I crapped my pants!" Later they are saved by the aliens from Battlefield Earth and are given Scientology personality tests, which Cartman think are perfect for wiping himself.
- In "Erection Day", Butters wets himself due to stage fright.
- In the second episode of "Imaginationland", the episode begins with Butters safe back home. But then he wakes up and realizes he's still in Imaginationland as it's invaded by imagination's most vile creatures. The mayor explains he peed his pants and fainted.
- "Le Petit Tourette" featured Cartman admitting to wetting himself when faced with big trouble.
- In "Hell On Earth 2006", Cartman attempts a Bloody Mary-type ritual to summon Biggie Smalls. Just as Cartman repeats "Biggie Smalls" for the third time, Jimmy pops in the door behind him. Cartman is so scared he craps his pants.
- A child swimming in a pool in Sym-Bionic Titan does this after the eponymous robot just barely stops itself from falling face-first onto him.
- Total Drama:
- Cody pees himself twice when confronted by bears in one episode.
- Owen wets himself in another episode, after being chased by giant prehistoric beaver-things, essentially the rodent equivalent of bears.
- Lindsay wets herself in the second season when Beth scares her as part of a challenge. Luckily, she was in an outhouse.
- Brick has been afflicted with bladder control problems most of his life; especially in darkness, which is his phobia object.
- Transformers Animated: In "A Bridge Too Close, Part 1", after Starscream gives life to his clones, Skywarp (the embodiment of the former's cowardice) wets himself at the mention of challenging Megatron, or in his case, oils.
Skywarp: Us, against Megatron? ARE YOU INSANE?! (beat) Oh, I think I just sprang an oil leak.
- Transformers: Prime: When Knock Out just obtained a Cybertronian artifact he wonders what it is, Megatron demonstrates its a shield generator when he fires at Knock Out without warning.
Knock Out: I think I leaked a little transmission fluid.
- The Venture Bros.:
- In the episode "Home Insecurity" has Dean peeing himself after an encounter with a security bot with a screen depicting his dad's face.
- In another episode, after Brock threatens 21 and 24 with a machete, 24 thanks him because he was constipated.
- We Bare Bears: Grizzly has a brief Potty Emergency in "Planet Bears" while at the supermarket. He is implied to have done this while riding on an out-of-control forklift in an attempt to break down the bathroom door.