->'''Wendy:''' Showers?\\
'''Ida:''' Yeah. Decon protocol, honey. That's what you get for being made of meat.
-->-- ''Series/TheMiddleman'', "The Clotharian Contamination Protocol"
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A standard for any setting where there's a chance of contamination, usually by an [[TheVirus alien virus]]. Also, since decontamination usually means stripping and scrubbing, it also gives a chance for {{fanservice}}, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny humor]] or both.

Compare MetalDetectorCheckpoint.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In episode 13 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', "Lilliputian Hitcher", Shinji, Asuka, and Rei must enter one of these (naked and at the same time) in preparation for a test of their Eva's systems, much to Shinji and Asuka's dismay. [[EmotionlessGirl Rei, of course, doesn't seem to be bothered.]]
** ''Rebuild 2.0'' has a scene as well. When the gang visits a maritime life preserve, they have to go through a very rigorous decontamination process involving x-ray booths, hot showers, cold showers, hurricane-strength drying chambers, being completely submerged in disinfectant all to keep the purified water tanks that way. This despite allowing visitors to the open roof of the complex, basically defeating the point. As always, Rei is completely impassive while her peers scream through the whole process. Unlike the above example, though, this time everyone is allowed to keep underwear during decon.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Tony Stark, the last normal human alive in ''Comicbook/EarthX'', sealed himself away and let only his robot Avengers in after getting decontaminated.

* ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'' (1971) had an extended DecontaminationChamber scene while the scientists were entering Project Wildfire. It was done to prevent any Earth microbes from contaminating the facility and interfering with their experiments.
* The radiation scrub-down is featured in ''Film/DrNo'' (including Ursula Andress in NudeColoredClothes) and in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
* The human cities in ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' have a decontamination protocol against the deadly phantoms haunting the outside world, Aki [=BSs=] her way around it to [[spoiler:hide the ghost contained in her]].
* Downplayed in ''Film/{{Zenon}}: Girl Of The 21st Century''. Zenon's parents work in a standard biological research laboratory on a space station. When she walks in to visit them, the decontamination chamber only causes lights to flash for a couple seconds before releasing her.

* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey and Creator/MercedesLackey used this in ''Literature/TheShipWhoSearched'': The planet on which the Cades are working at the opening of the story is a Mars-type planet with an atmosphere that humans can't breathe, but which can support other types of life. Unfortunately. Decontamination procedures are required whenever someone comes in through the airlock. Readers are treated to some graphic depictions of what can happen when decontamination procedures prove inadequate or aren't followed properly.
* ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'':
** ''Briar's Book'', or ''The Healing in the Vine'' as it's known in the United Kingdom, features a horrible plague, and Briar and his teacher Rosethorn are exposed to it and have to set up briefly in a plague house, trying to tend the dying. People who haven't been exposed yet can go in and out in special magic-treated clothes, scrubbing themselves and burning the clothes when they leave. Very unsexy. Also, one of Briar's housemates assists in the search for the cure, which involves handling the distilled disease inside of a greenhouse, and lots of decontamination both going in and coming out. Also very unsexy.
** Sandry has to go through one in ''Magic Steps'' to work with the [[AntiMagic unmagic]], as prolonged exposure turns people into {{Empty Shell}}s and nobody wants it getting into, say, the water supply. It's made of heavily-spelled tents with showers of magically treated water going in and out.
* ''Literature/{{Lensman}}''. It's mentioned that the Galactic Patrol base on Trenco has to have thorough decon procedures as the native life is so voracious that the base has been depopulated several times; even the smallest form of life rapidly reproduces and eats everything else.
* ''Literature/TheStrain'': Eph and Nora have to strip and decontaminate before investigating the plane. Eph notes the process of sterilization reduces sexual tension.
* The novelization of ''Command and Conquer 3'' describes, in detail, the decontamination procedures when you have to travel from a yellow zone back into a blue zone. It includes, but is not limited to, having your clothes incinerated; being sprayed with a substance that hardens and is then ripped off, along with a layer of skin; and taking a pill that causes you to vomit, urinate, and have a bowel movement in rapid sequence ... and having THAT examined for Tiberium contamination ... before you're allowed in.
