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I guess I should've listened to what my mother said
"Now don't you drink all that fruit juice right before you go to bed!"
I had a little accident, no need to call the president
Can't we just get over it instead?
Generation O!, "Damp Sheets"

This trope is whenever a character has a Potty Failure in bed. Most of the time, this is urinary, but sometimes it's period stains or Nocturnal Emission instead.

Most of the time if a character wets the bed (the most common form of the trope), it will be Played for Laughs, as bed-wetting is associated with children, so in many works there will be amusing moments with the bed-wetter trying to hide the accident, and, if they are found out, the other characters teasing them about being childish. If the character had a reputation for being tough, cool, or in any other way enviable, the character may worry they have lost their reputation, and if it's a children's show, the character in question will often be a child who wants to be more grown-up and their family either sets up An Aesop about how wetting the bed "can happen to anyone" or helps the child overcome the bedwetting.

Leaking menstrual blood in bed is slightly less embarrassing, but can still be embarrassing due to its stigma, and how difficult it would be to clean it up. Nocturnal Emission may be embarrassing or not, depending on how lusty or un-lusty the character is and/or expected to be. If this trope happens to be played for drama, expect Abusive Parents to follow.

A subtrope of Potty Failure. May be the result of a Warm Water Whiz prank. Supertrope to Wet Dream.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bunny Drop, six year old Rin starts wetting her futon due to both the stress of her father dying and having to living to live with her adult nephew. She's embarrassed and insists it's sweat, however Daikichi takes it well.
  • In Digimon Universe: App Monsters, a glitch causes an old picture where Haru has wet the bed to appear in public.
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. plays with the trope in that it's not actual bedwetting, but Saiki having issues with Power Incontinence while he slept until fourth grade. To Saiki's annoyance, however, his parents describe it very much like bedwetting,note  referring to occurrences as "accidents" they had to clean up after, and going so far as to call it "onecho", a Portmanteau of onesho (bedwetting) and chonoryoku (psychic powers).
  • In Doctor Slump Arale finds a young girl who is putting her sheets to dry after such an incident. Fascinated by the whole thing she attempts to wet her own bed by various methods, not realizing that she can't wet the bed on account of being a robot.
  • Domestic Girlfriend: In Chapter 79, there's an unusual case with Natsuo - one of his wet dreams results not in the usual Nocturnal Emission, but in a nosebleed so severe he has to wash his shirt and pillowcase in secret. Rui notices him sneaking into the bathroom and follows, first making a quip about him having a period, then wondering just what he was dreaming about to get a nosebleed that huge. It was her.
  • In the Doraemon episode "The Insect of Ignorance", Nobita finds Suneo's diary and learns that he is a bedwetter and has to wear diapers to bed. He uses this fact to scare his friend Gian, who winds up wetting himself upon hearing it.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, the human villains Lord Jaguar and Men-Men blackmail Mr. Satan by threatening to publish a story of him wetting his bed while he was in summer camp.
  • In Good Luck Girl!, the title character Ichiko was turned into a child by Momiji (in a failed attempt to actually make her elderly and thus easier to capture). Ichiko manages to stay with the Tsuwabuki family pretending to actually be a child with home issues. The following morning she gets up, she's angry to find she wet the sheets, having forgotten she now has the bladder of a child. She cries in embarrassment, which causes Mika to give her a hug.
  • In chapter 4 of Haikyuu-buu, a comedy spinoff manga of Haikyuu!!, the Miya twins compete over making Kita, their stoic volleyball team captain, laugh to decide who gets to sleep in the top bunk. At one point, Osamu blurts out several embarrassing things his brother has done when they were younger, including wetting the bed in his first year of elementary school, freaking out, and then blaming it on a random old man.
  • In Episode 137 of Hamtaro, the ham-ham gang try to confess to Hamtaro their wrongdoings in an attempt to bring him back, thinking he's ran away by teleporting into a painting. Howdy brings up a moment in the past where Boss wet his bed, only to confess that HE was the one who did it after deciding to take a nap in it.
  • In one part of Hetalia: Axis Powers, England irritates everyone by falling asleep during a meeting. America suggests they just let him sleep, in hopes that he'll talk in his sleep and say something embarrassing. England (who raised America) then mutters "America, did you wet the bed again?" In Romano's Diary from Volume 4 (Episode 106: Romano's Diary in the anime), little Romano wets the bed, then angrily blames it on a squirrel when he gets called out on it by his caretaker Spain.
  • Hyakunichikan!!: In Chapter 9, Chiho wets the bed and is embarrassed about it. When Shuuto sets the futon out to dry, his neighbors think he did it, since they don't know about Chiho.
  • In Episode 2 of Idol Time PriPara, Yui is annoyed that her older brother, Shougo, is bothering her. To scare him away, she shows him a picture that she took when he was younger of him crying with a wet bedsheet next to him and the caption "This is amazing, Shougo!". This, along with an approaching group of fangirls, makes him run away from her.
