Exactly What It Says on the Tin
: A character (usually someone designated a Mr.
Fanservice — either in-universe or according to the fandom — but an Innocent Fanservice Girl
[or Guy] can be susceptible) takes a shower.
More often the person is female, but can also be done with men to appease the squealing fangirls (and gay fanboys).
Also known as the Obligatory Shower Scene. A Decontamination Chamber
can be used as a variation of this in science fiction works.
One of the most common forms of Fanservice
, this will usually involve frosted glass, Censor Steam
, Censor Suds
, a Toplessness from the Back
shot and a Modesty Towel
before and afterwards to appease the censors and get crap past the radar
, if necessary.
If a waterfall is used in place of a shower for whatever reason (a character is out in the woods or the story takes place before indoor plumbing was common), then it's a Waterfall Shower
Compare Bathtub Scene
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- Frequently used as a Ms. Fanservice gambit by manufacturers of bath and shower fittings, both in print and in television commercials, but in more recent years this is becoming a dead trope. In the period 1950-80 it was very common to sell bathroom fittings by having a naked female model in the bath or shower to appeal to the men who had the decision-making power about installing them. The whole gamut of Censor Steam, Censor Suds, Toplessness from the Back and Modesty Towels were deployed to meet the screening criteria of each decade. As women got more buying power and independence, more of the foam-covered models in the showers became male, for the same reason. With the turn of the century, this has fallen out of favour, with shower manufacturers content to let the unadorned product speak for itself. However, adverts for related sundries, such as shower-gels, soaps, shampoos, etc, still generally manage to put a naked body in the shower using them.
Anime & Manga
- One of the earliest and best known examples was Chun Li's in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. In fact, it became the most talked about scene in the movie, among western audiences, since anime and animated depictions of nudity were relatively new at that time. Plus, the scene involved a popular video game character, which helped the movie to gain notoriety; paving the way for others like it.
- Parodied in the Giant Robo "side stories" when we get a classic anime shower scene, camera panning up a shapely pair of legs and buttocks... only for the old, bearded and male bad guy Shocking Alberto to turn to the camera and ask the audience if they were expecting someone else. Nice ass.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has one involving nearly all the trainees, minus Erio who had to wait for his turn outside.
- An earlier one takes place in Subaru and Teana's time with the academy, in which Subaru talks with Teana about her admiration for Nanoha, and Teana tells her somewhat coldly that she has no interest in becoming friends with her (she later changes her mind).
- In Black Cat, to celebrate the tenth issue we're treated to Rinslet taking a shower.
- In the anime, Train also gets his shower scene◊ in episode 14.
- Fire Candy doesn't bother to censor, well, anything in Yukito's shower scene.
- Due to the nature of the curses, these are a dime a dozen in Ranma ½: cold showers for turning into the cursed form, hot baths for changing back.
- Tieria Erde's shower scene in Gundam 00 is a very rare and completely humourless male example of this trope, random as it may have been.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has one of these early on. Negi tries to help Asuna by enchanting her brushes. Hilarity Ensues.
- Dana Sterling has a couple of them in Robotech.
- Yellow Belmont (Lancer in the Robotech version) also gets one. which demonstrates that he's a guy, but is as gratuitous as most female shower scenes.
- Minmay has one as well, which is shown a second time during a clip show, and is Turned Up to Eleven in the movie by being more elaborately animated and showing more skin.
- Used for comedy in Axis Powers Hetalia, where Ludwig/Germany's first love declaration to Feliciano/North Italy happens when the latter bursts into the first taking a shower and demands to have him say "I love you".
- Joe gets one in the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman OAV series. If you thought the original series' Joe was Mr. Fanservice...
- Matsuya gets one in the last episode of Excel Saga. That Kabapu was spying on.
- A terrifying subversion occurs in Naruto: a shower scene featuring Orochimaru and his decaying arms. Considering that he's the main villain of the series at that point, and his generally high levels of creepy, it's really creepy. Added to the mix is the fact that Kabuto was apparently in the room the whole time.
- Don't forget the infamous Waterfall scene with Hinata.
- In The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, there is a brief Shower Scene à la Yuki Nagato, notable for its departure from the series' usual Super-Deformed character design in favor of a more realist rendering.