* Commonplace in ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' for any reporter who has had to go into a zombie-infested location.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' features a decontamination chamber between the pequeninos' land and the human city. It sprays unpleasantly caustic fumes, causing coughing and watering eyes.
* In the ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series, Peter has to go through one when he is (willingly) abducted onto the alien spaceship ''New Jersey.'' When he's too embarrassed to undress, the aliens use TheNudifier on him. It's not entirely clear what the rest of the process is, however, as they wind up putting him to sleep through it (and some brain surgery to give him TranslatorMicrobes). Later two human friends of him come aboard, but because they were teleported in apparently they don't need to go through the process.
* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}} 2000'' book ''Brain Juice,'' the main characters are abducted by aliens and need to be decontaminated before they're presented to the Emperor as potential new slaves. This process would involve ''acid'' shot from hoses that would be ''inserted down their throats.'' Fortunately, the Emperor gets impatient and orders they be brought forward before this can happen.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Happens to Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' after she almost gets dissolved by acid (the suit is this close to failing when Sark switches it off in return for [[spoiler:Sydney helping him bump off Sloane--apparently]]).
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Peter Petrelli is restrained, stripped naked, and forcibly showered in a bad future by men in decontamination suit as a precaution against a air born disease.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth New Earth]]". The chamber is built right into the hospital elevators, and a massive plot point at the end.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]", Salamander's radiation chamber is also a major plot point, even though it is completely non-functional.
* The "biosphere" episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. Almost always played for awkward sexual tension moments.
* As shown above, used in ''Series/TheMiddleman'' with great glee. Or, as MM himself said, "Quit your grinnin' and drop your linen!"
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'', oddly enough, in the episode about scent.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime The Naked Time]]", the transporter room was shown to have the ability to decontaminate the outside of isolation suits with some sort(s) of radiation. Of course the sort of radiation that would do that would also, at the least, damage the skin of the people in the suits unless the suits blocked the rays...and unfortunately the ''idiot'' who beamed down with Spock had taken off a glove, been contaminated, and then put the glove back on- thereby making sure the rays would do nothing (not that they'd have done anything against an infection within someone's body anyway).
** Later Franchise/StarTrek series's mention that the transporters do this themselves. It's used as a plot point in one episode.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', existing in a time before transporters with biofilters, had the decontamination room, which seemed to exist mainly for {{fanservice}} reasons. For some reason though two men sent on an away mission would never end up rubbing decon gel on each other.
* Averted on ''Series/{{ER}}'', when a benzene-exposed Carter is hastily stripped and hosed down in a prefab shower-stall in the ambulance bay. Not played for Fanservice, either.
* Kate and Tony spend a few nights in a special quarantine chamber on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' after a possible exposure to terrorist-delivered plague. They debate whether the blue lights in the chamber actually destroy bacteria, or are merely there as a placebo to ease their fears. This would be an aversion, except for the ShowerScene involving them and Gibbs earlier in the episode.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': In episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E12OneSon One Son]]", Mulder and Scully go through decontamination at the Center for Disease Control facility at Fort Marlene, including a [[ShowerOfAwkward shower where they're separated only by a shoulder-high wall]]. No words are exchanged, though even ChasteHero Mulder can't stop his eyes flicking downwards when he and Scully turn to face each other.
* Happened to Sarah Connor on ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' when she was working as a temp at a nuclear plant, and gets this treatment when she's exposed to radiation. It was portrayed realistically and looked extremely uncomfortable, but it eventually turned out that her boss faked her radiation test in an attempt to intimidate her.
* This happened to Sara and Greg on an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' leading to a hilarious exchange between the two once they're back at the lab that Grissom hears out of context. The look on his face is priceless.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'', in the episode "Death is in the Air." Lassiter and Juliet get the hose-down as well as Shawn and Gus. Played for laughs, like everything else in ''Psych''.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' had this happen to Dr. Magnus in an alternate future with a ZombieApocalypse.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the CDC scientist uses one when he spills a caustic chemical, then gets them on his suit. He runs to the chamber then realizes too late and watches in horror as the lab is torched, destroying his one good sample of the zombie virus.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Winifred Burkle is shown showering after being splattered with blood during a séance gone wrong in "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E04HellBound}} Hell Bound]]". This gives Ghost!Spike an opportunity to [[CouldntFindAPen write a message for her on the shower stall]].
