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"Well, I feel that films — the film industry — has increasingly failed to reflect reality as people live it. No-one goes for a piss in Star Wars, you can watch the whole of Ghostbusters and no-one brushes their teeth, and in Lost in Translation, nothing happens. At all."

You know that children's book, Everyone Poops? Well, they lied. Not everyone does.

Sure, real people and animals in everyday life might, but you're not likely to see a fictional character going to the bathroom.note  This would detract from the plotline, and besides, nobody really wants to see that sort of thing. If something's not crucial to the story, why include it?

Sometimes, of course, it is crucial to the story, and this trope is averted. Maybe there's a Potty Emergency; maybe someone uses a bathroom break to escape custody; maybe someone suffers an Undignified Death by being killed on the toilet — or worse, killed with a toilet; or maybe there's just some good old-fashioned Toilet Humour. Maybe it isn't crucial to the story but is included anyway.


This trope is sometimes averted without showing anything by simply having a character excusing themselves for a moment. Creatures with A Head at Each End beg the question of whether this trope literally applies.

The page lists lampshades of the phenomenon; straight examples and aversions are too many to count.

Even the dead aren't immune to this trope, as evidenced in the subtrope No Dead Body Poops.

Compare Bottomless Bladder, No Such Thing as Dehydration, Exposed to the Elements, Frigid Water Is Harmless, and No Periods, Period.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • City Hunter: Lampshaded in the second Union Teope arc: after finding out that Ryo had not left her behind to go into battle but was in the toilet, Kaori screamed at him that nobody had ever heard of an hero that goes to poop before the battle, only for Ryo to reply that it's the smart thing to do (and calling her constipated).
  • In Naruto, it is explicitly stated that White Zetsu, being part-plant clone things, do not poop. They're actually rather curious about it, to the point of one asking somebody who until recently did have to poop what it felt like.
  • Luffy's first question to anything unusual in One Piece is "Do you poop?" The only time anything's answered that is when Brook admitted he does.
  • Sgt. Frog: Averted normally, and taken Up to Eleven in one Kero Zero chapter. Basically, the mothership taking our heroes to Earth starts rationing all food and water when its onboard farms fail to produce any crop - our heroes wind up holding it all in for a week when they can't even use the toilet, then desperation forces them to dump it all all over the onboard farms, inadvertently fertilising the soil and allowing it to function again. They don't actually touch the food produced for some time, though.
  • In Super Dreadnought Girl 4946, the titular giant girl is asked about how she goes to the toilet. She responds that she doesn't leading to a discussion on the topic since no one believes her. Later we learn that since her size is supernatural in origin, she doesn't require food to live and thus doesn't poop either.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman: A Wizard special focusing on Batman had one questioning if the Batcave has any bathrooms or if Bruce has to run back up to Wayne Manor for a bathroom break (though this is averted in canon as one of the comics shows someone on the toilet).
  • In Father Christmas, this is averted as there's a scene of Father Christmas sitting on his outside toilet. However, the author's wife complained about there being a children's book where a character was "performing an act of personal hygiene" and demanded he remove the panel and apologise. He didn't— and he hung the angry letter in his own lavatory.
  • Watchmen: While waiting for Rorschach to finish up in the men's roomnote , Nite Owl II mentions an incident where a drug dealer got away while he was using the bathroom. He subsequently redesigned his costume to speed up that part of the process.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Brady Bunch Movie, one of the neighbors reveals that he once tried to use the family's bathroom but couldn't find a toilet, alluding to how the original series never showed one.
    Steve: One bathroom for nine people? And I never did see a toilet.
  • Lampshaded in Bubble Boy, when Slim bluntly asks Jimmy how he takes a dump while wearing his mobile bubble suit.
  • There was some Lampshade Hanging in a deleted scene from Galaxy Quest, where one of the Thermians mentions to Alan Rickman's character that Earth's "historical documents" (television programs) did not contain any information regarding waste facilities on the ship and "we extrapolated based on your anatomy" — revealing what looked to be the most horrendously painful toilet ever created.
  • Much like the Leave It to Beaver scene below, the film Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet, implying people have to use it. This was Serious Business at the time, no pun intended.
  • Pleasantville makes a point of this — Jennifer enters the bathroom to discover that there are no toilets, because they aren't necessary.
  • Rise: Blood Hunter: Midway through the movie Sadie uses the bathroom while handcuffed, and has Rawlins put them in front as otherwise it would be impossible. However, she's still unable to pull her pants up afterward (he does it for her). She's never actually heard doing anything nor flushing however.
  • RoboCop (2014) shows RoboCop undergoing dialysis at the end of each day to compensate for the loss of bodily functions, and that's thankfully as close as it gets.
  • Lampshaded in Star Trek: First Contact, where Zephram Cochrane asks Geordi if anyone pees in the 24th Century.
  • Lampshaded in the song "Silver Screen" from Teen Beach 2. "Every line's a perfect take/Never need a bathroom break"
  • In Tremors, when the Gummers return from searching for signs of the creatures that have been killing people and livestock, Burt Lampshades the lack of any "spoor". Justified because the Graboids live and travel underground, so presumably do their business there, not at the surface. Averted with humans in the very first shot, of Val seen from behind as he takes a leak over the edge of a cliff.
  • Averted in Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus. An early scene has a prostitute awkwardly peeing into a bush while her friend tries to cover her.

