Non-Nude Bathing

"No, no. It says it’s a shower scene. I’m not supposed to be in the shower scene. It has nudity!"
Tobias Fünke, Arrested Development

A character takes a shower or a bath without being naked or is shown in the bath or shower in their underwear, a swimsuit or regular clothes. This may happen during Bathtub Bonding between a man and a woman. Sometimes no-one seems to mention or even notice that the character is still clothed. The obvious reason: It's a heck of a lot easier to film (for a PG rating!) than if the bather were nude. Frequently results when a Digital Bikini is added to edited anime. Sometimes, it's the result of a Shower Shy character being forced into a situation where he/she needs to shower in a locker room or what have you.

See also Fully-Clothed Nudity, Our Nudity Is Different.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ikuto insists on this in Nagasarete Airantou when Suzu wants to bathe with him, making her wear a towel the whole time.
  • Pretty much any anime based on a Ken Akamatsu manga. Seen mostly in Love Hina, but it pops up in the Negima! anime a few times as well.
  • Misaki and Usagi take a shower while fully clothed toward the end of the second season of Junjou Romantica. Season Two was generally less explicit than Season One anyway.
  • Galaxy Angel Rune's Hot Springs Episode... at least until the transvestite dorm manager shows up with just a towel and yells at them for going it wrong.
  • Ranma ½
    • In the "Bathhouse Battle" chapter/episode, Happôsai wages a desperate battle with Ranma to breach the women's side of a public bath house only to discover Nabiki invoked this and the girls are wearing bathing suits (a sensible precaution, knowing Happôsai). Note that the traditional Japanese bathing practice of washing before you soak in the tub doesn't require one to be nude in the tub itself.
      • It's actually zigzagged all over the place in that episode. At first, most of the girls are naked,including the named characters, as seen when Akane and Nabiki look over the wall. Then, when Happosai finally gets over to the girls' side (and gets Ranma out of his hair momentarily), most of the random girls in the background are unclothed but Akane has donned her swimsuit, as have Nabiki and her unnamed friends. Then, later when Happosai is using Bathhouse-Fu to knock Ranma around, Akane invokes an in-universe Double Subversion on Happosai by loudly calling that it must be safe to take their suits off (although the trick is pretty obvious to the audience).
    • Later on, when (due to a misunderstanding about Ranma's masculinity) the family has to convince Ranma's mother Nodoka that he IS man enough to want to peek at naked girls in the bath, they set up a whole production to give this impression. There were even strategically-placed soap suds and bubbles as Akane bathed. But when Ranma accidentally barged in (instead of peeking from the door like he was supposed to) and Akane got out of the tub, it turned out she was wearing a strapless one-piece and — this being a black and white manga — the soap suds only gave the impression she was naked.
  • Rouge from Sonic X is shown taking a bubble bath with her gloves on.
  • Detective Conan: Ran and Conan wear bathing suits in public baths. Save for the first time they went into an onsen, that is. Poor Conan.
  • Haré+Guu has a whole episode based on this, after Guu gives Haré the idea that bathing with your clothes on is the newest fad. Haré is just savvy enough not to take Guu at her word, but his attempts to debunk her story only confirm it thanks to Contrived Coincidences in which Haré visits people just as a washing machine overflows or they're cleaning the bathroom. On a trip to the jungle hot springs, Haré tries to put the fad into practice and gets laughed at. He tries bathing naked only that time he realizes too late he got into the public pool area.
  • In episode 26 of the anime of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Balsa and Torogai bathe while wearing a sort of giant T-shirt (Torogai) and a flimsy slip (Balsa). This is a period piece and they are in the formal guest baths of the royal palace.
  • In episode 9 of Kemono Friends several of the Little Bit Beastly Friends jump into the hot spring fully clothed until the Token Human among them, Kaban, points out that you're supposed to remove your clothing first. The Friends are shocked to find out their clothes even can come off and comment once they've removed them that the water is much warmer.

    Comic Books 
  • In the XXXenophile story "The Spirit Is Willing", the spirit of a girl who died in the shower notes that the male hero still wears his shorts, and she asks whether he always does so. Apparently not.
  • In the Tintin story Tintin and the Picaros, Professor Calculus is shown bathing in a bath robe and still wearing his trade-mark hat.


