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[[caption-width-right:350:Who knew bath time could be so much fun?]]

->The water's just fine, everybody in the tub. / I love to make waves... and watch the faucet run. / I love the way that I feel when I'm done. / There's nothing much better for good clean fun than rub-a-dub-dub, everybody in the tub. Rub-a-dub-dub, everybody in the tub!
-->-- "Everybody in the Tub", ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''

A work promotes the idea that taking a bath can be fun. This is usually in shows, books or other works for very young children, though there's no law that says that it has to be. It may be because one of the characters on the show HatesBaths, or is simply a reluctant bather; in other cases, it may just be that they're trying to get in their daily {{Aesop}}.

This is a relatively new idea - there was a time when bathing was actually considered unsanitary or potentially dangerous for certain religious reasons. It only really came about when it was more universally recognized as healthy and parents needed ways to encourage reluctant kids to take their daily or nightly bath.

[[IThoughtItMeant If you were thinking]] [[TwoPersonPoolParty something dirty]] about the meaning of this trope, forget it. This is about characters having fun getting ''clean''. It doesn't have anything to do with anything dirty, other than any mud or grit that might be removed.


* The late 50s/early60s gave us Soaky, a bubble bath that had the tagline "More fun than getting dirty." The selling point was that the containers were in the off-model shape of notable cartoon characters (when the container is empty, it becomes a toy, according to the jingle), and the pairing of some of the commercials were quite bizarre: [[WesternAnimation/TheDeputyDawgShow Muskie Muskrat]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy]], [[WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow Alvin]] and WesternAnimation/MightyMouse, and ComicBook/{{Superman}} and [[WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales Tennessee Tuxedo]]. An even earlier spot had the product's mascot, the Soaky Kid, making phone calls to [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Porky Pig]] and DonaldDuck.
** Mr. Bubble was a product that came later but did not feature cartoon stars as their pitchers.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* From time-to-time in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** At the start of the film ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight''", Goku and Gohan are seen taking a bath together.
** In one episode of the Buu Saga, [[spoiler:After [[BigBad Kid Buu]] is killed by Goku, and [[HeelFaceTurn Majin Buu is reformed]]]], Goku is seen rough-housing with Goten and Trunks (and eventually Gotenks) as the three of them take a bath together.
** In a very rare, special OVA that [[ClipShow retells the story of the Cell Games, and the Otherworld Tournament]], Gohan and Goten are seen taking a Bath. [[TheBusCameBack Goku (who is still dead) appears via Instant Transmission]] and joins them as well.
* Zatch from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' loves taking baths. One episode even has him innocently asking Tia if she wanted to join him for one. Tia, {{Tsundere}} [[FieryRedhead as she is]], outright refuses.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Straw Hat Pirates' ship, the Thousand Sunny, has a huge bath. WordOfGod is that the male crew members sometimes get in together for a rowdy "bath party". [[TokenMiniMoe Chopper]] is often invited to bathe with the female members, but he prefers to bathe with the guys because they just have much more fun. Much earlier, Luffy and Usopp also have lots of fun in the Alabasta royal bath by running around, splashing water on each other, pretending to train and joining in on the other guys when they try to peep at the girls' bath.
* On ''Anime/SuzysZooDaisukiWitzy'', in "Bath Time Fun," Witzy and Boof have fun playing in the bathroom, though they never do actually get in the tub. Their "bath" ends up consisting of a patch of soap bubbles created in when Boof spills soap on the floor.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' WesternAnimation/{{Pixar Short|s}} ''Partysaurus Rex'', Bonnie of the [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 third film]] takes Rex with her into the bathroom for her bath and they have a good time with her bath toys. After that, he gets left behind and ends up helping the other toys to have a party. An officially licensed clip can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EuIo8VqHjs here]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Music/JohnLennon is playing with submarines while taking a bubble bath in ''[[Film/AHardDaysNight A Hard Day's Night]]''.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ward is very happy to be able to take a hot bath. His sore muscles after a training fight against his aunt may have something to do with it, but he also expresses gratitude for his servants' carrying and heating the water.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} D.W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners]]'' (later retitled ''D.W. Says Please and Thank You'' for paperback), the title character is shown in the bath holding a toy mermaid in one hand, a rubber duck in the other, and splashing Mrs. Read and Pal. She states that at night, it's not nice to complain about taking a bath or brushing your teeth and you can play while you get clean, but sometimes she plays a little too hard.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the hobbits sing a bath song after arriving at Frodo's new house in Buckland, and have a lot of fun splashing around in the tubs. "Sing hey! For the bath at close of day..."
