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Mario: I'm gonna save Santa with my plumber-snake!
Santa Claus: [voiced by Phelous] Uhhh, no, that's okay, Mario. I'd rather you didn't save me with the— [splat] Uggghh, that wasn't worth it.

Quick! Someone's in danger! Or possibly multiple people, or even the world! Fortunately, someone's come to the rescue. Unfortunately, however, it's rather icky, and that's what the Revolting Rescue is.

Maybe it involves a Fantastic Medicinal Bodily Product that's something rather unpleasant such as snot or pee. Maybe a giant needs to use an off-putting bodily fluid to save a human somehow. Maybe someone needs to set their Farts on Fire, throw up, or use animal droppings for something, but regardless of the specifics, it's not pretty. If the person doing the rescue is The Pig-Pen, they'll usually enjoy it, but otherwise, they'd only do it grudgingly.

Usually Played for Laughs, and as such, often involves Toilet Humour. It could also involve Fartillery, Protection in Mouth, a Vomit Indiscretion Shot, Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like (perhaps from an Ungrateful Bastard, a Neat Freak, or a germophobe), Solid Gold Poop, a Heroic Sacrifice, Vulgar Humour, the Godzilla Threshold, Heart Is an Awesome Power, or Urine Trouble. All-Natural Fire Extinguisher is a sub-trope. Compare Shoot the Dog and Cruel to Be Kind.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Crayon Shin-chan has a Superhero Episode parody where the titular character obtains superpowers... all related to fecal excretement. Including diffusing a Hostage Situation by launching a handful of poop on the unfortunate hostage's head, revolting the hostage-taker enough to ditch his captive. The hostage is not too appreciative over the rescue (can't really blame her).
  • In the first episode of Yo Kai Watch, Nate gets stuck under a huge mound of fireflies, which Whisper frees him farting on the mound. Both Nate and the fireflies are grossed out.

    Comic Books 
  • Futurama: In "A Cure for the Common Clod", once the citizens of New New York recover from a cold-like alien disease, they sneeze up Monstrous Germs, which coalesce into one germ that attacks the city. To save the day, the Planet Express crew infects the mutants, who sneeze up antibodies, which form another blob, that fights off the germ. It works, however, the blobs explode into snot, leaving the entire city and everyone in it Covered in Gunge.
  • In Guessing Games, a comic based on The Loud House, Virginia the pig prevents the bull from charging at Geo by farting on him.

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Downplayed. In Beethoven's 2nd, the family are out looking for Beethoven's missing puppies when they come across some puppy poop, but they can't tell if it means the puppies are nearby or not. Ryce reluctantly sticks her fingers into the poop to find out whether or not it's warm.
  • Evolution (2001): The plan to defeat the rapidly evolving aliens, which have now evolved into a giant amorphous thing, is to pump it full of Head & Shoulders, because the active ingredient, selenium, is toxic to them. Harry becomes firmly lodged in the creature's rectum(?) and when he's retrieved he firmly declares, "Don't you tell anyone where I've been!".
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Bard and Bain sneak the Dwarves and Bilbo into their home up through their sewage line to hide them from the greedy Master of Laketown and his equally sleazy sidekick, Alfrid, astonishing the girls:
    Sigrid: Why are there Dwarves coming out of our toilet?
    Tilda: Will they bring us luck?
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Willie is quite displeased to learn the only way to save Indy and Short Round from a Death Trap is by pulling a release mechanism located in a slimy crevice covered in bugs. They end up crawling all over her during the attempt.
  • Men in Black: Kay's plan to save the day involves himself being swallowed whole by a giant alien bug in order to retrieve his gun.
  • Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang: In the climax of the film, Mr. Eidelweiss the talking crow inadvertently saves Uncle Phil when the resulting burp from his eating explosive putty blows the hit-women away.
  • In Sleeping Dogs (1977), Sam Neill's character escapes from the back of a police van after sticking his fingers down his throat so he throws up on the officer next to him.
  • Star Wars:
    • A New Hope: After rescuing Princess Leia, the group is forced to escape into a garbage compactor on the Death Star to avoid the Imperials.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, Han makes a temporary shelter for Luke by cutting open the belly of a recently-deceased tauntaun and stuffing Luke into it while a more permanent two-person shelter is being built.

