Very common form of fanservice
when characters' clothes get wet, and often clingy and see-through as well. It can be caused by rain, spilled drinks, throwing someone into a pool, playing in a fountain and so on.
With men, it's becoming quite popular to have this instead of a Walking Shirtless Scene
when being entirely shirtless would be inappropriate. For women, a soaked shirt will often lead to either a Lingerie Scene
or a case of Vapor Wear
, depending on what is or isn't worn underneath it.
A large scale sub-trope is the "Wet T-Shirt" contest, although it tends to get referred to rather than seen. Another variant involves white swimsuits, in particular white school swimsuits
. For the Bollywood-specific Sub-Trope
, see Wet Sari Scene
This can be seen fairly often in Music Videos
, when the artist performs in a "rain storm", or writhes around in a large water container (often some huge drinking glass).
See also Romantic Rain
, Caught in the Rain
, Underwater Kiss
and Waterfall Shower
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Anime and Manga
- In Nagasarete Airantou, Suzu sleepwalks into a barrel of water. Ikuto wakes up and tries to help her out of the barrel, but when he lifts her out he utters "It's translucent" and then passes out from a massive nosebleed.
- Full Metal Panic: Second Raid has a scene where Kaname is soaking wet, wearing nothing save for a bathrobe and panties as she is trying to outwit whoever is spying on her.
- Happens early on in Elfen Lied when Nyu gets soaked in the rain.
- Although it's not seen, it happens early in Negima! to Makie while walking through a body of water. Makie suddenly complains that her panties are soaked.
- In Jikanme 2 for the PS2, there's an option to see any of the girls in their sports wear while soaked.
- Saeko gets this twice in one episode of High School Of The Dead (though only the first time is see-through). The second time she asks "Do you enjoy getting girls wet?!". While waiting on an isolated sandbar, she changes into a tank top, leading to a Vapor Wear moment.
- Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel:
- Danger Girl, as much as it's possible to convey this trope in a comic. When Abbey, in a white t-shirt, goes swimming. Subsequent panels seem to indicate she's not wearing anything underneath, with the heavy implication her shirt is now see through.
- De Kiekeboes: Fanny's shirt becomes this after swimming to an island in Villa Delfia.
- A written example: Temple has one, though since the narrator for the relevant part is a monk, he's more embarrassed than turned on.
- Pride and Prejudice has Elizabeth walking a distance in the rain to visit her ill sister at Netherfield, and given Darcy's somewhat pleased reaction, that scene qualifies as an example of this.
- An Invoked Trope in Rip Tide by D. Cheatham, when a Sexy Secretary twists the back of her blouse so as to tighten it at the front, hoping her boss will admire the effect of the air conditioning being shut down. Unfortunately he's too stressed out by the approaching hurricane to notice.
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Tatiana falls in the river, soaking her dress. Thanks to the hot Russian summer, she's not wearing underwear either. On seeing her husband staring at her, she's embarrassed as she looks down and gets an appreciation of exactly what he sees in her.
Live Action TV
- Mr Darcy diving into a pond in the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennet is awed, and the scene became memetic among Jane Austen's fans.
- The BBC (and screenwriter Andrew Davies) later tried to recreate the effect in their adaptation of Sense and Sensibility with a scene showing Edward chopping wood in the rain. However, lightning didn't strike twice.
- The Colin Firth scene (and the fangirling) is so well known that it was referred to in Lost in Austen: Mr Darcy asks the heroine, a fan of Pride and Prejudice who is Trapped in Book Land, if there's anything he can do for her... Cue him getting out of the pond.
- In the second part of the 'In The Shadow of Two Gunmen' episode of The West Wing, during a flashback C.J., who has lost both her contact lenses and her glasses, accidentally stumbles into a swimming pool, much to the amusement of Toby, who has witnessed it. While the floral dress is not see-through, she peevishly orders him to turn around so that she can attempt to un-cling it before realizing it's a lost cause.
"Avert your eyes!"
- In CSI: New York, Lindsay goes for a walk in the rain for some reason. Not see through in this case.
- Kate, whose image is that of a rather prim-and-proper federal agent, won a wet T-shirt contest back in the 90's. When word of this reaches her colleagues, there is a lot of speculation and discussion. Especially Tony seems fascinated by the thought.
- When finally a copy of Kate's "Wet T-Shirt Hall of Fame" picture is produced it turns out to be a Nipple and Dimed version of this trope. You can see that she is wearing a white tank top, and that people are pouring water over her, but the photo is cropped just above nipple height.
- Justified, of all things, on NCIS: Los Angeles when a spy asks a woman he's meeting to take a dunk in the water to prove she doesn't have any concealed weapons. It manages to short out the wire she's wearing as well.
- In the TV adaptation of Johnny and the Bomb Kirsty ends up in a fountain, which gets her frock wet.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In the episode "Surprise", Buffy ends up soaking wet after her escape from the Judge because it's pouring outside. Her shirt isn't see-through, but the scene ends with Buffy making love with Angel. The soaking aspect is used to underline Buffy's terror and vulnerability.
- In "What's My Line" Cordelia gets covered in maggots. Xander sprays her with a garden hose to wash them off, partially aiming at the wrong places.
- The opening credits of Friends had all six characters playing in a Central Park fountain.
- Doctor Who:
- In "Cold War", Clara arrives on the sub wearing a silver cocktail dress and immediately gets drenched.
