Once more unto the beach.
Why does every anime series under the sun have to have a fan-service episode? An episode in which the cast all wander around in swimwear or less for no real reason? It's so low-brow. Pip:
Shall we confirm that by watching it again? Art:
The Beach Episode or Pool Episode is, simply put, an episode where the cast decided to take a break and go to the beach or a swimming pool for some wet and splashy fun.
Often combined with or immediately following a Recap Episode
, the Beach Episode exists solely for the purpose of getting the female (and sometimes males too) cast into bathing suits
for the fanboys
, beach episodes are usually (except for the romance genre in which it is part of the plot) considered extreme examples of filler
and treated accordingly
. Sometimes you'll meet the Surfer Dude
here. Also a good spot for a random Beauty Contest
. Smashing Watermelons
is a popular party game, as is volleyball. Also expect some Beachcombing
and someone getting buried in sand
Naturally, it also acts as a Breather Episode
Common in, but hardly limited to, anime series. Often shows up in Side Story Bonus Art
. In anime and live-action television, a Beach Episode might overlap with the Vacation Episode
, usually as a trip to a tropical locale. Expect one of the characters, usually a female, to exclaim "It's the ocean!" when the gang first arrives on the scene.
Cousin to the Hot Springs Episode
, which usually takes place in highlands. Often, the actual beach also gets replaced by a swimming pool.
Note: It sometimes occurs that the Beach Episode is interrupted by the actual plot of the story. For example, the heroes are taking their well deserved beach trip when the villains decide to show up and cause trouble
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Anime & Manga
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- The post-Zero Hour comic has a Beach Issue with Legionnaires #77, when most of the Legion takes a vacation on the resort planet Summer World. This was the outgoing creative team's swan song, giving the kids one last nice day of Silver Age-ity fun times before the incoming creative team would turn everything Darker and Edgier with a story called "Legion of the Damned." Sigh.
- In the general spirit of the trope, we also have Legionnaires #7, in which the kids take a vacation in Atlantis, allowing for much swimsuit fun.
- The second issue of the first ongoing Gen 13 comics series is a veritable beach/swimsuit extravaganza, made even more notable by the revelation of a major cast member as a homosexual.
- Gold Digger, already a fanservice-laden comic, has a "Summer Annual" of pinup beach pictures and short comics drawn by a variety of artists.
- Hellblazer. Subverted in that it quickly turns terrifying. Luckily it was All Just a Dream.
- Marvel had several Swimsuit Specials in the 90s featuring such exotic locales as Dinosaur Island, Madripoor, and the Dark Side of the Moon.
- A lighter issue of Strangers in Paradise takes place on the beach following a serious story arc.
- The main characters of Scott Pilgrim go to the beach in Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together. The sequence is the only coloured part of the otherwise black-and-white series.
- In the German comic Werner: Usually involves Flachköpper (head dives in shallow water).
- Les Légendaires:
- A brief scene where the protagonists are going to swim, including a scene with Jadina stealing Shimy's top swimsuit (which doesn't reveal much, considering they have the bodies of 10-year-old kids). The scene only last a few pages at the beginning of the Anathos Cycle, a saga basically put a nightmarish Cerebus Syndrome on the series.
- Hilariously parodied on a page of Book 13, with a postal card showing the Hellions posing in bathsuits on the beach with "Kiss from Hell" written.
- All-New Ultimates had all the female members hit the beach in issue 4.
- There is one of these in the Fanfiction More Than Human that actually advances the plot.
- Used in Seduction to advance the plot.
- In Kyon Big Damn Hero, the SOS Brigade has one of these arranged for the weekend after Kyon went back in time to create a massive stable time loop and getting 96 on a Math test.
- Ultimate Spider Woman: In between fighting supervillains and trying to juggle everything going on in her personal life, Mary Jane Watson needed a break. She got one at first... but then one of her enemies showed up and she was forced to don her Spider-Woman costume anyway. Go figure.
- The Prince's Rebellion Arc in One Piece: Parallel Works starts with the Capricorns going to the beach, but it ends with Yuki-Rin being led to the castle of the Arc Villain.
