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->''"Splish, splash\\
I was takin' a bath\\
Long about a Saturday night.\\
Rub-a-dub\\
Just relaxin' in the tub\\
Thinkin' everything was all right...."''
-->-- '''Music/BobbyDarin'''

One of the most simple forms of {{Fanservice}} is having an attractive female or male spend a small amount of screen time in the tub. Many films usually use this as an easy excuse for nudity. Even though they are not very necessary, bathtub scenes usually seem to sneak their way into many forms of media even though most of the time they're unnecessary to the plot. If they do advance the plot, that's often due to a [[DeadlyBath deadly twist]].

When a bubble bath is involved, the BathKick is probably close by. Can include [[CandlelitBath candles]] and CensorSuds usually come in. This trope is a variation of the ShowerScene. See FuroScene for the Japanese variation.

Also see the BathingTropes index for the many variants that can occur once someone gets in the tub.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the second episode of ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'', main protagonist Mylene Hoffman is taking a bubble bath, but is interrupted and sent on a mission.
* In ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Japan gets one in season five.
* The episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' narrated by Chiyo shows snippets of what her fellow main characters are doing at the end of the day. Osaka is relaxing in the tub... which hides everything but her appendages.
* The ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' movie known as Project Eden has our two heroines stop in the middle of their mission in an abandoned mine for them to engage in small talk while they have baths in a room that conveniently had multiple bathtubs filled with hot soapy water, but then becomes a significant plot point when they are attacked by alien-like creatures and are forced to retreat with just a ModestyTowel for the rest of the movie.
* Bulma from ''Manga/DragonBall'' has a bubble bath in the second episode and is then seen naked by Goku, who makes comments about her cleavage, [[CensorSuds which is covered by the bubbles]], and says it looks like a butt. She also has one in a filler scene in episode 49 of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' during the Frieza Saga where she is in a capsule house in the bathtub talking to her father on a radio.
* In ''Anime/FairyTail'', Lucy gets these all the time, one time with Cana in the same bathtub.
* Episode 6 of ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' has one, when Ryou and Kirin attempted to wash away the sweat from the summer heat.
* Pretty much every episode of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' contains someone having a bath. It's usually Yuno, but it has been Sae, Hiro, Miyako, and Yoshinoya-sensei. One episode had short snippets of each one singing part of the first season theme song, but most often, whoever it is says something referring to what happened. By contrast, [[AdaptationExpansion such scenes are few and far between in the manga]].
* "Battle Tendency", the 2nd part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a bathtub scene with Lisa Lisa after [=JoJo=] defeats AC/DC. The anime version definitely increased the FanService.
* In the wartime GirlsLove manga series ''Manga/KuroganePukapukaTai'', there's an unwilling one where stinky U-Boat captain Nina Stortebeker is hauled off and thrown in the tub before being scrubbed with a long-handled broom. Played for fanservice, naturally.
* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'' always ends with tween Saga and the titular character sharing a bubble bath as they reflect on the events of the episode. The CensorSuds keep it clean.
* Many episodes of ''Manga/MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' include a scene with the title character in the bath tub. One scene involved one of her students attempting to join her. Yeah, it's that kind of an anime.
* Meg in episode 3 of ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan''; she take a shower also. Special mention to episode 23 where DirtyOldMan Chou-san rigged Megu's bathtub with wheels, causing it to race around the city while Megu was bathing.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has a few bathtub scenes primarily used to show introspection on behalf of the characters of Misato and Asuka. Both of their respective scenes are part fanservice, part "What I am doing with my life everything is crazy" rants.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'' Esmeraude had a bathscene where she was talking to her boss. A lot is actually shown, in comparison to her closed-up outfit.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Blair first appears in a bubbly bathtub scene in which Soul [[LandingInSomeonesBathtub lands in her bathtub]] during the first episode.
** Blair has another in episode 4.
** Tsubaki has one in a wooden bathtub in episode 14.
* ''SquidGirl'' has a couple of quick ones: When Squid Girl is sick, one of the remedies they attempt before finding out what the illness is is a soak in hot & cold water. The other is an ImagineSpot where Sanae imagines what she could do with something that makes you invisible... such as watch Squid Girl bathe.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' starts with Rito taking a bath when the female alien Lala Satalin Deviluke ends up transported naked into Rito bathtub where he is shocked and mesmerized by her naked body. The series has many scene in the bathtub.
