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Off My Mind: When Do Superheroes Go To The Bathroom?

Do they have super-bladders along with super-powers?

We've seen heroes sleeping and eating. They have have super-human abilities but they are still human. Characters are portrayed in different lights and we often get to see moments in their private lives. If we've learned anything from characters like Batman, it's that you have to be prepared before going into a battle. For the Dark Knight, he makes sure he knows everything about his opponents while also maintaining that his body and gadgets are fit for the task.

Eew, Nightcrawler isn't wearing shoes in a public bathroom!
Eew, Nightcrawler isn't wearing shoes in a public bathroom!

I'm sure this question has been raised before and I'll admit, I was a little hesitant about bringing it up but when do superheroes go to the bathroom? Prepping for a superhero battle might be sort of like getting ready to play in a sports game. I remember before football games in high school, you made sure you went to bathroom before hitting the field because there really wouldn't be a convenient time during the game. Do heroes make sure they visit the little boys' room before facing their opponents?

The only problem with this reasoning is heroes might not have the opportunity to go to the bathroom before fighting their enemies. Often, the battles can happen at a moments notice. These battles can lead to crazy chases or missions. Think about when the heroes were involved in their battles during Secret Invasion or Blackest Night. It's not like a hero can simply excuse themselves in the middle of a mission to answer the call of nature.

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It's interesting that out of all the characters in comics, it's been Wolverine that has been shown going to the bathroom on several occasions. Shouldn't his healing factor somehow prevent him having to go to the bathroom so much? In New X-Men #142, he couldn't even drink a bottle of whiskey without having to visit the VIP urinals at the Hellfire Club.

What about other characters? Is it part of their superpowers to have optimal control over their bladder? I always said this was one of Jack Bauer's (from 24) superpowers. He would go 24 hours straight without having to relieve himself. If you're a speedster like Flash, obviously you could dash off the the bathroom in the middle of a fight. Other characters will just have to hope they can hold it until the fight is won.

But there is no predicting when you have to go to the bathroom. Sometimes it can just sneak up on you. After all, even Batman, the man who is always prepared, peed his pants.

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batman wet his pants hilarious

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Well i'm guessing they may wear adult diapers lol .

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  They dont usually but when they do. It ends bad lol
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Some Justice League episode started like this: 
 
Villain running amok, because Flash went to pee on his watch. Others are mad at him while they're fighting it. 
 
Flash: Hey, there are some things I can't do in the blink of an eye.

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Where the picture   with Wolverine & Nightcrawler from?

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He can hold it for super long and he can also shove them out super quick lol pooping with the speed of a speeding bullet haha....
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They go before a mission
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This is a waste of an article...

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Off My MInd, when do heroes brush their teeth, does every superhero poop?, when do heroes sleep, should heroes clone themselves to make money?

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I believe the reason why Wolverine insists on visiting the little feral mutants X-Room, is more an indication of his indulgent self appeasing personality rather than how his body functions, even as you put it, his healing factor. At least this explains your status update from the other day G-Man.... 
 
@KurtWagner said:

" Where the picture   with Wolverine & Nightcrawler from? "
 
NATION X mini series, issue #1 (of #4) I believe. 
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I find this article funny.  Never knew that Batman admitted that he had peed his pants.  LOL 
 
Good stuff.

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What i wonder is how they get out the suits with all the spandex and leather and etc >_> It must take like half a hour with some outfits -__-

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Yawn.
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Off Panel
Where did that Wolverine and Nightcrawler drawing come from?  Is that Allred?

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@ArtisticNeedham said:
" Off Panel Where did that Wolverine and Nightcrawler drawing come from?  Is that Allred? "
 
Nation X #1 (of #4) Art is by Allred yes indeed. (Michael Allred) Nice right? Check this panel.  
 
http://www.comixology.com/previews/OCT090557/5/
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As far as I can remeber the bath issue was touched by couple of writers in the past, but never for more than a hint. Once on Cap Spidey crossover were they went to the bathroom at the same time to change costumes which was pretty funny. Aside from that I have to agree with G-Man, even the most "normal" heroes are rarely portrayed going to the bath.

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@Aiden Cross said:
" What i wonder is how they get out the suits with all the spandex and leather and etc >_> It must take like half a hour with some outfits -__- "
 
Thats why Hercules, being the smart forward thinker he is, wears a shortish skirt. *Thinks about linking to the Pro Skirts for Males movement website I secretly run*
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Just what does Tony Stark do when he's "caught short" in his armour? 

 

Break out a can opener and drain the main vein in an alley way??

