open/close all folders
- A Flash cartoon advertisement for Monsavon Smoothie Care shower gel which can be seen here has a mother and daughter doing a dance in modesty towels◊. With the last image, the towels fall.◊
- Isaiah Mustafa of the The Man Your Man Could Smell Like Old Spice adverts is known for wearing one. It's all he wears in the personalized Youtube response videos, and even mentions that the only way to do community service is in a towel. Eventually it changes since whenever he changes the scene, he wears new clothes as the situation demands. But never a shirt.
- Many spoofs of advertisements featuring towel-only clad models have appeared through the years. However, North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, took this a step farther in the spring of 2002 when members of the school newspaper, The Lance, published a "centerfold" featuring students — including several 18-year-old male and female students — dressed minimally, including some girls wrapped only in towels. Related pictures (which also appeared in a "minimal clothing calendar") appeared on the April 25, 2002, issue's back page. The student editor told the Moline Daily Dispatch that his staff had gotten the idea from reading ads for such items as perfume and shaving cream in magazines that circulated at the school's library. The resulting newspaper gained noteriety in the community for several days as several conservative-minded community members expressed their concern about the morality of the feature and, despite the absence of outright nudity and a disclaimer that the students were dressed, the fact that child pornography had inadvertently been published. (All of the students pictured in the issue were seniors, but the worry was that some had yet to turn 18.)
- A woman is painting a naked male model wearing only a towel over certain parts you can't show on TV, and she is even painting the towel on the portrait, but her biggest concern was the problem the model had, a discolored toenail. (This was, of course, an ad for a toenail fungus treatment.) If she wanted not to show that, why didn't she just have him wear a bathing suit or underpants?
- In a commercial for Bad Company, Chris Rock ends up pulling the same gag as James Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun, below.
- Subverted in this Diet Rite commercial. In the locker room a football player wraps his towel around his neck instead to the delight of the female reporter.
- This Proactiv commercial features Olivia Munn materializing out of nowhere to the shock of a young man in a towel to tell him that Proactiv will clear up his face quicker than the cleanser he was about to use. His towel falls, of course, and Munn tries to back out of the room.
Anime & Manga
- Every harem-ecchi anime has these scenes. And the towel often do not stay on for long.
- When at a public bathhouse Kirito from Akagami no Shirayukihime and several background characters are seen wearing towels around their waists implying that everyone is wearing them even though the others are submerged to the point that the towels wouldn't be visible.
- In Aldnoah.Zero, scenes of both episodes 9 and 10 had Rayet in nothing but a towel. The Fanservice expectations are turned around in their heads, however, because she has a mental breakdown, tries to murder Asseylum and then attempts to shoot herself dead. All while still wearing only a towel.
- Nino wears one while bathing (outdoors) in Arakawa Under the Bridge (much to Ko/Ric's disappointment). She didn't originally, but one time she was getting in just as a police car went by, and it was "a pain".
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, when France goes around in the Christmas Special, he catches Spain in the shower. He pulls the curtain towards himself, but only manages to cover his crotch.
- In Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts the extremely effeminate male Hideyoshi wears a towel this way, as seen in episode 6.
- Code Geass
- Kallen does this when she's pulling double duty yet again, storming in on C.C. to complain about how their plan at the beginning of season 2 played out. Turned into a Crowning Moment of Funny when she realizes C.C. is in the middle of a meeting with a few gentlemen from the Chinese Federation. In an oddly-effeminate (if understandable) moment she screams and runs behind a screen, despite the men having gotten a good look already. Angrier than ever, she continues to complain to C.C. and almost has the towel fall off in the process.
- Special edition DVD revealed that the Aomori incident implied Kallen and C.C. fleeing wearing only towels.
- In the Dirty Pair movie Project EDEN, Yuri and Kei are forced to fight off against several alien-like creatures while in towels when their bubble baths get interrupted. They are then forced to retreat without getting their clothes and end up wearing the towels after modifying them in bikini form for the rest of the movie — which isn't any different than the skimpy clothing they already wear.
- One episode of Digimon Adventure has Sora and Mimi trying to escape and fighting Cockatorimon after escaping from the showers, wearing nothing but towels. This was an example of Getting Crap Past the Radar since the US brodcasting also shows it.
- Shizuka in Doraemon, sometimes after her usual bath. One occasion has also the towel fall down while she is on the phone with Nobita and Doraemon (that has added a video option to phone).
- The anime of first Dragon Ball series has kid Goku takes a towel. When Bulma is telling Goku that the towel is supposed to go on his front, he puts it in front of his head. Another episode has Bulma comes out of the shower in a towel and yells at Oolong for giving her his pajamas that do not fit her.
- One gets applied in the Anime Adaption of Eiken, but Eiken being Eiken, this barely covers the girl's front as opposed to wrap around.
- This is all Tessa is wearing when she first meets Kaname in Full Metal Panic!. Sousuke tries to explain to Kaname that the girl who just came out of his shower is one of his superiors at Mithril, but is not believed.
- As an effeminate male, Kazuki did this in the Get Backers anime (as well as Hevn and Natsumi, when the camera cut back to them), but he didn't bother in the manga version. He has a very nice rear...
- In the Gintama anime, Gintoki and Hijikata got into a fight at a sauna, which consisted mainly of a lot of grabbing each other while wearing ridiculously tiny towels. Needless to say, it is AWESOME!
- Gundam Build Fighters, which is shown in the page image above, features Aila as she comes out of Sei's and Reiji's room after Rinko and China come in with good food.
- There's a short Super-Deformed Hot Springs Anime Special for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 that features Modesty Towels; and apparently it's entirely possible to swim underwater freely while wrapped in these. Also, considering the nature of the Haruka franchise, had the special not been drawn in the Super-Deformed style, it probably would've been much more valuable in terms of Fanservice...
- The unusual usage of towels is lampshaded in Hayate the Combat Butler, where the narrator points out that the towels are added due to broadcast regulations and shouldn't be worn in baths because it's unhygienic and disliked by bath attendants.