  • Dave Barry once mused that Batman never goes to the bathroom. "Maybe that's why he's always grimacing."
  • Diaspora: Justified since the characters are all either AIs or uploaded brains who exist in a virtual environment. One character intentionally customized his Digital Avatar with the ability to urinate; he muses that, much as he enjoys taking a physics-defying leak off his balcony in the morning, he's never felt any nostalgia for the human business of defecation.
  • In the Discworld novel Snuff, it's conversed when a little boy whose favorite book so far has been The World Of Poo "was beginning, with encouragement, to read books in which nobody had a bowel movement at all. Which, when you came to think about it, was a mystery all by itself."
  • In the second Legend of Jig Dragonslayer book, a magically created monster dies because the person who created it didn't think to fully implement its digestive tract - the two-headed snake could eat, but not excrete. One of Jig's colleagues admits that this is a terrible way to go.
  • Lampshaded in Donaya Haymond's Legends of Laconia series. In Waking Echoes, the prison cell Ty spends three days in has a toilet, and in Bite Me Matthew asks Dianne if her father goes to the bathroom, saying he's always wondered about those in his condition.
  • Lampshaded in the Kevin Brooks novel Lucas - while waiting for the antagonists to walk past, so she can stalk them, Cait realises that she really needs to pee, and she decides to go in some nearby tall grass...only for the antagonists to find her when she's still got her pants down. She muses in her narration that you never see anyone got to the toilet in films, and if you do, it's only because something dramatic is going to happen when they're in the toilet - being attacked by an enemy, for example.
  • MAD once featured an article, "Just Once We'd Like to See..." Included, "A diaper commercial that indicates babies do something besides wet."
  • In My Teacher Is an Alien, Peter, newly arrived on a spaceship with many different alien species, asks the computer where he can find a bathroom. It then proceeds to ask a series of very personal questions (which we do not get to read) in order to figure out exactly what sort of facilities he needs.
  • Lampshaded in The Neverending Story. Bastian has to deliver a fax, and wonders why the characters in the books never seem to have that need. He guesses there's no reason to interrupt the story in order to include irrelevant details. When he eventually enters into the world of a book, bodily functions are not mentioned again.
  • The Night Mayor is set inside a virtual realm that runs on movie logic. At one point, Tunney observes that since he entered the realm he hasn't felt a need to go to the men's room — which is just as well, because he also hasn't seen any sign that there are men's rooms.
  • Taken to its logical extreme with Nobody Poops But You by W.U. Ming, a parody of Everyone Poops that is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; a world where nobody except the reader has to poop.
  • Actress Tamzin Merchant wrote a hilarious poem discussing this, called "Ode to a Toilet".
  • In Ramona the Pest, after the teacher reads the class "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel", Ramona asks why there is no mention of Mike going to the bathroom. This kicks off a brief debate among the other children, before the teacher simply states that it wasn't an important part of the story.
  • Lampshaded in Second Foundation, where a girl sneaks aboard a ship and hides there, like she read and saw a lot in popular culture. Then she realizes that the books failed to mention some things, and she cannot remain in her hiding place for long....
  • Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper in which the main characters find out their adventures are being recorded down by a Narrator using a machine that writes down everything that happens. One of them asks whether the machine records when they poop, to which the Narrator replies, "Of course not! That wouldn't be interesting."
  • One of the later 1632 books — 1635: The Eastern Front — includes a scene where a radio transmission was delayed because one of General Stearns's staff colonels was "taking care of urgent business."
    Long: If it's urgent business, he may be occupied for a while yet.
    Stearns: He should be finishing up any second now. It's the sort of pressing business that never makes its way into fiction.
  • The Stephen King short story "Umney's Last Case" features a distraught author trying to muscle out his most famous creation so that he can enter the world of fiction and live without pain. He succeeds, and while the character is getting used to the real world, he wets himself because he's never actually had to use the bathroom before.
  • In Secret Window, Secret Garden, also by Stephen King, an even more embarrassing variant occurs: The author has to rush out of the bathroom to take a phone call and thinks to himself that, forget pooping, fictional characters are never depicted wiping either....
  • Lampshaded in The Well Of Lost Plots, in which Thursday remarks that living in fiction has its ups and downs: people rarely eat breakfast but, apart from in Chaucer, there's not much farting either.
  • In Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive), Shallan derails Adolin's account of bravely leaping into battle while hugely outnumbered by asking how he goes to the bathroom while wearing Shardplate. After continuing for a line or two, he realizes she hasn't followed the normal script and comments that he's told that story a number of times and no one had ever asked anything like that before. He acknowledges that it basically always requires someone to help before or after the battle, but yes, on three occasions he's done it straight in his armor. He doesn't try to regale her with tales of daring-do again.
  • Villains by Necessity: Averted by a Verdant Company soldier who the villains ambush as he's going to "answer a call of nature", and it's explicitly mentioned that his trousers are open. It's otherwise played straight though, most notably with Blackmail, who never removes his armor (though it's later explained due to magic).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Discussed and Defied on Burnistoun. In a sketch, a Soap Opera director discusses criticism for not including characters using the toilet. Cut to a series of clips from the soap opera with characters pooping at dramatic moments, including a climax where several guys fight each other for use of a toilet while crying hysterically.
  • Of all the rooms in Finders Keepers, one of them was a bathroom without a toilet. Referenced by Harvey in his spiel: "The world famous Finders Keepers bathroom - toilet not included!"
  • Arrowverse: On The Flash (2014), fans spent a long time wondering how Barry's prison in the particle accelerator handled prisoner biological needs. The cells are small, and the prisoners are too dangerous to be escorted to the bathroom on a regular basis. In the Elseworlds (2018) crossover, Oliver brings it up, and Barry reveals that the toilets are just hidden in the wall of the cell most of the time.
    Oliver: I spent the past seven months in a maximum security prison, and no matter how bad things got—and they got bad—EVERY CELL HAD A TOILET!
  • Played with in the episode "USS Callister" of Black Mirror. In the Star Trek homage, programmer Robert Daly digitally clones his co-workers for his own private mod of the game he works on. He modifies their code which removes their genitals, preventing them from sexual pleasure, and... answering the call.
    Shania Lowry: Can't even shit. Can't even have the basic fucking pleasure of pushing out a shit.
    Elena Tulaska: [sigh] I miss taking shit.
  • Up until the airing of the Dinosaur Train episode "Dinosaur Poop" in 2009, this trope was commonplace for shows airing on PBS Kids aimed at preschoolers. note  There were three major exceptions, though. note  The first was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which had part of episode 1723 discuss potty-training. The second was The Noddy Shop, where the episode "Skunked" has a scene where Whiny and Whimper mistake a smell for one of them "having an accident", and the third was Caillou, which had at least four episodes where the titular character suffers from potty emergencies.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Smile", Bill asks about the communication units:
    Bill: Hold on, is there a mute button though, like what if you're in the loo?
    The Doctor: Who needs loos? There's probably an app for that.
  • Bridget Hennessey tries to invoke this trope around herself in 8 Simple Rules. She apparently sustains an illusion of never having to use the bathroom.
  • Whedon was careful to show a toilet on Firefly. The first shot on the show inside a crewman's quarters was Mal buttoning up and kicking the toilet back into its resting place.
  • In Hannah Montana, when best friend Lilly Truscott is forced by Miley to go to the toilet, so that Miley can talk to a boy she likes. This is lampshaded when she gets back, after much drama has unfolded with Miley, when Lilly mentions how all the good stuff happens when people go to the toilet.
  • One scene in the pilot episode of Leave It to Beaver had to be reshot when standards and practices noticed a toilet tank in the corner of a shot.
  • The Mandalorian: In the pilot, Mando's bounty target excuses himself from the cockpit to look for a bathroom... except he finds the toilet belowdecks right away and instead goes looking for Mando's weapons locker. Mando wasn't fooled for a minute and quickly shoves him into the nearby carbon-freezing booth, thereafter to ride to prison as a nonhuman popsicle.
  • Schitt's Creek: Subverted. Thanks to the poop joke in the show's title, the writers incorporate both obvious and subtle poop jokes into the story on a regular basis. This begins in the first episode when Mayor Roland Schitt uses the Roses' motel bathroom for an uncomfortable amount of time.
  • The theme song for Shameless takes place in the bathroom, looking at the toilet the whole time, including characters using it.
  • Several people have said that bathrooms don't exist in the Star Trek universe, however there have been a few bathroom references (Neelix mentioning that they are down to four lavatories in Star Trek: Voyager, a girl asking where it goes when you flush the toilet on the Enterprise in Star Trek: Enterprise, diapers mentioned in several episodes, etc.). The official schematics of the ship show where some toilets are (by the bridge) and we even see random crewers exiting them on occasion, though it's never explicitly identified.
  • One sketch in That Mitchell and Webb Look features an interview with a film director who wants to be realistic and complains that film industry "failed to reflect reality as people live it". In his World War II drama The Gathering People, an important cabinet meeting is interrupted when one of the members has to go to the bathroom.
    Director: What makes me incredibly proud of that moment is that when it was first shown in the cinema, quite a lot of the audience actually went to the loo at the same point. Well, I assume they went to the loo. But they left anyway.

