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"Now was that funny or just disgusting? I don't know, I'm asking."
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Animated show that relies heavily on ugly animation, displeasing concepts and extreme close-ups of things such as hairy, warty green tongues, stink-line-laden sewage sandwiches, and toilets that haven't been cleaned in a long time.

Pioneered by John Kricfalusi with The Ren & Stimpy Show, this type of show dominated children's animation in the early 1990s. The animation house Klasky-Csupo and the studio Spumco specialized in animation of this style. Many of these clones failed to realize, however, that the success of Ren and Stimpy was also due to excellent writing, not just the presence of icky, stinky things. However, most of these clones would eventually develop their own loyal followings thanks to their other unique concepts.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ippatsu Kikimusume, aka Miss Crisis Moment, is this trope in four-minute chunks. Kunyan survives each life-threatening situation by executing a preposterous escape plan that Crosses the Line Twice, often to the point of horror. If you watch this, you will be grossed out. You will also learn physics. (Check one out on YouTube if you dare...)
  • Kyoufu no Kyochan, a parody of "Obake no Q-taro" written by the comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto. The series is about a kid and his ugly critter (with a strange likeness with Butthead). You better not hurt the kid or Kyochan will grow arms on his head and feet and teat out your guts!
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt features monsters themed around poop, vomit, boogers, breast milk, and semen. The show literally kicks off with said poop monster and in episode 5 everyone picks their nose.
  • Earlier volumes of Pocket Monsters relied on this trope. The series has since lessened though, just becoming a Widget Series.
  • Digimon even more so, which is hardly surprising considering that it began life as the trans-Pacific equivalent of the Garbage Pail Kids (opposite Tamagotchi's Cabbage Patch Kids). Remember, the original stable of Digital Monsters featured a giant lump of yellow feces with arms, a slug with big, veiny eyeballs and teeth whose special attack was throwing smaller lumps of feces, a Rat Fink lookalike that's actually made entirely out of pink brain tissue and a rotting carcass kept alive by crude bionics inspired in equal parts by Hideaki Anno's hideously melted movie version of the radioactive God Warrior, Hedorah the smog monster and Tetsuo. That kills people by puking on them.
  • There's a... charming series of shorts in Japan known "Burutabu-chan" AKA "Poop Genie". It's about, well, just read the title. Or watch it.
  • Crayon Shin-chan relies quite heavily on Toilet Humor.
  • Hen Zemi manages to do this while keeping most everyone and everything as Puni Plush as humanly possible; it's the things they talk about that make the viewer want to retch...

     Asian Animation 
  • Oddbods, specifically the one-minute shorts, has some surprisingly gross humor for its cute art style. These include topics like disgusting eating habits, bodily fluids, and even blood spurts in some episodes.

    Comic Books 
  • Many of the comic strips featured in MAD Magazine.
    • Like this.
    • Probably the most infamous of these was 'The Zit'. Drawn by Tom Bunk (go figure), it resulted in a lot of letters to the editor's desk.
    • It's carried over to MADtv as well.
  • Prison Pit pairs gross-out humour with extreme violence. Vomit, pimples and semen all have their moments.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • John Waters in the 1970's is practically the Trope Codifier. Female Trouble bragged about this review from Rex Reed: "Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun comes down? Isn't there a law?" Pink Flamingos is about two groups of people striving to be the filthiest people in the world. Enough said. Then there's Multiple Maniacs and Desperate Living.
  • The Vomit Gore Trilogy. To quote one review:
    "Even hardcore horror fans might be inclined to take a break from their hobbies after watching a girl abused, vomited on, a spider sewn into her vagina, decapitated, then her hollow head used as a vomit glass. Other pleasantries included here are ejaculation of blood, an endless disemboweling, and Siamese twins cut apart with a saw."
  • Hanger, where almost all the characters look deformed, and there's things like profuse lactation, a coat hanger abortion, puppies microwaved and eaten, rape through a colostomy bag hole, tea made from used tampons, a dirty diaper fight, torture via unwashed vagina, force feeding of feces, and a penis roasting.
  • Year One. A movie about two cavemen who randomly stumble into the Bible stories, but with numerous disgusting scenes, such as Jack Black eating poop, and Michael Cera peeing all over his face.
  • American Pie does this from time to time, mainly with any scene involving Stifler. In the first movie, he drinks a glass of beer with cum in it. In the second one, he gets peed on. In the third one, he eats dog shit.
  • Land of the Lost, more specifically its 2009 The Film of the Series incarnation. Rather than being a kid's show as its source was, the film opted to go for a much more "adult" audience with sexual humor throughout. Described by Will Ferrell himself as being more of a parody of the original than an actual remake.

