Much like Censor Steam, this trope is when a character is taking a bubble bath and seems to have the suds from the bath conveniently covering the private parts of her body when she gets out, and also while inside of the bath. In real life this does happen, but not nearly so selectively as this trope might lead you to believe. On top of that, the suds in real life will slide off one's body and it would take a lot (as in, the tub would have to look like a root beer float or a beer that's mostly head) to cover. Since bubble baths originated about the same time as the film industry, it's been suggested that the idea was invented by the film industry, so they could show women in the bath without showing naughty bits.
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- In episode 49 of Dragon Ball Z, Bulma stands up in her bubble bath and bends over, conveniently covered by soap suds.
- In Soul Eater, Blair, Tsubaki, and others are conveniently (barely) covered in soap suds.
- In the second episode of 009-1, Mylene Hoffman has bubbles conveniently covering her breasts as she gets out of her bubble bath.
- In InuYasha, there is a rare male example. Inu-Yasha has convenient bubbles/houseplant/etc. upon him bursting out of the bath.
- Played with in Sailor Moon: Fish-Eye at one point takes a shower, and we see suds covering his chest. Apparently, he got a little too into the part (and before anyone asks, yes, they were there originally).
- Done to Rushuna in the 11th episode of Grenadier when she knocks a guard out with a scrub brush.
- Training with Hinako vol. 3 makes ample use of suds, seeing as Hinako and Hiyoko are naked for pretty much the whole OVA.
- Ranma ½:
- Sometimes used in the manga on the (few) non-Gender Bender female characters that Takahashi is reluctant to draw naked, such as Akane.
- Played for Laughs in one instance of the black-and-white manga. Akane seems to be naked in the bath when Ranma, in a ploy by the family to get him to peep on her, barges in. The suds on her chest and hips make it SEEM like she's still naked when she pulls his head around to force him to look at her... but she's actually wearing a one-piece swimsuit. The suds were only disguising the edges.
- At the end of the ice palace episode of Sonic X, Rouge the Bat is seen taking a bath, holding a fake Chaos Emerald in her hand. Bubbles cover everything. Oddly, she's wearing her White Gloves in the bath.
- Subverted in Girl Friends: Mari deliberately applies this to herself when she and Akko are exchanging bath photos with their cell phones. Akko... not so much.
- When Minerva and Mirajane from Fairy Tail are stripped naked and placed in Tartaros' regenerationg/demon-creating tube tanks, bubbles cover their nipples and genitals. However, since it isn't an actual bubble bath, but mostly clear water with a few bubbles, everything else is visible.
- Gozer the Gozerian seems to be permanently covered in these in Ghostbusters (1984).
- In the movie Howard the Duck, though a lady duck was bathing bare in the original version, there was a mountain of suds to cover her bare bosom in the televised version!
- Happens in Barb Wire. Kind of pointless, since Barb was shown stripping in the first scene anyway.
- The script for Futtocks End specifies that General Futtock emerges from the bathroom "clad only in soap-suds, of which, for propriety's sake, there are a great many."
- In The LEGO Movie, when Emmet is showering he is up to the waist in LEGO suds.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter invokes this trope when Moaning Myrtle the ghost girl appears in the boys' bathroom while he's taking a bath and trying to solve the golden egg mystery.
- After getting out of the bath in Pretty Cool Too, Brittany has a mixture of these and camera angles, though her boobs are prominently on display.
- In the Australian retraux Lesbo-A-Go-Go (2003). Like the no-budget exploitation films it homages, the bathtub scene uses censor suds to suggest nudity while actually delivering very little.
- Harry Potter in Goblet of Fire takes a bath filled with various types of suds and bubbles, which proves useful when Myrtle crashes the party. This is done in the film version as well. Myrtle also remarks that when Cedric was there, he remained long enough for the bubbles to vanish.
- Ridcully has them in Night Watch, but they slide off and he has to borrow a hat.
- This was done in the 1983 NBC Pilot Movie The Invisible Woman. Because Alexa Hamilton's character was invisible, only her pubis had any soap suds on it when she rose to leave the bathtub.
- Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye had Sue take a bath in a tub completely piled with soapsuds. The only skin showing was her neck, head, and arms. For some reason, a snippet of this scene made it into the Opening Theme sequence.
- Wings does this with Helen in one episode, and for a good cause since her 'husband' Antonio showed up.
- Duncan's bathtub scene in Highlander: The Series episode "Chivalry".
- Cole's bathtub scene in Tracker. Amusingly enough, Cole is played by the same guy as Duncan from the Highlander example above!
- * Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. Ian Fleming finds his Love Interest using his bathtub. She notes that to fulfill this trope, she's using more than the six inches of bathwater allocated by wartime regulations.
- A '60s Playboy cartoon shows a film crew surrounding a pretty young thing in a bubble bath, from which the director has just pulled the plug: "OK – and now we shoot the European version..."
- In Tanz Der Vampire, when Alfred finds Sarah (on whom he has a crush) in the castle, she is bathing. Several productions don't use real bubbles for this, though — she is covered with thick layers of spongy white pillow filling, which are completely opaque.
- This◊ entry from Cat vs. Human.
- Brandi is seen like this in the shower in one Wapsi Square strip.
- Ménage à 3 uses this trope as comedy and the strip's desired not-actually-pornographic rating demand — it's that sort of Sex Comedy. It's most dramatically and impressively demonstrated by Amber in strip #662 (October 23, 2012), which probably has to rate as NSFW, despite the fact that nothing is actually showing; similarly, Maura uses them to implausibly full effect in strip #1183 (June 16, 2016).
- Red's modesty is preserved by suds in this Girls in Space strip.
- A superhero comic by Chimneyspeak's author has (NSFW) a shower gel with "with censorship bubble™ placement technology".
- At about 1:07 during this series of syndicated local-TV-movie openings.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Squid's Day Off", Squidward runs out of his bubble bath still naked, covered by bubbles, as they slowly pop one by one. Subverted afterwards as it turns out there is nothing to hide under the bubbles.
- In Caillou, one episode shows Caillou's parents bathing him with suds covering his privates.
- Invoked and then defied in the Futurama episode "Near-Death Wish", when Professor Farnsworth insists on giving a piece of backstory from the bath. Leela adds bubble bath so she and Amy can stand to look at him, but then he stands up, giving the audience a full view of his wrinkly behind.