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[[caption-width-right:294:[-[[{{VideoGame/Touhou}} Patchouli]] thinks every girl should wear one.-] ]]

A staple of many anime, the School Swimsuit (also abbreviated to ''sukumizu'', from "school ''mizugi'' [swimsuit]") is either the older [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1girl_blue-swimsuit_4118.jpg skirted two-piece]], or a newer, simple [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/766a2450165518157eaa606723b60f04.jpg "competition" swimsuit]] (the former most often for elementary schoolgirls, with the wearer's name on a large white label in front, and the latter for middle and high school girls); while it is not particularly exposing, it nevertheless manages to serve as {{fanservice}}, as well as nostalgia (for those ''lovely'' school swimming classes!) and {{moe}} appeal.

While most such School Swimsuits are dark blue, occasionally, girls are shown wearing ''white'' versions, for similar reasons to why men love [[SexySoakedShirt wet T-shirt contests]].

If a character even brings this to the BeachEpisode rather than wearing a bikini, it is to show that she is more prudent (or in some cases, more immature) than the rest of the cast.

Contrast BarelyThereSwimwear. See also {{Joshikousei}}, SailorFuku, SchoolSportUniform and CatholicSchoolGirlsRule.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Obviously popular with female characters in {{Hentai}} anime and manga, sometimes even when they are no longer in high school.
* As a general rule, whenever there's a [[PoolEpisode Pool]] or BeachEpisode, you can count on the youngest (or at least [[TokenMiniMoe youngest-looking]]) girl in the ensemble to wear one.
* Many a series or fan art combine the School Swimsuit with thigh-high socks for no reason other than RuleOfSexy.
* Konata from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' wears her school swimsuit on a beach, because of [[{{Lolicon}} "people with special interests"]]. Kagami is astonished that Konata can still fit into a swimsuit from [[OlderThanTheyLook the sixth grade!]] (And then she bursts Konata's {{fanservice}} bubble by pointing out that "special interests" people probably [[BasementDweller don't come to the beach]].)
* Excel from the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga once wears a school swimsuit to a beach, and gets a ''lot'' of attention. She's long since out of high school, but never bought another swimsuit because [[PerpetualPoverty she didn't want to waste any money]]. She also wears one in the anime, specifically for {{Fanservice}} purposes. Excel is shown graduating from high school at the start of the first episode. What that means in regards to her [[VagueAge age]], given the general continuity level of the series, is an exercise best left for the viewer.
* Ringo from ''Manga/AirGear'' wears one as part of her "Crescent Mask" disguise. People even call her "School Swimsuit Mask" while she's wearing that disguise, to the point where she slips up and calls herself that.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru wears once a school swimsuit -- causing Shigure to have an interesting reaction, and her friends to take up a collection to buy her a new one.
* ''Anime/H2OFootprintsInTheSand'' has a ''[[WholesomeCrossdresser male example]]''. [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/238/557475-yakumo.jpg Don't ask]].
** Ditto with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ayumu]] from ''HoshizoraEKakaruHashi'' during its OVA.
* In ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'', when the girls go to the beach, Miu eventually notices that Chika and Matsuri are wearing their swimsuits from school, but nothing comes of it... for them, anyway.
* ''Anime/ChocottoSister'': There is official artwork of Choco wearing one of these. Even though Chocotto is never shown going to school.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Some of the girls in wear these. Understandable, given that they're ''in'' school and all. But some of the girls will wear them outside of school, while others wear something flashier (and often skimpier).
** The most hilarious use of this was during the Mahora Festival TournamentArc where Eva [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v12/c101/14.html found herself in a bet with Al]] where she will be forced to enter her next match wearing a school swimsuit together with [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v12/c101/19.html a whole bunch of other classic fanservice accessories]] if Setsuna loses the match. Even resident pervert Chamo was impressed at Al's knowledge of turn-ons.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. When Tessa visits Japan, she gets convinced by [[HandsomeLech Kurz]] that she should wear a SchoolSwimsuit that makes her stand out from Jindai High's one. Then Kaname makes a mention that her swimsuit is something that "maniacs would find attractive."