  • Catherine, Called Birdy: At one point, a fire breaks out in the dining hall, which Catherine's Upper Crass father extinguishes by pissing on it.
  • In Dave, when Dave gets stuck in his cat door, his friends save him by feeding him beans, which makes him fart himself loose.
  • From the Dr. Watson novels by Robert Ryan.
    • In Dead Man's Land, someone tries to murder Watson by locking him in a stable and releasing a container of chlorine gas inside. Watson survives by burying his face in the straw which had recently been soaked with horse urine. The ammonia in the urine neutralises the chlorine gas until someone turns up to rescue him.
    • In The Dead Can Wait, Watson and a nurse are examining corpses stored in an icehouse when someone bolts the door and opens a sluice gate to a nearby lake. They block the inflowing water by cramming the corpses into the drain and holding them down with a coffin.
  • In A Dose of Doctor Dog, the sequel to Doctor Dog, Kev Gumboyle accidentally saves his baby brother's life when the baby gets snatched up by a Man-Eating Plant, only for Kev's boil to burst, spraying pus on the plant and making it drop his brother.
  • Franny K. Stein: In "Frantastic Voyage", Igor has unknowingly swallowed a bomb, forcing Franny to go inside his body to retrieve it. When there are only a few minutes left on the timer before the bomb blows up, Franny tricks him into dancing after drinking root beer in order to belch her out of his body.
  • Fudge: In "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing", Fudge swallows Dribble the turtle, so the doctors make him either excrete or vomit Dribble out by giving him emetics and laxatives. In the end, Fudge manages to purge Dribble out of his system, but it's not said whether he puked or defecated him out.
  • Gulliver's Travels: When the Lilliputian royal castle catches fire one night, Gulliver puts out the flames by peeing on them. The Empress is too disgusted to be grateful.
  • In Hally Tosis, the eponymous dog unintentionally gets rid of two burglars when they run away due to her bad breath.
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing: Leonie makes a concoction for Kayla when she has a stomachache. Thinking that it may instead make her feel worse, Jojo stuffs his fingers down Kayla's throat to force her to puke it back up.
  • In Smelly Feat by Paul Jennings, the protagonist saves a turtle and her unhatched children by literally knocking the antagonists out with his foot odour.
  • In the Paul Jennings book Uncovered, Misty wets the bed on purpose in "Ringing Wet" to set off its alarm so that she can bust burglars when they come into the house.
  • Walter the Farting Dog: Once a book, the titular Gasshole dog Walter ends up saving the day with his own flatulence.
    • In the first book, there are two burglars who are about to rob the house dry. Walter then farts so loudly that the awful stench causes the crooks to flee without taking anything.
    • In "Banned from the Beach", Betty, Billy, and the Crabbes are stuck in the ocean and can't get back to the shore. Due to having eaten uncooked fruit, Walter farts and the force of the explosion causes the waves to part, leaving a path on the ocean floor.
    • In "Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise", the cruise ship is out of power and can no longer move in the middle of the sea. Walter breaks wind with enough force to push the boat back to the shore.
    • In "Rough Weather Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog", Walter holds back his flatulence and this causes him to float into the sky. A windstorm starts to blow a swarm of butterflies around uncontrollably. To keep them from plummeting into a frozen lake, Walter finally cuts loose and the force of his own wind sends them to a warm valley.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Songdrops: In "Skunkles the Christmas Skunk", the eponymous skunk saves Santa when he gets stuck in a snowdrift by spraying, causing the reindeer to fly away and push him out of the snow.

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    Web Animation 
  • In cs188's YTP Michael's Massive Farty Time, Michael Rosen and Harrybo try to revive their unconscious teacher by farting in her face. It works, but she's not very happy when she wakes up.
  • Minilife TV: In "Trouble Ian Paradise", as Chris chases after Ian inside their freezer, Ian loses his grip on a mountain of ice, leaving him and Chris hanging from it. Chris gets the idea to have Ian melt some of the ice with his urine to create a small cave for them to take refuge in.
  • Strong Bad Email: In "winter pool", Strong Bad, Homestar, and the Poopsmith end up trapped in a swimming pool filled with gelatin. Their rescue comes at the hands of the King of Town, and his straw...
Strong Bad: All I remember after I closed my eyes was that first, it got real loud. Then it got real hot. Then it got real slimy. Then it got quiet. And then it got...unspeakable. And when I opened my eyes, the pool was empty and three days had passed.

