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A common {{Sitcom}} and {{Anime}} trope in which one character accidentally sees another character of the opposite sex in the shower. Usually, Bob will turn on the water, then leave the room for a moment. Alice, oblivious to Bob's presence, steps into the water and closes the shower curtain. Bob then returns, finishes stripping down, and opens the curtain back up, so they each get a view of the other naked.

Notably, Alice will never stop to think something along the lines of, [[FridgeLogic "Wait a sec, I never turned on the shower..."]]

Often, but not always, the two characters have a history of [[WillTheyOrWontThey sexual tension]]. If so, the incident typically leads to awkwardness and mutual avoidance, until they decide to pretend {{That Didnt Happen}}. If not, it's at least a source of {{Fanservice}}.

Any time someone [[InvokedTrope contrives to invoke this trope]], they're almost guaranteed to catch the wrong person and suffer for it somehow, often by exposure to FanDisservice.

A sub-trope of ShowerScene. Related to AccidentalPervert. Distinct from NakedFirstImpression in that it's limited to bathroom settings and characters who already know each other. Compare LandingInSomeonesBathtub.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Gray is searching for Lucy in her house, decides that she might be taking a bath, and imagines a scenario in which he bursts into the bathroom, and Lucy, clad only in a towel, slaps him and accuses him of being a pervert. He then tells himself that it was bound to happen eventually and does it anyway, but not only Lucy isn't there, Natsu is in the bathtub.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Often happens to Negi with regards to his female students. Awkward for him anyway; the girls usually don't have much problem with it (some out of shamelessness, others simply because he's ten, and at that age mixed-gender bathing is not unusual in Japan).
** Negi also causes an awkward shower situation when he attempts to do Asuna a favor by [[FetishFuel enchanting her brushes.]] [[HilarityEnsues She isn't appreciative.]]
** [[PlayfulHacker Chisame]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v22/c204/7.html once gets an eyeful of the very manly Rakan]] while he is [[WaterfallShower showering under a waterfall]], [[FanDisservice much to the likely horror of the fanboys]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Episode 5 of the anime has Shinji dropping off stuff at Rei's apartment, when a naked-except-for-a-towel Rei steps out of the shower. Shinji trips and falls on top of her, his hand landing on her naked breast. Her reaction? [[EmotionlessGirl Calmly asking him to get off]], one of the first clues that Rei isn't normal.
** Happens again with Kaworu in the manga, [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace who sees no problem with walking into Shinji's shower stall and borrowing his soap.]] [[NoSocialSkills And wonders why Shinji gets all flustered when he does so.]] This is, again, a big clue that Kaworu is also not normal.
* Ryo in ''Manga/PenguinRevolution'' keeps accidentally catching Yukari bathing or changing clothes, and usually gets things thrown at his head when he does. Ayaori also tends to wander into the bathroom while Yukari is bathing, but since he's BlindWithoutEm, it takes him six manga volumes (and, finally, actually having his contacts in at the right time) to realize that Yukari's not a boy.
* Happened in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Tai and Izzy rush into a room to save Mimi who has just been carried off. Sora notices Mimi's dress on the floor and calls for them not to go in there. Naturally, they catch Mimi in the bath and get hit with various bath oil bottles.
* Occasionally in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', Lucia will happen to walk in on Kaito in the shower. Partial subversion in that he doesn't get angry about it.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', [[HotBlooded Rosette]] chases [[DirtyOldMan the Elder]] out of the girl's showers... completely forgetting that she's naked. Chrono happens to be standing outside of the room at the time, which leads to the following exchange:
-->'''Rosette:''' (''not noticing Chrono at first'') Can't let my guard down for a second!\\
'''Chrono:''' ''[[DeadpanSnarker What]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker guard]]?\\
'''Rosette:''' You can't come in here, either!\\
'''Chrono:''' I was just waiting outside!\\
(''Rosette [[{{Tsundere}} punches Chrono]]'')
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': It's averted a lot in the manga. Ranma usually doesn't give a damn about who sees his girl side naked. For example, when Akane, or the rest of the Tendō family, runs into a naked [[GenderBender female Ranma]] in the bath, as the latter [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl couldn't care less]]. Played straight in other situations, however.