  • In Kamen no Maid Guy, Liz wets her bed after having a nightmare about Kogarashi and his crows. It's later implied that these nightmares are recurring, when she shows up at a shrine looking for a way to stop it from happening.
  • Kemono Jihen features an unusually serious version of this trope: in Yui's backstory, one day his twin brother Akira sheepishly admits that he wet the bed the previous night despite being a teenager. Yui, who started going through puberty a bit earlier than his twin, realizes that Akira most likely didn't wet the bed but actually experienced his first Nocturnal Emission— meaning that the women of their village will now consider him mature enough to subject to the same horrific treatment as Yui.
  • Kiratto Pri☆Chan:
    • In Episode 35, we see a photo from Emo's childhood of her crying because she wet the bed.
    • In Episode 40, Sara's younger sister is accused of wetting the bed.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1999): A Gossip Stone reveals to Link that Mido's embarrassing secret is that he still wets his bed.
  • Riko from Made in Abyss wets the bed in one chapter. She actually did wake up and try to find a bathroom, but after encountering an undead partial corpse she was frightened back into bed and wasn't able to hold it until morning.
  • Magical Doremi:
    • In Episode 8, Doremi's fairy Dodo wets the bed, but Doremi is blamed for it.
    • Hana-chan also does this while in Pop's body in Episode 5 of Naisho, which, along with her strange behaviour at breakfast, alarms her parents that she isn't acting normal.
  • One chapter of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Lucoa is My XX revealed that Shouta used to wet the bed when he was younger, and that the first time he did so the stain took the form of a magic circle.
  • Ranma ½: Appears at least twice in the Animated Adaptation.
    • During some unspecified time in his early childhood, the macho, self-assured protagonist wet the bed. And his father took a picture, too, which he later pulled out while Ranma underwent psychological training to maintain a "soul of ice" needed for a new ultimate technique. Needless to say, Ranma did not maintain an icy anything.
    • Not actual bedwetting, the fourth episode has Tendo Nabiki pour cool water on Ranma while he slept, changing him into a girl. Nabiki takes cheesecake photos of girl-Ranma to sell to the lovestruck Kuno Tatewake, then pours warm water on Ranma to restore him to a boy. Hilarity Ensues when Ranma, who surprisingly slept through all that, wakes up moments later, and wonders if he did wet the bed.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin's teacher Hiko Seijuro teases him about how Kenshin wet his bed until he was eight.
  • In Sailor Moon, Chibiusa wets the bed at one point. Since she was sleeping in the same bed as Usagi that time, Usagi had to clean it up and Shingo teased her for it. This also triggers a flashback in which Chibiusa recalls how she once wet her bed at home in Crystal Tokyo and expected to be punished, but her mother Usagi's adult self aka Neo Queen Serenity comforted her instead. The bed-wetting was cut out from the old English dub, though when Serena is airing out her mattress, you can still see a wet spot.
  • In Seven Mortal Sins, after a heartwarming moment where Lucifer allows Leviathan to share her bed, the next morning, Levi wet it, angering Lucifer.
  • In an early episode of Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō, Shimajiro wets the bed, and leaves his pants out to dry on his window. Toriipi helps the pants to dry by putting magic crystals on them.
  • Shion no Ou: Played for Drama; Shion suffers from haemophobia, fear of blood, due to her parents' murder. When she wakes up in Episode 3 with bloody sheets from her first period, the shock and trauma puts her in the hospital for several days.
  • Squid Girl: In Episode 10, Takeru wets his bed after getting spooked by Squid-Girl dressed as a Teru-Teru Bōzu.
  • Tentomushi no Uta: Hiyoko has a bedwetting problem, which often leads to her having to hang her panties and bedsheets to dry. This isn't too surprising, given that she is five.
  • Urusei Yatsura: As a child, Lum used to wet the bed whenever she had a sleepover with Ran but would make it look like Ran did it, leading to her mother to severely punish Ran. She's so embarrassed about it even now that Ran can use it to blackmail her into not telling anyone she's an alien.
  • Wandering Son:
    • Up until she began high school, Maho slept in a bunk bed with her younger sibling. Chapter 30 shows her waking up in the night all panicky with bloody pajamas and sheets.
    • A flashback that shows trans woman Yuki had her first Nocturnal Emission at a school field trip as a child. She was embarrassed and confused but her future boyfriend Shiina didn't mention it when he caught her washing her underwear in the bathroom.
  • In one episode of Yume no Crayon Oukoku, it is revealed that Princess Silver is a bedwetter.

    Asian Animation 
  • This happens to some characters in the first episode of Kuai Le Xin Xin thanks to a Brown Note.
  • Wolffy of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf had a tendency to wet the bed as a kid. It gets to the point that it earned him the Embarrassing Nickname of "Pee Wolf" (this is a Chinese pun; Wolffy's Chinese name is "Hui Tai Lung", and the nickname in Chinese is "Niao Tai Lung").
  • In the Pororo the Little Penguin episode "I Am Not A Bed Wetter", Crong forgets to use the bathroom before bed, so he wets the bed, but doesn't mind. The next night Pororo forgets to go to the bathroom before bed, so he too wets the bed, and he DOES mind, trying to hide it from his friends, he is ashamed because he snapped at Crong for wetting the bed. This leads to An Aesop: Don't forget to use the bathroom before bed.