    Films — Live-Action 
  • Done by Ed in Good Burger... because he never takes his Good Burger uniform off.
  • Weird Science: After creating the perfect woman, two nerds take a shower with her. She's naked, but they keep their jeans and socks on.
  • The Sting: When Hooker arrives at Gondorff's home, he finds him sleeping off his drunkenness. He puts Gondorff in a shower fully clothed to sober him up.
  • In the horror film Sick Nurses, one of the nurses takes a shower fully clothed. Evidently, the makers of this film really wanted to avoid nudity.
  • Cary Grant does it in Charade.
  • Veronica (Winona Ryder) does this in Heathers, in the girls' shower upon hearing that Heather Chandler's death is being venerated.
  • Winona Ryder also is seen doing this in Girl, Interrupted. She was thrown into a bathtub with her clothes still on to wake her up.
  • The kid in Big Daddy. Likely to eliminate any very Unfortunate Implications of Adam Sandler bathing a little kid. Lampshaded: The child asks why he has to wear a bathing suit, and Sandler responds that he doesn't know the rules for bathing.
  • Dr. Gonzo from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas does this during a bad acid trip. In a tub full of filthy, brown water.
  • Rock 'n' Roll High School: Riff is fantasizing about the Ramones serenading her in her room. She goes to take a bath and is delighted to find Dee Dee fully clothed under the shower.
  • In Courage Mountain, Heidi is upbraided by the school's teachers for not doing this.
  • Justified in the Sophia Copola film, Marie Antoinette in which the eponymous Queen bathes in muslin undergarments, which is historically accurate.
  • Averted twice in Hard Ticket to Hawaii: Taryn (Hope Marie Carlton) takes off her bikini top before showering to rinse the salt and sand off after her early morning swim and jog. Later she and Donna Hamilton (Donna Spier) are topless in the Jacuzzi when they discover that they intercepted a delivery of diamonds intended for a drug lord.
  • In the film of the book Holes, Stanley bathes with his swim trunks on (the book doesn't specify if he bathes naked or not). Justified, though, since the shower has no walls and is rumored to have hidden security cameras.
  • In the classic Sci-Fi film Forbidden Planet the captain (Leslie Nielsen) encounters the only woman on the planet (Anne Francis) (who's never met men other than her father) while she is swimming. She invites him in but when he says he doesn't have a bathing suit she asks "What's a bathing suit?" and he turns away in embarrassment. This greatest moment of my childhood was instantly ruined when she was visible getting out of the pond wearing .... something. Obviously she wore one, but didn't know what it was called.
  • In Bachelor Party, when the nerdy neurotic character takes an emergency shower (after discovering that the beauty he just slept with is named Tim), he leaves his underwear on for no apparent reason.
  • In Casino Royale (2006), Bond finds Vesper sitting fully-clothed under a running a shower after she was attacked. Apparently the script originally had her naked, but the actress felt the character would have been too much in shock to undress so they went with that instead.
  • Vera Wang advertises her new bridal line in a short film called "Hotel Madrid" It features one of the models bathing in a wedding dress.
  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Clark Kent hops into Lois's bath with his work clothes still on, presumably for the sake of a really cool shot.
  • Played with in The African Queen. Rose and Charlie go bathing on opposite sides of the boat, for the sake of decency. Then Rose can't climb back in on her own; there are several Fanservice-y shots of her stretching her legs out to try, with no visible clothing. Finally she asks for Charlie's help, but insists that he avert his eyes... and when he pulls her up onto the boat, it turns out she was wearing a short shift the entire time, and just has the nudity taboos appropriate to the post-Victorian missionary that she is.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In the first regular episode of The Ropers, Stanley thankfully leaves on his bathrobe as he tests his bubble bath water temperature.
  • Arrested Development: Tobias Funke is a NeverNude, so he wears denim cutoffs in the shower.
  • The 2006 series of Robin Hood did this and Lampshaded it where Much gets a servant girl:
    Much: You could take a bath? (she begins undressing) I meant pour your own bath! And wear a bath-shirt!
  • Scrubs: (JD at work)
    J.D.: Shower shorts. For the man who has nothing to hide, but still wants to.
  • Star Trek
    • Episode "The Naked Time" of the original series: when a group of people is infected with an insanity-causing substance, one of them freezes to death while taking a shower with his clothes on.
    • This happens again in the second episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. No surprise, as it was an updated version of the above.
    • In the episode "Genesis", where the crew is "de-evolving" into earlier lifeforms, there is a scene where Counselor Troi is taking a hot bath in her quarters, with her full uniform on. She may have kept it on because she was "de-evolving" into an amphibian life form and was desperately craving heat.
  • In Martial Law, when the Buddy Cops go undercover in prison, the black cop goes to the shower in shorts and shirt in fear of Prison Rape.
  • Done for laughs in one episode of M*A*S*H where Hawkeye is so exhausted after a marathon surgery session that he forgets to undress before getting in the shower.
  • On Baywatch, the lifeguards keep their bathing suits on when they hit the showers.
    • partially justified in that lifeguards will usually enter the showers in their suits to rinse the salt and sand off, but take them off in mid-shower to what the suit covers.
  • Standard procedure in several Reality Shows around the world, since the people on the shower know that the scene may be broadcast.

  • The music video for the Meat Loaf song "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" features the love interest bathing in her underwear and diaphanous gown.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • One Garfield strip starts with Jon dripping wet. In the third panel, he comments that next week he'll probably go back to taking showers with his clothes off.