- A Growing Affection has a beach arc, in which a subset of the Konoha 11 go undercover to the beach to protect the Daimyo's daughter. Much later Naruto and Hinata spend a day relaxing at the waterfall lagoon after the Jonin Trials, until things take a turn for the worse.
- In the fourth part of Max Wolf Revolutions, there is a chapter named "Obligatory Filler Beach Chapter".
- The Naruto/TMNT crossover fic Teenage Jinchuriki Shinobi has the new team seven (Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Himeko, and Kin), Hinata, Kakashi, Kushina, the turtles and Splinter, and Casey Jones' family on one as break, and while the resort was legitimate, it turns out to be a trap set up by Kira and Sakyo.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Episode 13 takes place while the Lights and Bonnes are on vacation, and both Kalinka and Splash Woman act a bit sensually towards Mega Man. The girls are also in swimsuits.
- The Season 1 crossover episode of Zany To The Max starts out like this. If it wasn't for Jot finding that sign in the beginning, it probably would have remained one (and it wouldn't have been a crossover episode).
- A Buttons and Mindy segment in Season 1 takes place on a beach.
- The Season 2 episode "Sikko's Plan" involves Sikko inviting Coach Nurse and the Zarner siblings to the Warners' pool. Don't ask how the Warners can fit a pool in their water tower. They just can.
- Part of the episode "Wakko Takes the Challenge" takes place on a beach.
Films — Live-Action
- Consider the plethora of Beachy movies that came out in the '60s, nearly all, seemingly, starring Annette Funicello and/or Frankie Avalon. The list includes (but is not limited to) How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Beach Blanket Bingo, Bikini Beach, Muscle Beach Party, and the eponymous, Beach Party. Not much fanservice by today's standards, perhaps, but at the time, they were consider passably risqué.
- See also Gidget, its movie sequels, and the subsequent TV series.
- Into The Blue has Jessica Alba wearing a bikini, but, as Robot Chicken notes, not much of a plot.
- This is also pretty much the only thing one can say about Blue Crush.
- Club Paradise has an All-Star Cast of 1980's comic legends, and was probably made for this excuse.
- Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
- Summer Lovers is a Beach MOVIE, specifically, the beaches of Greece.
- Dates all the way back to 1895 and La Mer, one of the pioneering films shot by the Lumière brothers, which features five guys having fun jumping off a short pier into the water.
- Can a non-visual book have a Beach Episode? Apparently so! In Larry Bond's First Team series, the main character, basically a Cowboy Cop of spies, once refuses to meet his overseer anywhere but on a beach. In a Middle Eastern country where women's swimsuits come in only two sizes: tiny, and microscopic. And she does it! In another scene, one of his female agents is wearing a tiny Wicked Weasel bikini.
- Pizza has a Season 5 episode, Beach Pizza Parts 1 & 2. The day explodes into mayhem as pizza deliveries go wrong and Habib and Rocky accidentally start a riot with lifesavers. The media then interview Pauly and he is taken out of context and blamed as the instigator of the Cronulla Beach riot. So it is againts the Lebs vs. Aussies.
- In Smallville, Aqua, in which Clark, Chloe, Lana and Lois goes to the Crater Lake. Aquaman shows up to save Clark being The One Guy.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has its Jersey Shore episode where the gang goes to the beach for a relaxing vacation. Though it obviously does not go that well. Except maybe for Charlie.
- The Brady Bunch Season 4 opener in Hawaii is both textbook and an extended beach episode. Particularly with the scenes involving Greg surfing (and having his surfing accident), Greg later going girl watching and later the episode-clinching luau. Not much plot, as Barry Williams later pointed out in his autobiography "Growing Up Brady," although it was a great way to get guest star Vincent Price involved.
- An episode from later in Season 4, "Greg's Triangle," features Greg's babelicious (but conniving) girlfriend Jennifer Nichols (Tannis G. Montgomery) in a 1972-era bikini, in a scene set at the beach.
- The third season-opener for Growing Pains, titled "Aloha," was set in Hawaii.