  • Comical songwriter Bryant Oden, creator of Songdrops, wrote a song about this titled "No One Ever Needs to Pee in Movies" that talks about how movie characters never need to pee "and don't even get me started on number two". He also mentions that other bathroom-related things aren't present in movies such as toilets flushing and bladder pain, along with things that aren't bathroom-related but still don't happen in movies, such as hairbrushes and tuning old guitars.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Especially in earlier days and editions, when the game's focus was more on world simulation and the detailed logistics of adventuring (counting arrows and torches, keeping track of food and water, deciding who should carry what loot...) were emphasized more, advice on dungeon design would almost inevitably manage to squeeze in a bit about not forgetting that any place inhabited by intelligent living creatures had better include toilets of some sort.
    • Present to this day in all editions is the fact that several creatures are explicitly described as having incredibly efficient metabolisms that simply digest everything they consume with no waste. The tarrasque and the various species of dragon are the most famous for this.
  • "The (More or Less) Complete Guide to Hygiene For Fantasy Role Playing Games", among other things, contains lengthy speculation on how would waste be dealt with in a fantasy world.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • While latrine duty is still a part of the Imperial Guard and Space Marines have 24-Hour Armor, it's only referred to in passing, with other factions not mentioning this at all (fortunately so in the case of Nurglites). Zigzagged with the Orks: Ciaphas Cain mentions Orks answer the call of nature whenever it happens, and only building designated facilities to insult and deface whatever was there before, Deff Skwadron shows that they're part of the squig feeding process.
    • Fandom to the rescue.
    • The simplest answer is most often the correct one: going to a toilet isn't important enough to be written down.
    • It's mentioned that the Kroot don't have a dedicated excretory system, this is explained through Bizarre Alien Biology as the Kroot almost completely break down whatever creature they eat and what few bits they can't digest are simply vomited out.