* After coming to the wrong conclusion that Yasuna bathed with Hazumu in ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'', Tomari ''drags'' Hazumu to her house, throws her in the bathtub and then enter the bathroom a few moments later, in only a towel, wishing to bathe with her. Obviously, after learning what happens, [[HilarityEnsues embarrassment ensues]].
* In ''Manga/TheWallflower'' Sunako seeing Kyouhei in the shower (while she is naked in preparation for ''her own'' shower) is the event which inspires her to plan to kill him.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', with the OfficialCouple. It ''was'' an accident, really!
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', Yoshimori gets an eyeful of Tokine taking a bath when he is skulking around her house looking for her because he has not seen her in three days. He feels really bad about it afterwards -- so much so that he began to avoid her, making her think that he was mad at her. They patch it up fairly quickly, but it prompts her to "rely" on him more. In other words, this is when she starts to go after him. So, boys and girls, [[BrokenAesop stalk and peek at girls you like]] -- it will help apparently.
* A gender-flipped version occurs in ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'' when Ryo (girl) walks in on a very naked Asuka (guy) in the bathroom. ''He'' freaks out, ''she'' doesn't even seem to notice.
* [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'': Ryuuji walks in on Ami in the shower while she's behind the curtain. When he tries to run away, she stops him and tells him to stay. As he gets flustered, she pulls the curtain aside... only to reveal that she's fully clothed and did it to mess with his head. Ryuuji flees the scene unable to speak due to embarrassment. Eventually, he gets Taiga to fight this battle for him, only Ami actually ''is'' showering by the time Taiga confronts her.
-->'''Taiga:''' (''barges in'') Hey stupid chihua--\\
'''Ami:''' '''WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!'''\\
(''beat'')\\
(''Taiga returns to Ryuuji'')\\
'''Taiga:''' (''with a large slap print on her face'') She actually ''was'' showering...
* Subverted in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', when Shinra tries to invoke this on his girlfriend [[spoiler:and instead gets the perfect view of his ''father's'' naked ass]]. [[BrainBleach He is not pleased]].
-->'''Shinra:''' I have seen the face of hell.\\
'''Celty:''' What's wrong?\\
'''Shinra:''' ''I don't want to talk about it!''
* This is how Ichika finds out [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Charlotte's true gender]]]] in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', it happens ''twice'' to Kallen ([[MsFanservice who is surprised?]]). First, with a Lelouch nice enough to try to look away. Second, a WaterfallShower spotted by Suzaku. Oh, Kallen, it will be quicker finding the shower tropes you ''didn't'' fulfill.
* Czeslaw, being something of a {{troll}}, gets the idea to engineer one of these incidents between his two [[InnocentCohabitation innocently cohabiting]] and TwiceShy roommates in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}} 1935A - Deep Marble''
-->'''Czes:''' Weeellll, for the next one, Iím thinking about hiding Firo's clothes the next time he takes a shower. Then, while he's looking all over for them, I'll have Ennis take them to him!
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma accidentally walks in on [[NaughtyNuns Orsola Aquinas]] while she's in the shower and gets quite the view.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': This happened twice to Kyle Rayner. The first time he thought it was his girlfriend Donna, but it was Jade, who had (technically) broken into his apartment and was tired and needed to shower. The second time, Jade is his girlfriend and he's come back from an extended time in space and thinks it's her again, but now it's the guy she started seeing while he was away for so long.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}'': Dennis Mitchell has walked in on his mother in the bath several times. While this is awkward for his mother, Dennis is solely concerned with whatever matter he barged into the bathroom to discuss and this is more to do with him having no sense of privacy.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is how [[SickeninglySweethearts Heathcliffe and Aki]] first met in ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'', when Heathcliffe goes and takes a shower, but, catches Aki in the middle of her own shower. Thankfully, they get a proper introduction later.