- The Idolmaster: Miki accidentally enters the men's bath wearing just a towel. She then "accidentally" lets it start to slip off while talking to the Producer.
- Katekyō Hitman Reborn! has these for all the guys during the Hot Springs Epic Battle in the OAV. Much to the fangirls' disappointment.
- In the Love Hina manga, characters are normally naked when in the hot springs, while in the anime, they are often wrapped in towels. Evidently, even the Barbie-doll bodies of the manga are too risqué for anime.
- Present on every character during the Hot Springs Episode of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, though absent... everywhere else.
- Censor Steam aside, this was also quite common in Akamatsu's next work, the anime version of Mahou Sensei Negima!, also done by Xebec. In the manga, however...
- Roughly half of the episodes in Maicchingu Machiko Sensei show the main character in a modesty towel in one scene. In the vast majority of those scenes, the towel ends up being taken away one way or another.
- In Majokko Meg-chan, Meg wear one in episode 3 in a Shower Scene.
- Yuri from Mawaru-Penguindrum dons one in episode 15, right before she fights Masako.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Meyrin Hawke uses this as part of the old "can't open the door, I'm naked" trick women use when they hide someone pursued. Sure enough, they tell her to Please Put Some Clothes On and check the next room.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion:
- Rei wears one when Shinji goes to visit her apartment for a delivery, as she just finished showering at the time. Unfortunately, it falls to the floor when Shinji trips and falls on her... but being an Emotionless Girl, Rei barely reacts, despite Shinji's utter embarrassment.
- In the manga adaptation, Asuka plays a prank on Shinji - after threatening death if he pervs on her in the shower, Asuka later steps out wearing a towel and asks if he wants to see what's underneath, only to reveal she's put her clothes back on.
- Mana Kirishima from the Girlfriend of Steel visual novel one-ups both. After having Shinji swear that he absolutely won't peek, Mana comes out of the bathroom in a towel and, similarly to Asuka, asks if he wants to look before taking off the towel... but unlike Asuka, Mana is not baiting him but is actually naked. We don't get to see Shinji's reaction, only hear it - but Mana finds it amusing enough to laugh for the rest of the scene as the camera rapidly pans over her still frame, with a corner of the towel censoring her crotch (and Censor Steam over her breasts, though the latter is absent from the version in the visual novel's bonus materials).
- One Piece:
- Used after Luffy defeated Crocodile while everyone is in their own gender baths. Gets averted when the guys are looking over at the girls and Nami decides to give them what she liked to call: Happiness... PUNCH! Made funnier by Vivi's horrified expression at Nami when she does this.
- Many chapters later, Robin wears one she has taken a bath with Momonosuke and goes outside to ask for Momonosuke's kimono.
- Oddly enough, Brook has been known to do this.
- After being pulled into the water by Corphish in the Pokémon episode "Gone Corphishin'", May appears briefly in one while the protagonists' clothes dried.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Mami Tomoe is briefly shown in a towel after getting out of the bath. Then she hears a Nightmare is on the loose, tugs on her towel aaaand...scene change to the battlefield, where she's fully clothed.
- Ranma ˝:
- While the title character really couldn't care less, Akane will wrap her in a towel anyway. Even if there's nobody but girls in the room. Left to his own devices Ranma wraps the towel around his hips male-style regardless of his current form. Towels get a lot of use since Ranma's Gender Bender curse is triggered by hot and cold water.
- Akane herself dons the Modesty Towel quite a bit.
- In the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga, when Touga sees Dios's power for the first time and decides to get close to Utena to find out more about it, he joins Utena's household as a "shimobe" (personal servant). The first time Utena hears of this is the next day, when he waltzes out of her shower, clad only in a Modesty Towel.
- Sailor Moon:
- Used in the Hot Springs Episode of the first season. Shingo is embarrassed about wearing one, and when Usagi teases him about it, he retaliates by stealing hers and leaving Usagi naked.
- Used hilariously in one episode of Sailor Moon Stars. When Seiya is hanging out at Usagi's house while her parents are out (it's completely innocent, don't look at me like that...), Chibi-Chibi spills cake all over him, so he uses her shower to clean himself up while his clothes are being washed. Meanwhile, the other girls show up... just in time for him to come out of the shower in what appears to be the tiniest towel on the face of the earth, asking where his clothes are. Then Chibi-Chibi complains that he's using her towel and proceeds to do her best to get it away from him. Hilarity Ensues.
- Pacifica Casull from Scrapped Princess has an odd habit of bathing with a towel wrapped around her.
- In Summer Wars, Natsuki emerges from the bathroom to chase down one of her little cousins who had gone running from the bathroom without a stitch, when she runs into Kenji. She quickly darts back in to the bathroom, while Kenji averts his eyes and insists that he saw nothing.
- Aeka and Sasami used these at times in versions of Tenchi Muyo! Even in the spring. This would be more of a character decision, though; it's hard to call it censorship when everyone else around them goes without.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- A particular example from To Love-Ru, in the two-part story "War At The Public Bathhouse". Yami, along with Lala, Haruna and Mikan, is attacked by two bounty hunters in a public bath who use Rito (controlled by a device). All the girls (and Rito) wears towel. One of two hunters makes also Rito pull of Haruna's towel.
- One issue of Excalibur has Nightcrawler wearing a Modesty Towel when another character bursts into the bathroom and tries to kill him. Conveniently, the towel remains firmly in place throughout the ensuing struggle.
- Donald Duck wears a Modesty Towel after taking a shower. Given that he doesn't wear pants, presumably it's done because it's funny.
- One Smurf got stuck wearing a towel throughout most of The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurfs and the Howlibird", and when Papa Smurf has to do a bullfight with a Howlibird stripped of its feathers to wear it down, he takes that Smurf's towel to do it!