  • A fictional example: Since the Nightside is inimical to the Internet due to AI Being A Crapshoot and the prevalence of Haunted Technology, Rule 34 applies to television. One particular show, "The John Waters Celebrity Perversion Hour," made John Taylor hide behind the sofa like the Daleks were coming.
  • The Barf-O-Rama series of children's paperbacks was based on this trope.
  • Captain Underpants, a series where just about 95% of the characters, plots, and events have something to do with Toilet Humour.
  • The Australian children's novels The Bum Trilogy. The titles The Day My Bum Went Psycho (Butt in North America), Zombie Bums from Uranus, and Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict should be a dead giveaway.
  • Some of the illustrations and exaggerations of events in Dear Dumb Diary are little uncomfortable to look at or read, complete with characters portrayed as ugly and some Nightmare Fuel. Fortunately, this fades away in the later books.
  • Although much, much more than a show or your average book, James Joyce's Ulysses make use of gross out comments with frightening normality. It's about all that happens in a life of a man for 24 hours, anyways.
    "The bard's noserag! A new art colour for our Irish poets: snotgreen. You can almost taste it, can't you?"

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jackass, which is definitely one of the reasons behind the show's notoriety during its airtime.
  • Fear Factor, despite its name, is best known for having contestants eat things like live insects.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was a Reality Show crossed with this.
  • Kenny vs. Spenny rarely avoids this trope, particularly in the humiliation round.
  • Laura en América: one episode of this show is particularly infamous for this. Its name was "Lo haría todo por dinero" ("I'd do anything for the money"). People from the public was challenged to do the most disgusting things for money. Among the challenges there were: to stay naked in a bathtub with frogs (US$ 30), eat a whole habanero-like fruit (US$20), to kiss an unknown person (US$ 30), dress up like a baby and crawl (US$ 20). The most memorable part? Lick the armpits and feet of a bodybuilder who had not taken a shower in 48 hours.
  • Dirty Jobs is all about the nastier occupations of life from maggot farming to fish gutting. Hey, someone's gotta do them.
  • Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is what you get when you make a reduction of Grossout Show and cannabis. The 11-minute pan sauce that remains is...unique.
  • Kids' show Round the Twist almost got banned for this, including inappropriate material such as death, nudity (including references to genitalia - an entire episode is built around one character gaining a "whirly willy" that functions like a propellor), underwear, incest (Kissing Under the Influence), mild sex references, and relying on your typical gross-out humor staples. There's even one episode where a gelato machine takes human form and basically sneezes the stuff out, and another where two characters have their brains sucked out and shot halfway across town, forcing those brains to bounce their way back to the lab.

    Tabletop Games 
  • About the only example of a Tabletop RPG in this genre: Low Life, where among the playable races there are worms, roaches and walking piles of poo.
  • FATAL most certainly falls under this category, intentionally or not. In no other Tabletop RPG will you have detailed rules for rape or a need to calculate orifice sizes.

  • The Trash Pack is a collectible figure series about gross critters and rotten food that came alive. The characters spit up slime, are moldy, and just overall gross. In a surprise to everyone, even to the creators, this series still managed to gain a sizable female fanbase. This would later continue with their successor, The Grossery Gang. For both of these franchises, their trading cards upped the ante on the gross materials.
  • Earlier, The Garbage Pail Kids were created as a parody of Cabbage Patch Kids, featuring characters such as Valerie Vomit. They were ugly, gross, rude, and hugely popular.
  • Flush Force follows the trend of gross collectibles with mutated objects and creatures that come up from water-activated toilets.