** And by "convinced" we mean Kurz staged a full debriefing as if it were a military operation, complete with surveillance photos of high school girls in swimsuits and a 3D model of a girl in said suit with all sorts of data flashing on screen. And Tessa watched it in surprise as almost the entire male crew listened and nodded in agreement.
* Takatsuki Yayoi in ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
** School swimsuits tend to only come up when swimming at school (natch), with mostly bikinis being worn to the beach at Chiyo's summer home and to Okinawa (the exceptions being Osaka and, after the first year, Chiyo, though those aren't school swimsuits, either). However, in the sports fest one year, Kagura can be seen running around in the background looking for a school swimsuit, and in the manga, when Tomo suggests making a girly uniform, Kimura already has a design for it, involving a school swimsuit, a [[SailorFuku school uniform]] top, a pair of [[AnimalEaredHeadband bunny ears]], and pantyhose.
** In the manga, Yukari wears a bikini to the school pool while the swimming club is meeting there. She considers that it might be too much for the young boys to handle, but if she wore a school swimsuit, "they might like that better."
-->'''Kurosawa:''' I guess it's a matter of taste...
** Kimura is just plain obsessed with them. He notes in front of his class that a teacher friend of his, who teaches at an all-girl school, told him that the kids there wear their PE outfits in homeroom because they have PE as their first class. "And in summer, they wear their... their swimsuits..." ''He bursts into tears at the thought.''
* In an early episode of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Shinji is explaining to his friends that he is fascinated with Rei, while they're ogling the girls in their swimsuits. Shinji doesn't mean that he's fascinated with her sexually, but his friends certainly interpret it that way -- asking exactly which part of her body he's so enamoured with.
* The episode of ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' where the invaders try to use Shun to seduce the girls. They are all wearing bikinis but they end up wearing school swimsuits by the episode's end.
* Nagi (plus a younger Maria on a flashback) from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' wears this on the manga, the first anime AND the OVA before the second anime. And the circumstances are different on each case. In the OVA's case, it made her the only one fulfilling [[NorioWakamoto the narrator]]'s [[BlatantLies promise]] of "Prepare to die of {{moe}}"!
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches'': Yoshika, Mio and Shizuka wear this under their uniforms (well, the shirts...), probably since they come from Japan... hu, [[AlternateHistory Fuso]].
* In the ''Anime/ValkyriaChronicles'' anime, the [[BeachEpisode Beach OVA]] has Isara wearing a school swimsuit, probably because [[TokenMiniMoe Aisha]] doesn't appear and Isara is the youngest and cutest girl (and flat). [[FridgeLogic On a series that happens in Europe, in]] [[AlternateUniverse a pseudo-World War II]]. [[BellisariosMaxim Let's not think too hard about it]].
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'': Yuuki and Saki wear these in the second ending and on the mandatory BeachEpisode (Though Saki's might be just a similar-looking one-piece). They also happen to be the only flat-chested girls in the [[FiveManBand Five Girl Band]]. There's also official art of the entire [[FiveManBand Five Girl Band]] wearing a school swimsuit.
* While she's (sadly) never seen wearing it, Nagisa from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' says she wouldn't mind wearing one of these if Tomoya wanted.
* In ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', the main character's class has a ''SchoolSwimsuit-{{Meido}}'' [[FanserviceWithASmile cafe]]. '''And it works'''.
* The main character of ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' has a big fetish for school swimsuits. At the end of the anime, [[spoiler:Minato]] wears one for him.
* In the 6th episode of ''Manga/{{Magikano}}'', a ghost is placated when each girl's bikini is replaced with a sukumizu.
* The Ashford Academy swimsuit in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is essentially this, but with the school's emblem over the left hip rather than the white nametag. Although it's got the feel of a competitive swimsuit in the cut of the legs and the crossed straps in the back. It's most commonly seen on Shirley, an honest-to-goodness member of the swim team, but one episode shows C.C. kicking back into school pool after hours.