    Video Games 
  • Lampshaded in Ad Verbum, which revolves around exploring an old house. When you get to the bedroom, the narration will point out that the house does not contain a bathroom, before concluding that that's an aspect of life that a game like this is better off passing quietly over.
  • In Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun clicking on a toilet results in Poirot saying "Although I am sure the sight would amuse you Hastings, I will not indulge in that activity for the duration of this tale."
  • After playing this straight for the prior games in the Animal Crossing seriesnote , New Horizons finally averts it. When your villager's stomach is filled with fruit, it's possible to use a toilet to empty any "excess fruit energy".
  • Your poop is part of the gameplay mechanics of ARK: Survival Evolved. As your food meter decreases, it will turn light blue to indicate that feces have formed in your bowels and you can take a dump with Numpad +; if you don't defecate at this moment, the game will eventually do it for you. When this happens, you can grab your poop and deposit it directly into a crop plot as plant fertilizer, mix it with thatch in a Compost Bin, let it sit for about one in-game day and turn it into a very high quality Fertilizer, or feed it to a tamed dung beetle that will turn it into one portion of fertilizer and one portion of oil. You can also kill yourself by eating enough of your own poop (useful if you're playing PVP to evade being captured and held prisoner), and in the Aberration expansion some mushroom spores will give you explosive diarrhea and empty your entire food meter, leaving you weak and starved. In addition, if you feel like grabbing your own poop is too gross, you can build a toilet in your house and flush it away safely and cleanly.
  • Black & White's treatment of this trope is too weird not to mention. The Creature starts out needing to poop like any animal, but if you slap it enough times when it does it, it somehow learns not to poop. The biological need just magically goes away permanently without any side effects. Now if only that worked on humans...
  • Zig-Zagged in Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead. The game's developers have a philosophy of "if it's not perfectly realistic, and we can change it to be more realistic, we will do so", but one notable exception is that players will never urinate or defecate: you can fill your stomach with food and drink, and its contents will just disappear into the void after being digested. However, animals are exempt from this trope and will produce dung that can (with some exceptions) be used to craft fertilizer.
  • Crawler's Delight states in the introduction that not very many of the adventure games the main character played mentioned the urgent need for a bathroom break after several hours of captivity, then awards you your very first point for taking a piss under similar circumstances.
  • Dark Souls III clarifies that the Undead do not, in fact, have to poop (courtesy of the Excrement Smeared Ashes). Which makes sense, as the game also reveals that your Life Meter is the undeads' and unkindleds' will to live (and not a measure of their actual physical condition). As Estus is that will in liquid form, it makes sense that there'd be nothing, er, coming out the other end after drinking it. Flavor Text suggests that at least some undead associate pooping with their former lives and wish for "that smell" again.
  • Humorously played with in Dragon Quest Builders 2. This trope is in effect in the beginning, and always for the Builder, but on the first island one of the villagers asks the Builder for a particular kind of room. He awkwardly dances around just why he needs it, but it's obvious he wants a toilet. Once it's built, the villagers will all rush there after eating, and you can periodically harvest "night soil" which is a component of things like worm food and fertilizer.
  • Toilets are one of the things the developer is explicitly not adding in Dwarf Fortress; most of the playerbase is in agreement that having to design efficient sewer systems for your fortresses is just excessive.
  • EarthBound lampshades the aversion to the trope. They have bathrooms in the game, but they all are occupied or otherwise unusable. In the first bathroom you come to, walking towards the door will result in a cutscene where one guy rushes in ahead of you. Attempting to enter will make him say: "Occupied!"
  • In this trope is generally played straight in The Elder Scrolls, where no toilets and outhouses are to be found anywhere in most of the games. Strangely enough, both Morrowind and Oblivion do feature Absurdly Spacious Sewers in their capital cities, but no toilets attached to them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, averts this trope, as there are small rooms containing a low stool, and a bucket directly behind it. Interestingly, none of these quaint little arrangements appear anywhere in actual inhabited buildings; they're all found in various dungeons or bandit hideouts.
  • In Fairy Fencer F, discussion of use the restroom is actually fairly frequent. But the real humor here is there being something of a Running Gag in the game that Sherman actually doesn't poop, though this is only explained in the Vile God timeline in Advent Dark Force in which we learn that his robotic fairy partner, Ryushin, is somehow absorbing his bodily functions.
  • Final Fantasy VII has several deleted scenes in the Mt. Corel region that in which Yuffie complains she's busting for the toilet the entire time, if you take her in the party ("I could go over there, but...").
  • Haunting Ground has a bathroom with open stalls. If the player pushes the interaction button facing it Fiona comments that she better "hold it" for now. It isn't mentioned again.
  • Lampshaded and zig-zagged in the inFAMOUS games: Cole MacGrath, being a Conduit with electrical-based superpowers, cannot submerge himself in water without electrocuting himself, which one would think might complicate things when he has to drink, bathe or pee (none of which he ever does). Though this only applies to large amounts of water, as he can drink and sponge bathe without getting harmed and as for the bathroom issue, Eugene in In Famous Second Son outright says – albeit offhandedly – that Conduits do not have to use the bathroom, though he likely meant that they do it less frequently than regular humans, as Hank Daughtry said that the Conduit prisoners in Curden Kay prison were bound so that they couldn't use their powers, "which also meant they had to feed us, wash us and even wipe our goddamn asses".