    Comic Books 
  • Doom Patrol: Dorothy Spinner was occasionally subjected to the menstrual blood variant, particularly in Grant Morrison's run during issue 55 and in Rachel Pollack's run during the Annual tying in to The Children's Crusade (Vertigo), both circumstances beginning with Dorothy waking up to find that her bedsheets are stained with period blood.
  • Kid Eternity: In Ann Nocenti's run, Kid Eternity recounts to the summoned apparitions of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud that his most embarrassing experience was a time in an orphanage where the headmaster humiliated him with an alarm system designed to go off whenever he wet the bed.
  • Shade, the Changing Man: In the 26th issue of Peter Milligan's run, Lenny recounts how she once got her mother mad by wetting the bed when she was a child, which resulted from Lenny wetting herself in terror at seeing her uncle appear naked in front of her in her bedroom and worrying that he was going to molest her.

    Comic Strips 
  • Inverted example in a The Far Side comic; a goldfish child complains to his mother that his brother dried the bed again.

    Fan Works 
  • Anger Management: Discussed when Bobby reveals that Ronnie Anne wet the bed the night before.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Tenth Doctor:
      • Happens in "Burn with Me," due to Donna giving him lemonade, and him then instantly falling asleep due to sunstroke.
      • Happens as a result of drinking and humanization-related nightmares, in "Too Human."
      • He wets the bed twice, as a result of his regeneration, in After Effects. Then, two more times in the follow-up fic, "Smith and Jones," after telling Martha the story of the first two.
      • Justified, in the House/Doctor Who crossover, Two Doctors, as he had undergone a regenerative coma, and had inhaled a lot of tea. House also suggests he hadn't gone to the bathroom before going comatose.
  • In Goodnight Brat, an Attack on Titan fanfiction, Eren has a vivid nightmare about being in the Titan's stomach at Trost. Waking up, he is mortified to realize he wet the bed, but Levi takes on a parental role, reassuring Eren that it happens and helping him clean up.
  • Subverted in the Ma Fille chapter "Sweet Baby Sakura"; Piston Hondo thinks his pregnant sister Natsumi wet the bed, when actually her water had broken.
  • In Princesses Don't Potty, there are some yellow clouds. Somebody thinks it's because Rainbow Dash wet the bed, but she denies it.
  • In this Steven Universe fanfiction where the Gems also get periods, Pink Pearl ends up leaking blood onto her bed while in the middle of a dream. Additionally, after having a nightmare where White Diamond shatters her for leaking blood through her pants, Yellow Diamond wakes up to find that she had gotten her period in bed.
  • This is discussed in Let Me Hear when Ruby tries to get her sister upset by revealing she wet her bed until she was four. This doesn't anger Yang, it just embarrasses her.
  • Lincoln's Memories: In "Lincoln's Potty Training", Rita Loud mentions that four-year-old Lynn wets the bed sometimes.
  • Lucy's Secret: Lucy wets the bed and it gravely impacts her self esteem. It turns out to be a hereditary condition that Luan also has, and that Rita used to have.
  • Gaz, Taster of PTSD: On a couple of occasions, Gaz's trauma nightmares are bad enough that she ends up wetting the bed, to her humiliation.

    Films — Animated 
  • Ice Age:
    • In Ice Age: The Meltdown, Eddie mistakes the water from the flood for his brother Crash's urine.
    • In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Crash and Eddie think they are going to die, so Crash says, "Sometimes I wet my bed", to which Eddie replies, "That's OK-sometimes, I wet your bed!"
  • In Monsters University, one of the modes for the scaring simulator is "Bedwetter".
  • Hotel Transylvania 2: After finding out that his five-year-old great-grandson Dennis (a dhampyr) doesn't have his vampire fangs yet, he loudly states that he must be a late-fanger like his son Drac was, who used to "pee in his bed". Drac isn't amused. In the German Dub, bed is changed to "Sarg" (coffin).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Annie Pepper accuses Molly of wetting the bed.
  • In Babe a puppy says to Babe sleeping in the same place as them, "But Mom, [Babe will] wet the bed!"
  • In Big Daddy, a boy wets the bed and the dad covers it up with newspapers.
  • Clownhouse: a boy wets his bed at the beginning, and is referred to throughout the film by his family.
  • There's a variation in The Day of the Jackal when the police interview the staff of a hotel the Jackal was staying in. One of the maids who cleaned his room tells the detective that he had sex in the bed (the Jackal having slept with a married woman staying at the same hotel). "You can always tell."
  • In the movie version of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, there's a very Squickish scene where one of the children suffers from the poop version, thanks to food poisoning.
  • In Goodnight Mister Tom, the boy who gets sent to live in the country during WW2 wets his bed several times.
  • The Grandmother: A relatively uncommon use of this for drama, as a school-age boy repeatedly wets the bed, followed by his father flying into rages and shoving the boy's face into the sheets.
  • The Holdovers: Yee-Joon, one of the younger holdovers, has a nightmare and starts crying when he wakes up to find he wet the bed. Angus hears him and realizes the other boys would tear the poor kid to shreds, so he instructs him to go back to sleep and wait for morning, promising to help him discreetly get the sheets into the laundry then.
  • A Brick Joke character from Home Alone is notorious for intentionally doing this.
  • In Spy Kids, Juni reveals that Carmen is actually the bed wetter, although she takes great pains to appear more mature than him.
  • One of the characters in the film Trainspotting wishes he had only wet the bed. What he did was... worse.
  • A comic relief scene in The Tree of Wooden Clogs has a peasant woman yelling at her 15-year-old son who is still wetting the bed.
  • In A Triumph, the main character's son wets the bed and his parents wake him up to take him to the bathroom.
  • A girl in 2012 has a bedwetting problem and uses diapers.
  • In The Waterboy, Mama points out to Vicki the obviously stained sheets drying out on the clothesline. The title character mutters in humiliation "Excuse me, ladies, while I just go hang myself."
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Captain Jack Sparrow refers to himself as being a bedwetter on two separate occasions.