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', which revolves around a CDC team sent to contain an outbreak of TheVirus at a ResearchInc, decontamination is both depicted and merely inferred between scene changes. In particular, CDC team member Julia is caught and infected by PatientZero Peter while she's taking a shower as part of decontamination procedures in "Vector."
* In episodes of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' just after astronauts come back from outer space they're stuck in quarantine for a while just in case there's an alien virus out there they've picked up. TruthInTelevision since astronauts of the time really did get stuck in quarantine after missions. (See Real Life below.)
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" Zack cuts into bones that release spores of Valley Fever. He and Hodgins have to get into the decontamination shower [[ShowerofAwkward together]]
* In one episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' featuring an anthrax threat, Reid has to go through one of these after being exposed to a broken vial of spores, to prevent anyone else from being infected by coming into contact with him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' supplement ''Acute Paranoia''. In the ''Botbusters'' adventure, an evil CompNode tries to get a group of robots to go through a DecontaminationChamber. It's actually a trap to spray them with a disease that will kill many clones in Alpha Complex.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* There's a couple of labs toward the end of ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' with decontamination chambers for entrances.
* In ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', Isaac frequently runs into decontamination lockdowns. When that happens, [[BodyHorror the Necromorphs]] come out in force, and the quarantine is only lifted once Isaac puts them all down.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'': "If you're ever in trouble, just step into one of these decontamination booths and hit the big red button. It's supposed to kill micro-organisms but, heh, believe me- they work on the big stuff too." For [[LudicrousGibs optimal results]], lure in the Marine, than press the button.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' uses a decontamination chamber exactly ''once'' in the entire series: at the beginning of the second game. Every other time that Roger goes on a space walk or visits a strange planet or goes on some crazy adventure involving goopy mutants, he apparently doesn't come into contact with anything contaminating.
** Anything contaminating he comes into contact with is likely to cause a Game Over in short order, such as the mutating goop from the fifth game.
* A door in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' won't open unless you run yourself through a decontamination shower.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the ''Normandy'''s airlock also functions as a decontamination chamber. A beam of light sweeps over the characters as they wait to enter and exit the vessel, while the soothing voice of the ship's VI announces 'Decontamination in progress'. The characters are in full armor during the process. Once they are inside, they've taken the armor off, however, implying that changing clothes is part of the process. This serves as a sort of DynamicLoading in a similar manner to Mass Effect's infamous elevators.
** Quarians are justifiably really big on decontamination due to their weak immune systems: visitors to the Migrant Fleet are not even permitted to take their environment suits off while on board. Even with the Normandy's decontamination airlock, Tali warns her fleet prior to docking that the ship is "not clean" and requests a decon team to meet them at the airlock.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'' had Decontamination Chambers near some (but not all) experimental teleporters. They also have a bio scan system before you enter Mars city proper.
* The Deep Six mission from ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has you going through one of these. The guy who helps you get through is killed by Horne's mercenaries shortly after helping you through.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' features a hastily implemented Decontamination Shower in the overrun base in the Desert Crisis zone, one of two possible starting zones after the tutorial zone, and before the primary zones.
* In the inevitable sewer mission in the game ''Dark Forces'', the briefing mentions having the decontamination shower warmed up a ready when you return.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' contains one, but it's only partly functional because you have to stand directly under the spray.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' has "[[http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/DF2010:Contaminant contaminants]]" ranging from useful but annoying mud to contact poisons which quickly and hideously kill anyone, and they all stick to the boots of any passing dorf. These guys aren't smart enough to go wash before they got the whole town splattered with this crap, so frequently visited places have to be protected by measures like [[CaveBehindTheFalls shower entrances]] or waist-deep pools of water that the dwarves have to wade through.
* Done in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' after the player comes aboard the starship.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Emergency}}'' series, contaminants are of the (effectively identical) chemical, biological, and radiological sorts. Contaminated people--alive, injured, or dead, and sometimes including your own emergency personnel--must be decontaminated in a special fire apparatus.
* In ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', the medical bay aboard ''Cogito Ergosum'' is preceded by a decontamination chamber. It flashes red every time it's activated.
