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A comedy routine which involves a character really having to go to the bathroom, and being prevented from doing so by various plot contrivances. This often climaxes in a frenetic scene where the character darts desperately from location to location, clutching his/her groin, searching for someplace, anyplace where he/she can empty his/her bladder. The search will usually prove unfruitful — and the visited places progressively more embarrassing — as the routine wears on.

For example: the routine may start with the character finding some very obvious way of filling up his bladder, such as by chugging a Klatchian Coffee or a Gigantic Gulp. He makes a mad dash to the men's restroom, only to see a sign on the door: Closed for Cleaning. He tries to sneak into the women's restroom instead, and we hear screams coming from inside followed by a couple of irate women chasing him out. The character then runs outside and darts behind a nearby tree to relieve himself, only to find it occupied by a child playing hide-and-seek. The character then runs off and ducks into a side street, only to find a young, cardigan sweater-wearing couple strolling down it. The character quickly high-tails it out of there and hides behind a nearby school bus. No sooner has he started unfurling his pants, than he looks up and notices that the bus is filled with a group of gawking nuns who are staring slack-jawed down at him. After a few more failed attempts at hiding and peeing, the character finally ducks into a building, runs down a dark corridor and into a room filled with rows of folding chairs, a podium, and a waste-paper basket. Sighing happily, the character unzips his trousers and starts relieving himself into the waste-paper basket — at which point, the lights go on and a large group of burly police officers start filing into the room. Only now does the character notice the huge sign hanging on the wall at the back of the room which reads: "International Order Of Burly Police Officers Training Seminar #27: How to Spot And Subdue A Sexual Predator." As the scene fades to black, we hear the sound of a hundred nightsticks hitting the cranium of our hapless potty-goer.


Note that the above scenario takes a Potty Emergency to its logical severe extreme; most Potty Emergencies won't end like this, but instead, end with the character fainting or just giving up and going in some random place, damn the consequences. Or, even more humiliatingly, it will end when the character just can't hold it any longer, resulting in Potty Failure (Embarrassing Damp Sheets if asleep), or, if they were frightened, Bring My Brown Pants. Very rarely does it end with him/her finding a suitable bathroom in the nick of time, but when it does, it ends with the character often enjoying that delicious euphoria that comes when such stress is relieved.

A person trapped in a Potty Emergency can expect to be sadistically subjected to all sorts of "watery" imagery — flowing water, spraying water, splashing water, kids running through sprinklers, water fountains, and worst of all, lemonade. All of which will remind him of the one thing he so desperately wants to do, but can't. Relatedly, a character who has to go to the bathroom while asleep will have dreams of such watery imagery. If they are currently in a body of water with an emergency, they may resolve this by just relieving themselves on the spot.


This trope can also happen on another end of the body, as the effect of food poisoning or a laxative or emetic prank.

Sometimes a variant has the character(s) looking for a place to perform some non-potty-related but similarly private activity such as changing clothes, making out, or whatever. If this trope happens to a character who had been woken up and/or freed after an incredibly long time, it's Rip Van Tinkle. A video game that can potentially force players into one of these by denying them a chance to stop for a breather in the middle of some very long task expects them to have a Bladder of Steel.

Commonly happens in a Toilet Training Plot. Sometimes this is punctuated with the character engaging in a little Calling Your Bathroom Breaks. Compare with Anti-Sneeze Finger, Inconvenient Itch, and Excrement Statement. See Jar Potty for one solution to this problem.

While we can all attest to this in our own lives, we do not need to do it here. (Fictional ones can be unpleasant enough.)


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  • Several ads for Clorox Bleach have gone in this vein, "for life's bleachable moments". One includes a young boy trying to get his dad's attention, only for his dad to brush him off until it's too late. And then there's the infamous "Mommy, Mommy, I made poopie!" commercial...
  • A drug commercial for the bladder-control medication Detrol has a Junior High teacher trying to teach while desperately holding it in and waiting for the bell....what she CAN'T hold in is the fact that she needs to go. To the great amusement of her students.
    • Many of the Detrol TV spots feature similar situations. In another one, a traffic cop struggles to hold her bladder during rush hour. When a nearby fire hydrant erupts, she can't stand it any longer and literally stops traffic while she runs to the restroom.
  • A series of print ads for Fresh Step cat litter depicts felines undergoing these due to their inability to find the "odor-free" product.
  • The teaser for *NSYNC's Superbowl performance was that they were in the middle of going to the bathroom.
  • A 2011 commercial for Model Environment starring Helene Traasavic, called "Helene on Toilet Paper", has her frantically rushing through the forest until she luckily spots a lone toilet in a clearing.
  • A 2015 commercial for Xifaxan has this happen to a sentient pair of intestines during a sports game, causing the intestines to run for the bathroom, but unfortunately there was a long line in front of the restroom.