  • There's a joke about a 70-year-old man who wakes up every morning at 6:00 and feels the need to pee, but can't, an 80-year-old man who wakes up every morning at 7:00 and feels the need to poop, but can't, and a 90-year-old man who pees every morning at 6:00 and poops every morning at 7:00, but doesn't wake up until 8:00.

  • In All Quiet on the Western Front, two soldiers, Tjaden and Kindervater, are both bedwetters. Their superior, Himmelstoss, assigns them as bunkmates and orders them to sleep in a bunk bed together, switching beds each night. He believes that they will both stop wetting the bed if they each have to sustain the dripping from whoever sleeps on top each night.
  • Lada in And I Darken experiences this of the period variety when she's twelve—and this horrifies her, because she's being held hostage by the Ottoman Empire, and this gives them cause to marry her off. She burns her bedsheets and nearly kills a maid who finds them.
  • In The Babysitters Club Super Special #11 The Babysitters Remember, Stacey's flashback chapter has her wetting the bed at a sleepover while sharing with her former best friend Laine. Her parents pack her off to a fancy shrink thinking something's wrong with her head, but it turns out to be a sign that she has diabetes. (Earlier in the chapter she'd been drinking a lot more than was normal.)
  • Happens in a Bravery and Grace book "Attack of the Wet Knights".
  • In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator after being turned into babies and then brought back, Georgina says George was cuter as a baby but she likes him better as an adult as now he does not wet the bed.
  • In the Caroline Levine book David's Secret Soccer Goal, the boy David has two main goals: win at soccer and stop wetting the bed in time for camp.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • It happens to Greg in a flashback in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, when he recovers his bedwetting chart from when he was eight, and "defends himself" by saying that when he was that age, he'd drink lots of water before bed and then have crazy dreams about running water that made him wet.
    • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, Greg says he does not want to sleep in a bunk below the nervy kid Julian Trimble in case the latter wets the bed.
    • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Rowley and three of his younger friends try to do the Hand In A Bowl Of Warm Water trick on Greg but he wakes up. One of Susan's books in her closet is called Bedwetting for Beginners.
  • In a Jane E Clark book Dippy's Sleepover, a dinosaur called Dippy is embarrassed about going to a sleepover at his friend Spike's house due to wetting the bed, but it turns out Spike wets, too.
  • A girl called Cecelia wets the bed in the Jeanne Willis book Do Little Mermaids Wet Their Beds? and stops wetting after a dream adventure with a mermaid, whose bed is always wet being under the sea.
  • A boy rabbit wets the bed in the Maribeth Boelts book Dry Days, Wet Nights. By the end of the book, however, he's overcome this.
  • In Hidden Talents, Lucky still wets the bed despite being 13-14 years old. Surprisingly, this isn't Played for Laughs. It's one of Lucky's biggest insecurities, so when he lets Martin reveal his secret in front of everyone in order to make Martin accept his own powers, it indicates his commitment to saving their school.
  • This happens to Andrew in the Robert Munch book I Have to Go, but is averted at the end when Andrew wakes up feeling the urge and asks Grandpa if he has to go, and they both pee in the toilet.
  • In Just Stupid, the story Busting, has a Potty Emergency that turns out to be All Just a Dream and Andy wets the bed.
  • In Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo by Tim Winton, there's a subplot about Lockie's kid brother learning to overcome his bedwetting problem.
  • It happens in the Max Archer Kid Detective book The Case of the Wet Bed.
  • There is a Hope Vestergaard book Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go, in which some preschooler-aged Funny Animals named Wilbur the hedgehog, Wilma the pig, Arnold the crocodile, Freddie the rabbit, Helga the duck, Benji the lemur, Roxanne the hippo, Stanley the tiger, Sukey the raccoon, Georgie the bear, Farley the anteater, Agnes the mouse, and Ziggy the fox each have their own lesson they need to learn in bathroom etiquette. Sukey's lesson is "go potty before bed." When she didn't she probably wet the bed, but it is a bit cryptic in that they say she dreamt about water and when she woke up it was not a dream.
  • In a children's book The Princess and the Pee, a small princess wants to stop wetting the bed so she can sleep in the top bunk and see the fireflies.
  • In Superfudge, the now-middle child Fudge begins wetting the bed (and his pants) because there is a new baby in the house and he wants to be a baby too.
  • Lila Fowler in the Sweet Valley High series used to wet the bed as a child whenever she slept away from home. This was thoroughly explored in book 6 of the Sweet Valley Kids Spin-Off, where she was afraid to come to the twins' sleepover camp-out only for the twins to find out and promise to keep the secret.
  • In Then Again, Maybe I Won't, Tony has a wet dream and covers it up by stripping his bed, putting a wet washcloth in the wash with his sheets, and mixing them around a bit so everything will seem damp and it'll seem like it's because of the washcloth.
  • In the Uncovered story Ringing Wet, a sassy girl called Misty wets the bed every night, in addition to wetting her pants, when she is excited or being tickled. Later she saves the day by wetting the bed and starting her alarm on purpose, leading to a pair of burglars being arrested.
  • Jet Johnson and Tui Tapara try to hide their bed-wetting in the Jacqueline Brown book A Wee Secret.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Carefully sneaked into The Brady Bunch, episode "Kelly's Kids", a show from an era when they couldn't even show a toilet in the kids' bathroom. It actually involved the neighbor's kids, in an episode where they adopted three boys of different ethnic backgrounds. Their first night at home, one of the two boys who share a bunk bed wants to get up for a glass of water.
