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Non-Nude Bathing
NOT COOL! That totally defeats the purpose of a bath scene.

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. 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.

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

Examples

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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 ˝
    • 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 Genre 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.

    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.

    Fanfiction 

    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 it's 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.

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    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 are 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.

    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, a 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 Indigo Prophecy 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.
  • Slightly Averted in Tales of Symphonia, if the characters are taken to the hot springs they aren't wearing anything except for a towel. Still though doesn't explain why they are wearing the towel at all in a bath.
  • 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.
  • You can visit a bath house in the gameboy color game Shantae but she jumps in 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.

    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 a 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.

    Real Life 
  • This is true of public hot tubs (or indeed any hot tub) where the intention is to soak and not bathe.
  • This is normal in some public showers.

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