  • In Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron, you can at one point make Jimmy go into a bathroom, which triggers a cutscene of him walking out and thanking the player for thinking of it, because he hadn't gone all day.
  • A special Bad Moon adventure in Kingdom of Loathing parodies this: you're looking at a toilet in the Haunted Bathroom when you suddenly realize that you've never emptied your bladder, ever. You don't get a chance to "go" right there, though, as you're interrupted by a voyeuristic ghost girl who died on that very toilet. This gives you a Potty Dance effect that boosts item drops.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In Majora's Mask and Oracle of Ages, there is a character identified only as "???" whose hand emerges from within a toilet requesting some paper. In the latter game, it will exchange a "Stink Bag" for some.
    • In Skyward Sword, the Knight Academy has a public toilet that Link can sit on. It will even flush when he gets up.
    • In Breath of the Wild, the Horned Statue notes that one of the common problems he has to deal with while trapped in stone form is being unable to clean off the frequent bird droppings.
  • Moshi Monsters: Zigzagged. Your monster never needs the bathroom and you can't make bathrooms, and your Moshlings never use the bathroom either, but a toilet is seen in a pile of rubbish in the mission "Super Weapon Showdown", Simon Growl mentions your monster can sit in the seat of his airplane at the back, by the toilets, and in one of the magazines, poop is outright shown. Also, Humphrey is said to dislike the smell of manure in the morning and some babies wear diapers, while some don't.
  • Neopets: Zigzagged. You can put toilets into the Neo Homes, but pets are never seen using them. Petpets, it's been established, do use bathrooms as it's one of their needs in "Petpetsitter" in addition to litter boxes being available for them. Also, some baby Neopets wear diapers and some don't, and you never have to change their diapers. And to top it all off, for the longest time there was no toilet paper in Neopia.
  • In No More Heroes, Travis uses the toilet to save. One assassin at the end of the game is even clever enough to attack him as he's saving, so to speak.
  • Averted in Oxygen Not Included. Dealing with your dupes' waste products is essential to keeping a working base.
  • Zigzagged in Persona 4. On finding the TV World for the first time, Yosuke panics because he has to pee and he's trapped in a world shrouded in fog that may or may not have toilets. The gag persist through your time there, including a bit about how he tries to relieve himself there but can't do it with Yu and Chie in the room, but it's never resolved if he managed to find a bathroom or not. Averted later on, when you can spend time in the bathroom at school in "quiet reflection".
  • Lampshaded in promotional material for the Resident Evil 2 remake – one of the very first things shown in trailers was a shot of a public restroom in the R.P.D. precinct, with Word of God saying it was done specifically to address jokes from the fandom about the original game's infamous lack of shitters.
  • RuneScape eventually made a minor Running Gag of the lack of bodily waste— Ali the Bartender mentions that there are no toilets in Runescape, Ava the scientist mentions that adventurers lack many bodily functions, one April Fool's update proposed outhouses for when the player's had enough tea, and even in the spooky haunted mansion of "Broken Home", you find bathrooms with elaborate tubs and sinks... and a conspicuous empty space anywhere a toilet would go.
  • The Sims do use toilets (literally, as the only word given is "Use"). One of their motives is Bladder; unlike Energy or Hunger they can't die of it being too low, but will soil themselves, making their Comfort need empty. However, The Sims Medieval doesn't retain this, meaning that many players will enact this trope by not making Sims use chamberpots unless a quest tells them to. Interestingly, male Sims will sit down on the toilet if their Bladder is below half, otherwise they'll use it while standing up; likewise, urinals can only be used if the motive is above half.
  • Lampshaded in Space Quest V: as you're approaching the final area of the game ( the mutagen-contaminated SCS Goliath), you can look at as per usual. Rather than giving a description of it, however, the narration points out that you're actually pretty scared, and also realizing that you haven't got to the bathroom for the entire game, which is rapidly becoming a problem, as you're not in a position where you can do that. It's only a throwaway gag, though.
  • In Spandex Force 3: Champion Rising the Blizzard Wizard addresses the player character after they earn their first stat point as a superhero.
    Blizzard Wizard: How do you feel?
    Player character: I feel like I need to go to the bathroom.
    Blizzard Wizard: Do not be silly! No one goes to the toilet in a comic book.
  • Street Fighter has Ibuki asking Dudley if he ever takes off his gloves, even if he is eating or uses the bathroom.
  • Averted in Law's Tekken 6 ending. Paul, Law and Steve had agreed to share the prize money, but Law uses laxatives to incapacitate them and give him enough time to steal all the money for himself (what a Jerkass). Paul's ending also implies that Law used these laxatives throughout the tournament to cheat their way to victory.
  • The Trail Of Anguish informs you, "You don't need to use the bathroom right now. It's an adventure game, after all."
  • Undertale explains this by stating that monster food, being made of magic, is digested completely, leaving nothing to... come out the other end. A monster in Grillby's talks about human food being "gross" for passing all the way through the body, and expresses interest in trying some. This doesn't stop Papyrus and Alphys from getting out of awkward situations by claiming they need to use the bathroom.
  • Warframe: Since for most of the game it's ambiguous as to what exactly the warframes are, it's not that surprising that there's no bathroom on the Orbiter. Eventually one of the locked rooms opens up, filled with a small ecosystem of plants and animals, in addition to some machines. Ordis explains it's for attending to the Operator's biological needs, which seems to include both food and cleansing.