    Steve: What if you have an accident in the middle of the night?
    Dwayne: Why should you care?
    Steve: You sleep right up there! (audience laughs)
  • The Spanish children's show Cachureos has a song titled "Haga Pipi" ("Make a Pee-Pee"), which tells listeners to use the toilet before bed, otherwise they will urinate in bed all the way down to their toes.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • Bedwetting is rarely confirmed, but it's frequently speculated that any given unsub was a bedwetter. The "homicidal triad," an indicator of future violent rage, is starting fires, cruelty to animals, and bedwetting. The first two make sense, but the show itself never attempts to explain why bedwetting would be included.note 
    • One episode did confirm that a victim—a young girl—was wetting the bed. In conjunction with other behaviors (defacing a doll, lying about where she got a necklace, her uncle's creepy knowledge of her interests), it's used as evidence that she's being molested.
  • CSI. In the season five episode "Compulsion," Nick and Catherine are trying to solve the murder of a young boy named Ty, who had his head bashed in with a lead pipe while he was asleep. The culprit turned out to be Ty's older brother, Matt, who did it because he was angry at Ty for telling everyone that Matt's a bed wetter.
  • In a CSI: Miami episode, a teenage girl disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night and the only sign of a struggle is a small pool of blood on the sheets. It took the CSIs a disturbingly long time to figure out that the girl had started her period during the night.
  • An episode of Diff'rent Strokes has Arnold fake bedwetting in order to get attention.
  • In Frasier, Niles Crane had a childhood bed-wetting problem. He blamed this on an imaginary friend called Sheldon, who was the one who wet the bed and ran away.
  • Game of Thrones features Sansa's first period in Season 2; she promptly tries to cut the bloodstains out of her bedsheets before anyone sees, so Joffrey doesn't try to take advantage of her ASAP.
  • The George Lopez Show: Max ends up wetting the bed several nights in a row. It's initially Played for Laughs and not taken seriously until Vic says it might be something serious. After George and Angie take Max to the doctor, it's revealed to be a kidney-related issue, which deeply worries George as his father Manny had died from kidney disease.
  • The episode "The President's Fitness Test" of The Goldbergs has Barry translating a French song incorrectly, where the line "I pee-peed the bed!" appears multiple times.
  • In The Go Show, George wets the bed in one sequence.
  • An elderly man has developed this problem in an episode of Highway to Heaven. Over the rest of the family's objections, his bitchy daughter-in-law has him carted off to a nursing home because of it.
  • This is the plot of the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "Who Pooped The Bed?", in which Frank and Charlie discover that one of them has been pooping in the bed for two nights in a row. In the end, it turns out that Frank was the culprit.
  • Kaamelott: During one episode centered around secrets, Karadoc asks Perceval if he'd ever told his secret to another person. Perceval says he's pretty sure he didn't, but he's not sure. We then get this exchange:
    Perceval: [yelling from across the crowded pub] Hey barkeep! Did I ever tell you how Karadoc wet the bed until he was 17?
    Barkeep: Can't say you have, no.
    [the matter happily settled, Karadoc and Perceval get back to their drinks]
  • Averted in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; a suspect explains why her blood was on the bed where a murder took place: she and the victim's husband were going to have sex there, but then her period came. (And she kept the sheets to prove it, since she was a Stalker with a Crush.)
  • In the third episode of the fifth season of My Parents Are Aliens, a burglary causes Lucy to start wetting her bed.
  • Okaasan to Issho:
    • One Niko Niko Pun segment contained a musical number about this topic.
    • At least one Pants Pankuro segment covered the topic of bedwetting. A tie-in CD also featured a song on the topic.
  • On Sex Education, Otis is mortified to find he's had a wet dream. He strips the bed and hides the sheets, meaning to deal with them when he gets home from school. He tells his mom not to go in his room because "it's messy". He's then further mortified when he finds she went in his room anyway, found the sheet, and washed it.
  • In the Sooty and Co. episode, "Sweep's Little Accidents", Soo finds Sweep's wet bedsheets, and comes to the conclusion that Sweep wet his bed. This makes Sweep very conscious about drinking anything and becoming thirsty as a result. In the end, it is revealed that Little Cousin Scampi hid Sooty's water pistol in Sweep's bed.
  • On Succession, Addled Addict Kendall wakes up to a soiled bed after a night of drug abuse.
  • On United States of Tara, Tara's dad thinks he is wetting the bed, but they find out that one of her alters, Gimme, (aka the poncho goblin) was sneaking in at night and peeing on him.
  • The tokatsu series Ultraman Ace have a massive kaiju, Dreamgillas, being born from damp, urine-stained bedsheets. Somehow.
  • In the Wimzie's House episode "Babies Have It Made", Wimzie has a dream where she wakes up as a baby with a wet diaper.
  • The main plot of made-for-TV movie The Loneliest Runner is this. 13 year old John Curtis still wets the bed. His mother hangs the wet sheets on the clothesline where they can be seen by his classmates in the school bus, so he runs home every day to take them down before they're seen. He goes on to win an Olympic gold medal as a marathon runner. His mother had pulled an accidental Wax On, Wax Off.

