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Basic Trope: A character gets so frightened that they urinate or defecate in their trousers.

  • Straight: While hiking in the woods, Alice runs into a grizzly bear. Alice is so scared that she wets her pants.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob startles Alice; Alice has explosive diarrhea.
    • Aliens begin to invade the world, everybody, everywhere simultaneously craps themselves.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice runs into a grizzly bear, she is a little frightened and farts.
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    • Alice suffers a Potty Emergency due to fear.
    • Alice wets her pants, but it's only a drop.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a child.
    • Alice has a medical problem.
    • Alice already had a Potty Emergency; the shock of running into a bear disrupted her ability to hold it in.
    • Truth in Television, voiding one's bowels (or bladder) is an appropriate response to being very scared.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice scares off a bear by crapping/wetting her pants.
    • Alice frightens off a bear by yelling and screaming, in her excitement she accidentally craps her pants.
    • Alice vomits when afraid.
    • Alice has a nervous tic that causes her to excessively eat and/or drink whenever she is frightened.
    • Alice is a superhero whose butt sucks up feces whenever he experiences intense fear.
    • Alice constipates or has a Shy Bladder when he's afraid.
    • Alice encounters a bear, and the bear is so startled, it craps.
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  • Subverted: It's well known that Alice has a bowel-control problem and a leaky bladder and whenever she experiences an intense emotion, she has a tendency to either defecate or urinate on herself. One day, while hiking in the woods with Alice, they run into a Grizzly bear that growls and roars to them. They are both very frightened and run away:
    Alice (panting): "Wow, that was close!"
    Bob(also panting): "Yeah, we were almost bear food! Here, I got your extra pair of pants in my backpack."
    Alice: "Oh, thanks, wait..." (Feels her butt.) "I don't need them."
    Bob (confused): "You didn't crap your pants?"
    Alice (excited): "I didn't crap my pants!"
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice is so excited that he didn't crap her pants, she craps her pants.
    Alice: "Dammit. Pass me those pants."
    • Bob then reveals that he is the one that needs a change of clothes.
    Bob (embarrassed): Well, I guess that makes one of us. (gets out some some clothes from his backpack)
    • Then she realizes that she did wet her pants.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice slowly empties out her back pockets after mistaking the items one by one for crap in her pants.
  • Averted: Regardless of the situation, Alice has excellent mastery over her bowels and bladder.
  • Enforced: The writers of a kid show want to have a very frightening villain while still keeping the tone light-hearted.
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: "Um, Alice, did you crap your pants?"
    Alice: "...Yeah. I did. I sorta have problem with shitting myself when I get scared."
    Bob: "Is that why you're always wearing brown pants? I just thought that you had a poor fashion sense."
    Alice: "Pretty much."
    Bob: "Well I'm busy, so don't invite me."
    Alice: "What? Invite you to what?"
    Bob: "To the potty in your pants."
  • Invoked: Bob is a teacher with a grudge against his student Alice. Knowing that She has a fear of public speaking because she gets nervous and ends up pissing her pants, Bob always calls Alice up to the front of the class .
  • Exploited: Evil aliens with incredible senses of smell plot to invade the world. As such, the heroes bring in Alice, who has a bladder control problem when she gets scared.
  • Defied: Alice takes some pills before she gets scared which will prevent this.
  • Discussed: "I was so scared I thought I was going to piss myself!"
  • Conversed: "She spends the entire episode walking funny because the bear scared him in the Cold Open."
  • Implied: Alice gets attacked by a bear and runs back home:
    Alice: "Good thing I ran away or else I could've lost more than just my pants."
    Bob (confused): "But the bear didn't take your pants."
    Alice: "Oh trust me, these pants are done for."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice shits her pants when confronted by a bear but doesn't get a chance to switch her pants and ends up getting diaper rash.
    • Alice shits her pants but doesn't get a chance to change them because she is lost in the woods so she just removes her pants and leaves them in the forest. When she finally escapes the woods he is arrested for public nudity.
  • Played For Drama: Alice’s soiling of herself is used to emphasize how genuinely terrifying her situation is.

Ahhhhh!
Oh, Crap!
...Bring My Brown Pants.

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