    Anime and Manga 
  • A segment of Episode 36 of Atashin'chi is dedicated to how you shouldn't wait to go because you won't be able to hide it anyway.
  • Azuki-Chan: Both Azuki and Yoko have these in the middle of heavy traffic. Azuki manages to find a rest stop after getting off the bus; Yoko is forced to wait inside of her car.
  • Iba from Bleach has this problem in an omake where he's running frantically through a marketplace searching for a restroom, and is directed to one by the canine Captain Komamura. When he goes where Komamura pointed, Iba only finds a dog peeing on a phone pole, much to his horror. We hear a gross noise just as a couple of other shinigami across from him peer out of the men's room and wonder what Iba is doing.
  • Removing an angel's halo in Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan triggers an automatic Potty Emergency.
  • Chibi Maruko-chan:
    • In episode 73, Maruko has a terrible stomachache, which lasts for the whole day.
    • Maruko has one in episode 297 during an awards ceremony at school.
    • In episode 311, Maruko has one while waiting in line to see the Pandas.
  • This happens to Wu-Hee once in the first volume of the manhwa Chocolat.
  • Crayon Shin-chan:
    • In the first segment of episode 15, Shinnosuke has to use the bathroom while at the train station and keeps bugging his mother to go.
    • The plot of the Kamen Rider Den-O crossover episode has its' plot set off by Shin-chan needing to use the bathroom before school and arguing with his mother about it. At the end of the episode, he gets sent back in time to before the bus came, but he doesn't make it in time.
  • In season 2 episode 5 of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Yumoto has one when the coach of his high school's volleyball club talks to him in the hallway and refuses to let him pass unless he agrees to join his club. He eventually does because he is about to wet himself.
  • Detective Conan:
    • Played with in one early episode. Conan fakes the trope and asks a particular person for directions to a bathroom. The feigned urgency causes this person to mistakenly use a non-working pen he'd been trying to conceal.
    • One case (episodes 156-157) featured Conan, Detective Takagi, and the kids trying to prove the innocence of a man who was handcuffed with Sato in an abandoned building. When the case is solved (with the man released and the true culprit of the case apprehended and both he and Sato is freed, the first thing she does upon free is desperately ask for a toilet. The irony of the situation is Sato and her suspect were cuffed to a (non-functioning) toilet the entire time.
    • Invoked in a later manga chapter. Sera really needs to go to the bathroom, but the girls' restroom is full. She is a Bifauxnen and is wearing boyish clothes at the moment, so she sneaks into the boys' restroom... and then she gets ambushed by Kaitou Kid, knocked out and stripped to her (boyish) underwear so he can use her clothes. She is MOST UPSET when she wakes up, kicking Kaito in the head when she finds him talking to Conan.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the first episode, Bulma has to pee and wets herself, this also happens to her in the movie "Curse of the Blood Rubies."
    • Goku has a small one in Episode 4: "Oolong the Terrible." while being disguised.
    • When Oolong joins the group, Bulma tricks Oolong into consuming a "swee-trot" that makes him get the trots when she whistles "swee."
    • In a filler episode, Goku volunteers to fight the leader of a rival school since the teacher was nice enough to feed him. His son became angry because he was not chosen to fight in his father's place so he put medicine in Goku's soup that would make him go to the bathroom and force him to withdraw from the match. This backfires, however, because Goku did not become sick until the match started, making Goku ask for the match to be stop so he could go the restroom. His opponent ignores his plea and beat him up, causing a little to come out, which pissed Goku off. Goku quickly beats him and then disappears to run to the nearest restroom.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • In the Majin Buu arc. Goku and Vegeta are blasting things inside Majin Buu, it causes rather violent reactions in his stomach, and he turns a giant rock into a portapotty and proceeds to explode violently, creating a large green cloud and disgusting everyone in the vicinity (especially Mr. Satan).
    • In episode 215, Goten has to pee so he and Trunks stop by an island. Trunks realizes that he has to go too, and they pee together until they are chased off by a dinosaur.
    • In the movie Broly - Second Coming Trunks has to pee and wets himself while he is on Broly's head.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku tells Whis, who is taking him to Beerus' planet to go train with Vegeta, that he really needs to use the bathroom. He promptly forgets it when he meets Vegeta and they start bantering, but the moment Whis reminds him, Goku goes into a panic and attempts to pee over an edge.
    Vegeta: What are you doing?! You can't piss there! Use the toilet!
    Goku: Ahhhh! It's coming out! It's coming out! Ahhhhh!
  • Elfen Lied: Nyu has one early on, but thanks to Poor Communication Kills, she ends up peeing on the floor.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: A desperate Makoto engages in a mad search for the palace bathroom, which he eventually finds, but can't make use of, since it's the size of a football field and lined with dozens of female palace servants. (Makoto at this point is impersonating the Princess Fatora, and were he to relieve himself in the traditional male fashion, the jig would soon be up.)
  • In Gintama, Gintoki and Hijikata both have this problem after they ended up being handcuffed together as a result of one of Okita's pranks. They spend a lot of time brainstorming over how they'll take turns using the toilet without having to see each other with their pants down, only to discover that the only available toilet is a Japanese-style one (The sort that's built directly into the floor) rather then the Western-style one they expecting, rendering all of their previous ideas useless. They ultimately resort to having the one not using the toilet do a handstand on the back of the other until they finish.
    • In the final arc, Nobunobu spends the negotiations with the Altana Liberation Army needing to use the toilet because of Kagura spiking his croquettes with a lot of seasonings as the retaliation for his Kick the Dog moments throughout the series. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Here Comes the Three Angels: Jun has one in Episode 5, but makes it thanks to a piggyback ride from Kyou.
  • Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia: Aine has one in Episode 12. But thanks to Kizuna, she doesn't make it...
  • Interviews with Monster Girls: When she finishes her drink while... conducting her experiment with Takahashi, Machi almost instantly realizes she has to pee badly, and stands up—banging her knee on Hikari's table, since her body is at Hikari's house while her head is away. It takes a few moments for Hikari to work out what's going on and escort Machi's body to the bathroom.
  • In an episode of Jewelpet Twinkle, Ruby has to go to the bathroom and Akari tries to help her find one. They stumble upon a waterfall, which she calls a "big toilet". It is not implied if she made it or not after this scene ends.
  • The entirety Chapter 73 of Joshi Kausei consists of Momoko having one while on a train. She makes it in the end, though.
  • Kanamemo: In Episode 7, Haruka has an Imagine Spot that involves young girls having these in a traffic jam on the news. She's drunk, but still...
  • Lambo has one in an episode of Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. It doesn't end well...
  • Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho: To various characters in Chapter 46, while on the bus ride. Ironically, Orizuka ends up with one herself as they're leaving the rest stop. But don't worry, they had to go back and get an accidentally left-behind Amuro anyway.
  • In episode 1 of Kigurumikku V3, Azuki develops a case of this during her fight. She makes it in the end.
  • A chapter of the Love Hina manga (taking place between Spring Special and O.V.A., so it doesn't show up in the anime) shows Naru with diarrhea trying to get away from the rest of the gang and use the toilet without anyone knowing what her plight is. Naturally Keitaro wants to know what's wrong, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has a brief version. In chapter 31, the Big Bad of the arc kidnaps Konoka from a bathroom, and leaves a talking charm behind to make everyone think she's still in there. It takes Negi and Co. a good chunk of time to figure it out; all the while, poor Yue (who really needs to go to the bathroom) is forced to wait outside. They finally discover what happened when Yue can't hold it any longer and kicks the door in.
    • Offhand comments by other characters imply that Yue has to run to the bathroom like this a lot. Must be all the weird juice she drinks.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior:
    • In Episode 3, Yaito gets desperate in a car thanks to not using the bathroom at school. Lan (Netto) manages to get her to a restroom in time.
    • In Episode 20, Yaito has another one, caused by drinking too much Strawberry Milk.
  • Miami Guns: Yao has a brief one in Episode 6.
  • In Episode 8 of Shimoneta, Anna has one while toilet paper is being confiscated.
  • Early on in the very first chapter of Tail Chaser, the main Cat Girl really has to pee (she drank way too many cold things at noon), and ends up breaking into a bachelor's house to use his toilet in the middle of the night.
  • In the first chapter of the Manhwa Monk!, the elite high school instructor Sylvia has one while reviewing the student documents at the (dirty and waterless) temple. She ends up kickstarting the protagonist's powers due to how hot she is...
  • The main Ojousama, Shizuka, gets a case of this in Chapter 2 of Ojousama wa Nigedashita!, but has to wait for Tooru to get out of the bathroom. She winds up having to barge in anyway.
  • Naruto:
    • The non-canon short "Konoha Sports Festival" has Naruto trying to go to the bathroom between track and field events that motivates him to go much faster to be done quicker. This backfires as he ends up winning everything, and is surrounded by crowds congratulating him. He can no longer hold it at this point, and we see him go to his 'happy place' as the voices of the crowd are heard exclaiming about the smell.
    • There's also a scene in the second episode where he has to break off from fighting Sasuke to go relieve himself. Unfortunately, all his clones feel the need too, and they're too stubborn/dumb to disappear and stop fighting each other to get in the bathroom door.
  • An entire episode of Lost Universe, had an entire episode revolving around the 2 main characters desperately running around the spaceship looking for the only bathroom. To make things worse an ancient space trap was constantly and completely remapping the spaceship at the time. The absurdity of a ship the size of Swordbreaker having only one bathroom is lampshaded and justified by Canal, the Spaceship Girl of Swordbreaker, brattishly proclaiming she "hates bathrooms" and snippily noting that one bathroom wasn't a problem before when it was just her and Kane Blueriver aboard (as a hologram, she doesn't use it, obviously).
  • In the Ranma ½ episode "Tatewaki Kuno, Substitute Principal", Gosunkugi tries to prevent Ranma from using the bathroom during a potty emergency, but seeing as it is Ranma he's dealing with things don't go so well for him.
  • Kanata spends most of Sound of the Sky's eighth episode waiting by the phone in case it rings. Even when she has to go to the bathroom. She lasts almost the entire episode. Almost. Had it not been for Noel sleeping in the bathroom...
  • Pani Poni Dash!:
    • Becky has an extreme emergency in the episode "Even a Thoroughbred has its Habits".
    • Otome repeatedly gets diarrhea because of a pressure point.
  • Persona 4: The Animation In the animated series of Persona 4 Yosuke has one of those in episode 1 and 2.
  • In a chapter of Gunsmith Cats, Rally Vincent finds herself in this situation while stowed away in Bean Bandit's car. She even considers allowing a Potty Failure, despite the fact that it'll give her away. Luckily, Bean stops at a diner, allowing Rally to visit the ladies' room.
  • Digimon Adventure:
    • In one episode, Agumon has to go while he is in the illusion mansion during "Evil Shows His Face".
    • Koshiro also had to pee in the movie as a result of drinking Yuuko's oolong tea.
  • An episode of Those Who Hunt Elves has a variation on this, as Junpei refuses to go #2 until he finds some toilet paper. The animators threw in a stress meter to show just how bad the situation was getting.
  • Tenchi in Tokyo: Let's just say you should never be in the way when Mihoshi really, really has to pee. See episode 20 for proof.
  • Death Note has a scene involving Misa tied up for investigation, but wants to use the bathroom. She accuses L of being a pervert when he refuses her request. Misa was suspected of being Kira, and had been to the bathroom 5 minutes previously. L comments that she's only claiming to need to use the toilet to get out of her restraints. She replies that he is a pervert for having her restrained and watching her 24/7.
  • Played for laughs in Macross Frontier where Ranka and Alto crash onto a jungle planet. She asks him to wait a second but doesn't say why. When Alto says that he doesn't know what might be living in the jungle so he's going with her, she understandably roars "DAMEEEE ZETTAI!!! BAKA!!!" ("ABSOLUTELY NOT! IDIOT!") then runs off. He then grumbles that if she wanted to go to the toilet, she should've said so. Subverted immediately afterwards as the bad guys take advantage of them being separate to kidnap Ranka.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • When Misato gets trapped in a lift during a power cut, she starts to need to use the bathroom. She's just short of wetting herself when the power comes back online. As she's standing on Kaji's shoulders at the time, trying to force open the roof exit, he's quite grateful.
    • In the episode first introducing Asuka, there is a brief scene of Shinji and Pen-Pen doing a Potty Dance as Asuka is in the bathroom. Asuka accidentally slams the door into Shinji's face when she opens it.
  • High's whole part in a certain segment of Dotto! Koni-chan is a 7-minute-long potty emergency, where he runs around in Koni's seriously weird house while desperately searching for the bathroom... and he simply can't get there: there's someone in a room, he opens a door but it's not a toilet, a poster says that the bathroom is supposed to be several mile ahead, etc.. He does find it in the end.
  • In episode 13 of Nichijou the Professor has a late night Potty Emergency and is too scared to go alone due to stormy weather. She doesn't have very much trouble holding it, but ultimately fails due to a sudden bolt of lightning spooking her.
  • Subverted in the manga of Captain Tsubasa, where Tsubasa's dad Koudai actually got out of the bathroom when Tsubasa scored a goal and his match was being televised.
  • In episode 67 of Fairy Tail, the heroes get trapped in a forcefield. Ichiya begs their captors to let him relieve himself, but they won't.
    Ichiya: Please! It's gonna leak out!
    Lucy: Don't you dare!
  • In episode 2-6 of Mitsudomoe, the girls get diarrhea due to bad oranges.
    • Futaba has one in episode 7 of Zouryouchuu!, but can't make her point clear enough due to having lost her voice; in that same season, Mitsuba has a brief one in episode 5.
  • Bachou of Koihime†Musou has been known to have multiple potty emergencies. It's even a large part of episode eleven of Shin Koihime.
  • Da Capo III:
    • Sara has one in episode 5, while locked in the gym equipment room with Kiyotaka. While Himeno opens the door for them, she assumes Sara's cries were as a result of Kiyotaka trying to take advantage of her.
    • Kiyotaka has one in the beginning of episode 9. He opens the door to the bathroom only to find Charles using it. This causes her to freak out. Later, Kiyotaka unsuccessfully tries to apologize for it.
    • In the same episode, Mikoto suffers from a couple after accidentally cursing herself with diarrhea.
  • In Saikin Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga, this happens to Mitsuki Kanzaki from time to time because she has been forced to wear a magic chastity belt that can only be opened for three minutes at a time before it automatically reappears on her. Once this happens, she has to wait an hour before it can be opened again.
  • This is how the titular kitten of Chi's Sweet Home got her name ("chi" is the Japanese equivalent of "wee"), as she had trouble realizing where she had to go (the litter box) to safely pee.
  • Happens to Nobita in the Doraemon episode "Amaze-ing Maze". It is implied that he wet himself.
    • Nobita again in Doraemon: Malicious of the Demon.
  • The Youkai Fidgephant of Yo-Kai Watch has the power to make this happen to people.
    • In "Yo-Kai Babbalong", Nate has one at the beginning of the episode while in class. Unfortunately for him, the titular Yo-Kai inspiriting his teacher causes class to go on a little longer than usual. He does make it in time, however.
    • Nate has a potty emergency in Episode 26 while Espy is reading his mind.
    • In an episode of the 2019 series, Nate is inspirited by a Yo-Kai while having one of these. Unfortunately, the powers cause him to try and unzip his pants...but stops after a group of girls notice what he is doing.
  • In Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! episode 11, Souji has it as his first problem as a girl.
  • In Dirty Pair Flash, when Yuri is forced to live in a giant dollhouse in Mission 3 Episode 4 (long story), she is expected to be like a innocent, pure angel... with no food or toilet. When it comes to the latter part, she is very desperate and squirming by the time she asks the owner and finds out the truth. Cue the siren SFX coupled with a panicked face.
  • In Magic User's Club, Episode 3, Sae comes down with a case of this while trapped in a closet. She's crying Tears of Joy when she's finally freed.
  • In The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn, episode 36, Seiji has to pee and calls Da-Garn to find him a deserted island.
  • In Kämpfer, Natsuru has one of these in episode 1. The problem is that he is actually a boy turned into a girl and has to use the girl's bathroom, even though he has trouble figuring out how to do this.
  • In Poison Berry in My Brain, Chapter 8, Ichiko quietly goes through a case of this—and due to being the "present" part of Ichiko, Hatako also feels it, and is very vocal about it.
  • In Plastic Memories this happens to Isla, at the end of episode 1, after drinking too much green tea.
  • Played for Laughs in episode four of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, which is surprising considering how grim the series is. After eating a cake several hours earlier, Mirai suddenly needs to go to the bathroom. Considering the emergency situation everyone is in there aren't normal bathrooms to use. Mari notices Mirai's discomfort easily and gets her a disposable, paper toilet, but Mirai is too embarrassed to use it. She tries to use a portable toilet; however, a man cuts in line which causes the man in back of Mirai to get into a fight with him. Mirai ends up using the paper toilet instead.
  • Sena has a prolonged one in Episode 10 of The Comic Artist and His Assistants while trapped in an elevator.
  • Happens to Keroro in Sgt. Frog episode 61. He makes it to a bathroom at the end. The whole squad (sans Kururu) have a case of this in Episode 341.
  • The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye: In Episode 18. Bogie warns Honoka to pee before the flight, but she insisted that she wouldn't wet her pants. It comes back to bite her later on, but she makes it.
  • Prison School:
    • Hana has one in Chapter 6/Episode 2 after drinking too much dandelion tea. Trouble follows due to an Accidental Pervert situation, leading her to get payback below.
    • Invoked by Hana when she forces Kiyoshi to drink tea that will make him want to use the restroom. That way they can be alone and she can get her payback. Kiyoshi is aware of this and tries to hold it in so he doesn't have to ask for permission to use the restroom. Unfortunately, Gakuto sees him trembling and asks for him.
    • Meiko suffers one in chapter 78 when she can't get the zipper on her Cat Suit undone. She ends up having to tear the whole thing off and use the toilet nude.
    • When Shingo, Jo, and Gakuto end up locked in their room, a great deal of trouble is had finding a container when the latter really has to pee.
  • Downplayed example here; a blonde girl from the obscure Mahoutsukai no Tamagotachi, volume 2, wakes up with one in the middle of the night. After having a dream about a bear pouring tea until the teacup nearly overflows.
  • Itsuki has one while trapped outside in episode 2 of I"s.
  • Kamisama Dolls: Utao and Moyako both have one in the middle of Chapter 47, during a traffic jam. They both make it on time.
  • In episode 2 of Strange Dawn, due to being Trapped in Another World that has no human facilities, Eri ends up with a case of this.
  • In chapter 44 of ½ Prince, Feng Lan has this as Prince.
  • In Act 31.5 of Sailor Moon Crystal and the corresponding manga chapter, Usagi has one while visiting Hotaru, much to Chibiusa's embarrassment. She makes it, though her absence from the room at this particular moment does have some consequences.
  • Growing Up With Hello Kitty: Kitty goes through this a few times in "Going to the Bathroom". The first time, her Potty Failure is not onscreen, but you can tell because of in the next scene, her clothes are in the washer.
    Kitty: (squirming around) If I leave now, we'll have to stop playing, and playing House is my most favorite thing in the world! ...(gets up) Ohhh, BUT I REALLY HAVE TO GO!!!!!
    Mimmy and Fifi: (gasp)
    Kitty: (cries) MOMMA!!! (the scene then cuts to a washing machine with Kitty's clothes in it)
  • Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō has this happen a lot:
    • The potty-training episodes have this happen in them, with the parents telling Shimajiro to use the bathroom.
    • In the first version of "Any toilet can be a piece of cake!", Shimajiro really has to pee at a department store and his pee bucket warns him to go before he has an accident in the form of a song. He makes it to a urinal in time. However, when he's done, he realizes he still has to poop. The second version of the same episode omits the first half of it.
    • In one "Do it by yourself!" segment, Shimajiro is going out and doesn't want to use the bathroom beforehand. This leads to the pee bucket singing a song different from the first instance of this in the series, but he's distracted by his dad calling him to go in the car. He starts squirming in the car and asks them to pull over. He makes it to a public restroom, and this scene is followed by Shimajiro and the pee bucket singing the song together to the viewers at home.
  • Omujo! Omutsu Joshi:
    • Shouta has a tendency to spend a lot of time in the bathroom early in the morning, frequently inflicting these on his sister, Shouko. Each time it happens on screen Morei scolds Shouta for being inconsiderate.
    • In one chapter, Morei, attempting to exploit what she thinks is Shouta's diaper fetish, plans to wet herself in front of him. She chickens out, but then they're locked in a storeroom together while she still needs to go...
    • In chapter twenty, Shouko realizes she needs to go but, having just watched a scary show on TV, is afraid to go by herself and Shouta won't go with her. In a bout of optimism, Shouko decides she just won't go until morning and winds up with Embarrassing Damp Sheets for her trouble.
    • As the series progresses, Morei begins to experience emergencies with increasing frequency. She suspects that spending so much time in diapers in her attempts to appeal to Shouta is legitimately weakening her control. By chapter 22, Morei can't last ten minutes before Emergency turns to Failure.
  • A Penguin's Troubles POW:
    • An episode has Beckham really needing to go #2 without being noticed by anybody. It turns out to be All Just a Dream, but he has soiled himself in the process.
    • In episode 39, Beckham has to go to the bathroom at school, but unfortunately, there is a long line to use the bathroom.
  • Yosuga no Sora: Akira has one in Episode 2, but doesn't want to stop helping others. Fortunately, a worried Kazuha watches from the distance and finally drags Akira to the bathroom. She scolds Akira for holding it.
  • Yuru-Yuri:
    • Akari has a small one in season 2's episode 4, season 3's episode 6, and season 3's episode 10.
    • Chizuru has one in the middle of the night in a flashback in season 3's episode 9.
  • Yuyushiki: In the fifth episode, Yuzuko experiences this after Yui stops her from going to the bathroom. She does make it, though.
  • Zatch and Umagon have one in episode 96 of Zatch Bell!. They make it to a bathroom on time.
  • Invoked in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid when Lucoa uses a spell to instantly fill Saikawa's bladder as part of a plan to have her befriend Ilulu.
  • Big Windup!: In episode 11, both Sakaeguchi and the protagonist Mihashi need to go to the bathroom while they are waiting in line for a baseball meeting. Sakaeguchi has nervous diarrhea, and Mihashi needs to pee. The latter is then actually shown peeing at a urinal in the restroom.
  • Folktales from Japan: The third part of episode 11, "The Priest and the Boy", is this trope. The boy needs to pee while he's on a trip with the priest but the priest keeps coming up with reasons to why he can't pee outside (there are gods everywhere). He eventually tells him to ask some people if he can use their outhouse but the boy then sees a dog peeing on a tree so he climbs up the tree to pee from there.
  • Bomberman Jetters: In episode 5 - "Underground, Go! Go! Go!", Shirobon desperately needs to use the bathroom. He makes it in the end.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: In episode 9 "Yukako Yamagishi Falls in Love, Part 2", Koichi struggles to open the locked bathroom door and he ends up wetting himself.
  • In Episode 4 of The Magnificent Kotobuki, Emma has one, and does an energetic Potty Dance when she exits the plane to ask the old man at the station where the bathroom is.
  • In the Cinnamoroll short "Can You Use The Toilet?" from the DVD Cinnamoroll's At Home Challenge, Mocha needs to use the bathroom while on a trip through the forest. It also happens to Cinnamoroll during the live action segment that follows the short.
  • Ojamajo Doremi:
    • Pop has one in episode 7 of the first season after eating the triple-scoop ice cream she brought with the money left over from buying mame daifuku for her grandmother. She finds a bathroom at the park, but despite her effort to make it in time, she has an accident steps away from it.
    • This sets off the plot of episode 5 of Naisho. When Pop is tired of her failed attempts to toilet-train Hana-chan, she decides to switch places with Hana so she can always make it to the potty chair when she needs to use it while in her body. Unfortunately, she doesn't realize that this means that Hana-chan is stuck in her own body with no way to tell people that she really has to go to the bathroom. Upon remembering this, Pop rides Hana's biycle while in her body to school and sees Hana in her body standing on a table while really needing to pee as her classmates are panicking, much to her shock. After informing her sister of Hana's plight, Doremi takes her out of the classroom, but it's too late, as Hana wets her pants the moment she is taken out of the classroom.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes episode 42, Big M. accidentally eats an orange he laced with diarrhea powder and desperately has to go to the bathroom. The only problem? There's a very long line of people waiting to use the bathroom as well.
  • Happy Xin Xin:

    Comic Books 
  • A Meanwhile strip in an issue of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac had a guy on a date with Devi desperately trying to hold back an attack of diarrhea. His final line, "Somebody put s*** in my pants!", has since become synonymous with the series. In the Squee!! spinoff series, the titular character had been holding it in for two days. He manages to find a bathroom, but the violent, spasmodic diarrhea from the next stall cut him short.
  • Brittany Diggers undergoes one of these while in a submarine in the first issue of the full color version of Gold Digger. She spots her sister's favorite thermos, and stares at it as her sister and Ryan unknowingly make more and more innuendos involving needing to pee. The joke is shortly dropped in rather anticlimactic fashion, though since it's heavily implied that, yes, exactly what you would expect did happen, maybe it's best that they didn't show the obvious "hilarity ensuing" of that.
  • MAD Issue #510: In a "A MAD Look At Celebrity Life" strip, a blonde celebrity has one while riding in her limo, and asks the driver to make a pit stop at a restaurant. As soon as she comes out of her stall, she's swarmed by paparazzi, much to her embarrassment.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón:
    • This is the running gag for poor Superintendente Vicente in the book El Bacilón. The eponymous monster is disintegrated at the end by a single slap from El Súper because it stood in between him and the toilet.
    • Filemón has one of his own in a chapter in "¡...Y van 50 tacos!".
  • A one-off strip in Viz entitled Doctor Poo (sic) featured the Fourth Doctor in a pan-galactic quest for somewhere to defecate.