- Headbangers Ball did one with Alice in Chains at a water park.
- Noah's Arc: The last episode of the second season, during the Pride beach party. Though the first half of the episode plays the trope straight (purely fanservice and relatively relaxed), the last half cranks the drama Up to Eleven.
- Step by Step: The Foster-Lambert family travels to Hawaii for the two-parter "Aloha."
- Astonishingly, a textbook example can be seen in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Let He Who Is Without Sin...". Taking place on Pleasure Planet Risa, it's played straight as an arrow. The episode takes place square in the middle of a story arc involving the emergence of the Jem'Hadar from the Gamma Quadrant and the threat of imminent war. A full recap detailing point by point its awfulness can be found here. Even the writer admitted the idea was one of the worst ideas he ever had, and said that what was on his mind when writing it was "Please don't let this suck. Please don't let this suck."
- Oddly enough, Star Trek: Voyager premiered "Future's End" at about the same time, which being set in 1996 Los Angeles also featured lots more swimwear than the average episode (well, it did until the plot kicked in).
- Commonly seen in the first few seasons of Power Rangers, though it got both the males and females into fanservice outfits. Which explains one of the reasons why older fans of either sex may have loved the show so much. While these episodes were almost always filler as usual with the trope, it must be noted that 85% of any given early season of PR is filler anyways.
- You see a lot of the beach in Ninja Storm, what with it being New Zealand and everything.
- Meanwhile, all the New Zealand-filmed seasons afterwards have had practically no beach episodes. Assumedly the producers wanted to use as much of the new location novelty as they could at the start, before it wore off. That, and they probably didn't want to wear out the excuse that Ninja Storm used - that one of the Rangers is a surfer in her off hours.
- Alpha 5 once lampshaded their tendency to go to scuba diving all the time during monster attacks.
- Due to location, as many as half of all CSI: Miami episodes qualify.
- One episode not only had a beach volleyball match (women's, naturally), but they managed to get a camera angle where the brand of bathing suit was clearly visible. That Jerry Bruckheimer! Always thinking!
- The episode "The One at the Beach" in Friends, and its counterpart "The One with the Jellyfish", respectively the last episode of season 3 and the first of season 4. Many cast members appeared in beach clothes. Joey was given sand boobs. And Chandler pissed on Monica's leg after she was stung by a jellyfish. BEST EPISODE EVER. Subverted a few seasons later with "The One in Barbados" because they arrive there during hurricane season.
- Six episodes of Saved by the Bell's third season featured the main cast working in a beach resort over the summer.
- Actor Jensen Ackles likes to joke that he's been trying to pitch the "Demon Surfer" episode of Supernatural so they can film in Hawaii and have a Beach Episode. Strangely, this tends to happen in a lot of Supernatural fanfics.
- The short-lived Falcon Beach was pretty much nothing but this. How did this show not survive? Oh, right, Screwed by the Network, which gave it a horrible time slot. And no, this wasn't FOX's fault. Actually, FOX would be a logical place for this show...
- Scrubs has The Janitor's and Lady's Wedding set in the Bahamas.
- The Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode "The Apple" featured our heroes at a beach. It's heavier in plot than most beach episodes, but the fangirls get to see Hercules and Iolaus almost naked. And Iolaus invents surfing! The series itself is already known for quite a bit of regular fanservice every episode as well.
- The Office has an episode where they went to the beach. Or rather, the side of a lake. Subverted in that hopes of beachy fun and Pam in a two-piece were dashed as Michael used it as an excuse for a Survivor style event to pick his successor, and the episode features some of the best character development to date.
- It can be argued that Baywatch was nothing but an endless series of beach episodes. That is largely the source of its high ratings.
- Even The Thick of It had a beach episode: the party conference episode in series three, for which the action moved to a hotel in Eastbourne. Being The Thick Of It, this was just as unglamorous as all the other episodes. No swimsuits were seen: the closest we got was Terri in her cagoule on a windswept beach.