* A RareMaleExample of it occurs in FanFic/TheArtistAndTheFaker, when Saber walks in on Shirou in the bath. Done as a callback to the original VisualNovel.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 2008 comedy ''Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins'', Reggie tries to sneak in on his cousin RJ's girlfriend in the shower but finds his cousin Betty there instead. The actors improvised their angry exchange.
* The film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has this with Arthur and Trillian, as part of their [[PromotedToLoveInterest newly introduced love story]].
* ''Film/{{Bean}}'': David turns on the shower and then sits on his bed for a while to contemplate his worries. When he enters the shower, he finds that Mr. Bean decided to take one in the meantime. They both freak out, but David is forced to answer the phone while all this is happening.
* In ''Film/{{Dave}}'', the title character (while impersonating the President) is taking a shower when the First Lady storms in and demands to speak to him face to face.
* In ''Film/CaptainRon'', Martin and Katherine are fooling around in the shower when the door jams and the shower begins to flood. Captain Ron ends up coming to their rescue, much to their embarrassment, and afterward tells their son that his parents were "playing 'hide-the-salami' in the shower".
* Happens in ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' where Mike Meyers' believes that he is walking in on his girlfriend, but it's actually her roommate.
* In ''Film/TheProposal'', Margaret is at Andrew's parents' house (before their CitizenshipMarriage) and leaves the towel outside the bathroom when she showers. She tries to get it, but their dog stands outside the door and starts barking loudly. She manages to trap the dog in the bathroom, only to bump into a naked Andrew who was also about to take a shower.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in DemolitionMan when John Spartan receives a wrong number [[VideoPhone Fiber Op]] call from [[FanserviceExtra a woman who had just stepped out of the shower.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels'' Laharl accidentally walks in on Flonne while she is in a hot spring. He blushes and quickly walks out.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an early ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' episode, Tony catches Angela coming out of the shower. This helps set up the series' WillTheyOrWontThey tension. Allegedly, the director had Judith Light flash Tony Danza for real during the taping in order to produce a suitably shocked reaction, making this an example of EnforcedMethodActing.
* Similarly with David and his housekeeper Mickey in the short-lived, very FanService-y eighties SitCom ''We Got It Made''.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler accidentally sees Rachel topless as she exits the shower. Rachel then tries to walk in on Chandler as payback, but gets Joey instead. Joey then tries to get even by walking in on Rachel, but gets Monica. Monica then tries to catch Joey, but instead sees Joey's dad, bringing the ZanySchemeChicken to a screeching halt. Notably, Joey's father is completely unfazed.
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Iolaus stumbles across Nebula taking a shower on board her ship.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim thinks it's his wife in the shower so he enters the bathroom and takes off his clothes, but once he pulls open the curtains, he instead sees his sister-in-law. Noticing his subsequent awkwardness, his wife teases him with "You liked what you saw, didn't you?"
* In ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', Kimberly mischieviously takes a picture of Arnold's bare bottom in the shower. The photo is accidentally published in the newspaper, complicating his run for class president.
* In ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' the title characters, trying to disinfect Hope's daughter Sydney's pierced tongue, head into the shower with her, dressed, so as not to spill hydrogen peroxide on the rug. Just then Hope's husband Charlie comes in asking for her. Hope, who doesn't want him to know about the unauthorized piercing, claims to be showering, so Charlie drops his bathrobe to join her and pulls the curtain, inadvertently exposing himself to his daughter and sister-in-law.
* In ''Series/UglyBetty'', Daniel walks in on the villainous Wilhelmina thinking it's his love interest. Turns out that they're sisters.
* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Urkel is about to step into the shower when he goes to get a loofah from his room. In the meantime, Laura steps into the shower herself, even though the water's already running, and sure enough....