- Issue 121 of Witchblade opens with Sara stepping out of the shower and answering the phone in a towel, holding the phone in one hand while stroking her hair with the other and using The Witchblade (a cosmic artifact of nigh limitless power) to hold up her towel.
- When Bruce sent Tim to Dick for Dick to start Tim's training (without of course giving Dick any warning about it) Tim arrived just after Dick had finished a shower meaning Dick answered the door in an open bathrobe with a towel preserving his modesty.
- A strip in Pondus, during the period where Jokke lives together with Tammy-Sue, sees him sitting and watching TV, bemoaning that there is nothing interesting while Tammy-Sue pass behind him, wearing only a Towel, which gets stuck halfway through the scene dropping the Towel, without Jokke noticing.
- The Wicked Lovely Nirial fanfiction Wishes has Niall wishing he had one of these.
- In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Mikuru had one of these the first time she arrived at Nagato's apartment for training.
- In Child of the Storm, Betsy wears one of these when going into and coming out of the shower. She drops it twice. The first time is calculated to get an idea of what Peter Wisdom's really like since she can't read his mind. His reaction is less titillation, more irritation. This leads to the second one, which is simply calculated to annoy him.
- One of the Figuretoons at OAFEnet showed Wolverine wearing one of these towels on his way to the shower.
- In the WWE story Fact or Faked, John Cena goes to the Divas dressing room to borrow a pair of socks. Gail Kim offers to lend him some, but as she has just finished showering, she is only wearing a towel. While she's bent over her gym bag to get socks for him, John sees Gail has a penis.
Films — Live-Action
- in See No Evil, Hear No Evil the evil femme fatale killer Eve (played by Joan Severence) emerges from her shower wearing nothing but a towel but the deaf hero Dave tricks her into dropping said towel by passing off his erection as a gun.
- In Shallow Grave, the female lead wears her towel in the male fashion when emerging from the bathroom, giving the audience titillation in the form of a topless scene.
- In 5x2, the lead characters go to a hotel after finalising their divorce in order to have intercourse one last time. The woman takes a shower, emerges wrapped in a towel and keeps it on while getting into the bed. Her ex-husband asks her why she covers up like that and whether it is because they are no longer married. She responds that she does not know why.
- Subverted in Hot Dog!: The Movie. The heroes stop at a hotel and ring for service, whereupon we see the woman who runs it reach for a towel as she steps out of a hot tub. She then walks in... towel wrapped around her hair. It's the only thing she has on.
- Like in the above entry, Ally Sheedy does much the same thing after skinnydipping in Maid to Order. Hell, you can't afford to be too modest when your ass is the only reason to see the movie.
- Used to keep a PG rating in Enchanted (and also because it's funny), when Robert accidentally walks in on Giselle stepping out of the shower. Two doves move a towel in front of her just as he opens the door.
- The Blue Max:
- Ursula Andress (Kaeti) wears a towel carefully looped around her neck, with the dangling ends only just managing to cover both breasts. Yet while she moves around a lot, nothing ever get exposed.
- Fantastic Four:
- Reed gets an Accidental Pervert moment as he accidentally walks in on Sue when she's about to get into the shower. She responds by clutching the towel to her and simultaneously turning invisible... you'd think one of the two would be enough, but maybe it was just reflex.
- Subverted in the sequel, where Johnny comes out a shower room wrapped in a towel and is accosted by the female military officer he's had his eye on. Johnny insists she was waiting there on purpose to catch him in the nude. Seeing as how he's played by Chris Evans, who wouldn't?
- James Bond:
- Riffed in The Man with the Golden Gun when James Bond surprises Andrea Anders in the shower. She tells him to hand her a towel, so he does. Only it's a hand towel.
- A Deleted Scene from Diamonds Are Forever has Plenty O'Toole, a minor character and almost one-night-stand of James Bond, returning to his apartment wearing nothing but a white towel after she had been thrown out of his hotel room and lands in a pool while wearing nothing but her underwear and high heels.
- One scene in Thunderball has Bond encounter a Femme Fatale in the bath, and she asks him to hand her something to wear. Bond hands her a pair of high heels. She eventually uses a face towel.
- Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker fight wearing this in a bath house during the second Rush Hour movie, replacing towels with bath robes. (They end up being thrown out naked anyway.)
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie, Trillian is about to emerge from a shower when she asks Arthur for a towel, adding to the already well-established "Most Versatile Object in the Universe" gag.
- Subverted in the horror film Sorority Row. A girl does have a modesty towel but as a punishment for going into the seniors' bathroom, she is forced to remove it and walk across the house back to her bedroom in the buff.
- Lampshaded and lampooned in The Three Stooges short film A-Plumbing We Will Go. Curly has to evict a bather from a shower he needs to repair. After some bantering with the bather, Curly loses his patience and pulls the shower curtain, to reveal that the occupant had been showering with a towel already wrapped around him.
- In Youngblood, Rob Lowe's towel falls off to the delight of Cynthia Gibb.
- In What's Up, Tiger Lily?, Teri is in Phil's apartment, wearing only a towel:
Teri: (seductively) Name three presidents.
Phil: Roosevelt, McKinley... (opens towel) ...Lincoln?
- From the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie:
- All the cops at the locker room use these, but Hutch and Starsky are the only ones using hand towels.
- Prior to that, an attractive blonde cheerleader wrapped a modesty towel around herself after undressing in front of Starsky and Hutch as they questioned her on a dirty ex.
- In Romancing the Stone, Joan Wilder emerges from the shower with a towel around her.
- Subverted by Maxine Wasa in Savage Beach when she wraps a towel around her waist.
- Fletch asks Mrs. Stanwyk when she answers the door wearing a towel: "Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo."
- The Thai action film Chai Lai (Dangerous Flowers) features a lengthy fight scene that breaks out while the five heroines are getting a massage, forcing them to fight still wearing only their towels. Rather than rely upon any editing tricks, the actresses themselves are clearly wearing white bikinis.