* In the backstory of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the protagonist's grandfater Alannon loved baths so much that he got his wives to build him a bathhouse, even though they, being simple soldiers, had no idea how to do that. Apparently they succeeded, as Jerin uses the bathhouse at the beginning of the narrative. It is implied that having an extra room for taking baths is a luxury, and the characters enjoy it accordingly. As with the LOTR example above, much of the enjoyment is derived from a bath being a luxury one cannot afford every day, or a large percentage of the population can only afford very rarely.
* ''Literature/LittleCritter'''s ''Just Me in the Tub'' depicts the things Little Critter does to get ready for his bath and then him having fun in it, though only after he washes.
** The first book in the series, ''Just For Yu (You)'', also has a scene where Little Critter having so much fun in a bath he splashes water everywhere when pretending there's a storm at sea, to which his mother is not amused.
--> I wanted to not splash in my bath just for you... but there was a storm.
* In the ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' book, ''Why Does It Have to Rain?'' (part of the ''Winnie the Pooh's Thinking Spot'' series) shows Piglet outside in a bathtub during a rain shower, holding a scrub brush in one hand, a sponge in the other, and telling Pooh how much he loves taking a bath in the rain.
* ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Maisy-Takes-Bath-Lucy-Cousins/dp/0763610844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350745751&sr=1-1&keywords=maisy+takes+a+bath Maisy Takes a Bath]]'', from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Maisy}}'' books, and also made into a TV story, features the main character, Maisy Mouse, trying to take a bubble bath. She keeps getting interrupted by her friend Tallulah the chicken, who wants her to come over and play. Eventually Tallulah brings over some toys and hops into Maisy's bath [[BathtubBonding and the two have fun playing together.]] Reader reaction to this seems to vary greatly based on what cultural taboos they were raised with. In some families, though, it's not unusual two bathe two siblings of similar age together even if they're boy and girl, and in some regions a kid coming over for a sleepover may be bathed with the home kid without anyone even batting an eye. In some cases, though, the reaction isn't based on this so much as that Tallulah's behavior is considered pushy.
* ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Huggly-Takes-Bath-Picture-Books/dp/0750028963/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350756952&sr=1-1&keywords=huggly+takes+a+bath Huggly Takes a Bath]]'' is a picture book in which the main character, Huggly: The Monster Under the Bed, wanders into the bathroom and discovers the bathub. He pours in some bubble bath, which he believes to "magic slime" and has fun with all the bubbles and then covering himself with bubbles to make himself look like a "snow monster."
* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' (part of the ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series), the captain of the B Ark (a ship of the damned destined to crash into Earth and plant the seeds of the human race) spends most if not all of the voyage in a bathtub in the center of the ship's bridge and endorses the idea that "You're never alone with a rubber duck."
** This was a kind of AuthorAppeal for Douglas Adams, a big fan of baths on account of being a RidiculousProcrastinator of legendary proportions. Baths were one of his favourite methods of wasting time.
* In ''[[Literature/PigeonSeries The Pigeon Needs a Bath!]]'', the Pigeon is very dirty and smelly and needs a bath, but doesn't want to have one at first. Once he finally comes around, however, he finds that he loves it and stays in it for at least ten hours.
* The 2015 Franchise/DisneyPrincess picture book ''Bath Time with Ariel'' shows scenes of Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' having fun in the water, each followed by a scene of a kid having fun in the bath.
* The children's graphic novel ''Patrick Eats His Peas and Other Stories'' by Geoffrey Hayes, a Toon Book features a story titled ''Patrick Takes a Bath''. In the story, Patrick doesn't want to take a bath at first-- "You'd think I was dirty or something!" Once he gets in, however, he has a lot of fun with toys and bubble bath, but is upset that his mother keeps interrupting him and when he gets out, he complains about having "wasted all that time taking that dumb bath," even though he clearly had a good time.