  • Old Master Q has a strip where the titular character babysits a neighbor's kid for a night. Master Q reprimands the neighbor's kid the next morning for wetting the bed, only to realize he wet his won bed as well, to the kid's amusement.

  • Bruce Springsteen in his song "I'm On Fire" sings "last night I woke up with the sheets soaking wet," suggesting he had a Wet Dream about his teenage subject.
  • Koit has a song "Wet Dream" about a man who ejaculates a ridiculous amount during his wet dreams.
  • The Specials have a song named "Little Bitch". In the opening verse, it describes a 19-year old girl who still sleeps with her mom when she gets scared and wets her bed when she has to sleep alone.

    Stand Up Comedy 
  • In one of Kevin Meaney's stand-up routines about housekeeping at hotels, he mentions the fact that room service sometimes leaves chocolate on your pillow and that the first time this happened to him, he thought he had pooped in his bed. This routine also appeared on an episode of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
  • In one of Ron White's specials he tells a story about how he wet the bed the first time he stayed over at a friend's house. Mortified and not wanting to become a social outcast, he has the brilliant idea to pee on his other friend who was staying over so that it looks like they both wet the bed. It works, and his friend never finds out until years later when Ron tells the story on the radio.

    Video Games 
  • In Catherine, Vincent finds himself wetting the bed several times over the course of the game. Given that he nearly dies each night, the wetting is justified. However, he is unable to remember the dreams and thus is embarrassed each time.
  • Danganronpa:
    • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the sadistic mastermind tries at one point to blackmail the entrapped students into murdering each other by threatening to reveal each of their individually most terrible Dark Secrets. The Player Character, Makoto Naegi, however, turns out to be such an innocent and wholesome Nice Guy, that the worst secret the mastermind was able dig up on him is that he was a bed-wetter until 5th grade; something which is certainly embarrassing, but doesn't get even close to be as incriminating or life-ruining as some of the secrets the other students harbor.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony: Implied with Himiko. Early on, she admits her fear to get up to pee at night and given her weak bladder, it's not unlikely she gave Kirumi more laundry to do.
  • Dragon Quest V: Party Chat reveals that Parry still occasionally wets the bed (he's eight though, so it's slightly more excusable).
  • Luigi's Mansion: Sue Pea is embarrassed of wetting the bed whenever she sleep. Luigi manages to weaken her after spraying her and the bed with water.
  • My Child Lebensborn: The Player Character eventually gets their hands on a few extra documents about the child, one of which mentions that the child was prone to bed wetting when they were younger.
  • One stage in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 has the cheer squad help a small boy avoid wetting the bed in his sleep, a task made difficult by the milk he downs before bed and the water-themed nightmares he gets as a result.
  • The patient whose blood you need in the No Mercy level in PAYDAY: The Heist soils himself all over the bed after several vials of blood are drawn from him. Since he is infected with an unknown disease, it's presumed he has no control over his bodily functions because of it.
  • Aloe of Quiz Magic Academy has some issues with bedwetting.

