Shower Shy
Wait guys! I changed my mind. I donít want to come in!
A character, usually male, has to get into a group shower for the first time, but finds the idea of getting naked in front of others uncomfortable. He will often try to avoid having to take a shower using various excuses, before finally summoning up the courage to go through with it, and then realizes he has no reason to be ashamed.

This trope is mostly found in series set in a school, where the character is a student who has to shower with his classmates after PE. Although group showers are the most common example, it can also apply to other places where people are usually naked, like a public bathhouse.


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  • In Digimon Adventure episode 8, the Digidestined visit a hotel and take a bath, but Jyou is too shy to join the other boys. In the uncensored original (pictured above), Yamato and Taichi try to force him to come in.
  • Juvia Lockser of Fairy Tail is shown to be very uncomfortable bathing with the other girls at the Fairy Hills baths.
  • In the Hot Springs Episode of Detective School Q, Ryu Amakusa arrives to the male side of the springs with a towel. Kintarou thinks this isn't manly enough and tries to force it off him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In UQ Holder!, Kuromaru is very uncomfortable about entering in a public bath with Touta, claiming people don't bath together where he comes from. Also kinda justified, since Kuromaru has No Biological Sex and he doesn't want Touta to find out.

  • In the 1978 movie El Cantor, the 2 daughters of the protagonist refuse to participate in a group shower, mostly because it's both mixed gender and mixed age.
  • It's not a plot point, but it's mentioned in the first American Pie movie that Finch showers with his bathing suit on.
  • In The Way He Looks, Leonardo refuses to group shower. Gabriel eventually makes him, when it's just the two of them, but he insisted on keeping his trunks on , initially. After he changes his mind, his non-blind friend gets funny feelings.
  • Despite having created the woman of their dreams, the two male protagonists of Weird Science are still so nervous around her that they shower with their underwear on.

  • In the Discworld series, we are told that a surprising number of girls bluffed their way through the then all-male Assassins' Guild School by severely strapping down certain inconvenient things, and by carefully changing under a towel after PE lessons.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg and most of his male classmates refuse to shower after PE.
  • In Ava XOX, a children's chapter book written the form of a girl's diary, Ava has a "Not Wearing Pants" Dream because of this - her teacher told the class that girls in her grade will be allowed next year to use the showers at school and she doesn't want to.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Freaks and Geeks episode 6, "I'm With the Band," the school introduces the rule that students should shower after PE, but Sam is too shy to do so. Things only get worse for him when he finally tries to overcome his fear, but is pushed out of the locker room and into the hallway without clothes or a towel, leading to a major Humiliation Conga. Although his crush ends up being impressed by it in the end.
  • JD from Scrubs is shown to be one when he's discovered to wear "shower shorts" which he explains as being for "the man who has nothing to hide... but still wants to."

    Newspaper Comics 
  • There have been multiple Zits strip about Jeremy's discomfort about having to shower with the seniors after gym. One strip had him proposing personal pixelation as a solution.

  • In How I Learned to Drive, Little Bit and two classmates are nervous about first-time locker room nudity. Little Bit dares first and immediately regrets it, as her peers laugh at the confirmation of her...overendowment.

     Video Games 
  • In The Sims 3, sims with the Never Nude trait will shower in their bathing suit.

     Web Comics 
  • Joyce of Dumbing of Age is shy about the shared dorm showers, to the point of wearing winter clothes the first time.

     Web Original 
  • A CollegeHumor sketch featured a POV of a "typical" dorm bathroom, wherein The Protagonist takes note of another student stepping out of the shower and wrapping a towel over his swim trunks. After asking, "How self-conscious can you be?" another student steps out of the shower fully-clothed and wraps himself in a towel.
    "Well, that would...answer that question..."

    Western Animation 
  • The All Grown Up! episode "Whatís Love Got to Do With It" has Chuckie trying to avoid having to shower, until one of his attempts to do so gets him stranded outside the locker room with no clothes or towel. At the end of the episode he finally overcomes his fear.
  • The As Told by Ginger episode "Gym Class Confidential": Hoodsey is not too fond of showering after PE, but Carl manages to convince him otherwise at the end of the episode.
    • Another episode reveals that no girl in Ginger's class ever showers after gym because the stalls are so gross, until Courtney does it to be safe during a lice epidemic.
  • King of the Hill: This happens to Bobby Hill in "The Incredible Hank."
  • The Danny Phantom episode "Eye For An Eye" mentions that Danny only showers after everybody else has already left the locker room.
  • An episode of Beavis and Butt-Head has Coach Buzzcut trying to force the boys to take a shower after gym, which they've never done before. They stall, and get ready to get in when everyone else has left. Suddenly, the fire alarm rings, and Buzzcut forces the two to leave immediately without letting them get dressed. The two get stuck outside in their underwear, with the whole school laughing at them. It's then shown that Principal McVicker and Buzzcut intentionally set off the fire alarm to get back at them.
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? has Robot Jones avoiding showers in gym class, but not because he's shy of being around the other naked boys, but because he's a robot, he's afraid the water will make him rust. It turns out it doesn't make him rust, to his relief, but it electrocutes the other bathers.