Synchronized Morning Routine

A scene where two characters are washing up in tandem, and which includes them brushing their teeth and gargling while facing the mirror. Is generally presented as a cute scene, and the participants can range from relatives, Heterosexual Life-Partners, those potentially in a romantic relationship, to romantic partners. Usually played as humorous.

Sub-trope of Morning Routine.


Anime and Manga
  • One episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya begins with Kyon and his sister doing this.
  • In Strawberry Marshmallow, a flashback shows 6-year-old Miu popping over to the Ito house to leave her wet undies and bedsheets and comes in on 10-year-old Nobue and her 6-or-7-year-old sister Chika brushing their teeth. It is cute, but that's not surprising.
  • This is part of the Training Montage in which Shinji and Asuka learn how to move in synch for a Monster of the Week in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ends in a mutual Death Glare when they get in each other's way.
  • All three Paper Sisters do this in Read or Die. They think its cute, Nenene thinks its just creepy.
  • One of the openings for One Piece had the entire crew doing brushing their teeth together on a hillside.
  • Madoka and her mother in the first episode.


Live Action TV
  • Seen in Frasier. Martin and Daphne are completely thrown out of synch when she hands him a blue cereal bowl instead of his usual yellow one.
  • Lorelai and Rory in Gilmore Girls have their routine.
  • Morecambe and Wise's breakfast routine, set to the tune "The Stripper".
  • The title sequence for Liv and Maddie shows the family taking it in turns to get in front of the bathroom washbasin (with them filmed from the POV of a vanity mirror over the basin).

  • Kelly and Julian did this in a recent The Wotch.

Western Animation

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Alternative Title(s): Synchronised Morning Routine