    Web Animation 
    Web Comics 
  • Dean & Nala + Vinny: Dean, who is sick and feverish, sweats through his sheets. His cat Nala thinks this trope is at play instead.
    Dean: Guys, ah need to wash mah sheets—ah've been sweating like a pig from Covid.
    Nala: (holding up sheet in disgust) Isn't that what all bed-wetters say?

    Web Original 
  • In one short animated story for kids entitled Robin's Bedwetting Trouble and the Wake-Up-All-Dry Fairy, a young girl named Robin wets the bed, prays not to wet the bed again, then has a dream where a fairy named Eureka tells her what to do to avoid wetting the bed.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In the episode, "Bowser Junior Gets Potty Trained!", Junior awakens to find his bed wet, and immediately jumps to the conclusion that he's a mermaid. Chef Pee Pee isn't fooled, and he tells Junior that he wet the bed. The rest of the episode deals with Junior being forced to wear diapers by Bowser, since he is unable to use the toilet properly at first, until Toad teaches Junior how to use the toilet through a rap song.
    • Junior wets his bed again in "Chef Pee Pee's Birthday Surprise!", after he has a dream about the Statue of Liberty, due to the fact that it's surrounded by water.
    • In "Joseph Moves In!", Joseph pees all over Junior's pillow. When Junior tells Chef Pee Pee about it, Chef Pee Pee doesn't believe him and thinks he's blaming Joseph.
  • In this video, a boy named "Wetty" gets help curing his bed wetting.
  • This tumblr post detailing the joys of having a period:
    "You're sleeping peacefully in your warm bed, snuggled up nice and tight in the covers and in the midst of a wonderful dream. Something not right, though, and you can feel it. A warm… wetness in between your legs, and not the good kind, either. This pulls you out of your sleep, and you pull the covers back to reveal a rather large stain of red on your bed, and it takes you only a second to realize it's blood, and that the blood is yours. Now, most people would be frightened to wake up and find themselves bleeding, they would probably start screaming and try to stop the flow of blood, and rush themselves to a hospital. But this has become a matter of course for you. The sight of blood barely makes you bat an eyelash; all you can think is 'Fuck, man, I wasn't supposed to get this shit for another 2 days!'"
  • in Vester And Friends Yellow Yoshi Jr is often teased by his dad who openly tells the class at school that he had an accidental in the bed.
  • Played with in one of the CollegeHumor videos about dating, the subject of one video recounted going to the cabin owned by his crush's family. Said family was very big on roughing it (read: no air conditioning) and it was very hot out. Naturally, he sweat buckets during the night. When he awoke, he was accused of peeing the bed, and his protests were ignored.

