Tommy: How was it? I heard there was an awesome shower scene.Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A character (usually someone designated a Mr. or Ms. 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. Subtropes include:
Harry: Oh, yeah! But then this naked girl got in and you could barely see the shower.
Harry: Oh, yeah! But then this naked girl got in and you could barely see the shower.
— 3rd Rock from the Sun, "Indickscretion"
- "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody (Exactly What It Says on the Tin)
- Shower of Angst (when a character showers as a symbolic way to wash away shame, misery, or embarrassment; sometimes clothed, sometimes not, depending on how bad the character's psyche has suffered and whether or not the scene is Played for Laughs or Played for Drama)
- Shower of Awkward (a Comedy Trope in which one character walks in on another showering. Usually used in conjunction with unresolved or belligerent sexual tension if the characters are in love with each other but won't admit to it or Nausea Fuel and Brain Bleach if the character showering is not considered sexually attractive and the mere sight of him or her naked is enough to induce vomiting, psychological trauma, hysterical blindness, or a complete change in sexual preference [including no sex ever again])
- Shower of Love (when two people make love while in the shower).
- Bath of Poverty (when a character is shown to live on a run down setting)
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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 Towel 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.
- A soft drink commercial from the late 90s featured an especially gratuitous one of these that didn't involve an actual shower: a sexy woman in a costume clearly intended to evoke Lara Croft (boots, hot pants and a tight t-shirt) is driving through a desert in a jeep, looking hot and thirsty. Then she spots a water tower. She get out of the car and takes a shotgun from the trunk, then strips completely naked (with much use of Sideboob, Toplessness from the Back and raised thigh to conceal the bits of the actress that couldn't be shown in a commercial), fires the shotgun at the water tower, and luxuriates in the resulting cascade of water, which is duly compared to the refreshing sensation of a cool can of whatever drink the commercial was advertising.
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.
- 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".
- 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 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.
- 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.
- The animated Captain Harlock movie features Kei. Though she may be justified because otherwise she is sticking in a very smelly-looking armoured spacesuit.
- 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.
- 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. (Although, for his part, Mello ignores the fanservice.)
- As a running gag in Doraemon, poor Shizuka never gets to finish a bath or shower, and takes them all the time. Literally so, as she's tried in other time periods, just to be interrupted by Nobita and Doraemon.
- Dragon Ball:
- Bulma while camping in the desert in Oolong's double-decker camper. Yamcha accidentally saw her showering while trying to invade their camp.
- Vegeta has a scene at the start of the Cell saga, partly to showcase his many and varied scars, and partly to highlight the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Vegeta and Bulma.
- 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.
- Shinra attempts the same thing in the second arc, but this time it's his dad in the shower. Oops.
- Matsuya gets one in the last episode of Excel Saga. That Kabapu was spying on.
- Fairy Tail:
- Erza Scarlet has a Shower of Angst after retreating from the battle with Phantom Lord.
- Lucy has one just before the beginning of her Bathtub Bonding Scene with Cana.
- Lucy has a Shower of Angst after losing her fight against Flare Corona in the Grand Magic Games. Somehow it feels worse since Lucy lost due to Flare's team cheating.
- Fire Candy doesn't bother to censor, well, anything in Yukito's 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.
- We also see Riza Hawkeye in the shower, along with a plot-relevant Toplessness from the Back shot.
- Fushigi Yuugi puts Miaka in one of these (among other bathing scenes in the series), where the camera pans sloooooooowly from her butt up.
- 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.
- Played straight in the anime series Initial D, both Extra Stage 1 and 2 involve Mako in a shower scene.
- Fujiko Mine from Lupin III, especially in the movies. For a good example, the first time we see her in the The Mystery of Mamo, she's taking a shower...and absolutely averting Barbie Doll Anatomy.
- 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.
- 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).
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has one of these early on. Negi tries to help Asuna by enchanting her brushes. Hilarity Ensues.
- Machiko frequently shower naked in Maicchingu Machiko Sensei that it is even featured in the opening credits... Barbie Doll Anatomy averted completely. And sometimes even the kids join in on these. Also: kid's show.
- Mazinger Z: Several examples:
- During a manga story arc in which Kouji and the other main characters were trying to sneak in Baron Ashura's submarine base, Ashura decided to have a shower. Since Baron Ashura is a half male, half female being, it was played for laughs and nightmare fuel.