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@xerox-kitty: When he has to go he's 'screwed' (mechanics humor). He might have a 'tank' or something. . . 
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@xerox-kitty: @TypingKira:  
 
Oh, I am not sure you want to know, I think they have covered this in comics, or maybe... it was a parody of a comic, or maybe just a fan fiction...  or a post in a thread somewhere. 
 
Ever since Extremis and Bleeding Edge armor though, I doubt he can be caught short, he can just pause his biology. I mean, if he can put a billions dollars worth of armor into his skin, and body... 
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Are those both pictures featuring Wolverine & friends in the bathroom? XD
Where do those come from?!  
 
"Shouldn't his healing factor somehow prevent him having to go to the bathroom so much? In New X-Men #142, he couldn't even drink a bottle of whiskey without having to visit the VIP urinals at the Hellfire Club. "
 
Great subject for today! XD
The Marvel U needs a parody series like "Office break at the avengers" or "X-Men Academy Toilet Dialogues" or sumthin'

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There's at least several off color jokes I could milk out of this  
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@xerox-kitty said:
"

Just what does Tony Stark do when he's "caught short" in his armour? 

 

Break out a can opener and drain the main vein in an alley way??

"
It's like when you go on a plane, it just goes out a port
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This was actually one of my backup blog post ideas.  

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Batman wet his pants :D

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There was an ol mini JL comic about Blue Beetle(Ted Kord) tryin to lose weight while drinkin lotsa water... Yeah, never seen a hero need to pee so bad in my life~ ^_^
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@SC:  Thanks. Didn't expect to see Allreds in there - i'm still saving Nation X 'till nowadays for my vacation ^_^
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When Superman pees. Wouldn't that cut through the urinal like a laser? 

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Lmao! by far my favorite "Off My Mind" topic yet!
 

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I used to think the same thing about Star Trek... (I know weird right) but they ate synthetic food... did they need to go bathroom? & where were the bathrooms? 
 
Random rant... 
 
Fun article thou!
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Can someone tell me who are the guys in the second picture ?

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@webling said:

" Some Justice League episode started like this:  Villain running amok, because Flash went to pee on his watch. Others are mad at him while they're fighting it.  Flash: Hey, there are some things I can't do in the blink of an eye. "

Or even better
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyYOuuRmQp0
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Everybody poops.

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that is tooooooo.....funny

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Alright...I wasn't going to say anything...but your 'Off My Mind' sections have really been going down hill. 
 
I mean honestly...you really can't think of anything else? Maybe something more thought provoking?
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@Carradinebatman said:
" Can someone tell me who are the guys in the second picture ? "
Wolverine and Sabretooth.
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aquaman lives in the ocean; if you flush everything goes to the ocean => aquaman lives in a toilet

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WEll at least we know a little bit about it....
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Hehe bladder spasm xD

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Here's yet another Wolverine visit. 

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Where does Superman go to the bathroom? 
 
 
Answer: The Superbowl
 
Dogs rule!

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 Great.
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@Vitality said:
"Alright...I wasn't going to say anything...but your 'Off My Mind' sections have really been going down hill.  I mean honestly...you really can't think of anything else? Maybe something more thought provoking? "

Oh relax... it's just a bit of fun
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@xerox-kitty said:
"@Vitality said:
"Alright...I wasn't going to say anything...but your 'Off My Mind' sections have really been going down hill.  I mean honestly...you really can't think of anything else? Maybe something more thought provoking? "

Oh relax... it's just a bit of fun.  "

Don't get me wrong...I mean that with the most respect.
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@Vitality said:
"Don't get me wrong...I mean that with the most respect. "
Riiiight... you could at least have said that "it's going down the toilet/pan/drain" ;p
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Spidey has to go pee when he visits Dr Strange for help fighting shade :D

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Kevin Smith ruined Batman!

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What a bunch of potty mouths!

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@SC said:
" I believe the reason why Wolverine insists on visiting the little feral mutants X-Room, is more an indication of his indulgent self appeasing personality rather than how his body functions, even as you put it, his healing factor. At least this explains your status update from the other day G-Man....   
 
I think it also has something to do with Wolverine's more animalistic nature.  In this society there are some things that generally aren't really talked about - think about how many euphemisms there are just for peeing, to make it more socially acceptable when we have to excuse ourselves from company to go.  Wolverine gets around those because he doesn't really care about social norms - he is who is his, basic functions and all.   
 
@xerox-kitty
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Just what does Tony Stark do when he's "caught short" in his armour?

Break out a can opener and drain the main vein in an alley way??


lol!  
Didn't they make a joke about that in the first Iron Man movie? I'm pretty sure I remember a scene when Tony was drunk and he asks that question, then pees in the suit.  
I know the movies aren't necessarily canon, but it did make sense.