** UpToEleven in the sequel ''Darkness'' since the first chapter where Rito took a bath when Momo Bella Deviluke, Lala's lustful younger sister, comes naked into the bath and start talk with him.
* The vampire villain, Camula, has a short scene in the bath after she sends her bats to spy on various duellists in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Her entire role is very much played for fanservice, being the only attractive female to appear up to that point (except Asuka).
* ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' has many with the BathingBeauty Colonel Felme who even has bathed in an AwkwardlyPlacedBathtub.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/PhantomLady would occasionally end her adventures with a nice hot bath, and bubbles. Back in 1942.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/RedDust'' provides one of the most iconic examples, possibly the TropeMaker, in which Creator/JeanHarlow takes a bath in a rain barrel, and neglects to use the modesty curtains, much to Creator/ClarkGable's consternation.
* A non-Fanservice example occurs in ''Film/FattysTintypeTangle'', a silent slapstick film in which Creator/FattyArbuckle accidentally intrudes on his domineering mother-in-law in the bath. She is horrified, but he just laughs at her.
* ''Film/{{Slither}}'' has one which is used a lot as promotion for the movie ([[JustHereForGodzilla being the only reason to see it]]).
** The original 1976 movie ''Shivers'' (on which ''Sliver'' is at least partially based)has a bathtub scene where the parasite comes up through the plughole and then slithers up between the unheeding girls's legs... well, what do you expect, David Crounenburg directed it....
* The title character of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'' has a bathtub scene in the 1976 version, where she washes all the pig's blood off her in the bathtub equivalent of a ShowerOfAngst.
* There's a bathtub scene in ''Film/PrettyWoman'' for [[Creator/JuliaRoberts Vivian]] to enjoy the five-star accomodations, that works kinda sorta as {{Fanservice}}, though only her head and one of her legs are showing for most of the scene.
* In ''Film/TheTruthAboutCatsAndDogs'', Creator/JaneaneGarofalo and Ben Chaplin have a SplitScreenPhoneCall, each in a separate bubble bath. In this case, the CensorSuds also cover Garofalo's tattoos.
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' has Ally Sheedy (as Stephanie Speck) relaxing in the bathtub as Number 5 comes in to show he is still alive.
* ''BlackSwan'' has one, but it soon turns into FanDisservice.
* In ''In A Dark Place'', Creator/LeeleeSobieski's character Anna enjoys taking scented baths and showing her [[ToplessnessFromTheBack sexy back]] to the camera.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty interrupts Biff with two BuxomBlondes while they are watching ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' in a hot tub, to ask about [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin Gray's Sports Almanac]].
* In ''Original Sin'', AngelinaJolie and Antonio Banderas take a bath together in a tin tub. Jolie's breasts are readily visible. In a case of BestKnownForTheFanservice, this and the actual sex scene are probably the only things anyone takes away from the film.
* In ''Film/OutOfSight'', as escaped bank robber Jack Foley soaks in a tub, US Marshal Karen Sisco confronts him. After clearly eying his nether regions (his eyes are closed and he's presumably unaware of her presence), she leans over to kiss him, eventually climbing into the tub with him before it's revealed that she's dreaming.
* Creator/CindyCrawford has one in the 1999 ([[TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment but released in 2001]]) movie ''The Simian Line''. Unfortunately for her male and lesbian fans, those damned CensorSuds come into play - especially when she stands up to put her towel on.
* Fifty year old [[BigBeautifulMan Tuco]] had this in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''... which doubles with NakedPeopleAreFunny when a vengeful bounty hunter (that Tuco had shot in the hand earlier) bursts in on him and starts yapping at him about his victory. He delivers a long speech about how he tracked Tuco down, and how he had lots of time to learn to shoot with his left hand... which is cut off when Tuco shoots him with a gun hidden under the bathtub bubbles.