- That scene was later animated in Mazinkaiser.
- In the beginning of the Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness movie, Sayaka was taking a shower when Kouji walked in on her accidentally. She slapped him right away.
- 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.
- Tieria Erde's shower scene in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a very rare and completely humourless male example of this trope, random as it may have been.
- Hatou in Murasakiiro No Qualia has a two panel long shower scene. More contemplative thoughts are shown than any sort of fanservice.
- 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.
- Nami's had a few in One Piece. Including one with a groping and licking by an invisible lion man. She even develops a technique for it over the time skip.
- 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.
- Due to the nature of the curses, these are a dime a dozen in Ranma Ż: cold showers for turning into the cursed form, hot baths for changing back.
- The three shows that were mashed together into Robotech had their fair share of these:
- Jeanne Fránçaix of Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (Dana Sterling in Robotech) has a lot of gratuitous shower/bath scenes, most of which were cut from the original broadcast of Robotech.
- Yellow Belmont of Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (Lancer in Robotech) also gets one, which demonstrates that he's a guy, but is as gratuitous as most female shower scenes.
- Lynn Minmay of Super Dimension Fortress Macross has one as well, which is shown a second time during a clip show, and is Turned Up to Eleven in Macross: Do You Remember Love? by being more elaborately animated and showing more skin.
- 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. Amusingly, these three are the most likely to be confused for women even in-universe, so maybe that's why the anime worked it in.
- Sha Gojyo of Saiyuki gets two shower scenes - one in the series, one in the movie (Requiem).
- Joe gets one in the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman OAV series. If you thought the original series' Joe was Mr. Fanservice...
- 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.
- In a scene in the manga Strawberry Marshmallow, 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. Apperently so. She's 11, though, and Barbie Doll Anatomy is employed (no chest features are drawn).
- 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.
- 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.
- The Tokk˘ 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.
- 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.
- Rayflo gets one right in the first chapter of Vassalord, just to make it clear what kind of series this is.
- 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.
- In Violine, several of these appear in the first albums, as well as dressing/undressing scenes.
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 Na´ve 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 Alien│, 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.
- Babylon A.D.: After arriving at the American border, Toorop has a shower scene where we're shown his extensive collection of tattoos.
- Split/Second: Michelle (Kim Cattrall) takes a shower at Stone's apartment, during which she is almost attacked by the alien monster.
- 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
- A number, including one where Gibbs, Tony, Kate and McGee all have to take one after a powder release in the office. Kate's rear has suds on it.
- Also subverted: A woman turns on her shower, Dress Hits Floor, her boyfriend puts on mood music, and then blood starts spurting from the showerhead. That must have killed the mood.
- Primeval Season 2: Stephen Hart comes home to find Helen Cutter in his shower: "Hope you don't mind. I got slimed in the Devonian and the smell would make your eyes water. Now stop staring and pass me a towel."
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has a couple of these, one by Sarah and one by Derek. The former is also a Shower of Angst, while the latter is most definitively a Shirtless Scene.
- I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! had Mylene Klass showering in a bikini. She came second. You do the math.
- Twisted slightly in Babylon 5 when someone asks about Commander Susan Ivanova. Cut to a person in a shower who quickly turns out to be Captain John Sheridan. But it's still a shower scene, ladies. Enjoy.
- Kate has had several shower scenes on Lost. She also had an underwear-clad bathing scene in the pilot episode.
- Dollhouse has one roughly every other episode. Coed showers for groups of people.
- In "Stop-Loss" non-doll Adelle steps into one to sober up (and for the view, presumably.)
- Also turned into a plot point when one of them started having man-reactions.
- The Bill had one during an episode when one of the female officers went undercover in a women's prison.
- Common in Oz.
- Star Trek: Enterprise. Captain Archer takes a shower, but the Artificial Gravity goes off. Unfortunately for female viewers, he doesn't float up enough to show anything besides his chest.
- Grey's Anatomy had one of the most blatant examples with a season two episode that opens with Izzy, Meredith and Christina taking a very steamy (yet somehow non-wet) shower together. It turned out to be just a dream sequence which served absolutely no purpose to the plot, to the characters or to anything else but drawing in male viewers. While they did do a non-sexy "reprise" to "justify" the whole thing, it was still completely pointless.
- House gets a few bath scenes, and one shower scene in "Distractions" which leads into a weird acid-trip sequence in which he is still dripping wet.