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Anton entitled "The Bed Wetter", Anton, a small boy, goes to a camp with some other boys but he wets the bed on the regular so he attempts to stay up all night to avoid the other boys laughing at him. However, he meets another boy who also wets the bed and they become friends.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In "Anubis", Shake tries to hide from the others that he's been wetting the chair and is exasperated further when he is blackmailed into gathering people for a pyramid scheme. Frylock already knew he's been doing it for years.
  • Arthur: In "Jenna's Bedtime Blues", minor character Jenna is worried about going to a sleepover because she wets the bed and has to either wear a bedwetting alarm or a pull-up diaper. She does end up going to the sleepover and hides a pull-up diaper in her pillowcase. Luckily for her, she doesn't wet the bed but a pillow fight in the morning exposes the diaper she had been hiding anyway. Shocked by this, she tries to play it off by mocking the "mysterious" owner of said diaper, which is when she learns that the other girls (surprisingly) don't see it as a big deal and even criticize her for being harsh. Jenna eventually comes clean to Francine.
    Jenna: I was afraid, if I told the truth, you'd all think I was a baby.
    Francine: A baby?! You're the only one who can beat me in sports. Besides, I used to wear one of these myself.
  • In The Boondocks, 8-year old Riley gets embarrassed when his brother casually mentions in front of Tom that he still pees the bed.
    Riley: Remember when we used to sleep in the same bed when we was littler? From time to time I'd have a lil' accident.
    Huey: You still do.
    Riley: Shut up!
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Hot Oven", Shampagne starts peeing in Bitsy's bed, indicating that he's still unhappy living in his luxury lifestyle. Bitsy has to call her dog therapist to try to fix this problem.
  • Doc McStuffins: "Hazel Has A Sleepover" features Hazel, a water-squirting toy elephant who has a problem with her trunk leaking. Her predicament is used as a metaphor to teach kids about bedwetting.
  • One quickie shown during an episode of Garfield and Friends had Jon mistake Odie's drool beside Garfield's bed for urine. Due to this, Jon puts Garfield in a diaper, and then Garfield diapers Odie's mouth.
  • Generation O! had an episode called "Damp Sheets". The quote above pretty much summarizes the whole episode.
  • The Ghost and Molly McGee: In "Friend-Off", Libby apparently suffered one of these when at a sleepover with Andrea in the third grade.
    Scratch: (gloatingly) Pro-tip: Don't drink so much water before bed, alright Tinkles?
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy wets his sheets after having a nightmare about clowns, prompting his mother to use a giant bottle of laundry detergent. Later, Billy's father comes into the laundry room holding wet sheets of his own from a nightmare he had about Santa Claus.
  • An episode of Hey Arnold! has Olga telling Helga's classmates an "inspirational" story about a little girl who wet the bed until she was 7 years old and strived to overcome her problem, eventually succeeding with only one or two little accidents. The kids are quickly able to figure out that the girl in the story is actually Helga and tease her for it.
  • Jelly Jamm: Goomo wets his bed in one of his imagination sequences in the episode, "The Perfect Toy" when he is imagining what a "Hugging Goomo" toy would be like and all sorts of situations where the toy would come in handy.
  • Justice League Unlimited: In "The Once and Future Thing: Time Warped", the Justice League interrogates Ghoul. Ghoul is so terrified of old Bruce Wayne that he confesses everything, including, "I wet my bed until I was 14."
  • Discussed in the Little Princess episode "I Can Keep a Secret", Princess guesses wetting the bed as General's secret, then when he says "No", she continues "When I do that, I put a sheet over it" so he says "I-Did-NOT-Wet-The-BED!".
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Subversion in "Porky's Badtime Story" (and its remake, "Tick Tock Tuckered") has Porky Pig and Gabby Goat (Daffy Duck in the remake) trying to sleep during a thunderstorm. The roof starts leaking, leaving a small puddle between Porky and Gabby (Daffy), who wakes up, sees the puddle, and angrily eyes Porky—until he feels the leak from the roof.
    • Similar subversion in "Daffy Duck Slept Here". Daffy and Porky have to share a bed at a hotel. Daffy gets the hiccups, drinks some water and falls asleep, spilling the rest of the water on the bed. Porky wakes, feels the wet spot and has a squicky look before he sees Daffy's tipped-over glass.
  • In Moral Orel, Orel took the sheet he used as a projection screen from his father's bed, exposing him as being The Alcoholic so much that he becomes incontinent.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
    • In the episode "Pee Pee G's" had the girls freaked at the possibility that one of them is wetting the bed. This is subverted somewhat in that the answer is none of them: it was Mojo Jojo sneaking in during the night and pouring a bottle of water on the bed to screw with the girls' heads. However, when confronted, Mojo finds it so hilarious that he laughs until he "breaks his water bottle."
    • In "Powerprof", it's confirmed by Professor Utonium that Bubbles used to wet the bed. Cue the Brown Bag Mask.
  • In the Recess episode "Parents' Night," Spinelli's amazingly embarrassing mother boasts to Ms. Grotke that Spinelli "just stopped wetting the bed this year."
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • In "Stimpy's Fan Club", Ren reads a letter to Stimpy about a fan being embarrassed because he wets the bed. Ren is about to answer back with an angry letter about how he's going to tell on him when Stimpy stops him, saying that wetting the bed is nothing to be a shamed off; in fact, "You and I still do it." At which Ren suddenly covers Stimpy's mouth in the hope that no one heard.
    • In "The House of Next Tuesday", there is a bed that activates by adding water. Stimpy then pees in the bed, causing it to expand until it covers the whole house.
  • Rugrats (1991):
    • At the end of the episode, "Chuckie Vs. The Potty", Angelica wets the bed. Justified, since she's at the normal potty-training age.
    • "Accidents Happen" revolves around Chuckie having bedwetting accidents in Tommy's bed and the other babies trying to help Chuckie stay dry.
  • One episode of Sanjay and Craig has Sanjay wetting the bed the night before going to Remmington Tufflips' sleepaway camp, and tries to keep himself from doing it at camp. When it eventually does happen, he tries to bury the mattress to keep people from finding out, only to discover that Tufflips has been doing the exact same thing.
  • Sealab 2021 has an episode where Sparks reveals that he has the orphans wet Captain Murphy's bed so that he'll think he's doing it himself as part of "a larger plan to drive him insane".
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "How I Wet Your Mother", Homer gets a chronic bedwetting problem, which he spends the whole episode trying to cure.
    • In one of the Treehouse of Horror episodes, Bart awakens from a nightmare. His first words after calming down and looking at his bed sheets are, "I hope this is sweat."
    • The episode, "Girly Edition" features Milhouse having a segment on a children's news program giving advice on how to cover this up (this later becomes a Brick Joke when soiled bedsheets are pointed out in a landfill site).
    • A subversion occurs in the episode, "Brother from Another Series" when a dam breaks and floods Springfield. Ralph floats by on his bed and says, "I think I wet the bed," though it is unclear whether or not he really wet his bed.
  • One episode of Woofy begins with the titular dog wetting Anthony's bed after having a dream about needing to go outside. Because Woofy has to put on a plushie toy masquerade, Anthony's mother and neighbour assume he's the one who wet the bed. At the end of the episode, he does it for real.



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