- H.O.T.S has a scene in which Honey Shane wraps one towel around her waist and the other around her neck and over her breasts in the locker room after she gets out of the shower to change clothes.
- In ...All The Marbles, Angela Aames is shown coming out of the bathroom wearing just a towel wrapped around her waist.
- In A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Katie briefly wears one before Victor deprives her of it and locks her out of the house.
- Jerin from A Brother's Price averts this - he puts on a "bathing gown" in order to be somewhat more clothed in case he meets one of the female guests of the house. He does.
- In the book of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Mc Murphy greets Nurse Ratched wearing one on his second day at the hospital, as he had just showered. When she says he can't walk around like that, he threatens to take it off he's wearing boxer shorts underneath.
- Subverted in Prelude to Foundation. Hari is dressed from the waist down. Dors is also wearing a towel from the waist down. One causes a bit more awkwardness.
- In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry puts one on while in the bath after realizing that Moaning Myrtle is spying on him.
- Shows up a few times in The Dresden Files.
- In Storm Front, he's just out of the shower when the date he'd forgotten about (because he took a few blows to the head) shows up. He covers himself with a towel, then a demon shows up and the towel falls off while he's fighting it. This is made more complicated when he realizes said date accidentally drank a love potion instead of an escape potion.
- Harry gets into trouble because of someone else's modesty towel in Proven Guilty. He's letting Molly, his friend's 17-year-old daughter, get cleaned up in his hotel room while waiting for her mother, Charity, to pick her up. Molly steps out of the bathroom, wearing a towel which is perhaps less modest than it should be, just as Charity is asking Harry where Molly is. She decks Harry in the jaw, orders Molly to put her clothes on, and storms out.
- In the short story "Day Off," he is again getting ready for a date when business interrupts in the form of two naked werewolves. This time he does have time to get some clothing on before everything goes pear-shaped.
- Because she had just been showering, Amberley spends most of the two page Ciaphas Cain short story "The Little Things" wearing only a towel. The exception is when kidnappers trying to grab her (or possibly her wealthy cover identity) break into her hotel room and she attacks one of them with the towel until Cain can subdue them.
- Game shows: Many game shows with models — especially if they're the beautiful, 20-something type — will sometimes feature them wrapped in towels if they are modeling spas, saunas and similar prizes.
- During the height of the "classic-model" era of The Price Is Right, Bob Barker frequently made a joke that the "Barker's Beauty" who was modeling a spa or sauna was "completely naked", all which drew laughs from the audience; of course, the model was dressed in a towel, but she was laying inside in such a way that only her bare shoulders and up could be seen above the ledge. The joke went away after Dian Parkinson's departure from the show (after her ill-fated affair with Barker and subsequent sexual harassment lawsuits).
- Wheel of Fortune: Vanna White was one of the few models who never (if not, rarely) was seen in a towel to model a spa, sauna, etc. However, that did not stop her from one time sitting, bare-shouldered, in a spa alongside a bare-chested Pat Sajak at the end of one episode.
- Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, which has aired its "surprise" presentations of $1 million checks on live television (usually on Super Bowl Sunday), once caught a 21-year-old girl wrapped in nothing but a towel answering the door of a winner.
- Battlestar Galactica (2003):
- In one episode ("Home, Part II"), Number Six uses an interesting variant — a Modesty Chair which she straddles backward — when she talks with Baltar. Probably inspired by the famous Christine Keeler photo◊.
- In The Documentary episode, Lee uses a Modesty Towel, although he is apparently unable to properly fasten it around his waist.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Penny plays the trope straight in the pilot, while using Leonard and Sheldon's shower. It never seems to occur to her later that Howard's constant hitting on her might have something to do with first meeting him in a towel.
- In the Burn Notice episode "Better Halves", Michael and a Russian agent get into a fight in a sauna wearing nothing but white terrycloth towels. Defying several laws of physics, at the end of the fight, both towels are still firmly in place.
- Chuck: Captain Awesome [Devon] — practically every episode he's in!
- Doctor Who
- In the TV-movie, the Eighth Doctor escapes from a morgue wrapped in the funeral shroud they put his body under.
- In Series Five, the Doctor, under the (mistaken) impression that his roommate is being attacked, races out of the shower to rescue him, barely managing to wrap a towel around his waist beforehand. Considering that this is the Eleventh Doctor, it is rather impressive that he remembered to grab a towel at all.
- Family Matters:
- During the house party scenes of the first-season episode "The Party", Shawn Harrison makes an appearanc as "Boy in Towel," a classmate of Eddie's who is dressed only with a towel around his waist; the kid still has just a towel on when Carl comes home early and kicks everyone out. (Although he was nameless in this episode, the "Boy in Towel" had the same mannerisms and voice as Waldo Faldo, whom the character (fully dressed in future episodes) eventually became.)
- In the seventh-season episode "The Naked and the Nerdy", during a bathroom scene Urkel humorously wears his towel high up on his chest, somewhat in the female manner. (Laura wears one too ... only after Urkel accidentally sees her in the buff.)
- Discussed by Chandler in one episode:
Chandler: You know what's weird. Donald Duck never wore pants. But whenever he's getting out of the shower, he always put a towel around his waist. I mean, what is that about?
- Chandler starts acting in a feminine manner after listening to the wrong subliminal tape, complete with towels around the head and chest.
- In another episode, Rachel is victim of an interesting case of malfunctioning modesty towel.
Chandler: That's a relatively open weave and I can still see your... nipular areas.
- Discussed by Chandler in one episode:
- Grey's Anatomy: Dr. Sloan's first appearance. His very first appearance was actually hitting on Meredith in the hospital, although the scene with the towel is probably his most famous.
- Hilariously subverted in an episode of Lucky Louie where a male character enters the kitchen wearing a towel the way a woman would, the "hem" barely concealing his package. Then, standing with his crotch a foot in front of Louie's face he casually bends backward revealing what the towel was meant to conceal.