* In ''Videogame/MetroLastLight'', Hansa doctors and scientists set up decontamination chambers in a quarantined Metro station that has been hit by an extremely potent virus. Biohazard suits, showers, UV lights, the works. The stations shows some of the most advanced [[AfterTheEnd pre-apocalypse]] technology, with portable MRI scanners and functional laptops.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', after Gino [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html scared]] Jake (the skunk), Jake had to be [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1331.html decontaminated]]. In a large laundromat. Otherwise automated defense system [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1326.html kept mistaking him for a chemical or biological weapon.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. The Court has "decon rooms" but they don't perform traditional decontamination. Instead, they remove magic from any plants brought from Gillitie Wood, so they're safe to keep at the Court. Annie and Kat sneak into one of these rooms, but they don't find out its real purpose until many chapters later.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': [[http://www.sssscomic.com/comic.php?page=122 Going though one of these]] is necessary to enter Mora. The demo is done [[FanDisservice on a random old man]], however.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse story "Christmas Crisis", Tennyo had to go through one after surviving a nuclear bomb. Since she looks more like [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Ryoko]] than anyone should, the soldiers around her who weren't worried about her dying of radiation poisoning were ''really'' looking forward to seeing it.
** Because of her history of bringing back unpleasant surprises after doing a bit of dimension-hopping, the school requires Josie Gilman to get a thorough decontamination every time she jumps, even if it is only to, say, across the campus. Or to Africa, which relatively speaking isn't much further, qt least in comparison to some non-euclidean reality most people would go insane from entering...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* It can be argued that Jacques the shrimp from the movie ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' is in the dentist's aquarium's equivalent of a decontamination shower.
* The decontamination of monsters touched by children in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' plays this for laughs.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' by Sentinel Prime to pick on the Autobots who have been living on Earth by removing possible organic contamination.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Receiving_Laboratory Lunar Receiving Laboratory]], used to decontaminate/quarantine Apollo astronauts returning from the Moon. Completed in 1967, it may have inspired Project Wildfire in the original ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain'' novel (1969).
* Underwater and space situations tend to have decompression chambers that serve a similar dramatic purpose.
* Work in any kind of clean room and you'll be decontaminated in and/or out with a variety of stuff, depending on what is in the work area.
* Anyone who is exposed to radiation is scrubbed down. Instructions for emergency workers after a nuclear accident involves shampooing hair, removing and burying all clothes and jewelry, scrubbing with a rough brush. This is to reduce the damage done by fallout and the radioactive dust and grime that might be covering you. It's one thing to be exposed to radiation for 2 minutes. It is another to have a bit of radioactive grime in your hair bombarding your skull for hours and hours.
** However, hair is generally not shaved anymore; it is simply instead. This is because razors can cut tiny holes in the skin and further expose you to radiation (and also because people generally want to keep their hair.)
** Similarly, there are procedures for decontaminating people and equipment exposed to biological or chemical warfare agents. Not necessarily a chamber, sometimes it's [[BoringButPractical just a couple of buckets of bleach and water]], some scrubby brushes, and pads saturated with charcoal (to absorb any agents in liquid form before they can get into your body). Note that these are often meant to be used on personnel already wearing [[GasMaskMooks chemical protective gear.]]
* Many modern hospital emergency departments have "decon rooms" designed to handle decontamination from nuclear, biological, and chemical exposures for limited numbers of patients. (Mass casualty incidents still require breaking out the old-school decon tents). These rooms are equipped with multiple high-pressure showerheads and hoses, a negative-pressure air filtration system separate from the rest of the hospital, and drains that run to separate holding tanks rather than to the public sewers. Emergency response protocol doesn't use or advocate specialized solvents or scrubbing skin with brushes anymore; 95% of decontamination can be accomplished simply by removing all clothing and a thorough wash with soap and water, and the old "shave and scrub" procedure actually ''worsens'' most cases of NBC exposure by creating breaks in the skin for the toxic agent to penetrate.
* Field saunas were used as this during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Soldiers would collect lice like... well... lice and it was a useful means of cooking the lice to death.
* Not quite a chamber, but during the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK, people were required to decontaminate their boots when entering or leaving farms. Usually this involved simply walking through a patch of straw soaked in some sort of bleach.