    Web Comics 
  • Awful Hospital: The Moldsucker extracts Fern's group from a dangerous situation by swallowing them whole and vomiting them up in a safe place later. Not only do they get a short bath in her stomach contents, but they don't know beforehand that she's trying to help them.
  • Brawl in the Family: In strip 376, "Dream Land Sharing", King Dedede is very low on health, but Kirby eats the only available Maxim Tomato. When Meta Knight tells Kirby to share it with Dedede, Kirby regurgitates it into Dedede's mouth, filling up his health bar. Dedede is very disgusted by it, punching Kirby into a wall and telling Meta Knight to just let him die next time.

    Web Original 
  • Doodieman: The titular Doodieman has feces-based superpowers and he often saves people with them, though they're usually too disgusted to really be grateful. For example, a robber is holding a woman at gunpoint and Doodieman covers him in a pile of crap (much to the woman's annoyance, as he got a little bit of crap on her dress).
  • Protectors of the Plot Continuum:
    • When a canon character eats something that ought to be poisonous, the agents will first try using a device to make the poison vanish from the character's stomach. However, if that doesn't work, the agent will try making the character vomit with ipecac syrup, and if that doesn't work, they'll try using senna pods to make them poo.
    • Discussed in one mission, where an agent wants to kill an anthropomorphic cat villainess by masturbating (in reference to the meme "God kills a kitten every time you masturbate"), but his partner vetoes the idea.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: In "The Enchiridion!", an ogre swallows Jake whole. The enraged Finn kicks the ogre in the crotch, causing him to puke Jake out.
  • Animaniacs: In "The Cutening", the world turns into an overly-cutesy place, and to get it back to normal, the Warner siblings lick a pigeon and throw up.
  • Arthur: Conversed in "Draw", where Arthur writes a comic in which a Blob Monster eats two men. To save them, a boy who he based off his friend Buster eats the blob monster (though he claims it tasted of lime).
  • Bob's Burgers: Attempted in "Art Crawl". When Andy and Ollie are waiting for customers late at night, Ollie complains that he's cold. Andy says he can cut him open with scissors and crawl inside of him. Before Ollie can do so, however, Louise comes by just then.
  • Bunnicula: In one episode, Bunnicula, Harold, Lugosi, and Chester are inside a Threatening Shark. Bunnicula eats an entire jar of beans and lets out such a strong fart that he and the gang are expelled from the shark's mouth.
  • Drawn Together: In "Clum Babies", Wooldor masturbates for the first time and this causes the titular Clum Babies to be born. The babies have magical healing properties, so the gang sells them to heal the sick and injured. One of them also heals Bob the Cucumber's insanity.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy Valentine special, "Hanky Panky Hullabaloo", two cherubs resembling Jimmy and Sarah try to spread love and happiness by making students in the school fall in love with one another, using their arrows to bring together several couples (Edd and May, Kevin and Lee, Nazz and Johnny, Eddy and Plank, and Ed and a sandwich; Marie is made to be infatuated with Rolf). Rolf is the only one who manages to avoid being hit with an arrow, and after getting rid of the cherubs with a mop, proceeds to cure everyone of their love sickness by splashing them with mop water.
  • Fleabag Monkeyface: Given Fleabag's disgusting nature, he has saved the day with his own bodily functions on a number of occasions. In the very first episode, he stops a giant earwax monster by belching in its face, which causes it to faint.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In the episode "Wishology Part Two: The Exciting Middle Part", Mark Chang rescues Timmy by swallowing him whole and vomiting out after the danger is done. Timmy comments “never do that again” and Mark comments “you mean save your life”.
  • Grossology: In "The Fart Side of the Moon", a planet very nearly rams into the earth, but the Director lets out such a powerful fart that the planet moves in a different direction.
  • League of Super Evil: In "Swimming with Sharks", a genetically-enhanced dolphin chases the League and they end up in Voltar's pool. The dolphin approaches them, ready to fire missiles, and Voltar becomes so frightened that he pees himself, and the water turns purple, causing the dolphin to retreat in disgust.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series: In "Link", the eponymous Link causes arguing people to get stuck together. Stitch and Nani get glued to each other and find that mud dissolves Link's sticky goop, so Nani has Stitch dump it onto Pleakley, Jumba, Lilo, and Mertle. Pleakley in particular is not happy about this.