- In a scene in the manga Ichigo Mashimaro, Miu spies on Ana to see if she's actually as... developed... up top as the way her clothing lays on her suggests, i.e. moreso than Miu. Apparently so. She's 11, though, and Barbie Doll Anatomy is employed (no chest features are drawn).
- Fushigi Yuugi puts Miaka in one of these (among other bathing scenes in the series), where the camera pans sloooooooowly from her butt up.
- The first movie of Macross Frontier had three shower scenes — Alto, Sheryl and Grace. Alto had a scene where it was even angled from above, much to the joy of fangirls everywhere; and Grace displayed everything in full view of the viewers.
- The series itself even had a few, featuring characters like Sheryl, Nanase, Ranka, and even the micronized Klan.
- Nami's had a few in One Piece. Including one with a groping and licking by an invisible lion man.
- In Bleach, we get a shower scene of Mayuri Kurotsuchi, of all people. However, this scene showed us that under all that make up/war paint, he's actually quite attractive.
- Bulma in Dragon Ball while camping in the desert in Oolong's double-decker camper. Yamcha accidentally saw her showering while trying to invade their camp.
- In Death Note, Halle Lidner has just had Mello, a wanted criminal, turn up on her doorstep and hold her at gunpoint. She then proceeds to willingly hide him in her bathroom, and take a shower in front of him. The scene is basically the entire foundation for the Mello/Lidner pairing- something that is helped by the downright alluring glances Halle keeps sending his way.
- Played straight in the anime series Initial D, both Extra Stage 1 and 2 involve Mako in a shower scene.
- Happens in Fullmetal Alchemist to Edward not long after he escapes from Gluttony's stomach, where he spent a fair amount of time ankle-deep in blood.
- Andromeda Shun from Saint Seiya has a random one in the anime, while the bad guy Lizard Misty gets a similarly-framed "bathing in the ocean" scene. And Pisces Aphrodite takes a bath in one of the movies.
- In Durarara!!, we get one of Celty early on. Shinra pokes his head in to "check on her".
- Shinra attempts the same thing in the second arc, but this time it's his dad in the shower. Oops.
- Shinra himself got a brief one in episode 6. It wasn't as detailed though, much to the fangirls' disappointment.
- Happens so often in Maicchingu Machiko Sensei that it is even featured in the opening credits... Barbie Doll Anatomy averted completely. Also: kid's show.
- Yuri Petrov gets one in the sixteenth episode of Tiger & Bunny. It turns out to be rather plot important, as that's when the rather nasty burn scar he got from his father is revealed.
- Rayflo gets one right in the first chapter of Vassalord, just to make it clear what kind of series this is.
- In episode 9 of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, being the only time you see Yoko with more skin showing than in her usual clothing is during her own Shower Scene. But let's just say it's not really the best moment for the fans to be happy... Tears are shed.
- The manga version of this scene in chapter 16 gives us some nice detail of Yoko's body which we don't see in the anime's counterpart.
- Sha Gojyo of Saiyuki gets two shower scenes - one in the series, one in the movie (Requiem).
- Very early on in Bakemonogatari we get one with Senjougahara behind the shower screen. Whether watchers still remember it by the end of toothbrush scene is speculation.
- In the first episode of Oniisama e..., Nanako is shown having a shower after her first day in Seiran school.
- Rei "Hana-no-Saint-Juste" Asaka has more than one shower too, but hers go more into Shower of Angst.
- Hatou in Murasakiiro No Qualia has a two panel long shower scene. More contemplative thoughts are shown than any sort of fanservice.
- The Tokko anime features two shower scenes, one with Ryoko and another with Kureha. Both feature full nudity from the waist up (which were edited/censored in the tv version) and Kureha's shower scene leads into a fight scene with Kureha fighting phantoms completely naked.
- One brief part of an episode of Shinryaku! Ika Musume has Sanae showering in a special shower for cleaning away impure thoughts when she's trying to break her obsession with Squiddi— I mean, Squid Girl.
- Vampire Hunter D. In the 1985 movie, after D returns Lamika to Count Magnus Lee's castle there's a brief scene in Doris Lang's house where she takes a shower.
- This happens quite often in Code Geass. There's the scene where Kallen confronts Lelouch who came to the bathroom to bring her a change of clothes while she was showering, and we get to see quite a lot of her. There's the scene where we see Lelouch angry about things that happened to him while in the bathtub, and last but not least there's the scene where Suzaku finds Kallen showering in a waterfall after awakening on an empty island.