- Burn Notice is set in Miami FL specifically for the purpose of setting up meets either on Miami Beach or a swimming pool or hot tub, with tons of extremely attractive women in teeny-weeny bikinis parading past the camera before we focus on whoever Michael is meeting at the moment. This qualifies because Michael could as easily meet at the park or a deserted alley, but no, it has to be somewhere where swimwear is required. Partially justified because (as Michael says in a voice-over) "The beach and pools are great places to meet if you don't want to have to search people for weapons or microphones". He has never figured a good way to hide a gun in a swimsuit and even hiding a listening device (somehow) tends to get skewed when meetings are held in hot tubs.
- Happy Days had a multi-part beach episode. It involved Fonzie and a shark.
- This may explain why a Neighbours Iconic Episodes DVD included an episode called "Charlene on Beach in Bikini." This was part of a "Scott and Charlene" disc, though.
- Married... with Children
- The episode "Life's a Beach".
- There was also another episode that initially seemed to be this but ended up being about being stuck in a traffic jam. Peg, Kelly and Bud even occasionally walked their way back and forth between their car and their house.
- Degrassi The Next Generation
- The show tried hard to avert the filler aspect: Sean leaves in a Beach Episode.
- There's also another one where we're introduced to Paige's brother Dylan. And Spinner has to choose between Sean's friendship and Darcy's love in yet another.
- All together it's not quite Once a Season but rather a lot happens at the beach considering the school year and beach season only overlap by a month or so at either end in the Great Lakes region...
- Portions of the Farscape season 4 opener "Crichton Kicks" occur on a beach... in Crichton's head... with Aeryn in a bikini... pregnant.
- In the commentary for the Stargate Atlantis episode "Sanctuary", Torri Higginson and Rachel Luttrell express a desire for a beach episode... before realizing that Rachel would almost certainly be put in Barely-There Swimwear while Torri would be way overdressed.
- South of Nowhere's "Girl's Guide to Dating" had Spencer and Ashley ditching school for the beach, and end up missing a lock-down. Doubles as a Coming-Out Story.
- The Monkees. As they live in a shabby house on the beach, scenes from many episodes take place on the beach. Most notable is episode "Monkees at the Movies".
- Victorious has the cast go to a beach, but end up getting trapped in an RV.
- Skippy The Bush Kangaroo has at least one beach episode, featuring a surfing contest.
- The Batman episode "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!" features Batgirl wearing a sexy one-piece bathing suit... and Batman and the Joker wearing swim trunks over their regular suits for a surfing contest.
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5th season opener starts out as a beach episode, but mere minutes in, Willow ignites a cookout fire with a spell that causes an elemental imbalance and a sudden storm. End of beach time. Of course, it's also possible that the storm was due to Dracula plonking his castle down outside of town.
- H2O: Just Add Water is set in Australia's sunny Gold Coast, and consequently takes advantage of its beach setting in many episodes.
- Gavin and Stacey had pretty much every main character headed over to the beach in Series 3 Episode 5. Bearing in mind, though, that Doris and Bryn were among those getting into their swimsuits, fanservice wasn't really the word for a lot of it. It did move the plot along considerably, though.
- The opening parts of the Doctor Who story "Planet of Fire" are set on contemporary Lanzarote, and take advantage of it to put both Peri and Turlough into skimpy swimwear for gender-equal Fanservice.
- Chuck quite gleefully embraced its use of Fanservice with several episodes a season which put characters in bathing suits (or less, with one episode set partially at a nudist retreat). Especially Sarah, though Ellie and Devon at times got in on the action. Hilariously, one episode in season 5 involved Casey trying to balk at an on-again/off-again lover/rival trying to get him into a banana hammock, with Sarah immediately Lampshading how many skimpy outfits she had been required to wear over the course of the series.
- Subverted in Person of Interest season 2 when Reese searches for a serial killer on Owen Island. He points out that he's going to the beach, except its hurricane season.
- WCW used to hold a yearly pay-per-view called Bash At The Beach, where all the matches would take place at a beach somewhere. The 1996 installment saw the formation of the New World Order.
- The Space Gypsy Adventures story 'The Daytrip To Tower City' could be considered one of these, even though most of the action takes place on the Pleasure Beach/Central Pier hybrid theme park visited by the characters.
- Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and its sequel are the video game equivalent of this.
- In Persona 3, the beach segment of the game, which doubles as a vacation, in addition to fanservice, features a Robot Girl, the revelation of what the shadows really are, some of the characters coming to terms with said reveal, and, most importantly, Operation Babe Hunt!
- The Golden remake of ''Persona 4 adds a beach scene, complete with an unexpected Slippery Swimsuit scene.
- There is a set of "vacation" missions set in Costa Del Sol in Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, with Fanservice for both the girls (Zack in swimming trunks) and the boys (Cissnei in a bikini). Zack even beats the crap out of giant caterpillars with an umbrella... which does just as much damage as his regular weapon!!
- Bikini Karate Babes is an entire video game made of this trope! More specifically, a large group of motion captured women get stranded on an island and have to wait for a rescue boat to come. So how do they pass the time? By fighting in front of each other. The winner gets to rip off either the top or bottom half of her opponent's bikini. Yes, this is a real game, and no, it's not very good.
- Late in Tales of Symphonia, there is a sidequest that allows you to get some beach-based alternate costumes for some of your characters. It takes a minimum of three plays to get all eight characters' costumes. In the same game, there is not one, but two Hot Springs scenes.
- Also happens in Tales of Graces. There's a short cutscene involving a pickup competition. Again, it's where you get the swimsuit costumes, but this time, you get everyone's at the same time. Whether you wanted to see Malik in a speedo or not. Eeeurgh.
- Valkyria Chronicles has a feature that lets you purchase extra chapters — some are just story, some have missions that can gain you extra cash and XP. The most expensive of all of these? "Squad 7's R&R", where they all head to the beach...
- Averted with Wii Sports Resort. While the game's events take place at an island resort, most of the events take place on land or indoors. The only ocean events are powerboating and wakeboarding, and the only event occurring on a beach is tossing a frisbee to a dog.
- Romancing SaGa 3 has Great Arc, a large tourist spot on the beach, where the heroes can get directions to Pirate Black's Treasure. The Old Man at the port holds the correct map; said old man is Pirate Black
- Super Mario Sunshine is set on the tropical Isle Delfino. Two of the stages are calm, relaxing beaches (one of which even has a hotel).
- The first level of Pokémon Snap is the Beach, where you can take pictures of unique Pokémon such as a "Surfing" Pikachu and a dancing Meowth.
- Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards
- On the 3rd planet, Aqua Star, the 3rd stage is an actual beach, which, oddly enough, is after a stage featuring a freshwater river, but appropriately enough, the stage after 3-3 takes place underwater.
- The cutscene that plays after you get a Crystal Shard from Acro, the boss of Aqua Star, shows Kirby and his friends skipping stones on the ocean.
- If you get a high enough total score in Elite Beat Agents, you can unlock a picture of the agents at the beach with some rather fanservicey material for both genders (J surfing with a dolphin, Spin playing volleyball with Missy, and Chieftain apparently checking out Foxx's body). The tenth stage is also on the beach, essentially, with lots of Gainaxing.
- Xenosaga, being a game of cutscenes, has a beach "episode" around the half-way point of Der Wille zur Macht. Also sprach Zarathustra quickly gets a scene of Shion in a bikini on the beach.
- Mega Man Star Force: The school trip to Alohaha is an example of a Beach Episode gone horribly wrong. How wrong? Criminal Wizards steal various character belongings, the Evil Duo corrupt the Wizard in charge of the environmental system, said corrupted Wizard starts an earthquake that threatens to sink the island and everyone on it, and it all ends with one villain killing three separate characters, one of which is human! She ends up okay though.
- Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, an expansion for Duke Nukem 3D has Duke kill aliens and inflatable sea monsters with water guns and pineapple grenades for ruining his vacacion.
- Ape Escape has a level about a third of the way through that's a beach episode for the monkeys. It's by far the easiest level in the game, as the monkeys are just lounging around, making sand-castles, playing in the water, etc rather than running around with rocket launchers and SMGs.
