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 common variant involves white swimsuits, in particular white school swimsuits. 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). A Super Trope to Wet T-Shirt Contest and the Bollywood-specific Wet Sari Scene. See also Romantic Rain, Caught in the Rain, Underwater Kiss and Waterfall Shower.
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- 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.
Films — Live-Action
- Mary Astor gets soaked when caught in a monsoon in Red Dust. Kissing with Clark Gable ensues.
- This happens twice in to Cecilia (Keira Knightley) in adaptation of Atonement in the same manner over a span of about twenty minutes. Since the film is an example of The Rashomon, it's not entirely out of place. She partly strips and dives for a vase that fell into a fountain.
- In Dirty Dancing, we have the 'lift' scene. Johnny and Baby practiced their number in water.
- James Bond:
- Casino Royale (2006):
- A male version happens with Bond and Vesper in the shower.
- Vesper Lynd was not wearing a bra when things went clingy.
- In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond and Wai Lin end up under a shower during their Chained Heat sequence. Equal opportunity fanservice.
- In On Her Majestys Secret Service, Bond fights Mooks on a beach while wearing a very fitted tuxedo shirt.
- Casino Royale (2006):
- Someone commented that the first Spider-Man movie featured two elements of teenage boy wish fulfillment: A) Being a superhero, and B) Kirsten Dunst being rained on. She got soaked in the climax of the second movie as well, and since she didn't wear a bra in either scene the effect was quite striking.
- In Les Misérables (2012), during the On My Own number, Eponine is singing in the rain and gets completely soaked.
- The Eddie Murphy film The Golden Child has Charlotte Lewis kick a houseful of thugs' asses without getting mussed — and then gratuitously walk through a spray from a broken pipe so her white shirt can get sheer and clingy.
- The female lead in the last half hour of Jumper.
- The Deep, with Jacqueline Bisset going swimming in only a T-shirt, is a notable early example and probably a trope maker here. The producer would comment that it made him rich.
- Katie Holmes' shirt gets wet at the end of Batman Begins.
- In the fourth Police Academy movie, Callahan is training the new cadets on pool safety, so she jumps into the pool in a white shirt, with no bra underneath. All the guys jump in to "rescue" her.
Callahan: Now, who wants to save me?
Everyone else: Oh, yeah! [all dive in]
- In Coyote Ugly, the showy bar-dancers pour water over their fronts and over the main character's head as part of their act.
- The Quiet Man has John Wayne getting soaked in the rain while wearing a silk shirt.
- The previews for 17 Again always seem to feature Zac Efron in a wet suit.
- In The Housemaid, said housemaid winds up getting stuck outside in the rain. She comes back in with a now form-fitting dress, and proceeds to seduce her boss.
- The Sound of Music has Liesel (Charmian Carr) going into this trope in the "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" scene; particularly afterward when she climbs in Maria Rainer's window.
- Barbara Hancock in the Finian's Rainbow "Rain Dance Ballet" scene.
- In the 1954 French film Monsieur Ripois (by René Clément), the hero, played by Gérard Philippe, falls from a boat for no particular reason the very second he appears on screen, then climbs back on board and stays on all fours on the boat for a moment or two, dripping wet.
- The Washing Women in O Brother, Where Art Thou? sing seductively while dousing the clothes on their bodies with river water, before stalking down the twitterpated protagonists.
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time features a scene where both our male and female lead jump into a fountain and end up soaked head to toe while making an escape, a rare instance of a unisex application of this trope.
- Interesting case in The Mummy: After the boat sequence, everyone crawls out of the river. Evie (Rachel Weisz) is in a nightgown and is soaking wet, but it seems oddly opaque. It turns out that this is because the scene was digitally altered - in the footage as shot, the nightgown had gone completely transparent, which would have made getting a PG-13 rating difficult. So director Stephen Sommers had the effects team alter every frame. He described it as "the least popular special effect in the movie."
- The climax of Yesterday Was A Lie features the two female leads soaking wet in a rainstorm (see also Lingerie Scene).
- The elevator scene in P2. Angela is forced out of the elevator when the villain floods it with a hose. She runs around in an already-revealing soaked dress.
- This occurs in Love Actually, when Colin Firth's papers end up in the pond. His Portuguese housekeeper jumps in to save them, and he soon follows.
- Colin Firth example involves his character in St. Trinian's.
- Mean Girls features Karen "predicting" when it's going to rain.
- In the 1997 Lolita, Humbert falls in lust at first sight with underage Dolores Haze after seeing her lying in the garden on a hot day with the lawn sprinklers playing over her dress.
- In Bad Teacher, Elizabeth (the bad teacher from the title) quite enjoys herself while washing cars during the kids' car-wash fundraiser. She pours water and soap bubbles on herself, or sprays herself with water while wearing shorts and a sexy plaid shirt.
- Mad Max: Fury Road. Max is sneaking up on the War Rig, only to encounter the Five Wives (the Big Bad's harem, whom Furiosa has rescued) washing themselves down with a fire hose after being hidden in the War Rig's fuel tank. Given that they're in the Thirsty Desert, the sight of the water is more lust-inducing to Max than their wet clothes.
- 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.
- 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 Ferrars 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.
- Lost Girl: The season 4 episode "Groundhog Fae" starts with the famous car wash scene, where 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.
- Scorpion: In "Cuba Libre" the team is dropped out of a plane just off the coast of Cuba for the week's mission. While they're all soaked through, it's only Paige's shirt which gets truly transparent, and only she who gets the slow-motion treatment (from Walter's point of view). Given Scorpion airs at 8pm on CBS, she is wearing a bra underneath.
- Vera: Happens to Joe in "Silent Voices" when he dives into a reservoir fully-clothed to save a woman Trapped in a Sinking Car. His shirt is noticeably clingy and see-through when he emerges.
- 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 Among Thieves, 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.
- The water/sweat effects introduced in Dead or Alive 5 allow characters' skin and/or underwear (and bandages and blood, in Bayman's case) to be visible through their clothes when they get wet.
- In Fatal Frame : Maiden Of Black Water, there is a game mechanic that measures how Wet a character has gotten. Taking damage from enemies, or being exposed to rain or other water sources fills the gauge up. When it's maxed out, the characters' clothing becomes sheer and clingy because they're completely soaked. This lowers Defense and increases the chances of a Random Encounter, but also provides a bit of fanservice. Several Ghosts also have soaked clothing, which clings to their bodies. Whether this is fanservice or not is probably debatable.
- 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.
- King of the Hill:
- Episode "Luanne: Virgin 2.0" had Luanne getting baptized in a lake as part of her born-again virgin initiation. She was wearing white and had on underwear. Hilarity Ensues when she runs out of the lake, wet robe clinging to her as she screams "I'm a virgin!", causing a nearby guy to get smacked in the head with a Frisbee.
- Later that same episode, Peggy goes through the same initiation. Hank is mad at her for having slept with someone else before they met, but his anger quickly fades away as her robe gets clingy and transparent, and he carries her off to the car for de-virginizing.
Hank: Dang it, Peggy. I can see your whatnots.