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    Web Original 
  • In Alice and Bob, this trope is lampshaded:
    "Surprisingly, nobody really seems to have to take a dump in fiction. Like, I used to play Elf Forest, which was overly realistic. You could pretty much do anything but relieve bodily wastes. The only game I recall in which you can do that is Simmy Buddies which I think had that toilet meter.
  • On this article for cliches used in online roleplays of The Loud House, one of them is that the Loud family doesn't use the bathroom (or eat or sleep). While it may be understandable that the roleplayers might find those boring, it's kind of odd for a show that has two bathroom-related lines in its theme song and several plot points and episodes focusing on all three.Such as? 
  • On this Mental Floss article, it talks about how this trope is played straight in Clifford the Big Red Dog and they wonder where Clifford poops (since a dog his size would produce big poops). They decide that he must've been trained to poop in a dumpster.
  • Lampshaded and averted in The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles. Tebow reads a Bible story to his teammates, and they're surprised when taking a dump turns out to be a major plot point.
    Tebow: A little later, the king's servants try to come back in and find that the door's locked. They're like, "He's probably in the bathroom."
    Mitchell: So people took shits in the Bible?
    Tebow: Sure. Everybody poops.
    Someone told me that a while back, and rarely do you hear so much helpful perspective stuffed into two words. No matter how legendary or important, "everybody poops."