- In Jeeves and Wooster Bertie seems to get a bath-scene every other episode. Always with Jeeves in the room, too.
- Inara gives herself a ritual sponge bath in the pilot Firefly, and Shepherd Book walks in on her.
- The Third Doctor's debut.
- The Eleventh Doctor also gets one of these in the episode "The Lodger." This further annoys his temporary landlord Craig, who is rather on the plump side, when Sophie, whom Craig is in love with but Cannot Spit It Out for her, walks in on the Doctor's half-naked, disheveled state and proceeds to openly ogle him in front of Craig.
- Chuck, Sarah, Devon (Captain Awesome) and Ellie. Casey did have a shower scene but remained more or less fully clothed because he was in medical distress (no fanservice for the ladies... yet).
- Lexx had a few, sometimes including frontal nudity (depending on what country you were in). They were included on the DVD release. Some of these include:
- A scene with Zev on the Lexx with Stanley watching.
- A scene with Bunny getting some assistance from Kai.
- A scene where Zev is taking a bath and some vampire girls intend to scare her by dangling a live rat over her face. The plan backfires when Zev eats the rat, tail and all.
- Red Dwarf: "And now, Krytie TV presents... Women's Shower Night!"
- Once upon a time (1981-1987) in France, there was a fitness show whose entire closing credits was a shower scene with the two female leads. It was changed for a time, before being reverted due to fan outcry.
- Kate Beckett gets one in the season 2 episode of Castle. "Tick...Tick...Tick...". Made somewhat less sexy in that Castle is trying to tell her that she's in danger, and when she steps out to answer his call, there's about three seconds of her in just a towel before the apartment explodes.
- Used in the Stargate Universe episode "Darkness", when Chloe and Eli discover the only working showers on the ship. Unfortunately for Chloe, the power goes out right in the middle and she's left soaking wet, in nothing but a towel. Needless to say, Eli is slightly distracted.
Naked!Chloe: Eli, I'm getting dressed. Wait up.
Chloe: Turn around!
Eli: Right, right! Sorry!
- Glee has one with Finn singing loudly into a bar of soap as he showers.
- Several times with Sam, including a singing scene a la Finn.
- M*A*S*H has several shower scenes and even a few bathtub scenes.
- Queer as Folk: So. Many. Showers.
- A staple in a lot of Korean Series, usually the male leads:
- There are a number of them in Breaking Bad, rarely for reasons of Fanservice.
- Weeds has a Bath of Angst scene, which shows off Mary-Louise Parker's considerable, um, assets.
- In "Mutiny" of Horatio Hornblower adaptation, Lieutenant Hornblower decides that he needs to freshen himself a bit after serving an endless continuous watch assigned as a punishment by their madman of a captain. He gets a shower on deck while other sailors cheer him up. The audience gets to see his bare bum.
- Several in the pilot of Orange Is the New Black
- Kamen Rider Gaim has one with Takatora. It being a children's show means that we don't generally see below his shoulders, except for a steamy (pardon the pun) shot of him from behind.
- In Zoey 101, both Logan and Michael get one. And both are interrupted, the first one by a TV Crew, the second by a horse.
- In the live-action J Drama adaptation of Death Note, L and Light have one after the tennis match. It's played for all the Ho Yay Fanservice it's worth!
- Magnificent Century features rather a lot of bathing. The sexiness of it is not lost on the characters either, from Mahidevran who tries to use bathing, to İbrahim and Hatice, who go at it in the baths for no apparent reason, to Nigar Kalfa who stops by the baths to ogle her bathing crush.
- 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.
- 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 2: 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 likes to use shower scenes to show characters reflecting, or deep in thought:
- 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:
- The Hellrunes were given the first one, wherein, a ghostly message from Nina sent them running down the hall in their bath towels.
- Tiffany's shower scene used conveniently placed suds, followed by a bath towel to preserve her modesty.
- More suds were used for girl-Ace and Brooke's scene, for which Brooke was grateful due to her insecurity about her breasts.
- While Layla got to show off her cleavage, her back, and some leg, while getting ready for hers.
- MÚnage Ó 3 has too many to count, and they're frequently notable for featuring uninterrupted views of breasts and butts. While they usually serve mildy erotic or fanservice-y purposes, some of the characters occasionally use cold showers as ways to control their runaway sexual emotions.
- 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 two 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:
- 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.