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Hates Baths

For some characters, one of the scariest or things in the world is a bath. This is most commonly seen in young characters (especially boys), who often have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the bath tub. For adult characters it is usually a man whose wife forces him to take a bath. Other species, such as cats and dogs, are often commonly depicted as disliking baths. However, this trope could apply to any age, gender or species.

This trope is related to The Pig Pen, however a character who Hates Baths need not necessarily be unusually filthy or smelly.

This trope was a bit harsher in Real Life before roughly 1950s-60s when the modern bath detergents were invented. Before bubble bath, they involved gray soap and rigorous scrubbing.

Compare with Cats Hate Water for feline oriented examples. Often used with Baths Are Fun.


Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Like his father, Negi Springfield in Mahou Sensei Negima! avoids baths as much as he can. Asuna frequently has to bathe him, and isn't always gentle about it.
  • Miata in Claymore.
  • Alice in Kamisama No Memochou.
  • Tetsuro in Galaxy Express 999.
  • Baikinman from Anpanman, though somewhat justified for him as he's an alien bacterium and actually allergic to soap and cleanliness. Being washed actually shrinks him down to the size of the fly and his Kabirunrun minions, being living mold spores, have the same hatred. However, Dokinchan and Baikinsennin, two other members of his species don't have this aversion and actually enjoy them (Baikinsennin even having a personal hot springs outside his house!).

Comic Books
  • Dennis in Dennis the Menace (UK).
  • Most characters in The Beano.
  • Smudge from Monica's Gang is such an egregious example, it seems like he has an atomic allergy to any water that may touch him outside of his mouth. He gets around it in the sequel series, but he still dislikes bathing.
  • In the Lanfeust series and its spin-off Troll de Troy, every member of the troll species hates water with a passion. It goes into Weaksauce Weakness level, as any human with a magic power over water disposes of a great weapon against trolls.

Fan Fic
  • Tails in Bath Time. It seems like Sonic would have been a more logical choice due to his dislike bordering on irrational terror of water being almost a defining element of his character.
  • Spock, according to Insontis II does not like water, and one whole segment is devoted to Kirk convincing child!Spock to take a bath, since he can't use the sonic showers.
  • Guilmon in Transcendence: Digital Curse apparently hates baths to the point that he sounds like he's being attacked while taking one.
  • Tama in The Lion King Adventures only bathes once a year, spending the rest of the time walking around covered in dirt and sweat.
    • Simba, as always. See below.
    • Shocker is an interesting case. He doesn't actively dislike baths like Simba or Tama, but he's too distracted by revenge to bother taking one. The result (according to Word of God) is that he smells like "a mix between stale sweat and burning rubber."
  • In Poison, the anti-drug spinoff of the above series, druggie lion cub Moto is a prime example, and lioness Sarafina starts out this way, though she gradually gets better.

Films — Animation

Films — Live-Action

Literature
  • Discworld
    • Werewolves are very dog-like, to the point of flinching whenever someone even mentions the word "bath."
    • The Nac Mac Feegle also have an aversion to washing, to the point where some believe it's their skin that comes off upon contact with soap and water, not grime.
    • Witches don't necessarily hate baths, but seldom find time out of their busy schedules to take them. Granny Weatherwax dislikes them because she can't be havin' with nudity, and settles for washing "all the bits", as and when they become available.
  • Shogun. Blackthorne was afraid of baths at the begining of the story. Notably, Blackthorne is an adult, but comes from 17th-century England where a bath a month was considered overdoing things.
  • Running Gag with the Dibbuns (baby animals) and vermin (Always Chaotic Evil species) in Redwall. The vermin actually have a comic song about how dangerous bathing is, about a young ferret who washed himself entirely out of existence.
  • Mr. Messy of the Mr. Men hates baths, as befits his name. He is forced into taking one at the end of the book bearing his name, and when he is newly cleaned, he jokes that he'll need to change his name now.
  • Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games is afraid of baths, because the capital tortured her by soaking her and shocking her electrically while they were holding her prisoner.
  • Piglet in Winnie the Pooh. When he gets washed by Kanga, the first thing he does is look for a puddle to roll around in.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire. Tomboy Princess Arya Stark while travelling incognito in the Riverlands complains when she stops at a holdfast and the women force her to take a bath (and wear a dress) because she had one a couple of weeks ago.
  • In Creator/Betty Mac Donald's Series/Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Books the Radish Cure involves a little girl who refuses to take a bath.

Live-Action TV
  • Leave It to Beaver. Both Beaver and Waly on sometimes display this attitude, at least until they get older. In the first episode, they fake taking a bath by rumpling towels and putting dirt in the bath tub.
  • The Brady Bunch. The dog Tiger hates baths.

Newspaper Comics
  • Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes. Though one time he had a good reason, as the water came to life and tried to drown him.
  • Dennis in Dennis The Menace (US).
    • A comic book story featured his dog Ruff having a similar aversion to baths, but otherwise loving getting wet. According to Dennis, it was the soap that they both loathed.
  • Hägar the Horrible takes his bath once a year.
  • In one of the early strips of Peanuts, Charlie Brown tries to stall taking a bath using tactics that would later be imitated by Calvin. However, this aspect to his character never got the same level of attention as Calvin got, it being awkward when no adult can appear or speak to force the issue, and was eventually forgotten. Presumably he grew out of it.
  • Wellington's dog Boot in The Perishers. His aversion to being bathed (in an old tin bath) turns bathtimes into epic battles.
  • The water-hating Wiley from B.C..