- The BBC's 2012 production of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2 decided that a short conversation between the Prince of Wales and his "friend" needed to be in a sauna. With wet towels.
- Played humorously with on In Plain Sight, where the main character's boyfriend asks for a towel from inside his shower. She goes to look for them, she finds them all missing except a washcloth, explaining a towel filled suitcase earlier in the season which was thought to contain drugs. She leaves the washcloth hanging on the handle and joins him in the shower.
- M*A*S*H had many.
- In one of the first episodes, wounded are coming while one of the nurses is in the shower. She runs through the camp in only a towel and accidentally leaves the towel with Hawkeye, prompting a rare salute from him.
- In an episode where a sniper is shooting at the camp, Radar (who was in the showers with Col. Blake) tries to make a run for it in his modesty towel. He loses it just before he gets back to the showers, but gets another while he's inside.
- Margaret's father called the 4077th once, and she ran through the camp wearing only a towel to take the call.
- The episode where Hawkeye and BJ got a portable bathtub had several.
- When Hawkeye first tried out the tub, he had just wrapped his modesty towel around himself when Margaret came in.
Margaret: I want it. I want it.
Hawkeye: Women often have that reaction when they see me naked.
- Later, two soldiers get in a fight while line waiting to use the tub (one accused the other of cutting). During this, Charles pointed out the fight and as people in line went to watch, he moved forward. The last person he mentions it to is the soldier using the tub, who runs out in a towel to check it out.
- Near the end, Margaret finally gets to use the tub, until Klinger (who had been trying again for a Section 8 by wearing winter clothing during a heat wave) jumped in the tub with her. Margaret runs out of the tent wearing only her towel, humiliated.
- When Hawkeye first tried out the tub, he had just wrapped his modesty towel around himself when Margaret came in.
- Monday Night Football: An infamous pre-show skit aired November 15, 2004, as a takeoff of Nicolette Sheridan's Edie Britt character on Desperate Housewives. Sheridan, in-character as Edie and dressed only in a towel, enters the Philadelpia Eagles locker room and seduces wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens remains focused until Edie takes it off ... takes it all off, after which Owens remarks that the Eagles "are gonna have to win this game without me" as an estatic Edie jumps into Owens' arms. Afterward, two women — perhaps reflecting the soon-to-come negative criticism over the incident (and it did come, despite the absence of outright nudity) — scoff at the skit before shouting to the camera, "Are you ready for some football?!"
- Sisters: The first two seasons (summer 1991-1992) of this weekly serio-drama featured the four main female leads sitting in a steam sauna, towels wrapped around their chests and chatting about whatever.
- In Smallville, "Escape", Chloe possessed by the Silver Banshee walks into Clark's shower and drops her towel in an attempt to seduce him. Trying very hard not to look, Clark hastily wraps her up again.
- On To Catch a Predator, Chris Hansen has provided these on more than one occasion to "guests" that stripped naked when entering the house.
- Played straight in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody when one of the title characters spent a good part of the episode wearing a towel that reached from his ankles to his ribs. Was it a towel or a carpet??
- This is standard practice in Japan on documentary or magazine TV shows that show public baths or hot spring resorts. While no one actually wears towels in the water at these baths in real life, the presenters or celebrities are shown wearing towels in the typical male or female style. There's even often a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen saying "Towels have been used for the purposes of filming", as if to reassure the viewer that this isn't some weird prudish resort, and they do allow good old-fashioned nudity in real life.
- Parodied (like everything else) in Angie Tribeca. To enter a locker room, Geils and Tanner cover themselves up with bath towels... over their street clothes. Later, the villain whips the towels off them and runs off while the two cover themselves in embarrassment, even though they're fully dressed.
- In K Drama ''My Love From Another Star" main character Do Min-Joon takes this trope further by repeatedly wearing a towel while showering, although this can be explained by the fact that he is secretly an alien.
- Lucifer. Chloe hears an intruder while taking a shower, grabs and towel and a gun and goes to investigate. It turns out to be Lucifer who's casually barged into her house to cook her breakfast. Chloe drops her towel in shock and Lucifer is impressed with what he sees.
- Parodied in Blackish, when Bow and Dre are standing by the bathroom sink getting ready. Dre wears his in the feminine style, representing his conservative upbringing, while Bow's is in the masculine style, representing her carefree personality.
- In an episode of Cold Case, the second half of a gay couple emerges from the shower already wearing a towel around his waist, joining his partner, who is similarly clad. Despite the fact that by this point in their relationship, they'd likely be quite comfortable being naked around each other.
- In one episode of Boy Meets World, Shawn answers the door wearing just a towel when he first meets Angela, who would soon become his Love Interest. He's clearly smitten with her immediately, and Corey, who's been recording everything in Shawn's apartment a la The Real World, is standing off to the side, muttering that he should drop the towel. At this prompting, Angela actually kisses Shawn for Corey's movie, while he's still only in a towel.
- "Girl on the Billboard" by Del Reeves.
- At the WWF's 1987 "Slammy Awards," "Ravishing" Rick Rude, having The Gimmick of a sexy ladies'-man chippendale, did a strip-tease act when he came onstage to accept the "Jesse 'the Body'" award for best-looking male wrestler. At the height of his act, Rude began taking off his pants when "Mean" Gene Okerlund ran out and began wrapping a towel around an annoyed Rude's waist (Rude, of course, was wearing a thong). After his acceptance speech, he took one of the showgirls backstage and threw a towel on-stage, giving the impression that Rude was completely in the buff (off-stage).
- WWE's Val Venis (Sean Morley), as part of his "porn star" gimmick, wore a modesty towel around his waist during his standard ring entrance during the late 1990s. (Yes, a pair of wrestling trunks was underneath).