    Video Games 
  • Boogerman is a platform game about a slovenly superhero with powers such as snot projectiles, killer burps, and rocket-powered flatulence.
  • Postal 2 features plenty of pissing and vomiting. Three objectives actually require the player character to urinate.
  • Limbo of the Lost. It's very surprising to find such a macabre game that, in only its first half-hour of gameplay, throws worms pulled out of ears and snot at you as integral parts of puzzle solving.
  • Stupid Invaders an adventure game based on Space Goofs that's even more gross than the show, with moments like Gorgious knocking out a redneck with a hammer made out of dung.
  • The Binding of Isaac is very generous with this when not making Biblical references — giant mounds of poop are a common obstacle, there's a boss called Peep who spreads toxic urine everywhere, and pretty much anything involving Isaac's abusive mother is given a Gross-Up Close-Up.
    • The chibi-styled Thick-Line Animation of the game either makes things less horrifying and disgusting, or just makes everything else worse for how jarring the cute-style of animation is when used to depict the disturbing things in the game.
  • Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy don't go as far as Isaac, but the games do revolve around a skinless boy who leaves trails of blood wherever he goes rescuing a girl made of gauze from an evil Mad Scientist fetus.
  • Earthworm Jim. For starters, some of the levels are made out of snot and intestine.
  • The House of the Dead: OVERKILL has Varla Guns having her brain replaced with the brain of Clement's mother, causing her to vomit and then mutate into a giant, disgusting creature. After defeating her, Clement climbs inside her vagina and back into the womb (thankfully we don't see it). And then in the PS3-exclusive chapters, we have the boss of the strip club chapter, and the skinless zombies in the slaughterhouse chapter.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day has a level where you have to go into a poop factory, then go to a nearby farm where you have to prune three cows, so the factory will be filled with their diarrhea. Your next mission involves you rolling a ball of dung up a mountain made of dung, so you can break open an entrance to the boss (who is a singing pile of shit).
  • Gobtron. You play as a huge pink monster whose weapons are his snot, spit, burps and farts. The "level select" screen shows an intestine with cysts as the upgrades section.
  • Engacho! is a very Japanese game where you can be killed by slobber, Nose Nuggets, hairy armpits or Dung Fu, all of which are rendered in detail.
  • Saya no Uta is this trope in the form of a depressing horror story, without an ounce of comedy at any point. Basically, the main character undergoes experimental brain surgery, which leads to his senses being warped in such a way that he perceives viscera covering every inch of the world. People appear to him as slimy, disgusting monsters, and the only being who looks human is actually something horrible in real life.
  • Arcade America. Let's see, Joey often picks his nose or belly button, while climbing you see his butt-crack, cowpies can serve as ammo at one point. And the driving section can have you drive up a bear's anus. Also the good ending for the Oklahoma level has a cow take a dump.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Several YouTube channels are dedicated to popping zits, cysts and ear cleaning.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared doesn't initially seem like this, but each video progressively gets gorier, darker and more violent until it abruptly stops.
  • Kakos Industries can't help but merge gag worthy comedy with its already raunchy sense of humor. One episode in particular includes a man being mutated into a giant penis and only being saved from his misery by being jacked off and cumming loudly all over the main character and recording studio. And that's just the first season.
  • Mortasheen is more or less a gross parody of the Mons genre, with all manner of grotesque, ugly, deranged-looking monsters.
  • The Scientifically Accurate series, which takes shows like Sonic the Hedgehog and Duck Tales that use anthromorphic animals, then tries to apply what the animals are actually like in real life to it. It's rarely pretty, and all fully animated. Their video on CatDog is a particularly nasty example.