-->'''Tuco:''' When you gotta shoot, shoot, don't talk.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Eliza has a HeroicBSOD after becoming violently ill on a plane and then getting recorded with puke spilling all over her. So she sits in her bathtub drinking ginger ale and on her phone, asking her faux-friends to comfort her and getting nothing.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Used as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the Season 3 premiere. Seeing Cordy is in pain and distraught over yet another vision, her resident ghost prepares a [[SceneryCensor nice foamy bath]] and scrubs her back with a loofah.
* ''Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction'': The protagonist of "The Getaway", when she's on the phone with her neighbor.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Emergency}}'', a woman calls Johnny and Roy to get her young daughter out of a locked bathroom. Turns out the young daughter was a young '''WOMAN''' in her 20s... with her toe stuck in the tub spigot! Roy applies some soap to her stuck toe, popping it out with ease.
* ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'': Has one bathtub scene with Tenkaichi, though it does show off the fact he ''never'' takes his hat off.
* ''Film/{{Hawking}}'': Has a few. The context is a bit sad - the character in question is an IllBoy testing his lung capacity - but not quite sad enough to turn wet BenedictCumberbatch into FanDisservice.
* ''The Invisible Woman'': Alexa Hamilton has a bathtub scene after becoming invisible in this PilotMovie.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac has one in "A Tangled Webb (Part 2)" with SceneryCensor.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie gets one in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs episode 6]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': One episode shows Sarah shaving in the tub, when she accidentally cuts herself. Cue dramatic shot of blood in the water.
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'': Young Lord Tony Dewhurst (Creator/JamieBamber) has a bath in public, with several girls washing him. He's a bit ashamed and tries to protest, but MrFanservice has his duties. Comments from Tony's friends suggest that it might have lead to an off-screen ShowerOfLove and the loss of his virginity.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In the episode [[MirrorUniverse "Crossover"]], [[AlternateSelf Intendant Kira]] greets Major Kira as the Intendant is just coming out of her bath, escalating the [[ScrewYourself sexual]] [[LesYay tension]] of the scene.
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'': The entire shtick of Umeko/[[=DekaPink=]], rubber duckies and all.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Bill and Sookie bathe in an old-fashioned claw-footed bathtub after they have sex for the first time.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' features Grayza in a bathtub. She seduces Braca (and the audience) with the help of her aphrodisiac-producing gland and then pushes him away.
* The BBC version of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' shows us Colin Firth's back.
* Scully has a couple of these scenes in ''Series/TheXFiles''. And then of course in "[[Recap/TheXFilesS07E19HollywoodAD Hollywood A.D.]]" we get the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny scene]] in which Scully, Mulder, and Skinner [[SplitScreenPhoneCall talk on the phone]] while ALL in the bath.
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[[folder:Music]]
* CelineDion has one in her ''Misled'' video.
* Invoked in Music/BobbyDarin's song "Splish Splash." The bather winds up making a NakedFirstImpression due to being unaware that there's a dance party going on in the next room.
* Most of Creator/CindyCrawford's screen time in the video for Creator/GeorgeMichael's "Freedom '90" is spent in a bathtub.
* Music/{{AOA}}'s dance unit's "Miniskirt" video has member Hyejeong taking a bubble bath... right after taking a shower. Complete with CensorSuds and a BathKick.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The backglass of ''Pinball/JunkYard'' has a woman bathing. The obvious question, of course, is [[FridgeLogic why would she be bathing in a]] ''[[FridgeLogic junkyard]]''?
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Parodied in the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' prequel volume ''[[PunnyName On the Origins of PCs]]'', in which Haley's bath is interrupted and she complains about her {{fanservice}} scene being cut short. Note that this is a StickFigureComic (unusually well crafted and expressive stick figures, true, but even so, it requires a rather [[FreudWasRight active imagination]] to get turned on by them).
* ''SupernormalStep'' gives us a bathtub scene [[http://www.supernormalstep.com/archives/108 here]].
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', chapter 89: the (mostly) male cast of Season 2 has a bath and massage session, all for the purpose of characterization and foreshadowing. [[SincerityMode No, seriously.]]
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