- In a 2002 episode of Raw, Chris Jericho and Christian come out of the shower wearing towels and find out their bags (and along with them, their clothes) have been stolen by The Dudley Boys. Jericho and Christian spend much of the rest of the episode wandering backstage trying to find something to wear. Later, the Dudleys came out to the ring and began throwing Jericho and Christian's clothes into the crowd, prompting them to come out on the stage. Once the Dudleys finish throwing their clothes and their bags into the crowd, Spike Dudley comes out and relieves Jericho and Christian of their towels.
- Subverted on WWE No Mercy of 2006: William Regal was wearing a towel during a segment with Vito. While Regal was moving around, his penis was exposed.
- A week after the Terrell Owens-Nicolette Sheridan Monday Night Football "towel skit" aired and gained negative criticism by conservative critics and women's groups, a parody skit aired on Monday Night Raw. Shelton Benjamin was initially in the Owens role, while — despite wearing a nose brace due to a legit injury suffered a week earlier — babelicious blonde diva Trish Stratus was the towel-clad Edie Britt (Sheridan's Desperate Housewives character), this time with Benjamin trying to prepare for a match and Trish doing her best to turn on her sexual charms. WWE owner Vince McMahon entered the locker room to express (mock) outrage, claiming the swift downfall of society would result by solely said actions being aired on TV. Benjamin walked off disgusted, and after he left McMahon immediately focused entirely on Trish... who took it all off. Cue the Monday Night Football theme as an orgasmic McMahon gleefully said, "Are you ready for some wrestlin'?"
- In a spot in 2005 where John Cena is trying to poll backstage to find out how they feel about Kurt Angle, he ends up in the Divas' locker room. Candice Michelle steps in front of him and drops her towel.
- After their Face–Heel Turn, Velvet Sky came to ringside in a towel, then flashed the referee, distracting him and allowing Angelina Love to cheat and win.
- After defeating Barbie Boy for the vacant World Wrestling League Diosas title, the camera next showed Ivelisse Vélez in the locker room, covering herself with a towel when Wonderful Xander barged in to flirt with her.
- In Cactus Flower, Julian enters Toni's apartment one evening and is surprised to find Igor Sullivan wearing nothing but a towel.
- In Persona 3:
- Both the boys and the girls are all wearing these during their visit to the hot springs in the Kyoto trip. They're worn around the waist and around the bust, respectively, as one would expect, but where the boys' character portraits are positioned (moreso in the portable version) makes it seem as if they aren't wearing them at all.
- Also, during the July Full Moon operation, Yukari comes out of the shower, dressed only in a towel, to greet the Main Character (and presumably do more than that)—she's under the influence of the Shadow of the Lovers Arcana. She comes out of the Lovers Shadow's trance immediately upon seeing him and slaps him for seeing her in that state. The Playstation Portable version of the game also has this happen if you pick a female protagonist, with the person coming out of the shower being Akihiko instead.
- Mitsuru also comes out of her private shower (the only one in the dorm, at that) and lounges around in a towel while musing about her friends and fashion. She only doffs it when she walks out of frame again... which is lucky, since she was being recorded by a surveillance camera and was none the wiser.
- Kira's entrance in Arcana Heart starts with her wearing one that she dramatically flings away at the same time that she puts on her swimsuit.
- MapleStory has these as an equip. Oddly enough, it's one of the best items a pure can have/make, as it's one of the few relatively cheap pieces of overall armor that can be scrolled numerous times for a specific stat.
- Haunting Ground: The opening cinematic has Fiona awake in the cellar of Castle Belli in nothing but a bedsheet to cover herself. However, the "modesty" part is questionable, considering it's semitransparent and, at exactly 2:49, you can see she isn't wearing anything underneath it.
- One of the people you must possess in Geist is a woman taking a shower. After you scare her out of the shower, she wraps a towel around herself. A different woman with glasses is also in the shower, also wearing a towel. After scaring her a bit and possessing her, you have to go get dressed before she'll leave the locker room.
- In The Sims 3, if a character has their clothes stolen while skinny dipping, they immediately cover up in one of these on emerging from the pool.
- In Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet and the more humanoid enemies wear these in the showers (and lose them upon taking damage, leaving them with Censor Boxes).
- Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia features Modesty Towel as a battle costume for Aurica. Somehow, it gives away most stats of all her clothes selection.
- Elh wears one during the two Shower of Awkward scenes in Solatorobo. It's perhaps implied that Red tried to steal it the first time.
- In Tales of Vesperia, Karol reluctantly wears one as his employee "uniform" (They ran out of proper ones) while working part time at a hot spring with the rest of the party. He gets to keep it as a costume once the job is done and is rather displeased by it. He'll also complain in a skit about having to wear it again if you equip it on him afterward.
- The first Fear Effect game features a sequence in which Hana is interrupted in the shower by a zombie attack and forced to fight her way through the jungle wearing only a towel. Careful use of the combat roll command during this level reveals only impenetrable darkness underneath. At the level's conclusion, Hana is ambushed and held at gunpoint by a random mook and the player must quickly select the towel from the inventory, which causes Hana to take it off, distracting the mook long enough for Deke to arrive and perform a Neck Snap.
- In Little King's Story, the picture for the Hidden Hot Spring Wonder Spot features Apricot in one.
- In Until Dawn Sam is wearing one while being pursued by the killer. Miraculously, it stays on even when she's running.
- Subverted in Homestar Runner. While Coach Z is talking to Homestar about girls, an alien is shown in the background showering, while wearing a modesty towel... and then the towel falls down to reveal the alien's butt.
- In the RWBY episode "Burning the Candle", Ren is stepping out of the shower in a towel when Jaune grabs him and drags him into their dorm room. Jaune says he needed someone to confide to, and drones on about his failed love life, while Ren awkwardly sits there and tries to grab his clothes.
- Appears in DevilBear after the Daivas share some time in the Hot Springs.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Haley wears one for a quick gag on the bottom of "The Crayons of Time: Breaking Up is Hard to Do".
Haley: Zfq bq nzml? (Are we back?)