- The Smurfs comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress" has Smurfette in a Shower Scene, though mostly blocked by the robot servants holding up a sheet for modesty. This doesn't stop Greedy from playing The Peeping Tom, hoping to see Smurfette naked, though the robot servants foil that attempt.
Films — Live Action
- The Spy Who Loved Me. Considering that this takes place on a U.S. submarine and involves Barbara Bach, it gives a whole new meaning to the Navy expression "Hollywood shower".
- For the ignorant, a Hollywood shower is a long, luxurious shower, where you let the water run for the whole shower. By contrast, a Navy shower consists of running the water, cold, long enough to get wet, turning it off and soaping up, and running the water, still cold, long enough to rinse the suds off. The water is on for no more than two minutes in total. For obvious reasons, Hollywood showers are used as rewards.
- Starship Troopers (co-ed!)
- Also notable in that, unlike most shower scenes, it showed full frontal nudity as opposed to just back shots.
- Apparently there were quite a few guests on set the day the shower scene in American Psycho was filmed.
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider has two, male and female.
- The beginning of the Pam Grier film Black Mama White Mama takes place in a women's prison and has a typical example, complete with closeups of bare breasts, playful wrestling between naked women, and a female guard masturbating while spying on them.
- The shower scene in the first Joshuu Sasori film subverts the expectations for a Girls Behind Bars movie rather well. It starts with a shoulders-up shot of the protagonist's ally, complete with full nudity of extras in the background, displaying all the signs of being a standard shower scene. Then it turns into a psychedelic fight scene; we never see the protagonist's ally below the shoulders, and the protagonist stays clothed. But Joshuu Sasori isn't your typical women in prison film.
- Psycho (dramatic chords)
- Sixteen Candles, of all things, contains an obvious bit of Fanservice: the high school's designated Hot Chick is spied upon by Molly Ringwald's character, a Naïve Everygirl who kvetches about her own lack of mammarial development in comparison.
- I Robot: Two different ones, with Bridget Moynihan and Will Smith.
- There was a shower scene in Road Trip, described by one of the characters and shown to the viewer... put on pause when someone questioned it, the question is Hand Waved and we review to naked goodness.
- Gothika includes a shower scene with about 30 female inmates. Played realistically, with unattractive and older inmates placed among the attractive ones.
- The first Resident Evil movie has the female protagonist taking a shower, only to be knocked unconscious by gas coming from the showerhead.
- Arachnophobia has a female secondary character taking a shower, not noticing a poisonous spider crawling around in the shower with her. However, she sees the spider before it can bite her, she screams, and (somehow) Hilarity Ensues.
- Case in The Unborn gets a shower scene, but you mostly see only her back.
- Screaming Mimi, based on the Frederic Brown novel.
- The Seventh Victim
- Harrison Ford's character in Witness walks in on his Amish hostess giving herself a sponge bath.
- Cruel Intentions 2 has a shower scene with a pair of twins making out in front of Sebastian, which, incidentally, is the only thing people remember about the film.
- The Film of the Book of The Outsiders has a gratuitous scene with Sodapop.
- James Bond and Wai Lin share an outdoor shower (both clothed) in Tomorrow Never Dies, leading to a combination Shirtless Scene and Sexy Soaked Shirt.
- Seen in Whiteout with Kate Beckinsale's character, despite the water restrictions existing on a real life base in Antarctica which would prevent the above-mentioned 'Hollywood Shower'. It's one of the first scenes in the movie, it's very gratuitous, and it's probably there because Beckinsale spends the rest of the movie in a bulky parka.
- For a long time the shower scene was from the opening of Dressed to Kill, a thriller from the 1970s. It's very explicit, both for its time and for now.
- Lampshaded in PCU as they watch Dressed To Kill. "Shower sceeeeene..."
- Zooey Deschanel has had two, one in Elf, and one in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- Maid Marion accidentally stumbles upon the naked Robin Hood, bathing under a waterfall in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves — and thoroughly enjoys the view.
- American Beauty shows us Kevin Spacey jerking off in the shower through frosted glass at the beginning of the film. Later, there's also a Dream Sequence revolving around Mena Suvari's character in the bath.
- Abigail Whistler's bloody post-battle shower scene in Blade: Trinity interspersed with flashbacks of her dad, is the closest the movie comes to being emotionally resonant. It's also pretty much the only bit of Character Development she gets.