* [[http://www.readthatagain.com/by_topic/bathtime_01.html This here]] gives a good list of some picture books about this topic, though not all of them specifically promote the aesop.
* ''{{Literature/Holes}}'': The inmates of Camp Green Lake consider bathing the best time of the day because they finally get to cool off from the heat... for only four minutes. In the companion guide book, one of the inmates tried to extend the bath time by suggesting the shower shut off for one minute to apply soap (making it five minutes long with four minutes of water), but instead the Warden used the shutoff to turn it into a four minute shower with only three minutes of water. Needless to say, the rest of camp ''hated'' him after that.
* Everything about the description of bath in the Prefects' Bathroom in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' sounds like it'd be amazing magical fun. It has taps that run water of all different colors, as well as taps that provide "pink and blue bubbles the size of footballs," ice-white foam that might support your weight and heavily perfumed purple clouds. It is also massive, but takes hardly any time to fill. Unfortunately, Harry is unable to properly enjoy it because A.) He's concerned about figuring out his Triwizard Tournament egg clue and B.) He ends up with Moaning Myrtle the ghost in there, and gets a nasty shock from her watching him before she helps him to figure out the clue.
* The picture book ''Fozzie's Bubble Bath'', a ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' book described as a Muppets Picture Reader depicts Fozzie arriving at Kermit's house covered in blue paint and being told that he needs a bath. He runs a bath with bubbles and after grabbing a rubber duck comments that "baths are fun."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the sixth season of the U.S. ''[[Series/DragonsDen Shark Tank]]'', two entrepreneurs presented [=SoapSox=], a machine-washable toy to help make bathing fun for kids, which combined a plush toy with a washcloth. They came up the idea while working in child care when they encountered a kid who refused to bathe because he wasn't allowed to bring his plush toy into the bathtub. The company had some fairly good sales and the Sharks seemed to like a lot of what they heard about the company, but disliked the stated valuation and heard certain other issues that they weren't comfortable with. Ultimately, they were made an offer by Daymond John, but he wanted 33% of their company when they were only offering 10%. They admitted they were hoping to get a deal with him and countered at 15%. Lori and Robert then made an offer a million dollars to simply buy them out, but this idea didn't interest them. Ultimately, they decided to decline both offers, electing to keep their business entirely to themselves. Despite this, their [[http://www.soapsoxkids.com official website]] still offered a ''Shark Tank'' promotion good till a week after the episode's original airdate.
* In the premiere episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Neelix was over-the-moon when he went to ''Voyager'' for the first time and was offered a bath by Tuvok. ''Water'' was scarce in that region of the Delta Quadrant, the idea of immersing himself in water to get clean was something completely foreign to Neelix. Captain Janeway was also known to have a bathtub in personal quarters on ''Voyager'' and when she and Chakotay were stuck on a planet they dubbed New Earth with an illness that only stayed dormant on that planet without the cure, Chakotay built her one.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'': "Rubber duckie, you're the one / You make bath time lots of fun..."
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'': "Sometimes I splash too much, / I hope I won't get in trouble, / cause when I take a bath it's so much fun watching bubble after bubble after bubble..."

* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' CD and cassette [[http://www.amazon.com/Splish-Splash-Bath-Time-Fun/dp/B00000HXSD Splish, Splash, Bath-time Fun]].
* [[http://www.amazon.com/Bath-Time-Sing-Along-Various-Artists/dp/B000CCXCU6/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1349844401&sr=1-3&keywords=bath Bathtime Sing-along]] by Fisher Price
* And [[http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D173425&field-keywords=baby+bath=n%3A5174%2Cn%3A!301668%2Cn%3A173425%2Ck%3Ababy+bath any of a number of albums]] with music targeted at baby bathtime.
* Joanie Bartels's album "Bathtime Magic," seems to be targeted at kids around three to six and includes both takes on familiar classics like "Yellow Submarine" and new ones, such as "Bubble Bath."
* "Public Bath" by Music/ShonenKnife.