    Comic Strips 
  • One In The Bleachers comic featured a race car driver who forgot something on his mental checklist.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • One comic showed Calvin in one of his fantasy spots drinking one glass of water too many and turning into a puddle. The shift back to the real world shows Calvin in a car telling his mom "I don't think I'm gonna make it."
    • Another one depicted Calvin having a dream involving lots and lots of water. It ends with Calvin waking up and running to the bathroom.
    • And another one depicted Calvin putting on his winter clothes and getting ready to go outside. As soon as he walks outside, he realizes he forgot to use the bathroom. After taking his clothes off, he gets to go.
    • Yet another one has him needing to go but trapped on his bed by the monster waiting underneath - the next morning his parents are looking at the plants under his window, wondering why they're not doing well.
    • In the story arc where Calvin is in the school play, he ends up getting stuck in his onion costume when he tries to take it off. In addition, he was also supposed to be onstage soon. Hilarity Ensues.
  • FoxTrot:
    • In an early strip, Roger drank a whole pot of coffee before work, saying his boss was holding one of his notoriously boring meetings and that there was "nothing more embarrassing than falling asleep during Pembrose's endless sermons". In the last panel, he's at the meeting, excusing himself for his third bathroom break in the past hour, and clearly looks very embarrassed.
    • In another strip, Peter drank an entire pot of coffee, claiming he had a killer math test, and thought a whole pot would get his brain functioning like a "super-fast calculation machine". In the last panel, he's in class, sweating heavily, thinking to himself, "If the boy's bathroom is a thousand feet away and I run at a rate of a hundred feet per second..."
  • Hägar the Horrible: In one strip, Hagar's house is nearly buried in snow (as it often is in winter), and Hagar is shoveling very, very fast towards a tree for his very frantic dog Snert behind him.
  • Non Sequitur: In one arc, Danae and Kate are snowed inside this house. This then becomes an emergency when their pets Lucy and Petey have to answer the call of nature.
  • Zits:
    • In this strip, Jeremy gets an idea similar to the example with Peter above, drinking three energy drinks before a big test. Not the wisest idea...
    • In an earlier strip, Jeremy holds it all day and rushes home because "nobody in their right mind ever uses the school bathrooms".

    Fan Works 
  • Doctor Who
    • To the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Loo, which consists of a series of drabbles, with Donna. The last chapter has the Doctor peeing in an elevator right before meeting the Brigadier.
    • The Doctor needs to pee features various Doctors experiencing this.
    • Captivity features the Ninth and Tenth Doctor experiencing this while being held captive. The first two chapters have him asking his captor for assistance.
  • In the (uncompleted) Superbad fanfic Memories of the Past, Seth and Evan went to a carnival in the 8th grade, and Evan drank too much punch. When they got on the Octopus, Evan just couldn't hold it anymore, resulting in a big yellow puddle forming at his feet. His pee then splashes the both of them when the ride tilts sideways.
  • Greenland in a series of Axis Powers Hetalia fanfictions often suffers from these, either because she's trying on the guys' old traditional clothes and she can't take them off, or because the other countries are ignorant/oblivious to her need. Sometimes she makes it, and sometimes, she doesn't.
  • In Sonic Zombie Doom Ship the Movie, Sonic, Tails, Shadow, Rouge, and Amy all get diarrhoea from eating Vector's Swedish meatballs. Sonic, and Shadow in particular, realise this after their own guts wake them up in the middle of the night, and send them rushing to the (apparently only) bathroom. Amy's occupying it at the time.
    Shadow: I'VE. GOT. TO. SHHH[bleep]TTT.note 
    Sonic: Oh man I've gotta go poop!
  • This Sailor Moon fanart pokes fun at Ami Mizuno's Japanese name by having her wake up in the middle of the night after having a dream about... take a guess.
  • In Pound and Pumpkin Cake's Adventures (and Misadventures) in Potty Training, which is a fanfic set after the events of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the Cake twins, due to being in the middle of being potty trained, have several of these.
    • Both of them while being foalsat by Twilight, who had turned into a kangaroo.
    • Pumpkin at the store while buying Pull-Ups (first time she successfully uses the adult toilet).
    • Pound has one in "Missed".
    • And another one in "Pound's New Diaper", where he tries to make a diaper out of plushies.
    • Mrs Cake herself actually has one in "Everypony Poops", although it manifests itself in a weirder way than when the kids have theirs.
    • Pumpkin Cake has one in the chapter called "Pumpkin and the Potty", which was resolved by her using her diaper while on the potty.
    • In the chapter called "That's Not a Potty", Pumpkin has one in the garden, leading her to poop in a pot plant. Then, Pound has one in the mall, leading him to pee in a teapot.
    • The first official potty emergency in this fanfic was experienced by Pound Cake in the chapter "Pound's Pain".
    • Happens to Pumpkin when Fluttershy's animals steal her potty in "Fluttershy and the Missing Potty".
    • Pound when he's visiting Cloudsdale. His solution? Peeing on the clouds!
    • Pumpkin has one in the last chapter.
    • Scootaloo has one in the chapter "The Exploding Diaper" note .
  • A My Little Pony fanfiction called Princesses Don't Potty, which is toying on whether or not Nobody Poops applies to Celestia and Luna, Celestia has one.
    Princess Celestia had to pee. She didn't have to potty, tinkle, whiz, or wee, the pressure in her hindquarters was serious and called for serious vocabulary. On the other hoof, there was nothing particularly high-brow or intellectual about her situation, so she didn't have to urinate or micturate either. She had to pee.
  • In a Discworld fic by A.A. Pessimal, a group of Lady Assassins whose assignment means having to learn circus skills also learn a hard lesson - the reason why women who wear spangly tights and leotards to work drink sparingly, until the performance is over. During an energetic training session, one woman drinks a lot of water to keep herself hydrated. The urgent prompts from her bladder remind her that the way she's dressed is not exactly ideal if you need to go to the privy in a hurry.
  • In the final chapter of Not All Good Things Last by Heroine of the Valley, Boomer & Bubbles have this emergency when they are cuffed together as a result of drinking Powerade. Eventually Buttercup zaps the cuffs in half & when everybody gets home, Bubbles & Boomer fight at the bathroom door & Bubbles goes in first. After she finishes, Boomer goes in to relieve himself as well. Take a look!

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Iron Giant, Hogarth doses Jerkass government agent Kent Mansley with laxatives to induce one of these so he can finally get away from him. Mansley ends up having several over the next few hours.
  • At one minor point in Kiki's Delivery Service, this serves as Kiki's alarm clock. Fortunately, the outhouse is nearby right outside her bedroom.
  • During the chase scene in The LEGO Batman Movie Robin asks Batman if they're near Wayne Manor. Batman asks why. Robin's response, "Your #2 needs to go #1." It ends in a Bring My Brown Pants when the Batwing gets hit several times.
  • In The Stinger of The Simpsons Movie, Bart has one, and he tells Homer that he's been holding it since the EPA put the giant dome over Springfield. Homer makes him stay, telling him, "A lot of people worked hard on this film, and all they ask for in return is for you to memorize their names!".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • One scene in Are We There Yet? features Ice Cube's attempts to find a bathroom for one of the children he's babysitting. They find a bathroom, but the toilets are so filthy that the child resorts to peeing in the sink. That's when a woman shrieks in horror and Ice Cube, who's holding the boy, turns around to face her...
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg goes into his brother Rodrick's room; when Rodrick finds Greg, he chases him to his bedroom. While locked in his room Greg says "Rodrick, time out—I have to pee!" to which Rodrick replies "No time outs—only death." We then see Greg waiting until finally, he tries to try to run through Rodrick. He opens the door, only to find that Rodrick has left his shoes there to fool him. Greg rushes to the bathroom and tells Manny to get off the toilet, and he starts relieving himself, but... Rodrick jumps out of the shower and Greg turns to face him—at which point his parents come in. This all adds up to a hilarious scene.
  • The 1968 comedy The Party has a long sequence involving this. The hero (Peter Sellers) cannot find a single unoccupied bathroom on the ground floor of the mansion where the titular soiree is being held. Then the young starlet he has a crush on is to perform a song for the other guests, and out of politeness and interest, he puts his search on hold for several minutes as she sings - literally painful though it is for him to do so. Once she's done he sneaks upstairs and uses the fancy bathroom there, and with that taken care of, soon he's facing a whole different set of problems...
  • Buffalo '66 begins with Billy getting out of prison and asking the guards to let him back in so he can use the bathroom. They refuse. The next twenty minutes or so revolve around his attempts to find somewhere to pee, during which time he also kidnaps Layla and persuades her to pose as his wife in front of his parents.
  • American Pie uses it in a cruel prank where Finch, who has indicated that he never uses public bathrooms for fear of germs, gets his drink spiked with laxatives at school. Cue the boy's bathroom being down for repairs, no toilet seat covers, etc.
  • In Two Weeks Notice, Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant leave a tennis game (in white uniforms, natch) and find themselves stuck in a traffic jam — just as the chili dogs Sandra has eaten start "barking." Fortunately, they manage to locate an RV in the line of traffic.
  • In Bean, Mr. Bean sneaks into an art museum to swap paintings of "Whistler's Mother". To keep the security guard busy, he pours laxative onto the man's coffee and swaps the bathroom keys. The guard makes a desperate attempt to use the bathroom.
  • In Trainspotting, shortly after Renton decided to quit using heroin after "one last hit", he has a sudden case of the runs after his drug-induced constipation goes away, and ends up having to use "The Worst Toilet In Scotland". His relief at finding a toilet in time turns into a (quite literal) Oh, Crap! moment when he realizes that the opiate suppositories he'd recently taken had yet to melt, and he now has to fish them out of the toilet.
  • In Young Guns II, an elderly reporter has to go but is stuck on a horse. In case the viewer had any doubts, said character loudly and desperately announces that "I have to have a movement" repeatedly. He manages to dismount, onto a cycad. It is not known whether or not he made it in time.
  • Played straight in Magnolia when Stanley has to pee during the taping of the game show.
  • The 1970s Disney movie The Apple Dumpling Gang has a Running Gag of the girl announcing that she has "to go."
  • At one point in the Korean film She's on Duty, a scientist on the run from criminals meets with his high-school student daughter in the girl's bathroom. While they're in there, the door's locked, and a line of increasingly aggravated girls gather in front of it. Eventually, the door slams open into them, causing Potty Failure... though by that point their response is more along the lines of "Oh, heaven..."
  • Happens to Forrest Gump, simply saying "I gotta pee!" as he meets President Kennedy. Drinking a dozen Dr. Peppers will do that to you.
  • In the Matthew Broderick movie Biloxi Blues; a soldier in ranks has to pee, and the Drill Sergeant Nasty views his discomfort and makes him do two hundred pushups before letting him go to the bathroom.
  • In Rat Race, Jon Lovitz is speeding through the desert with family in tow in a race to a fortune. His young daughter begs him to make a rest stop, telling him "I'm prairie dogging!" - when he realizes what that means, he's horrified and disgusted (as we all are).
  • Throwaway line in Help! - as the Mad Scientist makes his way to the Beatles in a motorized rubber raft he tells his lackey "You should've thought of that before we left!"
  • Happens to Teddy in Save Your Legs! when he comes down with a bad case of Delhi Belly after eating Indian food.
  • Another non-potty version comes in the feature-film version of Batman (1966): "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!"
  • Benny in Kopps has to take a dump while he and Jacob, tied together, have to flee from a SWAT-team through the forest.
  • In this 2004 German Made-for-TV Movie Prinzessin Macht Blau/Royal News, Princess Sophia has one when she arrives at an airport in her private jet at the start of the film.
  • In Adventures in Babysitting, Sara suffers a potty emergency that causes Chris and the kids to crash a frat house party in order to use the bathroom.
  • In What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Berger finds himself desperately needing to pee while trapped motionless in the Laser Hallway.
  • In King of Thieves, Billy the Fish suffers from incontinence and is constantly having to dash off to find a toilet. Even after he is arrested, the police have to stop the van and let him out to pee, with one of the policemen holding his penis because his hands are cuffed behind his back.
  • In Midnight Movie, Sully has a bad reaction to some chocolate coated raisins, and first develops uncontrollable flatulence, and then has to dash off to the cinema bathroom. Where the killer ambushes him.
  • Dobermann: After Joe stops him from snorting cocaine, Manu has a sudden urgent need to take a shit, Joe tells him the bathroom is occupied and sends him outside to to a crap in the river.
  • In the original Dr. Dolittle film, Charisse has to go the bathroom, but Dr. Dolittle doesn't want her to go in because there's ducks and a goat in there. He tells her she's drinking too many liquids; she insists she really has to go, and he manages to hide the ducks and get the goat out.

  • One urban legend involved a potty emergency. A woman really needed to go, but the only place within walking distance that had a functioning restroom was a funeral home. She pretended to be a mourner so she could use the facilities. Afterwards she decided to pay her respects anyway and discovered she was the only person at the funeral. Later she is told that the deceased's will stated that his entire fortune should be divided among the people who attended his funeral. Since she was the only one there she inherited all of his money.

  • A joke: Two guys are going to the theater (that sort with the stage, not with the flicks). Shortly before the play begins, one of the guys feels he has to pee, so he starts looking for the bathroom, but can't find it and gets more and more desperate. Finally, behind a door he finds an empty, badly-lit room, pees into a vase and goes back to his seat. Being arrived there, he asks his friend: "Did I miss something?" The friend answers...
    1. "Seems to be one of these modern art pieces - some guy enters, pees into a vase, and exits."
    2. "Hey, you should know. You were at the stage after all."
  • A joke book title: 1000 Yards To The Outhouse, by Willie Makeit. The actual distance may vary, but isn't really the point of the joke. (It may also be edited or illustrated by Betty Dont, with an introduction by Doris Locked.)
    • This eventually spawned a tractor puller to name his tractor after the joke.
  • A joke found on the website of Nicholls State University concerning how crawfish use the bathroom:
    Little Johnny Crawfish raised a claw in class. "May I go to the bathroom?" he asked. Crawprofessor replied, "Gee wiz, crawkid! Your classroom is a mud tunnel. It's all a bathroom!" "That explains everything," Johnny replied.