- Porky's has a shower scene where the guys are watching the girls shower. One boy puts his penis through the hole only to have the female gym teacher grab it.
- "God damn it, would you move it, you lard-ass?"
- In Two Moon Junction, April (Sherilyn Fenn) reverses the roles and watches the guys shower at the country club.
- In G. I. Jane, the title character showers while the male senior chief talks to her.
- Carrie has a shower scene at the beginning of the movie with several girls, including Carrie, after gym class.
- Weird Science has a scene where Gary and Wyatt shower with Lisa. They're later mocked by mutant bikers because both boys wore their jeans in the shower with Lisa being the only one naked.
- In Tank Girl, Lori Petty has a waterless shower with some kind of white powder used to clean her body.
- The Final Girl in The Funhouse is introduced to us this way. She's in the shower as she is about to be pranked by her little brother in a homage to Halloween (1978)
- Helen Hunt takes a shower in Twister. Storm-chasing is no doubt dirty, gritty work with the high winds and all, but the scene itself is entirely gratuitous.
- Beverly D'Angelo in ''National Lampoon's Vacation''.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal gets a bathtub scene in Secretary, and a post-shower scene in Sherrybaby.
- Matthew Broderick's character in The Cable Guy.
- The B-horror flick Abominable has a shower scene with Tiffany Shepis.
- Considering that Risky Business was basically a movie revolving around teenage wet dreams, it is no surprise that it gives us this trope at the beginning of the movie involving a dream Tom Cruise's character has about a hot girl showering.
- Withnail & I, a film that's extremely devoted to showing Paul McGann half-naked as often as possible, has an extended bathtub scene consisting of Paul McGann slowly shaving his face.
- In The Crow, Myca, Top Dollar's consort/sister is introduced taking a shower.
- In Alien³, Ripley has a shower scene shortly after cutting off her hair.
- Pitch Perfect has this as an important plot point where Chloe witnesses Beca's singing talent and sings a duet rendition of Titanium by David Guetta in the same stall. After they are done singing, a naked man walks into them to compliment their singing.
- Played for laughs in Charade when Cary Grant takes a shower in Audrey Hepburn's bathroom — fully clothed.
- Downplayed in Riddick where The Squadette handwashes herself from a basin (she's on a desert planet so water would be restricted). We get a look at Katee Sackhoff topless so no-one is complaining (including Katee, as her breast "looked it was 22" due to her raised arm as she scrubbed.)
- Sweet Sixteen opens with a gratuitous shower scene. As if that wasn't sleazy enough, the character that audience just ogled washing herself is revealed later to be only fifteen years old.
- In Wild Things, Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) steps out of a shower near the end to meet up with Sam Lombardo, his accomplice in the whole scheme.
- Averted in Sarah Polley's film Take This Waltz, which features a shower scene in a public swimming pool featuring Michelle Williams as protagonist Margot, Sarah Silverman as her friend, and another friend of theirs, along with several other women, with no frosted glass, steam or anything else. Fanservice is averted because the three younger women are talking about and to the considerably older (and larger) women showering opposite them, and the conversation is about how you get old and nobody's young and pretty forever.
- In Lieutenant Hornblower from Horatio Hornblower book series, Horatio decides to have a shower on deck. It's described in great detail: the hoseman pumping a stream of water on him, Hornblower casting his towel aside, standing there naked in the sunshine, an amused crowd gathering to watch...
"Hornblower twirled round and round under the stinging impact, his face screwed up in painful ecstasy. Bush, looking at Hornblower revolving under the sparkling stream, was conscious of a prickling under his shirt in his heavy uniform coat, and actually had the feeling that it might be pleasurable to indulge in that sort of shower bath, however injurious it might be to the health."
- Maisy Learns to Swim, a children's picture book from the Maisy First Experience Book series, shows Maisy the mouse standing naked taking a warm shower after she feels shivery from being in the pool, while chatting with her friend Tallulah, who is wrapped in a towel. (Note: Maisy, unlike some Funny Animals, is normally fully clothed.) This is a rare case in which no Fanservice whatsoever is involved, but it's notable that this is from the same series in which Maisy was shown taking a bath together with Tallulah (see Bathtub Bonding).
Live Action TV
- In The Women, Crystal has the curtains drawn before actually taking a shower, but before that is sitting in the bathtub naked for most of the scene.
