Created By: chihuahua0October 7, 2010 Last Edited By: chihuahua0October 20, 2010
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Skinny Dipping is swimming, but without the swimsuit. In the nude.

Usually, this is used in fiction for several reasons.

As mentioned above, Skinny Dipping is Truth In Television. It was a common practice back before the 1950's or so when swimsuits were impracical. It is still done today, though.

Related to Naked People Are Funny. Often the prelude to a Two Person Pool Party. Can result to Naked People Trapped Outside. Super-trope to Gone Swimming Clothes Stolen. Contrast Non Nude Bathing.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • In the first episode of Turn A Gundam, Loran goes skinny dipping in a river and gets swept away by the current. He's rescued by a couple of girls who also happen to be skinny dipping downstream.
  • Umisho is all about this.

Comic Books

  • Elf Quest has had one or two scenes where the elves swim and sunbathe in various states of undress, including total of course.
  • Happens in Bone.

Film

  • The first victim of the Shark in Jaws is a female skinny dipping.
  • Forbidden Planet. Commander Adams visits Altaira while she's swimming by herself.
Altaira: Come on in!
Adams: Didn't bring my bathing suit.
Altaira: What's a bathing suit?
Adams: Oh, murder!

Literature

  • In The Great Brain all the boys go skinny dipping in the local pond on a regular basis. One summer it was so hot even the grown men went, crowding the boys out. (Girls and women had to stay at home in their large heavy period dresses and sweat the summer out.)
  • In Robert A Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, Lazarus Long, 2000 years in the future, has to explain to his daughters / sisters / clones that people in the 20th Century actually wore clothes while swimming. They don't understand why anyone would.
  • In the book series Soup the narrator and the titular character skinny dips in the book Soup and Me. However, their clothes are stolen and they are forced to "borrow" dresses to cover themselves up.
  • In the Newbery book On My Honor this is an important plot point, because the protaganist Joel loses his friend Tony, who drowns (since this is a Newbery book).
  • In Trial By Journal, one character does this in the hotel pool at night.

Live-Action TV

  • Veronica Mars does it in one episode.
  • On Smallville, Clark had a fantasy about Lana and him skinny dipping in the epsiode "Slumber".
  • The opening of Petticoat Junction shows the girls skinnydipping in the water tank. In fact that's how that particular location gets its (unofficial) name, from the girls' petticoats draped over the side of the tank.
  • In Modern Family we learn that when she was a teenager Claire was caught by the police skinny-dipping in a neighbor's pool.

Western Animation

  • On Ren And Stimpy, Stimpy invites Ren to go skinny dipping while camping. Since they were already naked, this involved taking off their furs. They are then joined (to their great horror) by a whithered old man who just loves skinny dipping. And then by the man's wife, to their even greater horror. The old man later appears through the episode, practicing such activities as skinny stomping and skinny slapping.
  • Mulan has the title character taking a bath in the middle of the night so as not to reveal her identity. Hilarity ensues when she discovers that some of the other soldiers had the same idea.

Real Life

  • Before the 1960's, it was a common practice for boys in the YMCA to swim naked in the pools, [1] because swimsuits were impracical back then.
  • Similar to the above, it was a common practice for high school swimmers to swim nude during swimming practice, including Catholic high schoolers.
  • Even some US presidents were avid skinny dippings. Some of them included John Quincy Adams and Theodore Roosevelt.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • October 7, 2010
    LeeM
    Elf Quest has had one or two scenes where the elves swim and sunbathe in various states of undress, including total of course.
  • October 7, 2010
    ShadowAI
    I recall Clark had a fantasy about Lana and him skinny dipping in one episode of Smallville
  • October 8, 2010
    foxley
    Veronica Mars does it in one episode.
  • October 8, 2010
    DracMonster
    Um, [Citation Needed] on the real life ones? High school swimmers naked? In a Catholic school? In a time when married people had separate beds on TV? Also, "the pools wouldn't be able to support the swimsuits"? The sentence doesn't make sense.