- The manual for Tekken 2 has Jun, Nina and Michelle chilling on the beach◊, complete with Nice Hat.
- The 18thnote installment of beatmania IIDX, beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem, is primarily themed around tropical resorts and beaches. Naturally, promotional art of it consists of the female DJ characters in bikinis. Many songs introduced in Resort Anthem are themed around summer vacation, such as "Golden Palms", "Everlasting Resort", the Extra Stage Latin-esque song "ANTHEM LANDING", and the One More Extra Stage song "Shakunetsunote Beach Side Bunny". Ironically, the game was released on September 15, 2010, right around the end of the summer season.
- Rumble Roses has a beach arena.
- Fire Emblem Awakening has a DLC set on the beach, where the members of the first generation can have conversations, while clearing out bandits who have invaded.
- There's a Beach episode in Super Robot Wars Z3: Jigoku-Hen, but all the girls lost their tops. They have to cover themselves and fight. The quotes before battle are hilarious. Asuka, Noriko and Fa slap Kamille for trying to peep. Shinji gets yelled at by Aoi and Youko. Viral doesn't care. Kittan, Andy, Ozma lose their shit. Basara doesn't care. Sousuke is busy being Bonta-Kun. Amuro makes a remark about how well "fitted" the team is. Lockon and Kurtz are having a blast. Lockon wonders how Tieria would wear a swimsuit. Tieria smacks the shit out of Lockon. Allelujah blushes in response to the naked Marie/Soma and says, "Ma..Marie!" Soma slaps Allelujah. Setsuna doesn't care. Kouji gets slapped by Sayaka for peeping. Ryouma doesn't care. Benkei gets excited. Hayato doesn't care. Amata is a clueless idiot. Chirico doesn't care. Zero has a smirk inside his mask. Suzaku doesn't know where to look. Kallen is annoyed. C.C is having fun being topless. Andy is sad because Mix isn't with them.
- Plants vs. Zombies 2 has its beach levels, based on 1960s American beach movies. Complete with zombies in bikinis.
- The penultimate arc of Treading Ground takes place on a beach, complete with skimpy swimsuits, jell-o wrestling, and Accidental Pervert action.
- ickle and Lardee from My Milk Toof take a trip to the swimming pool.
- Sluggy Freelance has done a couple arcs at the beach. However, those contain plot, and the closest to a gratuitous beach episode happens not for the main cast but for the mostly nameless employees of an antagonistic evil organisation. For some reason.
- Monsterful features a page of the Sexy Topaz with a sexier mermaid friend at the beach. Plus a beach episode has been announced for later.
- Spanish webcomic ¡Eh, tío! has also a story arc in the beach. Here the author explains that this is not to attract readers, but only for pure vice.
- For about a week, Schlock Mercenary had comics with two female characters (one of whom had Gag Boobs) talking in bikinis. This was lampshaded.
- TRU Life Adventures gave a store refit as an excuse to send the staff to a nearby water park for a story arc.
- Questionable Content parodied this in the random-filler-art strip the night before the artist's wedding.
- Wapsi Square featured a brief arc on a sandbar somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle starting here.
- Issue 8 of Sonichu has a beach episode. While part of the story does drive part of the main plot, it was mostly done for the (wholly inappropriate) Fanservice.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl had this during the vacation arc, though ironically the characters are wearing more clothing than usual due to the Barbie Doll Anatomy typically exhibited by the cast. This is played for laughs when one of the characters shows up naked (like normal) and other characters call him on swimming in the nude.
- In Moon Crest 24, chapter 5 is one of these. Although, not being quite a filler "episode", it does have plenty of Fanservice, specially coming from the beach goers and surprisingly not so much from the main cast.
- Roommates has some too (the third part of the First Vacation Arc, and arguably also the Second (a tubing trip) mixed with Road Trip Plot). Being heavy on Fanservice this surprises nobody.
- El Goonish Shive had a sketchbook strip with this as its theme for its 4th anniversary commemoration. It featured the main characters in swimwear but genderswapped.
- Sandra and Woo used a beach episode as a reason for Cloud's little friend to show up. Plot ensues. This plot arc is a fan favorite.