- Parasite Eve 2.
- The 3rd Birthday takes it to another level though, it makes the scene in PE 2 look arguably classier.
- Persona 3. Not altogether willingly. Creates a bit of Fridge Logic (if not outright Plot Hole) in that the water is perfectly clean, even though it was stated and shown repeatedly that all water turns to blood during the Dark Hour.
- Agent Under Fire had one in the fourth mission. Turned out it was actually R.
- "Ah! The latest in holographic technology. I thought that would catch your eye, 007."
- Mona in Max Payne 2 bared her back through censor steam in the 3D cutscene and donned a towel in the comic panels. A cheat code to unlock Mona's hidden model showed that her nude body was fully rendered from all directions.
- Shion had a nice steamy one in Xenosaga III.
- In No More Heroes Desperate Struggle, the Save Point is a toilet when you're playing as Travis. During the sequence you play Shinobu, it's a shower. Much like Travis can always find functional toilets, she can always find surprisingly elegant showers.
- All three playable characters have one in Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. Carla is the only one whose character model is actually naked during the scene (Lucas and Tyler's boxers are sometimes visible).
- Madison's shower scene in Heavy Rain. Or Ethan Mars' (which was considerably less fan service-y in that regard).
- Subverted in the second Tomb Raider. After clearing the Bonus Level, which consists of Lara shooting thugs while dressed in a bathrobe, it looks like you're gonna get a Shower Scene for your efforts... But then Lara says "Don't you think you've seen enough?" and shoots the camera.
- Possible to invoke in Endless Ocean: Blue World if you use the shower facilities behind the cabin of Nineball Island. (You take it in a swimsuit, though. In fact, you can't take it unless you have a swimsuit equipped. Justified as the shower is outside on this small island.)
- In Mass Effect 3, Female Shepards have the option to offer Specialist Traynor a shower in their private cabin. And then join her.
- You can make Sonic and Knuckles take a shower in Casinopolis of Sonic Adventure, although only Sonic reacts to the water.
- And even Street Fighter IV got into the act; during Seth's intro, there is a scene with Seth taking a shower.
- Angels 2200 has lots of shower scenes for its Improbably Female Cast, however including Censor Steam and Godiva Hair.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Freefall has one of these in a sub-arc, starting here. Since then there have been several more, mostly played straight. The one for the Oct 24, 2011 strip, however, subverts the usual Fanservice purpose: Florence showers with her clothes still on, as her outfit was just as dirty as she was and she was fatigued from the day's ordeal.
- Eerie Cuties has featured several, for both comedy and fanservice:
- Ménage à 3 has too many to count, and they're usually notable for featuring uninterrupted views of breasts and butts.
- Sandra on the Rocks gets no less than three female characters (fairly innocently) into the same shower here, and still remains just about SFW.
- Sticky Dilly Buns plays with the trope a little here, as characters who are used to sharing a shower scene blunder in on someone who isn't. It is, incidentally, a measure of how quickly the prudish and virginal Ruby is adapting to the situation in the apartment that she is merely angry at this, rather than incoherent with rage or embarrassment.
- The Whiteboard:
- The menu for the second TGWTG DVD involves The Nostalgia Critic getting barged in on by his brother while he's in the shower. He's rather questioning of this.
- Shows up in Welshy's year 4 anniversary video.
- In Batman: The Animated Series, Bruce Wayne is sometimes shown stepping into the shower after working out, and later stepping out of the shower as he talks to Alfred about the latest thing that is troubling him.
- The boys of South Park got one in "'Lil Crime Stoppers." However, unlike the previous examples, no attempt was made at preserving their modesty: in fact, a full-frontal shot of Stan, Kyle, and Cartman was used in the opening credits for several years afterward.
- In episode 22 of Wakfu, a sunstroke-suffering Sadlygrove has an hallucination of Evangelyne showering, with Censor Steam around.
- In the music video for Jewel's song Stand spends at least half of it with her in the shower.
- Alizée's song "J'en ai marre". Cute French girl, fully dressed, in a giant glass cube, water pouring over her half the time. Oh, and the song is quite catchy too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi4ncdWdSv8
- In AOA's dance unit's fanservice-heavy "Miniskirt" video, member Hyejeong takes a shower clothed... and then takes a bubble bath unclothed.