    Web Videos 
  • This tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theory says that the viewer is the only human who poops, and that generally people don't need to pee either but babies and people with Alzheimer's sometimes do— but that's what diapers are for. It also claims that not pooping and rarely peeing is what makes humans superior, that pooping would've driven humans extinct if everyone did it, that toilets are for getting rid of spiders, that poop jokes are absurdist humour, and that on the off chance you've seen human poop it's just done with mirrors.
  • This is joked in the Smosh video "Twilight: New Moon Deleted Scenes 1", where Bella asks Edward if he poops on account of the fact that he only ever consumes blood. A disgruntled Edward responds that no he doesn't, which confuses Bella.
    Bella: That doesn't make sense because it says right here in this book that everyone poops. [Bella holds up the book "Everyone Poops" by Tarō Gomi]

    Western Animation 
  • CatDog. Kind of self-explanatory. Turns out they do in fact poop. Now as for HOW...
  • Lampshaded in The Cleveland Show by two viewers outside of the 4th wall.
  • In the 2015 revival of Danger Mouse, Professor Squawkencluck is seen entering the women's privy just seconds before being assaulted... by octopus tentacles.
  • Family Guy:
    • Similarly lampshaded when Peter is looking for a potty-training book, getting recommended the classic "Everybody Poops" and the less-popular "Nobody Poops But You". After Peter mentions his family is Catholic, he's suggested "You're A Naughty Child And That's Concentrated Evil Coming Out Of You".
    • In the episode "Brian Goes Back to College", a throwaway joke reveals that no one at the New Yorker has an anus after Brian sees inside their bathroom (which has chairs and fireplaces instead of toilets).
  • Nobody poops in the world of Dr. Seuss. They "go to the euphemism". (Halloween Is Grinch Night)
  • Never happens in the Looney Tunes universe. At least in the original cartoons. In Baby Looney Tunes, it was a little different.
  • Zig-zagged in Magic Adventures of Mumfie: The characters don't need the toilet after eating or drinking, and Mumfie doesn't wear underwear (Word of God said that having him do so would result in People Sit on Chairs). However, it's averted twice-when Fluffy the cloud leaks on Scarecrow's chair, and whenever Scarecrow falls, he poops straw.
  • The animated series of The Magic School Bus plays it straight, even when the subject of the episode is the digestive system. The producer end-segement, though, provides a very good reason why:
    "It's natural, it's normal, but do you really, really think they'll let us show that on daytime TV?"
  • Averted and played with in The Real Ghost Busters and Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters. In The Real Ghostbusters, while chasing after a ghost, Winston falls out of a doorway and toilet paper rolls falls out as well. Peter remarks, "Should have thought of that before we left the Firehouse." In an episode of Slimer!, Slimer goes into a restroom, slamming a stall door behind him. A flush is soon heard, and he then exits the stall by going right through the door, leaving slime on the door in his wake. Even though by all rights, ghosts shouldn't need to use the restroom.
  • The title characters of Ren & Stimpy are occasionally seen sitting on the toilet, and from time to time the mother of the boy whose house they were staying at would inform them that "Cartoon characters don't need to use the bathroom!"
  • Parodied and lampshaded in one episode of 6teen where Jonesy hears Nikki in the bathroom and then falls face first into the aftermath. It's explained to him that now he's aware that women are "just as gross" as men and will never be attracted to them the same way again. He gets over it by the end of the episode, though.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Played for Laughs in "Double Agent Droid" when AP-5 walks in on Wedge while he's trying to use the refresher in order to voice his concerns about Chopper. Later, Zeb mentions that AP-5's done it to him, too.
  • Steven Universe:
    • This one is so ingrained in culture that when the crew had to submit an episode description to the TV guides for a pivotal episode without revealing anything important, they settled on "We finally see inside Steven's bathroom." And so we do: it becomes the living space of recurring villain Peridot after she's finally caught and forced to work together with the Crystal Gems.
    • It's sort of a running joke that circumstances keep forcing Steven to pee outside.
    • It's also implied that the Gems would still need to use the bathroom if they were to eat or drink anything. Pearl is disgusted by the concept whereas Amethyst is amused by the sensation of "goop" passing through her.
    • A cut scene involves Peridot trying out eating for the first time. When she asks what happens next, Amethyst whispers something to her, and she looks suitably horrified.