* "In the Bath" by Music/FlandersAndSwann.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* A [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]] and Muppet show, ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' had a song called "Everybody in the Tub" in which all of the main characters sang about how great bathtime was. The writers seemed to enjoy this song / segment, because they had a tendency to whip it out whenever they needed to fill some time - it was used in at least seven different episodes of the show.
* ''Series/ThePajanimals'', another Muppet (Creature Shop) show, has a "Bathtime Boogie" song.
* One episode of ''Series/AllegrasWindow'' has Allegra teaching this to her best friend Lindi, who, being a dog, {{hates baths}}.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** Sing with Ernie now!
--->'''♪[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh85R-S-dh8 Rubber Ducky, you're the one, You make bath time lots of fun, Rubber Ducky, I'm awfully fond of you!]]♪'''
** ''Sesame Street'' additionally had numerous segments and songs promoting baths, such as "Baby Bear's Bath Song", and "Do De Rubber Duck" which has Ernie joined by many friends in the bath tub as they sing and do a reggae dance.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Stretch Has A Problem", Miss Brooks' "feet were ready to come off" after participating in a snake dance. The rally was held in honor of the Madison High School basketball team's departure to the state tournament. The sore and tired Miss Brooks spends the rest of the episode trying to take a bath. Alas, she's continually interrupted by somebody coming to the door before she can get into the tub:
-->'''Miss Brooks:''' ''[singing, while filling the bathtub with water]'' Singing in the bathtub, nothing can go wrong. Singing in the bathtub....
-->''[doorbell rings]''
-->'''Miss Brooks:''' ''[singing]'' [[DeadpanSnarker Oh, I should live so long!]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF: Advent Dark Force'', in the [[spoiler:Vile God timeline]] in ''Advent Dark Force'', your party visits the Dasuhiro Plains, which has a hot springs. When Sherman makes note of this, Eryn eagerly suggests that they should stop by on their way back. Fang mocks her for "getting all excited at the idea of taking a bath" like a little kid, but Sherman says everyone needs to relax once in a while. Ethel comments that she likes baths, but Fang still wants nothing to do with it, until Bahus mentions that he found some eggs which he could make into hot spring eggs, at which point Fang is [[ThroughHisStomach totally on-board]].
-->'''Fang''': Are you serious!? Woohoooo! Hot spring eggs are the best!
-->'''Eryn''': Now who's the little kid...?

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/NiklasAndFriends'': The story "Summer Storm" ends with Keith and Martin taking a bath together, which, after an awkward start, results in both boys happily playing.
* ''Webcomic/YoungerDays'': several comics feature Max and Sam enjoying baths together.
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' Millie is shown playing and/or issuing subtle political commentary in the tub fairly often.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* If you try searching something like "bath fun" or "tub fun" on Website/YouTube, you'll find numerous videos of children having fun in the bath. Yes, this is legal.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]] (later Disney Junior) series ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'' had a song called "Bathtime" (also released on one of the show's soundtrack albums) in which the star character and her pet lion Goliath sing about how much fun bathtime is.
* Another Playhouse Disney show, ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', subverts this by having Peanut and Jelly in the bath singing about how fun it is. Then, however, their little sister Baby Butter doesn't want to take a bath, so they find a creative way to make it fun for her. This leads to some full frontal nudity, [[BarbieDollAnatomy although it doesn't mean much]], considering the diaper she typically wears is more than what most of the rest of the cast wears.
* Disney Junior also has an interstitial segment in which a woman sings about how much taking a bath is and Mrs. Potts from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is shown encouraging Chip to take a bath. "Let's take a bath. A bubbly bubbly bath. Just get in, the water's fine, we'll splash and wash and have a good time... Getting clean is so much fun..."
* In "The Old [=SwitcheRoo=]" on ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', Roo didn't want to have a bath and Tigger convinced him that baths were "the end." In the end, Kanga got them in the bath ("scrubbly bubbly") and Tigger realized the truth about baths. "You get, you get... you get ''clean''." Roo declares that it's fun and Tigger admits that he was wrong, though he was right about one thing... it is... the end. (And the episode ends.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' had Caillou not liking baths in one episode, but then his Mom put some bubbles and bath toys in and made it fun. This was later memorialized in a song for one of the show's music albums.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' shows that Blossom and Bubbles both enjoy taking baths. Buttercup however [[HatesBaths does not]], and so she refuse to take a bath. It's only after she's run out of town by the angry citizens and a monster refuses to fight her both because she smells so bad that she reluctantly agrees to take a bath.