* Natsumi from ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' is seen in her school swimsuit in an early episode. Her swimsuit even gets incorporated into her [[PoweredArmor "Powered 723" battle-suit]], much to her chagrin.
* Some {{Pool Scene}}s in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' have the Fūrinkan girls wearing school swimsuits... including [[GenderBender Female!Ranma]], who have little choice since s/he the cannot stay male in the cold water of the pool, and thus has to don a girl swimsuit. The various {{Beach Episode}}s have more diverse suits.
* In ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'', Tomoeda Elementary has uniforms for '''everything''': bathing suits, warm-weather uniform, cold-weather uniform, ski outfit, winter coat, gym clothes...
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration: [[TheAnimeOfTheGame The Inspectors]]'' has ending scene resemble BeachEpisode with each girl wearing bikinis, with exception of Latooni Subota who wear a school swimsuit.
* In ''Manga/HighSchoolGirls'', Ayano wears a traditional SchoolSwimsuit on a date... even though the ''actual'' school swimsuits are a more modern design.
* [[{{Fanservice}} For some reason]], all the female pilots in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' have this as part of their uniforms.
** During the BeachEpisode, Laura's superior informs her that a school-issue swimsuit is absolutely insufficent for attracting the attention of her [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels "bride"]], and recommends an extremely skimpy one instead.
* In HaremAnime ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'', during the BeachEpisode Nerine's father decides to [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]], making his daughter dress up in a SchoolSwimsuit to play to the fetish. Instead, everyone present finds the moment awkward before they just move on.
* Nemu Kurotsuchi gets to wear one in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'s'' BeachEpisode. Funnily enough, Creator/TiteKubo drew her wearing one in the art book beacause he decided it was the most perverted swimsuit an adult could wear.
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': The series takes place in high school, so when swim season comes along there are some chapters that center around the school's swimming pool. Since these chapters tend to focus more on [[TheHeroine Sakura's]] experiences with the local ghosts, it's inevitable that it's the female classmates and the female teachers that spend most of the time in the swimsuits, with some changing room scenes thrown in for good measure. Seeing as it's Creator/RumikoTakahashi of MagicSkirt fame, however, even the {{Fanservice}} shots are quite tastefully done.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' has a chapter, and and episode in the anime adaptation, where the characters were in swimsuits. One of the characters wore one of her two-piece swimsuits instead of the school one, like all the other girls.
* The [[BeachEpisode twelfth episode]] of the anime ''LightNovel/KoreWaZombieDesuKa'' shows Yuu wearing the older skirted version on the group's outing to an indoor pool. [[spoiler: She still has to wear some of her armor, though.]]
* In episode 7 of ''Manga/YumekuiMerry'', Yuuji is dismayed that his friend Isana has picked out one of these for otherworldly visitor Merry Nightmare, prompting this [[GagSub immortal line:]]
-->'''Yuuji:''' Couldn't you have found a swimsuit that shows off Merry's [[MemeticMutation vagina bones]] a little better?
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', Inomata initally goes to the beach in her middle school swimsuit. Usaida jokes around by asking whether or not she has a fetish, and the female teachers insist that they go and get her something cuter. She switches to a normal swimsuit afterward.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', during the first OVA, in which the cast goes to the beach, Mako mentions that she has a school swimsuit, and initially thinks that's good enough, but soon gets caught up in the other girls' shopping for swimsuits.
** In ''Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu'', Sodoko and the rest of the disciplinary committee wear them, and she, being a stickler for the rules, insists that the other students should wear theirs as well. She, however, is horrified to discover that her swimsuit has her nickname on it instead of her last name.
* In ''Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukichan'', Yuki is convinced to buy a swimsuit by being told that otherwise, she will not be able to compete with the other girls' flashier outfits and get Kyon's attention with her school swimsuit.