    Real Life 
  • Some newborn mammals such as small rodents cannot pee or poop unless stimulated by their mothers' bathing them. This may help ensure that their nest doesn't get smelly enough to attract predators in the mother's absence.
  • There exists a rare developmental complication where a baby is born without the required openings to remove waste. If this isn't solved via operation, the baby will not survive long; due to the accumulated waste inside of them either rupturing their internal organs, poisoning them, or both. For example, Shiloh was born with “mermaid syndrome” and lived to be only ten.
  • The larval states of some insects, like antlions, don't produce any waste until they pupate. Antlions can remain in their larval state for several years.
  • Jellyfish, anemones, and others of their phylum have a digestive system with only one orifice - a mouth - so they don't poop. Whatever they can't digest from their food, they vomit out instead.
  • Lethal white syndrome is a condition in horses that causes them to be born with a underdeveloped digestive system. These horses are normally put down because they can't defecate and otherwise will die very painfully within a few days. The gene that causes this incidentally also causes these horses to be completely white, hence the name.
  • While everyone poops, the topic doesn't usually come up in casual conversation – one might know more about a friend's sex life than their poop life - and certainly doesn't come up in any formal or business settings. The taboo surrounding bodily waste functions in general is a very enforced trope in real life - unless it's of immediate relevance, people seem to be under a non-verbal agreement to never bring up defecation or urination. In more extreme cases, theocratic leaders have even denied having to poo at all.


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Nobody Poops but You

A satirical conspiracy theory that states that humans don't poop and hardly ever pee.

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