- And in "A Dish Best Served with +1d6 Cold Damage", to add insult to injury, Haley kills Crystal while she's just wearing a towel.
- Roy gets such a scene post-resurrection. Did you know you arrive naked when you're resurrected...? Though it's not even a towel; that's V's cape.
- Haley wears one for a quick gag on the bottom of "The Crayons of Time: Breaking Up is Hard to Do".
- In the Sluggy Freelance "GOFOTRON" arc, Princess-Princess actually puts a towel on for the naked part of her Transformation Sequence.
- Florence wears one after taking a bath at Winston's place, until he donates one of his shirts to provide for her modesty.
- Florence is called to the videofone.
- "Around the Universe in a Bath Towel" is the fourth Girls in Space story. Scarlet "Red" Macrumble spends almost the entire story wearing only a modesty towel.
- Eerie Cuties makes use of them to preserve the comic's PG-13 rating, during bath and shower scenes.
- Magick Chicks is also PG-13 and uses bath towels for the same reason as its parent comic. As seen here, when Faith steps out of the shower to check on Sandi's progress with the wand.
- In another PG-13 Pixie Trix comics example when Triana confronts Teddy in the girl's locker room in Dangerously Chloe shes's actually wearing three modesty towels: one around her bust, a second around her hips and a third thrown over her shoulders like a cape. She's all covered up because she's convinced Teddy is faking his Gender Bender and is shocked to discover that he isn't.
- In Meat Shield, it's more like Modesty Blankets for Jaine and Dhur after they get mugged.
- The cover for the first print collection of Housepets! shows Peanut and Grape wearing the male and female versions, respectively, of a modesty towel, even though they almost always walk around wearing only a collar in normal conditions.note
- On the first page of issue 4 of Flying Sparks, Johnny Benvinuti has just come out of the shower wearing only a towel, which suddenly slips off his body, leading to a Full-Frontal Assault.
- In the Lucky Bunny Bounty Show from in El Goonish Shive, Unusagi and Travis wear the female and male versions, respectively, during a Public Bathhouse Scene.
- Girl Genius: Agatha actually invokes the trope while on the Corbettite Railways, using it as a ploy to distract anybody entering her compartment, giving time for Krosp (and later Wooster) to take them out if they happen to be hostile. Unluckily, all those coming to visit are either allies or just train attendants, and thus she gives each of them an eyeful for nothing. She has pretty much given up on the pretense when an actual assassin shows up.
- In White Noise (Not the one that has a trope page) Teige wears his modesty towel female style. He also wears a tight, cropped undershirt reminiscent of a sports bra in his human disguise. It's foreshadowing the eventual reveal that he's transgender..
- Instinctively wrapping her towel girl-style is just one of the things programmed into Roxanne the gender-bent cheerleader by The Good Witch along with a full set of cheer routines, causing Roxanne some cognitive dissonance and making her wonder if any other parts of her brain were affected by her transformation.
- Former magical girl Tessa Quinn in Sleepless Domain wears a modesty towel in the scene that reveals the scar where her Power Tattoo used to be.
- On page 306 of Girls Next Door, Jareth inverts this trope. While a Modesty Towel is usually used to... well, preserve one's modesty, Jareth uses it as an opportunity to blatantly invoke a Shirtless Scene. This is made even more egregious by the fact that Jareth can (and frequently does) magically poof into different outfits—he has no need to ever be only partly dressed. Also, the towel he wears seems to be a hand towel, not a bath towel.
Sarah: ...Jareth we don't even own a towel that small.
- Done by Kate in the KateModern episode "Tariq Attack" and by Gavin in the episode "A Close Shave".
- A lot of half-dressed and undressed funny animals use such towels. Rule of Funny. Bugs Bunny, who is always naked except for his gloves, wears one in the short The Wabbit Who Came to Supper, during a scene in which he's coming out of the shower.
- Played for Laughs on Adventure Time: a paranoid Jake wears one in the shower after finding out that Marceline sometimes sneaks into his house, then puts on a second one when he steps out. Note that he's a dog who always looks naked anyway, though technically he claims to wear spider-web pants too thin to see.
- The Animaniacs episode "Meet Minerva" start with Minerva Mink walking out of home with just a towel (and another for the head), causing an Hello, Nurse! reaction (Tex Avery-styled) to males of every species, before bathing naked in a lake. Then again, this trope was applied to Ms. Mink every chance the writers got in the comics.
- Used on Archer, when Mallory hires a black Jewish man to fulfill minority hiring requirements, and Archer confronts him in the locker room. When they end up nearly fighting, both towels fall off.
Archer: He's uncircumcised.
Lana: Okay, glossing over how you know that...
Archer: We touched penises.
Lana: Glossing over!
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: In "The Winter Solstice Part 1" after the Earthbenders capture the naked Iroh, they wrap a towel around him off-screen so they wouldn't "experience" what Zuko did earlier. Later:
Zuko: (after beating up the Earthbenders) Now would you please put on some clothes?!
- In the episode "Renevant" of Batman Beyond, Dana, Chelsea and other schoolgirls wear towels for the big shower scene.
- After soaking in his bathtub in a previous scene of Beast Wars, Megatron comes out with a towel wrapped around his waist. Considering that he is a robot and thus always naked just like everyone else, and considering that he has a rubber ducky in his bathtub, this is pretty much due to the Rule of Funny.
- Both girls and boys wears this in few episodes of Braceface. In an episode Sharon scares Connor with a rubber cockroach causing drop his towel.
- Bathtub Granny from ChalkZone wraps herself in a towel in the rare instances of her leaving her bathtub.
- Code Lyoko:
- Yumi Ishiyama is seen in a Modesty Towel in at least two episodes, most notably the first. To be fair, the boys are seen wearing one even more often over the run of the series.
- One particular scene (which became Fanservice fuel to nearly all the girls watching it) near the end of the episode "Bragging Rights" has Odd dancing around for "breaking the record of fastest shower"]], while wearing only a Modesty Towel. For some reason, many fangirls wanted that towel to fall off.