* In ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}'', the first page of Chapter 13: A Crucial Experience has Mugi in a school swimsuit for no reason related to the plot. She's holding a kickboard and blushing as she kneels alongside the starting blocks.
* ''Manga/SchoolMermaid'': The titular mermaids wear them for some odd reason. Though most importantly is the letter on their chests [[spoiler: The name of the boy you want to fall in love is corresponded by said letter. And is the mermaid you need to catch and eat for the spell to be completed. If you fail to do so before sunrise, your clothes disintegrate and form into a swimsuit as part of the transformation into a mermaid.]]
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* There are ''numerous'' examples of [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} the girls of Gensokyo]] shown wearing such swimsuits. The most common targets are Nitori and Youmu.
** Of special note is the artist/musician WINN, who has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUqeBa36UDM a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=527Anv-Ne00 whole]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tOLOodEF0 series]]'' of fanart and {{fanvid}}s featuring the Girls wearing school swimsuits.
** Winn is almost certainly the best example of this trope (at least as far as Touhou + school swimsuits goes), considering that he (?) even manages to work in action scenes and the occasional CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (although YMMV). That is... not exactly easy when your main character is dressed in FetishFuel. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5dZSmo_1Wg See for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLlciX_K0ow yourself.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has a synchronized swim team, which allows the scenes with Coach Roz Washington as well as Fanservice. The usual uniform is [[http://cdn03.cdn.socialitelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/18/chord-overstreet-shirtless-glee-01182012-12-580x435.jpg red]], while the suits worn in [[http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/27900000/Glee-Episode-3-10-Photos-Synchronized-Swimming-in-Yes-No-glee-27948024-600-400.jpg "We Found Love"]] are of the "skirt" variety. One episode of ''Series/TheGleeProject'' also featured the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7ZadBtN1Qo red suits]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' has a fair amount of artwork of the Reyvateils wearing school swimsuits.
* One of the randomly selected pictures shown upon clearing a stage in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' depicts a number of the female class types wearing these, which is fitting, considering the game's school setting.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pangya}}'' has one of these swimsuits available for Kooh to wear.
* ''Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure''. Our protagonist, Parin, has one of these as her swimsuit of choice. It's also a bonus costume.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Xtreme'' subseries have school swimsuits in navy blue, navy blue with name tag, and white. The main series occasionally features them as well, going all the way back to the PlayStation port of the original game.
* Mokoto Aihara from ''RumbleRoses'' wears one for her alternate swimwear attire. Her Heel persona comes with a much skimpier version.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'': Kira Daidouji wears one all the time.
* ''VideoGame/TriggerheartExelica'': Exelica's body suit is white school swimsuit.
* In ''VideoGame/LightningLegendDaigoNoDaibouken'', the dark-blue older version of it is Yuki Shirogane's [[UnlockableContent unlockable]] [[AndYourRewardIsClothes alternate outfit]].
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', this is one of Reinforce Eins' unlockable alternate outfits, complete with a swimming tube. Yes, Reinforce Eins. The tragic, mother-like, ReallySevenHundredYearsOld personification of a WeaponOfMassDestruction. RuleOfFunny.
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]], strangely enough, in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', where none of the cast ever wear thse, despite them all being in high school AND other fanservice clothing being available (such as {{Meido}}, ChainmailBikini and almost BarelyThereSwimwear).
* The young female Tuber trainers in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' and ''Platinum'' wear these.
* Every submarine except U-511 in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' wears one.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/05/13/new-school-swimsuit-in-japan-is-conservative-and-surprisingly-cute/ Japan-based swimsuit maker, Footmark]] has developed a new design, which is even more conservative than the current school swimsuits and cuter in style.
-->Officially named the "Double Flare Skirt One-Piece", this newly released swimsuit allows young girls to cover up during swimming lessons at school. The skirt portion of the swimsuit features a double flare design and ruffled sleeves. It also has a raised, boat neck-style neckline, reducing the amount of exposed skin.
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