* In ''Series/KyleXY'', Kyle walks in on Jessie shortly after she moves in with the Tragers. Jessie responds with exactly the level of embarrassment you'd expect -- that is, absolutely none. Kyle, on the other hand...
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry's girlfriend walks in on George after he's been swimming, which horrifies George because he had just climbed out of a cold pool. ([[CatchPhrase "Shrinkage!"]]) George spends the rest of the episode contriving excuses to walk in on her naked to even the score.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has a scene shortly after the hatch is discovered where Jack comes upon Kate in the shower. Although he doesn't see anything, it's still an extremely awkward moment between them.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'':
** Played with in an episode. Sloan and Lexie are dating, but Callie, Sloan's bisexual ex-girlfriend, deliberately walks in on Sloan in the shower to ask him a question. Neither of them are weirded out, but for Lexie, it's ''very'' uncomfortable.
** Due to living arrangements with Meredith, almost everybody had it happen to them at one moment or another. Usually while the people in the shower are having sex and it has to remain a secret.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Subverted when Marita is talking to Krycek in the shower. The characters have history, but they appear to be quite comfortable.
** But played straight with Mulder and Scully themselves. There's a brief but spectacularly awkward scene when they have to [[DecontaminationChamber shower to remove possible contagion]]. Though there seems to be separate showers for each of them, the dividing wall is not particularly useful, privacy wise, and they both look very uncomfortable with the situation (and try extremely hard not to check each other out).
** Given that it's definitely not the first time in the series they'd seen each other naked, the awkwardness probably comes more from the fact that they're both naked at the same time and neither of them were unconscious.
* Has happened repeatedly on ''Series/HomeAndAway'', at least three or four times in Irene's house.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Prue walks in on her brother-in-law Leo in the shower. Sister/wife Piper walks in at the same time and is not impressed.
** In another episode Phoebe walks in on Piper and Leo in the shower together. A flashback episode where Phoebe and Paige get sent back in time has the same scene reused only with present Phoebe walking in this time.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Reba}}'' has Reba, in her eagerness to relax, too immersed in her easy-listening music to notice that her ex-husband was using her shower equipment at the time as she prepares for her own shower. The result only stressed her out more, as she told him: "I'm under strict order to keep my stress to the minimum, AND YOU'RE NOT HELPING ONE BIT!"
* ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' gives us Johnny's various attempts to walk in on Sharon in the shower. Unfortunately he gets Ashley the first and Pete's grandpa the second time. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial This was certainly not]] [[BlatantLies inspired by the ''Friends'' example from above.]]
* In an episode from ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', George hears a shower running in the bathroom. Expecting to see his wife inside, he goes inside unannounced in the hope of surprising her... only to see his mother instead!
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'': The opening scene of "There's No Place Like Omsk" has Beans catching Soviet defector Svetlana (played by Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly) in the shower.
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'': Sheridan [[EatingTheEyeCandy gets an eyeful]] of a naked Luis when he comes out of the shower wearing only a smille and a few beads of water.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' used this trope in season 1 in order to build up sexual tension between Caleb and Hanna. He is secretly crashing at her place after his foster parents gave him the boot. While he is taking a shower she walks into the room in order to fix her make up. She is then forced to step into the shower, while naked Caleb is there, when ''her mother'' walks into the room. RomanceEnsues by the end of the episode, soon to b followed by [[CoitusEnsues more]].
* In ''Series/TheNanny'', Fran accidentally catches Mr. Sheffield in the shower. Later in the series this comes back a a BrickJoke (and from the other characters' perspective as a NoodleIncident[[labelnote:*]]Pardon the pun....[[/labelnote]]), by Fran mentioning that she has seen her boss naked once.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]], Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, and one of her attributes was her chasteness. A mortal hunter named Actaeon happened to see her while she was bathing the woods. Artemis was so furious that she turned him into a stag, and he was run down and torn to pieces by his own dogs.