    Western Animation 
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show, the Trope Maker.
  • Family Guy regularly uses gross-out jokes as the basis of its humor. Frequently, characters are seen vomiting often, extremely violently after either legitimately falling ill, realizing they ate something that was inappropriate (such as horse semen that Peter claimed was milk but then revealed otherwise, all for his amusement) or being traumatized by having something revealed to them (such as Brian learning the woman he had sex with was a transgender person ... Quagmire's father(!)). The episode "Brian and Stewie" famously had Brian after accidentally being locked in a bank vault with Stewie and thinking there were no more clean diapers in the baby's diaper bag lick Stewie's dirty butt after pooping his diapers. (Stewie then reveals there were clean diapers in the bag and he just wanted to see if Brian would actually lick his butt.)
  • Cow and Chicken. Cartoon Network's answer to The Ren & Stimpy Show, albeit more on the Surreal Humour side. To a lesser extent, the spinoff I Am Weasel used the trope.
  • Fleabag Monkeyface was all about fart, poop, and piss jokes. The main villain is even the host of one!
  • Dexter's Laboratory From Dexter's chicken pox, to Dee Dee's germs getting all over his science lab room, to Dexter exploring his dog's insides, though still remarkably less so than other examples.
  • Rocko's Modern Life. While more satirical than gross, it had episodes dedicated to intestinal parasites among other things.
  • Beavis And Butthead derived this primarily from the duo's idiocy leading them to do all sorts of nasty things.
  • The Ripping Friends, one of the last series animated in the Kricfalusi style. Helps that it was made by Spumco (Kricfalusi's animation company) as well.
  • Drawn Together absolutely reveled in this. Sex jokes, toilet humor, vomit spewing, gorn, plenty of Gross-Up Close-Up, etc. Needless to say, you don't want to be eating while watching it.
  • The Brothers Grunt, an unbearably, um... organic cartoon from MTV and the guy who made Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • Invader Zim. Mostly highlighted in "Dark Harvest", "Germs", and "Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Mostly originates from Billy as snot.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force — more so between seasons 5 and 7. The latter seasons downplay it to some extent.
  • Spongebob Squarepants — more so from season 5 onwards, where Kafka Komedy and Black Comedy is also a common occurrence. There were still plenty of Ren and Stimpy-esque nasty close-ups in the early seasons, however.
  • The Fairly OddParents!. It used to occasionally have a nice lesson but shortly after they ran out, it was replaced with more Gross-Up Close-Up and Black Comedy. They almost have Aesops these days and topped it off with a man baby.
  • This kind of show was parodied on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog with the one-off Show Within a Show "Bart the Barfy Bumblebee".
  • CatDog often had this. The fridge horror upon realizing...well, what Family Guy lampshaded, takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Many [adult swim] originals like Squidbillies, Metalocalypse , Superjail!, Xavier: Renegade Angel, and Mr. Pickles use barf, Gonk, and gore as the basis of humour.
  • A number of Comedy Central originals like Trip Tank, Brickleberry, and Ugly Americans. Most made in vein with [adult swim]'s stuff and Family Guy.
  • 2 Stupid Dogs and the The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show, which were both a case of Follow the Leader to Ren and Stimpy.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. A lot of the monsters' methods of scaring revel in this like being turned inside-out.
  • Grossology: The primary difference from most examples is that it's a partially-scientific action cartoon with villains themed around things like bodily emissions (farts and pus) and putrid animals (rats and hagfish).
  • The Future is Wild animated series also has some gross-out humour which can lead to some downer moments. Thankfully, it's kept down to a minimum and is shown less and less as the series progresses. Like Grossology, the series differs from other examples by being a science fiction show about 4 teenagers and their pet Squibbon that explore and look into speculative animals and environments in the future, so some gross aspects of nature can to be expected to be shown as long as it's not shown too much.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack may very well be The Ren & Stimpy Show's Spiritual Successor in this regard. It had Grossup Closeups a plenty and episodes about things like butts and eating bugs.
  • Mega Babies contains gratuitous, nauseating amounts of shitting, vomiting, and prolonged nose picking - It's also by the creators behind SWAT Kats.
  • Rugrats sometimes ventures into this. Kinda to be expected from a cartoon about babies though.
  • Total Drama Mainly with vomit. There was even enough for Cartoon Network to run a marathon of it called "Total Drama All-Out Gross-Out".