- Karin-dou 4koma: Since Tamaryu's horn prevents her from going to the pool or beach, Seren creates a huge beach of their own inside a Pocket Dimension / closet, and several strips afterwards take place there.
- Ozy and Millie had one of these.
- Ménage à 3 only visits an actual beach in a non-canonical guest strip. However, there is a park episode which serves a similar purpose, albeit with a little plot development.
- Scary Go Round occasionally visits the beach, though nearly always for plot reasons (Portuguese man-o-war invasions, abductions to supervillain island bases, dream voleyball sequences) rather than fanservice. Still, the cast are willing enough to dress for the setting — especially, inevitably, Amy.
- lonelygirl15, "At the Beach". Subverted in an earlier episode, "The Perfect Beach", which has an innocuous sounding description and starts cheerfully enough, only to pull a shock twist ending really severe.
- Charlyandjosh had "Message in a bottle."
- The 2011 August calendar in the website Onion Club, which has Onion Mei in a swimsuit standing in what appears to be a beach.
- W.I.T.C.H. has one in the second season episode "I is for Illusion" where the girls go to the beach to relax on summer vacation, though unlike other examples it's anything but filler as The Chessmaster Nerissa attempted to sow seeds of discontent amongst the girls, and very nearly managed to steal Will's Heart of Kandrakar. In the very next episode, "J is for Jewel," Irma is still at the beach with her family as they decided to stay a few extra days while the other girls leave, which leads to a big problem when she's needed to help fight and is separated from the rest of the girls.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- One Season 3 episode is entitled "The Beach". If you hadn't already guessed, yes, it is indeed a Beach Episode, featuring Ozai's Angels (+ Zuko) in swimsuits. The preview images, particularly Ty Lee's, erupted into quite a scandal in the fandom. Unusual for a Beach Episode in that it climaxed in a very dramatic scene that not only revealed the Freudian Excuses for Mai, Ty Lee and Azula, but also an important part of Zuko's character development.
- The Grand Finale also had a brief scene at a beach (likely the same beach). Sokka tries to get everyone to chill out, only to be derailed by Zuko's attitude... and fireballs.
- Ben 10 does this in both series. In the first, they're children, and it's summer vacation, so there's nothing surprising about them going to the beach (and a water park). In Alien Force, they're teenagers, and it's apparently later in the year (as everyone's normal day clothes have long sleeves, a jacket, etc), but they still find a reason to go to a lake and splash around for five minutes. Suprisingly enough however, it only lasts a few seconds; no episode is entirely about them being at the beach.
- Con of Rath subverts the trope by having the three protagonists about to go to the beach... then an alien ambassador comes to ask them for a mission. According to Gwen, this situation happens quite often when they try to go to the beach.
- The Backyardigans
- There's an episode about surfing, but the surfing was left for the near end, since they were looking for the perfect waves. Bonus points go for Austin and his "Mystery Lifeguard" song.
- "Legend of the Volcano Sisters" was also a Beach Episode.
- Several episodes involving Shego in Kim Possible, since she does enjoy sunbathing during her vacations. Come to think of it, she doesn't even need a beach....
- Although several Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episodes involve beaches, the one true beach episode is "Shell Shocked" because Gadget is wearing a swimsuit. A one-piece swimsuit with attached skirt, but a swimsuit.
- The Futurama episode "The Deep South" is primarily a beach episode, and the movie Benders Big Score features a prominent scene with everyone at a nude beach (also highlighted in the DVD packaging).
- Even Hey Arnold! has one ("Summer Love", a.k.a. Beach Story). It helped to develop Arnold and Helga's UST and throw some Fanservice by the Girl of the Week, appropriately named Summer.
- Winx Club features the girls in their swimsuits by a lake. There's also a 3-D music video called "Mambochiwambo" that filled the role, more or less.
- Phineas and Ferb has a few. In one episode they make a beach, and on another occasion they go to a genuine one to find a lost goldfish, and then in a later episode they return to search for Atlantis.