  • Cats vs. Robots: In "This Is War", when Stu and Scout are exploring the laboratory, Stu suddenly feels a desperate need to pee. All he knows about that from Obi is "go in the box". While he does find one, it turns out he actually peed in Elmer, Min's robot for the "Battle Of The Bots" tournament. While Min is able to get Elmer working perfectly, the stench of cat pee still remains.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Happens several times.
    • When Fregley has the urge to go in the first book, he says "Juice! Juice!"
    • In the first book, Rowley has to use Grandma's bathroom during Halloween.
    • Discussed in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, where Greg dreads the bathroom situation at Spag Union and says he highly doubts he can hold it in all summer.
    • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, Rowley has one while stuck in the same costume as Greg.
    • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, both Greg and the pig have one while on a road trip.
    • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Greg and Rowley discuss what will happen if Rowley has one of these while in a box. Greg gives him a bottle, but then Rowley asks what happens if he has to go #2. Then Greg says he shouldn't think about that until it's really time to.
    • Discussed in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School. After Albert Sandy claims that Silas Scratch might move through the pipes, the kids get too scared to use the bathrooms. Some of them decide to hold it in until they get home, but Greg writes that it doesn't sound so smart because they're only on day 2 of a week-long trip.
  • Towards the end of the Dinosaur Vs book "Dinosaur vs. the Potty", Dinosaur needs to pee so badly that he has to run to get to the toilet.
  • The novel Isle of View by Piers Anthony has a rare inversion of this trope. A character thinks another character is trying to find a suitable place to pee because she said she felt like she was "ready to burst." She actually said it because she has to wait until important business is resolved before she can tell everybody all about her adventures.
    • The Xanth novels feature another aversion/inversion in the form of the Centaurs, who are not the least bit embarrassed by such bodily functions (such being, after all, only natural). They will thus not hesitate to make their business out in the open in front of everyone, which sometimes mortifies those around them.
  • Older Than Steam: If you can believe it, Don Quixote features one such joke as this.
  • In the Arthur book Arthur Lost In The Museum, Arthur has to go to the bathroom while on a class trip to the museum, and has a hard time finding the bathroom, but finds the bathroom near the end of the book.
  • Discussed in Words of Radiance when Shallan asks Adolin what happens if this occurs while he's in his Powered Armor. Adolin, rather taken aback by this question (he's used to dealing with Brainless Beauties), finally admits that he shat in his armor more than once.
  • Judy Blume:
    • Peter in Superfudge briefly has one of these (due to six cups of punch at a school party) when his preschool-aged brother Fudge is taking his time on the only available toilet (due to two glasses of chocolate milk). Peter's tempted to lift the little boy off the can, but has been told to encourage the imperfectly toilet-trained Fudge to use it, so doesn't dare; he gets so desperate that he considers weeing on a large potted houseplant. Luckily, Fudge finishes in time, and is duly impressed by how copiously his big brother can urinate.
    • In Blubber, two girls caught TP-ing a neighbor's yard are punished by having to rake his huge backyard. Both badly need to pee before they're finished, and both opt to water the man's trees rather than humiliate themselves by begging permission to use his bathroom.
  • "Busting", the first story of Just Stupid! has this as the plot. Andy is running around the shopping mall trying to find somewhere to pee, and being stopped by idiots, authority figures, cleaning signs and a deadly escalator. He finally manages to find somewhere to pee - a huge fire overtaking the shopping mall. Only it turns out he was dreaming, and has now just wet the bed.
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: Clara has to desperately pee while ice skating with Iris. She is finally able to in an abandoned windmill, and this is accompanied by a descriptive sentence:
    Clara lifts her skirt to pee. The piss steams over an ancient pile of bird shit.
  • Played for drama in Stephen King's IT; Bev has to go but can't because she's trapped in the Losers' clubhouse with Henry Bowers on the loose.
  • In Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, the title character goes through this during the climax when she tries to open several bathroom doors at school, only to find them locked. Thus, she rushes to the nurse's office and calls 911 on the phone. When she finally runs out the school exit, a green fire truck, white police car and red ambulance drive up to the parking lot on purpose. Then the janitornote  stops her when this happens, but Junie B. convinces him that she's having an emergency, so he unlocks a girls' bathroom door for her.
  • In many novels by Derek Robinson there are references to fighter pilots getting caught short, whether due to the stress of combat or other reasons. One joke from Piece of Cake goes "If you see a pilot walking lopsided, its because one leg has shrunk in the wash." In the RFC novels, many pilots take to dosing their morning porridge with whisky or schnapps, in order to counteract the laxative properties of the castor oil that gets blown in their faces from their engines.
  • In one of the interlude scenes of the original novel, The Neverending Story, this happens during the first part. Bastian is so engrossed in reading the book that he tries to hold it as long as he can, but eventually, he has to make a run for the boy's room downstairs. While there, being the reading enthusiast he is, he starts to wonder why no-one ever has to "go" in any of the books he's read.
  • Hornblower uses this excuse in The Commodore to get out of a reception line (even doing a Potty Dance) so he can go stop his translator and secretary Braun from assassinating the Czar.
  • Amy experiences one of these in This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It when she can't bring herself to use the disgusting toilet on the bus ride to Undisclosed. She phrases it in her internal monologue as a struggle of civilization versus barbarism.
  • Dave Barry Slept Here begins the chapter on the Revolutionary War with an excerpt from the camp song "Midnight Attack of Diarrhea":
    Out of the bed and onto the floor;
    Fifty-yard dash to the bathroom door!
  • The Bloody Road To Death by Sven Hassel. Porta thinks it's his lucky day when he finds a British parachute container full of Darjeeling tea, which he sells to the German General Staff. Unfortunately the nefarious British have put a strong laxative in the tea. As Porta is placed under arrest for suspected sabotage, he witnesses various high-ranking officers fighting for the few remaining toilets, searching for a booth that contains a lower-ranking officer that they can throw off his seat.
  • In Paper Towns, Ben ends up peeing into a beer bottle because the gang can't afford to stop their car for bathroom breaks while trying to reach Agloe in time.
  • Princess has two of these in the Little Princess book "I Want My Potty". The second time, she doesn't quite make it.
  • Miss Bindergarten Has A Wild Day In Kindergarten: "Christopher says he has to go—he really cannot wait". It ends up in a Potty Failure, and he has to wear extra pants for the rest of the day.
  • The Dirty Bertie story entitled "Loo" involves the main character "Bertie" leaving it too late to go to the toilet whilst his class are stopped at a motorway service station on the way back from a school trip, and subsequently becoming desperate to go on the coach. Left with no other option he subsequently ends up urinating in a bottle after the suggestion to do so is made by his teacher Miss Boot. This subsequently backfires after a fellow pupil and enemy, Know-All-Nick steals the bottle out of his backpack, mistaking it for lemonade.
  • The children's book Have You Seen My Potty? has a girl named Susie-Sue have one of these, but a bunch of animals have stolen her potty chair.
  • In Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle, Pip has one while playing with Posy. It ends in a Potty Failure...
  • The Robert Munsch book I Have to Go is all about a boy named Andrew who has these at the most inopportune of times. Hilarity Ensues.
  • A children's book called Willie Wants to Wee Wee is about a boy named Willie who has one of these but forgets where he's about to do it.
  • The British children's book I Need A Wee! centers around an Adorkable teddy bear who needs to use the bathroom at a carnival. His parents warn he will wind up having to wait in line if he wastes his time, but gets distracted by too many fun things there. By the time he's done, his parents' prediction comes true, and he is on the verge of wetting himself. Luckily, he uses the bathroom in a trophy he wins at a dance contest.
  • Father Christmas Needs A Wee! tells the story of Santa needing to use the bathroom on Christmas Eve after eating too much food.
  • Wiggles' First Day at School: Wiggles has one after recess, but doesn't want to miss the next activity.
    Everyone came inside and sat down, but Wiggles kept squirming! The teacher said, "Wiggles, do you need to go to the restroom?" And he said, "No, I don't want to!"
    And the children said, "No, no, Wiggles! When you're doing the Potty Dance, it's time to go!"
  • Ratburger: When Zoe is escaping her apartment from being grounded, she really has to pee.
  • Nina Tanleven: In The Ghost in the Third Row, while Nine’s waiting for her father to come pick her up, she realizes she has to go, bad. She winds up running back into the theater and upstairs to use the restroom in the mezzanine, leading to her second sighting of the Woman in White when she’s on her way back out afterward.
  • A Sailor of Austria by John Biggins. The crew of a WW1 submarine get food poisoning while hiding on the sea bottom, leading to an attack of particularly foul flatulence that forces them to surface in full daylight to vent the air. By coincidence they do so just as an enemy warship is passing in front of their vessel. After sinking it they return as heroes to be greeted by an army brass band, but unfortunately are still feeling the effects, so have to rush into the nearest bushes to drop their pants, outraging the local commander who assumes he's being deliberately insulted. He puts in a complaint that prevents the submarine commander from receiving Austria's highest military honor (he gets it later on in the book though).
  • Whateley Universe: The ending of The Bad Seeds, involves Cheese starting one by using Nanomachines to "improve kidney output", and using "a super-strong construction supplement" to keep the bathroom door from being broken down.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Season 14 of the American version of The Amazing Race, sisters Kisha and Jen got eliminated by a matter of minutes in fourth place because Jen had to go to the bathroom. She had done an eating challenge and drank 2 liters of water to get through it. The trip to the port-a-potty let another team beat them to the mat and cost them their chance to race in the finale for $1 million. When they came back a few seasons, later Jen said she’d pee her pants if it came down to it.
  • Unhappily Ever After: In "Tiffany's Rival", its revealed that Tiffany was potty-trained to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and now she has to go to the bathroom whenever she hears it. Guess what the Alpha Bitch does to her own advantage the next day in the lunchroom?
  • When Beakman's World talked about toilets, Lester really needed to go to the bathroom...but is holds it in until he finds out whether toilets can explode like in the olden days. Then, when he finds out they're safe...someone else is in the can already!
  • Happened on three different occasions to Hannah Spearritt, in Miami 7 (During the episode "The Blue Chevy"), La 7 (During the episode "Into the Unknown") and Viva S Club (During the episode "24 Minutes Till Doomsday").
  • In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina is turned into a doll the size of a Barbie and trapped in a dollhouse. The dollhouse has no bathroom, and she makes a big deal about having to use one (doing a Potty Dance and the whole bit) in an attempt to get the child witch who shrunk her to let her out. It doesn't work.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • A rare non-potty version of this trope occurs in a sketch where a beachgoer, played by Terry Jones, is desperately trying to find a private place to change into his bathing suit. He ends up finding such a place... behind a soon-to-be-raised curtain at a burlesque theater...
    • Played straight in the Olympic Games skit during the "Marathon for Incontinents" segment.
  • A similar premise was used for a challenge on Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, in which contestants had to quickly find a concealed place to change into their super-costumes in the middle of a busy city plaza. (Ironically, one competitor changed behind a port-a-potty.)
  • Another clothes-changing example: the silent Laurel and Hardy short Liberty has escaped convicts Stan and Ollie putting on each other's pants by mistake, and spending much of the film trying to find a suitable place to exchange them. They're repeatedly exposed just as they're dropping their pants together, leading to the onlooker(s) getting the wrong idea.
  • And the first episode of Being Human sees George dashing through the woods desperately seeking a place to transform into a werewolf and encountering civilian after civilian. He ends up going back home instead.
  • That '70s Show: Happens to Hyde, Kelso, Fez, and Jackie from after Donna and Eric put laxatives into a batch of brownies they fixed for them. After Kelso comes out of the bathroom and marvels at Donna and Eric's "wicked burn," he eats another brownie.
  • When Joey gets an audition with a famous Broadway actor/director in Friends, he goes along having just had a drink and needing to pee. This, evidently, makes him a better actor (since he plays a nervous man with lines like "I could go right now!") He has an even worse potty emergency when he goes for the call back, due to trying to need to pee for the audition. This unfortunate circumstance leads to him having Potty Failure whilst said famous director is hugging him...
  • Happens to Major Winchester in the M*A*S*H finale. The latrine is literally destroyed by a tank. When he resorts to going out to the woods he ends up 'capturing' a group of Chinese soldier-musicians when they won't stop following him around.
    • In "Germ Warfare", Hawkeye and Trapper use this as a tactic to obtain a "sample" from Frank so they can test him for hepatitis.
    • During an emergency trip to the front, Hawkeye has to stop the jeep so Trapper can use the bushes. (Somewhat incongruously, as the sequence was cut so that this was seconds after they escaped a mortar barrage.)
      Hawkeye: You're kidding!
      Trapper: Would I kid you?
    • One throwaway gag in an early season happens with Henry about to drive away from the camp with Radar. He stops as Radar tells him something, and says, "Now?? Oh, use the officers'!" (He meant officers' latrine, which Radar quickly rushes to do.)
  • In an episode of The Love Boat, flooding necessitates the male crew sharing a cabin, causing Isaac much anguish (and jumping around) when person after person manages to get into the bathroom just ahead of him. When he finally gets the facilities to himself, there is a few moments of silence behind the closed door before a glum Isaac comes back out, saying "Now I don't have to anymore."
  • Seinfeld:
    • In one episode Kramer cannot find a place to go number 2, and ends up constipated.
    • In an even more famous example, Jerry, and later (and to a somewhat lesser extent, though with the same result) George both experience this trope while trying to find their car in a labyrinth parking garage. Kramer's advice to both is to urinate behind on a wall behind a parked car. Despite Jerry's early protests that he's actually proud to hold it in because it "builds character," he eventually loses his will to resist and takes Kramer's advice. Later, George is less difficult to convince. Both are quickly caught by the same security guard who keeps them in his office until they agree to pay a fine. This takes a while, as both are intent on finding an excuse that he'll accept. Jerry claims he suffers from "ural mysotisos poisoning", an imaginary, deadly disease which he further claims earned him a government pass which allows him to urinate anywhere penalty-free due to the fatal nature of his condition. He later claims he is urgently trying to reach his parents for their anniversary, made all the more special because his father supposedly was just released from decades in a Red Chinese prison. George later tells the guard the same story with slight variations before realizing Jerry is being held in the office too. The guard later appears as a witness in the trial in the finale episode, using this incident as testimony against their moral character.
    • Another scene (in "The Barber") has Newman pretending to have to use Jerry's facilities as a ruse to steal a lock of Jerry's hair.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
    • A Running Gag involves Ned accidentally going into the girls' bathroom.
    • Also in one episode, Moze is desperate and waiting in a long line to the girls room and makes numerous attempts to relieve herself, first she tries going to the other girl's room, only to find it just as crowded, then she tries to disguise herself as a boy to get into the boy's room, which almost works until Cookie blows her cover, then finally her and the girls get fed up with waiting and charge into the boys room to finally relieve themselves.
  • NCIS:
    • At one point in the episode "Family", Abby hastily excuses herself to the bathroom. This likely shut up a lot of the fans who wondered how she can manage to drink so many large cups during the day without need to go to the restroom.
    • In another episode, Tony and Ziva get locked in a dockyard shipping container for most of a day. When they're set free, Ziva's first action is to head directly for the ladies' room, an intention she explains in tones that promise mayhem for anyone who gets in her way.
  • In a sketch on Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle plays a laborer who desegregated a factory's "Whites Only" bathroom, because he dashed in there with explosive diarrhea.
  • A self-inflicted example is implied on Britcom The Good Life, when the couple decide that they've gotten too hung up on money. The husband demonstrates his renewed commitment to anti-materialism by symbolically discarding their last penny ... only to be asked for said penny by his wife, who needs to use the streetside pay toilet.
  • Frasier:
    • Roz has a case of this in the beginning of the episode "Room Service" she holds up a sign asking Frasier to go to the bathroom but tells her to wait a moment, but she simply can't considering how Frasier's guest is talking about water.
    • In the 11th Season episode "Crock Tales", Frasier and a blind date become stuck to one another with superglue, and the date is on a liquid diet which catches up with her at that moment.
  • Jennifer Ellison has a case of this on Hotel Babylon (Episode 13).
  • The Nanny:
    • C.C. has a brief case of this during the episode "Schlepped Away" in which she desperately holds it in. She finally relieves herself when she gets to Fran's parents house.
    • In another episode, where Fran and Val are kidnapped, Fran manages to trick their captors by offering them her mother's chocolate-coated laxatives, telling them it's candy, resulting in both of them having to make a mad dash for a bathroom. (After Maxwell finds and unties them, he still rejects her advances, causing her to sigh, and then offer one of them to him too. The episode ends at that scene.)
  • A scene in Married... with Children ("Field of Screams") where Al chains himself to his old high school football goal to prevent the stadium from being torn down, and is just about to give up since he has to pee (after realizing how dumb it was to drink a Big Gulp before chaining himself to the post), he tells Kelly to unlock him from the chains so he can take a leak but learns that the key doesn't fit and decides to take a leak while being chained up.
  • According to Jim:
    • During the episode "The Thin Green Line" Cheryl arrives at a bar to use the bathroom after drinking a few cups of green tea. The bouncer tells her to just take a leak in the alley; she eventually does but gets arrested for public urination. When Jim bails her out, he tells her it's one of the hottest things she's ever done.
    • In another episode, Andy's girlfriend is desperate to pee and he insists on asking her to marry him before letting her go, she hurriedly says yes to him so she can go and relieve herself.
  • During an episode of Monk in which Julie is dying to go to the bathroom however she eventually uses the bathroom in the band Korn's bus.
  • MythBusters:
    • One test was to see if driving while severely having to pee is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Naturally, Adam had to fill his bladder to bursting, then get buzzed. The first test is funny, but the second combines Drives Like Crazy with Sir Swears-a-Lot, and driving drunk is shown to be more dangerous.
    • The Build Team at one point also purposely inflicted this on themselves in order to test whether or not the Potty Dance actually helps someone in this situation. The myth was actually deemed Plausible, and in both trials, Kari held on for the longest.
  • In the Psych episode "Ferry Tale", Gus badly needs to use the restroom (to vomit) but when Shawn takes him to the bathroom, they are forced to wait while it's used by a large group of work release prisoners, and one little boy.
  • iCarly in the episode “iCarly Web Awards”: After Carly and Sam present a web award, Sam announces "And now since I drank five sodas before this thing started tonight, I must go pee." Carly then groans exasperatedly "Sam!" to which Sam retorts "You want my bladder to explode live on the Internet?" Carly gets disgusted and says "Ew, no!"
  • During the episode "Doll House" of Wizards of Waverly Place in which Alex shrinks herself to play in her dollhouse and gets a mild potty emergency.
  • In the Beijing leg of Season 14 of The Amazing Race, Jen ended up drinking a ton of water to wash down some unusual Chinese delicacies at the Roadblock. Desperately needing to use the restroom en route to the pit stop, she decided to duck into a port-a-potty at the Bird's Nest before checking in. This ultimately resulted in Kisha and Jen's elimination, as Jaime and Cara ended up passing them and reaching the pit stop first.
  • In one Royal Canadian Air Farce sketch, Mike from Canmore (John Morgan) walks into a MENSA membership office while trying to find a bathroom. The interviewer (Roger Abbott) proceeds to give him a water-related quiz. And it's raining outside. And the roof leaks.
  • In an episode of Hiccups, Millie rushes into Joyce's office, mentioning she has to "pee like a race truck." When she is held back, she starts doing a Potty Dance and the whole bit.
  • CSI Verse:
    • Subverted in the opening of a CSI: NY episode, in which a woman is seen desperately rushing from one downtown store to another, doing the Potty Dance each time she finds one is closed or only permits customers to use its facilities. The scene's comic tone is derailed when she gratefully comes across an automatic pay toilet ... only to be washed off her feet when the door opens, as it's full of water and a drowned corpse.
    • A far ghastlier subversion happens on the original CSI, when a stoner who desperately needs the loo bangs on the door of a gas station men's room ... only for the murderer on the other side to bang on the other side so hard that the aluminum door buckles from the impact. Peering under the door, the stoner gets a face full of blood that comes flooding out from under it.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • At the beginning of "The Agreement Dissection", Sheldon runs to the bathroom, but finds Leonard and Priya in the shower together, and so has to run across the hall to Penny's apartment.
    • In "The Precious Fragmentation", Sheldon, Howard, and Raj are in a competition to see how long they can hold onto the prop ring from The Lord of the Rings. When Sheldon starts mentioning things like 'waterfalls' and 'peeing' in an attempt to get Raj and Howard to let go and go to the bathroom, it backfires and all three of them end up needing to relieve themselves.
    • In "The Indecision Amalgamation", Sheldon can't decide between buying a PS4 and an Xbox One, so to help him decide, holds his pee. Penny then brags about being able to cry on cue, saying "here come the waterworks", prompting him to run to the bathroom, yelling the same thing.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • In one episode, Marshall and Lily hide in the bathroom because they don't want to "spoil the mood" of Ted's date in the other room, and Lily needs to pee, while at the same time being uncomfortable with the idea of peeing in front of Marshall.
    • In a later episode, Marshall fears that he has food poisoning from some soup he and Lily ate on the day of an important interview. He prepares himself for the possibility of this trope, but nothing happens. It turns out, Lily was pregnant, and what she thought was food poisoning was really morning sickness.
  • In the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of Farscape, Rygel (in John's body) needs to pee right before they have to meet the bad guys (long story). Everyone demands he hold it but he can't figure out how to do that in John's body so John (in Aeryn's body) directs him through peeing in a corner.
  • A Good Burger sketch from All That has Ed suffering through this after he wins a bet that he can drink an entire "Turbo Good Gulp" in under ten seconds. Unfortunately for him, the bathroom needed to be repaired.
  • In an episode of The Slammer, The Governor, Mr Burgess, Gimbert and Peter get glued together. Gimbert then announces that he needs to go to the toilet. The others keep telling him to hold it.
  • The Round the Twist episode "The Big Burp" opens with Pete experiencing a Potty Emergency. His eventual solution to this is what sets the main plot in motion.
  • The Sarah Silverman Program:
    • In one episode, Sarah deals with one of these by relieving herself in a public mailbox.
    • In the "German Week" episode, Mrs Slocombe relates how an old lady customer was so desperate to use the toilet that she rushed into the one marked "Herren" ("Gentlemen" in German) because it had the word "Her".
  • In the My Family episode "Trust Never Sleeps", a series of misunderstandings results in Ben and Susan hiding in their bedroom while Janey is having a party in the house, not wanting her to know they're there because they don't want her to think they don't trust her. Then Ben needs to go. It starts with him trying to pee out of the bedroom window (which Susan cuts short when a neighbour calls her mobile to say a partygoer is peeing out of the window) and escalates with him trying to sneak to the bathroom, hiding in a shower, having his clothes taken away and hanging naked out of the bathroom window...
  • In the A Country Practice episode "Heroes And Villains" Terrance and Rosemary are stuck in an elevator in a hotel for several hours, during which time Rosemary is desperate to relieve herself after having drunk too much champagne. After 4 hours of being stuck, Rosemary decides she can't wait any longer and prepares to relieve herself in the corner of the elevator(something which Terrence remarks she should have done four hours previously). Just as she prepares to do this, the elevator doors open and her and Terrence are confronted by hotel staff and a group of reporters with cameras. They subsequently film Rosemary's dash to the hotel washroom and her accidentally entering the gents washroom by mistake.
  • Home and Away:
    • In one episode, Shane and Angel make Jack climb inside a boot during a visit to a drive-thru to see an R-Rated movie. After getting fed up of him complaining because he needs the toilet they go to let him out only for the key to snap in the lock. They are forced to drive the car back home and use a pair of pliers to open the boot, during which time Jack tells them to hurry up due to his need to go to the loo. When they eventually manage to open the boot he dashes off.
    • In a later episode, the characters Rob and Roxy become trapped in an elevator in a shopping centre, during which time Rob becomes desperate to use the toilet. After they are rescued it is suggested by Ailsa that "Rob shot off like a bullet as soon as the doors opened"
  • Neighbours:
    • In episode 835, Des and Harold are trapped in an elevator together en-route to a meeting and eventually Des gets the urge to 'see a man about a dog'. Harold tries to distract him by suggesting he thinks of somewhere dry (which Des dismisses as it will make him want a drink) and then by singing "Ten Green Bottles" When the elevator is finally fixed Des frantically barges out past the mechanics causing them to apologise to Harold for being stuck with "A nut like that".
    • In another episode, the characters Toby and Lochy chain themselves to a roundabout in order to protest against the destruction of a playground. However they are left there after deliberately throwing the key too far out of reach and during this time Lochy becomes desperate to go to the bathroom. When they are eventually freed by their parents, Lochy immediately dashes off to some nearby bushes.
  • In the Yes, Dear episode, "Arm Prins", when Kim tries to sell her titular new invention, Greg is left to babysit Sammy by himself. Because he had not gone to the bathroom in six hours and drank four iced teas during that time, he has to go to the bathroom real bad. While he goes, he occupies Sammy with a Blue's Clues VHS tape, Which of course, starts Sammy's Blue's Clues addiction for the rest of the episode.
  • In Episode 3 of Will You Marry Me And My Family, Jiang Dayan ends up with a case of this after drinking a lot of water — while waiting for a man to show up at a café. It does not help that the bathrooms are closed, a comedic toilet commercial plays on TV at one point, and the café owner's ringtone is musical whistling (which was constantly ringing, by the way). She eventually manages to run home and make it.
  • In the Love Thy Neighbour episode 'The Lift', Eddie, Bill, Arthur and Jacko get trapped in the lift in Arthur's block of flats. During this time Jacko becomes desperate to use the toilet. At the end of the episode when the four men are leaving the club, Jacko mentions that he needs to go again, this leads to the others following him into the gent's toilets and getting locked in for the night after the owner mistakenly thinks they've gone home.
  • In the Don't Drink The Water (an On the Buses spin-off) episode 'The Lift', after Cyril and Dorothy get trapped in the lift in their apartment and have been rescued they both make a mad dash to the bathroom, only for them to get trapped inside after the door handle comes off.
  • In one episode of Kim's Convenience, Mr. Kim and Janet get sick and fight their bathroom urges (and fail) while at their store which they're supposed to be running (Janet's friend ends up having to take over their shifts on the spot). At first Mr. Kim thinks it's because he ate the expired ravioli (which he ate in order to prove to Janet that it was okay to eat); however after Janet finds out she's having the same problem, they realize that the cause of this was Mrs. Kim's galbijjim which they both ate... and which Mrs. Kim also took to a church event. They call Mrs. Kim in time for her to throw out what left of it there is but not before her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Mrs. Park starts eating her share (not that Mrs. Kim feels guilty). At the end of the episode, Mr. Kim does Korean exercises to make himself feel better but accidentally farts (probably worse) when doing one of the moves.
    Mrs. Kim: I go open window.
    Mr. Kim: I go change panty.
  • An episode of Enlisted finds the Sergeant Major in need of the facilities but because of an escalating prank war the only porta-potty available gets transported with him in it to a porta-potty storage facility. Fortunately, he enjoys the challenge of getting back to his base and subsequently pulls the same prank on his insufferable commanding officer.
  • In the Korean drama "Welcome to Waikiki" season 2 episode 2, one of the actors is desperate to pee, while shooting a historical movie, but the strict director won't allow any bathroom breaks. He keeps trying to hurry the scene along but things keep delaying it as his situation gets worse. He eventually ends up wetting himself.