    Video Games 
  • The Sims
    • The Sims 3: Sims with the Never Nude trait are, well, exactly what you'd expect.
    • In the iPod port of Sims games, everyone is a Non-Nude Bather.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: On the VCPR Radio station, an over-protective mother states "My kids know when it's bath time to put on a bathing costume, Nudity leads to Bad, NAUGHTY things."
  • In Fahrenheit you can have any of the three main characters take a shower at some point in the gamer. However, they do so while wearing their underwear. This is only in the American version though.
  • In Animal Crossing, villagers of the "lazy" type will sometimes complain that they don't have any clothes to take a bath in and asks the player for some.
  • In Rune Factory 3, everyone wears their swimsuits to the bathhouse.
  • In Final Fantasy X-2, whoever visits the Mt. Gagazet hot springs does so either in swimsuits, or in their regular NPC clothes.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, if the characters are taken to the hot springs they wear towels even while they are in the water.
  • In Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, The player character can get into the Hot Spring in Lavaridge Town but has to get in fully clothed since there is no gameplay mechanic for stripping.
    • There's a similar hot spring in the Sevii Islands in Fire Red and Leaf Green.
  • In the Shantae series, Shantae can visit a bath house to replenish her health, but she jumps in fully clothed.
  • In Mass Effect 3, Fem Shepard can let Samantha Traynor take a shower, which she does wearing a Black Bra and Panties. Shepard can join her in there as well.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, south of Windhelm, a few hunters can be seen relaxing in the hotsprings in their underwear.
  • Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising bathes fully clothed. When asked about this by Magnus, he states that an angel must always be ready for duty. (plus, he doesn't want to steam the sacred buns) When Palutena makes the same inquiry, later on, he admits that it also saves on laundry.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter, Harry wears underwear in the bath, though he is naked (at first) in the book (see above). Justified because in this version, Myrtle shows up before he gets in the water, rather than surprising him after.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • ContraPoints climbs into a tub wearing a slip during her "moon ritual."

    Western Animation 
  • In George of the Jungle, Maggie simply jumps into a bathtub still wearing her clothes.
  • In The Simpsons, Flanders wears a bathing suit in the bathtub. When Homer asks why, he responds "So I don't see my own shrinky-dink." (Homer, slowly: "...Makes sense.")
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, whenever we see Eddy showering for any reason, he's wearing his underwear or swimming trunks. The fact that he was physically abused by his older brother for most of his life edges this into Fridge Horror.
  • On the Looney Tunes short "Hare Tonic", Elmer Fudd rushes into the shower when he thinks he has contracted "the dread disease Rabititus" from Bugs Bunny. The gag is that Bugs is in the shower as well, pretending to be the faucet, but what's also funny is that Elmer still has his briefs on.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Rappin' Drakken", a guinea-pig henchman takes a shower in his boxer shorts while testing "Dr. D's BrainWashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
  • Rugrats:
    • In the episode, "Naked Tommy," all the babies except Chuckie spend most of the episode choosing to go around starkers. The episode ends after Tommy decides to start wearing clothes again, and he jumps in the bathtub in his shirt and diaper on while Chuckie is bathing naked.
    • The babies and Stu also took a shower with their clothes on in the episode, "Regarding Stuie".
  • In the All Grown Up! episode "Tweenage Tycoons", Dill wears swimming trunks in the bath (although this could be because he let his pet goldfish bathe with him).
  • In one episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3, Mario and Luigi get roped into babysitting a kid named Junior, with instructions to make sure he takes a bath. The kid wonders into the Mushroom Kingdom, and when the three get back at the end of the episode, they get there just as soon as his parents come back. Junior warns them that they won't be able to babysit again if he doesn't get his bath, so they fill the tub and just chuck him in fully clothed.
  • Played for Laughs on Adventure Time: a paranoid Jake wears a Modesty Towel 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.
  • In the Gravity Falls short "Stan's Tattoo", the twins try to sneak up on Grunkle Stan while he's in the shower. However, Stan is there in his usual day outfit (including his fez), likely because he was anticipating this move.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil's first episode, Marco grumbles that his reputation for being overly cautious comes from once wearing a helmet in the school shower.
  • On Daria, the title character visits a school for gifted, but rather elitist, teens. One guy's Freudian Excuse for hating jocks is that the quarterback of his old school told everybody that he wore a towel in the locker room shower.
  • Variant in Dan Vs.Chris suggests various home remedies for Dan's cold, including bathing in oatmeal (something usually associated with chickenpox, but whatever). When Dan gets out and the oatmeal drips off, he's wearing a towel.
  • The Pound Puppies (1980s) episode "The Fairy Dogmother" had the Pound Puppies summon the titular character while she was bathing. The Fairy Dogmother happened to be bathing while fully clothed.

    Real Life 
  • This is true of public hot tubs (or indeed any hot tub) where the intention is to soak and not bathe — except maybe in countries with less in the way of nudity taboos.
  • This is normal in some public showers.
  • "Never nudes", people who have a phobia of nudity will do this even when alone.
  • In the American West, communal bathing used to be common, with men swimming nude and women wearing bathing suits.