* The "In My Bath" song from ''[[WesternAnimation/SpotTheDog Spot the Dog]]'' has Spot playing in his bath and imagining it to be a big sea on which he can sail his boat.
* When [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]] switch places with a couple of babies of the suburban couple only seen below the knees, they see bath time is a high point (to Dad in particular) - that means everyone in the tub, including Grandpa.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'' was dedicated to bathing the titular beast after he gets muddy. He didn't mind though; he loves baths.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'' titled "Paint Job". The tools make a mess of things and end up getting covered in paint. In the next scene, they are in a tub of soap and water as Manny cleans them up. They are heard laughing and playing during their bath.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallyKazam'':
** The [[AnAesop Aesop]] of "How to Bathe Your Dragon." Wally even says straight up to his dragon, Norville, that "baths are fun."
** In "The Bathmobile," Norville has apparently learned his lesson so well that he is in charge of the titular bathmobile along with Wally and helps to tempt others into the bath with bath toys and such.
* ''Literature/LittleBear'' had "Family Bath Time" in which Little Bear and his parents all enjoy a warm bubble bath together in a metal washtub in the living room. It was originally just Father Bear's bath, but then Little Bear jumped in. Later, they both pulled in Mama Bear, still in her clothes. (She being the only one of them to wear any.)
* On ''WesternAnimation/BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou'', Jake the fox kit is said to [[HatesBaths hate baths]]. However, in "Soaped!, once he's in the soapy fountain water...
-->'''Jake''': (''splashing and scrubbing'') Why didn't you tell me taking a bath was so much fun?
* "Timmy Needs a Bath" from ''WesternAnimation/TimmyTime'' focuses on Timmy trying to avoid one. Eventually, however, he permits his teddy bear to go into the bath, however. Then, once he gets in, he splashes and has fun.
* On the PBS animated version of ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'', George generally tries to avoid baths when possible, however, it's shown that he can be lured into the bathtub with his bath toys, which help to make bathing fun for him. He also likes bubbles, but particularly likes his toy frog, Sproingy.
* On the Creator/AmazonStudios series ''WesternAnimation/CreativeGalaxy'', one installment revolves around the show's protagonist, Arty, making his own bath crayons so he won't be bored and have fun in the bath.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', Todd relaxes and unwinds by eating macaroni and cheese in the bathtub. When he goes to visit his Aunt Izzie to dig for dinosaur bones, he's sad because she has no bathtub, only a shower. So Sophie invents a mobile bathtub called the "bathomobile."
* In "Think or Swim" on ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'', it's a really hot day in Fairytale Forest, and Goldie, Bear and Humpty Dumpty all want to go swimming, but are shocked by the long line for the pool. They end up at the Giant's house, where they discover his large bathtub and decide to fill it up, against Humpty's advice. They end up creating a giant bubble bath and sing a song called "Fun in the Tub" as they're doing it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is a thriving industry of bathtime-related products trying to convince you or your children of just this, and in many cases doing a very good job of it. In addition to the normal bubble bath, there are also things like ''Series/SesameStreet'' [[http://www.amazon.com/Sesame-Street-Fizzy-Color-Tablets/dp/B001250T76/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349844190&sr=1-1&keywords=bath+fizzies bath fizzy colors]] and [[http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Toys-Kids-Bath-Crayons/dp/B000ICNZR0/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_4 bath crayons]].
* [[http://voices.yahoo.com/7-creative-things-add-childrens-baths-1347557.html This]] lists seven fun things that can be added to a child's bath.
* If you have to go without shower or bath for a long time, you will appreciate your first bath after that very much indeed. Very cold or very hot weather can have this effect, too, with regard to a hot or cold bath, respectively.
* Pretty much Truth in Television for all cultures where the normal method of getting clean was or is to use a bucket of water and a sponge or piece of cloth.