  • Benny Hill used the joke version (see Jokes above) in his song "Anna Marie".
  • The band NOFX has a song entitled "I Gotta Pee", in which the lyrics are just the title repeated a lot. Except the last lyric is "I gotta poo."
  • Psychostick's "No Pun Intended":
    I've got bad diarrhea
    It might be a good idea if I found the bathroom quick before I-
    Oh, shit.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic touched upon this trope in his song "Traffic Jam":
    Trapped inside my automobile
    Cobwebs growin' on the steerin' wheel
    Now, I'm no genius but one thing I know
    I shouldn't have had that bag of bran muffins
    An hour and a half ago
  • One YouTube user made a parody of Call Me Maybe about how the urinary system works from the point of view of someone who needs to pee. A similar YouTube parody was based on ''Is it Too Late Now to Say Sorry?" called "Is It Too Late Now to Go Potty?". It was also about how the urinary system works from the point of view of someone who has to pee.
  • A little ditty to the tune of "How Dry I Am":
    How dry I am,
    How wet I'll be
    If I don't find
    The bathroom key.

    I've found the key,
    Now where's the door?
    Oops, I'm too late-
    It's on the floor.

    Music Videos 
  • A particularly vicious example in the video for "Smile" by Lily Allen — as part of a scheme to get revenge on a cheating ex, Lily takes him out for coffee, then spikes his coffee with laxatives. Meanwhile, some friends of hers are trashing his apartment, and he comes home with impending diarrhea to find not only is his entire place wrecked, but most of his clothes have been stuffed in the toilet.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Eddie Guerrero once gave The Big Show a tainted burrito as revenge for Big Show spitting in Eddie's. Later that night in the middle of a match, Big Show had to flee the ring clutching his butt to find a bathroom backstage, losing the match by a count-out. Making matters worse, while doing "number two", Show finds out Eddie stole all the toilet paper.
  • Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal gave Petey Williams a laxative before one of his matches when TNA was doing a (reviled) Jack Ass angle.
  • Seth Rollins once had to roll under the ring and pee into a water bottle in the middle of a match.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Bear in the Big Blue House:
    • Happens twice in the episode, "When You've Got to Go!", which should come as no surprise, since the episode deals with using the bathroom. The first time, it happens to Tutter during a game of checkers with Bear, and the second time, it happens to Ojo during a game of hide and seek with Treelo. The former makes it to the bathroom okay, but the latter... not so much.
    • This also happens in the episode "Morning Glory" to Pip and Pop after they wake up, which causes Bear to remind the audience of the importance of using the bathroom after you get out of bed.
  • Happens twice in the Dinosaurs episode, "Nature Calls", when Earl unsuccessfully attempts to potty train Baby. The first time, it happens to Earl, who is trying to induce it on Baby by following advice from a toilet-training book about imagining running water. Upon thinking about it himself, Earl practically shoves Baby off the toilet so he can use it himself. The second time occurs later in the episode, and it happens to Charlene. When Earl is still in the bathroom, having thought Baby flushed himself down the toilet (long story), Charlene breaks the door open, and the rest of the family is shocked to find the state of the bathroom when Earl attempts to rescue Baby.
  • In "Accidents Can Happen" from The Pajanimals, after Cowbella and Sweetpea Sue go to see the Pajanimals' mom after Cowbella has her Potty Failure, Squacky talks about how hard it can be get to the bathroom in time sometimes. He then darts off in a manner that suggests that he really needs to go the bathroom himself.

  • The radio show Car Talk on NPR refers to this occasionally, usually as a driver in need of "an urgent haircut." They even refer to Urgent Haircut Productions.

  • Kinda the whole basis of Urinetown, a musical about what happens when an entire town, due to drought, is taxed for every toilet flush, and thus caught in a perpetual Potty Emergency.

  • This trope is quite common with talking toys themed around toilet-training. The toy will often ask to go to the potty after the child does a certain action, and will get more desperate if the child doesn't listen to them.
    • The first toy to have such a feature was Playmates' Potty Dotty doll.
    • Potty Elmo, a doll depicting a baby Elmo from Sesame Street that gets re-made every 5 years, will ask for the owner to take him to the potty after drinking his sippy cup. He sings songs about using the potty successfully and having accidents to encourage the child.
    • Another doll by Playmates, Amazing Amanda, asked for her potty at random times. The feature was notable for being one of the only ones available if the doll didn't recognize you as her "mommy". However, some of these dolls don't recognize their potty and only had accidents.
    • Baby Alive Learns To Potty, the hot Christmas toy of 2008, would ask you to take her to the bathroom after feeding her food or water. With each success, she would ask multiple times (for example, she would ask two times after her second success, three times after her third success, and so on). The toy was remade in 2018 as Potty Dance Baby, but with three differences: it only can drink water, it can only pee in its' potty and it can move its' legs to do a Potty Dance (it also does this when it says "Watch me dance!" after the owner holds its' hands).
    • Potty Monkey, a potty-training aid that's a hybrid of a plush doll and a timer for toilet-training, will ask for it's toy toilet when the timer goes off. The longer the person waits, the more desperate the monkey gets, and it will have an accident if you don't get it there on time.
    • Ready For Potty Baby Dora was basically a gender-flipped version of Potty Elmo, with the only difference being that she did not have accidents at all.