- An episode of Rugrats when the gang goes to the beach where Tommy and Chuckie attempt to release a bowl of brine shrimp back into the sea.
- When the heroes of Dinosaucers are prevented from battling their arch-enemies (the Tyrannos) because of a holiday both factions hold sacred on their homeworld, their human allies decide to take the opportunity to show the dinos how to have fun in the sun. Hilarity ensues when Dinosaucers and Tyrannos end up on the same beach.
- Spongebob Squarepants has some. One centered around SpongeBob ripping his pants, the other being a lifeguard, and in a later episode fighting with Patrick with sand castle mecha.
- The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan episode 3 featured the kids having a relaxing day at the beach, until it was interrupted by a crook framing their Pop for a string of robberies. Luckily, they got to resume their fun once the case was wrapped up.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes has "Heat Blanket Jimmy", where Jimmy decides to throw a beach party to beat the heat. Naturally, when Lucius finds out, he tries to ruin it.
- The Gravedale High episode "Do the Rad Thing" is to be considered as one. It's about Gill missing school and eventually dropping out to practice for a surfing contest with his human idol, Kahuna Bob. Also, the class spends the night at the beach trying to persuade Gill to come back to the school.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: Hot Buttered Eds. Eddy attempts to get his "spot" at the swimming hole back from Kevin, and Edd freaks out lack of sunscreen.
- The Pink Panther: "Come on In, the Water's Pink", where the Pink Panther visits Bicep Beach and makes good use on a whole bag of self-inflatable items to upstage the strongest man on the beach.
- In The Ant and the Aardvark cartoon "Dune Bug". While the Ant is trying to have a nice time at the beach, the Aardvark shows up and starts trouble. The Aardvark must try to catch the Ant, while trying to stay away from the lifeguard who thinks he is a dog.
- Done in Trollz, with three of them making up the last story arc.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has "Beach Party Mummy" where the gang plays hooky due to a boring lesson on Egypt, deciding to go visit the real deal complete with having a beach party, finding an ancient tomb and giving Libby a permanent make-over, which resembles the Egyptian Queen Howzaboutislapya.
- The Young Justice episode "Infiltrator" includes a Beach Opening Scene, complete with loving shots of Miss Martian in a two-piece swimsuit and Aqualad, Robin, and Superboy shirtless.
- The Mr. Men Show has the episodes "Beach," "Seashore," and "Sand & Surf." Since the characters fit the trope Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal, the characters are always wearing their normal clothes in these episodes (though the shoe-wearing characters are usually seen without shoes).
- Mon Suno does this in episode 16 by having the protagonists taking a break going to the beach; surprisingly enough, the fanservice is quite limited for this episode; we only get one scene of them in swimsuits, one of the male protagonists (Beyal) retains his clothes (granted, him being a monk, it's not that surprising), and the only girl of the team wears a rather sober swimsuit. In addition, the episode focus on the beach part only for a few minutes before going back to the plot.
- Tom and Jerry had a few of these, most notably Salt Water Tabby and Muscle Beach Tom, as well as the opening of The Cat and the Mermouse.
- The later series Tom and Jerry Tales had an episode where its Three Shorts were all beach-themed (the three shorts of any given episode usually stayed within a single theme).
- The 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "Dalmatian Vacation Part 2: Cross-Country Calamity" partially takes place at the beach.
- The Classic Disney Shorts had "Hawaiian Holiday", featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy at the beach in Hawaii. It's mostly dominated by Goofy's failed attempt to surf.
- Black Dynamite has one in the second episode of Season 2, involving Richard Nixon developing various schemes to get the Black Community onto the beach... so he can kill them all.
- The U.S. 2008 Presidential Election had one of these. In between serious debates on Energy Policy, Climate Change, Terrorism, and Healthcare Reform, someone leaked a picture of President Barack Obama in a swimsuit and a media storm ensued. All serious discussions were put on hold for the day while every major news network focused on then-Senator Obama's washboard abs. Only in America.
- And then, a couple weeks later when Sarah Palin was announced as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, the media spent another day focused on a clearly faked picture of her in a bikini holding a gun.