    I'm not calling you a liar, but what are the sources on those?
  • October 8, 2010
    evilneko
    Which Metroid game does Samus skinny dip in? :P
  • October 8, 2010
    LeeM
    ^^Ahem. somebody's put Elf Quest in the wrong category in the header.
  • October 8, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • On Ren And Stimpy, Stimpy invites Ren to go skinny dipping while camping. Since they were already naked, this involved taking off their furs. They are then joined (to their great horror) by a whithered old man who just loves skinny dipping. And then by the man's wife, to their even greater horror. The old man later appears through the episode, practicing such activities as skinny stomping and skinny slapping.
    • Mulan has the title character taking a bath in the middle of the night so as not to reveal her identity. Hilarity ensues when she discovers that some of the other soldiers had the same idea.
  • October 8, 2010
    Kinitawowi
    Often the prelude to a Two Person Pool Party.
  • October 8, 2010
    chihuahua0
    Okay, I got the real life examples on Wikipedia. Let me add a link there.

    EDIT: The Wikipedia page seems to have a large amount of examples. Do you think it would be okay to copy and paste them all here?
  • October 8, 2010
    dotchan
    Doesn't skinny dipping in Jaws lead to someone becoming shark food?
  • October 8, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • In The Great Brain all the boys go skinny dipping in the local pond on a regular basis. One summer it was so hot even the grown men went, crowding the boys out. (Girls and women had to stay at home in their large heavy period dresses and sweat the summer out.)
    • The opening of Petticoat Junction shows the girls skinnydipping in the water tank. In fact that's how that particular location gets its (unofficial) name, from the girls' petticoats draped over the side of the tank.
  • October 8, 2010
    Fanra
    In Robert A Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, Lazarus Long, 2000 years in the future, has to explain to his daughters / sisters / clones that people in the 20th Century actually wore clothes while swimming. They don't understand why anyone would.
  • October 9, 2010
    JoeG
    In Modern Family we learn that when she was a teenager Claire was caught by the police skinny-dipping in a neighbor's pool.
  • October 9, 2010
    UnclGhost
    Happens in Bone.
  • October 9, 2010
    Stratadrake
    May overlap with a Polar Bear Club.
  • October 9, 2010
    Evilest_Tim
    It's also a typical way to set up Something Bad Happening by making the character as defenceless as possible; it's frequently used to that effect in slasher or creature movies.
  • October 10, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • Forbidden Planet. Commander Adams visits Altaira while she's swimming by herself.
    Altaira: Come on in!
    Adams: Didn't bring my bathing suit.
    Altaira: What's a bathing suit?
    Adams: Oh, murder!
    • A Polar Bear Club example appears in 1941 when a woman goes swimming naked off the California coast during World War 2 and winds up in a close encounter with an Japanese submarine. She's played by the same actress who was eaten while Skinny Dipping in Jaws.
  • October 10, 2010
    AP
  • October 10, 2010
    JohnDiFool
    Can't forget Dragonslayer and the skinny-dipping scene between Valerian and Galen, which also had a nice helping of Samus Is A Girl for good measure.
  • October 10, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • October 11, 2010
    Arivne
  • October 14, 2010
    chihuahua0
    Should I change the title of this to Nude Swimming and turn Skinny Dipping to a redirect?
  • October 15, 2010
    evilneko
    Why bother? The terms are synonymous, and Skinny Dipping is less...boring.
  • October 15, 2010
    chihuahua0
    I'll be lauching this soon if there're no objections.
  • October 15, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Skinny Dipping is the established phrase, we should use it.
  • October 15, 2010
    evilneko
    In the first episode of Turn A Gundam, Loran goes skinny dipping in a river and gets swept away by the current. He's rescued by a couple of girls who also happen to be skinny dipping downstream.
  • October 19, 2010
    MisterTimor
    Umisho is all about this.
  • October 19, 2010
    evilneko
  • October 20, 2010
    chihuahua0
    Okay! <3

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