    Video Games 
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • In the original game, during the final battle with Gruntilda Winkybunion, Grunty will sometimes say things such as "Another hit, I'm getting weak, I really need to take a leak!" and "Soon you'll lose, and when you've gone, I have to go and use the john!"
    • In Banjo-Tooie, when you talk to Groggy in the Ice Side of Hailfire Peaks, he will tell you that he needs to use the bathroom, but he's too fat to walk there on his own.
  • One of the sequences in the Bishi Bashi game series involves a man who needs to climb up a lot of ladders to reach a toilet at the top.
  • The First-Person Shooter Cyberdillo actually makes a gameplay mechanic out of this: running into laxatives gives you a pressing need to use a toilet. How does this affect your Hyperactive Metabolism? It doesn't, actually.
  • This is the main plot of Don't Shit Your Pants, a game where the protagonist desperately needs to defecate and you have to guide him to the restroom. It has a sequel called Don't Wet Your Pants, which is the same except the character needs to urinate instead.
  • Level 5 of PaRappa the Rapper has the hero getting one of these as a result from eating too much cake. Unfortunately, he winds up encountering a queue to use the restroom. He engages the other characters in a rap contest so that they will let him jump the queue. Actual lyrics include "In the rain or in the snow, I got the funky flow, but now I really gotta go."
    • Directly afterwards: "The toilet over there, will bring you luck, so give up, I've got no time to spare!" Who knew hobo frogs wanted to pee too. Plus, when you do 'BAD', it starts raining, when you do 'AWFUL', loud claps of thunder that could scare you, and when you fail, he soils himself.
  • Very early on in Persona 4, when you, Yosuke and Chie enter the TV for the first time, Yosuke gets a case of this.
    • It was very much a Funny Moment, and the game has many. Especially since Chie brings it up much later, thinking Yosuke actually peed his pants.
      • In the hiimdaisy comic: YOU GUYS!! I HAVE TO PEE SO BAD!! I'M GONNA PEE RIGHT HERE!!!.........OKAY NEVER MIND. Chie and Souji were not amused.
    • Nanako triggers the gas station pit stop event by having one of these. (In Episode 1 of the anime, she even tugs on Ryotaro's sleeve and says "Potty time, hurry!".)
  • If one is so inclined, you can inflict this on your Sims and watch as they try to signal for a need of a bathroom. If you don't let them make it in time they wet themselves. If you give them the command to use a toilet or they do so through free will while they're in this state, they will run for the toilet.
  • The premise of Chapter 4-2 in Super Paper Mario is as follows: Squirps desperately needs to use the bathroom, but whoever's inside won't come out. Mario and Co. have to find something that can be used as toilet paper, even if it's a treasure map.
  • This trope occurs in The Walking Dead Video Game Part 1. When you get to the pharmacy in Macon after the car ride from Hershel's house and a conversation occurs, Clementine announces to Lee that she has to pee. During the remaining argument Clementine's bladder issues were brought up now and then. Soon enough, Clementine gets the keys to the bathroom. We are then given that there's a zombie in the bathroom, as Clementine is attacked by the zombie but she is saved. Other than this occasion, everyone in the story has a Bladder of Steel.
  • In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, there is a fisherman just north of Dewford Town who wants to use the washroom, but is afraid of missing a big catch while he's out. When you defeat him in a battle, he claims to have lost because he has to go so badly.
  • Trying to go through a restricted area in Jet Set Radio Future will result in Professor K saying to you "Hey, are you looking for a bathroom or something?"
  • Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist: Freddy has one of these after the town's water supply is poisoned with a nasty substance. It's so bad he actually shares an outhouse with someone else. Truth in Television, some outhouses were three-holers... Except this one's barely large enough to fit one guy. And Freddy has to tell that guy to "scooch over a bit". Yuck.
  • The Framing Device for Wario-Man's stage in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase is Wario-Man coming across a series of people trying to get into restrooms, only for the shoddy door handles to keep them from easily getting the door open. Your goal: complete a microgame to have Wario-Man successfully pull the door open for them.
    • WarioWare Gold has this as the plot's punchline — the vase Wario stole at the beginning of the game was that town's only toilet, and Lulu claimed everyone has been holding it in since. Her quest turns out to be completely unnecessary because they got a modern toilet in her absence.
  • One of the stages of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 is about a little boy who made the mistake of drinking too much before bed, considering he has a bedwetting problem. During the stage the Ouendan cheer him on as he fights against a bunch of water-related nightmares so he doesn't wet the bed.
  • At some point in Yo-Kai Watch 2, Jibanyan suffers from a case of this in the middle of the night while in the countryside.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, one of the struts Raiden has to cross has a guard on the roof. Said guard gets a cutscene where the urge hits him, and he decides to just piss over the roof of the strut. Crawl under the stream and you'll get a Codec call of Col. Campbell expressing his sympathies and Rose making Raiden promise to shower when he gets back. Crawl under with the box on and the guard spots you.
    Guard: Oh! I'm going to go in my pants... no one's looking, right?
  • At the very beginning of Infocom Interactive Fiction game Leather Goddesses of Phobos, you, the Featureless Protagonist, get the sudden urge to use the bathroom; if you take too long, you'll pass out from Potty Failure (which may count as a Press Start to Game Over). Fortunately, you start the game in front of two bathroom doors, leaving you to choose one of the appropriate gender in order to empty your bladder. Which is a pretty weird and ridiculous way of choosing whether you (and your future sidekick) are male or female.
  • In the museum level of Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the team are at one point barricaded by a door covered in black slime. Before the player chooses to open the door using the slime blower, Winston Zeddemore will complain that he has to "go".
  • The Japanese indie RPG Maker game Sokoumi features two:
    • After spending most of the early game drinking several potions that improve her ability to explore the underwater ruins, Umino spends the next part of the game searching those ruins in vain for a bathroom before she's finally forced to relieve herself in the same treasure chest that she earlier rescued her Fairy Companion from.
    • Later, being rescued from a Drowning Pit, Hideri repeatedly complains that she's suffering the same thing, and once untied she hurries into the next room, where a large and suspicious puddle can be found thereafter.
  • In SPY Fox in: Dry Cereal, Sal, the sailor on the S.S. Deadweight won't let you look at the map in the control room. During his conversation, he mentions that he needs to use the restroom as the result of drinking 17 bottles of prune pop, but he can't leave his post until his shift ends and his replacement arrives. You have to change the time on the time clock according to the time Bea Bear tells you, then show up in a sailor hat in order to get Sal to leave.
  • The premise of the app game Potty Panic, where you have to guide people to porta-potties. The people blinking in red are those suffering from Potty Panic.
  • While there are no Potty Failures in Dragon Quest Builders 2, NPCs will complain about having to go to the bathroom if they're isn't a place to do so, or if the only place to do so is already occupied and they're waiting in line.
  • In The Urinal Game, trying to leave on one of the levels gives you the message that you're too busting to not go.

    Visual Novels 
  • Yuka from Corpse Party, who spends a good length of time looking for a restroom while she's wandering around a haunted school. Guess how well THAT turns out...
  • Early on in ClockUp's Euphoria, Rika has one, but there's only a bucket available. It does NOT end well...
  • Highway Blossoms: After visiting the Grand Canyon, Marina suddenly has an urge to poop due to eating a gas station burrito beforehand. She begs Amber to stop at a nearby rest stop, and Amber eventually says yes after some persistent begging.note 
  • In Kuremono, Yui needs to go while on a date, but due to being unable to find a bathroom in time, she's forced to relieve herself in an alley.
  • In Lovely Day of Girlfriends & Me, Yuka has one while on a date with Shou at an amusement park. She ends up having an accident...
  • Yae has one early in Episode 3 of Malus Code, after getting stuck in the cold storage room with Will due to them not being able to open the door. It nearly escalates to a Potty Failure, but Suzukake saves the day by opening the door from the outside after noticing their absence.
  • Sucre Portable: Sayoko has this at one point in her route. She doesn't make it...

    Web Animation 
  • Bravest Warriors: This happens to Wallow at the start of "The Puppetyville Horror", making the team postpone their mission so they could stop at an seemingly empty planet covered in yellow snow, setting the main plot in motion.
  • Happy Tree Friends:
    • "Happy Trails Part 1". After drinking a lot of juice boxes, Petunia ends up wetting herself when the bus is about to fall off the cliff.
    • Happens to Petunia again in "Wingin' It". While on a plane, much to her horror the bathroom's walls are covered in vomit, but this time she does make it after cleaning up the restroom.
    • Flaky gets this in "Royal Flush", after she eats a sandwich with Mr. Pickels (sic) inside it.
    • Lumpy in "A Hole Lotta Love" after he ate a lot of beans.
    • Lumpy's elephant in "Junk in the Trunk" while it was being taken out for a walk.
    • Nutty has to go in "Going Out With A Bang" after eating a lot of candy and explosives.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the long-lost cartoon "Jumping Jack Contest" (which can be viewed here), The Cheat tricks Homestar into drinking lots and lots of Melonade so that he will have to pee and thus forfeit the contest. But he simply relieves himself in a jar supplied by the Poopsmith.
    • At the end of the Strong Bad E-mail "Extra Plug", Strong Bad tells everyone not to move, and then Homestar and Strong Sad start singing about how badly they have to pee.
  • This commonly happens to Deandra The New Girl from The Most Popular Girls in School. It's even an important plot point, as revealed in Episode 29.
    • In Brittnay's final French Class notes (MPGIS app only), there's this moment where she excuses herself for a bathroom break; judging from the following stuff she wrote below, she must've really had to go.
      BRB bathroooooooom timeeee (pee droplets on paper)<—ugh I missed a little while I was peeing!
    • Everyone who unknowingly drank laxatives in Episode 82 end up with these. Some make it; others don't.
  • In one RWBY Chibi short, Jaune is in need of the bathroom, but Ren, Nora and Sun end up keep running in and wasting time. Even worse, Pyrrha has spotted him and, unknowing of his emergency, thinks his potty dance is battle moves. Sun smashing him into the wall with the door causes him to go and he must shamely slink away to change, Pyrrha confused as to what he's doing.
  • Smosh Babies:
    • In "Extreme Desert Dodgeball", Ian suffers one due to having drank a lot beforehand (he thought P.E. class was called "Pee Class"). He ends up soiling himself near the end.
    • In "Bathroom Confusion", Anthony, Singh, Ian, Hector, and Isla have one while protesting separate bathrooms for boys and girls. It doesn't end well.

    Web Comics 
  • Subverted in Allen the Alien. Allen comments that he needs to use the restroom, but he finds one really quickly.
  • Poor Mace in Dreamkeepers has a mild case when running waters reminds him that he needs to go. When he seeks seclusion, he is prevented from relieving himself by the Nightmare that was following the group. He even had his pants down, flashing the Nightmare and Wisp.
  • In Homestuck, the juice Dave drank much earlier comes back to haunt him, and as he's about to relieve himself, he finds his toilet uprooted and located in his bedroom. After expressing his frustrations to Jade, he thinks of how to use it to his advantage and pee in the bottle that contained the apple juice now haunting him, and then send the code to John because they'd be reenacting a scene from one of John's favorite movies, but decides that'd be too much work and he'd rather just pee in the shower.
  • The Order of the Stick has an example here. Notable in that the use of this trope itself is the punchline, since normally Nobody Poops in D&D.
  • One Something*Positive strip had Funny Foreigner Pepito saying "I need to go to the bathroom" (in Spanish) as a Funny Background Event while two main characters talked in the foreground. The last panel was "I no longer need to go to the bathroom."
  • The snarky Charisma from Magellan has one of these suddenly imposed on her by a security guard who's low-range psychic power is the ability to make people feel like they "really, REALLY need to pee".
  • Early in the comic Sunstone, Lisa's very first request to Ally when they have their first face-to-face meeting is for directions to the bathroom, since she really needs to pee. She is shown embarrassed that how awkward that felt.
  • Annayya from Pawn, no thanks to spoiled rations.
  • Happens here in So... You're a Cartoonist?, and is discussed.
  • Ozy and Millie: Avery gets one when he mistakes a laxative for something that will make him cool.
  • World of Fizz: While on a date with Tim, Kelli has to pee after drinking a whole pot of coffee. She relieves herself in the bushes after asking Tim to pull over. Seen here.
  • Freefall: While tied to a chair, Florence realizes she needs to use the bathroom.
    Florence: Seriously, if I don't get a break soon, this chair is going to be permanently considered part of my territory.

    Web Original 
  • Both of the eponymous characters of the Alice and Bob get this due to rancid food. And Bob still has the runs in the next chapter.
  • At the beginning of A Granary Adventure The Underdog Story, there is a brief scene where BLU Scout has to pee, but Heavy won't let him into the bathroom.
  • Viz Comic did an animated spoof of Doctor Who, aptly titled "Doctor Poo." In this, the TARDIS clearly doesn't have a toilet, and the Doctor travels through space and time looking for somewhere to defecate.
  • This parody of "Let It Go" from Frozen involves the struggle of a college student who drinks a lot of water on a hot day and has to urinate badly, but faces a lot of challenges along the way.
  • The Mark Remark: His first few episodes had him not talking about the women's matches because he has to pee every time. He later drops the pretense and makes it clear he hates these matches being used as a promotion for Total Divas.
  • Neopets: In the game "Petpetsitter", there will Petpets who need to use the bathroom. Failing to take them to the designated area in time will lead to puddles on the floor.
  • This Not Always Right story, appropriately tagged "bizarre".
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In the episode, "Bowser Junior's Punishment!", Charleyyy has one in an episode of Charleyyy and Friends that Bowser is watching. Unfortunately, someone (presumably Shrek) is already in the bathroom. Charleyyy then improvises by using the litter box.
      Charleyyy: If cats can do it, I can, too!
    • Bowser Junior has one in the episode, "The Elevator!", which sets the episode's main plot in motion. He eventually relieves himself in a cup he found on the floor, much to the disgust of Joseph and Cody.
    • Bowser Junior in "Life Is Ruff" while inside of Chompy's body. He tries to get Chef Pee Pee to take him outside but Chef Pee Pee doesn't understand and wets himself after Chef Pee Pee yells at him.
    • Jeffy has one at the beginning of "Jeffy Gets Stung By A Bee!", and acts like a dog so he can get Chef Pee Pee to take him outside to poop, which sets the episode's plot in motion.
  • In the literal video version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", the "Bonnie Tyler" character has to go to the bathroom during the bridge, and one of the gymnasts kicks the door open for her. Only it's not the bathroom; she ends up in a room with a bunch of "blind possessed choir boys".
    "Bonnie Tyler": Get outta my way, I gotta pee! Never mind, I just went on the floor! Now I need to find a mop!
  • In one of Thomas Sanders' Vines, he and a friend really need to go but can't because their toilet-trained cat is taking his time.