  • The Loud House: Discussed in "No Such Luck", when Lana volunteers to pee on the wound if anyone gets stung by a jellyfish.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In the episode "Sister Sledgehammer", Jenny is captured and brainwashed by The Cluster, but XJ-1 (Jenny's baby sister and predecessor) manages to get her back to normal by burping up oil all over her.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: In one episode, Kowalski creates a sentient jello cube named Jiggles, who grows every time he eats and eats all the fruit in sight. Then, he eats Kowalski and Julian, and to get him to spit them out, Kowalski throws up because he ate fish for lunch and Jiggles hates the taste of fish.
  • Rugrats: In "Mega Diaper Babies", Chuckie (as Stinky) produces a stench that is pungent enough to make Angelitron malfunction and fall to pieces, which allows the kids to untie the Mega Hyper Heroes.
  • In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, one of the first signs that Mermista cares more than she lets on is that she accepts her role in the Alliance's plan to save Glimmer- swimming through a sewer system. Heroism isn't always pretty.
    Adora: Look, I know it sounds bad, but you're the only one who can breathe underwater!
  • Skunk Fu!: On more than one occasion, Skunk's foul-smelling spray (which is portrayed as farting) has saved the day.
    • In "The Art of the Crush", Skunk, Rabbit, and Fox are trapped in a cave because Baboon's ninja monkeys are blocking the exit. Fox then kisses Skunk to make him spray, which causes all the ninjas to clear out, allowing the three to escape.
    • In "The Art of Tunneling", Skunk and Rabbit are stuck in an underground tunnel that's filling up with water. Skunk then farts and the strength of the explosion propels both him and Rabbit out of the tunnel to safety.
  • Smighties: In "Sneezils", the villains make a potion that makes all of the Smighties except Zip sick. The sick Smighties defeat the villains by sneezing snot all over them, causing them to run away.
  • South Park: This trope is attempted in "Pee". After the water park is flooded with urine, the boys suggest that Kyle should dive down to the maintenance room to turn the emergency valve so that everyone can escape. Pi-Pi has Kyle drink a cup of pee so that he'll be able to swim through that much piss. Then some helicopters arrive to save them all, much to Kyle's frustration, as he drank that for nothing.
  • Steven Universe: Steven's spit has healing properties. In "Ocean Gem", he heals Lapis by licking his hand and touching her back, and in "Bubbled", he heals Eyeball's gem by licking it.
  • Stōked: In "Fast Times When the Rip Tide's High", Fin gets stung in the foot by a jellyfish. Reef offers to pee on her foot, much to her dismay.
  • In Teen Titans episode "Wavelength", when the T Sub is destroyed on the way to fight Brother Blood, Beast Boy turns into a whale and swallows everyone to carry them the rest of the way. The rest of the team is grossed out, especially when they have to repeat it to escape at the end of the episode.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: "Visitors from Outer Space" has Iam Hungry come to the McDonaldland gang's rescue by licking off the dessert toppings Org covered their spaceship with. Birdie notes that while she's grateful they were saved, she's still disgusted that it was by Iam Hungry licking the spaceship clean.

    Real Life 
  • In 2019, an elderly man on a Chinese flight was experiencing a blocked bladder due to his enlarged prostate, which placed his life in jeopardy. A surgeon on the same flight then proceeded to save his life by MacGyvering a makeshift catheter & siphoning out almost a liter of urine with his mouth, spitting it out into an empty wine bottle. This procedure went on for nearly forty minutes.


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Would Rather Drown

The Teen Titans' submarine is broken, but they need to escape a collapsing underwater lair. Beast Boy offers to transform into whale and carry the team out in his mouth, which most of the team accepts. Raven, having been subjected to both drowning and the inside of Beast Boy's mouth, says she'd rather drown. When the rest of the team leaves, she stays as if fully intent on doing just that, until Starfire pulls her to safety.

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