- One episode of Daria has the title character visit a special boarding school for gifted, and rather elitist, students. One of them bitterly mentions leaving his old school after the quarterback of the football team told everyone that he wore a towel in the locker room shower.
- Used by Judy Funnie in Doug when she's waiting for Doug to get out of the bathroom so she can take a shower.
- Subverted on Drawn Together, when Princess Clara discovers Captain Hero sleeping with her cousin Bleh. She gives her a towel and instructs her to "...cover your shame!" Bleh takes the towel and wraps it around her head before skipping back to her room otherwise naked.
- DuckTales (2017)'s first episode begins with Donald is getting ready for a job interview; he wants to wear his usual sailor suit, but the triplets force it off of him, saying that he needs a suit. Donald quickly pulls on a towel, despite the obvious Fridge Logic that a.) Non-Humans Lack Attributes and b.) he wasn't wearing pants before anyway.
- In Family Guy "Viewer Mail no 1", Peter wishes he had no bones and is turned to a shapeless blob. At one point he gets thrown out of the Teacups ride at Disneyland and through a window into a locker room, where Michael Eisner comes out and uses him as one of these, tucking his face into the inside as he walks out of the room.
- Subverted with Jillian. When Brian go to break up with her, he find her with only a towel that she use for the hair exposing her entire body naked.
- The Fantastic Four (1978) shows The Thing wearing a towel in the episode "The Impossible Man".
- A joke similar to Hot Dog!: The Movie was used with Zapp Branningan stepping out of the shower in the episode "War Is the H-Word".
Richard Nixon: Damn it, Brannigan, I didn't live for thousands of years and travel millions of miles to look at another man's gizmo!
- Subverted seconds before also: Pvt. Lee Lemon suggests that
hisher Captain puts on a towel after exiting the shower. He obliges by putting a towel on his head. Considering in the world of Futurama there's no nudity taboo, it leads you to think what's wrong with Zapp's anatomy. Or, more likely, the sight of him brought shameful memories to mind.
- Well, considering that, in a later episode, when Amy is cooing at Kif that he's her "greenie weenie" and Brannigan covers his lap and says it's a medical condition before realizing that it wasn't directed at him... Yikes.
- Leela herself wears her towel wrapped around her entire torso in the same scene, but nobody notices that she's a Sweet Polly Oliver. (Well, Zapp seems to notice subconsciously.)
- A joke similar to Hot Dog!: The Movie was used with Zapp Branningan stepping out of the shower in the episode "War Is the H-Word".
- The Manotaurs in Gravity Falls wear towels all of the time as their only clothing. A scene near the beginning of the episode also shows Dipper with one in the bathroom.
- In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Dis-Harmony", Ami and Yumi quickly start wearing towels when they find their mud bath disturbed by their Loony Fan Harmony.
- In the Justice League episode "Metamorphosis", Green Lantern visits an old friend of his and is introduced to his pretty fiancée, who had stepped out from the showers with nothing but a towel.
- Kaeloo: In one episode, Kaeloo does a painting of Quack Quack wearing no clothes except a leaf covering his crotch. Once she's done, Quack Quack wraps a towel around his waist.
- The Madballs episode "Escape from Orb" had a scene where Slobulus and Aargh accidentally fire their ship's bathtub at the spaceship of Wolf Breath and the Badballs. Freakella isn't happy about this because she was going to take a bath, and is seen wearing a towel and a shower cap. Since the Madballs are heads with arms and legs and therefore don't really have any visible naughty bits, this was most likely done for comedic effect rather than modesty.
- In the episode "Hot Lava Shower" on Mixels, Vulk wears one after coming out of the shower. This actually ends up being more than he normally wears.
- Played for Laughs with Jimmy Five during the first half of a Monica's Gang cartoon named "Quero Entrar" ("Let Me In").
- Phineas and Ferb's "Gaming the System" has Candace spends almost the entirety episode in one that, despite running, jumping, and fighting her way through a video game, stays put. Technically, she even went on her date wearing it under her dress. That must have been kind of uncomfortable to dance in (well, that or she went on the date with nothing underneath).
- Linda in "Tour de Ferb" with Candace take her out from the home without others dress. What's with this trend?
- Doofenshmirtz wears, and loses, one in "Where's Perry."
- Krang in the '80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon wears one in his robotic body after Shredder contacts him on his communicator and "interrupts his shower" in one episode.
- The Simpsons episode "Bart Gets Famous": When Homer comes out of the shower at the nuclear plant to answer the phone: "You'll have to speak up. I'm wearing a towel."
- Dr. Vic on the Toonsylvania episode "Love Potion Number Nein!" was wearing a towel the feminine way (covering from under the armpits to around the knees) and had another one wrapped around his hair when he came out of the bathroom to find Igor being chased by the ghost woman Natalie Nightshade.
- Total Drama characters have been shown wearing them at times. Heather's audition video shows her wearing one, then walking off-screen and throwing it back behind her.
- One episode of Totally Spies! has Jerry summon the girls early in the morning and recording their interactions with a camcorder. At one point, he does a close up on Sam, who happens to be in a towel in the process.
- In the VeggieTales song about Larry's hairbrush, Larry is shown in a Modesty Towel (even though he doesn't wear anything other than the occasional period-appropriate headdress in the regular animated stories or on one occasion, in a corporate setting, a tie when his character was promoted) coming out of the shower, and everyone who walks into him still recoils in embarrassment. At the end, the Peach shows up and is also wrapped in a towel. The two are shocked and slightly embarrassed at the sight of each other.
- In episode 4 of Wakfu, almost the whole cast wears one, though not just to keep modesty but also to hide the "ugly princesses" disguises. Unfortunately, the only one to have the towel fall off is Ruel.
- Helia is seen in one during episode 21 of the third season of Winx Club. Perhaps it was a little Fanservice, since we hadn't seen him much in that season.