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs:
    • In the trope namer skit, Wakko Warner, who drank too much soda during a movie, was the hapless victim of this routine, which featured just about every twist and turn that you can expect to see in a skit like this. There's a bit of a variation in that Wakko already had a toilet on him, thanks to his Bag of Holding — he just needed the privacy to make use of it. Fortunately, he actually did find a usable potty. In the movie that he was watching at the beginning of the skit.
    • He has to go again in the song "I'm Mad", where Dr. Otto Von Scratchansniff drives him and a quarreling Yakko and Dot to a surprise visit at a carnival and the Warners spend most of the ride complaining.
      Wakko: Are We There Yet? I'm tired! I'm hungry! How far? My nose is feeling snotty, I need to move my body, gotta use the potty, better stop the car!
    • In "The Girl with the Googily Goop", Wakko gets scared by the cartoon environment he is in and says he needs to go to the potty. Dot reassures him that a potty will come to him because it's a special kind of cartoon, only for the potty to say that it needs to go back to Flushing.
    • In "The Sound of Warners," Dr Scratchansniff’s mention of nature calling and one sending a package to it is a call back to Trope Namer episode.
      Scratchansniff: As you know, when nature calls, you have to pick up the phone and say "Hello. I got your message. I’ve got a package for you.”
      Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: Eww.
      Wakko: I’ve got a package for you? Excuse me?
      Scratchansniff: Oh look who’s talking, Mr Potty Emergncy.
      Wakko: Yeah, but I never said package.
      Scratchansniff: Shh.
    • Poor Wakko just can't avoid problems with that potty! It even happens in a holiday bumper from 1999!
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer had been brought to Mr. Burns's mega-mansion to engage in union negotiations. The negotiations were quickly cut short by Homer's overindulgence in coffee and watermelon and his subsequent need to rush to the nearest bathroom. Unfortunately for Homer, the nearest bathroom was about 100 doors away and down a long hallway. (Homer does eventually relieve himself, although it is implied that he didn't quite make it to the bathroom.) [1]
    • In a throwaway gag in one episode, Homer rushes into the restroom at work having to go badly, much to the dismay of Smithers, who had been told to clean it by Burns, and had just finished making it spotless.
    • In "The City Of New York Vs. Homer Simpson", Homer, standing by his car at the World Trade Center Plaza in order to get it unbooted, overindulges in "crab juice". He rushes to the top of the (original 2 WTC) South Tower... and finds that the bathroom is out of order. To his utter dismay, he realizes he now needs to go to the top of the (original 1 WTC) North Tower. He does make it there in time. We're treated to a shot outside the tower and hear Homer groaning happily for half a minute. (And coincidentally, the cop he was waiting for shows up as he's relieving himself and tickets the car again, much to his horror.)
    • One episode involves Bart drinking about a dozen glasses of water in order to wake himself up early for Christmas. It works...after he's subjected to a dream involving rivers, garden hoses, various other forms of water imagery, gigantic letter "P"s, and a cheerleader and a crowd saying pee-related puns.
    Crowd: "We're number one! We're number one!"
    Cheerleader: Gimme a 'P'!
    Crowd: P! GO GO GO! P P P!"
    • In "22 Short Films About Springfield" Milhouse needs to use the toilet and enters Comic Book Guy's store. However Comic Book Guy won't let the kid use the restroom unless he buys something. Milhouse eventually buys a cheap Hamburglar comic, but then Milhouse's father enters the store and says: "Hey, Milhouse. I thought you needed to go to the toilet and now I find you here, buying comics." Comic Book Guy cruelly tells Milhouse's father that their business is finished, whereupon Kirk drags Milhouse away.
    • In "Homer Simpson in: 'Kidney Trouble'", this is the kickoff point for the entire episode, as the family is coming from a vacation destination (from which they invited Grandpa to tag along). Grandpa overdrank, and desperately needs to use the restroom on the drive home. His pleas are ignored by Homer as they drive by one rest stop after another. Eventually, Abe's kidneys burst from the strain of holding it in for so long and he has to get a transplant.
    • Marge has a Potty Emergency at the beginning of "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’Oh". She drinks too many samples of "Science Water", and she keeps trying to find a bathroom. She finds one in Springfield Elementary, which is what sets the main plot in motion.
    • In "Helter Shelter", when the family are at Moe's, Lisa offhandedly mentions she is suffering a Potty Emergency.
    • In "The Cartridge Family", after making it through a 5 day waiting period to purchase a handgun, Homer is seen standing outside the entrance to the Gun store anxiously waiting for it to open. Once it does so, he rushes to the bathroom to relieve himself.
    • In the episode "How The Test Was Won", whilst being driven to Capital City on board the Springfield Elementary school bus, Ralph asks Principal Skinner "Can you pull over mommy I have to go potty". Skinner urgently instructs Otto to pull over to which Otto remarks that he was mesmerised by Ralph's Potty Dance. It is subsequently implied that Ralph failed to make it in time as when Skinner asks if Ralph has finished he remarks "I finished before we came in".
  • A The More You Know segment of Martha Speaks has T.D. get one of these.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • In "Professor Calamitous I Presume", Professor Calamitous has one. Realizing that Calamitous did not install a bathroom in his Humongous Mecha, Jimmy leads him through various water scenarios until he can hold it no longer and has to stop to use the bathroom. Then Jimmy has a cop man the boy's restroom, leading Calamitous to briefly consider the girl's bathroom, but a little girl beats him to it, so he takes off for home in defeat.
    • Sheen spends a large portion of "Beach Party Mummy" needing to pee.
  • The aforementioned show's spinoff Planet Sheen:
    • The pilot has Sheen needing to pee after his long flight to the planet Zeenu. The Emperor helpfully points him toward the nearest restroom.
    • This is the main plot of the episode "Gotta Go", where Sheen finds himself needing to urinate, but can't act on it because he clogged the toilet at his house from flushing trash down it. He spends most of the episode desperately looking for places to relieve himself while also actively avoiding being spotted by Aseefa. He finally gets his chance after explaining to Aseefa why he's constantly tried to avoid her.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    • After drinking too much pop at a rock concert the duo soon have to go, they eventually find a port-a-potty but it has a very long line, they try to relieve themselves on a wall but a security guard catches them, eventually they are finally able to use it but as it turns out the concert is over.
    • Inverted in another episode. Both Beavis and Butthead have plenty of access to restrooms throughout the entire episode, but yet they still can't relieve themselves. The reason being they forgot how to perform the biological function of urination.
    • There was also an episode where they were abusing bathroom breaks at work and their manager needs to pee. He tries to use the dumpster behind Burger World when cops show up and bust him.
  • Happens in the Camp Lazlo episode "Hold It, Lazlo". Lazlo, having unwittingly annoyed Edward (again) by beating him in a lemonade drinking contest, soon has to go (bad). Edward takes advantage of this and repeatedly thwarts all of Lazlo's attempts to go (he eventually uses Lazlo's predicament to trick him into wearing a diaper, but it backfires of course). The potty emergency comes to its peak when in the middle of it, Lazlo relieves himself in the lake, only to be reprimanded by a fish, forcing Lazlo to suck it back into himself. Ouch. The kicker was that the fish actually turned out to be a puppet worn by Edward.
  • One episode of Chowder featured the titular character rushing to the bathroom, only to forget why he came there. When trying to leave, he discovers that he's locked in. Only when Shnitzel and Mung Daal gets locked in does Chowder finally remember why he went to the bathroom in the first place.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • In the episode "Hothead", Eustace keeps Courage on a leash, forcing Courage to remove it while Eustace is sleeping so he can go to the restroom.
    • In "1000 Years of Courage", Courage needs to go (Muriel indicates that it's from drinking a lot of soda) and ends up stumbling upon the secret that the banana people are being manipulated by monkeys.
    • "Swindlin' Wind" has Shirley the Medium put a curse on Eustace and Muriel to make them swindle each other. One of the ways Eustace swindles Muriel is by tricking her into drinking a lot of tea and forcing her to pay the toll before she can use the bathroom.
    • "The Mask" has Muriel needing to use the bathroom and being unable to get there quickly because of the bedroom door being locked from the outside. It takes climbing out the window and getting into the house from there to make it in time.
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Billy wants a cool knight costume that Grim gives him. During the course of events Billy drinks a lot of punch; he tries to relieve himself but he can't take the armor off as it turns out the only way to remove the armor is to win a challenge. He decides to challenge a bunch of people so he can finally pee but he loses every event. Finally, he beats Mandy in a break dance contest and removes the armor. Mandy asks him if he has to use the bathroom and he replies that he doesn't have to go anymore, Mandy sniffs the armor and says "eew!". Also, as Billy is breakdancing, you can hear splashing sounds.
  • King of the Hill:
    • In one episode, Hank and the guys rush home to use the bathroom after drinking tainted beer from Mexico and all just make it but Dale has to wait even longer because of the complicated security system he's setup for his bathroom.
    • In one episode, Bill has locked himself out of his house and has to go badly but the other guys won't let him use their bathrooms so he resorts to using the cooler they keep their beer in, it's his after all.
    • In one episode, the town orders low-flow toilets installed into every home and building. Hank discovers that the flow is too low, not enough to flush waste down the toilet. He has a meeting with several officials to get the old toilets back. He wins the debate by stalling for time until the officials had to go to the bathroom, where they discovered the consequences of a low-flow toilet firsthand.
  • In the VeggieTales episode "Lyle The Kindly Viking", Sven has one of these, and to top it off, he even sang "I need to go to the bathrooooooooooooooooooooooom!" But it does not show him using the bathroom, despite the fact that this was the end of the episode.
  • The Cow and Chicken episode "Chicken in the Bathroom" revolves entirely around this. Mom tells Chicken that he is not allowed out of the bath tub until he has taken a bath. This soon comes back to haunt her, as she later finds herself in need of the facilities, as do Cow and Dad. Chicken still refuses to take a bath and seems to enjoy making the rest of his family suffer extreme bladder agony (or in Cow's case, udder agony). Almost two-thirds of the episode consists of the three bursting characters pleading for Chicken to vacate the premises, while pointing out what they need to do in increasingly imaginative metaphors. Eventually, poor Cow just can't hold on any longer. The resulting eruption drowns everyone.
  • Dexter's Laboratory briefly makes use of this, although not as a major part of the plot. The episode "Labels" features the titular boy genius and his sister Dee Dee dueling with label-makers, completely surrendering themselves to the logic that whatever is labeled by each becomes that person's property. Dee Dee is quick to ensure that everything in the fridge is hers, but Dexter spots that she has missed a giant bottle of juice, which he promptly drinks. The juice quickly makes its way to his bladder, and he runs to the bathroom. To his horror, he discovers a toilet covered in Dee Dee labels. In the next scene, Dexter has fully relieved himself. Not until the denouement do we discover his desperate solution.
    Mom: Honey, why is the carpet all wet?
  • Typically, The Fairly OddParents! take this to a new extreme in American animation.
    • In the A-plot of "Crime Wave", Timmy, who is forced to take a bath, wishes to go to the comic book store to pick up the latest Crimson Chin comic book. Cosmo and Wanda poof him there without dressing him first, and as he tries to make his way back home, he hopes his parents don't have to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately for him, his parents decide to have a prune-juice drinking contest after eating chocolate laxative-sprinkled High-Fiber-O's. Fortunately, he makes it back to the bathroom in time.
    • The episode "Truth or Cosmoquences" sees Timmy - unusually relegated to a B-story - have to spend an extended amount of time in Fairy World, where he soon discovers that he cannot magically transport himself through the bathroom door (the only way to pass through one) and obtain the relief he needs. With Cosmo and Wanda distracted, Timmy must endure hour after hour of unrelenting Potty Emergency - while serving the drinks at a party that has a giant fountain for a centerpiece. That not the worst of it, the whole them of the reunion was a "celebration to water". So as you can imagine this didn't help matters. He eventually does relieve but tells his godparents "Not to drink the lemonade". Even worse was that Cosmo and Wanda were already drinking lemonade at that point.
    • Tootie has one at the end of the episode, "Home Wrecker" when Timmy forgets that he left her locked in her (boarded-up) closet.
    Tootie: Timmy! I gotta use the bathroom! Oh, never mind...
  • Family Guy:
    • In an early episode, Peter mentions that he "shouldn't have had that prune smoothie" and then drives past a sign for a town dump, a truck emblazoned with the warning "Wide Load", a sign for a furniture store proclaiming that "All Stools Must Go", a car whose bumper sticker reads, "I love my Shih Tzu", a billboard for "Bob's House of Feces", (which he says can't possibly be real) and finally a casino billboard emblazoned with "Craps, Craps, Craps".
    • In the beginning of "Road To Germany", Mort Goldman takes laxatives and has trouble finding somewhere to use the bathroom. He eventually ends up using Stewie's time machine, thinking it is a port-o-potty.
    • Peter has one in "Mom's The Word" due to having eaten a raw tube of cookie dough.
    • In "Road to the Multiverse" one of the universes Brian and Stewie visit is one where everyone "has to take a poop just right now".
  • Arthur had an episode with the dream variety in "Jenna's Bedtime Blues", when minor character Jenna is at a sleepover and is afraid that everyone will find out she is a bed-wetter. Upon waking, she turns on the TV as a distraction...and finds, among other things, men with Scottish accents talking about "wee lassies" and a children's show that's a hybrid of Sesame Street and Wimzie's House brought to you by the letter P.
  • Used a few times on 2 Stupid Dogs.
    • Big Dog mentions needing to find a hydrant throughout the episode "Seeing Eye Dogs".
    • In the episode "Bathroom Humor", during the middle of the night Big Dog has to pee. He searches for a tree but only finds one starting to bud. Little Dog stops him before he can go, telling him that "this is [their] home", so they go around looking for a place for Big Dog to relieve himself. They end up entering someone's house to use the bathroom there, but they can't find a tree and Big Dog briefly starts taking his frustration out on Little Dog. They get inspiration by a photo of a little boy using the toilet so they dress him up like one, but Big Dog finds himself unable to go because he doesn't feel comfortable. They then get inspiration from a picture of a little girl urinating and dress him in girl's clothes as he sits on the toilet, but he still doesn't feel comfortable. Finally, Little Dog suggests a glass of warm milk. While picking up the glass, Big Dog's fingers slip into the milk and he finally relieves himself.
  • In one of the Secret Squirrel segments, Dr. O causes a blackout and blocks out the sun, causing The Chief much distress because he can't find the bathroom in the dark. At the end, when Secret defeats the villain and restores the light, The Chief rushes to the bathroom, but it's occupied.
  • The Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "The Big Drip" centers around Jimmy desperately needing to pee after Beezy accidentally destroys his bathroom. Things get worse when Lucius destroys every washroom in Miseryville after Jimmy tries to use his...including his own, which results in Lucius sharing Jimmy's emergency.
  • Henry goes through one of these at the end of the KaBlam! episode, "Timeless!"
  • A Nightmare Sequence in Nightmare Ned had Ned being force fed water until he had a Balloon Belly, which invoked this trope.
  • A Running Gag variety on Hey Arnold! - Grandpa generally has to interrupt whatever lesson he's teaching Arnold because he "shouldn't have had" * insert food/drink here* .
  • Teen Titans:
    • In the episode "Transformation", Starfire was analyzing her body changes while Beast Boy needed the bathroom. He notices Robin watering the flowers, Cyborg getting a drink, and Raven moving boulders out of the way of a waterfall. He says the alphabet to himself ending with the usual letter and as a plant comes into view, the scene ends with water going down a drain implying he went all over the plant.
    • Another example happens in the animated film Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, where the Titans' travel montage at one point has Beast Boy crossing his legs in anguish over drinking a lot of soda. He screams over the other Titans' arguments, which makes them agree to make a rest stop. Unfortunately for Beast Boy, the other Titans occupy all the restrooms, so he resorts to turning into a dog so he can relieve himself behind a tree.
  • Tom and Jerry has a non-potty example.
  • In Life with Louie in the episode "The Kiss is the Thing" has this occur with Andy during the play. After drinking a lot of coffee at work, he rushes out to the play without using the restroom. Once getting there he really needs to go, but the mother doesn't let him. The father is forced in agony while sitting in his seat for the whole play really needing to pee, as a fountain is showed on stage torturing him even more. He puts his hands to his crotch and squirms in pain until the final kiss, when he rushes out feeling like he's going to blow. but, once getting to the bathroom he sees long lines and it's occupied. His legs cross down and tighten in torment.
  • In Wonder Pets!, this is basically the whole point of "Save The Puppy", where the Pets attempt to help a dog go outside so he can relieve himself out there. The pets themselves end up getting this too at one point in the episode.
  • In Dan Vs., Dan falls victim to this in "Traffic." Trying to get home so he can pee, he's blocked by traffic due to a sock and road work, a train crossing, a group of senior citizens, and even a flock of sheep. He doesn't make it, and swears revenge on traffic.
  • The episode "Body Rockers" of The Mighty B! has Penny suffering one, and it could be foreshadowed as she was seen drink all of Bessie's water from her backpack.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the "Last Roundup" episode, Pinkie gets off the train in Dodge Junction quite clearly in need of a toilet. She finds a public toilet and is about to use it until she realises that Applejack, whom they came to Dodge to find, just walked out of it. She runs back after she and the others have caught her.