* One version of [[BlindSeer Tiresias's]] myth states that he walked on Artemis's half-sister Athena, also a virgin goddess, when she was bathing. Instead of turning him into an animal, Athena blinds Tiresias; once she calms down and realizes not only what she has done but how ''she can't undo it'', she gives him massive {{seers}} powers as an apology.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Brighton Beach Memoirs'': Eugene tries to do this with his hot cousin Nora after being coached on the technique by his older brother, but it backfires on him when she accidentally walks in on him using the toilet.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Happens differently to normal in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', as you might expect when the two people are a cop and an assassin.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' does it ''twice''. {{Modesty Towel}}s prevented those moments from being even more awkward.
** Though Red's "What have we here?" line, screen fade to black, and the subsequent [[ArmorPiercingSlap red mark]] on his face suggest perhaps he ''stole'' Elh's towel the first time...
** And the second time, it was actually a mental "reward" cooked up by his subconscious for beating the warmup level of the VirtualTrainingSimulation, suggesting perhaps it wasn't quite as awkward on his end...then he gets a MegatonPunch or two and [[YourMindMakesItReal wakes up with a headache]], implying some sense of guilt or that he CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest.
* Happens in the first {{Deponia}} game, with Rufus walking in on his ex-girlfriend Toni. She seems more annoyed than genuinely upset with the whole thing (a somewhat odd reaction given that Wenzel was looking on the whole time).
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' when Shirou walks in on Saber in the bath. ''He'' feels really embarrassed for a bit but she tells him to get over it, she doesn't consider herself a girl anyway. Played straight later when Shirou does it ''again'', and Saber uses the moment to start wondering if [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon Shirou thinks she looks too muscular and unfeminine]] for mutual awkwardness.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2005-01-12 Happens]] in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' when Vashiel stumbles into Ash's bathroom while ''already'' looking for tissue.
* A variant appears in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/my_weekly_ritual here,]] when Dillon and Amber, who are used to sharing showers, blunder in on new roommate Ruby, who thought she would have the shower to herself. The fact that she merely gets angry rather than cripplingly embarrassed is a sign of her CharacterDevelopment.
* A ''Webcomic/WorldOfFizz'' [[http://fergoandenrique.comicgenesis.com/d/20100222.html storyline]] has Carlos accidentally walking in on Kelli as she is stepping out of the shower.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter and his neighbours win a trophy for a parade float commemorating the ''Who's the Boss?'' scene.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Marge comes upon a decidedly ''un-''sexy Burns in the shower.
* Done straight on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' with Jonesy seeing Jen completely naked and freaking out over it because they're ''stepsiblings''.
* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. In "New Digs", Mr.Krabs enters his office to see that [=SpongeBob=] has hung floral print curtains in his office. Upset, he yanks them down to reveal [=SpongeBob's=] Mother taking a shower only for her husband to walk in and get upset with him and as usual with the cartoon, [[HilarityEnsues all hell breaks loose]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby walks in on his cousin Luanne. A jealous Joseph then keeps trying to do the same.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Uncharted Territory", where Aelita is tricked by [[AlphaBitch Sissi]] into entering the boys' shower room. We don't know what she saw, since it stays an outside shot with just some surprised yells heard. Ulrich and Odd, wet and wearing {{Modesty Towel}}s, are prompt to get her out.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' episode "Shore Leave", Brendon is staying the weekend at Fenton's house and walks in on Fenton's mom in the shower. As he has his camera with him and shooting a movie, he catches the moment on video. Coach [=McGuirk=] ends the show trying to put the footage online.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Marceline's Closet", Finn and Jake end up stuck hiding in Marceline's bedroom closet when Jake ignores her warning to stay out of her house when she's out, and she comes back at the wrong time. At one point Finn tries to sneak out and see what she's doing... which turns out to be taking a shower. He manages to avoid being detected, but it's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar heavily implied]] he accidentally saw Marceline naked.
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