  • South Park is definitely this, though how much it relies on it is often overestimated by its detractors.
  • Spliced has things like projectile snot and people being turned inside-out.
  • Korgoth of Barbaria: Gore to the extreme with every single joke based on violence. In fact, the reason why it only lasted a pilot was caused by a large chunk of the budget being used to animate blood and gore.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum Fart jokes, fart jokes, and more fart jokes.
  • Some of KaBlam!!'s Life with Loopy falls under this.
    • Henry and June venture here on some occasions.
  • The Angry Beavers: In Season 1, Episode 9 Part 1: "Stinky Toe", Norbert gets a toe infection with no known cure.
    • In the end of the episode, Norbert's brother Daggett suffers from a stange illness called "Gunky Ear".
  • Ed Eddn Eddy would venture into this occasionally, most noticeably with Ed:
    Edd: Oh my...Ed, there's a new invention called SOAP. Have you heard of it?!
  • Yvon of the Yukon: A Canadian show about a fat, unhygenic French man who runs around in his unchanged underwear... in the middle of the Yukon. The jokes tend to revolve around farting and urinating.
  • Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: While the designs are grotesque, it actually subverts this. The show relies mostly on Surreal Humour instead.
  • Duckman. Like Beavis And Butthead and South Park, it was an early pioneer in adult grossout.
  • Almost Naked Animals. Ugly-looking animals in their underwear is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Fish Hooks, especially concerning large (to the completely normal-sized fish) monsters.
  • The older, hand-drawn, episodes of Johnny Test. The CGI ones mostly rely on slapstick with occasional run ins with this trope.
  • Adventure Time, despite being a somewhat serious show, has lots of poop, fart, and butt jokes.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Not as extreme as the majority of examples but we get stuff like "Baby Boom" which involved a projectile vomiting demon infant.note 
  • Robot Chicken. Most sketches in that show involve either someone dying or someone shitting.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door in its early days before it became the action/comedy it's remembered as today.
  • Timon & Pumbaa: Any and every scene involving Pumbaa. The last season, which was aimed primarily at preschoolers, felt even more so, particularly the Babysitting Episode, which came with a diaper changing scene.
  • Sanjay and Craig. A show with episode names like "Unbarfable" and "Fart Baby" should say it all. Later episodes focused a bit less on grossout though.
  • ChalkZone sometimes ventured into this territory, with episodes such as "The Big Loo".
  • Uncle Grandpa, with the pilot episodes featuring fart jokes, toilet humor (somewhat literally), a pimply, morbidly obese teenager sweating through his man boobs, and slightly cruder character designs. The show proper averts this for the most part, though, as it instead relies on a lot of Surreal Humor and in general just how weird things can get, plus the artstyle isn't as crude as it used to be. Most of the grossout humor instead got used in the above mentioned Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (which UG's first pilot lead to the creation of), and it was probably because of that show's failure which would be why Uncle Grandpa instead became the surrealist comedy it is now.
  • Rocket Monkeys. From fart jokes to seas of snot, this show is all about the grossout.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey often combined this trope with Road Apples. Then, there was the Running Gag about monkey butts.
  • The Buzz on Maggie. The characters are houseflies for starters. A little odd too since its aimed for preteen girls, but its not that prominent despite what the promos said.
  • The 2015 Cartoon Network pilot Jammers. A little strange too as it focuses on a group of teenage girls and the problems they face, so it's rather unexpected.
  • From the guy who gave us the aforementioned Almost Naked Animals and Fish Hooks comes yet another example of this trope: Pickle and Peanut. One episode is about a mutant butt zit to give you a taste.
  • Some of the episodes of the The Simpsons has elements of toilet humour.
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers frequently delved into fart, snot, poop, and pee jokes.
  • Judging by the pilot, Bamimation was going to be this, given that it involved Bam Margera and his friends. The pilot episode involved Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn shrinking themselves into Rake Yohn's body, in order to prevent him from hooking up with his disgusting, unattractive girlfriend.
  • The Loud House has quite a lot of poop and fart jokes. When it's not either of those things, expect it to feature something else that's gross like boogers or, on occasion, puke.
  • The Cramp Twins is definitely this considering the numerous of fart jokes and other gross stuff that appears in this show. Most of the gross out usually comes from one of the main characters especially Wayne Cramp. There was even an entire episode that involved him collecting spit from other kids!