    • A Hub promo for the 2013 Summer Pool Party depicts Rarity (and Lucky from Pound Puppies (2010)) standing in a long line for a restroom by the pool. She and everyone behind her are unable to get in because MC Bat Commander accidentally locked the door from the inside.
    • Another instance is mentioned in Rainbow Dash's journal, as written in The Wonderbolts Academy Handbook: On Day 4 at the Wonderbolts Academy, Rainbow Dash mentions having to go to the bathroom really bad on the previous day, to the point that she almost wet herself but didn't.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012): Zoe has a brief one in "The Very Littlest Pet Shop".
  • Used in this Cartoon Network City bumper where Ben from Ben 10 has to go while in his Wildmutt form.
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining", Cartman experiences severe diarrhea as a result of the various fast food he ate before and the soda he drank during the tour.
    • In "Death", Kenny suffers from stomach flu making multiple bathroom stops during class. Later on, many of the adults caught the stomach flu.
    • In "Bass To Mouth", Jenny Simons suffers one due to Cartman having given her a laxative-laced cupcake, and ends up soiling herself in front of the class.
  • In What's with Andy?, Andy has a drinking contest with Lik and Leech at a mall to avoid having to buy food for them. He drinks too much and has to find a toilet. It ends up with him jamming the escalator with his shoe setting it on fire and accidentally cutting off the water supply in the mall. He eventually ends up peeing in a plant and putting out the fire.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
  • Stōked:
    • Happens to Wipeout in the episode "Groms on Strike". He eventually makes it to toilet, just a fraction too late.
    • This also happens to Emma in "Fast Times When The Rip Tide's High."
  • This happens multiple times to characters in 6teen. One example (from "Fish and Make Up") includes Nikki and Caitlin splitting the mall sides due to an ongoing fight. The latter happily takes full advantage of the situation when she's finally forced to come over to the loathsome washrooms (which are on Nikki's side of the mall) after having been holding it all day.
  • The 'urban legend' version described in the Folklore section above was used as the basis for an episode of Freaky Stories.
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Caged Tiger", Beast Boy really needs to pee while he, Robin, and Cyborg are trapped in an elevator. Eventually, Beast Boy says he can't take it anymore and wets himself, much to Robin and Cyborg's disgust.
    • This trope also sets up the plot of "Serious Business". Robin has to pee really bad, and unfortunately, instead of the other Titans helping him, they break out into a musical number about the pee-pee dance. Due to this, he has an accident, but that's what you get when you have such Jerkass friends.
    • Bumblebee remembers having one in "The Great Disaster".
  • Disney Junior:
    • A series of shorts called Nina Needs to Go! note  revolves around the titular little girl needing to use the bathroom and being far away from the nearest one. She tries to get to the nearest bathroom, usually with the help of her Secret Agent-esque Nana. The fact that the path usually includes something with running water certainly doesn't help matters. Each short ends with Nina saying, "That'll never happen again, 'cause now I know, don't wait to go!". Despite this, it always happens again. This show was actually based on the creator's real life experiences with her daughter, who always did this, explaining the Aesop Amnesia.
    • In a "Message from Miles" video, Miles tries to preach an important lesson about using the toilet to the target audience.
  • The first episode of Family Dog ends with the titular dog having to pee after consuming a lot of water.
  • Being around the normal potty-training age, Chuckie goes through this in Rugrats from time to time.
    • A key example is in "Chuckie Vs. The Potty", which also includes at least two potty failures. One on Chuckie's part when after a long time of sitting on the potty, with the grown-ups watching, Chuckie stands up thinking he doesn't have to go anymore and immediately urinates on the floor. At the end of the same episode, after Chuckie finally manages to use the potty all by himself, Angelica comes into the room crying because she's had an accident.
    • In addition, in the episode, "The Lympics" Chuckie is desperate to go but Angelica tells him he can't until he's won the race against the McNulty babies. This leads to Chuckie running as fast as he can to win the race quickly, and then subsequently dashing to the park toilet.
    • A further example occurs at the end of the episode, "A Dose of Dil" where Chuckie becomes desperate to go after having drunk too much Ginger-Ale earlier in the episode.
    • A further example occurs in the episode, "Cuffed" when Chuckie and Angelica become handcuffed together and Chuckie asks Angelica if its a bad time to mention he has to go potty, to which she replies that it is.
  • In the episode "Power Lunch" The Powerpuff Girls, the Gangrene Gang gorge themselves on candy at a convenience store; after the Girls chance them and zap them with their laser vision, the candy somehow becomes radioactive and gives the Gang superpowers. After a titanic fight that "turns Townsville topsy-turvy", the Gang is about to crush the Girls, when all five of them suddenly need a bathroom badly, breaking from the battle to use a set of Port-o-Lets. Unfortunately, this causes them to lose their superpowers, and the Girls are able to pummel them black and blue.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Bloo has one at the beginning of "Busted". However, he can't use the bathroom right away because Mr. Herriman makes him make his bed and brush his teeth first. Being a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Mr. Herriman makes Bloo do everything by the rules, much to the latter's chagrin.
    • Bloo, Wilt, Coco, Mr. Herriman and Frankie each have two in "Foster's Goes to Europe". Within the same episode, Eduardo has three of his own, the first two with his aforementioned friends, and the third when it is revealed that somebody sabotaged the Foster's bus.
    • Bloo has one in "Hiccy Burp" after drinking a huge amount of soda trying to get new hiccups in time for the talent portion of the annual Foster's talent show.
    • Bloo has one in "Bus the Two of Us", and tries to use a bathroom at Mama Joan's Pizzeria, which is for employees only. When Mac asks him why he didn't go to the bathroom at the gas station, since they were there earlier to borrow plungers for him to use as stilts, Bloo tells Mac that gas station bathrooms are disgusting. Bloo says this as he is wearing the dirty plungers, which Mac points out. When Bloo is finished, Mac now has to use the bathroom.
    • Bloo has one in "Ticket to Rod" when he drinks a lot of soda to pass the time waiting to hear a chime for a Radio Contest where the grand prize is two tickets to see a new movie starring Rod Tango. He gets Frankie to listen for the chime, and just as he leaves, the chime goes off and Frankie calls the station. This of course, sets the episode's main plot in motion.
    • Bloo has one in "Race For Your Life Mac & Bloo" after drinking a 172-ounce soda at a mini-mart. The manager makes him wait in line behind the other customers, and when he does get to the front of the line, he makes him buy a bag of chains with his last quarter, as the bathroom is for paying customers only.
  • In the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Space Walkies", Mickey's return from space is interrupted when Pluto has to go to the bathroom. Mickey himself also has one at the end of the short.
  • In The Looney Tunes Show episode, "Customer Service", Bugs drinks a lot of water while waiting for Cecil Turtle, his cable service provider, thus triggering one of these. The second he leaves to use the bathroom, Cecil emerges from behind a tree and hangs a "Sorry We Missed You" notice on Bugs' door.
  • The Loud House:
    • The pilot short involves Lincoln trying to make it to the bathroom at the other end of the hallway to pee, but has to tend to his sisters' mischief. He's briefly deterred when Lori beats him there, but he ends up chasing her out with one of Lily's dirty diapers.
    • In the episode, "In Tents Debate", to get Lincoln to see the downsides of spending the Loud Family's summer vacation at the Dairy Land amusement park, Team Beach (Lori, Leni, Lucy, Lola, and Lily) stands in front of the bathroom when he has to take a leak to simulate having to wait in long lines at the park. When Lincoln finally gets there, he finds that the toilet is "out of order", so he settles for going in the shower.
    • In "Raw Deal", Lynn's fortune of having her patience being tested is her having to wait in line to use the gas station restroom.
    • In "Snow Bored", Lana has one at some point, but is ambushed by Lisa and her snowball gun in the bathroom.
    • In the episode, "Kick the Bucket List", Leni has one in the park, and asks a rock that Clyde used as a substitute for Lincoln if he can look after Lola and Lana while she goes to the bathroom.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "The Snowball Effect", Patrick has one after drinking water made from the snow in a Snowball Fight he had with SpongeBob, and asks Squidward if he can use his bathroom. Squidward tells him to use his own, but Patrick tells him he doesn't think he can make it. Squidward refuses to let Patrick use his bathroom, but eventually gives in, and at that point Patrick doesn't need to go anymore.
    • In "Tentacle Vision", Patrick has one while he's operating the camera for "Squid Chat". Squidward makes him hold it until his show is over, and later in the episode, Patrick says, "My shorts are wet!".
    • In "Ditchin'", SpongeBob intentionally triggers one of these as an excuse to get out of boating school long enough to meet Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy at a book signing.
    • In "Plankton Gets the Boot", Plankton has to pee after he gets kicked out of the Chum Bucket by Karen. He finally relieves himself after reluctantly accepting SpongeBob's offer to take him in, though it's implied he actually relieved himself in SpongeBob's broom closet.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood:
    • Prince Wednesday has to go in "Prince Wednesday Goes To The Potty", but he is reluctant to stop playing to do so. He does get convinced by Teacher Harriet to do it, though. Daniel suffers one in the same episode, but also doesn't want to stop building blocks to go.
    • Daniel again in "Daniel Goes To The Potty" whilst at Music Man Stan's Music Store.
  • The Pingu episode, "Pingu's Lavatory Story" depicts Pingu drinking too much lemonade and rushing home only to find the toilet is occupied by his father. Pingu rings the doorbell so his father can come out and answer it and he can rush into the bathroom himself. Unfortunately, the toilet is too high, so he urinates on the floor...
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat had Felix take advantage of this in the episode "The Sludge King", where he tricks the titular villain into drinking too much grog and taking the chance to escape with Roscoe while the Sludge King rushes off to use the bathroom.
  • Danger Mouse: Penfold suffers one through most "Planet of the Toilets", due to the world's toilets having been turned sentient and being in revolt (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Steven Universe: In "Catch and Release", Steven has one while Peridot is Locked in the Bathroom during the night. The first time, he ends up having to go outside.
  • There's an episode of Safety Queen about a boy who has to pee but he's in bed and is nervous to get up.
  • Happens a lot in Caillou:
    • The episode "Rainy Day" is centered around Caillou having one while his mother waits for him to leave somewhere. Unfortunately, due to many distractions, he keeps forgetting about his urge. He does make it at the end, though.
    • In "Caillou Goes Strawberry Picking'', Caillou has to use the bathroom before leaving to go strawberry picking.
    • In "Let's Go Camping!", Caillou has one on their way to the campsite, so his mother pulls the car over by a rock for Caillou to relieve himself behind.
    • In "Caillou Goes To School", Caillou has to go during a school assembly.
    • Rosie has one when meeting Santa in "Caillou's Holiday Movie".
    • In "Caillou's Bad Dream", Caillou needs to go to the bathroom after talking to Boris.
    • In "Next Stop, Fun!", Caillou has one when touring the train, but the bathroom on board confuses him.
  • In the third Robot Chicken Star Wars special, Darth Vader makes it to the bathroom just fine, but since this was right after he first got into the suit, he's unfamiliar with how to work it. So he's hastily hitting buttons, trying to find the one that will let him go to the bathroom, while he's doing the potty dance. He ends up falling to the floor and crying after accidentally activating his roller skates. Palpatine, whose flashing back is the Framing Device for this special, starts realizing he may have made a mistake in choosing Vader as his apprentice.
  • Dog is forced to endure a full bladder through most of the CatDog episode "The Golden Hydrant" because his conjoined twin brother Cat won't let him mark his territory on the titular golden hydrant. How he can pee is anyone's guess, considering that CatDog has a head on both sides of it.
  • We Bare Bears:
    • Cub Panda has one in the short "Potty Time". But just when Cub Panda finds a bathroom after too long, the woman they met before hugs him, which results in Cub Panda wetting himself on her. Later on, the baby bears are given a Jar Potty for their box, likely preventing any more of these in the future.
    • Grizzly has a brief one in "Planet Bears" while at the supermarket. He is implied to have soiled himself in fear while riding on an out-of-control forklift in an attempt to break down the bathroom door.
    • Ice Bear offhandedly mentions he is suffering from one in "The Demon", although it isn't brought up again after he says that.
    • Ice Bear at the end of "Frozen Ice" after the ice cube he was stuck in melts.
  • Kaeloo: One episode had Stumpy really need to use the bathroom, but each time he reached the bathroom, it was at the same time as someone else. They play Rock–Paper–Scissors to see who gets to go first, and he loses as usual. He then tries to use the bushes, but Kaeloo sees him and refuses to allow him. He finally resorts to using a hat Kaeloo was wearing earlier in the episode when she isn't looking... and she puts the hat on her head.
  • My Big, Big Friend: Golias spends a good chunk of "Diggin A Hole" needing to pee while stuck at the bottom of a pit with Yuri.
  • In the Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? episode "Family Vacation", Robot Jones at one point needs his oil changed and the process is treated like him needing to use the bathroom, complete with crossing his legs while he has an anguished look on his face.
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Series:
    • In the episode "Casket If You Can", Aunt Lydia chooses to spend the next hour in her rejuvenation casket and trusts her niece Mavis to keep watch while she's in the casket. One of the things Mavis does to pass the time is drink a lot of blood, which makes her have to pee so bad that she ends up temporarily leaving her post to use the bathroom.
    • The episode "Exit Sandman" has the Sandman put everyone in the hotel to sleep because he's annoyed by the noise made by the zombie staff building Diane's new chicken coop, which Mavis decided to have done to make restitution for accidentally destroying the original chicken coop. The gang find their opportunity to make the Sandman stop when Hank finds that he needs to pee. We don't see how he takes care of his problem after he wakes up from the dream world and gets Diane to help them, but it is later implied that he mistakenly relieved himself in the hot tub of Diane's new chicken coop.
  • Wishfart: When Dez gets turned into a merman in one episode, he goes through this while at Neptune's party as a result of forgetting to go to the bathroom before being transformed and having no idea how to use the toilet when your lower half is a fish (and it doesn't help that merpeople toilets are not user-friendly).
  • Totally Spies!: A throwaway gag in "Game Girls" has Clover hoping that the hotel she and Sam are traveling to has nice bathrooms; "that's another improvement to be added on KURT's makeover list".
  • The Crumpets:
    • In "Gambled Gables", Caprice gets one while working for her uncle and aunt's fast food drive-thru. After Caprice complains, her aunt points to a bit in the employment contract providing a two minute break every 64 hours.
    • In "Inside Li'l One's Brain", it's revealed the Crumpets possess a big "pee-pee gland" in the brain, although Li'l One is said to be the only one out of the children who inherited it. While Granny fiercely guards this secret and pretends it doesn't exist, Pa would remind her to accept the reality. Immediately, Granny develops a Potty Emergency and rushes to an outhouse.
  • The Real Ghostbusters:
    • In the episode "Camping It Up", Slimer at one point tells the Ghostbusters as they go on their camping trip that he needs to go, the Ghostbusters responding by chiding him for not going before they left. He later states this need again once they've set up camp, with Winston telling him that his only option is to go behind a tree.
    • The episode "Guess What's Coming to Dinner" has the Ghostbusters and Slimer return from a vacation only to find that a family of ghosts have taken residence in the Firehouse. The team tries to open the Firehouse's doors when Slimer complains of having to use the bathroom, only to find that the locks have been changed.
  • Camp Lakebottom: In "Camp Lockbottom", the camp is turned into a prison. However, McGee desperately needs to go, and soon discovers that the latrines are on the other side of the fence.
  • Justice League Action: In "Unleashed", Dex-Starr infiltrates the Watchtower by pretending to be an ordinary cat. Plastic Man feeds him, mostly stuff that is not really suitable for feline consumption. This gives him indigestion and a serious need to visit the litter box; however, he is repeatedly sidetracked by calls from Atrocitus about his mission and interference from Plas, Krypto, and Streaky.
  • Private Snafu: Unsurprisingly, given the subject matter, Snafu suffers one in "Few Quick Facts: Diarrhea and Dysentery".
  • In "Franklin Goes to School" from Franklin, while everyone rides the bus to school, Goose asks Franklin if he thinks there's a bathroom at school, saying that her mother told her to use the bathroom before she left. Although she doesn't say so directly, she rather looks like she needs to go.
  • The Angry Beavers episode "Too Loose Latrine" has Daggett clogging his bathroom's toilet and having to pee real bad, his situation made all the more difficult because his brother Norb is too busy trying to style his hair perfectly to let Dag use his bathroom. After the entire house is flooded, Norb finally lets Dag use his toilet, only for Daggett to reveal that he ended up peeing in the river their house rested on when the flood occurred.

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Xin Xin deliberately invokes this with a Brown Note to get some aliens to stop fighting.

(Translation: "Wow! It's so empty!" "Gimmie back my precious whistle...!" "Eh? The aliens are having a battle! ...Don't fight! Hurry up and go pee!" "Uu-!! Gotta pee!" ..."Bye-bye, aliens! We're going home now!")

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