Theatre

Video Games
  • A PC Dark Sun game had, as one of its villains, an Evil Sorcerer who was fond of cruel irony. One of the first of his "experiments" the Player Party discovers is a bronze statue under an ever-running showerhead, body frozen in twisted agony. A sign nearby reveals that this used to be one of his assistants, who disliked baths.
  • Ōkami. Amaterasu hates getting wet and tries to avoid water (as does Issun, who dubs her "No-Bath Ammy").
  • In The Sims 2, dogs can end up becoming this if they're not praised for behaving in the bath, or if they are praised for jumping out.
  • Pascal in Tales of Graces is prone to this (not for hating baths inherently, but because they get in the way of her research) often enough that one of the secret boss fights consists of Cheria basically beating Pascal up to force her to take a bath. It is disturbingly difficult.
  • Touko Fukawa in Danganronpa doesn't bathe in the entirety of her time at the school (a period of several weeks at least) and is generally implied to have bad hygiene. After the protagonist falls into a garbage disposal shaft, she makes fun of him for smelling worse than she does.
  • Wade in Grand Theft Auto V insists on taking no baths, even after he's been covered head to toe in sewage.

Web Comics
  • Lardee from My Milk Toof who hides and says "I don't wanna".
  • The Cyantian Chronicles: King Laish's son Sar, to the point of throwing a screaming fit and calling for his mother, Queen Mirand.
  • Faen Val'Sullisinrune of Drowtales after the 15 year timeskip, and with very good reason given what she witnessed earlier in the story.
  • In Housepets!, Grape (a cat, naturally) routinely has to be tricked into taking baths. By her own declaration she's even gone so far as to eat mud to avoid getting bathed.

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes: Elmer Fudd's dog in the short An Itch in Time.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Tigger tries to hide Roo from Kanga to keep from taking a bath. Tigger seems to hate baths even more than Roo does, as he keeps claiming they lead to "The End!"
  • Rugrats:
    • Phil and Lil hate taking baths.
    • Tommy also temporarily hated baths in the episode, "Down the Drain", when one of his toy soldiers fell down the drain. Angelica telling him and Chuckie an obviously made-up story about a kid who got sucked down the drain certainly didn't help matters. He does everything in his power to avoid taking a bath, but nothing works. Fortunately, he overcomes his fear at the end of the episode.
    • Dil also hates baths, as seen in the short, "Dil's Bathtime." In contrast, his older brother, Tommy, loves taking baths.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In one episode, Buttercup keeps getting dirty after a fight and refuses to bathe. This escalates as more dirt gets layered on her until she eventually run out of town for her smell. The final straw comes when a monster refuses to continue to fight her due to the stink, resulting in her giving in and taking a bath.
  • KaBlam!: In one "Life With Loopy" segment, Loopy refuses to bathe because she'll "just get messy again."
  • Muppet Babies: Rowlf's dislike of baths is the focus of one of the episodes.
  • The Simpsons. One of the shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show concerned Bart being forced to take a bath. He doesn't want to initially (even hiding from Homer to avoid it) but once he's in and used to the cold water he has fun, eventually flooding the house.
  • In "New Kid on the Block", Lisa reacts with surprise when Bart willingly takes a bath.
  • Taz-Mania: A running theme is "TAZ HATE WATER!!!!" This applied to any thing that involved getting wet. Baths just made it ten times worse.
  • Tommy Gilligan from Codename: Kids Next Door. The episode "Operation: DUCKY" is all about this trope.
  • Gary, SpongeBob SquarePants snail refuses to let Spongebob bathe him in one episode even resorting to TELEPORTATION to avoid getting in the bath. Strange, as they live underwater....
  • Martha on Martha Speaks.
  • In some episodes, Mickey's mention of baths would make Pluto scurry off in a hurry for someplace to hide.
  • Krypto The Super Dog: Streaky the Supercat would often try to avoid a bath from his owner as much as possible. Although this could have more to do with the fact that his owner's a little kid who treats him a bit too roughly than him being a cat disliking baths in general.
  • Caillou, until his mother made it fun by putting in some bubbles and bath toys. Later adapted as a song for one of the show's music albums.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy Turner is shown as hating baths for one episode at least. However, when he is poofed out of the tub completely naked in a public place, he finds out there are things much worse than taking a bath.
  • Toad from X-Men: Evolution.
    Toad: EW! I touched soap!
  • As has been mentioned in the comic section Dennis of Dennis the Menace (UK) hates bathing, but the 1996 animated adaptation took this to the extreme. In one episode "Bathnight Club" it is revealed the Ministry of Defense wants to keep him from bathing as his smelly socks are an effective biological weapon, however when the rest of the world declares world peace to avoid said weapon it becomes a military exercise to get him to bathe. Eventually the Queen sends him a large swimming pool waterslide bath which he is actually happy to embrace. In another episode it is revealed the dirty bath water he does leave behind on the occasions he does bathe is easily confused for crude oil!
  • In the Sonic Underground episode, "Beginnings", Sonic hated taking baths as a kid. His foster father would have to bribe him with chili dogs to get him to take one.

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