- Non-sexual (?) example - "The Deadly Assassin", the Fourth Doctor, scarfless for the episode, stripped by the Time Lords of his usual hat and coat and dressed by them in a white pirate shirt, battles the titular assassin in a river, his hair wet down against his skull, Clothing Damage revealing his bare legs, and his shirt drenched transparent and plastered to his body. The effect is to reveal how physically intimidating the Doctor actually is - he's extremely tall but his usual layers of oversized, flapping clothes and Quirky Curls usually make him look comical and gangly, and without them he's revealed to be lean and extremely strong-looking. It makes sense as it's exactly when he starts getting dangerous.
- In "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", Leela, who normally wears a leather minidress, wears a white Victorian-style dress in a sewer scene, which naturally gets drenched. You can clearly see her nipples - how the BBC got away with this is a mystery.
- Horatio Hornblower: Many sailors on this show manage to get wet, either when someone spills a bucket of water on them (Styles does it to Oldroyd in "The Frogs and the Lobsters") or when they have to dive and swim. There is nothing like eye-candy officers in wet uniforms or wet shirts. Especially series 1 and 2 are full of this trope.
- In The Big Bang Theory, Penny who is a waitress and hates her job, says she spilled a drink on herself at work. Leonard pities her, but she says it was the best day ever as she got her greatest tips.
- The famous car wash scene from Lost Girl: Our friendly neighbourhood succubus, Bo, is washing her car, wearing a skimpy white tank top over a black push-up bra. She even squeezes the sponge against her chest to make sure her top gets really wet and transparent (not that it concealed very much to start with). Bo is consciously putting on a show for two of her (former) lovers, Dyson and Lauren, so it's Fanservice in-show as well. Lauren in particular is so fascinated that she forgets that her ice cream cone is melting and dripping all over her hand.
- The Backstreet Boys video for "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" is an example. What starts with all five members sitting around on an abandoned basketball court ends up with the group in wet button-down shirts singing in the middle of a sudden downpour.
- The above video is parodied, like lots of other boyband videos, in blink-182's infamous "All the Small Things". You think they're in the rain? No, they're wet because of a well-placed hose!
- Pretty much the entire point of Alizée's "J'en ai marre!" video. To quote The Other Wiki: "Throughout the video, water is poured into the cubicle, making Alizée wet".
- Katy Perry in the video for 3OH!3's "Starstruck".
- The Beach Boys' promo video for "Sloop John B" shows them all trying to climb, fully clothed, into an inflatable raft in a swimming pool, naturally falling all over each other and into the water in the process.
- The classic video for Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" involves wet T-shirts and cat-fighting in a wrestling ring. MTV shied away from showing the full version, but this is freely available out on the Net.
- The middle of Inna's "In Your Eyes" video has the singer and her backup dancers writhing in the rain, and the one in the nude leotard has her nipples show through at one point.
- Lady Gaga is briefly seen doing Bath Kick while taking a bath in the video for "Bad Romance". She is fully clothed while taking said bath, complete with shoes.
- In Once Upon a Mattress, Princess Winnifred makes her entrance having swum the moat. Then she falls right back in. After she changes into a dry dressing gown, Lady Larken tears her still-wet dress up into rags for cleaning.
- The BBC's productions of Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 seem intent on keeping Prince Hal as wet as possible, dousing him with wine and then putting him in a sauna. Since he's played by Tom Hiddleston, no one complains.
- The Male Animal discusses this trope:
Tommy: You and Joe were dancing out on the terrace when it started. You both got soaked, but you kept right on dancing.
Ellen: Oh, yes, I remember. My dress was ruined.
Tommy: You were shining wet—like Venus and Triton.
- Uncharted takes many, many opportunities to douse Nathan Drake in realistically-rendered water. Lampshaded in the second game, when Chloe declines Nathan's invitation to join him in the pool.
- Ar Tonelico 3, Soma the professional assassin always dresses this way under her heavy and uncomfortable clown suit, which makes her sweat a lot.
- If My Heart Had Wings: Ageha and Aoi's attraction to each other is first kicked off when they're caught in the rain one time and both can't stop staring at each other's wet, half-naked bodies. Though the audience only sees Ageha's, naturally.
- Although it's tricky in a written medium, Survival of the Fittest manages this by describing the effects a gout of rain has on Maxie's shirt.
- Gaia Online's 2007 Summer Festival and Water Balloon Fight featured a picture of NPC Jinx in a white t-shirt and a bikini bottom. There was also a picture in which she'd been nailed with a water balloon, and was covering her chest with one arm.
- Lately, The Nostalgia Critic has a Running Gag of throwing water on himself in response to... something crappy happening in the movie he's watching.
- On The Lizzie Bennet Diaries':
- Mrs. Bennet plans to stage one between Jane and Bing. Jane is absolutely horrified and Lizzie has to help her get out of it.
- Lydia invokes one when she deliberately spills her drink on George Wickham. She then asks him to take his shirt off, which he does.
- Grrl Power has a moment when the supervillain Glowbug finds out her white costume becomes see-though when wet. She notes that's something she should have tested before going into battle.
- In Cinema Snob Reviews Frozen (a fan comic where The Cinema Snob reviews Frozen), Snob says that Anna could have entered a wet petticoat contest after her dress got soaked.